public stoning happened in Taghlit, in the Kidal region CREDIT: AFP
Talaq Case: Muslim Judge on Multi-Faith Bench Kept Mum All Through
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talaq case: Muslim judge on multi-faith bench kept mum all through
DELHI: A unique, multi-faith five-judge bench of the Supreme Court, with a
Sikh, Christian, Parsi, Hindu and Muslim on it, concluded hearings on the
challenge to the triple talaq practice on Thursday but Justice Abdul Nazeer did
not utter a single word during the six-day hearing.
J S Khehar and Justices Kurian Joseph, R F Nariman and U U Lalit freely engaged
the counsel seeking clarifications on doubts over religious practices and
customs of the Muslim community, but Justice Nazeer had no question to ask.
Probably, he was well aware of the origin, practice and prevalence of triple
talaq+ among Muslims in India and abroad.
hearing in any court in India on any Muslim custom, practice or personal law
can be complete without referring to Sir Dinshah Fardunji Mulla's monumental
work on interpretation of Mohamedan law.
Mulla was referred to by senior advocate Salman Khurshid on Thursday, Justice
Nariman said, "Mulla was not only a great scholar on Muslim law but also a
qualified priest like me in the Parsi community." Justice Joseph, who had
absented himself from the Chief Justices Conference in 2015 protesting at the
event being scheduled on Good Friday and shooting off a letter to the PM
reminding him that equal importance must be shown to sacred days of all
religions, was the most vociferous. He asked simple and intricate questions
about the connection between religion and social practices. He also made the
counsel feel at ease before the bench.
AIMPLB was adamant that Muslim personal law practices could not be tested for
its validity by courts, the petitioners were adamant that triple talaq was a
blot on the Muslim community for denying right to equality to women. With the
division getting sharper as the conclusion of hearing neared, senior advocate
Indira Jaising said, "The SC has to walk the razor's edge.
is no escaping this." CJI Khehar replied in a lighter vein, "If we
walk the razor's edge, we will be cut into two." Another advocate, Ashwini
Upadhyay, attempted to ridicule AIMPLB's stand saying tomorrow there would be a
Hindu Personal Law Board to take a rigid stand on Hindu practices. The bench
stopped him and said, "You are a lawyer, don't argue this."
Indonesia, moderate Muslims call for blasphemy law to be repealed
// Moderate Muslim leaders and human rights activists have renewed calls for
the repealing of Indonesia’s 1965 blasphemy law after the ethnic-Chinese
Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Purnama was convicted and jailed for
misusing a verse in the Quran.
say the growing use of the law, enshrined in Indonesia’s criminal code,
inhibits free speech and has left Christians and other minorities feeling
marginalised in a Muslim-majority nation whose secular constitution is meant to
protect religious freedom.
were only eight cases of blasphemy during authoritarian leader Suharto’s
32-year rule, including one in which a tabloid editor was jailed for five years
for publishing a popularity poll that put the Prophet Mohammad in eleventh
Human Rights Watch records 106 cases alone during the decade-long presidency of
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, whose efforts to curry favour with conservative
religious leaders is now widely blamed for the growing intolerance in
now, blasphemy remains in the government-proposed draft of the revised criminal
code. It is still being deliberated in parliament, although it has now been
moved from "crimes against public order" to "crimes against
want it abolished altogether.
question the blasphemy article was used as a political tool," Indonesia’s
Tempo magazine said in an editorial this week. "It can be used by anyone
to throw a person in jail who dares question religious definitions."
North Jakarta district court sentenced Purnama to two years’ imprisonment for
blasphemy, killing his chances of a second term in office.
was jailed despite prosecutors reducing the charge to hate speech a day after
the governor’s resounding defeat in the May 9 gubernatorial election.
alone is strong grounds for an appeal, but the court’s surprise decision to
order Purnama’s immediate arrest means he will remain in jail during that
process and unable to serve out his remaining six months in office.
blame Purnama’s surprisingly heavy election loss on his drawn-out trial and a
coordinated campaign by Islamic hardliners and self-serving politicians
determined to prevent the election of Jakarta’s first Christian governor.
disturbing for legal experts was the lack of a dissenting opinion among the
five judges. The single Christian judge was replaced by a Muslim when he died
during the four-month trial, leaving only a Balinese Hindu among the other four
verdict creates the perception that the judiciary – or some of it – has become
part of the rising intolerance in the world’s largest Muslim nation.
instantly sent a signal that non-Muslims are lesser citizens," Indonesia
expert Sidney Jones wrote in a recent commentary. "It underscored the rot
at the core of the legal system, the lack of progress made in judicial reform,
and the weakness of constitutional guarantees of equality under the law."
way political elites seem oblivious to the potential harm to national unity by
exploiting religious sentiments and racism ahead of the 2019 legislative and
presidential elections when president Joko Widodo is expected to seek a second
violent May 13 protest against a visit to Christian-dominated North Sulawesi by
deputy parliamentary speaker Fahri Hamzah, a member of the Sharia-based Justice
and Prosperity Party (PKS), showed the potential for widening polarisation.
addition to having a remarkably intolerant religious affairs minister, one of
Mr Yudhoyono’s key advisers was Ma’ruf Amin, the director of the Indonesian
Council of Ulama (MUI), which issued edicts against secularism, pluralism and
turning MUI into a quasi-state institution, the president effectively handed
control of religion and its impacts on public life to a conservative lobby that
went on to demonstrate its dislike of the trappings of secular Indonesia,
including the celebration of Valentine’s Day.
facing charges of blasphemy have all been convicted without exception. And all
have been members of minority religious communities, including Shia, Sufi and
Gafatar, a tiny Kalimantan community whose three leaders were given harsh
five-year jail terms for blasphemy last March.
of the blasphemy cases have been brought in Aceh, the only province permitted
to practise Sharia, and in West Sumatra, West Java and Madura where Islamists,
politicians and police have joined forces to target minorities in the name of
maintaining public order.
Widodo has done little to reverse the discriminatory policies and practices,
instead seeking the help of the two Muslim organisations, Nahdlatul Ulama and
Muhammadiyah, to counter the rise of the conservatives.
has clearly failed, in large part because neither of the organisations have
widely respected leaders of the calibre of the late Muslim intellectual
Nurholish Majid and ex-president Abdurrahman Wahid who both led the campaign
for a democratic Islam.
Mali Couple Stoned To Death for Violating 'Islamic Law' by
unmarried couple were stoned to death in public in northeast Mali by
"Islamists", local officials revealed, the first such incident since
jihadist groups were driven out of the region.
seized key northern cities in March 2012, and though they were driven out by a
French-led military intervention in 2013, Islamist groups continue to make
their presence felt with frequent attacks on domestic and foreign forces.
Islamists dug two holes where they put the man and the woman who lived
maritally without being married," said a local official. "They were
stoned to death."
stoning happened in Taghlit on Tuesday, close to Aguelhok in the Kidal region,
and the same source told AFP that members of the public were invited to take
people threw stones at them until they died," they said.
local official said the Islamists had accused the unmarried couple of violating
"Islamic law", which requires punishment by stoning.
their brief control of key towns in the vast north, jihadist groups imposed a
version of Sharia law which forced women to wear veils and set whipping,
stoning and mutilation as punishment for transgressions.
July 2012, the al-Qaeda-linked Ansar Dine group stoned a couple in public in
Aguelhok who they accused of having children outside marriage.
stoning comes on the eve of an expected visit to Mali by French President
Emmanuel Macron, who is due to meet French troops stationed there on Thursday
Malian Association for the Defence of Human Rights (AMDH) described the stoning
as "cowardly murder".
is barbaric. The people who did this should be arrested and put on trial,"
said Oumar Diakite, an AMDH official.
2015 peace deal signed by Tuareg-led rebels, the government and pro-Bamako
militias aimed to quell separatist uprisings in the north and isolate jihadist
its implementation has been piecemeal and the jihadists, who did not sign up to
the accord, continue to mount attacks on civilians and the army, as well as
French and UN forces.
new UN peacekeeping chief said a rapid intervention force of Senegalese troops
would soon be deployed in central Mali, which has seen an increase in attacks
and communal violence since 2015.
Lacroix, on his first visit to Mali since becoming under secretary-general for
UN peacekeeping operations, said the UN mission lacked capacity.
are hopeful that, soon, a number of reinforcements will arrive, which will make
up for these shortcomings," he said.
UN mission, known by its acronym MINUSMA, has been stationed in the west
African country since 2013 and is considered the world body's most dangerous
active peacekeeping deployment.
opposition Parena party meanwhile noted that 309 people had been killed since
the beginning of the year by armed groups, describing "alarm at the
deterioration of the security situation" two years after the signing of
the peace deal.
Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir praised on Thursday Riyadh’s “historic” ties with
Washington and “expected” commercial and political deals to be signed during
Donald Trump’s imminent visit to the kingdom, the leader’s first foreign trip
as US president.
visit will “reinforce historic partnership” between Saudi Arabia and the United
States, Jubeir said during a press conference he held Thursday.
Arab-Islamic-American Summit, which will be attended by 37 leaders, will focus
on combating terrorism, bolstering trade, investment, youth and technology,
also said this summit with US is going to “open a new page” in terms of
dialogue with the Muslim world.
also said that Saudi Arabia wants to send a message to the West that the Muslim
world is “not an enemy,” adding the Riyadh comes second after the United States
in the fight against ISIS.
foreign minister said both US and Saudi agree on eliminating terror groups such
also said: “We will also look at terror financing initiative, increasing
cooperation between Islamic Military Alliance and the [US-led] coalition
fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq.”
Arabia, a longtime US ally, caries a major influence in the Muslim world,
especially after it formed the 34-member Islamic Military Alliance (IMA)
against terrorism and extremism.
minister said there were already several thousand people, who have been arrested
in Saudi Arabia for “either recruiting or participating in attacks for ISIS.”
end of the summit, leaders are going to launch global counter-extremism center
in Riyadh, which will fight an “ideological battle”, he added.
meanwhile, lent his full weight to Trump’s policies, saying “differences in
opinion” with the United States only arose during Obama’s administration.
Barack Obama used diplomacy - symbolized in the famous nuclear deal signed with
Iran - to stave off any potential for the Islamic republic to create a nuclear
bomb, an allegation Tehran had always rejected. However, the nuclear deal made
some neighboring countries such as the Gulf states uncomfortable as it lifted
economic sanctions against Iran, giving it more power.
will work with our allies, particularly US, to see that Iran is made to act
like a normal country,” Jubeir said. “As long as Iran threatens with terrorism,
it is impossible to have normal relations with them.”
reiterating Riyadh’s rejection for Iran’s interference in the region, Jubeir
dubbed the presidential Iranian election as an “internal matter.”
will judge Iran by its actions not by its words,” he added.
Trump said that he will not move US embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem
during his visit, Jubeir said the US leader’s “unconventional abut pragmatic
approach” can pave the way to solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
believe resolving Israeli-Palestinian conflict would change regional landscape,
requires courage, fresh approach and thinking outside the box,” he added.
spoke repeatedly during the 2016 presidential campaign about moving the embassy
to Jerusalem, but the debate on the controversial issue has apparently been postponed
since he took power. Eastern Jerusalem is considered to be Palestinian
territory under international law.
speech on Islam being drafted by Muslim ban architect Miller
who is senior adviser to the President, played a key role in drafting the Trump
administration’s ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries
Trump’s speech on Islam is being drafted by Stephen Miller, who previously
drafted the administration’s failed travel ban on seven Muslim-majority
speech on combating radical Islam is to be given to around 50 Muslim leaders
during the President’s first official visit to Saudi Arabia.
who is senior adviser to the President, played a key role in drafting the Trump
administration’s ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries, which was
denounced as a ban on Muslims.
also reportedly wrote Trump’s inauguration speech.
he was a student at Duke University, Miller co-founded the Terrorism Awareness
Project, an initiative run by the David Horowitz Freedom Centre, which has been
accused of ties to anti-Muslim hate groups, according to the Southern Poverty
the time, Miller said the project was aimed at educating students about the
risk of “Islamofascism”.
speech will also have input from his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared
Kushner, McMaster and his deputy national security adviser Dina Powell.
to take brides’ view on triple talaq: Muslim law board
Anand Choudhary & Dhananjay Mahapatra
DELHI: Making a desperate attempt to dissuade the Supreme Court from testing
the validity of triple talaq, the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB)
agreed on Thursday to pass a resolution advising qazis to include the bride's
view on triple talaq in the nikahnama.
through Kapil Sibal, responded to a query from the court about a woman being
given the option to incorporate in the nikahnama whether she agreed to give her
would-be husband the right of triple talaq. The court reserved its order on
seven petitions which have questioned the validity of triple talaq.
the sixth and final day of hearing before a bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar
and Justices Kurian Joseph, R F Nariman, U U Lalit and Abdul Nazeer, Kapil
Sibal, representing AIMPLB, said, "I have spoken to the board and they
have agreed to pass a resolution advising qazis to specify in the nikahnama
whether the bride intended to give her would-be husband the right to divorce
her through triple talaq."
final spin gelled with his argument that marriages among Muslims were a
contract and others should not complain if the contracting parties were
agreeable to triple talaq, which has been in practice for the last 1,400 years
and an overwhelming majority of 160 million Indian Muslims held this as a valid
mode of ending marital relations. But the bench persisted with its doubt,
"How will one determine whether the to-be bride's views in the nikahnama
were expressed in exercise of her free will?"
bench said, "All are unanimous that triple talaq finds no mention in the
Quran but it is certainly inferable that it is a sinful practice. Even if one
does not test its constitutional validity, how could a theologically sinful
custom be enforced as a practice? What is morally wrong cannot be legally
said, "A lot of sinful things happen in society and are protected by
personal law. The Supreme Court is not there to get into testing the legality
of every sinful practice and correct it. If the government wants to correct it,
it can do so by enacting legislation. If the SC starts interpreting Hadith,
then it chooses to travel down a slippery slope.
does not want the SC to get a foothold in the doors leading to scrutiny of
customs. Once it gets a foothold, the doors to personal practices and customs
will be ajar and the court will not know where to stop. It is a very slippery
slope and the court must be very careful." This was met with vociferous
disapproval from women lawyers even as the SC said it understood Sibal's argument
that courts must adopt a hands-off approach.
bench asked Sibal, "If the courts were to have a handsoff approach, how
did the Bombay high court order women's entry in the Shani Shingnapur temple
and Haji Ali dargah?" Sibal said women's groups had protested against the
ban on their entry into Shani Shingnapur temple despite enactment of the
Maharashtra Hindu Places of Public Worship (Entry Authorisation) Act, 1956.
"This is what I am arguing. Enact a law and then regulate. But let the
courts not test the validity of a custom or practice of a community," he
for the Muslim Women Personal Law Board, which has no male member in its
governing body as compared to 30 women members in AIMPLB's 251-strong governing
body, advocate Arif Mohammed Khan said, "Kapil Sibal is one of the finest
legal minds in the country. When the facts do not support him — the Quran does
not mention anything about triple talaq and majority regards it as a sinful
practice — he muddies the water by bringing in customs and faith."
advocate Salman Khurshid, assisting the court, said he did not agree with
Sibal's argument that the legislature could interfere in regulating and banning
customs and practices of a community but their validity could not be tested by
the courts. The SC said it per se did not agree with Sibal's argument. Senior
advocate Indira Jaising said in a lighter vein, "If the court agrees with
him on this, I will seek hearing before an even larger bench which includes at
least one woman judge."
special court in Lucknow hearing the Babri Masjid demoliation case issued
notices to six persons on Thursday asking them to appear before it on May 20.
Counsel for CBI in the case Lalit Kumar Singh said, “The six persons are those
who were earlier dropped from the case by the High Court. Special Judge
(Ayodhya Prakaran) SK Yadav today issued notices to them for their appearance
on May 20 as per Supreme Court order passed on April 19 .”
named the six to be BL Sharma, Nitya Gopal Das, Ram Vilas Vedanti, Dharam Das,
Satish Pradhan and Champat Rai Bansal.
court is hearing a case against the accused alleged to having been involved in
demolition of the mosque in Ayodhya in 1992.
separate case, for allegedly instigating the mob, was being heard in Rae
Bareli. The Supreme Court, on April 19, ordered that the case in Rae Bareli be
transferred and heard on a day-to-day basis in Lucknow and a verdict be
delivered within two years.
court while reviving the criminal conspiracy charges against the senior leaders
of the BJP and shifting their trial from Rae Bareli to Lucknow, also ordered
restoration of charges against Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh and others. The
court exempted Kalyan Singh from prosecution on account of the constitutional
immunity he enjoys as Governor.
Ulema Council member rejects caliphate
member of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), the nation's top Islamic clerical
body, has said that people who want to replace the country’s political system
with khilafah (an Islamic caliphate) are betraying the consensus agreed upon by
the nation’s founding fathers.
a caliphate in Indonesia is a religious deviation and a political betrayal,” M
Cholis Nafis, who chairs the MUI's Islamic propagation commission, said as
quoted by Tribunnews.com.
said a caliphate, in which a caliph leads a global Islamic government under
Islamic rule, is merely an ijtihad, or an interpretation of the teachings of
Islam. It is not the only interpretation found in the Islamic world, he added.
argued that even the Prophet Muhammad promoted governance based on pluralistic
values when he established Madina as the first Islamic polity.
we agree with the government’s policy of cracking down on any movement that
threatens the nation’s unity,” he said.
government is currently preparing to ban Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI). HTI
declares that the values of democracy contravene the fundamental vision of
Islam. The organization has called for the creation of a global Islamic
NETRALNEWS.COM - A group of Muslim Exchange Program (MEP) participants will
share their experience of Islam in both countries through a collection of writings,
according to the Australian Embassy here on its official website on Thursday.
will share their experience through writings entitled "Hidup Damai di
Negeri Multikultur: Pengalaman Peserta Pertukaran Tokoh Muda Muslim
publication reflects the success of the MEP program that has been running for
fifteen years and captures the life-changing experiences the participants
gained through this program.
the MEP program was established in 2002 by the Australia-Indonesia Institute
(AII) under the Department of Foreign Affairs, nearly 200 young Muslim leaders
from both countries have participated, experiencing Islam and diversity in each
month, a group of five young Australian Muslims are in Indonesia to participate
in the fifteenth year of the MEP. During the two-week program (May 7-20) they
have travelled to Jakarta, Yogyakarta and Makassar to meet interfaith
organisations, community leaders, leading academics, artists and other parts of
reciprocal visit to Australia by ten Indonesian Muslim delegates also took
place earlier this year as part of the MEP program. Australian Deputy Head of
Mission to Indonesia Justin Lee said this program has successfully created
enduring bonds between young Muslim leaders in both countries, providing them
with life-changing experiences.
passionate protest is taking place this afternoon outside the Oxford Centre for
Islamic Studies, where the Indonesian vice-president Jusuf Kalla is due to
deliver a lecture.
protest in favour of Christians and other minorities and against Islamic
extremism comes just a day after the Prince of Wales spoke at the inauguration
of the new home for the centre, appealing for better 'cultural connectivity' in
society and praising the centre's goals of 'dialogue, understanding and
peaceful demonstration is aimed at highlighting the 'ongoing persecution of
minorities,' and comes after the jailing earlier this month of the Christian
former governor of Jakarta, Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama, on blasphemy
demonstrator claimed that eight security men from the embassy could be seen
taking photographs of the protesters.
Djorghi, a Catholic from Indonesia and a trained lawyer who helped organise the
protest, told Christian Today: 'My main point is to ask questions to Jusuf
Kalla – how he would envisage a moderate Islam in Indonesia. Because at the
moment what we have seen is a Christian governor who has lost a re-election
because Muslims went onto the streets with placards quoting a Koran verse – al
verse reads: 'O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians
as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to
them among you - then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the
said: 'Because of that, my belief was that the vote was switched. He is a
governor who has proven to be highly competent, and he lost to an Islamist who
was openly supported by Jusef Kalla, who should have remained neutral.'
what message is this sending to non-Muslims like me? It means that you are not
welcome in this country.
would not be risking standing here being registered by the intelligence of the
embassy so I cannot go home, or whatever they might have in store for me, if I
did not feel passionately about this. Many people are scared because they have
families back home. If you can do that to a governor, you can do anything to
anyone else. Why is the governor behind bars and not them?
have been standing here for two hours appealing to the embassy officials'
humanity – and they are saying they are neutral: surely you are not human if
you can't take sides.'
added: 'When I found out that Prince Charles was the patron of the Oxford
Centre for Islamic Studies, I thought: "Please resign from that post. This
is not good news for you." It beggars belief.
Hanson has slammed Malcolm Turnbull for praising Indonesia as a moderate
Islamic nation and 'a great example to the world'.
Nation Party leader Pauline Hanson took to Twitter on Friday to savage the
prime minister for claiming Indonesia, the largest majority Muslim country in
the world, lived in harmony.
Indonesia, politicians are jailed for insulting Islam and gays are flogged. Yet
Turnbull praised it as a moderate Islamic nation,' she said.
to media on Friday, Mr Turnbull said Indonesia served as 'proof that Islam
democracy and moderation are compatible'.
quarter of a billion Muslims live in Indonesia and it is a nation where
democracy and moderation, tolerance, mutual respect operate hand in hand,' he
Turnbull said it was something Australia should aspire to.
a great example to the world,' he said.
Hanson, who previously said Islam was a disease and called for a complete
Muslim ban in Australia, disagreed with Mr Turnbull's sentiment.
highlighted Indonesia's punishment of two men who were sentenced to 85 lashes
May this year after they were found guilty of gay sex.
men, both in their early 20s, were charged with homosexuality in Indonesia's
conservative Aceh province.
punishment was imposed under Sharia law.
Hanson also mentioned Indonesia's punishment of a man who was found guilty of
sex outside of marriage.
27-year-old man was caned eight times in front of a crowd in Aceh in February
Has Senegal Shielded Itself From West Africa’s Islamist Extremists?
extremist groups that were once confined to slivers of territory in the most
marginalized areas of West Africa are increasingly expanding their operational
footprint in the region. Whether it is Boko Haram, which has rebranded itself
as the self-proclaimed Islamic State’s West African affiliate, or the myriad
al-Qaida offshoots that occupied northern Mali following a coup in 2012,
insurgent operations are no longer confined by these groups’ countries of
Islamic State’s West Africa Province, as Boko Haram now calls itself, has
spread beyond its base in northeastern Nigeria into neighboring Cameroon, Chad
and Niger, which all have borders near the dwindling waters of Lake Chad.
Al-Qaida’s various branches in Mali, meanwhile, first expanded their presence
from the country’s desert north into its more populous center, before
encroaching last year on neighboring Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire, which had
been relatively free of attacks from Islamist extremists. ...
10,000 Nigerian refugees forced to leave shelter in Cameroon have arrived back
in their own country, officials confirmed on Thursday.
governor of Nigeria’s northeastern Borno State, epicenter of the Boko Haram
insurgency, Kashim Shettima, said 10,500 people had arrived back in Nigerian
now 3,500 people have arrived in Pulka while 7,000 people are now in Banki out
of the 79,000 people the Cameroon authorities ordered to leave their
soil," Shettima said at a meeting with the head of Nigeria’s national
emergency management agency.
2.5 million people fled their homes in the volatile northeast in the wake of
violence by Boko Haram insurgents between 2012 and 2015.
fled to neighboring communities in Cameroon for refuge.
accused the authorities in Cameroon of failing to honor an agreement with the
Nigerian government and the UN on the presence of the refugees.
State shares borders with Cameroon, Niger and Chad.
prisons do not comply with internationally accepted human rights standards,
thus violating the rights of inmates, both convicted and awaiting trial,
including "circumstantial children" living in prisons, according to
the chairman of the Human Rights Commission on Wednesday.
Mwandanga told journalists at an EU-sponsored media training workshop that the
prisons in the southern African country were so overcrowded that it was
undermining the inmates' right to health.
chairman said that the total population of prisoners in Zambia was over 25,000,
almost three times the holding capacity, which stands at 8,250.
the 25,000, 7,000 are remandees, while the population of circumstantial
children aged between 6 months to 1 year is 250," he said.
children are those who were either born in prison to convicted mothers, or living
in prison with their mothers who were convicted of some criminal offense.
also noted the lack of physical separation between convicted prisoners and
remandees waiting for their cases to be heard and determined in a court of law.
some cases, convicted juvenile offenders and those young people still
undergoing trial, including prohibited immigrants are grouped together with
convicted hard-core criminals," he said.
torture which is widespread in Zambian prisons, inmates are also either denied
food in terms of quality and quantity or are only fed once a day, Mwadanga
Qasim Akinreti, London The Tahir hall Baitul Futuh mosque London the largest
mosque in Western Europe was filled to the brim. The event was the celebration
of 25 progressive years of satellite broadcast of the true Islam from the
Ahmadiyya Muslim community, owner of the Muslim Television Ahmadiyya MTA
International. The world head of the Ahmadiyya community Hazrat Masroor Ahmad
Khalifatul Masih V walked in at 6.30pm local time for the commencement of the
celebration. Ali Munhanda Sahib read from the glorious Qur’an Suratul Al- Fatih
chapter 26 verse 29-30.Brother Shamir Coordinator MTA Mauritius translated the
passage. Sonorous poem in Urdu followed and the entire hall was spiritually
moved to ecstasy for another journey of international broadcast in the coming
years. MTA which started broadcast in 1994 at the Morden mosque with a mobile
studio now transmit across 10 satellites around the world on Galaxy19, SES 2 in
the Americas , Astra 2G, Hotbird 13A, Astra2F, Hotbird 13B , SES -5 , EUtelsat
70B and Asia sat 7 to Africa, Asia, Middle East and the Far East. The last
satellite Hispasat 1E is directed to the Oceania and the pacific region. This
satellite model of broadcast is instructive as Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V,
Masroor Ahmad remarked” unquestionably, MTA is playing a great role in
spreading the true teachings of Islam to all parts of the world”, 16 languages
of broadcast notably Arabic, English, French, and Urdu among others make the
MTA brand unique in international broadcast from London, the headquarters,
Germany in Europe, Ghana in West Africa and Mauritius off the African coast ,
Pakistan , Qadian and Bangladesh in the Far East , Kababir Middle East, USA and
Canada for the Americas as well as Australia. Hausa, Yoruba and Chiwi local languages
are expected to come on from the Ghana studio for MTA International Africa
Channel. The stations coverage span through great events including the k Friday
sermons of the Khalifatul Masih V, special speeches transmitted live from the
Baitul Futuh mosque or other locations around the world where the Huzur (Head
of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community) visited. In the last few years , the Huzur
has visited the British House of Commons, U.K. Parliament, the meeting with the
Mayor of London, the tour of Canada in 2016, the European Parliament, the
German military headquarters, Dutch parliament, official visit Mauritius, Fiji
, Singapore, India, Nigeria , Benin Republic and Ghana among others. MTA
International global broadcast has been enhanced with the establishment of MTA
3 Al – Arabia in 2007, and MTA International Africa in 2016 for 24 hours . With
this 24 hours global broadcast, the Chinese news agency,XHINUA came visiting
and rebroadcast programmes agreement were reached with national and private
television stations across the world. Ghana television, Sierra Leone TV, Uganda
TV and MITV in Nigeria offer their services. MITV in Nigeria broadcast 90
minutes programmes on Friday 4.30pm – 5.00pm, 11.30am-12noon and 7.30am- 8.00am
local time. 18 hours of live telecast of the U.K. Jalsa Salana were broadcast
since 2015. The station’s range of quality news and programmes were divided
into Tabligh (preaching), Taleem (Islamic education) and secular –
documentaries, feature and discussions programmes. The Taleem programmes
included Tilawat and Tarjmatul – Quran classes, admonitions to children and
women, discussions on faith matters. Specifically, the following programmes
were delights for viewers – Faith Matters, Journey To Islam, Contemplation,
Inspirational Africans, The secular programmes are documentaries on Islam,
Huzur tours, homeopathy (alternative health) classes to mention a few.
According to the Managing Director, MTA International, Munir ul Din Sham ,
these quality programming were made possible by dedicated staff and pool of
volunteers, motivated by the unique guidance of the Khilafah and service to
humanity. He enthused “Each year has unique experiences with an outstanding
milestone achieved by young and old “. The dead colleagues were duelly
acknowledged, names reeled out and solemn prayers made for the repose of their
souls. Munir recalled with nostalgia that Huzur had predicted that it will be a
unique history for the International Islamic station in the later years. At 25
the prediction has come to pass as the Television station now boost of five
channels with latest equipment for global broadcast. In appreciation for the
spiritual guidance and moral assistance to the MTA International as it turns
25, a special gift was presented to the Huzur and a short documentary on the
glorious years of an enviable international broadcast to millions of viewers
was broadcast to spice the occasion. The documentary was an elixir for the
keynote address of the spiritual leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community
Hazrat Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih V. His speech centred on the prophesy of
the founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community and promised messiah, Hazrat
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad about the technological advancement in media industry
including TV, radio as well as the social media towards the propagation of true
Islam. He stated that MTA International has come to fulfilled the prophesy in
its unique role of spreading the true teaching of Islam.
(AP) — France's new president has chosen the West African nation of Mali for
his first official visit outside Europe. Why? Here's a look at Emmanuel Macron's
trip on Friday to France's largest overseas military operation — in a country
where multiple extremist groups pose a growing danger to the region.
jihadist groups remain in northern Mali after occupying the vast region south
of the Sahara in 2012, and they have been blamed for deadly attacks in
neighboring countries that have alarmed the international community. A
French-led military intervention pushed the extremists from their strongholds
in 2013, but the fighters continue to target Malian and other military assets
with suicide bombings, improvised explosives and kidnappings. In January, a
suicide attack on a Mali army camp killed more than 75 people. The U.N.
peacekeeping force in Mali has become the deadliest of the U.N.'s current
missions worldwide. Most of the extremist groups in the region trace their
origins to al-Qaida's North Africa branch.
IS FRANCE'S MILITARY DOING THERE?
has led international counter-terrorism efforts in largely francophone West
Africa, a role that the U.S. military has recognized and supported. "I
have no doubt that the French will continue to make their own decisions in
their own best interest and that the terrorists will not enjoy these
decisions," U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said during a stop in the
East African nation of Djibouti last month.
new foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, is best known globally for leading
the successful military campaign in Mali as French defense minister. France now
has more than 4,000 soldiers in the West African nations of Mali, Niger, Chad,
Burkina Faso and Mauritania as part of Operation Barkhane, which former French
President Francois Hollande said is meant to "wipe out armed terrorist
groups" in the Sahel region. The operation, France's largest overseas,
began in 2014.
his first visit after his inauguration, Macron acknowledged the toll on the
operation's French forces when he went to a military hospital in a Paris suburb
and met with two soldiers injured in Mali last year. At least 19 French
soldiers have died in the Sahel region since 2013, the French ambassador to the
United Nations said in April.
Muslim faithful across the country prepare for the 2017 Ramadan fasting, the
Ummah has been urged to promote unity among Nigerians during the holy month.
Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN) made this call in its resolution
after the third yearly general assembly of the group in Ibadan.
in a communiqué signed by its President, Alhaji Sakariyau Olayiwola Babalola,
insisted that Muslim scholars and preachers should not use the holy month of
Ramadan for hate preaching, rather to promote unity.
presents a golden opportunity for the masses of Muslims to learn about and
practice Islam in the best way possible; Muslim scholars and preachers,
therefore, have an obligation to use their knowledge to unite and not divide
the Ummah,” it stated. MUSWEN, an umbrella body for all State Muslim
Councils/Communities and organisations in the South West region of Nigeria had
over 300 delegates and invited dignitaries who attended the General Assembly.
the economic, political and social situations in Nigeria today, the group
observed that the root cause of the myriad of problems confronting Nigeria as a
nation is the lack of good governance.
Muslim leaders therefore urged Nigerian political class to deploy their
strengths and endowments more into good governance than politics.
that there have been some modest improvements in the state of the nation under
the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, the group said he deserves the
support and prayers of all citizens for sound health to enhance effective
also observed that many Nigerian youths, including those in the South West, the
majority of who possess qualitative education credentials, are currently
therefore urged the Federal Government to do more to diversify the economy of
the nation, stressing the needs to intensify efforts on its social investment
programme which, if well managed, would help improve the economic wellbeing of
the citizens and empower the youths.
International preacher, Sheikh Muyideen Bello has said that the process of
selecting Imams in any community does not involve the contribution of the traditional rulers adding
that the process is strictly Islamic and must be so respected.
Bello made this known while delivering a lecture at the turbaning ceremony of
Alhaji Shafihiyu Awosanya as the new
Chief Imam of Aiyepe held at Aiyepe
Central Mosque, Aiyepe, Ogun State, last Sunday.
event attracted eminent Muslims
including the Vice President, Nigeria Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, NSCIA
and President of Muslim Ummah of South West, Nigeria, MUSWEN, Alhaji, Sakariyah
Babalola, Executive Secretary, MUSWEN, Prof Dawud Noibi, Chief Imam of Lagos,
Sheikh Akinola Garuba (OON); traditional rulers, politicians; captians of Industries among others.
Bello stated that Imams are the representatives of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) and
they should not be subjected under the control of any traditional ruler no
matter how highly placed. “Imams are the representative of Allah and Prophet
Muhammad on earth, they are the ones Allah will ask about other Muslims.
Imam should take orders from any traditional ruler, he is in the position to
deliver allah’s message and what the Prophet said about any issue and correct
the ill of the society. So, the process of selecting Imams does not concern any
traditional ruler. The Muslim leaders,
Scholars, Alfas and others who are fit to be in Shurrah committee are saddle
with the responsibility of selecting Imam and it is based on knowledge and
competency considering the role Imams play in the society.”
however advised other contenders to sheathe their sword and accept the
leadership of Imam Shafihiyu Awosanya as their leader.
executes over 50 people in northern Syrian villages: Group
of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group have executed more than 50 people in Syria’s
central province of Hama as they continue to lose more ground in battles
against government forces and allied popular fighters.
so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 15
civilians and 27 pro-government fighters were killed when Daesh terrorists
launched attacks against the villages of Aqarib al-Safi and al-Mabujeh on
of the civilians had been beheaded and mutilated, the Britain-based group said,
noting that another 10 bodies were yet to be identified as pro-government
fighters or local residents.
added that 15 Daesh militants were also killed in the dawn attack on the two
official news agency, SANA, reported that Syrian army forces and allied
fighters had managed to repulse the attack on Aqarib al-Safi village and drive
Daesh extremists away.
March 2015, Daesh executed at least 37 civilians and kidnapped 50 others, half
of them women, during an assault on the village.
has been fighting different foreign-sponsored militant and terrorist groups
since March 2011. United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura
estimated last August that more than 400,000 people had been killed in the
crisis until then.
fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units have established complete control
over two airbases on the western outskirts of Mosul.
Masoudi, a commander of the pro-government forces -- commonly known by the
Arabic word Hashd al-Sha’abi -- said in a statement on Thursday that his fellow
fighters had liberated Washington military airport west of Mosul,
Arabic-language al-Sumaria satellite television network reported.
said the recapture of the airbase was strategically important as the site would
play a major role in supplying weapons and military equipment to Iraqi army
further noted that Hashd al-Sha’abi fighters had retaken six villages,
including Khalaf Idris, al-Khamisah, al-Madinah and Ayn Fathi, west of Mosul.
developments came shortly after Hashd al-Sha’abi fighters reclaimed control
over Sahl Sinjar airbase south of al-Qairawan district.
Commander of Federal Police Forces Lieutenant General Raed Shaker Jawdat said
security personnel have retaken 291 square kilometers of land in the western
flank of Mosul.
United Nations also said that another 200,000 people might flee their homes as
fighting escalates in Mosul.
humanitarian coordinator Lise Grande said nearly 700,000 people have already
been displaced from Mosul ever since Iraqi army troopers and their allies
launched a major operation on October 17, 2016 to retake the city from Daesh
numbers of people fleeing their homes in western Mosul are overwhelming. They
are fleeing under very difficult circumstances. Many are food insecure and
haven't had access to safe drinking water and medicines for weeks or months,”
Grande said in a statement.
noted that Iraqi government and humanitarian aid agencies are rushing in
supplies, but because of the large number of displaced “it's becoming more and
more difficult to ensure civilians receive the assistance and protection they
attack claims nine civilian lives in northern Iraq
at least nine people have been killed in a bomb explosion that ripped through a
popular market in the town of Tuz Khurmatu, situated 25 kilometers south of the
oil-rich city of Kirkuk.
source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the deadly incident took place
when a bomber detonated his explosive-laden belt amongst the crowd. Eleven
people sustained injuries in the attack.
were no immediate claims of responsibility for the act of violence. However,
Iraqi authorities usually blame such attacks on the Daesh group Takfiri.
United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) says a total of 317 Iraqi
civilians were killed and another 403 injured in acts of terrorism, violence
and armed conflict in April.
regime forces have launched a fresh wave of shelling attacks against a besieged
town in Saudi Arabia’s Shia-populated Eastern Province, as a fierce crackdown
on protesters there enters its second week.
troops, equipped with heavy weapons, carried out an offensive against Awamiyah,
located some 390 kilometers northeast of the capital, Riyadh, late on
Wednesday, firing a full array of weapons, including rocket-propelled grenades
(RPGs), at different residential areas in the flashpoint town, London-based and
Arabic-language Nabaa television news network reported.
reports said that Saudi armored vehicles stormed the al-Jamimah and
al-Shokrollah neighborhoods of the town and rained down heavy fire on
residential buildings, destroying civilian cars.
on Wednesday, regime forces had used incendiary bombs, filled with highly
combustible chemicals, in the al-Mosara neighborhood.
number of human rights groups and activists have expressed deep concern
regarding the use of violent methods to deal with political dissent in the
area, warning about high civilian casualties. They also say locals in Awamiyah
are suffering from a severe water shortage and are using private generators to
has been no precise figure of casualties among the civilians.
to local sources, the Saudi troops killed a young man, identified as Wahab
Fakri al-Ma’yuf, earlier in the day. Last week, Saudi regime forces also shot
dead a two-and-a-half-year-old child and a young man in Awamiyah. Lebanon’s
al-Ahed news website reported that the child’s mother was also critically
injured in the Thursday attack.
regime forces have been attacking Awamiyah since May 10, after putting the town
under a siege, in the wake of fierce clashes with local residents protesting
the demolition of the historic al-Mosara neighborhood for a planned development
and videos of bulldozers, escorted by heavily armored military vehicles and
heading toward the site, have gone viral.
February 2011, Saudi Arabia has stepped up security measures in the
Shia-dominated Eastern Province, which has been rocked by anti-regime
demonstrations, with protesters demanding free speech, the release of political
prisoners, and an end to economic and religious discrimination.
Syrian army troops, backed by the airstrikes launched by the Syrian and Russian
warplanes, hit ISIL’s positions near the Arak Gas Fields, inflicting heavy
losses on the Takfiri terrorist group.
military source said the pro-gov't forces managed to reach the outskirts of the
Gas Fields in Eastern Palmyra.
added that the liberation of the Arak Gas Fields is paramount in lifting the
siege on Deir Ezzur, as the site is located along the highway to the provincial
a relevant development on Wednesday, the Syrian army troops, backed up by the
country's Air Force, repelled several offensives of ISIL in Deir Ezzur's
military airports, killing and wounding a number of terrorists and destroying
army soldiers engaged in heavy fighting with ISIL in areas surrounding Jonayd
division base Southwest of Tamin brigade base and in the Southern direction of
Deir Ezzur airbase and managed to fend off their attacks, killing or wounding a
number of terrorists.
army men also targeted and destroyed a bomb-laden suicide vehicle of ISIL
before reaching their positions in al-Makbat region.
Army's artillery and missile units, meantime, shelled ISIL's position heavily
in al-Ma'amel region, killing and wounding the entire terrorists in the
reports said that Abu Khatab Araqi, the Emir of Velayat al-Khayr (including
Deir Ezzur province except Bu Kamal and certain parts of Eastern Raqqa), was
dismissed and one of the Saudi ISIL members named Abu Khalid al-Jazrawi was
replaced with him.
sources reported the development came after Araqi stopped execution of his
sources believe that the execution operations will resume again in the region
ISIL is also executing its forces in Bu Kamal city, despite the fact that it is
outside Velayat al-Khayr. Recent reports said that after the recent airstrikes
in Deir Ezzur, the ISIL beheaded 8 members.
from Deir Ezzur said on Wednesday that the Syrian army troops warded off ISIL's
heavy offensive on their positions in the Southern outskirts of the city,
killing and wounding almost 60 terrorists.
army soldiers engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL in al-Maqaber (cemetery) region
and al-Mowazafin neighborhood in the Southern outskirts of Deir Ezzur city and
managed to repel their attack, killing 28 militants and wounding 30 others.
the meantime, two military vehicles and a bomb-laden tank of ISIL were
destroyed by the army men before reaching the pro-government forces' positions.
Syrian soldiers repulsed the terrorists' attacks against their positions in
al-Manshiyeh and Sajneh in Dara'a city in Southern Syria after heavy clashes
with the militants.
clashes left a large number of terrorists dead and wounded and destroyed one of
al-Nusra commanders, including Bilal Abu Zaid nom de guerre Abu Islam Da'el and
Saudi national Abu Hashem al-Tabuki, as well as commander of Kata'eb al-Da'wa
terrorist group Malik al-Amri and commander of Kata'eb Saif al-Haq named Mo'taz
al-Nabwan were killed.
Syrian fighter jets also pounded the terrorists' positions and bases in Dara'a.
sources said on Saturday that a number of commanders of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at
(the Levant Liberation Board) have been recently dispatched to Dara'a with
millions of US dollars to reinvigorate the terrorist front and slow down the
group's collapse in Southern Syria.
sources said that almost 30 senior members of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at have
recently left Northern Syria with several millions US dollars for Dara'a and
Quneitra provinces to rebuild the terrorist group's structure in Southern
sources further pointed out that these commanders have started spending
millions of US dollars to buy heavy arms, ammunition and employing fresh
further identified Abu Dajane al-Sheikh that had earlier been to Idlib along
with Abu Mariyeh Qahtani as to be among the same notorious commanders.
Syrian Free Army delegation suspended their participation in Geneva 6 talks,
attributing the suspension to the lack of clarity regarding the strategic
vision of the negotiations, reported Al Arabiya.
delegation of the Syrian regime and representatives from the opposition agreed
to the Geneva talks on its sixth round, on Thursday, in order to discuss a
proposal to form a mechanism for drafting the constitution, presented by UN
envoy Staffan de Mistura.
correspondent said that the approval of the two parties for further talks was a
positive step. However, after it was reported that de Mistura withdrew his
proposal on the constitution, there were expectations of modifications of the
same under the supervision of international law experts.
proposal forms a practical step that could pave the way for a solution or make
some progress in the negotiating arena. The delegation of the Syrian regime met
with legal experts to study how to form a joint committee with both parties and
international experts on the other to draft a new constitution or
of a joint committee
spite of the criticism De Mistura faced over the proposal, the opposition
parties and the regime have returned to the UN envoy through a meeting of
international experts to discuss the mechanism of forming a committee to draft
the Syrian constitution and to overcome the objections and concerns of both
joint committee suggested by de Mistura will include members of the opposition
and the Syrian regime, legal members from Cairo and Moscow platforms, with the
rest of the seats from the UN negotiating team.
in the opposition delegation in Geneva said on Wednesday that de Mistura's
proposal was not on the agenda, and that they had many reservations about it,
especially as it diverted attention from the main opposition demands.
international center to combat terrorism is going to be launched at the end of
the “Islamic-American Summit,” which will take place during US president Donald
Trump’s visit to Riyadh, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said at a press
said the United States will play a major role in the would-be announced counter
also told a group of journalists on Thursday including Al Arabiya News
Channel’s correspondent in Washington that the US will be encouraging the
creation of NATO-style organization to combat terrorism in the Middle East.
far Riyadh will host on Saturday and Sunday three anticipated summits during
Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia with 37 leaders, mainly from the Muslim world
will be attending.
want to convey a message to the West and the world that the Muslim world is not
said that Saudi Arabia wants to send a message to the West that the Muslim
world is “not an enemy,” adding the Riyadh comes second after the United States
in the fight against ISIS.
added: “We are the second army after the US military in the international
coalition against terrorism.”
Arabia says it is set to create a new military industries firm as part of its
plan to become a major global arms supplier and gradually wean itself off oil
state-owned Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) “aims to become one of the
world’s top 25 defense companies by 2030,” a Thursday statement from the Saudi
Public Investment Fund (PIF) said.
announcement came two days ahead of the planned trip of US President Donald
Trump to the kingdom.
to the PIF, SAMI will be both a manufacturer and service provider and it will
be involved in maintenance and repair of fixed-wing aircraft and production of
drones, military vehicle, missiles, radars and other electronic military
firm is set to contribute nearly $3.7 billion to Saudi Arabia’s gross domestic
production and invest more than $1.6 billion in research and development by
2030, creating over 40,000 jobs, the PIF noted.
to an April report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
(SIPRI), Saudi Arabia spent $63.7 billion in its military sector in 2016,
making it the world’s fourth largest military spender.
says it currently produces only two percent of its security and military needs
domestically, but it plans to reach the target of 50 percent by 2030.
will establish companies through joint ventures with global original equipment
manufacturers, as well as cooperating with local military companies,” the PIF
Arabia, which is widely considered a key sponsor of extremist terrorist groups
across the world, is now leading a deadly war on Yemen which has claimed the
lives of over 12,000 so far.
military aircraft have carried out an airstrike on a convoy of pro-Syrian
government fighters advancing toward the positions of foreign-backed militants
in the south of the Arab country.
quoted unnamed US military officials as saying that the American jets struck a
convoy of 27 tanks heading towards a garrison in al-Tanf near the Jordanian
border on Thursday.
convoy going down the road didn't respond to numerous ways for it to be warned
off from getting too close to coalition forces in al-Tanf," said one of
the officials, adding that British and US commandoes have been training
anti-Damascus militants at the base in Homs province.
there was finally a strike against the lead portion of” the convoy, which was
“significant” in size, the official stated.
have been no immediate reports on possible casualties as a result of the air
US official said the jets carried out “shows of force” in the skies above the
tank convoy and fired warning shots before bombing the lead vehicles, which
were moving to within 27 kilometers of the garrison.
also said the US-led coalition purportedly fighting militants in Syria
unsuccessfully tried to contact Russia to ask the pro-government convoy to stop
advancing further south.
a source with the US-backed Maghawir al Thawra militant group, Reuters reported
that the militants initially clashed with the advancing pro-government forces
prior to the airstrike. The report added that at least one tank and a bulldozer
were destroyed in the US attack.
Yehya al-Aridi, a spokesman for the foreign-backed opposition High Negotiations
Committee holding talks with a Syrian government delegation in Geneva,
“welcomed” the US strike as a “robust action” against pro-government fighters
in the war-torn country.
links to ‘terrorism’ after car plows into NY crowd
US Navy veteran plowed his car into pedestrians in New York City’s packed Times
Square on Thursday, killing an 18-year-old woman and injuring 22 people. The
city’s mayor said there was no indication it was an act of terrorism.
said the motorist mounted the sidewalk in a burgundy Honda sedan and sped along
for more than three city blocks, knocking people over before the car hit a pole
and came to rest at 45th Street and Broadway in Midtown Manhattan.
who took the driver into custody identified him as Richard Rojas, 26, of the
New York City borough of the Bronx. They said he had been arrested twice for
drunken driving in 2008 and 2015, and once earlier this month on a charge of
was no indication it was an act of terrorism, Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news
conference at the scene.
reports of the incident brought to mind vehicle attacks on pedestrians in
recent months in Britain, France, Germany, Israel and Sweden.
White House later said that US President Donald Trump has been made aware of
the incident and will continue to receive updates.
camera footage showed the car slam into pedestrians who moments earlier were
ambling along, some carrying shopping bags and others pushing baby strollers.
incident took place close to noon ET (1600 GMT) on a bright, sunny day.
were being hit and rolling off the car,” said Josh Duboff, who works at the
nearby Thomson Reuters headquarters. He leaped out of the way to avoid being
were scattered on the sidewalk. A woman’s body lay covered with a bloodstained
blanket. A police officer kept vigil nearby, sadly shaking his head.
dead woman was named by police as Alyssa Elsman, an 18-year-old who was on vacation
with her family from Michigan.
of thousands of people, many of them tourists from around the world, pass daily
through Times Square, the heart of the Broadway theater district.
bustling streets are heavily patrolled by police, some on horseback. Many, but
not all, sidewalks are lined with barricades and planters for fear of vehicle
bouncer from the Planet Hollywood restaurant and a ticket agent were among
onlookers who helped police subdue the suspect when he tried to flee the scene,
media reports said.
shows would go ahead as planned on Thursday evening in the many theaters in the
area, organizers said in a statement.
records show that Rojas enlisted in September 2011 and was based in Illinois
and Florida, working as an electrician’s mate fireman apprentice.
was arrested a year later at a naval base in Jacksonville, Florida, where
officials said he attacked a cab driver, shouted “my life is over,” and
threatened to kill police, according to court records. Rojas was charged with
misdemeanor battery and resisting an officer without violence, but it was
unclear how the case was resolved.
records show he spent two months in a military prison in Charleston, South
Carolina, in the summer of 2013, but did not say why. He left the Navy in May
unnamed police sources, ABC News said Rojas had apparently been high on
synthetic marijuana when he crashed into his victims on Thursday. Initial tests
came back negative for alcohol, the law enforcement sources told ABC News.
the incident, authorities cordoned off an area from 41st to 47th streets and
from Sixth to Eighth avenues for several hours, effectively shutting down one
of the busiest parts of one of the busiest cities in the world.
U.S.-led anti-ISIL coalition on Thursday struck forces allied to Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad that "posed a threat to U.S. and partner
forces" in the southeastern city of al-Tanf, the American military said.
coalition carried out the strike after Russian attempts to halt the advance on
the town apparently failed to stop the troops from moving south into an agreed
upon deconfliction zone where the U.S. and its allies were operating.
the time, the Assad-allied forces "were advancing well inside" the
deconfliction area, the coalition said.
to launching the strike, the coalition said in a statement it carried out an
aerial "show of force", and fired warning shots.
forces have been operating in the At Tanf area for many months training and
advising vetted partner forces engaged in the fight against ISIS," the
coalition said in a statement, referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and
Syria, another name for ISIL.
Goshen News occasionally reports activities of St. John the Evangelist Catholic
School and Bethany Christian Schools, two parochial schools in Goshen. Muslims
in America have also established parochial schools, 235 of them according to
one website. These may provide kindergarten through 12th-grade education. Many
of them are part of the Islamic School League of America (ISLA, almost ISLAM).
One estimate says these schools enroll up to 46,000 students.
parents send their children to these school for the same reason Christian
parents send their children to Christian schools — for their children to get an
education under their religion’s auspices, an education that reflects their
religious values and that offers instruction in the basics of their faith.
the case of Islamic schools, it almost always includes classes to teach the
Arabic language and classes about the Qur’an. These schools may also teach
classes on the prophets, about the Crusades and about scientific discoveries of
the Ottoman Empire.
the same time, reports on these schools note that more than 100 of them teach
the curriculum of their state. As one scholar says, “There is absolutely no
difference in the content of social studies, history, geography, math and
science. The only difference is they have one period a day when they study
Islam” (Yvonne Haddad, Islamic history professor at Georgetown University, who
wrote “Educating the Muslims of America.”) These schools also observe the
stated times of prayer.
following a state curriculum, an Islamic school might still have an Islamic
slant. Thus, one school displayed a conventional world map, but where most maps
would have the name Israel, this map had the name Palestine.
also may prefer their schools to shelter them from what they might encounter in
a public school, perhaps to be taunted about Osama bin Laden or other Muslim
terrorists. And parents would not want their children exposed to coed swimming
classes or even mixed seating in the classroom, not to mention teasing Muslim
girls could encounter because of a headscarf.
the typical Islamic school, boys and girls would sit on opposite sides of a
classroom and girls might be expected to wear a headscarf after fifth grade.
Girls could not wear skinny jeans and certainly boys and girls would not be
“making out” at some locker.
of Muslim schools sometimes fault them for fostering an “Islamic separatism,”
and these ardent supporters of public schools would level a similar charge
against Christian parochial schools. Some critics say Islamic schools create a
“ghettoized society” or even promote a belief in Islamic supremacy.
this defenders of Islamic schools say they don’t want their students to be in a
cocoon. One school banned the use of the term “kafir” (meaning “unbeliever”) to
refer to a non-Muslim. Again and again, in fact, defenders of Islamic schools
claimed their aim was to produce good American citizens.
Glenn, a former director at the Boston University Department of Education, has
said that “kids who attend faith-based schools (and this would include both
Christian and Islamic parochial schools) are less alienated from their society
than kids who attend public schools, where they feel part of a singled out
of these lines may remember the story of Ahmed Mohammed, age 14 at the time
(2015), who brought an electric clock he had made to school to show his
teacher, who thought it might be a bomb and turned him in. Police handcuffed
and fingerprinted him. He was eventually cleared, but his family left the
United States. It is this kind of thing that encourages Islamic schools.
Muslim leaders stress they were not seeking jail time for Keith Frederick, the
man who deliberately set fire to a mosque last September, and hope that he
"gets the help he needs to overcome his anger and hate."
believe that if Frederick and others who may harbor enmity spent more time with
their Muslim neighbours, mutual understanding and respect would develop,"
said the statement from the Muslim Council of Greater Hamilton, issued
following Frederick's sentence on Wednesday.
would be better off."
leaders are using the conclusion of the case as a time to make an appeal to the
broader community to do just that — get to know their Muslim neighbours and
statement includes an invitation to visit local mosques and participate in some
of the observances that take place during the holy month of Ramadan.
invite Hamiltonians to attend local Mosques during the coming month of Ramadan
and take part in the iftar dinners at sunset, when Muslims break their day-long
fast, so we can learn from and about one another and solidify relationships,"
said the statement.
was sentenced Wednesday to 25 months in jail, three years of probation and a
lifetime ban on owning weapons and on possessing incendiary devices outside his
damage from the arson was minimal but it has had a much deeper chilling effect
on the community, says the council, and has hurt attendance at the mosque and
deepened fears for many.
that impact, and noting that "his intention was to harm and destroy,"
they said they would have been happy if the sentence was to provide community
service at the mosque.
it is understandable why the court wants to send a clear message that crimes
motivated by hate will be punished, the Muslim community wants to make it clear
that we do not wish jail time for Frederick," the statement said.
believe that he has been filled with ignorance of and hatred for the Muslim
best way to deal with those consumed by hate is to provide education and
leaders noted his remorse and "willingness to learn" as encouraging
caused 'people who should feel safe in their place of worship to feel unsafe'
arson was prevented from being more serious when Syrian refugees who live
nearby saw the small fire Frederick had started, put it out and helped police
catch the suspect.
court, Crown attorney Todd Norman noted that members of Hamilton's Muslim
community and members of the specific mosque attacked said the incident has
left them fearful, apprehensive and anxious. Elders who wear traditional dress
have been wearing different clothing. There's been a decrease in the number of
attendants, and children telling their parents they "don't want to be
event has caused "people who should feel safe in their place of worship to
feel unsafe," Norman said.?
Hasemi, who keeps the accounting records for the mosque, said after the court
hearing that students who once attended the mosque's evening classes three
times a week, about 60 to 80 students at a time, have completely stopped
coming. That has led to a drop of about $4,000 a month in donations and book
fees not being received, he said.
he said the mosque is installing new security measures like extra cameras and
an electronic gate that will cost $20,000. It is are hoping for some government
help to mitigate that cost, but it is still hefty for a small congregation.
arson at the mosque happened 15 years after another hate crime in Hamilton,
when the Hindu Samaj was burned to the ground, and there was a fire also set at
the Hamilton Mountain Mosque.
ready to send military to save holy places of Saudi Arabia
Minister AH Mahmood Ali said this is not an alliance. It is at a premature
is prepared to send its military forces to Saudi Arabia if its holy places come
Minister AH Mahmood Ali made this statement at a press conference in the
Foreign Ministry office on Thursday about Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s
upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia from May 20-23.
believe that the ongoing violent extremism, which is taking place in the Muslim
world, should be brought to an end.”
response to a reporter’s query on whether the alliance with Saudi Arabian
forces would be seen as Bangladesh’s stance against Iran, the foreign minister
said that this is not an alliance. There are no written documents of such a
is at a premature stage. It is just evolving. It is in the discussion stage,”
Hasina will attend the Arab-Islamic-American Summit in Riyadh at the invitation
of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
on May 9, Information and Cultural Affairs Minister of Saudi Arabia Dr Awwad
Saleh al-Awwad handed over the invitation card to her.
of Arab states, member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and
other Islamic countries will attend the summit on May 21.
President Donald Trump, who is undertaking the first ever visit to Saudi Arabia
after taking office, will also join the summit.
Riyadh summit aims to establish a partnership in the Islamic world to combat
extremism and terrorism, strengthen safety and sustainability, and expand
values of coexistence and patience.
issues, including counter-terrorism, the Palestine crisis, and ongoing
geopolitical issues are expected to be under discussion.
will offer prayers at the Rawza Mubarak of Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH) in
Madina and perform Umrah in Makkah on May 22.
will leave Jeddah for Dhaka on the morning of May 23.
prime minister last paid a state visit in June 2016.
least forty five rockets fired from the other side of Durand Line landed in
eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, the local officials said Thursday.
governor’s spokesman Ataullah Khogyani said the rockets were fired on Wednesday
and landed in Lalpur district.
further added that the rockets landed in Rina Parcha areas but the attack did
not incur any casualties to the local residents.
eastern provinces of Afghanistan including Kunar, Nuristan, and Nangarhar
provinces have been subject to indiscriminate artillery shelling from the other
side of Durand Line during the past several years.
persistent rocket attacks have incurred casualties to the residents of the
three provinces besides hundreds of families have been forced to flee the area.
comes as tensions between Kabul and Islamabad persist mainly due to issues
along the Durand Line.
Afghan and Pakistani forces exchanged fire two weeks ago in Spin Boldak
district of Kandahar located near the Durand Line which lasted for several
hours and inflicted casualties to the both sides.
Afghan officials are saying that the incident took place after the Pakistani
troops were stopped to conduct surveys in villages belonging to Afghanistan but
the Pakistani officials reject the allegations and claim that census work was
being done in the areas belonging to Pakistan.
- US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday he is finalising
recommendations for a new military plan for Afghanistan, but he still needs
input from NATO allies.
Pentagon is expected to request thousands of additional troops for Afghanistan
in a bid to end chronic instability and snap a protracted stalemate against the
Taliban. Any such proposal would ultimately need a green light from President
are working on it and we will obviously engage quietly with our allies as we
come to final decisions," Mattis said. "It's more important to get it
right than do it hastily," he added, speaking briefly to reporters at a
meeting with Norwegian Defence Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Soreide. Mattis's
remarks may tamp down expectations that an Afghanistan announcement is
Whelan, the acting assistant secretary of defence for special operations, said
on May 4 that she expected a Pentagon recommendation to go to Mattis "within
the next week." US media have reported the Pentagon is weighing around
3,000 to 5,000 additional troops. US troops in Afghanistan number about 8,400
today, and there are another 5,000 from NATO allies, serving in an advisory
capacity for Afghan forces.
suggested Norway might be willing to increase its own small-but-longstanding
commitment to Afghanistan.
have always consistently said that we went in with our allies and we are going
to leave with our allies. So depending on what NATO takes as their next step we
will follow that discussion very closely," she said. "Some time through the summer we will
see that NATO also makes some decision on what to do next with the Resolute
Support mission," she added, referring to the NATO operation in Afghanistan.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will join leaders from Indonesia, Malaysia and
other Muslim-majority countries at a summit this weekend in Saudi Arabia, where
multi-lateral cooperation against terrorism and radicalism extremism will be
high on the agenda.
by the Saudi government, the two-day Arab-Islamic-American Summit in Riyadh
will consist of three meetings spread over May 20-21. Leaders and other
delegates from 55 Muslim nations, including Hasina, Indonesian President Joko
“Jokowi” Widodo and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, are scheduled to meet
there with U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday.
participants will “address ways of building more robust and effective security
partnerships” to counter violent extremism worldwide by religious promoting
tolerance and moderation, according to program information posted on the
summit’s official website.
Trump will be on his first foreign trip since taking office in January. On May
21, he and Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud are expected to inaugurate
the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh.
other countries represented at the summit, Bangladesh, along with Malaysia and
Indonesia – the world’s most populous predominantly Muslim nation – have been
grappling in recent years with threats from growing extremism and terrorism
linked with the Islamic State or other militant groups.
the summit Prime Minister Hasina will “likely make some proposals” on
international joint efforts in combating terrorism, Bangladeshi Foreign
Minister Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali told reporters in Dhaka on Thursday.
expect that the … Prime Minister will present Bangladesh’s latest success in
combating terrorism and countering violent extremism,” Ali said but without
detailing proposals that Hasina would articulate in Riyadh.
IS-linked terrorists killed 20 hostages during an overnight siege at a café in
Dhaka in July 2016, Bangladesh has waged a brutal crackdown on suspected
militants. At least 70 suspects have been killed during raids carried out by
Bangladeshi security forces since then.
main objective of the summit is to establish a new partnership to face the
challenges of global terrorism and militancy, expand values of tolerance and
co-existence and strengthen efforts for ensuring peace and stability,” Ali
must dispatch our troops’
Bangladesh and Malaysia have joined a Saudi-led coalition against terrorism,
which is made up of predominantly Sunni Muslim countries. Predominantly Shiite
Muslim Iran, Saudi Arabia’s main rival in the Middle East, will be
conspicuously absent from the upcoming meetings in Riyadh. Tehran has been
waging a proxy war against Riyadh in Yemen.
Arabia is also backing efforts to topple the Syrian government, which is
aligned with Iran.
Malaysia and Bangladesh have not officially deployed combat troops in support
of the coalition, Malaysia’s government has faced criticism at home over
reports that Malaysian troops have been sent to Yemen. Officials have said the
troops are serving there in a humanitarian role.
Thursday’s news conference in Dhaka, the Bangladeshi foreign minister told
reporters that the government would send troops to Saudi Arabia if Islam’s two
holiest sites, located in Mecca and Medina, were ever threatened by terrorists.
This was the first time that a Bangladeshi official had spoken about deploying
troops in support of the Saudi-led coalition.
our help is sought, if Saudi Arabia seeks our assistance, we must dispatch our
troops there,” Ali said.
also fielded a question touching on a denial made by Saudi Arabia in response
to claims by Bangladeshi government officials that the kingdom had agreed to
provide Bangladesh with about U.S. $1 billion in aid in order to build 560
week, Saudi Minister of Culture and Information Awwad Salleh Al-Awwad told
BenarNews in a statement that the kingdom had “never committed to pay
Bangladesh one billion dollars for the construction of mosques.”
claims made by Bangladeshi Planning Minister A.H.M. Mustafa Kamal, Foreign
Minister Ali said Thursday that he was also present at a meeting between Prime
Minister Hasina and the Saudi king where the issue of the large-scale mosque
construction project in Bangladesh was discussed.
Saudi commitment was there – no doubt about it,” Ali told reporters.
his trip to Riyadh, Indonesian President Jokowi will attend back-to-back
high-level meetings with government leaders during the summit, Saudi Ambassador
to Indonesia Osama bin Mohammed Abdullah Al Shuaibi told The Jakarta Post.
country has the largest Muslim population, and so our voice is important,” said
Arrmanatha Nasir, spokesman for Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
according to the state-run Antara news agency.
will demonstrate how Islam, moderation and democracy can co-exist here.”
Malaysia, Prime Minister Najib accepted an invitation to attend the Riyadh
summit during a courtesy call in Putrajaya from the Saudi culture and
information minister on May 11, according to Bernama, the Malaysian state news
foreign ministry spokesman said Najib would participate during his stay in
Saudi Arabia in discussions about security and terrorism, among other issues.
this year, both Indonesia and Malaysia hosted a visit by King Salman, during
which the Saudis signed counter-terrorist cooperation agreements with both
countries. Among these deals, the kingdom agreed to launch The King Salman
Center for International Peace in Malaysia, which will focus on combating
Chiefs of Defense of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have
reaffirmed support to help the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces
(ANDSF) fulfill their four year roadmap.
Allied Chiefs of Defence gathered in Brussels on 17th May 2017 for their second
meeting of the year, ahead of the Heads of State and Government meeting on 25th
May 2017, according to a statement by the alliance.
Afghanistan, the Chiefs of Defence reiterated their long term commitment to the
RESOLUTE SUPPORT Mission building the Afghan National Defence and Security
Forces (ANDSF), including by assisting the ANDSF to fulfil their four year
Roadmap,” the statement said.
statement further added “They recommended the RESOLUTE SUPPORT Mission remain
conditions-based and flexible taking into account the challenging security
Chiefs of Defence also developed recommendations on capability development and
resource requirements to continue to underpin NATO’s current and future tasks,
operations, missions and activities relating to both Defence and Deterrence and
Projecting Stability,” the statement added.
Army's clean-up of North Waziristan, locals want civilian govt to get in action
situation in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) is reportedly returning to normalcy
as the internally displaced persons are returning to their homes and peace has
prevailed, but life remains difficult for them due to the lack of basic
to the NWA General Officer Commanding Maj Gen Hassan Azhar Hayat, who hosted
journalists for a briefing on the area's overall situation on Thursday, all
no-go areas have been cleared by the Army and 80 per cent of the people
displaced from the areas have now been resettled.
said that around 80 per cent of the displaced people from the area had returned
and were "contributing to the development of the agency".
Gen Hayat told reporters that the era of operations has come to an end and an
era of development has started in the agency with the launching of new
the details of these projects, he informed reporters that four army public
schools have been established in NWA. A model town is also in final stages in
main Miranshah city.
a resident of Miranshah was of the view that while the Army's contributions
were commendable, the civilian government did not seem serious about addressing
the issues and problems of the tribal people.
doubt that we are in a new and peaceful Waziristan -- but it is one without
basic facilities,” Malik Noor Khan, a local tribal elder, told DawnNews.
elder Noor Khan said: “We have no basic facilities like electricity, clean
drinking water, schools and hospitals etc. We need schools with teachers and
hospitals with doctors."
you build a school or hospital or a hydropower project in Miranshah, it does
not mean you have changed the whole of Waziristan,” one other local asserted,
requesting not to be named.
admitted that development work was underway, but said it was being carried out
only in areas near government installations.
resident of NWA, Malik Irfan, 25, said: “The administration has made the agency
a paradise just in pictures for their presentations? and slides for government
80 per cent of the 944 government schools are non-functioning due to lack of
staff and other facilities, he explained, adding that the same situation
prevails in the health sector.
seems that we are living in the stone ages, as there is no light, mobile or
telephone service,” Malik Irfan remarked. It is because of this lack of basic
facilities in North Waziristan that the internally displaced persons prefer to
stay in Peshawar and other cities, he claimed.
shops, market, houses and livestock were destroyed and most of them are still
waiting completion,” he said, complaining that the government was not paying
heed to address their problems.
political agent is the ‘king’ of the agency and meeting him to convey our
issues or problems is very difficult job, as people are not allowed to see
him,” a local, Rehamullah Khan, complained.
success of operation Zarb-i-Azb’
the success of operation Zarb-i-Azb, the GOC recalled that 207 security
personnel had been martyred and more than two thousand injured, whereas forces
had reportedly killed 2,872 terrorists.
continued that more than 1,177 terrorists had been arrested and more than 1,500
others surrendered to security forces.
the operation, 310 tonnes of explosives and ammunition was recovered," he
said, adding that there had been factories manufacturing ammunition and IEDs
operating openly in the agency.
the area is completely cleared and no one is allowed to keep gun or pistols,"
Gen Hayat said, “We are changing the mentality of the people and have
established a deradicalisation centre in Mir Ali.”
of previously 'brainwashed' people have been deradicalised so far in the
centre, he added.
GOC also talked about cross-border attacks, the current security situation, and
attacks and hideouts of militants in Afghanistan pose a threat to peace, both
in Pakistan and Afghanistan,” he said.
said that cross-border movement is completely banned and security has been
enhanced along the Pak-Afghan border, adding that 1,113 security posts have
been established at a visible distance.
revealed that Afghan mobile networks are working inside the Pakistani area and
the issue has been taken up with the Afghan officials.
former governor and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s leader Chaudary Sarwar said that
electoral reforms were very important for the upcoming general elections.
convener of the sub-committee of the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral
Reforms Law Minister Zahid Hamid said that to remove the differences of the
stakeholders on contentious issues was a painstaking and time-consuming task
but work on it has been initiated and would take up each and every issue to
resolve the differences of the stakeholders on it.
Sarwar Tweeted saying,
- Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday said that Pakistan was
passing through the most critical phase in the war on terror.
a seminar on “Role of Youth in Rejecting Extremism” in Rawalpindi, the army
chief said that operation Raadul Fasaad was just the beginning of a new phase
in the war against terrorism and extremism.
said security threats have been diluted resulting in a congenial environment
for development activities and the fight from here onwards has to be carried on
by all state organs and its people.
said the youth was Pakistan’s investment in the future and “the faceless and
nameless hostile forces are polluting the mind of our youth through the social
Bajwa’s statement also draws a parallel to the statement of Minister of State
for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb, who a few days ago, warned against the
misuse of social media.
who are using social media for slanderous and negative propaganda against the
constitutional state institutions, are warned to desist from this undesirable
activity,” the state minister had said in her statement.
Bajwa said that Pakistan Army was the only army in the world that has defeated
terrorism of this scale.
referring to the sacrifices rendered by the armed forces and the nation against
terrorism, the army chief said that Pakistan stands at the most critical phase
in the war on terror.
said as the targeted operations under Raddul Fassad continue, there was a need
for finding ways to ensure that the causes of terrorism were addressed and the
National Action Plan was actualised.
army chief said that it was unfair and dangerous to associate the extremism
referring to the rising extremism in India, Gen Bajwa said that India has given
in to the extremism and hate has been mainstreamed.
said the Hindutva extremism of the RSS, deprivation of Palestinians, the
burning and desecration of mosques or gurdwaras in western capitals, the rise
of hyper-nationalists and the monster of racism, are all manifestations of
army chief said that despite the incessant propaganda, the fact was that
Pakistan has rejected terrorism which speaks of the robustness of our social
and religious values.
said that “our youth besides taking part in political discourse in
unprecedented numbers and they are active in the social arena are also winning
accolades for academic achievements abroad”.
Bajwa said: “Pakistan’s enemies were actively pursuing divisive tendencies in
the society and were waging the biggest and most sustained hybrid war against
us from multiple directions and using multiple ways.”
said that the Indian leadership has made no secret of its active involvement in
the proxy struggle in East Pakistan and now in Balochistan.
said Pakistan was cognizant of these threats and was actively countering them
with the support of the entire nation.
said that “our homes, educational institutions and media houses are the first
lines of defence against extremism in the society”.
have defeated terrorism together and we will go after extremism too and root it
with our values, mental faculties and physical energies”, Gen Bajwa said.
addressing the seminar, ISPR Director Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor said that the
“nature and character” of extremism has changed.
stand very privileged here today as your host to welcome you on this seminar as
part of our ongoing operation Raddul Fasaad,” he said.
Fasaad is aimed at consolidating gains of all military operations earlier
concluded in the kinetic domain and to bring about an enduring peace and
stability,” the ISPR DG said.
pointed out that one of operation Raddul Fassad’s strands was to eliminate
extremism from our society.
- The law-enforcement agencies thwarted a major terror bid on Thursday and
seized arms and ammunition. The forces conducted raid in Dera Bugti’s Loopserni
area and recovered two anti-tank landmines which were planted on roadside for
subversive act. In another raid in Sohbatpur, the security forces also defused
a fixed landmine. The timely action of security forces foiled two terror
attacks in Balochistan.
- Deputy Chairman Senate Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri on Thursday said that he
had requested for a bulletproof vehicle but was not provided by the Balochistan
Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and Deputy Chairman Senate Maulana Abdul Ghafoor
Haideri said this while talking to media at the Pakistan Institute of Medical
Sciences (PIMS) where he has been admitted for medical treatment.
Deputy Chairman Senate survived a suicide attack in Mustung area of Balochistan
in which 27 people lost their lives while 30 others, including Maulana Abdul
Ghafoor Haideri, sustained injuries.
Deputy Chairman Senate reached PIMS with tight security and held a short media
talk wherein he expressed dissatisfaction over security provided to him during
his visit to Balochistan. “Security was not up to the standard keeping in the
view the law and order situation in Balochistan,” he said. The senator said that he had demanded of the
provincial government to provide a bulletproof vehicle but was not denied.
also said that the JUI-F fully knows the culprits behind this attack but will
not bow before them at any cost. “Forces against Pakistan, Islam and CPEC have
executed the attack but such cowardly acts cannot deter the determination of
JUI-F workers,” he said.
also termed the attack a conspiracy against ‘Mosque and Madrassahs.
has not accepted Pakistan since 1947 but I will give the message that we are
atomic power and no effort to destabilise the country will be successful,” he
Deputy Chairman also said that some forces are not comfortable with the JUI-F
chief’s stance on protecting sanctity of the holy places ‘Makkah and Madinah’.
He said that the ideology of Pakistan and Mardrassahs will exist till the
Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, who
heads the National Party (NP), has said that political forces should sit
together and come up with a strategy on how to extricate Pakistan from
terrorism, sectarianism and religious extremism.
was speaking at the ‘Meet the Press’ programme in the local press club on
Thursday. His party colleague Ramzan Memon, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz
(PML-N) senior vice president Shah Mohammad Shah and some other senior
political activists also attended the programme.
Bizenjo started off the discussion with condemnation of the May 13 killings of
Sindhi labourers in Gwadar. “We stand with the Sindhi nation and slain workers,
and not with terrorists,” he said.
said Balochistan had been facing disturbances and was practically pushed into a
civil war since the past decade. Even NP leaders like Maula Bukhsh Dasti and
Habib Jalib were assassinated.
were not killed by the government. Some 50 other party leaders and activists
had been gunned down by ‘these people’, he said and described such people as
a question, he dismissed reports that the Sindhi labourers were building a part
of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CEPC) or a road related to the
Frontier Works Organisation (FWO).
was a local road and its contractor belongs to my party”, he said.
culprits had claimed that they were killed for working with the FWO.
and contractors didn’t have anything to do with the FWO. Militants have killed
2,000 to 3,000 Baloch people besides those from other communities branding the
victims as informers. We are killed for talking about federation,” he said.
Bizenjo referred to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement that Baloch
were looking to him, and said that no doubt was left now that ‘these people’
were playing the game of outsiders, especially India. “These elements include
Sindhis and we know them personally,” he added.
claimed that most parts of Balochistan were free of militancy now.
are now confined to Panjgur, Kech, Dera Bugti and Awaran ... they will be
eliminated in the next four-five years,” he said.
Bizenjo warned of threat to CPEC from those “who are getting free in Syria”,
referring to militants fleeing the war-torn Middle Eastern country.
said that such people might move to Pakistan and increase the problems with
regard to CPEC. “Many countries/regions may not accept it [the situation
arising out of such a scenario],” he said, adding that they [the
countries/regions] thought that China was expanding itself.
says will ‘not beg’ Germany to stay at Nato base
- Turkey on Thursday hit back at German threats to pull its troops out of a key
NATO base on its soil, saying it would “not beg” them to stay.
and Berlin are locked in another spat over Turkey’s refusal to allow German
lawmakers to visit the Incirlik base near Syria, which is used by the
international coalition fighting the Islamic State group.
warned earlier this week that it could move its troops elsewhere, with German
Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel accusing Turkey of “blackmail”. “It is up to
them, we will not beg them,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told
NTV, saying Ankara was not blackmailing Germany. Germany has about 250 military
personnel stationed at the base in southern Turkey, flying Tornado surveillance
missions over Syria and refuelling flights for partner nations battling IS
Angela Merkel on Monday described Turkey’s position as “unfortunate”, saying
that Germany, while continuing talks to resolve the issue, would also look for
alternatives, including in Jordan.
accused Ankara on Wednesday of “looking to blackmail” the German parliament.
it is not possible to work normally at Incirlik - and this includes visits by
German parliament lawmakers - then we will have to look for alternatives,” he
told German newspaper Neue Osnabrucker Zeitung.
can only hope that the Turkish government will change its mind in the coming
days. Otherwise, the parliament will no longer let our soldiers go to Turkey.”
said if Gabriel made such remarks, it was “disrespectful”, as Turkish and
German officials were working to improve relations.
said Gabriel had made different remarks in private, suggesting the minister was
using the dispute for political gain ahead of September elections in Germany.
between the NATO allies have been strained since the failed coup in Turkey last
year, but have worsened over multiple issues including the referendum campaign
to expand President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers.
plunged further after Turkey imprisoned Deniz Yucel, a German-Turkish
journalist with Die Welt, on terror charges earlier this year while Germany
granted political asylum to some Turkish military officers accused of
involvement in the attempted putsch.
year, another row over Incirlik saw Turkey deny German lawmakers the right to
visit for many months after the German parliament voted to recognise the Ottoman
Empire’s World War I-era massacre of Armenians as a genocide.
chief Jens Stoltenberg said the row was a “bilateral issue” and had no effect
on NATO activities.
had a similar situation (before)... then it was solved. I hope that this dispute
will also be solved this time.”
- The US decision to stick by the nuclear deal with Iran, despite new sanctions
on its missile programme, provided welcome news for President Hassan Rouhani on
Thursday, a day before his bid for re-election.
administration of US President Donald Trump chose to continue waiving
nuclear-related sanctions on Wednesday despite its criticism of the agreement.
was a relief to Rouhani, who made the 2015 nuclear deal the centrepiece of his
efforts to end Iran’s isolation and rebuild its economy with foreign
investment. He faces a tough battle for re-election on Friday against hardline
cleric Ebrahim Raisi, who has called for a much tougher stance against the West
and says the nuclear deal has not improved the lives of the poor.
the Trump administration, dominated by fiercely anti-Iran sentiment, balanced
the sanctions waivers with new measures against Iranian defence officials and a
Chinese business tied to Tehran’s ballistic missile programme. The US says the
programme is a breach of international law because the missiles could carry
nuclear warheads in the future.
denies ever seeking nuclear weapons and foreign ministry spokesman Bahram
Ghasemi said Thursday its missile programme is part of its “absolute and legal
right to build up the country’s defensive capabilities”. “Iran condemns the US
administration’s ill will in its effort to reduce the positive results of the
country’s implementation of JCPOA (nuclear deal) commitments by adding
individuals to the list of unilateral and illegal extraterritorial sanctions,”
Ghasemi said on his Telegram channel.
said Iran would retaliate by adding nine US individuals and companies to its
own sanctions list, accusing them of “clear violations of human rights” in
relation to their support for Israel or “terrorist groups” in the Middle East.
threatened to tear up the nuclear deal during his campaign and has launched a
review of its terms, but until then the deal requires him to renew sanctions
relief at regular intervals.
first deadline fell this week, related to sanctions on oil purchases through
the Iranian central bank - part of a 2012 law called the National Defence
Authorisation Act - that must be waived every 120 days. The Trump
administration will have to waive more sanctions next month if it wants to stick
by the nuclear deal.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in April that Iran was complying with its
side of the bargain, but has described the country as the world’s leading state
sponsor of terrorism. Washington has maintained a raft of other sanctions
related to human rights and the missile programme that continue to stifle
Iran’s efforts to rebuild its foreign trade. This has been a major issue in the
Iranian election, with hardliner Raisi accusing Rouhani of making too many
concessions without gaining any economic benefits.
oil sales have rebounded since the deal came into effect in January 2016,
Iran’s continued exclusion from the international banking system has prevented
it from signing much-needed trade and investment deals with Europe and
Asia. Rouhani, who is still seen as the
frontrunner in unofficial polls, has vowed to work towards the removal of
remaining sanctions and called for more time to allow the benefits of the deal
to reach ordinary Iranians.
criticised new US sanctions on its missile programme on Thursday, saying they
would undermine a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
condemns the US administration’s ill will in its effort to reduce the positive
results of the country’s implementation of JCPOA (nuclear deal) commitments by
adding individuals to the list of unilateral and illegal extraterritorial
sanctions,” foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said on his Telegram
lodged an official protest with the United States on Thursday over new US
sanctions on Iran that target a Chinese business tied to Tehran’s ballistic
missile programme. “The Chinese side is always opposed to unilateral sanctions,
to the frequent implementation of unilateral sanctions, especially when it
hurts interests of third parties,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying
administration of US President Donald Trump chose to stick by a nuclear deal
between Iran and world powers on Wednesday and continue waiving sanctions
related to its atomic activities.
it balanced the decision with new measures against Iranian defence officials
and a Chinese business linked to Iran’s ballistic missile programme.
Arabia says Iran vote
election on Friday is its own concern, regional rival Saudi Arabia said ahead
of an “unprecedented” summit between US President Donald Trump and dozens of
Muslim nations excluding Iran.
an internal Iranian matter,” Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told
journalists when asked his expectations for Friday’s presidential vote in Iran.
we look at Iran’s policy, we don’t look at personalities. We look at actions,”
said Jubeir, repeating allegations about Iran’s “aggressive” behaviour in the
Hassan Rouhani faces a tough battle for re-election against hardline cleric
Ebrahim Raisi, who has called for a much tougher stance against the West and
says a 2015 nuclear deal has not improved the lives of the poor.
international sanctions in exchange for guarantees that Tehran will not pursue
a nuclear weapons capability.
agreement, between the US under former president Barack Obama, five other world
powers, and Tehran, was viewed with suspicion by Riyadh.
made the deal a centrepiece of his efforts to end Iran’s isolation and rebuild
its economy with foreign investment.
have seen Iran’s record of aggression increase not decrease” since the nuclear
pact, Jubeir said, citing the country’s support for “terrorism” and efforts to
destabilise other countries.
military court in Gaza on Thursday concluded the trial of three men accused of
assassinating a Hamas military leader and will deliver its verdict at the
weekend, an official said.
trial of the alleged killers of Mazen Faqha opened on Monday and the court held
its fourth and final session on Thursday.
chief suspect, Ashraf Abu Leila, 38, and two accomplices are charged with
shooting dead Faqha, a senior Hamas official, next to his home on March 24.
verdict will be delivered on Sunday,” Hamas-run interior ministry spokesman
Iyad al-Bozum told AFP. “It will be final and under Palestinian law the accused
have no right of appeal.”
sentence will be the death penalty and execution will be carried out as quickly
as possible,” said a source close to the military court system.
has accused the men of colluding with Israel to set up and commit the murder.
the wake of the killing it launched a large-scale campaign against all
“collaborators” in which it said it made 45 arrests.
hanged three men on April 6, convicted by the military court of past acts of
“treason and collaborating” unconnected to Faqha’s slaying.
assassination in the middle of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip shocked the Islamist
immediately blamed its arch-enemy Israel, with which it has fought three wars
since 2008, and implemented strict border restrictions on those seeking to
leave the Palestinian enclave.
Leila was arrested about two weeks after the assassination and his detention
was publicly announced by Hamas’s leader Ismail Haniya last Thursday.
- Turkey called Thursday for the removal of the US diplomat coordinating the
international coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria,
accusing him of backing Syrian Kurdish militias.
and Ankara are bitterly at odds over US support for the Kurdish People’s
Protection Units (YPG) in Syria, which Turkey considers a front for banned
Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) separatists.
McGurk is definitely giving support to PKK and YPG. It would be useful if this
person was replaced,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told NTV television.
Last year, McGurk visited YPG members who controlled the Syrian town of Kobane
and was awarded a plaque, which drew Turkey’s wrath.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan angrily told Washington at the time to choose between
Ankara and “terrorists”.
Ankara is now upbeat about the future of relations with Washington under
President Donald Trump, with Cavusoglu praising the new administration as “more
sincere” after Erdogan’s talks with the US leader this week.
met Trump at the White House on Tuesday, with the two leaders pledging to
improve ties between the NATO allies - even as Erdogan gave a stern warning
about Washington’s arming of Kurdish militia in Syria.
is absolutely unacceptable to take the YPG-PYD into consideration as partners
in the region, and it’s going against a global agreement we reached,” Erdogan
said in Washington, referring to the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, whose armed
wing is the YPG.
United States sees the YPG as the most effective force on the ground in the
fight against Islamic State militants.
is keen to join a future battle to recapture the de facto IS capital of Raqa in
Syria, but only if Kurdish militia forces do not participate.
officials told Ankara that the YPG would not constitute a threat for Turkey and
that arms supplied by Washington would be used in Raqa and in the south, not
against Turkey, Cavusoglu said.
to reporters at the Turkish embassy in Washington, Erdogan said he told Trump
that if there were a YPG attack, Ankara would act unilaterally.
clearly told them if there is any attack by the YPG against Turkey, we will
apply the rules of engagement without asking anyone,” he was quoted as saying
by the Hurriyet newspaper Thursday.
also said that the US had made up its mind on Raqa, which meant Turkey could
not join the operation “under the current circumstances,” referring to the
Erdogan said he believed Washington “will knock our door on the issue of
was in northern Syria Tuesday and Wednesday for talks with the leadership of
the Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, and the
YPG, according to a source in the nascent Raqa city civilian council.
Palestinian was killed by an Israeli settler on Thursday during clashes near
the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry
and security sources said.
clashes near a military post erupted when an Israeli settler in a car attempted
to cross a crowd of Palestinian protesters, with the settler and Israeli
soldiers opening fire, Palestinian security sources said.
King Salman bin Abdulaziz initiated urgent relief to combat and contain the
cholera outbreak in Yemen via King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid and
was an urgent response to contain the crisis, which began to take a serious
curve in Yemen after the outbreak spread in the past few days.
priority of this aid campaign is to increase the support of laboratory equipment
that helps with the early detection, diagnosis and the provision of necessary
efforts to support the Yemeni people in the face of this disease have been
praised by Yemeni authorities.
outbreak of the disease is due to the accumulation of waste. The absence of
waste disposal in the capital Sanaa is among the main reasons that contributed
to the outbreak of the disease and the high number of cases.
at the Royal Court, General Supervisor of King Salman Center for Humanitarian
Aid and Relief, Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah, thanked King Salman for
his directives to eliminate cholera epidemic in Yemen, according to Saudi Press
a press statement on Thursday, Al-Rabiah said that the Center has set up an
urgent response team to develop rapid intervention programs, diagnosis of the
epidemic, treatment and control and work on prevention, cooperating with UAE
Ministry of Health.
center has an ongoing contact with the rest of the GCC countries, through the
GCC Aid Coordination Office, as well as the rest of the Arab coalition
countries to implement urgent programs and develop a plan to contain the
epidemic and to protect the Yemeni people from the risks and consequences.
not to join combat role against Daesh: Stoltenberg
secretary general of the NATO has ruled out the possibility that the Western
military alliance would help combat missions against Daesh if it joins the
US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Takfiri terrorist group in Iraq and
Stoltenberg said Thursday that NATO members were discussing whether the
organization should join the US-led coalition, but he insisted that the
alliance would not participate in combat missions even if it agrees to be part
of the drive.
who was briefing reporters in Brussels, said it was "absolutely out of the
question for NATO to go into combat operations.”
also noted that NATO members had yet to really reach an agreement to allow the
alliance to join the coalition against Daesh even though all are individual
members of the US-led campaign.
decision has been taken. The discussion is going on,” Stoltenberg said,
reiterating that NATO would not bow to pressure by US President Donald Trump,
who is seeking a greater role for NATO in the campaign against militants in
Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
is expected to hold a meeting with allied counterparts in Brussels on May 25.
currently provides training and aerial surveillance support to the so-called
US-led coalition in Iraq and Syria, while maintaining its military presence in
Afghanistan nearly 16 years after it joined the invasion of the country.
on Wednesday suggested that a top NATO general had recommended that the members
accept Washington’s demand for joining the US-led coalition.
coalition began carrying out airstrikes against Daesh in Iraq in 2014, after
the terror group seized swathes of land in west and north of the Arab country.
The US claims the coalition targets Daesh terrorists. However, the raids, which
have done little to dislodge the terror group, have on numerous occasions
claimed many civilian lives and inflicted damage on the country’s
air campaign and ground operations were later expanded to cover Syria’s
northeast, where Daesh holds territories and claims its self-styled rule, with
Raqqah as its self-proclaimed capital.
has repeatedly protested against the US-led intervention, saying it violates
2,300 refugees were rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, Italian coast guard said
in a statement on Thursday.
Italian coast guard carried out 22 rescue operations and intercepted 2,300
refugees in 12 dinghies and 10 vessels off the Libyan coast en route to Italy.
The operations were backed by the European
Union Naval Force Mediterranean and nongovernmental organizations, the
Islamist-linked Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) is calling on imams to mobilise
their congregations and for British Muslims to vote in the general election to
promote Islamic interests.
MCB, the largest Muslim umbrella group in the country, has published a “list of
8 key issues affecting Muslim communities” to consider when voting and a draft
sermon for imams to give in mosques.
need to be more politically active”, declares the sermon, to be read at Friday
prayers across the country. IpsosMORI research suggests that 53 per cent of
eligible Muslims did not vote at the 2010 general election.
‘Fairness Not Favours: British Muslim Perspectives at the 2015 General
Election’ list covers issues such as: “Defend the right of Muslims – and people
of all faiths – to live their faith be that in religious clothing, food and
reasonable accommodation of religious observance.”
2015, the MCB even produced a website cross-referencing issues Muslims are
interested in, allowing voters to compare political parties’ stances on topics
such as Palestine, tackling crime and terrorism, and “action to combat
Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and all forms of racism”.
can be a contentious issue within some Muslim communities, as more hard-line
interpretations of the faith only recognise sharia law rather than “man-made
laws” made in democratic states.
MCB sermon seeks to justify voting by referencing sayings and stories from the
Quran. In one story mentioned Mohammed ordered early Muslims to “actively
contribute in constructing the Madinian society, which was quickly changing
with the arrival of the new migrants”.
sermon also claims that “many things threaten this for us now, whether the rise
of the Right Wing in Europe, bans of hijab and niqab in neighbouring countries,
a constant threat to halal food, the demonizing of our Islamic practice, and so
much more”. Adding: “If we do not vote carefully in our local areas and ensure
that those who are not suitable to govern or be MPs are removed from power,
then we will suffer even more harm. Voting is our key tool to safeguard our
Khan, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, called on British
Muslims to engage with their local prospective parliamentary candidates,
the election approaches, we hope that all the main parties engage with Muslim
communities and Muslim communities themselves engage in the democratic process.
have seen many arrange hustings, Q&A sessions and even go out campaigning
for their local candidate – it is an important election – make your voice
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