Conference on challenges facing Muslim Ummah kicks off in Istanbul
decries Boko Haram’s
24-hour deadline on abducted healthcare workers
media regulatory body issues notice to TV channel for airing 'fake news'
Mosque in Palwal built with Lashkar-e-Taiba funds, says NIA
on challenges facing Muslim Ummah kicks off in Istanbul
Israel Prevents Radical Islam From Overrunning The Region
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scholars gathered on Sunday to discuss problems facing the Muslim world at the
"International Conference on the Muslim Ummah."
three-day conference bringing together 20 international scholars was organized
by the Center for Islam and Global Affairs at Istanbul's Sabahattin Zaim
at the opening session, Sami Al-Arian, the center's director, said that the
conference was "the embodiment of some of the problems that we see across
the Muslim world."
conference will discuss "four problems that the Muslim world is facing
today," namely sectarianism, secularism, nationalism, and colonialism, he
his part, Mehmet Bulut, the university's rector, said those issues
"continue to exert incredible pressure and influence on the lives and
destinies of Muslims across the world."
is not only essential that we know how to understand, express, and outline
these multilateral problems but it is also incumbent upon us thinkers,
researchers, scholars, and academics to articulate some of these potential ways
by which we -- and by that I mean we as citizens of the world -- can begin to
advance solutions," he added.
problems we face as Muslims are not easy ones to discuss. They are even harder
to solve," he said.
Safi of the College of Islamic Studies at Qatar's Hamad Bin Khalifah University
said the challenges that Muslim societies face today are many and growing more
complicated by the decade.
is our duty to shed light and clarify the picture, to bring clarity because
defining the issues … forces understanding of what is going
on, (which) is the most important step in addressing and moving toward a better
am always optimistic, I think the entire Muslim world has been going through
tough times, to say the least, but I see under the surface many currents that
give a lot of hope and optimism," he added.
are changes," he said, stressing "the level of consciousness, which
is to me the most of important level of change because that is where all the
the conference, Halil Berktay of Istanbul's Ibn Haldun University made a
presentation titled "Muslim Societies & the Legacy of Colonialism:
What History Tells Us About Today."
Massad of New York's Columbia University also spoke on "Liberalism versus
Liberation: The Arab World at Present," and Farid Esack from South
Africa's University of Johannesburg gave a presentation on "Muslim
Societies and Modernity: The Struggle for Liberation and Pluralism."
decries Boko Haram’s 24-hour deadline on abducted healthcare workers
International Committee of the Red Cross has expressed concerns over the
24-hour deadline given by Boko Haram to eliminate another female staff held
captive by the insurgents.
of ICRC’s Operations in the Lake
Chad Basin, Mr. Mamadou Sow, in a statement on Sunday, made an appeal to the
Federal Government, communities and individuals towards the release of two
named the affected medical workers as: Hauwa Mohammed and Alice Loksha.
to Sow, speed and urgency are critical. A deadline that could result in the
killing of another health care worker is less than 24 hours away.
the holders of these kidnapped women, we urge you for mercy. We urge you not to
kill another innocent health care worker who was doing nothing but helping the
community in north-east Nigeria.’’
noted that Hauwa worked in a hospital supported by the International Committee
of the Red Cross when she was abducted
March 1, 2018 with Alice, a nurse who worked at a centre supported by UNICEF.
and Alice are medical workers who chose to work and help vulnerable communities
in Rann, an area heavily affected by violence.
town’s population has more than doubled because of the conflict,
while most local health
care staff have fled. These women were providing essential and life-saving
services to thousands of people, displaced and residents alike. All they sought
to do was help,” he said.
to him, the third health care worker abducted alongside Hauwa and Alice was
ICRC colleague, Saifura Hussaini, who was killed by her abductors in September.
urged those involved with this case to do everything they could to avoid a
repeat of that devastating outcome.
noted that Leah Sharibu, a 15-year-old school student, was taken from her
school in Dapchi, in a separate abduction incident in February.
however, added that she was also being held by the same armed group and
everything must be done to ensure her prompt and unharmed release.
Director of ICRC Operations in Africa, Patricia Danzi, also urged the Federal
Government to work towards the release of the innocent spirited individuals.
urge you to spare and release these women. They are a midwife, a nurse and a
student. Like all those abducted, they are not part of any fight.
are daughters and sisters; one is a mother, women with their future ahead of
them, children to raise, and families to return to,”
Pakistan's electronic media regulatory authority has issued a notice to a
private TV channel for airing news reports deemed to be against two federal
ministers, a media report said Sunday.
the tickers it was transpired that the prime minister had expressed displeasure
over the performance of federal finance minister for his policies," Dawn
reported, citing the notice issued by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory
Authority (PEMRA) on Saturday.
the notice titled 'Notice on False News, it said that by airing such reports,
the channel had violated provisions of the 2015 Electronic Media Code of
regulatory authority asked the TV channel to prove authenticity of its reports
and submit a reply by Monday, the paper reported.
also said if the channel failed to provide evidence in support of its reports,
it should tender an apology.
mosque in Palwal district of Haryana has come under the scrutiny of security
agencies after a National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe found that it was
allegedly built with funds from the Hafiz Saeed-led Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in
Khulafa-e-Rashideen masjid at Uttawar village in Palwal was searched by NIA
officers on October 3, days after the agency arrested three men, including the
Imam of the masjid, Mohammed Salman, in New Delhi in an alleged terror-funding
residents of Uttawar said the mosque is embroiled in a land dispute and were
unaware of Salman’s links to the LeT, the NIA is
questioning office bearers of the mosque and scrutinising the account books,
details of donations and documents seized.
(52), Mohammed Salim and Sajjad Abdul Wani were arrested on September 26 for
allegedly receiving terror funding from Lahore-based Falah-e-Insaniyat
Foundation (FIF), an NGO set up by Hafiz Saeed’s
Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), Lashkar’s parent organisation.
investigations, sources said, have found that Salman allegedly funnelled FIF
money to build the mosque in Palwal. “Salman, who came in touch with LeT
associated men when he was in Dubai, had been receiving funds from FIF. The
organisation, we have learnt, gave him Rs 70 lakh to build a mosque in Uttawar. It even
gave him money for the marriage of his daughters. We are now probing from where
the mosque has been receiving its donations and how this money is being used,”
an NIA officer said.
officer said that Salman, who hails from Uttawar but has been living in Delhi
since childhood, was among the largest contributors to a fund that was raised
to build the mosque. Sources said that residents of the village arranged for
over 10 acres of land on its own while money for construction was given by
NIA alleged that this money actually came from the FIF. “The
village does not appear to be aware of the source of funds. They believe it has
come from Salman,” said another officer. After Salman’s arrest in September,
the NIA, in an official
statement said: “During investigation, it emerged that one
Mohammad Salman…is in regular touch with one Dubai-based Pakistani national,
who in turn is connected with the Deputy Chief of Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation.
The accused person has been receiving
funds, being sent by FIF operators and his associates through hawala operators.”
to the NIA, the FIF is a front-end organisation of “the
LeT, a terror organisation proscribed under UAPA… FIF is placed on the list of
terrorist organisations as
per entry 33 in the First Schedule to the UAPA read with Prevention and
Suppression of Terrorism (Implementation of Security Council Resolutions) Order
the village of Uttawar, however, few buy the NIA story. Most believe it is a
result of a court battle between the villagers and some families squatting on
the mosque land. “Because we are trying to evict them, it
appears someone has given this wrong information
to the police. No one in the village can believe such a thing. Salman comes
from a very reputed family in the village. No one from his family has ever had
a criminal case against them,” said Khalid Hussain. Hussain was present
at the mosque when it
was searched and is the son of former Uttawar Sarpanch, Akhtar Hussain.
cousin Yaqub (77) also vouches for his innocence. “In Islam, betraying the
nation is a sin. Hafiz Saeed is a foreigner. A God-fearing man like Salman
would never align with him,”
current Imam of the mosque, Mohammed Jamshed, shows a ledger book which has
entries of daily expenses. “All you will find here is an account of
onions, garlic and tomatoes. Our records are absolutely clean. We do not
investigate the source
of contributions. This mosque has been built with contributions from a lot of
people. We do not know where Salman got his money from. But I am not ready to
believe he would put dirty money here. If at all it is dirty money, I doubt if
he knew that himself,” said Jamshed.
to Uttawar residents, Salman’s late father, Maulvi Dawood, is
well-regarded among Muslims in the Mewat region. He migrated to Delhi more than
50 years ago and was an Imam of a significant mosque in Nizamuddin till his
Uttawar, he was an authority on Islam and had the final say in all disputes in
had imparted the same knowledge to his oldest son Salman. “That
is why when in 2009 the village earmarked 10 acres for the mosque and the work
began the next year,
Salman was not only made the in-charge of mosque construction and fund
collection, but also its Imam. There was no one else in the village better
suited for this because of his pedigree,” said Mohammed Saad, who runs the mosque
the past eight years, according to villagers, Salman visited Uttawar regularly
where he stayed in a small, spartan room near the mosque to oversee its
construction. The mosque is still under construction and villagers are waiting
for more money to complete it.
to NIA, Salman was involved in taxi and dairy product businesses but had
incurred losses. Later, he went to Saudi Arabia for Umrah. “He
also visited Dubai a few years back where he met few Pakistani nationals and
thereafter started getting funds through
hawala,” said an NIA officer.
NIA Friday also raided a Kashmiri shawl shop in Lajpat Nagar and a house in
connection with its probe into the case. It has recovered several “
incriminating documents” and Rs 18 lakh in cash apart from six mobile phones during the raids.
premises belong to Hilal Ahmed Rather, who hails from Kashmir. It is suspected
that Hilal was running the shop as a front to launder FIF money, said NIA
sources. Hilal’s name cropped up when Salman and Sajjad
Wani, were questioned.
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the Palestinian Authority for persecuting
Christians, he said, noting that they composed 80% of the population of
Bethlehem when Israel handed the city to the PA, and are now only 20%.
at the Christian Media Conference held in Jerusalem on Sunday evening,
Netanyahu welcomed the reporters to Jerusalem, "the eternal capital of
Israel," and joked that anyone who questions the connection between the
city and the Jewish people should only "take a shovel, put it in the
ground, see what you get."
prime minister addressed a variety of issues, from the historical decision by
US President Donald Trump to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem to the
complex history of the Holy Land, and even Iran.
the decision made by Trump historic and bold, Netanyahu said Trump
"corrected a historical wrong," and that he "deserves a round of
did Jesus overturn the money changer's tables?" Netanyahu asked
rhetorically, when discussing the historical connection between Jerusalem and
the Jewish nation. "In Tibet?"
quoted former US State Secretary Henry Kissinger, who said that Iran must
choose between being a country or a cause. The prime minister stated that so
far, Iran opts to be a cause, with the Arabs being their first casualty.
added that Israel is fighting the Iranian take-over of Syria and that for Iran,
"Israel is the small Satan," with Europe being "a medium
Satan" and the US "the great Satan."
a tweet, exposing the blatant inaccuracy in the Qatari media outlets’
coverage, challenging the misreported news and dubious sources, Turkish academic and
columnist, Emre Uslu said in a tweet on Sunday that the Turkish police confirmed his earlier analysis regarding the
inaccuracy in the alleged picture of Saudi citizen Salah Mohammad A. Tubaigy.
said in the tweet that the alleged picture, leaked by Turkish intelligence to
Turkish newspaper Sabah which reported that this picture was taken on October,
2, 2018, on the same day of the disappearance of Saudi citizen and Journalist
Jamal Khashogy in Istanbul, Turkey.
the Turkish academic and columnist Uslu confirms in the tweet that the Turkish
police revealed that this picture was taken back in 2013.
name surfaced as one of an alleged 15 Saudi team members who arrived in Turkey
on two private jets and entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, when Jamal
Khashoggi was there, in order to murder him, as reported by the Qatari media
same media outlets reported that Tubaigy is an autopsy expert at Saudi Arabia’s
internal security agency.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud spoke to
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday in a phone call, where he
thanked Erdogan for welcoming the kingdom’s proposal to form a joint team to
investigate the disappearance of Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi.
Saudi king stressed the kingdom's keenness on its relations with Turkey.
his part, Erdogan expressed his appreciation of the distinguished, historical
and close relations between the two countries and the two peoples, expressing
his keenness to strengthen and develop them.
President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi said on Sunday that its stands with the
kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the wake of attempts to undermine and harm the
Yemeni government also condemned any attempt to harm the sovereignty of Saudi
Arabia and its status in the region.
President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday expressed his appreciation of “the
firm stand taken by Saudi Arabia, which has always stood by our just causes and
the rights of our people.”
expressed his absolute confidence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, headed by
Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia, and Prince Mohammad bin
Salman Al Saud, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, stressing that Palestine was and
will remain alongside the Kingdom.
Yemeni national army, with the support of the Arab coalition backing Legitimacy
in Yemen, carried out effective and qualitative operations on Houthis’
posts in the Baqim district of Saada governorate.
military operations were backed by airstrikes by the Arab coalition’s
fighter jets and armored tanks destroying arms depots and military vehicles for the Houthi
district is closer to coming under the control of the Yemeni army, which
carried out military offensive across three axes, the most important offensive
in targeting the mountains of Abwab el-Hadid.
Hassan Rouhani says the current US administration is in a war against Iran to
stamp out the legitimacy of the Islamic Republic and bring about a "regime
change," but that Tehran will foil the plot.
the past 40 years, there has not been a more spiteful team than the current US
government toward Iran and the Islamic Republic," Rouhani said at Tehran
University Sunday, in a speech marking the beginning of the new academic year.
started with a psychological war; their next goal is an economic war and an attempt
to portray [the Islamic Republic] ineffective, and their ultimate goal is to
delegitimize the system and change it," he added.
said there was a time when there was one person who had enmity with Iran and
the rest were moderate, but now the worst of them have gathered at the White
president said Iran has defeated the US in many arenas before and will thwart
all its conspiracies with unity and integrity again.
touched on Washington's isolation after its withdrawal from a 2015 nuclear deal
with Iran, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Rouhani said
except for a few regimes, all countries view the move as "illegal"
and a "mistake."
a political standpoint and a foreign policy perspective, Iran is certainly the winner
and America the loser," in what has so far transpired.
said Iran responded to the US withdrawal with "prudence" and
refrained from hurriedly walking out of the JCPOA.
he said, can leave the JCPOA "whenever" it chooses but that national
interests and security are what come first.
the Trump administration, the US has taken an increasingly hostile approach
May, Trump pulled his country out of the JCPOA, despite objections from the
other signatories to the multilateral nuclear accord.
August, he re-imposed the first round of sanctions on Iran, with the second
phase due to come into effect early next month, targeting the country's oil
President Es'haq Jahangiri on Sunday played down the impact of the planned
restrictions, saying Iran has been able to find new partners to buy its oil
even though some countries have stopped their purchases.
will certainly not be able to reduce Iran's oil exports to zero," he said,
dismissing a pledge by President Trump to obliterate the Islamic Republic's oil
least three Saudi soldiers have been killed in clashes with Yemeni forces in
border areas of the war-ravaged country, a report says.
Arabia’s pro-government Shohada al-Vajeb (Martyrs of the Military
Service) group, which
keeps track of Saudi military personnel killed since 2009, announced the news
on its twitter account on Sunday.
group identified the troopers as Abdullah bin Mubarak, Ali Salem al-Ghamedi and
Mohammad bin Faye al-Za’bi, who were all killed on the “southern
authorities rarely admit the kingdom’s military casualties. The kingdom has a
policy of withholding information on the casualties it has suffered during the
war on Yemen.
report by Reuters published in April last year said that at least 400 Saudi
soldiers had been killed in the cross-border fire since the start of the Saudi
aggression against Yemen more than two years ago.
early April, Arabic-language Yemen Watch news agency reported that nearly 120
Saudi troopers had been killed in dozens of sniper operations carried out by
Yemeni army soldiers, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees.
Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network, citing an unnamed military official,
said that Yemeni forces, backed by fighters from the Houthi Ansarullah
movement, launched an attack against Saudi-led mercenaries in Hays area in
Yemen’s western province of Hudaydah.
added that the attack inflicted heavy human and material losses on the invading
reports said that the Yemeni soldiers managed to destroy at least three
Saudi-led military vehicles.
Arabia and some of its allies, including the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, and
Sudan, launched a brutal war against Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to
reinstall Yemen’s former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi
and crush the country’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement, which has played a
significant role, alongside the Yemeni army, in defending the impoverished nation.
aggression initially consisted of a bombing campaign but was later coupled with
a naval blockade and the deployment of ground forces to Yemen. Some 15,000
Yemenis have so far been killed and thousands more injured.
than 2,200 others have also died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what
the United Nations has described as the world’s worst
imposed war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s
infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN has said that a record 22.2
million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4 million threatened by
Israeli regime has approved plans for the construction of 31 new settler units
in the occupied West Bank in grave contravention of international law and a
United Nations Security Council resolution against the Tel Aviv regime’s
land grab policies in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Now, an Israeli anti-settlement group that monitors settlement activity in the
West Bank, said on Sunday that the units will be built in the southern West
Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron), located 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of Jerusalem
the first time in more than 20 years, Hebron will have a new Jewish
neighborhood where a military camp once stood,” Israel's
minister for military affairs,
Avigdor Lieberman, said after a weekly cabinet meeting.
said in a statement that the project will comprise 31 settler homes and two
is an important step in the global activity which we are carrying out to
reinforce settlements in Judea and Samaria,” Lieberman
Now said in a statement that the land on which the settler homes will be built
legally belongs to the Palestinian municipality of al-Khalil.
than a month before US President Donald Trump took office, the United Nations
Security Council adopted Resolution 2334, calling on Israel to “immediately
and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian
territories, including East Jerusalem” al-Quds.
600,000 Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967
Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East
want the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinian state with East
Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital.
last round of Israeli-Palestinian talks collapsed in 2014. Among the major sticking
points in those negotiations was Israel’s continued settlement expansion on
backtracked on Washington’s support for a “two-state solution”
earlier this year, saying he would support any solution favored by both sides.
Palestinian workers have reportedly sustained injuries after an Israeli settler
ran them over in the western part of the occupied West Bank.
sources, requesting anonymity, told Arabic-language Ma’an
news agency that the victims, identified as Oqab Raji Mahmoud Abed al-Hafith
and Ameer Hayel Raji, were struck near the village of Kafr Laqif, located 22
kilometers southwest of Nablus, on Sunday afternoon.
pair was transferred to a nearby hospital to receive medical treatment.
said Hafith had suffered serious injuries in the head, while Raji has sustained
moderate injuries to his head and shoulder.
have been scores of “hit and run” incidents targeting Palestinians in
different parts of the occupied West Bank, with most of them largely going
uninvestigated by Israeli authorities. Some of such events have resulted in
March 11, 16-year-old Rushdi Yasser al-Khatib was struck on the road linking
the towns of Hizma and 'Anata northeast of the occupied Old City of Jerusalem
medics said the teenager had suffered a fractured skull and bruises all over
attack Palestinian vehicles with stones near Nablus
a group of Israeli settlers have attacked Palestinian vehicles south of Nablus.
Daghlas, the Palestinian Authority (PA) official in charge of monitoring
Israeli settlement policy in the northern part of the West Bank, said the
settlers pelted the cars with stones on the road linking Nablus to Ramallah.
There were no immediate reports of casualties.
Friday, Aisha Muhammad Talal al-Rabi, 47, a mother of eight children, was
killed and her husband suffered injuries after Israeli settlers hurled rocks at
their vehicle near the Zaatara checkpoint in Nablus.
tag attacks are acts of vandalism and violence against Palestinians and their
property as well as Islamic holy sites by Israeli settlers.
scholars gathered on Sunday to discuss problems facing the Muslim world at a
conference titled “The Muslim Ummah,” using the Arabic word
at the opening session, Sami A. Al-Arian, the center’s
director, said that the conference was “the embodiment of some of the problems
that we see across the Muslim world.”
conference will discuss “four problems that the Muslim world is
facing today,” namely sectarianism, secularism, nationalism, and colonialism,
his part, Mehmet Bulut, the university’s rector, said those issues “continue to
exert incredible pressure
and influence on the lives and destinies of Muslims across the world.”
is not only essential that we know how to understand, express, and outline these
multilateral problems but it is also incumbent upon us thinkers, researchers,
scholars, and academics to articulate some of these potential ways by which we
-- and by that I mean we as citizens of the world -- can begin to advance
solutions,” he added.
problems we face as Muslims are not easy ones to discuss. They are even harder
to solve,” he
Safi of the College of Islamic Studies at Qatar’s Hamad Bin
Khalifah University said that challenges that Muslim societies face today are
many and growing more complicated by the decade.
is our duty to shed light and clarify the picture, to bring clarity because
defining the issues … forces understanding of what is going
on, [which] is the most important step in addressing and moving toward a better
future,” he said.
am always optimistic, I think the entire Muslim world has been going through
tough times, to say the least, but I see under the surface many currents that
give a lot of hope and optimism,” he added.
are changes,” he said, stressing “the level of
is to me the most of important level of change because that is where all the
the conference, Halil Berktay of Istanbul’s Ibn Haldun University made a
presentation titled “Muslim Societies & the Legacy of Colonialism: What
History Tells Us
Berom Educational and Cultural Organisation (BECO) has urged the Sultan of
Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar to caution Islamic bodies
under his leadership in the country to stop promoting ethnic hatred and
branding the Berom as Christian terrorists and cannibals.
group lamented that notable Islamic bodies such as Nigerian Supreme Council for
Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Supreme Council for
Sharia in Nigeria (SCSN), the Jama’atul Nasril Islam (JNI), under the watch
of the Sultan, had
insulted the Beroms and described them as ‘Christian terrorists’ and a ‘bunch of
evil and deadly ethnic supremacists with brazen show of cannibalism’.
was reacting to the press conference addressed by one Prof. Salisu Shehu and
Ishaq Akintola for the Islamic bodies with captions such as, ‘Matters
arising from the Plateau’, ‘Stop Berom Terrorists now’ and ‘Berom Christians,
the real terrorists’, through its Vice President, Da Iliya Choji Kim, saying it
takes serious exception to the allegations.
said, “It is unbelievable and indeed ungodly that highly regarded
Islamic bodies under the leadership of His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto,
Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, can fall to the low ebb of becoming abusive on
bodies have chosen to malign and unscrupulously label an entire ethnic
nationality as ‘a bunch of evil and deadly ethnic
supremacists’ whose brazen show of cannibalism astounded the world”.
we wish that these Islamic bodies stood up for true religion that considers
human life sacred and upholds the tenets of justice to all for the promotion of
peace and peaceful coexistence without prejudices to ethnicity, religious
differences or social status.
recent, the Berom nation has been inundated with an avalanche of hate speeches,
write-ups, press releases, conferences and even protests by some groups and
individuals within and outside Nigeria.
among them are the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Muslim
Rights Concern (MURIC), Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria (SCSN), the Jama’atul
Nasril Islam (JNI), with various captions such as, ‘Matters arising from the
Plateau’, ‘Stop Berom Terrorists now’ and ‘Berom Christians, the real
Berom nation takes serious exception to this smear campaign which is aimed at
demonizing the Berom, heightening religious hatred and intolerance.
us, these narratives are largely blatant lies, others contradictory in terms,
misleading or merely the figments of the authors’ imagination.
is obvious that the purpose of all the write-ups is to change the well-known
narrative of sustained Fulani aggression and territorial expeditions against
would appear logical from their narration, therefore, to continually brutalise,
dispossess, displace and massacre innocent and defenceless peasants, women and
said none of these accounts made reference to the past and present losses of
the Berom in terms of lives, crops, farmlands, sacked communities and the
displaced currently languishing in make-shift camps as IDPs.
dare to ask, who killed Rev. Bitrus Manjang, the then retired Vice President,
Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) in Rim village?
the killers of Distinguished Senator Gyang Dalyop Dantong or that of Hon. Gyang
Fulani, the then-Majority Leader of the Plateau State House of Assembly been
brought to justice, not to talk of the killers of a First Class Chief in Bokkos
LGA, Da Lazarus Agai, the Saf Ron Kulere?
we forgotten so soon, several massacres (genocide?) of Dyenburuk (Dogo Nahawa),
Gashish and Riyom in June 2018 and most recently, Loh-Pamdyet, where thousands
of innocent lives have been wasted?
find it very dubious to isolate the unfortunate disappearance of Major Gen.
Idris Alkali and treat it outside the context of security challenges
bedevilling Plateau State now for nearly two decades.”
said the Beroms have lost about 400 persons in four months in Riyom,
Barkin-Ladi and Jos South Local Government areas of Plateau state during
insisted that no matter the terror and killings of the Berom people, not a
single inch of Berom land shall be ceded to Fulani occupiers and their cohorts,
neither will the people succumb to the wishes of paid political surrogates and
thugs called Rotdunna Sekat, who called for the deposition of a highly revered
First Class Royal Father, His Majesty Da (Dr.) Jacob Gyang Buba and the arrest
of former Plateau State Governor, Distinguished Senator Jonah David Jang as
accomplices to the attacks and killings in their own land against their own
intriguing is the ignorance being feigned that there are no Muslims amongst the
Berom when in fact, thousands of them are indeed devout Muslims, with some
highly placed as Sheiks and Khadis.
on earth do we excuse Professor Salisu Shehu and Ishaq Akintola if they both
claim not to know that the urban setting and cosmopolitan nature of Jos, the
Plateau State capital demands a higher level of responsibility on any
statements involving criminality?”
border crossing between Jordan and Syria will reopen on Monday after being
closed for three years, the two countries said on Sunday after weeks of talks.
Syrian government retook the area around the border crossing at Naseeb in July
during a weeks-long Russian-backed offensive to drive rebels from their
stronghold in southwest Syria.
teams from the two countries met on the Jordanian side on Sunday and agreed on
the final arrangements to open the crossing from Oct. 15, said Jordanian
government spokeswoman Jumana Ghunaimat.
although the crossing will be officially opened on Monday, it will not open to
normal traffic just yet, said Nael Husami, head of the Amman chamber of
industry. Syrian state television also cited Interior Minister Mohammed
al-Shaar as saying the border crossing and roads leading to it were being
king vows to fight corruption after protests
King Abdullah II
on Sunday vowed authorities would crack down on corruption in the country,
following mass protests against graft and price rises earlier this year.
Jordanians have an equal right to justice, and corruption will not be left
unaddressed to become a chronic social illness,” the king
said in a speech to mark the opening of parliament in Amman.
hereby affirm that the state’s institutions are well capable of
uprooting corruption and holding to account those who dare to encroach on
of Jordanians hit the streets at the start of June to protest against
corruption, price rises and austerity measures.
week of mass demonstrations forced the prime minister’s
resignation and the withdrawal of a controversial income tax bill.
a lack of natural resources to boost state coffers, Jordan relies heavily on
foreign aid and faces an unemployment rate of 18.5 percent.
Amman secured a $723-million loan from the International Monetary Fund, but the
resultant economic reforms led to price hikes.
king on Sunday acknowledged “dissatisfaction with the way current
challenges are being addressed”.
process of development in Jordan, as in other countries, has been marred by
some mistakes and challenges, which we must learn from, resolve, and prevent
from reoccurring, so that we may move forward,” he said.
put the current situation down to “a weakening (of) public trust in
government institutions, as well as an atmosphere of skepticism”.
in Jordan is seen as fundamental to the region and in the wake of protests
Amman was offered a $2.5 billion aid package from three Gulf backers.
Kenya: Somalia on Sunday marked the first anniversary of one of the world’s
deadliest attacks since 9/11, a truck bombing in the heart of Mogadishu that
killed well over 500 people, while the man accused of orchestrating the blast
was executed by a
people gathered at a new memorial with prayers and a minute of silence, the
deputy prosecutor general of the Somali military court, Capt. Mumin Hussein,
confirmed the execution of Hassan Aden Isaq. It was the first under the country’s
president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.
of the bombing are still raw in a country that has faced decades of deadly
warlord-led chaos and attacks by the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabab extremist group.
The Oct. 14, 2017 bombing was so devastating that Al-Shabab never claimed
responsibility amid local outrage.
new UN envoy to Somalia, Nicholas Haysom, on Sunday called it “the
deadliest ever terrorist attack in Africa, and such terrorist attacks amount to
a war crime.”
my mind, it feels like it has happened just yesterday,”
said Sadiya Mohamed, a 49-year-old who lost her eldest son. He is among
hundreds of people still missing. “I can barely get sleep since that dark day.
He was everything for us,” she said.
government declared Oct.
14 as a national day to remember victims of all “terrorist”
bombings across the Horn of Africa nation.
Sunday, the fatigues-wearing president traveled to the coastal town of Marka to
mark the anniversary with a military brigade formed by young men who
volunteered for service after last year’s attack, presidential spokesman Abdinur
Mohamed told The Associated Press. The brigade is named after the bombing.
now look to the future with a mixture of sorrow and hope.
believe the global attention to the attack and outpouring of grief should bring
much-needed assistance for the fragile central government and security forces,
who in the next few years are expected to take over the country’s
security from African Union peacekeepers.
was a big test for the international community’s seriousness
in helping Somalia to move forward,” said Ahmed Mohamed, a former lawmaker.
officials have said they did not even have the DNA testing tools to help
identify the dead, and accused the US and Britain of not responding to appeals
ahead of the attack for further technical assistance and intelligence-sharing.
United States, which has targeted Al-Shabab with dozens of airstrikes and
increased its military presence in Somalia since early 2017 to about 500
personnel, on Sunday recalled the “sickening attack” and said the US would
continue to collaborate to “overcome terrorism and promote stability and
many of the victims’ loved ones, the day was simply one to
living with the reality of not having your father dead or alive,”
said Mohamed Sheikh, a 17-year-old rickshaw driver whose father is among the
missing. “That memory keeps haunting me each day and night.”
bombing shattered one of Mogadishu’s busiest business districts. Reconstruction has
begun but many buildings in the area still lay in ruins.
of those killed were civilians going about their daily lives when the truck
that had been trying to force its way through heavy traffic exploded.
officials have said they had advance warning about an incoming vehicle but had
no idea about the large amount of explosives it carried.
had been trailing the car bomb before it was detonated but he sped through a
traffic jam and unfortunately reached the site,” said Abdullahi Sanbalolshe,
Somalia’s former intelligence chief.
the shock of the blast, hospitals and officials pleaded for Mogadishu residents
to donate blood. Many pushed cultural hesitations aside and got in line.
survivors say the attack changed their lives forever.
regained consciousness and found myself on a hospital bed with serious burns on
nearly all of my body,” said Yusuf Ahmed, a shopkeeper who lost
his wife in the blast.
— Christian and Muslims leaders in Northern Nigeria have
appealed to the Boko Haram sect not to kill Leah Sharibu, one of the Dapchi
school girls it abducted .
religious leaders urged the group to release Miss Sharibu and other captives
being held, adding that they are innocent.
at a press conference held in Abuja at the weekend, the religious leaders
represented by the chairma of 19 Northern States and FCT of the Christian Association
of Nigeria (CAN), Rev Yakubu Pam and the Imam, Apo Legislative Quarters Mosque,
Sheikh Mohammed Nuru Khalid, said it was improper to release other students
without Leah Sharibu.
two major religion and traditional rulers are here to talk about peace. But we
are also here to talk about the abduction of innocent teenagers most
especially, Leah Sharibu. We've heard what the abductors have said and that is
why we are here as religious leaders and traditional rulers to appeal to their
conscience to release her," Pam said.
to the Northern States CAN chairman, the families, her mother and other well
meaning Nigerians are crying, begging for her release.
are pleading please, for the sake of God, let them release this girl that is
very innocent. With her release, Nigerians will appreciate it. They fixed a
dateline for their execution but we are pleading for them to be lenient and
release her and other adoptors.
are talking as religious leaders and we want her abductors to please release
her," Pam said.
his part, the Imam, Apo Legislative Quarters Mosque Abuja, Sheik Mohammed Nuru
Khalid, who said the two main religions are concerned about the safety of Leah
Sharibu and other abductees, appealed to them to release them including Leah
are worried about her because she was adopted with several other children who
have been released.
people accused of a fatal attack at a KwaZulu-Natal Shia mosque and the
placement of several explosive devices at Durban shopping centres are expected
to appear before the Verulam Family Court on Monday.
case was postponed for seven days when they appeared in court last Tuesday to
allow the Hawks to conduct the ID parade.
19 accused appeared in camera (in private) in the same court last Monday and
Tuesday. The court ordered that their names, nationalities, age and gender cannot
be published at this stage.
media and the public were also barred from attending the case.
accused face 14 charges including murder, attempted murder, arson, extortion
and the violation of Pocdatara (The Protection of Constitutional Democracy
Against Terrorist and Related Activities Act).
spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the charges related to 11 cases.
said they expected the accused's lawyers to apply for bail on Monday.
items were confiscated when the accused were arrested, including a ready-made
said someone who was allegedly found chained and malnourished inside a dungeon
in one of the houses where the accused were arrested, was recuperating well at
a Durban hospital.
did not give further information for "security reasons".
May this year, the Imam Hussain Mosque in Ottawa, Verulam, north of Durban, was
attacked by three knife-wielding men.
agencies at the Kenya-Somalia border are on high alert after reports indicated
that Al Shabaab militants could be planning a major attack. Agencies operating
in the border area have been put on standby due to reports that the terrorists
were gathering in El-Ade area.
spokesman Charles Owino yesterday said officers had identified a suspect in
last week's attack in which three teachers were killed in Arabia area, Mandera
County. He named the suspect as Hassan Hodey a Somali national from Damasa, “Security
agencies are also on alert for any possible attack by the militants targeting
security installations and any other soft targets along the border between Mandera and Elwak,”
he said. He added that in the past two weeks, the militants had been converging
close to the Kenyan border. The buildup has been evident in Hola, Dura,
Jidahaley, Juma and Ilkabere.
militants' movement towards the Kenyan border is attributed to the ongoing
purge on their bases in Somalia by the African Union Mission in Somalia
(AMISOM). Mr Owino asked the public, particularly the people living along the
border, to remain vigilant and report any suspicious movement by individuals or
groups to the nearest security personnel. On October 11, an operation in El-Ade
centre left 20 Al Shabaab militants dead and two vehicles mounted with machine
Pakistan — Those convicted of dishonoring the Prophet
Muhammad or desecrating the Koran in Pakistan face the death penalty —
one of the harshest punishments in the Islamic world.
the harshness doesn’t stop at the South Asian’s country’s
borders. Many Pakistanis, whose nation
was birthed as a harbor and homeland for South Asia’s
Muslim population, say they expect the same punishments to apply to non-Muslims
diplomatic rift opened between Pakistan and The Netherlands after populist
right-wing Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders announced in June a Prophet Muhammad
cartoon competition with a $10,000 prize. The contest, now canceled, was
clearly designed to provoke Muslims, who rioted in the past after Muhammed
caricatures appeared in foreign newspapers. About 200 people submitted cartoons
before Mr. Wilders‘ November deadline. Others in the Muslim
world expressed disapproval of the stunt, but the reaction was far sharper in
news of Mr. Wilders‘ contest spread, demonstrators in
Pakistan called to sever diplomatic
ties with the Dutch government.
the demonstrations was cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi, whose far-right political
party, Tehreek-e-Labbaik, aims to protect “the honor of the prophet.” Confident
after garnering 2 million votes in the July parliamentary elections, Mr. Rizvi took to
the streets and asked the government to launch a missile strike against the
only way to stop the release of blasphemous cartoons is through jihad,”
Mr. Rizvi said at a rally at Data Darbar, a Sufi Muslim shrine in Lahore. “Pakistan
should end diplomatic ties with Netherlands. We demand the government to launch
Ghauri missile on Holland.”
followers agreed. “Dutch are kafirs” — nonbelievers, said
Muhammad Tayab, a public school teacher in Lahore. “They dared to humiliate our prophet.
They should all be killed for hurting our religious sentiments.”
Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the contest but tried to calm angry
constituents with a video statement saying people living in the West didn’t
“have their own way of looking at their religions, while we
look at it in a very different way,” said Mr. Khan, adding that he would raise
the issue at the U.N. General Assembly.
with India and the Kashmir dispute, blasphemy has long been the hot-button
political issue domestically. The country is sharply divided over the case of a
Christian mother of four who would be the first woman put to death under the
country’s draconian blasphemy laws.
Pakistani Supreme Court last week heard an appeal for mercy in the case of Asia
Bibi, accused of making derogatory remarks about Islam after her Muslim
neighbors complained about her drinking water from their glass. Global
Christian groups have condemned the sentence, and a leading hard-line Islamist
group warned of “terrible consequences” if the execution
is not carried out.
late August, Dutch police in The Hague arrested Junaid Iqbal Gujjar, a
26-year-old Pakistani who threatened to attack Mr. Wilders and the Dutch
Parliament to stop the cartoon contest. In a Facebook video, he vowed to send
the Dutch politician “to hell.”
am a true lover of prophet,” Mr. Gujjar said in the video, adding
that he needs support and help from other Muslims to achieve his goal. “I have come here from France and
will not return until I reach to the person who is conducting the competition.”
Wilders canceled the competition the next day.
Pakistani government claimed victory. “The cancellation of the blasphemous
contest is a great
moral victory of Muslim [community],” said Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood
Mr. Wilders warned on Twitter, “Don’t claim victory too soon Pakistan
government, I am not finished with you yet. I will expose your barbarism in
many other ways.”
episode reflects Pakistan’s unique — and uniquely aggressive —
stance against perceived slights and blasphemy targeting the national religion.
2005, Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published 12 satirical cartoons of the
Prophet Muhammad. The same set of cartoons was reprinted in 2006 by some
publications in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and
several other European countries.
reaction was violent in Egypt, Afghanistan and other Muslim-majority countries,
but the fury was particularly intense in Pakistan, which was engulfed in
looted storefronts of the Norwegian phone company Telenor, KFC fast-food
restaurants and Western banks. Several people died in the violence. A Pakistani
cleric, Maulana Yousaf Qureshi, announced a $1 million bounty and a car for
anyone who killed the Danish cartoonists. Denmark closed its embassy because of
10 years later, French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo printed cartoons of
the Prophet Muhammad. Protests again broke out in Pakistan, with thousands
thronging the streets, leading to clashes with police.
say the intense reaction is rooted in Pakistan’s history. The country was
formed along with India in the breakup of colonial British rule, a partition
that uprooted an estimated 14 million people and killed an estimated 1 million
to 2 million people. “Since independence from India in 1947,
Pakistan has made
religion, rather than a more inclusive, multicultural and more secular state
narrative, it’s raison d’etre both at home and abroad,”
said Farahnaz Ispahani, a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for
Scholars in Washington who specializes
in Pakistan’s minorities.
Khan has used the blasphemy issue to improve his standing among voters, she
said. Now he needs to follow through with his rhetoric and condemn anyone who
appears to trespass against the rule.
present and past governments live entrapped by jihadi rhetoric and the Islamist
mindset that believes the world would be better off cast in its image,”
accuse Pakistan’s political and religious establishment
of stoking popular anger of perceived insults to Islam abroad.
Pirzada, a pop singer who was not even aware of Mr. Wilders‘
competition, tweeted that “freedom of expression can never justify blasphemy.
We strongly protest against disrespect of our beloved prophet in France. The
sketchmakers must be hanged immediately.”
legal analyst at the Pakistan International Commission of Jurists, Reema Omer,
noted that Christians and other religious minorities are most likely to run
afoul of the country’s blasphemy laws.
said the country’s supreme court and the National Commission for Human
Rights raised concerns about the misapplication of the law but added that
officials had done little to follow up with those worries.
seems unlikely,” she said.
Khan’s support for the laws would only erode Pakistan’s standing abroad, she said.
current government’s pretense that its extremist positions
will somehow bring the rest of the world round to its point of view will only
isolate Pakistan further,” Ms. Ispahani said.
Pakistani and Afghan forces exchanged fire on Sunday about 60km north of the
border town of Chaman, with the clash lasting several hours.
officials confirmed the incident and said Afghan troops opened fire on Pakistani
personnel who were erecting a fence along the border in the Tandah Dara
Sarochahan area. There were no reports of casualties in the clash.
the incident, Pakistani border authorities closed the Friendship Gate near
Chaman, leaving thousands of people stranded on both sides of the Pak-Afghan
to sources, Afghan security personnel had been converging onto the border area
for the last several days and on Sunday afternoon they began firing towards the
Pakistani troops who were busy erecting the fence. Pakistani troops returned
the fire. According to some sources, Afghan troops exchanged harsh words with
Pakistani military men before opening fire on the latter.
exchange of fire continued for around five hours,” a local
journalist, Niamatullah Sarhadi, told Dawn from Chaman.
exchange of fire ended in the evening, said officials. “The
firing stopped late
in the evening but the situation is still tense,” they said,
adding that Pakistani officials had deployed more troops to the area.
has been erecting a fence along its western border to stop illegal influx of
terrorists and smugglers from Afghanistan who often use infrequent routes to
enter Pakistan. Pakistan has already informed the Afghan government of its
decision to build a border fence.
Afghan officials in the Spin Buldak area raised objections to Islamabad’s
decision. Afghan officials
visited Chaman a few months ago to hold talks with Pakistani officials on the
Pakistani and Afghan border officials reopened the Friendship Gate in the
evening after mediation by Muhammad Asghar Khan, a member of the Balochistan
Hanif | Xari Jalil
Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and other speakers at a
session of the Asma Jahangir Conference 2018 on Sunday called upon all
political parties to resist attempts to undermine or undo the 18th Amendment so
as to protect civil liberties and rights of the provinces hard won through this
change in the Constitution.
federal subjects were devolved to the provinces through this amendment which
had also plugged constitutional spaces for martial laws and their validation by
courts. Its withdrawal or undermining would directly impact provincial autonomy
and civil liberties. Therefore, all attempts against the amendment should be foiled,
the speakers said.
Bhutto-Zardari said the PPP had always respected the Constitution and its
authority, adding that by bringing the 18th Amendment the party had sought to
protect the Constitution and rule of law while strengthening the federation and
giving the provinces their due share. He warned against rolling back the 18th
Amendment and the National Finance Commission Award.
Asma Jahangir, he said “when injustice took place, her voice was
the loudest and now there is deafening, deafening silence”.
the son and political heir of Benazir Bhutto, I hold Asma’s
principles as a
shining light, and promise to fight for constitutional empowerment. This is a
debt that we owe to both Benazir Bhutto and Asma Jahangir and we will succeed,
lest we be left at the mercy of dangerous duffers.”
PPP chairman also spoke about an array of issues that he said were plaguing the
country. “Today a ‘selected’ government desperately
seeks to lose all the democratic milestones we have covered,” he said. “Our media
is under assault and is facing unprecedented censorship; human rights are in danger and rule of law has
been discarded thanks to populism. Theatrics have triumphed over substance.”
said democracy faced serious threats not only from unelected sources but also
from “so-called democrats”. The supremacy of parliament and the
sanctity of the
Constitution were under attack, he said.
mentioned the ‘unlevel playing field’ given to almost
all parties during the 2018 elections which he said ended up in giving the
country an ‘incompetent government’ that dabbled in ‘Chandanomics’, pushing the country to instability.
Politics had been replaced by hysteria and abuse, he added.
is lack of policy and inconsistency, and through constant U-turns have failed
to inspire confidence,” he said. “The objective of the present
government seems to
be to establish a fascist one-party dictatorship where criticism is treated as
a crime and opposition is threatened with intimidation.”
Bhutto-Zardari also criticised the judiciary, saying that it was unfortunate
how they were more concerned by trivialities rather than giving people justice.
Constitution does not begin or end with the judges and the courts would do well
to remember this,” he said. “We need to re-examine the same
judiciary and the vast powers given to judges under Article 183-4 need to be questioned.”
senator and rights activist Afrasiab Khan Khattak said the subcontinent was
divided twice — first in 1947 (partition) and then in
1971 (fall of Dhaka) on the provincial autonomy issue. Pakistan used the
colonial model of nation
building till 1971 and the democratic model afterwards. Politicians made the
1973 Constitution, but it was never accepted by the establishment as it wanted
said the 18th Amendment that empowered the provinces came in the light of the
Charter of Democracy of 2006. It empowered the provinces, Senate and Council of
Common Interests, protected human rights and disallowed Constitution’s
subversion, suspension or holding it in abeyance and court validation of such
actions. The major thing nevertheless
was an increase in provincial share in the federal divisible pool and this was
hurting the quarters concerned, he added.
you subvert the 18th Amendment, we will demand the instrument of parity which
was used for Bengal. We would demand more seats in parliament on the basis this
principle of parity,” he said, praising Asif Ali Zardari for
surrendering president’s powers to dissolve the assembly.
Farhatullah Babar mentioned the reported statement of the army chief on the
18th Amendment and said
there were apprehensions that the powers given to the marginalised provinces
under the 18th Amendment could be reversed. He said the steps that raised
eyebrows started in 2015 when Rs100 billion was spared for defence, adding that
courts were questioning the 18th Amendment whereas the Constitution did not
provide for it. He feared that the 18th Amendment and the NFC Award under it,
which had increased provincial allocations, might be bulldozed.
Bizenjo of the National Party praised Mr Zardari and former Senate chairman
Raza Rabbani for the 18th Amendment and said that an earlier such instrument
could have prevented dismemberment of Bangladesh.
said the establishment never accepted the 18th Amendment and claimed that
politicians were not left independent. They would have to decide whether they
should live under the silent takeover or not. Their silence would eliminate
them. They should fight against the takeover on political front. The spaces
provided by the 18th Amendment were being quietly encroached upon, he said.
former senator Taj Haider wondered if institutions in Pakistan were being
replaced by different form of fascism, adding that the slogans of change were
hollow and false and those raising them knew that it could not honour their claims.
said the 18th Amendment provided equal rights to the provinces on oil and gas
reserves, but the powers that be were saying that this clause was applicable to
new finds which had never been made ever since. There was a mention of federal
government’s financial constraints. The share of the
provinces in the divisible pool could not be reduced under the 18th Amendment,
but it was being said that the president could do it under the Constitution, he
sacrificed many people mainly Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto in our
long struggle. We must declare that the gains we have made through the 18th
Amendment shall never be compromised,” he said.
Salman Raja said the establishment’s recent dissatisfaction over the 18th
judgements on powers of the Centre and the provinces, attempts to realign
jurisdiction of the federal government and the procedure for appointment of
superior court judges were significant. These issues were settled in the 18th
Amendment but were once again touched upon, he added.
Akhtar Hussain said the Constitution needed further fine-tuning because it
denied equal rights to all citizens. Courts could not make laws, they were to
interpret these, he added.
The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and the Communist Party of China have
signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to strengthen party-to-party
an event held at the Foreign Office, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Chinese
minister Song Tao signed the MoU.
secretary general Arshad Dad, Senator Dr Shahzad Waseem and other party leaders
were present on the occasion.
MoU signing ceremony between Communist Party of China and Pakistan
Tehreek-i-Insaf to further strengthen party to party relations,”
Senator Shahzad Waseem tweeted after the event.
Qureshi tweeted: “China is an all weather friend and
strategic partner. We start a new chapter in our relations with the signing of
an MoU between PTI and the Communist Party of China. A regular exchange of ideas will help
both countries and political parties to combat the challenges we face today.”
two parties also agreed to exchange high-level delegations to further
understand each other, bring the two nations closer to each other and to
address the issues.
on Saturday, the Chinese delegation visited the PTI secretariat where it was
received by Arshad Dad.
Representatives of various non-Muslim groups have expressed concern over lack
of facilities to their children in the educational institutions.
reservations were expressed at a joint meeting of the minority groups here on
Sunday, according to a statement. Prominent among the participants were Bishop
Humphrey Sarfraz Peter, All Pakistan Hindus Rights Movement chairman Haroon
Sarabdiyal and former Bishop Emanuel Shalmi.
participants said in the past the children of non-Muslims had the opportunity
to avail scholarships, free books and other facilities through the missionary
educational institutions but currently the parents had to bear the entire
said in the prevailing situation where price hike was peaking and the people
with humble family backgrounds could not afford the increasing educational
expenditures it was duty of the missionary educational institutions to continue
providing support to the children so they could continue education with peace
the participants demanded increase in annual budget for minority groups and
spending of funds on the projects in consultation with the minority
having close links with the notorious terror outfit, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Shafiq
Mengal is contesting the October 14 by-elections on Khuzdar’s
Balochistan Assembly seat PB-40 — the home constituency of Balochistan National
Party-Mengal (BNP-M) chief Sardar
had contested and lost the July 25 general election on Khuzdar’s
National Assembly seat as an independent candidate, but this time, he is
competing against BNP-M leader Muhammad Akbar on a provincial assembly seat.
to the matter, BNP-M chief Akhtar Mengal tweeted, “Sorry
to hear that a fanatic extremist thief is allowed to contest elections in this
country in my hometown.”
he wins, he will do way worse than he’s already done,” Mengal warned, adding
that Shafiq “stands
no chance” if polls are fair.
to the initial unconfirmed results, BNP-M’s Akbar is leading the PB-40 tally
who allegedly formed Difa-e-Balochistan outfit, is accused of killing and
abducting the workers of Baloch nationalist parties; however, Shafiq denies
name also came to the fore when a mass grave was found in Khuzdar’s Tootak
area. According to the BBC, at least 20 eyewitnesses had told a judicial probe
that Shafiq was responsible for the coldblooded
murder of at least 17 persons, whose bodies were found in the mass grave.
provincial government had established a judicial tribunal soon after the
recovery of the mass grave in Totak area of Khuzdar in January 2014, after
Balochistan’s then chief minister Abdul Malik named Shafiq’s
death squad for the killings.
report, however, still needs to be released.
to a Reuters’ report, a would-be suicide bomber’s
confession helped them identify several key militants, including a suicide vest maker and the man who
oversees the network – Shafiq Mengal.
intelligence shows that he has 500-1,000 militants working under him and is
living in the mountains,” a senior police official was quoted as
2014, he was booked for alleged involvement in the May 25 attack on Levies
check post in Khuzdar district. The assault led to the deaths of eight
Balochistan Levies personnel.
the removal of Pakistan’s High Commissioner to United Kingdom Sahibzada Ahmed
Khan, the Foreign Office (FO) has moved a fresh summary to Prime Minister Imran
Khan for the appointment of new envoy to UK, with the name of former
spokesperson Nafees Zakaria on the top of the list.
Ambassador to Germany Johar Saleem, Naghmana Hashmi, ambassador to Belgium, and
Foreign Ministry Additional Secretary Zaheer Janjua are also named in the
list,” a source privy to the development told Daily Times on Sunday.
Ahmed Khan is currently in London, but he was not allowed to work as the high
commissioner that was why he did not accompany Army Chief General Qamar Javed
Bajwa during his recent meetings with top British defence officials.
FO had recommended appointment of Sahibzada Ahmed Khan as Pakistan’s
ambassador to Cuba, but the summary was not approved by the government.
journalist and analyst Kamran Shafi is currently serving as Pakistan’s
ambassador to Cuba. He was appointed by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif
three years ago
2015 on “political grounds”. His contract had expired in August 2018.
Pakistan’s Embassy in Havana was opened in 2007. It is a small mission
with only two officers – ambassador and another first secretary, who acts as
deputy head of the mission.
There is no Pakistani community in Havana at all except those students who are
studying in various Cuban medical universities.
to sources, Nafees Zakaria is likely to be appointed new high commissioner to
UK given his “good service record”. He had earlier served in the
Pakistan High Commission in London as deputy high commissioner. He had also
served as the consul general in Toronto and later as spokesperson for the
Foreign Office. The final decision will be made by the prime minister on the
recommendation of the Foreign Ministry for the new envoy to London.
Spreading a message of communal harmony, a Muslim family in Lucknow’s
Bakshi Ka Talab area has been organising Ramleela during Navaratri since last
Sabir Khan, who is the director of the play, has also been taking part in the
play since 1972.
Ramleela was started in 1972 and since then, both Hindus and Muslims have been
part of it. I started working on it when I was 13-year-old and since then, I
have been a part of it,” Khan said.
his two sons, and a grandson take part in the play with much zeal every year.
for unity between Hindus and Muslims, Khan said, “God did not
divide as Hindu and Muslims. We are all one, as brothers. Above all, we are a
nine-day festival of Navaratri began on October 10 and would go on till October
forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped during these days.
Spreading the message of communal harmony, Asgar Ali (48) comes every year to
the city all the way from Agra, to prepare the effigies of Ravan, Meghnath, and
Kumbhkaran. He is carrying forward the traditional business of his family,
which he had started at the age of 26. He has 25 artisans in his group, and he
prepares effigies for various management committees not only in Ludhiana, but
also for other states.
to TOI, Asgar Ali recalled: “I entered this profession because I liked
effigies, and I loved travelling. This profession gave me a chance to travel
across India. I had first of all prepared effigies in 1992 in Shimla, carrying forward
the legacy of my father and grandfather.” He said religion was no bar for art and culture, and he had earned his
livelihood by making these effigies.
politicians spread hatred among people of various religions just to further
their selfish aims, but for me, Dussehra is my bread and butter, as I work only
for only one month in a year,” he said, adding people should stop
believing politicians, and live in
love and harmony with each other.
said he had come to Ludhiana for the first time in 2004. Since then, he has
been preparing effigies for Daresi ground, Upkar Nagar Dussehra Committee,
Hambran Road, Dhandhran Road, and Iskcon Temple. He revealed he was also
preparing effigies in Panipat and Chandigarh. Regarding his visits to various
places, he said he had travelled across India, as he keeps getting orders from
various cities. He said his team had arrived in the city at least
one-and-a-half months ago to make the effigies and bring along material from
Delhi: He made sure he didn't miss out on his daily namaz while in jail but
also faithfully read the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads for solace and
strength, says former TV anchor Suhaib Ilyasi who was acquitted on charges of
murdering his wife this month.
from the heights of fame as a pioneer of crime shows in the country with
"India's Most Wanted" to finding himself as the accused in one of
Delhi's most high-profile murder cases, it has been a rough 18-year ride, said
reading of the Hindu scriptures helped see him through the darkest days behind
bars in Tihar Jail, added the 52-year-old, who describes himself as a
was sentenced to life imprisonment for stabbing his wife to Anu death in 2000
and was acquitted by the Delhi High Court on October 5, which ruled that it was
a case of suicide.
wife Anju was rushed to a hospital on January 11, 2000 with stab wounds she
received at her East Delhi residence. She was declared dead on arrival at the
hospital. Her mother and sister filed a case against him.
he spent most of the 18 years out on bail with the threat of prison hanging
like the proverbial sword of Damocles over his head, a trial court sentenced
him on December 20 last year.
moved the high court challenging his conviction and his faith in the judiciary
the trial court pronounced my conviction, for a moment I felt the ground
beneath my feet give way. However, I had full faith in the judiciary and was
sure that the truth will ultimately prevail.
inside the prison, one feels moments of endless wait, of uncertainty and
insecurity. It was in those moments that I found solace in the teachings of the
Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads," Ilyasi said.
were dark days, he recalled, but a reading of the scriptures and his innate
faith ensured that his positivity was not overpowered and he "emerged
stronger and wiser" from his nine months in captivity.
recited a verse from the Upanishads and said, "The teachings kept me
strong, positive and motivated." He turned into a hardcore vegetarian and
shared the teachings of the holy books with his fellow inmates.
they were shocked to hear a Musalman reciting Sanskrit 'shlokas' and explaining
their meanings. I am happy that I could share the wisdoms of the holy books
with them," said Ilyasi, adding that he offers namaz five times a day.
former investigative journalist, whose father Jameel Ilyasi was the head of the
All India Imams Organisation, is writing a book to make the teachings of the
Gita and the Upanishads easily understandable.
have gained a lot from the teachings of these two scriptures and now I want to
make them accessible to common people. I had started working on the project in
jail itself," Ilyasi, who also edited the prison's journal 'Shakti Times'
during his stay in the jail, said.
is a known fact that all religions, including Islam, have drawn inspirations
from the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads. In today's time, it is all the more
important that everybody, irrespective of religion, should know and understand
the real meaning of these epic scriptures. This will bring more unity and
harmony in society," the founder and editor-in-chief of Bureaucracy Today
entrepreneur has produced various programmes for India TV and Doordarshan,
directed and produced films and has a chain of pharmacies and supermarkets.
2016, the music launch of his film "Ghar Wapsi", in which Pakistani
ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali was making his acting debut, was scrapped following
threats from right-wing political parties, including the Shiv Sena.
various businesses kept him busy through the 18 years but it took a tremendous
toll on his personal life, said Ilyasi.
only did I have to fight to prove my innocence, I also had to fight a legal war
with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law for my daughter Aaliya's custody? The
contention was to take Aaliya's custody on the basis of the murder allegations.
However, they were not successful as the honourable court allowed Aaliya to
stay with me," he said.
who has remarried and has a son, nine-year-old Mihran, wants Aaliya, now 21, to
host "India's Most Wanted".
said he is gearing up to re-launch the show, which once dragged fugitive
criminals into the police dragnet. The dark days, he said, are behind him.
"Nothing can compensate for the time I have lost. There is no point
thinking about the past or the unseen future. I have learnt to live in the
Rohingya camps in India’s Haryana state, adjoining the capital,
New Delhi, lie far from the country’s northeast from where Indian authorities
deported seven Rohingya men to Myanmar earlier this month. But the first-ever
deportations have caused deep worries here of more repatriations of the Muslim minority that
fled persecution and violence in Myanmar.
it takes a tougher stand on illegal immigrants, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s
Hindu nationalist government has said it plans to send back the estimated
living in the country.
are scattered throughout India, living in dreary camps like the one lying off a
dusty road in Haryana’s most underdeveloped district, Mewat.
complaints in camp
one such camp, 45 families living in cramped shelters share one water pipe, the
children study in a makeshift school and the men sustain their families by
working as laborers on construction sites whenever they can find work.
nobody complains. The residents say they are willing to cope with the squalor
and lack of steady work in these camps that have provided a safe shelter for the
last six years from the constant fear they faced in their homeland.
harasses us in India. If we do some work, we can fend for our food. There is no
problem,” said Fatima
Hatu, who fled Myanmar with her husband in 2012.
the Rohingyas now worry about how long they can call this home. Ali Zohar, who
is the informal head of the settlement, fears the deportation of the seven
Rohingyas in India’s northeast has cleared the way for more to be sent back.
who says he was once a relatively prosperous landowner, is alarmed.
life has been ruined,” he said. “But what do I do about the
future of my children? Will they have to return back? My mind is tired thinking.”
pinned on UN card
in these camps are hoping that refugee cards given by the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees will protect them from a second displacement; about
half the Rohingyas in India are registered with the U.N.
seven Rohingyas who were deported did not have U.N. cards and had been detained
as illegal immigrants.
is why at an adjoining camp, Sultan Amin, keeps his U.N. card, his most prized
possession, locked away. Like many of the Rohingyas living in India, he came
from Bangladesh in search of better opportunities and so far the card has given
him the freedom to move around and work.
says his two brothers and mother, who could not leave Myanmar, tell him that
they still face harassment, and Amin believes that his life could be at risk if
he is repatriated.
escaped here to save myself,” he said. “How can I go back to be
has said, however, that it does not recognize the U.N. refugee cards. Officials
say all those who have entered the country without valid permits are illegal
immigrants and state authorities have been told to start collecting the
biometrics of Rohingyas so that they can be sent back.
Delhi calls them a security threat and has told the Supreme Court, where the
planned repatriations have been challenged, that some Rohingyas could be linked
with “Pakistan-based terror organizations and similar organizations
operating in other countries.”
far no member of the Rohingya community has been charged with militant links,
according to security experts although they say there are apprehensions that
they could be targets for radicalization.
plays a role
observers say Prime Minister Modi’s Hindu nationalist government’s plan to
deport the Rohingya Muslims represents a U-turn on India’s traditionally
tolerant policy towards refugees. For example, India is home to tens of
thousands of Tibetan refugees.
independent political analyst in New Delhi, Neerja Chowdhury, links the tougher
posture to general elections scheduled in 2019. There have been loud calls from
Hindu groups linked to the Bharatiya Janata Party to send back the Rohingyas.
if the discourse can be polarized on Hindu-Muslim lines, it is advantage BJP,”
refugees say all they want is a patch of land where they can have shelter and
where they can eke out a living.
my relatives and family there (in Myanmar) have been killed. When our country
is safe like India and Bangladesh, we will go back,”
said 30-year-old Noor Begum at a camp in Mewat.
MLA Sheikh Abdul Rasheed was detained Sunday for taking out a protest march
here in "solidarity" with Kashmiri students of the Aligarh Muslim
University (AMU)who were booked on sedition charges.
Kashmiri students of the university were booked Friday for sedition for
allegedly raising "anti-India" slogans and trying to hold a prayer
meeting for Hizbul Mujahideen commander Manan Bashir Wani, who was killed in an
encounter in north Kashmir Thursday. Rasheed, the MLA from north Kashmir's
Langate constituency, along with supporters of his Awami Ittehad Party (AIP)
took out a protest march from his official residence at Jawahar Nagar area
towards Lal Chowk city centre, a party spokesman said.
said the protestors were shouting slogans in favour of the students of the AMU
"who are being harassed constantly for offering in absentia funeral
prayers of Hizb commander Manan Wani".
spokesman said as the march reached near the Zero Bridge in the Rajbagh area,
policemen stopped the protestors and took the AIP chief into custody.
to reporters before the march, Rasheed said offering funeral prayers for
anyone, including Wani, was not a crime "but a fundamental religious
AMU administration has filed charges of sedition against Kashmiri students only
under pressure from local BJP leaders just to polarise the issue and gain
is being attributed to the students is absolutely false and baseless. The AMU
is a prestigious institution and the only aim to drag the university into
controversies is to interfere in the affairs of the varsity and abolish its
Muslim dominated character," he alleged.
MLA said Kashmiri students "are being targeted only for the reason that
they are Kashmiris and being a Kashmiri has become a crime in India".
Kashmiri stands with the students who are being subjected to mental torture and
harassment not only at the AMU but everywhere in India.
Singh Sidhu should join Imran Khan’s Cabinet,
spokesperson Sambit Patra Sunday took a dig at Punjab minister Navjot Singh
Sidhu, saying he should get himself inducted in Pakistan government’s
Cabinet as he repeatedly professes love for the neighbouring country. “The kind of love he (Sidhu)
exudes for Pakistan, the only advice which we can give is Sidhu please proceed
to become a part of Imran Khan’s cabinet,” Patra was quoted by PTI as
the Khushwant Singh Literature Festival in Kasauli last week, Sidhu drew an
analogy between visiting Pakistan versus south India. The minister implied that
Pakistan culture is more similar and familiar to Punjab than south India.
said when he travels to South India, “I can’t understand the language, it’s
just one or two words. Not that I don’t like the food, but I cannot have it for
a long time, the culture is totally different.”
the contrary, the Congress minister said, “When I go to Pakistan, the language is the same, like you
know, when you abuse in English 10 times, one abuse in Punjabi overpowers all.”
said this is the “conspiracy” of the Congress government to
divide the nation of the lines of north and south regions of the country.
depicts his mentality to divide north and south India and that is a strategy
being followed by the whole of Congress,” he added.
students studying in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) have threatened to leave
for their homes on October 17, if the sedition charges against three of them
are not dropped.
a letter to AMU vice-chancellor, AMU students union former vice-president
Sajjad Rathar said, “If this vilification does not stop, more
than 1,200 Kashmiri students will leave for their homes in the Kashmir Valley
on October 17 as a last option.”
the slapping of sedition charges as “vendetta”, Rathar said, “The option of
holding Namaaz-e-Janaza (prayer meeting)
in absentia was dropped after the AMU authorities did not give the permission.”
no prayer meeting was held as confirmed by all official agencies, the slapping a
case of sedition against three Kashmiri students is simply a vendetta,
harassment and denial of justice,” he said.
letter was handed over to AMU Proctor Mohsin Khan in presence of large number
of Kashmiri students at his office on Saturday night.
spokesman Shafay Kidwai, however, denied the Kashmiri students’
charges of harassment
and stressed that “no innocent would be framed”. Prof Kidwai
also made it clear that “there is zero tolerance for any anti-national activity
on AMU campus”.
Kashmiri students of AMU were booked on sedition charges for allegedly for
slogans and trying to hold a prayer meeting for Hizbul Mujahideen commander
Manan Bashir Wani on October 12 (Friday).
seven-year-old Wani, pursing a PhD course in Allied Geology at the AMU, had
quit the university and joined militant ranks in January this year. He was
killed in an encounter at Shatgund village in Handwara area of north Kashmir’s
Kupwara district on Thursday.
senior superintendent of police Ajai Sahni said police took the action (on
October 12) after a video surfaced, showing
the three Kashmiri students raising “anti-India” slogans.
Kidwai said show cause notices have been issued to nine students for trying to
hold an unauthorised gathering Thursday. “A three-member inquiry committee has been
set up to probe the incident.
It will submit a report in the next 72 hours,” he said.
three students were suspended from the AMU earlier.
AMU students from Kashmir had on Thursday (October 11) gathered near Kennedy
Hall on the campus to hold funeral prayers for Wani, following which the
varsity staff and the students union leaders had rushed to the spot and tried
to stop them.
heated exchange erupted between the students union leaders and the Kashmiri
students and they finally moved out of the area, Kidwai said, adding three
Kashmiri students were suspended for trying to hold the “unlawful”
said the university has made it clear that it has a zero tolerance policy for
any act which could even remotely be described as anti-national.
president Faizul Hasan had told PTI that he had always championed the cause of
freedom of speech but any act of treason or terror was unacceptable to the
said they will not allow the university to be defamed by any person who
indulges in such unlawful activity.
lawmaker from Aligarh, Satish Gautam said those who tried to hold a prayer
meeting for Wani on the AMU campus should be expelled.
for holding protest in solidarity with AMU students
MLA Sheikh Abdul Rasheed was detained on Sunday for taking out a protest march
here in “solidarity” with Kashmiri students of the Aligarh Muslim
University (AMU), who were booked on sedition charges.
to reporters before the march, Rasheed said offering funeral prayers for
anyone, including Wani, was not a crime “but a fundamental religious obligation”.
AMU administration has filed charges of sedition against Kashmiri students only
under pressure from local BJP leaders just to polarise the issue and gain
electoral dividends. Whatsoever is being attributed to the students is
absolutely false and baseless,” he alleged.
MLA said Kashmiri students “are being targeted only for the reason
that they are Kashmiris and being a Kashmiri has become a crime in India”.
judge K Ravinder Reddy, who delivered the Mecca Masjid blast case verdict and
resigned immediately, has joined the Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) led by Prof B
Kodandaram. Reddy was judge of NIA court and had resigned after acquitting all
five accused in the Mecca Masjid blast case on April 16 this year.
former judge S Srinivas Reddy also joined the TJS, which has joined the
Congress-TDP-CPI alliance in Telangana for the next Assembly polls.
to sources, Ravinder Reddy had earlier met BJP leaders and expressed his
interest in joining the party, but when there was no communication from the BJP
after two rounds of meetings, he met Kodandaram who welcomed him into the TJS.
Reddy may contest in the forthcoming elections, TJS sources said. Ravinder
Reddy, who was president of Telangana Judicial Officers Association, had led a
protest against judges from Andhra Pradesh origin continuing in the High Court
at Hyderabad even after bifurcation of the state.
Supreme Court had to intervene as the revolt halted all work and he was
suspended along with 10 other judges but were reinstated a month later.
ultra-nationalist monk -- dubbed the "Buddhist Bin Laden" -- on
Sunday condemned the international community for their calls to bring Myanmar's
generals to justice over the Rohingya crisis.
monk Wirathu, known as the face of Myanmar's Buddhist nationalist movement, was
speaking at a pro-military rally that attracted hundreds of supporters, his first
since being barred from giving public sermons last year.
ban, which ended in March, was issued by a council of senior monks who said
Wirathu had "repeatedly delivered hate speech against religions to cause
hate speech he espouses -- which includes calling the Rohingya Muslim minority
"Bengali" in an attempt to delegitimize their identity as being from
Myanmar -- has also caused Facebook to ban him from their platform.
hardline abbot on Sunday reverted to his signature rhetoric at the rally to
protest calls for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate
Myanmar's generals for genocide and crimes against humanity against the
Rohingya Muslim minority.
day when the ICC comes here...is the day that Wirathu holds a gun," he
said in a speech that often referred to himself in the third person.
lauded China and Russia in the UN Security Council as "nationalist giants
who stand with the truth" in their role of preventing any firm action
lie to the world saying that Bengalis are Rohingya because you want to promote
Islamisation in Myanmar," Wirathu said. "Don't destroy our country by
creating a fake ethnic group."
military has said their brutal crackdown -- which led to more than 720,000
Rohingya fleeing across the border carrying accounts of rape, arson and murder
-- was warranted for combatting terrorism.
much of the world has regarded the unfolding Rohingya crisis with horror, the
majority of people within Myanmar side with the military as the Muslim minority
group is widely detested.
supporters showed up in force at Sunday's march, with hundreds gathering in
front of downtown Yangon's iconic Sule Pagoda carrying giant portraits of army
chief General Min Aung Hlaing, who UN investigators say is the most
can't stand the bullying of the army chief and the Tatmadaw by the
international community," said protester Khine Thet Mar, 46, using the
Myanmar name for the military.
UN Human Rights Council voted last month to prepare for criminal indictments
over the atrocities in Myanmar.
Aung Hlaing has remained defiant in the face of international pressure, saying
that no country, organisation or group has the "right to interfere
in" Myanmar's sovereignty.
Afghanistan: Afghan officials say the Taliban have attacked an army base,
killing 17 Afghan soldiers and abducting 11 others.
Noorzai, the district chief in Pusht Rod, in the western Farah province, says
another four soldiers were wounded in the attack, which began late Saturday and
continued into Sunday morning.
says the Taliban also overran two checkpoints near the base, seizing weapons
Samad Salehi, a member of the provincial council in Farah, confirmed the death
toll and said the troops defending the base received no air support or
clash erupted among the Afghan and Pakistani borders along the Durand Line
close to Spin Boldak district of southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan on
to the local officials, the latest clash has erupted in Saro Sahan area located
between Spin Boldak and Shorabak districts.
officials further added that clash has erupted due to the circumstances
surrounding the fencing works by the Pakistani forces along the Durand Line.
received from the area of the incident suggest that sporadic clashes still
continue between the two sides.
Commander of the 4th Brigade of the Border Forces in Kandahar Colonel Aminullah
confirms that a clash has erupted between the two sides close to Spin Bodak
district along the Durand Line.
militant group Taliban have announced they will continue the so-called peace
talks with the United States, insisting however that no tangible agreement has
been reached in a first round of meeting in the Qatari capital of Doha.
spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement on Saturday that continuing
with the talks was mutually agreed in the Doha meeting a day earlier between
representatives of the group and delegation led by veteran US diplomat Zalmay
sides spoke (about) an end to the occupation and a peaceful solution to the
Afghan issue ... Both sides agreed to continue meeting in the future,”
said Mujahid, without elaborating.
Taliban sources described the Friday discussions as “detailed”, saying head of Taliban’s
Qatar office Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanakzai, led the group’s delegation to the
was an introductory meeting in which an eight-member US delegation held a
detailed meeting with members of our political office,”
a senior Taliban
Taliban official, requesting anonymity, said the talks were focused on US
military presence in Afghanistan, which the militants say is a main impediment
said Khalilzad, an Afghan-born US diplomat and a former Washington envoy to
Kabul, had requested a six-month ceasefire to be announced by the Taliban
before parliamentary polls on October 20.
Taliban source said the group asked in return for a mechanism that would lead
to the release of militants from Afghan jails.
side agreed to accept the other’s demands immediately, but they agreed to
meet again and find a solution to the conflict,” said the source, adding that
Khalilzad had called for the formation of special committees that could
facilitate the release
said Khalilzad was in Kabul on Saturday to brief Afghan President Ashraf Ghani
about his 10-day tour of four countries, namely Pakistan, the United Arab
Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, that could play a role in peace efforts on
Washington, which appointed Khalilzad special envoy for peace in Afghanistan,
did not confirm his meeting with the Taliban in Doha. It only said in a
statement that “All citizens of Afghanistan must be a
part of this reconciliation process”,
clearly a sign that Washington was approving of the talks with a group that has
been its main enemy in Afghanistan for the past 17 years.
United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to topple a government led by the
Taliban. The administration of US President Donald Trump is struggling to find
a way out of the costly conflict as the Taliban has managed to reassert itself
in several provinces by taking control of key areas.
LUMPUR, Oct 15 ― Perak Mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria has warned authorities
against allowing beer festivals, amid the regular annual backlash by Muslims
against Oktoberfest events this month.
mufti told Malay daily Sinar Harian that assisting the consumption of alcohol,
such as allowing beer festivals, is just “as sinful” as drinking it.
government cannot give permission, that is against the Constitution. They have
to understand that. Beer festivals cannot be allowed because the Constitution
says that Islam is the religion of the federation,”
he was quoted saying.
had also told non-Muslims to “respect all Islamic codes”, again citing
Islam’s position in the Constitution.
Harussani’s assertion, Article 3(1) of the Federal
Constitution also says that “other religions may be practised in peace and
harmony in any part of the federation”, and does not mean that non-Muslims are
subject to Islamic laws.
3(4) also states that the provision of Islam as the religion of the federation
does not derogate from any other provision, such as the freedom of assembly and
other civil liberties of citizens.
this permission is given] it’s the same as drinking beer then saying ‘I’m
not drinking beer’, because allowing [beer festivals] is subject to same code
it comes to drinking beer, those who buy, helping to buy or showing where to
buy, the sin is the same as drinking. Beer is the biggest of vice,”
the mufti was
report did not indicate if he elaborated on Islamic scriptures or arguments to
back his assertion.
regularly bring up Oktoberfest every year, and previous iterations of the event
were banned following complaints.
new Pakatan Harapan government has removed such restrictions, with authorities
now saying such events may proceed so long as they are not ostentatious and
remained clearly prohibited to Muslims.
freed 11 ethnic Uighur Muslims who fled to the Southeast Asian nation after a
Thai jailbreak last year because they did nothing wrong there, Malaysian Prime
Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Monday.
citing the men's lawyer, reported last week that Malaysia had released the 11
from detention and sent them to Turkey, disregarding China's request to hand
them to Beijing.
have done nothing wrong in this country, so they are released," Mahathir
said in brief comments to reporters in parliament, the first from the Malaysian
government since their release.
move was likely to strain ties with China, which have already been tested since
Mahathir won a stunning election victory in May and cancelled more than $20
billion worth of projects awarded to Chinese companies.
which had asked for their extradition, said on Friday that it
"resolutely" opposed Malaysia's decision to release the 11 Uighurs
and send them to Turkey.
in Muslim-majority Malaysia dropped charges against the Uighurs on humanitarian
grounds, their lawyer said.
men were detained and charged with illegally entering Malaysia after November's
daring prison break, during which they punched holes in a prison wall and used
blankets as ladders.
reported in February that Malaysia was under great pressure from China to send
the men there. Some Western missions sought to dissuade Kuala Lumpur from
sending them to China, which has been accused of persecuting Uighurs.
accuses separatist extremists among the Uighur minority of plotting attacks on
China's Han majority in the restive far western region of Xinjiang and
has been accused of rights abuses in Xinjiang, torture of Uighur detainees and
tight controls on their religion and culture. It denies wrongdoing.
LUMPUR, Malaysia – Malaysia's leader in waiting Anwar Ibrahim returned to
parliament as a lawmaker on Monday, October 15, and vowed to give former
nemesis Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad space to get on with running the
applauded as Anwar took the oath of office following his weekend local election
victory, a sight that would have been unthinkable just months ago when he was
an opposition leader languishing behind bars.
former deputy premier's remarkable political resurrection was triggered by his
alliance's shock election victory in May, which toppled a corruption-riddled
coalition that had ruled Malaysia for six decades.
the triumph, Anwar was pardoned and released from jail, where had been
imprisoned since 2015 on widely criticised sodomy charges, and is now the
presumptive successor to the country's leadership.
93, has pledged to hand power to Anwar within two years. The deal was struck
when the pair, whose up-and-down relationship has long loomed over Malaysian
politics, formed an unlikely alliance to take on the government of Najib Razak.
needed to be elected as an MP again to succeed Mahathir, and he cruised to a
thumping victory in Saturday's poll in Port Dickson, where his opponents
included a former aide whose sodomy accusations landed him in jail.
is the first time that Mahathir – who, during a first stint as premier,
sacked Anwar and had him thrown in jail – and his former foe have been in the
same government since the 1990s.
wearing a traditional black Muslim cap, brushed aside questions about when he
will become premier, and insisted he would let Mahathir have "the space,
the latitude" to get on with governing.
very important because some of the decisions that have to be made by the prime
minister and the cabinet are key, fundamental decisions of policy," the
71-year-old told reporters.
also insisted he would not take up a cabinet position.
has the potential to become a leader in the global Islamic community,
University professor of Indonesian society and culture Bernard Adeney-Risakotta
said at an event Oct. 2 in the Intercultural Center.
discussion, hosted by the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian
Understanding, centered on religion and democracy in Indonesia.
Adeney-Risakotta spoke about his new book, “Living in a
Sacred Cosmos: Indonesia and the Future of Islam,” which was published in
August and addresses the future of Islam in Indonesia. John Esposito, School of
professor and founding director of the center, moderated the event.
will likely influence Islamic discourse in the future because of the country’s
emphasis on preserving Islamic tradition, Adeney-Risakotta said.
time goes by, Indonesia is going to have a greater and greater influence on
Islam and on the rest of the world, because Indonesians —
many Indonesians — are not ashamed of Indonesian Islam. If anything, they think
it’s superior to Middle Eastern Islam,” Adeney-Risakotta said. “They do not think that Islam needs to
be cleansed from all traditions and cultural expressions. They think that it
needs to be preserved and strengthened.”
rising tide of radicalism is reshaping Indonesian Islam, according to
a lot of people
who are very concerned about what is happening,”
Adeney-Risakotta said. “There has been a rise, an increase in radicalism,
increase in polarization, increase in certain kinds of oppression.”
intellectuals’ focus on the radical elements of Indonesian Islam obscure the
more secular parts of Indonesian society, according to Adeney-Risakotta.
think most Western scholars and most Indonesianists, even Indonesian
Indonesianists, very often focus on the rise of radicalism, the rise of
intolerance, the rise of conservative Islam in Indonesia and the eclipse of
what used to be called the Abangan, or the […] less
observant Muslims in Indonesia,” Adeney-Risakotta said. “And I think the focus
on that may be really hiding some things that are extremely important for us to pay
has historically welcomed and tolerated religious diversity because of its
multireligious and multiethnic population, Adeney-Riskotta said.
was a crossroads for people from all over, and while Europeans powers fought
with each other constantly, Indonesia depended on trade —
being 17,000 islands, it depended on trade — and so it developed a long
tradition of tolerance,” Adeney-Riskotta said.
Indonesia remains culturally separate from what Adeney-Risakotta labels the
world’s four “Axial civilizations” — China, India, the Middle East
and the West — despite these civilizations’ influences on Indonesia’s history,
according to Adeney-Risakotta.
four Axial civilizations that laid the foundation for the modern world are all
deeply a part of Indonesia, but Indonesia has not become one with any of them,”
Adeney-Risakotta said. “It’s not part of China, it’s not part of the
Sinosphere, it’s not part of India, even though it was called the Dutch East
not part of Europe and it’s not part of the Middle East. It’s its own creation,
which has, I think, something to offer to the rest of the world.”
and Muslim leaders expressed on Sunday, solidarity with Saudi Arabia, affirming
its leading role in establishing security, stability, peace and enhancing
economic cooperation in the region and the world.
stances come on the heels of the systematic media campaign, which carries false
accusations to undermine the reputation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its
international standing on the backdrop of the disappearance of Saudi citizen
Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, Turkey on October, 2.
official source at the Arab League has confirmed the league’s
rejection of any threat or attempts to impose sanctions, or using political
pressures on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Organization of Islamic Cooperation
Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) welcomed the statement by the
official Saudi source, who affirmed Saudi Arabia's total rejection of “any
threats and attempts to undermine them, whether by threatening economic
sanctions, using political pressure or repeating false accusations that will
not harm the Kingdom and its staunch
and Arab stances.”
Jordanian government has affirmed the central role of the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia and its leading role in establishing security, stability and peace and
enhancing economic cooperation in the region and the world.
Minister Jumana Ghunaimat said in a press statement today that Jordan stands
with Saudi Arabia in the face of any rumors and campaigns aimed at it without
relying on facts.
stressed Jordan’s support for the Saudi position on the
giving reason and wisdom to the search for the truth, stressing the strong
strategic relations between the two kingdoms and Jordan’s
rejection of any targeting of the Kingdom and its role and status in the Arab
and Islamic worlds and the world as a whole.
Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International
Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates, affirmed the solidarity of the United
Arab Emirates with Saudi Arabia against anyone trying to compromise its
position and its regional status.
expressed the UAE’s total rejection of all attempts that
would harm Saudi Arabia’s fundamental role in establishing regional security
and peace and the kingdom’s Arab, Islamic and international reputation.
expressed his deep appreciation for the high standing and leadership of Saudi
Arabia; praised its position as a major force to ensure the security and
stability of the Arab and Islamic worlds and the region as a whole and praised
its positive role in all its initiatives and constructive policies that
contribute to regional and international security and development.
Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan stressed that the UAE’s
stance on the side of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in good and bad stems from
the bonds of sincere
brotherhood and deep-rooted affection, stressing that the politicized and
vicious campaign against the Kingdom ignores the rational and constructive
orientations of the Kingdom’s policies and that this incitement and
coordination among the parties to
this campaign will not succeed and will not be able to undermine the central
position of the Kingdom in the region and its main role in the axis of
rationality and moderation.
Spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt Ahmed Hafez said “Egypt
also warns against trying to exploit this issue (Jamal Khashoggi’s case)
politically against Saudi Arabia on arbitrary charges, and affirms its support
for the Kingdom in its efforts and positions to deal with this event.”
Speaker of the Arab Parliament Dr. Mishaal bin Fahm Al-Salami has affirmed his
full solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia against the systematic media
campaign, which carries false accusations to undermine the reputation of the
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its international standing on the backdrop of the
disappearance of Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi.
a statement issued today, the speaker said that all the media must adhere to
professionalism, take responsibility, play a positive role, verify the facts,
wait for the results of the investigation, and not follow the malicious plans
of the enemies that aims at undermining the reputation and status of a major
the same time, the speaker praised the role of responsible media to contribute
to the transfer of facts as they are.
Speaker of the Arab Parliament also highly praised Saudi Arabia’s
keenness to reveal the truth and set up a joint Saudi-Turkish team of
specialists to investigate the circumstances of the disappearance of Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi in
Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri expressed his solidarity with Saudi Arabia
in the face of the campaigns that target it.
position occupied by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the Arab and international
societies puts it in the ranks of the central countries entrusted with the
stability of the region and in support of Arab issues,”
he said in a press statement.
added that the campaigns against it constitute a breach of this stability and a
rejected call to drag the region towards further negative developments.
Sultanate of Oman
Sultanate of Oman has confirmed its support for the efforts of Saudi Arabia to
clarify the truth regarding the disappearance of the Saudi citizen Jamal
Khashoggi, calling for verification before issuing any judgements.
Sultanate’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement,
“Based on the strong brotherly relations between the Sultanate and its sister
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Sultanate has followed with interest the statement issued by the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia. The Sultanate supports the Kingdom in its
efforts to clarify the truth, and verification before any hasty, prior
judgments are made.”
Republic of Yemen affirmed its stance and full solidarity with the Kingdom of
Saudi Arabia against all those who attempt to undermine it, declaring its total
rejection of any attempt to breach the sovereignty and position of the Kingdom
of Saudi Arabia.
Republic of Djibouti expressed its full solidarity with the brotherly Kingdom
of Saudi Arabia against all those who seek to undermine it and to deprive it of
its sovereignty and high status which is the cornerstone of the security and
stability of the Arab and Islamic worlds.
Republic of Djibouti condemned the media campaign against Saudi Arabia and at
the same time reiterated its firm stand on the kingdom’s
policies and its efforts to consolidate peace and promote prosperity at the
regional and international levels.
reaffirmed in a statement on Sunday its solidarity with Saudi Arabia against
those who try to undermine or harm it. Bahrain strongly rejected any attempts
to undermine the kingdom’s policies, standing and sovereignty and
expressed its respect for the high status of Saudi Arabia.
Lebanon — Jamal Khashoggi landed in Washington last fall, leaving behind a long list of
bad news back home.
a successful career as an adviser to and unofficial spokesman for the royal
family of Saudi Arabia, he had been barred from writing in the kingdom, even on
Twitter, by the new crown prince. His column in a Saudi-owned Arab newspaper
was canceled. His marriage was collapsing. His relatives had been forbidden to
travel to pressure him to stop criticizing the kingdom’s
after he arrived in the United States, a wave of arrests put a number of his
Saudi friends behind bars, and he made his difficult decision: It was too
dangerous to return home anytime soon — and maybe forever.
in the United States, he reinvented himself as a critic, contributing columns
to The Washington Post and believing he had found safety in the West.
as turned out, the West’s protection extended only so far.
Khashoggi was last seen on Oct. 2 entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul,
where he needed to pick up a document for his wedding. There, Turkish officials
say, a team of Saudi agents killed and dismembered him.
officials have denied harming Mr. Khashoggi, but nearly two weeks after his
disappearance, they have failed to provide evidence that he left the consulate
and have offered no credible account of what happened to him.
disappearance has opened a rift between Washington and Saudi Arabia, the chief
Arab ally of the Trump administration. And it has badly damaged the reputation
of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the 33-year-old power behind the Saudi
throne, who this time may have gone too far for even for his staunchest
supporters in the West.
possibility that the young prince ordered a hit on a dissident poses challenges
for President Trump and may turn once warm relationships toxic. It could
convince those governments and corporations that had overlooked the prince’s
destructive military campaign in Yemen, his kidnapping of the Lebanese prime
minister and his waves of arrests of clerics, businessmen and fellow princes
that he is a ruthless autocrat
who will stop at nothing to get his enemies.
the disappearance has cast a harsh new light on the crown prince, it has also
brought attention to the tangled sympathies throughout Mr. Khashoggi’s
career, where he balanced what appears to have been a private affinity for
democracy and political Islam with his long service to the royal family.
attraction to political Islam helped him forge a personal bond with President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, who is now demanding that Saudi Arabia explain
his friend’s fate.
idea of self-exile in the West was a blow for Mr. Khashoggi, 60, who had worked
as a reporter, commentator and editor to become one of the kingdom’s
best known personalities. He first drew international attention for
young Osama bin Laden and later became well-known as a confidant of kings and
career left him extraordinarily well-connected, and the tall, gregarious,
easygoing man seemed to know everyone who had anything to do with Saudi Arabia
over the last three decades.
settling in Washington had advantages. A friend invited him for Thanksgiving
last year and he shared a photo of himself at dinner with his 1.7 million
Twitter followers, tucking into turkey and yams.
his turn came to share what he was thankful for, he said: “Because
I have become free, and I can write freely.”
to interviews with dozens of people who knew Mr. Khashoggi and his relationship
with the Saudi leadership, it was his penchant for writing freely, and his
organizing to push for political reform from abroad, that put him on a
collision course with the crown prince.
Saudi Arabia has long been ruled according to the consensus of senior princes,
Crown Prince Mohammed has dismantled that system, leaving his own power largely
unchecked. If a decision was taken to silence a perceived traitor, it likely
would have been his.
Adnan and the Muslim Brotherhood
Khashoggi’s first claim to fame was his
acquaintance with Osama bin Laden. Mr. Khashoggi had spent time in Jidda, Bin Laden’s
hometown, and, like Bin Laden, he came from a prominent nonroyal family. Mr.
Khashoggi’s grandfather was a doctor who had treated Saudi Arabia’s first king.
His uncle was Adnan Khashoggi, a famous arms dealer, although Jamal Khashoggi did not benefit from his
Khashoggi studied at Indiana State University and returned to Saudi Arabia to
report for an English-language newspaper. Several of his friends say that early
on Mr. Khashoggi also joined the Muslim Brotherhood.
he later stopped attending meetings of the Brotherhood, he remained conversant
in its conservative, Islamist and often anti-Western rhetoric, which he could
deploy or hide depending on whom he was seeking to befriend.
newspaper colleagues recalled him as friendly, thoughtful and devout. He often
led communal prayers in the newsroom, recalled Shahid Raza Burney, an Indian
editor who worked with him.
many Saudis in the 1980s, Mr. Khashoggi cheered for the jihad against the
Soviets in Afghanistan, which was supported by the C.I.A. and Saudi Arabia. So
when he got an invitation to see it for himself from another young Saudi, Bin
Laden, Mr. Khashoggi jumped at the chance.
Afghanistan, Mr. Khashoggi wore local dress and had his photo taken holding an
assault rifle, much to his editors’ chagrin. But it does not appear that he
actually fought while on assignment there.
was there as a journalist first and foremost, admittedly as someone sympathetic
to the Afghan jihad, but so were most Arab journalists at the time —
and many Western journalists,” said Thomas Hegghammer, a Norwegian researcher
who interviewed Mr. Khashoggi about his time in Afghanistan.
say that Jamal was some kind of an extremist is all lies,”
said Mr. Burney, now a newspaper editor in India.
the war’s failure to put Afghanistan on sound footing haunted Mr. Khashoggi,
as did Bin Laden’s later turn to terrorism.
was disappointed that after all that struggle, the Afghans never got together,”
said a Saudi friend of Mr. Khashoggi’s who spoke on the condition of anonymity
for fear of reprisals.
Khashoggi’s trips to Afghanistan and his
relationship with Prince Turki al-Faisal,
who headed Saudi intelligence, made some of Mr. Khashoggi’s
friends suspect he was also spying for the Saudi government.
later, after American commandos killed Bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011, Mr.
Khashoggi mourned his old acquaintance and what he had become.
collapsed crying a while ago, heartbroken for you Abu Abdullah,”
Mr. Khashoggi wrote on Twitter, using Bin Laden’s nickname. “You were beautiful
and brave in those beautiful days in Afghanistan, before you surrendered to
hatred and passion.”
Reporter to Royal Insider
his journalism career took off, Mr. Khashoggi reported from Algeria and drove
into Kuwait during the first Gulf War. He climbed the ladder of the kingdom’s
media world, where princes own newspapers, content is censored and scandals involving royals
the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, he blasted the conspiracy theories common in the
Arab world, writing that the hijacked planes “also attacked
Islam as a faith and the values of tolerance and coexistence that it preaches.”
was named editor of the Saudi newspaper Al Watan in 2003, but fired less than
two months later over an article blaming an esteemed Islamic scholar for
teachings used to justify attacks on non-Muslims. He was reinstated in 2007 and
lasted a bit longer in his second tenure.
traveled with King Abdullah and grew close to Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the
billionaire investor, who was later arrested by Crown Prince Mohammed. Prince
Turki, the former intelligence chief, hired Mr. Khashoggi as an adviser when he
served as ambassador to Britain and the United States.
was during his time there that Mr. Khashoggi bought the condo in McLean, Va.,
where he would live after fleeing the kingdom.
Uprisings Abroad, Reforms at Home
of Mr. Khashoggi’s friends say that throughout his career
of service to the monarchy, he hid his personal leanings in favor of both
electoral democracy and Muslim Brotherhood-style political Islam.
a military coup in Algeria in 1992 dashed the hopes of an Islamist political
party to win control of the Parliament there, Mr. Khashoggi quietly teamed up
with an Islamist friend in London to start an organization called “The
Friends of Democracy in Algeria.”
group took out advertisements in newspapers in Britain before its parliamentary
elections that read, “When you go to cast your vote, remember
that this is a bounty many people around the world are denied, including
Algerians,” recalled his friend, Azzam Tamimi, who acted as the public face of
the effort and hid Mr.
the time he reached his 50s, Mr. Khashoggi‘s relationship with the Muslim
Brotherhood was ambiguous. Several Muslim Brothers said this week that they
always felt he was with them. Many of his secular friends would not have
Khashoggi never called for more than gradual reforms to the Saudi monarchy,
eventually supporting its military interventions to deter what the Saudis
considered Iranian influence in Bahrain and Yemen. But he was enthusiastic
about the uprisings that broke out across much of the Arab world in 2011.
the Afghan jihad before them, however, the movements of the Arab Spring
disappointed him as they collapsed into violence and as Saudi Arabia and the
United Arab Emirates used their wealth to crush opposition and bolster
never liked that Saudi Arabia used their policies accelerating the crackdown
around the region,” said Sigurd Neubauer, a Middle East
analyst in Washington who knew Mr. Khashoggi.
kingdom’s tolerance for even minimal criticism faded after King Salman ascended to the
throne in 2015 and gave tremendous power to his son, Mohammed, the crown prince
known informally by his initials as M.B.S.
young prince announced a program to diversify the economy and loosened social
structures, including by granting women the right to drive.
Khashoggi applauded those moves, but chaffed at the authoritarian way the
prince wielded power. When Mr. Khashoggi criticized Mr. Trump after his
election, for example, Saudi officials forbade him to speak, fearing he would
harm their relationship with the new administration.
Prince Mohammed went after his critics with all his power, barring them from
travel and throwing some in jail. Mr. Khashoggi left the kingdom last year,
before scores of his friends were rounded up and hundreds of prominent Saudis
were locked in the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton on accusations of corruption. A number
of them, including at least two sons of former kings, are still detained.
Khashoggi began contributing columns to The Washington Post, comparing Crown
Prince Mohammed to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. Mr. Khashoggi’s
friends assumed such writing landed him on the prince’s blacklist.
bin Salman had been paying millions of dollars to create a certain image of
himself, and Jamal Khashoggi was destroying all of it with just a few words,”
said Mr. Tamimi, the friend. “The crown prince must have been furious.”
Mr. Khashoggi didn’t stop.
was planning to start a website to publish translated reports about the
economies of Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, where he felt many people
did not understand the scale of corruption or the limited future of the oil
was also founding an organization called Democracy in the Arab World Now, or
DAWN, an advocacy group. Mr. Khashoggi was trying to secure funding and set up
a board when he disappeared, friends said.
an award in April from the Islamist-leaning Center for the Study of Islam and
Democracy, Mr. Khashoggi said democracy was under attack across the Arab world
by radical Islamists, authoritarians and elites who feared that popular
participation would bring chaos. Power sharing, he said, was the only way to
stop civil wars and ensure better governance.
Prince Mohammed “is investing hundreds of billions of
dollars into future projects and he’s doing that depending on his own ability
to judge and the ability of a small circle of advisers,” Mr. Khashoggi said.
“Is that enough?
No, it is not enough.”
his move to Washington, representatives of Crown Prince Mohammed had contacted
him repeatedly, asking him to tone down his criticisms and inviting him to come
home, he told friends.
he was building a new life. He and a Turkish researcher, Hatice Cengiz, had
decided to marry and set up a new home in Istanbul.
of Kingdom means the provocation of millions of Muslims,’
says Muslim World League chief
The Muslim World League (MWL) has condemned all attempts to target Saudi Arabia’s
international and Islamic leading position through suggesting economic
sanctions, political pressure, and false accusations.
League stressed that the Kingdom has a long history in international peace and
cooperation, confirming its leading position in many fields that serve
Secretary-General Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa said in a statement that
Saudi Arabia’s position did not happen overnight but has
been earned through dozens of international initiatives targeting international
peace and security.
emphasized his rejection of all threats and attempts to undermine the Kingdom
and said: “Saudi Arabia’s status in the Arab and Muslim worlds played a
pivotal and historic role in achieving security, stability, and prosperity in
Arabia has led efforts to combat terrorism and extremism, strengthen economic
cooperation, and consolidate peace and stability in the region and the world.”
highlighted that the Kingdom occupies a great position in the Arab and Muslim
world, and its power and influence are invulnerable to defamation attempts, no
matter what measures are taken.
said: “What Saudi Arabia is facing not only targets its stability but also
threatens international stability in all its political and economic aspects.”
pointed out that the Kingdom’s political and economic status obliges
the wise people of the world to trust it and its policies, which have proved to be insightful
MML chief added: “The provocation of Saudi Arabia means the
provocation of the feelings of hundreds of millions of Muslims who stand by the
Kingdom out of their belief in its efficient care for Islamic sanctities and its competency in
performing its duties toward its nation.
has the full support of the leaders of Islamic action around the world in the
face of deceit and lies. They have pledged their willingness to be on the
Kingdom’s side as they believe in the sanctity of their stance and are aware of the
malicious objectives of everyone who is seeking nefarious purposes and trying
amidst the disappearance of their dreams, to give up their values.”
its statement, the League hailed Saudi Arabia’s efforts to achieve security, stability,
and prosperity in the region and the world, leading efforts to combat extremism
and terrorism, strengthening economic cooperation, and consolidating peace and
stability in the region and the world.
also highlighted the Kingdom’s special status as the heliport of
revelation and the Qibla of all Muslims.
al-Sham launched a heavy offensive against Kata'eb Ansra al-Sham in Jabal
al-Turkmen in Northern Lattakia, pushing the latter back from a number of
strongholds and bases.
clashes came after Ansar al-Sham cut relations with Tahrir al-Sham.
London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Saturday
that Tahrir al-Sham, Turkistani Islamic Party, Horas al-Deen, Ansar al-Deen and
other terrorist groups that are included in the Sochi Agreement, endorsed by
Russia and Turkey, did not withdraw fighters and weapons from the zone that
stretches from Northeastern Lattakia to Northwestern Aleppo.
the meantime, the Arabic-language website of Sputnik reported that Tahrir
al-Sham and Turkistani Islamic Party launched missile attacks on army positions
in Northeastern Lattakia and also the army's strongholds in a region near Idlib
province on Thursday.
further said that the army units detected terrorists' positions for launching
Grade missiles in Qala al-Maziq in Jabal al-Zaviyeh and in the town of Bedama
in Lattakia province that are controlled by Tahrir al-Sham.
Arabic-language al-Watan daily quoted militant-affiliated sources as disclosing
that the Turkish intelligence service has declared to all Ankara-backed
militant groups, especially the National Liberation Front (NLF), Horas al-Deen
and Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front)
to continue implementation of the Sochi Agreement, and warned that Ankara will
not provide support for those militant groups that continue violating the
Agreement, especially with regard to withdrawal from the demilitarized zone
till October 15th.
daily went on to say that Ankara has reminded these groups that the Turkish
army shoulders more important military missions apart from Idlib, specially on
the Eastern banks of the Euphrates River against Kurds.
daily further said that Tahrir al-Sham will likely withdraw from the
demilitarized zone and will hand over control of its regions in Northeastern
Lattakia to Turkistani Islamic Party and leave its regions in Southeastern
Idlib and Northwestern Aleppo to Ajnad al-Sham and Jeish al-Mujahedeen.
went on to say that the Syrian Army is likely to launch a limited military
operation against the terrorists that oppose withdrawal from demilitarized
zone, adding that Ankara would not express opposition to such an assault.
London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Saturday
that Tahrir al-Sham, Turkistani Islamic Party, Horas al-Deen, Ansar al-Deen and
other terrorist groups that were included in the Sochi Agreement, endorsed by
Russia and Turkey, did not withdraw fighters and weapons from the zone that
stretches from Northeastern Lattakia to Northwestern Aleppo.
Haziqa Turkistani, a senior commander of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant
Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front), was killed after unidentified
attackers opened fire at him near the town of al-Latamina in Southern Idlib.
the meantime, Abu Zeid Tunisi, a security commander of al-Aqab prison of Tahrir
al-Sham, was killed by unidentified gunmen in Jabal al-Zaiwiyah in Southern
over 50 people have been kidnapped in regions controlled by Tahrir al-Sham in
Idlib in recent weeks.
al-Sham, Ahrar al-Sham and National Liberation Front (NLF) are behind
kidnapping each other's members to force rival groups to pay ransom for the
release of their members.
a relevant development on Saturday, Abdulhamid al-Azo, a field commander of
NLF, was killed in a bomb blast along a road connecting Dayer Sharqi to Ein
Qari'a in Southern Idlib.
the meantime, Abu Osama al-Terablosi, a notorious commander of Tahrir al-Sham,
was gunned down by unknown raiders near the town of Ma'arat al-Nu'aman in
a number of NLF fighters were killed or injured after a bomb went off near
their base in the town of al-Artab in Western Aleppo.
Arabic-language website of the Russian state-run news agency, Sputnik, reported
that the terrorist groups, deployed in demilitarized zone North of al-Ghaab
Plain in Western Hama, launched missile attacks on army positions and
residential areas in the small town of Jourin in Western Hama on Saturday
further said that two Syrian soldiers were killed and another one was injured
in the attack, adding that the army's artillery units retaliated and opened
heavy fire at terrorists' missile platforms in the villages of Tal Waset,
al-Ziyarah, al-Mansourah and al-Sarmaniyah.
region that terrorists used to launch attacks on army is an intersection point
for the terrorist groups of Turkistani Islamic Party, Liwa Soghour al-Ghaab
affiliated to the Turkey-backed National Liberation Front and ISIL-affiliated
Ansar al-Tawhid and is located in the demilitarized zone specified by the Sochi
report went to say that according to the Sochi Agreement, the Turkish-Russian
forces are to start patrolling in the region after terrorists' retreat from the
demilitarized zone till October 15.
Arabic Sputnik reported on Wednesday that snipers of Horas al-Din terrorist
group launched attacks on the army points near the town of Ma'an in Northern
added that Jeish al-Izzah terrorists stationed near the town of al-Latamina
also used 23-mm artillery to attack the army positions in Zalaqiyat.
al-Din and Jeish al-Izzah several times underlined opposition to the Sochi
sources said that the army soldiers continued mop-up operation in the small
town of Yalda in the Southern countryside of Damascus city and discovered an
underground hideout used by the terrorists to depot arms, ammunitions and
large volume of the M72 LAW portable one-shot 66-mm unguided anti-tank weapons,
other US-made missiles, NATO-class sniper riffles, grenades, DShk machineguns,
Dragunov sniper rifles, night vision binoculars and other kinds of ammunitions
were found in the terrorists' former depot, they added.
sources reported earlier this month that machine-guns, Western-made missiles,
sniper guns of Wall type, RPGs, missile-launchers, different types of artilleries
and a large amount of ammunitions were discovered in the terrorists' former
strongholds in the three provinces of Hama, Sweida and Deir Ezzur.
have fired mortar shells from a planned buffer zone in northwest Syria, a
monitor said Sunday, days after they were meant to have withdrawn such weapons
from the area.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said Militants in the zone
fired several “mortar shells at an army position in
nearby Hama province, killing two soldiers” late Saturday.
on Saturday, Militants shelled Aleppo province from other parts of the
demilitarized area, with no casualties recorded, the Britain-based monitor
is the first clear violation of the deal since the heavy weapons were
withdrawn. This area is supposed to be clear of heavy weapons, including mortar
shells,” said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.
a deal reached by opposition backer Turkey and regime ally Russia last month,
militants and extremists alike were meant to have pulled out all heavy arms
from the horseshoe-shaped zone by October 10.
deadline had reportedly been met, with Ankara, militant factions, and the
Observatory all reporting that the area was free of heavy-duty weaponry.
pro-government newspaper Al-Watan also reported on the apparent violation.
Sunday morning it said that western parts of Aleppo province were being hit
with “rocket fire and shelling with
heavy weapons, which were supposed to be pulled out from the area”.
fighters have yet to begin withdrawing from a planned buffer zone in
northwestern Syria, a monitor and an AFP correspondent said Sunday on the eve
of the pullout’s deadline.
ally Russia and rebel backer Turkey agreed last month to set up a demilitarized
zone around the northwestern region of Idlib to prevent a bloody regime assault
on the region.
the deal the horseshoe-shaped area was to be free of heavy arms by October 10
with “radical fighters” pulling out by Monday.
the deadline for withdrawing heavy weapons was met on time, there has been no
indication that the second condition is being implemented.
have not monitored any withdrawals by extremist fighters at all from areas
falling in the planned buffer zone,” said the Britain-based Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.
AFP correspondent in Idlib also said no hardline factions had moved any of
their units in recent days.
and surrounding rebel zones are held by a complex array of factions.
than half is controlled by the Ankara-backed National Liberation Front (NLF),
the main rebel conglomerate there.
the lion’s share is held by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), an alliance led
by former Al-Qaeda members, as well as more hardline extremists like Hurras
al-Deen and Ansar al-Islam.
fighters also control more than two-thirds of the planned buffer zone and are
supposed to leave it by Monday.
al-Deen has publicly rejected the agreement.
widely considered the most powerful force in the area, has not publicly
commented on the accord but quietly abided by its first deadline and
re-stationed its heavy arms elsewhere.
have said that getting it to execute the deal’s second half
would be much more challenging.
a recent report for the Turkey-based Omran Center, expert Nawar Oliver
described HTS’s approval as the deal’s ultimate “test”.
HTS acts as a spoiler to the agreement on the ground, this will probably lead
to one of two scenarios: either Turkey and the NLF launch military action
against HTS, or Russia will seize the opportunity with the support of the
regime and its allies to enter Idlib,” he said.
Egyptian court on Sunday upheld death sentences for three people for
establishing and running a militant group known as Ansar al-Sharia, two
judicial sources and state news agency MENA said.
charges included killing at least 10 police officers and attempting to kill
more in a series of attacks between August 2013 and May 2014. The court upheld
sentences issued in August. The decision can be appealed within 60 days.
people were sentenced to life in prison while seven received 15-year prison
terms, the sources said. Nine of the 23 defendants were acquitted.
has cracked down on suspected extremists since President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
led the overthrow of former president Mohamed Morsi of the now banned Muslim
say a crackdown on dissent and freedoms is directed at terrorists and saboteurs
trying to undermine the state.
sentences have been handed down to hundreds of extremists, including Muslim
Brotherhood supporters and members.
Takfiri terrorists say they refuse to either leave a planned buffer zone in the
northwestern Syrian province of Idlib or hand over their weapons.
have not abandoned our choice of…fighting towards implementing our blessed revolution,"
said Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), an alliance led by Takfiri terrorists
belonging to al-Nusra Front or Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, al-Qaeda’s
Syria chapter, AFP reported. Russia, a Syria ally, and Turkey, which sides with anti-Damascus militants,
have planned the de-escalation zone.
countries had set an October 10 deadline for the Takfiri and militant groups
there to surrender their arms and also called Sunday midnight the last time by
which those groups were expected to leave the area.
the second deadline was looming, the HTS also said it would not lay down its
arms either. "We will not abandon them or hand them over," they said.
appreciate the efforts of all those who strive inside and abroad to protect the
liberated area and forbid its destruction or massacres being carried out in
it," the HTS, meanwhile, said. AFP interpreted the remarks as being
directed at Turkey.
at the same time, we warn of the deceitfulness of the Russian occupier and
against any trust in its intentions," the group added.
agreement with Moscow forestalled an imminent offensive to liberate Idlib,
which contains the largest concentrations of remaining Takfiri terrorists in
Syria, but is also being roamed by several Turkish-backed militant groups.
Sunday, mortar shells were fired from the zone onto the nearby Hama Province,
killing two Syrian soldiers, the UK-based so-called Syrian Observatory for
Human Rights said.
Al Watan paper reported similar violations. It said that western parts of the neighboring Aleppo
Province were being hit by "rocket fire and shelling with heavy weapons,
which were supposed to be pulled out from the area."
has clearly asserted that the Idlib agreement is only “temporary,”
and that the province should ultimately come under government control.
security forces have discovered considerable amounts of Western and US-made
munitions, including submachine guns, Kalashnikov rifles, rocket-propelled
grenades (RPGs) and sniper rifles, used by foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants
in the country’s southwestern province of Rif Dimashq.
official news agency SANA reported that government troops launched a clean-up
operation in the town of Yalda, located on the southern outskirts of Damascus,
and uncovered a huge cache of ammunition
and explosives carefully hidden inside a plastic water tank at a local farm.
discovery included NATO-standard sniper rifles, a LAW portable anti-tank
weapon, thermal and night vision equipment, grenades, improvised explosive
devices, multiple RPG launchers, Kalashnikov rifles and Dragunov sniper rifles.
militants are thought to have hidden the weapons at the farm earlier this year
before leaving the area to the troubled northwestern city of Idlib.
May 4, Syrian army soldiers discovered Israeli-made weapons, including chemical
warfare, digital equipment and drugs, destined for foreign-sponsored Takfiri
militants and Daesh terrorists in the country’s central province
of Homs as well as Rif Dimashq province.
Arabic service of Russia’s Sputnik news agency reported that the ammunition and
explosives were found in the southern part of Homs, located 162 kilometers (101
miles) north of the capital Damascus. They were meant to be distributed among
anti-government extremists groups.
in al-Hajar al-Aswad city, located just four kilometers south of Damascus,
Syrian soldiers found Israeli-made weapons stashed inside a network of secret
Syria: Shattered ultrasound machines and prosthetic limbs litter the hallways
of Raqqa’s main hospital, still gutted a year after Daesh made its
stand in its Syrian heartland.
bullet-riddled complex looms large among the sea of destroyed buildings in the
northern city, once the de facto Syrian capital of Daesh’s
October 17 last year, US-backed forces overran the city’s final two militant holdouts —
the National Hospital and nearby stadium — sealing the end of Daesh’s bloody
three-year reign over Raqqa.
a year later, as other parts of the city are being slowly rebuilt, the massive
hospital remains in ruins, almost haunted.
road leading up to the entrance has been cleared of the burned corpses lying
there last October, but twisted car wrecks still make for an uncomfortable
gurneys, filthy sky-blue hospital sheets and rusted gas canisters have been
dumped in the courtyard.
doors are graffitied with the phrase “CLEAR, November 9, 2017,” apparently marking
the day those rooms were checked for mines or lingering militants.
hospital rooms are charred black from fires after air strikes.
is peeling off the ceiling and the walls are lined with sand bags piled by
Daesh fighters defending their final bastion.
his way slowly through the abandoned medical ward was Mohammad Hussein, 37, in
navy trousers and a striped shirt.
is now a member of the health commission of Raqqa Civil Council (RCC), the body
governing the city since Daesh’s ouster, but he was once a nurse in the
don’t feel like you’re walking into a hospital. You feel like
you’re walking into
a mound of rubble,” he muttered.
Raqqa native began working in the hospital in 2003 at the age of 22, and stayed
on when Daesh captured the city 11 years later.
recalls Daesh members shoring up the hospital’s defenses
last year, digging tunnels
and setting up blast walls as the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)
stockpiled medical supplies in huge amounts — serums,
blood, water, power generators,” he said.
days of besieging the hospital and stadium, the SDF made a successful,
lightning-fast push for both.
then, tens of thousands of people have returned to Raqqa, but life is still
dangerous in the city.
planted a sea of mines across the city that have maimed and killed returning
residents, and guerrilla-style attacks against SDF positions indicate militant
sleeper cells remain a threat.
one lost as much as Raqqa’s people when it comes to the destruction
of this hospital, which used to serve hundreds of people on a daily basis,”
Abbud Al-Hassan was one of them.
day last year, as artillery and air strikes pounded areas near his home, a
piece of shrapnel tore into his building.
killed my four-year-old daughter and cut my hand, so I went to get treated at
the hospital,” said Hassan, 60.
were doctors from Azerbaijan, he recalled. Most of the Syrian staff was from
Aleppo, west of Raqqa.
treated each other and us as well. I was there for about a week before the
hospital was bombed and they told us to get out,” Hassan said.
a recent visit to Raqqa, Amnesty International said the level of destruction
was “shocking,” with schools, homes, and medical infrastructure
has slammed the US-led coalition’s bombing of the city and said it should
help rebuild Raqqa.
coalition has removed rubble from main streets and demined some areas, but a
rehabilitation of the hospital has still not been sponsored, said RCC co-chair
needs huge funds to be restored, more than three billion Syrian pounds (almost
$6 million). This excludes medical equipment, which would be high-quality and
exorbitantly expensive,” Mustafa said.
told AFP that the RCC was in talks with a foreign backer over funds to
partially rehabilitate one hospital ward.
stadium, whose underground locker rooms Daesh had transformed into a prison,
has fared better.
field was partly restored after the SDF’s takeover, hosting its first football
match in April.
laborers are building a platform and stadium seats have been painted white,
with a crimson-red trim.
coordinating with the RCC and the Syrian Democratic Council to rehabilitate the
national stadium,” said Imad Al-Himad, a contractor.
has so far cost around 100,000 Syrian pounds.
Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will organize the 5th international
seminar on Islamophobia in Istanbul.
event will be held on Oct. 17-18 in collaboration with the Turkish Ministry of
Justice, and will discuss the roots and causes of Islamophobia against Muslims.
on Sunday, the OIC condemned the attack on a political rally in Takhar province
people were killed and more than 30 wounded after a motorcycle bomb detonated,
targeting the crowd attending the rally.
Two security officers were also among those killed in the explosion.
OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen extended his condolences to the
government and people of Afghanistan over the attack and wished a quick
recovery of the injured.
has endorsed a legislation that forbids Muslim preachers from "stoking
sectarian strife" as the Arab country's fight against foreign-sponsored
Takfiri terrorist groups is drawing to a close.
Bashar al-Assad signed into law the new bill expanding the powers of the
Ministry of Awqaf (Religious Endowments), which oversees Islamic affairs in
legislation prohibits Muslim clerics from "taking advantage of religious
platforms for political purposes," but non-Muslim communities are not
affected by the law.
the new measure, the Syrian Awqaf minister is tasked with appointing the Grand
Mufti, whose term is renewable every three years. Previously, he was named by
the president for an unlimited term.
the law assigns the Awqaf minister to oversee religious schools, head the
Council on Islamic Jurisprudence, and regulate religious programming on media
further bans Muslim imams from traveling abroad or attending conferences even
inside Syria without the Awqaf minister's permission.
Awqaf Minister Mohammad Abdul-Sattar al-Sayyed hailed the new rule as a
is the first time there's a law that issues controls and standards for
religious work and conditions for appointing imams and preachers," he
new legislation is meant to regulate religious discourse in a bid to confront
Takfiri extremism, which is a trademark of many terror outfits wreaking havoc
concept is largely influenced by Wahhabism, the radical ideology dominating
Saudi Arabia and freely preached by Saudi clerics.
Morgan Chase & Co chief executive Jamie Dimon and Ford chairman Bill Ford
are the latest US firms that cancelled plans to attend a Saudi Arabian investor
conference later this month following the disappearance of a dissident
journalist at the Saudi consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul.
Technologies chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi, Viacom CEO Bob Bakish and
billionaire Steve Case, one of the founders of AOL, have also announced that
they were no longer going to the three-day event, dubbed “Davos
in the Desert.”
billionaire Richard Branson on Friday suspended business links with Saudi
addition, major news organizations such as CNN, the Financial Times, the New
York Times, CNBC and Bloomberg have pulled out of the conference. The Fox
Business Network, the lone Western news outlet still heading to the conference,
told Reuters on Sunday it was reviewing that decision.
latest cancellations could add pressure on other US firms like Goldman Sachs
Group Inc, Mastercard Inc and Bank of America Corp to reconsider their plans to
attend the event.
JP Morgan nor Ford would elaborate on the reasons for the decision not to
attend the Future Investment Initiative conference, and did not comment on
whether concerns about the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi were a factor.
a prominent critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and a US resident,
disappeared on October 2 after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Turkish authorities believe he was tortured and killed inside the building by a
team of Saudi operatives who removed his dismembered body.
President Donald Trump, who has forged close ties with Saudi Arabia, has come
under pressure at home and abroad to punish Riyadh if investigations show the
regime had Khashoggi killed.
president has not said what measures his administration would take if Saudi
Arabia is found to be responsible, but he made clear any punishment would not
involve suspending Washington-Riyadh arms deals.
to the kingdom’s official SPA news agency, Riyadh said
it would retaliate
in case any possible economic sanctions were adopted by other states over the
case of Khashoggi in what has been seen as an allusion to calls on the US
administration to revoke its hefty arms deals with Saudi Arabia.
countries have also threatened sharp reactions to possible killing of Khashoggi
by Saudi Arabia with the latest instance being remarks by Britain's opposition
Labour Party, which announced that it would stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia
if it was in government.
Tadawul exchange in Riyadh dropped by 7 percent at one point during the week’s
first day of trading, with 182 of its 186 listed stocks showing losses by the
early afternoon. The market clawed back some of the losses, trading down over 4
percent later on.
political flip-flop on Khashoggi’s disappearance emboldening Riyadh:
international pressure is mounting on Saudi rulers by various governments and
rights group over disappearance of a dissident journalist at the Saudi
consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul, Trump's administration still seems
to be following an undetermined policy toward Riyadh on this issue, prompting
many analysts to believe that Washington prefers Saudi trade over the value of
a new turn of events on Sunday, Saudi Arabia warned it would retaliate against
any sanctions imposed on it over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, as the
Riyadh stock market suffered its worst plunge in years.
to the kingdom’s official SPA news agency, Riyadh said
it would retaliate in case any possible economic sanctions were taken by other
states over the case of Jamal Khashoggi in what has been seen as an allusion to calls on the US
administration for revoking its hefty arms deal with Saudi Arabia. Other
countries have also threatened sharp reactions to possible killing of Khashoggi
by Saudi Arabia with the latest instance being remarks by Britain's opposition
Labour Party, which announced that it would stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia
if it was in government.
Tadawul exchange in Riyadh dropped by 7 percent at one point during the week’s
first day of trading, with 182 of its 186 listed stocks showing losses by the early afternoon. The
market clawed back some of the losses, trading down over 4 percent later on.
new development came after Trump said in a rally speech in Richmond, Kentucky,
on Sunday that the United States would be “punishing itself” if it halted weapons sales to Saudi
actually think we’d be punishing ourselves if we did that,”
Trump told reporters on Saturday at the White House, adding, “There are other
things we can do that are very, very powerful, very strong and we’ll do them.”
Sunday remarks came in sharp contrast to what the American president had said
only a day earlier on Saturday, when he vowed "severe punishment" if
Saudi Arabia is proven to be behind the purported assassination of Khashoggi.
senators threaten Saudi Arabia with sanctions and major business players pull
out of a conference the Saudis are hosting, the Trump administration is taking
an increasingly conspicuous wait-and-see approach to the disappearance of
and Democratic lawmakers alike have demanded firm action. Earlier this week, a
number of Republican senators on the foreign relations committee signed a
bipartisan letter calling for a probe and possible sanctions in response to
lawmakers in both parties have been more critical of Saudi Arabia, with several
suggesting officials in the kingdom could be sanctioned if they were found to
be involved in Khashoggi’s disappearance and alleged killing.
was already mounting concern over civilian deaths caused by a Saudi-led
military coalition in Yemen and some lawmakers have said Washington should
block military sales to Riyadh if the allegations over Khashoggi are proven.
however, has been hesitant to criticize the Saudis, despite strong words from
some in his own party. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican ally of the president
in the Senate, said there will be "hell to pay" if Khashoggi is found
dead and the Saudis are responsible.
disappearance has forced questions about the Trump administration's
relationship with Saudi Arabia into the spotlight.
made a point of visiting the kingdom on his first overseas trip as president
and has touted arms sales to Saudi Arabia. But both the White House and the
kingdom are under mounting pressure as concern grows over the fate of the
selection of Saudi Arabia, as CBS News' chief White House correspondent Major
Garrett documents in his book "Mr. Trump's Wild Ride," bucked prior
presidents' habit of first visiting a more traditional US ally, and signaled
that the administration wanted to put a greater emphasis on good relations with
this week about the Khashoggi situation, Trump stopped short of criticizing or
threatening Saudi Arabia. "We don't like it, we don't like it a little
bit," Trump said of the Khashoggi situation Thursday.
has also restated his reluctance to jeopardize a $110 billion arms deal he
brokered with Saudi Arabia that was inked on his first foreign trip as
President, saying he didn't want to hurt jobs. But he added, "There are other
ways of punishing, to use a word that's a pretty harsh word, but it's
Dankof, a former US Senate candidate, said in an interview with Press TV on
Saturday that Trump is “playing games” with regard to the
disappearance of a dissident Saudi journalist at the kingdom's consulate in
Trump is simply playing games at this point, he knows very well, his
intelligence people know very well that the Saudis are behind Khashoggi’s
abduction and probable assassination,” Mark Dankof, a former US Senate candidate, told Press TV on
the president is fully aware of other Saudi crimes, which the United States is
fully complicit in, I’m referring to the Saudi support for the
Sunni Wahhabi terrorists in Syria,” as well as “the genocidal war that Saudi Arabia has conducted in
Yemen,” added the analyst.
very clear that the president couldn’t care less about Saudi crimes,” noting
that he has already said “the US would continue to sell the $100 billion of
to Daniel Patrick Welch, an American writer and political analyst, Trump’s cynical and heartless reaction on
dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s apparent assassination is in line
with everything that the Empire stands for and has done.
don’t think anyone should
be surprised by the cynical and heartless reaction of the Trump regime to
Khashoggi’s assassination,” Welch said in an
interview with Press TV on Friday.
case highlights how much is at stake in US-Saudi relations, and in the
president's own ties to the Saudis.
US has had a long and tricky relationship with Saudi Arabia, a key regional
ally with an infamous record of human rights abuses. But it was Trump
son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner who paved the way for the cozy
relationship between the administration and bin Salman. Kushner and the crown
prince dined at the White House in March 2017, and they met again in Riyadh in
Friday if it was a mistake for Kushner to develop such close relationships with
the Saudis, the president said no, and the US
has close relationships with many countries —
but this is a serious problem.
president's own businesses have also benefited from transactions with the
Saudis. And while Trump has stepped away from the day-to-day management of
those businesses, which are now run by his two older sons, he never fully
divested from them.
to disclosures filed with the Justice Department, the Embassy of Saudi Arabia
disbursed $270,000 for payments that went to Trump International Hotel between
October 2016 and March 2017.
And earlier this year, the general manager of
the Trump International Hotel in Manhattan shared with investors that after two
years of decline, revenue from room rentals went up 13 percent in the first
quarter of 2018 — largely due to a visit from bin Salman.
Saudis were boosting Trump businesses long before he took office. According to
Trump's own words, the Saudis have long been heavily invested in Trump's
has announced up to 50 million dollars in aid to the United Nations (UN)’s
relief agency for Palestinian refugees two months after the United States cut
its aid to that body.
will provide up to 50 million dollars over two years to the UN Relief and Works
Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, or UNRWA, Canada’s
Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau announced on
am announcing that Canada will provide multi-year funding to Palestinian
refugees to the UN Agency @UNRWA + Canadian NGO @RightToPlayCAN.
new funding is urgently needed + it will protect the human dignity of millions
of Palestinian refugees. https://t.co/VsT4TJdbgB pic.twitter.com/D5tsQwfVrI
Marie-Claude Bibeau (@mclaudebibeau) October 12, 2018
funding will be used to provide basic education, health, and livelihood needs
for millions of Palestinian refugees, especially women and children, through
new funding will contribute
to improving the lives and protecting the human dignity of millions of
Palestinian refugees,” Bibeau said.
added that the funds would be spent on teacher training courses to educate
hundreds of thousands of Palestinian children, and support over a hundred
announcement comes two months after the US announced it would cut its aid to
the time, UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness described the decision by the
administration of US President Donald Trump as “deeply
regrettable” and “shocking.” Analysts said the decision to cut the funding was
indicative of Trump’s apathy toward the plight of the Palestinians.
from Turkey and the U.S. continue joint training on combined patrols in Manbij,
northern Syria, the Turkish military said on Sunday.
Turkish Armed Forces shared on its Instagram account two pictures where Turkish
and U.S. soldiers are seen together during training.
this week, Turkish National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has announced the
beginning of joint training.
of today the Turkish and U.S. Armed Forces began joint training on combined
patrolling activities, which will be held in the region, as part of the Manbij
Roadmap and Security Principles," Akar told Anadolu Agency.
Manbij deal between Turkey and the U.S. focuses on the withdrawal of terrorist
YPG/PKK forces from the city to stabilize the region, which is in the northeast
of the Aleppo province in northern Syria.
France, Germany demand ‘detailed’ Saudi response, ‘credible’
probe on Khashoggi
France and Germany have called on Saudi Arabia to provide a “detailed”
response about the mysterious disappearance of anti-Riyadh journalist Jamal
Khashoggi, who is believed to have been murdered at the Saudi consulate in the
Turkish city of Istanbul.
a statement released Sunday, British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt as well as
his French and German counterparts, Jean-Yves Le Drian and Heiko Maas, said
they were following the issue with "utmost seriousness."
needs to be a credible investigation to establish the truth about what
happened, and - if relevant - to identify those bearing responsibility for the
disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, and ensure that they are held to
account," the statement read.
encourage joint Saudi-Turkish efforts in that regard, and expect the Saudi
Government to provide a complete and detailed response. We have conveyed this
message directly to the Saudi authorities," the three diplomats said.
October 2, Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain the
necessary paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancée. That was the last time he was
seen in public.
is widespread speculation – specially among Turkish officials – that
Khashoggi has been assassinated
by as many as 15 Saudi operatives who followed him into the consulate in an
operation directly ordered by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.
journalist’s dismembered body is also reported to
have been flown back to Saudi Arabia in two flights.
is while the Riyadh regime has so far rejected all allegations of directing a
hit job on the US-based journalist, who was also a Washington Post contributor.
Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz said that his country was eager to uncover
"the whole truth" and would cooperate with investigations.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says Saudi officials have yet to step
up to the job and let Turkish investigators into the consulate.
still have not seen cooperation in order to ensure a smooth investigation and
bring everything to light. We want to see this," Cavusoglu was quoted as
saying by Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency on
pledges strong US action
US Republican Senator Marco Rubio has joined a bevy of American lawmakers who
have called on President Donald Trump to pressure Riyadh over Khashoggi’s
believe the Trump administration will do something —
the President has said
that. But if he doesn't, Congress will," Rubio told CNN on Sunday.
said Washington would take “a very strong” response in store for
Riyadh if it becomes clear that “the Saudis lured him (Khashoggi) into that
consulate, murdered him, cut up his body and disposed of it."
raised eyebrows this week when he said while his administration would work with
Ankara and Riyadh to get to the bottom of the issue, Washington would not go as
far as risking tens of billions of dollars in military deals with Saudi Arabia.
would not be in favor of stopping a country from spending $110 billion —
which is an all-time record — and letting Russia have that money and letting
China have that money,” Trump told reporters, referring to an arms deal he
signed with Saudi Crown
Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his maiden trip to Saudi Arabia last year.
with backlash, Trump said later on that while he would “punish”
Riyadh if it is found guilty but he wouldn’t throw away the arms deals because
that would push Riyadh towards
Russia and China.
in Syria’s Idlib is Iran’s red line'
potential massacre of civilians while trying to retake the last major
stronghold of anti-government militants in Syria — namely Idlib
Province — is a red line for Iran, says the Iranian chief negotiator in the
peace process for Syria.
Jaberi Ansari, senior assistant to the Iranian foreign minister on special
political affairs, told Press TV’s website in an exclusive interview on
Wednesday, October 10, that Idlib had a special status and had to be dealt with
said armed and terrorist groups have blended into a large civilian population
there, which makes a retake of the region complicated and, in Iran’s
viewpoint, eliminates the possibility of a quick fix.
Ansari called the situation in Idlib “the epitome of the complexities of the
the one hand, three million people are currently settled in Idlib. About half
of that population is native to the region, and the other half comprises
displaced persons from other areas,” he explained.
the second half, some are people normally displaced by the war, and others are
the families of armed Syrian government opponents who have, along with their
men, migrated there as part of previous deals, the senior Iranian official
the other hand,” he said, “Idlib is the concentration
point of numerous armed and terrorist groups” and as such, could not be left to itself.
erupted in Syria back in 2011, when a small group of opposition forces took up
arms against Damascus. Soon, however, a mixture of international terrorists and
paid mercenaries mingled with and then largely sidestepped the armed Syrian
opposition groups, effectively turning the Arab country into a battlefield for
foreign governments opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
the Syrian military, with advisory military help from Iran and Russia —
and a Russian aerial
bombardment campaign — has retaken control of much of the
country, and the conflict is generally believed to be winding down.
the past couple of years, armed groups that have been defeated in battles with
the Syrian military have been bused into Idlib under agreements with Damascus.
While those groups have mostly had to leave their heavy weaponry behind under
those deals, they have been allowed to take their small arms with them.
Ansari said that figures about the number of the armed and terrorist groups
present in Idlib varied from one source to another but he said they generally
numbered in the tens of thousands.
also said that the groups had widely different orientations, making it even
more difficult to deal with the matter straightforwardly.
the return of Idlib to Syrian government control could hypothetically take
place swiftly with a full military assault, such an offensive would only lead
to massive collateral damage, the Iranian official said.
he said unequivocally, was a red line for Iran.
such massacre would also have “grave humanitarian and moral, as well as
political costs, which is unacceptable,” he stressed.
the complexity of the matters in Idlib, he said, Iran sought, in negotiations
with its partners in the Astana process — a peace initiative for Syria launched
jointly with Russia and Turkey — to make the case for a solution that is
exclusive to Idlib and its special status.
said the solution was phased and composite to include security, military, and
political components that would have to be agreed upon.
Russian and Turkish resistance’
Ansari said that the Iranian proposal faced “initial
resistance” from Russia
and Turkey, Iran’s two partners in the Astana process that
support the Syrian government and opposition, respectively.
said Russia was more inclined to resolve the Idlib matter more quickly, while
Turkey sought to indefinitely delay any resolution of the issue.
as concerns were spiking about an all-out war and a potential humanitarian
crisis in Idlib, and to everyone’s relief, Russia and Turkey reached a
deal to avert disaster. At the end of a summit in Sochi on September 17, Moscow
and Ankara agreed
on, among other things, establishing a demilitarized zone in Idlib that would
cover an expanse of 15-20 kilometers of land. Militants would have to entirely
clear that area by October 15.
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