• LeT, Jaish Continue To Be
Threat To India; Pakistan Allowed Terror Activists To Contest Polls: US
• Malay-Islamic Radicalism
Threatens Multi-Ethnic Malaysia's Unity
• 9-Month-Old Infant Turns into
New Evidence of Saudi Crimes in Yemen
• 'Sexual Assaults': Bangladesh
Seeks Worker's Return from Saudi
• Failure of ‘Halva March’ Will
Be Pakistan’s Triumph: Fawad
• Sudan Protest Group Has ‘No
Objection’ To Handing Al-Bashir to ICC
• Armed Forces Spokesman: Iran to
Target Interests of Washington, Collaborators in Any War
• Talks on Syrian Constitutional
Committee 'going well’
• India Role Model for Entire
World for Its Unity In Diversity: Union Minister
• We’re Ready, If Needed Will
Impose NSA: UP Police Ahead of Ayodhya Verdict
• Cleared In Terror Case after 11
Years, They Brace For New Fight
• Ask Israel, why WhatsApp: AIMIM
chief Owaisi to Centre over ‘snooping’ row
• In alert on Chhath Puja, Bihar
district admn names Muslims
• We diluted Article 370 twelve
times without controversy: Congress
• Terrorist hideout busted in
J&K's Kishtwar, arms and explosives seized
• Harry Reid: Trump’s Anti-Muslim
Rhetoric Insults All Americans
• Egyptian President Abdel Fattah
Al-Sisi And Europe’s Islamophobes: An Unsavory Alliance
• Turkey: US terrorism report
sans YPG a cover up effort
• Pray for Christians in Iran
• Islamic State group names new
leader to replace Baghdadi
• Iran-Us-Israel’s 40 Years of
Hostility with No End in Sight
• NATO: ISIS leader al-Baghdadi’s
death a ‘milestone’ in fight
• Penang Mufti: Up to gov't to
decide on zakat distribution for non-Muslims
• British scholar sees open
discourse on Islam under Anwar
• Why back MCA in Tanjung Piai?
We need non-Muslims who are not ‘extreme’, says PAS
• Oksana Voevodina, Russian
ex-wife of Malaysian Sultan Muhammad V, posts Instagram photo of baby she says
is their son
• Dr M: No problem with India,
China wants peace in South China Sea
• USIM develops Quran application
for the hearing impaired
• Analyst Underlines Collapse of
Saudi-Led Coalition against Yemen
• Kurdish Militias Voice
Readiness to Negotiate with Damascus Gov’t
• His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin
Mohammed Al Qasimi Words Of Comfort On Islam Moves Harvey
• Iraq’s PM urges protesters to
stop, says unrest is hurting the economy
• Lebanon’s anti-government
protesters return to streets, call for general strike
• Lebanese flock to presidential
palace in rally to support Aoun
• Lebanese keep protest alive in
northern city of Tripoli
• Saudi prosecution to speed up
criminal case against child abuser in viral video
• Iraqis rally to reaffirm
commitment to religious leadership's stand on calm
• Riyadh Season attracts more
than 5m visitors
• Airstrikes kill 17 Taliban
militants in Baghlan, Paktiya and Zabul provinces
• Special Forces kill, detain 23
Taliban militants in 4 provinces
• Bangladesh Rohingya island
relocation plan fails to gain UN support
• Pakistan Clerics Vow Not To
Leave Islamabad Until Imran Khan Resigns
• Pakistani Islamists await
deadline they set for PM to resign
• 178-member Sikh delegation
arrives in Pakistan from UK
• Pakistan court acquits police
officials accused of killing ATM thief after Hafiz Saeed mediation
• Playing religious card for
political gains regrettable: Swati
• 1,100 Indian Sikhs arrive at
Punja Sahib in religious procession
• China keen to invest in Halal
• Sindh governor says govt to
honour agreement with JUI-F
• Pakistan asks Afghanistan to
explain ‘harassment’ of envoys
• Over 2,400 Pakistani prisoners
jailed in Saudi Arabia, UAE freed: official
• In Kenya’s battle against
al-Shabab, locals say the military is fighting terror with terror
• Ethiopian PM Abiy defends
response to ethnic clashes
• Two soldiers killed in Mali by
explosive device: army
• Sudanese protests demand
answers over June crackdown deaths
• Libya: Haftar forces attack
airport in Tripoli
• Why construction workers have
become easy target for Al Shabaab militants
• Al shabaab storm Wajir police
station to free detained terrorists
• Nigerian air force destroys one
hideout of Boko Haram
• Nigerian troops kill 6 Boko
Haram fighters in gunfight
• Iran's Judiciary Chief Asks for
Trying US Officials for Creating ISIL
• Israel opens probe after video
shows unarmed Palestinian shot in back
• Turkish bus driver slams into
stop, stabs people; 13 injured
• UN agency for Palestinian
refugees launches strike in Jordan
• Israel’s Netanyahu promises
covert actions against enemies
• Palestinian YouTube star sets
out to simplify Arabic language, bridge divisions
• Malaysian PM: No country can
impose its sanctions on other countries
• Six Saudi soldiers killed in
clashes with Yemeni forces in border areas
• Israeli forces detain
Palestinian minister of Jerusalem al-Quds affairs
• Migrants endure rape, torture
on route through Yemen
• Two Greek towns protest refugee
transfers to mainland sites
• Switzerland: PKK supporters
interrupt CHP event
• U.N. Chief Urges Myanmar to
Resolve Rohingya Refugee Crisis
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Role Model for Entire World for Its Unity In Diversity: Union Minister
DELHI: Asserting that tolerance is in the "DNA of India", Union
minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Sunday said the country, with its unity in
diversity, is a role model for the entire world.
at the 'Gandhi Sankalp Yatra' organised by BJP Delhi pradesh minority morcha,
Naqvi said the Modi government will not allow any destructive agenda to
dominate its development plans.
have to strengthen the fabric of social harmony, unity and brotherhood under
any circumstances," the minority affairs minister said.
led the "Gandhi Sankalp Yatra" from Ambedkar Stadium to Ramlila
Maidan in Delhi.
"Gandhi Sankalp Yatra" was organised to promote peace, brotherhood,
social harmony in the country, the senior BJP leader said.
have to remain cautious of such evil forces who are enemies of humanity and
peace," Naqvi said.
government is working with the commitment to "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas,
Sabka Vishwas", he said.
Modi government has ensured happiness and prosperity in the lives of all needy
persons, he said.
said that despite different languages, religions and communities, India is a
role model of unity in diversity for the entire world.
is in the DNA of India, it is our culture and commitment. We all have to work
together to maintain this strength of unity," he said.
commission for minorities member, Atif Rashid, BJP Delhi pradesh minority
morcha president Mohammad Haroon, vice-president Khalid Qureshi, general
secretary Bilal Zaidi, among others participated in the "Gandhi Sankalp
Jaish Continue To Be Threat To India; Pakistan Allowed Terror Activists To
Contest Polls: US
US has said the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) continued
to be a threat to India and slammed Pakistan for allowing candidates affiliated
with the LeT front organisations to contest the country’s last general
US State Department’s ‘Country Reports on Terrorism 2018’, published on Friday,
also said the Pakistani authorities have failed to uniformly implement the
Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Action Plan on money laundering and
counter-terrorism and the UN sanctions related to designated entities and
individuals such as terror group LeT and its affiliates, which continued to
make use of economic resources and raise funds.
focused terrorist groups also remained a threat in 2018. For example,
Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba – which was responsible for the 2008 Mumbai
attacks – and Jaish-e-Mohammad maintained the capability and intent to attack
Indian and Afghan targets. In February (2018), operatives reportedly affiliated
with JeM attacked an Indian army camp at Sunjuwan, in the state of Jammu and
Kashmir, killing seven,” the report said.
LeT and the JeM were responsible for a series of terror attacks in India that
include attack on Parliament, leading to death of scores of innocent people and
US State Department report said the Pakistan government has failed to
significantly limit the LeT and the JeM from raising money, recruiting and
training in Pakistan, and “allowed candidates overtly affiliated with the LeT
front organisations to contest the July general elections”.
the Pakistan general elections, Imran Khan assumed the charge of Prime Minister
of that country in August 2018.
the Pakistani government voiced support for political reconciliation between
the Afghan government and the Afghan Taliban, it did not restrict the Afghan
Taliban and the Haqqani Network (HQN) from operating in Pakistan-based safe
havens and threatening the US and Afghan forces in Afghanistan, the report
June, the FATF placed Pakistan on the “grey list” for deficiencies in its
Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) regimes,
including the failure to implement the UN sanctions related to designated
US State Department said as a member of the Asia/Pacific Group on Money
Laundering (APG), Pakistan has agreed to implement international standards to
combat money laundering, terrorism finance, and proliferation finance but its
implementation remained “very poor”.
criminalises terrorist financing through the Anti-Terrorism Act, but
implementation remains uneven. In June 2018, the FATF placed Pakistan on its
‘grey list’ for deficiencies across its AML/CFT regimes, specifically citing
concerns over Pakistan’s failure to fully implement the UN Security Council
ISIL (Da’esh) and al-Qa’ida sanctions regime.
FATF noted that UN-listed entities, including the LeT and its affiliates, were
not effectively prohibited from raising funds in Pakistan, or being denied
financial services,” the report said.
authorities failed to uniformly implement UN sanctions related to designated
entities and individuals such as LeT and its affiliates, which continued to make
use of economic resources and raise funds,” it said.
US report said Pakistan’s 2015 National Action Plan to combat terrorism
includes efforts to prevent and counter terrorist financing, including by
enhancing inter-agency coordination on countering the finance of terrorism.
law designates the use of unlicensed ‘hundi’ and ‘hawala’ systems as predicate
offences to terrorism and requires banks to report suspicious transactions to
Pakistan’s FIU, the (Pakistan) State Bank’s Financial Monitoring Unit, it said.
Radicalism Threatens Multi-Ethnic Malaysia's Unity
has been quite a successful multi-ethnic, multi-racial and multi-religious
country for decades, even while giving primacy to the indigenous majority
community, the Malays, who, by definition, are also Muslim.
the scenario is changing, causing concern. Malay majoritarianism, combined with
Islamic radicalism, has been gaining ground, threatening to tear the national
week, the Malaysian government set up a Unity Issues Management Committee (JPIP
in Malay) to manage tensions over sensitive ethnic issues at the national
level. According to the Malaysian news agency Bernama, the Deputy Law Minister
in the Prime Minister's Department, Mohamed Hanipa Maidin, said that the
committee would serve as an official forum to identify issues and controversies
that could threaten ethnic and religious harmony.
committee enhances the synergy of the agencies involved in tackling the unity
issues in an integrated manner. It comprises various ministries and agencies,
including the Home Affairs Ministry, Housing and Local Government Ministry,
Communications and Multimedia Ministry, as well as Women, the Family and
Community Development Ministry,' Maidin said.
committee was initiated by National Unity and Integration Department with the
cooperation of the National Security Council.
his return to power as Prime Minister in 2018, Mahathir Mohamad has been facing
a decline in support from the Malays. The opposition parties, and not just the
Islamic outfits, have been accusing Mahathir's government of being 'un-Islamic'
and 'liberal.' Liberalism is anathema to conservative Malays.
Role Of Zakir Naik
fuel to the fire has been an Indian Islamic preacher from Mumbai, Zakir Naik.
He is a Permanent Resident in Malaysia but is wanted in India for alleged
terrorist financing. Zakir has been creating tension between Malays and the
Malaysian Hindus by publicly saying that Malaysian Hindus are more loyal to the
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi than to the Malaysian Prime Minister
has also accused the Malaysian Chinese of not being a traditional part of
Malaysia. He described them as 'old guests' while he described himself as a
a government which depends on ethnic and religious unity (of course with the
Malay-Muslim majority enjoying preferential treatment as the indigenous people
or Bhoomiputras), Zakir's attempts to stir up racial/ethnic/religious
animosities have been a danger signal.
ministers demanded that he be deported. Mahathir, a friend and admirer of Zakir,
himself felt constrained to tell him to watch his tongue and not go beyond
preaching Islam. He said that as a non-citizen Zakir had no right to comment on
Malaysia's ethnic problems. Seven of Malaysia's 13 states have banned him from
delivering Islamic sermons.
Mahathir has not been consistent in his ideology. Descended from a South Indian
Muslim immigrant married to a Malay lady, Mahathir started his political career
as an opponent of citizenship for non-Malays. But later he gave up the opposition
on becoming a leader of the multi-ethnic United Malay National Organization
(UMNO)-led coalition called Barisan Nasional (BN). However, eventually, the
UMNO itself took a Malay/Muslim supremacist line.
in The Citizen, M.Mahalingam, says that the UMNO embarked on the 'Malay First
Policy' which resulted in Malay hegemony in public spheres. As result, the
minority Chinese and Indians got alienated from it. For more than 60 years,
coalition partners like the Malaysian Chinese Association and the Malaysian
Indian Association were too weak to oppose the leaderships' majoritarian line.
eventually, Mahathir left the UMNO and formed the Malaysian United Indigenous
Party (PPBM in Malay) in 2016, which is now heading the multi-racial coalition
called Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope). The Pakatan Harapan is less racial,
and more liberal and inclusive, Mahalingam says.
an Islamist at heart, Mahathir refused to extradite Zakir Naik to India to face
charges of money laundering and terrorist financing. Naik would be 'killed'
there, Mahathir said.
in September he said that Prime Minister Modi did not ask for Zakir's
extradition at their meeting on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Summit.
He contradicted Indian Foreign Secretary's statement that India and Malaysia
were in touch on the Zakir Naik matter.
said: "Not many countries want him [Naik]. I met Prime Minister Modi, he
didn't ask me for him. This man could also be troublesome for India." He
also said that Malaysia was looking for a place to send Zakir Naik. "We
are trying to find some place he can go to but at the moment, no one wants to
that as it may, Malay Mail reported Police Inspector-General Datuk Seri Abdul
Hamid Bador accusing Opposition parties for attempting to destabilise the
Pakatan Harapan government, amid a rise in as racial and religious tensions in
China Morning Postreported the police chief as saying that the situation in the
country is 'troubling'. Anyone found to be playing on racial sentiments and
inciting religious sensitivities will be arrested without warning.
Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's media advisor Datuk A Kadir Jasin also
warned of the situation taking a 'dangerous' turn should it remained unchecked,
and echoed Abdul Hamid's sentiments by fingering the Opposition parties of
exploiting such issues to garner Malay-Muslim support. Home Affairs Minister
Muhyiddin Yassin told a media conference that so far this year, there have been
twice as many reports filed with authorities on issues concerning race,
religion and the royalty compared to last year. Free Malaysia Todaynews portal
reported that on August 19, police arrested a man over a Facebook post seen as
inciting Muslims in Malaysia to shed the blood of non-Muslims. The post
contained a photo of a man waving a machete, urging Muslims to 'sharpen their
knives for the infidels',
must get their slaughter knives ready. Just to be prepared. Who knows, the
kafir (infidels) are acting like cattle for slaughter,' said the post.
with Zakir Naik
the city of Ipoh in Perak state, 15 deities in a Hindu temple were smashed up.
An Indonesian man with a spanner was arrested for the incident on August 17.
move to introduce the Arabic script to write Malay discarding the Roman script
in a primary school syllabus was shelved after being opposed by Indian and
Chinese communities who viewed the move as an attempt at 'Islamization.'
China Morning Post quotes Prof Mohd Azizuddin Mohd Sani of the Political
Science Department at Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) as saying that racial and
religious issues are being exploited because the country practices race-based
think the government needs urgently to improve our economy and this will silence
most racial hatred among people. Once they feel comfortable, the people won't
quarrel about any issue including racial and religious issues,' Azizuddin said.
a reading of Mahalingam would show that Mahathir cannot be trusted to be
balanced on ethnic issues. According to Mahalingam, he wrote a controversial
book titled 'Malay Dilemma' in which he showed himself as a strong Malay
nationalist. Though Mahathir put Malaysia on the path of rapid economic
development, he was authoritarian. During his earlier 22 years as PM, he
muzzled the judiciary and the media. He stifled dissent through Operation
Lalang. He alienated ethnic minorities through pro-Malay policies. Through
political means he created a Malay capitalist class to scuttle the dominant
Chinese business elite.
advocating a moderate and modern Islam, Mahathir declared Malaysia an Islamic
state in 2001, even though the constitution was silent on whether Malaysia was
a secular or an Islamic state, Mahalingam recalls. At any rate, Islamization of
Malaysia was in full swing under his reign. He ushered in a new Malay identity
during his long stint in office.
Mahathir's split personality, there is a trust deficit among the non-Malays in
general though they need him for political change, Mahalingam says. Mahathir
has vowed to undo his mistakes in order to leave behind a right legacy, but the
94 year old's prospective successor, Anwar Ibrahim, is also an advocate of a
Malay majoritarian line, Mahalingam points out.
Infant Turns into New Evidence of Saudi Crimes in Yemen
Saudi-UAE coalition attacked residential areas in the town of Baqem in Sa'ada
province on Friday, killing two and injuring 4 others.
Arabic-language al-Khabar al-Yamani news website reported on Saturday that
Halima, a 9-month-old infant, is among the wounded civilians in the attack. She
has lost her mother, and her father and brother are among the injured as well.
Assaults': Bangladesh Seeks Worker's Return from Saudi
government has called for a migrant worker's repatriation from Saudi Arabia
after her video alleging sexual abuse highlighted the exploitation faced by
Asians working abroad.
a Facebook video which has been shared thousands of times and prompted protests
in Dhaka against workers' conditions, Sumi Akter alleged "merciless sexual
assaults" by her Saudi employers.
perhaps won't live longer. Please save me. They locked me up for 15 days and
barely gave me any food. They burned my hands with hot oil," the
Sunday, the government called on the state-run manpower exporting agency to
bring Akter back home "as soon as possible".
husband Sirajul Islam told AFP news agency he had been "trying to get her
back but couldn't".
1991, some 300,000 Bangladeshi women have travelled to the Gulf nation for
work, according to the ministry of expatriates' welfare.
workers account for the largest amount of remittance sent back to Bangladesh.
spokesman Atiqur Rahman said Dhaka would crack down on rogue recruitment firms
amid allegations that they abused female workers and sold them to other
Minister AK Abdul Momen had said on Thursday the government would not ban women
from going to Saudi Arabia for work.
Arabia admitted some people are being victimised. But that is happening for a
few handfuls of people. The Saudi government isn't making them victims,"
he told reporters.
video comes after the body of migrant worker Nazma Begum was repatriated in
42-year-old Begum had called her son Rajib Hossain repeatedly before her death,
alleging torture and asking to be rescued, Hossain told AFP, adding that she
died of an untreated illness.
women said they were promised hospital janitor jobs but were tricked into being
of Asians travel to the Gulf to work, according to Bangladesh's government, and
human rights groups say many suffer exploitation and abuses with no channels
month, Bangladeshi migrant rights group Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program said 61
percent of 110 women they interviewed who returned home, many from Saudi
Arabia, claimed they were physically abused.
14 percent said they were sexually abused, the group added.
BRAC, one of the world's largest charities, said this year alone, the bodies of
48 female workers were brought back from Saudi Arabia.
of ‘Halva March’ Will Be Pakistan’s Triumph: Fawad
Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry, while taking to the social
networking website Twitter, took a jibe at the ongoing ‘Azadi March’, dubbing
it ‘Halva March’.
federal minister tweeted that the failure of ‘Halva March’ would prove to be a
victory for Pakistan.
that were against the creation of Pakistan are now out on the streets against
it,” said Chaudhry.
Chaudhry further added that the ancestors of those participating in the march
were against Quaid e Azam during the creation of Pakistan; today they are
standing against the current Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
(Azadi March) defeat is key to Pakistan’s bright future, the matter is nearing
its end,” added Chaudhry.
is pertinent to mention here that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Saturday had decided against joining
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazal’s (JUI-F) sit-in protest.
Protest Group Has ‘No Objection’ To Handing Al-Bashir to ICC
protest movement that led to the ouster of Sudan’s longtime president Omar
al-Bashir said Sunday it was not against handing over the deposed autocrat to
the International Criminal Court to be tried for genocide.
who was ousted by the army in April after a nationwide agitation against his
rule, has long been accused by the Hague-based ICC of genocide, war crimes and
crimes against humanity for his alleged role in the devastating conflict in
Sudan’s Darfur region.
have no objection in handing over Bashir to the ICC,” Ibrahim Al-Sheikh, a
leader of umbrella protest movement the Forces of Freedom and Change, told
reporters late on Sunday.
the members of the Forces of Freedom and Change agree on that.”
rights groups, opposition factions who fought Bashir’s forces over the years
and activists have consistently demanded that the former leader be handed over
to the ICC.
he was deposed on April 11, ICC prosecutors once again demanded Bashir stand
trial for mass killings in Darfur.
military generals who had initially seized power in the aftermath of the
president’s fall have refused to hand him over to the ICC.
country has since August been ruled by a joint civilian-military sovereign
council, which includes leaders of the protest umbrella.
body is tasked with overseeing the transition to full civilian rule.
transitional authorities would need to ratify the ICC’s Rome Statute to allow
for the transfer of the ousted ruler to the Hague.
Darfur conflict flared in 2003 when ethnic African rebels took up arms against
the then Arab-dominated government of al-Bashir, accusing it of marginalizing
the region economically and politically.
then applied what rights groups say was a scorched earth policy against ethnic
groups suspected of supporting the rebels – raping, killing, looting and
300,000 people have been killed and 2.5 million displaced in the conflict, the
United Nations says.
is now being held in a prison in Khartoum, and is facing trial on corruption
ruled Sudan for three decades after seizing power in an extremist backed coup
Forces Spokesman: Iran to Target Interests of Washington, Collaborators in Any
place and any point of any territories which host the US and its allies'
interests will be threatened (in case of any war) and the Islamic Republic has
proved that it has the capability to do so," General Shekarchi told FNA on
if a country does not directly participate in any possible war but its
territories host the enemy, we consider that country as a hostile territory and
will treat it as an aggressor," he added.
Shekarchi also underlined that Iran's military might and power is not limited
to the country's territorial borders.
meantime, said that Iran has never started and will not start a war in the
future, "but if an aggressor makes a strategic mistake, that aggression
will be confronted with the strongest and the most crushing response" in
the geography beyond the imagination of ill-wishers, a response that will make
the aggressors regret their deed.
Shekarchi had also warned in June that the interests of Washington and its
regional allies would be endangered and destroyed if the US fired even one
single bullet at Iran.
against threat means that if one bullet is fired at us, 10 bullets will be
fired at them (the enemy) and they should pay a heavy price," the Iranian
added that the Iranian Armed Forces as guarantors of security for the Iranian
and regional people have this message to the world that "we do not intend
to invade any country but if Iran comes under aggression by enemies, they will
face an irreparable and historical response that will make them regret".
Shekarchi said that all moves by enemies, specially the US, are precisely
monitored by the Iranian Armed Forces, stressing that any military
miscalculation by enemies, specially the US and its allies, in the region will
mean firing at a gunpowder store, which hosts the interests of the US and its
allies, and setting fire on the entire region that will burn the US, its
interests and its allies.
on Syrian Constitutional Committee 'going well’
Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen said Friday the first round of talks by
the Syrian Constitutional Committee was “successful” and the next round, with a
whittled down group of 45, will start Monday.
last two days have been very good,” said Pedersen, addressing journalists in
the evening after chairing two days of talks with the 150-strong committee
said the committee also agreed on the 45 members that will work in the
so-called “drafting body” to meet Monday, made up of 15 members of the Syrian
regime, 15 opposition members and 15 members of civil society.
also know, of course, that after eight and a half years of conflict, there are
deep differences, a lot of suspicions, a lack of trust. But the fact that 150
Syrians have been sitting together respecting each other, talking to each
other…I think was quite impressive.”
Syrian Constitutional Committee began the third day of talks Friday at the
United Nations in Geneva with more discussions on a constitutional roadmap.
had launched the Constitutional Committee with co-chairs Ahmad Kuzbari from the
Syrian regime and Hadi Albahra from the opposition in an opening ceremony
two co-chairs also addressed journalists Friday after Pedersen.
said the first part of the meeting “has worked well, and members have expressed
their opinions and made their suggestions for the group of 45.”
said Syrian constitutions written since 1920, including that of 2012, will be
discussed at the meetings.
new constitution will be created. The important thing is that it is to be a
fair and free constitution," he said.
security reasons,” he said the next meeting after Geneva “is not possible in
Damascus because opposition members’ lives are endangered.”
said: “We exchanged ideas in two days, and the three different groups had their
the environment was good,” he noted.
Constitutional Committee is mandated within the context of a UN-facilitated
Geneva process to prepare and draft constitutional reforms paving the way for a
political settlement in Syria, to be held to popular approval.
ready, if needed will impose NSA: UP Police ahead of Ayodhya verdict
of the expected verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit by
Supreme Court, Uttar Pradesh DGP OP Singh said that the state police is ready
and if needed the National Security Act (NSA) will be imposed on elements who
attempt to disrupt law and order.
are absolutely ready. Under no circumstances, anybody will be allowed to take
law in hand. Our Intelligence machinery is geared up. If needed, the National
Security Act will be imposed on elements who attempt to disrupt law and order,”
Singh said here on Sunday.
five-judge Supreme Court bench heard the Ayodhya case on a day-to-day basis for
40 days and reserved its verdict on October 16.
apex court is expected to deliver its verdict on a dispute over the ownership
of 2.77 acres of land in Ayodhya district in Uttar Pradesh before November 17,
when the Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi retires.
Hindu parties, during the hearing, had argued that the entire 2.77 acres of land
is the birthplace or “janm sthan” of Lord Ram while the Muslim parties claimed
the title over the land, saying Muslims had ownership of the land since 1528
when the mosque was built.
in terror case after 11 years, they brace for new fight
after spending 11 years behind bars for the 2008 attack on a CRPF camp in
Rampur, Mohammad Kausar and Gulab Khan say they are not sure if the court order
would prove enough to rid them of “terrorist” tag.
they were arrested, Kausar (48) ran an electronics shop near his house in Kunda
area of Pratapgarh while Khan (41) owned a welding shop at Baheri locality in
Bareilly. With their families having sold their shops as well as spent their
savings fighting their case, the two said it wouldn’t be easy for them to pick
up the pieces.
Saturday, a Rampur local court awarded death sentence to four accused,
including two Pakistani nationals, for the 2008 attack, in which seven CRPF
jawans and a rickshaw-puller were killed. A fifth accused was sentenced to
life. Khan and Kausar, who were accused of hiding weapons used in the crime at
their residences before the attack, were acquitted for want of evidence.
was arrested on February 9, more than a month after the attack, from his shop
in Pratapgarh, 486 km from Rampur. “A senior police officer asked me two-three
questions and then put me in a room. Two days later, I was produced before a
court, which sent me to jail. In the two-minute interaction with a senior
police officer, I maintained I was innocent,” Kausar told The Indian Express
over the phone.
who studied upto Class 9, said he worked for 10 years at an electronics shop in
Saudi Arabia before returning to India in 2005. After his arrest, he said,
there was no one in the family to run the shop he opened in Kunda and it was
shut down. “Because of financial crisis, my three children had to drop out of
school. My wife Salma Bano started stitching clothes for a living. Relatives
stopped coming to my house. To raise money to fight the case, the family later
sold the shop.”
from Bareilly Central Jail on Sunday, Kausar said he feared that his ordeal was
not over. “People don’t easily believe a person who has spent over a decade in
jail. The court has acquitted me but people will not accept me as innocent. I
have to fight once again to get their trust.”
wife Naajara told The Indian Express from their home in Bareilly, that she
thanks god for his return. “We did not lose hope that he would return home one
day because we knew he had been implicated falsely. Our hard work has finally
was arrested from his shop in Bareilly, around 70 km from Rampur, on February
10. A day later, police produced him in court and he was sent to judicial
said his family was forced to shut the shop as none of them knew iron wielding
work. “Naajara started stitching clothes but that was only enough to arrange
food for the family. Even power connection to my house was snapped because of
non-payment of bills,” said Khan, ruing that his appeals that he was innocent
fell on deaf ears.
elder brother Kamal Khan said his three children dropped out of school as they
couldn’t pay the fees. His brother-in-law Mohammad Shaheen said every step in
these 11 years had been a struggle.
he completed his graduation inside jail, Khan is afraid it might mean little.
“I have to see how society reacts to me now. I have lost precious days of my
life.” Kamal said it is not easy to start life afresh in the 40s.
CRPF camp in Rampur was struck in the early hours of January 1, 2008. The Uttar
Pradesh Special Task Force arrested Mohammad Shareef, Jung Bahadur (both from
UP), Sabauddin (belonging to Bihar), and two alleged Pakistanis and
Lashkar-e-Toiba operatives Imran Shahzad and Mohammad Farooq for the attack,
apart from Kausar and Khan. Police said Bahadur and Sabauddin had taken the two
Pakistanis to the CRPF camp, and stood outside as guard while they carried out
claimed to have recovered two AK-47s, later proved forensically to have been
used in the attack, from the Pakistani nationals and Sabaduddin, as well as to
have lifted their fingerprints from the spot.
Israel, why WhatsApp: AIMIM chief Owaisi to Centre over ‘snooping’ row
chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi on Sunday lashed out at the BJP-led
Central government over the ‘snooping’ controversy and demanded that it should
ask Israel how their firm targeted some 1,400 WhatsApp users with the Pegasus
a public meeting in Hyderabad, Owaisi said, “Now it has been learnt that an
Israeli company listened to WhatsApp conversations. The Israeli Ambassador
should be summoned and asked as to why their company listened to our phones?
But, you (government) are not asking the Israeli company, instead, you are
questioning WhatsApp. Why are you afraid to ask.”
platform WhatsApp on Thursday revealed that journalists and human rights
activists in India were among the 1400 targets of surveillance by operators
using Israeli firm NSO’s spyware Pegasus.
a lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco, WhatsApp accused NSO of
facilitating government hacking sprees in 20 countries. Following the
disclosure, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology sought an
explanation from WhatsApp on the matter asking them to list out the measures
the company has taken to safeguard the privacy of its Indian users.
the same breath, Owaisi also assailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for staying
mum on issues like unemployment, poverty and rising commodity prices.
to a slip in India’s ranking in the Global Hunger Index from 95 in 2018 to 102
this year, Owaisi said, “You (Narendra Modi) have been the Prime Minister for
five years. You got more than 300 seats (Lok Sabha). We want to ask one
question Modi ji, how it happened?”
have brought India to such a situation. Is this your nationalism. Shame on you.
Twenty crore people sleep empty stomach daily in our country and you talk big
things. BJP and RSS make fun of the poor,” the AIMIM chief said.
further said while 24 per cent of post-graduate and degree-holders in the
country were unemployed, Prime Minister was busy signing agreement on RCEP in
up the ongoing tussle between BJP and Shiv Sena over government formation in
Maharashtra, Owaisi said, “They (BJP and Shiv Sena) fought (the elections)
together. Now after elections, it’s 50:50… They should think of the people of
Maharashtra. Rains in Satara (district) have destructed crops, and farmers are
in distress, but they are not worried about it.”
said the AIMIM has decided that it would neither support the BJP nor the Shiv
Sena in formation of the government in that state.
alert on Chhath Puja, Bihar district admn names Muslims
an order to the local police and administration, Madhepura District Magistrate
Navdeep Shukla has warned against attempts by “mischievous elements from Muslim
community (to) cause tension” during the ongoing Chhath festival.
at the order, the state home department said it would look into the issue. “It
was inadvertently phrased,” Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Amir Subhani,
said. Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey said the “tone of the order should have been
the order, dated October 31, the district magistrate has said: “Water deposit
in lanes through which Chhath Puja devotees cross, especially through Muslim
settlements… overflowing drain water running through (these) roads causes
tension. At times, dismantling of ghat structure because of the crowd also
causes problems. Incidents of eve-teasing of relatives and acquaintances of
devotees by mischievous elements from Muslim community cause tension. Passing
objectionable remarks on Chhath devotees and their relatives causes law and
order also warns against “mischievous elements intending to disturb communal
harmony by placing flesh or body parts of dead animals in ponds and rivers”.
Citing incidents of communal tension during Dussehra and Muharram in Bihariganj
area of the district in 2016, the district administration said special
precautions were being taken this time.
contacted, Shukla told The Sunday Express: “The order is based on Intelligence
inputs. Other districts would have also issued such orders. Our idea is to
avoid any breach of communal harmony”.
why a particular community had been named, he said: “We put the Intelligence
input the way it is. We cannot tone down the language. It is about issuing
alerts to ensure that there is no law and order problem… Our goal is to
maintain communal harmony”.
district magistrate, in his order, has referred to an October 23 note from the
office of the Additional Director General of Police (Special Branch) on
security precautions to be taken during Chhath Puja. This note, however, was a
general advisory and did not name any community.
diluted Article 370 twelve times without controversy: Congress
The Congress on Sunday claimed it "diluted and abrogated" Article 370
that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir as many as twelve times
without creating any controversy.
a press conference here, Congress spokesman Pawan Kheda said, "Not once or
twice, but the Congress party diluted Article 370 as many as 12 times, but
without letting any controversy break out."
said the country's affairs are run through dialogue and not through
said the Congress understands this fact but "the ruling BJP doesn't"
as its entire politics is founded on controversies.
said the party's stand on Article 370 has not changed at all but it is
objecting to the way the BJP government annulled it.
also accused the BJP government at the Centre of not implementing the GST
properly, saying it has resulted in small businessmen, manufacturers and
farmers driven to the verge of ruin today.
that the noteban imposed by the Narendra Modi government had caused the
country's economy to totter, he said a similar noteban imposed during Indira
Gandhi's tenure as Prime Minister had caused no harm to it.
used to be in circulation in those days Rs 10,000 notes, which were banned when
Indira Gandhi was the PM but no one had to queue up outside banks nor was there
any controversy," he said.
concern over the regional free trade agreement, Kheda said if India signs the
deal it will ruin small farmers, small traders and small manufacturers.
hideout busted in J&K's Kishtwar, arms and explosives seized
Security forces recovered a cache of arms and ammunition from a terrorist
hideout in Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar district on Sunday, officials said.
arrest was made during the operation, the officials said.
hideout was unearthed in Sheri area of Mughal Maidan by a joint search party of
the Rashtriya Rifles and Special Operations Group of local police, they said.
the search, a Chinese pistol, two magazines with two rounds, one AK magazine
with 27 rounds, 8.1 kg explosives, 10 electronic detonators and five switches
with battery used in triggering improvised explosive devices were seized.
Reid: Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric insults all Americans
damage that Donald Trump has already done to our democracy in the two and a
half years of his presidency is incalculable. The list of his offenses against
our republic is long, but one of the most egregious of those offenses is the
way he intentionally tries to set Americans against each other, to make us
suspect, fear and hate each other for his own political gain.
efforts began even before Donald Trump decided to run for president. Before
2011, Trump was a six times-bankrupt real estate swindler with a reality TV
show. But then, in 2011, he inserted himself into the political debate by
promoting the lie that President Barack Obama was not born in the United
States. The very clear subtext of this conspiracy theory was that Obama was a
foreigner, and perhaps even a Muslim.
correct response to this, as Colin Powell memorably said in 2008, is, “What if
he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The
answer’s no. That’s not America. Is there something wrong with some 7-year-old
Muslim American kid believing that he or she could be president?”
announcing his candidacy, Trump has targeted Muslims with vile hatred. He
claimed that “Islam hates us.” He pushed for the surveillance of Muslim houses
of worship and the creation of a database of Muslims in the United States. He
smeared the parents of Army Capt. Humayun Khan, an American Muslim who was
killed serving his country in Iraq. Trump campaigned on “total and complete
shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” and tried to implement that
ban immediately after his inauguration.
Muslims that Trump insults are our friends, our families, our neighbors and our
fellow citizens. Muslims have been part of our country’s story since the moment
of its birth, and even before. The first recorded arrival of Muslims to this
continent in the 1600s, brought as enslaved people from Africa. Muslims have
fought for this country in every war since the American Revolution. Muslims
have contributed to American life in every possible way, in every profession —
in art, science, politics, business, and more. Muslims are not foreigners.
country was founded by many groups who were fleeing religious persecution in
other countries. Over the years, our country has struggled, and continues to
struggle, to overcome prejudice against many minority groups –
African-Americans, Jews, Catholics, Mormons, Irish, Italians, Asian, Latinos
a member of the Mormon faith, I know what it is like to be part of a religious
minority that has faced persecution and prejudice for its beliefs. My wife,
Landra, a daughter of Jewish immigrants, understands this. This is why we are
both especially troubled by the fact that the president of the United States,
before the eyes of the world, rejects not only core American values, but the
central values of our religious faith.
Institute for Social Policy and Research (ISPU) conducts an annual poll to
chart the attitudes and policy preferences of everyday Americans. In 2019, they
found an increase in the level of public endorsement of the five most common
negative stereotypes associated with Muslims in America. While this is a
disturbing trend, the survey also found that knowing a Muslim, having knowledge
of Islam and holding positive views of other minorities is linked to lower
levels of anti-Muslim perception.
month at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, I convened a conference on the
role of Islam in America, which brought together leading scholars, journalists
and advocates to discuss the history of the Islamic faith and the role that the
Muslim community has played, and continues to play, in the story of our
country. The event also focused on the tenets of faith shared among the
Abrahamic religions — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — and beyond.
the Bible, Matthew 22:39 exhorts us, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”
Similarly, in the Quran, chapter 49 verse 13, tells us, “We made you into
nations and tribes so that you may better know one another." These are
values that ring true for believers and non-believers alike.
President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi And Europe’s Islamophobes: An Unsavory Alliance
of the central strategies the authoritarian regimes of the Middle East use to
gain influence in the European Union (EU) is to promote themselves as bulwarks
of stability, moderation, and tolerance. They pump up their credentials as
defenders of religious minorities, particularly Christians, against the threat
of political Islam. The efficacy and success of this strategy, however, appears
to be limited to the conservative side of the European political specter,
including the extreme right, while the left and the liberal center are much
more skeptical of such narratives.
is a case in point. Wary of continued criticisms of its human rights record
from such organizations as the European Parliament (EP), the regime of the
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi dispatched Tawadros II—the spiritual authority
of Egypt’s 15 million Christian Copts—to polish the country’s image in
Brussels. Meeting with the leaders in the EP, Tawadros II duly repeated the
well-rehearsed lines about Christians never having it so good in Egypt as under
al-Sisi´s leadership. He blamed the occasional violence in the country on few
a week after his visit, the EP adopted what is arguably its toughest resolution
on Egypt to date. The motion, adopted by an overwhelming majority on October
24, condemned the arbitrary arrest of more than 4,300 people who were
protesting against “systemic corruption, repression and austerity measures,”
accompanied by demands of a;-Sisi’s resignation.
also demanded that the EU governments stop exporting to Egypt surveillance
equipment and any other technologies that can facilitate repression. They,
however, stopped short of calling for a full arms embargo, due to pressure of
French MEPs from the President Macron’s En Marche party. Although part of the
liberal Renew Europe (RE) group in the EP, on this issue, they joined forces
with the right-wing of the chamber and, given their powerful position within
the RE, succeeded in removing the reference to arms from the motion previously
agreed by political groups, including their own. This maneuver reflects
France’s bourgeoning arms exports to Egypt, and Paris’s overall close strategic
alignment with al-Sisi.
was novel in this resolution, and reportedly ruffled some feathers in the
European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, was the demand to conduct a
profound overhaul of the EU’s relations with Egypt. Specifically, MEPs argued
that the human rights situation in the country requires a “serious revision of
the Commission’s budgetary support to Egypt.” Such support means direct
transfers from the Commission to the Egyptian treasury, within the framework of
the European Neighbourhood Policy. Those were, in theory, frozen after the
Rabaa massacre by the Egyptian security forces in 2013. But even after that, as
the Commission itself recognizes, it still represented 27 percent of the EU’s
overall commitments to Egypt, ostensibly to promote good governance, among
other objectives. Overall, the Commission earmarked up to 528 million euros to
support Egypt in 2017-2020.
question the MEPs are asking is whether continuing disbursing hundreds of
millions of European taxpayers’ money to Egypt constitutes a sound policy.
Recent protests, however small in scale, exposed the limits of the Egyptian
model. It consists in marrying IMF-imposed, austerity-based neoliberal economic
reforms with ferocious repression of political dissent. The Egyptian
authorities try to portray the protestors as “terrorists” and “Islamists,” but
this is deliberately misleading. The protests are ignited by the devastating
social cost of al-Sisi’s reforms. Three years after the implementation of the
IMF program, which provided a $12 billion loan to Egypt, 33 percent of
Egyptians live under the poverty line, up from 28 percent in 2015. According to
the World Bank, the number of the poor and vulnerable is near 60 percent, with
inequality on the rise. All this comes accompanied by reports of a rampant
corruption within the military, the mainstay of the president’s power.
another country where IMF-driven austerity measures similarly led to an
exponential increase of poverty—Argentina—voters had an opportunity to protest
at the ballot box: they elected, on October 28, a center-left alternative to the
neoliberal course. Egyptians, by contrast, are denied the right to change their
government through elections. However, as long as al-Sisi refuses to correct
the economic course and ease political repression, cracks in the edifice of his
pretended stability will inevitably widen.
the EU, to continue pouring money into a failing model is both morally wrong
and politically shortsighted. It legitimizes repression, and makes mockery of
the EU-proclaimed championship of global human rights, while at the same time damaging Europe’s own
interests in the long run. Supporters of engaging al-Sisi argue that this is
vital to safeguard stability in Egypt and to control migration flows to Europe.
That would have been a legitimate argument were his government able to provide
a real, sustainable stability. In reality, however, as the recent protests and
their violent suppression show, al-Sisi’s policies are much more likely to
exacerbate tensions in the Egyptian society, ultimately leading to violent
explosion and, as a result, opening those floodgates of uncontrolled migration
that the European leaders so fear.
adopted resolution shows that at least parts of the European establishment are
aware of the risks of uncritical support for the Egyptian regime. However, predictably,
the EP’s hard right tried to back al-Sisi up. The European Conservatives and
Reformists group (ECR), which counts among its members Francoist nostalgics
from the Spanish Vox party, and the overtly Islamophobic, extreme right
Identity and Democracy group (ID), spearheaded by the French Marine Le Pen and
the Italian Matteo Salvini voted against the resolution, but were decisively
outvoted by mainstream parties who refused to fall prey to the Islamist
US terrorism report sans YPG a cover up effort
on Sunday said the recently revealed U.S. terrorism report which refrained from
naming the YPG shows the latter’s effort to cover up its cooperation with the
mentioning the YPG and instead calling it PKK's offshoot in Syria is an effort
by the U.S. authorities -- who do not hide their cooperation with the terror
group -- to cover up their attitude which does not abide by the law,” Hami
Aksoy, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, said in a written statement on the
annual Country Report on Terrorism issued by the U.S. State Department on
report said that in 2018 Ankara "continued its efforts to defeat terrorist
organizations both inside and outside its borders," including by taking
measures against the PKK and Daesh/ISIS.
said the report further noted that Turkey has been an "active contributor"
of international anti-terror organizations, including the Global
Counter-terrorism Forum and the U.S.-led anti-Daesh coalition.
said the PKK, which is listed as a foreign terror group by the U.S., is
responsible for the deaths of over 1,200 civilians, police officers, and
soldiers in Turkey in the 2015-2018 period.
its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a
terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union -- has been
responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and
infants. The YPG is the Syrian offshoot of PKK.
on the U.S. report’s part on the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), Aksoy
said: “Presenting the ringleader of FETO, another terror group targeting Turkey,
as a self-exiled cleric means ignoring and supporting the July 15 heinous coup
is also a manifestation of the effort to ignore the fact that this terrorist
has found a safe haven on the U.S. land.”
warned that FETO terror group, which claimed 251 lives and injured thousands
during the 2016 defeated coup attempt, does not pose a threat only for Turkey
but for all the countries where it is present.
also reiterated the importance of international cooperation in fight against
and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July
15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
for Christians in Iran
year, on the first Sunday of November, churches across America dedicate a time
during their services to pray for their Christian brothers and sisters who live
in countries where they cannot practice their faith freely. This year, the
International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church falls on Nov. 3.
persecution — particularly against Christians — is at an all-time high. More
than 245 million Christians live in countries where they experience high levels
of persecution, according to Open Doors. But there are a few countries where
the level of harassment and hostility is so intense that they’re classified as
places of extreme persecution. One of these places is Iran.
America’s conflict with Iran has generated concerns about the possibility of
war in the Persian Gulf, few people are talking about the fact that Iran is one
of the worst persecutors of Christians in the world.
Doors has listed Iran in its top 10 most dangerous countries for Christians for
nearly a decade. Pew Research, in a recent report, also lists Iran as having
one of the highest levels of government restrictions on religion in the world.
a Christian in Iran automatically puts a person’s life at risk, but it’s
particularly dangerous for Iranians who have converted from Islam to
Christianity. They have to live their faith secretly, pretending they are
faithful Muslims when in reality they are Christians. These believers cannot go
to one of the few churches the Iranian government has given limited permission
to operate; they cannot hold services in Persian; they have to meet in secret
to avoid attracting authorities.
the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iran has cataloged Christianity as an
existential threat to the nation. In fact, the Iranian regime fears
Christianity so much that Iran’s intelligence minister, Mahmoud Avali, recently
expressed concern over Iranians who are becoming Christians.
the threat, he said, “These converts are ordinary people whose jobs are selling
sandwiches or similar things,” suggesting these are uneducated people,
vulnerable to Christian “propaganda.”
minister’s view is shared by other leaders in Iran. One of the members of
Iran’s Expediency Discernment Council, which advises Iran’s Supreme Leader, in
an interview with an Iranian news agency said, “No sane person abandons the
pure religion of Islam. … The only reason for this deviation to Christianity is
when the government asked some of these converts why they chose Christianity,
they received an unexpected answer: “We had no choice but to summon them to ask
them why they were converting,” the intelligence minister recounted. “Some of
them said they were looking for a religion that gives them peace.”
Iran’s leaders might not realize is that when the Iranian Revolution ushered in
an era of Islamic dominance, it also triggered a Christian revolution. Church
historians point to an explosive growth of Christianity in Iran since the
revolution. Although it’s hard to determine exactly how many Christians are in
Iran, given that most must keep their religious identity secret, it’s estimated
there could be as many as 800,000 Iranian believers. Mark Bradley, who has
written about Christianity in Iran, says that more Iranians have become
Christians in the past 25 years than in the past 13 centuries combined.
Iran has one of the fastest-growing Christian communities in the world, and
there are not enough Bibles to meet the demand.
a Christian living in a country with extensive restrictions on religion,
there’s nothing more precious than a Bible. We have heard stories of Iranian
Christians who copy portions of the Bible by hand so they can share it with
others. Others give the only precious copy of the New Testament they own to
someone they believe needs hope, while others access the Bible through
encrypted mobile apps so the government won’t be able to track them.
Iranian regime has gone to great lengths to prevent people from having access to
the Bible. The government even has begun throttling internet speeds and
prohibiting people from owning satellite dishes so they cannot access Christian
literature and TV programming, according to a country profile prepared by Open
12 years ago, World Help started working in Iran to distribute Bibles. Our
donors helped fund a new Persian translation of the New Testament, which we
help print and secretly distribute through a trusted network. Our partner
recently completed a translation of the entire Bible, which has created
increased excitement and demand among the underground church.
often ask us why we provide Bibles to Christians in persecuted countries,
especially when owning a Bible can get Christians in serious trouble with the
authorities. I’ll let a believer from Iran answer that question. He said to our
partners, “When I had the opportunity to read the Bible, I found true hope. We
pray we can share the Good News with more Iranians desperate for hope.”
Christians in Iran, North Korea and other countries where they face fierce
persecution, the Bible is not simply a lifeless, religious text to be studied
or memorized. It is a source of hope in the middle of darkness.
State group names new leader to replace Baghdadi
Sarah Dadouch, Asser Khattab and Joby Warrick
— The Islamic State militant group Thursday announced the successor to its
former leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who U.S. officials said killed himself by
detonating a suicide vest during a raid last week on his hiding place in
recording released by the Islamic State’s media arm confirmed Baghdadi’s death
and named his successor as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qorashi.
not rejoice, America, in killing Sheikh al-Baghdadi,” a spokesman said on the
recording, which was disseminated on the group’s social media channel. “Do you
not realize that the [Islamic] State stands today at the doorsteps of Europe
and Central Africa? Nay; it is expanding and persisting.”
new leader was chosen by the Islamic State’s Consultative Council after they
had confirmed Baghdadi’s death, the audio statement said. It did not give any
details about the new leader but said that a previous spokesman for the group
had also been killed in the U.S. raid.
you not see how you have become the laughingstock of the nations,” it said,
addressing the United States, “your destiny ruled by an old fool who goes to
sleep with one opinion and wakes with another?”
death was widely seen as a blow to the Islamic State, which swept across large
areas of Iraq and Syria beginning in June 2014 and eventually took control of
territory the size Britain. The group, also referred to as ISIS, terrorized
towns it ruled into submission and carried out attacks overseas under the
leadership of Baghdadi, an Iraqi national.
experts said the new leader’s name was possibly a pseudonym, accorded to Baghdadi’s
successor at the time of his succession.
the appointment, the Islamic State appears to be again choosing a figurehead
with the scholarly credentials and ancestral lineage that justifies a claim to
the title “caliph.” The name “Hashimi” denotes a descendant of the Banu Hashim
clan of the Quraysh tribe, to which the prophet Muhammad also belonged. The
Islamic State’s official statement also refers to the man as a “scholar.”
also a claimed descendant of the Banu Hashim clan, was regarded as an Islamic
scholar, having studied Islamic jurisprudence at the University of Baghdad and
served as an imam. Among the Islamic State’s hard-line adherents, those
qualifications gave him standing to claim to be the true “caliph” who could
lead the Islamic State’s self-
see the group again emphasizing scholarly credentials,” said Cole Bunzel, a
research fellow at the Hoover Institute. “It also invoked the example of the
first generations of Muslims in describing the selection process for selecting
a new caliph. In Sunni Islam, generally speaking, there are two recognized
legitimate ways to appoint a new caliph: by designation by the current caliph,
or by selection by a group of qualified men. The latter was the case here.”
Sunni Muslim authorities have long rejected Baghdadi’s teachings as a
perversion of Islam. The Islamic State’s announcement Thursday came amid
reminders of the group’s irrelevance to many in the Middle East — at a moment
when Arab countries, including Iraq and Lebanon, are gripped with popular,
anti-government protests that also explicitly reject appeals to religious
sectarianism, a hallmark of the Islamic State.
Islamic State’s stunning rise began with a lightning advance across territory
in northern and western Iraq as the country’s military forces retreated. A
U.S.-led campaign to beat back the militants lasted years and relied on Iraqi
soldiers and militiamen as well as a Kurdish-led force in Syria.
and cities occupied by the Islamic State suffered twice: from the militants’
brutal rule, and from what human rights groups said was a frequently
indiscriminate U.S.-led air campaign that killed thousands of civilians and
reduced parts of Syrian and Iraqi cities to rubble.
40 Years Of Hostility With No End In Sight
Yonah Jeremy Bob
is no horizon for ending hostility between the Islamic Republic on one side and
the US and Israel on the other.
would think the US’s greatest hostility would be for a country that killed
58,000 of its soldiers and that Israel’s greatest hostility would be for a
country that killed more than 2,500 of its soldiers in a single war.
40 years after the 1979 Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis, the Islamic
Republic appears to have the most hostile relations with the US and Israel, as opposed
to Vietnam and Egypt. Rather, the two latter countries have achieved solid
peaceful relations with the US and Israel, respectively, despite the history of
contrast, Iran has fought no general wars with either the US or Israel and
shares no borders with either country.
hostility between the countries is then far more ideological.
is due to specific events that have penetrated deep into the national psyche
and also broad opposing interests that preserve a state of conflict as opposed
to Vietnam and Egypt, which reached peaceful relations once particular disputes
the relations between the three countries were the close relations between the
shah of Iran with the US and Israel.
CIA even overthrew Iran’s democratically elected leader in 1958 to maintain the
rule of the shah.
Israel did not play such an active role in propping up the shah, it had close
relations with him as part of David Ben-Gurion’s strategy of making non-Arab
Middle East allies to balance against the Middle East Arab threats.
40 years later, it is Iran that is the lasting threat against Israel as many of
the moderate Sunni Arab countries are trying to find ways to live a stable
coexistence with Israel, even if there is not yet formal peace with some of
is possible that Iran would have hated the US and Israel in any scenario as the
Great Satan of secularism in the West and the Little Satan of bringing
secularism/non-Islam into the Middle East.
the fact that Iran Revolution founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini viewed the US
and Israel as in league with and propping up the hated secular shah definitely
aggravated relations from the start.
Iran, its decision to break into the US Embassy and hold 50 US diplomats and
guards hostage for 444 days – violating the most basic rules of Western
civilization of immunity for diplomatic missions – was its way of spitting on
the West’s secular order and rules that it believed were used to enslave it.
CONTRAST, Egypt and Vietnam’s opposition to Israel and the US, even with some
ideological components, eventually was mostly related to removing Israeli and
US troops from their territory, and was not a founding part of their identity.
also has sought to export its revolution from day one to create a wider Shi’ite
caliphate, whereas Egypt and Vietnam’s ambitions were generally more limited
(even by the Yom Kippur War, there is strong evidence that Egypt’s war aims
were limited to the Sinai.)
of the US will not view Tehran as being a country that it can do business with
until it renounces the hostage incident (which it will celebrate this week as a
major achievement) and other similar behaviors that violate Western norms
(piracy against US-allies oil tankers.)
complication is the distrust that emerges from Iran being run as a theocracy.
countries in the world, including Russia, China, Pakistan and North Korea,
possess nuclear weapons.
times, the US and Israel have viewed all of those four listed countries and
their nuclear weapons with suspicion.
no one took the trouble to preemptive strike their nuclear facilities to block
them from getting a nuclear weapon as Israel would be expected to do if the
Islamic Republic got close.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei saying he issued a religious prohibition on nuclear
weapons as being un-Islamic, Israel and the US are more worried about Iran
using nuclear weapons than the above countries because its Islamic zeal is
viewed as anti-rational.
some of Israel’s enemies talk about wanting to re-conquer specific areas from
Israel, Iran simply wants to “wipe it off the map” – as its various leaders
have said over the years. This makes the nuclear weapons conversation far more
the Obama administration, there was a brief attempt to find some middle ground
with Iran, but that ended mid-way through US President Donald Trump’s tenure.
could blame the Trump administration for pulling out of the nuclear deal, or
blame Tehran for taking every opportunity to sabotage the spirit of the deal
and to try to use the deal as leverage for more expansive aggressive behaviors
in the region.
of who is to blame, the enmity between the countries to date has overcome any
attempts to bridge the gaps between them and to lower the flames on the nuclear
whereas Russia, China and Pakistan certainly interfere with some of their
neighboring countries’ stability, Iran’s proselytizing to export its Islamic
ideology is viewed as a greater and more anti-rational threat.
Iran’s theocracy lends the whole country to be more willing to entertain or at
least to propagate conspiracy theories.
the last few days, Iranian officials have argued the laughable ideas that the
US is responsible for the protests in Iraq, Lebanon and even for helping create
may be the most lasting reason for the continued hostility between Iran and the
US and Israel.
ISIS leader al-Baghdadi’s death a ‘milestone’ in fight
secretary general says the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a
“milestone” in the fight against the extremist group but is cautioning that the
struggle is far from over.
Jens Stoltenberg told Germany’s Bild newspaper on Sunday that ISIS once
controlled a vast area in Syria and Iraq and the international anti-IS
coalition, of which NATO is a part, needs to “ensure that it doesn’t return.”
says ISIS “doesn’t have any territory any more, but it still lives. IS
maintains sleeper cells, secret networks and is working to come back. Our
mission is not yet entirely fulfilled.”
Mufti: Up to gov't to decide on zakat distribution for non-Muslims
TOWN: Penang Mufti Datuk Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor said it is up to the federal
government to decide on the distribution of zakat for the benefit of the
he said priority should be given to Muslims first.
said this is because zakat, which is only collected from Muslims, is also a
form of worship in Islam.
he said, has a dual function, namely for worship and social functions. This, he
added, is understood from the Hadith (narrated by al-Bukhari) in that alms are
collected from rich Muslims and distributed to the poor among them (Muslims).
recipients of zakat comprise eight categories as stated in the Surah At-Taubah
of the Al-Quran. These are the fakir; the poor; those who manage the collection
and distribution of zakat; those whose hearts are devoted to Islam; those who
want to free themselves from the shackles of slavery; those burdened by debt;
for the fight to uphold Islam including preaching; social and welfare
activities; and for those who are stranded with no money.
to this verse, zakat can be given to non-Muslims, either to make Islam
appealing to them or to encourage them to help Muslims against their enemy, or
at least to gain their sympathy for Muslims,” he said.
Salim added that if the zakat income exceeds the needs of the Muslim community,
then there is no problem with it being distributed to non-Muslims in need.
a recent international conference on zakat, Port Dickson Member of Parliament
and PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim mooted for reforms of the zakat
also proposed for the distribution of zakat to non-Muslims, citing an opinion
by prominent Muslim jurist Yusuf al-Qaradawi.
said Islam encourages the distribution of zakat to non-Muslims in a
multi-racial society, but qualified that this should not be at the expense of
the Muslim poor.
scholar sees open discourse on Islam under Anwar
LUMPUR: British scholar Ziauddin Sardar foresees Malaysian society thriving
intellectually and ethically under the leadership of Anwar Ibrahim.
an award-winning author regarded as one of Britain’s top intellectuals, said he
believed Anwar’s leadership would lead to the flowering of critical discourse
ethical and moral issues that are swept aside will come to the fore more
openly, discussed, explored,” he said. “Maybe we can meet some consensus on
intellectually and ethically, Malaysia will be a much healthier society.”
interviewed Sardar at the venue of the Digital Futures Conference, which Anwar
was an adviser to Anwar when the latter was deputy prime minister.
described Islam as a religion incorporating a wide range of views and
open and pluralistic,” he said. “No one has any right to say to anyone else
that he is a good or bad Muslim or that his faith is weak because these things
belong to God. Only God can judge your faith.”
US-based Turkish academic Mustafa Akyol criticised the Malaysian government for
its refusal to dismantle restrictions on foreign speakers addressing Islamic
said Islam could be seen as “pretty oppressive” if open debates, discussions, analyses,
criticism and counter criticism were not allowed.
a condition, he said, would be obstructive to the growth of a society that is
“Muslim not just in dogmatic faith, but also Muslim in ethics and morality”.
voiced his confidence that Anwar will eventually succeed Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
the indications are there,” he said. “I think Mahathir is a man of integrity.
He will fulfil his promise.”
also said he believed Anwar’s incarceration between 1999 and 2004 and between
2015 and 2018 had resulted in an increase in his benevolence.
is quite astonishing that someone who has suffered so much can be so forgiving
and indeed so loving. I think that tells us a great deal about the man.”
Anwar’s mind, he said: “It’s as sharp as ever. He’s always asking the pertinent
back MCA in Tanjung Piai? We need non-Muslims who are not ‘extreme’, says PAS
SOO WERN JUN
LUMPUR, Nov 4 — The Opposition bloc needs non-Muslims who are not extremists
like MCA as elected representatives, PAS explained today as the main reason why
it is backing the former for the Tanjung Piai by-election.
PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said that this approach by PAS may
change depending on the evolving national political landscape.
sees the Opposition bloc in need of non-Muslims who are not extreme in a
multiracial society, that is MCA which currently only has one seat. For the
next GE, this formula may be revised looking at the scenarios and current
strategies to ensure a win for the ‘Muafakat Nasional’ on a grander scale,” he
said in a statement.
Nasional refers to the new alliance between PAS and Barisan Nasional (BN)
component party member Umno.
Hadi pointed out that even though PAS has been with many political blocs since
its creation, it has never wavered or compromised on its goals with regards to
the position of Islam as well as the rights of Malays.
accepts the concept of Islam as the Federal Religion in the Federal
Constitution and other religious freedoms, but the meaning of Islam is based on
the interpretation of the word Al-Din in the Quranic language, not ‘religion’
has opposed the concept of jus soli (citizenship open to immigrants), but
retain the privileges of the Malays and Bumiputera,” he said.
a statement last week PAS has voiced its support for MCA’s Datuk Seri Wee Jeck
Seng as Barisan Nasional’s (BN) candidate for the coming Tanjong Piai
by-election on November 16.
Voevodina, Russian ex-wife of Malaysian Sultan Muhammad V, posts Instagram
photo of baby she says is their son
KONG — The Russian beauty queen ex-wife of Kelantan’s royal ruler has posted a
photo on Instagram of a baby boy she says is their son.
was the latest twist in the divorce saga of 27-year-old Oksana Voevodina and
Sultan Muhammad V, who through his lawyer had previously said it was unclear
whether he was the biological father of Ismail Leon, the baby who was born on
former Miss Moscow posted the photo of the infant on Saturday to a recently
created Instagram account using the name Rihana Oksana Petra.
the photo, the boy wears a white outfit with a pale blue bow tie and waistcoat.
my name is Ismail Leon. I’m 5 months old and my mom loves me very much,” the
Voevodina told MailOnline: “He looks every bit like his father and he has this
same handsome as his father. And he’s very talkative and I love him very, very
much,” she said.
has said she was willing to let her son take a DNA test to prove paternity.
Voevodina used the same Instagram account to announce the birth of their first
child on June 4, just weeks before the divorce with Sultan Muhammad was finalised.
post featured a black and white picture of the baby’s feet and the message said
she was “greatful (sic) to Allah and my husband for our son”.
there are three of us. Thank you for choosing our family, Tengku Ismail Leon
Petra Bin Tengku Muhammad V Faris Petra,” the post read.
Voevodina and Sultan Muhammad reportedly married in June 2018 but divorced in
June this year amid widespread speculation about why the relationship ended.
about the private affairs of Malaysia’s constitutional monarchs, who serve as
guardians of the Islamic faith and centuries-old Malay culture, is usually
the recent twists and turns in the couple’s marriage has become a hot topic not
only in Malaysia but also among royal watchers around the world.
Koh Tien Hua, a Singapore-based family lawyer for 50-year-old Muhammad, said
the divorce was done through the mechanism under Muslim law known as “triple
talaq” – where talaq (‘divorce‘ in Arabic) is said to a wife three times.
Voevodina has said that circulation online of the July 1 divorce certificate
was “an act of provocation”.
Muhammad abdicated as Malaysia’s king in January, months after his surprise
wedding to Ms Voevodina in Moscow.
was replaced by Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, the hereditary ruler of the
central Malaysian state of Pahang.
was the first time that a king had abdicated in Malaysia.
Malaysia’s unique rotational system of constitutional monarchy, the hereditary
rulers of each of the country’s nine states are given a chance to be agong for
M: No problem with India, China wants peace in South China Sea
Nov 3 — Malaysia remains friendly with India and is keen for both countries to
enjoy better business relations, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today after fears
of a trade backlash over his remarks about its restive Kashmir region
prime minister had earlier participated in the 16th Asean-India Summit, which
was among several related meetings held in conjunction with the 35th Asean
Summit hosted by Thailand this year.
India, we have no problem. Basically, we want to increase trade and investment.
find India to be very positive on these issues and hope it will be translated
into action by India and Asean countries,” he told Malaysian media this
Indian trade organisations have been pushing its government to boycott
importing Malaysian palm oil products after Dr Mahathir criticised the
republic’s military action in the Muslim-majority Kashmir region.
the Indian government has not officially made a stand on the boycott call.
together with Indonesia, are the world’s biggest producer of palm oil products.
Both South-east Asian nations have come under pressure from the west for its
vast oil palm plantations, with campaigners claiming the large-scale farming
was causing deforestation and loss of precious flora and fauna.
Mahathir also said China, which is also attending a separate summit with Asean
member states, has been positive to the geo-political and economic concerns
raised during talks.
also subscribes to a peaceful South China Sea,” he said, without elaborating.
Asian powerhouse and the US, which are facing off against each other
economically, have been increasing their military presence in the South China
Sea in recent months.
develops Quran application for the hearing impaired
Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), through its platform for research and services
involving the special needs community - the Ibnu Ummi Maktum Research Centre
(UMMI), has unveiled a mobile app targeted at the hearing impaired to learn and
recite the Quran.
to project leader Dr Norakyairee Mohd Raus who also heads UMMI, Quran Isyarat -
the Android-based Quranic sign language application - is the first of such
project in Malaysia that has the potential to be a high impact product and is
capable of being an international model for a deaf-friendly application of the
the context of the hearing impaired, their accessibility in interacting with
the Quran is very limited. They can only look at the Quran and its contents
without being able to recite it.
application comprises special and unique features that enable the deaf to know,
recite, read and understand the Quran more effectively and interactively
according to their strengths and learning ability," said the senior
lecturer at USIM's Faculty of Quranic and Sunnah Studies (FQSS).
in its first phase, the application showcases 11 selected surah. It features
the Hijaiyyah Sign Code which is a sign language of Arabic letters, Makhraj
transliteration of the Arabic language articulation points and video
translation by sign language interpreters.
Hijaiyyah Sign Code is a form of hand gesture representing the letters of the
Arabic alphabet used in the writing of the verses of the Quran. The use of this
font will make it easier for the deaf community to study and memorise Quranic
verses and share their mutual knowledge," said Norakyairee.
Underlines Collapse of Saudi-Led Coalition against Yemen
Ayasrah told the Arabic-language al-Jazeera news website that the Saudi-led
coalition was formed under the pretext of returning legitimacy to fugitive
Yemeni President Mansour Hadi but facts changed on the ground and now the
coalition is attempting to replace Hadi's government with the coup launchers.
referred to Saudi Arabia's failure in protecting its Southern borders against
the Yemenis' attacks, and said the Yemeni army and popular forces succeeded in
sending their drones to the heart of Saudi Arabia, humiliating the country and
forcing Riyadh to accept the principle of talks with the Yemenis and finding
spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces stated on Saturday that more than 4,000
Sudanese militiamen fighting alongside Saudi-led military forces against
Ansarullah fighters have been killed and many more injured ever since the
Riyadh regime and its allies launched a military aggression against Yemen.
at a press conference in the capital Sana’a, Brigadier General Yahya Saree said
4,253 Sudanese militants have lost their lives in clashes with Yemeni forces,
noting that the total number of the Saudi-paid Sudanese mercenaries killed in
Yemen since the beginning of the current year stands at 459, according to
added that 5,000 Sudanese fighters are now present in the al-Khobe area of
Saudi Arabia’s Southern border region of Jizan, Southwest of the capital
Riyadh, in the name of the so-called Fifth Brigade.
highlighted that 2,000 Sudanese militants are stationed in the al-Majazah area
of Asir region, while another 600 are deployed in Saqam area in Narjan region.
spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces added that 1,000 Sudanese forces are deployed
in Yemen’s Southern provinces of Aden and Lahij, and that they are present in
Ra’s al-Abbas area, Aden International Airport and al-Anad Air Base.
stated that Sudanese mercenaries have perpetrated various crimes and abuses,
most notably cases of rape, during the past two years, and that the involvement
of Sudanese child soldiers in battles against Yemeni forces is among the crimes
and violations committed by the Saudi-led coalition of aggression.
Yemeni army spokesman pointed out that all captured Sudanese militiamen have
been treated humanely and in accordance with Islamic principles and moral
underscored that the continued participation of Sudanese forces in the ongoing
military aggression on Yemen serves only the agendas of the Saudi-led
coalition, and that Yemeni forces reserve the right to take proper measures and
force them out of the country.
fighters in Yemen or any other foreign force that supports the coalition of
aggression are legitimate targets, regardless of their nationality. Yemeni
armed forces have the full ability to target any new military dispatch of
mercenaries before they reach Yemen,” he concluded.
Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign
against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former
president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing the Ansarullah
US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit
conflict-research organization, estimates that the war has claimed more than
100,000 lives over the past four and a half years.
war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying
hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN says over 24 million Yemenis are in
dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme
levels of hunger.
Militias Voice Readiness to Negotiate with Damascus Gov’t
Syrian Democratic Council, SDF’s political wing in a statement said that it is
ready for negotiations with the Syrian government.
SDF has set no preconditions for talks with the Damascus government.
Syrian Democratic Council said that its preparedness to hold talks will put an
end to all misinterpretations concerning the Syrian Kurds are looking for
disintegration of Syria.
Syrian Defense Ministry, meantime, called on the SDF to join the Syrian Army in
a bid to confront all foreign threats.
launched a cross-border operation on October 9 allegedly to fight Kurdish
militants and snatched a portion of Syrian land. After losing their main ally,
Kurds struck a deal with Damascus that sent troops to patrol the border with
United States and Turkey came to an agreement on October 17 for a 120-hour
ceasefire in the area to allow the withdrawal of the Kurdish fighters.
the five-day ceasefire came to an end, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
and Russian President Vladimir Putin reached a deal to pull the Kurdish
fighters back and establish joint patrols in the operation zone along the
Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi Words Of Comfort On Islam Moves
November 04, 2019
The man that millions in America and worldwide turn to on a daily basis for a
moment of cheer told a 2,000-capacity audience at the ongoing third largest
book fair here how the words of Sharjah’s Ruler, His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin
Mohammed Al Qasimi, comforted him about Islam.
Highness told me, and I’m repeating directly exactly what he said, ‘that Islam
believes in all Faiths.
it is a religion of peace that it believes in Prophet Muhammad and Jesus
Christ, in all Faiths. This is what being a Muslim is.’
is what he told me and he made me comfortable with who I am,” Steve Harvey told
the packed ballroom. Hundreds more had to be content with watching his talk on
giant screens outside, attesting to his huge popularity in the Middle East as
who has an innate gift of connecting with people without even uttering a word
also used himself to assuage people about how things can go horribly wrong in
life but to take stock of it and move on.
worst moment came in 2015 when he was the Master of Ceremonies at the Miss
Universe beauty pageant when he announced the wrong winner.
my 30 years as a stand-up comedian, I made several mistakes, wrote several
jokes that weren’t funny. But the world will only write about success.
world only knows the 140 successful shots of Michael Jordan but not about his
800 missed attempts because that is how the world is. You must know how to
learn from each failure.”
wondered if making that colossal blunder live before hundreds of millions of
viewers worldwide and afterwards was actually God’s way of responding to his
yearning to be more famous.
times I asked God to make me a globally famous brand. Then despite the best
rehearsals and following the teleprompter, I declared Miss Colombia the winner,
when it was actually Miss Philippines.
got a lot of flak for that. I couldn’t step outside the house and people said
my career was over.
in that 48 hours, I was googled four billion times. I did not appreciate the
way He did it but I was the world’s most famous person.”
PM urges protesters to stop, says unrest is hurting the economy
Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi appealed on Sunday to protesters to help
restore normal life across the country and said the unrest was costing the
economy “billions of dollars.”
than 250 people have been killed since the protests in Baghdad and the south of
the country started in early October, driven by discontent over economic
hardship and corruption.
statement published on Sunday evening, Abdul-Mahdi said the protests which
“shook the political system” have achieved their purpose and must stop
effecting the country’s trade and economic activities.
the oil interests and blocking roads leading to Iraq’s ports is causing big
losses exceeding billions of dollars,” said Abdul Mahdi, warning that unrest
was pushing up prices of goods.
at Iraq’s main Gulf port, Umm Qasr, near the oil-rich city of Basra, which
receives the bulk of Iraq's imports of grain, vegetable oils and sugar, have
been at a complete standstill since Wednesday.
of protesters have blocked all roads leading to the port. Police on Saturday
used live fire and tear gas to try and disperse protesters and open the roads
leading to the port but they failed to force them to leave.
protests have broken nearly two years of relative stability in Iraq.
the country’s oil wealth, many people live in poverty with limited access to
clean water, electricity, healthcare or education.
strikes, street closures
in Iraq’s capital and its south shut down streets, schools and government
offices on Sunday, AFP’s correspondents said, escalating the month-long
movement demanding change to the country’s political system.
more than a thousand demonstrators clashed with Iraqi security forces in front
of the Iranian consulate in Karbala, according to Al Arabiya’s correspondent.
forces later dispersed the protesters in front of the Iranian consulate and
secured the building.
Baghdad, university-age demonstrators parked cars in the middle of main
thoroughfares, blocking traffic on the first day of the work week.
officers manning nearby checkpoints looked on but did not intervene.
students took part in sit-ins at their schools, and the country’s national
teachers union extended the strike they began last week.
engineering, doctors and lawyers syndicates have all backed the protests.
Kut to the east, protesters sealed off main roads and bridges and most schools
and government agencies were shut.
decided to cut the roads as a message to the government that we will keep
protesting until the corrupt people and thieves are kicked out and the regime
falls,” said Tahseen Nasser, a 25-year-old protester.
not allowing government workers to reach their offices, just those in
humanitarian fields,” including hospitals and police officers, he said.
south in Hillah, Nasiriyah, Diwaniyah and the holy city of Karbala most
government offices were not open.
in Basra, the oil-rich port city, public schools were shut down for the first
time since the movement erupted last month.
broke out in Baghdad on October 1 in outrage at unemployment, poor public
services and corruption, quickly spreading to the Shiite-majority south.
activists were confronted by security forces, and 157 people - most of them
demonstrators in Baghdad - were killed in six days of rallies.
anti-government protesters return to streets, call for general strike
protesters demanding the overthrow of their country’s ruling elite poured back
onto the streets on Sunday in the largest numbers since the government was
toppled and hours after opposing supporters of President Michel Aoun staged a
have poured into Riad al-Solh Square and Martyrs’ Square in central Beirut,
with many of them confirming that they will continue with their protests until
their demands are met amid calls for a general strike on Monday.
protesters called for the closure of all major roads across the country in
order “to topple the government,” Al Arabiya correspondent reported.
Minister Saad al-Hariri resigned on Tuesday following unprecedented nationwide
protests, deepening a political crisis and complicating efforts to enact badly
needed economic reforms in Lebanon.
Sunday evening anti-government protesters flooded streets in Beirut and north
and south of the capital, rejecting Aoun’s attempt to position himself as the
guarantor of the protest movement and its anti-corruption drive.
of them means all of them,” protesters chanted in central Beirut, a reference
to the wholesale removal of an elite they accuse of pillaging the state and
steering it into crisis.
in the day, thousands of Aoun supporters had attended a rally just outside
Beirut, some waving his Free Patriotic Movement party’s orange flags, engulfing
a main road leading to the presidential palace.
was the biggest counter punch to the broader wave of demonstrations that have
gripped Lebanon since October 17 and which have included Aoun’s removal among a
set of sweeping demands.
a televised speech, Aoun, who must now hold consultations with members of
parliament to designate a new premier, called for protesters to unify behind
efforts to stamp out corruption, which he described as having become “nested”
in the state.
said a three-point plan had been drawn up around tackling corruption,
revitalizing the economy and building a civil state.
anti-government protests had largely subsided after Hariri resigned, with
smaller groups remaining on the streets and pushing for core demands like the
rapid formation of a government led by technocrats to carry out the badly
needed economic reforms.
that we have gotten so far is the government’s resignation. We still have a
long way to go,” said Charbel al-Zaani, an engineer.
the new government that is formed isn’t one that the people want, the
revolution will return even bigger,” said Zaani.
semblance of normality returned to Lebanon this week, with roads re-opening and
banks opening to customers on Friday after being shut for two weeks, though
restrictions were reported on foreign currency withdrawals and transfers
import-dependent economy has been hit by years of regional turmoil and a
slowdown in capital flows that has put its foreign currency reserves under
has signaled support for a more technocratic government, saying in a speech
after Hariri’s resignation that ministers should be chosen “according to their
competencies and expertise, not political loyalties.”
government has continued in a caretaker capacity until a new one is formed.
flock to presidential palace in rally to support Aoun
rally of support for Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun swarmed the country’s
presidential palace on Sunday, a rebuke to broader protests that have demanded
the wholesale ouster of the country’s elite and which have toppled the
Minister Saad al-Hariri resigned on Tuesday following unprecedented nationwide
protests, deepening a political crisis and complicating efforts to enact badly
needed economic reforms.
convoy of cars, some waving Aoun’s orange Free Patriotic Movement party flags
and his portrait snaked across a main highway on Sunday while a sea of
protesters marched to Baabda palace.
were joined by Lebanese Foreign Minister Gibran Bassil, Aoun’s son-in-law and
an object of ridicule by anti-government protesters, who addressed supporters
at the rally and called on them to refrain from accusing everyone of
corruption, Lebanese news outlets reported.
of the protesters demands are “destructive to the economy” and
“uncompromising,” Bassil said, adding that “the slogan ‘everyone means
everyone’ should be used to hold officials accountable and not for injustice.”
careful, we have long and difficult days ahead of us. We were racing against
time to prevent a collapse but the corruption, squandering (of resources) and
public debt beat us,” he said.
no immediate estimate of the rally’s size was available, many thousands spread
across a roadway leading to the palace.
was the biggest counter protest to the wave of demonstrations that have gripped
Lebanon since Oct. 17 and which have included Aoun’s removal among a set of
here to say to Aoun that we love you and renew our trust in you,” said Hiyam
Khairat at the rally.
a televised speech, Aoun, who must now hold consultations with members of
parliament to designate a new premier, said a three-point plan had been drawn
up around tackling corruption, restoring the economy, and building a civil
three points are not easily achieved, we need your efforts, and we need a
square filled both by you and the (anti-government) protesters to defend your
are trying to be obstructive. This is why we need to make a huge effort,” said
described corruption, a primary protestor grievance, as having become “nested”
in the state.
keep protest alive in northern city of Tripoli
of Lebanese flocked together in Tripoli on Saturday, an AFP reporter said, to
keep a protest movement alive in a northern city dubbed “the bride of the
its reputation for conservatism, impoverished Tripoli has emerged as a festive
nerve center of anti-graft demonstrations across Lebanon since October 17.
movement has lost momentum in the capital since the government resigned this
week, but in the Sunni-majority city of Tripoli late Saturday it was still
the main square, protesters waved Lebanese flags and held aloft mobile phones
as torches, before bellowing out the national anthem in unison, the reporter
means everyone,” one poster read, reiterating a common slogan calling for all
political leaders from across the sectarian spectrum to step down.
people had journeyed from other parts of the country to join in.
Chehayeb, 38, said he had driven in from the central town of Aley.
came to Tripoli to stand by their side because they’re the only ones continuing
the revolution,” he said.
Fadl, 50, said she had travelled from the Shiite town of Nabatiyeh south of
Beirut to Tripoli to show her support.
feel the demands are the same, the suffering is the same,” she said.
Tripoli, more than half live at or below the poverty line and 26 percent suffer
extreme poverty, a UN study found in 2015.
Tuesday embattled Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his cabinet would step
it is still unclear what a new government would look like and if it would meet
protesters’ demands that it include independent experts.
and banks have reopened after nearly two weeks of nationwide paralysis.
Karame, 49, called for a “rapid solution to the economic crisis.”
waiting for a government of technocrats,” he said.
the Lebanese capital, hundreds protested on Saturday evening after a day of
with the rule of the central bank,” they shouted at the top of their lungs,
clapping their hands near the institution’s headquarters.
prosecution to speed up criminal case against child abuser in viral video
Arabia’s Public Prosecution is moving to speed up the filing of a criminal case
against a Palestinian man pending further investigation of a viral video where
he appeared to be beating his infant daughter, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA)
investigations revealed evidence of abuse, including bruises and injuries on
the child’s face and eyes due to physical violence, according to SPA.
in Riyadh arrested the man in September after he was identified as a
Palestinian resident of the country, aged in his forties.
was arrested in Riyadh and his four children were provided with the necessary
care in coordination with the concerned authorities,” the police statement
video, which went viral on Saturday, showed a man repeatedly slapping his
daughter for being unable to stand on her own.
another video, he apologized and said his wife had left him and their children
two weeks ago. He also claimed she shared the video online maliciously.
rally to reaffirm commitment to religious leadership's stand on calm
have held rallies in various Iraqi cities to support the position of top
clerical leadership, especially Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, that any
protests in the country should be invariably peaceful.
the first instance of such rallies, thousands rallied in the Iraqi capital,
Baghdad, after Friday prayers to reaffirm commitment to Ayatollah Sistani’s
position that protesters voicing grievances about economic difficulties in the
country must fully avoid violence.
protesters chanted slogans in support of the country's top clerical leader,
such as "Seyyed Ali, the entire nation is with you," while declaring
their backing for reforms announced by the Iraqi government and calling for
suitable measures to fight corruption and unemployment.
rallies were also held in the holy city of Karbala as well as the southern port
city of Basra on Sunday, when the participants emphasized that Ayatollah
Sistani’s stance about protests was a road map both for the government and the
people of Iraq. During the Sunday rallies, the demonstrators also called on the
Baghdad government to boost the implementation of packages of economic and
political reforms recently approved by the Iraqi parliament and the government
of Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi.
Sistani has stressed the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and has warned
against any violence, amid recent protests.
a statement on Friday, Ayatollah Sistani expressed regret about the continued
clashes between demonstrators and security forces, which have resulted in the
deaths and injuries on both sides and damage to public and private property.
ongoing demonstrations in Iraq follow a previous bout of anti-government
protests in early October over alleged corruption, unemployment, and a lack of
than 200 have been killed and thousands of others wounded since the protests
erupted, with security forces using tear gas and rubber bullets against those
taking to the streets.
Season attracts more than 5m visitors
General Entertainment Authority (GEA) Chairman Turki Al-Sheikh said that Riyadh
Season had attracted more than five million visitors since its launch on Oct.
15 and up to Nov. 1, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.
GEA said that it had hit new records in visitor numbers, especially over the
weekend, with the number of visitors exceeding 200,000 last Thursday and
reaching 175,000 on Friday.
Season runs until mid-December in 12 main zones of the capital and 6 branches
around the city. The zones are (1) Riyadh Boulevard, (2) Riyadh Front, (3)
Riyadh Car Exhibition, (4) Riyadh Winter Wonderland, (5) Riyadh Sports Arenas,
(6) Diplomatic Quarter, (7) Al-Muraba’a, (8) Al-Malaz, (9) Wadi Namar, (10)
Riyadh Beat, (11) Riyadh Safari and (12) Riyadh Sahara within the capital city
season is one of the Saudi Seasons launched to transform Saudi Arabia into one
of the world’s most important tourist and entertainment destinations.
kill 17 Taliban militants in Baghlan, Paktiya and Zabul provinces
series of airstrikes killed 17 Taliban militants in Baghlan, Paktiya and Zabul
provinces, the military officials said Sunday.
officials further added that the security forces conducted an airstrike in
Pul-e Khumri district of Baghlan which killed 9 Taliban militants.
airstrike in Jaji district of Paktiya province killed 6 militants of the
Taliban group, the officials said.
officials also added that the security forces conducted another airstrike in
Tarnek Wa Jaldak district of Zabul which killed 2 Taliban militants.
anti-government armed militants have not commented regarding the airstrikes so
Forces kill, detain 23 Taliban militants in 4 provinces
Afghan Special Forces killed 8 Taliban militants and arrested 15 others during
the operations in Zabul, Helmand, Balkh and Paktiya provinces.
military officials said Sunday the Special Forces killed 4 Taliban militants
and arrested 6 others during a raid in Qalat district of Zabul province.
officials further added that the Special Force killed 3 Taliban militants and
arrested another militant during a raid in Musa Qala district of Helmand
Special Forces arrested 5 Taliban militants and destroyed a cache of weapons
during a separate operation in Dowlatabad district of Balkh.
Rohingya island relocation plan fails to gain UN support
Bangladesh said Sunday plans to relocate thousands of Rohingya living in
overcrowded refugee camps to a remote island were “uncertain” after authorities
failed to gain support from UN agencies.
had wanted to begin its long-held plan this month to move 100,000 people to the
mud-silt island of Bhashan Char, amid growing frustration with the presence of
the squalid tent settlements in its southeastern border towns.
has said thousands of Rohingya families have volunteered to relocate, with some
3,500 of the Muslim minority due to be moved between mid-November to February
during calm seas.
the plan was in doubt as the UN has not supported the relocation so far,
Bangladesh disaster management and relief minister Enamur Rahman told AFP.
has become uncertain,” Rahman said of the relocation to the island, which takes
around three hours to reach by boat.
(UN agencies) still haven’t agreed to the relocation plan.”
agencies including the UN refugee agency UNHCR, the International Organisation
for Migration (IOM) and the World Food Program (WFP), which held meetings with
the government, told him the island was “isolated” and “flood-prone”.
agencies set out a list of conditions that had to be met, including a regular
shipping service between the islet in the Bay of Bengal and the mainland,
organisations provide humanitarian aid to the nearly one million Rohingya in
the vast camps, including 740,000 who fled a military crackdown in Myanmar in
won’t do anything forcefully,” he said, adding that at least two ships were set
to ply the waters between the site and the mainland.
UN official told AFP on Sunday that “UN agencies cannot support a move for
which (they) have no technical information”.
is due to hold another round of talks with the agencies on Wednesday, Rahman
activist group Fortify Rights said last month it interviewed 14 Rohingya at
three camps, including some who appeared on lists of refugees allegedly willing
to go, and found none had been consulted “and all opposed it”.
clerics vow not to leave Islamabad until Imran Khan resigns
DELHI: Members of opposition parties in Pakistan are staging a sit-in protest
in capital Islamabad, demanding the ouster of Prime Minister Imran Khan over
his handling of the economy.
cleric Fazl-ur-Rehman of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl is leading the protests,
which are supported by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s Shahbaz Sharif and
Pakistan People’s Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. Khan has refused to
history is full of movements,” Rehman said. “We will remain in the arena until
we get rid of the government.”
protests are the first serious challenge to the ruling government, amid high
inflation and record borrowing costs that have boosted the cost of living and
put pressure on businesses in the South Asian nation.
disruptions come amid a review of the economy by the International Monetary
Fund, which earlier this year approved a US$6 billion loan to help Pakistan
avert a balance-of-payments crisis.
IMF program is expected to require Pakistan to boost tax revenue, and let
market forces have greater control over the rupee, among other measures, which
have been opposed by traders and some political parties.
Khan Durrani, leader of the opposition in the provincial assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,
said the protesters could take further measures including having their
lawmakers resign from office and taking civil action like blocking highways.
Islamists await deadline they set for PM to resign
Tens of thousands of Islamists at a protest camp in Pakistan's capital are
awaiting a deadline set by their leader calling for the prime minister to
cleric Maulana Fazlur Rehman led a caravan of supporters to Islamabad last week
in a bid to pressure Imran Khan to step down, calling him an
has hinted he could direct his partisans to march on the seat of Pakistan's
government and force Khan's resignation. Khan says he has no plans of quitting.
authorities further strengthened security around the camp in the lead-up to
Sunday night's deadline. That includes walls of shipping containers blocking
roads leading into and out of the protest area, as well as deploying riot
police and paramilitary forces.
Sikh delegation arrives in Pakistan from UK
A 178-member delegation has arrived in Pakistan from the UK to take part in the
upcoming 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev - the founder of Sikhism,
slated to be held at the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara in Punjab province.
after landing on Sunday, the 178-member group left for the Gurdwara Janam
Asthan Nankana Sahib and Gurdwara Sucha Sauda in Sheikhupura district, Dawn
news reported on Monday.
Pakistan Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has announced that Baba Guru Nanak's
birth anniversary celebrations would continue throughout the month of November.
pilgrims from India as well as from Europe and North America will attend
various events being held in this respect.
main event, says Punjab Evacuee Trust Board spokesperson Amer Hashmi, will take
place at the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara on November 12.
the first batch of some 1,100 Sikh pilgrims, along with a gold Palki arrived
here on October 31 through the Wagah Border.
Palki will be installed at the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara on Tuesday.
Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara, originally known as Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, is a
highly revered Sikh shrine where Guru Nanak Dev spent 18 years of his life and
is his final resting place.
court acquits police officials accused of killing ATM thief after Hafiz Saeed
A Pakistani court has acquitted all three police officials accused of killing
an ATM thief in police custody, a case that drew attention after UN designated
terrorist Hafiz Saeed played the role of an arbitrator in it.
District and Session (Rahim Yar Khan) Judge Justice Zahid Hussain Bakhtiar
acquitted police officials Mahmoodul Hassan, Shafaat Ali and Matloob Hussain
this week in the murder of alleged ATM thief Salahuddin Ayubi.
court acquitted them after the family of Ayubi pardoned the suspects on the
'wish' of Mumbai attack mastermind Saeed.
who was mentally challenged, died in police custody in August due to alleged
torture after his arrest on charges of stealing money from an ATM.
death sparked outrage across the country.
played the role of an arbitrator in the case between the police and the family
who has been in the high security Kot Lakhpat Jail here since his arrest on
July 17 on charges of terror financing, met the deceased man's family and
convinced them to pardon the policemen allegedly involved in Ayubi's murder for
the sake of Allah. "Both the accused policemen, their officers and the
victim's family members had detailed couple of meetings with Saeed in the jail
who brokered the deal between them," an official source told PTI.
Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder had also received assurance by the authorities of
construction of a carpeted road and supply of gas to the village of the
victim's family in Gujranwala at an accumulative cost of Rs 800 million to
settle the dispute.
some members of the family of Ayubi were the followers of Saeed, police
arranged their 'special meeting' with him in jail. After listening to both
sides, Saeed gave the victim's family three options - receive blood money from
the accused policemen or pardon them in the name of Allah or pursue legal case
against them. The family chose to pardon the policemen," a government
official had told PTI.
PTI contacted Ayubi's father Afzaal Ghumman, he confirmed that the family
pardoned the accused policemen on the 'wish' of Saeed.
we visited him (Saeed) in the jail last week, he gave us three choices. He said
pardoning someone in the name of Allah is a far superior act. So we chose to
pardon the suspects," Ghumman said.
had reportedly 'directed' the Punjab government to establish a school, lay a
gas network in their (victim's family) village Gorali, Gujranwala, some 80-km
from Lahore, and rebuild a link road in return for the pardon.
Saeed's mediation, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar visited their (the victim's)
village and assured provision of these facilities there at the earliest,"
the source said.
is perhaps one of the unique cases in the history of the country where a
suspect facing terror financing charges settled court matters.
shows how powerful this man (Saeed) is, he said.
2016, the government had launched a probe against the Jamaat ud Dawa (JuD) for
running a parallel judicial system in Punjab province.
group was accused of settling matters among the people at its headquarters in
Lahore, running a parallel judicial system.
investigation, however, led to no legal action against the JuD.
US Department of the Treasury has placed Saeed as a Specially Designated Global
US, since 2012, has offered a USD 10 million reward for information that brings
Saeed to justice.
JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the LeT which is responsible
for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people.
to officials, the JuD has a vast network which includes 300 seminaries and
schools, hospitals, a publishing house and ambulance service.
JuD and its charity wing Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) have about 50,000
volunteers and hundreds of other paid workers.
March 2019, Punjab police said that the government seized control of 160
seminaries, 32 schools, two colleges, four hospitals, 178 ambulances and 153
dispensaries associated with the JuD and the FIF in province.
religious card for political gains regrettable: Swati
Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Senator Azam Swati on Sunday urged
chief Jamiat-Ulama-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) to avoid playing ‘religious card' for
was completely regrettable if someone use religious card for political purpose,
he stated while talking to a private news channel.
corruption cases against Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Muslim League-N
were not formed by the PTI government, the minister said.
Accountability Bureau (NAB), had opened the trial of corrupt elements involved
in money laundering and corruption activities, he added.
prime minister, he said had no concern with the functioning of NAB as it was
working independently and investigating the matter of corruption without any
pressure or influence, he added.
said Pakistan was facing economic challenges due to corruption by the past
said debt pile up issue was created by PPP and PML-N, leaders who borrowed
heavy loan during their tenures.
Indian Sikhs arrive at Punja Sahib in religious procession
More than a thousand Indian Sikhs arrived in Gurdwara Punja Sahib in
Hassanabdal around midnight on Sunday as part of the Nagar Kirtan, a religious
procession held to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak Dev, the
founder of Sikhism. The gurdwara was decorated with colourful lights and
pilgrims performed various rituals including Matha Taki, Ashnan and exchanging
Trust Property Board (ETPB) Deputy Secretary Shrines Imran Gondal said that
more than 1,100 Sikhs crossed the border through Wagah on Oct 31 via Ludhiana
and Amritsar. He said they visited Gurdwara Janamasthan, Nankana Sahib,
Gurdwara Sacha Sodda Farooqabad and other temples, and the pilgrimage will
conclude at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, where a gold palanquin ‘Palki
Sahib’ will be installed.
1,300 visas issued for the Nagar Kirtan are over and above the contingent
covered under the Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines 1974 between Pakistan
and India,” he said.
pilgrims from India visit Pakistan for religious festivals at least four times
a year under the framework of the 1974 India-Pakistan protocol on visits to
religious shrines but denial to visit Pakistan to participate in religious
rituals despite having valid visas is not understood,” he added.
Gondal said the board, in collaboration with the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara
Parbhand Committee and the district administration, has made security and
accommodation arrangements for Indian and local Sikh yatrees.
to the press, a number of pilgrims hailed the government’s initiative to open
the Kartarpur Corridor to facilitate the Sikh community, and lauded Prime
Minister Imran Khan for laying the foundation stone for the Baba Guru Nanak
University in Nankana Sahib and issuing a commemorative coin on the occasion of
the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.
Sarna, former president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee,
praised the opening of the corridor, saying that it was a longstanding desire
of the Sikh community to be able to visit one of their holiest sites in
Pakistan visa-free. He also thanked the government for constructing a new
building at Gurdwara Dera Sahib in Lahore.
said Indian Sikhs were grateful to the government for issuing them the maximum
number of visas, adding: “Pakistan is sacred to us and we love it, and we come
here with a message of peace and brotherhood.”
Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee President Satwant Singh said the teachings of
Baba Guru Nanak revolve around peace and humanity.
said the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor was a great gift to the Sikh
community, and that Pakistan is a pure land for Sikhs and a second home for the
Sikh community around the world.
District Police Officer Shahzad Nadeem Bukhari reviewed security arrangements
for the protection of the Sikh pilgrims. He told the media that multilayered
security plans have been made to ensure that visiting pilgrims are safe.
keen to invest in Halal meat industry
Leader of a Chinese delegation Zhu Maa has shown interest in investing in Halal
meat industry in Pakistan and exporting it to China and Middle Eastern
Zhu said this during a meeting with Minister for States & Frontier Regions
and Narcotics Control Shehryar Khan Afridi.
to a statement issued by the ministry on Sunday, the delegation from Sichuan
Province has also a number of Muslims.
China has good equipment and services, Mr Zhu vowed to showcase Pakistani
products and Halal food in Chinese markets.
have visited Pakistan around half a dozen times and each time it was a great
experience. People of both countries are very friendly. There is a need to
project opportunities for investment in Pakistan to Chinese people,” he said.
minister said that the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has created opportunities
for the underdeveloped countries to rise like China.
President Xi Jinping’s vision will benefit the underdeveloped countries to join
the world and they will rise with help from BRI,” he said.
Afridi said the PTI government had launched a reforms process in Pakistan so it
could be open for foreign investors.
and its people live in our hearts. Chinese people stood for Pakistan since day
one. It gives me immense delight that I am meeting Muslims of China who believe
in one God and faith.”
said that China’s unprecedented rise reflects that a strong nation can get all
parts of the country along and this is how President Xi has done wonders with
his poverty alleviation campaign.
salute and cherish the way the Chinese government has got 800 million people
out of poverty. Today China is an inspiration for the entire globe,” he added.
minister said that Pakistan provided firm support to China during Ping Pong
diplomacy and helped it become a permanent member of the United Nations
Security Council and it (Pakistan) is still with China when it has become a
great world leader.
is unfortunate that Pakistan’s image has been replicated negatively. I hope
after watching Pakistan closely you would become ambassadors of Pakistan and
tell Chinese nation how peaceful and loving Pakistanis are,” he said.
Afridi said that due to Chairman Mao Zedong leadership and Deng Xiaopeng’s
reform agenda, China has become one of the greatest economic giants of the
is the way of Sunnah of Holy prophets. Pakistan is blessed with all resources.
We have all seasons and we are blessed with our youths and we have rich mineral
resources and fertile lands. Return on investment is much higher in Pakistan in
the entire region and our government has opened Pakistan for international
investors to come and invest here,” he said.
minister said that Pakistan has rich resources of religious tourism and it has
most out of 14 top mountains.
is oil and gas producing district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Our manpower
is doing wonders across the globe. One-window service for foreign investors has
been introduced and the World Bank has declared Pakistan top country in Asia in
Ease of Doing Business policy,” he said.
governor says govt to honour agreement with JUI-F
Sindh Governor Imran Ismail has said that the government will fully honour the
agreement with Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman and will not
create any hurdle in their way.
he warned that if the sit-in took any extra-constitutional step or made attempt
to create chaos and instability then the government would certainly take action
in accordance with the law and Constitution.
was talking to the media at a function held in connection with Governor Sindh
Cup at the Karachi Racecourse on Sunday.
Muslim League-Functional leader Pir Sadruddin Shah Rashdi aka Yunus Sain,
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s Mahmood Maulvi and others were also present.
Awarding the trophy to the winner of the race, Governor Ismail highlighted the
need of promoting sports activities at the government level.
the governor said that all-out efforts were being made to solve problems of the
people on a priority basis without any discrimination and to ensure that the
impact of the measures being taken in this regard should trickle down to the
governor expressed these views in response to the issues raised by PTI lawmaker
Najeeb Haroon about the problems of the metropolis. The governor said that the
doors of the Governor House were open for all the people to visit and lodge
their complaints, if any, so that necessary steps could be taken to mitigate
governor met PTI’s chief organizer Saifullah Khan Niazi at the residence of Mr
Haroon, who is also the chairman of the National Assembly’s standing committee
on housing and construction.
on the occasion, Mr Niazi said that the PTI was one of the largest political
parties whose reorganisation would be completed soon. He said all
constitutional requirements were fully met and the principle of merit was
observed in the reorganisation process.
also asked elected representatives to remain in touch with the people and play
their role in mitigating their issues. He also said that Prime Minister Imran
Khan was committed to solve problems of the people and the vision of the
federal government was to meet basic requirements of the people in the field of
education and health care.
asks Afghanistan to explain ‘harassment’ of envoys
The Foreign Office (FO) on Sunday summoned the Afghan Chargé d’affaires in
Pakistan to convey serious concerns over the safety and security of the
diplomatic personnel of the Embassy of Pakistan and its sub missions in Kabul.
Afghan Cd’A was informed that the officers and staff of the Embassy of Pakistan
were being harassed since the past two days. They were obstructed on the road
whereas the embassy’s vehicles were also hit by motorcycles while going towards
the embassy, a Foreign Office (FO) statement said.
Cd’A was reminded that being party to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic
Privileges and Immunities 1961, it was the Afghan government’s responsibility
to ensure safety, security and freedom of movement to all members of the
2,400 Pakistani prisoners jailed in Saudi Arabia, UAE freed: official
More than 2,400 Pakistani prisoners have been released from jails in Saudi
Arabia and the United Arab Emirates over the past year due to the efforts of
the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government.
has secured the release of 1,245 prisoners from Saudi Arabia and 1,200 more
from UAE during the first year of the PTI-led government, which is an
unprecedented figure,” an official of the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and
Human Resource Development (OPHED) told APP.
the PTI government came to power, he said, there were 3,300 Pakistanis
imprisoned in Saudi jails, while 2,521 were imprisoned in the UAE.
the one year of this government, around 38 per cent of Pakistani prisoners in
Saudi Arabia and 48 per cent in UAE have been set free,” he added.
official said the government had also extended financial and legal assistance
to a total of 2,559 Pakistanis imprisoned in Middle Eastern countries for minor
from Saudi Arabia and UAE, a total of 55 Pakistani prisoners were released from
jails in Oman, 18 in Kuwait, 17 in Bahrain, 14 in Qatar, and 10 in Iraq.”
Kenya’s battle against al-Shabab, locals say the military is fighting terror
Kenya — As the newly elected representative for this remote village of sheep
and camel herders out in the expanse of Kenya’s red-sand borderlands with
Somalia, Issa Ahmed Abdi decided to dig a well for his community.
the drill made a lot of noise — “like a chopper or a tank,” he recalled.
“Mothers were running away with children on their backs, like terrified
antelope. I had to go into the bush to convince them it wasn’t the military.”
people who live here are Kenyan citizens, yet they say they fear their
country’s military more than al-Shabab, an extremist group that controls the
area across the border as well as most of rural southern Somalia, imposing a
strict Islamic code and drafting young men into its battles.
years into Kenya’s U.S.-backed offensive to combat al-Shabab, both in Somalia
and domestically, residents of Kutulo say the Kenyan military is fighting
terror with terror. They say the Kenya Defense Forces, or KDF, regularly round
up noncombatants from Kenya’s ethnic Somali population as a form of collective
punishment for al-Shabab attacks on Kenyan soil.
detainees are released and sworn to silence about their interrogation. But
sometimes a neighbor finds a decomposing body on the side of a road days or
months later. Other times, the hyenas that prowl the desert get there first.
Human rights groups, local media and the United Nations have documented dozens
of allegations of abuse by the Kenyan security forces, including 88 cases of
alleged enforced or involuntary disappearance since 1980.
of abuses against ethnic Somalis have dogged the KDF for decades — starting
long before it sent troops into Somalia in 2011. Experts have warned that their
clampdowns often serve to radicalize populations instead of contributing to
peace, but the KDF has always denied any wrongdoing and rejects any link
between its activities and radicalization.
Kutulo, residents estimate that al-Shabab has recruited hundreds from the area
in just over a year, since a local religious teacher was arrested by the KDF in
the neighboring village of Aws Mudul and later found dead by herdsmen on a
remote dirt road.
KDF does what it wants,” said Mohamed Elmi, the uncle of Abdulkadir Elmi, 34,
the man who was killed. “No one has ever stopped them. Even tonight we will
barely sleep, out of fear of them.”
U.S. government has given Kenya’s military tens of millions of dollars’ worth
of training, equipment and other support over the past eight years and
“regularly stresses the importance of respecting human rights with all of our
Kenyan counterparts at all levels,” said Lt. Cmdr. Desiree Frame, a spokeswoman
for U.S. Africa Command. The U.S. military has at least 200 service members in
with specific allegations made by residents of Kutulo, the KDF issued a blanket
denial that its soldiers had in those instances or ever committed such abuses.
In a statement, the KDF said any credible allegations would be referred to the
Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, a watchdog set up by the government.
Waruhiu, one of the commissioners of that body, said the KDF has not referred
any allegations to her office, nor has the KDF cooperated with her
investigators when she has brought them complaints from community members.
have not been able to complete one investigation of the KDF,” she said in a
phone interview. “They have refused us access or cooperation in every case. It
frustrates our work greatly.”
Kenyan government has also refused to cooperate with the office of the U.N.
special rapporteur for enforced disappearances.
are a number of countries that do not cooperate or cooperate only formally with
the [special rapporteur’s office], for instance by providing standard replies
or plainly denying allegations,” a September report by the United Nations’
forced-disappearance working group said. “For instance, Bangladesh, Eritrea and
Kenya have not cooperated . . . and [North Korea] has sent standard
Elmi’s mother, Halima Mohamed, remembers the day she got the news her son had
been picked up by the KDF. Al-Shabab had recently blown up a KDF transport
vehicle with an improvised explosive device, killing eight soldiers.
a week later, a crowd of onlookers watched as a military vehicle arrived at the
Islamic school where Elmi was a teacher. Relatives ran to her home soon after.
son had never left this cluster of villages. He was a sober and polite person
who lived for his family,” she said on a recent day, gathered with her son’s
three widows and their children. “To this day I can’t explain why they took
him. No one has ever told me what he was accused of.”
rights advocates have for years warned of the dangers of what they call the
“blanket condemnation” and “collective punishment” of the Somali community in
Kenya. Somali Kenyans, who make up the majority of three border counties, are
largely poor pastoralists, and signs of government services are minimal.
in Kutulo described feeling profiled as terrorists, even if they had no
sympathy for al-Shabab. Instead, they felt their lives were caught up in rounds
of retribution between the KDF and the extremist group.
attacks the KDF, KDF attacks innocent locals, and locals join al-Shabab to get
revenge,” said Omar Mohamed Ibrahim, the local director of a U.S. Agency for
International Development-funded conflict-resolution nonprofit called Peace
III, distinguishing al-Shabab’s motives in Kenya from its ideology in Somalia.
“The cycle here begins because of KDF’s instinct to crush. Like many African
militaries built by colonial powers, it was built to crush rebellions, not
KDF opposes that characterization, saying its “personnel are deployed to
protect and serve local populations, [and] the primary duty is to ensure that
there is peace.”
a decade of deployment hasn’t brought peace to Kenya’s border with Somalia.
Al-Shabab attacks KDF convoys in Kenya frequently and firmly controls a vast,
country-size rural area on the Somali side of the border. The KDF declined to
say how many of its service members had been killed by al-Shabab, only that its
soldiers could not be “reduced to mere numbers” and that “in our hearts they
number of abuses attributed to the KDF has decreased in recent years, said
Otsieno Namwaya, a researcher for Human Rights Watch who was the author of an
87-page report in 2016 called “Deaths and Disappearances” that documented 34
cases between 2014 and 2016 in which the Kenyan military arrested ethnic Somali
Kenyans yet never opened formal investigations. But the persistence of the
allegations indicates the KDF believes its strategy is effective or is
permissive about abuses within its ranks, Namwaya said.
6 out of 10 detainees are wrongly victimized, let’s say, or are even killed or
disappeared, then you get anger,” he said. “And even after doing such things,
they expect local communities to cooperate with them on crucial local
intelligence. But when locals report al-Shabab movements, instead of working
with them, the army says: ‘How do you know? You must be one of them.’ ”
security forces have got it all wrong,” Namwaya said. “They are creating the
enemy they mean to destroy.”
PM Abiy defends response to ethnic clashes
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Sunday pushed back against portrayals of his
government as weak and timid in the face of recent unrest that left more than
80 people dead.
against Abiy, this year’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate, erupted in Addis Ababa
and in Ethiopia’s Oromia region on October 23 after a high-profile activist
accused security forces of trying to orchestrate an attack against him - a
claim police denied.
instability quickly devolved into ethnic and religious clashes in multiple
locations in Oromia.
waited several days to issue a written statement about the violence, and he has
been criticized for his slow public response.
a televised statement on Sunday evening, Abiy defended his decision to
prioritize “dialogue” over force.
Ethiopian government has been magnanimous with a view to widen the political
and democratic space in Ethiopia,” said Abiy, who came to power last year.
has opted for dialogue and education instead of using force, however those who
think patience is fear or magnanimity is weakness should know they are mistaken.”
said the death toll had climbed to 86 - up from the figure of 78 provided last
week by his press secretary, Billene Seyoum.
those, 76 were killed in “communal clashes” while 10 were killed in
“confrontations with security forces,” Abiy said.
dead included 50 members of the Oromo ethnic group, the country’s largest,
while 20 were from the Amhara ethnic group, the second-largest.
violence has been a recurring problem under Abiy, causing Ethiopia to record
more displaced people than any other country last year.
activist at the center of the initial protests, Jawar Mohammed, is credited
with helping to sweep Abiy to power but he has recently become critical of some
of the premier’s policies.
men are from the Oromo ethnic group, and their feud highlights divisions within
Abiy’s Oromo support base that could complicate his bid for a five-year term
when Ethiopia votes in elections planned for May 2020.
a media mogul, is highly divisive and accused by critics of fomenting ethnic
to journalists last week, Billene said more than 400 people had been arrested
during investigations into the violence, but she declined to say whether the
government held Jawar responsible.
on Sunday also provided a religious breakdown of the victims, saying 40 were
Christians, 34 were Muslims and the rest belonged to other religions.
Christian leaders have accused Abiy’s government of failing to protect the
soldiers killed in Mali by explosive device: army
Two Malian soldiers were killed and another six injured when their armored
vehicle hit an improvised explosive device, the army said Sunday.
vehicle of the Malian armed forces hit an improvised explosive device” near the
central town of Bandiagara, the military said in a tweet.
was the latest in a string of attacks underscoring the fragility of an area
straddling several West African countries which is battling a surge in
extremist violence that has claimed hundreds of lives.
attack on a military base on Friday left 49 Malian soldiers dead in the eastern
Menaka region near the border with Niger.
Saturday, a French soldier died in the same region after his armored vehicle
struck an improvised explosive device.
protests demand answers over June crackdown deaths
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in Sudan’s capital and across the
country on Sunday, demanding the disbanding of the former ruling party that
underpinned Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir’s three decades in power.
demonstrations were organized by local groups linked with the Sudanese
Professionals’ Association, which spearheaded the uprising that toppled
Al-Bashir in April. Protests continued throughout the summer, despite a violent
clampdown by the country’s security forces, forcing the ruling generals into a
power-sharing agreement with civilians.
the capital of Khartoum, the protesters also called on authorities to step up
an investigation into the hundreds of people who went missing on June 3, when security
forces dispersed the main sit-in outside the military headquarters. According
to the protesters, at least 128 people were killed and hundreds went missing.
Authorities put the death toll at 87, including 17 inside the sit-in area.
Gambo, an activist with the SPA, said the demonstrators wanted to know the fate
of those who disappeared in the June crackdown.
they are alive, where are they, and if they were dead, where are their bodies?
This what we want to know,” she said.
protesters carried posters of the missing people, and marched to the office of
the country’s chief prosecutor, where they presented officials with written
demands for a new investigation by an independent committee.
already rejected the results of the prosecutor’s investigation in September,
which said the country’s ruling generals did not order the deadly break-up, and
blamed the deaths on paramilitary forces who exceeded their orders.
up an independent probe into the crackdown was a key point in the transition
deal between the military and civilian leaders signed in August. The new
government has just over three years to steer the country toward democratic
rallies also took at aim at the lingering influence of Al-Bashir’s political system,
including his National Congress party.
circulated online showing the protesters, mostly youth, in the city of Wad
Madani, the provincial capital of Al-Jazirah province, waving Sudanese flags
and calling for the former ruling party’s dissolution as well as resignation of
the local governor whom Al-Bashir appointed.
were no reports of any clashes with police or casualties during the protests.
transitional government previously said it won’t appoint governors or an
interim parliament until it makes peace with the country’s rebel groups.
Haftar forces attack airport in Tripoli
Mitiga international airport in Tripoli was hit by an airstrike Sunday.
el-Mecei, the spokesman for the Government of National Accord (GNA) Burkan
al-Ghadab (Volcano of Rage) military operation, told Anadolu Agency warplanes
that targeted the airport four times were flown by forces loyal to Gen. Khalifa
did not provide information about damage at the airport due to the attack.
forces launched a campaign in April to capture Tripoli from Libya’s
internationally recognized GNA.
have left more than 1,000 people dead and about 5,500 wounded, according to the
World Health Organization (WHO).
oil-rich country has remained beset by turmoil since 2011, when longtime ruler
Muammar Gaddafi was ousted and killed in a NATO-backed uprising after four
decades in power.
construction workers have become easy target for Al Shabaab militants
workers who last month survived a terror attack – after the driver of a matatu
they were travelling in fled from armed Al Shabaab militants who had stopped
the vehicle – survived a similar attack in July this year.
a period of three months, Al Shabaab militants have attacked construction
workers working for Jiran Construction Company but in both attacks their plans
weeks ago, a bold driver by-passed the militants and drove the eight
construction workers to safety under a hail of bullets from the militants who
attempted to waylay them along Elwak-Borehole 11 road.
vehicle had been hired by a Jiran Construction Company that is building a
health centre along the Elwak-Kutulo-Wajir road, which is notorious for
the first attack, four Al-Shabaab militants stormed a construction site in
Borehole 11 where the health centre is being constructed and caused mayhem for
more than 30 minutes before they left.
four militants ordered 10 construction workers to lie down and demanded to see
Mr Joel Muinde Kitali, the site engineer. They even went to the extent of
calling Mr Issack Ali Jiran who is the owner of the company and asked him the
whereabouts of their target.
a police report filed at Kotulo Police Patrol Base in Mandera County, Mr Jiran
tricked the armed militants that “the engineer had escaped and after a long
argument, Mr Jiran cheated them that security officials were on their way to
hearing that, the militants shot in the air and fled. Nobody was injured.
Combined team from various security forces visited the scene tracked foot
prints which took the direction of Kutayo,” the police report reads in part.
was confirmed by the North Eastern Regional Commissioner Mr Mohamed Birik who
told Nairobi News then that indeed the militants opened fire but no one was
injured in the attack.
11 area has seen an upsurge in terror-related activities and Nairobi News has
learnt that the government in 2014 closed down the only Administration Police
camp that was providing security at the centre.
closure of the AP camp was met with protests by locals who claim the national
government has abandoned them in the hands of the militants.
attacks come at a time when top security officials in the vast North Eastern
are keen in wiping out terrorists in the region taking into account Interior
Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i’s revelation that there were plans of opening
quarry mines that had been closed in the region following consistent terror
11- is located 20 kilometres from the Kenya-Somalia border and eight kilometres
from El Wak town in Mandera County.
reports in recent weeks reveal that there is a huge presence of militants in
the region and are working in collaboration with informants.
weeks ago, Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai ordered the deployment
of more police officers to deal with the rising insecurity in the region.
terror-related incidents that have taken in Borehole 11 place include in
September 2019 when five security officers were killed after their vehicle was
hit by a rocket propelled grenade.
April 28, suspected Al-Shabaab militants set-up IEDs in Borehole 11 targeting
military vehicles but no one was injured in the incident.
remains unclear why the Al-Shabaab militants have been targeting construction
workers in Borehole 11.
security expert George Musamali say the militants attack the construction
workers because most of them are non-local and are Christians.
militants want to make it look like there are fighting a religious war as
opposed to being a criminal gang,” said Musamali.
why the only AP camp in the area was closed, the former GSU officer says the
government did that as part of their ‘strategy’.
you use tactic without strategy, you are planning to fail. In most of the cases
the government has tried to be tactical but we are still being hit,” said
by closing the camp the government started being strategic. The government is
now coming up with better ways of dealing with the menace as opposed to having
the officers on the ground,” he says.
also called the recent attack using the IED as ‘targeted killing’ because the
kind of IED used in the attacks are triggered by someone who is not far from
the scene of the attack.
says they have been advocating for intel-based policing because the militants
are using intel on the ground from the locals to know what is happening.
shabaab storm Wajir police station to free detained terrorists
major operation is underway in Wajir in search of an unknown number of Al
shabaab militants who shot dead two suspected terrorists who had earlier been
arrested by police and detained at Dadajabula Police Station Tuesday night.
County Commissioner Loyford Kibaara who spoke to KBC on phone confirmed that
security officers had arrested two suspects at Dadajabula, 13 kms from the
Somalia border, but Al Shabaab militants raided the police station at 8pm in an
attempt to rescue the suspects prompting a shootout with security officers that
left five people injured including two police officers, one Kenya Police
Reservist and a civilian.
attackers are believed to have been on a mission to rescue the terror suspects.
said after the arrival of reinforcements from KDF, the attackers shot dead the
suspects they had gone to rescue apparently out of fear that the suspects would
disclose crucial information to security agencies.
air force destroys one hideout of Boko Haram
Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has destroyed one of terror
group Boko Haram's hideouts in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno, an NAF
spokesperson told Xinhua on Sunday.
Boko Haram hideout involved was on the fringes of the Lake Chad in northern
Borno. The operation by the air force also led to the deaths of several Boko
Haram militants, NAF spokesperson Ibikunle Daramola told Xinhua in a statement.
to intelligence reports, the group used the settlement to launch attacks
against security forces, the spokesperson added.
airstrike on Friday was launched after an NAF intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance mission spotted some Boko Haram vehicles in the area, and a
follow-up attack was carried out Saturday after significant activity was
observed in another part of the settlement, Daramola said.
NAF, according to Daramola, will continue to destroy the remnants of the Boko
Haram terrorists by cooperating with surface forces.
troops kill 6 Boko Haram fighters in gunfight
Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- At least Six Boko Haram fighters were killed by Nigerian
troops in a gunfight, as they attempted to take over a military base in the
northeastern state of Borno, defense sources said on Sunday.
troops engaged the Boko Haram militants in a gunfight on Friday night, as they
targeted the military base in Gwon town of Mafa local government area, located
around 10 km north of Maiduguri, the state capital, a senior defense official
who preferred anonymity told Xinhua.
gunfight lasted for about three hours, causing more militants to escape with
bullet wounds, said the source.
source said the militants stormed the military base with four gun trucks and
motorcycles. In their attempt to gain entry into base, they destroyed two gates
leading to the military formation.
Judiciary Chief Asks for Trying US Officials for Creating ISIL
Americans have officially declared that they have created the ISIL and those
who have formed the ISIL and supported it, today officially say that the ISIL
commander was killed" and they do not allow anyone to know about the
details, Rayeesi said, addressing a meeting of the supreme human rights council
in Tehran on Sunday.
really believe that international lawyers and those who really claim to be
advocates of human rights should call for the trial of human rights violators
and those who have created the ISIL, supported it, armed it and allowed it to
commit horrible crimes in our region," he added.
also underlined that the US is officially the leader of state terrorism in the
relevant remarks last Thursday, Rayeesi lashed out at Washington for pursuing a
seditious policy in the Middle East, saying that the US was implicated in all
miseries and crimes in the region.
top judge of the country reiterated that Iran's main policy is having
cooperation with all world countries but in case a country takes hostiles
stances against Iran, the Islamic Republic will resist with all its power
have faced failure in all the measures they have taken against us and if they
do not do anything more it means they can do no more," he said.
opens probe after video shows unarmed Palestinian shot in back
police said Sunday an enquiry had been opened and officers suspended after a
video emerged online apparently showing a border guard shooting an unarmed
Palestinian in the back with a sponge-tipped bullet.
Channel 13 had broadcast the video on Saturday evening, showing border guards –
part of the Israeli police – telling a Palestinian to turn back at a West Bank
checkpoint on the edge of Jerusalem.
the man walks away, his arms raised, one of the officers fires a sponge-tipped
bullet, ammunition generally used for crowd control but which can be lethal at
man instantly falls to the ground, shouting in pain.
spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the justice ministry had opened an investigation
into the incident, which he said took place a year and a half ago.
soon as the incident became known the female border police officer was removed
from duty,” he said.
other border policemen who were there were also removed and some of them were
transferred from their positions,” he added.
Sunday, the Palestinian Liberation Organization slammed Israel over the
incident and urged the United Nations to act.
video shows the extent of blind hatred and Zionist racism,” it said.
has occupied the West Bank since 1967.
bus driver slams into stop, stabs people; 13 injured
in Istanbul say they have detained a driver who rammed his bus into a crowded
stop and attacked people who tried to prevent him from escaping with a knife.
At least 13 people have been injured.
police statement said the 33-year-old bus driver was detained on Sunday after
he jumped into the sea to try and get away from the scene.
13 injured included a man who was stabbed as he tried to prevent him from
running away after he drove the city bus into the stop.
said three Iranian nationals and two children were also among those injured.
was not immediately clear whether the man drove the bus into the stop by
agency for Palestinian refugees launches strike in Jordan
of employees of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees went on strike in Jordan
on Sunday, shutting schools and health centers that provide services for more
than two million people.
strike demanding pay rises is being observed by around 7,000 workers, UNRWA
spokesman Sami Mshamsha said, and comes as the agency faces an unprecedented
has brought to a standstill work at UNRWA schools, clinics and centers
providing social welfare to refugees across Jordan, Mshamsha said.
deplore this strike and we are worried about the impact it will have on the
services provided to the refugees,” he said.
union of UNRWA workers said the action that began Sunday morning was
“open-ended” and all staff members were observing it.
and students should stay at home as UNRWA-run schools and universities would
remain closed, it said.
than two million Palestinians are registered as refugees with UNRWA in Jordan.
agency runs 169 schools in the kingdom -- where some 120,000 students are
enrolled -- as well as a faculty of science and educational arts, 25 primary
healthcare centers and other services.
was set up in 1949 after more than 750,000 Palestinians fled or were expelled
during the war surrounding Israel’s creation the previous year.
provides vital schooling and medical services to some five million Palestinians
in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank,
including annexed east Jerusalem.
Netanyahu promises covert actions against enemies
prime minister says the military will continue to strike its enemies, including
through covert missions, after a weekend flare-up of violence in the Gaza
Netanyahu spoke his weekly cabinet meeting Sunday, a day after Israel struck a
series sites linked to Gaza’s Hamas rulers in response to a late-night barrage
of rocket fire. Although no one claimed responsibility for the rockets, Israel
holds Hamas responsible for all attacks coming out of the territory.
said Israel is in a “very sensitive” security environment to its north, south
YouTube star sets out to simplify Arabic language, bridge divisions
Arabic language is considered one of the most difficult to learn, with the US
Foreign Service Institute rating it as “exceptionally difficult” for native English
speakers. But when Maha Yakoub launched her YouTube channel, ‘Learn Arabic with
Maha,’ her mission was to shatter that misconception.
an exclusive interview with Al Arabiya English, Yakoub, who has amassed over 60
million views and nearly half a million subscribers, said it all started with a
simple video she made of how to say ‘Merry Christmas’ in Arabic. The video
gained over a million views in just one month.
husband and I went on a long holiday and came back to one million views. We
were shocked and happy. It was shocking to see a number like that for someone
who is not famous. And it all started from there,” said Yakoub.
her platform, not only does Yakoub give virtual Arabic lessons to millions of
viewers, she also explains Middle Eastern culture, traditions and practices -
like how to dance the dabke, make falafel, and wear the keffiyeh headdress.
started the channel because I felt the need to give a better example of Arabs
than how we are portrayed in the media. I teach our rich culture and language
to build bridges, so that non-Arabs can understand Arabs more and realize that
we are just like any other nationality,” said Yakoub.
into a Palestinian family, Yakoub was raised in small village near Acre, a city
in northwest Israel. She left at the age of 21, and now resides in Italy where
she works as a professional language instructor. She returns to her hometown
every summer to teach in-person language classes.
is a great excuse to visit my family. Going home is something I always look
forward to since I moved to Italy. I’m still very attached to my country.
Sometimes I can’t forgive myself for leaving - but that’s why I try to go there
as much as I can,” said Yakoub.
in five languages including Hebrew, Yakoub’s videos like “10 Hebrew words used
by Palestinians today” and “10 Arabic words used by Israelis today,” show how
language can be used to build bridges between Israelis and Arabs.
am an Arab Palestinian…I know there is a conflict, but I always look for the
best way to bring us together. We don’t have many bridges between Arabs and
Israelis. I love to show the common things we share, like language and culture.
It is important to show these similarities,” said Yakoub.
says the connections she creates are not just regional, but international.
appreciate this project of mine. I have students from all over the world like
India, Australia, and Kazakhstan. Most of my fans are English speakers, but I
also have a lot of Arabs watching my videos who love the way I portray our
language,” said Yakoub.
that Arabic is a tough language to learn, even for native speakers, Yakoub
advised anyone seeking to learn the language to be patient.
is not a language you can learn in a year. Repetition is key. I would recommend
listening to actual Arabs speaking, so you can really get into the whole
intonation,” said Yakoub.
almost 500 YouTube videos on the Arabic language, heritage, and culture, many
of Yakoub’s followers say she made it possible for millions to hear the Arab
Canadian user Sasha said Yakoub’s lessons are “like being in a real Arabic
course for free,” adding that since watching the videos, she has improved her
ability to communicate with her Egyptian family and people in other Arab
like Amelia traveled from the US to take Yakoub’s class in Acre in 2018, after
watching the digital content.
Arabic had been a goal of mine for years. After watching hours of Maha’s
concise and entertaining teaching style on YouTube...her [in-person] class more
than exceeded my expectations on every level. After just three days, we were
reading and writing in Arabic” said Amelia.
PM: No country can impose its sanctions on other countries
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says his country cannot carry out trade with
Iran, one of its big trading partners, as a result of Washington’s unilateral
sanctions against Tehran, noting that US bans on Iran contravene the United
made the remarks while speaking at a press conference on the sidelines of the
35th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits in Thailand on Sunday.
is no provision in the United Nations that a country, which is dissatisfied
with another country, can impose sanctions on that country and other countries
trading with that nation,” the Malaysian prime minister said, while criticizing
the inhibitory impact of US unilateral sanctions against Iran on Kuala Lumpur’s
trade with Tehran.
also dismissed applying sanctions against countries as an act "against the
sanctions don’t apply to one country alone,” he said, adding that Malaysia is
now being sanctioned.
Malaysian premier further criticized those who “talk so much” about the rule of
law, rule-based trade and relations, but fail to adhere to their own principles
without singling out any country.
remarks came amid reports denoting that banks in Malaysia are closing the
accounts of Iranian individuals and companies, in what is believed to be a
measure linked to sanctions imposed by Washington against Tehran after the
former left the landmark Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint
Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
quitting the JCPOA, US President Donald Trump has been running what he refers
to as a "maximum pressure" campaign, which seeks to pressure Iran
into negotiating a new deal that addresses its ballistic missile program and
spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that the country’s
embassy in Malaysia is doing its best to solve problems resulting from banking
restrictions considered for Iranian nationals by some financial institutions in
said, “Unfortunately, under the influence of the United States’ economic
terrorism, some Malaysian banks have considered restrictions for opening
accounts and providing services to Iranian nationals.”
Saudi soldiers killed in clashes with Yemeni forces in border areas
army soldiers and fighters from allied Popular Committees have killed at least
six Saudi soldiers during separate attacks in the kingdom’s southwestern border
regions as part of their retaliatory raids against the Riyadh regime’s deadly
campaign against their crisis-hit country.
Qatari al-Jazeera television news network reported that Yemeni forces and their
allies fatally shot the troopers during different exchanges of fire over the
past two days.
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Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the Chairman of Yemen’s Supreme Revolutionary Committee
of Yemen, has sharply criticized Sudanese authorities for the participation of
militiamen from the Northeast African country in the Saudi-led military
aggression against Yemen.
people of Sudan know very well that the last thing that (Chairman of the
Sovereignty Council Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman) Burhan, (his deputy
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also questioned why Sudan is hiding “the fate of participants in the
(Saudi-led) aggression (on Yemen)” and refraining from disclosing the exact
number of Saudi-paid Sudanese fighters, who have been killed, captured or gone
missing while fighting in Yemen.
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Saturday afternoon, the spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces said more than 4,000
Sudanese militiamen fighting alongside Saudi-led military forces against Houthi
Ansarullah fighters had been killed and many more injured ever since the Riyadh
regime and its allies launched a military aggression against Yemen.
at a press conference in the capital Sana’a, Brigadier General Yahya Saree said
4,253 Sudanese militants had lost their lives in clashes with Yemeni forces,
noting that the total number of the Saudi-paid Sudanese mercenaries killed in
Yemen since the beginning of the current year stands at 459.
pointed out that 185 Sudanese militiamen had been killed and tens of others
wounded in battles against Yemeni army forces and allied fighters from Popular
Committees during the past few months.
endure rape, torture on route through Yemen
AL-ARA/YEMEN: Zahra struggled in the blue waters of the Gulf of Aden, grasping
for the hands of fellow migrants. Hundreds of men, women and teenagers
clambered out of a boat and through the surf, emerging, exhausted, on the
shores of Yemen.
20-year-old Ethiopian saw men armed with automatic rifles waiting for them on
the beach and she clenched in terror. She had heard migrants’ stories of brutal
traffickers, lurking like monsters in a nightmare. They are known by the Arabic
will they do to us?” Zahra thought.
and 300 other Africans had just endured six hours crammed in a wooden smuggling
boat to cross the narrow strait between the Red Sea and the Gulf. When they
landed, the traffickers loaded them into trucks and drove them to ramshackle
compounds in the desert outside the coastal village of Ras Al-Ara.
was Zahra’s answer. She was imprisoned for a month in a tin-roofed hut,
broiling and hungry, ordered to call home each day to beseech her family to
wire $2,000. She said she did not have family to ask for money and pleaded for
her captors raped her. And they raped the 20 other women with her — for weeks,
different men all the time.
used each of the girls,” she told The Associated Press. “Every night there was
its systematic torture, Ras Al-Ara is a particular hell on the arduous, 1,400
km journey from the Horn of Africa to Middle Eastern countries. Migrants leave
home on sandaled feet with dreams of escaping poverty. They trek through
mountains and deserts, sandstorms and 113-degree temperatures, surviving on
bread and salty water from ancient wells.
Djibouti, long lines of migrants descend single file down mountain slopes to
the rocky coastal plain, where many lay eyes on the sea for first time and
eventually board the boats. Some remain stranded in Yemen’s nightmare — in some
measure because Europe has been shutting its doors, outsourcing migrants to
EU began paying Libyan coast guards and militias to stop migrants there,
blocking the other main route out of East Africa, through Libya and across the
Mediterranean to Europe.
number of Mediterranean crossings plummeted — from 370,000 in 2016 to just over
56,000 so far this year.
more than 150,000 migrants landed in Yemen in 2018, a 50 percent increase from
the year before, according to the International Organization for Migration.
year, more than 107,000 had arrived by the end of September, along with perhaps
tens of thousands more the organization was unable to track — or who were
buried in graves along the trail.
European policies may be making the Yemen route more dangerous. Funded by the
EU, Ethiopia has cracked down on migrant smugglers and intensified border
controls. Arrests of known brokers have prompted migrants to turn to unreliable
traffickers, taking more dangerous paths and increasing the risk of abuses.
of those migrants end up in Ras Al-Ara.
every migrant who lands here is imprisoned in hidden compounds while their
families are shaken down for money. Like Zahra, they are subjected to daily
torments ranging from beatings and rapes to starvation, their screams drowned
out by the noise of generators or cars or simply lost in the desert.
of every thousand, 800 disappear in the lockups,” said a humanitarian worker
monitoring the flow of migrants.
who torture are a mix of Yemenis and Ethiopians of different ethnic groups. So
victims cannot appeal to tribal loyalties, they are tortured by men from other
groups: If the migrants are Oromia, the torturers are Tigrinya.
the same time, because the three main ethnic groups don’t speak each others’
languages, Yemeni smugglers need translators to convey orders to the migrants
and monitor their phone conversations with their families.
AP spoke to more than two dozen Ethiopians who survived torture at Ras Al-Ara.
Nearly all of them reported witnessing deaths, and one man died of starvation
hours after the AP saw him.
imprisonment and torture are largely ignored by Yemeni authorities. The AP saw
trucks full of migrants passing unhindered through military checkpoints as they
went from the beaches to drop their human cargo at each desert compound, known
in Arabic as a “hosh.”
traffickers move freely, in public, giving bribes at the checkpoints,” said
Mohammed Said, a former coast guard officer who now runs a gas station in the
center of town.
Ras Al-Ara, it’s nearly 50 miles in any direction to the next town. Around
8,000 families live in a collection of decaying, one-story stone houses beside
dirt roads, a lone hotel and two eateries. The fish market is the center of
activity when the daily catch is brought in.
the entire population profits from the human trade. Some rent land to
traffickers for the holding cells, or work as guards, drivers or translators.
For others, traffickers flush with cash are a lucrative market for their food,
fuel or the mildly stimulant leaves of qat, which Yemenis and Ethiopians chew
can rattle off the traffickers’ names. One of them, a Yemeni named Mohammed
Al-Usili, runs more than 20 hosh. He’s famous for the red Nissan SUV he drives
belong to Sabaha, one of the biggest tribes in southern Yemen, some of whom are
famous for their involvement in illicit businesses. Yemenis call the Sabaha
“bandits” who have no political loyalties to any of the warring parties..
traffickers speak openly of their activities, but deny they torture, blaming
smuggler Ali Hawash was a farmer who went into the human smuggling business a
year ago. He disparaged smugglers who prey on poor migrants, torturing them and
holding them hostage until relatives pay ransom.
flow of migrants to the beach is unending. On a single day, July 24, the AP
witnessed seven boats pull into Ras Al-Ara, one after the other, starting at 3
a.m., each carrying more than 100 people.
migrants climbed out of the boats into the turquoise water. One young man
collapsed on the beach, his feet swollen. A woman stepped on something sharp in
the water and fell screeching in pain. Others washed their clothes in the waves
to get out the vomit, urine and feces from the rugged journey.
migrants were lined up and loaded onto trucks. They gripped the iron bars in
the truck bed as they were driven along the highway. At each compound, the
truck unloaded a group of migrants, like a school bus dropping off students.
The migrants disappeared inside..
time to time, Ethiopians escape their imprisonment or are released and stagger
out of the desert into town. Eman Idrees, 27, and her husband were held for
eight months by an Ethiopian smuggler. She recalled the savage beatings they
endured, which left a scar on her shoulder.
the gas station owner, is horrified by the evidence of torture he has seen, so
he has made his station and a nearby mosque into a refuge for migrants. But
locals say Said, too, profits from the trafficking, selling fuel for the
smugglers’ boats and trucks. But that means the traffickers need him and leave
a day when the AP team was visiting, several young men just out of a compound
arrived at the gas station. They showed deep gashes in their arms from ropes
that had bound them. One who had bruises from being lashed with a cable said
the women imprisoned with him were all raped and that three men had died.
Ibrahim Hassan, trembled as he showed how he was tied up in a ball, arms behind
his back, knees bound against his chest. The 24-year-old said he was bound like
that for 11 days and frequently beaten. His torturer, he said, was a fellow
Ethiopian but from a rival ethnic group, Tigray, while he is Oromo.
said he was freed after his father went door to door in their hometown to
borrow money and gather the $2,600 that the smugglers demanded.
family is extremely poor,” Hassan said, breaking down in tears. “My father is a
farmer and I have five siblings.”
is another punishment used by the traffickers to wear down their victims.
Ras Al-Ara hospital, four men who looked like living skeletons sat on the
floor, picking rice from a bowl with their thin fingers. Their bones protruded
from their backs, their rib cages stood out sharply. With no fat on their
bodies, they sat on rolled-up cloth because it was too painful to sit directly
on bone. They had been imprisoned by traffickers for months, fed once a day
with scraps of bread and a sip of water, they said.
of them, 23-year-old Abdu Yassin, said he had agreed with smugglers in Ethiopia
to pay around $600 for the trip through Yemen to the Saudi border. But when he
landed at Ras Al-Ara, he was brought to a compound with 71 others, and the
traffickers demanded $1,600.
cried as he described how he was held for five months and beaten constantly in
different positions. He showed the marks from lashings on his back, the scars
on his legs where they pressed hot steel into his skin. His finger was crooked
after they smashed it with a rock, he said. One day, they tied his legs and
dangled him upside down, “like a slaughtered sheep.” But the worst was starvation.
hunger, my knees can’t carry my body,” he said. “I haven’t changed my clothes
for six months. I haven’t washed. I have nothing.”
the four men, another emaciated man lay on a gurney, his stomach concave, his
eyes open but unseeing. Nurses gave him fluids but he died several hours later.
torment that leaves the young men and women physically and mentally shattered
also leaves them stranded.
said she traveled to Yemen “because I wanted to change my life.”
came from a broken home. She was a child when her parents divorced. Her mother
disappeared, and her father — an engineer — remarried and wanted little to do
with Zahra or her sisters. Zahra dropped out of school after the third grade.
She worked for years in Djibouti as a servant, sending most of her earnings to
her youngest sister back in Ethiopia.
to save any money, she decided to try her luck elsewhere.
spoke in a quiet voice as she described the torments she suffered at the
compound. “I couldn’t sleep at all throughout these days,” as she suffered from
headaches, she said.
and the other women were locked in three rooms of the hut, sleeping on the dirt
floor, suffocating in the summer heat. They were constantly famished. Zahra
suffered from rashes, diarrhea and vomiting.
group tried to flee when they were allowed to wash at a well outside. The
traffickers used dogs to hunt them down, brought them back and beat them.
can’t imagine,” Zahra said. “We could hear the screams.” After that, they could
only wash at gunpoint.
early one morning, their captors opened the gates and told Zahra and some of
the other women to leave. Apparently, the traffickers gave up on getting money
out of them and wanted to make room for others.
Zahra lives in Basateen, a slum on the outskirts of southern Yemen’s main city,
Aden, where she shares a room with three other women who also were tortured.
them is a 17-year-old who fidgets with her hands and avoiding eye contact. She
said she had been raped more times than she can count.
first time was during the boat crossing from Djibouti, where she was packed in
with more than 150 other migrants. Fearing the smugglers, no one dared raise a
word of protest as the captain and his crew raped her and the other nine women
on board during the eight-hour journey.
am speechless about what happened in the boat,” the 17-year-old said.
landing, she and the others were taken to a compound, where again she was raped
— every day for the next two weeks.
lived 15 days in pain,” she said.
said she’s worried she could be pregnant, and the 17-year old said she has
pains in her abdomen and back she believes were caused by the rapes — but
neither has money to go to a doctor. Nor do they have money to continue their
have nothing but the clothes on me,” the 17-year old said. She lost everything,
including her only photos of her family. Now, she is too afraid to even leave
her room in Basateen.
we get out of here,” she said, “we don’t know what would happen to us.”
is filled with migrants living in squalid shacks. Some work, trying to earn
enough to continue their journey. Others, like Abdul-Rahman Taha, languish
son of a dirt-poor farmer, Taha had heard stories of Ethiopians returning from
Saudi Arabia with enough money to buy a car or build a house. So he sneaked
away from home and began walking. When he reached Djibouti, he called home
asking for $400 for smugglers to arrange his trip across Yemen. His father was
angry but sold a bull and some goats and sent the money.
Taha landed at Ras Al-Ara, traffickers took him and 50 other migrants to a
holding cell, lined them up and demanded phone numbers. Taha couldn’t ask his
father for more money so he told them he didn’t have a number. Over the next
days and weeks, he was beaten and left without food and water.
night, he gave them a wrong number. The traffickers flew into a rage. One, a
beefy, bearded Yemeni, beat Taha’s right leg to a bloody pulp with a steel rod.
Taha passed out.
he opened his eyes, he saw the sky. He was outdoors, lying on the ground. The
traffickers had dumped him and three other migrants in the desert. Taha tried
to jostle the others, but they didn’t move — they were dead.
Greek towns protest refugee transfers to mainland sites
in two towns in northern Greece took to the streets Sunday to rally against the
transfer of migrants from the Greek islands to sites on the mainland.
should leave. We have had enough," an inhabitant of Yannitsa told the Skai
broadcasting group as several dozen people tried to prevent the dawn arrival of
60 asylum-seekers from the islands of Lesbos and Samos.
60 other migrants have already been relocated to Yannitsa and "we have had
many problems," the local resident said.
migrants finally managed to leave their bus as police looked on, and occupy
rooms at hotels in the town.
the east in Serres, another protest was held against the arrival of around 20
the weekend, roughly 900 people were transferred from Greek islands to sites on
the mainland, and the government has said it wants to relocate 20,000 by the
end of the year.
days ago, inhabitants of Nea Vrasna prevented 380 asylum-seekers from reaching
hotels by stoning their buses, which turned around and headed to another
relocation site in central Greece.
country has again become a key point of entry for migrants to Europe, possibly
owing to a new policy from neighboring Turkey, which threatened in September to
ease border controls if it did not receive more international aid.
the past four months, "40,000 migrants and refugees have arrived,"
junior minister Georges Koumoutsakos told Skai in an interview.
have to show solidarity with border regions that have borne the brunt" of
the influx, he added.
figures show that more than 34,000 people now live in miserable conditions on
five islands that in theory can host 6,300 while they register as
Friday, lawmakers approved a law that tightens asylum procedures and is aimed
at easing "a state of prolonged paralysis," according to conservative
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who said the country was trying to clear
nearly 70,000 pending requests.
accused Turkey and the previous center-left Greek government for the spike in
Switzerland: PKK supporters interrupt CHP event
group of PKK terror group supporters raided a Republic Day event hosted by
Turkey’s main opposition party in northern Switzerland.
Ozkoc, deputy parliamentary group chair of Republican People’s Party (CHP), and
Istanbul head of the party, Canan Kaftancioglu, arrived in the country upon the
invitation of CHP Switzerland Association, according to the information
obtained by Anadolu Agency.
the event was about to begin, PKK supporters arrived at the event hall in the
Grenchen municipality in the canton of Solothurn and occupied the stand.
group of 10 - 15 PKK supporters opened a rag that bore a photograph of the
terror group’s ringleader, Abdullah Ocalan, and started to argue with CHP
of CHP members were held outside of the hall as a security measure.
event started with a delay after police officers took the pro-terror
individuals out of the hall.
Chief Urges Myanmar to Resolve Rohingya Refugee Crisis
Thailand) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed concern Sunday
over the plight of the 730,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine
state, calling on Myanmar’s government to take responsibility by dealing with
the “root causes” of their flight to Bangladesh and working toward their safe
spoke as he held a meeting with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian
Nations, to which Myanmar belongs. ASEAN leaders meet annually to try to work
out common positions on pressing issues, but also maintain a policy of
noninterference in each other’s affairs.
ASEAN ministers’ chairman statement, released by host Thailand summarizing the
consensus positions of the group, accentuated the positive in suggesting how to
deal with the Rakhine crisis, without directly acknowledging the major problems
of Bangladesh hosting such a vast number of refugees and the hurdles in sending
statement pointed out the various agreements already agreed upon involving
repatriation while reiterating “the need to find a comprehensive and durable
solution to address the root causes of the conflict and to create a conducive
environment so that the affected communities can rebuild their lives.”
words partially echoed those of Guterres, who earlier said he remains “deeply
concerned about the situation in Myanmar, including Rakhine state, and the
plight of the massive number of refugees still living increasingly in difficult
remains, of course, Myanmar’s responsibility to address the root causes and
ensure a conducive environment for the safe, voluntary, dignified and
sustainable repatriation of refugees to Rakhine state, in accordance with
international norms and standards,” he said.
said Myanmar should take measures “to facilitate dialogue with refugees and
pursue confidence building measures” and “to ensure humanitarian actors have
full and unfettered access to areas of return, as well as communities in need.”
members’ attitudes toward the Rakhine crisis vary. While most of the group’s 10
countries are content to honor the organization’s principle of noninterference
in each other’s affairs, Malaysia and Indonesia, which have Muslim-majority
populations, would prefer ASEAN take a more proactive position in ensuring just
treatment of the Rohingya. ASEAN’s active involvement is mostly limited to
helping with humanitarian aid.
Rohingya fled to Bangladesh after Myanmar’s military began a harsh
counterinsurgency campaign against them in August 2017 in response to an attack
by a fringe group of Rohingya militants.
investigators and human rights groups say Myanmar security forces carried out
mass rapes, killings and burning of Rohingya homes, for which they could be
charged with ethnic cleansing, or even genocide.
September, a special U.N. fact-finding mission urged that Myanmar be held
responsible in international legal forums for alleged genocide against its
Muslim Rohingya minority.
ASEAN chairman’s statement said the regional group expects an investigative
commission established by Myanmar’s government to carry out “an independent and
impartial investigation into alleged human rights violations and related
issues.” U.N. experts and independent human rights groups dismiss the
possibility that the commission could conduct a fair investigation, noting that
some members are considered to be biased in favor of the military.
Rohingya have been harshly discriminated against, even though many have been
settled in Myanmar for generations. Many in Myanmar consider them illegal
immigrants from Bangladesh, and they have largely been denied citizenship and
most of its privileges.
refuses to call the Rohingya by their self-chosen name, and instead refers to
them as Bengalis. Guterres in his statement avoided using either term, though
the details and context made clear he was talking about the Rohingya.
Myanmar and Bangladesh have a formal agreement to repatriate the refugees, none
have officially returned, fearing for their safety. Rights groups say Myanmar
has neither made adequate arrangements for their return nor set up a process
ensuring they will have full civil rights.
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