weapons from the raid in UP and Delhi (Express photo: Anil Sharma)
Arrest 10: ‘Group’s Mastermind Found His Friend and Guide on Facebook’
State in Ukraine: A Christmas present from the West – a British Politician
Seek Image Makeover as Afghan Peace Talks Gain Momentum
SC Declares PTICEF as Terrorist Body, Directing the Government to Ban the
Turkish Charity Linked With Fethullah Gulen
Nazrin: State Religious Councils Must Play Role as Think Tanks
Israel to Block Planned Palestinian Statehood Initiative at UN
troops may leave Afghanistan if US forces withdraw: Report
spotter credited with breaking news of Trump's Iraq trip
Local Muslim Organizations Oppose Upcoming Event of Extremist Group, Dawat-e-Islami
militant killed in encounter in J&K’s Pulwama
Tried to Radicalise Lucknow Woman’s Son: NIA
plot to target Army foiled, illegal phone exchange busted in Hyderabad
link in IS terror module, NIA headquarters was on target
Signs Resolution Seeking Joint Committee Route for Triple Talaq Bill
Uloom Deoband Opposes Triple Talaq Bill
on Triple Talaq Bill: Muslims Will Follow Only Quran, Hadith
Violence Mars Bangladesh Election as Campaigning Ends
growth, Bangladesh’s iron lady seeks re-election
BNP-Jamaat men held in Khulna, Barishal
army chief confirms death penalty for 22 'hardcore terrorists'
has turned those in Islamabad blind to people’s plight: Zardari
wants compensation plan for people hit by violence
plan to impose governor’s rule on Sindh’
urges PM to ensure security of leaders
York city avenue to be named after Jinnah
installs Lt Gen Bilal Akbar as Colonel Commandant of Mujahid Force
Blames PAS, Umno for Unrest among Muslims
must change their value system to succeed, says Dr M
in signature drive against alcohol sale in nearby stores
corporate icons reach out to Syrian refugees in Turkey
arrest alleged Quran burner in North Sumatra
Security Body: Khashoggi Qatari-Turkish Agent, Washington Post Must Respond
Pentagon chief Mattis rejects Netanyahu's appeal: Report
President Trump's 'sneak trip' a disrespect to Iraq
refugee teen hospitalised after US school assault
Deny Dismissing 121 Officers for Absconding From Deployment against Boko Haram
Haram Launches Series of Attacks In North-East Nigeria
carrying over 300 migrants rescued off Libya reaches Spain
security forces fire tear gas, stun grenades at protesters near Khartoum
NAF, allied air forces helped to flush Boko Haram out of Baga
Al-Islam Sends Large Convoy to Manbij Front-Lines
Arabia ‘not in crisis’ over Khashoggi affair: FM
Syrian Army Enters Strategic Town of Manbij
Popular Protest Reported in Northeastern Syria against Turkish Occupiers
Syrian Army Foils Terrorists' Attacks from Demilitarized Zone
killed, 10 injured in tourist bus explosion near Egypt's Pyramids
President Abdel Aziz next Arab leader in line to visit Damascus
to reopen embassy in Syria for first time in seven years
Houthis Prevent Government Delegation from Leaving Hodeidah
Helicopter Conducts Fresh Airstrike against Blockaded Gaza Strip
govt accuses Houthi militias of stalling prisoner swap process
reached on opening road connecting Yemen’s Sanaa with Hodeidah, Taiz
troops kill Palestinian in Gaza: Ministry
will have no business in Syria's Manbij if YPG leaves, says Erdogan
detains dozens over alleged Daesh links
strips citizenship from alleged Daesh recruiter
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a bid to attract attention of Islamic State (IS) sympathisers online, Mufti
Suhail — the alleged mastermind of an IS-affiliated group busted by the
National Investigation Agency (NIA) on December 26 — had chosen to identify
himself on the internet as Abu Basir al Khurasani. The latter part of this
moniker, intelligence sources said, was an attempt to indicate his location and
allegiance — the Af-Pak-India region and the IS Khorasan, operational in
Afghanistan’s Nangarhar, respectively.
the 29-year-old Islamic preacher from Amroha, began trawling the internet, he
soon found a “friend and guide” on Facebook, sources said. This guide, who
claimed to be an office bearer of the IS, had allegedly assumed identity of Abu
Malik Peshwari. It was this entity that over time not only convinced Suhail to
allegedly embrace the ideology of IS, but also egged him on to engage in
activities for establishing Shariah law in India.
was on his directions that Suhail allegedly got in touch with his friends and
acquaintences and began motivating them to engage in IS activities.
coming in touch with each other on Facebook, the two exchanged numbers and
began talking regularly through social media channels, such as Telegram.
Suhail, in turn, created a separate online group where he brought in his friends
and acquaintances. He alone kept in touch with this foreign handler, who passed
on instructions through Suhail to others,” an officer in the know of the
investigation details said.
officer also ruled out any connection between the module led by Hyderabad IS
recruit Abdullah Basith and the module led by Suhail. “There is no connection
as yet that has come to light. The handlers of the two groups also appear to be
different people. The handler of the Abdullah Basith group had the online
identity of Abu Huzaifa,” an intelligence source said.
module, led by Basith, had been busted by NIA in August this year. It was found
to be connected to some members of the Islamic State in Jammu and Kashmir.
reported by The Indian Express on December 23, Abu Huzaifa was found to be in
touch with both the ISJK members and Basith, and had allegedly asked one of the
ISJK members to help Basith join the group. Two members of this ISJK group had
been arrested by the Delhi police from Amroha, from where Mufti Suhail and some
of his associates hail.
NIA had Wednesday arrested 10 people from Delhi and UP for allegedly being a
part of a self-appointed module of the IS. The NIA said the group was in an
“advanced stage of carrying out a series of blasts” across the country and had
“vital installations and important personalities, including politicians” on
agency said, it had recovered a huge cache of explosives, arms and ammunition
from the accused. The arsenal included a rudimentary rocket launcher which two
of the accused, the NIA said, had allegedly fashioned out of scrap. The
recovery of over 25 kg of explosives, as many as 112 alarm clocks and 134 SIM
cards also pointed to the planning of multiple blasts, the NIA said. The agency
added it had recovered material that suggested preparation of a suicide vest
along with online chatter that suggested fidayeen attacks. Recovery of
remote-controlled devices has made the NIA suspect some of the bombs were to be
detonated via remote control.
Chechen fighters who honed their combat skills at Islamic State (IS, formerly
ISIS) training camps are at war against Ukrainian rebels, confirms the Times.
report in British newspaper the Times, that Chechen Islamists, many reeling
from defeat in Syria and Iraq amongst the alphabet soup of fanaticism, had
indeed arrived at the war front in eastern Ukraine, woke me up from any
earlier report in the New York Times had revealed that the Islamist Chechens
were under the command of the fascist “Right Sector” and were there to “fight
Russians” because “we like fighting Russians” and “will never stop fighting
the Times at Christmas it was enough to quote one of their commanders: “Putin
is our common enemy.” A quote which of course could have come from the editor
of the Times!
the report was a wake-up call for me, not so the rest of the British media
still less the British political class. Tumbleweed rolled over the media spaces
where fear and loathing should have been. There was more interest in Strictly
Come Dancing than the long bearded Islamist extremists, who were now, once
again, our dancing partners in crime.
it was always thus.
I returned to the House of Commons in 2012 after a brief absence, I asked the
then Prime Minister David Cameron if he had read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
And if so, if he had read it all the way to the end. The end in which the
monster, the good doctor had so carelessly created, broke free from his control
and began acting like, well, a monster.
another occasion I was trapped in a lift briefly with the then Foreign
Secretary William (now Lord) Hague. I told him: “William, you’ve been wrong
before, in fact you’ve been wrong all your life. But you’ve never been insane
before. This policy of putting knives in the hands of Islamist fanatics and
allowing them to go to Syria is not just wrong, it’s insane.”
one day, I added portentously: “Such men with such knives will be in this
building and looking for you, looking for me.” Which came true just three years
powers of prediction in parliament go back much further however.
the eve of the fall of Kabul to the Islamist hordes nearly 30 years ago I told
the former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher: “You have opened the gates to the
barbarians, and a long dark night will now descend upon the people of
was certainly not the worst prediction I have ever made.
I had been around at the time I would have issued the same alarm call about the
British state adoption of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt against President
Nasser, about British and US support for the obscurantists in the 1960s civil
war in Yemen, about Israel’s adoption of what became Hamas in Gaza against
President Arafat, about Western adoption of the extremists of the Libyan
Islamic Fighting Group against Gaddafi and many others. I would have warned
them all: “Read Mary Shelley, read Frankenstein, and read it to the end.”
policy of “my enemy’s enemy is my friend” is a deeply immoral one, and one
which has repeatedly failed yet is repeatedly repeated.
the mid-1990s I gave a lecture to the International Department of the Central
Committee of the Chinese Communist Party about knowledge I had acquired through
working with the Saudi opposition in London that someone called Osama Bin Laden
had been oriented by the United States towards the Xinjiang region in China to
agitate amongst the Uighur Muslim minority there, to exacerbate their
alienation from the state, to take advantage of the weaknesses of Chinese State
policy towards their Muslim citizens. And to sow terror.
novel was the name Osama Bin Laden then that the International Department
cadres crowded round me at the end asking me to spell his name for them. So
important was my news that a week later I had to do it again for the deputy
foreign minister of China. Back in 2015, the New York Times was at pains to
point out that the fanatics who turned up at Mariupol were “unpaid volunteers”
and that neither they nor their Right Sector commanders were paid or instructed
by the United States special forces there nor for that matter by US officials.
But that’s what they always say.
US backs “moderate” fanatics only, just like in Syria. If you believe that, I
have a bridge here in London I can sell you, going cheap.
was bad enough when it was the Right Sector itself, assembled from half a dozen
ultra-Nationalist groups like White Hammer, the Trident of Stepan Bandera, and
the Azov Group which openly uses the “wolf’s hook” symbols of the SS.
groups are open disciples of the anti-Semitic pogromists who fell upon their
Jewish neighbours and murdered them during the Nazi Occupation of Ukraine.
There was no need to wait for the trains or the concentration camps. And yet, they
became instruments of policy for “liberal” “democracies”.
axis of evil formed between them and the head-chopping, heart-eating,
crucifying killers of Islamist extremism must mark a new low in Western policy.
And the worst possible Christmas present for the Christians of eastern Ukraine.
seek image makeover as Afghan peace talks gain momentum
Pakistan — As moves toward peace pick up in Afghanistan, the Taliban are trying
to show they have changed since the brutal days of the 1990s when they banned
music and girls’ education and carried out public executions in Kabul’s
peace comes and the Taliban return, then our return will not be in the same
harsh way as it was in 1996,” Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said,
referring to the year they took over in Kabul before their ouster by US-led
troops in 2001.
want to assure Afghan nationals that there will be no threat to anyone from our
comments come as moves toward peace negotiations have intensified, following a
series of meetings between US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban
representatives over the past three months.
of a decisive shift have been heightened by reports that more than 5,000 US
troops may be withdrawn from Afghanistan, in an abrupt about-turn from the
previous US strategy of stepping up military pressure on the insurgents.
opposition is with the presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan. Once they are
out and a peace deal is reached, then a nationwide amnesty will be announced,”
one, police, army, government employees or anyone, will face revenge behavior
from our side.”
of the withdrawal are unconfirmed but they have triggered alarm among many
Afghans with bitter memories of the Taliban’s ultra-hardline regime.
don’t think their mindset has changed but they have realized that without
respecting human rights, they cannot be accepted by the international
community,” said Bilal Sediqi, spokesman for the Afghanistan Independent Human
Afghanistan likely to remain dependent on foreign aid for years, the Taliban
know they cannot return to the past when fighters swept into Kabul after the
chaos of the 1990s civil war.
they insist that as well as the withdrawal of foreign forces, there will be a
return to their strict version of Islamic rule and many Afghans doubt their
claims to have softened, even while yearning for an end to the war.
June, Taliban leaders were angry at their fighters swapping selfies with
soldiers and government officials and eating ice cream with civilians during a
three-day ceasefire. Soon afterward, they launched complex attacks on strategic
provinces to try to oust Afghan forces and used civilians as human shields.
know there is no place for me if the Taliban return in their old style,” said
Abdul, a 12-year police veteran currently working in the western province of
will stand by the government side whatever it decides. But still I have not
lost my hope in the future. The Taliban are not the old ones. We see changes
among them. They are also tired of war.”
Taliban, a predominantly ethnic Pashtun movement, strongest in the south and east
of the country, now control large stretches of the countryside, where they levy
taxes, run courts and control education.
many conservative rural Afghans, Taliban rule provides welcome stability and
the merciless punishments and rigid controls on women’s rights fit well with
traditional practices in many areas.
the Aqtash district of northern Kunduz province, a hotbed of Taliban
insurgents, some women said they are allowed to walk freely and do not have to
cover their faces in all-enveloping burqas.
said the Taliban were not against women’s education or employment but wanted to
maintain cultural and religious codes.
are not against women working in government organizations or against their
outdoor activities, but we will be against the alien culture clothes worn by
women, brought to our country,” Mujahid said.
Maisam, the deputy spokesman for Afghan Chief Executive officer Abdullah
Abdullah, said the government protects human rights and the Taliban must accept
the national constitution to shed their hardline image.
have seen some signs of changes among them, but they have to show it in their
actions that they have really changed,” he said.
believe the return on the Taliban would threaten the gains the country has made
since 2001. Much work remains to be done to convince women in work or education
and skeptical groups of ethnic Tajiks, Uzbeks and Hazaras from northern and
think that these statements that the Taliban have changed are only excuses that
are being used by the Taliban to gain acceptance,” said Malina Hamidi, a
teacher at a school in the Chamtal district of Balkh province.
am 100 percent confident that once they come back to power, they will be the
same Taliban that ruled Afghanistan in the nineties.” — Reuters
Pakistan's Supreme Court on Friday declared the Pak-Turk International Cag
Education Foundation (PTICEF) a terrorist organisation, directing the
Government to ban the Turkish charity linked with US-based Muslim cleric and
educator Fethullah Gulen and hand over its schools to a pro-Turkish government
three-member bench of the apex court announced the verdict, comprising 15 pages
and written by Justice Ijazul Ahsan. The court had conducted the hearing of the
case on December 13.
said the PTICEF is declared a terrorist organisation in the light of the decisions
of Organisation of Islamic Conference and Asian Parliamentary Assembly, noting
that Turkey has also declared the aforementioned organisation a terrorist
group, Geo News reported.
top court after hearing the petition in its verdict asked the Interior ministry
to include the name of PTICEF in the first schedule to Section 11-B of the
Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997, which listed the banned extremist entities.
was established in 1990 and the 28 schools of the foundation in Pakistan kept
functioning with the cooperation of Turkish government, the verdict read.
petitioner also asked the court to give control of educational institutions of
PTICEF to Turkiye Maarif Foundation.
administration of 28 schools functioning in Pakistan under PTICEF should be
rearranged in the light of bilateral agreements between Pakistan and Turkey,
the court ordered.
was once an ally of Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan but fell from grace and
later was accused for botched coup of July 2016.
lives in the US and blamed for plotting the overthrow of government of Turkey,
a charge he denied.
court also ordered to freeze the bank accounts of PTICEF and give their custody
to Turkiye Maarif Foundation.
Nazrin: State religious councils must play role as think tanks
TOWN: The Islamic Religious Council of the respective states should play the
role of a think tank and administrator of Islam under the aegis, supervision
and direct monitoring of the king, said Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan
Nazrin Muizzudin Shah.
said the councils also needed to act as a link between the Muslim community and
rulers, between Muslims and the chosen government, and between Muslims and
role of the Islamic religious councils must be widened and freed from outdated
thinking, deliberately constricted by the British colonial masters.
role should be defined wisely and empowered with thinkers and capable
implementers so as to come up with sound ideas and dynamic programmes.
the political scenario in the country, as long as the actions of the respective
councils are not in conflict with the spirit of the Federal Constitution, they
should be recognised as an institution with the important role of ensuring the
perpetuity of Islam and survival of the ummah (Muslim community).”
Nazrin said this at the presentation of appointment letters to 14 members of
the Penang State Islamic Religious Council and 25 shariah court judges and
registrars here today.
present were Penang Yang di-Pertua Negeri, Abdul Rahman Abbas and Deputy Chief
Minister 1 Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman.
Nazrin, who is also the Perak ruler, said the loyalty of the appointed council
members was to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and his consent must be sought before
any policy, directive or activity on Islam were to be implemented.
said all the council members needed to do re-engineering, removing the old
mindset, and drawing up plans and actions that were more substantive for the
glory of Islam and well-being of the Muslim community.
Nazrin also urged the respective religious councils to take on the
responsibility of uniting the ummah and be free of any partisan political
agenda so that their role would be seen as neutral and accepted without
prejudice by the Muslim community.
said in a situation where Muslims were seen to continue to be at odds on their
stand and their spirit of ukhwah (brotherhood) declining, the councils’
unifying role became even more urgent and crucial.
Israel to block planned Palestinian statehood initiative at UN
United States and Israel have planned to block an upcoming Palestinian
statehood initiative at the United Nations Security Council.
are preparing to stop the initiative,” said Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Danon in a statement
said his delegation is working with the US administration to counter the
Israeli official expressed frustration about the initiative, accusing the
Palestinian Authority of “paying salaries to terrorists each month” and having
the “audacity” to apply for UN state membership.
on building a better
and more hopeful future for the Palestinians and helping to ensure stability in the
region, the Palestinian leadership is continuing
its destructive policies that have encouraged recent terror attacks”, the Israeli envoy claimed.
made the remarks after Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki announced on
Wednesday that he intends to initiate an application for UN state membership in
this year, the UN General Assembly voted, by an overwhelming majority, to
temporarily grant the “State of Palestine” additional rights and privileges,
allowing it to head the "Group of 77", the biggest bloc of developing
countries at the UN.
PA will take over leadership of the group in January. Al-Malki plans to
initiate the UN membership application at the related event in mid-January,
according to various Palestinian media sources.
last time the PA had applied for full UN membership was in 2011. UN membership
requires approval from at least 9 of the UNSC's 15 members.
Security Council, however, did not reach such an agreement at the time, and
instead recommended that the General Assembly give Palestine the status of a
non-member observer state.
Palestine's status was upgraded to an observer state after winning 138
favorable votes at the General Assembly on November 29, 2012.
9 countries opposed the measure.
made at the General Assembly cannot be vetoed by any of the other five
permanent council members, including the US.
US is, however, expected to veto any upcoming Palestinian statehood resolution
at the UNSC.
statehood for Palestine
PA's new initiative contrasts with that of past negotiations, such as the Oslo
Accords, where Palestinian statehood was to be considered only after a final
status agreement with Israel was achieved.
push for unilateral statehood recognition comes as many believe
Israeli-Palestinian negotiations have been clearly undermined by illegal
Israeli settlement construction and other such violations.
anticipated Palestinian move comes as US President Donald Trump has yet to
unveil his so-called “Deal of the Century”, the president's allegedly new
Middle East road map.
controversial proposal, which has been described to be in line with the US'
recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital last year, has drawn condemnation
from many Palestinian and international figures.
German Defense Chief General Harald Kujat has warned that a probable American
military withdrawal from Afghanistan may jeopardize German troops and force
them to leave.
the United States reduces itself to a small contingent in Afghanistan there's
no reason for us to continue the mission anymore," Kujat told the German
Tagesspiegel newspaper on Thursday.
former head of the Bundeswehr said it was "out of question" for German
forces to remain in Afghanistan if they could not be given guaranteed
protection and support.
however, added that he expected other NATO members to increase contribution to
make up for any US troop withdrawal.
of State in the German Foreign Ministry Niels Annen also expressed frustration
with the American announcement.
have noticed repeatedly that the Trump government does not particularly value
close coordination with its allies. We're currently trying to reach clarity by
speaking to our colleagues in Washington and Kabul," said Annen.
President Donald Trump reportedly ordered the withdrawal of some 7,000 troops,
half of the total number of American forces in the country, from Afghanistan
rupture in world order'
recent comments about ending the US military presence in the Middle East have
also alarmed many German politicians.
Parliamentary Foreign Policy Committee Chairman Norbert Rottgen rejected
Trump's statement about America no longer being "the Policeman of the
Middle East," arguing that the US was an "irreplaceable" power
in maintaining "world order, stability, balance, and diplomacy."
comments were echoed by Deputy Parliamentary Leader of the Free Democratic
Party (FDP) Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, who censured Trump's probable return to
what he described as the "failed" American tradition of international
"isolationism," referring to a general trend in US foreign policy
predating World War II.
you think how the US shaped the post-war order after World War II, and was also
really the dominating power after the Cold War, then this policy of Donald
Trump is really a massive rupture. How far that will go – and it's important I
think to make this clear – is unclear."
has about 1,100 soldiers stationed in Afghanistan, most of whom are deployed
near the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.
deployment is part of NATO's "Resolute Support" mission, which claims
to train and advise Afghan security forces. The mission also acts as a reconnaissance
and intelligence support arm for other NATO troops.
Bundeswehr's overseas missions require approval from the German parliament.
Parliament approval for the Afghanistan mission is set to expire in March 2019.
British aviation enthusiast has been credited with breaking the news of US
President Donald Trump's secret visit to Iraq over Christmas after snapping
photos of his plane over northern England.
Meloy, a semi-retired information technology worker from Yorkshire, took the
pictures of Air Force One from outside his home with a camera he also uses for
shared the images on his Flickr account, correctly identifying the plane as a
VC-25 - one of two highly customised Boeing 747 jumbo jets used as Air Force
users noted the location and made the connection with a mysterious US military
flight winging across Europe, speculating that it could be on its way to the
one of those weird moments when you're right place and right time," Mr
Meloy, who lives in the suburbs of the industrial city of Sheffield, told The
you want to do covert work use a covert plane," he said.
his Flickr account, Mr Meloy said: "The internet had worked it out several
hours before the White House formally confirmed the visit was taking
about the trip spread quickly on social media long before it was reported by
media outlets that were respecting a White House embargo.
the trip, President Trump's first to a combat zone, the US president said the
security precautions were unlike anything he had previously experienced.
you would have seen what we had to go through in the darkened plane with all
windows closed, with no light anywhere - pitch black," he said.
Local Muslim Organizations Oppose Upcoming Event of Extremist Group,
of Seerat un-Nabi Academy, Moulana Syed Ali Quadri, on Friday said that they
are opposing extremist group Dawat-e-Islami because it's an Pakistan based
to ANI Quadri said, "Our main reason to oppose Dawat-e-Islami is because
it's an Pakistan based organisation. In our country we don't need any Pakistani
organisation. Thousands of Indian religious organizations already exist here.
Also, there is a huge difference between our thoughts and their thoughts. We
also have objection on their thoughts and way of working. We've always tried to
'Dawat-e-Islami' has planned a mega event in Telangana's Hyderabad. However,
the Muslim groups in the city are unhappy about the event fearing that the
youth may get radicalised.
further told that his organisation has already reported the matter to Hyderabad
city police commissioner and South Zone DCP to not grant permission to
Dawat-e-Islami to organise a forthcoming event in Hyderabad's old city. Along
with Quadri, many other Muslim clerics like Moulana Murtuza Pasha, Moulana Aale
Mustafa Ali Pasha, Hafez Muzaffar Khan and others are opposing this event.
South Zone of Hyderabad City, Amber Kishore Jha told ANI that he had received a
letter from Dawat-e-Islami to grant permission to organise an event in
Hyderabad's old city on December 29 and 30. Dawat-e-Islami had organised events
in Hyderabad in 2017 and 2018.
of now permission has not been granted to Dawat-e-Islami to organise event. I
have also received letters from local religious organisations opposing the
event and requested me not to grant permission to Dawat-e-Islami. But we are
evaluating and examining the claims and counterclaims," Jha added.
Lashkar-e-Taiba(LeT) militant was killed in a brief encounter between the
militants and security forces in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Friday
J-K police official said the slain militant had joined the outfit around five
Friday morning, police said that based on a credible input about the presence
of militants in Banderpora area of district Pulwama, a cordon and search
operation (CASO) was launched in the morning hours jointly by Police and
security forces in the area. “As the searches were going on, the search party
was fired upon by the terrorists. The fire was retaliated leading to a
gunfight,” said a J-K police spokesperson on Friday.
the ensuing encounter, police said one militant was killed. The slain militant
was identified as Ishfaq Yousuf Wani, a resident of Koil Pulwama in South
Kashmir. The area where the encounter took place was an orchard, said police
senior police official said the Wani had joined militant ranks earlier this
year and he was running his own business before joining the militant ranks.
to J-K police spokesperson, Wani was involved in several “terror crimes”. “He
was wanted by the law for his complicity in a series of terror crimes including
attacks on security establishments and civilian atrocities,” said the
large number of people participated in the funeral of the slain militant which
was held at his native village Koil in Pulwama on Friday. Soon after the
killing of Wani, clashes broke out in some parts of South Kashmir.
Friday’s police statement further said, “Police has registered a case and
initiated investigation in the matter…citizens are requested not to venture
inside the encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray
explosive materials. People are requested to cooperate with police till the
area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosives materials if
tried to radicalise Lucknow woman’s son: NIA
DELHI: Amroha native Mufti Mohammad Suhail alias Hazrath,
for forming an Islamic State (IS)-inspired module called
‘Harkat-ulHarb-e-Islam’, has admitted before investigators that he tried to
radicalise the son of a Lucknow-based woman who helped them raise money by selling
her gold but the boy turned down his overtures.
claimed that the woman, whom Suhail met on Facebook, wasn’t radicalised but had
conservative Islamic thought. “During their interactions, Suhail and the woman
discussed religious matters and ideologies of various groups. Suhail even went
to Lucknow thrice to meet her,” an official claimed.
NIA is contemplating pressing charges against the woman, who is in her mid-40s,
as she helped the module get around Rs 3 lakh to procure explosive material,
guns and timers.
29-year-old maulvi from Amroha couldn’t make her son join his module but
managed to convince nine young men from Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, who were
arrested along with him earlier this week.
investigation found that Suhail’s online IS handler was a Pakistani identified
as Abu Malik Peshawari while Suhail used the online identity of Abu Basir
Al-Khurasani. The handler could be based anywhere in Pakistan or Afghanistan,
and Peshawari, sources said, were in touch for the past several months. They
interacted through Telegram and exchanged regular web calls as well.
told his interrogators that he was inclined towards violent jihad for the past
nine years and had even bought countrymade pistols, sources said.
to sources, he spent most of his life in madrasas and mosques, studying Islamic
literature, watching videos of religious speakers and terror groups, and was
drawn towards radical Islamic ideology. “It’s not like Suhail was attracted
towards a particular terror outfit like Islamic State from the beginning. It’s
just that this online IS handler, who was now giving him directions to carry
out blasts in Delhi and other places, convinced him to join the outfit,” said
an NIA officer.
discarding conspiracy theories and criticism over the ‘Sutli’ bombs recovered
from Suhail and others, NIA officers said the explosive used in these Diwali
bombs was of low intensity and could contain ammonium nitrate, potassium
chlorate, charcoal etc. These were easily available chemicals and were used in
most blasts, they added.
same low-grade explosive was used by IS’s Kanpur module led by Atif Muzaffar in
the March 2017 Bhopal-Ujjain train blast.
fact, investigation into the Mushtaq Muddabir Sheikh-headed IS module busted by
the NIA in early 2016 had found that Sheikh had asked his men to collect
matchboxes and firecrackers to retrieve the chemicals from it to make IEDs.
officers said country-made guns and rocket-launchers recovered from Suhail’s
module were also not new. A similar gun was used by IS operative Mohammad
Saifullah, who was killed by UP ATS in an encounter in Lucknow last year.
Country-made rocket-launchers were not sophisticated and getting pipes to make
them was not difficult, they added.
DELHI: Based on inputs provided by a military intelligence unit in J&K, the
Telangana Police have unearthed an illegal internet telephony exchange in
Hyderabad that was allegedly being used by Pakistan-based ISI sleuths to target
Indian defence personnel.
key player of the syndicate has been arrested and police have recovered large
number of illegally procured SIM-box devices and SIM cards, among other things.
investigation is still under way and more arrests are likely to be made.
this month, a unit of MI had shared intelligence pertaining to suspicious
illegal VoIP exchanges being run in Hyderabad. It came to the fore that the
facility was being exploited by intelligence operatives from Pakistan to make
calls to security personnel in J&K and obtain sensitive information by
posing as senior officials of the Army,” a senior Telangana Police officer
on the inputs, Telangana Police detected several illegal SIM cards being used
in a certain locality and zeroed in on the prime suspect.
cops raided the premises in Nallakunta today and recovered two SIM boxes, over
53 illegally procured SIM cards, laptops and computers
to police, the illegal exchanges enabled callers from other countries to call
any Indian number by hiding their identity or displaying an Indian number to
kingpin of the ISIS-inspired terror module that the National Investigation
Agency (NIA) busted on Wednesday was in touch with his Pakistani handler, India
Today TV has learnt.
of the 10 men arrested with arms and ammunition during 16 raids across Delhi
and Uttar Pradesh (UP) had also planned to blow up the NIA headquarters in New
Delhi as suicide bombers, sources have said.
India's apex anti-terror agency had only said that the terrorists were about to
target top politicians, government installations and crowded public places
across Delhi and NCR.
agency has now also countered criticism from some quarters over the
"primitive" nature of seizures made, saying the weapons have been
used by ISIS groups before and they could kill.
Director General YC Modi said "We are on a firm footing. We have enough
evidence to nail the accused."
have revealed that Mufti Hafiz Suhail - a cleric from UP's Amroha who lived in
Delhi - was inspired by Harkat-ul-Harb-e-Islam.
handler has been identified as Abu Malik Peshawari who taught Suhail how to
procure explosives and make bombs.
exchanged secret chats on Telegram and Threema. Suhail used the pseudonym of
Abu Basir Al Khurasani. His internet search history shows links on bomb-making
procedures," said a source.
are now probing if Pakistan's spy agency, ISI, was also helping the men who
were sent to 10 days of NIA custody soon after their arrest.
have also revealed that the four highly radicalised men tasked to bomb the NIA building
are Anas Younus, Saqib Iftekar, Mohammed Irshad and Suhail himself. NIA has
arrested over 100 accused in ISIS-related cases. Most of them are said to be
group was getting ready for bloodbath, but the terror plot was nipped in the
bud. It is unfortunate that some people are irresponsibly commenting on the
seizures made without knowing the facts of the case," said an official.
has claimed to have recovered a country-made rocket launcher, 25 kg of
explosives, 112 alarm clocks, 100 mobile phones, 134 SIM cards, three laptops
and some sutli (jute-twined) bombs.
J&K CM and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Friday also questioned the arrests,
saying declaring suspects as terrorists on the basis of 'sutli bombs' is
premature. Some said a tractor part has been shown as a rocket launcher.
signs resolution seeking joint committee route for Triple Talaq bill
the ground for a confrontation with the NDA government, a group of Opposition
parties backed by the AIADMK, which has rarely opposed the NDA in Parliament, have signed a resolution
seeking to send the Triple Talaq bill to a joint select committee. The
resolution will be brought in the Rajya Sabha
next week when the government brings the legislation for debate and passage in
the Upper House.
Triple Talaq bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on Thursday even as several
Opposition parties walked out of the Lok Sabha because their demand to refer
the legislation to a joint select committee was spurned by the government.
in the Upper House, where NDA is in a minority, Opposition will have a
will use its numerical strength to try to send the bill to a joint select panel
for review and thereby, apply brakes on the NDA’s hasty push for the
leaders of all Opposition parties have already signed the resolution. In the
244-seat-strong Rajya Sabha we have an effective strength of 116 MPs. This
time, the AIADMK is also supporting us,” said Trinamool Congress chief whip
AIADMK’s refusal to support NDA on this bill was evident in the Lok Sabha,
where the party spoke against the Triple Talaq legislation in its current form.
During the debate in Lok Sabha, the southern party’s senior MP Anwhar Raajhaa
alleged that the proposed act is against the provisions of Sharia law. If the
AIADMK finally decides to go against the government and stick with its demand
for a joint select committee’s review of the bill, it will be one of the rare
occasions when it opposes a BJP government’s legislation.
senior Congress member said that the transgender bill, too, should be sent to a
select committee for proper parliamentary review. Earlier this week the Lok
Sabha passed the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill that corrected
the definition of transgender, but omitted the crucial right to self-identify
one’s gender and reservations for the community.
and this senior Congress leader maintained that they are not going by the
“merit” of the individual bills but will oppose the two bills in the Upper
House purely on the ground of parliamentary norms and process.
can the government go on passing bills without proper scrutiny of the
parliamentary committees? Both bills must go to joint select committees,” said
the Congress leader who asked not to be named. The government is striving to
push as many bills as possible during this session—the penultimate session
before the Lok Sabha polls.
Uloom Deoband opposes triple talaq bill
seminary Darul Uloom Deoband has opposed the triple talaq bill passed by the
Lok Sabha on Thursday, terming it as “interference in religious affairs of
strongly to the triple talaq bill which seeks to criminalise instant divorce,
Mohtamin (Vice-Chancellor) of Darul Uloom Deoband, Maulana Mufti Abul Qasim
Nomani, said that the bill not only targeted Muslim men but was also against
the welfare of Muslim women.
move of (Narendra) Modi government to bring a legislation to criminalise triple
talaq is a direct interference in the religious freedom of Muslims. It is an
infringement of Shariat law. Muslims want to lead their life and conduct their
family and social affairs strictly as per provisions of Shariat,” Nomani said.
is not a matter of single or triple talaq. With the passage of the bill,
divorce will stand void and the man will be sent to jail. But society will see
the couple as divorced. If that happens, who will take care of the woman and
the children — the court or the government?” Nomani argued.
Islam, we have provision for meher (paid to the wife by husband at the time of
marriage) and maintenance but the bill is silent on these issues,” he said
in Saharanpur district, the 150-year-old Darul Uloom is considered one of the
most influential seminaries of Sunni Muslims in India.
that triple talaq was not Islamic and Shariat also forbid it, the Deobandi
cleric said, “We wish to categorically state that Muslims of India would never
accept the law (on triple talaq). It would have been better had the Prime
Minister conducted the affairs of his government as per Constitution and
established practice of Indian democracy,” he added.
organisation of Deobandi Sunni Muslim clerics, Jamait Ulma Hind, also
criticised the bill saying, “Modi government is acting in an arbitrary manner.”
of the organisation, Maulana Kari Usman, said that the National Democratic
Alliance government and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad should have consulted
Islamic experts before bringing the bill and by ignoring them they had done
great injustice to Muslims.
Muslim Personal Law Board, which also includes prominent clerics from Darul
Uloom Deoband, has also asked the NDA government not to pass the bill
criminalising instant talaq.
AIMPLB had urged the Prime Minister to withhold and withdraw the Muslim Women
(Protection of Marriage) Bill, 2018, as it was not only “against Shariat but
also against the verdict of Supreme Court”.
Aytiya Sabri and advocate Farah Faiz of Deoband, who petitioned the Supreme
Court against triple talaq, criticised the opposition parties for resisting the
triple talaq bill.
said the opposition parties should amend their stand and help the passage of
the bill in Rajya Sabha. She praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying, “He
not only gave a patient hearing to Muslims and realised the gravity of the
problem but also took a decisive step for a solution.”
on triple talaq bill: Muslims will follow only Quran, Hadith
| Dec 27, 2018
Moments after Lok Sabha passed the triple talaq bill on Thursday, senior
Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan said 'we will follow Quran and Hadith'.
Talking to reporters here, the former minister said: "No matter how many
laws they (BJP MPs) make to change the divorce law in Lok Sabha, we will only
follow Quran and Hadith. The entire divorce procedure has been mentioned in
these two holy books, followed by the entire Muslim world."
entire procedure of divorce is given in detail in the Quran. No one can disobey
it. Divorce that takes place following the Quran's procedure is divorce, but
the one that does not follow this procedure is a sin," he told reporters.
any woman does not want to stay with her husband, then you cannot stop her.
Muslim woman is also entitle to 'Khula' (divorce pronounced by wife). You can
make as many laws as you want.
what law will you bring for those men who have dumped their wives and are
occupying seats of power?" he asked.
violence mars Bangladesh election as campaigning ends
Bangladesh's general election campaign ended Friday with more deadly violence
and arrests of opposition activists which have raised international concern as
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina seeks a record fourth term.
ruling Awami League party supporter was killed by opposition Bangladesh
Nationalist Party (BNP) followers, police said, while the BNP claimed 19 more
of its activists had been detained ahead of Sunday's election.
official campaign ended ended at 8:00 am (0200 GMT) on Friday after seven weeks
of widespread street clashes and accusations of an official crackdown on the
opinion poll indicated Hasina is favourite to win despite the controversy.
said the Awami League supporter was beaten to death in the northeastern city of
Sylhet late Thursday.
had reported two earlier deaths of Awami League activists since the campaign
opened on November 8. The BNP says eight of its supporters have been killed in
police chief Shah Harunur Rashid told AFP that two BNP supporters had been
arrested for the latest killing. The BNP said the the man died in a conflict
among Awami League supporters.
BNP activists were arrested when police and paramilitary guards raided the
election camp of a BNP candidate and several villages in southern Bangladesh,
police and BNP officials told AFP.
of Awami League supporters rallied in Dhaka early Friday as candidates made a
last-minute pitch for votes.
BNP, which says thousands of its activists have been locked up in a bid to rig
the election, said it had been prevented from holding its final rally in the
has shrugged off accusations of using authoritarian tactics, and in her final
campaign statement urged Bangladesh's 104 million voters to re-elect her to
boost the impoverished South Asian nation's economic development.
economy has grown at an impressive average of 6.3 percent every year since she
won a landslide in December 2008.
work is still pending and it depends on the people casting a vote for us. Then
we will be able to return to power and complete the work," she said late
BNP accuses the prime minister of clamping down on democracy and freedom of
speech -- including over the jailing of its leader Khaleda Zia this year on graft
says that 9,222 workers and supporters have been arrested during the election
campaign and that half of its candidates were attacked by ruling party
Islamist ally, Jamaat-e-Islami, says more than 3,600 of its activists were also
opposition has depended on social media to lobby for votes, saying that
harassment has confined many candidates to their homes.
authorities slowed internet services across the country on Friday with 3G and
4G services suspended for several hours in an effort to fight
"propaganda", an official said.
BNP stepped up a desperate call for people to vote on Sunday. "On that day
this country will be yours. You will take back its ownership," BNP deputy
chief Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said.
campaign troubles have put Bangladesh in an international spotlight.
ambassador Earl Miller said "the United States is concerned by the high
level of campaign violence over the last two weeks," following a meeting
with Bangladesh's election chief late Thursday.
added that while all parties have been victims, "it appears opposition
party candidates have borne the brunt of most violence." Miller said
everyone in Bangladesh must be able to vote "without harassment,
intimidation, or violence".
Secretary General Antonio Guterres also called for a vote "free of
violence, intimidation and coercion," according to a spokesman.
opinion poll has showed Hasina is poised for a comfortable win.
Awami League leader won a landslide victory in 2008 and the BNP boycotted the
2014 election, saying it was not free and fair, gifting her a return to power.
since her last victory, civil society and rights groups have accused Hasina's
government of silencing dissent and muzzling the press.
an arch-rival of the prime minister, was jailed for 17 years this year on graft
charges that her party says are politically motivated.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is poised to win a record fourth term in Sunday’s
elections, drumming up support by promising a development bonanza as her
critics question if the South Asian nation’s tremendous economic success has
come at the expense of its already fragile democracy.
polls, the 11th since Bangladesh won independence from Pakistan in 1971, pit
71-year-old Hasina against a united opposition helmed by Kamal Hossain, 82, an
Oxford-educated lawyer and former foreign minister. Notably absent is former
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, 74, Hasina’s archrival and the head of the
Bangladesh Nationalist Party. Courts ruled she was ineligible to run from her
colonial-era Dhaka jail cell, where she’s serving a 17-year sentence for
a decade of rule by Hasina’s Awami League party and in Zia’s absence, Hossain,
once a close aide to Hasina’s father, Bangladesh’s founding president, has risen
as the primary challenger, attracting the interest of Bangladesh’s growing
middle class and Western diplomats not wholly convinced Hasina’s development
gains justify her increasingly heavy-handed rule.
is not only economic growth, it has a far broader meaning which includes human
rights, rule of law, inclusivity, accountability and good governance, all (of
which) seem to be missing here,” said Illinois State University politics
professor Ali Riaz.
runup to the election has been marred by allegations from Hossain supporters of
arrests and jailing of thousands of Hasina opponents. About 600,000 security
personnel including thousands of military soldiers and paramilitary border
guards have been deployed. State police have barred opposition marches and
least six people have been killed in campaign-related clashes that local media
report were mostly perpetrated by ruling-party activists backed by police. BNP
spokesman Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said more than 12,000 opposition activists have
last week shut down a series of fake news sites spreading false information
about the opposition that a threat intelligence consultancy determined were
created and managed by government associates.
this year, Hasina spearheaded a draconian new digital law that journalists and
some academics charged could be wielded to silence government critics.
defended it in Parliament as a tool to combat dangerous propaganda. “Journalism
is surely not for increasing conflict, or for tarnishing the image of the
country,” she said.
Hasina’s hold on the state machinery increasingly clear, doubts have arisen
about the fairness of the vote. The opposition this week demanded the
resignation of the Election Commission chief.
far the indications do not suggest we have a level playing field in place for
the election to be fully free and fair,” said Iftekhar Zaman, head of
Paris-based corruption watchdog Transparency International’s Bangladesh
rights groups sound the alarms about the erosion of democracy, Hasina has
promoted a different narrative, highlighting an ambitious economic agenda that
has propelled Bangladesh past larger neighbors Pakistan and India by some
ranked 136 out of 189 countries on the U.N. Human Development Index, which
factors in life expectancy, years of education and gross national income,
jumping 7 spots from 2012. The World Bank has praised the country for sharply
reducing the percentage of its people living in extreme poverty.
embarked on a two-story, 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) bridge tapping government
coffers rather than the World Bank’s proffered loans. She has formed joint
ventures with Japan, India, China and Russia, all clamoring for access to the northern
Bay of Bengal. India and Russia jointly built Bangladesh’s first nuclear power
plant. Bangladesh launched its first commercial satellite earlier this year.
garment industry exports $30 billion a year to supply the racks of Zara,
H&M, Uniqlo and other fashion retailers, making it the second-largest in
the world after China.
an assault by Islamic militants in 2016 in which 20 hostages, including 17
foreigners from Italy, Japan and India, were killed, security officials under
Hasina launched a massive crackdown, apparently destroying their network.
Again, Hasina elected to handle the crisis in-house rather than engaging
international players, and successfully suppressed claims that the Islamic
State was behind the attack.
security officials have killed more than 60 radical Islamists including some
commanders since 2016 in a zero-tolerance campaign against hard-liners.
same groups who criticize Hasina’s heavy-handedness in civil matters have
lauded her treatment of Muslim Rohingya refugees fleeing a military assault in
neighboring Myanmar. She ordered border guards to open the frontier for
Rohingya fleeing what many call a campaign of ethnic cleansing in August 2017,
allowing more than 700,000 refugees to take shelter in camps near the city of
Cox’s Bazar. Despite some external pressure, she has maintained a policy of
Hasina’s profile of courage has been tarnished by her intolerance of domestic
Dec 28 (UNB) – Around 140 leaders and activists of BNP, including the chief
agent of a BNP candidate, and Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami have been arrested in
Khulna, Barishal, Sherpur, Nilphamari and Bhola districts.
Khulna, 60 BNP activists were arrested during different overnight drives on
arrestees include BNP’s Khalishpur thana unit chief Fazle Halim Liton,
Khanjahan Ali thana unit President Meer Kaysed Ali and Daulatpur thana unit
Organising Secretary Sazzad Hossain Toton.
from them, Khulna-3 BNP candidate Rakibul Islam Bakul’s chief election agent
Sheikh Mosharraf Hossain was arrested when he was going to the returning
officer’s office after a press conference.
Metropolitan Police’s spokesperson Additional Deputy Commissioner Sonali Sen
said Mosharraf had a warrant in his name. Police also arrested Jubo Dal’s Khulna
city unit General Secretary Nazmul Hasan Sagor.
police raided the residence of BNP’s Barishal-1 candidate Zahir Uddin Swapan in
the early hours of Friday and arrested 19 party activists.
of Gournadi Model Police Station (Investigation) Md Mahbubur Rahman claimed
they had been tipped off about the gathering of criminals at Zahir’s house.
100 policemen encircled his residence around 10:30pm on Thursday. The stalemate
continued for about three hours as he refused to open the door,” Rahman said.
said the arrestees include former Jubo Dal central committee member Md Rafiqul
Islam and BNP’s Gournadi municipal unit’s former general secretary Md Hannan
Sherpur, police arrested 26 leaders and activists of BNP and Bangladesh
Jamaat-e-Islami, including central BNP leader Mahbubur Rahman Harej and for
Sherpur upazila parishad chairman Dabibur Rahman.
of Sreebardi Police Station Ruhul Amin said they arrested Hannan Miah, son of
late Mofiz Uddin of the village, while distributing money among voters at
Gargaria village in Sreebardi upazila on Friday evening.
Bhola, Rapid Action Battalion members arrested a BNP man – Babul Bisawas- for
plotting to unleash violence in Bhola-3 constituency from where BNP leader
Major (retd) Hafizuddin Ahmed is contesting the election.
Nilphamari, police in a special drive arrested 34 BNP-Jamaat men from different
places of the district.
leader’s wife, son held in Satkhira
wife and son of Jamaat’s Satkhira Sadar upazila West unit chief Shahadat
Hossain were among four people arrested with fake currencies.
Police Station OC Mustafizur Rahman said they raided the area after being
tipped off about Shahadat’s attempts to bribe voters.
Pakistan Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has confirmed death sentences handed
down to 22 "hardcore terrorists" by military courts, a report said on
terrorists were convicted by military courts which were set up after the 2014
Peshawar school attack that killed 150 people, mostly schoolchildren, Radio Pakistan
terrorist acts resulted in the deaths of 176 people, including 19 armed forces
personnel, 41 police and levies officials and 116 civilians and injured 217
others, it said.
those given death sentences, 15 convicts were imprisoned while two were
Peoples Party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Friday warned that no one could
scare his party’s leadership.
a public gathering in Khan Gharh, the former president said that power had
turned those sitting in Islamabad deaf, dumb and blind to the plight of the
said that the nation is united and is well aware of its rights, adding that no
one can scare the PPP leadership. The PPP co-chairman said he would face anyone
who attempted to challenge him.
country only becomes stronger when its people are happy. We come here to serve
the public, not to serve ourselves,” he said.
said he didn’t pass 18th amendment, ‘it was passed by the Parliament to give
their rights to all provinces’. He said the PTI government was working to deny
the provinces their rights.
said the PPP believed that the first right on any development project was that
of the inhabitants of an area, adding that history would show who served the
people of Pakistan and who worked against their interests.
Sindh chief minister Syed Murad Ali Shah also addressed the gathering. He said
that Ghotki district was adding more to the federal revenue pool than the
amount it was getting from the Centre for its development needs. He assured the
gathering that he would take up the matter with the federal government.
said that it was the first time in a number of years that the federal
government was unable to recover enough revenue to beat the previous year’s
revenue, adding that those unable to meet revenue targets had no right to rule
said that the Sindh government had given out a loan to the SSGCL to provide gas
facilities of remote villages. However, he said the company could not extend
gas infrastructure to these areas because of a federal government ban and it
was now refusing to return the money to the province.
The Supreme Court on Friday directed the federal and provincial governments to
submit their plans for the payment of compensation to those who lost their
lives and properties during protests held by religious organisations against
the acquittal of Aasia Bibi in a blasphemy case.
three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar expressed
dissatisfaction over reports submitted by the governments of Punjab, Sindh and
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa about the loss of lives and damage caused to private
property by the protesters.
action has been taken against those who issued fatwas (edicts) of murder?” the
chief justice asked the government’s lawyers.
Punjab law officer told the bench that as many as 2,936 activists and their
leaders had been detained. He said 503 cases were registered, including 26
under terrorism charges. He further stated that the damage caused to public
property had been estimated at Rs40.6 million.
will compensate those who lost their vehicles and got injured during the
protests?” asked the chief justice.
law officer said the damage to private property was estimated at Rs3.3m in the
government should have invited the claims through newspaper advertisement,
observed Justice Ijazul Ahsan and said the report was not satisfactory, rather
a faulty one.
additional home secretary told the bench that the matter of mode of
compensation amount would soon be taken up by the provincial cabinet.
Justice Nisar said he knew that the cabinet decided to take up the issue after
the court took notice. “The government has to establish its writ (and) not
those who paralysed the country to protest a judgement,” remarked the chief
Sindh IGP told the bench that 342 protesters were arrested in 41 cases
registered by the police. The report filed by the KP government showed that 62
people were arrested. It said the protesters had not caused any major damage to
public and private property in the province. An officer from Islamabad said no
incident of ransacking or damage was reported in the federal capital.
Federal Water Resources Minister Faisal Vawda says there is no plan to impose
governor’s rule in Sindh and sees MQM founder Altaf Husain’s hand in the murder
of Ali Raza Abidi, while Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid wants the Sindh chief
minister to resign.
neither any talk (in federal government circles) of imposing governor’s rule on
Sindh nor dissolving the provincial assembly. What apparent is unrest in the
PPP. Some (PPP) people are contacting us for making a forward bloc but we don’t
want to become part of the game,” he said at a press conference with Mr Rashid
asserted that Mr Husain was directly involved in the murder of Mr Abidi and
claimed that an internal fight among the criminals in Karachi was going on to
take the control of the port city.
minister said he hoped that the chief justice also take notice of the murder
that an attempt was made to impose some criminals having murder cases against
them, on the city after a “dry-cleaning process”.
said the most remnants of the MQM supremo had been eliminated and work was on
to flush out the remaining ones.
Indus Water Commissioner Mehr Ali Shah alleged dubious role in talks with his
Indian counterpart, Mr Vawda said he was taking briefings from various
stakeholders on the issue and would take a decision on the future of the slot
without accepting pressure from any side.
however, alleged that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was the real friend of
his Indian counterpart Modi and defamed the judiciary and armed forces to
appease his friend across the borders.
Rashid demanded that Sinch Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah resign after he was
blamed for having facilitated money laundering by the PPP leaders.
Federal Minister for Information Technology and convenor of the Muttahida Qaumi
Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqi has requested Prime
Minister Imran Khan to provide foolproof security to elected members of his
Prime Minister Khan had ordered an inquiry into the killing of former MQM-P MNA
Ali Raza Abidi and had also asked the Sindh government to provide security to
a letter to the prime minister, the minister urged Mr Khan to order security
agencies to provide foolproof security to elected members of his party and
senior leaders who were facing serious threats.
the current wave of terrorist attacks on MQM-P and the deteriorating situation
of law and order in Karachi, the lives of the elected and organisational
leadership of the party [MQM-P] are in great danger,” the minister wrote in his
letter to the prime minister.
order to cope with the situation effectively, it is once again requested to
kindly issue necessary orders to security agencies for the provision of
foolproof security to elected and organisational members of MQM-P,” he added.
Siddiqi recalled recent incidents of targeted killing and attacks on MQM-P
leaders and legislators. Apart from the killing of Mr Abidi, he also reminded
the prime minister of a bomb attack carried out earlier this month on senior
leaders of the party.
Dec 8, a religious gathering organised by the MQM-P at a residential complex in
Gulistan-i-Jauhar had come under a bomb attack, leaving eight people injured.
On Tuesday, Ali Raza Abidi was assassinated outside his home in DHA just two
days after two workers of the Pak-Sarzameen Party (PSP) were killed in an
attack on their office.
YORK: A section of a Brooklyn Avenue, a borough of New York City has been named
after the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the
Pakistani-American Youth Organisation (PAYO) said.
resolution was adopted on December 26 by the New York City Council, designating
a part of the Coney Island Avenue where the Pakistani-American community is
concentrated as “Mohammad Ali Jinnah Way”, President of PAYO Waqil Ahmad
announced at a press conference.
resolution tabled by Jumaane Williams, a city council member from Brooklyn was
adopted by a majority vote. “We are delighted over the council’s decision which
has met our long-standing demand,” he said. “It is a gift to the
Pakistani-American community here as well as to the people of Pakistan.”
added PAYO members have worked for years for official recognition of the
Pakistani community even though the area around Coney Island Avenue has been
informally known as “Little Pakistan”.
are overjoyed that our efforts succeeded,” he said, explaining the complex
procedures and demands involved and which the PAYO members completed.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday visited Mujahid
Force Centre at Bhimber.
installed Lieutenant General Bilal Akbar as Colonel Commandant of Mujahid
Force. A large number of serving/retired officers including from Mujahid Force
were present at the occasion.
while interacting with officers and soldiers of Mujahid Force, COAS appreciated
contributions and sacrifices of Mujahid Force particularly along the Line of
blames PAS, Umno for unrest among Muslims
PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin, on the eve of the party’s first annual general
meeting (AGM) after the May 9 polls, slammed PAS and Umno, alleging they were
“fanning racial sentiments” and inciting Malays to go against the Pakatan
Harapan (PH) government.
political capital today has not differed,” Muhyiddin said tonight, adding that
the PH leadership had agreed to always support and respect the role of Islam as
the official religion of the state, as spelt out in the Federal Constitution.
spread lies as if Muslims are no longer safe in Malaysia, the position of the
Malay rulers as heads of Islam would be affected, Jakim (Malaysian Islamic
Development Department) would be done away with, and laws to allow LGBT culture
and same-sex marriage would be passed in Parliament.”
all these have been proven to be wrong, he said.
said the Malay rulers are still heads of Islam, Jakim is “standing tall”, and
it is “impossible” for Muslim and non-Muslim MPs to ever accept LGBT (lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender) culture as it is “at odds with their own
and PAS continue to play up racial and religious issues to tarnish the PH
government in the eyes of those who profess Islam,” he said.
is an extremely unhealthy practice.
from poisoning the minds of Muslims with lies, the excessive use of religion
for narrow political reasons will incite hate among the multiracial and
multi-religious communities in Malaysia.
for the Muslims, especially, be careful with the lies that have been peddled by
Umno and PAS.”
was speaking at the opening of the meetings of the PPBM Youth and Srikandi
(women’s) wings AGMs at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre here. The
AGM proper will start tomorrow night.
Muhyiddin, who is the home minister, said Umno and PAS should not “daydream”
about winning any upcoming elections if they keep this up, saying “the Malays
know who these two are”.
two are ‘dua kali lima sahaja’ (the same).”
added that in the past when Umno was still in power, PAS and Umno used “many Islamic terms” to justify their
newfound alliance as if they were “united” in fighting for Islam.
to the 1MDB scandal, Muhyiddin said PAS leaders had said they were satisfied
with the explanations provided. “I don’t know what to say now.”
said this newfound relationship with Umno would not last, adding PAS “only
cares for itself” and “does not practise the true teachings of Islam”.
said while PPBM doesn’t use “Islamic slogans”, the party is determined to
combat corruption and improve the country’s economy, which is in line with
reiterated PPBM’s stance that the rights of the Malays would not diminish and
the power entrusted by the people to the party would not be misused.
Pagoh MP also called for party unity and to “give space” to PPBM chairman Dr
Mahathir Mohamad, who is also the prime minister, to “heal” the country” and
take Malaysia to greater heights.
(Bernama): Government affirmative action to help the Malays in this country
will not achieve the objectives if the Malays themselves do not want to change
their character and value system in order to succeed, said Tun Dr Mahathir
Prime Minister said the government had introduced many policies and provided
support to the Malays through the affirmative action that gave opportunities
and support to them but they are the same Malays who have failed.
because you don't change the character of the person. I don't like to say this
about my own race but I have to say this. I have to tell them that you are
action is about support but the changing of character is something that we have
to concentrate on. We have realised that affirmative action alone cannot make a
success of the Malays.
said it was important for the Malays to change the value system that they held
on to and practised, especially that which was not suitable for success.
we do not work, we do not have an income. If we do not strive, we do not
progress. When I say the Malays are lazy, people get angry with me, but that is
the truth. If we do not want to work, others are ready to work. In the end,
foreigners will own this country. Now, we already have seven million (foreign
workers) in Malaysia," he said.
Mahathir said that for the Malays, the best values are Islamic values as it
proposes many good things but many don't follow it.
example, you are not allowed to break up the Muslims, but some people, because
of politics, broke up the Muslims saying these Muslims are not Muslims, we are
the only Muslims and all that. We have broken up, that is forbidden in Islam.
Muslims) you are all brothers, (but) we don't treat others as brothers. He is
from that party, his daughter cannot marry my son. That kind of thing is not
Islamic. We want to teach them Islamic values. I am quite sure that if they
hold to Islamic values they will succeed,” he said.
Mahathir, who is Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) chairman, said he
hoped that it will not be long for the Malays to depend on government or
“tongkat” (walking stick) in order to succeed.
have always studied the behaviour of people. What makes them succeed or fail is
their culture, value system. The Chinese succeed even without any help,” he
Mahathir said Malays, while they must know enough about their religion, must
also learn other things such as Mathematics, Science, Geography and History,
and stressed that the teaching of mathematics and science should be in English.
LUMPUR, Dec 29 — A mosque in Hulu Selangor is collecting signatures of local
residents in protest against the open selling of alcohol in two supermarkets
nearby, a report said.
Masjid Saidina Ali Bukit Sentosa's imam 2 Mohd Azamudin Abdul Aziz reportedly
said the supermarket owners should have been sensitive to the local community's
sensitivities as alcohol was considered “haram” or forbidden in Islam.
Azamudin said the stores were located in a neighbourhood where 98 per cent of
the residents were Muslims.
just succeeded in collecting 800 signatures of residents since this initiative
was carried out a year ago with the target of over 3,000 signatures.
are over 20,000 residents around Bukit Sentosa, so the mosque will continue
efforts to enable this protest to be done as soon as possible,” he was quoted
saying by local daily Sinar Harian of the Bukit Sentosa township in Hulu
see that there is no need for those supermarkets to sell alcohol in an area
with a Muslim-majority population so they should stop selling it openly,” he
the same report by Sinar Harian, Mohd Azamudin said local residents had
complained regarding the sale of alcohol due to concern over its negative
effect, particularly to youths.
added that alcohol was allegedly the mother of all vice and that could lead to
crimes and threaten the safety of others.
said empty cans of alcohol were also found at abandoned spots frequented by
youths as hangouts, adding: “We are not sure who did it, we worry there are
Muslims that will be influenced.”
is not the first time that the sale of alcohol in Muslim-majority areas in
Malaysia has been addressed.
January 2015, then Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron reportedly
said that store owners must immediately stop selling alcohol if Muslims make up
more than 90 per cent of the local community.
daily Berita Harian had reported Idris as saying then that the matter was agreed
upon between the state government, local councils and the management of
convenience stores in the state.
Dec 29 ― Two top Malaysian corporate leaders are reaching out to refugees from
war-torn Syria who have made Turkey their home for the past six years.
Group founder Tan Sri Vincent Tan and Top Glove Corporation Berhad founder Tan
Sri Lim Wee Chai are here on a special three-day mission with 25 volunteers to
distribute aid to the refugees.
are four million Syrian refugees in Turkey with 700,000 in Istanbul alone.
Tan and Lim are also accredited volunteers of the Tzu Chi Foundation, a
Taiwan-based humanitarian relief organisation which has footprints in 57
countries, including Malaysia, and has extended aid to almost 100 countries
since its formation 52 years ago.
Malaysian volunteers spent Friday at a clinic and later a school for refugee
children run by Tzu Chi in downtown Sultan Gazi district.
Malaysia itself, Tzu Chi has 1.2 million members who contribute a minimum of
RM5 monthly with some 20,000 volunteers.
Chi's core value is love and compassion and members have to undergo a two-year
training to qualify as a volunteer.
operations in Turkey are managed by three Taiwanese, including a couple, Faisal
Hu and wife Nadia Chou, both Muslim converts, assisted by over 300 Syrian-born
a briefing for the visiting Malaysian team at the clinic, Faisal said the
well-equipped centre had treated about
270,000 patients since it opened its doors in July 2016, averaging between
9,000 and 12,000 people monthly.
13 doctors, it provides services such as family medicine, internal medicine,
pediatrics, gynaecology, opthalmology, orthopaedics, dentistry and total
at the El Menahil International School, the Malaysians were warmly welcomed by
teachers and students who are streamed into elementary, primary and secondary
classes numbering 2,000.
who has lived in Turkey for 23 years,
said the school started with over
500 students and its education model was later adopted by the Turkish Ministry
of Education and Unicef for other schools, benefiting 350,000 children of
Syrian refugees in other parts of the country.
presented various forms of donations to the school, while Lim handed over boxes
of rubber gloves for the clinic. Top Glove Corporation, of which he is
chairman, is the world's largest manufacturer of rubber gloves.
six-year old elementary children performed dances for the visitors and shouted:
“ Shukran Malaysia” (Thank You, Malaysia).
visibly moved Tan told the students, teachers and volunteers: “ I'm very proud
of you all for what you are doing and I admire you all”.
poignant moments in the sessions with the Malaysian delegation came when some
refugees spoke of their hopes for the future of their homeland.
Muhammad Khalf, a 16-year old girl who lost both legs in a bombing in the
ravaged city of Allepo said all the other 11 members of her family were killed,
while she was rescued by relatives and crossed the border to Turkey some
has since been fitted with prosthesis.
Langkat Police have apprehended a 19-year-old male for allegedly burning a
Quran near a mosque in Besitang district, Langkat regency, North Sumatra, on
Sumatra Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Tatan Dirsan Atmaja said the man, identified
as Zulhamsyah, was caught red-handed burning the Quran. The police were
questioning Zulhamsyah to find out his motive.
are still looking at what lies behind the perpetrator’s actions. He has been
detained at the Langkat Police station,” Tatan said on Friday.
was the second Quran burning case this week that the Langkat Police has
handled, Tatan said. The police were also looking into a potential connection
between the recent and previous case in which 20 copies of the Quran were
burned by an unidentified man at the Nurul Huda mosque in Stabat district,
Langkat, earlier this week.
North Sumatra Police have been involved in the investigation.
security body: Khashoggi Qatari-Turkish agent, Washington Post must respond
Washington Post has caused a major scandal since it has come to light they and
Jamal Khashoggi were publishing anti-Saudi propaganda for Qatar, a prominent
security expert has said.
Hanson, president of Security Studies Group, said in an analysis, that
Washington Post tried to bury its scandal “in a pre-Christmas Saturday news
dump, but that can’t stop the damage this will do to their reputation.”
was referring to the text messages between Khashoggi and an executive at Qatar
Foundation International that show that the executive, Maggie Mitchell Salem,
shaped the columns he submitted to The Washington Post, “proposing topics, drafting
material and prodding him to take a harder line against the Saudi government,”
as the Post wrote December 21.
Post says they were unaware of this, although Khashoggi’s Qatar connections
were well known, Hanson added.
to him, Washington Post management “will have to answer for what is either
incompetence in connecting these dots or simply not caring as Khashoggi’s
attacks on President Trump and the Saudis fit right in with their narrative.”
added that during a Security Studies Group research for a report on the
“information operation” led by Qatar and Turkey, after his death, the
organization heard from reliable sources familiar with the investigation that
documents showing wire transfers from Qatar were found in his apartment in Turkey.
were immediately put out of reach by Turkish security services, so they did not
show the collusion between Khashoggi, Qatar, and Turkey prior to his death. The
organization has published as well a new, unredacted set of findings about the
case. (You can read them here).
findings according to Hanson are damning to Qatar, Turkey, and the Washington
Post. The findings suggest that Khashoggi have been operating in violation of
the Foreign Agents Registration Act by doing this on behalf of Qatar.
is the same law that caused both Gen. Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort legal
jeopardy by not filing their attempts to influence the U.S. government on
behalf of a foreign entity, according to the group.
is next for the Washington Post after being deceived by Qatar?
US Federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment charging two business associates
of Michael T. Flynn with acting as agents of the Turkish government, describing
in remarkable detail how the three attempted to convince the United States to
expel a rival of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
who pleaded guilty as part of a probe into possible collusion between Russia
and Trump’s 2016 election campaign, has joined a Washington firm that lobbies
for Qatar. Flynn will be the director of global strategy at Stonington Global
prosecutors had begun investigating Mr. Flynn after he wrote an op-ed for The
Hill newspaper on Election Day 2016 attacking Mr. Gulen as a “radical Islamist”
and a “shady Islamic mullah.” The prosecutors began examining whether Mr. Flynn
was working as a paid lobbyist for Turkey.
later learned the op-ed was part of a larger effort by Mr. Flynn on behalf of
Turkey. Mr. Flynn’s company was ultimately paid $530,000 to investigate Mr. Gulen
by a company run by Ekim Alptekin, a Turkish businessman close to President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.
incidents reflect the similarities between Michael Flynn’s dealings and the
Khashoggi affair that have now unfolded, with the same plan being executed by
the same countries; Qatar and Turkey.
Khashoggi and The Washington Post’s op-eds
said that the op-eds published in the very influential Washington Post
certainly qualify as attempts to change US policy against Saudi Arabia and in
favor of the Muslim Brotherhood, which Qatar supports in spite of its status as
a terrorist organization with most other Gulf countries.
added that Turkey had control of the narrative after the killing as the only
primary source for the media, with Qatar backing up their tales.
had eager partners in western media outlets. Security Studies Group tracked
this phenomenon here “Khashoggi case- Analysis of an Information Operation”:
“Although Turkish-language media supported and helped to drive the narratives,
as did Arabic-language media controlled by Turkish ally Qatar, the main outlets
that Turkish intelligence used to execute their operation were major Western
English- language journalist outlets.”
group said that there has been a powerful effort to use this to weaken Saudi
Arabia overall and especially to damage its relationship with the United
States. Khashoggi’s editor at the Washington Post, Karen Attiah, led her
paper’s media crusade that even called for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
to be deposed.
stressed that Qatar and Turkey both benefit from these attacks on Saudi Arabia
and have tried to parley them into actual gains. He said that Erdogan was bold
enough to actually ask for the United States to send him Fethulla Gulen, his
main political rival, who resides in US as a green card holder.
irony of Erdogan using the death of a Saudi opposition activist to ask for the
extradition of opposition leaders he would most likely kill is stunning. Qatar
has been pushing to stop the Gulf Arab blockade against it without addressing
its terrorism financing and other malign actions that led to it, Hanson said.
United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis has rejected an appeal made by
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to approve an Israeli sale of
US-manufactured F-16 fighter jets, a report says.
criticized the sale as a move to weaken and compete with the American arms
market, according to an unnamed Israeli official speaking to Israel’s Channel
10 television network on Thursday.
$500-million sale of 12 F-16 aircraft to Croatia, equipped with Israeli
electronic systems, required American approval.
however, demanded that Israel only sell the planes in their original condition,
removing the Israeli upgrades.
Mattis reportedly rejected a personal appeal by Netanyahu two weeks ago,
reminding the Israeli prime minister that the United States “goes to great
lengths to help its closest ally in the Middle East.”
Israeli official added that "for reasons we don't fully understand, the
Americans hardened their conditions and, apparently, we misread their position
on the deal.”
the F-16 deal with Croatia is dead and we don't think it is possible to get an
agreement that will reconcile the US conditions and the Croatian demands in the
week, Mattis cancelled a planned trip to Israel that had been reportedly set to
be focused on talks regarding Iran and Syria. The move came after the defense
secretary resigned, citing disagreements with President Donald Trump’s decision
to withdraw US forces from Syria.
the US government is in shutdown due to a dispute with Congress over the
allocation of $5 billion in funds needed for Trump’s proposed southern border
wall, the US enforced a whooping 10-year $38-billion aid package to Tel Aviv
aid package, which includes an annual $3.3-billion contribution, was signed
during the tenure of former US President Barack Obama in 2016. The package will
provide Israel with free military material until 2028.
in October, Congress further proposed a motion to legally enforce the aid
package, ensuring that future presidents could not suspend the package or use
it to pressure Israel.
motion, which has yet to be approved by the Senate, seeks to set up a special
mechanism to fund the aid independently from the annual budget as to protect it
from probable budgetary disputes between Congress and the White House.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi says a "sneak trip" by US
President Donald Trump to Iraq Thursday was "outside diplomatic norms and
a disrespect of the country's national sovereignty."
countless interventions and thousands of billions of dollars the US has wasted
on its illegitimate presence in the region and in particular in Iraq, Trump
still has to visit a regional country in a total secret, or so to speak, sneaky
way amid the tightest security measures," he said Friday.
visit, he said, was strongly opposed by the Iraqi people and widely criticized
made an unannounced three-hour visit to the al-Asad Air Base near Baghdad on
Thursday, sparking a wave of condemnation from Iraqi political and military
leaders, with some of them demanding the expulsion of US forces.
strongly criticized Trump’s "meddlesome and opportunist" remarks in
Iraq and said “regional governments and nations will never allow aggressive and
despicable outsiders to sow division among them.”
was the vigilant nations of the region – not the greedy US and its staunch
support of terrorism – which managed to uproot terrorist groups created,
equipped and financed by the US and the Zionists,” he said.
said the regional nations routed terrorists by their timely understanding and
synergizing of their material and spiritual powers.
all regional states will soon come to the conclusion that the region’s
stability and security will be ensured only through relying on their domestic,
regional and international resources and capacities and foreign forces, sooner
or later, will have to leave the whole region.”
also had a piece of advice for the US president.
Trump had better seriously and inclusively review the developments of the world
and the West Asia from the time he assumed office up to now so that he may have
a second thought about what he has said, what has happened and what will happen
and take necessary lessons."
Wednesday, Trump spent a few hours at al-Asad Air Base in Iraq’s western Anbar
Province but did not visit Baghdad. It was Trump’s first visit to troops in a
war zone since becoming president.
his remarks, Trump acknowledged his security concerns about visiting Iraq,
saying it was “pretty sad” that he needed such secrecy to see US troops.
sad when you spend $7 trillion in the Middle East, and going in has to be under
this massive cover with planes all over and all of the greatest equipment in
the world, and you do everything to get in safely,” he said.
scheduled meeting between Trump and Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi was
scrapped and they only talked over phone.
office said in a statement that the cancellation came as a result of
“disagreement over how to conduct the meeting.”
US, backed by the UK, invaded Iraq in 2003 under the pretext that the former
regime of Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. No such
weapons, however, were ever found in the country.
invasion led to the rise of terrorist groups such as Daesh.
charges are pending after a Muslim teen refugee girl was beaten up by another
student at her high school bathroom on December 17. The attack was so brutal
she required overnight treatment at a hospital for a concussion.
attack took place inside Chartiers Valley High School located just outside of
of the fight inside the school bathroom went viral when Alexis Work posted the
video on her Facebook.
the video, the hijab-wearing teen comes out of the bathroom stall and is
confronted by a blonde girl in a purple shirt who was trying to use the stall
to smoke an electronic cigarette.
altercation turned violent when the attacker then pushed the Syrian refugee.
After trying to fight back, hijabi teen is pushed to the ground by the blonde
girl and is repeatedly punched in the head.
the video, the blond girl tells the teen refugee: “You’re lucky you’re from
another language because I will crush you,” then pushes her and punches her. The
refugee girl yells, “I’m not punching you, you punched me first.” The blond
girl continues attacking her, even after she falls to the floor and screams,
“Leave me alone!”
Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest Muslim civil rights
organisation in the US, demanded that Federal authorities investigate the
matter as a hate crime. The group is helping the victim’s family with legal
this video, she was beaten up some more, and she had to go to go to the
hospital,” Zohra Lasania, program director at CAIR-Pittsburg told Anadolu
said the teen is now home recovering from her injuries. Her family fled Syria
and spent two years in a refugee camp before being granted entry to the US
were fleeing anarchy, violence, and the complete breakdown of the social
system, a governing system so they came to a civilized place and we all assured
them this is the most civilized place in the world,” Safdar Khwaja, President
of CAIR-Pittsburg, told local media. “To see this kind of violence take place,
it’s very disappointing.”
are investigating the incident but a law enforcement official said the incident
does not appear to be religiously or racially motivated. Collier Township
police have said that they don’t think the incident was a hate crime, something
that Khwaja disagrees with.
don’t believe the motive was random and was at the spur of the moment, we
believe there was a bias,” he said.According to a high school senior Alexis
Work, who posted the video, the blond girl wanted to use the bathroom stall to
vape but was told she wasn’t allowed to by the Muslim girl, which angered her
and led her to attack the refugee girl.
deny dismissing 121 officers for absconding from deployment against Boko Haram
Nigerian Police Force (NPF), yesterday, said no officer was dismissed among the
2000 Police Mobile Force (PMF) personnel deployed to the North East.
Public relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, who disclosed this in Abuja, said
officers and men found wanting in any way in the discharge of their statutory
duties go through internal disciplinary procedures and if found guilty are
either dismissed from the Force or given commensurate punishment(s).
to him in this case, no officer was tried in orderly trial for any offence
(disciplinary or otherwise) that will warrant dismissal from the Force and none
added that the writer of the story ignorantly and for mischievous reasons
relied on forged counterfeit documents which did not emanate from the Force as
the basis for his story.
is a crime under the penal and criminal code laws to tell falsehood with intent
to mislead the public to acts that can cause disturbance of public peace and
maintained that the Inspector General of Police did not order the dismissal of
121 police officers as claimed by the report.
to Moshood, “The story is evidently the characteristic mindset and pattern of
the writer to deride and castigate public institutions, such as the Nigeria
Police Force without any fact whatsoever.
pronouncement of dismissal of Police officers from the Force to the public is
the responsibility of the Force Public Relations Officer and not that of the
writer of the story.
recalled that “on the 26th December, 2018, the Force debunked a fake and
misleading report from premium times online publication that 167 out the 2000
additional Police Officers recently deployed by the IGP to the North East
absconded and the attached list of personnel and the police signal were
discovered to be forged documents.
Force, therefore, implores the public to be aware that the story is ill-motive,
orchestrated to puncture the morale of officers and men of the Force engaged in
the fight against insurgency in the North East and other Police personnel
carrying out core Police duties to protect lives and property of all Nigerians
across the country, and this should be condemned by all.
vowed, “The Force will no longer tolerate or condone deliberate mischief and
reckless publications aimed at defaming and derogating the integrity of the
service from any individual(s) or group(s). The full weight of the law will be
applied to protect the image of the service.”
Haram Launches Series Of Attacks In North-East Nigeria
Haram has launched a series of attacks in north-east Nigeria, hoisting its
flags over several towns and overrunning a multinational military base.
from Islamic State West Africa Province, a faction of Boko Haram that split off
in 2016, have taken over the former commercial town of Baga near the border
with Chad, and seized the nearby multinational joint taskforce base (MNJTF), in
a show of force less than two months before Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu
Buhari, seeks reelection.
of people fled Baga for Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, which has been
the centre of the Boko Haram crisis during the past decade. Escapees said
gunshots heralded the arrival of uniformed, turbaned men, who quickly took
control of the town. Some said they led prayers in the town on Friday. The army
chief of training and operations, however, said the fight was ongoing.
are having a ding-dong situation in Baga right now,” he said. “We are not in
full control, but Boko Haram have not taken control either.”
communities surrounding Baga also fell to the insurgents, according to
residents. “Boko Haram are now occupying the MNJTF and positioned their gun
truck strategically in Shuwari town,” said Mala Musa, a youth volunteer living
Mahmud, a resident of Kukawa, said they arrived just as he was starting dinner.
“Boko Haram has taken over Cross Kauwa, Kukawa and Baga,” he said. “Presently
Boko Haram (members) have hoisted their flag in Baga town and are in full
bet my life that Boko Haram are strongly and forcefully retaking the north of
Borno state, because they easily sweep the area. No soldiers are in these areas
as I speak, and most of our civilian populace have run out of the town.”
managed to flee Kukawa, taking most of his family members with him. Arriving
into Maiduguri at 9am on Friday morning, he sipped some tea as he recounted the
ordeal that led to their 200km journey.
said the militants headed straight for the military bases, trying to reassure
civilians that they would be safe. “Boko Haram were even telling us: ‘Don’t
worry, we are not here for you. Stay where you are and don’t panic.’ But can we
trust them? Definitely not.”
previously a bustling town home to 300,000 people, was the site of what Buhari,
then in opposition, called “an unspeakable massacre” in 2015. Up to 2,000
people are thought to have died then, but, as one resident said: “No one stayed
back to count the bodies.”
100 police officers who were being trained in counter-terrorism were sacked this
week after they absconded to avoid having to fight Boko Haram, Nigerian media
soldiers frequently complain of being poorly equipped to fight a group that has
killed tens of thousands of people, raped and kidnapped many more, and displaced
morale of our military personnel is going lower every day because our strength
is daily weakened by the number of casualties.. due to lack of or obsolete
equipment,” said an officer who asked for anonymity.
campaign for a second term rests partly on his security record – last week he
claimed that “people in the north-east know that we have recorded remarkable
improvement in the fight against Boko Haram”.
ROQUE, Spain: A charity rescue boat carrying 311 mainly African migrants
plucked off Libya entered Spanish waters Friday morning and was set to berth in
a southern port near Gibraltar.
Open Arms, the Spanish charity which runs the Open Arms vessel said the
migrants -- who include pregnant women, children and babies -- were mainly from
Somalia, Nigeria and Mali.
ship will dock in the port of Crinavis, in San Roque, near the city of
morning, Open Arms is already in the Bay of Gibraltar and is steering towards
the only port available to it in the Mediterranean. Mission accomplished,"
tweeted the charity's founder Oscar Camps.
migrants were rescued on December 21 from three vessels but were denied entry
by Italy and Malta. Libya, France and Tunisia did not respond to Proactiva Open
Arms' requests for permission to dock, Madrid said.
Saturday, a newborn baby and his mother were helicoptered from the boat to
Malta, while a 14-year-old suffering from a serious skin infection was taken to
the Italian island of Lampedusa.
and videos posted by the charity showed the rest of the rescued migrants
marking Christmas at sea listening to music and singing. Some children wore red
Santa hats as they huddled together on the small rescue ship.
will identify the migrants before moving them to shelters.
Open Arms operates in the sea between Libya and southern Europe, coming to the
aid of migrants who get into difficulties during the crossing from northern
will be the first time since August that Spain has allowed a charity rescue
ship to dock and unload migrants in the country.
Open Arms resumed its patrols of the Mediterranean off the Libyan coast in late
November, along with two other boats run by migrant aid groups.
August it had suspended its missions, accusing governments, and Italian
Interior Minister Matteo Salvini by name, of "criminalising" migrant
has denied the groups access to Italy's ports, accusing them of acting as a
"taxi service" for migrants. Malta too has been increasingly
unwilling to host rescue vessels.
rhetoric and your message will, like everything in this life, end,"
Proactiva Open Arms' founder Camps told Salvini on Twitter earlier.
you should know that in a few decades your descendants will be ashamed of what
you do and say."
than 1,300 migrants have perished trying to reach Italy or Malta since the
beginning of the year, according to the International Organization for
makes this stretch of the Mediterranean the most deadly for migrants attempting
the crossing to Europe.
meanwhile has become Europe's main entry point for migrants this year,
overtaking Greece and Italy.
Sudanese security forces fired tear gas and stun grenades on Friday at 300-400
chanting worshippers as they left a mosque near the capital, a Reuters witness
said, after a call for widespread anti-government protests by opposition
had urged protesters to gather in large numbers following Friday’s weekly
Muslim prayers. Civil society groups said authorities arrested nine opposition
figures on Thursday evening ahead of the planned demonstrations.
group in Omdurman, a town near Khartoum, was fired upon as people exited the
mosque chanting “peaceful, peaceful,” the witness said. Around 30 SUVs
belonging to the security forces had surrounded the square outside the building
before noon prayers.
has been rocked by more than a week of anti-government protests sparked by
rising prices, shortages of basic commodities and a cash crisis.
least 19 people have died during the protests, including two military
personnel, according to official figures. Amnesty International said on Tuesday
at least 37 had died.
head of the media office at the National Intelligence and Security Service
denied knowledge of Thursday’s arrests.
committee of professional organizations involved in the protests said in a
statement that authorities had raided a meeting of opposition leaders in
Khartoum. The nine people they had detained included Siddiq Youssef, a senior
leader of Sudan’s Communist Party, as well as leaders from the pan-Arab Ba’ath
and Nasserist parties, the statement said.
leaders of one of Sudan’s two main opposition groupings were detained last
Saturday and then released hours later.
has been gripped by a deep economic crisis that began in 2011 after the
southern half of the country voted to secede, taking with it three-quarters of
the country’s oil output, and has been aggravated by years of overspending and
groups blame President Omar Al-Bashir, who has governed Sudan since 1989, for
the mismanagement. A series of measures, including a sharp devaluation of the
Sudanese pound in October, have failed to shore up the economy.
January, Sudan was shaken by demonstrations triggered by high bread prices.
the protests that began on Dec. 19 appear to be more serious. Authorities have
shuttered schools and declared curfews and states of emergency in several
regions, and residents say police have used tear gas and sometimes live
ammunition against demonstrators.
the death toll at 19, Sudan’s information minister on Thursday blamed some of
the deaths on scuffles between shopowners and what he described as looters. He
said 219 civilians and 187 members of the security forces had been wounded.
at the daily Al-Sudani said one of their colleagues was beaten by security
forces after protesters passed next to the independent newspaper’s offices.
UN human rights experts expressed alarm at the escalating violence and urged
the government to exercise restraint.
Government should respond to legitimate grievances of the Sudanese people,”
Clement Nyaletsossi Voule, who reports to the UN Human Rights Council on the
right to free assembly in Sudan, said in a statement.
Air Force (NAF) has given a detailed account of how the Air Task Force (ATF) of
Operation LAFIYA DOLE and Allied Air Forces provided air support to repel an
attack by Boko Haram terrorists in Baga.
reports that the fishing town was attacked by so-called members of the Islamic
State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) on the evening of Dec.26.
Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information,
gave the account, detailing the dozens of aerial strikes against the positions
of the terrorists.
may be recalled that the Headquarters 7 Brigade Multinational Joint Task Force
(MNJTF) Baga came under attack by members of the Islamic State of West Africa
Province (ISWAP) in the evening of December 26.
receipt of the information of the attack, the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation
LAFIYA DOLE immediately dispatched a NAF Intelligence Surveillance and
Reconnaissance (ISR), platform along with two Mi-35M Helicopter Gunships to
provide support for the troops to repel the attack.
NAF ISR aircraft, which was overhead the troops’ location as at 7.15pm, also
worked closely with a NAF and another allied ISR aircraft that are also in the
operation area at the time of the attack.
ISR platforms were in contact with the ground troops and assisted in directing
their fire against the terrorists, while the helicopter gunships engaged the
terrorists at isolated locations destroying some of their vehicles and
neutralising some fighters,” he said.
said the ATF also provided support for Nigerian Army (NA), and Nigerian Navy
(NN), troops at the Naval Base at Doron Baga, “which equally came under attack
by ISWAP fighters on the morning of Dec.27 “.
to Daramola, the ATF deployed two ISR platforms, two Helicopter Gunships and
two Alpha Jet aircraft to provide ISR and close air support to the troops.
establishing communication with the ground troops, the location of the
terrorists was ascertained and engaged by the Alpha Jet aircraft.
NAF and allied ISR platforms also spotted two ISWAP vehicles heading southwards
from Baga and vectored the Alpha Jet aircraft to attack the vehicles,
completely destroying one of them and neutralising the occupants.
order to enhance the quality of coordination between the air and ground
operations, the Theatre Commander and Maritime Component Commander were carried
onboard the ISR platform during one of the flights,” he said.
spokesman said in all, the ATF conducted 20 missions in 21 sorties with a total
of about 39 hours flown on December 26 and 27 in support of operations in Baga
Al-Islam sends large convoy to Manbij front-lines
LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The situation around Manbij is heating up as several
Turkish-backed rebel groups head to the front-lines.
Al-Islam has now begun amassing their forces at the Manbij front-lines, sending
a large number of fighters and vehicles to the northern axis of the city.
to the Hamza Division, Jaysh Al-Islam is a veteran rebel group that
participated in the long battle for the East Ghouta region of Damascus.
they lost the East Ghouta battle, Jaysh Al-Islam has been active in the Afrin
region of Aleppo, where they have carved out a new area of influence near the
Saudi Arabia’s new foreign minister voiced defiance on Friday in the face of
international out- rage over critic Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, rejecting the
kingdom was in crisis and his predecessor was demoted.
issue of Jamal Khashoggi... really saddened us, all of us,” Ibrahim al-Assaf
said, a day after he was appointed foreign minister in a government reshuffle.
all in all, we are not going through a crisis, we are going through a
transformation,” he added, referring to social and economic reforms spearheaded
by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
prince, heir to the Saudi throne, has faced intense international scrutiny over
the October 2 murder of journalist Khashoggi in the kingdom’s Istanbul
consulate — which critics say has left the oil-rich Gulf nation diplomatically
a former finance minister who was detained last year in what Riyadh said was an
anti-corruption sweep, replaced Adel al-Jubeir as foreign minister in the
sweeping government shake-up ordered by King Salman.
who sought to defend the tainted government internationally after Khashoggi’s
murder, was appointed minister of state for foreign affairs, which was widely
seen as a demotion. “This is far from the truth,” Assaf said.
statement by the Syrian Armed Forces' Headquarters came after the Syrian
Democratic Forces asked for the deployment of the government troops.
Syrian Army entered Manbij town after the People's Protection Units asked the
Syrian Armed Forces to enter the strategic town.
Spokesman Ceyhan Ahmad also confirmed the Syrian Army's arrival in Manbij town.
local sources in Northern Syria announced that the Ankara-backed militants are
fortifying their positions around Manbij in a bid to attack the strategic town
concurrent with US troops' withdrawal from there.
is in a critical situation after US President Donald Trump declared US forces'
withdrawal from Manbij town.
relevant development on Thursday, residents of Manbij called on Damascus to
deploy army forces in the strategic town in Northeastern Aleppo.
Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted Mojib al-Rahman al-Dandan, the
representative of Manbij in the Syrian parliament, as saying on Thursday that
as Damascus and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are holding talks on
deployment of army forces in the town, the residents are also strongly
pressuring the officials to this end.
added that after US President Donald Trump's declaration of withdrawal of American
forces from Syria, the US army retreated from Manbij to Tishrin dam, noting
that Manbij residents want immediate deployment of the Syrian army in the town.
meantime, said that the SDF leaders are also involved in internal differences
as some intend to leave Syria for France and call for the establishment of a
no-fly zone and some others want talks with the Syrian government.
residents of al-Sabkheh town in Raqqa province 30 kilometers Southeast of the
province staged protests and condemned the Turkish government's threats to
attack Syria again.
protesters chanted slogans against Turkey's direct support for terrorist groups
and lauded the Syrian army's gains against the terrorist groups.
a relevant development earlier in December, a large number of residents and
elites in Hasaka province poured into the streets and condemned presence of
Turkish, French and American forces in their country, Syria's state news agency
reported on Friday.
reported that a large number of civilians and social and religious characters
took to the streets in Hasaka city and in the border town of Qamishli and
protested against the Turkish troops' aggressions, hoisting the Syrian
protestors gathered in front of the Justice Palace in Hasaka city, the main
Cultural Center in Qamishli and in the village of Jarmaz, condemning Turkish
military threats and aggressions against the Syrian nation, SANA went on to
say, adding that the protestors vowed that Syria will foil all plots by the
army's strength and the nation's resistance.
Syrian Army units in Northern Hama targetted the movements of Turkistani
Islamic Party in the surrounding areas of al-Ankavi village in Sahl al-Ghab
region before they could penetrate into army's military positions.
terrorists sustained heavy losses, as a large number of terrorists were
reportedly killed and many more were injured.
the Syrian Army's artillery units pounded the military positions of Kataeb
al-Izzah terrorists in al-Latmanieh town who were trying to penetrate into the
army positions in Northern Hama, inflicting heavy losses on them.
military positions of Kataed al-Izzah were destroyed in the Syrian army attacks
and a dozen terrorists were killed.
Syrian army pounded the terrorists' positions and moves in Northern Hama and
Southern Idlib after continued attacks by Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant
Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) and other allied terrorists in the
Syrian army troops stationed in areas near the town of Baridij in Northern Hama
attacked terrorists' strongholds in regions near the villages of Tal Housh,
al-Janabareh, Tal Othman, Ma'arkabeh, Atshan and Murak on Thursday after they
came under attack, killing and wounding several of them and destroying their
military equipment and vehicles.
Vietnamese tourists were killed and ten others were injured following an
explosion that hit a tourist bus in the Egyptian city of Giza on Friday,
according to the Egyptian ministry of interior.
statement from Egypt's Interior Ministry said the bus was traveling in the
Marioutiyah area near the pyramids when the crude roadside bomb, concealed by a
wall, went off.
forces immediately evacuated the area and moved casualties to hospitals.
medical source at al-Haram hospital, where the casualties were transferred,
said that four of them had fractures and the rest only had bruises.
Minister Mustafa Madbouly said that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was
following the incident, stressing that the bus had gone out of its regular way.
Interior Ministry said that "at about 6 pm, an explosive device that was
hidden next to a wall at the Mariouteya Street in Giza blew up during the
passage of a tourist bus carrying 14 Vietnamese tourists.”
ministry added: “11 tourists were injured, in addition to the driver, and three
tourists were killed, in addition to the tour guide.”
tourists were on their way to the pyramids to watch a light and sound show,
according to the interior ministry.
General Nabil Ahmed Sadiq ordered an urgent investigation into the incident.
Attorney General assigned the Supreme State Security Prosecution and the
Southern Giza Prosecution Office to move to the scene of the incident and to
conduct the necessary examination and to listen to eyewitness and the injured
whose conditions are stable.
ordered an autopsy report on the deceased and the cause of death, and samples
were taken from the scene to determine the material used in the explosion.
President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz is reportedly going to pay an official visit
to Syria early next year amid promising signs that the incumbent Damascus
government led by President Bashar al-Assad is being admitted back into the
Arabic-language el-Jewahir daily newspaper, citing informed sources, reported
on Friday that 62-year-old Abdel Aziz has decided to accept his Syrian
counterpart’s invitation, and travel to Syria in the first week of next month.
report added that officials working at the Syrian embassy in the Mauritanian
capital city of Nouakchott have also confirmed the news.
December 18, an Iraqi diplomatic source, requesting not to be named, said
President Barham Salih was going to pay an official visit to Damascus.
report came only two days after Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir became the
first Arab League leader to visit Damascus.
official news agency SANA said Bashir was greeted by his Syrian counterpart
Bashar al-Assad upon arrival at Damascus International Airport, before they
both headed to the presidential palace.
two leaders discussed bilateral ties and the "situations and crises faced
by many Arab countries," the Syrian presidency said in a statement.
quoted the Sudanese leader as saying during the meeting that he hoped Syria
will recover its important role in the region as soon as possible.
also affirmed Khartoum’s readiness to provide all it can to support Syria's
Arab League suspended Syria's membership in November 2011, citing alleged
crackdown by Damascus on opposition protests. Syria has denounced the move as
"illegal and a violation of the organization’s charter.”
September 24, 2017, Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel urged Syria’s
return to the Arab League.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Ja'afari called on the Arab League to end its
suspension of Syria’s membership in the 22-member pan-Arab body on March 7 last
year, stressing that Arabs should reach a consensus on resolving the Syria crisis.
in an address to a meeting of foreign ministers from the regional organization
in the Egyptian capital city of Cairo, Ja’afari said Syria’s absence from the
Arab League could not be tolerated anymore.
League does not only represent Arab governments, but also Arab nations and thus
should bring an end to the Syria conflict, he pointed out.
weakening of an Arab country is tantamount to the weakening of all Arabs, the
Iraqi diplomat said, emphasizing that if Arabs cannot unite on Syria, they can
at least agree on settling the crisis there.
another sign of thawing relations between the Syrian government and the Arab
world after years of diplomatic row in the wake of foreign-sponsored militancy,
Kuwait has announced plans to reopen its embassy in Damascus next month.
Syrian government source, requesting anonymity, said on Friday that Kuwait’s
diplomatic mission in the Syrian capital will resume its activities within the
next 10 to 14 days, Syria's pro-government al-Masdar news agency reported.
pressure from other members of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council, Kuwait
withdrew its diplomats from Syria in February 2012, after tensions rose in the
region over the foreign-backed crisis in Syria. A month later the Syrian
embassy in Kuwait was also closed.
development came on the same day that Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry announced in a
statement that work at the kingdom’s embassy “in the Syrian Arab Republic is
going on whilst the Embassy of the Syrian Arab Republic to the Kingdom of
Bahrain is carrying out its duties and flights connecting the two countries are
operational without interruption.”
statement also affirmed “the Kingdom’s keenness on the continuity of its
relations with the Syrian Arab Republic and stresses the significance of
enhancing and activating the Arab role in order to maintain Syria's
independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and avert the hazards of
regional interference in its internal affairs and progress.”
Thursday, the United Arab Emirates officially reopened its embassy in Damascus.
Emirati Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said the
reopening of its embassy “reaffirms the keenness of the United Arab Emirates to
restore relations between the two friendly countries to their normal course.”
move “will strengthen and activate the Arab role in supporting the
independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic
and to prevent the dangers of regional interference in Syrian Arab affairs,”
the ministry pointed out.
charge d'affaires Abdul Hakim Naimi visited the embassy in the afternoon, and
witnessed his country's flag being raised on the compound in central Damascus.
December 16, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir became the first Arab League
leader to visit Damascus.
Houthis prevent government delegation from leaving Hodeidah
Houthi militias prevented on Friday the Yemeni government’s delegation from
leaving the port city of Hodeidah, after the conclusion of consultations with
the United Nations team, tasked with monitoring the ceasefire between the
Houthis and the legitimate government.
consultations come in the context of the peace deal reached in Sweden between
Yemen’s warring parties.
news channel’s correspondent reported earlier on Friday, that an agreement was
reached to open the eastern road (known as Kilo 16) which links Sanaa with the
port city of Hodeidah and Taiz on Saturday.
the legitimate government’s delegation, which was supposed to leave Hodeidah on
Friday noon, was prevented by the Houthis from leaving and is still inside a
hotel in the city.
helicopter conducts fresh airstrike against blockaded Gaza Strip
Israeli combat helicopter has carried out an overnight aerial attack on the
southern parts of the besieged Gaza Strip, claiming that the airstrike was
conducted in response to a purported rocket attack from the impoverished
Israeli military said in a brief statement on its twitter account in the early
hours of Saturday that an Israeli “attack helicopter targeted a Hamas military
post in southern Gaza.”
was no immediate report of possible casualties and the extent of damage
inflicted in the Israeli airstrike.
Israeli military also said its airstrike against the Palestinian resistance
movement was “in response” to an alleged rocket fire from Gaza into the
occupied territories on Friday night that fell in an open area and caused no
casualties or damage.
Aviv bombards Gaza from time to time, claiming the assaults are in response to
rocket attacks of the resistance groups.
on Friday, a young Palestinian protester was killed and two others, including a
medic, were wounded by Israeli troops’ live rounds east of the city of Khan
Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip as thousands took part in a protesting rally
along the border that separates Gaza Strip from the occupied territories.
Gaza Strip has been witnessing tensions since March 30, which marked the start
of the “Great March of Return” protests demanding the right to return for the
Palestinians driven out of their homeland.
tensions saw a sharp rise on May 14, marking the 70th anniversary of the Nakba
Day (the Day of Catastrophe), which this year coincided with the US embassy
relocation from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem al-Quds.
than 240 Palestinians have so far been killed and over 20,000 others wounded in
the renewed Gaza clashes, according to the latest figures released by the Gaza
of Hodeidah, Waleed al-Qoudaimi, said on Friday that the Houthi militias are
obstructing and seeking to block the previously signed prisoner swap agreement,
which was announced in the Sweden talks that took place early December.
source in the legitimate government’s delegation who are involved in the
process of the prisoner swap said that the militias denied the existence of
nearly 3,000 detainees in its prisons, whose names were submitted by the
government delegation in Sweden as part of the swap deal concluded in
source added that the Houthis are trying to “stall the process, and avoid
fulfilling their obligations in this file which is the one of the most
important pillars of the agreement.”
source also said that the Houthis forcefully disappeared Yemeni politician
Muhammad Qahtan and military commander Faisal Rajab, “leaving their fate
unknown as mere names on the list.”
consultations continued on Friday between representatives of the Yemeni parties
involved in Sweden peace talks, al-Hadath news channel’s correspondent reported
that an agreement was reached to open the eastern road (known as Kilo 16) which
links Sanaa with the port city of Hodeidah and Taiz on Saturday.
the other hand, the Houthi militias refused to open the northern crossing of
Hodeidah or to withdraw from the port, as mentioned in the Sweden deal. The
United Nations team tasked with monitoring the ceasefire between the Houthis
and the legitimate Yemeni government made no comment on the issue.
retired Dutch general Patrick Cammaert, who heads the United Nations team,
suggested that the port of Hodeidah be a hub of receiving and distributing of
aid to all Yemen’s provinces, a suggestion which was welcomed by the legitimate
government, while the Houth militias remained reluctant.
al-Hadath correspondent further reported that another meeting is expected to
convene later on Friday in order to discuss more details regarding the road’s
opening and the obstacles regarding the Houthi withdrawal from Hodeidah. On
Thursday, the Arab Coalition said that Houthi militias violated the Hodeidah
ceasefire 29 times in the past 24 hours.
forces have killed a Palestinian man during protests near the border between
the besieged Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied territories, the health
al-Qedra, the spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry, said Karam Fayyad, 26,
was killed by Israeli fire east of the city of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza
Strip on Friday.
added that eight other Palestinians, including a medic and a journalist, were
injured during the protests.
senior official of the Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, says Palestinians
will continue the Great March of Return rallies until the end of the Israeli
siege on the Gaza Strip.
have been running high near the fence separating Gaza from the occupied
territories since March 30, which marked the start of the protests.
protesters demand the right to return for those driven out of their homeland.
clashes in Gaza reached their peak on May 14, the eve of the 70th anniversary
of Nakba Day, or the Day of Catastrophe, which coincided this year with
Washington's relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country’s military forces will have no
business in Syria’s northern town of Manbij once Kurdish militants from the
US-backed People's Protection Units (YPG) withdraw from the area.
areas belong to Syria. We are against the division of Syria. Our sole aim is to
remove all terrorist organizations from there. Once terrorist organizations
have left the area, we will have nothing left to do there,” Erdogan told
reporters in Turkey’s largest city of Istanbul after Friday prayers.
added that Ankara’s goal is to teach the YPG terrorist group a lesson, and it
is determined to make such a thing happen.
remarks came after Syria’s military announced it had taken control of Manbij,
which lies in mainly Arab territory west of the Euphrates.
Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday that Moscow welcomes the reports that
Syrian government troops have gained control of the flashpoint town, which is
located 30 kilometers west of the Euphrates.
course, this will help in stabilizing the situation. The enlargement of the
zone under the control of government forces... is without doubt a positive
trend,” he said.
forces, who were left exposed by Trump's pledge to pull out American soldiers
from Syria, have asked Syrian government forces for help amid indications that
Turkey is considering a military campaign against them.
Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency reported that Turkish-backed militants
from the so-called Free Syria Army (FSA) are sending new military
reinforcements to Manbij frontline in Syria.
troops are reportedly patrolling the town, and have bases on its edge to
prevent any possible friction between Kurdish and Turkish-sponsored militants.
has been a major bone of contention between Turkey and the United States.
has complained over the slow implementation of a deal reached with Washington
in June, which would see the YPG ousted from the town and moved back to the
eastern bank of the river.
the past few days, the Turkish military has been sending reinforcements to
frontline areas with YPG militants in northern Syria.
Turkish military, with support from allied militants of the so-called Free
Syrian Army, has launched two cross-border operations in northern Syria, dubbed
“Euphrates Shield” and “Olive Branch”, against the YPG and Daesh Takfiri
Turkish authorities on Friday detained dozens of suspects over alleged links to
Daesh during morning raids in two provinces, state news agency Anadolu
Ankara, 52 people were taken into custody after the capital's chief prosecutor
issued 64 arrest warrants as part of a probe into the extremist group.
continued to find the 12 other suspects.
discovered weapons including guns and ammunition at the homes of the suspects
in Ankara, Anadolu reported.
in the northern province of Samsun, 10 Iraqis were detained over suspected
Daesh ties, the agency said.
authorities have conducted similar raids in the capital this year.
a few days before national elections in June, 14 suspected Daesh members were
detained accused of planning an attack on the polls.
was hit by a series of terror attacks in 2015 and 2016 attributed to Daesh and
Kurdish militants. The last attack was in January 2017 when a gunman killed 39
people at an elite Istanbul nightclub during New Year celebrations.
The Australian government has stripped citizenship from a man it believes is a
top recruiter for Daesh, Australia’s home affairs minister said on Saturday.
Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said in an emailed statement to Reuters that
Melbourne-born Neil Prakash has been stripped of his citizenship.
has been in Turkey on trial for terrorism-related activities since being caught
there in October 2016 after leaving Daesh-controlled territory.
is wanted in Australia over terrorism-related activities including an alleged
plot to behead a Melbourne police officer on Anzac Day.
first priority is and always will be the safety and security of all
Australians,” Dutton said in his statement. “This Government is determined to
deal with foreign terrorist fighters as far from our shores as possible.”
whose mother was Cambodian and father was Fijian Indian, held both Australian
and Fijian citizenship through his father.
Australia’s citizenship laws, a dual national can lose their Australian
citizenship if they act contrary to their allegiance to Australia by choosing
to be involved in terrorism. Prakash is the 12th person to be stripped of
was declared a terrorist organization in May 2016 for this purpose, the Home
Affairs Office said in its statement.
be in the service of such a terrorist organization, as Mr.Prakash was, is to
act inconsistently with your allegiance to Australia and we will do everything
we can to ensure he is brought to account for his crimes,” Dutton said.
decision came into effect on Dec. 21 when Prakash was notified by letter, and
the Fijian government has also been notified according to a source close to the
has been linked to several Australia-based attack plans and has appeared in
Daesh videos and magazines. Australia has alleged that he actively recruited
Australian men, women and children and encouraged acts of militancy.
has been pressing Turkey to extradite Prakash since he was first detained, but
the request was rejected in July. It will remain in place until the conclusion
of his case and any custodial sentence, The Australian newspaper reported.
canceled Prakash’s passport in 2014 and announced financial sanctions in 2015,
including anyone giving him financial assistance, with punishment of up to 10
years in jail.
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