saw Lord Rama in my dream on Monday night... he was sad and in tears... he
wanted a quick settlement of the issue," Rizvi said.
Talaq Ordinance Brought By Govt to ‘Punish Muslim Husbands’: Sunni Muslim
Scholars and Clerics to SC
Waqf Board Chairman 'Dreams' Rama Sad Over Ram Temple Delay
Destroys British Statues Deemed Offensive to Islam
Who Put Down Other Religions Not Welcome In Malaysia: Minister
Lobby to Free Wives of Businessmen Trapped In Xinjiang
Likely To Decide Whether ‘Mosque’ Is An Integral Part In Islam
Stones Pelted At Policemen for ‘Stopping Hindu Procession from Passing Muslim
Preacher Slams Muslims for Offering Prayers at Temples, Churches
terrorists kill cops, but spare own relatives in forces
Commission orders probe after viral video shows Muslims pledging vote to TRS
fights escalate in sensitive Muzaffarnagar village, 27 held
Police seeks to form ATS after discovery of Hizbul Mujahideen module rings
alarm bells among security establishment
Pakistan must start talks to find solution to Kashmir problem, says NC
Denies Reports of Pakistan Asking It to Ease Pressure On Muslims Minorities
Refugee Thanks Canada 'From the Bottom Of Our Hearts' After Genocide Motion
airstrike target Taliban’s IED factory in Paktia province
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supports utilization of biometrics system in upcoming elections: Abdullah
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Mahatir, Mixing Islam and Democracy Can Sometimes Lead To Disaster
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people distrust Muslims after hypothetical terror attack: Poll
forms Indian Muslim panel to help minority group
Arrest Warrant against Senior Pakistani Journalist, Cyril Almeida
puts forward conditions for Musharraf’s return to Pakistan
can’t ask Centre to initiate high treason case against ex-PM
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by New Age Islam News Bureau
Kerala Jamiathul, one of the biggest religious organisation of the Sunni Muslim
scholars and clerics in Kerala, on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court challenging
the constitutionality of the triple Talaq ordinance, saying its only objective
is “to punish Muslim husbands”.
Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance, 2018 notified on September
19 makes triple talaq a penal offence.
4 imposes a maximum sentence of three years imprisonment when a Muslim husband
pronounces triple talaq. The offence is cognisable and non-bailable.
the motive was to protect a Muslim wife in an unhappy marriage, no reasonable
person can believe that the means to ensure it is by putting an errant husband
in jail for three years and create a non-bailable offence for merely saying
“talaq, talaq, talaq”.
the offence is confined only to Muslim husbands.
is absurd that for an utterance which has no legal effect, whether spoken by
Muslim, Hindu or Christian, it is only the Muslim husband who is penalised with
a three-year sentence.
of wives cannot be achieved by incarceration of husbands… the intent behind the
ordinance is not abolition of triple talaq, but punishment of Muslim husbands,”
Jamiathul, represented by advocate Zulfiker Ali P.S, contended.
urged the court to stay the operation of the ordinance while questioning the
haste with which the government promulgated it.
petition contends that the Supreme Court has already declared the utterance of
triple talaq “null and void”. If triple talaq has thus no legal effect, why
should the government go ahead and make it an offence now?
is no informed assessment or study that forms basis for the Centre to have
created this offence. Some isolated instances of the practice have occurred
despite the judgment of Supreme Court does not imply that a penal provision is
required to be immediately enacted to prevent the practice.
petition points to how sections 5 and 6 of the ordinance create a
“classification among married women who have suffered triple talaq and those
who have not.
said a truly welfare-oriented legislation would promote amicable resolution of
matrimonial disputes, regardless of community.
Waqf Board chairman Waseem Rizvi claimed on Tuesday that Lord Rama was
"sad" over the delay in the construction of the Ram Temple and that
He wanted a quick resolution of the issue.
who has demanded the transfer of the disputed land in Ayodhya in favour of the
Hindu parties for construction of the Ram Temple, accused the All India Muslim
Personal Law Board of opposing the Ram Temple under the "influence"
is the birthplace of Lord Rama... some Muslims, under the influence of Pakistan
and with the help of the Congress, want the issue to remain unresolved,"
had recently visited a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) workshop, where stones were
being carved for the Ram Temple at Ayodhya.
donated Rs 10,000 towards the construction of the temple.
section of Muslim leaders have slammed Rizvi and termed him a "stooge'' of
the BJP and even demanded that he be excommunicated. Rizvi has been involved in
a verbal duel with senior Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawwad.
destroys British statues deemed offensive to Islam
Police armed with pickaxes and power tools have destroyed a modern artwork by a
celebrated British sculptor in the Maldives, after the outgoing president in
the tourist haven declared the installation offensive to Islam.
Yameen in July ordered the sculptures demolished but his ruling was not acted
upon until Friday (Sep 21), on the eve of a presidential election which he lost
to a liberal candidate.
series of statues by Jason deCaires Taylor were placed inside a semi-submerged
metal cube in July at a resort in the Maldives, an archipelago of 340,000 Sunni
Muslims popular with tourists.
the official religion in the Maldives, bans the depiction of idols, and the
work provoked some criticism from clerics even though the statues have no
religious symbols or meaning.
said in July that "significant public sentiment" against the artwork
known as "Coralarium" had guided his decision to destroy it.
is unclear why the sculptures were not raised from the waters until Friday,
just two days before Yameen was turfed out of office.
were photographed chipping away at the works with pickaxes and using power
tools to remove them from the large and ornate cage housing them.
video posted by state media showed several men tearing a statue off a plinth.
was extremely shocked and heartbroken to learn that my sculptures have been
destroyed by the Maldivian authorities at the Coralarium, despite continued
consultations and dialogue," deCaires Taylor told AFP in a statement.
Coralarium was conceived to connect humans to the environment and a nurturing
space for marine life to thrive. Nothing else!
Maldives is still beautiful, with a warm and friendly population, but it was a
sad day for art and sad day for the environment."
import of statues is prohibited in the Maldives. Even depictions of the Buddha
are banned despite a long legacy of Buddhism in the islands before Islam came
to dominate the archipelago.
the edict, huge cutouts of Yameen towered over the capital Male in the lead-up
to Sunday's poll, which he lost after five years of strongman rule marked by a
regression from democracy.
of these cardboard posters depicting the ousted leader were torn down after he
suffered a shock defeat to opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, an act
of defiance unthinkable under his iron-fisted leadership.
(Bernama): Muslim or non-Muslim preachers who put down and criticise other
religions or beliefs in their religious talks are not welcome in this country,
said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Senator P. Waythamoorthy.
said such an attitude would only cause uneasiness among the multi-racial and
multi-religious people in the country.
also shared the sentiment of Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk
Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa about controversial preacher Dr Zakir Naik's style of
delivering religious talks where he was often seen putting down other
agree with Mujahid's statement on Zakir Naik as it can affect the racial unity
and harmony in the country, not only Zakir Naik but other Muslim or non-Muslim
preachers including Hindus who enter this country and criticise other religions
cannot be accepted.
Monday (Sept 24), Mujahid was quoted as saying that Zakir Naik's combative
style of propagating Islam, which put down other beliefs was not suitable for
Malaysia as a multi-racial and multi-religious country.
Waythamoorthy said the government was planning to hold the Cultural Diversity
Day early next year in an effort to strengthen the unity among the people in
is still at the discussion stage and a large-scale campaign will be carried out
to attract people of all races to the programme,” he added.
today's programme, the minister, who is in charge of national unity and social
wellbeing, said the Siamese community there had raised several issues
pertaining to their welfare including their agricultural land, citizenship as
well as higher education. - Bernama
Pakistani businessmen whose wives and children are trapped in China's restive
Xinjiang are travelling to Beijing to lobby their embassy, in hopes that the
south Asian nation's new government will pressure its ally for their release.
has faced an outcry from activists, some governments and UN human rights
experts over mass detentions and strict surveillance of the mostly Muslim Uighur
minority, and other Muslim groups, in the western region.
Imran Baig, 40, who trades between his home city of Lahore and Urumqui, the
Xinjiang regional capital, said his wife was detained in a
"reeducation" camp in her native Bachu county for two months in May
and June 2017 and had been unable to leave her hometown since her release.
wife, Mailikemu Maimati, 33, and their four-year-old son, who are both Chinese
nationals, are unable to get their passports back from Chinese authorities, he
told Reuters outside the Pakistan embassy in Beijing.
ambassador says, 'Wait, wait, wait, one day, two days.' Okay, I wait,"
Baig said late on Tuesday, after his meeting.
could not immediately reach the ambassador, Masood Khalid, to seek comment.
says it faces a serious threat from Islamist militants and separatists in
Xinjiang and has rejected accusations of mistreatment.
about the Pakistani businessmen on Tuesday, Geng Shuang, a spokesman for the
Foreign Ministry, told a regular news briefing that he was not aware of the
majority nations have mostly remained silent over the situation in Xinjiang.
month's election of cricketing legend and firebrand nationalist Imran Khan as
Pakistan's prime minister has fed the expectations of many for him to deliver
on promises to create jobs, build an Islamic welfare state and restore the
country's image abroad.
Shahid Ilyas, a businessman in Lahore who has been collecting details of cases
and seeking government support, said he was optimistic the new government would
foreign ministry in Islamabad did not reply to questions from Reuters on the
lot of people get married like us. It's no problem. But in 2017 they start to
seal everything off in Xinjiang," Ilyas, who said his Chinese Uighur wife,
a citizen of China, had been detained since April 2017, told Reuters by
said he had confirmed details of 38 cases but believed there were more than 300
similar cases of Pakistani husbands whose wives and children, most of them
Uighurs, had been stuck in Xinjiang for more than a year, in camps or confined
handful of businessmen, including Baig, is travelling to China in groups of
twos and threes, to avoid raising suspicion, parking themselves at the embassy
to make their case, he said.
is China's big mistake," said Ilyas. "Before people did not know how
they treated Muslims. Now, everyone knows."
wives and children, most of them Uighurs, had been stuck in Xinjiang for more
than a year, in camps or confined to homes.
likely to decide whether ‘Mosque’ is an integral part in Islam
Delhi: The Apex Court is likely to deliver a verdict on Friday that would
decide if a temple will be built or not in Ayodhya were the title dispute between
different communities is going on.
is also speculated that CJI Dipak Mishra could deliver the verdict before he
retires, NDTV reported.
SC will decide on whether its 1994 verdict which said Namaz or Muslim prayers
could be offered anywhere and that mosque is not an essential integral part of
practice in Islam and is not needed for the congregation.
Muslims treating this verdict as unfair towards the minority community, said
this apex court’s decision in 1994 has played a big role in the Ayodhya dispute
following which the Allahabad High Court decided to give the essential part of
the land to Hindus observing apex court’s order.
Babri Masjid built in 16th century was destroyed in 1992 by lakhs of right-wing
volunteers who decided to destroy the mosque in order to built a Ram Temple in
the place where they claim Lord Ram was born.
if the apex court decides to revisit the issue of ‘Namaz’ and ‘mosque’ being an
integral part in Islam, it will stop the ongoing land dispute unless these points
are settled and decided on.
police officers including an additional superintendent sustained injuries when
people pelted stones at them for allegedly stopping a religious procession from
passing through a Muslim locality in Hamirpur’s Maudaha town Tuesday.
resorted to lathicharge and also fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. Eight
people were detained and a police vehicle was damaged. Police are conducting
raids to trace others, said DIG, Chitrakoot Dham Range, Manoj Tiwari.
injured include Additional Superintendent of Police, Hamirpur, Lal Sahab Yadav,
who was hit on his head with a stone. The injured were rushed to a hospital
where doctors discharged them after first aid, said police.
House Officer (SHO) of Maudaha police station Raj Kumar Singh said, “Residents
of Maudaha take out a two-day religious procession in the name of Kans Mela
every year. People from neighbouring areas also take part. The first day of the
procession (Sunday) ended peacefully.”
further said, “On the second day (Monday), people insisted that the procession
be taken through a Muslim locality. Since processions are not taken out from
those localities, we did not allow them. Hence, it was not taken out Monday. A
series of meetings was held between officials of administration and police and
participants of the procession. On Monday evening, the participants decided not
to take the procession through the Muslim locality. Hence, we allowed them to
take it out Tuesday.”
a preventive measure, heavy police force was deployed at Maudaha town.
preacher slams Muslims for offering prayers at temples, churches
A Salafi preacher has lashed out at Muslim organisations for cleaning up
temples and offering prayers there as well as in churches during the recent
Kerala floods, describing such acts as among the most detested in Islam.
Muslim organisations had cleaned temples and churches that were submerged in
the flood and had held mass prayers inside a church and in a hall attached to a
the September edition of Al Islah magazine, Abdurauf Nadvi, a member of the
Salafi group led by Zakkariyya Swalahi, has denounced celebration of these acts
of communal amity. He said these acts amounted to associating with 'shirk'
(polytheism), which Islam had strictly prohibited.
and the path leading to it have been strongly discouraged in Islam. How can a
Muslim offer prayer at a place where the idols, the cross and the photos of
Mary and Christ are installed," Nadvi asked.
to Nadvi, 'shirk' is the gravest sin in Islam, which has been variously
described in the religion as that forbids access to heaven and ensures entry to
hell. Islam does not provide any relaxation in associating with 'shirk' in any
form. Some concessions have been allowed in extreme situations such as threat
to life, but no such situations existed in India, he said.
days after the dastardly killing of two SPOs and one Jammu and Kashmir Police
constable in Shopian district, an India Today TV investigation has revealed
that several of the top terrorists from the Valley have close relatives holding
government jobs in the police or the security forces.
group of dozen Hizbul Mujahideen militants and Lashkar terrorists, who
butchered the special police officers and the constable, meanwhile, have
steered clear of harming their own relatives who work for the security forces.
classified document accessed by India Today TV exposes this hypocrisy of the
terrorists. Zeenat Ul Islam from Shopian is a Hizb Commander whose brother
works in the police department.
is incidentally among the top three wanted terrorists in Kashmir Valley.
Yousuf Dar alias Yousuf Kantroo alias Issa from Budgam is another terrorist
whose brother works as an SPO.
Ul Haq Mengnoo from Shopian has a brother who is an IPS officer. The brother
and brother-inlaw of Ishaq Ahmed Dar of Shopian are both employed in the Jammu
& Kashmir Police.
Ahmed Nazar from Kulgam has two paternal uncles who work in the Indian Air
Force and the BSF, respectively.
Ahmad Bhat from Kulgam is the son of a J&K policeman. His three uncles are
also employed in the state police force.
State Election Commission of Telangana Tuesday ordered a probe after a video
purportedly showed a group of Muslim men pledging their support to the TRS
party in upcoming state assembly elections in the presence of a state minister,
were some newspaper reports and complaints have also been made. Now, since the
model code of conduct is not on, if a voter takes the oath, I don’t think it
falls within the purview of the electoral code violation. But we have asked the
district electoral officer concerned to give a report on that,” state’s CEO
Rajat Kumar was quoted as saying by PTI.
development comes as the state gears for legislative elections after chief
minister k Chandrashekhar Rao dissolved the state assembly. KCR is currently
serving as caretaker CM in the state. The video shows some people promising
their votes to Transport Minister in the caretaker government Patnam Mahender
Reddy. The minister is contesting from Thandur.
the video went viral, opposition parties criticised the caretaker government
and alleged that KCR is indulging in ‘cheap tricks’ and ‘communalising’ the
elections. Congress then lodged a complaint with the Election Commission and
raised questions as to why the body was not stepping in to check such practices.
“The TRS, out of the fear of failure, is resorting to this kind of
anti-Constitution practice which is detrimental to the principles of the secret
ballot. This is a cheap way of manipulating people. KCR is now scared and has
realised that he committed a mistake by calling early polls,” Telangana
Congress spokesperson Sravan Dasoju said.
men from the Muslim community have been arrested, among them three under the
stringent National Security Act (NSA), for allegedly leading communal attacks
in Muzaffarnagar’s Purbaliyan village on August 21 and 24 — a fallout of a
fight between youths in the locality, according to the police.
members of Purbaliyan’s Hindu Pal community claimed to be at the receiving end
of violence, those from the Muslim community alleged they were picked up
arbitrarily and arrested, or were forced to surrender amid increasing police
pressure on their families.
is among villages that saw skirmishes during the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots.
the communally sensitive village on August 25, BJP MP from Muzaffarnagar
Sanjeev Balyan had advocated invoking the NSA. He had said, “Such severe action
will be taken that no one will have the courage to misbehave like this…the NSA
will be pressed against primary offenders…”
Tuesday, Balyan told The Indian Express that he had recommended to the
administration strictest action against the accused. He said: “The (2013) riots
began here with the killing of four Hindus. What took place on August 21 was
not a fight between boys but an attack inside the mohalla. On August 24, there
was another attack in the presence of a police inspector, who was also
attacked. After these incidents, it emerged that the Pal community is
constantly harassed in this Muslim-majority village.”
from the Pal community even wanted to leave after the attacks, Balyan claimed.
SHO K P S Chahal denied that any police officer was assaulted.
the sequence of events, Chahal said that a fight broke out “between some Muslim
and Hindu boys” on August 21 in which a Muslim boy was left injured. A group of
people from the community subsequently went to the home of one Hindu boy and
allegedly began assaulting people. “An FIR was filed but villagers collectively
decided that the issue should be dealt with after Eid, the following day,” the
before it could be resolved, on August 24, one Shamsher claimed that his
domestic help was beaten by Hindus. He collected a large group to attack them.
Luckily, an inspector was at the spot and the attack was averted,” Chahal said.
families of those arrested denied perpetrating the violence. Eight people were
arrested on August 24. The others surrendered in the following days.
August 24, the police picked up anyone they could find on the street,” Hajra,
55, alleged. “They came every day and harassed our families – 19 people
surrendered to end this (harassment). The police stopped coming only three days
September 16, NSA was invoked against Shamsher; and against his nephews Mehboob
and Aftab three days later. The police said around 10 people are still
NSA was invoked on Muzaffarnagar District Magistrate’s orders – an official in
the district administration said the primary reason was “creation of communal
FIRs have been filed so far — one filed on August 21 names 12 people, the
second on August 24 names 25.
19, sister of Sumit Kumar, in whose name both FIRs have been filed, claimed
that a group of Muslim youths beat her brother on August 21. Trying to help
him, she also received injuries on stomach and legs, she said. “The issue could
have been resolved by 3 pm on August 24, but before that some 100-150 of them,
including children, came to our home and assaulted even a police inspector who
was there to take my report,” she alleged.
to Guwahati may be a good 2,800 km and may be much more apart in imagination,
but in these days of social media and times of dizzyingly fast means of
communicating with each other, ideas take seconds to travel. That is why the
recent emergence of tentacles of the Kashmir-focused Hizbul Mujahideen in Assam
is not really a far-fetched development.
nine people have been rounded up by the Assam Police as recent as Sunday and
linkages being explored and investigated in Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and
Kashmir, it has set alarm bells ringing within the security establishment in
the state and efforts have gained ground to set up a Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) on
the lines of the ones in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh
and other places.
emergence of the Hizbul Mujahideen module in Assam may be a one-off case. But
we have sought the formation of an ATS in Assam in order to keep a close eye as
these groups operate very surreptitiously and secretively because of the unique
nature of the Assamese social fabric,” Pallab Bhattacharya, additional director
general (special branch), told Firstpost.
Mujahideen is the largest militant outfit in Jammu and Kashmir waging an armed
struggle seeking the severance of Kashmir from India although government
reports say the outfit is fighting a growing crisis of shortage of weapons and
finances. It is believed that of the about 210 hardcore militants active in Kashmir
Valley now, about 126 belong to the Hizbul.
Jammu and Kashmir, Assam has the largest population of Muslims among the Indian
states. While Assamese Muslims adhere to a Sufi form of Islam cherished and
propagated by 17th-century poet and spiritual leader Azaan Faqir that is deeply
rooted in Assamese culture and traditions, Bengali-speaking Muslims are fairly
liberal in their outlook too.
is a unique Islamic culture in Assam due to which even the few radicalised
elements tread very carefully lest they be exposed by members of their own
community. But radical thoughts have increasingly been gaining ground and that
is why there is an urgent need to tackle it and nip it in the bud,” said
the same time, what is surprising is the daring effort to supplant the Hizbul
Mujahideen ideology in the northeastern state as is the ready availability of a
ragtag band of wannabe militants.
idea behind setting up the ATS would ostensibly be to identify and isolate the
radical elements. While the state’s security forces have handled the insurgency
led by the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and other insurgent outfits
in an effective manner, a different approach needs to be organised to combat
the same time, it has to be admitted that situation in certain parts of the
state is indeed getting more fertile to breed radical Islamist ideologies which
pave the way for setting up of jihadi outfits. The latest Hizbul Mujahideen
involvement is a manifestation of that.
Ajai Sahni, a leading security expert: “The Hizbul Mujahideen module in Assam
doesn’t mean much. A person from Assam went to Kistwar in Kashmir and got
radicalised after coming into contact with certain elements. He went back to
Assam and tried to cobble up a group. There is however no denying that there is
significant potential for Islamist radicalism in the state.”
to South Asia Terrorism Portal, a leading portal on terrorism, about 20
Islamist terror formations have operated in Assam at different periods.
years back, the Assam state Assembly was informed that between January 2001 and
November 2014, a total of 130 Islamist extremists, including 106 MULTA (Muslim
United Liberation Tigers of Assam) cadres, 14 of Harakat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM),
and 10 of JMB (Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh), were arrested in Assam.
the calling off meeting between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan as
“extremely unfortunate”, the National Conference’s (NC) Central Working
Committee (CWC) on Tuesday that India and Pakistan must restart a “sustained
and uninterrupted dialogue process” to find a solution to all “disputes
including the Kashmir problem”.
Tuesday, National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah, for the second
consecutive day, chaired a two-day-long meeting of the party’s CWC in Srinagar.
Former chief minister and party vice-president Omar Abdullah was also present.
A statement issued by party in the evening said that at the end of the two-day
meeting, CWC of party unanimously passed five resolutions. The party statement
said that NC stands for the “unity, integrity and the special” status of Jammu
and Kashmir and shall continue to strive to defend its secular character.
calling off the meeting between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan,
the party CWC said, “We are of the firm opinion that continuation of the
dialogue between two countries is the only way available to settle all disputes
between two countries and is also in the larger interest of people of the
to the statement, the working committee of the party reiterated its stand and
commitment to defend and protect Article 370 and 35A of the Constitution of
India. “We believe this is the right time for the government of India to
consider the autonomy resolution passed by the state legislature…,” the CWC has
another resolution, the party said that Central government and the governor
should immediately take steps to restore a sense of security in the state. The
party’s CWC further said that the “root cause of the alienation and anger that
has been visible since 2014 is the opportunistic alliance of the PDP with the
denies reports of Pakistan asking it to ease pressure on Muslims minorities
on Tuesday refuted reports that Pakistan's new government has urged it to ease
pressure on Muslim minorities in Xinjiang amid reports of detention and
restriction of religious activities, and defended its policies in the restive
from Islamabad last week said that in his meeting with Chinese envoy Yao Xing,
Pakistan's minister for religious affairs Noorul Haq Qadri urged China to ease
pressure on Muslim monitories specially Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang.
groups have said Uyghurs faced restrictions on religious activities and mass
detention in "re-education camps" in China.
report of Pakistan expressing concern came as a surprise as Islamabad always
remained silent about strong policies pursued by China in Xinjiang where Uygur
Muslims were restive for several years over settlements from Hans, an ethnic
group, from other provinces.
blames East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) for violent attacks in the
province and other areas in the country.
about the reports of Pakistan expressing concern to China, Chinese Foreign
Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a media briefing that Pakistan upheld
China's efforts for promoting religious progress.
Ambassador to Pakistan held a meeting with the Religious Affairs Minister of
Pakistan and had exchange of opinions. Pakistan upholds China's efforts in
promoting religious progress.
foreign media had distorted and misrepresented that event. We express strong
opposition," Geng said.
defended the policies being pursued by China in Xinjiang, saying that the
Chinese government has made efforts to develop Xinjiang in accordance with the
have a series of measures and policies to promote stability of development,
unity and improve people's livelihood in Xinjiang," he added.
refugee thanks Canada 'from the bottom of our hearts' after genocide motion
Rohingya refugee living in an overcrowded camp in Bangladesh is heaping
"heartfelt thanks" on Canada for declaring the Myanmar military's
actions against his people a genocide.
emotional show of gratitude by 28-year-old Mohammed Islam was captured by a
film crew working in the camp and shared with CBC.
was responding to last week's motion, unanimously adopted by MPs from all
parties, that formally condemns the atrocities against the Muslim minority
population as crimes against humanity.
have nobody to hear, to solve our problems. Finally the Canadian government
declared that my government has committed genocide against the Rohingya
people," he said.
from the bottom of our hearts."
Rohingya man, who works as a teacher in the camp he has lived in since 1992,
was speaking to a Poland-based film crew, which shared the video with CBC after
contacting the Prime Minister's Office.
addition to his expression of "heartfelt thanks" to Canada and the
U.K., Islam conveyed another message: "Please don't abandon us."
Lyotier is a Canadian working with the film crew, which is putting together a
video about how technology can help refugees. He said he was surprised the news
of Canada's genocide declaration had made its way into a refugee camp — a place
he'd expected to be an informational "black hole."
unprompted reaction, he said, made him recognize the significant impact that
the House of Commons motion had on refugees feeling isolated and forgotten by
the rest of the world.
are paying attention to what the world's doing, and sometimes all it takes is
someone standing up for what is right, and that makes them feel not so
alone," Lyotier said in an interview from Bangladesh. "What I think
that gave them was hope, and hope is a very precious commodity."
Osiecimski is the Polish director of the video crew, which is due out next
spring. He said Islam's plea for the world to remember the Rohingya was a
profound moment for him.
think it's a great example for the rest of the world. It's a great example for
my country, which is still reluctant to do what we should, I think, on helping
refugees in Europe," he said. "I really felt proud of Canadians to
hear that their Parliament decided to recognize that what happened with the
Rohingya people was a genocide."
parties support motion
House of Commons motion passed Thursday officially endorses the findings of a
UN fact finding mission that concluded that crimes against humanity have been
committed against the Rohingya Muslims and other ethnic minorities.
motion calls for sanctions against the highest levels of the Myanmar military's
chain of command for perpetrating "horrific acts."
also calls on the UN Security Council to refer the situation to the
International Criminal Court, so that the senior officials can be investigated
and prosecuted for genocide.
the motion passed, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland praised the
a very important step for Canada to recognize that the crimes against the
Rohingya constitute a genocide," she said from Washington, where she was
taking part in NAFTA talks. "Canada has been at the forefront of both
pursuing justice for the Rohingya and working to provide support for the
Rohingya forced out of their homes."
Conservatives issued a release stating the motion came only in response to
pressure from the Conservatives.
when it comes to foreign policy, the Trudeau government is always playing catch
up. It is unfortunate that they continuously fail to do the right thing, as in
the case of the resettlement of Yazidis, until they are pressured by the opposition
and the Canadian public," the statement read.
MPs held a news conference the day before the motion to pressure the government
on several fronts, including the Rohingya genocide issue.
May, the Liberals pledged $300 million over three years to address the Rohingya
refugee crisis. The following month, Canada imposed sanctions on several
Myanmar officials believed to be involved in brutal military attacks.
than 700,000 Rohingya have fled violence in the past year, with most living in
squalid, cramped camps in neighbouring Bangladesh.
Rae, the prime minister's special envoy on Myanmar, is attending meetings on
the crisis at the UN General Assembly in New York this week, and will be
travelling to the region in about a month's time.
stops short of declaring genocide
U.S. State Department released a report Monday based on a survey in spring 2018
of the firsthand experiences of 1,024 Rohingya refugees.
concludes the recent violence in northern Rakhine State was "extreme,
large scale, widespread, and seemingly geared toward both terrorizing the
population and driving out the Rohingya residents."
report stops short of calling the atrocities a genocide.
scope and scale of the military's operations indicate they were well-planned
and coordinated," it says. "In some areas, perpetrators used tactics
that resulted in mass casualties, for example, locking people in houses to burn
them, fencing off entire villages before shooting into the crowd, or sinking boats
full of hundreds of fleeing Rohingya."
U.S. forces in Afghanistan have carried out an airstrike on Taliban factory
which was used to manufacture improvised explosive devices, the local officials
provincial government media office in a statement said late on Monday that the
airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Mamozai the airstrikes. area of
statement further added that the IED manucfacturing factory was destroyed and
two militants were killed during
to the provincial government, the two militants killed in the airstrike were
IED experts and were identified as Hekmatullah and Hamas.
of kilograms of explosives, equipments, and spares used in landmines were
destroyed during the airstrike, the provincial government added.
and other militants often use IED as the weapon of their choice to target the
security forces and government but in majority of such attacks ordinary
civilians are targeted, besides such attacks often claims the lives of the
militants as well.
UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in its latest report stated that
1,692 civilians were killed in the first six months of 2018.
to UNAMA, the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in attacks by
Anti-Government Elements remained the leading cause of civilian casualties.
United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has at least twelve of
a family were killed in an airstrike in central Maidan province of Afghanistan.
findings from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) indicate that 12
civilians were killed Sunday in an airstrike in Maidan Wardak province during
operations conducted by Pro-Government Forces in the area,” UNAMA said in a
statement further added that “All of the victims were women and children from
the same family whose house in the village of Mullah Hafez, Jaghato district,
Maidan Wardak, was destroyed by aerial ordnance late on 23 September. Ten of
those killed were children whose ages ranged from 6 to 15. Eight were girls.”
is currently reviewing reports of civilian casualties from a number of alleged
airstrikes in other parts of the country. UNAMA continues to work to verify
whether Afghan or international military forces were responsible for the
civilian casualties from recent strikes,” UNAMA added.
comes as the UN mission on Tuesday said it has received multiple, credible
allegations that on 22 September, aerial ordnance impacted the home of a
teacher in the Budrab area of Tagab district, Kapisa province, killing nine
civilians, including four children and three women, with several others
statement further added that all the victims from the attack were from the same
family, including grandparents and children aged between two and twelve. Five
of the six other family members who were injured when their home was destroyed
were women and young children.
Chief Executive of the Government of National Unity Abdullah Abdullah has said
the leadership of the government supports the utilization of biometrics system
in the upcoming elections.
Office of the Chief Executive in a statement said Chief Executive Abdullah made
the remarks during a meeting with the Secretary of the United Nations António
statement further added that Mr. Guterres welcomed Chief Executive Abdullah for
participating in the UN General Assembly and said peace and stability in
Afghanistan remains among the top ambitions of the United Nations.
his turn, Abdullah said a transparent and credible election could help with the
political stability in Afghanistan.
also presented a broad picture regarding the political and security situation
of Afghanistan to the UN Secretary General.
further added that the government of national unity is committed to organize
transparent and credible elections and supports the utilization of biometrics
system to ensure the transparency of the elections.
the meantime, Abdullah informed the UN Secretary General regarding
Afghanistan’s readiness for the participation in Geneva Summit.
regards to the ongoing efforts to eliminate the menace of terrorism, Abdullah
said no major changes have been witnessed in the politics of Pakistan as he
emphasized that a genuine cooperation between the two countries is the only way
to take the region out of the ongoing issues.
United Nations mission in Afghanistan has expressed concern about the
increasing number of civilian casualties resulting from airstrikes conducted by
US forces this year across the violence-wracked country.
UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, known as UNAMA, in a statement on Tuesday
said it had received "multiple, credible allegations" that a strike
hit the house of a teacher in the province of Kapisa on Saturday. Nine
civilians, members of the same family including three women and four children,
reminds all parties to the conflict to uphold their obligations to protect
civilians from harm," the statement read.
Mission repeats its earlier call for government forces to uphold their
commitment to regular review of targeting protocols and ensure mitigation
measures and compensation for victims."
Defense Ministry spokesman Mohammad Radmanish confirmed the civilian casualties
during a joint operation by Afghan and US forces that involved air support. He
said an investigation was underway.
a statement on Monday, the US military in Kabul said American helicopters
supporting an Afghan army operation in Kapisa came under fire from a
pro-government militia that had fired in error, and returned fire in
self-defense, accidentally wounding six militia members. "We have no
indication of non-combatant casualties," it said.
number of airstrikes has spiked steeply to nearly 3,000 this year across
Afghanistan, with the number of bombs dropped by the US Air Force almost
doubling in the first six months.
UN said 149 civilians were killed and 204 wounded in airstrikes in the year's
first half, with women and children comprising more than half of the 353
casualties. Since the figures were reported in July, the world body said it had
recorded increasing numbers of civilian casualties from airstrikes.
UN figures show that the number of civilian deaths in Afghanistan’s
long-running conflict hit a record high of 1,692 fatalities in the first six
months of 2018.
reports underlined one of the problems facing General Scott Miller, the new US
commander in Afghanistan who took up his post this month and must balance the
need to pressure the Taliban militant group with the need to avoid civilian
YORK: Bangladesh’s leader accused neighboring Myanmar of finding new excuses to
delay the return of more than 700,000 Rohingya who were forced across the
border over the past year, and said in an interview late Tuesday that under no
circumstance would the refugees remain permanently in her already crowded
already have 160 million people in my country,” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
said, when asked whether Bangladesh would be willing to walk back its policy
against permanent integration. “I can’t take any other burden. I can’t take it.
My country cannot bear.”
was speaking to Reuters in New York, where she is attending the annual United
Nations meeting of world leaders.
prime minister, who faces a national election in December, said she does not
want to pick a fight with Myanmar over the refugees.
she suggested patience is growing thin with Myanmar’s leader, Nobel Peace Prize
winner Aung San Suu Kyi, and its military that she said wields the “main power”
has previously called on the international community to pressure Myanmar to
implement the deal.
to Myanmar’s government spokesman, Zaw Htay, went unanswered. He said recently
that he will no longer answer media questions by phone, but will answer
questions at a biweekly press conference.
fled to refugee camps in Bangladesh after a bloody military campaign against
the Muslim minority in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. The two countries reached a
deal in November to begin repatriation within two months, but it has not
started, with stateless Rohingya still crossing the border into Bangladesh and
the refugee camps at Cox’s Bazar.
agree everything, but unfortunately they don’t act, that is the problem,”
Hasina said of Myanmar. “Everything is set but ... every time they try to find
some new excuse,” she told Reuters.
has said it is ready to take back the refugees and has built transit centers to
house them initially on their return.
it has complained that Bangladesh has not provided its officials with the
correct forms. Bangladesh has rejected those claims and UN aid agencies say it
is not yet safe for the refugees to return.
the delays, Bangladesh has been preparing new homes on a remote island called
Bhasan Char, which rights groups have said could be subject to flooding. Cox’s
Bazar is also vulnerable to flooding but this year’s monsoon season was light.
said building permanent structures for refugees on the mainland “is not at all
a possibility (and) not acceptable” since they are Myanmar citizens and must
regard themselves as native to Myanmar’s Rakhine state, but are widely
considered interlopers by the country’s Buddhist majority and are denied
rights groups and Rohingya activists have estimated thousands died in last
year’s security crackdown, which was sparked by attacks by Rohingya insurgents
on security forces in Rakhine in August 2017.
week, a US government investigation reported that Myanmar’s military waged a
planned, coordinated campaign of mass killings, gang rapes and other atrocities
against the Rohingya.
has rejected similar findings as “one-sided” and said it had conducted a
legitimate counterinsurgency operation.
of December’s election, Hasina and her ruling Awami League have been on the
defensive following student protests over an unregulated transport industry.
The protest was triggered after a speeding bus killed two students in Dhaka.
Mahatir, mixing Islam and democracy can sometimes lead to disaster
some Islamic nations, the transition to democracy can be disastrous, said
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (pictured) at a conference on
"The challenge of Good Governance in the Muslim world", held
yesterday in London at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.
the Malaysian leader, Muslim countries adopting the democratic system needed to
spend more time trying to understand the workings of democracy.
too often, when “they try a democratic system, there will be fighting among
themselves and the countries can be almost destroyed”.
Mahathir, speaking at Oxford was a return. Twenty-two years ago, he delivered a
memorable lecture on ‘Islam, the Misunderstood Religion’ at the prestigious
this occasion, he stressed that “If you don't understand that in a democracy
the vote is powerful, then you cannot have a democratic system”. Conversely,
Muslim countries, he suggests, were much more comfortable with a monarchy.
a democratic system, people choose the government and support the government
for a period of time. However, in some Muslim countries, people cannot wait for
the term to end and want to change immediately after the election, he said.
time for them to respect the vote and set up a government that uses power for
the betterment of the country and people,” he said.
said the democratic system worked somehow in Malaysia because whilst people
were loyal to their royal rulers, they also wanted a democratic system.
(in Malaysia) don't like violence. We don't overthrow a government. The
government changes by itself,” he said.
A Thai court on Tuesday convicted nine young Muslim men from southern Thailand
of planning to set off a car bomb in the capital, in a case in which many of
the defendants said they were tortured into making false confessions.
Criminal Court in Bangkok found all nine guilty of two offences belonging to an
underground criminal group and conspiracy and sentenced each to four years’
imprisonment. Five defendants were acquitted.
least seven of the 14 defendants said they had been tortured or otherwise
physically abused in custody, but the presiding judge said the court considered
their allegations baseless as the men did not provide any evidence and did not
report the cases to police.
case began when at least 50 Thai Muslims, mostly students at Bangkok’s
Ramkhamhaeng University, were rounded up in joint police-military sweeps on Oct
10, 2016. They were released but 13 were re-arrested the following month along
with an additional suspect.
guilty verdict was based mainly on the confessions. The only other major
evidence presented against them was traces of explosive material found on one
of the men one week after he was first detained.
14 men are from Thailand’s deep south, which has been plagued by a bloody
insurgency since 2004. Muslims in the poverty-stricken south feel they are
treated as second-class citizens in Thailand, which is overwhelmingly Buddhist.
Khongkachonkiet, from the Cross Cultural Foundation, a human rights
organisation that sent observers to the trial, said seven defendants testified
in court that they were tortured while under detention in army camps either in
Bangkok or in the southern province of Pattani.
degrees of severity of torture claimed by these men varied,” Pornpen said.
“Their claims include being punched, head-locked, and doused or sprayed with
water and locked in cold rooms. These allegations raised concern about how the
confessions were obtained.”
analysing a 2017 survey of more than 2,000 Singaporeans, researchers from the
Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) also found that older and less well-off
people were less likely to retain trust and openness in Muslims in such circumstances.
non-Muslims who had more interracial interaction were more likely to express
solidarity with Muslims after an attack, pointing to the "importance of
providing ample avenues for interracial mingling", the researchers said.
report, released by the IPS yesterday, is believed to be the first public study
of its kind to examine perceptions of different religious groups after a
hypothetical terror attack.
report - titled Community Relations Amidst The Threat Of Terror - is authored by
Dr Mathew Mathews, senior research fellow at the IPS, with Mr Leonard Lim,
research associate at IPS, and Ms Shanthini Selvarajan, research assistant at
IPS, as co-authors.
were asked to respond to news of a bomb exploding on an MRT station platform,
which killed 15 people and wounded 40.
were told the authorities had confirmed the identity of the perpetrators and
given four scenarios: that it involved either a foreign extremist Buddhist;
Muslim; Christian; or Hindu organisation.
the attack was by a Muslim group, 48 per cent of respondents were quite or very
likely to be suspicious of a Muslim stranger walking in their neighbourhood,
compared to 40 per cent for Buddhists and Hindus, and 35 per cent for
respondents, or those less well-off as measured by housing types, were more
likely to show less trust and openness after an attack.
most of the survey findings, those living in one- and two-room Housing Board
flats fared differently from the rest.
is indicative of the exclusion those at the extreme end of the socio-economic
status may be experiencing, which fuels their prejudices and biases," said
study also found "substantial levels of mistrust" between races in
Singapore, especially by the majority Chinese community of the minority Malays
was measured by asking respondents what proportion of people of each race they
thought would return their wallet if they had dropped it in a shopping mall.
Chinese respondents said they could not trust Indian and Malay people to hand
it back; they were more likely to trust a Chinese person to return it.
who had more interracial interaction in the previous two years - such as
friendships or shared cultural experiences with Malays - were less likely to
display Islamophobic tendencies after a an attack by a foreign Muslim group.
survey of Singapore citizens, conducted by consumer research firm Media
Research Consultants and funded by Mediacorp, questioned 1,016 Chinese people,
504 Malays, and 511 whose ethnicity was classified as Indian or others.
to reach out to lower-income, lower-educated non-Muslims
also suggested that national education programmes or regular sports events in
housing estates could be tailored for this group, which tend to have fewer
interactions with people from other races and religions.
Institute of Policy Studies made the recommendations in a report yesterday,
after its research noted that Singaporeans would display stronger negative
reactions if a terror attack here were to be carried out by foreign Muslims
than if the foreign attackers were Buddhists, Christians or Hindus.
report, which analysed a 2017 survey of around 2,000 respondents, looked at how
Singaporeans would react following a terror attack perpetrated by groups that
used religious labels.
found that lower-income and lower-educated non-Muslims were more likely to
exhibit Islamophobia if overseas Muslim extremists carried out an attack here.
group has more racially homogeneous social networks which, in turn, drastically
reduce opportunities for inter-racial dealings.
also limits the potential for avenues to encourage a sense of empathy for
people of other races and/or religions," it added.
report suggested that aspects of school courses that teach multicultural values
could be applied to programmes tailored for this group.
findings suggested that even casual cross-racial ties, such as attending a
wedding or celebration of someone of a different race in the previous two
years, are enough to enhance trust among different groups.
LUMPUR: A special Indian Muslim committee has been set up within Parti Amanah
Negara to look after the interest of the minority group.
communications director Khalid Samad said the decision to set up the committee
was made in response to the formation of a new political party, Parti India
Muslim Bersatu Malaysia (PIBM), last week.
than form a minority political party for a minority (group), why not consider
joining us and let your voice be heard effectively.
you are in a small party, your voice will only be loud within your party but
may have little impact and attention for your concerns,” he said during a brief
ceremony to accept the application of new members to the party held at Menara
I urge them to consider joining Amanah as their voice will be better
represented and integrated with Malaysia as a whole.”
said Khalid, was willing to accept members from all races and backgrounds to
add diversity to the party.
arrest warrant against senior Pakistani journalist, Cyril Almeida
Pakistan on Tuesday drew widespread condemnation after Lahore high court issued
a non-bailable arrest warrant against one of the country’s most respectable and
senior journalist Cyril Almeida. The court has also barred him from leaving the
Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) was quick to take note and express
its concern while several journalists and media groups across the globe
condemned the harassment of Almeida who works for Pakistan’s major English news
daily, the Dawn.
Lahore high court moved against Almeida for failing to attend proceedings in a
petition seeking action against Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) supremo
Nawaz Sharif and former PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in a case related to treason.
Almeida’s name has also been put on the Exit Control List (ECL).
decision against the journalist came in connection with a petition filed
against Sharif for defaming state institutions after he had publicly admitted
in an interview with Dawn in May this year that Pakistani terrorists were
involved in the 26/11 attacks.
former three-time Prime Minister had questioned why Ajmal Kasab and nine others
were allowed to cross the border to carry out carnage in Mumbai in 2008.
“Militant organisations are active. Call them non-state actors, but should we
allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me.
Why can’t we complete the trial?” Sharif had asked during an interview,
referring to the Mumbai attacks related trials which have been stalled in the
anti-terrorism court in Pakistan.
petition also seeks action against ex-PM Abbasi for allegedly not honouring his
oath of office and disclosing the minutes of a National Security Council (NSC)
meeting to Nawaz Sharif.
its statement, the HRCP termed the court’s decision “regrettable”, saying that
“Mr Almeida, a widely read and highly respected journalist, is being hounded
for nothing more than doing his job — speaking on the record to a political
figure and reporting the facts.”
a law-abiding citizen, Mr Almeida has no reason not to appear before the court
as directed. Placing him on the ECL and issuing a non-bailable warrant is an
excessive measure,” it added.
All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) has put forward few conditions for return of
its former chairman General (retd) Pervez Musharraf to Pakistan.
a series of tweets, the party said, “If the Supreme Court assures Musharraf
won’t be arrested till investigation is completed and also allows him to
continue his treatment abroad, he will return to Pakistan and appear before the
president Musharraf is suffering from a disease, which does not have treatment
in Pakistan and he regularly visits London for follow-up treatment, the party
went on to say, keeping in view, Pervez Musharraf, on humanitarian ground, be
allowed to continue his treatment abroad besides his free movement in Pakistan.
Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Tuesday said that former
President Pervez Musharraf will be provided security on his return to Pakistan.
said this during hearing of a case regarding loss to the national exchequer due
to the NRO promulgated by former president Pervez Musharraf.
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) dismissed as non-maintainable a petition
seeking trial of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif on a high treason charge
and declared that the high court lacked jurisdiction to direct the federal
government to initiate high treason proceedings against any person.
an order passed on Sept 12 — made available on Tuesday — on the petition
seeking initiation of proceedings under Article 6 of the Constitution against
the former premier for his interviews related to the trial of suspects in the
Mumbai attack case, IHC Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb declared: “The High
Treason (Punishment) Act, 1973, prescribes a procedure for the initiation of
proceedings for high treason. This court [IHC] is bereft of the jurisdiction to
direct the federal government to initiate proceedings for high treason.”
6 of the Constitution says: “Any person who abrogates or subverts or suspends
or hold in abeyance, or attempts or conspires to abrogate or subvert or suspend
or hold in abeyance the Constitution by use of force or show force or by any
other unconstitutional means shall be guilty of high treason. As per clause 2
of the Article 6, “any person aiding or abetting [or collaborating] the acts
mentioned in clause (1) shall likewise be guilty of high treason.” The third
clause of Article 6 says, “Parliament shall by law provide for the punishment
of persons found guilty of high treason.”
High Treason (Punishment) Act, 1973 provides procedure for proceeding for high
treason. It says, “No court shall take cognizance of an offence punishable
under this act except upon a complaint in writing made by a person authorised
by the federal government in this behalf.” The punishment for high treason is
death or lifetime imprisonment, according to the act.
per the court order sheet, petitioner Bisma Noureen sought the initiation of
proceeding under Article 6 against Mr Sharif. The petitioner appeared in person
and submitted that Mr Sharif had committed high treason; and that the court
ought to direct the federal government to initiate proceedings against him for
committing treason. The petitioner based her stand on various news items
published in the print and electronic media.
court while observing lack of jurisdiction in this matter declared that the
petition was “dismissed as not maintainable”.
preliminary hearing of the petition filed on Sept 12, Justice Aurangzeb
dismissed it without issuing notice to the respondents — the federal
government, foreign minister, interior minister, director general of the
Inter-Services Intelligence, Chief of the Army Staff and ex-PM Sharif.
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has expressed
surprise and dismay on the issuance of an arrest warrant against Dawn assistant
editor Cyril Almeida by the Lahore High Court.
Mr Almeida like he is a criminal and trying him for treason no less is
shocking! This adds on to the perception that media is under siege in Pakistan.
Mr Almeida was doing his job — nothing less, nothing more,” said the PPP
chairman in a statement.
Bhutto-Zardari said that the Pakistani media was already facing the worst kind
of censorship. “Dictators who have abrogated the Constitution and have actually
committed treason are roaming free while journalists who are only doing their
jobs are being tried for treason,” he regretted.
PPP chairman said that Mr Almeida broke no law by interviewing former Prime
Minister Nawaz Sharif. “Why should a journalist not interview someone? What law
stops a journalist from interviewing a politician?” he asked.
PPP, he added, stood by freedom of expression and wanted a free media in
Pakistan. “Democracy without a free media is a sham democracy,” he said.
the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has also expressed concern over
the issuance of a non-bailable arrest warrant against Mr Almeida and the
placement of his name on the no-fly list, terming the decision “regrettable”.
a statement issued on Tuesday, HRCP chairman Dr Mehdi Hasan stated: “The HRCP
is greatly perturbed to learn that the LHC has issued a non-bailable arrest
warrant for journalist Cyril Almeida, requiring him to appear at the next
hearing of a case seeking action against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on
charges of treason.”
HRCP termed the court’s decision “regrettable”, adding that “Mr Almeida, a
widely read and highly respected journalist, is being hounded for nothing more
than doing his job — speaking on the record to a political figure and reporting
the facts”. As a law-abiding citizen, it added, Mr Almeida had no reason not to
appear before the court as directed. Placing him on the Exit Control List (ECL)
and issuing a non-bailable warrant is an “excessive measure”, said the HRCP.
ease with which Mr Almeida’s interview with the former Prime Minister was
perceived as an attempt to allegedly defame state institutions, and the pace at
which this has spiralled into charges of treason, only serve to further choke
press freedom in Pakistan,” the statement read.
remarking that “journalism — sensible, rational, independent journalism — is
not a crime or treason”, the HRCP urged the court to give Mr Almeida the
opportunity to appear at the scheduled hearing of his own volition and to have
his name removed from the ECL immediately.
Islamabad, addressing the inaugural meeting of a recently-established National
Interfaith Working Group by the HRCP on Tuesday, Awami National Party (ANP)
leader Bushra Gohar said that freedom of religion and speech was a fundamental
right of every citizen of Pakistan, but unfortunately it was not being granted.
Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who is in New York to attend the 73rd session of
the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), on Tuesday met US President Donald
Trump in New York and discussed matters relating to bilateral relations.
to the PTV, Qureshi said that President Trump, during an informal meeting at a
luncheon in New York, extended good wishes for Prime Minister Imran Khan.
foreign minister said he apprised the US president about the persistent need to
"rephrase the historic relations between Pakistan and the US", adding
that during the meeting he found the attitude of President Trump to be
the gathering, Qureshi said he also met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and
his wife. A special meeting with Secretary Pompeo was scheduled for October 2,
FM Qureshi held a meeting with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of
the UNGA, Radio Pakistan reported.
Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor
says development of the country is not the job of army but they are playing
their role in national development by constructing roads, hospitals, setting up
schools, colleges and universities.
was speaking at a seminar on “Role of army in the development of Pakistan” at
the University of Management and Technology (UMT) here on Tuesday.
to a press release issued by the UMT, the DG said false propaganda was on the
rise against the army to create gulf between the nation and the institution. He
said Pakistanis had great respect for their armed forces and people involved in
propaganda would not succeed.
said people should need to be neutral in judging the news circulating in media
especially on social media because most of them were not true.
should have to develop our own opinion without influence of others and we
should not believe in the stuff without personally seeing, touching and hearing
it because Islam also guides us to authenticate the information prior to
passing it to others,” he said.
between terrorism and fundamentalism, the DG said not every fundamentalist was
a terrorist, as “I am also a fundamentalist.”
not every terrorist relates himself with fundamentalism. Western countries and
Indians are also fundamentalists. If I am someone who wants everyone to view
the world through my perspective then I will not be called a fundamentalist but
an extremist,” Ghafoor said.
the DG extended condolences over the demise of UMT founder Dr Hasan Sohaib
Murad who had died in an accident on Sept 10 on his return from Gilgit.
A poor Christian family is running from pillar to post for justice after
members of a local land mafia, allegedly patronised by the brother of a former
prime minister, tortured them and set their house on fire in Gujar Khan,
Pakistan Today has learnt.
Masih, a retired sanitary worker of the Punjab Health Department, said that his
house was attacked by at least 12 armed men on Sept 21, Ashura day.
wife and I were standing on our doorstep when two accused – Imran and Ihsan –
attacked us without any provocation on Sept 20. They called us Choorha (a
derogatory term used for Pakistani Christians) and beat both of us
mercilessly,” said the 60-year-old man, adding that he could not find any
plausible reason for the attack given the fact that they were the only
Christian family in the village and had never been involved in any dispute with
and his wife have four sons, all of whom are married and have 4-5 children
each. The family settled in the village 5 years ago and have been living
together ever since.
next day, around 4 am, a person named Muhammad Kamran telephoned my son Fayyaz
and threatened him to vacate the house within three days failing which they
would kill us all,” Masih said, adding that the gangsters were part of the
local land mafia allegedly protected by Raja Javed Ashraf, the brother of
former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf.
said the family was still reeling from the other day’s attack when around
3.30pm at least 12 assailants, armed with weapons, stormed their house and
attacked the family, ruthlessly beating the men, women and children.
stripped the clothes of my daughters-in-law and forced them out on the street.
They also threw the children, some as young as two, against the walls. My sons
and I were hit with gun butts and iron rods amid volleys of abuse and threats,”
he said, adding that the gangsters kept shooting in the air the entire time as
the entire village looked on in silence.
said that the assailants also looted jewellery and other valuables and then set
the house and a Suzuki van owned by his son on fire before escaping the scene.
the Gujar Khan Police have registered an FIR [First Information Report] No.
504/18 against 12 men, none of the accused has been arrested so far.
Khaliq Khan of Gujar Khan Police Station said all of the accused nominated by
the family had obtained pre-arrest bail, however, their bails would be canceled
as they had been charged under non-bailable offences.
said the incident appeared to be an attempt to grab the family’s property;
however, the matter would become clearer after the arrest of the accused.
Pervaiz Ashraf and his brother Javed Ashraf remained unavailable for comment.
Pakistan Centre for Law and Justice (PCLJ) is providing legal assistance to the
family, said Napolean Qayyum, an official of the rights outfit.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday summoned details of assets of former
President Asif Ali Zardari and his children within 15 days.
three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar was hearing
Zardari’s review petition against the apex court’s earlier verdict summoning
details of his assets in relation to the National Reconciliation Ordinance
August 29, the apex court had summoned details of the former president’s assets
from the past 10 years, while hearing a petition related to the NRO, passed by
General (retd) Pervaiz Musharraf’s government in 2007.
the hearing went under way, the court directed, “Zardari should submit details
of inherited assets.”
this, the former president’s counsel, Farooq Naik, said, “You can have details
for the last five years but please don’t ask for details of the last 10 years.
The law only holds for five years.”
the court refused Naik’s request and upheld that asset details should be
provided for the last 10 years.
then requested, “Asset details of autonomous children should not be summoned
chief justice in response said, “Now, all children are autonomous and mature.
But daughters are under guardianship till marriage.”
former president’s counsel then said, “Zardari was co-accused in eight cases.”
Further, Justice Ijazul Ahsan questioned Naik, “Did you destroy all records
yourself?” To this, the former president’s counsel stated, “I indicated towards
the presence of the record. An affidavit was summoned from Zardari under
to Naik, the chief justice said, “Public money is for the people’s welfare
which is why we used Article184 (3). This is not a corruption issue; we are
just increasing our ambit.”
during the hearing, the CJP inquired why was the former president, General
(retd) Pervez Musharraf, was not returning to Pakistan to face the charges. The
CJP said Musharraf had left the country on grounds of poor health but he could
be seen dancing in several videos circulating on the Internet. In response, the
former president’s counsel, Akhtar Shah, said, “Musharraf can return if
restrictions are not imposed on his travel.” To this, the chief justice remarked,
“His name has not been removed from the Exit Control List.”
Nisar assured that Musharraf’s security will be ensured. “Even if he asks for
the security given to a brigade, we will provide it,” he said.
will provide him any kind of security he asks for, and he can get his treatment
done from a doctor of his choice whether it is at the Combined Military
Hospital or at Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi,” Justice
Nisar added. Further, the chief justice said that ahead of Musharraf’s arrival
in the country his house will be cleaned under Naeem Bukhari’s supervision.
contingent of Rangers will receive him at whatever airport he lands at,” the
CJP assured. Justice Nisar continued, “He should come and record his statement
and then he is free to roam around wherever he pleases.”
chief justice also guaranteed that they will take all measures that Musharraf
desires ahead of his return and the top court will ensure his security and not
question him regarding his assets.
to Musharraf’s counsel, Justice Nisar remarked, “Tell me the schedule of his
return.” Shah responded, “Musharraf is not a coward and will return if his
travel is not banned.” The former president’s counsel also submitted an
affidavit in court on his behalf.
Nisar then asked, “Are there different laws for Musharraf? Provide a reply on
whether or not he will return to the country within a week.”
details pertaining to assets owned by Musharraf were presented in the apex
court. The court then adjourned the hearing of the case for one week.
Musharraf, Zardari and Qayyum as respondents, petitioner Feroz Shah Gilani had
requested the court in April to order recovery of ‘huge amounts of public
money’ misappropriated and wasted by them through unlawful means ‘already on
record in different judgements’.
on Nigerian Muslim group could spark militancy
Nigeria (RNS)—Two years ago, Modu Bukar, a leader of the Islamic Movement of
Nigeria, was gunned down in Potiskum, a city in northeastern Nigeria.
spoke only about five minutes before. He had just said the late evening prayer
and was just chatting with some people outside when gunmen shot and killed
him,” said Mala Mohammed, a 24-year-old student at Bayero University Kano. He
is a member of the Movement, led by Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, a radical Shiite
cleric who has called for an Iranian-style Islamic revolution in Africa’s most
investigated Bukar’s shooting. But Mohammed and others believe it was an
extrajudicial killing—a security officer executing the religious leader without
worry such killings could convince the Islamic Movement of Nigeria to follow in
the footsteps of Boko Haram, the militant group that has wrought havoc in
Nigeria for years, killing people indiscriminately, kidnapping girls and
of leaders can radicalize followers
alleged extrajudicial killing of Boko Haram founder Mohammed Yusuf in 2009 and
other leaders led to that group’s full-scale uprising in northern Nigeria.
2015, Nigerian security forces arrested Sheikh Zakzaky, also known as Ibrahim
Yaqoub El Zakzaky, after 350 of his followers clashed with Nigerian troops in
Zaria in northwestern Nigeria. Two of Zakzaky’s sons were killed in the fracas.
Another Islamic Movement leader, Sheikh Umar Sokoto, was shot and killed by police
during a protest in January.
the 2015 arrest, Zakzaky and his wife have been in detention on charges of
murder, and the government has refused to let him go, despite a December 2016
court order for his release.
is quite possible for the Islamic Movement of Nigeria to transform into
militancy like the Boko Haram,” said Ishaq Akintola, a professor and director
of the Muslim Rights Concern, an advocacy group for Nigerian Muslims. “There is
a serious security implication for the continued detention of Zakzaki.”
make up about half of Nigeria’s almost 200 million people but suffer
discrimination, according to the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs.
Analysts see it as a legacy from the colonial era, when Christian missions
established Nigeria’s educational institutions, including the Muslim north. The
country won independence from Britain in 1960.
have been maltreated, oppressed,” said Abdullahi Musa, secretary of the
Academic Forum of the Movement, a branch of the group based at universities.
“And many of us have been killed by the police.”
in Nigeria subject to severe persecution
the same time, Open Doors ranks Nigeria No. 14 on its World Watch list of
countries where persecution of Christians is most severe, due both to attacks
by Boko Haram and radicalized Hausa-Fulani Muslims.
month, The Guardian reported gunmen attacked Nasara Baptist Church in Guguwa in
the state of Kaduna, killed the pastor, Hosea Akuchi, and abducted his wife.
Nigerian Baptist Convention is the largest Baptist World Alliance member
organization in Africa, with 3 million baptized members and 6.5 million
worshippers in more than 10,000 churches.
stress national security
Sani, a longtime disciple of Zakzaky who lost two brothers in the Zaria
violence, said: “Our struggle was not built on the foundation of militancy.
Even our leader said members will not carry arms.”
the court order to end Zakzaky’s detention, the sheikh’s only surviving son,
Mohammed Ibrahim Zakzaky, petitioned the Nigerian Bar Association to compel the
government’s justice minister to advise President Muhammadu Buhari to release
an apparent response, Buhari, in a speech to the bar association, urged the
country’s legal practitioners to seek to prioritize national security above the
rule of law.
rule of law must be subject to the supremacy of the nation’s security and
national interest,” said Buhari, who ruled the country as a military dictator
in the 1980s but calls himself “a converted democrat.”
individual rights of those allegedly responsible must take second place in
favor of the greater good of society.”
provides military training
June, the Middle East Institute, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C.,
claimed members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria have received military
training from Hezbollah, the Shiite Islamist political party and militant group
based in Lebanon.
men, in long, traditional African garb specific to northern Nigeria are sometimes
spotted in Dahieh, a predominantly Shiite suburb south of Beirut where
Hezbollah runs a cultural center,” wrote the institute in an analysis. “The
Shiite Nigerians initially receive a religious training before a military one
that is provided in two camps in the Lebanese Bekaa.”
at Muslim Rights Concern, said his group initially defended Zakzaky after the
2015 incident, but he and his organization have pulled back.
Movement has become a huge security threat, the cause of discomfort, with bullies
intimidating fellow Muslims,” said Akintola. “For these reasons, we found that
in good conscience, we could not continue fighting their cause.”
fears continue to mount over the group’s activities in Nigeria even as the
April, authorities sought to prevent the group from using the Unity Fountain in
Abuja as a venue for sit-ins to protest the detention of their leader. A fight
erupted and police killed a Movement follower.
members say they will continue to fight.
struggle has been carried out in Lebanon, Syria and Iran,” Mohammed said. “It’s
now ongoing in Nigeria and Ghana.”
cautioned against treating injured Shabaab militants
agencies hunting Al-Shabaab militants who fled on Monday at Taksile in
Pandanguo have cautioned hospitals in Lamu, Tana River, and Garissa counties
against treating individuals with gunshot wounds.
Monday, the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers operating in Lamu am-bushed
Al-Shabaab militants at Taksile, deep inside Boni Forest, and killed 10 while
others fled with gunshot wounds.
the 6.45am attack, seven AK-47 rifles and assorted ammunition were recovered.
Three KDF soldiers sustained injuries.
to Nation on Tuesday, Linda Boni Operation Director Joseph Kanyiri said
security personnel in areas earmarked for the multi-agency operation are on
Kanyiri said health facilities, especially those in Lamu, Tana River and
Garissa, should report individuals seeking treatment with gunshot wounds to
said some of the terrorists who were wounded during the Monday attack might
seek medical assistance from such facilities.
health facilities should also check on pharmaceuticals and bandages that may
end up with the enemy to attend to gunshot wounds sustained in the attack. This
goes to both public and private facilities,” said Mr Kanyiri.
added that the security men were also processing details relating to the Monday
incident, and called on citizens to cooperate with them.
must commend our security men for the good work. The community should as well
collaborate with our security officers by reporting any suspicious persons with
gunshot wounds as well as those they suspect are a threat to security,” said Mr
Linda Boni boss’ sentiments come a month after he cautioned locals,
particularly those in counties covered by the multi-agency security operation,
against harbouring Al-Shabaab militants and giving them information that has to
some extent enabled the terrorists to launch attacks in the region.
troops repelled another attempt by Boko Haram jihadists to overrun a military
base in northeast Nigeria, military and civilian sources told AFP on Tuesday.
of jihadist fighters from an Islamic State-backed Boko Haram faction attacked
the base on Sunday in the village of Kekeno, near the garrison town of Monguno,
in Borno state.
months have seen repeated attacks on military bases in the northern part of
Borno, although Nigerian commanders have strongly denied reports of heavy troop
authorities maintain the group, whose insurgency has left more than 27 000 dead
in northeast Nigeria since 2009, is on the verge of defeat, despite the ongoing
senior military officer in the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, said the
Islamists were equipped with anti-aircraft guns and rocket-propelled grenades
they were unable to breach defensive ditches surrounding the facility, he added
on condition of anonymity, as he was not authorised to speak to the media.
Haram "met stiff resistance, which led to a battle that lasted for
hours", he said.
of the attack were slow to emerge as telecommunications infrastructure has been
destroyed by fighting and there are strict controls on movement in rural Borno
from the area were only able to reach Maiduguri on Tuesday as the military shut
the main road for 24 hours as they searched for rebels in the bush.
Haram attacked at about 1645 GMT on Sunday. They came in several trucks and on
motorcycles," said bus driver Sani Madaye.
said he and other drivers were sitting in a shed near the military base at the
time. He was on his way to the fishing town of Baga, on the shores of Lake Chad
and was forced to stop.
gunmen used a herd of cattle as cover to attack the base but they were detected
in nearby bushes as they approached their target," he said.
truck carrying fighters attempted to break (through) the barrier but the driver
was shot and the truck swerved and crashed," added another witness, who
gave his name as Abdullahi.
there was heavy shooting from Boko Haram and soldiers responded with fire, and
it lasted for around one hour."
reinforcements were sent from Monguno, eight kilometres away, and a fighter jet
was deployed that forced the jihadists to withdraw.
attempts were made to storm the base until Boko Haram finally withdrew at about
22:30, said Madaye, adding there were no military casualties.
Mali: At least 12 Tuareg civilians died Tuesday in an attack by gunmen in
eastern Mali, a region hit by chronic unrest between local tribes and
militants, sources said.
200 people, many of them civilians from the Fulani and Tuareg tribes have been
killed in the area this year as militants claiming allegiance to Daesh clash
with local groups backing a French security force and the Malian army.
attack took place 45 kilometers (28 miles) west of Menaka according to a local
official, a security source, and a statement by ex-rebels in the Movement for
the Salvation of Azawad (MSA).
men on motorcycles killed at least 12 civilians,” the official told AFP, citing
a resident of the town who claimed to have seen the bodies.
official, who asked to remain anonymous, added that “for now we do not know
exactly who did it. I don’t know if it was the result of a dispute between
tribes or a terrorist act.”
security source said some of his sources spoke of 12 dead, while others put the
toll at 16.
MSA statement said “armed individuals on motorcycles had executed 17 civilians”
from two Tuareg camps.
unrest stems from a 2012 Tuareg separatist uprising which was exploited by
extremists in order to take over key cities in the north.
“Tripoli Protection Force”, affiliated with Libya’s UN-backed unity government,
assumed control of the capital’s southern districts on Tuesday, according to a
local security source.
force assumed control of Tripoli’s Al-Naklia military camp following the
withdrawal of forces loyal to Libya’s former government of national salvation.
Marwan, a military commander in Tripoli, told Libya’s Al-Ahrar television
channel that all fighting in the city had ended while all roads had been
August 26, Tripoli has seen fierce clashes between armed groups loyal to the
unity government and others said to be opposed to it.
has remained dogged by turmoil since 2011, when a bloody NATO-backed uprising
led to the ouster and death of long-serving President Muammar Gaddafi after
more than four decades in power.
Legacy Initiatives International (LII) has commended the leadership of the
Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) for
fashioning out an agreement that would ensure a peaceful and conducive
atmosphere for the 2019 general election.
Grand Patron of the LII, Dr. Kenny Martins praised the leaders of CAN and JNI
for “their wisdom, courage and patriotism to seat down with each other and
fashion out a wonderful agreement, unprecedented in our political history for
the peaceful conducts of the 2019 general elections in such a manner that the
elections will not be a source for wanton killings and brigandage in any part
of the Federal Republic of Nigeria before and after the elections.”
to him, they have done this “as great servants of the Most-High God” without
fanfare and without drawing attention to themselves during the long negotiation
period until the final agreement was signed on the September 18 under the
auspices of the Nigerian Interfaith Action Association (NIFAA) in collaboration
with Local and International Partners.
is a great lesson to the politicians to learn and imbibe in the conduct of
their political affairs in the interest of our country Nigeria. Nobody’s
interest or group interest is superior to the National interest. In the words
of a former Nigerian President, nobody’s political ambition should be worth the
blood of any Nigerian,” said Martins.
praised the leadership style of “the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammed Sa’ad Abubakar
III, and Chairman of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam, and his counterpart, the
President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Dr. Supo Ayokunle and their
worthy representatives Dr Shehu Chindo Yamusa, Emir of Keffi and His Eminence,
Dr Samuel Uche, Prelate, Methodist Church of Nigeria, for allowing God to
direct their actions in reaching this historic agreement that will become a
reference point for all Nations of the World on the strategies to prevent
sectarian violence before and after general elections in developing countries.
Our prayer is that God will crown their efforts with success so that peace will
reign in Nigeria in the run-up to the general elections and afterwards.
long silence, US calls Myanmar crimes against Rohingya ‘extreme’
United States, long mum on Myanmar’s crimes committed against the minority
Rohingya Muslims, has released a report blaming only the Southeast Asian
country’s military for the “well-planned and coordinated” atrocities.
US State Department released the findings of what it called a survey of the
atrocities on its website on Monday.
survey reveals that the recent violence in [Myanmar’s] northern Rakhine State
was extreme, large-scale, widespread, and seemingly geared toward both
terrorizing the population and driving out the Rohingya residents,” the 20-page
report read. “The scope and scale of the military’s operations indicate they
were well-planned and coordinated.”
Nations (UN) investigators said in a report earlier in September that the
Rohingya Muslims had faced four of five prohibited acts defined as genocide at
the hands of Myanmar’s military in Rakhine State. Another UN report had
concluded that the military carried out mass killings and gang rapes of
Rohingya Muslims with “genocidal intent” and called for the prosecution of
Myanmar’s military commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing and five other generals.
senior State Department officials were cited in a Reuters report as insisting
that the objective of the US “survey” had not been to determine whether
genocide had occurred but to “document the facts” on the atrocities to guide
Washington’s policy “aimed at holding the perpetrators accountable.”
official report suggested no new steps toward that end, either.
than a thousand survivors interviewed in the course of the US probe described
in horrific detail what they had witnessed, including government troops killing
infants and small children, the shooting of unarmed men, and the burying alive
of victims. They also offered accounts of widespread sexual assault by
Myanmar’s military against Rohingya women, often carried out in public.
on Monday, the Public International Law and Policy Group, a Washington-based
human rights law firm contracted by the US State Department to carry out the
interviews with the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, issued a companion report
declaring that it had provided 15,000 pages of documentation of “atrocity
80 percent of the refugees said they witnessed a killing, most often by
military or police, according to the report.
of mutilation included the cutting and spreading of entrails, severed limbs or
hands/feet, pulling out nails or burning beards and genitals to force a
confession, or being burned alive,” it read.
UN has previously said that Myanmar’s military should be removed from politics
and stripped of further influence over the country’s governance. The military
has members in the Myanmarese parliament.
Hlaing, the military commander-in-chief (seen below in an AFP photo), has
defiantly hit back at the UN.
of Rohingya Muslims were killed, injured, arbitrarily arrested, or raped by
Myanmarese soldiers and Buddhist mobs mainly between November 2016 and August
2017, when many of the surviving members of the community started fleeing to
Bangladesh en masse.
the UN and Western governments have been blaming the Myanmarese military only,
the head of Myanmar’s so-called civilian government, Aung San Suu Kyi, has
herself sided with the military in the atrocities against the Rohingya.
UN’s own former rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, hinted last month that Suu
Kyi was complicit in the crimes against the Rohingya.
developments come amid US reports of increasing American aid to the government
administration of US President Donald Trump, meanwhile, has been widely
censured by human rights institutions and a number of American lawmakers for
its guarded response to the harrowing atrocities in Myanmar, and could now
encounter further pressure to adopt a tougher position.
missing now is a clear indication of whether the US government intends to
pursue meaningful accountability and help ensure justice for so many victims,”
said the head of Human Rights Watch’s Washington office, Sarah Margon.
NSA to Warn Iran’s Clerics: ‘There Will Be Hell to Pay’
national security adviser John Bolton is set to warn Iran’s clerics on Tuesday
that “if you cross us, our allies, or our partners; if you harm our citizens
... there will indeed be hell to pay.”
murderous regime and its supporters will face significant consequences if they
do not change their behavior. Let my message today be clear: We are watching,
and we will come after you,” Bolton will tell anti-Iran conference in New York,
according to prepared remarks.
on Tuesday dismissed an EU plan for a special payments plan to circumvent US
sanctions against Iranian oil sales, saying the trading bloc was long on
rhetoric and short on follow-through.
York: Canada has called out China for its human right abuses, notably of the
Muslim Uighurs, officials said Tuesday.
single time I sit down with any world leader, but particularly ones where there
are human rights concerns, I bring up human rights,” Prime Minister Justin
Trudeau said on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
to one million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities have been detained in
internment camps in China’s far western Xinjiang region, according to estimates
cited by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said she met on Monday with her Chinese
counterpart, Wang Yi, “and I did raise the issue of the Uighurs.”
who live in freedom do have an obligation to stand up for people who don’t,”
has disputed the findings of the UN report, saying the actions were necessary
to combat extremism and terrorism on the country’s western frontier, on the
border with Pakistan.
in China have long denied the existence of internment camps despite mounting
evidence from both official documents and testimonies from those who have been
held in them.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday denounced Beijing’s religious
of thousands and possibly millions of Uighurs are held against their will in
so-called re-education camps where they’re forced to endure severe political
indoctrination and other awful abuses,” Pompeo said.
Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman are pursuing bold new
reforms in Saudi Arabia, US President Donald Trump said during his speech to
the annual United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
added that the US is working with Gulf nations, Jordan and Egypt to set up a
regional strategic alliance.
my trip to Saudi Arabia, the Gulf countries opened a new center to target
terrorist financing. They are enforcing new sanctions, working with us to
identify and track terrorist networks and taking more responsibility for
fighting terrorism and extremism in their own region,” Trump told the crowd of
United States is working with the Gulf Cooperation Council, Jordan, and Egypt
to establish a strategic alliance so Middle Eastern nations can advance
security and stability across their home region,” he added.
also said that foreign aid would now only be given to “friends” from now on.
forward we are only going to give foreign aid to those who respect us and
frankly our — our friends. And we expect other countries to pay their fair
share for the cost of their defense.”
also blasted Iran as a “corrupt dictatorship” that is plundering its people to
pay for aggression abroad, using his speech to the United Nations General
Assembly to threaten more sanctions against Tehran.
leaders sow chaos, death and destruction,” Trump told the annual gathering.
“They do not respect their neighbors or borders or the sovereign rights of
speech in the green-marbled UN hall, while relatively low key, was aimed at
Iran, which the United States accuses of harboring nuclear ambitions and
fomenting instability in the Middle East through its support for militant
groups in Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.
compared US relations with Iran to what he called improved ties with North
Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who Trump had met in Singapore in June as part of a
still-unfulfilled drive to get Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.
Donald Trump said Tuesday he had no plans to meet with Iranian leader Hassan
Rouhani at the United Nations “despite requests” to do so.
someday in the future. I am sure he is an absolutely lovely man!” Trump tweeted
just hours before both leaders were set to speak at the UN General Assembly,
and four months after the US president ditched the Iran nuclear deal.
withdrew from the nuclear deal in May to the dismay of European allies, Russia
and China which had invested years in negotiations to achieve a milestone
agreement on keeping Iran’s nuclear ambitions in check.
earlier said that as a precondition for any dialogue, Trump would need to
repair the damage done by exiting the nuclear deal. “That bridge must be
rebuilt,” he told NBC news.
United States maintains that it is seeking to ramp up pressure on Iran which it
accuses of sowing chaos in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon.
JOSE (BCN) A 21-year veteran of the San Jose Police Department has filed a
lawsuit alleging racial discrimination from multiple officers in the days and
years following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Haidar, who is Lebanese-American and Muslim, said police officers subjected him
to endless racist accusations, calling him "Bin Laden,"
"Taliban" and "Beirut Bomber" while at work.
is being represented by the law firm of Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli &
Brewer in the lawsuit against the city, Police Department, Police Chief Eddie
Garcia and five other named officers. The lawsuit provides Haidar the option of
including additional defendants.
lawsuit says the harassment "escalated to a new height" when the
United States invaded Iraq in 2003 to begin the Iraq War. Police officers
allegedly said, "You're not gonna blow up are you?" and imitated his
accent while saying, "I'll kill you all."
was repeatedly referred to as ISIS, according to the lawsuit, and finally
decided to pursue legal action in November 2017 after he allegedly was harassed
at a meeting honoring veterans.
Sgt. Robert LaBarbera allegedly said, "Captain, you forgot to mention
Nabil. He is an ISIS veteran. He was with ISIS for two years," to Capt.
Johnson Fong. Fong allegedly laughed and allowed the harassment.
men are named as defendants in the lawsuit, and an additional defendant was
allegedly captured on body-worn camera making an explosion gesture and
pretending to be a suicide bomber. Haidar alleges in the lawsuit that he now
faces retaliatory behavior and emotional distress at work.
filed an administrative claim with the city in May of this year, then filed a
claim with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing in July.
After exhausting his administrative options, he received a "right to
sue" letter from the state.
Attorney Richard Doyle said in a statement Monday evening that "The City
and the Police Department take seriously all allegations of race or religious
added the city hasn't yet been served with the lawsuit.
President Donald Trump singled out Iran for harsh criticism on Tuesday in his
second speech to the United Nations General Assembly, accusing it of “funding
havoc and slaughter in Syria and Yemen” and calling on the world to isolate the
country’s “corrupt dictatorship”.
after tweeting that he would not meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani even
though he was probably an “absolutely lovely man,” the American leader launched
a scathing criticism of Tehran and its spreading of “mayhem” across the Middle
East and around the world.
other country faced as much criticism in his speech. He vowed to continue
Iran’s isolation through crippling sanctions that he is reinstating after
pulling out of the landmark nuclear deal signed between Tehran and world powers
Trump, arriving late to his second UNGA speech, used the opportunity to amplify
his “America First” agenda, reject globalism, dismiss the International
Criminal Court, the and UN Human Rights body, while emphasising US sovereignty
and “standing up for America and for the American people”.
speech, which started with laughter from the audience over Mr Trump’s claim
that his administration “has accomplished more than almost any administration
in the history of our country”, took a more bombastic turn thereafter.
Trump moved to criticising a series of countries including China, Iran,
Germany, and Venezuela. His harshest lines were aimed at Iran, accused its
government of sowing ”chaos, death and destruction” and “funding havoc and
slaughter in Syria and Yemen”. "They do not respect their neighbours or
borders or the sovereign rights of nations. Instead, Iran's leaders plunder the
nation's resources to enrich themselves and spread mayhem across the Middle
East and far beyond” Mr Trump said.
said Iranian leaders had embezzled “billions of dollars from Iran’s treasury,
seized valuable portions of the economy, and looted the people’s religious
endowments, all to line their own pockets and send their proxies to wage war”
across the region.
good,” Mr Trump said.
attack came after he left the door open to a possible meeting with the Iranian
leader in the future.
requests, I have no plans to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Maybe
someday in the future,” Mr Trump tweeted.
by reporters about the potential of such a meeting, Mr Trump said Iran would
have to “change its tune” first. But he said there was a chance for a similar
track of diplomacy like the one he has pursued with North Korea. He met with
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un at a Singapore summit in June.
the Middle East, Mr Trump praised Saudi Arabia “where King Salman and Crown
Prince are pursuing bold new reforms”. But he criticised OPEC and threatened
with punitive measures if oil prices remain that high.
and OPEC nations are as usual ripping off the rest of the world, and I don't
like it. Nobody should like it,” he said. “We defend many of these nations for
nothing, and then they take advantage of us by giving us high oil prices. Not
Congress considers legislation targeting OPEC, Mr Trump threatened the
organisation. “We are not going to put up with it, these horrible prices, much
longer,” he said.
prices have reached a $82 high, and there are fears that Mr Trump’s second
round of sanctions on Iran’s oil market in November will drive the price to
$100, a few days before the US midterm elections.
Syria, Mr Trump lamented the ongoing tragedy, and reiterated his
administration’s willingness to “respond if chemical weapons are deployed by
the Assad regime”.
speech did not reveal any new US plan for the Israeli-Palestinian peace
process, but took credit for moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
United States is committed to a future of peace and stability in the region,
including peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. That aim is advanced,
not harmed, by acknowledging the obvious facts,” Mr Trump said.
officials were quick to denounce the US President’s approach. Senior PLO member
Hanan Ashrawi called it “superficial defence of unilateralism, isolationism
& plain bullying.”
launched arrogant attack on global system from its podium boasted of illegally
moving embassy to Jerusalem & leaving HR Council! Condescending ignorance:
double flaws,” she wrote on Twitter.
Korean leader Kim took most of the praise in Mr Trump’s speech.
would like to thank Chairman Kim for his courage and for the steps he has
taken, though much work remains to be done," Mr Trump said.
missiles and rockets are no longer flying in every direction, nuclear testing
has stopped,” but “the sanctions will stay in place until denuclearisation
occurs”, he told the UNGA.
said the ICC has “no legitimacy and no authority”, and criticised Germany,
saying that it “will become totally dependent on Russian energy if it does not
immediately change course”.
World League launches advanced halal identification system
The Muslim World League on Tuesday launched an advanced halal identification
system, which will help to guarantee that all meat products exported to Saudi
Arabia, and a number of other countries, comply with Shariah standards.
global system, which represents the highest halal standards, will be overseen
by the league, which is the only organization in Saudi Arabia, and several
other Islamic countries, authorized to issue halal certificates. The Kingdom's
grand mufti, Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah Al-Sheikh, had previously hailed the
efforts of the MWL in this field, and the league has signed agreements with a
number of Islamic and non-Islamic countries.
announcing the launch of the advanced halal identification system,Cthe MWL
confirms that it is the only authority responsible for certifying Islamic
centers and examination companies working in the halal field across the world,”
said MWL spokesman Adel Al-Harbi. He added that he was proud of the new system,
representatives of which can be reached at email@example.com.
was declared the only legitimate body authorized to export halal products to
Saudi Arabia in a royal decree that restricted the issuance of halal
certificates to the league in recognition of its international relations,
experience in cooperating and coordinating with local and international bodies,
and for meeting the Shariah conditions for producing, manufacturing and
marketing halal products. The Council of Senior Scholars had issued, through
the Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta, headed by the grand
mufti, a fatwa stating that the authority responsible for halal meat exported
to the Kingdom is MWL. It is the oldest Islamic organization working in the
field of halal food, with more than 30 years of experience and offices,
partners and Islamic centers around the world.
has warned against the practices of some authorities and companies that work in
the field, who it says provide misleading and incorrect information and lack
legitimate specialization. The MWL pledged to continue to expose violations by
Arabia King Salman inaugurated a $6.7 billion high-speed railway Tuesday that
will link the two holiest cities in Islam, as the country seeks to bolster its
tourism industry in the face of declining oil revenues.
450-kilometer Haramain railway is one of the largest transportation projects in
the Middle East, with a projected annual target of 60 million passengers. It
will reduce the time required to travel between Mecca and Medina by half.
railway will eventually link to a new terminal being built at the airport in
the coastal city of Jeddah, streamlining travel for visiting pilgrims.
project is part of Saudi Arabia's recent appeal to tourists. The government has
poured billions into new hotels and a restoration of the Grand Mosque in Mecca.
Grand Mosque is the ultimate destination of the Hajj, an annual pilgrimage to
Mecca that all adult Muslims are required to make at least once in their
lifetime, and the Umrah, a nonmandatory pilgrimage that can be undertaken any
time of the year.
visiting Mecca account for the majority of Saudi Arabia's 20 million annual
Bahrain charged 169 people on Tuesday suspected of forming “Bahrain’s
Hezbollah”, a local version of the armed Shi’ite group, which prosecutors said
was trained and backed by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.
announcement follows scores of arrests and harsh penalties imposed in the Western-allied
Gulf state on defendants accused by the authorities of militancy, who activists
say are mostly peaceful opposition members.
a strategic island where the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet is based, has a Shi’ite
Muslim majority population but is ruled by a Sunni royal family. It has long
accused mainly Shi’ite Iran of stoking militancy, which Tehran denies.
statement carried by the state news agency BNA said the prosecutor charged 169
defendants, including 111 who had already been arrested. They were accused of
forming a terrorist group, planning assassinations and receiving training in
handling weapons and manufacturing explosives.
Public Prosecution had been informed by the Department of criminal
investigation …that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have ordered some of their
members to work on unifying different Bahraini militant groups,” the statement
groups) would get involved in one terrorist organisation which they called
Bahrain’s Hezbollah,” it said, adding the group was planning to send Bahrainis
to Iraq, Lebanon and Iran for military training.
trial is set for Oct 3, BNA said.
has stepped up a crackdown on critics, shutting down two main political groups,
revoking the citizenship of the spiritual leader of the Shi’ite Muslim
community and jailing rights campaigners.
kingdom has seen occasional unrest since 2011 when authorities crushed
pro-democracy protests mainly by the Shi’ite community demanding a bigger role
in running the country. Demonstrators have clashed frequently with security
forces, which have been targeted by several bomb attacks.
sources reported that the Ankara-backed Firqah al-Hamzah has imposed $3,000 as
monthly tax on the shopkeepers in the small town of Bastouleh.
further said that the militants also set fire at the farms of those residents
that refuse to pay taxes or bribe.
sources pointed to the continued looting of farmers' agricultural products in
Afrin, adding that the Turkish troops force locals in Afrin to transfer their
lands to the terrorists that have been settled in the region.
sources said in August that the Ankara forces stole the electrical cables of
the control system of Maydanaki Dam North of Afrin, the sources said, adding
that the move damaged electrical control system of the Dam.
sources further said that the Ankara-backed militants had already stolen four
of the six pumps of the dam that was supplying drinking water to the town of
the meantime, a former expert of Maydanaki Dam said that the Dam was on the
verge of collapse after terrorists looted its electrical cables.
reported that the first set of Russia's advanced electronic military
instruments has been sent to a Russia-run base in Syria on a Il-76 plane.
further said that the dispatched electronic military instruments are capable of
sabotaging radars, communication devices and navigating boards of intruding
aircraft on Syria.
paper went on to say that the Russian electronic instruments can also sabotage
satellite navigating systems, including those that are deployed to regions
around the Mediterranean Sea.
the meantime, another Russian paper, Kommerisant, quoted a well-informed source
as reporting that Moscow will send four S300 Air Defense Missile Systems to
Syria in the next two weeks, adding that the number of systems can also rise to
6 or 8 if needed.
a Monday briefing, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Moscow will
deliver the S-300 air defense systems to Syria within two weeks as an adequate
response to Israel's role in the downing of the Russian Il-20 plane last week.
Syrian Armed Forces will be supplied with the advanced S-300 air defense
missile system within two weeks. It is capable of intercepting air threats at a
range of more than 250 kilometers and simultaneously hitting several aerial
targets," Shoigu stated, adding that the S-300 would significantly boost
Syria's combat capabilities, Sputnik reported.
Shoigu emphasized that command posts of the Syrian air defense forces would be
equipped with automatic equipment that would ensure the identification of
Russian aircraft by Syrian air defenses.
posts of the Syrian troops and military air defense units will be equipped with
automatic control system, which have been supplied only to the Russian Armed
Forces. This will ensure the centralized management of all Syrian air defense
forces and facilities, monitoring of the situation in the airspace and prompt
target designation. Most importantly, it will ensure identification of all
Russian aircraft by the Syrian air defense forces," Shoigu stressed.
defense minister stated that Russia would jam satellite navigation, on-board
radars and communication systems of combat aviation over the waters of the
will jam satellite navigation, on-board radars and communication systems of
combat aircraft, which attack targets in the Syrian territory, in the regions
over the waters of the Mediterranean Sea bordering with Syria," Shoigu
proceeded to say that Moscow had stopped delivery of S-300s to Damascus back in
2013 at Israel's request, but the situation around the supplies has changed
"through no fault of Russia".
to the defense minister, an Israeli F-16 jet used the Russian Il-20 aircraft as
a shield, which resulted in the downing of the plane by Syrian air defense
forced us to take an adequate response aimed at improving the security of
Russian troops performing tasks to combat international terrorism in
Syria," he added.
further stressed that if measures taken by Russia following the Il-20 crash
over the Mediterranean fail to cool "hotheads", "we will have to
respond in line with the situation".
are convinced that the implementation of these measures will cool hotheads and
prevent ill-considered actions threatening our servicemen. Otherwise we will
have to respond in line with the current situation," Shoigu stated.
the Israeli Embassy in Russia has refused to comment on the statements made by
Shoigu so far.
this week, the Russian defense ministry accused the Israeli Air Force of
providing misleading information about the area of the planned airstrikes on
Syrian targets, thereby violating its agreement with Russia. Shortly after
that, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman stated that Tel Aviv would
continue its military operation in Syria despite the Il-20 incident.
“We won’t let Syria be turned into a main
Iranian military facility against the Israeli state. We continue to act… and we
have all the necessary means and opportunities to this end,” he said.
September 17, the Russian Il-20 aircraft with 15 servicemen on board vanished
from radar screens near Humeimim Airbase in Syria. According to the Russian
ministry of defense, the disappearance coincided with an attack by four Israeli
F-16 military jets on Syrian targets in the province of Lattakia.
Turkish army dispatched a long convoy of 40 personnel carriers and military
vehicles to the truce monitoring point in Shir Maqar in Nrothern Hama via Bab
al-Hawa border crossing in Northern Idlib.
and Ankara agreed on a demilitarized zone in Idlib a week ago.
Sunday, a battalion of the Turkish commandoes entered Idlib crossed Tonkli
province border with Northwestern Syria and entered Idlib province.
elite forces' dispatch to Idlib is allegedly aimed at reinvigoration of
truce-monitoring points in the Northwestern province.
the meantime, field sources in Northern Syria reported that a new convoy of the
Turkish troops, including elite forces, personnel-carrier vehicles and canons
have been dispatched to Rayhanli region in Hatay province near the border with
United Arab Emirates will support United Nations proposals for new peace talks
on Yemen, a senior Emiriati official said early on Wednesday after meeting with
UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths on the sidelines of the United
Nations General Assembly meeting in New York.
remarks came two weeks after the collapse of peace talks for Yemen in Geneva
when the Iranian-aligned Houthi militia movement delegation failed to show up.
productive discussions on Yemen today in NY with Special Envoy Martin Griffith.
Reaffirmed our strong support for UN-led political process after Geneva
setback. Will fully support UN proposals for new talks soon", United Arab
Emirates Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash tweeted.
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia welcomed the statement by the Minister of Foreign
Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany, which included his intention to
work towards strengthening the bilateral ties and enhancing cooperation in all
areas between the Kingdom and Germany.
recent months, our relations have witnessed a misunderstanding which stand in
sharp contrast to our otherwise strong and strategic ties with the Kingdom of
Saudi Arabia and we sincerely regret this,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas
said alongside his Saudi counterpart, Adel al-Jubeir.
should have been clearer in our communication and engagement in order to avoid
such misunderstandings between Germany and the kingdom,” he said.
said he welcomed Maas' statement and invited him to the kingdom to intensify
Kingdom affirmed the deep strategic ties it enjoys with the Federal Republic of
Germany, as it is a historic and important relationship for both countries. The
Kingdom and Germany play a leading role in bolstering international security
and stability, and the global economy.
Excellency Adel Al-Jubeir extended an invitation to His Excellency the Minister
of Foreign Affairs of Germany to visit the Kingdom at the earliest opportunity,
so that both countries may begin a new phase of close cooperation in all areas
to the benefit of both countries.
Military Tribunal has sentenced three Lebanese nationals to three years in
prison with hard labor on charges of espionage on Hezbollah resistance movement
for Israel's Mossad spy agency and collaboration with Israeli authorities.
tribunal, chaired by Brigadier General Hussein Abdallah, issued the verdicts
against Hasan Salemeh, Karam Idris and Kamal Hasan on Tuesday after they were
found guilty of providing the Israeli regime with intelligence about
Hezbollah’s military arsenal and operations, and with photos of several
strategic locations in Lebanon.
court also stripped them of their rights as Lebanese citizens.
three were arrested last October and charged with communicating information to
Israel. They reportedly possessed Israeli wireless communication devices at the
time of their arrest.
other defendants, identified as Lebanese nationals H.K. and N.Sh., were
separately questioned on Tuesday after they allegedly contacted Israelis
July 10, Lebanon's Military Tribunal sentenced seven Lebanese nationals in
absentia to hard labor on charges of crossing into occupied Palestinian
territories, working with Israeli officials and receiving permits to live
in January last year, Lebanese security forces arrested five people over
working for Mossad.
media office of Lebanon’s General Security Directorate announced in a statement
that the quintet had confessed to passing information to Mossad via Israeli
embassies in Turkey, Jordan, Britain and Nepal.
statement stressed that the individuals were arrested following intensive
monitoring of Israeli intelligence operations in the country as part of
Lebanon’s activities aimed at dismantling similar networks.
added that the two spies from Nepal were also engaged in recruiting other
Nepalese workers in Lebanon.
attorney general says officials have charged nearly 170 anti-regime protesters
with terrorism offenses as the ruling Al Khalifah regime presses ahead with its
heavy-handed clampdown on political dissidents and pro-democracy activists in
the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom.
al-Hamadi said 169 people, 111 of whom are in custody, will be tried for
forming "Bahrain's Hezbollah" – a local offspring of the Lebanese
Hezbollah resistance movement, detonating a bomb, training on the use of
firearms and explosives in addition to making and using explosives and
added that the Public Prosecution had received a report from the Criminal
Investigation Directorate (CID) regarding the formation of the group inside
further noted that the defendants will be put on trial by the Fourth High
Criminal Court on October 3.
of anti-regime protesters have held demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost
daily basis ever since a popular uprising began in the country in mid-February
are demanding that the Al Khalifah regime relinquish power and allow a just
system representing all Bahrainis to be established.
has gone to great lengths to clamp down on any sign of dissent. On March 14,
2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were deployed to
assist Bahrain in its crackdown.
of people have lost their lives and hundreds of others sustained injuries or
got arrested as a result of the Al Khalifah regime’s crackdown.
March 5, 2017, Bahrain’s parliament approved the trial of civilians at military
tribunals in a measure blasted by human rights campaigners as being tantamount
to imposition of an undeclared martial law countrywide.
Rights Watch accuses Houthis of hostage-taking, torture
Rights Watch on Tuesday accused the Houthi militias in Yemen of hostage-taking,
torture and other serious abuses against people in their custody.
New York-based watchdog said it had documented 16 cases of illegal imprisonment
by the Iran-backed militias, “in large part to extort money from relatives or
to exchange them for people held by opposing forces”.
officials have treated detainees brutally, often amounting to torture,” HRW
said, adding that former detainees described being beaten with iron rods,
wooden sticks and assault rifles.
were shackled to walls, caned and threatened with rape, it said, noting that
hostage-taking “is a serious violation of the laws of war and a war crime”.
Houthis have added profiteering to their long list of abuses and offences
against the people under their control in Yemen,” said HRW Middle East director
Sarah Leah Whitson.
than treat detainees humanely, some Houthi officials are exploiting their power
to turn a profit through detention, torture and murder.”
Mansouri, Foad Mansouri, Ahmad Mansouri, Javad Sari and Hassan Darvishi were
the five terrorists who were killed on the scene of the clashes with the
Iranian security forces after riddling people with bullets, the intelligence
intelligence ministry also announced that 24 people were killed and 68 others
were wounded in the Saturday morning attack by al-Ahwaziya terrorist group
during the nationwide military parades in Iran's Southwestern city of Ahwaz.
terrorists attacked the bystanders watching the annual Armed Forces' parades,
marking the start of the Sacred Defense Week, commemorating Iranians'
sacrifices during the 8 years of the Iraqi imposed war on Iran in 1980s, in
disguise of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and Basij (volunteer)
forces, killing and wounding several people, including innocent women and
of the officials participating in the military parades in Ahwaz city in
Khouzestan province was injured in the attack.
number of the terrorists who carried out the attack in Ahwaz had on Saturday
been put at 4 by Spokesman of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier-General
Abolfazl Shekarchi. The general had explained that three of them were killed
and the last one was captured by security forces.
told FNA that none of the terrorists could escape, noting that other reports
about the details of the attack are not confirmed.
Head of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Public Relations Department and
IRGC Spokesman General Ramezan Sharif said that the terrorists who attacked
people during the Armed Forces' parades in Ahwaz were affiliated to al-Ahwaziya
stream which is nourished by Saudi Arabia.
added that the terrorists aimed to overshadow the magnificence of the Iranian
Armed Forces' parades.
Sharif said that people were also invited to watch the parades and the
terrorists both fired at people and the Armed Forces.
Yemeni army’s naval teams found naval mines which the Houthi militias planted
in the Red Sea.
military source said the mines were found off the coasts of Midi, adding that
the Houthis planted them there before fleeing the city.
added that the army naval units in the fifth military zone continuously patrol
and scout the coasts and islands of the Red Sea to secure them.
Arabia’s Ambassador to the United Nations Abdullah al-Mouallimi said Monday
that the crisis in Yemen is caused by the Houthis who decided to break
international laws and violate the will of the Yemeni people.
diplomat added: “Let us not forget that the crisis in Yemen is not man-made,
but is the work of the Houthis. They decided to break international laws, they
chose to topple the legitimate government and to oppose the will of the Yemeni
people and the International community.”
his part, Yemeni Foreign Minister Khalid al-Yamani said that the humanitarian
file is being extorted for blackmail and called on the United Nations to
release reports on the theft of humanitarian aid by the Houthi militias.
Yemeni FM said that “Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait provided half of what
Yemen needs and the gangs of the Houthi stole a large part of them.”
President Hassan Rouhani says "unilateral and illegitimate" sanctions
imposed by the United States against the Islamic Republic are tantamount to
"economic terrorism" and are in violation of world nations’ right to
unilateral sanctions in themselves constitute a form of economic terrorism and
a breach of the ‘Right to Development.’ The economic war that the United States
has initiated under the rubric of new sanctions not only targets the Iranian
people but also entails harmful repercussions for the people of other countries,
and that war has caused a disruption in the state of global trade,” Rouhani
said in his address to the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly
in New York on Tuesday.
added, “The Iranian people have demonstrated their unwavering resilience during
the past forty years despite the difficulties and constraints caused by
sanctions, and have shown that they can overcome this difficult phase as well.
The multi-millennial history of our country demonstrates that Iran and Iranians
have never broken in the face of a storm of events—not even been bowed.”
further noted that the US policy vis-à-vis the Islamic Republic of Iran has
been wrong ever since the Islamic Revolution emerged victorious back in 1979.
Iranian president stated that Washington’s approach of resisting the wishes of
the Iranian people is doomed to failure.
policy of engagement and cooperation with Iran has produced positive outcomes
for other nations, as best reflected in Iran’s cooperation with friendly
countries in the fight against terrorism.
US understanding of international relations is authoritarian. In its
estimation, might makes right. Its understanding of power, not of legal and
legitimate authority, is reflected in bullying and imposition. No state and nation
can be brought to the negotiating table by force, and if so, what follows is
the accumulation in the ‘grapes of wrath’ of those nations, to be reaped later
by the oppressors,” Rouhani pointed out.
Iranian president then advised American statesmen to engage in dialogue and
negotiation, stressing that dialogue is a two-way process that should be based
on equality, justice, human integrity and honor, and conducted in accordance
with the rules and norms of international law.
UN Security Council resolution 2231 is not simply a piece of paper. We invite
you to return to that resolution. We invite you to come back to the negotiating
table that you left. If you dislike the JCPOA (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of
Action) because it is the legacy of your domestic political rivals, then we
invite you to come back to the Security Council resolution. We invite you to
remain in the international institutions. Do not engage in imposing sanctions.
Sanctions and extremism are two sides of the same coin. Extremism involves
negating the thinking of others, and sanctions negate the life and prosperity
of people,” Rouhani said.
went on to say that the world is currently suffering from the recklessness and
disregard of some states for international values and institutions.
illusion should be cast away, once and for all, that one can aspire to securing
more peace and security at the cost of denying others’ peace and security.
Negligence or ineffectiveness of international institutions can endanger world
peace. Those seeking dominance and hegemony are enemies of peace and the
perpetrators of war,” the Iranian president said.
underlined that the incumbent US administration seems determined to render all
international institutions unproductive,
government, having withdrawn from a multilateral agreement adopted by the
Security Council, in contravention of the rules and norms of international law,
invites the Islamic Republic of Iran to bilateral talks… It is ironic that the
US government does not even conceal its plan for overthrowing the same
government it invites to talks!” Rouhani commented.
Iranian president went on to say that Tehran’s foreign policy has always been
based on multilateralism and in compliance with the established principles of
the international law.
on 12 consecutive reports of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),
Iran has complied with all of its commitments. The United States, however, has
not stayed faithful to its obligations from the very beginning,” Rouhani said.
emphasized that the United States is pushing other countries to violate the
JCPOA, and that it is threatening all countries and international organizations
with punishment if they comply with the Security Council resolution 2231.
said Iran, as a victim of terrorism, will always remain in the forefront of
genuine confrontation with terrorism.
Iran we have condemned all acts of terrorism without equivocation and will
continue to do so. We welcome the strong
statement from the Security Council on this issue. But why can leaders of
terrorist operations live and operate freely in Western countries, and even
openly solicit funds? Are these
activities not in violation of international counter-terrorism norms?” the
Iranian president said.
said Iran has repeatedly warned against any foreign intervention in the
internal affairs of Syria and the use of unlawful means, including supporting
extremist and terrorist groups, to exert pressure on the Damascus government.
(Iran) has consistently emphasized that the crisis can only be resolved through
intra-Syrian dialogue. The presence of our military advisors in Syria is at the
request of the Syrian government and consistent with international law. It is
aimed at assisting the Syrian government in the fight against extremist
terrorism. Iran, Russia, and Turkey, in cooperation with the government of
Syria and other Syrian parties, have succeeded through the Astana talks to play
a positive role in reducing tensions in Syria. They managed to prevented escalation
and bloodshed in Idlib as part of their last collective effort,” Rouhani said.
underlined that the ongoing crisis in Yemen can be resolved solely through
intra-Yemeni talks and without foreign interference.
Iranian president also made a reference to the Palestine issue, stating that
Israel’s innumerable crimes against the Palestinian nation would have been
impossible without the military, political and propaganda support of the United
believe in the formation of a collective mechanism for the Persian Gulf region
with the presence and participation of all regional countries. The security of
the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz has always been important for us,”
Islamic Republic of Iran is the same state that was on the forefront of the
fight against Taliban terrorism, and paid in blood for this end. We fought
against Al-Qaeda and the Taliban before the attacks on New York.
least three people, including a child, have been killed after Saudi-led
warplanes hit localities in Yemen’s Hudaydah and Sa’ada provinces, three and a
half years after the so-called military coalition began a full-scale war
against the impoverished nation.
Arabic-language al-Masirah television network reported on Tuesday that
Saudi-led fighter jets launched an airstrike on the residential area of
Ghaferah of Dhahir district in the northern province of Sa’ada earlier in the
day that resulted in the killing of child and wounding of several others.
also said that a separate aerial aggression against a civilian vehicle,
traveling from Jarrahi to Zabid cities in the western province of Hudaydah,
leading to the killing two people.
Arabia and some of its allies, including the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and
Sudan, launched a brutal war, code-named Operation Decisive Storm, against
Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall former president Abd Rabbuh
Mansur Hadi and crush the Houthi Ansarullah movement, which plays a significant
role in aiding the Yemeni army in defending the country against the invading
movement has also been running state affairs in the absence of an effective
administration since the onset of the imposed war.
the onset of imposed war, the Yemeni army troops, backed by fighters from the
Ansarullah movement, have launched numerous retaliatory attacks against
Saudi-led forces and its mercenaries inside Yemen and through ballistic missile
strikes deep inside Saudi Arabia.
to a report by Yemen's Arabic-language Ansarullah news portal on Tuesday,
Yemeni snipers have managed to slay or wound more than 67 Saudi-led mercenaries
during the past 72 hours.
imposed war initially consisted of a bombing campaign, but was later coupled
with a naval blockade and the deployment of ground forces to Yemen. Some 15,000
Yemenis have been killed and thousands more injured since the onset of the
Saudi-led war has also taken a heavy toll on the country's infrastructure,
destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories. The United Nations has said
that a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4
million threatened by severe hunger.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Tel Aviv will continue to carry out
military operations in Syria, two days after Russia held the occupying regime
fully responsible for downing one of its reconnaissance aircraft off a Syrian
coast last week. The Israeli premier made the provocative remarks on Tuesday
before boarding a flight to New York, where he will address the United Nations
General Assembly, claiming that Tel Aviv would adopt the measures to prevent
Iran from increasing its presence in the Arab country.
will continue to act to prevent Iranian military entrenchment in Syria and we
will continue the military coordination” between the Israeli military and that
of the Russia, said Netanyahu at the airport.
comments came as Iran, at the official request of the Syrian government, has
been offering advisory military assistance to the Arab country, which is
fighting an all-out foreign-backed militancy during the past seven years.
too, has military advisers in Syria, besides carrying out aerial bombardments
on behalf of the Syrian government since September 2015.
support by Tehran and Moscow has enabled the Syrian army to speed up its gains
on various fronts against Takfiri militants.
the contrary, Israel has frequently attacked military targets in Syria during
the past several years in what is considered as an attempt to prop up terrorist
groups that have been suffering heavy defeats against Syrian government forces.
It has also been providing weapons to anti-Damascus militants as well as
medical treatment to the Takfiri elements wounded in the Arab country.
Sunday, Major General Igor Konashenkov, the chief spokesman for the Ministry of
Defense of the Russian Federation, held the Israeli military fully responsible
for downing a Russian Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft off Syria’s Idlib
coast by the Arab country’s S-200 missile defense system on September 17.
on a detailed account of the tragic event, he added that an Israeli F-16 jet
practically deceived the Syrian radar system after it hid behind the Russian
reconnaissance plane, showing it as a group of Israeli jets on the Syrian
radars, effectively used the big aircraft as a “shield.”
will do whatever is necessary to protect Israel’s security,” Netanyahu further
said before leaving for the United States.
plane crash which killed 15 Russian servicemen prompted Kremlin to press ahead
with its earlier plan to deliver the modern S-300 surface-to-air missile system
to Syria within two weeks in a bid to boost the Arab country’s air defense
capabilities and take “adequate retaliatory measures”.
the Children has voiced alarm over a “dramatic” rise in civilian casualties in
Yemen’s Hudaydah since June, when the Saudi-led coalition of invaders launched
an offensive to seize the lifeline port city.
January and May this year, there were an average of 44 civilian casualties
every month in al-Hudaydah. The subsequent three months (June-August) saw the
figure jump to a monthly average of 116 – an increase of 164 percent,” the
London-based NGO reported on Monday.
civilian casualties in Hudaydah accounted for 51 percent of all civilian
casualties in Yemen between June and August this year, it added, citing the
Armed Conflict Location and Event Data monitoring group.
the course of the three months, there had been at least 349 civilian deaths in
the city, while the national total reached 685, the monitor’s figures showed.
the Children field teams are meeting children who have suffered severe and
life-changing injuries caused by explosive weapons, from airstrikes to
landmines. Treating these injuries is particularly challenging in Yemen, where
the health system has all but collapsed, prosthetics are hard to come by, and
there are few surgeons trained to treat traumatic injuries,” the fund said.
body’s CEO Thorning-Schmidt said, “When children are targeted and killed or
when hunger is used as a weapon of war, the world must speak out and do
everything in its power to hold those responsible to account.”
was speaking in New York, where the United Nations General Assembly is holding
its 73rd session.
on schools and hospitals are up – safe spaces that should never be targeted.
This is a War on Children. The world seems to be accepting an outrageous
disregard for the conventions of war, and children are paying the price. It’s
shocking that in the 21st Century we are retreating on a principle that is so
simple – children should be protected,” he added.
also urged that all the parties concerned to make earnest efforts towards
bringing about a political solution to the conflict.
has been in turmoil since 2014 when former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi
stepped down and then fled to Riyadh.
reinstall the ex-Yemeni government, the Saudi regime and a coalition of its
allies launched a war against Yemen months later in 2015 against its popular
Houthi Ansarullah movement, which currently runs state affairs in the absence
of an effective government.
YORK: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said a Turkish court, not politicians,
will decide the fate of an American pastor whose detention on terrorism charges
has roiled relations between Ankara and Washington.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday he was hopeful Turkey would
release evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson this month. He was moved to house
arrest in July after being detained for 21 months.
an interview on Tuesday while he was in New York for the annual United Nations
General Assembly meetings, Erdogan said any decision on Brunson would be made
by the court.
is a judiciary matter. Brunson has been detained on terrorism charges ... On
Oct 12 there will be another hearing and we don’t know what the court will
decide and politicians will have no say on the verdict,” Erdogan said.
found guilty, Brunson could be jailed for up to 35 years. He denies the
the president, I don’t have the right to order his release. Our judiciary is
independent. Let’s wait and see what the court will decide,” Erdogan said.
President Donald Trump, infuriated over Brunson’s detention, authorized a
doubling of duties on aluminum and steel imported from Turkey in August. Turkey
retaliated by increasing tariffs on US cars, alcohol and tobacco imports.
Turkish lira has lost nearly 40 percent of its value against the dollar this
year on concerns over Erdogan’s grip on monetary policy and the diplomatic
dispute between Ankara and Washington.
Brunson case is not even closely related to Turkey’s economy. The current
economic challenges have been exaggerated more than necessary and Turkey will
overcome these challenges with its own resources,” Erdogan said.
central bank raised its benchmark rate by a hefty 625 basis points this month,
boosting the lira and possibly easing investor concern over Erdogan’s influence
on monetary policy.
said the decision was a clear sign of the central bank’s independence, adding
that as president he was against increasing rates.
also said Turkey will continue to purchase Iranian natural gas, despite US
sanctions on Tehran.
a historic move, Britain’s opposition Labour Party has called for a total ban
on all UK arms sales to Israel.
demand for an arms embargo was announced following a discussion on Palestine
held at Labour’s annual conference in Liverpool on Tuesday.
than 180 Palestinian protesters have been killed in Gaza since March 30th while
Israel remains the UK’s eighth largest market for UK arms companies.
earlier during the conference, Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary, Emily
Thornberry, said London must ensure that Israel does not use British weapons to
“attack innocent Palestinian civilians”.
remarks could be viewed as strong words that many hope will translate into more
regulations and fewer licenses for UK arms sales to the likes of Israel.
Kamel Hawwash, a British-Palestinian engineering professor and a longstanding
campaigner for justice, is skeptical about it, saying such a situation would be
UK does risk assessment before a license to sell arms is issued. But after that
there is no follow up. They don’t know if those weapons were actually used to
kill civilians or not,” Hawwash said in an interview with Press TV, adding,
"They asked the Minister of State for the Middle Alistair Burt if UK-made
weapons are being used to kill civilians and his answer was 'we don’t’ know'.
Well what we do know is that the UK is selling Israel sniper rifles and
Palestinians are being killed with sniper rifles.”
flags were seen in abundance at Tuesday's event as the Labour members
demonstrated their support for Palestine.
membership currently consists of many pro-Palestine voices, with 188,000 party
members voting for Palestine to be a high priority issue at this year's
issue of Palestine was put to vote ahead of housing, the National Health System
(NHS) and Brexit.
has been embroiled in an anti-Semitism row that has at times bogged down the
party, creating a new challenge for pro-Palestine members to keep the
Palestinian narrative alive.
Jewish groups are expressing their disgruntlement regarding the Labour Party’s
main governing body has decided to adopt the controversial multi-national
definition of anti-Semitism in full but has also stressed the right to “free
speech” regarding Israel and Palestinian rights.
fundamental right to free expression, guaranteed by Article 10 of the Human
Rights Act, is being called into question here.
Palestinians and their supporters on all levels are demanding Britain show more
initiative when it comes to repaying its colonial debt to the Palestinians,
while Israeli groups say an emphasis on freedom of speech regarding Israel is
leader Jeremy Corbyn has rejected the anti-Semitism charges against him on a
number of occasions and has made additional efforts to protect freedoms of
speech over Palestine for party members.
Macron urges 'dialogue and multilateralism' on Iran
President Emmanuel Macron has called for "dialogue and
multilateralism" on Iran, shortly after his American counterpart promised
hard-hitting sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on
Tuesday, Macron credited the historic nuclear agreement, officially known as
the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), reached between Iran and the
P5+1 group of countries in 2015 despite US President Donald Trump's withdrawal
will bring a real solution to the situation in Iran and what has already
stabilized it? The law of the strongest? Pressure from only one side? No!"
the French leader said.
his second address to the General Assembly, Trump urged the world to isolate
Iran, accusing it of sponsoring terrorism and sowing "chaos, death and
destruction," in the Middle East.
ask all nations to isolate Iran's regime as long as its aggression
continues," the US president said. "They do not respect their
neighbors or borders or the sovereign rights of nations."
announced in May that Washington was pulling out of the nuclear agreement which
lifted nuclear-related sanctions against Tehran in exchange for restrictions on
Tehran's nuclear program. The deal had been signed between Iran and the five
permanent members of the UN Security Council -- the United States, Britain,
France, Russia and China -- plus Germany in 2015.
US administration reintroduced the previous sanctions while imposing new ones
on the Islamic Republic. It also introduced punitive measures — known as
secondary sanctions — against third countries doing business with Iran.
first round of American sanctions took effect in August, targeting Iran's
access to the US dollar, metals trading, coal, industrial software, and auto
sector. A second round, forthcoming on November 4, will be targeting Iran’s oil
sales and its Central Bank.
President Hassan Rouhani late in August urged the remaining signatories to the
2015 nuclear agreement to act faster and in a more transparent way to preserve
it after the US move to pull out of the agreement.
has fulfilled all its promises in the JCPOA and, taking into account the
unilateral exit of America from this agreement, it [Iran] expects the other
sides to speed up their plans to safeguard this agreement and make them more
transparent," Rouhani said in a phone call to French President Emmanuel
to the ongoing crises in the Middle East, Macron further said, "As I was
saying a year ago, today we should not aggravate regional tensions but rather
through dialogue and multilateralism pursue a broader agenda."
nuclear deal critical for international security: British foreign secretary
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Tuesday said the JCPOA plays a leading role in
pointed to a meeting of foreign ministers of Britain, Germany, France, Russia,
China, Iran, and the EU High Representative on the sidelines of the General
Assembly meeting on Monday, Hunt urged Iran to continue to comply with the its
commitments under the JCPOA and expressed London's firm commitment to the deal.
UK remains committed to the Iran nuclear deal, which is critical for global
security. We will continue to ensure the deal is upheld, and Iran must do the
same," he said.
Prime Minister Theresa May said on September 23 that Iran is in compliance with
its commitments under the nuclear deal, stressing that the agreement should be
should abandon policies that undermine the possibility of a peace agreement,
French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday.
the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, Macron stressed the importance of
resuming Israeli-Palestine peace talks, adding there is no viable alternative
to the two-state solution and living peacefully side-by-side.
cannot be achieved by making unilateral decisions or trampling on the
legitimate rights of Palestinians, he said, noting Israel's attitude towards
this issue is wrong.
talks broke down in 2014, due largely to Israel’s refusal to stop building
Jewish-only settlement units on confiscated Palestinian land.
also deplored the “deep crisis” of the traditional international order and
warned against the temptation towards unilateralism, calling for a “new global
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