Years After Being Declared Hetetic, Hussain Bin Mansur Hallaj Gets Recognition
as A True Sufi
Islam from Original Sources Not Arabisation
Greets China’s Claim That Muslims Have Been Released from Camps
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Years After Being Declared Hetetic, Hussain Bin Mansur Hallaj Gets Recognition
As A True Sufi
Age Islam News Bureau
Bin Mansur Hallaj, a mystic of Baghdad during the 3rd century Hijri was
declared heretic by the muftis of the time and the king had ordered that he be
killed. He was killed in 309 Hijri. The religious circle had said that Hussaiin
bin Mansur’s assertion “An’al Haque’ was akin to kufr as the sentence was
literally translated as ‘I am God’. However, for the last centuries scholars
have debated on the issue and they have argued that ‘An’al Haque’ deoes not
mean ‘I am God’ but ‘I am the Truth’. In recent times, the religious circle has
realised that Mansur was wrongly declared a heretic due to the wrong
interpretation of the sentence “An’al Haque’ by the muftis of the time.
Ulama-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat of Bareilly paid tribute to Hussain bin Mansur Hallaj on
his birth anniversary in a ceremony in Kanpur. Ulama of Bareilly aknowledged
the fact that Hadhrat Hussain bin Mansur
was a great sufi of his times. He was the disciple of Hadhrat Sahl Bin Tastari
and was a contemporary of Hadhrat Junaid Baghdadi. Qari Faisal Jafri said that
Hadhrat Hussain had memorised the Quran in the age of 12 years. Maulana Hassan
Qadri said that Hadhrat Hussain bin Mansur was a pious and god loving sufi who
was always absorbed in the zikr of Allah and had attained the highest place in
the realm of mysticism.
it can be said that after thousand years, Hussain bin Mansur Hallaj has been
recognised as a great Sufi and a great devotee of God by the same religioius
circle that had once declared him heretic.
am puzzled by the example veteran diplomat Bilahari Kausikan gave to illustrate
the Arabisation of Islam among local Muslims (3 forces could challenge social
cohesion: Bilahari, July 25).
referred to local Muslim women who would rather describe their headscarves with
the Arabic word "hijab" instead of the Malay word "tudung".
This illustration is puzzling to me, a local Malay Muslim.
may be an Arabic word to him, but to us, it is an Islamic term that includes
the "tudung", "selendang", "abaya",
"niqab", "burqa" and many other culturally unique styles of
to me, that anecdote illustrates the increased Islamic consciousness among
local Malay Muslims, instead of our purported Arabisation.
I am fairly certain the women he asked would have donned uniquely contemporary
Malay styles and designs of head coverings, not to mention their clothing
fashion, which is distinctly different from that worn in Arab countries.
objective observer would have noticed the confidence our local Muslim women are
showing in interpreting Islamic injunctions in ways suitable to our climate and
tradition as well as the cosmopolitan nature of our country.
better education, local Muslims are improving our understanding of Islam. With
this, we are getting more familiar with the original terms and concepts of
Islam as taught by our Prophet.
these terms would be in Arabic. Had the Prophet Muhammad been born French, I am
quite sure, they would be in French. It would be unfortunate if the fine line
between Arabic words and Islamic terms led to a misreading of the local Muslim
fact, the growing trend of local Muslims learning the Arabic language will soon
become apparent as well. My concern is that this, too, could be misunderstood.
strive to understand the religion from its original sources to better interpret
its teachings contextually, not to become Arabised.
Greets China’s Claim That Muslims Have Been Released From Camps
Chris Buckley and Edward Wong
— Chinese officials said Tuesday that most of the inmates in re-education camps
for Muslim minorities — a vast network of detention centers estimated to have
held one million people or more — have been released. But the United States,
experts on Chinese policies, and ethnic Uighur Muslims abroad quickly contested
said that there was no evidence of mass releases from the camps across the
Xinjiang region in China’s northwest, and that people who had nominally been
freed often effectively remained in captivity, including being forced into
labor programs instead. The State Department and the Pentagon, which have
criticized China’s policies on Muslims for months, released the same long,
forceful statement that said they were “unable to verify the vague claims” and
that the Communist Party continued to show “extreme hostility to all religious
unexpected announcement in Beijing appeared intended to blunt growing
international condemnation of the camps.
It was made by two top officials in the regional government of Xinjiang, the
northwest region where the Chinese Communist Party has set up the centers to
hold Muslims, most of whom are Turkic-speaking Uighurs, and systems of
electronic surveillance in towns and cities. The officials indicated that most
inmates had “returned to society.”
World Uyghur Congress, a Munich-based group that campaigns for
self-determination, dismissed the two officials’ claims as following “a
predictable pattern of dubious statements.”
there may be a kernel of truth to what we heard this morning, it’s so buried in
deception that it becomes unrecognizable,” Dolkun Isa, the group’s
secretary-general, said in a statement.
governments have grown increasingly vocal about the sweeping detentions in
Xinjiang, a region in northwestern China. Members of the Trump administration
have taken up the issue and discussed imposing sanctions against officials who
are involved, though the Treasury Department has privately recommended against
the sanctions for fear of jeopardizing trade talks.
month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, an evangelical Christian who talks about
defending religious freedom, called China’s internment of Muslims “the stain of
State Department and Pentagon said Tuesday that China should allow United
Nations officials to have unmonitored access to all camps and all detainees,
and let Muslims “freely travel away from Xinjiang and China to promote
American officials made clear that the camps were far from their only concern
regarding China’s Muslim policies. They denounced the surveillance systems
outside the camps and the well-documented, government-run practice of ethnic
Han Chinese, dominant in most of the country, staying uninvited in Uighur homes
“to prevent the observance of Islamic practices.”
American officials say they are increasingly concerned about factories with
forced Uighur labor that are linked to the detention centers.
G. Schriver, an assistant secretary of defense, told reporters in May that the
centers were “concentration camps” that held “at least a million but likely
closer to three million citizens out of a population of about 10 million.”
Schriver did not say whether the three million referred to Muslims held
simultaneously or whether it was an estimate of total detainees over a stretch
of time, with some released during that period.
officials have depicted the camps as benign facilities that offer
Chinese-language instruction and vocational training.
Tuniaz, the vice chairman of the Xinjiang government, told reporters on Tuesday
that “the majority of people who have undergone education and training have
returned to society and returned to their families.” He used the government’s
official description of the camps as “education and training” centers and of
their inmates as “students.”
have already successfully achieved employment,” he said. “Over 90 percent of
the students have returned to society and returned to their families and are
he and Shohrat Zakir, the government chairman, refused to say how many people
have been held in the camps, which are often large clusters of buildings
surrounded by fences and guards.
Chinese media accounts of the two officials’ comments varied, raising the
possibility that they misspoke and their comments had to be drawn back. Some
cited Mr. Zakir as saying that 90 percent or more of people from camps had
returned to society. Others said, citing him, that 90 percent of those released
had found suitable work.
evidence from government documents shows the Xinjiang government wants to shift
camp inmates and many other Uighurs into labor programs where they will work
under the watch of the government and compliant factories, said Adrian Zenz, an
independent researcher in Germany who studies the camps.
are basically now transitioning from internment to society-wide control,” Mr.
Zenz said. “They have a grand scheme now for controlling everybody, not just
people in the camps but also putting those outside the camps into coercive
evidence to test the official claims of releases from the camps is likely to be
difficult. Foreign journalists are closely monitored and controlled when they
visit Xinjiang, and independent investigators and human rights groups do not
have free access.
living abroad said they had not found evidence of widespread releases.
interviews on Tuesday, two Uighur-Americans said they still had family members
in detention. One woman, Ziba Murat, a resident of Florida, said she still had
not heard from her ailing mother, Gulshan Abbas, or a great-aunt, both of whom
disappeared from their homes in Xinjiang last September.
think they are lying,” she said of the officials announcing mass releases.
Jawdat, a resident of Virginia, said an uncle and aunt were still missing. His
mother, Minaiwaier Tuersun, was released in May, after being detained since
February 2018, and suffers from severe health problems. Her two younger
brothers have also been released, he said.
officials continue to monitor them in Xinjiang — and even Mr. Jawdat. He said
he was contacted by a Chinese man over a chat app who said he was an official
and who warned Mr. Jawdat to stay quiet on the Uighurs’ plight or his mother
would lose her freedom.
China Turned a City Into a Prison
are interrogated. Neighbors become informants. Mosques are monitored. Cameras
Imin, a Uighur activist based in Washington, said, “Uighurs abroad continue to
be unable to reach their relatives in the region. No phone calls, no internet
is home to more than 11 million Uighurs, more than the Pentagon’s estimate, and
their treatment under President Xi Jinping has become a global human rights
issue. Western governments, United Nations human rights experts, and advocates
of Uighur self-determination have condemned the increasingly harsh restrictions
on many Uighurs.
describing them as vocational training facilities, the Xinjiang officials said
the camps offered classes that have effectively inoculated Uighurs against the
temptation to embrace religious extremism or terrorism. Until several years
ago, Xinjiang had experienced a string of deadly attacks by discontented
former camp detainees who have left China say they were subjected to a
high-pressure indoctrination program with the goal of removing devotion to
Islam and instilling loyalty to China and its ruling Communist Party.
Xinjiang officials’ wording on Tuesday left room for uncertainty as to how much
freedom can be exercised by inmates who have been released. Though they did not
detail the circumstances under which detainees were being “returned to
society,” it is possible that people released in name are in fact still under
Leibold, an associate professor of politics at La Trobe University in Australia
who has studied Xinjiang, said that factories are often linked to the camps,
and that inmates assigned to work there live under heavy guard and monitoring.
find it highly unlikely, and frankly inconceivable, that the Chinese Communist
Party would build this massive network of internment camps and then simply
mothball them a couple of years later,” Professor Leibold said. “Rather, the
purposes of the camps were perhaps always meant to evolve over time, shifting from
education to production, while their coercive, nonvoluntary and extrajudicial
nature remains the same.”
the news conference, Mr. Zakir, the regional chairman, also appeared to suggest
that people from camps were being assigned factory jobs.
could say that maybe 90 percent or more,” he said, “have found suitable work to
their liking with an impressive income.”
people have now become a positive factor in society, leading other ordinary
people to create business and employment,” he said.
Zakir is Xinjiang’s most senior Uighur official, and has repeatedly served as
the public face defending Chinese government policies in the region, including
the re-education camps.
October, party officials began to publicly acknowledge and defend the camps,
many of which are large, prisonlike facilities behind walls. In March, Mr.
Zakir likened them to boarding schools.
this month, a group of 22 countries, including Australia, Britain, Canada,
France and Germany, issued a statement urging China to halt the mass detention
of Uighurs and other Muslims. China struck back with a letter signed by 37
ambassadors from countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America
who praised its human rights record, including the “de-radicalization” policies
applied in Xinjiang.
Chinese government’s assertion that the population in re-education camps is
shrinking appeared intended to stave off debate about Xinjiang ahead of a
meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in September, as well as sessions
of the United Nations Human Rights Council, said Sophie Richardson, the China
director at Human Rights Watch. But she said that there was no reason to
believe the assertion.
lied about the existence of the camps. They admitted the camps existed and lied
about what happens inside them,” Ms. Richardson said. “So one has to be awfully
skeptical about a claim that — oops! — it’s all sorted out.”
there have been releases from the camps, that may also reflect the heavy costs
on local governments across Xinjiang of operating and guarding the facilities,
as well as a desire to put more Uighurs to work so that officials can meet the
goals laid down by Mr. Xi to eradicate poverty by 2020.
abroad continue to report new cases of relatives being detained.
Memet, a Uighur tour guide who lives in the eastern Xinjiang city of Turpan,
was detained this month, said his nephew, Muharram Muhammad’ali Baqi, who lives
in Japan. The apparent reason for the detention was that he shared a letter
from a relative who had been held in a camp with Mr. Baqi.
Monday, Mr. Baqi said he received a call from a Chinese security official
warning him that unless he stopped speaking publicly about the case, his
family’s situation would worsen and his father, who is now in prison, would
have no chance of release.
if I don’t do anything,” he said, “things may be worse.”
Buckley reported from Beijing, and Edward Wong from Washington. Austin Ramzy
contributed reporting from Hong Kong, and Nick Cumming-Bruce from Geneva.
group Al-Qaeda remains “resilient”, continues to consider Afghanistan a safe sanctuary
for its leaders and works closely with the Lashkar-e-Toiba and the Haqqani
network despite being overtaken by the Islamic State, a UN counter-terrorism
watchdog set up by the Security Council has said in a new report.
Islamic State itself which has diminished with the loss of its so-called
“caliphate” in Syria and Iraq, has evolved into a “mainly covert network” and
its leadership is focusing on establishing “establish sleeper cells at the
local level in preparation for eventual resurgence”, according to the 24th
report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team that was
submitted to the UN Security Council Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee this month.
in its current form, the report by UN’s terrorism watchdog set up by Resolution
1267 of the Security Council, said the Islamic State poses the most “immediate
threat to global security” and remains stronger than Al Qaeda in terms of its
“finances, media profile and current combat experience and terrorist
Al Qaeda ‘remains resilient”, the UN body said although there are questions
about its leader Ayman al-Zawahiri’s health and the group’s succession plan.
“continues to cooperate closely with Lashkar-e-Toiba and the Haqqani Network”,
the report said underscoring the threat these Pakistan-based terrorist groups
continue to pose for the region and the world. A recent US department of
defense reported the existence of hundreds of LeT fighter in Afghanistan.
read: Lashkar, Islamic State in plans with Pak army to target Indian
assets in Afghanistan
remains the source of the largest collection of foreign fighters, which is
Afghanistan. And the terrorist outfit responsible for the September 11, 2001
terrorist attacks remains a potent forced in Afghanistan. Its “members continue
to function routinely as military and religious instructors for the Taliban”
the report said.
it remains entrenched there. “Al-Qaeda considers Afghanistan a continuing safe
haven for its leadership, relying on its long-standing and strong relationship
with the Taliban leadership,” the UN body said.
Afghanistan — Even before he received specific intelligence about an attempt
planned on his life, Amrullah Saleh had a feeling they were coming for him
soon. So he wrote his will.
a former Afghan intelligence chief who is staunchly anti-Taliban, he had been
near the top of the militants’ list for a long time. But now there was an added
reason for targeting him: He was about to launch his campaign as the
running-mate of President Ashraf Ghani in his September re-election bid.
a week ago, Mr. Saleh took a new look at the four-page will. He added
instructions for his wife and five children on how to handle news of his death,
and how to gain access to his savings.
Saleh said he was convinced that “I wasn’t going to survive this time.”
attack he dreaded came on Sunday, the first day of the presidential campaign,
after he and President Ghani had appeared at a tightly guarded rally in Kabul,
after Mr. Saleh reached his political headquarters, he was greeted by an
enormous car bomb. That was followed by a half-dozen suicide bombers climbing
up to his fourth-floor office.
the nearly seven hours of havoc that ensued, about 30 people were dead — 20 of
them Mr. Saleh’s guests or colleagues who had spent years at his side.
candidate narrowly escaped after a 50-minute battle with the insurgents,
engaging them from the building’s rooftop where weapons were kept.
had come to kill me at any price, and they did everything right,” Mr. Saleh
said. “That I am alive is God’s help, God’s will, and maybe a little help from
my background. I am deeply shaken — my emotions, my humanity. But my
determination to fight is strengthened. I have 20 more reasons to fight.”
Saleh, 46, is a longtime survivor: of suicide attacks and ambushes, of years of
political isolation, but also of a deeply deprived upbringing. As a child, he
was orphaned and left destitute.
ascension to the highest levels of Afghan politics — he has allied with Mr.
Ghani, whom he once staunchly criticized — comes in one the most difficult and
uncertain periods of the Afghan war. Bodies are piling up on all sides, and an
American search for a political settlement through negotiations is proving
bloodshed has only furthered concerns about the repeatedly delayed vote. The
Taliban control or threaten large swathes of the countryside. In the urban
centers, Taliban militants, as well as members of the Islamic State, are waging
this heightened insecurity, candidates and voters alike are proceeding
Monday, the second day of the campaign, none of the 18 candidates held a rally
or public gathering, local media reported.
is not just the violence. There is also the problem of voter fatigue, with
political crises resulting from the last two disputed votes adding to the toll
of the war.
diplomats are concerned that a repeat of previous fraudulent elections could
only weaken Afghanistan’s hand in negotiations with the Taliban. Mr. Ghani’s
team, including Mr. Saleh, argue that only a government with a strong mandate
through elections can negotiate with the Taliban.
Dadfar Spanta, who was Afghanistan’s national security adviser when Mr. Saleh
served as spy chief, said his old colleague was a prime target because of his
“radical position” against the Taliban and against the Pakistan intelligence
agency, which is accused of supporting the Taliban.
has been a rarity in our security sector: a person with deep research and
study, but also with experience both from his time in the anti-Taliban
resistance and later as intelligence chief,” Mr. Spanta said.
many of his critics see his inflexible resistance to the Taliban as a hurdle at
a time when the war can end only through compromise. And his denials of the
extent of Taliban control once went so far that they stirred ridicule.
who claim that terror groups controls nearly half of Afghanistan are invited to
visit my office in Kabul & join us for a tour of the country by road, by
plane, by bike, on horse and by foot,” Mr. Saleh tweeted in February, raising
eyebrows amid the rising insecurity. “This falsehood and fake news is mostly
spread by stooges, agents, and idiots.”
the car bomb went off outside his Kabul office early Sunday evening, Mr. Saleh
was meeting a commander from northern Baghlan Province who had recently
replaced his brother, who had been killed along with about two dozen of his
blast was so strong, blowing out windows and furniture alike, that the
attackers were already making their way up the stairs toward his fourth-floor
office as Mr. Saleh tried to make sense of what had happened.
and his aides followed a regularly practiced emergency drill and headed for the
roof and its weapons stash. Afghan special forces also arrived at the scene and
joined the battle.
Saleh’s surviving bodyguards secured the adjacent building and put a ladder in
place so he could climb across to it.
the militants had already made it to his office and began shooting at the
ladder from his small window. Mr. Saleh and the half-dozen colleagues with him
managed to escape to the next building after the guards turned their fire on
the office window and slid the ladder further away.
the morning, the building was a scene of carnage.
the hallway of his office suite, a small picture of Mr. Saleh’s granddaughter
lay under broken glass and dust.
his office, his yellow notepad was glued to the floor with the blood of one of
his aides who had been shot dead there. On the window of the room next door
were the shoes and hat of one of the visitors who had tried — and failed — to
went to the office this morning and found Haseeb’s body under the armored
gate,” said Fahim Fetrat, the cousin of one of Mr. Saleh’s bodyguards, named
Haseeb. “We thought since he was too close to the car bomb there might not be
anything left, but we found him.”
Saleh did not sleep all night, helping prepare for the burial of his
colleagues, his friends said.
bodies went to cemeteries across Kabul, as well as provinces in the north and
east. Some of Mr. Saleh’s closest guards have received months of training by
the Central Intelligence Agency in the United States. Three of them were buried
in an overpopulated cemetery on a mountainside in the north of Kabul, their
graves covered in fresh leaves.
Saleh said that when he arrived at a government hospital at 2 a.m. to visit the
wounded and the dead, one of the relatives of a dead colleague was so angry
that he slapped the candidate.
pulled him in and said, ‘Hit me more,’” Mr. Saleh said. “He hit me again.”
Saleh asked his bodyguards to step back, he said, the man’s pain
understandable: His loved one was gone, Mr. Saleh still alive.
candidate said he then asked the young man whether his death would have eased
his pain, and the man said yes. “I pulled my handgun, loaded it, and gave it to
him,” Mr. Saleh said.
young man hesitated, he said, and returned the gun. Another relative stepped
forward, grabbed Mr. Saleh by the collar and hit him.
told my guards they have no right to touch anyone who hits me here,” Mr. Saleh
said. “They have every right to do so. We need to answer them for what is going
on in this country.”
Sukhanyar and Fahim Abed contributed reporting.
approves Triple Talaq Bill: What the new law says
DELHI: Parliament on Tuesday marked a historic moment when Rajya Sabha passed
the much-debated and politically contentious triple talaq bill that makes the
Muslim practice of instant divorce punishable with the government comfortably
beating off the opposition challenge by 99-84 votes.
Sabha had passed the Bill last week and once it gets Presidential assent the
practice of Muslim men instantly divorcing their wives by uttering 'talaq'
thrice will become a criminal offence, punishable by a jail term of up to three
bill will replace an ordinance promulgated on February 21.
the new law says
of instant triple talaq by Muslim husband either spoken or written or in
electronic form or in any other manner shall be void and illegal.
husband who pronounces talaq to get jail term of up to 3 years, shall also be
liable to fine.
punishable under this Act shall be cognizable, if information relating to
commission of offence is given to an officer in charge of a police station by
the married Muslim woman upon whom talaq is pronounced, or any person related
to her by blood or marriage.
shall be compoundable, at the instance of the married Muslim woman upon whom
talaq is pronounced, with permission of magistrate.
person accused of a punishable offence shall get bail unless magistrate, on an
application filed by the accused and after hearing the wife, is satisfied that
there are reasonable grounds.
Muslim woman upon whom talaq is pronounced entitled to receive from her husband
such amount of subsistence allowance as determined by magistrate.
Muslim woman shall be entitled to custody of her minor kids in event of
pronouncement of talaq by her husband as determined by magistrate.
justice' vs 'destruction of Muslim families' in debate
DELHI: Opposition and treasury benches traded charges when Rajya Sabha took up
the triple talaq bill on Tuesday with Congress alleging that the proposed law
is aimed at "destruction of Muslim families" and the ruling BJP
calling it an issue of "humanity, gender justice and woman empowerment".
As expected, the debate that lasted over four hours turned out to be on
'secular vs communal' lines.
the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, law minister Ravi
Shankar Prasad said it would ensure justice for Muslim women from the
reprehensible practice of instant divorce (triple talaq) and "should not
be seen through a political prism".
said the practice is continuing despite the Supreme Court banning it through
its judgement. There were 574 cases (101 of them were reported) even after the
government promulgated an ordinance banning the practice, he said.
of the opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad alleged that he could see through the BJP's
design a year and a half back and it is an effort to finish families of the
minority community. "Na rahe baans, na baje bansooree," he said,
alleging that the government was going ahead with whatever it wished simply
because it's in power. "This is a politically motivated bill. Husband and
wife will hire lawyers against each other; land will be sold in order to pay
lawyers. By the time the jail term (of the husband) is over, they'll be
bankrupt," Azad said.
the bill, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said the law will liberate over 10 crore
Muslim women. "If we run the country as per the law and Constitution, how
is it a threat to secularism? This government wants to formulate a law that is
as per constitutional provisions and to end the law of 'mullahs'. I believe
this is the first step towards uniform civil law. Subsequently you will see how
provisions including Article-370 and 35A would be done away with. There will be
one law for everyone, all religions and castes."
Punjab Governor Urges Europe To Come Out Of Islamophobia
Governor Ch Mohammad Sarwar on Tuesday said that it was high time that Europe
came out of “Islamophobia “, and added that terrorism had nothing to do with
a welcoming ceremony on national narrative on intolerance, extremism, and
terrorism “Pegham e Pakistan”, he said the significance of Pakistan in the
world was unprecedented these days, and under the leadership of Imran Khan, the
image of Pakistan was getting better due to successful policies of the
world has received a clear message that the civil-military leadership is on the
same page to defend Pakistan, State of Madina vision will be imposed in
Pakistan, to defeat terrorist agenda in Pakistan we will need to pitch in
individual and collective efforts and the whole nation is standing in support
of its armed forces in the war against terrorism.”
Minister for Religious Affairs Peer Noor ul Haq Qadri, Provincial Minister for
Religious Affairs Peer Syed Saeed ul Hassan Shah, Chairman Islamic Ideology
Council Professor Qibla Ayaz, Central Chief of Jamaat Ahl e Hadees Professor
Sajid Mir, Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, Secretary
Wafaq ul Madars Qari Haneef Jalandhri, Professor Doctor Masoom Yaseen Zai and
Doctor Muhammad Zia ul Haq from International Islamic University , Chairman
Shia Madaras Allama Riaz Najafi and representatives from various religious
parties were also present at the occasion.
Punjab Ch Muhammad Sarwar said that including members of Armed Forces 70
thousand Pakistanis embraced Shahadat and Pakistan incurred the loss of 100
billion Dollars but we are content that we will remove the cancer of terrorism
from our country. He said extremism and sectarianism are big issues of Pakistan
which demand immediate resolution. In these efforts, a unanimous verdict
“Pegham e Pakistan” from more than five thousand religious scholars is a step
towards the solution and government will support to spread this message across
Minister Religious Affairs Noor ul Haq Qadri speaking at the occasion said that
under the leadership of Imran Khan we will make Pakistan a modern welfare
state, religion and state are inseparable and we would not allow anyone to
weaken the state of Pakistan. He said Pakistan is a blessing and every one of
us needs to know its worth. Those who were rejected through votes in these
general elections and trying to push their agenda using religion but rest
assured they will only meet with disappointment.
of Islamic Ideology Council Professor Qibla Ayaz said terrorism hinders
national progress the most and even today fighting with this menace our army is
sacrificing their lives. In Waziristan and other terror affected regions, armed
forces did extraordinary efforts to rehabilitate those regions and we are proud
of that. . Those who are trying to associate terrorism falsely with Islam will
only meet disappointment in their quest to distract youngsters. Chairman
Pakistan Ulema Council Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi speaking at the occasion said we
need to take the message of “Paigham e Pakistan, to eradicate terrorism and
extremism, all across Pakistan and we won’t allow anyone to use “Fatwas of
Kufar” to destroy the peace of Pakistan. Those who murder an innocent life
through suicide attacks or any other ways will never enter paradise, its state
responsibility to take action against those who use kufar verdicts falsely.
Those who wanted to turn Pakistan into Iraq and Egypt tasted defeat and
Alhamdulilah Pakistanis totally safe now.
Wafaq ul Madaras Qari Haneef Jalandhri said that there is no doubt that suicide
attacks are haram and those who involve in terrorist activities they have no
association with Islam. Those who take guns in the name of Islam are
contradicting Quran and Sunnah, Islam doesn’t allow anyone to impose verdicts
of infidels on anyone. He said today the whole nation is standing together
against enemies of peace and we won’t let them succeed. We are standing beside
our armed forces and other institutions in this fight against terrorism.
will face demographic death without two-state solution: Palestinian PM
Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh says the Israeli regime will suffer a
“democratic death” if it refuses to support a two-state solution to the
decades-long conflict between the two sides.
stands today before a big challenge — either the two-state solution or a
demographic death,” Shtayyeh said in an
address to at a meeting of the Socialist International organization in Ramallah
also noted that the Palestinians currently make up the majority population
between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, estimating that there are
at total of 6.8 million Palestinians in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and the
occupied lands compared to 6.6 million Israelis.
the first time since 1948, the demographic balance is in favor of the
Palestinians,” he said. “The Palestinians are 200,000 more than them.”
Palestinian premier further stressed that the Israelis have to choose between
the so-called two-state solution or no peace. “Either the two-state solution or
a racist regime in practice and law,” he added.
in his speech, Shtayyeh called the administration of US President Trump
“stupid” for thinking that it could make the Palestinian people surrender by
recognizing Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital,” transferring its embassy
from Tel Aviv to the occupied city and cutting financial assistance to the
Palestinians, he said, would not accept less than the minimum of freedom,
independence and the establishment of their sovereign state along the 1967
lines with Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital, he added.
is happening is dangerous for the future of Palestine, the region and the
world,” he said.
also lashed out at Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s Middle East envoy, for claiming at
last week’s UN Security Council meeting that the Palestinians have aspiration,
not right, to East Jerusalem al-Quds as their capital.
(Greenblatt’s assertion) is the highest level of political blasphemy and the
highest level of prejudice against the Palestinian people’s national
rights," he said.
along with Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, has begun a
tour of Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Morocco to discuss the
economic chapter of a so-called peace plan, which Washington had been
developing without Palestine’s consent to end the Middle East conflict in favor
Says It Will Expand Military Ties With Russia, Hold Joint Drills As U.S. Tries
To Build Rival Coalition
head of Iran's navy has said he signed a document to expand ties with Russia,
with whom his forces planned on conducting joint drills in the same tense waters
that the United States sought to counter the Islamic Republic with
naval commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi said Monday that he signed an
unprecedented memorandum of understanding with Russia, largely involving the two
countries' naval forces, and that it "may be considered as a turning point
in relations of Tehran in Moscow," according to Iran's semi-official Fars
News Agency. The news came as Khanzadi was visiting St. Petersburg to celebrate
Russia's Navy Day and he further announced that "joint Russian-Iranian
exercises in the Indian Ocean are expected to take place soon."
we talk about the Indian Ocean, perhaps the most significant part of the area
is the northern Indian Ocean, which flows into the Gulf of Oman, the Strait of
Hormuz and also the Persian Gulf," Khanzadi said.
an exercise would take place in the same waters in which the U.S. has accused
Iran of attacking and seizing international vessels in recent months, charges
Tehran has denied as it faced mounting sanctions in the wake of Washington's
withdrawal last year from a 2015 nuclear deal with its longtime foe.
agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, was also
signed by Russia as well as China, the European Union, France, Germany and the
United Kingdom — all of whom still support it in spite
of President Donald
Trump's exit. Washington has threatened to hit the countries with sanctions
should they engage in trade with blacklisted Iranian business sectors, such as
its otherwise lucrative oil industry.
Pentagon has also deployed additional military assets such as 2,500 troops, a
carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East in response to
what the White House has claimed was a heightened threat posed by Iran. The
U.S. has also held Iran responsible for two series of explosions that targeted
foreign oil tankers traversing the Gulf of Oman since mid-May, accusations the
country has denied.
aerial systems too have been at the center of worsening frictions as the Trump
administration claimed to have downed an Iranian drone last week, about a month
after Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards shot down a U.S. Navy drone in the
Persian Gulf region. Tehran denied losing a drone and the Revolutionary Guards
seized a U.K.-flagged vessel the following day, accusing it of endangering
vessels in the Strait of Hormuz weeks after the U.K. detained an Iranian
supertanker accused of attempting to transport oil to Syria via the Strait of
Gibraltar in what London called a violation of EU sanctions.
tensions rising, the U.S. and the U.K. have made separate calls for an
international maritime coalition to patrol the Persian Gulf. Secretary of State
Mike Pompeo told the Economic Club of Washington that the U.S. would be
successful in building "a maritime security plan" and that "we
need countries from all across the world to assist us in protecting commercial
told Fox News Channel last week that when it came to retreiving the
U.K,-flagged vessel in Iranian custody, "the responsibility...falls to the
United Kingdom to take care of their ships" and newly-appointed U.K.
Foreign Minister Dominic Raab told London-based newspaper The Times on Friday
that any European-led mission would "doesn't seem to me to be viable
without American support as well." France and Germany signaled early
interest in the U.K.'s proposal but have sought to distance themselves from the
U.S. position toward Iran.
Korean Defense Ministry spokesperson Colonel Roh Jae-cheon told reporters
Monday that his military was "looking into various options to ensure the
safety of our vessels" in the Strait of Hormuz when asked if Seoul would
sign on to the Pentagon's initiative, according to Yonhap News Agency.
anguish and flickers of hope: 10 years of Boko Haram
Nigeria - At the end of July 2009, Mohammed Yusuf - founder of the Boko Haram
armed group - was killed in police custody in Maiduguri, Nigeria.
successor, Abubakar Shekau, vowed to exact revenge on the Nigerian government
and a merciless campaign was launched.
the ensuing Boko Haram killing spree, nearly 30,000 people were killed and more
than two million displaced, according to the Council on Foreign Relations'
Nigeria Security Tracker.
state of emergency was declared in 2013 by then-President Goodluck Jonathan in
the northeastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
part of its counterinsurgency operations, the Nigerian military shut down
telecommunications in the three states, forcing the fighters to move into
Sambisa, a vast forest reserve 60km
southeast of Maiduguri that has since become synonymous with the group.
of young women have been abducted by the group to become brides to their
fighters and in some cases suicide bombers.
hundred seventy-six schoolgirls were kidnapped from a Chibok boarding school in
April 2014, while another kidnapping in February of last year saw some 110
teenage girls taken from their school in Dapchi.
it is widely believed that the number of boys and men kidnapped by Boko Haram -
most forcibly recruited to fight -over 10 years is much higher.
for Boko Haram to end
Bala, a 32-year-old shoe mender, has watched his hometown Bama transform from a
commercial hub in Borno state to a war-torn husk. His wife was killed when
attackers invaded the city in September 2014 and he watched neighbours run over
bodies as he fled through the forest.
Allah can heal us. I still don't know where some of my family members
are," he told Al Jazeera.
Abubakar, a Maiduguri-based photographer, has lost family, friends and
neighbours to Boko Haram. She has left Nigeria twice to study overseas and
returns to find the situation largely unchanged every time.
has been 10 years. We are still waiting - endlessly optimistic but tragically
traumatised," said Abubakar, who has been documenting northeast Nigeria's
slow but resilient journey to normalcy.
have waited and waited and waited for Boko Haram to end."
had risen to prominence some seven years before his death, preaching the
virtues of an Islamic way of life and encouraging people to turn their back on
2002, he had established a group he called the Jama'at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da'wah
wa'l-Jihad, comprising mostly young men galvanised by unemployment, government
negligence and inequality.
group continued to grow, especially in northeastern Nigeria where Borno state
is. By 2009, security services had begun to try to shut down the group's public
was during one of these altercations that Yusuf was arrested and held by the
police, who later announced that he had died under unclear circumstances.
within Boko Haram
2016, a split had formed in the group, which had sworn allegiance to the
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) group a year earlier.
one faction remained under the leadership of Abubakar Shekau, Yusuf's trusted
lieutenant, another faction known as the Islamic State West Africa Province
(ISWAP) formed under Abu Musab al-Barnawi, one of Yusuf's sons.
tends to carry out more surgical strikes against military-aligned targets and
installations, including one attack in November 2016, which killed seven
soldiers and their colonel, Abu Ali, a well-loved commander.
Shekau faction has moved towards softer targets, said Ryan Cummings, director
at Africa-focused political consultancy Signal Risk.
came down to one of the core ideological splits within Boko Haram and which
played out right at the structures of the Islamic State itself, that Shekau's
penchant for violence against Muslim civilians - which he simply excommunicated
due to their failure to live in Boko Haram's dawlah [Islamic province] - was
ISWAP itself has increasingly sought to target civilian interests in armed
violence as noted by recent abductions of aid workers but has yet to reach the
scale employed by Boko Haram.
an operational perspective, ISWAP has demonstrated a more acute capability,
often executing surgical raids on military installations in Borno and Yobe
states. For Boko Haram, violence has been less sophisticated and defined by
armed ambushes on civilian convoys and the employment of suicide bombers
against such interests."
2015, President Muhammadu Buhari unseated the incumbent Jonathan, promising to
put an end to Boko Haram. Despite multiple claims the armed group has been
"technically defeated", the army still struggles to control the
fight against Boko Haram has been beset by many drawbacks, including delays to
military funding and reports of extrajudicial killings by the army, which has
led to the US government refusing to sell weapons to Nigeria.
coordinated response among neighbouring countries also facing the rebellion has
been less than effective.
has severely diluted the efficacy of largely unilateral military efforts
employed by these countries," Cummings told Al Jazeera.
in many of these countries - perhaps including Nigeria - the Boko Haram
insurgency is a secondary concern to more pressing security issues occurring
elsewhere in their borders, and which has seen a greater allocation of
resources and political will."
spite of the great gains made against the group, Boko Haram continues to evolve
and analysts say the war is far from over.
fact, an expansion of violence within the Lake Chad basin could destabilise
ethnopolitical alliances in and trigger other peripheral security concerns,
could be] similar to what we are witnessing in the insurgency dynamics of Mali
and its expansion to neighbouring regions such as Burkina Faso and Niger,"
odds may be stacked against Nigeria, but stories of hope are emerging.
Haram barely holds any territory today.
town of Gwoza, which the group declared as the seat of its caliphate in 2014,
has been recaptured by troops and is gradually returning to life, as are other
towns in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
the shoe mender, has remarried and lives in Maiduguri with his wife. The couple
met while staying at the Dalori camp for internally displaced people.
Civilian Joint Task Force has stepped in to complement efforts by the
understaffed army, using rudimentary firearms and machetes to protect their
have re-opened and, after three years of playing its home games in northwestern
Nigeria, the El-Kanemi Warriors football team has come home to play in
flights from Yola and Maiduguri have started up again and previously shuttered
banks are slowly re-emerging.
many survivors are still grappling with the trauma of living through Boko
Haram, more psychosocial support is being made available, lighting flickers of
hope in people.
state, like every other conflict zone in the world, is full of sadness and
happiness - gut-wrenching stories one day and awe-inspiring stories the next
day," said Abubakar, the photographer.
ability of the human spirit to simultaneously endure tragedies and celebrate
triumphs will never cease to amaze me. We have endured for 10 years but are
still optimistic that one day it will end."
trying to fulfill fantasy of global control with help from Israel, Saudi
United States is using all in its power to fulfill its longtime policy of
exerting political, economic and military control over the world using Saudi
Arabia and Israel as its helping hands, says an American political analyst.
Bennett, a former US Army psychological warfare officer and counter-terrorism
analyst, made the remarks in reaction to criticism by Virginia Senator Bernie
Sanders that President Donald Trump’s foreign policy was centered around
pleasing Israel and Saudi Arabia.
United States foreign policy cannot be 100 percent pro-Israel, 100 percent
pro-Saudi Arabia and 100 percent against Iran,” Bennett told Press TV on
Monday. “That is just completely unbalanced, and it is prejudiced and bigoted.”
who is looking forward to challenge Trump in the 2020 US presidential election,
said Trump needed to tone down his Middle East policy and stop turning a blind
eye on every crime that the regimes in Riyadh and Tel Aviv had been committing.
is not the role that the United States of America should play,” the senator
said Sanders was right in saying that Washington has adopted a dangerous
foreign policy by putting Saudi Arabia and Israel before humanitarian purposes.
said the US was pursuing this aggressive brand of foreign policy for
“geopolitical destabilization” of the Middle East region.
said the policy was part of part of a “warmongering agenda” by US Secretary of
State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton that revolves
around “crushing Middle Eastern regimes and turning them into subservient
he said, the hawks in Washington were looking to fulfill the “fantasy of global
hegemony and political control and economic and military control over the
who is a staunch critic of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, further said
Sunday that the Israeli premier is at helm of a regime with “many racist
I think what has happened is, in recent years under Netanyahu you have an
extreme right-wing government with many racist tendencies. The role of the
United States – and this is not easy – is to try to finally bring peace to the
Middle East and to treat the Palestinian people with the kind of respect and
dignity they deserve,” said the Vermont senator.
Arab Emirates State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash said Tuesday
that a recent New York Times report proves Qatar’s ties to terrorism.
this month, the New York Times obtained an audio recording of a telephone call
between the Qatari ambassador to Somalia and a businessman who is close to Emir
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani that reveals Doha’s complicity in terrorist
bombings in the African country.
businessman, Khalifa Kayed al-Muhanadi told Qatari Ambassador Hassan bin Hamza
Hashem that militants had carried out a bombing in the port city of Bosaso in
northern Somalia, to advance Qatar’s interests by driving out its rival, the
tweeted: “The dangerous recording cannot be denied with a hasty statement.”
to terrorism against the UAE is regrettable escalation and justifies the four
countries’ boycott of Qatar,” he added.
May, a car bomb went off in front of a government building in Bosaso.
bombings and killings, we know who are behind them,” al-Muhanadi, said in the
call on May 18, about a week after the bombing.
friends were behind the last bombings,” he remarked.
attack, which was claimed by an ISIS affiliate, left eight people wounded.
Christians and Muslims gathered for a spiritual summit in Lebanon on Tuesday
amid concerns about a growing sectarian divide in the country’s politics.
crisis escalated after two aides to Minister of the Displaced Saleh Al-Gharib
were killed on June 30 in Mount Lebanon. Al-Gharib is a member of the
predominantly Druze-supported Lebanese Democratic Party, which is allied with
the Christian Free Patriotic Movement (FPM). The aids were shot and killed
following protests by supporters of the Progressive Socialist Party, which also
draws its support mostly from the Druze community, against a visit by FPM
leader Gebran Bassil to a Druze-majority area.
Minister Saad Hariri suspended Council of Ministers meetings to focus on
finding a peaceful resolution to a crisis that has exposed renewed divisions
between the political forces in power.
main issue relates to the political representation of a dwindling, but still
significant, number of Christians.
spiritual summit, at the Druze Dar Al-Muwahhidin, concluded that “the national
unity that emerged among the Lebanese spiritual communities based on the (1989)
Taif Agreement (which ended the Lebanese Civil War) constitutes the basis and
guarantor of the building of Lebanon. Any abuse of coexistence, especially in
the mountain, is an insult to Lebanon’s ideals and mission.”
participants called for “greater awareness and national solidarity to overcome
the risks that are compounded by the projects and plans aimed at redrawing the
map of the region.” They stressed the “urgent need” for the government to bring
about “stability and economic advancement,” and find “a suitable and quick
solution to the political hurdle the country is going through.”
Mufti Sheikh Abdullatif Durian spoke at the summit of a need to find “solutions
to the crises in line with the rules of national unity and coexistence and
through adherence to the constitution and Taif.”
Henri Helou said the conclusions reached by the summit represent “the ceiling
under which all positions must be kept, and a road map out of the crisis.”
Ghayyad, a spokesman for the Maronite Catholic Patriarchate, said: “The
findings of the spiritual summit are not enough; political officials are
required to translate this talk into national positions...Lebanon is not
governed by one group; there is a need for balance and respect for each other.”
questioned whether the only solution to the crisis should be “for Christians to
accept things as they are and abandon their role?” He added: “In some positions
in the state, Christians do not exceed 10 percent compared to 90 percent for
Muslims. There is a tug of war. The subject requires impartiality. It is true
that the issue has been there for a long time but it has been exacerbated
recently and the risks are increasing.”
Kabbani, a former minister and member of the Constitutional Council, who
attended the summit, said: “All the talk during the closed meeting of the
summit stressed the need for moderation and understanding and the desire of
everyone to overcome the crisis.
— Syrian troops made advances on the ground in northern Syria on Monday,
seizing a hilltop village and a nearby town from insurgents in the first
breakthrough for President Bashar Assad’s forces following weeks of intensive
air and artillery bombardment.
area has been repeatedly targeted in recent days as Syria’s government looks to
regain momentum in its stalled offensive against the last opposition-controlled
stronghold in Syria. The rebel area encompasses Idlib province and the
surrounding rural areas of Hama province.
least 450 civilians have been confirmed killed in the three-month offensive,
including more than 100 in the last 10 days alone, according to the U.N. human
the last three years, the government has regained control of most of the
territories that were initially seized by the opposition in the early days of
the civil conflict — now in its 9th year. Those military victories, supported
by Russian airpower and Iranian-backed militias on the ground, followed intense
military campaigns and tight sieges that forced rebels to surrender and move
Idlib region is dominated by al-Qaida-linked militants and other jihadi groups,
and is home to an estimated 3 million people, many of them displaced by other
bouts of violence in other areas. The government, which launched its offensive
in late April, says it is targeting terrorist locations.
Central Military Media said troops captured the Tal Malah village and the
nearby town of Jibeen on Monday after fierce confrontations with militants
entrenched in the area. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor,
reported the advances, saying government troops were able to seize the
territory after militant groups withdrew, following intense air and ground
sources in southern Syria said that concern prevails in the Yarmouk Basin area,
southwest Daraa, over the large number of ISIS members who returned to the area
after the Syrian regime started releasing them in batches since early last
of those ISIS militants were members of the Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Walid, the
local ISIS affiliate.
western Daraa countryside was ISIS’ last stronghold in the area, before the Assad
forces took over the Yarmouk Basin, via a military campaign, backed by Russian
aircraft and settlement opposition factions in August 2018.
then, Daraa has been in a state of security chaos, with hundreds of people
arrested, including those who have agreed to the settlements with the regime's
forces, which have also obliged many into forced conscription. This has angered
several residents, especially the factions that agreed to the settlements.
in the Yarmouk Basin told Asharq Al-Awsat on Monday that currently, around
1,000 ISIS-affiliated militants returned to the area.
said that one year ago, when the Assad forces launched its military campaign
against the organization, the Syrian regime killed tens of ISIS militants and
arrested around 400.
sources asserted that lately, the Syrian regime has let 80 militants out of
prison, including an emir of Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Walid group.
the area’s residents have expressed concern over the release of the militants,
fearing that the regime would benefit from their presence and would claim the
existence of ISIS dormant cells to enforce tight security measures on the
Yarmouk basin area or to launch large arrest campaigns against residents wanted
in the compulsory service.
US-led coalition air strike killed five jihadists in eastern Syria on Monday, a
spokesman said, in the first such raid since the collapse of the Islamic State
forces conducted a strike against a Daesh cell near Busayrah", a town in
Deir Ezzor province, said coalition spokesman James Rawlinson, using an Arabic
acronym for ISIS.
operation eliminated five terrorists who played a key role in facilitating
attacks across the region against security forces and innocent civilians,"
he told AFP.
five jihadists were all Syrian, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human
Rights war monitor.
was the first aerial attack by coalition warplanes since ISIS was driven out of
its last holdout in Syria four months ago, the Britain-based group added.
US-backed, Kurdish-led force announced it had expelled the extremists from
their last patch of territory in eastern Syria, the town of Baghouz, on March
came after a months-long campaign backed by coalition air strikes.
Syrian Democratic Forces' victory spelled the end of the jihadist proto-state
declared in 2014 after IS seized large parts of Syria and neighboring Iraq.
despite losing their territory, ISIS fighters continue to launch regular
attacks across war-torn Syria.
have claimed operations in SDF-held areas, including targeted killings and
setting fire to vital wheat crops.
Syria's vast desert, they have repeatedly hit regime forces with deadly attacks
also maintain a presence in the northwestern region of Idlib, which is
dominated by an al-Qaida-linked jihadist group.
US-led coalition has said it is backing the SDF in northeastern Syria against
thousands of remaining ISIS loyalists.
coalition will continue to enable partner forces in their pursuit of enduring
defeat of Daesh," Rawlinson said.
$10 million in aid for the displaced in northern Iraq’s Nineveh province, where
ISIS was based, has been embezzled by its fugitive ex-governor, the country’s
anti-corruption commission said on Tuesday.
spokesperson for the Integrity Commission told AFP that its investigators had
uncovered “invoices from developers in Iraqi Kurdistan.”
he added, “no receipt was found” for these debited sums, which were meant for
the rehabilitation of two hospitals in the northern metropolis of Mosul,
capital of Nineveh.
of the province’s inhabitants are still displaced as public services have not
been fully reestablished.
1.6 million Iraqis are still crowded into camps for the displaced, of which 40
percent are originally from Nineveh, according to the International
Organization for Migration (IOM).
total of 11.3 billion Iraqi dinars ($9.4 million) had been allocated to the
Provincial Council by the Ministry of Migration and Displaced, according to the
has been debited and doesn’t appear in any provincial authorities’ bank
accounts or in the Provincial Council funds,” he said.
was transferred to Kurdistan,” an autonomous region where the sacked governor
of Nineveh, Nawfel Akoub, is thought to be in hiding, along with several other
officials wanted by Baghdad.
has been on the run since a ferry sank in Mosul on Mother’s Day in March,
killing 150 people.
April, the commission said that more than $60 million of public funds were
diverted by officials close to Akoub from Nineveh’s budget of $800 million.
is endemic across Iraq, which ranks among the world’s worst offenders in
Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index.
IDA NADIRAH IBRAHIM
LUMPUR, July 30 — Umno and PAS have denied today any talks involving seat
negotiations between them in the political pact between the two Malay-Muslim
secretaries-general of Umno and PAS, Tan Sri Annuar Musa and Datuk Seri
Takiyuddin Hassan, had in a joint statement said the approved agreement had not
touched on the issue at all.
Umno-PAS agreement was approved by the consultative committee from both parties
which had not touched on the issue of seat negotiations.
was agreed that both parties have its own mechanism on the matter,” they said.
two parties denied a report by Malaysiakini claiming that they have agreed to
allocate an equal number of seats to contest in the next general election.
report had cited an unnamed source from to have claimed that the seat
allocation would be on seats had been contested between Umno and PAS in
previous elections, but would not include in Sabah and Sarawak.
two Malay-Muslim parties had once been arch-enemies but set aside their
differences after Pakatan Harapan’s stunning victory in the general election
last year ended the Barisan Nasional coalition’s six-decade rule.
new Umno-PAS alliance is banking on winning back rural voters who are majority
Malay and Muslim to counter the PH coalition at the 15th general election due
JAYA: Dr Mahathir Mohamad has suggested that Putrajaya has no choice but to
allow Dr Zakir Naik to reside in Malaysia as other countries are not keen to
accept the controversial Muslim preacher who is wanted by Indian authorities.
have a multiracial and multi-religious population in Malaysia. We don’t want
anybody who comes up and expresses extreme views about race relations and about
other religions,” the prime minister said in a recent interview with Turkish
news channel TRT World, when asked on his view about Naik who is accused of
to that extent, we cannot have him, but on the other hand it is difficult to
send him anywhere else because many countries do not want to have him.”
authorities have filed money laundering charges against Naik, who has been
granted permanent residence status in Malaysia.
May, anti-graft authorities charged him in absentia with money laundering
involving about Rs1.9 billion (RM114.5 million) worth of criminal assets.
has so far resisted requests for Naik’s extradition, with Mahathir questioning
the likelihood of him receiving a fair trial.
has denied the charges against him, but says he is prepared to face them.
However, he wants assurance from New Delhi that he will not be arrested until
he is found guilty.
his interview, Mahathir, who made his first official trip to Turkey after
returning to power last year, also touched on the Chinese crackdown on Uighur
Muslims in the Xinjiang province, as well as his stance on the Sunni-Shia
said Malaysia’s response to Chinese actions would be similar to how it reacted
to the US.
there is no question of us taking any violent action against China but if we
have the facts, yes we should condemn,” he added.
also criticised those stoking rivalries between Sunni and Shias, saying both
course each claims to be the correct interpretation of Islam and we may
dispute, but the fact is the world regards both Sunnis and Shias as Muslim,” he
said those out to label Muslims as terrorists ignore such sectarian
LUMPUR, July 31 — The King of Saudi Arabia, King Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud, is
sponsoring 20 Malaysian pilgrims to perform the Haj under the 2019 Saudi King’s
annual programme is organised by the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Da’wah
and Guidance, and is personally financed by King Salman. The cost covers the
pilgrims’ accommodation, flight tickets, food and drink as well as Haj rites.
Ambassador to Malaysia, Mahmoud Hussien Saeed Qattan, said the Saudi government
has succeeded in getting a large number of Muslims from across the globe to
also said that the Saudi government has extensive experience in running the
programme, which has been conducted for more than 20 years.
will always work to improve the programme from time to time,” said the
Ambassador to Bernama after an event celebrating the Saudi King’s Guest, here,
the programme’s aim is to get the pilgrims to come together to enable the
exchanging of views on Islam and strengthen the ties between them.
Malaysian pilgrims selected for this year’s programme include religious
scholars and leaders, representatives from the government, academicians, and
individuals from NGOs.
group will depart for Jeddah from Kuala Lumpur International Airport on August
2, and will be in Saudi till August 17.
selected Malaysian ‘guests’ will be among the 1,300 pilgrims from 72 countries
under the programme.
Salman has also invited 200 families of victims of the terrorist attacks in
Christchurch, New Zealand, and 2,000 Yemeni military family members to perform
the pilgrimage under the programme this year.
common sight during the celebration of Idul Adha (the Islamic Day of Sacrifice)
in nearly every mosque and community area in Jakarta may involve tons of kresek
(single-use plastic bags) to contain the slaughtered meat to be distributed to
residents.Cheap and convenient, kresek have long been the go-to carrier for
many people on many occasions, including Idul Adha. However, for this year’s
celebration, which is to fall on Aug. 11, different carriers may replace the
popular plastic bags as environmental consciousness is being encouraged in a
bid to up the fight against the plastic waste plaguing the capital city. Of the
city’s daily 7,500 tons of waste, 30 percent is plastic.The Jakarta
administration has issued a circular suggesting Muslims distribute the qurban (sacrifice)
meat using eco-friendly packaging. In the announcement disseminated by the
Jakarta Environment Agency, the cit...
sports-loving Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah called for racial unity as he
was installed Tuesday as the country’s 16th king under a unique rotating
was a double celebration for Sultan Abdullah from central Pahang state, who
turned 59 the same day. He was picked as Malaysia’s new ruler in January, after
Sultan Muhammad V from northeast Kelantan state abruptly resigned after just
two years on the throne in the first abdication in the nation’s history.
ethnic Malay state rulers take turns as king for five-year terms under the
world’s only such system, which has been maintained since Malaysia’s
independence from Britain in 1957.
his coronation speech, Sultan Abdullah warned that any attempt to sow racial
discord in the country was akin to “playing with fire that will burn not only
oneself but also burn down the whole village.
and national harmony are the country’s pillars of strength. Do not ever stoke
racial misunderstanding by raising matters that can threaten national unity and
harmony,” he said.
in black and gold regalia, Sultan Abdullah voiced confidence that Prime
Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s government is able to tackle economic and social
challenges in trying to rebuild the country after winning last year’s
large number of ethnic Malay Muslims, who make up about 60 percent of
Malaysia’s 32 million people, still support the opposition. While carrying out
economic and institutional reforms, Mahathir’s multiethnic alliance has to
quell fears among Malays that their privileges under decades-old affirmative
action that favors them in jobs, business and education will be eliminated.
Chinese and Indians comprise about 30 percent of the population.
in his speech acknowledged minor incidents of racial strife and said the
government has set up an advisory body to strengthen racial unity. He said the
government will step up efforts to bolster the economy and fight corruption to
ensure that “no one is above the law.”
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al
Nahyan also attended the ceremony at the national palace, steeped in
centuries-old Malay tradition.
Sultan Abdullah is a prominent figure in sport bodies. He is a council member
of the world football governing body FIFA, president of the Asian Hockey
Federation, and an executive board member of the International Hockey
took over after Sultan Muhammad V, 49, quit shortly after marrying a
25-year-old former Russian beauty queen last November. Sultan Muhammad however,
reportedly divorced his wife recently.
as the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, or He Who Is Made Lord, Malaysia’s king plays a
largely ceremonial role, since administrative power is vested in the prime
minister and Parliament. The monarch is highly regarded as the guardian of
Islam and Malay tradition, particularly among the Malay Muslim majority. He is
also the nominal head of the government and armed forces.
Forced To Disclose Audits Of Funds Used By PA For Terrorists’ Salaries
United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has ordered the
Department for International Development (DFID) to disclose audit reports of
accounts into which British grant money was transferred and allegedly used to
pay salaries to convicted Palestinian terrorists.
decision, signed on Friday by Jonathan Slee, senior case officer for the
Information Commissioner’s Office, overturns a 2018 refusal by both the DFID
and its internal reviewer to disclose these reports, following a Freedom of
Information request made by UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) last year.
commissioner is requiring that DFID provide UKLFI with a copy of the
information falling within the scope of its request within 35 days or face
being sent before the High Court.
Commissioner has concluded that there is a significant public interest in the
disclosure of the information,” Slee’s letter said.
July 5, 2018, UKLFI submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the DFID
for copies of audit reports for the Palestinian Recovery and Development
Program (PRDP), a World Bank multi-donor trust fund (MDTF) for the Palestinian
Authority PA, along with the terms of reference for these audits. However, the
DFID refused to release this information, citing among other reasons that
relations between the UK and the PA could be harmed by such disclosure.
according to UKLFI and now the commissioner, the harm could be greater to the
said that in the period 2008 to 2015, Britain gave grant aid to the PA’s
Central Treasury totaling £430.5 million (NIS 1.85 m.), via the World Bank. The
aid was untied and not earmarked for a specific project.
Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) disclosed documents that showed that the PA pays
more than 8% of its total budget through its Central Treasury to fund salaries
for convicted terrorists, which serve to reward and encourage terrorism. As
such, it is possible that some of the funds provided by the UK were used to pay
funding allocations were audited by the independent auditor
PricewaterhouseCoopers. According to UKLFI, the auditor failed to comply with
OECD Guidelines for Multinational Entities by not reporting the use of funds
transferred by the World Bank to pay salaries to terrorists.
responded that the narrow scope of their work did not require them to consider
this issue, and DFID revealed to the information commissioner that it did not
hold audit reports of any accounts into which funds from the PRDP were
disbursed, nor did it hold the terms of reference for the audit of the overall
revelation means that DFID ministers could not have known where British money
was going, as they had claimed in Parliament, nor could they rely on the independent
audits of the funds, if they were not aware of the terms of reference of those
audits,” said UKLFI in a release. “The position is particularly serious since
this misinformation has facilitated the transfer of funds used ‘to encourage
and reward murder.’”
commissioner’s report said that it supported UKLFI’s argument that the public
interest in disclosure of the documents was extremely strong in this case since
false information provided by DFID appears to have facilitated the continuation
of a policy under which large sums of British public money were used to reward
and encourage murder.
commissioner recognizes that the complainant has cited the PMW report as
evidence to support his position.
and in the commissioner’s opinion of arguably more significance, is the fact
that similar concerns have been raised in Parliament. In the commissioner’s
opinion, this suggests that disclosure would serve a wider public interest,”
the commissioner’s letter stated.
in the commissioner’s opinion, the severity of the allegations arguably
increases the public interest in the disclosure of information… She has reached
this conclusion given the importance of the UK being open and transparent about
how it ensures that the aid funds are used appropriately.”
to PMW, the PA is paying at least NIS 732 million (£170 million) in financial
rewards to terrorists and their relatives.
report released by the watchdog organization in February, based on data
gathered from B’Tselem in combination with information from the PA, the Shin
Bet (Israel Security Agency) and noted historians, revealed details about the
amount of money being paid by the PA to terrorists who are in Israeli prisons
and terrorists who were jailed and are currently released. This report likewise
included information on relatives of dead terrorists who receive a monthly
stipend and wounded terrorists.
report was issued around the same time that Israel implemented the
“Pay-for-Slay” Law, which instructs the state to deduct and freeze the amount
of money the PA pays in salaries to imprisoned terrorists and families of
“martyrs” from the tax money it collects for the PA.
law was passed in July 2018 and was approved for implementation by Israel’s
security cabinet this year.
a result of Israel’s commitment to withholding this tax money, the PA has
refused to receive any money from Israel, leading to what is being described as
a financial crisis in the territories.
United States has been supportive of Israel’s decision. In a tweet as recently
as this month, US Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt slammed the Palestinian
Authority’s funding to terrorists, asking, “Why do donor countries tolerate
spokesperson for the UK in Israel did not return requests for comment.
Islamic State terror group's self-declared caliphate may be dead, but its
leaders are hanging on in Syria and Iraq, dreaming of the day when they can
again direct attacks on targets around the world.
conclusion is part of a sobering assessment in a newly released quarterly
United Nations report on IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL, which warns the
epicenter for the terror group's budding renaissance is Iraq, "where Abu
Bakr al-Baghdadi and most of the ISIL leadership are now based."
leadership aims to adapt, survive and consolidate in the core area and to
establish sleeper cells at the local level in preparation for eventual
resurgence," the report cautioned. "When it has the time and space to
reinvest in an external operations capability, ISIL will direct and facilitate
the meantime, the report warns the terror organization, "has continued its
evolution into a mainly covert network," since the fall of Baghuz, the
last territory it held in Syria, this past March.
the assessment that Baghdadi is operating mostly out of Iraq is new, the other
warnings are similar to concerns voiced by U.S. officials and others dating
back to last year.
"is well-positioned to rebuild and work on enabling its physical caliphate
to re-emerge," Pentagon spokesman Commander Sean Robertson told VOA last
is not the end of the fight," U.S. Special Representative for Syria,
Ambassador James Jeffery, said this past March, following the fall of Baghuz.
recently, a report by the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War
(ISW), said the terror group is poised for a comeback that "could be
faster and even more devastating" than when it first swept across parts of
Syria and Iraq.
from U.N. member states anticipates that "comeback" will take place
in the Syrian and Iraqi heartlands, where IS has the majority of its estimated
10,000 to 15,000 fighters, many in clandestine cells.
U.S. intelligence and military assessments, the U.N. report stated IS
operations are more advanced in Iraq but that its operatives are still able to
move freely across parts of both Iraq and Syria.
group's attacks, which seem to be coming with increased frequency, appear aimed
at frustrating the local populations, for example burning crops in northern
Iraq to prevent any steps toward recovery and stabilization.
hope is that the local populations will become impatient, blame the authorities
and grow nostalgic for the time when ISIL was in control," the report
said, adding member states fear it may be working.
the same time, intelligence officials said IS is effectively using its media
and propaganda arms to maintain relevance until such time that it is again
ready to strike on the global stage.
to the concerns of intelligence officials around the world are the large number
of foreign fighters that may still be at large, either in Syria and Iraq, or in
the surrounding countries.
counterterror officials estimate that more than 45,000 fighters from 110
countries flocked to Syria and Iraq, almost all to fight for IS.
of earlier this year, as many as 10,000 were thought to be at large, having
escaped the fall of the terror group's caliphate. But the new U.N. assessment
warns that number could be higher, and that "up to 30,000 of those who
travelled to the so-called 'caliphate' may still be alive."
all this, the U.N. report finds IS still faces some significant challenges,
especially when it comes to money.
IS still has an estimated $50 million to $300 million in revenue left over from
its self-declared caliphate, the group "is reported to lack liquid funds
to run operations," according to the report. As such, member states told
the U.N. that IS operatives have become more dependent on crime while also
trying to profit from legitimate businesses.
has also become more dependent on provinces and its more established
affiliates, so it runs the risk that its agenda will slowly become less
international and more regionalized.
it continues to face stiff competition from its main rival, al-Qaida, as the
two terror groups battle in Syria and Iraq, and increasingly in parts of West
Africa and the Sahel, for followers.
identity of Britain’s youngest terrorist, who plotted to murder police officers
in Australia, will remain a secret for the rest of his life following a high
teenager, from Blackburn, Lancashire, who can be identified only as RXG, sent
encrypted messages when he was 14 instructing an Australian jihadist to launch
attacks during a 2015 Anzac Day parade. Now 18, he was jailed for life at
Manchester crown court in October 2015 after he admitted inciting terrorism
ban on identifying him made at the time he was sentenced would normally expire
upon his 18th birthday, but Dame Victoria Sharp granted him lifelong anonymity
in a ruling delivered on Monday.
judge said that identifying him was likely to cause him “serious harm” and it
was therefore necessary to take the rare step.
with Mr Justice Nicklin, she said: “We are satisfied that RXG’s case is an
exceptional one. We acknowledge that any prohibition on the identification of a
defendant in a criminal proceedings is a serious matter and represents a
significant interference with the open justice principle. Nevertheless, on the
evidence before us, in our judgment it is both necessary and proportionate.”
judge said experts had concluded that identifying RXG would “fundamentally
undermine” his rehabilitation.
position is exacerbated by his autism, which manifests itself in his obsessive
behaviour,” she said. “This, combined with his need for recognition and status,
makes him very vulnerable to exploitation and potential re-radicalisation.”
the age of just 14, the teenager took on the role of “organiser and adviser”
and suggested beheading or using a car to kill officers. He was recruited
online by Islamic State propagandist Abu Khaled al-Cambodi.
nine days in 2015, he sent thousands of messages to 18-year-old Sevdet Besim,
instructing him to kill police officers at the remembrance parade in Melbourne
held annually to commemorate Australians and New Zealanders killed in conflict.
The 2015 event marked the centenary of the first world war battle in Gallipoli.
police were alerted to the plot after British officers discovered material on
the teenager’s phone.
youth’s lawyers argued at a hearing last November that there was a “significant
risk of attacks or retaliation against him” if his identity was made public.
They said he would be at risk of “re-radicalisation” by extremists and that his
relatives would be likely to face reprisals were he named.
number of media organisations made representations to the court, arguing that
he should be named.
in Ireland ‘severely vandalized’ in suspected hate attack
mosque in Ireland was left “severely vandalized” on Monday, a local Muslim
group told the Irish Times.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Association group suspects the involvement of two far-right
Irish group members in the attack on the Maryam Mosque in the western city of
Mosque, which serves the city’s 200 Ahmadi Muslims, had its locks and windows
destroyed, as well as the security camera equipment stolen.
office of the mosque’s Imam Ibrahim Noonan was also wrecked, the report said.
taking of the security equipment suggests an effort to hide their tracks. It
indicates a level of planning and sophistication,” a police officer told the
imam said he was warned of a planned attack on the mosque three months earlier
by an unidentified caller.
suspected two far-right groups were mentioned in the anonymous call with the
name of a prominent UK far-right activist.
(AFP) - Britain on Monday ruled out swapping seized oil tankers with Iran as a
second UK warship arrived in the Gulf to conduct convoys that have irritated
sense of crisis in the world's busiest oil shipping lane has been building up
for weeks as Iran responds to US President Donald Trump's "maximum
US economic sanctions and stepped-up military presence are designed to force
Iran to renegotiate a landmark 2015 nuclear pact from which Trump pulled out
further outraged Iran by seizing one of its tankers -- the Grace 1 -- on July 4
on suspicion of it carrying oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions.
vowed to retaliate and its Revolutionary Guards stormed and detained the
UK-flagged Stena Impero and its 23 crew as they sailed through the Strait of
Hormuz on July 20.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab flatly rejected the idea of the two
tankers being exchanged or simultaneously released in a bid to dial back the
is no quid pro quo," Raab told BBC radio.
is not about some kind of barter. This is about international law and the rules
of the international legal system being upheld," he said.
is what we will insist on."
President Hassan Rouhani had hinted earlier that he was open to a tanker swap.
'Geopolitical tussle' -
said on Sunday that its ship's seizure was also a violation of the 2015 nuclear
pact that Britain co-signed and is trying to keep alive with EU allies.
remaining participants met in Vienna over the weekend for heated talks that
also saw Iran lash out at Britain's proposal for European nations to lead a
naval and air Gulf escort mission.
HMS Montrose frigate began helping UK-flagged tankers enter into and out of the
Gulf last week.
naval presence near Iran grew to two with the arrival on Sunday of the HMS
Duncan destroyer -- the most advanced warship Britain currently has.
UK defence ministry said the two will conduct escorts together for the next
Montrose will then go in for scheduled maintenance and be replaced by the HMS
Kent frigate later this year.
of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz is vital not just to the UK, but also our
international partners and allies," UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said.
Britain's European force proposal is running up one already being prepared by
the United States.
plans have strongly angered Tehran.
government spokesman Ali Rabiei said on Sunday that the proposed European fleet
"carries a hostile message, is provocative and will increase
Raab said London was still insisting on a European force -- despite the
potential conflict with Washington.
shouldn’t be some sort of geopolitical, EU versus US tussle," he said in
the radio interview.
added that "it would be important for the European-led initiative to have
US support to make it viable".
— German authorities say they have extradited a Bosnian man to Belgium, where
he was sought in connection with the November 2015 terror attacks in Paris.
agency dpa reported that prosecutors in the eastern town of Naumburg said the
39-year-old man was handed over to Belgian authorities on Monday. He was
arrested in June, and a court rejected his objections to extradition.
name wasn’t released.
prosecutors have said the man is suspected of being connected to the Nov. 13,
2015 extremist attack that killed 130 people and was wanted by Belgian
authorities for alleged support of a terrorist organization. They didn’t detail
the nature of his suspected involvement.
President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday spoke with his Iranian counterpart Hassan
Rouhani and reiterated his call for a de-escalation of tensions between Iran
and the United States, the Elysee said.
is France’s role to make every effort to ensure that all parties agree to a
break and open negotiations,” the French presidency said.
2015 deal over Iran’s nuclear program has begun to unravel since US President
Donald Trump announced Washington was pulling out of the agreement last year
and reimposed sanctions, to the dismay of European allies.
Britain, and Germany were among the key players in the pact.
had a “long” discussion with Rouhani during the French leader’s annual holiday
at his summer retreat, the medieval fort of Bregancon on France’s Mediterranean
coast, the Elysee said.
“recalled the need to initiate a de-escalation of tensions,” it added.
has engaged in intense diplomacy seeking to solve the current tensions, with
Macron’s foreign policy advisor Emmanuel Bonne twice visiting Tehran.
says it has rejected a proposal by the United States to set up a military
coalition in the Persian Gulf to counter what it calls the “Iran threat” as
tensions mount between Washington and Tehran.
US recently presented its concept of a naval observation mission in the Persian
Gulf to a number of its allies, including Germany, and asked them to participate.
government took note of the proposal, but made no promises. Foreign Minister
[Heiko] Maas has repeatedly stressed that, in our opinion, priority must be
given to reducing tensions, and to diplomatic efforts. We are in close
consultation with France and the UK. Participation in the US strategy of
'maximum pressure' is ruled out for us,” the German Foreign Ministry said in a
statement received by Russia’s Sputnik news agency.
statement came on the same day that German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said
his country was working closely with France and Britain amid tensions in the
goal of all responsible politicians must be to observe the situation very
soberly and carefully, and not to sleepwalk into an even bigger crisis,” Scholz
said in an interview with the Funke group of newspapers.
is the order of the day,” he pointed out.
on Tuesday, the United States stepped up diplomatic pressure on Germany, and
officially asked the Western European country to join its maritime mission in
the Persian Gulf against what it alleged as “Iranian aggression.”
formally asked Germany to join France and the UK to help secure the Strait of
Hormuz and combat Iranian aggression,” Tamara Sternberg-Greller, a spokeswoman
for the US Embassy in Berlin (shown in the picture below), said in a statement.
added, “Members of the German government have been clear that freedom of
navigation should be protected... Our question is, protected by whom?”
German politicians have reportedly expressed grave reservations about any naval
mission, and fear that any such move – particularly one orchestrated and led by
the United States – could increase the risk of a military aggression on Iran.
President Donald Trump regularly criticizes Germany for what he considers its
insufficient contribution to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on
July 9 that the US was proceeding with plans to assemble the coalition
purportedly aimed at ensuring freedom of navigation in waters off Iran and
engaging now with a number of countries to see if we can put together a
coalition that would ensure freedom of navigation both in the Straits of Hormuz
and the Bab al-Mandab," Dunford said.
so I think probably over the next couple of weeks we'll identify which nations
have the political will to support that initiative and then we'll work directly
with the militaries to identify the specific capabilities that'll support
that," he added.
has lately adopted a quasi-warlike posture against Tehran, and intensified its
provocative military moves in the Middle East, among them the June 20 incursion
of advanced US-made RQ-4 Global Hawk into Iranian airspace over territorial
waters off the coastal province of Hormozgan.
UK has also joined the US in fueling tensions with Iran by seizing an
Iranian-owned supertanker in the Strait of Gibraltar on July 4 in an apparent
act of “maritime piracy.”
UK’s highest court is to decide if the government can share evidence involving
two alleged members of ISIS without seeking assurances the men will not be
executed in the US.
Shafee Elsheikh and Alexandra Kotey are alleged to have participated in the
torture and murder of western hostages in Iraq and Syria as part of the brutal
"Beatles" ISIS cell. Both are being held, alongside hundreds of
suspected foreign fighters, in a Syrian prison run by Kurdish authorities. They
have been stripped of their British citizenship.
UK government had said it felt the men were more likely to be found guilty in
the US. But it was claimed on Tuesday that UK authorities now had enough
evidence to prosecute Mr Kotey on murder charges.
was a historical decision in February 2016 that there was sufficient evidence
to charge Alexanda Kotey here with five offences of murder and eight offences
of hostage-taking," said Edward Fitzgerald QC, representing Ms Elgizouli.
further, that warrants were then issued for his arrest.
respect of Mr El Sheikh, the new evidence further shows that the DPP now
concedes that there may be sufficient evidence to charge and prosecute him
here, at least for offences of membership of a proscribed organisation,"
he said, according to The Telegraph.
June 2018, the UK Home Secretary said he would provide the US with 600 witness
statements via the Mutual Legal Assistance agreement. The statements were
gathered by the Metropolitan Police to support a possible prosecution. The
government did not ask for assurances that capital punishment would not be used
if the men were extradited to the US.
fact was used as the basis for a legal challenge of the decision by Mr
Elsheikh’s mother, Maha Elgizouli. But in January, the High Court said the
government decision was not unlawful.
Elgizouli has now taken the case to the Supreme Court. The case started on
Tuesday afternoon and is expected to last until Wednesday.
a letter to US legal authorities last July, the interior minister at the time,
Sajid Javid, said: “I am of the view that there are strong reasons for not
requiring a death penalty assurance in this specific case, so no such
assurances will be sought.
you are aware, it is the long-held position of the UK to seek death penalty
assurances, and our decision in this case does not reflect a change in our
policy on assistance in US death penalty cases generally, nor the UK
government’s stance on the global abolition of the death penalty.”
Afghan forces killed 52 Taliban militants and wounded 33 others during a clash
in northern Baghlan .
209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said the Taliban militants launched a
coordianted offensive Tapa-e-Qarghan area and Qarghab Base in Daha-e-Ghori
statement further added that the security forces effectively responded to the
offensive with the support of the Air Forces.
the 209th Shaheen Corps said the security forces killed 52 militants during the
clash and wounded 33 others.
209th Shaheen Corps also added that the dead bodies of some militants are still
left in the area.
security forces confiscated some weapons and munitions including a 82mm mortar,
several RPG-7 rocket launchers and PKM machine guns.
the 209th Shaheen Corps said the security forces also killed 7 commanders of
the group during the clash.
deadly explosion killed or wounded at least 26 civilians including many
children in Spin Boldak district of Kandahar.
local security officials said an Improvised Explosive Device went off in Spin
Boladak earlier today.
officials further added that the explosion killed 3 children and wounded 23
other civilians including 6 children.
the Provincial Government Media office in a statement said the IED was planted
in motorcycle which the militants detonated among the civilians in a crowded in
individual or group including Taliban militants has so far claimed responsibility
for the explosion.
incident took place hours before UNAMA released its latest report regarding
Forces kill 14 Taliban militants, detain 6 others in Logar province
Afghan Special Forces killed 14 Taliban militants during an operation in
central Logar province of Afghanistan.
informed military sources said Wednesday that the Special Forces conducted the
operation in Charkh district of Logar.
sources further added that the Special Forces killed 14 Taliban militants and
arrested 6 others during the operation.
the military sources said an airstrike killed a Taliban fighter in Chak-e
Wardak district of Wardak province.
Jeff Seldin, Ayaz Gul
U.S. service members have been killed in action in Afghanistan in what appears
to be an insider attack.
NATO-led Resolute Support Mission said Monday that two Americans are dead,
withholding additional information pending notification of their families. A
U.S. official later confirmed the deaths were the result of a so-called
"green on blue" attack, during which an Afghan service member or an
attacker wearing an Afghan uniform, fires on U.S. or allied forces.
initial U.S. assessment followed claims by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid
on Twitter that the Americans died when an Afghan soldier turned his gun on
them in a military camp in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province.
Taliban also claimed at least one other soldier was killed and that several
others were wounded, though those claims could not be confirmed.
the two confirmed deaths, at least 14 U.S. service members have been killed in
Afghanistan this year, according to a tally by the website iCasualties.org.
Thirteen U.S. service members were killed in Afghanistan in 2018.
latest deaths also come as the U.S. has been engaging the Taliban in talks,
seeking a peaceful resolution to the 18-year war in Afghanistan.
negotiators have insisted any peace deal include the withdrawal of U.S. forces,
and those of U.S. allies, from Afghanistan. The Taliban have also refused to
hold direct talks with the government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, saying
such talks can only take place once the U.S. leaves.
its part, Washington is seeking assurances from the Taliban that Afghanistan
will never again be used as a base to launch terror attacks against the U.S.
despite the talks, attacks by either the Taliban or the Islamic State terror
group have continued to plague much of Afghanistan.
attack Sunday in Kabul that targeted the office of Amrullah Saleh, Ghani's
choice for vice president in elections set for September, killed at least 20
people and wounded another 50, officials said.
group has claimed responsibility for the bombing.
comments in Washington Monday, John Sopko, the U.S. special inspector general
for Afghanistan reconstruction (SIGAR), raised concerns that despite
Washington's efforts, Afghan security forces may not be capable of sustaining
peace, even if a deal with the Taliban can be reached.
security forces cannot survive without external donor support, both financial
and technical," Sopko said.
don't miraculously disappear. We, and other oversight bodies, have identified
problems that affected reconstruction. And some of these problems could affect
lasting peace," he said.
estimates the U.S. alone has spent about $18 billion to equip Afghanistan's
security forces, buying more than 600,000 weapons, 70,000 vehicles and more
than 200 aircraft.
its audits have found that U.S. and NATO efforts have often been unorganized,
with Afghan forces suffering as a result.
SIGAR blamed an eight-year lag in shifting Afghan forces to the latest
standardized NATO weaponry for an ammunition shortage that left them unable to
repel a Taliban attack in Ghazni province in 2018.
called a lack of armored ambulances for Afghan security forces — there are just
38 — another "absurd example" of missed opportunities to better
support Afghan forces.
officials also warned the performance of Afghan forces has tended to rise and
fall in sync with the U.S. presence in the country.
like a shark tooth," James Cunningham, SIGAR's security sector project
lead, said Monday. "The shark tooth is really based on our [U.S. military]
such concerns, both U.S. President Donald Trump and other top officials have
said the U.S. intended to reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan.
want to reduce what is, for us, tens of billions of dollars a year in
expenditures and enormous risk to your kids and your grandkids who are fighting
for America," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told an audience Monday
in Washington, adding he expects more U.S. troops to come home before the next
U.S. presidential election in November 2020.
government and Nato killing more civilians than the Taliban
forces and their international allies killed more civilians in the first half
of 2019 than the Taliban and other militant groups, UN figures show, extending
a trend that began in the first quarter of the year.
year is the first time since civilian casualty records started over a decade
ago that pro-government forces have caused more deaths than insurgents, raising
serious questions about the western mission there.
years, despite civilian deaths and injuries caused by both sides, the
government in Kabul and its allies had been able to point to UN statistics
showing that insurgents were the biggest killer of Afghan civilians.
is no longer the case. Overall the report found 403 civilians were killed by
Afghan troops and 314 by their international allies in the first six months of
2019, a total of 717. The Taliban, Islamic State and other militant groups
killed 531 civilians.
is facing a critical few weeks, as peace talks with the Taliban enter what many
hope will be their final stages, ahead of a presidential election set for the
end of September. There have been concerns that both sides have ramped up
violence as the peace process got under way, to strengthen their position at
the negotiating table.
leverage in peace talks should not come at the cost of such carnage on either
side,” said Patti Gossman, an associate Asia director at Human Rights Watch.
deal might not end violence in Afghanistan entirely, however; the UN found that
more than 10% of civilian casualties are caused by the regional Isis affiliate,
which is not party to the talks.
casualties were down by nearly a quarter from record levels a year earlier, but
civilians were still being killed and maimed at a “shocking and unacceptable”
rate, the UN said in its regular report on the protection of civilians.
were particularly deadly, and one of the few types of casualty to increase
significantly compared with the same period of 2018. Two-fifths of the deaths
and injuries from airstrikes were attributed to international forces, the UN
said – in effect US airstrikes.
the US officially ended its combat mission in Afghanistan in 2014, it still has
special forces on the ground and provides air support to Afghan troops.
government has repeatedly said the high toll from air attacks is a result of
militants hiding among civilians, but international humanitarian law bars the
use of disproportionate force.
claim that the Taliban use civilians as shields is not an excuse for
disproportionate attacks,” Gossman said. “In fact, neither the US nor the
Afghan government adequately investigates airstrike deaths, or holds its forces
accountable for targeting that causes civilian deaths.”
Taliban have rejected calls for a ceasefire while peace talks are under way,
and have been carrying out near daily operations, mainly targeting security
militants have also attacked civilians in violation of international law. More
than 300 people were killed in violence targeting civilians, including tribal
elders, aid workers, religious scholars, mullahs and government officials.
to the conflict may give differing explanations for recent trends, each
designed to justify their own military tactics,” said Richard Bennett, the
human rights chief of the UN assistance mission in Afghanistan, which released
has been no claim of responsibility for an attack on Sunday night that
apparently targeted the office of the Afghan president’s running mate and
former chief of the intelligence service.
of passengers, mainly women and children, were killed in western Afghanistan
early Wednesday when the bus they were travelling in hit a roadside bomb,
attack, which came one day after the United Nations said civilians are being
killed and wounded at a “shocking” level in Afghanistan's war, occurred around
6:00 am (0130 GMT), authorities said.
passenger bus travelling on the Kandahar-Herat highway hit a Taliban roadside
bomb. So far at least 28 killed, 10 wounded,” said Muhibullah Muhib, the
spokesman for Farah province.
were civilians, mostly women and children, he said. Farooq Barakzai, a
spokesman for Farah's governor, confirmed the toll but warned it may rise higher.
was no immediate confirmation from the Taliban that it was behind the blast.
group, which has resurged since its regime was toppled by the US invasion in
2001, made a vague pledge this month to reduce civilian casualties.
have long paid a disproportionate price in the nearly 18 years since the US
Tuesday, the UN released a report showing that casualties have dropped 27
percent in the first half of 2019 compared to the same period last year, which
was a record — but nonetheless 1,366 civilians were killed and another 2,446
casualties represented almost a third of the overall total of civilian
UN also said that US and pro-government forces caused more civilian deaths than
the Taliban and other insurgent groups for the second quarter running.
branded efforts to reduce the violence “insufficient”.
bloodshed is expected to rise after the launch this week of official
campaigning in Afghanistan's presidential election, set for September 28.
least 20 people were killed on Sunday, the first official day of the campaign,
and 50 wounded when a suicide attacker and gunmen targeted the Kabul office of
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's running mate, Amrullah Saleh.
are also doubts the election will happen at all, with lingering questions about
whether Afghanistan should hold a key poll amid a months-long, US-led push to
forge a peace deal with the Taliban.
week US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that President Donald Trump wants
to begin withdrawing troops before the vote, though he emphasised in comments
to reporters Tuesday that there is “no deadline”.
U.S. airstrike killed two senior Taliban leaders and his two militants in
western Farah province.
Provincial Police Headquarters in a statement said a U.S. airstrike killed Mullah
Badar, a senior Taliban leader who was facilitating weapons and munitions
supply to Taliban militants.
statement further added that the airstrike also killed another Taliban
commander Mullah Amruddin and his two militants.
the Provincial Police Headquarters said the U.S. forces conducted the airstrike
in Peyur Village of Bala Bolok district.
U.S. forces conducted an airstrike in Sarobi district of Kabul killing or
wounding at least three Taliban militants.
201st Silab Corps in a statement said the U.S. forces conducted the airstrike
in Ozbin Valley.
statement further added that the U.S. drone target the Taliban militants in
Katab Khel area killing 1 militant and wounding 2 others.
the 201st Silab Corps said the airstrike did not harm anyone else.
military sources had earlier confirmed that an airstrike has killed a Taliban
fighter in Sarobi of Kabul.
Triple Talaq bill, passed thrice by the Lok Sabha over the last 19 months,
finally received the approval of the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday amid walkouts by
BJP allies JD(U) and AIADMK.
Muslim Women (Protection of Rights of Marriage) Bill, 2019, which makes the
practice of instant triple talaq a penal offence, and for which ordinances were
issued three times, was cleared by the House with 99 votes in favour and 84
Rajya Sabha had earlier rejected an Opposition-sponsored motion to send the
bill to a Rajya Sabha Select Committee with 100 votes against it as compared to
84 in favour.
Sabha had passed the triple talaq bill last week with 303 votes in favour and
82 opposed, where there was high drama when SP’s Mohammad Azam Khan made
objectionable remarks about BJP’s Rama Devi, who was chairing the proceedings.
granted assent by the President, the practice of instant divorce by Muslim men
will be punishable by a jail term of up to three years.
nearly 20 opposition MPs, including five each from Congress and Samajwadi
Party, were not present during voting, abstention by BSP and TRS also helped
the government get its legislation through in the upper house where the ruling
party does not enjoy a majority. Fence-sitter BJD supported the legislation.
The ruling NDA has 107 members in the 242-member Rajya Sabha.
archaic and medieval practice has finally been confined to the dustbin of
abolishes Triple Talaq and corrects a historical wrong done to Muslim women.
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it a historical step, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said passage of the triple
talaq bill was a victory of gender justice and would further equality in
society. “An archaic and medieval practice has finally been confined to the
dustbin of history! Parliament abolishes Triple Talaq and corrects a historical
wrong done to Muslim women. This is a victory of gender justice and will
further equality in society. India rejoices today!” PM Modi tweeted.
thank all parties and MPs who have supported the passage of The Muslim Women
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further said the abolition of triple talaq would contribute to women
empowerment. “This is an occasion to salute the remarkable courage of those
Muslim women who have suffered great wrongs just due to the practice of Triple
Talaq. The abolition of Triple Talaq will contribute to women empowerment and
give women the dignity they deserve in our society,” Modi said.
talaq bill politically motivated, says Congress
debate that went on for almost five hours witnessed a slugfest between Law
Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, who
termed the bill a “politically motivated” move to destroy Muslim households.
the three-year jail term for Muslim men, Prasad said the government could not
leave in lurch women who have been divorced by triple talaq via WhatsApp or
other such means.
to Azad, the Law Minister cited the Shah Bano case and said the Congress leader
should think of why his party could never win a majority following the peak of
400-plus seats it won in 1984 Lok Sabha polls.
am a minister of the Narendra Modi government and not Rajiv Gandhi government.
More than 20 Islamic nations have regulated triple talaq” Prasad said.
said the Opposition had been forced to vote against the bill after the
government did not accept their demand to send it to a select committee and
make triple talaq a civil offence.
Opposition pressure, the government had included certain safeguards in the
bill, such as adding a provision for bail for the accused during trial. A
provision was added to allow the magistrate to grant bail “after hearing the
Court struck down Triple Talaq in 2017
five-judge Bench of the Supreme Court had struck down instant triple talaq in a
complex, layered, split verdict in August 2017. Last week, in the Lok Sabha,
Prasad said since January 2017 as many as 574 triple talaq cases and since the
Supreme Court order, more than 300 such cases were reported by the media.
of the five judges on the Constitution Bench — Justices Rohinton F Nariman,
Uday U Lalit and Kurian Joseph — called the practice un-Islamic and “arbitrary”
and disagreed with the view that triple talaq was an integral part of religious
the minority ruling of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice S Abdul Nazeer
underlined the primacy of Muslim personal law and said the practice enjoyed
constitutional protection and was beyond the scope of judicial scrutiny.
chief Mehbooba Mufti and National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah engaged
in a war of words on Twitter after the passage of the triple talaq bill in
Rajya Sabha, with the latter stating that PDP leaders abstaining from voting
“helped the government with the numbers needed to pass the bill.”
after the Rajya Sabha passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on
Marriage), Bill, 2019, Mufti tweeted, “Fail to understand the need to pass the
triple talaq bill especially since the Supreme Court had already declared it
illegal. Undue interference seemingly to punish Muslims. Given the current
state of the economy, should this really have been a priority?”
post didn’t go well with Abdullah, who tagged her post on the micro-blogging
site and wrote, “Mehbooba Mufti ji, you might want to check how your members
voted on this bill before tweeting. I understand they abstained which helped
the government with the numbers needed to pass the bill. You can’t help the
government and then ‘fail to understand need to pass’!”
to him, Mufti tweeted, “Omar sahab, I suggest you get off your moral high horse
since it was your own party that expelled Soz sahab for voting against the BJP
in 1999. FYI in Parliament, abstention is essentially a no vote.”
was quick to retort to Mufti’s claims, and wrote, “Madam, is recounting an
incident from TWENTY years ago the best you can do to defend PDP duplicity? So
you are accepting you instructed your MPs to abstain. And no an abstention is
NOT a no vote, a no vote is a no vote. An abstention helped the BJP this time.”
central government on Tuesday scored a major victory in the Rajya Sabha when
the House passed the Triple Talaq Bill after rejecting the opposition’s demand
to refer the Bill to the Select Committee and to remove the criminality clause
which provides for jailing the husband for three years for pronouncing triple
talaq to his wife.
Bill was passed with 99 members in its favour while 84 members voted against it
in the final division. In the division on referring the Bill to the Select
Committee, the government got 100 votes while 84 voted against.
Kashmiri people, Article 35A the last vestige of real autonomy
valley has lately been aswirl with rumours of an impending move by the central
government to scrap Article 35A of the Constitution. The article, which
prevents anyone who is not a state subject of Jammu & Kashmir from
purchasing property and settling in the state, is seen as a vital safeguard for
the autonomy of J&K.
removal, Kashmiris fear, would pave the way for a demographic transformation of
the Valley. While the article has been on peoples’ mind owing to petitions in
the Supreme Court challenging its validity, the latest bout of speculation has
been triggered by concerns about increased paramilitary deployment in J&K,
allegedly to contain the public fall-out from the scrapping of the article.
BJP leader and former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chauhan,
clarified in a press conference in Srinagar that Article 35A was sub-judice and
the BJP had “not discussed any proposal to see it scrapped as of now”. But this
has not stanched the flow of rumours.
rumours also reflect apprehensions in the Valley following Home Minister Amit
Shah’s pointed statement
Parliament that Article 370, which deals with the special status of J&K,
was “temporary in nature” and “not permanent”. Shah’s statement, in fact,
continued with the BJP’s long and consistent stand on the
of Article 370, going back to 1951 when its parent, the Bharatiya Jana Sangh,
fully grasp the political sensitivity around Article 35A, we need to understand
its historical significance for Kashmiris.
DIFFERENT STATUS OF J&K
Instrument of Accession signed by then Maharaja Hari Singh of Kashmir in
October 1947 specified only three subjects on which the state would transfer
its powers to the Government of India: foreign affairs, defence and
communications. In March 1948, the Maharaja appointed an interim government in
the state, with Sheikh Abdullah as the prime minister. The interim government
was also tasked with convening a constituent assembly for framing a
constitution for the state. In the meantime, the Constituent Assembly of India
was conducting its deliberations. In July 1949, Sheikh Abdullah and three
colleagues joined the Indian Constituent Assembly and negotiated the special
status of J&K, leading to the adoption of Article 370.
article limited the Union’s legislative power over Kashmir to the three
subjects in the Instrument of Accession. If the Union government wanted to
extend other provisions of the Indian Constitution, it would have to issue a
Presidential Order under Article 370. The state government would have to give
prior concurrence to this order. Moreover, the constituent assembly of J&K
would have to accept these provisions and incorporate them in the state’s
constitution. Once Kashmir’s constitution was framed, there could be no further
extension of the Union’s legislative power to the state. This secured J&K’s
this was the reason for listing the provisions of Article 370 as “temporary” in
the Indian Constitution: the final contours of the state’s constitutional
relationship with the Union were to be determined by the constituent assembly
constituent assembly of Kashmir convened in November 1951. Just as it got to
work, Abdullah wanted to depose the Maharaja and end dynastic rule. Because the
Maharaja was recognised by the President of India, this move raised larger
questions about working out more precise details of J&K’s constitutional
relationship with the Union. It eventually led to the Delhi Agreement of 1952.
Although Nehru and Abdullah fell out soon after, several provisions of the
Indian Constitution were extended to J&K via a Presidential Order in 1954.
order also empowered the state legislature to regulate the rights of permanent
residents – a demand of Abdullah and other Kashmiri leaders. These were later
defined in the J&K constitution of 1956. Article 35A of the Indian
Constitution only clarifies the different status of J&K in this respect.
Kashmiris insisted on these rights because they resulted from a protracted
struggle. This movement had begun back in 1889 when the J&K government had
changed the language of the court from Persian to Urdu. This had eroded the
prominence of the Kashmiri Pandits in the state bureaucracy and led to the
induction of Hindus from Punjab. Following a long campaign against ‘outsiders’,
the Maharaja enacted in 1927 a law that defined a ‘hereditary state subject’.
Kashmiri Muslims also used this legislation to demand greater opportunities
within the state structure commensurate with their demographic profile.
PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 370
legality of Article 35A is being challenged in the courts on the grounds that
it was not added to the Constitution by a constitutional amendment under
Article 368. The argument does not stand scrutiny. For one thing, the article
does not confer any rights on J&K state subjects – it only reflects them.
More importantly, the Presidential Order of 1954 cannot be impugned without
questioning the validity of other provisions of the Indian Constitution
extended to J&K at the same time. Such orders have also periodically been
used to amend the state’s constitution. Indeed, this has been done despite the
fact that the constituent assembly — the ultimate ratifying body — was
dissolved after the adoption of the J&K constitution in November 1956.
with Jawaharlal Nehru, successive central governments continued to extend their
powers over Kashmir by merely seeking the approval of pliant state
legislatures. New Delhi argued that since the constituent assembly of Kashmir
had wound up in November 1956, the powers granted to that body should be vested
in the state legislature. The intention of the framers of the Constitution was
just the opposite. Worse, this reading was upheld by the Supreme Court, thereby
making a mockery of Article 370. This gross misuse of the provisions of Article
370 has already hollowed out the special status of J&K. Indeed, Kashmiris
regard the provisions listed in Article 35A as the last vestige of any real
THE PANDORA’S BOX
BJP is in an unprecedentedly strong political position to give effect to its
longstanding demands on Kashmir. But the velocity with which rumours are
currently circulating suggests that there may be a major backlash against a
move to scrap Article 35A.
this context, it is also worth pointing out that while Article 370 is
designated as “temporary”, the BJP should consider carefully the temptation to
abrogate it in order to “integrate” J&K with India. Article 370(1)(c)
explicitly mentions that Article 1 of the Indian Constitution applies to
Kashmir through Article 370. Article 1 lists the states of the Union. This
means that it is Article 370 that binds the state of J&K to the Indian
Union. Removing Article 370, which can be done by a Presidential Order, would
render the state independent of India. The article was framed in this fashion
for good reason. In 1949, when these discussions took place, it was likely that
a plebiscite would be held in the state. The framers of the Indian Constitution
had to allow for the possibility that the Indian union may have to let go of
on Tuesday allowed a special group of a little more than 500 Indian Sikh
pilgrims to join an event at Nankana Sahib that will launch celebrations
marking the upcoming 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of
‘jatha’ or caravan of Indian pilgrims crossed over to Pakistan through the
Wagah border crossing on Tuesday morning, the Foreign Office said.
pilgrims are scheduled to kick start celebrations of the 550th birth
anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak from his birthplace, Nankana Sahib…on…1 August,
2019,” it said in a statement.
year, thousands of Indian Sikhs travel to Pakistan on the birth and death
anniversaries of Guru Nanak, the Baisakhi festival and the death anniversary of
Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
Pakistan high commission in New Delhi issued visas to the Indian pilgrims on July
many hailed the passage of triple talaq bill in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, All
India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi said the bill
is only a part of many of the attacks on Muslim identity and citizenship.
a tweet, Asaduddin Owaisi also put forth hate crime against Muslims and said,
"Mob violence, police atrocities & mass incarceration won't bog us
down. With a firm belief in the Constitution, we've withstood oppression,
injustices & denial of rights."
should be seen only as one part of many attacks on Muslim identity &
citizenship since 2014. Mob violence, police atrocities & mass
incarceration won't bog us down
a firm belief in the Constitution, we've withstood oppression, injustices &
denial of rights
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MP Asaduddin Owaisi’s comments came while many in the political spectrum hailed
the passage of the triple talaq bill in the Upper House on Tuesday evening by
99 votes in favour.
also came from the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) which called
the passage of the bill a black day in the Indian democracy.
a tweet, "the Muslim body said, Certainly, it's a black day in Indian
democracy. Despite Indian Muslim women's opposition to the #TripleTalaqBill,
the Modi led government passed the bill in both the lower house and the upper
house. We on behalf of millions of women condemn this action."
also came from the Congress party.
questioning the relevance of the triple talaq bill, the Congress said there was
no need to criminalise the practice as it had already been abrogated by the
Pakistani troops on Wednesday opened fire and shelled mortars along the LoC in
Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district, officials said.
troops gave a befitting reply, resulting in heavy damage to Pakistani Army
posts and casualties to Pakistani soldiers, they said.
about 0030 hours, the Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by
firing of small arms and shelling with mortars along the Line of Control (LoC)
in Nowshera sector of district Rajouri", a Defence spokesman said.
Indian Army is responding strongly and effectively, he said.
is the fourth consecutive day of firing and shelling by the Pakistan Army
targeting civilian areas along the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri districts, in
which a baby and a jawan were killed and two others were injured.
troops had also shelled forward areas and villages along the LoC in Tanghar
area of North Kashmir on Tuesday, they said.
social activists on Tuesday criticised the triple talaq Bill, especially the
provisions that make the practice a criminal offence, and said the new law would
not bring any relief to Muslim women.
of this law will create a sense of fear among the community instead of
providing relief to Muslim women, social activist Razia Patel told The Indian
Express. The legislation will unfortunately provide no relief to Muslim women
as instead of adopting a secular common law like the domestic violence Act
which is already available, this law has criminalised the process, she said.
main question is whether this will provide justice to Muslim women. Clearly the
answer is no,” Patel said. “It has many contradictions. For instance once the
husband is jailed, how will he provide maintenance. Criminalisation of family
law shows ill intention of this government against the Muslim community. This
was unnecessary,” she added.
several years the BJP has been talking about uniform civil code but now they
have made special laws for the Muslim community and are also using shariat to
find out support for the same. Passage of this law will create a sense of fear
among the community instead of providing relief to Muslim women,” she told The
Moghe, secretary of All India Democratic Women’s Association, said that the
Bill should have gone to a select committee so that all sections would have had
an opportunity to present their views. “There are aspects about which there is
no consensus yet. For instance, the criminalisation of divorce, which is a
discriminatory provision via a vis other communities,” Moghe said.
was there really a need for a law when the SC had already declared triple talaq
as null and void in earlier cases. So this is part of the BJP’s communal
politics targeting Muslim men in the name of women’s empowerment,” Moghe said.
Rajan, trustee of Maharashtra Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, who has been part of the
struggle to bring a ban on the unilateral triple talaq form of divorce,
however, was disappointed with the way legislation was being brought out. This
is not a solution but will pose several problems, he said.
day after former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and PDP chief said she had
approached NC patron and former CM Farooq Abdullah to convene an all-party
meeting to discuss the “recent developments that have caused a sense of panic”
in Jammu and Kashmir, the state’s political leadership reasserted the need to
build consensus on the matter.
spoke to People’s Conference chairman Sajad Lone and general secretary Imran
Ansari, former ministers in her coalition government, on Tuesday. In a tweet,
she said, “There is a growing consensus that the present situation demands
recalibration of response & a united approach.”
a statement, Mufti urged all stakeholders in the state to make a joint effort
“to prevent this catastrophe that can potentially lead to unimaginable
problems”. Reiterating that J&K’s constitutional status is something that
is beyond politics as it concerns “our very existence”, she emphasised that
special status is the result of a unique historical process that defied the
logic of Partition. “The constant erosion of that position has not only thrown
us into an unending turmoil and uncertainty, it has also cost one of the most
promising regions of the world its actual potential of growth and greatness.”
Congress chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir said that “if and when” they are invited, they
will be part of forming a consensus because “we are the party that has given
these constitutional guarantees in the form of Articles 370 ad 35A to the
state. In our manifesto Rahul ji (Gandhi) had spoken of the need to strengthen
it, because of which we drew backlash and BJP is actually fighting this with
his conversation with Mufti, PC’s Ansari told The Indian Express, “The
political affairs committee that met today was unanimous and unambiguous in its
assertion that special provisions are irreversible and sacred for the people of
Kashmir. For broader consensus, we all need to talk about these issues and we
will also place our opinion.”
the NC is yet to announce a schedule for an all-party meeting, Farooq Abdullah
had on Monday told The Indian Express that the party “is working on it”. The
party has maintained that the matter is under consideration.
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THE Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, Leader of Opposition
Ghulam Nabi Azad said the name of the Bill was a “misnomer” as the real
intention was “destruction of Muslim families”.
said the idea was to “finish” the Muslim community. He said some parties and
the government get defamed because of incidents of lynching. “So it is better
to let the (Muslim) households burn by the lamps of their own house… the house
will burn and nobody will have any objection,” he said. “So if this clan is to
be finished… finish them in their house… make such a law… that was the real
intention,” he said.
rejected the government’s argument that several changes were made to the
original Bill. “You have done a cosmetic surgery… the illness has not gone,” he
said. Azad, like others in the Opposition, argued that Muslim marriage is a
civil contract, and accused the government of giving a “criminal face” to a
have made it a cognizable offence. So the police can put somebody in jail
without a warrant… you are very keen to put the husband in jail… but the
government will not give any financial assistance to the wife… you have said
that many Islamic countries have similar laws… So, will you also bring a law to
enforce chopping of hands and head, whipping… don’t compare Indian Muslims with
the Muslims of any other country,” he said.
said the government eagerly brought the Bill, saying the Supreme Court had said
so. “First of all, the Supreme Court has not said anything about criminal law…
it was in the minority judgment of the Supreme Court… how many minority
judgments have come since 1947 and how many are you going to implement… The
Supreme Court also said that a law should be made on lynching… bring a Bill on
lynching… don’t be selective… then I will accept that you follow the Supreme
Court’s suggestion and guidance,” he said.
said the Supreme Court has already declared instant triple talaq as null and
void. “So if I abuse you now, if I threaten to kill you… threaten to shoot you
in a fit of rage… will you give me capital punishment… you cannot since it is a
mere threat… the triple talaq law is like that… the Supreme Court has said
triple talaq is null and void… so what are you giving punishment for,” he
Bill is politically motivated. This (Bill is such that) minorities remain engaged
in personal conflict. Husband will hire lawyer against wife and wife will hire
lawyer against husband. They will sell their land or home to fight the case….
The wife and children will be on the roads and, after the husband is released
from jail, he will commit suicide or become a dacoit or thief or start
begging,” Azad said.
party colleague, Digvijaya Singh, asked whether the government had taken the
Muslim community into confidence before bringing the Bill. “Where was the BJP’s
love for Muslim women when a pregnant woman was stabbed in Gujarat during the
2002 riots,” he asked.
Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) commander, who was involved in the February 14 Pulwama
attack, was killed in an encounter with a joint team of forces in Bijbehara
area of Anantnag district on Tuesday.
Tuesday afternoon, after a tip-off about presence of militants, a joint team of
J&K Police, Army and paramilitary forces cordoned off Katoo village of
Bijbehara area. As the joint team were zeroing in on the target house,
militants hiding in the village opened fire, triggering a gun battle. In the
encounter that lasted several hours, the two JeM militants were killed.
Ahmad Thokar, a resident of Tral, was killed along with another local militant.
Police termed Thokar’s killing as a “big achievement”.
(Thokar) was a co-conspirator in the February 14 Pulwama suicide attack,” a
senior police officer said. “He was a prize catch.”
have identified the other slain militant as Shan Showkat Bhat.
sources said Thokar was a close associate of JeM commander Mudasir Khan, who
was killed in Tral. A resident of Midoora, Khan was the brains behind the
said Thokar was also the main accused in the fidayeen attack at Anantnag in
June. Five CRPF personnel were killed in the attack and a Station House
Officer(SHO) Arshad Khan was injured, who later succumbed at a New Delhi
directs CDA, capital administration to develop Shah Allah Ditta caves
Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the Capital Development Authority (CDA)
and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration to development the
historic Buddha Caves in Shah Allah Ditta.
said Mr Khan issued the directions during a meeting at the Prime Minister’s
Office on July 17, and told both organisations to collaborate with the national
history and literary heritage ministry.
follow-up letter addressed to the concerned ministries from the Prime
Minister’s Office said the CDA and ICT administration should collaborate with
the ministry to develop the caves.
said the CDA chairman and National History and Literary Heritage Division
secretary have been directed to take steps to develop the site.
Chief Commissioner Amer Ali Ahmed, who holds acting charge as CDA chairman,
confirmed that “we have been directed to develop the Buddha Caves to promote
prime minister was keen to develop historical archaeological sites in the
capital city,” he said.
added that tourist sites will be developed in close coordination with the
Shah Allah Ditta caves have great potential to attract foreign tourism,” the
chief commissioner said, adding that the CDA and ICT administration will carry
out civil work and other amenity work while the archaeology department deals
with the preservation of the site and so on.
Mayor Syed Zeeshan Naqvi, who lives in the area and belongs to the PML-N, said
many past governments announced that they would develop the site, but to no
2010, the CDA prepared a PC-I for the preservation and protection of the site
in addition to the development of Sadhu ka Bagh, a tourist attraction near the
caves. The project has yet to be completed.
site is very important to followers of Buddhism... Foreign tourists who visit
here regularly complain about the neglected sites,” he said, adding that if the
prime minister is taking an interest in these caves “it is a positive sign.”
said the caves boast Buddhist murals that date back some 2,500 years.
History and Literary Heritage Division Joint Secretary Syed Junaid Akhlaq said
the archaeology department will play its due role in the preservation of these
are protected sites and the archaeology department is already executing a small
project to uplift and preserve them. Now after the prime minister’s directive,
all the concerned departments will play our role to develop these sites,” he
said, adding that the Evacuee Trust Property Board is the custodian of the
caves, and the archaeology department is collaborating closely with them.
Shah Allah Ditta caves are said to date back to the Stone Age. Archaeologists
have said the caves and rock shelters were first brought into use by humans
during the Stone Age.
caves were used in various eras, and the surviving frescos on the walls
represent images such as Hindu deities, while a stream in front of the caves
also shows that the site remained in the use of Hindus before partition.
The United States and Pakistan can further enhance bilateral trade if strategic
ties between the two countries continue to improve, said a White House
factsheet released on Tuesday.
factsheet “Working toward Peace and Stability: Building Economic Prosperity”
notes that the United States and Pakistan enjoy a strong economic partnership
that benefits both countries.
official document points out that Pakistan and the US traded $6.6 billion worth
of goods last year, setting a new record of bilateral trade.
the document recognises Pakistan’s role in the Afghan peace process, US
officials recently also urged Islamabad to encourage transit trade between
India and Afghanistan, noting that it would benefit all by enhancing trade
between South and Central Asian regions.
Donald Trump also expressed his desire to increase trade with Pakistan when
asked at his July 22 news briefing what his administration was willing to do to
help boost the Pakistani economy.
I see great trade with Pakistan. And I’m not talking about a little bit more.
I’m talking about — we could go 10 and even 20 times what we’re doing right
now,” he said.
know, Pakistan is a big country. It’s actually a very big country, and they
have tremendous product. They make great product,” he added.
bought from Pakistan over the years when I was in the private sector. They make
incredible product. They’re brilliant people. They’re hard-working people.”
said that he believed the US and Pakistan could “have a fantastic trade
relationship. I don’t mean we’ll increase it by 20 per cent. I mean, I think we
can quadruple it. I think it could go — I mean, literally, it sounds crazy —
you could go 10 times more. You could go 20 times more.”
said he believed in multiplying trade with Pakistan because he felt “what we do
right now is not much, and we should do a lot.”
statement and the White House factsheet endorse Islamabad’s claim that Prime
Minister Imran Khan’s US visit was a success, although it also highlights the
key issues that need to be resolved to further enhance this relationship.
document notes that Pakistan also purchased extensive amounts of American
liquefied natural gas during the same period, about 22.8 billion cubic feet.
re-established its presence in Pakistan in 2018 after 27 years and is working
to increase LNG imports.
lays greater emphasis on economic relations than did recent statements by US
officials, who focused more on Pakistan’s cooperation in restoring peace to
A small military plane of the Pakistan Army crashed into a residential area in
the garrison city of Rawalpindi early Tuesday, killing 18 people, including
five military personnel, officials said.
Pakistan Army Aviation aircraft on a routine training flight crashed in the
suburbs of Mora Kalu village, killing 12 civilians and five crew members and
destroying five to six houses, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR)
- the media wing of the Pakistan Army.
said that all five crew members, including two pilots, were killed in the
a local rescue spokesman said that 18 dead bodies were brought to hospital that
included 13 civilians and five crew members.
commissioner Rawalpindi Ali Randhawa told the media that the incident occurred
between 2:30 to 2:40 am when a small military plane which was on a training
mission crashed in Rawalpindi.
teams of 1122 and Pakistan Army immediately reached the site and started the
ISPR said that rescue officials had extinguished the fire caused by the crash
and moved the injured to various hospitals of Rawalpindi, where paramedics said
most of the victims were badly burnt.
least 12 people wee injured in the accident, officials said.
cause of the crash is yet to be ascertained and the rescue operation was
completed by the morning, they said.
village where the plane crashed is located close to the posh area of Bahria
Town. Soon after the crash, a massive fire broke out that engulfed several
houses in the locality.
of the locals have also uploaded pictures of the burning houses on social
Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed their grief over the loss of
lives in the aircraft crash.
has a poor air safety track record, with plane and helicopter crashes occurring
frequently over the years.
2016, a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane carrying 48 people,
including famous pop singer-turned-Islamic preacher Junaid Jamshed, his wife
and Deputy Commissioner Chitral Osama Warraich, crashed and burst into flames
in a hilly area near Abbottabad after facing engine problems.
2012, a Bhoja Airline plane, a Boeing 737 carrying 121 passengers and six crew
members, crashed near Islamabad just just before touchdown.
worst aviation tragedy on Pakistani soil came in July 2010 when an Airbus 321
passenger jet operated by the private airline Airblue crashed into hills
overlooking Islamabad. The flight was coming from Karachi.
152 people on board were killed in the accident, which occurred amid heavy rain
and poor visibility.
The Supreme Court has been requested to review its Aug 31, 2018 order of
allowing retired judges of superior or sessions courts with five-year judicial
experience to be appointed as principals of law colleges.
Fareed Ahmed A. Dayo, who has been the senior most professor at Sindh Muslim
(Govt) Law College in Karachi for the past 17 years, argued in his petition
that the apex court decision was contrary to the policy formulated by the
National Judicial Policy Making Committee, which functions under the chief
justice of Pakistan, since the committee’s decisions were bound to be followed
by superior court judges even after their retirement.
petition argued that it would be below the status or dignity of the judge of a
superior court to act as secretary of the board of governors (BoGs) of law
colleges in Karachi in terms of Section 6 of the Sindh Government Education and
Training Institutions Ordinance, 1960.
Dayo was appointed lecturer on April 1, 2003 and confirmed by S.M. Law
College’s BoGs on April 10, 2004.
petitioner contended that he had a legitimate expectancy to be appointed
principal of the law college, but the Sindh High Court had on a petition
ordered issuance of advertisement in newspapers inviting applications for the
post. Subsequently, the petitioner was not considered for the post and he
apprehended that he would be excluded permanently and some retired judge might
be appointed as principal of the law college.
petition contended that the apex court’s judgement would violate the
fundamental rights of senior faculty members of different government law
colleges, if outsiders/retired judges were appointed principals of such
institutions. It said the Supreme Court had also failed to take into
consideration that no criteria had been fixed for the appointment of chairman
and members of BoGs for law colleges, adding that the chairmanship of BoGs was
given to the vice chancellor of the relevant University of Law Colleges.
petition contended that the S.M. Law College was governed under the Sindh
Government Education and Training Institutions Ordinance, 1960, and not under
the Rules of 2015 (which has repealed the Rules of 1978) framed by the PBC
under the Pakistan Bar Council Legal Education Rules, 2015.
petition explained that there were two kinds of law colleges — one run by the
private sector under the PBC Legal Education Rules 2015, and the other by the
government under the Sindh Government Education and Training Institutions
least five people have been killed after a loud explosion outside the City
police station in Quetta, DawnNewsTV reported quoting police and hospital
to the spokesman for Quetta's Civil Hospital, Waseem Baig, around 34 people
have also been injured in the blast, the nature of which was not immediately
dead and injured have been shifted to Civil Hospital where an emergency was
imposed to treat the injured.
Inspector General of Police Mohsin Hassan Butt told DawnNewsTV that police were
apparently the target of the blast and policemen are among those injured.
blast shattered the glass windows of nearby shopping malls and shops. The sound
of the explosion was heard far and wide, causing panic among the people.
The main opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has alleged that the
government is putting pressure on various institutions to arrest party
president and opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif.
at a news conference at the National Press Club here on Tuesday, senior PML-N
leader and former National Assembly speaker Ayaz Sadiq, information secretary
Marriyum Aurangzeb and joint secretary Attaullah Tarrar challenged the
government and head of the Prime Minister’s Assets Recovery Unity (ARU) Shahzad
Akbar to present proofs of corruption against the party leaders before courts
and become a party to the defamation suit that had been filed by Mr Sharif
against British newspaper Daily Mail for publishing a damaging and “false”
report against him.
Akbar at the behest of (Prime Minister) Imran Khan is pressurising NAB
(National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and FIA (Federal Investigation Agency) to
arrest Shahbaz Sharif,” said Ms Aurangzeb.
PML-N’s information secretary asked Mr Akbar to make public the proofs against
the arrested party leaders and Mr Sharif, instead of waving “meaningless
papers” at press conferences to hide his “embarrassment and deceive the
Aurangzeb declared Mr Akbar a “rented spokesperson” of the PTI regime, saying
if he had any “semblance of courage and integrity”, he should stop wasting
taxpayers’ money on press conferences and should present the proofs in courts.
did the PTI regime end up in the sewerage drain of Ramzan Sugar Mill after
claiming billions in corruption? Why did they need to blackmail and pressure
judges into rulings against Nawaz Sharif, if they had such undeniable proofs of
corruption against him? Why were they forced to use the age-old tool of
political victimisation, the assets beyond means?” she asked.
Aurangzeb alleged that the story in the Daily Mail had been planted by Mr Akbar
at the behest of the “selected prime minister”.
said a number of PML-N leaders like Hamza Sharif, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Salman
Rafique, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Rana Sanaullah were behind the bars, but the
government had failed to prove any corruption charges against them.
slammed the PTI government for making “fake cases” to silence the PML-N leaders
by locking them up behind bars. She said the case against Rana Sanaullah was a
“blatant and shameful act” of enormous proportions. She dared the PTI to
present the video of the narcotics being recovered from Mr Sanaullah’s car
which they claimed to have seized.
said even a government minister lied on the floor of the assembly regarding the
allegations against Mr Sanaullah.
pointed out that when Mr Sanaullah asked in the court about the video, they had
nothing to say.
Interior Minister retired Brig Ijaz Shah that the spokespersons of the
opposition leaders should also be arrested, she challenged the minister “to
arrest her right now”.
Sadiq said the present “regime” was trying to deceive the nation with false
accusations to divert attention from its “glaring blunders” that had brought
the country and its people to the brink of total disaster.
the response letter written by the Daily Mail in response to the notice sent by
Mr Sharif, the former speaker said the British publication had excused itself
from submitting the reply in the designated 14-day period and had sought
additional time. Mr Sadiq said this plea for a delay could only mean that the
newspaper did not have any plausible proof to back up its “fictitious story”.
said the publication presented the story as a piece of investigative journalism
and if that investigation was rooted in truth it would not need more than 24
hours to present evidence and prove the story.
to Mr Sadiq, Mr Akbar said he was a barrister which was strange because he did
not know anything about the UK’s legal system which merited a direct notice to
the party which in turn triggered the legal suit.
Pakistan and Uzbekistan agreed to improve military level contacts and training
besides undertaking concrete steps for eradication of terrorism, said a
statement released on Tuesday by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
matters were discussed during a meeting between Chairman Security Services of
Uzbekistan and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the General
Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi.
per army’s media wing, during the meeting, matters pertaining to mutual
interests, bilateral ties, regional situation, defence and security cooperation
and other issues were also discussed in detail.
Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Monday said a major shift had occurred in the
policy and thought of the US leadership in the last 11 months and now it was
seeking political solution to the Afghan issue.
U.S. Working To Upgrade Unifil’s Mandate To Weaken Hezbollah
– Israel and the United States are jointly working to have the United Nations
Security Council to upgrade the mandate of the international peacekeeping force
based in southern Lebanon, providing it with greater authority in an effort to
Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon told The Jerusalem Post that Israel is working
with the US to upgrade UNIFIL’s mandate, specifically to give it the ability to
visit and inspect any area in southern Lebanon. Under the existing mandate,
UNIFIL cannot enter villages and urban areas unless it first coordinates such
visits with the Lebanese Armed Forces.
told the Security Council last week that in the 13 years since the war ended,
“[we have] yet to receive an accurate picture of the gravity of the situation
in southern Lebanon. It is unfortunate that some have chosen to turn a blind eye
to the reality on the ground.”
added that “UNIFIL must be fully equipped to discharge its mandate and
contribute to stability in the region.”
1701 calls for no sale or supply of arms and related material to Lebanon except
as authorized by its government, he pointed out. “It appears, however, that
this call for an embargo has been completely ignored.”
and the US want to add two clauses to UNIFIL’s mandate. The first would give
UNIFIL authority to enter any village or area it would like without
second would obligate UNIFIL to report if Hezbollah attempts to prevent the
international force from visiting a specific location, something not enforced
believe that they should do more, and that they should be more effective,”
Danon told the Post. “We think that the mandate should be more specific.
Unfortunately, today they are not allowed to enter many areas. Once they’re
being blocked from entering a location, the least they could do is to put it in
their report, the exact location, and who blocked them. They are failing to do
that, and it happens daily.”
believes that Hezbollah is storing most of its weapons within residential areas
inside homes, hospitals and schools in the nearly 180 Shi’ite villages throughout
southern Lebanon, which fall within UNIFIL’s area of operations.
said that he respects the work of UNIFIL, and that changing the mandate will
allow its personnel to get “better results on the ground.”
United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) was established in 1978 and
beefed up in 2006, after the Second Lebanon War ended with the passing of
Security Council resolution 1701. UNIFIL’s mandate is renewed annually in
Israel Launched Two Attacks On Iranian Targets In Iraq In July
Tzvi Joffre, Anna Ahronheim
IAF used its F-35i stealth fighter jets to hit two Iraqi bases that were used
by Iranian forces and proxies and for storing ballistic missiles, the
London-based Saudi daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported on Tuesday.
first attack happened on July 19 at a base in Amerli in the Saladin province
north of Baghdad. Iraqi and Iranian sources blamed Israel at the time, and
Asharq Al-Awsat reported that “diplomatic sources” confirmed the attack,
specifying that it was carried out by an Israeli F-35.
Arabiya television news reported that Iranian-made ballistic missiles were
transported to the base shortly before the attack via trucks used to transport
refrigerated food. The identity of the aircraft which conducted the attack was
unspecified at the time, and the US denied any involvement. Iranian
Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Hezbollah members were killed in the
airstrike, according to Al Arabiya. However, the Iranian-backed al-Hashd
ash-Sha’abi (Popular Mobilization Forces) denied that any Iranians were killed,
according to Fars News Agency.
source from the IRGC told the Kuwaiti Al-Jarida newspaper that preliminary
investigations indicate that Israel was behind the attack. An Israeli drone
launched from a US base in Syria attacked the base, which stored short- and
IRGC reached this conclusion because the type of missile that hit the camp is
the same used by the IAF in attacks on Syria.
Al-Awsat also reported that a second attack by Israel on Sunday on a base in
Ashraf, northeast of Baghdad, had targeted Iranian advisers who were present at
the base and a shipment of ballistic missiles that had just arrived from Iran.
week, an explosion killed Hezbollah operative Mashour Zidan in southern Syria,
and a few days later, a rocket struck the strategic Tel Haraa site not far from
where Zidan was killed.
a resident of the Druze village of Hadar, is said to have been a senior
Hezbollah operative responsible for recruiting volunteers from villages near
the border with Israel as part of Hezbollah’s Golan file.
site has been used by the Syrian Armed Forces for years to observe IDF
movements, and since the Bashar al-Assad regime reclaimed the area from rebels
last summer, there have been several strikes on the site that have been blamed
the base, which has electronic surveillance capabilities, was supposed to be
manned solely by regime troops, pro-Iranian militias – including Hezbollah –
are known to be stationed there.
has begun moving its assets from areas repeatedly struck by Israel to locations
closer to the border with Iraq, specifically the T4 Airbase located between
Homs and Palmyra.
Israeli military court jailed a prominent Palestinian lawyer for 13 and a half
years on Tuesday for shooting at Israeli vehicles in the occupied West Bank,
the army said.
Barghout, a Ramallah-based lawyer who represented Palestinians accused by
Israel of security-related offenses, was himself arrested in February, along
with Palestinian Authority official Zakaria Zubeidi.
army said in a statement that Barghout was convicted as part of a plea bargain.
fired at Israeli buses and at security forces on a number of occasions,” it
a former head of a militant group who later became an official of the PA
commission for Palestinians in Israeli jails, is still awaiting trial.
men were charged in May with carrying out shooting attacks in the Ramallah area
between November 2016 and January 2019, in which three Israelis were slightly
to Israel’s Shin Bet domestic security agency the pair used Zubeidi’s official
PA vehicle for transport.
lawyer Leah Tsemel, representing Barghout, said that he alone fired the shots.
said in his statement that he opened fire after feeling that Palestinians were
being treated very unjustly by Israeli courts,” she told AFP.
said that he was also distressed by having to accompany bereaved Palestinians
to receive from Israeli authorities the bodies of loved ones killed in conflict
with Israeli forces.
Barghout fired from a distance at a settlers’ bus to make them understand that
they can never feel secure in the occupied territories,” Tsemel said.
annexed east Jerusalem, more than 400,000 Israeli settlers live in the West
Bank alongside more than 2.5 million Palestinians.
law considers the settlements to be illegal and a barrier to peace between
Israelis and Palestinians.
former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons to kill thousands of
Iranians during the imposed war from 1980 to 1988, not only did the US and its
Western and regional allies look the other way but they also aided the
then-dictatorial regime in committing war crimes.
didn’t have the possibility of producing the bombs from scratch. But it had
several accomplices. Countries providing Iraq with the ingredients for chemical
bombs knew Iraq was at war.
US, the UK, Germany, Italy, and Holland were among the countries providing
Saddam Hussein’s Ba’athist Iraq with the equipment and material to build
made the most of its acquisitions by launching over 350 large-scale gas attacks
along the Iran-Iraq border between 1980 and 1988 on soldiers and civilians
it wasn’t just mustard gas. Iraq also used the nerve agents VX, Tabun, and
Sarin. This left Iran with over 107,000 victims, 2,600 of whom died at the
time. Over 45,000 others were left in permanent need of relief aid provided by
Iran’s Veterans and War Victims Foundation.
northwestern Iranian town of Sardasht was just one of the civilian areas to
experience the devastating effects of mustard gas and nerve agents.
citizens of Sardasht were all too accustomed to Iraqi bombardment in the 1980s
— conventional bombs that is. Little did they know that the new chemical bombs
didn’t have to explode to kill and maim. Before they knew it, 110 people were
was on July 22, 1988 when Zardeh, a village of 1,700 residents were hit
presumably by Tabun, a nerve gas that causes convulsions and paralysis before
death. This killed 275 on the spot and injured 1,146. Not least, a Zardeh water
source was contaminated by missile collision. This poisoned people and animals
in other villages.
Iraqi dirty strikes on Iran after Sardasht were carried out in March 1988 in
villages around the city of Marivan, and in May-June 1988 in villages around
the cities of Sarpol-e Zahab, Gilan-e-gharb, and Oshnavieh.
March 1988, Iraq also used chemical weapons in Halabja, home to Iraqi Kurds,
who had joined with Iran in fighting Saddam. According to reports, 5,000 mainly
women and children were killed of mustard gas and sarin poisoning, and up to
12,000 have died since because of chemical exposure.
Tehran’s Peace Museum is a reminder of the horrors of chemical warfare
Iranian nation revisited the Sardasht affair on its 32nd anniversary recently.
That is barely over a month apart from Hiroshima and Nagasaki days on August 6 and
9, when the Japanese cities were nuked by the US in 1945.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message paid tribute in to Sardasht
chemical attack victims.
the chemical bombardment of Sardasht is one of the most bitter memories
remained for the Iranians since the eight years of the imposed war…,” Zarif
said. “This stain of disgrace will remain on the foreheads of the perpetrators
and supporters of this crime forever.”
Islamic Republic of Iran, in accordance with the legal, religious and ethical
norms on the prohibition of Weapons of Mass Destruction, insists on its
principled policy of condemning the use of chemical weapons at any time, any
place and under any circumstances, and considers the complete elimination of the
remaining stockpiles of chemical weapons of the US, the only holder of those
weapons…, as a key step towards achieving a world free of WMDs,” the top
Iranian diplomat stated.
Iran is the world’s largest laboratory for the study of the effects of chemical
weapons, because of the unthinkable number of Iranian victims.
small-pox has been eradicated more or less, and cancer patients get to live a
decade longer in comfort, victims of chemical warfare say they only feel worse
as time goes by.
gas or sulfur mustard initially smells as harmless as garlic. But it can cause
large blisters on the skin and in the lungs. Its victims suffer anything from
blindness to cancer. The nerve agent was used against Iran in dusty, liquid,
and vapor forms.
ongoing suffering of lives impaired is undeniable. But, as Dr. Mostafa Ghanei,
pulmonary specialist, makes the point, it could have been even worse.
God knows what would happen to the poor victims of chemical attacks if it
wasn’t for Iran’s findings in this field. Iran’s findings helped reduce the
symptoms of the victims of Halabja chemical attack down to 50 percent,” he told
Shoeibi, an expert from Food and Drug Organization, said, “Nuclear bombs have a
massive destructive power; they can kill a huge number of people in a few
seconds and destroy cities and infrastructure completely. Chemical weapons do
not have such power but they can destroy the internal organs of a body. We can
refer to chemical bombs as the nuclear bombs of human bodies because they did
to a human body what nuclear bombs do to a city.”
a million Iranians in different regions were exposed to Iraq’s chemical gases.
While it seems insulting to compare those Iranian cities’ catastrophic plight
to any other, a certain Japanese lady insists the world should annually
commemorate and commiserate chemical warfare victims also, on Sardasht Day.
Married to an Iranian, she gave up a son to the 8-year war imposed on Iran.
the war, together with other Iranian women who were caring for the injured,
guarding ammunition depots, and organizing food drives, I did my best to help
as much as I can. I had learnt that for independence, we must make sacrifice
otherwise world powers will plunder your resources.” Haniko Yamamora, a mother
of chemical attack victim, said.
Saleemi, an Iran-Iraq war veteran who was injured on the border between Iran
and Halabja, said the victims of the chemical attacks were fighting in a second
war caused by the shortage of drugs.
we don’t have access or at least easy access to the medicines that relieve our
chemical victims Press TV spoke to were Ali Akbar Fazli and Morad Darvishi.
agents affect lungs and internal organs of the body badly. Victims of chemical
weapons like me cannot tolerate pungent smell; if there is pungent smell, I
can’t even talk anymore,” said another war veteran Fazli, adding, “My left hand
and leg have been injured during the war I also suffer a ruptured eardrum
because of a mortar explosion,” Darvishi.
was the Operation Dawn 8 in Arvand Rud; I was doing my job as a nurse in the
warzone that the chemical weapons bombardment of Iraqis started. It was nerve
agent,” said Darvishi.
was actually wearing protective suit and gas mask but it wasn’t enough. Due to
the explosions my eardrums were ruptured. After I went into a coma, they took
me to a hospital in Tehran. For three months, I could not hear or see a thing.
My skin was entirely peeled off from top to toe. I got blisters all over,” he
Momeni Rad, at faculty of law and political science of the University of Tehran
said that the United Nations Security Council had asked the inspectors of the
UN and IAEA to keep secret the identity of the companies which had sold chemical
weapons to Iraq.
2004, a trial was held against a man named Frans van Anraat in Netherland who
was the head of one of the companies which sold thousands of tons of raw
materials of chemical weapons to Saddam. He was arrested and sentenced to prison
time under the conviction of complicity in genocide but the UNSC did almost
nothing but a mere expression of regret. This is while the UNSC was expected to
pass a tough resolution against the Iraqi Baath Regime.”
Israeli military has been building a new barrier made of sand dunes close to
the so-called buffer zone between the occupied territories and the Gaza Strip.
latest barrier follows the start of construction earlier this year of a
65-kilometer-long wall along the eastern perimeter of the coastal enclave and a
maritime separation wall in northern Gaza.
Israeli military claims that the barriers are aimed at preventing Palestinian
resistance factions in the Gaza Strip from monitoring Israeli forces operating
in the area and to confront Palestinians who have been demonstrating in the
enclave against the Israeli occupation since late March 2018.
Saudi-sponsored militiamen loyal to Yemen's former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur
Hadi, have been killed when Yemeni army forces and their allies launched a
missile strike against their camps in Saudi Arabia’s southern province of
media bureau of the Houthi Ansarullah movement announced in a statement that
Yemeni missile defense units fired five domestically-manufactured Zelzal-1
(Earthquake-1) missiles and artillery rounds at positions of Saudi mercenaries
in al-Sadis area of the region, located 844 kilometers (524 miles) south of the
Saudi capital Riyadh, on Tuesday afternoon.
statement added that the missiles hit the designated targets with great
precision, leaving a number of Saudi-paid militiamen killed and injured.
in the day, scores of Saudi mercenaries were killed and injured when Yemeni
troopers and fighters from allied Popular Committees struck their positions in
Moraba'a al-Shaja'a area of the same Saudi region.
Yemeni forces and their allies launched a barrage of artillery rounds at the
strongholds of Saudi mercenaries in the Qa'atabah district of the southern
Yemeni province of Dhale, leaving a number of the Riyadh-backed militiamen dead
Saudi mercenaries were also killed and wounded when a bomb explosion struck
them in al-Jarrah area of Yemen's southern province of Ta'izz.
Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign
against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of Hadi
back to power and crushing Ansarullah movement.
US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit
conflict-research organization, estimates that the Saudi-led war has claimed
the lives of over 60,000 Yemenis since January 2016.
forces have summoned a four-year-old Palestinian child from the occupied East
Jerusalem al-Quds neighborhood of al-Issawiya after charging him with throwing
stones at a military vehicle.
Monday, a large number of police forces stormed the neighborhood in order to
capture the child, identified as Mohammad Rabiaa Elayyan.
chased the child and when members from his family showed up, they were handed a
warrant ordering them to bring him to the Israeli police station on Salaheddine
Street for interrogation.
and his father Rabiaa went to the Israeli police station on Tuesday morning,
accompanied by fellow residents of Issawiya, who came to protest the
official WAFA news agency reported that Rabiaa was briefly interrogated by
Israeli police, and released shortly thereafter.
Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan also posted a video, showing the
four-year-old Palestinian child crying as he is carried by his father, who
enters the police station.
Abu Bakr, chairman of the Commission of Detainees’ and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs,
later denounced the Israeli police for summonsing the four-year-old Palestinian
child for interrogation.
Baker, in a post published on his Facebook page, slammed the Israeli regime for
committing flagrant crimes against Palestinian minors and children.
Palestinian childhood is in serious and constant danger while the international
community keeps silent on Israel’s violations,” he wrote.
police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld described the summoning as a “standard
procedure,” adding, “It’s an educational process and at the same time community
policing to deal with that incident.”
went on to say that no police officers were injured in the alleged
stone-throwing incident involving Mohammad.
on Tuesday, Israeli police summoned Palestinian child Qais Firas Obaid and his
father – residents of Issawiya – for interrogation, claiming that the young boy
had thrown stones at Israeli soldiers. They both have to appear in Israeli
police station on Wednesday.
Siam, director of the Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan, said the
interrogation summons are part of a broader policy to exert pressure on
a way to put pressure on the family, on the people. They know they cannot
arrest them, they cannot put them in jail - but it’s a kind of terror against
the children,” he commented.
said residents of Issawiya have been under a lot of pressure to stop their acts
of protest against regular raids and arrests by the Israeli army and police,
and frequent home demolitions.
collective punishment against Issawiya. They want people there to give up to
police. But the fact is that people do not want to welcome the police.
Palestinians have been injured when clashes erupted with Israeli forces who
paved the way for hundreds of settlers to storm a shrine on the outskirts of
Nablus city in the occupied West Bank.
to the Arabic-language Palestinian Information Center, the clashes erupted
after hundreds of Israeli troops stormed the compound of Joseph's Tomb (Qabr
Yusuf), east of Nablus, late on Monday.
sources said four Palestinians were hit by live bullets fired by the Israeli
forces and were transferred to the hospital, while eight others were hit by
rubber-coated steel bullets.
to the report, many Palestinians also suffered suffocation after inhaling tear
gas used by the Israeli forces.
the early hours of Tuesday, tens of buses and vehicles carrying 1,300 setters
arrived in the shrine under Israeli army protection.
600,000 Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967
occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem
Tomb is situated in the West Bank's Area A, which is controlled by the
Palestinian Authority; however, the Israeli military allows the settlers to
visit the site without approval, and even escorts them into the place.
is while the regime prevents Muslims from worshiping there.
claim the site contains the tomb of a rabbi, but the site is part of an old
mosque where Muslim scholar Yousuf Dweekat has been buried.
The Houthi militia bombed a market in Saada, killing 10 and wounding 20, a
Yemeni government source told the Saudi News Agency on Tuesday.
source condemned the attack, which was caused using a Katyusha rocket launcher.
This is not the first time global organizations disregard these repeated
terrorist crimes against civilians, the source said.
source called for the international community to take a clear stance on these
terrorist acts and the escalating humanitarian catastrophe.
use of such terrorist methods and gang behavior would not succeed in achieving
what the Iranian-backed Houthi militia seeks, which is forcing the Yemeni
people to accept its rebellion, the source added.
Yemeni official echoed the government’s call to the United Nations, the Office
of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Security Council and
international organizations to exert more pressure to stop the militia from
feared spy agency, the National Intelligence and Security Service, which was a
key tool of ousted President Omar al-Bashir to repress dissent, has been
renamed by the head of the country’s military council, the agency’s chief said
agency, widely known as NISS, launched a sweeping crackdown on street protests,
which erupted in December against now ousted leader Omar al-Bashir.
will now be called General Intelligence Service (GIS), its chief Lieutenant
General Abu Baker Mustafa said in a statement.
said the name change follows a decree issued by the head of the country’s
ruling military council General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.
council took over after the military ousted Bashir in April and is now working
with an alliance of protest and opposition groups on a power-sharing deal.
change in the name comes at a time when the security apparatus is being
restructured to keep pace with the political changes in the country,” Mustafa
name change also reflects increased professionalism in the agency to help
protect the country and national security.”
the ironfisted rule of Bashir, NISS oversaw repeated crackdowns on government
opponents and the media.
agents frequently confiscated the entire print-runs of newspapers that
criticized government policy or reported on anti-government protests.
agents of NISS targeted anti-Bashir protesters, the crackdown left dozens dead,
hundreds wounded and thousands arrested in the months-long protest campaign
before the army ousted Bashir on April 11.
crackdown was overseen by the former head of the agency, Salah Ghosh, who
resigned from his post soon after Bashir’s ouster. He was replaced by Mustafa.
had worked on and off for NISS ever since the 1989 coup that brought Bashir to
power, according to Sudanese media.
was credited with building NISS into one of the most important pillars of
Libyan military commander on Tuesday accused Khalifa Haftar, who commands rival
forces in eastern Libya, of bringing in foreign troops to attack the capital
is intelligence information about launching airstrikes [on Tripoli] by bringing
foreign parties [into Libya]," Osama al-Juwaili, commander of the military
West Zone of the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), said.
however, did not elaborate on the identity of the foreign forces, saying that
his forces have taken "unpredictable measures" against the possible
early April, forces loyal to Haftar have been launching a campaign to capture
Tripoli from the GNA forces.
between the two sides since then have left more than 1,000 people dead and
about 5,500 wounded, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
on the seized French weapons in Gharyan, the commander said the Libyan
Presidential Council has officially asked France to issue a clarification in
French said that they were unusable weapons that will be destroyed, but Libya
is not a landfill. This is unconvincing," he said.
forces seized four French missiles when it overran a camp of Haftar forces in
earlier this month officially denied providing missiles to forces loyal to
commander Khalifa Haftar in Libya’s east.
has remained beset by turmoil since 2011, when long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi
was ousted and killed in a bloody NATO-backed uprising after four decades in
United Nations has called for an investigation into the killing of five
schoolchildren during a protest rally in central Sudan.
to a doctors committee linked to the Sudanese opposition, the victims
“succumbed to direct wounds from sniper bullets during a peaceful rally”
against shortages of bread and fuel in the city of al-Obeid, the capital of
central province of North Kurdufan, on Monday.
a statement on Tuesday, the UN children’s agency (UNICEF) called on the
authorities “to investigate and hold all perpetrators of violence against
child should be buried in their school uniform,” the statement read, saying the
victims killed were between 15 and 17 years old.
Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), a key protest group, said, “The
Janjaweed forces and some snipers, without any mercy, confronted school
students with live ammunition.”
was referring to the African country’s paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF),
a tribal militia that was originally deployed to the western region of Darfur
in 2003, when mainly non-Arab tribes took up arms against Sudan’s Arab-led
announced a night-time curfew in four towns in North Kordofan state following
the deaths in al-Obeid and the SPA called for nationwide rallies against the
SPA said more than 60 people were wounded in the protest rally.
al-Taj, a protest leader at a Monday rally in the capital Khartoum said “the
dead are children and that adds to the brutality of this cowardly incident.”
for suspending talks with junta
killings come as protest leaders have called for the Tuesday talks with the
ruling generals to be suspended.
cannot sit at the negotiating table with those allowing the killing of
revolutionaries,” Siddig Youssef, a prominent protest leader, said in a
talks were due to be held on the remaining aspects of installing civilian rule
after the two sides inked a power-sharing deal earlier this month.
Sudan’s military rulers sought to distance themselves from the incident and
condemned the killing of the schoolchildren.
peaceful civilians is an unacceptable crime that needs immediate
accountability," General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, told reporters on
African country has been the scene of numerous protest rallies over the past
seven months. On April 11, the Sudanese military unseated and then imprisoned
75-year-old president Omar al-Bashir after some four months of widespread
protests over dire economic conditions and soaring prices of basic commodities.
the ouster of Bashir, who had come to power through a military coup in 1989,
Sudanese military leaders established the so-called Transitional Military
Council (TMC) with the task of running state affairs.
generals faced popular protests, which called for a civilian body to replace
Rights Watch (HRW) has denounced a recent Nigerian court ruling that bans the
movement led by jailed Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zakzaky, calling on the
Abuja government to reverse the ban, which prevents the group’s members from
“exercising their right to carry out peaceful activities.”
court in the capital Abuja ruled that activities of the Islamic Movement in
Nigeria (IMN) amount to “acts of terrorism and illegality” and ordered the
government to ban the religious group.
move drew criticism from New York-based Human Rights Watch.
sweeping court ruling against the Shia movement threatens the basic human
rights of all Nigerians,” said the HRW’s Nigeria researcher, Anietie Ewang.
“The government should seek to reverse the ban, which prohibits the religious
group’s members from exercising their right to meet and carry out peaceful
also warned that the ban “may portend an even worse security force crackdown on
the group, which could have dire human rights implications throughout Nigeria.”
ban runs contrary to the Nigerian constitution and international human rights
law, which guarantee the rights to freedom of religion, association and
expression, the HRW added.
also warned that the ban “may portend an even worse security force crackdown on
the group, which could have dire human rights implications throughout Nigeria.”
ban was imposed on the Islamic group while the Nigerian constitution and
international human rights law guarantee the rights to freedom of religion,
association and expression.
members regularly take to the streets of the Nigerian capital to call for the
release of Sheikh Zakzaky, who has been in detention since 2015. Nigerian
forces have used live ammunition against the protesters.
66 years old, the cleric was reportedly poisoned in prison and requires urgent
medical care abroad, according to members of IMN.
forces killed at least 20 members of the movement during protests over the past
week, according to a spokesman for the group.
soldier was killed and five were injured in an attack in northeastern Nigeria’s
Borno state that also saw 10 Islamic State West Africa Province fighters
killed, the regional force battling insurgency in the Lake Chad area said.
incident in Baga was described as a “surprise dawn attack on Multinational
Joint Task Force and national troops,” by the MNJTF’s Chief of Military Public
Information Colonel Timothy Antigha in a Monday, July 29 release published by
Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters.
said that around around 30 ISWAP militants – including suicide bombers –
attempted to infiltrate a defensive position in the Baga area around 0530 local
said that “vigilant troops spotted their approach” and thwarted the assault.
the process, 10 terrorists, including four suicide bombers were neutralized.
Others escaped with gun shot wounds,” Antigha said.
a soldier paid the supreme [price], while five others sustained varying
injuries and have been evaluated for medical attention,” Antigha said, without
specifying the soldiers’ nationalities.
and ammunition were later recovered, Antigha said, and an image showing four
AK-pattern assault rifles and a mobile phone was published.
must be re-emphasized that the MNJTF acting cohesively with national forces
will continue to pursue courses of action necessary for the achievement of its
mandate in the Lake Chad Basin,” Antigha said.
MNJTF, which comprises personnel from Chad, Cameroon, Niger, and Nigeria,
launched Operation Yancin Tafki on February 21 to battle the insurgents. It has
said the cross-border operation is aimed at “making islands and other
settlements in Lake Chad untenable for Boko Haram Terrorists.”
in the Lake Chad area
July last year, ISWAP has intensified attacks on military targets, killing
dozens of soldiers and overrunning bases, mainly in the Lake Chad area of
Nigeria, Chad and Niger where it is the dominant insurgent group.
late December, ISWAP fighters overran two military bases in and around the
fishing town of Baga, east of Borno state capital Maiduguri on the shores of
Lake Chad. Images released by Islamic State appeared to show large quantities
of weapons, vehicles and other equipment captured during the fighting in and
also attacked nearby military locations in Cross-Kauwa, Kukawa, Kekeno and
Bunduram, and made three unsuccessful attempts to overrun Monguno, prompting
preparations for a military offensive in the area late last year.
fighting triggered a “massive displacement” of civilians to already overcrowded
camps in Monguno and Maiduguri, the United Nations said in January.
troops reportedly returned to Baga on January 10, but the town – and the wider
area – has been contested since the initial onslaught in December.
April, two Chadian soldiers and at least 39 “Boko Haram” fighters were killed
when ISWAP attacked the MNJTF in Cross Kauwa.
May, ISIS released video featured extensive battle footage of attacks against
military bases which appear to have been carried out between November and
January, including attacks in Kareto, Arege and Baga in the Lake Chad area of
recently in early June, ISWAP fighters attacked military bases south of Baga in
Marte, Dikwa and Kirenowa.
late June, at least one Chadian soldier was killed and 12 other soldiers were
injured during an MNJTF operation against ISWAP in the Baga area, the Nigerian
Army said, adding that 42 “terrorists” were “neutralized while several others
were wounded.” ISIS claimed “at least 15” soldiers were killed and others
injured in a suicide car bomb attack.
number of military casualties caused in recent attacks is unclear. The Nigerian
military seldom comments on the ongoing counter-insurgency operations, and
tends to downplay the insurgents’ effectiveness, calling reports “fake news”
and the work of “Boko Haram sympathizers.”
jihadist group known as Boko Haram began its bloody insurgency in northeastern
Nigeria in 2009, but it has since spread into neighboring Niger, Chad and
Cameroon, prompting a regional military response. More than 27,000 people have
been killed and two million others displaced, sparking a dire humanitarian
crisis in the region. The U.S. assesses that Boko Haram and ISWAP have been
responsible for over 35,000 deaths since 2011.
Haram split into two factions in mid-2016. One, led by long-time leader
Abubakar Shekau, is notorious for suicide bombings and indiscriminate killings
of civilians. Shekau pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi in
March 2015, but ISIS central only gives formal backing to the other faction,
which it calls Islamic State West Africa Province.
ISWAP faction, which largely focuses on attacking military and government
targets, was led by Abu Mus’ab Al-Barnawi, but in March, audio recordings
revealed that ISIS appointed Abu Abdullah Idris bin Umar, also known as Ibn
Umar al-Barnawi, as leader. Despite releasing several videos featuring ISWAP
since, ISIS has not yet made a public statement confirming the change.
a government ban on the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), presidential
spokesman Garba Shehu accused the Shiite Muslim group of running
"terrorist activities, including attacking soldiers, killing policemen,
destroying public property and consistently defying state authority."
followers have been holding protests to demand the release of their detained
leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky. At least 20 members of the group were killed over the
past week in a series of demonstrations that have shown little sign of abating,
increasing pressure on the government.
more: Nigerian Shiites brave terror threat
a pro-Iranian cleric, has been in detention since 2015 despite a court order to
release him. On Monday, a court adjourned his bail hearing until August 5.
Musa, a spokesman for IMN, has denied the government accusations. "All the
people we interacted with know that we are not terrorists, because we don't
carry arms even during our processions," he said.
are the IMN?
founded the organization — originally a student movement inspired by Iran's
Islamic revolution — in the late 1970s. The Nigerian cleric convinced fellow
students that an Islamic revolution was also possible in their country. The
group's first reported march in 1980 was in support of Iran after a joint
US-Canadian operation to save US diplomats trapped in Tehran in 1979.
number of Shiites in Nigeria is estimated at 3 million, a number big enough to
scare the central government.
recent years, the country has seen frequent clashes between security forces and
IMN followers during protests and religious processions. Apart from demanding
Zakzaky's release, the Shiite group has claimed it only seeks freedom to
practice its faith in northern Nigeria, where it has many followers.
group's Shiite ideology is in opposition to the establishment ideology,
Wahhabism, a strict Sunni version of Islam from Saudi Arabia.
on Shiite religious practice?
followers say they are being persecuted by the country's majority Sunni
Muslims. But the government has said the ban does not cover the general Shiite
Muslim sect — just its founding organization, IMN.
all know this a mere semantics," AG Bello, lawyer based in the northern
town of Kaduna, told DW. "The followership of IMN is the Shiite sect. It's
still technically the Shiite and their activities that have been proscribed by
the federal government." Many
Nigerians in Kaduna have interpreted the government prohibition as a blanket
ban on Shiite Muslim practice in Nigeria. "We have been practicing our
faith for years, so there is no need for banning us, we are not
terrorists," Zainab Gashua told DW.
is mischievous for anyone to believe we are terrorists. We are not terrorists;
we are just an Islamic movement," said another woman, Zainab Katsina.
Haram deja vu
ban has raised fears the IMN could go underground, providing a potentially
serious security challenge for a government already dealing with the threat
posed by Muslim militant group Boko Haram in the country's northeast. Civil
society has called on the central government not to repeat its past mistakes.
the movement itself has denied any plans to take up arms. In the past, IMN
spokesman Musa has rejected analogies between his movement and Boko Haram:
"The Islamic movement is guided by and led by the principles of Islam, and
Islam is a religion of peace. It only calls on people to understand it, it doesn't
force people to follow it," he said.
more: Nigerian army accused of mass killing of Shiites
Haram also began as a non-violent group that turned deadly after its leader,
Mohammed Yusuf, and more than 700 people were killed in a clash with Nigerian
forces at Maiduguri's central mosque in 2009. Ibrahim Gwamna Msheliza, a
political analyst from Maiduguri, told DW last October that central authorities
have learned nothing from what happened in the northeast.
coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command
conducted an airstrike targeting ISIS terrorists in the Golis Mountain region,
Somalia, on July 27, 2019.
like these remain an effective tool in the counter-terrorist campaign against
ISIS and al-Shabab,” said U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. William West, deputy
director of operations, U.S. Africa Command. “The Federal Government of Somalia
and the United States will continue to disrupt terror organization operations
and degrade their capabilities whenever possible.”
Golis Mountains are a known area for terrorist activity. Precision airstrikes
such as these support Somali security forces efforts to protect the Somali
people from terrorism and support long-term security in the region.
this time, it is assessed the airstrike killed one (1) terrorist who played a
key role in facilitation for the group.
we assess no civilians were injured or killed as a result of this
airstrike. Our process and procedures
allow for additional information to inform post-strike analysis.
of Sudanese students joined protests across the country Tuesday condemning the
violent dispersal of a demonstration the day before that left four high school
killings reignited tensions between the pro-democracy movement behind the
protests that toppled President Omar al-Bashir in April and the military
council that has ruled since then.
two sides had been set to hold talks on Tuesday to finalize a power-sharing
agreement, but those were postponed after the killing of the students.
forces opened fire on a demonstration by teenage students in the city of Obeid
on Monday. At least five people were killed, including four students.
leaders say they were killed by security forces, while local authorities say
they have launched an investigation. The military condemned the violence.
marches were called by the Sudanese Professionals Association, which
spearheaded the uprising that began in December and eventually toppled
umbrella group is part of a larger coalition, known as the Forces for the
Declaration of Freedom and Change, that is negotiating with the military over a
transition to civilian rule.
posted online showed thousands of students in school uniforms, with schoolbags
on their backs, marching Tuesday in the streets of Khartoum and other places.
video showed students in the capital waving Sudanese flags and chanting slogans
such as: “Free revolutionaries, we will continue our way forward.”
canceled school nationwide starting Wednesday and until “further notice,” the
state-run SUNA news agency reported.
in North Kordofan, where Monday’s shootings took place, suspended classes
shortly after the violence and imposed a nightly curfew in parts of the
protest coalition and the military council had been set to meet Tuesday, but
protest leader Nour al-Din Salah said his side pushed the meeting to Wednesday
following the latest violence.
delegation from the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change has
traveled to the city of Obeid... The delegation includes the main negotiators,”
sides agreed on the outline of a power-sharing deal earlier this month but
remain divided on several key issues, including whether military commanders
should be immune from prosecution for violence against protesters.
month, security forces violently dispersed the protesters’ main sit-in outside
the military headquarters in Khartoum, killing scores of people and plunging
the fragile transition into crisis.
UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash says Qatar’s complicity
in an attack that was carried out in Somalia in May proves Doha’s ties to
the Qatar crisis with its neighbors, the New York Times report on the mediator
and the Qatari ambassador in Somalia documents Doha’s relationship with
extremism and terrorism. The recording is dangerous and can not be denied with
an urgent statement that was not accompanied by an investigation,” Gargash said
in a tweet.
to terrorism against the UAE is a regrettable escalation and affirms the
correctness of the actions of the four countries [Saudi Arabia, the UAE,
Bahrain and Egypt],” he added.
businessman linked to the Qatari Emir told Qatar’s ambassador to Somalia that
an extremist attack in May was carried out to advance Doha’s interests in the
country against the UAE, an audio recording obtained by the New York Times
to the New York Times report, in the recording Khalifa Kayed al-Muhanadi tells
Qatari ambassador Hassan bin Hamza Hashem that “the bombings and killings, we
know who are behind them.”
them kick out the Emiratis, so they don’t renew the contracts with them, and I
will bring the contract here to Doha,” al-Muhanadi says.
ambassador then tells al-Muhanadi that the attacks were taking place “to make
them run away,” referring to the UAE, whose Dubai state-owned port operator DP
World has a presence in the Horn of Africa.
friends were behind the last bombings,” al-Muhanadi replies. A suicide bombing
in Bosaso in northern Somalia wounded at least eight people in May.
in Sudan have ordered the shutdown of schools across the country amid an
escalation of tensions over the killing of five students.
allegedly shot dead the five high school students while they were taking part
in a protest rally against fuel and bread shortages in al-Obeid City on Monday.
on Tuesday, authorities ordered all schools nationwide to suspend classes.
have been given to governors of all states to shut kindergartens, primary, and
high schools from tomorrow (Wednesday) until further notice,” the official SUNA
news agency said, following a directive issued by the ruling military council.
the streets in the capital, Khartoum, crowds of students rallied, waving flags
and chanting, “The people want to fight for the rights of martyrs.”
keep silent all the time and they kill us,” said Enas Saifeddine, a 16-year-old
high school student. “The five students of al-Obeid were killed because they
were asking for something basic like food, water, and electricity.”
killings, which have caused outrage across the country and beyond, are
attributed to the tribal paramilitary group known as the Rapid Support Forces
United Nations (UN) has called for an investigation into the killings. The UN’s
children agency, UNICEF, has urged Sudanese officials “to investigate and hold
all perpetrators of violence against children accountable.”
General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of the ruling military council, has
condemned the killings.
happened in al-Obeid is sad. Killing peaceful civilians is an unacceptable
crime that needs immediate accountability,” he told journalists, quoted by
military council has been in power since April, when generals ousted long-time
president Omar al-Bashir in the midst of protests against him.
police chief says they want people to help security forces arrest members of
the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), led by jailed cleric Sheikh Ibrahim
Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu, addressing senior members of the
police force in the capital, Abuja, on Tuesday, said he wanted the public to
share information to “aid in the identification of the locations of the IMN
members and their mentors as well as in working with us in apprehending and
bringing them to justice.”
added that any IMN member or individuals linked to the movement “shall be
treated as a terrorist... and shall be brought to justice.”
also said that all forms of processions or protests by IMN were now illegal and
comments came days after a court in Abuja ruled that activities of the IMN
amounted to “acts of terrorism and illegality” and ordered the government of
President Muhammadu Buhari to ban the religious group.
Nigerian government has been violently cracking down on the IMN and its members
court ruling will pave the way for an even harsher crackdown.
after the highly controversial move, Human Rights Watch (HRW) denounced the
court ruling, saying it threatened the basic human rights of all people in the
ban is a sheer violation of the Nigerian constitution and international human
rights law, which guarantee the rights to freedom of religion, association, and
expression, the HRW added.
now 66, has been in detention since December 2015 after his residence in the
city of Zaria was raided by Nigeria’s forces, during which he was beaten and
lost vision in his left eye.
the brutal crackdown, three of his sons lost their lives, his wife sustained
serious wounds, and some 350 of his followers were killed.
then, IMN members have been regularly holding protest rallies in Abuja,
demanding the immediate release of the senior cleric. Nigerian forces have used
live ammunition against the protesters.
on Tuesday announced an official ban on the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, an
umbrella body for the country’s largest Shia group, warning its members may now
be prosecuted for terrorism.
chief Mohamed Adamu ordered security agencies to arrest anyone who claims
membership in the group led by Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who has been detained
since 2015 following a clash his followers had with troops. Over 350 Shia
members died in the brutal crackdown after they blocked the convoy of the
Nigerian army chief Yusuf Buratai.
members will henceforth be treated as terrorists and enemies of the state,”
Adamu said at a police conference in the capital Abuja, a few days after the
country’s federal high court judge approved a government proposal to ban the
forms of procession or protest by the movement are now illegal and thus
top cop said Shia members may now be tried under Nigeria’s terrorism law.
step came after several violent protests Shia have staged in Abuja, culminating
in multiple deaths, including a top police officer and journalist.
- Anti-Muslim hate crimes in 10 of the largest U.S. cities declined last year
for the second year in a row, according to a new report from California State
University at San Bernardino.
were a total of 53 reported anti-Muslim hate crimes in cities with large Muslim
populations such as New York and Los Angeles, down from 74 incidents reported
in 2017, the report by the university’s Center for the Study of Hate and
28% decline in anti-Muslim incidents last year on top of a smaller decrease in
2017 followed three years during which attacks on Muslim Americans nearly
doubled to levels not seen since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The offenses
have ranged from harassment and assault to homicide.
cautioning that the data is preliminary, Brian Levin, director of the center
and the report’s lead author, said the decline was focused mostly on larger
cities where historically a disproportionate number of hate crimes take
hate crimes, Levin said, tend to be “cyclical,” rising as terror attacks
carried out by Muslim extremists inspire a public backlash and falling when the
latest drop in anti-Muslim hate crime came as the number of deaths caused by
Muslim American extremist violence fell to one last year from 17 in 2017 and 54
comparison, in December 2015, after a Muslim couple killed 14 people in San
Bernardino in the deadliest terror attack since 9/11, anti-Muslim hate crimes
jumped 300%. And five days later when then-presidential candidate Donald Trump
called for a total ban on Muslims entering the country, anti-Muslim and
anti-Arab bias incidents jumped even further, according to Levin.
political events, particularly ones that are divisive or involve particular
communities, we have to be very careful with the political rhetoric because it
does translate sometimes in the minds of unstable or angry assailants into an
approbation for the direction of their aggression,” Levin said.
to the decline in the number of anti-Muslim incidents reported by police
departments, the FBI reinstated an anti-Arab hate crime category in 2015.
Incidents previously designated as anti-Muslim are now sometimes labeled
data collected by the Muslim advocacy organization Council on American-Islamic
Relations broadly confirms the latest decline in anti-Muslim hate crimes in the
United States. CAIR data, cited by the California State University report,
shows bias attacks on Muslims declined by more than half last year, from 300
incidents in 2017 to 134 incidents in 2018.
Arain, national research and advocacy manager for CAIR, did not confirm the
figures. But in an earlier email, she said that CAIR, unlike the FBI and the
Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, did not record a decrease in
anti-Muslim bias incidents in 2017.
fact, the group recorded a 15% increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes and a 17%
jump in anti-Muslim bias incidents in 2017 from the previous year, with
government agencies responsible for instigating more than one-third of the bias
incidents, she said.
represents an almost unprecedented level of government hostility toward a
religious minority within the United States, and is counter to the American
value of religious freedom,” Arain wrote.
administration officials reject such criticism, saying they remain committed to
combating hate crime.
am deeply concerned about the rise in hate crimes and political violence that
we have seen over the past decade,” Attorney General William Barr said at a
recent Justice Department summit on combating anti-Semitism. “We must have zero
tolerance for violence that is motivated by hatred for our fellow citizens
whether based on race, sex, or creed.”
fails to override Trump veto on Saudi Arabia
U.S. Senate has failed to override President Donald Trump's veto of legislation
meant to stop the sale of specific arms to Saudi Arabia.
five of the Senate's 53 Republicans voted in favor of the legislation late
Monday, the 45-40 vote fell short of the two-thirds needed to override a
U.S. Congress has long sought to punish the Saudi government for its human
rights violations, and pressure rose after the murder last fall of Saudi
journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi operatives in the kingdom’s Istanbul
Arabia initially denied any knowledge of Khashoggi’s whereabouts after he went
missing on Oct. 2, 2018, but later tried to blame his death on a team of rogue
operatives carrying out a botched rendition operation.
according to reports by the UN and other independent organizations, was
murdered and dismembered, very likely on the orders of Saudi Crown Prince
Muhammad bin Salman.
previously passed legislation mandating that Trump identify and sanction those
responsible for the journalist's killing, but he never complied.
said Monday they have yet to determine whether the weekend shooting of a member
of a Miami area synagogue constituted a hate crime, adding they're still
seeking the suspect after the attack outside the temple's front door.
victim, identified by the rabbi as temple member Yosef Lifshutz, was shot
several times in the legs Sunday evening and underwent surgery at a hospital,
police said. He was listed in stable condition at Aventura Hospital.
police detective Alvaro Zabaleta told news outlets the attacker got out of a
black Chevrolet Impala around 6:30 p.m. Sunday and shot the 68-year-old victim
as he approached the front door of the Young Israel of Greater Miami temple.
Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office's hate crimes unit is reviewing the case,
spokeswoman Lissette Valdes-Valle said Monday.
rabbi of the synagogue described Lifshutz as an esteemed member of the temple
a wonderful person," Rabbi David Lehrfield told WSVN . "Everybody
were searching for the shooter. The car had circled the temple several times as
Lifshutz walked toward the building, Zabaleta told WSVN.
circled once again, and by that time the victim was approaching the door,"
Zabaleta said. "That's when the driver of the Impala exits the vehicle and
opens fire towards the victim, striking him multiple times in the lower
Salzman, president of Young Israel of Greater Miami, posted on the temple's
Facebook page that the person who shot Lifshutz is a bully and a coward.
in Nevada have found evidence indicating an intent to carry out a large-scale
attack as well as white supremacist literature in the home of a man suspected
of committing a deadly Sunday shooting at a festival in California.
San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday that a search of 19-year-old suspect
Santino William Legan's home in Walker Lake, Nev., turned up empty ammunition
boxes, a gas mask, a knife, reading materials about radical Islam and white
supremacy, and a camouflage backpack.
found at the home was an empty bottle of Valium, according to the Chronicle.
Authorities are now searching computers and other electronic devices at the
home for more evidence of Legan's online activities and possible further
connections to white supremacist movements.
continue to try to understand who the shooter was, what motivated him, and
whether he was aligned with any particular ideology,” FBI Special Agent Craig
Fair said at a press conference Tuesday, according to the Chronicle.
digital media, historically, has been very revealing in terms of somebody’s
mind-set, ideological beliefs, intentions,” Fair continued. “We’ve got to get
into the computers, the towers, the thumb drive, the phone, to get a holistic
picture of him and who he was in touch with, what sentiments and thoughts he
shared with others, what he cataloged for his own consumption.”
people were killed and more than a dozen were injured Sunday when a suspect,
who police say was Legan, opened fire on the Gilroy Garlic Festival. One of the
victims was just 13 years old.
US Department of Justice has charged two men for allegedly conspiring to travel
to Egypt and join the Daesh (ISIL) Takfiri terrorist group operating in the
African country's restive Sinai Peninsula.
department announced in a press release on Tuesday that the defendants, both
refugees from Somalia, were arrested by FBI agents after they checked in for
their flight at the Tucson International Airport in Arizona.
July 26, Ahmed Mahad Mohamed and Abdi Yemani Hussein, were arrested for
conspiring to provide material support and resources to ISIL, a designated
foreign terrorist organization," the department said in the press release.
the defendants purchased airline tickets to travel to Egypt, with the intention
to travel on to Sinai and join ISIL," it added.
Justice Department said the two men had been in communication with an FBI
undercover employee whom they believed was a supporter of Daesh ideology and
planned to travel overseas to fight for the Takfiris or to conduct an attack
within the United States.
convicted, the two Somalis will be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.
Sinai Peninsula has been under a state of emergency since October 2014, after a
deadly terrorist attack left 33 Egyptian soldiers dead.
the past few years, terrorists have been carrying out anti-government
activities and fatal attacks in Egypt, taking advantage of the turmoil that
erupted after the country’s first democratically-elected president, Mohamed
Morsi, was ousted in a military coup in July 2013.
Velayat Sinai group, which is affiliated with Daesh, has claimed responsibility
for most of the assaults.
year, the Egyptian army launched a full-scale counterterrorism campaign on an
order by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, after a terror attack in North Sinai
claimed the lives of more than 300 people at a mosque.
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