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The three-day World Islamic Sunni meet organized by the Jamat-e-Ehle Sunnat
concluded on Sunday with a note on spreading peace and brotherhood. The meet
had experts on Islamic studies from different parts of the country apart from scholars
from the UK, Egypt and Tanzania.
of the key speakers, Sheikh Abubacker Musaliyar, a religious leader from
Kerala, said his organization Markaz Safafathisunniya has been working for
providing education since 1978. This includes education on both religious and
modern lines. “Students coming from as far as Kashmir are admitted at the
Markaz. It began with taking 350 students from Kashmir, who were also instilled
with the spirit of nationalism,” he said.
said, “Irrespective of the government in power, all the organization wants is
support to carry further its cause.”
colleague at the Markaz, Abdul Salam Mohammed said steps are being taken to get
a deemed university status for the organization. He said those at the
organization believe that Islam spread in India through Sufi saint Moinuddin
Chisti of Ajmer.
is based on love and brotherhood so how can there be any place for violence,”
World League (MWL) has expressed condemnation of the shooting incident which
targeted a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburg, in Pennsylvania.
League affirmed its rejection of such hate crimes which reflect radical
thoughts, extending sympathy to the families of the victims.
League Secretary General Sheikh Dr. Mohammed Alissa said: “The League condemns
in the strongest terms the targeting of safe innocent lives, and criminalize
the offense of damaging worshipping places” adding that “this terrorist attack
can only increase our belief in strengthening solidarity and international
cooperation” to confront extremism which does not have a religion or race.
Alissa affirmed the solidarity of the Muslim World League- representing the
Muslim peoples, from its headquarter in Mecca city, the Qibla of Islam- with
the families of the victims and the American authorities.
Political and religious leaders at a seminar on Saturday called for collective
efforts by state institutions, religious and political groups and the civil
society within the ambit of the Constitution to cleanse Pakistan of the menaces
of extremism and terrorism.
to the ‘Paigham-e-Pakistan Conference’, AJK LA Member Ali Raza Bukhari called
for unity and a unanimous narrative to counter terrorism and extremism in
Pakistan. “If we want to correct our direction for the future, it is necessary
that society is peaceful and stable because without these, we cannot embark on
this journey. We must also introspect and look within instead of hypothesizing
about external conspiracies only,” he said, adding that the unanimous fatwa
issued by the religious scholars belonging to various schools of thought would
undoubtedly help address the challenges posed by terrorism, extremism and
highlighted the need for collective action within a collaborative framework to
help encourage peace and stability in the country. He said in this age of
information technology, there is a need to protect the nation’s ideological
sovereignty by understanding dynamics of cyber terrorism and identifying ways
and means to counter those.
is a need for the youth and professionals to start using social media
efficiently and effectively and realising its potential in countering extremism
and promoting peace in the country,” he added. He said Paigham-e-Pakistan
initiative launched by the government earlier this year is a step in the right
direction which will help portray a soft and positive image of Pakistan and
highlight Islam as a religion of peace, brotherhood, tolerance and forbearance.
Mashaikh Rabita Council President Dr Badr Munir Chaudhry touted
Paigham-e-Pakistan as a means to obtain national unity. “Paigham-e-Pakistan has
provided a platform for national unity ... so that in the 21st Century, we can
make Pakistan a distinguished country.”
residents of Jerusalem faced a new threat over the weekend against voting in
Tuesday’s municipal election.
Akram Sabri, the sheikh of Al-Aqsa Mosque, convened the Council of Jerusalem
sheikhs, which issued a fatwa (Muslim religious ruling) prohibiting
participation in the election.
part in the election assists the occupation in entrenchment of Jewish control
over the city and changing its historic and religious character,” said the
fatwa, which was originally revealed by the Makor Rishon newspaper.
devoted his weekly sermon at Al-Aqsa Mosque to his call to boycott the vote.
decision could harm the Jerusalem for Jerusalemites Party led by Ramadan Dabash
of the capital’s Sur Baher neighborhood. Dabash is a citizen of Israel who has
good relations with current Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and government
source in Dabash’s party said he was not surprised by the decision.
is a decision of a Palestinian Authority that is under pressure, and it does
not reflect the Koran,” the source said. “Dabash has received 22 fatwas from
that he can run if he is helping his people.”
source close to Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze’ev Elkin, who is a candidate for
mayor, expressed hope that Arabs would vote in the election. There are some
180,000 eligible voters in the Arab sector.
was hurt by a final decision made Sunday by Deputy Mayor Yossi Daitch to remain
in the race. Elkin had hoped that Daitch would quit and throw the support of
his Agudat Yisrael Party behind him.
received a surprising endorsement Sunday from former Meretz city councilwoman
Reli Ben-David. He has also been endorsed by the former head of Meretz in
Jerusalem, Pepe Alalu.
Daitch’s support, Elkin will have a tough time passing city councilmen Ofer
Berkovitch and Moshe Lion and earning a place in a November 13 run-off race
between the top two finishers that will be held if no candidate wins 40% of the
an effort to reach out to Elkin’s voters, Berkovitch called upon Jerusalem
District Police Chief Yoram Halevy on Sunday to probe who sent anonymous text
messages that insulted Elkin to Jerusalem voters. Berkovitch, who heads the
Hitorerut Party, called messages comparing Elkin to the Smurfs cartoon villain
have tried to run a positive and clean campaign, and avoid mudslinging,”
Berkovitch said. “We want to create unity, not discord. We want to win because
of our abilities, not because of attacks.”
Pal Malik is the first career politician in five decades to be Jammu &
Kashmir governor, that too at a time when the state has been under Governor’s
Rule after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) withdrew support from the Mehbooba
Mufti government in June. As Malik tries to reach out to the alienated people
of the Valley, he spoke to Harinder Baweja about the situation on the ground,
the Hurriyat Conference, Pak-sponsored terror, J&K’s special status, and
the way forward for the strife-torn state. Edited excerpts:
from a visit to J&K soon after Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s death in 2016, you came
to the state in 1988 when there was normalcy. As governor of the
conflict-ridden state, how do you read the ground situation now?
lot of water has flown since then. In fact, a lot of blood has been shed and
many have been killed. Kashmir has suffered. India has suffered because of
terror sponsored by Pakistan.
am clear in my mind: nothing will be gained through the gun. I am telling the
terrorists, currently only 300 in number, that the solution will not flow from
the barrel of a gun. I do not believe in crushing terrorism by killing the
terrorists because terrorism is in the mind. I understand that there is deep
alienation and the youth are staring at complete darkness. They have no faith
in the state’s political parties such as the National Conference (NC) and the
PDP (People’s Democratic Party) and they are annoyed with us (Indian
government) too. It is my job to regain their trust.
Minister Narendra Modi favours a dialogue and I appeal to them to give up the
gun and come talk to me. Even a powerful force like the LTTE (Liberation Tigers
of Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka) could not succeed through violence. Mistakes were
made in the past by Delhi and Srinagar. I concede that elections were rigged.
People were let down by their own leaders. My message to them is: you have
Articles 370 and 35-A; come to the table, and we are ready to give you anything
under the Indian Constitution. Based on my discussions with the youth, I can
tell you that they are disappointed with Pakistan too.
have been the governor for over two months. Have you met any leader from the
Hurriyat Conference? Do you consider them stakeholders?
Hurriyat leaders must abandon Pakistan. They do have some influence but they
don’t even go to the toilet without Pakistan’s permission. My appeal to the
Hurriyat is to take an independent stand. I don’t consider Pakistan a
stakeholder, rather, I’d say they are trouble makers. Let me clarify that it is
not my mandate to meet the Hurriyat leaders but I will work towards creating
the environment for an outreach. Let me tell you, (former Pakistan President
Pervez) Musharraf had told Hurriyat leaders that India is a superpower and he
cannot break India. He told them that he would not be able to change the Line
(of Control). He had told them that neither India nor Pakistan can afford a war
and that they should negotiate concessions for Kashmir.
is a significant claim. Are you sure of the facts?
am 100% sure. Important people have told me this. Musharraf told the Hurriyat
to talk and negotiate agreements that would include free movement for both
sides across the Line of Control. I believe the Hurriyat can play a role but
they must abandon Pakistan first.
do you consider the Hurriyat Conference a ‘stakeholder’ or, to use your words,
a ‘trouble maker’?
can talk to the Hurriyat also but the problem is that they are caught in a web.
They are scared of Pakistan and they are also scared of the terrorists. They
problem today is that more young locals are joining militancy. What is your
plan to stop this? The low turnout in the local body polls only points to deep
blueprint has already worked. I am trying to change the narrative and striving
to make the youth feel that we are not at war with them. I am not asking the
security forces to hunt them down, but if the terrorists engage security
forces, they are not going to get bouquets in return for bullets. Not one youth
has joined militancy in the two months since I took over. Earlier, at least
five to six boys were joining their ranks. Stone pelting, too, has reduced. Of
course, we had an unfortunate incident last week when an army jawan died after
being hit by stones.
about the killing of civilians. Would you condemn the death of the seven
Kashmiris in Kulgam last week? Why was the encounter site not sanitised?
killing of even one civilian is wrong. It is very difficult to sanitise rural
locations. People should understand that they should not be rushing to
encounter sites. Who do I blame for the 60 deaths on a railway track in
Amritsar? The public should not be careless. We have now decided to place
advertisements in newspapers asking people not to go near encounter sites for
at least 48 hours. Kashmir’s political parties should also tell the boys to avoid
encounter sites and stone pelting. Omar (Abdullah) and Madam (Mehbooba Mufti)
have agreed with me on this privately but are not willing to say it openly.
After the Kulgam deaths, they condemned us. They say something else in Delhi
and something else in Srinagar.
you think it is time for some confidence-building measures aimed at the local
population, like dilution of AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) in areas
that don’t have militancy, or another ceasefire call?
fire your weapons at us and throw stones at us. Only last week, an army jawan
was killed. The army is doing a very difficult job. They are the same people
who rescued locals during floods. They treat locals in medical camps and yet
they are targeted. We can’t even have a discussion on AFSPA, leave alone
an interview to HT, former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said, “The Centre
should pass a direction that Article 35-A should be off limits.” Do you agree?
Her party and the NC stayed out of the local elections because of this.
it is an honest statement, I can agree or disagree, but it is not. Twenty days
prior, they participated in the Kargil elections and the same article was not
an issue then. I am not an elected representative so I don’t want to give my
as the top official of the state, what is your view — should it be touched;
what stops you or the Centre from giving the Supreme Court an affidavit to this
my opinion, the people of the state should not worry. I don’t think any changes
will be made. Some private persons have taken it to court. They neither
represent the BJP, nor do they represent (PM Narendra) Modi.
perception is that the petitioners have the RSS’s (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh)
is batting for its removal. The Prime Minister is not responsible for these
had to battle a crisis when militants kidnapped families of policemen after the
father of a militant was taken into custody. Do you approve of such measures?
was an aberration. I have told the police chief not to detain anyone even for
two hours. My orders are clear. I told him, your force will either take money
to release, or beat them up before letting them go; and in both instances, the
youth will only veer towards militancy.
effort has been convert the governor’s house into the people’s home. Anybody
who wants to meet me can even come without an appointment. Recently, some
students had cleared exams for enrolment in the J&K Bank but were not
selected because politicians had given their own list of recommendations. I
have now ensured that the 582 candidates, who cleared the exams but were not
selected, will be getting appointment letters.
the former director general of police SP Vaid pay a price because militant
commander Riyaz Naikoo’s father was detained?
He was an excellent officer and I had a good working relationship with him. I
think it had been decided that he was to be replaced.
you strongly favour a dialogue, is greater autonomy or self-rule the way
state has its own constitution and its own flag. Each time I sit in my car,
there is a second flag along with the national flag. The state has a special
status. They already have so much. I have asked for the autonomy resolution
that was passed in the state assembly. I will study it.
question. What would you describe as your most difficult or anxious moment?
most difficult moment for me was when sedition cases were filed against two
Kashmiri students studying at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). The students
were trying to hold a prayer meet after the death of Hizbul Mujahidin militant
commander Manan Wani. Police came into the picture after slogans of azadi were
raised. Nearly 1,200 Kashmiris studying at AMU threatened to return and that
was a tense moment for me. What message would these 1,200 students bring to the
managed to speak to Prakash Javadekar (Union education minister) and the
proctor to contain the damage. I have decided now that colleges and
universities across India, with more than 12 Kashmiri students on their
campuses, should have liaison officers. The students shouldn’t feel that they are
on their own.
Even while the entire state is hotly debating the Supreme Court verdict on
women entry to Sabarimala, a Sunni leader has come up with a different angle to
Kerala Sunni Students Federation (SKSSF) state general secretary Sathar
Panthaloor asked the BJP leadership as to why the central government brought an
ordinance on triple talaq without consulting any Muslim scholar or
Supreme Court had declared the practice of instant triple talaq unconstitutional
and wanted Parliament to bring in legislation.
the Centre brought an ordinance in September that made the practice of instant
triple talaq a crime saying that there is “overpowering urgency and a
compelling necessity to bring the ordinance.”
BJP leadership now says that the order on Sabarimala is against the belief of
majority, but the Centre didn’t consult any Muslim body before passing a law
that touches the Sharia, which is very important for Muslims. No effort was
made to know what the majority in the Muslim community think of criminalising
triple talaq,” Panthaloor said.
India Muslim Personal Law Board has come out against the ordinance describing
it as “infringement of the Sharia law” Samstha Kerala Jam-Iyyathul Ulema, the
body of Sunni scholars, organized a protest meeting in Kozhikode and had
collected 10 lakh signatures against the ordinance.
the memorandum to be submitted to the President, Samastha said “the fundamental
rights of the Muslims in India are being trampled by criminalising triple talaq
in the ordinance”.
has also moved the Supreme Court seeking withdrawal of the ordinance.
to BJP state president P S Sreedharan Pillai’s argument that the opinion of
Hindu women was not sought before the Sabarimala verdict, Panthaloor wanted to
know whether any such procedure was followed before bringing the ordinance on triple
should clarify whether any opinion survey was conducted among the Muslim women
on triple talaq,” he said.
the wake of the death of an eight-year-old madrasa student in Begumpur, a
fact-finding team of two Left parties and one of its student wings blamed the
“long-standing apathy” of the government and police for the incident.
nine-member team of the AISA, CPM and CPI (ML) visited the madrasa on October
26. In their report, they said “the killing of Azeem has a history of hate and
tension concerning the madrasa”. “The imam, other residents… told us that there
have been several incidents of nuisance being created to harass (them)…
Residents have complained… to police several times, but no action has been
taken…,” the report said.
added that there is a dispute over the open space next to the madrasa. “Our
team also visited the adjacent colony…. Residents said the dispute has been
(going on) for a long time…. and kids from their colony play (there)…,” it
Supreme Court will on Monday begin hearing a clutch of petitions challenging
the Allahabad High Court’s 2010 verdict which divided into three parts the
disputed land on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya. A bench,
headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices S K Kaul
and K M Joseph will hear the case under “direction matters”.
September 27 this year, another apex court bench, headed by then CJI Dipak
Misra had refused to send to a larger bench the 1994 observation that a mosque
is not an integral part of Islam. The plea was raised by some appellants who
wanted the court to reconsider its ruling in the M Ismail Faruqui Etc vs Union
Of India And Others case, in which a Constitution Bench had observed that “a
mosque is not an essential part of the practice of the religion of Islam and
namaz (prayer) by Muslims can be offered anywhere, even in open”.
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petitioners had claimed that the earlier decisions in the Ayodhya case were
influenced by this statement in the Ismail Faruqui verdict which came on a plea
challenging the Constitutional validity of the Acquisition of Certain Area at
Ayodhya Act-1993, under which 67.703 acres were acquired in Ram
Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid complex.
Minority Morcha national president Abdul Rasheed Ansari has said the party’s
government at the Centre is walking the “extra mile” to gain the confidence of
minorities and has been successful in changing the perception of it being
“anti-Muslim” to a large extent.
opposition, he alleged, had launched a “fear-mongering campaign” among
minorities against the BJP.
BJP-led NDA government has brought in development without any discrimination
but the opposition has set a “separate yardstick” for the party when it came to
dealing with minorities.
parties (opposition) have targeted us (BJP) in order to isolate us from the
minorities. They had used a fear-mongering campaign among minorities in an
attempt to eat into the BJP’s vote-bank.
has been going on for several years. But things have changed of late and you
will find the party increasing its base among minorities in various parts of
the country,” Ansari told PTI in an interview here.
and backward classes, for the first time, have realised that the BJP, unlike
other parties, “delivers rather than making false promises”, he said.
about the recent incidents of lynchings in the country, Ansari said the BJP
leadership had spoken out against them and action has been taken against
have to look at the intention of the government and the party. Both Prime
Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah have condemned them
(lynchings). You cannot count on statements made by people, who are either not
related to the party or are remotely related to it,” he said.
the incident where Union minister Jayanta Sinha felicitated eight people
accused of lynching in Jharkhand, earlier this year, Ansari contended that the
gesture was not appreciated by anyone in the the saffron party.
anybody appreciated Jayanta Sinha for felicitating them? It is not expected
that Amit Shah ji or the prime minister will speak out on a regular basis on
every single incident that is happening in the country,” he said.
trader Alimuddin Ansari was beaten to death on June 29 last year by a mob in
Ramgarh police station area on the suspicion that he was carrying beef in his
car. Expressing happiness over the release of the eight accused in the case on
bail, Sinha had garlanded them and offered them sweets.
about poor representation of Muslims in distribution of tickets by the BJP, he
said, “The issue should not be seen through the prism of religion. Tickets are
not given in our party on the basis of religion. It is given on
basis of eligibility and capability of an individual”.
was also quick to point out that the BJP had given tickets to an “overwhelming
number” of Muslim candidates in the West Bengal panchayat polls.
850 Muslims were given BJP tickets in the three-tier rural polls in the state
held in May. It only goes on to show how much we care about the community,” he
the erstwhile Congress government for not doing enough for the development of the
community in the country, he said the BJP government has increased the budget
for minorities by “leaps and bounds”.
Independence there has been a huge gap between what was promised to the
minorities and what was actually delivered. But we are serious about
development of Muslims as we believe in the policy of ‘Sabka Sath, Sabka
A sub-inspector posted with Jammu and Kashmir's CID department was killed in
Pulwama district on Sunday afternoon, hours after he was abducted by
slain officer, identified as Imtiyaz Ahmad Mir (30), was going home when
terrorists intercepted his vehicle at Wahibugh. They took him to a deserted
area nearby and gunned him down. Police recovered his bulletriddled body from
Rushmi Nalla area in the evening.
of his supervisors said on condition of anonymity that before Mir left to see
his parents in his village in Pulwama district, he tried to dissuade him from
going home as terrorists have been targeting policemen for the last few days. A
few weeks ago, Jaish-e-Muhammed had issued a threat to cops to either quit
their jobs or face death.
to dodge the terrorists, Mir had shaved his beard and had decided to use his
personal vehicle. "Now they (terrorists) will not be able to recognise
me" were possibly his last words to his supervisor before he left for home
to spend some time with his parents, sources said.
had told him that he should not go as terrorists could attack him. But he was
desperate to see his parents who reside at Sontabugh in the interiors of the
Pulwama district," said the supervising officer.
the only son of a retired police officer, became a sub-inspector in 2010. He
had served in Ganderbal district in south Kashmir for five years before being
transferred to Kulgam district last year. He was shifted to the CID department
have also launched a probe to ascertain if the information about his journey
was leaked to terrorist groups as preliminary finding suggests that some
terrorists were waiting to ambush him at Wahibugh.
to Mir's killing, Srinagar SSP Imtiyaz Hussain tweeted: "Sad and heart
wrenching. What a promising young officer he was!!! May Almighty grant strength
to family to bear this huge loss."
have been targeting policemen in the Valley for the last few weeks. On September
21, Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists abducted and killed three policemen,
triggering unrest in the lower ranks of the force.
in another terror attack on Sunday, a PDP worker was killed by terrorists in
Srinagar's Gangbok area. Official sources said unidentified gunmen fired at
Mohammad Amin Bhat. He was taken to a hospital where he died during treatment.
Pakistani nationals were nabbed by the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel
here on Sunday, sources said.
Ahmed (31) and Mumtaz Khan (38) were caught from an area near the Border Out
Post (BOP) in Ferozepur Sector on Sunday evening, BSF sources said.
around 6.30 pm, the jawans deputed near a border pillar in the area observed
some suspicious movement from the Pakistani side, they said. Later, the troops
spotted the two Pakistani nationals approaching towards the Indian territory
and both were apprehended.
Pakistani army personnel identification cards, four photographs, a smart phone
and some Pakistani currency was recovered from Ahmed, they said.
sources added that the real identity of the duo and the purpose behind their
attempt to venture into the Indian territory was being ascertained.
The aim of the conference of International Islamic Fiqh Academy (IIFA) being
held in Madinah is to highlight the true nature of Islam, say officials and
members of the Saudi Shoura Council.
23rd session of the conference organized by IIFA in collaboration with the
Islamic University in Madinah under the patronage of King Salman will provide
research scholars with an opportunity to present their research and studies
based on the Qur’an and the Sunnah.
on the research findings, scholars will suggest ways to eradicate social and
economic issues facing the Muslim world.
event also aims to promote the true understanding of Islam and its tolerant
conference will also highlight the role of scholars in educating the masses and
in enlightening the Islamic world. Several officials and academics told the
Saudi Press Agency that the Islamic Shariah has the ability to achieve social
harmony and human happiness. The Shariah, they added, has the solution to all
human problems. However, they stressed the need to refer to authentic religious
sources to find those solutions.
seems that US President Donald Trump who had clearly said that he was not
willing to stop selling weapons to Riyadh for Khashoggi's killing is not the
only person who prefers money to human rights," al-Ray al-Youm newspaper
wrote on Sunday.
referred to Canadian prime minister's similar remarks last Tuesday who had
expressed concern about Khashoggi's murder but meantime, stressed that
annulment of the contract to export armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia is
difficult, and said money seems to be more important than human rights to
newspaper also pointed to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's position
where Khashoggi was murdered, and underlined that he had threatened to reveal
all realities about the brutal killing but he was dissuaded after meeting
Director of the CIA Gina Haspel.
was last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Following
weeks of denial, Riyadh admitted on October 19 that the journalist had been
killed in a brawl inside the Saudi consulate, stating, however, that it had
been a rogue operation carried out by agents who had exceeded their authority.
has ousted a US-backed coalition of Kurdish and Arab forces from its holdout in
eastern Syria, killing dozens of fighters, a monitoring group said Sunday.
Syrian Democratic Forces commander, asking not to be named, confirmed the SDF
retreat from the Hajin pocket near the Iraqi border seven weeks into an
SDF, who are backed by air strikes of the US-led coalition, launched its
campaign to retake the ISIS holdout on September 10.
they have faced a fierce fightback from the extremists, including under the
cover of sandstorms, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
counterattacks since Friday to Sunday dawn, ISIS has taken back all positions
to which the SDF had advanced inside the Hajin pocket,” the monitoring group’s
chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.
Observatory reported 72 SDF fighters killed, as ISIS took advantage of the
storm that hampered coalition air cover and dispatched suicide bombers as part
of their fightback.
SDF commander told AFP that his forces had faced a “strong dust storm” and
lacked local knowledge of the terrain.
ISIS, “our forces don’t know the area and can’t move around in conditions of
zero visibility,” he said.
reinforcements and heavy weapons have been sent to the front and some units
will be replaced by more experienced ones,” the commander said.
will launch a new military campaign as soon as those reinforcements have
arrived,” he said.
than 300 SDF fighters and around 500 ISIS extremists have been killed in the
past seven weeks of fighting, the Observatory says.
coalition estimates that 2,000 ISIS fighters remain in the Hajin area.
overran large swathes of Syria and neighboring Iraq in 2014, proclaiming a
“caliphate” across land it controlled.
the extremist group has since lost most of that territory to various offensives
in both countries.
Syria, its presence has been reduced to parts of the vast Badia desert also in
the east and the Hajin pocket.
official source at the Saudi Foreign Ministry has condemned in the strongest
terms the recent shooting at a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh, which resulted
in the deaths of 11 people.
source stressed Saudi Arabia’s rejection of such criminal acts and their
extremist ideology, offering condolences and sympathy to the families of the
victims, the Trump administration, the American people, and wishing the injured
a speedy recovery,” a statement on Saudi Press Agency read.
suspected gunman, 46-year-old Robert Bowers of Pittsburgh, stormed the Tree of
Life Congregation in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood during a Saturday morning
service. He also wounded six others including four police officers before being
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will continue supporting efforts
of the people and the government of Somalia to build a strong future for their
country, said Hesham Youssef, OIC assistant secretary-general for humanitarian
was speaking on behalf of OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen at a
ministerial meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Somalia in Mogadishu on Sunday.
Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre opened the meeting, which was attended by 16
representatives from OIC member states. The meeting was held to explore ways
and means of enhancing national reconciliation and achieving political
stability, lasting peace and economic development in Somalia.
pointed out that holding this meeting is evidence of the transformation that
took place in Somalia. He said the Somali government is working hard in
carrying out reforms in various institutions.
US army forwarded a convoy of 200 trucks to Hasaka via Simalka passageway at
convoy included a large number of military and armored vehicles, logistic
equipment and a large volume of arms and ammunition that were sent to the US
base in the town of Tal Bid North of Hasaka city.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Friday that a large
convoy of US supplied military vehicles made their way to the Southeastern
countryside of Deir Ezzur province.
to the SOHR report, more than 50 armored vehicles of the US-led Coalition
entered Southeastern Deir Ezzur.
Arabic-language al-Mayadeen TV Channel reported that the Army sent two convoys,
including 40 armored and military vehicles, to 2 truce monitoring posts in Hama
and Idlib provinces.
the meantime, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported
that a Turkish army military convoy with over 20 vehicles and a large volume of
military equipment headed towards Ankara's truce monitoring post in the town of
Morek in Northern Hama after crossing the border via Kafr Lusin passageway.
further said Ankara has failed in all its attempts to persuade terrorists to
leave demilitarized zone in Northeastern Lattakia, Northwestern Hama, Southern
Idlib and Western Aleppo under the Sochi Agreement.
SOHR reported last week that Turkey failed to convince terrorist groups to
withdraw from the demilitarized zone mentioned in the Sochi Agreements that
covers parts of Lattakia, Idlib, Hama and Aleppo provinces a week after the
agreement's deadline of October 15.
the meantime, al-Watan daily pointed to the failure of Turkey in expelling
terrorists from the demilitarized zone, and said that the Syrian Army's
artillery units pounded the movements of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at terrorists that
tried to prevail over the army's positions in al-Latamina region in
Northeastern Hama and in the village of al-Zarzour in Southeastern Idlib.
number of Tahrir al-Sham terrorists were killed or wounded in the army's
sources said that the fighter jets bombed a house in the village of Albudaran
near the small town of al-Shafa'ah in Eastern Deir Ezzur, killing 5 civilians,
including the entire members of a family, and wounding several more.
death toll may rise due to the critical conditions of the injured.
experts believe that the US raids on residential areas have been carried out in
line with assisting the ISIL.
sources in Deir Ezzur reported on Wednesday that the US warplanes pounded a
mosque in the town of Hajin in Eastern Deir Ezzur.
added that early reports showed that at least 7 civilians were killed and
dozens of others were severely injured in the attack.
Turkish artillery on Sunday bombarded Kurdish militia positions on the eastern
shore of the Euphrates River in northern Syria.
shelling came two days after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a
“final warning” to anyone who endangered Turkey’s borders, and said Ankara
would focus its attention on Syrian Kurdish fighters east of the river.
bombardment targeted YPG militia forces in the Zor Magar area to the west of
northern Syria’s Ayn Al-Arab region. Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist
organization and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
rare Turkish shelling east of the Euphrates comes a day after an international
summit on Syria hosted by Turkey, which called for an inclusive political
process and for creating conditions to allow the return of millions of
at the summit, Erdogan said Turkey has been among those most harmed by “terror
organizations” in neighboring Syria.
will continue eliminating threats against our national security at its root in
the Euphrates’ east as we have done so in its west,” Erdogan said.
official Anadolu news agency said Turkish artillery strikes Sunday hit trenches
and positions built by the YPG on a hill in the village of Zor Moghar, in rural
village is across the Euphrates River that separates Turkey-backed Syrian
opposition forces and the YPG.
YPG said in a statement the shelling killed a Kurdish fighter from the Self
Defense Forces. The newly formed forces are affiliated with the US-backed
Syrian Democratic Forces, leading the fight against Daesh in eastern Syria.
YPG said the Turkish shelling was “unprovoked” and is a distraction from the
fight against Daesh in eastern Syria.
illegitimate attack against northern Syria will not go unanswered,” the YPG
said in a statement.
Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Kurdish Hawar news agency
also reported the shelling, saying Turkish artillery targeted other villages
east of the Euphrates as well. Hawar said there were no reports of casualties.
Observatory said the shelling in the villages west of Kobani, a stronghold of
the Kurdish fighters, came while Kurdish fighters were on high alert following
YPG took control of large areas of northeast Syria in 2012 when Assad regime
forces pulled out. The militia forms the backbone of the Syrian Democratic
Forces (SDF), the Kurdish-Arab alliance that has received extensive US support
in the fight against Daesh.
support is a major point of contention between the US and Turkey, and a
large-scale offensive east of the Euphrates could aggravate already tense
has also repeatedly threatened an attack on the YPG-controlled Syrian city of
Manbij, where US troops are deployed.
ease tensions, Washington and Ankara agreed on coordinated patrols around the
city, one of which took place on Sunday.
east in Syria, Daesh drove the SDF from the Hajjin pocket near the Iraqi border
early on Sunday, after two days of fighting.
SDF, backed by US-led coalition air strikes, launched its campaign to recapture
the Daesh holdout on Sept. 10, but have faced a fierce fightback from the
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar Sunday said that sufi scholars
had always emphasized on following Islam in its true spirit.
said this while talking to the media persons after performing the inaugural
ceremony of the 975th annual Urs of Hazrat Ali bin Usman Al-Hajveri, popularly
known as Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh (RA) here at Data Darbar.
said, “Islam gives a message to serve people and to create facilities for
them”. The CJP said there were a number of things in the country which needed
to be corrected and “We have to express our love for the country by discharging
our duties honestly”.
said, “I feel as now Pakistan is heading forward and if collective efforts will
be made with sincerity, the country will soon achieve the goal of development”.
congratulated the organizers for making good arrangements for today’s ceremony.
CJP appealed to the people to contribute for Dams wholeheartedly as
construction of dams was very much necessary and he prayed to Allah Almighty
for success in this regard.
Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Noorul Haq Qadri
while talking to the media said, “The Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) has
always laid stress on peace and brotherhood”.
said that teachings of Sufi scholars needed to be followed in letter and
spirit, adding all of us have to play due role for the progress and prosperity
of the country. The minister said that
Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh (RA) played a remarkable role for the spread of Islam.
chadar laying ceremony was held which was participated by the Chief Justice of
Pakistan and Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony,
Provincial Minister for Aquaf and Religious Affairs Syed Saeed ul Hassan Shah,
Religious Affairs and Aquaf DG Tahir Raza Bukhari and others.
National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser on Sunday denied reports that new
syllabus is being introduced in madrassas.
imposed that the Holy Quran be taught with translation and included the
fundamental article of faith of finality of Prophethood in the syllabus in
schools across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and will do the same in Punjab,” he said
while talking to media in Swabi’s Panjpir area.
reports are being circulated regarding the syllabus of madrassas,” he added.
are neither introducing a new syllabus for madrassas nor are we drafting any
policy. Till Prime Minister Imran Khan and I are here no such thing can
happen,” he elaborated.
are Islam’s forts and preach peace and are among our top priorities,” Qaiser
The Patron-in-Chief of the Supreme Shia Ulema Board and chief of Tehreek Nafaz
Fiqh-e-Jafariya Agha Syed Hamid Ali Shah Moosavi has said that no harm is being
caused to Iran by crushing anti-Zionist Yemeni people but it is fully
beneficial for Israel.
said, “Muslim rulers should come out of the shackle of stubbornness and ego and
satanic trap. The Yemeni conflict is not between the two countries rather
majority party of the Yemeni people is being crushed for raising their voice
against unconstitutional government. America is playing the Saddam-like game
against Saudi Arabia. The murder of Jamal Khashoggi is absolutely American
trick. A neutral arbitrator is necessary for resolving international
conflicts,” says a press release on Sunday.
said that the United Nations and the OIC will have to come forward for solution
of Yemen conflict. Pakistan should understand the Yemen conflict before
claiming Pakistan's arbitration, he added.
An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has sentenced a member of a religious
outfit to 30-year imprisonment for opening fire and injuring former interior
minister Ahsan Iqbal in the PML-N government in May.
court in Gujranwala on Saturday also ordered confiscation of assets of 22-year-old
Abid Hussain and imposed a fine of Rs 280,000 on him.
convict would have to undergo an additional six-month imprisonment in case of
his failure to pay the fine.
to a court official, Judge Syed Imran Shah handed down 27-year imprisonment to
Hussain for shooting at Iqbal and another three-year jail term for carrying
judge said the convict made an assassination attempt on the former interior
minister in ex-Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's Cabinet by shooting at him
during an election rally in Narowal, some 100 kilometres from Lahore, on May 6.
court acquitted four accomplices of the convict by giving them the benefit of
a member of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), in his statement to police said
he had attacked Iqbal as his government hurt the sentiments of Muslims by
attempting to change the law related to Khattam-e-Nubawat (finality of Prophethood).
Army authorities have sought the case record of a young maid who was allegedly
tortured by her employers – a woman serving with the army and her husband, a
victim is likely to be interviewed by the army authorities within the next two
doctor, who has been on an interim bail till Oct 29, on Sunday has been
included in the investigation. He has to appear before the additional district
and sessions judge for the confirmation of his bail on Monday.
army official, who has been nominated as the prime suspect in the FIR
registered with the Airport police on the complaint of the Child Protection
Bureau, is working as a computer information technology officer at the army
headquarters. Her case has been sent to the army authorities for further
contacted, Aamir Khan, the station house officer (SHO) of Airport police, told
Dawn that they were still waiting for the medico-legal report of the maid to
proceed further. However, the army authorities are investigating the suspect
and have sought details of the case from the police, he added.
SHO said though the doctor did not admit to abusing the maid; he did say they
used to taunt her whenever she went out of the house and once when she slipped
down the stairs.
11-year-old maid has been kept with the Child Protection Bureau after she was
brought back to Rawalpindi from her native town of Faisalabad.
three cuts with a blunt weapon were found on the victim’s head besides multiple
bruises on other parts of her body. After she complained of a severe pain in
her left arm, a medical examination was conducted on her body, including
consultancy with a neurologist. However, the police are still waiting for the
contacted, a child protection officer said the maid alleged that she was
‘tortured’ last when her employer’s two-year-old baby fell from her arms.
said the army authorities may record the statement of the maid during the next
two days to complete their investigation.
Awami National Party President Asfandyar Wali Khan has said that reports about
landing of Israeli plane in Islamabad is a serious matter and asked the
government to clarify its position in the parliament.
a statement issued here on Sunday, he said that denial by the foreign and
information ministers about landing of Israeli jet in the federal capital was
insufficient and the matter should come under debate in the parliament.
said that reports about landing of Israel jet was related to national security
while information minister was joking with the nation.
report should come under discussion in the parliament and the government must
explain details of this ‘secret mission’, he added.
said that an Israeli jet had never landed in Pakistan during last 70 years.
declared that as the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf was in the government, arrival of
Israeli mission in Islamabad could not be ruled out.
said that three superpowers and three nuclear states had presence in the region
and the government should maintain balance in relations with big powers.
“complete cease-fire,” an “inclusive Syrian-led and Syrian-owned political
process” and “safe and voluntary return of refugees” were some of the phrases
uttered by Turkish and European leaders at a summit in Istanbul on Saturday,
aimed at laying the groundwork for a peace process in the devastating civil war
in Syria, now in its eighth year.
the outcome of the Istanbul summit, which was chaired by Turkey’s Recep Tayyip
Erdogan and included Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Germany’s Angela Merkel and
France’s Emmanuel Macron, has offered little in the way of practical solutions
to end the bloody conflict, succeeding only in highlighting Washington’s
absence and greater European involvement in peace talks.
talks came a month after Turkish shuttle diplomacy succeeded in temporarily
halting a major offensive planned by the regime of Bashar Al Assad and backed
by Moscow to reclaim the province of Idlib, the last redoubt of the opposition
fighting to overthrow Syria’s strongman.
of a humanitarian catastrophe that would send a new influx of refugees into
Turkey and Europe had spurred a frantic effort to delay the battle, and those
concerns are reflected in Paris and Berlin’s growing involvement in the peace
talks, as they try to fend off political challenges from the anti-immigrant far
right across the continent.
already hosts more than three million refugees, while Germany has accepted more
than half a million.
talks were billed as an auxiliary to the Astana peace talks, led by Russia,
Turkey and Iran, and which have eclipsed the UN-led peace process. But even
Astana has failed in its attempts to halt the violence, despite the involvement
of the powers with the greatest presence and influence on the ground in Syria.
by inch, the Syrian government – backed by Russia’s air force and
Iranian-supported militias – has ousted the rebels from strongholds in Aleppo,
the Damascus suburbs and southern Syria, exiling opposition civilians and
fighters to Idlib and gathering momentum for a military victory in the war.
has little leverage over the final outcome of the crisis, save for a pledge
that ties any reconstruction aid to rebuild the devastated country to a
credible political process. European leaders, however, are keen for a deal that
allows the return of refugees, despite the persecution they are likely to face
from setting the stage for peace talks, however, the summit highlighted how
little progress has been made towards an inclusive peace process, what with
Syrians absent from the meeting.
the summit, President Putin insisted that the Idlib ceasefire deal, which had
created a demilitarised zone on the province’s borders, was only a “temporary”
measure, raising the prospect once again that Moscow may ultimately back a
military campaign to retake the region and highlighting the fragility of the
deal negotiated by Ankara.
creation of a constitutional committee meant to draft Syria’s post-war charter
is frozen. The outgoing UN envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, had billed the
committee as a key concession from the regime, and vowed to make progress in
appointing its members, who are supposed to include representatives from the
regime and the opposition as well as UN appointees, before leaving his post in
he was rebuffed by the Syrian government earlier this month, in a move that
showed President Assad felt little need to compromise with the opposition or
the international community amid his military victories. The drafting of the
constitution is supposed to pave the way for elections, steps that European
leaders are insisting on – for now.
will be no real, sustainable, credible return of the refugees if the political
process is not initiated,” President Macron said.
political process now is in the hands of Russia, the Assad regime’s main
backer, whose intervention in the war almost exactly three years ago reversed
the momentum of the war at a key moment, when it looked like the government was
teetering on the brink. Without military backing and political cover from
Russia, President Assad’s fate had looked uncertain.
without Russian pressure, President Assad sees little need to concede on any of
the key pillars of the peace process touted by the other three powers in
Istanbul. The meeting, far from emphasising the multilateral nature of peace
efforts, served instead to highlight Russia’s primacy.
Macron said the three powers relied on Russia to use its influence on President
Assad. President Putin, rather than saying he would pressure the Syrian leader
to come to an agreement with his opponents, said Moscow reserves the right to
actively aid President Assad’s efforts to “eliminate this terror threat.”
medics say three boys aged 12 to 14 have been killed in an Israeli airstrike in
the southeastern Gaza Strip.
al-Kidra of the Health Ministry says ambulance crews are bringing the bodies to
a hospital from the perimeter fence dividing Gaza and Israel, according to the
Israeli army said an aircraft hit three Palestinians who approached the
security fence Sunday “and were apparently involved in placing” an explosive
device to it.
another development, a Palestinian has died two days after suffering gunshot
wounds in clashes on the Israel-Gaza border, the health ministry in the enclave
said Sunday, according to AFP.
death raises to seven the number of Palestinians killed as a result of Friday’s
clashes when thousands again approached the border fence.
least 214 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in months of protests
and clashes along the Gaza border.
Israeli soldier has been killed since the protests and clashes began on March
says its actions are necessary to defend the border and stop infiltrations and
attacks, which it accuses Hamas of seeking to orchestrate.
and rights groups say protesters have been shot while posing little threat.
and Palestinian militants in Gaza, run by Hamas movement, have fought three
wars since 2008.
on Friday and into Saturday, Palestinian militants fired dozens of rockets into
southern Israel, which responded with extensive air strikes.
violence came to an end after Islamic Jihad, the Palestinian militant group
that launched the rockets, said it had agreed to an Egyptian-brokered truce.
one was killed from the rocket fire and air strikes.
President Mahmud Abbas on Sunday again vowed to oppose any peace proposal by US
President Donald Trump as PLO officials met to consider their next moves.
at the opening of a rare meeting of the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s
central council, Abbas said Palestinians were facing perhaps the “most
dangerous stage” in their history, highlighting a series of controversial
measures taken by Trump including recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
has boycotted Trump’s administration since that December decision, though the
US president’s team is still expected to release a peace plan in the coming
compared the expected Trump proposal to the 1917 Balfour Declaration, which saw
the British government commit to the creation of a state for Jews in historic
the Balfour Declaration passed, this deal will not pass,” he pledged.
US has also cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid for Palestinians, with
Trump angered by Abbas’s refusal to meet with him or members of his
has called on Abbas to negotiate, but Palestinian leaders say they are being
blackmailed to accept Trump’s terms, which they see as blatantly biased in
favor of Israel.
are still talking about the deal of the era, and that they will present it
after a month or two,” Abbas added, saying Trump’s actions amounted to imposing
a deal unilaterally.
Palestinian leader also renewed his support for salaries for families of
Palestinians killed or jailed by Israel.
brands the payments for families of those who have carried out anti-Israel
attacks as encouraging “terrorism”, and the United States has also criticized
see those jailed or killed while carrying out attacks as fighting Israel’s
forces bombarded Kurdish YPG militia positions on the eastern shore of the
Euphrates River in northern Syria, state-owned Anadolu news agency said on
bombardment targeted the Zor Magar area to the west of northern Syria’s Ayn
al-Arab region and was aimed at preventing “terrorist activities”, Anadolu
carried out an offensive against YPG forces in Syria’s Afrin region earlier
this year and has repeatedly said it would target YPG forces to the east of the
military sources confirmed on Sunday that 40 members of the Houthi militias
were killed and dozens injured following air strikes by the Arab coalition
backing the Yemeni legitimate army.
source said the air strikes targeted Houthis’ reinforcements which were on
their way to the port city of Hodeidah.
also erupted between the Yemeni legitimate army and the Iranian-backed Houthi
militias near the Kilo 16 highway connecting the capital Sanaa with Hodeidah,
adding to the casualties among the Houthis.
senior Yemeni military source that the militias were trying to bring in their
military reinforcements to the center of the port city, adding that the Arab
coalition fighter jets destroyed a number of military vehicles and equipment
reinforcements that were on the way to the Houthi militias.
Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, who was recently murdered at the Saudi
consulate in Istanbul, was about to disclose details of Saudi Arabia’s use of
banned chemical weapons in its imposed war on Yemen days before he was killed,
a report says. British Sunday Express weekly reported that a close friend of
Khashoggi, speaking on condition of anonymity, had told it on Saturday night
that he was about to obtain “documentary evidence” from his murdered friend
proving claims that Riyadh had used banned chemical weapons in its brutal
aggression against Yemen.
met him a week before his death. He was unhappy and he was worried,” the Middle
Eastern academic told the British weekly, adding that he asked Khashoggi why he
was unhappy and worried.
didn't really want to reply, but eventually he told me he was getting proof
that Saudi Arabia had used chemical weapons. He said he hoped he be getting
documentary evidence,” Khashoggi’s fried further revealed, adding, “All I can
tell you is that the next thing I heard, he was missing.”
a coalition of its allies, including the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, and
Sudan, Saudi Arabia invaded Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall a
former Riyadh-friendly regime, which had resigned amid popular discontent, and
to crush the country’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement, which has played a
significant role, alongside the Yemeni army, in defending the nation and has
been running state affairs in the absence of an effective government.
aggression initially consisted of a bombing campaign, but was later coupled
with a naval blockade and the deployment of ground forces to Yemen. More than
15,000 Yemenis have so far been killed and thousands more wounded.
Saudi-led war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure,
destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN has already said that a
record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4 million
threatened by severe hunger. According to the world body, Yemen is suffering
from the most severe famine in more than 100 years.
than three and a half years into that war, Saudi Arabia has achieved neither of
its objectives. This is while it had declared at the start of the invasion that
the war would take no more than a couple of weeks.
the onset of that war, Riyadh has been accused of using banned chemical weapons
against the Yemeni soldiers defending their country against the Saudi-led
aggression, with reports of using US-supplied white phosphorus munitions that
can maim and kill by burning to the bone.
friend did not tell the Sunday Express whether the white phosphorus was one of
the chemicals Saudis used against Yemenis, but the weekly speculated that it
was “more likely” that the murdered journo was referring to phosphorous.
month, it was claimed that Saudi Arabia had been using white phosphorous
munitions supplied by the US against soldiers and even civilians in Yemen, the
Khashoggi did, in fact, have proof that Saudi Arabia was deliberately misusing
phosphorous for this purpose, it would be highly embarrassing for the regime
and provides the nearest motive yet as to why Riyadh may have acted when they
did against him,” the Sunday Express quoted chemical warfare expert, Col.
Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, as saying.
59, an outspoken critic of the Saudi government, had been living in
self-imposed exile in the United States since 2017, when Saudi authorities
launched a massive crackdown on dissent. He 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 entering.
kingdom, however, later admitted that the journo had been murdered in the
consulate after diplomatic pressure grew tremendously on Riyadh to give an
account on the mysterious fate of its national. However, it said that it did
not know the whereabouts of the journo’s body, which is widely believed to be
British weekly further cited “highly-placed” intelligence source, speaking on
condition of anonymity that a “member of the royal circle” of Saudi Arabia had
ordered to kidnap the journalist and take him back to the Arab kingdom. But it
is not clear whether the “member” had been Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin
Salman. “Whether he was not the original issuer we cannot say,” they added.
it was commanded that Khashoggi should be abducted and taken back to Riyadh, it
“left the door open for alternative remedies,” should the journo proved to be
troublesome, sources added.
week, Saudi Arabia’s Attorney General confirmed “the suspects in the incident
had committed their act with a premeditated intention,” in sharp contrast to
initial official explanations that Khashoggi had been killed after a fight
broke out in the diplomatic mission.
suspects, the weekly added, were within a 15-strong hit squad sent to Turkey
and included serving members of Saudi General Intelligence Presidency (GIP).
knew about the plan
the highly-placed source has confirmed that Britain's MI6 had warned its Saudi
Arabian counterparts to cancel the mission, though this request was ignored.
the Israeli military keeping up its acts of aggression against Palestinians,
soldiers of the Tel Aviv regime have come to target farmers in several areas of
the besieged Gaza Strip.
to Palestinian Ma'an News Agency on Sunday, the soldiers opened fire on
Palestinian farmers east of the town of Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza.
confirmed that one farmer was injured by fire and rushed to Beit Hanoun
forces also opened fire on farmers east of Maghazi refugee camp in central
Gaza. The farmers were forced to leave their lands.
are not the sole target of Israeli fire. The military regularly shoots at
unarmed Palestinian fishermen and shepherds near the fence separating Gaza from
the occupied territories.
coastal strip has been under a crippling siege since 2007 and witnessed three
wars since 2008. It has also witnessed a fresh wave of tensions since March 30,
which marked the start of “The Great March of Return” protests.
than 200 Palestinians have so far been killed and over 20,000 others wounded by
Israeli troops in the protests, according to the latest figures released by the
Gaza Health Ministry.
an Israeli settler attacked two Palestinians in the village of Qaryut, south of
Nablus in the occupied West Bank.
Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activity in occupied region, said
an Israeli guard from the settlement of Eli attacked two Palestinians.
of the victims was a member of the Qaryut village council and the other a
bulldozer driver. The Palestinians came under attack while working on a new
agricultural road in the area.
mostly armed, regularly attack Palestinian villages and farms and set fire to
their mosques, olive groves and other property in the West Bank under the
so-called price tag policy.
tag attacks are acts of vandalism and violence against Palestinians and their
property as well as Islamic holy sites by Israeli settlers.
Working Group members to visit camps, interact with Rohingyas Wednesday
and Myanmar will hold their next Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting on the
repatriation of verified Rohingyas on Tuesday.
foreign secretary-level meeting will be held at a State guesthouse in Dhaka,
to the report, the meeting will be co-chaired by Permanent Secretary, Ministry
of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar Myint Thu and his Bangladesh counterpart Senior
Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs M Shahidul Haque.
said they will discuss in detail about the Rohingya repatriation issue as there
are "intensive efforts" to begin the repatriation as soon as
is a that the first batch of of 8000 verified Rohingyas could be repatriated
before the next national election; although it is difficult to predict such a
complex issue, a diplomatic source said, adding that China is pushing for the
rapid implementation of repatriation agreements between Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Ministry officials said Bangladesh’s JWG members discussed a breadth of issues on Sunday before the JWG meeting.
official told UNB that the JWG members of both sides will visit the Cox's Bazar
Rohingya camps on October 31 and will interact with Rohingyas.
said Bangladesh will seek updates about which steps are being taken for the
safe and sustainable return of Rohingyas to their homeland Myanmar from
wants to be certain that the Rohingyas who are expected to return to Myanmar in
the first batch of repatriation have houses—and other facilities to live in their
have completed village-wise verification of 8,000 Rohingyas. We want to make
sure they can start living in houses in their own villages," Foreign
Minister AH Mahmood Ali on October 15 said.
that India has built 250 houses while China is building 1,000 more, he said:
"The returnees will first stay at reception centres in Myanmar and then
will go to their villages."
has thus far failed to take steps to ensure the safe and sustainable return of
Minister and Party Committee Secretary of the Ministry of Public Security Zhao
Kezhi and his Bangladesh counterpart also discussed the Rohingya issue on
Bangladesh side sought China's role in repatriating Rohingya.
will be a tripartite meeting among Bangladesh Foreign Minister (AH Mahmood Ali)
and his Chinese and Myanmar counterparts where they will discuss the issue
further," Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said.
he did not elaborate on when and where this meeting will be held.
meetings were held in New York and Beijing over the past months, indicating
that pressure is mounting on Myanmar.
Minister Sheikh Hasina, at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly, made three
recommendations for solving the Rohingya crisis at its root—including
abolishing Myanmar’s discriminatory
laws, policies and practices against the minority group.
to her second recommendation, Myanmar must create an acceptable environment by
building trust and guaranteeing protection, rights, and a pathway to
citizenship for all Rohingyas. If needed, it should create a safe zone inside
the country to protect all civilians.
third recommendation says atrocious crimes against Rohingyas should be
prevented by bringing about accountability and justice—particularly in the
light of recommendations of the Fact-Finding Mission of the UN Human Rights
Minister AH Mahmood Ali along with joint working group members in August
visited the northern Rakhine State and saw the trail of widespread devastation
suffered by people there, the Foreign Ministry officials said.
also visited Shwe Zar village where around 148 prefabricated houses for
returnees are being built with the assistance of the government of India.
the military crackdown in Myanmar’s Rakhine state on August 25 last year, more
than 700,000 Rohingyas, mostly children and women, crossed into Bangladesh.
joined more than 400,000 existing refugees who were already living in squalid,
cramped camps in Cox’s Bazar.
and Myanmar formed the JWG on December 2017 to start repatriating Rohingya
refugees by January 23, 2018.
May, JWG’s Myanmar side urged the Bangladeshi side to commence the repatriation
of the prior-verified 778 muslim and 444 hindu Rohigya.
Afghanistan: An Afghan official says a suicide car bombing near the election
commission office in Kabul wounded 6 people.
bomber exploded his vehicle early Monday morning outside the heavily fortified
office of the Independent Election Commission after police suspected his
intentions and opened fire, says Basir Mujahid, Kabul police chief spokesman.
Taliban and Islamic State affiliate earlier threatened to disrupt parliamentary
elections held in most provinces on Oct. 20 and in southern Kandahar on
Saturday. Kandahar voting was delayed after an Oct. 18 attack by a turncoat
Afghan guard killed the province’s powerful provincial police chief, Gen. Abdul
Taliban claimed the attack that also targeted Washington’s top commander in
Afghanistan Gen. Scott Miller, who was unhurt.
one has yet claimed Monday’s attack in Kabul.
Afghan Taliban said on Sunday that they would attend the forthcoming meeting of
the regional countries' representatives in Russia about peace in Afghanistan,
but only if the agenda of the meeting is shared with the Taliban in advance.
have not got the agenda of the meeting yet. However, if it’s going with the
agenda of the previous summit, the Taliban will participate,” Zabiullah
Mujahid, spokesperson of the Afghan Taliban, told Arab News.
meeting was scheduled for Sept. 4 in Moscow but it was postponed after the
Afghan Government refused to attend.
Yusufzai, an expert on Afghan affairs, said the meeting was postponed on the
request of Afghan Government. After the US refused to participate in the
meeting, the Afghan Government declined to attend, he said.
success sans US
is a positive step for Afghan peace,” said Yusufzai. “However, it cannot be
fully successful without the participation of the US, which would choose not to
attend it for the obvious reasons,” he said. He added that the US, which
recently said that the release from Pakistan of Mullah Omar’s deputy, Mullah
Abdul Ghani Baradar, was a concession to the Taliban, will never want the
Russians in the leading role.
if it’s without the US, Yusufzai said, the meeting will still bring the Afghan
Taliban and the Afghan Government closer.
will spend some time in the same event and are most likely to have sittings on
the sideline of the meeting, which will bring them closer,” Yusufzai said.
immediate role for Baradar
Abdul Ghani Baradar has been released and has joined his family,” the Taliban
Mujahid maintained that it would take some time for Baradar to develop a close
association with the Mujahedeen, “so he will relax with his family for the time
did not see an immediate role for Baradar in the peace talks.
Mullah Baradar was arrested on (the information of) the US from Karachi.
Although the Government of Pakistan had announced in 2013 it would free him,
this could not happen without US consent. Now he has been released with US
consent,” the Afghan affairs expert said.
said Baradar had been Mullah Omar’s deputy and many structural changes had
occurred in the Taliban’s organization over several years which will not allow
any active role for him immediately. “Baradar will have to become a member of
the central Shoura in order to have any say in the affair, although he still
enjoys highest respect among and from the Taliban ranks,” Yusufzai said.
yet to be fixed
responding to a question about the Interfax agency report that the next Moscow
format meeting on Afghanistan will take place in Moscow on Nov. 1, Russian
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova declined to confirm that date. “I
can say that at the moment, the process of agreeing the dates, modalities and
participants of the next Moscow format consultations on Afghanistan is still
under way,” she told the press here on Thursday.
least five militants were killed after the U.S. drones targeted a vehicle of
the Taliban militants in southeastern Paktia province of Afghanistan.
203rd Thunder Corps of the Afghan Military in the Southeast in a statement said
the drone strike was carried out in the vicinity of Zurmat district.
statement further added that a vehicle which was carrying Taliban militants was
targeted in Yamnai Khel area of the district, leaving five militants dead.
203rd Thunder Corps also added that the vehicle was also destroyed during the
anti-government armed militants including the Taliban militants have not
commented regarding the report so far.
has been among the relatively calm provinces in Southeast of Afghanistan but
the security situation of the province has deteriorated comparatively during
the recent years.
suicide bomber detonated his explosives close to the office of the Independent
Election Commission in Kabul this morning.
spokesman for the Kabul Police Basir Mujahid confirmed the incident and said
six people were wounded, including four election staff and two policemen.
another security source said the suicide bomber detonated his explosives close
to the vehicle of the election staff vehicle after he was identified by the police
source further added that six people including four election staff sustained
injuries in the attack.
individual or group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.
Special Forces of the Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security
(NDS), have stormed a key hideout of the Taliban group in eastern Nangarhar
province of Afghanistan.
provincial government media office in a statement said at least four Taliban
militants were killed in the raid and depot containing weapons and explosives
statement further added that the operation was conducted at 12am local time on
Friday in Khalaqdad area of Khogyani district which continued until 3am in the
morning, leaving four militants dead.
Taliban Hamidullah who was expert in producing improvised explosive devices was
arrested along with seven others during the same operation, the statement said.
Afghan forces also confiscated some suicide bombing vests, weapons, munitions,
mines, and other explosives during the operation which were later destroyed,
the provincial government said, adding that the NDS forces and local residents
did not suffer casualties during the operation.
Oct 29 — King Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia has extended a personal
invitation to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to visit Saudi Arabia
monarch’s special envoy, Turki Mohamed Fahd Al Saud, handed the invitation to
Dr Mahathir at a meeting today at Perdana Putra here.
Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, who also attended the meeting, said the
invitation for the visit is aimed at further strengthening the existing good
relations between the two countries.
Prime Minister expressed his thanks and will consider the right time for the
visit as he is busy right now,” Saifuddin said to reporters after the meeting.
Arabian Ambassador to Malaysia Mahmoud Hussien Saeed Qattan also attended the
Friday, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel Ahmed Al-Jubeir called on Dr
Mahathir. — Bernama
Harri Uyghur is not sure how many members of his family are among the million
mainly Muslim detainees in the political “re-education” camps of northwest
China. Every time he reaches someone who might know, they put the phone down on
Finland-based businessman has not spoken to his parents for months but has
received word through contacts and intermediaries that the pair, both in their
60s, are in detention. He remains in the dark about how many of his cousins are
being held in the increasingly harsh crackdown against the 12 million Uyghurs
and other Muslim minorities in China’s most western region of Xinjiang.
know where my mother is but I have no information about my father,” said the
33-year-old. “He has very bad diabetes and I’m afraid it will be difficult to
survive for him to survive in the re-education camp.”
government suppression and a ban on outside inspectors, Uyghur exiles are
providing a small window to gaze on the Chinese state’s mass detention and
surveillance programme of its Muslim minorities that it justifies as a
programme to tackle “violent terrorism”.
campaign has led to a crackdown on the practice of Islam with thousands of
mosques destroyed, steps taken to prevent the spread of halal products and the
enforced shaving of beards, according to researchers. The restrictions are so
harsh that it has “effectively outlawed Islam”, according to a report by Human
told The National that he had his identity papers checked as he went to Friday
prayers in the mosque in the grand bazaar of the region’s capital Urumqi during
a visit from Finland in 2016.
I was on the prayer mat, someone was walking in front of us,” he said. “When I
stood up, I saw that it was armed police checking where we were praying. I was
shocked when I saw it.”
authorities have installed checkpoints every few hundred metres in the Uyghur
old town of Urumqi, with identity card, facial recognition and fingerprint
checks as part of a policy to marginalise the Turkic ethnic group, said Joshua
Sooter, a China researcher.
have moved into the homes of the Muslim families to document their lifestyles,
religious practices and monitor their movements, said the New York-based
of this is about state surveillance but it’s also trying to get a handle on who
they are, what they’re doing and how they can reshape their lives at a very
basic level,” said Mr Sooter. “This is an effort at quashing any independence
movement on China’s western border and providing stability for development.”
have stepped up their decades-long suppression of a Uyghur separatist movement
over the past two years to increase their control of the strategically-vital
region and to curb sporadic attacks that officials blame on Islamist militants.
Officials have for decades encouraged an influx of Han Chinese, the dominant
ethnic group in China, to settle in the region.
is a vital staging post in the grand trading policy to bind China with the
Middle East and Europe through investment and a series of overland and maritime
routes known as the “Belt and Road” initiative. The region is also the
country’s biggest producer of oil and gas.
crackdown against the Muslim minorities is led by senior party leader Chen
Quanguo who moved from Tibet, where government tactics have quietened a
separatist campaign that at its high point garnered broad international support
behind Tibet’s spiritual leader in exile in northern India. China responded by
using its growing economic clout to dissuade national leaders to meet the Dalai
for the Uyghur cause say, however, that they have struggled to rally support
for their cause because of questions about the role of extremists from the
region and a spate of deadly attacks blamed on Uyghur separatists by Beijing.
2013, a Uyghur driver mowed down pedestrians in Tiananmen Square in Beijing,
the symbolic heart of the Chinese regime. The following year, a Uyghur gang
stabbed and killed 31 people at a railway station in the southern province of
part of its “Strike Hard against Violent Terrorism” campaign, the authorities
have released a list 75 indicators or religious extremism, which includes the
purchase of boxing gloves, maps, and tents “without obvious reasons”, according
to Human Rights Watch.
has said that it was concerned that Muslims from the region have travelled to
Syria and Iraq to fight, but have given no figures. The Syrian ambassador to
China claimed in 2017 that up to 5,000 Uyghurs are fighting in various militant
groups. There are reports that groups in the country’s northwestern province of
Idlib, still held by rebel and hard-line factions, made up solely of Chinese
the scale of the re-education camp programme, the Uyghur campaign has been
hampered by a lack of support from Muslim nations, said Dolkun Isa, the
German-based president of the Uyghur World Congress.
the last one-and-a-half years, 99 per cent of Uyghurs living in exile have lost
contact with a family member and don’t know where they are,” he said. “But most
of the Muslim countries are silent. They’re just thinking of the economics.”
by international criticism of the dozens of secretive camps across the region, Chinese
state media have “interviewed” some of the detainees in the camp who claimed
that they were enjoying life inside, with some saying that they had been saved
question that the Chinese government hasn’t answered is: if they are just sent
for vocational training, why do they need to be kept in camps?” said Patrick
Poon, a China researcher at Amnesty International.
the camps, detainees are forced to learn Mandarin Chinese and sing the praises
of the Chinese Communist Party. Detainees are told they cannot leave unless
they have learned more than 1,000 Chinese characters, Human Rights Watch said
in its September report. Family members of detained Uyghurs told the group that
relatives had been beaten, shackled for long periods and hung from the
Harri Uyghur has sought to bring attention to the plight of his people with
demonstrations and flyer campaigns in major European cities as part of a
so-called “Freedom Tour”. He believes his father, a retired civil servant, was
probably held because he travelled abroad for business after he retired, or
because he lives in Finland. The Xinjiang authorities are seeking to have all
foreign influences purged as part of its strategy.
LUMPUR, Oct 29 — Prolific writer and Muslim thinker Mohd Faizal Musa’s
three-year court battle against the Home Ministry is finally over.
General Tommy Thomas has withdrawn the government’s bid to appeal against the
Court of Appeal’s January 11 decision to set aside the Home Affairs Ministry’s
ban on three books written by the academic under the pen name Faisal Tehrani.
read the written representations on behalf of your client and taking into
consideration his role as an academician, author of academic and creative books
and articles, a scriptwriter and poet, I have decided that the Government of
Malaysia will not proceed with its Motion for Leave to Appeal to the Federal
Court against the decision of the Court of Appeal in the above-mentioned
I will also advise the Ministry of Home Affairs to remove books written by your
client from its Prohibition Order List,” Thomas wrote in a letter dated October
23 that was sighted by Malay Mail.
noted that the three books, Karbala, Ingin Jadi Nasrallah and the award-winning
Tiga Kali Seminggu, were compilation of short stories and poems that were
previously published elsewhere including Utusan Malaysia and its weekend
edition Mingguan Malaysia as well as Milinea Muslim, Dewan Sastera and Dewan
Budaya as far back as 2000 “without any evidence of the occurrence of actions
prejudicial to public order and security”.
added that his decision was based on the fact that thousands of copies had been
printed and sold before the ministry banned it and that in all that time, the
books had not jeopardised national harmony.
Faizal, a research fellow at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Institute of the
Malay World and Civilisation, filed a legal challenge in September 2015 against
the Home Affairs Ministry, four months after it banned four of his books over
alleged links to Shiah teachings.
Faizal also included his book titled Sebongkah Batu di Kuala Berang in his
court filings, but the AG made no mention of it in his letter.
his filing, Mohd Faizal argued that the ban was a violation of Articles 8(1)
and 10(1)(a) of the Federal Constitution that deal with equality under the law
and the right to freedom of speech and expression, respectively.
High Court dismissed his bid for a judicial review in August 2016, but a
three-judge panel at the Court of Appeal chaired by Justice Zaleha Yusof ruled
in Mohd Faizal’s favour in January this year.
said the judges had read the disputed books and found they were love stories,
adding that they could not understand the reason for the ban.
Central Sulawesi Police are investigating a recent attack against the Palu
secretariat office of GP Ansor, the youth wing of the country’s largest Muslim
organization Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), as well as a suspected raising of the Hizbut
Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) flag in Poso.
two incidents were allegedly connected to a recent brouhaha surrounding the
burning of an HTI flag in Garut, West Java, by members of NU’s paramilitary
police have been questioning witnesses and suspected perpetrators in both
cases, a senior police officer has confirmed. They are also looking into the
motive behind the flag-raising on Friday in Poso.
Sulawesi Police spokesman Adj. Sr. Comr. Hery Murwono confirmed that the flag
that was hoisted at the Poso Regency Council was that of HTI, an organization
that has been banned by the government.
added that the flag had been raised by supporters of the hardline group Islam
Defenders Front (FPI).
were FPI supporters, but they brought an HTI flag instead,” Hery said on
angry mob attacked the secretariat office of GP Ansor on Jl. Lasoso in Palu on
Friday afternoon, injuring several people.
the time, members of GP Ansor’s Central Sulawesi chapter and Banser were
packing aid for survivors of a recent earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Donggala
and Sigi. The attackers were reportedly driving a pick-up truck.
attackers] barged in and verbally attacked us, aiming to destroy the office.
Members of GP Ansor and Banser fought back, so they clashed,” said Adha
Nadjamuddin, chairman of GP Ansor’s Central Sulawesi chapter.
police have deployed officers to safeguard the secretariat office.
Thursday, the chairman of the Muslim People Forum’s (FUI) Central Sulawesi
chapter, Hartono, condemned the burning of what was perceived as a tauhid flag
by Banser members.
is the core of the Islamic faith and the declaration of belief that Allah is
the one and only God.
tauhid sentences are the core of the Islamic faith [...] It’s a matter of life
and death for a Muslim,” he said. “Those who deny and threaten [the teaching]
Haram militants launched a large assault on a military base in Nigeria's remote
northeast region and killed one soldier, defense officials said Sunday.
attack on 145 Battalion in Gashigar, Borno State, began on Saturday and
continued into early Sunday morning, said Nigerian air force spokesman Ibikunle
(Boko Haram terrorists) in 13 gun trucks...advanced towards the camp from two
different directions," Daramola said in a statement.
troops supported by helicopters "forced the Boko Haram terrorists to
retreat from the camp," Daramola said.
soldier was killed in action while four others were wounded," said the
Nigerian army in a statement posted on its official Twitter account.
army repelled an assault on Gashigar in September by militants in trucks
mounted with anti-aircraft guns.
have been at least nine military base attacks since July, mostly in the
northern part of Borno state, near the shores of Lake Chad.
Haram has in recent months intensified attacks on military bases in Borno and
nearby Yobe state, undermining repeated claims by the military that they have
the upper hand.
of soldiers have been killed, injured or missing in attacks but the military
has repeatedly denied or played down losses to the militants.
than 27,000 people have been killed in northeast Nigeria since the Boko Haram
insurgency began in 2009, while nearly two million others remain homeless.
SENEGAL (AFP) - Hundreds of thousands of men, women and children converged on
Senegal's holy city of Touba on Sunday (Oct 28) for the Grand Magal, a
traditional annual march and biggest celebration of the Mouride Brotherhood, a
Sufi Islamic order.
pilgrims came from around the country, braving the heat and enormous traffic
jams, headed for the Great Mosque of Touba and mausoleums in the central
Senegalese city, with some estimates putting the number as high as three
weekend celebration marks the life and teachings of Amadou Bamba, the
brotherhood's founder who died in 1927, with readings of his poems and prayers
by his tomb.
90 per cent of people in Senegal, known for its religious tolerance, are
Muslims. For the most part, they adhere to one of the several Sufi Islam
currents represented in the country.
year, the Grand Magal also has a political dimension, with candidates for
February's presidential election making an appearance.
Macky Sall stopped by on Thursday and Friday, inaugurated a military police
barracks, and asked Mouride leader Serigne Mountakha Mbacke for "prayers
for his re-election", according to local media.
Sunday, seated in the great esplanade outside the mosque with its seven
minarets, the faithful recited verses of the Koran and read from the works of
Bamba who, like his sons, is considered a saint.
Magal is a day of glory, of feasting... to rehabilitate Islamic values,"
said Mouride official Youssouf Diop.
ruling party Nidaa Tounes announced on Sunday that it is negotiating with the
country’s political powers to form a new government excluding the Islamist
Ennahdha party, the second largest in parliament.
development is the latest escalation of a row with the president’s son that has
paralyzed key decisions on the troubled economy.
ruling party is led by President Beji Caid Essebsi’s son Hafedh, who has been
battling to oust the premier for months.
power struggle previously came to a head in July, when the president himself
called on Chahed to resign.
is on the verge of a ministerial reshuffle amid an alliance between the
government of Chahed and the Ennahdha.
Tounes’ announcement is the latest attempt to form a cabinet without the
Islamist Ennahdha, accusing the later of aiming to control the state’s
institutions and change the will of the Tunisian voters.
Neglected by rival authorities in Tripoli and the country’s east, Libya’s
southern desert has increasingly become a hideout for foreign rebel groups that
stand accused of stoking growing insecurity.
theft and banditry have multiplied” in the region, said Ali Akri Molia,
commander of a unit responsible for protecting oil installations in the Oubari
area of southern Libya.
and others blame rebel groups from neighboring Chad for much of the insecurity.
in chaos since the fall of dictator Muammar Qaddafi in 2011, two entities now
vie for control over Libya — the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord,
and a parallel body in the east.
eastern administration is supported by strongman Khalifa Haftar, who heads the
self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA).
groups, from jihadists to rebel groups originally from neighboring Chad and
Sudan have exploited Libya’s enduring security vacuum.
rebel factions have established rear basesin Libya and profit from trafficking
and other illicit activities to finance insurgencies back home.
groups benefit from the support of tribal communities, criss-crossing a
landscape where dunes are sometimes the only identifying features.
on horseback, they ignore borders that for long stretches remain nothing more
than imaginary lines in the sand.
Tubu people are among those that straddle Libya and Chad. Some of them are
involved in smuggling and illegal migration, according to experts.
Chadian and Sudanese opposition armed groups have been seeking to increase
their presence in Libya in the pursuit of profit,” said a recent report by a UN
group of experts on Libya.
Emdaouar, a southern Libya lawmaker, said the groups operate in a vast area
extending from Koufra near Chad to the Marzuq basin, more than 400 kilometers
(250 miles) from the border.
rebels “occupy homes and have their cars. Nobody can touch them,” he lamented.
accused of operating as mercenaries for rival Libyan camps, Chadian rebel
groups now stand accused of driving a resurgence of violence in southern Libya.
Molia cited the kidnapping in mid-October of members of a tribe near the Oum
captives were freed from the clutches of Chadian rebels by local armed groups,
but 10 Libyan fighters were killed in the rescue operation, said Molia.
commander complained that his forces get no support from the GNA or the eastern
administration, leaving them ill-equipped to battle insecurity.
of the freed hostages, Mohammed Ibrahim Mohammed, told AFP the Chadians claimed
ransoms from families.
Chadian groups operating in Libya denied involvement in kidnapping activities.
categorically deny (what) they accuse us of,” said Kingabe Ogouzeimi de Tapol,
leader of the armed wing of a group called the Salvation of the Republic.
August, his group launched an offensive in Chad’s far north, before retreating
to shelter in southern Libya.
Chadian group present in Libya, the Union of Resistance Forces, also denied
involvement and accused Libyan commanders of being behind the kidnappings.
are Chadians... who work for the Libyans, for the tribes,” said spokesman
Youssouf Hamid. He said any Chadians involved would not have acted on their own
UN Mission in Libya has condemned rights violations by foreign armed groups and
has urged “the Libyan authorities to take swift and effective measures to fight
anarchy in the region.”
Wednesday the UN-backed government in Tripoli held a cabinet meeting focused on
the country’s south.
is happening in the south is very dangerous,” said the GNA’s deputy prime
minister Abdessalam Kajman.
urged “firmness” in tackling Chadian and Sudanese opposition “bandits.”
the LNA has ordered a military operation to fight “criminal gangs and the
Chadian opposition who engage in kidnapping and extortion, deriving significant
revenues that could finance terrorist activities,” LNA spokesman Ahmed
Al-Mesmari told AFP.
recent meeting in Chad’s capital N’Djamena between Haftar and President Idriss
Deby Itno falls within this military remit, he said.
in reality Libya’s vast south escapes the control of both the GNA and its
rivals in the east, even if Haftar’s self-styled LNA says that it has an
southern territory is vast, difficult and... does not necessarily promise a
very substantial political dividend,” said Jalel Harchaoui, a Libya specialist
at the University of Paris 8.
discourages the main Libyan forces from intervening, he added.
Harchaoui said Chad’s government and former colonizer France are also worried
that a jihadist presence could further unravel the Sahel region, which leaves
them dependent on Haftar.
is supposed to re-establish order in this vast territory,” he said.
group al Shabaab is a constant and present danger to the socioeconomic
livelihood of Kenyans due to its frequent attacks in remote areas near Somalia.
it appears al Shabaab’s main targets in the borderland regions are security
agencies and non-local Kenyans, such as teachers, nurses and mechanics, Kenyan
Somalis also suffer as targets of recruitment, who are used as guides and foot
attacks on security agencies and non-local Kenyans is double-pronged.
al Shabaab target the security agencies due to their frontline duties of
safeguarding Kenya’s territorial integrity as well as protecting the lives of
duty of securing Kenya’s borders interferes with al Shabaab’s free movement,
strategies and other agendas.
attacks on non-local Kenyans drives a wedge and creates enmity between Kenyans
of Somali origin against other Kenyans. The second reason is because the clan
system in the Somali community protects ethnic Somalis from one another.
non-locals are vulnerable to al Shabaab attacks due to the absence of clan-like
local mechanisms in protecting them. Where ethnic Somalis are attacked, the
clan is bound to seek retribution, either in form of blood-paying sacrifice
(diya) or retaliatory measures.
these incessant attacks, Kenya has to a large extent been successful in
thwarting and reducing continuous al Shabaab attacks in its urban cities and
towns, but the same cannot be said of the rural and borderland areas.
the borderlands, al Shabaab has become resilient and adept at changing tactics.
Furthermore, it has taken advantage of the globally driven narrative and agenda
to embed itself in the local socioeconomic and political issues to create
continuous havoc and bloodletting in Kenya.
attracts and takes advantage of the disillusioned youth from the border
communities, as well as from other major communities in Kenya.
the border communities, many interlinked factors fuel and give impetus to the
scourge of al Shabaab in both Kenya and Somalia. Prior to the 2010 constitution
of Kenya, North Eastern Kenya carried the perception of marginalisation by past
the 2010 constitution, the government of Kenya allocates substantial resources
to the region, which has opened huge potential for development.
border communities got a chance to influence their growth agenda. However,
devolution brought unparalleled and stiff political competition, which has led
to conflicts that appear to be fuelled and funded by local political and business
the resource allocations and employment opportunities in the borderland
counties are determined by the governor, the political allies and elders, which
attracts the wrath and ire of those excluded from the devolution opportunities
repute and integrity of county governments is tainted where injustices are
perceived or real. The disillusioned locals resonate with the idea of
victimhood of the long-practised clan rivalries, with al Shabaab becoming the
boogiemen. They become easy targets of al Shabaab for attacks on non-local
Kenyans and security agencies.
and lowly educated youth from these counties either become victim of forcible
recruitment or are wooed by the boogieman, al Shabaab. The youth either form
the brigandage or guides in the attacks because of their knowledge of the local
terrain, routes and water points.
clan rivalries for political seats, especially for the gubernatorial and
National Assembly seats, mutate into serious clan warfare, where some outsource
their fight to al Shabaab to annihilate the other.
rivalry is particularly virulent during the election period. Al Shabaab mine
the roads with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) along the major un-tarmacked
routes to deter opponents from either organising their supporters or
registering as voters.
proximity to Somalia also contributes to al Shabaab’s menace along the Kenyan
border. The absence of a stable government in Somalia provides a safe haven
where al Shabaab plan, strategise and attack Kenyan security personnel who are
either on patrol along the border or are on a local humanitarian mission.
hostility between some clans at the border region continually provides a safe
haven for al Shabaab. Furthermore, the hostility provides hiding places for al
Shabaab attackers, especially across the border in Somalia.
Kenyan security agencies face the preceding challenges and hence the need to
gather intelligence in these border regions.
Shabaab takes advantage of the laxity and corruption on the part of the Kenyan
security agencies. While Kenya has deployed its finest and highly trained
security personnel along the border, they are at times vulnerable to attacks
due to either being overconfident or fatigued.
frontline soldiers are constantly on edge psychologically and hence susceptible
to bribery, misinformation and manipulation by agents of al Shabaab.
way forward for the government of Kenya to counter al Shabaab is to devise soft
strategies that scale up the fight by investing in the goodwill of the border
communities and marginalised groups.
rivalries and competition for resources at the national and county level have
serious exclusionary consequences. First, it alienates a large segment of the
population, especially the youth in major urban centers and along the border.
For example, current nominations to national and county public sector
employment opportunities and contracts are dominated by the clans in power and
their point men.
the government needs to take stock of clan representations in the upper
echelons of power both at the national and county levels to reduce the abuse
and misuse of oppressive traditional clan rivalries.
a clear counter-narrative strategy is needed to dissuade youth (young men and
women), religious leaders and community elders from joining, espousing and
falling prey to al Shabaab’s extremist ideology and propaganda.
mentioned groups are susceptible to a constant barrage of misinformation and
propaganda by al Shabaab. Thus the need to counter al Shabaab’s efforts cannot
be overemphasized, and the earlier the interventions are made the better.
better coordination is needed among security agencies, especially along the
border with Somalia. Despite the Kenya security agencies’ presence in camps and
stations along the border, small groups of al Shabaab still infiltrate and
cause damage inside the country.
should be better intelligence and information sharing among and between the
security agencies, as well with the local communities, to thwart and stop al
after the sheer horror unfolded at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh
when Robert Bowers walked in and murdered 11 worshippers on Saturday, US
Muslims launched efforts to support the victims and the Jewish community of
the time of attack, several crowdfunding efforts started by Muslim-Americans
and an Iranian immigrant have raised nearly $500,000 to help support the
victims of the shooting.
Unite for Pittsburgh Synagogue’ is one of the campaigns started by Tarek El
Messidi, the founding director of Celebrate Mercy, to help those affected. He
started the campaign on Saturday with a $25,000 goal in mind, but has since
then tripled that goal given the flood of donations:
a phone call with The National, Mr Messidi said he did not expect the campaign
to go viral. “We are on average receiving $1,000 every 20 minutes.” The
Celebrate Mercy campaign, he added, is inspired by “Prophet Mohammed’s own life
in responding to evil with good, and to hate with love.”
saw a community that is hurting and is under attack at its own house of
worship, and we wanted to help and show a gesture of good will.”
Messidi described a sense of empathy felt by many Muslim Americans toward the
Jewish community given the recent spike of both Islamophobia and anti-Semitism
in the United States. “There is lot of threats, lot of bigotry … While the
money will not give back their loved ones, we hope it helps with the funeral
costs, and medical expenses.”
of the funds will be transferred as soon as today to the synagogue via the
Islamic Center of Pittsburgh.
spontaneous campaign that took off after the attack was started by an Iranian
American living in Washington DC. Shay Khatiri has raised so far more than
$350,000 that will go directly to the Tree of Life Synagogue. More than 5,000
people have donated to his campaign:
is not the first effort by Muslim-Americans to fundraise after tragic attacks.
Last year, the community raised more than $100k to repair a Jewish cemetery
that was vandalised in Missouri. Following the Portland and San Bernardino
attacks, Muslim Americans also organised national crowdfunding efforts.
symbolism is also in perceiving a common threat. Only hours before he directed
his gunfire at the synagogue worshippers, Mr Bowers was rallying against
likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my
people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in,” Mr Bowers wrote on an
online website before storming into the synagogue:
stands for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, which works to help resettle
refugees in US communities. Founded in 1881, HIAS helped Jews fleeing Europe,
and has recently supported many immigrants and refugees including Muslims to
come to the United States.
Senator Rand Paul has slated Saudi Arabia as a sponsor of terrorism, saying the
United States can no longer be blasé about the bad behavior of the kingdom.
at a Montana rally on Saturday with Donald Trump Jr., the Republican senator
condemned the Saudi-led brutal war on the impoverished Yemen, which, so far,
has killed more than 15,000 Yemenis and wounded thousands of others.
have to think through this idea that everything is going to be blindly for
Saudi Arabia, they’re involved in a war in Yemen where tens of thousands of
civilians are dying,” said Paul, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations
US along with the UK and France have been providing weapons and intelligence to
Saudi Arabia and the UAE over the course of the unprovoked war, which initially
consisted of a bombing campaign, but was later coupled with a naval blockade
and the deployment of ground forces to Yemen.
off the arms sales will make them wake up,” Paul told The Hill before he went onstage
at the rally. “In fact, their air force would be grounded in two or three
months if they didn’t have spare parts."
also pointed to the 9/11 attacks, reminding the audience that 15 of the 19
hijackers behind the incident were Saudis.
remember who attacked us on 9/11?” he said. “Anybody heard of a madrassa? They
have 20,000 madrassas in Pakistan funded by the Saudis that teach hatred of
Christians, hatred of Jews, hatred of Hindus, throughout the world."
do we have worldwide terrorism? The Saudis fund it,” he added.
who made the comments at an event for Senate Republican candidate Matt
Rosendale, described Rosendale as someone who would be an ally in Washington
that will try to impose more congressional oversight on the president’s ability
to carry out military operations.
I want are allies that will come to Washington and say this: the Constitution
demands that the people through their representatives vote on when we got to
war,” he said.
Jr., who spoke shortly after Paul, did not make any reference to Saudi Arabia.
has praised his father at several rallies in Montana for launching Tomahawk
cruise missiles against Syria in April when multiple places in the war-torn
country came under attack by US, British and French military forces on
President Donald Trump’s orders.
has come under immense pressure from Republican senators to reassess American
allegiance to Saudi Arabia after the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi
at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
interests and heavy Iranian interference makes finding a solution to the Yemen
conflict extremely difficult, says Secretary-General of the League of Arab
States Ahmed Aboul Gheit.
to The National on Sunday from the sidelines of the Manama Dialogue, a major
regional security conference in the Bahraini capital, the Arab League head says
that “fierce Iranian interference in Yemen” makes negotiations challenging as
it “has emboldened the Houthis in rejecting any diplomatic initiative or any
Aboul Gheit says he sees two viable routes to resolve the protracted conflict.
the Houthis to the negotiating table “could possibly be through recognising
their presence, not as a militant group [but] rather as a component in the
Yemeni make up”.
second option would be “to use all out force to defeat them for good.”
he points out, the second option has clear drawbacks. “This would be a
dangerous option as it would be harsh on the Yemeni people”, he says.
Aboul Gheit indicates that a mix of both measures may be necessary to break the
current impasse. This involves telling the Houthis that “they should accept
being a non-militant group or they will be defeated, that is a recognition of
their presence based on an agreement under military pressure”.
the Arab league head says he believes the Yemeni people must decide their
future governance structures but suggests that a “national conference for all
the components of the people could lead to a national charter and a final
constitution that all sides abide by, to get out of this dilemma and to build a
kind of solution is becoming an imperative, he says, given looming problems.
“They must realise the danger of the future situation, for example, water
scarcity is approaching very quickly and all sides must be aware of the need to
put all of Yemen’s resources [towards] mitigating this fast-approaching
danger”, he says. “We need to think where will Yemen be in 2050? Ideologies
will not help the Yemenis, rather securing food, medicine and jobs is
he advocates for a negotiated settlement, he rules out a “grand bargain” with
Iran that encompasses all regional issues, an idea that has been floated to
deal with the troubles from Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen in which Iran has a
role. Mr Aboul Gheit said such a deal would not be possible and, given the
current climate, any such agreement would likely enable Iran rather than limit
Arab situation is complex at the moment, in some elements it is weak, which
would not enable the Arabs to be strong in any such negotiation”, he says.
the other major regional conflict, Syria, Mr Aboul Gheit says that the lack of
an Arab seat at the negotiation table is a major problem. Over the weekend,
Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted a meeting with the leaders of France,
Germany and Russia to discuss the conflict - demonstrating once more the
missing Arab voice on the issue.
lack of an Arab consensus is the main issue,” says Mr Aboul Gheit, but pointed
out that some of this is due to a lack of unity. “Arabs have to agree on an
approach towards Syria. Until this moment, the Arab [nations] have not agreed.
Some Arabs want Syria to be reinstated to the Arab League, others do not agree
on taking that step until the government [in Damascus] adheres to specific
secretary-general says that the conditional re-entry for Syria is the most
likely. “The government and opposition, the elements which are not terrorists,
must agree on a new course in Syria [that is] based on a new constitution and
new understanding of governance. In this instance, I do not think there would
be any Arab objection to Syria taking its seat at the Arab League”.
the issue of Palestine, Mr Aboul Gheit says there remains a single, clear regional
voice that supports the Arab-Israeli peace initiative under the terms agreed at
the 2002 Arab League meeting in Beirut, despite the rare meeting between Oman
and Israel over the weekend. This visit, he says, is not a sign of division as
each country has the right to undertake its own initiatives to support the
says that Oman has not briefed the Arab League on the outcome of the meeting
between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin
Said on Friday – a move described by Oman’s Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi as
a bid to “resuscitate” peace talks in the Middle East.
country has the right to take up its own independent initiatives”, Mr Aboul
Gheit says. “If the issue was limited to Palestine, the Palestinians would have
been informed. In all cases, we are awaiting the visit of the Omani envoy to
also pointed out that he was in favour of any action that furthered the peace
process, regardless of where it came from in the region.
side that thinks it can exert efforts to change the situation [will be] a good
thing. I accept any Arab effort to help the situation, from Egypt or Oman or
any country, because the Palestinian issue is seeing a very difficult time and
efforts for a peaceful settlement have become stagnant while Israel is acting
as if all the lands belong to it without any restrictions,” he says. “So if
this action [from Oman] helps to limit Israel’s behaviour, it would be a
surprise move by the sultanate comes just weeks after US President Donald Trump
announced that his long-awaited peace plan would be made public in the coming
months. Mr Aboul Ghait suggested that the new US leader’s hard line on
Palestine during his first two years in office - recognising Jerusalem as the
capital of Israel and opened an embassy, cutting funding to UNRWA and expelling
Palestinian diplomats from Washington – meant Ramallah was sceptical of the
Palestinians are not at ease about America’s deal and I understand their
grievances and defend their position,” he says. The decision to give Jerusalem
to Israel and punish the Palestinians by cutting funds to United Nations Relief
and Works Agency for Palestinians “represents certain intentions” he says,
adding “you cannot hit the Palestinians from one side and then tell, ‘come and
listen to my solution.’ It would then be a distorted solution”.
short, the Arab League head said that without a major shift in US policy
towards Palestine, any deal that was not “unprecedented in being favourable to
the Palestinians … won’t succeed.
listens only to Israel and this is a huge mistake in dealing with the
Palestinian issue, they must listen to both sides and to give each side the
opportunity to move closer to a solution, otherwise I don’t expect much to
Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tells CBS News that the United States’ choices
are to blame for the Middle East’s disasters.
United States' choices in the Middle East are wrong, and these wrong choices
lead to the disaster in our region," Zarif told the American network on
knew that the invasion of Iraq was the wrong choice, although Saddam Hussein
was our enemy. We knew that the attack against Afghanistan was the wrong choice
although Taliban were our enemy,” he added.
know that the invasion and attack, bombardment of Yemen are wrong choices,”
Zarif noted, referring to Washington’s support for the 2015-present Saudi
Arabia-led war on the Arab world’s poorest nation.
the United States is continuously and persistently on the wrong side," the
Iranian top diplomat asserted.
said US had emboldened Saudi Arabia and Israel to stage their atrocities by
providing the regimes with “blanket support.”
think the blanket support that the US provides to Saudi Arabia and to Israel
has enabled them to carry out atrocities that would not have happened, had
there not existed this blanket support," he said.
remarks came as the kingdom has come under mounting criticism for the killing
of Jamal Khashoggi, Washington Post columnist and notable critic of Riyadh’s
policies, who was murdered after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on
President Hassan Rouhani said recently that the kingdom would not have
proceeded with the killing had it not been in receipt of US support.
is separately under pressure from high-profile rights groups to axe its arms
sales to the kingdom and logistical support for the war on Yemen, which has
killed thousands since its onset.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has called for a transparent investigation into
the killing of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, following a meeting
with Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.
murder of Khashoggi, who escaped to the US last year and worked as a Washington
Post columnist, has escalated into a crisis for the world’s top oil exporter as
Saudi Arabia’s allies have reacted with outrage.
said Sunday that he met Jubeir during a conference in Bahrain on Saturday and
discussed Khashoggi’s killing, which occurred at the Saudi consulate in
Istanbul, Turkey on October 2.
discussed it. You know the same thing we talked about, the need for
transparency, full and complete investigation,” Mattis told a small group of
reporters traveling to Prague with him.
was) full agreement from foreign minister Jubeir, no reservations at all, he
said we need to know what happened and it was very collaborative, in
agreement,” Mattis added.
Tuesday, US President Donald Trump said Saudi officials had engaged in the
“worst cover-up ever” and that those behind the killing “should be in big
Trump has also highlighted Riyadh as a major purchaser of American weapons.
lawmakers have accused Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as
MBS and the country’s de facto leader, of ordering the killing.
lived in self-imposed exile in the US for the past year and wrote editorial
columns for The Washington Post that were critical of MBS.
alongside the Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis later on Sunday, Mattis was
asked how an investigation would be able to determine whether MBS had any
involvement in the killing.
with the evidence that they have compiled, will ensure that there is more than
one review of what is going on here and I’m certain the investigation will
include the evidence that Turkey has put forward so far,” Mattis said in the
Arabia’s public prosecutor has said Khashoggi’s killing was premeditated,
contradicting a previous official statement that it happened accidentally
during a tussle in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Saturday, Jubeir told a security summit in Bahrain that Riyadh’s relations with
the United States were “ironclad” amid what he described as “media hysteria”
over the killing of Khashoggi.
the same conference, Mattis had sharp words for Saudi Arabia, saying the
killing of Khashoggi undermined the stability of the Middle East and that
Washington would take additional measures against those responsible.
whether the US would limit its support to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen,
Mattis said: “We’ll continue to support the defense of the kingdom.”
Arabia and some of its allies launched a brutal war against Yemen in March 2015
in an attempt to reinstall Yemen’s former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and
crush the Houthi Ansarullah movement.
to 80 widowed wives of ISIS fighters in Syria are set to return to the UK where
be questioned and face the possibility of having their children removed from
their care, an investigation revealed.
are members of Britain’s biggest suspected female terror cells, which includes
in its ranks two sisters from east London, the daughter of a former British
Army paratrooper and an IT graduate.
husbands were among the world’s most infamous extremists. A joint investigation
by the British newspaper The Sunday Times and the Portuguese magazine Sabado
identified among the returnees six women from Britain whose Portuguese-born
husbands were part of the notorious cell dubbed the Beatles, linked to Mohammed
Emwazi or Jihadi John.
Portuguese men are deemed responsible for the filming and dissemination of a
series of beheading videos, including the execution of British hostages Alan
Henning and David Haines.
were said to have converted to Islam after meeting notorious hate preacher
Anjem Choudary, who was released from prison in Britain this week.
husband of Reema Iqbal, Celso Rodrigues Da Costa, was a former Harrods sales
assistant who appeared in an Isis propaganda video boasting of celebrating the
Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha by slaughtering infidels.
of the group, Fabio Pocas, the husband of Ruzina Khanam, is thought to be the
one who filmed the stunt in which a captured Jordanian pilot was burnt alive.
the150 British women known to have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS,
those who have survived the demise of the group constitute a thorny problem.
officials have been pressuring the international community to take captured
foreign members of the Islamic State back and prosecute them on their own soil.
UK officials are aware that successful prosecution may be problematic because
of the difficulty in collecting conclusive evidence.
campaign to recognise the people from different faiths and ethnic backgrounds
who fought for Britain in the first world war, including 400,000 Muslim soldiers,
has been launched ahead of the armistice centenary.
from all parties, faith leaders, former military chiefs and charities are
supporting Remember Together, an initiative to highlight the often forgotten
service and contribution of Muslims and other faiths.
people, Muslims included, don’t know that thousands of Muslim solders from
present-day Pakistan fought for Britain in the first world war,” said Imam Qari
Asim, the chair of the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board. “It’s important
that they do. This shared history of contribution is something that we can all
commemorate in Britain, whatever our ethnicity or faith.”
in mosques across the country will give remembrance-themed services at Friday
those the campaign will highlight is Khudadad Khan, a Muslim from what is now
Pakistan who was the first Indian soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross, the
highest military award for gallantry. He was a machine-gunner in a regiment
supporting the British Expeditionary Force to prevent German troops taking the
ports of Boulogne in France and Nieuport in Belgium.
being overwhelmed, Khan’s team held off the German forces for long enough to
allow reinforcements to arrive. All were killed by bullets or bayonets except
Khan, who despite being badly wounded, continued working his gun. He was left
for dead, but managed to crawl to safety.
Together is a joint initiative by the integration thinktank British Future and
the British Legion as part of its Thank You campaign.
campaign also highlights the fact that the backgrounds of the soldiers who
fought for Britain in the first world war had much in common with those of
Britain in 2018.
Katwala, the director of British Future, said: “We have seen extremists, both
Anjem Choudary and Britain First, try to turn our cherished symbols of
Remembrance into ammunition in their culture war. Both rely on an ignorance of
our shared history when they tell Muslims and other minorities that they have
no place in Britain.
it really matters that we commemorate the soldiers from all backgrounds who
served a century ago, as more mosques, gurdwaras and other places of worship
mark Remembrance this year.”
Laura Janner-Klausner, the senior rabbi at Reform Judaism, said: “The bullets
on the battlefields … did not discriminate between Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus,
Christians, Jews and others. One hundred years later, we honour those who
fought together by remembering them together.”
MI5 domestic intelligence service of Britain has taken over the responsibility
in combating extreme right-wing terrorism in the country as fears grow that
white supremacists are increasing their efforts to foment violent racial
conflict in the UK
Guardian newspaper said in a report on Sunday that MI5 will lead the mission to
monitor far-right extremism, a responsibility that had previously been assigned
to the British police.
MI5 has earlier been tasked with countering terrorism linked to Takfiri
ideologies, like Daesh and al-Qaeda, and those related to a separatist movement
in Northern Ireland.
Guardian said the new move to assign the MI5 with countering the far-right rise
came after months of negotiations between the intelligence service, the police,
and senior government officials.
said the decision came after British authorities felt the rise of Islamophobic
and anti-immigrant voices in the country had become a case of national
MI5 will, under the new arrangement, be responsible for identifying suspects
and assessing what danger they pose, conducting network analysis and ranking
threats, said the report, adding that the Counter Terrorism Command in the
British police will still maintain its executive lead in busting plots and
has seen a sensible surge in far-right activity over the past years, especially
since a debate began in the country on whether it should remain as part of the
European Union or leave the bloc after more than 40 years.
by a “member of the royal circle” to abduct dissident Saudi journalist Jamal
Khashoggi were intercepted by the British intelligence, a report says, adding
that they “did not emanate directly” from Saudi de facto ruler Crown Prince
Mohammad bin Salman.
is not known if he was aware of them,” read a Sunday Express report.
intelligence sources, the weekly claimed that British Government Communications
Headquarters (GCHQ) found out about the Saudi plan and "begged"
Saudis to stop it.
know the orders came from a member of the royal circle but have no direct
information to link them to Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman… Whether this
meant he was not the original issuer we cannot say,” the intelligence source
was cited as saying.
earlier report said Khashoggi, who was recently murdered at the Saudi consulate
in Istanbul, intended to disclose details of Saudi Arabia’s use of banned
chemical weapons in Yemen.
to the source, “These details included primary orders to capture Mr. Khashoggi
and bring him back to Saudi Arabia for questioning. However, the door seemed to
be left open for alternative remedies to what was seen as a big problem.”
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 bin
Salman’s direct order.
media have previously released the identities of Saudi operatives, who had
apparently travelled from Riyadh to Istanbul on two private jets and entered
the Saudi mission for that matter.
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