Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a Post Cabinet
press conference at Parliament in Wellington, on March 18, 2019. PHOTO: AFP
Calls On Followers to ‘Take Revenge’ For New Zealand Terror Attack
Arabia’s Adel Al-Jubeir Says Terrorism Has ‘No Religion or Race’ In Wake of
Gave ‘Words of Wisdom’ To Reduce Indo-Pak Tensions: Envoy
Muslims Could Be Target of Mass Shooting: Minister Of State For Security
Zealand PM Says Mosque Attacker Will Face ‘Full Force of Law’
Government’s Reform Agenda Distracted by Political Islam
Attack: The Erdogan Connection?
Christians, Muslims and Hindus Condemn the Christchurch Mosque Attacks
Minority Members Demand Representation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly
Builds New Border Crossing to Connect Aleppo's Afrin, Turkey
ISIL Terrorists Evacuated from Eastern Syria in US Heliborne Operations
Army Fends Off Terrorists' Attacks as Ankara Sends More Convoys to Idlib
of Mass Graves of Izadi Victims of ISIL Discovered in Northern Iraq
Civilians Killed in US Airstrikes on Deir Ezzur
sentences Belgian man to death for being part of ISIS
Corridor: India Starts Work On Integrated Check Post At Dera Baba Nanak
highlights ‘India-first’ policy during Sushma Swaraj’s visit
lodges strong protest with Pak over harassment of its officials in Islamabad
shot dead by militants in J-K’s Pulwama
skips NIA summon for second time, reiterates willingness to be quizzed in
Muslims Could Be Target of Mass Shooting: Minister of State For Security
Zealand PM Says Mosque Attacker Will Face ‘Full Force Of Law’
in Germany anxious after New Zealand attacks
is on rise in Spain: Report
pledges $39m to improve security at religious sites
police arrest suspect in Utrecht shooting
dead in Dutch tram shooting, police say suspect is Turkish-born
charged for live streaming NZ mosque shooting
cabinet agrees on measures for tougher gun laws ‘in principle’
activist gets 4-year sentence in Russia’s Chechnya
to grant direct refugee status to Uighur Turks
blasts Europe's 'silence' on NZ terror attacks
weighs heightened security for mosques
Minister Has No Power to Ban Books on Islam, Court Told
hail New Zealanders, PM Ardern for show of love and strength in face of
Aussie Senator Fraser Anning from Entering Malaysia, Urges MP
terror group leader Abu Umar jailed for 10 years over extremist teachings
Iran Carried Out Joint Operation against Kurdish Militants
is depriving Palestinians of clean water: UN rights expert
denies Turkish statement on a joint raid against PKK militants
says anyone trying to attack Turkey will go back home ‘in caskets’
Is the Guiding Hand behind the Mass Slaying Of Muslims in New Zealand: Analyst
Complains He Is Being Blamed For Christchurch Attack
Muslim group slams Israeli assault at al-Aqsa
Iran to take legal action against US over sanctions
Iraq discuss next steps in Daesh fight
Israel violated human rights in Palestine
PM: Never Allow Anti-Liberation Forces To Be In Power Again
‘lost generation’ struggles to study in Bangladesh camps
confirms Taliban militants have captured 58 border security forces
Taliban militants killed, large weapons cache destroyed in Kunduz province
Taliban militants killed in past 48 hours in Faryab: 209th Shaheen Corps
than 40 Taliban militants killed, wounded in Special Forces operations,
military court to probe violence against Rohingya
terms 2008 Mumbai attacks as one of ‘the most notorious terrorist attacks’
Asks Muslim Ummah to Work out Strategy For Security
with Locals For Rs100bn Fata Uplift Plan Soon
a Proud Muslim from Pakistan, but I Will Be A Kiwi Forever
arrives in Beijing for first Sino-Pak strategic dialogue
van targeted with IED in DI Khan, three injured
National Day: Chinese fighter jets to participate in Parade
MPs Call For Expulsion of Israeli Envoy over Al-Aqsa Dispute
Locals Gang-Up Against Al-Shabaab, Kill 4 Militants
of Tunisia’s Ben Ali arrested, France confirms
month of protests in Sudan, demonstrations go on
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has called on its followers to retaliate for the terror attack against Muslims
in New Zealand last week, in a rare message from one of its top figures.
group’s spokesman, Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, broke a six month silence to call on
Isis supporters to “take vengeance for their religion” in the 44-minute audio
slaughter in those two mosques is no more than another tragedy among past and
coming tragedies, which will be followed by scenes of force that reach all who
were tricked to living among the polytheist,” he said in the message
distributed by Al Furqan, a media organisation linked to Isis.
scenes of death in the two mosques are enough to wake the sleep and incite the
supporters of the caliphate who live there, to take vengeance for their
religion and for sons of their Ummah, who are killed everywhere in the world.”
attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, left 50 people dead at two mosques during
midday prayers. A 28-year-old Australian is the main suspect and in a
manifesto, called himself a white nationalist out to avenge attacks in Europe
has consistently made the argument that Muslims and non-Muslims cannot live
side-by-side, and has used terror attacks such as these in its propaganda to
make the case for its declaration of an Islamic state.
before the message appeared on Isis channels on the encrypted messaging app
Telegram, experts had warned that the Christchurch massacre could be used for
supporters have claimed to avenge Muslims killed in Syria and Iraq, while
far-right terrorists including the Finsbury Park attacker and the alleged New
Zealand mosque shooter have claimed the same for victims of Isis-inspired
services fear a "domino effect" in atrocities and will be bracing for
any potential impact from Isis's latest call.
who real name is not known, also commented on the ongoing battle for the last
scrap of the Isis caliphate in eastern Syria. Isis fighters have been
surrounded in a camp in the village of Baghouz and are facing a final onslaught
from the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.
of thousands have filed out of the village over the past two months, among them
nearly 5,000 surrendering Isis fighters. But the spokesman sought to downplay
you think the displacement of the weak and poor out of Baghouz will weaken the
Islamic State? No," he said.
defeat at Baghouz will end its control of inhabited land in the third of Syria
and Iraq that it captured in 2014. However, the group will remain a threat,
regional and Western officials say
last message from Al-Muhajir came in September 2018, when he claimed
responsibility on Isis’s behalf for an attack on an Iranian military parade in
the city of Ahvaz.
Arabia’s Adel Al-Jubeir says terrorism has ‘no religion or race’ in wake of
Saudi Arabia's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said on
Monday that the world stands united in solidarity with Muslims after the terror
attack in Christchurch, New Zealand last week, which killed 50 people.
to Twitter, Al-Jubeir also said that the incident proved that terrorism had
"no religion or race."
added: "New Zealand is a safe, peaceful and open country for all, and what
the prime minister, the government and the people of New Zealand have done is
proof of that."
statements follow condemnation of the attacks by King Salman and Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Salman. The king was praised for his “strong and firm” response to
Friday’s terrorist attack by Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, secretary-general of the
Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
Al-Othaimeen said: “The words of King Salman come as support for the OIC, its
committees, institutions and administrations, to control and combat
Gave ‘Words Of Wisdom’ To Reduce Indo-Pak Tensions: Envoy
DELHI: The UAE played an important role in reducing the recent tensions between
India and Pakistan by giving "words of wisdom" on sorting out
differences in a peaceful manner, the Gulf nations ambassador said in Delhi on
Ahmed Al Banna, however, clarified that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) did not
mediate between the two countries and that the aim of its efforts was to decrease
the tensions which had spiralled in the wake of the air strike by Indian jets
at a Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Balakot, Pakistan, following the Pulwama
UAE envoy, while speaking at an interaction at IIT-Delhi, also referred to Abu
Dhabi Crown Prince and deputy commander of the armed forces Mohamed bin Zayed
al-Nahyan's telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his
Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan amid escalating tensions.
played an important role in reducing the (Indo-Pak) tensions that took place.
On the day there was a huge escalation, there was a phone call from our Abu
Dhabi Crown Prime to Prime Minister Modi and to the Pakistan Prime
Minister," he said in response to a question on the role played by the UAE
in de-escalating Indo-Pak tensions.
role was to give words of wisdom and try to sort out the differences in a
peaceful manner just like the UAE has done in its relationship with Iran,"
whether the UAE had successfully mediated in reducing Indo-Pak tensions, Mr Al
Banna said: "We did not mediate. When you talk about mediation there has
to be a request from both parties. We tried to decrease tensions by using our
special relationship (with the two countries)."
about India's action to strike the Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Balakot, Mr
Al Banna said what India or any country decides in terms of its policy, the UAE
does not interfere.
general, we are against radicalism, we are against terrorists, we are against
terrorism. A lot of people talk about definitions, but for us a terrorist act
is a terrorist act. A lot of time we interact with Indian authorities and make
suggestions and it is up to the Indian side to take it or not," he said.
another question on India's presence at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
Foreign Ministers meet in Abu Dhabi earlier this month, he welcomed New Delhi's
about Kashmir being raised by the Islamic grouping, the envoy stressed that the
declaration made in Abu Dhabi at the OIC meeting made no mention of the
UAE envoy also said that there was strong cooperation between India and his
country on counter terrorism.
would like to enhance counter-terror cooperation. We want to stop this nonsense
of killing innocent people...Islam has been hijacked by some of those
terrorists and they have hijacked the actual purity of Islam," Mr Al Banna
if the UAE had given any message to Pakistan on terror sanctuaries, Mr Al Banna
said: "Without mentioning any specific person, name or country, the UAE
has a long standing (position of) preventing, fighting act of terrorism and
those radical organisations, so we work with all partners in the region to make
our region a peaceful region."
between India and Pakistan escalated after Indian Air Force fighter jets bombed
terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed's biggest training camp near Balakot deep inside
Pakistan on February 26.
retaliated by attempting to target Indian military installations the next day.
However, the IAF thwarted their plans.
Indian strike on the JeM camp came 12 days after the terror outfit claimed
responsibility for a suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir''s
Pulwama in which 40 soldiers were killed.
his address, the envoy said it was the UAE and Saudi Arabia that covered the
shortage of oil for India after Iran sanctions.
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Muslims Could Be Target Of Mass Shooting: Minister Of State For Security
Minister of State for Security Ben Wallace has warned Muslims in the country
could become victims of high-profile terrorist attacks like those that killed
50 worshipers in two mosques in New Zealand on Friday.
to the BBC Radio on Monday, Wallace said the government was hugely concerned
about the mushroom growth of far-right extremist groups in the UK which he said
could be a serious threat to the safety of around three million Muslims living
in the country.
said a mass shooting of Muslims seen in the city of Christchurch in New Zealand
on Friday “absolutely could happen” in Britain, adding that police and other
security officials have been busy over the past days hunting down suspects that
could have been inspired by the massacre.
government has been concerned about the growing group of people crossing into
the extremist mindset on the far right, and the neo-Nazis,” said the minister,
adding that police in London and Wales have made arrests in connection to
attacks and operations that are believed to have been terrorist or related to
28-year-old Brenton Torrent, who has yet to be officially identified, had said
before his mass shooting of the Muslims in Christchurch that he was inspired by
Darren Osborne, an English terrorist who drove his car into a crowd of Muslim
worshipers outside a mosque in Finsbury Park, North London, in June 2017.
after the attack in New Zealand, police in east London rushed to respond to an
attack on a Muslim man outside a mosque in the area. Muslims across the UK have
suffered numerous hate attacks over the past years with many blaming the surge
on an Islamophobic discourse existing in the media and supported by the
politicians of the country.
Zealand PM says mosque attacker will face ‘full force of law’
Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the terrorist who killed scores of
Muslims at two mosques in the country last Friday will face “the full force of
a condolence speech in parliament on Tuesday, Ardern said she would also never
speak the name of the 28-year-old Australian attacker, who she said “sought
many things from his act of terror, but one was notoriety.”
is why you will never hear me mention his name. He is a terrorist. He is a
criminal. He is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless,” she said
in the speech, which she opened with an Arabic “as salaam alaikum” message of
peace to Muslims.
also urged people not to give the terrorist the notoriety he sought by speaking
implore you: speak the names of those who were lost rather than the name of the
man who took them,” she said.
Zealand was struck by grief and shock after a gunman opened fire at two mosques
in the South Island city of Christchurch during prayers last Friday, killing at
least 50 people and wounding some 50 others, nine of whom are in critical
gunman was charged with one count of murder at Christchurch District Court on
Saturday. Ardern assured parliament that he would face further charges, saying
“he will face the full force of the law in New Zealand.”
38-year-old leader also urged the country to support its grieving Muslim
community, particularly when they return to pray on Friday.
Friday, it will be a week since the attack; members of the Muslim community
will gather for worship on that day. Let us acknowledge their grief as they
do,” she said.
the wake of the terrorist attack, Ardern has vowed to reform the country’s gun
laws, which allowed the assailant to legally purchase the weapons he used in the
terrorist attack, including semi-automatic rifles.
said that the “worst act of terrorism on our shores” had exposed a range of
weaknesses in the country’s gun laws. “I strongly believe that the vast
majority of gun owners in New Zealand will agree with the sentiment that change
needs to occur.”
Zealanders have already begun answering government appeals to hand in their
weapons. Police said they did not have data available on the number of weapons
surrendered since Friday.
government’s reform agenda distracted by political Islam
Malaysia nears the first anniversary of a historic regime change, there are
questions about the viability of the new Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope)
government led by Mahathir Mohamad. PH has just lost the two most recent
by-elections and there is every likelihood that it will lose the next by-election,
in the middle of next month, as well. Losing three by-elections is always a bad
sign for any government.
there are probably many reasons why PH is not doing well, there is consensus
that perhaps it is losing steam because it is not keeping to its reform agenda.
There is little doubt that the previous Barisan National (National Front)
government under Najib Razak was kicked out for kleptocracy but, equally
importantly, people were just sick and tired of the BN’s racial and religious
politics — in the name of Ketuanan Melayu(Malay Supremacy) — and in more recent
times, Ketuanan Islam (Islamic supremacy).
Malay supremacy game is played out by the affirmative action policy enacted
back in 1971, widely called the Malay Agenda, where Malays are given preference
in all economic, social and education spheres. They range from a special
university for Malay students, special licences to import cars, to discounts
for buying properties. Most Malaysians would support this policy if it were
going to help poor Malays, but many studies have shown the ones benefiting most
from the program are the rich and politically connected Malays. The unique
feature is the creation of crony capitalism with an ethnic identity.
PH administration knows the right thing to do is to move away from a racial
affirmative action policy to one that is needs-based. This will end resentment
among the non-Malay population while the poor Malays will still benefit.
Australians think that Malaysia is more moderate than Indonesia, but Malaysia
has more Islamic State fighters per capita than Indonesia. The past four
decades have seen a bureaucratisation of Islam in Malaysia, much more extensive
than anything in Indonesia. Islamic schools in Malaysia, state and private, are
known to be using a curriculum that preaches intolerance and there is evidence
that Salafi teaching is gaining a foothold in some schools. Hence a significant
portion of young Muslims today hold intolerant views and prefer the
establishment of an Islamic state, ignoring the fact that one-third of the
population of Malaysia is non-Muslim.
rise of political Islam is probably unstoppable given the constitutional
set-up. Malaysia is one of very few countries around the world that
constitutionally links race and Islam. A person who is legally defined as a
Malay in Malaysia is also legally defined as a Muslim. Islam is also the de
facto official religion. All political parties hoping to get the Malay vote
must project themselves as champions of Islam.
has always stood for the progressive form of Islam but he is a minority among
Muslim leaders simply do not want to confront the rise of political Islam in
Malaysia for the simple reason that this is the still the most potent political
vehicle to climb.
middle class and the intelligentsia were hoping that PH will deal with these
two key issues — Malay Agenda and political Islam — if elected. After all, in
its manifesto PH clearly stated that it will reform the Malay Agenda and deal
with political Islam.
year later, the new government appears to be still stagnant. The civil service
is still resisting change while PH supporters are disheartened by the slow pace
issue is compounded by endless rumours about Anwar Ibrahim. Anwar, a former
deputy prime minister who was jailed for corruption and sodomy, was anointed by
PH to be Mahathir’s successor. Mahathir has publicly named Anwar as his
successor and promised to go by next year. Yet there are persistent rumours
that Anwar is not the “right” person and that Mahathir privately prefers
the truth, the reality is these rumours are creating mistrust among PH parties
and creating an even more negative perception of the government. It distracts
the entire government from concentrating on reforms as key political players
prefer to wait and see.
PH is to have any real chance of getting re-elected in 2023, it must confront
the destructive ideology of Ketuanan Melayu and the rise of political Islam.
Some PH leaders may think they must pander to both to get re-elected but the
truth is, you win by moving to the middle ground with real reforms. If PH plays
the same game as the previous regime, then the voters will think they might as
well return the BN to power. Why vote for the clone when you can have the
first, PH had better settled the issue of Mahathir’s successor. By not giving a
clear date for the handover, they are creating unnecessary political tensions
in a government that should be reforming Malaysia. The “new” Malaysia is still
a nation in waiting.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was heavily criticized on Monday for
using the New Zealand mosque terrorist’s video footage to inflame his
supporters at election rallies.
Erdogan spoke, a Turkish gunman in the Netherlands shot three people dead on a
tram. Gokmen Tanis, 37, was arrested on Monday night after an eight-hour
manhunt in the Dutch city of Utrecht. Police said initially the incident was a
terrorist attack, but they have not ruled out a family dispute.
Turkish leader used the video footage, filmed by Brenton Tarrant as he killed
50 people in two mosques in Christchurch on Friday, at a series of election
rallies the following day. He said Tarrant’s manifesto was to keep Turks from
the footage of Friday’s attack played on a screen, Erdogan said: “What does it
say? That we shouldn’t go west of the Bosphorus, meaning Europe. Otherwise, he
would come to Istanbul, kill us all, drive us out of our land.”
use of the video footage, which social media companies have been trying to
block from their sites, was condemned in both New Zealand and Turkey. New
Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters raised the issue on a visit by Turkish
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
of that nature that misrepresents this country … imperils the future and safety
of the New Zealand people and our people abroad, and it’s totally unfair,”
had a long dialogue on the need for any other country, or Turkey for that
matter, to ensure that our country, New Zealand, was not misrepresented.”
main opposition CHP party spokesman Faik Oztrak, said: “Is it worth showing
this bloody massacre in order to gain a few more votes?”
Utrecht, the man arrested for shooting dead three people on a tram had been
detained previously on suspicion of being connected to Daesh, after he went to
Chechnya to fight.
Tanis, 37, is from Turkey’s central Yozgat province, the scene of several
anti-Daesh operations in recent years. He has lived in the Netherlands since
was known to police for both minor and major crimes, including a shooting in
shooting took place in Kanaleneiland, a quiet residential district on the
outskirts of Utrecht with a large immigrant population.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte convened crisis talks immediately after the incident.
country has today been shocked by an attack in Utrecht. A terrorist motive
cannot be excluded,” he said.
police issued an image of Tanis and warned the public not to approach him.
frightening that something like this can happen so close to home,” said Omar
Rahhou, whose parents lived on a street cordoned off by police. “These things
normally happen far away but this brings it very close, awful.”
Christians, Muslims and Hindus condemn the Christchurch mosque attacks
(AsiaNews) – Christians, Muslims and Hindus in Dhaka strongly condemned
Friday’s attacks against two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
carnage, carried out by Brenton Tarrant, an Australian man with supremacist and
racist views, caused the death of 50 people and the wounding of at least
of the victims were migrants from the South and South-East Asia. Two of the
dead and five of the wounded came from Bangladesh.
yesterday’s Angelus in St Peter's Square, the Pope condemned the attack in New
Zealand, calling on the faithful to "oppose hatred and violence" with
"prayer and gestures of peace". In Asia, several Churches also
expressed closeness to the Muslim community.
Foreign Minister Shahriar Alam released the names of the Bangladeshis victims.
The two dead are muezzin Abdus Samad and Hosina Ara, a homemaker who had taken
her disabled husband to Friday prayer. The wounded are Lipi, Motasim, Md Omar
Faruk, Shahjada Akter and Sheikh Hasan Rubel. The first two are still in
the Bangladesh cricket team returned home yesterday. The players were supposed
to play a game the day after the attack and escaped the massacre by only five
minutes. They were in fact on their way to the mosque to pray.
Dhaka, thousands of Muslims gathered yesterday in front of the National Press
Club to protest against the attack.
is not acceptable for an attack to take place in a place of prayer in an
advanced country like New Zealand,” said Mahammad Abdul Hakim, secretary of the
Bangladesh Islamic Front Dhaka Unit. “We condemn the odious act against the
faithful of Islam."
about the attacker’s Christian religion, he added: "We want the Christian
militant to be punished. Muslims are not safe anywhere in the world.”
shared the pain felt by Muslims, calling for the murderer to be punished.
don’t have enough words to condemn the mosque attacks,” said Mgr Gervas
Rozario, bishop of Rajshahi. “My thoughts are for the victims, may they have
eternal rest, and I ask for an exemplary punishment of the attacker.”
Rozario, president of the Bangladesh Christian Association, agrees with
bishop’s harsh words. "This incident comes from the devil. We condemn this
shameful attack on our Muslim brothers. We hope for the healing of the
world is afflicted by fundamentalists,” said Palash Roy, a Hindu leader. “Religion
is for the good [of people], not to show hatred. All believers, of any faith,
must realise this.”
minority members demand representation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly
The members of the minority community in Pakistan's northwest Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa provice Monday demanded representation in the provincial assembly,
warning that they will launch a protest if their demand is not met. Leader of
the Sikh Community Gorpal Singh said there were three minority members in the
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assmebly, of whom two belonged to the ruling Pakistan
Tehreek-e-Insaf () party.
the three members are away from their community as they have no role in
addressing the problems of their people, Singh said.
minority member has been part of the cabinet since April 2016 when the then
advisor of chief minister Sardar Soorna Singh was killed.
Minister Imran Khan's party has been in power in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa since 2013.
problems of the minorities can be addressed if any one of the three members is
inducted in the provincial cabinet, Singh said.
suggested that Ravi Kumar (from Kelash Community of Chitral) be made a member
of the cabinet to help address minority community's problems.
the minority community would have no other option except to protest for the
acceptance of their demand," Sigh warned.
party has two minority members in the assembly
has recently attempted to set up new crossing between Afrin region and Lawa
Eskandaroun known as Olive Branch Crossing, the London-based Syrian Observatory
for Human Rights (SOHR) reported.
report said hundreds of trees have been cut off in Afrin to set up the crossing
that is believed to be mainly aimed at sending commodities to Turkey from
border crossing might be an alternate for two other passages of Bab al-Hawa and
Atmeh in Northern Syria," the SOHR quoted some sources as saying.
report comes as measures against civilians such as plundering and stealing
properties of civilians as well as abduction of civilians have increased since
the Turkish Army and its allied militants occupied Afrin.
a relevant development on Sunday, sources said that the Turkish Army has looted
the artifacts and archeological monuments of Syria's historical sites in Afrin
region in Northwestern Aleppo.
teams equipped with excavation instruments are excavating for artifacts in
Jandaris hills in Afrin region, the SOHR quoted informed sources in
Southwestern Afrin as saying.
SOHR noted that the Turkish Army, meantime, has blocked all roads to the
region, and said that another excavation operation is underway in Ma'abali region
in Western Afrin and Ali Aisheh and Tal Zarafkeh regions.
comes as plundering of civilians' assets and abducting them as well as
receiving heavy taxes by the Ankara-backed militants are still underway in
a relevant development on Thursday, the Syrian government announced that the
terrorist groups have transferred thousands of artifacts from the country's
archeological sites to Turkey.
sum of 17,000 pieces of archeological works that had been stolen from Syria's
museums and archeological sites are presently in Turkey," Syria's director
general for archeological monuments Mahmoud Hamoud said.
reiterated that most of the stolen manuscripts had been stolen from Jobar
Synagogue in Eastern Damascus and had been smuggled to Turkey from Eastern
comes as the terrorist groups had smuggled thousands of artifacts from Syria to
a relevant development earlier this month, Arab media outlets reported that
more than 142 families of ISIL commanders and foreign militants together with
Syria's historic monuments have been relocated to Turkey from Eastern Euphrates
with the help of the US-backed Kurdish fighters and Ankara's allied militants.
Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted dissident sources as saying that a
network comprising tens of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Ankara-backed
militants transferred the historic monuments as well as the ISIL commanders,
terrorists and their families to Northern Aleppo and from there to Turkey.
sources explained that over 142 families of the ISIL commanders and terrorists
have been relocated to Turkey from Eastern Euphrates on military vehicles after
paying cash up to $90,000.
a number of Syrian militants and their families have also moved towards Idlib
sources in Eastern Deir Ezzur reported that the US-led coalition forces staged
heliborne operations near Badiyeh al-Tonak region, rescuing the ISIL militants
on 3 helicopters.
added that the evacuated terrorists were likely senior ISIL commanders, noting
that a number of other ISIL militants were also transferred in another heliborne
operation in al-Shifeh district of the town of al-Kashkiyeh in Eastern Deir
Friday, an Iraqi security expert said that the US had relocated the ISIL
terrorists to Iraq from Syria through heliborne operations in cooperation with
its allied militants in a bid to prolong its military presence in Iraq.
military reinforcement along the borders with Syria is futile because the ISIL
terrorists in a blatant show are surrendering themselves to the Syrian
Democratic Forces (SDF) in Eastern Syria and they are being relocated to Iraq
on Chinook and Apache helicopters," the Arabic-language al-Maloumeh News
website quoted Kazzem al-Haj as saying.
pointed to the US plan to continue its military presence in Iraq with the help
of the ISIL terrorists and the Syrian Democratic Forces, and said that it is
astonishing that the ISIL terrorists only surrender themselves to the SDF and
not to any other force.
Damascus Army units engaged in heavy clashes with Tahrir al-Sham terrorists on
their military positions from Wadi al-Dorat and the surrounding areas of Lahaya
and al-Latamanieh in Northern Hama, inflicting heavy losses and casualties on
the militants. The Syrian Army's artillery and missile units also pounded the
terrorists' military positions and hideouts in al-Haviz, al-Karkat, al-Koureh,
Shahr Naz in Jabal Shahshabou and al-Jaberieh near Qala al-Maziq in Western
Hama, destroying their military positions.
Southern Idlib, the Syrian Army troops also inflicted heavy losses on the
terrorists after foiling their attack from Safvohen on the Syrian Army's
comes as the Turkish Army has dispatched new military convoys their controlled
areas in Jisr al-Shoghour and Northwestern Hama after crossing Kharbeh al-Joz
in Northern Idlib.
a relevant development on Sunday, the Syrian Army warded off attacks by
terrorists of Tahrir al-Sham al-Hayat in Northern Hama, Southern Idlib and
Western Aleppo, destroying their key military positions.
Syrian Army units engaged in heavy clashes with the terrorists in al-Sharia,
al-Tavineh and al-Karim towns in Northern Hama, inflicting major losses on the
terrorists and forcing a large number of them to retreat from the battle scene.
Syrian Army's artillery and missile units also heavily pounded the terrorists'
gatherings near the town of al-Jamaseh and West of Kafar Naboudeh in Northern
Hama, destroying the terrorists' military positions and killing a large number
comes as Tahrir al-Sham terrorists launched a large number of rocket attacks on
the town of al-Saqilbiyeh West of Hama, killing and injuring a number of
Southeastern Idlib, the Syrian Army troops pounded the movements of Tahrir
al-Sham and its allied militants from Badama and al-Najieh towns, inflicting
heavy losses on them.
a relevant development last Wednesday, the Syrian army pounded and destroyed a
command headquarters of Tahrir al-Sham amid fierce attacks by terrorists on
their military positions.
Damascus army attacked the terrorists' military positions and movements in
al-Habit and around Babilon town, destroying a meeting of militant commanders
and killing all those present at the venue.
military source also confirmed that the Syrian Army troops have destroyed a
command center of Tahrir al-Sham together with several military vehicles in
Harash Abedin town in Southeastern Idlib, inflicting heavy casualties on the
Northern Hama, the Syrian Army troops engaged in heavy clashes with terrorist
groups who had concurrently attacked the Syrian Army's military positions near
the town of Mahradeh and the al-Jadideh town in Northern Hama, inflicting heavy
losses on the assailant terrorists after warding off their attack.
the Syrian Army troops attacked the terrorists' military positions in Tal-e
Shaviheneh, Kafar Hamreh and Haritan in response to their attacks on the
civilian population in al-Zahra, al-Mokambo, al-Shahba al-Jadideh regions in
sum of 76 mass graves containing corpses of Izadi people who were victimized by
the ISIL terrorist group have been found in Sinjar," Iraqi Commissioner
for Human Rights Faten al-Halafi said.
noted that in the latest discovery nine mass graves containing the dead bodies
of Izadi people have been discovered in Northern Iraq.
a relevant development last Wednesday, the Syrian Army discovered over 30 dead
bodies from the debris of the buildings destroyed in the US-led air raids on
Raqqa city and mass graves of ISIL's victims.
dead bodies of at least 10 Syrian victims who had been killed in the US
airstrikes last year were discovered from buildings in al-Adkhar, al-Bayatareh
and al-Haramiyeh districts of Raqqa City," media activists said.
also said that the corpses of 23 victims massacred by the ISIL were retrieved
from Fakhikheh mass grave South of Tale al-Ba'as Garrison in Raqqa City.
a relevant development last month, the corpses of over 30 people who have been
killed by the ISIL terrorists or in airstrikes by the US-led coalition were
found from mass-graves and rubble of buildings in Raqqa.
activists in Raqqa reported that the civil workers have discovered the bodies
of 28 people, including women and children, from a mass-grave near the village
added that corpses of 4 other civilians, including one child, killed in the US
airstrikes, have been found from under the debris of a building in al-Haramiyeh
and al-Badou districts in Raqqa.
one year of occupation of Raqqa by the US and the Syrian Democratic Forces
(SDF), the corpses of ISIL and US victims are everyday pulled out of the
mass-graves and ruins.
a relevant development late last month, tens of dead bodies of the victims of
the US-led airstrikes and the ISIL's crimes were discovered from the debris of
ruined buildings and mass graves in Raqqa, media sources said.
activists said the corpses of four civilians were retrieved from the debris of
buildings ruined in US airstrikes last year in al-Sokna district of Raqqa city.
four dead bodies of civilians were recovered from the buildings destroyed in US
air assaults in al-Bayatareh in Raqqa city, the activists added.
also said that the corpses of about 50 people, including women and children,
were discovered from a mass grave in al-Fakhikheh South of Raqqa city.
US-led coalition fighter jets conducted attacks on al-Baghouz Camp in
Southeastern Deir Ezzur along the border with Iraq, killing over 10 women and
children as well as injuring many others, local sources said.
sources pointed to the large-scale damage caused on al-Baghouz region, and said
that the death toll will probably increase as the condition of the injured is
US-led coalition fighter jets had also pounded the besieged Al-Baghouz Foqani
Town in Eastern Syria with phosphorus gas earlier this month.
sentenced a Belgian man to death by hanging on Monday for being part of ISIS
extremist group, one of dozens of foreign nationals facing the death penalty in
al-Marchohi, 23, was given the death penalty for conducting operations on
behalf of the group.
an hour of proceedings at Iraq’s Central Criminal Court, the judge read out
portions of Marchohi’s signed confession and showed a video and photographs
that he said proved his membership in the group.
images from a phone found in his possession at the time of arrest showed
Marchohi carrying a gun and making a hand gesture affiliated with the
militants. Several pictures showed him cradling his infant son.
repeatedly denied all allegations against him in open court, including that he
was a member of ISIS in Iraq at any time.
shouldn’t be prosecuted in Iraq,” Marchohi said. “I should be prosecuted in
Belgium, I am a Belgian citizen.”
the proceedings, Judge Jumaa Saidi told the court that the photographs were
clear evidence that Marchohi was a member of ISIS.
translator was appointed by the judge for Marchohi, who spoke in English
throughout the trial. He was also given a court appointed lawyer with whom he
had no contact at all throughout the trial.
consular representatives attended the proceedings on Monday. The Belgian
foreign ministry in Brussels said it was not immediately able to comment.
is the second of two Belgians held in Iraq known to have been sentenced to
death for a role in ISIS.
Jadaoun, 30, also known as Abu Hamza al-Beljiki, was sentenced to death in May
2018. A senior member of ISIS, Jadaoun featured prominently in the group’s
propaganda videos which threatened attacks on European soil.
captured a third of Iraq in 2014 but was largely defeated both there and in
neighboring Syria last year. A battle is ongoing to dislodge the militants from
their final populated enclave in Syria near the Iraqi border.
is conducting the trials of hundreds of suspected members of ISIS, many of whom
were arrested as the group’s strongholds crumbled throughout Iraq.
corridor: India starts work on integrated check post at Dera Baba Nanak
on Monday started construction work on the integrated check post (ICP) at Dera
Baba Nanak as part of the proposed corridor which will give access to Sikh
pilgrims from the country to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur in
neighbouring Pakistan. A team of the Land Port Authority of India (LPAI) led by
Attari integrated check post manager Sukhdev Singh and Dera Baba Nanak
sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Gursimran Singh Dhillon, who is also the
competent authority to acquire farmland for the corridor, visited the site on Monday.
Singh said, “On Tuesday, technical teams from India and Pakistan will visit the
zero line at the border to draft the modalities for the construction of the
corridor. The ICP will have adequate immigration and customs clearance
facilities to process the smooth movement of nearly 5,000 pilgrims per day.”
officials said the corridor ICP will have a unique design in line with other
check posts in the country.
the SDM held a meeting with local farmers whose land is to be acquired for the
corridor and claimed they agreed in-principle for starting the work. “The ICP
will be constructed on 50 acres and the work will be completed before the 550th
birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh master,” he said.
SDM said, “Though their land has not been acquired yet, the farmers have
voluntarily given the possession of their land to LPAI. I informed them about
the land acquisition rates fixed by the government, to which they agreed.”
said the government will give ₹25 lakh per acre compensation.
comes three days after delegations from the two countries met at Attari in
Amritsar to discuss the draft agreement for the corridor. As per some media
reports, Pakistan has completed more than 40 per cent work on the corridor on
Maldives on Monday committed itself to being sensitive towards India’s
“security and strategic concerns” as the two countries signed three agreements
covering cooperation in areas such as community development projects and
between the two sides have improved since last year’s elections in the Indian
Ocean archipelago brought to power a coalition government led by President
Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. Ties had dipped to an all-time low under Solih’s
pro-China predecessor, Abdulla Yameen.
joint statement issued at the end of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj’s
two-day visit to Male quoted her Maldivian counterpart Abdulla Shahid
reiterating his government’s “India-first” policy. Shahid said his government
will “remain sensitive towards India’s security and strategic concerns” and
work closely with India on all issues.
familiar with developments said India was unable to unveil any substantial new
measures to assist the Maldives as the code of conduct had kicked in with the
announcement of dates for the next general election.
two sides signed an agreement on exemption from visas for holders of diplomatic
and official passports, a memorandum of understanding on Indian grant aid for
high-impact community development projects implemented through local bodies and
a memorandum of understanding on collaboration in energy efficiency and
Indian side agreed to consider a request for aid for building a cricket stadium.
Shahid thanked India for financial assistance in the form of budgetary support,
currency swap and concessional lines of credit. Swaraj announced India’s
decision to renew the quota for essential commodities, as requested by the
Maldives, for three years starting from April 1.
foreign ministers agreed on the importance of peace and security in the Indian
Ocean region and to strengthen coordination for regional maritime security.
Shahid expressed his country’s commitment to support efforts to combat
terrorism, particularly cross-border terror, and trans-national crimes.
DELHI: India has lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over several incidents
of alleged harassment of Indian High Commission officials in Islamabad between
March 8 and 11, and demanded an immediate investigation into them, official
sources said on Monday.
Indian high commission issued a "note verbale" to Pakistan foreign ministry
on March 13, giving a detailed account of the incidents including tailing of
India's deputy high commissioner, naval adviser and a first secretary on
multiple occasions, they said.
said the deputy high commissioner was aggressively tailed by Pakistani security
personnel on March 9 and 10 while the first secretary faced similar harassment
on March 8.
naval adviser in the mission was subjected to aggressive tailing by Pakistani
security personnel on March 8, 9, 10 and 11, they said.
Pakistani agency personnel was observed keeping surveillance outside the
residence of the Indian deputy high commissioner on March 9 and 10.
said two Pakistani security agency personnel have been following the high
commissioner on a daily basis.
the note verbale, which is a diplomatic communication, the Indian High
Commission has sought an urgent investigation into the incidents, saying such
cases of harassment are violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic
Relations. India's strong protest over the incidents came in the midst of
severe strain in bilateral ties between the two neighbours.
between India and Pakistan escalated after Indian Air Force fighter jets bombed
terror group JeM training camp near Balakot deep inside Pakistan on February
25-year-old man was shot dead by militants Monday in Pulwama district of Jammu
and Kashmir, a police official said.
fired upon Mohsin Wani near his residence in Reshipora area of Tral in the
south Kashmir district, he said.
succumbed to injuries while he was being taken to a hospital, the official
have cordoned off the area and a hunt has been launched to nab the assailants,
the second time this month Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq
skipped a summon by the National Investigation Agency for questioning at its
New Delhi headquarters on Monday in a terror funding case citing security
reasons and insisted that he was willing to be quizzed in Srinagar.
Mirwaiz who is also the chairman of moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference
was issued summons for the second time to appear before the NIA at its Delhi
headquarters on Monday in connection with a 2017 terror funding case.
counsel Ajaz Ahmad Dhar wrote to the NIA saying, “Your attention is invited to
some of the distressing comments which have appeared in the mainstream print
media since the news of his summons to New Delhi. There are open calls for his
assassination. Having regard to the comments, merely stating in the notice that
security will be provided appears to be perfunctory observation.”
client is willing and was always willing to be examined by the agency. It is
once again urged that such examination and sitting be held at Srinagar. It will
avoid all adverse consequences.”
NIA spokesperson did not take calls when HT tried to contact him to seek the
Mirwaiz had earlier skipped an appearance on March 11.
had then written to the NIA citing various reasons including security why the
Mirwaiz could not appear at the NIA headquarters. He had said in the letter
that the notice in appeared to have been issued on the basis of fallacious
assumptions and misinformation solely aimed at maligning the Mirwaiz-i-Kashmir
(Farooq), knowing his status and position.
Muslim community voiced concern Monday over their safety due to growing
Islamophobia and anti-Muslim violence.
the attacks at two mosques in New Zealand, our community members are calling us
to get information on the security situation in Germany,” Burhan Kesici,
chairman of the Islamic Council for the Federal Republic of Germany, said in a
Muslims are anxious about the situation and they fear that something similar to
these attacks in New Zealand might also happen here,” he said.
least 50 people were killed in New Zealand last week when an anti-Muslim
extremist opened fire on worshippers during Friday prayers at the Al Noor and
Linwood mosques in the southern city of Christchurch.
said in recent years, incidents of verbal and physical attacks targeting
Muslims have significantly increased in Germany, and the shocking massacre in
Christchurch has led to increased fear and anxiety among their community.
called on politicians to take a clear stance against the growing racism and
Islamophobia in society and all necessary measures.
police recorded 578 hate crimes against Muslims between January and September
least 40 Muslims were injured in the attacks, which were mostly carried out by
a country of over 81 million people, has the second-largest Muslim population
in Western Europe after France. Among the country’s nearly 4.7 million Muslims,
3 million are of Turkish origin.
is an increase in religious discrimination and hate crimes in Spain, according
to a report issued by the country’s Interior Ministry.
have observed an increase, even though not at an alarming level, in
Islamophobia and attacks against Muslims, and in religious hate in
conversations on social media,” Miguel Angel Aguilar, a coordinator for
services dealing with hate and discrimination crimes in Barcelona, told local
media, while referring to a report issued by the Ministry of Interior.
report said that there is a 120 percent increase in hate crimes in 2017 with a
total of 103 incidents compared to the previous year in Spain.
also said that 39 out of 41 cases related to religious hate crimes in 2017 were
to the report, most of the religious hate crimes, which is mostly Islamophobic
cases, were committed in Catalonia region, which hosts most of the total 2
million Muslim population in the country and has 317 mosques.
said the rate of Islamophobic crimes and attacks alone in Catalonia increased
307 percent in 2017 compared to 2016.
report also highlighted that most of the hateful remarks on religions are
shared on the Internet.
report on Islamophobia in media, which is prepared with the initiatives of some
foundations and universities in Spain and issued last week, said Islamophobia
in the media is an “unquestionable reality.”
that they started works on Islamophobic remarks in Spanish media in 2017, Pedro
Rojo, president of Fanar Foundation, said: “Around 65 percent of all articles
in newspapers in 2017 are Islamophobic.”
also said they could say “for the first time” that most of the Spanish media
will spend millions of dollars on improving security at places of worship after
the mass shooting at two mosques in New Zealand last week.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the $39 million (Dh143m) fund would go
towards providing places of worship with "CCTV cameras, lighting, fencing,
bollards, alarms, security systems and public address systems".
suspect accused of killing 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch was from
Morrison said the "community safety grants" will go to
"religious schools, places of religious worship and religious
so wish we didn't need this on places of worship in Australia, whether they be
at temples or schools or mosques or churches," said Mr Morrison. "It
grieves me that this is necessary. But, sadly, it is."
joins a number of non-Islamic countries that have ramped up or pledged to
improve security at places of worship.
York police increased security at mosques after the attack on Friday. This came
as the UN Security Council, which is headquartered in the city, adopted a
statement condemning the New Zealand attack that was proposed by the two Muslim
council, Kuwait and Indonesia.
statement called the attacks "heinous and cowardly" and said
terrorism "constitutes one of the most serious threats to international
peace and security".
York Mayor Bill de Blasio has ordered police to step up security in the city’s
mosques saying it was their job to “ensure that this community [Muslims] is
respected, embraced and protected”.
armed guards were seen in mosques within metropolitan New York, accompanied by
members of a special self-funded neighbourhood watch group, the Muslim
the UK also heightened security measures after the Christchurch shootings, two
men in their twenties were seen brandishing a hammer before attacking a man
near a mosque in East London just hours after the attacks in Christchurch.
Muslims called for more police protection at mosques after the incident, saying
they feared more such attacks in the UK.
France, the Ministry of Interior said it would be stepping up security patrol
at places of worship.
police arrested a Turkish man suspected of shooting dead three people and
wounding five on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday.
announced the suspect, 37-year-old Gokmen Tanis, had been taken into custody.
city was put into lock-down after the shooting, shortly after the morning rush
hour, which authorities initially said was an apparent terrorist attack. Police
conducted raids in several locations.
hours after the shooting, the gunman’s motive remained unclear. A prosecutor
said it could be for “family reasons” and Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news
agency, quoting relatives of the gunman, said he had fired at a relative on the
tram and had then shot at others who tried to help her.
hovered over the usually quiet town.
had raised the terrorism threat in Utrecht province to its highest level,
schools were told to shut their doors, and paramilitary police increased
security at airports, other vital infrastructure and mosques.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte convened crisis talks immediately after the incident,
which came three days after a lone gunman killed 50 people in mass shootings at
two mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.
country has today been shocked by an attack in Utrecht(...) A terrorist motive
cannot be excluded,” Rutte said.
first reports have led to disbelief and disgust. Innocent people have been
struck by violence(...) We are now doing everything we can to find the
perpetrator or perpetrators as soon as possible. That is now our complete
broadcaster RTV Utrecht said earlier the suspect was known to police for both
minor and major crimes, including a shooting in 2013.
frightening that something like this can happen so close to home,” said Omar
Rahhou, who said his parents lived on a street cordoned off by police. “These
things normally happen far away, but this brings it very close, awful.”
Daan Molenaar, who said he had been sitting at the front of the tram when the
shooting started, told national broadcaster NOS he did not believe it was a
first thing I thought was, this is some kind of revenge or something, or
somebody who’s really mad and grabbed a pistol,” he said.
streets of Utrecht were emptier than usual, and mosques in the city kept their
doors closed on Monday. Police screened off the site where at least one body
lay covered near the tram.
television showed counter-terrorism units surrounding a house in Utrecht and
sniffer dogs being put to work.
people were killed and five injured in a shooting in the Dutch city of Utrecht,
the mayor said Monday, adding that authorities were working on the basis of it
being a terrorist attack.
suspect was identified as Gokmen Tanis, a 37-year-old Turkish-born man.
authorities said a square at a tram station outside the city center had been
cordoned off as emergency services were at the scene.
is a shooting incident in a tram. Several trauma helicopters have been deployed
to provide help,” Utrecht police stated on their twitter account.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that the government is holding crisis talks
after the shooting.
Dutch government raised the terrorism threat level to the highest possible in
the province of Utrecht.
was increased at schools, mosques and transportation hubs after the shooting.
police arrested a man of Turkish origin for his suspected involvement in the
tram shooting. “The chief suspect has been arrested,” the city of Utrecht said
in a tweet.
father of the suspect, Mehmet Tanis, stated earlier that his son should be
punished if he’s to blame.
18-year-old man was denied bail at a court in New Zealand on Monday after he
was charged with distributing a live stream of the mass shooting at a mosque
last week, the New Zealand Herald reported.
man was arrested on Friday, but police have since said they do not believe he
was directly involved in the attacks at two mosques in Christchurch which
happened on the same day, in which 50 worshipers were killed.
faces charges of sharing the terrorist’s livestream and posting a photograph of
one of the mosques attacked with the message “target acquired” along with other
chat messages “inciting extreme violence”, the Herald reported.
request for bail was refused but the judge granted him name suppression. He is
due back in court next month.
Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder for
the mosque shootings. Tarrant was remanded without a plea and is due back in
court on April 5 where police said he was likely to face more charges.
teen was initially charged with publishing material insulting other races and
ethnicities but that charge was withdrawn and replaced by the two new charges
Australian counter-terrorism police searched two homes early Monday linked to
Tarrant, police said.
homes were in the New South Wales towns of Sandy Beach and Lawrence, both near
the town of Grafton where Brenton Tarrant, the alleged shooter, grew up.
primary aim of the activity is to formally obtain material that may assist New
Zealand police in their ongoing investigation,” a police statement said.
said Tarrant’s family “continues to assist police with their inquiries” but
that there is no information to suggest “a current or impending threat” to the
a self-avowed white supremacist, spent his youth in Grafton but has traveled
abroad extensively over the past decade and had lived in recent years in
Dunedin, New Zealand.
has been charged with murder in the country after the mass shooting on Friday
which left 50 dead and 50 injured in two mosques in the city of Christchurch
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said Monday that Tarrant had spent only 45
days in Australia over the past three years and was not on any terror watch
rejected as “disgraceful” criticism that Australia’s counter-terror agencies
had neglected the threat of right-wing extremists like Tarrant due to their
focus on combatting Islamist radicals.
said the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO), the country’s
main counter-terror agency, closely tracked the activities of far-right groups.
extremist groups -- neo-Nazis, or white supremacists, extreme right-wing groups
-- whatever term you want to apply to them, they’ve been squarely on their
radar,” he said in a televised interview.
are well and truly looking at this threat, they are dealing with the threat and
to think that they’ve just discovered it or they are coming late to the party
is complete rubbish,” he said.
Zealand’s cabinet agreed on measures to tighten gun control laws “in principle”
Monday, just days after a deadly mass shooting killed more than 50 people.
Minister Jacinda Ardern said details of the measures would be rolled out before
a cabinet meeting next Monday, saying “the time to act is now.”
also announced an inquiry into Friday’s twin mosque attack in Christchurch,
which raised questions about how the suspected terrorist -- a white supremacist
-- was not picked up by intelligence agencies.
details have yet to be hashed out, the speed of New Zealand’s move has
resonated around the world -- particularly in the United States, where reforms
have spluttered for decades, and similar debates are re-run after each new mass
10 days of this horrific act of terrorism we will have announced reforms which
will, I believe, make our community safer,” Ardern said at news conference
after her cabinet reached in principle decisions on gun reform laws in the wake
of New Zealand’s worst ever mass shooting.
addition to the 50 killed, dozens were wounded at two mosques in the South
Island city during Friday prayers.
bought weapons online
owner of a New Zealand gun store where the man charged with murder in the
mosque shootings had bought firearms and ammunition from online, said they did
not sell him the high-powered weapon used in the massacre.
City owner David Tipple said the alleged terrorist bought four weapons and
ammunition between December 2017 and March 2018.
MSSA, military-style automatic, reportedly used by the alleged gunman was not
purchased from Gun City. Gun City did not sell him an MSSA, only A-category
firearms,” Tipple told a news conference in Christchurch.
New Zealand gun laws, A-category weapons can be semi-automatic but limited to
seven shots. Video of a terrorist in one mosque showed a semi-automatic with a
large magazine round.
said the online purchases followed a police-verified online mail-order process
and A-category firearms were bought in three or four purchases.
detected nothing extraordinary about the license holder. He was a brand new
purchaser, with a brand new license,” he said. The shock of the attacks has led
to calls for an immediate tightening of laws to restrict access to some
firearms, particularly semi-automatic weapons.
said he supported Ardern’s call for gun law reforms as the Christchurch
shootings had raised legitimate concerns.
Zealand, a country of only five million people, has an estimated 1.5 million
firearms. The minimum age for a gun license is 16, and 18 to own a
Radio New Zealand report, based on police data secured through an Official
Information Act request, said more than 99 percent of people who applied for a
firearms license in 2017 were successful.
New Zealand standard A-category firearm license is issued after a police and
background check. No license is required to buy a large round magazine, which
can be illegally modified for use in such a weapon.
firearm owners are licensed, not weapons, so there is no monitoring of how many
weapons a person may possess.
Russia: A court in Russia’s province of Chechnya on Monday sentenced a
prominent rights activist to four years imprisonment on drug charges widely
seen as an effort by authorities to stifle a critical voice.
court in the Chechen town of Shali found Oyub Titiyev guilty of drug possession
and sent him to a prison colony, which means he will be able to travel home to
see his family two days a weeks. Titiyev has denied the charges, and his
lawyers said they would appeal the verdict.
61-year-old rights activist, in a traditional Muslim skull cap, spent the
entire day in a metal cage in court, sometimes reclining on the bars. The
courthouse was packed with his relatives and neighbors, some of whom at times
would doze off at the monotony of the judge’s reading which took more than
has been in custody since his arrest in January 2018 in what has been largely
perceived as a vendetta against a rare critic of the Chechen government. As the
head of the Chechen office of prominent rights group Memorial, he played a
major role in exposing extrajudicial killings, kidnappings and torture
perpetrated by security forces in Chechnya.
regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who previously dismissed rights activists as
liars and traitors, publicly called the 61-year-old Titiyev a “junkie.”
Titiyev’s supporters said the case aimed not only to silence the activist, who
is known as a devout Muslim, but also discredit him in the eyes of the
of Europe Human Rights Commissioner Dunja Mijatovic late on Monday said that
the charges against him “lacked credibility” and called Titiyev’s conviction
“the latest example of the hostile and dangerous environment” for rights
activists in Chechnya.
witnessed two devastating wars in the 1990s and early 2000s before a separatist
leader switched sides to support the Russian government in return for almost
full control over this region in the North Caucasus. Since his father’s
assassination in 2004, Ramzan Kadyrov has ruled this predominantly Muslim area
as a personal fiefdom, using generous Kremlin subsidies.
case closely resembles criminal prosecution of a politician and a journalist in
2014 and 2016, respectively. Both men have been a thorn in the side of the
Chechen government, and both men were charged with drug possession, which they
say were planted on them.
case against Titiyev was intended to “punish him for his rights activism and
drive out Memorial, which is the last remaining rights organization present in
Chechnya,” said Tanya Lokshina, associate director for Europe and Central Asia
at Human Rights Watch.
was arrested after a traffic patrol stopped his car and found what they said a
suspicious bag in his car. The prosecutors later said it was marijuana.
didn’t find any drugs in Titiyev’s blood and two dozen neighbors gave testimony
in court to say that he wasn’t known for taking drugs — a bold act in Chechnya
where people who come out even with mild criticism of authorities end up being
harassed and intimidated.
wife and three children fled Russia after he was jailed. His eldest daughter
still lives in Chechnya.
dusty streets of Titiyev’s home village of Kurchaloy, which is about 35
kilometers (22 miles) away from regional capital Grozny, were empty last
weekend, except for a few boys riding bicycles past Titiyev’s family house.
72-year-old sister Zharadat Titiyeva charged that the authorities sought not
only to silence him, but also smear his reputation as a devout Muslim who
doesn’t drink or smoke, let alone take drugs.
decided to disgrace him in front of the people: ‘Look who your defender really
is: he’s just a junkie,’” she said.
trial could become a watershed moment for Chechnya where the crackdown on
rights activists has been unrelenting.
Chechen leader last year pledged unhindered access to hearings in the Titiyev
case, but vowed to make Chechnya after the end of the trial a “no-go zone” for
human rights activists whom he described as being no better than “terrorists
took the lead of Memorial in Chechnya in 2010 after his boss Natalya
Estemirova, a single mother of a teenage girl, was kidnapped and brutally
murdered. Her death remains unsolved.
sister recalls how proud the whole family was when he took up activism.
when Estemirova was killed we started getting worried,” she said. “We were
saying: ‘You should quit this job.’ And he would say: ‘If I quit, who would be
his final statement in court last week, Titiyev recalled the release of
villagers captured by federal forces during the second war in Chechnya as a
turning moment in his life that kept him going all those years.
announced Monday that it will grant refugee status to Uighur Turks coming from
China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Region as well as any other Muslim minority group
the announcement on its webpage, the Swedish Migration Board said it will view
asylum-seekers coming from the region as refugees.
added that applications of those people would be accepted directly and they
would not be deported.
a UNHRC report which said over a million Uighur are being held in camps in
China, the board also touched on a Human Rights Watch report decrying bans on
practicing Islam in Xinjiang.
Tursun, deputy head of the Sweden Uighur Maarif Foundation, told Anadolu Agency
that they welcomed the decision and hoped it would set an example for other
Xinjiang region is home to around 10 million Uighur. The Turkic Muslim group,
which makes up around 45 percent of Xinjiang’s population, has long accused
China’s authorities of cultural, religious, and economic discrimination.
to 1 million people, or about 7 percent of the Muslim population in Xinjiang,
have been incarcerated in an expanding network of “political re-education”
camps, according to U.S. officials and UN experts.
the report last September, Human Rights Watch accused the Chinese government of
a “systematic campaign of human rights violations” against Uighur Muslims in
president on Monday blasted European countries for being silent in the face of
last week's terror attacks on two mosques in New Zealand, killing or injuring
some 100 people.
is silent on this issue, and the Western media is insidious, said Recep Tayyip
Erdogan, speaking in a televised interview.
least 50 people were killed when a terrorist opened fire on worshippers during
Friday prayers last week at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch,
as many were injured, with several still in critical condition.
on Turkish-EU relations, Erdogan said the EU cannot halt Turkey's accession
negotiations because they need Turkey.
remarks came after the European Parliament last week passed a non-binding
report urging the suspension of Turkey's EU accession process.
slammed the report for bias, inaccuracy, and prejudice.
applied for EU membership in 1987 and accession talks began in 2005.
negotiations stalled in 2007 due to the objections of the Greek Cypriot
administration on the divided island of Cyprus as well as opposition from
Germany and France.
terror corridor in northern Syria
on a potential terrorist corridor in northern Syria, Erdogan said if Turkey had
not carried out operations in Afrin and Jarabulus, its southern borders would
be occupied by PYD/YPG terrorists, referring to Turkey’s successful Operation
Olive Branch in Syria.
launched Operation Olive Branch last January to remove PYD/PKK and Daesh
terrorists from Afrin.
government is weighing heightened security for mosques after New Zealand
attacks, interior minister said on Monday.
sites can also become targets for terrorists. If there is any hint of danger,
we will strengthen their protection,” Horst Seehofer said in an interview with
said local authorities were in contact with religious communities for the
protection of their places of worship.
the federal government, freedom of worship is a key concern,” he stressed.
is important to act decisively and use the full rigour of the law against
Islamophobic crimes and attacks against mosques,” he added.
minister has no power to ban books on Islam, court told
LUMPUR: A Muslim group says the home minister has no powers to ban books on
Islamic topics, as it seeks to challenge a ban imposed on three of its books by
the government .
its submission in the High Court today, Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF) said
matters of Islam do not come under the federal government and as such Putrajaya
does not have powers to regulate issues related to religion.
Federal Constitution has said it clear that the power to legislate issues
related to religion lies within the state,” said IRF counsel Khoo Guan Huat, in
applying to the court to rule that the ban violated the constitution, as well
as a declaration that Section 7 of the Printing Presses and Publications Act
which gives the home minister absolute powers to ban publications he regards as
prejudicial to public interest.
three books were banned in 2017 by then home minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. They
include two books by Turkish author Mustafa Akyol – “Islam without Extremes: A
Muslim Case for Liberty” and its Malay translation, “Islam Tanpa Keekstreman:
Berhujah Untuk Kebebasan”, as well as a two-volume book under the “Wacana
Pemikiran Reformis” edited by IRF director Dr Farouk Musa.
said the government cannot use Section 7 of the PPPA in cases that have to do
cited the case involving the ban on the book “Kebebasan dan Cinta” by Irsha
Manji published by ZI Publications, where he said the Selangor state
government’s ban on the book was affirmed by the Federal Court because the
state had powers to enact laws in controlling religious publications.
(government) should let the state take charge,” he added.
counsel for IRF Tunku Farik Ismail reminded the court that the banned books had
been in circulation for five years.
said despite this, the books did not cause public disorder or confusion, adding
that it was enough to show that the minister was unreasonable in using his
powers under the law.
senior federal counsel for the former minister, Jamilah Jamil, said Zahid had
exercised his powers reasonably under the law.
Court judge Nordin Hassan fixed April 22 to deliver the court’s decision.
his affidavit for a judicial review to lift the ban, Farouk said it was a
breach of natural justice as it did not give IRF the right to be heard.
minister failed to explain how the said publications or contents promote
liberalism, contain elements that insults Islam and deviates from the true
teachings of Islam,” he said.
LUMPUR, March 18 ― Several Malaysian MPs heaped praise upon New Zealand Prime
Minister Jacinda Ardern and her people for their show of solidarity in the
aftermath of last Friday’s deadly attack on two mosques in Christchurch.
MPs, who joined a debate on an emergency motion in the Dewan Rakyat to condemn
the Christchurch mosque massacre, said Ardern’s swift action in tackling the
incident and the support extended to victims and their families were
I had mentioned in my speech in the morning, in my motion, the role played by
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was not only stern, but showed a very caring
personality towards the sufferings of the Muslim community in Christchurch,”
Port Dickson MP Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said in his speech.
Batas MP Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican also shared Anwar’s sentiment.
honourable Speaker, I am of the same opinion with Port Dickson. We have to
congratulate the leadership of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, a woman who has
been tested with such a great and heavy tragedy.
the determination of the people and authorities, especially the people of New
Zealand who rose to reject terrorism,” Reezal added.
Puteri MP Lim Kit Siang also expressed his gratitude to the Muslim leaders in
New Zealand, praising them for responding only with love.
must also express gratitude to the leaders of the Muslim communities in New
Zealand, who responded to terrorism by sending messages of sympaty and love to
all who extended help,” he said.
Kuala Nerus MP Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali praised the determination of the
non-Muslims in New Zealand who stepped up efforts to protect the Muslim
has been witnessed now, when there was killing carried out onto Muslims who
were praying, not only did the Muslims condemn the incident, but even the
non-Muslims protected these Muslims by being willing to form a human chain to
allow and grant them the right to perform their prayers,” Mohd Khairuddin said.
Dewan Rakyat later observed a moment of silence for those who had perished in
the deadly shootout.
attack at the Linwood Mosque and Al-Noor Mosque killed 50 people and injured
scores others, who were performing their Friday prayers.
citizen Brenton Harrison Tarrant who has been identified as the alleged shooter
has since been charged with murder.
Aussie senator Fraser Anning from entering Malaysia, urges MP
LUMPUR: Deputy Foreign Minister Marzuki Yahya today agreed with a call to ban
Queensland senator Fraser Anning from entering Malaysia after blaming Muslims
for the Christchurch massacre.
call was made by Lim Lip Eng (PH-Kepong), who also asked Putrajaya to work
along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Interpol to draw up a
list of individuals identified as white supremacists.
said such people should be banned from entering Malaysia.
said he agreed with Lim and the matter should be studied by the home ministry.
matter comes under the home ministry. We hope such data compiled would also be
channelled to the foreign ministry,” he said during a special motion to debate
Friday’s shooting in New Zealand where 50 people were killed and dozens
MPs debated the issue, with all of them condemning the killings, calling it
also praised New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden for taking swift action
on the matter.
MP, Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (GPS-Santubong), said certain countries are
obsessed with Islamic names but said the incident showed terrorism has no race
of suspects should not be based on Islamic names,” he said, calling on
Malaysian authorities to monitor foreigners entering Malaysia as visitors to
Merican (BN-Kepala Batas) praised the foreign ministry for taking immediate
steps to locate the Malaysian families in Christchurch.
criticised Anning for criticising Islam as it places a high priority on peace
said in the case of Israel, he does not blame Judaism but condemns Zionists.
Myanmar, he said he does not condemn the teachings of Buddha but the way the
Rohingya are being treated.
chief agitator behind last year's child suicide bombings in Indonesia's
second-biggest city, Surabaya, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Umar, also known as Syamsul Arifin, was the East Java provincial leader of the
terrorist group Jamaah Ansharud Daulah (JAD) and held regular motivational
meetings attended by some of Indonesia's most extreme militants.
who recommended a 15-year jail sentence, said the defendant was responsible for
mass casualties through his teachings for JAD.
those he recruited was Dita Oepriarto, the mastermind of the Surabaya bombings,
who led his wife and children — one of them just nine years old — to commit
suicide attacks against churches during Sunday mass in May 2018.
day after the church bombings, Tri Murtiono and his family, riding two
motorbikes, bombed the Surabaya police headquarters.
youngest daughter, just eight years old, was the only member of the family to
all, 28 people were killed and around 50 were wounded.
the trial, Abu Umar denied knowledge of the Surabaya plot, claiming Dita
Oepriarto acted alone in the planning and execution of the attacks.
according to a report by the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC),
Umar was a keynote speaker at a number of meetings throughout 2017, where he
urged his followers to prepare for "total war" by bombing churches
and government offices, especially those of the police.
one of the meetings in early January 2017, Abu Umar addressed local leaders of
JAD, including both Dita Oepriarto and Tri Murtiono, along with their wives and
court heard Umar's sermon praised martyrdom, encouraged obedience to the
caliphate declared by the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, and urged his
followers to prepare for attacks against Indonesian police and military
was also accused of planning an attack on police with a Beretta pistol, which
he had kept buried in the backyard of an associate's home.
claim in March 2018, he took the gun to the city of Malang with two other
members of JAD, but they cancelled the attack because the street was too
crowded with traffic.
the trial, Umar resigned from JAD, apparently to avoid responsibility for crimes
committed by the banned group in the future.
June, the founder and spiritual leader of JAD, Aman Abdurrahman, was sentenced
to death over his role in a string of deadly bombings.
Iran carried out joint operation against Kurdish militants
Turkey and Iran carried out a joint operation against militants from the
outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) on Monday, Turkish Interior Minister
Suleyman Soylu said according to state-owned media.
started carrying out an operation with Iran against the PKK on our eastern
border this morning (and) will announce the result,” news agency Anadolu quoted
Solyu as saying. State broadcaster TRT Haber also cited him commenting on the
military regularly carries out air strikes against PKK militants in northern
Iraq and has carried out operations to arrest alleged members of the group in
Turkey. The PKK is deemed a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and
is depriving millions of Palestinians of access to a regular supply of clean
water while stripping their land of minerals “in an apparent act of pillage,” a
United Nations human rights investigator said on Monday.
UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, Michael
Lynk, said that Israel “continues full-steam with settlement expansion” in the
West Bank, which the United Nations and many countries deem illegal. There are
some 20-25,000 new settlers a year, he said.
was addressing the UN Human Rights Council, whose debate Israel’s delegation
boycotted due to what it considers a deep bias against it. “In his latest
farcical report, Mr. Lynk stoops to a new low and (accuses) the Jewish State of
stealing,” Israel’s mission in Geneva said in a statement to Reuters. It
accused Lynk of being a “known Palestinian advocate.”
main ally, the United States, quit the 47-member forum last year, also accusing
it of an anti-Israel slant.
Gaza, the collapse of the coastal aquifer, the only natural source of drinking
water in the Strip and now almost entirely unfit for human consumption, is
contributing to a significant health crisis among the two million Palestinians
living there,” Lynk said.
the withdrawal of Israeli settlers and troops from Gaza in 2005, it has
maintained a “hermetic seal of air, sea and land blockade” around the coastal
enclave, he said.
internationally-sponsored $567 million plan has been agreed to address Gaza’s
acute shortage of clean water by constructing desalination plants, but analysts
say its realization is years away.
nearly five million Palestinians living under occupation, the degradation of
their water supply, the exploitation of their natural resources and the
defacing of their environment are symptomatic of the lack of any meaningful
control they have over their daily lives,” Lynk said.
the West Bank, Israeli quarry companies extract some 17 million tons of stone
each year, “notwithstanding strict prohibitions in international law against a
military power economically exploiting an occupied territory”, Lynk said.
Dead Sea and its plentiful natural resources, part of which lies within the
occupied Palestinian territory, is off-limits to any Palestinian development
while Israeli companies are permitted to harvest the minerals in an apparent
act of pillage,” he added.
authorities have said in the past that Palestinian quarries were ordered shut
because they posed safety and environmental risks.
Ambassador Ibrahim Khraishi called for Israel to halt what he said was theft of
has denied the Turkish Interior Minister’s comments on Tehran and Ankara
carrying out a joint operation against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)
in the day, state-run Anadolu news agency quoted Turkish Interior Minister
Suleyman Soylu as saying that Turkey staged a joint operation with Iran against
the PKK on the country’s eastern border.
has recently talked about a possible joint operation with neighbor Iran to counter
outlawed militants from the PKK, but it appears that this is the first time
Turkish authorities have confirmed a raid.
did not specify precisely which PKK bases the planned operation targeted, but
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has in the past said it would be against
militant hideouts in Iraq.
Turkish military has often bombed PKK bases in Iraq’s mountainous northern
regions as part of its decades-long operations against the group.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says recent mass shooting of Muslims in New
Zealand is part of a wider attack on Turkey, calling on Wellington to launch a
serious investigation into the massacre and threatening to send back “in
caskets” all those who try to take the battle to Istanbul.
Friday, a gunman killed 50 people and wounded 50 others at two mosques in
Christchurch, a city located on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island.
mass shooting is regarded as the deadliest ever attack in New Zealand.
28-year-old assailant, who is an Australian national identified as Brenton
Tarrant, wrote a detailed manifesto, titled "The Great Replacement,"
in which he described the Turkish president as a “warlord” who is leading a
country that is among “the oldest enemies of our people.”
are coming for Constantinople and we will destroy every mosque and every
minaret in the city. The Hagia Sophia will be liberated from the minarets, and
Constantinople will be rightfully Christian-owned once more,” his manifesto
further issued threats against Turkey and Erdogan himself, calling for the
drive of Turks from Turkey’s northwestern European region, where Istanbul is
located, a Muslim-majority city and Turkey’s largest urban center.
Monday, Erdogan addressed a rally in the northwestern province of Canakkale
commemorating the 1915 Gallipoli campaign, when Ottoman soldiers defeated
British-led forces including Australian and New Zealand troops trying to seize
the peninsula, a gateway to Istanbul.
have been here for 1,000 years and will be here until the apocalypse, God
willing,” he said.
will not turn Istanbul into Constantinople,” Erdogan added, referring to the
city’s name under its Christian Byzantine rulers before it was conquered by
Muslim Ottomans in 1453. “Your grandparents came here... and they returned in
caskets,” Erdogan said, adding, “Have no doubt we will send you back like your
Turkish president also called on the New Zealand government to launch a
thorough investigation into the tragic event and to take the issue seriously.
expect the New Zealand government to take this issue seriously. They should not
take it lightly like Western countries do. I have shared this issue with New
Zealand’s Governor-General Patsy Reddy. I have told her that we, as Turkey,
which has suffered a lot from terrorist acts and have many fallen martyrs,
could hold joint works with them,” Erdogan said.
Turkey’s intelligence, Erdogan also said that the mass murderer had visited
Turkey twice in 2016.
complains he is being blamed for Christchurch attack
US President Donald Trump waded on Monday into the controversy over his
response to the massacre of 50 people in two New Zealand mosques, complaining
that he was being blamed for the tragedy.
Fake News Media is working overtime to blame me for the horrible attack in New
Zealand,” Trump told his more than 59 million followers on Twitter.
will have to work very hard to prove that one,” he tweeted. “So Ridiculous!”
Trump appeared to be referring to criticism of his response to the attack,
which was allegedly carried out by a 28-year-old white supremacist claiming to
be resisting genocide against white people.
a lengthy written rant, the alleged killer referred to Trump as “a symbol of
renewed white identity.” Trump did on several occasions tweet and speak to
condemn the “horrible” attack and offer any US assistance to New Zealand’s
he courted controversy on Friday when he played down the wider implications of
the gunman’s ideology, saying that violent white nationalism is not a growing
problem. “It’s a small group of people,” he said.
homeland security chief, Kirstjen Nielsen, gave a distinctly different emphasis
on Monday in a speech where she said that “domestic terrorists,” like the New
Zealand killer, increasingly resemble the better known threat from Islamist
primary terrorist threat to the United States continues to be from Islamist
militants and those they inspire, but we should not and cannot and must not
ignore the real and serious danger posed by domestic terrorists,” she said.
are using the same do-it-yourself, mass murder tactics as we saw with the
horrible assault last week in New Zealand against Muslim worshipers,” she said.
dismissal of a broader security threat led to a flurry of criticism from
Democrats and other critics over the weekend.
pointed to his frequent labelling of illegal immigrants as invaders, his
high-profile restrictions on immigration from several Muslim-majority
countries, and a lukewarm condemnation of a neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville,
Virginia, in 2017.
and time again, this president has embraced and emboldened white supremacists —
and instead of condemning racist terrorists, he covers for them. This isn’t
normal or acceptable,” tweeted Kirsten Gillibrand, who formally entered the
Democratic race for the White House on Sunday.
White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney went on television to push back,
saying “the president is not a white supremacist. I’m not sure how many times
we have to say that.” “To simply ask the question every time something like
this happens overseas, or even domestically, to say, ‘Oh, my goodness, it must
somehow be the president’s fault,’ speaks to a politicisation of everything
that I think is undermining sort of the institutions that we have in the
country today,” he said on Fox television.
assault on worshippers at the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem last week by Israeli
forces is yet another sobering reminder of ills afforded by Washington's
unwavering support for Israel, a Muslim-American advocacy group said Monday.
16 Palestinians were injured, according to Jerusalem’s Religious Endowments
Authority, after Israeli police shut down the compound last Tuesday on claims
of an arson attack on an Israeli police station nearby, triggering clashes with
the victims were three Americans, Safa Hawash, her sister Nour and their mother
brutality that happened to Germeen, Safa, and Noor has been done in our name as
Americans,” Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council of American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR), an advocacy and civil rights group, told reporters at a news
Israeli soldiers "feel aided, they feel shielded by this government,” Awad
said referring to the U.S.
video posted on Twitter by the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center, where Safa and
Nour Hawash work, shows an Israeli police officer on top of Nour as the officer
Hawash said her sister was trying to show her U.S. passport, which the officer
threw to the side and said "I don't care about your ID."
Dar al-Hijrah community holds our government responsible for making sure that
American citizens are protected both at home and abroad,” Saif Rahman, Public
and Government Affairs director at the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center said at a
news conference. The sisters' mother was also physically assaulted by Israeli
police, according to Hawash.
is only a fragment of what Palestinian people have to endure on a daily basis,
fighting for the basic right of existence,” Hawash said.
incident before us is just another reminder of Israel’s disrespect to the
United States and American citizens,” Osama Abuirshaid, National Policy
Director for American Muslims for Palestine, said.
Hawash said she notified her congressman, Gerry Connolly, of the incident, but
has yet to hear from him.
have mounted in Jerusalem since last month, when Israeli police briefly sealed
the al-Aqsa compound’s al-Rahma prayer area, sparking angry Palestinian
the weeks since, the Israeli authorities have banned scores of Palestinians --
including religious officials -- from entering al-Aqsa, which for Muslims
represents the world’s third holiest site.
Hassan Rouhani says the government will sue US officials behind draconian
sanctions on the country in Iranian courts before taking the case to
international courts of justice.
a speech broadcast live on Monday, Rouhani said he had ordered the ministries
of foreign affairs and justice "to file a legal case in Iranian courts
against those in America who designed and imposed sanctions on Iran."
sanctions amount to crime against humanity," he said, adding if an Iranian
court finds against US officials, Iran will pursue the case in international
courts of justice.
litigations against the US have already succeeded in international tribunals.
In October, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered the US to exempt
exports of humanitarian and civil aviation supplies to Iran.
were able to win in both the International Court of Justice in the Hague and
the European courts, which means that we were able to legally defeat America,
and of course, this trend should continue," Rouhani said.
said the enemies will never succeed in their attempts to weaken the Iranian
nation despite having tried all in their power over the past 40 years.
Iranian people, he said, has long resisted outside pressure and will keep up
the fight until the enemy is defeated.
enemy made some attempts but never achieved what it desired even though
sometimes” the pressure was too much, the president said.
to US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear agreement and
his pledge to tighten economic pressure on Iran, Rouhani said the US was
looking for a way back to Iran after the nation overthrew the Shah during the
1979 Revolution. “What the US did was based on the idea that they could return
to Iran if they could keep the sanctions and increase the pressure,” he said.
said Washington thought that abandoning the nuclear deal would prompt Iran to
also abandon the agreement and that it could eventually have all UN sanctions
removed under the deal, reinstated.
ruined their plan; they didn’t expect us to act like this,” he said.
US, Rouhani said, expected Europe to follow its lead in quitting the nuclear
deal but except for a few countries, the world stood in solidarity with Iran.
the world know that what America has done is not against Iran or nuclear
technology; rather, it is against the well-being, environment, food, medicine
and the lives of the Iranian people,” he said.
touched on some economic problems in the country, saying their root causes had
been identified and the government was taking necessary measures to address
thieves ambushed us, our progress briefly slowed down and things became a bit
difficult,” he said.
superpower like the US, the Zionist regime (of Israel) and the region’s
reactionary (regimes) all joined forces to bring the Iranian nation to its
knees and take their 40-year revenge” on Iran, he said.
an example, the president noted, while there were still major sanctions against
Iran, the country was able to launch new phases of South Pars gas field in the
Sunday, Rouhani officially launched phases 13, 22, 23, and 24 of South Pars,
the world's largest gas field.
is a very auspicious day for the Iranian nation, which has dealt strong blows
to enemies, because they thought that by imposing sanctions, they would be able
to stop all our plans and advances,” Rouhani said in Kangan.
of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh said Iran, which shares the South gas field Pars
with Qatar, expects to operate 27 phases by next March.
Vice President Mike Pence and Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi on Monday
discussed the next steps to be taken following the territorial defeat of the
Daesh terrorist group.
"welcomed news of Iraq’s recent economic and trade agreements with Jordan
and the prime minister’s upcoming travel as major steps towards Iraq’s
reintegration in the region after the territorial defeat of ISIS," Pence's
office said in a statement, using another name for Daesh.
and Abdul-Mahdi further discussed potentials to bolster the "strategic
partnership" between their countries, including efforts to
"professionalize" Iraqi security forces and develop the Iraqi
economy, the statement added.
territorial defeat has long been sought by the U.S.-led coalition, and the
terrorist group is now fighting against U.S.-backed forces in its last
remaining bastion in Baghouz, Syria.
further briefed Pence on efforts to "exhume the mass graves of ISIS’s
genocide against Yazidis in Sinjar and the prime minister conveyed that he
would personally investigate security and economic impediments noted by the
vice president as preventing the return of many of Iraq’s religious components
and other displaced persons," according to Pence's office.
had worked to expedite U.S. aid for Iraq's Christian and Yazidi minority
communities that were killed and enslaved by Daesh en masse when the
territories under its control included much of Iraq as well as Syria.
Israeli Security Forces violated international human rights and humanitarian
law in Palestine's occupied Gaza strip, the UN commission said on Monday.
of those violations may constitute war crimes or crimes against humanity, and
must be immediately investigated by Israel," Betty Kaari Murungi,
Commissioner of Kenya said in a report published by the UN Independent
Commission of Inquiry on the Protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
stressed that Israeli soldiers killed and injured civilians during the Great
March of Return protests, who were neither "participating directly in
hostilities nor posing an imminent threat to the Israeli Security Forces, or to
the civilian population in Israel."
commission urged Israel to revise its rules of engagement before a large
protest expected on the anniversary of the protests.
present this comprehensive report with an urgent plea to Israel to immediately
ensure that the rules of engagement of their security forces are revised to
comply with international legal standards," the Chair of the Commission of
Argentina, Santiago Canton, told the Human Rights Council.
added that the "excessive use of force" that took place on March 30,
May 14 and October 12, 2018 "must not be repeated".
a senior Israeli official’s statement that "each and every bullet"
fired by security forces during the protests had received authorization from an
experienced commander he said the commission found that lethal force had been
authorized, "in the majority of cases", unlawfully.
inevitably led to arbitrary deprivation of life," he said.
underlined that Israeli security forces shot and wounded 6,016 protesters with
live ammunition in 2018 alone, leaving 189 dead.
Commission found there was no justification for Israel’s security forces
killing and injuring persons who pose no imminent threat of death or serious
injury to those around them, including journalists, health workers and
children," Canton added.
underscored that Israeli security forces’ practices of shooting so-called
"key inciters" or "key rioters" for actions such as burning
tires, cutting or breaching through the separation fence between Israel and
Gaza, or leading crowds towards the fence contributed to "unlawful
also said the government has already declared 2020-21 as the Mujib Year, and
will celebrate the year in a befitting manner
Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday urged the people of Bangladesh to remain
vigilant, so that anti-liberation forces, killers, terrorists and militants can
never assume state power again.
made the call while addressing a discussion at Bangabandhu International
Conference Centre (BICC), on the occasion of the 99th birth anniversary of
Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
this Bangladesh, the people's rights will be upheld. Insha Allah, we will build
a Golden Bangladesh that is free from hunger and poverty," the prime
also said the government has already declared 2020-21 as the Mujib Year, and
will celebrate the year in a befitting manner. "We have constituted a
committee in this regard. Preparations will have to begin at all levels,
including unions, to celebrate the Mujib Year."
prime minister said Bangabandhu founded Bangladesh, setting up all basic
structures required for its economy, culture, and politics.
added that the birth of Bangabandhu was necessary for the emergence of an
independent Bangladesh. "It is unsure whether the birth of Bangladesh
would have been possible without the birth of the great leader.”
prime minister said Bangabandhu had been preparing his people for independence
since 1948, defying the pressure and intimidation of Pakistani rulers.
“Bangabandhu was repeatedly put behind bars, but nothing could stop him from
pursuing his goal.”
Hasina also said the Father of the Nation took every step extremely carefully
during his long struggle for independence, keenly aware that a wrong move could
impede the people’s aspirations.
League leaders Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Matia Chowdhury, Mahbubul Alam
Hanif, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Ahmed Hossain, Advocate Qamrul Islam,
Fazilatunnesa Indira, and Ajmat Ullah also spoke at the program, among others.
Syed Anwar Hossain discussed various aspects of Bangabandhu's life.
BAZAR, Bangladesh — Sixteen-year-old Kefayat Ullah walked to his school in
southern Bangladesh in late January, as he had done most days for the previous
six years, to find that – despite being one of the top students in his class –
he had been expelled.
government investigation had outed him, along with dozens of his classmates, as
a Rohingya refugee, a member of the mostly stateless Muslim minority from
headmaster called us into his office and told us that there’s an order that
Rohingya students have no rights to study here anymore,” said the teenager, a
small boy with cropped hair and a faint mustache. “We went back home crying.”
years, Bangladeshi schools have quietly admitted some of the Rohingya who live
as refugees in sprawling camps on the country’s southern coast, and whose
numbers have swelled to more than 1 million since violence across the border in
2017. But the new influx has tested the hospitality of the Bangladeshi
government, leading them to apply tighter controls on the population.
recent expulsions highlight the struggle of hundreds of thousands of children
desperate to study in the world’s largest refugee settlement, but at risk of
missing out on crucial years of education and the chance to obtain formal
than 730,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar after a military campaign in late 2017 that
the United Nations has said was executed with “genocidal intent”. Thousands
more, like Kefayat, were born in Bangladesh after their parents fled earlier
waves of violence. Though Myanmar says it is ready to welcome back the
refugees, northern Rakhine state, from where they fled, is still riven by
ethnic tensions and violence, and the U.N. has said conditions are not right for
them to return.
Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, meanwhile, has said the country cannot afford to
some countries, governments allow refugees to study in local schools, allowing
them to gain recognized qualifications, or permit institutions in the camps to
teach the national curriculum. But Bangladesh has not recognized the vast
majority of the Rohingya as refugees and does not issue birth certificates for
those born in the camps, making their legal status unclear.
government has also forbidden centers in the camps from teaching the Bangladesh
curriculum, according to the U.N. children’s agency, UNICEF.
students are depressed and frustrated,” said a 21-year-old who asked not to be
named because he was continuing to pass as Bangladeshi so he could go to
we are somehow pretending to be Bangladeshi students. Yes, we have got some
education. But now, where will we go? The world should think about this: if we
can’t study, our future will be damaged. We are hungry for education.”
the headmaster’s office at Leda High School, piles of textbooks inscribed with
the names of some of the 64 expelled students lay stacked in a corner.
ImageBangladeshi students from the class where Rohingya students were expelled
by the authorities are seen at Leda high school.
students from the class where Rohingya students were expelled by the
authorities are seen at Leda high school.Reuters
are very sorry and disappointed about the decision,” said the principal, Jamal
Uddin. “The government is providing everything for the Rohingya – why not
others were relieved. Eighteen months on from the start of the crisis, and with
no resolution in sight, some local people are losing patience.
the grassy playground of the school, its founder, 48-year-old Kamal Uddin
Ahmed, said the arrival of the Rohingya had been a massive upheaval for the
do you think I feel?” he said. “We don’t mind the Rohingya, but we mind our
officials who visited said it was “not safe for the country, not safe for our
people” to have Rohingya in schools, he said.
have been accused by some of bringing drugs and crime to Bangladesh.
a letter to local headmasters dated January, Bangladesh’s Refugee Relief and
Repatriation Commission Chief Abul Kalam said that an intelligence report on
the situation had been filed with the prime minister’s office in November.
has been seen the trend of Rohingya children’s participation in getting
education has been increasing,” Kalam said in the letter, seen by Reuters,
adding that some Rohingya had obtained fake Bangladeshi identity documents
through “dishonest public representatives”.
is advised to monitor strictly so that no Rohingya children can take education
outside the camps or elsewhere in Bangladesh,” he said.
about his order to expel Rohingya children from local schools, Kalam said they
were getting an education from learning centers in the camps.
are not allowed to enroll in Bangladeshi schools as they are not Bangladeshi
citizens,” he said.
many children and their parents say the hundreds of learning centers operated
in the camps by international NGOs and the U.N. offer mostly unstructured
learning and playtime.
Rae, Canada’s Special Envoy to Myanmar, who has also traveled to Bangladesh,
said Bangladesh authorities including Sheikh Hasina “have emphasized that the
refugee camp is supposed to be ‘short term’ and that to talk about schooling
beyond learning centers for very young children would risk giving the
impression, to Myanmar and the world, that camps were there to stay”.
the camps, many children study by themselves from tattered textbooks carried
from Myanmar or purchased at local markets, where stalls ply a swift trade in
copies of the Myanmar curriculum smuggled across the border. Recent fighting in
the region has made imports tougher, one stall owner said.
are many Rohingya who can’t get the Myanmar curriculum – we are doing this so
we can help them,” said 20-year-old Nurul Ansur, the Bangladeshi proprietor of
a print shop which specializes in copies of the textbooks, pulling a copy of
‘Grade One Primer, Basic Education’ from a filing cabinet.
makeshift school staffed with Rohingya volunteer teachers opened in February,
though the headteacher said they had no official permission to operate.
Reidy, a communications officer at UNICEF, which leads education programming in
the camps, said efforts were under way to adapt other countries’ curriculums
into a “learning framework” for refugee children.
a risk in the camps that we will see a lost generation of children if we don’t
manage to catch them with education, with skills and training at this critical
point in their lives,” she said.
Nayapara camp, the expelled students recounted stories from years of illicit
study at the Bangladeshi schools. Some of their classmates were cruel, said
used the word ‘Rohingya’, ‘Burma’ to tease us,” he said. “Nevertheless, we were
happy. We need education.”
15-year-old, Mohammed Yunus, said he had worked in a brick-field to pay for
classes that his parents could not afford.
wants to see us a good community,” he said. “Also the U.N. wants to see us a
good community, but if they block our education, how can we be?”
Ullah had dreamed of graduating and becoming a journalist “to help our
community”. Now, he watches his Bangladeshi former classmates travel to and
from class in their crisp white shirts.
Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan has confirmed that the Taliban militants
have captured 58 border security forces in northwestern Badghis province.
to a statement released by Ministry of Defense, all 58 border security forces
soldiers who had crossed into Turkmenistan, have safely returned home.
statement further added that the families of the soldiers who were forced to
flee to Turkmenistan have also returned home.
least 58 soldiers of border security forces are still in custody of Taliban
militants, the Ministry of Defense said, adding that operations are underway
for the release of detained soldier.
58 border security soldiers (BSS) returned home from Turkmenistan. Afghan
families, who were forced by Taliban to emigrate to Turkmenistan, returned home
safe. Unfortunately, 58 BSS are captured by the enemies. Search Ops will
continue until we release them,” the statement said.
least 35 Taliban militants were killed and a large cache of weapons was
destroyed during the operations of Afghan Special Forces and airstrikes in
northern Kunduz province.
to informed military sources, Afghan Special Forces conducted a raid in Chahar
Darah district killing 27 Taliban fighters.
sources further added that a large weapons cache, 38 pressure-plate IEDs and 40
pounds of homemade explosives were destroyed.
self-defense air strikes in Chahar Darah district killed another 8 Taliban
fighters,” the sources added.
anti-government armed militants including Taliban have not commented regarding
the operations so far.
least 28 Taliban militants were killed during the airstrikes and clashes with
the armed forces in the past 48 hours in northern Faryab province.
209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North in a statement said the
airstrikes and clashes took place in Arkalik, Zohoria, Shakh, Ziarat Gah and
Naw Dareh Qala areas of Qaisar district.
statement further added that 28 Taliban militants were killed as a result of
the clashes and airstrikes, 8 others were wounded, and 6 motorcycles were
statement also added that the security personnel also sustained casualties
during the clashes but did not elaborate further regarding the exact number,
adding that the numbers announced by Taliban are baseless.
209th Shaheen Corps also criticized the Provincial Council officials for
endorsing the propagandas of Taliban group.
than 40 Taliban militants were killed or wounded during the operations of
Afghan Special Forces and airstrikes which were conducted in various provinces
of the country over the past 24 hours.
to informed military sources, Afghan Special Forces conducted a clearance
operation in Chahar Darah district of Kunduz province and destroyed 2 IEDs. The
Special Forces killed 7 Taliban militants in a similar raid in Khugyani
district of Nangarhar while an airstrike a barricaded shooter in Khugyani
district resulted into the killing of a barricaded shooter.
sources further added that Afghan Special Forces conducted a raid in Ab Band
district of Ghazni province killing 4 Taliban fighters and seizing 32 ANA
uniforms, 13 pressure plate IEDs and an assortment of weapons and ammunition.
the meantime, 2 Taliban militants were killed in an airstrike in Khoshi
district of Khost and 14 Taliban militants were killed, another militant was
wounded during the Special Forces operation in Nad Ali district of Helmand.
Over 2,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate and numerous IED components were also
destroyed during the same operation.
least 16 Taliban militants during separate airstrikes in Tarinkot city of
Uruzgan and Kajai district of Helmand province, the sources said, adding that a
separate air strike in Sangin district of Helmand destroyed a structure being
used as a Taliban operations center.
military court in Myanmar will investigate the army's conduct during a
crackdown on the persecuted Rohingya Muslims that forced thousands to flee to
neighboring Bangladesh in August 2017.
army said in a statement on Monday that the court, comprising a major general
and two colonels, will investigate the events in Rakhine state.
information is released that the investigation court was formed ... to further
scrutinize and confirm the respective incidents," said the statement,
which was posted on the website of Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the army's
court will respond to allegations made by the United Nations and human rights
groups accusing security forces of mass killings, rape and arson.
year, a UN fact-finding mission said the campaign against the Rohingya was
orchestrated with "genocidal intent." It urged charging the army
chief and five other generals with the "gravest crimes under international
previous military investigation in 2017 had exonerated the security forces of
Bequelin, Southeast Asia and Pacific Director of Amnesty International, said
the new court is "another bad faith maneuver" to fend off
military stands accused of the gravest crimes under international law and has
shown no sign of reform," he said.
is facing growing international calls for accountability over the Rakhine
International Criminal Court (ICC) has opened a preliminary examination into
the violence. A commission of inquiry formed by Myanmar and including some
current and former diplomats to the UN is due to publish its findings later
740,000 Rohingya Muslims are living in camps in Bangladesh after they were
driven out of Rakhine during the deadly campaign in 2017, which the United
Nations has described as ethnic cleansing.
has been the scene of communal violence since 2012. Many Muslims have been
killed while tens of thousands have been forced to flee as a result of attacks
by Buddhists. The refugees largely live in camps in dire conditions.
a rare acknowledgment, China on Monday described the 2008 Mumbai attacks
carried out by Pakistan-based LeT terror outfit as one of “the most notorious terrorist
a white paper on its massive crackdown against militants in the restive
Xianjiang province, China said the global spread of terrorism and extremism
over the years had inflicted agony on humanity.
paper described the Mumbai terror attacks as one of “the most notorious
terrorist attacks”, adding that the “global spread of terrorism and extremism
over the years has inflicted agony on humanity”.
release of the paper titled “The Fight Against Terrorism and Extremism and
Human Rights Protection in Xinjiang”, interestingly coincided with Pakistan
Foreign Minister’s Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s visit to China.
the world, terrorism and extremism gravely threaten peace and development, and
endanger the life and property of individuals, said the white paper released by
China’s State Council Information Office.
paper came days after China for the fourth time blocked a bid in the United
Nations Security Council on Wednesday to designate Pakistan-based chief of
Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist” by
putting a technical hold on the proposal, a move India termed as disappointing.
JeM has claimed responsibility for the February 14 Pulwama attack that left 40
CRPF personnel dead and escalated tensions between India and Pakistan.
aggressively at terrorism and furthering the de-radicalisation effort is the
common responsibility of the international community and essential to the
protection of human rights,” it said.
opposes all forms of terrorism and extremism, and opposes double standards on
fighting terrorism, said the white paper, adding that Beijing opposes linking
terrorism and extremism with specific countries, ethnic groups or religions.
advocates comprehensive measures to address both the symptoms and the root
causes, with the dual purposes of striking at terrorist activities and
eliminating poverty, so that there will be no room for terrorism to breed, it
one of the most horrific terrorist attacks in the country’s history, 166
people, including Americans, were killed and over 300 injured as 10
heavily-armed terrorists from Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) created mayhem in Mumbai on
November 26, 2008.
of the attackers were killed by police while lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was
captured and hanged after handed down death sentence by an Indian court.
asks Muslim Ummah to work out strategy for security
Ameer, Jamaat e Islami (JI) Senator Sirajul Haq, currently in Saudi Arabia, has
said that the blood of the Muslims was being spilled all over the world and the
Muslim Ummah would have to work out a strategy to protect the oppressed
was speaking at a reception hosted in his honour by the Pakistani community in
Riyadh, says a message received here.
Haq said the Muslims were massacred in Kashmir, Palestine, Iraq, Iraq,
Afghanistan and Burma but the world colonialism did not make any effort to
check the hatred towards Islam and the Muslims. On the other hand, he said, the
western politicians and the western media were deliberately fanning bias towards
said that mass killings in two New Zealand mosques were not the first incident
of terrorism against Muslims as numerous such incidents had occurred in
European and western countries. The targeting of Muslims, mosques and
madrissahs and the women wearing veil had been a routine and the scarf wearing
school girls were being insulted and forced to leave their institutions.
Haq welcomed Turkey move for an emergent meeting of the Muslim countries
Foreign Ministers and termed it a timely step to unite the Muslim world on the
told the Pakistanis in the holy land that they were Allah’s guests in this
country and unofficial ambassadors of Pakistan. "Therefore, they should
try to raise Pakistan’s image through their conduct and dealings and take lead
in serving the pilgrims from all over the world considering it a great
honour," he said.
with locals for Rs100bn Fata uplift plan soon
The federal government is all set to initiate a three-week consultative process
to discuss with residents of erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas
(Fata) a 10-year plan under which Rs100 billion will be spent on development of
tribal districts every year.
Minister Imran Khan on Monday said the consultative process would be initiated
from Bajaur, where he had addressed a public meeting last week. “Our people in
the tribal area will see unprecedented development, as government plans to
spend over Rs100 billion annually for 10 years in tribal districts,” Mr Khan
added, “[We are] living up to our commitment. A three-week consultative process
on 10-year development plan for Fata is being initiated, starting from Bajaur.”
the seven strife-torn agencies of Fata had been merged with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
to Dawn, special assistant to the prime minister on media Iftikhar Durrani said
the government had planned to spend Rs1 trillion over the next 10 years on
Fata. He said development work had already been initiated in the health,
education, infrastructure, communication, law and order, security and tourism
said the main idea behind the planned consultation was to keep the locals on
board so that development activities in their areas could be carried out
according to their “need and desire”.
the consultative process, meetings would be held with local jirgas in which
representatives of KP government would also be involved, he explained.
said the PM was quite concerned about Fata’s mainstreaming, as this was the top
priority of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government. He said the prime minister
himself monitored the area’s development programme on a regular basis.
some ongoing projects in the region, Mr Durrani said police were replacing the
Levies force to take responsibility of Fata after its merger with KP. “Police
stations are being built and jobs being given to locals in police,” he said,
adding that courts were also being established in the areas.
he said, buildings for schools were under construction while hospitals were
being established in rented buildings in Fata.
Durrani said mobile phone service was made available in South Waziristan after
which it would be provided in Bajaur.
said the prime minister also vowed to streamline and improve the Afghan transit
trade route in Fata for which necessary work would be completed in the area.
Khan has recently been briefed about the administrative and security issues
related to the merger. He was quoted as saying that indiscriminate and fair
distribution of funds must be ensured in Fata.
his last week visit to Bajaur, the PM had expressed his desire to extend
tourism facilities in Fata so that local and foreign tourists could see beauty
of the tribal region. He had also given directives to the KP government in this
Fata’s merger with the KP, seven (tribal) agencies have been given the status
of districts with political and assistant political agents having been
designated as deputy and assistant commissioners, respectively.
jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and Peshawar High Court (PHC) has
already been extended to the tribal region. The PHC has started setting up
district and sessions courts in each of the new districts, and the process is
expected to be completed in two to four months.
application of Fata-Interim Governance Regulations 2018 will temporarily
continue to operate in place of the centuries-old Frontier Crimes Regulations
am a proud Muslim from Pakistan, but I will be a Kiwi forever
When a child passes away, he waits outside the gates of heaven and does not
enter until God allows his parents in, too - that's what Muslims believe
hope three-year-old Mucad Ibrahim is there right now with four-year-old
pray my 65-year-old sister in Islam Linda Armstrong is there.
hope that's where all Christchurch victims are right now - anywhere but
here. They are in a much better place,
because this one feels like hell.
first time I went to Christchurch was for a holiday and I was grinning
ear-to-ear, yesterday tears rolled down my cheeks as the plane took off.
day was as grim as the mood of the city.
saw the two mosques. I broke down on the side of the road when I saw the
smashed front window of Linwood mosque. Deans Ave was a scene that left me
met a woman who said murdered Fijian imam Musa Patel was her marriage
celebrant, another told me the senior citizen walked to the mosque every
mother looked intently at the mosque as she said one of the men who died inside
was the son of a couple who ran her daughter's childcare centre.
hasn't made us weaker, "she said.
here's the upshot, and it gives me much satisfaction to tell you, dear
terrorist, you have failed.
Ave was a sea of white European faces, grieving with the Muslims.
Maori haka that reverberated through Hagley Park was deafening.
watch on Friday, dear terrorist, Muslims will come out to pray - they will come
in their thousands. And there will be those who will stand beside us to protect
us. They will stand between your grotesque ideology and the worshipers.
those caskets are lifted, watch as everyone takes a turn to give them a
are women who will don the Hijab in solidarity with their Muslim sisters this
week. We will all look the same, because we are all the same.
you may have created hell for now, but watch as New Zealand responds. You shall
go down in history as an animal.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi reached Beijing on Monday on a three-day
visit to attend the first Pakistan-China Foreign Ministers’ strategic dialogue.
Mr Qureshi’s visit, both sides will hold comprehensive discussions on a range
of bilateral relations, including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Both sides will also discuss the regional situation and cooperation at
multilateral fora. The foreign minister is to address the Political Parties’
Forum on CPEC and participate in the ruling party’s dialogue between the PTI
and the Communist Party of China (CPC). He will also call on top Chinese
Qureshi was received at Beijing airport by the Chinese ambassador to Pakistan,
Yao Jing, Pakistan’s ambassador to China Masood Khalid, and senior officials of
while addressing Chinese scholars, Mr Qureshi said that the strong friendship
between Pakistan and China was based on strategic cooperation, adding that the
start of the second CPEC phase will usher a new era of socio-economic
development in this country. Stating that Pakistan wants peace in the region
and good relations with all its neighbours in South Asia, including India, he
reiterated that Islamabad wants to resolve issues with Delhi through dialogue.
a PPP delegation led by the parliamentary leader of the party in the Senate,
Sherry Rehman, has also reached Beijing to support the consultation over CPEC.
The delegation held a meeting with Guo Yezhou, vice-minister of the
International Department of the CPC (IDCPC) central committee at the IDCPC on Monday.
Mr Guo welcomed the delegation and stated that “the PPP has been an important
force in Pakistan’s politics. Since it was launched by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the
party has made a great contribution to the development of China-Pakistan
friendship at different historical stages. The CPC is confident that in the new
era, a friendship of two parties will further enhance and strengthen”.
Rehman thanked Mr Guo for organising the multi-party constitution and said, “We
are very appreciative of the CPC’s efforts and outreach to the people of
Pakistan, and are in the frontlines for creating and collaborating in the great
CPEC venture that is President Xi Jinping’s dream. President Zardari’s vision
to give Gwadar port to China led to momentum on building a collaborative
platform like CPEC. I also bring warm wishes from PPP Chairman Bilawal
Bhutto-Zardari, son of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, who as you all know curated this
relationship as a pillar of policy. For the PPP and Pakistan, a strong
relationship with the CPC and the Peoples’ Republic of China is the cornerstone
of our policy. […] We recognise that China has been our iron brother through
good and bad times. We have important lessons to learn from all that China has
done in last three decades. It has, for instance, taken 700 million people out
of poverty and we would like to achieve similar goals. The PPP has always
attempted to build consensus on national goals and we are committed to
transforming Pakistan’s growth and job trajectory. For that purpose, we stand
strongly behind CPEC.
per cent of our GDP can grow if we are able to consolidate gains from this
opportunity. We are looking forward to building consensus and infrastructure
that will enable investors and bring some green energy initiatives of the Chinese
government to Pakistan.”
Rehman added that “We would like to see three important aspects in CPEC,
firstly; job creation for locals with skill training, secondly, sharing best
practices on the greening of our technology and energy projects, and thirdly,
we would like assistance in agriculture growth, energy, infrastructure, the
digital economy and generating momentum on job-creation. […] We look forward to
an endeavouring and stable relationship and seek to enhance Pakistan-China ties
as well as the PPP-CPC bilateral relationship. We clearly understand the
obvious benefits and massive opportunities that CPEC represents for the people
At least three people, including two policemen, were injured in an improvised
explosive device (IED) explosion near a police vehicle in Dera Ismail Khan’s
Parowa tehsil on Monday.
police van was on a routine patrol in Parowa area, which borders Dera Ghazi
Khan, when the bomb planted on a bicycle went off, DI Khan District Police
Office Saleem Riaz said.
a result of the blast, two police officials, including a sub-inspector and a
passer-by sustained injuries. The police official said that 8 kilogrammes of
explosives had been used in the IED that targeted the police vehicle.
The J-10 fighter jets of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force’s Bayi
Aerobatic Team arrived in Pakistan in preparation for a flight performance
there on March 23 in celebration of Pakistan’s National Day.
Chinese pilots, invited by the Pakistani side, received a warm welcome upon
arrival as local children greeted them with bouquets, China Central Television
Zhiyong, a research fellow at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences’
Institute of International Relations, told the Chinese media that China sending
fighter jets to celebrate Pakistan Day is symbolic of the friendship between
China and Pakistan, noting that Pakistan is an all-weather friend of China.
is not the first time the Bayi Aerobatic Team performed in Pakistan.
November 19 2017, the team staged a “wonderful” aerobatic flight with J-10
fighter jets in Quetta, the capital city of Pakistan’s Baluchistan province,
according to China Military Online.
addition to the J-10’s flight performance, Chinese analysts expect more Chinese
elements at Pakistan Day parade as the country operates a variety of Chinese
Pakistan Air Force’s main fighter jet, the JF-17, is a product of
Chinese-Pakistani joint development, China Military Online reported.
Pakistan Air Force also operates the ZDK-03 early warning aircraft, which is
developed by China and is reportedly capable of aerial detection and sharing
real time battlefield information.
MBT-2000 main battle tank developed by China North Industries Corporation
(Norinco) is designated the Al-Khalid in the Pakistan Army, the report said.
also operates the likes of China’s HJ-8 anti-tank missile and FM-90 air defense
missile, according to China Military Online. Hu noted that China has
contributed to Pakistan’s military development, as China has been helping the
country with its national defense industry for decades.
is likely to have more joint development projects and arms sales to Pakistan in
the future, analysts said.
third and more advanced batch of the JF-17 fighter jet, the JF-17 Block 3, is
currently under development and production, China Aviation News reported on
March 8. Meanwhile, a Chinese military aerobatics team arrived in Pakistan for
a scheduled performance on March 23.
MPs call for expulsion of Israeli envoy over al-Aqsa dispute
lawmakers on Monday sought to expel the Israeli ambassador from the kingdom in
response to “ongoing Israeli aggression” at holy sites in Jerusalem.
is the official custodian of Jerusalem’s holy Muslim sites. The parliamentary
session followed an Israeli court ruling on the al-Aqsa mosque compound.
parliament recommended the government recall the Jordanian ambassador from
Israel and expel the Israeli ambassador from Amman to confront the ongoing
Israeli aggression at holy sites in occupied Jerusalem,” reported the official
Petra news agency.
also called on the government to address the UN Security Council about
“stopping Israeli violations and protecting the Palestinian people.”
is the only Arab country apart from Egypt to have a peace deal with Israel. But
the treaty is overwhelmingly opposed by Jordanians, more than half of whom are
of Palestinian origin.
Sunday, an Israeli court ordered the temporary closure of a side building known
as the Golden Gate at the al-Aqsa mosque compound, known to Jews as the Temple
condemned the court ruling, with its foreign ministry saying that Israel would
bear “full responsibility for the dangerous consequences” of the decision.
have in recent weeks been scuffles between Palestinian worshippers and Israeli
police at the site over the use of the side building.
worshippers have been entering the site and praying there despite an Israeli
order that it should stay closed.
shut access to the site known as Bab al-Rahma (Gate of Mercy or Golden Gate) at
the al-Aqsa mosque compound in 2003 during the second Palestinian intifada over
alleged militant activity there.
officials argue that the organization that prompted the ban no longer exists
and there is no reason for it to remain closed.
is located in east Jerusalem, occupied by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War and
later annexed in a move never recognized by the international community.
sees the entire city as its capital, while the Palestinians view the eastern
sector - where key holy sites for Christians, Muslims and Jews are located - as
the capital of their future state.
picture of Al-Shabab flag. Four militants were killed by villagers over the
4 members of the Al-Sbabab terror group were rounded up and killed by villagers
in Wanlawyen, North of Mogadishu over the weekend.
locals infuriated with Al-Shabaab continuous extortion killed four militants
including a senior leader who was in-charge of Zakawat in Wanlaweyn town of
is a small town in the coastal southeastern Lower Shebelle region of Somalia.
Situated around 50 miles northwest of the capital Mogadishu.
fighting which initially broke out late Friday entered its second day on
to Omar Sheikh Mohamed, the head of the self-organised group, they killed four
Al-Shabaab fighters including a senior Zakawat and operations officers.
said Monday it had arrested and detained Belhassen Trabelsi, the brother-in-law
of ousted Tunisian leader El-Abidine Ben Ali, who had been on the run for three
years after fleeing Canada.
Xavier Tarabeux in the southern city of Marseille said Trabelsi had been
charged with “aggravated fraud and money laundering in an organized gang.”
gave no other details of his arrest.
said Sunday it was seeking Trabelsi’s extradition to face charges of fraud.
Tunisian justice ministry statement said he faced 17 arrest warrants in Tunisia
and 43 international warrants.
millionaire businessman and brother of Ben Ali’s wife Leila Trabelsi left
Tunisia in January 2011 when the Arab Spring uprising forced the veteran leader
to flee to Saudi Arabia.
and his family flew in a private jet to Montreal where he requested political
asylum but Canada turned down his appeal in 2015 , and a year later as it
prepared to deport him he vanished.
leaked June 2008 US diplomatic cable concluded that Trabelsi was “the most
notorious (Ben Ali) family member and is rumored to have been involved in a
wide range of corrupt schemes”.
of anti-government demonstrators in Sudan have taken to the streets of the
capital Khartoum, chanting “freedom, peace, justice”, three months after
unprecedented protests erupted in the country against President Omar al-Bashir
over economic woes.
on Monday marched through the northern suburb of Bahari, in an area called
Street 60, where they confronted with riot police who hurled tear gas canisters
to disperse the rally.
killed our martyrs?” asked protesters as they convened in Street 60 area.
in the capital, dozens of students also protested in a college located in
another upmarket district.
East African country has been struggling with persisting protests since
December 17, when an anti-government campaign erupted over price hikes and
shortages of food and fuel.
demonstrations first held in the farming town of Atbara after cash-strapped
Khartoum cut a vital subsidy on bread and tripled its prices. The move
infuriated people and triggered protests, which swiftly mushroomed into
nationwide anti-government rallies, particularly in the capital and its twin
city of Omdurman.
initial public display of anger quickly spiraled into calls for 75-years-old
Bashir, who took power in 1989 through a military coup, to step down.
an attempt to further quell the rallies, the president on February 22, the
embattled president declared a state of emergency across the African country,
dissolved the central government, replaced state governors with security
officials, boosted police powers and prohibited unauthorized public demonstrations.
slew of measures has not completely halted the rallies buy the scale and
intensity of them. However, it has shrunk in recent weeks, particularly since
the state of emergency came into effect.
Sudanese president is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) over his
alleged role in genocide in the Darfur region, which he strongly denies. He has
also been lobbying for his country to be removed from a list of the countries
the US considers state sponsors of terrorism.
National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) has purportedly been carrying
out a crackdown on protesters, opposition leaders, activists, and reporters in
an attempt to prevent the spread of the rallies, which are viewed as the
biggest threat to Bashir’s decades-long rule.
figures say 31 people, including some security agents, have lost their lives
since the onset of the rallies. Some rights groups, including Human Rights
Watch, say at least 51 people have died so far.
has remained defiant, addressing loyalists at a number of rallies across the
country and seeking support from regional allies.
has been suffering from a worsening economic crisis, including a serious
shortage of foreign currency.
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