throughout the Khorasan Renew Allegiance To Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi
Community Gifts Silver Chariot To Jagannath Temple in Ahmedabad
Am Aurangabad MP, Not Muslim MP’: Imtiaz Jaleel
English Actor Riz Ahmed On Islamophobia: ‘Its Super Scary To Be Muslim In
Ruling Party Has an Islamophobia Problem, Independent Study Reveals
Office Denies Adopting China’s Position on Xinjiang during Speech in Beijing
Sudanese Protesters Killed, 181 Wounded In Sunday Demonstrations
Ministry Of Endowment Describes Muslim Brotherhood As ‘Khawarij’
Reveals New US-Israeli Scenario to Turn Iraq into 2nd Libya
Fears Leaking Reports about Extensive Insecurities in Occupied Areas in Aleppo
says four killed in Israeli missile strikes
aides of Lebanese minister shot dead as convoy hit by gunfire
gives back citizenship of 92 Shia dissidents, upholds their jail terms
ties in focus as Saudi Crown Prince Tours G20 host country
Ansari 18th Mob Violence Victim in Jharkhand In Three Years
Yatra Takes Place with Their Support’: J&K Governor Lauds Role Of Muslims
mute spectator to mob lynching incidents: Delhi’s Jama Masjid Shahi Imam
Only Against Love Jihad, Not Opposed To Interfaith Marriages’
over 12-fold rise in donations for martyrs
only way forward for peace in J&K: Farooq Abdullah
militant gunned down in Kashmir encounter
Children Return To Swimming Pool One Year after Being Forced To Leave Because
Of Their Clothing
Officials Criticised For Attending Opening of West Bank Israeli Settler
Army War College disinvites speaker critical of Islam
backs North Macedonia's NATO bid'
object crashes in Cyprus, officials suggest it was a missile
attrition strategy pays off in Europe
leader Theresa May faces demands for Libya terrorism fund
22 Mosques Given Funding For Hate Crime Security Last Year
Mosque vandalized in Islamophobic attack
says under PH, cost of managing Haj pilgrims reduced by RM58m
claims Islam does not allow asset declarations
garden leave, Zahid Hamidi announces return as Umno president
forces down Turkish drone, arrest Turks
vows ‘heavy price’ in case of any aggression by Libya’s Haftar
GNA forces seize US missiles at captured Haftar base
spox slams Haftar forces over illegal detention
man denies being Al Shabaab member
protesters demand end to anti-Boko Haram militia
we’re falsely accused of supporting Boko Haram – Red Cross
Bombers Kill 19, Including Afghan Election Workers
Forces Kill 13 Taliban Militants; Destroy Weapons Cache In Paktika Province
Taliban militants killed, detained in Special Forces raids in Wardak, Balkh and
Forces kill 13 militants; detain 9 more in Wardak operations
explosion heard in diplomatic district of Kabul, at least 53 wounded
15 Injured In Clashes with Israeli Police
Envoys Lend A Hand As Israel Digs Down In East Jerusalem
child, several others killed in Israeli missile attack on Syria
frees Palestinian minister after brief arrest
to endorse 2,000 unauthorized settler homes in occupied West Bank
aimed at liquidating Palestinian cause will not succeed: Top Hamas official
Says JI Won’t Become Part of Opposition PPP, PML-N Politics
authorities say 3 Taliban killed in shootout
warns ‘turncoats’ as two MPAs admit meeting PM
by New Age Islam News Bureau
– 30 June 2019: Under the title “Contemporary Khawarij in Demise, Home
survives,” Egypt’s Ministry of Endowment has released a video-graphic on the
sixth anniversary of June 30 Revolution, resembling the outlawed Muslim
Brotherhood to the first group of political dissenters announced their
disobedience and killed their leader in the Islamic history.
the beginning of the Islamic history and after the murder of the third Caliph
of the Islamic Empire Omar Bin Khattab in 657 A.C, the first political dispute
in Islam had occurred between Ali Bin Abi Taleb – Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)’s
son-in-law- and Muawiyah I – the first caliph of the Umayyad Caliphate. When
Ali accepted a political arbitration following a battle between the supporters
of each side, a group of Ali’s supporters announced their dissent against the
arbitration, which came at the end in favor of Muawiyah I after a deception
plotted by his Umpire Amr Bin Aas. Later, a member of Khawarij killed Ali in
ministry’s video shows the names of banned books that disseminate the MB
ideology, and animated graphics of the group's militia while bombing the
state’s vital institutions like a metro station.
witnesses on Sunday the sixth anniversary of June 30 revolution, or the epic
civil uprising against extremism represented in the then-ruling outlawed Muslim
Brotherhood group and their tactics to solely rule the state.
popular uprising prevented numerous dark scenarios that could affect Egypt and
the region, the least of them was the outlawed group’s call to declare Jihad in
Syria without any understanding for the consequences of such a dangerous call.
throughout the Khorasan renew allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Islamic State’s Khorasan province has released a 12-minute, 28-second video
reaffirming its fighters’ allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The production is
part of the self-declared caliphate’s “And the Best Outcome is for the
Righteous” series, which previously featured jihadists in West Africa, the
Sinai, the Caucasus and the Philippines renewing their fealty to Baghdadi.
in those videos, the Khorasan province’s clips are introduced with on-screen
text emphasizing that the jihadists remain committed to the cause. They will
continue to fight the Islamic State’s enemies, even though they claim to have
defeated the caliphate.
Khorasan is an expansive area covering Afghanistan, Pakistan and at least parts
of several other surrounding countries. Although only a small number of
fighters are shown on screen at any one time, they are supposed to represent
much of the region.
if the video’s subheadings accurately reflect the Islamic State’s internal
organizational structure, then the production identifies key figures throughout
geographic regions, with seven different local leaders, are featured. They are:
Abu Zubayr al-Khorasani (Afghanistan), Abu Hafs al-Khorasani (western
Afghanistan), Abu Mujahid al-Farisi (Iran), Abu Talha al-Hindi (India), Abu
Abdallah al-Kashmiri (Kashmir), Saad al-Bakistani or al-Pakistani (Pakistan),
and Abu Khalid al-Bakistani (Pakistan).
these seven men address the camera in more than one language (including Pashto,
Dari and Farsi), their remarks are transcribed in Arabic at the bottom of the
screen. Collectively, they emphasize that the Islamic State is attempting to
wage war against the rest of the world.
Islamic State recently began marketing new so-called provinces in Kashmir
(Wilayah Hind) and Pakistan (Wilayah Pakistan). These entities appeared to be
outgrowths of the Khorasan mother organization. But editors of the new Wilayah
Khorasan video include fighters from these areas, and more.
Zubayr al-Khorasani speaks for several minutes, criticizing world leaders, the
Afghan government and the Taliban. Images of President Trump and Special
Representative Zalmay Khalilzad are included in a montage that plays as he
of Abu Zubayr’s invective is directed at the Taliban, as he claims that his
rival jihadists are apostates. He calls on Taliban fighters to defect,
highlighting the group’s willingness to engage in diplomacy with the U.S. and
Russia. Photos of the Taliban attending meetings in Russia are flashed across
the screen to emphasize the jihadists’ alleged weakness in the face of an
infidel power. In reality, the Taliban has used diplomacy to build
international legitimacy for its own Islamic Emirate, often at the expense of
the Western-backed government. For Baghdadi’s enterprise, however, such shrewd
political efforts are religiously impermissible.
officials have openly worried about the possibility that more Taliban members
will defect to the Islamic State’s Khorasan province if a peace deal is struck.
Thus far, the Taliban has shown no willingness to engage in a real peace accord
and has instead used the talks to extract various concessions from the U.S. as
it looks to withdraw. But if the Taliban agrees to any sort of deal, even a
figleaf one, the Islamic State will clearly look to capitalize. Abu Zubayr’s
speech is intended to further that poaching effort.
Hafs al-Khorasani builds on his comrade’s critique, adding others around the
world to the group’s litany of enemies.
identification of Abu Mujahid al-Farisi as a key figure inside Iran is
intriguing. In June 2017, a team of Islamic State terrorists attacked the
Iranian Parliament and the tomb of Ayatollah Khomeini. And in Sept. 2018,
another team of jihadists assaulted a military parade in Ahvaz, Iran. Therefore,
Baghdadi’s network clearly has some operational capability inside Iran. But the
extent of this footprint isn’t clear.
Mujahid’s precise location isn’t given. It is possible that he and his men are
based inside Iran proper, or along the border region with Afghanistan and
Pakistan. Unsurprisingly, Abu Mujahid verbally blasts the Iranian regime,
saying that it is at war with Sunni Muslims throughout the Middle East.
the speakers based in Kashmir, India (which may mean another part of Indian-controlled
Kashmir) and Pakistan make their hostility for all of the regional governments
all of the leadership figures are finished delivering their monologues, small
bands of fighters are shown clasping hands as they express their undying fealty
a prolific targeting campaign, the Islamic State has obviously maintained a
prolific media apparatus. The new series, “And the Best Outcome is for the
Righteous,” is just one example of the group’s frequent media output.
Zubayr al-Khorasani addresses the camera from inside Afghanistan:
Hafs al-Khorasani (seen standing on the left) delivers his speech from
somewhere in western Afghanistan:
Mujahid al-Farisi reads a prepared text from somewhere inside Iran:
Talha al-Hindi (center) is identified as a leadership figure for the group in
India, or a part of Indian-controlled Kashmir:
Abdallah al-Kashmiri speaks from somewhere inside Kashmir:
al-Bakistani is one of the two Islamic State leaders in Pakistan who is featured
in the video:
Khalid al-Bakistani is also based somewhere in Pakistan:
State fighters throughout the Khorasan region renew their allegiance to
Zubayr al-Khorasani speaks first in the video. He criticizes the Taliban at
length, as images of the Taliban engaging Russian and other officials appear on
screen. Pictures of President Trump and U.S. Special Representative Zalmay
Khalilzad are also included:
Joscelyn is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and
the Senior Editor for FDD's Long War Journal.
community gifts silver chariot to Jagannath temple in Ahmedabad
In a bid to spread a message of communal harmony, the Muslim community in
Jamalpur city has been gifting a silver chariot to the Lord Jagannath temple of
Ahmedabad for the past 20 years.
year too, a silver chariot was gifted to the priest of the temple, ahead of the
142nd Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra, which will commence on July 4 in Ahmedabad.
Bangali, the man who gifted the silver chariot to the temple told ANI, "We
have been gifting a silver chariot since Godhra incident to spread communal
harmony. We have been doing this for the past 20 years. We have given the
silver chariot to Dilipdasji Maharaj."
receiving the silver chariot from Muslim community, the head priest of the
Ahmedabad Jagannath temple, Dilipdasji Maharaj told media, "Since ages,
Rauf Bangali has been offering a silver chariot to the temple. I would like to
thank the Muslim community for their efforts to spread communal harmony. I pray
to God that communal harmony stays like this."
part of Rath Yatra, the deities of Jagannath, his elder brother Balabhadra and
younger sister Subhadra are taken out in a procession. Amidst religious rituals,
dance and music, splendidly decorated rath or chariot with their idols are
drawn by the devotees using ropes to the palace gate and then brought back to
its starting point.
am Aurangabad MP, not Muslim MP’: Imtiaz
week before the 17th Lok Sabha began, first-time parliamentarian Imtiaz
Jaleel’s home was overrun with bouquets, and he was running on four hours of
sleep. This isn’t unusual. Winning members of Parliament (MPs) tend to be local
heroes, and Jaleel has been popular since he wrested the Aurangabad Central
seat from the Shiv Sena during the Assembly elections of 2014. Five years
later, however, Jaleel has noticed a difference in the people congratulating
him. “In 2014, if 100 people came to visit me, then all 100 would be Muslims.
Today, it’s across the caste and religious spectrum,” he said.
days before the general elections were scheduled for Aurangabad,
journalist-turned-politician Jaleel was nominated as a parliamentary candidate
for the seat, representing an alliance between the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA)
and the All-India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM). Founded in March 2018
by the grandson of BR Ambedkar, Prakash, the VBA emerged as a serious contender
because of its sway over Dalit, adivasi and other backward classes (OBC)
communities. Accused by the Congress of being the Bharatiya Janata Party’s
(BJP) “B-team” (because the VBA split the anti-BJP vote), the VBA quickly
distinguished itself by its decision to field educated candidates and declaring
their caste names. In the Lok Sabha polls, the VBA-AIMIM alliance secured 4.11
million votes, which was 7.63% of the total votes polled in Maharashtra.
has been a Shiv Sena stronghold and is known for its divisive politics. Jaleel,
the first Muslim MP from Maharashtra in 15 years, has managed something
remarkable with his win. “For the first time in at least 20 years, Muslims and
Dalits came together. Jaleel showed that minority communities coming together
can change the narrative,” said Dr HN Sonkamble from the department of
political science at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (BAMU).
it was the state of Indian politics that drove Jaleel to quit journalism after
23 years. “I’ve seen divisive politics make its inroads,” he said. “I would
cover Bal Thackeray’s rallies, where he would call Muslims names and I would
see all these people cheering. They would be enjoying those terms. It used to
hurt me.” Increasingly, Jaleel found himself getting frustrated by how
advertising was impacting news and how limited his influence was as a
final straw proved to be waiting for BJP’s Amit Shah and Pankaja Munde to show
up at a rally in Beed in 2014. “The programme was delayed by four hours,”
I thought, ‘Yaar mein kya kar raha hoon? [What am I doing?] There are guys
sitting next to me who have joined journalism just a few years ago. I’ve been
covering this for 23 years and I’m still doing the same thing’.” At the time,
he was working for NDTV in Pune. He came home and submitted his resignation. “I
didn’t even serve my notice period. I’d had enough,” Jaleel said. His original
plan was to return to Aurangabad, spend some time with his family, and then
teach at Pune’s Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication. “Sharad Pawar
at the time said he’d give tickets to Muslims,” Jaleel said, “and the Muslim
candidates were all shady characters.”
night, while ruing how badly Muslims are represented in politics, a friend of
Jaleel’s turned to him. “‘Why don’t you stand from Aurangabad? It’s not like
you have a job,’ he said to me and I thought, ‘it’s true’.” Jaleel said.
surprising as the decision to join politics was, Jaleel opting for AIMIM was
the bigger shock to those who know him. “When I said I was joining them, there
was silence in the house,” Jaleel recalled with a grin.The Hyderabad-based
party is known for being stridently Muslim and leaning towards conservatism,
which felt these parties had done nothing to stop protect innocent Muslims who
had been falsely accused of terrorism..
instance, in his recent parliament speech AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi argued that
criminalising triple talaq is “anti-Muslim” and does “great injustice to Muslim
Jaleel, however, it mattered that he knew Owaisi personally and that there
would be less competition from within than if he joined a bigger player like
the Congress or the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). As an AIMIM candidate, he
knew he would be small fry, but he’d be able to run his campaign as he wanted.
He also knew there was deep-rooted frustration and anger at the Congress and
the NCP within the Muslim community.
is proud of the way he steered his campaign and supporters clear of partisan
politics. “Now when workers know it’s my programme, they won’t raise those
us-versus-them kind of slogans. The kind of support I get, particularly from
the youth, because I won’t go that way is really what gives me hope,” he said.
He keeps emphasising that infrastructure benefits everyone.
Jaleel’s plans for Aurangabad are setting up a skill development university and
increasing the city’s flight connectivity. At present, Aurangabad airport’s
facilities include a carrom board and limited air conditioning, but Jaleel
hopes to accommodate private airlines and even international players.
campaigning in 2019, four-time sitting MP from Aurangabad, Shiv Sena’s
Chandrakant Khaire raised the slogan “Baan pahije ki Khan pahije? [Do you want
the bow and arrow — Shiv Sena’s party symbol — or the Khan?]” Jaleel, on the
other hand, talked about local issues and development, and it resonated with
many in the city.
Jaleel emerged as a frontrunner against Khaire, it was a surprise to most
people, but not to Jaleel. “If I hadn’t been sure of winning, I wouldn’t have
stood for election,” he said.
confidence came from knowing the electoral mathematics favoured him since the
Maratha vote was divided between independent candidate Harshvardhan Jadhav and
the Shiv Sena. He also knew there was disgruntlement at Khaire, even among Sena
Khaire and I got almost the same number of votes shows the mentality of the
people,” said Jaleel, who won by a slim margin of 4,492 votes.
the reality is that I happen to be a Muslim, but my work as an MLA has proved
itself. In the 2019 general elections, Brahmins voted for me, Marathas voted
for me, Dalits came out openly and voted for me,” he said.
among those who haven’t voted for Jaleel, there’s grudging admiration. Sunil
Gaikwad, a driver who works for a taxi service and is a Sena supporter, said,
“Jaleel is a Muslim leader so of course he’s done things for Muslim areas in
the city, but he doesn’t only help Muslims.”
is keenly aware that Muslims need better representation in India. According to
the Pew Research Centre, the share of Muslims in the Lok Sabha was at a 50-year
low after the general elections of 2014, when 23 out of 545 MPs were Muslim.
The number has risen to 27 in the 17th Lok Sabha, marking a decade high.
“There’s a desperate need to improve the quality of our political leaders,
especially in the Muslim community. Rather than tokenism, we need leaders we
can look up to and traditionally, we’ve got the opposite,” said Dr Hameed Khan,
a professor at BAMU.
a progressive Muslim who has despaired at the leaders claiming to represent his
community, Jaleel understands his success is a beacon of hope for particularly
the underprivileged who feel ghettoised and vilified.
is no harm in Muslims projecting a Muslim, dreaming of having a Muslim MP in
the Parliament,” said Jaleel. “But the important thing is, push for candidates
from within communities who are good, have a clean image, and are educated.
We’ve got to look beyond parties.” The label of ‘Muslim leader’ sits
uncomfortably on Jaleel’s shoulders. “I would like to be seen as MP of
Aurangabad, not as a Muslim MP. And that I will do with the work,” he said.
English actor Riz Ahmed has opened up about Muslim representation in Hollywood,
Islamophobia and the discrimination he faces because of his race, saying the
current times are “super scary”.
Creative Artists Agency’s Amplify leadership summit focusing on diversity and
multicultural issues across entertainment, sports, tech and politics, Ahmed
headed a panel where he revealed that he has been constantly stopped and
searched at airports. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ahmed said that a
similar incident recently happened when he was travelling to Chicago for the
Star Wars convention and was stopped by Homeland Security “from boarding the
Minhaj) can win a Peabody, I can win an Emmy, Ibtihaj Muhammad can go to the
Olympics, but some of these obstacles are systemic and we can’t really face
them alone, we need your help.
basically here to ask for your help, because it’s really scary to be a Muslim
right now. Super scary. I’ve often wondered, is this going to be the year when
they round us up, if this is going to be the year they put Trump’s registry
into action. If this is going to be the year they ship us all off,” he said.
who won the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Emmy for his
starring role in HBO’s The Night Of, becoming the first South-Asian man to win
the award, added that the easiest way to win elections today is through
I do what I do is because like all of you here, I’m a code-switcher. We all
know how to change the way we talk, the way we dress, the way we walk as we
enter one room or another. We all know how to navigate terrain that isn’t of
our own making. That’s how I can do it, but that’s not why I do what I do. The
why is because I don’t want to have to code-switch anymore,” he said.
May, Ahmed had shared an account highlighting the racism his brother, Kamran
Ahmed, a psychiatrist, faced on a recent trip to Australia.
ruling party has an Islamophobia problem, independent study reveals
United Kingdom’s (UK’s) ruling Conservative Party to which the acting Prime
Minister Theresa May and the front runner PM-candidate Boris Johnson belong,
has an Islamophobia problem, an independent study found.
poll of Tory members found out that nearly half its members would not prefer to
have a prime minister from the Muslim community. The poll conducted by YouGov,
an independent public opinion and data company, for an anti-racism group ‘Hope
Not Hate’, found out that more than two-thirds of party members believe the
myth that some parts of the UK are under the Sharia law and 45% think that
parts of the country are not safe for non-Muslims.
survey also found that while half the Tory members believe Islamophobia is a
real issue, only 8% believed that Islamophobia is an issue in the party.
recent findings of the YouGov survey only seem to lend credence to the numerous
allegations and journalistic inquiries into the handling of such issues by UK’s
the grassroots to the great offices of state, Conservative members buy into
racist myths, with almost half unwilling to have a Muslim prime minister – and
only 8% [saying they would be] proud to have one – and most denying there’s
even an issue to confront,” Matthew McGregor, Hope Not Hate’s campaigns
of accusations: a leaked dossier
month ago, the Guardian, quoting a report said that the party was dealing with
100 alleged cases of Islamophobia in its ranks including several that
previously went unreported. “More than 100 accusations of Islamophobia and
other forms of racism were made against people claiming to be Conservative
party members in a leaked dossier,” the newspaper said quoting an ITV report.
leaked dossier included allegations that Tories called Islam a “cult” which is
being allowed to “take over the country” and described the Muslim population of
the country as “infestation” which causes “mayhem wherever they invade”. The
ITV said quotes in the dossier referred to Muslims as “radicals” who “plan to
turn the UK into an Islamic state”.
Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) urged the UK’s Equality and Human Rights
Commission (EHRC), the country's human rights watchdog, to initiate an inquiry
into the alleged Islamophobia in the party. The request by the Muslim body was
made on a day when the EHRC launched a formal investigation into allegations of
anti-Semitism in the Labour party.
the same month, EHRC wrote to the party after receiving the complaints.
McGregor, campaigns director at ‘Hope Not Hate’ group which commissioned the
YouGov survey responding to the accusations told the Guardian that “these
revelations have become depressingly familiar because the Conservative party
has failed to tackle this crisis of Islamophobia in its ranks.”
Islamophobia? No thanks, we’re Tories
debate on the issue got ever fiercer after Theresa May-led Conservative Party
government in May this year rejected a definition of Islamophobia proposed by
the all-party parliamentary group on British Muslims. The definition was
accepted by all other parties in the UK including the Labour, the Liberal
Democrats and the Scottish Conservatives but not the Conservatives.
definition adopted by MPs cutting across party lines in December 2018 stated
that “Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets
expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.”
UK government replied that the definition needed further consideration.
party leader and UK’s current Foreign Secretary Sajid Javid challenged Boris
Johnson, who is the front runner for country’s highest office, to initiate an
independent investigation into the allegations during a recent debate on the
BBC. After initially agreeing to it, Jhonson went back on his commitment saying
he favours a “general investigation” into all forms of prejudice instead.
on the Conservative Party website, Johnson said: “What we’ve committed to is a
general investigation into all types of prejudice and discrimination including
I took it up with Saj (Sajid Javid) afterwards and he said that actually, if I
understand it correctly, what we've committed to is a general investigation
into all types of prejudice an investigation into all types of prejudice and
discrimination, including anti-semitism,” he said.
also failed to retract earlier comments comparing women in burqas to
“letterboxes” and “bank robbers” in a column he wrote for The Daily Telegraph.
He was accused and later cleared of breaching Conservative Party’s code of
conduct by using the language. Tell MAMA, an organisation that monitors
anti-Muslim hate crimes later said there was “direct link” between the former
Foreign Secretary’s comments and an uptick in incidents targeting burqa-clad
prominent Tory and former party co-chair Sayeeda Warsi had in the past
described the problem in the party as “institutional”.
springs eternal in Torylandia
YouGov poll in the online survey of 864 Conservative members found out 76 per
cent of the respondents think that the party is doing “all it reasonably can”
to fight anti-Muslim prejudice and racism and only 15 per cent thought more is
needed to be done by the party.
office denies adopting China’s position on Xinjiang during speech in Beijing
LUMPUR, July 1 — Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mujahid
Rawa’s office is disputing an article portraying him as saying reports on
China’s policies against Muslims in Xinjiang could be false.
a statement today, his office challenged the Free Malaysia Today article titled
“In Beijing speech, Mujahid speaks of 'false news' on Xinjiang” published on
June 28 that was based on Mujahid’s speech, calling it confusing, inaccurate
and taken out of context.
the minister’s speech, he did not say the word Xinjiang or the ethnic Uyghur.
The word ‘false news’ was used to paint the scenario where false news could
adversely affect the relationship between countries and the people.
Muslim community in China does not consist only of Uighurs but come from other
ethnicities as well such as the Hui, Kazakh, Uzbeks and Tajik. Therefore, the
FMT report is very inaccurate and irresponsible,” the statement said.
portal reported that Mujahid was referring to Xinjiang when he said false news
about Muslims in China being oppressed could trigger a wave of sympathy to the
oppressed and affect relationships, making comparison to claims of Hindus in
Malaysia being mistreated that which could trigger hatred towards the Muslim
minority in India.
report came after another controversy when he referred to an Uighur detention
or “re-education” camp as a “training and vocational institution”.
groups and advocates have described these as concentration camps based on the
testimony of former inmates.
department said that Mujahid had visited China between June 23 and 30 to
strengthen diplomatic ties between Malaysia and China by exchanging opinions
and information on issues regarding peace, religion and socio economics, and
not just to visit the ethnic Uighurs.
others, Mujahid met with United Front Work Department deputy minister HE Wang
Zuoan, where he spoke of opportunities to expand on the halal industry in
Malaysia, issues on handling the haj pilgrimage and imams in China.
minister spoke about how Malaysia could help the imams better play their role
in China,” said the statement, explaining that China has around 20 million
Muslims from all ethnicities, around 30,000 mosques and tens of thousands of
was accompanied by the Islamic Development Department of Malaysia (Jakim)
director general as well as officers from the Foreign Ministry for guidance and
he was in China, the minister did not act against any guidelines given,” said
had in his meetings, emphasised on the freedom of religion and respecting the
individual’s rights to worship. This is the first time a minister from Malaysia
has spoken about religious issues to a China representative, and the feedback
has been very positive,” it added.
his speech at the Beijing Foreign Studies University, Muhajid had spoke on
basic human rights regardless of race or religion and how inter religious
dialogue helped to solve some issues, adding that Malaysia rejected any kind of
violence or discrimination.
Sudanese protesters killed, 181 wounded in Sunday demonstrations
people were killed and 181 others were wounded in Sudan during Sunday mass
demonstrations, the state news agency (SUNA) reported citing the health
a doctors committee linked to the protest movement said that five protesters
were killed during mass demonstrations that rocked the country as tens of
thousands of people protested against the ruling generals.
death of four martyrs in the city of Omdurman on the road of our victorious
revolution brings the number of martyrs to five” in Sunday’s protests, the
committee said, after it reported earlier that a protester was shot dead in the
town of Atbara.
are several seriously wounded by the bullets of the military council militias
in hospitals of the capital and the provinces,” it added.
witnesses said that the Sudanese police fired tear gas at protesters in three
districts of Khartoum on Sunday.
deputy head of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council, Gen. Mohamed Hamdan
Daglo, has called for “an urgent and comprehensive agreement” with the Forces
for Freedom and Change (FFC) opposition coalition.
seek a comprehensive peace in Sudan that does not exclude anyone. The mission
of the transitional council is to protect the Sudanese revolution,” Daglo,
known as Hemedti, said.
Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website quoted Secretary-General of Asa'eb
al-Haq Sheikh Qais al-Khaz'ali as saying on Saturday that Washington and Tel
Aviv seek to overthrow the Iraqi government and turn the country into a second
added that the US wants to use the peaceful protests in Basra to decompose
Iraq, warning that if their goal is materialized, the situation in Iraq will be
the worst in the world and all of its cities will be separated from the
the commander of Basra police announced in a statement on Saturday that
mercenaries of foreign spy agencies want to turn the peaceful protests held to
demand better government services in the region violent by attacking the public
and private properties.
number of people were injured in clashes with the local police amid protests
against lack of basic services that recently took place in the Southeastern
city of Basra, local media reported on Saturday, citing a source in the
country's security forces.
Iraqi Al-Sumaria broadcaster reported that the local police dispersed
protesters in the center of the city using tear gas and detained several
officers stopped protesters from getting closer to a house of a governor,
according to the broadcaster.
protests in Basra broke out in early September when people took to the streets
to express their discontent over shortages of drinking water and electricity.
Military troops were called in after demonstrations turned violent.
Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted local sources in the towns of A'azaz,
Afrin, Jarabulus and al-Bab which have been occupied by the Turkish army as
saying that these regions witness bomb blasts, explosion of bomb-laden
vehicles, shootings, infighting among terrorist groups, robbery, killing and
plundering of people's properties on a daily basis.
added that establishment of security in these regions is impossible due to the
deployment of the Turkish occupying
forces and lack of government and judiciary bodies, saying that a large number
of young people have fled these areas to the Syrian army-controlled regions.
sources also revealed that the Turkish army which has lost a large number of
its affiliated militants and is facing the young people's unwillingness to join
the Ankara-backed militants has ordered its fighters to avoid releasing reports
of blasts, assassinations and infightings.
intensified insecurities in A'azaz and al-Bab have made the foreign exchange
and gold shops to go on a general strike.
reports said earlier this month that over 2,800 civilians were arrested by the
Turkish Army and its allied militants in line with the crackdown on the local
population by occupying forces in Northern Syria.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the Ankara-backed Free
Syrian Army (FSA) terrorists detained at least 31 civilians on different
charges, including cooperation with Kurdish units by attacking their houses in
the towns of Kafar Zit, lower and upper Kafar Daleh as well as Kazieh in Afrin
in Northwestern Aleppo.
noted that 2,038 civilians, out of 2,800 arrested since the occupation of
Afrin, are still in custody of the Turkish Army and its allied militants.
civilians, including a toddler, were killed and 21 injured in Israeli missile
strikes near Damascus late Sunday, Syria’s state news agency SANA reported.
AFP correspondent in Damascus reported hearing loud explosions during the
Syrian news agency said the missiles struck near Damascus and in Homs province.
air defences confronted enemy missiles launched by Israeli warplanes (...)
towards some of our positions in Homs and in the vicinity of Damascus,” SANA
said, quoting a Syrian military source.
details were given on the positions.
Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment on the report.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, said the strikes
hit several Iranian positions near Damascus and targeted a research center and
a military airport west of the city of Homs where Hezbollah and Iranians are
Abdel Rahman, the observatory chief, said the strikes injured some of these
people who were accompanying Lebanon’s Minister of State for Refugee Affairs
Saleh al-Gharib have been killed when gunmen opened fire on their convoy in the
governorate of Mount Lebanon, sources said.
area where the incident took place near Aley is loyal to anti-Damascus Druze
leader Walid Jumblatt, whose Progressive Socialist Party (PSP) denied any
involvement in the incident.
an interview with Lebanon’s al-Jadeed TV, Gharib said that “what happened was
an armed ambush and a clear assassination attempt.”
reports said that gunmen fired at the minister convoy, during which three of his
bodyguards were injured, two died later of their wounds.
to towns and villages in Mount Lebanon were blocked by supporters of Jumblatt
who opposed a visit by Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, the head of the
Free Patriotic Movement Chief, to the area.
Progressive Socialist Party (PSP) added that the minster’s bodyguards fired on
the protesters despite their attempts to open the road and remove the
top court of appeal has reversed a decision to revoke the citizenship of 92
jailed Shia nationals who have been convicted of allegedly forming a “terrorist
group,” but has upheld their original prison terms.
Sunday, the Court of Cassation, Bahrain’s highest court, “overturned the
decision to strip the 92 people of their citizenship,” AFP quoted an unnamed
judicial source as saying.
April, Bahrain’s High Criminal Court sentenced 138 people to prison terms of
various lengths and stripped them of their Bahraini citizenship over the
charges of purportedly forming a “terror cell.”
then, the court sentenced 69 defendants to life imprisonment, 39 to 10 years,
23 to seven years, one to five years, and six to three years.
Bahraini opposition lambasted the verdict at the time, and Amnesty
International decried it as a “mockery of justice” and an instance of “mass
92 defendants who regained their citizenship on Sunday were among the 138
individuals, and according to the source, only the decision on revoking their
citizenship has been overturned “but their prison terms remain the same.”
source further said that 96 of the defendants were also fined 100,000 Bahraini
dinars (265,000 dollars) each, adding that the Court of Cassation would issue a
final verdict. But the timing of that decision was not clear.
of anti-regime protesters have held demonstrations in the tiny Persian Gulf
country on an almost daily basis ever since a popular uprising began there in
have been demanding that the Al Khalifah regime relinquish power and allow a
just system representing all Bahrainis to be established.
has gone to great lengths to clamp down on any sign of dissent. On March 14,
2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were deployed to
assist Bahrain in its crackdown.
ties in focus as Saudi Crown Prince tours G20 host country
Furat Bantan is a Saudi translator who has been working in Japan for the past
13 years. He says his life’s goal is simple: To become one of the best Arab
translators of the Japanese language and eventually to become a bridge between
the Arab world and Japan.
is currently a translator for the embassy of Lebanon, having earlier worked for
the Arab Islamic Institute of Tokyo. The institute, which is an affiliate of
the Al-Imam Mohammad ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh, was a gift to Japan
from the Saudi government with the hope it would help to build cultural ties
and foster understanding of Arabic culture.
want to deepen my understanding of Japanese culture and religion so that I can
relate to their way of thinking and become able to convey Islamic teaching in a
way that they accept and understand,” Bantan told Arab News.
is one of the most practiced religions in the world, with the Pew Research
Center putting the number of Muslims at about 1.6 billion worldwide. Islam also
has one of the highest growth rates of all the world’s faiths, with the Pew
survey projecting that the number will rise to 2.8 billion in 2050.
the Japanese Muslim community is very small compared to the Muslim populations
of many other East Asian countries. Although the exact size remains a matter of
speculation, official studies have put it at 100,000-185,000, which for a
country of 126.8 million people does seem tiny. Put differently, Muslims make
up less than 0.1 percent of Japan’s population.
Muslims in Japan lack in numbers, however, they make up for with spirit. A
number of organizations are dedicated to preserving Islamic traditions and
providing religious services. Among the more prominent ones are the Japan
Islamic Trust, the Islamic Center of Japan, and the Nippon Asia Halal
are more than 200 mosques scattered across the country, ranging in size from
large, elaborate structures such as the Tokyo Camii in the Shibuya district of
the city to small prayer rooms in universities and public-transport facilities.
recent years, Indonesian Muslims in Japan have been organizing donations and
collecting funds to build small mosques in apartment buildings and offices in
rural areas for the benefit of Muslims who live outside the larger metropolitan
Arab Islamic Institute of Tokyo, where Bantan used to work, provides free
Arabic classes to Japanese citizens interested in learning the language. More
people are interested in taking the classes than one might imagine, he told
Arab News, adding that “Japanese people are a lot more curious about Islam in
today’s political climate.”
said he has seen many Japanese embrace Islam after being exposed to the lessons
and cultural guidance of the local Islamic organizations. “In my time with the
Arab Islamic Institute, I would see two to three people a week coming in to
take their shahadah,” he said, refering to the Muslim profession of faith.
even have Japanese Islamic preachers now, experts on Islam who are having an
impact on bringing their own people into the fold.”
reason Japan’s Muslims form a small demographic today has a lot to do with the
way Islam reached the country. The religious history of Japan is very different
from that of most other East Asian countries, notably China, where Islam has
been practiced for more than 1,400 years as a result of efforts by Prophet
Muhammad’s Companions to visit China for trade and to spread the message of
Islam. Ibn Khordadbeh, a Persian geographer, is believed to have been the first
person to bring Islam to Japan as early as the 9th century. However, the Muslim
population gained significance only after the Bolshevik Revolution, when
Turko-Tatar Muslims fleeing Russia were given asylum in Japan. These refugees
later came into contact with the local population, resulting in a number of
Japanese choosing to convert to Islam.
important event in the history of Islam in Japan was the completion of the
translation of the Holy Qur’an in 1968 by Umar Mita, a Japanese Muslim whose
original name was Ryoichi Mita. With the approval of the Muslim World League in
Makkah, the Japanese Qur’an was first published in 1972.
Japan has extensive business relations with the Islamic world. The volume of
annual trade between Japan and Saudi Arabia alone is currently worth $26.67
billion. For Saudi Arabia, Japan is the top global export destination, the
second-largest source of foreign capital and the third-biggest trading partner.
how easy or difficult is life for a Muslim in Japan today? As a Saudi immigrant
who has lived in Japan for almost 12 years now, Abdulaziz Alforieh knows the
pros and cons well. He received a master’s degree from the Nippon Institute of
Technology and elected to live on in Japan. He runs a company with local
said he has had no bad experience due to his faith, which he thinks is because
Japanese are not the kind to openly discuss topics such as religion with
strangers or casual acquaintances.
they are aware that you observe a certain type of religion, they are very
respectful of it, whether they approve of it internally or not. If I’m out in
public and I need to find a corner to pray in, no one minds,” Alforieh told
is rather difficult to find halal food, he said, although speaking Japanese can
make a big difference. “It is difficult to find English-language speakers
outside of tourist areas,” he said. “But as long as you can communicate with
the locals, finding Muslim-friendly food is that much easier.”
thing that Alforieh has noticed is that Japanese media outlets tend to focus on
the more misunderstood aspects of Islam. These topics stir a lot of interest
but do nothing to educate the audience, he said, referring to the taboo against
eating pork or drinking alcohol (two staples of Japanese cuisine) and the idea that
every Saudi man has four wives.
we all do our part to correct those misconceptions, and hope we can make an
impact,” he said.
observing Ramadan in Japan, Alforieh saidd he finds it easier to fast there
than back in Saudi Arabia. “Every company I’ve worked for has been
Muslim-friendly,” he said. “Colleagues became interested in fasting after
seeing me do it and tried it out for themselves. Being busy at work makes time
fly. I hardly even notice it.
miss the atmosphere of celebrating Eid with my family, though. Despite the best
efforts of the Islamic community, it just doesn’t feel the same here as it does
Muslims, Alforieh and Bantan, the translator, each have a message for the
people of Japan. “Everything you do pays off. Keep trying to put good out into
the world,” Alforieh said.
Ansari 18th mob violence victim in Jharkhand in three years
Ansari (22), who died after being assaulted by a mob on the suspicion of theft,
was the 18th victim of mob violence in Jharkhand in the past three years.
incidents were triggered by a variety of factors, ranging from suspicion of
cattle slaughter and theft, and child-lifting rumours.
total of eight cases were registered pertaining to these deaths. Most of these
cases are pending trial. Convictions have been secured in only two cases — of
these, life term sentence was suspended in one.
March 18, 2016, Mazlum Ansari and Imteyaz Khan were beaten to death and their
bodies hung from a tree in Jhabar village. The perpetrators were allegedly
members of one Gau Rakshak Samiti, who attacked the duo when they were taking
eight oxen to a local market for sale.
sessions court in December 19, 2018, convicted eight accused for murder and
sentenced them to life imprisonment. In the order, the Additional Sessions
Judge said, “The convicts deserve no sympathy either of the society or of this
court, therefore, the maximum sentence may be awarded to all the eight convicts
so that message may go to the society and none can think to repeat such type
crime in future.”
June 29, 2017, Alimuddin, alias Asgar Ansari, was intercepted by a mob on
suspicion that he was carrying beef in his van. The mob allegedly assaulted him
and set the car on fire. Ansari later succumbed to the injuries. In March 2018,
a fast-track court convicted and sentenced 11 accused, including BJP leader
Nityanand Mahto, to life imprisonment for the murder. Another accused is a
juvenile and the case is on in the Juvenile Justice Board.
months later, Jharkhand High Court granted bail to 10 out of 11 accused and
suspended their life-term during the pendency of the appeal in view of “lack of
evidence on specific assault”. Ansari’s family will appeal against the order in
May 18, 2017, four people, Haleem, Nayeem, Sajjad and Siraj Khan, were lynched
in Shobhapur and Padnamsai over rumours of child lifting. The mob also attacked
the policemen who went to rescue the victims. Two cases were registered — one
for the lynchings and another for obstructing public servant on duty. The first
case is pending trial. In the second case, a fast-track court in July 2018 convicted
12 people and sentenced them to four years of imprisonment for “obstructing and
assaulting government officials on duty, attacking with deadly weapons,
trespassing into other’s house, disturbing law and order, breaking public
May 18, 2017, brothers Vikas Verma and Gautam Verma, their grandmother Ram
Chandra Devi and their friend Gangesh Gupta were attacked by a mob following
child-lifting rumours. Uttam, the brother of Vikas and Gautam, had said he went
with his brother to look for a land for building toilets when the villagers
demanded to see their IDs.
also asked their 70-year-old grandmother to provide proof that they were not
child-lifters. They were allegedly beaten to death. A case under charges of
murder and other sections was registered at Baghbera Police Station against 17
accused. The trial is on in the court of Additional Sessions Judge.
August 19, 2017, a tribal Christian, Ramesh Minz, and others were attacked by a
group of cow vigilantes in Barkol area of Garhwa over the suspicion that they
had killed an ox. Minz died while he was in judicial custody and it was alleged
that doctors didn’t treat him properly. A case was registered and is currently
at evidence stage pending trial. A case was also registered against the victims
under the Jharkhand Bovine Animal Prohibition of Slaughter Act.
September 5, 2018, three persons were beaten up by residents of Tisibar village
on the suspicion that they were thieves. Police said the three went to the village
to meet the family of a girl in connection with a marriage proposal. They were
were rushed to hospital where one Bablu Mushar died. Police had said a burglary
occurred in the area the night before and rumour spread that these three played
a role in it. A case was registered against the villagers. The case is pending
trial at evidence stage.
June 13, 2018, Chiraguddin and Murtaza Ansari were caught by villagers for
allegedly stealing buffaloes and were beaten to death by a mob in Bankatti village.
Police arrested four persons and later registered two cases — one for the
murder of Ansari and Chiraguddin and another against people with Ansari for
allegedly stealing buffaloes. A chargesheet was filed and the matter is at
evidence stage pending trial.
April 10, 2019, a mob attacked four men in a field between Jhurmo and Jairagi
villages. Police rushed the four — all tribal Christians — to a community
health centre where one Prakash Lakra was declared dead. The others, identified
as Peter Phuljans, Belasus Tirkey and Janriush Minz were sent to Ranchi for
treatment. A case of murder was registered against seven people of Jairagi
village. A case was also registered against the victims under the law against
cow slaughter. Both cases are under investigation and the chargesheet has not
yatra takes place with their support’: J&K governor lauds role of Muslims
day before the beginning of the 46-day Amarnath yatra, Jammu & Kashmir
Governor Satya Pal Malik Sunday lauded the role of local Muslims in ensuring
the smooth conduct of the annual pilgrimage over the years.
said while the government oversees the security aspect of the pilgrimage, it is
conducted with the support of the locals.
security for the yatra is our responsibility and we are taking care of it. But
police or Army do not conduct the yatra. For many years, the Amarnath Yatra is
being conducted by the people of Kashmir, especially our Muslim brothers. The
yatra takes place with their support,” Malik told reporters here.
46-day annual pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Lord Shiva in south Kashmir
Himalayas will commence on Monday and conclude on August 15. “If all of us work
together, it will be successful,” Malik added.
statement comes days after Home Minister Amit Shah visited the state and
reviewed the security arrangements for the annual pilgrimage in the Himalayas.
Shah laid emphasis on securing the twin routes to the Himalayan cave shrine and
preparations to deal with “any natural calamity”.
ensure a smooth passage of the yatra convoys on the national highway, extra
security measures have been put in place by the government, with state police,
Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) and the army providing protection. Radio
Frequency Identification (RFID) tags have been affixed in all the vehicles so
as to have real-time information about their position.
first batch of 2,234 Amarnath pilgrims comprising men, women, children and
sadhus left for the valley from Jammu Sunday. The pilgrims will travel to the
holy shrine of Amarnath located 3,888 Mts above sea level in the Himalayas
beginning Monday morning.
Shahi Imam of Delhi’s famous Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari has attacked the
Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre over rising incidents of mob
lynching and the alleged killing of Muslims in the name of cow protection.
to the chargesheet filed by the Congress government in Rajasthan against 2017
Alwar mob lynching victim Pehlu Khan and his two sons on charges of cattle
smuggling, the Shahi Imam said that the government has become a mute spectator
to such incidents.
a press release issued by his office, the Shahi Imam said, ‘’people are making
a mockery of the law and the government is doing nothing to stop such
Bukhari said that Muslims in India were suffering due to the discriminatory
attitude of the government. An Indian Muslim is fighting a war every day for
his survival. He is being threatened, suppressed and terrorised every day.
Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid warned that Muslims are now running out of patience.
‘’Several years since the country gained Independence, Muslims in India are yet
to get justice,’’ he said.
Shahi Imam also attacked the Rajasthan government for filing the chargesheet
against Pehlu Khan, who was killed by a violent mob of cow vigilantes in Alwar
in 2017 on suspicion of cow smuggling.
also condemned the recent mob lynching incident in Jharkhand.
Bukhari had in past written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking stern
action against mob lynching and alleged atrocities on minorities, including
Dalits and Muslims in India.
his letter, Imam Bukhari alleged that the Modi government has failed to deliver
its poll promise ‘sabka sath sabka vikas’.
only against love jihad, not opposed to interfaith marriages’
VHP is not against interfaith marriages but a conspiracy is on under which a
Muslim youth in a pre-planned manner traps a Hindu girl and then converts her
to his religion by taking undue advantage of her innocence,” VHP national
spokesperson Vinod Bansal told PTI in Jammu on June 30.
to PTI after the conclusion of the VHP’s two-day central managing committee
meeting in Jammu, Mr. Bansal said the issue of “love jihad” was also discussed
in the meeting, chaired by its national president Vishnu Sadashiv Kokje and
attended by 225 senior office-bearers.
never opposed marriage of couples belonging to different religions. We are
against ‘love jihad’. If there is no mala fide intention, we have no issue
(with interfaith marriage),” said Mr. Bansal.
VHP meeting also demanded tough action against cow slaughter and advocated a
separate Ministry for the protection of the animal, revered by Hindus.
said the meeting, which concluded on June 30, demanded a separate cow
protection Ministry to oversee an end of the cow slaughter in the country and
an early construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya. “The meeting expressed hope
that the Central government will take necessary steps for the construction of
Ram Temple. The people of the country will render full cooperation to the
government in this regard,” he said.
want government to act tough against cow slaughter,” said Mr. Bansal, claiming
that incidents of mob lynching is being blown out of proportion as only a few
incidents had taken place and the reason later turned out to be something else.
Hindus have a sentiment attached with the cow and the people of other religions
should respect it even as the cow is equally beneficial for all.
condemn all incidents of violence against anyone including cow vigilantes who
often come on roads after they feel nothing is done to protect the revered
animal. Nobody is speaking against the atrocities committed against them,” he
vigilantes are protecting animals and cannot imagine taking away human lives,
claimed Mr. Bansal. Referring to the killing of Tabrez Ansari in Jharkhand, Mr.
Bansal said though his death looks suspicious, an incident of crime should be
seen through the criminal angle only.
Bansal said the meeting also discussed the alleged practice of having Christian
missionaries in management committees of some temples in parts of south India
and being given money out of the temples’ offerings. “The money should be spent
for the welfare of Hindus alone,” the VHP spokesperson said.
meeting was also apprised of the organisation’s oversees activities and the
steps being taken by it to promote Indian customs, traditions, nationalism and
selfless service among the new generation of countrymen living in different
parts of the world, he said.
DELHI: The martyrdom of 40 CRPF personnel in the Pulwama terror attack on
February 14 led to a deluge of donations from citizens to ‘Bharat ke Veer’
fund, a corpus set up by the home ministry in mid-2017 to financially aid
families of central paramilitary personnel killed in the line of duty. The
corpus has received donations worth Rs 242.15 crore till June 18 this year, a
massive jump from the Rs 19.43 crore contributed in 2018 and Rs 6.40 crore in
were also donated directly to the next-of-kin of martyred personnel, with Rs
14.20 crore contributed until June 18 this year as compared to Rs 6.58 crore in
2018 and Rs 11 crore in 2017.
can make voluntary contributions through the ‘Bharat ke Veer’ portal either
directly to the next-of-kin of martyred personnel whose details are put up for
public viewing, or by sending payments to the corpus fund. The donations can be
made by way of unified payment interface (UPI), online transfer or other modes.
per data quoted by minister of state for home G Kishan Reddy in reply to a
question in Rajya Sabha last week, funds contributed directly to the
next-of-kin of martyrs over two years since the launch of the initiative
totalled Rs 31.78 crore.
donated by common people from across the nation, keen to financially help
families of the 40 CRPF personnel who were killed when a Jaish fidayeen ramm-ed
his explosives-laden car into their convoy vehicle in Pulwama, really swelled
up ‘Bharat ke Veer’ corpus. Donations that poured in after February 14 ensured
that the total corpus sits at a neat Rs 267.98 crore since it was set up.
also informed the Elders last week that Rs 16.27 crore was distributed to the
next of kin of 267 CAPF personnel whose details were uploaded on the portal. Of
this, disbursements to CRPF martyrs stood at Rs 11.11 crore, BSF at Rs 3.30
crore, Assam Rifles at Rs 1.69 crore and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) at Rs 17.76
surge in hits on the portal by citizens even led the website to temporarily
slow down in the days following the Pulwama attack.
National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah on Sunday said talks were
the only way forward to herald peace in Jammu and Kashmir and hoped that the
Centre would soon take an initiative to start a dialogue in this regard with
Pakistan and all the other stakeholders.
also wished a blissful pilgrimage to those visiting the holy cave shrine of
Amarnath at a height of 3,880 metres in the south Kashmir Himalayas.
process of dialogue should be initiated with all shades of opinion in Jammu and
Kashmir, as also with Pakistan to achieve the larger objective of peace in the
state," he said on the sidelines of a function at Lakhanpur in Kathua
former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said history stood testimony to the
fact that all contentious issues were sorted out by sitting around the table
and hoped that the process of dialogue would be initiated by India and
Pakistan, "sooner the better".
recalled that former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had initiated talks
with Pakistan even after hostilities between the two neighbouring countries in
a bid to improve the relations.
beneficiaries of the dialogue will be the people of Jammu and Kashmir, who have
been bearing the brunt of the hostilities," Abdullah said while exuding
confidence that the Indo-Pak talks would lead to the culmination of violence in
reiterated that a dialogue with all the stakeholders with an avowed objective
of addressing the internal and external dimensions of the Jammu and Kashmir
imbroglio, which he described as "political" in character, would be a
major initiative towards lasting peace in the region.
NC has constantly been maintaining that Indo-Pak bonhomie will usher in a new
era of peace and prosperity in our state.
can achieve nothing but destruction," the former Union minister said.
the commencement of the 46-day-long Amarnath Yatra from here, he said the
pilgrimage was a symbol of communal harmony and hoped that it would further foster
the bonds of amity and brotherhood.
Hizbul Mujahideen militant was killed in an encounter with security forces in
central Kashmir on Sunday, police and army officials said.
gun fight was triggered after a cordon and search operation was launched by a
joint party of forces including police and army at Bugam in Chadoora area of
spokesman Manoj Kumar said militants fired on the search party forcing them to
retaliate. “In the ensuing encounter, a terrorist was killed,” he said.
slain terrorist has been identified as Hilal Bhat from Armulla Pulwama.
Affiliated with proscribed terror outfit HM. Involved in several terror crime
cases,” Kashmir police said in a tweet later.
police recovered arms and ammunition from the site of encounter. Earlier on
Friday, a Pakistani Jaish-e-Mohammad militant was killed in a gun battle with
security forces in the Budgam district.
shot at by ‘militants’
militants shot at a 25-year-old man in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district
on Sunday, police said. Sameer Ahmad Ahanger was critically injured after he
was fired upon by the militants at Old Town area of the north Kashmir district,
an officer said on condition of anonymity
children return to swimming pool one year after being forced to leave because
of their clothing
group of Muslim schoolchildren have returned to a public swimming pool, a year
after officials forced them to leave it because of their clothing.
school students from the Darul-Amaanah Academy were asked to leave the Foster
Brown pool in Delaware in June 2018.
children, who were participating in a summer Arabic enrichment camp, were
dressed in cotton shirts and shorts along with hijabs or headscarves.
manager who asked them to leave claimed that it was against city policy to wear
cotton in public pools.
A. Ismaa’eel, the academy’s principal, said she had been taking students to the
pool for three years before the incident.
nothing posted that says you can’t swim in cotton,” she said in 2018, according
to The News Journal.
the same time, there are other kids with cotton on … I asked, ‘Why are my kids
being treated differently?’”
manager later “had a police officer come over and ask what time [the group]
were leaving,” Ms Ismaa’eel said.
incident made national and international headlines and led to a discrimination
lawsuit filed by the group against the city of Wilmington.
Purzycki, the city’s mayor, initially defended the pool manager and said the
policy was due to cotton posing a safety risk.
Purzycki later apologised, following the media attention.
apologise to the children who were directed to leave a city pool because of the
religious-required clothing they were wearing,” he said.
also referred to vaguely worded pool policies to assess and then justify our
poor judgment, and that was also wrong.”
has since agreed to pay $50,000 (£39,000), to the group. The amount includes
$4,285 (£3,375) payments to each of the seven affected children.
city has also agreed to revise its policies and train employees to be more
Ismaa’eel returned with her students to the pool a year after the incident, as
it re-opened for the season, and said “it felt like home again.”
had a wonderful time,” she said.
officials criticised for attending opening of West Bank Israeli settler
top American officials – United States Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and Mideast
Envoy Jacob Greenblatt – attended the inauguration on Sunday of a new
archaeological site run by the City of David Foundation (Elad), an Israeli
settler group in the heart of disputed and occupied East Jerusalem.
criticised their presence, saying it reflected US support of Israeli
sovereignty in east Jerusalem, which would be a significant break with previous
US policy that has left Jerusalem’s status up to final negotiations. Israeli
settlements in occupied east Jerusalem are illegal under international law.
Friedman, in remarks at the event, denied the charge that his attendance was
political or reflected a policy shift, saying that only "the pursuit of
truth" was driving the excavations.
protester was arrested at a demonstration organised by Jewish anti-occupation
groups Peace Now and All That’s Left outside the event.
call these neighborhoods Wadi Hilweh and Silwan, while the Israeli government
refers to it as the City of David, as the biblical King David is said to have
Friedman and Mr Greenblatt's attendance raised controversy after the
Palestinian Authority and Israeli NGO Emek Shaveh, which is focused on the
politicisation of archaeology, condemned the move.
American presence at the event, alongside ministers of the Israeli government,
is a political act which is the closest the US will have come to recognising
Israeli sovereignty over the Old City basin of Jerusalem,” Emek Shaveh said in
a statement. “This is a further step in American support for the pro-settlement
policy in Jerusalem, and particularly the touristic-settlement projects.”
Greenblatt in turn tweeted out that claims the event was part of the
"Judaisation" of Jerusalem were "ludicrous. We can’t “Judaise”
what history/archeology show."
to the ceremony Mr Friedman told The Jerusalem Post that “I do not believe that
Israel would ever consider" giving up Silwan in a peace deal as “the City
of David is an essential component of the national heritage of the state of
Israel. It would be akin to America returning the Statue of Liberty.”
between American and Palestinian officials are already high after last week's
controversial "Peace for Prosperity" conference in Bahrain that
Palestinians boycotted. On Thursday, Mr Greenblatt added fuel to the fire by
saying that he preferred to call Israeli settlements “neighbourhoods” and
rejected claims that they are an impediment to peace.
might get there if people stop pretending settlements, or what I prefer to call
‘neighbourhoods and cities’, are the reason for the lack of peace,” he said at
forum for US-Israel relations in Jerusalem.
new site, called the Path of the Pilgrims, has been under evacuation for six
years through a partnership between Elad and Israeli antiquities and nature and
parks authorities. The path follows streets used by pilgrims from the time of
the second Jewish temple, according to Elad. The path also connects the City of
David National Park, Elad’s signature tourist attraction, to the Pool of Siloam
near the entrance to the Jewish Western Wall.
Shaveh, however, said that in the rush to add the new path and narrative, “the
horizontal excavation method and the paucity of scientific publications does
not enable us to establish with certainty when the road was built and how it
fit into the layout of the city of Jerusalem.”
top officials in the Israeli Antiquities Authority Israeli also criticised the
evacuation as “bad archaeology” and something the authority “could not be proud
of” in internal correspondence viewed by Israel’s Haaretz newspaper.
activists and groups like Emek Shaveh, moreover, have condemned Israel’s
politicisation of archeological sites and tourism in the area in order to push
out Palestinian residents and strengthen Israel’s claims and presence. Elad has
additionally been behind efforts to settle Jews in Palestinian parts of
Jerusalem by claiming through the legal system that the properties were
originally Jewish or by pressuring local residents to sell, sometimes unknowingly
residents in Wadi Hilweh claim that the tunnel digging under their homes has
caused structural damage to their properties. While there has been no formal
study, activist Jawad Siam, who heads the Wadi Silweh Information Centre, told
The National earlier this year that cracks in question only started to appear
in the last few years alongside the excavations.
Siam himself is fighting many legal cases and challenging fines against him
spanning years of activism. He most recently started a crowdfunding page online
to pay off tens of thousands of dollars in fines and legal costs related to
settlers successfully acquiring part of his family home.
of the United States Army War College recently disinvited a scholar and critic
of Islam from a speaking event at the Pennsylvania-based school that trains
senior military officers and civilians.
school spokesperson claims the event is postponed while officials look to find
another expert who can counterbalance the talk planned by Raymond Ibrahim, but
critics contend the school has essentially disinvited the scholar, a coptic
Christian from Egypt whose family has faced persecution.
decision to shelve the talk was made after the Center on American Islamic
Relations applied pressure to the college to disinvite Ibrahim, who was
originally invited to give a lecture on June 19 on his latest book, Sword and
Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West.
a controversial group in its own right, contacted the college’s Commandant Gen.
John Kem and Provost James Breckenridge, urging them to cancel the event
because “Raymond Ibrahim’s book … advance[s] a simplistic, inaccurate and often
prejudicial view of the long history of Muslim-West relations which we find
also published a news release on June 6 stating that, if college officials
invited Ibrahim, “it is also poised to exacerbate long-standing problems such
as racism and human rights violations that exist within the US military.”
a petition by Linda Sarsour’s MPower Change group on June 6 also called Ibrahim
an “Islamophobe” and advocated for his disinvitation.
rhetoric—characterizing Muslims as inherently angry, hostile, and prone to
terrorism against ‘the West’—normalizes and justifies violence against Muslims,
which is already a burgeoning problem for the military,” the petition stated.
response, Ibrahim emphasized on his blog that “not once does CAIR highlight a
certain passage or excerpt in its lengthy complaints to support its accusation
that the book ‘is based on poor research.’”
academics such as historian Victor Davis Hanson, Professor Paul Crawford, and
Professor James Lindsay have praised Ibrahim’s new book and his research.
calling Ibrahim extreme, CAIR is suspected of having terrorist links.
tells The College Fix that CAIR is “an aggressive Islamist organization which
has repeatedly been linked to terrorist and subversive activities—so much so
that the FBI has cut off all ties with it, and U.S. allies such as the U.A.E
designate CAIR, by name, as a ‘terrorist organization’—right up there with
ISIS, al-Qaeda, etc.”
U.S. government does not accuse CAIR of being a terrorist organization;
however, CAIR did have board members and staff accused of terrorism, has been
an “unindicted co-conspirator and/or joint venturer” of Hamas, and repeatedly
does not denounce the sponsors of Hamas and Hezbollah.
on June 10, the war college decided to cancel Ibrahim’s event and claimed to
“postpone” the event, according to a statement its officials gave to PennLive.
War College spokeswoman Carol Kerr wrote: “(The U.S. Army Heritage and
Education Center) sponsors Perspectives in Military History: an evening public
education program which draws a community audience that can include USAWC
students. The presentation of Mr. Raymond Ibrahim’s book is postponed so USAHEC
can pair Mr. Ibrahim’s military history insights in close proximity with
another historical perspective, at a time when the USAWC curriculum has
addressed historical analysis of influences on conflict.” The National
Association of Scholars notes that, despite claims of a postponement, it is “in
effect” a rescission and an “indefinite postponement” of Ibrahim’s ability to
host a lecture at the college.
has since promoted an open letter addressed to President Donald Trump urging
him “to use the ‘bully pulpit’… to restore Raymond Ibrahim’s lecture.” It is
also calling for “the Department of Defense to set up new procedures to ensure
that such pressures do not in the future prevent speakers from addressing
audiences at military educational institutions.”
Ricketts, the public affairs director of the National Association of Scholars,
told The College Fix in an email that, “For me, the disinvitation illustrates
the depth to which political correctness and the outrage/grievance industry
have saturated American educational and corporate institutions, with no
apparent thought of the injustice done, the negative influence on the morale of
the institution or, in this case, to the training of future defenders and
military strategists. Good PR in the short term seems to me the paramount
will be following this closely,” he added, “and we certainly hope that the Army
War College will reconsider this monumentally bad decision. Perhaps it will
recall that its mission is to train warriors, not social activists.”
Parliament Speaker Mustafa Sentop has said North Macedonia's NATO membership
protocol would be approved by the General Assembly of the Parliament by the end
remarks came during his visit to Bitola, southern city of North Macedonia.
to the reporters, Sentop said that each of the NATO member states should adopt
a protocol on the entry of North Macedonia into NATO.
has legal processes. However, as Turkey's parliament speaker I've referred to
our foreign affairs. I hope it will be discussed during Foreign Commission's
meeting next week. It will then be approved by our General Assembly, possibly
within a month," said Sentop.
added that Turkey and North Macedonia are two friendly and brotherly countries
and Turkey is one of the first to recognize North Macedonia's independence.
suspected stray missile crashed north of the Cypriot capital, Nicosia, early on
Monday, but no one was hurt, Turkish Cypriot officials said.
explosion occurred around 1 am in the region of Tashkent, also known as Vouno,
some 20 kilometres northeast of Nicosia, with the impact setting hills ablaze
and heard for miles around.
Akinci, the Turkish Cypriot leader, linked the incident to military operations
in the Middle East but said further investigations were underway by the
military to establish what it was.
is evident it is not something stemming from our soil... It is one of the bad
sides of the war in the region falling into our country," he said.
is close to Syria. Israeli warplanes fired missiles targeting Syrian military
positions in Homs and the Damascus outskirts overnight in an attack that killed
at least four civilians and wounded another 21.
verified, it would be the first time that Cyprus has been caught in the
crosshairs of military operations in the Middle East despite its proximity to
were studying debris at the crash site in the Tashkent area, said Kudret
Ozersay, foreign minister of Northern Cyprus, a breakaway state recognised only
findings indicate the object that caused the explosion was either an aircraft
carrying explosives or a direct explosive [missile]. The writings and signs on
the debris will allow us to understand exactly what happened soon," Mr
Greek Cypriot military analyst, Andreas Pentaras, said the debris suggested it
was a Russian-made S-200 missile.
assessment from the pictures made public shows the base of its wings. It has
Russian writing on it, so it suggests it is Russian made. Syria uses Russian-made
missiles, so a not-so-safe assessment would be it was .. an S-200"
missile, Mr Pentaras, a retired army general, told Sigma TV in Cyprus.
technology could have diverted the missile, he said.
strategy of waiting for the other side to blink claimed a familiar target when
the EU delivered last week on technical help for Tehran to overcome US
sanctions, despite public misgivings about Iran’s declared readiness to breach
limits of the 2015 nuclear deal.
on divisions between Washington and its allies, Iran renewed its push for
further concessions from Europe at a major meeting in Vienna on Friday,
demanding EU loopholes to make large oil sales. The meeting was to discus the
status of the nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of
Action, from which the United States pulled out last year.
said Iran lost tens of billions in oil revenue as a result of the sanctions,
affecting Tehran's backing for sectarian Shiite militias across the region. But
the EU's help to Iran so far centres on a barter mechanism called Instex,
mainly to make possible Iranian imports of medicine and basic commodities from
research note published last week by the Washington Institute for Near East
Policy said Iran gained leverage through two recently applied “instruments”:
reactivation of aspects of the nuclear programme and the capability to disrupt
oil supplies passing through the Strait of Hormuz.
two months ago the narrative centred on Washington’s unexpected success at
imposing real pain on Iran’s economy, today’s focus is on how dangerous and
volatile the region has become, with many world leaders now pushing for
compromise,” wrote Patrick Clawson and Mehdi Khalaji.
a sign of market gratification that could bolster the architects of Tehran's
strategy, the Iranian rial improved slightly after the activation of Instex,
reversing a fraction of the huge losses it had suffered since last year. The
rial was trading on the black market at 129,500 to the dollar on Sunday
compared to 132,000 on Friday, according to currency monitors Bonbast.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said progress made on helping
Iran in Vienna was not enough and he did not rule out continuation of Iranian
uranium enrichment beyond the limits set in the nuclear deal.
Araqchi’s slightly ambiguous language has been the hallmark of Tehran's policy
throughout the latest tensions: assuming a hardline posture while preserving a
diplomatic opening for those in Europe who would argue for accommodating Iran.
deal to curb Iran’s nuclear programme was signed with the five permanent UN
Security Council members and the EU. Iran had said it was prepared to break the
deal's limits on uranium stockpiles and on enrichment as part of its response
to the reimposition of US sanctions.
appears to have taken advanced steps in this regard but so far does not seem to
have actually breached the limits. A European official said progress had been
made in Vienna on the uranium issue but did not give details.
has intensified sanctions on Tehran since pulling out of the deal, citing
sunset clauses they say could allow a major relaunch of its nuclear programme,
the deal’s failure to halt its development of ballistic missiles and what US
officials term as the spread of Iran’s Shiite proxy militias as a core element
behind regional instability. In a move seen by Tehran as a major escalation,
the US last week targeted individuals and entities that deal with Iranian
supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei or officials serving under him.
political position had strengthened since attacks on oil tankers in Gulf in the
last two months raised the possibility of an open conflict. France and Germany
did not directly back US accusations that Iran was behind the attacks and led
Europe in resisting US efforts to support Washington’s “maximum pressure”
policy toward Tehran.
support within Europe for accommodating Iran – as long as it does not breach
the nuclear deal in a major way – lies in Berlin and Paris, as well as within
EU institutions. On Saturday Iranian state television said Tehran’s compliance
with its nuclear commitments depended on Europe’s ability to shield Iran from
sanctions, raising pressure on the EU to preserve the relationship.
British Prime Minister Theresa May should use her final days in power to
exploit Libyan assets frozen in Britain to pay victims of Irish republican
terrorism, an influential MP said on Sunday.
UK government confirmed last week that it secured £17 million in tax over the
past three years from £12 billion of funds frozen since 2011, when ousted
Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi was killed.
money should be used in a compensation scheme for victims of the Irish
Republican Army, said Nigel Dodds, deputy leader of a small Northern Irish
party that has propped up Mrs May’s government.
IRA fought a three-decade campaign in which hundreds of people were killed from
the late 1960s to have the UK leave Ireland.
Libyan regime supplied millions of pounds of arms and explosives to the IRA for
its campaign against the British government.
the final days of her premiership, the prime minister should take decisive
action and begin righting this terrible wrong,” Mr Dodds wrote in The Sunday
UK taxpayer should not be out of pocket for the actions of an evil dictator
if we wait until there is a political settlement with Libya then I fear many of
the victims who suffered as a result of Libyan Semtex and guns will never see a
Libyan regime’s supply of Semtex explosive in the mid-1980s led to a deadly
campaign of bombings across the UK.
targets included the Harrods store in London in 1983, in which six people were
killed, and London Docklands in 1996 where two people died and tens of millions
of pounds of damage was done.
MPs in April called on the government to enter into direct talks with Libya to
secure compensation for Qaddafi-sponsored terrorism.
request was rebuffed as the government said the compensation issue would be
better resolved when a divided Libya had a stable government.
Government has a longstanding position of not pursuing government-to-government
negotiations with Libya on behalf of victims of Qaddafi-sponsored IRA
terrorism,” it said last week.
stable Libyan government would be more able to deliver effectively on these
have been complaints that victims of Libyan-sponsored terrorism had been
compensated in the US, France and Germany, but not in the UK.
agreed to a deal in 2008 to compensate US victims but British victims were not
Government needs to ask itself whether it is content to continue profiting from
frozen Libyan assets while victims receive nothing,” said Simon Hoare, an MP
whose committee has pressured the government on the issue.
May will step down as prime minister on July 24 after a leadership contest
between current and former foreign secretaries, Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson.
disastrous decision to call national elections in 2017 led to her Conservative
Party losing a majority in the House of Commons.
22 mosques given funding for hate crime security last year
distrust of the Home Office’s counter-extremism strategy by British Muslims has
been cited as one of the obstacles to mosques using a government scheme to
protect places of worship from hate crime, after figures showed just 22
received funding last year.
£375,413 awarded to the mosques under the scheme is a tiny fraction of the £14m
provided by a separate government fund for assisting the Jewish community.
Applications by 24 mosques failed.
Muslim representatives do not criticise government funding to Jewish
counterparts, they are pressing for changes to a wider scheme funding security
for mosques, churches and temples at a time when most religious hate crime –
52% of all incidents last year – is aimed at Muslims.
to mosques taking advantage of the Home Office’s places of worship protective
security scheme – which was given a boost in funding after the Christchurch
attacks and reopens in July – include bureaucracy surrounding the application
process and the inability of mosques in some of the country’s poorest areas to
pay costs upfront before being reimbursed.
scheme had been closed at times when mosques needed to access it, including
during Ramadan and after Christchurch, according to the Muslim Council of
Britain (MCB), which laid out concerns in a document sent to the Home Office
after carrying out consultations in April and May.
serious changes, the MCB briefing says, the scheme “will fail to deliver the
desired outcomes of good uptake, trust and respect among Muslim and likely
other faith communities in Britain today”.
of the government’s Prevent strategy has led some Muslim communities to ignore
the fund, and instead fundraise to pay for their own security arrangements and
training, according to the MCB.
describing the provision of £5m over three years to support security training
as “well intentioned”, the document contrasted this with the much smaller pot
(£1.6m) for available for ‘physical security’ pointing out that most small to
medium sized places of worship lack basic CCTV and alarms “which are most
urgently needed first before training.”
was also expressed about the omission from the scheme of Northern Ireland and
Scotland in light of Islamophobic attacks in both countries.
largest number of applications for funding last year came from mosques in the
north-west and West Midlands, with 10 and 8 respectively, figures obtained by
the Guardian under the Freedom of Information Act show. Seven came from London,
where one successful applicant received £9,283.
also continue to access the scheme, with nine receiving a total of £126,832.32
member of the inter-faith advisory panel, which overseas applications for
funding under the scheme, said the uptake by mosques had been improving but
that there was an ongoing debate with other members about how it should be
Mughal said: “There basically needs to be much more money provided to cover the
scale of the threat. My own personal opinion is that the government cannot keep
pushing the line that all of the communities are in it together. The government
are playing politics on this and I don’t think that’s acceptable. They need to
act on the basis of which community is most at risk.”
received 46% of the total funding available last year, followed by Sikh
Gurdwaras (37%), churches (16%) and Hindu temples (1.06%).
Home Office spokesman said: “We are proud of our Muslim communities and are
absolutely committed to ensuring they, like everyone else, are able to practise
their faith in safety and free from fear.
this year the home secretary announced he had doubled funding for next year’s
places of worship protective security to £1.6m. We have also streamlined the
application process to make it easier to apply.”
said more than a third of grants in previous rounds of the scheme had been
awarded to mosques.
have to take it seriously when someone says: “You’re next”’
a glass entrance door, the brick was thrown just minutes after a group of
children had left the building last week, the third such attack on the Masjid
Ibrahim mosque in east London in as many months.
to Asim Uddin, the chair of the mosque management committee, he and fellow
worshipers in Plaistow have become resigned to having to largely fend for
themselves when it comes to funding the security of their 18-year-old place of
worship against the threats that have accompanied growing intolerance.
have learned that it’s better to be self sufficient and use the resources that
we have,” said Uddin.
said the mosque had a very good relationship with the police but criticised the
Home Office’s places of worship protective security scheme, saying: “When we
needed to get access it was not open.”
applied in the past but it’s quite complex. Then we were told that only 75% of
the funding will be given,” he said, referring to how the mosque considered
sourcing CCTV equipment. “It would have been £10,000 worth of equipment. We had
to generate our own resources and then we were restricted to particular
helped secure the mosque over Ramadan, but Uddin said the Home Office scheme
could be better used to provide wages for security guards.
concerns were echoed by Mohammed Kozbar, the chairman of Finsbury Park mosque
in north London, where one man was killed and nine others were injured when a
van was ploughed into them by the terrorist Darren Osborne, who was jailed for
life over the attack.
short-term increase in security was also put in place over Ramadan at the
mosque, which tends to be on the receiving end of threats that typically
multiply after events such as Christchurch.
cannot afford to ignore them. You have to take it seriously when someone calls
and says ‘you’re next’,” said Kozbar.
are now logged and suspicious mail is opened with gloves, after previous
incidents in which white powder was sent in envelopes. Despite this, the mosque
remains outward looking, welcoming homeless people for meals on a regular
basis, for example.
hangs a large banner bearing a line from the Qur’an – “and made you into
nations and tribes, that ye may know each other” – with a smaller poster on a
wall beneath advertising free self-defence training for women.
a small charity we have limited funds. At Ramadan, we had to find the resources
we needed to hire extra security, especially for nights, but couldn’t keep it
going,” said Kozbar.
(AA): A mosque inside a hospital in western Sweden was vandalized on Saturday
in a racist attack.
attackers at Molndal Hospital in Gothenburg city desecrated the holy Qur’an and
spilled soft drinks on the shelves and carpets of the mosque, the mosque
association said in a statement on social media.
association condemned the attack saying it had offended and hurt Muslims.
LUMPUR, July 1 — Accused of adopting 'creative accounting' in the management of
Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) funds, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department
Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa today threw the accusation back at Barisan Nasional
(BN) in the Dewan Rakyat.
doing so, Mujahid also revealed the huge disparity in the cost of managing Haj
pilgrims between 2018 and 2019.
one who manipulated is not us. We have experts. Whoever did the 'creative
accounting' is also not the government today. We inherited all that from the
want to give assurance here. The answer to the questions posed by Ketereh. In
the first quarter of 2019, the cost to manage Haj operations, which we handled,
compared to the first quarter of 2018, during which the chairman at that time
is also here with us (referring to Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim), is
2018, it was as much as RM262 million. When we took over, we reduced it by RM58
million to RM204 million,” Mujahid, who is in charge of religious affairs, told
the Dewan Rakyat.
was responding to a question by Ketereh MP Tan Sri Annuar Musa, who had accused
the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government of employing 'creative accounting' in TH’s
finance management, claiming that the management of the Muslim pilgrims’ fund
was causing contributors to be worried and suspicious of the approach taken by
the current government.
Parit Buntar MP also took a swipe at Annuar, saying that it was the Opposition
who were anxious and worried, and not the contributors, causing BN members and
Azeez to descend into a shouting match.
IDA NADIRAH IBRAHIM
LUMPUR, July 1 — Islam does not allow the declaration of wealth as this would
raise security concerns, says PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.
Kubang Kerian MP cited an Islamic scripture in objection against the special
motion to compel all lawmakers to declare their assets, stating that the safety
of the individuals who had declared their assets have to be taken into account,
as the proposed motion involves family members as well.
Islam, there is a hadeeth that says if God has given you wealth, do not delare
it to the public as there are many observers.
JAYA: Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today announced his return from garden
leave — six months after he had made the decision to do so.
made the announcement at a Hari Raya function in Sungai Sumun in Perak in
conjunction with the first anniversary of him being elected as party president.
reminded the people that he had been elected, not appointed, as party president
a year ago.
can no longer stand seeing the people being lied to and insulted.
beginning today, I am officially resuming my duties as Umno president,” he
said, concluding his speech with cries of Hidup Umno.
said he will continue to struggle on, even with 80 charges brought against him,
“even if 870 charges are brought against me; maybe even 8,700”.
can no longer see Umno being insulted. I can no longer see the struggle to
place Islam, as the greatest religion in Malaysia and in the whole world, being
boxed in and stomped upon.
can no longer stand seeing Malays being sidelined. I can no longer stand seeing
the people being lied to, being insulted, and being treated badly.”
told the crowd that he had previously stepped away to ensure Umno remained
night, former prime minister and Umno president Najib Razak said Zahid does not
need the approval of the Umno Supreme Council to resume his duties as party
said according to the party’s constitution, Zahid is still the head of the
party because he was rightfully elected to the position.
had made the decision himself to go on garden leave. It is up to him whether he
wants to come back. But according to the party constitution, he has the right
to lead as he was given the mandate to do so.”
went on garden leave on Dec 18 last year apparently to stem the tide of Umno
elected representatives leaving the party. Since then, his deputy, Mohamad
Hasan, has been acting president.
in his speech, Zahid told the crowd that the open house was a joint programme
between Umno and PAS in Bagan Datuk.
programme is a commitment shown by Umno and PAS, more so on the back of PAS
approving the political cooperation between PAS and Umno during its recent
willing, with Barisan Nasional, this political cooperation will be received
consensually, as an endorsement, a recognition of the leadership of PAS
president Abdul Hadi Awang.”
Turkish drone has been downed in Tripoli and two Turkish nationals arrested by
forces loyal to Libyan renegade General Khalifa Haftar after the two sides
exchanged severe warnings.
aircraft was targeted by Haftar's eastern Libyan air force at Tripoli’s Mitiga
military airbase, Haftar's war information division said on Facebook on Sunday.
traffic was halted on Sunday at the Libyan capital's only functioning civilian
airport, also at Mitiga, after what was described as an air strike.
in Eastern Libya also announced in a statement that they have arrested two
Turkish nationals over what they called Ankara's support for
"militias" in Libya.
comes as Ankara says "six" Turkish nationals are being held in Libya
by Haftar’s forces. Turkey has warned that there would be consequences if they
are not immediately released.
detention of six of our citizens by illegal militia forces linked to Haftar is
an act of thuggery and piracy. We expect our citizens to be immediately
released," the foreign ministry said in a statement.
this not happen, Haftar elements will become legitimate targets," it
the ministry did not give any details on where the Turks were being held or
when they had been taken by the forces.
had earlier threatened to retaliate against any attack by Haftar’s loyalists on
its interests in the North African country.
Defense Minister Hulusi Akar had warned of a very heavy price for such actions.
accuses Ankara of backing his rivals during the ongoing conflict in Libya. He
has ordered his self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) to target Turkish ships
and companies, ban Turkish flights, and arrest Turkish nationals in Libya.
supports Libya’s internationally-recognized government in Tripoli, which has
been under assault by Haftar’s forces trying to seize the capital for three
has supplied drones and trucks to the forces allied to UN-backed Prime Minister
Fayez al-Serraj, while the LNA has received support from the United Arab
Emirates and Egypt, according to diplomats.
government forces recently dealt a major blow to the LNA by retaking the
strategic town of Gharyan, a supply line for Haftar’s forces on the Tripoli
offensive has upended UN-led plans to stabilize Libya after years of conflict
that have left the oil-rich nation divided and caused living standards to
has been the scene of increasing violence since 2011, when former dictator
Muammar Gaddafi was toppled from power after an uprising and a NATO military
intervention. His ouster created a huge power vacuum, leading to chaos and the
emergence of numerous militant outfits, including the Daesh terrorist group.
Defense Minister Hulusi Akar says Ankara will retaliate against any attack by
militia fighting for renegade Libyan General Khalifa Haftar, who has ordered to
target Turkish interests in Libya.
will be a very heavy price for hostile attitudes or attacks. We will retaliate
in the most effective and strong way,” Turkish state news agency Anadolu quoted
Akar as saying in reference to potential attacks by Haftar’s forces.
should be known that we have taken all kinds of measures to deal with any
threat or antagonistic action against Turkey,” he added.
minister also said Turkey’s efforts in Libya sought to “contribute to peace and
stability in the region.”
has ordered his self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) to target Turkish ships
and companies, ban Turkish flights, and arrest Turkish nationals in Libya.
officials with Libya’s internationally-recognized government say they have
seized sophisticated US missiles and weaponry at a base they captured from
forces allied to renegade General Khalifa Haftar in the south of the capital,
Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) retook the southern strategic
town of Gharyan, home to the main supply base of eastern forces attacking the
capital, from Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) on Wednesday.
GNA announced on Saturday that among the weaponry its forces had seized were
four US-made Javelin anti-tank missiles packed in wooden crates marked
"armed forces of the United Arab Emirates".
GNA officials said the markings indicated that the missiles – jointly
manufactured by the arms giants Raytheon and Lockheed Martin – had originally
been sold to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a major buyer of US arms and one
of Haftar's main supporters.
seized weapons and ammunition have been sent to the specialized experts and
have been documented," Mohammed Qununu, spokesman of the GNA's military
operation, told reporters in Gharyan.
military commanders and the political leaders are now fully aware of these
weapons and ammunition to make the right decisions that will be
Nations reports have previously said that the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt have
been arming Haftar’s forces since 2014.
arms embargo violation
New York Times, confirming the discovery of American missiles by the GNA in a
report on Saturday, said the UAE's Ambassador to the US Yousef al-Otaiba had
declined to answer questions about the provenance of the missiles.
American daily, however, said it would be in breach of both the terms of the
sale and a UN arms embargo on the conflict-ridden Libya if the missiles were
found to have been sold or transferred to forces under Haftar’s command.
GNA has reportedly launched a fact-finding mission with the goal of producing a
report that would be submitted to the United Nations as well as other
at the US State Department and the Pentagon also said they had opened
investigations into how the weapons had ended up on the Libyan battlefield.
take all allegations of misuse of US origin defense articles very seriously. We
are aware of these reports and are seeking additional information," a
State Department spokesperson said on condition of anonymity. "We expect
all recipients of US origin defense equipment to abide by their end-use
US government's support for Haftar, however, is beyond doubt.
GNA headed by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj has already called on US President
Donald Trump to stop support for "aspiring military dictator".
US president, in a phone call with the military strongman in April,
"recognized Field Marshal Haftar's significant role in fighting terrorism
and securing Libya's oil resources.”
loyal to Haftar launched an offensive on April 4 to capture Tripoli. Since
then, fighting has killed 653 people, wounded more than 2,000 and displaced
over 93,000, according to the UN.
has been the scene of increasing violence since 2011, when former dictator
Muammar Gaddafi was toppled from power after an uprising and a NATO military
ouster created a huge power vacuum, leading to chaos and the emergence of
numerous militant outfits, including the Daesh terrorist group.
presidential spokesman slammed early Monday the illegal detention of six
Turkish citizens by East Libya-based commander Khalifa Haftar forces.
of 6 Turkish citizens by Haftar's illegal militia in Libya is an act of
banditry and piracy. We expect our citizens to be released immediately,"
Ibrahim Kalin wrote on Twitter.
added that otherwise, Haftar elements will become "legitimate
on Friday, Haftar's spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari announced a ban on commercial
flights from Libya to Turkey and ordered his forces to attack Turkish ships and
interests in the country.
Sunday, the Turkish Embassy in Tripoli on its website advised its citizens to
avoid any steps that will jeopardize their security and safety in the regions
under control of the illegal militia loyal to Haftar.
has remained beset by turmoil since 2011 when a bloody NATO-backed uprising led
to the ouster and death of long-serving President Muammar Gaddafi after more
than four decades in power.
man who police say was in possession of video material on the August 27, 2012
assassination of radical Islamist Sheikh Aboud Rogo Mohamed has been charged
with 12 terrorism counts.
charges include belonging to a terrorist group, Al Shabaab, holding material to
be used to commit terror and promoting extremist religious beliefs.
suspect denied all the charges when he was arraigned on Friday.
was killed by unknown people in Mombasa, sparking days of unrest from his
youthful supporters across the coastal city.
open proclamation of support for Al Shabaab, the cleric considered the Kenyan
State and government as illegitimate and any Muslims recognising it as an
apostate worthy of killing.
Chivatsi Lewa, who was arraigned before Mombasa Senior Resident Magistrate
Martin Rabera, is said to have committed the crimes in Mazeras EPZ in Kilifi
County on or around June 12 this year, according to the charge sheet.
Said denied being a member of Al Shabaab. The prosecution has so far listed one
witness who happens to be a police officer.
prosecution also wants Chivatsi denied bond due to an ongoing investigation
(Nigeria) (AFP) - More than 2,000 people protested Sunday in the northern
Nigerian city of Maiduguri, calling for a ban on the anti-Boko Haram CJTF
militia they accuse of abuses after the killing of a rickshaw driver.
protesters blocked major roads in the Suleimanti area of the city and set
fires, causing chaos despite pleas from police and military officers, an AFP
reporter at the scene saw.
want the CJTF to be banned from the city because of the abuses we suffer in
their hands," said Suleimanti resident Bukar Saleh.
have become a law unto themselves and are treating us badly. And now they have
started killing us," Saleh said.
CJTF militia tried to stop the demonstration, attacking protesters with batons
and arresting scores of them.
protest erupted hours after a rickshaw driver was shot dead near a militia
victim was a known resident and his name was Modu but the CJTF just shot him
for no reason," Saleh said.
CJTF insisted however that the victim was shot for failing to stop at a
checkpoint during nighttime curfew hours.
militia have intensified night patrols in the area in recent days following
incursions by the jihadists, he said.
driver's refusal to stop raised the suspicion of our men and one of them took
him down, because they believed he was a Boko Haram terrorist on a mission,"
Babakura Abba-Ali, the CJTF head in Suleimanti area, said.
militia man was handed over to the police for investigation, Abba-Ali added.
CJTF emerged in 2013 as a vigilante group in response to Boko Haram's deadly
attacks in Maiduguri.
men and women mobilised and started going door-to-door hacking to death known
Boko Haram members and forcing the jihadists to flee the city.
vigilantes were later organised into a militia force and embedded with the
military to fight the jihadist group.
Saturday, Boko Haram jihadists killed four people and looted food supplies when
they raided Gamurari village, some 90 kilometres (60 miles) from Maiduguri,
militia and residents said.
decade-long Boko Haram conflict has killed at least 27,000 people and forced
some two million to flee their homes in Nigeria alone.
Public Relations Officer of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
in Abuja, Aliyu Dawabe, has said his organisation has no sympathy for any armed
opposition group (AOG) including the dreaded Boko Haram.
agency is one of the numerous foreign outfits carrying out humanitarian
interventions in the war-ravaged North-east Nigeria.
Dawabe said the majority of Nigerians, who have not acquainted themselves with
the workings of the ICRC “whose operation, the world-over, is backed by the
International Humanitarian Law (IHL), have misconstrued the insistence of the
Red Cross’s neutrality in the ongoing counterinsurgency as some kind of
sympathy for the Boko Haram.”
IHL, otherwise known as the Law of Armed Conflict, empowers the Red Cross to
provide medical and related humanitarian services to all casualties on either
side of the war, he explained.
now, there have been allegations that the Red Cross has been ‘sympathetic’ to
the Boko Haram fighters to whom, they reportedly provide medical services.
the ICRC officials have not been physically attacked, they have been verbally
assaulted even during public functions.
Dawabe, who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES during a training on ‘Conflict Reporting
and First Aid Administration’ for journalists in Maiduguri, the Borno State
capital, said such allegations “were spread out of public ignorance about the
workings of the Red Cross.”
have heard allegations of us helping the armed opposition group and so on and
so forth but I guess this is a good platform for me to mention that the ICRC,
being a neutral organisation, we don’t assist people that are fighting,” he
we do is to try to get them engaged in understanding the law of armed conflict so
that they should be able to respect civilians, they should be able to respect
women and children and all public places as well as healthcare facilities. So
in this, we have continued to get all the actors to the conflict engaged, which
include even the Nigerian army.
course we had perceptions of people talking about us as helping the opposition
armed group (Boko Haram). But as a neutral organisation, to be very candid, we
don’t do that. What we do is to try to respect the international humanitarian law;
it is our job to promote the IHL, which clearly stipulates that a combatant is
not assisted as long as he or she is still a combatant.
then, as soon as one is injured, the IHL has granted such a person privileges
to have access to health, access to food and for the family to know where he or
she is. So this is why we keep talking to people to understand that the ICRC is
generally out to assist people affected by armed conflict or related violence
and not to assist a particular group of people,” he explained.
said one of the main challenges of the ICRC is getting all sides to understand
the IHL and what it stands for.
to him, it is not easy to get the armed opposition groups like the Boko Haram
to a forum where “they could be made to understand what law of armed conflict
is all about”.
we have access to all the actors to the conflict, we do promote this law of
armed conflict by reminding them what it is all about,” he said.
if we don’t have access, which makes it very difficult for us to do that; then
we make a general call to all the parties to the conflict to understand our
neutrality and our impartiality in giving assistance.
we also make them understand the need for them to respect us, respect our
personnel to be able to gain access and support communities that are affected;
and also to respect these communities. Civilians, hospitals, schools and all
public places are not supposed to be targets.
law says even if the conflict is going on, there are limits.”
said that was why the selected journalists who attended the three days training
were also trained to understand the working of the ICRC in relation to the Law
of Armed Conflict.
have also talked about how the IHL protects the journalists in terms of
discharging their duties as reporters in conflict zones,” he added.
IHL also protects the media practitioners for two reasons; the first is because
journalists are civilians and two, because they are professionals reporting on
bombers kill 19, including Afghan election workers
bombers targeting a district center in southern Afghanistan have killed at
least 19 people, including eight election workers, officials said on Sunday.
attack comes as a new round of talks between the United States and the Taliban
to end the 18-year long war in Afghanistan entered a second day in Qatar.
militants rammed four armored vehicles packed with explosives into a government
compound in Maruf district late Saturday, a police spokesman in southern
Kandahar province said.
11 policemen were martyred and 27 more injured,” Qasim Afghan told AFP.
election workers who were stationed at the center to register voters ahead of
the presidential polls in September were also killed in the attack, said
Zabiullah Sadaat, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission
twice-delayed presidential election is now slated for September 28.
Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, with a spokesman tweeting that
their fighters had captured the district center, killing 57 security forces.
interior ministry, however, rejected the claim, saying in a statement that the
militants had been beaten back and 25 insurgents killed.
President Ashraf Ghani condemned the “barbaric and unforgivable” attacks, which
are the latest in a relentless wave of assaults by the Taliban, who now hold
sway over about half of the country and regularly target government forces.
insurgents killed at least 25 members of a pro-government militia in an attack
in northern Baghlan province on Saturday.
violence comes amid stepped-up efforts by the United States to find a
negotiated end to America’s longest war, with Washington and the Taliban
opening a fresh round of negotiations in Doha on Saturday.
Afghan Special Forces killed 13 Taliban militants during an operation in
military officials said Saturday that the Special Forces conducted the
operation in Ziruk district of Paktika.
the Special Forces destroyed a small weapons cache during the operation.
the Special Forces detained 4 Taliban militants during an operation in Chak-e
Wardak district of Wardak province.
military officials also added that the Special Force destroyed 2 IEDs during a
separate operation in Qara Bagh district of Ghazni.
Afghan Special Forces killed 6 Taliban militants and detained 4 others during
separate raids in three provinces.
informed military sources said Thursday that the Special Forces killed 5
Taliban militant in Chak-e Wardak district of Wardak province.
sources further added that the Special Forces killed 1 Taliban fighter during a
separate raid in Chimtal district of Balkh.
the Special Forces destroyed a cache of ammunitions during the same operation.
the Special Forces detained 4 Taliban fighters during an operation in Baraki
Barak district of Logar.
Special Forces also confiscated 1 vehicle and destroyed 5 motorcycles during
Afghan Special Forces killed 13 militants during separate operations in central
Maidan Wardak province.
military officials said Sunday that the Special Forces also arrested 9 more
militants during the same operations.
officials further added that the Special Forces killed 10 of the militants in
the Special Forces also arrested four Taliban militants during the same operation.
the Special Forces arrested 4 more militants during a separate operation in
Chak-e Wardak district of Wardak.
the meantime, the military officials said the Special Forces killed 3 Taliban
militants during a separate operation in Chak-e Wradak.
of people were wounded with fatalities feared as a powerful car bomb rocked
Kabul early Monday and gunmen battled special forces in an area housing
military and government buildings, officials said.
rush-hour explosion sent a plume of smoke into the air above the Puli Mahmood
Khan neighborhood of the Afghan capital and shook buildings up to two
kilometers away, with an AFP reporter saying he could hear gunshots after the
first, a car bomb took place and then several attackers took over a building.
The area is cordoned off by the police special forces and (they) are bringing
down the attackers,” interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said.
ministry spokesman Wahidullah Mayar tweeted that 53 wounded patients had been
taken to hospital, warning that the figures could rise.
area was quickly blocked off by Afghan forces and ambulances, while the nearby
“Green Zone” diplomatic area was put on lockdown, with no one allowed in or
heavily-secured neighborhood is home to some military and government buildings,
including one shared by Afghanistan’s intelligence agency and defense ministry,
as well as the Afghan Football Federation and the Afghan Cricket Board.
Amini, a football federation spokesman, told AFP that the blast occurred near
the federation’s gates.
of our colleagues are trapped inside, we have reports of some injuries. We
don’t know if the attackers have entered the building,” he said.
Shamshad TV station, which was attacked in 2017, aired images of broken glass
and damage to its offices but said it was not the target.
group immediately claimed responsibility, and police said they did not yet know
the target or nature of the blast.
the Taliban and the so-called Islamic State group are active in Kabul.
explosion came two days after the Taliban and the US began their seventh round
of talks in the Qatari capital of Doha as Washington eyes a breakthrough before
Afghanistan’s September presidential election.
negotiations have so far centered on four issues -- counter-terrorism, the
foreign troop presence, an intra-Afghan dialogue and a permanent ceasefire.
potential deal would see the US agree to withdraw its troops after more than 17
years in Afghanistan, igniting deep concerns among huge swathes of Afghans who
fear the militants will return to some semblance of power.
return the Taliban would guarantee the country would never again become a safe
haven for violent extremist groups, as happened with Al-Qaeda before the
September 11, 2001 attacks.
15 injured in clashes with Israeli police
officials say 15 residents have been injured in overnight clashes with Israeli
police in east Jerusalem.
was the third consecutive night of violence in the east Jerusalem neighborhood
of Issawiya following the shooting death of a Palestinian man late Thursday.
police say 20-year-old Mohammed Obeid had hurled fireworks at officers and
presented a lethal threat when he was shot. But residents accuse police of
using excessive force and shooting Obeid from a very short distance.
Abu Homus, a community leader, say the family is demanding an autopsy. The
family has also asked a court to order the release of Obeid’s body.
in several Palestinian neighborhoods clashed with police overnight. The Red
Crescent medical service says 15 people were hurt by rubber bullets fired by
envoys lend a hand as Israel digs down in East Jerusalem
envoys wielded hammers on Sunday to break open a new tunnel at a Jewish
heritage site in East Jerusalem, signaling Washington’s support for Israel’s
hold over parts of the city that Palestinians seek for a future state.
- who view the project and settlement activities in the Silwan district as
moves by Israel to further cement control over areas it captured in the 1967
Middle East war - called the US presence at the event a hostile act.
of President Donald Trump’s top Middle East advisers - peace envoy Jason
Greenblatt and Ambassador to Israel David Friedman - came to the opening of an
excavated road that Israeli archaeologists say was used by Jewish pilgrims to
Jerusalem two millennia ago.
“Pilgrims’ Road” site is part of the “City of David,” an open-air Jewish
archaeological attraction built within Silwan through purchases of
Palestinian-owned property that have at times been contested in court.
captured Silwan and neighboring districts in the 1967 conflict, annexed and
settled them, angering foreign powers that back the Palestinians’ goal of
building a capital there for a future state taking in the occupied West Bank
and Gaza Strip.
people, not necessarily friends of ours, are obsessing about my being here,”
Friedman said at the ceremony, adding the excavation project uncovered “the
truth, whether you believe or not ... the truth is the only foundation upon
which peace will come to this area.”
his speech, Friedman, along with Greenblatt, Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu’s wife Sara and donors to the project, enthusiastically hammered
through a wall to open the subterranean path to the holy site revered by Jews
as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.
is not a US ambassador, (it) is an extremist Israeli settler, with Greenblatt
also there, digging underneath Silwan, a Palestinian town,” chief Palestinian
negotiator Saeb Erekat wrote on Twitter.
Israeli missile aggression against Syria's Homs and the suburbs of Damascus has
killed a number of civilians, including a kid, the official news agency SANA
media put the number of victims at four. Many others have also been injured in
the Israeli aggression, the report by SANA said.
Syrian air defense earlier said its forces had shot down three missiles
launched by Israeli warplanes on Sunday night from Lebanese airspace towards
some Syrian sites.
quoted a military source as saying that the aggression targeted military sites
in Homs and the suburbs of Damascus.
London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also claimed that the strikes
had targeted a research center and a military airport west of the city of Homs.
the explosions near Damascus, Israeli jet fighters reportedly flied at low
altitudes in the Lebanese airspace.
Israeli regime launches airstrikes on the Syrian territory from time to time.
Such aggressive moves are usually viewed as attempts to prop up terrorist
groups suffering defeats at the hands of Syrian government forces.
used to be very careful with its operations over Syria after Russia equipped
Damascus with the advanced S-300 surface-to-air missiles in October 2018.
regime forces have released Palestinian Minister of Jerusalem al-Quds Affairs
Fadi al-Hadami several hours after they arrested him during a raid on his home
in the occupied city.
was arrested early on Sunday and was questioned, with police spokesman Micky
Rosenfeld confirming that he had been involved in unspecified “activities in
arrest was the first high-profile detention in Tel Aviv’s ongoing crackdown on
the Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem al-Quds, Palestine’s Wafa news agency said
in a report following the incident.
to his lawyer, Mohannad Jbara, Hadami was freed on Sunday afternoon.
added that the arrest was due to recent activities that included accompanying
Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera during a Tuesday visit to the flashpoint
Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in the Old City of East Jerusalem al-Quds.
was at the time visiting the occupied West Bank, the seat of the Palestinian
Authority, led by President Mahmoud Abbas.
occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds during the Six-Day War in 1967 and later
annexed it in a move not recognized by the international community.
Palestinians, however, view al-Quds’ eastern sector as the capital of their
future sovereign state.
Israeli Foreign Ministry on Wednesday claimed that Pinera’s visit to the
Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound with senior Palestinian officials had been in violation
of “diplomatic procedures” and previous agreements.
officials are going to authorize thousands of the settler homes built illegally
in the occupied West Bank, as the Tel Aviv regime continues its land
expropriation and settlement expansion policies in the occupied Palestinian
territories irrespective of the international outcry.
English-language Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz reported on Sunday that
District Court Judge Carmi Mossek has accepted a legal theory produced by the
regime, which would pave the way for the legalization of settlement homes built
on privately owned Palestinian land.
report added that the move would provide judicial grounds for the legalization
of up to 2,000 homes in the northern sector of the West Bank, including those
erected in Alei Zahav settlement.
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
UN Security Council has condemned Israel’s settlement activities in the
occupied territories in several resolutions.
than a month before US President Donald Trump took office, the United Nations
Security Council in December 2016 adopted Resolution 2334, calling on Israel to
“immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied
Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem” al-Quds.
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 Palestinian territories.
backtracked on Washington’s support for a “two-state solution” in 2017, saying
he would support any solution favored by both sides.
senior official from the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement says all
attempts made to liquidate the Palestinian cause will not succeed, emphasizing
that the Palestinian nation will never give up its land, its right of return as
well as its struggle for freedom and statehood.
in an interview with the Palestinian Information Center, Mousa Abu Marzouk
praised the Palestinian people for their great steadfastness in the face of
conspiracies targeting their national cause.
Marzouk then pointed to the US President Donald Trump’s controversial proposal
for “peace” between the Israeli regime and Palestinians, dubbed “the deal of
the century,” stating that the initiative was developed in a bid to market
Israeli ideas as new US proposals.
deal of the century is there to liquidate the Palestinian cause and not to find
a just solution (to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict). In addition, the US
seeks to integrate the Zionist regime (of Israel) into the region,” he said.
Manama economic conference took place after the Warsaw Conference, [organized
by the US in the Polish capital on February 13-14]. President Trump’s administration
is employing the American hegemony to impose faits accomplis … out of the dire
to divest the Palestinian people of all their rights,” Abu Marzouk stated.
so-called Peace to Prosperity workshop opened in Bahrain on June 25 and ran
through June 26.
Palestinian leadership boycotted the meeting, leading critics to question the
credibility of the event.
staged rallies across the occupied West Bank in protest against the conference
and participation of Arab delegations.
gathered in Ramallah, Bethlehem, Jenin, al-Khlail (Hebron), Tulkarm, Salfit,
Qalqilia and Ariha (Jericho), while a general strike was staged in the besieged
and impoverished Gaza Strip.
says JI won’t become part of opposition PPP, PML-N politics
Jamaat-i-Islami chief Senator Sirajul Haq on Sunday made it clear that his
party would offer a ‘third option’ to the people instead of being part of
politics spearheaded by the Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Muslim
will not be a part of the politics of PPP and the PML-N, instead we’ll remain
in the middle of people as a third option on our own platform,” he said while
addressing people gathered at New M.A. Jinnah Road after culmination of a rally
that began at Sohrab Goth.
rally, Karachi ko izzat do, Karachi to huqooq do (Give respect and rights to
Karachi), was organised by the JI as part of its campaign that the JI
leadership said would vie for better amenities and civic facilities for the
country’s financial hub.
said the rally was also against the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf-led government’s
policies that led to unprecedented price hike, “slavery to the International
Monetary Fund” and the anti-poor federal budget.
chief Mohammad Hussain Mehanti and others also spoke.
participants in the rally also passed a resolution in which they demanded that
the federal and provincial governments accord due rights to the city and solve
the decades-long problems that had made the country’s largest city as a place
of accommodating mobs amid constantly convoluting mess.
Haq said the country had become a mess of so many problems that even breathing
had become a problem to tinker with.
govt, MQM-P slammed
said the PTI-led federal government had no economic vision.
can they improve this economy by selling eggs and goats? They have not just got
their tongues that have slipped out but they have lost very understanding that
is required to salvage a sinking ship,” said the JI chief.
said a country whose economy was based on interest could not progress and prosper.
said billions of rupees had been kept in the budget for paying interest on
debts. “How the country could move forward without getting rid of the
said Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government had promised to build five million
houses, but they conveniently forgot that promise and did not even offer five
million tents to people who were in need of shelter.
said India was Pakistan’s enemy and no friendship was possible with India until
the Kashmir issue was resolved.
said Sunday’s march was the beginning of a movement in which his party would
raise voice against the issues that were directly affecting the common man.
the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan, the JI chief said the party had got
perks and privileges as two of its MNAs were made federal ministers and another
ministry had been promised to it.
despite claiming that it represented Karachi, the MQM leadership did not
discuss the city’s issues in the cabinet, he alleged
said the MQM had started a campaign demanding water for the city after it
realised that the present local governments were completing their tenures.
said the city was facing all sorts of problems, which included infrastructure,
water, sanitation and transport, etc.
Haq claimed that the government had prepared the new budget with the assistance
and at dictate of the IMF. “We are a free nation and will not accept slavery of
IMF and the World Bank.”
thanked the people of Karachi for turning in huge numbers and gave the movement
a positive start. “Our movement will continue till the people of this great
city and the rest of the country get their rights.”
said the next ‘Awami March’ would be organised in Multan on July 12.
Pakistan: Authorities in Pakistan say counterterrorism forces have raided a
Taliban hideout, triggering a shootout that killed three insurgents in the
eastern city of Gujrat.
provincial Counter-Terrorism Department says in a statement that the three
alleged militants were killed Sunday when they had gathered near a key road in
Gujrat to plan attacks on security forces. It says the slain men were linked to
the 2007 bomb attack on a Pakistan Air Force bus in which several people were
was no immediate comment from the Pakistani Taliban, who have carried out
scores of attacks including the 2007 assault.
As two members of the Punjab Assembly from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz
(PML-N) on Sunday confirmed having met the prime minister, the opposition party
warned the ‘turncoats’ that they would have to resign before shifting loyalties
while some PTI ministers claimed that more ‘defections’ would surface in near
15 PML-N MPAs meet Imran at Banigala: PTI
Haq, special assistant to the prime minister, had in a tweet on Saturday
evening, claimed that 15 PML-N MPAs accompanying the Punjab chief minister held
a meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan at the latter’s residence in
won’t disclose names of these MPAs, though the identity of some of the
‘deserters’ were doing the rounds on social media.
Haque said these PML-N MPAs expressed their full confidence in the PM and
Punjab CM Usman Buzdar.
who visited the PM say they discussed with the prime minister development
projects of their constituencies.
acknowledgement endorses the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s claim that
fissures had developed in the PML-N, though some PML-N leaders admit the
presence of a disgruntled group of legislators in its ranks even before the
2018 Senate polls.
ministers see more ‘defections’
legislators named in the group who met Imran Khan, however, came up with
denials on Sunday.
Jaleel Sharaqpuri from PP-139, Sheikhupura district, confirmed that he had
called on the prime minister to get resolved problems of his constituents.
Ghayasuddin from PP-47, Narowal district, endorsed the statement, saying no one
else accompanied him and Mr Sharaqpuri during the visit. He also cited
“discussing development issues of my constituency” as the purpose of his
meeting with the PM.
Minister Sheikh Rashid claimed in a media talk on Sunday that a group of nine
MNAs belonging to the PML-N were ready to shift their loyalties and would soon
meet Prime Minister Khan. Federal Science Minister Fawad Chaudhry endorsed the
view in a tweet, saying it’s just the beginning and the next group of members
to call on the PM would include senators and MNAs.
Ansari, brother of MPA Ashraf Ansari who was stated to be in the group who met
the PM, claimed that he (Ashraf) had led the delegation of the
parliamentarians. But, Mr Ashraf denied, forcing Mr Younas to say his brother
was not part of the delegation.
rest of the delegation members also denied the meeting’s reports or deserting
the party when their names appeared in the media.
Riaz Pirzada, MPAs Rana Mehmoodul Haq (PP-141, Sheikhupura) and Ataur Rehman
(PP-210, Khanewal) released videos to deny the meeting reports, while others
did so in press statements.
vice president Maryam Nawaz Sharif attached MNA Pirzada’s video in her tweet
and said these attempts show desperation and panic in the government camp to
cover up its failures.
observers say it appears that either the ruling PTI has played the bluff or the
‘turncoats’ are not yet ready to take on public pressure on changing loyalties.
outbursts show nothing but utter desperation & panic in the Jaali govt’s
camp, won’t provide a cover-up for the glaring failures & end in a naught
IA. To take criticism is not everyone’s forte. Not at all of those whose govt
& office rest on STOLEN MANDATE #Selected”.
senior PML-N official, however, admitted the presence of a group of dissidents
ever since the party fell out with the powers that matter.
not to be named, the official pointed out that this group of 15 to 20 MPAs had
during the Senate polls held in March 2018 voted against the party policy
paving the way for PTI’s Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, now Punjab governor, to
become senator. The same group, he said, had later also supported Chaudhry
Pervez Elahi in the election for the office of Punjab Assembly’s speaker.
chapter president of the PML-N Rana Sanaullah Khan denies defections in the
party and warns that turncoats will have to resign as MPAs for changing
loyalties otherwise PML-N activists will besiege their homes.
said those who ‘bought’ allies through funds’ offers worth Rs15 billion, a
reference to the development funds given to BNP-Mengal group in Balochistan,
were now seeking to buy loyalties of opposition members.
secretary Azma Zahid Bukhari played down the defections. She said MPAs usually
don’t have concerns with larger national political issues but mostly concerned
to constituency-related problems.
doesn’t believe in numbers as in her personal opinion a small but committed
quality content (cadre) is better than a large but with ‘ready to sell’
challenges PM Khan’s talk of high moral grounds the other day and then
“indulging in horse-trading”, and terms it a mismatch between words and
actions. She also threatens a “tit for tat” reaction, meaning making inroads
into the PTI, if the ruling party doesn’t check its ‘horse-trading’ practice.
Governor Chaudhry Sarwar argues that no member of parliament from the
opposition parties needs to tender resignation for a meeting with the prime
minister because there is no bar on the members to see the premier after
developing differences with policies of their party.
a question, the governor says it is true that if an MP joins another party
without tendering resignation, then he can be disqualified under the
Constitution but there is no bar in the law and the Constitution in meeting
to comment about formation of a forward bloc in the PML-N, he says the PML-N
itself knows how many of its parliamentarians have differences with the
leadership over policies.
difference of opinion is the beauty of political parties and if PML-N MPAs are
not satisfied with party policies and think policies of Imran Khan can pull the
country out of crises and put it on the road to progress, then there is no harm
if they call on the premier,” he explained.
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