Coast on High Alert after Intel On ISIS Terror
Madrasas: Pakistan’s Response to Tackle Extremism
Council Calls For Efforts by Muslim Leadership against Terrorism
Lanka Troops Launch Major Hunt for Extremists Linked To Suicide Attacks
Acceptable To Palestinians Required For Palestine Peace: Qatar
Wreaks Havoc In Nigerian Village, Kills 25 Soldiers
Administration Adopts Israeli Foreign Policy: Analyst
Attend Iftar 100 Times: Mamata Over Muslim Appeasement Allegations
Family In UP Names Newborn Son Narendra Modi
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attend Iftar 100 times: Mamata over Muslim appeasement allegations
scant regard for the BJP's constant criticism that she was appeasing Muslims,
Mamata Banerjee on Saturday indicated that she would continue to attend
'Iftaars' as the community votes for her Trinamool Congress.
who was addressing the media, made the potentially controversial comment while
inviting the media to attend an Iftaar party organised by the Kolkata Municipal
Corporation towards the end of the month.
am going to the Iftar party. You all also please come," Mamata Banerjee
appease Muslims, no? I will go there a hundred times. 'Je goru dudh dei tar
lathio khete hoi; (if a cow gives milk, one has to be prepared for its kicks
also)," she said.
Muslim community voted for Banerjee's Trinamool in the recent elections, where
a lot of Hindu votes shifted to the BJP which came up with best performance in
Bengal taking 18 seats.
Trinamool, which had got 34 seats five years back, saw its tally getting
reduced to 22.
coast on high alert after intel on ISIS terror
Kerala coast has been put on high alert following intelligence reports that
boats allegedly carrying 15 Islamic State Terrorists had set off from Sri Lanka
to the Lakshadweep islands, police said Saturday.
to highly places sources in the police department, the coastal police stations
and coastal district police chiefs have been alerted.
alerts are usual practice but this time we have a specific information about
have alerted the coastal police stations and the police chiefs of coastal
districts to be on alert in case of any sighting of suspicious vessels,” a top
police source told PTI.
coastal police department said it was on alert since May 23, the day alert came
from Sri Lanka.
were on alert since the Sri Lankan attack took place.
have also alerted the fishing vessels and others venturing into the sea to be
cautious of suspicious activities,” coastal department sources confirmed to
the serial bomb blasts in Sri Lanka, Kerala was on alert, especially after NIA
investigations revealed that IS operatives had planned attacks in the State.
agencies believe that a considerable number of Keralities are still with the
ISIS which was recently wiped out from Iraq and Syria.
Lanka witnessed a deadly terror attack on April 21 when eight blasts rocked the
Island nation killing over 250 people.
Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident.
madrasas: Pakistan’s response to tackle extremism
As part of a strategy to dismantle the extremist networks, the government has
decided to introduce major reforms in the curriculum of over 30,000 Islamic
schools or madrasas dotting the country’s landscape.
reforms would include banning chapters that are fueling hatred and introduction
of modern subjects like science, skills and teaching of English language in the
government will bear the financial burden to introduce these major reforms in
madrasas which are a major source of education for poor children,” a senior
officer in the Ministry of Education in Islamabad said.
said the religious leaders and the patrons of these institutions will be taken
into confidence and included in the process of revising the syllabus.
reforms will help madrasa students to graduate with modern skills. The step
will also unveil vast career opportunities for them, at par with those
graduating from colleges and universities.”
per the plan, still under the formative stages, the government is preparing to
post teachers to teach English, science subjects and skills in madrasas.
Further, the madrasas would be equipped with science laboratories.
in Pakistan continue to be the only outlets providing free religious education
to poor children. Modeled on the pattern of boarding schools, they also offer
free food and accommodation.
figures suggest that there were just 247 madrasas in Pakistan in 1947, at the
time of the country’s inception. Since then they have multiplied in geometric
before the Soviet-Afghan War that began in 1979 and lasted over nine years, the
number of madrasas had grown to 2,831 in 1980s, during the tenure of military
ruler General Ziaul Haq.
a key role in Afghan war, Haq declared it jihad or holy war and organised
Afghan Mujahideen to fight against the then world power.
he also encouraged religious parties to step in and post their workers in the
fight against Soviets.
number of madrasas increased as most of the religious parties set up their own
seminaries fully under the patron and encouragement of the West, to provide
education to millions of Afghan refugee children.
curriculum currently being taught in the seminaries is called Dars-e-Nizami,
drafted by an 18th century scholar Mulla Nizamuddin Sihalwi, from the Farangi
Mahal madrasa, located in Indian city of Lucknow.
are teaching Tafseer [interpretation of the Holy Quran], Hadith [sayings of
Prophet Muhammad], Islamic law, Arabic grammar, Urdu language, memorising of
holy Quran and mathematics,” said Mufti Muneebur Rahman, a scholar in Madrasa
Usmania situated in Nowshera, a city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
that madrasas themselves have brought many changes in the system, he said his
madrasa now teaches English, science and other social subjects.
critics of madrasa education system have often blamed that children graduating
from these institutions are ill-equipped to face the modern world, thereby
easily fall prey to militant outfits.
is a baseless allegations,” said Rahman.
to a question regarding the funding of these madrasas to meet their daily
expenses, he said that they depend on donations and number of people from
professions like medicine, engineering, business and even government officials
offer zakat to these institutions.
has been facing ample pressure from the western nations to regulate madrasas.
Khan’s government has banned several religious outfits and announced to bring
reforms in madrasas in order to bring them under government control.
the government is facing stiff resistance from powerful religious parties.
there are over 30,000 madrasas where over 2.5 million children are studying and
the government has decided to bring them in the mainstream,” Major General Asif
Ghafoor, Pakistan Army’s spokesperson, told reporters last month.
added that just 100 madrasas have been found involved in violent activities,
while the rest are a good and effective source of education for children.
want to end violent extremism in the country and that will be possible when our
children have the same education and opportunities,” Ghafoor added.
February, Pakistan froze assets and took over the control of dozens of
seminaries, mosque and other institutions believed to be affiliated with banned
Council calls for efforts by Muslim leadership against terrorism
of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) should play an effective leadership role to
resolve prevailing unrest in Gulf countries,” Pakistan Ulema Council Chairman
Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi noted on Saturday.
added that war could never be a solution to any issue while calling Saudi
Arabia’s decision to not engage in any warlike situation a good omen.
chairman was talking to media sources here ahead of leaving for Saudi Arabia to
attend Mecca Conference.
Ashrafi said that the Muslim Ummah leadership should constitute an effective
and cohesive strategy against terrorists and extremists as well as their
Conference would be held in Saudi Arabia in the aegis of the Muslim World
League to spread the moderate message of Islam.
League has extended a special invitation to Pakistan Ulema Council Chairman.
stated that Pakistan held a very respectful place in the comity of Muslim
Qamar Javed Bajwa was said to be playing an effective role to resolve the challenges
faced by the Muslim world.
added that the prevailing challenges of Muslim Ummah could be settled if entire
Muslim world became united.
chairman asserted that enemies of Islam and Muslims were fanning sectarian
violence in Muslim countries to create anarchy and differences within.
Ashrafi also stated that OIC meeting in Mecca was of key importance while the
entire Muslim world had pinned hopes on its outcome.
further maintained that the role and services rendered by Saudi Arabia for the
Islamic world could not be neglected.
of Khadim e Harmain Al- Sharifain Shah Salman Abdul Aziz to invite the
leadership of Muslim countries and Muslim Ulema and scholars on the night of
27th Ramazaan is very positive sign to seek a solution for prevailing
challenges of the Muslim world,” PUC chairman continued.
to a query, he stated that Pakistan had never supported the war.
Ashrafi added that the brotherly relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia
were no secret and if any force of the world dared target the sanctity of Saudi
Arabia, Pak-Force and people of Pakistan stood committed to lay any sacrifice
for its security and defence.
then went on asserting that Iran was Pakistan’s neighbouring Islamic country
while Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were knotted in ties of faith and respect.
wanted across-the-board action against the terrorist elements and their
supporters for carrying out targeted attacks at Saudi Arabia, Ashrafi
then relayed that Pakistan condemned terrorism and extremism at every forum and
was willing to contain the menace of terrorism and extremism from the Muslim
Lanka troops launch major hunt for extremists linked to suicide attacks
Lanka’s military launched a major hunt Saturday for remnants of an extremist
group which carried out the Easter suicide bombings that killed 258 people,
Colombo suburbs were targeted by troops using emergency powers on arrests and
detentions adopted after the April 21 attacks.
cordon-and-search operations are under way in three areas just outside
Colombo,” a military official told reporters.
operations were also carried out in the country’s north-west, where anti-Muslim
riots this month left one man dead and hundreds of Muslim-owned shops, homes
and mosques destroyed.
forces have arrested scores of suspects in connection with the bombings and
over what appeared to be organized violence against the island’s Muslim
authorities say the immediate jihadist threat has been blunted, President
Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday extended for one month the 30-day state of emergency
imposed after the suicide bombings.
said the move was to maintain “public security”, with the country still on edge
after the attacks on three hotels and three churches that were blamed on a
local extremist group, the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ).
group has also claimed a role in the attacks.
make up 7.6 percent and Muslims 10 percent of mainly Buddhist Sri Lanka.
acceptable to Palestinians required for Palestine peace: Qatar
has refuted US President Donald Trump's controversial proposal for peace
between Palestinians and the Israeli regime, saying the demands of the
Palestinian people need to be considered in any such plans.
Foreign Ministry said in a Friday statement that economic development needed
for peace in Palestine could not be achieved without "fair political
solutions" acceptable to Palestinians.
statement was referring to the Trump's so-called "Deal of the
Century" plan set to be unveiled next month. The White House will lay out
the first part of Trump's so-called peace plan when it holds an international
conference in Bahrain in late June.
these challenges requires sincerity of intent, concerted efforts from regional
and international players and appropriate political conditions for economic
prosperity," the statement added.
conditions would not be achieved without fair political solutions to the issues
of the peoples of the region, especially the Palestinian issue, in accordance
with a framework acceptable to the brotherly Palestinian people," it
plan has been dismissed by Palestinian authorities ahead of its unveiling at
the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan and the formation of the new
in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on April 16, Palestinian Prime
Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh lashed out at Trump’s initiative, asserting that it
was “born dead.”
noted that negotiations with the US were useless in the wake of the country’s
relocation of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds, which
Palestinians consider the capital city of their future state.
opposition to the US' plan is significant given that the "Deal of the
Century" was expected to encourage investment in the West Bank and Gaza
Strip by Arab donor countries - including Qatar - before grappling with thorny
political issues at the heart of the conflict.
a close US ally and home to its largest Middle East air base, has poured
millions of dollars into the impoverished Gaza Strip over the past year to
boost its ailing economy, and this month pledged an additional $480 million to
support both Gaza and the West Bank.
wreaks havoc in Nigerian village, kills 25 soldiers
Daesh-linked militants have killed more than two dozen soldiers and a number of
civilians in an ambush in northeast Nigeria, in the second deadly attack on the
army this week.
militants, suspected to be members of the Boko Haram terrorist organization,
killed at least 25 soldiers and an unspecified number of civilians in the
ambush in Borno state on Saturday.
said the militants opened fire as the soldiers were escorting a group of
evacuees from a village in the state.
ambushed and surrounded the vehicles of both the soldiers and the civilians and
opened fire on them," one source told Reuters news agency.
exchanged fire for some minutes before the Boko Haram militants overpowered the
soldiers were reportedly evacuating villages in the region to carry out
operations against Boko Haram.
this week, Daesh terrorists stormed the town of Gajiganna, also in Borno state,
killing about a dozen soldiers.
group which calls itself the West Africa province (ISWAP) branch of Daesh has
launched repeated attacks in Nigeria in recent months after sustaining heavy
losses in its Iraq and Syria strongholds.
and Boko Haram made an alliance in 2015 before separating in 2016. However,
there are reports the two groups were making efforts to get back together.
month, Nigeria's army chief warned that the two groups aimed to carve out a
Takfiri enclave stretching from Nigeria’s northeast into the wider Lake Chad
Haram militants have been fighting government forces for about a decade.
2009, attacks by Boko Haram terrorists have left at least 27,000 dead and made
over 2.6 million others homeless.
Haram’s sphere of activities spreads to neighboring Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
countries have created a joint military force to stop the terrorists' from
further spreading, but sustained efforts to eradicate the militants have failed
and the military continues to suffer heavy losses.
administration adopts Israeli foreign policy: Analyst
President Donald Trump’s plan to deploy 1,500 troops to the Middle East over
the escalating tensions with Iran reflects his ambivalence towards the
political environment of the region, says an American academic and analyst.
Fetzer, a retired professor of philosophy at the University of Minnesota, said
Trump’s foreign policy advisers such as National Security Adviser John Bolton
and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are hawks on Iran and deeply influenced by
of course, we have had many reasons to be concerned that Donald Trump himself
was adopting an Israeli foreign policy,” Fetzer told Press TV on Friday.
also noted that Iran has not made any efforts to threaten the United States and
has only asserted its own right to self-defense as a matter of national
on Friday announced the deployment of 1,500 troops to the Middle East, claiming
it was an effort to bolster defenses against Iran.
want to have protection in the Middle East. We're going to be sending a
relatively small number of troops, mostly protective," Trump told
reporters as he left the White House for a trip to Japan.
Pentagon said only about 900 of the 1500 troops will be newly deployed. It said
the other 600 are already in the Middle East region and will be extended.
on Thursday, acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan confirmed that the
Pentagon was considering deploying additional American troops to the Middle
week, Iran voiced concern about "adventurism by foreign players" to
disrupt maritime navigation in the Persian Gulf region, describing the incident
as "lamentable" and "worrying" and calling for thorough
Trump administration has been stepping up pressure against Iranians in the wake
of Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.
White House has also tightened economic sanctions against Tehran and
blacklisted the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
family in UP names newborn son Narendra Modi
(Uttar Pradesh): BJP supporters call it the “New India” that wipes away caste
and religious boundaries.
offering proof is a Muslim family in Uttar Pradesh’s Gonda district who have
named their newborn son Narendra Damodardas Modi.
child was born on May 23, the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP returned
to power with an overwhelming majority.
infant’s mother, Mehnaaz Begum, wanted to name her son after India’s prime
minister and stood her ground in face of expected opposition from her family.
newborn’s father Mushtaq Ahmad, however, supported his wife and the baby was
named after Modi.
baby’s grandfather Idris said that the family agreed to the name because of
their admiration for the PM.
on the development, BJP spokesman Harish Srivastava said: “There could not be a
bigger example of the ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’ concept that did not
differentiate between Hindus and Muslims. It is only the pseudo-secular forces
that want to create an atmosphere of terror. Muslims are beginning to realise
that the Modi government means well for them too. This family has proved it.”
news comes a day after the All India Muslim Personal law Board issued a
statement asking Muslims not to “worry” over the BJP’s victory. “We have faced
several critical situations and this time too we will tide over it,” it said in
continued to remain in place in several parts of the Valley on Saturday
following the killing of former Hizbul Mujahedeen militant and Ansar
Ghazwat-ul-Hind chief Zakir Rashid Bhat alias Zakir Musa in an encounter in
south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Friday.
complete shutdown was also observed across the Valley. Hurriyat Chairman Syed
Ali Shah Geelani had called for the shutdown to protest against Musa’s
in Srinagar and elsewhere wore a deserted look on Saturday, with traffic off
the roads and commercial shops and business establishments closed. Reports
suggested a similar scenario across several districts.
Srinagar, restrictions were imposed in areas falling under Nowhatta, Rainawari,
Khanyar, Safakadal and M R Gung police station in the old city.
protests, authorities already had already announced that educational institutes
in the city will remain closed.
mobile internet had been shut down in parts of the Valley since Thursday night,
on Saturday, 2G data services were restored in several areas.
senior police officer told The Sunday Express that the no serious law and order
problem has been reported so far. “There have been reports of some stone
pelting incidents, but the situation overall was peaceful and under control,”
the officer said.
after 1.30pm on Friday, the loudspeaker outside Sarai Alawardi mosque crackled
to life, and more than a thousand foreheads were touched to the hessian mats
that lined the ground. Towering over them were the skyscrapers of Gurgaon, a
satellite town south of Delhi that houses technology companies, bowling alleys
and other symbols of the “new India”.
day after the Hindu nationalist prime minister, Narendra Modi, claimed a
landslide election victory, some in the congregation were anxious about whether
this new country had a place for them. “These days, it isn’t safe for us here
any more,” said Haji Shezhad Khan, the chairman of a local Muslim activist
group, sitting in a shaded courtyard a few metres from the mosque.
many Indian Muslims – whose population of about 200 million would comprise the
seventh-largest country on earth – Modi’s emphatic re-election has been an
country’s most acrimonious election campaign in recent history was studded with
references to unauthorised migrants from Bangladesh as “termites”, the
nomination to parliament of a Hindu accused of terrorism and a debate over
whether Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin – who killed the founding father for
supposedly cowing to Muslim demands – was in fact a patriot.
this, or perhaps because of it, a record 270 million Indians cast their votes
for Modi’s Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) or its allies.
truly believed it would be fought back,” said Nazia Erum, an author who has
written a book about raising a Muslim child in today’s India. “We believed that
a lot of voting that happened in 2014 was based on Modi’s development agenda
and people would be able to see through it now and things would be different.
And as it turns out we were entirely mistaken.”
between Hindus and Muslims, as well as tension among sects within both faiths, has
been a persistent feature of Indian life. But in the past five years violence
against Muslims has increased, including at least 36 killings by “cow
vigilantes” of cattle farmers and traders accused – usually spuriously – of
harming the revered animals.
Gurgaon, where hundreds of thousands of Muslim migrants have arrived in the
past few years along with Hindus to work in factories and on construction
sites, tension has been boiling over. Bitter campaigns have been waged against
Muslims praying in public spaces because mosques have no capacity or are too
far away. Sanctioned prayer spaces have been gradually whittled down to just
over three dozen after protests by Hindu organisations. “They are not allowing
us to pray,” said Khan.
Mittal, the head of a Hindu nationalist group that has campaigned against
mosques in the area, insists his campaign is strictly about upholding municipal
planning laws. “We are not against people offering prayer, but it should be
done in the mosque or in all the areas designated for them,” he said.
BJP points to statistics that show there have been no large-scale religious
riots under Modi’s prime ministership, and no surge in bias crimes in the
country’s official data – though some rights groups argue this information is
patchy and unreliable.
impact of Modi’s rule has been to embolden extremists, his critics say, and
create a culture where religious chauvinism and impunity can flourish.
than riots, Muslims fear the pinpricks,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, the south Asia
director for Human Rights Watch. “It’s the Muslim vegetable vendor who is
suddenly beaten up, it’s when Muslim families say they are worried about taking
lunch boxes because they don’t know when they’re going to be accused of
feel entitled to impose their voices, and to do so violently, and there is no
assurance the state will step in and protect them.”
supporters and opponents alike recognise that his victory on 23 May is the
cementing of an ideological shift in what will soon be the world’s most
populous country. Most elections are a choice between competing visions, but
India’s polls this year were, in the words of the Congress MP Shashi Tharoor,
“a battle for India’s soul”.
dispute is a century-old argument about the myths that should fuel Indian
nationalism. The country’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, surveyed the
extraordinarily diverse subcontinent and conceived it as a parchment “on which
layer upon layer of thought and reverie had been inscribed, and yet no
succeeding layer had completely hidden or erased what had been written
him were Hindu nationalists such as Vinayak Savarkar, an atheist but one who
viewed Hinduism in its innumerable manifestations as a set of cultural practices
that bound the subcontinent’s people together as a single nation. His vision
left little room for Muslims or other minorities.
or Christian countrymen … are not and cannot be recognised as Hindus,” Savarkar
wrote in a 1923 treatise. “Their holy land is far off in Arabia or Palestine.
Their mythology and godmen, ideas and heroes are not children of this soil.”
modern Hindu nationalist movement has evolved from Savarkar’s views, said Rajat
Sethi, a fellow at the India Foundation, a thinktank aligned with the
right-wing Hindu umbrella group, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), of
which Modi is a lifelong member.
talks about a more militarised Hinduism … The RSS would say, no, it’s about
culture,” Sethi said. “Hinduism is a community based on shared culture
practices rather than a dogmatic book.” In this way, he said, Muslims and
Christians were also Hindus: their lifestyles and rituals also inflected by
India’s Hindu civilisation. “Muslims form an integral part [of the nation] because
a lot of what we stand for is incomplete without Muslims as a religion.”
ostensibly “secular” politics of Nehru’s Congress was really a byword for
courting Muslim votes by giving the community special privileges, he added,
such as political autonomy for Kashmir, and the right to govern marriages and
other social affairs according to Islamic law – both of which Hindu nationalist
groups target for reform.
vision now appears to be in terminal decline. The Hindu nationalism he tried to
sideline, including by banning the RSS, has been granted a clear popular
worst excesses may be borne by the poor, but wealth and privilege are no
shield, said Erum, who researched her book by interviewing more than a hundred
children and their parents at some of the most elite schools.
happening in classrooms, in playgrounds: kids are bullied on religious lines,
they are reflecting the fractures in our society,” she said. “It’s happening in
the best schools, the most metropolitan cities. This is no longer the fringe.”
blames in part the country’s 24-hour news channels, which, along with social
media, fixate on divisive issues that draw eyeballs but promote a vision of a
country in perpetual argument. “It is an unending culture war,” she said.
DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ideological grooming should be
traditionally wary of promoting the anti-British revolt of 1857 for its
association with Hindu-Muslim unity.
prime minister on Saturday broke from the unspoken Hindutva historiography and
urged his coalition’s newly elected MPs to work for communal harmony on the
model of the joint Hindu-Muslim uprising so as to deliver India its truer
and leftist critics immediately called it a ploy, arguing that neither the
Hindutva historiography nor Mr Modi could be trusted with secular facts.
European woman environmentalist, who was evicted from India-held Kashmir by the
Modi government, warned that the first test of Mr Modi’s resolve could come
with the prime minister’s moves on tweaking the special constitutional status
of the disputed state.
Mr Modi does harbour the feared confrontation in the Valley, it was not evident
in his speech, which shepherded the focus of the new MPs several times to the
constitution. Bad press that he received from the foreign media during the
elections clearly influenced the tone of Mr Modi’s speech, a departure from his
recent barbed exchanges with the opposition replete with ultra nationalist
Saturday, as he was unanimously elected as the leader of the Bharatiya Janata
Party and the National Democratic Alliance, he broke into a Kennedy-like
fulmination. “There are things we expect from the world. But there are things
that the world expects from a great country like ours,” he said. “It is often
tempting for the people’s representative to discriminate against those that
didn’t vote for them. That sentiment should be shunned.”
Final Indian election results confirm return of Modi's BJP
said India’s minorities had been used and abused by politicians. It was time to
win their trust. Mr Modi also pointed to the large number ever of women MPs in
the new parliament and said this would only improve in the future.
he spoke, some news portals published pictures of Hindu cow vigilantes beating
a Muslim couple in Congress-ruled Madhya Pradesh on May 22. The masked
attackers were reportedly arrested.
Modi did not speak of the difficult days India faces with the US-Iran standoff
in the Gulf and the Sino-American business spat that has shaken global markets.
Newspapers expressed the view that he could meet his Pakistani counterpart
during the Shanghai club’s summit in Bishkek in mid-June.
Mamata offer to quit
Mr Modi was greeted by 350-plus MPs with shawls and flowers, there was
soul-searching within two of the main parties that fought him hard but were
crushed. Reports said Rahul Gandhi had submitted his resignation to the
Congress Working Committee and was adamant at not accepting a refusal. In
Kolkata, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee offered to resign, saying
she took responsibility for the huge debacle that allowed the BJP to win 18
seats in the state from its mere two.
Mr Modi met President Ram Nath Kovind to formally stake his claim to form the
new government. He had earlier warned the first-time MPs who include movie actor
Sunny Deol and former cricketer Gautam Gambhir, not to get a bloated head, and
not to fall prey to the media’s guile.
being pressured through blackmail: Jamaat-e-Islami
(JI) Acting Ameer Liaqat Baloch said on Saturday that the National Accountably
Bureau (NAB) chairman was being blackmailed.
the central advisory body of the JI at Mansoora, he said that allegations
against the NAB chairman had been leveled by a TV channel owned by the PM’s
said that the advisor should be shown the door. He demanded setting up of a
judicial commission or a JIT to investigate the matter.
JI acting chief said that accountability should be impartial and across the
board. “The 436 people named in the Panama leaks case and others involved in
mega corruption scandals should all be investigated,” he said.
said that the JI would start a protest march against price hikes and
unemployment from Lahore on June 16.
said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had not done anything for the improvement
of the situation. “The PM first said that the situation will improve in one
hundred days. Now the PM has sought two more months for overcoming the
difficulties facing the people. Such behaviour creates doubts,” he said. He
said the rise in electricity, gas and petroleum prices had put immense burden
on the people. “The common people are being affected because of the government’s
agreement with the International Monetary Fund. The people cannot withstand
this,” he said. He said that the sugar mafia was being favoured, but the
general public was being burdened with new taxes.
Pakistan is ready to hold talks with the new Indian government to resolve all
outstanding issues, Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said.
an Iftar dinner in Multan on Saturday, Qureshi said both India and Pakistan
should sit on negotiation table to solve issues for the sake of prosperity and
peace of the region, state-run Radio Pakistan reported.
remarks came two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi led his Bharatiya
Janata Party towards a super-sized victory for a second term in office.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday congratulated Modi on his electoral triumph
and expressed desire to work with him for peace and prosperity in the region.
congratulate Prime Minister Modi on the electoral victory of BJP and allies.
Look forward to working with him for peace, progress and prosperity in South
Asia," Khan tweeted in both English and Urdu.
April, Khan said he believed there may be a better chance of peace talks with
India and settle the Kashmir issue if Modi's party wins the general elections.
results of India's general elections are very significant for Pakistan as the
new government in New Delhi will determine the course of Indo-Pakistan ties,
which were pushed to a new low after the Pulwama terror attack.
a day before the announcement of results, Qureshi and his Indian counterpart
Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday exchanged pleasantries on the sidelines of the
Shanghai Cooperation Organisation council of foreign ministers' meeting in
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He conveyed to her Pakistan's desire to resolve all issues
flared up between India and Pakistan after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based
Jaish-e-Mohammed(JeM) killed 40 CRPF personnel in Kashmir's Pulwama district on
Six militants have been arrested for allegedly collecting funds for terror
outfits Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Lashkare-Jhangvi (LeJ) in Punjab province,
as Pakistani security forces have launched a crackdown on terror financing
after mounting pressure from the global community.
Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab government arrested the six members
of the proscribed organisations from various parts of the province for
collecting funds for financing terrorism, CTD spokesman said in a statement.
CTD said those arrested were collecting funds for terror financing for their
proscribed organisations - JeM and LeJ. “No member of any proscribed
organisation wil allowed to collect funds for financing terrorism and extremism
under the law of land,” the CTD said in a statement.
have been registered against the suspects under anti-terrorism law for committing
offences of terrorism financing.
Zahid and Irfan Ahmad of JeM were arrested from Gujranwala, and Zafar Iqbal of
JeM from Rawalpindi. Similarly, Muhammad Hanzala and Hamza of LeJ were arrested
from Lahore while Ijaz Ahmad of the same banned organisation from Multan.
international terror financing watchdog FATF in June last year placed Pakistan
onto its watch list in a bid to push the country to halt support for militant
February, the FATF decided to continue the 'Grey' listing of Pakistan for its
failure to stop funding of terrorist groups such as the JeM, the
Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the JuD.
Pakistan government have arrested over 100 members of banned outfits including
JeM chief Masood Azhar's son and brother and also taken control of JeM, JuD and
FIF's properties including seminaries and mosques across the country.
crackdown came amid tensions with India following a suicide attack in Jammu and
Kashmir's Pulwama district on February 14 by the JeM that killed 40 CRPF
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan warned against the risk of conflict in the
region, following a visit to Islamabad by Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif
as tensions between Washington and Tehran escalated.
have increased between Iran and the United States, which is a firm backer of
Tehran's regional rival Saudi Arabia, in the wake of this month's attack on oil
tankers in the Gulf region that Washington has blamed on Iran.
has distanced itself from the bombings, but the United States has sent a
aircraft carrier and an extra 1,500 troops to the Gulf, sparking concerns about
the risks of conflict in a volatile region.
who has been seeking to improve Pakistan's strained relations with neighbour
Iran, said he was concerned about the "rising tensions in the Gulf",
but did not specifically name the United States or Saudi Arabia.
underscored that war was not a solution to any problem," Khan's office
said in a statement late on Friday, citing the premier.
escalation in tensions in the already volatile region was not in anyone's
interest. All sides needed to exercise maximum restraint in the current
has been seeking to increasingly tighten sanctions against Iran, as relations
continue to worsen under President Donald Trump.
the end of the two-day visit to Pakistan, Zarif told Iranian state-run news
wire IRNA that US allegations against Tehran were increasing tensions.
actions are also a threat to global peace and stability," he said.
this month, four tankers, including two belonging to Saudi Arabia, were bombed
near the United Arab Emirates' Fujairah emirate, one of the world's largest
bunkering hubs, located just outside the Strait of Hormuz.
has accused Iran's Revolutionary Guards of carrying out the attacks, and the
Trump administration has declared a national security-related emergency that
would clear the sale of billions of dollars' worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia,
the United Arab Emirates and other countries, bypassing congressional approval.
Death toll in the Pashtoonabad Rehmania mosque explosion reached four as two
more persons succumbed to their injuries during the past 24 hours.
in the Bolan Medical College Hospital said that one injured who had received
serious burns wounds in the blast died on Friday night.
said on Saturday that an FIR had been registered against unknown terrorists by
the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD).
sources said the mosque, which had been badly damaged in the blast, was sealed
till further orders.
one has so far claimed responsibility for the terror attack.
television cameras have been installed in most of the mosques in Quetta, but
Rehmania mosque had no such facility. However, proper security arrangements
were made inside the mosque for Friday prayers.
Rehmani, the son of prayer leader of Rehmania mosque Maulana Ataullah Rehmani
who was martyred in the blast, claimed that they had received a threat two
weeks ago and informed the police about it.
Rehmani said he had told MPA Mobeen Khliji, who visited his residence for
offering Fateha for his father, that despite informing the authorities
concerned no security arrangements had been made in and around the mosque.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Abdul Razzaq Cheema said that the
police had already declared 40 mosques, including Rehmania mosque, sensitive.
He said he had told the mosque administration that the police and volunteers
would jointly perform security duty.
Cheema said that the police had been deployed outside the mosque while the
internal security was responsibility of the mosque’s volunteers.
said the police was providing security to 80 out of 618 mosques in Quetta.
security to all the 618 mosques is not possible for the police,” the DIG said.
CTD official claimed that someone inside the mosque could be involved in
planting an improvised explosive device under the chair of the prayer leader.
further investigation is under way.
of all sensitive mosques has been tightened.
and Afghanistan are set to hold high-level security talks in Islamabad next
and Afghanistan have not held any bilateral meeting since November when
officials of both countries had met in Islamabad.
had stopped meetings with Pakistan under the Afghanistan Pakistan Action Plan
for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) as it wanted a joint meeting of religious
scholars in support of peace in Afghanistan.
had long been asking Islamabad to issue a joint “ulema” declaration similar to
the one issued by nearly 2000 Pakistani clerics last year against suicide
President Ashraf Ghani’s phone contact with Prime Minister Imran Khan on May 5
played a key role in normalization of relations. President Ghani had accepted
Imran Khan’s invitation to visit Islamabad.
told Daily Times that Afghanistan’s National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib
would lead a delegation in talks with top Pakistani security officials on
Tuesday. Afghan Interior Minister Massoud Andarabi will also be a part of the
Afghan ministers will hold talks with Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on
anti-terror and security cooperation and peace process, sources said.
President Ashraf Ghani is also likely to visit Pakistan in June, sources said,
adding that the senior Afghan security officials would also discuss the
president’s visit to Pakistan during their talks with Pakistani officials.
Sources said Afghan ambassador to Pakistan Atif Mashal was playing an active
role to bring relations with Pakistan on track and to revive high level
ambassador Mashal, who is also President’s Special Representative to Pakistan,
told Pakistan-based Afghans at a gathering in Islamabad that his country is
hopeful Pakistan will play its role in peace in Afghanistan.
said the issue of refuges, trade and people-to-people contacts should not be
affected by political and security problems between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
underlined the need for enhanced trade relations and economic engagement
between the two countries. “Pakistan will get more benefits due to trade
relations. Afghanistan gives priority to trade ties with Pakistan,” Mashal
said. He lauded Pakistan’s efforts for Afghan reconciliation, but called for
more steps for solution to the problem. He also urged the Taliban to end war so
Afghans could live in peace.
A Sri Lankan Buddhist monk, who was controversially released from jail, has
claimed that a Tamil Nadu-based Islamic organisation had inspired the local
Islamist extremist group NTJ for carrying out the country's worst terror attack
on Easter Sunday. Earlier this month, the Sri Lankan Army chief said that some
of the suicide bombers visited Kashmir and Kerala for "some sorts of
training" or to "make some more links" with other foreign
suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through
three churches and as many luxury hotels on April 21, killing nearly 260 people
and injuring 500 others.
Buddhist monk Galagodaatte Gnanasara, speaking to reporters on Friday, said
that two Tamil Nadu Thowheeth Jamaath (TNTJ) men -- Ayub and Abdeen -- visited
met one Abdul Razik here. The idea was to provoke Buddhists to attack Muslims.
They spread stories derogatory of the Buddha," Gnanasara said.
hardline Buddhist monk was addressing the media for the first time since
President Maithripala Sirisena ordered his release using a presidential pardon.
was sentenced to six year imprisonment for contempt of court in August last
year. Due to Sirisena's pardon, he was released from the jail after spending
nine months behind bars.
TNTJ created Sri Lanka Thowheed Jamath (SLTJ) and later All Ceylon Thowheeth
Jama'ath. The SLTJ was later split under nine separate leaders," Gnanasara
said that despite the arrest of almost everyone connected to the NTJ, another
key figure Abdul Razik is still at large.
Razik is misleading the security forces. We will locate him soon," he
TNTJ, in a statement issued last month, denied any links with the NTJ and said
that both the TNTJ and the SLTJ have been involved in social service and have
been campaigning against terrorist organisations.
became notorious for his anti-Muslim stance. In 2013, he was blamed for leading
a major anti-Muslim riot in the Muslim-dominated town of Aluthgama in the
the Easter Sunday attacks, Gnanasara's prophecy on rising Muslim militancy
gained credibility. He had publicly claimed many years ago that the NTJ was
grouping for terror attacks.
was sent to jail for the contempt of court. His 19-year term was commuted to a
6-year concurrent sentence.
decision to release him has triggered widespread criticism by religious
minority and rights groups.
Lanka has banned the NTJ and arrested over 100 people in connection with the
Dhabi: A nationwide campaign to support Rohingya refugees raised Dh33 million
on its first day on Friday, with residents across the country showing their
by the Emirates Red Crescent, the humanitarian initiative – From the UAE for
Rohingya Children and Women – aims to provide the more than 1 million displaced
refugees with food supplies, medical assistance, clean water, education and
to international statistics, the vast majority of Rohingya refugees are made up
of women and children, with at least 660,000 children lacking access to health
care services, education, food and water, and over 253,000 women having no
access to clean water and sufficient food.
Abdul Rahman Bin Sultan, deputy secretary general for international aid affairs
at the Emirates Red Crescent, in a statement said that all of the aid would be
sent by a humanitarian convoy.
campaign under the directives of His Highness President Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed
Al Nahyan is to provide help and support to the Rohingya refugees. More than 20
organisations in the UAE are participating together in this campaign, and in
the first day we collected more than Dh33 million.
are going to send the aid by a Red Crescent convoy to Bangladesh as many of the
refugees are based there, with the humanitarian campaign looking to their
needs,” he added.
Shaikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region,
and Chairman of the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, has donated Dh5 million to the
is Rohingya crisis?
Rohingya are an ethnic minority people living in Myanmar (formerly Burma).
estimated 1 million Rohingya used to live in the county’s Rakhine State. A
series of military crackdowns, most intensely between 2016 and 2018, forced
most Rohingya to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh.
number of displaced refugees
2015 and 2017, a series of attacks by Rohingya and reprisals from the military
led to, according to the UN, a “systematic” persecution and violence against
Rohingya, with scores killed, raped, and tortured. Some 900,000 Rohingya have
since fled Myanmar, overwhelmingly to Bangladesh where they live in one of the
world’s biggest refugee areas.
security forces carried out separate operations in Balkh, Farah and Paktika
provinces in the past 24 hours killing at least 8 Taliban fighters.
informed military sources said Friday “In an Afghan special forces raid in
Nahr-e Shahi district of Balkh province 2 Taliban fighters were detained.”
sources further added that an airstrike in Shayb Koh district of Farah province
killed 8 Taliban fighters.
Afghan National Army 203rd Corps conducted route clearance operations in
Paktika province destroying 24 IEDs and preventing civilian casualties,” the
Afghan Special Forces have killed 11 Taliban fighters during an operation in
eastern Kunar province.
to informed military sources, the Afghan Special Forces conducted an operation
in Nurgal district of Kunar and killed 11 fighters of Taliban.
anti-government armed militants including Taliban have not commented regarding
the operation so far.
is among the relatively volatile provinces in east of Afghanistan. Taliban,
Al-Qaeda and militants affiliated with the other groups are active in remote
districts of the province.
anti-government armed elements often attempt to carry out terrorist related
activities against the government and security institutions.
Afghan National Defense and Security Forces killed at least four militants and
injured six others during an operation in southern Kandahar province of
military sources said Saturday that the Afghan forces conducted in Khakrez
district of the province.
clearance operations in Khakrez district, the 205th Corps killed 4 Taliban
fighters, wounded 6 and destroyed 6 IEDs,” the sources said.
comes as the anti-government armed elements and terrorist groups have been
attempting to expand their insurgency in key districts of Kandahar recently.
Taliban militants launched a rocket attack on Kandahar airfield earlier today
but was immediately repulsed by the armed forces.
Afghanistan: The UN says Taliban captives in Afghanistan have been subjected to
abuse, ill-treatment and actions that may amount to torture.
UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan says it interviewed 13 detainees from a
group of 53 recently rescued from the Taliban. They were mainly members of the
Afghan forces but also civilians and government officials captured by the
group was freed on April 25 when Afghan troops raided a Taliban-run detention
facility in the Khas Uruzgan district in southern Uruzgan province.
president says country could hold vote over nuke deal
president is suggesting the Islamic Republic could hold a public referendum
over the country’s nuclear program amid tensions with the United States.
state-run IRNA news agency reported Hassan Rouhani made the comment late on
says he previously suggested a referendum to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei in 2004, when he was a senior nuclear negotiator.
a referendum could provide political cover for the Iranian government if it
chooses to increase its enrichment of uranium, prohibited under the 2015 deal
with world powers.
Donald Trump pulled the US out of the deal last year. In recent weeks, tensions
between the US and Iran have risen over America deploying an aircraft carrier
and B-52 bombers to the region over a still-unexplained threat it perceives
Tel Aviv, tens of thousands protest immunity for Netanyahu
of thousands of people have held a demonstration in Tel Aviv against
legislative steps that could grant Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immunity
from prosecution and curb the powers of the Supreme Court in his favor.
protesters gathered outside the Tel Aviv Museum on Saturday for a mass rally
organized by Israeli opposition parties under the banner “Stopping the Immunity
Law — A Defensive Shield for Democracy.”
demonstration was the first held by the opposition since Netanyahu secured a
fifth term in office in general elections last month.
Israeli premier is facing criminal charges, including of fraud and bribery, in
at least three separate cases.
so-called Case 1,000 involves allegations that Netanyahu received luxury gifts
from international billionaires in exchange for favors. In Case 2,000, he is
accused of conspiring with the owner of the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper to
undermine a critical daily. And Case 4,000 involves allegations that Netanyahu
offered incentives to the Israeli telecom provider Bezeq in return for positive
stories in the Walla news website.
of that has earned him the title “crime minister.”
is due to attend a pre-trial hearing on corruption allegations with the Israeli
attorney general, set for October.
say Netanyahu is attempting to finalize deals with his likely coalition
partners, seeking their support for legislative moves to safeguard him from
prosecution in the three cases. He is also planning to have the powers of the
High Court of Justice restricted so that it will not be able to strike down
efforts to protect him.
an address to the rally on Saturday, Benny Gantz, the co-chairman of the
centrist Blue and White alliance who ran against Netanyahu in the April
elections, said Israel’s “dream” was “falling apart” under Netanyahu’s
are those who are attempting to replace people’s rule with the rule of a single
man and to enslave an entire nation to the interests of one man,” Gantz said.
said Netanyahu had deceived voters, adding that Blue and White would not let
Israel become “the private estate of a royal family or sultanate.”
protester told The Times of Israel, “Netanyahu is a corrupt dictator who
belongs in jail.” Others chanted, “Bibi to jail!”
will take this protest to Netanyahu’s house. We will sacrifice our lives if we
have to,” said another demonstrator, also according to The Times of Israel.
and White co-chairman Yair Lapid told the crowd, “What does he (Netanyahu)
think, that we’ll sit here quietly? That he’ll destroy the courts and we’ll be
silent? We’re here because we’re angry!”
Houthi rebels allegedly launched a drone strike on military hangars in Saudi
Arabia's Jizan airport near the Yemeni border, according to the group's Masirah
TV on Sunday.
was no immediate confirmation from Saudi authorities or from a Saudi-led
coalition that has been battling the Houthis in Yemen for four years.
Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi will begin on Sunday a tour of Qatar,
Oman, and Kuwait, Fars news agency reported.
visit to the Gulf coincides with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad
Zarif’s two-day visit to the Iraqi capital of Baghdad after finishing a tour of
several Asian countries, including India, China, and Japan.
week, the deputy Iranian foreign minister told a German envoy seeking to
preserve the 2015 nuclear deal that Iran’s patience was over and urged the
treaty’s remaining signatories to fulfill their commitments after the United
States pulled out.
have soared between Iran and the United States since Washington sent more
military forces to the Middle East, including an aircraft carrier, B-52
bombers, and Patriot missiles, in a show of force against what US officials say
are Iranian threats to its troops and interests in the region.
has equipped Syrian armed factions it backs with fresh supplies of weaponry to
help them try to repel a major Russian-backed assault, senior opposition
officials and other sources said on Saturday.
is backing the Syrian army’s large aerial and ground assault as it seeks to
gain control of the last big stretch of territory held by armed groups in the
northwest of the country.
President Bashar al-Assad launched the assault last month, saying the armed
groups had breached an existing ceasefire, triggering a civilian exodus by
bombarding Idlib and adjacent areas.
has been the biggest escalation since last summer between al-Assad and his
enemies in Idlib province and a belt of territory around it.
stepped up supplies in recent days after failing to persuade Russia in recent
meetings of a joint working group that it should end its escalation to avert a
major influx of refugees pouring into Turkey, two senior opposition figures
doing so Turkey signaled its readiness to preserve its influence in
northwestern Syria, where it has beefed up its troop presence in a dozen
military bases that were set up under a de-escalation deal with Russia, a
senior armed group commander said.
officials were not immediately available for comment.
a Turkish military convoy arrived in a base in northern Hama near Jabal
al-Zawiya, where Russian and Syrian jets have been pounding for weeks, an armed
fighter and a witness said.
delivery of dozens of armored vehicles, Grad rocket launchers, anti-tank guided
missiles, and so-called TOW missiles, helped roll back some army gains and
retake the strategically located town of Kfar Nabouda, one senior opposition
spokesman for the Turkey-backed National Liberation Front (NLF), Captain Naji
Mustafa, did not confirm or deny any new supplies by Turkey, saying the armed
groups had long had a big arsenal of weapons from anti-tank to armored vehicles
“alongside material and logistical support by our Turkish brothers.”
retreat from Kfar Nabouda was an upset to a Russian goal of a speedy military
campaign to gain another slice of heavily populated Idlib province.
assistantto the Iranian army’s chief, Brigadier General Hassan Seifi, said that
they have been able to “export their culture” to armed groups in Yemen,
Lebanon, Gaza, and Afghanistan who can “overcome the largest army in the
groups do not rely on military science or tactical capabilities, which is one
of their strengths. The enemy must see Iran’s regular military capabilities
close in the field. We tell the enemy that Iran is ready and not afraid of the
messages and dangers of any war,” Seifi wrote in a piece published by Mehr news
Iranian general ruled out war with the United States amid tensions between the
two countries. However, he stressed that the Iranian forces “are fully ready
... and any attack on Iran will be expensive for the US.”
believe rational Americans and their experienced commanders will not let their
radical elements lead them into a situation from which it would be very
difficult to get out, and that is why they will not enter a war,” Seifi said.
comments come after the US said it was sending 1,500 troops to the region in
what it called an effort to bolster defenses against Tehran, and it accused
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards of direct responsibility for attacks on tankers
has threatened to disrupt oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz if the
United States tries to strangle Tehran’s economy by halting its oil exports
through increased sanctions.
Arab Coalition has targeted Houthi reinforcements in the Yemeni province of
Hajjah on Saturday, an Al Arabiya correspondent reported.
to military sources, the coalition targeted Houthi military vehicles carrying
weapons and ammunition, headed toward Houthi-controlled fronts.
Arab Coalition had announced earlier in May that it has launched an operation
on Houthi military targets in Yemen to "neutralize the ability of the
Houthi militia to carry out acts of aggression."
secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement says Israeli
authorities have described his group as “a strategic threat” to the Tel Aviv
regime in an attempt to mobilize support and provoke the international
community against it.
his supporters via a televised speech broadcast live from the Lebanese capital
of Beirut on Saturday evening, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah stated that the United
States and the Zionist regime (of Israel) are conspiring against Hezbollah in a
bid to weaken popular support for the movement.
stressed that Hezbollah has stood firm in the face of US and Israeli hegemonic
schemes for the Middle East region.
United States would have offered southern Lebanon to Israel if Hezbollah did
not exist. Lebanon is not in a position of weakness. We are standing up for our
rights concerning Sheba'a Farms, Kfarchouba village as well as the northern
section of Ghajar [village],” Nasrallah said.
can stop the Zionist regime (of Israel) from plundering its oil and gas
reserves,” the Hezbollah secretary-general added.
further highlighted that his movement fully supports the Palestinian cause and
the Palestinian right of return to their homes.
also called on people worldwide to turn out en masse for International Quds Day
on a forthcoming US-led conference in Bahrain next month in support of US
President Donald Trump’s controversial proposal for “peace” between the Israeli
regime and Palestinians, dubbed “the deal of the century,” Nasrallah emphasized
that the initiative is aimed at liquidation of the Palestinian cause.
Hezbollah chief also praised the position of Bahraini scholars, members of the
public as well as political factions in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom to have
expressed their strong objection to hosting the June 25-26 conference in
in his remarks, Nasrallah said the Lebanese nation rejects permanent settlement
of Palestinian refugees in the country, stressing that the latter must not give
up on the right to return to their homeland.
loyal to the United Nations-backed Libyan Government carried out a
counter-assault against eastern commander Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army
(LNA) on Saturday as the battle for the besieged capital intensified.
flare-up in the conflict in Libya began in early April, when Haftar's LNA
advanced on Tripoli.
country has been gripped by anarchy since Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011.
LNA is now bogged down in southern suburbs by fighters loyal to Prime Minister
Fayez al-Sarraj's Government of National Accord (GNA).
in the battle for Tripoli has killed at least 510 people, forced 75,000 out of
their homes, trapped thousands of migrants in detention centers and flattened
some suburbs, according to the United Nations.
Gen. Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, head of Sudan’s ruling interim military council,
arrived in Cairo on Saturday and met with President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in the
capital’s Ittihadia Palace, the Egyptian presidency said.
is on his first trip abroad since taking power following the ouster in April of
Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir after months of protests.
and Burhan “agreed on the priority of supporting the free will of the Sudanese
people and its choices,” Egyptian presidency spokesman Bassam Rady said.
also said Egypt was ready to “provide all means of support to the brothers in
Sudan to overcome this stage in line with the aspirations of the Sudanese
people, away from external interventions,” according to the spokesman.
visit comes a few hours after a visit paid by the vice chairman of the Sudanese
Interim Military Council, Mohammad Hamdan Duklu, to Saudi Arabia to meet with
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
visit comes after Sudanese protest leaders announced a two-day strike from
Tuesday, as talks with the military over installing civilian rule remain
Alliance for Freedom and Change umbrella movement is at odds with the military
council over whether the transitional body to rule Sudan should be headed by a
military or civilian figure. The negotiations have been on hold since Monday.
whose president currently chairs the African Union, has voiced support for
Sudan’s military council.
month, El-Sisi hosted a summit where African nations urged the regional bloc to
allow Khartoum “more time” for a handover to civilian rule.
leaders were set to hold meetings with demonstrators at a sit-in outside the
army headquarters in Khartoum on Saturday to discuss how to resolve the
Friday, they said their strike at “public and private institutions and
companies,” accompanied by civil disobedience, was “an act of peaceful
resistance with which we have been forced to proceed.”
of protesters remain at the sit-in to demand the departure of the generals, who
seized power after ousting Al-Bashir.
leaders have called for people to march on Sunday from residential areas of
Khartoum toward the sit-in.
rounds of talks have so far failed to finalize the makeup of the new ruling
body, although the two sides have agreed it will hold power for a transitional
period of three years.
nations have called on the generals to hand power to a civilian administration,
while the ruling army council has received support from regional powers.
US: For many American Muslims, iftar is more than just the breaking of the fast
at sunset each evening during the holy month of Ramadan. It is an opportunity
for them to build bonds by gathering with non-Muslims to convey a better
understanding of Islam.
the country, Muslims are inviting non-Muslims, including public officials, to
join them during iftar. The non-Muslims are leaving the gathering with stronger
ties and a better understanding of Islam and America’s growing Muslim
Islamic Center in Detroit (ICD), the largest mosque in the Midwest, launched an
initiative to establish the “Ramadan tent,” which provides free iftar meals for
Muslims and non-Muslims, as well as offering free sahoor during the last 10
days of the holy month. The mosque has also organized breakfast events for a
variety of public figures in the American community to strengthen cooperation
between the ICD and American institutions.
the holy month of Ramadan is taking place, Muslims all over the world use this
month to focus on their spirituality,” ICD Executive Director Sufian Nabhan
find many ways to increase our service to God. One of the most satisfying
rewards is feeding the less fortunate in our community. Each night during
Ramadan, over 200 families are our guests at this most worthy demonstration of
man’s love and caring for other fellow human beings.”
in communities with sizable Muslim populations within Greater Detroit, such as
Dearborn, Hamtramck, and increasingly suburbs like Canton and Troy, you will
see restaurants set up special Ramadan hours to accommodate their practicing
customers, with some staying open 24/7. Dearborn, which is one of the largest
communities of American Muslims, is sometimes known as the Muslims’ Plymouth
Rock, a reference to the spot where European explorers on the Mayflower first
set foot in the “New World” in 1620.
ICD invited several major mainstream news media representatives to share iftar
in recognition of the role they play in educating the community on important
issues, including on the Muslim community.
journalist Walter Middlebrook, a former assistant manager at Detroit News, said
the gathering was “an important step to learn about the cultures and issues of
Arab communities” as part of American society.
media outlet in the city has an open door for your concerns, and it is up to you
to come and make us accountable,” Middlebrook said. “You are who make us
responsible, so we need you as much as we hopefully wish you realize that you
need us. We can all work together to make our city a better place.”
Priya Mann of Detroit’s Channel 4 TV news station also spoke, adding that the
iftar allows the mainstream news media to convey accurate images and
understandings of Islam to non-Muslims in America.
event is a great opportunity to connect the components of American society and
to identify unique stories from the community and to express them through the
media,” Mann said.
is so important that we build bridges and to talk to one another and discuss
how to cover certain stories. I think the more all of us get around the table
together, the greater the opportunity to deliver fair and valuable journalism.”
people from various parts of community attend is important. But to have a
dialogue is what makes the gathering more valuable.
Hachem, a host on the US Arab Radio morning program in Michigan, said that the
focus on news media personalities and the media is important.
want our community to understand what is going on,” he said. “There are two
kinds of media: Streaming media and community news which is very important
these days because most newspapers and TV stations do not have the staff to
focus on every community as well as they should. We need to tell our story
because no one knows it better than us and we are going to tell it to
also highlighted the role of journalism in supporting members of the community
to render achievements, whether they are in the form of appointments or people
who won elections.
Hawkes, a Detroit News columnist and religious affairs writer, also expressed
his desire to get in touch with Islamic religious centers to learn more about
the Muslim community’s culture.
Moytuzu, a documentary filmmaker and freelance journalist, is working on a
documentary series that focuses on Muslim immigrants in America.
learning so much about your community this evening, there is so much
misunderstanding, so having this kind of conversation would change our
of the ICD iftars was attended by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and various key
officials. The mayor of Detroit said he has been attending iftar banquets with
Muslims for three years.
added that despite the attacks led by some politicians against the Muslim
community, the community is continuing to build bridges of communication with
other parts of American society.
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell also hosted an iftar reception, preserving a
tradition started by her late husband, former Congressman John Dingell. He was
one of the first non-Muslims to host iftars to bring Muslims and non-Muslims together
to recognize the issues, concerns and traits they all shared.
stressed the importance of standing up to the discourse of fear, hatred and
discrimination. She said it was important to hold such an event annually, both
to honor the holy month of Ramadan and to commemorate her husband, who died
earlier this year.
his speech, Sam Beydoun, a member of the provincial financial committee,
highlighted the philosophy behind fasting.
James Zogby, the president of the Arab American Institute, joined from
Washington to talk to audiences about the problems Arabs and Muslims face in
confronting Islamophobia in the West.
are witnessing a leap in the community members holding governmental, executive
and legislative positions through the nomination and election process,” Zogby
said, stressing that time is the most appropriate to work and protect the
observance of Ramadan traditions, along with the gathering of Muslims and
non-Muslims, will culminate after the last day of Ramadan in the celebration of
and crew aboard a US military helicopter were injured when the chopper they
were travelling in was destroyed during a “hard landing” in Afghanistan, a US
official said Saturday.
to Colonel David Butler, a spokesman for US Forces Afghanistan, a CH-47 Chinook
helicopter “hit the ground hard on the way to drop passengers off” during a
mission in Helmand province.
said the helicopter had been totally destroyed during the landing.
Afghan and US personnel were injured but all are stable and expected to
recover,” he told AFP.
hostile fire or enemy contact involved.”
easily recognizable because they have one rotor at the front and one at the
back, are the workhorse aircraft for foreign forces in Afghanistan, and are
used to ferry troops and supplies across the country.
flying high at 84 years old, a Turkish pilot living in the U.S. says he has
flown all around America, chasing his aviation hobby.
Oktay told Anadolu Agency that his passion for the sky started when he was a
young boy watching airshows by pilots in northern Turkey, at Safranbolu airbase
in the Karabuk province.
finishing high school in Turkey, in 1955 Oktay left his motherland to go to
university in the U.S., and earned master’s and doctoral degrees at Columbia
University in New York City.
a job at tech giant IBM, Oktay started working as a technology manager in
research and development.
was this small airport near IBM, I’d go there during lunch breaks and have
half-hour flight training courses,” he said. “I got my pilot license in 1968.
Since then, for more than half a century, I’ve been flying.”
he was responsible for various divisions at IBM, Oktay added: “I would go to
[them] by plane and fly above the company for a short while.”
1993, when he retired from IBM, he transformed his passion into a business by
founding his own company, Oktay Enterprises International. At the firm, he
helped customers with business trips as a flying patent agent.
said he had flown to all corners of the U.S. and its territories, from Alaska
his Alaska flying, which covered more than 15,000 kilometers in three weeks, he
said: “There was a conference in Seattle, first we went there by plane then
moved on to Alaska. It was a magnificent place. We moved towards the polar
said when he flew near Alaska mountains at an altitude of 6,500 meters, he had
to use compressed oxygen. “Pilots need to use oxygen cylinders after 3,000
meters, because human beings can faint if there’s not enough oxygen,” he
whether he had faced danger while flying, he remembered a near miss at Prince
Edwards Island in eastern Canada.
were caught by a terrible storm,” he remembered. “The weather looked fine but
there were black clouds ahead.” He said he didn’t change course because the
flight controllers said there was no need for concern.
was raining like we were going through a waterfall. The plane began shaking. If
we had turned around, the plane might have flipped over… Then, all of a sudden,
all the equipment was out broken… I tried to get our bearings using the old
method, a liquid compass,” he added.
by light from within the clouds, he said he was finally able to land. “We
dodged a close call,” he said.
for charitable work, Oktay along with the Turkish Consulate in New York once
presented a Turkish family whose daughter was suffering from a bone disease
with a free aerial tour of the Big Apple.
Turkish Anti-Defamation Alliance
addition to his flying, Oktay also has an active civil life, and founded the
Turkish Anti-Defamation Alliance (TADA), a group fighting smear campaigns
against Turkey over the events of 1915.
Turks truly fight against Armenians’ smears in the U.S. I’ve done a lot of
research on this subject… They blatantly lie,” he said.
that he presented projects to Turkey’s New York Consulate, Oktay said he was
thinking about producing a short movie supporting the Turkish arguments about
position on the events of 1915 is that the deaths of Armenians in eastern
Anatolia took place when some sided with invading Russians and revolted against
Ottoman forces. A subsequent relocation of Armenians resulted in numerous
objects to the presentation of the incidents as "genocide" but
describes the 1915 events as a tragedy in which both sides suffered casualties.
Pentagon on Friday blamed Iran and its proxy forces for recent tanker bombings
in the United Arab Emirates and an attack on a pipeline in Saudi Arabia.
determination came the same day U.S. President Donald Trump announced the
deployment of an additional 1,500 troops to the Middle East.
believe that Iran's actions and threats are troubling, escalatory and dangerous
to our U.S. forces," Vice Admiral Mike Gilday, director of operations for
the Joint Staff, said at a press conference at the Pentagon.
outlined further details on the deployment of additional troops to the Middle
East, saying they are being put forth not to cause any provocation with Iran
but to increase protection for forces already in the region, including a navy
carrier strike force, bomber task force and Patriot missile defense battery
that were deployed earlier in the month.
the 1,500 troops being deployed, the forces will include intelligence,
surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, in addition to force protection,
engineering and aviation units, according to Gilday. He mentioned that the
forces will be comprised of both manned and unmanned technologies, including an
Air Force fighter squadron.
U.S. currently has 70,000 troops stationed in the Middle East.
we do not seek conflict with Iran, we are determined to protect our forces and
interests in the region from attack," he said.
the heightened tensions in the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates said
earlier this month that four commercial ships were hit by sabotage attacks off
the coast of the port city of Fujairah.
same week, military drones attacked two oil pump stations on the East-West
pipeline, which carries oil from Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province to Yanbu port
in the Red Sea. Saudi Arabia blamed Houthi rebels backed by Iran for the
on Sunday, a rocket hit an area near the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. No one
was reported injured or killed, but Trump issued a warning to Iran, saying that
a fight with the U.S. would be the "official end" of the country.
told reporters that all three of these attacks had been directly linked to Iran
or its proxy forces and said there are credible reports that Tehran is planning
an attack on U.S. personnel in the region. However, he did not provide direct
evidence to back these claims.
month, the U.S. designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a branch of
Iran's armed forces, as a terrorist organization. Iran retaliated by naming
U.S. Central Command a terror group, setting up the potential for a military
clash between the two sides in the Middle East.
seemingly innocuous question posed by the US military on Twitter this week has
gone viral, sparking a conversation about some of the most difficult questions
the American armed forces face.
not uncommon for big brands looking for user engagement on social media to poll
readers for their opinions and it’s also not uncommon for those answers to be
not exactly what the brand had been looking for.
a short clip of Pfc Nathan Spencer sharing his thoughts on how army life had
influenced him – he says it gave him the opportunity to “serve something
greater than myself” – the US military official Twitter account on Friday asked
followers how serving had impacted them.
some users responded with answers of the positives of their time in the
military – how it had allowed them to get a college education without taking on
large debts because of the generous subsidies, loans and grants for university
– the vast majority shared stories of their own or loved ones struggles in
civilian life after tours of duty.
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those left with little support for injuries – physical and mental – from their
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tweet had racked up hundreds of comments by Saturday, including a large number
about former servicemen and women who had committed suicide after
many of the stories stretched back to veterans of the war in Vietnam in the
1980s, the issue of suicides is ongoing. Last year had the highest suicide rate
among active-duty personnel in nearly six years and the same year Joe Chanelly,
the executive director of the national veterans group Amvet, said the suicide
rate among veterans was “a national emergency.”
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suicide rate between 2005 and 2016 was 1.5 times greater for veterans than for
adults who never served in the armed forces. For female veterans, the rate was
even higher – 1.8 times greater than their non-veteran counterparts in 2016.
March this year, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to create
a cabinet task force to tackle the rate of suicide among veterans. He said it
would “mobilize every level of American society” to tackle the issue.
also made up nearly 10 per cent homeless population of the United States in
2017 and although the numbers have been falling in recent years, tens of
thousands of former servicemen life on the streets. In January, the American
military-focused news website Defence Post reported that with women now allowed
to serve in frontline roles and now making up some 15 per cent of the US
military, the number of female veterans experiencing homelessness is expected
to rise in the coming years.
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of the comments sparked discussions, including people who said they were
serving members of the armed forces. After one user said he had been
considering enlisting but the thread made him think twice, another user who
said they had been in the navy 13 years “and wouldn’t change it for the world”
replied to say that it’s important to know what to expect and know you can
leave when you no longer enjoy it.
the tweets were several pointed at the US Army Twitter simply asking if the
replies had been what they were looking for with the post.
mosques rally around Muslim foster children in Ramadan
United Kingdom - In an effort to preserve children's identity, young Muslims in
foster care being taken care of by non-Muslim guardians have received Ramadan
gift packages to celebrate Islam's holy month.
least 500 children in Britain have received the gift boxes, which contain
children's books, decorations, a copy of the Quran with English translation,
food items for when the daily fast breaks, Ramadan recipe books and sweets.
meaning of the Quran book is really useful for me and I've been able to share
things in the box with my whole family," a 15-year-old child told Al
17-year-old said he was excited to receive the decorations in particular, and
enjoyed putting them up with his foster carer.
carer Steve Riley from West Yorkshire said: "We took a photo of my little
one with all the contents and with the lanterns lit and we've put it in the
child's life story book. It was important that the little one was able to take
part and have a record of Ramadan."
Jones (not her real name), a foster carer from Bradford, said: "It's such
a good idea that helps children understand their heritage. Our child absolutely
loved the lanterns. We shared the information in the box with the child's
school and they were really impressed too and used it to help the other
children in class understand what being a Muslim means and what Ramadan is
are more than 3,000 Muslim children in foster care each year out of 64,000,
according to a report by the Fostering Network.
by charity Penny Appeal and Coventry University estimates, however, suggests
that the number of Muslim children in foster care has increased to over 4,500 a
want to ensure that the efforts of diverse foster carers are recognised and
appreciated by giving them the support they need during the special holy month
of Ramadan," said Shadim Hussain, founder of My Foster Family, the
organisation leading the gift boxes initiative.
Ramadan gift box will aid them in understanding the needs of a Muslim foster
child and will increase the bonds between a foster child and their carer."
Muslim children in need of care have come into the UK as child refugees from
war-torn countries such as Syria, or as Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children
to a report released by the Bridge Institute, local authorities need more
support in teaching cultural and religious sensitivities to foster carers.
Evans, who heads Children England, a membership body of children's charities, said:
"It's … really vital that children in care can keep their identity, faith
added that the Ramadan gift boxes are "a great way to reach out to
children in care, to keep them feeling involved and included in their religious
festivals, and to show their foster carers that they have wider support from
the community too."
Mosque and Islamic Centre was among the participating mosques supporting the
initiative and sponsored 100 gift boxes.
wanted the parents who are looking after Muslim children to feel that they are
supported and ensure they have a holistic approach in helping them look after
the physical, spiritual and mental needs of the children and aid them with
giving them support and guidance during the holy month of Ramadan," said
Imam Oussama, a leading figure at the mosque.
relations with North Macedonia set an example for the rest of Balkans and the
whole world, said Turkish Parliament Speaker Mustafa Sentop on Sunday.
attended an Iftar (fast-breaking dinner) at International Balkan University
(IBU) in North Macedonia's capital Skopje.
newly elected president of the Balkan nation, Stevo Pendarovski, also joined
the event along with other high-ranking government officials.
his speech at the event, Sentop emphasized that Turkey like to develop bilateral
relations during the term of President Pendarovski, underlining the ongoing
warm relations between Ankara and Skopje.
friendship of Turkey and North Macedonia is an example for the entire Balkans
and the entire world," said Sentop, underlining that the relations would
get momentum under the rule of the new president.
for his part, said his country had always been a multi-religious and
multicultural society and would continue to do so.
xenophobia and Islamophobia are becoming widespread in the world today..... In
spite of our different religions and world perspectives, things that connect us
are universal values and principles such as justice, peace, equality, and
dignity," he added.
association IGMG has called for complete and thorough investigation into suspected
arson attack on Saturday at a mosque in the western German city of Hagen.
urge the law enforcement authorities to conduct a swift and thorough
investigation, to trace the perpetrators and put them behind the bar,” IGMG’s
President Kemal Ergun said in a statement.
group’s mosque in Hagen has suffered serious damage after an unidentified
person set fire to garbage bins in front of the building.
camera footage released on Saturday showed a man with two dogs walking near the
garbage bins before the fire.
has witnessed growing Islamophobia and hatred of migrants in recent years
triggered by the far-right parties, which have exploited fears over the refugee
crisis and terrorism.
recorded 813 hate crimes against Muslims last year. At least 54 Muslims were
injured in the attacks, which were carried out mostly by far-right extremists.
JAYA: Muslims in Malaysia are marrying at a later age, mirroring a trend that
is happening elsewhere.
highest age group that got married last year was in the age bracket of between
25 and 29.
of those in the bracket were men, said Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s
Department Fuziah Salleh.
are getting married slightly later in life.
comparison, data from the Department of Statistics last year showed that the
median marriage age for non-Muslim men was 30 while the median marriage age for
non-Muslim women was 28.)
believed many young Muslims wanted to have a stable career before tying the
they get married in their late 20s or early 30s, it could be that their career
is not as established and they are still climbing the corporate ladder.
could be one of the factors (for late marriage among Muslims),” Fuziah
said the first six months of marriage were also the hardest because couples
were adjusting to one another.
for pre-marriage courses for Muslims, which have been criticised by former DAP
Socialist Youth committee member Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud, Fuziah said efforts
were constantly being taken to improve its content.
said the current pre-marriage modules under the Malaysian Islamic Development
Department (Jakim) had gone through four phases of improvements, including
information on how newly-weds communicate with one another, stress conflict
management, divorce procedures, health issues and financial management.
it is inadequate to just depend on pre-marriage courses.
courses last about 13 hours and cannot cover too much.
have too look at it holistically,” Fuziah said.
April 29, Dyana Sofya retweeted a video of an ustaz who, during a marriage
course, said that women who “tak tutup aurat (did not cover up)” deserved to be
ustaz, she claimed, “endorsed sexual abuse against women for the way they
one deserves to be sexually violated, even if they walk around naked in public,
others, including Ketari assemblyman Young Syefura Othman, voiced their
objection to the preacher’s remarks.
said it was unfair to judge the success of a marriage on the pre-marriage
you have to look at the personality and the trainer.
have different approaches,” she said.
of them like to make jokes and try to make people happy, and maybe the content
and message do not reach the target.”
added that some couples only attended the course because they were required to
they are forced to attend, how effective can it be?
we have to look at the issue as a whole.”
latest statistics from Jakim showed that 156,231 Muslim couples got married
last year, compared to 151,105 in 2017.
were 39,722 divorce cases last year, compared to 40,161 in 2017.
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MERTAJAM: "Raya in Malaysia is much more fun than in my country, Myanmar,
which is lacking in many things," said Rohingya teenager Mohd Ayash Soyad
said he was relieved when he and his family managed to leave their country and
seek temporary shelter in Malaysia.
to Ayash, people here are generally very kind and generous, which helps him and
his family settle down easily.
also said he could now focus on deepening his knowledge in Islam without
everything has ended well, and my family and I can look forward to staying in
this peaceful country.
in Malaysia should be more fun, and we even get new clothes to wear on the
morning of Raya," he said at a clothes store near Bandar Perda here
was among 70 Rohingya children from Maahad Al Arkan Li Tahfiz Al Quran brought
by Al Nasmir Foundation to the store to shop for Raya clothes.
the school mudir (administrator) Noor Mohamad Khalamiyah said the students
there were from the Rohingya ethnic minority who were less fortunate and
said the tahfiz had financial constraints, making it difficult to help students
make preparations to celebrate Aidilfitri.
are grateful there are parties willing to offer help. I think this is their
are also happy that the tahfiz has never missed out on the monthly assistance
from Yayasan Al Nasmir, which is also a subsidiary of Nasmir Holdings Sdn
Bhd," he added.
managing director of Nasmir Holdings, Datuk Kadhar Shah Abdul Razak, said the
Al Nashmir Foundation spent RM100,000 this Ramadan to help over 1,000
individuals, including the poor, disabled, orphans and tahfiz students.
addition, the foundation will also go to Cambodia on Thursday to provide cash
assistance and hampers to 600 families in Kampung Cham, Cambodia.
LUMPUR, May 24 — Umno will not accept any concept that does not have Islam and
the Malay culture at its heart, the Opposition party’s vice-president Datuk
Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said today.
her article, Wong said the Bangsa Malaysia concept should be the focus of a new
narrative for Malaysia as it progresses.
Khaled disagreed. Instead, he said the government should revert to resolutions
made by a National Cultural Congress in 1971, which he condensed into three
points, namely for the national culture to be based on the culture of the
region’s original people; that other “suitable and proper cultures can be
accepted”; and for Islam to be a key element in shaping national culture.
said Malaysians have never undergone any assimilation process that would create
a single identity, saying the country’s founding fathers were in favour of
racial and cultural diversity as long as the different groups felt they
belonged to the same country.
also said it is time to detail the characteristics of “good Malaysian
citizenry”, and gave listed his attributes as a citizen who is responsible, patriotic, rational, polite and
said without those attributes, Malaysia would not be able to move forward in an
ever changing world.
told the DAP to “forget” its “Malaysian Malaysia” concept.
in reality none can be formed, as we understood early on the country is
multicultural and will remain so with Malay-Islam as its core.
SDF conducted massive raids to arrest people in several regions, including
Qamishli, Ra'as al-Ain, al-Ayrabiyeh, al-Shadadi and al-Malekiyeh in Hasaka
province, the Arabic-language al-Khabour News website reported.
said that at least 200 civilians, including children, have been captured in SDF
raids, adding that a number of teachers are among those arrested in the towns
of Tal Barak and al-Airabiyeh.
noted that the SDF has forced the detainees to join their ranks.
other reports by media activists also disclosed that the SDF has arrested tens
of civilians in other Raqqa regions, including Tal Abyaz city near the border
with Turkey, and given them the only options of going jail or joining their
reports on Thursday also warned that the SDF had opened fire on residents of
al-Hawl Refugee Camp in Southeastern Hasaka as they were trying to flee the
camp due to unfavorable humanitarian and hygienic conditions, media activists
activists in Hasaka province said that the SDF opened fire at a group of women
and children who were attempting to abandon Hasaka's al-Hawl Refugee Camp.
pointed to the death and injury of a number of civilians by SDF, and said that
several residents of al-Hawl Camp have been incarcerated.
sources noted that the SDF has imposed tight security measures in al-Hawl
refugee camp and laid it under siege, and said the SDF's measures come among
concerns that the situation is ripe for uprising by the refugees while large
groups are seeking to escape from the camp.
also pointed to the very critical conditions of al-Hawl Camp, acute shortage of
foodstuff and drinking water, and said that a large number of al-Hawl residents
need urgent treatment available outside the camp.
a relevant development on Wednesday, the Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper
reported that the angry residents of Hasaka torched the security centers of SDF
across the city.
newspaper noted that people's fury in Hasaka's Khashman district came after SDF
killed a young man who had resisted forced recruitment of soldiers by the SDF.
pointed to the wide differences between Hasaka people and SDF militants in
Khashman region, and said the SDF has dispatched reinforcement and military
equipment to the region.
battlefield sources in Hasaka reported that Asayesh and Military Police
militants affiliated to the SDF launched massive attacks on the towns of Nas
Tal, Daraja, Un al-Rous and other towns in Tal Barak region, and said that the
Kurdish militants have arrested tens of civilians, including teachers, for
military convoy comprising military vehicles and state-of-the-art military
hardware has arrived in US-controlled Ein al-Assad Air Base in the city of Heet
in al-Anbar province in Western Iraq from Jordan, the Arabic-language
al-Ma'aloumeh News Website quoted a security source in al-Anbar province as
source noted that the US military convoys arrived under tight aerial support,
and said the dispatch of the US military convoys from Jordan to Iraq has
increased to unprecedented levels.
also said that the US forces reinforced unprecedented security measures in all
their positions in al-Anbar province concurrent with dispatching military
equipment to their military base.
reports said in early April, over 10,000 US forces were stationed in two
occupied bases in al-Anbar province in Western Iraq.
news website quoted the head of Badr Organization's office in al-Anbar province
as saying that the number of US forces deployed in Ein al-Assad and
al-Habaniyeh bases has increased to 10,000, adding that they have been supplied
with the state-of-the-art weapons and military equipment.
official said that the two bases also host the US marines who have been
transferred recently from Syria to the region, noting that 90 percent of the US
soldiers in Iraq are combat forces and are not considered as military advisors.
reports said earlier that the American forces had established two military
bases in al-Anbar province on Iraq's international road close to the borders
with Syria and Jordan as political groups and politicians are trying to expel
the US military troops from their country.
Arabic-language al-Akhbar newspaper reported early March that the US forces had
built up the first base on Baghdad-Damascus international road, formerly known
as H3, while a second military center have been established to the South of the
first base and South of the Baghdad-Amman international road, in addition to 13
other US bases spread across the country.
noted that the first base had practically started operation, but the second one
was being equipped, adding that the Americans had also set up two other new
bases in al-Ratbah region which might be intended to serve as new air bases.
about establishment of new bases in the region came as different political
groups in Iraq were endeavoring to approve a bill in the parliament to expel
the foreign forces from the country.
Syrian Army troops engaged in fierce clashes with Tahrir al-Sham (the Levant
Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) and other terrorists who intended to
attack the Syrian Army's military positions near Ma'aresteh al-Khan in Northern
Aleppo and thwarted their attacks after incurring heavy losses on them, a
Syrian Army source said.
source noted that the Syrian Army also warded off other terrorists' attacks on
the towns of Nubl and al-Zahra in Northern Aleppo, and said that the terrorist
groups intended to disrupt the Syrian Army plan to launch military operations
to liberate Hama, Idlib and Lattakia by conducting different attacks from
different parts of Aleppo.
the Arabic-language website of the Russian Sputnik news agency quoted a Syrian
Army source as saying that the Syrian Army's artillery and missile units as
well as Russian and Syrian warplanes have pounded the terrorists' military
positions and movements in all axes of Northern and Northwestern Hama,
including Khan Sheikhoun, al-Hobait, al-Qasebiyeh, Latmin, Kafr Zita and
Mourek, destroying their points of attacks on the Syrian Army and safe zones in
Hama and Idlib.
sources noted that the Turkish Army has also supplied terrorists with a large
amount of military equipment, including TOW missile-launchers.
a Turkish Army convoy arrived in Ankara-controlled areas in the town of Shir
Moghar in Sahl al-Ghab region in Northwestern Hama.
a relevant development on Sunday, the Kurdish-language media outlets said that
the Turkish Army had dispatched thousands of the Free Syrian Army (FSA)
militants from Northern Aleppo to Hama to back up Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at.
Kurdish-language Hawar News website reported that the Turkish Army had sent the
terrorists under its umbrella of coalition to Northern Hama from Afrin and Izaz
to support Tahrir al-Sham terrorists in its battle against the Syrian Army.
noted that a military convoy comprising hundreds of Ankara-backed militants
together with weapons and military equipment have been sent to Northern Hama
via Qazawiyeh crossing in Southern Afrin.
the sources close to the terrorist groups reiterated that hundreds of FSA
terrorists have moved towards Idlib to reach battlefronts in Hama. The FSA
terrorists moved from Izaz, Jarablus, Al-Bab and Afrin in Northern and
local official in al-Anbar who called for anonymity told the Arabic-language
al-Ma'aloumeh news website on Saturday that the Hashd al-Shaabi commanders have
stressed that they will give a crushing response to any offensives by the US
forces against their positions in al-Anbar and will not remain hand-cuffed and
added that Hashd al-Shaabi has deployed its forces in al-Qa'em region in
Western al-Anbar to the bordering areas with Syria to respond any US attacks.
official underlined that the US forces have several times carried out
provocative acts against Hashd al-Shaabi in Western al-Anbar but the local
leaders asked the Iraqi popular forces to show restraint and not to enter any
relevant remarks last Sunday, Deputy Secretary-General of al-Nujaba Movement
(one of Iraqi popular forces) Nasr al-Shamri referred to the US attempts to
find a pretext to stir insecurity in Iraq and the region, and underlined
preparedness to give a crushing response to any hostile move.
is ready to respond to any US hostile measure, al-Shamri told the
Arabic-language Baghdad al-Youm.
battle against the US will continue until the end of their occupation and
annihilation of the usurper regime (Israel) in the region," he added.
last week, Asa'eb al-Haq Movement affiliated to the Iraqi popular forces of
Hashd al-Shaabi reiterated its support for Iran and the necessity for the
American forces to leave Iraq.
member of the politburo of Asa'eb al-Haq Laith al-Ozari underscored the
Movement's support for Iran against the US in return for Tehran's assistance to
the Iraqi nation in war against the terrorist groups.
also voiced opposition to the deployment of foreign forces in Iraq as
"occupation", cautioning that all citizens are entitled to the right
to fight these foreign occupiers.
security forces on Saturday denied accusations by rights groups that they had
coerced Syrians who had landed at Beirut airport into signing forms to return
to their war-torn country.
Rights Watch and four other groups on Friday accused Lebanon of “summarily
deporting” at least 16 Syrians on April 26, after forcing them to sign
“voluntary repatriation forms.”
of them had been sent back to Lebanon after they were barred from entering
northern Cyprus via Turkey, quashing their plans to seek asylum, HRW said.
Lebanon’s General Security agency “categorically denies it forced any Syrian to
sign any form,” it said in a statement carried by state-run news agency NNA on
Syrian who arrives in Lebanon and does not meet entry requirements, and...
wants to go to Syria because they do not wish to remain in their country of
residence for a number of reasons, signs a declaration of responsibility for
choosing to return voluntarily,” it said.
hosts almost one million Syrian refugees, a significant burden for a country
that had 4.5 million inhabitants before the Syrian civil war erupted in 2011.
latest deportees said they were “pressured” by General Security officers at the
airport, the rights group said.
30 Syrians have been deported from Beirut airport this year by the General
Security agency, the rights group said, citing local refugee organizations.
Security estimates that over 170,000 Syrians returned home from Lebanon between
December 2017 and March 2019.
conflict has wound down in Syria, after a string of victories by the regime and
its Russian ally since 2015, but the United Nations has stressed all returns
should be voluntary.
rights groups say some 74 percent of Syrians in Lebanon lack legal residency
and are at risk of detention.
media in Lebanon have reported that the Supreme Defense Council, whose
decisions are not made public, recently instructed General Security to deport
all Syrians who have entered the country illegally.
official NNA news agency, quoting a “security report,” said on Friday that
Lebanese authorities had deported 301 Syrians between May 7 and May 20.
war has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced millions inside the
country and abroad.
has “summarily deported” at least 16 Syrians, some of them registered refugees,
by forcing them to sign “voluntary repatriation forms,” human rights groups
said on Friday.
hosts nearly one million Syrian refugees -- a significant burden for a country
of four million people -- and there has been mounting pressure for them to go
home even though the UN says many areas remain unsafe.
16 were all removed to Syria on April 26 after they arrived at Beirut airport,
Human Rights Watch and four other groups said in a joint report.
of them were sent back to Lebanon after they were barred from entering Cyprus
via Turkey, quashing their plans to seek asylum, it said.
least five were registered with the United Nations refugee agency, it added.
authorities shouldn’t deport anyone to Syria without first allowing them a fair
opportunity to argue their case for protection,” said HRW’s acting Middle East
director, Lama Fakih.
report said around 30 Syrians have been deported from Beirut airport this year
by Lebanon’s General Security agency.
latest deportees said they were “pressured” by General Security officers at the
airport into signing documents stating that they were “voluntarily” returning
biggest fears returning to Syria are that I would be conscripted and have to
fight, or that I would be arrested because the regime has me on a wanted list
or because of a case of mistaken identity,” the report quoted one of the
deportees as saying.
I wasn’t scared of arrest, I wouldn’t have left Syria in the first place.”
Security estimates that over 170,000 Syrian refugees returned home from Lebanon
between December 2017 and March 2019.
some returns, the United Nations says the country as a whole remains unsafe for
official NNA news agency, quoting a “security report”, said Friday that
Lebanese authorities had deported 301 Syrians between May 7 and May 20.
of supporters of populist Iraqi Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr urged
political and factional leaders on Friday to stay out of any conflict between
Iran and the United States.
from the movement of Moqtada al-Sadr, who once led Shiite militiamen against US
forces and is also vocally critical of Iranian influence in Iraq, chanted “no
to war” and “yes to Iraq” in central Baghdad and the southern city of Basra.
worry that their country will be caught up in any escalation of US-Iranian
tensions, which spiked earlier this month when President Donald Trump’s
administration said it had sent additional forces to the Middle East to counter
alleged threats including from Iranian-backed militias in Iraq.
and Shiite paramilitary leaders have called for calm and the Iraqi government
has tried to position itself as a mediator between the two sides.
just recovered from Islamic State. Iraq must not be used as a base to try to
harm any country. America doesn’t want Iraq to be stable,” said protester Abu
was speculation that al-Sadr, whose political bloc came first in Iraq’s
parliamentary election last year, would speak to demonstrators in Baghdad but
he did not appear.
campaigned last year on a platform of Iraqi nationalism, opposed to both US and
Iranian influence in the country.
rising US-Iran tension, a rocket was fired last week into Baghdad’s fortified
Green Zone, which houses government buildings and diplomatic missions, but
caused no casualties. No group claimed responsibility; US officials say they
strongly suspect Iran’s local allies.
attack came after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Iraqi leaders that if
they failed to keep in check powerful Iran-backed militias, Washington would
respond with force.
intelligence had showed militias positioning rockets near bases housing US
forces, according to Iraqi security sources.
pulling out of Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, Trump restored US
sanctions on Iran last year and tightened them this month, ordering all
countries to halt imports of Iranian oil or face sanctions themselves.
has said it will send delegations to Washington and Tehran to help calm
has dismissed "fabricated" claims about the use of chemical weapons
by government troops in its western coastal province of Latakia.
Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said such allegations will
not affect the fight against terror.
this media hype will have no effect on Syria’s anti-terrorism operations. The
Syrian government reiterates that such claims are part of a systematic campaign
of lies to implicate Syrian army in using chemical warfare,” Syria’s official
news agency cited an unnamed source at the ministry as saying on Saturday.
is nothing but a desperate attempt by some Western states and their mater, the
United States, to ease pressure on the crimes of terrorists in Idlib. It is an
obviously pathetic attempt to delay the advance of Syrian military forces.”
Tuesday, the US Department of State claimed that it had seen signs that Syrian
government troops may have used chemical weapons laced with chlorine near the
village of Kabana, which lies in an area of the Jabal al-Akrad region, on May
United States has warned it would respond to any possible chemical weapons
attack by Syrian government forces with retaliatory strikes, stressing that the
attacks would be stronger than those conducted by American, British and French
forces last year. On April 14, 2018, the US, Britain and France carried out a
string of airstrikes against Syria over a suspected chemical weapons attack on
the city of Douma, located about 10 kilometers northeast of the capital
and its allies blamed Damascus for the Douma attack, an allegation rejected by
the Syrian government.
governments and their allies have never stopped pointing the finger at Damascus
whenever an apparent chemical attack takes place.
surrendered its stockpile of chemical weapons in 2014 to a joint mission led by
the United States and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
(OPCW), which oversaw the destruction of the weaponry. It has also consistently
denied using chemical weapons.
readying for chemical attacks in Hama, Idlib
local sources have reported that foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists in Syria’s
west-central province of Hama as well as the northwestern province of Idlib are
preparing false-flag attacks to frame government troops and invent pretexts for
possible foreign acts of aggression on the country.
sources, requesting not to be named, said members of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham
Takfiri terror outfit, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, have held numerous
meetings with militants from the so-called Turkistan Islamic Party, Jaysh
al-Izza (the Union of Glory) and Western-backed White Helmets, who have been
accused of cooperating with Takfiri militants and staging false-flag gas
attacks, in order to use chlorine gas in their attacks.
and Iran have stressed on cooperation between the two neighboring countries to
prevent a war that could jeopardize stability in the Middle East region.
common stance was reiterated during a Saturday meeting between Iraqi Prime
Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in
media office of the Iraqi premier said on its Facebook page that during the
meeting, the two officials discussed the recent regional developments,
especially with regards to an international nuclear agreement on Iran’s nuclear
two elaborated that the deal, technically known as the JCPOA and signed in 2015
between Iran and world powers, should be preserved in the face of the United
States' unilateral withdrawal from the agreement.
and Zarif reiterated that both Iran and Iraq have been affected by US sanctions
on Tehran, which began following the US government’s withdrawal from the JCPOA
last year, while stressing that a potential military conflict between the US
and Iran over the issue could have far-reaching consequences for the entire
Middle East region.
two said there was a need for increased security cooperation between Iran and
Iraq to defuse the current tensions and increase regional stability.
report said that parts of the meeting was dedicated to a review of efforts in
Iraq and Iran to follow up on the agreements signed during a recent trip of
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to Iraq and a last year visit by Abdul-Mahdi
to the Iranian capital Tehran.
Iranian foreign minister also discussed regional developments and bilateral
relations during a meeting with Iraqi President Barham Salih.
between Iran and Iraq have expanded rapidly over the past few years despite a
continuous campaign of pressure on Baghdad by US government and allies in the
has also played a major role in restoring stability in Iraq by helping the Arab
country in its large-scale battle against terrorism since 2014.
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