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by New Age Islam News Bureau
Delhi: The tradition of carrying a bride to her doli (palanquin) by the male
members of her maternal family can lead to 'birth of lust', world-renowned
Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband has ruled.
to a report in Times of India, the seminary's fatwa department has taken a
strong exception to the ceremony in which the maternal uncle lifts and carries
newlywed niece to the 'doli'.
between a woman and her maternal uncle are very sacred. A man cannot lift his
fully grown niece, it is certainly not acceptable in the eyes of Muslim law.
There is always a danger of destruction of such relationship if this activity
leads to the birth of lust in either of the two,” a bench of high-ranking
clerics said while branding it as an "un-Islamic practice".
recommended, "It is always better that the young woman walks towards
‘doli’ or her mother escorts her."
report stated that the fatwa (edict) was issued in a reply to a
Muzaffarnagar-based man. The bench further said that the practice of 'lal khat'
prevalent in Muslim weddings was a foreign concept borrowed from
khat' is a decorated invitation card that a woman's family sends to the groom's
side, inviting them for 'nikah' at a pre-decided venue. The bench was quoted as
saying: "Instead, it should be a normal letter or postcard or intimation
by phone call. This activity must be abandoned completely."
the department also said that jewellery which has images embossed on them is
un-Islamic."If the jewellery a bride is wearing does not have any image
embossed on it, it is acceptable," the seminary said. Clerics have
welcomed the fatwa and appealed to all Muslims to follow it religiously.
for its controversial edicts, Darul Uloom had earlier this week issued a fatwa
against Muslim women for applying nail polish and cutting nails. They had also
issued an order against shaving and waxing, and even reportedly asked
individuals to not do jobs in banks as it was un-Islamic.
Religious scholar Mufti Rafi Usmani has said Aasia Bibi’s departure from
Pakistan before the Supreme Court verdict on the review petition will result in
a mayhem across the country.
an open letter to the nation on Saturday, the scholar cautioned the people of
Pakistan against becoming emotional to the extent that they resort to unlawful
to the immense love and respect for the Holy Prophet (PBUH) in the hearts of
the people, the scholar said Islamic faith is not complete without love for the
Holy Prophet (PBUH). It says Pakistan is passing through a turbulent time when
various crises are rising one after another, and the current issue of blasphemy
has created a wave of extreme anger among the faithful because they cannot
compromise over love for Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
love for Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) is the corner stone of the faith
and every Muslim would sacrifice everything for that.
to Mufti Usmani, the Supreme Court has thoroughly examined the evidence before
acquitting Asia Bibi. The apex court based its judgment on the available
evidence and also cited various religious references in the judgment, he said,
adding the SC judgment has raised some issues that are worthy of consideration
by the Ulema and experts of Islamic Jurisprudence. A thief's hands cannot be
cut off without going through all the several strict conditions and
restrictions attached to the law in Islam.
is a critical decree in the Islamic Jurisprudence to save the person from the
ultimate punishment or "Hadd" where the circumstances allow that
concession. Dilating further, he said a mere suspicion of theft does not
qualify for the extreme punishment of cutting the hands. He said the value of
the stolen property and the place it is stolen from and most critically a
clear, unambiguous and non contradictory evidence by two people is pivotal to
reach a judgment. He said the Sharia Law consider the case and its
circumstances of the crime very minutely and allows benefit of doubt to the
criminal where possible. While quoting principles of Islamic Jurisprudence and
citing various conditions and circumstance of the law for theft, the letter
says every thief cannot be awarded the extreme punishment.
Taqi Usmani said during Gen Zia's tenure, when the Hadd Law was being drafted
it was suggested to adopt extreme care so mockery is not made out of the
Islamic Laws. The Shariat or the Islamic Jurisprudence upholds the principle of
benefit of doubt that goes to the accused. The Supreme Court, Mufti Usmani says
has very elaborately discussed the strength of evidence and the contradictions
of the witnesses both in the light of the Islamic Laws and those of the
country. They have also concluded that there is a reason to give benefit of
doubt to the accused based on the quality of evidence. He maintained that
Allah's law was flawless. But, he added, adjudicators and witnesses are
fallible, and any error by witnesses can create doubts about the evidence of
crime. Therefore, according to Islamic jurisprudence, benefit of doubt would go
the accused, causing release or reduction in punishment.
Usmani said he does not doubt the love the honourable judges have for the Holy
Prophet (PBUH). They have expressed their love for the Prophet (PBUH) by
expressing their readiness to sacrifice their lives for his honour, he added.
Usmani said the Shariat forbids against any extreme act to enforce the Islamic
Jurisprudence besides it also warns against miscarriage of justice. Considering
judges’ fallibility, it is reasonable that the Supreme Court's larger bench
considers the review petition minutely. The verdict of the bench considering
the review petition would be final and has to be accepted wholeheartedly in
accordance with Shariah.
JAYA: Vocal Muslim activist Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa says Muslim bureaucrats in
post-Barisan Nasional Malaysia have still not changed their ways, as they
continue to demonise and clamp down on religious minorities, especially those
from the Shia school of thought which is labelled “deviant” by local Islamic
whose outfit Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF) have frequently spoken out against
Islamic enforcement agencies, said while the Pakatan Harapan government did
well in terms of weeding out corruption and reviving the economy, Islamic
administration still suffered from the same weaknesses.
said Shia Muslims, for example, continue to be demonised through the weekly
Friday sermons as well as raids on their gatherings.
said it has come to the stage that Muslims, who do not subscribe to the
official interpretation, have it worse when compared to non-Muslims.
you say that Christians are restricted from erecting crosses on their buildings
or that their right to express their faith in open spaces are curbed, then the
Shias and Ahmadi Muslims have it much worse,” he told FMT on the sidelines of a
forum on religious extremism and minorities yesterday.
said the government has yet to be firm in dealing with the demonisation of Shia
Muslims, adding that they have the same constitutional rights to practise their
the constitution, every person has the right to profess and practise his
religion. So it’s wrong and unconstitutional to restrict Shia Muslims from
practising their faith,” he said.
live in the 21st century. If we think our faith is the most correct faith, why
are we so afraid to let other people practise their beliefs?” he asked.
urged PH not to go down the previous administration’s path of “double-speak” in
said such was the case when the Najib Razak administration was promoting
moderation on the international stage but at the same time bankrolling
right-wing religious groups.
government must not fall into the same habit,” said Farouk.
said the current state of affairs is the result of a gradual perversion of the
constitution, despite its “secular, plural and democratic” foundations.
said the “new Malaysia” should now move away from a “right-wing and
supremacist” narrative to one that is based on universal human rights.
said he still does not think such a new narrative could come from politicians.
is we the people who must fight for this. We cannot rely on politicians who
care more for their own self-interests.”
sanctions can’t go side by side, Taliban tell Moscow moot
Taliban have called for some preliminary steps before the beginning of the
peace talks, which they describe as essential for peace and parts of confidence
of the Taliban political office in Qatar, Sher Abbas Stanekzai, read out a long
statement in the multi-nation conference in Moscow on Friday that listed CBMs
including removal of sanctions list, release of detainees, formally opening of
the office and stopping of what they called “poisonous propaganda,” against the
negotiations and sanctions list are two contradictory concepts and can’t go
side by side. It is therefore required that these baseless sanctions and reward
lists, that are used as a pressure tool for their interests, should be finished
so that representatives of the Islamic Emirate are able to participate in peace
talks in different places without any hurdle,” the Taliban leader told the
of the Taliban leaders are still on the UN Security Council’s sanctions list,
which also include the five senior Taliban leaders who were freed from the
Guantanamo Bay detention centre in 2014 and are now part of the political
office in Qatar. But they cannot travel out of Qatar because of the
international travel ban. Stanekzai called for formally opening of their office
in Qatar that was closed in 2013 days after its opening over criticism by then
Afghan president Hamid Karzai.
was the first to raise objections at the Taliban office on the plea that the
insurgents hoisted white flag on the office and used the plaque of the Islamic
Emirate. Taliban used the flag and the Islamic Emirate during their 1996-2001
rule. The former president had also concerns the US may corner him by direct
contact with the Taliban office.
for negotiations and a communication site in the shape of an office is
necessary for peace. At present, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has no open
and formal address as a venue for negotiations which is a preliminary
requirement,” the Taliban chief negotiators informed officials from 11
countries including Kabul’s ambassador to Russia Abdul Qayyum Kochai and
members of the government-nominated members of the High Peace Council.
argued that regular peace meetings could only be held in a state of
availability of an office, adding the office is also required to issue peace
related press releases, respond to questions of people as a responsible entity
and remove national and international concerns.
earlier told Daily Times that Taliban have also raised the issue of the office
with the top American peace envoy Zalmay Khlilzad, who met the Taliban
political envoys in Qatar in the first week of October to explore ways for
political solution to the conflict.
has embarked on four nation visit as part of his initiative which will take him
to Afghanistan, Pakistan, UAE and Qatar. He is most likely to hold another
meeting with the Taliban political representatives, who are now joined by five
senior leaders in a major step to move towards formal negotiations. The Taliban
leader also called for the release of their detainees as the arrest and
detention of the Taliban are “actions that are against peace”.
and its protectorate regime have detained tens of thousands of Afghans and
Mujahidin in their secret and open prisons and are ill treating them against
all the laws,” he said and called for the release of all the Taliban prisoners.
The Taliban leaders; however, did not refer to the Afghan security men and
several foreigners, who are in the Taliban custody. He also called for an
agreement on the establishment of an Afghan inclusive independent Islamic
System that is acceptable to Afghans and reflects Islamic and Afghan values.
The Taliban leader insisted on the appointment of guarantees for the peace
process as without this, the provisions of the peace agreements could not be
the United Nations, major powers, members of the Islamic Conference and
facilitating countries must guarantee implementations of the agreements,” he
Taliban official also called for a new constitution as he claimed the current
constitution of “Kabul Administration is not reliable, because it has been
copied from the West and has been imposed on Afghanistan’s Muslim society under
the shadow of occupation.”
gave Khashoggi tapes to European nations: Erdogan
has shared recordings linked to the murder last month of journalist Jamal
Khashoggi with Riyadh, Washington and other capitals, President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan said Saturday.
gave them the recordings, we gave them to Saudi Arabia, we gave them to
Washington, to the Germans, to the French, to the British,” he said in a
listened to the conversations which took place here, they know,” he said, but
added that they were not accompanied by any written documents.
gave no details of the tapes’ specific content in his televised address.
was last seen entering the consulate on October 2 to obtain documents for his
repeated denials, Saudi Arabia finally admitted the 59-year-old had been
murdered at the mission in a “rogue” operation.
pro-government daily Sabah earlier Saturday reported Khashoggi’s killers poured
the remains of the insider-turned-critic of Riyadh down the drain after
dissolving him in acid.
taken from the consulate drains showed traces of acid, Sabah said without
quoting sources for its story.
who was heading to France to attend commemorations marking the 100th
anniversary of the end of World War I, has accused the “highest levels” of the
Saudi government of ordering the hit.
officials have pointed the finger at the all-powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin
Salman and some analysts say Ankara is keen to have the heir sidelined from the
nexus of power in Riyadh.
has not accused the prince but has said he does “not believe for a second” that
King Salman ordered the crime.
Turkish media and officials had said for weeks that Ankara possessed an audio
recording of the murder and had shared it with CIA head Gina Haspel when she
visited Turkey late last month.
the existence of such a recording had not been officially confirmed.
body has not been found, more than a month after the Washington Post columnist
Aktay, an advisor to Erdogan, suggested last week that the body may have been
Istanbul prosecutor found on October 31 that Khashoggi had been killed and
has demanded greater cooperation from Riyadh in investigating the affair amid
distrust between the two nations after the Saudis’ initial denials that
Khashoggi was dead.
Turkish leader insisted Saturday that the 15-member Saudi delegation sent to
the consulate “know very well the murderer or murderers.”
Saudi authorities should succeed in revealing that by making them speak,”
has been demanding, to date without success, the extradition of those involved
in the killing.
heading to France, Erdogan said he had prior to his news conference spoken by
telephone to US President Donald Trump and would meet with the US leader in
Paris “if we find the opportunity.”
and Erdogan have previously spoken by phone on the case of Khashoggi, who went
into US exile last year after openly criticising Prince Mohammed’s growing
crackdown on dissent.
Riyadh a key regional ally, Washington has to date given the Saudi heir the
benefit of the doubt on the affair while demanding answers.
must do some soul searching on India’s legitimate concerns: Omar Abdullah
Minister Imran Khan-led Pakistan government must to do some soul searching on
India’s legitimate concerns to make way for a process of engagement on Kashmir,
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah has said.
senior Kashmiri politician said that while a one-off summit-based approach is
not the answer, any hopes of a proper dialogue on the issue, “insulated from
forces that are inimical to a dialogue on both sides of the border”, would have
to wait to be realised at the end of India’s general election cycle in May
we are going through our election process, I think Pakistan needs to do a bit
of soul searching in terms of addressing legitimate concerns that India has,”
former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, who was in London to participate in an
event organised by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)
around changing the narratives within the India-Pakistan bilateral context,
said the Pakistan government’s decisions such as letting Lashkar-e-Taiba
founder Hafiz Saeed “roam free” had proved a setback to the much-needed
confidence building measures.
recent decision of the Imran Khan government to release 20 stamps on Kashmir
does not help, when instead of confidence building measures we have steps that
break confidence,”Abdullah said on the sidelines of the event in London on
release of some 20 postal stamps, glorifying Kashmiri militant Burhan Wani and
others, by Pakistan was one of the reasons India cited to call of a proposed
meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani
counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi in New York in September.
is our neighbour; whatever concerns we have with Pakistan, we have accepted
that war is not an option. So, the only option available to us is talks. We
need to resolve our differences through dialogue. But for that, at some stage,
Pakistan will also have to take India’s concerns on board,” he said.
also lamented the “vast gap” between the Government of India and its representative
in Jammu and Kashmir – Governor Satya Pal Malik, and the youth of J&K,
which needs to be narrowed urgently.
said: “The youth of Jammu and Kashmir are perhaps more alienated today than
they have been since the early 1990s; when educated youngsters and people with
secure jobs are joining the ranks of militancy. And that’s a very worrying
the moment, it is about hoping that some smaller corrective measures can be
taken now to reduce the levels of alienation, with a higher degree of engagement
once we are through with this election cycle.”
Dulat, former Intelligence Bureau (IB) Special Director and former Research and
Analysis Wing (RAW) chief who was among the participants at the IISS event,
also expressed hope that dialogue would be re-initiated between India and
should talk and never stop talking. I remain optimistic on a solution in
Kashmir,” said Dulat, who pointed to former Pakistan President Pervez
Musharraf’s four-point formula dating back to 2006 as a “good starting point”.
that agreement had been worked out between (Gen Pervez) Musharraf and Dr
Manmohan Singh, my assessment is that we would have had at least 15 years of
peace in Kashmir,” he said.
party spokesperson Manish Tewari explained that the aim of the London event was
to explore the building blocks of a narrative which can correct perceptions
that India and Pakistan have about each other.
is a feeling that confidence building measures and the creation of a positive
narrative have to precede conflict resolution. It is a step by step process and
every incremental step would then add up to a whole,” he said.
speakers at the event, including Pakistan-based ‘The News’ daily Editor Aamir
Ghauri, proposed exchange programmes for Indian and Pakistani journalists and a
freer flow of people on both sides of the border to foster greater
Taliban listed four conditions for beginning peace talks at a meeting hosted by
the Russian government even as the opposition criticised India’s perceived
shift from a policy of not engaging directly with the Afghan insurgent group.
participated in the second meeting under the “Moscow format” on Friday at a
“non-official level” – its representatives were retired ambassadors TCA
Raghavan and Amar Sinha – and the Taliban sent a five-member delegation, led by
Muhammad Abbas Stanikzai, from its “political office” in Qatar.
to a transcript of the speech delivered by the Taliban delegation, the group
raised four conditions to begin peace talks – removal from sanctions, release
of all detained Taliban cadres, formal opening of an office and the stopping of
what it described as “poisonous propaganda” against the group, including
allegations of its involvement in attacks on students and civilians.
panel said the group does “not allow anyone to use the soil of Afghanistan
against other countries”, including neighbours. It contended that “establishing
an Islamic system in conformity with the faith of its people can’t be
and Afghanistan, working in close coordination, decided to participate in
Friday’s meeting at a “non-official” level. The external affairs ministry said
its participation was “consistent” with its policy of backing Afghan-led and
Afghan-owned process for peace. “Where did we say there will be talks with the
Taliban?...We just said we will be participating in a meeting on Afghanistan,
hosted by Russia,” said external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.
82 YO Muslim man burned alive during Dussehra, yet no FIR filed
Bloodthirsty people filled with hatred and fury sees no age or even humanity
before they subject innocent lives to brutal treatment.
did this 82-year-old Muslim in Bihar’s Sitamarhi region knew he would fall prey
to such a brutal horrendous crime on his way back home after visiting his
innocent man identified as Zainul Ansari was punished for simply being at the
wrong place at the wrong time and so far no action was taken or an FIR has been
filed yet even after his burnt body with arms and legs charred was found just
hours later on October 20.
family said he was caught by a frenzied mob and was subjected to the brutal
killing, Indian Express reports.
to reports, some stone pelters damaged a Durga idol which was being taken for
immersion and Ansari happened to be returning to his home 7 km away after visiting
his sister but did not pay attention to warnings from locals who said there was
a mob out there.
one will harm an old man,” Ansari told the people warning him.
when his burnt body was found the officers in the region quickly took action to
prevent further violence in Sitamarhi, which is 170 km away from Patna.
was shut down in the region and Ansari’s body was sent to SKM College and
Hospital in Muzaffarpur.
then days after video clips and pictures of a body set aflame on a road went
viral on social media- the questions remained unanswered.
post-mortem report stated “shock due to antemortem burn injury,” but the Police
has not yet made any arrests.
Superintendent of Police Vikas Barman said: “Zainul Ansari could have been
attacked when he was returning. a sudden sporadic momentary emotional outburst.
He was beaten up and died. We will look into how his body was charred. Though
we have not lodged a separate case in Zainul’s death, we have filed a case of
serious rioting in which murder section is also added for recovery of a body
against unknown accused.”
Sitamarhi police said they have filed over six FIRs for Dussehra violence and
also arrested 38 people but none specifically for Ansari murder.
have not yet identified anyone, nor have we found involvement of any kind of
group,” said the officer.
youngest son Mohammed Ashraf who reached Sitamarhi after reports and the clips
reached him said: “Though most parts of the body being shown in the footage
looked charred, I could still identify my father through his half-burnt face.”
accompanied my elder brother to SP and DM (district magistrate) to show video
footages and confirmed that it was their father’s body. The police denied
credentials of the footages. By that time, we had lodged a missing complaint
report at Riga police station under which my village comes,” said Ashraf who is
also a tailor like his elder brother Mohammed Akhlaq Ansari, both earning a
living as tailors in Surat.
Akhlaq said there was no way to confirm the death of his father as the Internet
brother Akhlaq when asked said: “My aunt Shaleema Khatoon, whom my father had
visited at Rajopatti, also confirmed that my father had left home at around 12
noon on October 20, which coincided with the timing of violence. We met the
town police station officers but got no confirmation. It was only on October 23
we learnt that the post-mortem was being conducted at Sadar Hospital of
Sitamarhi. But we soon learnt that the body was sent to SKM College and
Hospital, Muzaffarpur, some 70 km away from this town.”
district administration arranged two buses for us to reach Muzaffarpur but with
clear instruction to conduct the burial at Muzaffarpur. They feared a communal
backlash, and we agreed to their order,” said the younger son.
added: “The police are now telling us they have been studying video footages to
identify the accused. They had been dismissive of similar footages earlier. But
we want them to arrested immediately. We have not named anyone but they have to
two sons said the post mortem report mentioned the aged of “unidentified body
as 35”. “I have asked for a correction. They have promised to correct it.”
post-mortem report from Sadar Hospital confirmed burn injuries: “…internal
injuries and charred burn were found. Antemortem charred burn and deep burn
were present all over the body. Lower jaw was completely charred and part of
bone that is skull were absent. Both lower limbs were completely charred and
bone below knee joint were exposed. Both arms were completely burnt…. The
deceased died due to shock of antemortem burn injury. The injuries were caused
due to flame of fire”.
Barman said: “Since we found an unidentified body, the age and identity of the
victim are not mentioned in the post-mortem report. But we will request the
doctors who conducted the post-mortem to give their opinion on the age of the
body. We have also sent the victim’s body sample for DNA report. Once the
report comes, the identity of the victim would be mentioned.”
Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militants were killed in an encounter with security forces
in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday morning.
to a statement by a state police spokesperson, a cordon and search operation
was launched in Tikken area of Pulwama in the early hours of Saturday following
inputs on militants’ presence in the area. “As the search operation was on,
terrorists, who were hiding, fired on the search party. The fire was
retaliated, leading to an encounter,” the spokesperson said.
of the militants killed in the encounter were recovered from the encounter
site, the police said. They were identified as Liaqat Munir Wani and Wajid Ul
Islam. Liaqat’s father Munir Ahmad Wani was also a militant, and, according to
family members, was killed in 1998 when Liaqat was two years old.
that the duo came from Pulwama district, the police spokesperson said both were
involved in a series of “terror attacks on security establishments and many
other civilian atrocities in the area.” “Arms and ammunition, including AK and
INSAS rifles, and other incriminating materials were recovered from the site of
encounter. The INSAS rifle seized from the encounter site was the same which
earlier terrorists had snatched from Murran, Pulwama,” according to the police
officials said Wani had joined militancy in 2017, and Islam in May this year.
joint statement issued after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s four-day
visit to meet his “Iron Brothers” in Beijing is most instructive as it
inadvertently acknowledges the rise of India as a global power and willy-nilly
reduces Islamabad to, at best, a client state.
line — “both sides dismissed the growing negative propaganda against China
Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and expressed determination to safeguard the
CPEC projects from all threats” — is directly pointed at India and so is big
brother’s support for “Pakistan’s efforts for improvement of Pakistan-India
relations and for settlement of outstanding disputes — read Kashmir — between
its part, Pakistan, which is self-proclaimed leader of Muslims, in the
statement has upheld “one-China policy and supports all efforts made by Chinese
government to realise national reunification”, a euphemism for turning a blind
eye towards Beijing’s decades-long repression in Xinjiang and Tibet. All this
leads us to examine the relationship between these two all weather iron
brothers, where Beijing goes to the extent of vetoing UN designation of a
global jihadist like Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar and blocks India’s
legitimate entry into Nuclear Suppliers Group with a Pakistan entry condition.
is that Islamabad’s supping with Islamists targeting India and Afghanistan is
not hidden from Chinese intelligence but the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) sees
Pakistan as a low-cost weapon to checkmate India with Afghanistan as a bonus.
watchers believe there is a split between Chinese intelligence and PLA over
Pakistan’s role in exporting terror to India but that the generals prevail when
it comes to Islamabad’s use for containment of India.
and again Chinese officials have privately shared with their Indian
counterparts, their knowledge about the existence of terror training camps in
Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).
this fact is glossed over by Beijing as its gets relief in Xinjiang with
Pakistan blocking jihadist movement across the Wakhan corridor and preventing
them from joining hands with their militant Uighur brothers fighting against
in Xinjiang virtually coincides with the rise of militancy in Kashmir in 1991
but finds little global attention as rampaging Communist party cadre backed by
PLA subsume local culture and religion in both Xinjiang and Tibet through what
is euphemistically called re-education of the masses.
in Xinjiang, however, cannot be swept under the carpet as a few hundreds to a
few thousands from there joined the so called Islamic State in Syria in support
of ultra conservative Wahabbi Islam.
reason why China allows Pakistan to take the lead in Afghanistan affairs
despite knowing all the brutal facts of Islamabad nurturing Taliban, is to
buffer the militancy in Xinjiang.
Pakistan may think its relationship with China is all milk and honey, Beijing
clearly sees Islamabad as a weapon to degrade India and a mere portal to access
the Arabian Sea through Gwadar just as it uses Myanmar to access the Indian
Ocean through Kyaukpyu port and possibly make India vulnerable in its rapid
growing North-Eastern states.
of India through a pincer move is understandable as China’s worst case scenario
is India and the US joining hands to counter PLA aggression South China Sea and
Indo-Pacific region with the choking of the Malacca Straits as a potential
the 73-day Indian Army-PLA standoff at Doklam, the Chinese leadership has
started looking at India with respect with its paramount leader Xi Jinping
taking the final call on decisions in respect of New Delhi rather than leaving
this to the mandarins in the foreign ministry or PLA headquarters.
Minister Narendra Modi has also made it clear to President Xi Jinping that
while India will not do anything to destabilise Beijing, it will not play
second fiddle to anyone in the world when it comes to protecting national
India’s ties with the US are ever growing with a bipartisan consensus, they are
not at the cost of Russia even though PM Modi knows the growing synergy between
Moscow and Beijing. Fact is that Indian and US interests converge in
Afghanistan, Indian Ocean, Middle-East and the Far East much to the chagrin of
China, which despite all aggression has a constant two-front hostility
The Punjab government has decided to hand over to the NIA a case involving
three Kashmiri students who were arrested for their alleged association with a
students- Zahid Gulzar, Mohd. Idriss Shah and Yusuf Rafiq Bhatt- were arrested
from an engineering college in Jalandhar last month and two weapons, including
an assault rifle, and explosives were seized from them.
had said they were associated with Kashmir-based terror outfit Ansar
AGH reportedly has links with the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and is headed by Zakir
Rashid Bhatt alias Zakir Mussa, who masterminded and guided attacks on the
Maqsudan police station in Jalandhar on September 14, they had said.
decision to hand over the case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) was
taken after discussions on the issue between the state government and the Home
Ministry, Punjab director general of police (DGP) Suresh Arora said in an
said the decision came in the wake of “the inter-state and international
ramifications of the case".
students were arrested in a joint operation by the Punjab Police and the Jammu
and Kashmir Police's Special Operations Group (SoG) from the hostel of CT
Institute of Engineering Management and Technology in Shahpur on the outskirts
weapons, including an assault rifle, were also seized from them along with
explosives, police had said.
investigations had revealed that the students were allegedly associated with
terror outfit AGH, they had said.
decision to hand over the investigations to the NIA was aimed at ensuring
speedy and more effective probe into the matter, the DGP said
state government was also of the view that the growing attempts by
Pakistan-based ISI and terror outfits and elements based abroad to revive
terrorism in Punjab required strong and concerted efforts by the national
agency which has the mandate to investigate all over the country and even
abroad," Arora said in the release.
Punjab Police, he said, would extend all support and help to the NIA to ensure
that the investigations are completed, and the nexus of terrorist outfits and
elements based in India and abroad is identified and broken at the earliest.
release said while deciding to hand over the case to the NIA, the state and
central government also took note of a separate case in which two Kashmiri
students were arrested by the Punjab Police on November 5 in connection with
the Maqsudan police station incident.
is indicative of the efforts by Pakistan spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence
(ISI) to expand the arc of militancy on India's western border, Arora said.
also underlined the need to unravel the entire conspiracy and network built by
these outfits and individuals in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.
DGP said the state police is keeping a close eye to pre-empt any further
incidents of targeting police stations and officers in Punjab.
Bibi case: JuD says it believes in legal recourse
The Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) has some reservations over the Aasia Bibi issue but it
also has respect for the national institutions including the judiciary and
that’s why it did not join the recent protest.
the low profile of the JuD in the otherwise violent protests by
religiopolitical parties, party spokesman Ahmed Nadeem told Dawn that the party
issued protest call for Friday last two days after the court decision was
announced. But as the protests started going violent, the JuD decided to
restrict itself to Friday sermons instead of coming on the roads.
day the decision was announced, the party consultative body was already in
meeting. It discussed the decision threadbare and consulted senior lawyers on
the issue. After the consultation, the party thought that it was legal mistake
and can only be rectified through legal process. After all, the trial court
sentenced her to death after a long trial. Later, the Lahore High Court upheld
the sentence. Now the Supreme Court has set her free, giving her the benefit of
JuD was of the opinion that the quantum of the benefit of the doubt (whether it
was reasonable or not) can only be judged by lawyers and only they could plead
it before court. So, instead of taking to the street, the party decided to wait
for exhaustion of the legal process. That is precisely why the JuD chief was
the first to demand a review petition. Others (Mufti Munib, Sirajul Haq et al)
followed him the next day,” says Mr Nadeem.
his claim of non-violence being party philosophy, Mr Nadeem said the party kept
its cool even when the government took over its charity organisations. It only
challenged the decision in court. It did not go violent when its leader Hafiz
Muhammad Saeed was arrested in January this year and the party chief himself
had directed his men to stay peaceful and concentrate on Kashmir Day. “It only
goes to prove that the party respects the legal process and will wait for its
exhaustion,” he said and added: “It was very much part of a day-long (Friday)
peaceful protest but went quiet when protests turned violent.”
Pakistan's hardline Islamist party calling the shots
They have called for the assassination of Pakistan's Supreme Court judges,
demanded a mutiny in the armed forces and have vowed to wipe out the
Netherlands with nuclear weapons.
just a few years, the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan party (TLP) -- or the Movement
at the Service of the Prophet -- has become one of the most powerful groups in
Pakistan, dictating terms to successive governments and paralysing the country
at will with violent protests.
by firebrand cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi, the far-right religious party has
weaponised the ultra-sensitive blasphemy issue in the Muslimmajority nation,
sparking fears that the TLP is radicalising the country's heartland and opening
a dangerous new chapter in Pakistan's brutal confrontation with extremism.
a rundown of why the group is so powerful and how they have been able to
harness the extraordinarily inflammatory charge of blasphemy to increase their
following across Pakistan.
TLP began as a faction demanding the release of Mumtaz Qadri -- a bodyguard who
gunned down Punjab governor Salman Taseer in Islamabad in 2011.
later cited Taseer's calls for reforming the country's blasphemy laws as his
motive and was hanged in 2016.
TLP formed an official political party -- earning more than two million votes
and two provincial seats in this year's general election, in what analysts
called a "surprisingly" rapid rise.
making blasphemy the party's central -- and arguably only -- talking point, the
TLP have positioned themselves as the protectors of Islam, effectively painting
their foes as enemies of the religion.
have presented themselves as the sole flag bearers of the blasphemy
issue," said columnist Khurshid Nadeem. "Violence is a currency which
sells in today's times... they have proved that they can also kill and be
killed for their cause."
TLP entered the national consciousness in 2017 when supporters blockaded the
capital Islamabad with violent protests for several weeks, over changes made to
the oath taken by parliamentarians, which the group deemed blasphemous. At
least seven died in the violence.
protests succeeded in forcing the resignation of the country's federal law
minister in a military-brokered agreement that saw the TLP virtually absolved of
then, they have strong-armed Prime Minister Imran Khan's newly minted dministration into firing an economics adviser
for belonging to the persecuted Ahmadi religious minority.
group was also linked with an assassination attempt on former interior minister
Ahsan Iqbal in May, although it distanced itself from the incident.
leader Rizvi reportedly told journalists that if he took power in the
nuclear-armed country he would "wipe Holland off the face of the
earth", over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed published there.
TLP flexed its muscles again last week, when hours after the country's Supreme
Court quashed the blasphemy conviction of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman, its
followers flooded the country's streets, causing gridlock.
called for the assassination of the court's judges, and a "mutiny" in
the armed forces.
initially issued a searing rebuke of the group, but his administration appeared
to backtrack days later by striking a deal.
Pakistani politicians, it's easier to defy the courts than it is a violent mob
that claims to be Islam's true representatives," said Omar Waraich from
Amnesty International, adding that the government "didn't want to be cast
Bibi's release on Wednesday, the TLP accused the government of reneging on the
agreement and vowed to return to the streets if she was allowed to leave the
of the TLP stem from the group's rising popularity in country's Punjab
heartland and their ability to enforce their will on governments with little or
no official backlash.
previous extremist movements like the Pakistan Taliban belonged to the minority
Deobandi sect, the TLP's roots in the country's mainstream religious branch of
Barelvi Islam -- traditionally thought of as Sufi moderates -- has alarmed
are radicalising the people... particularly they are focusing on Punjab and
Sindh provinces and have already radicalised a big portion of the society
there," security analyst Amir Rana told AFP.
security forces remain hesitant to clamp down on religious groups, fearing any
heavy-handed move could spark a violent backlash similar to the insurrection
spurred by a military crackdown on Islamabad's Red Mosque in 2007.
The Punjab government on Saturday submitted a report regarding the losses
suffered during the protests by hard-line Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP)
following the Supreme Court’s decision to acquit Christian woman Aasia Bibi in
Pakistan’s most high-profile blasphemy last week.
to the report, public and private property worth Rs260 million was damaged
during the three-day protests by TLP activists.
protests began on Oct 31, when the SC announced the decision to acquit Aasia
and lasted till Nov 2 when the government signed an agreement with the protesters.
protesters blocked multiple roads across the country and set fire to vehicles
at certain locations.
government then initiated a countrywide crackdown against those involved in
vandalism and arson during the protests. Approximately 1,800 individuals were
arrested and charged under the
Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA). However, the government later announced that
it would not make any further arrests and even exonerated TLP from the violent
Nov 6, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar took notice of the
vandalism during the protests.
directed the federal and the provincial governments to submit a report on the
destruction of public and private property during the protests.
Rural areas in Pakistan remain much poorer than urban areas and are far more
disadvantaged in all respects of service delivery, and the present conditions
show the decline in poverty has not reduced the urban-rural gap by much.
to a World Bank report titled ‘State of Water Supply, Sanitation and Poverty in
Pakistan’, Balochistan has by far the highest rural poverty rate, with more
than 62 per cent of its rural population living below the poverty line.
However, the gap between rural and urban poverty is the widest in Sindh at
almost 30 percentage points. In contrast, the urban-rural gap in Punjab and
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa was 13 and 15 percentage points, respectively.
report said that the poverty head count rate in rural Pakistan was twice as
much in urban areas — 36pc versus 18pc — and the gap had remained virtually
unchanged since 2001-02. Combined with the slow pace of urbanisation — only
about 35pc of the country’s population lived in urban areas in 2014 — this gap
indicated that 80pc of Pakistan’s poor continued to live in rural areas.
households, it said, faced a substantial disadvantage in virtually all aspects
of service delivery. Nationally, the rural net enrolment rate was 13 percentage
points lower for primary school and 11 percentage points lower for middle
school than in urban areas. For girls, these gaps stood at 17 and 14 percentage
points, respectively. The rural female literacy rate, at 28pc, was also less
than half of that in urban areas.
to the report, rural children are 8.5 percentage points less likely than urban
children to have adequate immunisation by three years of age, and rural women
are 10 percentage points less likely to receive prenatal care, 28 percentage
points less likely to give birth in a facility or hospital, and 12 percentage
points less likely to receive postnatal care. Rural households are also far
less likely to have access to key utilities. They are 15 percentage points less
likely to have an electricity connection and 63 percentage points less likely
to have a natural gas connection than urban households.
report noted that districts varied widely in poverty, with the richest district
Abbottabad at a headcount rate of 5.8pc and the poorest district — Washuk in
Balochistan — at 72.5pc. Much of this variation reflected differences in
poverty across provinces. The vast majority of the 40 poorest districts were in
Balochistan, followed by Sindh.
the report added, only three districts each in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
fell in this set, and they were not among the poorest in the group. Not a
single district in Balochistan was among the richest 40, and only Karachi and
Hyderabad in Sindh fell in this set. The divide between Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and
Punjab in the north and Sindh and Balochistan in the south was apparent and
also found that districts that include large cities like Lahore, Rawalpindi,
Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Sialkot, Multan, and Bahawalpur had much
greater within-district inequality than other districts.
population into account, a large share of Pakistan’s poor lived in well-off
districts in Punjab and Sindh, particularly Karachi, Faisalabad, and Lahore, it
Prime Minister Imran Khan has hinted at launching the first-of-its-kind mega
poverty alleviation venture within seven to 10 days to bring people out of
abject poverty in the country.
poverty alleviation package will be the most important component in the PTI
government’s 100-day performance to be unveiled before the people of Pakistan
within the next few days,” Mr Khan said.
said it would be a coordinated effort of all the state organs already working
on the project. “All the relevant state organs will work under one umbrella,”
the advice and guidance of China, the prime minister said, “We have learnt from
our China visit how they did the historic job of bringing 700 million people
out of poverty in just three decades.”
the foundation stone for the first shelter home Panah Gah near the railway
station, the prime minister said it would be the first step towards
transforming Pakistan into a welfare state. “A journey of a thousand miles
begins with a single step,” he quoted a Chinese proverb.
the prime minister tweeted: “Today, I laid foundation for first of five
shelters for the homeless in Lahore and one in Rawalpindi to be followed by
shelters in other cities. We are committed to building a social net for our
poor citizens so everyone has a shelter over his/her head and access to health
Khan said the Panah Gah project would benefit the homeless and needy. The
visitors would be offered quality food to be provided by philanthropists. “Such
people were never taken care of in previous governments,” he lamented. He said
the other shelters would be established at Icchra, Chauburji, Data Darbar and
said the financial crisis that was looming large in the country did not allow
the government to focus on projects like shelter homes in its first
two-and-a-half months. “Now, the country is out of the financial crisis as it
is in a position to pay off the loan and interest instalments,” he asserted.
that the Panah Gah projects will be made centres of excellence, the prime
minister said that a board of governors (BoG) would oversee the maintenance and
functioning of these centres. “The BoG will finalise the policy for the shelter
homes,” he added.
prime minister said that he would recommend names for the board of governors.
He said he had met several such philanthropists and people of high calibre
during his two-decade experience of running the Shaukat Khanum cancer hospital.
that Chief Minister Usman Buzdar is a humble person who is well aware of the
miseries of the poor, the prime minister said Mr Buzdar picked his point well
on establishing the shelters and immediately located five sites in Lahore and
started work on the project within no time. He also acknowledged the diligence
and passion of LDA Director General Amina Imran Khan in executing the welfare
project. Mr Khan said the chief minister’s selection had invited fiery comments
and reservations from within the party. He asserted that Mr Buzdar would come
out as a star performer like his selected boys in cricket — Wasim Akram and
Inzamamul Haq. Looking towards Buzdar sitting on the stage, Mr Khan said,
“Another Wasim Akram will emerge from Punjab’.
prime minister said he had also asked the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister to
find locations to establish shelter homes in Peshawar. Similarly, he said, the
Sindh governor had also been instructed and the chief minister would be asked
to work on establishing shelter homes in Karachi and other big cities in the
a question about the government stance on the release of Aasia Bibi, the prime
minister said, “A government always stands with Supreme Court decisions to help
the country to move forward”. The rule of law depends upon accepting the
decisions of the Supreme Court, he added.
prime minister later chaired a meeting to review the `Prime Minister’s Punjab
Initiatives’ at the Chief Minister Secretariat.
Khan stressed that the Punjab government should find out some innovative ways
The United States has donated $1 million to the World Health Organisation (WHO)
to address the health and protection needs of older Afghan refugees and host
communities in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
donation from the US Department of State’s Bureau of Population and Refugees
and Migration will fund WHO’s protecting rights of older people with
disabilities project, which focuses on people aged 60 or above with
disabilities, chronic diseases, psychosocial disorders and trauma and who are
survivors of gender-based violence among Afghan refugees and host populations
in the country.
is the second time that the US Bureau of Population and Refugees and Migration
has funded a WHO project in Pakistan. In 2010, WHO received $4m for the health
cluster response to the internally displaced people crisis in KP.
project will be implemented over 12 months and will target 4,771 beneficiaries
in six districts. It will also target 240 healthcare providers at public health
sector facilities in refugee villages and camps, focusing on training and
capacity-building activities to make primary healthcare services age-friendly
project also aims to create an enabling environment through community-based
interventions and behavioural change communication campaigns, as well as
establishing community-protection committees and self-help groups for older men
and women with disabilities to strengthen social reintegration of target
populations, refugees and host communities.
the project will look into the revitalisation of existing social and community
health networks to establish robust referral mechanisms for target populations
to multiple services, including healthcare, psychosocial support and protection
generous donation will enable WHO to directly and immediately address the unmet
needs of older Afghan refugees in Pakistan,” said Dr Nima Saeed Abid, acting
WHO representative in Pakistan.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday denied the reports that the
US offered to release Aafia Siddiqi in exchange for freeing Raymond Davis (in
the past) and Shakeel Afridi.
to the media here on Saturday, the foreign minister said Aafia Siddiqi was the
“daughter of the nation” and it was his desire that she should return to the
to bring her (Ms Aafia) back are under way at the diplomatic level. However,
the government will not indulge in any such bargain,” he said.
said the efforts were being made to unite all the forces of region as “we want
the issue of Afghanistan be resolved peacefully.”
want peace and stability in Afghanistan and will support every step which will
bring betterment there,” he added.
said the PTI government had nothing to do with the NAB cases as these were
lodged before the party came into power.
Qureshi claimed the PPP would support the PTI government for the creation of
new province (in south Punjab) unconditionally.
said the petroleum prices would decline soon and there would also be betterment
in regional affairs.
have arrested three persons for their alleged involvement in the murder of
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Sami (JUI-S) chief Maulana Samiul Haq, a private media
outlet reported Saturday.
to reports, the three suspects were apprehended through geo fencing.
three held persons have been shifted to an undisclosed location for further
contrary to true Islamic teachings should be curbed, Sabah CM says
Nov 10 — The spread of ideologies contrary to the true teachings of Islam in
Sabah should be dealt with amicably, to strengthen peace and harmony in the
Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said to that end, Muslim preachers should
carry out their responsibilities well, to avoid the state from being embroiled
in upheavals such as those plaguing certain countries in the Middle East.
worried if there are too many sects or teachings here, it will affect our
unity, it will not bring good,” he said.
said this during the 1440H/2018 Semporna District-level Ma’al Hijrah
celebration here today.
Shafie said it was the differences between the beliefs and schools of thought
that were not according to the true teachings of Islam that caused rifts among
need to take heed of what has happened out there so that it (the situation)
does not repeat here. We need to respect each other and help others,” he said.
he said, the multiracial society in the state should cultivate unity,
regardless of religion, status and rank, as well as promote love and mutual
respect to create a life of peace and harmony.
the event, Mohd Shafie also presented donations to 90 recipients, comprising
single mothers, senior citizens, poor students and orphans. — Bernama
11 — THE last time Malaysia had its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the
United Nations, it was a bad time to cover human rights issues.
more to be a human rights defender.
2013, the previous administration was vehemently against “human rightism”.
Human rights defenders were vilified.
Coalition of Malaysian NGOs to the UPR Process (Comango) was outlawed -- using
the flimsy excuse that most of the NGOs allied to it were not legally
registered with the Registrar of Societies.
decision was never officially rescinded by Putrajaya. It is as if Comango was
Islamist lobby had gone all out against Comango, trying to paint it as the
biggest threat to Muslims here with wacky ideas such as equality, civil
liberties, and fundamental rights.
was vicious, it was ugly.
time around for the country’s third UPR, the ugliness was at least kept under
the floorboards as the Islamist lobby has either lost its lustre, or is being
kept in check by a more politically and civically aware, “woke” young generation.
it was rather tranquil.
performance of the Malaysian delegation in 2013 was dismal, to say the least.
Perhaps abhorrent is more accurate, with bald-faced lies and double-speak such
as claiming civil society was consulted, and downplaying the situation of the
Islamic agency Jakim had then denied there was discrimination against women
under Shariah laws.
delegates this year seemed more polished, perhaps reflecting the new
unapologetic mandate of human rights carried by the new administration.
observers confessed they were anticipating another session where Jakim would
again reveal to the rest of the world the kind of Islam that is being
director-general Mohamad Nordin Ibrahim had last week posted that the agency
would send a representative, his deputy handling the policy portfolio Hakimah
Mohd Yusoff, as part of the delegation -- expecting to help Putrajaya answer
when it is grilled on female genital mutilation (FGM), child marriage, and the
unlike last time, no Jakim representative stood up to answer the questions and
recommendations mooted by Malaysia’s peers, or at least attempt to do so.
we had a disappointing representative from the Ministry of Women, Children, and
Community Development addressing FGM and the LGBT; by refusing to accept that
“female circumcision” and FGM are essentially a subset of the other, and merely
citing Article 8(2) of the Federal Constitution as the sole argument that there
is no discrimination against the LGBT.
issue of child marriage was deftly handled by Ministry of Foreign Affairs’
secretary-general Ramlan Ibrahim who clarified that Putrajaya is already in the
process of raising the minimum age to 18.
are several possibilities why Jakim was not involved in the replies.
after the last UPR, the delegation realised how much of a liability Jakim is
and decided that the image of the country may be spared from humiliation by
perhaps, there is the dreadful possibility Putrajaya has taken the strategy of
double-speak, attempting to dazzle the international community, but
implementing the opposite towards Malaysians.
strategy of course will not be new, as it was employed extensively by former
prime minister Najib Razak to give the illusion of a moderate Muslim country
that could serve as a role model to its peers, when the reality was much
harsher for minorities and Muslims alike.
this were the case, we can at least comfort ourselves with the fact that
whatever pledges Putrajaya has made publicly on the global stage, we can hold
them to it. And we should continue our vigilance to ensure that the country
does not go in the wrong direction.
a more hopeful possibility is that Jakim’s stance may no longer matter when it
comes to accepting universal human rights, and formulating policies related to
of the answers carried the usual flavour of Jakim and the Islamist lobby. There
were no excuses about how child marriage can be valid under Shariah laws and
there should not be a blanket ban, as it offers a way for young Malays to avoid
sex out of wedlock.
previous excuse that FGM in Malaysia is part of a religious obligation has been
replaced instead by claim that it is a cultural tradition.
not mentioned was Jakim’s current stance to rehabilitate the LGBT in order to
“bring them back to the right path”, through conversion therapy masked as
citing Article 8(2) that states “there shall be no discrimination against
citizens on the ground only of religion, race, descent, place of birth or
gender”, Putrajaya virtually concedes that the provision applies to sexual and
gender minorities as well, which should set some sort of precedence when it
comes to moral arguments.
made a bold claim during the UPR that it would not sideline the recommendations
made by its peers, and will annually meet civil society on how best to achieve
them -- before reviewing them twice a year, including greater role for the
Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam).
JAYA: Identity politics is so deeply entrenched in Malaysia that race and
religion become a bigger priority to many Malays despite concerns over bread
and butter issues, says a researcher concerned with ethnic relations and
Zaman from Iman Research said this was among findings during the research outfit’s
conversations with many Malays in the peninsula, when they were asked on what
it meant to them to be a Malay and Muslim.
thinks that it is an unhealthy trend when identity politics has a great
she said the fact that Malays, including the younger generation, have a lot to
say about what’s going on in the country, indicating they are not short of
ideas and also “not as passive as people think”.
2016, Iman has been conducting focus group discussions with Malay youths on how
they view non-Malays.
year, much of their concerns were about bread and butter issues.
a big concern among many Malays they spoke to revolved around issues of race,
such as the large numbers of non-Malay ministers in the Pakatan Harapan
fears could stem from years of indoctrination and identity politics of race and
religion,” she told FMT on the sidelines of a forum to discuss religious
extremism and minority rights in Malaysia.
warned that if left unchecked, such sentiments could lead to mistrust among the
said there are expectations that the PH government will move away from identity
LUMPUR, Nov 11 — A US documentary on Malaysia’s 1MDB corruption scandal
premiered at the 2018 DOC NYC festival yesterday.
the Billion Dollar Whale book, however, The Kleptocrats puts added emphasis on
the role of fugitive financier Low Taek Jho in the corruption scandal spanning
at least 10 countries.
tracks Low’s movements as he crisscrosses the world between Malaysia and
Hollywood, playing up his lavish lifestyle that led to his playboy image.
Sam Hobkinson and Havana Marking also included interviews with Malaysian
personalities such as MP Tony Pua and Maria Chin Abdullah to help convey the
damage the scandal wrought on Malaysia.
documentary is jointly produced by Rubber Ducky Productions and Roast Beef
denies border shooting as Rohingya repatriation date nears
Myanmar on Saturday denied allegations of a cross-border shooting that raised
tensions with Bangladesh ahead of a scheduled start date for the repatriation
of Rohingya refugees.
fresh diplomatic row started after a Bangladesh border guard official said that
a 15-year-old Rohingya refugee was shot in the elbow on November 4 while
grazing cows after multiple rounds were fired from a security post across the
summoned Myanmar’s ambassador to lodge a protest but Aung San Suu Kyi’s
government says it has looked into the allegation and denies it ever happened.
Myanmar ambassador promptly contacted the responsible officials from the
Myanmar Border Guard, who confirmed that no shooting incident had taken place,”
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is overseen by Suu Kyi, said in a
statement late Saturday. Myanmar says it was involved in coordinated patrols at
the time of the alleged incident with Bangladeshi forces along the Naf River
that separates the two countries, and that none of their counterparts mentioned
formal protest through diplomatic channels based on dubious reports, as took
place in this case, does not serve any useful purpose,” the ministry added.
contentious back and forth highlights the delicacy surrounding a planned start
to the first official repatriation of Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar, which is
supposed to start November 15 with over 2,000 people at a rate of 150 daily.
720,000 Rohingya fled their homes in Myanmar to take refuge in Bangladesh
following a sweeping and bloody crackdown on the Muslim minority in August
Nations investigators say Myanmar’s military should be investigated for
genocide as a result of the campaign, which witnesses say included scorched
earth tactics, rape and murder.
and Bangladesh agreed to repatriate Rohingya expelled in the recent military
campaign, but they fear returning to a country without guarantees of
citizenship, safety and basic rights.
Rakhine has been undergoing massive redevelopment in their absence and Rohingya
advocates say the process amounts to an effort to erase their history for good.
UN, which has been granted access to parts of Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state
where most Rohingya used to live, says conditions are not right for the
stateless minority to return.
total of 42 aid agencies and NGOS said this week that Rohingya in the camps in
Bangladesh were “terrified” about the prospect of coming back.
High Court on Aug 1, 2013 declared Jamaat’s registration by the Election
Commission void and illegal, barring it from contesting in the 2014 elections.
top official of the Election Commission has opined that persons affiliated with
the political party Jamaat-e-Islami, which has lost its registration, can
participate in the upcoming election as independent candidates.
from other unregistered parties can also run as independents, EC Secretary
Helaluddin Ahmed told reporters on Friday at the EC Secretariat.
they can run with the symbol of any registered party, provided that they get
nomination from that party,” he said.
registered party can give anyone their nomination,” he said.
if the registered party wants, they can give their nomination to the members of
an unregistered party as well,” Helaluddin added.
Five years after the High Court ruled that the
Jamaat-e-Islami’s status as a political party be revoked, the Election
Commission has executed the orders in a gazette on October 29 this year.
gazette got delayed because of the delay in getting the full verdict, according
to Election Commission sources. The commission could not publish the gazette
until now also because an appeal against the High Court orders was being heard,
EC started registering the political parties for the first time during the
2006-07 military-controlled caretaker government before the 2008 elections.
which had representation in parliament, got registered along with 37 other
parties at the time.
total of 25 people, including Bangladesh Tariqat Federation’s Secretary General
Syed Rezaul Haque Chandpuri, Jaker Party’s Secretary General Munshi Abdul Latif
and Sammilita Islami Jote’s President Ziaul Hasan, moved the court challenging
Jamaat’s registration in January, 2009.
petition asked for orders to cancel Jamaat’s registration by the EC for the
party’s failure to meet RPO conditions.
the 10th parliamentary elections, the High Court on Aug 1, 2013 declared
Jamaat’s registration by the EC void and illegal, barring it from contesting in
the 2014 elections.
20-party BNP-Jamaat alliance boycotted the elections as well demanding a
nonpartisan government during polls.
barred from contesting in general elections, several Jamaat-backed candidates
took part in local government elections, but not on party tickets.
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said the conflict in Afghanistan has complex
dimensions and a national mobilization is needed to pass through the ongoing
Office of the President, ARG Palace, said President Ghani made the remarks
during a meeting with the representatives of various sects of Bamyan province
said the ongoing conflict has complex dimensions as the enemies do not adhere
to any principle.
Ghani further added that security in Bamyan is vital for the government and
therefore special operations would increase in the neighboring provinces of
said a national mobilization is needed to pass through the ongoing war and
called on national to prepare for a national mobilization.
to the demands of Bamyan residents regarding security, President Ghni said he
has signed a decree for the establishment of a special unit of the intelligence
forces which will soon start operations.
government of Germany handed over one thousand body armor vests to the Afghan
National Police (ANP) forces in Kabul.
Kabul Police Commandment in a statement said the body armor vests were handed
over to Kabul Police during a ceremony organized in the Police Commandment of
Kabul on Thursday.
statement further added that the body armor vests were handed over as part of
Germany’s ongoing support to the Afghan Police forces.
Deputy Ambassador of Germany to Kabul and a representative of Germany’s police
had also participated in the ceremony.
Police Chief Gen. Syed Mohammad Roshandil welcomed the delivery of one thousand
body armor vests to the police forces and said the new aid will further help in
protection of police personnel.
in Bangladesh have said they will hold a "free and fair" national
election on December 23 despite bitter wrangling between the government and the
Election Commission announced on Thursday that the election will take place
despite the imprisonment of the leader of the main opposition party and the
banning of its chief partner, Jamaat-e-Islami.
favourable situation prevails in the country to hold a free and fair
election," Chief Election Commissioner Nurul Huda said in an address aired
by state-run television and radio stations.
said he hoped all parties will participate in the election, in which Prime
Minister Sheikh Hasina is seeking re-election.
opposition has expressed fears that the election will not be democratic and has
archrival and opposition leader Khaleda Zia, who is in jail on corruption
charges, is likely to be banned from contesting.
Election Commission announced that the candidates must file nominations by
November 19, leaving Zia virtually no time to appeal.
Wednesday, the ruling Awami League party rejected an opposition demand for a
caretaker government ahead of the election, saying it was
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) says a caretaker government is essential for
free and fair polls.
is still not clear whether the BNP would contest the election. The party
boycotted the 2014 polls, which were marred by deadly violence and labelled by
international observers as "flawed".
BNP alleges over 500 of its supporters have been killed and nearly 750 abducted
by the police and thrown in jails since 2014.
recent months, the BNP's strength was further weakened after Zia was convicted
and sentenced to seven and 10 years in jail in two separate cases of
eldest son and heir apparent, Tarique Rahman, who lives in exile in London, was
also sentenced to life in prison over a 2004 grenade attack targeting Hasina.
will be Bangladesh's 11th general election since it gained independence from
Pakistan through a bloody war in 1971.
government has earned global plaudits for letting in hundreds of thousands of
Rohingya refugees who fled persecution in Myanmar.
critics have decried her increasingly "authoritarian rule", the
government's handling of student protests this year and its crackdown on free
hear about what the United Nations calls the continuing genocide of Rohingya
Muslims in Myanmar and may think it's tragic and outrageous, but wonder: what
has it got to do with us?
called the million or more Rohingya who lived there "illegal
immigrants" in the Rakhine state that has a Buddhist majority. Rohingya
have lived in Myanmar for centuries. But they are not considered citizens.
military began forced removals of the Rohingya last year, and more than 700,000
are now in crowded camps, vulnerable to starvation, murder, rape and disease.
week, Facebook released a report from Business for Social Responsibility that
showed how the company's social media platform has been used to incite violence
against the Rohingya. At least 25,000 people have been killed.
isn't widely wired for the Internet. The regime is dominated by generals who try
to suppress news, and have jailed reporters. But people in Myanmar have
cellphones. Facebook says about 20 million people in the country use Facebook
to connect with each other.
many of them have also read malicious messages aimed at the Rohingya and truly
fake news, including a false and inflammatory chain letter that said Rohingya
Muslims planned to attack Buddhists. Many of those lies and distortions came
from sham accounts run by Myanmar's military. They reeled in eyeballs with
posts about pop music, gossip and graphic photos, then delivered phony and
Warofka of the company conceded the report and says, "We weren't doing
enough to help prevent our platform from being used to foment division and
incite offline violence. We agree that we can and should do more."
company pledged to hire 100 moderators in Myanmar, who speak local languages,
to detect racist posts and fallacious reports.
hundred people to monitor messages from 20 million people? Maybe that's why
Amnesty International sounded unimpressed and tweeted, "This report shows
that Facebook did too little too late to stop murderous incitement &
minister of information defects from Houthi coup government
official source at the Yemeni embassy in Riyadh confirmed to Al Arabiya English
that Yemeni Minister of Information Abdulsalam Jaber has defected from the
Houthi militias and joined the ranks of the internationally-recognized
is said to have been in the Saudi capital of Riyadh since two days ago and is
set to hold a morning press conference at 10 am local time on Sunday, the
press conference will address many questions, including details of Houthi
crimes against Yemenis, and prisoners and violations of their rights, and his
role within the coup. Among the questions he is set to answer is whether as
minister he was simply a used a puppet figure by the Houthis.
source added that Jaber was part of the Southern Movement and is one of the
sons of Dalea, who lived in Beirut for seven years, and supervised research
centers and classrooms for Iran, the Houthi m militias and the Hezbollah group.
Salam was only a tool that had no value, and all he did was to be present
through social media platforms,” the source said.
source added that Jaber is the third minister from the Houthi militias to have
defected from their ranks so far.
sources added that dissidents not all Yemeni dissidents come to Saudi Arabia,
with some choosing to go to Cairo, while others have preferred to travel
outside the Arab countries to avoid assassination attempts or prosecution at
the hands of Houthis.
Yemeni army forces have taken the main hospital in the strategic Red Sea port
city of Hodeidah from the Houthi militias, government military officials said
May 22 Hospital lies in the east of the city, a key aid conduit.
Thursday, the Yemeni army backed by Arab coalition air strikes entered the city
pushing towards the port and using bulldozers to remove concrete road blocks
installed by the Houthis.
said pro-government forces of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi supported by the
coalition took over the hospital on Friday evening.
International had accused the Houthis on Thursday of “deliberate
militarization” of the facility after they stationed fighters on its roof.
medical source told AFP on Wednesday that the Houthi militias forced staff out
of the hospital and set up sniper positions.
80 percent of Yemen’s commercial imports and practically all UN-supervised
humanitarian aid pass through Hodeidah’s port.
Houthis have controlled Hodeidah since 2014 when they overran the capital Sanaa
and swept through much of the rest of the country, triggering an intervention
by the Arab coalition in support of the legitimate government.
choking’ were last heard from Khashoggi: Daily Sabah editor
senior Turkish journalist has revealed bits from a secret audio tape that was
allegedly recorded from the brutal assassination of dissident journalist Jamal
Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, saying the slain man begged for
his life before he died at the hand of killers.
Karaman, head of investigation department at the Daily Sabah, a Turkish
newspaper, said Saturday that people who killed Khashoggi put a bag on his head
to strangle and suffocate him.
choking, put this bag away from my head, I’m scared of claustrophobia,”
Khashoggi said before he died, according to Karaman who shared the information with
the Qatari-based news channel Al Jazeera.
based his account of the brutal killing on an audio tape that Turkish
authorities say can prove Khashogi’s assassination in the Consulate on October
2 was pre-mediated. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that
Ankara had shared the audio with Saudi officials as well as intelligence
services from four Western countries.
his interview with the Al Jazeera, Karaman, who is believed to be close to the
Turkish government, said the strangulation of Khashoggi lasted for seven
also cited information from Turkish intelligence officials, saying that the
15-member Saudi hit squad that had traveled to Istanbul to kill Khashoggi in
the kingdom’s consulate spent 15 minutes to dismember Khashoggi’s body after he
killers, he said, stretched plastic bags in the room where Khashoggi was
murdered to prevent his blood from spreading on the floor. Salah al-Tabiki, a
member of the team that had been introduced in media reports as a forensic
expert, then chopped Khashoggi’s body into five parts to allow other people to
stuff them in five large bags. The bags were then transferred to a car
belonging to the Consulate to transport them to the outside of the diplomatic
did not elaborate on how the Saudi assassination team managed to dispose of
Khashoggi’s body, a question that remains unsolved in Turkey’s investigation.
He said, however, that the Saudi team had traveled to Turkey with some special
“tools and equipment”, adding that the pictures and details of the gadgets will
be published by Daily Sabah in the coming days.
Palestinian man has died of wounds he received from Israeli live fire during an
anti-occupation protest in the occupied West Bank.
a statement, the Palestinian Health Ministry said Mohammed Shreyteh, 28, died
in hospital in the city of Ramallah on Saturday.
had been shot in the head during clashes on October 26.
Palestinian man, identified as Othman Ahmad Ladadweh, was also killed during
protests in the village of al-Mazraa al-Gharbiya. The health ministry in the
West Bank said at the time that he was hit with live ammunition, with the
bullet piercing organs in his lower abdomen.
across the West Bank often stage demonstrations against Israel’s decades-long
occupation that frequently lead to clashes with Israeli troops.
2015, the occupied territories have been the scene of heightened tensions due
to Israeli measures which Palestinians view as a bid to change the status of
the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem al-Quds.
military has claimed to have "neutralized" 15 militants of the
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) after striking the group's hideouts and armories
armed members of the separatist terror organisation, who were in preparations
for an attack to military bases, were neutralized," said the Turkish Armed
Forces (TAF) in a statement after the Friday operation.
airstrikes targeted Gara, Zap and Avasin-Basyan regions of northeastern Iraq,
near the Turkish border. The Zap area, along with other locations in the
mountainous Qandil area, is known to be Kurdish separatist strongholds.
Turkish military generally uses the term "neutralize" to signify that
the militants were killed, captured or surrendered.
along with the European Union and the United States, has declared the PKK a
terrorist group and banned it. The militant group has been seeking an
autonomous Kurdish region since 1984.
shaky ceasefire between the PKK and the Turkish government collapsed in July
2015. Attacks on Turkish security forces have soared ever since and PKK militants
regularly clash with Turkish forces in the Kurdish-dominated southeast of
Turkey attached to northern Iraq.
the past few months, Turkish ground and air forces have been carrying out
operations against PKK positions in the country as well as in northern Iraq and
Yemen: At least 61 combatants have been killed in clashes in Yemen's Hodeida,
medics and a military source said Sunday, and dozens of wounded taken to
hospitals outside the city.
in the Red Sea city reported 43 Houthi militia and nine pro-government fighters
killed in clashes over the past 24 hours. Medics at a hospital in
government-held Mokha, south of Hodeida, said another nine loyalist fighters
were killed. A government military source confirmed the toll.
of wounded militia were transferred to hospitals in the provinces of Sanaa and
Ibb, further inland, a source at the Hodeida military hospital told AFP.
pro-government alliance, led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, is
pushing to seize Hodeida from the Iran-backed Houthi militia.
than 400 fighters have been killed in 10 days of clashes in Hodeida, a city on
Yemen's Red Sea coastline that is home to the country’s most valuable port.
accuses China of repressing religious groups like Christians, Tibetans and
United States on Friday accused China of repressing religious groups like
Christians, Tibetans and Uighur Muslims living in that country.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis raised the
issue with their visiting counterparts, Minister of National Defence Gen Wei
Fenghe and Chinese Communist Party Office of Foreign Affairs Director Yang
Jiechi, in Washington.
visiting Chinese leadership, however, denied the allegations and asked the
Trump administration to stop interfering in China’s internal affairs.
stated the United States and the international communities will continue to
express our concerns with respect to China’s repression of religious groups and
Christian, Buddhists and 800,000 to possibly millions of Muslims that have been
denied their freedoms,” Pompeo said at a joint news conference here along with
Mattis and the two Chinese leaders.
immediately denied the US allegations.
respects human rights, as other countries must do the same. As President Xi
Jinping points out, there is always room for improvement on human rights,” he
that in China, people have the freedom to believe or not believe in religion,
he said they are all Chinese citizens. “Their human rights have been fully
respected and protected. It is our hope that the United States could respect
the fact,” Yang said.
in all, China and the United States should step up communication on the basis
of mutual respect, and work to handle well its own affairs,” Yang said.
to a question on allegations of rights violations against Tibetans and Muslim
Uighurs, Pompeo said the US is unequivocal when it comes to human rights. “We
ask every country, China included,” he said.
have discussions to make sure that they treat the people of their nations with
the respect and dignity that every human being is entitled to, and when it
comes to religious minorities in China, we had a conversation about how it is
that we hope the Chinese will treat their religious minorities, and our
concerns with respect to that,” Pompeo said.
said matters related to Xinjiang province are China’s internal affairs and
foreign countries have no right to interfere.
Chinese government attaches great importance to social and economic development
in Xinjiang and it has taken a host of measures to promote stability,
development, unity and people’s well-being, he said.
the same time, within the confines of law, the government has taken steps to
crack down on ethnic separatist activities and violent terrorist crimes to
safeguard national security and life and property of the people. These measures
have paid off,” Yang said.
now, Xinjiang enjoys social stability. Its economy is growing with a strong
momentum, and ethnic groups are existing with each other in harmony,” Yang
hoped that the United States could respect the fact and look at relevant
matters in an objective light, and stop interfering in China’s internal
affairs,” he said.
Tibet, ethnic minorities are having good relations, and their rights and
interests are protected. A lot of foreign people have been to Tibet and
Xinjiang. Facts are facts,” Yang said.
to Macron: Saudi Arabia cornerstone of stability in region
French presidential source revealed on Saturday that US President Donald Trump
assured French President Emmanuel Macron that Saudi Arabia is the cornerstone
of stability in the region.
President have met on Saturday in the Elysee Palace in Paris, ahead of the
commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the November 11, 1918
armistice, ending World War I.
French presidential source further said that president Trump confirmed to
president Macron during their meeting, his refusal to endanger Saudi Arabia’s
source explained, according to Al Arabiya news channel’s correspondent that
Trump’s position on Saudi Arabia is very firm and clear as he said that “this
country (Saudi Arabia) is the cornerstone of the region and a partner of
America and should not be subjected to any instability.”
for the US re-imposed sanctions on Iran, the French source revealed that
president Trump assured his French counterpart of the effectiveness of these
source also said that president Trump has called for a new agreement to ensure
that Iran does not obtain nuclear weapons.
for the Yemeni crisis, the French Presidential source said that both presidents
will push to lay the foundations for a political solution in Yemen.
application asking to change the use of Stafford House, in Bonnetts Lane,
Crawley, was before Horsham District Council’s planning committee on Tuesday
included proposals to extend the house and link it to a two-storey meeting
hall, which would be built on the same site.
committee had refused an almost identical application in January, with concerns
raised about traffic and the impact the plans would have on neighbouring homes.
officers recommending this latest application also be refused, they were
accused of being ‘hell bent on refusing this development on grounds that just
don’t hold water’.
accusation was made by Simon Brett, agent for the applicant, who told the
meeting that a letter had been circulated, encouraging objections ‘on grounds
that it is for a mosque’, which he felt was ‘verging on racist’.
words were given short shrift by the committee’s vice-chairman Liz Kitchen
(Con, Rusper & Colgate), who said: “I’d like to make it absolutely clear at
the beginning of this, as I did at the last meeting, that my objection to this
has got nothing to do with what the use is for. It has everything to do with
report put before the meeting explained that, for the past five years, the Shia
community had been renting community and leisure centres in Crawley when
hosting events, and was in need of a dedicated place of education and worship.
added: “While there are other mosques within Crawley, these are used by Sunni
Muslims who, although celebrating the same events within the Islamic calendar,
do not undertake prayers and meetings together.”
Andleeb Khan, a GP at the Courtyard Surgery, in Horsham, gave a heartfelt
account of problems with her mother’s funeral, brought about because the Shia
imam was not allowed into the Sunni mosques to conduct the service.
meeting was told that the application would not only provide a flat for the
imam, but also a preparation room where
bodies would be ceremonially washed and prepared prior to burial.
there was sympathy from the committee, it was pointed out that none of the
religious issues were planning matters.
Burgess (Con, Holbrook West) said: “I’ve got the deepest sympathy with the
applicant’s need for a place of worship and listened with some considerable
distress to some of the unfortunate events that it’s led to.
United States will continue to back the Saudi-led coalition waging war of
aggression against the people of Yemen, American journalist and political
analyst Stephen Lendman says.
reported this week that the Saudi-led coalition waging war on Yemen had
requested a cessation of joint military operations with US forces.
idea that the US will stop refueling Saudi warplanes is a bunch of baloney,”
Lendman said in an interview with Press TV on Saturday.
told the Iranian broadcaster that despite the news the war in Yemen would be
escalating to a new level.
war is not ending. It is escalating,” he said, adding, “The naked aggression on
Yemen would continue.”
author said that the war was being run by the Americans and the Saudi-led
forces were proxies. “The US is actively engaged in the war. It is a US war,
not a Saudi war. The Saudis and UAE are US proxies.”
said harming the Yemeni people was part of the strategy,” adding that, the
whole aggression – “including not treating diseases, including starving them,
including murdering them, including attacking residential neighborhood,
hospitals, schools, mosques, agricultural land, market places” -- was
orchestrated by the US, the UK, and France.
said the three countries were the main arms suppliers to Saudi Arabia and the
UAE. Washington, London and Paris' pursuit is weapons sales and perpetual war,
said the Saudi-led war and atrocities in Yemen would continue going on for one
main reason: ”America does not want to end it.”
Saudi scholar urged the U.S. to reconsider its support for Saudi Arabia after
the murder of a Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
an article titled “Why the U.S. Can’t Control MBS [Mohammad bin Salman]” for
the Foreign Affair Magazine, Madawi Al-Rasheed, a visiting professor at the
Middle East Centre of the London School of Economics, wrote: “The United States
could start by making its support for MbS conditional on his recognition of
people’s freedoms and the rule of law.
would help restrain a young power-grabbing prince who has so far displayed zero
respect for the international community and has severely violated diplomatic
trust, especially with Turkey,” Al-Rasheed added.
a Saudi national and columnist for The Washington Post, was killed Oct. 2
inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
weeks of denying involvement, the kingdom admitted Khashoggi had been killed at
the consulate but claimed the Saudi royal family had no prior knowledge of a
plot to murder him.
far, 18 people, including security officers, have been arrested in Saudi Arabia
in connection with the murder.
week, Turkish prosecutors announced preliminary findings that said Khashoggi
was strangled to death in a premeditated killing soon after he entered the
Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office said Khashoggi's body was disposed of
after being dismembered.
authorities have so far claimed no knowledge of the whereabouts of his remains.
new Saudi totalitarianism, which requires complete subservience and loyalty to
the crown prince, has culminated in the scandal of Khashoggi’s murder,”
if Khashoggi’s murder ends in nothing but business as usual from the United
States, this will not be the last horrific act we see.
Melbourne knife attacker was inspired by ISIS, police say
Somali-born man who set fire to a truck laden with gas cylinders in the center
of Melbourne and fatally stabbed one person was inspired by ISIS but did not
have direct links with the group, Australian police said on Saturday.
identified the man responsible for Friday’s attack as 30-year-old Hassan Khalif
Shire Ali and said he was radicalized and inspired by the militant group’s
propaganda. He was shot by police and died in hospital.
said Shire Ali’s Australian passport was cancelled in 2015 after an
intelligence report he planned to travel to Syria, but an assessment was made
that while he had radical views, he posed no threat to national security.
had claimed responsibility for the attack, which came two days before
Remembrance Day, marking 100 years since the end of World War One, without
providing any evidence.
think it is fair to say he (Shire Ali) was inspired. He was radicalized,”
Australian Federal Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Ian McCartney told
reporters in Melbourne.
not saying there was direct contact. We’re saying it was more from an
Minister Scott Morrison said the national terrorism advisory remained at
“probable”, the midpoint of a five-tier system, and told reporters in Sydney
that radical Islam was the issue.
need to call it out. Radical, violent, extremist Islam that opposes our very
way of life. I am the first to protect religious freedom in this country, but
that also means I must be the first to call out religious extremism,” he said.
attack began just before the evening rush hour and lasted only minutes. Shire
Ali stabbed bystanders and attacked police while his utility truck carrying
barbecue gas cylinders burned on busy Bourke Street.
cylinders did not explode and the fire was put out in 10 minutes, by which
point the attack was over, though not before one man was fatally stabbed.
said he was a 74-year-old man who worked in the city, but did not release his
name. Local media identified him as a restaurant owner.
shouldn’t happen in a city like Melbourne,” one witness who had returned to the
scene on Saturday told Reuters, crying. “I just want to forget it,” she said.
posted to Twitter and broadcast on television showed Shire Ali swinging a knife
at two police officers, while the truck burned in the background, before he
collapsed when one shot him in the chest.
state police said counter-terrorism investigators were searching two properties
in suburban Melbourne in connection with the attack, but there was no immediate
word on what the searches yielded.
one, a modest one-storey brick house on the city’s western fringe, armed officers
wearing masks stood guard outside.
Street also reopened on Saturday morning, and a Reuters reporter said there was
an increased police presence in the area.
staunch US ally, Australia has been on alert for such violence after a Sydney
cafe siege in 2014, and its intelligence agencies have stepped up scrutiny.
Victoria Police Commissioner Graham Ashton said there was no warning of the
said there was no longer a threat to the public, but that security would be
boosted at horse races and Remembrance Day memorials over the weekend.
could be recruiting in South Africa: Experts
expressed fear that Daesh might be recruiting in South Africa after prosecutors
accused 11 men recently arrested in the city of Durban of having links to the
Els, a researcher at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), told Anadolu
Agency past and present incidents point to the group’s intentions.
2016, a young girl from Cape Town was taken off a flight heading to Turkey
where she was going to transit to Syria and join the group (Daesh),” said Els.
said as number of recent events in Durban show Daesh could be actively
recruiting fighters to join them in the Middle East.
court in South Africa last month heard 11 men accused of attacking a Shia
mosque and placing explosives in multiple shopping malls in the coastal city of
Durban who were inspired by Daesh teachings.
prosecutors told a court in Verulam they found eight Daesh flags and
newsletters at the home of one of the suspects during a police raid.
alleged one of the men had a manual on how to make bombs and carry out
men, arrested in late September, are accused of stabbing three people at a
mosque in Verulam in May, killing one.
also reportedly placed explosives at major stores in shopping malls in Durban
in June and August in hopes of extorting money from owners.
security expert, who spoke on condition of anonymity, agrees Daesh might be
recruiting fighters but he does not think it is planning to attack South Africa
– a country with a 3 percent Muslim population in nation of 55 million.
Africa has a policy of tolerance and non-interference in affairs of other
nations which makes it everybody’s friend and a non-target,” he said, but
warned such a position could make the country a hub for terrorist groups to
at a conference in Johannesburg this week, Jasmine Opperman, a security expert
said South Africa is not on the radar of countries Daesh would want to attack,
but it is vulnerable to the group’s propaganda.
uses the Internet and newsletters to disseminate its propaganda, wooing
fighters and sympathizers.
2015, a group of South Africans who went to Daesh-held territories in Syria
returned despite authorities being aware of their return. They were not arrested.
Ibrahim Vawda, a researcher with the Johannesburg-based Media Review Network
(MRN), says he does not believe reports claiming Daesh is recruiting fighters
in the country.
African Muslims don’t support ISIS (Daesh) at all. What we are hearing is a
mere speculation,” he told Anadolu Agency.
said the arrested men should be viewed as innocent until they are proven guilty
by the court.
Muslim brothers arrested in Johannesburg in 2016 are still in prison, yet
authorities have failed to produce any evidence against them, he said.
Haram raided and burnt a remote community near Nigeria's northeast Maiduguri,
Borno provincial capital, forcing scores of residents to flee their homes.
insurgents attacked Bale Shuwa, a settlement few kilometers away from the city
center on Saturday night.
said the insurgents fired several gun shots into the community and set houses
on fire. The military immediately responded and the cross-fire forced scores of
residents living around the area at the city outskirts to flee their homes.
fled my home with my family because the situation was tense. I was afraidn that
anything could happen as Boko Haram and military exchanged gunshots,"
Aliyu Mahmud, a resident told Anadolu Agency in Maiduguri.
attack came barely an hour after a major shake up in the army which led to the
removal of the commander of the military counter-insurgency and terrorism
operation in the troubled northeast region, Maj. Gen. Abba Dikko.
Dikko, who was deployed to the northeast late July, has now been replaced by
Gen. Benson Akinroluyo, former General Commanding Officer (GOC) of an army
division in Nigeria's northeast central area.
Haram has stepped up attacks on communities and military bases in recent times
despite claims by army chief, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai that the insurgents were
"spent forces." There have been series of attacks around the Lake
Chad area with a few casualties from the military.
unprecedented number of US airstrikes against al-Shabaab in Somalia have caused
significant casualties without seriously weakening the Islamic extremist group,
US has conducted 29 airstrikes in Somalia against al-Shabaab this year. In
2017, the US conducted 27 strikes against the al-Qaida affiliate, which has
fought for almost a decade to impose its rigorous version of Islamic law on the
country. Four further strikes last year were directed at a small group of
fighters loyal to Islamic State in the east African country.
strikes against al-Shabaab have inflicted considerable casualties, with at
least 60 recruits dying in an attack on a training camp in Mudug province in
the centre of the country last month. But research published last week has
suggested that although the overall number of attacks by the extremists has
declined slightly, al-Shabaab is adapting to the increasingly lethal air
at the Mogadishu-based Hiraal Institute found that the group is conducting
fewer massed attacks on government bases but the numbers of strikes against
government offices and businesses that refuse to pay its taxes has increased markedly.
Hiraal Institute report said: “There was a more than a twofold increase in
bombings, suggesting that al-Shabaab made a conscious decision to switch to
bombings as its primary source of targeting the Somali government and its
allies as an efficient attack method that does not expose its men to attacks.”
Friday, a triple bombing in Mogadishu killed dozens. The attack targeted hotels
that had not paid protection money, security sources in the Somali capital
experts say the struggle against the insurgency has reached a stalemate.
Hussein Sheikh Ali, the executive director of the Hiraal Institute and a former
national security adviser, said: “Al-Shabab are definitely not getting stronger
but the government is not getting stronger either.
US has been very active and hitting very serious targets but holding territory
is very difficult.”
is clear that al-Shabaab is under pressure. The group has been extorting huge
sums from starving communities and forcibly recruiting hundreds of children as
soldiers and suicide bombers. This has been revealed in intelligence documents,
transcripts of interrogations with defectors and interviews conducted by the
Guardian, which also show that swaths of central and southern Somalia are
controlled by the extremists.
international analysts agree that the conflict is deadlocked. Bill Roggio, of
the Long War Journal, a specialist counter-terrorism website, wrote last month:
“Sustained attacks demonstrate that al-Shabaab retains the ability to launch conventional
offensives, in addition to its terrorist attack capability.
US military maintains that airstrikes “reduce al-Shabaab’s ability to plot
future attacks, disrupt its leadership networks and degrade its freedom of
manoeuvre within the region”.
deep humanitarian crisis is ongoing in Somalia. Rising insecurity and conflict
has caused further displacement in the Lower Shabelle region, the UN said.
than 34,000 people have fled the area since the beginning of August, joining
thousands more who fled earlier due to conflict, drought and floods. The
majority were women and children.
2.6 million people are displaced in Somalia and relief programmes remain
Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) is contemplating meeting pastoralist communities
and other parties to discuss insecurity, following an attack in Garissa County.
volunteer Ifran Adan was shot and wounded on Saturday morning after suspected
Al-Shabaab fighters opened gunfire on a vehicle in Ruqa.
other staff members - Mohamed Faud and Daniel Jilo (driver) - were not shot but
they suffered minor injuries as the driver sped off.
Hassan Musa, the KRCS regional coordinator, said they will not be discouraged
but that community discussions will help prevent such attacks.
we may not be the target, we shall meet the community and other stakeholders to
see how to tackle the insecurity issue together,” he told journalists at
Tawfique Hospital in Malindi, Kilifi County, where the casualties were taken.
Adan was shot at about 9am as the group travelled to Ijara from Masalani to
asses the organisation's projects.
to the press at the hospital where she was admitted, she said they heard
gunshots from a bush and realised she was shot after the driver sped off.
only thing that came to mind was our safety. I never imagined such could happen
to us," she said.
Jilo said he reversed and sped off after hearing the gunshots.
had driven about one and a half kilometers after dropping three passengers
along Masalani-Ijara road when we heard the shots," he said.
reversed and heard another gunshot from a different assailant.”
Jilo said he later picked the three passengers and drove to Masalani before the
vehicle broke down.
- The number of people who perished in the triple terrorist attacks in
Mogadishu on Friday has risen to 50 while 58 others are nursing injuries in
various city hospitals, police and medical sources said on Saturday. “More
bodies were found under the rubble and the death toll now stands at 50 people.
We don’t know if there are other people still under the rubble but we are
trying our best to recover those missing,” a police officer who requested
anonymity told Xinhua. The city’s main hospital Madina received majority of the
dead and injured from the blasts which rocked the central business district
area Friday. “We received 32 injured people while several others including the
dead were booked in other hospitals,” said Mohamed Yusuf, director of Madina
Hospital. Three huge blasts went off around KM 4 Junction Friday afternoon
which the militant group al-Shabab said was targeting Sahafi hotel which is
popular with politicians and was once a safe haven for journalists covering the
Somali civil war.
owner of the Sahafi hotel identified as Abdifatah Abdirashid was among those
killed. Abdirashid had inherited the hotel from his father who was killed in a
similar attack in 2015.
from the scene showed mangled wrecks of vehicles which were plying the route.
UN and other foreign countries have condemned the attacks which came barely a
month after Somalia marked one year since the October 14, 2017 truck bombing
which claimed over 500 lives.
the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has condemned the bombings on
Sahafi Hotel and CID headquarters in the restive capital, Mogadishu.
a statement issued in Mogadishu on Saturday, the AU mission vowed to intensify
its joint operations with the Somali government to degrade terrorists and other
also calls on the public to remain vigilant and work with the security forces
in preventing future senseless attacks by terrorists and restoring lasting
peace in Somalia,” it said.
jails more activists ahead of elections this month
has given jail terms, ranging from three to 10 years, to six more anti-regime
activists a week after sentencing opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman and two
of his colleagues to life in prison.
of the convicts received a 10-year sentence, while two others were sentenced to
five years each, and another to a three-year jail term, Bahrain’s Lulu TV
criminal court which issued the sentences on Saturday convicted them of
“receiving financial aid from terrorist groups.”
Sunday, a Bahraini court sentenced three senior opposition members, including
prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Ali Salman, to life imprisonment after overturning
a previous acquittal.
were charged with spying for Qatar in what Amnesty International called a
“travesty of justice.”
is already serving a four-year prison term for inciting hatred and insulting
the interior ministry, after his arrest in 2015.
was the secretary general of Bahrain's largest opposition party, the al-Wefaq
National Islamic Society (Waad). Courts in Bahrain, where the US Navy’s Fifth
Fleet is based, dissolved Waad last year, accusing it of helping to foster
violence and terrorism.
has barred members of dissolved opposition groups from running in parliamentary
elections due to be held later this month.
Al Khalifah regime has maintained a heavy-handed crackdown on protests since
the tiny Persian Gulf island was hit by an anti-regime uprising in 2011.
Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have been helping Manama in the crackdown.
So far scores of demonstrators have been killed and hundreds of others are in
have used numerous tactics, ranging from serious abuse to stripping dissidents
of their citizenship, including the country's most prominent Shia cleric
Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim.
to retaliate against Israeli aggression on Lebanon: Nasrallah
secretary general of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement says his fellow
fighters will not hesitate to respond proportionately to any Israeli act of
aggression against the Arab country.
will retaliate against any attack on Lebanon. We will not accept any enemy
aggression against our country,” Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said as he addressed
his supporters via a televised speech broadcast live from the Lebanese capital
Beirut on Saturday afternoon.
also praised sacrifices made by resistance fighters, stressing that their
heroic actions had helped Hezbollah score glorious victories.
martyrs’ blood protected our land, so did the ‘Golden Formula’ and Hezbollah’s
missile capabilities. Our strength point is missile power because the Lebanese
army is forbidden from acquiring state-of-the-art missiles and military
hardware,” Nasrallah pointed out.
Hezbollah chief then censured attempts by certain regional states to normalize
diplomatic relations with the Israeli regime.
Palestinians, don’t grieve at normalization bids! What had been going on behind
the scenes for long is now taking place blatantly and unashamedly. The current
normalization attempts will put an end to Arab hypocrisy, and will tear off the
masks of deceivers and hypocrites,” Nasrallah said.
further noted that demonstrations in the Israeli-besieged Gaza Strip, which are
dubbed “The Great March of Return” and demand the right to return for the
Palestinians driven out of their homeland, filled our hearts with hope that
Palestinians would not give in to pressure at all.
the Syrian people and government not withstood pressure by Tel Aviv, we would
have been witness to (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu marching in
Damascus,” Nasrallah said.
Hezbollah secretary general also lauded Iran’s stance vis-à-vis the Palestinian
issue, stating that sanctions against the Islamic Republic will have no effect
on the movement.
also criticized the international community for its outcry over the murder of
prominent Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed after
visiting the kingdom’s consulate in Turkey’s largest city of Istanbul on
October 2, while turning a blind eye to Saudi crimes and atrocities in
Hezbollah chief also described a demand by US President Donald Trump’s
administration for a ceasefire in Yemen as a hoax, stating that doubts
surrounded the timing of such a call.
called upon Yemeni people to remain patient and persevere as they are very
close to victory.
strongly condemned the recent life sentence handed down to prominent Bahraini
Shia cleric and opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman, saying the Appeals Court’s
decision to overturn his acquittal proved the ruling Al Khalifah regime was
oppressive. Turning to the formation of a new national unity government in
Lebanon, he said Hezbollah was right to demand 10 ministerial shares, and that
its share of six ministers in the next Lebanese administration did not reflect
its parliamentary, political and popular size.
then underlined that the six “independent” Sunni lawmakers, who were insisting
on being represented in the next government, had prevented the transformation
of the political stalemate in Lebanon into a sectarian crisis.
- Jihadists have killed at least eight Syrian government troops near a planned
buffer zone around the country’s last major rebel bastion, a monitor said on
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack took place late on Friday
in the north of Hama province near the planned buffer zone around rebel-held
territory in neighbouring Idlib. The attack was led by fighters of Hayat Tahrir
al-Sham, an alliance led by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda branch which is the
dominant force in Idlib, the Britain-based monitoring group said. “An assault
by HTS targeted a Syrian regime position on the outskirts of the de-militarised
zone” and was followed by clashes in which eight regime forces were killed,
Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. Two jihadists also died. The
de-militarised zone was announced by rebel backer Ankara and Damascus ally
Moscow in September to separate government troops from rebel fighters in Idlib
and adjacent areas. Under the deal, the rebels were supposed to have removed
all heavy weapons from the buffer zone by October 10 but skirmishes have
continued to pit regime forces against jihadists and other insurgents on the
factions have said they withdrew their heavy weapons from the zone but HTS and
other hardline groups have refused to pull out their fighters.
deadly jihadist assault came hours after government troops killed 23 fighters
of a formerly US-backed rebel group inside the planned buffer zone.
and some adjacent areas are the last major rebel bastion in Syria, where the
Russian-backed government has in recent months retaken much of the territory it
had lost since the civil war erupted.
had threatened an assault on rebel territory around Idlib, which is home to
some three million people, but the truce deal struck by Russia and Turkey
organisations had warned that a fully-fledged offensive on Idlib could spark
the worst humanitarian catastrophe of the civil war so far.
news reported that the Kurdish units targeted a position of Faylaq al-Sham in
the village of al-Mohammadiyah in Jandaris region in Northwestern Aleppo,
killing 5 gunmen of Fayalq and Military Police, both affiliated to the Turkish
Army, and injuring 6 more.
further added that other Kurdish units attacked a position of Sultan Murad
militants in Central Afrin, killing 3 and wounding 4 more severely.
news reported on Thursday that infighting among terrorists of Ahrar
al-Sharqiyeh and other elements of Jeish al-Islam intensified in al-Sanaeh
district and Kaveh square in Central Afrin in Western Aleppo when they
disagreed over their share of people's plundered properties.
of terrorists were killed and wounded from both sides, the news outlet said.
news also reported heavy clashes among Ankara-backed militants on the road to
Amara village in Mubata region and Joqeh village in the Center of Afrin as well
as clashes on Qatal Jundo road.
all shops and businesses were closes and people refrained from leaving their
Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted residents of the town of Jisr
al-Shughour in the demilitarized zone in Western Idlib as disclosing that
Tahrir al-Sham and Turkistani Islamic Party have staged a parade with their
tanks, cannons and heavy machineguns.
went on to say that over 500 terrorists took part in the military parade that
covered Jisr al-Shughour and several villages and small towns in the region.
report said that Jaber Ali Basha, a commander of Ahrar al-Sham affiliated to
the National Liberation Front, called on the other terrorist groups to prepare
and join a heavy attack on the army in Idlib province.
reported on Friday that Tahrir al-Sham and Turkistani party transferred a total
sum of 4 cylinders of chlorine gas from a warehouse of Tahrir al-Sham near Jisr
al-Shughour hospital to the small towns of al-Ziyarah and al-Mansourah in
al-Ghaab Plain in Northwestern Hama that is in the demilitarized zone mentioned
in Sochi Agreement.
said that the poisonous gas cargos were delivered to al-Turkistani and Liwa
Soqour al-Ghaab militants affiliated to the National Liberation Front, adding
that terrorists are preparing to launch a false-flag chemical attack to accuse
the Syria Army of kicking off such attacks against militants in Northern and
Northwestern Hama in coming days.
Syrian government has protested to the United Nations about an air strike by
the US-led coalition against ISIS extremist group which it said killed 26
civilians in Hajin in the eastern Deir al-Zor region, state media reported on
about reports of air strikes in that area on Friday, the coalition’s spokesman
said it had “successfully struck and destroyed an ISIS observation post and
staging area in Hajin, void of civilians at the time”.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 41 people, including 17 children, had
been killed in two waves of coalition air strikes on Friday in Hajin and the
nearby village of al-Shafa on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.
said the casualties were mostly Iraqi and family members of ISIS fighters.
coalition is supporting the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in an attempt
to defeat ISIS in the area it controls near the border with Iraq.
state media said the foreign ministry had written to the UN secretary general
and the president of the security council about “the crime” in Hajin.
President Michel Aoun said on Saturday that a solution would be found to a
political row that has blocked the formation of a new national unity government
for more than six months since a general election in May.
country is in dire need of a government able to implement economic reforms that
the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says are necessary.
last sticking point surrounds Sunni Muslim representation in the country’s
cabinet where the 30 seats must be allocated along sectarian lines.
dominant Shiite Muslim group Hezbollah says one of its Sunni allies must be
represented in the government to reflect the gains they made in the election.
Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri, who is Lebanon’s main Sunni politician
and enjoys Western backing, has ruled out allocating any of his cabinet seats
Hezbollah-allied Sunnis are also known for their close ties to the Syrian
government of President Bashar al-Assad.
said no effort would be spared to resolve the problem.
matter requires bravery and patience to reach the end, but we will find the
solution because waiting is a waste of time,” a statement from the presidency
cited Aoun as saying in a meeting with the head of the Melkite Greek Catholic
statement from Hezbollah on Saturday said the group’s leader, Sayyed Hassan
Nasrallah, had met with Aoun’s son-in-law a close advisor and outgoing foreign
minister Gebran Bassil to discuss the formation of a government and efforts “to
resolve the complications”.
heads the Free Patriotic Movement, the party established by Aoun.
leader Walid Jumblatt on Friday voiced fears for Lebanon’s currency if the
politicians have often warned of the risk of an economic crisis in Lebanon,
public expressions of concern for the currency are rare. Lebanon is
experiencing stagnant economic growth and has the world’s third largest public
debt to GDP ratio.
Syrian government has demanded an independent and international mechanism to
investigate the crimes being perpetrated against civilians by the US-led
coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.
Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, in two separate letters
addressed to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the rotating
president of the UN Security Council Ma Zhaoxu on Saturday, stated that the
Friday airstrikes by the US-led coalition against the eastern town of Hajin
near the Iraqi border, which claimed the lives of at least 26 local civilians,
including 14 children, once again exposed Washington’s false claims of
combating terrorism and revealed that the military alliance had no respect
whatsoever for the lives of innocent people and international law.
letters added that the US-led coalition’s goals were to kill as many Syrian
people as possible, further destroy Syria’s infrastructure, undermine the
country’s future, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and hinder a political
settlement of the ongoing crisis.
these attempts constitute a blatant violation of all United Nations Security
Council resolutions on Syria,” the Syrian foreign ministry said.
the United States and its allies continue to commit war crimes and crimes
against humanity, the Security Council has maintained an awkward silence and
failed to take any measure to stop these misdeeds,” it pointed out.
Syrian foreign ministry highlighted that the Damascus government had on several
occasions pointed to the US-led coalition’s systematically barbaric attacks
against innocent civilians, and its use of internationally banned weapons,
including white phosphorus bombs.
ministry then called on the UN Security Council to shoulder its
responsibilities, and propose an independent and international mechanism to
help stop the coalition’s crimes, investigate them and punish their
US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against what are said to be
Daesh targets inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from
the Damascus government or a UN mandate.
The Houthi militia “information minister” has fled Yemen and sought refuge in
Saudi Arabia, his counterpart in the Yemeni government said on Saturday.
Ali Gaber is the most senior member of the Houthi regime to defect since war broke
out in 2014. He arrived in Saudi Arabia with his family after they fled Sanaa,
the Yemeni capital, said Yemen’s Information Minister Moammer Al-Iryani.
Yemeni government forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition took control of the
main hospital in Hodeidah on Saturday as they continued the offensive to
recapture the Red Sea port city from the Houthis.
International had accused the Houthis of “deliberate militarization” of the
hospital after they deployed snipers on its roof.
battles raged in the city’s east between the Houthis and government forces
backed by airstrikes and helicopters. “The battles here are turning into street
fighting,” a government official said.
Saudi-led coalition said on Saturday it no longer required US inflight
refueling for its warplanes in Yemen. “The Kingdom and the coalition have
increased their capability to independently conduct inflight refueling,” the
A Syrian woman captured by Daesh said her eight-year-old son died in her lap
after the extremists shot him and his cousin during a military operation to
liberate them more than 100 days after they were kidnapped.
Abu Ammar, 35, was kidnapped with her two sons and daughter and nearly two
dozen others in July from southern Sweida province in a bloody attack on their
villages in which the militants killed over 200 people.
a military operation began to liberate them on Thursday, the children panicked
during the gunfire, she said.
son Rafaat and his 13-year-old cousin Qusay ran and the militants fired at
were in the open air at the bottom of a valley as the clashes raged between the
army and gunmen,” she said.
my son tried to run away, they (Daesh militants) shot him. He was in my lap
when he died.”
cousin Qusay bled to death after nearly five hours, Abu Ammar said.
am very very sad,” she said in a telephone interview through a crackling line
from her remote village of Shbiki. “I am tired.”
large funeral procession for the two children set out on Saturday from the
national hospital in Sweida to their village, about 30 km to the east.
is the sin of those innocent children, who should now be in their classrooms,”
Monzer Al-Shoufi, a resident of Sweida who took part in the procession, told AP
family of Abu Ammar suffered another loss in the kidnapping — Rafaat’s
grandmother was killed on the day of the abductions.
Abu Ammar, Rafaat’s father, said his mother was among those kidnapped by the
militants, who forced the elderly, sick woman to walk about 4 km. When she
failed to continue, they shot her dead.
rare attacks in the province populated mainly by minority Druze included
several suicide bombings. The violence on July 25 devastated the community and
shattered the region’s calm. At least 216 people were killed and the militants
walked away with the captives.
Abu Ammar said about 20 of those killed were close relatives and 60 others were
Abu Ammar said the captors held the group in different hideouts, including a
camp and a cave, and once kept them in a moving car for over 12 hours, the
captives not knowing where they were headed.
militants fed them sporadically and beat and insulted the children. They didn’t
torture them, Abu Ammar said, but started threatening to kill them as time
least two women and one man died in captivity, including a woman who was shot
by the extremists to pressure authorities in negotiations for the captives’
Ammar’s husband said she looked frail.
they fed us once every two days and other times twice every day,” Abu Ammar
said, adding that it was mostly just olive oil, thyme and jam.
held us first in a camp then a cave and kept moving us from one place to the
other,” she said.
Ammar said she didn’t know about the killed hostages until they were liberated.
other hostages, two women and four children, had been freed in an exchange with
the regime in October. Negotiations were expected to free the remaining
hostages but talks failed and Syrian troops launched a broad offensive against
Daesh in southern Syria.
a war monitoring group and pro-Assad media accused the US-led coalition of
killing over two dozen civilians in airstrikes in Hajjin, a town in
southeastern Syria near the border with Iraq, Daesh’s last stronghold.
Col. Sean Ryan told AP in an email that the US-led coalition “successfully
struck (and) destroyed” a Daesh observation post and staging area in Hajjin
“void of civilians at the time.”
said the coalition team in charge of tracking civilians reviews claims of
civilian casualties they see in media reports.
Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 26 people,
believed to be members of Daesh families, were killed in Hajjin and another
seven were killed in Shafaa in airstrikes on Friday.
Observatory said the dead were mostly women and children and were mostly
state news agency reported 26 killed, quoting locals.
Daesh group posted a rare video from inside Hajjin showing badly destroyed
homes, bodies protruding from under rubble and dust still rising from some
US-led coalition and local allies have been battling Daesh on the eastern banks
of the Euphrates River.
Street attack: Scott Morrison slammed for Islam remarks
Minister Scott Morrison has been slammed for his remarks singling out radical
Islam in the wake of the Bourke Street terror attack.
MP and counter-terrorism expert Anne Aly said the PM’s response to the events
in Melbourne was ignorant and “politically desperate”, after he called Islamic
extremism the greatest threat to Australia’s national security.
is no country that is immune to the threat of terrorism,” Dr Aly told Sky News.
don’t care how politically desperate you are, now is not the right time to
divide the community.”
a press conference yesterday, Mr Morrison said he could not speak of Friday’s
attack in Melbourne, which left an innocent man dead, two others stabbed and a
car bomb driven into the CBD, without naming the threat of “radical, violent,
extremist Islam” behind it.
terrorist Khalif Shire Ali, 30, had links to Islamic State and had been
radicalised, according to police.
in Australia, we would be kidding ourselves if we did not call out the fact
that the greatest threat of religious extremism in this country is the radical
and dangerous ideology of extremist Islam,” Mr Morrision said.
Dr Aly, a Professorial Fellow and former Associate Professor at Curtin
University, said Mr Morrison needed to do “a little bit of terrorism 101 … and
know what he’s talking about before he starts dividing communities and pointing
fingers at radical Islam.”
violent jihadism has been the predominant aspect of the religious wave of
terrorism (of) the last 40 years or so (but) is it the biggest threat here in
Australia in terms of violence and victims of violence? The biggest victims of
violence in Australia aren’t victims of violent terrorism, they are victims of
we look at all forms of violence, violence perpetrated by violent jihadists —
or radical Islam as the Prime Minister wants to put it — pales in comparison to
the number of women who are being killed every week in domestic and partner
Aly said Mr Morrison had also missed an important distinction between cognitive
extremism and behavioural extremism.
every researcher, every academic, every practitioner and every person in law
enforcement knows that being extreme doesn’t always necessarily lead to
violence,” she said.
fact we have many case of people have become violent but have not shown a
process of extremism or radicalisation. We also have examples of people who are
extreme, who we may consider holding extreme beliefs, extreme world views who
have never become violent.”
Morrison yesterday told Australians to “keep being yourselves, keep being
urging Islamic religious leaders to protect their communities to ensure
“dangerous teachings and ideologies” didn’t spread in Australia.
must be proactive, they must be alert and they must call this out in their
communities,” he said, adding the government and wider community needed to work
respectfully with them.
Dr Aly said singling out Muslim leaders to do more was a cheap political shot.
Prime Minister is coming out and doing these three-word slogans and these
shorthand platitudes and making these comments that the Muslim community needs
to do more … they are doing more,” she said.
do more every time there is a terrorist attack. Time to change tact … instead
of using the same old political lines to make a political point and politicise
a very, very tragic event.”
Federal Police yesterday revealed Shire Ali was known to authorities for his
extremist views, and had had his passport cancelled in 2015 following an
attempt to travel to Syria. But he was not considered a national security
threat went unmonitored after that time.
national manager of counter-terrorism Ian McCartney admitted the Bourke Street
attack had come as a wake-up call to authorities.
event yesterday for us is a reality check, even with the fall of the Caliphate
… the threat continues to be real,” he said.
restranteur Sisto Malaspina, co-owner of Melbourne’s iconic Pellegrino’s
espresso bar, stabbed to death just a few hundred metres from the premises
after trying to assist Shire Ali when he stepped out of a burning car on Bourke
Street on Friday afternoon.
others were also stabbed before Shire Ali was filmed lunging wildly at police
with a knife. He was shot by a junior officer and later died in hospital.
- Tirana has banned 52 Greek nationals from entering the country over what it
labelled their “extremist” behaviour at the funeral of an ethnic Greek man
killed by Albanian police, an official said late Friday.
52 were banned as their “intolerable manifestation of extremism harms Albania’s
sovereignty, national and public security,” deputy interior minister Aleksander
Lleshaj told reporters. In Athens, the Greek foreign ministry said it expected
“meaningful clarifications” over the move.
this sensitive moment we expect the Albanian side to desist from actions and
statements that further charge the atmosphere in our bilateral relations,” the
ministry said in a statement. The 52 were among hundreds of people, many from
Greece, who attended the funeral of Konstantinos Katsifas on Thursday.
35-year-old, who had both Greek and Albanian passports, was killed during a
shootout with police in Bularat, a village in southeastern Albania, on October
the funeral, many mourners, carrying white-and-blue Greek flags, chanted
“Konstantinos, you are alive and leading us!”
is Greek!” and “Blood is calling us, set Albanians on fire!”
described Katsifas as a Greek “extremist” who had fired a Kalashnikov in the
air in the centre of the village, near a ceremony being held to commemorate
Greek soldiers who fought in World War II.
30-minute shootout ensued after police tried to apprehend him.
said the loss of life was “unacceptable” and requested a full investigation,
while some Greek nationalist groups have protested against the killing,
firebombing an Albanian tourism office in Athens.
every country ... it is very well known what happens if one stands against
police,” Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati said in a statement Friday.
said the “extremism manifested during the funeral in Bularat ... harms the
friendship between the two people.”
treatment of Albania’s ethnic Greeks has long strained bilateral relations.
size of the ethnic Greek minority in Albania, concentrated in the south, is
disputed. A 2011 census put it at 25,000 out of an overall population of 2.8
600,000 Albanians have also emigrated to Greece since the fall of communism
almost 30 years ago.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday attended a dinner hosted by his French
counterpart Emmanuel Macron at Paris' Orsay Museum.
dinner was attended by heads of states, governments and international
institutions and their spouses who came to the French capital to join in events
marking the centenary of the end of World War I.
the dinner, Erdogan met Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Qatari Emir
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.
talked with Macron and his wife Brigitte as well as Merkel.
also talked with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Bosniak member of the
tripartite Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bakir Izzetbegovic, Libyan
Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
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