students from the Saint Francis Girls High School in Hyderabad pay tribute to
and hold placards with images of the slain Central Reserve Police Force, after
an attack on a CRPF convoy in the Lethpora area of Kashmir on February 14. The Indian government has demanded that
Pakistan take 'credible and visible action' over a major suicide attack in
Kashmir as it rebuffed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's offer to
investigate the bombing. (Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images)
Attacks Are Against Tenets of Islam: Anjuman-e-Islam
Place for Terror in Islam: Dargah Ala Hazrat, the Religious Head of the Barelvi
Drop Sedition against 14 AMU Students, Cites ‘Lack of Evidence’
Attempt to Counter Terrorism, Pakistan Re-Imposes Ban on Two Lashkar-e-Taiba
Army Chief’s Big Confession: Large Section of Pakistanis Radicalised in Name of
Go for Zakir Naik Due To Absence of ‘Tauliah’, Says Penang Islamic Dept
Arabia to Include Chinese Language in Educational Curriculum
Worshippers Gain Access to Restricted Al-Aqsa Mosque Area
Al-Bashir Declares State of Emergency, Dissolves Government
Detroit, One Organization Is Schooling Muslims on Racial Justice
Urges All States to Help India Probe Pulwama Attack
Kashmiris Offer Discounts and Free Services to Sikhs
India salutes Pulwama martyrs, this soldier fights to prove citizenship
goes for the kill on social media
on Kashmiris a dangerous trend, says Yasin Malik
ATS arrests two Kashmiris ‘with Jaish links’ in Deoband
watchdog steps up pressure on Pakistan
attack: India urges ASEAN to support its fight against terrorism
launches crackdown against Rohingya Muslims
Azhar: militant at heart of Kashmir crisis got a second life in 1999
actively pursuing listing JeM chief Masood Azhar under UNSC 1267'
Army Chief Visits Loc, F-16s Fly Combat Air Patrols
or an Eyewash? Under Global Pressure, Pak Punjab Takes Over Jaish HQ
Offensive against Human Intelligence Led To Suicide Bombing In Kashmir
rules out possibility of Pak-India nuclear war
peace loving nation but won’t be intimidated: COAS Bajwa
objectionable material found during JeM ‘HQs’ raid
Ties’ With Saudis Why BN Sent Troops to Join Yemen War, Says Chandra
Named Leaders of Philippine Muslim Territory
Penang Islamic Hospital to open in 2022
deports dozens of Muslims headed to south
directs IGP to investigate idol at surau
Army Sends Large Military Convoy to Palmyra for Final Battle against ISIL
Army, Affiliated Militants Continue Plundering People's Properties in Afrin
to Extradite over 500 ISIL Militants to Iraq
Takes Senior ISIL Commander Out of Southeastern Deir Ezzur in Heliborne
French ISIL Ringleaders Arrested by Iraqi Intelligence Forces inside Syria
30 trucks carry people out of ISIS Syria holdout
of Islamic Cooperation, UN officials discuss global relief efforts
Forces Disband 2 ISIL-Affiliated Terrorist Groups in Western Iran
killed by Israeli fire in border clashes: Gaza ministry
starts Gulf war games, to test submarine-launched missiles
demands immediate pullback of forces from Yemen ports
revenge won't be limited to 'bunch of terrorists': IRGC
teen killed by Israeli forces in Gaza protests
commander slain in Houthi attack near Saudi border
orders 295 military personnel arrested over Gulen links
warns hunger continues to worsen in South Sudan 5 months after peace deal
Tubus fear southern Libya offensive
repel election-day Boko Haram attacks
Says India, Pakistan Facing a 'Very Dangerous Situation'
Daesh Bride's Family Files Lawsuit against Trump
bride could help US stem radicalization: lawyer
troops to remain in Syria after pullout: report
Russian envoys for Afghanistan meet in Turkey
Bride Shamima Begum's Family Urges Sajid Javid to Bring Her Son to the UK, To
Challenge Revoking Her Citizenship in Court
forces kill top Al-Qaeda commander in Sahel
in escalated dispute with Israel shortly after anti-Iran event
warns Egypt about executions
opposition urges EU heads to boycott Sharm summit
To 30 Militants Killed In 4 Provinces in Past 24 Hours: MoD
of a prominent terror gang of Taliban arrested in Kabul city
shouldered a great responsibility to protect languages: PM
forces perform 8 joint operations, 79 Special Operations tasks: MoD
IED planter arrested in Herat province
by New Age Islam News Bureau
Attacks Are Against Tenets Of Islam: Anjuman-e-Islam
The students of Anjuman School and colleges and members of Anjuman-E-Islam took
out a rally in Dharwad on Friday to protest the terrorist attack on CRPF jawans
at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir.
a huge tricolour, they went in a procession from Anjuman campus to the deputy
commissioner’s office passing through important roads and junctions. Led by
Anjuman-E-Islam president Ismail Tamatgar, the members condemned the terrorist
attacks on India’s defence personnel and expressed solidarity with India in
tackling the terrorists. They said it was inhuman and against the tenets of
Islam to kill anyone. They said the community stands solidly behind the
government in its endeavor to end the terrorist menace and restore peace and
harmony in the country. They also condemned the efforts to divide the armed
forces on the basis of caste.
members submitted a memorandum to the DC expressing grief over the killing of
security personnel and extended support to the members of bereaved families.
Ala Hazrat, the religious head of the Barelvi sect of Sunni Muslims, has asked
Muslims to not give shelter to any terrorist in their homes. The Dargah in a
statement said: “There is no place for terrorism in Islam, and the Muslims do
not give shelter to any terrorist.” Condemning the terrorist attack in south
Kashmir’s Pulwama, Sajjada Nasheen Subhan Raja Khan said: “The incident of
Pulwama embarrassed the humanity. I appeal to the government to end the
terrorism.” Dargah’s spokesperson Nasir Qureshi said: “Our Dargah supports the
martyrs’ families in their grief. Those shedding the blood of innocents are
enemies of Islam and they are defaming our religion across the world.” The
Dargah’s directives read that the Muslim community should be united against
those involved in terrorists activities.
many 40 CRPF personnel were killed in Awantipora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama
district in a terror attack orchestrated by Pakistan-based and Pakistan-backed
terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed on February 14. The convoy of 78 buses, in which
around 2,500 CRPF personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar, came under
attack around 3.15 pm on February 14.
drop sedition against 14 AMU students, cites ‘lack of evidence’
Uttar Pradesh police have dropped sedition charges against 14 Aligarh Muslim
University students , citing “lack of evidence”, according to a senior police
February 12, the students were booked for sedition on the complaint of
Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) district president Mukesh Lodhi, who had
alleged that he was assaulted by some students who also raised pro-Pakistan
BJYM is the youth wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party, the ruling party at the
Centre and in Uttar Pradesh. Senior superintendent of police Akash Kulhari said
on Friday the charges were dropped three days ago as there was no evidence to
said there was no videographic proof or any other evidence “to support the
claim that anti-India or pro-Pakistan slogans were raised by these youth during
the clash between two student groups at University Circle on February 12”.
clashes appeared to have been triggered by reports that All India
Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader
Asaduddin Owaisi was visiting the campus. The BJYM had demanded that the
Owaisi’s visit should be
was also an altercation between some AMU students and a television news channel
crew that had come to cover the anticipated visit, which never took place.
Earlier, the Aligarh Muslim University Teachers Association (AMUTA) had
condemned the violence on the campus and sought strict restrictions on entry of
outsiders to the university.
Pakistan — Pakistan has re-imposed a ban on two charities run by a
U.S.-designated terrorist blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, officials said Feb.
Interior Ministry said it decided on the ban during a meeting with by Prime
Minister Imran Khan Feb. 21, in which it resolved to implement a 20-point
National Action Plan to counter terrorism more effectively.
two charities — Jamat-ut-Dawa and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation — are thought to
be a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba, a militant group founded by Hafiz Saeed, a
Muslim cleric who lives freely in Pakistan and often addresses anti-India
were banned in February 2018, and the government froze their assets in
compliance with a U.N. request. But Pakistan’s Supreme Court in September
allowed them to resume operations.
U.S. has placed a $10 million bounty on Saeed’s head. Lashker-e-Taiba has been
blamed for the Mumbai attacks.
the same day, the administration of Punjab province took control of As-Sabir
Seminary and Subhanallah Mosque in the city of Bahawalpur. A senior official
said the two Islamic institutions were said to be linked to Jaish-e-Mohammad,
the militant group India has blamed for the recent attack in Pulwama in the
disputed Kashmir region. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because
he was not authorized to speak to media.
Pakistan Television reported that the government has appointed administrators for
the two institutions where 600 students are being instructed on Islam by 70
Pulwama suicide attack on a military convoy killed more than 40 Indian troops
and escalated tensions between the two nuclear-armed south Asian neighbors.
India says the attack was planned in Pakistan, which Pakistan strongly denies.
Army chief’s big confession: Large section of Pakistanis radicalised in name of
Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has confessed that a large section of
people in his country has been radicalised in the name of Islam.
Bajwa’s confession is a big embarrassment to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan
who had asked India to provide proof regarding his country’s complicity in
Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were martyred. India had
responded by saying that Imran will get numerous proofs if he looks inside his
is no place for caliphate in the society. We have radicalised a large section
of people in the name of jihad. We have strengthened such people by providing
them with weapons and political power. We are reaping what we had sown 40 years
ago,” General Bajwa said.
a big ambarrassment to Pakistan, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on
Thursday condemned Pulwama terror attack perpetrated by Pakistan-based
Jaish-e-Mohammed in the “strongest terms”.
the press statement issued by the UNSC named the Pakistan-based terror group
JeM , headed by Masood Azhar.
members also reiterated that any “acts of terrorism are criminal and
unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by
go for Zakir Naik due to absence of ‘tauliah’, says Penang Islamic dept
TOWN: The Penang Islamic Department (JAIPP) says Dr Zakir Naik will not be
allowed to give a public speech in Penang this June because the Indian Muslim
preacher does not have the required credentials, or tauliah, from state
director Zulkifli Long said a person must apply for the permit from religious
authorities before he is allowed to speak on Islamic subjects.
told FMT that Naik could apply for the credentials for a small fee.
explanation comes after the Penang Island City Council reportedly refused to
allow a public talk by Naik, planned for June 14 at the City Stadium.
said the tauliah is given subject to several conditions, including one that
requires a preacher must subscribe to Sunni Islam, and that he does not offend
those of other beliefs and cultures.
contacted, the Islamic Propagation Society International which is planning to
host Naik in Penang said the public talk was “postponed”. He declined to
is accused of giving provocative speeches, which were cited as a reason by
Bangladesh for an attack in Dhaka in 2016 which left 22 people dead.
National Investigation Agency is also investigating Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation,
over allegations of money laundering.
has denied the charges, saying he is a victim of the Indian media whom he
accuses of sensationalising the issue in their quest to get a bigger audience.
53-year-old televangelist, who was close to leaders of the previous government
and was granted Malaysian permanent resident status, has also fought off
attempts to have him deported.
son, Fariq had once given a talk in Penang in April 2016.
talk at Universiti Sains Malaysia was attended by some 4,000 people.
Arabia to include Chinese language in educational curriculum
Arabia has decided to include the Chinese language in the curriculum at all
stages of education in Saudi schools and universities.
agreement was finalized during Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin
Salman’s visit to China.
is aimed at strengthening friendship and cooperation between Saudi Arabia and
the People’s Republic of China, and deepening the strategic partnership at all
levels, according to Saudi Press Agency.
inclusion of the Chinese language in the curriculum will enhance the cultural diversity
of students in the Kingdom and contribute to the achievement of future national
goals in the field of education under Vision 2030, reported SPA.
is an important step toward opening new academic horizons for students of
various educational levels in the Kingdom. Learning Chinese as a bridge between
the two peoples will contribute to increasing trade and cultural ties.
Thursday, the kingdom’s Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin
Farhan, had announced the “Prince Mohammed bin Salman Award for Cultural
Cooperation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the People’s Republic of
worshippers gain access to restricted al-Aqsa Mosque area
worshippers have managed to gain access to the Israeli-restricted Bab al-Rahma
area of the al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied Old City of East Jerusalem al-Quds.
of worshippers, who gained access to the area on Friday, were responding to
calls by Palestinian clerics — including al-Aqsa Mosque’s Mufti Ekrima Sa’id
Sabri — to gather in the Bab al-Rahma sector for Friday prayers, according to
the Palestinian Information Center.
al-Rahma, with a gate of the same name, consists of a large building and a
courtyard that lie east of the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
building was sealed by Israeli authorities in 2003 after they claimed it was
being used by Palestinians for political activities. Israeli authorities
renewed the restriction order annually until an Israeli court ordered the
building closed until further notice in 2017.
forces responded to the planned assembly on Friday by setting up numerous
roadblocks and checkpoints and arresting up to 60 Palestinians, according to
various local Palestinian sources.
Israeli measures, however, failed to stop the crowd from opening the gate and
entering the area for prayers.
the development, the Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas issued a
statement describing the event as “a new peaceful victory against the Israeli
continue in the occupied Palestinian territories in the aftermath of a move by
the United States to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital” and
relocate its embassy to the occupied city.
al-Aqsa Mosque compound is a flashpoint, highly respected by Muslims, Jews, and
Christians alike. The mosque is Islam’s third holiest site after Masjid
al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina.
al-Bashir declares state of emergency, dissolves government
President Omar al-Bashir, facing the country’s biggest popular protests since
he came to power 30 years ago, declared a one-year state of emergency on Friday
and called on parliament to postpone constitutional amendments that would allow
him to seek another term in a 2020 presidential election.
a televised speech, Bashir said he would dissolve the central government as
well as state governments.
economic measures should be taken in a new government”, Bashir said, adding
that he would assign that task to a qualified team.
also addressed the opposition. “I extend a sincere invitation to the opposition
forces, who are still outside the path of national reconciliation ... to move
forward and engage in the dialogue regarding the current issues of our
a subsequent decree, Bashir set up a caretaker administration comprising a
senior official from each ministry, but kept the defense, foreign and justice
ministers in place.
anti-government demonstrations began on Dec. 19, triggered by price increases
and cash shortages, but quickly developed into protests against Bashir’s rule.
Bashir’s speech, angry protesters in the city of Omdurman chanted “Freedom!”
and set fire to tyres while others blocked a main road, a Reuters witness said.
Police there fired tear gas and chased protesters through small streets.
National Consensus Forces, one of Sudan’s main opposition groups, said the
response to Bashir’s declaration of a state of emergency should be more
regime declared a state of emergency to counter our popular revolution, which
will not stop, God willing, before we achieve our goals and topple the regime”,
the group said in a statement.
weeks before the protests broke out, a majority of lawmakers had backed
proposed amendments to the constitution that would allow Bashir to run for
another term. But last Saturday, the parliamentary committee tasked with
amending the constitution said it would indefinitely postpone a meeting to
draft these changes.
of Bashir’s speech, security forces fired tear gas to disperse at least 200
protesters in the capital, Khartoum, eyewitnesses said.
Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), the main protest organizer, issued a
call for additional demonstrations.
demands of this revolution are clear ... foremost that this regime and its head
step aside, including its repressive institutions”, the SPA said in a
an Islamist and former army officer, came to power in 1989 after a military
coup. He won elections in 2010 and 2015 after changes in the constitution
following a peace agreement with southern rebels, who then seceded to form
had previously blamed the protests on foreign “agents”, and challenged his
rivals to seek power through the ballot box. He had shown no sign that he was
prepared to concede any power.
earlier this month he softened his tone dramatically, saying the protesters are
mostly young people with poor prospects.
then Bashir warned against destabilizing the Sudanese state, saying, “You can
look at what happened in Libya”, which has been in a state of turmoil since a
2011 civil war led to the overthrow of longstanding dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
say nearly 60 people have been killed during the protests, while authorities
put the death toll at 32, including three security personnel.
forces have used tear gas and live bullets to disperse protesters, and have
made hundreds of arrests, including of opposition party members, activists and
is wanted by the International Criminal Court over charges of masterminding
genocide in the Darfur region, which he denies. He has been lobbying for Sudan
to be removed from a list of countries which Washington deems state sponsors of
listing has blocked the investment and financial aid that Sudan was hoping for
when the United States lifted sanctions in 2017, economists say.
Detroit, one organization is schooling Muslims on racial justice
— It began, as so many social justice movements these days do, on Twitter.
Islam, a Bangladeshi-American lawyer living in Detroit, had noticed that many
of the ongoing conversations about Muslims online showed ignorance of the faith
group’s racial demographics.
Muslims were often presumed to be converts or activists. Black Muslims
discussing their experiences with racism would receive messages saying that
promoting separatism is un-Islamic. Non-Muslims as well as many prominent
Muslims seemed to equate the faith with being Arab or South Asian. And the slur
“abeed” — Arabic for “slave” — was commonplace.
Black History Month approached in 2014, she rallied a crew of about 20
activists and scholars to launch a new hashtag: #BeingBlackAndMuslim.
wanted to reflect on the erasure of black Muslims in the conversations we were
seeing online, as well as in our communities and institutions,” Islam said.
“Because those erasures reflect what we’re seeing everywhere else.”
it resonated. For four hours that Feb. 10 five years ago, the hashtag trended
on Twitter not only in the United States, but globally. The responses showcased
black Muslims’ pride and joy in their culture and experiences, Islam said, as
well as the heartbreak and betrayal they felt at the hands of their brothers
and sisters in faith.
of the racially egalitarian messages in the Quran and the teachings of the
Prophet Muhammad, “people think if you’re Muslim you can’t be racist,” Islam
noted. But that couldn’t be further from the truth, she said.
to the Pew Research Center, black Muslims make up a fifth of U.S. Muslims.
While black Muslims are significantly more likely than nonblack Muslims to say
that Islam is important to their lives and that they pray five times a day,
nonblack Muslims sometimes believe that their black counterparts are not real
Muslims. Part of that may be rooted in inaccurate assumptions that most black
Muslims belong to the Nation of Islam, which many consider to be heretical. In
fact, just 2 percent of black Muslims currently identify with the Nation of
Islam, Pew reports.
while about 92 percent of black Muslims say black people face “a lot” of
discrimination, only 66 percent of non-black Muslims agree.
31, and educator Margari Aziza Hill, 43, saw in the viral hashtag an
opportunity to expand the campaign into a long-term educational resource for
Muslims who wanted to teach their own communities about race and religion.
Hill and Islam launched the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, now commonly
called MuslimARC. Their mission statement: “Education for liberation.”
immediately, organizations reached out to the pair asking them to lead
trainings and consultations about racism within Muslim communities. They hosted
a panel at the Islamic Society of North America’s conference that year and were
invited to address a group of high school students competing at the annual
Muslim Interscholastic Tournament. They were expecting an audience of 25 bored
teens. Instead, they found themselves facing a rapt audience of 250.
right away we realized this was more than a hashtag,” Hill, MuslimARC’s
managing director, said. “These people all thought they were alone in their
experiences. So we started to think about how to sustain the conversation, how
to intervene in this issue that clearly needed to be discussed.”
years since that conversation began, their project has helped to train some of
America’s largest Muslim advocacy organizations in racial justice.
— who has a background in curriculum design and has taught at a community
college as well as Islamic school and summer camp — had been taking a course on
virtual instruction at the online education platform Coursera ahead of
had this idea to make anti-racism accessible in the same sort of way,” said
Hill. “Because how do you even learn anti-racism if you’re not on a campus or
working with a social justice organization? If you’re just a regular lay
person, how do you access that?”
solution was to develop a set of curricula: for organizations to train their
members about racial justice and combating Islamophobia, and for individuals to
understand how to be better allies. They produced a toolkit to help Muslims
understand how to respond to police brutality and Black Lives Matter — “we must
unequivocally affirm the egalitarian nature of Islam in which the Qur’an and
Sunnah (Islamic traditions based on the actions of the Prophet Muhammad)
clearly condemn racism,” it noted — and hosted or facilitated online courses,
webinars and meetups. Ahead of the anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm
X, they asked imams around the country to focus their Friday sermons on the
shooting and his life.
also lead workshops and consultations for groups who need guidance in adopting
inclusive practices. Their clients and partners have included the Council on
American-Islamic Relations, MPower Change, Faith in Action, the Inner-City
Muslim Action Network, Take On Hate, the Chicago Regional Organizing for
Anti-Racism and Pop Culture Collab, with whom they consulted on the upcoming
Sameer Gardezi-directed film series “East of La Brea.”
mainstream Muslim advocacy organizations are now actively working for movements
such as Black Lives Matter and pushing for funding more black Muslim grassroots
projects, movements they once shied away from.
an event Feb. 10 celebrating MuslimARC’s five-year anniversary in Los Angeles,
Hill told local Muslim leaders “we can trace the lineage of the language that
we introduced.” National organizations that were once ruled by “respectability
politics and a white aspirational lens,” she said, have now shifted to a “social
that first hashtag conversation, MuslimARC says, it has reached more than
20,000 people in more than 40 cities.
number is multiplied by those who have been impacted by their work, like
Islamic studies scholar Kayla Wheeler, who teaches at Michigan’s Grand Valley
State University. Wheeler said that a series of interviews Hill and Islam
conducted with Muslims of different racial backgrounds, which she found on
Twitter, has helped her inform the way she teaches about Latino and Asian
also inspired Wheeler’s 2-year-old Black Islam Syllabus project, in which she
is compiling educational resources on black Muslims based on contributions
solicited via Twitter.
in turn, has inspired other academics to collect resources, such as the Sudan
Syllabus, curated by University of Pennsylvania doctoral student Razan Idris,
and the Islamophobia is Racism Syllabus, curated by 10 prominent scholars.
me it’s a space to not only see myself recognized but also to challenge my own
assumptions about what Islam is and who is involved in Islam,” said Wheeler.
“It does a disservice to graduate students when we teach about Islam in a way
that is Arab-centric and ahistorical.”
and Islam say they want to lead a faith-driven dialogue that disrupts the
often-fraught dynamics between non-black and black Muslims. Such tensions are
particularly high in Detroit, which has America’s highest percentage of black
residents, next door to Dearborn, America’s most Arab city.
demographics have led to clear tensions, particularly due to Arab-Americans’
entrepreneurial success (which some would call exploitative) with small
summer, Hill and Islam plan to open their first brick-and-mortar center,
ARCHouse – a largely crowdfunded office and training space near Detroit’s
historic Muslim Center mosque, founded in the 1980s under the leadership of
Imam W. Deen Mohammed.
MuslimARC team is aware that the organization’s growth has something to do with
the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and the election of Donald Trump.
Terms like “intersectionality” and “microaggression” – once nearly exclusive to
academics – are bandied about easily these days.
some ways, that awareness has made MuslimARC’s work easier, Islam said. “It’s
opened up a greater willingness to understand.
while anti-racism is trendy now,” she added, “we have to remind folks that
there’s long-term work to be done. We have to make sure we’re not so distracted
by the crisis response that we don’t focus on the systemic issues that were
there under Obama, too.”
founders of MuslimARC say they are themselves continuing to learn and relearn
the meaning of racial justice. Part of that is because they have put together a
diverse board that includes black, Latina, Arab and South Asian members, which
they say helps expose them to new viewpoints – and puts them in a better
position to call out the racism they see.
not asking people to do anything that I myself have not done,” said Islam.
urges all states to help India probe Pulwama attack
NATIONS: The United Nations Security Council has urged all states to “cooperate
actively” with New Delhi for bringing to justice all those who were responsible
for last week’s attack on soldiers in Pulwama, India-held Kashmir.
Council President Anatolio Ndong Mba issued a statement on Thursday condemning
the attack and expressing solidarity with the Indian nation and the government.
“The members of the Security Council underlined the need to hold the
perpetrators, organisers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts
of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice,” said the statement.
Islamabad, the National Security Committee (NSC) decided on Thursday to
proscribe the Jamaatud Dawa and its charity wing, Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation,
as part of measures to tighten the noose around extremist and militant groups
in the country.
members also urged “all states, in accordance with their obligations under
international law and Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with
the government of India and all other relevant authorities in this regard”.
the attack as a “heinous and coward suicide bombing”, the UNSC statement noted
that “Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility” for it.
is already banned in Pakistan.
Security Council reaffirmed that “terrorism in all its forms and manifestations
constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and
members reiterated that “acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable,
regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever
also reaffirmed the need for all states to “combat by all means, in accordance
with the charter of the United Nations and other obligations under
international law, threats to international peace and security caused by
UNSC statement resembles a similar statement issued by the US State Department
last week, which also noted that Jaish-e-Mohammad had claimed responsibility
for the attack. The US statement, however, had identified Jaish as a “UN
-designated, Pakistan-based terrorist group”, a description missing from the UN
observers in Washington said Islamabad and its allies, particularly Beijing,
had worked hard to keep any reference to Pakistan out of the Security Council
US statement had also said Washington was “resolutely committed to working with
the Indian government to combat terrorism in all its forms”. Like the UNSC, the
United States also urged “all countries to uphold their responsibilities
pursuant to UN Security Council resolutions to deny safe haven and support for
a permanent member of the UN Security Council, pointed out on Friday that the
reference to Jaish in the UNSC statement was only in “general terms” and “does
not represent a judgement”.
foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters in Beijing that the
Chinese government was following developments after the Pulwama attack.
the UN Security Council issued a press statement that mentioned a particular
organisation, but only in general terms. It does not represent a judgement on
the attack,” Geng said.
US media, however, reported that without Beijing’s endorsement the UNSC
statement could not have been released as China is a permanent member of the
gratitude, Kashmiris offer discounts and free services to Sikhs
non-profit organisation, Khalsa Aid, on Wednesday night received several messages
and calls from the Kashmiri students who were ferried to Jammu free of cost.
of the Kashmir Valley have now taken to social media for posting their
gratitude towards the Sikh community.
free car services from Car Plaza, Anantnag, and Dr Adil Wani’s free dental
services for one month, to Alburaq Group’s free air tickets to IPTS Heights
School offering free of cost education to Sikhs, Kashmiris are offering
discounts and free services to Sikhs.
a state of panic, more than 800 Kashmiri students fled Dehradun, Ambala and
several other parts of nort India to escape backlash from the locals in the
wake of Pulwama terror attack.
21-year-old Khawaja Itrat, a student of CGC, Landran, and a member of Jammu and
Kashmir Students Organisation (JKSO), had made arrangements for facilitating
Kashmiri students’ stay in Mohali at his residence.
former SGPC member Amarinder Singh had made provision for the students’
billeting at Gurdwara Singh Shaheedan, Sohana, last Sunday. However, most
students chose to leave for Jammu in the evening. On Sunday night, when nearly
a hundred students arrived in Mohali on the assurance of protection given to
them by the Punjab CM, Gurdwara Singh Shaheedan made four of its rooms
available to the students.
24 hours, Khalsa Aid, a non-profit organisation, offered to ferry the students
back to Jammu free of cost.
volunteers have reported to have sent off more than 400 Kashmiri students back
Since last Thursday when over 45 CRPF troops were martyred in Pulwama the whole
of India, in one voice, is hailing and praising their sacrifices. But, there is
this soldier from Assam's Barpeta district who served in Kashmir and at Siachen
Glacier has to fight to prove his Indian citizenship.
have been posted in Kashmir, Kargil, and Siachen. I love my country and stand
to protect it. But back home (in Assam), I am (seen as) a doubtful citizen,”
Shahidul Islam (43) told The Indian Express.
Islam, who was in October 2018 posted in Kolkata, is now contesting a case at
the Foreigners’ Tribunal Number 11 of Barpeta district to prove that he is an
next hearing is scheduled on March 18. But, Shahidul said, “I may not be able
to appear for the hearing on March 18 if I am on the move….”
that the state border police’s reference case against his family was made in
2003, Shahidul said, “The first notice to appear at the Foreigners’ Tribunal
came in October last year. It asked my mother, brother and me to appear on
brothers Mizanur Ali (27), with the CISF, and Delbor Ali (29), with Army
Medical Corps since 2010, are also mentioned with their father Abdul Hamid, who
died in August 2005, as minors in the 2003 reference case.
hope that by the time this message reaches you, I would be frolicking in god’s
paradise,” 20-year-old Adil Dar, seated between a flag of the Jaish-e-Mohammed,
and assault rifles and ammunition, is heard saying in a 10- minute video
released on February 14, the day his suicide attack claimed the lives of 40
Indian paramilitary personnel in south Kashmir.
media had become an important tool for the new wave of young Kashmiri men
waging jihad against the State. However, while this has been largely restricted
to dissemination of pictures and videos that showed a human side of the jihadists,
Dar’s video statement was eerily similar to the previous admission of
complicity by the Jaish-e-Mohammed. Dar’s determination and admission was much
like that of 16-year-old Fardeen Khanday’s admission of mounting an attack on a
paramilitary camp in the same southern region, on December 31, 2017.
the time this message reaches you, I will be far away, a guest in god’s
paradise,” Khanday had said in his pre-recorded statement before he stormed the
camp along with two others.
however, had upped the ante. In his pre-recorded statement, Dar taunted Indians
as “drinkers of cow urine”, a reference commonly used by Jaish chief Masood
Azhar in his sermons, and warned of a threat to Islam. “The war that they could
not win with weapons and soldiers, now they want to attack your faith, colour
you in their culture, and deprive you of the beautiful traditions of Islam,” he
says in the video.
of the crucial elements of the radical Islamic content online is naturally the
central focus on Islamic values. Jihadists are seen praying in orchards or over
snow or merely marching to nasheeds playing in the background. However, where
once videos released by them invoked among civilians a sympathy and connect,
they are now focused on creating fear and deterrence. The frequency of videos
and pictures released on the web has decreased while the content simultaneously
has become increasingly explicit about violence.
August 2018, amid killings of policemen and abduction of their relatives, Hizb
Valley chief Riyaz Naikoo had warned in an audio released on social media:
“This time we have let your families go unharmed but this will not happen
again. Their next time will be as your actions are.” Naikoo’s threat to
political workers, particular attacking sarpanches and panches with acid, has
also caused widespread fear. This year, at least three executions were filmed
Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik Friday said
that attacks on Kashmiris across India is a dangerous trend which is promoting
hatred between humans.
and institutions across India have been turned into a war zones for Kashmiris.
Attacks by goons on Kashmiri businessmen, students, tourists are most
condemnable and outrageous. This situation will only promote violence and
hatred and may push more people to armed path,” Yasin Malik stated this while
speaking to people at Masjid Jamia Abi Guzar here, according to the statement.
these attacks as most horrible, JKLF chairman said that “videos and images of
these attacks and acts of humiliations are like forcing more Kashmiri youth
towards armed resistance and hence turn situation more vulnerable and
want to tell biased Indian TV channels, debaters, politicians and policymakers
that it is you who leave no place for these youth to tread a peaceful political
path and then start demonising and killing them shamelessly which is highly
condemnable,” JKLF chairman said.
resistance leader further said: “Today we are witnessing pro-India Kashmiri
politicians and some other people rushing to Jammu and Delhi, have photographs
with rescued Kashmiri children and play politics on this human issue.”
Sikh community for providing safety to stranded, JKLF chairman said that role
of Sikh organizations and individuals including “Khalsa aid” are actually like
a ray of hope for humanity in these dark times for which they deserve kudos.
Kashmiris to remain steadfast, Malik said that our religion Islam, Prophet of
Islam (SAW) and religious cum social traditions have taught us to serve
humanity, shun hatred and religious divide, and despite all provocations
safeguard our minorities, their lives, dignity and properties even at the cost
of their lives.
Amil Bhatnagar, Adil Akhzer
Kashmiris were arrested by UP’s Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) from a hostel in
Deoband late Thursday night for suspected links with terror outfit
men were identified as Shahnawaz Teli (26) and Aqib Ahmad Malik (28), belonging
to Kulgam and Pulwama areas of Kashmir, respectively, said UP DGP O P Singh.
The police claimed to have recovered two country-made pistols of .32 bore along
with 30 live cartridges along with “jihadi literature, chats and videos”.
to the ATS, an unidentified student tipped the police about activities of the
two men, who were allegedly trying to radicalise students. Monitoring of the
suspects was initiated and an operation conducted post 1 am. The two Kashmiris
and seven other students were arrested from a private hostel, officers said.
The seven students were let go after questioning. The two accused were produced
in a court in Saharanpur and sent to ATS headquarters in Lucknow for three-day
were informed that the two suspects were living in Deoband posing as students
but had no admission in any institution. They were under constant watch through
electronic surveillance. After concrete evidence was collected, IG ATS was
asked to conduct the operation,” said DGP Singh. UP Police is in touch with
police claimed there was evidence of Shahnawaz being an active member of Jaish,
and trained people to lob grenades. Family members of both the suspects denied
that they were associated with any terror outfit.
to The Indian Express, Aqib’s cousin Rayees Ahmad Malik said, “He left home to
study in Deoband. He called yesterday evening and said that as Kashmiris are
being harassed, he would return home in a few days.”
said that no case was registered against Aqib, a resident of Chindgawan area in
Pulwama district. “Police can check the background. These are absolute lies
that he was part of any militant group. He is innocent,” he said. The family
has approached the local police station.
family of Shahnawaz, a resident of Noonmai village of Yaripora in Kulgam
district, said he had been studying in Deoband for two years. “Today, we
received a call from his friend that security agencies arrived at their
accommodation and he was taken away,” said his brother Waqar Ahmad. “We
requested local police to take up the matter with UP Police. His records are
clear. We completely deny the UP Police claims. He is not an operative.” Both
families now plan to travel to Uttar Pradesh.
confusion and apprehension prevailed in the Deoband neighbourhood where the two
resided. Aqib’s and Shahnaqaz’s acquaintances said the two were preparing for
the entrance examination of the main Darul Uloom University. “Both were in
Deoband for 1-2 years and wanted to pursue the course of Aalim in the main
university. The exam is very tough and they were preparing. They failed last
time and were looking to clear the next exam to be held in two months. They
kept to themselves. It came as a surprise to us,” said Adil, who was preparing
for the exam with them.
UP the pressure on Pakistan, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on Friday
said Islamabad has not demonstrated a proper understanding of the “terrorism
financing risks” posed by Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT),
Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF), al Qaeda, Haqqani
Network, Islamic State (IS) and Taliban.
a statement, the Paris-headquartered international terror financing watchdog
also condemned the Pulwama attack. “The FATF notes with grave concern and
condemns the violent terrorist attack last week that killed at least 40 Indian
security forces in Pulwama in the state of Jammu and Kashmir,” it said.
has revised its TF (terror financing) risk assessment. However, it does not
demonstrate a proper understanding of the TF risks posed by Da’esh (IS), al
Qaeda, JuD (Jamaat-ud-Dawa), FIF (Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation), LeT
(Lashkar-e-Taiba), JeM (Jaish-e-Mohammad), HQN (Haqqani Network) and persons
affiliated with the Taliban,” said the statement released after a week-long
plenary session, which assessed Pakistan’s commitments and actions taken
against terrorist financing.
comes a day after the Pakistan government decided to “accelerate action against
proscribed organisations” and reinstated a ban on 26/11 mastermind Hafiz
Saeed’s JuD and its surrogate, FIF.
FATF said Pakistan has to demonstrate “effective implementation of targeted
financial sanctions (supported by a comprehensive legal obligation) against all
1,267 and 1,373 designated terrorists and those acting for or on their behalf,
including preventing the raising and moving of funds, identifying and freezing
assets (movable and immovable), and prohibiting access to funds and financial
is clearly aimed at the JeM, JuD, FIF and Hafiz Saeed.
per FATF, Pakistan has to take action against 26 commitments by September this
year. The deadlines for five commitments have already lapsed in January this
year. Now, it has time to act on 16 commitments till May this year. If it fails
to act on those 16 commitment by May, it would have failed to meet 21 out of 26
commitments, even after a year of grey-listing. While they will still have time
till September, the blacklisting could be considered,” sources told The Indian
FATF said Pakistan should continue to work on implementing its action plan to
address its strategic deficiencies, including by adequately demonstrating its
proper understanding of the terror financing risks posed by the terrorist
groups and conducting supervision on a risk-sensitive basis.
should also demonstrate that remedial actions and sanctions are applied in
cases of anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism
violations, it said.
after the global terror financing watchdog FATF condemned the Pulwama attack
and continued the ‘Gray’ listing of Pakistan, Home Minister Rajnath Singh urged
the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to support India’s fight
against the menace of terrorism.
the valedictory address at the 4th India-ASEAN Expo and Summit here, Singh said
an environment of peace and security are prerequisites for trade and commerce
to flourish. “This summit must acknowledge the fact and ensure that the soil of
any country should not be used for propagating terrorism,” he said, appealing
to the ASEAN countries and other nations to support India’s fight against
development also came a day after Pakistan banned Mumbai attack mastermind
Hafiz Saeed’s Jamat-ud-Dawa and its charity wing Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation
amid global condemnation and increasing pressure. The suicide bomb attack on
the Jammu-Srinagar highway was claimed by Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammad led
by Maulana Masood Azhar.
deadly attack on CRPF convoy in Pulwama, which killed at least 40 personnel,
has received global condemnation with the Indian government launching an
all-out effort to isolate Pakistan globally.
today the Financial Action Task Force in a statement said, “Pakistan has
revised its TF (terror financing) risk assessment. However, it does not
demonstrate a proper understanding of the TF risks posed by Da’esh (ISIS),
AL-Qaida, JuD (Jamat-ud-Dawa), FIF (Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation), LeT
(Lashkar-e-Taiba), JeM (Jaish-e-Mohammad), HQN (Haqqani Network) and persons
affiliated with the Taliban.”
the Pakistan Army on Friday said that the country does not wish for war, but
warned India of “surprise” in case it takes any aggressive military measures,
amidst heightened tensions between the two sides, PTI reported. “We have a
72-year history. The partition happened in 1947 and Pakistan was liberated.
India still hasn’t been able to accept that,” Director General Inter-Services
Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor said.
The Assam government has ordered a crackdown on Rohingya Muslims believed to
have been settled systematically by a network of sympathizers in
minority-dominated districts of the state in large numbers.
minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday said, “We have been able to arrest only
those who have been detected so far. We fear there could be more who have come
in multiple streams and we do know how many of them are settled here now. We
have asked our police force to detect each and every one of them as the top
said since the detection of the first Rohingya Muslim in the state in 2009,
infiltration from Myanmar has been on.
recently, when the state machinery was focused on the unrest in the state
(following the protests against Citizenship Bill), there has been a systematic
effort to settle the Rohingya Muslims, who have been either living in the three
refugee camps set up by India in Telengana, Delhi and Jammu, or infiltrated
from across the border,” Sarma said.
added, “Certain organisations are making concerted efforts to push Rohingya
Muslims into Assam and a network has developed to raise donations for them.”
said police have arrested 75 Rohingya Muslims in the state so far, who are
either in judicial custody or in detention camp in Goalpara jail or have been
repatriated. He added that there is no designated camp for Rohingya in Assam.
of these Rohingya Muslims have been detected and arrested in Hojai, Lumding,
Cachar and Karimganj districts. These are the districts where the demography
has drastically changed and the indigenous Assamese people are being pushed
into oblivion,” Sarma said.
biggest batch of Rohingya Mulsims was arrested in Karimganj district on January
21, he said. Asked if these Rohingya Muslims can stay in Assam with refugee
identity cards, Sarma said, “India does not recognise any such identity granted
by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Only the Indian
government is the competent authority to issue such refugee certificate, which
is acceptable,” he said.
eight days in 1999 the world watched in horror as hijackers diverted an Indian
Airlines flight to Afghanistan and held the passengers hostage, the drama
ending only when Delhi agreed to release three Kashmiri militants.
20 years later, India is still paying the price for that decision.
of the militants freed was Masood Azhar, who later went on to found
Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), the militant group which claimed responsibility for the
deadliest attack in three decades in Indian-held Kashmir.
than 40 Indian troops were killed in the suicide blast on February 14, kindling
a fresh diplomatic crisis between nuclear-armed arch-rivals India and Pakistan.
in Pakistan, JeM is one of several anti-Indian militant groups fighting in
Kashmir which are officially outlawed in the country, but which are allegedly
used by Islamabad as proxies in India.
– who has never been declared a terrorist by the international community – is
also believed to be in Pakistan.
US Treasury Department website still gives his home address as a location in
Bahawalpur district of Pakistan's Punjab province, although his exact
whereabouts remain shrouded in mystery.
was born the son of an elementary school teacher in Bahawalpur in 1968,
according to Amir Rana, a security analyst who has carried out extensive
research on Pakistani militant groups.
originally entered Indian-held Kashmir on a Portuguese passport, security
officials there told AFP, and established contact with numerous militant
common figure in the streets of Srinagar, he was known for his fiery speeches,
and for mediating between the many groups flocking to the insurgency.
greatest value for the militant groups was as a motivator and recruiter, but
more significantly he displayed a good capacity to reconcile their
differences," one retired official said.
was detained by Indian authorities on terrorism charges in 1994. He reportedly
bragged to his jailers that they would not be able to keep him in custody.
and other militants dug an escape tunnel, and when the moment came, Azhar
insisted on going firstm, another security official said. "But he got
stuck in the narrow tunnel because of his bulky physique and the whole attempt
remained in prison until the Indian Airlines flight from Kathmandu to New Delhi
was hijacked on Christmas Eve in 1999, eventually landing in the southern
Afghan city of Kandahar, at the time under Taliban rule.
of the hijackers, Ibrahim Athar, was reported to be Azhar's younger brother.
reportedly met with Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and Taliban founder Mullah
Mohammed Omar in Afghanistan after he was freed, Mr Rana said.
formed JeM in 2000, the analyst said, and a year later the group was blamed for
a brazen attack on the Indian parliament in which militants killed 10 people,
bringing India and Pakistan to the brink of war.
was detained and placed under house arrest, but a court in the Punjab
provincial capital of Lahore ordered his release in 2002, citing "lack of
homegrown Pakistani militant groups turned their guns on the state after 9/11,
Mr Rana said Azhar was one of the few who kept a low profile.
group struck again in 2016, with Delhi blaming them for an infamous attack on a
military base in Indian-held Kashmir that left seven soldiers dead and once
more sent tensions spiralling.
was again taken into "protective custody", but never formally
July he addressed supporters in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-held
Kashmir, by telephone from an undisclosed location, claiming he had hundreds of
militants ready to fight to the death.
speech prompted Indian authorities to tighten security at airports in
anticipation of another hijacking.
meanwhile, has not been directly heard from since.
well as Pakistan, JeM is also banned by the United Nations and India, while the
US State Department lists it as a terrorist organisation.
Azhar has not been declared a terrorist, despite New Delhi and others trying
several times to get the UN Security Council to name him as one, with the move
blocked each time by Pakistan's ally China.
UK is actively pursuing the listing of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood
Azhar under United Nations Sanctions Committee (UNSC) 1267, said the British
High Commission spokesperson in the national capital on Friday.
UK has previously supported the listing of Azhar under UNSCR 1267. We are once
again actively pursuing the listing and we are working with other members of
the UNSC to help achieve it," news agency ANI reported quoting the
comes in the wake of Pulwama terror attack which was orchestrated by JeM, a
Pakistan based terror outfit, claiming the lives of 40 CRPF personnel on February
Wednesday, British High Commissioner to India Dominic Asquith had said the UK
and India have suffered from terror attacks but commitments over investments
between the two countries should not be affected.
and India have suffered from terrorist attacks. So, what happened in India last
week in Kashmir is something that we regret. We send our condolences and we
deplore terrorism wherever it takes place. Our commitment with India remains
extremely strong," said Asquith, while talking to ANI.
attempts to list Azhar at the UNSC have been repeatedly blocked by China at the
behest of Pakistan.
also a member of the permanent five of the UNSC, has officially announced that
it would move a resolution soon in the 1267 committee seeking Azhar's listing.
The proposal, when moved, will be fourth such bid at the UN in the past 10
2016, China has consistently blocked moves first by India and later by the US,
the UK and France to designate Azhar as a global terrorist by putting repeated
2009, India moved by itself a proposal to designate Azhar. This was followed in
2016 when India moved the proposal with the P3 - the US, the UK and France in
the UN's 1267 Sanctions Committee to ban Azhar, also the mastermind of the
attack on the airbase in Pathankot in January 2016.
army chief visits LoC, F-16s fly combat air patrols
DELHI: Pakistani fighter jets like F-16s have flown a few combat air patrols
and photo reconnaissance missions close to the international border over the
last two days, triggering some panic among its civilians, amidst heightened
tensions with India after the Pulwama terror attack.
sources on Friday said Pakistan was “trying to signal that it was prepared for
any eventuality” as well as “check our alertness and preparedness levels” by
flying its fighters close to the border in the Jammu and Munabao (Rajasthan)
Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, incidentally, also visited the Line of
Control (LoC) to review the situation on Friday.
low-flying Pakistani fighters generated sonic booms (akin to loud explosions or
thunder) by breaking the sound barrier in Sialkot area on Thursday evening,
which created panic among civilians living there… some took to Twitter and
other social media platforms to express fears of a war breaking out. We are
closely monitoring the situation,” said a source.
fighter flying operations close to the borders, however, are not unusual during
heightened tensions between India and Pakistan, with their air forces probing
the rival’s air defence systems and measures as well as the “reaction time”
needed for them to kick in. Surveillance drones are also regularly flown by the
two sides especially along the 778-km long LoC in J&K, some of which end up
being shot down.
Indian armed forces are also maintaining a highlevel of operational readiness,
even as the two armies continue to exchange heavy fire in Nowshera, Mankot and
other sectors along the LoC. The number of border ceasefire violations (CFVs) this
year is already close to 300, which comes after as many as 1,629 CFVs were
recorded in 2018.
number of CFVs in 2016 stood at 449, but there was a surge in them after Indian
para-special forces conducted “surgical strikes” against terror launch pads in
Pakistanoccupied-Kashmir in September that year. The CFVs jumped to 971 in
2017, with the action-reaction cycle escalating further last year to break all
records since the border ceasefire came into force as a major confidence-building
measure between the two countries in November, 2003.
and Pakistan also have a 1991 bilateral agreement that lays down that
“rotary-wing aircraft” will not fly within 1-km and “fixedwing aircraft” within
10-km of each other’s airspace.
or an eyewash? Under global pressure, Pak Punjab takes over Jaish HQ
DELHI: The government of Pakistan’s Punjab province on Friday took control of
the Islamic seminaries in Bahawalpur of Maulana Masood Azhar-led
Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM)+ , the terrorist organisation that owned up to the
suicide bombing of a CRPF convoy that killed 40 jawans in Pulwama on February
move came a day after Pakistani PM Imran Khan directed the interior ministry
and security institutions to accelerate action against extremist outfits in the
country, following a meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC),
Pakistan’s top civil-military body tasked to make crucial decisions on security
and foreign affairs.
takeover of the complex, however, did not impress Indian observers, with
reports that Azhar had left Bahawalpur days ago, and remains in the
‘safekeeping’ of the Pakistan military, which regards him as a valuable “asset”
in the proxy war against India.
have been similar crackdowns in the past that did not amount to much, such as
after the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai, when some Lashkar-e-Taiba camps were raided.
action seems a hasty response to international pressure and the fresh decision
of anti-terror financing body FATF to keep Pakistan on the ‘grey list’. Unless
backed by concrete steps against Azhar and terror training camps along the Line
of Control, taking over the Jaish campus may not amount to much more than
Lashkar chief Hafiz Saeed’s sporadic house arrests, which lack any serious
government of Punjab has taken over control of a campus comprising Madressatul
Sabir and Jama-e-Masjid Subhanallah in Bahawalpur, reportedly the headquarters
of Jaish-e-Mohammed, and appointed an administrator to manage its affairs,” a spokesperson
for the interior ministry said. “Punjab police has taken over security of the
campus,” the spokesperson added.
said the action was taken in line with the decision of the NSC meeting on
Thursday under the chairmanship of PM Khan.
to the spokesperson, 600 students study on the JeM campus, which has a faculty
of 70 teachers.
NSC had also decided to ban Jamaat-ud Dawa and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation
(FIF), militant organisations.
offensive against human intelligence led to suicide bombing in Kashmir
The single biggest reason that kept Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber Adil Ahmad
Dar off the radar of the counter-insurgency agencies was the dismantling of
human intelligence after Pakistan’s aggressive assault on native informers in
the last five years.
to official documents exclusively accessed by TOI, Adil Ahmad Dar was
categorised as a C-grade militant. In other words, Dar was considered by
intelligence agencies as the least dangerous in the hierarchy of terrorists.
The database, updated in December 2018, also reveals that there was no
information about the existence and presence of Kamran and Farhad, the two top
Pakistani Jaish commanders killed in a fierce gun battle in Pulwama on Monday.
the case of the two Jaish commanders, security forces kept scrambling about
their identity due to lack of intelligence. “We were also confused about their
real identity because of the Pakistan army and ISI’s code name strategy for
ISI deliberately gives various aliases to each terrorist to mislead us. They
often use aliases like Abu, Ghazi, etc., which creates a lot of confusion. That
is why we don’t really know if there is a terrorist called Abdul Rashid Ghazi,
the so-called IED expert who supposedly trained Adil Dar, the suicide bomber,”
a counter-insurgency officer said.
of all security agencies admit that their own human intel has been in disarray
ever since Pakistan’s army and ISI launched an offensive against locals in
Kashmir following Burhan Wani’s killing in 2016. In the last three years,
Pakistan-backed terrorists killed over 180 civilians, some of whom were
informers, sources said. Officials declined to say exactly how many were informers.
“But that did result in weakening of intelligence on the ground,” a highly
placed source said.
intelligence agencies now realise their assessment about recruitment and
infiltration has also been inaccurate. “In fact, going by the number of
militants killed, it is now apparent that our statistics about recruitment and
infiltration are underestimated,” an official said. For example, forces
estimated that in 2018, around 140 terrorists infiltrated into the Valley and around
the same number of locals were recruited into militancy. After having killed
over 240 terrorists last year, they are as of today still left with around 300
massive gaps in the intelligence database has led to the thinking among the
security agencies that they may have not analysed the trends in the Valley in
the last ten years properly. “None of us really analysed why 2008 to 2010 were
the worst in terms of street violence because of stone-pelting and clashes with
forces. The years when we thought Kashmir peaceful, 2011 to 2013, actually had
been the years when terror groups reorganised themselves and laid the
foundation for the new-age militancy. The terror groups recruited massive
numbers of overground workers (OGWs). An OGW is always a potential militant but
just because OGW is the unarmed and silent part of society doesn’t mean he’s
peaceful,” an official said.
president General (r) Pervez Musharraf has ruled out the use of nuclear weapons
in case of an armed conflict between India and Pakistan in the aftermath of
February 14 suicide attack in occupied Kashmir’s Pulwama district which left
over 40 paramilitary forces killed.
is ridiculous even to say that there will be the use of an atomic bomb in case
of any war between the nuclear neighbours. If Pakistan uses one bomb, India
will use 20 bombs so Pakistan may have to use 50 – this is disastrous,” the
ex-military ruler said while replying to question at a news conference in Dubai
on Friday, according to Gulf News.
who are talking about such possibilities have no idea of warfare,” he said,
adding that nuclear weapon at best is deterrence and should not be used by
former president went on to say that the relations between Islamabad and New
Delhi have been very tense and even dangerous for the 10 months.
who is also the founder of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), addressed the
media along with his senior party members – newly elected APML Chairman
Hidayatullah Kheshgi and Secretary General Mehreen Malik. He announced he would
be reorganising his party both in Pakistan and abroad and would enter the
political scene before the next elections.
replying to a question about his return to Pakistan, the ex-military general
said: “I am planning to go back soon as the environment is conducive for my
return to Pakistan,” he said replying to a question.
went on to say that many of the senior officials and ministers working for the
Prime Minister Imran Khan government had also worked under him and would help
him on his return.
he did not give any specific time frame for his return.
talking about the ongoing reconciliation process in Afghanistan, Musharraf said
that relations between Kabul and Islamabad are also at the lower level and they
should work to improve ties.
a question on withdrawal of US forces from the war-torn country, he said that
Afghanistan would head to civil war and the Taliban will be the winner again.
“If the US withdraws from Afghanistan, there will be a proxy war between India
and Pakistan in Afghanistan.”
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday said that any
aggression or misadventure shall be paid back in the same coin.
COAS said this during a visit to Line of Control (LoC) where he reviewed the
state of preparedness and lauded the high morale of the troops.
Gen Asif Ghafoor
COAS visited Line of Control. Reviewed state
of preparedness. Lauded high moral of troops.
is a peace loving country but we will not be intimidated or coerced. Any
aggression or misadventure shall be paid back in same coin”, COAS.
- 22 Feb 2019
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As part of the National Action Plan (NAP), the Punjab government took control
of the Madrassa and Masjid in Bahawalpur which was allegedly being used as the
headquarters of Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) but no controversial material was found
during the checking as only religious teachings were being imparted there.
move came a day after the National Security Committee (NSC) decided that
efforts would be expedited to rout extremism from the society. JeM had
purportedly claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on Indian security forces
in the Indian-occupied Kashmir earlier this month, killing at least 44
government of Punjab has taken over the control of a campus comprising
Madrassatul Sabir and Jamia-e-Masjid Subhanallah in Bahawalpur, reportedly the headquarters
of Jaish-e-Mohammad and appointed an administrator to manage its affairs,” said
the Punjab Home Department’s spokesman in a statement.
spokesman said that action was taken in line with the decision of the NSC
meeting held on Thursday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
According to the spokesperson, currently, 600 students are studying at the
campus, which has a faculty of 70 teachers. The Punjab police are providing
security and protection to the campus, he added.
ties’ with Saudis why BN sent troops to join Yemen war, says Chandra
Pillai and Karyn Denise Dula Magno
LUMPUR: Prominent social critic Chandra Muzaffar today claimed the previous
government deployed Malaysian troops to assist in the Yemeni war because of its
“cash relationship” with the Saudis.
follows criticism over the Barisan Nasional administration’s decision to join
the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in 2015 to help the Yemeni government, despite
saying its role was non-military in nature.
at a forum during the “Stand with Yemen” event this afternoon here, Chandra
said it was odd why the decision did not first get the consent of Parliament.
would like to call a spade a spade. There is no doubt that the intention from
the beginning for stationing the troops… was not (to evacuate)… Malaysian
students. That was a farce,” Chandra claimed today.
was referring to the previous government’s stand that troops were only sent to
protect and facilitate the evacuation of Malaysians students during Ops Yemen I
in April 2015.
troops deployed for Ops Yemen II, a second operation from June 2015 to
September 2018, were similarly not on active duty or deployed for combat,
according to the then defence minister.
disagreed. “The Malaysian government was clearly siding with Saudi Arabia. We
developed a special relationship with Saudi Arabia under the previous
government, one linked via money.
‘cash is king’. It was not just employed within Malaysia but also through
bilateral and international relations,” he said, adding this was a clear “cash
relationship”, one that spiralled into “loans and debts”.
was a likely reference to reports of Saudi funds being channelled into former
prime minister Najib Razak’s accounts and the Saudis’ role in the 1MDB scandal,
although Chandra didn’t specify this.
was a total deviation from Malaysia’s foreign policy in any case, he said, and
trained his guns on the public for being “partly ignorant” and the media for
“not giving any coverage” as the issue unfolded.
never send troops to support another country but they got away with this
because those from the opposition didn’t raise questions. Some of them are now
part of the government today,” Chandra said.
was speaking at a forum at the Stand With Yemen symposium and photo exhibition
being held at the International Institute of Islamic Civilisation & Malay
World (Istac) in Taman Duta, Kuala Lumpur.
was joined by Yemeni activist Abdul Rahman Al Maamari, terrorism expert James M
Dorsey, who is attached with Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, and
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa.
2015, the Saudis have been backing Yemeni government forces against the Houthi
rebels, a predominantly Shia Muslim group.
troops were deployed in 2015 but recalled after the new government informed
Riyadh that the country would no longer be involved in the war.
had warned that Malaysia could be guilty of the mass deaths caused by aerial
bombardments of Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition.
in his talk, Chandra said it was a fact that there was a lack of response to
the Yemen crisis by non-Muslims in Malaysia because they would generally brand
this as an issue only affecting Muslims.
reason is obvious to most of us because the way Malaysians respond to a certain
crisis or tragedy is based on their conditioning and their response is coloured
by ethnicity or religion. It’s the truth.
isn’t much empathy at this level except for some individual groups here and
there,” he said, adding this is why it is difficult to get non-Muslim
Malaysians support for the Palestinian cause as well.
called for Malaysians to stand up for causes like this, saying Putrajaya should
have openly taken a stance against the Venezuelan crisis too, which recently
escalated into a debate over the rightful president.
named leaders of Philippine Muslim territory
The Philippines on Friday handed over the reins of new Muslim-led territory to
rebel leaders who waged a decades-long fight for autonomy but are now tasked
with securing peace and prosperity.
Rodrigo Duterte personally swore in Murad Ebrahim, head of the
Catholic-majority nation’s largest Muslim group, as interim chief minister at a
symbolic Manila ceremony.
comes after voters decisively backed in January the founding of the so-called
Bangsamoro region in the south, the culmination of a peace deal to end a
separatist insurgency that had killed some 150,000 people since the 1970s.
and Murad, leader of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), have both said
they hope the pact will help head off the rise of Islamist extremism in the
country’s Muslim-populated southern region of Mindanao.
road to peace may be long and rough, but I am glad that we’ve finally reached
its end point,” Duterte said in a speech after also swearing the other members
of a Bangsamoro transition government, a majority of them picked by the MILF.
of all we would like to see an end to the violence that has wracked Mindanao
and have cost so many lives for nothing,” the president added.
MILF signed a peace treaty with the Philippine government in 2014, and the
legislature of the mainly Catholic Asian nation last year passed a law creating
the self-rule area, which voters later ratified.
and his transition body will form a cabinet as well as pass laws until the
temporary arrangement ends with the election of a regional parliament in May
Murad’s term, some of his more than 10,000 armed fighters are expected to
gradually disarm under the terms set by the peace treaty.
rebellion began in the early 1970s as a bid to set up a separate Muslim state
in the Mindanao region.
rebels later scaled down their objective to autonomy.
the MILF peace deal, violence persisted as more radical Islamic groups set up
shop in what remains the poorest segment of the country.
May 2017, hundreds of foreign and local pro-IS gunmen seized Marawi, the
country’s largest Muslim city.
Philippine military wrested back the ruined city after a five-month battle that
claimed more than a thousand lives.
TOWN, Feb 22 — The proposed RM250 million Penang Islamic Hospital is scheduled
to be completed by 2022, said Yayasan Islam Pulau Pinang (YIPP) chairman Datuk
said the hospital will be sharia certified and that works on the project will
start on Monday.
initial cost was RM200 million when it was proposed in 2016 but it has
increased to RM250 million and this included the cost of medical equipment,” he
told a press conference during the signing of a land lease agreement with
Penang Islamic Religious Council (MAINPP) for the hospital.
first Islamic hospital in the northern region will be a 15-storey building with
a total of 600 carpark bays located on 2.54 acres of ‘wakaf’ land.
said 20 beds in the hospital will be specially allocated for the poor who could
not afford private medical care.
hospital will be a full-fledged private hospital and it will be certified
sharia-compliant, he added.
president Datuk Abdul Malik Abul Kassim said the hospital will have a ‘wakaf’
and ‘zakat’ concept.
hospital will incorporate Islamic values in all aspects,” he said.
hospital will have a total of 200 beds and will be located on a piece of land
in Bayan Baru.
signed a 66-year lease agreement with YIPP which will end in 2085.
said YIPP has appointed Hospital Pakar An Nur Hasanah Sdn Bhd as the operator
to manage the hospital and already obtained approval in 2016.
said the planning approval for the project was also obtained in July 2018.
the signing of the agreement today, we can start work immediately,” he said.
Malik said Zakat Pulau Pinang exceeded its target collection for 2018.
target was to collect RM103 million for 2018 but we collected RM114 million,
more than what we target,” he said.
said the zakat collection in 2017 was RM101 million.
target for 2019 is to collect RM125 million,” he said.
deported more than 30 Muslims from Cambodia who had come to the
Buddhist-majority country on valid visas.
police deported the 34 Muslims who allegedly wanted to work in the troubled
deep South. The group included 32 males and 2 females, according to the Bangkok
claimed the visitors ‘‘did not meet immigration requirements’’.
of them were traveling on tourist visas but many said they planned to work in
the southern provinces,’’ the newspaper quoted Thai police.
crossing the Thai-Cambodian frontier into Sa Kaeo region, the group was asked
to return to the Cambodian border town of Poipet.
reached the Sa Kaeo region where they were detained after police sought the
purpose of the visit. Cambodian authorities were also asked to join the
police argued to ‘‘prevent any misunderstanding’’ the group was detained.
officers found their trips were not endorsed by authorized officials and the
group could not tell them exactly where they planned to stay in Thailand,’’ the
inspection also found that each of them brought between 1,000 and 3,000 Thai
baht [$32 - $96], which fell short of the minimum requirement of 20,000 baht
[$639],’’ police added.
newspaper said Thai railway police on Thursday in Songkhla province's Hat Yai district
dealt with a ‘‘similar case of illegal travelers involving three Cambodian
did not have passports, however, they were on their way to Malaysia, the news
LUMPUR, Feb 23 ― Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has instructed the
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun to investigate in detail
the party responsible for placing an idol at the Sabilul Huda surau in Klang.
the deplorable, seditious and highly provocative act to insult Islam and
undermine racial and religious harmony, Muhyiddin said a strict action based on
the law should be taken against the perpetrators of the act.
Home Ministry will not compromise with any act of contempt for religion that
can affect the harmony of the people.
who commit the despicable act must be detained through the process of the law,
prosecuted in court and sentenced if convicted,” he said in a statement posted
on his Facebook page today.
said the incidents of contempt of Islam included messages of insults towards
the Islamic religion being disseminated in social media since lately was very
dangerous and had raised the ire of Muslims.
latest is the insult to Prophet Muhammad SAW. The suspect in the case has been
identified and investigations have been concluded by the police. I believe the
Deputy Public Prosecutor will decide on charging the suspect in court soon,” he
sources in Syria reported on Thursday that the army's convoy consisted of a
large number of forces and military equipment and was sent to Badiyeh region in
the Eastern parts of al-Sukhnah city in Eastern Homs to strengthen the military
added that the Syrian army dispatched forces to the region after the ISIL's
repeated attacks against the army positions, noting that Damascus intends to
fully purge the ISIL terrorists from the region.
of the ISIL militants have occupied a 4,000-sq/km region from Northern Palmyra
to Northern al-Sukhnah and the Western borders with Deir Ezzur province.
source told the Arabic-language al-Masdar news website earlier this week that an
estimated 1,500-3,000 ISIL terrorists were believed to be active in Badiyeh
al-Sham region located in Central Syria.
a relevant development last week, the Syrian army continued its military
operations against the remnants of the ISIL terrorist group in the depth of
Palmyra desert in Eastern Homs, inflicting heavy losses and casualties on the
Damascus army troops engaged in heavy clashes with the ISIL terrorists in
Palmyra desert, killing and wounding a large number of militants.
army troops also pounded the terrorists' movements in Palmyra, and destroyed
several hideouts and military vehicles carrying heavy weaponry.
large amount of terrorists' military equipment, including mortars,
missile-launchers, RPGs, machineguns, ammunition and medicine were also
destroyed in the Syrian army attacks.
Kurdish-language Hawar news quoted local sources in Afrin as saying on Thursday
that the Ankara-backed militants have cut nearly 1,050 fruit trees belonging to
the civilians in the village of Qorneh Foqani in Bolboleh region.
also added that the terrorists have also cut the old trees near Meidanaki Lake
in Shara region.
sources said that the terrorists in Afrin region and other occupied areas in
Northern Aleppo have engaged in severe differences and several of them in
Afrin, al-Bab and, specially Jarabulus, have defected their groups and joined
other groups affiliated to the Turkish army.
terrorist groups and the countries which support them have in the past few
years plundered Syria's resources and treasures.
a relevant development last week, the US army troops took out a sum of 40 tons
of gold ingots belonging to the ISIL in heliborne operations after agreeing
with the terrorist group and as Washington was preparing to announce the end of
ISIL in Eastern Euphrates.
US troops in concordance with the ISIL terrorist group relocated big boxes
packed with ISIL's gold treasure on several helicopters from al-Dashisheh
region in Southern Hasaka," the SANA news agency quoted local sources in
Eastern Deir Ezzur as saying.
sources pointed to boxes containing 40 tons of gold ingots that the ISIL had
hidden in the Eastern part of al-Shadadi city, and said that the ISIL had
stolen the treasure of gold from the Iraqi city of Mosul and different parts of
al-Obaidi was quoted by the Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website as
saying on Thursday that 502 ISIL members will be delivered to the Iraqi forces
based on an agreement with the SDF.
added that the SDF has already extradited 151 ISIL members to the command
center of al-Jazeera operations forces and Iraq's Division 7.
said that 23 senior ISIL commanders from different Iraqi provinces who were
wanted by Iraq's judiciary were among the extradited terrorists.
al-Shaabi forces have been actively helping the Iraqi and Syrian armies in
fighting the ISIL.
sources reported late last month that over 43 terrorists were killed and
wounded in a preemptive strike by Hashd al-Shaabi on the ISIL in Syrian
territories near the borders with Iraq.
of Hashd al-Shaabi in al-Anbar province Qassem Muslih said that his forces
attacked a gathering of ISIL in Baqouz region in Southeastern Syria with
Iraqi security commander of the ISIL, nom de guerre al-Kays, and three other
terrorists were taken away from al-Shahil town in Southeastern Deir Ezzur in a
US heliborne operation.
was in charge of arresting civilian youth in different parts of Deir Ezzur
a relevant development on Tuesday, the SOHR reported that a military convoy
comprising 100 trucks of the US-led forces arrived in Syria's Hasaka province
from Amouda-Qamishli passageway in Northern Iraq.
SOHR noted that the military convoy consisted of 40 empty trucks, 50 covered
trucks with unidentified contents and 10 oil tankers.
was announced earlier this week that the ISIL terrorist group ended its
presence in Eastern Euphrates after an agreement with the US Army and its
allied militants to exit the region, media reports said.
Arabic-language al-Watan Online news website reported that the US Army has
relocated the last remnants of the ISIL terrorist group to an unknown place
from the farms in the countryside of al-Baghouz town in Southeastern Deir
SOHR, meantime, reported that about 440 ISIL terrorists left Eastern Euphrates
in two phases after agreeing with the Syrian Army and the US-led Syrian
Democratic Forces (SDF).
reiterated that the US is going to officially declare the end of the ISIL's
presence in Eastern Euphrates.
relevant development last Friday, media sources said that the SDF are going to
declare end of the ISIL in Eastern Euphrates after the latter retreated from
areas under its control in the region.
ISIL's foreign terrorists left the Eastern Euphrates and tens of them
surrendered, the SDF took control of the al-Khanafera and Sheikh Mohammad
regions in Baghouz town," sources in Eastern Euphrates said.
reiterated that the ISIL is only in control of several houses and a camp South
of the Baghouz town in an area covering less than 1 square kilometers.
SOHR, meantime, announced that the US troops and the SDF will soon declare the
end of ISIL's presence in Eastern Euphrates as tens of non-Syrian and Western
terrorists of the ISIL have retreated from that region.
a relevant development, a senior source in the SDF said that the ringleader of
the ISIL terrorist group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi "is being protected by the
Americans in Eastern Syria", adding that Washington plans to play a
Hollywood-like scenario to declare end of the ISIL caliphate.
Arabic-language website of Sputnik news agency quoted the source as saying that
Baghdadi is at present being heavily protected by the American forces in a
secret place in Eastern Euphrates region.
added that the Americans are waiting for an opportunity to conduct heliborne
operations by their marine forces in Southeastern Deir Ezzur and declare the
capture of al-Baghdadi and end of ISIL on footage.
source insisted that the time for the "above-mentioned theater is
close", adding that the American forces have held SDF back from further
advances in the ISIL-occupied regions in Eastern Euphrates to play the
President Donald Trump said in early February that the country would likely
announce soon that the entire ISIL terrorist group caliphate had been retaken
in Syria and Iraq.
should be formally announced, sometime probably next week, that we'll have 100
percent of the caliphate," Trump stated during his remarks at a
ministerial meeting of the US-led coalition member-states.
the American president said during his second State of the Union address that
it was time to return US troops deployed in Syria back home.
December, Trump declared the ISIL terrorist group has defeated in Syria, and
announced the US troop pullout from the country but gave no timeline.
earlier, a senior US administration official told reporters that Syria's
Al-Tanf region would be the last place in the country that American troops
leave as they implemented a planned withdrawal.
Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted al-Arabiya as reporting on Thursday
that the Iraqi intelligence agency has disbanded the biggest grouplet which
provided financial support to the ISIL and arrested its members in operations
inside and outside the Iraqi territories, specially in Syria, and other
added that most of those captured are Iraqi nationals, noting that a large
number of banking notes have been seized from them.
the Arabic-language website of RT quoted an Iraqi security source in al-Anbar
province as saying that 150 Iraqi ISIL members, including 10 of their
commanders, were extradited by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to the Iraqi
President Donald Trump last Saturday urged "Britain, France, Germany and
other European allies" to take back the ISIL militants captured in Syria, hinting at the
release of the fighters if Washington’s EU allies refuse to put them on trial.
a twitter post, Trump said that "the US does not want to watch as these
ISIS fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go",
hinting at the efforts made by the US troops in Syria on fighting the ISIL and
US does not want to watch as these ISIS fighters permeate Europe, which is
where they are expected to go. We do so much, and spend so much - Time for
others to step up and do the job that they are so capable of doing. We are
pulling back after 100% Caliphate victory!" he added.
to reports, US administration officials fear that some of the 800 detained
fighters could wreak havoc unless European governments put them on trial.
Moreover, senior US officials have reportedly warned that the EU is running out
of time to take back the terrorists captured in Syria.
terror threat has remained high in the EU in recent years. European countries
have faced a number of bloody terror acts, including a concert bombing in
Manchester in May 2017, which claimed lives of 23 people.
to Scotland Yard, around 200 UK jihadists who went to Syria to fight alongside
the ISIL militants are thought to be alive and could decide to return,
something that could pose a serious threat to European security.
30 trucks carried men, women and children out of the last redoubt of the ISIS
group in eastern Syria on Friday, AFP correspondents reported.
on board were women and children, in the second such large-scale evacuation in
recent days by gun-mounted pick-up trucks belonging to the US-backed Syrian
Democratic Forces who are poised to seize the enclave.
300 ISIS militants, along with hundreds of civilians believed to be mostly
their families, have been under siege for more than a week in the tent camp in
Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces surrounding the patch of land have been
unable to carry out a final assault on it because of the presence of the
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has said that the humanitarian
assistance provided by its member states is much larger than what is mentioned
in international statistics.
estimations indicate that the total humanitarian contributions made by the
OIC’s member states in 2015 and 2016 exceeds $4.8 billion,” said Hesham
Youssef, OIC assistant secretary-general for humanitarian affairs.
firmly believe that the humanitarian assistance provided was not reflected in
the statistics because the top 10 donor countries do not include any of the
OIC’s member states despite their generosity.”
to Intelligence Ministry statement on Thursday, the intelligence forces managed
to identify and detain 13 terrorists, affiliated to the ISIL grouplet, who were
divided in two groups to plant bombs, kill people and assassinate certain
Iranian Sunni clerics in Iran.
number of the captured terrorists had undergone military trainings abroad and
wanted to carry out terrorist acts under the guidance of one of the ISIL's
military operations ringleaders.
bombs, arms and ammunitions were discovered from the terrorists.
a relevant development last week, Iranian Police Chief Brigadier General
Hossein Ashtari said the country's security forces had detained a number of
terrorists at the borders recently.
number of individuals have entered Iran illegally in the past few months with
the aim of carrying out terrorist acts but were arrested thanks to the border
guards' vigilance and efforts," General Ashtari said, addressing a
ceremony in the Northeastern province of Khorassan Razavi on Sunday.
underlined the Law Enforcement Police forces' preparedness to safeguard the
Iranian borders, stressing that security prevailed across the country.
Ashtari added that the Law Enforcement Police wanted to accelerate its forces'
missions by increasing the number of its personnel and enhancement of
electronic and optic equipment at the borders.
remarks came days after Iranian Intelligence Minister Seyed Mahmoud Alavi
announced that the country's security forces had traced and captured members of
an ISIL team of terrorists in the past few days.
have identified enemies' anti-security moves one after another with vigilance
and comprehensive control and we traced and captured a 7-strong group
affiliated to the ISIL," Alavi told reporters in Tehran on the sidelines
of his visit to an exhibition of Iran's defense achievements earlier this
added that the team planned terrorist operations in Iran, but was dismantled
before making a move.
have had enemies' moves under radar due to our full control and vigilance and
extensive monitoring so far, and (hence) nothing special has happened these
days," he said, referring to the Ten-Day (Feb. 1-Feb. 11) Dawn marking the
victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
the intelligence minister said the nation's full security specially during the
days that marked the victory of the Islamic Revolution did not at all mean that
no antagonistic effort had been aimed at the country. "There have been
several other teams of terrorists who have all been identified and captured
before staging terrorist operations," he added.
Palestinian teenager was killed on Friday by Israeli fire during clashes along
the Gaza border, the Hamas-run health ministry in the enclave said.
al-Daya, 14, was hit in the chest to the east of Gaza City, ministry spokesman
Ashraf al-Qodra said.
Jerusalem, earlier in the afternoon prayers at the compound of Al-Aqsa mosque
passed off peacefully on Friday despite a week of tension over access to a
corner of the compound.
police had increased their presence over concerns of violence as thousands of
Muslim worshippers gathered at the holy site.
the prayer session, police arrested 60 people they suspected would incite
violence, a police spokesman said.
dispute focused on a passageway of gates and a stairway leading to a hall that
had been closed by Israeli authorities for years and was reopened on Friday by
Muslim religious officials. The hall is located a short distance from Al-Aqsa
on Friday began large-scale naval drills at the mouth of the Gulf, which will
feature its first submarine cruise missile launches, state media reported, at a
time of rising tensions with the United States.
than 100 vessels were taking part in the three-day war games in a vast area
stretching from the Strait of Hormuz to the Indian Ocean, the state news agency
exercise will cover confronting a range of threats, testing weapons, and
evaluating the readiness of equipment and personnel,” navy commander Rear
Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, said in remarks carried by state television.
missile launches will be carried out ... in addition to helicopter and drone
launches from the deck of the Sahand destroyer,” Khanzadi said.
media said Iran would be testing its new domestically built Fateh (Conqueror)
submarine which is armed with cruise missiles and was launched last week.
officials in the past have threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, a major
oil shipping route, in retaliation for any hostile US action, including
attempts to halt Iranian oil exports through sanctions.
President Donald Trump pulled out of an international agreement on Iran’s
nuclear program last May and re-imposed sanctions on Tehran. He said the deal
was flawed because it did not include curbs on Iran’s development of ballistic
missiles or its support for proxies in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq.
has expanded its missile program, particularly its ballistic missiles.
launched its domestically made destroyer Sahand in December, which official say
has radar-evading stealth properties.
USS John C. Stennis entered the Gulf in December, ending a long absence of US
aircraft carriers in the strategic waterway.
displayed a new cruise surface-to-surface missile with a range of 1,300 km (800
miles) earlier this month during celebrations marking the anniversary of the
1979 Islamic Revolution.
UN Security Council on Friday called on all parties in Yemen to immediately
implement a deal to pull their forces out of three key ports and a key grain
a unanimous declaration, the 15-member council welcomed the recent UN-sponsored
agreement between Houthi rebels and the Arab Coalition fighting them.
called for “the immediate implementation” of the first step of the deal, which
includes the various factions pulling their fighters first back from the ports
of Salif and Ras Issa and then from the port city of Hodeidah.
Griffiths, the UN special envoy in Yemen, told Al Arabiya in an exclusive
interview on Thursday that he hoped the redeployment of forces would happen as
early as Friday or Saturday.
Thursday, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres held a meeting on the issue in
New York with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
the agreement struck in Sweden on February 17, fighters would redeploy outside
the ports and away from areas that are key to the humanitarian relief effort in
Yemen, devastated by famine and outbreaks of disease after years of conflict.
ports are in the Houthi-held west of the country.
agreement also sets out free access to the grain warehouses at Red Sea Mills,
under control of the Yemeni government forces.
UN has not had access to the grain depots since September and estimates that the
stockpiles there could be enough to feed 3.7 million people for a month.
Security Council members also “expressed concern at continued reports of
violations of the ceasefire” which has been in place since December.
senior Iranian general says the country will definitely avenge the recent
terrorist attack on IRGC forces in Sistan and Baluchestan, but the revenge will
not be limited to "a bunch of terrorists".
General Hossein Salami, the lieutenant commander of the Islamic Revolution
Guards Corps (IRGC), told IRNA on Friday that the recent deadly attack on
Iranian border guards will not be left unpunished.
cannot disclose the way in which we will respond to the terrorists, but no act
will remain unanswered," he said.
scale of Iran's revenge is not limited to clashes with four terrorists; we
rather will track the terrorists and find who they are linked to," the top
responses are strong, and those who receive it will get familiar with
them," General Salami warned.
top commander also slammed the "hostile" behaviors of Saudi Arabia
and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which Iran says have masterminded the
Zahedan attack, but at the same time noted that such terror attacks are too
trivial to undermine Iran's deterrence power.
seek to defeat big powers, and such incidents are too small for us."
IRGC's chief commander earlier warned Saudi Arabia and the UAE that they could
face retaliatory measures for supporting terrorists on behalf of the US and
Mohammad Ali Jafari on Saturday stressed that Iran would give a
"decisive" response to the Wednesday terrorist attack which killed 27
IRGC border guards in Zahedan-Khash road.
patience that the establishment once exercised against conspiracies and
reactionary regimes in the region, especially Saudi Arabia and the UAE which
carry out these acts on orders from the US and the Zionist regime, will be
different and we will definitely take reparative measures," he said.
few days after the attack, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a
warm welcome in Islamabad, where he threw Pakistan an economic lifeline.
Major General Qassem Soleimani on Thursday cautioned Pakistan against the true
intentions behind Saudi Arabia's pumping of billions of dollars into its
troubled economy, saying the Riyadh regime is after breaking the Asian state
apart by pitting it against its neighbors.
terrorists on Pakistani soil are causing trouble for all of the country's
neighbors, and Pakistan must fully realize this matter," he said, adding
that the Asian country must not turn into a place for activities that disturb
regional states such as Iran, India and Afghanistan.
reaction to Iran's warnings, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi
told Dunya TV Friday that Islamabad will extend all-out cooperation to Iran
over the terror attack.
have strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Iran and we are in touch with
Iran over the issue," he noted.
had a detailed telephonic discussion with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad
Javad Zarif and we have also sent an expert level delegation to Iran which also
met with the leaders of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps,” said the minister.
said Iran and Pakistan have agreed to cooperate with each other and "we
will address the Iranian concerns and remove all differences."
have developed an understanding to stop such attacks on border areas through a
joint center for quick response.”
involved in Zahedan attack'
Pakistani defense secretary Naeem Khalid Lodhi said the US was involved in the
attack and still supported its perpetrators.
an article entitled "the Hidden US Game," published in the
Urdu-language newspaper "Dunya (the World)" on Thursday, former
Pakistani defense secretary Naeem Khalid Lodhi wrote, "I think the US
supports the perpetrators of the Zahedan terrorist attack.” The former
Pakistani military official, who is a fellow at Islamabad-based research center
(CSCR), said the Zahedan attack was undoubtedly a covert operation aimed at
creating tension between Tehran and Islamabad.
forces have shot dead a Palestinian and injured dozens more in mass protests
along the fence separating the besieged Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied
territories for the 48th consecutive Friday.
spokesman for the Gaza Ministry of Health, Ashraf al-Qidra, said in a statement
that 15-year-old Yusuf Saeed Hussein al-Daya was fatally shot in the chest
during a Great March of Return protest east of Gaza City.
added that 41 demonstrators were struck with live rounds and transferred to
nearby hospitals. Three of the injuries were described as critical.
the wounded Palestinians was paramedic Fares al-Qudra, who sustained injuries
when a tear gas canister hit him in the head.
have held weekly protests on the Gaza border over the siege on the enclave and
the right for refugees to return to their homes they were forcibly expelled
from during the 1948 creation of Israel.
than 260 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces ever since
anti-occupation protest rallies began in the Gaza Strip on March 30. Over 26,000
Palestinians have also sustained injuries.
Gaza clashes reached their peak on May 14 last year, on the eve of the 70th
anniversary of the Nakba Day (Day of Catastrophe), which coincided this year
with the US embassy relocation from Tel Aviv to occupied East Jerusalem
June 13, 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution,
sponsored by Turkey and Algeria, condemning the Israeli regime for the death of
Palestinian civilians in Gaza.
resolution, which had been put forward on behalf of Arab and Muslim countries,
garnered a strong majority of 120 votes in the 193-member assembly, with eight
votes against and 45 abstentions.
resolution called on UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to make proposals
within 60 days “on ways and means for ensuring the safety, protection, and
well-being of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation,”
including “recommendations regarding an international protection mechanism.”
high-ranking Yemeni military commander loyal to Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, the
former president, has been killed when army soldiers and allied fighters from
the Houthi Ansarullah movement launched a surprise attack in the mountainous
northwestern province of Sa’ada.
General Salih Balaid al-Marqashi, a commander of pro-Hadi operations in Baqim
district, was killed along with a dozen Hadi loyalists on Friday as Yemeni
troops and their allies mounted an assault in the Murabba Shaja area near Saudi
Arabia’s southern border region of Najran.
Ahmed Abu Hadi, commander of the First Division of the pro-Hadi Special Forces
Brigade, and dozens of pro-Hadi militiamen lost their lives on February 8, when
Yemeni troops and Ansarullah fighters carried out a similar attack east of
Harad district in the northwestern province of Hajjah.
January 10, Yemeni forces and Popular Committees fighters attacked Saudi
Arabia's mercenaries at Anad Air Base in the southwestern province of Lahij
with the new domestically-developed Qasef K2 (Striker K2) combat drone.
January 13, Chief of Yemen's pro-Hadi military intelligence agency Brigadier General
Saleh Tamah succumbed to injuries he had sustained in the same drone strike.
deputy chief of staff General Saleh Zindani died of his wounds at a hospital in
the United Arab Emirates on February 3.
was among several senior Saudi-sponsored commanders who were injured in the
Yemeni aerial assault.
Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign
against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing Hadi’s government back to
power and crushing Ansarullah.
to a new report by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED),
a nonprofit conflict-research organization, the Saudi-led war has so far
claimed the lives of around 56,000 Yemenis.
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.
Turkey ordered the arrest of 295 serving military personnel on Friday, the
prosecutor’s office said, accusing them of links to the network of US-based
Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara says orchestrated a 2016 attempted
facing detention included three colonels, eight majors and 10 lieutenants, with
around half of the suspects being in the army and the remainder in other
military forces including the navy and air force, the statement said.
prosecutor’s office said police launched simultaneous arrest operations at 1:00
a.m. (2200 GMT) under an investigation into pay phone calls between suspected
Gulen operatives. It was not clear how many suspects have been detained so far.
250 people were killed in the failed putsch, in which Gulen, a former ally of
President Tayyip Erdogan, has denied involvement. Gulen has lived in
self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999.
than 77,000 people have been jailed pending trial since the coup and widespread
arrests are still routine. Authorities have suspended or sacked 150,000 civil
servants and military personnel.
months into South Sudan's fragile peace, 1.5 million people are on the brink of
starvation and half the population, more than six million people, are facing
extreme hunger, say the United Nations and South Sudan's government in a report
aid more than 7.5 million people will be at risk of extreme hunger, 260,000 of
whom could slip into catastrophe, at risk of starvation, by May, a 70 percent
increase compared to the same time last year, said the report.
agencies are concerned that months after the end of South Sudan's five-year
civil war, which killed almost 400,000 people and displaced millions, that
populations are still starving.
has been no countrywide improvement since last year, this is the start of a
concerning trend with the same number of people struggling to access basic food
requirements,” Katie Rickard, the country representative for REACH, a
humanitarian research initiative that contributed data for the analysis, told
The Associated Press.
been two years since South Sudan declared famine in two counties in Unity
state, the first formally declared famine anywhere in the world since Somalia's
crisis in 2011. While famine hasn't returned the numbers are grim. 18 counties
are currently classified as being in emergency with 45,000 people in Jonglei,
Lakes and Unity states in catastrophe, said the report.
food aid there would be a full blown famine,” said one aid worker with close
knowledge of the report who wasn't authorized to speak on the record.
critical conditions are being attributed to displacement driven by conflict,
low crop production, an enduring economic crisis and restricted humanitarian
a 2017 decree by President Salva Kiir for unhindered access, aid workers still
struggle to reach the most vulnerable people. In January the number of
bureaucratic impediments such as delays and blockages at checkpoints almost
tripled from 2018, according to the UN. In December supplies were stopped at
the border and trucks traveling between Juba and Bentiu were each charged
approximately $4,500 to pass through almost 60 checkpoints.
is unacceptable that over half of the population faces severe acute food
insecurity whilst humanitarian workers continue to be killed and detained,”
said Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International's deputy director of research. The
government should stop this man-made humanitarian crisis, she said.
the cycle of hunger is partly contingent on the implementation of the peace
deal and the ceasefire's ability to hold, said Friday's report. But even then
it'll take more than a year to pull the country out of crisis especially as
people start to return home, Pierre Vauthier a representative for the UN's Food
and Agriculture Organization told The Associated Press.
population needs humanitarian assistance... very quickly we will need to help
them reintegrate,” he said, adding that 2019 will be a defining year and the
focus needs to be on increasing food production.
parts of the country that have been cut off for years due to fighting and where
communities have fled so there's been little cultivation, the government is
concerned people will have nothing to eat when they decide to come home.
have been away for almost three years they're coming barehanded to start at zero,
there's no food,” said Emmanuel Richard, commissioner for Kupera County in
Central Equatoria state. In recent weeks people have started trickling back in
but they struggle to survive, eating wild fruits from the trees to sustain
themselves, said Richard.
only three months left in the pre-transitional phase of the peace deal, the
international community's patience is waning as the agreement's been met with
delays and continued fighting.
a statement this week, Norway the UK and the US, the troika which helped usher
South Sudan to independence, said it was “alarmed” and “disturbed” by the
recent escalation in fighting around Yei, which risked undermining the peace
agreement and lowering confidence about the parties' commitment to the accord.
South Sudan grapples to pick up the pieces after years of war, civilians across
the country continue bearing the brunt.
himself from the hot sun, 23-year-old student Mobio Mayar stands under a tree
in the town of Wau one arm crossed over his skinny frame.
situation is worse than last year,” he said. “We don't have work, there's no
food and no water. Sometimes I sleep without eating.”
In the southern Libyan city of Oubari, shops are shuttered and tension is
palpable, as residents fear an imminent incursion by forces loyal to strongman
“dread the repercussions of military operations that are unfolding on the edge
of town,” said 22-year-old hospital administrator Ali Senoussi, speaking on
behalf of his Tubu community.
residents in Oubari — some 900 kilometers (560 miles) south of Tripoli — are
ethnic group fears vengeance by Arab communities that have joined an offensive
by Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), which is on the outskirts
of the city.
marginalized, Tubus live in the Tibesti region, which straddles Libya, Chad and
Niger, an area long at the mercy of roaming rebel groups, traffickers and
are residents of this region. Our support and love for it is immense,” said
22-year-old Senoussi, clothed in a traditional head robe to screen desert sun
cannot accept being involved in wars with Arab tribes that fight alongside
Haftar,” he insisted, sipping tea in the courtyard of a hospital where he works
as an administrator.
LNA says it is seeking to purge “terrorist and criminal groups,” and some accuse
the Tubus of supporting Chadian rebels.
Senoussi dismisses the offensive as “a threat to the social peace of the whole
lawmakers even allege that ethnic cleansing is under way.
community was among the first to join the 2011 uprising that ousted and killed
the former dictator’s downfall by no means improved Tubus’ standing in Libya.
being home to some of the country’s biggest oilfields, the region is regularly
hit by shortages of all kinds — petrol, electricity, gas cylinders and even
have rocketed on the black market.
said the lack of fuel had forced him to leave his car at home and walk to work.
public sector workers prefer to walk” to avoid long queues that have become a fixture
of daily life at gas stations, he said.
intensified chaos of recent years means that the southern border areas are more
than ever a haven for extremists, traffickers and rebels.
groups exploit a security vacuum that is exacerbated by an ongoing power
struggle between a UN-backed Government of National Accord in Tripoli and a
rival administration loyal to Haftar in northeastern Libya.
and ethnic quarrels between the Tubus, Tuaregs and Arab groups over trafficking
have added fuel to the fire.
are Muslims, but we have a culture and language that we share with our cousins
from Chad, Niger and Sudan,” explained Ali Yahyia, a Tubu expert on his
this does not undermine “our support for the Libyan homeland,” he insisted.
LNA launched its ongoing military campaign in mid-January and on Wednesday
night entered Murzuk, another southern Libyan city home to many Tubus.
for a fortress that dates back more than seven centuries, much of the historic
settlement now resembles a ghost town.
windswept streets are littered with garbage.
Oubari, shops are closed and people are scared to circulate.
bakers — hit by a lack of flour — cannot raise their blinds.
city faces numerous problems at the service level, particularly at the hospital
where we have only one doctor,” deplored municipal councillor Ibrahim Omar.
morning attacks on Maiduguri metropolis by Boko Haram insurgents were repelled
by Nigerian troops on Saturday, the day Africa’s biggest democracy is going to
poll to elect a new president.
set of the insurgents also attacked a Yobe town around the same time, Reuters
situation seems to have been contained by the Nigerian troops. Hopefully people
will be assured to go out and cast their votes,” said Ahmad Salkida, a
journalist known to have the knowledge, to a large extent, on the workings of
the different factions Boko Haram in Nigeria’s northeast.
says India, Pakistan facing a 'very dangerous situation'
States President Donald Trump, while voicing alarm at a “very dangerous”
standoff between India and Pakistan, indicated that the US and others are
trying to defuse tensions between South Asia’s two nuclear-armed states.
now between Pakistan and India, there is a very, very bad situation. A very
dangerous situation,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Friday
would like to see it [hostilities] stop. A lot of people were just killed. We
want to see it just stop. We are very much involved in that [process]," he
least 40 Indian soldiers were killed in occupied Kashmir's Pulwama district on
Feb 14 when a suicide bomber drove an explosive-laden car into their convoy.
According to media reports, Jaish-e-Muhammad claimed responsibility for the
attack but New Delhi immediately blamed Islamabad and threatened a retaliatory
attack. It also announced that it would launch a diplomatic offensive to
isolate Pakistan in the international community. Furthermore, India scrapped
the Most Favoured Nation status granted to Pakistan and imposed a 200 per cent
customs duty on its goods.
response to India's allegations, Prime Minister Imran Khan promised to conduct
an investigation if New Delhi provided “actionable evidence” but also warned that
Pakistan will "retaliate" if attacked. On Friday, the Pakistan army
also warned India to avoid "any misadventure", as it could have
exchange alarmed world capitals, who — as President Trump hinted in his news
briefing on Friday — immediately got in touch with both New Delhi and Islamabad
to defuse the situation.
talking and a lot of people are talking [...] but it is a very, very delicate
balance going on. Right now, there is (sic) a lot of problems between India and
Pakistan because of what just happened," Trump said.
assured India that the US understood its feelings. "India is looking at
something very strong. India just lost almost 50 people in the attack. I can
understand that too," he said, adding that his administration was talking
to "authorities in both countries". He, however, did not specify what
measures the US and other nations had so far taken to avoid further escalation
between the neighbouring countries.
Thursday, the United Nations Security Council urged all states to “cooperate
actively” with New Delhi for bringing to justice all those who were responsible
for last week’s attack.
same day, Pakistan’s National Security Committee decided to proscribe the
Jamaatud Dawa and its charity wing, Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation, as part of
measures to tighten the noose around extremist and militant groups in the
rejects third-party negotiations in its disputes with Pakistan, saying that it
prefers bilateral talks. But so far, New Delhi has refused to hold direct talks
insisting that it wants Islamabad to tackle with militancy. India's stance
creates a difficult situation for mediators who cannot publicly declare their
efforts for improving ties between the two neighbours, lest it annoys India.
Trump, in response to a question during Friday's news briefing, pointed out
that the US had last year suspended military aid to Pakistan "because they
weren't helping us in the way that they should have".
stopped paying Pakistan the $1.3 billion that we used to pay them. In the
meantime, we may set up some meetings with Pakistan,” he said, but did not
explain the nature, level or timings of those meetings.
however, added that ties between the two countries had improved.
have developed a much better relationship with Pakistan [in a] short period of
time than we had [before]," Trump said. Bilateral ties between Washington
and Islamabad have grown warmer since Pakistan agreed to broker peace talks
between the Afghan Taliban and the US. The US is looking to achieve a lasting
solution to Afghanistan's crisis before withdrawing its troops from Afghan
Daesh bride's family files lawsuit against Trump
father of an American woman who fled her home in the state of Alabama to join
the Daesh terrorist group is filing a lawsuit against U.S. President Donald
Trump's administration to get her returned to America.
legal team representing Ahmed Ali Muthana, a former Yemeni diplomat at the
U.N., argue remarks by Trump and his administration that said Hoda Muthana, 24,
is not a U.S. citizen, subsequently barring her from re-entry, are
failure of the United States to facilitate the return of Ms. Muthana and her
son as it is obligated to do under the Constitution and the Fourth Geneva
Convention will cause immediate and irreparable harm by jeopardizing their
ability in the future to return to the United States," the Constitutional
Law Center for Muslims in America said in a lawsuit filed late Thursday.
said Wednesday in a tweet he told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to not let
Muthana and her 18-month-old son into the country. Pompeo called her a
"terrorist" and said that she had no legal basis to enter the
question of Muthana's citizenship is in murky waters, due to the fact that her
father had served as a diplomat prior to her birth.
person born in the U.S. to foreign diplomats is not automatically considered a
her attorneys argue Trump and Pompeo are inaccurate, saying that her U.S. birth
qualifies her as a citizen.
Shibly, Muthana's lawyer, provided Anadolu Agency with a photo of her birth
certificate showing she was born in New Jersey as well as a 2004 letter from
the U.S. mission to the UN, saying her father was no longer a diplomat Sept.1,
1994, before she was born.
applying for her passport, Muthana's father sent the UN letter to immigration
authorities and they accepted the documentation and issued her a passport in
2005, and then renewed it in 2014.
2016, under President Barack Obama, a letter addressed to Muthana and sent by
the U.S. to her family in Alabama tried to revoke her passport while she was
still in Syria. That contradicted the Vienna Conventions of Diplomatic
Relations, which says a person's diplomatic immunity ends when a post ends,
according to the lawsuit.
State Department, however, says it was not officially notified of the
termination until Feb. 6, 1995, after Muthana's birth.
told Anadolu Agency this week that Muthana is extremely remorseful for her
ignorance and arrogance, and that she had been brainwashed. The attorney says
that she wants to help speak out against radicalization, is willing to face
trial in the U.S. and is aware she would likely be charged and placed in jail.
years ago, Hoda Muthana left her home in Hoover, Alabama and embarked on a
journey to join Daesh's self-proclaimed caliphate.
there, she took the name Umm Jihad, or "Mother of Jihad," and
regularly used her social media accounts to stoke pro-Daesh sentiments, laud
the terror group and call on Muslim-Americans to carry out attacks against
after being married to three Daesh fighters and giving birth to a son, Muthana,
who is now 24 years old, says the war and bloodshed she witnessed made her
realize her mistake and she wants to come home.
friends, children and the men I married dying changed me," Muthana said in
a letter to her lawyer, Hassan Shibly.
the U.S. administration says she is not a U.S. citizen and will not be allowed
back into the country, Shibly says her return could make for a powerful tool
against terrorism and radicalization.
of the things Hoda really wants to do is to be able to speak out and protect
others from those very same mistakes," he told Anadolu Agency.
think her going down the dark path that she went down, and being a witness to
how evil ISIS is, and then coming back to testify to the world how evil they
are can be very, very helpful in protecting others from making those same
mistakes," he added, using another name for Daesh.
to George Washington University's Program on Extremism, 60 Americans left the
U.S. to join Daesh in Iraq and Syria.
who want to return could become advocates against Daesh, since they have
firsthand experience in what happened there, according to David Malet,
Assistant Professor in the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology of the
School of Public Affairs at American University.
foreign fighters return with powerful stories of why others should not do what
they have done. If she were used in this way, Muthana would be a much more
credible spokesperson against ISIS than anyone in the Trump administration,"
Malet told Anadolu Agency.
know that less than one-tenth of one percent of returnees have become involved
in domestic plots. My own research shows that most plots occur within the first
few months of return and that there has never been a long-term threat after
Donald Trump and his administration said Muthana would not be allowed back in
the country, calling her a "terrorist," while Shibly said she had
been manipulated by people online to brainwash her and that she did not have
full control of her social media accounts.
realizes that she had completely gone astray, that she was very ignorant and
arrogant and angry and she had lost her way. And she wants to make amends for
her mistakes and find a safe haven for her child to grow up in," he said.
argues that her U.S. birth qualifies her as a citizen, providing Anadolu Agency
with a photo of her birth certificate showing Muthana was born in New Jersey as
well as a letter from the U.S. mission to the UN saying her father was no
longer serving as a diplomat when she was born.
born to a foreign diplomatic officer is not automatically considered a U.S.
citizen at birth.
State Department, however, said the letter "only addresses" Ahmed Ali
Muthana's diplomatic privileges "during his reported length of
service" and fails to address when those "privileges and immunities
began and ended".
says the Trump administration is contradicting its own calls for other
countries to take back citizens caught in Syria and put them on trial.
administration is using the same tactics that the UK, Australia and others use
to argue that she is not a citizen because of her father's legal status. This
turnaround will discourage other countries from repatriating their citizens and
lead to longer-term problems."
400 U.S. forces will remain in Syria after the U.S. completes a pullout from
the country long-sought by President Donald Trump, according to a report
figure is double what the White House announced late Thursday to make up a
"small peacekeeping group" in the country following the withdrawal.
the Washington Post cited an anonymous senior Trump administration official who
said 200 troops will comprise the peacekeeping force, and an additional
garrison of about 200 more will remain in southern Syria near the border with
Iraq and Syria "for the foreseeable future.”
base at at-Tanf has been widely viewed by some within the administration as a
critical foil to Iran establishing a land route from Tehran to Damascus via
was confusion surrounding the White House's announcement Thursday with some
reports saying the 200 announced troops would be split between northern Syria
for the stabilization force, and at-Tanf.
U.S. is continuing efforts to corral support for an international stabilization
force to take the place of the U.S. forces departing the country, but
Washington's closest allies have so far balked at the proposition after Trump
announced the U.S.'s then-complete exit without consulting them.
announcement in December also drew stern pushback from some of his closest
legislative allies, including Senator Lindsey Graham who hailed the
announcement as crucial to achieving U.S. objectives in Syria.
and U.S. special representatives for Afghan reconciliation met Friday in the
Turkish capital Ankara.
meeting between U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and his Russian counterpart Zamir
Kabulov was held in the Russian Embassy.
Ambassador to Turkey Aleksey Yerhov and other officials from the two countries
were present in the meeting.
closed-door meeting lasted over one hour.
two sides met Taliban leaders in Moscow in late December.
U.S. is leading a round of talks with the Taliban and regional stakeholders
aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan.
the Taliban have held talks with Afghan politicians and U.S. officials, they
refuse to recognize or negotiate with the Kabul government -- a rough patch
that all sides are trying to resolve.
maintains that any peace plan should be Afghan-owned and Afghan-led.
bride Shamima Begum's family urges Sajid Javid to bring her son to the UK, to
challenge revoking her citizenship in court
ISIS bride Shamima Begum's family has pleaded Sajid Javid to help bring her
infant son to Britain, saying they were “shocked and appalled at the vile
comments” she had made since her discovery at a Syrian refugee camp.
the teenager's sister, wrote a letter to the home secretary on Thursday informing
him that her family has decided to challenge his decision to strip Begum of her
British citizenship in court. According to her, the 19-year-old Londoner's
potential return was “a matter for our British courts to decide,"
was lost to “murderous and misogynistic cult” that had exploited her and
“fundamentally damaged her”, the family said, which, in turn led her to make
the "sickening" comments in recent interviews, especially when she
said the Manchester Arena bombing was simply "retaliation" for the
war on ISIS in Syria.
a family man yourself, we hope you will understand that we, as her family
cannot simply abandon her," Renu Begum’s letter said. "We have a duty
to her, and a duty to hope that as she was groomed into what she has become,
she can equally be helped back into the sister I knew, and daughter my parents
note added, “We were pleased to learn from your comments in the Commons that
you recognize my nephew, Shamima’s son, as a British citizen. As a family, we
ask now how we can assist you in bringing my nephew home to us. In all of this
debacle, he is the one true innocent and should not lose the privilege of being
raised in the safety of this country.”
letter emerged just hours after Labour boss Jeremy Corbyn said revoking Begum's
British citizenship was "very extreme" and that she should be
repatriated back into the UK. “She obviously has, in my view, a right to return
to Britain," Corbyn said. "On that return, she must obviously face a
lot of questions about everything she has done and at that point, any action
may or may not be taken.”
Tasnime Akunjee, the lawyer representing Begum's family, has ritten to Javid on
the steps to be taken to bring the ISIS bride's son back to Britain.
Labor party, along with advocates on the left, have accused the home secretary
of making Begum stateless after she was rejected by Bangladesh, who said there
was “no question of her being allowed to enter” the country.
Bangladesh’s foreign minister Shahriar Alam said its government was
"deeply concerned that [Begum] has been erroneously identified as a holder
of dual citizenship”.
French forces have killed a top jihadist leader, Yahya Abou El Hamame, in an
operation in Mali, Defence Minister Florence Parly said Friday.
Algerian, a commander in Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), was reputedly
responsible for kidnapping a number of Westerners in North and West Africa.
ministry statement issued in Paris said he was “the mastermind and financier of
Hamame was killed Thursday when French land and air forces ambushed a column of
vehicles he was travelling with north of Timbuktu, Parly said.
reportedly served as AQIM’s “governor” in Timbuktu when the city was held by
Islamist rebels from April 2012 to January 2013.
number of other “terrorists” were “neutralised”, Parly added.
Hamame was believed to be second in command of the Group to Support Islam and
Muslims (GSIM), also known as Nusrat al-Islam, led by Iyad Ag Ghali.
group was formed by the merger of Ansar Dine, the Macina Liberation Front,
Al-Mourabitoun and El Hamame’s Saharan branch of AQIM.
has harshly responded to remarks by Israeli interim Foreign Minister Israel
Katz, who has repeated his earlier comments that Poles “collaborated” with Nazi
Germany in the killing of Jews during World War II.
week, Israeli interim Foreign Minister Israel Katz claimed that “many” Poles
collaborated with the Nazis at the time and “suckled anti-Semitism with their
mothers’ milk,” angering the Polish government, which withdrew from a planned
meeting in Jerusalem al-Quds in protest.
Thursday, Katz doubled down on his remarks, saying he did not regret them and
that he was telling “the truth.”
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki hit back hard on Friday.
an interview with the Israeli daily Haaretz, Prime Minister Morawiecki said
Katz’ remarks targeted Poles too sweepingly and were “nothing short of racism.”
experienced terrible war and decades of occupation, and we were not able to
defend ourselves from accusations. But now Poland will no longer give in to a
pressure to accept lies, misleading phrases, let alone racist insults,”
are open to truth, even the most difficult truth about individual collaborators
— but we will never agree to stretch their personal responsibility to the whole
nation,” he added.
had last week quoted former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir as saying
that “the Poles imbibed anti-Semitism with their mothers’ milk,” adding that
“many” Poles have “collaborated with the Nazis.”
said, “When I first heard of this, it seemed totally unbelievable. Such words
could be used by a radical extremist, but not by a foreign minister.”
you use these stereotypes that ‘every Pole suckled anti-Semitism out of their
mother’s breast,’ it’s nothing short of racism,” said Morawiecki.
earlier remarks prompted Warsaw to cancel participation in a planned summit by
a number of Central European countries — known as the Visegrad Group — in
Jerusalem al-Quds this week.
event was effectively scrapped as a result of the Polish withdrawal.
also last week summoned Israel’s ambassador to Warsaw over similar remarks by
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who on February 14 appeared to
accuse the European country of collaborating with Nazi Germany against the
country’s Jewish minority during WWII.
authorities later claimed that Netanyahu’s comments had been misquoted and
UN human rights arm Friday raised concerns about the recent executions of 15
people in Egypt earlier this month.
authorities should take all necessary measures to ensure the process and
investigate allegations of torture, said Rupert Colville, the spokesman for the
UN Human Rights Office "We urge the Egyptian authorities to halt all
executions," he said.
people were executed Feb. 20, linked to the killing of Egypt’s General
Prosecutor Hisham Barakat.
week earlier, three others convicted of murdering a police officer were
executed and, Feb. 7, three men were hanged in connection with the killing of
the son of a judge.
the individuals claimed before the courts they were subjected to torture to
said the UN has serious concerns about the conflicted process of fair trials in
the cases and urged Egypt to properly investigate allegations tortures.
opposition figures have urged European leaders to boycott an Arab-European
summit -- slated for Sunday in Sharm el-Sheikh -- to protest this week’s
execution of nine young convicts by the Egyptian authorities.
figures made the appeal in a Friday letter to the European Parliament, EU
foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, and a
number of other European leaders.
attendance at this summit will only give [Egyptian President Abdel Fattah]
al-Sisi more legitimacy and encourage him to continue his policies,” the letter
signatories also warn that the al-Sisi regime will maintain its frequent resort
to capital punishment in the absence of any punitive measures.
document is signed by Amr Darraj, a former minister of planning and
international cooperation; Ayman Nour, a rights advocate and former
presidential candidate; Mohamed Mahsoub, a former minister of parliamentary
affairs; and prominent activist Mohamed Sultan.
to 30 militants killed in 4 provinces in past 24 hours: MoD
to 30 militants have been killed during the ground operations and airstrikes
which were conducted in 4 different provinces of the country in the past 24
Ministry of Defense in a statement said the operations were conducted in
Ghazni, Uruzgan, Helmand, and Logar provinces.
statement further added that 10 militants killed and 11 others were wounded
during the airstirkes and Afghan army clearance operations in Andar district of
statement further added that 8 militants killed during the airstrikes in
Tarinkot city of Uruzgan province and some weapons and munitions were also
least 5 militants were killed during the airstrikes in Helmand province, 2 of
their hideouts were destroyed and a motorcycle and some weapons and munitions
were also destroyed.
4 militants were killed during the similar airstrikes in Baraki Barak district
of Logar province.
anti-government armed militants including Taliban have not commented regarding
the operations and airstrikes so far.
least four members of a prominent terror gang of Taliban group were arrested
during an operation of the Afghan intelligence operatives in Kabul city.
Taliban group members who belonged to one of the most destructive networks of
the group were arrested during an operation of the Special Forces of Afghan
Intelligence which was conducted in the vicinity of the 5th police district of
Kabul city, the National Directorate of Security, the intelligence directorate
of Afghanistan said in a statement. The statement further added that the
detained individuals have been identified as Abdullah son of Gul Rasool who is
the leader of the network, Humayoun son of Majnoon, Maiwand son of Sharbat, and
Faridullah alias AhmadZia son of Redi Gul.
detained individuals have confessed that they were recruited in Taliban ranks
by one of the Taliban group leaders Asadullah Nasrat in Paghman district of
Kabul and were busy in bombings, armed robberies, assassinations, harassments,
and lootings in Kabul city, according to the National Directorate of Security.
Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed her firm conviction that no evil
force would be able to suppress the Bengali nation.
said this while addressing a discussion organised by Awami League, marking Amar
Ekushey and International Mother Language Day at Krishibid Institute
premier said Awami League, with full support of people, came to power for the
third consecutive term. “We have to work to uphold the confidence of people
through continuing the pace of development and taking the country forward,” she
the event, a one-minute silence was observed in memory of the martyrs of
Language Movement, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,
martyrs of August 15, 1975, Liberation War heroes and those who died in the
fire incident in Chawkbazar on Wednesday night.
expressed profound shock at the loss of lives in the fire. She prayed for the
eternal peace of the departed souls and conveyed sympathy to the bereaved
her speech, the prime minister said country's development is visible as the AL
government carried out massive works over the last 10 years. Bangladesh is now
free from hunger. But the country needs to be freed from poverty further, she
would celebrate birth centenary of Bangabandhu in 2020 and golden jubilee of
independence in 2021 as a poverty-free nation, she said.
2041, Bangladesh would emerge as a developed and prosperous nation in South
Asia and proceed with a 100-year delta plan to ensure sustainable development
and prosperous future of the people.
on history of the Language Movement, Hasina said the movement for mother
language began much earlier.
Hasina also said it was Awami League which included the provision of making
Bangla a state language after its win in the general election in 1956.
AL government had declared February 21 as the Language Martyrs' Day, she added.
said Bangladesh, as the hub of Language Movement, has shouldered a great
responsibility to protect languages now on the verge of extinction.
Mother Language Institute has been constituted for research and to give support
to protect languages of different ethnicities and small groups, she said.
the AL president, presided over the meeting while its general secretary Obaidul
Quader gave welcome address.
League advisory council members Amir Hossain Amu and Tofail Ahmed, presidium
members Matia Chowdhury and Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, noted litterateur
Imdadul Haque Milon and AL joint secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak addressed the
meeting, among others.
publicity secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud and deputy publicity secretary Aminul Islam
conducted the meeting.
Afghan National Defense and Security Forces conducted 8 joint operations and 79
Special Operations Tasks in the past 24 hours in various parts of the country.
Ministry of Defense in a statement said the Afghan Air Force also carried out
13 sorties during the same period in support of the armed forces to eliminate
the sanctuaries of the enemies.
statement further added that 7 militants were killed and at least 3 others were
wounded during the same operations.
to the Ministry of Defense, the operations were conducted in Nangarhar,
Paktika, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Samangan, and Helmand provinces and as a result 5
militants were killed in Tarinkot city of Uruzgan province while 2 other
militants were killed in Nesh district of Kandahar and 3 more were wounded.
Taliban militant who was planting Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was
arrested during an operation of the Afghan security forces.
Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement said the Taliban IED planter was
arrested in Pashtun Zarghoon district of the province.
statement further added that the IED planter who was attempting to plant a
remote-controlled Improvised Explosive Device in Pashtun Zarghoon district to
target the security forces was arrested by police forces of the district.
statement further added that the detained terrorist has confessed that he was
planting an IED on a roadside in Pashtun Zarghoon during the preliminary
has also confessed that he was involved in various other criminal incidents
including armed robberies and rape.
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