Akbar !!! Imam continued with Salat during massive earthquake in Indonesia,
is unshakable faith, literally
Karachi, a School inside a Temple Where Muslim Teachers Teach Hindu Students
Imam Calmly Recited Prayers through an Earthquake & People Are All Praises
Coalition Denounces AP Report, Reaffirms Fight against Terrorism in Yemen
Muslims Demand 5 Per Cent Reservation
Democrats to Elect Nation’s First Muslim Governor
To See an ‘Equal’ Relationship with India: 1st Hindu to Win General Seat in Pak
Expels 20 Shura Members after Election Debacle
Nominates Shehbaz Sharif As Joint PM Candidate
to contest by-polls, continue protests: Rizvi
forces used ECP powers to engineer results: Siraj
Khan's Stepdaughter Joins Pakistan Tehreek-Insaf
Khan challenges LHC's decision to bar ECP from issuing notification of his
MMA plan sit-ins across Sindh tomorrow; GDA vows protest drive
determined to root out terrorism, extremism
of Ulema Pushes for VP Slot in Prabowo Coalition
Duterte Urges Peace in Unveiling Muslim Autonomy Law
Saudi-backed outfit a loss to Malaysia, says Hisham
Indonesian Thinkers Explore Life of Muslims in Germany
Plunder Southern Syria's Historical Artifacts
Slams Bahrain’s ‘Cruel, Inhumane’ Treatment of Jailed Activists
of Turkey-Backed Militants Killed in Drone Attacks in Northern Syria
Army Keeps Rolling on ISIL's Centres in Sweida Badiyeh
creates body to repatriate Syria refugees
jails French and German ISIS members for life
warplanes pound positions of Daesh, Nusra Front in Sweida, Hama
Iraq ink security deal but still face rocky road
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linked terrorist, who was part of planned August 15 attack, arrested in Delhi
Operative Deported From Riyadh, Held By NIA at IGI
Muslim University Yet To Decide On Removal of Jinnah Portrait, Parliament Told
JMB members arrested for blasts in Bodh Gaya, Burdwan
US Greatest Terror Entities Ever Known: Scholar
Arabia expels Canadian ambassador, freezes new trade deals
putting unprecedented pressure on Iran to ‘change its behaviour’: Bolton
restores tough, unilateral Iran sanctions lifted under nuclear deal
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Karachi, a School Inside a Temple Where Muslim Teachers Teach Hindu Students
isn’t a common sight to find a school running inside a temple. It is more uncommon
to find a temple school running in Pakistan’s Karachi where Muslim teachers
teach Hindu children belonging to scheduled castes.
to a report by The News, the school was set up at a Hindu temple in Rehman
Colony by the Initiator Human Development Foundation (IHDF), as the temple was
literally the only available place to open a school. The NGO, however, first
sought the permission of the local community before opening up the school in
their place of worship.
there are 93 Hindu children studying at the temple school. The teachers in the
‘temple school’ only teach basic courses to these children. Subsequently, these
students are then sent to government schools in the city.
local Hindu community of Resham colony had tried to establish a school in the
area several times but was unable to do so after the police demanded a hefty
bribe from them.
to reports, Hindus in Rehman Colony live in unhygienic conditions with no
potable water or even toilets. They also face a constant threat of being
evacuated by the authorities. However, they feel safe when they see the Muslim
community taking an interest in teaching Hindu children.
to a recent report by Al Jazeera, there has been a rise in land encroachment of
Hindu temples and historic landmarks situated in Karachi.
just temples, even historic clock towers, and cinemas which have not received
any maintenance whatsoever in years are in a dilapidated condition and being
used as warehouses or makeshift vegetable markets.
population boom, unplanned urbanization and the government's lackadaisical
approach towards preserving the cultural heritage have undone the charms of
this one little school is perhaps the only binding factor between the two
calamity strikes, people are often left bewildered about their next course of
action. They don't know where to run, how far to run and who to take along.
Yet, time and again, many people have chosen to stay, only for the benefit of
the footage of this Indonesian imam who stoically recited evening prayers in
Bali as a deadly earthquake struck neighbouring Lombok. His video has now gone
viral, with internet users praising him for his unwavering faith.
white-robed Islamic leader was preaching on Sunday night at a mosque in
Denpasar on the holiday island of Bali when the shallow 6.9-magnitude
earthquake struck. Footage of the imam, recorded on a cell phone, showed him
supporting himself against the wall as the room shook violently around him and
as some congregants fled the building.
worshippers can be seen stoically remaining in prayer as the mosque rocked from
side to side.
powerful quake killed at least 91 people and damaged thousands of buildings in
Lombok. A number of mosques on that island have collapsed with worshippers
inside them. It was also felt strongly in the neighbouring Bali, a
predominantly Hindu island in the world's largest Muslim majority nation. The
clip quickly went viral after the mosque posted it to Facebook.
has been watched more than 130,000 times on Facebook and shared on Youtube and
Twitter. "I am crying... he did not even flinch, even though it is allowed
to leave your prayer during an earthquake," said Indonesian cleric Yusuf
Mansur, who shared the clip to his two millions followers on Instagram.
faith shown by the Imam and the worshippers is extraordinary," a Twitter
user Inyol tweeted to his 39,000 followers.
Coalition denounces AP report, reaffirms fight against terrorism in Yemen
Arab Coalition’s spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki reiterated the coalition's
mission and efforts to combat terrorism in Yemen in light of a recent
Associated Press report falsely accusing the coalition of doing otherwise.
said that the report was based on opinions, rather than facts and concrete
evidence. He reaffirmed the coalition’s purpose, which is to restore legitimacy
in Yemen, adding that they are waging a war against terrorist organizations
like ISIS, the Iran-backed Houthi militias and al-Qaeda.
coalition has and will continue to carry out joint operations with brotherly
and friendly nations to dismantle the capabilities of said groups through air,
naval and joint Special Forces operations under the international cooperative
efforts to eradicate terrorism and maintain international security,” Maliki
have followed what AP posted today entitled “AP investigation: Yemen war binds
US, allies, al-Qaida”. What was stated in this article whether it was stories
or conclusions is unfounded and expressed the personal opinion of the author as
there was no tangible evidence nor convincing arguments,” Maliki added.
writer should have followed the professional ethics of journalism and
fact-checked such information before publication through communicating with the
Joint Forces Command of the coalition, and verifying the coalition’s efforts in
combating terrorism, the coalition would have provided detailed information in
this regard. All channels of communication with members of the media are open,”
concluded that the coalition will continue its efforts and operations to combat
terrorist groups in Yemen, with the cooperation of the international community
to eradicate terrorism around the world. He added that this is done through
intelligence-sharing and joint operations with friendly nations.
In the midst of the agitation for Maratha reservation, Muslim organisations
have now threatened to carry out a “Muslim Muk Mahamorcha” on September 9 in
Pune if their demand of five per cent reservation for their community is not
organisations have united under the “Muslim Muk Mahamorcha Coordination
Committee” to demand reservation. They have demanded that Muslims be brought
under the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
of the organisers, Anjum Inamdar, said, “Earlier, the Congress-NCP government
had given five per cent reservation by ordinance. Even the high court had
approved it. Commissions constituted by the central government had concluded
the same. Hence, the government should approve our demand or else we will go on
strike on September 9 in Pune, where four to five lakh people are expected to
organiser, Samrin Qureshi, said, “Muslims should be given protection under the
Atrocities Act like the dalits.”
Democrats to elect nation’s first Muslim governor
Former US democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and a newly elected
Congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortex have joined hands to elect the nation’s
first Muslim governor, as the country heads to a mid-term election in November
that will decide which party controls the House.
El-Sayed, a 33-year old physician and the first-time candidate will face-off
former state Sen. Gretchen Whitmer and another Democrat candidate in the
primary election to decide which Democrat candidate will contest with
Republican candidate for the governorship of Michigan State.
to reports, El-Sayed is trailing behind Whitmer, but he has emerged as a threat
to him, especially after winning the support of Sanders who lost to Hillary
Clinton for a Democratic nominee to challenge the then-candidate Donald Trump,
who defeated Clinton to win the White House.
support of Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez has added more momentum to El-Sayed’s
bid as Democrats experience a new wave of progressive liberals that steered her
to an unlikely victory against a high-ranking Democrat in the house.
every public poll of the primary has shown Whitmer leading El-Sayed and entrepreneur
Shri Thanedar, but with Sanders parachuting into Michigan this weekend,
El-Sayed is gaining momentum.
El-Sayed wins the Democrat primary, he will most likely face off Attorney
General Bill Schuette, who is the favorite to win the Republican primary and
has been endorsed by President Donald Trump.
has a 6-point lead in the primary over El-Sayed and has raised more money than
him, but El-Sayed the former executive director of the Detroit Health
Department and a public-health expert, has built a significant support base by
presenting himself as a Sanders-aligned progressive alternative to the more
to reports, groups that supported Sanders in 2016 are behind El-Sayed, as are
progressive lawmakers like Ocasio-Cortez. El-Sayed has also received donations
from Hollywood star Ben Affleck.
hasn’t shied from his Muslim religion in the campaign, and has happily
described the immigrant story of his father moving to the United States from
Egypt and spending time with his stepmother, whose family history in Michigan
goes back to before the Civil War.
is ground zero for the debate over how you win back power from Trump and
Trumpism,” said Ben Wikler, the Washington director of an NGO called MoveOn.
Org, which is supporting El-Sayed.
to see an ‘equal’ relationship with India: 1st Hindu to win general seat in Pak
first-ever Hindu elected to a general seat in Pakistan’s parliament, Mahesh
Malani of Pakistan Peoples Party, says he would like to see a healthy and
“equal” relationship between Pakistan and India. He also wants to tell the
hundreds of Hindu immigrants from Pakistan living in India that “the situation
has changed” and that they can return “without any fear”.
who don’t feel the same, there is no compulsion... For those who have applied
for Indian citizenship or have acquired it, I don’t have to say anything to
them,” Malani, 58, told TOI over a phone interview.
the countries should equally strive to repair the relationship and bring peace
and harmony in the region. Since we (PPP) are in opposition, we will ensure
that our government reciprocates on all peace initiatives with India,” Malani
said, adding, “The late Benazir Bhutto, our mother, had always insisted to have
better relations with all neighbours, including India. I will follow her legacy
to foster relations with India.”
response to a question regarding reports about difficulties being faced by
religious minorities in Pakistan, Malani said: “The international media was
only playing up negative things about my country… To start with, I was voted by
both Hindus and Muslims. Is it not a strong message for the international
community? … I would like to invite the international community to visit Pakistan
during Diwali, Holi or Krishna Janmashtami to see how we celebrate with pomp
58, a close aide of the Bhutto family, won from NA-222 (Tharparkar-II), sixteen
years after non-Muslims got the right to vote and contest on general seats in
the country. The constituency has a 44% Hindu population. He was a member of Parliament
from 2003-2008, nominated by the PPP to a reserved seat.
expels 20 shura members after election debacle
The Jamaat-i-Islami, who was routed in the July 25 election, has expelled
several senior members of the district Shura (executive council) and terminated
their basic membership for violating its constitution.
a statement issued by the JI provincial headquarters here on Monday, secretary
general of the party Abdul Wasi said investigations had been launched against
those, who reportedly violated the party’s policies and discipline during the
said JI provincial chief Senator Mushtaq Ahmad Khan had expelled Shura members
in Peshawar and Lower Dir districts on the recommendation of the relevant party
Wasi said the basic party membership of those members had also been terminated.
20 expelled shura members include Ajmal Khan, Mohammad Karim, Noor Mohammad,
Qazi Azizul Haq, Nisar Ahmad, Ghulam Mohammad, Abdul Kabir Khan and Fazal Rahim
from Lower Dir and Israrullah advocate, Fazlullah Daudzai, Lutfullah, Mohammad
Nauman, Mohammad Iqbal, Atif Hussain, Sher Zaman, Haroon Luqman, Sohail Khan,
Shaukat Sadozai, Dr Fayaz Khan and Niaz Mohammad from Peshawar.
JI, a major member of the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal, had suffered the worst
electoral defeat on July 25 by securing only one seat from Upper Dir district.
Party chief Senator Sirajul Haq, who had contested the July 25 election in home
district Lower Dir’s NA-7 constituency had also lost seat to the Pakistan
is considered to be the JI stronghold, which is also referred as its ‘Granada’.
However, the party suffered defeat apparently due to internal differences. The
JI candidates had contested election for 39 seats of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and
only Inayatullah Kahn retained his seat from Upper Dir.
statement said inquiry committees had been constituted at the district level to
review organisational matters from top to bottom.
added that the party would take further action in light of the reports of
said the party was in deep crisis due to the alleged nepotism in the award of
election tickets as dozens of members had either left it before election or
insider told Dawn that for the first time in the JI history, a member had filed
nomination papers against party chief Sirajul Haq in Lower Dir showing the
magnitude of resentment among members.
said several members of the executive councils in various districts had
resigned from the party and joined other parties.
said Noor Mohammad had left the party before election and contested against JI
candidate and former finance minister Muzafar Said in PK-15.
notification of the expulsion of shura members is just eyewash as several
members have already quit the party,” said an insider.
said Qazi Azizul Haq, who was terminated, had left the party and contested
election against JI nominee Saeed Gul in the PK-17 constituency.
senior members of JI shura in Lower Dir, including Professor Nisar Ahmad,
Ghulam Mohammad, Abdul Kabir and Fazal Rahim, had joined the Pakistan Peoples
Party and Awami National Party, while former JI information secretary
Israrullah advocate had joined the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.
nominates Shehbaz Sharif as joint PM candidate
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif has been
nominated as the joint candidate for the prime minister’s (PM) post by
opposition political parties, party’s spokesperson Marriyum Aurganzeb said on
to media, the former minister said that the decision was made in the All
Parties Conference (APC) held in Islamabad on Thursday to discuss the alleged
rigging during the July 25 elections.
further said that the nominees of prime minister, National Assembly (NA)
speaker, and deputy speaker will be from PML-N, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)
and Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), respectively.
party with majority seats in NA, PTI, has already nominated its chairman Imran
Khan for the premiership. The two leaders will contest for the PM’s post during
the voting in assembly.
Marriyum stated that opposition parties have decided to pen a whitepaper on the
“blatant rigging” that took place in these elections, adding that the parties
would “protest outside the Election Commission of Pakistan’s office in
added that all ticket holders and members of the political parties will take
part in the demonstration.
that Imran Khan’s promise to conduct a recount in any constituency where there
were reservations, she asked, “If the 120-day-long dharna can be covered, why
can’t peoples’ concerns be aired on TV?”
Converting most of his speech into prayers and cursing those who opposed “deen”
(faith) in the recent elections – meaning thereby the opponents of
Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan – the party chief, Khadim Hussain Rizvi, on Monday
vowed to fight “for mandate of his party, which was stolen in the polls.”
a protest rally on The Mall, cut short by rain in the afternoon, Mr Rizvi,
using his choicest Punjabi expletives, said that those who thought the TLP
could be scared into submission were wrong in their calculations. “We are here
(to stay) and would continue to fight till the end.”
the TLP strategy, which gave clues to things to come, he said the party knew
that its mandate had been stolen and would act on two prongs to get its due
right back; contest by-elections and continue to protest on the roads.
(TLP) would not leave the field open for anyone. It would take part in
by-elections and would do so better prepared,” he announced. He asked the party
workers to go and prepare for the by-elections.
the second prong, the TLP was convinced that the result transmission system
(RTS) never crashed but was “made to crash” for stealing its mandate.
LP would continue protesting till the end. It would take out a rally on August
12 in Karachi and would return to the Lahore roads on August 14. Next protest
plan would be announced after Karachi event and it will surely come,” Mr Rizvi
demanded that the Election Commission should upload all Form 45 and 46 on its
website so that people knew what had exactly happened in their constituencies.
“It is also time for the election commissioner to either quit himself or be
thrown out because he has failed to conduct free and fair elections.”
rally, which kept the main city artery closed for well around four hours and
played havoc with the traffic around The Mall, had a substantial and charged
attendance. The estimates differed widely as the city police put the figures at
less than 2,000 and the TLP claiming 50,000.
rain cut the rally short and Khadim Hussain Rizivi had to jump many who were
scheduled to deliver speeches before him, to speak out of turn because drizzle
had turned into downpour by then.
rain forced some of the participants to take refuge in verandas of the nearby
buildings, the main crowd – on the Charing Cross – remained steady despite rain
and rather became more charged as Mr Rizvi took the podium.
people came to purchase us before elections, but were told that we are not for
sale. They told us that they have commitments to fulfill. I told them I also
have made commitments – with the Holy Prophet (PBUH) to fight for his deen. So,
they went ahead with their commitments and we are moving forwards with our
own,” Mr Rizvi told a charged crowd.
in the day, over 2,000 policemen who were deployed for the event, had started
closing The Mall by 3pm as rally started from Data Darbar (shrine of saint Ali
Jamaat-e-Islami amir Sirajul Haq has said that the Election Commission of
Pakistan (ECP) has failed to hold transparent elections and it has suppressed
the voice of the masses.
was addressing the provincial shura of the party in Balochistan here on Monday.
said that the Election Commission had not been able to satisfy the political
parties and added that controlled democracy was not acceptable.
said although the Election Commission had been made autonomous but its powers
were used for the July 25 election by the unseen forces.
a result, the masses were deprived of fair and transparent elections. He said
that if the electoral system was not reformed, the people would lose confidence
in the ballot box. The JI chief urged the powers-that-be not to make
Balochistan a laboratory for their experiments.
insisted that the solution of all the problems of the country and the masses
laid in the Islamic system and added that true Islamic revolution could be
achieved only through the democratic process.
stressed that the people of Balochistan should be given their due share in the
CPEC which ‘was a gigantic project for development’.
on the occasion, JI Secretary General Liaqat Baloch said that the problems of
Balochistan could be solved through fair elections, end of corruption and the
use of the provinces resources for the province.
reports on the problems facing the province were presented at the meeting.
Prime Minister in-waiting Imran Khan's step daughter Mehru Maneka on Monday
joined the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party, according to a media report.
the daughter of Khan's third wife Bushra Maneka, joined the party following a
meeting with the PTI chairman, who was today officially nominated the party's
prime ministerial candidate, DawnNewsTV reported.
mother was also present during her meeting with Khan.
had married Bushra in Lahore in February. She is a leading scholar and spiritual
guide in the mystic Sufi branch of Islam.
has largely remained out of the public eye and not assumed an active role in
politics following her marriage with Khan.
the July 25 polls in which PTI secured a lead over other political parties,
Bushra had felicitated the nation on the party's victory.
Chairman Imran Khan, through his counsel Babar Awan, on Monday submitted an
appeal before the Supreme Court to challenge the Lahore High Court’s (LHC)
decision where it had restrained the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) from
issuing the victory notification of the PTI chief from NA-131, Lahore.
LHC issued the directives on Saturday after hearing the petition filed by PML-N
leader Khawaja Saad Rafique and ordered the returning officer to hold a recount
of all ballot papers.
Mamoonur Rashid directed the ECP to withhold the notification announcing Khan's
win from the constituency until the recount is completed. According to the
order issued by the judge, recounting must take place within three days of
receiving the court's order.
the former railways minister, had lost the poll to the PTI chief in NA-131
constituency (Lahore-VII) by a margin of only 680 votes, receiving 83,633 votes
against Khan's 84,313, according to the Form-47 available on the ECP website.
2,835 rejected votes from the constituency were then recounted on Rafique's
request, which resulted in slight changes to the final count but Imran Khan
still remained the winner by a few hundred votes.
losing the recount, Rafique had applied for yet another recount, this time
seeking the fresh counting of all votes cast in the constituency. However, this
request was rejected by the Returning Officer.
subsequently approached the high court, requesting it to order a full recount
of the constituency.
lawyer, Azam Nazir Tarar, argued before the court that the RO, when first
approached for a recount, had said that the rejected votes would be examined
the rejected votes were examined [and] when we asked for the bags of ballot
papers to be opened for a full recount, our request was rejected," he
support his arguments, Advocate Tarar said that a recount on a provincial seat
from the same constituency had led to a rise in the number of votes for
client claims that 2,800 votes have not been made part of the final
count," he told the court.
a note of appreciation for the prime minister-in-waiting, the lawyer said:
"I was deeply affected by Imran Khan's victory speech in which he showed
willingness to open up any constituency for recounting for which there were
"if Imran Khan had backed his statement with concrete action, then there
would have been no need to approach the high court," he said.
the other hand, Babar Awan, who was representing Khan, claimed that the RO had
ordered the recounting of votes without hearing his side of the argument.
should have issued the order after having heard from all parties involved. We
only received a notice asking us to appear for the recounting," he
Rashid after hearing arguments from both Rafique as well as Khan's lawyers
announced the decision in the PML-N leader's favour.
recounting will begin after a notification is sent to all the candidates, the
written court order states.
Maulana Rashid Mehmood Soomro, the Sindh president of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl
(JUI-F) and general secretary of Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA), announced on
Monday that sit-ins will be held on highways in all cities and towns of Sindh
on Wednesday in protest against rigging in the July 25 general elections.
was speaking to the media after chairing an emergency meeting of the two
electoral allies in Sukkur which was attended by senior leaders from both
sides. He said all points of sit-ins had been finalised.
the protest plan with the media, Maulana Soomro said that sit-in would be held
at 11 points from 10am to block highways. He said JUI-F and MMA activists and
supporters would hold sit-ins at certain points in Karachi’s East, West, South
and Central districts as well as in Malir district and on Hub River Road, he
he said, sit-ins would be held at Badin bypass, Hatri bypass (in Hyderabad),
Sakrand bypass, Sujawal bypass and Jacobabad bypass.
Kandhkot-Kashmore district, the sit-in would be held on the highway’s gas field
section while another sit-in would be held at toll plaza in Ghotki, he added.
said that the plan was prepared in a manner that people from all districts
would be able to participate in a sit-in to be held at the nearest venue within
their respective area of residence.
repeated the allegation that under a conspiracy JUI-F and MMA candidates were
defeated “in connivance with the Election Commission of Pakistan, district
returning officers and returning officers”.
Soomro said that on Thursday, JUI-F-MMA activists and supporters would hold a
demonstration in front of the Provincial Election Commission’s office in
JUI-F-MMA meeting was attended by Maulana Saud Afzal Halejvi, Maulana Mohammed
Sualeh Indhar, Maulana Mohammed Ramzan Phulpoto, Syed Siraj Ahmed Shah Amroti,
Siraj Ahmed Channa and others.
plans to launch drive against rigging after Independence Day celebrations
The Grand Democratic Alliance reiterated on Monday that the alliance rejected
results of July 25 election and announced launching a protest drive in the
province after Independence Day celebrations were over.
protest would continue till transparent election was held in Sindh to restore
stolen mandate to people’s genuine representatives, according to decisions
taken at a meeting of GDA leaders here at the residence of National Peoples
Party chief Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi.
meeting, which was convened to formulate the protest strategy against alleged
rigging and consider obtaining political situation in the country, was presided
over by GDA chief and PML-F president Pir Pagara.
detailed deliberations, the GDA leaders empowered Pir Pagara to hold
negotiations and take decision with regard to the federal government, said GDA
secretary general Ayaz Latif Palijo.
said that representatives of the component parties of the alliance once again
rejected the polls’ results and reiterated its stance that people’s mandate had
been stolen during the counting of votes in the absence of polling agents who
were pushed out and not issued certified results on Form 45.
said that although people had cast vote in favour of GDA candidates in large
numbers PPP had once again been imposed on Sindh through manipulation of
Palijo raised question how the PPP could manage to grab more seats than it
secured in previous election despite unrest among teachers and farmers.
is quite surprising; the PPP could not have bagged such a heavy mandate even in
[the] election held soon after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. What is the
party’s achievement over the past 10 years that it secured such a huge
mandate,” he said.
gave credit for election result to the “king” on whose instruction the GDA
candidates’ results were changed in favour of PPP after pushing out our polling
agents at the time of counting of votes. “The GDA will continue to protest
until fresh polls are held in a transparent manner in Sindh,” he added.
asked why National Accountability Bureau, Federal Investigation Agency and
other law enforcement agencies were avoiding launching investigation against
the corrupt people in Sindh.
which had extended full cooperation to PTI well before election, said they had
great expectations from the PTI government in making and suggested Imran Khan
announce federal packages for the development of rural Sindh and special
packages for growers.
Palijo condemned institution of “fake” cases against GDA workers and demanded
the federal government rid Sindh of corruption and post impartial IGP and chief
secretary in Sindh.
reply to a question he said that after Independence Day, the GDA would announce
its strategy including strike to get back snatched mandate.
politician and GDA leader Syed Ghaus Ali Shah said: “We have decided to extend
our full support to Imran Khan in his efforts to rid the country of corruption
Sindh president and central leader of GDA Pir Sadruddin Shah Rashdi said that
poor masses of Sindh had cast votes for GDA candidates and people had fully
participated in election but results were changed later under a calculated
conspiracy to defeat GDA.
said that they would not give up struggle for fair play and snatch back rights
of people from usurpers. “We’ll never disappoint people of the province,” he
of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa Monday said that Pakistan is determined
to root out extremism and terrorism once and for all.
is determined to root out extremism and terrorism for which youth has an
important role to play,” he told the youth during his visit to the
Inter-Services Public Relations Directorate (ISPR). “Nature and character of
war has changed. Youth now is the prime target of our enemies in the hybrid
war,” he said in his address to the students doing internship at the ISPR. He
advised the youth to stay determined and defeat all such threats to take
Pakistan forward to its rightful destination as part of the nation, according
to a press statement issued by the military’s media wing.
COAS said that Pakistan is blessed with most talented and vibrant youth and the
future of the country belongs to them. “I have full confidence and optimism
that Pakistani youth realizing their potential will lead Pakistan to new era of
peace and progress,” he said.
the efforts of youth vis-à-vis historic merger of erstwhile FATA into Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa (KP), the COAS said that the mainstreaming of the region will
facilitate bringing enduring peace, stability and socio-economic development
for the long neglected and terrorism-rid area.
COAS emphasised that education is country’s national priority and Pakistan Army
is determined to provide wholehearted support towards this objective,
especially in Balochistan. “Establishment of NUST campus in Balochistan and
Khushhal Balochistan programme are testimony of our commitment in this regard,”
and Muslim activists united under the National Movement to Safeguard the Ulema
Fatwa (GNPF) are pushing Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto over the
certainty of a vice president candidate.
GNPF visited Prabowo at his private residence in Kertanegara, South Jakarta,
late on Monday, asking about the recommendation it made regarding two potential
VP figures for Prabowo.
came to ask [Prabowo] about the result of the discussion among the parties in
the coalition regarding their recommendation,” Gerindra secretary-general Ahmad
Muzani said after the meeting.
Prabowo coalition, despite no official declaration, now comprises the Gerindra,
the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), the National Mandate Party (PAN) and the
GNPF held an ulema gathering on July 24 and issued a recommendation proposing
two figures as potential hopefuls to be Prabowo’s running mate in the 2019
race. The two are Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) advisory board chairman Salim
Segaf al-Jufri and popular preacher Abdul Somad Batubara.
was a former social affairs minister and once an Indonesia ambassador to Saudi
Arabia. However, most surveys have shown that his electability is too low to be
able to help boost Prabowo’s in the election.
Somad has reportedly refused the suggestion to be nominated for VP candidate.
Duterte urges peace in unveiling Muslim autonomy law
President Rodrigo Duterte unveiled a law on Monday granting greater autonomy to
the Philippines’ Muslim south, as he expressed hope the measure will at last
end decades of bloody separatist conflict.
delivered his words after handing a symbolic copy of the new law, which he
signed last month, to the leader of the country’s largest Muslim rebel group.
was the culmination of a ceremony at the presidential palace in Manila marking
the passage of legislation that is a key step to ending one of Asia’s longest
and deadliest conflicts.
measure has been a crucial missing element to a languishing peace pact with the
Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) which, along with other groups, has waged
a rebellion that has claimed about 150,000 lives in the Mindanao region since
hope (the law) will finally end the decades-old conflict that is rooted in the
Bangsamoro’s fight for self-determination and the recognition of their unique
identity,” Duterte said, referencing the region where much of the conflict has
this serve as the final trajectory for the attainment of genuine peace,
stability (and) good governance in Muslim Mindanao,” he added. “Let us work
together as we continue the healing and reconciliation process.”
law enforces a historic but fragile 2014 peace deal where the MILF vowed to
give up its quest for an independent homeland and lay down its fighters’
weapons in return for self-rule.
sides believe creating the area will head off the lure of violent extremism and
draw investments to a region where brutal poverty and perennial bloodshed has
spawned radical armed groups.
initial peace accord was signed under Duterte’s predecessor, Benigno Aquino,
but Congress then refused to pass the supporting law.
factions and jihadists began pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group
soon afterwards and last year attacked the southern city of Marawi sparking a
five-month battle that killed 1,200 people and levelled much of the town.
rebels regard Mindanao, the southern third of the archipelago, as their
ancestral homeland dating back to when Arabic traders arrived there in the 13th
1996, another major rebel group, the Moro National Liberation Front, signed a
peace deal with the government that created a Muslim autonomous area in the
critics, including the MILF, said it had failed to bring peace and development.
the law Duterte signed, a new political entity known as the Bangsamoro would
replace the current autonomous region, gaining more power and resources.
would keep 75 percent of taxes collected in the area as well as receive an
annual fund allocation worth five percent of national revenues, or about 60
billion pesos ($1.12 million).
region is also to have a parliament and Islamic shariah courts exclusively for
cases involving Muslims.
JAYA: Former defence minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the government’s
decision to close the Saudi-backed King Salman Centre for International Peace
(KSCIP) was a loss to Malaysia.
is a loss to the government and to the nation,” he said in a statement today.
contribution to global peace and security would have been invaluable,” he
added that he would personally fight violent extremism and terrorism, including
working with Saudi Arabia.
Hishammuddin’s successor in the ministry, Mohamad Sabu announced the closure of
the centre with immediate effect.
said the centre’s role would be absorbed into the Malaysian Institute of
Defence and Security, which comes under the Ministry of Defence.
said Saudi Arabia was not qualified to lead such a centre in view of its
official doctrine of Wahhabism which they blamed for inspiring the Islamic
was proposed after the official visit by Saudi’s King Salman Abdul Aziz to
Malaysia last year.
then Barisan Nasional government allocated a massive plot of land in Putrajaya
to set up the facility.
said KSCIP would position Malaysia as a strategic nation to jointly combat
terrorism on the ideological front together with Saudi Arabia.
extremism is increasingly undermining global security, especially in the Muslim
world. This problem, because of its borderless nature, requires cooperation and
coordination among nations.
the centre, Malaysia would have been at the forefront of the fight against
narratives and ideologies that drive violent extremism, a fight Malaysia is
uniquely qualified to take on.
Hishammuddin said it was better for the government to shut down the centre now
rather than after making serious commitments.
As part of the project "Life of Muslims in Germany" the
Goethe-Institut Jakarta invited a group of Indonesian intellectuals and
academics to take part in a recent study tour to the cities of Berlin, Hamburg
and Goettingen. For two weeks, the 14 participants from across Indonesia,
including Central and East Java, Kalimantan, Sumatra and Sulawesi, had the
opportunity to learn more about Islamic culture in a secular environment.
to the global rise of populism, nationalism and conservative movements,
cross-cultural projects and interfaith dialogues can play a crucial role in
fostering mutual understanding and tolerance.
participants get an insight into the religious practice and everyday life of
Muslims through various encounters and discussions with Muslim organizations,
as well as the role that Islam plays in German cultural and educational
institutions, such as museums or universities," said Heinrich Bloemeke,
director of the Indonesian Goethe-Institut.
also became acquainted with the sensitive 'questions of faith' in secular
societies by meeting representatives of Muslim associations as well as
politicians," he added, referring mainly to areas of friction between
believers of different religions and faiths as well as a potential conflict
between them and public institutions.
Indonesia and Germany have experienced an intensification of the discussion on
the role of religion in public and political life. Germany may be dominated by
Christian communities, but understands itself as a secular country. However,
due to immigration, especially by Muslims, it has developed into a
multi-religious and multicultural society.
between 5 to 6 percent of the people living in Germany are Muslims.
questions and areas of friction associated with this religious and cultural
change in Germany provide material for a dialogue between Germans and
Indonesians," Bloemeke explained.
young Muslim intellectuals from Indonesia, the lives of Muslims in a secular
and multi-religious environment are interesting in several ways: how are
religious beliefs lived in a secular society, how does the Muslim minority
relate to other religious communities and how do the different Muslim groups –
the Sunni, Alevis, Shiites, Alawites, Ahmadiyya, etc – deal with one
diverse program included seminars, visits to mosques, churches and universities
as well as governmental, social and cultural institutions; a well-balanced
mixture of theory – such as the seminars with Susanne Kaiser, a journalist and
expert on Islam in Germany – and hands-on activities that often resulted in
lively discussions and exchanges, like their visit to German parliament and the
Foreign Ministry, and "JIK – Junge Islam Konferenz" ("Young
Islam Conference"), a platform for young people with and without Muslim
background, analyzing perceptions of Muslims in Germany, aiming to reduce
prejudice and create dialogue.
Muendelein of JIK said the platform was founded in 2011 as an answer to the
wave of right-wing populist movements in Germany and to participate actively in
public discourse on multiculturalism.
are often considered a homogenous group but in reality, the Muslim community is
very diverse," he said. "Some people consider Islam as a threat, as
hostile to women, anti-democratic, intolerant and culturally incompatible with
the West. The image of Muslims often conveyed in the media is that they are
unwilling to integrate and have become a permanent security risk in light of
to Tarek, social degradation leads to practical repercussions, including
barriers to educational resources, housing or labor markets. At the same time,
he added, there are also positive developments.
people in Germany are more open and tolerant," he said. "They are
more accepting of cultural diversity."
many participants, it was a journey of first-time experiences: the first time
to travel to Europe, the first time to leave the country, the first time to set
foot in a church – and the first time to find themselves in a reversed
situation: in Indonesia, they are the majority as Muslims, whereas in Germany,
the Muslim community is a minority.
study tour became an informative and insightful way to get a better insight
into a complex issue.
wanted to join this program to learn more about Muslim integration in Germany
and how Muslims, German society and the state interact in the process of
integration," said Rangga Eka Saputra, a researcher at the Syarif
Hidayatullah Islamic State University (UIN) Jakarta and one of the
the two weeks in Germany, I realized that the concept of secularism in Germany
called 'positive neutrality' is very accommodative of religion. It treats all
religions equally and not only helps to facilitate the integration process but
also encourages religious believers to be moderate or not radical. This often
works because they have channels for religious expression," Rangga said.
the same time, Rangga is skeptical if such an approach would also work in his
Indonesia, the people are very religious," he continued. "The
different history of nation-state building in the two countries also makes it
difficult to apply the German secularist model in Indonesia. But Indonesia must
learn that we have to treat all religions equally, and also the
non-believers," he said.
was particularly impressed by the interfaith programs in Germany that directly
target the grassroots level – unlike in Indonesia, he said, where they remain
in elite circles.
was especially evident when we visited House of One, where different religious
communities build a house of worship together," he said.
of One is a globally unprecedented project where Jews, Christians and Muslims
are working together to build a structure that will house a synagogue, a church
and a mosque under the same roof – a house of prayer and interdisciplinary
meeting, and a place of encounter for people of different faith and is also
open to people who don’t belong to any religious community.
sources in the newly-feed regions in Dara'a regretted that the terrorists
damaged historical sites in Tal al-Asha'ari region West of the town of Tafas
overlooking Wadi al-Yarmouk and plundered valuable artifacts.
the meantime, local sources in Houran region in Dara'a disclosed that
terrorists along with a number of foreign nationals carried out vast excavation
works in the region and unearthed artifacts that date back to the third
millennium BC in Tal al-Asha'ari to apparently sell them in neighboring
of Historical Artifact Organization in Dara'a Mohammad Nasrullah pointed to
severe damage on the sites in Tal al-Asha'ari, and said that the terrorists
used explosives and heavy machinery to carry out excavation to unearth the
a relevant development but in Northwestern Syria last week, Tahrir al-Sham
Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) did excavations at
the ancient Girls Palace North of the village of al-Dana, plundering its
sources pointed to the vast destruction of the palace, adding that Tahrir
al-Sham smuggled the stolen artifacts to Turkey to sell them there.
slams Bahrain’s ‘cruel, inhumane’ treatment of jailed activists
International has blasted Bahrain for denying vital medical care to jailed
pro-democracy activists, saying the cruel and inhumane practice is putting the
prisoners’ lives at risk.
London-based rights group said on Monday that Bahraini authorities have for
over a year deliberately subjected four elderly prisoners of conscience, Hassan
Mushaima, Abdel-Jalil al-Singace, Abdel-Wahab Hussain and Abdel-Jalil
al-Miqdad, to ill-treatment.
Maalouf, Middle East research director at Amnesty International, called for the
swift release of the four men, who are “frail and suffering the severe
debilitations that come with serious chronic illnesses such as hypertension and
anyone can bring themselves to treat people with such cruelty is unbelievable,”
she said, adding that the activists “have been imprisoned solely for taking
part in peaceful protests.”
should not have been arrested, tried or imprisoned in the first place, let
alone continue being subjected to this ill-treatment that is now endangering
their lives. They must be released immediately and unconditionally,” she
four men were put on unfair trial for leading the 2011 peaceful anti-regime
protests and sentenced to life in prison.
also complained that the Bahraini authorities’ treatment of the activists
“violates international law and standards on prisoner treatment and constitutes
cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment.”
February 2011, Bahraini people have been holding peaceful protest rallies on an
almost daily basis, demanding that the Al Khalifah family relinquish power and
let a just system representing all Bahrainis be established.
have also been complaining against widespread discrimination against the Shia
majority in the kingdom.
has responded to the demonstrations with lethal force, killing scores of people
and arresting hundreds more.
authorities have further detained human rights campaigners, broken up major
opposition political parties, revoked the nationality of several pro-democracy
activists and deported those left stateless.
‘killing my father slowly’
on Monday, Ali, Hassan Mushaima’s son, raised alarm about his father’s health
are killing my father slowly, because when you are denying a 70-year-old man
his medicine, his body will not take it,” he told Reuters.
Mushaima has been on hunger strike outside the Bahraini embassy in London since
August 1 in an attempt to draw attention to his father’s plight.
said his father suffered from high blood pressure, diabetes and a urinary tract
infection and needed regular check-ups after being treated for cancer several
have lost five kilos. I am drinking, but I am not eating. My demand is very
simple ... I am talking about medical care, family visits and access to books,”
he pointed out.
Arabic-website of Sputnik quoted local sources as reporting that unknown
assailants launched several drone attacks on a ceremony at a base of Firqa
al-Hamza affiliated to the National Army in the town of al-Bab, once formed by
the Turkish troops, killing and wounding tens of militants.
sources told the Arabic Sputnik that the drones targeted the base by five bombs
on Sunday, adding that the attacks were possibly launched from villages near
al-Bab that are under the Kurdish fighters' control.
Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) claimed on Saturday that their
forces killed 54 Turkish Army soldiers and Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters in
to the YPG’s statement, their forces killed 23 Turkish Army soldiers, including
2 captains and a lieutenant, and 31 Free Syrian Army militants in the Afrin
region in Northwestern Aleppo.
YPG’s report added that they lost eight fighters during their field operations
inside the Afrin region.
losing the Afrin region in March 2018, the YPG has been continuously conducting
hit-and-run attacks against the Free Syrian Army and Turkish military.
army soldiers, backed up by the artillery and missile units and Air Force,
engaged in tough battle with the ISIL and advanced towards al-Dayathah region
3km in the depth of Badiyeh.
units of the army advanced against ISIL in al-Kara'a and Deko hills and
captured several areas.
the meantime, the artillery and missile units pounded ISIL's strongholds in Tal
Sanim, Barak al-Tamthounah and Satah Namlah region in Eastern Badiyeh,
inflicting major casualties on the terrorists.
ISIL terrorists further retreated towards unleveled areas in Badiyeh of Sweida
after the army's rapid advances toward Taloul al-Safa.
units of the army managed to capture several hills and residential areas,
including Tal Basir near the small towns of al-Kasib and Tarba in Eastern
Sweida and Tal al-Razin, Qabasha region, South of the town of al-Malah and
outskirts of the town of Sha'af.
reports said that the army forces launched heavy attacks on ISIL's strongholds,
advancing in several flanks in the Eastern Badiyeh of Sweida.
army units, backed up by artillery and missile fire, further advanced against
ISIL in al-Dayath and al-Kara'a, pushing terrorists back from their positions
towards the depth of Badiyeh.
government is to set up a committee to coordinate repatriating millions of its
nationals who fled the country’s seven-year conflict, state media has said.
cabinet on Sunday “agreed to create a coordination body for the return of those
displaced abroad to their cities and villages,” state news agency SANA reported.
conflict has displaced more than five million Syrians outside the country, the
United Nations says, with more than half displaced to Turkey and most of the
rest split between Lebanon and Jordan.
committee “will take the necessary measures to settle the status of all those
who were displaced and secure their return as security and basic services
return to different regions,” SANA said on Sunday.
will take steps towards “ensuring they can lead normal lives and practice their
jobs as before the war” which broke out in 2011, it added.
coordination body is to “intensify contact with friendly countries to provide
all facilitations and take suitable steps towards their return”, SANA said.
Bashar al-Assad’s regime has ousted rebels and extremists from large parts of
Syria since 2015 when its ally Russia launched a military intervention in the
much of Syria lies in ruins, the economy is shattered, and many male refugees
voice fear of being drafted into the regime’s armed forces.
month, Russia presented the United States with plans for the coordinated return
of refugees to Syria.
proposal includes the establishment of working groups in both Lebanon and
Jordan, involving US and Russian officials.
in July, Russia’s chief Syria negotiator Alexander Lavrentiev visited Damascus,
Amman and Beirut.
to the Syrian presidency, Assad told Lavrentiev that “Syria is bent on all its
comments to the Russian media, Assad appealed for Syrian refugees -- especially
those who had their own businesses in the country -- to return.
hosting Syrians, including Turkey and Lebanon, have ramped up demands in recent
months for refugees to return to safe areas in their homeland.
the same period, hundreds of Syrians have left Lebanon in organized returns,
coordinated between authorities in Beirut and Damascus.
thousand have also independently returned home in recent years.
Monday, Lebanon’s General Security agency announced it had opened 17 centers
across the country that would receive applications for Syrians who want to
travel back home.
statement said Syrians in Lebanon could call hotlines and “regularize” their
status with authorities in case of outstanding legal or security problems.
did not provide details on what was needed for applications or under what
circumstances they might be rejected.
agency insisted that returns were voluntary.
Iraqi court sentenced a French man and a German woman to life in prison on
Monday after finding them guilty of belonging to ISIS.
Suhail Abdullah read out the sentences in Iraq’s Central Criminal Court, saying
he found French citizen Lahcen Ammar Gueboudj, 55, and the German, Nadia Rainer
Hermann, 22, guilty of joining the hardline militant group.
sentences can be appealed.
had already been sentenced to a year in jail for entering Iraq illegally.
staff and translators from both countries attended Monday’s hearing.
captured a third of Iraq in 2014 but was largely defeated there and in
neighboring Syria last year.
government declared victory over the group in December.
is trying hundreds of suspected members, many of whom were arrested as the
group’s strongholds crumbled throughout Iraq. This includes hundreds of
army warplanes have launched airstrikes against the positions of the Daesh
Takfiri terrorist group in the country’s southwestern province of Sweida and
those of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham Takfiri terrorist group, formerly known as
al-Nusra Front, in the central province of Hama.
official news agency, SANA, citing its correspondent, reported on Monday that
the government’s fighter jets had pounded positions held by remnants of the
Daesh outfit near al-Kra’a, Beir Qinyan and Sneim Gharaz towns deep inside
Sweida’s desert areas.
report added that “scores of terrorists” had been killed in the airstrikes and
many others were wounded and their vehicles and ammunition were destroyed as a
result of the raids.
troops defeated Daesh late last year, but the terror group's remnants have been
trying to regroup and have mounted a series of hit-and run attacks.
on Monday, Syrian fighter jets pounded positions held by Jabhat Fateh al-Sham
terrorists and those of its affiliated outfits in Hama’s northern areas. SANA’s
reporter in the province said that army units conducted bombardments against
dens and supply routes of terrorists in the villages of Zaizoun, al-Ziyara,
al-Zakat, al-Arba’ain and al-Janabra in the northern countryside of Hama.
correspondent added that several of terrorists’ positions were destroyed in the
bombardments and a number of terrorists were killed.
recent weeks, the Syrian army has been making significant territorial gains
against terrorists in the country's south. Militants have been handing over
their heavy weapons to Syrian government forces and leaving the region in
negotiated surrender deals.
and Iraq have signed a military and security cooperation agreement after years
of stormy ties which saw Daesh terrorists gain control of their joint border
and cut vital trade to a bare minimum.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lt. General Mahmoud Abdul Halim Freihat
and Iraqi Defense Minister Irfan Mahmoud Al Hayali oversaw the signing of the
agreement in Amman Sunday, Petra news agency reported.
agreement aims to exchange expertise and information on border protection, as
well as improving intelligence capabilities and combating terrorism in all its
forms," the report said.
two sides also agreed to increase joint military exercises, boost research and
technology development and hold joint courses in security and military fields.
vast desert Province of Anbar on the 180 km border with Jordan became a
historic hotbed of the Takfiri militancy sparked by the 2003 US invasion of
that Iraq was the kingdom’s main export market, accounting for almost a fifth
of Jordan's exports or about $1.2 billion a year, according to the
International Monetary Fund.
August, Jordan opened its main border crossing with Iraq for the first time
since 2015 after Iraqi forces gained control of the main highway to Baghdad.
Tureibil post is crossed by the 550 km highway to Baghdad, connecting Iraq’s
Basra port in the south to Jordan, where the Red Sea port of Aqaba has long
served as a gateway for Iraqi imports coming from Europe.
the highway has been secured after driving out Daesh, the threat of hit-and-run
attacks on convoys and the army are ever present and there have been several
attacks near al-Rutba town, the last town before the border with Jordan.
authorities have reportedly awarded a contract to a US security company that
would employ a local force to secure the highway.
former prime minister Hani al-Mulki visited Baghdad early last year to revive
an oil pipeline project running from Basra to Aqaba.
has hoped that the opening of export routes would save its debt-ridden economy
which has been badly hit by prolonged conflicts in neighboring Syria and Iraq.
kingdom has been rocked by its worst protests in years over a controversial tax
system backed by the IMF from which the country secured a $723-million loan in
King Abdullah II swore in a new government in June after Mulki stepped down
under pressure from protesters who blamed his government for worsening poverty
kingdom, however, has a rocky road ahead for a full normalization with
Iraqis hold a dim view of Jordan, believing it did not do enough to stem the
flow of militants entering Iraq and seizing a third of the country. They are
also unhappy with Jordan having given sanctuary to Saddam Hussein’s daughters.
Abdullah was the first Arab leader to claim a “Shia Crescent” in the making in
late 2004, meaning there was a strategic arc running from Iran through Iraq and
Syria to Lebanon.
allegation riled many Iraqi leaders and those in neighboring countries, who
believed the remarks played a second fiddle to a campaign to stoke up sectarian
strife in the region.
Faith In Humanity, Muslim Group In UP Gives Foot Massages, Food, Medicines To
an example of communal harmony, the members of a Muslim organisation, Awaz-e-haq
have set up camps to help Kanwariyas in their yearly pilgrimage of carrying
ganga-jal on foot.
of Lord Shiva from across India travels by foot with holy water to Haridwar
and Gomukh. The camps have been set up
in Muzaffarnagar where the Kanwariyas
are being offered food and foot massages to relax them after covering the long
Khan, chief of Awaz-E-Haq, told News 18, “We are setting up camps for
Kanwariyas for many years, where arrangements of food, medical assistance and other
things are made."
Muslim brothers also give a foot massage to all the Kanwariyas who are
exhausted on their long journey; after all, they are our brothers. I don’t care
what people will think or say about it, we all are humans and humanity should
be our priority.” The members of the minority community have a long history of
assisting the pilgrims during the Kanwar Yatra, but Muzaffarnagar riots damaged
the age-old fabric between communities.
now the situation seems to be getting better.
Superintendent of Police, Muzaffarnagar, Anant Dev Tiwari said, “Efforts are
being made to bring all the people together with the help of community policing
and we have also been successful to some extent in it. It is a great example of
brotherhood when Muslims are helping Kanwariyas, no doubt the effort if
Jammu and Kashmir Police on Monday claimed to have foiled an attempt by
Al-Qaeda linked Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind terror group to disrupt the Independence
Day celebrations in Delhi with the arrest of a terrorist.
General of Police, (Jammu) S D S Jamwal told reporters that Irfan Hussain Wani,
who hailed from Dangerpora-Awantipora village of south Kashmir, was arrested
from Gandhi Nagar locality of Jammu city on Sunday.
a police squad noticed him moving under suspicious circumstances at Chatri
point. Eight grenades were seized from his bag after a search and he was
immediately taken into custody and interrogated.
was carrying this cache of grenades to Delhi to hand it over to a contact.
These grenades would have been used to disturb the Independence Day
celebrations,” Jamwal said, adding that he was also carrying Rs 60,000.
Jammu police chief said that during questioning, the 25-year-old revealed his
affiliation with Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind led by Zakir Mussa and added that he was
in touch with number two of the outfit, Rehan.
BA dropout and radicalised, the terrorist was active in militancy for the last
one year. With his arrest, a major chance of disturbing the Independence day
celebrations in Delhi and parts of Jammu was foiled,” he said.
the arrest a “major success”, the IGP said it was the result of robust security
measures put in place by the police to ensure peaceful Independence Day
celebrations in Jammu.
IGP said the interrogation of the terrorist was going on and revealing anything
more would hamper the investigation.
said that they were looking into all aspects and they were also checking his
mobile phone for more information.
the Delhi Police said that it would be questioning the accused. A team of the
Special Cell is in Jammu.
reply to a question, the IGP said that Wani was not onboard a Delhi-bound bus
but on foot when he was intercepted by alert policemen.
police official said that Wani had received the consignment in Kashmir and was
planning to hand over the same to somebody in Delhi and added that there was no
arrest was the result of the robust security structure which is in place,” he
whether the arrest of the Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind terrorist was linked to an
intelligence alert about a terrorists’ plan to trigger serial blasts in Delhi
or Jammu, he said, “Maybe it is a part of that but we have maintained high
alert and the major success was the result of that alertness.”
a grenade attack at the Jammu bus stand on May 24 which left two policemen and
a pedestrian injured, he said it was a separate incident and not linked with
have already solved the case and arrested the accused. We will share details of
the same separately,” the officer said.
policemen were on high alert and Independence Day celebrations would pass off
peacefully, the IGP said.
hideout and presence of sleeper cells in Jammu, he said, “Investigation is
going on and once we get any concrete information we will share it with you.”
whether the Amarnath yatra was suspended from Jammu due to the separatist
sponsored strike in Kashmir valley in support of Article 35A, he said the
annual pilgrimage was going on for the last over one month and had seen a
decline in the number of the pilgrims visiting the 3,880 metre high holy cave
operative deported from Riyadh, held by NIA at IGI
DELHI: Senior Lashkar-e-Taiba operative Habibur Rahman, who was supervising
plans from Saudi Arabia to carry out terror attacks in India, was arrested by
the National Investigation Agency on arrival here on Sunday following his
deportation from Riyadh.
NIA said Rahman was arrested at the IGI airport as soon as he landed from
Riyadh. Sources said his deportation was the result of cooperation between the
two governments. He is being questioned to gather information about Lashkar’s
plans for India and other cadres, some of whom are believed to be in Delhi-NCR
for a terror strike in the run-up to Independence Day.
was the handler of LeT terrorist Shaikh Abdul Naeem alias Nomi, arrested in
2007 while trying to help two Pakistani and one Kashmiri terrorist infiltrate
into India from Bangladesh. Naeem had escaped from police custody while being
taken from Kolkata to appear in a court in Maharashtra in August 2014. This
emboldened Naeem, who kept playing cat-and-mouse with agencies for three years
during which he continued with his nefarious activities on the directions of
his handlers based in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, the NIA said.
Muslim University yet to decide on removal of Jinnah portrait, Parliament told
after violence erupted over a portrait of Pakistan founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah
hanging at Aligarh Muslim University’s
students’ union office, Parliament was told Monday that AMU was yet to take a
decision on the portrait’s removal. HRD Minister of State Satya Pal Singh said
this in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, news agency PTI
students’ union has been dissolved and any decision on the issue can only be
taken by the newly-elected union when formed,” Singh said.
controversy was stoked in early May after Aligarh BJP MP Satish Gautam wrote to
AMU Vice-Chancellor seeking removal of Jinnah’s portrait from the campus. Some
Hindu Yuva Vahini members later barged into the campus demanding that the
portrait be pulled down. A function to grant life membership of the students’
union to former vice-president Hamid Ansari, scheduled on the same day, was
called off and Ansari had to return to Delhi.
had later questioned the “precise timing” of the protests in AMU and the
“excuse manufactured for justifying it”.
people were injured when the police lobbed teargas shells to disperse the AMU
students demanding the arrest of those who had barged into the campus shouting
National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested in Kerala two suspected
members of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) — a terrorist outfit active in
Bangladesh — in connection with a blast in Bihar’s Bodh Gaya in January.
third member of the outfit was arrested from the neighbouring Karnataka in
connection with the 2014 Burdwan (in West Bengal) blast case.
Karim and Mustafizur Rehman, from Murshidabad and Birbhum districts of West
Bengal, respectively, were arrested from a labour camp in Kerala’s Malappuram
district on August 3, a statement released by the NIA said. The two men had
been hiding in the camp after they allegedly planted improvised explosive
devices (IEDs) at Bodh Gaya’s Mahabodhi temple, it said.
Monday, they were produced before a Patna court that remanded them in 15-day
NIA custody, it said. The NIA has recovered incriminating material, including
circuit design of IEDs, from the two accused, the statement said.
small-intensity bomb had gone off near the temple complex on January 19. While
there were no casualties due to the blast, it had led to the recovery of
several other IEDs in the vicinity.
a separate operation, the NIA and the Intelligence Bureau on Monday arrested
another suspected JMB member and Bangladeshi national, Kausar alias Muneer
Sheikh alias Shujanmiya, from Karnataka’s Ramanagara district.
was identified as accused “number 24” and “senior leader of JMB” in a
chargesheet filed by the NIA in the 2014 case — a bomb had ripped through a
house in Khagragarh locality of Burdwan on October 2 that year, killing two
people. He was tracked down after he established contact with an associate in
Kerala, said police sources.
‘IS sympathisers’ questioned
US greatest terror entities ever known: Scholar
United States’ annual military aid to Israel violates America’s own laws and
goes to prove that the two allies are also the world’s “greatest terror
entities,” says an American scholar.
Ftezer, an American philosopher based in Wisconsin, made the remarks in
reaction to reports that US senators are quietly paving the way for a military
aid to Israel that exceeds the declared $3.8 billion per year.
number would amount to $23,000 per year for every family in Israel, according
to a Friday report by Minnesota-based news website MintPress News, released
amid a media blackout.
senators passed a bill titled the “United States-Israel Security Assistance
Authorization Act of 2018,” on Wednesday, paving the way for its likely
approval by the US House of Representatives within the week.
amount is a result of a memorandum of understanding on security assistance
between Washington and Tel Aviv.
funding involves an additional $550 million aid for Israeli missile systems and
$1 billion for US weapons stockpiles in Israel.
very idea that he US Senate should be paving the way for increased aid to
Israel is simply outrageous and contravenes the guidelines of the United States
for giving foreign aid to nations because they are precluded from offering aid
to those nations if they have undeclared weapons of mass destruction,” Fetzer
told Press TV on Sunday.
is well known, common knowledge, within intel analysts that Israel has a vast
stockpile of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons which means the Senate is
ought to be withdrawing aid from Israel not adding to it,” he argued.
military aid to Israel has skyrocketed over the past several years while the
regime’s forces are engaged in blatant human rights violations against
Palestinians in Gaza and elsewhere.
the regime is widely believed to be the sole possessor of a nuclear arsenal in
the Middle East with up to 400 undeclared nuclear warheads.
said the congressional push to increase the aid would only further tarnish the
image of American lawmakers.
Senate must “cease disgracing itself by its constant pandering to Israel which
next to the United States is the greatest terror entity the world has ever
known,” Fetzer concluded.
Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Sunday, recalling its ambassador
in Canada for consultation, and declared the Ambassador of Canada persona
non-grata, giving him 24 hours to leave.
Arabia has decided to freeze all new trade and investment deals between the
kingdom and Canada while retaining its right to take other measures, Saudi
Press Agency (SPA) reported.
said Canada’s statement about “civil society activists” was negative and unfair
to the truth.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Saudi Arabia briefed the Canadian Foreign
Minister and the Canadian Embassy in the Kingdom on what they called civil
society activists who were arrested in the Kingdom. They urged the authorities
in the Kingdom to release them immediately,” the Saudi foreign ministry said in
ministry stressed “that this negative and surprising position from Canada is an
incorrect and totally incorrect claim to the truth, and that no information or
facts have been found to be correct and that the two parties have been arrested
by the competent authority, the Public Prosecutor’s Office, Their rights, which
are considered legitimate will be provided them with all guarantees during the
investigation and trial stages.”
Canadian position is an open and transparent interference in the internal
affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and contrary to the most basic
international norms and all the charters governing relations between countries.
It is a grave and unacceptable transgression against the Kingdom’s regulations
and procedures, and in violation of the judicial authority in the Kingdom.
Throughout its long history, Saudi Arabia has not accepted and will not accept
interference in its internal affairs or impose dictates on it from any country.
The Canadian position is an attack on Saudi Arabia that requires a firm stance
towards it. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia expresses its absolute and categorical
rejection of the position of the Canadian Government. “
President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton has said the
United States is exerting “unprecedented pressure on the government of Iran to
change its behavior.”
made the remarks in an interview with Fox News on Monday, shortly after Trump
signed an executive order reimposing many sanctions on Iran to levy
"maximum economic pressure" on the Islamic Republic.
claimed that the Trump administration is not attempting to change the
government in Iran.
policy is not regime change," he said. "We want to put unprecedented
pressure on the government of Iran to change its behavior. And, so far, they've
shown no indication they're prepared to do that."
signing the executive order, Trump repeated his opinion that the international
nuclear agreement with Iran, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
(JCPOA), was a "horrible, one-sided deal."
US sanctions on Iran came into effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, according to local
time in Washington, DC.
accused Iran of trying to produce nuclear weapons and supporting terrorism and
said the United States is attempting to stop this.
we're focused on is the nuclear weapons program, ballistic missiles, the
support for terrorism, and the belligerent activity militarily," he said.
anti-Iran rhetoric comes as the longstanding Western dispute over Tehran's
nuclear program was settled after the conclusion of the landmark nuclear
agreement in 2015. UN Security Council Resolution 2231 also endorsed the
nuclear deal, which went into effect in January 2016.
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has also confirmed Iran's commitment
to the terms of the nuclear agreement.
and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council -- the
United States, France, Britain, Russia and China -- plus Germany started
implementing the JCPOA on January 16, 2016.
deal limited parts of Iran's peaceful nuclear program in exchange for the
complete removal of all sanctions against the country.
May, Washington withdrew from the deal. It also said it would be returning the
nuclear-related sanctions, which have been lifted on the back of the accord.
second wave of sanctions that would hit on November 4 would aim to bring Iran’s
oil exports to zero as claimed by US officials.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has ordered
officials and institutions in charge to prepare to build up the country’s
enrichment capacity in case the nuclear deal falls apart after the US
unilaterally scrapped it.
United States re-imposed tough, unilateral sanctions against Iran on Tuesday,
bringing back into effect tough penalties that had been lifted under a
historic, multi-party nuclear agreement that President Donald Trump abandoned
first of two rounds of US sanctions kicked in at 12:01 am (0431 GMT), targeting
Iran's access to US banknotes and key industries including cars and carpets.
aim of US sanctions on Iran is to change the behavior of the Iranian regime,
not the regime itself, the officials added. He said that the sanctions will be
“fully enforced” in an “aggressive manner”, including countries and companies
dealing with Iran.
seen company after company announce that they are getting out of Iran,” the
officials said. “This pressure is already working.”
officials said that more than 100 international firms have already agreed to
leave the Iranian market.
said that Americans stand with the Iranian people in their demands in recent
protests, mainly against how the Iranian regime is taking money from the
country to fund militias and wars abroad.
snapback sanctions are meant to target Iran’s purchases of US dollars, metals
trading and other dealings, coal, industrial-related software and its auto
is no question that these financial sanctions are going to continue to bring
significant financial pressure," one official told reporters on a
United States also plans to re-introduce potentially more damaging sanctions on
Iranian oil in November.
about any possible exemptions to the renewed sanctions, officials said they
would examine any requests on a case-by-case basis.
US President Donald Trump said Monday he remains open to forging a new nuclear
deal with Iran, as he confirmed Washington will go ahead with re-imposing
sanctions against Tehran.
Rights Watch (HRW) has warned against the threat of natural disasters facing the
Rohingya Muslim refugees living in an overcrowded mega camp in Bangladesh’s
border region near Myanmar, calling on Dhaka to relocate the hapless refugees
to safer places.
US-based rights group said in a 68-page report on Monday that the Muslim refugees
– who have fled a state-sponsored ethnic cleansing campaign at home in Myanmar
– should not have to face floods and landslides, urging the Bangladeshi
officials to provide them with better shelters as well as adequate education.
one million Rohingya Muslims have fled their homes in Myanmar’s Rakhine State
to take refuge in border camps in
Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar.
700,000 of them arrived in Bangladesh after the latest military crackdown on
the stateless minority started in August last year.
report points out the risks of communicable diseases, fires, community tensions
and sexual violence in packed areas.
average space in the mega-camp section of Cox’s Bazar is 10.7 square meters per
person, compared to a refugee camp standard of 45 square meters per person.
an incubation for contagious disease, for social dysfunction, domestic violence
for example, and things like fire,” Bill Frelick, HRW refugee rights director
at Human Rights Watch, told reporters while unveiling the report dubbed,
“‘Bangladesh Is Not My Country’: The Plight of Rohingya Refugees from Myanmar.”
what is needed is relocation,” he insisted.
HRW said it had identified six feasible sites that could accommodate 263,000
refugees living in dire conditions.
warned, however, against moving the refugees to an uninhabitable island in the
Bay of Bengal called Bhasan Char amid reports of such a plan.
recommendations by the HRW were for Bangladeshi authorities to provide the
Rohingya Muslims forced out of Myanmer with legal refugee status, freedom of
movement as well as cyclone shelters.
report called for greater contributions from donor governments, agencies and
NGOs to help improve the conditions. It said an appeal for $136.6 million for
shelter and non-food items was only 14 percent funded as of last month.
family members of a Taliban commander killed, wounded in premature IED blast
least 13 family members of the Taliban commander were killed or wounded in a
premature blast triggered by an improvised explosive device in southern Helmand
province of Afghanistan.
provincial government media office in a statement said the incident took place
on Sunday afternoon in the vicinity of Garamser district.
statement further added that the incident took place in Shamal area of the
district inside the house of a Taliban commander identified as Baran who was
also killed in the explosion.
to the provincial government, the Taliban commander was busy making improvised
explosive devices when the incident took place, leaving himself dead along with
two other family members.
least eleven others including seven children and four women also sustained
critical wounds in the explosion, the provincial government added.
and other militants often use IED as the weapon of their choice to target the
security forces and government but in majority of such attacks ordinary civilians
are targeted, besides such attacks often claims the lives of the militants as
UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in its latest report stated that
1,692 civilians were killed in the first six months of 2018.
to UNAMA, the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in attacks by
Anti-Government Elements remained the leading cause of civilian casualties.
Chief Executive of the Unity Government Abdullah Abdullah says the government
will not turn a blind eye to the atrocities committed by the ISIS militants as
he ordered the security institutions to thoroughly investigate the cases of the
made the remarks during a meeting of the Council of Ministers in Kabul today.
said the government will deal with the surrendered ISIS militants as prisoners
of war and their cases would be thoroughly investigated.
to Abdullah, the ISIS militants have not joined process in northern Jawzjan
province but have surrendered to the Afghan forces due to the pressures of the
armed forces and the Taliban insurgents.
emphasized that the security institutions must pay a close attention in this
regard and the cases of the surrendered militants should be reviewed and
comes as hundreds of ISIS militants surrendered to the Afghan forces in
northern Jawzjan province last week.
Hindu families in Myanmar set to be resettled
190 Hindu families displaced by violence in Myanmar last August are to be
resettled from camps into a village near Maungdaw town in conflict-torn Rakhine
Maw, a Hindu community leader in Maungdaw, said local authorities discussed the
resettlement plan with displaced Hindus two months ago and foundations for the
new houses were being constructed.
said 190 families out of 293 will be resettled in Aung Bala village, just three
kilometers from Maungdaw, but the resettlement of the other 103 families is yet
to be discussed. It will take at least two months to finish construction of the
Maw said people wanted to move into the new resettlement village, which is
surrounded by several Rakhine villages, and expect living conditions to be
better than staying in camps.
don't want to return to their own villages as they were surrounded by many
Muslim villages," Ni Maw told ucanews.com.
said northern Rakhine has few employment opportunities and most people rely on
aid from the government, private donors and Hindu groups in Yangon. "Some
people work as daily laborers and some work as hairdressers, but there are not
many customers in the region," Ni Maw said.
21 Hindu families are staying in a Hindu temple in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine,
as they don't want to go back to their villages in northern Rakhine.
Nay Min, a Hindu in Yangon who collects donations and provides food and clothes
to the displaced Hindu community in Rakhine, said Hindus don't get full support
from the government.
said people may face difficulties in the new resettlement village and most
people fear for their security as the village is close to the border with
is a big challenge for people in northern Rakhine," Nay Min told ucanews.com.
least 3,000 of an estimated 8,000 Hindus living in Maungdaw, Buthidaung and
Sittwe fled during the exodus of Muslim Rohingya during clearance operations by
the Myanmar military. Some were internally displaced, while others crossed over
to neighboring Bangladesh.
than 700,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh to escape the brutal military
crackdown in Rakhine in response to Muslim militant attacks on security posts
on Aug. 25, 2017.
violence affected thousands of Rohingya Hindus. Myanmar's military reportedly
found two mass graves with 45 bodies of Hindus in Rakhine and blamed the
killings on militants from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA).
United Nations says about 500 Hindus belonging to 165 families have fled to
May 22, Amnesty International published a report that ARSA killed 53 members of
the Hindu community in Kha Maung Seik village and another 46 Hindus from Ye
Bauk Kyar village in August 2017.
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani says the government is working on ceasefire with the
Taliban group during Eid Al-Adha.
during a meeting with the representatives of the registered political parties,
President Ghani pointed towards the successful experience of the ceasefire with
the Taliban during Eid Al-Fitr and said the government is working on a similar
ceasefire during the upcoming Eid Al-Adha, according to the Office of the
President, ARG Palace.
comes as a Presidential spokesperson, Haroon Chakhansuri had earlier said that
there are chances of another ceasefire announcement with the Taliban group
during Eid Al-Adha.
to reporters in Kabul nearly two weeks ago, Chakhansuri further added that
signs of interests are seen on all sides, the government and Taliban, to
declare another ceasefire during the upcoming.
said the ceasefire will only be declared based on the decision of the
government and demands of the people and religious scholars.
the meantime, President Ghani rejected the rumors suggesting that the personnel
of the national defense and security forces are retreating from certain parts
of the country.
said such rumors are baseless and the government has no policy to establish
safe zones for the militants.
Special Forces of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) were deployed to Jalalabad
city, the provincial capital of eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan,
based on President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s orders.
provincial government media office in a statement said governor Hayatullah
Hayat has instructed the Special Forces to carry out special operations to
eliminate the terrorists and their symphatizers from the city.
Hayat said the Special Forces of the Ministry of Interior will work jointly
with the security personnel of other institutions for the betterment of the
security of Nangarhar.
statement by the provincial government also added that the MoI Special Forces
will also assist with the operations to restrict the movement of the vehicles
with black tinted glass and vehicles without registration plates.
will also conduct operations against the irresponsible armed individuals and
other illegal activities in Jalalabad city based on the orders of provincial
governor, the statement added.
comes as the anti-government armed militants have increased their attacks in
Jalalabad city during the recent months.
dispute seriousness of 'aggressors' to peace
UAE says it supports UN-sponsored talks for peace in Yemen, but the Houthis say
they do not see "any serious or real stance by the aggressors toward
reaching a political solution.”
United Arab Emirates is Saudi Arabia's key partner in the ongoing war on Yemen,
including a massive offensive to capture the Red Sea port of Hudaydah.
the conflict having ground into a stalemate, UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths
told the Security Council earlier this month that the world body would invite
warring sides in Yemen for talks on September 6.
warning sides are about to gather in Geneva to discuss a framework for peace
negotiations, with Griffiths saying "a political solution" to end the
war in Yemen was "available".
have always been in support of the special envoy, we are going to continue to
do so,” Emirati Minister of State for International Cooperation Reem al-Hashemi
told journalists in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
troops and their mercenaries have faced a stiff brick wall in their push to
capture Hudaydah in the face of fierce resistance from residents and Houthi
Meghles, a member of the political wing of the Houthi movement, said Saturday
that the fighters were willing to attend the UN-brokered talks but they had low
expectations of a positive outcome.
stressed that the Ansarullah political wing was “not opposed to such
consultations” which are aimed at “reaching a general framework for
are not opposed to traveling to any neutral country to take part in such
consultations,” Meghles told Agence France-Presse.
Meghles cast doubt over the expected talks, saying he did not sense “any
serious or real stance by the aggressors toward reaching a political solution.”
last UN-brokered talks on Yemen broke down in 2016.
Thursday, the UN envoy said that he was "still trying" to negotiate a
deal to avoid a full-blown battle for Hudaydah, which is a key entry point for
expressed worries that “Hudaydah could be a flashpoint” that could derail the
push for talks in September.
Arabia and the UAE launched their offensive on June 13 to capture Hudaydah, the
main entry point for food in a country teetering on the brink of famine.
organizations have warned that the Hudaydah operation threatens to cut off
essential supplies to millions of Yemeni people. More than 70 percent of Yemen's
imports pass through Hudaydah's docks.
Sunday, witnesses said heavy fighting had left at least 80 people dead on both
sides as Saudi-backed militants tried to capture the Houthi-held district of
al-Durayhimi south of Hudaydah.
signs executive order reimposing sanctions against Iran
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order reimposing many sanctions
on Iran to levy "maximum economic pressure" on the Islamic Republic.
repeated his opinion that the 2015 international nuclear agreement with Iran,
known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was a "horrible,
Iran nuclear deal] a horrible, one-sided deal, failed to achieve the
fundamental objective of blocking all paths to an Iranian nuclear bomb,” Trump
said in a statement on Monday.
the deal was reached, Iran’s aggression has only increased. The regime has used
the windfall of newly accessible funds it received under the JCPOA to build
nuclear-capable missiles, fund terrorism, and fuel conflict across the Middle
East and beyond,” he said.
also warned that nations that do not gradually reduce their ties to the Iranian
economy "risk severe consequences" under the reimposed sanctions.
United States is fully committed to enforcing all of our sanctions, and we will
work closely with nations conducting business with Iran to ensure complete
compliance," he said.
May, Washington withdrew from the deal, which also has the UK, France, Russia,
China, and Germany as its signatories. It also said it would be returning the
nuclear-related sanctions, which have been lifted on the back of the accord.
exiting the JCPOA, the United States is able to protect its national security
by applying maximum economic pressure on the Iranian regime," Trump said
in his statement on Monday.
first phase of US sanctions include a universal ban on Iran’s access to the US
dollar, as well as prohibitions against the country’s trade in gold and other
precious metals, among other restrictions.
date, my Administration has issued 17 rounds of Iran-related sanctions,
designating 145 companies and individuals," Trump said.
call on the Canadian state to open its embassy in the Republic of Yemen in the
capital, Sana'a," Houthi wrote on his Twitter account.
Ansarullah official stated that the Saudi considered the call of the Canadians
to release civil society activists as an opportunity to retaliate after being
fed up with Canada's oil competition, describing the decision to expel the
ambassador of Canada "foolishly".
Arabia has recently stepped up politically-motivated arrests, prosecution, and
conviction of peaceful dissident writers and human rights campaigners.
stressed that "we have the real legitimacy in the expulsion of Saudi
Arabia and its allies under the same justification expelled by the Canadian
ambassador", ridiculing the justification by Riyadh that "Saudi
Arabia does not interfere in the affairs of others".
all the principles were not there and still one justification remains, it would
enough for the Yemeni people to reject the foreign intervention in its internal
affairs of any regime, ” he added.
called on Saudi authorities to release all civil society activists, including
the 96 detainees held in Saudi prisons.
Saudi Arabian foreign ministry has recalled its ambassador from Canada and given
the Canadian ambassador 24 hours to leave the country, in response to Canada's
statement of concern over the arrests of human rights activists in Saudi
Arabia. Riyadh is also freezing all new trade and investment deals with Ottawa.
a statement issued by the Saudi Arabian foreign ministry, Riyadh slams as
“totally false” allegations by the Canadian authorities that recent arrests of
several civil society activists were unwarranted, saying the arrests were made
by “the competent authorities” and the detainees were provided with all the
rights guaranteed during investigative and trail stages.
Canadian embassy in Riyadh has stated that it was "gravely concerned"
over a spike of arrests of human rights campaigners in the Saudi kingdom
including gender rights activist Samar Badawi.
urge the Saudi authorities to immediately release them and all other peaceful
#humanrights activists," the Canadian embassy tweeted.
response, the Saudi foreign ministry tweeted that "it is very unfortunate
that the words 'immediate release' appeared in the Canadian statement... it is
unacceptable in relations between countries".
called on Friday on Riyadh to “immediately release” civil and human rights
activists recently arrested by the Saudi Arabian authorities, including Samar
Badawi, an internationally recognized human rights defender. Badawi and another
high-profile Saudi women's rights activist, Nassima al-Sadah, were arrested in
the kingdom last week, sparking an international outcry.
United Nations human rights office has also called on Saudi Arabia to release
all peaceful activists as Riyadh continues its heavy-handed crackdown on
Shamdasani, spokeswoman of the UN rights office, during a press briefing in the
Swiss city of Geneva on Tuesday demanded the immediate release of all rights
advocates, including women held for campaigning to lift a long-time ban on
Samar Badawi, sister of jailed blogger Raif Badawi, and Nassima al-Sada
detained days ago, Amnesty International stated that the recent arrests in
Saudi Arabia is further proof that a crackdown against activists in the country
is ongoing and shows no sign of relenting.
May, a number of prominent women’s rights activists were arrested and still
remained in detention centers without charge and incommunicado with no access
to their families or lawyers. Most of the detainees are prominent figures, who
enjoy considerable respect among the Saudi grassroots, including university
professors and a psychotherapist.
so far labeled the detainees “traitors”, infuriating the country’s rights
activists who fear additional arrests amid much-hyped reports of reforms led by
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.
hundreds of princes, ministers and former ministers were detained in early
November 2017 on the orders of Saudi Arabia’s so-called Anti-Corruption
Committee headed by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. The detained individuals
faced allegations of money laundering, bribery, extorting officials, and
misappropriation of public funds for personal benefit. A total of $100 billion
was exacted from many of the detainees before they could be released.
have been accompanied by a heavy-handed crackdown on dissent, which has
targeted clerics as well as some of the very female activists who campaigned
for years to end the driving ban.
air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Houthi militias
towards the city of Najran on Monday night.
military source said that air defense forces destroyed the missile at around
8:30 p.m. local time (0530 GMT) after it entered Saudi air space.
July 19, Saudi air defense forces also destroyed a Houthi missile targeting
Jazan. Another Houthi ballistic missile was launched targeting Najran on July
army forces, backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have fired a
short-range domestically-manufactured missile at a Saudi military base in the
kingdom’s southwestern Jizan province, in retaliation for the Saudi regime’s
campaign against the impoverished country.
Arabic-language al-Masirah television network, citing a military source,
reported that the Zelzal-1 missile, with an average range of 150 kilometers,
was launched against a military base in the al-Khobe district, on Monday.
report added that the missile was aimed at a gathering of Saudi soldiers in the
area, but did not said the number of possible casualties and the extent of
damage the projectile inflicted on the base.
Yemeni snipers managed to shoot dead a Saudi trooper in Jabal al-Doud district
in the same province, al-Masirah said, adding that three other Saudi soldiers
had been killed by Yemeni sharpshooters in Jazan’s al-Mash’al military base.
Ansarullah news portal reported that Yemeni army forces destroyed at least one
military vehicle after the targeted with rocket fire west of al-Sadis military
base in Saudi Arabia’s southern province of Najran. The reported added that all
Saudi soldiers onboard the vehicle had been killed in the attack.
Arabia and some of its allies launched a brutal war, code-named Operation
Decisive Storm, against Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall Abd
Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, Yemen’s former president and a staunch ally of Riyadh, and
crush the Houthi Ansarullah movement.
movement, which is a significant aid to the Yemeni army in defending the
country against the invading forces, has been running state affairs in the
absence of an effective administration during the past three years.
imposed war initially consisted of a bombing campaign but was later coupled
with a naval blockade and the deployment of ground forces into Yemen.
15,000 Yemenis have been killed and thousands more injured since the onset of
the Saudi-led aggression.
Saudi-led aggression has also taken a heavy toll on the country's
infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories. The United
Nations has already said that a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of
food, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger.
A delegation of Turkish officials will head to Washington in two days to
discuss an ongoing row between the two NATO allies, broadcaster CNN Turk
reported on Tuesday, citing diplomatic sources.
between the two countries have steadily worsened, strained by differences on
Syria policy and over the trial of US pastor Andrew Brunson in Turkey. A trade
spat between the two sent Turkey’s lira currency to plunge to a record low on
the weekend, the US Trade Representative said it was reviewing Turkey’s
duty-free access to the US market, after Ankara imposed retaliatory tariffs on
US goods in response to American tariffs on steel and aluminum. The move could
affect $1.7 billion of Turkish exports.
Tuesday, CNN Turk cited diplomatic sources saying that Ankara and Washington
had reached pre-agreements on certain issues, but it did not elaborate.
Turkish government was not immediately available for comment, and the US State
Department did not respond to a request for comment.
President Donald Trump’s administration has demanded that Turkey release
Brunson, an evangelical pastor who has lived in Turkey for more than two
decades and has been charged with supporting a group that Ankara has blamed for
an attempted coup in 2016. He has denied the accusations.
week, Washington imposed sanctions on President Tayyip Erdogan’s justice
minister and interior minister, saying they played leading roles in
organizations responsible for Brunson’s arrest.
said that Turkey would retaliate by freezing assets of the US interior and
justice ministers in Turkey “if they have any.”
Turkish currency, which has lost 27 percent of its value this year, fell some
5.5 percent to a record low of 5.4250 against the dollar on Monday, its biggest
single-day drop in nearly 10 years.
Haram: Nigerian troops record major victories over insurgents
Ameh Comrade Godwin
Nigerian Army has continued its dominance over remnants of the Boko Haram
insurgents in North eastern part of the country.
is just as the troops have recorded another victory over the insurgents in an
encounter with the sect in Malari village of Borno State.
Chukwu, Director Army Public Relations in a statement, said the troops of 222
Battalion deployed in operation LAFIYA DOLE, while on ambush operation around
Malari village Borno State, decimated two Boko Haram terrorists, while others
fled into the bush.
to him, ten items were recovered from the terrorists during the encounter.
advised the general public to report any suspicious movements or activities to the
security agents for necessary action.
POST reports that during the weekend, Troops of operation LAFIYA DOLE arrested
a wanted Boko Haram suspect, Maje Lawan at Banki in Borno State, northeast
a Brigadier General, said the suspect believed to be number 96 on the wanted
list earlier published by the Army was apprehended after he infiltrated into
the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs camp in the area.
suspect is currently undergoing preliminary investigation and will be handed over
to the appropriate authority for further action.
public is reminded to be vigilant and to report any suspicious person,
movements as well as activities to the law enforcement agents for prompt
action,” the statement said.
The Mali government on Monday published a list of 871 polling stations which were
unable to operate during last week’s presidential election due to outbreaks of
violence, adding that almost a quarter of a million people had been unable to
total of 245,888 voters — mainly in northern Timbuktu region, central Mopti and
Segou in the south — “were unable to vote for various reasons” during the July
21 election, the ministry of territorial administration said.
government was responding to calls by the opposition and the European Union to
provide more details of the contested vote results.
three main opposition candidates in Mali’s presidential election announced
Sunday they were mounting a legal challenge in the country’s constitutional
court alleging “ballot box-stuffing” and other irregularities, after incumbent
Ibrahim Boubacar Keita took the lead in the first round of voting.
won 41.42 percent of the vote in July’s presidential poll, according to
provisional results, easily ahead of the second place rival Soumaila Cisse with
17.8 percent. They are set to contest a runoff vote next Sunday.
government had earlier said that 715 polling stations had remained closed out
of a total 23,000 nationwide.
days after polling took place the European Union pressured Mali to present a
“complete and detailed list” of polling stations where a key presidential
election could not be held due to violence.
was a central issue during the campaign, in which 73-year-old Keita is seeking
re-election with the international community hoping the poll will strengthen a
2015 peace accord.
Mali’s north, where the state is barely present, armed groups who signed the
peace accord helped to ensure security.
vote was monitored by observers from the European Union, the African Union, the
regional ECOWAS grouping and the Francophonie organization.
also marred the lead-up to the election, despite the presence of 15,000 UN
peacekeepers, 4,500 French troops and a much heralded five-nation anti-terror
G5 Sahel force.
jihadist violence has spread from northern Mali to the center and south of the
country and spilled over into neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger, often
inflaming communal conflicts.
Monday 18 of the presidential candidates denounced an “electoral hold-up” and
called for a major protest in Bamako on Tuesday.
constitutional court is due to officially announce the first-round results on
President Beji Caid Essebsi on Monday appointed Habib Essid, a former prime
minister, as his special political adviser.
appointment was announced in an official statement released by Essebsi’s office
following a meeting between the president and Essid at the government palace in
Essebsi has decided to appoint Essid as his special adviser for political
affairs,” the statement read with elaborating.
served as Tunisia’s prime minister from February 2015 to August 2016 before
being sacked by Essebsi, who replaced him with Yusuf al-Shahid, the current
least four people were killed and seven others wounded when a car bomb blast
hit a busy restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Sunday night, said an
blast targeted our innocent citizens, we condemn this horror act from the enemy
of our people," Mogadishu Municipality Spokesman Salah Dhere told
reporters after the blast that happened at the busy street of Maka.
casualties were civilians, said Dhere, adding that the security agencies were
investigating the incident.
group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
Labour’s anti-Semitism crisis isn’t the fault of Britain’s Muslims
you write about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, inevitably, some of the
responses are racist: in my inbox, in my Twitter feed and on Facebook. The
antisemitic ones have a wide range of themes: from accusing me of being in the
pay of Israel to attacking my own Jewish roots. But they have an Islamophobic
cousin that is growing in its frequency and has just one theme: that the real
reason for the Labour Party’s anti-Semitism crisis is its Muslim voters. The
calculation that Labour has made, or so the argument runs, is that losing
support among the United Kingdom’s small Jewish population – which numbers
around 300,000 – is a price worth paying for winning over British Muslims, who
made up 4.8 per cent of the population (2.7 million) at the time of the last
don’t like to respond to hate speech on Twitter, as exposing fringe ideas tends
to boost them as much as to debunk them, particularly as every study has found
that fact-checking is largely ineffective. However, the idea has now been given
sympathetic houseroom in a variety of mainstream right-wing outlets, in
addition to the Economist and the Observer, so an explanation as to why this is
false is clearly overdue.
meme rests on three claims, all of them highly dubious. The first is that
anti-Semitism in Britain is largely the preserve of Britain’s Muslim
population. The second is that there an electoral bounty to be won for Labour
among British Muslims and that the policy offer to do it is increasing
anti-Semitism from the Labour party. The third is that anti-Semitism within the
Labour Party owes its origins to Labour’s Muslim voters.
take the argument that Britain’s anti-Semitism problem largely emanates from
Britain’s Muslims first. In the autumn of 2017, the Institute for Jewish Policy
Research produced a highly detailed analysis of what British people thought
about Jewish people, which is worth reading in full. The JPR found that 30 per cent of all British
people agreed with at least one anti-Semitic statement, and that the figure
rose to 50 per cent among British Muslims.
are more than 60 million people in the United Kingdom and at most there are
three million Muslims. So even by using this very broad definition of what an
anti-Semite is, which would mean there
were more than 18 million anti-Semites in Britain, British Muslims would make
up just one and a half of million of them. It is hard to see how you can argue
that the one and a half million are more at fault than the remaining 16 and a
however, the JPR did not define an anti-Semite as someone who agrees vaguely
with one anti-Semitic statement, arguing that this definition was too broad.
They defined the anti-Semitic proportion of the population as those who held
“multiple and intense” anti-Semitic views, which they defined as just 3.6 per
cent of the population, as a whole. If every British Muslim who holds “multiple
and intense” anti-Semitic views were to vanish from the United Kingdom, the
percentage of British people holding multiple and intense anti-Semitic views
would drop from 3.6 to 3.0 per cent.
Again, you simply cannot say accurately or fairly that British Muslims
are a major contributor to anti-Semitism in the United Kingdom. It is not true.
about the argument that Labour views anti-Semitism as a way to “get out the
Muslim vote”? There are a couple of shaky assumptions here: the first is that
the 0.6 per cent of people in the United Kingdom who are a) anti-Semitic and b)
Muslim live in constituencies where their votes are vital in winning or holding
power. The second is that 0.6 per cent they are all more preoccupied by
anti-Semitism than they are by health, education, crime, Brexit or whatever
other issue you might care to name.
of course neither of these assumptions are true: the overwhelming majority of
British Muslims live in seats that are Labour fortresses anyway, so no Labour
strategist is planning a path to Downing Street that runs on Muslim voters. And
as for the idea that anti-Semitism is a vote-mover even among the 0.6 per cent:
all the indications are that those of this group who did vote in 2015 largely
voted for Ed Miliband, who is literally Jewish, so it clearly isn’t
particularly high up their list of electoral concerns.
we are talking about a group that makes up a fifth of a group that is already
less than five per cent of the country and a still smaller proportion of the
actual electorate. Thanks to our first past the post electoral system, it is
significantly less electorally significant than Britain’s Jewish population,
which is at clustered in seats – Hendon, Chipping Barnet, Bury South, Finchley
and Golders Green, Ilford North – that do actually help to decide who forms the
course, a group doesn’t have to have electoral weight. It could have influence
within a political party. That’s the third plank of the idea that Muslims are
driving Labour’s anti-Semitism crisis. Writing in the Observer, Nick Cohen
describes “political Islamists” as one half of Jeremy Corbyn’s base, with the other
half “former Stalinists from the old Communist party and Trotskyists from the
remnants of Militant and the Socialist Workers party”.
are, of course, former members of the Communist Party, ex-members of Militant
and of the Socialist Workers Party as well as the odd Liberal Democrat in
Jeremy Corbyn’s inner circle. I am, however, at a loss as to who the leader’s
office employs who could ever have been described as a political Islamist. Nor
are they well represented in my inbox, or Twitter feed: the faces sharing
blatant anti-Semitism are white, their names Anglo-Saxon. As for Corbyn’s
foreign policy views – which are what drives his stance on the issue – they
were formed in the 1970s, at a time when the Muslim population as a whole
comprised just 0.46 per cent of the population.
is not to say that the 0.6 per cent of British people who are both Muslim and
hold anti-Semitic views don’t exist. But it is to say that the idea that they
hold any kind of influence over the present direction of the Labour party is
bunk. The reality is that the Labour Party is run overwhelmingly by the same
sorts of people who feel able to be so causal about blaming Muslims for the
party’s present trajectory: that is to say, the white middle classes. To
suggest Labour’s present discontents have anything to do with Britain’s Muslims
is a racist canard, nothing more.
says it will continue to support companies over their Iran business activities
in face of returning US sanctions and also warned that EU firms – including
enterprises in Berlin – could sue the administration of President Donald Trump
if they suffer losses due to sanctions.
quoted a statement by Germany’s economy ministry as saying that Berlin would
offer export and investment guarantees for companies doing business with Iran.
guarantees and investment guarantees from the Federal Ministry of Economics are
still available to companies,” said the statement.
followed an earlier announcement by the European Commission that it would
activate a law that would shield European companies that have business ties
with Iran from US sanctions.
law or the so-called ‘Blocking Statute’ would comprise a set of protective
measures and would be the most powerful tool at EU’s immediate disposal because
it would ban any European company from complying with US sanctions and would
not recognize any court rulings that would enforce American penalties,
according to media reports.
a related front, Reuters quoted the statement by Germany’s economy ministry as
stressing that the Blocking Statute would not provide for any legal claim for
damages by companies against the EU or EU member states if they are to be
affected by the US sanctions.
the claim would be directed against the “initiator” of the damage, meaning the
US in Iran case, the ministry further wrote in its statement.
the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) said the announcement of US
sanctions against Iran was already reflected in current German export figures.
companies are on the retreat in the face of US sanctions against Iran,” DIHK
head Martin Wansleben said, adding that although business with Iran was still
legal under EU law, new and ongoing banking transactions was no longer working.
exports to Iran fell by 4 percent in the first five months of 2018 after rising
by 16 percent last year, he said as reported by Reuters.
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