Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia visiting the United Arab Emirates
last week. Credi tCreditBandar Algaloud/Saudi Royal Court
Federation of India Counters Extremism among Youths
Tehrik Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah Factions, Religious Parties to Unite Muslim
Prosecutors Consider Charges against Saudi Crown Prince Ahead of G-20
Activists Examine Shariah Law, Pakistan's Asia Bibi Case
al-Islam’s Operational Trainer Arrested in Dhaka
App to Report 'Misguided' Religion 'Risks Dividing Neighbours'
Rise In Ayodhya, Muslim Leaders Tell Community Members to Keep Calm
Day Babri Masjid Was Demolished, Sanctity of Constitution Was Also Brought
Down': Sharad Yadav
26/11 anniversary, India tells Pakistan to give up double standards
Mumbai attacks: US supports India’s quest for justice, says Donald Trump
Corridor: Venkaiah talks peace, Amarinder Singh warns Pak army
during Partition, Muslim sisters meet Sikh brother for first time
asked 26/11 Pakistani terrorists to identify themselves as Hyderabad residents
terrorist who became a decorated Armyman dies fighting for nation
Tehrik Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah Factions, Religious Parties To Unite Muslim
Top Islamic Advisory Body to Discuss Triple Talaq Issue Today
reject campaign against armed forces: Ashrafi
Will Never Again Fight 'Imposed Wars' On Its Territory: Imran Khan
pilgrims gather at Gurdwara Punja Sahib in Pakistan for Guru Nanak's birth anniversary
Ten years on, trial drags on in Pakistani anti-terror court
railway station to be built for Sikh pilgrims in Kartarpur
believes in peace beyond borders: Imran
200 TLP activists booked under sedition, other charges in Rawalpindi
Intensifies Among Terrorists over Controlling Key Road In Idlib
Al-Sham's Chlorine Attack on Aleppo Shows Turkey's Lack of Control
Civilians Killed in US Airstrikes in Deir Ezzur
of 25 Saudi Shiites, previously involved in security-related cases
president reshuffles cabinet as anti-terror fight nears end
of Iraqi Shia group urges formal border security role for Shia fighters
Groups Urge Boycott Of Eurovision Hosted By Israel
frees British spy jailed for life after London threatened diplomatic ties
Germany may host payment channel aimed at bypassing US bans on Iran
Jews are more afraid in the West and other commentary
Least 22 Afghan Police Killed In Taliban Ambush, Officials Say
Islami Demands Unconditional Release of Commander Alipur
say Bangladesh, aid agencies must stop collecting information for Myanmar
seizes boat carrying 93 fleeing Rohingya camps for Malaysia
court begins trial of militants over 2016 Dhaka cafe attack
Mufti Supports Call For Male Footballers to Cover Up
Village Leaders Issue Circular On Wi-Fi Ban At Cafes
Condemn Mass Detention of Muslim Uighurs, Other Ethnic Groups in China
Forbids Intrusion on Any Place of Worship, Says Malaysian Minister
Ahmad Dhani could face two years behind bars for alleged hate speech
Terrorism with Islam Is Greatest Obstacle to Combating It: Erdoğan
Drone Targets Meeting of Saudi-Backed Militia Commanders
shot dead after allegedly injuring Israeli soldiers in car-ramming
Hamas sold Gaza for Qatari cash, limited Israeli benefits?
says won’t let ‘deal of the century’ pass
Soros foundation says will end Turkey activities
search villa in northwest Turkey for remains of slain Saudi journalist
military commander calls for Hezbollah leader’s assassination
Urges Pakistan to Sanction Terrorists Responsible For 26/11
Targets Middle East As It Fears Islamic Strengthening: Iran Leader
Rouhani works to isolate regime from both world and Iranian people
to pursue Senate vote on ending US involvement in Yemen
pushed to inflate Saudi arms deal to $110 billion: Sources
Shabaab Gunmen Kill Cleric, 14 Others at Religious Centre in Somalia
Suspected Al-Shabab Militants Kill 12 in North Mozambique
Haram: Muslim group blows hot over killing of soldiers, blames NASS
asks Algeria to officially respond to king’s offer for dialogue
Protesters decry MbS visit in aftermath of Khashoggi killing
by New Age Islam News Bureau
counter extremism among Muslim youths and to preserve syncretic cultural values
of India, Sufi Federation of India (SUFI), umbrella organisations of various
shrines in India, has embarked upon a mission to educate youths on the tolerant
side of the faith and the importance of peace in society in the light of
teachings espoused by shrines.
SUFI is active throughout India except the Northeast. Representatives of all
the leading shrines like Dargah Ajmer Sharif, Dargah Nizamuddin, Dargah
Kichaucha Sharif, Dargah Bareilly Sharif, etc are part of SUFI and work through
different networks in India.
organise seminars, talks with Sufi scholars for youths and disseminate their
message. They also try to contact seminaries in rural and urban areas to
introduce Sufi thoughts in their syllabi.
Babar Ashraf, the secretary of the SUFI, said that shrines in India have always
spread message of peace, equality and brotherhood without any discrimination of
creed and class.
this face of Islam, which is popularly known as Sufi thoughts, has been an
essential part of Muslim culture in India. Unfortunately because of influence
of Saudi-financed Wahhabism, Sufi thoughts were eclipsed by an extremist brand
which preyed on the youth of India and many of them went astray and went on to
join extremist organisations. We seek to counter such extremist thoughts which
may engulf Muslim youths in future as well,” said Mr Ashraf.
Ashraf alleged that leading Muslim seminaries like Deoband, Nadwatul Ulema and
organisations like Jamate-e-Islami have worked to suppress Sufi thoughts in
India over the years.
the influence of Saudi funding, these seminaries and organisations have
presented a rather aggressive form of Islam, which is completely against
prevalent tolerant ethos of India. Jamat-e-Islami actually for a long time
demanded establishment of an Islamic state and objected to active participation
in Indian democracy. This is totally against the tenets of Islam that emphasise
universal brotherhood,” said Mr Ashraf.
SUFI, in association with an international organisation of similar leaning,
Spiritual Foundation, is also organising the Global Peace Conference, that will
see international Sufi scholars sharing the message of peace in Mumbai on
Ashraf Jilani, a senior member of Spiritual Foundation, said that there is a
strong need to revive and spread Sufi thoughts.
huge percentage of Indian population, including Muslims, comprises youths.
These youths are vulnerable to extremist propaganda that is easily available
through online platforms. We want to make sure Sufi thoughts and message of
tolerance are available to them easily. Therefore, we have to have constant
dialogue,” said Mr Jilani.
Ashraf said that efforts of his foundation is bearing fruit as youths’
participation increased in Eid Milad un Nabi (Birthday of Prophet Muhammad)
celebrations on November 21.
– After the arrest of Tehrik Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLY) leader Khadim
Hussain Rizvi, the multiple factions of TLY along with other religious parties
have separately vowed to unite the Muslim Ummah under one banner.
Maulana Rizvi was arrested, his followers reached out to other TLY faction led
by Maulana Asif Ashraf Jalali and other religious parties to try and get
support and solidarity from them and help in organising protests against the
exclusively, and separately, to The Dependent Rizvi and Jalali assured that
they were on track to complete the plan of action. The Pakistan Sunni Tehreek
and its allies also distanced themselves from TLP’s protest call,
light of the recent developments, we all stand united for the cause and we are
sure that we will overcome all ideological differences and fight as a united
front, because that’s the best way to celebrate our win,” Asif Ashraf Jalali
said while talking to The Dependent.
to that in a separate call, Khadim Hussain Rizvi said that: “In light of the
recent developments, we all stand united for the cause and we are sure that we
will overcome all ideological differences and fight as a united front, because
that’s the best way to celebrate our win.”
are relevant too” said leaders of the Pakistan Sunni Tehreek before adding much
of the same.
however, added that, “It’s a shame some of our folks differ at such a momentous
time. They shouldn’t have done it.”
Rizvi disagreed saying, “It’s a shame some of our folks differ at such a
momentous time. They shouldn’t have done it.”
Hussain Rizvi reiterated that the 14 centuries old differences between Muslims
can be resolved in ten minutes. Jalali again disagreed saying that he can do it
in eight and a half minutes.
Prosecutors Consider Charges Against Saudi Crown Prince Ahead of G-20
AIRES — Argentine authorities are looking into possible criminal charges
against Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia as he prepares to
attend an international summit meeting of world leaders this week in Buenos
Aires, officials involved in the inquiry said.
inquiry, centering on allegations of war crimes during the Saudi-led military
intervention in neighboring Yemen, is the most significant test yet of Prince
Mohammed’s ability to move past the international uproar that has surrounded
him since the killing of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi, a Virginia
resident and Washington Post columnist.
Khashoggi case, too, is expected to be part of the inquiry as well as
allegations of torture in Saudi Arabia.
investigation in Argentina, initiated by a complaint lodged by Human Rights
Watch, the advocacy group, is in its early stages, and diplomatic or other
kinds of immunity may ultimately shield the prince from any potential charges.
Argentine officials called it extremely unlikely that the inquiry might produce
an arrest warrant before the gathering, which is set to begin on Friday.
even a small risk of a messy dispute in the Argentine courts could overshadow a
trip previously seen as a chance for Prince Mohammed to show he remained
welcome among world leaders even after the conclusion of American intelligence
agencies that he had authorized the killing of Mr. Khashoggi.
retreat from the Group of 20 summit meeting, attended by the leaders of the
world’s largest economies, could be a sign that the lingering stigma of the
Khashoggi killing could hamper the continued effectiveness of the 33-year-old
crown prince as a regional leader — a role that officials of the Trump
administration have cited as a main reason to stand by him.
Trump last week pushed back against the conclusion of American intelligence
services about Prince Mohammed’s culpability while also acknowledging that he
may have known about the killing: “maybe he did and maybe he didn’t,” Mr. Trump
said in a statement.
Trump insisted that Washington should nonetheless continue to back Prince
Mohammed, calculating that it was in the nation’s economic and strategic
interest to do so: because Saudi Arabia is a valuable customer for American
weapons, an important source of oil and a useful partner in containing Iran.
by Mr. Trump’s support, Prince Mohammed recently embarked on a week of visits
to Saudi allies in the region, where Saudi news organizations photographed him
smiling and shaking hands with fellow Arab rulers, with no mention of the
the move by Argentine prosecutors now threatens to interrupt his victory lap
just as it reaches its finish, at the summit meeting where he was set to mingle
with Mr. Trump and other Western leaders of the so-called G-20 countries.
bin Salman should know that he may face a criminal probe if he ventures to Argentina,”
Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, said in a
law in Argentina is unusually favorable for bringing international human rights
cases because of the legacy of the country’s transition from a military
dictatorship. During the military’s rule from 1976 to 1983, some 30,000 people
were killed or disappeared. Argentina’s own immunity laws were overturned in
the early 2000s, and its prosecutors have since charged thousands with human
rights violations committed under military rule.
law has incorporated a broad interpretation of universal jurisdiction, the
doctrine that some serious rights violations constitute offenses against
humanity and should be subject to prosecution anywhere.
Rívolo, the head of the prosecutor’s association, said a complaint against the
crown prince was referred to a prosecutor on Monday, and that prosecutor will
now decide whether to open a formal investigation.
cases are assigned by draw in Argentina, and the prosecutor assigned to
evaluate the potential charges, Ramiro González, could not be reached for
González has a record of handling international human rights cases, including
leading an eight-year-old Argentine prosecution of crimes committed during the 36-year
dictatorship of General Francisco Franco in Spain. (Spain used the same
principle of universal jurisdiction to bring charges against an Argentine
military official, who was sentenced in 2005.)
it is the killing and subsequent dismemberment of Mr. Khashoggi by Saudi agents
in a consulate in Istanbul that has most damaged Prince Mohammed’s
international image, the Argentine inquiry appears to center on potential
crimes committed during the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen.
Mohammed, who is the kingdom’s defense minister as well as its de facto
day-to-day ruler, has led a three-and-a-half-year bombing campaign and naval
blockade of Yemen by a coalition of Arab allies seeking to dislodge from power
a Yemeni faction allied with Iran.
conflict has resulted in widespread famine and disease as well as thousands of
civilian casualties. The United Nations has called the results of the Yemen
conflict the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, and United Nations experts have
said that both sides in the conflict may be guilty of war crimes.
Human Rights Watch petition, delivered to the Argentine judicial system on
Monday, argues that Prince Mohammed was responsible for multiple violations of
international law in Yemen, including “indiscriminate and disproportionate
airstrikes on civilians” as well as the use of internationally prohibited
munitions known as cluster bombs.
Rights Watch has documented as many as 90 “apparently unlawful coalition
airstrikes,” which “hit homes, markets, hospitals, schools and mosques,” while
United Nations agencies and other organizations have identified scores of
others, Mr. Roth wrote in the petition.
airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition in August 2018 killed at least 26 Yemeni
children and wounded 19 others in or near a school bus. An airstrike in October
2016 killed or wounded thousands of civilians at a crowded funeral. A series of
bombings at a well in September 2016 killed 31 civilians as well as others who
sought to remove the bodies.
of these attacks — if ordered or carried out by individuals with criminal
intent — may amount to war crimes,” Mr. Roth wrote.
restricting critical food imports, the Saudi-led coalition “may also have
violated the prohibition against using starvation as a method of warfare, which
is a war crime,” the petition argued.
Nations officials have said that the Saudi-led blockade has put 14 million
people at risk of starvation, and a United Nations panel of experts concluded
earlier this year that, “with the requisite intent,” the blockade of Yemen “may
amount to international crimes,” the petition noted.
addition, “the Saudi government under the authority of Crown Prince Mohammed
bin Salman has been implicated in serious allegations of torture and other ill
treatment of Saudi citizens,” the petition argued. Several recent reports,
including in The New York Times and by Human Rights Watch, have recounted
allegations that detained women activists were subjected to electrical shocks,
beatings and sexual harassment.
Human Rights Watch petition also cited a report in the Turkish news media,
citing anonymous sources, that the Saudi agents who killed Mr. Khashoggi had
also beaten and tortured him during his final moments. Turkish intelligence
agencies possess an audio recording of the killing that was obtained from
inside the consulate and could corroborate such reports. But Turkish officials
familiar with the audio recording have said that it indicates a swift and
deliberate assassination, not a prolonged torture.
Mohammed is expected to continue his tour of the region on Tuesday in Tunisia,
the birthplace of the Arab Spring uprisings and the only Arab country with both
freedom of expression and a history of peaceful rotation of power. Activists in
Tunis demonstrated against his arrival on Monday with a banner depicting a
chain saw, a reference to the dismemberment of Mr. Khashoggi.
activists examine Shariah law, Pakistan's Asia Bibi case
Shariah, the Islamic religious law, be blamed for the injustices faced by
Muslim women and children or its rigid implementation? Can Shariah be adapted
to the needs of secularism? Pakistan's blasphemy laws and their political use
that resulted in Asia Bibi's death sentence prompted the discussion at a
conference on Shariah, segregation and secularism in London on November 25.
case of Bibi, a Christian woman who was recently acquitted by Pakistan's
Supreme Court from blasphemy charges, is a widely discussed topic all over the
world. Earlier this month, Bibi's husband Ashiq Masih requested asylum for his
wife and the rest of the family from a number of European countries, including
the UK, but some reports claim that British authorities were reluctant to offer
it to avoid "religious disharmony" in the country.
more: Lawyer says Asia Bibi 'wants to leave for Germany'
released from prison, Bibi cannot still leave the country due to protests by
hardline Islamist groups against her acquittal and a pending review petition in
the Supreme Court.
conference also featured Saif ul Mulook, Bibi's lawyer, who fled Pakistan to
the Netherlands soon after the court overturned his client's death sentence,
which had kept her in prison for nearly a decade.
praised the Pakistani constitution for its "secular credentials" and
cited its Article 25 that guarantees equality to all citizens. He also spoke
about his childhood when Christians and Muslims lived peacefully together in
groups of mullahs (Islamic clerics) gained prominence after General Zia-ul-Haq
[a military dictator who ruled Pakistan in the 1980s] and the US intervened in
Afghanistan, a peaceful country at the time," Mulook told the audience, as
he was given a standing ovation by the attendees for his long struggle to get
justice for Bibi.
conference participants urged the British government to grant asylum to Bibi on
humanitarian grounds. They also urged authorities to abolish all laws that are
against the spirit of freedom of conscience and expression.
rights for all
participants of the international conference, organized by Maryam Namazie,
marked the 10th anniversary of the One Law for All Campaign, which campaigns
for equality irrespective of background, beliefs and religions. They demanded
"one law for all' in opposition to those in Europe who are calling for
more autonomy for the arbitration of religious courts and religious judges,
especially over matters related to family law, inheritance, divorce, child
custody and domestic violence.
her speech, Yasmin Rehman, a women's rights campaigner, criticized British
authorities for the "mess" they have created by categorizing minority
communities "between good and bad migrants."
alleged that the British government tends to support any organization that
speaks against Muslim radicalization without analyzing its credentials.
rights activist argued that authorities pander to the demands of right-wing
Muslim organizations, giving them legitimacy by allowing Shariah courts to have
authority in divorce cases, adding that these measures are tantamount to
creating parallel legal systems in the country.
organizers shared Rehman's views, saying that often the victims of parallel
legal regimes in the UK are the most vulnerable people, such as women, children
and minority communities.
must acknowledge equal rights for all and stop dividing people into
communities. We must all abide by human rights laws that are man-made and are
subject to change, of course," said Fariborz Pooya.
February, a report submitted to the British parliament recommended regulation
of Shariah courts in the country. It was, however, rejected by the government.
Sahgal, director of the Center for Secular Space organization, accused the
British government of legitimizing a parallel legal system in the UK by
allowing a dual divorce procedure — one civil and one religious — for British
explained that the interpretation of Shariah laws is different in
Muslim-majority and Muslim-minority countries. In Muslim-minority countries,
Muslim organizations campaign for "cultural conservatism" and a more
rigid form of Shariah law. Shariah, she said, has undergone a reformation over
a period of time, depending on the political views of the Muslims organizing
themselves in different societies or as different communities.
blasphemy laws, for instance, are used politically by the ruling class of the
Muslim-majority country. Their interpretation, experts say, is problematic.
Scores of people have been killed by angry mobs or sent to the gallows on
charges of insulting Islam or Prophet Muhammad, they say. Bibi's case, thus,
sheds a light on this aspect.
conference declaration said that "both racist and fundamentalist
discourses, whether they appeal to Shariah, facism, anti-semitism, casteism or
any ideology, deny the universal dignity of a human being."
al-Islam’s operational trainer arrested in Dhaka
Yunushas been recruiting youths from Jurain area and carrying out the terror
group’s activities there
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has arrested the operational trainer of banned
militant outfit Ansar al-Islam from Dhaka.
Yunus alias Asadullah, 27, was arrested during a RAB raid inthe city’s Jurain
area on Sunday night, according to a media statement issued by the elite force
said Yunus was there to attend a meeting of the terror group’s operational
the raid, extremist and jihadi literature, two sharp weapons and two mobile
phones were also seized from his possession.
claimed that Yunus was fully trained in hand-to-hand combat and in Ansar
al-Islam’s operational activities. He is also currently the main trainer of the
group’s operation team.
had joined the outfit after being motivated by a spiritual leader named Jasim
Uddin Rahmani. Later, he became a close associate of Jasim, said the statement.
recent times, Yunushas been recruiting youths from the Jurain areaand carrying
out Ansar al-Islam’s organizational activities there.
statement added that he has been training the new recruits to carry out
action against him was being taken by RAB, it said.
app to report 'misguided' religion 'risks dividing neighbours'
Indonesia's national human rights agency said on Monday (Nov 26) it was
concerned about the launch of a mobile application by the Jakarta Prosecutor's
Office, which allows members of the public to report religious beliefs they
has no state religion but has traditionally required citizens to register as
Muslim, Catholic, Protestant, Hindu, Buddhist or Confucian, though last year
the Constitutional Court affirmed the rights of faiths outside official
religions after a challenge by some indigenous faiths.
there remain concerns about rising intolerance in the world's biggest
Muslim-majority country as well as the use of strict blasphemy laws against
minorities and the targeting of Islamic sects such as the Ahmadiyyah.
app, called "Smart Pakem", features a list of groups including
Ahmadiyyah as well as Gafatar, which the country’s highest Islamic council
considers a deviant sect.
was not clear what the list represented, but some of the groups such as Gafatar
have been outlawed and the app has a link that allows members of the public to
report organisations deemed harmful.
app could have a "dangerous consequence by causing social disintegration",
said Amiruddin Al-Rahab, a commissioner at the National Commission on Human
neighbours are reporting each other, that would be problematic," Al-Rahab
facing a backlash from human rights groups, the free app was available for
download on Google Inc’s Google Play store on Monday afternoon.
said since the app's features were not running in full it was unclear whether
the prosecutor's office would include detailed guidance on the kind of
organisation categorised as "harmful" or beliefs deemed as
leave the people in confusion, if people are confused they will take matters
into their own hands," he said, adding that the app could also contravene
the Constitutional Court's ruling last year on the rights of devotees of faiths
outside the state-recognised religions.
Jakarta Prosecutor's Office could not immediately be reached for comment.
an official at the Jakarta Prosecutor's Office, was quoted as saying by the
news site Kompas.com that the app aimed to educate people and to increase the
transparency of the reporting process.
attorney general's office has the authority under the law to monitor religions
in case beliefs are deemed a threat to the community and can establish teams to
examine such claims.
Tensions Rise In Ayodhya, Muslim Leaders Tell Community Members To Keep Calm
a time when RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat is giving an ultimatum to the Modi
government to either start constructing the Ram temple in Ayodhya before the
2019 elections or issue an ordinance, Muslims have been in a wait and watch
mode with community religious leaders urging them to remain calm and place some
trust in the Supreme Court of India.
a meeting of the community in Tajganj area of Agra, Mufti Mudassar Ali Khan
Qadri said the way VHP and Shiv Sena have amassed their activists in Ayodhya is
in clear contempt of the Supreme Court of India, which has asked that a status
quo be maintained around the disputed site till any verdict on the title of the
land is pronounced.
said that the Dharma Sabha and Uddhav Thackeray were creating an anti-Muslim
atmosphere in Ayodhya and the rest of the state, which cannot be tolerated, but
the Muslims have to be careful in dealing with this situation and not lose
trust in the judicial system.
activist and Bharatiya Muslim Vikas Parishad chairman Sami Aghai said the
Muslim community was being asked to build a mosque outside Ayodhya, which was a
dictatorial order and was unacceptable.
said this fight was no longer that of a mosque's title, but it has become a
fight of principles. He demanded to know how many mosques will the Muslims be
asked to sacrifice in the name of peace and brotherhood in India.
said that the Muslim community has been trying hard to arrive at a consensual
solution to this dispute but as soon as one party strikes a resolution with the
Muslims, another non-Muslim party rises and pushes back the previous one,
bringing them back to square one.
president Mohd. Shareef Kale said a solution had already been arrived at during
the discussion between Haji Ayub Khan and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar several months
ago, but now Hindu organisations are claiming Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is no longer
in the picture as he has been pushed back by Hindu organisations.
said Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has left Maharashtra politics and entered
the arena in Ayodhya because he is losing ground in Maharashtra against the
to bring himself to the forefront of Hindu politics, he has taken up the mantle
of the Ayodhya dispute.
said that it is clear that all this exercise is in the preparation of the 2019
elections, which the BJP is going to lose miserably unless it raises the
spectre of the Ram temple again and divide Hindu and Muslim communities like it
did in 1992.
said that it would be better if Uddhav Thackeray concentrates on politics in
his own state, otherwise the Muslims of Uttar Pradesh will push him back there.
Biradari secretary Ziauddin said the Ayodhya issue is in the Supreme Court and
both Hindus and Muslims of UP will obey the Supreme Court's orders. He said
political parties should not unnecessarily try to raise the temperature of
Uttar Pradesh and the country by firing up a non-issue.
said UP has always been the epitome of inter-religion harmony and in this
state, it is only the politicians who make their careers shine by promoting
communal divide between various religions in the state.
Delhi: Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) leader Sharad Yadav has said that demolition
of Babri Masjid was an attack on the Constitution. He made this statement while
speaking at the Samvidhan Samman Samaroh (My Pride-My constitution) organised
by the Congress on Sunday.
He said, “The day Babri Masjid was demolished,
it was not just a structure which was brought down but the Indian Constitution
was also brought down along with it. Even the sanctity of the Constitution was
also let down.”
is to be noted that the political parties are trying to pressurize the saffron
party for bringing an ordinance on the construction of Ram Temple after Supreme
Court adjourned the Ayodhya title suit case hearing till next year. Recently,
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who was a two-day visit to Ayodhya, had asked
ruling government to give a date for the construction of Ram temple.
Sena Sanjay Raut had said, “If we had demolished Babri in 17 minutes then how
long does it take to make a law. From Rashtrapati Bhavan to UP, there is BJP
government only. There are many MPs in the Rajya Sabha who will stand with Ram
Temple issue. And the one who will protest against, it will be difficult for
them to roam in the country.”
Babri Masjid, built by Mughal emperor Babur in Ayodhya in 1528, was, on
December 6, 1992, razed to the ground allegedly by Hindu activists, claiming
that the mosque was constructed after demolishing a Ram temple that originally
DELHI: On the 10th anniversary of the 26/11 terror attacks on Mumbai, India
again called on Pakistan to abandon “double standards” and expeditiously bring
the perpetrators behind the horrific terrorist onslaught to justice.
reality check came even as India embarked on an initiative with Pakistan to
open the Kartarpur corridor to a major Sikh shrine across the Punjab border in
Pakistan, with the ministry of external affairs using strong words to castigate
Islamabad for the delay in holding those responsible for 26/11 to account.
Minister Narendra Modi had recently told US Vice-President Mike Pence that the
planners of the 26/11 terror attack had been “mainstreamed” in Pakistan, the
reference was to Lashkar putting up candidates in recent elections to the
national assembly there.
a statement, the MEA spokesperson said Islamabad had shown “little sincerity”
in punishing those involved in the terror attack and its planners were still
roaming the streets of Pakistan with “impunity”.
26/11 terrorist attack was planned, executed and launched from Pakistan
territory. The former PM of Pakistan had earlier this year admitted that
terrorists were sent from Pakistan’s soil. We once again call on the Government
of Pakistan to give up double standards and expeditiously bring the
perpetrators of the horrific attack to justice. This is not just a matter of
Pakistan’s accountability to the families of the innocent victims who fell to
terrorists, but also an international obligation,” the Indian statement said.
the 10th anniversary of the Mumbai 26/11 terror attacks that left 166 people
dead, US President Donald Trump said Monday the country stands with India in
their quest for justice.
the ten-year anniversary of the Mumbai terror attack, the U.S. stands with the
people of India in their quest for justice. The attack killed 166 innocents,
including six Americans. We will never let terrorists win, or even come close
to winning!” Trump tweeted.
US has announced a reward of USD 5 million for anyone with information leading
to the arrest or conviction of any individual who was involved in planning or
facilitating the assault. “It is an affront to the families of the victims
that, after ten years, those who planned the Mumbai attack have still not been
convicted for their involvement,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a
call upon all countries, particularly Pakistan, to uphold their UN Security
Council obligations to implement sanctions against the terrorists responsible
for this atrocity, including Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and its affiliates.”
November 15, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared India’s “serious concern” at
the “mainstreaming” of Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, who carries
a $10 million bounty, in Pakistan’s recent elections, when he met US Vice
President Mike Pence on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Singapore.
LANGUAGE that is rarely heard in the context of India-Pakistan relations,
especially since 2014, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said the
Kartarpur Corridor would act as a bridge between the people of the two
countries and pave the way for peace and prosperity in the region.
sharp contrast, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who jointly inaugurated
the development of the Kartarpur Corridor with Naidu, raised the issue of
Pakistan-sponsored terrorism and warned Islamabad to “rein in” its army, saying
that the Indian army is “bigger” and “fully prepared”.“This is a corridor that
connects us to the Guru we revere, to the sacred space where he spent the last
18 years of his life. Not only that, it is a bridge between the people of the
two countries who have so much in common. This is a corridor to the shrine of
peace, harmony and humanism, to the universal vision of a world as one family,
to the sublime ideal of service to humanity. This is a corridor that opens new
doors. It is a path that opens up new possibilities,” said Naidu.
described the proposed corridor as “a unifier, building bridges across old
chasms”. “It promotes deeper understanding and a new resolve to connect the
people of our two countries through love, empathy and invisible threads of
common spiritual heritage,” he said.
Guru Nanak Ji had exhorted, let us, on this auspicious day, ‘make the heart the
pen, the intellect the writer and write that which has no end or limit’. That
is the history we have to create together, a history that will make our two
countries and the entire world a more peaceful place for our children and
grandchildren to live and grow together,” said Naidu.
in his speech, thanked Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for reciprocating
India’s move on developing the Kartarpur Corridor, but targeted Pakistan Army
Chief General Qamar Jawed Bajwa. “The Pakistan PM should rein in his army as
the ISI, which works under the army, works against us. Such army chiefs
(referring to Bajwa) should understand that we have a bigger army than they
have, and we are fully prepared. There is a limit… If you do it (provoke)
repeatedly, then India will also have to think,” said Singh, adding, “Nobody
wants war. We want peace and development.”
a speech that lasted about 20 minutes, Singh spent about 15 minutes talking
about terrorism emanating from Pakistan against India and the killings of
soldiers on the Line of Control. He said as an ex-armyman himself, he saw no
justification in killing soldiers, which he described as an act of cowardice,
not becoming of army personnel. “Soldiers are taught to protect and serve their
nations, not to kill innocent people,” he said.
was in the Army. I am senior to Pakistan Army Chief Bajwa. Every soldier knows
what another soldier is thinking. Who has taught to kill soldiers by taking
them by surprise? Who taught to attack people holding a religious congregation
in Rajasansi Amritsar? We, Punjabis, know how to give a befitting reply to such
forces… Bajwa should wake up,” he said. He recalled the 26/11 Mumbai attack as
a grim reminder of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in India, and pointed out that
the Dina Nagar and Pathankot attacks also stood out as major examples of the
terror unleashed by Pakistan in this part of Punjab.
want to go to Kartarpur, and also visit Nankana Sahib and Panja Sahib gurdwaras
again, but I cannot go there as I have to enter Pakistan, which is killing my
people every day,” he said. “People are telling me on Facebook to go to
Pakistan on November 28. But I can’t go until there is peace,” he said.
Governor V P Singh Badnore, Union Ministers Nitin Gadakari, Hardeep Singh Puri
and Harsimrat Kaur Badal were among those present on the occasion. Urging
Gadkari to try and ensure that the Kartarpur Corridor starts functioning by the
next Gurpurab, Singh later said he would accompany the first jatha, through the
corridor, to Kartarpur. The road, which India will build up to the
International Border at Dera Baba Nanak, and which Pakistan will develop from
the IB to Gurudwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur 2 km inside its territory, will
give pilgrims direct access to a shrine revered by Sikhs as the place where
Guru Nanak is said to have spent his final days and died.
siblings, two Muslim sisters and their Sikh brother from a village near Dera
Baba Nanak, had an emotional reunion at Gurdwara Janam Asthan, Nankana Sahib, on
Bibi and Mairaj Bibi hugged Beant Singh tightly as they met him for the first
time in seven decades.
of Paracha village near Dera Baba Nanak, the family was migrating to Pakistan
when it lost its son and daughter during the violence that marked Partition.
mother, Allah Rakhhi, later contacted one of her former neighbours and found
out the whereabouts of her son, Beant.
then Beant has been in touch with his sisters through letters and phone calls.
But it was only this year that he managed to meet them face to face as part of
the Sikh jatha (group) from India.
to Express Tribune, a Pakistani daily, Ulfat Bibi said she should be allowed to
travel to India to meet her sister-in-law and nieces and nephews.
and Miraj also appealed to Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan to extend their
and India have decided to open the Kartarpur corridor to facilitate the visit
of Sikh pilgrims to Kartarpur Sahib, the final resting place of Guru Nanak.
years ago on November 26, 2008, Mumbai and Indian security establishment
battled with one-of-its-kind terror attacks on Indian soil. Ten Pakistani
gunmen created mayhem in Mumbai targeting high-profile locations.
counter-terror operations lasted for nearly 60 hours, during which the
terrorists were getting constant instructions from their handlers based in
than 200 calls were made to phones carried by the terrorists, who were
recruited by the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror outfit. The terror group is
affiliated to Jamaat-ud-Dawa of designated global terrorist Hafiz Muhammad
calls were made on voice-over-internet and through satellite phones to avoid
being intercepted. However, Indian intelligence agencies intercepted many of
those calls. In one of the calls, the terrorists were told by their handlers to
identify themselves as members of fictitious Hyderabad Mujahideen.
the same intercept, one of the handlers was Zaibuddin Ansari better known by
his alias Abu Jundal. He was deported to India from Saudi Arabia in 2012. He
was also wanted in the German Bakery blast case of Pune. He was convicted in
2016 and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Jundal asked the terrorists, active at the Chabad House at Nariman Point in
Mumbai, to mislead the security agencies, if caught or any communication was
established with police. He told them not to underreport the number of gunmen
unknown voice followed Abu Jundal in giving instruction to the terrorists. He
asked the LeT gunmen to identify themselves as residents of Toli Chowki of
Hyderabad City. This locality had been in news for its connection with several
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terrorists were told to identify themselves as members of Hyderabad Mujahideen.
The handler also referred to the Sachar committee report saying the government
promised a lot on paper but on the ground it arrested Muslim men on various
handler asked the terrorists not to panic and drink water to relax.
Lance Naik Nazir Ahmed Wani, the soldier slain in a counterterrorist operation
in Shopian district on Sunday in which six terrorists were killed, was once an
ikhwan (a terrorist who surrenders and becomes involved in counter-insurgency
operations) before joining the Army.
was a highly decorated soldier and was awarded the Sena Medal for gallantry in
August 2007 and a bar to the Sena Medal in August this year.
belonged to Cheki Ashmuji village in Kulgam tehsil, in the terrorinfested south
Kashmir district of Kulgam. Wani is survived by his wife and two children, an
Army spokesman said.
Lance Naik, who began his career with Territorial Army’s 162 Battalion in 2004,
received a 21-gun salute on Monday as his body was lowered into the grave, PTI
reported. Earlier, the body, wrapped in the Tricolour, was taken to his native
village and given to the family.
Bipin Rawat #COAS & all ranks salute supreme sacrifice of Lance Naik Nazir
Ahmad Wani, SM* & offer sincere… https://t.co/qLATaBbl7j --------
village is surrounded by areas like Koinmooh, which are notorious for terrorist
this hour of grief, the Army stands in solidarity with the bereaved family of
the martyr and remains committed to their dignity and well-being, the Army
was a terrorist initially and became a counter-insurgent after he realised the
futility of violence, a senior Army officer was quoted as saying. “The family
was fighting tears and were honoured by the sacrifice of Lance Naik Wani for
the nation ,” said the officer.
top Islamic advisory body to discuss triple talaq issue today
– The Council of Islamic Ideology is set to take up the triple talaq issue in
its today’s meeting with an aim to end the instant divorce practice in the
constitutional body, which is responsible for advising the legislature whether
or not a certain law is repugnant to Islam, namely to the Qur’an and Sunna,
aims at declaring triple talaq in one go null and void, ineffective and even punishable.
members of the country’s top Islamic advisory body, including chairman Dr.
Qibla Ayaz has been active to bring amendments to the relevant laws since
Hanafi school of thought considers the triple talaq practice legal, but other
sects including Shia and Ahl-i-Hadis opposed it.
has raised concerns over the matter on multiple occasions. In January when he
was appointed a new chief of the body, Ayaz had said CII wants to impose
punishments for practicing triple talaq at one time, besides implementation of
other recommendations on the issue.
another occasion, members of the council during a meeting observed that in
triple talaq issue, women and children are adversely affected, especially with
regard to their emotional health and future education.
Ulema and Mushaikh on Monday said spreading anarchy in the country was a bigger
crime than murder.
was said by Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) Chairman Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood
Ashrafi while addressing Seerat e Rehmatullil Alemeen (SAWW) Conference
organized by the PUC at here Alhamra Hall.
said that elements who were conspiring against the country on the name of
Aqeeda e Khatam e Nabuwat (SAWW) and Namoos e Risalat (honour of the holy
prophet PBUH) were the enemy of Islam and the country.
said Muslim Ummah and Pakistan were guardians of Aqeeda e Khatam e Nabuwat
(SAWW) and honour of the holy Prophet (PBUH), but, politics could not be
allowed on the name of faith.
make Pakistan, a state on the pattern of Madina Munawara, justice need to be
done, he said.
announced that International Message of Islam conference would be held in March
next year in Islamabad.
Muslim is guardian of Aqeeda e Khatam e Nabuwat and Namoos e Risalat, however,
no party or individual would be allowed to destabilize the country on the name
of this faith,” he said.
Ashrafi said that attacks were being carried out on the unity of Muslims under
a conspiracy, adding that unity of Muslims was based on faith of oneness of
ALLAH, Khatam e Nabuwat and love for Harmain Sharifain.
said that Pakistani Constitution declares Qadiyanis as non-muslims and no one
could change this law.
said that enemies of Islam were attacking on the Islamic countries and
conspiracies were being hatched against Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to
destabilize Islamic countries.
said that attacks on Chinese consulate and Orakzai agency were aimed at
damaging Pakistan-China relations and fanning sectarianism.
demanded the government to release all innocent religious and political
Ulema in their address demanded an urgent hearing of the review petition in
Asia Masih case, and said her name be put on ECL.
said that protection of Aqeeda e Khatam e Nabuwat (SAWW) and Namoos e Risalat
could be possible only by following the teachings of the Holy Prophet (SAWW).
Ulema said that Rehmatullil Alemin Conferences would be held across the country
to create awareness among the people about the life of the Holy Prophet (PBUH),
Aqeeda e Khatam e Nabuwat (SAWW) and Namoos e Rasalat, besides apprising the
people about the conspiracies against Islam and Pakistan.
a resolution was passed in the conference, in which, Ulema hailed Prime
Minister Imran Khan’s announcement to set up Seerat Chairs in three public
conference validated the announcement of the government for the protection of
Namoos e Rasalat law and articles of the constitution about Qadiyanis.
conference condemned the baseless Fatwas against the armed forces and said that
motto of Pakistan army was “Imaan, Taqwa and Jehad fi Sabilallah”, adding that
those who were enemy of Islam and Pakistan were resorting to propaganda against
another resolution, United State President Donald Trump was criticized on
baseless allegations and criticism against Pakistan.
brought peace to the world which is acknowledged by the whole world, so the US
president should withdraw his statement against Pakistan,” the resolution said.
conference appreciated the prime minister for his reply to the US president.
conference also condemned the negative campaign by the western media against
Saudi Arabia and its leadership especially Ameer Muhammad Bin Salaman.
Ummah rejects all conspiracies against people and leadership of Saudi Arabia.
will never again fight 'imposed wars' on its territory: Imran Khan
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday termed the 'war on terror' as an
"imposed war" on Pakistan and promised to never fight such a war
inside his country, in a veiled attack on US President Donald Trump who has
repeatedly accused Islamabad of not helping America in its fight against
have fought an imposed war inside our country as our war at a very heavy cost
of sweat and blood and lose to our socio-economic fibre...We shall not fight
any such war again inside Pakistan," Khan told tribal elders during his
first visit to the newly-merged tribal districts of North Waziristan - once a
stronghold of Taliban militants.
who was accompanied by Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, hailed
achievements of the army, other security forces and intelligence agencies for
their successful operations against terrorists.
other country or their armed forces have done what Pakistan and its armed
forces have done in the war against terrorism," Khan said, apparently
referring to Trump who has accused Pakistan of not helping the US in its fight
remarks came days after Trump reiterated that the $1.3 billion in aid to
Pakistan will remain suspended until the country acts against militant safe
heavens inside its territory.
US, which is fighting the Taliban militants since 2001 in Afghanistan,
continues to seek an exit strategy from the troubled country and in recent
months Washington has held direct talks with the Taliban representatives to end
the 17 year long war.
his visit to tribal areas, Khan was briefed in details about operations
conducted, ongoing operations, rehabilitation of displaced people,
socio-economic development projects and fencing along Pak-Afghanistan border,
according to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations - the
media wing of the army.
promised to play role in peace and stability in Afghanistan.
are for peace beyond borders especially in Afghanistan. We shall play our role
in Afghan peace process along with other stake holders as peace in Afghanistan
is critical for achieving enduring peace in Pakistan," he said.
Prime Minister also announced various welfare projects in the fields of health,
education, employment and administration for the newly established districts of
former tribal area.
seven former regions of Federally Administered Tribal Areas were earlier this
year merged with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, ending a more than century old
colonial legacy. But the areas are still impoverished.
announced announced police reforms and resolve to address law and order and
provide alternative dispute resolution system for the tribes.
also announced to set up a medical college along with hospital for North
Waziristan and South Waziristan districts, university for North Waziristan,
army cadet college for North Wazirsitan, health insurance cards to residents of
merged districts and Tele-medics system to fulfill deficiencies of specialist
of interest-free loans, computers and development of sports grounds were among
other several facilities offered by the prime minister for the former tribal
region to bring it at par with other regions of the country.
pilgrims gather at Gurdwara Punja Sahib in Pakistan for Guru Nanak's birth
Thousands of Sikh pilgrims from across the world have gathered at Gurdwara
Punja Sahib in Pakistan's Punjab province to celebrate the 549th birth
anniversary of Sikhism's founder Guru Nanak Dev.
was beefed up in and around the gurdwara - one of the most sacred places of
Sikh religion - where dozens of officials from the security agencies were
deployed, Dawn reported on Monday.
3,800 Indian Sikh pilgrims and thousands of Sikh and Hindu devotees from
various parts of Pakistan, especially Federally Administered Tribal Areas
(Fata) and interior Sindh, arrived at the gurdwara to perform their rituals
which include 'Akhand Path', 'Ashnan', 'Matha Teak' and 'Kirtan', the paper
pilgrims hailed the decision of India and Pakistan to build a corridor, linking
Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab's Gurdaspur district with the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib
in Kartarpur, Pakistan.
to reporters, the leader of the Indian pilgrims, Marjeet Singh, said,
"with the opening of this corridor, the Pakistani government had won the
hearts of millions of Sikhs living on the other side of the border", the
Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak committee leader Raminder Singh also lauded the steps
taken by the Pakistani government and said the latest step of opening the
corridor would further cement relations between Pakistan and the Sikh
said that the opening of the Kartarpur corridor would be a gift for the Sikh
community by the governments of both sides. He said over 10,000 Sikh pilgrims
would visit Pakistan on the occasion. He stressed the need for opening more
corridors between the two countries, especially in Kashmir.
of female contingent from India Manmohan Kaur said that visa-free entry to
Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur would be a great facility for Sikh pilgrims.
also expressed displeasure over the mismanagement by the Pakistan railways as a
result of which over 113 pilgrims were left behind at Nankana Sahib.
to the media, Pakistan's Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Deputy Secretary
Shrines Imran Gondal said mismanagement was due to the negligence of the
railway authorities and the pilgrims' displeasure was communicated to the relevant
said the government had decided to open the Kartarpur corridor to allow Sikh
pilgrims from neighbouring India to visit their gurdwara in Pakistan.
Minister Imran Khan would formally inaugurate this corridor on November 28, he
Sahib in Pakistan is located across the river Ravi, about four kilometres from
the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab's Gurdaspur district. It was established
by the Sikh Guru in 1522. The first Gurdwara, Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, was
built here, where Guru Nanak Dev is said to have died.
As India Monday marked the 10th anniversary of the 26/11 carnage, the
mastermind of the attack LeT operations commander Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi has
virtually secured his acquittal and his six accomplices are expecting their
exoneration anytime in the near future.
Mumbai attack case in which seven Lashkar-e-Taiba members are facing charges of
planning and executing the deadly strike since 2009 is still being dragged on
in a Pakistani anti-terror court though the Islamabad High Court in 2015
directed that the case should be wrapped up in two months.
walked free from jail in April 2015 after securing a bail from the trial court,
while the six others are in jail. After his release, Lakhvi went underground.
He has virtually secured his acquittal with the Pakistan government indicating
no plan to challenge his bail.
six others - Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jamil Riaz, Jamil
Ahmed and Younis Anjum - have also "bright chances" of acquittal with
their trial witnessing bizarre twists and turns like frequent change of judges
and murder of a prosecutor.
November 26, 2008, ten Pakistan-based LeT terrorists carried out a series of 12
coordinated shooting and bombing attacks lasting four days across Mumbai. A
total of 166 people died and over 300 were wounded in the strikes.
of the attackers were killed by police, while lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was
captured and hanged after a trial in India.
a fresh development, the US Monday announced a $5 million reward for
information leading to the arrest or conviction in any country of any
individual who committed, conspired, aided or abetted the 26/11 attack.
from the US, other countries have also asked Pakistan to bring the 26/11 attack
perpetrators to justice.
has been a realisation in Pakistan, especially among politicians, that the
attacks had demolished all the past efforts to build friendly ties with India.
there are divergent views on whether punishing the culprits in Pakistan will
help restore ties between them.
are being asked in Pakistan "why trial is not being completed?"
PTI sought a reaction from the Foreign Office on the status of the 26/11 trial,
its spokesman Mohammad Faisal just said, "It is sub judice."
prosecutors are, however, quick to blame India for the delay.
prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar told PTI the case can be concluded in a week if India
sends 24 witnesses to Pakistan for recording of their statements and other
Mumbai case will take not more than a week to conclude if India allows Pakistan
to examine the boat on which the terrorists travelled to reach Mumbai and also
send its witnesses here for recording of their statements," he said.
who is also Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) special prosecutor, further said
India will have to cooperate with Pakistan if it wants logical conclusion of
had taken place in Mumbai and onus is on India to provide full evidence to
Pakistan. The Indian government has not yet either clearly refused to send its
witnesses to Pakistan or allow us to examine the boat there. If it refuses, the
benefit will go to the suspects and the case will be over," he said.
asked why the government has not challenged the bail granted to Lakhvi, he said
there was no strong evidence against his involvement.
Peerzada, another prosecutor in the case, said the hearing of the case in the
Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) is being held on regular basis and the next hearing
is on November 28.
asked about any possible time frame for conclusion of the trial, he said:
"No...it is very difficult to give any time frame...as it is not an
ordinary trial (involving two countries)."
lawyer associated with the case, requesting anonymity, said: "Since both
Pakistan and India's interests are involved in this case...this is more of a
political case than a legal one. And a 'political case' has no time limit (for
Rizwan Abbasi, a counsel for Lakhvi and six others, was reluctant to talk to
PTI when contacted.
a lawyer close to him said the defence is not filing a bail petition of the six
suspects as it is hoping that since enough time has passed they have
"bright chances" to secure acquittal.
defence lawyers are optimistic about acquittal of their clients. Therefore,
they are not moving their bail plea," he said.
however, is of the view that they may get benefit only if India does not send
its witnesses and other evidence.
case is being tried in the ATC since 2009. There has hardly been any case in
any ATC in Pakistan that is pending for over nine years.
appears that the state is not in hurry to decide this case since the matter is related
to its arch-rival India," a senior lawyer said.
former FIA chief Tariq Khosa too pointed out lingering on the case "far
tactics by the defendants, frequent change of trial judges (at least nine
times), assassination of the case prosecutor and retracting from original
testimony by some key witnesses have been serious setbacks for the
prosecutors," he said.
many others in Pakistan, Khosa too believes the case "will not be over
Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Monday announced that the
government would provide land to Sikh organisations for construction of modern
hotels in Kartarpur, Nankana Sahib and Narowal, besides construction of a
railway station in Kartarpur to provide state-of-the-art board and lodging
facilities to Sikh pilgrims visiting Pakistan.
was talking to reporters after seeing off Indian Sikh pilgrims who departed for
Lahore through special trains after offering their religious rituals at
Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Hassanabdal.
said Pakistan Railways (PR) had offered 10 acres of land each in Kartarpur and
Nankana Sahib and five acres of land in Narowal to Sikhs’ organisations for
establishment of five-star hotels to facilitate Sikh pilgrims. Trains would be
run from Nankana Sahib to Kartarpur and hostels would be constructed near all
Sikh pilgrimage sites, he added.
minister said the present government wanted to provide all facilities to Sikh
pilgrims. He said the government was investing millions of rupees for
modernisation of Hassanabdal and Narowal railway stations. He said that for
better supervision of the Hassanabdal railway station, its administrative
control would be transferred from Peshawar division to Rawalpindi division on
a question, the minister said the decision about a railway track project under
the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor would be taken after Dec 25. A new fast
track from Peshawar to Karachi would be laid under proper fencing and there
would be no level crossing on it, he said, adding that a dry port along the
railway track would also be established.
reply to another question, he said the government was embarking upon a major
project of laying a new double rail track from Karachi to Peshawar. He said the
upgrade of infrastructure would help run fast trains on this track.
said freight trains were a major source of revenues, adding that the government
was committed to launching more freight trains to increase the revenue of the
PR and reduce its losses.
said the Rehman Baba Express train would be launched on Dec 25. Nine out of 10
passenger train services have been launched while the number of freight trains
will be increased to 12 as three more will be launched during the current
minister said the PR was working on a project to install broad-gauge railway
tracks from Karachi to Peshawar.
apologised to Indian Sikh pilgrims for the inconvenience they faced due to
paucity of coaches in special trains which resulted in delay of their travelling
from Nankana Sahib to Panja Sahib.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has said Pakistan believes in peace beyond borders
and will play its role in the Afghan peace process, as peace in the war-ravaged
country is critical for achieving an enduring peace in Pakistan.
a jirga of selected elders during his first visit to North and South Waziristan
tribal districts after assuming office, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday
said the nation had fought an imposed war inside the country at a very high
cost and vowed that they would not again opt for any such war inside Pakistan.
announced several welfare packages for the area, including induction of tribal
districts into the mega Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme and three per cent share
to the seven districts of the erstwhile Fata in the National Finance Commission
the visit to the tribal borderlands, Mr Khan was accompanied by Defence
Minister Pervez Khattak, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shah Farman, Chief
Minister Mahmood Khan, Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and
provincial ministers. The jirga was attended by the elders of the Mehsud,
Ahmadzai Wazir and Dawar tribes.
lawmakers Mohsin Dawar and Ali Wazir representing the tribal areas in the
National Assembly were conspicuous by their absence during the PM’s visit. Spokesman
for the KP government Ajmal Wazir expressed ignorance about their absence when
asked about it. “I don’t know whether they were invited or not. Better to ask
the MNAs,” he replied when asked about the lawmakers having affiliation with
the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement. He said that a large number of elders and maliks
representing different tribes were present in the jirga.
PM maintained the status quo of his predecessors, except PPP founder Zulfikar
Ali Bhutto, and addressed a gathering of selected elders instead of holding a
KP government spokesman told Dawn that Mr Khan announced that elections for the
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly and local governments would be held in the seven
tribal districts next year.
visit to the area would send a positive message to the people of erstwhile Fata
and would end a sense of deprivation among them,” said Mr Wazir.
to him, the premier also announced induction of the militancy-affected North
and South Waziristan tribal districts into the mega housing scheme and three
per cent share to the seven districts of the erstwhile Fata in the NFC award.
the PM laid a wreath at the martyrs’ monument and was briefed in detail about
the operations conducted, ongoing stability operations, rehabilitation of
temporary dislocated persons, socio-economic development projects and fencing
along the Pak-Afghan border, said the military’s media wing, Inter-Services
Public Relations (ISPR).
Khan also visited the Ghulam Khan border area and saw the fencing. The army
media wing said the prime minister hailed achievements of the security forces
and intelligence agencies for their successful operations against terrorists.
other country or their armed forces have done what Pakistan and its armed forces
have done in war against terrorism,” the premier said in his address. He said
the nation had fought an imposed war inside the country at a very heavy cost of
sweat and blood with loss to socio-economic fibre and they shall not fight any
such war again inside Pakistan.
PM said: “We are for peace beyond borders including in Afghanistan. We shall
play our role in Afghan peace process along with other stakeholders as peace in
Afghanistan is critical for achieving an enduring peace in Pakistan.”
tribute to the martyrs and their families, he said they had given huge
sacrifices for the safety, security and prosperity of Pakistan. He praised the
people of the tribal districts and other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa who
bravely faced a very challenging time.
Asghar | Munawer Azeem
As many as 207 workers and activists of Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP),
including its three local leaders, have been booked on the charges of sedition,
blocking roads and damaging public property.
300 workers and activists of the religious group, who were arrested during a
major crackdown before its Nov 25 planned protest at Faizabad, were on Monday
sent to Mianwali and Bhakkar prisons. Besides, 190 individuals, including 97
arrested by the Islamabad police, were being kept in the Adiala jail.
the 207 workers and activists, 102 have been identified and nominated in three
FIRs registered with the Waris Khan, City and Rawat police on charges ranging
from sedition to creating law and order, damaging public property, blocking
roads and violating Section 144.
the other hand, 16 activists arrested in Attock under the Anti-Terrorism Act
were produced before an ATC court here which handed them over to the police on
a seven-day remand.
intelligence that TLP leaders Inayatul Haq Shah, Farooqul Hassan and others
were trying to lead a protest and delivering speeches and messages to their
workers and activists through the social media against the government from a
house in Bahria Town Phase VIII, the Rawat police conducted a raid there.
police said the religious group’s local leaders were calling their workers to
reach Liaquat Bagh and other areas to block roads. They were accused of
inciting people against the state and its institutions by using the social
media and mobile phones and calling their workers to gather at Liaquat Bagh for
the police arrived at the Bahria Town house on Sunday evening, a watchman
informed them that Inayatul Haq Shah, emir of TLP Rawalpindi; Mohammad Farooq
Al-Hassan, finance secretary; Tahir Mehmood, organiser; along with Mohammad
Usman, Mirza Amir Jabbar, Syed Fareedul Haq Shah and Riaz Hussain had been
staying there for two to three days. They left the house two hours before the
arrival of the police.
police booked the seven TLP leaders and workers under Section 124-A of the PPC
and Section 29 of the Telegraph Act on the complaint of Tariq Mehmood, the
station house officer (SHO) of Rawat.
124-A of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), which is related to sedition, states:
“Whoever brings into hatred or contempt the federal and provincial government
shall be punished with up to imprisonment for life to which fine may be added.”
Islamabad police rounded up 221 local leaders and activists of the TLP under
the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) Ordinance during its crackdown launched
100 of the detained people approached the district magistrate and sought their
release on bail, pleading they had no links with the TLP and its protest.
response, a verification of the applicants was sought from the police and on
the light of it 37 people were released.
officer told Dawn that only those people were released who had been arrested
arrests have been made on the directions of the government. Though the date of
the protest has passed, a decision about the release of the arrested people
would be taken by the government.”
said vigilance was still mounted around seminaries to prevent its
administrations and students from taking part in any protest.
said officials of the police and administration held talks with the
administrations of the seminaries and a majority of them said they had nothing
to do with the TLP and its protest. But seven seminaries were reluctant to give
such assurances. Police were then deployed around the seven seminaries to
monitor the movement of its students.
Intensifies Among Terrorists over Controlling Key Road in Idlib
clashes broke out between Tahrir al-Sham and Ahrar al-Sham militants on the
outskirts of Maarat al-Numan in Southern Idlib, field sources reported.
sources noted that the infighting broke out after Tahrir al-Sham entered Heish
region controlled by Ahrar al-Sham and set up an inspection post there. Ahrar
al-Sham also targeted and pounded Tahrir al-Sham's post and put their forces on
al-Sham also hit the military posts of the National Liberation Front in Babolin
area in Heish region, they added.
sources also pointed to the preparations by Tahrir al-Sham Hayat to launch a
large-scale military operation in the region, and said Tahrir al-Sham aims to
seize control of the international highway passing through Maarat al-Numan
international highway is part of the international Aleppo-Damascus Road whose
security was demanded by the Sochi Agreement.
a relevant development on Saturday, field sources in Northern Syria said
tensions among terrorist groups and insecurities in regions occupied by
militants in Idlib and Aleppo provinces have exacerbated, adding that more
senior terrorist commanders have been shot dead by unidentified attackers in
assailants have killed several terrorist commanders, including two from Tahrir
al-Sham Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra
Front), in Idlib and Aleppo provinces.
commander of Tahrir al-Sham named Abdollah Ansari was killed in an attack by
unknown gunmen in the town of Ahsam in Jebel al-Zaviyeh region in Southern
Idlib, field sources in Idlib said.
another Tahrir al-Sham commander nom de guerre Abu Jalbib was shot dead by
unidentified assailants in the town of al-Dana in Northern Idlib, they added.
Western Aleppo, a former commander of Jeish al-Mojahedin was also killed by
unknown gunmen in Batbou village.
the field sources pointed to the new wave of arrests of Tahrir al-Sham
militants in Northwestern Hama, and said Tahrir al-Sham has arrested one of its
former commanders namely Maher Fajr al-Khalil in the town of Kafar Zita.
Arabic-language Al-Watan newspaper quoted sources close to Nureddin al-Zinki
terrorist group as saying that Tahrir al-Sham terrorists were responsible for
the chlorine gas attack on residential areas in Aleppo.
attacks on Aleppo's residential areas were done by rockets and shells that had
been chemically armed by White Helmets," the sources said.
sources noted that Tahrir al-Sham's chemical attacks were launched from the
demilitarized zone specified under the Sochi agreement.
attacks from the demilitarized zone display that Ankara has no control over the
terrorist groups operating in zone, and has thus failed to hold up its end of
a relevant development on Sunday, Syrian Foreign Ministry said that the Aleppo
chlorine shelling was made possible because Western countries had been
supplying weapons to militants so that they staged chemical attacks.
went on to call on the United Nations to take measures regarding the militants
who attacked Aleppo and the states that were supporting them, Sputnik reported.
US-led coalition warplanes struck the homes of civilians in the town of al-Shaafa
in Eastern Deir Ezzur, killing at least 14 civilians from a family most of them
children and women," battlefield sources in Eastern Deir Ezzur said.
sources noted that many other civilians were also injured in the US airstrikes
on the residential areas.
large number of houses were destroyed and the region's infrastructure was
extensively damaged in the US warplanes'
raids," the sources added.
the Orient Base affiliated to militant groups reported that the US-led
coalition fighter jets also targeted and pounded the village of Abu al-Hassan
on the outskirts of the city of Hajin in Eastern Deir Ezzur, leaving at least
21 civilians dead and many others wounded.
US-led coalition fighter jets conducted similar attacks on residential areas in
the Eastern part of Deir Ezzur province on Saturday.
US-led fighter planes targeted and heavily pounded al-Sha'afah village in
Southeastern Deir Ezzur which killed at least 11 civilians, including eight
women and children, and injured tens more, local sources reported.
sources pointed to large-scale destruction of people's houses, and said the
death toll is on rise due to the deteriorating health conditions of a large
number of those injured in the attacks.
Saudi citizens have graduated from the “care and rehabilitation” program
dedicated specially for Shiite detainees in security related cases, in the
Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia on Sunday evening.
its 21st edition, the graduation ceremony was held under the patronage of the
head of the Mohammed bin Nayef Care Rehabilitation Center, Major General Nasser
attendees were a number of the area’s dignitaries, including the judge of the
Department of Endowments and Heritage, and families of the 25 graduates.
In an interview with Al Arabiya, Member of the
Saudi Shura Council Nabih al-Barahim said: “I attended the graduation ceremony
of a group of men from Qatif governorate, most of them were from my hometown.
They have gained back their reasoning after they had responded, in a moment of
weakness, to those who do not wish our country any good.”
added saying: “Those men have made mistakes that might have risked the security
and stability of the country, but procedures have been taken by the appropriate
authorities to rehabilitate them and bring them back to the society as useful
and effective members.”
also spoke about his personal relationship with the graduates saying: “I have
noticed how they changed. Some of them greeted me with love although they used
to despise even looking at me previously. Those of them who have personally
hurt me and my family before, are now apologetically asking how we’re doing.”
graduates leave the program to go back to their normal lives, and Barahim has
requested their societies to “positively welcome them”. He also said that “All
parts of the society have a responsibility to support those men in their new
beginnings by embracing them socially and supporting them with job
opportunities, which will help them stay on the right track and avoid any
President Bashar al-Assad has reshuffled his cabinet as the government’s
counter-terrorism operation is nearing an end.
a decree carried by Syria’s official SANA news agency on Monday, Assad changed
the ministers of interior affairs, industry, water resources, internal trade
and consumer protection, communications and technology, public works and
housing, education, higher education and tourism.
Syrian president also ordered the formation of the National Reconciliation
Commission to replace the current Ministry of National Reconciliation.
Haidar, ex-Syrian minister of reconciliation, was further renamed as the head
of the new reconciliation body.
in the same decree, Assad changed the governor of Damascus.
cabinet shake-up comes at a time when Syrian army soldiers, backed by the
Russian air force and Iranian military advisers, have been making sweeping
gains against foreign-backed terrorists, who have been wreaking havoc in the
Arab country since 2011.
head of a powerful Shia group in Iraq says Shia paramilitaries in the Arab
country should have a formal role in securing the border with Syria and defend
the Iraqi people against terror outfits, particularly the Takfiri Daesh
al-Khazali, the leader the Asaib Ahl al-Haq group, which is part of the Popular
Mobilization Forces (PMF), made the remarks in an interview with Reuters at his
office in the Shia holy city of Najaf on Saturday, the transcripts of which
published on Monday.
Iraq’s borders with Syria is among the most important duties of the Popular
Mobilization Forces right now,” he said, urging Baghdad to provide a more
formal, long-term border protection role for the voluntary forces.
PMF, which are known in Arabic as Hashd al-Sha’abi, is a combination of some 40
groups of mostly Shia fighters as well as Sunnis and Christians, which was
formed shortly after the Daesh emerged in Iraq in mid-2014. The forces played a
significant role in aiding the army forces in defeating the terror group in the
Ahl al-Haq, in turn, is part of the Fatah (Conquest) Alliance led by secretary
general of Badr Organization Hadi al-Ameri, which finished second in the May 12
election with 47 out of 329 parliamentary seats.
alliance is a political coalition in the Arab country formed to contest the
2018 general election. Its main components are groups involved in the
state-sponsored PMF, which was formally declared as part of Iraq’s security
forces earlier this year.
Daesh threat against Iraq won’t end as long as Syria is unstable. The PMF
proved it is the military side most capable of dealing with Daesh ... maybe the
armed forces can invest the PMF in duties that include border security,”
went on to say that paramilitary commanders should retain leadership positions
and that “the government needs to provide bases and weapons depots.”
Iraqi military, supported by the United States, is deployed along the frontier,
but PMF leaders have already said they are taking the lead in securing it,
including around the town of al-Qaim which borders Syria’s embattled eastern
province of Dayr al-Zawr.
border was not secure before. Our operations have fixed that completely,”
Reuters quoted an unnamed senior PMF commander as saying in October.
groups urge boycott of Eurovision hosted by Israel
UK-based pro-Palestine groups have called on European artists and performers to
boycott the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest hosted by Israel.
Palestine Action, Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Manchester
Jewish Action for Palestine posted a tweet on Monday, urging songwriters and
performers to boycott the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, scheduled be held in
Israel “just as they once boycotted the South African apartheid regime.”
regularly uses culture to cover up, justify and distract from its oppressive
regime of military occupation and apartheid against the Palestinian people,”
read the tweet.
three groups called for a protest at the BBC Headquarters in London on December
1 to demand that the British Broadcasting Corporation withdraw from the song
the protest and take a stand against BBC artwashing apartheid,” said the post
demand an end to Brand Israel's whitewashing of Israel's crimes against the
Palestinian people, most recently the massacre of 220 unarmed protesters and
the ongoing ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian population."
days after Israel's Eurovision win, Israeli forces massacred 62 Palestinians in
Gaza, including six children, as they demonstrated for freedom and refugee
rights. Since 'The Great Return March' protests began on March 30th, 2018 at
least 205 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the besieged Gaza
Strip. More than 18,000 others have been injured, including thousands shot with
live fire,” the groups stressed.
three pro-Palestine groups, who are part of the Boycott, Divestment and
Sanctions (BDS) movement, called on “all concerned individuals to take a stand
for the Palestinians, still occupied, still violently forced from their land
and still killed mercilessly under Israel's apartheid regime.”
September, about 140 artists, including musicians, writers, actors, directors,
novelists, and poets signed a letter calling for the boycott of the 2019
Eurovision Song Contest.
letter signed by the 140 artists, including six Israeli artists, demanded the
song contest should be boycotted if it is “hosted by Israel while it continues
its grave, decades-old violations of Palestinian human rights.”
Palestinians can enjoy freedom, justice and equal rights, there should be no
business-as-usual with the state that is denying them their basic rights,"
the letter said.
also referred to how Israel massacred more than 60 Palestinians in Gaza on May
14 alone, just two days after Netta Barzilai won Eurovision 2018, securing for
Israel the right to host next year’s edition of the celebrated contest.
officials in charge of combating the global solidarity for Palestine see
hosting of Eurovision as a “national project” and the regime is spending
millions of dollars to stage the event they hope will help whitewash Israel’s
image, especially in the wake of its recent massacres of Great March of Return
protesters in Gaza.
officials have previously expressed concern about Israel’s efforts to use the
song contest as part of its international propaganda campaign, including by
initially insisting that it be held in the occupied Jerusalem al-Quds.
Israel backed down from the demand in June, and said that the occupied city
would be only one of several possible venues, including Tel Aviv, Haifa and
the possibilities reportedly narrowed down to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, the
announcement of the host city is expected any day.
understand that the European Broadcasting Union is demanding that Israel finds
a ‘non-divisive’ location for the 2019 Eurovision,” the artists stated in their
letter reported by The Guardian – a reference to how Tel Aviv is viewed by
Eurovision officials as a less controversial location than the occupied
the artists assert that the European Broadcasting Union “should cancel Israel’s
hosting of the contest altogether and move it to another country with a
defendable human rights record."
divides, while the pursuit of dignity and human rights unites,” read the letter
by the artists.
Nov 26, 2018
United Arab Emirate has granted a pardon to a British academic whose life
sentence a week ago had triggered a harsh response from London.
pardon issued by the UAE president, on Monday came despite the release of a
video in which Matthew Hedge purportedly accepted his spying conviction by
saying that he was a member of the British intelligence agency MI5.
31, a doctoral student who was arrested in May after UAE authorities found
about his espionage activities, said in the video that he was specifically
looking into UAE military issues while in the emirates.
a court ruling last week, which sentenced him to life in prison, sparked harsh
reactions from London. Both Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary
Jeremy Hunt had warned that ties could be at risk over the ruling.
statement on state news agency WAM said the pardoning of Hedges was part of a
mass clemency of more than 700 prisoners to mark the country’s National Day. It
said the order was effective immediately and Hedges could leave the UAE “once
formalities are completed”.
is a main supplier of lethal weapons to the UAE, on which the small Persian
Gulf country has relied for its contribution to a deadly Saudi war on Yemen
over the past three years.
two countries maintain close economic cooperation while London has helped the
UAE over the years to boost its media image around the world.
the British foreign minister, welcomed the UAE’s grant of pardon to Hedges,
saying it was a “fantastic news”.
we didn’t agree with charges, we are grateful to the UAE government for
resolving the issue speedily,” said Hunt.
Hunt’s denial of espionage charges against Hedges came as a UAE government
spokesman showed a video several minutes before the pardon was announced in
which Hedges appeared to be admitting that he had been working for the MI5. He
said in the video that he had approached sources in the UAE as a doctoral
student to know which military systems the UAE was buying.
al-Lamki, the spokesman, said Hedges had been in the UAE to steal the country’s
“sensitive national secrets for his paymasters”. The official told reporters
that Hedges was “100 percent a secret service operative”.
and Germany will likely host the Special Vehicle Purpose (SPV), a special
payment channel created by Europe as part of its efforts to keep trade flowing
with Iran in defiance of US sanctions, senior diplomats told the Wall Street
Monday report said the governments participating in the payment channel will
directly manage the company (mechanism) in order to prevent the US from putting
direct sanctions on it.
to the diplomats, British officials are also mulling over joining France and
Germany in order to rescue the European attempt to circumvent the US sanctions
and salvage the Iran nuclear deal following the US’ withdrawal in May.
report said if France plays host to the SPV, Germany will take the helm, and
to the report, the mechanism is not finalized yet and finishing touches will be
discussed on the sidelines of the 2018 G20 Buenos Aires summit, scheduled to
begin on November 30.
move comes after Luxembourg and Austria, under the US pressure, refused to host
the SPV, with Luxembourg officials being warned that hosting the mechanism
could damage the country’s place as a major financial center hosting many
international investment funds, European diplomats said.
report was released during the visit of Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi
to Brussels, Belgium, where he attended the third seminar on peaceful nuclear
cooperation between Tehran and the European Union.
European Union hosted the AEOI chief at the seminar aimed at showing the bloc's
continuing support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
the seminar, Salehi criticized the US administration's efforts to prevent the
implementation of the 2015 deal through exerting pressure on other countries to
make them pursue Washington's policies vis-a-vis the deal.
unconstructive US approach shows that this country, as a permanent member of
the [United Nations] Security Council, is not committed to its international
obligations," said Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of
to reporters on the sidelines of the seminar, the Iranian nuclear chief warned
the European Union of "ominous" outcomes if it did not follow through
with action to keep the economic benefits of the JCPOA alive.
words are not turned into deeds, then ... it is very ominous, the situation
would be unpredictable," Salehi said.
nuclear chief, however, said he believed that the 28-nation bloc was
"doing its best" and was on its way to delivering on its promises.
has been taking a range of measures to meet the Iranian demand for practical
and the European side have been discussing ways to conduct non-dollar trade in
order to offset the US sanctions.
Desk: Eastern Europe Safer for Jews Than West
American Jews think “rightist governments enable anti-Semitism” in Europe,
notes Evelyn Gordon at Commentary. And for the same reason they chide Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his diplomatic outreach to the likes of
Hungary and Poland. But, it turns out, “Respondents from places like Poland,
Hungary, and Romania — countries routinely accused of having anti-Semitic,
borderline fascist governments — felt safer than Jews in liberal countries like
France and Germany by a 20-point margin.” One reason is “the politically
incorrect fact that violence against Jews in Europe comes mainly from Muslim
anti-Semites,” and there are more of those in Western Europe than Eastern.
Another is hostility to Israel, which is more prevalent “in liberal Western
Europe than conservative Eastern Europe.”
Watch: Twitter Tries to Shut Down Trans Debate
it comes to the trans issue,” observes Kimberly Ross at the Washington
Examiner, Silicon Valley has set out to silence “honest conversation.” Case in
point, Twitter’s new addition to its terms of service prohibits “targeted
misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals.” In plain English, that
means users are now prohibited from suggesting that someone was born a
different sex or from “using their original, now unwanted, name.” The company
is wielding its vast power to short-circuit debate on a condition that is still
ill-understood and has profound implications for how we order society. Yes,
firms should be permitted to set their own rules, but conservatives must be
alert to how “their voices are being shut out.”
Writer: DNA Evidence for Adam and Eve?
humans alive today are the offspring of a common father and mother — an Adam
and Eve — who walked the planet 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.” So writes
Michael Guillen at FoxNews.com, citing a study by scholars at Rockefeller University
and the University of Basel. “The same is true of nine out of every 10 animal
species,” meaning that “nearly all of Earth’s creatures living today sprang
into being from some seminal, Big Bang-like event.” The scientists analyzed the
DNA ‘bar codes’ of five million animals from 100,000 different species.” The
method allowed the scientists “to infer the passage of time” and conclude that
something “caused animal life on Earth to be almost completely renewed” a
relatively short time ago. And while it’s not dead-on evidence for the Genesis
creation account, the study “proves we are at the mercy of forces we do not see
the Left: A Potential Dem Upset in Mississippi
Republican Gov. Phil Bryant asked Cindy Hyde-Smith “to replace retired Sen.
Thad Cochran earlier this year — in no small part because Bryant thought he
could trust her to not put her foot in her mouth,” writes Josh Voorhees at
Slate. Well, so much for that. It turns out that Hyde-Smith made a pair of controversial
remarks earlier this year that have only recently surfaced. In one, she
described “her loyalty to one of her supporters” by suggesting that “if he
invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.” In another, she
seemed to cheer voter suppression on college campuses “in a state with more
than a half-dozen historically black universities.” The result: The GOP may
lose Tuesday’s runoff for the Cochran seat — its first Senate loss in the state
in more than 30 years.
least 22 Afghan police killed in Taliban ambush, officials say
least 22 police were killed in a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan’s western
province of Farah late on Sunday, officials said, adding to the growing
casualty toll on Afghan security forces fighting an increasingly confident
fighters ambushed a security forces’ convoy in Lash-e Joveyn district of Farah,
a remote and sparsely populated province on the border with Iran where the
Taliban have control of large parts of the countryside.
spokesman Mohebullah Moheb confirmed the ambush but gave no details. A
spokesman at the provincial hospital said 22 bodies had been brought in from
spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said 25 police, including senior commanders, had
been killed and four vehicles were destroyed in the attack. Large quantities of
weapons were captured, he said.
authorities no longer release detailed figures but US Defense Secretary James
Mattis recently confirmed casualties have been running at some 500 a month, a
figure many officials in Kabul say understates the real toll.
losses have been mounting even while US diplomatic efforts to begin peace talks
with the Taliban have picked up with the appointment by Washington of Zalmay
Khalilzad, a former US ambassador to Kabul, as special peace envoy.
Islami demands unconditional release of commander Alipur
Wahdat Islami party has reacted to the arrest of a local uprising commander
Alipur alias commander Shamsher in Kabul.
Islami party in a statement has said the party condemns the arrest of the local
uprising forces commander of Midan Wardak commander Alipur, calling it a
provocative and irresponsible move.
statement further added that the party demands unconditional release of the
commander from the custody of the security forces.
said Sunday that Commander Alipur was detained by the National Directorate of
Security forces from Qala Qazi area of the city on Sunday morning.
Alipur is accused of harassing the passengers on highways in central parts of
the country and leading irresponsible armed individuals.
refugees in southeast Bangladesh have staged a massive protest and strike,
demanding that officials and aid agencies stop sharing their family information
with Myanmar’s government.
were shut at several of the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar District because of
the protest on Monday. Rohingya working with non-government groups and the UN
refugee agency also boycotted their jobs as part of the strike.
leaders of Rohingya refugee camps called the strike to pressure the UN High
Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to include “Rohingya” on the ID cards it has
been issuing them. The smart cards however, identify an individual as a
"forcibly displaced Myanmar national" and not as Rohingya.
a statement, the protesting refugees said it was crucial that they be
identified as ethnic Rohingya on the cards because they were being persecuted
in Myanmar precisely because of their ethnicity.
term 'Rohingya' is very important because we have been persecuted because of
our identity," the statement said, adding that while the term was banned
in Myanmar, it should not be banned in Bangladesh.
in the statement, the angry protesters also voiced concern about a plan to
collect biometric data and copies of documents, as they fear the UNHCR and the
Dhaka government could share the data with Myanmar, which could use the
information against them.
has been urging the refugees to accept smart cards that help with
identification and the distribution of aid.
al-Khateeb, a UNHCR representative, said data was being collected for a
verification process which would help Rohingya refugees get better protection
and ensure their access to services in Bangladesh.
is not linked to repatriation," al-Khateeb said, adding that the data was
jointly maintained by Bangladesh and the UNHCR.
of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have been living for more than a year in
cramped refugee camps in southeastern Bangladesh after fleeing violence in
Rakhine at the hands of the Myanmar military.
late October, Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed to begin to repatriate hundreds of
thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled last year.
of those on the list agreed to return if their demands for justice, citizenship
and the ability to go back to their original villages and land were not met.
government has faced international condemnation for failing to halt the brutal
persecution of Rohingya Muslims by military forces and Buddhist extremists.
Authorities in Myanmar have seized a boat carrying 93 people, apparently
Rohingya Muslims, fleeing displacement camps in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State
and hoping to reach Malaysia, an official said on Tuesday.
boat is believed to be the third bound for Malaysia stopped in Myanmar waters
since monsoon rains began to subside last month, bringing calmer weather,
raising fears of a fresh wave of hazardous voyages after a 2015 crackdown on
Zaw Latt, director of the government office in Dawei, a coastal town in southern
Myanmar, said fishermen had reported a “suspicious” boat to authorities.
navy stopped the boat on Sunday and detained the 93 people, who said they had
come from the Thae Chaung camp in the Rakhine State capital of Sittwe, he said.
Chaung is about 900 km (560 miles) northwest of Dawei and holds internally
displaced people, most of whom are stateless Rohingya.
said they ran away from the camp. They said they intended to go to Malaysia,”
said Moe Zaw Latt, adding authorities were preparing to send them back to
Sittwe on Tuesday.
in media showed police standing by as passengers — many of them women in
headscarves and children — huddled on the deck.
boat resembled vessels the Rohingya typically use to escape the apartheid-like
conditions in Rakhine State, where their movements and access to services are
UN refugee agency has said Myanmar must “address the root causes of
displacement,” including the lack of citizenship for the Rohingya, who consider
themselves native to Rakhine State.
regards Rohingya as illegal migrants from the Indian subcontinent and has
confined tens of thousands to sprawling camps outside Sittwe since violence
swept the area in 2012.
than 700,000 Rohingya crossed into Bangladesh last year fleeing an army
crackdown in the north of Rakhine State, according to UN agencies.
investigators have accused the Myanmar army of “genocidal intent” and ethnic
cleansing. Myanmar has denied most allegations of atrocities, blaming Rohingya
insurgents who attacked police boats for sparking the exodus.
officials say they are ready to accept Rohingya who want to return from
Bangladeshi refugee camps. But refugees themselves and aid agencies oppose a
repatriation plan that was due to begin on Nov. 15, saying conditions in
Myanmar were not safe.
detained 106 Rohingya men, women and children on a boat near the commercial hub
of Yangon on Nov. 16, when their engine failed on their way from the Sittwe
camps to Malaysia.
trial of eight militants who perpetrated Bangladesh’s worst terror attack on a
popular cafe here in 2016 that killed 22 people, including a 19-year-old Indian
girl, began in a court on Monday.
national Tarishi Jain was among 17 foreigners who were brutally murdered by the
militants inside the restaurant in Dhaka’s high-security diplomatic zone on the
night of July 1, 2016, before commandos launched an assault killing six
attackers and capturing one alive.
from Jain, nine Italians, seven Japanese, and five Bangladeshis, including two
police officers, were also killed while 50 people were injured in the attack.
Most of the victims were found with their throats slit.
said a total of 21 militants were involved in planning the assault but 13 of
them were killed in subsequent anti-terrorism operations by security forces.
judge indicted the suspects to be tried and set December 3 for beginning the
arguments,” an official of Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal said.
said Judge Mujibur Rahman indicted eight accused while police produced six of
them in the dock as two others are absconding and would be tried in absentia.
He said the six accused pleaded not guilty.
trial comes four months after police pressed charges over the attack.
militants directly carried out the attack at the Holey Artisan Bakery in
Dhaka’s upscale Gulshan diplomatic enclave. All of them were killed on the
morning of July 2 in a military commando raid at the site.
country’s deadliest ever terrorist attack prompted authorities to launch a
massive anti-militancy operation.
Neo-Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (Neo-JMB), said to be linked to the Islamic
State (IS) terror group, was blamed for the carnage. The outfit has emerged as
the new chapter of the radical Islamist group JMB.
counter-terrorism chief Monirul Islam earlier said they gathered 75 pieces of
evidence for the trial and mobilised 211 witnesses to the carnage to testify in
mufti supports call for male footballers to cover up
TOWN: A mufti in Penang has voiced support for a call by a Terengganu
legislator for all Muslim athletes, including male footballers, to cover
themselves until their knees at all events beginning next year.
Salim Wan Mohd Noor said this was in line with the requirements of Islam.
am also of the opinion that covering up will not affect the performance or
achievements of these athletes. After all, ‘tutup aurat’ (covering up) is a
must in Islam,” he said when contacted.
added that the ruling should be easy for most Muslim men as they are only
required to cover themselves from the navel to the knees.
executive councillor Wan Sukairi Wan Abdullah told the state assembly yesterday
that beginning next year, all Muslim athletes from the state had to wear
shariah-compliant clothing both at home and while participating in outstation
said the “tutup aurat” initiative would begin with footballers and expand to
other sporting activities in stages.
said this was part of the PAS-led government’s initiative to put in place
Islamic values, especially in matters concerning shariah-compliant clothing.
to him, the initiative was first proposed by the state mufti. He said
implementation would not be immediate but that athletes were encouraged to
start meeting the required standards.
also dismissed concerns over a possible drop in performance, giving the example
of Terengganu state runner Azreen Nabila Alias who was crowned the “speed
queen” at the recent Sukma games despite being dressed in shariah-compliant
village leaders issue circular on Wi-Fi ban at cafes
leaders of Curee Baroh in Simpang Mamplam district, Bireun regency, Aceh, have
issued a circular that calls on all cafes to remove access to free Wi-Fi, which
they have blamed for distracting children from their studies and Quran recital
sessions. The circular, the sharia-abiding province’s first, was issued on Nov.
13 as a result of discussions among village officials who have attributed the
low interest in studying and reciting the Quran to the fact that more young
people are crowding such hangout spots.
have delivered the circular to the cafe owners so that they can cut the Wi-Fi
connection,” said Curee Baroh village head Helmiadi Mukhtaruddin.
village leaders said they found that children and teenagers in the area went to
cafes during school hours and claimed some opened sites containing pornography.
is a growing concern about Wi-Fi access. We have six cafes in the village and
it is getting harder for parents and teachers to control the children,” said
said children often left home telling their parents that they would attend
Quran recital sessions at mosques or musholla (prayer rooms), but they actually
went to cafes and surfed the internet.
upholding regional autonomy principles, sharia implementation in Aceh has been
condemned and criticized over alleged human rights violations.
the Bireun administration was criticized for issuing a circular asking coffee
shops, cafes and restaurants to ensure that male and female customers who are
not married or related to one another do not sit at the same table together.
circular is meant to serve as a guideline for business owners to abide by
sharia, which prohibits khalwat (physical displays of affection between
Communications and Information Agency head M. Zubair said many cafes in the
regency now provided Wi-Fi access to visitors, and only in Curee Baroh was it
now denounced. He said the regency administration respected the village’s
support the Wi-Fi ban as long as it benefits the young generation,” Zubair told
The Jakarta Post on Saturday.
said the village regulation did not contravene higher law in the regency and
allowed other villages to follow suit. He, however, said there would be no
legal consequences for ignoring the circular.
circular] has no legal consequences. But, ideally, residents should comply with
the circular,” said Zubair.
circular came along with the village leaders’ statement conveying their
commitment to eradicate drug trafficking, especially for crystal metaphetamine
condemn mass detention of Muslim Uighurs, other ethnic groups in China
Countries must hit China with sanctions over the mass detention of ethnic
Uighurs in its western Xinjiang region, hundreds of scholars said on Monday,
warning that a failure to act would signal acceptance of “psychological torture
of innocent civilians.”
has in recent months faced an outcry from activists, academics and foreign
governments over mass detentions and strict surveillance of the Muslim Uighur
minority and other ethnic groups that live in Xinjiang.
August, a United Nations human rights panel said it had received many credible
reports that a million or more Uighurs and other minorities are being held in
what resembles a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy” in the
from a group of 278 scholars in various disciplines from dozens of countries
called on China at a news briefing in Washington to end its detention policies,
and for sanctions directed at key Chinese leaders and security companies linked
to the abuses.
situation must be addressed to prevent setting negative future precedents
regarding the acceptability of any state’s complete repression of a segment of
its population, especially on the basis of ethnicity or religion,” the group
said in a statement.
should expedite asylum requests from Xinjiang’s Muslim minorities, as well as
“spearhead a movement for UN action aimed at investigating this mass internment
system and closing the camps,” it said.
rejects criticism of its actions in Xinjiang, saying that it protects the
religion and culture of minorities, and that its security measures are needed
to combat the influence of “extremist” groups that incite violence there.
country’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said the world should ignore “gossip”
about Xinjiang and trust the government.
after initial denials about the detention camps, Chinese officials have said
some people guilty of minor offenses were being sent to “vocational” training
centers, where they are taught work skills and legal knowledge aimed at curbing
Clarke, a Xinjiang expert at Australian National University who signed the
statement, told reporters that China sought international respect for its
weight in global affairs.
JAYA: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa has called
for calm in the wake of a second day of chaos at the Seafield Sri Maha
Mariamman temple in Subang Jaya.
who is the minister in charge of Islamic affairs, also said Islam taught its
followers to respect each other and look after the sanctity of houses of
worship, regardless of which religion they belonged to.
it is true that a house of worship was intruded upon, and that the place of
worship was damaged to the point that people around were endangered, this
cannot be accepted,” he said in a statement.
was referring to Monday’s early morning scuffle at the Sri Maha Mariamman
Temple, which is slated for relocation. That scuffle saw one group of people
attack devotees at the temple.
Amanah leader called for a peaceful resolution to the Sri Maha Mariamman temple
issue and urged all quarters to immediately cease any provocative action.
also hope the authorities will carry out a fair and detailed investigation into
the incident so that action can be taken against those responsible according to
added that action must be taken against anyone who did not respect the law.
are also advised against issuing statements which can further muddy the waters
to ensure the peace and harmony we have built all this while is maintained.”
night, a crowd of over 2,000 gathered to protest the relocation. The initially
peaceful protest turned unruly after midnight when some protesters vandalised
and set fire to several vehicles.
are seeking two years of imprisonment for musician Ahmad Dhani over alleged
prosecutors demand that the judges declare the suspect guilty beyond reasonable
doubt of inciting hatred against a certain group and [sentence him to] two
years in prison,” the prosecution side read out its statement at the South
Jakarta District Court on Monday, as reported by tribunnews.com.
was named a suspect for posting on his Twitter account messages that allegedly
contain hate speech, one of which reads that “anyone who supports a blasphemer
is scum that deserves to be spat on in the face,” in a clear reference to
former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, who was sentenced to two
years in prison last year for blasphemy against Islam.
prosecutor added that there was no mitigating factor that could lessen the
sentence and that the suspect had created public disquiet.
tweets were posted during the Jakarta gubernatorial election campaign season,
which coincided with Ahok’s blasphemy trial.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Monday that associating terrorism solely
with Muslims is the greatest obstacle to globally combatting terrorism.
we say Christian terror? Do we say Jewish terror? Are there no Christians and
Jews who are involved in terrorism? There are,” Erdoğan said at a symposium on
international drug policies and public health in Istanbul.
can join Islam and terrorism. The world Islam itself means peace. Is it
possible to associate a religion that demands peace with terrorism? The aim is
to taint Islam with Daesh and other terror groups,” he added.
invite the whole world to unite around a stance against terrorism that is
principled and result-oriented.”
fight against terror
Erdoğan lauded the success Turkey’s resolute stance against terrorism has
the most important outcomes of Turkey’s fight against terror is the progress we
have made in terms dealing great blows to the drug trade. Terrorism cannot be
fought unless it is targeted in all aspects,” Erdoğan said.
said that Turkey's fight against drug trafficking also harms terrorist
and terror resemble each other. The swamp must be drained for an effective
fight against both," he added.
the struggle against addictive products is also a struggle to dry out the
resources of terrorism," he said.
Turkish president reiterated it was not an accident that drugs, alcohol and
tobacco fuel terrorist organizations.
said 52,000 people have been put in jail in Turkey on charges related to drug
added that electronic addiction was also a big threat to the society.
world is silent and does not see Paris”
called for more coverage of the protests that have rocked France’s Paris and
left at least two people dead. Over 750 people, including 136 security guards,
were injured and 693 people have been detained during the one-week
the Gezi events, international media was always covering Taksim. There are
terror events in Paris at the moment, and international media is silent. The
world is silent and does not see Paris. Why? Because they don’t want them to be
tainted but regardless of this, the world is watching
police detained at least 100 people on Saturday in anti-government protests
which sparked by rise in fuel prices in the country, according to security
sources. The protests which turned violent as the security forces used tear gas
to disperse the “yellow vests” in Paris’ key points, especially on
protesters named after the high-visibility jackets staged the nationwide
protests last week. Over a thousand demonstrators also gathered in front of
Elysee Palace calling for President Emmanuel Macron to resign.
drone Qasef 1 hit a venue of the meeting of the militia commanders backed by
the Saudi-led coalition, killing and injuring a number of them, reported
al-Masireh news channel.
attack was carried out late on Sunday, hitting Mass base in the province of
Marib, Northeast of the Yemeni capital city of Sana'a.
air assault was carried out after a series of reconnaissance operations, a
Yemeni military commander told al-Masireh.
Arabia and some of its allies, including the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, and
Sudan, launched a brutal war against Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to
reinstall Yemen’s former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
aggression initially consisted of a bombing campaign but was later coupled with
a naval blockade and the deployment of ground forces to Yemen. Around 20,000
people have died since the war began, says Yemen’s Health Ministry.
Saudi-led war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure,
destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The United Nations (UN) has said
that a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4
million threatened by severe hunger.
Riyadh's claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters,
Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
August, a Saudi air raid hit a school bus as it drove through a market in the
town of Dhahyan in Sa’ada Province in Northwestern Yemen, killing a total of 51
people, among them 40 children, and injuring 79 others, mostly children.
Palestinian was shot dead while allegedly attempting to carry out a car-ramming
attack on Monday that injured three Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank,
the Israeli military said.
military said one of the soldiers sustained moderate injuries and the other two
were slightly hurt when the Palestinian allegedly crashed his vehicle into them
along a West Bank road north of the city of Hebron.
soldier then shot and killed the assailant, the military said.
was no claim of responsibility for Monday’s incident, which drew praise from
the Hamas militant group as “a response to crimes carried out by the
occupation”, a term it uses to refer to Israel.
residents have apparently started “branding Hamas with slurs”, accusing the
group of “selling out” the enclave in return for aid from Qatar and more
collaboration with Israel, a newspaper column published this week suggests.
Shehada, a writer and activist from the Gaza Strip who writes for Haaretz,
published a column this week that suggested Gazans were angry at Hamas after
the group reached a “limited set of understandings” with Israel earlier this
sold us out!’ Gazans began to whisper,” according to the columnist. The deal
with Israel included keeping Palestinian protesters hundreds of meters away
from the separation fence with Israel. The site is where demonstrators weekly
protested by tire-burning and firing incendiary kite-flying at Israeli farms
and assets -- an act Hamas has previously defended the Palestinian right in
social media, Gazans used Arabic hashtags equivalents to #sell-outs, at which
they wrote messages like: “[Suddenly] burning tires have become ‘unhealthy’ and
[approaching] the electronic fence is suicide! #sell-outs.”
return for this calm, the writer notes that Israel restored the status quo
ante, as well as other “limited” “benefits.”
included the expansion of the Gaza fishing zone for a few a months, bringing
back the heavily-restricted entry of relief and commercial vessels into the
enclave, following a full-on closure. And a tentative supply of Qatari fuel and
cash to pay Hamas’ government employees.
a return to square one” the writer said. Gazans unleashed some of their anger
during a visit by Qatari ambassador earlier in November. Not only his convoy
was hurled with stones, but also he was met with angry cries such as
outrage was also evident during a small protest by young Gazans in Khan Younis
where this “sell-out” hashtag became a shouted slogan, accusing Hamas of
a botched Israeli operation thwarted by Hamas military wing, al-Qassam Brigade,
has given the group some relief, the writer suggests.
after this last escalation -- which left an IDF officer dead and led to a
barrage of rocket fire from Gaza towards Israel -- Hamas leaders celebrated the
“heroic engagement” against Israel, silencing critics by showing it still is
the “armed resistance” protecting Gaza.
campaign, Shehada writes, has been effective in delegitimizing further
criticism of Hamas’ political and administrative conduct in Gaza once again.
of Hamas became equivalent to undermining the overall Palestinian national
struggle for liberation.
that silenced the popular outrage about Hamas’ initial agreement of trading
Gaza’s sacrifices over the last seven months for a meager supply of aid and
was time for Hamas to return to business, the writer says. The group continues
to sell Gazans “the delusion that their decade of endurance is finally bearing
fruit and soon, more prosperity, employment and hope will trickle down to the
has been achieved so far “are temporary and symbolic painkillers, not an actual
end to Gaza’s pain”, Shehada writes.
has agreed to give a small share of the Qatari money to 50,000 needy Gazan
families; $100 for each household.
group also created a temporary employment programs for 5,000 young university
graduates with the aspirational title of Tomoh (“Ambition”). Hamas also
promised to “keep up the fight until Gaza is no longer unlivable,” and “pledged
with their honor” to continue the Gaza Great Return March until the protests’
main goal was achieved -- ending the blockade.
the writer questions whether such protests would be of any significance when
they are hundreds of meters away from the Israeli fence.
what price is Hamas doing this? And for what purpose?”
Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says the United States plans to make Israel a
dominant force in the Middle East through its ‘deal of the century’ plot, but
Iran is determined to foil it.
so-called ‘deal of the century’ is an Israeli-American plot,” Larijani said in
a Monday address to the closing ceremony of the Islamic Unity Conference in
will stand against the Israeli regime and won’t let the deal take place in this
region,” he went on to say.
have called it the ‘deal of the century’ to achieve a number of major goals.
Their first goal is to increase the power of Israel in the region. … The other
goal is to end the story of Palestine by telling Palestinian refugees to stay
in other countries and not to return to their homeland,” Larijani said.
further noted that the United States has a serious plan to plunder the region’s
oil resources and accuses Iran of misbehavior in order to only justify their
presence in the Middle East and encourage regional countries to buy their
target Iran because it is the only country that has stood against Israel and
America and has maintained its position for 40 years,” he said.
warned certain countries in the region against supporting the so-called ‘deal
of the century’ and hosting Israeli officials, saying that such moves won’t
have any benefit for them.
said Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and some other countries admit they made a mistake
when they supported former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in his eight-war war
against Iran. “We overlooked that mistake and did not retaliate, but their
second mistake – supporting Israel – wouldn’t remain without retaliation.”
won’t let countries that are siding with the US and serving the Israeli regime
by supporting the ‘deal of the century’ achieve anything, he warned.
are the leaders of Muslim countries, but know it that we’ll stand against
Israel, and won’t let the ‘deal of the century’ happen in the region,” Larijani
noted. “People never forget the issue of Palestine. Their governments may say
something for their own interests or to appease the US; they may remain silent
or establish ties with Israel. But their people hate it. The people of the
region in any country consider Israel as a cancerous tumor, and hate it."
so-called deal, a backchannel plan to allegedly reach a peace settlement
between Israel and the Palestinians, was proposed by the US administration late
last year. Although the plan has not been released, leaks signal it will
consist of the same tried and failed ideas.
little is known about the controversial deal, leaks have suggested that it
regards Jerusalem al-Quds entirely as Israeli territory, whereas Palestinians
view the eastern sector of the occupied city as the capital of their future
also believe that the US-drafted plan calls for keeping borders and security
under Israeli control, while it keeps Israeli settlements’ final borders to be
discussed in later negotiations.
this month, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas rejected the plan and decried
what he called efforts to separate the West Bank from the Gaza Strip.
‘deal of the century’ will not pass and the fate of the land of Palestine will
be decided by the Palestinian people," Abbas said in a recorded speech
aired on Palestine TV on Nov. 10.
has described US President Donald Trump’s plan as “the slap of the
century" and boycotted the US administration since December 2017 when
Trump recognized Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital.
Gaza, Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri said the resistance movement would never
allow the "deal" to be implemented.
Soros’s Open Society Foundation says it will cease operations in Turkey, days
after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the billionaire philanthropist of
trying to divide and destroy nations.
organization said it was no longer possible to work in Turkey after it became
the target of “baseless claims” in the media and a renewed investigation by
Turkish authorities into mass protests against Erdogan’s government five years
said the Turkish Interior Ministry was renewing attempts to prove that the
Soros foundation was behind the 2013 Gezi Park protests, one of the biggest
political challenges to Erdogan’s 15-year rule. The foundation denied any link
to the protests.
denounced Soros last week while speaking of the detention of 13 activists and
academics accused of supporting attempts by jailed businessman and rights
advocate Osman Kavala to revive the Gezi protests.
person (Kavala) who financed terrorists during the Gezi incidents is already in
prison,” Erdogan told a meeting of local administrators on Wednesday.
who is behind him? The famous Hungarian Jew Soros. This is a man who assigns
people to divide nations and shatter them. He has so much money and he spends
it this way.”
of the 13 people detained on November 16 was Hakin Altinay, who helped
establish the Open Society Foundation in Turkey. Others were staff members of
Kavala’s Anadolu Kultur center, which campaigns for human rights and cultural
but one of the detainees were later released, but not before the European Union
and United States expressed concern about their cases.
Western allies have repeatedly criticized the arrest of tens of thousands of
people since a failed military coup in Turkey in July 2016.
in detention for more than a year, said on Monday in a statement posted on his
website that he was still waiting for an indictment to be prepared so that he
could prove that the claims he had helped to direct and finance the Gezi
protests and wanted to overthrow the government were “unfounded."
pro-government Sabah newspaper, citing reports from financial crime
investigators, said on Monday the Open Society Foundation had made financial
transfers to Kavala’s organization to support the spread of the Gezi protests
said nearly 1.9 million lira had been transferred between August 2011 and April
foundation said it informed the Turkish authorities every year about which
institutions and projects had received donations, and the authorities had
with the new investigations that have been opened, it is seen that there is an
effort to link the Open Society Foundation to the Gezi incidents in 2013. These
efforts are not new and they are outside reality,” it said.
foundation said it would apply for the legal liquidation and winding up of the
company’s operations as soon as possible.
increase of baseless claims and disproportionate speculation in the media in
recent days has made it impossible for the foundation to continue its
police have searched the villa of a Saudi citizen in a northwestern province
for the remains of murdered Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was
killed after entering the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul in early October.
news agency Anadolu said that the officers began searching a two-story building
in Termal district in Yalova with the help of sniffer dogs and drones on
law enforcement agencies later widened the search and investigation to the
adjacent villa, it added.
scene investigators were inspecting a well in the first villa's garden in
Samanli village, while images showed fire trucks at the scene.
a statement, the Istanbul prosecutor said the first villa is owned by a Saudi
man who had spoken to one of the murder suspects on October 1. The prosecutor
added that this information was the reason given to search the building.
is believed that what was discussed was how to destroy or hide journalist Jamal
Khashoggi's body after his dismemberment during this conversation," the
have been previous inspections of the Saudi consulate and the consul-general's
residence in Istanbul as well as a forest in the city. The latest searches came
more than two weeks after pro-government Sabah daily reported that samples
taken from the consulate drains showed traces of acid.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier this month said Turkey had given
"recordings" on the murder of Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, the United
States, Germany, France, and Britain. In a televised speech on November 10,
Erdogan said Saudi Arabia knew the killer of Khashoggi was among a group of 15
people who arrived in Turkey one day ahead of the October 2 murder.
contents of the gruesome recording allegedly prove that Khashoggi was grabbed,
drugged and dismembered with a bone saw. The voice attributed to a Saudi
forensic evidence chief also suggests that others witnessing Khashoggi’s
harrowing fate listened to music in order to drown out the sounds.
media outlets have named the Saudi suspects who flew into Istanbul and left on
the same day the journalist was last seen.
judicial sources have said that Khashoggi was "strangled" as soon as
he entered the diplomatic mission and his body was then "cut into
pieces" under a "premeditated plan."
senior Turkish official recently told the Washington Post that the slain
journalist’s body was destroyed in acid on the grounds of the Saudi consulate
or at the nearby residence of the Saudi consul general. The official, speaking
on condition of anonymity, said biological evidence discovered in the
diplomatic mission garden supports the theory that Khashoggi’s body was
disposed of close to where he was killed and dismembered.
body of Khashoggi remains missing. A joint Turkish-Saudi investigation into
Khashoggi’s fate has made little progress so far.
a prominent commentator on Saudi affairs who wrote for the Washington Post’s
Global Opinions section, had lived in self-imposed exile in the US since
September 2017, when he left Saudi Arabia over fears of the Riyadh regime’s
crackdown on critical voices.
was seeking to secure documentation for his forthcoming marriage when he
entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, but never came out
despite Riyadh’s initial claim that he exited the mission less than an hour
after completing his paperwork.
initially denied knowledge of Khashoggi’s disappearance, then offered
kingdom, however, later admitted that Khashoggi had been murdered in the
consulate during an interrogation by rogue operatives that had gone wrong after
diplomatic pressure grew tremendously on Riyadh to give an account on the
mysterious fate of its national. However, Saudi Arabia said that it did not
know the whereabouts of the body, which is widely believed to have been
death has put the Riyadh regime and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
under strict scrutiny.
of the Israeli military’s 300th Infantry Brigade has called on the Tel Aviv
regime to resort to the policy of “targeted killings,” arguing that the
assassination of the Secretary General of Hezbollah will deal a fatal blow to
the Lebanese resistance movement.
Roy Levy, in an article published in the Hebrew-language Ma'arakhot magazine,
which is affiliated to the Israeli army, wrote that “targeted killings"
must be carried out, and that Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah should be killed by
commando forces backed by the air force, the Hebrew-language Walla news website
personality and military experience have turned him into a center of gravity.
All of his organization - from senior commanders to the low-ranking soldiers -
and thus the fighting spirit of the enemy will be harmed once he is targeted,”
then recommended Israeli military operations deep inside Lebanon, asserting
that the offensives would yield many benefits despite the risks associated with
Israeli military commander also called for “a proper positioning of combat
commando units with the aim of subjugating the enemy.”
we make a similar decision and kill the leaders of enemy organizations, for
example, Nasrallah? The answer is not easy.
the idea of harming the enemy's fighting spirit by damaging its property must
be examined. We must adopt a policy not anchored in force, but in ruse instead.
The deep activity of commandos in a way that surprises the enemy and strikes
its equipment will be an important means of damaging its fighting morale, and will
lead to its defeat,” Levy commented.
November 28, 2017, the Israeli military's chief spokesman said Nasrallah would
be a target for assassination in any war between Israel and Hezbollah.
Manelis added that the Israeli military is conducting psychological and media
warfare against Hezbollah.
of the things we talk about is the transition from traditional media
consumption to social media,” Manelis said, adding, “We are also active in this
theater, and it is an operational theater in every respect. Just in the past
few weeks, we’ve taken a great many actions that caused consternation on the
urges Pakistan to sanction terrorists responsible for 26/11
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday called upon all countries,
particularly Pakistan, to uphold their UN Security Council obligations to
implement sanctions against terrorists responsible for the 26/11 Mumbai attack.
call upon all countries, particularly Pakistan, to uphold their UN Security
Council obligations to implement sanctions against the terrorists responsible
for this atrocity, including Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) and its affiliates,” said
the US secretary of state on the 10thanniversary of the attack. “It is an
affront to the families of the victims that, after 10 years, those who planned
the Mumbai attack have still not been convicted for their involvement,” he
politicians and officials routinely condemn Pakistan for not taking action
against LeT leader Hafiz Saeed. Pakistan says that evidence provided by India
against Hafiz Saeed is too vague.
Americans were among the Mumbai victims and the US State Department announced a
$5 million prize for the capture of the remaining planners of the attacks. The
US already has a $10 million bounty offered for Hafiz Saeed and $2 million for
Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki, another senior group leader.
marked the 10thanniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks with ceremonies at
sites across the city that became battlegrounds in the wave of violence that
killed scores and dealt a critical blow to relations with Pakistan.
Mumbai staged its own solemn ceremonies, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called
the attacks ‘gruesome’ and said, “A grateful nation bows to our brave police
and security forces who valiantly fought the terrorists during the Mumbai
out on TV news channels around the world, the bloody events – widely known as
26/11 – have been compared in India to New York’s suffering on September 11,
targets Middle East as it fears Islamic strengthening: Iran leader
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday the United States
is targeting the Middle East because it fears Islamic "awakening" in
the region, according to his official website.
has increased between Washington and Tehran since May, when President Donald
Trump reimposed sanctions after pulling out of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran
and six major powers.
powers headed by America show interest for the Middle East because of Islamic
awakening in this region. They are afraid of the awakening of the Islamic
nations ... because of blows they have suffered wherever Islam has spread to
peoples' hearts," Ayatollah Khamenei said.
should Islamic rulers side (with America) in their crimes against Palestine and
the Yemeni people? They can be sure ... that they will be defeated,"
Khamenei said, in an apparent reference to Saudi Arabia.
website was quoting a speech Ayatollah Khamenei gave to Iranian officials and
foreign Muslim figures attending an international Islamic conference in Tehran.
US Department of Sate released a press statement by Secretary Mike Pompeo on
Monday stating that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has “once again called for
the destruction of Israel”, which comes across as “seemingly calling for war.”
statement added that Rouhani has also encouraged Muslims worldwide to unite
against the US, which is a step that will “further deepen Iran’s isolation.”
Iranian regime is no friend of America or Israel when they repeatedly call for
the death of millions, including Muslims. The Iranian people know better and do
not agree with their government, which has badly represented them to the world
for 39 years. The people have suffered under this tyranny for far too long,”
the statement read.
an annual Islamic Unity Conference last Saturday, Rouhani had said “one of the
ominous results of World War II was the formation of a cancerous tumor in the
region.” He went on to refer to Israel as a “fake regime” set up by Western
States Senator Bernie Sanders has announced his intention to push for a Senate
vote ending US involvement in Yemen in the upcoming days.
an email addressing supporters, Sanders announced “this week I will go to the
floor of the United States Senate [to force the vote],” revealed The Hill on
Trump's venal support for the Saudi regime, I am confident that we now stand an
excellent chance to win this vote which I plan on bringing back to the Senate
floor this week,” added Sanders.
spokesman for the politician further confirmed that Sanders is negotiating a
Wednesday or Thursday vote with Senate leadership.
vote may seek to introduce a resolution similar to a previous one brought up in
March which called for a halt in US intervention in Yemen.
resolution, proposed by Sanders and Republican Senator Mike Lee, was blocked by
a 55-strong vote despite gaining 44 favorable votes.
new vote will further increase pressure on US relations with the oil-rich
kingdom, given the added controversy over the killing of Saudi dissident
journalist Jamal Khashoggi along with Saudi Arabia's prolonged bloody onslaught
announcement comes as the Senate has been exploring different means to punish
the Saudi government in recent weeks.
November 15, a bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill seeking to halt
US arms exports to Saudi Arabia.
measure came on the same day the US Treasury Department had imposed economic
sanctions on 17 Saudis allegedly involved in Khashoggi's murder.
this week, Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
plan to brief the Senate on Saudi Arabia, in what may be a last attempt to
defend the Trump administration's positive relations with Riyadh in the Upper
Saudi regime and its allies launched a deadly campaign against Yemen in March
2015 in an attempt to reinstall the country's former Riyadh-allied regime and
crush the Houthi Ansarullah movement.
Western-backed imposed war, which has so far failed to achieve its stated
goals, has, however, constrained humanitarian deliveries of food and medicine
to the import-dependent state, leading to a mass cholera outbreak and
starvation from famine.
President Donald Trump’s son-in-law pushed American officials to pump up
numbers for a supposed $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, sources tell
was a back and forth between Kushner and Department of Defense and State
officials on how to get to a larger number because the officials initially told
Kushner that realistically they had about $15 billion worth of deals in works,”
read a Monday report, which cited two US officials and three former White House
to the Pentagon, Riyadh has so far signed “Letters of Offer and Acceptance”
(LOAs) for only $14.5 billion in sales of helicopters, tanks, ships, weapons,
Trump’s adviser put in charge of the Middle East, was apparently trying to
solidify the new alliance between the Trump administration and the Saudi royal
he pushed the State and Defense departments to inflate the number, an
initiative also backed by Defense Secretary James Mattis
need to sell them as much as possible,” Kushner reportedly told colleagues at
an NSC meeting weeks ahead of Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia last year.
new revelations come amid tensions in US-Saudi ties over Trump’s connivance of
dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s probable assassination at the Saudi
consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul last month.
Arabia has acknowledged the murder, yet left many questions unanswered.
intelligence intercepts reportedly show that Khashoggi, who was last seen
entering the Saudi mission in Istanbul on October 2, was murdered on a direct
order from Saudi de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman
Shabaab gunmen and a suicide car bomber struck a religious center in central
Somalia on Monday, killing a cleric and at least nine of his followers, a
police officer said.
militants killed ten people including the cleric, teenagers and women who lived
inside the camp,” Police Major Abdirahman Abdullahi told Reuters by phone from
the central city of Galkayo.
between security forces and al Shabaab still goes in the center, the toll may
rise,” he added.
Shabaab, an extremist group fighting to topple the Somali government, told
Reuters they were responsible for the attack.
car bomb rammed into the center of the man who insulted the prophet. Our
militants are now inside and fighting goes on,” Al Shabaab spokesman Abdiasis
Abu Musab told Reuters.
of Galkayo and a regional official said Abdiweli may have also been targeted
because his center hosts mostly youths who play music and dance.
Shabaab said last year the cleric had referred to himself as the Prophet, an
accusation denied at the time by Abdiweli.
cannot know the figure of casualties right now. Al Shabaab had threatened him
many times,” Abdirashid Hashi, the governor of Mudug region, told Reuters.
Shabaab is fighting to establish its own rule based on its harsh interpretation
of Islamic law. The group controls small sections on Mudug region, but it does
not include Galkayo.
north has been very peaceful and the question is how armed militants with a
suicide car bomb entered the town,” Police Captain Nur Mohamed told Reuters
people have been killed in a suspected Islamist militant attack in northern
Mozambique, with thousands of villagers fleeing into neighbouring Tanzania,
police sources said Sunday.
Islamists have launched several attacks in the majority -Muslim province during
the last year, stoking unrest just as Maputo pushes ahead with oil and gas
development in the region.
Friday, "there was an attack in Nangade district, where there are no
security patrols. The attackers killed 12 people, mostly women and
children," a police source in Cabo Delgado province, who asked not to be
named, told AFP.
attack took place in the village of Chicuaia Velha, just a few kilometres
(miles) from Tanzania, forcing several thousand people to seek safety cross the
border, police said.
local journalist said the villagers were hacked to death with machetes or died
after the attackers torched their homes.
district of Nangade is far from the sea where the police have focussed their
efforts, which allowed the assailants to enter and attack and then
retreat," another police source said.
use guerrilla tactics and attack several points simultaneously. It's hard to
control the situation," he said.
was the third such incident in the last month in Cabo Delgado, leaving a total
of 20 dead.
say the nascent insurgency staged its first attack in October 2017 year hitting
a police station and military outpost in the northern town of Mocimboa da
Praia, killing two officers.
known as Ahlu Sunnah Wa-Jama -- Arabic for "followers of the prophet"
-- the group is commonly referred to by locals and officials as
"Al-Shabaab," although it has no known link to the Somali jihadist
group of the same name.
links to other West Africa militant groups such as Boko Haram in northern
Nigeria are also unclear.
current insurrection is a small affair, literally barefoot, with a very strong
local dimension," said Eric Morier-Genoud, a specialist in Mozambique at
Queen's University Belfast.
is believed to have formed in Cabo Delgado in around 2014 when its leaders
called on followers to adhere to a more extreme form of Islam.
believe the militants -- most of whom are members of the Kimwani ethnic group
-- are also motivated by grievances over perceived discrimination in favour of
the Makonde people, the tribe of President Filipe Nyusi.
the last year, the insurgency has claimed more than 50 lives in gun, grenade
and knife assaults.
authorities have already prosecuted more than 200 suspects, including some
Tanzanians and Somalis, and shut down several mosques as part of a crackdown.
violence has shaken government plans for Cabo Delgado, a coastal province in
the far north that will be a base for development since natural gas reserves
oil and gas giant Anadarko earlier this year temporarily evacuated workers from
the area and halted operations after the US embassy in Maputo issued an alert
warning of imminent attacks.
John Owen Nwachukwu
Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has expressed consternation, dismay and shock
over the killing of Nigerian soldiers by Boko Haram terrorists.
POST reported that Boko Haram terrorists on Monday overran the 157 Task Force
Battalion at Metele Village in Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno State.
seventy Nigerian soldiers allegedly lost their lives during the encounter.
high death toll has already caught the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari
who summoned top brass in the Nigerian military command to review the
reaction was contained in a press statement signed and made available to DAILY
POST on Monday, by the group’s director and founder, Professor Ishaq Akintola.
read: “This is audacious, benumbing and preposterous. We are nonplussed. This
is a national tragedy of no little proportion. We join millions of other patriotic
Nigerians to mourn these fallen heroes. Our hearts go to those gallant soldiers
who paid the supreme sacrifice for their country in active service. We ask
Nigerians to pray for them and their families. We also implore our religious
leaders to organize special prayers for total victory over the insurgents.
we must not spend all the time on our mats and knees praying. We must, in the
spirit of ora et labora, work more and pray less because it is our handiwork
that Allah will crown with glory. Allah himself confirmed this position when He
said, ‘Tell them to work and Allah will see (i.e. He will reward you for) your
work…’ (Glorious Qur’an 9:105).
question that arises here is how much work did we do? How well did we prepare
for the insurgents? There are allegations that neglect and sabotage caused the
Metele fiasco. Soldiers in that axis reportedly complained of poor weaponry but
nothing was done about it.
are therefore demanding a probe of events which led to the overrunning of
Metele and the merciless killing of Nigerian soldiers by Boko Haram insurgents.
recalls a similar situation in 2014 when 54 Nigerian soldiers complained to
their commander that their weapons were too poor to confront better equipped
Boko Haram fighters. They had earlier lost 23 men and four officers due to poor
equipment when they advanced on Damboa on 9th July, 2014. This made them to
demand better supplies but they were rounded up instead. They were consequently
tried and sentenced to death but this was later commuted to ten years
imprisonment. They are still in jail as we speak.
kind of people are we? Why must those who work for us suffer unnecessary
hardship on account of the services they render? Why must soldiers who are
defending our territorial integrity be punished unjustly? Those 54 soldiers
would have been slaughtered like rams in 2014 if they had not raised objection
and refused an illegal order.
refusal to march on insurgents with bare hands created the awareness of the
existence of massive fraud in the army. Why must they still be in jail today?
MURIC therefore calls for presidential pardon for the 54 soldiers. They should
be treated as whistle-blowers and heroes for exposing graft.”
also descended on Western powers for delaying the supply of sophisticated
weapons to Nigeria and for playing tortuous politics with the issue.
are bemused that strange conditionalities are pushed forward each time the
issue of supplying better weapons to Nigeria in its fight against terrorism is
raised before Western countries. They raise baseless issues of human rights and
tie remote incidents to the supply. Those countries are not behaving like
friends at all.
what moral right do we have to blame outsiders when Nigerian lawmakers are the
country’s worst enemies?
have never displayed any unity of purpose when the presidency requests funds to
purchase sophisticated weapons. We recall the National Assembly’s strong
objection and procrastination when President Muhammadu Buhari asked for $1 billion
for more arms in February 2018. It is paradoxical that the same unpatriotic
elements are now blaming the presidency for the Metele tragedy.
urge Nigerians to open their eyes. We must never surrender the national mandate
to shenanigans, egocentric and unpatriotic politicians in 2019. Never again,
never again must we allow those who supervised the debilitation and emaciation
of Nigerian troops to occupy the seat of power.
diverted huge amounts of money meant for arms for our soldiers to the extent
that our soldiers started running each time they saw Boko Haram fighters. It is
a shame that some of the drammatis personaecan still blame the current
administration for what happened at Metele. It is also a manifestation of gross
insensitivity for anyone to politicize the disaster.
is food for thought for the Nigerian civil society. We are particularly miffed
by the silence of powerful groups like the Nigerian Labour Congress on the
moral debauchery, open blackmail and daylight robbery of our common patrimony
going on in the NASS. The latter armtwisted the executive in virtually every
aspect of administration yet nobody spoke out. Revelations were made about
their illegal and atrocious salaries and unlawful emoluments. Nobody did as
much as whisper.
delayed the 2018 budget for seven months and nobody did as much as whimper. The
same NASS cut allocations to vital areas in the budget and added the deductions
to its own in brazen exploitation and legislative rascality.
the same NLC ignored this and went on strike to put additional pressure on an
overstressed administration. Silence is not golden in moments like these.
Metele or no Metele, we assert clearly, emphatically and unequivocally that
Boko Haram remains technically defeated. A group of terrorists who once
occupied 17 local governments, terrorized three North Eastern states (Adamawa,
Borno and Yobe) and extended its tentacle of bombing terror to Kano and Abuja
has been reduced to a shadow of itself.
is now restricted to acts of cowardice, hiding behind little girls who play the
role of suicide bombers, engaging in seasonal guerilla warfare and disguising
as friendly soldiers to gain access into the camps of gallant Nigerian
also sent a strong message to Nigerian soldiers fighting Boko Haram in the
our gallant soldiers, both officers and other ranks, we salute you all. You
have done well and many of you deserve medals. We are proud of you. We know all
about your sacrifices for the sake of our dear country.
are on sentry all night so that we can sleep peacefully. You face hardship so
that Nigeria may remain one indivisible entity. Boko Haram would have taken
Abuja but for your gallantry.
are our heroes. We are with you in your advance on the enemy. We assure you
that you are not alone. We share your pains. Your victories gladden our hearts.
are with you in the trenches. Come rain, come shine, we will never abandon you.
We are on our prayer mats in the mosques and on our knees in the churches as
you battle the enemy. We charge you to forge forward. To flush out Boko Haram
is a task that must be done.
has officially asked Algeria to make public the points discussed during a
recent meeting between high officials from both countries and to respond to
King Mohammed VI’s offer for dialogue to improve relations.
and regional frameworks with Algeria remain fruitless,” a statement released by
Morocco’s Foreign Ministry read while adding that Rabat expresses its regret to
Algeria because the initiative of King Mohammed VI did not find a desired
response as of yet.
this month, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI stated that he wants to establish a
joint committee with Algeria to discuss outstanding disputes, including closed
of protesters rallied in central Tunis on Monday to decry Saudi Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Salman's scheduled visit.
Prince is expected to land on Tuesday, in what will be his first foreign trip
since the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
demonstrators also pointed to the situation in Yemen and the Saudi-led
coalition's involvement there.
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