this Aug. 25, 2018 photo, a man feeds children Halas, a climbing vine of green
leaves, in Aslam, Hajjah, Yemen.
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Yemeni families reportedly have nothing to eat but leaves as a humanitarian
crisis caused by Saudi Arabia's deadly bombing campaign on the impoverished
state reaches a critical stage.
Associated Press reported that people in the Aslam district of Yemen's
northwestern Hajjah Province rely on leaves from the local vine, known as Halas
in Arabic or Arabian Wax Leaf in English, due to worsening hunger.
the report said, pick the leaves, then wash and boil them into a sour, acidic
green paste to stave off starvation.
to local health figures, Aslam recorded one of Hajjah’s highest jumps in the
number of malnourished children, from 384 cases being treated in January, an
additional 1,319 more came in over the next six months.
Aslam’s main health center has no pediatricians, electricity, oxygen cylinders
and fuel for generators, the report said.
is just another picture of Somalia,” said Saleh al Faqih, a worker in a mobile
Health Ministry clinic.
the village of al-Mashrada, situated near Aslam, the mother of a 7-month-old
girl, Zahra, is undernourished herself and is often unable to breastfeed her
the day she was born, I have not had the money to buy her milk or buy her
medicine,” said the mother who feeds her whole family with Halas mush.
are in the 21st century, but this is what the war did to us,” said Mekkiya
Mahdi, the Aslam health centre chief.
least 20 children are known to have died of starvation this year in Hajjah.
al-Shamshan, head of the Health Ministry’s nutrition section in Hajjah, said
the province had seen 17,000 cases of severe acute malnutrition in the first
six months of 2018, higher than in any full year on record.
happen in remote villages where people can’t reach the health units,” Shamshan
said. “It’s a steady deterioration and it’s scary.”
Arabia and its allies launched a brutal war, code-named Operation Decisive
Storm, against Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall former president
Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh, and crush Houthis.
Western-backed offensive initially consisted of a bombing campaign, but was
later coupled with a naval blockade and the deployment of ground forces into
blockade on Yemen has smothered humanitarian deliveries of food and medicine to
the import-dependent country.
estimated 8.4 million Yemenis are on the verge of starvation while almost 18 million
lack access to good, nutritious food.
president, Ethiopia PM reach Jeddah to sign historic peace deal
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki both reached
Jeddah on Saturday where they are expected to sign a historic peace deal
between their countries.
King Abdulaziz International Airport, both were received by high ranking
Arabia will host a landmark peace agreement between the two countries in the
presence of Abiy Ahmed and Afwerki which will end a 20-year war between Eritrea
also signed agreements to open embassies in their respective capitals, restore
flight services and allow Ethiopia to use port facilities in Eritrea.
is a further agreement helping to cement the positive relations between them,”
UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said.
Arabia’s King Salman invited UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to attend
the signing ceremony, which is also due to be attended by African Union
Commission President Moussa Faki, UN sources said.
Islamic Parties Form Alliance in Support To Awami League
new alliance of 15 Islamic parties, the Islamic Democratic Alliance, emerged on
Saturday to further strengthen the ruling Awami League‑
led alliance in the next general election likely to be held in December.
representatives declared the alliance at a press conference held at a city
at the conference, alliance members said that they would work to help the
Sheikh Hasina-led government continue the ‘unprecedented development’ it had
achieved and protect the country from conspirators.
Islami Oikya Jote chairman Misbahur Rahman Chowdhury was made chairman of the
Tariqat Federation former secretary general MA Awal was named alliance
co-chairman and spokesperson with Democratic Islamic Movement chairman M Nurul
Islam Khan as secretary general.
other 12 alliance members were Bangladesh Islamic Party, Bangladesh Democratic
Front, Bangladesh Jamaat E Darussunnah, Bangladesh Islamic Democratic Forum,
Bangladesh Gana Kafela, Bangladesh Janaseba Andolon, Bangladesh
Democratic Party, Bangladesh Islamic Peshajibi Parishad, Islami Union
Bangladesh, Bangladesh Manobadikar Andollon and National Labour Party.
15 parties besides Tariqat Federation were unregistered and some had split from
Federation and Islami Oikya Jote were also partners of the AL-led alliance.
asked about the registration status of the parties, MA Awal said that the 14
unregistered parties had already applied to the Election Commission for
registration but the EC was yet to respond.
Rahman said that the EC playing a mysterious role in giving registrations to
the political parties and that the registration process was flawed.
Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World
League (MWL), has stressed the importance of taking a stand against
transgressions and provocations that transcend borders.
about the excesses of some countries and international organizations may be
misunderstood and encourage further abuse, said Al-Issa.
was commenting while discussing a doctoral thesis at the Department of
Contemporary Islamic Studies at Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University.
thesis was presented by researcher Zaid Al-Kathiri and titled: “The application
of legal Hudud and Ta’zir in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the allegations of
researcher discussed allegations by international organizations about some
forms of punishment in Islam, where the objections focus on the legal texts
mentioned in the Qur’an and the tradition of the Prophet, demanding the
abolition of the application of these texts.
talked about the reasons behind such calls, saying: “I would like to point out
that not all organizations have reservations, but only some of them,” adding
that “Some details are necessary for this issue to help the researcher revise
his thesis.” “One of the great countries
that usually issue international human rights reports recently threatened ...
the International Criminal Court, saying that it would be ‘illegal’ to
investigate reports against it. We say if this is the position of that state on
a controversial issue ... what if the criticism encroaches on the
constitutional and procedural rights which are sovereign for each country?”
family had been invited by human rights groups for meetings in Europe and were
scheduled to leave earlier this month. But Israeli officials informed his
father that the entire family – Ahed’s father, her mother Nariman and her two
brothers – had been banned from traveling abroad, the Arabic-language al-Khabar
al-Youm reported on Saturday.
al-Tamimi, Ahed's father, said that no reason has been mentioned by Israeli
authorities for the decision but his family "are trying again to travel to
Jordan and then to Iran to participate in pro-Palestinian events".
July 29, Tamimi, a resident of Nabi Saleh village that is located 20 kilometers
Northwest of Ramallah, and her mother, Nariman, were released from an Israeli
prison after serving an eight-month sentence on assault and incitement charges
and arrived home to a hero’s welcome.
17-year-old girl was detained by Israeli forces last December after a video of
the curly-haired teen kicking and slapping two armed Israeli soldiers in
protective gear went viral on Facebook. Israeli military forces had raided her
home to arrest her brother.
March, an Israeli court handed down an eight-month prison sentence to the
Palestinian teenage protester for “attacking” Israeli forces.
forces have on occasions arrested members of Tamimi’s family, including
brothers and parents, for their opposition to Israel’s invasion of Palestinian
forces shot dead her uncle Rushdie al-Tamimi in Nabi Saleh village in 2012.
aunt Bassima al-Tamimi was beaten to death by an Israeli policeman in 1993
while attending her son's trial session at the time.
top prosecutor has ordered the closure of a reformist newspaper on charges of
"insulting" Shia Islam, according to media reports.
Jafar Montazeri ordered the shutting down of Sedayeh Eslahat for
"desecrating" the family of Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussein,
the Fars news agency reported on Friday.
article that caused offence was about a female-to-male gender reassignment
surgery, according to The Associated Press, which cited Iranian media reports.
was published on the newspaper's front page on Thursday and carried the
headline: "Ruqayyah became Mahdi after 22 years".
was the daughter of Hussein and the article was published during Muharram, a
holiday in which Shia Muslims mourn the Imam's death.
to Shia Islam, Mahdi is the name of the 12th Shia Imam who has lived since the
a letter published by Fars, Montazeri said the article caused "protest
during these days of sorrow", and ordered the editor of Sedayeh Eslahat be
punished over its publication.
is ranked 164th out of 180 countries in Reporters Without Borders' (RSF) press
August, Iranian courts jailed seven journalists and ordered them to be flogged
publicly over their coverage of protests by the Dervish minority.
Embassy in Paris has come under attack by alleged supporters of Iraq-based
anti-Iran terrorists after the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) fired
missiles at terrorist commanders in the Arab country's Kurdistan region.
attackers desecrated the Iranian flag and hurled stones and different objects
at the building, causing damage.
media outlets described them as supporters of the Komala Party of Iranian
Kurdistan, which is based in northern Iraq and has been engaged in anti-Tehran
terrorist acts in the past decades.
have been yet no comment from Iranian or French officials about the incident.
Sunday, the IRCG confirmed that it had fired seven short-range missiles at a
gathering of terrorist commanders in the Iraqi region.
IRGC is on a constant watch for attempts by Iraq-based terrorists to infiltrate
into Iran for acts of terror and sabotage.
Corps’ has engaged the terrorists in western borders on countless occasions,
nipping numerous terror plots in the bud, arresting terror elements, and
seizing their weaponry and equipment.
least 15 people have lost their lives in fresh air raids conducted by Saudi
warplanes on a strategic road linking the Yemeni port city of Hudaydah to the
al-Masirah television network affiliated to Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement
reported that more than 20 people had also been injured in the aerial assaults
on the Kilo 16 highway.
the past few days, fighting has intensified between Houthi fighters and
Saudi-backed militants loyal to former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi
around the critical highway, through which humanitarian aid is delivered to the
Brydon, humanitarian policy adviser at Save the Children NGO, expressed
concerns about fresh tensions in Yemen.
we are seeing with the fighting is [that] the critical junction at Kilo 16 is
the artery towards Sana'a and other parts of the country," she told Al
she said, is a lifeline for the rest of the country, where over 80 percent of
the country's commercial imports come through.
by Saudi airstrikes, Emirati forces and pro-Hadi elements launched the Hudaydah
offensive on June 13 despite international warnings that it would compound the
impoverished nation’s humanitarian crisis.
Arabia claims that the Houthis are using Hudaydah for weapons delivery, an
allegation rejected by the fighters.
Friday, Mohammed Hadi, a Hudaydah resident, reported fierce battles around the
Kilo 16 route.
main road was blocked and there are some by-streets, but they are not safe to
go through because airstrikes target any car in those streets,” he told the
Middle East Eye news portal.
said pro-Hadi militants had advanced towards Hudaydah while Houthi
reinforcements had arrived from the north and other parts of the city.
al-Boukhaiti, a Hudaydah-based member of the Houthi political council, said
Yemeni fighters were still in control of the Hudaydah-Sana'a highway.
Yemeni army confronted the attack of the coalition and today Kilo 16 is under
the control of the army, but it is not safe for passengers because the
airstrikes target them," he said.
Arabia and its allies launched a brutal war, code-named Operation Decisive
Storm, against Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall Hadi, a staunch
ally of Riyadh, and crush the Houthis.
envoy holds talks with Houthis
another development, UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths held talks
with a Houthi delegation, led by spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam, in the Omani
the meeting, Griffiths was briefed on the Houthis' reasons for their absence
from the latest round of the peace talks in the Swiss city of Geneva, Yemen's
official SABA news agency reported.
Muscat discussions, the report said, also covered "necessary
measures" needed for negotiations "as soon as possible" between
Yemen's warring sides.
Geneva peace talks failed after Saudi Arabia prevented the Houthi delegation
from joining the Geneva talks, giving representatives of the Hadi
administration to leave the Swiss city.
CITY: There are conflicting reports surrounding the death of a boy at a Gaza
border rally that Palestinians initially blamed on Israel.
military claimed their evidence shows the 11-year-old was hit by a rock thrown
by protesters. Two Gaza rights groups said he died after being struck “with a
Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry said Shadi Abdel-Al was killed by Israeli fire.
A spokesman said on Saturday he died from head wounds. The boy is the youngest
fatality from Israeli gunfire.
ministry removed a baby from their official death toll in May after The
Associated Press reported she died from a pre-existing medical condition, not
from Israeli tear gas as it had claimed.
has led protests since March partially over an Israeli-Egyptian blockade on the
tactics against the protests have drawn international condemnation.
used to go every Friday to the marches like thousands of other people. This
Friday was his destiny to die as a martyr,” said the boy’s father, Abdel-Aziz
Palestinian, 28-year-old Hashem Hassan, said he saw Abdel-Al being shot 70
meters from the fence: “He threw a few stones, which flew just a few yards. He
posed no threat.”
about Abdel-Al’s death, a military spokeswoman said only that troops had kept
to their open-fire regulations.
deaths brought to 177 the number of Palestinians killed since the sometimes
violent demonstrations were launched on March 30 to press demands against
medical officials earlier said Israelis killed three Palestinians, including
the 11-year-old boy, and wounded at least 248 others taking part in weekly
protests at the fortified Gaza Strip border.
Israeli military said it used force necessary to repel 13,000 Palestinians who
massed at several points at the fence.
hurled rocks, firebombs and grenades at troops under cover of smoke from
burning tires, injuring a soldier, and nine Palestinians briefly crossed into
Israel, the military said.
March 30, Gaza has also seen shelling exchanges between the coastal enclave’s
Hamas rulers and Israel. An Israeli soldier was killed by a Palestinian sniper
and Israel has lost tracts of forest and farmland to cross-border incendiary
Washington has backed its ally in accusing Hamas of staging the
mass-mobilization to distract from Gaza’s poverty and governance problems and
to provide cover for armed Palestinian border incursions. Hamas has denied
Israeli military said that, twice this week, its patrols discovered and
dismantled bombs that had been planted for use against them at the fence.
on Friday, several Palestinians crawled to the fence to throw a pipebomb at
troops, who fired back, the military said. There was no word of casualties.
protesters want rights to lands Palestinians lost during the 1948 war of
Israel’s foundation, as well as the easing of a crippling blockade that Israel,
with the help of neighboring Egypt, has placed on Gaza to isolate Hamas and
deny it weaponry.
and Egyptian mediators have been trying to reach a deal to calm Gaza, where
Israel and Hamas have fought three wars in the last decade.
AL-AHMAR, West Bank: For the anxious Palestinian residents of Khan Al-Ahmar,
there’s little left to do but wait.
the West Bank hamlet lost its last legal protection against demolition late
last week, Israeli forces could swoop in any day now to tear down the desert
community’s few dozen shacks and an Italian-funded schoolhouse made from
hold out hope that Israel might be deterred by an inevitable international
outcry over razing the community. Major European countries have warned that
flattening Khan Al-Ahmar poses a grave threat to the already fading prospects
of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
seemingly outsized international attention being paid to the tiny community is
linked to its strategic location in the center of the West Bank. It’s an area
deemed essential for setting up a viable Palestinian state in the West Bank,
Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, areas Israel captured in 1967.
has portrayed the battle over Khan Al-Ahmar as a mere zoning dispute. Critics
of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s policies say the village has become a
symbol for what they describe as an ongoing displacement of Palestinians to
make room for Israeli settlements.
demolition now looming, dozens of activists, including foreigners, have been
spending nights in Khan Al-Ahmar to show support. They sleep on mattresses
spread out under green tarp covering the front yard of the Italian-funded
cannot prevent demolition,” said activist Mohammed Abu Hilweh, 30, from
Jerusalem, as he stretched out on a mattress on a recent evening, settling in
for the night.
we can resist, delay and when it happens, we can rebuild,” he said.
Al-Ahmar is located a few dozen meters from a four-lane highway that runs
east-west, effectively slicing the West Bank in half at a narrow waist and
linking Jerusalem with the Jordan Valley.
highway is also flanked by several Israeli settlements, including Maaleh
Adumim, the West Bank’s third largest. A new settlement across the highway from
Maaleh Adumim, called E1 by Israeli planners, would effectively block the
remaining land link between West Bank Palestinians and east Jerusalem, their
hoped-for capital. Khan Al-Ahmar sits just outside the area mapped for E1,
which until now had largely been frozen under US pressure.
Ashrawi, a senior Palestinian official, called the planned demolition a
“blatant attempt” by Israel to separate the Palestinians from Jerusalem. “It is
absolutely imperative that the international community intervene,” she said.
the past 25 years, the international community has favored the establishment of
a Palestinian state alongside Israel as the best hope for peace. But those
hopes are quickly fading.
a departure from predecessors, President Donald Trump, who has promised a new
peace plan, has refused to endorse the two-state solution while recognizing
Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, over Palestinian opposition.
US State Department has said little about the looming demolition, referring
reporters to the Israeli government for details.
contrast, European governments have been outspoken.
demolition of this small Palestinian village would not only affect a local
community,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini recently told the
European Parliament. “It would also be a blow against the viability of the
state of Palestine and against the very possibility of a two-state solution.”
France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom warned in a rare joint
statement that demolition would have “very serious” consequences.
now, Israel appears to be moving ahead. After a decade-long legal battle,
Israel’s Supreme Court rejected a final appeal earlier this month. Late last
week, a moratorium on demolition expired.
has not announced a date for the demolition, but earlier this week dismantled
five corrugated metal shacks near Khan Al-Ahmar that had been set up by
villagers a few days earlier in a show of defiance. On Friday, troops returned
with heavy equipment, removing earthen mounds set up to slow demolition. Two
Palestinians and an American-French law professor were detained.
180 residents of Khan Al-Ahmar are members of the Jahalin Bedouin tribe that
has lived in the area since being expelled from the southern Negev Desert after
Israel’s establishment in 1948. The United Nations granted them refugee status.
Sasson, a spokeswoman for COGAT, the Israeli defense body responsible for
Palestinian civilian affairs, said Israel has offered to relocate the
said the tribe squats on land that is not safe for living, and that the Israeli
government has prepared an alternative site just a few kilometers (miles) away
with sewage treatment and access to water and electricity. She said Israel has
invested over $2 million in the relocation project.
are doing them a service,” she said. “This is not against them, this is for
acknowledge that life in their village is tough. But they say there is no place
they would rather live. They say Israel is trying to move them to a site that
will be too crowded for their livestock and that sits near a sewage facility
and a garbage dump.
Bedouin people like the desert life,” said Yousef Abu Dahouq, a Khan Al-Ahmar
resident, sitting on a wooden bench near the school, sipping tea and smoking a
waterpipe. “We live next to each other, support each other.”
Palestinians and Europeans see a deeper Israeli agenda.
Al-Ahmar is in the 60 percent of the West Bank that is known as Area C and
remains under full Israeli control, according to interim peace deals from the
1990s that are seemingly locked in place because of diplomatic paralysis. The
remainder of the territory is administered by a Palestinian autonomy government.
C is home to about 400,000 Israeli settlers and an estimated 150,000 to 200,000
Palestinians. Israel places severe restrictions on Palestinian development
while supporting and promoting dozens of settlements in the area.
EU has attempted to build numerous structures for Palestinians in Area C, only
to see them demolished or rejected because of a lack of hard-to-get permits.
Khan Al-Ahmar’s Italian-funded school was built from car tires because a
construction permit could not be obtained.
is the situation on the ground: New settlements for Israelis are built, while
Palestinian homes in the same area are demolished,” said Mogherini. “This will
only further entrench a one-state reality, with unequal rights for the two
peoples, perpetual occupation and conflict.”
village chief, Eid Khamis, promised to put up a fight.
says airstrike in Somalia kills 70 Al-Shabab militants
ABABA - Ethiopian Air Force fighter jets have carried out an airstrike against
the Al-Qaeda-affiliated extremist group al-Shabaab in Somalia.
airstrike was carried out to foil plans of the militant group to attack
Ethiopian contingent of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
70 al-Shabaab militants were killed and two vehicles packed with weapons were
destroyed in the air strike.
General Yilma Merdassa, Chief of Ethiopian Air Force, said the airstrike was
conducted after an extensive study and plans.
said, “we achieved 100% of our plans.”
Merdassa did not disclose where the air raid took place and provided no
is one of the troop-contributing countries to AMISOM - African Union Mission in
Somalia which is helping weak Somali government in the fight against Al Shabaab
countries contributing troops to the AU Mission are Burundi, Djibouti, Kenya
ruling party has suspended Prime Minister Youssef Chahed in the latest
escalation of a row with the president’s son that has paralyzed key decisions
on the troubled economy.
North African country is often portrayed as the lone success story of the Arab
Spring of 2011 but more than seven years after the ouster of longtime strongman
Zine El Abidine Ben Ali it is still battling high inflation and unemployment
and sometimes violent social unrest.
Tounes announced Chahed’s referral to its disciplinary committee late on Friday
after he delivered a stinging attack on infighting within the party that he
said was restricting his government’s ability to revive the economy.
political conflicts.. have disrupted the work of the government, holding it
back and blocking the reform process and the decisions necessary to achieve
economic growth,” he said in a televised address to a policy conference.
ruling party is led by President Beji Caid Essebsi’s son Hafedh, who has been
battling to oust the premier for months.
power struggle previously came to a head in July, when the president himself
called on Chahed to resign.
move received the backing of the powerful UGTT trade union confederation, which
opposes the program of austerity budgets and privatizations of state
enterprises championed by the prime minister.
Chahed was saved by the Islamist Ennahdha party, the second largest in
parliament, which said it was important for Tunisia’s stability that the prime
minister remain in post.
who took office in August 2016, is the seventh prime minister since the
revolution and already the longest serving. He also has the ear of Western
premier has since been preparing for any new moves against him, by forming his
own separate grouping within Nida Tounes.
can count on the backing of around 40 lawmakers -- nearly half of the party’s
deepening rift within the ruling party comes as the government faces a
mid-October deadline to unveil a 2019 budget.
which is projected to average 7.8 percent this year, and unemployment, which
has remained stubbornly over 15 percent, helped stoke an outbreak of violent
unrest in January.
analysts expressed concern that political considerations might prompt the
abandonment of any tough or potentially unpopular new policy initiatives to
country is completely absorbed by short-term political maneuvering by the
personal ambitions of one person or another, to the detriment of pressing
economic decisions, social priorities and structural reform,” said political
scientist Hamza Meddeb.
A lawyer representing victims of fighting in the Libyan town of Tawergha is
urging the international community to stop Qatar from supporting armed militias
behind the violence.
al-Tawerghi said that Tawergha, now a ghost town in the city Misrata, has been
witnessing a humanitarian tragedy since 2011, and the biggest tragedy is the
deliberate silence of international bodies and human rights organizations even
though cases of abuse against Tawergha inhabitants have been documented.
cases include forced displacement, widespread violation of its children's rights
to decent living, education and health, and the violation of their right to be
protected from torture, murder and unlawful imprisonment by armed militias
backed by Qatar, he said.
only want to bring the people of Tawergha back to their homes and exercise
their legitimate rights guaranteed by international agreements and
conventions," Al-Tawerghi said during a speech at a symposium in Geneva on the sidelines of the
39th session of the International Council of Human Rights.
spoke on behalf of Said Abdel Hafez, president of the Forum for Development and
Human Rights Dialogue.
lamented that “the international community is tight-lipped about the human
rights issue in Libya, despite the fact that this country is witnessing the
most egregious violations perpetrated systematically by terrorist organizations
and affecting civilian victims.”
Intelligence forces suffer casualties in Parwan explosion
explosion targeted the Afghan intelligence forces in northern Parwan province
of Afghanistan, leaving at least eight of them dead or wounded.
spokesperson Wahida Shahkar confirmed the incident and said at least four
personnel of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) lost their lives in the
said the incident took place earlier today in the vicinity of Khalazai area of
the province and as a result four NDS personnel also sustained injuries.
to Shahkar the explosion was triggered by an improvised explosive device
planted on a roadside.
individual or group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.
anti-government armed militants including Taliban frequently use improvised
explosive device to target the security forces but in majority of such attacks
the ordinary civilians are also targeted.
the meantime, a security source at least four intelligence personnel and a
civilian were killed in the explosion.
has been among the relatively calm provinces in the North of Afghanistan but
the security situation of the province has deteriorated during the recent
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday held a one-on-one
meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in the Afghan capital where the
region’s security situation and bilateral relations were discussed.
was Qureshi’s first foreign trip after assuming office. Upon arrival at the
Presidential Palace, the Pakistani Foreign Minister was received by his Afghan
counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani, Geo News reported. He was in Afghanistan for a
Office of the Afghan President, ARG Palace, said in a statement that the two
sides discussed security, regional peace and stability, joint fight against
terrorism, border management and other issues related to the Afghanistan Pakistan
Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity, Khaama Press reported.
also held delegation-level talks with the Afghan side during which bilateral
trade matters and closure of the Pakistan Consulate General in Jalalabad due to
a security crisis came under discussion.
was accompanied by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and the Director-General
for Afghan relations along with other officials.
separately met his Afghan counterpart Rabbani. The latter said that
establishing peace was as important for Pakistan as for Afghanistan, while the
Pakistani minister said that the sides should cooperate in dealing with various
challenges are similar and we have to deal with them through mutual
cooperation,” Qureshi said.
further said that there was a persistent need to focus on the working group in
Afghanistan to move forward and proposed that a meeting between scholars from
both sides could be arranged to resolve issues.
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry earlier said that “the main purpose of the
Foreign Minister’s visit was to improve coordination on security-related issues
between the two countries”.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi met with the Chief Executive of the Unity
Government of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah during his visit to Kabul,
delivering the message of the new government of Pakistan in support of regional
quoted in a statement released by the Office of the Chief Executive, said the
Pakistani delegation has visited Kabul with a message to strengthen bilateral
relations between Kabul and Islamabad.
said the new government in Pakistan is prepared to cooperate with Afghanistan
in improving the regional security.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi arrived in Kabul accompanying a
delegation of high level Pakistani officials.
Office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement had earlier said that
President Ghani met with the Pakistani delegation led by Foreign Minister Shah
Mehmood Qureshi in Gul Khana Palace.
statement further added that the two sides discussed security, regional peace
and stability, joint fight against terrorism, and other issues related to
Afghanistan Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity.
towards the importance of Afghanistan Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and
Solidarity, President Ghani said it is a comprehensive plan and its effective
would only be noted once practical steps have been taken.
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with the Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mehmood
Qureshi and the Pakistani delegation accompanying him during the visit to
Office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement said President Ghani met
with the Pakistani delegation led by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in
Gul Khana Palace.
to ARG Palace, the two sides also held talks regarding the practical steps to
be taken as part of the Afghanistan Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and
Solidarity and Pakistan’s support to an Afghan-led peace process.
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani informed regarding the major changes in the security
leadership in capital Kabul after a series of deadly attacks left scores dead
in the capital, particularly in western parts of the city.
made the remarks during a meeting with the directors of the private schools in
West of Kabul city.
Office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement said the directors of the
private schools shared their concerns and issues regarding the private schools,
particularly the security concerns.
his turn, President Ghani offered condolences regarding the recent incidents
and called the attacks in West of Kabul city, an attack on the unity and
religious solidarity of the people of Afghanistan.
the directors of the private schools to review the security challenges in close
coordination with the security institutions so that practical steps could be
Ghani further added that the security of Kabul city has been divided in four
zones and a new deputy commandment has the responsibility of the security of
the West of Kabul city.
of nearly two dozen Daesh commanders found in mass grave in Iraq’s Nineveh
security forces have found a mass grave in the country’s northern province of
Nineveh, which contains the remains of 23 high-ranking commanders of the Daesh
Takfiri terrorist group believed to have been executed by fellow militants for
disobeying orders to carry out bombings and other acts of violence.
Saleh Sheef, an official from the media bureau of the Nineveh Operations
Command, told Arabic-language Basnews news agency that federal police forces
had made the discovery south of Mosul, located some 400 kilometers north of the
added that identity cards showing the militants’ first names, surnames and
ranks were recovered from the site.
Izadi mass grave unearthed in Iraq
local search teams in Nineveh province have found a mass grave containing the
bodies of dozen members of the Izadi minority, who are believed to have been
executed by Daesh Takfiri terrorists when they were in control of an area
al-Forat news agency reported that the mass grave was located in the industrial
neighborhood of Sinjar town. The site has been closed off to the public, and
local authorities are waiting for international teams and competent officials
to arrive and launch an investigation.
August 15, an official at the Endowments and Religious Affairs Ministry of the
semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government said more than 3,000 members of
the Izadi minority had remained unaccounted for ever since Daesh overran their
hometowns in northern Iraq back in 2014.
fate of 3,102 Izadis remain unknown since Daesh terrorists attacked our towns
and cities in mid-2014,” Khairi Bozarni said at a conference on the Izadi
genocide in Erbil, capital of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
added that more than 2,500 Izadi Kurds lost their lives at the hands of Daesh
terrorists, while another 6,000 – mostly women and children – were abducted.
noted that 66 places of worship for the Izadis had also been desecrated or
destroyed by the terror group.
more, more than 100,000 Izadis have fled [the] Kurdistan region and Iraq in
general since the summer of 2014,” Bozarni said.
also said that Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani had secured the release
of more than 2,000 abducted Izadis.
in August 2014, Daesh terrorists overran the town of Sinjar, killing, raping,
and enslaving large numbers of Izadi Kurds.
region was recaptured in November 2015, during an operation by Kurdish
Peshmerga forces and Izadi fighters.
and Egypt's enduring 'cold peace'
Forty years after signing the Camp David Accords, Egypt and Israel live in
uneasy peace, as cool diplomatic ties have failed to unfreeze other relations.
is still a psychological barrier between us and the Israeli people," said
Egyptian ex-lawmaker Mohammed Anwar Sadat, nephew of former president Anwar
Sadat proudly keeps a photo of his late uncle in his Cairo office.
then head of state risked everything in making peace with Israel at the US
presidential retreat Camp David on September 17 1978.
Accords, cemented by a peace treaty in 1979, saw regional powerhouse Egypt
temporarily shunned by the rest of the Arab World.
himself was assassinated on October 6, 1981. The late president "had great
courage and a vision for the future", his nephew said.
the peace, he said, "has always been cold". While many Egyptians
welcome the absence of war, they remain hostile to Israel.
acceptance of full diplomatic and political normalisation" has not
translated into "a cultural or popular normalisation", said Mustafa
Kamal Sayed, professor of political sciences at Cairo University.
uneasy but stable status quo is reflected on Cairo's streets, where many put
their antipathy towards Israel down to their neighbour's policies towards the Palestinians.
normalisation failed to gain popular support because of events linked to
Palestinians," said bank worker Mohammed Oussam.
said he could not forget Israel's bombing of "schools and refugee
camps" during Lebanon's 1975 to 1990 civil war.
Israelis have not adhered to the principles of peace with the Palestinians or
the Arabs," said another Mohammed.
a sentiment also shared by Islam Emam. "We speak of peace, of
normalisation -- then they kill our brothers and take their land", he
said, referring to the Palestinians.
blames Israel's government, rather than its citizens. "In the end, nobody
truly chooses his government," he said.
towards Israel often crystallises over sporting events.
and Liverpool football maestro Mohamed Salah has been criticised at home for
appearing in a Champions League match in Israel in 2013, when he played for
Switzerland's FC Basel.
said he did not make political decisions.
years later, Egyptian judo Olympian Islam El Shehaby refused to shake hands
with Israeli rival Or Sasson at the Rio games -- a gesture that embarrased
and Hebrew translator Nael el-Toukhy said any Egyptian who reaches out to
Israelis faces intense pressure.
is a hot topic for Egyptian talk shows, guaranteed to stoke the kind of high
feelings seen in debates on gay rights.
than 65 percent of Egyptians alive today were not yet born when the Camp David
Summit took place, according to official figures. But Egyptian public rejection
of Israel is a constant. National politics is also affected, despite decades of
formal diplomatic ties.
March 2016, Egyptian lawmaker Tawfiq Okasha paid a high price for inviting
Israel's ambassador to dinner at his home.
of discussing issues linked to national security, he was ousted from parliament
in a two-thirds majority vote.
US-backed Syrian forces entered Saturday an eastern village held by the Islamic
State group where intense clashes are ongoing a day after the extremists
reportedly killed 20 fighters, the forces and a war monitor said.
Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said its fighters stormed Bagouz and are
close to the center of the village. The forces added that they plan to open
another front in the Sousseh area along the Euphrates river to increase
pressure on the extremists. SDF launched with the help of the US-led coalition
a wide offensive this week to capture the last pocket held by IS in Syria. The
Kurdish-led forces have been among the most effective in the fight against IS
in Syria, forcing them out of much of the country’s east.
losing most of the territory it held between Iraq and Syria since its peak in
2014, the jihadist IS remains a disruptive force in both countries. Its leader,
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, urged his followers to “persevere” in an audiotape
attributed to him last month.
IS-linked Aamaq news agency said the group’s gunmen targeted advancing SDF
fighters in the Bagouz area with mortar rounds, roadside bombs and sniper fire
inflicting many casualties among them. The SDF commander of the operation in
Bagouz, who identified himself as Shergo, said in a video statement that the
fighting is intense from both sides and that his fighters now control almost
half of the village.
will take all this place from ISIS,” Shergo said in English, using a different
acronym to refer to IS. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
said IS fighters are relying on a network of tunnels in the area and land mines
to slow down SDF’s offensive.
said that some 100 women and 30 men, including IS fighters, along with their
children, surrendered to SDF fighters. The IS gunmen were taken to a tightly
secured position in the area, it added. The storming of Bagouz came a day after
the Observatory and a Kurdish official said IS gunmen killed 20 SDF fighters in
the country’s east.
Observatory said the extremists took advantage of a sandstorm to launch a
counterattack, which killed 20 fighters and wounded others. Kurdish official
Ebrahim Ebrahim said the 20 fighters were killed in an ambush by IS fighters.
SDF said in a statement that only two of its fighters were killed and six
others wounded in Friday’s clashes.
reported that the Israeli fighter jets targeted several missiles at Damascus
international airport last night.
further said that the air defense units intercepted the Israeli missiles and
managed to destroy them.
the meantime, al-Moraseloun news website quoted a field source as saying that
the air defense units fired four missiles at the Israel missiles that were
flying towards Damascus international airport.
field source said that parts of the intercepted Israeli intruding missiles fell
in a residential neighborhood near the airport, adding that the attack caused
no human casualties.
reported in late June that two missiles were fired by Israeli military at Damascus
international airport at midnight, adding that the move was carried out in line
with Tel Aviv's continued support for terrorist groups in Southern Syria to
enable them stand against the government forces' advances in the region in
the meantime, the Arabic-website of Sputnik quoted a field sources as reporting
that the Syrian air defense units intercepted the Israeli missile fired from
occupied territories and managed to destroy one of them over al-Amal Farms in
Northern Quneitra and intercepted another missile over the town of al-Ba'ath in
the English-website of Sputnik quoted other sources as claiming that Israeli
fighter jets targeted an Iranian cargo plane while unloading in Damascus
the AMN reported that in the aftermath of the strike a powerful blast was
reported in Northern Quneitra that borders Southwestern Damascus, closer to
added that the explosion was due to the interception of an Israeli drone by
Syria's air defense system.
Early May, SANA reported that the air defense units intercepted 2 Israeli
missiles fired at al-Keswah region in Southern Damascus.
the meantime, al-Jazeera TV channel reported that the Israeli missile attack
was launched to target a militant base in Southern Damascus.
al-Mayadeen TV quoted sources in Quneitra province as reporting that three
Israeli missiles were fired from the occupied Golan Heights at Syrian
sources further told al-Mayadeen that the Israeli warplanes were flying over
the Golan Heights, underlining the possibility that the fighter jets fired the
missile at Syria's soil.
Arabic-language al-Forat news website quoted Yazda Organization, which is
responsible for registering ISIL's atrocities against Izadi people, as
reporting that a new mass grave of Izadi victims has been found in an industrial
zone in Sinjar in Western Nineveh.
further said that the mass killing of Izadi people dates back to the time when
the ISIL was ruling over Sinjar.
town of Sinjar, whose residents are mostly Iraq's Izadi minority, was occupied
by the ISIL in August 2014, al-Forat said, adding that a large number of men
and women faced mass execution and were buried in mass graves.
Kurdish official disclosed in June that a mass grave containing bodies of ISIL
members who were wounded in war and executed by the Takfiri terrorist group was
found in the Eastern parts of Mosul province.
have found a mass grave containing bodies of 83 ISIL foreign members with
Afghan, Chechen, Sudanese and Pakistani nationalities in the village of
Shamsiat,” Saeed Mamuzini, a media officer for the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s
(KDP) 17th branch in Mosul, said.
noted that the ISIL executed its members because they had sustained serious
injuries or handicapped in the war, making them unable to fight.
ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control shrinking swathes of Syria and Iraq.
They have threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds,
Christians, Izadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.
Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab
states for the growing terrorism in their country.
army engineering units found a large volume of cannons, RPG, rockets, arms and
ammunition, including Israeli ones, in regions that were once under ISIL's
control in Hawz Yarmouk in Western Dara'a.
this month, the army men carried out mop-up operation in the village of
al-Mo'alaqa and in the small town of Jabata al-Khashab in Quneitra, finding a
large volume of weapons, munitions and medicines in regions that were once
under control by ISIL and Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or
the Al-Nusra Front).
and American sniper rifles, machineguns, rockets, cannons, communication
devices and medicines were found in the terrorists' positions.
began across government-controlled parts of Syria on Sunday for the war-ravaged
country’s first local elections since 2011, state news agency SANA said.
booths opened at 7:00 am (0400 GMT) and are expected to stay open for 12 hours.
centers opened for citizens to cast their ballots to elect their
representatives in the local administrative councils,” SANA reported.
than 40,000 candidates are competing for 18,478 seats across all provinces,” it
state television broadcast footage of voters around Damascus and in the coastal
government bastions of Tartus and Latakia dropping their ballots into plastic
boxes as election officials looked on.
troops now control around two-thirds of the country after scoring a series of
military victories in recent months, including around Damascus and in the
was expected in some of the recaptured areas.
number of seats had slightly increased from the roughly 17,000 open in the last
elections, as smaller villages had been promoted to fully fledged
councils operate at the municipal level, and newly elected representatives are
expected to have more responsibilities than their predecessors, especially
those linked to reconstruction and urban development.
last held local elections in December 2011, just nine months into the conflict.
military has announced that its missile defense system successfully intercepted
and downed Israeli missiles fired at an airport in the capital Damascus.
official SANA agency said late Saturday that the military had thwarted an
"Israeli aggression," adding that a number of “enemy missiles” fired
at the Damascus International Airport had been dismantled.
air defense systems thwarted an Israeli missile aggression,” a military source
told the agency, after reports said several explosions had been heard near the
Israeli military spokeswoman would not comment on the report by SANA.
don’t comment on foreign reports,” said the Israeli official, without
has become increasingly involved in the war in Syria with attacks on the
country’s military and civilian infrastructures over the past few months.
Tel Aviv regime has launched the attacks as Syria has managed to recapture many
areas across the country from the grip of militants.
many of those attacks have failed as Syrian defense system has managed to shoot
down missiles fired by the Israelis.
attack on Damascus airport on Saturday came just a fortnight after Syrian
authorities rejected reports about a missile attack by Israel on the facility.
repeatedly claims that Israel has backed terrorist groups since the war broke
out in the Arab country in March 2011.
Houthi militants fired a ballistic missile toward Saudi Arabia early Saturday
night, but Saudi air defenses shot it down before it could do any damage, a
spokesman for coalition forces supporting Yemen’s legitimate government said.
Turki al-Maliki said the Saudi Air Defense Force spotted the missile being
being launched at 7:15 p.m. (local time) from the Yemeni governorate of Saada
toward the southern Saudi city of Jazan and intercepted it.
accused the Houthis of deliberately targeting civilian and populated areas in
the Kingdom, in willful violation of international law.
hostile act by the Houthi terrorist militia of Iran proves the continued
involvement of the Iranian regime in supporting the Houthi armed militias in
clear defiance of the UN resolutions issued in this regard and a threat to the
security of Saudi Arabia and regional and international security. The launching
of ballistic missiles towards towns and villages In the population is contrary
to international humanitarian law,” he said in a statement.
Houthis’ Al-Masirah TV station itself confirmed that the missile launch was
meant to hit a populated area, according to a Reuters report.
(Houthi) rocket force fired a Badr ballistic missile at the Industrial City of
Jizan,” Al-Masirah said, without saying when the attack took place.
Iran-aligned Houthis regularly announce they have fired missiles over the
Saudi-Yemeni border into Jizan province in an effort to hit important
facilities, including an oil refinery operated by Saudi Aramco. Most of the
missiles are intercepted by Saudi Air Defence Forces, using the US-supplied
Patriot missile system.
Houthis say their missile attacks are in retaliation for air raids on Yemen by
the Western-backed coalition, which entered Yemen’s war in 2015 to try to
restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Hadi was ousted from the capital
Sanaa by the Houthis in 2015.
Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have accused Iran of arming the Houthis as
part of the Tehran regime’s regionwide destabilization program in furtherance
of its hegemonistic ideology.
coalition, along with its Western allies, have shown proof of Iran’s support
for the Houthis, including its supply of ballistic missiles.
Rival blocs in Iraq’s Parliament ended a political stalemate on Saturday and
elected a Speaker and his two deputies.
move is the first step in the formation of a government after months of
wrangling since elections in May.
elected a Sunni to head the Parliament, a Shiite as first deputy and a Kurd as
second deputy, in a return to the power-sharing system adopted since the 2003
US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.
Al-Halbousi, 37, a civil engineer from the vast desert province of Anbar, had
been chairman of the Parliamentary Finance Committee until 2017. He is the
youngest Speaker in Iraq’s parliamentary history.
was nominated by Al-Binna’a alliance, which includes most of the political
blocs supported by Iran. He received 169 votes — 80 more than his closest
selection of a young Iraqi to fill the post of Speaker is an important
development that sends a firm message to the former politicians that they have
to leave and make way for the new generation,” said Khamis Al-Khanjar, one of
Iraq’s key Sunni figures.
were no clashes on Saturday between Al-Binna’a and the Reform coalition
sponsored by Moqtada Al-Sadr, one of Iraq’s most influential Shiite clerics,
who is supported by the US. The last session on Sept. 3 ended in acrimony, when
each claimed they had the largest number of seats and should be allowed to form
a government. Violent protests broke out in Basra the next day, killing at
least 15 people.
News reported on Friday that agreement had been reached between Al-Sadr and his
rivals to include some pro-Iran factions in his coalition. Evidence of the deal
emerged during Saturday’s parliamentary session.
MPs stepped down after their candidate won the post of Speaker, and announced
the withdrawal of their candidate for first deputy to allow Sadr’s candidate to
take the position.
results of the session of Parliament indicate that the agreement between
Al-Binna’a and the Reform coalitions can overcome the obstacles and lead the
political scene toward the destination they want,” a prominent Shiite lawmaker
involved in the talks to form the government told Arab News.
conclusion suggests that Al-Binna’a and Reform together are in practice the
largest bloc and the real decision maker.
group aims to clear up misconceptions about Islam
Muslim Association of Bolingbrook will host an informational session called
“Clearing Up Misconceptions About Islam” next Saturday at the Fountaindale
Ahmed will give the presentation and be there to answer audience questions.
is an expert on Islam who travels the world giving lectures and serves as the
director of Gain Peace, an outreach division within the Islamic Circle of North
can learn answers to all their questions about the religion. Admission is free,
and snacks will be provided.
MAB has made it part of its mission to provide educational opportunities.
Muslim Workers in US Settle Bias Dispute
major U.S. meatpacking company has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle charges
of discrimination involving Muslim workers who walked off the job in a dispute
over prayer breaks.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the financial settlement
Friday after several years of litigation between Cargill Meat Solutions
Corporation and 138 Muslim workers, most of whom were Somali immigrants.
dispute began in late 2016 after the workers were fired following a three-day
walkout at a meatpacking plant in Fort Morgan, Colorado.
had changed policies allowing Muslim workers to take short prayer breaks.
EEOC said it had "reasonable cause to believe that Somali, African and
Muslim employees were harassed, denied their requests for prayer breaks and
disagreed but said it settled the case to avoid further litigation. The company
also said it was committed to allowing "Muslim workers to take short
breaks to perform their obligatory prayers."
Teamsters union chapter representing the workers will pay them $153,000 to
settle discrimination complaints related to the dispute. The EEOC said
Teamsters Local 455 had failed to advocate for the workers — who were
dues-paying union members — and had harassed them because of their race,
religion and national origin.
union denied wrongdoing but also agreed to give their union officials grievance
training and to publicize employee rights to work in an environment free of
Council on American-Islamic Relations applauded the settlements, as did Denver
lawyer Qusair Mohamedbhai, who represented the workers.
U.S. blocks millions of dollars to programs that build relationships between
Israelis and Palestinians, the New York Times reported on Friday.
current and former American officials, the report said, "the move to
prevent Palestinians -- including, in many cases, children -- from benefiting
from the funds squeezes shut the last remaining channel of American aid to Palestinian
Agency for International Development (USAID), Conflict Management and
Mitigation Program, and Kids4Peace were among the programs that U.S. President
Donald Trump refused to allocate funds for.
U.S.A.I.D. was faced with the choice of shutting down the program and losing
the funds, or keeping something going. They decided to support programs that
involve Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs," Tim Rieser, foreign policy aide
to Senator Patrick Leahy, was quoted as saying by the New York Times.
USAID said in a statement on Friday that it is "currently unable to engage
Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza as a result of the administration’s
recent decision on Palestinian assistance."
Greenblatt, assistant to Trump and special representative for international
negotiations, on Friday shared New York Times' story on Twitter.
Palestinian and Israeli kids will lose, and these programs will be meaningless,
if the PA continues to condemn a plan they haven’t seen & refuses to engage
on it. Hopefully the PA will lead... let’s see...," Greenblatt said on
U.S. administration on Monday announced the closure of the Palestine Liberation
Organization's (PLO) Washington office, which also serves as a Palestinian embassy.
the move came shortly after the U.S. cancelled all funding to UNRWA, the UN’s
cash-strapped Palestinian refugee agency.
decision also comes as the U.S. administration prepares to unveil a
controversial Middle East peace plan, details of which have yet to be made
Muslim leaders seek clarity on mosque unsealing
days after a mosque was sealed in Sheetla Mata Colony, local Muslim leaders met
divisional commissioner D Suresh at his residence on Saturday seeking clarity
on the process to unseal the structure.
Friday, reports surfaced that the divisional commissioner had directed the
mosque to be unsealed in the evening, though the city administration later
released a statement clarifying that no such order was issued.
to the leaders, they were informed by the divisional commissioner on Saturday
that a formal appeal against the sealing by the Municipal Corporation of
Gurugram (MCG) can be made in the court of the divisional commissioner, which
could pave the way for the mosque to be unsealed.
informing us on Friday that mosque will be unsealed, the divisional commissioner
informed us that the only way to get it done is by submitting an official
appeal in his court. He then informed us that the court would accordingly take
a call based on the evidence and finding,” said Haji Shehzad Khan, chairman of
the Muslim Ekta Manch.
Roy, a member of the Gurgaon Nagrik Ekta Manch, said that they had gone to meet
the divisional commissioner ‘as he had informed us that the mosque will be
unsealed on Friday evening, but this never took place. Hence, the forum met him
divisional commissioner apprised us of the legal hurdles if an order for
unsealing is passed. He also said that an internal inquiry has been initiated
on the issue. Based on the report, he said that officials will take the next
course of action. At present, status quo is being maintained,” said Roy.
are hoping the issue does not get drawn into a legal hurdle and is solved
administratively. Members of the forum and Muslim Ekta Manch leaders are
pondering over the next steps that can be taken,” said Roy.
commissioner D Suresh did not respond to the texts and calls for comment.
Wednesday, MCG officials had sealed the mosque and 10 other buildings in the
area, on the grounds that these had been built after the Punjab and Haryana
high court, in September 2016, had stayed new construction in the 300-metre
radius of the Indian Air Force (IAF) ammunition depot in Sector 14.
Friday, Gurugram police had detained 12 people affiliated to right-wing outfits
under Section 107 (likely to commit breach of peace or public tranquillity) of
the CrPC, 1973.
India and Serbia on Saturday resolved to fight the scourge of terrorism in all
its forms and manifestations and decided to enhance cooperation in areas like
defence manufacturing, IT and infrastructure, as Vice President Venkaiah Naidu
met Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic. Naidu, who arrived here on Friday, was
welcomed by Vucic at the Serbia Palace. During the visit, the two sides signed
an agreement on cooperation in the field of plant health and plant quarantine
and a revised Air Services Agreement.
agreement on cooperation in plant protection and plant quarantine would
contribute to increasing bilateral trade in agricultural products. The Air
Services Agreement would boost trade and tourism by the launch of direct air
connectivity between India to Serbia in future,” Naidu said in a statement.
their discussions, the two leaders also exchanged views on multilateral issues
and agreed to intensify cooperation in the areas of mutual interest. “India and
Serbia have had close cooperation at the United Nations and other multilateral
fora. We agreed that United Nations needs to be reformed to reflect the
realities of today and address current global challenges, it is long overdue,”
resolved to fight the scourge of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations
and agreed to strengthen cooperation in the fight against terrorism at various
international fora. It is a global challenge and requires a global response.
Terror has no religion. Terroism is enemy of humanity. We must all come
together. I am happy that both of us agreed to move in the direction of
creating the needed public opinion,” he said.
had an extensive discussion with Vucic on all important aspects of bilateral relations
as well as global and regional issues of common interest to both of our
countries.”We expressed our commitment to further build on long-standing
friendly ties between our two countries,” he said. During their talks, Naidu
and Vucic agreed to expand the bilateral cooperation especially in the areas of
economic and cultural relations.
the area of economic cooperation, both sides agreed to enhance cooperation in
the areas of priority such as agriculture, food processing, defence
manufacturing, science and technology, information technology, infrastructure,
tourism and pharmaceuticals,” Naidu said. He said India looked forward to
further closer cooperation with Serbia.
have already assured the President that India stands for the sovereignty and the
territorial integrity of Serbia. There is no question of any dilution and
deviation of our stand. I am also equally happy that the Hon’ble President has
unequivocally publically declared their support to India’s cause in the United
Nations and also in the other international forums,” he said.
was working in Dubal as a technician and was visiting India for a vacation
immigration officials at the Kempegowda International Airport caught a
28-year-old Bangladeshi who went to Dubai in the UAE two years ago using an
Indian passport to work as a technician.
accused was caught by officials when he landed at KIA from Dubai on Thursday
and submitted documents for immigration clearance.
detailed probe revealed that the original name of the accused was Mohammed
Moshikul Islam and he is from Bangaldesh. He had crossed the border illegally
in 2012 and entered West Bengal. After working as casual labourer for some
time, he managed to get a fake birth certificate in Kolkata through a tout,
using which he obtained an Indian passport in 2015 in the name of Mondal
the passport, he went to Dubal to work as technician. He was caught while
returning to India on Thursday for a vacation.
was booked under various sections of the Passport Act and remaded in judicial
another incident, officials nabbed a 45-year-old woman from Kadapa in Andhra
Pradesh who was trying to board a flight to Bahrain using a fake passport in
the wee hours of Thursday.
accused, Venpalli Ramannamma, was heading to Bahrain to work as a domestic
Aadhaar card details were different from her passport details. A detailed
inquiry led her to confess to the crime.
to officials, she was a class II dropout but got the passport through a tout in
2005 by claiming to be Desai Raa Devi from Hyderabad.
Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) has released the ten days visit programme
of Indian Sikh devotees for the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev scheduled
to be celebrated at Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, Pakistan in November.
to the programme prepared by ETPB, parent body of Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara
Parbandhak Committee, the Indian Sikh jatha would arrive in Pakistan via Attari
border on November 21 and would return on November 30.
bhog of akhand path will be held on November 23 at Gurdwara Janamasthan Nankana
Sahib. Sikh devotees will also visit Gurdwara Panja Sahib, Gurdwara Dera Sahib
, Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur and Gurdwara Rori Sahib , Amenabad.
Jammu and Kashmir Police and Army killed five militants in a joint operation in
south Kashmir Saturday. Later, a civilian was killed after the forces fired on
youths protesting the killing of the militants.
Police said the militants were involved in the killing of policemen in South
Kashmir, and described the operation as a “huge success for the police and
security forces”. The operation began Friday night, when a joint team of the
police, Army and paramilitary forces cordoned off Chowgam village of Kulgam
after inputs about the presence of militants.
Saturday morning, as the forces zeroed in on a target house, the militants
opened fire, triggering a gunfight. The exchange of fire continued for several
hours, and culminated in the killing of all five militants in the house. “A
huge success for police and security forces,” J&K Police tweeted after the
encounter. “It was a combo of HM (Hizbul Mujahideen) and LeT (Lashkar-e-Taiba)
terrorists involved in a series of terror acts.”
have identified the killed militants as Gulzar Paddar, Zahid, Faisal, Zahoor
and Masroor. Gulzar, police said, was a close associate of the slain Hizb
commander Altaf Kachroo. Gulzar, who had joined the militant ranks two years
ago, was involved in a series of terror acts, including the killing of five
policemen last year, at Pombai, police said. They said he was also involved in
the snatching of police weapons.
said that Zahid, a resident of Okey village of Kulgam, was involved in the
killing of a policeman at Zainapora Shopian on Eid, while Faisal was involved
in the killing of a policeman in Shopian last year.
after the killing of the militants, people took to the streets in Chowgam and
its adjoining villages, and clashed with police and paramilitary forces. A
civilian was killed and over 20 were injured after the joint forces opened fire
and fired pellets at the protesters. The slain youth has been identified as
24-year-old Rouf Ahmad, a resident of Anchidoora in Anantnag town. He was hit
by a bullet in the neck. Rouf was killed at Chowgam some 17 kilometres from his
official at Anantnag District Hospital told The Sunday Express that the
hospital received 22 injured. “Three of them were hit by bullets out of which
one succumbed,” the official said. “The others had pellet injuries. We referred
some of them to Srinagar.”
Superintendent of Shri Maharja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital in Srinagar Dr Saleem
Tak told The Sunday Express that the hospital received eight injured.
army Jawan was injured as Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing along
the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nowshera sector on Saturday.
to a defence ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Devender Anand, “the enemy opened
up small arms fire at about 10.30 am leading to injury to one soldier. The
injured is out of danger and has been evacuated to Command Hospital at
Udhampur,” he added.
sources said that the Indian Army retaliated. The exchange of fire at
intermittent intervals was going on between two sides.
unwilling to accommodate undocumented, illegal Afghan refugees
a high-profile inter-ministerial meeting, the four provinces have reportedly
expressed concern and said that they are unwilling to accommodate undocumented
and illegal Afghan refugees.
of States and Frontier Regions reportedly held the meeting where state
agencies’ representatives were also present.
concerns were reportedly cited as the reasons for the provinces’ stance on the
it was also decided that the minutes of the meetings would be sent in the form
of a summary to the federal cabinet.
willing to open Afghan land route for India: US envoy
Pakistan approached Afghanistan earlier this year, indicating its willingness
to discuss the resumption of trade between Afghanistan and India through the
Pakistani land route, says a senior US diplomat.
an interview to India’s Economic Times newspaper, Ambassador John Bass said
that reopening land routes between South and Central Asia will benefit all
countries in the region.
does not allow India to use the land route for trading with Afghanistan,
arguing that technical and strategic issues connected to transit trade should
be resolved first.
couple of months ago, for the first time the Pakistani government expressed a
willingness to start talks with its Afghan counterparts for parameters to
enabling trade between India and Afghanistan through Pakistan,” Mr Bass said.
US ambassador to Afghanistan also said that Indian firms were gradually
increasing their investments in Afghanistan. Last year’s trade show in Delhi
led to $27 million of investments at the event itself, and another $200 million
of “prospective” investments from Indian companies, much of which had
materialised, he added.
Bass told the Indian newspaper that a political settlement in Afghanistan was
in Pakistan’s long-term interest. “Increased trade in both directions,
increased connectivity through central and south Asia through Afghanistan —
those are all missed opportunities if Pakistan has its sole focus on
perpetuating the status quo,” he said.
US envoy said that India raised the issue of US sanctions on Iran when US
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis visited New
Delhi earlier this month for Two-plus-Two talks.
Indians were particularly interested in knowing how the sanctions would impact
Chabahar port, which was built in Iran with Indian assistance for connecting
India with Central Asia through Afghanistan.
Indian government conveyed its perspectives “on the importance of Chabahar as a
means to expand bilateral trade and help improve Afghanistan’s connectivity
with South Asia,” he said.
are processing and evaluating how best to reimpose sanctions on Iran, with the
Iranian regime’s malevolent behaviour and its activities in destabilising its
neighbours,” Ambassador Bass said.
government is still thinking through how Chabahar factors in the reimposition
of the toughest sanctions that we believe need to be put in place to hold the
Iranian government accountable for its action.”
said the US administration was reviewing the sanctions to see how to deal with
such issues, without hurting the US objective of persuading Iran to change its
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in his maiden visit to Kabul underscored
the need for enhanced coordination between the two countries in counterterrorism
efforts with an offer to train personnel of Afghan police and other law
enforcement agencies at Pakistani institutions.
foreign minister during his visit met Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani
and Chief Executive Dr Abdullah Abdullah and held delegation-level talks with
his Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani.
Qureshi conveyed to the Afghan leadership that the new government in Islamabad
attached importance to its relations with Afghanistan and would work towards
further deepening cooperation in the fields of trade, development and
connectivity. “The visit provided an opportunity to set out the contours of the
new government’s future engagement with Afghanistan to build mutually
beneficial relationship and enhance cooperation between the two countries,”
added a Foreign Office statement issued after the meeting.
their meeting, the two foreign ministers took decisions on holding meetings of
the Joint Economic Commission (JEC), Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade
Coordination Authority (APTTCA), Steering Committee of the Joint Ulema
Conference and the working groups of Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace
and Solidarity (APAPPS). They also agreed to expedite matters related to
providing necessary security to Pakistan consulate general in Jalalabad.
to the Afghanistan ministry of foreign affairs, Mr Qureshi and Mr Rabbani
agreed to hold Afghanistan-Pakistan’s Ulema meeting and a second round of the
trilateral meeting of Afghanistan, Pakistan and China. While the two sides decided
to hold the Ulema meeting in the near future, they did not give information
when and where the second round of the trilateral meeting would be held, stated
the Afghan media, Tolo News. The last meeting of the three countries was hosted
by China in December 2017 where Beijing tried to mediate between Kabul and
Islamabad to help them improve their relations.
Qureshi also invited President Ghani to visit Pakistan. He underlined the
importance of frequent high-level engagements between the two countries that
contributed to building trust and improving mutual understanding.
highlighted the need to maintain this upward trajectory in bilateral relations
through more high-level visits during the upcoming months.
reiterated Pakistan’s support for the national unity government’s efforts to
bring about a lasting peace in Afghanistan and assured the Afghan leadership
that Pakistan, along with other partners of Afghanistan, remained ready to play
constructive role in facilitating an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process
the context of enhancing trade between the two countries, he said Pakistan had
decided to waive off regulatory duty on imports from Afghanistan. It was for
this reason, he added, Afghan exports to Pakistan recorded substantial increase
of 118 per cent in 2018. He stated that Pakistan would fast-track
standardisation and automation of custom procedures as well as upgrade of
infrastructure at crossing points between the two countries.
foreign minister also handed over a letter from Prime Minister Imran Khan
addressed to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, marking the first consignment of
40,000 tonnes of wheat gifted to the Afghan people.
the second phase of 3,000 scholarships, more than 600 scholarships had already
been granted, he said.
National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman Javed Iqbal approached the
Supreme Court on Saturday with a request to set aside the Islamabad High
Court’s (IHC) Sept 10 decision to proceed with the petitions of former prime
minister Nawaz Sharif for the suspension of sentences awarded by an
accountability court in the Avenfield reference.
NAB chairman approached the SC also on Sept 1 when the accountability watchdog
challenged the IHC’s Aug 7 order of transferring two corruption references
against Mr Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law retired Capt
Muhammad Safdar from accountability court Judge Mohammad Bashir to Judge
Mohammad Arshad Malik.
the fresh application before the apex court, which was drafted by advocates M.
Akram Qureshi and Jahanzaib Bharwana, NAB pleaded before the court to direct
the high court to commence hearing of the Sharifs’ appeals against their
July 6, Judge Bashir announced 10-year imprisonment for Mr Sharif, seven for Ms
Maryam and one year for Mr Safdar in the Avenfield reference.
two other references against the Sharifs — Al-Azizia/Hill Metal and Flagship
Investment — are now being heard by Judge Malik.
appeals filed by the Sharifs against their conviction are still pending in the
high court. In the meanwhile, they filed a set of petitions in the high court
seeking suspension of sentences passed by the accountability court.
the high court decided to hear the appeals against the conviction, the Sharifs
moved applications for the early hearing of their petitions filed against the
conviction. The high court accepted the applications and decided to commence
hearing petitions from Sept 11.
its application, the NAB chairman argued that it was not just and reasonable
for the high court to pass an order without issuing a notice to the state.
high court could not review its own decision of hearing the appeals, the NAB
application contended, adding that the high court was not righteous in passing
an order in the connected matters to proceed with the cases pertaining to the
suspension of the conviction.
NAB application argued that the petitioners had not provided any cogent reasons
for seeking the relief, besides the relief being sought was in contravention
with the spirit of the provisions of Section 32 of the National Accountability
is no justification for postponement of the main appeals against the conviction
by taking instead the applications for the suspension of the conviction when
the appeals were already fixed for hearing on Sept 10, the NAB application
application emphasised that the high court had gone beyond its jurisdiction by
postponing the hearing of the arguments in the appeals, adding it was not
reasonable to postpone because of the personal inability of the counsel for the
proceedings in the appellate court could not be controlled by the whims of
convicts/Sharifs, the NAB application said.
Taliban commander was gunned down by some unknown armed men and escaped the
scene on Saturday, the police said.
to the details, unidentified attackers opened indiscriminate fire at an ex-Taliban
commander named Gul Muhammad alias Qari Saifullah in Township area of Bannu.
Gul was killed on the spot. The attackers fled the scene after committing the
murder and the body was shifted to a nearby hospital for post-mortem.
police, after registering a case against unknown assailants, have started an
Fazaldad Human Rights Institute (FHRI) and Rice Partners (Pvt) Ltd (RPL) in
collaboration with Mars Food organized a one day teachers training workshop on
Human Rights Education (HRE) to raise awareness and understanding on the
concept of HRE.
training workshop aimed at providing knowledge and skills to the attendants to
promote human rights, child rights, rights of minorities and women empowerment.
workshop was conducted in a highly participatory manner through presentations,
group work, engaging games and activities to help the participants not only to
understand the concepts but also to internalize them in their respective plans
Officer Mr Rizwan Ali informed the participants about the working of FHRI. He
said that FHRI is the most experienced organization in Pakistan on training for
human rights and democracy.
training program has reached over 75,000 teachers, judges, police officers,
bureaucrats, and elected local body representatives,” he said, adding that
“170,000 students have been direct beneficiaries of this program while indirect
beneficiaries run into the millions.”
trainer FHRI Mr Waqas A Khan introduced the participants with the concept of
human rights and told the participants about the rights granted to the citizens
of Pakistan by the Constitution of Pakistan.
said that though all the rights are equally important, but there is a need to
pay specific attention to education, social security, standard of living,
health and health services and access to appropriate information.
Education Officer (EDO) Sheikhupura Misbah Tallat highlighted the importance of
women rights with reference to women empowerment. She said that the dream of
developed Pakistan cannot be fulfilled without empowering our women. She further
added that women should know the meaning of honor to become empowered women.
master trainer, educationist Samia Mubashir highlighted the role of teachers
towards human rights education. She said that teachers are the role models for
the children and the society, so they should fulfill their responsibility of
spreading human rights education.
Manager Helping Hand Islamabad (HHI) Mr Imran Mehmood threw light on the child
rights and informed the participants about the United Nations convention on the
child rights. He also told the people about the contemporary issue of child
abuses and informed the participants about the strategies for elimination of
Manager RPL Mr Zafar Iqbal concluded the workshop by saying that the RPL is a
social impact business and working for the betterment of the farmers and farm
Sweden, Finland has its Muslim-bashing populists
rise of the far-right Sweden Democrats, who are hostile to Muslims and
migrants, is mirrored in Finland, Sweden’s neighbour to the east. Finland, too,
has an authentically populist political party with a nasty message for immigrants
of non-European, non-Christian heritage.
Swedes, Finns have elections on their minds. Finnish voters will go to the
polls next year. Despite its relatively homogenous, small population — just 5.5
million; 17 inhabitants per sq. kilometre — and comparatively placid politics,
Finland’s populists maintain an unhealthy focus on Muslims. This might seem
surprising considering Finland has a rather small number of Muslims, perhaps
70,000, the majority of whom are adolescents.
so. The Finns Party, which is part of the governing coalition, has an ugly
anti-Muslim, anti-migrant agenda, one that is likely to become more strident as
the election draws closer. On September 11, a Finns Party politician was
convicted of public incitement to violence against the Finnish Red Cross, which
runs reception centres for asylum seekers.
Party Leader Jussi Halla-aho was fined by Finland’s Supreme Court six years ago
for comments linking Islam to paedophilia and Somalis to theft. One of the
party’s deputy leaders, Laura Huhtasaari, who ran for Finnish president this
year, channelled US President Donald Trump with a “Finland First” message and
rants about “Muslim backwardness.” Earlier this year, Huhtasaari was fined for
a Facebook post calling for a Muslim-free Finland, which a court said amounted
to discrimination against an ethnic group.
Finnish populists are unapologetic about wanting a Finland with no immigration
from outside Europe, except for individuals who bring clear economic benefits.
In any case, Finland’s Muslim community, which includes Arabs, Kurds, Turks,
Iranians, Somalis, Bosnians and Kosovo Albanians, lives in a markedly
Islamophobic culture. The International Social Survey Programme of 2008 said
that approximately one-half of the Finnish population had a negative attitude
towards Islam and Muslims, more than any other country in the 42-country study.
explains some of the context for the Finns Party’s rhetoric, which chimes with
that of the Sweden Democrats next door. The Sweden Democrats are desirous of
locking migrants in to overt displays of “Swedishness,” whatever that might
mean. Sweden Democrats’ foreign affairs spokesman Markus Wiechel admitted his
party wanted migrants to “become Swedish… to assimilate.”
hard-line approach can only provoke resistance in Sweden, Finland and elsewhere
in Europe, when a more measured give-and-take is required.
the findings of a recently submitted doctoral dissertation on the identities of
young Muslims in Finland. The scholar, Teemu Pauha of Helsinki University,
investigated young Finnish Muslims’ sense of belonging to the country in which
they were born and made a surprising discovery.
the scope of a single interview session, the same study subject could talk
about both ‘those Finns’ and ‘us Finns,’ depending on the connotations linked
with Finnishness in each case. Many considered themselves Finns when abroad and
foreigners in Finland,” Pauha said.
research opens with an interesting anecdote that illustrates the extent of
disconnection between Finnish Muslims and their country. In December 2017, the
100th anniversary of Finnish independence, a Muslim youth organisation, Nuorten
Muslimien Foorumi (NMF), organised a gala to mark the occasion. An NMF activist
went on television to explain the organisation’s goal was to “construct the
kind of Muslims who feel that they are also Finnish.” It suggested, Pauha
writes, that “Finnish identity is not automatic” but something to be
consciously built by Muslims.
how hard that will be is clear from Pauha’s analysis of letters written by
11-16-year-old Muslims to an imaginary friend about life in Finland.
“Finnishness is associated with things that are haram, especially smoking and
drinking, and, as a result, becoming more like the Finns is portrayed as a
cause of losing one’s Muslimness,” says Pauha. Clearly, the idea of Finnishness
itself must change if it is to fit all of the country’s population in the 21st
said, young Finnish Muslims’ uncertain embrace of Finland has profound
implications for them, their country and Europe more generally. By 2050, the
Pew Research Centre estimated, migration could push Finland’s Muslim population
to 3.4%, a big increase from 0.8% in 2010.
if Finland walls itself off to non-Europeans and Muslims, Pauha says, the
Muslim population will grow, “but more modestly, to approximately 1.4%.”
happens, Finns and Muslims must accommodate each other.
‘cannot rule out’ longer-term military role in Middle East
Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Saturday said she could not rule out a
longer-term deployment of German forces in the Middle East, amid a broader
debate about a role for Germany in possible military action Syria.
der Leyen spoke during a visit to the Azraq air base in Jordan where some 300
German troops support a refuelling plane and four Tornado warplanes that fly
reconnaissance missions as part of U.S. led-coalition operations against ISIS
in Iraq and Syria. Asked if Germany needed a strategic base in the Middle East,
von der Leyen said, “First we must bring this deployment to a successful end. I
don’t want to rule the idea out, let me put it this way.”
der Leyen and other German officials on Wednesday called for concerted efforts
to prevent chemical weapons being used in Syria, and Chancellor Angela Merkel
said Germany could not simply look away if such attacks took place.
German government said it was in talks with the United States and other allies
about possible participation in military intervention if chemical weapons were
used in attacks on Idlib, the last major rebel-held enclave in Syrian.
news has divided the German ruling coalition, with the Social Democrats, ruling
any such action out unless it is sanctioned by the United Nations.
under pressure from the United States to boost defence spending and take on
more responsibility within NATO, did not take part in April military strikes by
U.S., French and British forces on Syria after a chemical weapons attack.
United States has pledged to surpass that if Syria uses chemical weapons again.
in the Austrian capital Vienna have held a march to mark the martyrdom
anniversary of Prophet Mohammad’s grandson, Imam Hussein. Demonstrators say
their message is promoting justice and fighting extremism. Homa Lezgee reports.
Prime Minister Andrej Babis faces criticism over his remarks on Syrian orphans
in a newspaper interview published on Saturday.
was quoted as saying in the interview published in Pravo newspaper: "Why
should we be accepting any Syrian orphans? There are orphans even in the Czech
Republic and we must take care of those. Why should we be taking care of Syrian
orphans, of all people?"
interview was also published on Novinsky.cz website, with the headline
"Babis: The Czech Republic will not accept a single refugee".
Interior Minister and acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Jan Hamacek criticized
Babis on Twitter, saying: "Surely, as a 10-million-strong country, we
could manage to offer a new home to 50 children who lost their parents in
also reminded that the Czech Republic donated more than 200 million Czech
Koronas ($9.1 million) to buy patrol vessels for the Libyan Coast Guard.
in the interview, said he had proposed a way to fight migration in the European
Union and "found 75 billion euros in the European budget proposal".
teams in western Italy searched a suspected Italian YPG/PKK member’s house and
seized his passport, local media reported Saturday.
news agency ANSA said the police on Sardinia Island searched the houses of
three Italian nationals within the framework of an operation against “war
were living on the island's central city of Nuoro and southern city of
of the suspects, Pierluigi Caria, whose affiliation with YPG/PKK was confirmed,
was planning to go to Iraq and then Syria soon.
passport has been seized as a precautionary measure by the Anti-Mafia
Directorate in Cagliari, it was reported.
investigation against the three people was initiated after a photograph showing
two YPG/PKK members was circulated.
terrorists in the photograph, French Olivier Francois Jean le Clainche and
Italian Pierluigi Caria, showed one armed with a Kalashnikov and the other
holding his left fist in the air.
identity was tracked down through a flag belonging to a so-called anti-fascist
organization in Bretonnia, France and the flag of Sardinia Island that is seen
in the photo.
French terrorist, codenamed Kendal Breizh, was killed by the Turkish army
forces in Syria’s Afrin on Feb. 18 during Operation Olive Branch which was
launched with the aim of clearing YPG/PYD/PKK terrorists in the region.
is accused within the framework of Italian Penal Code’s Article 270 on acts
committed with the purpose of terrorism and violent acts against the state.
of Malay rights, focus on furthering Islamic agenda: Pas Youth leader
NERUS: Pas should avoid being fixated on protecting Malay rights, and instead
focus on furthering its Islamic agenda.
Central Committee member Akram Ikrai Taib Azamuden said that fighting to
protect the rights of one group could lead to the oppression of other groups –
a position that goes against Islam, which is open and welcoming to all.
is seeking to protect their rights now. The Chinese, Indians, the LGBT
(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities) are all seeking their rights.
should not be trapped by this (tribal mentality) of (always wanting to protect)
Malay rights because if we are, we will be oppressing not only the Chinese,
Indians and LGBT, but also other minority groups in the country,” he said in
his debate speech at the 64th Pas Muktamar at the Terengganu Indoor Stadium
said Pas’s Islamic foundations means that it is committed to the Islamic
concept of openness to all, regardless of their beliefs.
Friday, Pas Youth rejected a motion to support political cooperation between
the Islamist party and its traditional rival, Umno.
Youth delegates had overwhelmingly voted in support of a motion seeking to
amend an earlier motion calling for political cooperation between the two
first motion was proposed by the Kota Raja Pas Youth division, which called for
“political cooperation” instead of “general cooperation,” as the latter concept
is “too informal.”
second motion, by a delegate from Tumpat, Kelantan, called for an amendment to
the original motion proposing to remove mention of “political cooperation” and
“the strengthening of ties with Umno and Barisan Nasional.” This motion was
approved by 273 delegates, with 58 delegates objecting.
said the party’s youths have placed their trust on party President Datuk Seri
Abdul Hadi Awang and the Ulama Syura Council to decide on whether or not to
continue their cooperation with Umno.
leaders on stage here) have been chosen by those sitting down there (Pas
delegates in the audience), thus we should give them our full trust to make
this important decision,” he added. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd
walks a tightrope on the Uighur Muslim issue
has never been at ease with its religious minorities—be they Buddhists,
Muslims, Christians or those practicing the religio-philosophical traditions of
Confucianism and Taoism. China's Communist Party has directed its nearly 90
million members to shun religion for maintaining party unity. It warns that
religious belief is a “redline” for the cadres and those who refuse to comply
would be punished. Religion in China is seen as a hindrance to human development.
though China's constitution theoretically allows religious belief, China is
actually an atheist state and has promoted atheism throughout the country.
Consequently, adherents across all religious organisations—whether
state-sanctioned or banned/underground—face intensified persecution and
trouble is, over the past decades, religious observance has been on the rise in
China. According to UNHRC 2013 Universal Periodic Review, the number of
registered religious believers in China is around 100 million, though the
actual number will be much higher. Amid rapid modernisation and economic
progress, the number of religious believers who yearn to fill their spiritual
vacuum has grown. Though persecution against the Uighur Muslims has been going
on for some years, the actual picture has now emerged.
are a Turkic-speaking Muslim ethnic minority numbering nearly 10 million (45
percent) in a population of 22.1 million in China's largest autonomous province
of Xinjiang. They consider themselves culturally and ethnically close to
Central Asian nations. Xinjiang is bordered by eight countries including the
former Soviet Central Asian republics, Mongolia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and
development of the resource-rich region has seen large-scale immigration of the
Han Chinese to the region. Han Chinese account for 90 percent of China's total
population but is a minority (37 percent) in Xinjiang. Uighurs complain of
discrimination and marginalisation by the Chinese authorities. There are also
complaints that Han Chinese who get the best jobs are not sharing the profits
of the region's economic boom.
has led to tensions between the Uighur Muslims and the Han Chinese. Anti-Han
resentment has been on the rise since the 1990s and led to serious rioting,
knife attacks and suicide bombings on many occasions. Added to this was the
surge in nationalist sentiments amongst the Uighur Muslims. If the Central
Asian countries can gain independence following the collapse of the Soviet
Union, why can't the autonomous Xinjiang be also independent?
early August 2018, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial
Discrimination reviewed reports of discrimination against Uighurs in Xinjiang.
The UN said it is alarmed by reports of mass detention of Uighurs. The UN body
released its concluding observations on August 30, 2018, criticising the “broad
definition of terrorism and vague references to extremism and unclear
definition of separatism in Chinese legislation.”
Committee report said that Beijing has “turned the Uighur administrative region
into something that resembles a massive internment camp.” More than one million
Uighurs are in “re-education camps”—actually detention camps, according to the
inmates have never been charged with a crime but they do not receive any legal
representation. Beijing initially denied the existence of such camps but later
admitted that some religious extremists were being held for “re-education”.
Beijing says it wants to promote “harmonious unity” between Uighurs and the Han
Chinese. A large number of Chinese troops are currently stationed in Xinjiang
to control the situation.
Committee called upon Beijing to: i) end the practice of detention without
lawful charge, trial and conviction; ii) immediately release individuals
currently detained under these circumstances; iii) provide the number of people
held as well as the grounds for their detention; and iv) conduct an impartial
investigation of racial, ethnic and ethno-religious profiling. Clearly, China
has been in violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
International and Human Rights Watch reports claimed mass imprisonment of
Uighur Muslims in camps where inmates are forced to swear loyalty to China's
President Xi Jinping and to shout Communist Party slogans. The inmates are
poorly fed and reports of torture are widespread with some dying. Some of the
oppressive measures imposed include: Uighur children are not allowed in
mosques; male Uighurs cannot have beards or wear caps (except for the very
old); no veils for women. There are strict restrictions on their movement. In
2014, Beijing also banned Uighurs from fasting during the month of Ramadan. For
Beijing, every Uighur is a potential terror suspect.
another development in early August 2018, hundreds of Muslim worshippers in
north-western Ningxia region refused to back down when the authorities tried to
demolish the Weizhou Grand Mosque on grounds that it was not built with proper
permits. Though law enforcers have temporarily left the area, tension continues
to run high among the Ningxia Muslims.
repressive measures on the Uighurs are actually feeding terrorism, according to
critics. Suppression of Uighurs has driven many activists underground. Beijing
is jittery about the independent way of life, the Turkic language and religious
practices of the Uighurs—but more so because of the influence of neighbouring
Muslim states. Some Uighurs are said to have fought with ISIL in Syria and have
now returned to Xinxiang.
has also recently promulgated a law that prohibits religious preaching on
Internet and live-streaming of prayers and worshipping. Beijing justifies its
repression on the Muslim population on the lame excuse that China faces serious
threats from Islamist militants. But Beijing's policies towards the Buddhists
of Tibet and the Christian community are equally questionable. The Chinese
Communist Party has not yet been able to reconcile and accept the concepts of
human rights and religious freedom.
NERUS: The 64th Pas Muktamar has passed a proposal to propagate Malay Muslim
unity in the country.
was one of six proposals passed without debate on the final day of the Muktamar
at the Gong Badak indoor stadium.
the ‘people’s unity’ principle, the Pas Youth Central Committee (DPPP) felt that
unity should be further strengthened.
also agreed to prevent unhealthy politics which could harm the harmony and
future of the religion, people and country.
DPPP felt that there was a wave of change and realisation by the people towards
politics and that Pas needed to respond to lead the nation.
constitution has assured that Islam is the official religion of the nation,
making it the decider for the continued harmonious development of the various
realises the historical sentiments of the various races and religions which
have invariably brought about suspicions and insecurity.
also regret threats towards the nation’s pillars which are Islam, the Malay
rulers, Malay reserve land, Malay language and citizenship brought about by
Pakatan Harapan as envisioned by DAP,” it said.
Muktamar also approved of the joint proposal by the Dewan Ulama and Dewan
Muslimat to defend the status of Islam in the country.
stated that Pakatan Harapan had a soft approach towards the threats against
the Syiah belief going viral, various deviant teachings, and practices against
Islam has been brought into into our society.
are spread via non-governmental organisations which are said to be human rights
and religious advocates.”
urged the party leadership to be firm over the special rights of Islam as
enshrined in the Constitution, and called for action against anti-Muslim
statements, including those who belittle the implementation of Syariah laws.
want the government to resolve matters concerning the lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender (LGBT) community.”
Malaysia and China want to expand cooperation in the field of education,
especially in Islamic studies, said Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik (pic).
Maszlee, who is on a four-day working visit to China, said the chairman of
Shanxi Halal Business Chamber of Commerce, Tie Qunping, proposed that the
International Islamic University of Malaysia set up a branch in Xian province,
as well as an International Islamic School for early education.
said Xian alone had a Muslim population of more than 300,000 and millions more
in the Shanxi province and in five other provinces.
has a reputation as a moderate nation and does not promote radical ideologies.
Maszlee also suggested that China sent its students to Malaysia and the
Education Ministry was prepared to do everything necessary to acquire quality
Islamic education and in other fields.
NERUS: The PAS Supporters’ Assembly (DHPP) has reminded party leaders not to
ignore them in the party’s efforts to forge cooperation with Umno.
delegate Lau Chin Chua said Umno’s presence was recent, but DHPP had long been
defending PAS and drawing non-Malay supporters in previous elections.
(PAS) is becoming friendly with Umno, MCA and MIC. Remember why Umno fell…
because its leaders were not trustworthy,” he said when debating the PAS
president’s policy speech at the party’s 64th muktamar, or general assembly,
also reminded PAS members to be cautious about “friendship” with Umno, MCA and
MIC, saying it could be seen as defending their corrupt leaders.
are friends, but a wrong is still a wrong. If some of them are punished for
corruption, we do not sympathise with them because they are wrong,” he said.
oldest political party is looking forward to forging better relations with its
former nemesis Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) to regain power in five years
by winning the 15th General Election, its president said Saturday.
at a press conference after attending the PAS general assembly in Kuala
Terengganu, United Malays National Organization (UMNO) President Ahmad Zahid
Hamidi said despite the good relations, the two parties have not formalized
ties. UMNO leads the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition and PAS is one of four
parties in the Gagasan Sejahtera coalition.
the moment, the only formal cooperation that exists between PAS and UMNO is at
the parliamentary level where lawmakers from both parties work together on
issues and as clusters relating to existing governmental portfolios,” Zahid
said. “To engage in a long-term relationship for GE15, I think the working
level discussion has to be established first.”
remarks came after PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang hinted about the prospect of
dissolving BN in the future in favor of a new opposition coalition.
think there will be a political change followed by a coalition change in either
the government or the opposition,” Abdul Hadi said.
Harapan (PH) itself is breaking apart and if that continues, perhaps not long
after, they will return to being the opposition,” he said, alleging there is
infighting by members of the People’s Justice Party (PKR) as it prepares for
party elections in October.
led by Anwar Ibrahim, joined with other parties to form PH and knock off the
ruling BN coalition in the May 9 general election, bringing Mahathir Mohamad to
power as prime minister. Anwar, who after the election received a royal pardon
for sodomy convictions and is running in a by-election for a seat in
parliament, is expected to succeed Mahathir in about two years.
the first UMNO president to attend the PAS assembly, expressed his admiration
for the Islamic party’s stance on not being antagonistic to the federal
a new concept and I believe that this is what the public wanted, a united front
of opposition parties that tackles the public’s issues and concerns,” Zahid said.
Azman Awang Pawi, a sociologist with the Academy of Malay Studies at Universiti
Malaya, told BenarNews that Zahid is seeking inroads with PAS even as he seeks
a close relationship with Anwar.
the warm embrace between PAS and UMNO, Zahid is looking into the opportunity of
working together with the PH government, especially PKR,” he said.
on Friday confirmed a UMNO official’s statement that party leaders empowered
him with seeking new alliances outside of BN, including the ruling coalition
his opening remarks at the PAS 64th general assembly, Abdul Hadi said he is
confident the party has a good chance of winning the next election and all
members need to work hard to prepare.
the party’s showing in May’s election where it captured 18 seats on an uneven
playing field, Abdul Hadi said PH’s success was attributed by the coalition’s
command of social media that was done “without any care of moral boundaries and
no concern for sins.”
also said PH won because some voters failed to see the beauty of Islam.
Philippines: Muslim militants have freed three Indonesian men they kidnapped at
sea early last year off Malaysia then brought them to their jungle hideouts in
the southern Philippines, officials said Sunday.
Indonesians were freed Friday with the help of the Moro National Liberation
Front, a rebel group that signed a peace deal with the Philippine government,
in Indanan town in Sulu province, police said.
released hostages, Hamdam Salim, Subandi Sattuh and Sudarlan Samansung, were to
be handed to the Indonesian ambassador in southern Zamboanga city later Sunday,
the military said.
cruising on board a speedboat, the three were taken at gunpoint by suspected
Abu Sayyaf militants off Malaysia’s Sabah state on Borneo island in January
last year. The hostages were brought aboard motorboats to the gunmen’s jungle
hideout in Sulu, a poor, predominantly Muslim province in the southern
Philippines where the Abu Sayyaf has had a presence since the late 1980s,
security officials said.
Abu Sayyaf commander, Marjan Sahidjuan, who uses nom de guerre Apo Mike, led
the abductors who freed the captives in exchange for a ransom, a security
official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized
to talk to media.
military spokesman Lt. Col. Gerry Besana said the military is unaware of any
ransom payment and added that relentless offensives pressured the kidnappers to
let go of their hostages.
by the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia to beef up security along their
massive sea border have considerably eased piracy and kidnappings in the past
months primarily by the Abu Sayyaf, which is blacklisted by the United States
and the Philippines as a terrorist organization.
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