Non-Muslim Products against Fundamental Islamic Teachings
Non-Muslims in M'sia Barred From Praying Together Under New Directive
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Pompeo Declines to Sign Risky Peace Deal with Taliban: Report
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Uncovers Hezbollah Precision Missile Site in Lebanon
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Taliban and ISIS militants surrender to government in Kunar province
car bomb hits Afghan capital near area with embassies
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non-Muslim products against fundamental Islamic teachings
boycotting non-Muslim products or for that matter non-Muslims boycotting Muslim
products is counterproductive and breeds animosity in a multiracial society.
This may even invite retaliation and it does not augur well for a multiracial
truth be told, politics is the main reason for the ongoing campaign by some
groups to boycott non-Muslim products and it may be an ulterior motive to break
racial unity. Islam only forbids businesses that are based on unethical and
sinful practices. It can be among Muslims themselves or when dealing with
people of other faiths.
the social media to propagate their message, those who advocate the boycott
have drawn out lists of brands and companies, which are supposedly owned by
non-Muslims. Trying to boycott all these brands and companies can be an
intimidating task and it will not succeed. Most of the essential products
produced locally and imported from overseas and consumed in the country are
still controlled by non-Muslims.
the local context, almost all these companies owned by non-Muslims employ
thousands of Muslim workers. This is employment for them.
the need to boycott when there are no elements of oppression, intimidation and
fraud in the business transactions? Boycotting non-Muslim products if they do
no harm to oneself is against the fundamental teachings of Islam. Islam
advocates reciprocity when it comes to doing business and human relations.
There can always be a mutual understanding between the two that each of their
trades is not detrimental to the wellbeing of the other.
traditions of the past
have been living in multi-racial and multi-religious societies for the past
1400 years and no revulsive campaign such as this has happened before. In fact,
those groups calling for this sort of boycott lack insight into Islamic
traditions of the past.
trading and interacting with the non-Muslims have never been a wrongful act in
Islam. Prophet Muhammad’s wife Khadijah herself had social and business
interactions with non-Muslims, even with the Jews, during her time. She was a
very successful merchant.
the Prophet when he managed to get the better of the Jewish tribes, still
maintained business with them. He even entrusted the management of his trade
fields in Khaibar to the Jews, with the requirement of profit-sharing between
them. Even until his death, he never hesitated to transact with the Jews.
narrated by Imam Bukhari, Muslim, Ahmad and others in their books of Hadith
that “at the end of his life, the Prophet – peace and prayer of Allah be upon
him – bought several pounds of wheat from a Jewish merchant. But because he was
unable to pay for it at that moment, he mortgaged his shield to that merchant.
And until his death came, he was still unable to redeem his shield from that
glory that they had achieved did not stop the Muslims to have business deals
with the followers of other faiths. This condition continued even after the
Muslims had managed to reach their peak of glory during the reign of Umar Ibn
Al Khatthab. The business relations between Muslims and the followers of other
faiths also kept on improving, despite the existence of some enmity between
Muslims and followers of other faiths. Caliph Umar, for instance, treated the
non-Muslim merchants who entered the Islamic countries equally.
the past, the Prophet even had a peace treaty with some of the Jewish tribes
and the Quraishi. Observing the developments of Islamic history since its
beginning until it reached the peak of glory and during the Islamic Golden Age
dated from the 8th century to the 14th century, it was a period of cultural,
economic and scientific fineness in the history of Islam. Muslims were
traditionally trading with people of other faiths. Even in the present world,
the Muslim world is trading with non-Muslim countries. No Muslim country wants
to be isolated when it comes to doing business and it so happens that the
non-Muslim world has a lot to offer to the Muslim world, especially in areas
related to science and technological know-how.
attitude is evidence enough that having business relations with followers of
other faiths is tolerated in Islam, as long as it does not threaten or violate
the shariah rules.
for international trade, it’s the role of the incumbent government to determine
with which country it should trade – Muslim or non-Muslim countries – and not
groups which have their own political interests. The decision to ban products
being sold due to non-shariah compliance, to boycott, or to impose an embargo
on countries and their products, is under the authority of the government and
not the ordinary citizens. Allowing those with political interests to
audaciously call for the boycott before the government’s decision, will only
create unnecessary chaos among the multi-racial people of the country.
the local context, products of Islamic and non-Islamic entrepreneurs have been
well accepted by the majority of Malaysians. Malaysians of different races are
living together peacefully and in harmony, many working as co-workers in the
same workplace and becoming good business associates in domestic and foreign
markets. Let us reach a decision that it is not forbidden for Muslims to buy
products made by non-Muslims as long as these products are not against the
shariah. Neither should non-Muslims stay away from buying products made by
non-Muslims in M'sia barred from praying together under new directive
— Joint prayers at unity events involving both Muslims and non-Muslims in
Malaysia have been barred under a directive issued by an agency under the Prime
directive from the committee to promote understanding and harmony between
religions, which is under national unity and integration department, was issued
on Tuesday (Sept 3).
letter, sighted by The Malaysian Insight, touched on two types of prayer
Muslims recite their doa (prayer of supplication) simultaneously with members
of other faiths who recite their own prayers before a function begins.
Muslim and non-Muslim groups each prays before the start of a function.
letter states that on the advice of the Federal Islamic Affairs Department
(Jakim) both types of prayers should not be held in the same programme.
prayers should instead be “replaced with an activity where a message of unity
is shared”, it stated.
letter referred to arguments made by Jakim in a letter dated August 7 to the
in non-Muslim religious organisations told TMI they were aware of the
committee’s and Jakim’s directives.
sources told TMI that they were made aware of the directive as the committee
included representatives of the country’s major religious groups.
source confirmed their group received both the committee’s and Jakim’s letters.
organisations are unhappy with the directive as it destroys the intent of
interfaith events where Malaysians of different backgrounds learn about
different faiths and to respect freedom of religion.
the August 7 letter from Jakim, it said Muslims are barred from reciting a
prayer with those of other faiths at the same event.
restriction covers instances where all participants, Muslim and non-Muslims,
either recite their respective prayers silently together or where each faith
recites its prayers.
ban is based on conclusions reached at two meetings — a 2006 national-level
meeting between all state fatwa councils (MKI 74) and the Federal Territories
Islamic regulations committee meeting.
also based its decision on an opinion by the Negri Sembilan mufti Mohd Yusof
Ahmad published on August 7 in Malay daily Berita Harian.
MKI 74 meeting states that prayers should be performed in events not against
the spirit or belief in Allah because Muslims are supposed to address their
prayers only to Allah.
MKI has decided that Muslims should not instruct non-Muslims to recite doa
according to their respective faiths. But if they do recite the doa according
to their own religion and on their own accord without being instructed to do
so, this act is not to be forbidden.”
the 113rd Federal Territories-level meeting concluded that Muslims could not
attend mass prayer events organised by non-Muslims or in functions where the
meanings of such prayers can’t be understood.
Federal Territory body said these conclusions are based on the principle of
sadd al-zara’i (to close off the paths of destruction) to stop the spread of
religious pluralism, a belief that “conflicts with many religions”.
ban against Muslims is to also prevent the spread of other religions among
Muslims according to the Article 11 of the federal constitution.
to Mr Yusof, Negri Sembilan’s mufti, the act of Muslims reciting the doa in a
joint-prayer setting with non-Muslims lowers the status of Islam. THE MALAYSIAN
Qaeda, ISIS building deep state in Maldives; radical Islam biggest threat to
Indian Ocean region: Nasheed
Sep 04, 2019
(Maldives): Former president of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, on Wednesday
claimed that dreaded West Asian terror groups al Qaeda and the Islamic State
(ISIS) are forming a “deep state” in his country, capturing strategic points
and key security institutions.
stated that radical Islam is the biggest challenge faced by countries in the
region spanning the Indian Ocean.
al Qaeda and ISIS are developing a deep state within the Maldives and are
capturing strategic positions in the security establishments – in the police,
military, in immigration, in the education ministry...so that a deep state is
able to influence,” Nasheed said while addressing the Indian Ocean Conference
(IOC) in Male on Wednesday, news agency ANI reported.
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government will rise up to this challenge and we will be able to dismantle the
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within Maldives, they are capturing strategic positions in security forces, in
the police, in military, in immigration, in the education ministry and,
therefore, the deep state is able to influence
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Islamic State has targetted the Indian sub-continent over the past couple of
years, the latest gruesome episode being that of the dastardly terror attack on
Easter when multiple blasts ripped through Sri Lanka on April 21 this year. The
attacks were targetted at churches and high-profile hotels across the island
nation, killing as many as 258 people and injuring over 500 others. National
Thowheeth Jama’ath, a local Jihadi group and ISIS affiliate, had claimed
responsibility for the Sri Lanka attacks.
the Easter serial-attacks in Sri Lanka, the security forces in the Maldives
carried out an emergency response exercise, the archipelago nation also
tightened its border security
the past 40 years, a very radical version of Islam has been propagated in the
Maldives and much of South Asia, creating a breeding ground for extremist
propaganda and jihadi movements. It is sad that several Maldivians went to
fight in Syria (for the Islamic State),” Nasheed said, adding that the reason
why scores of Maldivians had gone to fight with the ISIS in Syria was that
there was a strong network to recruit them in the Maldives.
government seeks clarification regarding U.S.-Taliban draft peace agreement
Afghan government has sought clarification regarding the draft peace agreement
between the United States and Taliban group.
spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi said in a Twitter post that the Afghan government
has concerns regarding the consequences the consequences and dangers of the
peace agreement, similar as the former American officials and senators have
raised their concerns in this regard.
further added that the government seeks clarification regarding the draft
agreement in a bid to analyze the adverse consequences and risks the agreement
may pose and take necessary precautions.
comes as the U.S. envoy for Afghan peace shared the draft peace agreement with
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah on Monday.
some former U.S. diplomats and U.S. Senators have warned regarding the
conclusion of the agreement, insisting that the withdrawal of U.S. forces from
Afghanistan in the absence of a sustainable peace could further fuel violence
in the country.
DELHI: Muslim parties created a flutter on Wednesday during the hearing of
cross-appeals for ownership of disputed 2.77-acre Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid
land in Ayodhya by telling the Supreme Court that if the title of the disputed
land was vested in them, Hindus could be allowed to worship deity Ram Lalla in
outer courtyard of the demolished mosque.
to dilute demand for exclusive rights over the land, advocate Rajeev Dhavan
said on behalf of Muslim parties, "Co-existence is okay. But title should
vest in Sunni Waqf Board. We (Muslims and Hindus) may co-exist. But it is my
property. Some people came and wanted to pray, so I had allowed them to
concession was the result of a debate sparked by eagerness of Muslim parties to
support Nirmohi Akhara's plea against the suit filed on behalf of the deity.
Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan said evidence suggested that an idol of Lord Ram
was worshipped at the 'chabutra' in the outer courtyard of Babri Masjid before
it was surreptitiously placed under the central dome on the night of December
strategically embarked on defending the Akhara's 'sevait' (priestly) rights to
defeat the suit filed in 1989 by Devki Nandan Agrawal as next friend of the
deity. He said 'sevait' alone had the right to manage the affairs of the deity
and only if it was derelict in its duty, a next friend could file a suit on
behalf of the deity. He said there was no pleading in the suit filed on behalf
of the deity that there was dereliction in the Akhara's 'sevait' functions.
the bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok
Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer caught on to this argument and asked if the Akhara
had 'sevait' rights in the outer courtyard of the mosque, then, as a natural
corollary, the deity too existed there within the mosque even prior to 1949.
"Can Akhara perform sevait rights without the deity?" the benchasked.
added, "You concede that Ram Chabutra belongs to Akhara." Justice
Chandrachud elaborated on it to say, "If you concede sevait rights of
Akhara, you necessarily concede the rights of deity, because sevait rights
cannot arise without the deity. If you concede that the Hindus have a right to
pray at chabutra inside the mosque, then can it still remain a mosque under
replied, "The deity was there. The idols were there. We cannot pretend the
idols were not there. But in the 1985 suit filed by one Raghuvar Das, the
Hindus' right to worship was granted but their claim to title was denied."
Having said so, Dhavan said he had deep concern about what interpretation the
court would give in this case about right to worship as it could open a
Nazeer asked, "Can Muslims and Hindus pray together? What is the norm
under Islamic law in Indian context where Sufism was predominant?" Dhavan
said, "It is true Quranic law is the ideal law. But the Supreme Court has
to decide how Quranic law is to be applied in the modern sense." Justice
Chandrachud asked, "So you are not seeking exclusive right over the
disputed land but advocating co-existence with Hindus?"
Pompeo declines to sign risky peace deal with Taliban: Report
US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has refused to sign the peace deal that his
special representative has inked with the Taliban, mainly because it does not
guarantee the continued presence of US forces in the country to defeat al-Qaida
or the existence of the democratically elected government, a media report said
is "declining to put his name to the deal" that has been hammered out
by special US representative on Afghan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad after
nine round of talks with the representatives of the Taliban in Doha, the Time
magazine reported on Wednesday.
doesn't guarantee the continued presence of US counterterrorism forces to
battle al-Qaida, the survival of the pro-US government in Kabul, or even an end
to the fighting in Afghanistan," reported Time magazine, which based its
report on unnamed senior Afghan, European Union and Trump Administration
one speaks with certainty. None," said an Afghan official taking part in
briefings on the deal with Khalilzad.
is all based on hope. There is no trust. There is no history of trust. There is
no evidence of honesty and sincerity from the Taliban," and intercepted
communications "show that they think they have fooled the US while the US
believes that should the Taliban cheat, they will pay a hefty price."
to Time magazine, the Taliban has asked for Pompeo to sign an agreement with
the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the official name of the government founded
by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 1996.
the secretary of state sign such a document would amount to de facto
recognition of the Taliban as a legitimate political entity, and he declined to
do so," the report said, quoting the Afghan officials.
office declined to comment.
the deal is signed, the US has agreed to withdraw some 5,400 US troops, roughly
a third of the present force, from five bases within 135 days.
a sprawling tent camp in Syria, ISIS women impose a brutal rule
Louisa Loveluck and Souad Mekhennet
Syria — The woman told aid workers it was an accident. Her 14-year-old daughter
had slipped and fallen, she said. There was nothing they could have done.
the body told a different story. The girl’s neck had been broken in three
places, doctors said, and she died with eyes open, biting her lips and
struggling to breathe. Photos and medical records suggested she had been beaten
about the torso, then strangled. It was murder, not a misstep.
teen, an Azerbaijani girl who had lived until earlier this year with her mother
under the Islamic State’s rule, had run afoul of the die-hard ISIS adherents
who have come in the past few months to dominate parts of the al-Hol
displacement camp here in northeastern Syria, according to camp residents. They
said she had suggested dispensing with her black niqab, the face covering worn
by ultraconservative Muslim women.
a year after the territorial defeat of the Islamic State, the vast sprawl of
tents at the al-Hol camp is becoming a cauldron of radicalization. About 20,000
women and 50,000 children who had lived under the caliphate are held in dire
conditions at the camp, which is operated and guarded by 400 U.S.-supported
Kurdish troops. With the men of ISIS imprisoned elsewhere, the women inside the
fences of al-Hol are reimposing the militant group’s strictures, enforcing them
upon those deemed impious with beatings and other brutality and extending what
residents and camp authorities call a reign of fear.
guards have been stabbed by women who concealed kitchen knives in the folds of
their robes. Women are threatened for being in contact with lawyers who might
get them out of the camp or for speaking with other outsiders. A pregnant
Indonesian woman was murdered, medical officials say, apparently after speaking
to a Western media organization. Images of her body suggest she might have been
happening at night and it’s happening in the shadows, but no one informs on who
did it,” said a senior member of the camp’s intelligence department. “They’re
afraid of each other here.”
and children stand by a gate in late July during a brief dust storm at the
foreigners’ section of the al-Hol camp. (Alice Martins for The Washington Post)
people with direct knowledge of camp conditions described in interviews the
mounting anger, violence and fanaticism growing amid the squalor. These people,
including camp residents, aid workers and Kurdish officials, spoke on the
condition of anonymity because of security concerns.
security officials, affiliated with the U.S.-allied Syrian Democratic Forces
(SDF), say they have the troops to guard the facility but do little else. “We
can contain the women, but we can’t control their ideology,” the intelligence
official said. “There are many types of people here, but some of them were
princesses among ISIS. There are spaces inside the camp that are like an
academy for them now.”
a report last month, the Defense Department’s inspector general, citing
information from the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS, warned that the SDF’s
inability to provide more than “minimal security” at the camp has allowed for
the “uncontested” spread of ISIS ideology there.
some places, children, including an estimated 20,000 born in the caliphate, are
literally a captive audience.
one gate of the camp, guards have collected homemade toy guns and Islamic State
paraphernalia that children have made to pass the time. The play weapons are
made from water pipes and bound tightly with duct tape. Flags have been colored
in painstaking detail, the hand neat but unmistakably childish.
children need help here. You can see it,” the intelligence official said,
fixing the pile with a tired stare. “How do we stop them becoming their
toy gun, made out of cut pipes and tape, and Islamic State posters confiscated
by Kurdish security forces at the al-Hol camp. (Alice Martins for The
are desperate in the camp, erected on a barren hillside. Sewage has leaked into
tents, and residents are drinking water from tanks containing worms. Many women
have yet to learn what happened to their husbands or teenage sons when they
were carted off by the SDF forces that defeated the caliphate and now man
various camps and prisons.
the start of the year, when the camp accommodated fewer than 10,000 people,
al-Hol has swelled dramatically. Many of the women and children were
transferred to the camp after the last ISIS stronghold, in the Syrian village
of Baghouz, was overrun by the SDF, with U.S. military backing.
residents are now segregated by nationality. Most sections house Syrians and Iraqis,
while more than 9,000 others — among them the camp’s most radical inhabitants —
are penned behind chain-link fences in a sun-bleached and closely guarded patch
known as the “Annexe.” It is home to Arabs, Asians, Africans and Europeans,
guards enter this zone warily. An ambush late last month left one with broken
can do anything to you here,” said one European woman in her 20s, her blue eyes
darting around the camp as she spoke.
camp residents said that they had been stopped by women who first corrected
their attire and then threatened that repeat behavior would be punished.
relative of a European woman confined in the Annexe with three children
described her as more fearful than ever before. The woman had changed tents
several times after a group of Tunisian and Indonesian women began threatening
her upon learning that the family’s attorney was trying to bring her home,
according to the relative.
threaten other women who either gave interviews and declared they were no
longer supporting ISIS, or who are trying to return to their countries,” the
member of the Kurdish security forces runs toward a group of women who forced
open a gate during a dust storm at the foreigners’ section of the camp. (Alice
Martins for The Washington Post)
the nearby city of Hasakah, two doctors said that patients from the camp were
refusing to come for follow-up appointments in facilities run by Kurdish
authorities or international organizations. “They tell us, ‘We cannot come,’ ”
one said. “They say, ‘If we come to you, [hard-liners] beat us, or worse.’ ”
is this growing menace confined to al-Hol. Aid workers from the smaller al-Roj
camp, an hour’s drive away, describe frequent disputes between Iraqi and other
foreign residents: In one instance, an Iraqi woman was barred from
communicating with her neighbors after she removed her veil. In another, the
children of alleged Islamic State fighters tried to bury a young Iraqi boy
conditions deteriorate, the inhabitants remain in limbo. Some of the women want
to return to their home countries, but few foreign governments are eager to
take them back, fearing in part the risk that unrepentant ISIS adherents might
pose and that evidence against them might not hold up in court. The SDF says it
cannot be counted on to hold the camp residents indefinitely. But neither the
United States — which ultimately holds sway in this corner of Syria — nor
European and Arab allies have advanced a workable solution.
that ISIS had women’s units and also taught them how they should still spread
the idea and ideals of the caliphate once they are back in their countries of
origins, they are a serious risk to the society, so their children could be
also,” said an Arab intelligence official.
has yet to repatriate tens of thousands of its citizens, and other governments
are evacuating their nationals at a trickle. Eight American citizens were
repatriated from the camp to the United States in June. President Trump has
urged European countries to “take back” and prosecute their citizens.
woman holding a child sits on the stairs of a hospital in Derik, Syria, where
women held at a camp for alleged relatives of ISIS militants are sent for
medical care. One woman recently escaped from the hospital carrying her child.
(Alice Martins for The Washington Post)
European intelligence official said the approach had to be “pragmatic” and
“case by case,” adding: “We will have to study: Who was this woman married to?
What role did [she] play inside ISIS? Is [she] really ready to give up the
aid agencies insist that the international community does not have the luxury
of time and cite the dangers al-Hol poses to the children trapped inside it.
workers from Save the Children, one of the largest organizations working with
children in the camps of northeastern Syria, say they often show signs of deep
trauma. Boys, in particular, can be aggressive. Girls have faced early marriage
and sexual violence.
children who have been traumatized by living through all of this need a lot
more than we can really offer in a camp,” said Sonia Khush, the Syria country
director for Save the Children.
not only the missing out of school,” she said. “It’s the violence that women and
children were exposed to. People talk about seeing the beheadings in the town
square, seeing the heads roll around.”
of the women interviewed said they are no longer true believers, and some said
they never were but had been coerced by radicalized husbands to go to the
Islamic State. Others, however, said they remained proud to have joined a group
that tries to foster what it describes as an Islamic paradise.
a video posted online in July, several women, fully veiled and holding the
Islamic State’s black-and-white banner, said they were delivering a message
from al-Hol. “Brothers,” one urges, “light the fire of jihad and free us from
then, addressing the “enemies of God,” she says, “To you we say, women of the
mujahideen: You think you have us imprisoned in your rotten camp. But we are a
ticking bomb. Just you wait and see.”
walk through al-Hol camp in Syria. (Alice Martins for The Washington Post)
Abbas and Ossama Mohammed in al-Hol, Mustafa Salim in Baghdad and Ghalia
al-Alwani in Beirut contributed to this report.
Israeli army announced Tuesday that it identified a Hezbollah precision missile
development and enhancement site, which is operated in partnership with Iran.
Shi'ite group has begun evacuating the site over the past several days out of
fear of strikes in the area, the Israeli army stated.
to the Israel Defense Forces, the Hezbollah project was intended to improve the
organization's crude missiles, so that they could reach a range of over 100
kilometers (62 miles), and their strike radius will be up to ten meters from
the intended target.
compound, the IDF says, is located near Nabi Chit in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. It
is an area that has recently been serving as an assembly line for precision
weapons, and transfers of equipment needed for the project have been observed
there. The equipment, the army claims, was cleared out in past days to civilian
areas throughout Lebanon, including in Beirut.
IDF designated the compound as being of "high importance" to
Hezbollah in its attempts to obtain precision missiles that it will aim at
Israel, and Tehran is participating in arming it, training its workers and
supervising the site.
number of compounds were photographed on the grounds of the site, which was
established a few years ago for weapon construction. One of the compounds is
intended for the construction of motors, another for quality control, a third
for explosive warheads and a fourth for logistics.
week, the IDF released details of Hezbollah's precision missile project, and
blamed Iran and Hezbollah for accelerating it over the past year. According to
an Israeli army announcement, Hezbollah has dozens of precision missiles, but
as of yet, every attempt to establish a system with Iran to mass produce them
has been stopped. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented parts of the
missile project in a speech to the United Nations last year.
to that, Hezbollah attributed to Israel a strike on one of the organization's
sites in Beirut's Dahiyeh suburb last week. A central component of Hezbollah's
missile program was damaged in the attack – an industrial-sized planetary mixer
for making propellants that can help mass-produce missiles and improve their
accuracy. As far as is known, the mixer was damaged shortly before Hezbollah
requested to transfer it to a secured site.
Ruling in SIS fatwa case a big step backwards, contradicts Federal Court’s
LUMPUR, Sept 5 — The High Court took a huge step backwards with its recent
decision that it has no power to hear a challenge against the constitutionality
of a fatwa or religious edict, pro-moderation group G25 said today.
was referring to a fatwa by the Selangor Islamic authorities that labelled
Muslim women rights’ group Sisters in Islam (SIS) as deviant, saying it was
“deeply disappointed” and “terribly alarmed” that the High Court of Kuala
Lumpur decided it has no jurisdiction to decide on the challenge.
noted that SIS had challenged the fatwa via judicial review for various
reasons, such as the violation of its right to freedom of speech and as SIS is
not a “natural person professing the Islamic faith” but a company that falls
outside the jurisdiction of the Selangor religious authority.
also highlighted that the High Court decided that the challenge involved
Shariah law and should be heard at the Shariah courts and that the Shariah
courts have the exclusive jurisdiction to decide on the challenge that was
mounted via a judicial review application.
G25 said the High Court’s decision goes against what the Federal Court had
decided in the case involving Hindu mother M. Indira Gandhi’s challenge against
the unilateral conversion of her three children to Islam by her Muslim convert
is of the opinion that such a ruling is untenable, as is obvious from the
judgment of the Federal Court in the landmark case of Indira Gandhi,” the group
which includes retired senior civil servants said in a statement today.
went on to quote excerpts of the Federal Court’s ruling that the Federal
Constitution does not exclude or remove the civil courts’ jurisdiction or power
to hear and decide on cases relating to Islamic laws, and that civil courts
should not decline to hear cases on the basis of having no jurisdiction if the
matter involves constitutional issues.
also noted that the Federal Court had ruled that the Shariah courts have no
jurisdiction to exercise the power of judicial review, and that the power to
hear judicial reviews belongs exclusively to the civil courts.
the one hand, the Federal Court, in its judgment in Indira Gandhi, had taken a
bold step forward. It accurately clarified the law on the judicial review power
of the civil High Court and the limits of the jurisdiction of the shariah
the other hand, the recent ruling with respect to SIS takes a huge step
backwards to muddle the law on judicial review.
we are appalled by the learned High Court Judge’s refusal to exercise
jurisdiction when issues of constitutional law were raised before him, which is
clearly an unwarranted abdication of responsibility and a failure to uphold the
constitution and to protect the fundamental liberties of the citizens. This is
truly a desperate state of affairs,” the G25 group said.
also said the High Court’s decision was a major blow for Muslim women and a
regressive step from racial and religious harmony, also going on to highlight
SIS’ work in providing aid to Muslim women.
has been proactive in helping Malaysian Muslim women faced with the domino
effects of these negative economic indicators. Statistics show that an
alarmingly high percentage of domestic violence, divorce and neglect are
attributed to Muslim women,” the pro-moderation group said.
feels that the ruling of the High Court Judge is retrogressive, against high
judicial precedent and contrary to the Federal Constitution. It implies that
the High Court has granted wide arbitrary powers to the State fatwa authority
to issue fatwas. This judgment has set a dangerous precedent,” it added.
such as SIS itself and prominent activist Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir have
raised concerns over the possible impact of the High Court decision.
Naik’s Zealotry, Not A Zero-Sum Game
all the spirited calls and consensus that an Indian-Muslim preacher had crossed
the line and that some of his statements on the non-Muslim communities were
awfully odious, offensive and obnoxious there has surfaced a seemingly sudden,
almost surreal, magnanimity about him within segments of the Pakatan Harapan
(PH) Government. The Opposition comprising UMNO and PAS had no other interest
but to discredit the present government and may have felt a tug of triumphalism
that the PH government was being bruised and burnt over this issue.
a fledgling fifteen-month old government attempting to cautiously build a
credible, authoritative and respectable narrative the handling of this issue
was not the best of achievements especially in the eyes of both the
majoritarian moderate Malay/Muslim community and the maligned minorities.
there is another story to be told.
in Malaysia are a peace loving and tolerant lot. They have lived in harmony
with their non-Malay compatriots for centuries. Those foreign newcomers who
marry Malays and embrace Islam become Malays officially, with a special
position provided for them in the country’s constitution. That is how liberal
and loving the Malays can be.
Awang(1929-2001), Malaysia’s poet laureate encapsulates this spirit of generous
socio- cultural inclusiveness in a sajak(poem) ‘Melayu’ he wrote decades ago.
Pakatan Harapan’s youngest cabinet minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman who
had earlier sought deportation made an abrupt about-turn by stating that the
country must move on and then he invites Dr Zakir Abdul Karim Naik to his
private residence for an obviously pleasant repast. Then the Prime Minister and
the so-called prime minister-in-waiting affirm that Naik could continue to
reside in the country. They had, it would seem, valid reasons to take this
course of action, both to keep their jobs and maintain peace and security.
Pakatan Harapan component, the splinter group from PAS, Parti Amanah Negara has
consistently taken a conciliatory course in voicing support for Naik’s
continued stay in Malaysia while cautioning him that he should refrain from
inflammatory rhetoric on non-Muslims. It is interesting that Amanah’s tack is
being widely emulated.
security authorities who were recording statements and investigating the matter
for further action have obviously not completed their work. Their own minister,
the Home Affairs Minister, has been rather circumspect and has not had much to
say about the matter. In fairness he has stated that permanent residents are
not above the law.
is however most unlikely that as an experienced and seasoned hand who had
suffered the ignominy of being defrocked as deputy prime minister some four
years earlier, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will say anything at variance with Tun
Naik’s influence in spite of his poorly and partly understood largely English
language preaching seems to have had particular impact in Kelantan and
Trengganu where the Opposition Islamic party, PAS, is better established. PAS,
in calling for Naik to be allowed to remain in the country has also cautioned
him to confine his activities to normal preaching and not venture into
concerted effort of the largely Malay components of Pakatan Harapan in the
Peninsula to accommodate Naik has somewhat shown up some DAP members of
parliament as somewhat vacuous voices seeking his deportation. Yet those DAP
parliamentarians calling for Zakir Naik’s deportation were within their rights.
They also had widespread support, including from the country’s dominant
concession granted to Zakir Naik has to be viewed holistically. Wanted for
crimes and shunned almost everywhere he could not return with dignity to the
land of his birth. In Malaysia, because of the underlying rhetoric of racist
and religious slant of political discourse more than the country’s convivial
ethno -religious harmony there are restrictions on the use of the word Allah by
non-Muslims, for instance. Zakir Naik’s hate pedagogy did acquire some traction
for this peculiar reason and not for any other. Zakir Naik seems to have
capitalised on such minor issues in the majority-minority divide to maul and
mock the country’s minorities.
most Malaysians refused to fall for Naik’s taunts. They kept their silence and
their peace. They had faith in their people and their government.
could a mediocre, mean-spirited mealy-mouthed misguided misogynistic missionary
take on magnanimous, magisterial and majestic Malaysia?
and PAS could not however accept that conciliatory conclusion.
there is the underlying unique bigness or capacity for tolerance within the
country and its leadership which has long been the basis of Malaysia’s
Opposition, largely made up UMNO and PAS, has been super efficient in taking
advantage of the tensions and fissures developing between the DAP and their
other Pakatan Harapan allies over the Naik issue.
and PAS, with their mosquito-sized non- Malay allies in parliament have sought
to enter the Zakir Naik fray in a melodramatic and destructive manner by
stating that the ruling government was losing ground and it should dissolve
parliament and hold a general election. Their agitation had nothing to do with
the Zakir Naik issue. A massive rally is being planned ostensibly for this
purpose of dissolving parliament. It is obviously inspired by UMNO.
is reasonable to expect that given the concession that has been made to Zakir
Naik he will hunker down and maintain some decorum and civility in his conduct
and not harangue and confront those Malaysians who have justifiably called for
his deportation. Almost everyone has warned him that he has to behave and not
abuse the hospitality he enjoys.
Naik has survived this storm only because no one wants further divisions in the
country. It is not because of his apologies or the muddled efforts at
clarifying what he had said.
has not only lost power since GE14 but has suffered disgrace as it’s two top leaders
have been charged for serious corruption and criminal offences. UMNO’s former
Secretary General is also in distress with sensational corruption charges. What
could UMNO do?
only way out of infamy, incarceration, irrelevance and possible bankruptcy for
both UMNO and its leadership is to resort to tactics to dislodge the currently
well functioning Pakatan Harapan Government by fair or foul means.
Naik and the controversy, confusion and the centrifugal forces he seems to have
unleashed have inexorably assisted UMNO’s machinations to discredit the current
government which, according to Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, UMNO president, is suffering
from ‘political gangrene,’ a symptom that has obviously afflicted his own
ineptitude is perhaps what he was implying.
a divisive situation developing the Pakatan Harapan Government has wisely
defused it by clamping down on Zakir Naik and calming the concerns of
minorities and the provincial authorities in both Sabah and Sarawak.
was the best and least damaging course to take. Ultimately it was a damage
is time that the strident voices seeking Zakir Naik’ deportation desist from
further labour over it. A failure to recognise the dark and destructive
JAYA: Putrajaya has defended a rule requiring that every copy of the Quran bear
a hologram, despite publishers saying that the extra cost to purchase the
stickers is a form of unauthorised tax.
home ministry, whose Publications and Quranic Texts Control Division issues
guidelines on the production of the Muslim holy book in Malaysia, said the
hologram is a way to curb copies of the Quran which have not been checked for
mistakes or which break the format rules set by the ministry.
hologram is not a way for the ministry to tax Quran publishers. The 50 sen
price for each hologram is simply the cost to acquire the hologram,” the
ministry said, responding to a report by FMT yesterday.
the past, an approval seal, stamped on a page of the Quran, was enough to show
that the final draft had been checked for errors by the ministry’s specialist
publishers say the hologram rule, which was introduced in 2010, has added
also question the requirement for them to pay the cost of the stickers upfront
based on the print run.
we plan to print 10,000 copies, we have to fork out RM5,000 upfront, before
even printing and selling them,” one local Islamic publisher told FMT.
the ministry also defended a new guideline issued in August last year requiring
publishers of the Quran to engage two panel consultants who hold at least a
diploma in tahfiz or other relevant qualifications.
said this would ensure that copies submitted for approval by the proofreading
panel fulfil the guidelines.
President Ashraf Ghani has challenged the Taliban to stand in the upcoming
elections but cast doubt that “anyone would vote for them,” adding that the
militant group “derives their power from killing” people.
who is running for re-election on September 28, told Al Arabiya in an exclusive
interview that the Taliban must prove to the Afghan people that they are
capable of being productive.
need to demonstrate to the people of Afghanistan that they are capable of being
productive, of being able to become an instrument of transforming the country.
Their affiliations are with the most destructive people,” Ghani told Al
Arabiya’s Saad al-Matrafi during his recent state visit to Saudi Arabia.
United States, which has been in talks with the Taliban, said it will withdraw
almost 5,000 troops from Afghanistan and close five bases within 135 days under
a draft peace accord, the chief US negotiator, Zalmay Khalilzad, said on
is said to have been briefed on the draft of the deal and will look at details
of the deal before giving an opinion, his spokesman said.
presidential elections is scheduled for Sept. 28 in which Ghani is seeking
re-election to a second five-year term. The Taliban have consistently rejected
is the full transcript of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s interview with Al
Arabiya: Mr. President thank you for giving us this opportunity.
Ghani: In the name of God, It’s wonderful to be with you. It’s a pleasure to be
able to speak to your audience through you.
Arabiya: Thank you very much. Mr. President you’ve met with the Saudi king.
King Salman and you’ve also met with some ministers. What were the major issues
that you focused on with the Saudi leadership today in particular?
Ghani: Well first of all, I congratulated the Custodian of the Holy shrines on
yet another Hajj. This is the largest most complex logistical operation in the
world. Mecca and Medinah is a very special place in the hearts of every Muslim
but particularly for every Afghan. And we’ve had an enduring relationship since
the founding of Saudi Arabia. And long before that. Bilateral relationship is
on a very solid foundation. In that context our discussions focused both on
opportunities and on threats. Opportunities on how to work together to enhance
the momentum in Afghanistan toward self-reliance, towards regional connectivity
and towards the utilization of the immense resources of Afghanistan.
fortunately is one of the richest countries in terms of water, mineral
resources, location and human capital. And in this regard the Custodian of the
Holy shrines give instructions. And I’m delighted that I’d be working with Dr.
Majid, the Minister of Industry and Investment. And I’m looking forward to a
delegation that would be coming to work with us equally. We’ve worked with the
Islamic bank, the Saudi Development Fund and the OIC the Organization of
Islamic countries. So a stable Afghanistan is not only the frontline against
this threat it is also the frontline for defense of the kingdom, the world at large.
Europe and the United States. Our security coordination will be enhanced in
third is an opportunity for peace. Where a condition-based approach to peace.
Our offer to the Taliban was unconditional but peace itself must be conditional
to enable us to preserve the gains of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and
to make sure that the Taliban separate themselves from terrorist organizations
and narcotics which are both strong threats. And here, the kingdom’s foreign
policy Minister [Jubair] and others will work together with us to move forward
in a coordinated approach that is sustainable peace. That is the goal of a free
Afghan and the goal of the region is realized. And in terms of that
coordination both of the United States and the Europeans and with Pakistan.
That is a special role in this will be enhanced.
Arabiya: You’ve talked about great opportunities and a very optimistic way of
the negotiations and the talks with the Saudi leadership. But what does Kabul
really expect and or hope from Riyadh? Having said all what you have just said
about the opportunities that you’re looking forward to?
Ghani: Well what we’re hoping for are movement fairly rapidly on some questions
like labor and opening up of the Saudi market towards Afghanistan. Afghanistan
is moving to really becoming an export-oriented country. And in this regard,
they are quick wins and we’re working on that. There are other parts where
coordination is important and the voice of Saudi Arabia, and the world
community and in the region is important. We’ll be coordinating. And then there
is a longer horizon. That after the election of the presidential election 28
September the new leadership of Afghanistan whether it’s us or other people,
we’ll be working because relations between Afghanistan and Saudi are not
dependent on a person. This is the relationship between two countries that are
foundational in nature and will endure.
Arabiya: Moving on to another issue the US envoy to Afghanistan Mr. Khalilzad
has taken a tour and visited also ended his tour in Afghanistan. How effective
do you think that tour will be?
Ghani: We the government of Afghanistan that particularly created the
conditions for peace. It’s I who asked for unconditional discussions with
Taliban. Leading to of course the condition-based peace. We created the
conditions for a ceasefire for the first time in 40 years. We persuaded
President Trump and the United States to support peace before this. My
predecessor set 13 conditions on beginning of talks and the United States had
many conditions. This is because the overwhelming majority of the Afghan people
want peace but peace has to be sustained. The discussions on the first ground
between Ambassador Khalilzad and Taliban are to persuade them to discuss the
issues that pertain to the United States priorities. The second round of
discussions will be between Taliban and the government of Afghanistan. In
there, we will be talking in earnest about how to both integrate the Taliban
but also to understand that they are a minority and the government, and the
people of Afghanistan constitute the majority.
a discussion that is it then it’s still at the mid stage and to take stock of
the mid stage, we need to be both optimistic but also careful to make sure that
the outcome that we are seeking is achieved.
Arabiya: Mr. President why do I get a feeling, maybe I’m wrong, that you as the
Afghani government fear of neglection, to be neglected if there is talks
between the Americans and the Taliban?
Ghani: No we are not on the contrary. Peace cannot come without the government
of Afghanistan speaking directly to the Taliban or the Taliban talking directly
to us. Do you think a single one of their prisoners can be released without my
signature? Do you think they can come to Kabul without us welcoming them?
Arabiya: Don’t you think it will turn out to be an American-Taliban full
Ghani: No it’s impossible. Look we’re the legitimate government of Afghanistan.
We have nothing to fear but fear itself. And we are not fearful. Do you see me
Arabiya: Of course not.
Ghani: No. Because, why am I not shaking? Because our security forces are
performing brilliantly in the field. We are not a defeated army. We are not a
defeated police or defeated intelligence. In the battlefield we have not lost.
So we are not suing for peace. We are seeking peace out of conviction, not out
the request for reduction of numbers of American troops came from me in January
in a letter to President Trump. We agree with President Trump that the expenses
of the American presence in Afghanistan should be reduced and this can now be
reduced because we have significantly reformed our security forces and are able
to. In terms of enablers and support. That relationship is based on mutual
interest. Afghanistan, the presence of the international community in
Afghanistan, it’s been welcome, it’s been essential but it’s not a free gift.
We sacrifice more than anybody else both for our freedom but also for global
Arabiya: I’m now going back to the talks between the Afghan government and
Taliban, the Americans and Taliban. How far do you think Taliban will be
committed really to any agreement that comes out of the talks between whether
it’s the Afghani government, official government or the American talks with the
Taliban? How far do you think they’ll be committed?
Ghani: That’s the billion-dollar question isn’t it? It’s not who is committed
and who’s not. It’s how talks are conditioned. Trust and verify. We need to
take a jump of fate. Because people demand peace.
Taliban are not a positive. They're negative power. They derive their power
from killing. From killing civilians, from attacking hospitals, schools,
universities. But this price is too high.
blood. As the president of Afghanistan, I’m president of all of Afghanistan. I
don’t differentiate between a child or a woman or non-combatant civilian as to
whether it’s Taliban or otherwise.
society wants an end to this with it. We’ve seen 40 years of conflict. So as a
result of this we held our Loya Jirga or grand assembly three thousand two
hundred men and women. In more than 30 percent of them woman for the first time
from all walks and they said they instructed me to go solve the problem. Talks
are essential in order to put an end to conflict. But how do we trust it be
specific conditions that need to be put because the society is making a huge
step to reintegrate the Taliban and its fault. Taliban are different from
internationally transnational terrorist organizations because they are Afghans
in essence but the choice is going to come, each Talib must choose will they
prefer their homeland over these international ties. These are difficult
decisions for them. Time will tell if they move forward. With conviction and
with courage the way we’re doing then there can be the right outcome. If they
don’t, then unfortunately there will be loss of trust and the consequent loss
of opportunity that we will have to cope with.
Arabiya: Now it was an interesting you said that you are the president of all
Afghanistan. How do you challenge the position that says that the president or
the Afghani government only rules Kabul and has no actually power on the rest
of Afghanistan? So, the presence is only in Kabul?
Ghani: No it’s a fantastic question that they used to tell of my predecessor
that he was mayor of Kabul because he didn’t travel. You know I’ve just
completed my 74th trip to the provinces of Afghanistan. Is there a single province
of Afghanistan that is run by Taliban? That’s my answer. I have been 74 times
in the last five years to the provinces. The Afghan army, is there a single
province of Afghanistan that the Afghan army is not present, that that Afghan
administration and a governor is not present? Judges are not present? Services
are not delivered? This is a mythology that was a plight when we had over
130,000 international troops in that country.
I became president the combat role of international troops ended over 100,000
troops were withdrawn. Everybody was then saying, well of course they will
Arabiya: 100,000 was from Taliban?
Ghani: No from the international community. Over 100,000 Americans and other,
particularly Americans, who were fighting in my country. During my
predecessor’s time, President Karzai’s time. I took the responsibility for
planning, designing the process where all these troops left by January 2015 and
I became president. We have been able, who is doing the fighting? The Afghan
security forces was doing the dying. This is a mythology we are of course
you’re dealing with a network. Taliban are not a government. They are a network
and who are targeting civilians. They are in the spaces between people. So yes,
they have a presence. They have a violent presence, but that presence does not
mean that we are Kabul-bound.
you a Kabul-bound, I would not be able to have this intensive and extensive
relationship with the provinces of the country.
Arabiya: It’s just interesting Mr. President you’re saying that Taliban are not
the government and they are aggressive as you’re saying or harsh as you’re
saying. Now if talks between Taliban and Americans again, I’m sorry to actually
come back to that issue again. But if the talks actually succeed and the
Americans withdraw 5,000 troops, the Taliban will abandon al-Qaeda. Aren’t you
afraid that that will lead Taliban to power? Actually, officially being as the
government of Afghanistan?
Ghani: No because the system is a democracy. Will Taliban win an election? I’ll
challenge them today to come and join the election. If the people of
Afghanistan vote for them would be delighted to turn power to them. But I am
convinced that the people of Afghanistan will not vote for them. They are convinced
that the people of Afghanistan will not vote for them. Why are they not
accepting election? Look, every single armed movement the absolute majority of
them, if not every single one, in 1990s to now has been seeking an election as
a way because they are confident that they have roots in acceptance. Is there a
single survey, credible survey, that shows more than 5 percent support for the
of today is different. The Taliban in the presidential palace. There was a half
complete mosque. They couldn’t even complete the mosque in there five years in
Kabul. I completed it. What did the Taliban build? Nothing. They need to
demonstrate to the people of Afghanistan that they are capable of being
productive, of being able to become an instrument of transforming the country.
Their affiliations are with the most destructive people. Does al-Qaeda care
it care one bit as to how many thousands of Afghans are killed? Did Osama bin
Laden care in 2001 to leave our country and thereby avoid the war. No, he
insisted on staying. So, the challenge is to them. They need to move. 5,000
troops, withdrawal would make no difference to us. Because the support
structure is there and we need to make sure the key is all Afghans, throughout
our history we did not have international presence. These 18 years are an
exception in our history. We need to put arrive at the time bound arrangement
where we can secure and the main reason that national troops are there is
because the Taliban are perpetuating violence. So, if we agreed. The reason for
the major presence will come down and then we can focus on the threat of
terrorism. And if they join us in containing that threat, the sooner, the need
for international presence will disappear.
Arabiya: Mr. President, in the last incident of the wedding bombing that
happened in Afghanistan. The government accused Taliban. Taliban denied any
relations to the bombing and ISIS actually admitted to be responsible of the
bombing. Aren’t you afraid that Afghanistan will be the next state for ISIS?
Ghani: There are threats but the first thing, Taliban denial. It’s not
acceptable. They declared war on the election. They’ve declared war on the
civilians. Without them helping ISIS, at the beginning there would be no ISIS
in Afghanistan. Now they’ve fallen apart. Second, we need to look, anybody can
take responsibility. Does ISIS really have the capability of carrying these
operations or are there sections and elements within the larger Taliban
coalition that are supporting ISIS. And the main question would be what
percentage of the Taliban are actually moving back and forth between ISIS and
Taliban? These are questions that during negotiations and particularly during
verification of a peace agreement that we are determined to arrive, will need
to be answered.
Arabiya: Counter to the last question Mr. President, now with all these
negotiations and all these talks the United States, the Afghani government,
Saudi Arabia and this tour that you are taking along, how do you like to see
the roles of these mentioned governments and these countries in the future of
Afghanistan and what roles would you like them to play actually?
Ghani: We like to see them play two roles. One is to facilitate. Create the
conditions for direct talks between the legitimate government of the Islamic
Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban.
two, help in the verification of the agreements. And three, come together for a
coalition build a coalition for peace that can ensure that Afghanistan will be
able to absorb this tremendous both opportunity but also challenge will need if
we want to finish the war. We’ll need to absorb the refugee population of
Afghanistan built in Pakistan and in Europe. Both countries are having major
economic difficulties. Life is becoming hard.
of thousands of people who’ve fought on the side of the Taliban they need to be
absorbed. We need to end, still, a significant number of Afghans suffer from
poverty, illiteracy, bad health.
the most important Afghanistan does have the resources to stand on its feet. We
need partners for a limited period of time. And then the most significant thing
would be to change from an aid-based society to an investment-based society.
Regional connectivity, development of the energy resources of the country, the
mineral resources of the country, the connectivity advantages that come from
we have a very positive agenda where our partners can come. And also, we are
deep. We are 99.9 percent Muslim country who have contributed from the dawn of
Islam to a great civilization, rediscovery of that civilization, consolidation
of that, and the remaining threat which is that of transnational terrorism and
transnational drug cartels would need to be faced jointly with us and we are confident
that we can face them jointly together.
Arabiya: Mr. President, again, thank you very much for this interview.
Ghani: It’s a pleasure.
Arabiya: And giving Al Arabiya this great opportunity.
Arabiya: Thank you. Thanks to Al Arabiya for giving me this opportunity.
Rahim Faiez And Cara Anna
Afghanistan) — The Taliban on Tuesday defended their suicide bombing against an
international compound in the Afghan capital that killed at least 16 people and
wounded 119, almost all local civilians, just hours after a U.S. envoy said he
and the militant group had reached a deal “in principle” to end America’s
Kabul residents whose homes were shredded in the explosion climbed over the
buckled blast wall and set part of the compound, a frequent Taliban target, on
fire. Thick smoke rose from the Green Village, home to several foreign
organizations and guesthouses, whose location has become a peril to nearby
local residents as well.
President Klaus Iohannis condemned the attack, “which, unfortunately, ended the
life of a Romanian citizen and seriously wounded another one. I reiterate our
profound commitment to combating terrorism at the international level.”
were screaming and saying, ‘My children are trapped in the rubble,'” one
witness, Faiz Ahmad, said. A large crater was left in the street from a tractor
packed with explosives. Five attackers were killed in the Monday night attack
and some 400 foreigners rescued, Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi
Taliban continue to kill Afghan civilians in attacks they say are meant for
foreign “invaders” or the Afghan government, apparently sacrificing the support
of the people they might wish to rule, even as the U.S. envoy says the deal
with the insurgents only needs the approval of President Donald Trump to become
a reality. The accord would include a troop withdrawal that the Taliban already
portray as their victory.
spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told The Associated Press that “we understand that
peace talks are going on … but they must also understand that we are not weak
and if we enter into talks … we enter from a strong position.”
said the attack was a response to raids by U.S. and Afghan forces on civilians
across the country. While he acknowledged there should be less harm to
civilians, he said they shouldn’t live near such an important foreign compound.
are growing among some in Washington about the dangers of trusting the Taliban
to make peace. On Tuesday, several former U.S. ambassadors to Afghanistan
warned in a joint statement published by the Atlantic Council that “it is not
clear whether peace is possible,” saying the Taliban have “made it clear that
the war will go on against the Afghan government.”
full U.S. troop withdrawal that moves too quickly and without requiring the
Taliban to meet conditions such as reducing violence could lead the militant
group to avoid making compromises with other Afghans, the former envoys warned.
Civil war could follow and give al-Qaida and the local Islamic State affiliate
space to grow, they said: “All of this could prove catastrophic for U.S.
attack occurred just hours after U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad briefed the Afghan
government on an agreement “in principle” with the Taliban that would see 5,000
U.S. troops withdraw from five bases in the country within 135 days of a final
deal on ending nearly 18 years of fighting. Between 14,000 and 13,000 troops
are currently in the country.
before Monday’s attack, Khalilzad showed a draft deal to the Afghan president
after declaring that they are “at the threshold of an agreement” following the
end of the ninth round of U.S.-Taliban talks in Qatar.
has not commented publicly since the blast, which rocked Kabul as many residents
watched him speak in a nationally televised interview about the deal and
Kabul residents questioned whether the Taliban will respect any agreement,
especially after foreign troops withdraw.
what the Taliban are up to in Afghanistan; totally committed to total
destruction. Can they be trusted!!??” presidential spokesman Sediq Seddiqi
Taliban want all of the some 20,000 U.S. and NATO troops out of Afghanistan
immediately, while the U.S. seeks a withdrawal in phases that would depend on
the Taliban meeting certain conditions such as a reduction in violence.
have surged in recent months, including Taliban assaults on two provincial
capitals over the weekend, as the group also seeks to strengthen its
negotiating position with the Afghan government in the even more challenging
intra-Afghan talks that are meant to follow a U.S.-Taliban deal. The Taliban
have rejected talking with the government so far, dismissing it as a U.S.
analysts also have warned that some factions of the Taliban might be expressing
displeasure with the U.S. deal, though Taliban political leaders at the talks
in Qatar have insisted that their tens of thousands of fighters would respect
whatever agreement is reached.
militant group is at its strongest since the U.S.-led invasion to topple its
government after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the U.S. The Taliban now control
or hold sway over roughly half of Afghanistan.
United Nations and others say civilians are suffering, often caught in the
cross-fire as government forces, backed by the U.S., pursue the militants with
airstrikes and raids. Afghanistan was the world’s deadliest conflict in 2018.
Mujib Mashal and Fahim Abed
Afghanistan — In recent months, an increasing number of graphic images of
atrocities in the Afghan war have circulated on social media — raising alarm
that hatred sown deep into local communities would be difficult to resolve even
if a peace agreement can be reached with the Taliban.
one video, disheveled Taliban fighters line up a local judge in front of their
guns as they repeat a question: who is rightful, the insurgents or the
government? As the judge pleads “I serve the people,” the fighters open fire.
The man collapses, and they fire more.
a second video, Afghan Army soldiers have tied a couple of Taliban fighters to
the hood of a military vehicle, driving them back and forth in a desert as they
take turns beating them bloody. The Taliban wail as the soldiers curse at them
and their families. One soldier repeatedly slashes a fighter with a knife.
of Pakistan that fell to our hands,” the soldier filming the torture wrote on
his Facebook account, referring to the neighboring country’s support for the
Afghan insurgency. “Dear friends, please share.”
the prospect of a peace deal nears, with the United States and Taliban
signaling that they are close on a preliminary agreement, the violence has only
intensified. Graphic videos and images of the bloodshed circulate freely, and
the rhetoric on both sides appears to be hardening.
videos and images seem like a deliberate escalation, opening another
battlefield online. A recent survey showed that at least 90 percent of
households have at least one mobile phone, and about 40 percent access to the
graphic content is often posted by accounts related to, or sharing sympathies
with, one side of the war. Such flooding of images of blood and gore has raised
fears of lasting hatred that only complicates chances of a deal on paper
translating to peace for local communities.
it became clear that a military victory was unlikely for either side, the war
became increasingly localized — down to villages, pitting cousin against
cousin, in some cases even father against son, the conflict often blurring to
suspicion and revenge.
a strike force mentored by the C.I.A. raided an eastern village earlier this
month, killing at least 11 civilians — many of whom were shot from close range
after being held — about two dozen elders and relatives brought their complaint
to the country’s defense minister.
don’t know who is killing us like this — is this really Afghan forces, or is
this a tribal rivalry using the forces?” one relative told the minister. “We
will have to find our enemy.”
fear of local vengeance was palpable last month in the first informal talks on
peace to include representatives both from the Afghan government and the
insurgents. The declaration urged both sides to “not fuel the conflict and
revenge” with their language and messages.
Rafi, an Afghan academic and historian, said that through 40 years of violence
and war in Afghanistan, there have been many cycles of reprisal. But the sheer
ubiquity of social media now has seemed to widen the circle of outrage over
acts of violence, and to stoke calls for revenge over and over.
the comments section of the video where Afghan soldiers were beating Taliban
fighters, one Facebook user wrote that the leaders of the Taliban would watch
this video. “After that, it’s on you how they treat arrested soldiers.”
Facebook users sympathetic to the Taliban retaliated by posting pictures of
Afghan women being searched by forces of the American-led coalition, saying the
Afghan Army facilitated such dishonor. In Afghanistan’s conservative society,
women are often kept away from even the gaze of friends, let alone from the
touch of strangers.
videos will open the path for revenge-taking and personal enmity after peace,”
Mr. Rafi said. “If the government keeps reminding of violence committed by the
Taliban, and if the Taliban keeps sharing videos of violence by government
forces, even if there is a peace deal the fighting could continue in the
country because those fighting men will go after their revenge.”
the 1980s, the Soviet-backed communists disappeared thousands of Afghans
affiliated with, or seen as sympathetic to, the American-backed Islamist
guerrillas. When the guerrillas swept into Kabul, they not only went after the
affiliates and the property of those associated with the former government,
they also started fighting each other over the vacuum of power, sending the
country into anarchy.
most recent wave of reprisals involved the Taliban and the small pocket of
Northern Alliance fighters that resisted the Taliban’s sweep of the country in
the Taliban advanced after strong resistance, particularly in the north, they
would resort to brutal tactics of killings and indiscriminate destruction. When
their regime fell after the American invasion in 2001, many of those who had
been on the receiving end allied with the United States military and came after
Jami, a member of the Afghan Parliament, is among Afghan politicians who urge
caution in a peace deal, and see the road ahead as extremely difficult. The
Taliban’s desire for the return of the power they lost has now been wrapped in
a sense of vengeance, she says.
personally don’t believe that there will be peace after a deal with the
Taliban,” Ms. Jami said. “The group will try to get the whole government, and
as all the other political parties are armed they will not agree and then
fighting will start — a civil war, with fighting on each street, and it will
continue for many years.”
recent years, the war has largely become one fought by Afghans on both sides,
with tens of thousands dead. Except for rare occasions, the United States
presence has mostly been reduced to air support. As the war has spread, most of
the bloodiest fighting happens between groups from the local community, leaving
a legacy of blood feuds.
Baqi Samandar, an Afghan activist, urged the leadership on both sides to tread
carefully. He said the foot soldiers showed a capacity for acceptance during
the brief cease-fire last year, when the Taliban and Afghan fighters mingled
and posed for photos. But the leadership needs to be careful, he added, with
what kind of ideas they drill into their fighters during the final sprint.
Bangladeshi government wants the United Nations aid agencies to support its
plan to relocate 100,000 refugees to a remote island in the Bay of Bengal.
rights organizations have expressed concerns over the plan as the island may
not be suitable for the refugee settlement and is prone to cyclones.
an exclusive interview with DW, Bangladeshi Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen
said that the UN has failed to put enough pressure on Myanmar to take back the
refugees. Momen also said that Dhaka wants UN agencies to accept the Rohingya
island relocation plan or leave the South Asian country.
Most Rohingya refugees do not want to return to Myanmar. Is that why you want
to relocate them to the Bhasan Char island?
Abdul Momen: I think it is time to relocate them to Bhasan Char. But the island
cannot accommodate all of them; we can send only 100,000 refugees there.
didn't want to repatriate them forcefully. We had hoped it would be done
island offers economic activities to the refugees. But the aid agencies working
in the Cox's Bazar refugee camp don't want to move to Bhasan Char. In Cox's
Bazar, they stay in five-star hotels, so they don't want to go to another
are also identifying international non-government organizations that are
politicalizing the Rohingya issue.
that mean that you would relocate Rohingya refugees to Bhasan Char even if the
UN agencies don't support the plan?
possibly. We have seized many leaflets, CDs and videos that urge Rohingya not
to go back to Myanmar if certain demands are not met. Myanmar authorities have
agreed to one of these demands: provide safety, security and mobility to the
Rohingya people. Demands such as granting citizenship to Rohingya, punishment
for people involved in the Rohingya massacre, recognizing Rohingya as an ethnic
group, and allowing them to return to their own homes have not been met.
Bangladeshi authorities relocate 100,000 Rohingya to Bhasan Char without UN
can do that.
would the UN react to it?
UN has to agree to the plan or it can take the refugees with them. Already some
of these people are getting involved in criminal activities.
number of Rohingya refugees in the area is more than double than the number of
local citizens. The local residents are increasingly complaining of criminal
activities. We cannot allow that. That is why we could force their relocation.
is not a rich nation. We're the world's most densely populated country. Still
we have done a lot for the Rohingya. It's time for others to come forward
because it is not just our problem. It's an international issue, and had we not
given them protection, they could have faced a genocide.
sounds like a threat.
are willing to send them anywhere, to anyone who wants to take them. We cannot
afford to keep them for years.
if that doesn't happen, would the refugees have to go to the Bhasan Char
would be a temporary arrangement. We cannot keep them there forever.
Bangladesh afford to antagonize the UN?
UN is not helping us much. They are not working to create a conducive
environment in Mynamar's Rakhine state. Why don't these UN aid agencies work in
Myanmar? They should go to Myanmar, especially to Rakhine state, to create
conditions that could help these refugees to go back to their country. The UN
is not doing the job that we expect them to do.
more: Opinion: Foreign aid is a hindrance to Rohingya repatriation
you expel the UN agencies if they don't support your plan?
do it if necessary.
island is prone to cyclones. Is it safe for human inhabitation?
is safe. We have built embankments and beautiful houses there. If we tell
Bangladeshi people to go there, they would definitely go there.
the refugees move to Bhasan Char, will they be able to move freely or will they
be contained on the island?
think they will move freely.
deadly airstrike targeted a convoy of militants belonging to Tor Naqib
terrorist network in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan.
Kandahar Police Chief Gen. Tadin Khan Achakzai said the U.S. forces conducted
the airstrike in the vicinity of Shah Wali Kot district.
Tadin Khan further added that the airstrike killed 16 militants and wounded at
least 13 others.
Gen. Tadin Khan said the militants were on their way to launch an attack on
security posts when they came under attack.
recent bombing close to Green Village in Kabul city has also inflicted heavy
casualties on foreign nationals besides killing or wounding scores of
informed sources said Wednesday that the bombing has killed at least 5 foreign
nationals and wounded 25 others.
security source in Green Village said the explosion killed two British
nationals and a Romanian national along with some others.
Ministry of Interior had earlier announced that the explosion has killed 16
people and wounded at least 119 others.
Taliban group claimed responsibility for the attack which happened late on
least 150 Taliban and ISIS militants have surrendered to the Afghan government
in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan.
Kunar Governor’s Office said in a statement a group of 110 Taliban militants
and 40 ISIS militants led by Qazi Mawlavi Basir renounced violence, handed over
their weapons and surrendered to the government on Wednesday.
statement further added that the deputy governor of Kunar, security officials
and tribal elders overwhelmingly welcomed the militants and called the latest
reconciliation process in which 150 militants renounced violence, a major
governor of Kunar Gul Mohamamd Bidar said the militants were previously
conducting insurgency in Chapa Dara, Manogi, Watapur and Suki districts.
further added that the militants renounced violence after realizing the truth
and handed over 150 light and heavy weapons which were in their custody.
A large car bomb rocked the Afghan capital on Thursday and smoke rose from a
part of eastern Kabul near a neighborhood housing the US Embassy, the NATO
Resolute Support mission and other diplomatic missions. At least three people
were killed and another 30 wounded, a hospital director said.
was the second major blast in the Afghan capital this week while a US envoy has
been in town briefing officials on a US-Taliban deal “in principle” to end
America’s longest war.
Faramarz, a spokesman for Kabul’s police chief, told The Associated Press that
the explosion took place in the city’s Ninth Police District. It appeared to
target a checkpoint in the heavily guarded Shashdarak area where the Afghan
national security authorities have offices.
Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said a car bomb had exploded on a main road
and police were sealing off the area. No one immediately claimed responsibility
for the attack.
bodies and 30 wounded people were brought to the nearby Wazir Mohammad Akbar
Khan hospital, said its director, Gul Ahmad Ayubi.
Associated Press reporter on the phone with the US Embassy when the blast
occurred heard sirens begin there.
Taliban suicide bombing in eastern Kabul on Monday night — which the insurgents
said targeted a foreign compound — killed at least 16 people and wounded more
than 100, almost all of them local civilians.
Afghan government has expressed serious concerns about the US-Taliban deal,
which US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has said only needed the approval of President
Donald Trump to become final.
surreptitiously put inside Babri masjid: Muslim parties
Delhi: Hearing of the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute continued on
the 18th day in the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan
representing Muslim parties told the 5-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief
Justice Ranjan Gogoi that there was a “planned” and “surreptitious attack” to
put idols inside the Babri masjid at Ayodhya on the intervening night of
December 22-23, 1949 and some officials connived with Hindus and refused to
added that the then Deputy Commissioner of Faizabad K K Nayar did not allow
removal of idols despite a specific direction.
quoted Dhavan as saying, “The appearance of idols of deities inside Babri was
not a miracle. It was a planned and surreptitious attack to put them on the
intervening night of December 22-23, 1949.” The bench also comprises justices S
A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer.
lawyer, representing Sunni Waqf Board said one of the original litigants, M
Siddiq knew the “inside story”.
that documents showed Muslims had been offering prayers on Fridays in the inner
courtyard, Dhavan referred to sequence of events to highlight that Hindus
planned to install idols and the local administration did not act despite the
fact that there was a report in March, 1949 to this effect that something
untoward may happen.
to Jerusalem Dhavan said that it can be argued that two religious places were
existing, but contending that there was no mosque would amount to telling a
backs India's declaration of Azhar, Saeed, Lakhvi, Dawood as terrorists
YORK: The US has backed India designating four Pakistan-based criminals as
terrorists under an amended law saying that it expands possibilities of
cooperation between Washington and New Delhi in fighting terrorism.
Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia, Alice G Wells, tweeted
on Wednesday, "We stand w/ #India and commend it for utilizing new legal
authorities to designate 4 notorious terrorists: Maulana Masood Azhar, Hafiz
Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Dawood Ibrahim. This new law expands
possibilities for joint #USIndia efforts to combat scourge of terrorism."
chief Hafiz Saeed, Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar, LeT's supreme commander
of operations in Kashmir Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and fugitive underworld don
Dawood Ibrahim were designated as terrorists under the amended Unlawful
Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) on Wednesday through a government
amendment to the UAPA allows the Indian government to designate individuals as
terrorists, making it match similar US laws opening an added avenue for joint
action against terrorists.
the amendment only organisations and not individuals could be given the
terrorism designation by India.
the US Immigration and Nationality Act the State Department has the authority
to designate groups as terrorist organisations.
Treasury Department can place both individuals and groups on a "Specially
Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons" list, which covers terrorists,
narcotic traffickers and others acting against foreign policy and national
Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control is empowered by presidential
emergency powers and several laws to make the designations and enforces
economic sanctions such as travel bans, asset freezes and prohibition of
financial transactions against those on the list.
and JeM have the State Department's terrorist designation and the four
individuals and the two groups are on the Treasury Department's list.
amending the UAPA and designating the four terrorists rectifies an anomaly
because it had asked the United Nations Security Council to designate them as
global terrorists while it did not have provisions to designate individuals as
H Laskar and Surjit Singh
and Pakistan on Wednesday failed to finalise a draft agreement on the Kartarpur
Corridor after the Pakistani side adopted an inflexible attitude on certain
conditions, including a service fee for pilgrims, officials said.
the third round of talks between senior officials for finalising modalities for
operationalising the corridor, the Pakistani side also opposed the presence of
Indian consular and protocol officials to facilitate the pilgrims every day,
the people said.
to inflexibility shown by Pakistan, the agreement could not be finalised today.
Pakistan has insisted on charging a service fee for allowing pilgrims to visit
Darbar Sahib Gurdwara, which is repugnant to the spirit of the Kartarpur
Corridor,” said SCL Das, joint secretary in the home ministry, who led the
has also shown its unwillingness to allow the presence of protocol officials at
the gurdwara premises to accompany pilgrims for their facilitation. The
Pakistani side was strongly urged to reconsider its position,” he said.
official, who declined to be identified, said: “It seems the Pakistani side
came with a brief to not conclude the agreement. They wanted to indulge in
propaganda rather than serious talks.”
Indian side “urged them to seek political guidance and reconsider their
positions”, this official added.
said India underscored the importance of ensuring a safe and secure environment
for pilgrims. The Indian side shared concerns regarding individuals or
organisations based in Pakistan, which may try to disrupt the pilgrimage and
misuse the opportunity to play with the sentiments of the pilgrims, he added.
Pakistani side insisted on charging a service fee of $20 from each pilgrim and
did not agree to allow up to 10,000 pilgrims on special occasions because of
infrastructure constraints, people familiar with developments said. The
Pakistani officials said they could agree to allow “more pilgrims” on special
occasions subject to available capacity, the people said.
the two sides reached an understanding on visa-free travel of 5,000 Indian
pilgrims every day via the corridor during the meeting held at Attari against
the backdrop of heightened tensions.
would not be any restrictions based on faith. Persons of Indian origin, holding
OCI cards, can also visit Darbar Sahib Gurdwara using the corridor,” the
official cited above said.
corridor will be operational throughout the year, seven days a week, and
pilgrims will have the choice to visit as individuals or in groups, and on
foot, the people said.
also agreed on emergency evacuation procedures, especially for medical
decision made at a meeting of technical experts on August 30 regarding sharing
of details of pilgrims using the corridor was endorsed by both sides.
people said significant progress has been made in building state-of-the-art
infrastructure, including a passenger terminal on the Indian side that can handle
more than 15,000 pilgrims a day, and is expected to be completed by October.
Modi met Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe in Russia’s Vladivostok. The two leaders held
talks to further strengthen ties between both the nations. The meeting comes
after they met at the G-20 Summit in Osaka and G7 in Biarritz. PM Modi also met
Malaysian counterpart Dr Mahathir Mohamad. He asked Dr Mohamad to take steps to
extradite controversial preacher Zakir Naik who is wanted in India for inciting
terrorism and money laundering. PM Modi is on two-day visit to Russia. He will
be attending the 5th Eastern Economic Forum as the chief guest.
Supreme Court on Thursday, while hearing a bunch of petitions on Jammu and
Kashmir, allowed PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter to meet her mother, who
has been in detention with other leaders following the scrapping of the special
status of Jammu and Kashmir in early August. The court also ordered that CPM
leader Yusuf Tarigami be shifted to Delhi’s AIIMS for treatment.
top court was hearing a bunch of petitions – some against the scrapping of
Article 370 in Kashmir, others against the arrest of leaders, restrictions on
movement and ‘suspension of civil liberty’.
daughter of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, had moved
the Supreme Court seeking directions to the authorities to allow her to meet
court in its order said, “The state does not intend to prevent the petitioner
from coming back to Srinagar and meeting her mother… she may return to Srinagar
and be free to meet her mother in private. So far as moving around in other
parts of Srinagar is concerned, petitioner may feel free to do so subject to
requisite permission of the district authorities.”.
order on Tarigami came after Communist Party on India (Marxist) leader Sitaram
Yechury visited the ailing leader in Kashmir and submitted a report, as asked
by the top court. Yechury had filed a habeas corpus petition challenging the
detention of Kashmiri politician and the party’s general secretary Mohammed
you affidavit it seems he need medical assistance. We are inclined to move him
to AIIMS,” the court said.
Enforcement Directorate has arrested former Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association
(JKCA) treasurer Ahsan Ahmad Mirza in connection with a money laundering case,
officials said Thursday.
said Mirza, alleged to be close to former JKCA chairman and ex chief minister
Farooq Abdullah, was arrested Thursday night under the provisions of the
Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
central agency had questioned Farooq Abdullah in this case for the first time
in July this year in Chandigarh.
alleged Mirza was privy to financial dealings of the association and as he was
not cooperating in the probe he was placed under arrest.
probe found “clear links” of details of the bank accounts used for
misappropriation of JKCA funds with the involvement of Mirza with no
satisfactory explanation, they said.
is expected to be produced before a court on Thursday.
Enforcement Directorate had filed a money laundering case after taking
cognisance of a CBI FIR and charge sheet.
charge sheet was filed in July last year against Abdullah and three others for
allegedly misappropriating over Rs 43 crore from grants given by the Board of
Control for Cricket in India to the JKCA for promoting the sport in the state
between 2002-11. The CBI has charged Abdullah and three others — the then JKCA
general secretary Md Saleem Khan, Mirza, and J&K Bank executive Bashir
Ahmad Misgar — under sections of the Ranbir Penal Code related to criminal
conspiracy and criminal breach of trust.
had taken over the case from the state police in 2015 on orders of a division
bench of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
the 30 days since the removal of special status to the state of Jammu and
Kashmir and its bifurcation into two Union Territories, at least 290 people
have been booked under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act (PSA). Of these,
250 have been booked under this law in the Valley and 40 in Jammu, sources in
the government told The Indian Express. Before August 5, these figures had
ranged, on an average, between 70-80 per month.
than 100 of these detainees are being held outside the state, sources said.
of the unspecified number of detainees in the state since August 5, along with
those booked under PSA, Section 107 (abetment) and Section 151 (joining
assembly to disturb public peace) of the Ranbir Penal Code, approximately 350
are from Srinagar; 140 are from Shopian, including 22 under PSA; 270 from
Pulwama, including approximately 40 under PSA.
Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act (PSA) allows the government to detain a
person without trial for a period of three to six months. The Act was
promulgated in 1978 by the Sheikh Abdullah government as an administrative
detention aimed to keep timber smugglers “out of circulation”. However, over
the past three and a half decades, the government has frequently used it
against political opponents.
the Act was originally promulgated in 1978, it allowed the government to detain
any person above the age of 16 years, without trial, for a period of two years.
detention order under the PSA is issued by the respective District Magistrate
(Deputy Commissioner) after recommendations from the police. The police
prepares a case file – called dossier – against the accused and submits it to
the respective Deputy Commissioner. Since 2010, the state has used it to detain
youth who take part in protests. Human rights groups have questioned the use of
PSA against political opponents.
of the biggest criticisms of the Act has been its use to attain “revolving door
detentions” — allowing repeated detentions by the state. Following the the
killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant commander Burhan Wani, the J&K
government used PSA against more than 550 persons, the highest number in a
in Srinagar’s Sher-e-Kashmir International Conference Centre, designated a
subsidiary jail since August 5, about 32 political detainees from across
political parties are being held. Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is being
held at Hari Niwas at Gupkar while PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti in a hut in the
Chashme Shahi area, both designated subsidiary jails. People’s Conference
leader Imran Reza Ansari was moved from SKICC on Tuesday to be detained at his
house following health concerns, senior officials told The Indian Express.
Adil Akhzer, Bashaarat Masood
the arrest of two Pakistani nationals affiliated to banned militant outfit
Lashkar-e-Toiba, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Army’s 15 Corps Lt Gen
K J S Dhillon said Wednesday that a “desperate” Pakistan was pushing
infiltrators into the Valley to carry out “terrorist activities”.
a joint press conference with ADG (Law and Order) Munir Khan in Srinagar, one
month after the Centre scrapped Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and
bifurcated the state into two Union Territories, Lt Gen Dhillon said the Army
arrested two Pakistan-based Lashkar militants from the Gulmarg sector on August
the press conference, Khan confirmed that an 18-year-old Kashmiri boy, who was
injured in clashes with security forces last month, died at a Srinagar hospital
early Wednesday. The death prompted the J&K administration to reimpose
daytime restrictions in most parts of the city.
are desperate attempts on Pakistan’s part after August 5.in one such attempt on
August 21, we apprehended two Pakistani nationals. Two Pakistan citizens who
belong to proscribed terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba were apprehended alive by
the Indian Army,” said Lt Gen Dhillon.
Army also played confessional videos of the two men arrested, who were seen
saying that they are affiliated to Lashkar. While one identified himself as
Mohammed Nazim, the other said his name was Mohammed Khalil. They claimed to be
residents of Rawalpindi in Pakistan. Lt Gen Dhillon said the Indian Army has
already conveyed information about the two arrests to DGMO Pakistan.
two videos clearly show how Pakistan, the Pakistani army and citizens of
Pakistan are being pushed into the Kashmir Valley to undertake terrorist
activities inside the Kashmir Valley to disrupt the peace which is prevailing
especially after August 5,” he said.
to a question about militant launchpads across the Line of Control (LoC), Lt
Gen Dhillon said Pakistan is attempting “every night and day” to push militants
across. “Even these two terrorists who have been captured, they were also
housed at the Pakistani forward post of the army and then they were being
guided by Pakistani regular troops up to the LoC,” he said.
also said the last 30 days were the “calmest period in the history of Kashmir”.
“There is not a single casualty… Calmest and most peaceful 30 days from the
point of civilians’ deaths by the security forces or anyone. All the deaths
that have happened have happened by the terrorists or the stone pelters,” he
ADG Munir Khan said the administration has ensured no civilian casualties over
the last month, the J&K administration said all landlines in the Valley
will be restored by Wednesday night. Deputy Commissioner of Srinagar, Shahid
Iqbal Choudhary tweeted: “Most telephone exchanges to be functional tonight
across Valley. Mobiles being restored gradually, already buzzing in Kupwara.
Thanks for patience and regrets for inconvenience.”
to ADG Khan, 18-year-old Asrar Firdous Khan was injured near Soura on the
outskirts of Srinagar when he was among locals staging a protest on August 6, a
day after the Centre moved to scrap the state’s special status.
the J&K police said he was hit by a stone, hospital documents accessed by
The Indian Express show pellets injuries as well. His family, too, said he was
injured by pellets on August 6.
was reportedly injured with a blunt object in a law and order situation where a
violent crowd was indulging in stone pelting,” J&K DGP Dilbag Singh told
Reuters. According to Reuters, Singh said some protesters had said Khan had
been hit by a tear gas canister, though authorities suspected he may have been
hit by a stone thrown by protesters.
wounded, Asrar then was immediately shifted to nearby the Sher-i-Kashmir
Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) and admitted to the ICU. After 29 days,
Asrar succumbed early Wednesday. Hospital records show Asrar as an 18-year-old
while his family claimed he was only 17, studying in Class 9.
Munir Khan said, “Who told you that he was injured in shelling?… no shelling no
pellet injuries. He was hit by a stone and I am very sure about it,” said Munir
Khan. Asked if he would release Asrar’s medical records, he said police will
investigate the case.
far as the death of Mr Asrar is concerned, he was injured on August 6. There
was stone pelting… and stone pelters from Soura, Aanchar and other places had
assembled and there was a major law and order situation. On the day he got
injured, he was admitted in SKIMS. He improved a bit, but somehow he
succumbed,” he said.
any case, where death or injury has occurred, an FIR has been registered. So
when an investigation takes places, everything is taken into consideration
including medical reports. So in this particular case also, it will be done. We
will investigate…and we will get the medical report to substantiate what we are
on a meeting with Iran’s Rouhani: ‘Anything is possible’
President Donald Trump on Wednesday declined to rule out meeting with Iran’s
President Hassan Rouhani even as his administration piled more sanctions on
at the White House whether he might meet with the Iranian leader at the United
Nations, Trump responded: “Sure, anything is possible.”
had announced earlier Wednesday that Tehran was poised to take another step
back from its commitments under a 2015 nuclear deal, from which the US withdrew
from in May.
short time after Rouhani’s statement, US officials announced new sanctions on
Iran, this time targeting a shipping network it said was run by Iran’s
Revolutionary Guard to smuggle oil.
Hook, the State Department coordinator on Iran, also ruled out a
French-proposed credit line that Tehran said could bring it back into full
compliance with the 2015 deal curbing its nuclear program.
alleged terrorist turncoat was indicted Tuesday on charges that he betrayed his
American citizenship to provide material support to the ruthless ISIS network.
five-count indictment was filed in Brooklyn Federal Court said Ruslan
Maratovich Asainov, a naturalized American citizen who was living in Brooklyn,
was giving weapons training to terrorists overseas, and had become an ISIS
sniper bent on dying on the battlefield.
said Asainov, 43, was born in Kazakhstan, and lived in Brooklyn between 1998
said Asainov joined ISIS in 2013 after using a one-way ticket to travel to
Turkey, a common way station for entry into Syria.
rose to the rank of “emir,” which put him in charge of training other ISIS
members in weapons use.
March 2015, Asainov asked a confidential informant to send him approximately
$2,800 so he could purchase a scope for his rifle, according to the indictment.
Asainov subsequently sent the informant two pictures of himself holding an
assault rifle fitted with a scope.
messaged one individual, exclaiming in reference to ISIS, “we are the worst
terrorist organization in the world that has ever existed,” and added that he
wished to die on the battlefield.
(CBSLA) – A suspect has been detained in connection with a bomb threat which
forced evacuations at Cerritos College in Norwalk Tuesday, and later prompted
the school to cancel classes for the day.
before 2 p.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reported that a
suspect had been detained and all remaining classes for the day had been
canceled. The all-clear was given around 2:10 p.m. and the campus was declared
incident began nearly two hours earlier, when Cerritos College first reported
that it had received a possible threat focused in the “drop-off area near the
Building” at the campus in the 11000 block of Alondra Boulevard.
all started when a suspect “walked into one of our classrooms and said that he
was a terrorist and had a bomb with him,” college President Jose Fierro said.
threat prompted some evacuations and a campus-wide shelter-in-place order.
is not a drill,” the college tweeted.
top military commander says US President Donald Trump called off a retaliatory
strike against the Islamic Republic following the downing of an intruding
American drone not for the stated purpose of preventing casualties but because
the US army convinced him he could not actually attack Iran due to its serious
the American drone was shot down, the US president came close to [carrying out]
a decision [to strike Iran] but the US army shed light on the calculations and
in a meeting [with Trump] they gave the US president an estimate of what would
happen in the Strait of Hormuz, the Persian Gulf … and countries that act as an
arm of the resistance front as well as in [the Persian Gulf] islands … in case
of an attack against Iran,” Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian
Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri said on Wednesday.
said that during the meeting with military officials, the US president was
convinced “he cannot attack Iran,” adding, “This is a big lie that [Trump] was
talked out of striking Iran for the lives of several hundred people.”
Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced on June 20 that its air
defense force had shot down an intruding American spy drone in the country’s
southern coastal province of Hormozgan.
a statement, the IRGC said the US-made Global Hawk surveillance drone was
brought down by its Air Force near the Kouh-e Mobarak region — which sits in
the central district of Jask County — after the aircraft violated Iranian
afterwards, Iran provided the map coordinates of the precise spot where the
drone was shot.
after the incident, the US military confirmed that one of its drones had been
shot but claimed that the incident took place in international airspace.
the same day that the drone was shot down, Trump took to Twitter to call off a
retaliatory strike on targets in Iran, citing casualties. He also said later in
the day he was ready to talk with Iranian officials.
Arabia’s devastating war against Yemen since 2015 has made it “a pariah state”
in the world, says an American political analyst in Virginia.
war as well as its involvement in the murder of dissident journalist Jamal
Khashoggi have made Saudi Arabia very unpopular in the United States too,
resulting in a new push in Congress to end the Saudi-led bombing campaign in
Yemen, Keith Preston, chief editor of AttacktheSystem.com, told Press TV on
“members of the United States Congress are trying to rein in the Trump
administration’s policies towards Saudi Arabia.”
Trump administration has become extremely supportive of the Saudi government
because of the relationship that exists between the two countries in terms of
arms sales, in terms of the petroleum industry, in terms of geopolitical
interests and other things.”
of the fact that Saudi Arabia has become such a pariah state on the international
level, because of what’s going on in Yemen, and because of the killing of Jamal
Khashoggi in particular," Riyadh has become "very unpopular in the
United States,” he added.
group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the US Congress are making a
new effort to end Saudi Arabia’s deadly war against the people of Yemen, amid
international outrage over the Saudi regime’s bombing of a Yemeni prison that
killed over 100 people.
lawmakers are seeking to protect an amendment to the annual US defense policy
bill, which prohibits the Pentagon from providing the spare parts that Saudi
Arabia needs to keep its warplanes, which are mostly US-made, in operational
measure also ends certain forms of intelligence-sharing between Washington and
amendment, first presented by Democratic Representative Ro Khanna of
California, has already been adopted by the House of Representatives in its
version of the military authorization bill, and now the bipartisan group, which
features members of both chambers of Congress, are trying to prevent the
President Donald Trump has pledged to veto any bills that seek to undermine
ties with Saudi Arabia as he did one earlier this year which banned a massive
$8 billion arms sale to the kingdom.
and his team have time and again touted Saudi Arabia as an important regional
partner, which plays a vital role in keeping Israel secure while being
considered a counterweight to Iran.
the war on Yemen, which has killed tens of thousands of people and caused
near-famine conditions in the impoverished country, is drawing international
United Nations report released Tuesday said the US, UK and France may be
complicit in war crimes in Yemen by arming and providing intelligence and
logistics support to the Saudi-led coalition that starves civilians as a war
is now weaponizing cows with explosives
animal rights activists to the ever-growing list of ISIS haters — following
reports that the fiends had weaponized a pair of cows by turning them into
explosives-laden booby traps that killed a civilian.
bovines were strapped with explosive belts and were headed toward a military
checkpoint in Diyala province when Iraqi soldiers opened fire and “blew them
up,” killing a bystander, according to a report on the Kurdish language Rudaw
news website, the Independent reported.
local official, Sadiq Husseini, told the Kurdish outlet that the incident
“shows that the group has lost the ability to recruit young people and would-be
suicide bombers, instead they are using cattle.”
province is home to Kurds, Sunnis and Shias and is at the heart of a dispute
between the Kurdistan Regional Government and Iraq, with both claiming
ownership, Fox News reported.
has taken advantage of the dispute and worked to re-establish itself after
losing most of the territory it had held under its so-called caliphate.
holds a “durable support zone” and has “increased its attack tempo against
security forces, local tribal figures and commercial sites,” according to the
Institute for the Study of War.
have used animals to carry out their cowardly attacks in the past.
November 2003, more than a dozen rockets were fired from donkey carts that
slammed into Iraq’s Oil Ministry and a pair of Baghdad hotels.
rocket launchers mounted on donkey carts were found in Waziriya, a neighborhood
north of downtown, and in all, weaponized donkeys have killed 14 people.
(IraqiNews.com) – Nine Islamic State militants were killed Tuesday during a
counter-terrorism operation in Mosul city, a senior security official said.
forces, in coordination with the Nineveh Operations Command, killed nine IS terrorists
hiding inside a tunnel in al-Sahaji village, southwest of Mosul,” Brig. Gen.
Yahia Rasool, spokesman for the Joint Operations Command, said in a press
troops were backed by warplanes of the U.S.-led international coalition, the
declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence in November 2017
with the recapture of Rawa, a city on Anbar’s western borders with Syria, which
was the group’s last bastion in Iraq.
Salman's flawed strategy has dragged Saudis into Yemen quagmire: Experts
experts have enumerated a series of strategic errors by Saudi Arabia under
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, saying the kingdom is now sliding further
into a military quagmire in Yemen.
to AFP on Wednesday, the analysts said bin Salman was adopting an
interventionist and belligerent foreign policy, citing the protracted bloody
war on Yemen as an example.
Saudi foreign policy pattern is to 'shoot first and ask questions later',"
Bessma Momani, a professor at Canada's University of Waterloo, said. "It
is impulsive and fails to have a long-term exit strategy."
also referred to the latest deadly clashes between UAE-backed southern
separatists and Saudi-sponsored militants loyal to ex-Yemeni president Abd
Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in the southern port city of Aden. The two camps serve a
coalition, which has been waging the brutal military campaign against Yemen
said that the flare-up "exposes how flawed the original Yemen strategy was
in the first place."
Yemen is divided into north and south again, Saudi Arabia will have two
possibly restless neighbors to deal with," she added.
Aden clashes erupted weeks after the UAE announced a surprise plan to pull out
part of its troops from Yemen in a major blow to its coalition allies.
last month, The Wall Street Journal cited American officials as saying that the
US is planning to initiate direct talks with Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah
movement, which has been both running state affairs and defending the country
against the aggression, in a declared bid to end the war.
in July, the American daily reported that Pentagon officials have concluded on
their own that the war has degenerated into "an unwinnable quagmire"
and have urged the Saudis to negotiate an end to the offensive.
Ibish, a scholar at a US-based think tank dedicated to covering the Arab countries
of the Persian Gulf region, told AFP that Saudi Arabia's recent mistakes are
rooted in its unpreparedness for taking an independent leadership role in the
is a pattern of strategic errors by Saudi Arabia in recent years, and that's
partly because the country is, for the first time, taking an independent
leadership role in the region," he said.
Syria: The creation of a so-called “safe zone” in northeastern Syria has gotten
off to good start, with US-backed Kurdish-led forces pulling back from a small,
initial area along the Turkish border, a Syrian Kurdish official said — but
calm can only prevail if Turkey also removes its troops.
Ahmed, co-chair of the executive committee of the U.S-backed Syrian Democratic
Council, said the understanding reached between Washington and Ankara last
month, and in coordination with the Syrian Kurdish-led forces, constitutes a
step toward starting a dialogue over mutual security concerns.
seek to find a way to dialogue, and starting to implement this plan expresses
our readiness and seriousness,” Ahmed said in an interview Tuesday with The
want to tell the world and the coalition that we are ready to take serious
steps to get to dialogue,” she added.
views the US-backed Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, in Syria as an
extension of a Kurdish insurgency within Turkey.
has already carried out military offensives inside Syria to push the group away
from the western end of the border. Over the last weeks, Turkish officials
threatened a similar offensive in northeastern Syria, where troops from the
US-led coalition are deployed to help the Syrian Kurdish-led forces in
combatting remnants of the Daesh group.
Syrian Kurds have been America’s only partners on the ground in Syria’s chaotic
civil war. With US backing, they proved to be the most effective fighting force
against the Daesh group and announced its territorial defeat earlier this year.
The Kurds now worry about being abandoned by the US amid Turkish threats to
invade Syria, and are keen to work out an agreement with both parties that
would safeguard their gains.
and Washington announced last month that they would begin measures to implement
a border “safe zone” to address Turkish security concerns. The Kurdish-led
forces are expected to pull out of the zone, but details must still be worked
out — including who then would patrol and administer it.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the weekend repeated threats of an
offensive if Turkey’s demands on the zone are not satisfied, including that its
soldiers control the area.
said more US troops will probably be needed to implement the zone, though the
Americans have not said whether they will deploy any.
the coming days, and because of the needs of the formation and implementation
of the security mechanism, they may need more forces. It is not yet clear what
the US administration would decide,” she said.
was no immediate comment from the US-led coalition.
are around 1,000 US troops in Syria on a mission to combat IS militants.
President Donald Trump had said he wants to bring the troops home, but military
officials have advocated a phased approach.
said initial steps have been positive but for calm to prevail Turkish troops
must also retreat from the Syrian borders. She said while Turkey expresses
concerns about the Kurdish-led forces, it is Ankara that has been a source of
threat to Syria with the various military operations and its military posts in
Kurdish-led forces have begun removing fortifications along the border and have
moved some troops away from the border. At least two U.S-Turkish joint
reconnaissance flights have flown over the area, and on Tuesday, joint patrols
between US troops and Kurdish-led forces also examined the area where
fortifications have been removed.
deal envisions an area five to 14 kilometers deep (three to eight miles) with
no YPG presence, as well as removal of heavy weapons from a 20-kilometer-deep
zone (12 miles), she said. Turkey wants a deeper zone. The length of the zone
has not yet been agreed on, but will likely stretch hundreds of kilometers
said discussions over other details of the security mechanism will open the way
for Syrians who had been displaced from those areas, many of them fled to
Turkey, to return. Turkey is home to 3.6 million Syrian refugees and Ankara
said it wants the safe zone to provide an opportunity for many to return home.
said only those originally from eastern Syria would be allowed to return.
Kurdish officials worry Turkey wants to bring back large numbers of Syrians to
the areas, which were previously controlled by IS militants, changing the
demographic balance in the area. Syria’s Kurds are predominantly from the
country’s northeast, living in mixed or Kurdish-dominated villages and towns
there. She said no residents will be displaced because of the implementation of
the safe zone.
must bring with it sustainable dialogue. Calm alone is not enough,” Ahmed said.
“If Turkish troops don’t pull away from the borders, it will always be
considered a threat.”
top Kurdish official, Aldar Khalil, said the Kurdish-led administration and
forces would not accept Turkish forces or permanent bases in the so-called safe
zone or a free hand for Turkish flights over the area.
senior Syrian Kurdish official says the creation of a so-called “safe zone” in
northeastern Syria is off to good start, with US-backed Kurdish-led forces
pulling back from an initial part of the border with Turkey.
she says calm can only prevail if Turkey also removes its troops.
Ahmed of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Council says details are still being
worked out but an understanding was reached last month between Ankara and
was announced after repeated Turkish threats of a military offensive in
northeastern Syria. Turkey views the US-backed Kurdish People’s Protection
Units as an extension of a Kurdish insurgency within Turkey.
and the European Union (EU) intensified their official talks to strengthen
cooperation in the field of counter-terrorism.
Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove continued his meetings for the
second day during his visit to Cairo, which included consultations with the
Egyptian Foreign and Interior Ministers.
Kerchove met with FM Sameh Shoukry to discuss methods to enhance coordination
and cooperation between Egypt and the EU to eradicate and combat terrorism.
of Interior Mohamed Tawfik also received the Coordinator and stressed the need
to consolidate international counter-terrorism efforts to curb its dangers.
warned that terrorism poses a threat to most countries in the world,
reiterating the dangers of providing a safe haven to terrorists who hide behind
religious misconceptions and promote a culture of violence and destruction.
briefed the Coordinator on Egypt’s proactive strategy to combat terrorism,
disband terror groups, dry up their potential funding resources and destroy
also expressed the ministry's readiness to develop security cooperation with
all EU counter-terrorism bodies against possible terrorist threats, especially
by sharing information on terrorist elements, their movements and their funding
Kerchove lauded the role of the Interior Ministry in combating terrorism and
organized crime and its success in overcoming all obstacles and challenges
encountered during the past period.
Anadolu news agency quoted local sources in Eastern Syria as saying that
hundreds of Kurdish militias have undergone training in some regions of Eastern
Euphrates in the last several weeks.
sources also said that the Kurdish militias have been trained by the US troops
at military bases in the cities of Raqqa, al-Tabaqa and the town of al-Shadadi
in Southern Hasaka on how to make use of different types of weapons.
pointed to the continuation of the US logistical and military aids to the
Kurdish militias on the pretext of combatting the ISIL, and said that around
2,000 US troops are currently stationed at 18 military bases and centers in the
occupied regions of Syria.
defense minister has recently announced that if the US does not fulfill its
pledges on creating a safe zone in Northeastern Syria, Ankara will take action
to open such a zone by itself.
a relevant development on Tuesday, Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay’at (the Levant
Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorist group reinvigorated its
positions in the demilitarized zone in spite of Turkey's agreement with Russia
to force the militants to withdraw from the region.
Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted a field source as saying on Tuesday
that the terrorist groups have not yet withdrawn from their positions in
Damascus-Aleppo and Aleppo-Lattakia highways to be controlled by the Syrian
army after four days of ceasefire declared by the army in Northern Syria.
close to the National Liberation Front terrorist group revealed preparation of
Tahrir al-Sham for a new battle against the Syrian army in Northern Hama and
Southern Idlib, saying that the group is strengthening its positions in these
the Arabic-language Arabi al-Youm quoted field sources in Northern Syria as
saying that the Syrian army has in the past few days sent a large number of
forces and military equipment, including special forces, to its bases in the
fronts near Manian, Dhahiyat al-Assa and 1070 project regions in Western Aleppo
and stationed thousands of forces in Southern Idlib in front of al-Sarman region.
Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted opposition sources as saying that the
SDF has recently started construction of the town of Soluk in Raqqa city to
keep in custody over 2,000 SDF’s opponents.
sources said that most of the people arrested by the SDF are civilians who are
opposing the SDF presence in their region, but they have been jailed for
strange accusations and terrorism.
SDF has reportedly many prisons in areas under its control in Northern and
the Syrian Human Rights Network in its latest report said that the SDF
incarcerated over 227 civilians, including 18 children and 14 women, last
a relevant development on Tuesday, the SDF occupied government buildings in
Hasaka to turn them into their security strongholds in cooperation with the US,
increasing tensions against Damascus.
Arabic-language service of Sputnik news agency reported that the SDF fighters
attacked the government, training and tourism buildings in al-Zahour district
in Hasaka city, occupied them after expelling the Syrian employees and students
and turned them into their security headquarters.
added that the US forces supported the SDF occupation of the Syrian government
buildings that happened despite popular protests.
the Kurdish forces kidnapped the head of Hasaka workers union from the town of
Qamishli in Northern Hasaka, and transferred him to an unknown place.
International has called upon Saudi authorities to immediately reveal the
whereabouts of Qatari citizen Ali Nasser Ali Jarallah and his 17-year-old son
Abdulhadi, who entered the kingdom last month on family visas to visit
relatives, but may have been forcibly disappeared.
London-based rights group said in a statement that the 70-year-old man and his
teenage son arrived in Saudi Arabia on August 15, and were on their way to
visit Ali Jarallah’s brother in the country’s Shia-populated Eastern Province.
two men were in contact with their family in Qatar until August 18, when they
were nearing the city of al-Hofuf in the Eastern Province.
then, all communication was lost and they disappeared.
International noted that Ali Jarallah is diabetic and suffers from heart and
kidney problems as well as high blood pressure. He is on regular medication and
must attend his regular doctor’s appointments in Doha.
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families upon entering the country from #Qatar. Given Saudi's appalling human
rights record we fear for the safety of the men! We call on @KingSalman to
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rights group sent a letter to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to
disclose their fate.
call on disclosing the reason for their arrest and to release them promptly
unless they are charged with a recognizably criminal offense in accordance with
the principles of due process recognized in international law, with the need to
get Nasser Jarallah all the medical services required by his health,” it said in
National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), meanwhile, stated that it “holds Saudi
Arabia fully responsible for the life and safety of the Qatari citizens and
calls upon the Saudi authorities to disclose their fate and release them immediately.”
NHRC then expressed concerns about the apparent enforced disappearance,
especially as the Saudi authorities recently adopted a policy of forcible
disappearance of a number of Qatari citizens due to the ongoing Saudi-led
diplomatic and trade boycott against Qatar.
rights committee also called on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the
UN Panel on Enforced Disappearances and the UN Human Rights Council to
intervene immediately to stop these grave and systematic violations against
Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut off diplomatic ties
with Qatar on June 5, 2017, after officially accusing it of “sponsoring
BEIRUT: The UN human rights chief says her office has tallied more than 1,000
civilian deaths in Syria over the last four months, the majority of them due to
airstrikes and ground attacks by President Bashar Assad’s forces and their
Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, says 1,089 civilians were
killed in the war-battered country between April 29 and August 29, including
said nearly all — 1,031 — were reportedly attributable to government forces and
their allies in Idlib and Hama provinces. Another 58 were caused by “non-state
was speaking to reporters in Geneva on Wednesday to go over her first year in
thousands of children risk missing out on their education in northwestern Syria
after the months-long regime assault that has closed dozens of schools, a
fragile cease-fire has held in the Idlib region since Saturday, following four
months of air strikes that have killed hundreds of civilians and caused mass
of children due to start the school year in northwest Syria may not have access
to education” after the latest violence, Save the Children said.
are set to start at the end of September, but just over half of the region’s
1,193 schools can still operate, it said.
the new school year starts, the remaining functional schools can only
accommodate up to 300,000 of the 650,000 school-age children,” it said.
heavy bombardment since late April has damaged or impacted 87 educational
facilities, the Britain-based NGO said.
further 200 schools are being used as shelters for those displaced by the
fighting, it added.
Idlib region is home to some three million people, almost half of whom have
been displaced from other parts of Syria in the country’s eight-year war.
make up nearly half of the region’s total population, the United Nations says.
bombardment damaging schools or forcing them to close, many parents are scared
to send their children to those still open, Save the Children said.
are telling us that parents are pleading with them to shut schools for fear of
them being attacked,” the group’s Syria country director Sonia Khush said.
children are dealing with losing their homes, loss and grief. They should not
have to fear losing their lives whilst they try to learn,” she added.
has since January been ruled by Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham, an alliance led by
Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate.
State said last week that fighters from its Yemen Province affiliate carried
out a suicide bombing in the southern port city of Aden that killed three
people and wounded others, the fifth attack the group claimed in Aden during
August after more than a year of radio silence.
recent series of attacks began with a suicide car bombing at a police station
in Aden’s Sheikh Othman district that killed 13 people and wounded several more
on August 1, according to Yemen’s interior ministry.
a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, its first in the de facto
capital Aden since March 2018, ISIS said the bombing had killed and wounded
dozens of police officers and members of the Security Belt forces, which is
backed by the United Arab Emirates. ISIS also released a picture of a man they
claimed was the suicide bomber.
the same day, Yemen’s Houthi rebels targeted Aden in a drone and missile attack
that killed over 30 people, including Munir “Abu al-Yamama” al-Mashali, a senior
southern security official aligned with the secessionist Southern Transitional
Council, which dominates the Security Belt forces.
days later, ISIS claimed its fighters had assassinated a Security Belt forces
member in Aden, releasing four images purportedly showing the killing.
August 13, ISIS claimed yet another assassination, saying its fighters killed a
Yemeni soldier with a silenced submachine gun. Three images released showed the
killing of a man in a car, and text accompanying the pictures alleged he was a
claimed responsibility for a third assasination a few days later on August 15,
saying its fighters killed a “counter-terrorism forces” member in the Mansoura
district of Aden. ISIS also released four pictures that it said showed the
two most recent assassinations were carried out by an ISIS fighter using a
Bulgarian Arsenal AR-SF UF carbine with an attached PBS-1 type suppressor,
according to the weapons identification specialist Calibre Obscura.
three killings were carried out in broad daylight.
the most recent attack on August 30 an ISIS fighter drove a bomb-laden
motorbike into a Southern Transitional Council vehicle on a roundabout in the
Sheikh Saad district in northern Aden. The explosion killed three people on
board the vehicle and wounded an unknown number, including nearby civilians.
a security official blamed the suicide bombing on al-Qaeda, ISIS claimed
responsibility in a statement saying nine members of Security Belt forces were
killed and wounded, and a vehicle was destroyed.
also released two pictures apparently depicting the attack.
Yemen separatists capture Aden
ISIS resurgence came as tensions between the forces of Yemen’s Saudi-backed
government and the Southern Transitional Council gave way to open fighting.
Both are aligned in their opposition to the Houthi rebels in Yemen’s ongoing
war, but there have been long-standing tensions and some clashes in the past.
week, in the most serious fighting in recent months, STC fighters captured Aden
from government forces.
death of al-Mashali in the August 1 Houthi missile strike appears to be a
factor precipitating the violence. According to the Brussels-based
non-governmental organization Crisis Group, he played a significant role in
forming the Security Belt paramilitary force.
has continued in Aden and other parts of southern Yemen. The UAE has conducted
airstrikes on Saudi-backed forces, and although Yemen’s government claimed to
have recaptured Aden, the city is currently under STC control.
latest ISIS-claimed suicide attack has led to the STC and government officials
trading accusations against each other.
STC said in a statement that ISIS and al-Qaeda are “the other face of this
government” and that the government is a “protector and supporter of
terrorism.” Yemen’s Minister of Information Moammar al-Eryanni tweeted that the
STC “spread chaos & violence & provide environment for terrorism, is
responsible for the terrorist activities in the southern governorates,”
equating the group with ISIS and al-Qaeda.
Elisabeth Kendall, Senior Research Fellow and Yemen expert at Oxford
University’s Pembroke College, told The Defense Post that after 15 months
without a claimed attack, the recent fighting between the government and
southern Yemen separatists may have been a factor in ISIS’s timing.
were no terrorist operations in Aden this year prior to August. So the
terrorism is a response to southern separatist moves,” Kendall said. “It may be
that the Aden cell has been stirred by external actors.”
in Aden-Abyan is a different group from the main ISIS group in Yemen which is
focused on al-Bayda” province, adding that previous ISIS attacks in Aden “had a
different style from the core in al-Bayda.”
ISIS activity in Yemen remains focused around al-Bayda, and is against al-Qaeda
in the Arabian Peninsula, part of an intra-jhadist conflict that erupted in
State Yemen province was founded in November 2014. While the group did have
some initial successes it failed to capitalize in the chaos in Yemen due to the
ongoing civil war, and has not been able to match the capabilities of al-Qaeda
in the Arabian Peninsula, the Yemen branch of al-Qaeda. ISYP has been reduced
to mainly focusing on the al-Bayda region, and its setbacks are in part
self-inflicted; at one point complaints by fighters against local leadership
required intervention from ISIS central, which expelled multiple people from
is older than ISYP and much more successful, at times viewed as one of the most
dangerous al-Qaeda branches. As well as acting within Yemen, AQAP has also
attempted to carry out external attacks, including against the United States.
August 31, ISIS released a photoset showing recent clashes between its fighters
and AQAP, as well as weapons and equipment they had captured.
— A Yemeni NGO has exposed the reality of the strong links between the
Iran-backed Houthi militia and various terrorist organizations. Mohammed
Al-Omda, chief of the Yemen Organization for Defending Rights and Democratic
Freedoms unveiled on Tuesday documents showing the link between the Houthi
militia and Al-Qaeda and Daesh (so called IS) terrorists.
handed over a documented report to Rawanthika Gunaratne, an international law
expert of the Sanctions Committee Team, containing criminal files of all those
involved with the Houthi militias and all those who have collaborated with them
and committed crimes against civilians.
were also documents proving the Houthi militia’s association with terrorist
organizations and their role in undermining the state authorities and seizing
the country’s capabilities and turning it into a Houthi war effort.
also exposed the abuses and corruption of international organizations working
in Yemen. In his report presented to Gunaratne, who is in charge of submitting
periodic reports to the UN Security Council, he confirmed that on Nov. 2, 2017,
an international organization handed over $14 million to the leaders of Houthis
who usurped the Yemeni Ministry of Education.
drew attention to the fact that these agencies are using the fund to lay mines
inside Yemen and along the Saudi borders. According to the report, the United
Nations handed over 20 four-wheel drive vehicles to the Houthis in support of
the so-called Demining Program on May 29 this year as a reward to the
also pointed out that the World Relief, an NGO, signed an agreement with the
Houthi leader Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi to hand over money as relief instead of
relief materials, and that is in contravention with the UN Resolution 2216.
accused organizations operating in the Houthi-controlled areas of employing
Houthi leaders in the relief offices in Sanaa, who control the choice of the
names of beneficiaries for relief assistance.
organization also provided files proving the exploitation of the humanitarian
situation of the Yemeni people and forcing their children as recruits to their
forces in return for the delivery of humanitarian assistance, and the sale of
relief rations in the black markets in order to use its proceeds for the war
called on the United Nations to disclose details of the billions of dollars it
had received for the relief of the Yemeni people; how they were disbursed, and
what was the mechanism of disbursement. He pointed out that corruption of
officials at the UN organizations is closely linked to corruption on the part
harmed the Yemeni people, confiscated their rights, and exposed them to human
Yemen’s government officials have started talks with the country’s southern
separatists of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) in Jeddah in a bid to
end fighting in Aden and other southern provinces, a Yemeni official said on
delegation, which landed in the Kingdom on Tuesday, is headed by Aidroos
Al-Zubaidi, the council’s leader.
arrival comes after Saudi Arabia called for talks in the Kingdom to restore
calm to southern Yemen after fighting between the STC and government troops
minister of state of foreign affairs Anwar Gargash said on Wednesday that he
was was confident that the Jeddah meeting will succeed in uniting the two sides
against what he called the “Houthi coup.”
Foreign Ministry spokesman has strongly condemned the latest moves and comments
by the US administration, especially its Iran representative Brian Hook, to
increase pressure against the Iranian nation as part of an "economic
surge in hostile comments and desperate measures - and most ridiculously the
reward offered for treason and espionage - are measures out of desperation and
disappointment, aimed at swaying the Iranian nation," Abbas Mousavi said
in a statement on Wednesday.
added such measures will not get anywhere, and will only add "dark pages
to the US' record of treating Iranians."
Americans will definitely be held accountable for their actions someday,
spokesman's remarks came after the US State Department announced a reward of up
to $15 million for any person who helps Washington's "maximum
pressure" campaign against Iran, which includes zeroing out Iran's oil
reward was declared by US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook, who made
a series of allegations against Iran and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps
(IRGC) during a press conference he joined on Wednesday.
also announced new sanctions against what he called a "shipping
network" including 11 vessels and 25 entities and individuals involved in
Iran's oil trade.
last month, the United States blacklisted the vessel and sanctioned its
captain, according to the US Treasury Department.
report by The Financial Times revealed Wednesday that four days before the US
imposed sanctions on the tanker, the vessel’s Indian captain received an
unusual email from Brian Hook, the US special representative for Iran at the
Department of State.
to several emails seen by the Financial Times, Hook wrote to Akhilesh Kumar on
August 26 that the Trump administration was offering him several million
dollars to pilot the ship to a country that would impound the vessel on behalf
of the US. To make sure the captain did not mistake the email for a scam, it
included an official state department phone number.
armed force have conducted retaliatory missile and rocket attacks near Saudi
Arabia’s southwestern Jizan city, killing and injuring more than 30 Riyah-led
al-Masirah TV channel reported on Wednesday that Yemeni army soldiers and allied
fighters from Popular Committees had fired a Zelzal-1 (Earthquake-1) missile as
well as Katyusha rockets at a gathering of mercenaries west of the Saudi town
Yemeni military source said the operation had left over 30 mercenaries dead and
forces also launched similar missile and rocket attacks at gatherings of
Saudi-led mercenaries northeast of the al-Nar mountain, accurately hitting
fighters regularly target positions inside Saudi Arabia in retaliation for a
Saudi-led military aggression, which began in March 2015 in an attempt to
reinstall the country's Riyadh-allied former regime and crush the Houthi
Western-backed military aggression, coupled with a naval blockade, has killed tens
of thousands of Yemenis, destroyed the country’s infrastructure and led to a
massive humanitarian crisis.
in the occupied West Bank have held a protest to express their resentment
against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s "provocative"
visit to the city of al-Khalil, also known as Hebron.
demonstrators set fire on pictures of Netanyahu, saying that his visit to the
city only aimed at fulfilling his political ambitions.
as Palestinian citizens, are angry of Netanyahu storming the city of
Hebron," said a demonstrator.
feel provoked to be used as Palestinian citizens, for our city to be used, for
our mosque to be used, for our properties to be used as part of this political
election campaign by Netanyahu, so he would gain the votes of the extremist
Israeli right," the protester added.
officials have also condemned the visit, describing it as provocative.
Palestinian president’s spokesman says Netanyahu’s move may spark a religious
war, warning about consequences of the "grave escalation".
resistance movement, Hamas, also slammed the provocative move, saying Israel’s
attempt to change the history of al-Khalil will be futile.
the trip, which was made under tight security, Netanyahu made a speech in the
Ibrahimi mosque, which is sacred to both Muslims and Jews.
an apparent effort to rally right-wing votes for an election two weeks away,
the Israeli premier said in his speech that Jewish people will never leave the
will not be cleansed of Jews. We are not strangers in Hebron. We will remain in
it forever," he claimed.
speech was delivered right at the place where an armed Israeli settler had
killed 29 Palestinians in 1994.
1,000 heavily guarded illegal settlers live among 200,000 Palestinians in
spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces says army troopers and allied fighters from
Popular Committees have launched a string of airstrikes against military
aircraft hangars in Saudi Arabia's southwestern region of Asir, using a
squadron of domestically-manufactured Qasef-2K (Striker-2K) combat drones.
General Yahya Saree said the unmanned aerial vehicles struck with great
precision the designated targets in King Khalid Air Base, which lies 884
kilometers south of the capital Riyadh, late on Tuesday.
senior Yemeni official then stressed that retaliatory attacks will continue as
long as the Riyadh regime continues its military aggression, siege and
relentless raids against the war-torn Arab country.
dozens of Saudi troopers and Saudi-sponsored militiamen were killed when Yemeni
army soldiers and fighters from allied Popular Committees launched an offensive
against their positions in the kingdom’s southern border region of Jizan.
unnamed Yemeni military source said Yemeni soldiers and allied fighters
launched three domestically-developed Zelzal-1 (Earthquake-1) missiles and a
number of artillery rounds at Saudi mercenaries’ positions off Jabal al-Qais
mountainous area, leaving dozens of them killed and injured in the process.
Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign
against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former
President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing the Houthi
US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit
conflict-research organization, estimates that the war has claimed more than
91,000 lives over the past four and a
The US Treasury is nothing more than a “jail warden,” Iranian Foreign Minister
Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted on Thursday, a day after Washington imposed fresh
sanctions designed to choke off the smuggling of Iranian oil.
United States on Wednesday blacklisted an “oil for terror” network of firms,
ships and individuals allegedly directed by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard
Corps (IRGC) for supplying Syria with oil worth hundreds of millions of dollars
in breach of US sanctions.
(Office of Foreign Assets Control of US Treasury) is nothing more than a JAIL
WARDEN: Ask for reprieve (waiver), get thrown in solitary for the audacity. Ask
again and you might end up in the gallows,” Zarif wrote on his Twitter account.
last year, when President Donald Trump pulled out the United States from a 2015
nuclear deal between Iran and Six powers and reimposed sanctions on Tehran,
Washington has intensified a US “maximum pressure” campaign aimed at
eliminating Iran’s oil exports, its main source of income.
only way to mitigate US #EconomicTerrorism (sanctions) is to decide to finally
free yourself from the hangman’s noose,” Zarif said in his tweet.
far-right party scored its strongest-ever results in two key state elections in
eastern Germany on Sunday, finishing second behind the country's major parties
on the same day that Europe marked the 80th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of
anti-immigrant Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) party finished second in
Saxony to Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), and second in
Brandenburg to the center-left Social Democrats (SPD).
results represent a blow to Merkel's ruling coalition with the SPD, and will be
viewed as a victory for the AfD, which took 27.5% of votes in Saxony and 23.5%
in Brandenburg -- a significant increase on state elections five years ago,
with the party almost tripling its share in Saxony and doubling it in
AfD became the first far-right party to enter Germany's national parliament in
almost 60 years when it came in third place overall in federal elections in
results came on the same day that Germany's President Frank-Walter Steinmeier
asked Poland for forgiveness 80 years after Nazi Germany's invasion.
invasion -- on September 1, 1939 -- heralded a dark chapter in Germany history,
where some 6 million Jews were killed, almost half of whom were Polish.
results prompted some soul-searching in German newspapers about what the rise
of the far-right meant for the future of the country.
results have brutally demonstrated to political leaders that something is going
awry in the country," wrote Deutsche Welle's Editor-in-Chief Ines Pohl.
"And they must look and listen more closely to what drives voters into the
arms of populists."
the last decade the AfD has moved from a euroskeptic party on the fringes of
politics, to the largest opposition party in parliament.
recent years it has shifted focus to migrants and Islam -- directing much of
its fury at Merkel's so-called open refugee policy.
nationalist message has struck a chord in Saxony, Brandenburg, and neighboring
states in the former East Germany, where support for the AfD is strongest in
working class regions, hit by the closure of their coal industries, still lag
behind western parts of the country in employment and salaries, making them
fertile ground for the far-right. Sunday's results highlight the deep divide
that still exists between eastern and western German states almost 30 years
Weidel, leader of the AfD's parliamentary party, said the state election
results could pave the way for a major shakeup at a national level.
success here could trigger the dismantling of the coalition in Berlin,"
she said, Reuters reported. "The other parties can't continue with
business as usual."
German economist Holger Schmieding believes the governing CDU-SPD coalition
will remain largely unchanged.
spectacular gains in Sunday's state elections, the right-wing AfD did not
relegate the SPD in Brandenburg or the CDU in Saxony into second place,"
he said in a statement.
the -- still unlikely -- case of snap federal elections early next year,
Germany would probably end up with a CDU/CSU-Green coalition" led by
Merkel's successor, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, he said.
short, the results were "bad" for the major parties, but they
"could have been worse," he added.
- A Russian court on Tuesday sentenced a blogger to five years in a penal
colony for a tweet calling for attacks on the children of police, a ruling his
lawyer said was unprecedented.
Sinitsa, 30, posted the tweet in the wake of a police crackdown against
protesters who have called for free elections.
an act of intimidation," said lawyer Denis Tikhonov after a Moscow
district court found Sinitsa guilty of inciting hatred.
charges fall under Russia's harsh anti-extremism legislation. Tikhonov told AFP
the sentence was "without precedent in its severity".
ruling also comes in the context of an ongoing squeeze on internet freedoms in
Russia, where social media remain among few outlets offering relative freedom
of communication for the opposition.
who regularly posted on Twitter under the pseudonym Max_Steklov, was detained
last month over a tweet he wrote on July 31.
who is from a town outside Moscow, posted about attending several opposition
protests and urged others to go to them.
one tweet, a reply to a pro-Kremlin blogger, he imagined a situation in which
people found the homes of law enforcement officers to kidnap and kill their
post was picked up and reported on by pro-Kremlin media.
investigators said "the criminal intent of the defendant was aimed at
arousing enmity and hatred towards all law enforcement officers and their
lawyer said his client admitted to writing "this controversial post"
but rejected charges of extremism.
said this post was not a call to anyone, it was a conversation with a political
opponent," Tikhonov said.
leader Alexei Navalny said in response to the verdict: "Sinitsa wrote a
really dumb post about taking revenge on the children of police. Millions of
such dumb posts are written every day."
said he was constantly receiving such messages via social networks and called
Russia "an idiot" for issuing such a verdict.
lawyer Pavel Chikov wrote on Telegram messenger: "Five years in prison for
words on the internet. If you really think this is OK, get ready to be
some public figures praised the verdict.
you open your mouth, you're responsible," wrote state media journalist
Anna Shafran on Twitter. "If you call for killing, you'll go down."
historian Nikolai Svinadze, who sits on Putin's rights council, criticised
Sinitsa's "irresponsible statement" on Echo of Moscow radio station,
while calling the verdict "pretty tough."
case was rushed through in a way his lawyer said was highly unusual and
deprived him of a fair trial.
had asked for the maximum possible sentence of six years.
would have been fair to acquit him, at least not to put him in jail," his
mother told the independent channel TV Rain.
has in recent years increasingly criminalised online content, frequently
jailing people for sharing or publishing information deemed extremist or
law currently forbids the sharing of content judged extremist, though rights
groups say this label is also applied to opposition material.
July a court jailed a blogger from the industrial city of Tolyatti for one year
for making "public calls for terrorism" with a tweet about a suicide
bomb attack on the offices of the FSB security agency.
2017, a video blogger was convicted of inciting hatred against believers by
posting videos showing him chasing Pokemons in a church, but received only a
Two people were arrested in connection with a demonstration outside the Indian
High Commission in London’s Aldwych area on Tuesday.
rally, billed as the “Kashmir freedom march”, was staged to show solidarity
with the people of India-held Kashmir at the 30-day mark since Article 370 was
revoked in the valley and a curfew was imposed.
Thousands march to Indian High Commission in London as occupied Kashmir
lockdown enters 30th day
spokesperson for the mayor of London told Dawn: “The Mayor supports the right
to peaceful and lawful protest. He condemns the violence and unlawful activity
by a small minority which has taken place outside the Indian High Commission in
mayor’s statement comes a day after the massive anti-Modi march was held from
Parliament Square to Aldwych, where Pakistani and Kashmiri protesters shouted
slogans condemning Indian atrocities in held Kashmir and demanding an end to
the occupation of the valley.
protest was organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF).
Mayor Sadiq Khan condemned reports of damage to the premises of the Indian HC
during the demonstration.
response to a tweet by the Indian mission that the high commission had been
damaged during what it described as a ‘violent’ protest, the mayor tweeted: “I
utterly condemn this unacceptable behaviour and have raised this issue with the
Metropolitan Police to take action.”
Indian HC also shared a photo of a windowpane partially broken and smeared with
what appears to look like eggs.
protest came two weeks after a Kashmir freedom protest was held outside the
Indian HC on Aug 15.
clash between Indian and Pakistani protesters resulted in four arrests, the Met
Police had then said.
following week, Indian newspapers widely reported that British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson held a telephonic conversation with Indian Prime Minister
Narendra Modi and reportedly “regretted the incidents of violence outside the
Indian High Commission in London” on India’s independence day.
statement said Mr Modi complained to Mr Johnson about “violence against members
of the Indian diaspora”.
statement also said Mr Johnson regretted the incident and said that steps would
be taken to ensure safety and security of the High Commission, its personnel
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front’s UK president Tahseen Gilani said the
protest was largely “peaceful and successful”, but that the security volunteers
did stop political figures from Azad Jammu and Kashmir making speeches and
pushed back when they resisted.
With less than two weeks to go before Israel’s general election, Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said he is to visit London on Thursday for talks
with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
said Netanyahu, facing what could be a tough fight for re-election on September
17, would also meet US Defense Secretary Mark Esper while in the British
returns to Israel on Friday.
would be his first meeting with Johnson or Esper since the two took up their
current posts, his office said in a statement.
PM will discuss with British prime minister Johnson the situation in the
(Middle East) region and how to repel Iranian terror and aggression,” it said.
meeting with Esper, it added, would focus on “Israel’s security needs” after
the two had spoken by phone on Tuesday and agreed to “expand their conversation
media have said the United States and Israel are discussing the possible
announcement of some form of defense alliance, likely to boost Netanyahu’s
image as an international statesman.
ahead of inconclusive April 9 parliamentary polls, US President Donald Trump
acknowledged Israeli sovereignty over the Golan, in what amounted to a major
pre-election gift to his close ally Netanyahu.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has complained that Turkey is forbidden from
owning nuclear weapons while other countries possess them, accusing them of
countries have missiles with nuclear warheads, not one or two. But (they tell
us) we can’t have them. This, I cannot accept,” he told his ruling AK Party
members in the eastern city of Sivas.
he did not elaborate on whether Turkey had plans to obtain such weapons.
is no developed nation in the world that doesn’t have them,” Mr Erdogan said.
However, many developed nations do not own nuclear weapons.
also criticised Israel, saying its nuclear weapons are a threat to other
nations. The Turkish leader hinted that he wanted the same protection for
Turkey as Israel.
have Israel nearby, don't we? They scare (other nations) with these," he
analysts say Israel possesses a sizable nuclear arsenal. Israel maintains a
policy of ambiguity around the nuclear issue, refusing to confirm or deny its
does not possess nuclear weapons and has been a party to the nuclear
nonproliferation treaty since 1980.
Turkish leader's remarks come amid burgeoning defence ties between Turkey and
Russia in defiance of Ankara's Nato ally the United States.
has reacted to Turkey's purchase of the S-400 by kicking the country off its
F-35 fighter jet programme.
US says Russia will be able to glean sensitive technical knowledge about the
new fighter if it is operated alongside the S-400.
Nato allies in Afghanistan have been conspicuously absent from negotiations
with the Taliban, which Washington says will soon yield a peace deal.
the American approach has had broad support.
President Donald Trump’s senior negotiator in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad,
said this week that a deal had been hammered out between the combatants “in
allies such as Britain, Canada, Germany and France – all of whom backed
Washington’s 2001 military arrival in Afghanistan – have taken a low profile.
Tuesday, the defence alliance's chief, Jens Stoltenberg, threw his weight
behind the US efforts as he met Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Brussels, but
Mr Pompeo has publicly spoken little about Afghanistan on his two-day trip to
Hakimi, a research associate at the Chatham House think tank in London, said
the Nato allies' role in the peace talks was in line with part they played on
the battlefield in Afghanistan.
intervention in Afghanistan was US-led and has remained US-led, so the Nato
countries, particularly the western European nations and the Scandinavians,
haven't really done anything in Afghanistan that has gone against the stated
interests of the US,” Mr Hakimi said.
said their part in securing the peace had normally gone on behind the scenes.
Germany, Norway and others had been incubating the space before the Americans
went in front of the cameras and said, 'We are going to speak to the Taliban',”
Mr Hakimi said.
US desire for a deal with the Taliban has partly been driven by domestic
concerns. Mr Trump has frequently railed against the war as a continued waste
of resources and life.
final positions of the US, its allies and the Taliban in Afghanistan is still
Khalilzad, while explaining that 5,000 US troops would withdraw within 135
days, gave no hint of what would happen to the rest of the 14,000 American
soldiers still in the country.
America's longest-running conflict is complex, as shown by a letter from nine
senior US diplomats, including former ambassadors to Afghanistan and a secretary
it they condemned the troop withdrawal arrangements, which they say could lead
to “total civil war”.
Karim, a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, said the
Taliban preferred to deal directly with the Americans, further pushing their
allies into the background.
Taliban for now only want to talk with the US and considers its guarantees
acceptable," Mr Karim said. "So that limits any potential EU role in
said regional states outside of Nato had also taken on important roles at the
expense of European nations.
states have a more important role," Mr Karim said.
Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood on
Wednesday said that religious seminaries have affirmed that their students
would appear in the middle, matric and intermediate level examination of the
federal board like other public and private schools.
said that seminaries have, in principle, agreed with the federal government’s
initiative for bringing their students into the mainstream in order to ensure a
uniform education system in the country.
a press conference, he said the government has established the National
Curriculum Council (NCC) under which the new curriculum from class one to five
is being prepared which would be introduced by March 2020.
this regard, he said, all stakeholders including public and private sector
schools, madrassas and other concerned departments have been taken on board on
said that after holding several meetings regarding religious seminaries with
Wafaq-Ul-Madaris, it has been decided that the madrassa students would appear
in the middle, matric and intermediate examinations like the students of other
passed students of madrassas would be awarded the degrees of matric and
intermediate, he added.
said the public, private schools and religious seminaries would be bound to
adopt One National Curriculum.
intermediate, the madrassa students would be eligible to join civil, security
and other services, he said.
is the major achievement of the present government regarding implementation of
the uniform education system, he remarked.
federal cabinet in its last meeting had approved to open twelve country-wide
offices of the education ministry for the registration of the religious
this purpose, the cabinet had also approved the budget of Rs two billion for
the next three years.
said PC-I of the project is being prepared, adding that the government would
make efforts to ensure proper use of funds.
the demand of madrassas, the government has provided them the period of four to
five years for completely implementing new educational policy, he said.
added that the government would provide all-out support including financial and
teaching to seminaries after registration.
Pakistan’s military on Wednesday accused the United States of cheating the
country by not taking it into confidence over a US Navy Seals raid that killed
Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad in 2011.
spokesman major general Asif Ghafoor said that Pakistan’s intelligence
cooperation with the US helped it track down the late al-Qaida chief. “Pakistan
traced a telephone call and shared details with America,” he said, adding that
it was this call that led to the killing of bin Laden.
said the US refused to take Pakistan into confidence at the time of operation.
Pakistani military on Wednesday denied that Islamabad has "no first use
(NFU)"policy on nuclear weapons. The army's clarification comes two days
after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said his country will never use nukes
first against India. While claiming that nuclear countries have no room for
war, Pakistan military's spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor said:
"Using weapons of deterrence is a political choice. We have no NFU policy,
these are weapons of deterrence." The director general of Inter Services
Public Relations (ISPR), Pakistan army's media wing, was addressing a press
conference in the garrison city of Rawalpindi on the situation in Jammu and
Kashmir after India defanged Article 370.
to a question about Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh's recent statement
that New Delhi's no-first-use policy on nukes was open to review, the military
spokesperson said: "If they (India) want to change their policy then it is
their choice. But there is a second after first."
use of nukes, Maj Gen Ghafoor further said this was a serious issue and a
political one, which should not be discussed in press conferences or rallies.
said the two nuclear powers do not have space for a nuclear war, due to which
India has "indirectly continued to attack Pakistan".
issue of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav is a primary example of indirect attacks
from across the border," the army spokesperson said, adding that Pakistan
has been fighting a hybrid war for the past two decades and considering the
conflict spectrum, Islamabad's options of response revolved around economy,
diplomacy, finance, intelligence, etc.
India as a perpetual threat, Maj Gen Ghafoor said: "India should think
that our perpetual threat is just one and has been for the past 70 years. When
it comes to the eastern border, everything is devoted to it, full stop."
said Islamabad is playing a role in the Afghan reconciliation process and if
peace is established in Afghanistan, 200,000 Pakistani troops deployed at the
western border will probably be removed. "Maybe India thinks that it
should take action against us that would weaken us. We want to tell India that
wars are not only fought with weapons and economy but with patriotism," he
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday sent their foreign
ministers to Pakistan to help Islamabad defuse fresh tensions with India after
New Delhi scrapped the special status for Jammu & Kashmir last month.
minister of state for foreign affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir and minister of
foreign affairs and international cooperation of the UAE Sheikh Abdullah bin
Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan were received by Pakistan's foreign minister Shah
Mahmood Qureshi. In a rare move, a single aircraft carried the two Arab
ministers to Islamabad in what Pakistani authorities said was a symbolic show
of unity. Qureshi said the visits were part of Pakistan's diplomatic effort to
sensitise the world about Kashmir.
Arabia is a close ally of cash-strapped Pakistan and Riyadh has provided aid
worth billions of dollars to Islamabad to overcome its financial woes.
two Arab ministers were to hold talks with Qureshi, who on Tuesday said that
the visit followed appeals from Pakistani PM Imran Khan. They were also set to
meet Khan and the country's army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.
army spokesman Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said in Rawalpindi on Wednesday that the
military would "fight to the last bullet and the last soldier" if all
peaceful options fail to resolve the Kashmir issue.
Arab countries have kept mostly silent on the issue, underpinned by more than
$100 billion in annual trade with India that makes it one of the Arabian
Peninsula's most prized economic partners.
US Defence Secretary James Mattis has called Pakistan "the most dangerous
country" he had to deal with.
made these comments in his latest book titled -- 'Call Sign Chaos: Learning to
also said that the country views all geopolitics through the "prism of its
hostility toward India."
68-year-old military veteran had served as United States Defense Secretary from
January 2017 to December 2018.
least six militants were killed by security forces on Wednesday in an
intelligence-based operation in Quetta's Eastern Bypass area.
Inspector General of Police Mohsin Hassan Butt while confirming the development
said that the suspects belonged to the militant Islamic State group.
the operation, one official of the Balochistan Constabulary was martyred and
eight others from the Anti-Terrorist Force (ATF) were injured, one of whom is
said to be critical, the police chief said.
to a Counter-terrorism Department (CTD) official, intelligence agencies along
with ATF and CTD personnel conducted a raid early in the morning today during
which an exchange of fire between the militants and security officials took
a result of the operation that lasted nearly six hours, CTD recovered a large
quantity of weapons and explosives from the militants.
to IGP Butt, a female was among the militants killed. He said that their bodies
have been shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta for post-mortem examination.
security official, who declined to be named, said the dead militants were
involved in a series of targeted killings and bomb explosions in Balochistan.
the operation, a large contingent of police and other security personnel was
deployed to the compound where the raid took place.
President Dr Arif Alvi stressed upon the international community to play its
role in the resolution of Kashmir issue, where fundamental human rights are
being blatantly violated by Indian armed forces.
was talking to the Ambassadors and High Commissioner-designate of Palestine,
Russia, Portugal, Australia, and Kazakhstan to Pakistan, who separately called
on the president after presenting him their credentials at a ceremony in
Islamabad on Wednesday. Dr Alvi said Pakistan is a peaceful nation and has
rendered enormous scarifies for world peace.
said the fascist Indian regime has now endangered the peace in the region and
the world at large.
wants to further strengthen its relations with all friendly countries, the
president told the envoys. He emphasized that today’s Pakistan provides a very
conducive environment for better investment and business opportunities, and
hoped that investors from these countries will avail them by investing in
president said the regular exchange of bilateral delegations is essential for
strengthening people-to-people contact and forging strong political and
The government has decided to commemorate this year’s Defence Day on September
6 (Friday) as “Kashmir Solidarity Day” to send a message of camaraderie to the
oppressed people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
residents of the occupied valley are living under a strict curfew and other
crippling restrictions since August 4, a day before Prime Minister Narendra
Modi’s government abrogated Article 370, revoking the special status of India’s
only Muslim-majority state.
office throughout Pakistan will be closed at 15:00 (3pm) to commemorate the
Defence Day of Pakistan, observe solidarity with the people of Kashmir and
visit families of martyrs and monuments,” said a notification issued by the
Ministry of Interior on Wednesday.
month, the nation also celebrated its 73rd Independence Day as Kashmir
Solidarity Day to express full support to Kashmiri brethren in their just
struggle for right to self-determination.
Minister Imran Khan addressed the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly
(AJKLA) on August 14, while rallies were taken out in all small and major
cities of the country and seminars organised to highlight the plight of
oppressed people in IOK.
Indian government flooded the Kashmir valley with troops, introduced movement
restrictions and cut off most communication ahead of its illegal Kashmir move
communication blackout, including severing of mobile phones and internet
connections, has now entered its 31st day. Hundreds of political leaders and
workers, including three former chief ministers, have also been detained.
Pakistan will allow 5,000 Sikh pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib
Kartarpur this year.
a statement issued after the conclusion of the third round of talks between
Pakistan and India on Kartarpur Corridor in Attari, India, on Wednesday,
Foreign Office Spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal said that the Sikh pilgrims would
be issued special cards instead of visas to visit their religious site on the
special occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak.
said that talks between Pakistan and India on Kartarpur Corridor were held in a
positive environment despite tension in relations between the two countries
over the Kashmir crisis.
said the two sides have almost agreed to the draft agreement on the operationalisation
of Kartarpur Corridor except for two or three points.
spokesperson said that most of the obstacles have been overcome and the Indian
side will have to demonstrate political flexibility to address the remaining
Faisal said that Pakistan has invited the Indian side for a final meeting on
our side of the border to resolve the remaining sticking points. The
spokesperson said that Pakistan has completed 90 per cent work on the Kartarpur
Corridor and it is committed to opening the corridor on the 550th birth
anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak.
FO spokesperson revealed that Pakistan was planning to arrange a media visit to
the area this month so that they could see the roads, entry points and other
progress that has been made.
meeting comes days after Pakistani and Indian delegations held a round of
technical level talks on the corridor at the border, more commonly known as the
the conclusion of the second round of talks in July, Pakistan had claimed that
it had made headway on “80 per cent and beyond” issues regarding the opening of
Kartarpur Corridor, a peace initiative of the Pakistani government, is being
constructed to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak. The
corridor will provide Indian Sikhs visa-free access to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib at
Kartarpur in Pakistan.
work out modalities for the opening of the corridor, a Pakistani delegation
visited Attari where a meeting was held with Indian officials on March 14.
While the next round of talks was scheduled for April 2 at Wagah, India pulled
out of it over reservations that pro-Khalistan activists such as Gopal Chawla
and Bisan Singh had been included in Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak
Committee — a body that works for facilitating Sikh pilgrims.
One police personnel was martyred while six suspected terrorists allegedly
affiliated with the banned Islamic State (IS) militant group were killed during
an intelligence-based operation (IBO) near Eastern Bypass in Quetta in the wee
hours of Wednesday, Balochistan Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohsin Hassan
to the senior police official, personnel of the Counter-Terrorism Department
(CTD) and intelligence agencies launched a combined raid on a suspected
terrorist hideout in the Eastern Bypass area of the city after they received
reports regarding the presence of terrorists in the area.
to details, one of the suicide bombers blew himself up during the encounter
while five others, including a woman, were also killed in the shootout.
official of the Balochistan Constabulary was martyred and eight others from the
Anti-Terrorist Force (ATF) were injured, one of whom is said to be critical.
reports suggested that a five-hour-long operation was carried out at a compound
near the locality and a huge cache of arms and explosives were recovered.
(AFP) - Sudan's new premier Tuesday called for the United States to drop his
country from its state sponsors of terrorism list, insisting it was crucial to
United States in late 2017 lifted economic sanctions that it had imposed on
Sudan in 1997, but kept the country on its "terror" blacklist along
with Iran, North Korea and Syria.
officials, including those from the now ousted president Omar al-Bashir's
administration, consistently complained that this has hampered economic growth
by discouraging foreign investment.
believe that the situation is suitable for removing Sudan from the terrorism
list," Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said at a joint press conference with
visiting German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
has been "in negotiations with the Americans and (we) expect there would
be progress on removing Sudan from the terrorism list," Hamdok said.
of protests triggered Bashir's removal from power by the army in April, before
further protests -- this time against the military council that replaced him --
resulted in power sharing with civilians.
was selected by the protest umbrella for the position of prime minister, and
was duly sworn in late last month -- a development welcomed by the US in a
tripartite statement with the UK and Norway.
stressed that Sudan's long term economic revival is dependent on building a
suitable environment for boosting the manufacturing sector, which in turn is
linked to Washington's blacklist.
said integration of Sudan into the global economy was essential.
am confident that we will … lay the foundation that gets Sudan the
international support that it needs at this important stage," he said.
implicitly acknowledging that the process may take some time, he said removal
from the US blacklist "will depend largely on development and reforms in
Sudan over the coming weeks and months".
is one of the poorest countries in the world -- the United Nations last year
ranked it 167th out of 189 in its Human Development Index.
suspected jihadists killed in a gun battle with Tunisian forces were wanted
Algerian leaders of al-Qaeda, Tunisia's interior ministry said on Tuesday, a
day after the shootout.
Tunisian national guard said one its officers was also killed when fighting
broke out Monday during a joint search operation with the army in the
mountainous Kasserine region near the Algerian border.
interior ministry said one of the three alleged jihadists, identified as El
Behi Akrouf and nicknamed Abu Salma, could be a top leader of Okba ibn Nafaa -
the Tunisian branch of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim).
named the other two men as Tahar Jijli and El Mahi.
three are "among the most dangerous leaders in their group", national
guard spokesman Housemeddine Jebabli said.
are alleged to have participated in a July 2018 attack that killed six
policemen near Jendouba in northwestern Tunisia, according to the interior
jihadist operation, the bloodiest since a series of attacks in 2015 and early
2016, was claimed by Aqim.
was the group's head in the northwestern region of Kef while El Mahi ran its
operations in Jendouba, the national guard said, adding that both coordinated
directly with Aqim.
apparent gun battle took place on the opening day of campaigning for Tunisia's
presidential election, due to take place on September 15.
its 2011 revolution, Tunisia has been hit by multiple jihadist attacks that
have killed dozens of members of the security forces and foreign tourists.
country has been under a state of emergency since November 2015, when an
IS-claimed suicide bombing in the capital Tunis killed 12 presidential guards.
Rushing to register candidates and train poll workers, Tunisia’s electoral
commission has raced to organize presidential elections after the death of
leader Beji Caid Essebsi, hoping to protect the country’s nascent democracy.
Independent Higher Authority for Elections (ISIE) snapped into action when
Essebsi died on July 25, facing immediate pressure from a constitutional
deadline and parties seeking favorable dates.
body, whose nine members are elected by parliament, brought the date of
scheduled polls forward by two months, fixing the first round for September 15.
constitution stipulates that elections must be held 90 days after a head of
state’s death. The first round of voting will take place just seven weeks after
a mid-summer dash, ISIE stocked up on indelible ink and sorted through nearly
100 candidate applications, selecting a final list of 26 hopefuls.
in a sprint to respect the rules,” ISIE spokeswoman Hasna Ben Slimane told AFP.
have to train 55,000 people — inspectors and polling station staff,” she said.
has experience. It has already organized six elections, but it’s still
body has overseen a series of historic polls following the 2011 overthrow of
dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in an uprising which sparked revolts across
the Arab world.
include Tunisia’s first free election in October 2011 and the first free
presidential election in 2014 which brought Essebsi to power.
reaction after the death of Caid Essebsi is a sign of its maturity,” said
history professor Abdeltif Hannachi.
has registered some 1.5 million — mostly young — new voters this year, a
success given that 65 percent of voters abstained in the first democratic municipal
polls in 2018.
body has pushed to tighten checks on social networks and campaign finances, Ben
struggled with both in 2014.
campaigning kicked off on Monday, the commission sent “warnings” to political
parties asking them to delete problematic sponsored Facebook pages, said ISIE
chief Nabil Baffoun.
electoral monitor Mourakiboun hailed ISIE for its “independence” but its head
Mohamed Marzouk regrets that the body has “not detailed the methods of checking
expenses and campaign finances.”
of corruption have swirled in the lead up to the polls, culminating in the
arrest of media magnate and presidential hopeful Nabil Karoui for alleged money
detention fueled suspicions of flawed justice, pushing ISIE to quickly assure
that nothing, even prison, prevented Karoui from being a candidate.
decision, Hannachi said, “proves the independence of ISIE, which did not yield
to the pressure of those who asked it to remove Nabil Karoui from the race.”
have said the previous ISIE-run elections, despite their flaws, were
transparent and independent.
African telecom giant, MTN has shut its operations in Nigeria following protest
over attacks on foreign-owned shops in South Africa.
MTN stores and service centers are closed as a precaution until further
notice," Uto Ukpanah, MTN company secretary said.
telecom company confirmed that its offices were being attacked. It said
protests and violence against its offices, staff and partners in Nigeria were
probably in response to the xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
said the company is already engaged in discussion, with all relevant security
agencies to prevent further attacks.
President Mohammadu Buhari held a private meeting with the vice president and
minister for foreign affairs at the presidential villa to discuss the
developments, local media said.
government announced to recall its High Commissioner to South Africa Kabiru
Bala, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports, quoting the Foreign Affairs
Minister Geoffrey Onyeama.
agency said Nigeria is also demanding compensations to all citizens affected in
is also boycotting the World Economic Forum scheduled in South Africa on Sept
4-6, media reports said.
African leaders including Presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Felix Tshisekedi of
Democratic Republic of Congo and Malawian Peter Mutharika have also announced
withdrawal from the forum.
attacks hit Johannesburg on Monday, with some Nigerians reportedly among the
victims. The latest xenophobic attacks started on Aug. 29.
retaliation, scores of South African investments across Nigeria have come under
protesters on Tuesday and Wednesday stormed ShopRite, a retail center owner by
South Africans in the commercial city of a Lagos and Abuja, the nation's
Nigerian Army on Tuesday said it has arrested four Boko Haram insurgents’
suppliers in Borno State.
Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi, disclosed
this during the destruction of four vehicles and essential commodities seized
from the insurgents in Maiduguri.
reports that Adeniyi decried the nonchalant attitude of some traders and
commercial vehicle operators who supplied and transported logistics to the
are no petrol stations in the Sambisa Forest, Algarno, Baga and Gwoza; the
logistics sustaining the insurgents is coming from Maiduguri, Damaturu and
commercial vehicle operators fabricated their tanks to a 200-liter capacity, to
enable them to supply and sell petrol to the insurgents at the rate of N245 per
at checkpoints arrested four vehicles on their way to deliver a large
consignment of logistics to the insurgents in the hinterland.
insurgency will have stopped if not for the people who patronise them; our
effort is to arrest illegal business aiding the insurgency.
Haram logicians will neither be tolerated nor ignored, anybody who engage or
allow his vehicle to transport insurgents’ logistics would be prosecuted
because you are part of them and an enemy of the state,” he said.
listed the items seized to include diesel concealed as palm oil; bread, grain,
mats, sacks, motorcycle spare parts and items used by the insurgents to produce
Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
Delta militant group, The Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, RNDA, has threatened
to blow up oil installations and facilities in the region and bring the country
to its “knees.”
vowed to carry out its threats should the Federal Government go ahead with the
purported plan to take away supervision of the Niger Delta Development
Commission, NDDC, from Ministry of Niger Delta to the Office of Secretary to
Government of the Federation, OSGF.
militant’s threat was contained in a statement issued by its leader,
self-styled “Gen” Johnmark Ezonbi, on Monday.
to the statement: “We will bring the nation to its knees and return Nigeria to
the era of another recession if the Secretary to Federal Government and the
so-called selfish self- centered, greedy power- drunken politicians refuse to
stop their evil arrangement.
has come to our notice that there was an ongoing meeting initiated by some
power-drunk and self- centered leaders from the region, who have lost control
of the affairs of the NDDC. They are collaborating with some top officials in
the Presidency to transfer the supervision of the NDDC to the OSGF all in a bid
to divert the fund for their personal gains towards 2023.
sternly warn those behind this evil plot to retrace their steps or live to
regret their actions as they will not be spared in the onslaught christened
‘Final Battle to Rescue NDDC from the Hawks, Blood for Oil.”
attempt to remove the NDDC, from the supervision of Niger Delta Ministry to
OSGF would be met with stiff resistance not minding the negative impact our
action would have on the nation’s economy.
RNDA will not fold its arms and watch people that are anti-Niger-Delta and with
divisive tendencies to hold the NDDC, the only federal government
interventionist agency meant to address under developmental challenges
occasioned by the deliberate neglect, crude oil exploration and exploitation to
ransom. They want to make it a toothless bulldog in order to carry out their
wicked, callous, nefarious, inhuman and avaricious bidding.”
it be put on record that if the NDDC is removed from the supervision of the
Niger Delta Ministry to the Office of the Secretary to the Federal Government,
we will carry out collateral damage on all available oil installations and
facilities across the length and breadth of the Niger Delta region.
have warned and there will be no going back as enough is enough with playing
politics and power tussle with the development of the region which spoons that
feeds the nation.
this devilish and heartless arrangement is not put to an end, RNDA should not
be held responsible for any causality that happens to bring down the production
of crude oil production in the creeks of Niger Delta. RNDA with the nine other
militant groups in the creek cannot watch and allow such wicked, inhuman,
barbaric arrangement to take place just to suffer the people of the Niger
want to render the NDDC meaningless to the region when efforts should be geared
to strengthen and release all funds accruing to the Commission, rather they
want to reduce it to a mere bureaucratic office, we will not allow that to
every son and daughter of the Niger Delta region and the country know that any
attempt by some misguided elements bent on removing the supervision of the NDDC
from the Niger Delta Ministry to the OSGF will only lead to crippling of the
nation’s economy because that will be the last option. We will not rest until
we bring down the oil and gas sector to ground zero, a word is enough for the
is painful that after sacrificing our lives in support of President Muhammadu
Buhari- led APC federal government and entered into ceasefire agreement for
peace to reign in the region, the only thing to pay back the people of the
Niger Delta is to strangulate development.
RNDA and coalition of nine militant groups, however, want to thank President
Buhari for appointing former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio and
Chief Festus Keyamo, SAN, as Minister of the Niger Delta and Minister of State
for Niger Delta.
coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command
conducted an airstrike targeting an al-Shabaab terrorist in the vicinity of
Jilib, Somalia, on Sept. 3.
continue to place pressure on terrorist networks at the same time our Somali
partners are making progress on the ground,” said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William
Gayler, director of operations, U.S. Africa Command. “These strikes certainly
disrupt the network and remove terrorists from causing further harm.”
this time, it is assessed the airstrike killed one (1) terrorist. Strikes near
Jilib disrupt al-Shabaab’s freedom of maneuver.
we assess no civilians were injured or killed as a result of this airstrike.
Sept 3 (Reuters) - A makeshift bomb exploded under a passenger bus travelling
in the violence-plagued central Mali region of Mopti on Tuesday, killing at
least 14 people and wounding 24, the security minister said.
vehicle hit the landmine while carrying 60 passengers through an area where
ethnic militias regularly kill civilians from rival groups and Islamist
militants are also active.
have the number of 14 deceased and 24 injured, including seven in a critical
state," said Salif Traore, giving no further comment on the attack or on
who might be behind it.
remote border region where Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger meet has become a haven
for jihadist militants, who often launch deadly attacks on U.N., Malian and
international troops. Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have been commonly
person at the scene told Reuters his sister and nephew had been on board the
vehicle and were killed in the explosion.
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