Hindu Parishad’s ‘Dharma Sabha’ is being touted as the largest congregation of
‘Ram bhakts’ in Ayodhya since the 1992 ‘kar seva’
Says Namaz on Grabbed Land Not Acceptable, Tells Muslims to Handover Land For
Calm Grips Muslim Areas in Ayodhya, Many Move Out
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tightened in Ayodhya
Hindu Parishad’s ‘Dharma Sabha’ is being touted as the largest congregation of
‘Ram bhakts’ in Ayodhya since the 1992 ‘kar seva’, with the Hindu outfit
claiming a large number of people will attend it.
congregation is happening less than two weeks ahead of the 26th anniversary of
the demolition of the 16th century Babri Mosque that had triggered unrest in
this pilgrim town and riots in other parts of India.
are the updates:
tells Muslims to handover land for Ram temple
in the Dharma Sabha tells Muslims to handover land for Ram temple before BJP’s
move for ordinance or else they will include demand for Kashi, Mathura and
Dharma Sabha resolves
Hindu Parishad’s Dharma Sabha resolves for construction of Ram temple. The
organisation has not come up with any deadline and there is no demand for an
Hindu Parishad’s Dharma Sabha resolves for construction of Ram temple (HT
from intelligence agencies have been deployed: ADG (law and order)
received alert by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) a few days back, it was a
non-specific alert. Action is being take. People from intelligence agencies
under state government and centre have been deployed there and are monitoring
the situation, says ADG (law and order) on input by IB of an attack in Ayodhya.
want Ayodhya, Kashi and Mathura: RSS
Gopal of RSS says Hindus want Ayodhya, Kashi and Mathura. We will follow
whatever decision is taken at this Dharma Sabha.
cameras being used to assess crowd: ADG (law and order)
(law and order) says heavy deployment of CAPF(Central Armed Police Forces),
PAC(Provincial Armed Constabulary), ATS(Anti-Terrorism Squad) has been
done.Drone cameras being used to assess crowd. 13 parking spots have been
designated, 2000 buses from various places have come to Ayodhya.
has been divided into red and yellow zones: Police
has been divided into zones and security scheme has been implemented, says
jam at Lucknow- Gorakhpur highway
jam at Toll plazas located on Lucknow- Gorakhpur highway.
jam at Toll plazas located on Lucknow- Gorakhpur highway. (HT Photo)
presence of police
is almost negligible presence of cops. Only RAF personnel are regulating
traffic movement on the Faizabad- Ayodhya highway.
from Barabanki district have come to attend rally
from as far as Barabanki district have also come to attend the rally. Slogans
like ‘Baccha Baccha Ram Ka, Janmabhoomi ka kaam ka’, ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and
‘Jai Sri Ram’ are being raised by people arriving for the rally.
2 lakh people have already reached rally venue
is constant movement of people from adjoining areas to the VHP’s Dharma Sabha
at Bade Bhakt Mahal in Ayodhya. Around 2 lakh people have already reached the
rally venue. People are still coming on bikes, pick-up vans, school buses,
trucks and cars.
2 lakh people have already reached the rally venue. (HT Photo)
Lalla is in lock up: VHP
Lalla is in lock up and we have to take him out to a magnificent temple.
Ramanujacharya fire of 1992 has not died down, says VHP.
is a pilgrimage of the Hindus: VHP
is a pilgrimage of the Hindus, so only a temple should be constructed here.
There is no name of Babri masjid in India. Some will try to mislead the Hindus,
on grabbed land not acceptable: VHP
on grabbed land not acceptable. This land was taken by force. No one should
test our patience, says Champat Rai.
do not want division of land: VHP
do not want division of land. We want the entire land. Government of India
should fulfil its commitment, says Champat Rai.
for Ram temple is continuing for 490 years: VHP
intellectuals think Ram temple issue is over with demotion of Babri masjid,
says VHP vice president Champat Rai. The fight for Ram temple is continuing for
cameras deployed at the venue
cameras deployed for security at the venue.
Dharma Sabha begins
Dharma Sabha begins with chanting of Vedic hymns.
security at the Vishwa Hindu Parishad venue
security at the Vishwa Hindu Parishad venue for Virat Dharma Sabha.
Balasaheb been alive, he would have prevented Uddhav: UP Deputy CM
is no problem in Uddhav Thackeray catching a glimpse of Ram Lalla... But, had
Balasaheb Thackeray been alive, he would have prevented Uddhav from doing
whatever he is doing, Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya
told news agency PTI.
temple will definitely be built: Uddhav
government needs to understand that if the Ram temple is not built, they might
not come back to power. But the temple will definitely be built, says
play with the sentiments of the Hindus: Uddhav
the matter is under legal jurisdiction, then the party should not use it as a
poll plank.I have come here to say this only that don’t play with the
sentiments of the Hindus, says Uddhav.
should be constructed at the earliest: Uddhav
Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray says temple should be constructed at the earliest.
have no hidden agenda in coming to Ayodhya: Uddhav Thackeray
who blessed me yesterday,I had told them that the work which we are about to
begin can’t be done without their blessings.I have no hidden agenda in coming
to Ayodhya.I have come to express sentiments of all Indians and Hindus across
the world.All are waiting for Ram Temple, says Thackeray.
security near Hanuman Gadi Temple
security near Hanuman Gadi Temple and Ram Janm Bhoomi in Ayodhya.
security near Hanuman Gadi Temple and Ram Janmbhoomi in Ayodhya (HT Photo)
recovers a weapon from a Bajrang Dal activist
recovers a weapon from a Bajrang Dal activist near Ram Janmbhoomi.
workers leaving for Ayodhya from Gorakhpur
Hindu Parishad workers are leaving for Ayodhya from Gorakhpur.
Hindu Parishad workers are leaving for Ayodhya from Gorakhpur. (HT Photo)
returns to the hotel after visiting the Ram Mandir
Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray visits Ram Mandir, set to address media shortly.
Yuva Vahini volunteers going to Ayodhya
of Hindu Yuva Vahini (raised by Yogi Adityanath in 2002) going to Ayodhya from
neighbouring Basti district.
of Hindu Yuva Vahini are going to Ayodhya from neighbouring Basti district. (HT
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on Indo-Nepal border
on India-Nepal border in Bahraich and Siddharthnagar district as large number
of people from Nepal are also going to Ayodhya to participate in the VHP Dharma
changing to Raja Ram Chandra ki Jai
changing to Raja Ram Chandra ki Jai, Har Har Mahadev and Jai Sri Ram. Security
allowing entry only in small numbers.
conch shells and raising Jai Ram slogans
conch shells and raising Jai Ram slogans, the people including devotees and VHP
workers are reaching the entry point to the make shift temple.
queue for ‘darshan’ at make shift temple
are coming in large numbers for ‘darshan’ at the make shift temple.
Sena workers are reaching Ram janmbhoomi at a makeshift temple in large numbers
before arrival of Udhav Thackeray.
volunteers started reaching Ayodhya from last night
carrying Vishwa Hindu Parishad volunteers started reaching Ayodhya on Saturday
diverting all vehicles
stopping and diverting all vehicles, even media vehicles are not being allowed.
Those in Ayodhya are also finding it difficult to come to other side.
has been tightened in Ayodhya ahead of the separate events of Shiv Sena and VHP
being organised in the city today over the matter of Ram Temple.
Security has been tightened in Ayodhya ahead
of the separate events of Shiv Sena and VHP being organised in the city today
over the matter of #RamTemple.
calm grips Muslim areas in Ayodhya, many move out
sense of uneasiness shrouds Muslim-dominated areas of Ayodhya and adjoining
districts ahead of Sunday’s Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Dharm Sabha, despite
the presence of large police teams.
large-scale mobilisation of VHP volunteers has jogged memories of the communal
violence that erupted in 1992 when the Babri Masjid was razed, said Iqbal
Ansari, a party to the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit in the Supreme
much so that several Muslim families settled in Alambagh Katra locality of the
temple town have shifted their women and children to safer places, he said.
way to instil confidence among minorities would be deploy central paramilitary
forces, he added.
VHP is organising foot marches and motorcycle rallies that will pass through
Muslim settlements in Ayodhya and adjoining districts.
slogans being raised by these volunteers might instigate members of the other
community to react,” said Ansari.
and roads leading to Ayodhya, apart from neighbouring Gonda, Barabanki, Basti,
Sultanpur, Ambedkar Nagar and Rae Bareli districts, have a large proportion of
(law and order) Anand Kumar told HT superintendents of police of all districts
have been directed to deploy extra forces in communally sensitive areas as well
as areas dominated by the minority community. Police have also been told to
monitor VHP rallies in urban and rural areas, he said, adding that strict
action will be taken against those who violate the law.
Awadh unit leader Hari Agarwal said volunteers have been directed to take out
rallies peacefully and not raise slogans while passing through
Prasad, a resident of Wazeerganj locality in Ayodhya, said though police
contingents had been deployed, people were anxious as violence had erupted
during earlier such gatherings. People have stocked up on food supplies and
other essentials, he said.
Dharamdas, a party from the Hindu side in the title dispute case, said rumours
were flying fast and furious as hordes of Shiv Sena and VHP workers were
arriving in the temple town. An uneasy calm was prevailing, he said.
what measures had been taken to counter rumours, ADG Kumar said the state
police had raised a team of digital volunteers to monitor social media. Police
officers have been asked to hold press briefings and the district
administration told to make regular announcements on public address system to
calm sentiments, he said.
district police officer said adequate forces have been deployed to maintain law
and order but the main challenge would be when the crowds start returning to
their respective districts.
have been directed to streamline movement of people after the rally, he said.
Gupta, the Ayodhya ADM, said section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code has
been imposed restricting assembly of more than four people. People will be
permitted to have darshan in batches. Security personnel have been directed to
frisk visitors, he said.
ASP Sanjay Kumar said policemen have been directed to remain vigilant in
bordering areas of the district as majority of the participants will be moving
towards Ayodhya by road.
leader Kashemi terms EC directive on waz mahfil anti-Islam, anti-constitution
Jamiat Ulama-E-Islam Bangladesh secretary general Nur Hossain Kashemi, also
Hefazat-e-Islam nayeb-e-amir, on Saturday alleged that the Election
Commission’s direction of not holding waz mahfils before the upcoming elections
was anti-Islam and anti-constitution.
made the allegation through a statement, signed by Jamiat Ulama-E-Islam
Bangladesh publicity secretary Jainul Abedin.
the statement, Kashemi alleged that the EC had been working following the
government’s order and it was proved through the EC’s directives about holding
said that the EC was trying to develop an anti-Islam mindset among people and
religious scholars would not obey the EC’s directives.
said that the EC’s directive was a part of the government’s multiple steps
against Islam and the Muslims.
such directive before elections unprecedented, he said that the EC was trying
to make the government stay in power through violating the civil rights and
stopping discussion in favour of justice.
alleged that the EC had given such directive as they thought that discussion on
justice and ideals of Islam in waz mahfils might go against the government.
November 19, the EC gave instructions to the returning officers across the
country not to allow any waz mahfil before the upcoming general elections,
rescheduled to be held on December 30.
Pakistan on Saturday detained scores of protesters in a continuing crackdown
against followers of a hardline Islamic cleric who led three days of protests
over blasphemy laws and whose arrest overnight triggered violent clashes with
of cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi's Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP) party had shut down
major cities in protest earlier this month at the acquittal of a Christian
woman who had spent eight years on death row on blasphemy charges.
least five people were wounded in last night's clashes between Rizvi's supporters
and police in the eastern city of Lahore after police arrested the cleric on
spokesman for the Punjab chief minister's office said Rizvi's
second-in-command, Afzal Qadri, had also been detained.
Qadri and Khadim Rizvi have been sent to jail. Qadri has been admitted to the
jail's hospital. A crackdown is underway across Punjab against TLP
activists," Shahbaz Gill told Reuters.
Minister Fawwad Chaudhry said on Twitter that Rizvi had been placed in
protective custody after he refused to withdraw a call for further protests on
to safeguard public life, property and order," he said.
had urged his supporters to take to the streets if he was arrested. Late on
Friday his son said he had been taken away in a raid on his religious school,
or madrassa, in Lahore.
police document seen by Reuters listed 10 other leaders of Rizvi's group who
had also been detained.
leaders had threatened the Supreme Court judges who acquitted Asia Bibi -
urging their cooks and servants to kill them.
the group called off protests following negotiations with the government and an
agreement to open a review of the court's decision on Bibi.
is unclear whether Rizvi will appear before a court to face charges. Pakistan
has detained Islamist leaders in the past but failed to keep them in custody.
and her family are in hiding after her release. She was convicted in 2010 for
allegedly making derogatory remarks about Islam after neighbours objected to
her drinking water from their glass because she was not Muslim. She has always
denied committing blasphemy.
2011, a bodyguard assassinated Punjab provincial governor Salman Taseer after
he began pushing for Bibi's acquittal. The TLP was founded out of a movement
that supported the assassin, Mumtaz Qadri.
at the 31st session of the International Conference of Latin American and
Caribbean Muslims called for rejecting extremism and terrorism and upholding
universal Islamic principles in order to preserve the spirit of Islamic
tradition and correct misconceptions.
conference, organized by the Islamic Dawah Center in Latin America and the
Caribbean in cooperation with the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and
Guidance, was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, under the theme: “Teaching Arabic in
Latin American and Caribbean countries.” It was attended by some 400 scholars
and religious figures from 50 countries.
Saudi deputy minister of Islamic affairs, call and guidance delivered a speech
by Minister Dr. Sheikh Abdullatif bin Abdul Aziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Sheikh
underscoring that the Kingdom’s participation in the conference reflects its
support for initiatives that serve Arab and Islamic communities and contribute
to human coexistence and community building.
stressed the Kingdom’s resolve to help spread correct Islamic knowledge and
combat extremism and terrorism through various forums, including colleges,
universities, foundations, centers and intellectual associations at home and
also highlighted Riyadh’s steadfast political and economic support for
Palestine in global forums, both directly and through international
thanked Brazil’s government for hosting the conference. He praised the country
as a role model for tolerance, coexistence and openness to receiving
immigrants, including from Arab communities, and granting them the opportunity
ben Ali Saifi, head of the Islamic Dawah Center in Latin America and the
Caribbean, lauded Saudi efforts to serve Islam and Muslims, and support Muslim
conference is an expression of the Kingdom’s support for preserving Islamic
values and identity worldwide, he said.
Al-Zaban, Palestinian ambassador to Brazil, underscored the conference’s
importance in helping the Muslim community preserve its cohesion by
strengthening and maintaining the use of the Arabic language.
government officials said the conference sheds light on Islam as a religion of
tolerance, compassion and peace.
Al-Habbash, adviser to the Palestinian president, called for the preservation
of Arab and Islamic values and identity, saying the conference’s
recommendations should be implemented so as to help spread awareness of the importance
of the Arabic language.
Mohammed Al-Bashari, secretary-general of the World Council of Muslim
Communities, highlighted Saudi efforts to support Muslim communities worldwide.
urged countries to stand by Saudi Arabia against regional threats in order to
maintain peace and security in the Middle East.
head of the Sunni religious court in the Lebanese city of Tripoli, Judge Samir
Kamal, said understanding the Arabic language “helps Muslims to comprehend
religious texts, allowing them to worship God properly.”
army chief: Russia poses bigger threat than terror groups
Russia "indisputably" now poses a bigger threat to Britain's security
than terrorist groups like Islamic State (IS) and Al-Qaeda, the head of the
British army said in an interview published Saturday.
Mark Carleton-Smith warned Moscow had shown a willingness to use its military
to pursue its national interests while seeking to "exploit Western
today indisputably represents a far greater threat to our national security
than Islamic extremist threats such as Al-Qaeda and (IS)," he told The
has embarked on a systematic effort to explore and exploit Western
vulnerabilities, particularly in some of the non-traditional areas of cyber,
space, undersea warfare."
between Russia and Britain have sunk to historic lows this year. London has
blamed the country's military intelligence service for orchestrating the
poisoning with a nerve agent of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter
Yulia in the English city of Salisbury in March.
incident prompted a wave of tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions between Moscow
and the West, as well as a ratcheting up of US sanctions.
said following IS battlefield losses in Syria and Iraq, the Western alliance
must switch focus to the threat posed by Russia- and do so through NATO.
physical manifestation of the Islamist threat has diminished with the complete
destruction of the geography of the socalled Caliphate," he said.
cannot be complacent about the threat Russia poses or leave it uncontested.
most important conventional military response to Russia is the continued
capabilities and coherence of the NATO alliance." The former special
forces commander was speaking in his first interview since becoming Britain's
chief of the general staff in June.
made the comments after visiting British troops deployed in Estonia as part of a
NATO battle group intended to deter aggression from neighbouring Russia.
also took the opportunity to downplay the need for a separate European army, as
recently encouraged by French President Emmanuel Macron.
would not support any initiative that diluted the military effectiveness of
NATO," he said.
represents the fundamental gravity of European security.
has been an extraordinarily successful alliance and, in my experience, we
should reinforce success."
Sabha: Ayodhya turns into fortress, Muslim areas sealed
In the wake of the Dharma Sabha, Muslim localities in Ayodhya were turned into
a fortress for the VHP function on Sunday where prominent Hindu seers were
likely to spell out their stand and strategy for construction of a grand Ram
massive rally is expected to begin at at 11 a.m. Section 144 has already been
clamped and according to Times OF India, localities such as Ram Kot, Tehri
Bazaar, Sutahti, Qaziyana, Dorahi Kuan and Sayyadbaara were cordoned off since
minorities living in Ayodhya urged the Government to ensure their security.
avert any untoward incident, all roads leading to the residence of Muslims
litigants in Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute Iqbal Ansari, Haji Mahboob,
and local cleric Haji Sayyad Ekhlaq were sealed.
divisional commissioner Manoj Mishra said, “The security arrangements have been
done to instil security among Muslim residents, some of whom were feeling
scared. There is no threat of any violence. These measures will continue till
the end of VHP’s Dharm Sabha.”
are 48 companies of the provincial armed constabulary (PAC) and 15 companies of
para-military forces deployed on all major roads and intersections.
have been put up on busy thoroughfares to ensure that crowd control is easy in
case of any untoward incident.
circuit cameras have been installed at more than 150 places in the twon along
with drone-mounted ones hovering over the streets to keep an eagle eye on the
major event will be the largest congregation after the demolition of Babri
Masjid in 1992. The purpose of this meeting is to review the plans of
construction of Ram Temple.
Saturday, 17,680 people visited Ram Lalla, a number which on Friday was 49,112.
bright-pink blanket was wrapped over Huzaif Kutay’s head, binding it to the
neck from which it had almost been severed by his killer’s knife. His
executioners had recorded the last moment of the teenager’s life in their
cellphones, in a style the world was introduced to by the Islamic State: masked
men standing over the teenage boy, announcing judgement in God’s name for being
an army informer.
had begged for forgiveness. "They said they would give me Rs 10,000 (for
every militant). I thought it will help me waive off some of my loan,"
Kutay told his interrogators.
time we are leaving his head so that it serves as a lesson," a killer
announced in the video.
time, whoever is caught, their head will be thrown in the river," he
of the thousands of people who live in the village of Mazngam in south
Kashmir’s Kulgam district, came to his funeral. Their absence helps understand
why jihadists have turned to this pornography of violence, and why it is
than 200 militants have been killed in the Kashmir Valley this year —
thirty-six between 20 October and 17 November, the day Kutay was murdered. The
jihadists simply can’t sustain that level of attrition, nor launch enough
operations to deter the offensive. Thus, terrorising the civilians into
breaking ranks with security forces has become a key strategy, and social media
has become a platform for their project.
is an increasing pressure on the militants," a senior police officer in
Srinagar said. "Their area has been squeezed and their logistic networks
challenged. Besides, recruitment has also been brought under control," the
strong links to their organisations’ headquarters in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir,
and compelled to raise both finances and weapons locally, fear has become a key
weapon for the new generation of jihadists who began to emerge in 2014. Like
narcotic gangs in other countries, many jihadists now operate in and around
their native villages, and are dependent on terror to both deter informers, and
ensure the deference of the established village élite.
April this year, a father-son duo were again kidnapped. While the father
managed to escape. The next month, 38 year old Mohammad Yaqoob Wagay’s throat
was slit in front of his family, including his seven-year-old son.
is the stronghold of the Pakistan-based jihadist outfit, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
However, the LeT, denied its involvement.
August, a woman was shot dead at point-blank range in Pulwama district's
Drubgam village — the native village as well as the site of the gunfight in
April which claimed the life of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Sameer Bhat, also
known by the alias ‘Tiger’.
WhatsApp group run from a Pakistani number, identifying itself with the Hizbul
Mujahideen, circulated a message shortly after her death, charged her with
having betrayed the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander.
lady Shameema Akhtar had contacts with all the police officers and army
officials. She had blood of our brothers on her hands,” the message read.
like these have been a part of Kashmir’s grim landscape for over two decades:
executions, often involving beheading and mutilation, have occurred with
depressing regularity. The difference now is that they are being advertised. In
the past, killings of civilians were attributed to mysterious “unidentified gunmen”,
but now, jihadists do not shy away from taking responsibility.
a widely-circulated recording of a phone conversation between Riyaz Naikoo, the
Hizb-ul-Mujahideen ’s chief in Kashmir, and the outfit’s Shopian head, the
latter agrees with Naikoo’s instruction to “throw acid in their (informers)
eyes and cut their legs so they become handicapped and a burden on their
the killings have attracted condemnation from figures like former Chief
Minister Omar Abdullah, in jihadists’ funerals across Kashmir, slogans
attacking collaborators have become enmeshed with slogans like "Mukhbiran
byoul, khodayen goel (may god obliterate informers)".
leaders in south Kashmir say that the killings, in fact, enjoy a degree of
social sanction. However, other activists claim that the killings are intended
to put down stirrings of rebellion against militancy.
Six militants and a soldier were Sunday killed in an encounter between ultras
and security forces in district of south Kashmir, Srinagarbased defence
spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said.
said a soldier also lost his life in the operation.
Kalia said the identity and group affiliation of the slain militants is being
said weapons and war-like stores have been recovered from the encounter site.
forces launched a cordon and search operation in the area around midnight
following specific information about the presence of militants there.
More than the Islamic State (IS), it is the threat of terror attacks from
Pakistan that Mumbai needs to be prepared for, the city’s police commissioner
Subodh Jaiswal told TOI.
that Pakistan was still “desperate to attack” a decade after Ajmal Kasab and
nine other Lashkar-e-Taiba-trained terrorists entered the city and killed 166
people at various spots, Jaiswal, who earlier held key positions in India’s
intelligence agencies, said that in the past decade, the Mumbai police had
taken significant steps in improving systems, processes, training, weaponry and
above all, their response to be able to tackle any situation. Co-ordination
with other security agencies and sharing of intelligence too is far better
today, he said in response to a question about the official 26/11 review report
which had highlighted shortcomings in the security apparatus.
will be 10 years on Monday since Ajmal Kasab and 9 other Pakistani terrorists
attacked Mumbai. After 26/11, questions were raised about Mumbai police’s
capability of handling such terror strikes. The government set up a committee
comprising exhume secretary Ram Pradhan and ex-special secretary, cabinet
secretariat, V Balachandran, to review matters, and it brought to light
failure to follow a standard operating procedure and shortage of modern weapons
and manpower were among things remarked on, equally highlighted was lack of
coordination among agencies involved in intelligence-sharing and handling law and
order. On the eve of the attacks’ 10th anniversary, Mumbai police commissioner
Subodh Jaiswal, an IPS officer of the 1985 batch, told TOI in an exclusive
interview that the force is fully prepared to take on any attack and ensure the
safety and security of Mumbai’s citizens. Excerpts.
Ram Pradhan committee had said handling 26/11 was beyond the capacity of Mumbai
police. It spoke of lack of coordination and sharing of intelligence among
stakeholders and of lapses in handling the situation. Where do we stand now?
have the State Multi Agency Centres mechanism. It is for sharing and processing
intelligence with all stakeholders. Inputs on threats received are shared, thus
preventing attacks. Over 10 years, intelligence-sharing has resulted in
prevention of all terror attacks except two – at Gurdaspur and Pathankot.
Attacking the Indian hinterland with the use of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Muhammad
is a given for the Pakistan establishment. At the moment, they are desperate to
carry out an attack. In 10 years we have upgraded our systems and are prepared
to tackle any situation. Our SOPs are much better, our Quick Reaction Teams
(QRTs) are better-trained, we carry out location familiarisation exercises,
multiple scenarios are discussed, the chain of command is thought through and
situational awareness is high. I put a lot of emphasis on the capacity to
respond. Like they say, you have to be lucky a 100 times, the terrorist has to
be lucky only once.
26/11, it was said the way 5-6 alerts were analysed failed to provide leads. Do
we have the ability to process alerts and draw better conclusions?
alerts are received by the police commissioner through SMAC and other
establishments, including state intelligence department and ATS. There is a
mechanism to share intelligence. A meeting is held every month. Every alert is
thought through, discussed threadbare. Inter-agency and inter-service
coordination is spot on. With CISF taking care of port security now, there is
an additional set-up providing inputs. Several threats have been neutralised
based on information gathered.
there improvement in police-people relations, a key factor contributing to
are much more aware. The environment has changed. They sense what is happening,
call up the control room or on dedicated numbers and provide information, which
has helped us. Our Twitter handles work as force multipliers. We also have support
from the Koli community and Sagar Suraksha Kavach initiative for vigil along
of manpower has been a concern for the force. And shortage of bullet-proof
jackets and ammunition for training has come in for criticism.
have an adequate number of bullet-proof jackets, ammunition and firing ranges
for practice. In fact, we are in the process of preparing a new firing range.
Compared to 2008, we have adequate manpower. We have acquired 5,000
state-of-the-art weapons and 20 boats which are operational. Our response to
any call to the control room is in less than 5 minutes. QRTs are alert. There
is frequent checking of QRT and the control room’s response. We have QRTs in
six regional control rooms. We are aware what kind of attacks are possible. It
would be a fallacy to think that since 26/11, there have been no improvements
in weaponry, training, response. Training is very important. We’ve
institutionalised the system of carrying out a tactical exercise at the level
of DCPs and officers reporting to them. Every police station also has
the SOP in practice now?
have drafted a comprehensive SOP, which is implanted in letter and spirit, so
there is no confusion. SOPs, once in place, should not be disturbed.
you satisfied with suburban rail security, one of the most vulnerable areas?
What about coordination with railway cops?
have close coordination with RPF and GRP. They have a decently-equipped control
room. The problem is the way railway infrastructure is spread out, there are
many leakages. It is difficult for any system even with baggage scanners and
metal detectors to capture everything. But there is a lot of effort on to make
key agencies, Force I and NSG, are far away from South Mumbai. In an emergency,
traffic jams would hinder movement.
plans to have dedicated helicopters?
are asking for two hovercrafts for movement of troops from north to south in
the city. At the same time, we have enough latitude for movement in any
situation. Our aim is to identify, localize and neutralise.
Islamic State is sending money and receiving funds through crypto-currency. How
serious is the IS threat?
have around 30-35 cases. I am more bothered about the attack from Pakistan.
security has been an issue of concern. What is the current role of stakeholders
including Coast Guard, marine police, Customs and Navy?
coastal police stations are fully operational and prepared to take on any
eventuality. We are in charge of 5km of the sea. We have 20 fully operational
boats and carry out regular meetings with all stakeholders. There is no reason
committee had stressed the need for a CCTV network for the city. What is the
cameras work effectively. We have about 5,000 in operation and are getting
more. We also get feeds from a lot of cameras on private premises, on railway
land. There is a central command and control room and 5 regional control
centres where footage is constantly analysed. We also provide feeds to some
public perception about the force…
Masjid Action Committee convener has written a letter to the state Chief
Secretary, the Director General of Police and the Home Department fearing
tensions arising from the VHP and Shiv Sena programmes in Ayodhya on Sunday and
the day after. He also demanded that central security forces, including RAF,
CRPF, BSF, be deployed in the area so that any kind trouble can be avoided.
political leadership of the state government may collude with the
demonstrators. It is up to the state government officials to ensure that status
quo is maintained at the disputed Babri Masjid site,” said Zafaryab Jilani, the
convener of Babri Masjid Action Committee, in a letter addressed to state Chief
Secretary, Anoop Chandra Pandey. A copy of the four-page letter citing the
Allahabad High Court and the Supreme Court rulings has also been sent to the
principal secretary, Home, Arvind Kumar and DGP OP Singh Friday.
order of the Supreme Court clearly indicates that any kind of violation of its
order may result in contempt proceedings against the officers. They will also
be held responsible if for their negligence or collusion any effort is made to
change the status quo of any portion of the entire acquired area of the
disputed site in Ayodhya,” stated the letter.
is no doubt that the event is being organised for political motive. This is
being done keeping in mind the ongoing assembly elections in five states and
also to prepare ground for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls,” said Jilani, adding that
he demanded that central security forces be deployed in Ayodhya.
Muslims in the area are extremely disturbed and feeling quite unsafe
apprehending serious threat to their life and property on the occasion. I am
confident that the officers of the state government will take adequate security
measures and ensure safety of the residents in Ayodhya, especially Muslims,”
day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi invoked the fall of the Berlin Wall to
underline the potentially transformative nature of developing the Kartarpur
corridor between the two countries, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood
Qureshi on Saturday extended an invitation to External Affairs Minister Sushma
Swaraj to attend the groundbreaking ceremony at Kartarpur on November 28, which
will be attended by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.
however, responded by saying that she would not be able to attend the ceremony
since she had “prior commitments” at the election campaign in Telangana.
However, she nominated her Cabinet colleagues, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep
Singh Puri, to attend the ceremony as the Indian government’s representatives.
hope that the Government of Pakistan will expedite construction of the corridor
in order to ensure that our citizens can pay their respects at the Gurudwara
Kartarpur Sahib using the corridor as soon as possible,” she said, in her
reponse. This is the second time Pakistan has reached out to India since a new
government led by Imran Khan came to power in August. In September, within 24
hours of accepting Pakistan’s invitation for a meeting of foreign ministers on
the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, India had
declined the offer, citing the “killing of Indian security forces” and the
“glorification” of terrorists.
tweeted on Saturday evening, “On behalf of Pakistan, I have extended an
invitation to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj @SushmaSwaraj, Capt
Amarinder Singh @capt_amarinder & Navjot Singh Sidhu @sherryontopp to
attend the groundbreaking ceremony at #Kartarpura on 28 Nov, 2018.
response, Swaraj tweeted late on Saturday, “I thank HE Makhdoom Shah Mahmood
Qureshi Foreign Minister of Pakistan for inviting me to attend the
groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor on the Pakistan side of
the International boundary on 28 November 2018… Since I am unable to travel to
Kartarpur Sahib on the scheduled date, Government of India will be represented
by my esteemed colleagues Mrs.Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Mr.H.S.Puri.”
Friday, a day after Pakistan and India announced they would develop a pilgrim
corridor on both sides of the border to help pilgrims from India access
Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Modi had said, “Kisne socha that ki Berlin
ki deewar gir sakti hai. Shayad Guru Nanak Devji ke aashirwad se Kartarpur ka
corridor sirf corridor nahi, jan-jan ko jodne ka bahut bada kaaran ban sakta
hai (Who thought the Berlin Wall would fall. Maybe with the blessings of Guru
Nanak Devji, Kartarpur corridor will not only be a corridor but can be a reason
to bring people together).” Modi was speaking at a function to mark the birth
anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev at the New Delhi home of Union Minister Harsimrat
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday welcomed the building of the
Kartarpur corridor, that’s proposed to link India’s border district of
Gurdaspur with the historic Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur on the Pakistani
side. Asked about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comments that the corridor
would act as a bridge between the people of the two countries, Singh cautioned
that there were many hurdles to cross before it could be achieved.
are many hurdles and one should not underestimate those hurdles. But any
beginning is a good beginning, I hope it is successful,” he told reporters on
the sidelines of a conference titled ‘Towards Peace, Harmony and Happiness:
Transition to Transformation’, organised by the Pranab Mukherjee Foundation.
Singh, however, did not specify what he thought the hurdles were. On Friday,
Pakistan had said that the decision to open the Kartarpur Sahib corridor could
be “a step forward in the right direction from conflict to cooperation, animosity
to peace and enmity to friendship”.
of 26/11 martyr Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan are everywhere in his two-storey
house tucked in a quiet locality here.
gallery in the two-storey house of the National Security Guard Commando is full
of memories and a collection of personal articles stare from the shelves and
whisper stories of valour into ears of visitors.
constant presence of these articles is painful, but also joyful and inspiring
for any visitor.
narrate the winning-attitude, valour and charitable nature of Sandeep, who lost
his life while battling the Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists during the
26/11 attack on Mumbai in 2008. Sandeep always had a winning attitude and liked
Sachin Tendulkar for the same reason, his father Unnikrishnan said.
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attacks recounts horror
son always had this attitude of winning in everything that he did. He liked
Sachin Tendulkar for this reason.
always wanted our country to win. When India lost a match, he used to be very
disappointed.He also used to console me whenever an ISRO project failed. He did
not like defeat,” the retired ISRO officer told PTI in an interview here.
about Sandeep’s charitable nature, Unnikrishnan said, “I did not know about
it.Only after he had gone I realised it. Going through his bank balance, I only
found Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000, though he was drawing a decent salary”.
thought he could not save much because he could have been buying costly branded
products. But his colleagues talked about his charity.One of his colleagues
told me that he had borne all health expenses of his mother, who was suffering
from a spine problem,” he said.
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Sandeep was regularly donating money to a number of charitable institutions.I
realised this when I started receiving reminders on renewal of donations after
his departure,” he added.
was a nationalist too.
always supported nationalism.For him nationalism meant that you do something
good for the country, not extract benefits from it. Somebody should decide
whether you are a nationalist, not that you go around calling yourself a
nationalist. He always opposed these people,” Unnikrishnan said.
last message of the braveheart to his personnel while carrying out the
operation was, “Don’t come up, I will handle them.” These words have left a
deep impression on his troop commandos.
used to say he did not want to see a mother weeping over his colleague’s body
and preferred his mother to bear the loss,” said Unnikrishnan, as he
recollected the sterling qualities of his braveheart son.
Ulema Council Chief shot dead by unknown gunmen
Chief of Ulema Council of Kabul Mawlavi Abdul Basir Haqqani has been shot dead
by unknown gunmen, security officials and Ulema Council sources have said.
incident has reportedly taken place in the vicinity of the 7th police district
of Kabul city.
individual or group has so far claimed responsibility behind the attack.
attack on Ulema Council Chief of Kabul was carried out days after a deadly
attack targeted a gathering of religious scholars in Kabul city.
suicide bomber detonated his explosives among the religious scholars in a hotel
late on Tuesday evening, leaving more than 50 people dead.
a suicide bomber detonated his explosives among the participants of Friday
prayer in a unit of the Afghan army in southeastern Khost province of
to reports, at least twenty six people lost their lives in the attack in army
mosque on Friday.
spokesman of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Khurasan (ISIS-K) was killed
during the operations of the Afghan Special Forces in eastern Nangarhar
province of Afghanistan.
201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East in a statement said the
ISIS-K spokesman Sharafat Shafaq was killed in Deh Bala district last week.
statement further added that Shafaq was also the head of media wing of the
terror group who was also spreading propaganda in favor of ISIS-K group, mainly
aimed at recruiting militants for the terror group from the other parts of the
ISIS Khurasan loyalists have not commented regarding the killing of the group’s
spokesman so far.
has been among the relatively calm provinces in East of Afghanistan but the
security situation in some of its remote districts has deteriorated during the
Afghan Military in the North claims that 48 militants have been killed or
wounded during the latest operations conducted as part of Pamir operations in
209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said the Afghan Commandos and 0905 unit of
the Afghan intelligence conducted operations in Dasht Archi district which have
resulted in killing of at least 41 militants so far.
statement further added at least seven militants were also wounded during the
to 209th Shaheen Corps, Pamir operations were launched four days ago in Dasht
district and are still being conducted to suppress the militant groups.
anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban have not commented
regarding the operations so far.
is among the relatively volatile provinces in North of Afghanistan but the
security situation of has deteriorated more during the recent years.
of general elections in Bangladesh, arch rivals Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia
are wooing the electorate in the predominantly Muslim south Asian nation with a
film and a book respectively.
slickly produced documentary, Hasina - A Daughter’s Tale, and the hardbound
volume Begum Khaleda Zia: Her Life, Her Story, have become a hot topic of
discussion in the politically charged atmosphere before 160 million
Bangladeshis exercise their franchise on December 30.
warring Begums, Hasina and Zia, are grandmothers in their seventies but their
rivalry bordering on enmity is the stuff of legends. By all accounts, they are
not even on talking terms!
Prime Minister Hasina heads the Awami League which has ruled Bangladesh for two
terms and is eying a third, Zia, the undisputed leader of the opposition
Bangladesh Nationalist Party has been premier twice but is currently in jail on
what her party believes are trumped up charges.
New Delhi-backed Awami League had a head start in the electoral race but last
month BNP stitched together a coalition of opposition parties called the
National Unity Front which has thrown the competition wide open and become a
headache for Hasina.
biggest plus point is that she is the daughter of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman –
Bangladesh’s charismatic founder – and PM since 2009. But she is accused of
being increasingly authoritarian and an Indian stooge. Championing the Rohingya
cause has improved her ratings but a question mark still hangs over her future.
720-page political biography was launched in Dhaka on 18 November soon after
the election date was announced. Its author, journalist Mahfuz Ullah, calls Zia
a “lighthouse” for Bangladeshis and chronicles her rise from a military
dictator’s wife used to the luxuries of a cantonment to a twice- elected PM –
including the first woman to head Bangladesh.
by Universal Academy, it’s priced at Tk 2000. Mahfuz Ullah said that the
original title of the book was Begum Khaleda Zia: Her Life, Her Struggle but
replaced ‘struggle’ with ‘story’ at Zia’s son, Tareque Rahman’s insistence.
Rahman is Zia’s heir apparent and second in command in the BNP which he runs
from London where he lives since his conviction in Bangladesh.
voluminous book was released two days after the premiere of the Hasina film on
16 November. Urging cine buffs to watch it, Rejaur Rahman Khan Piplu, director
of the 90-minute long documentary, says that scenes from the film will haunt
viewers long after they have left the auditorium.
and her younger sister Rehana had a miraculous escape when Mujibur Rahman and
his family were gunned down in a palace coup in 1975. Hasina lived in exile in
India for many years before she returned to Bangladesh to reclaim her legacy
and capture power through the ballot.
calls his docu-drama a “riveting story against a tragic backdrop which infuses
universal appeal to the narrative”. The music has been scored by Calcutta-based
composer Debojyoti Mishra whose family migrated to India from East Pakistan
which subsequently became modern day Bangladesh in 1971.
checked fundraising by Hafiz Saeed's outfit with media ban
The purpose of a ban on media coverage of Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz
Saeed’s charity organisation was to curb its fundraising activities, Pakistan’s
foreign affairs ministry informed the Islamabad high court. The ban targeted
Falah-iInsaniat Foundation (FIF), a charity wing of Jamatud Dawa (JuD), headed
this year, the previous government of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had
banned JuD through a presidential ordinance and issued directions for banning
the media coverage of FIF. The FIF, however, had filed a petition against the
move in the Islamabad HC.
day earlier, the foreign affairs ministry had submitted a written reply against
the petition in the court, stating, “Placing a ban on any kind of media
coverage is intended to prevent the generation of funds and donations through
media advertisement and coverage of these organisations which is a violation of
the asset freeze requirement under UNSC 1267 sanctions.”
Aamer Farooq of the Islamabad HC had reserved his decision on the petition
after hearing the counsel for the ministry, Pakistan Electronic Media
Regulatory Authority (Pemra), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the
of the decision of UN Security Council (UNSC) taken under Article 41 of the
United Nations Charter is an international obligation from which there is no
exception,” the foreign ministry said in its reply, adding that restriction, in
this case, has been imposed in pursuant to the implementation of sanctions of
the 1267 Sanction Regime of the UNSC.
to the reply, the UNSC imposed sanctions on FIF because of its association with
Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the parent organization of JuD and FIF responsible for a
number of terrorist activities in India.
its written reply, the electronic media regulator stated that on Jan 18, 2018, the
information ministry made a written request for a ban on FIF’s media coverage.
The Pemra then issued directions to the electronic media accordingly.
counsels Raja Rizwan Abbasi and Sohail Warraich requested the court to direct
Pemra and the information ministry to lift the media ban on FIF.
Attorney General Raja Khalid Mehmood Khan reportedly pointed out that the
government had frozen FIF’s assets rendering it unable to pay for
advertisements to run a media campaign. He requested the court to avoid lifting
the ban as it would send out a negative signal to the international community.
- Terrorist activities in various Islamic countries have the backing of the
anti-Islam forces who want to malign the divine religion and prove that it is
“not a living religion”, says Dr Tahirul Qadri, a prominent religious leader
who founded the Pakistan Awami Tehrik.
a TV interview, he said the enemies of Islam want to confine Islam to mosques,
just like Christianity was restricted to churches as a result of a campaign
launched some 200 years ago. That campaign, he recalled, made many European
countries God-less societies, totally secular in character.
of a large number of books on a variety of subjects, Dr Qadri was of the
opinion that the campaign against Islam would have been launched long ago but
the brains behind it delayed it to first ‘deal with communism’.
now that Communism has been effectively wiped out, the anti-Islam forces have
targeted the divine religion, said the PAT founder.
a question, he said in fact the very elements who pose to be opposed to
terrorism are its real supporters. He said to malign Islam, such religious
leaders are encouraged to represent Islam in the media whose own character was
hateful and drove people further away from religion.
to a question, Dr Qadri said 100 days was too short a period to assess the
performance of the PTI government. However, he was hopeful that Prime Minister
Imran Khan would honour his commitments to the nation.
another question, he believed that the families who had lost their nears and
dears in the 2014 police firing in Model Town would get justice as a result of
the new JIT to be constituted on the Supreme Court orders.
claimed that four families who had lost their relatives in the tragedy had been
silenced by the police because of which they did not mention the names of such
people in the FIR.
Law enforcement agencies arrested two brothers of Abdul Razzaq Baloch, who had
been killed with two other militants of the banned Balochistan Liberation Army
(BLA) during Friday’s attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi, in Kharan on
investigation agencies found that one of the slain militants — Razzaq Baloch —
belonged to Kharan. Sources said that law enforcement agencies conducted raids
in different areas of Kharan on Saturday and took two of his bothers — Mohammad
Aslam and Khosti — in custody. They were handed over to the authorities for
Balochistan Home Minister Mir Saleem Ahmad Khosa said that the name of Razzaq
Baloch had been put on the missing persons’ list over the past two years. He
said that a large number of people mentioned in the list had gone aboard for
minister said that BLA commander Aslam alias Acho had been injured in a gun
battle with security forces last year, but he managed to escape and later went
to India where he was provided medical treatment.
said that many BLA commanders had been killed in that operation conducted by
security forces. The minister said that India was directly involved in the
worsening situation in Balochistan.
Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Saturday showered praise on
the Special Service Group (SSG) of the Pakistan Army, calling it the best
special force of the world.
army chief said the SSG had proved this through professional performance and
great sacrifices rendered with sweat and blood.
he said at the SSG headquarters that he visited on Saturday in connection with
the installation ceremony of the group’s colonel commandant.
upon arrival, the COAS laid a wreath at the Martyrs Monument, according to a
press release issued by Inter-Services Public Relations.
Gen Abid Rafiq was installed as the first colonel commandant of the SSG.
to the guests including serving and retired officers and men of the SSG, Gen
Bajwa hailed their unmatched contributions, especially during counterterrorism
Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shah Farman said on Saturday that the terror attacks in
Karachi and Orakzai tribal district yesterday "are part of the same
conspiracy" and that "foreign elements are involved who want to
destabilise the China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC) project".
governor along with Corps Commander Lt Gen Shaheen Mazhar and Inspector General
Frontier Corps Maj Gen Rahat Naseem Ahmed visited the site of the blast in
lower Orakzai district which claimed 34 lives.
explosion, which according to officials was a suicide bombing, took place near
an imambargah on Friday morning.
talking to reporters, Governor Farman said stern action would be taken against
the culprits behind the attack.
Gen Mazhar confirmed that the blast was a suicide attack and that 12
kilogrammes of explosives had been used.
lower Orakzai area, formerly an agency, is situated near the Hangu district,
and the explosion took place in main Kalaya bazaar of the district.
Minister Imran Khan had "strongly condemned" the terrorist attack in
Orakzai as well as the one foiled on the Chinese Consulate in Karachi.
labelled the twin attacks "a planned campaign to create unrest in the
country by those who do not want Pakistan to prosper".
Following the detainment of firebrand cleric and Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan
(TLP) chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi as well as other party members, none of the
religious parties of the country has shown any solidarity with Labbaik,
Pakistan Today learnt Saturday.
to sources, TLP workers were trying to contact different religious parties
while seeking their support and trying to organise a joint protest against the
arrests of their leaders, but none of the parties had yet stepped forward.
is another U-turn of the government as earlier it had made certain promises to
TLP,” Jamaate Islami Lahore chief Ameerul Azeem said while speaking to Pakistan
should have reconciled with all other religious parties and brought them on the
same page. We are ready for any consultations that TLP needs but no one has
contacted us so far.”
Raghib Naeemi of Jamia Naeemia, on the other hand, said that they would accept
any action taken by the government to maintain law and order in the country.
“The state should take all necessary measures to curb extremism,” he said.
spokesperson of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Islam (TLI) founder Dr Ashraf Asif Jalali,
Jameel Baig, told Pakistan Today that they had directed party workers to remain
calm and refrain from any agitation.
far, the party leadership has not passed on any directions,” Jameel said.
the religious parties’ disinterest in the affairs of TLP, a similar voice
resonated in different quarters of the general public.
violates the law should be brought to justice. Many leaders have been arrested
in the 70-year long history of the country whereas TLP has no apparent agenda
and challenged the writ of state only to incite people,” writer and analyst
Farrukh Suhail Goindi said while speaking to Pakistan Today.
arrests, he added, were “long overdue”.
lawyer, Azhar Siddique, said that arrests were made according to Maintenance of
Public Order (MPOs) in the past, but a notice should have been sent to the
leaders who were being held.
the arrests were made in cases the TLP leaders are facing, it would add fire to
the situation. All damage caused to public and private properties was on their
call but these people have not yet been convicted.”
should not lead the matters towards chaos, rather, laws should be formulated
according to which such sensitive cases can be dealt with,” he added.
[Khadim Rizvi and others] have been arrested as per Section 3 of MPOs under
which anyone can be detained for 30 days, but for future, we need legislation
to neutralise situations before they reach such a high,” Azhar commented.
analyst Rasool Bux Raees said that the state is not left with many options when
someone is determined to block the roads and has a history of challenging its
he would have been allowed to do it all over again for the third time, eyebrows
would have been raised over the credibility of the state,” he said, adding that
there is a provision in the constitution regarding taking anyone into custody
to ensure public safety and maintain peace.
is in protective custody and not exactly arrested; however, if the cases
registered against him are opened, Rizvi would have to face those and seek
bail, Raees said.
Punjab Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Raja Basharat said the
government had requested them [TLP] to hold their protest at a place where it
does not disrupt the routine life of the citizens but they did not listen.
State on Saturday claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack a day
earlier in northwestern Pakistan, the group’s Amaq news agency said.
said the bomber had targeted Shi’ite Muslims in a market in Orakzai and put the
death toll at 57.
IS claim came a day after at least 33 people, including three belonging to the
minority Sikh community, were killed and dozens injured when a bomb hidden in a
carton of vegetables ripped through a crowded marketplace.
explosion, which according to some reports was a suicide bombing, took place
near an imambargah in the morning. The injured had been shifted to the KDA
Teaching Hospital in Kohat.
to our initial investigation, it was an improvised explosive device (IED)
hidden in a carton of vegetables,” senior local official Khalid Iqbal had told
AFP. He, however, did not confirm whether it was remotely triggered.
Ali, a resident who was buying fruit in the market, said he had seen a boy with
his face covered ride up on a motorcycle. “Suddenly a blast took place and then
I was unconscious,” he added.
weekly bazaar is quite popular and people from nearby villages come here to buy
fruits and vegetables at comparatively cheaper prices.
told media persons that the powerful explosion shook the entire bazaar and the
bang was heard within a radius of several kilometres. According to Bomb
Disposal Squad, the IED weighed around 20 kilos.
will participate in a key international conference on Afghan peace and
development being held in Geneva on Nov 27-28, officials said on Saturday. Foreign
Secretary Tehmina Janjua will lead a high-level Pakistani delegation at the
to the UN office in Kabul, the goal of the conference is to express solidarity
with the Afghan people and the government in their efforts for peace and
prosperity and for the Afghan government to renew its commitment to development
and reform. “This is a crucial moment for the Afghan government and the
international community to demonstrate progress and commitment, and maintain
the momentum for elections and opportunities for peace,” the United Nations
Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said.
conference will also be an opportunity to emphasise the importance of the
development and reform agenda and the need to advance it as a constructive
contribution to peace and security, the UNAMA said on its website. The
conference will also be crucial in measuring results against the $15.2 billion
committed by the international community for Afghanistan in 2016.
Geneva conference on Afghanistan will be held between two pledging conferences:
the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan (2016) and the next pledging conference
expected to be held in 2020.
attends every process and conference which helps in peace, security and
development in Afghanistan,” an official told Daily Times. A Pakistani delegate
will also speak during a side event on ‘people on the move’ focussing on the
refugees. Pakistan still hosts nearly 2.4 million Afghans, now divided into
three categories: registered with proof of registration cards; those documented
recently and have Afghan Citizenship Cards; and the undocumented.
administration to brief Congress on Saudi Arabia
President Donald Trump’s administration is expected to brief Senators on Saudi
Arabia that could determine whether Congress goes forward with sanctions.
Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will likely conduct
an “all-senators briefing” regarding the longtime US ally, two congressional
sources said as quoted by The Hill website on Friday.
briefing which is scheduled for after Thanksgiving could create harmony in
conflicting views about passing sanctions or blocking a major arms deal with
Saudi Arabia following the Jamal Khashoggi murder.
doubts the possibility that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had any
involvement in the assassination of the dissident journalist.
evidence provided by Turkey, Trump has turned a blind eye about the role played
by Saudi Arabia's MbS in the brutal murder of
are divided about punishment of the Saudi leadership over the murder of
Khashoggi. “That will be really important ... I’m not sure adding sanctions
will happen but the Saudi situation is not over,” The Hill quoted a Republican
Senate aide as saying.
president warned on Tuesday that oil prices could go “through the roof” if
Washington-Riyadh relations deteriorated over the Khashoggi killing.
Wednesday, Trump thanked Saudi Arabia for bringing the price of oil, the
kingdom's main commodity, down to $54 a barrel.
has continuously stressed that maintaining strong relations with the Saudis is
beneficial to the US.
aides said Trump’s pro-Saudi stance raised strong reactions from Democrats and
several key Republicans, rekindling impetus for punishments. “That statement yesterday only made matters
worse in some ways for the administration,” a Senate GOP aide was quooted by
The Hill as saying.
Second US Navy SEAL – a platoon commander – has faced charges of failing to act
when notified of atrocities carried out by another SEAL during a 2017
deployment in Iraq, including stabbing an injured teenage ISIL militant, and
gunning down a little girl and an elderly man.
was presented in a San Diego military courtroom last Tuesday to determine
whether Lt. Jacob Xavier Portier will be tried on seven charges under the
Uniform Code of Military Justice, including conduct unbecoming to an officer
and a gentleman and dereliction of duty, San Diego Union-Tribune reported
to the report, US military prosecutors allege that Portier was made aware about
the atrocities committed by Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, who
stands accused of stabbing to death a wounded 15-year-old Daesh (ISIL) militant
in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. In the hours after the killing, Portier
conducted a reenlistment ceremony for Gallagher next to the teenager's corpse.
then, according to the prosecution, ordered his platoon to take a group photo
next to the killed prisoner of war. Prosecutors further emphasized that
although Portier was not present during the killing, he was informed of it by
other SEAL service members.
Capt. Conor McMahon argued the government's case before Navy Cmdr. Phil Hamon,
who presided over the hearing at Naval Base San Diego, the report added.
case is about a Navy lieutenant who didn't possess the moral courage to do the
right thing," said McMahon, in his closing comments. "Lt. Portier didn't
take out a hunting knife and stab a prisoner in the neck. He didn't get behind
a sniper rifle and shoot at a little girl trying to escape from ISIS and he
didn't shoot an old man taking water jugs to the river. But he knew about it --
and he did nothing."
prosecutors further allege that other, unnamed members of the platoon came to
Portier throughout the deployment with concerns about Gallagher's criminal
actions in the field, including shooting at least two non-combatant civilians.
after the platoon returned to San Diego, some of its members continued to lobby
Portier to hold Gallagher accountable for his actions, prosecutors underlined.
got so bad that by February or March 2018, (the two SEALs) were so frustrated
that they went to Lt. Portier and told him if an investigation wasn't launched,
they were going directly to NCIS, the Commodore or Fox News," McMahon
added, "This is not a case about any minor misconduct by the enlisted
sailors in the platoon or any perceived guilt by association. This is about
Chief Gallagher killing civilians indiscriminately and the chain of command
that did nothing about it."
also allege Portier made false statements when questioned about Gallagher's
actions by his commanders.
defense, however, argued that Portier reported Gallagher as soon as the
lieutenant found out about the incidents.
US Embassy in the Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed to have received
“credible and specific” information about a potential terrorist threat against
American installations in the capital of the Central African country.
security alert issued Saturday by the American Embassy in Kinshasa, however,
did not elaborate on the details, calling on US citizens in the impoverished country
to keep a low profile, US-based CBS News reported.
embassy further urged Americans living throughout DR Congo to "maintain a
heightened level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness."
report also cited the US State Department as stating that security in parts of
the African nation "remains unstable due to the activities of rebel and
other armed groups and ongoing military operations."
security alert was issued just a day after Congo's two leading opposition
parties declared that they were joining forces to campaign for the country’s
next presidential election -- originally planned for next month but reportedly
likely to be postponed to April 2019 – to replace President Joseph Kabila.
two candidates, Felix Tshisekedi and Vital Kamerhe, have united and called on
other opposition parties to rally behind them. However, other opposition
parties had already reached an agreement to support yet another candidate,
eastern DRC has been troubled for decades by inter-ethnic bloodshed and militia
violence, a crisis that has escalated this year.
city of Beni, home to up to 300,000 people, is under threat from the Allied
Democratic Forces (ADF), a shadowy armed group rooted in Ugandan extremism that
has killed hundreds of people since 2014.
region is also battling an Ebola outbreak that has left more than 200 dead.
US has maintained diplomatic ties with DR Congo since 1960, following its
independence from Belgium, which colonized the country in 1908. In recent
decades, US spy agency CIA has been involved in Congo -- particularly in its
bid to assassinate the country’s first Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba – and
eventually blamed for his murder.
prior to the independence of the nation, Washington attempted to facilitate the
election of a pro-western government by identifying and supporting individual
pro-US leaders. The CIA was also notably involved in a campaign against
Lumumba's successor, which led to his eventual imprisonment and long exile from
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the United States is using the Daesh
Takfiri terrorist group as a pretext to maintain its military presence in Syria
and views the terror outfit as an ally to push regime change in the Arab
who was speaking at a joint press conference with Portuguese Foreign Minister
Augusto Santos Silva in Lisbon on Saturday, said the US has set conditions for
defeating Daesh, which indicates Washington has a “covert agenda in
US State Department has declared that Daesh has not been completely defeated
and that the main condition for its defeat is regime change in Syria and the
withdrawal of any Iranian or pro-Iranian units from the country,” said Lavrov.
confirms my theory that the Americans view Daesh as an excuse for their
presence in Syria and almost as an ally in the fight against the Syrian regime.
In other words, the main task [for Washington] now is regime change, not
top diplomat said the main remaining hotbed of Daesh activity in Syria is now
located on the east bank of the Euphrates River, where the US runs military
are several thousands of militants in the area around the settlement of al-Tanf
in southern Syria, "where the United States has illegally created a zone
which they control with a radius of 55 kilometers", said Lavrov.
militants are regarded by the United States as “off-limits, allowing the
Americans to make excuses for their presence” on the Syrian territory, he said.
in October, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that Daesh was expanding
its presence in the Syrian regions controlled by Washington and its allied
Kurdish militants, revealing that the Takfiri terror outfit had managed to take
hundreds of people hostage in those areas.
US, along with a coalition of its allies, has been conducting airstrikes inside
Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from Damascus or a UN
mandate. It has repeatedly been accused of targeting Syrian civilians and
the contrary, Russia has been providing the Syrian army with both advisory and
on-the-ground assistance in its counter-terrorism battles. Thanks to that help,
Syrian armed forces have managed to liberate most of their homeland from the
clutches of terrorists.
Damascus’ request, Tehran has also been providing military advisory support to
the Syrian military fighting foreign-backed terrorism and militancy since 2011.
The Islamic Republic says it will maintain the role as long as it is required
by the Syrian government.
mid-northern parts of Syria are under the control of the so-called Syrian
Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-dominated alliance of militants receiving arms and
training from the US.
SDF militants, mainly active in the eastern part of the Euphrates River, are
purportedly fighting against the remnants of Daesh, which has already been
driven out of all its urban bastions both in Iraq and Syria.
however, regards them as occupying forces since they refused to return the
areas they captured from Daesh to government control.
in June, the Russian military said that the last pockets of land occupied by
Daesh were “only in areas controlled by the US.”
had also said in March that the US had set up around 20 military bases in areas
controlled by the Kurdish militants.
businessman jailed for making millions smuggling jet parts to Iran
told British customs officials that he traded goggles, wheelbarrows and gloves
but on Thursday an Old Bailey court convicted Alexander George of earning 5
million pounds (Dh 23.6 million) smuggling fighter jet parts to Iran.
retired 77-year-old British businessman from Somerset in the west of England
was sentenced to two and a half years under weapons of mass destruction control
laws. He was found guilty of shipping the parts, which included Russian MiG and
US F4 Phantom jet components, through a network of companies across the Middle
and Far East that were eventually smuggled into Iran over a period of six years
George, 65 year old Paul Attwater and his wife Iris, 65, were handed suspended
six-month prison sentences for their part in helping source and ship the
weapons parts in violation of UK arms laws.
Michael Grieve QC called the couple “very, very naive” as he sentenced them
saying that he accepted their claim that George had manipulated pair.
fact that you were, in effect, groomed by Mr George I accept - he deceived you
… I do not, for one moment, think that either of you are bad people. You have,
in my view, been very, very naive.”
Attwaters told the court that they had been tricked by George and had only wanted
to earn some extra holiday money and to get a season ticket to Crawley Town
football club, British media reported.
his sentencing remarks, Judge Grieve told George that “Unlike you, they [the
Attwaters] could not see how innocuous objects like nuts and bolts could be, or
would be, put to nefarious use in Iran.
by contrast, knew that that was precisely why your customers in Iran wanted
claimed he had no idea that the parts could have ended up in the Iranian
nuclear programme despite being warned of the possibility by authorities.
UK law, companies handling or shipping military equipment or ‘duel use’ items
that have both civilian and military industries require permission from the
was investigated by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) who suspected he
was shipping the weapons parts and interviewed George at Heathrow airport in
August and December 2010. He told the officers he had nothing to do with jet
parts and that his business was simply in the sale of goggles, wheelbarrows and
investigators didn’t buy George’s story.
three sold banned items that ended up in Iran. They didn’t care what these
parts might be used for, as long as they got paid,” said Simon York, the
director of HMRC’s fraud investigation service, according to the UK’s Guardian
was a calculated and cynical attempt to undermine strict trade embargoes and
internationally agreed controls. They knew the rules and weaved increasingly
elaborate plans to stay under the radar.”
brought in the Attwaters’ Pairs Aviation in West Sussex to buy the aircraft
parts from the US and ship them through his companies in Malaysia and Dubai
before they secretly smuggling them to Iran. When they became worried about investigations,
they added another step by shipping the parts through the Netherlands. The
court heard that when George also searched the internet for information on
people wanted by the CIA, FBI and Interpol for selling weapons parts to Iran.
it comes to ICERD, neighbours Malaysia, Myanmar, Brunei of same mind
LUMPUR, Nov 22 — Malaysia shares something with its neighbours Brunei and
Myanmar, as well as North Korea when it comes to the hottest five-letter word
of the month: ICERD.
of them have committed to eventually complying with the United Nations' (UN)
International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial
the ICERD sounds like a mouthful, just remember that it is mainly about
countries agreeing to adopt policies to end racial discrimination, and to
criminalise the spread of ideas based on racial superiority or hatred, among
ICERD seeks to oblige countries to ensure that everyone, regardless of race, is
able to enjoy a long list of rights some may take for granted, including the
right to freedom of expression, the right of peaceful assembly, the right to
work, the right to housing, the right to medical care, social security,
education and even the right to access places for the public's use such as
restaurants, theatres and parks.
currently heated debate about whether the ICERD requires constitutional
amendments if Malaysia were to adopt it.
to Malaysia and ICERD; it is currently one of 14 countries that have neither
signed nor ratified the treaty.
14 countries include the fairly young country of South Sudan, and island
nations Cook Islands, Vanuatu, the federated states of Micronesia, Marshall
Islands, Kiribati, Samoa, Niue and Tuvalu.
of 197 countries, 179 countries have ratified, acceded or succeeded and agreed
to be bound by the ICERD.
179 countries include Israel, which signed in 1966 and ratified the ICERD in
president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang recently objected to the ICERD, which he
alleged was unfair towards Islam and Malaysia's Bumiputera community, and
argued that ICERD should instead be raised towards Israel and Myanmar over what
he described as "cruelty" towards those of different race or religion
in their countries.
other countries apart from the 179 — Angola, Bhutan, Nauru and Palau — have not
ratified the ICERD, but have at least signed the treaty. (This indicates their
willingness to consider ratifying it, and is not legally binding but obliges
them to refrain from doing things that will be against the ICERD's purposes.)
is a quick look at where the 14 countries who have not accepted the ICERD are
scorecard in the region
on the topic of international human rights treaties, it is interesting to see
how well Asean countries fare.
the ICERD, the earliest adopter within South-east Asia is the Philippines
(1967), followed by Laos (1974), Vietnam (1982), Cambodia (1983), Indonesia
acceded to the ICERD in 2003, while Singapore became in November 2017 the
latest within Asean to ratify it.
Philippines, Cambodia and Indonesia share the honour of having ratified the
most regionally at eight out of nine international human rights treaties, while
Thailand, Laos and Vietnam ratified seven out of nine.
treaties that these nations have yet to ratify are either those relating to the
rights of migrant workers, or the protection of people from enforced
disappearances such as those done or backed by the government, or both.
rest are stragglers with Myanmar and Singapore having ratified four each, while
Malaysia and Brunei ratified a mere three although the latter has signed a
fourth treaty against torture.
the record, Malaysia has to date ratified only three core human rights treaties
which are related to children, women and the disabled: Convention on the Rights
of the Child (CRC); Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
Discrimination against Women (Cedaw); and Convention on the Rights of Persons
with Disabilities (CRPD).
has yet to ratify or even sign six others, including the ICERD, International
Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (CCPR), Convention against Torture and
Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT).
others unsigned and unratified are the International Covenant on Economic,
Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR); International Convention on the Protection
of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (CMW); and
International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced
Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah had in July said that Malaysia aspires to
sign the remaining human rights conventions, as promised by Pakatan Harapan in
its manifesto for the 14th general elections.
groups continue to oppose the government’s plan to formalise the convention, arguing
that doing so will strip the Bumiputera community of its constitutional
safeguards and privileges.
new party draws fire for ‘Islamophobic’ comments
Police in Muslim-majority Indonesia have questioned the head of one of its
newest and most progressive parties, who is battling accusations of
‘Islamophobia’ from rival politicians, after she said her party opposed the
growth of bylaws based on religion.
is officially secular and has a tradition of pluralism but Islam has
increasingly crept into politics in a country home to significant Christian,
Hindu and other religious minorities.
Natalie set up the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI), often dubbed the
‘millennials party’, in 2014 to offer an alternative for young voters
disillusioned by traditional parties often run by an entrenched elite.
a speech this week attended by President Joko Widodo, Natalie, who is ethnic
Chinese, spoke out against intolerance, saying PSI would not support local
regulations based on Islamic law or Christian scripture.
want to return back to the constitution so that there is a guarantee for all
citizens, whatever their background, or religion they believe, or faith they
have,” said Natalie, whose party is part of a coalition backing Widodo’s
for a second term in 2019 elections.
questioned Natalie following a complaint filed by Eggi Sudjana, a lawyer and
politician of an Islamic party, who told Reuters her comments breached laws on
hate speech and attacked religion. He urged her to apologise.
rival politicians also accused her of ‘Islamophobia’, while defending the
adoption of bylaws based on sharia or religious values.
police are still investigating to determine if any law was broken, said
spokesman Argo Yuwono.
a party statement, Natalie said that during six hours of questioning she had
speech referred to “a willingness to implement equality and justice for all
citizens before the law”.
also said it was based on an academic study showing how religion-based rules
could affect women and minority groups.
only province in Indonesia allowed to enforce Islamic law is Aceh, but other
regions have adopted bylaws enforcing elements of sharia.
bylaws were divisive, said Muhammad Abdullah Darraz, director of the Maarif
Institute, which promotes religious and cultural harmony, who defended Natalie.
have witnessed identity politics recently emerging and it has the potential to
divide the unity of the nation,” he said.
state ideology includes national unity, social justice and democracy alongside
belief in God, and enshrines religious diversity in a secular system of
religious and political tension has spiralled in the last few years after
hundreds of thousands in Jakarta protest against the capital’s then governor,
an ethnic Chinese Christian charged with insulting the Quran.
the last two weeks, the issue of Icerd had received significant prominence.
What appears to be an issue that requires proper legal and intellectual
discourse has been hijacked by politicians, leading to the loss of the
objectivity of the original issue.
politicians' propaganda was misleading and had stirred up unnecessary emotions.
The facts have been blurred, and the reality is politicians have only one
agenda: to create unrest and seize power using race and religious issues.
facts on Icerd are very clear and are available on the world-wide-web and yet
many chose not to read it themselves but rely on the propaganda made by
facts show that Malaysia is one of the 14 countries world-wide alongside North
Korea, Myanmar and Sudan that did not ratify Icerd. It makes us looks bad to be
in the same boat as such countries.
facts also show that 55 out of 57 Muslim countries agreed to ratify Icerd. Is
Islam in Malaysia different from Islam practised worldwide? Why is it that the
55 countries chose to ratify it? Only two Muslim countries chose not to -
Malaysia and Brunei. There are 36 countries with constitutional monarchy system
that have signed it.
allegation that Icerd contradicts our Federal Constitution and affects Islam
and bumiputera need to be evaluated clinically with proper studies and not on
the basis of emotions.
has provisions within its Article 1(4). Article 153 of the Federal Constitution
is ingrained in the formation of Malaysia. Something that is ingrained in the
constitution cannot be touched. We accept that. It is no different from the
American Constitution. Some things cannot be changed.
clearly, the legal process to change it is a long-drawn one that involves
parliament. The reality is Article 1(4) of Icerd is no different from Article
153 of the Federal Constitution.
I can accept the differences in views on whether Icerd ratification will have
an impact on Article 153, I cannot accept the way this issue is being handled.
Using race and religion shows the weakness of us Malays of which I am not proud
believe many like-minded Malays like me can argue this case professionally in
the right forum and decide whether it has an impact on Article 153. I don't
need politicians who claim that as Muslims we are for discriminatory policies
against people of other religions and races.
is a big difference in being discriminatory and giving certain handicap to a
segment of the society to allow it to catch up or having a law that protect the
interest of Malays and Islam. Protecting the interest of Malays and Islam is
definitely not the same as creating discriminatory policies against other
ethnic groups in Malaysia.
country is at its critical juncture. I think as responsible Malaysians, if we
cannot help the government to improve the nation's financial position and
create jobs for the people, we should at least try not to make it worst.
like Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Hadi Awang are hypocrites. They have no issue with
keeping silent on corruption. Does Islam allow corruption and stealing? It is
because of this (corruption and stealing) that Umno was rejected at the recent
Umno been open to internal check and balance and be transparent on matters, BN
would still be ruling the country. Had Hadi been clear and follow the true
teachings of Islam and not play politics, PAS would have been part of the
JAYA: Malaysia needs a colour-blind policy to help the poor regardless of race,
says PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pic).
Port Dickson lawmaker said many, including in his constituency, are plagued by
fishermen and plantation estate workers are struggling despite Port Dickson
being a tourist attraction, he said.
are not just Malays, but Chinese and Indians too.
are the people who were in my mind when I raised the issue of continuing
subsidies and incentives for fishermen, farmers and smallholders during last
week’s Budget 2019 debate.
is a need to push for a poverty-busting agenda that is colour blind, a national
narrative that is humane in nature and seeks to help those in need irrespective
of race,” he said in a statement yesterday.
said he will work to attract investment that does not only look good on paper
but one that will improve the daily reality of those who are currently left
behind by the nation’s economic growth.
lawmaker said he is pro market reform but detests any system that does not pay
attention to those who are unable to uplift themselves, or ones that do not
lead to fair and equitable growth.
am anti-discrimination and believe in fairness for all human beings.
is not mutually exclusive to my love and pride in being a Malay and a Muslim,”
also paid tribute to famous writer and linguist Tan Sri Zainal Abidin Ahmad,
better known as Za’ba, and his alma mater Universiti Malaya.
spoke at the Syarahan Za’ba 2018 event titled “Melayu dan Islam Dalam Era
Malaysia Baharu (Malays and Muslims in the New Malaysia Era)” in Universiti
Malaya on Friday morning.
his speech, Anwar said Za’ba was a man ahead of his time, fearless in
criticising people from his own race for blindly following some of their
leaders without applying critical thought.
has not changed decades later – today we have individuals who choose to focus
on issues like the implementation of Islamic law, but conveniently ignore the
billions of ringgit that have been stolen by some Muslim leaders.
voiced the importance of speaking the truth even when inconvenient, and that
call rings even louder today,” he said.
also believed the goal of an educational institution should be to elevate the
pursuit of knowledge that brings both joy and insight to the student, and not
just to obtain a certificate or a job.
should strive to not only provide information and knowledge but to being about
LUMPUR, Nov 24 — After PAS, Umno today confirmed that it will proceed with
participating in a mass rally at Dataran Merdeka on December 8.
thank the government for deciding to reject the ratification of ICERD.
will attend the rally en masse to say thank you, alright?” he was quoted by
news portal Malaysiakini as telling reporters at the Putra World Trade Centre
will attend the rally en masse,” he was quoted by news portal Malaysiakini as
telling reporters at the Putra World Trade Centre here.
refers to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
treaty had divided public opinion nationwide, with Umno and PAS leading calls
for its rejection on grounds that it was unconstitutional and insinuating that
its ratification would spell the beginning of the end of political power held
by the Malay-Muslim demographic group purported to have been agreed upon by
Malaysia’s forefathers in a “social contract” at the nation’s founding.
groups that had supported the ratification had expressed their dismay with the
Pakatan Harapan (PH) government’s latest stance, calling it a backwards move.
the Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement saying the government will not
ratify the ICERD, and will instead continue to defend the Federal Constitution
“in which is enshrined the social contract that was agreed upon by the
representatives of all the races during the formation of the country”.
Zahid had denounced the statement as being improperly issued and not official
as Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had not put his signature on the
Opposition leader insisted the government table its rejection of ICERD in
Parliament as a formal decision.
mouthpiece Harakah had earlier confirmed the December 8 gathering will go on,
adding that it will now be an “assembly of the rakyat’s victory and gratitude
in rejecting ICERD”.
Islamist party deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man was also reported
saying the rally events will consist of prayers and speeches.
Nov 22 — The Federal Court chose to postpone today its long-awaited decision on
whether an illegitimate Muslim child can use his father’s name instead of being
forced by the National Registration Department (NRD) to use “bin Abdullah”.
of Court of Appeal Tan Sri Ahmad Maarop, who chaired the Federal Court’s
three-man panel today, unanimously approved the government’s application to
defer the decision despite already having prepared to deliver it today.
are actually ready to deliver a decision. In fact, our written judgment is
ready,” he said, adding that the apex court panel allowed the application to
defer after considering the views of all parties involved.
order that this decision be adjourned to a date to be fixed,” he said.
asked by lawyer Datuk Sulaiman Abdullah if the prepared decision and the
written judgment would be delivered, Ahmad replied: “I’m not saying any more
than what I have said.”
federal counsel Datuk Amarjeet Singh Serjit Singh had this morning requested
that the Federal Court defer its decision that was scheduled to be delivered
today, in order to allow the government to resolve the matter involving the
naming of the Muslim illegitimate child in his birth certificate.
government is seeking the adjournment. The government is of the view that the
delicate subject matter has far-reaching implication and as such requires a
solution by other means.
advised by the Attorney-General that the executive feels it needs to address
the matter very carefully,” he told the Federal Court, adding that the
executive arm of the federal government wishes to consult a wide range of
view of the seriousness of the matter, I am instructed to inform that the
executive will commence efforts to seek a solution commencing today,” he added.
Shanmuga, a lawyer who represented the Johor Muslim couple who were seeking to
remove the illegitimacy tag of “bin Abdullah” from their child’s name, did not
object to the request.
light of the reasons given by the senior federal counsel and the indication
that the executive would themselves find a solution, I would agree with the
request for an adjournment.
given this involves the best interests of the child and there are other
children in similar cases, executive or legislative action may be the most
suitable avenue to resolve this. Because of that, I would agree to the
request,” he said.
who represented the Johor Islamic Religious Council who intervened in the case,
had earlier objected to the application for the decision to be deferred.
is evidently a legal matter involving the unalterable laws of Islam and hence
the issue that arises, I would submit, is not something that can be settled by
executive or legislative means,” he said.
argued that the government lawyers should not have raised this request to defer
the decision at the last moment, but should have raised it earlier in October
when there was a seven-man panel convened to rehear the case due its status as
a public interest case.
Chief Justice had in October decided that the seven-man panel would not rehear
the case, but would let the remaining three judges of the initial five-man
panel that had heard the case in February to deliver its decision.
also argued that the country has seen many examples of festering problems after
solutions sought fail to materialise, adding that it would be unfair for his
client to go through another hearing again if one or more of the judges on the
three-man panel retires by the time the decision is to be delivered.
must be some finality to this case, nothing can be more final than a court
decision,” he said.
two other judges today are Federal Court judges Datuk Seri Balia Yusof Wahi and
Tan Sri Aziah Ali. Both of them are serving their six-month extension after
reaching age 66, with Balia Yusof expected to retire next year and Aziah
believed to retire this month.
two other judges on the initial five-man panel, then Chief Justice Tun Md Raus
Sharif who chaired the panel and Federal Court judge Tan Sri Hasan Lah,
resigned in July and retired in September respectively.
for all Muslim illegitimate children?
met outside the court, Amarjeet confirmed that the solution sought by the
government would be an “overall solution” for all Muslim illegitimate children
facing the “bin Abdullah” problem and would not be limited to the child in this
lawsuit, saying: “It is wider than one case.”
said there was no timeframe fixed for the government to find a solution to the
asked what would happen if one of the three judges retires, Amarjeet said there
would have to be a fresh hearing by the Federal Court if a decision is
one of the judges retire, then there are only two left. And two judges cannot
deliver a decision, then if at all anything happens, you have to rehear the
whole appeal again.
as the government pointed out, the best solution is not through the courts,
it's elsewhere,” said Amarjeet who heads the Attorney-General's Chambers' civil
September 3, 2015, the Johor Muslim couple — given the initials of M.E.M.K and
N.A.W — and their child had filed a judicial review application against the
NRD, the NRD director-general and the government of Malaysia to seek the change
of the “bin Abdullah” patronym to the father’s name in the birth certificate.
High Court had on August 4, 2016 ruled that the NRD director-general’s refusal
to change the “bin Abdullah” patronym in the birth certificate of the Johor
Muslim couple's child was lawful.
the Court of Appeal had on May 25, 2017 unanimously delivered a landmark ruling
that quashed the NRD director-general’s decision to use “bin Abdullah”, also
ordering the official to correct the patronym in the birth certificate as the
official had no powers to override the father’s wishes and statutory right to
have his name used.
Court of Appeal had also noted that the NRD director-general's decision to use
“bin Abdullah” was based on two fatwas or religious edicts, but ruled that a
fatwa is not law and has no force of law and cannot form the legal basis for
the official's decision.
NRD had then appealed to the Federal Court.
Arabia’s Prince Turki Al-Faisal says CIA cannot be trusted on Khashoggi
DHABI: Saudi Arabia's Prince Turki Al-Faisal has cast doubt upon the reported
CIA finding that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of
journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month, saying the agency could not
be counted on to reach a credible conclusion.
CIA is not necessarily the highest standard of veracity or accuracy in
assessing situations. The examples of that are multitude,” Prince Turki told
journalists in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
prince, a former Saudi intelligence chief who has also served as ambassador to
the US, said the agency’s conclusion that Iraq possessed chemical weapons
before the US invasion in 2003 showed it could be unreliable.
was the most glaring of inaccurate and wrong assessments, which led to a
full-scale war with thousands being killed,” he said, speaking at an event
hosted by the Beirut Institute.
don’t see why the CIA is not on trial in the United States. This is my answer
to their assessment of who is guilty and who is not and who did what in the
consulate in Istanbul.”
President Donald Trump has disputed that the agency reached a conclusion on the
murder, saying instead “they have feelings certain ways.”
was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.
Arabia said Khashoggi was killed and his body dismembered after negotiations to
persuade him to return to Saudi Arabia failed.
Kingdom’s public prosecution is seeking the death penalty for five suspects
charged in the murder, but has said Prince Mohammed had no prior knowledge of
attacks kills 47 US-backed fighters in east Syria: monitor
Daesh has killed 47 US-backed fighters in two days in an attack launched from
its embattled holdout in eastern Syria, a war monitor said Saturday.
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Kurdish-led alliance backed by the US-led
coalition is battling to expel the militants from a pocket in the eastern
province of Deir Ezzor on the Iraqi border.
Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said the jihadists
broke out of that pocket on Friday to attack a nearby village where SDF
fighters and coalition advisers are based.
launched a broad attack on the village of Al-Bahra next to its holdout, taking
advantage of the fog,” Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said using a name
Rahman said 47 SDF fighters were killed in the attack, and violent clashes
continued to rage on Saturday as coalition air planes carried out air strikes
in the area.
Daesh militants were killed in clashes and air strikes in the same period,
according to the Observatory, which says it relies on sources inside Syria for
monitor said coalition raids has also killed 17 civilians, including five
children, in the Daesh-held pocket since Friday.
spokesman Sean Ryan said he had not received any reports of civilian
casualties, and insisted its air strikes had been “very limited due to the
anti-Daesh alliance has repeatedly denied previous reports of civilians killed
in its air strikes, and said it does its utmost to avoid targeting
Ezzor activist Omar Abu Leila said the attack on Al-Bahra was “very scary” and
that Daesh fighters were able to move quickly “taking advantage of the fog.”
overran large swathes of Syria and neighboring Iraq in 2014, proclaiming a
“caliphate” in land it controlled but has lost most of it to offensives by
multiple forces in both countries.
Syria, the militants are largely confined to the pocket in Deir Ezzor, but they
also have a presence in vast Badia desert that stretches across the country to
the Iraqi border.
2014, the US-led coalition has acknowledged direct responsibility for over
1,100 civilian deaths in Syria and Iraq, but rights groups put the number much
assailants have killed several terrorist commanders, including two from Tahrir
al-Sham Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra
Front), in Idlib and Aleppo provinces.
commander of Tahrir al-Sham named Abdollah Ansari was killed in an attack by
unknown gunmen in the town of Ahsam in Jebel al-Zaviyeh region in Southern
Idlib, field sources in Idlib said.
another Tahrir al-Sham commander nom de guerre Abu Jalbib was shot dead by
unidentified assailants in the town of al-Dana in Northern Idlib, they added.
Western Aleppo, a former commander of Jeish al-Mojahedin was also killed by
unknown gunmen in Batbou village.
the field sources pointed to the new wave of arrests of Tahrir al-Sham militants
in Northwestern Hama, and said Tahrir al-Sham has arrested one of its former
commanders namely Maher Fajr al-Khalil in the town of Kafar Zita.
a relevant development on Thursday, commander of Faylaq al-Sham affiliated to
the so-called National Liberation Front (NLF) terrorist group supported by
Turkey named Abu al-Bara al-Homsi was killed by gun fire of unknown raiders in
the village of al-Janodiyeh in Western Idlib.
a commander of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at named Abu Abdolsami was killed near the town
of Kafr Nobl in Southwestern Idlib by unknown assailants.
sources said that tensions have heightened among the NLF and Tahrir al-Sham in
Southwestern Idlib, adding that the NLF has closed the road between the village
of al-Anqawi and Jabal al-Zawiyeh region after Tahrir al-Sham strengthened its
positions in the region.
the Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted sources affiliated to the
terrorists in Northern Syria as saying that humanitarian organizations have
stopped their activities in the region after harsh insecurities in areas
occupied by the terrorists in Idlib province.
a relevant development on Monday, a senior field commander of Tahrir al-Sham
Hay'at was killed after unknown attackers opened fire at him in Southern Idlib.
Kibar nom de guerre Abu Zeid, a notorious field commander of Tahrir al-Sham,
was assassinated by unidentified raiders on a road connecting the village of
Kafr Sanjah to the town of Kafr Nabl in Southern Idlib.
the meantime, a field source said that infighting between Tahrir al-Sham and
Horras al-Deen is still underway over the French members of Horras trapped in
the town of Harem in Southern Idlib.
of Raqqa residents revolted against the US deployment and SDF forces in
al-Mansour district of Raqqa city and called for their expulsion," media
activists in Raqqa said.
sources, meantime, said that the Raqqa residents in their slogans called on the
Syrian army to free the region from the occupiers, and said that the protests
took place after the SDF forces launched attacks on civilians which resulted in
the eruption of clashes between the two sides.
the meantime, the SDF forces arrested several protesters in a new wave of
suppression of civilians.
residents have many times held uprising against the US occupiers and their
allies in Raqqa region.
a relevant development on Tuesday, clashes were reported in Southern Hasaka
after protesters from various Arab tribes took to the streets and called for
the expulsion of the US army men and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from
news website reported that protesters, mainly from the Arab al-Mahasen tribe,
clashed with the US soldiers in al-Aam street in the town of al-Shadadi in
Southern Hasaka after the US artillery attack killed the entire members of a
family from the same tribe.
further said that a large number of civilians in al-Shadadi and in the villages
of al-Hana Sharqi, al-Sarab and Saleh al-Leil in Southern Hasaka took to the
streets, protesting against the US-backed SDF and SDF-affiliated security
forces of Asayesh.
the meantime, field sources reported that the protestors attacked 2 bases of
Asayesh and set fire at their flags and their leaders' photos, calling for
their expulsion from their region.
added that the SDF, in response, opened fire at the protestors and launched
artillery attacks on several neighborhoods, injuring several civilians.
militant-affiliated website reported on Sunday that Arab tribes in Hasaka
province in Northeastern Syria demanded the Syrian Army to deploy its guards at
border with Turkey after the Ankara forces' threats to launch an imminent
large-scale operation against the Kurds on the Eastern bank of the Euphrates
al-Wasl reported that the Kurdish militias try to hold different meetings with
Arab tribes in Hasaka, Raqqa and Aleppo provinces to persuade them to join them
in battle against the Turkish troops.
further said that the Kurds had several meetings with Arab tribes in al-Safir
region in the town of Ra'as al-Ein in Northwestern Hasaka, adding that all
tribal elites called on the SDF to hand over border control to the Damascus
force to deter a Turkish invasion.
the meantime, local sources in Hasaka province pointed to the Kurdish concerns
about the Turkish troops' operation, and said that the Kurds have transferred
prisoners and detainees from their Alaya jail in the town of Qamishli in
Northeastern Hasaka to their central jail in Hasaka city.
Arabic-language Khaleej Online quoted a senior Saudi prince as saying that
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has threatened Trump that if he helps a
coup against him after the scandal over the murder of prominent Saudi
journalist Jamal Khashoggi, he will release documents and details of the deals
which will trouble Trump and his administration.
to the source, similar threats have also been posed by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Zayed who has declared since the first moments of revelations
about Khashoggi's case that he would stand beside bin Salman.
source added that bin Salman has also threatened Trump that he would cancel the
major arms deals between the two countries and would withdraw financial support
for tens of billions of dollars of financial investment in the US.
report came after Trump said the CIA did not conclude that bin Salman ordered
the murder of Khashoggi.
was killed on 2 October in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
US officials have reportedly said that such an operation would have needed the
prince's approval. But Saudi Arabia maintains it was a "rogue
didn't conclude," Trump said when asked about the CIA's reported
evaluation by reporters in Florida.
al-Ma'mouri was quoted as saying by the Arabic-language Baghdad al-Youm
newspaper that given the strong alliance between the US and Baghdadi,
Washington has started early elimination of his rivals to keep him in power
after reports about his death an injury weakened his rule over the terrorist
added that a number of rivals and opponents of Baghdadi have in recent months been
killed by the US drones, and said a powerful bomb was also detonated a few days
ago at the venue of a secret meeting of key ISIL commanders who were plotting a
coup against al-Baghdadi.
Iraqi, Syrian and possibly Moroccan ISIL leaders were killed in the
explosion," he continued.
also quoted Iraqi officials as saying that the ISIL terrorists are stationed at
the Syria-Iraq borders, adding that reports indicate al-Baghdadi's presence in
reports said last month that al-Baghdadi had called on hundreds of followers to
be executed for disloyalty to the group.
news reported that Baghdadi ordered 320 members of the terrorist group to be
executed for disloyalty in Syria and Iraq.
further said that Baghdadi “issued an order to kill 320 of his followers for
their betrayal of the ISIL and their recklessness, a matter which inflicted
heavy losses on the group in both Iraq and Syria”.
army and its allied terrorist groups have cut a large number of trees in Deir
Balout village in Afrin's Jandariseh area to construct a 40-meter-wide road
from Atameh village in Idlib to Deir Balout village in Jandariseh," the
Kurdish-language Hawar news quoted sources in Afrin region as saying.
it has been reported that the terrorists continue plundering people's assets
and properties as tensions between the Turkish army and its allied forces are
a relevant development last week, Ankara-backed militants continued plundering
people's assets in the occupied town of Afrin in Northwestern Aleppo amid a
two-day-long infighting between the Turkish troops and militants in the town.
Ankara-backed militant group known as the National Army is looting civilians'
assets in residential areas and trade centers in the occupied town of Afrin as
Turkish army troops and some of their allied militants are exchanging fire with
Tajamo'a al-Sharqiyah, another Ankara-backed militant group that has recently
been defying orders issued by the Turkish army.
local source said that people's assets have been looted in al-Vilat and
al-Mahmoudiyah neighborhoods, where infighting in underway.
source further said that a number of people, including civilians, have been
killed and injured in blasts and heavy exchange of fire between the two sides,
including a bomb-laden motorcycle explosion in Afrin.
the meantime, militant-affiliated Zaman al-Wasl news website quoted a
well-informed source as disclosing that recent infighting between the Turkish
troops and Tajamo'a al-Sharqiyeh is due to old differences between Tajamo'a
al-Sharqiyah and Ahrar al-Sharqiyah (another Ankara-backed militant group),
adding that Ahrar contributes a major role in the Turkish army attacks on
sources said earlier today that Mahmoud Azazi, a commander of Ankara-backed
Firqa al-Safawah terrorist group, was killed in clashes with rival groups and
Turkish troops in Afrin region in Northwestern Aleppo.
added that heavy infighting is underway between the Turkish army and its allied
militants and Tajamo'a al-Sharqiyah in Mahmoudiyah neighborhood and al-Filat
street in the occupied town of Afrin that has thus far inflicted major
casualties on both sides.
Azazi nom de guerre Abu Nawarah, a notorious commander of Firqa al-Safawah
affiliated to Turkish troops, has been killed in the infighting.
army tanks and military vehicles have entered the battlefield and the Turkish
artillery units are pounding the positions of Tajamo'a al-Sharqiyah in Afrin.
least 25 militant have been killed and tens more have been wounded in the
infighting that has been unprecedented in the last 8 months.
the meantime, militant-affiliated sources said that Deputy Commander of Jeish
al-Sharqiyah Abu Abdullah al-Masrab has declared its affiliation to Tajamo'a
al-Sahrqiyah, condemning attacks by the Turkish troops and allied militants.
Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website quoted Karim Aliwi, al-Fatah
coalition's representative at the Iraqi parliament, as saying that the US
forces have started reconnaissance operations to collect intel all Hashd
al-Shaabi bases in Baghdad to target them in coming weeks.
local sources in al-Anbar province reported that the US has mounted a
highly-advanced CCTVs across the town of al-Ratbah, including one at the gates
of the town.
security sources disclosed in 2016 that Washington was exerting pressure on the
Baghdad government to end Hashd al-Shaabi's partnership in war against ISIL and
dissolve the militia army that has the lion share in the war on terrorism in
the country. "The US government has conveyed the message to the Iraqi
government through its diplomats that there is no need to Hashd al-Shaabi
forces and their role should come to an end," a senior Iraqi source,
speaking on condition of anonymity, told FNA at the time.
affiliated to the militants in Syria reported on Saturday that the SDF fully
withdrew from its strongholds in the town of al-Bahrah after ISIL militants
deployed in the town of Hajin in Eastern Deir Ezzur staged a raid on the
US-backed militants in the neighboring town.
media activists referred to the ISIL attacks against the SDF positions near
al-Tanak oilfield in Eastern Deir Ezzur, saying that over 35 Kurdish forces
were killed and wounded and 5 of their military points were destroyed.
also added that a large number of SDF forces fled the scene of clashes with the
sources in Eastern Syria disclosed last month that the US forces' backup for
ISIL had enabled the terrorists to recapture the entire lands they had lost to
the SDF in Eastern Deir Ezzur in the last 2 months.
Arabic-language website of RT quoted the sources as disclosing that in complete
absence of the US-led coalition forces to support the Washington-backed SDF to
counter ISIL's heavy offensive, the terrorists managed to recapture the small
but key towns of al-Sousah and al-Baqouz in Southeastern Deir Ezzur.
pointed to ISIL's control over al-Baqouz Foqani, and said that ISIL had
recaptured all the territory it had lost to the SDF in past one and a half
the meantime, Syria's state-run al-Watan daily quoted experts as stating that
ISIL's victory against the SDF and their advances in Southeastern Deir Ezzur
and their access to the Iraqi border came through the US cooperation as
American military left the Kurdish militia alone in battles against ISIL.
shelling killed nine people on Saturday in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib, a monitor
said, and state media said insurgent shells wounded dozens in Aleppo causing
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the two women and seven children were
killed in Jarjanaz village in Idlib province, where Russia and Turkey have
agreed a buffer zone.
UK-based Observatory also said shelling on Aleppo city, which in under
government control, wounded at least 24 people including four children, causing
news agency SANA said militants hit two districts of Aleppo with shells
containing substances that caused 44 people to choke.
deal to create the demilitarized zone staved off an army offensive against the
Idlib region, including nearby parts of Aleppo and Hama provinces.
exchanges of fire have broken out in northwest Syria since the agreement
between Russia, a key ally of Damascus, and Turkey, which backs some rebel
United Nations says nearly 3 million people live in the northwest region and
has warned against a battle to restore state rule there.
an array of factions controlling Idlib, the dominant force is Tahrir al-Sham,
an Islamist alliance led by fighters formerly linked to al Qaeda.
civilians, including women and children, have been killed in airstrikes carried
out by the coalition led by the United States in the town of Hajin situated in
Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.
sources, requesting anonymity, told Syria’s official news agency SANA that nine
children and eight women were among the dead after an airstrike targeted a
local market on Saturday.
statement has been made about the number of wounded people.
in the day, SANA reported another coalition strike in the same province, where
11 civilians, including three women and five children, were killed.
aircraft have been regularly striking civilian targets and residential areas in
Dayr al-Zawr under the pretext of targeting Daesh Takfiri terrorists. The
strikes have led to the displacement of hundreds of civilians.
week, the so-called coalition killed at least 40 people after its warplanes
struck the village of al-Buqa'an on the outskirts of Hajin.
November 15, local reports claimed coalition warplanes had killed 23 civilians,
including 17 people of the same family, after firing missiles at buildings in
the village of Albu Badran.
regular strikes on Syrian civilians, notably a bloody attack on the town of
al-Shaafah with 60 casualties on November 13, have prompted the response of the
Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, which has stated the
massacre clearly points to the fact that members of the military alliance have
no respect for moral values and international regulations.
this month, the ministry had also sent two separate letters, addressed to
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the rotating president of
the UN Security Council, Ma Zhaoxu, calling on the Council to fulfill its
responsibilities and stop US-led aerial assaults.
the US-led coalition has on multiple occasions used internationally-banned
white phosphorus munitions in bombing raids across the province, according to
various sources including Human Rights Watch.
Russian Foreign Ministry recently slammed US military operations in the
country, expressing concern for the use of white phosphorus and continued
terrorist training operations.
US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes inside Syria since September
2014, without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate.
will remain integral part of Palestine: Hezbollah deputy chief
senior official of Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah says Jerusalem
al-Quds will always remain an integral part of Palestine despite US and Israeli
attempts to distort this reality.
an annual international conference on Islamic unity in the Iranian capital
Tehran, Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem said on Saturday
that Palestinians would refuse to give up even an inch of their land.
went on to say that al-Quds was the pivotal issue of the Muslim world and would
remain the eternal and indivisible capital of Palestine.
cannot break up the territories of a nation,” he said.
stressed that Hezbollah had “managed to defeat” the Israeli regime in the
direct wars and confrontations by “focusing on the issue of Palestine” over the
Hezbollah official noted that Israeli entity was created in the heart of the
Middle East region in order to further colonial agenda and block the progress
of regional Muslim countries.
occupied Palestinian territories in order to block the development of the
region,” he noted.
Israel as "the axis of evil," Qassem said that the Israeli regime's
goal was to divide the region, and to cause rifts between Muslim nations.
an earlier address on November 17, Qassem described Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed
bin Salman as '”the triangle of evil,” stating that that they had become united
in order to advance their “vicious” agenda against Palestinian people.
in his remarks, Qassem pointed out that American imperialism was the main
source of “suppression and crimes” in the world.
at the Tehran conference on Saturday, the leader of the Palestinian Hamas
resistance movement, Ismail Haniyeh, strongly warned the Arab world against
“restoring” ties with Israel, saying all efforts had to be directed at
preventing the occupying regime from “infiltrating” the Muslim world.
Arabia has hostile ties with resistance movements in the Palestinian
territories, including Hamas which is fighting the Israeli occupation.
year, US President Donald Trump
officially declared the disputed city of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel's
capital, despite warnings from around the world that the measure risks triggering
a fresh wave of violence in the Middle East.
December, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly voted in favor of
a resolution that calls on the US to withdraw its controversial policy shift.
defiance of the vote, the US also transferred its embassy in Israel from Tel
Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds on May 14, triggering demonstrations in the occupied
Palestinian territories, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq,
Morocco and other Muslim countries.
by Trump’s move, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas boycotted his
administration, saying Washington was no longer qualified to serve as the sole
mediator in the decades-long conflict with Israel.
want the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinian state with East
Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital.
urges Muslims to unite against US, including Saudi ‘brothers’
President Hassan Rouhani urged Muslims worldwide on Saturday to unite against
the United States and assured Saudis they were “brothers” who had nothing to
fear from Tehran.
President Donald Trump abandoned a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between major
powers and Tehran in May and has since reimposed crippling unilateral
the United States wants of (the Middle East) today is enslavement,” Rouhani
told an Islamic unity conference in Tehran.
of “rolling out the red carpet for criminals,” Muslim governments should unite
against the United States and “the region’s cancerous tumour”, Israel, he said.
urged Shiite Iran’s Sunni rival Saudi Arabia to end its dependence on
“insulting” US military aid.
are ready to defend the Saudi people’s interests against terrorism and
superpowers with all our might,” he said.
do no ask $450 billion for it and will not insult you.” Riyadh cut diplomatic
ties with Tehran in January 2016 after protesters stormed its diplomatic
missions in Iran following its execution of a prominent Shiite cleric.
would be ready to host a meeting between Palestinians and Israel and to act as
a mediator, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.
was speaking to reporters during a two-day trip to Rome.
least 14 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli gunfire on the same day, during
protests along the Gaza border, the enclave’s health ministry said, as a lull
in deadly violence held after a truce deal last week.
of demonstrators turned out for the protests but largely kept their distance
from the fortified frontier.
Yemeni army announced on Saturday that it has liberated the al-Dhaher district,
southwest of Saada, which is considered one of the main strongholds of the
Houthi militias. The army said that it is advancing towards the Hidan
directorate amid severe losses in the Houthis’ frontlines.
army’s media center stated that the national army, with the support of the Arab
Coalition, was also able to liberate the al-Malahit front as well as the Maran
triangle. They also liberated a government building complex as part of their
large-scale military operation to gain complete control of the al-Dhaher
military source was quoted as saying: “Following the continuation of
advancements in the eastern direction of the Directorate of al-Malahit, our
armed forces were able to liberate a major factory, while in the northern side,
a number of strategic sites were controlled, including command posts, that
represented the most important reinforcements of the Houthi coup militias.”
military source added that the fighting is continuing until Marran, where the
army is preparing to enter the Hidan directorate and rid it of the Houthis.
source said that the al-Malahit triangle is the link between Yemen and Saudi Arabia,
which leads to the Hajjah province, then to Maran, up till the kingdom.
the Yemeni army, supported by the coalition, continued its field advances in
the Baqim district of Saada.
has rejected new US claims about Tehran's acts of terror and violence abroad,
saying American officials are explicitly and shamelessly promoting a new
paradigm of defending human rights based on the volume of arms deals and under
the guise of deceptive human rights slogans and cries.
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Saturday that a country like
the US did not see any need to conceal its previous double standards.
cannot expect more from officials of a government that link the issues of human
rights and the lives of humans with the volume of trade transactions and the
amount of dollars from the US deals," he added.
Iranian spokesperson emphasized that US officials were allowing some of their
allied anti-human regimes to slaughter millions of children, women and innocent
people in some regional countries, expose them to years of famine and disease,
and bomb schools, hospitals as well as wedding ceremonies and funeral
processions with the most advanced fighters.
such circumstances, the US cannot and should not whine in a false and
completely discredited place for global security and human rights in other
countries, Qassemi said.
added that the US government’s support for human rights in return for the
amount of dollars it received would only mock the human rights.
Iranian spokesperson made the remarks following a post on US State Department
spokeswoman Heather Nauert's Twitter account on Wednesday in which she claimed
that "tough action" was needed to stop what she called Iran's terror
and violence abroad and to improve its human rights record at home.
European Union has denounced Israel's new demolition campaign in East Jerusalem
al-Quds under which a number of shops and petrol stations have been demolished
foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini issued a statement on Saturday against
Israel’s “policy of settlement construction and expansion,” saying it is
undermining any chances of peace with Palestinians.
policy “continues to undermine the possibility of a viable two-state solution,
with Jerusalem [al-Quds] as the future capital of both states, which is the
only realistic way to achieve a just and lasting peace,” she said.
bulldozers destroyed 16 shops and three petrol stations at the Shuafat refugee
camp in East al-Quds on Wednesday as troops stood by.
EU also denounced Israel;s advancement of plans for construction of close to 800
units for settlers in in East Jerusalem al-Quds.
week, the bloc condemned Israel's "legal proceedings" that could lead
to the eviction of 700 Palestinians living in the Silwan neighborhood of Est
European Union is strongly opposed to Israel's settlement policy, illegal under
international law, and actions taken in that context, such as forced transfers,
evictions, and demolitions,” Mogherini’s office said.
EU expects the Israeli authorities to reconsider and reverse these
decisions," the statement added.
occupied the Palestinian territory of the West Bank, including East al-Quds, in
1967. It later annexed East al-Quds in a move never recognized by the
since the occupation, the Israeli regime has been setting up hundreds of
illegal settlements across the West Bank in direct violation of the
international law, which bans construction on occupied territory.
order to make room for settlements, it regularly levels Palestinian homes,
claiming they had been built without a “building permit.”
least five Emirati soldiers have been killed when a military base run by the
United Arab Emirates (UAE) came under attack in Yemen’s southern province of
Abyan, a report says.
official Anadolu news agency, citing an unnamed local source, reported on
Friday that the attack was carried out after unknown gunmen started firing at
the base with light weapons and RPGs, leaving another Emirati trooper wounded.
base, located in the vicinity of Abyan city, is run by Emirati servicemen and
armed militia loyal to Yemen’s former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, the
source said, adding that the attack could likely be carried out by militants of
the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Takfiri terrorist group.
source also said the gunmen left the scene without leaving any casualties,
citing previous similar attacks by the same group against numerous military
bases in the region.
August 2017, local authorities in Abyan announced they purged AQAP militants from
the city, but the outfit has conducted a number of attacks and killed scores of
troopers and militia ever since.
a coalition of its allies, most prominently the UAE, Saudi Arabia invaded Yemen
in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall Hadi, who had resigned amid popular
discontent and fled to the Arab kingdom.
aggression initially consisted of a bombing campaign but was later coupled with
a naval blockade and the deployment of ground forces to Yemen.
the onset of the imposed war, the Yemeni army, backed by fighters of the
country’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement, has been defending the
impoverished nation against the brutal aggression. The coalition is also
resolute to crush the movement as another goal in its war on Yemen, which is
teetering on the edge of famine.
than three and a half years into the war, Saudi Arabia has achieved neither of
its objectives. Riyadh had declared at the start of the invasion that the war
would take no more than a couple of weeks.
in June, the UAE forces, backed by armed militia loyal to Hadi, launched a
full-scale offensive against the Houthi-held Hudaydah, which is currently under
a tight siege imposed by the invaders. The so-called liberation operation,
however, failed to achieve its objective, which is overrunning the vital port
and defeating Houthi fighters, backed by those from the Popular
the past several months, humanitarian organizations have warned that military
operations against Hudaydah threaten to cut off essential supplies to millions
of Yemeni people. More than 70 percent of Yemen's imports pass through
coalition claims Houthis are using Hudaydah for weapons delivery, an allegation
rejected by Ansarullah fighters.
Saudi-led war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure,
destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN has already said that a
record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4 million
threatened by severe hunger. According to the world body, Yemen is suffering
from the most severe famine in more than 100 years.
least 14 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli gunfire Friday during protests
along the Gaza border, the enclave’s health ministry said, as a lull in deadly
violence held after a truce deal last week.
ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said 14 people were injured by Israeli army
fire along the border, including “a child shot in the chest east of the
al-Bureij refugee camp” in the central Gaza Strip.
AFP correspondent said protesters held back from launching burning tires or
balloons carrying flaming material towards Israel -- tactics they have
frequently employed since the border protests began in March.
were directed “to keep back from the separation fence and to maintain peaceful
protests... to give a chance to Egyptian efforts to calm things down”, an
organizer told AFP.
marked the second straight Friday of lighter protests since an
Egyptian-brokered ceasefire on November 13 ended the worst flare-up between
Israel and Gaza’s rulers Hamas since a 2014 war.
to reach a more lasting truce have angered Israeli right-wing rivals of Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
brought the government to the brink of collapse when the defense minister
resigned last week and took his party out of the ruling coalition.
was able to avoid snap elections when another key minister pledged on Monday to
stay on board, despite sharp disagreements with the premier.
border tensions have soared since the March 30 start of what the Palestinians
call the “Great March of Return”, a mass protest movement demanding the right
for Palestinians to return to homes they fled or were expelled from during the
war surrounding Israel’s creation.
have often moved right up to the border fence every Friday and occasionally
least 235 Palestinians have since been killed, mostly by Israeli fire during
border clashes but also by air strikes.
Israeli soldiers have been killed over the same period.
senior Hamas official said a delegation headed by the group had arrived in
Cairo on Wednesday to meet with Egyptian officials on efforts to “stabilise the
truce” with Israel.
Turkey’s nationalist MHP will support President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party
candidates in local elections in three key cities next year, the MHP leader
said on Saturday, in a boost to the AKP’s election prospects.
AK Party and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) formed an alliance before
presidential elections last June, but were subsequently at loggerheads over a
disagreement about the MHP’s call for an amnesty for some jailed criminals.
month ago MHP leader Devlet Bahceli said his party would not seek an alliance
with the AK Party in the March 2019 municipal elections which are being held
the time his comments triggered a weakening of the lira over concerns that it
would lead to political instability.
Bahceli announced a change of position on Saturday saying the MHP would not put
forward city mayoral candidates for Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, Turkey’s three
the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) candidates are in these three big
cities our support will be total,” Bahceli told officials from his party in a
speech in Antalya.
MHP’s candidates in other municipalities across Turkey would continue to stand,
he said, adding there was no “secret agreement” behind his party’s decision.
was not clear what prompted the change in Bahceli’s position.
and his MHP party had been staunch critics of Erdogan’s AK Party before they
reached agreement on their election alliance this year. Their alliance had been
expected to continue despite last month’s decision not to cooperate in the
local elections themselves will have little impact on the balance of power in
dead in suspected ISIS attack in Libya
least nine security service members were killed in a suspected ISIS attack in
the southeastern Libyan town of Tazerbo on Friday, a senior security official
other people including civilians and a security chief were also “kidnapped” by
members of the extremist group, which attacked a police station in the oasis
town, added the official.
Tazerbo desert region is controlled by the forces of strongman Khalifa Haftar,
who heads the self-styled National Libyan Army (ANL).
capital Tripoli is the seat of a rival administration -- the
internationally-backed government led by Fayez al-Sarraj.
attack, which has not yet been claimed, is the second in less than a month
targeting forces loyal to Haftar.
first, claimed by ISIS, killed at least five people in October in the central
attack in August claimed by ISIS killed 11 people including nine members of the
apart by power struggles and undermined by chronic insecurity, Libya has become
a haven for extremists since the ouster and killing of Moamer Kadhafi in 2011.
took advantage of the chaos to gain a foothold in the city of Sirte in 2015 but
forces loyal to a UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) resumed control
of the city in December 2016 after eight months of deadly fighting.
then, some extremists have returned to the desert in an attempt to regroup and
September, ISIS claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on the headquarters
of the Libya’s National Oil Company (NOC) in the heart of Tripoli which left
two dead and 10 wounded.
months earlier, it also claimed an attack on the electoral commission
headquarters which left 14 dead.
Nigeria: Nigeria’s military on Saturday acknowledged a major attack against it
by extremists after opposition lawmakers said 44 soldiers were killed, while
public pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari grew over the failure of his
pledge to defeat Boko Haram.
military statement issued overnight didn’t say how many are dead after the Nov.
18 attack in Metele in the northeast, but it dismissed media reports citing
even higher tolls and called the situation under control. Nigeria is often
reluctant to expose the number of casualties after such attacks.
Buhari faces growing pressure over insecurity ahead of next year’s presidential
election, an aide said the president had summoned military chiefs and sent the
defense minister to neighboring Chad for an “urgent meeting” with President
Idriss Deby. A multinational force combating Boko Haram is based in Chad.
leader is “worried by Boko Haram’s renewed attacks on military bases,” aide
Bashir Ahmad said in a post on Twitter.
Daesh West Africa Province, the largest Daesh-linked extremist group in Africa
and a recent offshoot of Boko Haram, claimed responsibility for Sunday’s
attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group that monitors extremist
messaging. The group last month caused outrage by killing an abducted health
worker despite an urgent plea from the International Committee of the Red Cross
to spare her life.
are increasingly concerned about reports of growing casualties among troops
who made the defeat of the Nigeria-based Boko Haram a major goal of his
presidency when he was elected in 2015, “is preoccupied with re-election
campaigns” while many homes are filled with mourners, human rights activist
Okechukwu Nwanguma said in a statement on Saturday.
government under Buhari, a former military dictator from the north, has claimed
in the past that Boko Haram has been “crushed,” but the extremists continue to
carry out deadly suicide bombings and abductions in the northeast and wider
Lake Chad region.
has admitted the local media reports over a recent Boko Haram attack on army
base that allegedly left multiple casualties in the restive northeast Borno
late Friday statement by the Nigerian army read that the insurgents attacked
troops of 157 task force battalion but insisted on not giving casualty figures
until families of the affected soldiers have been briefed.
confirmation is the first time since local media broke the news of the attack
earlier in the week.
reports said up to 113 soldiers were killed with several others still missing
in deadly attack in Metele area of Borno while many weapons were also stolen.
army however said the reports in the media were exaggerated, warning against
unintended spread of Boko Haram propaganda.
it is true that there was an attack on the location on 18 November 2018, it has
however, become necessary to correct several misinformation being circulated
with regards to this unfortunate event,” it said.
Friday, Daesh also released a five-minute video detailing the attack and how
its fighters purportedly went away with several military hardwares.
is important for the public to note that the Nigerian Army has laid-down
procedures for reporting incidents that involve its personnel who fall casualty
in action," said the army, urging the public to avoid exacerbating the
grief of the victims' families.
will prevail over Boko Haram'
president also expressed "deep shock" over the Boko Haram attack on
the military personnel in Metele, assuring that "immediate measures are
being taken to ensure that the loopholes which led to the fatalities are
blocked once and for all."
Buhari said that his administration remains ever committed and focused on the
security of military personnel and other citizens.
responsible Commander-in-Chief would rest on his oars or fold his hands to
allow terrorists to endanger the lives of its military personnel and other
loyal forces have proved their strength over the terrorists and we are ready to
give them all the needed support in terms of equipment and manpower to succeed
in ending the renewed threat," he said.
also noted that he is engaging the Military and Intelligence Chiefs in
extensive discussions in the coming days "on the next steps we shall be
has been battling Boko Haram insurgency since 2009 when the group turned
violent following the death of its former leader Mohamed Yusuf in police
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