held in Istanbul, day after a Saudi prosecutor admitted the writer’s body was
dismembered by Saudi agents in the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate. Similar
prayers held in Makkah and Madinah
Pakistan Be Run Through Street Power? SC Asks
Arabia's Influence In Southeast Asia – Too Embedded To Be Disrupted?
Performed For Jamal Khashoggi in Makkah and Madinah
Panel Will Talk To All Stakeholders to Explore Out-Of-Court Truce to Ayodhya
Al-Bashir: Sudan Provides Moderate Model of Islam
Religious Parties Join Hands to Protect ‘Islamic Identity Of Pakistan’
U-turns Is Sign of Leadership: Pakistan PM
least 2 dead, 8 injured in explosion near Quaidabad flyover in Karachi
put unreasonable terms for Qatari prince’s statement: Nawaz
spent $113m in Pakistan during 2018: report
Imran Khan proved himself as Hitler, says Khursheed Shah
Why Even Bother With Religious Dialogue?
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police detain eight terror suspects
Postpone ratifying ICERD until more dialogues with Malay groups held
school rumour leads to closure of vocational academy in Batam
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Pushes To Influence Syria’s New Generation Through ‘Educational Invasion’
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welcomes Saudi Public Prosecution statement on Khashoggi case
It’s not acceptable to politicize Khashoggi’s case
declared halt to offensive, Saudi warplanes hit Hudaydah
Senate bill to suspend US arms exports to Saudi Arabia
in Saudi raids on Hudaydah aimed at buying time: Houthi
kill 22 Syria regime fighters near Idlib: monitor
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Morocco sign pacts to combat global terror including ISIS
kill Kashmiri youth; video of shooting surfaces
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at Local Muslim Violates Spirit of America, Its Founders
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Arrests 106 Rohingya Muslims Heading For Malaysia
Activists Concerned About Violations in Bangladesh
Ruling party infighting leaves 4 dead
orders Afghan forces to increase raids against Taliban
Special Forces conduct raids on 5 ISIS-K compounds in Nangarhar
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Becomes Israel Military Affairs Minister after Lieberman’s Resignation
Palestinians Injured In Clashes with Israeli Forces At Gaza Border
militias target number of facilities in Hodeidah, breach truce
welcomes public prosecution’s statement on Khashoggi case
police arrest 13 in probe of rights activist over 2013 protests
blasts using human rights mechanisms as tool
convicted for 2016 Istanbul airport attack that killed 45
passes resolution condemning Iran’s human rights record
calls for new negotiations on Yemen in Sweden
Sponsorship of Swedish Schools Prompts Islamist Scare
to support Iraq in US sanctions on Iran
offer funeral prayer for Khashoggi in London
questions in Khashoggi case remain open: Germany
calls for justice in Khashoggi murder case
first jailed jihadist: From radicalisation to reformation
by New Age Islam News Bureau
The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday questioned the government’s seriousness in
pursuing the Faizabad sit-in case, as it rejected reports submitted by the
Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory
Authority (PEMRA) and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) pertaining to
the 2017 protests by religio-political parties.
two-member bench of the apex court comprising Justice Mushir Alam and Justice
Qazi Faiz Isa began hearing the matter on Friday.
the hearing, Justice Isa questioned whether the country will be run under the
constitution or through street power. “Peaceful protest is right of every
citizen but violence will not be allowed,” he noted.
judge said the protest sit-in had caused losses of billions and that the court
wanted to know whether the persons “who can bring thousands of people” to the
sit-in pay taxes.
the ISI not even find out about the bank account of a person?” the judge wondered.
He said the agency had said in response to the court’s query that it could not
provide income tax details of the protest leaders and that it could be provided
by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).
Isa said if these things did not fall in the purview of the agency “then when
[in the future] ISI interferes in other matters, we will ask: ‘is this ISI’s
bench then wondered if it should summon the director general of the ISI or the
defence secretary for an explanation.
Falak Naz, the director of Ministry of Defence’s law branch, said the ISI could
be asked to obtain the requisite details if the court so orders. “ISI looks
after the national security [of the country],” he added.
the sit-in not a matter of national security?” Justice Isa retorted, observing
that the ISI was subservient to the country’s law and constitution.
highlighting discrepancies, the top court directed all departments to submit
fresh reports in the case.
apex court also expressed its displeasure over the absence of attorney general
of Pakistan from Friday’s hearing after Deputy Attorney General Sohail Mehmood
made an adjournment request citing his absence.
by the request, Justice Isa remarked that the case was not a non-serious
affair. “The entire country was at a standstill during the sit-in,” he said.
“The hearing date had been fixed upon the attorney general’s wishes. What
urgent case did he have in Lahore?”
AGP is in Lahore. The chief justice had directed him to go to Lahore in connection
to some cases,” Mehmood answered.
response, Justice Isa remarked that “the court, not the chief justice issues
directives. We are also part of the court and fixed this date on the wishes of
the attorney general”.
is not a joke. Who pays the attorney general?” Justice Isa inquired. “The AGP
is paid from the money received from citizens’ taxes,” answered the deputy
his salary comes from tax deposits then he is answerable,” Justice Isa
the government does not want to pursue this case then it should inform the
court and bury it.”
should be told whether you [government] want to make Pakistan a working state
and whether you want to run it as per the law or through street power,” he
on the gravity of street politics, the judge asked whether Pakistan
Tehreek-e-Insaf had tendered an apology for the 2014 sit-in at Constitution
Avenue – keeping in view the party failed to prove rigging allegations before
the commission probing General Elections 2013.
the May 12 carnage in Karachi, Justice Isa observed that the matter was seldom
spoken about “because a general was ruling the country at the time”.
Thursday, The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) told the apex court that
Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) has not yet submitted the financial details of
its election campaign during the 2018 general elections.
protests and sit-in at Faizabad Interchange by TLP workers lasted for three
weeks until an agreement was reached with the government on November 27, 2017.
the same month, a suo motu notice of the sit-in was taken by the country’s top
this month, the TLP held countrywide protests against the acquittal of Aasia
Bibi — a Christian woman acquitted after eight years on death row for blasphemy
— condemning the judges on the bench hearing Aasia’s case, the prime minister
and the army chief.
Arabia's influence in Southeast Asia – too embedded to be disrupted?
Malik and Scott Edwards
revelation of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder inside the Saudi Arabia embassy in
Turkey is harming Saudi Arabia’s international relations, including with Muslim
majority Southeast Asian countries Malaysia and Indonesia.
Prime Minister Mahathir Muhammad closed the Saudi-backed King Salman Centre for
International Peace (KSCIP). Malaysia is also withdrawing troops from Saudi
in addition to uneasiness about Khashoggi’s fate, people are protesting against
the Saudi execution of Indonesian domestic worker Tuti Tursilawati without
warning Indonesian authorities.
despite signs of change, the influence of Saudi money and ideology may be too
big to dismantle in these countries.
influence in Southeast Asia
in Malaysia and Indonesia shares similar values and was constructed and merged
with ancient Melayu’s culture in 625c. Initially spread through arts such as
music and wayang (theatre), it emphasises not only moderation and compassion,
but also respect for local customs.
increasing influence from Saudi scholars throughout the past two decades,
however, there has been a change in how both countries interpret Islamic
influence gained massive publicity due to the extravagant donation of US$680
million to Mahathir’s predecessor, Najib Razak, despite the fact it is
increasingly evident it did not come from the kingdom’s royal family as
claimed, but instead from corruption surrounding the 1MDB development fund.
Malaysia, Saudi Arabia also donates to schools and universities to spread their
conservative views. Scholarships are given to male scholars to study at Saudi
universities such as the Islamic University of Madinah, famous for Salafism
Islamic Science University of Malaysia (USIM) receives generous funding from
the Saudis. Similarly, in the Philippines, Saudi money has been traceable to
the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which allegedly had strong ties with
Saudis recently have been on a charm offensive in Malaysia. Their foreign
minister visited in October, discussing matters such as Haj pilgrimage quotas.
The Saudies have also tried to reassure the new government that their support
for Najib was not malevolent.
Saudi King Salman bin Abdl Aziz visited Jakarta in 2017, he allocated a $13
billion budget for business, education and religion in Indonesia.
Indonesia, Saudi money is traceable back to the 1980s. They made contributions
to the Institute for the Study of Islam and Arabic (LIPIA). The institution,
founded on Saudi money, is famously known for ultra-orthodox Islamic views.
instance, male students are urged to grow their beard and wear ankle-length
linen pants. Women are encouraged to wear a burqa. The students study
philosophical thoughts of Imam Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab, a founding father of
has strong links to Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh. It’s
strictly monitored by the Saudi embassy, essentially making it a branch of Saud
Islamic University in Indonesia.
bin Muhammad Al-Deham, a Saudi national, leads the LIPIA management. There have
been 11,535 alumni from 1982-2013. The number of graduates increases each year.
In 2017 750 graduated.
alumni include Liberal Islam Network (JIL) coordinator Ulil Abshar Abdalla,
former house of representatives deputy speaker and Prosperous Justice Party
(PKS) leader Anis Matta and former governor of West Java Ahmad Heryawan. Other
notable alumni include Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Syihab, Aman
Abdurrahman, the ideologue behind the 2016 Jakarta bombing that killed seven
victims, and Jafar Umar Thalib, a founder of the militant and radical Islamic
organisation Laskar Jihad.
Arabia also funds scholars from Indonesia to pursue Islamic studies at the
Islamic University of Madinah. Among them are PKS politician Hidayat Nur Wahid,
chair of the National Movement to Safeguard the Fatwas of the Indonesian Ulemas
Council (GNPF-MUI) Bahtiar Nasir, and Syafiq Riza Basalamah, a famous Islamic
preacher on YouTube. Syafiq is also head of the Islamic University of Imam
Syafi'i in Jember, which adapts its curriculum from the Islamic University of
of Saudi ideology
is a clear line between LIPIA in Jakarta, USIM in Malaysia, King Saud
University in Riyadh and Islamic University of Madinah, which assists in the
spread of Saudi ideology funded by Saudi money.
all their graduates support extreme views, of course. But there is a rise in
extreme Islamic views triggering polarisation and conflict. Some are concerned
that an increasing “Arabisation” of Malaysia and Indonesia has led to growing
intolerance and division, even between Islamic adherents – creating a dichotomy
of liberal and orthodox views.
has a stronger impact when Saudi Arabia not only exports its Wahabism view, but
then encourages people to enter politics. In Malaysia, proselytisation via
Saudi-funded mosques has been followed by a growing role of Saudi-trained
Islamic scholars being recruited into the governmental bureaucracy.
and Salafi politicians are gaining stronger influence in Indonesian and
Malaysian politics. This not only furthers the spread of Wahabism, but also
embeds Saudi influence into these very structures.
generosity of Saudi money in Southeast Asia allows the embedding of this
influence, as well as their ideology. Economic linkages such as funding and oil
deals with Indonesia and Malaysia increase the support of the Saudi Kingdom. As
such, while there are current disruptions and attempts to transform the
relationship with Saudi Arabia, their ideological and economic influences make
this extremely difficult.
performed for Jamal Khashoggi in Makkah and Madinah
Funeral prayers were performed for murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in
the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah Friday.
congregation prayed the absentee funeral prayers for Khashoggi at the Grand
Mosque in Makkah after Friday prayers, and another service was held for him at
the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah after the dawn prayer earlier in the day.
prayers came a day after Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor said it was seeking
the death penalty for death five out of 11 suspects charged in the murder of
was killed in Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate on Oct. 2 by a lethal injection
after a struggle, and his body was dismembered and taken out of the building,
Shalaan Al-Shalaan, deputy public prosecutor and spokesman, told reporters in
Riyadh on Thursday.
investigation into Khashoggi’s death will continue and Foreign Minister Adel
Al-Jubeir said Thursday that the Kingdom is committed to holding those involved
in the murder accountable through the judiciary.
DELHI: Even as it appealed to all “parties in the case” to keep patience and
wait for the Supreme Court decision, the National Commission for Minorities has
said that it was also planning to reach out to all stakeholders in the Ram
Mandir-Babri Masjid dispute in a bid to explore the possibility of building
consensus on the issue towards an out of-court settlement.
chairperson Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi said he will be reaching out to the All India
Muslim Personal Law Board, Sunni Waqf Board, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and
Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh seeking meetings to discuss the matter. The NCM
chief along with all five members of the commission on Tuesday passed a
resolution calling for swift decision on the Ayodhya dispute.
due deliberations, the NCM is of the view that since the matter is sub-judice
the NCM desires that all parties should await the decision of the Supreme
Court,” the NCM stated in a resolution passed at its monthly meeting of the
full commission which included the NCM chief and five members. The commission
further resolved that “all the three pillars of the constitution namely the
legislature, the executive and the judiciary should endeavour for early
disposal of the matter, amicably and peacefully”. The commission took up the
matter for discussion as it had received a representation from an organisation
working for the development of the minority community.
had reported last week that the NCM chief came out strongly to favour the
construction of Ram Mandir at the contested site in Ayodhya. Citing the
“current atmosphere of growing tension” between the Hindu majority and Muslim
minority community as a matter of grave concern, the NCM chief had made a
strong pitch for a swift resolution of the Ayodhya temple issue. On Tuesday
after the NCM meeting, he reiterated the same saying this was his personal view
on the matter.
to the recent statements and reactions by NCM and others on the issue, AIMPLB’s
Babri Masjid Committee joint convener S Q R Ilyas said that efforts towards
negotiations have happened in the past too but now the time for negotiations is
over. The solution can come only from the court. “As far as we are concerned we
have set all our hopes on the SC decision and we will accept what the court
decides. Over the last year the SC has been repeatedly emphasising that this is
a land dispute and we hope when the hearing starts the matter will revolve
around the legal aspects alone like the land and revenue records,” Ilyas added.
The AIMPLB working committee will be meeting in Lucknow in mid December where
the issue will be discussed and the board’s stand in court and the way forward
will be chalked out.
— President of the Republic and Chairman of the higher Leadership Council of
the Sudanese Islamic Movement, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, affirmed that
Sudan is offering a moderate model of Islam for all the world, and does not
infringe upon the rights of others and does not deprive them of their ideas or
aspirations or their associations, stressing that Sudan seeks balanced
relations with all countries, near and far, for the interest of humanity.
Thursday the opening sitting of the Ninth Conference of the Sudanese Islamic
Movement at the Exhibitions Zone in Burri, President Al-Bashir stressed that
Sudan will not retreat from the covenant and charter of the Islamic Movement
and will honor its pledge to the martyrs.
said that Sudan, despite the intrigues woven against it, has become a haven for
those who seek safety, peace and tranquility, and resort to it all those who
have lost security and safety in their country and treating them as brothers at
pointed out that Sudan is leading efforts to achieve peace in the region - in
the Central African Republic after it has succeeded in achieving peace in the
Republic of South Sudan, despite the problems and wars caused by the
Al-Bashir indicated that many circles envy Sudan in its efforts to achieve
peace in the region and aim to disrupt its efforts to realize peace in the
Central African Republic, although all the warring groups there are convinced
that Sudan can realize peace in their country.
called for the unity of rank in light of the challenges facing the country and
the unification of all the Muslims in Sudan and to achieve unanimous opinion
and agreement, because the external targeting against the homeland targets
everyone and does not exclude anyone of the people of Sudan.
religious parties join hands to protect ‘Islamic identity of Pakistan’
- More than 30 religious parties have announced launch of a movement to
protect, what they called, Islamic identity of Pakistan.
the purpose, the parties will take out a rally in Lahore today (Thursday) while
the next demo would be staged in Sukkar on November 25.
announcement was made during the Tahafuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat Conference hosted
by the Jamaat-e-Islami at Mansoora Wednesday.
chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman was the chief guest at the event that lasted for
more than two hours. A steering committee will be formed to draw next line of
action ‘to fight off the PTI’s plan to accept the status of Israel and amend
the blasphemy laws’.
a joint resolution, the conference condemned ‘the PTI government’s acts against
the basics of Islamic teachings and agenda of the western powers’.
resolution condemned the acquittal of Aasia Bibi in blasphemy case by the
demanded the government file a review petition against the verdict and full
court hear the case and the name of Aasia be placed on the ECL till the final
resolution also demanded the SC “hear the opinion of Islamic Ideology Council
and religious scholars while hearing the case”.
also condemned the killing of JUI-S chief Maulana Samiul Haq. The meeting said
any efforts to amend law declaring Ahmadis as kafir will be resisted with full
force. It also demanded the government include Islamic laws in LLB and
different courses of the higher judiciary.
Fazl said he had no doubt government was ‘trying to endorse the agenda of
Israel and Jewish lobby in Pakistan’. He said, “All acts of the government were
undemocratic, dictatorial and it was proved it was puppet government backed by
said all opposition parties including PPP and PML-N should join hand against
the PTI government.
Bhutto, Hafiz Ibtisam Elahi, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidri, Hafiz Kazim Raza,
Khawaja Moeenuddin Koreja, Rana Shafique Pasrori, Maulana Amir Hamza and others
also spoke on occasion.
MMA planned a rally on The Mall on Thursday. The religious leaders claimed that
thousands of people will participate in the rally.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has said the real leader of a nation always makes
U-turns and changes his or her strategy according to the situation and the need
of the hour.
was talking to journalists who met him in the Prime Minister Office (PMO). “The
leader who does not do timely U-turns is not a real leader,” the prime minister
was quoted as saying by a participant.
Khan gave the example of the ‘failure of German leader Adolf Hitler and French
military leader Napoleon Bonaparte in the wars in Russia’ and said: “Both
Hitler and Napoleon faced defeat as they did not change their strategies
according to the situation and (as a result) their armies were marooned in
should always be ready to take U-turns according to the requirement of their duties
and best interests of the nation,” the prime minister added.
the opposition always blames Mr Khan for making U-turns in politics and backing
out from what he promises to the nation. In fact, quite often he is dubbed as
“master of U-turns”.
to the prime minister’s remarks, senior leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party
Syed Khursheed Shah said that Mr Khan had “called himself Hitler” in his
Shah said Hitler was a dictator and by giving his example Mr Khan had proved
that he too was a dictator.
about the performance of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the prime
minister said the anti-graft watchdog should first take up cases of bigwigs and
then go for petty suspects.
is an independent institution and I hope that the bureau will take it into
account how many cases it can take to logical conclusion on the basis of its
capabilities and human resources,” the prime minister added.
prime minister said the government would soon present a comprehensive plan for
elimination of poverty, better education and health facilities and some other
reforms. “The first 100 days of any government determine its direction and
policies,” he added.
he said, it had never been tried to bring in what he called “real” democracy in
the country, adding that instead of democracy, kleptocracy had so far ruled the
country, where rulers (mis)used their powers for their own interests.
prime minister deplored that despite obtaining huge foreign loans in the past,
Pakistan was still among Third World countries.
do not know the amount of resources our country has,” he maintained.
in oil and gas sectors six per cent of the resources had so far been tapped, he
said. “Unfortunately none of the governments in the past paid attention to
exploring other natural resources.”
the need for merit and fair play, Mr Khan said (previous) rulers had
intentionally weakened state institutions so that they [institutions] could not
make them [rulers] accountable for their deeds. “We are not at war against
democrats but those who destroyed the country and plundered its wealth,” he
the performance of his party in the July 25 elections, Mr Khan said the
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) had lost about 55 seats, 14 of the National
Assembly and the rest of provincial legislatures, with the margin of 3,000 to
4,000 votes. “We have offered to the opposition to open any of the
constituencies but its objective is only to malign the government by levelling
false allegations of rigging,” he added.
Fazlur Rehman (chief of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-F) and other opposition
leaders are making a hue and cry because they have been wiped out from Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa in the polls,” he said.
teenagers were killed while eight others injured in an explosion in Quaidabad
area of the metropolis on Friday night, according to police and hospital
the blast, police and rescue teams rushed to the site and shifted the injured
to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for treatment.
Executive Director Dr Seemi Jamali confirmed the death of two persons, saying
they succumbed to injuries on their way to the hospital. She said the hospital
received eight injured, of which three are in critical condition.
deceased were teenagers, one of them was identified as Papu Mushtaq, 16, while
the identity of other deceased aged 18 years remained unknown.
injured men were identified as Rasheed, 18, Mushtaq, 22, Haq Nawaz, 55, Siddiq
55, Araslan, 35, Allah Ditta, 25, Qamar Abbas, 28, and Shahab, 26.
police chief Ameer Sheikh said some vendors at a makeshift market were selling
fruit and other items of daily use near the Quaidabad flyover when the bomb
went off nearby.
senior officer said that the exact nature of the explosion was being
determined. The law enforcement officials cordoned off the area soon after the
attack and collected evidence for an investigation into the incident and to
ascertain the nature of the blast.
Latif Town police said that some unidentified thing present under the fruit
cart exploded near Aman Hospital adjacent to the deputy commissioner’s office.
Malir City Ali Hassan also said that a cart belonging to a fruit vendor present
near the DC office "had some unknown things present under it which exploded".
too could not confirm the cause of the blast but said that a Bomb Disposal Unit
(BDU) had been called to the site which was busy assessing another explosive
device recovered from the site of the blast, said to be planted within a
"tiffin box", DawnNewsTV reported.
surrounding area experienced a breakdown of electricity following the blast,
which is yet to be restored, according to DawnNewsTV.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah was quick to take notice of the incident
and sought a report from the Additional IG Karachi and directed that all
possible assistance be given for the treatment of the injured persons.
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday told the accountability court
seized with the Al-Azizia reference that the joint investigation team (JIT)
constituted in the Panama Papers case “imposed extremely strict, unreasonable
conditions” for recording the statement of Qatari Prince Sheikh Hamad bin Jasim
bin Jaber Al-Thani.
Qatari prince was the “missing link” in the money trail of the Sharif family
for their London properties and businesses in the UK and Saudi Arabia.
day earlier, the former premier had testified that he was not a participant in
the transactions between the Qatari royal family and the Sharifs. And on
Friday, he said the prince was a key witness regarding his family’s money trail
but the JIT deliberately ignored him during the course of its investigations.
with his testimony, he said: “I have no personal knowledge of the
correspondence between Wajid Zia and his Excellency Mr Sheikh Hamad bin Jasim
bin Jaber Al-Thani, nor am I the subject matter of any of the letters in the
claimed the Qatari prince, at every stage of the investigations, confirmed the
money trail and also offered to verify the contents of the transactions between
the two families.
response to the suggestion that the Qatari prince was unwilling to accept the
jurisdiction of the Pakistani criminal justice system, Mr Sharif replied: “This
is incorrect. Prince Hamad bin Jasim bin Jaber Al-Thani never denied the
jurisdiction of the Pakistani courts, or to be part of any inquiry or
investigation by the JIT for purposes of confirmation of the contents of the
letters [that confirmed money trail]... and [he] even asked the JIT to provide
him a questionnaire in advance prior to the arrival of JIT in Doha... on the
contrary [JIT] imposed extremely strict, unreasonable conditions for recording
of his statement.”
to Mr Sharif, the Qatari prince “repeatedly offered to verify the contents of
his aforementioned letters; he had also repeatedly invited the JIT members to
visit Doha so as to facilitate them to verify in person the contents of his
further testified that he never relied upon these letters but his co-accused [Hussain
Nawaz] produced the letters in his defence to establish the money trail before
the Supreme Court during the hearing of the Panama Papers case.
that case the Sharif family had taken the stance before the top court that they
had acquired properties in London and established businesses in the UK and
Saudi Arabia with the sale proceeds of the Gulf Steel Mills, which was set up
by his father Mian Mohammad Sharif during the 1970s.
response to a question about remittances sent to him by Hussain Nawaz from the
account of the Hill Metal Establishment, Mr Sharif admitted that his son
remitted the amount to his accounts and that more than 70 per cent of the
remitted amount was transferred to the account of his daughter Maryam Nawaz.
said the amount was remitted to his accounts as a gift and this was properly
declared in his tax returns as well.
former prime minister said that an amount of Rs100 million was donated to the
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz in 2013.
Friday Mr Sharif responded to a total of 30 questions. During his testimony,
being recorded under Section 342 of the criminal procedure code, he has so far
answered 120 questions out of a total of 151.
The United States spent $113.3 million on key programmes and activities in
Pakistan during 2018, says a US State Department report released on Friday.
financial report for the fiscal year 2018 shows that between Oct 1, 2017 and
Sept 30, 2018 the department spent $8.7 billion on its principal activities.
the total, $5bn supported ongoing programme operations and $3.7bn went towards
the Worldwide Security Protection programme to strengthen security for
diplomatic personnel and facilities.
elements of this funding included $958m to support operations of the US Mission
in Iraq; $858.3m for activities in Afghanistan; $113.3m for key programmes and
activities in Pakistan; and $1.1bn for supporting operations in other areas of
unrest, including high threat, high risk posts.
report notes that the department also appropriated $6.1bn for Foreign Military
Funding (FMF), the majority of which is allocated to Israel, Egypt, Jordan,
Pakistan and Iraq.
department does not specify how much of it actually went to Pakistan but it
does say that the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency supports
Counterinsurgency Capability and Peacekeeping Operations programmes in the
report also says that the department is comfortable with the Trump
administration’s decision to reintegrate office of the Special Representative
for Afghanistan and Pakistan into the bureau for South and Central Asian
affairs and, therefore, has not set aside separate funds for it.
Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) leader Khursheed Shah said that Prime Minister
Imran Khan has made it clear that he is Hitler and is taking U-turns to avoid
Shah is a press conference said that Prime Minister made it clear that he is
PPP leader said that, Imran Khan is sending a message that Hitler had failed as
he did not take the U-turns.
Hitler, who was also a dictator, has ever been successful in history,” Shah
Prime Minister Imran Khan said that that a leader who does not take “U-turns”
according to the situation is not a real leader.
irate Malaysiakini subscriber emailed me about Abdul Hadi Awang’s call for
Christian priests and Christians to have a dialogue with Muslim preachers like
Zakir Naik to find the “truth” instead of distributing Christian literature.
have no idea what having a dialogue has to do with proselytisation, which is
illegal to do to Muslims in Malaysia anyway.
is easy to caricature someone like Hadi – I have done it a couple of times. But
what Hadi said is calling for an SOP (standard operating procedure) for the
Islamists in this country. I am also talking about the Islamists within Pakatan
Harapan and political operatives (including non-Muslims) who profit from
sustaining a particular narrative of Islam in this country.
Hadi said is exactly the kind of rhetoric coming out from New Malaysia
politicians. Every time when a question of religious policy or trespass crops
up, the federal government makes a big show and dance about how they will
consult with religious scholars to determine the best Muslim outcome available.
mind that religious policy should be set forward by the political body and
enforced by the religious bureaucracy. To argue that nominal heads of religion
set religious policy is disingenuous considering the way how the legislative
body has set the religious agenda in this country.
normally means caving into the “group think” that purports to be the sole
Islamic narrative in this country. This also means that the so-called moderate,
liberal or whatever else kind of Muslim in this country is left out in the
cold. I have often argued that the Harapan government is not setting the
Islamic agenda in this country but instead allowing the Umno-PAS combo to
define the narrative.
understand the kind of flip-flopping that goes on in the establishment when it
comes to Islam in this country, consider the brouhaha that erupted when Islamic
Affairs Minister Mujahid Yusof Rawa was offended by headline in The Star that
(gasp!) implied that the Harapan regime was, by implication, a moderate Islamic
entity because it would cease intruding into the private sphere of Muslims.
said this earlier: “The prime minister backing up Mujahid's stance that the
federal government will not intrude into the private sphere of Muslims in this
country is a good first step. Reading the old maverick's rather forceful
defence of Mujahid policy intent and the kind of Islam Harapan wants to promote
is a positive indication that (perhaps) this was really a new-ish Malaysia.”
above is important for various reasons but the most important of which is that
the prime minister was actually attempting to change the narrative – even
though there is ample evidence when he was prime minister the first time
around, he played footsie with Islamists – and this opportunity was lost when a
supposed moderate Muslim (with federal power) decided it was better singing an
Umno-PAS tune instead of coming up with another one...
Care slams Israel over 'massacre' of Palestinians
LUMPUR: The Muslim Care Malaysia Society (Muslim Care) has condemned Israel for
massacring defenceless Palestinian victims.
Care president Zulkifli Wahijan said the intentional targeting of residential
buildings and properties had created a state of fear, intimidation and death.
law and international conventions are being flouted with impunity by the
Zionists, especially in the Gaza Strip
United Nations (UN) turning a blind eye to the heinous violation of the human
rights of the Palestinians has encouraged the supremacist Zionist colonialists
to continue with their criminal attacks.”
urged the government to call for an emergency meeting at the UN General
Assembly to bring justice to the oppressed.
also urged the international community to put a stop to the 12-year siege of
Gaza and end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land.
Malaysian police have detained eight suspected militants, including a Filipino
from the Abu Sayyaf terror group who was in charge of recruiting children for
use as human shields in battles against the authorities.
suspects - seven Filipinos and one Malaysian - were arrested in Putrajaya and
Sabah from Oct 30 to Nov 12, according to a police statement released
Filipino also played a part in the beheading of several hostages held by the
Abu Sayyaf group (ASG), said Malaysia's national police chief, Tan Sri Mohamad
Fuzi Harun. "The children... were to be used as human shields during
battles against the Filipino army in Basilan, southern Philippines," Mr
Fuzi, who is the Inspector-General of Police, said in the statement.
Filipino, a 35-year-old technician, was arrested in Ranau, Sabah, on Nov 8 with
another countryman. Both were planning to flee to the southern Philippines to
avoid arrest by the Malaysian authorities when they were nabbed.
on Nov 3, the police detained in Tenom, Sabah, three Filipino members of the
ASG - a group notorious for its kidnapping-for-ransom activities in the
southern Philippines and Sabah. The men, aged between 27 and 51, had worked as
of them, a 34-year-old, has the expertise of producing fire-arms to be used by
the ASG," said Mr Fuzi.
Filipino, a 30-year-old blacksmith, was nabbed in Kinarut, Sabah, on Nov 10. He
is the right-hand man of senior ASG leader Furuji Indama, said Mr Fuzi.
days later, a 60-year-old Filipino was arrested in Tenom, Sabah, for allegedly
sheltering a suspect hunted by the police.
Malaysian suspect, a 38-year-old who worked as an agent selling gold bars, was
detained in Putrajaya on Oct 30 for alleged involvement in terror activities.
was involved in channelling funds to Akel Zainal, a Malaysian who joined Daesh,
in 2017 for the purpose of financing terrorism activities," said Mr Fuzi,
using another name for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Zainal, the drummer of the now-defunct 1990s rock band The Ukays, has been part
of ISIS since 2014.
has arrested nearly 400 people since 2013 for suspected links to terrorism.
Muslim-majority nation faces threats from self-radicalised ISIS sympathisers at
home and regional militant groups seeking funding and refuge in South-east
LUMPUR, Nov 17 ― Port Dickson MP Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim believes the
ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
Racial Discrimination (ICERD) must be postponed until more dialogue can be
conducted at the grassroot level.
an interview with Astro Awani, the incoming PKR president said implementing the
demands of ICERD might trigger ethnic tensions despite the document's good
are trying to resolve the problems under the old system with Tun Dr Mahathir
(Mohamad)'s new administration. It needs strong leadership from Pakatan Harapan
and the public to support all issues.
in my opinion at this level it is wiser for us to postpone (ICERD) so
discussion and dialogues can be held at grassroot level,” he said.
pointed out that many among the Malay grassroots are concerned over the
ratification as they are worried the impact it will make on the special
privileges reserved for the Malays and Bumiputera as enshrined in the Federal
United Nations (UN) document requires a timeframe to eliminate even positive
discrimination as it upholds equality and fairness for all.
people are worried on the status of Islam, the Malays, Bumiputera and language
(Bahasa Melayu),” he said.
of residents of a housing complex in Batam, Riau Islands, and members of the
Islam Defenders Front (FPI) attacked on Friday a vocational school building,
forcing the school’s closure.
a community unit (RW) head in the Merlion complex in Batu Aji district, said
the residents claimed the vocational school, recently opened by the Suluh Mulia
Pioner Foundation, was built on an area designated for social and public
want [the local administration] to build a state elementary school here, not
the [vocational] school,” he said.
residents also reportedly complained that it was a Christian school.
occurred when a mob attempted to enter the school after it was discovered that
Batam city administration had not sealed the school following earlier protests.
They attempted to enter the building while another group of people inside the
school, some believed to be carrying weapons, prepared to meet them. The
residents smashed the school’s signboard before dozens of police personnel on
duty at the school stopped them.
One-Stop Integrated Licenses Service Agency head Gustian Riau said the agency
decided to revoke the school building’s construction permit (IMB) following the
incident, but he was at a loss as to why the residents were only now expressing
opposition. “We have revoked the IMB, but during the building’s licensing
process, no one objected,” he said.
Sihombing, a lawyer who represents the foundation, said the protest was a
result of incitement by outsiders. He said there had been no opposition to the
school construction because it was planned as a regular vocational school.
Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US Prince Khalid bin Salman, has said he did
not tell Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to go to Turkey, and has requested
the US government release information related to the claim, which was made by a
Washington Post published an article citing anonymous sources, who it says are
close to the CIA which suggests the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman
ordered the killing of Khashoggi.
article goes on to suggest also that Prince Khaled told Khashoggi to go to
Turkey, which the Saudi ambassador denies.
never talked to him by phone and certainly never suggested he go to Turkey for
any reason. I ask the US government to release any information regarding this
claim,” Prince Khaled said in a tweet early Saturday morning.
we told the Washington Post the last contact I had with Mr. Khashoggi was via
text on Oct 26 2017.”
Khalid said that it was unfortunate that the Washington Post failed to publish
the full Saudi response. “This is a serious accusation and should not be left
to anonymous sources,” said the envoy, and provided a copy of the statement.
pushes to influence Syria’s new generation through ‘educational invasion’
announced on Wednesday that it will open a new university in Syria, the
Iran-based Tarbiat Modares University, as an addition to the several branches
of universities and secondary schools they already established across the
what many considered as a strategy by Tehran to promote their ideological and
political agendas as well as gain heavy military involvement within the
country, Iran has set up multiple educational facilities in Syria.
influencing new generations
to the Islamic Republic News Agency, Tarbiat Modares will be the fifth
Iran-based university to be established in Syria, including the Islamic Azad
University and the College of Islamic Schools.
Assad-backed news agency SANA did not elaborate on the agreement between the
Bashar al-Assad regime and Tehran to open more Iranian universities in Syria.
SANA reported that the Chairman of Iran-Syria Parliamentary Friendship Group
Hussein Ragheb al-Hussein proposed the establishment of a “center of studies”
that combined the Syrian Ministry of Education and the Iranian Ministry of
Science and Technology.
note that Iran has strategically set up universities and schools across Syria
as a means to spread its ideology onto the new generations through different
Mansoor Mukhtar Robow, a deputy leader and former spokesman of the Somali
militant group Al-Shabaab, became the first official candidate for the
presidential elections in Somalia's Baidoa, that are set to take place Nov. 17.
a political Islamist group in Somalia with ideological ties to al-Qaeda, is
classified internationally as a terrorist group by countries including the
group carried out multiple suicide bombings that targeted diplomatic
headquarters of foreign countries and left dozens of civilians dead.
2012, the US administration allocated $5 million to any informant who discloses
information that could help lead to Robow’s arrest. However, in July 2017, the
State Department issued a decision to cancel the reward after they confirmed
that he was secretly negotiating with the Somali government.
to local Somali news reports, the committee overseeing the presidential
elections confirmed that Robow was the first candidate to announce he was
running for a presidential campaign in southwestern Somalia.
august 2017, the Somali army formally declared Robow had left Al-Shabaab and
had joined the ranks of the government.
picture of Robow with the British Ambassador to Somalia David Concar circulated
on social media that showed the ambassador with a suspicious look on his face
as he talked to the former terrorist.
are warning that Robow might be a ploy by the Qatari government after Somali
rival groups published a document confirming the role Doha has played in his
new face. Observers said that he has ties to the country especially after
Qatar’s media helped him attempt to clear his name.
history with extremism
2009, Robow appeared on a television show for the Al-Jazeera channel, where he
said “We do not want to attack anyone, we want to fix our country. Islam is not
forced on anyone.”
history with extremism began in the mid-19990s when he went to Afghanistan, where
he joined al-Qaeda training camps, and returned to Somalia in 2000. He then
served as the vice president of the Islamic Courts Union.
of the September 11 attacks, Robow met with al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in
Afghanistan, and only left the country after the US attacks on the Taliban.
Islamic Republic welcomed statement issued by the Saudi Public Prosecution
office regarding the killing of the Saudi national Jamal Khashoggi.
statement issued by the Mauritanian Foreign Ministry praised the strong and
sincere will of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz
Al Saud and HRH Crown Prince to ensure full and necessary transparency, in
seeking truth and applying justice, in this respect.
Russian foreign ministry said on Friday that Moscow does not find it reasonable
to doubt the ability of Saudi authorities in dealing with the case of
the matter, the Kremlin said that politicizing the case of the Saudi
journalist’s killing is unacceptable.
statement comes after the Saudi Public Prosecution announced the results of the
investigation on Jamal Khashoggi’s murder on Thursday.
least nine people have been killed in western Yemen, despite a declared halt to
the Saudi-led offensive that was meant to seize control of the strategic port
city of Hudaydah.
to Yemen’s al-Masirah television network, Saudi warplanes bombed a residential
building in the district of Hali in the Red Sea city on Friday, killing three
women and wounding three others.
aerial attacks came hours after four Saudi airstrikes hit a village near the
city, killing six people and injuring several others.
the Saudi-backed militants launched artillery attacks on the residential
buildings in the district of 7 Yulio (July) in the city, causing severe damage
to houses and private property.
Wednesday, Saudi-backed militiamen loyal to Yemen's former President Abd Rabbuh
Mansur Hadi halted their offensive under international pressure for a
spokesman for Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement said on Thursday that the
pause in the Saudi airstrikes against Hudaydah was not submission to
international pressure but a bid to buy time and reinforce the military
strength for a fresh offensive.
Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have deployed about 10,000 new troops to
Yemen's west coast after repeated campaigns to seize Hudaydah, which is seen as
the main entry point for food imports and aid relief needed by millions in the
war-torn country, were thwarted by Houthis and their allies in the Yemeni army.
invaders have hit a stiff wall of resistance put up by the city's protectors
who have pushed back the militants and mercenaries.
Hudaydah offensive has sparked concerns over its impact on the civilian
population as well as on humanitarian aid operations.
Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched the devastating campaign
against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing the government of Yemen's
former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing the Houthis.
bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill that would halt US arms
exports to Saudi Arabia as a response to the “barbaric” murder of Jamal
Khashoggi, continued detention of activists and “indiscriminate” bombing
campaign in Yemen.
“Saudi Arabia Accountability and Yemen Act of 2018” bill was introduced on
Thursday by Bob Menendez and Todd Young along with Jack Reed, Lindsey Graham,
Jeanne Shaheen, and Susan Collins.
senators referred to the US Treasury Department’s Thursday decision to impose
economic sanctions on 17 Saudis involved in the murder of Khashoggi, as well as
an earlier announcement of an end to US refueling of Saudi aircraft bombing
Yemen, and said the measures were not enough.
Arabia must be held accountable for its increasingly brazen behavior,” Senator
Reed, a ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said.
aerial refueling support of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen and imposing
sanctions on some Saudi officials who participated in the murder of US resident
Jamal Khashoggi are welcome, but not sufficient."
also said the decision to suspend aerial refueling for the Saudi coalition absent
an actual strategy for ending this conflict is an empty action.
is why this bill makes clear that Congress demands an immediate cessation of
hostilities, urgently calls on all parties to prioritize protection of Yemeni
civilians, and makes certain that only a political settlement will end this
war,” he noted.
Shaheen said Saudi Arabia’s "barbaric murder of Jamal Khashoggi, continued
detention of activists and indiscriminate bombing campaign in Yemen merit a
strong, bipartisan response,” and the bill can deliver such a response.
bill would require sanctions within 30 days on anyone involved in Khashoggi’s
death, including “any official of the government of Saudi Arabia or member of
the royal family” determined to be involved.
would also require a report within 30 days on the kingdom’s human rights
the Thursday sanctions imposed by the US Treasury were unusual for Washington,
which rarely imposes sanctions on Saudi nationals, they did not target the
Riyadh government or affect America’s lucrative arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
has more evidence on Khashoggi murder
Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported on Friday that a second voice recording –
said to be 15 minutes – clearly reveals that the murder of the Washington Post
columnist had been premeditated.
would contradict the statement of the Saudi prosecutor who said on Thursday
that five Saudi officials faced the death penalty on charges of killing
Khashoggi but exonerated the country's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of
involvement in the murder.
Selvi, pro-government columnist in the Hurriyet daily, said key findings in the
Saudi prosecutor's statement did not overlap with the evidence in the hands of
Turkey including two voice recordings.
said the first 7-minute voice recording proves that Khashoggi was strangled but
the second tape recorded shortly before the journalist stepped into the
consulate clearly shows the murder was planned in advance.
second tape proves the 15-member "killer team" seated inside the
consulate before Khashoggi's arrival was discussing how to carry out the
murder, he said.
has also evidence that the team made international calls after the murder, he
59, a critic of the crown prince, was killed and dismembered at the Saudi
consulate in Istanbul on October 2.
has said the murder was carried out by a team of Saudis who traveled to
Istanbul for that purpose.
Houthi spokesman says a pause in Saudi airstrikes against Hudaydah is not a
submission to international pressure but a bid to buy time and reinforce the
military strength for a fresh offensive.
every round of aggression against Yemen, the escalation begins and then dies
down, mostly without declaring a truce,” Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam
wrote in a tweet on Thursday night.
the recent developments in the battle on the ground, the aggressive coalition
is trying to pretend that it has halted its attacks [on Hudaydah] in response
to global pressure or to allow the dispatch of humanitarian aid, but that’s a
big lie,” he said.
Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have deployed about 10,000 new troops to
Yemen's west coast after repeated campaigns to seize Hudaydah were thwarted by
Houthis and their allies in the Yemeni army.
invaders have hit a stiff wall of resistance put up by the city's protectors
who have pushed back the militants and mercenaries.
truth, Abdulsalam said, "is that the coalition is preparing for a new
round of aggression, which needs additional time.”
have not yet seen any serious effort by the aggressors to find a real political
solution or a real ceasefire, and these are just media propaganda and
agreements between the states of aggression or the so-called quartet – Saudi
Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Britain and America,” he said in another
said the quartet is the very countries that, by their own admission, have
directly waged the war against Yemen, especially its western coast which
includes the port city of Hudaydah.
the position of our people, the Army and popular committees is an essentially
defensive one to confront an unjustified aggression they have begun, we welcome
any credible cessation of aggression, if they remain committed, away from
political gains," he noted.
also called for a comprehensive, fair and equitable political solution that
does not exclude anyone or target any component that preserves the sovereignty
and identity of Yemen.
Arabia and the UAE on Wednesday paused their offensive aimed at taking the
strategic port city of Hudaydah from the Houthi fighters.
said that Saudi-backed mercenaries had been "ordered" to halt the
offensive until further notice. They said they would resume operations if they
came under attack.
cessation of attacks came a day after Mark Lowcock, the United Nations
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief
Coordinator, urged a ceasefire around Hudaydah.
Houthis on Thursday denied reports that a ceasefire had been reached with the
coalition over Hudaydah.
government spokesman Dhaif-Allah al-Shami said Saudi Arabia has been trying to
ease the international humanitarian pressure by spreading rumors about a truce.
reports of Hudaydah truce is baseless and aimed at misleading the world public
opinion," he added.
has been going on in Hudaydah was that the coalition forces are preparing for a
further military escalation," al-Shami noted.
Hudaydah offensive, which first began earlier this year and was re-launched
last month after a pause of several months, could deprive millions of people
already on the verge of starvation from access to food or medicine, the UN has
Extremists on Friday killed 22 Syrian regime fighters near a planned buffer
zone around the country’s last major rebel bastion, a monitor said.
September deal between government ally Russia and opposition backer Turkey
aimed to set up a de-militarised zone around the northwestern region of Idlib
to protect it from a regime assault.
its implementation has been stalled since extremists who hold around 70 percent
of the planned buffer area failed to withdraw by mid-October, and sporadic
clashes have rocked the area since.
Friday, extremist groups attacked government forces in the northwest of Hama
province near the planned buffer zone, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for
Human Rights said.
regime fighters and five assailants were killed” in the attack, causing
government forces to respond with artillery fire, Observatory head Rami Abdel
attackers included the Al-Qaeda-linked Hurras Al-Deen group, which has publicly
rejected the Russian-Turkish deal, he said.
lion’s share of Idlib is held by Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham, an alliance led by
Al-Qaeda’s former Syrian affiliate.
the September 17 deal, all fighters in the zone were supposed to withdraw their
heavy weapons and militants including HTS and Hurras Al-Deen were supposed to
Thursday, Russian spokeswoman Maria Zakharova criticized “sporadic clashes,” as
well as “provocations” by HTS in northwestern Syria.
last month, Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid Muallem expressed dissatisfaction
with the implementation of the Idlib deal, and criticized Turkey for
said heavy weapons had not been withdrawn and accused Turkey of not wanting to
“respect its obligations.”
UK vow to strengthen cooperation to deal with counter-terror challenges
DELHI: India and the UK on Friday agreed to strengthen cooperation to deal with
terrorism-related challenges such as countering radicalisation and terror
financing as well as preventing the use of internet for terrorist purposes.
the 12th meeting of the India-UK joint working group on counterterrorism here,
the two sides also shared assessment on the prevailing terror threats globally
and in their region, including cross-border terrorism in the
Afghanistan-Pakistan region, the Ministry of External Affairs said.
sides condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations at the meeting in
which the Indian delegation was led by Mahaveer Singhvi, Joint Secretary
(Counter-Terrorism), MEA, while the UK delegation was headed by Jane Marriot,
Director of the Joint International Counter-Terrorism Unit.
exchanged views on current counter-terrorism challenges, including countering
radicalisation and violent extremism, combating financing of terrorism and
preventing use of internet for terrorist purposes. They agreed to strengthen
cooperation in dealing with these challenges," the MEA said in a
two sides also deliberated on measures to deepen counter-Terrorism cooperation
through regular exchange of information, mutual capacity building efforts,
sharing of best practices, and mutual legal assistance.
in multilateral fora such as the United Nations and Financial Action Task Force
was also discussed.
next India-UK Joint working Group Meeting on Counter-Terrorism will take place
in London in 2019 on a mutually convenient date.
DELHI: India and Morocco, Africa's second biggest economy, have concluded extradition
and mutual legal assistance treaties and also affirmed that they will jointly
fight threats from ISIS under their counter-terror partnership.
agreements were inked this week during Moroccan Justice Minister Mohamed Auajjar’s
visit to Delhi.
has a well-established school of counter-terrorism, which is globally
have counter-terror cooperation including bilateral legal arrangements with
major countries to fight terror. Given the expansion in ties with India and
mutual interest, we decided to sign these treaties with Delhi, taking our
counter-terror partnership to the next level,” Auajjar told ET here. “These
instruments will enable the two states to share best practices to combat
Indo-Moroccan Extradition Agreement will provide a strong legal base for the extradition
of persons accused of economic offences, terrorism and other serious crimes in
one contracting state and found in another contracting state.
Agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance in Civil and Commercial Matters will
enhance cooperation in the service of summons, judicial documents, letters of
request, and the execution of judgments, decrees and arbitral awards.
believes in the necessity of enhancing the domain of mutual cooperation with
Morocco and realising the importance of broadening the aspects of cooperation
between both the countries in civil and commercial matters,” the Indian
government said in a statement.
is against terrorism and this is a message that Morocco led by its King is
trying to propagate. There is a wrong interpretation of jihad that is being
propagated, instead of a jihad against poverty. Islam forbids killing of human
beings. In Morocco, we have been practicing right values of Islam, which
encompass compassion and kindness,” the minister said, adding, “Morocco’s
deradicalisation initiatives have been lauded by the international community.
We pursue a multidimensional counter-terror strategy that has three distinct stands
– intelligence gathering; socio-economic reforms; and reform of religious
ties with African countries date back to the pre-independence period. With
Morocco, India has enjoyed cordial and friendly relations, and over the years
bilateral relations have witnessed significant growth. Both nations are part of
the Non-Aligned Movement.
the United Nations, India supported the decolonisation of Morocco and the
Moroccan freedom movement. India recognised Morocco on June 20, 1956 and
established relations in 1957.
has emerged as a key pillar in India's Africa strategy and Delhi had played a
key role in Morocco's re-entry into the African Union in 2017. In Asia, India
is the recipient of Morocco’s biggest investment.
An 18-year-old youth, Nadeem Manzoor Dar, was abducted and shot dead by Hizbul
Mujahideen terrorists in Niklora area of south Kashmir's Pulwama district late
Thursday evening. On Friday, a video that went viral across the Kashmir valley
purportedly showed the youth being gunned down by Hizb terrorists wielding
said the Hizb terrorists had abducted Nadeem from his home in Safanagri
village, Shopian, and killed him later in Pulwama.
video of the killing of the youth also showed the terrorists accusing the
teenager of having been a police informer. A top police officer said police
were ascertaining the authenticity of the video. Nadeem's body was found in
Niklora village in neighbouring Pulwama district, the reports said.
the incident, SSP Pulwama Chandan Kohli said the bullet-riddled corpse of
Manzoor was recovered and taken to a nearby hospital for medico-legal
formalities. Further investigation is on, he added.
after the incident, government forces launched massive searches in the area to
apprehend the suspected militants, he said.
Delhi: Muslim Rashtriya Manch leader Yasir Jilani on Friday raked up the issue
of Ram Temple and said the community believes that it’s time the temple should
be constructed in Ayodhya. Talking to news agency ANI, Jilani said, “We are
trying to gather Muslims from all over the country in December. We are calling
25,000 people to Ramlila Maidan (Delhi). We will send a message that the
Muslims of India believe that it’s time the RamTemple is constructed in
29, the Supreme Court adjourned the Ayodhya title suit till next year to fix a
date for the hearing. The court was hearing the matter which challenged the
2010 ruling of the Allahabad High Court which divided the disputed land into
three parts. Meanwhile, Karnataka minister BZ Zameer Ahmed Khan had also said
that they have no objection over the construction of the temple in Ayodhya but
demanded that mosque should also be built there. Talking to reporters, he had
said, “Not only the Muslims in Karnataka but Muslims across the country are not
against Ram Mandir. Build Ram Mandir but our mosque which was martyred should
also be made. We are not against Ram Mandir, we are just demanding our right.”
Diwali eve, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had asserted that the
construction work for Ram Mandir in Ayodhya will start very soon. He had
earlier also called for an early resolution to the Ayodhya dispute.
Congress including other parties had tried to corner the ruling party on the Ram
temple issue. The Congress had been accusing the BJP of raising the temple
issue only when elections are around the corner.
Babri Masjid, built by Mughal emperor Babur in Ayodhya in 1528, was, on
December 6, 1992, razed to the ground allegedly by Hindu activists, claiming
that the mosque was constructed after demolishing a Ram temple that originally
a three-judge bench, by a 2:1 majority, refused to refer to a five-judge
constitution bench the issue of reconsideration of the observations in its 1994
judgment that a mosque was not integral to Islam. The matter had arisen during
the hearing of the Ayodhya land dispute.
apex court bench headed by then Chief Justice Dipak Misra said the civil suit
has to be decided on the basis of evidence, adding that the previous verdict
has no relevance to this issue.
Tunisians enjoy historic law but still push for equality
Nadia Borji says she wants to be considered as equal but fears she will end up
buried in her town's so-called "slaves" cemetery -- because she is
Tunisians, including some descended from slaves, make up a minority that is
barely visible in the north African country.
hope for greater equality after a law was passed last month criminalising all
forms of racism.
term 'slave' disturbs me enormously. It shouldn't still exist!" protested
Borji, who came to her mother's grave to read a prayer.
residents still bury their dead in a poorly maintained piece of land, full of
earthen tombs covered with parched plants near Houmt Souk, on the island of
other cemeteries lie a stone's throw away -- reserved for people with light
are accustomed to knowing that it is abnormal to suffer such
discrimination," said 46-year-old Borji.
cousin Dorra Douiri directed her anger towards a "racist and very
painful" societal schism.
worst thing is, it's a cemetery next to a mosque where the imams call for
equality and respect," Douiri said.
head of a municipal district in Houmt Souk acknowledged that cemeteries should
not be separated.
for slaves and cemeteries for free people -- it is a phenomenon that exists and
must be addressed," said Mourad Missaoui.
the major cities of Tunis and Sfax, Djerba residents bury their dead without
requiring permission from the council.
means their burial place can still be decided by social status and even their
skin colour, he told AFP.
was formally abolished in Tunis and in part of what forms modern day Tunisia in
October 9, Tunisia's parliament adopted a landmark law penalising the use of
racist words, the incitement of hatred and discrimination.
crimes are now punishable by three years in prison and a 5,000 euro (5,600
remains "well anchored in the minds of many Tunisians", said Saadia
Mosbah, president of M'nemty, an association that defends minorities.
month's law is an acknowledgement by the state that racism persists -- but the
law must now be applied, he added.
real work starts now," he said. But there could be a long battle ahead.
is no harmony between legal texts and what happens" in reality, said
municipal leader Missaoui.
halls on Djerba even use a designation widely perceived as being highly racist
on slave descendants' birth certificates.
word in question is "atig" - a prefix followed by the name of the
master who granted freedom to the ancestors of the certificate holder.
the absence of popular pressure to withdraw the designation -- or a directive
from the government -- the word and "its racist connotations" will
continue to be applied by town halls, said Missaoui.
the city of Medenine and the large village of Gosba, around 80 kilometres (50
miles) from Djerba, most people are black and many of them complain of racism.
village is extremely marginalised, because of the colour of our skin,"
decried 27-year-old Mohamed, as he played cards on the floor of shop.
have no cafes, no cultural houses, no proper buildings -- absolutely
nothing," he complained. "There is only contempt".
is not this law that will protect the region. It requires above all
investment... for residents, who are considered second class Tunisians,"
Gosba, marriage between a black and white Tunisian is socially rejected.
can be the most handsome and rich man, (but) you'll always be black and they
will never accept you marrying a white woman," said 61-year-old grocer Ali
Jordanian government stressed the importance of the Saudi Public Prosecution’s
announcement to charge a number of detainees in the case of the killing of the
journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
government of Jordan stressed, in an official statement, that this announcement
is an important step towards achieving justice through the investigations’
results announced by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in order to clarify the full
truth into the circumstances of this case, achieve justice and hold those
Italy’s Libya talks this week laid bare deep divisions between the key power
brokers, threatening attempts to resolve the country’s ongoing crisis, analysts
days of meetings in the Sicilian capital Palermo saw some delegates refuse to
sit side by side, while a meeting held on the sidelines sparked a diplomatic
dynamics between the four Libyan delegations attending the Palermo conference
regrettably show that the rifts are still very deep,” said Claudia Gazzini, a
Libya analyst at International Crisis Group.
strongman Khalifa Haftar showed up, only to snub the main conference and
organize separate talks with international leaders.
a move was “a slap in the face to the Libyan politicians at the conference,”
whose self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) holds much of eastern Libya, held
a meeting with representatives of Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, France and Russia.
of his main rivals, UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj, also attended the
“informal talks,” but Qatar and Turkey were not invited.
exclusion prompted Ankara to pull out of the main conference in protest.
spokesman Ahmed Al-Mesmari later accused Turkey and Qatar of traveling to
Palermo “to protect the interests of the terrorist groups which they are
supporting in Libya.”
Saleh El-Kuafi, a professor at the University of Benghazi, said the outcome
“illustrated the extent of the crisis, the divisions in Libya and the fragility
of the situation.”
“succeeded in being the star of the conference” by refusing to meet some of his
rivals and sidelining Turkey and Qatar,” he added.
Palermo talks followed a Paris meeting at which Libyan leaders agreed to
prepare for elections this December. Such a timeline was widely viewed as
unrealistic, however, and preparations for polls have now been pushed back to
Khaled Al-Montasser, a professor at the University of Tripoli, international
meetings cannot succeed “while the international parties are putting the
Libyans under pressure and while they put forward solutions to the crisis which
suit themselves and them alone.”
should be up to the Libyans, he said, to “agree on the subjects that they must
as Montasser noted, the Libyan leaders themselves are “not ready to accept each
other and to tolerate differences of opinion.”
as in May, the top Libyan invitees to Palermo were Haftar, Al-Sarraj, who heads
the Government of National Accord in Tripoli, the eastern parliament’s speaker
Aguila Salah and Khaled Al-Mechri, speaker of a Tripoli-based upper chamber.
the Italy talks were not really focused on improving relations between the
rivals, according to Libyan analyst Emad Badi.
was instead “an attempt by Italy to both react to the French initiative and to
reposition itself as a power broker,” he said.
the conference being viewed as a failure by numerous analysts, some have
underlined the importance of meetings organized by the UN a few hours before
the formal talks opened.
discussions focused on economic and security issues in Libya, where residents
have seen their currency’s value plummet and endured years of violence.
of clashes in September between rival militias in the capital Tripoli killed at
least 117 people and wounded more than 400, prompting Al-Sarraj’s government to
UN’s Libya envoy, Ghassan Salame, this week welcomed the participants’ backing
for the new measures and their “unanimous support” for a national conference
early next year.
least three soldiers were killed and several missing after a Boko Haram attack
on a military base in Nigeria's northeastern Borno state, military and militia
sources told AFP on Thursday.
Haram fighters believed to be from the IS-affiliated Islamic State West Africa
Province (ISWAP) late Wednesday attacked the base in the town of Kareto, 150km
north of the state capital Maiduguri.
militants temporarily dislodged troops from the base before being repelled with
aerial support, the sources said.
lost three soldiers in the fight and several others are still missing," a
military officer in Maiduguri told AFP.
terrorists were smoked out of the base by a fighter jet which deployed to the
scene," said the officer who asked not to be named because he was not
authorised to speak on the incident.
reinforcements were sent to the base, the officer said. It was not clear if the
jihadists took away weapons.
civilian militia fighting Boko Haram in the area said troops withdrew to the
town of Gubio, 60 km away, while Kareto residents fled across the border into
bodies of three soldiers were recovered after the attack," said the
militia who preferred not to be identified.
troops have arrived in Kareto but most residents have not returned," he
was the second attack on the military base in two years.
April 2016, a Boko Haram raid left 24 soldiers wounded, according to military
Haram jihadists late Wednesday also attacked Mammanti village, just outside
Maiduguri, killing one person and burning the entire village before stealing
hundreds of cattle, the local chief of the village and residents said.
insurgents came around 23:00 and opened indiscriminate fire," Muhammad
Mammanti, a resident, said.
killed one person and burnt the whole village and stole our cattle,"
in the day a group of jihadists abducted seven women while working on a farm
near the town of Bama, 70km from Maiduguri, after killing their male escort,
militia sources said.
Haram has stepped up attacks on farmers and loggers in recent years, accusing
them of passing information on the group to the military.
the government's insistence that the group is near defeat, Boko Haram has
recently carried out major attacks on military and civilian targets, killing
at local Muslim violates spirit of America, its founders
MICHAEL A. WOOD
elements of the Tarrant County GOP have campaigned to remove Shahid Shafi from
his leadership position in the local Republican Party, simply because of his
is outrageous, and should be opposed strenuously by every Republican who claims
to revere the principles upon which America was founded.
is a creedal nation: this land that we love is made up of not just mountains
and plains and baseball and blues music. Conservatives in the United States
differ from those in other parts of the world, because we do not stand to
defend tradition for tradition’s sake, and we do not seek to preserve a certain
bloodline or soil from pollution by outsiders or modernity.
ours is a country founded upon certain ideas about the nature of man and the
role of government. We seek to conserve the republican form of government and
the mores of a free society that have made America a beacon to the rest of the
look first and foremost to the Declaration of Independence to define these
ideas: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created
equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights;
that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Beyond this,
we also look to speeches like the Gettysburg Address or Lincoln’s Second
Inaugural to give shape and meaning to our national creed.
also look to one of the most beautiful and moving documents in American
history: Washington’s letter to the Jewish Congregation at Newport.
this letter, the father of our country writes that “the citizens of the United
States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to
mankind examples of a large and liberal policy … all possess alike liberty of
conscience and immunities of citizenship.” Washington goes on to say that “the
Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to
persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its
protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all
occasions their effectual support.”
is easy 230 years later to fail to appreciate the radicalism of Washington’s
sentiments. Throughout history, the Jewish people had been harassed, persecuted
and prohibited from taking full part in the societies in which they lived.
America, however, would be different. America, the founders understood, would
be a land of religious liberty even to minority religious groups unpopular with
society at large.
we think of the American experiment only in terms of the democratic aspect
represented in the popular vote, but what makes this land so special is so much
more than that, and chief among the reasons is that we hold as sacred the
principle of religious liberty.
do not have to subscribe to a certain religious dogma to be a full American.
You do not have to pass a religious test in order to hold public office in
America. America does not have a state church. America does not fight religious
wars. America does not judge people based on their religious convictions, but
only requires that they who live here “should demean themselves as good
citizens” in Washington’s words.
you only believe that this applies to those faith traditions you like, then you
might as well say that you support freedom of speech as long as the speaker
agrees with what you were going to say anyways.
what about Sharia Law? Elements of the Fort Worth GOP ask, “can you be a good
Muslim and not support Sharia Law?” To them I say: calm down; the same things
were said about Catholics 100 years ago, and Catholics dominate the modern
Republican Party without anyone thinking twice about it.
is incredibly complex, and the faith tradition you are suddenly an expert about
has 1 billion adherents around the world and is no different. Surely there are
Muslims who see their faith as absolutely incompatible with republican
government, but Shafi — by all accounts a patriotic, loyal, proud American — should
not even be spoken of in the same breath as them.
has many, many shades — from the Sunni, incredibly fundamentalist 8th-century
version, to the much more liberal, esoteric and spiritual version practiced in
large parts of Asia.
a member of ISIS is appointed to the GOP leadership, the discussion of Sharia
will be appropriate. In the case of Shafi, it is at best ignorant, and at worst
an example of the worst kind of bigotry that George Washington would be ashamed
first, US votes against UN censure of Israel over Golan
the first time, the United States voted Friday against an annual UN resolution
condemning Israel’s occupation of the Golan Heights, dropping its practice of
abstaining in the vote.
non-binding resolution was adopted in a General Assembly committee by a vote of
151 to 2, with the United States and Israel the only two countries opposing the
measure. Fourteen countries abstained.
Ambassador Nikki Haley called the resolution “useless” and “plainly biased
against Israel,” citing concerns about Iran’s military role in Syria to oppose
the atrocities the Syrian regime continues to commit prove its lack of fitness
to govern anyone. The destructive influence of the Iranian regime inside Syria
presents major threats to international security,” she said in a statement on
the eve of the vote.
seized control of much of the Golan Heights from Syria in a 1967 war and later
annexed it, in moves never recognized by the international community.
resolution declares that the Israeli decision to occupy and annex the Golan was
“null and void,” and calls on Israel to rescind that decision.
Ambassador Danny Danon applauded the US shift, which he said was “another
testament to the strong cooperation between the two countries.”
administration of President Donald Trump has taken a strong pro-Israeli stance,
defying UN resolutions by moving the US embassy to Jerusalem and cutting aid to
the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.
ambassador to Israel David Friedman told an Israeli newspaper in September that
he expected the annexed Golan Heights to remain under Israeli control “forever,”
and mentioned the possibility of US official recognition of the Golan as
Israeli territory. During a visit to Israel in August, US National Security
Advisor John Bolton said there were no discussions on such recognition.
and Syria, which has been embroiled in conflict since 2011, are still
technically at war.
of the vote, US diplomat Samantha Sutton said the US position on the status of
the Golan Heights had not changed, but added that the resolution was out of
touch with the situation on the ground.
resolution does nothing to address the increasing militarization of the Golan
and the serious threats that confront Israel from Iran and Hezbollah’s presence
in the area,” said Sutton.
senior Iranian diplomat says sanctions imposed by the United States on Tehran primarily
violate Europe’s sovereignty, security and credibility rather than target
are waiting to see how Europe will defend its sovereignty against Washington's
pressure," Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi,
who is in Madrid for talks with senior Spanish officials, said on Friday.
this month, the administration of US President Donald Trump announced the
re-imposition of the “toughest” sanctions ever against Iran's banking and
energy sectors with the aim of cutting off the country's oil sales and crucial
exports. The announcement came after it withdrew in May from the landmark Iran
nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
(JCPOA), and decided to re-impose unilateral sanctions against Tehran.
the deal, reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries -- the United
States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China -- in 2015, Iran undertook
to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of
nuclear-related sanctions. A first round of American sanctions took effect in
August, targeting Iran's access to the US dollar, metals trading, coal,
industrial software, and auto sector.
further said the international community, except one or two countries, has
condemned the US move to re-impose "unlawful" sanctions against Iran
in violation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, which
endorses the JCPOA.
the US is using its economic power and the dollar to impose its own demands on
other countries, he added, noting that European companies seem to be taking US
orders more seriously than those of their own governments.
senior Iranian diplomat pointed to the latest report by the International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that confirmed for the 13th times the Islamic
Republic's adherence to its commitments under the JCPOA and said the
"unreasonable and illogical" US exit from the JCPOA would lead to
countries' lack of trust in dialogue, diplomacy and the Security Council's
IAEA said on Monday that Iran has continued to implement all its commitments
under the 2015 nuclear deal even as the United States re-imposed fresh
sanctions against Tehran.
to an IAEA's report, Iran has been complying with the restrictions to its
nuclear program laid down in the JCPOA as of early November.
warned that the possible collapse of the nuclear accord would lead to more
crises in the Middle East and pose challenges to the ongoing situation in the
region, Europe's security and the international system.
still hope that Europe will be able to manage the current situation"
despite the US pressure, he said.
a meeting with Director General for Political Affairs at the Dutch Ministry of
Foreign Affairs Andre Haspels in Tehran on Tuesday, Araqchi warned that the
possible collapse of the historic nuclear agreement would certainly add to
political complications in the Middle East.
the JCPOA collapses, it means the defeat of diplomacy and the dominance of
bullying in the international arena and this issue will absolutely add to the
political complications in the Middle East region," the senior Iranian
Washington's withdrawal, Iran has not left the deal yet, but stressed that the
remaining signatories to the agreement have to work to offset the negative
impacts of the US pullout for Iran if they wanted Tehran to remain in it.
month and a half after the Jamal Khashoggi's killing, punishments were handed
to some individuals responsible, but Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has
walked away unscathed, The New York Times said Friday.
an opinion piece, The Times wrote that with the Saudi public prosecutor seeking
the death penalty against five of the suspects involved in the crime, and the
U.S. imposing sanctions on the 17 suspects involved, Washington seems to be
ready to buy the latest narrative provided by the Saudis.
a Saudi journalist and columnist for The Washington Post, went missing after
entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.
the world watching, after initially saying he had left the consulate alive,
weeks later the Saudi administration admitted he was killed there.
of the incident suggests a special hit squad came to the consulate, scouted out
Istanbul’s Belgrad Forest, and tried to cover up evidence at the consulate
international community refused to accept the Saudis’ claim that the incident
was not a premeditated murder.
the latest version will put the Khashoggi issue to rest remains to be
seen," The Times said.
does not seem to buy the latest narrative provided by the Saudis, and has been
putting pressure on the kingdom.
want to say that I find some explanations [of the prosecutor’s office]
unsatisfying," Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a
conference. "We find the steps taken positive but inadequate."
newspaper noted that while the U.S. has supported many despotic regimes in the
past, bin Salman's rule in Saudi Arabia has pushed too far on a number of
issues, including the war in Yemen, blockading Qatar, and detaining Lebanese
Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
most of his misrule, Prince Mohammed continued to enjoy the favor of President
Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner," The Times said. "They saw
the young prince as an ally, along with Israel, against Iran, and as a buyer of
limitless American arms."
newspaper argued that the U.S. now has leverage over the Saudis, and they must
use this leverage to reveal the truth about how Khashoggi died, end the war in Yemen,
repair its relations with Qatar, stabilize oil prices and possibly
"replace the crown prince with a less impulsive and dangerous heir."
Jamaat affiliates seek nominations from BNP-led alliance, as independents
leaders are hopeful their efforts to uphold the 20-party alliance during the
Awami League regime will clinch them nominations for all three Bogra
with Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami ties have collected nomination papers from BNP
to contest the upcoming general election in two northern districts, after the
Election Commission said anyone, even men or women from unregistered parties,
can run for office with another party’s ticket or as independent candidates.
week, the commission’s Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed said persons affiliated with
the political party Jamaat-e-Islami, which has lost its registration, can contest
in the upcoming election as independent candidates or with another party’s
they can run with the symbol of any registered party, provided that they get
the nomination from that party. A registered party can give anyone their
nomination,” he said.
if a registered party wants, they can give their nomination to the members of
an unregistered party as well,” Helaluddin added.
Jamaat sources, our correspondent in Bogra reported that the party is fully
prepared to field candidates in at least three constituencies of the district.
BNP wants to field its own candidates in those constituencies, Jamaat will
still a launch full-scale election campaign in at least two constituencies with
independent candidates, the sources added.
MP of Bogra 2 constituency (Shibganj) and former ameer of Shibganj upazila unit
Jamaat Mawlana Shahadatuzzaman collected his nomination form for Bogra 2
constituency, Kahalu upazila Chairman and former nayeb-e-ameer of Bogra
district Jamaat Mawlana Tayeb Ali for Bogra 4 constituency (Kahalu-Nandigram),
and Sherpur upazila Chairman and former Secretary of upazila Jamaat Mawlana
Dabibur Rahman collected his nomination paper for Bogra 5 constituency
1991, Jamaat has been contesting the parliamentary polls under the BNP-led
alliance. However, as the Election Commission had canceled the party's
registration, candidates from the party may run independently, according to
if they do not get nominations from the alliance for the constituencies, the
candidates for Bogra 4 and 5 seats will stand independently, the sources said.
Jamaat leaders are hopeful their efforts to uphold the alliance during the
Awami League regime will clinch them nominations for all three Bogra
MP of Bogra 2 Mawlana Shahadatuzzaman hoped to get the nomination from the
20-party alliance, however, when asked what steps he would take if he cannot
secure a nomination, Shahadutazzaman said: "There is no last word in
politics. I will inform of my decision later."
Tayeb Ali, standing in Bogra 4, has collected his form as an independent
candidate, so that he can still contest the polls and a win a seat for Jamaat
even if he does not get the ticket from the alliance.
candidate for Bogra 5, Mawlana Dabibur Rahman said he will inform of his
decision regarding contesting the polls within a few days. However, his
supporters said he will stand independently even if the 20-party alliance does
Jamaat leaders have collected their nominations forms as independent candidates
from Sirajganj on Thursday.
Jamaat leader Rafiqul Islam Khan will contest Sirajganj 4 constituency
(Ullahpara), while Nayeb-e-Ameer of Sirajganj Jamaat Prof Ali Alam will contest
Sirajganj 5 constituency (Belkuchi-Chauhali).
arrests 106 Rohingya Muslims heading for Malaysia
immigration authorities have arrested 106 Rohingya Muslims who were heading to
stopped a boat on Friday morning about 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of
Yangon, Kyaw Htay, an immigration officer from Kyauktan township, told Reuters.
boat was transporting people from internal displacement camps outside Sittwe,
the capital of Rakhine state, the officer added. The city of Sittwe became a
flash point last year.
destination was Malaysia. The boat was stopped after the engine failed,"
of thousands of Rohingya have been languishing in internal displacement camps
since a previous wave of violence in 2012.
last year, over 700,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh. Back then, Myanmar’s
armed forces, backed by Buddhist extremist mobs, intensified a crackdown that
had already been underway against the Muslim community in Rakhine.
years, the persecuted Rohingya in Myanmar and Bangladesh have embarked on
dangerous journeys aboard rickety vessels to Thailand and Malaysia, looking for
better conditions. Most of the voyages have taken place in the dry months
between November and March, when the sea is calm.
week, officials and aid workers told Reuters that scores of Rohingya on both
sides of the border had boarded boats to try to reach Malaysia after the end of
the monsoon rains in early October.
Rohingya Muslims, who have lived in Myanmar for generations, are denied
citizenship and are branded illegal emigrants from Bangladesh, which likewise
denies them citizenship.
Bangladeshi government begun preparations to repatriate an initial batch of
2,200 Rohingya to Myanmar on Thursday but by late afternoon no refugees had
been moved back across the border.
officials from Bangladesh and Myanmar announced last month that they had struck
a “very concrete” repatriation deal for the return of the Rohingya refugees who
fled the military crackdown in August 2017. The repatriation was to begin by
“mid-November.” UN officials and aid agencies condemned the plan, saying
conditions in Myanmar were not safe.
rights activists concerned about violations in Bangladesh
members of the US House of Representatives also expressed their concern in a
statement pm the issue though they were not present in the discussion organised
by the 'Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission' on Thursday.
lawmakers are co-chairmen of the commission.
did, however, praise the Bangladesh government for providing shelter to more
than 700,000 Rohingya refugees.
US ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat, and British lawyer Toby Cadman,
who has represented Jamaat-e-Islami leaders, attended the discussion titled
‘Election and Human Rights in Bangladesh’. Mohammad Ziauddin, the Bangladesh
envoy to Washington, DC, Bangladesh Deputy High-Commissioner Mahbub Hassan
Saleh and a few leaders from the US branch of the Awami League also attended
Rights Watch Advocacy Director in Asia John Sifton criticised the Bangladesh
government is harassing the opposition with politically motivated cases.
Extra-judicial killings are taking place by law enforcement agents. The
opposition party members are unable to run their election campaign. They are
all scared of the special forces,” he said.
raised the issue of extra-judicial killings by RAB and called for an end to
fear has spread to the media too. Therefore journalists are unable to work
properly. It seems Bangladesh is heading towards single-party rule,” he said.
also mentioned the arrest of photographer Shahidul Islam. He urged the US
Congress to play a role in alleviating the situation in Bangladesh with the
HRW official tacitly raised a demand to ban Bangladeshis from the UN
who are connected with the everyday violation of human rights should not take
part in global peacekeeping,” he said.
discussant Waris Husain, policy analyst at the US Commission on International
Religious Freedom highly praised the Bangladesh government for providing
shelter to the Rohingyas.
is praiseworthy that Bangladesh has provided shelter to the Rohingyas when
other neighbouring countries did not. The benevolence shown by a small country
with a huge population of 160 million through providing shelter to more than a
million Rohingyas definitely deserve applause,” he said.
least four people were killed and another 50 injured in a clash between two
factions of Bangladesh’s ruling Awami League party on Friday, local media
deadly clash took place in central Narsingdi district, 50 kilometers (30 miles)
northeast of Dhaka, over political supremacy in the region, the daily Samakal
said in a report, citing a senior police official.
old dispute between the followers of late Awami League leader Shiral Islam and
slain leader Shahed Sarkar gained momentum following the announcement of
general election schedule.
Hossain, assistant police superintendent in the area, told media an additional
contingent of police personnel has been deployed to bring the situation under
Office of the National Security Council of Afghanistan (NSC) has ordered the
Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) to increase raids against
the Taliban militants.
to a statement released by NSC, the enemies of the country have sustained heavy
casualties in face to face fight and due to the sacrifices of the National
Defense and Security Forces due to which the enemies have changed their
fighting strategy by killing innocent civilians, a move which demonstrate their
statement further added that the Taliban group continues to wage an imposed war
as the Afghan nation struggles with the drought and cold weather which has
added in the difficulties of the people besides inflicting losses on them.
Office of the National Security Council also added that the National Defense
and Security Forces have been instructed to increase raids against the Taliban
across the country in a bid to ensure the safety of the people and reduce the
casualties of the security forces.
Special Forces of the Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security
(NDS), conducted raids on five compounds of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
Khurasan (ISIS-k) in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.
provincial government media office in a statement said the raids were conducted
in Achin district late on Thursday night.
statement further added at least 20 ISIS militants were killed during the raids
and all five compounds of the terror group were destroyed.
to Nangarhar governor’s office, a commander of the terror group and
orchestrator of ISIS attacks was also among those killed.
militants were involved in planning and coordinating attacks in Jalalabad city
and other parts of Nangarhar province using the five compounds which were
destroyed during the operation.
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Friday met with the leaders of Jamiat Islami party to
discuss ongoing efforts regarding Afghan-led peace process.
Office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement said President Ghani met
with Jamiat Islami Chief Salahuddin Rabbani, Jamiat Islami Chief Executive Ata
Mohammad Noor, and Ismail Khan on Friday afternoon.
statement further added that the meeting focused on establishment of
consultative board for peace.
Ghani thanked the Jamiat Islami leaders for their views and said a national
consensus is needed to reach to a peace deal.
also added that consultative meetings would continue with the representatives
of various communities and national segments and the results would be shared
becomes Israel military affairs minister after Lieberman’s resignation
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has become his own minister of military
affairs, failing to fill the position with anyone else after Avigdor
Lieberman’s resignation, according to a Likud Party spokesman.
decision was announced on Friday after Netanyahu's meeting with a key far-right
coalition partner, Jewish Home Party leader Naftali Bennett, failed to
determine Israel's next military affairs minister.
who is currently Israel's Education Minister, had sought to replace Lieberman.
The Education Minister had called for Israel to "start winning
again", expressing frustration at Netanyahu's compliance with an
Egypt-brokered ceasefire with the Gaza Strip.
was quick to accept a truce after a botched Israeli operation in Gaza was met
with a strong reaction from the Palestinian resistance in Gaza, killing an
Israeli special operations officer and firing a record number of nearly 500
rockets into Israel in a single day.
which leads the secular-nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party, resigned less than
a day after the ceasefire, describing the truce as “a capitulation to terror”
and withdrawing his party from Israel's ruling coalition in the 120-member
loss of Lieberman’s five parliamentary seats has destabilized Netanyahu's
majority coalition, fueling speculation of an early election before the
scheduled date next November.
who is also currently his cabinet's own foreign minister and health minister,
has been under further pressure for two alleged corruption cases since
investigations revolve around a case of illicit valuable presents received by
Netanyahu and his family from billionaire benefactors, and another case of a
suspected quid pro quo deal between the premier and Israel's Yedioth Ahronoth
corruption cases have triggered numerous anti-Netanyahu protests in Tel Aviv
and other cities in the occupied territories, with the participants calling on
the scandal-hit prime minister to step down.
least 40 Palestinians have sustained injuries at an anti-occupation protest
along the border between the besieged Gaza Strip and Israeli-occupied
territories, as a fresh round of protest rallies drew several thousand
Palestinian demonstrators to the flashpoint frontier.
clashes erupted on Friday evening after 8000 of protesters gathered in the
eastern Gaza Strip to challenge the years-long Israeli siege on the coastal
Tel Aviv regime’s troops used live ammunition and fired teargas canisters to
disperse the protesters. Palestinians evacuated injured protesters and threw
stones using slingshots during protest across the area.
Health Ministry confirmed that at least 40 Palestinians were injured, including
some eight by Israeli live fire.
those injured, three are considered to be in serious condition.
more suffered from tear gas inhalation.
Palestinian Red Crescent said its staff was looking for injured people.
week's protest was staged under the slogan "Normalization is treason"
and the organizers called on the protesters to continue these demonstrations
until the Gaza "siege" was lifted
spokesman Abdel Latif Qanou said the Arab countries that are working for
normalizing their relations with Israel are “sticking a knife in the back of
the Palestinian people and harming their national rights.”
protests on Friday were intended to continue the “popular” and nonviolent
struggle to “break the blockade on Gaza completely,” he added.
Sunday night, seven Palestinians, including a senior Hamas commander, were
killed when Israeli military forces staged an incursion into the southern Gaza
on Tuesday, Hamas and other resistance factions agreed to an Egypt-brokered
cease-fire with Israel in Gaza Strip as the recent wave of Israeli aggression
against the enclave was threatening to descend into full-blown war.
Palestinian resistance groups announced the ceasefire in a joint statement,
saying they would abide by the ceasefire as long as Israel did the same.
Gaza Strip has been under a crippling Israeli siege since 2007, which has
prevented some two million Palestinians from having free access to the
remainder of Palestine and the outside world. The blockade has also undermined
living conditions in the coastal enclave and fragmented its economic and social
Tel Aviv regime carries out regular attacks on Gaza inhabitants under the pretext
of hitting positions belonging to the Hamas resistance movement, which governs
coastal sliver has also witnessed a fresh wave of deadly tensions since March
30, which marked the start of a series of protests demanding the right to
return for the Palestinians driven out of their homeland.
than 230 Palestinians have so far been killed and over 23,000 others wounded in
the renewed Gaza clashes.
Gaza Strip and the occupied territories have been the scene of new tensions
ever since US President Donald Trump on December 6, 2017 declared Washington’s
recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital” and promised that the US
would move its diplomatic mission to the city.
early July 2014, Israel waged a war on the Gaza Strip. The 50-day military
aggression, which ended on August 26, 2014, killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians,
including 577 children. Over 11,100 others – including 3,374 children, 2,088
women and 410 elderly people – were also wounded in the war.
erupt in West Bank
a series of clashes broke out during a weekly march against the expanding of
Israeli settlements in the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqiliya,
Palestinian Ma'an news agency reported.
sources said that Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear-gas
canisters to disperse protesters. At least two protesters were injured, and
many others suffered tear-gas suffocation.
least one protester also suffered a face injury after Israeli forces clashed with Palestinians activists
protesting near the Ras Karkar village west of Ramallah in the occupied central
West Bank. They were holding rally against an Israeli confiscation plan to
hundreds of acres of land in the area.
600,000 Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967
Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East
militias targeted a number of facilities in Yemen's Hodeidah on Friday night in
the first breach of the truce.
today, a special security council session was held focusing on ending the
conflict in Yemen, inwhich the UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, said that
he intends to convene peace talks “shortly” in Sweden in a bid to end the war.
Yemeni legitimate government and the Houthis have shown a “renewed commitment”
to work on a political solution and have given "firm assurances" that
they will attend the talks, Martin Griffiths told the council.
UN's Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief
Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, said in the security council that the UN has
witnessed a truce in Hodeidah and that they welcome it and call for its
few hours seperated the UN's appreciation of a truce in Hodeidah and the first
breach by Houthi militias.
Government of Yemen welcomed today the statement issued by Saudi Arabia’s
Public Prosecution into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and consider
it a reflection of the kingdom’s principles of justice, according to Saudi
a press statement, the Yemeni Government stressed that Saudi Arabia’s commitment
to hold the suspects accountable for the murder of Khashoggi should end all
attempts to politicize the case and undermine the security and stability of the
reiterated its support for the leadership, government, and people of Saudi Arabia
and their total rejection of the political exploitation of the crime and their
strong condemnation of the malicious campaigns against the Kingdom of Saudi
police detained 13 people including two prominent academics on Friday under an
investigation into jailed rights activist Osman Kavala, accusing them of
following him in a bid to unseat the government through mass protests in 2013.
a well-known civil society leader, was jailed a year ago pending trial for
trying to overthrow the government, a process which authorities say started
with those demonstrations and culminated with an attempted coup in July 2016.
said those arrested on Friday were accused of working with Kavala to foment the
May 2013 unrest, which began as demonstrations against urban development plans
at Istanbul’s Gezi Park and turned into nationwide anti-government protests.
least 10 people died and thousands were injured in a government crackdown on
the demonstrations, which at the time were the biggest ever staged against the
government of Tayyip Erdogan, now president, then entering his second decade as
was accused of attempting to use force to remove the government or prevent it
from fulfilling its duties, the police said. Prosecutors ordered the arrest of
20 people in total accused of acting with him. The charge carries a life
individual aimed to spread the Gezi Park incidents across Turkey and create an
atmosphere of chaos and disorder in the country generally,” Istanbul police
said in a statement.
rights groups and European Parliament members have repeatedly called on NATO
member Turkey to release Kavala. An indictment against him has not yet been
Friday, the European Union called for the immediate release of “all those
detained without due process”.
detentions of critical voices and the continued widespread pressure on civil
society representatives run counter to the Turkish government’s declared
commitment to human rights,” the EU’s foreign policy service said.
US State Department said it was “very concerned” about the detentions and urged
Turkey to respect “human rights and fundamental freedoms, and to release those
lawyer for one of the suspects named the two academics detained on Friday as Turgut
Tarhanli, dean of Istanbul Bilgi University’s law faculty, and Bogazici
University’s Betul Tanbay, who was elected this year as vice president of the
European Mathematical Society.
the detainees were also staff of Kavala’s Anadolu Kultur organisation, which is
involved in promoting culture and rights, including board members Yigit Ekmekci
and Hakan Altinay.
Bar Association Chairman Metin Feyzioglu said he was monitoring developments
violation of basic rights and freedoms by the hand of the judiciary must not be
allowed,” he said in a statement. “All illegal practices which will harm Turkey
in the international community must be brought to an end.”
said the suspects had brought in professional protesters from abroad to fuel
the Gezi Park protests and had lobbied in Europe to halt the import of tear gas
used by police.
the attempted putsch in July 2016, Turkey has jailed 77,000 people as they face
trial, as well as suspending or dismissing 150,000 civil servants and military
personnel and shutting down dozens of media outlets.
still frequently carry out operations targeting the network of US-based cleric
Fethullah Gulen, accused by Ankara of orchestrating the July 2016 failed putsch.
strongly condemns using human rights resolutions and mechanisms as a tool after
a UN panel adopts one such resolution targeting the Islamic Republic.
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi blamed “certain Western countries,
the occupying and infanticidal Zionist regime [of Israel], and some reactionary
regional regimes,” for application of the human rights capacities in such a
way, the Ministry reported on its website on Friday.
said the resolution had been adopted by some governments, whom themselves were
“the biggest violators of human rights in their own country and other
resolution, the official said, had been adopted while “ignoring the realities
inside Iran and based on a selective, discriminatory, ill-intentioned, and
a trend would compromise the international community’s trust in international
mechanisms and their efficacy, he added.
contrast with such measures, the country lends credit to the UN Human Rights
Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR), which would assess all countries
without discrimination, Qassemi said.
constructive and active participation in the process reflected the Islamic
Republic’s seriousness in enhancing human rights and acting on its
international commitments in the area, he concluded.
A court in Istanbul convicted six people and sentenced them to life in prison
for involvement in an extremist attack at Istanbul’s main airport that killed
45 people and was blamed on Daesh, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported
six were convicted of premediated homicide and contravening the Turkish
Constitution in the 2016 attack that also injured 163, the Anadolu Agency said.
Twenty-six other defendants were acquitted of all charges.
June 28, 2016, three suspected militants armed with automatic weapons stormed
Ataturk International Airport and opened fire. They eventually detonated
suicide vests that killed them as well as more airport visitors. The attack was
one of several in Turkey blamed on Daesh extremists.
attackers were identified as Vadim Osmanav and Rakhim Bulgarov, while the third
man’s name remains unknown.
total of 46 defendants were on trial for the attack, including Russian,
Algerian, Tunisian, Egyptian, Syrian and Turkish citizens. Six were sentenced
to prison terms ranging from six to 12 years for membership in a terror group,
Third Committee of the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution
on Thursday, condemning Iran’s human rights record, with 83 votes against 30
while 68 countries abstained.
resolution is due to be voted next December at the UN General Assembly.
resolution relied on the reports on the human rights situation in Iran
presented by both the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in
Iran, Javid Rehman, and Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General.”
reports of the UN Secretary-General and his Special Rapporteur on Human Rights
in Iran indicate that the human rights situation in Iran has worsened since
last year and the systematic repression of demonstrators, journalists and users
of social networks has increased,” it said.
resolution also pointed out that the Iranian government does not comply with
international standards and norms, where reports indicate that “torture of
prisoners, arbitrary arrests, unfair trials, threats of human rights activists
and restrictions on freedom of expression continue.”
Foreign Minister Christa Freeland, whose country adopted the draft resolution
said: “The ratification of this resolution by the various countries of the
world sends a strong message to the Iranian government, which must respect human
UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, Javid Rehman, had
presented his report to the Third Committee in New York on October 24.
said in a speech during the presentation of the report that Iran has witnessed
a wave of protests and strikes due to the deterioration of economic and living
conditions and that these protests were suppressed by the authorities.
requested the Iranian government to allow him to visit the country to conduct
an assessment of the human rights situation through interviews with citizens
and to provide information, particularly with regard to international human
rights organizations’ reports on violations, pertaining to executions, torture,
suppression of freedom of assembly, opinion and expression, violations of the
rights of women and girls and denying religious and ethnic minorities their
UN envoy for Yemen told the Security Council on Friday that he intends to
convene peace talks “shortly” in Sweden in a bid to end the war, during a
special security council session focusing on ending the conflict in Yemen.
grateful to the (Arab) coalition for agreeing our proposed logistical
arrangements, and to the coalition and Oman for their agreement to facilitate
the medical evacuation of some injured Yemenis out of Sanaa,” he told the
15-member Security Council. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs
and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, said that international
organizations are providing the largest humanitarian assistance in the world in
added that the UN has witnessed a truce in Hodeidah and that they welcome it
and call for its continuity.
food chief David Beasley expressed his concern about the deteriorating food
situation in Yemen, saying that around 18 million Yemenis are suffering from
food aid crossing into Yemen is through the Saudi border with the war-torn
country, Beasley said.
rights in Houthi controlled areas
Yemeni civil society representative, Rasha Jarhum, also spoke at the session,
and called for aid in all aspects.
Swedish Total Defence Research Institute pundit described Saudi Arabia as
"playing a central role in spreading an extreme interpretation of Islam in
of Örebro-based al-Salam School receiving money from the Saudi royal family
have triggered concerns about state-sponsored Islamic indoctrination in Sweden.
Meanwhile, the foundation running the school brushed the concerns aside as
"excessive", stressing that it distances itself from "all forms
of extremism and terrorism."
to the daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, the Muslim elementary school al-Salam
School received a total of SEK 1.8 million ($200,000) from Saudi Arabia.
School has attracted the scrutiny of the School Inspectorate for several years
and has prompted several rebukes. It's criticized for its gender-segregated
classes, which violate the Swedish government's policy of ensuring sexual
the newspaper reported that the stated goal of the Scandinavian foundation
al-Risalah, which runs al-Salam school among others, is to "maintain
Muslims' Islamic identity." Three of the foundation's board members are
from Saudi Arabia, including Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Akeel, who was quoted as
saying that Saudi donations help "convey the true image of Islam and its
greatness and promote its positive role" among Muslims.
to Svenska Dagbladet, oil-rich Saudi Arabia has for a long time spread its
ultra-conservative interpretation of Islam, called wahhabism or salafism, to
the outside world, including Sweden.
to the Swedish Defense College, there are 18 registered foundations in Sweden
which have stated that promoting the construction of mosques is one of their
goals. Eleven of these foundations are not transparent about their income.
Normark described this as a "blind spot."
Aldaoudi, chairman of the al-Risalah foundation, confirmed that the school has
been sponsored by Saudi Arabia, but stressed that the money went to build
additional premises. He stressed that concerns about Saudi influence in Sweden
are "excessive" and emphasized that the foundation disregards
"all forms of extremism and terrorism." He also stressed that Saudi
Arabia supported similar projects across Europe and regards it as a duty to
and Saudi Arabia previously had a falling out when Sweden's feminist Foreign
Minister Margot Wallström castigated the Middle East country's human rights
record, calling it a "medieval dictatorship." Ultimately, fences were
mended due to the meddling of King Carl XVI Gustaf.
European Union will support Iraq on consequences of U.S. sanctions on Iran, EU
foreign policy chief said Friday.
Mogherini told Iraq’s Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi during a telephone call
that the EU would help Baghdad "to deal with the consequences" of
U.S. sanctions on Iran, according to a statement by Iraq’s prime minister’s
the EU supports Abdul-Mahdi and his government, Mogherini said the EU is ready
to support Iraq in politics, finance and security, the statement added.
U.S. has issued Iraq a 45-day waiver from U.S. sanctions on Iran for natural
gas and electricity imports, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad announced Nov. 9.
which is struggling with electricity outages and insufficient power generation,
is reliant on its neighbor for natural gas imports for its power stations.
second wave of renewed U.S. sanctions on OPEC's third largest exporter
officially started Nov. 5, targeting Iran's energy, shipbuilding, shipping and
Ahmet Gurhan Kartal
of Muslims filled a north London mosque to attend a funeral prayer in absentia
for slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Friday.
funeral prayer, organized by the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB), was
offered following the Friday prayer at the call from Khashoggi’s fiancee Hatice
Khashoggi’s heinous and beastly murder was nothing less than a state-sponsored
elimination of opposition and dissent, and the entire free world should unite
in calling this out,” the MAB said in a statement.
Naser Al-Ghamidi, a Saudi academic and friend of Khashoggi who led the prayer,
told the congregation that the killers of Khashoggi have committed multiple
crimes including murder, treachery, mutilation and lying.
Altikriti, the president of MAB, told Anadolu Agency they decided to respond to
the call from Khashoggi’s fiancee and that is why they invited Muslims to
Finsbury Park mosque.
said the U.K. government and all major governments around the world should
really look at themselves in terms of “their dealings with Saudi Arabia and all
regimes that are oppressive.”
can’t continue to supply these regimes with arms, weapons, technology in order
to continue suppress and subjugate their dissidents,” he added.
said Khashoggi “stood for freedom of the word, ideas, thoughts, democracy and
change and for that he gave his life.”
Gaweesh, a journalist and activist, said people who were concerned about
Khashoggi’s death filled the mosques today not only in London but also in
Medina and Istanbul.
a frequent contributor to The Washington Post, was killed Oct. 2 inside the
Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
weeks of denying any involvement in the crime, Saudi Arabia later admitted that
Khashoggi had been killed inside the consulate but claimed the Saudi royal
family had no prior knowledge of any plot to murder the journalist.
the first indictments in Saudi probe, many questions remain unanswered in the
murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Germany’s Foreign Ministry said on
at a news conference in Berlin, Christofer Burger, deputy spokesman for Foreign
Ministry, said Germany was still waiting for a full disclosure and
accountability from Saudi Arabia.
has been some developments yesterday. That was a first step. However, many
questions remain open, as it has been before,” he said.
Saudi public prosecutor's office announced on Thursday that 11 suspects had
been indicted for murdering Khashoggi inside Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul Consulate.
It called for death penalty against five suspects.
prosecutors absolved Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of any blame for
underlined that Germany expected a full and transparent investigation in line
with the international standards.
murder of Khashoggi must be completely and thoroughly investigated. We expect
that those responsible for the killing would be held accountable,” he added.
a Saudi national and columnist for The Washington Post, was killed on Oct. 2
inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
weeks of denying involvement, the kingdom admitted that Khashoggi had been
killed at the consulate but claimed that the Saudi royal family had no prior
knowledge of a plot to murder him.
European Union on Friday called for justice in the murder case of the Saudi
journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
all those responsible for this killing, due process will of course be an
important element to ensure justice in this case which is something that
family, friends, and the international community have been asking for weeks
now,” the European Commission spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said.
asked if the EU plans to take a similar step as the U.S. decided to sanction 17
people tied to the murder of Khashoggi, Kocijancic said that the bloc has
"been very vocal on the Khashoggi case from the very beginning.”
with the international partners we will also continue to stress the fact that
the measures need to be put in place in order to ensure that such crimes do not
happen again,” she added.
Thursday, the U.S. imposed sanctions on 17 people, including the Saudi Consul
General in Istanbul Mohammad al-Otaibi.
was killed at the Saudi diplomatic facility shortly after he entered the
consulate Oct. 2.
Arabia had offered shifting explanations for Khashoggi's disappearance before
suggesting he was killed during a botched rendition operation by rogue agents.
calls it “brain matching”. The instant connection David Vallat felt when he was
introduced to Khaled Kelkal by a local imam. Vallat was enamoured of Kelkal
even before they met, after reading an interview with him in Le Monde about the
integration of young French people of North African origin.
interviewer asked him, are you French or are you Muslim? He replied: ‘I am
solely Muslim.’ That’s when I knew we had reached the same level – where there
is only ideology left,” Vallat said of Kelkal − once France’s most wanted men,
a ringleader in the Armed Islamic Group (GIA) and mastermind behind its series
of deadly terror attacks in Paris and Lyon in 1995.
the third anniversary of the 2015 Paris attacks, in which 130 people were
killed and 413 injured, France continues to grapple with homegrown terrorism.
The country currently classifies more than 17,000 individuals as terrorist
threats, according to this senate report. A total of 512 people are currently
serving time for terrorism offences in France and another 1,139 prisoners have
been flagged as having been radicalised. To combat further conversions in
prison, the French government announced a plan earlier this year to create
1,500 new spaces in its prisons to isolate radicalised inmates.
– who described himself as a “first-generation jihadist” – says that what draws
young people to extremism hasn’t changed, more than 20 years after his own
involvement and subsequent imprisonment.
he’s on a mission to speak up about his experience in hopes of preventing more
young people from becoming martyrs through his organisation, Analyses des
Islams politiques et des radicalisms (AIPER). From his home near Lyon, Vallat
told Euronews about his journey from radicalisation to reformation.
47, describes his younger self as a misfit. Born in France, he grew up in the
suburbs of Lyon as the eldest of four children, raised by a single mother in a
secular family. At 16, he dropped out of school and turned to a life of petty
crime, but quickly realised it would get him nowhere. He yearned to go to back
to school and, at 19, converted to Islam to fill that void. Religion was a way
for him to distance himself from drugs and alcohol, and gave him some semblance
of a social circle.
his local mosque, VHS footage began circulating of Bosnian Muslims being
brutally executed in Yugoslavia. Incensed by what he saw, Vallat decided to
join the fight. Having watched the Alain Resnais documentary about Nazi
concentration camps, Night and Fog, at the age of 15, Vallat promised himself
he would not stand idle if faced with a genocide.
was paralysed by fear by what he saw in battle in Bosnia. “I thought I would
change the situation on the field, but the field changed me,” he said.
decided he needed an ideology, something that would allow him to fight without
fear. When he met fighters from Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Qatar who practised
Salafism, an ultra-conservative, fundamentalist form of Islam, he found it.
explained to me, if I died, I’d go to paradise. I’d be compensated in my
afterlife because I’m Muslim,” Vallat said. He was no longer afraid to die.
he returned to France in 1994, he began to read the Koran. Kelkal advised him
that if he wanted to be a martyr, he would need training. He travelled to an
al-Qaeda camp in Khalden, Afghanistan, where he stayed for ten months, with a
daily routine of prayer, fitness, artillery training, political discussions and
studying of the doctrine.
his return from Afghanistan, Vallat planned to go back to Bosnia – but he
didn’t make it. In September 1995, after a string of attacks by the GIA –
including bombs being detonated on the Paris train network and at the Arc de
Triomphe – Kelkal was killed in a live, televised shoot-out by the French
police after his fingerprints were found on an undetonated bomb found on train
tracks near Lyon. When police found his address book, his associates were
quickly rounded up – including Vallat.
claims he had split from the group weeks before his arrest, saying the group
had strayed from its mission to support terrorist networks in Algeria. He says
Kelkal did not tell him what they were plotting, but he knew he didn’t want to
take part in it.
desertion from the GIA earned him enemies among his former “brothers”, who
placed a fatwa on his head. As such, prison became an unlikely sanctuary – and
ultimately a saviour. “In prison I could finally think,” he said. “The people
who I thought were my enemies were treating me well and those who were my
brothers wanted to execute me. It started to change my attitude.”
the time he was released, he claims he was “deradicalised” and had even
developed a newfound appreciation for the French state.
says that leaving prison was one of the hardest things he has been through. He
no longer had enemies, but nor did he have anything to do. He had received a
diploma in prison that allowed him to enroll in university, in Bordeaux, where
he studied history. But still, he struggled to move on.
six months, I had a lot of nightmares and couldn’t sleep. I wasn’t connected to
my social circle anymore. I worked, had an apartment, a car and friends but no
ties to reality.”
Vallat met an imam who asked him to look after a student from Uzbekistan who
had just arrived in France, seeking asylum. The student introduced him to a
woman from Azerbaijan and her two children. She invited Vallat to her house and
introduced him to her daughter.
was radiant,” he recalls. “She smiled at me, and I thought there might be more
pair married and Vallat credits his now former wife with saving his life.
accepted me as I was. I didn’t have to hide that part of my life. The moment
that really marked my return to normal life was the birth of our daughter
Sarah, in 2005. I could finally see a future, because I was responsible for
one else in his life knew of Vallat’s jihadist past – until the 2015 Charlie
Hebdo attacks prompted him to step out of the shadows and speak up. Vallat
teamed up with sociologist Dr. Amelie Myriam Chelly to form AIPER, with the aim
of using his experiences to prevent other young people from following the path
he now regrets taking.
year, the French government shuttered its only deradicalisation centre. The
centre had capacity for 25, but only nine people participated in its ten-month
programme, and none of them completed it. Vallat thinks its failure was, in
part, due to its voluntary basis. He wants to see awareness programmes in
schools as well as screening for extremist literature, which he says are easy
to find in Islamic book shops.
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