Bengal, Hindus Are Being Beaten By Hindus for Chanting Jai Shri Ram
Lynching: Muslim Leaders Hold Round Table Conference organized by SCs, STs, BCs
and Minorities Front
Lanka President Claims Drug Gangs Orchestrated Easter Blasts
Utterly Disagree With Him!’ New Zealand’s Ardern Slams Trump
House Overwhelmingly Approves Anti-Saudi Measures
Ruet App Developed, No Need for Ulema Committee, Says Fawad
Beer Makers Told Not To Confuse Muslims
Slam Salma Ansari's Temple in Madrasa Move
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fanatics are beating Muslims and forcing them to chant Jai Shri Ram in Bengal
and in other parts of the country. But it is also true that in Bengal, Hindus
are being beaten by Hindus for chanting Jai Shri Ram, recently.
to newspaper reports, when some Hindus chanted Jai Shri Ram during the Shradh
ceremony, some Hindus did not like it and beat the people with lathis. The
victims have been hospitalised.
Nikashi Para village of Nadia district, Sandhya Acharya had died and her Shradh
ceremony was being conducted. On this occasion Geeta Path was going on. During
the Geeta Path, some people present in the house chanted Jai Shri Ram which
enraged others. An altercation occurred and then there was fight between
pro-and anti-Jai Shri Ram groups in which pro-Jai Shri Ram group was beaten up
badly by anti-Jai Shri Ram group.
another incident, a youth was killed for chanting Jai Shri Ram a few days ago
in the same district. Recently, Prof. Amartya Sen had said that Jai Shri Ram
does not go with the culture of Bengal. It is to be noted that Nadia is the
home of Shri Chaitanya Dev, the founder of Vaishnavism in Bengal which is based
on bhakti yoga or loving devotion to God. That’s why aggressive Hinduism is not
finding a place in this district. Earlier a Hindu student was beaten up by his
teacher for chanting Jai Shri Ram in the class.
In the wake of increasing incidents of mob lynching, Muslim leaders of the city
attended a Round Table Conference held yesterday.
was organized by SCs, STs, BCs and Minorities Front at Media Plus Auditorium,
Gunfoundry. Mr Sanaullah Khan, President of the Front presided over the
was attended by Mr Sahfeeq-uz-Zaman, IAS (Rtd), Mr Justice Ismail, Major S.G.M
Quadri, Mr Tariq Quadri, Mr Ziauddin Nayyar, Mr Hamid Mohammed Khan, Dr Kadiri
Krishna and Christian representatives.
Ismail suggested that people should go to the colonies and explain the
situation in order to eradicate misunderstandings.
Hamid Mohammed Khan told that all of us should come together to eradicate mob
Tariq Quadri told that a delegation should meet Mr KCR to apprise him of the
Hussain Shaheed informed that Brahmins are inciting the Dalits against the
Muslims and hatching conspiracies. Govt. should take action against them.
Ziauddin Nayyar told that since 1925 RSS is working on the agenda of Hindutva.
We should raise our voice against Hindutva forces.
Kadiri Krishna told that the Muslims should organize a meeting in Hyderabad and
other districts of TS and invite Dalits in order to remove misunderstandings.
Nayeemullah Shareef demanded the Govt. to enact a law on a par with Nirbhaya
Act. Mr Shafeeq-uz-Zaman, Mr Sajan Singh, Ms Jasmeen Jairath and others
addressed the gathering. Mr Sanaullah Khan told that a programme of action
would be formulated in consultation with all the groups of the society.
Lanka President claims drug gangs orchestrated Easter blasts
International drug syndicates orchestrated Sri Lanka’s deadly Easter Sunday
bombings, the country’s leader claimed on Monday, despite earlier blaming the
attacks on Islamic extremists. The statement comes amid a nationwide narcotics
crackdown, with President Maithripala Sirisena aiming to re-introduce capital
punishment for drug offences.
have said local jihadi group National Tawheed Jamaat (NTJ) were responsible for
the suicide bombings in churches and hotels that killed at least 258 people in
April. The attacks were later claimed by Islamic State.
office said the day after the bombings that local terrorists and international
terror groups were responsible for the attacks. But in a statement issued by
his office on Monday, Sirisena said the attacks “were the work of international
drug dealers”. “Drug barons carried out this attack to discredit me and
discourage my anti-narcotics drive. I will not be deterred,” he said.
is waging a battle against efforts by his governing coalition in parliament to
abolish capital punishment, which has been subject to a moratorium since 1976.
spokesman for PM Ranil Wickremesinghe discounted the president’s claims.
“Police completed the investigations within about two weeks,” Sudarshana
Gunawardana said. “There is no mention of drug dealers being involved. We have
no reason to doubt our investigators.”
utterly disagree with him!’ New Zealand’s Ardern slams Trump
Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern — world-famous for her embrace of
minorities in her country — has denounced racist remarks made by US President
Donald Trump against four US congresswomen.
a series of tweets on Monday, Trump said the congresswomen — three of them
Muslims — were “spewing” “racist hatred,” calling on them to “go back” to the
“broken and crime infested’’ countries they originally came from.
Minister Ardern said in response on Tuesday that she proudly celebrated
diversity in the corridors of power in New Zealand.
I don’t get into other people’s politics, but it will be clear to most people
that I completely and utterly disagree with him (Trump),” she told Radio New
take the view that our parliament should be a representative place, it should
look and feel like New Zealand, it should have a range of different cultures
and ethnicities,” Ardern said. “And never should a judgment be made about the
origin of anyone, and their right, therefore, to be in parliament as a
after Ardern herself was elected in late 2017, Trump joked that she had “caused
a lot of upset in her country.”
her Tuesday remarks, Ardern quipped, “You know, no one marched when I was
elected,” in a tacit reference to the protests that followed Trump’s upset
victory in 2016.
has been hailed as “the anti-Trump” by US media. She was also praised globally
for her handling of terrorist attacks targeting mosques in New Zealand back in
the four congresswomen who came under attack by Trump was Representative
Rashida Tlaib, who is a daughter of a Palestinian refugee.
remarks also drew reaction from the Palestinian Authority, which described the
US president’s comments as an “insult to the Statue of Liberty.”
an insult to the Statue of Liberty, America’s most famous symbol, an insult to
the American values where migrants from all over the world are united as one
nation under one law,” said spokesman for the Palestinian Authority Ibrahim
uncle of Tlaib, Bassam Tlaib, who lives in the West Bank, also reacted to
Trump’s remarks, saying they were “meant to target Rashida because she has Palestinian
statement proves that Trump is anti-Palestinian, anti-Islam, and completely
biased toward Israel,” he added.
Prime Minister Theresa May and Canadian leader Justin Trudeau also condemned
Trump’s attacks on the four women.
is not how we do things in Canada. A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian,”
British prime minister denounced “the language which was used to refer to the
women,” describing it as “completely unacceptable.”
Johnson and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, the two politicians who are
competing to succeed May, also joined the prime minister in condemning Trump.
House overwhelmingly approves anti-Saudi measures
House of Representatives passed two measures Monday highly critical of Saudi
Arabia, with one seeking to have the U.S. impose sanctions on the Saudi
officials responsible for the grisly murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal
addition to passing a resolution via voice vote that condemns Saudi Arabia's
detention and alleged abuse of women's rights advocates, the House
overwhelmingly approved the Saudi Arabia Human Rights and Accountability Act by
a vote of 405-7.
by Congressman Tom Malinowski, the act requires the Director of National
Intelligence to publicly identify the persons involved in killing Khashoggi and
impose visa and travel sanctions on them. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is
further required to report on the extent to which Riyadh's security forces and
military are involved in human rights violations.
the measures handily cleared the House, their fate in the Republican-controlled
Senate is far from certain. Senate Republicans are far less hawkish in their
commitment to issue stiff penalties to Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi's killing,
particularly given President Donald Trump's defense of Crown Prince Mohammad
bin Salman, who is chiefly suspected of ordering the murder.
previously passed legislation mandating that Trump identify and sanction those
responsible for the journalist's killing, but he never complied.
was killed on Oct. 2, 2018 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Saudi Arabia
initially denied any knowledge of his whereabouts after he went missing but
later attempted to blame his death on a team of rogue operatives carrying out a
botched rendition operation.
explanation, however, has flown in the face of international and U.S.
assessments of the killing, which place the blame for the murder on bin Salman.
Ruet app developed, no need for Ulema committee, says Fawad
There is no need for the Ruet-i-Hilal Committee in the country as the ministry
of science and technology has developed a Ruet app, announced federal Minister
for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Monday.
a press conference, he said the summary which includes recommendations to
abolish the Ruet-i-Hilal Committee and the scientific Islamic lunar calendar
prepared by the ministry to be made the official Hijri calendar of the country
would be forwarded to the federal cabinet soon.
need to move ahead with the times. [Because of] the scientific Islamic lunar
calendar prepared by the ministry [we know] that Eidul Azha will be on Aug 12,”
said the minister.
May 3, Mr Chaudhry had formed a committee of five experts from the ministry of
science and technology, Meteorological Department and the Pakistan Space and
Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco) to determine moon-sighting for
key Islamic dates and months scientifically, putting an end to ancient and
outdated practice of looking for it physically with telescopes.
have shared the calendar with other Islamic nations such as Iran, Saudi Arabia
and the UAE and all have appreciated our efforts,” the minister said, “We are
planning to forward it to the Foreign Office who can then present it to the OIC
[Organisation of Islamic Cooperation]. We expect the OIC to adopt this calendar
and make it the first unified calendar of the Muslim world. If the calendar is
adopted [by the Muslim world] it will add to the unity of Islamic world,” he
also mentioned developing an app which he claimed would resolve the current
tussle between the Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) and traders.
ministry is working on another app which would allow local purchases including
groceries from mobile phones. Taking advantage of [data of] 220 million
citizens available with Nadra [National Database and Registration Authority]
the traders will not be able to hide their sales. Besides, data of more than
140 million mobile phone users is also available with Nadra. The app will
become operational within six months,” he said.
the presser he also outlined future plans of his ministry such as a science
fair and conference scheduled for Oct 17. The invitation to the conference will
be extended to Malala Yousafzai and all those global figures who have excelled
in the field of innovation, he said.
minister then shifted the focus of his press conference to political issues and
said allegations against Nawaz Sharif and his family were simple as their total
proven assets were around three billion US dollars, and authorities and the
National Accountability Bureau were only seeking details and source of that
need to clarify their position in the courts as it was done by Imran Khan, who
even presented the details of his earnings even those from the Kerry Packer
series in 1970s in Australia. Nawaz Sharif claims that the details of amounts
may be sought from his sons, but Hassan and Hussain Nawaz maintain they are
British citizens and Pakistani laws do not apply on them. However, Maryam Nawaz
has a different point of view instead of giving the details of the ill gotten
money,” he added.
beer makers told not to confuse Muslims
BUNTAR, July 14 — Beer manufacturers in the country have been told not to
confuse consumers especially Muslims by producing alcohol-free drink.
in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mujahid Yusof stressed that
alcohol-free beer is only confusing Muslims and it is not a wise move.
the name alcohol-free beer is confusing as the process of producing the drink
including distillation is carried out in the system used to produce alcohol
know the alcohol-free drink is produced by a beer manufacturer but it would
cause confusion as some Muslims thought they could consume the drink,” he said.
was speaking to reporters after attending a Yassin and Prayer Session for 207
pilgrims in Parit Buntar constituency here today.
who is also Parit Buntar MP was commenting on a viral promotion of zero-alcohol
beer by a beer manufacturer at a convenient store.
this regard, Mujahid advised Muslims not to consume any products if they are
doubtful of their halal status.
the Malaysian Islamic Development Department also uploaded information on the
issue entitled Alcohol and Liquor on its Facebook site yesterday.
to Jakim, the soft drink is made from the same process of making alcohol drinks
and as such Muslims are prohibited from taking the drink made from the alcohol
product system regardless of whether they contain alcohol or not. — Bernama
slam Salma Ansari's temple in madrasa move
vociferous protest from a section of clerics, Al-Noor Charitable Trust run by
Salma Ansari, wife of former vice-president Hamid Ansari, as per earlier
announcement allocated a place for a temple on Chacha Nehru Madrasa Campus in
Aligarh on Monday.
got statues of Lord Shiva, Lord Hanuma and Goddess Saraswati installed in a
room on madrasa campus while on the other portion, children have been allocated
a place for offering namaz. Till the time a temple and a mosque are
constructed, the children would offer prayers as per their respective religion
on the allocated places.
on Saturday had announced before the media that she would get a temple and a
mosque constructed at Chacha Nehru Madrasa in Aligarh district. The madrasa has
around 4,000 children studying there. According to Ansari, the decision to
build a temple on the madrasa campus has been taken keeping in mind the safety
and security of the Hindu children studying in the madrasa.
since her announcement, she had been condemned by several clerics for going
against the tenets of Islam. Despite facing flak from clerics, Ansari has gone
ahead with her plans and allocated a place for worship as per Hindu tradition
inside the madrasa.
Deoband cleric Maulana Quari Ishak Gora said that Muslims cannot propagate idol
worship. He termed Salma's statement as "dual standards and dirty
politics". "It is true that India is a democratic country and people
of all religion and faith reside here. But one should always take care of the
fact that while propagating one religion, sentiments of others are not hurt,"
he commented on the move.
Shia Unity Federation chief Abul Hasan Hussain said that Salma's statement was
against the tenets of Islam. "Salma should prove her statement right
quoting the tenets of Islam, only then she should have made such a statement."
He said that he would meet Muslim organisations on the issue and would launch
protest if need arose.
of the madrasa Rashid Ali said that those who are protesting against the
trust's decision neither fund nor help the madrasa in anyway. "They simply
don't have any rights whatsoever," Rashid further added.
by Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s remark on Uighur Muslims, China may ask Pakistan to
statement by separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on the condition of Uighur
Muslims in Xinjiang province of China may not have gone down well with the
authorities in the neighbouring country. The chairman of the All Party Hurriyat
Conference had recently said that China was “not behaving well” with Uighur
Muslims and that they had been forced into camps forcibly.
senior official in the security establishment told Zee News that Geelani’s statement
might have irked China, who could now even ask Pakistan to distance itself from
separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani's statement can be a source of trouble
for China. While many Muslim countries, including Pakistan, are silent on
Uighur Muslims, Geelani took a hard stand against China,” said the official.
added, “China can ask Pakistan to distance itself from these separatist
is a well-known fact that the separatists in Kashmir are used by Pakistan for
anti-India activities. While China has always been silent on the alliance
between Pakistani authorities and separatists, Geelani’s comments on Uighur
Muslims is bound the invite angry reactions from Beijing.
July 10, almost all Muslim countries, including Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, had
defended China on the issue of atrocities against Uighur Muslims in the
country. However, as many as 22 countries, including all European countries,
issued a statement expressing concern over the issue.
Muslim countries had said that China always respected human rights in the
process of ending terrorism and extremism.
China's Xinjiang Province, there have been reports of atrocities against Uighur
Muslims since long. In some media reports, it was also claimed that the Chinese
administration was keeping Muslims in the detention centres and making attempts
to change their religious identity.
European countries and even the US have already condemned China over the same.
And with this expression of resentment over the matter from Pakistan-backed
Kashmiri separatist groups, it can be difficult to handle the situation for
are forced to eat and drink during the day time at their work places. They are
compelled to keep their hotels and eateries open despite their resistance. They
are not allowed to perform their religious obligations like Salah and fasts,”
Geelani had said in a statement issued to media.
Masjid: Special Judge seeks more time to complete trial
Delhi: A special judge hearing the Babri
Masjid demolition case, involving BJP veterans L.K. Advani, M.M. Joshi and
others, on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking six months more time to
complete the trial in the case.
special judge hearing the case is going to retire on September 30, 2019.
the Uttar Pradesh government to suggest a way how his tenure could be extended
till he delivered the verdict in the case, a bench headed by Justice R.F.
Nariman posted the hearing for July 19.
Supreme Court had in 2017 revived the conspiracy charge in the Babri Masjid
demolition case against Advani, Joshi, Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharti and others.
Despite criticism from several Muslims leaders, former vice president Hamid
Ansari's wife Salma Ansari has gone ahead and established a prayer room in her
Madrasa, Chacha Nehru, in Aligarh on Monday.
common prayer room for the students will have space on one side for Hindu
students to perform puja of lord Saraswati, Shiv, and Hanuman and on the other
side a space for Muslim students to recite Quran.
principal, Rashid Ali, said that those who were criticising the move of the
chairperson Ansari, had neither funded the institution nor provided any kind of
help ever. "They have no right to oppose the move," said Ali.
added that this is a temporary arrangement and soon a permanent prayer room
will be dedicated for this purpose.
move was earlier criticised by several Muslim personalities including Samajwadi
Party MLA from Koil constituency in Aligarh Zameer Ullah Khan, who had said
that this move will only create a controversy as people will start demanding
temples in other Madrasas as well.
fact, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) scholar and professor of Theology, Mufti
Zahid, has said the move was wrong as Muslims cannot propagate idol worship.
"Puja is not permitted inside a mosque or where namaz is being
offered," said Zahid. He added that a person who follows such a practice
will never be a true Muslim.
National Investigation Agency has arrested 14 people after they were handed
over to India by Saudi Arabia recently for allegedly attempting to set-up
terror outfit ‘Asnarulla’ in Tamil Nadu, court officials said Monday.
14 accused were brought in a special aircraft to Chennai where they were
produced before Special Judge Senthur Pandian of NIA court in Poonamallee, they
hearing the NIA’s arguments, the court remanded all the accused to agency’s
custody till July 25, they said.
is alleged that these people have been collecting money to set-up terror outfit
‘Asnarulla’ in Tamil Nadu and are believed to have been deported from Saudi Arabia
recently, they said.
NIA had said it arrested two persons — Hassan Ali and Harish Mohammed — in the
case on Saturday.
agency had said it has busted a gang which allegedly conspired, collected funds
and made preparations to carry out terrorist attacks in India with the
intention of establishing Islamic rule in the country.
had also held searches in the premises belonging to the three accused located
here and at Nagappattinam district in connection with the case.
to credible information, the accused men, while being within and beyond India,
had conspired and conducted consequent preparations to wage war against the
Government of India by forming the “terrorist gang Ansarulla”, the NIA had said
in a release.
case was registered on July 9, 2019, (Tamil Nadu Ansarulla Case) against Syed
Bukhari, a resident of Chennai, and Hassan Ali Yunusmaricar, and Mohammed
Yusuffudeen Harish Mohamed, both natives of Nagappattinam, and others, it said.
sections of the Indian Penal Code, including criminal conspiracy, waging or
attempting to wage war against India, and terror charges under the Unlawful
Activities (Prevention) Act has been slapped against them.
National Investigation Agency on Monday said it had arrested 14 youths after
they were extradited from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over their alleged
terror links on Sunday.
suspects were planning to set up a terror outfit in Tamil Nadu, the agency said
in a release. They were brought to Chennai where a special NIA court remanded
them in 14 days’ judicial custody. The suspects, hailing from different parts
of Tamil Nadu, were doing legitimate jobs in the UAE. They were allegedly
mobilising funds for terror outfits, the NIA claimed.
suspects had conspired and conducted consequent preparations to wage war against
the Government of India by forming the “terrorist gang Ansarulla”, the NIA said
in the release.
U.S. forces conducted airstrikes in south-eastern Patkiya province killing or
wounding at least 42 Taliban militants.
203rd Thunder Corps in a statement said the U.S. forces conducted the
airstrikes in Sayyid Karam district.
statement further added that the airstrikes killed 32 Taliban militants and
wounded 10 others.
Taliban militants have not commented regarding the airstrikes so far.
security forces killed at least 11 Taliban militants by conducting airstrikes
and special operations in various parts of the country.
informed military officials said Monday that airstrikes killed 4 Taliban
militants in Sangin district of Helmand province.
officials further added an airstrike killed 1 Taliban fighter in Ghorak
district of Kandahar.
the Special Forces killed 6 Taliban militants during an operation in Chora
district of Uruzgan.
officials also added that the Special Forces wounded a Taliban militant and
destroyed a large IED cache in Bala Boluk district of Farah.
monsoon rain has triggered devastating floods in the north and southeast of
Bangladesh, killing at least 20 people and leaving millions homeless.
floods have inundated at least 16 of the country’s 64 districts as water in
most major rivers has risen above danger levels due to the heavy downpour and
the resulting torrent of water from transnational rivers, according to the
Department of Disaster Management in Dhaka.
least 20 people, including children at Rohingya refugee camps, have died over
the past three days, either by drowning or after being struck by lightning,
according to media reports.
of people in rural areas have become homeless due to flash flooding and
in major cities, including Dhaka, the southeastern port city of Chittagong and
Sylhet in the northeast, have suffered immense suffering as a result of
waterlogged roads and residential areas, TV bulletins have reported.
one of the three hilly, forested districts in Chittagong Hill Tracts, has been
among the worst-hit areas.
of people are suffering from a lack of vital aid including food and medicine,
said Mongsanu Marma, an ethnic Marma and journalist in Bandarban.
main road connecting the district with the rest of the country has submerged
under water over the course of five days and at least 10,000 people have been
stranded,” he told ucanews.com. “Some small hills have collapsed and blocked
transportation in many parts of the district.”
Islam, a chief government officer in Bandarban, said efforts to distribute aid
had begun despite the difficulties in reaching flood victims.
have opened 133 flood shelters, where thousands have taken refuge,” said Islam.
“A joint team of local administrations, municipalities and the army is
distributing dried food and pure drinking water to needy people. Hundreds of
people vulnerable to landslides have also been evacuated to safe areas.”
has disrupted road communication and inundated fresh-food markets, triggering a
price hike of daily essentials, while electricity remains cut off in flooded
areas, he said.
efforts are continuing despite the worsening flood situation, said Hazizur
Rahman, acting chief government officer in Kurigram district.
rivers in northern Bangladesh are flowing at danger levels, inundating vast
areas and it is getting worse” Rahman told ucanews.com. “We have distributed
280 metric tons of rice, about 2,000 packets of dried food and 675,000 taka
(US$ 7,941) to flood victims. We have asked for more aid and cash for the
many flood-affected areas are inaccessible, relief efforts have become
difficult to carry out, said James Gomes, regional director of Catholic charity
Caritas Chittagong, which covers southeast Bangladesh.
the hill tracts, Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar, roads are under water and even the
mobile network has snapped. Our teams are ready to assess the situation and
work with the government’s flood response team but inaccessibility to affected
areas is major barrier for them,” Gomes added.
And Peace Experts Help Catholics To Protect Their Land Rights And Deal With
Marital Issues In Dhaka
Archdiocese of Dhaka organised a three-day seminar. Often minority Christians
are the victims of forced expropriations by majority Muslims. Many legal
disputes occur in mixed marriages or quick land sales. Spousal disputes are
often due to non-consensual marriage in which brides are forced to marry grooms
picked by their parents.
(AsiaNews) – A three-day seminar ended last Friday in Bhadun, Gazipur (near
Dhaka) on land rights and marriage dispute resolution. The meeting was
organised by the Bwawan Region Pastoral Council in collaboration with the
Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Dhaka.
workshop centred on one of the most sensitive issues for Bangladesh’s Catholic
minority, namely land and the frequent forced expropriation by members of the
Muslim majority, often with the complicity of the police and the judiciary.
more frequently, criminals benefit from their dominant position, aware of the
weaknesses of the religious minority whose members often do not report
incidents out of fear of retaliation.
seminar was aimed at providing Catholics with knowledge of the law and raising
their awareness of their rights so that they can stand up to the majority.
About 90 people from 13 parishes in the archdiocese (out of 30) took part in
Albert Thomas Rozario, a lawyer, organised the seminar. "In our region,
land is the most difficult issue,” he told AsiaNews. “Many Catholics suffer and
many families are completely ruined because they cannot protect their land. We
want to protect the lands of those who still own them.”
Albert, parish priest of Dharenda, notes that many disputes arise in mixed
marriages, when the Muslim husband wants to take the property of his Christian
addition, "Sometimes Catholics do not realise the dangers they run when
they recklessly sell land to developers for a child’s marriage.”
questions related to marriage are another important issue. "Many people do
not know that the marriage can be annulled if the husband or the wife omit important
information or if it is non-consensual."
participants, the workshop was really educational. Jewel Costa, a 37-year-old
from Pagar parish, noted that "the problem with Christians is that they
are timid. If they do not get justice from the lower courts, they must appeal
to the Supreme Court."
45-year-old Chemaly Rozario, from Nagari parish, "the course was very
useful because I understood how I can save my land".
Afghan and U.S. forces conducted a series of airstrikes in Ghazni and Wardak
provinces killing dozens of militants.
203rd Thunder Corps in a statement the Afghan and U.S. forces conducted
airstrikes in Tangi area of Andar district in Ghazni which killed 15 Taliban
statement further added that the airstrikes also wounded 3 Taliban militants
and destroyed a vehicle of the enemy.
the U.S. forces conducted airstrikes in Jaghatoo district of Wardak province
which killed 25 Taliban militants.
U.S. forces conducted a series of airstrikes in the outskirts of the provincial
capital of Logar province killing a number of top Taliban leaders.
203rd Thunder Corps in a statement said the U.S. forces conducted the
airstrikes in Kamal Khel area of the capital of Logar on Monday evening.
statement further added that the airstrikes killed 22 Taliban militants and
wounded 5 others.
the 203rd Thunder Corps said the airstrikes also killed some senior Taliban
leaders including Taliban’s Red Unit Commander Qudrat, brother of shadow
governor of Taliban, shadow district chief of Taliban for Mohammad Agha,
Taliban military commission chief for Khusi.
203rd Thunder Corps also added that some other senior Taliban leaders were also
killed whose identities have not been ascertained yet.
security forces conducted airstrikes in two districts of Helmand province
killing at least five Taliban militants.
informed military officials said Tuesday that an airstrike killed 2 Taliban
militants in Musa Qalah district of Helmand.
officials further added that a similar airstrike killed 3 Taliban militants in
anti-government armed militants have not commented regarding the airstrikes so
is among the volatile provinces in South of Afghanistan.
militants are active in various districts of the province and often conduct
terrorist related activities.
the Afghan forces routinely conduct counter-terrorism operations against the
anti-government armed groups in this province.
Reps. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib
of Michigan and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York lashed out at President
Donald Trump on Monday over his remarks targeting them.
freshmen lawmakers held a news conference at the Capitol hours after Trump
defended his tweets singling out the congresswomen of color, falsely claiming
"these are people who hate our country".
issued the controversial tweets Sunday against "'Progressive' Democrat
Congresswomen" whom he did not name, saying they should go back to
"the totally broken and crime infested" countries they came from.
encourage the American people and all of us in this room and beyond to not take
the bait," Pressley said. "This is a disruptive distraction from the
issues of care, concern and consequence to the American people."
remarks have been condemned as racist and xenophobic.
is the agenda of white nationalists," said Omar, and the remarks were
Trump’s "blatantly racist attack".
so for him to condemn us and to say we are un-American for wanting to work hard
to make this country be the country we all deserve to live in, it’s complete
hypocrisy," she said.
group of progressive lawmakers is collectively known as "the squad,"
and all of them were born in the U.S. except Omar, who is a naturalized
all know the tweets and words from the president are simply a continuation of
his racist and xenophobic playbook," Tlaib, for her part, said. "We
cannot allow these hateful actions to distract us from the critical work to
hold this administration accountable."
stirred controversy with a series of comments critical of Israel's lobbying
efforts in Congress, and Tlaib used an expletive to describe the president when
posted messages on Twitter while the conference was underway.
will never be a Socialist or Communist Country. IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY HERE, YOU
CAN LEAVE! It is your choice, and your choice alone. This is about love for
America. Certain people HATE our Country," he tweeted.
Democrats could vote Tuesday on a resolution to condemn Trump's tweets
sponsored by Rep. Tom Malinowski of New Jersey.
a letter, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused Trump of "going beyond his
own low standards using disgraceful language about Members of Congress".
House cannot allow the president’s characterization of immigrants to our
country to stand," Pelosi wrote.
stay focused on our agenda and we won't get caught slipping,"
Ocasio-Cortez said. "Because all of this is a distraction. It is a
distraction from what is most important and from our core values as American citizens."
prominent Canadian Muslim advocacy group has declined an invitation to attend
an upcoming US government conference on religious freedom because of President
Donald Trump's travel ban of several Muslim-majority countries.
National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) on Monday called the Trump administration's
three-day summit, dubbed the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, a
"betrayal" of its principles.
cannot attend while Executive Order 13780 and subsequent presidential
proclamations (better known as the 'Muslim Ban') remain in effect," NCCM
Executive Director Mustafa Farooq said in a letter shared on social media.
believe in standing by our principles. We believe in non-partisan, common-sense
policy to combat racial discrimination in our society."
group also cited the crisis at the US-Mexico border, where American authorities
have separated child asylum seekers from their parents, as another reason not
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will host the religious freedom conference.
to begin on 16 July, it will feature more than 1,000 civil society groups, the
State Department said in late June.
summit aims to "identify concrete ways to combat religious persecution and
discrimination, and ensure greater respect for freedom of religion or
three-day conference will include an array of panels, from "combatting the
rise of anti-Semitism and anti-Islamic behavior" to "countering
Muslim advocacy groups, such as the Council of Islamic-American Relations
(CAIR), have not commented on whether they were invited or planning to attend.
government has placed an emphasis on elevating religious freedom as part of its
human rights policy, which critics say aims to placate conservative Christians,
many of whom have senior government positions.
week, Pompeo announced the creation of a new US human rights body called the
"Commission on Unalienable Rights".
Ann Glendon, a conservative Harvard law professor who has made public
statements against abortion and gay marriage, will head the commission.
member of the commission, Peter Berkowitz, has argued that human rights are
derived from Christianity, while prominent Islamic scholar Hamza Yusuf's
decision to join the new commission has been widely criticised.
month, Pompeo moved the Office of International Religious Freedom out of the
State Department's human rights bureau and made it a separate entity.
religious freedom envoy, former Kansas governor Sam Brownback, has a track
record of pushing a Christian agenda in Kansas politics, rejecting Syrian
refugees and throwing his weight behind state legislation condemning Islamic
2012, he signed what had been dubbed the controversial "sharia bill",
which was aimed at keeping state courts and agencies from using the Islamic
legal code and other non-US laws when making decisions.
running for president, Trump in 2016 advocated for a "total and complete
shutdown of Muslims" coming to the US.
2017, Trump signed an executive order severely restricting travel from a host
of Muslim-majority nations: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Iraq and Yemen.
in March of that year, Trump signed what would become known as the "second
Muslim ban", taking Iraq off the list of countries subject to the decree.
Baghdad agreed to start accepting deportees from the US in exchange for the
deal also allowed the administration to round up dozens of Iraqi Christians who
had outstanding deportation orders in the US, even as they argued that sending
them back to Iraq could amount to a "death sentence".
contentious court battle took place for more than a year against the
"Muslim Ban", until the US Supreme Court upheld the policy in June
2018, ruling in favour of executive power to control immigration.
years later, families have been torn apart, people haven't received much-needed
healthcare, and students have been prohibited from attending school in the US
as a result of the "Muslim Ban", advocacy groups have said.
Islamic State (IS) supporter who was arrested amid fears of a Christmas terror
plot has been found guilty of planning an attack using a remote-controlled
explosive and a driverless car.
Salah, 24, was convicted at Sheffield Crown Court after jurors heard that he
messaged a contact on social media about using an autonomous vehicle to deliver
a potentially deadly device.
on Facebook, the Iraqi told them he also wanted to find someone who could help
him travel to Syria, with the court told how he was a supporter of IS.
appeared in court with a co-defendant, Chesterfield chip shop owner Andy Star,
32, who was charged with the same offence - marking the second time the pair
had been tried on these charges.
the end of the first trial last year, a jury failed to reach verdicts on either
time round, Judge Paul Watson told Mr Star, also from Iraq, that he should not
face a second retrial and a not guilty verdict was recorded, although he will
remain in detention on immigration matters.
Salah will be sentenced on 24 July, with the five-week trial having heard how
he and Mr Star were in the early stages of testing small explosive devices when
they were arrested during raids on their homes in December 2017.
operation was carried out in the months after the Manchester Arena explosion
and terror attacks on Westminster and London Bridge, with police fearful of a
Salah was so early in his planning stages that detectives never identified
where he might be targeting, counter-terror police maintained that he was a
"very real risk to the safety of the public in the UK".
the case, prosecutor Anne Whyte QC told the jury: "The intention was to
manufacture a device which would be placed in a vehicle but controlled remotely
so that no-one had to martyr themselves in the process."
raids on Mr Star's Mermaid Fish Bar in Chesterfield and the Fatima Community
Centre in Sheffield came three years after Salah arrived at Heathrow and
applied for asylum.
co-defendant - who always insisted that gunpowder and other items found in his
flat above the chip shop were all connected to his long-standing interest in
fireworks - had previously been arrested in 2008 on suspicion of being an
illegal immigrant and later admitted he had arrived in the country by lorry.
Star was eventually granted refugee status, with "indefinite leave to
remain" in February 2016.
President Donald Trump has the authority to waive sanctions on Turkey for its
purchase of Russian air defense systems and should find a “middle ground” in
the dispute, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday.
comments came two days after NATO member Turkey took delivery of the first
consignment of advanced Russian S-400 missile defense system parts, despite
warnings from Washington that the move would trigger US sanctions.
Haberturk quoted Erdogan as telling Turkish journalists that Trump “has the
authority to waive or postpone CAATSA,” referring to US. sanctions designed to
prevent countries buying military equipment from Russia.
this is the case, it is Trump who needs to find the middle ground,” Erdogan
said, according to Haberturk.
expressed sympathy for Turkey’s position when he met Erdogan at a G20 summit in
Japan last month, saying Ankara had bought the S-400s from Moscow because the
previous US administration would not sell it Patriot missiles.
now, I don’t believe Trump is of the same opinion of those below him and he has
said this in front of all the world’s media,” Erdogan said. “By buying the
S-400s, we are not getting ready for war. We are trying to guarantee peace and
our national security.”
Trump’s warm words, US officials said last week the administration still plans
addition to the threatened CAATSA sanctions, they have said Turkey could be
thrown off the F-35 stealth fighter jet program, meaning it would no longer be
part of the production process or be able to buy the jets it has ordered.
Pentagon says the S-400s would pose a threat to the jets if they were operating
in the same region. Erdogan said Turkey had orders for more than 100 F-35s and
expected Washington to remain committed to the deal.
said Turkey still wanted to buy Patriot missile defense systems from
Washington, and the two countries should be aiming to increase trade and work
on “comprehensive defense cooperation.”
A Pakistani anti-corruption court on Monday extended former president and
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Zardari's remand by 14 days in
the Park Lane corruption case, according to media reports.
National Accountability Bureau (NAB) presented the 63-year-old former president
in the accountability court of Judge Mohammad Bashir, after the earlier removal
of Judge Arshad Malik from the accountability court, Geo News reported.
Bureau pleaded to the court in Islamabad for an extension of 14 days in
Zardari's remand in the Park Lane case which is related to the alleged
properties in London.
the NAB's request, the court granted a 14-day extension in Zardari's remand and
ordered the anti-graft body to present him in court again on July 29.
is the husband of the country's first woman prime minister Benazir Bhutto was
this time arrested in the Park Lane case which is related to the alleged
properties in London. Zardari became the co-chairman of PPP after the
assassination of Benazir in 2007.
accountability court in Islamabad also allowed Zardari's children - Bilawal,
Aseefa, and Bakhtawar - to meet their father twice a week.
was arrested by NAB officials in the Park Lane case on July 1. He was already
in NAB custody since June 10 after the Islamabad High Court dismissed his pre-arrest
bail petition in the fake accounts case.
to NAB, Zardari is being investigated for his alleged involvement in extending
loans and other misappropriation by Parthenon Private Limited, Park Lane Estate
Private Limited and others.
The world Sikh community has expressed its concern at the big ‘airport-like’
constructions by India on its side of border at Kartarpur, dwarfing the Nishan
Sahib (Sikh flag) planned at Darbar Sahib and Pakistan agreeing to a fairly
large number of pilgrims that may damage ecology of the sacred fields around
the Sikh heritage site.
diaspora comprising around 27 million souls is much concerned at reports that
India is constructing an ‘airport-like’ terminal worth Rs5 billion at Dera Baba
Nanak. It includes a 300 feet [high] Indian monumental flag, which will neither
represent the spiritual essence of the sacred space nor the heritage
architecture from the Guru period or the Sikh architecture [of] post-Guru
period,” laments Gurmeet Kaur, who leads a world Sikh campaign for preserving
100-acre fields of Baba Nanak era at Kartarpur.
a statement released here on Monday, she says the Indian flag, presumably
higher than the Nishan Sahib (Sikh flag) that has been planned at the Darbar
Sahib, Kartarpur, smacks of supremacy and ego and not of honour and “submission
to the feet of the great Guru”.
adds that the step has created a “catch-22 like” situation for Pakistan as if
it decides to put a flag post taller than the Nishan Sahib, it puts itself in
an awkward position with the Sikhs, if lower - it gives India the first win in
“the Attari-Wagah-like macho contest”.
Kaur also expresses concerns at Islamabad agreeing to visa-free access for
5,000 pilgrims daily, fearing such a large number of visitors may hurt the flora
and fauna as envisioned by Baba Nanak for Kartarpur.
India has been nitpicking over the generous offer of Pakistan to open the
corridor for 500-750 Sikh pilgrims a day at the opening, India wants it to
allow up to 10,000 tourists per day and more on special occasions, right away.
India is also demanding opening of the corridor to people of all faiths (not
and the well-meaning Sikhs have been screaming about how the fragile terrain
and ecosystem of Kartarpur is already under attack with the massive corridor
construction. And, five to ten thousand pilgrims a day would put a huge strain
requiring enormous and hasty commercial construction on the land where forests,
orchards and organic fields of Baba Nanak existed for five and a half
says the Sikh diaspora thinks that haphazard construction at this sacred site
means losing all chances of archeologically reviving and rebuilding the
historical space, buildings and artifacts as they may have existed in Baba Nanak’s
time -- Baba Nanak’s Kartarpur.
social activist, Ms Kaur also points to the exclusion of Sikh representatives
from the Kartarpur talks and objects to confining the consultation process on
the corridor only to the Pakistan Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee, representing
only a small Sikh community of around 27,000 souls.
the politics being played to the headlines being made, Kartarpur Corridor seems
to have been reduced to another version of Wagah-Attari display in the making -
that of the macho control and supremacy over each other, between Modi’s India
and Khan’s Pakistan, under the pretext of peace at the cost of Baba Nanak’s
legacy, where his Sikhs have no say,” she regrets.
has called upon Pakistan government to change the “game plan” by bringing
together archeological, heritage and ecological experts and rebuilding
Kartarpur as Baba Nanak had envisioned and intended it to be.
Lawmakers belonging to the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf launched a
protest in the Sindh Assembly on Monday when Deputy Speaker Rehana Leghari did
not allow their parliamentary party leader Haleem Adil Shaikh to table a
Shaikh’s privilege motion was about certain “derogatory” remarks allegedly
uttered by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mukesh Kumar Chawla.
Chawla, he added, uttered those words in the house on two occasions when a
privilege motion filed by various female members belonging to the ruling
Pakistan Peoples Party against Mr Shaikh was under discussion.
PTI leader said he had criticised certain female members belonging to the PPP
who had used inappropriate language against him but he had not crossed the
limits as he always respected women.
said Mr Chawla had misstated about everything involving him and even the basis
on which a privilege motion was moved against Mr Shaikh was fabricated from
“those false statements”.
demanded his privilege motion be admitted and sent to the privilege committee
for further discussion.
various rules of procedure, Local Government Minister Saeed Ghani opposed the
motion that enraged the mover.
of listening to the chair, Mr Shaikh asked the chair to allow him to furnish
arguments on admissibility of the motion. He also criticised the government and
countered the minister’s stance against his motion.
Ghani quoted various rules to argue that no statement by any member in the
house could be used by other members to form basis for a privilege motion.
“Else, hardly any member from that [opposition] side could be spared.”
said the opposition members from the big parties, PTI in particular, had
frequently been using words against the chief minister and other treasury
members that could easily be used for drafting privilege motions by the PPP
lawmakers against them.
advised the PTI lawmaker to furnish his argument in the privilege committee
when it would take up a privilege motion against Mr Shaikh.
Speaker Leghari ruled the motion out of order at which opposition members,
mainly from the PTI, stood and protested.
were words from the PTI’s benches which were inaudible to those sitting in the
galleries at which the chair said such words could not threaten her.
cannot threaten me by [using] such words,” she said.
protest by the opposition members was continuing when the chair fixed debate on
an adjournment motion moved by PPP’s Heer Soho on continuous devaluation of
Pakistani rupee for next Monday.
also announced that the governor gave his nod to the Sindh (Repeal of the
Police Act, 1861 and Revival of Police Order 2002) (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
laying before the assembly the third quarter’s budget execution report 2018-19,
the chair adjourned the session for Tuesday (today) while the opposition
benches were still protesting against her ruling.
plots in LDA’s Scheme 42 allotted
response to a calling-attention notice of Abdul Rasheed of the Muttahida
Majlis-i-Amal, LG Minister Ghani told the house that the government had
allotted 46,129 plots in phases in Lyari Development Authority’s Scheme 42
he said that due to various issues the plots could not be handed over to those
who had got such allotments.
said there were issues between the Board of Revenue and LDA. However, the
government had asked the authorities concerned to settle them.
he added, several people had moved court on allotment issues and in a number of
such cases there were certain stay orders.
Ghani said in one judgement, the court allowed for out-of-court settlement. He
said before going to handle the litigation matters the government had asked the
BoR to settle its issues with the LDA.
chair adjourned the house for five minutes when a member from the PTI suggested
that the quorum was not complete, meaning less than 42 members were present in
when the house met again the PPP brought 53 of its members while there were
just eight members on the opposition benches, including three from
Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan and MMA. Later, major opposition parties — the PTI,
Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan and Grand Democratic Alliance — returned.
PTI’s Adeeba Hasan’s notice, Education Minister Sardar Shah said the government
had sanctioned a scheme under which reverse-osmosis plants would be made
available in schools, including the ones she indicated in Karachi’s district
Ghani said on another calling-attention notice by PTI’s Shahzad Awan that there
was a general problem of water shortage in Karachi West. However, his
department was trying to make sure every area was supplied with required water.
Heer Soho raised the issue of violation of the government’s order for
conclusion of weddings in halls by 12am. She said many wedding halls in Karachi
and elsewhere were not abiding by the government instructions.
LG minister said he was not in charge of the department concerned and advised
her to move the issue again by addressing the home department.
on the rise again
Riaz Haider said encroachment was on the rise in the city again and many areas,
district Central in particular, were witnessing rapid encroachment.
said the Rasheed Turabi Road in North Nazimabad was almost encroached upon
where even certain government departments were involved in such illegal
Ghani admitted that encroachments were a major issue in the city as municipal
bodies lacked ample resources to tackle the matter effectively.
said many major streets had been cleared during a recent anti-encroachment
drive ordered by the apex court. However, people were returning again.
Ghani said that the government was mulling over a scheme to register all
pushcart vendors at union committee/council level who were permitted to do
by no means they would be allowed to stop at a particular venue, he said,
adding: “These vendors will require to be moving from one street to another.”
made it clear that the provincial government did not want to take measures that
could cause joblessness among people.
Nadir Magsi said on a point of order that issue of water management was serious
in his area in the north of Sindh. He said certain influential people in the
area affiliated with the PPP were involved in the water crisis.
is our lifeline, but these people who are affiliated with the Peoples Party are
involved in worsening water distribution, which is also harming our party’s
reputation,” he said.
said the issue could not be resolved without using Rangers. He asked the chief
minister to take the issue seriously.
Ramzan Ghanchi said the vice chairman of his area’s union committee, who was
allegedly involved in shooting him six months ago, had not been arrested yet.
JAYA - Dutch brewing company Heineken has clarified that the sale of its new
non-alcoholic malt beverage, Heineken 0.0, is aimed towards non-Muslims only
amid concern that its name could be misleading for Muslim customers.
a statement on Saturday (July 13), Heineken Malaysia Berhad reiterated that the
beverage is non-halal and targeted only at non-Muslims, aged 21 and above, as
was mentioned during the company's product launch and in previous media
reports, The Star reported.
is forbidden for Muslims, who make up the majority of the multi-racial
population in the country.
Heineken 0.0 products are only available at the non-halal zone of supermarkets
and convenience stores, with clear signage indicating that the product is
strictly for non-Muslims, aged 21 and above only," it said.
addition, for stores without designated non-halal areas, we are placing clear
signages to inform consumers that Heineken 0.0 is strictly for non-Muslims,
aged 21 and above," it added.
company said the beverage was targeted at non-Muslim consumers, who wish to
moderate their alcohol consumption.
purpose for introducing Heineken 0.0 in Malaysia is to provide a choice for
non-Muslim consumers who enjoy the taste of beer, but not necessarily the
effects of alcohol, particularly beer drinkers who seek to moderate their
alcohol consumption as part of a balanced lifestyle," it said.
also said the "Now You Can" tagline attached to Heineken 0.0 refers
to the various new occasions that the drink can allow non-Muslim consumers to
enjoy a beer, including lunch, work meetings, or driving.
in Europe in 2017, Heineken 0.0 is said to have the taste, but not the effects
of an alcoholic beverage. The drink also has a negligible amount of alcohol by
volume, at 0.03 per cent, compared to the regular Heineken which has five per
cent alcohol. Each 330ml bottle has 69 calories, compared to around 150
calories in a regular Heineken.
country's top Islamic body, the Malaysian Islamic Development Department, had
on Saturday informed Muslims in a post on Facebook that they were prohibited
from drinking soft drinks made from the same process as those of alcoholic
drinks. It said this was the case regardless of whether the drinks contained
beer manufacturers in the country were on Sunday (July 14) told to ensure they
do not confuse Muslim customers by producing alcohol-free drinks, the Bernama
news agency reported.
in the Prime Minister's Department Mujahid Yusof stressed that using the term
alcohol-free beer could cause confusion among Muslims.
the name alcohol-free beer is confusing as the process of producing the drink
including distillation is carried out in the system used to produce alcohol
products," Datuk Mujahid told reporters.
know the alcohol-free drink is produced by a beer manufacturer but it would
cause confusion as some Muslims thought they could consume the drink," he
he said, should not to consume products if they are unsure of the halal status.
in its statement on Saturday, said the company is "culturally
sensitive" in their operations, and that all its marketing materials show
visible disclaimers that Heineken 0.0 is strictly for non-Muslims aged 21 and
IDA NADIRAH IBRAHIM
LUMPUR, July 16 — The Home Affairs Ministry must act upon Muslim preacher Wan
Ji Wan Hussin’s allegation that he was assaulted by a warden at the Kajang
Prison while seeking a stay of his sentence for sedition, Datuk Seri Anwar
Ibrahim said today.
PKR president also urged the Prison Department to respond to Wan Ji’s
allegation made via a YouTube video on July 14.
claims have to be investigated thoroughly and I believe the Home Affairs
Ministry will act accordingly,” Anwar told a press conference in Parliament
lobby here today.
said he was never physically assaulted during his time at Sungai Buloh Prison,
but stressed that rules must be observed.
Dr Chandra Muzaffar
a civilised society, no one will resort to violence, or the threat of violence,
to stifle voices that one does not want to hear.
this is what happened in Kuala Lumpur on July 13 when some people forced the
cancellation of a public seminar on “The Amman Message”, organised by civil
Facebook account holder had threatened to bomb the venue of the seminar, the
International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies.
to bomb a place constitutes an act of terror. While there have been instances
when force has been employed by groups to disrupt public gatherings, this is
perhaps one of those rare occasions where an individual links himself and the
group he is representing — Gerakan Banteras Syiah, a movement to stop the
spread of Shia — to a terrorist threat.
suggests a degree of boldness that we have not witnessed before.
is shocking about this brazen act is that it is driven by a stark lie. It
projects the Amman Message as a devious instrument to propagate Shia teachings
when anyone who has a basic understanding of the message knows that it merely
recognises the validity of all eight Mathhabs (legal schools) of Islam and
forbids takfir (declarations of apostasy) between Muslims.
at creating unity and harmony within the Muslim Ummah, the message was initiated
by a Sunni ruler, King Abdullah of Jordan, in 2004. The majority of those
involved in drafting and endorsing the document were Sunnis. Besides, the Amman
Message was unanimously adopted by the the Organisation of the Islamic
Conference (now Cooperation) in Makkah in 2005.
Amman Message is one of the most important documents produced by the Muslim
world in the last 100 years.
a lie to tarnish a noble effort and then deploying that lie to whip up popular
emotions is becoming pervasive in our society.
course, the manipulation of lies is so much a part of politics in Malaysia and
in a situation in which fears are exaggerated and uncertainties are exploited
even more than in the past, lies becomes more impactful, and therefore, more
is a pity that so few Malaysians, including human rights advocates, are
prepared to expose lies.
the threat of violence to silence the truth has not elicited as much
condemnation from sane and rational people as it should.
the people are not doing enough, it becomes imperative for those in authority
to act with courage and firmness.
one of the three organisers of the seminar, the International Movement for a
Just World (JUST) would like to know what action has been taken by the police
against the individual and group that threatened to bomb the venue.
Haram leave trail of opioid addicts in Nigeria desperate to numb the pain of
war and hopelessness
years since the day when Boko Haram gunmen stormed his home town of Bama, Abel
Habila still has trouble blotting out the memories.
has helped, but far more effective are the red and yellow pills that he buys
from the street dealers near his home. "At first they just helped me to
forget the trauma of the attack, and how we had to run for our lives," he
said, voice already drowsy from the two doses he has had this morning.
"But now I take them for other reasons too - just to blot out the pain of
life here in Nigeria, the boredom and hopelessness. My consumption has
trade name for what Mr Habila knows as "Red Caps" is Tramadol, an
opiate-based painkiller originally used...
July 14 (Xinhua) -- At least 15 al-Shabab militants were killed on Saturday in
a military operation in Somalia's southern regions barely a day after the
terrorist group claimed more than 20 lives in a deadly attack.
National Army (SNA) forces senior commander said Sunday the forces conducted an
offensive against al-Shabab in Wanlaweyn town in Lower Shabelle region.
forces advanced to take control of areas from al-Shabab extremists. We killed
15 of them and captured Yaq Buraweyne, Madah Marodi and Idow Jalad
villages," SNA commander in charge of the 35th division Mohamed Abdullahi
added that the forces will proceed with the operations until they drive the
militants out of the entire Lower Shabelle region.
said they heard the sound of heavy gun fight between the militants and the
fierce battle broke out in Yaq Buraweyne village between government forces and
al-Shabab militants, both sides fought for a while but government troops are
now in the town and the militants withdrew from it," Jamal Ga'al , a local
resident told Xinhua by phone.
Nations secretary general António Guterres has called for more support for
Sahel states fighting terrorism, saying the African region is on the “front
line” and needs help.
trauma from terrorism causes lasting damage to individuals, families and communities,”
Mr Guterres said, while speaking at the opening of a counterterrorism
conference in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, on Wednesday.
told reporters that jihadi groups were particularly gaining ground in west
started in Mali, it went to Burkina Faso, Niger and now, when we speak with the
presidents of Ghana, Benin, Togo, and Ivory Coast, they say that terrorism is
coming to their borders.”
Guterres also asked the international community to aid the G5 Sahel Joint Force
– a military effort involving Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad, Niger, and Mauritania,
which was established in 2014.
voices must be central in any response, Mr Guterres added. “Common to each of
these groups, regardless of their ideology, is the subjugation of women’s and
Union Commission chairman, Moussa Faki Mahamat, accused the international
community of “procrastinating”, saying the situation in the Sahel is a
“phenomenon that has the same characteristics” as what happened in Iraq and
Wednesday, the European Union pledged to give €138 million more to support the
G5 Sahel Joint Force, following a meeting between EU foreign affairs chief
Federica Mogherini and the foreign ministers of the five countries involved.
Previous EU support came to €115.6 million.
active in the Sahel – which is also a major drugs-running and human-trafficking
route towards Europe – include al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and the Islamic
State in the Greater Sahara, according to the International Crisis Group.
have multiple layers of tensions in the region, including longer-standing
tension between ethnic groups in Mali, which are contributing to the violence,”
said Richard Gowan, UN director for the International Crisis Group, in a phone
interview with the Irish Times. “You have weak governments and the jihadis are
quite effective at cutting off government services, schooling, etc, in the
areas they take over. So I think that what we’ve seen for a long time . . . is
jihadi groups taking advantage of long-standing grievances, weaknesses in
government services, to recruit supporters.”
Gowan said in relation to the G5 Sahel, the regional counterterrorist mission,
there are also concerns around the human rights record of some of its soldiers.
In Burkina Faso, for example, human rights groups have collected reports of
extra-judicial executions by soldiers involved in counterterrorism.
a risk that the response becomes extremely military and you end up focusing on
UN forces and regional forces trying to break jihadi groups, whereas a lot of
the real work that needs to be done is more political,” Mr Gowan said. “It’s
more about trying to mediate local settlements between the various groups that
are fighting, trying to sort out some of the economic grievances that are
there, trying to find local political solutions that address some of the
underlying problems that jihadis can exploit.”
Gowan also said climate change was playing a role in fuelling terrorism.
police say three suspected extremists were killed by border police whose
vehicle was blown up by an improvised bomb.
senior police official detailed the attack to The Associated Press, but
insisted on anonymity because he was not authorized to speak with media.
said the Monday evening explosion injured two officers in the southern Kiunga
area near the Somali border, and the explosives are believed to have been
planted by al-Shabab extremists from Somalia who were targeting security units.
also said the militants hid in the bushes around the area where the bomb went
off and then ambushed the Toyota Land Cruiser.
Arabic-language al-Akhbar newspaper reported that Israeli journalists are
freely active in the SDF-controlled areas in Northeastern Syria and Israeli
officers make regular visits to the region.
added that the letter signed by Ilham Ahmed, the head of the so-called Syria's
Democratic Council, gives Moti Kahana, an Israeli businessmen, the privilege to
sell the oil exploited from the Kurds-controlled areas in Northeastern Syria.
newspaper wrote that the letter, if real, means that Syria's Democratic Council
is acting as an independent side from the Syrian government and permits the
enemies of Syria to take control of the country's oil.
added that the SDF is now controlling lands in Northern Syria which host 80% of
the country's oil fields.
reports said in April that the Washington-backed SDF stationed in Deir Ezzur
had exchanged Eastern Syria's oil in lieu of receiving American and Israeli
arms and military equipment, sources said.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that a military convoy
comprising 70 trucks carrying military and logistic equipment (made in the US
and Israel) has been dispatched by the US-led coalition from Iraq to Syria.
the Arabic-language Rai al-Youm quoted local sources in Eastern Syria as saying
that the SDF has swapped Syria's oil and gas with US and Israeli weapons.
sources told the Kuwaiti paper that the SDF is currently engaged in
implementing the US occupation plots after the US declared the end of the ISIL
in Eastern Syria. The US-backed Kurdish fighters have adopted hostile policies
against people in the region.
people in the towns of al-Sovar, Moileh, al-Shahil and al-Hasan in Eastern and
Southeastern Deir Ezzur continued protests against the SDF and their measures
such as stealing oil in cooperation with some foreign energy firms, and blocked
Deir Ezzur-Haska Road to keep SDF militias outside their town.
told the Arabic-language Baghdad Post news website that al-Baghdadi is
presently in Libya coordinating ISIL's terrorist operations throughout the
Iraqi politician noted that the ISIL is trying to take control of some regions
in the African continent covering parts of Libya, Egypt and Tunisia.
statements by the former minister comes amid contradictory reports on the fate
of the ISIL leader. While some reports claim that he is still hiding in Iraq
near the border with Syria, others have stressed that Abu Bakr al-Bghdadi is
early June, Iraqi sources reported that al-Baghdadi was hiding in the Western
deserts of al-Anbar province at the border with Syria.
Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website quoted an intelligence source in
Hashd al-Shaabi (Iraqi popular forces) command center in al-Anbar province as
saying that according to the latest intel, al-Baghdadi has sheltered in a
hidden tunnel in al-Husayniyat region in the Northern parts of the town of
al-Ratbah in Western al-Anbar.
added that the security forces are mulling operations to take control of the
tunnel, and said that given the heavy deployment of security forces in
al-Ratbah region near the border with Syria and closure of all roads,
al-Baghdadi and the militants under his command cannot escape.
source underlined that given the fact that the US fighter jets have not bombed
the ISIL's hideouts and tunnels in the region, the American forces are likely
aware of his presence in al-Ratbah desert areas.
speculations come after al-Baghdadi made his first appearance in April, after
five years of absence, in a video in which he acknowledged the defeat of the
terrorist group's fighters in the battle for Baghouz in Syria.
video was reportedly filmed earlier in April.
recent years, Baghdadi's death has been reported multiple times, however, the
terrorist leader has re-emerged time and time again.
Sun claimed, citing Zaid Hamid, who is a co-founder of the BrassTacks threat
analysis think-tank, last month that al-Baghdadi is allegedly hiding in a
distant region of Afghanistan.
children whose Russian mothers are being held in Iraq for belonging to ISIS
were deported to Moscow, Iraq's foreign ministry said in a press statement on
State media operatives appear to have regrouped, at least in part, intent on
showing the world that the terror organization is living up to its motto of
“remaining and expanding” despite its lack of a physical caliphate.
almost a month, the group’s core media channels have been pumping out a series
of videos showing fighters pledging allegiance, or renewing their pledges, to
IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
officials and analysts say, so far, the group, also known as ISIS or by its
Arabic acronym, Daesh, has produced and disseminated eight of these videos
under the title, “The Best Outcome is for the Pious.”
video series “aims at proving that ISIS has not been defeated and that its
militants in several parts of the world remain loyal to their leaders,” a U.S.
counterterrorism official told VOA.
media operatives issued the most recent of the videos this past Wednesday, the
first-ever video from the terror group’s Turkish province.
you think that by weakening the Islamic State and its soldiers, that they will
divert from their path or leave their jihad, you have great delusions,” said a
fighter, identified as Abu Qatada al-Turki, according to a translation by the
SITE Intelligence Group.
further threatened Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, calling him an
not think that the swords of the soldiers of the Caliphate are far from you or
from those who stand on your side,” he warned.
videos highlighted fighters from IS provinces in West Africa, Sinai, East Asia
(Philippines), the Caucasus, Afghanistan, Libya and Azerbaijan, another first.
of the videos have featured large groups of fighters. Others, like the video
from Turkey and another from Azerbaijan, feature just five and three fighters,
there is a sense that, in this case, size does not matter.
with the videos, there has been a steady drumbeat of official IS claims,
celebrating attacks on government forces and civilians in places like Nigeria,
Mozambique, Afghanistan, the Philippines and Tunisia. And IS leadership appears
mindful of a need for operational security in order to maintain momentum.
we really expect ISIS to show us a terror training camp with 200 fighters
primed and ready," Raphael Gluck, the co-founder of Jihadoscope, a company
that monitors online activity by Islamist extremists, told VOA in an
is in insurgency mode but wants to remind you, its presence and influence
remains everywhere," he added.
while IS has long been practiced in the art of smoke and mirrors, finding ways
to make itself look bigger than it really is, dismissing the latest videos
could be a mistake.
no doubt that the group has a presence in these spots," according to
Thomas Joscelyn, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
that the videos have been disseminated by the group's official media outlets is
is one thing for groups to make bay'at [pledges of allegiance], but it is a
much more serious affair when the highest levels of Islamic State leadership
accept their allegiance," said Jade Parker, a former counterterrorism
analyst in support of U.S. military activities.
it possible that Islamic State central is recognizing their external governance
entities earlier in the provincial development process than they previously
did? Yes," Parker added. "The
external provinces would still need to surpass a common minimum benchmark of
organizational requirements, though."
IS has retained such a strong degree of organizational integrity has worried
U.S. intelligence officials for months, some warning that fighters fleeing the
collapsing caliphate in Syria and Iraq would find refuge with IS branches in
more than a dozen countries, including Turkey.
as concerning for analysts is that along with the videos, there has been a
steady drumbeat of IS claims, celebrating attacks on government forces and
civilians in places like Nigeria, Mozambique, Afghanistan, the Philippines and
Raphael Gluck believes, at the least, the steady stream of propaganda is
unlikely to abate.
than 100 fighters were killed in clashes between regime and jihadist-led forces
in northwest Syria, a war monitor said on Thursday, as violence raged on the
edge of an opposition bastion despite a September truce deal.
civilians also died in the latest violence, the Syrian Observatory for Human
Rights said. Six of them, including a child, were killed in regime air strikes
on the town of Jisr al-Shughur.
car bombing killed 13 people in nearby Afrin, the city that Turkey-backed
rebels seized last year from Kurdish fighters.
civil war has killed a total of more than 370 000 people and spiralled into a
complex conflict since starting in 2011 with the repression of anti-government
and regime aircraft have since late April ramped up deadly bombardment of the
Idlib region of some three million people in northwest Syria, despite a deal to
avert a massive government assault.
forces have also been locked in battle with jihadists and allied rebels on the
edges of the bastion held by Syria's former Al-Qaeda affiliate Hayat Tahrir
al-Sham (HTS), including the north of Hama province.
raged since Wednesday night in northern Hama after a small advance by
jihadist-led forces, the Syrian Observatory said.
and bombardment since the launch of the attack late Wednesday killed at least
57 regime forces and 44 jihadists and allied rebels, the Britain-based war
monitor said, giving a revised death toll.
fighting is ongoing as regime planes and artillery pound the area,"
Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.
spokesperson Abu Khaled al-Shami said the jihadist and rebel fighters attacked
after dark, taking control of the village of Hamameyat and a hilltop.
air raids on Thursday, a civilian was killed in a Russian strike on the Idlib
town of Latamneh, the Observatory said, while rebel shelling cost the life of a
woman in regime-held outside the jihadist stronghold.
bomb in Afrin
in Syria, eight civilians were among the 13 people killed in a car bomb near a
checkpoint outside Afrin, the Observatory said.
troops and Syrian proxies took control of Afrin from Kurdish forces they
consider "terrorists" in March last year after a two-month air and
killed also included four fighters.
the victims, at least six are originally from Eastern Ghouta," a former
rebel bastion near Damascus retaken by the regime last year, Abdel Rahman said.
was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, but a commander with a
pro-Ankara faction accused Kurdish fighters.
the Turkish-backed rebel takeover, the UN and human rights groups have
documented widespread abuses in Afrin.
UN and Amnesty have also reported patterns of house appropriations by fighters
and civilians bussed to Afrin during the surrender last year of Eastern Ghouta.
of the Kurdish enclave's 320 000 residents have fled, according to a report by
the UN Commission of Inquiry, and most are unable to return.
on Thursday, several people were wounded in a car-bomb blast near a church in
the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria, an AFP journalist and
state media said.
metal gate of the church was slightly dented by the blast, but the building
otherwise emerged intact.
rounds of peace talks
rounds of UN-led peace talks have failed to stem the bloodshed in Syria.
peace envoy Geir Pedersen, however, is pushing ahead with a 17-month-old effort
to form a committee to write a post-war constitution.
he and Damascus on Wednesday expressed "progress" towards forming the
panel, whose composition has been the subject of dispute.
up by a series of Russian-backed victories since 2015, the regime wants to
amend the current constitution, but the opposition wants an entirely new one.
September deal between Moscow and Ankara was supposed to avert a massive regime
offensive on Idlib, but it was never fully implemented and HTS took full
administrative control in January.
than 570 civilians have been killed in regime and Russian air strikes on northwest
Syria since late April, according to the Observatory.
attacks by Syrian and Russian military aircraft have killed at least eight
people in the northern region of Idlib in the last two days, while 11 people
were killed in different areas of Idlib province on Saturday, according to the
White Helmets rescue group.
people, including a woman and a child, were killed in air raids in the town of
Kafarya in eastern Idlib, the organisation said.
people were injured, including a White Helmets rescuer, the organisation said
in a tweet.
in the day, air attacks in the Khan Sheikhoun town killed at least six people,
including four children and two women, when their house was targeted, the White
attacks come a day after similar raids killed at least 11 people in different
parts of Idlib and Hama provinces.
Friday, six people were killed in Ariya, three in Maart al-Numan, one in Idlib
and one in Kafr Zita, Hama.
least 45 people were injured in those attacks, the group said.
week, the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR), which monitors casualties and
briefs various United Nations agencies, had said that 130 children were among
the 544 civilians killed in the hundreds of attacks carried out by Russian jets
and the Syrian army.
2,117 people were wounded since the Russian-led assault on the last rebel-held
bastion in northwestern Syria began.
fighter jets joined the Syrian forces on April 26 in the offensive against
rebel-held Idlib and adjoining northern Hama provinces in the biggest
escalation in the war between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces and
rebel fighters since last summer.
month, the Human Rights Watch had said the Russian-Syrian joint military
operation used cluster munitions and incendiary weapons in the attacks along
with large air-dropped explosive weapons, based on reports by first responders
Syrian army and its ally Russia denied the allegations. Moscow said its forces
and the Syrian army were fending off attacks by al-Qaeda fighters who, they
said, hit populated, government-held areas. It also accuses rebels of breaching
a ceasefire deal agreed last year between Turkey and Russia.
month, UN aid chief Mark Lowcock asked Russia to explain how it used data on
the location of Syrian hospitals and clinics following a string of attacks on
under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs told the Security Council he
was "not sure" hospitals that share coordinates of their location
under a UN de-confliction system will be protected.
than 23 hospitals have been hit by attacks since the offensive on Idlib began
in late April, according to the UN.
heads of 11 major global humanitarian organisations had warned last month that
Idlib - home to three million civilians, including one million children - is on
the brink of a disaster.
high-ranking Islamic State leader who allegedly masterminded the extremist
group's half-billion-dollar oil smuggling enterprise has been killed in a
firefight, according to reports.
Sobhi Fahd Al-Ahmad, a self-styled minister of oil in the now dismantled
so-called caliphate, was gunned down in his hideout by Kurdish-led Syrian
Democratic Forces (SDF), according to a statement.
SDF statement said the attack in Deir Al-Zor province, east of Syria, was
carried out in cooperation with the US-led Coalition forces.
was considered to have a close relationship with the elusive leader of IS, Abu
Bakr al-Baghdadi, who remains at large - despite several reports in the past
claiming he had been killed.
smuggling of black market oil had been a lucrative cornerstone of the IS
economy, which helped the group take over vast swathes of Iraq and Syria.
its height, IS was believed to be making $700 million a year through black
market oil sales into Europe, much of it believed to have been trafficked
across the borders of a compliant Turkey.
S. Smith II, a US-based terrorism analyst and teaching fellow in Johns Hopkins
University's Global Security Studies program, described Ahmad as a "high
Smith urged the US government to further incentivise its coalition partners in
Iraq and Syria to capture senior IS fugitives alive, for intelligence purposes.
one hand, [the reported killing of Ahmad] may prove a serious setback for the
group. On the other, it probably would have been a bigger problem for Islamic
State if he had been captured versus killed," Smith told nine.com.au.
the SDF is to be commended for its work, the US and our allies should do more
to provide incentives for capturing high-value targets in Syria."
its Rewards for Justice Program, the US State Department has paid out more than
$200 million for information which has led to the capture of individuals
involved in terrorism.
said that counterterrorism initiative could be used "more
aggressively" to bring senior members of Islamic State and al-Qaeda to
suspect most members of the SDF know it is rather difficult to secure rewards
from this program, and this has factored into calculations concerning whether
it is worth taking extra risks to try to capture the big fish that are still at
large in Syria," he said.
has contacted the US State Department for comment.
US currently has a bounty of $25million on IS leader al-Baghdadi's head. There
is also a $1million reward on Hamza bin Laden, the son of deceased former
al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden who in recent years has risen in that group's
of Ahmad's death in Syria comes weeks after Saudi special forces announced they
had captured the leader of the Yemeni branch of the Islamic State militant
group, Abu Osama al-Muhajer.
this month the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War released a
report which painted a deeply disturbing picture of what may lie in store in
Iraq and Syria, in sharp contrast to US President Donald Trump who claimed last
December IS had been defeated.
report warned an anticipated "devastating" comeback by IS could be
worse than the bloody insurgency that launched the so-called caliphate.
announced on Friday the arrest of a terrorist cell linked to the Muslim
Ministry of Interior said that the members of the cell, all of whom are
Egyptian, have outstanding judicial sentences against them by authorities in
Egypt. Some of the sentences reach up to 15 years in prison.
ministry personnel located and arrested the fugitives, who had escaped from
Egypt to Kuwait.
interrogations, they confessed to carrying out terrorist operations in Egypt,
reported the Kuwait news agency (KUNA).
least five people were killed in twin suicide blasts near a Shiite mosque in
southwest Baghdad on Monday, Iraqi security and medical sources said.
at the capital’s al-Yarmuk hospital gave a casualty toll of five dead and 14
suicide bombers blew themselves up near Abu al-Fadhel al-Abbas mosque in the Al-Turath
district, a police officer told AFP, on condition of anonymity.
was no immediate claim of responsibility.
people were killed in a suicide bombing at a market in eastern Baghdad on May
9, while two others died in a similar attack in late June, both also targeting
in 2017 declared victory over ISIS after a grueling months-long campaign to
dismantle their self-declared “caliphate”.
Deputy Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman stressed the Kingdom’s
support for a political solution in Yemen, during his meeting on Monday with
Martin Griffiths, the UN special envoy to Yemen.
Khalid bin Salman said in a tweet that he met with the special envoy to
“emphasize our commitment to the wellbeing of the Yemeni people, and the need
to end Iran’s interference in Yemen. I also stressed our support for a
political solution, and the need for the Houthis to implement their signed
agreements, including Stockholm.”
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visit to the Kingdom comes amid a tour that saw the envoy visiting Moscow,
Washington, Muscat, and Abu Dhabi as part of UN efforts to revive the political
process in Yemen.
has said they are conducting an ongoing investigation in order to detect new
members of a militant cell linked to the banned Muslim Brotherhood group,
according to a statement on Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).
statement comes just days after local Kuwaiti al-Rai newspaper revealed that
arrested members of the Muslim Brotherhood militant cell in Kuwait were
involved in the assassination of Egypt’s former Public Prosecutor Hisham Barakat
newspaper also said that wanted suspects of the cell who were not captured had
fled Kuwait to Doha and Turkey.
Two suicide bombers have blown themselves up inside a Shiite mosque in southern
Baghdad. The number of casualties are unclear.
attack targeted a funeral ceremony iunderway at the mosque.
Monday, a car bomb was dicovered in Al-Na'iriya in northern Baghdad. Police
dismantled the boimb before it exploded.
- Israel's prime minister says it will deliver a "crushing" strike
against Hezbollah if the Lebanese militant group attempts to attack.
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was reacting to comments made by Hezbollah's
leader, Hassan Nasrallah.
an interview Friday, Nasrallah boasted that his group is much stronger than
during the 2006 war and is capable of striking anywhere in Israel. Pointing to
a map, Nasrallah identified a list of targets he said his group could strike,
saying "in all fields, the resistance has developed in quantity and
to his Cabinet Sunday, Netanyahu criticized what he called Nasrallah's
says "if Hezbollah dares to do something stupid and attack Israel, we will
strike it and Lebanon, a crushing military strike."
people (ISIL terrorists) intended to carry out operations inside the country
and at the borders, and thanks God, they failed and were arrested thanks to the
vigilance of intelligence forces, and some of them were tried and a number of
others are waiting for trial," Qazanfarabadi told FNA on Monday.
noted that they had been supported and sent by a number of countries which are
infamous for sponsoring the ISIL.
about the case of environmental activists who are charged with espionage for foreign
states, Qazanfarabadi said that their cases are being studied and they will be
added that they are 8 to 9 people, noting that some of the defendants have been
charged with "corruption on Earth", a charge that can carry the death
sentence in Iran.
Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi had said earlier that the arrested
environmental activists were "seeking proximity to military sites with the
cover of the environmental projects and obtaining military information from
number of them are accused of espionage and another one has been charged with
"conspiracy against national security".
the Iranian intelligence ministry announced in February that the country's
security forces had arrested members of two terrorist groups affiliated to the
ISIL in the Western province of Kurdistan who intended to assassinate Sunni
clerics in Iran.
to Intelligence Ministry statement, the intelligence forces managed to identify
and detain 13 terrorists, affiliated to the ISIL grouplet, who were divided in
two groups to plant bombs, kill people and assassinate certain Iranian Sunni
clerics in Iran.
number of the captured terrorists had undergone military trainings abroad and
wanted to carry out terrorist acts under the guidance of one of the ISIL's
military operations ringleaders.
bombs, arms and ammunitions were discovered from the terrorists.
in April, a female member of the ISIL terrorist group was captured at Bazargan
border crossing in the Northwestern province of West Azarbaijan.
will restore the nuclear capabilities it had before its nuclear deal with world
powers, unless European countries fulfill their obligations, the spokesman for
Iran’s nuclear agency, Behrouz Kamalvandi, said on Monday, according to IRNA
has repeated that European countries must do more to guarantee it the economic
benefits it was meant to receive in return for curbs to its nuclear program
under the deal, which Washington abandoned last year.
warring sides have agreed on a “mechanism and new measures to reinforce the
ceasefire and de-escalation” around the flashpoint port of Hodeidah, as well as
technical aspects of a troop pullback, the United Nations said on Monday.
of the two sides were picked up at different locations by a UN ship and held
talks in the Red Sea off Yemen, the first such meeting since February, a UN
CITY: The militant Hamas group is distancing itself from a leader who called
for the slaughter of Jews worldwide.
a statement Monday, the Islamist movement said recent remarks by Fathi Hammad,
a member of its politburo, “don’t represent the movement’s official positions.”
which rules the Gaza Strip, said Hammad’s remarks conflicted with its amended
charter that restricted Hamas’s conflict to the Israeli occupation, “not the
Jews or their religion,” according to the rare statement.
to demonstrators in Gaza on Friday, Hammad called for attacks on “every Jew on
this siege is not undone, we will explode in the face of our enemies, with
God’s permission. The explosion is not only going to be in Gaza but also in the
West Bank and abroad, God willing,” Hamad said.
our brothers outside are preparing, trying to prepare, warming up.”
continued: “Seven million Palestinians outside, enough warming up, you have
Jews with you in every place. You should attack every Jew possible in all the
world and kill them.”
speech was captured on video and shared on social media.
March 2018, Palestinians have been taking part in Hamas-backed protests and
clashes along the Gaza-Israel border in part against the Jewish state’s
crippling blockade of Gaza.
least 295 Palestinians and seven Israelis have since been killed in
Israeli toll recently rose to seven after an 89-year-old woman who fell while
running for a bomb shelter during a flare-up of violence in May died of her
injuries, according to Israel’s foreign ministry.
is considered a terrorist organization by the United States, European Union and
Gendelman, a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said the
comments showed “what Hamas is about.”
is behind the riots on the Gaza border... Hamas wants to murder Jews
worldwide,” Gendelman said on Twitter.
you know why we protect the border with Gaza from Hamas.”
Erekat, secretary general of the West Bank-based Palestine Liberation
Organization (PLO), which unlike Hamas has recognized Israel, condemned Hamad’s
just values of the Palestinian cause include love for freedom, justice and
equality. The repugnant statement of Hamas leader Mr. Fathi Hamad about Jews
doesn’t represent any of them,” he tweeted.
repugnant and inciteful statement'
Nations envoy Nickolay Mladenov also condemned the comments, labelling them a
“dangerous, repugnant and inciteful statement! It must to be clearly condemned
a statement later Monday, Hamas distanced itself from Hamad’s words.
comments do not represent the official positions of the movement and its
consistent, adopted policies, which say our conflict is with the (Israeli)
occupation which occupied our land and sullies our holy places and not a
conflict with Jews across the world or Judaism as a religion,” it said.
issued his own statement, saying he was committed to the Hamas charter focused
on “resistance against the Zionist occupation” of Palestinian land.
resistance to the occupation will continue by all means, through arms or
through the popular and peaceful struggle,” he said.
seized control of Gaza from the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority in a 2007
near civil war.
and Hamas have fought three wars in Gaza since 2008.
says its blockade of the territory is necessary to isolate Hamas and keep it
from obtaining weapons or material to make them.
Arab coalition forces have killed dozens of Iranian-backed Houthi militants
including a field commander and wounded others during air strikes in the
provinces of Al-Dhale and Al-Bayda in southern and central Yemen on Sunday,
according to Saudi state-news agency SPA.
to the Yemeni national military website “SeptemberNet”, 13 Houthi militants
were killed in attacks against the Yemeni armed forces in Qataba in the south
province of Dhale, including the Abu Sharif Abdullah Hizam Mutahar commander of
the “rapid intervention forces”, was among the dozens killed.
militia attempted to infiltrate Yemen army positions at the fronts of the Ghalq
and Shakhb. But government forces managed to stop them and forced the militants
to flee towards Ibb province.
members of the militia were killed and others injured in Al-Bark and Bawwas.
warring sides in Yemen have agreed to take measures towards invigorating a
standing ceasefire over al-Hudaydah, a key western port taking in the majority
of the violence-racked country’s imports.
agreed on a mechanism and new measures to reinforce the ceasefire and
de-escalation, to be put in place as soon as possible," the United Nations
said in a statement on Monday, according to Reuters.
former government resigned in 2015 amid a political stalemate and its head Abd
Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a close friend of Saudi Arabia, fled to the kingdom’s
afterwards, the kingdom and its allies launched an invasion of the impoverished
country to restore power to the former officials. The invasion has lasted ever
since, killing tens of thousands and forcing entire Yemen close to the brink of
United Nations brokered the truce in Stockholm in December 2018 between members
of the former government and Yemen’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement, which
has been defending the nation against the invaders.
agreement came as a blockade of al-Hudaydah by the Saudi-led coalition was
threatening to worsen the situation in Yemen -- already judged as the scene of
the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
the deal, the two sides agreed to withdraw their forces from Hudaydah's main
port and two other nearby ports. Ansarullah’s fighters unilaterally pulled out
of the ports last month to facilitate implementation of the accord.
UN statement noted that the two sides had met as members of the
"Redeployment Coordination Committee," a body set up by the world
body and chaired by Danish Lieutenant General Michael Lollesgaard to oversee
ceasefire and troop pullout.
army and popular committees have killed or injured 10 Saudi-paid militiamen in
Saudi Arabia’s southwestern region of Jizan.
army's sniper unit, supported by fighters from allied Popular Committees,
killed and injured 10 mercenaries east of al-Doud Mountain in Jizan on Sunday,
Yemen's Arabic-language al-Masirah news website cited an unnamed Yemeni
military source as saying. On Thursday, Yemeni forces took control of several
military positions east of the mountain. Also on Sunday, Yemeni forces targeted
with artillery shells gatherings of Saudi soldiers in Arar position in Jizan.
the nearby province of Najran, Houthi fighters and their allies in the army
killed and injured a number of militiamen in an artillery attack in Ajasher
also fired a Zelzal-1 (Earthquake-1) missile at gatherings of Saudi mercenaries
in Soh, which lies between Najran and Yemen’s northwestern province of Sa’ada.
A number of the mercenaries lost their lives in the attack.
Yemeni troops inflicted heavy casualties on militiamen in several operations in
Saudi Arabia’s province of Asir.
to al-Masirah, an attempt by Saudi mercenaries to storm positions held by the
Yemeni troops was foiled in Majaza al-Sharqiya in Asir.
thwarted another attempt by Saudi-backed militants to advance near the Alab
crossing in the southwestern region.
unspecified number of mercenaries were killed or wounded when Yemeni forces
attacked their positions in Majaza al-Gharbiya in Asir on Sunday.
forces have been carrying out attacks against Saudi positions in retaliation
for the kingdom’s aggression on their country.
Arabia launched a devastating campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the
goal of bringing the government of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur
Hadi back to power and crushing the Houthi movement.
US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit
conflict-research organization, estimates that the Saudi war has claimed the
lives of over 60,000 Yemenis since January 2016.
Yemen's warring sides have agreed on a "mechanism and new measures to
reinforce the ceasefire and de-escalation" around the flashpoint port of
Hodeidah, as well as technical aspects of a troop pullback, the United Nations
said on Monday.
of the Yemeni government and Houthi militia were picked up at different
locations by a UN ship and held talks in the Red Sea off Yemen, the first such
meeting since February, a UN statement said.
agreement came as the UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths said he held a
"productive meeting" with Saudi Arabia's deputy defense minister Prince
Khalid bin Salman on Monday in Jeddah.
about the meeting, Griffiths said he discussed with Prince Khalid how to keep
Yemen out of ongoing regional tensions and how to make progress in the
implementation of the Stockholm agreement with the support of the Kingdom.
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discussed how to keep #Yemen out of the regional tensions, make progress in the
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Monday, the UN Security Council voted unanimously to extend its ceasefire
observation mission in Hodeidah by six months, until Jan. 15, 2020.
also called on Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to deploy a full contingent
of observers "expeditiously" in the mission, which is mandated to
have 75 staff but currently only has 20 on the ground.
text adopted Monday stressed that the UN
mission should "monitor the compliance of the parties to the ceasefire in
Hodeida governorate and the mutual redeployment of forces from the city of
Hodeida and the ports of Hodeida, Salif and Ras Issa."
monitors should work with the parties so that the security of the area "is
assured by local security forces in accordance with Yemeni law."
also called on all parties involved in the Hodeida Agreement to support UN
efforts by ensuring the safety of the monitors and affording all personnel and
supplies swift and unfettered movement.
the agreement made in Stockholm at the end of 2018, all warring factions were
supposed to have withdrawn their troops from the strategic port city in western
The Arab military coalition intercepted two drones launched by the Houthis in
Yemen toward Khamis Mushayt in southern Saudi Arabia Monday.
from the drones fell on a residential area and damaged a building and some
cars. No one was killed or injured, the coalition said.
Union foreign ministers have approved initial sanctions against Turkey over its
drilling for gas in waters where EU member Cyprus has exclusive economic
ministers said in a statement on Monday night that in light of Turkey’s
“continued and new illegal drilling activities,” they were suspending talks on
an air transport agreement and would call on the European Investment Bank to
“review” it’s lending to the country.
EU also cut 145.8 million euros ($164 million) in pre-accession financial funds
allocated for 2020.
also warned that the EU’s executive branch was working on additional “targeted
measures” to penalize Turkey, which started negotiations to join the EU in
Turkish vessels escorted by warships are drilling for gas on either end of
ethnically divided Cyprus.
EU previously said the drilling breached Cyprus’ sovereignty and international
EU last month warned Turkey it could face sanctions if it did not cease what
the bloc called "illegal" drilling in Cyprus’s exclusive economic
week, diplomats began discussing what measures to impose.
was the discovery of huge gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean that
sparked the dispute between EU member Cyprus and Turkey.
sent two ships to carry out drilling off the Cypriot coast despite the warnings
from the EU.
has been divided between the Republic of Cyprus and a northern third under
Turkish military control since 1974 when Turkey invaded in response to a coup
by a Greek military junta.
tensions over gas drilling are also likely related to the collapse of peace
talks in 2017, experts say.
negotiations to reunify the island have not restarted, Cyprus has moved to
start gas and oil exploration by issuing licenses.
Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Monday that Europe had to remain
united in trying to preserve the Iran nuclear deal, and said Tehran should
reverse its decision not to comply with parts of the accord.
Europeans have to stay united on this issue,” Le Drian told reporters at a
meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels. Iran’s decision to reduce compliance
with the deal that the United States abandoned last year was “a bad response to
a bad decision,” he said.
commemoration ceremony was held Monday in Germany’s capital for the 251 people
who were martyred during the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt in Turkey.
251 coffins wrapped in the Turkish flag with the names of the martyrs were
placed in front of Berlin's historic Brandenburg Gate and the U.S. embassy as
part of an event organized by the Hacivat Art and Culture Association.
Uretmen, the president of the association, asked German authorities to
extradite coup suspects to Turkey to face charges.
marks July 15 as Democracy and National Unity Day, which is commemorated with
events honoring those who lost their lives while defeating the putschists and
to remember the bravery of the nation.
Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen
orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016 which left 251 people martyred
and nearly 2,200 injured.
European Council’s decision to suspend high-level talks with Ankara won't
affect Turkey’s determination to continue hydrocarbon activities in the Eastern
Mediterranean, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.
will continue to protect its and Turkish Cypriots' rights and will increase its
activities in this aspect, the ministry said in a statement.
decision shows how prejudiced and biased the European Union is on the Cyprus
issue as Turkish Cypriots, who have equal rights to the natural resources of
the island, are not mentioned and ignored, it said.
added that this decision is the latest example of how Greeks and Greek Cypriots
abuse EU membership in line with their maximalist positions and how other EU
countries become an instrument for carrying out this abuse.
European Council published a final declaration Monday following a meeting of
the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council which was attended by foreign ministers of its
has asked Germany to extradite former colonel Ilhami Polat, one of the key
figures of the July 2016 defeated coup attempt, officials said on Monday.
who is accused of organizing the takeover at the Land Forces Military School in
Ankara, had fled to Greece after the defeated coup attempt, and later came to
Germany and applied for asylum.
senior Turkish official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Anadolu
Agency that Turkey has formally asked Germany to extradite Polat to face
charges for attempting to overthrow the democratically elected government.
ex-colonel’s wife Suzan Polat told prosecutors in 2017 that her husband took
part in the coup attempt on the orders of Fetullah Gulen, the U.S.-based leader
of Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO).
and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup, which
left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
police have seized a large arsenal of weapons, including an air-to-air missile,
in raids on neo-Nazi sympathisers, they said on Monday.
police forces searched properties across northern Italy following an
investigation into Italians who had fought alongside Russian-backed separatist
forces in eastern Ukraine, a police statement said.
men were arrested, including a customs officer who had previously stood for
parliament for an extreme right party.
their raids, police discovered a French-made Matra air-to-air missile that
appeared to have once belonged to the Qatar armed forces.
checks showed the weapon was in working condition but lacked an explosive
said the suspects had tried to sell the missile in conversations with contacts
on the WhatsApp messaging network.
other weapons uncovered were 26 guns, 20 bayonets, 306 gun parts, including
silencers and rifle scopes, and more than 800 bullets of various calibres.
arms were primarily from Austria, Germany and the United States.
also seized Nazi memorabilia from the properties.
police investigation ... came into being because of the activities of some
Italian fighters with extremist backgrounds who had taken part in the armed
conflict in the Ukrainian region of Donbass,” the police statement said.
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