a carefully crafted message Thursday, Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan, poised
to become the next Prime Minister of Pakistan, made a nuanced outreach to
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A carefully crafted message Thursday, Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan, poised
to become the next Prime Minister of Pakistan, made a nuanced outreach to India
while making clear that New Delhi’s response would hold the key.
that the blame game needs to stop between the two countries over Kashmir and
Balochistan, 65-year-old Khan addressed his nation: “If India takes one step
towards us, we will take two steps toward them…but at least (we) need a start.
Right now, it is one-sided where India is constantly just blaming us.”
public statement, sources said, follows India’s engagement with his team
through the High Commission in Islamabad. Although his statement has not been
officially reciprocated by New Delhi, official sources are hopeful of “a
greater policy coherence” under him as “he would be on the same page as the
told The Indian Express that the Indian High Commission in Islamabad “has been
in close touch with Imran’s people for months,” as the government was preparing
itself for any election outcome. Khan’s statement that “we want to improve our relations
with India, if their leadership also wants it” seems to be born out of that
said Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar, former member of the British House of Commons,
who served as Governor of Punjab from 2013 to 2015, is most likely to be named
Foreign Minister. He resigned as governor in 2015 after terming US President
Barack Obama’s visit to India as a failure of the government of Nawaz Sharif.
He later joined Khan’s PTI and is currently a member of the Pakistani Senate.
PTI, which won 76 seats and was leading in 43 according to Pakistan’s TV
channels, is widely perceived to be the Pakistan Army’s choice, and has been
christened by the Opposition as the “laadla” (favourite son).
of that image and apprehension in New Delhi, he said, “As far as India is
concerned, I was a little disappointed with how the Indian media portrayed me
in the past few weeks, as a villain in a Bollywood film…like everything that
would be disadvantageous for India would happen due to me.”
then, he struck a familiar note, echoing the military establishment’s thinking
that Kashmir is the “core issue”.
however, also expressed his desire to “increase trade” with India — a popular
sentiment among the business community in Pakistan, especially among the
influential business class in Punjab.
am that Pakistani who believes that to improve economics in the sub-continent,
trade between India and Pakistan is important. This will be beneficial for both
the countries,” he said.
priority should be to increase trade, but the sad part is that the core issue
is Kashmir. We should sit across the table to solve this issue, instead of
indulging in a blame game. The Kashmiri people have suffered a lot of human
rights violation. Let’s not continue this blame game over Kashmir and
Balochistan. We are stuck at square one,” he said.
PTI’s election manifesto had said that they will “work on a blueprint towards
resolving the Kashmir issue within the parameters of UNSC resolutions. For
lasting peace within our own region, especially with a neighbour India,
conflict resolution and the security route to cooperation is the most viable”.
his address, Khan also tried to strike a conciliatory note, noting his ties
with India. “I am that Pakistani who has travelled through India because of my
cricket,” he said.
was interesting to note was that he covered almost every important bilateral
relations from Pakistan’s point of view, starting from China, and came to India
only in the end.
a strong mention of improving ties with China, Khan said, “We will strengthen
and improve our relations with China. We want to work towards success of CPEC.
We also want to send teams to learn poverty alleviation from China. How to lift
our most poor who can’t even eat two meals a day.”
that foreign policy is a “huge problem” for the country now, he said the
country needs better relations with its neighbours so that it can focus on
Thursday, South Block mandarins were poring through various elements of PTI’s
election manifesto, which has some aspects that have got Delhi worried.
of the key paragraphs is to “expose links between active and passive terrorists
(who provide logistics support but are not part of the fighting force) and seek
to win over the latter so as to isolate the hardcore elements who rely on local
populations for support — the local population acts as the rear of the
terrorists. By separating the passive supporters, the state deprives the
terrorists of an important component of their support structure.”
Block sources, who analysed the PTI manifesto, said: “This distinction between
active and passive terrorists sounds somewhat like good and bad terrorists.
That’s something which goes against the fight against terrorism.”
said Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India, Sohail Mahmood, had gone to
Islamabad earlier this month and had briefed the caretaker government and
Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua about Indian government’s approach towards
name being mentioned as Foreign Minister is Shah Mahmood Qureishi, who served
in that capacity in Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani’s cabinet but was replaced
mid-way with Hina Rabbani Khar.
Khan’s pre-election campaign rhetoric had been fiery, it had largely been
devoid of India bashing, barring a few occasions when he had tried to paint
former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as pro-India.
his last election rally in Karachi on July 22 at the Jinnah Masouleum grounds,
Khan had said, “His (Nawaz’s) whole fight against the Army, it’s not about
democracy. It is about telling the international community that look, I can
control the Army so that Pakistan can accept India’s thaanedaari. This is the
whole game. Pakistan establishment wants to balance India with China. India
wants that like Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan should accept its
thaanedaari. Standing in the way is the Pakistan Army. And [India] wants that
Pakistan Army should be weakened and defamed.
September ‘2016, after India’s retaliatory “surgical strikes”, Khan had said,
“Listen, Narendra Modi, not every Pakistani is Nawaz Sharif. Not every
Pakistani is so fond of money as Nawaz Sharif is. Not every Pakistani who goes
to India, goes to meet Narendra Modi with his son, and has tea with (businessman)
Jindal. Not every Pakistani is more fond of his business than his nation, like
Nawaz Sharif. And not every Pakistani is a coward like Nawaz Sharif.”
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan said on Thursday that he envisioned
to set up a Medina-like welfare state which will be sympathetic towards widows
and the weaker sections of the society.
his first public address since his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) emerged as
the single largest party in the general election, Khan shared his vision for
Pakistan and pledged to safeguard the interests of ordinary citizens.
want to share the kind of Pakistan I envision - the type of state that was
established in Madina, where widows and the poor were taken care of," the
65-year-old cricketer-turned-politician said.
inspiration comes from the last Prophet who set up an ideal welfare state in
Medina. I want Pakistan to become like that. A humanistic not an animalistic
state," he said in a speech made from Bani Gala in Islamabad that was
broadcast via video link.
said his guiding principles will be the same adopted by the last Prophet in
setting up one of the "greatest civilisations".
pledge to our people that I will introduce a system that is for the masses, all
policies will be for the people and not for the elite," he vowed.
will live humbly. So far we have seen that everyone who comes to power changes.
That will not happen with me," he promised.
said Pakistan was in "shambles" as a state and the country is facing
its "biggest challenge" on the economic front.
are facing governance and economic challenges. Our economy has never been so
abysmal. It's because institutions have not been doing their jobs," he
style of governance will be entirely different. The one never seen before. We will
work for the betterment of the poor and downtrodden people," he pledged.
has not officially been declared prime minister yet. According to results and
trends available so far, his party has won 76 seats and is leading in 44 seats,
while its main rival Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was way behind with
Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed legislation
creating a new Muslim autonomous region aimed at settling nearly half a century
of Muslim unrest in the south, where troops crushed an attempt last year by
Islamic State group-linked militants to turn a city into a stronghold.
spokesman Harry Roque and another key aide, Bong Go, told reporters without
elaborating late Thursday that Duterte signed the bill creating the region, to
be called Bangsamoro. The autonomy deal, which has been negotiated for more
than two decades under four presidents, was ratified earlier this week by both
chambers of Congress.
is to announce that the president has just signed the BOL into law," Roque
said in a cellphone message, referring to the Bangsamoro organic law.
the latest significant attempt by the government to end Muslim fighting that
has left more than 120,000 people dead and hampered development in the
country's most destitute regions. The deal was negotiated with the Moro Islamic
Liberation Front, the largest Muslim rebel group in the south; although about
half a dozen smaller IS-linked radical groups remain a threat in the region,
the homeland of minority Muslims in the largely Roman Catholic nation.
Haj Murad Ebrahim, chairman of the Moro rebel front, told a news conference
Tuesday that 30,000 to 40,000 armed fighters would be
"decommissioned" if the autonomy deal is fully enforced. The
disarming would be done in batches based on compliance with the accord, with
the final 40 percent of the guerrillas turning over their weapons once there is
added that six of the largest guerrilla camps in the south were already being
converted into "productive civilian communities" to help the
insurgents return to normal life.
appealed to the international community to contribute to a trust fund to be
used to finance the insurgents' transition from decades of waging one of Asia's
will decommission our forces, the entire forces," Murad said. He declined
to immediately cite the number of weapons that "will be put beyond
military has estimated the Moro rebel group's size at a much lower 11,000
Bangsamoro replaces an existing poverty- and conflict-wracked autonomous region
and is to be larger, better-funded and more powerful. An annual grant,
estimated at 60 billion to 70 billion pesos ($1.1 billion to $1.3 billion), is
to be set aside to bolster development in the new region.
guerrilla force is the second in the south to drop a demand for a separate
Muslim state in exchange for autonomy. The Moro National Liberation Front
forged a 1996 peace deal with the government that led to the current
five-province Muslim autonomous region, which has largely been regarded as a
governments have welcomed the autonomy pacts. They worry that small numbers of
Islamic State group-linked militants from the Middle East and Southeast Asia
could forge an alliance with Filipino insurgents and turn the south into a
breeding ground for extremists.
said it's crucial for the peace agreement to be fully enforced, citing how
earlier failed attempts prompted some guerrillas to break away and form more
hard-line groups like the Abu Sayyaf, a brutal group listed by the United
States and the Philippines as a terrorist organization.
of militants, including those who broke off from Murad's force, were among
black flag-waving fighters who swore allegiance to the Islamic State group and
laid siege to the southern Islamic city of Marawi last year. Troops backed by
U.S. and Australian surveillance aircraft routed the militants after five
months of airstrikes and ground assaults that left more than 1,200 people,
mostly Islamic fighters, dead and the mosque-studded city in ruins.
can roughly conclude that all these splinter groups are a result of the
frustration with the peace process," Murad said.
Arabia deposits $80 mln to support Palestinian Authority budget
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD)
transferred Saudi Arabia’s partial contribution worth of $80 million to support
the Palestinian Authority’s budget.
Ambassador to Egypt Osama bin Ahmed Nuqali, said in a statement on Thursday
that the SDF has transferred $80 million to the account of the Palestinian
Ministry of Finance, representing the monthly contribution of the Kingdom to
support the Palestinian Authority for the months of April, May, June and July
2018, at a rate of $20 million per
Nuqali stressed that Saudi Arabia will always support the Palestinian cause at
all political, economic and humanitarian levels.
Tuesday, Saudi Ambassador to the United Nations Abdallah al-Mouallimi refuted
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley’s criticism of Arab countries for not doing enough to help
responded to these claims during a monthly meeting of the UN Security Council
on the Middle East.
Arabia has over the past two decades provided “$6 billion to the Palestinians
in humanitarian assistance, development aid and relief,” a-Mouallimi responded.
Saudi Ambassador added that “the value of assistance provided to the UN agency
for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) was $1 billion for the same period.”
promises force al Shabaab recruits to return home
numbers of youth who had been radicalised and tricked into joining the al
shabaab terror group in Somalia are now returning home in droves.
majority cited poor living conditions, mistreatment and lack of remuneration as
reasons for the fallout.
is unfortunate the miserable conditions that made me leave home are the same
conditions I have to live through everyday,” Omar, a returnee from Lamu County
was recruited by his maternal uncle, a madrassa teacher in Hindi, Lamu County.
uncle was their breadwinner after their father disappeared from home without a
completing Standard 8 in 2014, Omar's uncle told his mother he would get a job
for his nephew for him take care of his five siblings.
mother was not suspicious since his uncle lived a comfortable life.
never inquired about the job nor the location he was going.
Omar, most of the returnees said low quality of life and social exclusion are
some of the reasons they had joined the group.
their surprise, they found themselves living in the same conditions they had
fled from when they joined the terror group.
Abdul from Panda Nguo said the conditions were worse than at home.
know we are poor back home, but it is better to return, or die than live in
those conditions. At home, I had never stayed for three days without food or a
week without showering, but that it was something normal for the militants,”
of the returnees have any financial or material gain to show for their time
with the terrorists, contrary to the promises they were given.
hope for financial benefit was severely dampened by measly earnings.
Omar and Abdul, Rama Mohammed from Mombasa did not join al Shabaab because of
poverty but his was an ideological pursuit.
wanted to fight for Jihad - a narrative propagated by al shabaab.
however, laments that there is no Jihad al Shabaab are fighting for.
know I did everything to escape and come back home, but I’m afraid to face my
mum. How do I tell her I killed other people’s mothers? She would never forgive
me,” Rama said.
is desperate for his mother’s forgiveness. He heard she has been unwell since
is at her feet, that is the only Jihad I now seek,” a sobbing Rama added.
shabaab supports a policy of looting and pillaging the local population in the
environment they live in.
proceeds are a reserve for leaders and leftovers are given to the local Somali
leaves the foreign fighters desperate and frustrated.
addition to the poor living conditions, the continued aerial bombardment on the
terrorists by Kenya Defence Forces and US Forces is an added strain to the
foreign fighters to return.
Abdul and Rama are part of 10 militants who surrendered to the KDF troops last
are undergoing rehabilitation, psychological support and security debrief at a
secluded area before re-integration back into the society.
Muslim Population Needs To Be Curbed, Is Reason For Increase In Lynchings’,
Says BJP MP Hari Om Pandey
DELHI: A day after a BJP lawmaker from UP said Hindus should have at least five
children to save Hindutva, another BJP leader has said that it's of "grave
concern" that the Muslim population is increasing because that's the
reason for growing incidents of terror crime and lynching, reported Times Now.
MP from UP, Hari Om Pandey, further said in an interview with the TV channel
that at the rate the Muslim population is growing we will see the creation of
another Pakistan and that doesn't bode well for India. He further said a bill
must be brought in Parliament, applicable to everyone, to control population.
main problem in India is because terrorism, crimes, mob lynching are increasing
and the reason for this is the population of the country. There's a huge
increase in the country's population today compared with the time of
independence and the reason for that is one community, that of the
Muslims," said Pandey.
MP from UP's Ambedkar Nagar constituency said that Muslims don't believe in
birth control or any form of planning, and Muslim religious leaders say it
isn't allowed in Islam.
say 'Allah talaa however much our population increases it isn't enough', and
because of that terrors, crime lynchings are all rising," said Pandey.
also said one Pakistan in the neighbourhood is enough - "they just had
elections and already they are being called 'Aatankistan' (Terroristan)" -
and unless a bill is passed in parliament to curb population "we will
produce another Pakistan".
days before Pandey's comments, BJP UP lawmaker Surendra Singh said "Hindus
must produce at least five children to keep India strong and keep Hindutva
intact" in the country, reported news agency ANI.
Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party chief Imran Khan, who looks set to become the next
prime minister, harped on Kashmir, calling it the biggest hurdle in relations
between the sub-continental neighbours as he made peace overtures to India.
a nuanced message, Khan offered to take two steps if India took one and spoke
of so called “human rights violations” in the Valley. “The biggest problem is
Kashmir, every international organisation has said that there are human rights
violations taking place in Kashmir… Kashmiris
are suffering for long. We have to solve
Kashmir issue by sitting across the table, If India’s leadership is willing
then the both of us can solve this issue through dialogue,” he added.
people in Kashmir do not expect Imran Khan to change Pakistan’s policy
remember Khan as a charismatic “legendary” cricketer under whom Pakistan won
the Cricket World Cup in 1992, but most don’t know him as a politician.
analyst and journalist Gowhar Geelani says the fact that Khan doesn’t have a
majority and the perception that he is backed by the army could prove “a
stumbling block vis-a-vis any breakthrough on Kashmir.’’
Khan has shown himself to be “unpredictable” and it’s “hard to know what stance
he is going to adopt on Kashmir,” said the former vice chancellor Islamic
University of Science and Technology, Siddiq Wahid.
remembers an old Khan interview where he said the “resolution of Kashmir issue
is important for peace between India and Pakistan.”
depends on India, though, said Yasin Khan, chairman, Kashmir Economic Alliance.
“Imran Khan has been saying that Kashmir is a very big issue and flash point
between two nuclear powers and it needs statesmen type approach from both the
sides – India and Pakistan.’’ In his first speech after it was clear he had won
the election, Khan extended a hand of friendship to India and said the way to
solve the Kashmir issue was through dialogue.
is unlikely he will be able to do much, said Abdul Hameed, a senior government
don’t think the policy of Pakistan will change vis-à-vis India. Under the
premiership of new PM, policy will be same as Imran can’t annoy the powerful
(army) establishment in his country,” he said.
has every reason to be alarmed by Pak-China alliance: US lawmaker
has every reason to be alarmed by the Pakistan-China alliance, which has
emerged as a threat to their neighbours and democracy in the region, a top US
lawmaker said today.
has emerged as an all-weather ally of Pakistan, where it has launched several
development projects with an investment of over USD 50 billion under the
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), as part of Chinese President Xi
Jinping's ambitious Border and Road Initiative (BRI).
CPEC, launched in 2015, is a planned network of roads, railways and energy
projects linking China's resource-rich Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region with
Pakistan's strategic Gwadar Port on the Arabian Sea.
has also blocked India's move to designate Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad
(JeM) chief and Pathankot terror attack mastermind Masood Azhar as a global
terrorist by the United Nations.
Pakistan-China alliance is hostile to the basic tenants of democracy and
hostile to its neighbours, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher said during a
has every reason to be alarmed by this new cooperation and coordination between
China and Pakistan. Pakistan, who is immersed and its leaders are immersed in
radical Islam and terrorism, not only to terrorise their neighbours, but to
terrorise their own populations into submission," the lawmaker said.
alleged that Sindhis were being brutalised and murdered. And same is the
treatment with supporters of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in Karachi and
groups of people are being brutalised by this corrupt government in Islamabad
in alliance now with China, which of course is the world's worst human rights
abuser," Rohrabacher said.
Brad Sherman raised the issue of human rights violations against Sindhis.
to questions, Senior Bureau Official for South and Central Asian Affairs, Alice
Wells told members of House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee for Asia and the
Pacific that of late there has been popular protests against the disappearances
against staged encounters in Pakistan.
Imran Khan runs Pakistan like he did team: Kapil Dev
DELHI: Former Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan's great Indian rival, Kapil
Dev, is elated to see his contemporary poised to become prime minister of
very happy for him. I hope he manages Pakistan the way he managed the cricket
team as captain," Kapil, like Imran a World Cup-winning captain, told TOI
on Thursday. "From the very beginning, Imran worked hard for his success,
and it's because of this ability to work hard consistently that he is at the
peak of his political career," Kapil said.
ardent fans in the subcontinent wish for regular cricket ties between India and
Pakistan. Kapil, who himself favours more cricket between the neighbours, feels
there are bigger issues to be sorted out first. "I think country is more
important than cricket. Let's hope India and Imran's government can sort out
bigger issues and bring peace to the region. I think cricket will happen,"
Kapil said. "Both countries are going through a rough time.He should focus
on bringing in more harmony between the two countries," he added.
Imran the cricketer and captain, Kapil recalled him as a very positive
cricketer who managed the Pakistani team with the utmost ease. "Handling
the Pakistan team wasn't an easy job but Imran did it brilliantly. He was a
tough captain and that is the reason Pakistan did well. I hope he will do a
good job as PM as well."
was very tough on the field but very gentle off it. That is what is expected
when you are competing at the highest level," he added.
asked if he followed Imran's political career, Kapil said, "Not really. He
is a politician now and politicians are politicians.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reaffirmed India's commitment to
multilateralism, international trade and rules-based world order as he
participated in the Brics Summit.
also focused on the issue of global terrorism and on the need for states to
ensure that no terrorist activity was perpetrated from their soil.
missing from the Johannesburg Declaration was the specific mention of terror
groups like LeT, JeM, Taliban and the Islamic State terror group. These groups
were mentioned in the Brics Xiamen Declaration last year.
fact that LeT and JeM were named was seen as a foreign policy success for
India. In the 2016 Brics Goa summit, China had blocked the mention of these
YEAR after India claimed credit for the naming of Lashkar-e-Taiba and
Jaish-e-Mohammad in the BRICS declaration at Xiamen in China, the grouping’s
declaration in Johannesburg Thursday did not contain any reference to these
latest declaration was issued after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met all BRICS
leaders, and was in the process of meeting at least three of them separately.
however, told The Indian Express that once a formulation has found a mention in
a declaration, “it is already a part of record”. They also pointed to the “very
strong” paragraphs on terrorism in the Johannesburg declaration.
to terrorism, the Johannesburg declaration stated: “We deplore the continued
terrorist attacks, including in some BRICS countries. We condemn terrorism in
all its forms and manifestations wherever committed and by whomsoever. We urge
concerted efforts to counter terrorism under the UN auspices on a firm
international legal basis and express our conviction that a comprehensive approach
is necessary to ensure an effective fight against terrorism. We recall the
responsibility of all States to prevent financing of terrorist networks and
terrorist actions from their territories.”
said: “We firmly believe that those responsible for committing, organising, or
supporting terrorist acts must be held accountable. We call upon all nations to
adopt a comprehensive approach in combating terrorism, which should include
countering radicalisation, recruitment, travel of Foreign Terrorist Fighters,
blocking sources and channels of terrorist financing including, for instance,
through organised crime by means of money-laundering, supply of weapons, drug
trafficking and other criminal activities, dismantling terrorist bases, and
countering misuse of the Internet by terrorist entities through misuse of the
latest Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).”
Xiamen, the BRICS declaration had said the leaders expressed concern on the
security situation in the region and violence caused by “the Taliban,
ISIL/DAISH, Al-Qaida and its affiliates including Eastern Turkistan Islamic
Movement, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba,
Jaish-e-Mohammad, TTP and Hizb ut-Tahrir.”
was projected by India as a major accomplishment, with the Ministry of External
Affairs Secretary (East) Preeti Saran pointing out that “for the first time you
would notice that there has been such a specific listing of terrorists
wants elections to be declared ‘null and void’
The Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) has called for declaring the entire electoral
exercise “null and void” and rejected the results outright.
to Dawn after a meeting of the alliance on Thursday, MMA’s secretary general
Liaquat Baloch said that after reviewing the post-election situation, the MMA
leadership had decided to convene a multi-party conference (MPC) in Islamabad
on Friday (today) to thrash out a joint strategy.
recently revived alliance of five religio-political parties suffered a drubbing
in the elections and even its chief, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, and Jamaat-i-Islami
emir Sirajul Haq tasted defeat in their native constituencies.
Baloch said most of the participants were of the view the alliance should
demand that the results be declared “null and void”, but it was decided that a
final decision would be made after consulting other parties.
reply to a question, he said the MMA had invited all major political parties,
excluding the PTI, to the MPC. He said Maulana Fazl had already contacted the
leaders of other parties, including former president Asif Zardari. Mr Baloch
was of the view that the whole election exercise had become doubtful after
“complete failure” of the Election Commission (ECP) to ensure transparency.
speaking to reporters after the MMA meeting, Maulana Fazlur Rehman alleged that
the ECP had no control over the returning officers and district returning
officers on polling day.
seemed that the ROs and the DROs had been made hostage,” he said.
Maulana, who heads his own faction of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam, alleged that
the presiding officers had not provided Form 45 (the statement of count) to
polling agents, instead providing the results to agents on loose sheets of
paper. He said soldiers would take custody of polling bags and then “transport
them somewhere”. Maulana Fazl said the transmission of poll results was stopped
after Maghrib prayers and the “prepared results” were still being issued. He
said the MMA had decided to continue its struggle for the sanctity of vote.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has decided in principle not to
boycott parliament on the issue of poll rigging and play an “aggressive” role
while sitting on the opposition benches in the National Assembly.
decision was taken at a meeting of the PML-N central executive committee (CEC)
which was presided over by its president Shahbaz Sharif in Model Town here on
meeting discussed at length the rigging issue and decided to do aggressive
politics at the Centre and make efforts to form government in Punjab,” a PML-N
insider told Dawn after the meeting.
party also decided to take all other major parties, including the Pakistan
Peoples Party and obviously excluding the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, to
formulate a joint strategy to take up the rigging issue that it believes has
deprived it of majority in the coming National Assembly.
CEC expressed strong reservations on ‘rigging’ and decided to use all options
to expose it before the people.
spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb told Dawn that any decision whether or not to
boycott parliament would be taken after consulting other parties at a
multi-party conference (MPC) the PML-N had called on Friday (today) in
she hastened to add that unlike the PTI, the PML-N was not a party that could
ever do politics which was detrimental to the country.
will (try to) form a ‘united political front’ to take up the issue of rigging.
All political parties will gather in Islamabad on Friday to formulate a joint
strategy against rigging. We will present constituency-wise evidence of rigging
and issue a white paper on rigging after the MPC,” she said.
former information minister said that the proposed united front would finalise
a future course of action after the MPC.
in certain cities were targeted to achieve desired results. We have witnessed a
similar pattern in Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Multan and some other areas,” she
had been committed in a bid to ‘select ladla’ (Imran Khan),” she said and
called upon the authorities concerned to hold an inquiry to ascertain why the
result transmission system of the Election Commission of Pakistan had broken
Aurangzeb continued to say that pre and post-poll day rigging had been carried
out. “Why polling agents were expelled and not given Form 45,” she asked.
she said, the voting process had been deliberately slowed down to deprive
people of an opportunity to cast their votes.
PML-N’s mandate has been stolen and we will expose this,” she said.
whether the party planned to take to the streets to protest against the alleged
rigging, she said: “The country cannot afford agitation at this moment. The
PML-N is not the PTI.”
the CEC meeting that lasted for several hours discussed the rigging issue and
examined its evidence.
at the huddle, Shahbaz Sharif said that the results of the polls did not
correspond to what he had witnessed during the election campaign.
political parties also have serious reservations on the elections results as
systematic rigging has been carried out,” he said.
As Pakistan forms a new government, the United States looks for opportunities
to work with it to advance the goals of security and stability in South Asia,
the State Department said on Thursday.
a statement on Wednesday’s election that gave Imran Khan and his party a clear
edge over others, a spokesman for the State Department also expressed concern
over some developments.
Pakistan’s elected leaders form a new government, the United States will look
for opportunities to work with them to advance our goals of security,
stability, and prosperity in South Asia,” the spokesperson said.
are concerned by reports of constraints placed on freedoms of expression,
association, and the press leading up to the elections.”
to comment on the election results, the spokesperson said: “We are awaiting
official results from the Electoral Commission of Pakistan and observer
missions to release their preliminary findings.”
The Financial Times in a report observed that election in Pakistan produced a
rare victory for a candidate who comes from outside the country’s two major
dynasties, the Sharifs and the Bhuttos.
media outlets also noted this change in the stories published or broadcast in
the United States since Wednesday evening, when election results from Pakistan
showed Imran Khan and his party emerging as a clear winner.
FT article pointed out that Imran Khan projected himself on the campaign trail
as a fighter against corruption, willing to take on the country’s established
political elite. “But his opponents say he has been supported and funded by the
armed forces,” the report added.
Bloomberg financial wire reported that Imran Khan’s win would clear the way for
Pakistan to “open negotiations with the International Monetary Fund over
another, much-needed bailout”.
reported noted that investors in Pakistan were “already expressing relief at
the prospect of an outright win after expectations of a hung parliament”.
report warned that the PTI leader’s alleged link to Pakistan’s Islamists would
be viewed with concern in world capitals and pointed out that in one of his
past statements he threatened to shoot down US drones if they entered the
Pakistani territory in his government.
Khan maintains that “America’s presence (in Afghanistan) puts him in direct
conflict with US President Donald Trump”, the report added.
also noted that Mr Khan, who won power as an anti- corruption crusader, has
emphasised the need for more transparency in the $60 billion CPEC projects.
now, he may choose to focus on Pakistan’s economy rather than battle the
country’s powerful generals over foreign policy and national security issues,”
agency report published on some news sites noted that religious extremists and
banned groups failed miserably in Pakistan’s elections.
the extremists had fielded hundreds of candidates, only one appeared to be
winning a provincial assembly seat from Karachi, it added.
Washington Post article noted that PML-N had rejected the results, claiming the
election was rigged and other major political parties were also backing this
the rigging allegation had cast a shadow on the legitimacy of the entire
electoral exercise, it would not prevent the PTI from forming the next
government, the report added.
PTI-led government would take office, and the opposition parties would
concurrently maintain a strong protest movement to pressure the new government
for the foreseeable future,” the Post added.
report noted that if rigging allegations led to a protest movement, the
political parties led by the PML-N, could boycott the newly elected parliament
and demand a repeat election.
such a call would require deep coordination between all major political parties
… (and) with the PPP in a strong position to easily form one provincial
government, there is no obvious reason to believe they would collaborate.”
Foreign Policy magazine also carried a report on its website, noting that
Pakistan’s foreign relations “are the most frayed they have been in decades” as
Imran Khan prepares to take over.
report noted while the United States and Afghanistan accused Pakistan of
allowing Taliban militants to operate out of sanctuaries in Pakistan, the
dispute with India over Kashmir was growing tense.
has once more been placed on a terrorism-financing watch list by the
Paris-based Financial Action Task Force, rendering it ever more internationally
isolated,” it added.
report stressed the need for dealing with the growing anti-Americanism in
Pakistan if Mr Khan wanted to improve his country’s ties with Washington.
report also noted that before his election, Mr Khan presented himself “as a
leader of conscience who would better safeguard Pakistani honour by engaging
with the United States on more equal terms”.
Losing candidates — one each from Badin, Mirpurkhas, Sukkur and Shikarpur —
alleged on Thursday that they had been defeated through “technical rigging”.
Rasool Bux Chandio, aspirant for NA-230 (Badin), addressed a hurriedly called
press conference at Jamali House here on Thursday and alleged that the results
were manipulated through massive rigging and other malpractices after 10pm on
his agents were expelled from the polling stations by “khalaee makhlooq” and
later on the results were manipulated, showing the lead of Dr Fehmida Mirza by
Chandio said the sudden change in the direction of results in favour of his
opponent Dr Fehmida Mirza, which initially showed his lead of 2,500 votes from
the ballot counts of 233 polling stations, raised doubts. He said he had filed
an application to the returning officer for recount of the votes.
to Badin district PPP general secretary Haji Sain Bux Jamali, it remains
unclear as to why PPP candidate Haji Taj Mohammad Mallah was shown successful
by 2,400 votes against his rival candidate Dr Fehmida Mirza for PS-73, but
later on the lead was reduced to only 281 votes.
alleged that the presiding officers from 60 polling stations either left the
venue or were missing from the polling process, paving way for the massive
appealed to the Election Commission of Pakistan for putting off the result
announcement till recounting of the votes.
Mirpurkhas, MQM-P candidate for PS-47 (Mirpurkhas) Mujibul Haq has alleged that
the mandate of the Haq Parast masses of Mirpurkhas has been snatched through
what he termed technical rigging.
also blamed that the pre-poll rigging plan had been made in the past by
delimitation and showing less census of urban areas.
a press conference here on Thursday, he claimed that maximum number of MQM-P
voters had voted for him. After completion of the polling, his polling agents were
sent out of polling stations for ‘rigging’ and its complaint was made to the
Election Commission of Pakistan, he added.
to the results of 97 polling stations out of the total 187, he said he was
leading with 17,000 votes while PPP candidate Hari Ram Kishori Lal acquired
13,599 votes. He said that PPP leaders and office bearers in the night gathered
at different polling stations to change the result in favour of their
lamented that ballot boxes were shifted to unknown places in the night and
today (Thursday) Haq Parast mandate was changed in favour of the PPP candidate.
said his polling agents were given result on plain papers by presiding officers
in the city.
appealed to the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and chief
election commissioner to look into the issue and punish the responsible
Shikarpur, Agha Taimoor Khan Pathan, candidate for PS-7 (Shikarpur-1), has
expressed his deep concern over the election process and rejected elections
results of PS-07.
a press conference held at his residence, he alleged that election results had
been given on blank papers and not on Form-45, which was sheer violation of the
election code of conduct.He also alleged that he was kept detained for six
hours after a firing incident, though his rival and his accomplices had fired
at him (Agha).
number of GDA leaders were present on the occasion.
Soomro says results manipulated in favour of Bilawal
Maulana Rashid Mehmood Soomro, president MMA Sindh and general secretary of
JUI-F Sindh chapter, has rejected results of general election and alleged that
his results have been manipulated to defeat him.
said at a hurriedly-called press conference at the local press club on Thursday
night that his party would hold province-wide protest against the results.
said that people of Larkana had given clear verdict in his favour but Asif Ali
Zardari exerted his pressure and warned that he would not accept the results if
Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari lost from Larkana.
he did not divulge the name to whom Zardari had sent the message. He added in
the same breath that his polling agents were not given ECP’s Form 45 mentioning
the details of the result.
were compelled to leave the polling stations. He said 150 polling stations in
his constituency were not provided Form 45 and pointed towards lacunae in the
result sheet, as ballot papers and the result sheet did not match in terms of
numbers of candidates contesting from the seat.
alleged that results were manipulated. At certain polling stations, the ballot
boxes were not opened in time. Two presiding officers from Naudero had brought
the results on Thursday evening after 24 hours in their private car and
rickshaw at the returning officer’s office. He said that he had all proofs with
him regarding the election and would send them to ECP.
showed simple receipts to the media which were provided to his polling agents
on plain paper that had no legal weight, he added.
said that when such elections results were already planned then why the
Election Commission of Pakistan had spent huge money on this exercise.
by his brother Maulana Nasir Mehmood Soomro who had contested NA-202
(Qambar-Shahdadkot) but could not win, he said results were also changed there.
announced convening meeting of MMA Sindh to discuss the post-poll situation. If
PPP formed government in Sindh it would not be permitted to ruin and plunder
Sindh again, he said.
claimed that Larkana was no more a stronghold of PPP and alleged that PPP was
stealing people’s mandate.
Pakistan Awami Tehreek Quaid Tahirul Qadri on Thursday congratulated Imran Khan
on his overwhelming success in the general election, and said he fully endorsed
the agenda that Khan announced in his victory speech.
said: “We wish the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf form government in Centre, Punjab
and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The allegations of rigging are common in Pakistan, and
the losing party always speaks of rigging; however, the Sharifs must pay
respect to vote and accept verdict of the people. Now, it is responsibility of
Imran Khan to provide justice to victim families of Model Town incident and
hopefully Imran Khan will honour this commitment.”
said the people of Pakistan deserved a lot of appreciation for defeating the
corrupt leaders. He said his decision of not participating in election under
the current electoral system was based on principles, “but I still believe
election should not mean change of faces, rather it should be for the welfare
of country and its people.”
said Imran Khan and his team struggled to change the current system and hoped
that the election result would pave the way for change in system.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan’s ex-wife, Jemima Goldsmith,
congratulated him on Thursday as the party embraced victory in general
her Tweet, Jemima stated that after 22 years of humiliations, hurdles, and
sacrifices, my sons’ father is Pakistan’s next PM.
further highlighted the lesson from Imran’s struggle, “It’s an incredible
lesson in tenacity, belief & refusal to accept defeat.”
then concluded by saying, “The challenge now is to remember why he entered
politics in the first place. Congratulations Imran Khan.”
another Tweet, the ex-wife recalled 1997 elections and stated, “I remember IK’s
1st election in 1997- untested, idealistic & politically naive. I waited up
for the call in LHR with 3 mo old Sulaiman, who I had lugged around the
added, “Eventually, he called. “It’s a clean sweep” & after my gasp, “… the
other way.” He roared with laughter.”
if Islam allows, banning child marriages for greater good, Mujahid says
LUMPUR, July 27 ― Any move to curb marriages involving girls who are minors is
aimed at protecting them from exploitation, said Minister in the Prime
Minister's Department Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa.
said the government also looked at the issue in the long run and the ban on
child marriages was due to many cases found to be inclined towards
said the issue was being discussed by the government to enhance control over
is a clause 'with permission of the court' that is the problem. If we just
tighten (the law), it will only be a temporary measure. Even though in Islam,
child marriages are allowed, we have to understand that we should take a stance
for the sake of the greater public interest, especially for the protection of
children,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby yesterday.
was commenting on a statement by PAS vice-president Datuk Mohd Amar Nik
Abdullah that the government should not ban child marriages because it was
allowed in Islam.
Mujahid said the government would draw up a strict standard operating procedure
(SOP) for the approval of child marriages by the Shariah Court. ― Bernama
last Spring, China has reportedly confined over one million people in mass
re-education camps, primarily in Xinjiang, the north-western region of China
that borders Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan among others.
is an area more than half the size of India and has historically been a
majority Muslim region, with the predominant group being the Uyghur Muslims.
to Radio Free Asia (RFA), the policy is designed to counter extremism in the
region after increasing numbers of violent attacks in recent years. The Chinese
Government claims “Islamic extremism” is growing in Xinjiang, but critics say
China has exaggerated the threat and is using it as an excuse to crack down on
Uyghur culture and religion.
detention campaign has swept across the region and the camps have been
officially termed “professional education schools”, where detainees are sent to
‘receive political education’. People are detained for any number of reasons,
including travelling abroad, having relatives abroad, or throwing away their
mobile SIM card.
in the camps have been described as endless brainwashing, torture and
humiliation. Most people are detained indefinitely, with no contact with their
families, who are just left wondering where they went.
Samarkand, one detainee, said he was interrogated for three days by police and
was then sent to a re-education camp for three months. He described how they
endured forced study of Communist propaganda since the aim of the programme is
to rewire the political thinking of the prisoners, erase their Islamic beliefs,
and completely reshape their identities. They face physical and mental torture
in efforts to quash religious beliefs and any potential separatist movements.
Detainees who most vigorously criticise the people and things they love are
rewarded, and those who refuse to do so are punished with solitary confinement,
beatings and food deprivation.
Samarkand described camp punishments ranging from being handcuffed and
ankle-cuffed for up to 12 hours, or long periods of time strapped into a metal
contraption known as the ‘tiger chair’, which he himself endured. Another
former inmate claims that Muslims were sometimes forced to drink alcohol and
eat pork in the ‘re-education’ camps.
the Chinese Government has officially denied the existence of the camps, Adrian
Zenz, a leading authority on the crackdown in Xinjiang, has gathered evidence
that dates the onset of the camps to March 2017. The Government campaign of
‘de-extremification’ through education also followed the appointment of
hardline party Secretary Chen Quanguo to Xinjiang in August 2016, after his
transfer from Tibet, where he presided over a similar programme involving
surveillance, intense social control, and scrutinisation.
inmates are serving terms as long as seven years, but “most detainees are sent
to camps indefinitely” said a policewoman in Aktu province, where three camps
were opened between March and September 2017 alone.
September 2017, the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on the
Chinese Government to free the thousands of Xinjiang detainees and close down
the camps. Sophie Richardson, China Director at HRW, said, “The Chinese
authorities are holding people at these ‘political education camps’ not because
they have committed any crimes, but because they deem them politically
Bekali’s case has drawn significant attention, as he is a Kazakh citizen who
crossed the border into China for a work trip in March 2017. He was one of the
hundreds of thousands of people detained without trial or access to a lawyer
and forced to disavow his beliefs while praising the Communist party. Bekali, 42,
broke down in tears as he described his experience, one of the most detailed
accounts yet of life inside the camps. He said, “the psychological pressure is
enormous when you have to criticise yourself, denounce your thinking”.
contemplated suicide after 20 days of detainment, but remained in the camp for
8 months, until a Kazakh official was able to secure his release. Rare
interviews with a handful of other former detainees as well as a former
instructor supported Bekali’s depiction, although most spoke on anonymity to
protect their families. Bekali too had initially requested anonymity for fear
of his family who lived in Xinjiang, but after his sister and parents were
imprisoned too, he agreed for his identity to be published.
US commission called it “the largest mass incarceration of a minority
population in the world today”, but when the Chinese foreign ministry was asked
to comment, it said it “had not heard” of the situation. When asked why
non-Chinese had been detained, the Ministry said that the Chinese Government
protects rights of foreigners in China but that they should also be
law-abiding. Camps themselves operate outside the legal system and are shrouded
detention programme is rooted in the ancient Chinese belief of transformation
through education, a policy previously used during Mao Zedong’s mass
international commentators speaking about the terrifying extent of these human
rights violations, and the ensuing multigenerational trauma, Chinese officials
hold confidence in this method of curbing religious extremism. A state journal
published a paper in 2017 saying that of 588 participants surveyed, most didn’t
know what they had done wrong when they were sent to re-education camps, but by
the time they were released, 98.8% had learned their mistakes. The researcher
concluded that transformation through education is a permanent cure.
from Bekali and RFA said that detainees included doctors, lawyers, teachers,
wealthy business executives, as well as 80-year-olds and breastfeeding mothers.
Dozens of family members of naturalised US citizens who are journalists at
Washington-based RFA have been detained. One Chinese official compared the
re-education policy to removing weeds, saying that hidden weeds can’t be
uprooted one by one; it has to be a general re-education, in the same way,
chemicals are sprayed on crops, and not just limited to a few people.
further re-education efforts, the state-run China Islamic Association has
instructed all mosques in China to raise the national flag in a prominent
position “to promote patriotism”. It also urged mosques and Muslims to study
the Chinese constitution, classical Chinese culture, and core socialist values
in an attempt to strengthen their concept of nation.
China Islamic Association is a Government-affiliated body and has the sole
power to accredit Imams.
another extension of the already hugely pervasive programme of surveillance in
Xinjiang, more than 1 million Communist party cadres have been dispatched to
stay in the homes of Muslim families throughout Xinjiang. Although authorities
claim that the police presence in Xinjiang, as well as many other restrictions,
are intended to control the spread of “Islamic extremism”, analysts agree that
the region is becoming an open-air prison.
are not aware that 50% of the present government is made up of non-Muslims. So
this is not a Muslim-majority government unlike the previous BN administration”
these words, spoken by Lokman Noor Adam, the BN candidate for the Sungai Kandis
by-election is anything to go by, a victory for him and the BN is a disaster
waiting to happen in a country that voted for change.
irony of it all is that Lokman himself was one of the earliest promoters of the
Reformasi movement when he was with the PKR. Isn’t what is happening now in
Malaysia a response to his then demand for Reformasi ? I would venture to say
his past wishes are being granted as we are witnessing a reformation that makes
this country truly Malaysia.
what if 50% of the present cabinet is made up of non-Muslims? Has a crime been
committed? Does it say anywhere in our constitution that the make-up of the
government is to be based on racial lines? If it does, I must have missed it
when scanning through the constitution. I for one would rather have a cabinet
of a mixed racial composition than one that is dominated by a particular race.
Our country is after all a cosmopolitan nation. Aside from that, it is no use
to anyone if we have a one-race dominant cabinet made up of corrupt, scheming,
dishonest racist leaders who believe in polarisation, and not ability or
meritocracy. We need leaders with integrity, ability and credibility regardless
of the colour of their skin. We need leadership by example.
do we, therefore, progress as a nation if we are to compromise on quality?
Where do you even begin when you deny the people of this nation the opportunity
to be served by leaders of distinction? If picking the best brains for the job
means getting people of different races, so be it because this sets the motion
for change in the way we think, behave and look at life in general.
are now reforming. We are metamorphosing and becoming the agents of change. I
have no qualms about that and neither should the likes of Lokman Noor Adam.
Kua Kia Soong
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religion) Mujahid Yusof Rawa told
parliament on July 24 that a Religious and Racial Hatred Act would be tabled
soon “… not just to deal with incidences when Islam is insulted but also when
non-Muslim faiths are insulted…This is to ensure that our multi-religious and
multiracial society is protected from being insulted and belittled.”
are three reasons why such a law is ill-conceived:
It is framed as a “problem” rather than a solution;
It is another “fluffy” law that can be used against dissidents;
It is not “rights” based.
From ‘problem’ frame to ‘solution’ frame
Milton Erickson, the acclaimed practitioner of medical hypnosis taught us the
power of “embedded commands” and how words shape our external experience.
if we want a new society that is equal, just and tolerant, we should avoid
naming a law a “Religious and Racial Hatred Act”.
focus on hatred? Words sculpt our inner world which then shapes our
perspectives on our outer world. Thus, shout at a child “Don’t RUN…You’ll
FALL!”, chances are the child is going to fall…
they say in communication studies, the meaning of your communication is in the
effect that it evokes.
let us focus on what it is we want to have happen.
Fluffily-worded laws won’t do either
old regime’s National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) drafted The National
Harmony Bill, National Unity Bill and the National Unity & Integration
these fluffily-worded bills, the originators of these Bills including the
present law under discussion, are avoiding the “problem” we are trying to
“national harmony” and “national security” are preferable to the embedded
commands in “religious and racial hatred” and “sedition” but we know from our
harrowing experience with the Internal Security Act and the Sedition Act that
these nice fluffy concepts cut both ways.
folks like us human rights’ defenders get taken in under the same
fluffily-worded laws as well.
I was arrested and detained in 1987 for threatening “national harmony” because
I had spoken at a forum on the human right to mother tongue education. Since
then I have never trusted fluffily-worded laws.
What do we want to have happen?
the Bills, it is very clear that they are aimed at combatting a problem widely
recognised by the world community at least since the Second World War; namely,
racism, racial discrimination, related prejudice and intolerance.
new Foreign Minister should take note since he has committed to the
ratification of the international Covenants including the International
Convention on the Eradication of Racial Discrimination.
the UK has the Equality Act 2010, the purpose of which is to align their
previous Race Relations Act with the European Human Rights legislation and to
extend protection to other groups not previously covered, namely, to cover age,
disability, gender, religion, belief and sexual orientation.
is not surprising that in the old and new Malaysia, legislators cannot seem to
be able to frame laws in terms of “Equality” because “incitement to racial and
religious hatred” would be considered a criminal offence within the scope of
such an Equality Act.
the UK Equality Act, actions are also considered to be direct discrimination
when “someone is treated less favourably than another person because of a
British Criminal Justice & Public Order Act 1994 made publication of
materials that incited racial hatred an arrestable offence along with the
Deliberately provoking hatred against a racial group;
Distributing racist material to the public;
Making inflammatory public speeches;
Creating racist websites on the internet;
Inciting inflammatory rumours about an individual or ethnic group, in order to
spread racial discontent.
crimes” are criminal acts committed as intimidation, threats, property damage,
assault, murder or such other criminal offences.
are a type of crime in which the perpetrator is sending a message to the victim
about their right to belong to that society.
crimes violate the principle of equality between people and deny their right to
achieve full human dignity and to realise their full potential.
speech is defined as an expression of hatred towards another person or group of
people using various means such as writing, speech or any other form of
the United Kingdom, there are a number of laws set out to provide protection to
citizens from hate speech.
2006, The Public Order Act was amended to include religious hatred and in 2008,
the Public Order Act was amended to forbid the incitement of hatred on the
grounds of sexual orientation.
who uses threatening or abusive behaviour in this way can face up to seven
years in prison, which is the maximum sentence. Fines can also be added to
prison sentences or applied solely.
equality & human rights commission
the UK they also have an Equality & Human Rights Commission. For a
population of more than 56 million, this commission has just ten (10) commissioners.
in Malaysia, we already have a National Human Rights Commission (Suhakam). Our
Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) should therefore extend its jurisdiction to
incorporate an Equality Commission for after all, equality is an intrinsic part
of our human rights.
work would be to encourage greater integration, better ethnic relations and to
use legal powers to help eradicate racial discrimination and harassment.
its ambit would cover racist stereotyping in textbooks and the press; racial
discrimination in the public sphere, employment, education, social services,
an independent commission should be empowered to issue codes of practice and be
invested with powers to conduct formal investigations and to serve notices to
furnish information or documents in order to enforce the law.
place for racists and religious bigots
far right racial supremacists and religious exclusivists who rail about the
dominance of their “race” or religion should be reined in by an Equality &
Human Rights Commission and dealt with under an Equality Act and/or Public
take Malaysia out of the dark ages and into 21st century developed status, the
new regime needs to address the main issues of racism, racial discrimination and
related intolerance in our society and to propose appropriate Bills and
institutions to resolve these problems.
protests continue while bracing for Friday’s ‘March of a Million’
Basra city was the first station for protests to erupt before it swept over
other governorates in mid and southern Iraq, while popular anger is still brewing
and protests continue until the people’s demands are met.
Thursday, protesters raised more demands on the government, calling for the
dissolving of Basra’s governorate council as well as holding some security
officials accountable for the use of excessive force against the protesters.
Thursday evening, residents of northern Basra’s al-Howair area called for an
open sit-in, demanding jobs for the unemployed and better public services,
while other protesters put up their tents in front of the local administration.
coordinated groups of protesters all over Iraq are in preparations to unite and
stage a “March of a Million” on Friday, calling on politicians, tribal chiefs
and religious leaders to stay away.
al-Mousawai from Basra who will
participate in Friday’s march said to Al Arabiya English that people in Basra
“no longer trust those who were part of the consecutive federal or local
governments,” adding that a group called “Basra youth” has been established to
unify their demands with allthe other
groups from all over Iraq in order to get positive results from Friday’s
least 14 people have been killed in Iraq in two weeks of protests over
corruption and lack of public services, Fadel al-Garawi, a member of the Iraqi
High Commission for Human Rights, told AFP.
added that 275 protestors and 470 security personnel were injured during the
Garawi said that 828 protestors were arrested so far, most of which have been
army troops and their allied forces have raised the national flag in Quneitra
in the southwest of the Arab country, as government soldiers continue their
push to retake full control of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a strategic
Syrian territory that borders Jordan.
correspondent of Syria’s official news agency SANA reported on Thursday that
units of the Syrian Arab Army entered the village of al-Hamidiya, some three
kilometers to the north of Quneitra city, the provincial capital.
added that the army’s engineering units would soon begin to comb the rural area
to discover and defuse planted landmines and explosive devices by militants in
order to secure the return of locals.
correspondent further added that the Syrian national flag was also hoisted over
Hamidiya as the army troopers were entering the town.
a separate report on Thursday, SANA, citing an unnamed Syrian military
official, also said that army forces had managed to liberate a number of
villages and towns, including al-Sheikh Hussein, Kawkab, al-Shabrak, Mseirta,
al-Lweih and Salbak in the northwest countryside of Dara’a’s and Quneitra’s
government troops and their allied forces, backed by Russian and Syrian air
cover, have been pushing into Quneitra province following a major offensive last
month that routed foreign-backed militants in Dara’a province.
the past few weeks, Syrian forces have managed to liberate dozens of villages
and towns from the clutches of Takfiri terrorists in the country’s southwestern
provinces. The anti-terror offensive in these provinces is significant since
they border the strategic Golan Heights.
seized the Golan Heights from Syria after the 1967 Six-Day War and later
occupied it in a move that has never been recognized by the international
community. The regime has built dozens of settlements in the area ever since
and has used the region to carry out a number of military operations against
the Syrian government.
Following the security operation by the Lebanese army in Brital that killed
eight people, insults by the town’s youth targeting Hezbollah have been
circulating on social media and across media outlets.
of Lebanon’s most wanted criminals — Ali Zaid Ali Zaid Ismail — was among those
killed in the operation. His mother and brother were also killed along with a
Syrian worker and others in the operation carried out by the army’s strike
force unit and commando regiment during the ground and air raid.
insults against Hezbollah in Brital have crossed every red line, including
those drawn by the militant group.
youths who faced TV cameras last Tuesday asked not to have any of their words
of them said: “We respect the Lebanese army’s authority and we know that we are
under its care, but our state has met with parties that control the state and
signed the decision to shed our blood.
Hezbollah, we are nothing but scum. The party wants to massacre us. They do not
recognize our existence and believe our lives don’t matter, but we promise to
prove them wrong.”
one described Hezbollah as “worshippers of money and power.”
said: “May God curse Hezbollah and (its leader) Sayyed Hassan. They are hiding
you, Sayyed Hassan, under the ground. Come out and take a look at what’s
happening. You are hiding from our pain.
fight us with our bread and for our religion. Sayyed, you are not a man of God.
You take us to Syria to kill us, and if we don’t die there, you come to our
houses and kill us.”
were some of the many statements that held Hezbollah accountable for the
killing of eight people, including Ismail, who has evaded more than 3,000
remained silent and did not respond to the insults, and the party’s officials
did not comment despite the fact that the angry protests in Brital included the
burning of Hezbollah’s flags.
only official to comment on what happened was Amal MP and caretaker Agriculture
Minister Ghazi Zeaiter. The Amal Movement is headed by Parliament Speaker Nabih
Berri, who also received his share of insults and had his photos burned during
said: “The army is the protector of Lebanon, and the reactions in Brital are
irrelevant individual ones.”
Al-Amin, who is part of Hezbollah’s opposition, told Arab News: “The killing of
eight people in Brital at once is not a normal incident in the town — nor in
any other Lebanese town. However, what has happened in Brital is a special
the past period, Hezbollah has been creating a cover for the drug cultivation
and dealing taking place in Brital. There was a sort of protection and barter.
is fighting in Syria and wants its territory at home to be coherent and loyal,”
he added. The party has been turning a blind eye to what was happening in
Brital, which is on the Lebanese-Syrian border, for long years — perhaps before
the war started in Syria.”
whether he believed that the Lebanese army’s security operation revealed the
fragility of people’s loyalty to Hezbollah, Al-Amin said: “During the municipal
elections that took place years ago, Hezbollah paid a large sum of money to
have the party’s candidates in Brital win.
is the hometown of Hezbollah’s former secretary-general, Sheikh Sobhi
Al-Tufayli, who was against Hezbollah’s policy.
makes Brital a special case compared with the other villages of the Bekaa.”
said that the killing of eight people in the town in one day “was an insult to
its people, and if the same thing happened in other towns, maybe we would’ve
seen similar reactions.”
said that he was surprised by how aware Hezbollah critics were, especially
those who warned the party through TV cameras that its end would be in the
quoted dignitaries in the Bekaa, saying: “If the atmosphere in the
Baalbek-Hermel remains as it is, the resentment may expand to other towns.
words of those who are angry about the death of their relatives in Syria
because of Hezbollah convey hard feelings in the Bekaa. Hezbollah has violated
many rules and did not respect the area’s relationship with its neighbors.
hard feelings are still hidden and may surface at any moment.”
surgeon from Brital, who refused to give his name for professional reasons,
said that what had happened in his town, which has a population of about 40,000
people, was the result of “suppressed anger.”
told Arab News that the dignitaries of Brital and neighboring towns had begun
to form a council that includes families to manage the area’s affairs.
added: “It is true that those whom the Lebanese army has pursued were
criminals, but the method in which the operation was carried out has caused families
to unite. The criminal should be arrested and tried, but killing people means
that the matter was no longer a security plan but a form of political
said that people had become very cautious and that “Brital is not full of
criminals and drug dealers.”
are dozens of doctors, lawyers, and engineers in Brital, yet the town is often
associated with drugs, even though there are many unemployed people and no one
is helping them,” he said.
News spoke to Al-Tufayli through a mediator. He believes that “there was a
political party behind the security operation in Brital — the army merely
implemented the decision but did not make it.”
TV station Al Masirah said Ansarullah has attacked Abu Dhabi International
Airport with their latest home-made drone, Samsad 3, that was unveiled just
report said the drone staged several bombing raids, causing disruption in the
normal operation of the airport.
hours later, a United Arab Emirates official denied the report, saying,
“Operations at the airport are business as usual.”
the Abu Dhabi International Airport acknowledged the halt in operation on its
twitter page, yet it said the disruption was due to an unspecified incident
caused by a car.
Wednesday, Head of the Supreme Committee of Yemen Revolution Mohammad Ali
al-Houthi warned that the Yemeni missiles are capable of targeting the ports of
other members of the Saudi-led coalition, one day after Yemeni popular forces
attacked a second Saudi warship off the Western coast.
missiles are able to target the ports of other member states of the aggressive
Saudi-led coalition," al-Houthi was quoted as saying by al-Jazeera.
Yemeni resistance fighters also warned all foreign companies, specially energy
firms, this week to leave UAE and Saudi Arabia immediately, saying that the two
states that have been at war with Yemen for more than three years now are no
more safe from drone and missile attacks.
top oil exporter, Saudi Arabia, temporarily suspended all oil shipments through
the Bab al-Mandeb Strait after it claimed that the last night attack by the
Yemeni troops targeted crude-carrying vessels, while Yemen's senior officials
reiterate that they aimed warships.
the attack, Yemen's army underlined that it had destroyed a second Warship, but
hours later Saudi officials claimed that a Saudi oil tanker came under attack
off the Western coast on Wednesday, announcing that they are temporarily
halting oil exports through the Bab Al-Mandeb Strait.
Arabia's Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih stated on Thursday the kingdom would
halt all oil shipments through the strait immediately.
suspension will last "until the situation becomes clearer and the maritime
transit through Bab al-Mandeb is safe", Falih said in a statement.
Al-Mandeb is a potential choking point for Saudi oil shipments. Any lasting disruption
of traffic through it would result in turmoil on the crude market. Brent crude
rose 38 cents to $73.82 a barrel on Wednesday.
warships and military boats have been hit by the Yemeni army and popular
committees since the start of the military operations conducted in reaction to
the Riyadh and its allies aggression.
fighters have also threatened that they could strike warships and oil tankers
of the Saudi-led coalition in retaliation for the blockade the military
alliance has imposed on the Yemeni ports, particularly the key port of
sources said that the infighting in the village of Deir Balout is one of the
most fierce clashes among the terrorists since occupation of Afrin, and added
that all militant groups engaged in the clashes have sustained several
to the sources, Turkish ambulances rushed to the scene to transfer the wounded
to hospital after clashes intensified among the terrorists.
and plundering of civilians' properties by the Ankara-backed militants have
deeply enraged people and made Afrin insecure in the past few months.
media outlet reported on Saturday that Ankara-backed militants engaged in a
fresh round of clashes over distribution of people's assets in Afrin region in
Kurdish-language Hawar news reported that Ahrar al-Sharqiyeh and Katibeh
al-Farouq affiliated to the Turkish troops exchanged heavy fire in Jandaris
region over their share of properties and assets looted from residential areas
in the village of Kouran.
number of gunmen from both sides were killed or wounded in the clashes, Hawar
Arabic website of Sputnik news agency quoted retired General Ali Maqsoud as
saying that the US has turned al-Tanf region in Syria into a center to recruit
and train thousands of ISIL terrorists.
blamed the US for ISIL's recent attacks against Sweida, and said Washington
wants to prolong its military presence in Syria and claim that the ISIL still
holds some power in the country.
said that the ISIL massive attacks against Sweida and the shooting down of the
Syrian army's fighter jet by Israel are closely related to Washington's
attempts to prolong the war in Syria, and said all of these incidents happened
after the Syrian army's achievements in the South and the siege on the ISIL
terrorists in Hawz al-Yarmouk region near occupied Golan.
Syrian military expert also said that Israel helped the ISIL and al-Nusra Front
(Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board) commanders to flee from
Syria among the ranks of the White Helmets, adding that Tel Aviv ordered the
remaining ISIL terrorists to launch attacks on Sweida.
sources said on Wednesday that the ISIL terrorists' massive attacks against
different towns and villages in Sweida province were launched from al-Tanf
region in Homs province which hosts the US-backed militants.
Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news channel reported that the ISIL terrorists
launched heavy attacks against the towns of Douma, Tarba, Shabaki,
al-Sowaimareh and Rami in Northern and Northeastern Sweida from al-Tanf region
after suicide attacks.
Syrian army and popular forces repelled the terrorists' offensives preceded by
suicide attacks, killing tens of militants.
reports said that the Syrian army soldiers and popular forces engaged in fierce
clashes with ISIL in the Southern province of Sweida and managed to repel their
heavy attack after inflicting tens of casualties on the terrorists.
army men, supported by popular force, exchanged heavy fire with ISIL that
attacked the villages of al-Matouneh, Douma and Tima in Northeastern Sweida,
fending off the terrorists' offensive.
the meantime, residents of the village of Rami clashed with ISIL terrorists and
did now allow them to enter their region.
the army forces along with popular fighters fought the terrorists in Tal Basir
region in Eastern Sweida and captured the region.
people in the village of Shabaki and the army men laid siege on the terrorists.
sources reported that more than 240 civilians were killed and tens of others
were wounded in ISIL's suicide attacks in a local market and in Maslakh
district in Sweida city and in several villages in the city outskirt.
sources further said that two of the suicide attackers were arrested before
carrying out their attacks.
sources reported last month that the army sent a large convoy of military
equipment to the Eastern desert of Sweida.
added that the convoy which included several tanks, missile-launchers and
vehicles equipped with heavy weapons was sent to Tal Sa'ad, the frontline of
battle against the ISIL, through the village of al-Janineh in Northeastern
the Syrian army units engaged in fierce clashes with the ISIL terrorists in
Badiyeh region of Sweida province, including al-Harmieh region.
appointed Iraqi Cardinal Louis Raphaël Sako issued an appeal in a heart-felt
letter to the citizens of Iraq this week. In his letter he asks for help from
the people in order to promote harmony, unity and partnership in their country.
Sako is the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon and Head of the Chaldean
recent years Iraq has been consumed by cycles of warfare. The country is living
through an ever growing refugee crisis along with omnipresent sectarianism -
which has led to the rapid spread of the so-called Islamic State extremist
movement (ISIS). ISIS have seized the majority of north western Iraq, along
with bordering parts of Syria, and are constantly increasing their recruitment
of young Muslims worldwide. Through the approval of a new constitution and by
holding parliamentary and provincial elections there has been some progress
made in replacing Iraq’s constitution from the Saddam Hussein era. Iraq’s government
does however still remain weak, thus jeopardising its long-term stability.
mission of an Iraqi Cardinal
Sako begins his letter by stating how thankful he is to Pope Francis “for
nominating an ‘Iraqi citizen’ to be a cardinal and to bear such a distinct
says that this mission is to serve his “devastated country” and everyone in it,
no exceptions. He realises that being Cardinal means assuming responsibilities
towards the Universal Church, giving him more ground to serve and “join all
those with good will to achieve the common goals that we are looking for.”
the red of blood and the red of love
Sako makes an interesting symbolic correlation between the red of the
Cardinal’s dress and the current situation in Iraq. The red symbolizes
martyrdom – “the blood of so many martyrs that has been shed on this land…”
This same red, to him, also symbolizes love, and he believes it should “inflame
the heart of the person who wears it, so that he offers his life for those who
he loves unconditionally.” In this case the heart is his and his unconditional
love goes to the people of Iraq.
his letter, Cardinal Sako urges Iraqi citizens to help promote harmony, to
strengthen unity and partnership among themselves and to create an
"environment based on love, justice, equality, freedom, dignity and peace.
Knowing that we have no future without peace and living together.” He states
that religion and violence are incompatible and calls upon Christian, Muslim
and other religious authorities to contribute to this building of
reconciliation in order to defeat extremism and violence.
to politicians and protestors
Sako advises Iraqi politicians to act upon equal citizenship and not on
personal interest, to put an end to this “acting war” and to speed up the
formation of a strong Government, capable of eradicating corruption and
advice to protestors is to focus on their rights avoiding violence and its
consequences, stating that it is the Government’s responsibility to protect
them and respond to them.
army forces continued clashes with the ISIL terrorists in Northwestern Dara'a
and Southeastern Quneitra, retaking control of the villages of al-Basaleh, Ain
Qazi, al-Hanout, Abu Haratayn, Ain Zaker, Sad al-Maqraz, West Bakar, Ma'adali,
Abu Mandareh and Razaniyah Saida.
field sources reported that the army units killed a large number of terrorists
and seized their weapons and military equipment.
the engineering units of the Syrian army purged the newly-liberated areas of
terrorists and reopened the roads.
a relevant development on Wednesday, the Syrian army troops stormed ISIL's
strongholds in the Southwestern provinces of Dara'a and Quneitra, capturing a
small but key town.
army men, backed up by artillery units and the Air Force, engaged in fierce
clashes with terrorists of ISIL near Seida region at border with the
Israeli-occupied Golan in Quneitra and seized control over the town of al-Basah
aid agency is doing good work in a wide variety of areas in South Africa, from
education to health and from art to sports.
20 projects have been realized in the last six months, Mehmet Akif Sekerci, the
Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency’s (TIKA) coordinator
in South Africa, told Anadolu Agency.
projects were conducted by TIKA’s Pretoria Coordination Office in the provinces
of Pretoria, Johannesburg, and Cape Town, as well as Lesotho and Swaziland in
southern Africa, Sekerci said.
aim to support the development of South Africa’s health sector with key
strategies like building hospitals and clinics as well as technical cooperation
in health care,” he said.
also said projects for equipment support, healthcare screening, providing
vaccines and medications, and supporting the education of medical experts are
how TIKA is trying to spread the wisdom, heritage, and culture of Anatolia all
over the world, Sekerci said the agency is
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday warned South Africa against the
threat posed by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO).
must be vigilant against this organization whose main goal is to pit a brother
against brother,” Erdogan said, addressing Muslim community leaders during a
visit to Johannesburg where he is attending the BRICS Summit.
called terrorist organizations present in Turkey such as FETO and PKK “nests of
evil” that slaughter their brothers.
also said that South Africa is only second to the U.S. among countries where
FETO is most active.
are aware that FETO is trying to attract Muslims in South Africa, especially
through educational institutions....The enemies of Islam controlled FETO that
used incentives such as education, charity, dialogue to infiltrate for 40
years” Erdogan added.
and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup, which
left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
is reportedly present in more than 150 countries around the world, through
schools, NGOs, lobbyists, media outlets, and other companies.
police officers were shot and wounded on Thursday when suspected al Shabaab
militants ambushed their Land Cruiser on Lamu-Garsen road in Milihoi area.
region police commander Noah Mwivanda said the officers had been heading to
Mpeketoni from Lamu.
said the attackers fired at them, seemingly aware that they would be using that
said the police car and a private vehicle were torched during the incident at
two officers were taken to Mpeketoni hospital and might need referrals due to
their injuries," he said. "Officers are currently locked in a
standoff with the suspected militants but we are winning."
commander said the owner of the torched private car had not been accounted for
but that police were searching for him.
said they had not identified the type of car it was.
of officers from the KDF and regular police were deployed to the area.
security officers and civilians, including Public Works PS Mariam el Maawy, her
niece and four bodyguards, have died in Milihoi in attacks by the terrorists.
United States executed an air strike against Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Somalia
early this week, Garowe Online reported today.
coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, US forces conducted an air
strike targeting Al-Shabaab militants approximately 50 kilometres north of
Kismayo, Somalia,” Major Karl Wiest, a spokesman for US Africa Command, said.
was seen moving tactically and carrying a variety of weaponry in an area close
to the attack. The place of attack is located in Jubaland, approximately 350
kilometres southwest of the capital Mogadishu.
air strike follows Al-Shabaab’s suicide bombing and storming of a military base
in southern Somalia, which killed 27 Somali National Army soldiers. The last US
air strike was executed on 2 June.
pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda in 2012 attracting a heavy presence of US
counter-terrorism operations in Somalia. Unmanned drones, sporadic air strikes
and counter-terrorism raids regularly take place in Somalia, often killing
civilians in the process. According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism
which tracks US activity worldwide, some 800 have reportedly been killed in
Somalia by the US’ use of force and 92 injured.
is battling to topple the central government and impose its rule based on its
own strict interpretation of Islamic law. It has killed thousands of Somalis
and hundreds of civilians across East Africa in a decade-long insurgency.
'secret agent' of Qatar: Details emerge against former UN envoy to Yemen
details have emerged on the charges in the lawsuit filed by a prominent US
politician against the former UN envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar for being a
“secret agent of Qatar.”
lawsuit has been filed by former Republican National Committee deputy finance
chair Elliott Broidy, who insists that Benomar worked on behalf of Qatar to
help hack computers belonging to Broidy and his company, and disseminate
information found there to reporters.
lawsuit, filed on Monday, accuses the Zionist Organization of America president
Morton Klein, of having had several phone and text conversations with the
Qatari agent, Benomar, including on June 6, the day that Klein and other
prominent Qatar-tied Jewish figures broke with Doha.
who visited Doha in January, took two donations of $50,000 each that were later
revealed to have come from Qatar.
Klein again denounced the country and says he didn’t know the money was from
there and that he wouldn’t have accepted it if he had known. He said he
returned it to the man who gave it to him.
ZOA emerged as the Jewish organization with the most access to some of the now
former senior advisors of President Trump.
based outlet Forward, quoted Klein as saying he had “no idea” whether former
United Nations Under-Secretary General Jamal Benomar, was in fact working for
the Qataris without proper disclosure to the US Justice Department.
admitted that he had spoken with Benomar “a number of times” but declined to
disclose the details of their conversations.
filing claims that Benomar made frequent calls and texts to Klein during the
time that the ZOA was warming up to Qatar. Benomar allegedly spoke by phone
with Klein two weeks after Klein returned from his January visit to Qatar.
call was also two days after kosher restaurateur-cum-lobbyist Joey Allaham says
he facilitated a second payment of $50,000 from Qatar to the Jewish advocacy
later filed paperwork with the Department of Justice disclosing that he had
worked as an agent of Qatar.
to the lawsuit, Benomar had conducted phone and text correspondence with prominent
lawyer Alan Dershowitz before his sponsored trip to Qatar in February. (MORE
United Arab Emirates has operated a highly sophisticated, aggressive and
clandestine political lobby in the UK to undermine, vilify and smear groups and
individuals that it perceives as its enemies, according to a new report.
which carries out research into key political issues in the UK and Europe, said
in the report seen by the Press TV on Wednesday that the UAE’s intense lobbying
campaign over the last few years has helped shape UK government policy towards
Muslims at home, and UK and US foreign policy in the Middle East.
Alex Delmar-Morgan, a freelance journalist, and David Miller, a professor at
the University of Bath, say the lobbying campaign has also polluted the narrative
on Islam in the West, whipping up Islamophobia and hardening media coverage and
public opinion against Muslims.
says the targets of this lobbying strategy include Qatar, the Muslim
Brotherhood and Iran – all of which are perceived opponents of the UAE.
research group says it obtained leaked emails that expose how the UAE went
about this lobbying strategy, and which show the massive effort by the Emiratis
to influence the British press and court influential lawmakers in the
UAE worked with Quiller consultants, a lobbying company in London, who were
allegedly asked to draw up names of Emirati dissidents in London who had
claimed asylum, as well as research BBC journalists who were deemed
unsympathetic to the UAE for their alleged links to the Muslim Brotherhood.
media is another important avenue that was exploited. Journalists were briefed
by London-based lobbying firms paid by the UAE government. Senior journalists
were also targeted, including both those sympathetic to the UAE’s politics and
those who weren’t, but whom lobbyists felt might be persuadable.
UK thinks tanks and policy centers, which are supposed to be independent
institutions, have received large donations from the UAE over the past few
years, raising questions about whether they are more lobbyists than
who received large donations from the UAE included the prestigious Chatham
House, one of the UK’s oldest and most respected international affairs think
tanks. It received between £50,000 and £99,000 from the Crown Prince of Abu
Dhabi in 2015/16.
of the UK’s most prominent think tanks received money from the UAE in 2015-16.
The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) was paid £50,000 -£99,999 by the UAE
approached the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the embassy of the UAE in
London and the embassy of the UAE in Washington for comment, but they did not
expressed doubts about the legality of UAE’s lobbying campaign in the UK,
saying the small Persian Gulf country was trying to deflect attentions from its
widespread right violations.
German minister took a step back from a controversial tweet against Turkish
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan saying it was her “personal opinion,” according
to Turkish diplomatic sources on Thursday.
Monday, Germany’s Agriculture Minister Julia Klockner posted a tweet in which
she leveled heavy accusations against Erdogan and criticized German-Turkish
footballer Mesut Ozil for meeting him.
to the sources, Klockner contacted Turkish officials through her executive
assistant and said her tweet was personal and does not have any official
said she respects that Erdogan is a president of a government elected by the
people and stressed importance of improving bilateral relations with Turkey,
according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to
restrictions to speaking with the media.
Wednesday, Germany distanced itself from Klockner’s controversial comments.
considers Turkey an important partner and wants to maintain a relation based on
trust, a government spokesman said.
Ministry’s spokeswoman Friederike Lenz told a news conference that the tweet
was Klockner’s “personal opinion”, and declined to make any further comment.
deputy spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer also distanced herself from Klockner’s
comments, and underlined the importance of ties between Germany and Turkey.
is a close and important partner for us, and we would like to have good
relations with Turkey,” she said.
star player Mesut Ozil, who has Turkish origins, quitted national team on
Sunday, citing discrimination and racist propaganda he faced in recent months.
relations between Ankara and Berlin suffered several setbacks in recent years,
but both sides took steps in the recent month towards normalization of ties.
400 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa reached Spain Thursday after storming a
double barrier between Morocco and the Spanish territory of Ceuta, with some
attacking security forces with quicklime, police said.
comes as Spain becomes the number one destination for migrants crossing the
Mediterranean by boat, surpassing Italy with 19,586 arrivals so far this year,
according to the International Organization for Migration.
spokesman for the Guardia Civil police force in Ceuta told AFP the migrants
managed to climb over the double barrier, which is covered in small blades,
early on Thursday morning.
scrambled over "all of a sudden, with much violence," and some
attacked police with quicklime they had in tubes and bottles.
a result, "more than a dozen police" were injured, four of whom had
to go to hospital for burns in the face and arms.
Brasero, spokeswoman for the Red Cross, said they had to attend to 30 migrants
with injuries, none serious.
of them were taken to hospital for stitches and possible fractures, she added.
said that after they had climbed over the barrier, they ran to the centre that
houses migrants once they arrive in Spanish territory.
a series of terrorist attacks since 2013, Canadian politicians are still trying
to claim no systemic terrorism problem exists.
Politicians and Canada’ state broadcaster, the Canadian Broadcasting
Corporation (CBC), have been trying to spin a narrative about the mental heath
care system and gun control.
most recent terrorist attack in Toronto again demonstrates this. Using tactical stances and reloading his 40
calibre Smith and Wesson handgun on the move, a Toronto terrorist killed two
persons and wounded thirteen. The
attacker’s measured actions suggest an individual who is comfortable handling
firearms. This 22 July 2018 attack
shocked Canadians with its seemingly mechanical brutality. The two slain were eight-year-old Reese
Fallon and ten-year-old Julianna Kozis.
Those injured ranged in age from 17 to 59.
had been a Sunday evening on Toronto’s well-known street area known as “The
Danforth.” This Greektown area has
evolved to where it is now a popular hangout for families and partiers with
souvlaki, sushi and Thai restaurants located next to each other. The 10 PM shooting broke the atmosphere of
citizens enjoying Canada’s all too short summer season.
attack also has a small personal connection.
I was to have met my podcast producer on Monday morning on the Danforth
at the Second Cup coffee shop, our usual hangout while in that area. The shop, and all the others in a multi-block
area, were closed due to the police investigation. Yellow police tape seemed to cover everything
when we approached the area on Monday.
on Monday, a series of bizarre media related events occurred. Earlier in the morning, the police had made a
statement about the “29 year old shooter” indicating his identity was
known. Yet his name was not
released. It was only in the afternoon
when the Ontario Special Investigations Unit revealed his identity as Faisal
Hussain. At approximately the same time,
a news release was sent out to selected media outlets which were attributed to
the “Hussain Family”. This news release
was a professional sounding statement which suggested that Faisal “had severe
mental health challenges, struggling with psychosis and depression his entire
of the media, led by the CBC, began a relentless series of stories claiming
this was not a terrorist attack, but rather a breakdown in the mental health
care system and a call out for more gun control. This extended right up to Public Safety Minister
Ralph Goodale who stated that “There is no connection between that individual
and national security.”
so-called “family statement” was in fact written by Mohammed Hashim, a
full-time organizer and social activist who has also worked for the National
Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM). He
is identified by the NCCM as being their “Stronger Together” program chairman.
The NCCM was formerly known as the Council of American Islamic Relations Canada
or CAIR CAN. Its parent organization, as
stated in its own documents, is CAIR USA.
The American parent has been identified as a terrorist entity by United
Arab Emirates. CAIR USA was also identified as an unindicted co-conspirator in
an American terrorism funding trial. A
judge’s decision in the case identifies CAIR USA as being one of a series of
organizations involved in funding Hamas.
Hashim appears to have given the statement to the CBC’s Shanifa Nasser, who
then began to publish the mental health stories.
contradiction to this, ISIS has now claimed the attack through their propaganda
agency AMAQ. Toronto police insist there us no such connection, despite a
series of reports from police sources saying he was “known to police” and had
discussed such matters with friends.
Callimachi of the New York Times may be the leading journalist in the English
language world for reporting on ISIS attacks and recruiting. As she states: “The shooter’s family has come
out and said that he was mentally ill. Unfortunately we know that ISIS pushes
its propaganda to people who are mentally vulnerable and mental illness is not
a barrier to being indoctrinated by them.”
2013, Canada has had a series of low level terrorist attacks which have an
Islamist connection. Among these have been the attempted 2013 bombing plot on a
Via Rail train, the 2014 vehicle attack which killed a Canadian soldier, the
2014 gun attack on the National War Memorial and the Parliament, a 2016
attempted suicide bombing attack which was thwarted at the last minute with
only the bomber dying, a 2016 knife attack on a Canadian Forces recruiting
centre, a 2016 knife attack in a Canadian Tire hardware store by a woman
claiming to work for ISIS, and a 2017 vehicle and knife stabbing attack.
are increasingly wondering about their own Prime Minister. Prime Minister Trudeau stated openly that
ISIS fighters returning to Canada would be an asset as they are a “powerful
voice for deradicalization.” The Canadian government has no deradicalizaiton
program. Prime Minister Trudeau also
spoke in Parliament and stated that anyone who opposed the return of ISIS
fighters to Canada was “Islamophobic.”
statement that Canadians were “Islamophobic” if they opposed the return of ISIS
fighters was disturbing in view of the Canadian Parliament’s M-103
anti-Islamophobia motion. This motion
has produced official hearings and funding programs. The anti-Islamophobia motion is seen by many
Canadians as being an attempt by the government to silence criticism of
extremist Islam in Canada. The motion
was officially entered into Parliament by Pakistani born Liberal Member of
Parliament, Iqra Khalid, daughter of the well-known Dr. Hafiz Khalid.
December of 2015, newly elected Prime Minister Trudeau sent a video message to
the Toronto based “Reviving the Islamic Spirit” conference. Observers of this conference know that the
conference has morphed into a “who is who” in the world of Islamists in Canada
and the USA. The list of speakers has
included Tariq Ramadan, the grandson of the Muslim Brotherhood founder and Imam
Siraj Wahhaj, a US unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center
bombing. The conference was also
sponsored by IRFAN Canada – until that charity lost is charitable status for
funding terrorism and was later declared to be a terrorist entity in Canada.
Minister Trudeau could have sent a message of integration. Instead, he chose to signal how he shared the
views of the conference attendees.
Specially, he referenced his “shared beliefs, his shared set of values
and his shared vision” with the attendees of the conference.
does this leave us? We know that Faisal
Hussain was the shooter on the Danforth.
While his friends say they did not know of any mental issues, Faisal
Hussein was capable of planning and efficiently executing a murderous attack.
Hussain had a brother named Fahad. His
brother Fahad was charged with drug dealing.
Fahad was released on bail and told to live with his surety, who turns
out to be Maisum Ansari. Mr. Ansari was
later arrested and charged with the possession of 33 guns, overcapacity gun
magazines, and 42 KGS kilograms of a substance identified as carfentanil. With an alleged value of CDN $13 million,
this was the largest drug bust in Canada. The haul represented about 420,000
raises serious questions about the intersection of crime and terrorism and it
leans towards supporting those who believe that the drug trade does intersect
with funding for terrorism.
state funded broadcaster CBC and Prime Minister Trudeau both appear to have a
pro-Islamist position and have worked to promote their cause or hide
information on them. Now, after a major shooting, the politicians in Canada
seem desperate to distract the attention of Canadian and the world away from
the terrorist aspect of the killings and towards the false belief that “mental
health issues” absolves you of guilt in crimes.
Faisal Hussain was clearly “known to police” ahead of the event. What is
being hidden from the population?
man behind Toronto mass shooting claimed by ISIS
A Pakistani-origin man has been identified by the Canadian police as the gunman
who killed two persons and injured 13 others in a deadly mass shooting incident
in Toronto claimed by the ISIS terror group.
Hussain, 29, was suffering from psychosis and was getting professional help,
Canada's public broadcaster CBC News reported.
Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL), said Hussain was "one of the soldiers
of the Islamic State".
carried out the attack in response to calls to target nationals of countries of
the coalition" fighting IS in Syria and Iraq since 2014, the terror group's
propaganda agency Amaq reported today.
Ontario Special Investigations Unit said it was releasing his name due "to
the exceptional circumstances of this tragic incident". On Sunday, he
opened fire in Toronto's vibrant Greektown neighbourhood, killing a 10-year-old
girl and an 18-year-old woman.
people were also injured in the shooting, some with potentially life-altering
Hussain died after a brief exchange of gunfire with the police on Danforth
Avenue. It was not immediately clear whether he shot himself dead or was killed
by the police.
motive behind the shooting, rare in Toronto, was also not immediately knwon.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took to twitter to express his condolences to the
thoughts are with everyone affected by the terrible tragedy on the Danforth
last night in Toronto, and may the injured make a full recovery. The people of
Toronto are strong, resilient and brave - and we'll be there to support you
through this difficult time," Trudeau said.
was not on any federal watchlists associated with the national security, Public
Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said.
family, originally from Pakistan, said in a statement that their son was in the
grips of untreatable and severe mental illness for "his entire life".
Neither professionals, nor medication nor therapy could help him, they said.
said that Hussain struggled with psychosis and depression and that they were
devastated by his violent actions.
police executed a search warrant at Hussain's apartment in the Thorncliffe Park
federal public safety minister's office said that the police will continue to
lead the investigation into Hussain's background.
is no national security nexus at this time," communications officer Hilary
years ago, Hussain had disclosed to his friend Aamir Sukhera that he was
suffering from psychosis and was getting professional help, the report said.
there have been renewed calls for tougher restrictions on firearms after the
Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Thursday the US administration should leave
aside “wrongful rhetoric” and return to “constructive dialogue” after US
President Donald Trump warned of sanctions unless Ankara freed an American
is impossible to accept the US Administration’s threatening messages, which
totally disregard our alliance and friendly relations between our countries,”
spokesman Hami Aksoy said in a written statement.
US to impose sanctions on Turkey
Donald Trump said the United States will impose sanctions on NATO ally Turkey
over a detained American pastor held on terror and espionage charges.
after the possibility of sanctions was first announced by Vice President Mike
Pence Thursday, Trump wrote on Twitter that the US “will impose large sanctions
on Turkey for their long time detainment of Pastor Andrew Brunson.”
is suffering greatly. This innocent man of faith should be released
immediately!” the president added from aboard Air Force One as he flew to Iowa
for an event.
foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, quickly responded, also via Twitter: “No
one dictates Turkey. We will never tolerate threats from anybody. Rule of law
is for everyone; no exception.”
initial announcement of possible sanctions came at the close of a three-day
conference on religious freedom.
50, an evangelical Christian pastor originally from North Carolina, was let out
of jail on Wednesday, after 1 1/2 years, to serve house arrest because of
“health problems,” according to Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency.
is an innocent man, there is no credible evidence against him,” Pence said.
said on Twitter last week that the pastor’s detention was “a total disgrace.”
One of Brunson’s attorneys is Jay Sekulow, who also represents Trump in the
convicted, Brunson faces up to 15 years in prison for “committing crimes on
behalf of terror groups without being a member,” references to outlawed Kurdish
militants and the network of a US-based Muslim cleric blamed for a failed coup
attempt. He could receive another 20 years if he is found guilty of espionage.
denies the charges.
senators previously pushed to block the sale of F-35 jets to Turkey, citing
Brunson’s detention as one instance of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s
disregard for the rule of law.
announcement of possible sanctions was delivered at a conference on religious
freedom in Washington. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also spoke at the
highlighted cases of what he said was religious repression in Nicaragua, Iran,
North Korea, China and Myanmar. He also condemned ISIS group violence toward
religious minorities and what he described as rising anti-Semitism in Europe.
announced additional aid for a region of Iraq previously held by the ISIS
group. Pompeo said the department would provide $17 million for de-mining
efforts in Nineveh, an area of Iraq historically home to many of Iraq’s
between NATO allies Turkey and the United States have been strained by the
pastor Brunson case.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has previously linked Brunson’s return to the US
to the extradition of cleric Fethullah Gulen, the cleric Turkey’s government
holds responsible for a failed July 2016 military coup.
who denies orchestrating the coup attempt, lives in Pennsylvania. Turkish
requests for his arrest and extradition have not been granted.
served as pastor of Izmir Resurrection Church, a small Protestant congregation,
and has lived in Turkey for 23 years. He was detained by Turkish forces in the
aftermath of the failed coup, The indictment against him contends he worked to
convert Kurds to Christianity to sow discord in Turkey.
than 77,000 people were arrested across Turkey after the government declared a
state of emergency following the failed 2016 coup. The crackdown has targeted
journalists, activists and opposition figures.
rejected evidence against him during a recent hearing, according to Turkey’s
state-run Anadolu Agency.
years after the September 11, 2001 attacks, the remains of a 26-year-old
finance worker killed in New York has been formally identified thanks to
advances in DNA testing, officials announced Wednesday.
Michael Johnson is the 1,642nd person to be identified of the 2,753 people
killed when two passenger jets, hijacked by al-Qaeda, destroyed the Twin Towers
at the World Trade Center, the symbol of New York’s financial wealth.
worked as a securities analyst at investment banking company Keefe, Bruyette
and Woods, New York’s chief medical examiner Barbara Sampson said.
get pulled right back into it and it also means there’s a finality. Somehow I
always thought he would just walk up and say, ‘Here I am. I had amnesia, “his
mother, Ann Johnson told The New York Times.
was the first identification since August 2017, although that man’s identity
was not publicly revealed at his family’s request.
made a commitment to the families of victims that we would do whatever it
takes, for as long as it takes, to identify their loved ones,”said Sampson.
President Donald Trump has threatened to impose "large sanctions" on
NATO ally Turkey over its detention of American Christian pastor Andrew Brunson
and called on Ankara to immediately release him.
United States will impose large sanctions on Turkey for their long time
detainment of Pastor Andrew Brunson, a great Christian, family man and
wonderful human being,” Trump tweeted on Thursday.
is suffering greatly. This innocent man of faith should be released
immediately!” he added.
has repeatedly demanded Brunson’s release and said on Twitter last week that
the pastor’s detention over terrorism and espionage charges was “a total
before Trump’s tweet, US Vice President Mike Pence, leveled a similar threat
directly at Turkey’s president.
President (Tayyip) Erdogan and the Turkish government, I have a message on
behalf of the president of the United States of America: release Pastor Andrew
Brunson now or be prepared to face the consequences,” Pence said at a religious
freedom event in Washington hosted by the US State Department.
United States of America will impose severe economic sanctions on Turkey,"
pastor’s detention is one of the issues that have created tension between the
two NATO allies in recent months, along with a dispute over a Turkish cleric
living in the United States whom Ankara accuses of orchestrating a failed
military coup in Turkey last year.
was arrested in December 2016 and later indicted on charges of having links
with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militant group and movement of the
US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen.
pastor, who has denied the charges, faces up to 35 years in jail if found
views PKK militants as terrorists which have been fighting Turkey for autonomy.
Turkey also accuses Gulen of having masterminded the July 2016 coup attempt
against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Suicide attack on Afghan intelligence convoy kills five
suicide bomber blew himself up near an Afghan intelligence convoy on Thursday,
killing at least five people and wounding six, police said, in the latest
deadly attack in the city.
Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on the National Directorate of
Security (NDS), which police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said happened at 5:00
am (0030 GMT). Most of the victims were NDS officers, Stanikzai said.
members of the NDS and a civilian were killed, while five NDS personnel and a
civilian were wounded. The attacker was “most likely” driving a vehicle
carrying explosives, Stanikzai added.
assault comes two days after five rockets were fired on a residential area of
Kabul, wounding at least three people. There was no claim of responsibility.
on Sunday, a suicide bomber blew himself up near Kabul international airport,
killing at least 23 people, including AFP driver Mohammad Akhtar. A further 107
people were wounded.
attack was claimed by the ISIS, which said it had targeted Afghan Vice
President Abdul Rashid Dostum, who returned to Kabul after more than a year in
and ISIS militants have repeatedly carried out deadly attacks in the Afghan
capital, turning it into one of the most dangerous places in the country.
anti-terrorism tribunal in Dhaka will judge the case over the 2016 attack on an
upscale cafe at Gulshan that left 20 diners, including 17 foreigners, killed.
Metropolitan Magistrate Saifuzzaman Hero forwarded the case to the tribunal on
Thursday after receiving the chargesheet in which the police named eight
in the day, the police pressed the charges in the court of Dhaka Metropolitan
Magistrate Nurunnahar Yasmin who forwarded it to CMM Saifuzzaman for his
observation, Mohammad Anisur Rahman, an additional commissioner of Dhaka
Metropolitan Police, said.
tribunal is expected to receive the case dossier, including the charge sheet,
judge, Mujibur Rahman, will then hear arguments of the prosecution and defence
to decide whether to accept charges pressed by police on Monday.
maximum penalty is death or life sentence and minimum 20 years jail term for
the charges under the Anti-Terrorism Act.
tribunal will also hear a petition seeking acquittal of Hasnat Rezaul Karim,
who has been in jail since August, 2016, in the case.
police have not named him as a suspect in the charge sheet, claiming the
investigators did not find his involvement in the attack.
former North South University teacher was among the survivors of the attack,
but videos and photos of him speaking to the attackers raised questions.
Thursday, Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Fahad Bin Amin Chowdhury rejected his
bail plea, Hasib-ur-Rashid, the lawyer for Hasnat Karim, said.
of the living suspects are currently in prison, while two are absconding.
in custody are Jahangir Alam alias Rajib Gandhi, Rafiqul Islam Rigan, Soheil
Mahfuz, Rashedul Islam alias Rash and Hadisur Rahman Sagor.
have been requested for the arrests of the two fugitives, Shahidul Islam Khaled
and Mamunur Rashid Ripon.
militants entered the upscale eatery on July 1, 2016 and took those inside
hostage. Besides the 20 hostages, two police officers were also killed.
commandos eventually stormed the cafe, killing the five attackers - Nibras
Islam, Mir Sameeh Mobassher, Rohan Imtiaz, Khairul Islam Payel and Shafiqul
Islam Ujjal - ending a siege which had lasted overnight.
Ahmed Chowdhury, identified as the mastermind behind the carnage, his
associates Jahidul Islam, Tanvir Qaderi, Nurul Islam Marzan, Abu Rayhan Tarek,
Sarwar Jahan, Basharuzzaman alias Chocolate and Chhoto Mizan were killed in
addition to planning and coordinating the attack, some of the suspects trained
the attackers and supplied arms and money, according to the police.
were "active members" of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh, police
nationals Rubel Ahmed alias Munir ul Islam and Musharraf Hussain alias Musa,
suspected of having links with a terror group based in their country, were on
Tuesday arrested in Gautam Budh Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh.
police said the two were "active members" of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen
Bangladesh or JMB. They were arrested in a joint operation by the Uttar Pradesh
police's Anti-Terror Squad (ATS), Noida police and the West Bengal police from
the Surajpur police station area.
had escaped from Bangalesh in March and started operating out of Noida and
Ghaziabad, the ATS said in a statement.
inputs from West Bengal police
arrests followed intelligence inputs from the West Bengal police. The police,
however, did not specify the exact nature of terror activities they were
involved in. Also, no recoveries were made from the two.
recoveries were made initially. No arms, cash or drugs. Things will be known
after a thorough joint questioning," U.P. DGP O.P Singh told reporters.
West Bengal police will present the accused in court and request for a transit
remand. A team of the U.P. ATS will go to West Bengal for further questioning
and find out about the nature of their activity in Uttar Pradesh and their
Chairman of Tehrik-e-Insaf Pakistan Imran Khan talked about the foreign policy
of his government including the likely approach towards Afghanistan after
taking lead in the elections.
challenge is foreign policy. No other country needs peace like we do. We will
strengthen our relations with China, they have given us a chance by investing
in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, and we also want to learn how to
improve people’s lives, drag them out of poverty. Will also learn how to deal
with corruption,” he was quoted saying by Dawn News.
further “Next is Afghanistan. They have suffered most in the ‘war on terror’, and
before that in the Afghan jihad. Peace in Afghanistan means peace in Pakistan.”
also added that he envisions open borders with Afghanistan reminiscent to those
within the European Union.
comes as preliminary votes count put Imran Khan in the lead during the
elections in Pakistan.
to reports, Imran Khan’s party has secured 113 seats out of the 272 seats in
National Assembly of Pakistan.
militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Khurasan (ISIS-K)
surrendered to the Afghan Local Police (ALP) forces in northern Jawzjan
province of Afghanistan.
209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North said a group of 23 ISIS
militants led by ISIS Commander Mohammad Qasim surrendered to the ALP forces in
source further added that the militants surrendered to ALP forces on Wednesday.
to Shaheen Corps, the militants also handed over ten Ak-47 rifles, 17
ammunition magazines, and some other military kits.
anti-government armed militant groups including ISIS loyalists have not commented
regarding the report so far.
has been among the relatively calm provinces in North of Afghanistan but the
security situation of the province has deteriorated during the recent years.
the Taliban and ISIS loyalists operate in some districts of the province and
often carry out terrorist related activities.
forces launch drone strike against Abu Dhabi International Airport
army soldiers, backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have
reportedly launched an airstrike against a strategic economic target in the
United Arab Emirates in retaliation for Riyadh’s devastating military aggression
against their impoverished homeland.
Yemeni military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Yemeni
soldiers and their allies attacked Abu Dhabi International Airport using a
domestically-built long-endurance Sammad-3 (Invincible-3) unmanned aerial
Abdullah al-Jafri, a spokesman for Yemeni air force and air defense, said the
drone attack on Abu Dhabi International Airport had halted flights to and from
the airport, adding that this was the first time that Yemeni forces used a
drone to attack the airport.
said Yemeni forces will target the infrastructure of countries that have taken
part in the aggression against Yemen in future attacks.
aviation authorities later announced that an incident involving a supply
vehicle in the Terminal 1 airside area of the airport had occurred at around 4
p.m. local time (1200 GMT).
officials, however, claimed that the development had not affected operations at
Abu Dhabi International Airport, and flights continued to arrive and depart as
UAE is Saudi Arabia’s key ally in its deadly war against Yemen.
Saudi air raids leave six Yemeni fishermen dead
at least six fishermen were killed and nearly two dozen others sustained
injuries when Saudi fighter jets carried out separate airstrikes off the coast
of Yemen's western province of Hudaydah.
military sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Yemen’s al-Masirah
television network that Saudi warplanes struck a fishing boat in waters off the
Seven Brothers Islands, also known as the Sawabi Islands or Seba Islands, in
the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, killing two people and injuring eight others.
Yemeni fishermen also lost their lives and six others were injured when Saudi
warplanes targeted a fishing boat off the coast of al-Hawak district in
Saudi military aircraft bombed three Yemeni fishing boats off Jabal al-Tair
Island northwest of the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, leaving two fishermen dead and
eight others injured.
two civilians were killed and several others injured when Saudi warplanes
bombed a residential building in the Beni al-Hadifa area of the Majz district
in Yemen’s mountainous northwestern province of Sa’ada.
in the day, Yemeni forces and allied fighters from Popular Committees fatally
shot three Saudi-backed militiamen loyal to former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur
Hadi, in the al-Wazi'iyah district of Yemen’s southwestern province of Ta'izz.
Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights announced in a statement on March 25 that the
Saudi-led war had left some 600,000 civilians dead and injured since March
United Nations says a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in need of food aid,
including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger.
UN aid official has warned against the “catastrophic” living conditions in
Yemen, stating that there is a growing risk of famine and cholera there.
conflict has escalated since November, driving an estimated 100,000 people from
their homes,” John Ging, UN director of aid operations, told the UN Security
Council on February 27.
army: 25 Houthis killed in an offensive in al-Bayda
Yemeni National Army launched an offensive to complete the liberation of
al-Malajim district in al-Bayda early Thursday.
to General Moufreeh Bouhailh, leader of Bayhan brigade in western Yemen, the
assault was launched from al-Hajfah region and reached Afar, liberating around
40 Km, with 18 Km still to be liberated in order to enter Afar’s strategic
junction to bloc shipments to the Houthi
militias in different areas, including al-Bayda city.
Yemeni General confirmed reports that fighting is still going on with huge
casualties among the Houthis, saying around 25 members of the militia were
killed including tens injured, while the Yemeni army seized different kind of
Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen were accused on Thursday of threatening
the world’s electricity supplies after they attacked two oil tankers in a
crucial Red Sea shipping lane.
Arabia suspended oil shipments through the Bab Al-Mandeb strait after the
missile attacks, in which one tanker — the Arsan, operated by the Saudi
shipping company Bahri — suffered minor damage.
Houthis have threatened before to block the strait, and said on Thursday they
had the naval capability to hit Saudi ports and other Red Sea targets. Iran has
also threatened to block another strategic shipping route, the Strait of
protection of Red Sea shipping is one of the aims of the Saudi-led coalition
fighting to restore Yemen’s internationally recognized government. The rest of
the world must now be alert to the threat posed by Iran and its Houthi proxies,
analysts told Arab News.
Arabia cannot put the lives of its men and material in danger. It is too risky
in Bab Al-Mandeb, as evident from the Houthi attacks,” said Dr. Hamdan
Al-Shehri, a Saudi political analyst and international relations scholar in
the attacks succeeded, it would have been catastrophic. The world, especially
the European nations, must step up to the plate and play their part in
neutralizing the threat from Iran and the Houthis.
this while Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies have been fighting this scourge of
terrorism and blackmail with little or no help from the Europeans. This is not
just our fight. These militias, who are armed to teeth by Iran, pose a threat
not just to us but to the entire global economy.
has repeatedly threatened that it will attack oil tankers in the Strait of
Hormuz. And what has been the response from Europe? Criticism of the Saudi
efforts and more pandering and cajoling of Tehran. Well, this cannot go on.
They need to decide, and fast, what they want — oil to keep their economies
running, or ties with Iran. Now is the time for them to take a stand.”
Shahbandar, a Syrian-American analyst and fellow at the New America
Foundation’s International Security Program, echoed that view.
the freedom of movement of oil shipments and threatening the sanctity of global
energy markets will be viewed by the international community as a red line,” he
missiles are able to target the ports of other member states of the aggressive
Saudi-led coalition," al-Houthi was quoted as saying by al-Jazeera on
Al-Mandeb is a potential choking point for Saudi oil shipments. Any lasting
disruption of traffic through it would result in turmoil on the crude market.
Brent crude rose 38 cents to $73.82 a barrel on Wednesday.
sources reported that a huge explosion occurred in Turkistani terrorists' arms
cache on Wednesday, 200 meters away from a Turkish base in the town of
Eshtabraq West of Jisr al-Shaqour in Western Idlib.
added that after the blast, the Turkish forces and Turkistani militants were on
alert and the Turkish planes flew over the region.
media activists said that a Russian warship stationed near the Syrian coasts
has fired a Caliber missile at one of the terrorist's targets near the Turkish
forces' base in Idlib, smashing the huge arms cache of Turkistani terrorists.
al-Shaqour is one of the most important bases of the Chinese members of
Turkistani terrorist group who were granted the Turkish nationality and are
affiliated to the Turkish army's intelligence organization.
explosion of the weapons cache in Jisr al-Shaqour happened as the Syrian army
is preparing for massive military operations to purge the terrorists from the
sources said on Tuesday that the army dispatched a large number of fresh forces
and a large volume of military equipment to Northeastern Lattakia and to Jisr
al-Shughour region in Southwestern Idlib.
sources further said that the army was possibly mulling to launch a fresh
large-scale operation in Idlib after completing Southern Syria operation,
adding that the army would probably kick off its operation from several flanks
to liberate al-Ghaab Plain and Jisr al-Shughour to restore sustainable security
to Northeastern Lattakia.
army men's control over Northern Lattakia, including Jabal al-Akrad and Jabal
al-Turkmen would also restore security to borders with Turkey, the sources
went on to say that a large number of the army's elite forces and advanced
weapons would be forwarded to Idlib after completing Dara'a operation, adding
that Idlib operation would be a hard battle for the government forces due to
the presence of a large number of foreign terrorists in Northwestern Syria.
the latest flare of tension between Israel and Palestinians, a Palestinian
attacker was shot dead by the Israeli army after stabbing to death one settler
and injuring two others after he infiltrated into an Israeli settlement in the
occupied West Bank on Thursday.
to Al Arabiya correspondent, the Israeli army shot the Palestinian when he
attacked the settlers in the settlement of Adam which lies between Jerusalem
and the West Bank city of Ramallah.
was no immediate comment from Palestinian officials.
news agency reported earlier that medics were treating three people, the
Israeli ambulance service Magen David Adom said. One of them was in a critical
condition and another sustained serious injuries. The third person was lightly
terrorist infiltrated into the community and stabbed three civilians. The
terrorist was shot and killed," the Israeli military said.
tensions have surged in the past few months.
least 140 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip by Israeli fire in
weekly border demonstrations. Israel says Hamas, the Islamist group that rules
Gaza is using the protests as cover for a cross-border attacks. Hamas denies
militants have in recent weeks fired hundreds of rockets into Israel from Gaza
and have opened fire at Israeli troops across the border, killing one soldier
and drawing fatal Israeli air and tank strikes.
talks between Israel and the Palestinians collapsed in 2014 and a bid by the US
administration to restart them has so far shown little sign of progress.
want to establish a state in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem,
territories that Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war.
Africa’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have grown
since the start of the Saudi-led aggression against Yemen, expanding from basic
weaponry to sophisticated battle hardware.
Africa is helping Saudi Arabia develop its own arms manufacturing capacity thus
becoming an accomplice to Riyadh’s war crimes in the impoverished Arab country,
wrote the Middle East Eye.
added that South Africa has also been selling weapons to Saudi Arabia as well
as the UAE since the start of the kingdom’s deadly aggression on Yemen, helping
them take the lives of more innocent people, including women and children
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa concluded visits this month to the
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, securing $10 billion worth
of investment from each country, questions arise as to what price tag is
attached to these investments,” the report said.
to the annual reports of the South African National Conventional Arms Control
Committee (NCACC), South Africa supplied arms, ammunition and armored vehicles,
as well as surveillance and military technology to both Saudi Arabia and the
UAE in 2016 and 2017, amounting to more than three billion rands (almost $228
human rights concerns and reports of serious violations of international law by
members of the Saudi-led coalition in the Arab country, South Africa and
several Western countries have been supplying Saudi Arabia with advanced
weapons and military equipment.
Africa is not only selling weapons to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Mortar bombs,
armored personnel carriers, artillery, ammunition, electronic attack systems
and software are also amongst a range of other controlled products supplied to
Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, according to the report.
June 2016, the country’s former president Jacob Zuma traveled to Saudi Arabia
to launch the Al-Kharj (Military Industries Corporation) facility in Riyadh,
together with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
$240 million projectiles factory was built in cooperation with South Africa's
Rheinmetall Denel Munitions and is expected to produce a minimum of 300
artillery shells or 600 mortar projectiles per day, as well as aircraft bombs
ranging from 500lb-2000lb.
2018, notorious South African arms dealer, Ivor Ichikowitz, announced that his
Paramount Group, an African-based global defense and aerospace business, was in
talks with Saudi Arabia to transfer technology and set up production plants
there, the report added.
Saudi Arabia is busy launching military factories and importing weapons, the
UAE has built a formidable force of mercenary recruits, using its oil wealth to
purchase arms from, among others, South Africa.
is well documented that the UAE has contracted private military security companies
linked to Blackwater's founder Erik Prince to develop a new model army,” the
research by The New York Times revealed that this force consists of foreign
troops and is trained by Western veterans and that South African mercenaries have
also been employed in these private militaries in violation of the Regulation
of Foreign Military Assistance Act.
Arabia and its allies launched the war in March 2015 in support of Yemen’s
former Riyadh-friendly government and against the Houthi Ansarullah movement.
and the United States engage in a war of words over Ankara's detention of an
American pastor on terrorism charges.
Thursday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tweeted, “No one dictates
Turkey. We will never tolerate threats from anybody.”
of law is for everyone; no exception,” he said, insisting that the pastor had
to face the legal consequences of his alleged involvement in terrorism.
President Donald Trump had earlier written on Twitter that his country
"will impose large sanctions on Turkey for their long time detainment of
Pastor Andrew Brunson.”
called the prisoner “a great Christian, family man and wonderful human
Brunson faces up to 35 years in jail if convicted of carrying out activities on
behalf of two groups, which Turkey considers to be terror organizations.
is led by US-based Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for
masterminding the failed 2016 coup against the Turkish government. Gulen denies
other is the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has been fighting a
hugely-deadly separatist war against Turkey for decades.
who used to run a Protestant church in the city of Izmir in western Turkey, was
recently moved to house arrest, but Washington said that was not enough.
the past years, the countries have also clashed over the US’ support for
anti-Ankara Kurdish militants, who are based in Iraq and Syria.
recently, the two locked horns after Turkey said it would not be affecting its
business with Iran, just because the US wanted to enforce sanctions on the Islamic
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