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Clerics, RSS to Interact With Muslim Professionals and Educated Youth Ahead Of
Delhi [India], Nov 8 (ANI): After reaching out to Muslim clerics, scholars and
eminent personalities, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has decided to
open a dialogue with professionals from the community ahead of the Supreme
Court's crucial verdict in the Ayodhya case.
RSS team, which has been tasked with reaching out to the community, has planned
interaction with educated youths and professionals from various walks of life.
RSS functionaries Krishna Gopal and Ram Lal will address the professionals at
an event which, in all probability, will be held in Nehru Memorial here on
agenda of the meet is the court's verdict in the Ayodhya case and to maintain
harmony after it is delivered," said a senior RSS leader involved in the
to a senior member of the team, various NGOs and professional bodies were
contacted to reach out to the professionals from the minority community and
then invitations were sent out.
group of 70 to 80 professionals would be participating in this interaction with
professionals from the community. The group consists of engineers, professors,
doctors and social activists," added the leader.
many professionals active on various social media platforms, it became
pertinent to seek their help and support and also appeal to not share fake
news, identify and report if there is one in circulation, the RSS believes.
on the need to reach out to these professionals specifically, the leader said,
"Not many people are following religious leaders. There may be many who
spend too much time on social media. We all should avoid responding to fake and
instigating messages if there would be any. We know these professionals too
would not want peace to be disturbed. We are reaching out to them. It's a
continuous process till verdict comes. We need to be prepared to accept it
both RSS and BJP are keeping the momentum up to ensure no untoward incident
takes place in wake of the pronouncement of the court's verdict in the
politically-sensitive Ramjanmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case,
irrespective of which side the decision goes.
the sensitivity of the matter, both organisations are conducting interactions
with their cadre and the minority community to ensure that peace and harmony
are not disturbed after the judgement, which could be pronounced any time now.
Bengal government gives job to sister of mob lynching victim
West Bengal government gave job to the sister of Mohammad Aslam, a street
hawker of Asansol in West Bengal who was killed by a mob on suspicion of child
lifting. Minister of Labour and Law Departments, Moloy Ghatak had promised to
get one of his family members a job. On November 7, Aslam's sister, Nasima
Khatun joined the labour department as a casual peon. Aslam was the only male member
of the family.
workers charged with spying on Saudi critics at Riyadh order
Saudi Arabian government has reportedly recruited two Twitter employees to get
personal account information on some of their critics, prosecutors with the US
Department of Justice said Wednesday.
former Twitter employees and a third man were charged in San Francisco Federal
Court Wednesday with spying on Twitter users critical of the Saudi royal
family, the US Justice Department announced.
two Saudi citizens and one US citizen allegedly worked together to unmask the
ownership details behind dissident Twitter accounts on behalf of the government
in Riyadh and the royal family, the department said.
to a court filing, they were guided by an unnamed Saudi official who worked for
someone prosecutors designated "Royal Family Member-1," which The
Washington Post reported was Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
charged were Twitter employees Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo, along with
Ahmed Almutairi, a marketing official with ties to the royal family.
criminal complaint unsealed today alleges that Saudi agents mined Twitter's
internal systems for personal information about known Saudi critics and
thousands of other Twitter users," said US Attorney David Anderson.
law protects US companies from such an unlawful foreign intrusion. We will not
allow US companies or US technology to become tools of foreign repression in
violation of US law," he said in a statement.
lawsuit comes as US-Saudi relations continue to suffer strains over the brutal,
Riyadh-sanctioned murder one year ago of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who
wrote for, among others, The Washington Post.
critic of Crown Prince Mohammed, Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside
the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
to the Post, US intelligence has concluded that the prince himself was closely
linked to the murder.
ISIS leader is 'a nobody,' but US knows 'almost nothing' about him: Official
the U.S. knows "almost nothing" about the new leader of ISIS, he is
"a nobody," according to a senior State Department official, making
it difficult for the terror group to rally around him.
the hunt for the new ISIS leader, the U.S. will leave between 700 and 900
troops in Syria, with the official saying the "goals and means" of
defeating ISIS, ridding Syria of Iranian-commanded forces, and securing a
political transition haven't changed, despite President Donald Trump's new
focus on "taking" oil.
said last Friday that he and his administration "know exactly who [the new
leader] is!" one day after the terror group announced a new leader under
the nom de guerre Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi. Al-Hashimi replaces Abu
Bakr al-Baghdadi, the terror chief that created the group, expanded it to the
so-called "caliphate" the size of Great Britain, and killed himself
in an explosion amid a U.S. special forces raid in late October.
ambassador-at-large for counterterrorism Nathan Sales said Friday that the
administration was "looking into the leader, his role in the organization,
where he came from." But the senior official said Wednesday the new leader
"appears to be a nobody. Nobody knows his background."
think we know a bit about him ... What little we know about him, we're not
impressed," the official added. "If he's in Iraq or Syria, we don't
think he's too long for the world, anyway."
announcement of the new leader came in an audio message released last week by a
new ISIS spokesperson, after Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, the spokesperson and
right-hand man to Baghdadi, was also killed, in a separate U.S. airstrike.
speech provides little information about the new leader or spokesperson, with
both names pseudonyms that mask their real identity, but tie them to the
Quraysh tribe, a historic Arab tribe based near Islam's holy city Mecca. Doing
so is a way to create legitimacy for their leadership because the prophet
Muhammad is said to be from the Quraysh tribe.
is also identified as a "caliph" -- meaning the group still considers
itself a caliphate despite its loss of territory. Pledges to the new leader
have come in across social media, according to analysts, who have warned that
the terror group has fierce affiliates in West Africa, the Middle East, South
Asia and even Southeast Asia.
the senior official said that because al-Hashimi's true identity is not
publicly known, it's become a "major issue" for the terror group to
rally supporters around him.
this week, Turkey announced that it has captured al-Baghdadi's sister, known as
Rasmiya Awad, along with her husband, daughter-in-law, and five children. A
senior Turkish official told reporters her arrest was an intelligence
"gold mine," according to the Associated Press, but the senior State
Department official could not confirm anything related to it.
policy in Syria has undergone whiplash in recent days, from a deliberate and
orderly U.S. withdrawal that had stalled, to an immediate pullout of all 1,000
troops in the northeast, to now keeping 700 to 900 troops to "protect the
oil," in the president's words.
did leave soldiers because we are keeping the oil. I like oil. We are keeping
the oil," Trump said Friday at the White House.
the senior State Department official said the U.S. will have nothing to do with
the oil. "The oil is being worked by the local authorities for the benefit
of the local communities. We have no guidance here in the Department of State
from the administration to do anything with the oil fields."
official acknowledged that "the conditions have changed" after the
initial U.S. withdrawal, but now says that the "goals and means are
basically the same" -- a U.S. military presence that is there to ensure
ISIS's enduring defeat and create leverage for a political transition in Syria
and the expulsion of all Iranian-commanded forces from the country that
threaten America's allies like Israel.
hateful social media attacks, local voters elect Muslim American candidates
don't win elections on the internet,” the 23-year-old said. “You win them at
quit Facebook at one point during her campaign for a seat on the City Council
of Lewiston, Maine, because she was getting so many hate-filled messages.
Someone even posted her home address.
even saw one that said, ‘I will shoot you,’” she said. “One that said, ‘You
should be stoned.’”
was overwhelming for her, even though Khalid is used to challenges. She came to
Lewiston with her family when she was 7, along with thousands of other refugees
from Somalia who helped revive the dying mill town. Lewiston became a diverse
spot in an overwhelmingly white state. It’s experienced some tension and
racism, but Khalid said she grew up feeling welcomed.
am an example that Lewiston is such a progressive city,” she said, pointing out
that the people who attacked her online are not the voters she met during the
months of door knocking. “The negative comments and then, you know, the trolls
were not from Lewiston. Some may be from Maine, but the majority were across
the country from Mississippi to Alabama.”
won with nearly 70% of the vote and will be the youngest member of the Lewiston
City Council, and its first Somali American. The Council on American-Islamic Relations
said across the country, 34 Muslim American candidates won local elections out
of more than 80 who ran. It’s part of a trend that began with last year’s
election, with more diverse candidates choosing to run for office.
week, a Somali American woman won a seat on the St. Louis Park, Minnesota, City
Council. In Virginia, Ghazala Hashmi, an Indian American college administrator
who came to the US as a child, was elected to the Virginia state senate from a
district that’s been Republican for decades.
was sort of a test to see the ways in which the community might respond to a
candidate such as myself,” Hashmi said, adding that her bid for office was in
part a response to the rise in hate crimes across the country.
knew that we had to speak up and start representing ourselves, and we had to
become visible,” she said.
said she had her fair share of trolls and hateful messages. But Hashmi ended up
helping turn her whole state blue, giving Democrats a majority in the state
Legislature. Even though Hashmi said the demographics of her district haven’t
changed in the past few years — it’s still majority white, minority African
that has not changed,” Hashmi said. “But I believe perceptions have changed.”
other words, the constituents got to know her. Which might sound overly simple,
but it’s what Abrar Omeish experienced, too. She’s the daughter of Libyan
immigrants, who won a seat on the Fairfax County School Board in Virginia.
people honestly couldn’t get past the hijab. You have people who ask, ‘Where
are you from?’ Several people would say, “Well, are you an Islamic person?””
Omeish recalled. “It’s been weird to have humanizing myself be part of our
strategy conversation as a campaign team. I’m trying to focus on policy, I’m
trying to focus on voter outreach. And we have to have conversations about how
do we make me more relatable, human, because there are so many misconceptions
that come before that.”
those are the conversations Muslim Americans have to have, said Salam
al-Marayati, who’s president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council.
think this is a moment for American Muslims to declare their independence from
whatever is happening in the Middle East, [to say] that we do not look to the
Middle East as a reference for Islam, that we see within ourselves what Islam
means, and therefore creating that independent American Muslim identity,” he
said. “We're at that cusp of defining who we are for our fellow Americans.”
Imam Omar Suleiman, who was trolled and attacked after delivering a Muslim
prayer in front of the Texas state Legislature, said this is just the beginning
of the challenges these Muslim American elected officials will face.
going to want to be judged by the weight of their platform, by the virtue of
their work, and not by the perceptions of their identity,” he said. “And I
think it’s frustrating when they constantly have to operate as either
somebody’s feel-good story or somebody’s villain.”
least now, future candidates know that it’s possible to endure the hate and get
a local community to ignore those who want to weigh in from across the country,
said Safiya Khalid.
message for them is to continue, you know, knocking on doors and to not pay
attention because you don't have time to worry about what someone across the
country is saying about you. It’s a distraction,” she said. “It’s all about
distraction and inciting fear in you.”
if you give into it, Khalid said, you’re letting them win before the votes are
of Muslims in France harassed at least once: Report
poll said on Wednesday that 42% of Muslims in France were harassed at least
once in their lives.
survey published by the French Public Opinion Institute (IFOP) said most racial
harassment occurred during police controls, job applications and house rentals.
of Muslim women who wear headscarf said they were harassed at least once, while
this figure was 44% for non-headscarf-wearing Muslim women.
of Muslims who participated in the survey said they were verbally attacked and
this rate was 9% for non-Muslims.
37% of the headscarf-wearing Muslim women said they were insulted.
month, French far-right lawmaker Julien Odoul had requested from a Muslim woman
to take off her veil in a meeting in eastern Besancon and attacked her
the incident, the issue sparked discussions and statements targeting Muslims.
week, an 84-year-old man was arrested after he shot and wounded two people
seriously while they were praying at a mosque in the southern French city of
Sultan Demands Russian Ex-Wife’s Son Be Raised Muslim to Get $250,000 - Report
Islamic upbringing is only one of a set of demands put forth by a settlement
between the Malaysian monarch and his Russian model ex-wife. It appears the
settlement was rejected as it also included a non-disclosure clause.
Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan, former ruler of Malaysia who abdicated the
throne early this year, demanded that his son by his former wife be raised a
Sunni Muslim, but never contact him, if the mother wants to get a $250,000
trust fund, The Daily Mail reported Thursday, without disclosing sources.
demand appears to be a part of a set of what the Mail calls “draconian”
preconditions set forth as a settlement agreement between the monarch and his
former wife - the Russian national and former Miss Moscow, Okasana Voevodina.
report comes in the wake of earlier information that cited an unnamed palace
source who claimed that Sultan Muhammad denied paternity and said the boy could
be the son of “any Asian man.”
purported trust fund would make monthly payments of some $1,500 to the child,
increasing payments as the boy gets older. The sultan allegedly also proposed
an additional $100,000 agreement in ten monthly payments to Voevodina.
to the Mail, the settlement agreement not only demands that the child be raised
Sunni Muslim – which includes attending all required rituals – but that the boy
or his mother never contact the sultan and demands that Voevodina delete all
her social media accounts, which have aggregated over a half a million
followers, and delete all her pictures of the sultan.
top of that, the alleged agreement imposes a strict non-disclosure demand,
which, if violated, cuts Voevodina off from the money. According to reports,
the insistence of a non-disclosure clause was not successful.
proposed trust fund comes nowhere close to what the former beauty queen
reportedly seeks from her royal ex-spouse. If the Mail report is to be
believed, Voevodina originally wanted a settlement of some £20 million, as well
as a Spanish villa.
recently, she altered her demands to $31,000 in monthly child support and a $10
million London apartment. More immediately, she seeks a $1.5 million apartment
says her son has royal blood and his father must provide appropriately. She
reportedly vowed to go to a Moscow court to perform a DNA check to prove that
Sultan Muhammad is the father, the report says.
sultan and the Russian beauty queen married last summer, but before the New
Year their relations had soured, earlier reports said. In January, the sultan
abdicated the throne of Malaysia in an unprecedented move, and later this year
left his wife using the harshest divorce ritual in Islam – by uttering “talak”
three times – which is considered irreversible. According to earlier reports
the marriage was doomed to fail from the beginning as the sultan wanted to keep
the pairing a secret, but Voevodina sought to make it public.
price to pay': Australia urges nations to refuse to pay ransoms to terrorists
has called for greater co-operation globally to help cut off millions of
dollars flowing to terrorist organisations by steadfastly refusing to pay
ransoms for kidnapped foreign nationals.
at a No Money for Terror conference in Melbourne yesterday, Foreign Minister
Marise Payne urged international partners to be resolute in the face of terror
tactics, warning no nation could combat the problem on its own.
said money was like oxygen for terrorist groups and kidnap for ransom was one
way such groups stayed alive.
makes no sense for nation-states to fund both sides of the battle: where we pay
with blood to mount ever more complex and risky counter-terrorism operations,
and then we allow terrorists to nourish their recovery through kidnap for
ransom or the other forms of terrorist financing," she said.
than $US120 million in kidnap ransom funds were channelled to terrorist groups
between 2004 and 2012, according to a recent United Nations report.
amount has increased since the rise of Islamic State, which raised $US45
million from kidnapping between September 2013 and September 2014 alone. In
Africa's Sahel region, kidnapping put an estimated $US89 million in the coffers
of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb between 2013 and 2017.
2017, an estimated 8937 people were kidnapped as a result of terrorism.
Payne said nations needed to work more collaboratively to cut off the threat of
kidnappings by giving travellers more information on the risks in dangerous areas
through government warnings on diplomatic, consular, passport, law enforcement
or travel websites. They also needed to mobilise diplomatic, law enforcement
and intelligence networks faster in the event of a kidnapping.
said there were lessons to be learnt from the Iraq War, during which kidnap for
ransom became a "growth industry" for terrorist groups. More than 15
countries participated in the Hostage Working Group set up in 2004, which
exchanged intelligence and other information freely, and countries pooled their
military and law enforcement resources to get kidnap victims back.
were not left on their own to find their own solution using only their own
resources," Senator Payne said.
she said no member nation was allowed to pay a ransom, whatever happened, in
order to break the business model of the terrorist kidnappers.
an approach could be examined once more and extended more widely," she
said. "It is clearly not in our collective national interests to pay
ransoms. Paying more ransoms means suffering more kidnappings, and then the
demands for higher ransoms per kidnapping will surely follow."
Payne said while governments stood by the families of the kidnap victims by
providing information and support, they must also encourage them not to pay a
course we want our citizens back when they have been kidnapped. However,
returning one of our citizens to safety today is a high price to pay if it
means another is kidnapped tomorrow. And the next day and the next,"
Senator Payne said.
kill three judges, court staffer in southeast Afghanistan
militants have ambushed and shot dead three Afghan judges and a court staffer
while they were traveling from the southeastern province of Paktia to Kabul,
local officials say.
Hasrat, a spokesman for the governor in eastern Paktia province, said on
Thursday that the attack took place in Mohammad Agha district of neighboring
were travelling in a car but were stopped by the Taliban checkpoint on the
road," media outlets quoted Hasrat as saying.
militant group, which has been blamed for previous ambushes on the highway
linking Logar province to the Afghan capital, did not confirm it was behind the
spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said he was not aware of the attack but would
check with local commanders.
insurgents fighting to overthrow the Kabul government have long targeted the
judiciary in retaliation for harsh sentences given to their fighters.
Afghan police casualties mounted, the government this year pulled back from
hundreds of checkpoints in isolated areas that acted as a magnet for Taliban
Afghans complain that militant groups have now set up checkpoints along the
main highways, searching cars and looking for government employees.
Taliban now control more territory than at any point since the US invasion of
the country nearly two decades ago. The United States is desperately trying to
end its longest ever war, but peace talks with the Taliban are currently
the past year, US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay
Khalilzad held nine rounds of negotiations with the Taliban in Qatar, where the
militant group has a political office.
agreement appeared imminent in early September, but a new wave of violence and
the death of a US soldier made US President Donald Trump suddenly call off the
talks. The White House also canceled a truce signing ceremony at Camp David of
which few had been aware.
US-Taliban negotiations centered on the US’s withdrawal of troops from
than 14,000 US troops remain in Afghanistan and Trump has repeatedly expressed
his frustration with their continued deployment. US forces have remained bogged
down there through the presidencies of George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and now
in Afghanistan targeting ex-Soviet countries
Thursday, the chief of Russia's Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov
said that the Daesh terrorist group was setting up a base in Afghanistan to
target former Soviet states using militants from Central Asia.
are seeing increased activities of Daesh branches in Afghanistan,"
Bortnikov he told a regional security forum in Tashkent.
goal is to increase a base to expand into the CIS (ex-Soviet Commonwealth of
Independent States) territory," he was quoted by TASS state news agency as
expansion into the ex-Soviet countries "will be done by militants who are
citizens of Central Asian republics with experience of warfare as members of
terrorist groups," Bortnikov said.
comments come on the heels of an attack Wednesday on a border post in
Tajikistan which officials blamed on members of the Daesh, who crossed over
authorities said 15 attackers were killed and four detained, while a soldier
and a policeman were also killed.
militants have also claimed several attacks in Tajikistan, including a
hit-and-run raid that killed four Western tourists on a cycling trip last
recent years, Daesh has established a foothold in eastern and northern
February, some months after the group's defeat was announced in Iraq and Syria,
the Associated Press reported that the US military was pulling its forces from
a base in Iraq and shifting them to Afghanistan.
report flew in the face of Trump's campaign promises to end Washington's
April, unnamed US officials warned that Daesh-affiliated terrorists of the
so-called ISIS-K group in Afghanistan were preparing to carry out attacks on
the US mainland, the USA Today reported.
Students Protest Over Muslim Professor’s Appointment In Sanskrit Department
appointment of a Muslim assistant professor in the literature department of the
faculty of Sanskrit Vidya Dharm Vigyan (SVDV) of Banaras Hindu University (BHU)
has triggered protests.
scholars and students of the department started a sit-in at Holkar Bhawan near
vice-chancellor’s residence on the varsity campus from Thursday. They played
musical instruments to attract attention towards their demand.
are demanding the cancellation of the appointment of a ‘non-Hindu’.
the BHU administration has made it clear that “the appointment has been made as
per the University Grants Commission (UGC) rules and the BHU Act in a
transparent manner based on the eligibility of the candidate”.
protestors, in a letter to the BHU vice-chancellor Rakesh Bhatnagar, have claimed
that the varsity’s founder, late Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya had termed the SVDV
faculty as the heart of the varsity.
stone plate of the faculty also contains that this institution is for cultural,
religious, historical debates and discussion of Sanatan Hindus and their direct
or indirect branches like Arya Samaj, Buddh, Jain, Sikh, etc.”, the letter
protestors said that despite knowing all these facts, a ‘non-Hindu’ has been
appointed, which seems to be a conspiracy. They allege that as the new
appointment is against the soul and spirit of the institution, it should be
spokesman Rajesh Singh said: “The appointment has been made following an
interview in the ‘Sahitya’ (literature) department of the faculty of SVDV. The
varsity has made the appointment as per the UGC rules and the BHU Act, in which
discrimination on the basis of caste and creed has no place. The appointment
has been made with full transparency and only on the basis of the eligibility
he declined to comment on the protests.
3-4% of Indian police personnel are Muslim, study finds
Delhi: Muslim representation in Indian police has “remained consistently low”
at 3 to 4 per cent, a study by Tata Trusts, the philanthropist arm of Tata
Group, has found.
to the Trusts’ ‘India Justice Report’, the number stood at 8 per cent even for
Jammu and Kashmir, India’s lone Muslim-majority state that was bifurcated into
two union territories last month.
Thursday, the report notes that most states fall short of fulfilling quota
requirements for the Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and the
Other Backward Classes (OBCs) at the level of police officers.
the report states, is the only state to have “very nearly” filled officer-level
quotas in all caste categories.
study is an initiative of Tata Trusts in collaboration with NGOs Centre for
Social Justice, Common Cause, Daksh and Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative,
along with Prayas, a Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) initiative to
help undertrials, and thinktank Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy.
the report makes observations about all states and union territories, the
rankings for justice delivery capacity only accounts for 18 large and mid-sized
states, where “90 per cent of India’s population lives”, and seven small ones.
Information is drawn from government data to assess trends on police, prisons,
judiciary and legal aid across India.
the report does not use a single baseline, instead relying on the date for
which latest data is available under each sub-head — for police, it is 1
January 2017, prisons 31 December 2016, 2018 for the judiciary, and January
2019 for legal aid.
the report identifies Uttar Pradesh as having the worst justice delivery system
among large states, and Maharashtra as the best. Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab and
Haryana follow Maharashtra in the latter category.
presence in police force low
to the report, only 7 per cent of the police personnel in the states studied
are women. There are only four states and as many union territories where women
comprise more than 10 per cent of the police force, the study adds.
18 per cent and 15 per cent, Chandigarh and Dadra and Nagar Haveli,
respectively, have the highest share of women in their police force. Tamil
Nadu, where women comprise 13 per cent of the police force, is the top ranker
among states, followed by Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra, both with 12 per
notable finding of the report is that 47,557 police personnel are deployed to
protect 14,841 VIPs. This conclusion is based on 2012 data from the Bureau of
Police Research and Development (BPR&D).
the study found, also has the lowest incarceration rate (number of prisoners
per 1 lakh population) in South Asia. Thirty-three of every 1 lakh Indians are
in prison, a far cry from the figure for India’s BRICS partners Brazil and
Russia, which clock in at 301 and 445, respectively. The US has an
incarceration rate of 698.
judge for every 50,000 people
study suggests some startling findings about the Indian judiciary. For example,
it states that there is just one subordinate court (district court, sessions
court) judge for every 50,000 people in 27 states and union territories.
Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, and Andhra Pradesh, this ratio exceeds one
judge for every 1 lakh people. Delhi and Chandigarh have been adjudged
marginally better, with one subordinate court judge for every 35,000 people.
report, however, cautions, “A simple judge to population formula tempts the
conclusion that fewer judges means longer waits and higher arrears, but no
direct causality can be readily drawn between the two.”
21 states/UTs, the report claims, a case is pending for five years or more. The
numbers vary greatly within the group, with cases in Gujarat’s subordinate
courts remaining pending for up to 9.5 years on average, the report adds.
Abbas Naqvi to meet Waqf custodians now to allay fears
DELHI: As part of confidence-building campaign, the Centre will hold a meeting
of Mutawalis (custodians) of Waqf properties, such as mosques, dargahs and
madrasas, on Friday, after the scheduled National Waqf council meeting.
affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told ET that the meeting will be held in
Kochi and around 300 custodians of Waqf properties are expected to participate
in it. "The message is to address the apprehension of Muslims with regard
to the religious properties and give them as an assurance that the government
will not allow any violation of law with regard to sentiments of Muslims."
felt a large section of clergy and scholars, particularly of the south were
left out in the meeting, so we want to speak with them too, to address their
apprehensions." A member of the council, Naushad T.O said the meeting is
coming at a time when the "government understands its responsibility to
reach out to the Muslim community which could be feeling vulnerable."
Friday, Naushad added, minister Naqvi is expected make important announcements
to allay the anxieties of the community, with respect to their mosques.
UP Sunni Waqf Board is a defendant in the Babri Masjid demolition case, and has
argued that there is no proof by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to
show that a temple was destroyed to build the mosque at the impugned site,
which is under its possession.
to existing rules, Wakf property cannot be sold under any circumstances but can
be lease for a maximum period of three years, renewed every years.
Habibullah, Former Chairperson of the National Commission on Minorities however
said while the council does have some authority under legislation, the waqf
boards do not really command much influence on the community.
are regarded as mainly instruments of the government. Their responsibility is
to recover Waqf properties, under issues that are defined, and retain their
security, none of which we have been successfully doing. There are huge waqf
properties that have come down since Mughal, much of which has been squandered
or is under illegal possession often with the connivance of waqf boards."
added what the government needs to be doing right now, is reassuring people,
and keep up the vigilance so that the properties under them are not used to
provoke communal feelings. "There are methods of provocation that are
often done such as slaughtering a cow etc. Since the properties are under their
watch, they must be vigilant in these sensitive times."
Masjid Verdict: Maulana Arshad Madani Appeals To All the Countrymen to Accept
The Verdict Of The Supreme Court
Delhi: President of Jamiat-ul-Ulema of India, Maulana Arshad Madani appealed to
all the countrymen to accept the verdict of the Supreme Court which is likely
to be pronounced next week.
further told that it is better in the interest of the solidarity of the country
to maintain communal harmony.
was addressing a press conference in New Delhi yesterday.
also told that his organization made an attempt to resolve it through legal
means instead of taking it to the roads.
order to present the case of the Muslims, competent and experienced lawyers
were engaged who presented the case with concrete evidence.
stated that it is not only the case of the ownership of the property but it is
associated with the supremacy of the constitution and the rule of law.
Muslim outreach to undo damage due to BSPs stand on Article 370 & Triple
DELHI: Mayawati appointing Muslim leaders to the senior posts in the party,
Danish Ali again as Leader of the party in Lok Sabha and Munquad Ali as the
state party president, seems an outreach to the Muslim community after the
perception took root that BSP had let down Muslims on the issues of Triple
Talaq and Article 370.
desertion of the Muslim vote is seen as a strong reason for the party’s
disastrous performance in the recent by-polls in the state where BSP failed to
win a single seat.
this was the first time that Mayawati decided to contest by-polls, the verdict
is seen by observers in the state as a vote of no-confidence in the BSP after
the party abstained from voting during the passage of the Triple Talaq law in
Rajya Sabha and went on to vote in favour of the government on the issue of
abrogating Article 370.
Samajwadi party, which took up cudgels against the government on both issues in
the Parliament, has cornered BSP on the issue and projected itself on the
ground as the true representative of the Muslim interests, a senior Samajawadi
party leader told ET.
person closely involved with the BSP told ET that Mayawati is now impressing
upon her cadres to take the message to people that she did not act under BJP’s
pressure or irection on the issues of Triple Talaq or Article 370 and that the
vote in favour of the latter was in line with Bhim Rao Ambedkar’s vision and
the decision went in favour of the Buddhists of Ladakh. This however does not
explain why the party’s AmrohaMP, Danish Ali, was removed abruptly in August by
Mayawati as the LOP in Lok Sabha and now re-instated again in the post on
Thursday. Ali was said to be against the party’s approach on issues of Triple Talaq
and Article 370 and wanted the party to vote against the Article 370 move like
Samajwadi Party and Congress did.
killed as Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in J&K's Poonch
A soldier was killed as Pakistan violated ceasefire along the Line of Control
(LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district on Friday, an Army official said.
fired at forward posts along the LoC around 2.30 am in Krishnaghati sector in
Poonch, in which the Army personnel was killed, the official said.
troops carried out retaliatory firing, he added.
to Ghulam Nabi Azad on restrictions in Kashmir: Should authorities have waited
for riots to take place?
DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday questioned senior Congress leader Ghulam
Nabi Azad on his opposition to the imposition of various restrictions following
the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir's special status, and asked if the
authorities should have "waited for riots to take place".
an issue like this, why cannot apprehension be there that the entire area or
the place may be disturbed?" a bench headed by Justice N V Ramana asked
Azad's party colleague and counsel Kapil Sibal, who argued that it was a
"colourable exercise of power" on the part of the authorities to
impose restrictions, including on communication and transportation.
senior advocate was arguing that without having materials to support their
apprehensions about danger to public tranquillity, the authorities cannot
impose such restrictions.
argued before the bench, also comprising justices R Subhash Reddy and B R
Gavai, how the government can assume that the entire population would be against
it and there would be law and order problem.
the 10 districts of the valley, was it necessary to paralyse seven million
people like this? They have to show the materials," Sibal said, adding,
"Here, we are not talking about rights of people of Jammu and Kashmir. We
are talking about rights of people of India."
said that the authorities may have apprehensions about law and order problem
there but they need to have materials to back their apprehensions.
bench asked, "Should they have waited for riots to take place?"
to this, Sibal said, "How can they assume that riots will take place? It
shows there is assumption in their minds and there are no materials. They can
have intelligence input to say so."
said that state has wide powers and if the situation arises, the authorities
may impose section 144 (power to issue order in cases of nuisance on
apprehended danger) of the CrPC.
said it is the bounden duty of the State to protect not only the rights of
citizens but also those who are in need.
is happening in Jammu and Kashmir, people of India are entitled to know,"
he said while referring to restrictions imposed on modes of communication
is a complete misuse of section 144 of CrPC. It is colourable exercise of
power. It is constitutionally impermissible," he said, adding, "You
cannot say that everyone living in a district may disturb the peace."
said in an extraordinary situation, it can happen but the authorities must have
materials to back their apprehensions.
said that orders imposing restrictions were passed on August 4, a day before
abrogation of provisions of Article 370 giving special status to Jammu and
you have assumed that the entire population will be against this and on what
basis?" he said during the arguments which would continue on November 14.
bench then told Sibal, "If that is so, then there cannot be any section
144 at any place."
apex court also said in case of curfew imposed in an area, in some
circumstances some people might suffer.
said the government can impose restrictions in certain areas under section 352
(proclamation of emergency) but that has to be passed by Parliament.
said the State should have taken care of exigencies and steps to protect the fundamental
rights, including that of livelihood, of the citizens.
also argued that Jammu and Kashmir has suffered an economic loss of Rs 10,000
crore due to the restrictions imposed there.
the hearing, Sibal also referred to the odd-even road rationing scheme which is
presently in force in Delhi.
about the scheme is odd. Everyone do not have two cars or motorcycles," he
said, adding that he had bought a hybrid car so that he could get exemption,
but this time it has not been exempted.
bench said two-wheelers are exempted in the odd-even scheme.
also said that women, who are driving four-wheelers and are not accompanied by
men, are also exempted from the odd-even scheme.
apex court had on September 16 allowed Azad to visit four districts in Jammu
and Kashmir for assessing the impact on life of daily wagers due to the
situation prevailing after the abrogation of provisions of Article 370.
counsel had earlier told the court that there were reports that daily wagers
involved in farming and working in apple orchards were facing serious problems
and loss of livelihood due to the clampdown prevailing in the state.
counsel had said that Azad had thrice tried to visit the state on August 8, 20
and 24, but was sent back from the airport itself.
Police using drones for surveillance in Ayodhya ahead of SC verdict
With the Supreme Court's verdict in the Ayodhya case expected any day now,
Uttar Pradesh is conducting surveillance with drones in the district.
have deployed drones in Nayaghat, Nageswarnath, Ram ki Paidi, Hanumankupa road
and some areas of Ayodhya. We get a real-time assessment with drone
surveillance. We also can track people with this. Drones are good for the
security purpose," Ayodhya Circle Officer, Arvind Chaurasia told ANI.
order to maintain the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh during and after
the pronouncement of judgement on the Ram Janambhoomi- Babri masjid case, the
Centre has given Uttar Pradesh almost 4000 extra Paramilitary personnel.
central government is aware that even the smallest of security-related
incidents could spark reactions in other states hence there is close
coordination between top security departments of both the centre and UP. Strict
instructions have been given right down to the police station level that no
breach of government directives on security must be tolerated.
five-judge bench of the Supreme Court has concluded the hearing in the Ayodhya
land dispute case and reserved its verdict.
Ajmal writes to Union home ministry seeking ban on book allegedly demeaning
Islam; author denies the claim
as the nation awaits the verdict of the Ram Janambhoomi and Babri Masjid case
with bated breath, Assam MP Maulana Badruddin Ajmal has written a letter to the
Ministry of Home Affairs demanding a ban on a recently published book on Islam
citing a fear that it might cause communal tension.
letter also demands arrest of its writer Satya Ranjan Bora, who is also a
leader in the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of the BJP.
book, written in the Assamese language with the title Islam Aru Quranor Kalankita
Kothabur, was launched in the Guwahati Press Club on Sunday and has attracted a
major controversy in the state.
who leads the All India United Democratic Front, claims in the letter that the
book has severely affected the emotions and hurt religious sentiments of
author of the book has very nastily misinterpreted the verses of The Quran. The
book made fun of the ‘Sunnah’ of our beloved prophet using highly objectionable
language. The book has described the religion of Islam as a threat to other
religions and communities,” the MP said in the letter.
further expressed apprehension that as the judgment on the Babri Masjid case is
likely to be delivered by the Supreme Court soon, this book may create communal
tension affecting the law and order situation in the country, particularly in
book, which is in the eye of the storm, cites 52 verses of The Quran raising
questions on the status of women in Islam, the meaning of Jihad, Islamisation
and also practices like Nikah Halala.
Quran, the word Jihad is used multiple times. In the real world too we have
seen terrorist groups killing people in the name of Allah. Is this what Jihad
means?” Bora told Firstpost.
author also evoked the issue of population control policy adopted by the state
government in Assam which was opposed by Ajmal.
a verse in the Quran, women are compared with fertile agricultural fields. Is
this what the status of women in Islam?” he asked.
the Government of Assam adopted a two-child policy barring anyone to apply for
state government jobs if a person has more than two children. The policy is an
attempt in population control and it seeks to discourage married couples from
having more than two children. However, the policy faced opposition from Ajmal.
will continue to produce children and they will not listen to anyone despite
the government bringing a law to stop Muslims from having jobs," the AIUDF
chief had said.
questioned whether Islamisation through population growth is the motive behind
Ajmal’s opposition to the two-child policy.
it because the Quran has asked Muslim men to consider the women as agricultural
fields that produce crops that Ajmal opposes the two-child policy? Ajmal is
certainly carrying ahead the agenda of Islamisation in Assam. Then why he would
oppose the two-child policy,” he said.
writer also heavily criticised the practice of Nikah Halala in his book.
Assam is a state in which Muslims have a living history of nearly eight hundred
years. The Assamese Muslims, which are divided into three distinct
ethnocultural religious groups, have not only evolved a native Islamic culture
of their own but also have lived in complete harmony with people of different
a study conducted by Tezpur University shows that a number of districts in
Assam which have a denser population of Assamese Muslims have recorded a lower
birth rate among Muslims than Hindus.
the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind also plans to respond to the allegations made by Bora
by publishing a book of their own.
invites Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for Kartapur inauguration
Delhi: Pakistan has invited spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for the
inaugural ceremony of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, which connects Darbar Sahib
in Kartarpur, Pakistan with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district of
opening of the Kartarpur Corridor and promotion of religious tourism also
coincides with your objective of Violence-Free World,” the invitation letter
sent to Ravi Shankar read.
Kartarpur Corridor is set to open on Saturday and both countries are set to
hold ceremonies to mark the occasion.
three-km corridor will allow Sikh pilgrims direct access to the historic
Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, where Guru Nanak Dev passed away in 1539.
corridor will facilitate visa-free movement of Indian pilgrims, who will have
to obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib.
inauguration ceremony for the Corridor on the Indian side will also be held on
Mumbai dialogues based on real phone transcripts of 26/11
Filmmaker Anthony Maras, who helms the upcoming film “Hotel Mumbai”, says he
used transcripts of original phone conversations between the staff at The Taj
Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai and the rescue team during the fateful 26/11
Mumbai” is based on the brutal 26/11 terrorist attacks of 2008. The film stars
Dev Patel, Anupam Kher, Armie Hammer and Nazanin Boniadi.
and co-writer John Collee were not only able to gauge the situation better
through the recordings but these recordings also rendered authenticity to the
said: “It all started when I saw the ‘Surviving Mumbai’ documentary. We got
very easy access to the transcripts and access to the people who have lived
through it. We spent a great deal of time just listening and making the focus
on these stories. We met them in person or via video calls to get access to
just hearing of what these survivors had to say, to know what was it to live
through such an experience.”
Mumbai” will release on November 29, in Hindi, English, Tamil and Telugu
Arabia calls on Iran to fully cooperate with UN nuclear watchdog
Arabia has affirmed its support and appreciation for the efforts of the International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and its inspectors’ professionalism and high
to the report by Saudi Press Agency (SPA) from Vienna, this came in a speech
delivered by Prince Abdullah bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi Ambassador to
the Republic of Austria and the Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the
United Nations and international organizations in Vienna.
special session of the IAEA Board of Governors was held on Thursday concerning
the implementation of the safeguards agreement under the Non-Proliferation
Treaty and the Additional Protocol in Iran.
Abdullah indicated that the Deputy Director-General’s briefing on Iran dealt
with its delay in providing adequate information consistent with the results of
testing samples taken by the IAEA from an undisclosed site where nuclear
materials were detected and this site has been cleared before being visited by
the IAEA inspectors without providing any logical explanations identical to the
analysis and testing of the samples during the last 11 months.
his speech, Prince Abdullah expressed the Kingdom’s condemnation of Iran’
ongoing pursuit of this approach. He said the Iranian regime’s history is
replete with deception and evasion, including the concealment of sensitive
parts of its nuclear program, which undoubtedly confirms Iran’s non-peaceful
program and its ambition to possess nuclear weapons.
Abdullah also expressed the Kingdom’s happiness at the arrival of the detained
inspector from Iran to the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, noting that the
complacency in taking deterrent measures and actions against Iran for its
actions against persons enjoying the privileges and immunities being guaranteed
to them by international treaties inside the Iranian territory, will encourage
its regime to repeat them in the future, especially in light of its record of
such violations and lack of respect for international conventions and norms.
Saudi envoy to the UN also stressed the need to call on Iran to fully cooperate
without delay with the IAEA in providing the information required, and to
respect the immunities and privileges of IAEA inspectors, in addition to
providing the appropriate conditions for them to do their work properly.
Abdullah also called on the Agency to intensify verification and monitoring
efforts in Iran in order to unveil more information concerning its nuclear
activities, and any other undeclared sites that Iran is likely to use in this
regard, especially in light of hostile policies towards the countries of the
region and the world at large, and its tendency towards expansion and
recruitment of Twitter workers reflects insider risks
that two former Twitter employees spied on users for the Saudi government have
spotlighted the threat posed by insiders who exploit their access to the
mountains of sensitive data held by tech companies.
Twitter case adds an alarming international dimension to the longstanding
problem of rogue employees who steal information or snoop on others.
stupid to think foreign intelligence services would spend tens of millions
trying to hack a company like Twitter when they can pay less than $100,000 to
bribe employees," cybersecurity expert Robert Graham of Errata Security
said on Thursday.
insider access isn't easy, despite the availability of tools to do so, experts
say. Yet the wealth of data that these companies have turned them into
that provide email, social media, search and other services have troves of
personal data, including users' location, hobbies, political views and connections
to other users. Many services also have users' private emails and other
activists fearing repercussions might use a pseudonym in public posts, that's
ultimately tied to a real account. An employee can look up the email address or
phone number used to sign up and the locations used to access the app.
coordinated spying effort unveiled on Wednesday included the user data of over
6,000 Twitter users, including at least 33 usernames for which Saudi Arabian
law enforcement had submitted emergency disclosure requests to Twitter,
big tech platforms already take measures to prevent employees from abusing
their position to spy on a crush they saw on Tinder.
well-instructed moles working for foreign governments is a "whole
different kind of problem" because they may be cannier about what data
they access and how to justify it, said John Scott-Railton, a researcher with
the internet watchdog Citizen Lab.
said companies can erode collaboration and trust if they put up too many silos,
but they become a target if they put up too few.
federal complaint in San Francisco alleged that the Twitter employees were able
to access the private data, including a user's email account, despite holding
jobs that didn't require access to Twitter users' private information. That
violated company policy, according to the complaint.
Abouammo and Ali Alzabarah were charged with acting as agents of Saudi Arabia
without registering with the United States government. Prosecutors say they
were rewarded by Saudi royal officials with a designer watch and tens of
thousands of dollars funnelled into secret bank accounts.
said in a statement that it "limits access to sensitive account
information to a limited group of trained and vetted employees", but
declined to elaborate on how the breach described by prosecutors happened. A
year ago, after reports first surfaced of Twitter insiders targeting Saudi
dissidents on the platform, the company said that "no other personnel have
the ability to access this information, regardless of where they operate".
not clear how Twitter's security practices compare to other tech giants or if
they have improved since 2015, when Abouammo and Alzabarah stopped working at
the San Francisco company.
Facebook and Apple didn't respond to email and phone requests for comment on
Thursday on how they prevent rogue employees from accessing users' email and
other online services. Microsoft, which owns LinkedIn, declined comment.
should not assume that the Saudi government is the only government that has
thought about doing this," said Suzanne Spaulding, a former undersecretary
for cybersecurity at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
said tech companies that are holding so much private data need to do a better
job of segregating that data and limiting who can see it.
are people who didn't need access to this information to do their job,"
she said of the indicted former Twitter employees.
Williams, president of Rendition Infosec and a former U.S. government hacker,
said no one should be surprised when a foreign intelligence service infiltrates
a big tech company. He said better auditing inside company networks can detect
often, logging is written purely for the purposes of troubleshooting outages
and service issues, not tracking insiders," he said.
Tarik Saleh, a security engineer at DomainTools, said it takes resources for
companies to look for anomalies in employees' access to data. While artificial
intelligence systems in recent years have had moderate success in automatically
scanning for unusual activity, "once you're in the weeds, it's extremely
difficult", he said.
few organisations can do it right, even sophisticated ones like the NSA or the
Cole, chief technical officer at Attivo Networks, said that rather than focus
solely on detecting unauthorised access, it's better for companies to limit
data access to authorised individuals to begin with. Such systems can also flag
unauthorised attempts, he said.
cybersecurity firms offer not just monitoring but active measures to try to
detect employee misbehaviour such as introducing as bait bogus data with
commercial value and seeing if workers suspected of previous wrongdoing take
that bait, said Alex Holden, chief security officer of Hold Security in
said tech companies particularly social media and email providers must
recognise that they will be targets of insider threats given the types of
information they hold.
talked to them about it for years and they've kind of listened with half an ear
maybe," former FBI counterintelligence agent Frank Montoya said.
said the new cases of data abuse that pop up every month point to "a certain
amount carelessness among companies". Facebook recently made headlines
when it disclosed that it had left millions of user passwords exposed on its
network in plaintext that should have been encrypted.
then there was the CapitalOne hack, in which a former Amazon Web Services
employee who knew her way around the network stands accused of obtaining
records on roughly 100 million people.
recently, tech companies were also routinely letting employees and contractors
review users' audio interactions with digital assistants. While that was done
to improve services, many of the conversations leaked.
in Hezbollah stronghold continue despite intimidation
on top of a truck blasting revolutionary music through the Lebanese city of
Baalbek on Tuesday evening, 36-year-old Adel Dalati, a school supervisor,
screamed encouraging words into a microphone to the crowd behind him: “You are
free people! You are those that fear no-one! You are the real heroes!”
below on the pavement, a coffee vendor smiled. “My heart grows bigger,
honestly. We have not seen such unity in Lebanon’s history,” said 45-year old
attempts by Hezbollah supporters to intimidate them with violence or indirect
pressure, protesters have continued gathering in Baalbek to demand the ousting
of their leaders, three weeks since a suggested tax increase sparked the
country’s biggest demonstrations in decades in Lebanon.
in the south east of Lebanon, is a Hezbollah stronghold where peddlers sell
yellow t-shirts labelled with the party’s green logo to tourists visiting its
monumental Roman ruins. Giant portraits of the group’s leader, Hassan
Nasrallah, are everywhere.
is also one of the country’s main poverty pockets, along with Tripoli in the
North and Sidon in the South, where corruption and lack of basic services such
as healthcare and education are more acutely felt than in the rest of the
Hezbollah, a party that traditionally prides itself on helping the poor, has
strongly pushed back against protests that have directly targeted the
corruption of the ruling elite that has ruled the country since the end of the
civil war in 1990.
Shiite group, which built its legitimacy in the eyes of the Lebanese public
through its armed resistance against the 18-year-long Israeli occupation of
South Lebanon, has been represented in Parliament for 27 years and in
successive consensus governments for 14 years.
leader, Hassan Nasrallah, has warned his followers that protesters are
manipulated by political parties. Supporters of Hezbollah and its Shiite ally
Amal attacked protest groups in Beirut, Tyre and Nabatieh.
a result of Mr Nasrallah’s warnings and the ensuing violence, protests in the
party’s strongholds have quietened down. Numbers have also diminished in areas
outside of Hezbollah’s control as roadblocks are lifted and many Lebanese go
back to work.
Baalbek, a Shiite majority city, protesters were careful to not directly attack
Hezbollah. Instead, they slammed all Lebanese political parties, accusing them
of mismanagement, and called for them to resign.
exception was 28-year old Hiba Al Chayah, who recounted how Hezbollah
supporters fired gunshots in the air as they drove through the crowd during the
first days of the protests, forcing them to relocate from the entrance of
Baalbek to a square that faces the Roman ruins where traffic is less dense.
were afraid and stopped coming for a bit but now, thank God, they have come
back,” she said, a few minutes before the march through Baalbek’s market took
am not afraid,” she laughed. “Shooting happens all the time in Baalbek. This is
one of the reasons why we are protesting. We want the government to bring this
area under the rule of law.”
traditional divisions among sectarian lines, protesters saluted Lebanese cities
that have taken part in protests since October 17, from Christian-majority Jal
el Dib to Sunni Muslim Tripoli
closely watched the dozen or so protesters marching through the city’s markets.
Though joyful music was blaring, the atmosphere surrounding participants, who
called loudly for others to join them, was sometimes tense.
group of men standing on the pavement said they were there to protect
protesters against “problems”. Asked what those could be, they declined to
specify, answering instead that “all of Baalbek is with them”.
protesters were women, waving small Lebanese flags and carrying placards with
slogans directed against Lebanese politicians including: “There is no trust, no
why the crowd was mostly female, one of the protesters said local thugs had beaten
up male protesters, discouraging them from joining.
she spoke, men crowded around her to listen to what she said to a foreign
journalist. The woman, who asked not to be named, stopped speaking, hinting
that the situation was dangerous for her.
next day the same protester wrote in a text message: “Parties dominate our
country and every party controls a region. Baalbek is subservient to one of
them. Because of this, there is danger”. She did not mention Hezbollah.
activist, Mohamed Dib Osman, said that his car was destroyed one night soon
after protests started, but that he did not know who was behind the attack.
course, there has been pressure from the parties in charge here. They told
people on Whatsapp and Facebook not to go out, that [bad] things would happen”
he told The National.
if those parties were Hezbollah and Amal, he answered, “Hezbollah, Amal, all of
them, including [the Prime Minister’s Sunni-majority] Future Movement. They are
the protest wound down, protesters lit their phones and sang the mournful
anthem, My Homeland, which has rallied protesters all over the Arab world from
Iraq to Palestine and Lebanon.
off the truck, Adel Dalati said he was proud that Baalbek was also part of the
say that in Baalbek people do not take to the streets, that people here just
follow a party. We told them, today you will see our response. We will get
bigger and bigger until we get our rights,” he said. “Today, we showed that
Baalbek is united in its pain.”
closely, a local restaurant-owner shot back: “if you dare cut the roads in
front of my restaurant, I will kill you.”
discussion quickly became heated as both men accused each other of not
representing people’s demands.
Kurds Resume Fight Against Islamic State, Leader Says
Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have resumed operations alongside the
global coalition fighting Islamic State, a sign that ties between the U.S. and
the Kurds are mending after Turkey sent forces across the border to establish a
safe zone in northeastern Syria.
SDF is “resuming its joint program of work” to combat Islamic State and to
secure infrastructure in northeastern Syria, Kurdish General Mazloum Abdi said
on Wednesday on Twitter. The work will depend on the “current stage and new
developments on the ground,” he said.
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a result of series of meetings with Coalition leaders, #SDF is resuming its
joint program of work with the Coalition to combat #ISIS and securing the
infrastructure of NE #Syria. According to the current stage and new developments
on the ground.
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Donald Trump was widely criticized last month for giving the green light to
Turkey to launch its military operation against the Kurdish fighters. The
decision was criticized by both Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Congress,
where Trump’s move was regarded as the betrayal of a loyal ally and bulwark
against Islamic State.
warned after Turkey’s move that the SDF wouldn’t be able to fight Islamic State
and Turkey at the same time and that his fighters would be forced to abandon
prisons they’ve been guarding that hold Islamic State prisoners.
James Jeffrey, the U.S. envoy for Syria engagement and the special envoy to the
coalition to defeat Islamic State will meet senior Turkish leaders and members
of the Syrian opposition in Ankara and Istanbul from Nov. 8-9, the State
Department said on Wednesday.
IS militants killed in eastern Iraq
Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi security forces Wednesday killed three Islamic State
(IS) militants, including one prominent IS leader, in a military operation in
Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, a security source said.
on intelligence information, Iraqi security forces carried out artillery shells
against an IS hideout in a village, some 60 km north of Diyala's capital city
of Baquba, Alaa Alsady, a police officer from Diyala province told Xinhua,
adding the bombing killed the IS leader and his two companions.
joint force of the Iraqi army, police and paramilitary Hashd Shaabi units has
been conducting search operations to track down the remnants in the northeast
of the province.
security situation in Iraq was dramatically improved after Iraqi security
forces fully defeated the extremist IS militants across the country late in
PM: We are working on budget to help manage Iraq's economy
is working on a budget that would help manage the country's economy, Iraqi
Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi said on Thursday.
Mahdi said that the challenges on the country have increased, adding that the
majority of countries suffer from debt.
projects would waste thousands of jobs, the prime minister said, referring to
mass protests that have caused unrest across Iraq in recent weeks.
Hariri meets Aoun, says will continue talks
caretaker Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri met President Michel Aoun on Thursday
and said after the meeting he would continue to hold talks with the head of
state and other parties.
resigned as prime minister last week.
block Bank of Lebanon entrance, prevent staff from entering building
blocked the entrance of a branch of the Bank of Lebanon in Tripoli on Thursday,
and prevented staff members from entering the building.
move came amid continued disruption on the twenty-second day of protests across
Akkar in north Lebanon, students staged a sit-down outside of their high
schools, reported Lebanon's National News Agency (NNA). Students also protested
elsewhere in the country, including in Batroun.
Wednesday, students had protested in front of the Ministry of Education in
Beirut, giving renewed momentum to the protests during their third week.
government, the speaker of parliament and leader of the Amal political party
Nabih Berri reportedly met with Salim Sfeir, the Head of the Lebanese Banks
Association, according to the NNA. Lebanon's banks have suffered during the
crisis, with many remaining closed.
agency Fitch further downgraded on Wednesday one of Lebanon's largest lenders,
Byblos Bank, due to its substantial exposure to the country’s central bank.
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of the United States Donald Trump recently launched a military operation which
claimed the life of Daesh terrorist leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. In Trump’s
address to the US public he also claimed to have defeated one hundred percent
of Daesh’s Caliphate. But is the United States actively working with ex-Daesh
militants to hold Syrian oil?
the recent withdrawal of U.S. support for the Kurdish group known as the Syrian
Democratic Forces (SDF), previously holding the North East of Syria, the United
States has attempted to shelter its one true interest in Syria, the Dayr
al-Zawr oil fields.
Trump has publicly spoken on a number of occasions about locking down Syria’s
oil and it looks as if he is moving towards just that. Trump even indicated on
twitter that Syria’s Kurds should abandon their homes and move south towards
Dayr al-Zawr province, towards the oil, revealing the lack of compassion felt
towards the Kurdish people of the region.
US is on the oil to stay
Trump administration announced that they were initially intending to withdraw
from North Eastern Syria. But now it seems that this was nothing more than
Public Relations stunt, done only to serve the Trump’s re-election campaign
U.S announced an initial peremptory withdrawal of 100 troops on the 6th of
October, later announcing a withdrawal of 1,000 U.S. personnel, which we then
found out were being redeployed to Iraq. The troops were also put on standby,
to re-enter Syria if combating Daesh was required.
despite it looking as if Trump had stuck to his words and was withdrawing from
Syria, something very different was happening. The U.S. were in fact shifting
their presence towards the al-Omar oil fields in Dayr al-Zawr.
late October the U.S. President decided to redeploy hundreds of troops to
Syria, in order to lock down the oil of Syria. The Syrian oil fields of the
Dayr al-Zawr province are after all considered a foreign asset under the United
States Department of the Treasury.
an official twitter account belonging to a United States Military Spokesman, in
part confirmed the nature of the new redeployments to Dayr al-Zawr’s oil sites.
The account confirmed that M2A2 Bradley fighting vehicles are now being used in
Syria. This is significant because it proves a shift in the type of military
United States seems to be withdrawing its mobile units, which possess greater
mobility and light fire power, for heavy fire power units with less mobility.
With the usage of smaller mobile units, assumed to have been operated by
Special Forces, it may have previously appeared that U.S. military was planning
a temporary stay in the region. However, now that it is using heavy mechanized
units, which require more resources to service them, it indicates that their
stay may be much longer than previously assumed.
works with former Daesh militants to hold Syrian oil
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the late stages of October 2017, as the U.S. backed SDF forces advanced towards
the al-Omar oil fields in Dayr al-Zawr province, reports began to surface of
Daesh defectors joining the ranks of a specific division of the SDF. That
division they joined is known as the Dayr al-Zawr Military Council.
Dayr al-Zawr Military Council was involved in the Island Storm Operation of the
SDF against Daesh in Syria’s East and is even treated as a suspect group under
the SDF. Vice News has even reported that their journalists were advised to
stay away from those in the Dayr al-Zawr Military Council as they were not a
trusted group and had shady connections.
Dayr al-Zawr Military Council in addition to being an untrusted group by the
SDF, is also the only group attached to the SDF, which has filmed its members
committing war crimes such as gunning down captives in cold blood.
group is now one of the groups trusted by the United States, to help them guard
their oil from potential enemies who may seek to take it away, this includes
the Syrian government's forces who are the only ones with a legally justifiable
claim to the resources.
Salman hosts CIA chief in Riyadh
King Salman on Thursday met Gina Haspel, director of the Central Intelligence
Agency, in Riyadh.
the meeting, they discussed topics of mutual interest.
meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, Interior
Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif, State Minister Dr. Musaed
Al-Aiban, Chief of General Intelligence Khalid bin Ali Al-Humaidan, and US
Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Abizaid.
Salman also met Edgars Rinkēvičs, the Latvian foreign minister, and his
the meeting, they discussed ways to develop and strengthen relations between
the two countries.
on Thursday, the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) received Rinkēvičs to discuss
bilateral relations between the two countries.
praised strategic relations between the two countries, noting the efforts of
the Saudi leadership.
minister said that he looks forward to future cooperation between CSC and its
counterpart in the Latvian market in education, health care, the environment,
the pharmaceutical industry and IT.
Vice Chairperson Abdullah Al-Adeem said that delegation exchanges between the
two countries contributed significantly to the growth of bilateral relations,
adding that despite efforts, trade remains modest at around SR342 million ($91
million) in 2018.
urged an increase in the exchange of information to keep abreast of the latest
opportunities in both markets, and to hold exhibitions to highlight their
World League chief honored in US for promoting peace, global harmony
The head of the Muslim World League (MWL) has been honored for his global peace
efforts, during a tour to the US.
Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa was presented with a medal by the National
Council on US-Arab Relations for his “highly valued” international work to
promote harmony among nations.
the MWL’s secretary-general met with US congressman John Curtis, and discussed
a number of topics of common interest. Curtis praised Al-Issa’s important role
on behalf of the MWL in strengthening ties between countries and peoples, and
he hailed the league’s efforts in combating extremism.
also held talks in Washington, DC with Michigan representative, Debbie Dingell,
who lauded his work in encouraging religious minorities to adapt in their
communities, emphasizing that they had benefited from these efforts in her
state of Michigan, which had the largest Muslim community in the US.
secretary-general said the approach adopted by the MWL was to constantly call
on Muslims and all minorities to abide by the constitutions and laws of their
countries, and not to receive religious fatwas from outside parties which had
nothing to do with where they were living.
addition, Al-Issa met with the chaplain of the US Senate, Dr. Barry Black. They
reviewed a number of topics of mutual interest, most notably the means of
establishing religious and national harmony in societies of religious and
ethnic diversity, and the need for coordination among world faith institutions
in promoting the message of tolerance.
part of his American tour, the National Council on US-Arab Relations hosted
Al-Issa for an open dialogue in the presence of a number of politicians,
intellectuals, media professionals and religious leaders.
5.9 magnitude earthquake kills at least 5, injures 120
An emergency official says a magnitude 5.9 earthquake in northwestern Iran has
killed at least five people and injured 120 others.
Koulivand told state TV about the deaths and injuries early Friday morning.
quake hit at 2:20 a.m. Friday in Iran’s East Azerbaijan province. It says the
temblor occurred at a depth of 2 kilometers (1.2 miles).
US Geological Survey puts the quake’s magnitude at 5.8 at a depth of 10
kilometers (6.2 miles).
earthquakes tend to cause more damage.
26 Muslims elected in Tuesday's off-year elections
a third of the 81 Muslim-Americans who ran for office in Tuesday’s off-year
elections in the U.S. scored electoral victories, according to Muslim-American
total of 26 Muslim candidates emerged winners on Tuesday night, and so far this
year 34 Muslim candidates won state and local elections, said a joint press
release by Muslim advocacy groups the Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR), Jetpac, and MPower Change.
the 34 winners in 2019, 16 are women, said the groups, reporting preliminary
electoral victories clearly indicate that American Muslims are stepping up and
showing their commitment to public service,” said Nihad Awad, the council’s
national executive director.
Muslims are running for office in large numbers because more of us are
realizing that we have a unique perspective that will help fix massive
inequities in healthcare, education, and the criminal legal system,” said
Mohammed Missouri, Jetpac’s executive director.
do Muslim Americans do during a time of heightened Islamophobia under a
xenophobic administration? We run for office and win," said Linda Sarsour,
executive director of MPower Change.
the 26 Muslim candidates who won on Tuesday, 13 were first-time winners, and
the rest were incumbents who were reelected.
immigrant Safiya Khalid, a 23-year-old Democrat who ran for Lewiston City
Council in the state of Maine, won her race by a huge margin despite vicious
racist attacks on her campaign.
organizers beat Internet trolls,” she told supporters after the victory.
win was one of several historic firsts across the country.
Virginia, Ghazala Hashmi became the first Muslim woman elected to the state
senate, while Abrar Omeish became the first Muslim woman to sit on the school
board in Fairfax, an affluent Northern Virginia suburb south of Washington,
Mohamad, also 23, became the first Muslim woman and first Somali elected to the
city council in St. Louis Park, Minn.
Majok, a 34-year-old from South Sudan, became the first refugee elected to
public office in Syracuse, New York.
UK, KSA, Israel, seek the theft of global resources: Writer
United States, Great Britain, Saudi Arabia, Israel, “and their globalist allies
all seek the theft of resources while building a one world system of complete
domination and control over all the world's human and material resources,”
according to Walt Peretto, an American writer and sociopolitical analyst in
shows American made weapons arriving in war-ravaged Yemen secretly as the
country suffers from the ongoing Saudi aggression.
by CNN on Wednesday, the video purportedly shows US-made Oshkosh armored
vehicles in the early morning darkness at the Yemeni port of Aden.
US heavy weaponry and reinforcement were meant to support Saudi Arabia and its
allies in their aggression against the impoverished country.
on this Peretto said, “It's sad and ironic at the same time that US public
information 'experts' spread the blame for the September 11th attacks on Saudi
hijackers with no jet flying skills, Osama bin Laden (a dialysis patient), and
even Saddam Hussein and others...without ever actually addressing the Zionists
and Neocons who actually planned and carried out the attacks.”
spread the blame by hinting that Saudi Arabia was instrumental in the planning
and carrying out of 9/11 - yet the US continues to sell them weapons after
invading Afghanistan and Iraq during the post-9/11 confusion. The Western mainstream media is now reporting
that US weapons are arriving in Yemen to aid Saudi Arabia's campaign against
Yemeni sovereignty. This after the US announced a 110 billion dollar arms deal
with the House of Saud,” he added.
reality, Saudi Arabia, Israel, the United States, Great Britain and their
globalist allies all seek the theft of resources while building a one world
system of complete domination and control over all the world's human and
material resources. Syria and Yemen remain unwilling participants in this
global fantasy--so the United States military machine is now aiding Saudi
Arabia in its bloody aggression against its neighbor Yemen, just as Israel and
the United States employ mercenaries to destabilize Syria...particularly in the
resource rich North where Kurds are used
as pawns as needed,” he noted.
Yemen, US military equipment shipped in to aid the Saudi backed forces is
portrayed by the US media as part of the phony war on terror that has been the
justification of endless US and allied aggression against any country in the
Middle East and Northern Africa that is not led by a globalist one-world
agenda. Fighting against the US backed Saudi aggressors are the Houthi who
receive some aid from Iran. The Western mainstream media hints that the Houthi
are one of the enemies on the war on terror to justify US aid to the Saudis.
When in fact the Saudi/US alliance is actually a globalist agenda and the
Houthi is getting in the way of these goals. Of course American war profiteers
reap the benefits of this multi-billion dollar arms deal as another example of
short term profits for a few individuals while advancing the long term globalist
goals of the finance cartels based mostly in London,” he said.
the globalist one-world proponents to achieve their goals, they must have a
uniform set of information networks to disseminate their propaganda. In the US,
only six corporations own virtually all of the mainstream media. All these
sources receive their information from Reuters which was purchased by the
globalists well over a hundred years ago, and since former President Clinton
signed the Telecommunications Act, all of the US mainstream media now has one
source of information to keep thoughts and ideas uniform without the threat of
independent research and analysis muddying the waters,” he said.
announces reward up to $10 million for two senior Al-Qaeda leaders
The United States on Thursday offered a reward of up to $10 million for
information on two senior leaders of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP),
the State Department said.
Evanoff, the assistant secretary for diplomatic security, told reporters in a
briefing that the department was offering up to $6 million for information on
Sa’ad bin Atef Al-Awlaki and up to $4 million for Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud
Al-Qosi, who he said have encouraged attacks against the United States.
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to investigate 'any' claim of weapons misuse in Iraq
U.S. would investigate allegations of its weapons being used inappropriately in
Iraq, the Pentagon said Thursday amid a mounting death toll among
have a very stringent use requirements, end-user requirements for those we
provide military weapons to for sales," Pentagon spokesman Jonathan
Hoffman told reporters. "And we would investigate any allegation that the
weapons are being used inappropriately, not the manner in which they were
least four protesters were killed by security forces gunfire, and dozens more
injured by live ammunition Thursday in Baghdad.
all, nearly 500 people have been killed in successive waves of anti-government
protests in Iraq that began in October. Thousands more have been injured.
said Defense Secretary Mark Esper sought assurances from Iraqi Foreign Minister
Mohamed Ali al-Hakim and Defense Minister Erfan al-Hiyali "that the
peaceful protests would be observed peacefully and be able to continue."
at the same time we are there at the invitation of the Iraqi government,"
anger has been simmering in Iraq in recent years due to rising unemployment and
rampant corruption. Iraqis have limited access to basic services such as
electricity and clean water.
US cooperated in al-Baghdadi killing'
terror leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed with military and intelligence
cooperation between Turkey and the U.S., said the Turkish defense minister.
had some information military-to-military before the operation. At the same
time, the military people coordinated among them. We wanted our troops not to
cause any conflict,” Hulusi Akar told CNN on Wednesday.
the other hand, between our intel agencies there is very close cooperation, and
I believe they cooperated and coordinated with the information as well,” he
who was born in Iraq, blew himself up during an Oct. 26 raid by U.S. forces in
said the YPG/PKK terrorists did not withdraw from northern Syria in violation
of deals with the U.S. and Russia.
sides, the U.S. and the Russian sides, agree to remove the YPG from those
areas,” the minister said. "But still there are lots of violations
committed by the YPG/PKK terrorists. So we are fighting against them.”
launched Operation Peace Spring on Oct. 9 to eliminate terrorists from
northeastern Syria and create a safe zone along the border, thereby paving the
way for the voluntary return of Syrian refugees.
agreed with Washington on Oct. 17 to pause its operation to allow YPG/PKK
terrorists to withdraw from the planned safe zone.
Oct. 22, Turkey also reached an agreement with Russia on a 10-point plan to
force the YPG/PKK group to withdraw from the planned terror-free zone.
the necessity of a safe zone in northern Syria to bring back refugees, mostly
living in Turkey, to their homelands safely and voluntarily, Akar said Turkey
needs financial support to build a livable place.
whether Idlib has turned into a safe heaven for Daesh/ISIS terrorists following
the operation, Akar emphasized: "It’s not true, it’s impossible."
told Israel to fund Palestinian security forces'
President Donald Trump rejected a request by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu to allow U.S. aid to be transferred to Palestinian security forces
and told aides months earlier that Netanyahu should pay for it, according to a
U.S.-based Axios news site claimed the State Department realized around six
months ago that $12 million in aid to the Palestinian security forces had not
been cut as part of a gradual halt by the Trump administration in all funding
to the Palestinians but was also never transferred to them.
department realized the situation after Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. Ron
Dermer and other Israeli officials told their American counterparts they wanted
the funds to be transferred to help the Palestinian security forces, who were
working with Israelis in the West Bank.
department said in light of Trump’s policy to cut such funding, the decision would
have to be cleared by him.
to Axios, Trump wasn’t convinced.
it is that important to Netanyahu, he should pay the Palestinians $12
million," he told his aides.
money was never transferred.
Trump administration has gradually cut all funding to the Palestinians over the
last two years, and Netanyahu is known to have played a key role in encouraging
it to do so.
welcomes Yemen peace deal between gov't, separatists
U.S. welcomed Wednesday a peace pact between the internationally-recognized
Yemeni government and southern separatists as a "pivotal" step
towards the achievement of a broad political settlement.
are hopeful that with this agreement, all parties will work together to end the
conflict and to achieve the peace and stability that Yemen’s people
deserve," State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.
Tuesday, the deal ends conflict between the internationally-recognized Yemeni
government, and the United Arab Emirates-backed Southern Transitional Council
(STC) over several southern cities.
Deputy Prime Minister Salem al-Khanbashi, representing the Yemeni government;
and Nasser al-Khabaji, the representative of the STC, signed the agreement in
the presence of Yemeni, Arab and other foreign leaders and politicians.
said that through the signing the parties "demonstrated the spirit of
compromise needed from all sides to reach a lasting solution," urging all
parties to commit to its implementation.
Attack In Tajikistan Could Have Broad Implications For Central Asia
deadly attack on a Tajik border post reported early on November 6 is disturbing
for many reasons, including the fact Tajik officials are blaming the so-called
Islamic State (IS) militant group for the assault that authorities say left at
least two security servicemen and 15 militants dead.
alleged attack has raised alarms across the southern parts of Central Asia and
will no doubt be duly noted by the Kremlin, where officials have long warned of
such a possibility. Tashkent, the Uzbek capital, is also sure to take notice.
security officials have given few details about the attack -- just a few
kilometers from Uzbekistan and 60 kilometers west of Dushanbe -- but said in a
quickly released statement by the Border Guard Service that 20 people crossed
from the Qala-e Zal district in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz Province on
November 3 into Tajikistan's Qubodiyon district.
group -- which reportedly included at least one woman, according to the
Interior Ministry -- apparently acquired four vehicles and drove to the
Ishkobod border post in the Rudaki region. Some of the attackers are said to
have acquired five weapons before they were surrounded after a chase and 15 of
them were killed. Five others were allegedly caught a few kilometers away after
fleeing and were detained, the statement said.
released by Tajik officials showed several severely burned bodies surrounding
two badly damaged vehicles, one completely burnt-out. The pictures -- which
included what appeared to be a deceased attacker with his hands bound by
plastic handcuffs -- were deleted later on November 6 from the Interior
now there has been no evidence of militants having crossed from Afghanistan
into a Central Asian country. It is also noteworthy that the northeastern part
of Afghanistan bordering the area near where the attack occurred is known to be
under the control of the Taliban, not IS.
observers have also pointed to the scant details of the attack and question why
the militants would raid a border post to seize weapons when arms are so
plentiful in Afghanistan.
in Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) and the Defense and Foreign
ministries have said for several years that the IS presence in Afghanistan is
growing and could threaten Central Asia.
Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev made such points during a two-day
visit to Dushanbe and Tashkent on October 30-31, warning of "challenges
and threats to security" in the region.
officials have estimated there are thousands of IS militants in northern
Afghanistan near Central Asia.
before this attack there was no evidence of an incursion into Central Asia by
Islamic militants from Afghanistan, though there was a deadly assault on
foreign bicyclists near the town of Danghara in July 2018.
small group of men who had recently sworn allegiance to IS used a car to ram
into the bicyclists and then attack them with axes and knives, killing four.
Security forces killed four of the assailants and captured a few others, all of
whom had been living in Tajikistan.
Eyes On The Frontier
identities of those involved in this latest attack have not been revealed by
Tajik authorities but the assertion they came from Afghanistan heightens
security concerns not only on the Tajik-Afghan border, but also along
Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan's borders with war-torn Afghanistan.
of those latter countries is a member of the Russia-led Collective Security
Treaty Organization, where Russian officials have been ringing the alarm bell
about IS in northern Afghanistan for several years.
there was a meeting on November 6 in Tashkent involving officials from the
Russia-led Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Shanghai
Cooperation Organization (SCO) discussing how best to combat terrorism.
officials have increasingly referred to Central Asia's border with Afghanistan
as the "CIS southern border" and chided Turkmenistan for not
cooperating with the organization's security efforts.
member China has also helped Tajikistan shore up security in its sparsely
inhabited, eastern mountainous regions to prevent militants in Afghanistan from
penetrating Tajikistan and crossing into China.
will likely follow the progress of Dushanbe's investigation into the November 6
attack with great interest.
day of the attack is also notable as it comes on Tajikistan's Constitution Day,
with November 6 being the day, 25 years ago, when Tajiks approved a new
constitution and Emomali Rahmon was elected president for the first time.
the motive for the reported attack and whomever the alleged attackers were, the
problem is that IS is being blamed for an attack in Central Asia that was
carried out by people who allegedly came from Afghanistan.
no compelling evidence surfaces to refute the Tajik government's version of
events, then the Central Asian countries, Russia, and China may have to
reformulate their strategies based on real -- not hypothetical -- threats in
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podcast for RFE/RL.
preachers must speak German to work in the country under proposed law
imams who work in Germany will in future have to prove they can speak the German
language, under a draft law for religious leaders introduced by the government.
bill, which passed cabinet on Wednesday, means that foreign preachers will only
be granted work visas if they can demonstrate basic German. They would then
need to show improvements in their language skills after a year in order to
prolong their stay.
it applies to all religious preachers, the coalition treaty signed by the
German government - which includes the rule - specifically refers to imams.
Minister Horst Seehofer hailed it as “a vital contribution for successful
integration in Germany.” The government justified the move by saying that imams
have a central role to play as models of integration for other immigrants, who
often turn to mosques for help when they first arrive.
the media has reported concerns about clerics preaching in other languages for
are no official figures on the number of mosques in Germany, nor on where their
funding comes from. But authorities suspect that Gulf states including Saudi
Arabia have been financing the construction of some mosques in order to spread
the fundamentalist Wahhabi Islam practised on the Arabian peninsula.
Conservatives complain that, as long as imams preach in other languages, they
will feel free to espouse views hostile to democracy.
Germany's Green party attacked the draft law, saying it will exacerbate the
already acute shortage of imams to serve the country’s growing Muslim
population. According to a recent study, over 90 percent of imams active in
Germany come from abroad.
also came from the Islamic community. Bekir Altaş, head of the Millî Görüş
mosque association, said that many Muslim associations had made German language
skills a requirement for preaching in their mosques years ago.
disputes Iran’s allegation UN inspector tested positive for explosives
UN nuclear watchdog disputed on Thursday Iran's allegation that its inspector
was blocked from a nuclear site last week because she tested positive for
suspected traces of explosive nitrates.
canceled the accreditation of a UN nuclear inspector on Thursday, after she
reportedly triggered an alarm last week at entrance to the Natanz uranium
enrichment plant, according to an online post by the Iranian Atomic Energy
IAEO said that the inspector had “triggered an alarm” which raised concern that
she could be carrying a “suspect product” on her.
Iranian organization said it had reported the incident to UN's International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and notified it that its inspector’s accreditation
had been withdrawn. She had since left Iran for Vienna, where the IAEA is
based, it said, without saying when.
UN nuclear watchdog said on Thursday it “does not agree with” Iran’s claims
that its inspector was tested positive for traces of explosives, calling Iran’s
treatment of the inspector “not acceptable.”
Acting Director General IAEA Cornel Feruta said the IAEA Board of Governors had
been informed “that an agency inspector was last week temporarily prevented
from leaving Iran,” a statement from the agency said.
to the statement, Feruta said: “Preventing an inspector from leaving a country,
particularly when instructed to do so by the Agency, is not acceptable and
should not occur.”
US said Iran’s holding of an inspector from the UN nuclear watchdog was an “outrageous
provocation” during an emergency meeting of the International Atomic Energy
Agency's 35-nation Board of Governors on Thursday on Iran.
detention of an IAEA inspector in Iran is an outrageous provocation. All Board
members need to make clear now and going forward that such actions are
completely unacceptable, will not be tolerated, and must have consequences,”
the US ambassador to the IAEA, Jackie Wolcott, said in a statement to the
European Union voiced ‘deep concern’ over the incident in a statement on
a statement delivered to a special meeting of the International Atomic Energy
Agency (IAEA), an EU representative said: “The EU is... deeply concerned by the
incident concerning one IAEA inspector.”
to a source close to the IAEA, the 35 members of its council of governors will
hold a special meeting dedicated to Iran.
Wednesday, Iran started to inject uranium gas into centrifuges at its
underground Fordow nuclear facility, according to reports from Iranian state
TV. The move is part of Tehran’s fourth step in scaling back its commitments to
the 2015 nuclear deal.
Thursday morning, Iran claimed that the percentage of uranium enrichment in its
Fordow nuclear complex had almost reached the levels it was at before the 2015
Macron says NATO experiencing ‘brain death’
President Emmanuel Macron says he believes NATO is undergoing “brain death,”
lamenting a lack of coordination between Europe and the United States and
aggressive actions in Syria by key member Turkey, in an interview published
we are currently experiencing is the brain death of NATO,” Macron told the
Economist magazine in an interview.
have no coordination whatsoever of strategic decision-making between the United
States and its NATO allies. None. You have an uncoordinated aggressive action
by another NATO ally, Turkey, in an area where our interests are at stake,” he
whether he still believed in the Article Five collective defence guarantee of
answered, “I don’t know,” although he said the United States would remain an
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in Leipzig ahead of the 30th anniversary on
Saturday of the fall of the Berlin Wall that is seen by many as NATO’s crowning
achievement through its four-decade-long role blunting Soviet expansionism,
said the alliance was perhaps one of the most important “in all recorded
has said there is a lack of strategic coordination between European allies on
the one hand and the United States and Turkey, with NATO’s second largest
military, on the other.
France has traditionally had an ambivalent role in NATO, taking no part in its
strategic military planning from 1966-2009 despite being a founding member,
Macron’s comments - a month before NATO’s December 4 summit in London - were
Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and many allies want to project an image of
unity at the summit at a time of rising Chinese military might and what NATO
leaders see as Russian attempts to undermine Western democracies through cyber
attacks, disinformation campaigns and covert operations.
was shaken by Trump’s portrayal of it as being in crisis at the last summit in
Brussels in July, and its image of unity took a hit when Turkey defied its
allies to launch a military incursion into Syria on Oct. 9.
had earlier decried NATO’s inability to react to what he called Turkey’s
“crazy” offensive and said it was time Europe stopped acting like a junior ally
when it came to the Middle East.
his interview, he also said the United States was showing signs of “turning its
back on us”, as demonstrated by Trump’s sudden decision last month to pull
troops out of northeastern Syria without consulting the allies, the French
Chancellor Angela Merkel said he was overreacting.
French president has found rather drastic words to express his views. This is
not how I see the state of cooperation at NATO,” she told a news conference
alongside Stoltenberg in Berlin.
told Reuters that NATO had overcome differences in the past, citing the 1956
Suez Crisis and the 2003 Iraq War.
seen by some as a Cold War relic until Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, NATO
needs all its 29 allies on side as it confronts militant attacks in Europe and
seeks to defend against the threat of ballistic missiles from Iran to North
lauded nascent European defense integration initiatives independent of the
United States. His so-called European Intervention Initiative has so far
brought together nine willing militaries ready to react to crises near Europe’s
borders without NATO or the United States.
European Union has also recently launched its own multi-billion-euro defense
plans to develop and deploy military assets together after years of spending
cuts that have left European militaries without vital capabilities and reliant
European Union cannot defend Europe,” Stoltenberg said in a speech in Berlin.
taking office in 2017, Trump has accused European NATO allies of not
shouldering their fair share of the cost of defending Europe. He demanded they
double NATO’s defense spending goal of 2% of economic output, set in 2014.
retorted that security is not just about spending targets, but all have since
raised their defence outlays, though some remain short of the 2% objective.
a change of policy, German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on
Thursday Berlin would spend 2% of its economic output on defense by 2031,
belatedly reaching the goal
by NATO leaders five years ago.
with its military bases in Europe and nuclear warheads stored in five NATO
countries, the United States remains the ultimate protector of European
democracies against an increasingly assertive post-Soviet Russia.
criticism for EU over Syrian refugee policies
again the subject of EU asylum policy has been debated in the European
Parliament. This time the focus was on reports that refugees are being forced
to move from Turkey into war-torn northeastern Syria.
European Commission says the EU would never fund such returns but scepticism
surrounds this pledge. In 2015 the bloc gave six billion euro to Ankara as part
of what would become the EU-Turkey deal. Campaigners say the aim was to prevent
desperate refugees from reaching the EU.
groups accuse the EU of breaking international laws by creating a so-called
'Fortress Europe' but some believe tight border controls are necessary given
that so many EU citizens travelled to Syria and Iraq to join Daesh.
of the 5.6 million Syrian refugees in the world, Turkey is hosting 3.7 million,
according to the UN.
Germany gripped by surging xenophobia, Islamopobia
marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall this week, but
growing xenophobia and Islamophobia in especially formerly communist East
Germany is seriously threatening the country's national security.
decades after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, German authorities are grappling
with the rise of far-right ideology in the eastern part of the country.
most damning evidence is the rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany
(AfD) party, which crept into the Bundestag in 2017; in parts of eastern
Germany it is the most popular party.
AfD is in fact riding a shocking rise of German Islamophobia and xenophobia. In
its annual report on the state of German unity, the German government has
warned that Eastern Germany's xenophobia represents a danger to social harmony.
attacks against refugee centers and Islamic centers in Eastern Germany are
proof of the fact that these xenophobic violent acts are a serious danger to
Germany's national security.
case in point was the East Germany-based neo-Nazi terror cell the National
Socialist Underground (NSU) which was involved in anti-foreigner killings from
took German authorities almost a decade to connect 10 murders against mostly
Turkish business owners and trace them to the NSU, sparking an investigative
committee in the German Parliament and a national outcry about authorities'
blind spots to right-wing terrorism.
NSU's racially motivated attacks still resonate to this day. Over the past
week, high-level politicians from parties representing the whole German
political spectrum have received death threats.
past summer, one of those threats became reality when regional politician
Walter Lubcke was gunned down in his home in central Germany. And in October, a
right-wing extremist gunman killed two in the eastern city of Halle, after
failing to gain entry into a synagogue to carry out a massacre on a Jewish
half of the German population has concerns about Islam, according to a recent
study on democracy and religious tolerance. But what is the reason behind the
negative feeling toward Islam felt by many?
Germans are generally viewed as tolerant, their attitude toward Muslims is
different. This is indicated by a study published by the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s
to the research, the majority of German citizens (87%) are open to other world
52% perceive the religion of Islam as a threat. For Germans living in eastern
states, the number of people who feel this way (57%) is higher than those in
the west of the country where 50% view the religion as a threat.
many people currently see Islam less as a religion than as a political ideology
and therefore exclude it from religious tolerance," said the foundation's
religion expert Yasemin El-Menouar.
her view, social debates and media reports in recent years, which often put
Islam in a negative light, have contributed to these attitudes.
said there was cause for concern because these fears over Islam can be exploited
by far-right populist groups.
to the "Weltanschauliche Vielfalt und Demokratie" (World View
Diversity and Democracy) study, 30% of respondents in the east of Germany do
not want Muslims as neighbors, compared to 16% in the west.
country of over 81 million people, Germany is home to the second-largest Muslim
population in Western Europe after France. Among the country’s nearly 4.7
million Muslims, at least three million are of Turkish origin.
do East Germans feel this way?
to Dresden-based political scientist Werner Patzelt, the reason for the
concerns against Muslims can be traced back to German Chancellor Angela
Merkel's decision to keep the borders open during the height of the refugee
crisis in 2016.
a whole, it's because of the immigration politics of Chancellor Merkel back in
2015," he said.
has had a significant Muslim minority for many years which was a Turkish
minority, without significant problems. This was something that passed as
normal and nothing to worry about."
Patzelt said when Merkel made the controversial decision to allow refugees and
migrants to enter the country, German attitudes changed.
said crimes reportedly committed by asylum seekers and refugees, such as the
cases of sexual assault in Cologne in New Year 2015 "gave reason for
widespread worries" which added fuel to the fire.
it comes to eastern Germany, Patzelt said the region has never experienced
significant immigration from Muslim countries before, and many people did not want
such as the anti-Islam Pegida demonstrations, which started in the eastern
German city of Dresden in 2014, explicitly called for no Muslim immigration
said these protests "gave voice to many east Germans who have the same
because politicians dismissed these demonstrations, anger grew, said Patzelt.
partly explains why far-right parties such as AfD have grown in support,
particularly in eastern German regions.
of force against Iraqi protestors 'deplorable': EU
EU on Thursday voiced concern over ongoing protests in Iraq, saying use of
force against protestors is "deplorable".
repeated calls for restraint, there has been further loss of lives, a great
number of injured and destruction of public and private property.
excessive use of force against protestors is deplorable," EU Foreign
Policy Chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement.
said over the past month, the people of Iraq have exercised their fundamental
rights, which needs to be respected in line with the Iraqi constitution.
reported attacks by armed entities against demonstrators undermine the right to
peaceful assembly and the expression of legitimate demands.
European Union expects perpetrators of all violations to be held
accountable," she added.
bloc also reiterated willingness to support Iraq in its work to address the
least 260 people have been killed and thousands injured in a second wave of
protests in Iraq since last week against deep-seated corruption, unemployment
and lack of basic services.
than 230 people have been killed in a first wave of anti-government protests in
anger has been simmering in Iraq in recent years due to rising unemployment and
rampant corruption. Many people in the country have limited access to basic services
such as electricity and clean water.
Amin draws no connection between radicalism and people's clothing
C Java (ANTARA) - Vice President Ma'ruf Amin affirmed that the choice and
manner of wearing clothing was unrelated to radicalism and intolerance but are
instead closely linked to the public’s thought process and behavior.
made the statement while delivering a speech at an event to inaugurate the
Syubbanul Wathon Hospital in Magelang, Central Java Province, on Thursday, in
connection with a public debate on the issues of religious radicalism and
a public debate is ongoing about intolerance and wearing trousers below the
ankles. Indeed, radicalism and intolerance are actually related to the way in
which one thinks, behaves, and acts that should be corrected," he noted.
highlighted the need to eradicate the intolerant and radical thought and
behavioral process to realize the Onward Indonesia Vision since disunity,
radicalism, and intolerance were apparently the gravels that could debilitate
the nation and pose a hindrance in its path to realizing the vision.
drew a parallel between the Onward Indonesia Vision and an aircraft that must
take off. To this end, both the government and nation should work in unison to
prep it for take-off.
enable us to take off quickly, we must prepare a strong and solid runway. Thus,
the gravels and muddy roads must be removed. If we fail to do that, it is
impossible for us to be able to take off," he noted.
Amin emphasized that wearing niqab, or a piece of cloth that several Muslim
women wear to conceal the entire face except for the eyes and trousers below
the ankles did not reflect the person’s radical and intolerant stance.
public debate on the issues of religious radicalism and intolerance is fueled
by the recent statement of Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi.
was quoted by CNN Indonesia (Oct 31, 2019) as saying that he planned to ban
those wearing niqab from entering the government's compounds and that he would
study it and incorporate the ban in the religious affairs minister's
introducing his new cabinet members on Oct 22, 2019, President Joko Widodo drew
attention of appointed Religious Affairs Minister Razi to the pressing need to
Vice President Amin brought up issues concerning radicalism during his meeting
with Malaysian King Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Al-Mustafa Billah
Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah.
called on Malaysia, along with Indonesia, to develop a peaceful and tolerant
Islam as 'rahmatan lil alamin' (graceful for the universe), so we can prevent
the spread of radicalism in Islam," Amin stated in Tokyo on Oct 22.
pointed out that Indonesia, with the world's largest Muslim population, along
with Malaysia, play a pivotal role in developing Islam wasathiyah, a middle
path or moderate Islam that balances the way of life, avoids extremes, and
believes in moderation. Both countries are expected to maintain peace in
and Malaysia are both Muslim-majority countries. At the same time, the ASEAN is
facing the emergence of radicalism and intolerance," Amin pointed out.
coordinating minister for political, legal, and security affairs Wiranto also
highlighted radicalism as one of the serious tasks that should be handled by
his successor, Mahfud MD.
Ma’ruf calls on Muslims to increase ‘zakat’ to reduce inequality
President Ma’ruf Amin has said the zakat, if managed well, will decrease the
welfare gap in the country. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 8th World
Zakat Forum 2019 in Bandung, West Java, on Tuesday, Ma’ruf said the zakat alms
tax, one of the rukun Islam (five pillars of Islam), could have a direct impact
on the social and economic condition in Indonesia, where 90 percent of the
population is Muslim. “Islam allows everybody to collect as much halal wealth
as possible but there is also an obligation to put aside some wealth to be given
to the poor,” said the senior cleric and former Indonesian Ulema Council
leader. Ma'ruf said the zakat potential in Indonesia was an estimated Rp 230
trillion but so far only about 3.5 percent, or Rp 8 trillion, of the potential
was collected and managed. He expressed concerns over the large unmanaged...
to tighten shariah laws to stem spread of other religions to Muslims
TOWN: Shariah law in Penang will be “improved” to better deal with those
spreading other religions to Muslims.
Chief Minister I Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman (PH-Pinang Tunggal) said there is
already a 1996 state law which prohibits this, with offenders being tried in
Question Time, he said a committee under the Penang Islamic Religious Council
(MAINPP) has drafted a new version of the law, taking into account best practices
from other states.
said under the present law, under Section 5 of the Shariah Criminal Offences
Enactment (Penang) 1996, offenders face a RM3,000 fine or two years’ jail if
convicted of spreading religions other than Islam to Muslims.
this section expressly says it ought to be tried in civil courts, the
enforcement and arrest would have to be done by the police, with the assistance
of the legal adviser of the Penang Islamic Affairs Department.”
was replying to a question by Nor Hafizah Othman (BN-Permatang Berangan).
this week, the opposition bench had raised concerns over the spread of Bibles
in Malay and Christian prayers at a missionary school.
backbenchers had shot down the concerns, saying the Bible issue was an isolated
one and happened five years ago.
religious institutions now but fewer moral values, says Perak sultan
JAYA: Perak ruler Sultan Nazrin Shah says there has been a decline of moral
values among Muslims in the country despite an increase in number of Islamic
said large-scale corruption had recently been uncovered although more and more
from the Malay community were becoming professionals and academics.
the country achieved independence, the Malay-Muslim community only knew the
Malay academic who went by Pendeta Za’ba. You couldn’t find Malay scholars with
the country did not see corruption practised on the scale reported today,” he
said in his speech at the Golden Jubilee celebration of the National Council
for Islamic Religious Affairs Malaysia.
said the Islamic teachings at the time had built strong integrity within the
Malay community which prevented them from committing acts that would threaten
kept many Malay-Muslim officers from doing evil and sinning through breach of
trust, corruption and misuse of power,” he added.
also said Islam used to be taught by teachers who did not have degrees or
diplomas, and who travelled by foot or bicycle to teach at huts and suraus.
he said, they had formed a generation strong in their faith and principles.
said the Islam he was taught emphasised the values of integrity and trust.
the level of poverty so great that it would cause villagers from two different
villages to fight over food that’s not theirs from a lorry spill?
Malaysians sentenced to caning for gay sex under Islamic law
LUMPUR, Nov 7 — Five Malaysian men were sentenced to jail and canings today by
an Islamic court for attempting to have gay sex, reports and an activist said.
have been growing concerns in the Muslim-majority country about the worsening
climate for the homosexual community, and the verdicts follow the caning last
year of two women for lesbian sex.
Islamic court in Selangor state, outside Kuala Lumpur, sentenced four of the
men to six months in jail and six strokes of the cane as well as fines of
RM4,800, newspaper Harian Metro reported.
man was sentenced to seven months jail, six strokes of the cane and an RM4,900
fine, the paper said.
group, who were caught in an apartment outside Kuala Lumpur in November last
year, were reportedly convicted of attempting to have intercourse against the
order of nature, a crime under Islamic laws.
rights activist Numan Afifi, who attended the court hearing, told AFP the
sentences would create a “culture of fear”, adding: “It’s a gross injustice and
terrible for our country”.
operates a dual-track legal system, with Islamic courts handling some matters
for Muslim citizens.
could not immediately contact court officials or the men’s lawyers.
say there is growing pressure on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
(LGBT) community in Malaysia.
well as the caning of the two women last year under shariah law, the Islamic
affairs minister has spoken out against homosexuals and ordered pictures of
LGBT activists to be removed from a public exhibition.
okay if he disagrees, says Anwar after ruler rejects zakat proposal
LUMPUR: Anwar Ibrahim said he accepts the Selangor sultan’s opposition over his
proposal to open up zakat to non-Muslim recipients, saying the matter comes
under the ruler’s jurisdiction.
the PKR president said his call was made in the spirit of a healthy debate as
encouraged in Islam.
the Sultan has decided to disagree, that is okay,” Anwar told reporters today.
only started a new debate about this topic because there has been different
views. I welcome his decision. I just want for us to have the space to continue
a healthy debate,” he said, adding that matters on Islam come under the
jurisdiction of the sultan and the state Islamic council.
is a religious obligation for Muslims who meet several criteria of wealth. A
Muslim owning wealth above a minimum amount is obliged to pay an annual rate of
first made the suggestion to open up zakat to the poor from other religions
during a conference on zakat organised by the Federal Territories Islamic
Religious Council (MAIWP) and UiTM on Oct 30. He also said the proposal would
require fatwa and policy changes.
Fighters Attack Outpost in Tajikistan
Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Najim Rahim
Afghanistan — At least 17 people were killed on Wednesday when militants said
to be members of the Islamic State attacked a checkpoint on the
Tajikistan-Uzbekistan border, the Tajik authorities said.
attack points to the resilience of the Islamic State and its longstanding aim
to spread further into Central Asia from its enclave in Afghanistan. It comes
almost two weeks after the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed
during an American military operation in northwestern Syria. Western officials
had warned that Mr. al-Baghdadi’s death was likely to lead to retaliatory
assailants were killed in the gun battle in Tajikistan, as were a Tajik border
guard and an employee of the country’s Interior Ministry. Five militants were
captured, the ministry said in a statement.
Islamic State has not taken responsibility for the clash, which occurred around
50 miles southwest of the capital, Dushanbe, but the Interior Ministry said
that Tajik officials had learned of the group’s role during “the investigation
and interrogation” of the captured fighters.
attackers are probably our own citizens,” said Umarjon Emomali, a spokesman for
the Tajikistan Interior Ministry.
militants crossed into Tajikistan over the weekend from Kunduz Province, in
northern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said. The fighters passed through the
Qala-e-Zal district, an area where the border is porous because it is almost
entirely controlled by the Taliban, said Mohammad Nabi Gochli, the local police
didn’t raise their flags because they are scared of the Taliban,” Mr. Gochli
said on Wednesday.
Gochli said that he had learned that Islamic State fighters had arrived in his
district roughly two weeks ago, and that they had inhabited a cluster of
villages along the Amu Darya, a river that runs almost parallel to the
governor of Qala-e-Zal, Ahmad Fahim Qarluq, said on Wednesday that an Islamic
State commander had arrived in the district about a month ago from the
southeastern province of Nangarhar and had been recruiting fighters.
told by Mr. Qarluq and Mr. Gochli, the fighters’ spreading from southeastern
Afghanistan and eventually into Tajikistan highlights what could be described
as the slow but steady growth of the Islamic State’s affiliate in Afghanistan,
known as Islamic State Khorasan.
an impoverished former Soviet republic of nine million, fought Islamist insurgents
in a civil war in the 1990s, and it has regularly been plagued by unrest since
then. Hundreds of people from the country are believed to have joined the
May, the group claimed responsibility for the deaths of more than 20 people during
a riot in a Tajik prison east of Dushanbe, along with the release of prisoners
affiliated with the Islamic State.
in July 2018, four touring cyclists — two from the United States, one from the
Netherlands and one from Switzerland — were run down and killed by a carload of
men who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. American defense officials
said the attack was inspired, and possibly even directed, by the Islamic State
leadership in Afghanistan.
group’s affiliate in Afghanistan established a foothold in Nangarhar Province
in 2015, and it has slowly spread elsewhere in the country, including to Kabul,
to have between 2,500 and 3,000 fighters, many of whom are from Tajikistan and
Uzbekistan, the group has established itself as an enduring threat in
Afghanistan despite repeated American-backed military offensives and hundreds
kills an Afghan scholar on travel
has killed an Afghan scholar who was in the way to travel from Baghlan to
northern Kunduz province.
Ahmad Panjshiri, scholar and university lecturer has been killed by the Taliban
militants in a highway between Baghlan and Kunduz provinces, Jawid Besharat,
the spokesperson for Baghlan province confirmed.
incident has taken place on Tuesday in the Hematkhil district of the new
Baghlan city, where Taliban militants have wide appearance, Besharat said.
has not so far commented on this murder case.
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and his Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah have
released their condolence messages saying the Taliban cannot weaken the
cultural and educational sector by showing violence and terroristic acts.
Ahmad Panjshiri was a 70 year old scholar and lecturer at the Kabul University.
Taliban militants killed, detained in Special Forces raids in Helmand and
Afghan Special Forces killed 4 Taliban militants and arrested 9 others during
the operations in Helmand and Wardak provinces.
military officials said earlier today the Special Forces killed 3 Taliban
militants and arrested 6 others in Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province.
officials further added that the Special Forces killed another Taliban militant
during a raid in Sayyidabad district of Wardak and arrested 3 others.
Special Forces also destroyed a cache of weapons during the same raid, the
upcoming Bollywood movie ‘Panipat’ sparks anger among the Pashtun’s of
the trailer of Bollywood movie ‘Panipat‘ released, it sparked anger among the
Pashtun’s tribe of Afghanistan.
Panipat trailer went viral among Afghanistan social media users with many
have welcomed it as the reality of history, while other group have criticized
it, claiming that parts of the history has been forged in favor of specific
Bollywood cinema have recently produced a movie from a 250 year old historic
tale of ‘Panipat‘ war where the Afghan king, Ahmadshah Durrani also called as
Ahmadshah Abdali attacks India and kills at least 70,000 Maratha soldiers in
his first attempt.
is the name of a popular historical conflict between Afghanistan and India in
the eighteenth century.
main characters are Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Kapoor and Kriti Sanson in the lead
movie has been jointly produced by Sunita Gowariker and Rohit Shelatkar under
the direction of Ashutosh Gowariker.
actor, Sanjay Dutt, who has played his role as Ahmad Shah Abdali has recently
tweeted as “ahmad Shah Abdali – Death strikes where his shadow falls”.
movie is to be screened on the 6th of December, Sanjay Dutt has confirmed in a
Shah Durrani also known as Ahmad Khan Abdali was the founder of Durani Empire
and is regarded as the historic leader of Pashtun’s and the founder of the
contemporary state of Afghanistan.
takes most significant step yet away from nuclear deal with world powers
United Arab Emirates — Iran injected uranium gas into centrifuges at its
underground Fordo nuclear complex early Thursday, taking its most-significant
step away from its collapsing 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Tehran
meanwhile also acknowledged blocking an official from the International Atomic
Energy Agency from visiting its nuclear site at Natanz last week, the first
known case of a United Nations inspector being blocked amid heightened tensions
over its atomic program.
then cancelled her accreditation, according to Agence France-Presse.
latest steps put additional pressure on Europe to offer Tehran a way to sell
its crude oil abroad despite the U.S. sanctions imposed on the country since
President Trump unilaterally withdrew America from the nuclear deal over a year
gas injection began after midnight at Fordo, a facility built under a mountain
north of the Shiite holy city of Qom, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran
said. A United Nations official from the IAEA witnessed the injection, it said.
The centrifuges ultimately will begin enriching uranium up to 4.5%, which is
just beyond the limits of the nuclear deal, but nowhere near weapons-grade
levels of 90%.
1,044 centrifuges previously spun without uranium gas for enrichment under the
deal, which saw Iran limit its uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting
of economic sanctions. The deal had called for Fordo to become "a nuclear,
physics and technology center."
acknowledged Fordo's existence in 2009 amid a major pressure campaign by
Western powers over Tehran's nuclear program. The West feared Iran could use
its program to build a nuclear weapon; Iran insists the program is for peaceful
the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said it had blocked the IAEA inspector
from its facility at Natanz, where centrifuges also enrich uranium. Iran said
an alarm went off while she tried to enter the facility, causing officials
there to keep her from going in.
state-run IRNA news agency, citing Iran's atomic agency, said the woman was
stopped "due to concerns over carrying suspicious materials." The
inspector later left Iran without completing her visit, it said.
marks the first known time of Iran blocking an inspector amid the tensions
surrounding its nuclear program. Iran said it planned to address its decision
to block the inspector at a meeting of the IAEA Thursday in Vienna.
officials repeatedly have stressed the steps taken so far, including going
beyond the deal's enrichment and stockpile limitations, could be reversed if
Europe offers a way for it to avoid U.S. sanctions choking off its crude oil
sales abroad. However, a European trade mechanism has yet to take hold and a
French-proposed $15 billion line of credit hasn't emerged.
collapse of the nuclear deal coincided with a tense summer of mysterious
attacks on oil tankers and Saudi oil facilities that the U.S. blamed on Iran.
Tehran denied the allegation, though it did seize oil tankers and shoot down a
U.S. military surveillance drone.
U.S. has increased its military presence across the Mideast, including basing
troops in Saudi Arabia for the first time since the aftermath of the Sept. 11,
2001 terror attacks. Both Saudi Arabia and the neighboring United Arab Emirates
are believed to be talking to Tehran through back channels to ease tensions.
Tribal Leaders in Karbala Meet Iranian Diplomat for Apology
apologized to the Iranian nation and government over the recent attacks against
the Islamic Republic’s mission in the holy Iraqi city in a meeting with
Hosseinian on Wednesday.
tribal leaders said the attackers could not disrupt brotherly and strong
relations between the Iranians and the people of Karbala, adding that Tehran
has stood with the Iraqis during difficult times.
for his part, stressed that the incident would not affect Baghdad-Tehran ties,
and expressed hope that the Iraq unrest would end soon.
on Sunday, a group of so-called protesters scaled the concrete barriers surrounding
Iran’s Karbala consulate and spray-painted scurrilous writings on its perimeter
other demonstrators also threw stones and burned tires around the Iranian
consulate building, prompting Iraqi security forces to fire in the air to disperse
sources said an Iraqi element affiliated to the Ba'ath Party has been arrested
over the attack, but there has been no confirmation from Iraqi officials yet.
Iranian foreign ministry had on Tuesday voiced concern about the dangers threatening
the diplomatic missions amid unrests in Iraq, calling on Baghdad to increase
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi once again condemned the attack
on the Iranian consulate building in Karbala.
added that the Islamic Republic “has conveyed its concerns to the host
government through political channels and stressed the importance of
guaranteeing the security of Iran’s diplomatic and consular missions in Iraq
within the framework of international regulations and conventions”.
Uranium enrichment is at pre-nuclear deal levels
percentage of uranium enrichment in Iran's Fordo nuclear complex has almost
reached pre-nuclear deal levels, Iran said on Thursday.
UN nuclear watchdog policing the deal told member states in a closed-door
meeting on Wednesday that Iran was enriching uranium to 4.5 percent purity,
above the 3.67 percent limit set by its deal with major powers.
injected uranium gas into centrifuges at its underground Fordo nuclear complex
early Thursday, taking its most-significant step away from its 2015 nuclear
deal with world powers.
meanwhile also acknowledged blocking an official from the International Atomic
Energy Agency from visiting its nuclear site at Natanz last week, the first
known case of a United Nations inspector being blocked amid heightened tensions
over its atomic program.
latest steps put additional pressure on Europe to offer Iran a way to sell its
crude oil abroad despite the US sanctions imposed on the country since
President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from the nuclear deal over
a year ago.
gas injection began after at Fordo, a facility built under a mountain north of
the Shiite holy city of Qom, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said. A UN
official from the IAEA witnessed the injection, it said. The centrifuges
ultimately will begin enriching uranium up to 4.5 percent, which is just beyond
the limits of the nuclear deal, but nowhere near weapons-grade levels of 90
1,044 centrifuges previously spun without uranium gas for enrichment under the
deal, which saw Iran limit its uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting
of economic sanctions. The deal had called for Fordo to become “a nuclear,
physics and technology center.”
acknowledged Fordo’s existence in 2009 amid a major pressure campaign by
Western powers over Tehran’s nuclear program. The West feared Iran could use its
program to build a nuclear weapon; Iran insists the program is for peaceful
the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said it had blocked a female IAEA
inspector from its facility at Natanz, where centrifuges also enrich uranium.
Iran said an alarm went off while the woman tried to enter the facility,
causing officials there to stop here from going in.
state-run IRNA news agency, citing Iran’s atomic agency, said the woman was
stopped “due to concerns over carrying suspicious materials.” The inspector
later left Iran without completing her visit, it said.
marks the first known time of Iran blocking an inspector amid the tensions.
Iran said it planned to address its decision to block the inspector at a
meeting of the IAEA Thursday in Vienna.
officials repeatedly have stressed the steps taken so far, including going
beyond the deal’s enrichment and stockpile limitations, could be reversed if
Europe offers a way for it to avoid US sanctions choking off its crude oil
a European trade mechanism has yet to take hold and a French-proposed $15
billion line of credit has not emerged.
Al-Baghdadi’s inner circle trying to enter Turkey
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that members of slain ISIS
leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s “inner circle” are trying to enter Turkey from
also added the number of people with family ties to al-Baghdadi who’ve been
caught by Turkey “is close to reaching double digits.”
comments Thursday were his second effort in as many days to publicize Turkey’s
push to catch ISIS members who were close to al-Baghdadi.
is facing criticism that its military offensive to drive Syrian Kurdish-led
forces from northeast Syria would allow for an ISIS resurgence.
and Turkish officials revealed Wednesday that Turkish police detained one of
al-Baghdadi’s wives and a daughter last year.
says U.S. not fulfilling Syria promises, ahead of Trump talks
(Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States and
Russia on Thursday of failing to fulfill their part of a deal for Kurdish
militia to leave a Syrian region bordering Turkey, and said he would raise this
with President Donald Trump next week.
launched an offensive across its border with Syrian rebels a month ago, seeking
to push out Kurdish YPG fighters it sees as a threat to its security. After
seizing control of a 120-km (75-mile) swathe of territory, Ankara reached a
deal with the United States to keep the Kurdish militia out of that area.
is set to discuss implementation in talks with Trump in Washington on Nov. 13.
Turkish officials confirmed on Wednesday that the visit would go ahead, after a
phone call between the leaders.
we hold these talks, those who promised us that the YPG... would withdraw from
here within 120 hours have not achieved this,” Erdogan said ahead of a visit to
Hungary, referring to a deadline set in last month’s agreement.
officials said earlier this week that Erdogan might call off the U.S. visit in
protest at votes in the U.S. House of Representatives to recognize mass
killings of Armenians a century ago as genocide and to seek sanctions on
the deal with Washington, Ankara also reached an agreement with Moscow under
which the YPG was to withdraw to a depth of 30 km (22 miles) along the entirety
of the northeastern Syrian border with Turkey.
Erdogan said this deal had also not been fulfilled, with YPG fighters still in
the border strip, adding that he would hold talks with Russian President
Vladimir Putin soon after his meeting with Trump.
the United States, within the 120 hours, nor Russia within the 150 hours, were
able to get the terrorists to leave the region,” Erdogan told a news conference
considers the YPG a terrorist group because of its ties to Kurdish militants
fighting an insurgency in southeast Turkey since 1984. It has been infuriated
with U.S. support for the YPG, a main U.S. ally in the fight against Islamic
senior U.S. State Department official said late on Wednesday there has been
fighting in the area southeast of the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain. It “is
somewhat in dispute” whether the area is covered by the U.S. or Russian deals,
the official said.
YPG and all armed forces have certainly withdrawn from the vast majority of our
area,” the official said. “Erdogan is never all that specific in his broadside
attacks on us or anybody else.”
Thursday, Erdogan said clashes in Syria were continuing, with 11 fighters from
the Turkey-backed rebel Syrian National Army (SNA) killed on Thursday. He said
“many more” YPG fighters were killed in the clashes.
the two bilateral deals, Ankara stopped its offensive in return for the
withdrawal of the YPG fighters. Turkish and Russian soldiers have so far held
two joint patrols near the border to monitor implementation of their agreement.
began its offensive after Trump announced an abrupt withdrawal of 1,000 U.S.
troops from northern Syria in early October. The U.S. president has since said
that some troops will continue to operate there.
on Wednesday, Mazloum Kobani, the commander of the YPG-led Syrian Democratic
Forces, said the group was resuming work with the U.S.-led coalition against
Islamic State in Syria after a serious of meetings with coalition leaders.
Turkey has been outraged by some U.S. lawmakers inviting Kobani, who it views
as a terrorist, to Washington for talks on Syria.
sources say Trump and Erdogan have a strong bond despite anger in Congress over
Turkey’s Syria offensive and its purchase of Russian air defenses, and despite
what Ankara sees as the U.S. president’s own erratic pronouncements.
personal ties could prove crucial, given NATO member Turkey’s purchase of
Moscow’s S-400 missile defense system, which under U.S. law should trigger
sanctions. Turkey has already been suspended from the F-35 fighter jet program
in which it was both joint producer and customer.
Daesh scenario, new US plot for Iraq will face defeat: Iran's Shamkhani
top security official has denounced plots hatched by the US and its regional
partners for the Middle Eastern countries, saying the new “scenario” for Iraq
will fail like that of the Daesh terror group.
of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said on
Thursday that Washington and its allies have been taking advantage of rightful
economic and social demands by anti-government protesters in Iraq and Lebanon
in a bid to create insecurity and instability in both countries.
on a deep understanding of the people and the unparalleled role of the
religious leadership in Iraq, the scenario by the US and its regional puppets
will fail like the Daesh sedition,” he said.
comments come as Iraq is grappling with anti-government protests in several
rallies have, however, turned violent on several occasions, with so-called
demonstrators vandalizing public property and opening fire on protesters during
recognizing people’s right to peaceful rallies, the Iraqi officials have warned
against violence and attempts by outsiders to take advantage of the chaotic
turmoil comes nearly two years after Iraq declared victory over the Daesh
had unleashed a campaign of death and destruction in Iraq in 2014, overrunning
vast swathes in lightning attacks.
army soldiers and allied fighters launched operations to eliminate the terror
outfit and ultimately managed to liberate their entire homeland from the
Takfiri group in 2017.
religious leadership will counter enemy plots’
another development on Thursday, Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian
Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri warned that the enemies have been
exploiting the Iraqi and Lebanese people’s legitimate rights to bring mercenary
governments to power, adding, however, that the religious leadership and the
people of both countries will counter such conspiracies.
Iraqi and Lebanese governments should resolve their people's problems, whether
there are protests or not, he said, noting, "No one has the right to
meddle in these countries'" affairs.
engineer funneled tech secrets to Iran, FBI says
— The FBI's counterintelligence team has arrested an Ypsilanti engineer accused
of stealing confidential technical data and sending the information to his
brother who is linked to Iran's nuclear weapons industry.
national security case against Amin Hasanzadeh, an Iranian military veteran, is
outlined in a 14-page criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday in federal court in
Detroit. The complaint describes a year-long, coordinated plan to steal
sensitive, confidential data about a secret project involving an aerospace
industry supercomputer and alleges Hasanzadeh emailed the data to his brother
full scope of the investigation was unclear Wednesday and it was unclear
whether the technical information Hasanzadeh is accused of sending to his
brother would help Iran rebuild a nuclear weapons program halted in 2003.
don’t have any concerns that there is a current threat to the safety of the
United States,” FBI Special Agent Mara Schneider told The Detroit News.
42, a hardware engineer who also is a visiting scholar at the University of
Michigan, made an initial appearance in federal court Wednesday and was ordered
temporarily detained until a bond hearing Friday in downtown Detroit. No
defense lawyer was listed in court records.
Iranian-born citizen, who has lawful permanent resident status in the U.S., is
charged with interstate transportation of stolen property and fraud for
allegedly lying about serving in the Iranian military.
case appears to be part of a broader effort by Iran to steal trade secrets and
technology that have military and defense applications, said Eric Brewer,
deputy director and fellow with the Project on Nuclear Issues at the Center for
Strategic & International Studies, a bipartisan, nonprofit policy research
group based in Washington, D.C.
certainly does have as a goal improving its military capabilities and uses
espionage as a means at its disposal to acquire information and technology it
would have a hard time developing indigenously," Brewer said.
we don't want Iran stealing sensitive info from U.S. companies but this does
not strike me as something that could lead to a revolutionary new military
capability on Iran’s part," Brewer added. "It is not usually the case
where one type of technology or bit of information is so revolutionary that it
changes the trajectory of a program."
broke further away from its collapsing 2015 nuclear deal with world powers this
week by doubling the number of advanced centrifuges it operates, linking the
decision to President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement more than a
announcement included Iran saying it now has a prototype centrifuge that works
50 times faster than those allowed under the deal, which limited the country's
uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. By
starting up these advanced centrifuges, Iran further cut into the one year that
experts estimate Tehran would need to have enough material for building a
nuclear weapon — if it chose to pursue one.
unsealed complaint accuses Hasanzadeh of stealing confidential documents and
technical data from an unidentified company from January 2015 until June 2016.
The company is based in Metro Detroit and serves the defense, aerospace and
company's president and CEO declined to comment Wednesday.
data involved in the criminal case included information covered by a non-disclosure
agreement, or NDA, that was developed by the firm in collaboration with an
senior company official advised that any unauthorized disclosure or theft of
partner company documents and information protected under an NDA could be
'catastrophic,'" the FBI counterintelligence agent in charge of the case
wrote in an affidavit filed in federal court.
data Hasanzadeh is accused of stealing was emailed to several people, including
his brother, Sina Hassanzadeh, according to court records that identify Sina as
an Iranian electrical engineer with expertise in hardware engineering and
programming code. Sina Hassanzadeh's job responsibilities indicate he has
worked on military programs, including for Basamad Azma Co., an entity
affiliated with Iran's cruise missile research, according to the FBI agent. His
resume also includes working for a company linked to Iran's Ministry of Defense
and Armed Forces Logistics "that contributes to Iran's
proliferation-sensitive nuclear activities and/or its development of nuclear
weapons or their delivery systems," the agent wrote.
criminal case focuses on Amin Hasanzadeh's tenure at the Metro Detroit company.
As a senior hardware engineer, Hasanzadeh had access to sensitive, confidential
and proprietary information, including schematics, layouts, designs, diagrams,
performance reports and other data, according to the government.
also was assigned to one of the Detroit-area company's most sensitive projects,
what court records describe as a real-time supercomputer with applications for
the aerospace industry.
project involved documents that were not disseminated to the public and had
research and development involving millions of dollars," the agent wrote.
and other hardware engineers were not allowed to use personal email accounts to
transfer data or send work to personal computers without prior approval,
according to the court case.
Hasanzadeh illegally and secretly transferred trade secrets and confidential
documents to his brother in Iran, according to the FBI agent.
reviewed emails indicating Hasanzadeh applied for a job at the Metro Detroit
company because the firm's technologies and projects were of interest to his
brother in Iran, the agent wrote.
started stealing information six days after he started working for the company
in January 2015, the agent said.
concealed these communications from (the firm) by almost exclusively using a
personal email account to transfer documents to Sina," the agent wrote.
documents included drawings and schematics that would have allowed his brother
in Iran to replicate the designs, according to the court case.
April 2016, Hasanzadeh also sent a company report to his brother and wife, who received
a doctorate late last year after studying in the University of Michigan's
electrical engineering department, the government said.
checked her University of Michigan email account and discovered thousands of
the Metro Detroit company's documents stored in the university's cloud storage,
according to the FBI.
alleges UN inspector tested positive for explosives
KIYOKO METZLER, PHILIPP JENNE and JON GAMBRELL
(AP) — Iran alleged Thursday that the U.N. inspector it blocked from a nuclear
site last week tested positive for suspected traces of explosive nitrates. The
U.N.’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, disputed
allegation made by Iranian representative Kazem Gharib Abadi came as Iran
injected uranium gas into centrifuges at its underground Fordo nuclear complex
early Thursday, taking its most-significant step away from its 2015 nuclear
deal with world powers. It also dominated an IAEA meeting that included
discussions about alleged radioactive material found at an undeclared site in
latest steps by Iran put additional pressure on Europe to offer Tehran a way to
sell its crude oil abroad despite the U.S. sanctions imposed on the country
since President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from the nuclear
deal over a year ago.
Oct. 28 incident with the inspector happened at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility,
which includes the majority of the centrifuges now enriching uranium in the
country. The entrance of Natanz includes equipment to check for traces of
nitrates, Abadi said. “The detector’s alarm went off and it was signaling to a
specific person,” he said. “They have repeated this procedure again and again,
and unfortunately, the results were the same all the way for only that specific
they waited for a female employee to search the inspector, the woman went off
to the bathroom. Abadi alleged when she came back, she no longer tested
positive. He said the team took samples from the bathroom, as well as seized
said he hoped further tests by Iran and the IAEA would explain what happened.
Iran’s nuclear industry has been targeted by sabotage and its scientists
assassinated in the past.
to say that Iran, like all other members of the agency, cannot condone any
behavior or action which may be against the safety and security of its nuclear
installations, especially ... considering the past sabotage attempts in its
nuclear facilities,” Abadi said.
marks the first known instance of Iran blocking an inspector amid the tensions.
IAEA offered a rare statement to journalists disputing Abadi’s account.
agency does not go into details in public about such matters, but based on the
information available to us, the agency does not agree with Iran’s
characterization of the situation involving the inspector, who was carrying out
official safeguards duties in Iran,” the IAEA said.
IAEA added that it will “consult with Iran with a view to clarifying the
situation.” It did not elaborate.
are a common fertilizer. However, when mixed with proper amounts of fuel, the
material can become an explosive as powerful as TNT. Swab tests, common at
airports and other secure facilities, can detect its presence on the skin or
Wolcott, the U.S. representative to the IAEA, earlier called the inspector’s
rejection an “outrageous provocation.”
board members need to make clear now and going forward that such actions are
completely unacceptable, will not be tolerated and must have consequences,”
Wolcott said in remarks released to journalists.
IAEA meeting also included discussions about an undeclared site on the
outskirts of Tehran that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described to
the U.N. in 2018 as a “secret atomic warehouse.”
Israeli intelligence officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to The
Associated Press to discuss intelligence gathered there, alleged the site
contained undeclared nuclear materials. They claimed there were “several other”
similar clandestine nuclear facilities under the purview of Iran’s Defense
Ministry, not the country’s civilian atomic energy agency.
insists its program is for peaceful purposes. However, the IAEA has said Iran
“carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive
device” in a “structured program” through the end of 2003. The Israeli
officials said they believe equipment at the warehouse came from that program.
main concern is that this is the tip of the iceberg,” one Israeli official
also suggested that IAEA inspectors recovered possible nuclear material there.
has refused to provide — and apparently cannot provide — a credible, verifiable
answer to the fundamental question of where the particles detected by the IAEA
came from, and where the material and equipment they came from is today,” she
has denied the claims by Israel, which has its own undeclared nuclear weapons
program. The IAEA released no information about those discussions Thursday.
Iran began to inject gas into centrifuges after midnight at Fordo, a facility
built under a mountain north of the Shiite holy city of Qom, the Atomic Energy
Organization of Iran said. Fordo’s 1,044 centrifuges previously spun without
uranium gas for enrichment under the deal, which saw Iran limit its uranium enrichment
in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.
2015 nuclear deal with world powers had called for Fordo to become “a nuclear,
physics and technology center.” Now, it’s become an active nuclear site again
and represents the most-serious step away from the deal it has taken amid the
U.N. official from the IAEA witnessed the injection, Iran said. The centrifuges
ultimately will begin enriching uranium up to 4.5%, which is just beyond the
limits of the nuclear deal, but nowhere near weapons-grade levels of 90%.
the U.S. withdrew from the deal, the other countries involved — Germany,
France, Britain, Russia and China — have been struggling to save it.
Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters in Berlin that Iran’s latest moves were
another “step in the wrong direction.”
every step they take, the situation becomes more difficult,” she said.
have suggested that the limits imposed under the 2015 deal, when obeyed, meant
that Iran would need a year to gather enough material to build a nuclear weapon
if it chose to do so — a time known as a “breakout period.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized Iran’s decision to inject gas into
the Fordo centrifuges. In a statement, he made no reference to Trump’s decision
to leave the deal in May 2018, which sparked the crisis.
expansion of proliferation-sensitive activities raises concerns that Iran is
positioning itself to have the option of a rapid nuclear breakout,” Pompeo
said. “It is now time for all nations to reject this regime’s nuclear extortion
and take serious steps to increase pressure.”
says Iran's 4th step away from JCPOA no violation of NPT
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Tehran's decision to resume uranium
enrichment at Fordow nuclear facility is an "extremely alarming"
move, but does not violate the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
on Wednesday said events unfolding around the 2015 nuclear deal were deeply
disturbing, but the US is to blame for putting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of
Action (JCPOA) on the verge of collapse by its unilateral withdrawal from the
Peskov, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, also said Moscow
understood Tehran’s concerns over the “unprecedented and illegal sanctions”
against the country.
also said the US should blame itself, arguing that its exit from the deal is
the root cause of the tensions.
we repeatedly pointed out, the root cause of sustained tensions around the
Iranian nuclear issue lies with the US’ unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA
and its maximum pressure campaign against Iran," said Chinese Foreign
Ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang.
Chinese spokesman called on the US to abandon what he called “the wrong
strategies such as unilateral sanctions and maximum pressure.”
the meantime, Iran and all other parties to the JCPOA need to exercise
restraint, implement the deal effectively and in full, and stick to the JCPOA
framework to resolve disputes.”
signals intent to leave deal: Macron
in China, French President Emmanuel Macron called Iran's latest move
"grave", saying it explicitly signaled Iran's intent for the first
time to leave the deal.
think that for the first time, Iran has decided in an explicit and blunt manner
to leave the JCPOA, which marks a profound shift," said Macron, who has
been at the forefront of efforts by European signatories to salvage the deal
after the United States withdrew.
an operation that started at 00:00 local time (20:30 GMT) on Thursday, November
7, Iran officially began injecting gas into hundreds of centrifuges at
underground Fordow nuclear plant in the fourth step away from the 2015 nuclear
process started after the transfer of a 2,800-kilogram cylinder containing
2,000 kilograms of UF6 (uranium hexafluoride) from Natanz nuclear facility to
Fordow - near the city of Qom, where 1,044 centrifuges are installed.
spokesman for the AEOI had earlier said the injection of uranium hexafluoride
is being monitored by inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency
fourth step in Iran’s commitment reductions was initially announced by
President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday.
assisting Syrian Kurdish militants ‘through a range of channels’
deputy foreign minister has admitted aiding Kurdish militants in Syria amid a
Turkish incursion into the Arab country.
October 9, the Turkish military launched a cross-border operation in
northeastern Syria in an attempt to clear the Syrian border areas of Kurdish
militants of the so-called People’s Protection Units (YPG), whom Ankara views
as terrorists linked to the autonomy-seeking Kurdish militants at home.
incursion began after the US announced it was withdrawing its forces from
northeastern Syria, effectively abandoning its longtime Kurdish allies there
and giving NATO partner Turkey the go-ahead for the operation. The withdrawal
of the 1,000 US troops was deemed by Kurds as a betrayal by Washington.
October 10, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed solidarity with
and offered assistance to the "gallant Kurdish people," saying they
faced possible "ethnic cleansing" by Turkey and its allied militants.
parliament on Wednesday, Tzipi Hotovely admitted Israel is assisting Syrian
has received many requests for assistance, mainly in the diplomatic and
humanitarian realm," she said, adding "We identify with the deep
distress of the Kurds, and we are assisting them through a range of
gave no details on Israel’s assistance, but said during "dialogue with the
Americans..., we state our truth regarding the Kurds...and we are proud of our
taking a stand alongside the Kurdish people."
indeed has a salient interest in preserving the strength of the Kurds and the
additional minorities in the north Syria area as moderate and pro-Western
elements," the Israeli official said.
has long been backing militants operating against the Syrian government.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday accused France and Israel of seeking
to establish “a terrorist state” within Syria where they are reportedly
assisting Kurdish separatists in the Arab country's north.
views the US-backed YPG as a terrorist organization tied to the homegrown
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has been seeking an autonomous Kurdish
region in Turkey since 1984.
may remain on FATF list beyond February: minister
Pakistan may remain on the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)
beyond February 2020, mainly because of its risk profile and in view of two
officials provided this information to a parliamentary panel on Thursday. They
also revealed that the government recovered only Rs5.6 billion in taxes on
foreign assets worth about $7.4bn (Rs1.15 trillion) of Pakistanis reported by
the international community under information exchange arrangements.
faces greater challenges than many other countries because of its risk
profile,” said the minister responsible for economic affairs division, Hammad
Azhar, while speaking at a meeting of the National Assembly’s Standing
Committee on Finance and Revenue, presided over by MNA Asad Umar.
said that some countries had been removed from the grey list after just 80 per
cent compliance while Pakistan was being pressurised to ensure 100pc compliance
with the action plan.
is being viewed from a very high threshold; there is a political element to
this,” he said, adding that Afghanistan was not on the FATF grey list.
minister said Pakistan was taking timely steps to meet the FATF targets as it
was partially compliant on 22 of the 27 points in the action plan and
non-compliant on five targets of the International Cooperation Review Group
will submit its next report on its action plan to the Asia-Pacific Group (APG)
by Dec 7. The APG will return the report with its questions and feedback by Dec
17. Islamabad will be required to respond to these observations by Jan 7.
technical team will attend a meeting of the APG joint working group in the
third week of January to address any further questions and concerns. The joint
working group will then submit its report to the FATF by end of January and the
FATF plenary to be held by mid-February would finally decide whether Pakistan
should be removed from the grey list or not.
Azhar said the government was optimistic that it would achieve sufficient
progress for the country to be removed from the grey list, but then it was also
being reviewed simultaneously for a 40-point action plan of the APG for which
the deadline was October 2020.
said it was not clear what would the FATF decide about the intervening period —
between February under the ICRG and October 2020 under the APG. He said there
was a possibility that Pakistan would remain on the grey list until October
next year even if it complied with the action plan for February.
Federal Board of Revenue chairman Shabbar Zaidi told the meeting that the
government had received 325 cases involving foreign assets worth $1 million or
more of Pakistanis from 27 countries as of Oct 31. Upon examination, it was
found that 135 persons had availed the 2018 amnesty scheme and declared
Rs62.33bn worth of assets by paying Rs2.89bn. Another 56 people declared assets
of Rs31.78bn under the 2019 amnesty scheme by paying Rs1.69bn.
the remaining 115 cases, the FBR imposed tax worth Rs4.06bn and recovered about
Rs1bn. The remaining tax claims got stuck in courts as their owners secured
agrees to settle Soviet-era trade dispute with Russia: report
has decided to sign a deal with Russia to end a 39-year trade dispute, which
Islamabad hopes will allow Moscow to invest over USD 8 billion in the
cash-strapped country, according to a media report on Thursday.
trade dispute, which goes back to the days of the Soviet Union, involves USD
117 million and many unsuccessful efforts have been made in the past to end the
to a report in The Express Tribune, Pakistan will return USD 93.5 million to
Russia within 90 days of the signing of the agreement and clear pending
exporters' claims amounting up to USD 23.8 million as per the settlement
agreements reached in 2016-17.
efforts to sign the deal with Russia were kicked off by the previous Pakistan
Muslim League - Nawaz government and the incumbent regime of Prime Minister
Imran Khan has decided to execute it, the report said.
Pakistan government has authorised its ambassador to Russia to sign the deal,
trade dispute negatively affected the relations between Russia and Pakistan and
it is hoped that the settlement would open doors for enhanced bilateral
political, economic and diplomatic relations between the two countries.
report said that Russia has conveyed to Pakistan that it would invest USD 8
billion in Pakistan's energy sector and the Pakistan Steel Mills. But according
to Russian law, it cannot invest in countries with which it has disputes.
deal will enable Russia to invest in different sectors in Pakistan, officials
told the newspaper.
to the history of the case, the then Soviet Union used to buy textile and other
materials from Pakistan in the 1980s. For this purpose the USSR opened two bank
accounts in the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), with funds getting deposited
in the accounts by the Economic Affairs Division through State Bank of
the disintegration of the Soviet Union, some exports payments were left unpaid
and as the trade dispute got prolonged. Pakistani companies got stay orders in
the Sindh High Court, barring the NBP from transferring funds of Russian banks
held in its two accounts since 1996.
Sindh High Court in its decision on October 4, 2019 allowed an application for
the passing of a compromise deal as all the parties had reached a settlement
agreement outside the court, the report said.
amount maintained in the two accounts with the NBP is sufficient pay off USD
93.5 million to Russia as well as clear the pending claims of exporters to the
tune of USD 23.8 million, the report said.
relations with Russia have moved past the bitter Cold War hostilities in recent
years. Islamabad has shown eagerness to build military-to-military level ties
July, 2019 Gen Oleg Salyukov, the Commander-in-Chief of the Land Forces of
Russia visited Pakistan.
bulldozes 11 ordinances through NA
In a controversial move, the National Assembly on Thursday passed 11
presidential ordinances within half an hour amid ruckus by opposition members.
session of the lower house of parliament started after Prime Minister Imran
Khan held a meeting of the parliamentary committee of the ruling Pakistan
Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) in Parliament House, directing the party legislators to
get all the bills passed, especially the one aimed at replacing the Pakistan
Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) with the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC).
The prime minister remained in his chamber in Parliament House till the session
of the lower house was adjourned till 11am on Friday.
Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri got the 11 ordinances passed in such haste that no
time was given to legislators to hold a proper debate on them. He turned a deaf
ear to the opposition members belonging to all main opposition parties —
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Jamiat
Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) — and others who tore up copies of the bills, threw
them towards the deputy speaker and converged on the speaker’s dais.
opposition rejected passage of the ordinances and termed it “unconstitutional”
and vowed to bring a no-confidence motion against the deputy speaker.
session started at 4:30pm and soon after commencement, the deputy speaker
suspended the question hour and started a 25-point order of the day that
carried introduction of four ordinances and four bills. Seven ordinances were
later introduced by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Swati. These were
recently promulgated by President Arif Alvi.
ordinances passed by the assembly were related to conversion of the PMDC into
the Pakistan Medical Commission, the protection of whistleblower who will
inform about any benami property and asset, rights of ownership of women in
property, efficacious and speedy mechanism for issuance of letter of
administration and succession certificates, establishment of legal aid and
justice authority to provide justice to the poor and vulnerable segments of
society, court dress and mode of address to judges, recovery of mortgage-backed
securities by financial institutions and the National Highway Safety.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan at a
joint press conference along with Mr Swati justified the passage of the
ordinances and said: “The government is amending the century-old laws to make
them conversant to the present age and requirements.”
Minister Imran Khan has brought to an end the status quo by accepting a
challenge to provide relief and meet basic needs of the common man,” she added.
Swati said the government had discussed each and every clause of ordinances
passed by the assembly on Thursday with the government’s allies and got it
passed by majority votes.
details of the ordinances, he said one of the ordinances was related to provide
legal aid to the poor and those people who could not afford to get services of
conversion of PMDC into PMC, the minister said unbridled opening of 168 medical
colleges in the country had adversely affected the standard of medical
education and doctors in the country. “Recently, 6,000 Pakistani doctors have
been repatriated from Saudi Arabia,” he added.
said under the whistle blower ordinance, the government would fully protect
those who will inform the government bout any benami property and asset and the
informer would get 25 per cent share in recovery on the basis of his
Swati said Islam gave due right of women in inheritance and, therefore, an
ordinance would ensure this right of women in the country.
said under an ordinance the convict of NAB cases who committed corruption of
over Rs50 million will given class-C in jail.
some opposition leaders also held a press conference outside Parliament House.
They rejected the passage of 11 ordinances in the assembly.
Asif of the PML-N said: “The legislation made on Thursday has no legal and
accused the government of getting passed 11 ordinances in only half an hour
under a “pre-planned strategy”.
PM Khan chaired PTI’s parliamentary committee meeting at Parliament House and asserted
that all ordinances should be passed by the lower house at any cost.
meeting was only focused on the passage of an ordinance related to conversion
of the PMDC into the Pakistan Medical Commission,” said Education Minister
Shafqat Mehmood while talking to Dawn after the session.
has been learnt that all mobile phones and even purses of women party leaders
were kept outside the meeting hall apparently no one could leak the inside
story about the meeting during it. However, the education minister claimed that
keeping mobile phones and other gadgets outside the meeting hall was a normal
practice which was followed in all parliamentary committee meetings.
of the significant aspects of the Thursday’s session was that the production
order of detained opposition leaders Asif Ali Zardari and Khursheed Shah (PPP)
and Khawaja Saad Rafique (PML-N) were issued, but only Mr Rafique attended the
session. The two PPP leaders could not attend the session due to their illness.
Asif slams govt for 'making a mockery' of legislation
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) stalwart Khawaja Asif slammed the
government, on Thursday, for making a mockery of the legislation.
was referring to the approval of 11 out of 15 bills that were presented in
parliament today (Thursday).
happened today is an insult to the national assembly," he said."The
government wrapped up proceedings in 20-25 minutes and postponed proceedings of
paid tribute to the JUI-F workers who are taking part in the Azadi March
CDA was told to look after participants of the march," he said.
"Instead, CDA officials are eating food from Azadi March
accused the government of creating hurdles for the Azadi March participants.
water supply in public mosques near the Azadi March has been cut," he
said. "Internet services have been disrupted in areas close to the
alleged that the government had instructed public hospitals not to treat
participants of the Azadi March dharna.
of protesters have converged on the federal capital under the banner of the
Azadi March, seeking to send packing Prime Minister Imran Khan packing.
‘Azadi’ March caravan, which set off from Sindh, left Punjab’s city Lahore on
Wednesday and culminated its journey Thursday night in Islamabad.
leaders delivered fiery speeches against the PTI government on Friday, Saturday
and Sunday, giving the prime minister a 48-hour ultimatum to resign.
chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman gave Prime Minister Imran two days to step down,
failing which the protesters threatened to march to the PM House, 'force' the
prime minister to step down, and 'arrest' him.
government announced on Saturday that they would approach the courts over
Fazlur Rehman's statements, accusing him of "instigating the people"
and rallying them for 'mutiny'.
collected through amnesty schemes, NA body told
The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on Thursday informed a parliamentary body
that the board collected a ‘meagre’ sum of Rs5.5 billion through the two tax
amnesty schemes introduced by the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) and
Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) government in 2018 and 2019.
a bid to fatten up the reserves, the two governments whitened around Rs
94.115bn in 325 cases of assets declaration, the officials disclosed during a
meeting of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Finance, chaired by
former finance minister Asad Umar.
the meeting, FBR chief Shabbar Zaidi briefed the committee that out of total of
325 Pakistani nationals who had assets abroad, some have availed amnesty
per the documents, FBR collected Rs2.89bn in taxes against assets worth
Rs62.335bn in 2018 when 135 individuals declared their assets under the scheme.
Similarly, the board also whitened Rs31.78bn worth assets of tax evaders in
return for only Rs1.694bn in taxes against 56 cases in 2019.
the remaining 115 cases, FBR could recover only Rs 1bn against the taxed amount
of Rs4bn, making the total collection of taxes in 306 cases to only Rs 5.5bn,
which is 78.11 percent of the total collection.
per the official data recorded as on October 31, 2019, at least 19 cases out of
the 325 were still pending, whereas in 134 cases, people approached the courts
against FBR. Only 191 individuals out of the total 325 cases had paid the
SCHEMES ARE WEAKNESS OF STATE’:
committee Chairman Asad Umar criticised the idea of introducing amnesty schemes
to enable citizens to whiten undisclosed assets, saying they show the “weakness
of state” against tax evaders.
lawmaker Ayesha Ghous Bakhsh also questioned the use of the amnesty schemes
despite a lacklustre response.
the lawmakers about steps taken to document the economy and tighten the noose
around people who have undeclared assets, FBR Chairman Shabbar Zaidi said data
was being shared with 55 countries under the scheme like Residence by
Investment (RCI), which would be used to circumvent reporting of bank and
financial account information under the OECD’s Common Reporting Standard (CRS)
officials briefed the Committee with regard to the data received through the
Automatic Exchange of information from Organisation for Economic Co-operation
and Development (OECD).
Zaidi informed the committee that out of the 55 countries, the United Arab
Emirates (UAE) was not sharing Iqama and other details under the agreed terms
of these countries.
COMPLAINT WITH FATF DEMANDS’:
the meeting, Economic Affairs Minister Hammad Azhar briefed the committee about
the updated position on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
apprised the committee that Pakistan “significantly completed the action plan
on 22 items out of 27” given by FATF under the International Co-operation
Review Group (ICRG).
informed that plenary meetings of the FATF were held in Paris during October
13-18, 2019, wherein Pakistan Progress on 27 point FATF Action Plan from July
2018 to September 2019 was reviewed.
declares emergency over FATF-related cases
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has declared an emergency regarding
cases related to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
in the agency said that a meeting, headed by the director general at FIA
headquarters, decided to investigate FATF-related cases on an emergency basis.
The agency’s head reviewed legal procedure taken over these cases and progress
in the investigations so far, they said.
to sources, money laundering and terror financing cases are related to the
FATF. These involve the bank accounts of proscribed organisations, bank
transactions by these organisations, fundraising activities and the resources
of fundraising and donations.
director general directed the heads of the wings investigating these cases to
complete their investigations and submit charges in court for trial, the
meeting also discussed issues related to corrupt government officials and the
anti-corruption wing and directives were issued to expose corrupt government
into the investigations of cases regarding corruption of such officials was
also reviewed, the sources said, said the director general asked that these
investigations be completed and charges submitted in court for trial.
added that he ordered for strong charge-sheets to be made against suspects so
they cannot be given the benefit of the doubt during trial.
also asked for internal accountability in the FIA and made an effective
mechanism for it, they said.
suspected terrorists killed in Quetta after exchange of fire: CTD
suspected terrorists were killed by officials of the Counter Terrorism
Department (CTD) on Tuesday during an exchange of fire in Quetta district's
Ghabarg village, a spokesperson said.
exchange of fire took place earlier today after a suspicious vehicle continued
to move despite being signalled by CTD personnel to stop. Security officials
said they also recovered weapons and explosives from the possession of the
alleged militants were Afghan nationals and were involved in terrorist
activities in Quetta's Kuchlak town, an official who wished to remain anonymous
offers judicial probe into ‘rigging’ but Fazl won’t budge
A deadlock persists in the negotiations between the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
(PTI) government and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) as Maulana Fazlur Rehman
is adamant on his demand of the resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan
despite being offered the formation of a judicial or parliamentary commission
to probe into allegations of rigging in the 2018 general elections.
in the day, Punjab Assembly (PA) Speaker Pervaiz Elahi, who is a member of
government’s negotiation team, called on Maulana Fazl to find a way to end the
opposition’s Azadi March.
the government’s offer was conveyed by Elahi to the JUI-F chief during
to reporters before the meeting, Elahi said that he was hoping for a positive
outcome and would soon give the nation some “good news”.
are hopeful and things seem to be going towards betterment,” he said, adding
that recommendations are under consideration to break the ongoing deadlock.
Elahi said that there was no chance of accepting Fazl’s demand of the PM’s
resignation because the incumbent government had been democratically elected by
the people. “We are hopeful of finding a middle ground during the talks,” he
the joint opposition’s Rehbar Committee met to discuss the future course of
the media after a meeting, JUI-F leader Akram Khan Durrani said that Azadi
March will take a new direction in two days.
said that on the basis of recommendations presented during Thursday’s meeting,
new moves will emerge in the protest. He added that new caravans from the Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa (KP) would soon join the Azadi March.
People’s Party (PPP) leader Farhatullah Babar said that the opposition is
putting the government under pressure, calling it ‘the first phase’.
the meeting, the JUI-F chief directed the party members to present their stance
in the National Assembly (NA) with full zeal. The meeting decided that the
opposition would give a tough time to the government and decided on a plan of
action for the march and the parliamentary session.
leader Farhatullah Babar, PPP Secretary General Nayyar Bukhari, Pakistan Muslim
League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Ayaz Sadiq, PML-N Khyber Pakhtunkhwa President
Ameer Muqam, JUI-F’s Owais Noorani, Qaumi Watan Party’s (QWP) Hashim Babar,
Jamiat Ahle Hadith’s Shafeeq Pasuri, National Party’s (NP) Tahir Bizenjo and
Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party’s (PkMAP) Usman Kakar attended the meeting of the
DIGS IN HEELS:
addressing the Azadi March protesters camped at the H-9 ground on Thursday
evening, Maulana Fazl reiterated the demand of the prime minister’s
resignation, saying the government shouldn’t bother with dialogue if Imran
Khan’s resignation was off the table.
JUI-F chief said the prime minister has no option now as he has hit a dead end.
are at a dead end now and now you must decide whether you want to continue to
remain there or come out and give back the people their right,” said the JUI-F
also brought up the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) foreign fund case during
said the PTI was using “delaying tactics” in the foreign funding case pending
with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
is your foreign funding case still pending in the ECP for the past 5 years?
Your own senior leadership has gone to the commission and has said funding came
from India, Europe, and many other places. You submitted 60 petitions in the
court to delay the case. Every petition by the government has been rejected.
Why has the election commission not been able to decide the matter?” he
JUI-F chief also welcomed the statement made by Inter-Services Public Relations
(ISPR) chief Major General Asif Ghafoor. Gen Ghafoor had said that the Pakistan
Army was an “impartial institution and it wanted to remain so”.
want to say this to the state institutions that consider the JUI-F workers your
own people and they will always be with you,” he said, hinting at supporting
the Pakistan Army.
said the ‘Azadi March’ had removed some of the misconceptions the society had
about the religious segment.
March in Pakistan, a damp squib
the Pakistan Army firmly behind Imran Khan and the Opposition divided, Fazlur
Rehman’s protest will soon fizzle out
much hyped ‘Azadi March’ of Maulana Fazlur Rahman, that started from Karachi on
October 28, has entered Islamabad and is making global headlines. But neither will
Prime Minister Imran Khan resign nor will elections happen immediately. Despite
mobilising thousands of his party cadres, Fazlur will fail in his primary
objectives for the following four reasons.
does Rahman seriously believe that his Azadi March would force Imran Khan to
resign? Rehman is a pragmatic politician, and would know the practicality of
his demand. More than Imran’s resignation, the Azadi March is meant to keep
Rehman politically relevant.
the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam under Fazlur Rehman (JUI-F) was not electorally
successful during the last two decades, the 2018 election was the worst, for
both the party and Rehman. Following the 2013 elections, the JUI-F had 15 seats
in the national Assembly; Rehman had a better equation with Nawaz Sharif. In
2008, he won a Parliamentary seat and the party also did reasonably well. The
2002-08 period was the golden age for both. The JUI-F was a part of the
coalition both at the national level and in the KP (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) and
compared to the previous three elections, 2018 was a disaster for the JUI-F, as
it did not win a single seat for the national Assembly. Rehman suffered a
greater blow. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) won both the seats he had
contested from, in Dera Ismail Khan, which was supposed to be his political and
there is not much popular support for Rehman outside his party. Despite the
failure in the government’s performance, there is no visible public anger that
would bring people to the streets and join the Azadi March. Thanks to the
JUI-F’s biased gender approach, one cannot see women as a part of the march;
the upper middle class and those who are not in favour of a mullah narrative
within civil society are also not backing the march.
Prime Minister has smartly succeeded in diverting the public opinion. Khan’s
anti-India, anti-Modi and pro-Kashmiri slogans and rhetoric have become the
primary policy pursuits of his government. Had it not been for India’s new
initiatives in Jammu and Kashmir and New Delhi’s reluctance to engage Pakistan,
Khan could have been facing a serious public outcry.
the march started in Karachi and entered Islamabad via Punjab, there is also
not much support for Rehman amongst the Pakistani Sindhis and Punjabis.
the opposition is not united behind Rehman. Much to the JUI-F leader’s dismay,
the two leading parties — the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) — are not fully supporting the march. Only the
smaller parties at the national and provincial levels have rallied behind
PPP is facing its own demons. Former leader Asif Ali Zardari is unwell and his
participation is out of question. Bilawal Bhutto is playing a cat-and-mouse
game in taking part in the Azadi March. The PML-N seems to be a divided house.
While Nawaz Sharif, the party chief, may be keen to support Rehman, his younger
brother Shabaz is not. The latter is aware that the Pakistan Establishment
stands behind Imran Khan, and asking for his resignation is akin to banging
one’s head against the wall.
there are any doubts about where the Establishment stands on the Azadi March,
it was cleared by Major-General Asif Ghafoor, the Director General of Pakistan’s
Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Responding to Rehman’s demand that the
institutions should remain impartial, Ghafoor commented that the army’s support
“lies with a democratically elected government.” Clearly, the military is with
Khan. The Establishment’s primary objective is to keep the PPP and PML-N away.
a result, the Prime Minister will not go. Rehman’s march will fizzle out just
as Khan’s did in 2014. Had it not been for the terrible terrorist attack in
Peshawar in December 2014, Khan would not have gotten a face-saving exit from
his Azadi March against Nawaz Sharif.
killed in attack on Canadian firm convoy in Burkina Faso
least 37 people have been killed and dozens of others wounded in an attack on a
convoy of a Canadian mining company in Burkina Faso, regional authorities say.
attack took place on Wednesday when “unidentified armed individuals” ambushed
five buses carrying the employees of Canadian gold miner SEMAFO in eastern
Sanou, the governor of the country’s eastern region of Est, said the convoy had
been ambushed despite having an escort of local security forces and that the
attack had left 37 civilians dead and 60 others injured.
further details, a security source in the region told AFP that a military
vehicle escorting the convoy on the road to Boungou mine in Est Region “hit an
explosive device,” and “two buses carrying workers were then fired upon” by
Faso’s government said the gunmen had conducted a “complex attack,” adding that
security forces had launched a relief operation and were searching the area for
said in a statement that there was no danger to the mine and its operations had
not been affected.
mine site remains secured and our operations are not affected. We are actively
working with all levels of authorities to ensure the ongoing safety and
security of our employees, contractors, and suppliers,” the statement said.
the Canadian government denounced the attack in the West African country.
condemns today’s attack against a convoy of workers of the Canadian mining
company SEMAFO, which also targeted security forces protecting them,” Angela
Savard, spokesperson for Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and
Development, said in an interview with CBC News.
was unclear if there were any Canadian nationals among the casualties, with
Savard saying that there were “no reports” that Canadians were hurt in the
was the third deadly attack on Canadian firm SEMAFO, which operates two mines
in Burkina Faso.
separate attacks on convoys transporting Boungou mine employees in August and
December last year claimed 11 lives, with the company blaming “armed bandits”
for the assaults and subsequently reinforcing security.
the past five years, Burkina Faso’s northern and eastern provinces have been
struggling with Takfiri terrorism originating in neighboring Mali.
attacks, perpetrated by the al-Qaeda and Daesh terrorist groups, have killed
nearly 700 people and displaced almost 500,000 others since early 2015,
according to an AFP toll.
terrorist groups have strengthened their foothold across the arid Sahel region,
making large swathes of territory ungovernable and stoking local ethnic
violence, especially in Mali and Burkina Faso.
United Nations (UN) declared in July that the spread of terrorist attacks was
so fast in West Africa that the region had to consider bolstering its response
beyond current military efforts.
2017, Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad, Mali, and Mauritania launched the G5 Sahel
task force to counter militancy in the region.
the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has warned that the
military approach alone would not be effective and called for greater efforts
to relieve the roots of the conflict in the region, namely poverty, poor
governance, and climate hazards.
Haram: North-East Governors Urge Buhari Regime To Dialogue With Terrorists
SAHARAREPORTERS, NEW YORK
six governors in North-east Nigeria, a region devastated by the Boko Haram
terrorists have called on the President Muhammadu Buhari regime and governments
at all levels to engage in dialogue with the insurgents.
governors believed that could allow those who might want to repent among the
terrorists exit the insurgency easily.
a communique issued at the end of one-day security summit convened by the
inspector general of police held in Maiduguri on Tuesday.
summit was attended by the six governors of the region, members of the national
assembly, states assemblies, top military personnel, other security chiefs
the summit notes with deep sense of appreciation, the roles and sacrifices of
the Nigerian military, the Nigerian police and other security agencies involved
in the fight against insurgency in the north-east zone and urges them to
continue to do more in the service to their fatherland.
the summit calls on the federal government to urgently increase the funding of
the Nigerian Armed Forces, the police and other security agencies involved in
the fight against insurgency and other security challenges in the North-east
there is need for the North East Development Commission to assist the governors
of the North-east states, the police and other security agencies in providing
more logistics and support for fighting insurgency and insecurity in the zone.
efforts need to be made by the federal government to dredge the canal of the
Lake Chad so that the military and other security agencies can fight the
Insurgents in a bid to end the insurgency, as military and security boats can
only operate and fight where there is water," the communique stated.
added, "That military operations at the fringes of the Lake Chad which is
currently harboring remnants of the Boko Haram insurgents need to be
intensified and sustained.
governments at all levels are encouraged to engage in dialogue with the
insurgents so that those who may want to repent and exit the insurgency can do
the police as part of their constitutional mandate of protecting lives and
property, should take proactive measures to check drug abuse, banditry,
kidnapping, etc., using modern technologies and other gadgets.
the police should come up with modalities for informally linking up the
operations of the civilian JTF with that of the police, under the community
policing model, while the State Government should provide the necessary funding
for such callaboration."
the communique, it was also agreed that all security agencies should to take
the fight against terrorism to the corridors of the insurgents and do
everything possible to end the insurgency in the North-east. In addition to
that, that state governments should work with the security agencies to create
access for farmers to go back to their farms so that economic activities can
it said, "That border security should be enhanced by deliberately engaging
other neighbouring countries and states in matters of security.
deliberate efforts should be made by the state governments, the North East
Development Commission and the police leadership to acquire modern crime
fighting technology for the police and other security agencies to enable them
deploy same in the fight against insurgency and other crimes.
deliberate efforts should also be made to encourage strong inteligence sharing
between the traditional rulers, other stakeholders and the security agencies.
militants killed in northern Algeria
Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- The Algerian defense ministry said two armed militants were
killed by anti-terror troops on Wednesday in the northern province of Tipaza,
55 km west of the capital Algiers.
the anti-terror operation launched on Nov. 3 in the dense forests of the
locality of Jebel El Riacha of Tipaza Province, two terrorists were shot dead
on Wednesday morning," said a minisntry statement.
two militants carried two Kalashnikov-type machine guns and a quantity of
ammunition, according to the statement.
Haram not Islamic sect, group tells media
organizations in Nigeria and abroad should desist from addressing Boko Haram
insurgents as Islamic sect, an international group, the Organisation of Islamic
Conference (IOC), has said.
the Boko Haram members do, a document of the IOC sighted by New Telegraph on
Thursday showed, is “a criminal act; it has absolutely nothing to do with
General of the group, Eyad Madani, had earlier said during a three-day visit to
Nigeria that activities of Boko Haram “are anti-Islam.”
IOC scribe said: “The OIC has issued statements that … these people are
outlaws. What they do is criminal act, it has absolutely nothing to do with
Islam, Islamic teachings, the religion of Islam, the history, the culture, the
civilization of Islam and we should identify them for what they are: as a
group in the new document reiterated that it is solidly behind Nigeria in its
fight against insurgents.
are also here to express our solidarity with Nigeria in facing up to this
terrorist organisation and to condemn all terrorist acts they have been
committing, and to show our condolences to the Nigerian people, to the families
of those who were affected,” the IOC said.
questions from newsmen during his last visit to Nigeria Mr. Madani said the OIC
delegation discussed its visions and priorities with the Nigerian government.
organization, Madani said, intimated the President on what the OIC could do in
terms of expressing its support, and its willingness to be actively involved in
the war against the terrorist group.
asked what concrete support Nigeria should expect from OIC, the Secretary
General said since the crisis is multi-dimensional, OIC could be involved in
said one of the ways OIC could be involved, is to “first to declare its
position morally, to declare its position from the religious point of view.”
said the conference is not a religious group, but a political organisation that
has 57 member states, and each state is represented in the conference as a
is a member of OIC at the government level, so is Indonesia, so is Senegal,
Saudi Arabia amongst others.
it has to express its concerns about the misuse of Islam morally and ethically.
We are willing to do that if Nigerian government would allow us to.
will convene an inter-faith dialogue, because we feel that there is a lot to be
said about the veracity of these (Boko Haram) claims, and to show the many
aspects of similarities and living together between not only Christians and
Muslims, but between all faiths and convictions,” he said.
said Africa is a model of such tolerance, and its history is a history of
tolerance, and that of living together. He added that the OIC, through its different
organs, is available to the request of the federal government and would do all
it could to help in alleviating the social and economic conditions in any area
affected by the activities of insurgents.
Federal Government, in a reaction to IOC’s stand noted; “the fact that the OIC
has expressed its position of support and understanding at this hour of our
challenges goes to show that OIC is playing its role to support any of its
member states who had any problem, either socially, economically, religiously
has info on location of Qaddafi’s son, Libya fugitives: Prosecutor
International Criminal Court has “reliable information” about the location of
one of former Libyan President Muammar Qaddafi’s sons as well as two other
Libyan war crimes fugitives, prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told the UN Security
urge all states, including Libya and Egypt, to facilitate the immediate arrest
and surrender of the Libyan fugitives to the Court,” she said, citing the
relevant Security Council resolution.
three are wanted for war crimes including “murder, torture, cruel treatment and
outrages upon personal dignity, and the crimes against humanity of persecution,
imprisonment, torture, and other inhumane acts,” she said.
al-Islam al-Qaddafi, Qaddafi’s son, was believed to be in Zintan, Libya,
arrest warrant was issued in 2017 for Al-Tuhamy Mohamed Khaled, the former head
of the Libyan internal security agency, but Bensouda said he “still resides in
third suspect is Mahmud al-Werfalli, a commander in General Khalifa Haftar’s
Libyan National Army (LNA).
said her office had information Werfalli “continues to enjoy his liberty in the
Bengazi area,” and was promoted in July from major to lieutenant colonel in the
promotion sends a clear message that General Khalifa Haftar, commander of the
LNA, has no intention to genuinely prosecute Mr Al-Werfalli for the crimes
alleged in the ICC arrest warrants,” she said.
Security Council members deplored the impunity the three suspects enjoy.
President Hadi meets separatist leader after deal ends power struggle
President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi met the head of the Southern Transitional
Council on Thursday, in their first meeting since his government and the
separatists signed an agreement to end a power struggle in the south.
the meeting with Aidarus al-Zubaidi in Saudi Arabia, Hadi praised the efforts
to reach the deal, Yemeni state news agency SABA reported.
Sudan rivals meet as deadline looms for unity government
South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar will hold rare
face-to-face talks Thursday in Uganda, their representatives said, as time runs
out for the rivals to form a power-sharing government.
sides agreed to a November 12 deadline to join forces in a unity government,
but unresolved differences over the terms of peace threatens to scuttle the
deal and plunge the country back into war, observers have warned.
for Kiir and Machar, foes who have only met a handful of times since inking a
September 2018 truce that paused five years of conflict, said the Kampala
meeting would seek to broker a way forward.
and Machar have arrived at the State House in the city of Entebbe, according to
a Ugandan official and an AFP correspondent at the scene.
are expected to discuss the unresolved issues as well, and Riek Machar will be
having a meeting with President Salva Kiir," the president's spokesperson,
Ateny Wek Ateny, told AFP on Thursday.
party, the SPLM-IO, said in a statement the meeting would seek progress on
issues that have dragged on "without much having been achieved" since
the deal was signed more than a year ago.
who lives in exile in Khartoum, has asked for more time so that the impasse,
primarily over security and territory arrangements in South Sudan, can be
rebel leader warned that if these were not addressed, the country would see a
repeat of fighting in 2016, when an earlier peace deal collapsed, worsening the
a former deputy to Kiir, was forced then to flee South Sudan on foot under a
hail of gunfire, and has only returned home on rare occasions.
says he's ready to form a new government, and has threatened to do it alone.
the creation of the coalition government has already been delayed once, in May,
and parts of the international community fear another extension risks the
already fragile peace accord.
United States in particular has warned it would reevaluate its relationship
with South Sudan if a unity government isn't forged on November 12, and has
peace deal has largely stopped the fighting that erupted in 2013, just two
years after South Sudan achieved independence, after a falling out between Kiir
International Crisis Group warned pushing the November 12 deadline at all costs
risked this fragile truce.
actors could imperil these gains if they push the parties into a unity
government that then falls apart or permit Kiir to exclude Machar," the
think tank wrote in a report this week.
killed in raid on DR Congo village: officials
Democratic Republic of Congo
10 people including seven women were killed during a raid on a village in
eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), local authorities said
others were also kidnapped during the raid, which came days after the army
launched an operation against rebel groups.
attack, which was blamed on members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a
rebel group in Uganda and the DRC, took place late Tuesday in the town of
Kokola, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the city of Beni in North Kivu
Kibwana, a local official, told the media that the rebels took advantage of the
army’s operations deep in the forests to attack civilians.
16-year-old girl was among those reported missing.
rebels also stole livestock including goats and chickens during the raid, which
took place around 8 p.m. local time, according to a civil society group in the
situation is tense, with some people abandoning their homes, some fleeing to
the north to the nearby town of Eringeti and others to the Oicha area, local
news site Actualite.cd quoted Bravo Vukulu, president of the civil society of
the Bambuba-Kisiki group, as saying.
raid reportedly lasted more than an hour before the attackers withdrew.
Congolese army launched a major military operation on Oct. 29 against armed
groups in the eastern part of the country.
large-scale operation is aimed at completely eradicating groups such as the ADF
and the Mai-Mai operating in the far north in Beni, Butembo and Lubero,
military spokesman Maj. Gen. Leon Kasonga told reporters last week.
civil society in Beni has called on the army to be more vigilant after
launching the offensive.
rebels have been a menace in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo over the last
two decades, attacking and killing civilians.
demand bigger budget for counter-terror op
are calling for a bigger budget for the military’s counter-terrorism operation
in the country’s volatile northeast, which has suffered from a more than
decade-long insurgency by Boko Haram militants.
security summit convened by the Nigerian Police Force in Maiduguri, the
heartland of Boko Haram, asked the federal government to increase the amount of
funds allocated for the procurement of military hardware and allowances to
security forces fighting Boko Haram in the region.
summit calls on the federal government to urgently increase funding for the
Nigerian Armed Forces, the police and other security agencies involved in the
fight against the insurgency,” said a communiqué issued late Tuesday at the end
of the summit.
summit was organized by the police to gear people up to participate in
developing strategies to tackle terrorism and other crimes in the region, said
Police Inspector General Mohammed Adamu.
was attended by the governors of Nigeria’s six northeast states, military and
security chiefs, members of parliament, traditional rulers and religious,
community and labor leaders.
Zulum, governor of Borno state, Boko Haram’s birthplace and the heartland of
the violence, asked the military to take the battle to the terrorist enclave to
end the war.
Ndume, the Senate Committee chairman on Army, said the military did not have
adequate equipment and personnel to end the violence sooner.
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