Photo: The bombing took place in Wardak. (File/AFP)
on Hafiz Saeed's outfits lifted
candidates with secular credentials: Muslim bodies
who insulted the Prophet Mohammed loses free speech case at the European Court
of Human Rights
bombing kills five, wounds 15 in central Afghanistan
seminar underscores need for secular politics in Bangladesh
Jamaat leaders arrested including former nayeb-e-amir Ahsanullah
underway for parliamentary elections in Kandahar province
becoming unprecedentedly pessimistic about future of country: Survey
journalists killed in 2016-17: Unesco report
army chief confirms death sentence for 14 militants
promises made but hard to keep in Pakistan
Houthi rebels respond to PM Imran’s mediation offer
‘politically exposed persons’ own properties in UAE
has asked UAE to provide deferred payment facility for oil import, says Qureshi
acquitted in Nato containers attack case
in Lahore to push for opposition alliance
leader shot dead in Tank
security personnel injured in remote controlled bomb blast
Bajwa signs death warrants of 14 ‘hardcore terrorists’
Hindu scripture plan foiled in Kashmir
aware it can’t succeed in Kashmir, using terror to keep pot boiling: Army chief
& Kashmir: BSF starts exercise to detect tunnels from Pakistan
German arms to Saudi until Khashoggi case is clarified: Merkel
FSB says detained six ISIS members plotting attacks in Moscow
war journalist denied UK visa to attend awards ceremony
of Indonesian Muslims Demand Punishment for Burning of Flag Bearing Islamic
month on, Indonesia’s quake-tsunami hit city faces health crisis
coy on calls for him to take leave
thanks Saudi Arabia for cordial treatment of Malaysian pilgrims
envoy: Syria pushes back on UN role in constitutional talks
regime bombardment kills seven civilians in Idlib
visits Oman for the first time, meets Sultan Qaboos
Calls to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia are "pure demagoguery"
No reason to question Saudi Arabia’s investigation of Khashoggi’s case
president gives ‘final warning’ to US-backed militants in northern Syria
to host Syria summit with Russian, French, German leaders
says Israeli regime seeks to divide Muslim countries
wants 18 Saudis extradited over Khashoggi murder
launches its heaviest strikes in weeks after deadly Gaza protests
fiancee rejects Trump's WH invitation fearing a public relations stunt
soldiers kill more Palestinians in Gaza
forces shoot down Saudi reconnaissance drone in Jizan
King Abdullah expresses grief over those killed in Dead Sea floods
force says key al-Shabaab commander killed
Haram: Army frees 28 juveniles from custody
gubernatorial candidate poses with anti-Muslim activist
Baradar’s release fulfils Afghan demand, says US
fighting to prevent Zionist terrorists from overrunning Mideast: Scholar
signs new sanctions against Lebanese resistance movement
killing hazes Saudi economic reform: NY Times
Franklin mosques want to help you to meet your Muslim neighbours
by New Age Islam News Bureau
At least five people were killed and 15 more wounded when a suicide bomber
detonated a car packed with explosives outside a police compound in central
Afghan province of Wardak on Saturday, a police spokesman said.
early morning bombing in Maidan Shahr, the main city of the province, some 35km
(22) miles southwest of the capital Kabul, happened as policemen and civilians
were going inside the base, said Hekmat Durrani, a spokesman for the police
civilians and two policemen were among the dead, Durrani said, adding that the
casualty figure could rise as policemen and first responders were busy
recovering the wounded and bodies from collapsed walls and debris.
group has claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attack but the Taliban
insurgents fighting to overthrow the Western-back Kabul government has carried
out some of the deadliest bombings against government installations in past
located along the route connecting Kabul to the southern region, Wardak is
ideally placed for insurgents who control nearly mountain villages to use as a
staging ground for suicide bombings inside Kabul.
sprawling base built by the Americans, is home to hundreds of Afghan policemen
from where they conduct operations in two nearby provinces.
The ban on the Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed's outfits
Jamaat-ud- Dawa (JuD) and Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF) has been lifted.
Lashkar-e-Taiba linked JuD and FIF were proscribed by a Presidential ordinance
in February this year. Former President Mamnoon Hussain had promulgated an
ordinance to amend the country's Anti-Terrorism Act to list the groups
sanctioned by the UN's Security Council - including JuD and FIF - as terrorist
organisations. However, neither the new President Arif Alvi extended the
ordinance nor did the Imran Khan government bring in a law to proscribe the
globally banned organizations.
to media reports, Saeed filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court on
Thursday, challenging the Presidential ordinance under which his outfits were
declared as proscribed organisations.
Thursday's hearing, Saeed's counsels, Raja Rizwan Abbasi and Sohail Warraich,
informed the Islamabad HC that the presidential ordinance had lapsed as it had
neither been extended nor tabled in parliament to change it into an act by the current
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government.
that the ordinance had lapsed, Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Raja Khalid
Mehmood Khan refused to give any statement on behalf of the interior ministry
regarding the lapse of the ordinance.
Justice Aamer Farooq of the Islamabad HC held that the petition became
infructuous since the ordinance challenged by the petitioner had lapsed.
judge disposed of the petition with an observation that in case the government
renewed this ordinance, the petitioner was at liberty to file another petition
against the promulgation of the law.
his petition, Saeed reportedly had contended that he had established JuD in
2002 and cut off all ties with the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), but India
continued to malign JuD for its past association with the banned outfit.
was kept in detention in 2009 and 2017 due to India's pressure. The UN Security
Council had passed a resolution against JuD after which the government of
Pakistan put it on the watch list," the petition stated, adding that the
move to ban his organisation was against the sovereignty of Pakistan.
Several Muslim groups have asked the community neither to have a soft corner
for the Congress candidates nor to vote for the party which is fundamentally
against Muslims in the upcoming polls.
socio-religious leaders representing all sects of the community have decided to
mobilise support for alternate leadership by supporting smaller parties or
independent candidates who have secular credentials over BJP and Congress
candidates. The decision was taken in a meeting on Thursday in Jaipur.
Rabbani of Helping Hand Foundation says that Congress had maintained a stoic
silence on lynching cases involving Muslims while BJP leaders left no stone
unturned to justify the killings.
leaders openly supported the killers of Pehlu Khan and Rakhbar who were lynched
in Alwar and Afrazul who was killed in a hate crime in Rajsamand. The episodes
in the last five years is a grim reminder that neither of the two has supported
for justice,” said Rabbani, who was lodged in a Jail and his hotel was sealed
for two months over suspicion of cooking beef which later forensic confirmed it
to be a chicken.
Hind, a frontal body of Muslims, spokesperson Mohammed Iqbal says that 14th
Rajasthan legislative assembly had two Muslim MLAs that too from BJP who
remained silent on the issues pertaining to the 10% of the state population.
“The time has come to support a leader who can at least talk about justice.
Even if he/she may not win this time but with our votes we can build his
prospect for the next time. We will appeal to all Muslims to vote for a
candidate which has no criminal case pending,” said Iqbal.
leaders argued that Congress gave tickets to 16 Muslims from seats with
reasonably Muslim voters. “The result is before you that they all lost
miserably which means that even the non-Muslim voters of the Congress chose not
to vote them,” said Iqbal.
leaders expressed that they are disappointed with the political parties and
they civil society has been their biggest support. “During the time of any
atrocity, it is the civil society which stood by them,” said Iqbal adding that
no political voice They also slammed the Former health minister AA Khan and
Rajya Sabha MP Ask Ali Tak for being silent on the issues likes lynching and
communal tension while being on the fore of seeking tickets in lieu of Muslim
voters who plays a vital role in deciding the fate of 25-30 seats.
Austrian woman who was convicted for insulting the Prophet Mohammed did not
have her right to freedom of speech violated, a European court has ruled.
European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that courts in Austria, where the
woman was found guilty, had balanced the "right to freedom of expression
with the right of others to have their religious feelings protected, and served
the legitimate aim of preserving religious peace in Austria".
woman, who has been named only as ES, held seminars in 2009 for Austria’s far
right Freedom Party in which she made defamatory remarks relating to the
Prophet Mohammed’s marriage to Aisha, which is usually misrepresented as being
to an underage girl.
court in Vienna convicted her for disparaging religious doctrines in 2011 and
fined her 480 euros (Dh2,000) plus costs. The conviction was upheld by two
further domestic appeals.
had claimed that the comments were not designed to defame the Prophet Mohammed
and had fallen within her right to freedom of speech. She added that they were
intended to spark a public debate.
the ECHR said the remarks were an “abusive attack on the Prophet of Islam” and
were capable of stirring up prejudice and religious intolerance.
Strasbourg-based court added that the comments had no intention of promoting a
estimated 600,000 Muslims make up around 6.8 per cent of Austria’s population,
an increase of 2.6 per cent since 2001 when there were 338,988 Muslims living
in the country.
most Austrian Muslims are of Turkish origin, the highly-politicised migration
crisis in 2015 gave rise to growing anti-Islamic sentiment in the country.
Far-right Chancellor Sebastian Kurz was elected in 2017 promising to crackdown
on what he called “political Islam” and illegal immigration. Mr Kurz, leader of
the OVP, formed a coalition government in December with the anti-Islamic
Freedom Party, which had also campaigned to tighten the country’s immigration
this year the government closed down seven mosques, six of which were suspected
of having extremist links, and expelled up to 60 imams it said were funded by
move was criticised by Austrian Islamic groups as well as Turkey’s president
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who accused Mr Kurz of encouraging “a war between the
cross and the crescent”.
seminar was held against the background of preparations in Bangladesh for the forthcoming
parliamentary election in December
European governments must effectively engage with the Bangladesh authorities in
order to combat fanatic indoctrination, terrorism and other forms of political
violence, speakers said at a seminar held in the House of Lords in London, UK
“Challenges to Parliamentary Democracy and Threats of Radicalisation in
Bangladesh: Way Forward,” the seminar was organized by the European Bangladesh
Forum (EBF) and hosted by EBF Patron Lord Paul Bew.
the speakers were Jim Fitzpatrick, member of the British House of Commons and
vice-chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Bangladesh; Syed Badrul
Ahsan, editor of The Asian Age in Bangladesh; Roberta Bonazzi, founder and
president of the European Foundation for Democracy; Dr Siegfried O Wolf, German
political scientist and director of South Asia Democratic Forum; Shahriar
Kabir, president of Forum for Secular Bangladesh; and Martin Frampton of Queen
Mary University, London.
President Ansar Ahmed Ullah delivered the welcome speech.
seminar was held against the background of preparations in Bangladesh for the
forthcoming parliamentary election in December.
at the seminar were of the view that secular politics has, in broad outlines,
been restored in Bangladesh in a significant way, but warned at the same time
that the forces arrayed against secularism should not be underestimated or
the seminar, Lord Bew said: “We have to look at the root of violent extremism
and religion-based violence, which is not only a significant issue for
Bangladesh, but also significant for European countries, including the United
Kingdom. Through analyses of European and global perspectives of militancy and
terrorism, we have to increase mutual understanding and cooperation to ensure a
sustainable policy and strategy against all sorts of extremist threats and
Badrul Ahsan noted that the emergence of Bangladesh was in essence a revolt
against the communal politics pursued in Pakistan between 1947 and 1971. But
while liberal, secular politics was established in Bangladesh with the
achievement of freedom, there has ironically been a progressive decline in the
secular ethos of the country since the assassinations of Bangabandhu Sheikh
Mujibur Rahman and the four national leaders in 1975, Badrul added.
also pointed to the inordinate influence of the Hefazat-e-Islam, despite
widespread condemnation of its 13-point demand of a fanatical nature, on
national politics. Secularism, he said, had a long way to go considering the
alarming decline in the figures for the Hindu population of the country.
Siefgried Wolf said western government should not allow parties supporting or
patronizing terrorism to use their territories and must stop granting them a
safe-haven, freedom of movement. Political parties that directly or indirectly
associate with violent Jihadist organizations must be considered as part of the
Jihadist movement, he opined.
his remarks, Shahriar Kabir said from 2001 to 2006 Bangladesh witnessed an
unprecedented persecution of religious minorities, mostly Hindus.
Bonnazi said radicalisation was a global phenomenon, which is why it needs
multi-level cooperation among civil societies and also at government-to-government
this respect, Bangladesh needs support and cooperation from European countries
and, at the same time, Europe has a lot to learn from Bangladesh from its
successful operation against militancy and religion-based extremism, Bonnazi
arrested three leaders of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami including one of its
central leaders from Bakalia area Chattogram.
a special raid on Rahattarpol and Masterpol area Chattogram, police arrested
them in separate operations on Thursday night.
police station officer in charge Pranab Barua said that the three arrestees
were Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami central organizing secretary and former
nayeeb-e-ameer Professor Ahsanullah, Jamaat rokon Shabauddin Aftab and ward 17
Jamaat amir Asadullah.
said that acting on a tip-off, during a raid, police arrested Aftab from his
house at Masterpol area.
recovered extremist propaganda books, leaflets and documents from their houses
which they considered related to their anti state activities.
another drive police arrested Ahsanullah and Asadullah from the area adjacent
to Baitul Mamur Mosque at Rosulbagh area, Bakalia, Chattogram.
they were accused of ‘hatching a conspiracy’ and ‘planning to sabotage’ and for
their involvement in several cases of violence.
Thursday noon, police arrested another Jamaat leader Md Azizul Haque from the
city’s Rahatarpol area of Bakalia. Later, police filed a case against Azizul
six leaders and activists of Jamaat were arrested from a madrassah at Nabagram
Road area of the Braishal city on Friday afternoon suspecting them as
participants of a meeting conspiring sabotage, reported New Age correspondent
police station officer-in-charge Nurul Islam, said the arrested six were Bhola
district Jamaat amir Fazlul Karim, 63, Jhalakathi municipal amir Abdul Hye, 55,
Gournadi municipal former amir Kamrul Islam Khan, 63, Satkhira Shamnagar JI
activist Khalilur Rahman Tarafdar, 46, Binoykathi union under Jhalakathi
district JI activist Mahbub Alam, 38, Madhavpasha (Babuganj upazila of
Barishal) union JI activist Keramat Ali, 65.
voting for parliamentary, Wolesi Jirga, elections kicked off in southern
Kandahar province of Afghanistan earlier today.
Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials are saying that more than 500
hundred thousand voters have registered for the parliamentary elections in this
officials further added that 173 polling stations would remain open for the
voters during the elections day in Kandahar.
to reports, 109 candidates are running for the parliamentary elections from
Kandahar province, including 96 men and 13 women.
parliamentary elections in southern Kandahar province were due to be conducted
last Saturday but the voting was postponed due to the deadly incident in
in Afghanistan are showing unprecedented levels of pessimism about the future
of their war-ravaged country, a US survey shows, as militant attacks continue
to take toll on the lives of Afghans almost every day 17 years after the US
invaded the country.
a survey, whose results were published on Friday, Gallup asked Afghans of all
walks of life how good they anticipate life to be in five years. It recorded a
shocking average of 2.3 on a ladder scale with 10 as the best possible.
no Afghans see their economic situation improving anytime soon. This year, 4
percent say their standard of living is getting better; this is lower than or
on par with the lowest figures Gallup has recorded from any country since 2006,
including the most desperately poor countries in Africa and Asia,” Gallup said.
years ago, Afghans put their life quality in five years at 5.4.
latest survey “reveals just how devastating the negative cycle of poverty and
violence has been to Afghans' daily experiences,” the polling organization
conducted the survey in July in face-to-face interviews of 1,000 Afghans.
results of the survey were announced in the wake of last week's legislative
elections which were marred by blood and violence.
four million Afghans voted in the long-delayed elections amid widespread
accounts of polling problems and Taliban deadly attacks.
US invaded Afghanistan in 2001, toppling a Taliban regime in control of most of
the country at the time. But the invasion has failed to restore security in the
country plagued by militancy and terrorism.
administration of US President Donald Trump is struggling to find a way out of
the costly conflict as the Taliban militant group has managed to partially
reassert themselves in several provinces by taking control of certain areas.
8,000 people lost their lives or have been wounded in Afghanistan between
January and September this year, with the country on track to be deadlier than
Syria in 2018. Kabul blames the Taliban militant group for the bulk of the
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco)
in its new report recorded the killing of 182 journalists in 2016-17 — a slight
decrease in the number of fatalities compared to the previous two-year period.
compared to earlier periods — 2007 to 2011 — numbers remain elevated,
according to the 2018 Director-General Report on the Safety of Journalists,
released for the “International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against
Journalists” to be observed on Nov 2.
2017, the largest number of fatal attacks (27 killings) took place in Asia and
the Pacific region, representing 34 per cent of the total, followed by Latin
America and the Caribbean with 28pc (22 killings). In the Arab states region,
Unesco documented 18 killings, representing 22pc of killings of journalists
it noted, the number of killings in 2016-17 was lower than that in the previous
two-year period, when 213 killings were recorded. However, this trend did not
appear to be confirmed in 2018, with 80 killings already condemned by the
Unesco director general as of Oct 9 this year.
this year sent a request for information to 56 member states where it recorded
killings of journalists between 2006 and 2017, and for which records showed no
information that the judicial cases had been resolved. In 2017, 62 member
states received such a request.
did not submit information on specific cases of killings of journalists, but
did submit detailed information on concrete measures targeted at improving
safety of journalists and combating impunity, the report said.
2017, local journalists represented 90pc of those murdered and 94pc in 2016. Of
the 14 foreign victims in 2016-17, half were killed in countries experiencing
Pakistan's army chief has approved death sentences for 14 "hardcore
terrorists" convicted by military courts for attacks in recent years that
killed 19 security forces and three civilians.
military statement issued on Friday says General Qamar Javed Bajwa also
approved prison terms for eight militants. It says those convicted were
involved in attacks on security forces and civilians, as well as the destruction
of educational institutions and a famous ski resort in Swat valley. It didn't
say when the men would be executed.
trials are not open to the public in Pakistan but defendants have the right to
hire their own lawyers.
Khan, the once-swashbuckling and debonair new prime minister of Pakistan, made
lofty promises to reform the country’s decaying educational, political, social
and legal frameworks.
people were jubilant: finally someone from among them, rather than from the
traditional oligarchic parties, had risen to power and would hopefully usher in
a vibrant, progressive Pakistan.
has really changed in a country where the recent most election promises were
predicated on thorough change for the better?
certainly have. I have spent the past two weeks in Pakistan. What I’ve seen in
the capital are buses and vans proudly displaying captions like “Prime
Minister’s National Health Program” or “Prime Minister’s Educational Service
Khan has certainly aligned his brand with the as yet non-existent reforms.
Perhaps these appearances will fool the politically naïve, but it seems
unlikely that such cosmetic measures will actually deliver the kind of reform
the country so badly needs.
there have been promising token measures. Khan has sold the fancy cars,
livestock and other luxuries that were a perennial feature of the prime
ministerial house. In fact, he has become the first prime minister to decline
to live in that house. However, one deeper change – Khan’s austerity drive –
mainly affects the poor, who understandably complain of rising living costs.
top stated aims were educational and medical reform. Undisclosed educational
changes are being considered. In the largest province, the Punjab, Minister of
Health Yasmin Rashid has promised to issue health cards to the poorest of the
poor. These cards would attempt to provide them easier access to health care,
but the specific services are yet to be revealed.
is justified. Pakistan’s problems are too monumental to be overcome in the
normal lifespan of a government. The economy is such a shambles that the IMF’s
austerity demands are crippling. The skyrocketing population continues to
overload scant services, forever widening the gap between problems and their
newly elected prime minister’s allies remain suspect and present the biggest
stumbling block to any reform. Many consider Khan a stooge of the army and
suspect that whatever the army wants, Khan will have to deliver, or else he
will be ousted. On the political front, a coalition of opposition parties is
already forming to topple him.
is difficult when attitudes remain entrenched in parochialism. Social ills
prevail, such as honour killings and the persecution of religious minorities,
and the new conservatism that has prevailed since the 1980s clamps down on the
merest suggestion of change. The Ahmadiyya community, for example, remains
perhaps the most persecuted religious minority of Pakistan. While the overwhelming
Muslim majority may at least tolerate Christians and Hindus, most cannot abide
Ahmadis because they call themselves Muslims but refuse to uphold the finality
of the prophet Mohammad as God’s last messenger on earth.
had initially appointed an Ahmadi, Atif Mian, to an important economic post,
but social pressure made him resign. Such is the climate in this country, which
is riddled with toxic sentiments towards those seen as religious pariahs.
problems are insurmountable. His opposition, from long-established vested
interests, is massive and influential. His allies are untrustworthy and
– Houthi rebels, who are engaged in the fight against Yemeni government for
past few years, have said that they are ready to cooperate with anyone who will
try to end this war.
rebels in a statement, according to Geo News, said that they will consider the
option pitched by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan. However, they rejected
the notion that they had contacted Islamabad for playing the mediation role.
statement comes days after PM Imran, following his visit to Saudi Arabi, said
that he will try to get Muslim countries together, besides acting as a
“mediator” in the resolution of conflicts between Muslim countries.
said that Pakistan will act as a mediator in the war between the Houthi rebels
and Saudi Arabia-led alliance in Yemen.
fight, which has claimed over 10,000 lives so far and caused a cholera
epidemic, started between the rebels and the government when Houthis, in 2014,
took over Sanaa, the capital. A Saudi-led coalition with Yemeni government is
fighting against the rebels since 2015.
Embassy of Yemen in Islamabad on Friday rejected a notion that there is a war
between Saudi Arabi and Yemen.
media outlets depict the situation in Yemen as a war between Yemen and Saudi
Arabia,” said a statement issued by the embassy. “This grave mistake misinforms
the public and entails wrong conclusions and biased stances.”
embassy clarified that the war ensued after Houthi militia attempted an alleged
coup against the government by seizing public institutions and wealth.
added that the internationally recognized Yemeni government “in order to
safeguard the Yemeni people from the heinous acts of the Houthi militia, called
for the assistance of Saudi Arabia and friendly countries to restore the state
and end the coup,” Dawn News reported.
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has furnished before the Supreme Court a
list of 44 politically exposed individuals or their benamidars who possessed
properties in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
list contains the name of Aleema Khanum, a sister of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
She is identified as benamidar of a property. A notice has been issued to her
through email as well as delivered at her home address, but her servant says
she is abroad.
list was part of the annexure submitted to a three-judge SC bench, headed by
Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, seized with a case relating to illegal transfer
of money from Pakistan to foreign countries.
list also contains the name of Ayesha Enver Baig, wife of former senator Enver
Baig and owner of Anwar Steel. She has one property in the UAE, but it has been
disclosed in the tax returns filed with the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).
Khan Marwat, a politician, is also on the list, but has disowned the property
shown in his name.
Mumtaz Ahmed Muslim, who is affiliated with the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, has
conceded that he owns properties in Dubai, but not 16 properties as shown in
the FIA list.
Amin, wife of the late Makhdoom Amin Fahim of the Pakistan Peoples Party, owned
four properties. A notice was issued to her, but her watchman did not receive
it as she was out of the country.
Sami Khan, who owned three properties in the UAE, is wife of Arshad Sami Khan
and is under verification by the FBR.
Dildar Ahmed Cheema, former MNA from Faisalabad, disowned two properties in the
Manzoor owned six properties in the UAE. She is daughter of Tariq Aziz,
personal secretary to former president retired Gen Pervez Musharraf, and is
also under verification by the FBR.
Zulfikar, who owned a property in the UAE, is wife of Collector Customs Dr
Zulfikar Ahmed. Agha Shahid Majeed Khan, a government servant and serving as
Collector Customs, also owned one property.
Baloch, who owned one property, is grandson of former federal minister Mir
Ibrahim Reki. He had declared the property received as a gift from his
grandfather in the tax returns.
Nasreen, mother of TV anchor Dr Farrukh Saleem, owned a property in the UAE,
but it has been declared in the tax returns.
Aijaz Haroon, who had served as managing director of the Pakistan International
Airlines during the PPP government, disowned a property shown in his name.
name of Abdullah Kadwani also featured in the list with one property. He is
former PRO to the Sindh governor and also an actor.
Khan had six properties in the UAE. He is brother of Humayun Akhtar and Haroon
Akhtar — both former ministers. He did not provide any affidavit despite
Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday said Pakistan has asked the United Arab
Emirates (UAE) for a deferred payment facility for the import of oil, similar
to the one agreed with Saudi Arabia earlier this week.
said this while addressing a press conference in Islamabad, during which he
briefed the media about a meeting earlier in the day between Prime Minister
Imran Khan and a high-level delegation led by UAE Minister of State Sultan
minister said the UAE delegation is visiting Pakistan under the aegis of UAE
Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed to discuss mutually beneficial projects
which both countries can undertake.
delegation said bilateral relations between Pakistan and UAE are decades old,
but there was a dip in the last 4-5 years," Qureshi said. "In today's
meeting, we have discussed measures to expand the economic side of our
longstanding bilateral ties."
in the agriculture sector, we have discussed how we can increase exports to the
UAE. We have an exportable surplus in rice which we used to export [to the
country], but our exports have decreased considerably in the last few
fruits, I discussed with them the export of citrus and mangoes. We have both in
abundance and there is a demand in UAE too. Due to our proximity, we can easily
export these despite them being perishable items," the foreign minister
said, adding that the UAE has an "effective way of processing and
packaging food, so we have decided to benefit from their expertise".
foreign minister further said that the matter regarding setting up a
state-of-the-art LNG terminal in Pakistan with UAE's cooperation was also
discussed during the meeting. The Emirati delegation has expressed interest in
setting up an LNG terminal in Pakistan," he said.
said a member of Emirati real estate company Emaar was also part of the
delegation. "We told them that the government was planning to build five
million houses and asked if they could be of any help in this regard," the
foreign minister said.
issue which we are facing these days is that of water shortage. UAE holds
expertise in water desalination and if they could invest in setting up a plant
in Karachi or Gwadar, our water crisis will be resolved and it will be a
massive development," Qureshi said.
to Pakistan's foreign policy, the foreign minister said Pakistan is pursuing
its policy with other countries based on mutual benefits and national interest.
order to make the foreign policy stronger and robust, it has been decided to
appoint professional diplomats in key foreign capitals, the minister said.
said Nafees Zakaria, who is currently serving as Pakistan's High Commissioner
to Malaysia, will be posted to London as the High Commissioner.
Sher Tarar will be appointed Pakistan High Commissioner to Ottawa, Canada, he
announced, adding that Raja Ali Ijaz will be posted as Pakistan High
Commissioner to Saudi Arabia.
An appellate court has acquitted a suspected member of a proscribed militant
outfit by setting aside his conviction by an assistant political agent on the
charges of waging war against the state and attacking Nato containers bound for
appellate powers under the Fata Interim Governance Regulation (FIGR), 2018, the
additional commissioner accepted an appeal filed by the appellant Nama Jan, a
resident of Bara, Khyber tribal district.
the FIGR, the court of a designated commissioner or additional commissioner is
the second judicial forum hearing appeals originated out of the judgments of
the political agents (now deputy commissioners) or assistant political agents
(now assistant deputy commissioners).
man was convicted by an assistant political agent in his capacity as the
additional district magistrate had convicted the appellant on Aug 17, 2018, and
sentenced him to seven years rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs200,000.
was charged under Pakistan Penal Code’s Section 121 (waging war against the
state) and 121-A (punishment for waging war) and Section 11 of the erstwhile
Frontier Crimes Regulation.
Hussain Gigyani, lawyer for the appellant, said his client was innocent and was
falsely implicated in the case.
said the appellant was taken into custody by the security forces on Oct 9,
2015, and after keeping him in illegal detention for over two years, he was
handed over to the administration of Khyber Agency (now Khyber tribal
lawyer said the only evidence against his client was a report of the joint
investigation team, which claimed that the appellant belonged to a proscribed
militant organisation and was involved in attacks against Nato conveys carrying
goods to Afghanistan and waging of war against the state by attacking personnel
of law-enforcement agencies.
said the JIT report could be considered a charge sheet against the appellant
and not evidence.
lawyer said for convicting the appellant, the prosecution had to produce
incontrovertible evidence, which was not available in the case.
said it was on record that the appellant was kept in illegal confinement for
over two years.
The Punjab capital may see hectic political activities during the next two days
as ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif, former president Asif Zardari and religious
alliance MMA’s chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman will be active here to try forming
an opposition alliance.
Fazl is working to convene a multi-party conference as a first step to carve
out an alliance on the minimum possible common agenda but is failing to give a
final date (and venue) for the purpose because Mr Sharif is apparently
reluctant to ensure his physical presence at the proposed meet.
the MMA leader claimed here before the media on Friday that the ex-premier
would be part of the MPC, a senior official of the PML-N said Mr Sharif had so
far committed only sending a Raja Zafarul Haq-led delegation to the opposition’s
in the MMA say the N-League has been told that the MPC may fail to make any
political impact unless Mr Sharif is seen sitting along with Mr Zardari.
indecision on the part of Mr Sharif is delaying the formal announcement of
holding the MPC, they say.
Fazl says he has already met Mr Zardari and will try to call on the PML-N
supremo in the next two days to finalize the moot.
Zardari, who is in the city to attend a couple of PPP functions and meet the
local leadership, has said a couple of days ago that talks may be held with Mr
former president had earlier been refusing to sit with the ex-prime minister
and had even supported the ruling PTI in the Senate chairman polls to the
disadvantage of the PML-N.
Maulana Fazl told the media after a meeting of the Shura (consultative body) of
the JUI faction led by him that there is strong consensus among opposition that
the PTI government cannot run the country and all parties would join hands in
the upcoming multi-party conference.
said the PTI government had brought the country and economy to their knees in
two months. The opposition feels obliged to play its due role in retrieving the
country from those who “have stolen the mandate.”
about legal problems of the opposition, which may make it difficult for him to
bring them to one platform, he dispelled the impression, saying cases, jails
and corruption charges were part of struggle against establishment and this
game has been going on for 30 years – without any result. Had these charges,
reserved only for politicians, been true, they could have resulted in end of
corruption in the last three decades. The politicians have faced jails, exiles
and cases all those years and continue doing so: such practices now cannot
deter the opposition but would rather be an impetus, he told a questioner.
politicians have two options: either resist or submit to the establishment. The
opposition feels that submission is not an option.
that case, the establishment would keep the country on path to slavery and the
country would end up nowhere,” he said and added: “The PTI has been claiming
$200 billion in the Swiss Banks as proof of corruption for the last many years.
Now they themselves say that those reports were not correct?”
about recent economic aid from Saudi Arabia, he said that it could only be
welcomed but one should keep in mind that it was meant to boost foreign
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader Abdul Hameed Mehsud was killed in an
armed attack late on Thursday night.
assailants attacked Mehsud’s vehicle at New Sabzi Mandi Road in Tank, resulting
in critical bullet injuries.
body was shifted to hospital for post-mortem.
chief Fazlur Rehman condemned the murder and offered condolence to the
bereaved’s family. He demanded that the attackers be hunted and arrested.
Two security personnel were injured in a remote controlled bomb blast here on
Friday, according to a source in the forces.
miscreants targeted a vehicle of the security forces through a remote
controlled explosive device at the Bypass Road in Miranshah, North Waziristan
vehicle was damaged as a result of the blast in which Hawaldar Iftikhar and
soldier Zahib were injured. They were shifted to FTC, Miranshah.
security forces cordoned off the area after the incident and launch search
a separate incident in Rawalpindi, the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD)
foiled a bid to attack an intelligence agency office after arresting an alleged
terrorist in the city.
to media reports, CTD, on a tip off caught a terrorist identified as Imran Shah
to a CTD spokesperson, the suspect is affiliated with banned outfit
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Arms, ammunition and detonators have been
recovered from his possession. He was shifted to an undisclosed place for
security forces also carried out a search operation in Bara, Peshawar and
recovered an explosives laden suicide jacket.
to media reports, security forces conducted a search operation in Shalobar,
area of Tehsil Bara of Khyber on a tip off and recovered a suspicious jacket
laden with explosive materials from the bank of Kuwar Jali stream.
Line Officer Shamshad Khan along with a heavy contingent of security forces
cordoned the area and recovered the suicide jacket that was later defused in a far
off place by carrying out an explosion.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has signed death warrants
of “14 hardcore terrorist”, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in
a statement on Friday.
terrorists were involved in heinous offences related to terrorism, i.e.
attacking armed forces/ law enforcement agencies, killing of innocent civilians
and destruction of educational institutions, Pakistan Tourism Development
Corporation (PTDC) Hotel Malam Jabba, Swat,” the military’s media wing claimed.
they were involved in the killing of 22 persons — three civilians and 19
officials of the army, paramilitary forces and police.
of the convicts were said to be members of proscribed organisations who were
found in possession of arms and explosives as well, as per the statement. They
were tried by special military courts. Besides death sentences, eight convicts
were awarded imprisonment.
Ali S/O Hassan Ghani, Rehmat Ali S/O Sher Malik, Saifur Rehman S/O Akbar Aman
and Fazal Mabood S/O Fazal Rabi: They were involved in the destruction of an
educational institution and attacking armed forces, which resulted in the death
of Naib Subedar Muhammad Hanif along with seven soldiers, a civilian and
injuries to 12 others. These convicts confessed their offences before a
magistrate and a trial court. They were awarded death sentence.
Ahmed S/O Mumtaz: Irshad was involved in an attack on LEAs, which resulted in
the death of Sepoy Raza Khan. He was also involved in the destruction of
Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) Hotel Malam Jabba, Swat. The
convict confessed his offences before a magistrate and a trial court. He was
awarded a death sentence.
S/O Naseem: He was involved in attacking armed forces, which resulted in the
death of five soldiers and injuries of seven others. He was awarded a death
Hussain S/O Qari Muhammad Zarif: Ahmad was involved in an attack on LEAs, which
resulted in the death of Naib Subedar Hussain Faraz along with four officials
and injuries to five others. He was also awarded a death sentence.
Rehman S/O Masoom Jan: He was involved in an attack on the armed forces, which
resulted in the death of Havildar Muhammad Ilyas along with four soldiers and
injuries to six others. After his confession, he was awarded a death sentence.
Majeed Khan S/O Sanoubar: Majeed was involved in an attack on innocent
civilians and armed forces, which resulted in the death of Sepoy Asif Mehmood
and injuries to an officer along with two soldiers. He was also involved in the
destruction of Government Primary School Zangi, Swat and Pakistan
Telecommunication Limited Exchange Tower. He was awarded a death sentence.
Aqil S/O Nawab Ali:
was involved in attacking LEAs, which resulted in the death of Assistant Sub
Inspector Noor Zaman along with four officials and injuries to five others. The
convict confessed his offences before a magistrate and a trial court. He was
awarded a death sentence.
Ullah S/O Muhammad Rafique: Saifullah was involved in the destruction of
Government Primary School Langar (Swat) and attack on armed forces, which
resulted in the death of Naik Ghulam Hassan, Sepoy Shoukat Ali and injuries to
two others. He was awarded a death sentence.
Sher Ali Khan S/O Sher Afzal Khan: He was involved in an attack on the LEAs,
which resulted in a death of Sepoy Raza Khan. He was awarded a death sentence.
Tariq S/O Ghulam Badshah: Tariq was involved in an attack on armed forces,
which resulted in the death of Naik Muhammad Suleman and injuries to another
soldier. He was awarded a death sentence.
from religious and political leaders have forced the scrapping of a requirement
for Hindu scriptures to be made available to students in India's
Muslim-majority state of Jammu and Kashmir.
state administration, under the federal government run by the pro-Hindu
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on Oct. 23 ditched the bid only one day after it
state education department wanted schools, colleges and public libraries to
make available copies of Hinduism's sacred books, the epic tales of the
Bhagavat Gita and the Ramayana.
these institutions were directed to have the texts available in the local Urdu
National Conference, a political party, was first to protest, asserting that if
Hindu texts were to be provided, the same should apply for other religions.
John Moolachira of Guwahati, a member of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of
India, described the directive as selective and bizarre.
cited "saffronization" of education in Jammu and Kashmir, a reference
to the saffron robes worn by Hindu priests.
Moolachira said this agenda included an attempt to overhaul school and college
curriculums to win support from grassroots Hindus.
prelate said that the studying of religious texts was not bad in itself, but
scriptures of all religions should be made available to students so they could
learn values impartially.
Bhat, a social activist based in Kashmir, said the move was a violation of
India’s Constitution barring promotion of religions through educational
institutions. "Why drag religion into school curriculums?" he asked.
also believed the aborted move had been aimed at giving a "Hindu
color" to education in line with the ruling BJP's ideology of Hindu
Ahmad, an educationalist, warned that doing so would lead to anarchy by
undermining the majority-Hindu nation's secular character. He noted that
history books for schools had already been re-written to omit the reigns of
independent legislator from Kashmir termed the withdrawal of the controversial
Hindu scripture requirement for students as a confession of guilt.
said the government needed to explain why it issued a communally-oriented order
only to withdraw it after realizing that the measure had not gone down well
with most people in the state.
and Kashmir has some 12.5 million people, with nearly 70 percent of them
Muslims and 29 percent Hindus. Most Hindus live in the Jammu region, while the
majority in Kashmir — 96 percent — are Muslims. The state also has some 20,000
Christians, with Catholics the largest component.
and Kashmir has suffered violence since militant Islamic groups began resisting
Indian rule 30-years ago.
estimated 100,000 people have died in the conflict, including civilians,
militants and security force personnel.
Chief General Bipin Rawat on Saturday said that Pakistan was using terror to
keep the pot boiling in Jammu and Kashmir since it was well aware they could
never succeed. Accusing the neighbouring country of trying to stall development
in the state, Rawat warned that India was strong enough to counter Pakistan’s
evil designs and capable of carrying out different operations.
is fully aware they can never succeed, terror is another way by them to keep
the pot boiling. They want to stall development in Kashmir but Indian state is
strong enough to counter everything, and we are fully capable of carrying out
different operations,” ANI quoted the Army chief as saying. Rawat made the
remarks after paying tribute at the Amar Jawan Jyoti in the national capital to
mark Infantry Day.
had articulated the need for another surgical strike on terror launch pads
across the Line of Control twice in the past month. On September, the Army
chief emphasised the need to “avenge” the “barbaric” acts carried out by the
Pakistani Army and terrorists against Indian soldiers, saying it was time to
“give it back in the same coin”.
on the death of a 22-year-old soldier following a head injury in an incident of
stone-pelting in Anantnag district of South Kashmir, Rawat said there were some
people who ask for stone pelters not to be treated as over ground workers of
terrorists. “The jawan who lost his life after being attacked by stone pelters
was guarding a border roads team which was constructing roads, and then we have
some ppl saying don’t treat stone pelters like OGWs(over ground workers) of
terrorists,” he said.
Border Security Force and Jammu Kashmir Police have started a joint
anti-tunnelling exercise along the international border at various places in
the state to detect any cross-border tunnel originating from Pakistan.
BSF officials said such exercises are conducted from time to time, and the
latest searches have come following revelations by a truck driver, who was
arrested recently, that he had carried at least 30 militants from Kathua’s
Hiranagar area to the Kashmir Valley in the past, before last month’s terror
attack at Jhajjar Kotli along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway.
truck driver was identified as Riaz Ahmed, a resident of Pulwama. He was
arrested for carrying three men in his vehicle from Hiranagar area – the trio,
according to officials, opened fire on some police personnel at Jhajjar Kotli
before they were killed in a joint operation by the police, CRPF and Army
personnel. During questioning, Riaz is learnt to have revealed that he had in
the past carried nearly 30 suspected militants from Hiranagar in Kathua to the
Valley in four or five trips.
police said the three militants gunned down in Jhajjar Kotli were Pakistani
nationals, and they had sneaked into the state through the Tarnah nullah, which
flows into Pakistan from Bobiya area.
Inspector General of BSF Akhilesh Singh said, “This (anti-tunnelling exercise)
has been our normal practice but recently we asked others (agencies) to join
the BSF in the exercise, as there was no semblance in reports that terrorists
who attacked Jhajjar Kotli had come in from the international border (in
Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed on Friday that Berlin would not export arms to
Saudi Arabia until the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi is
clarified, a stance French President Emmanuel Macron dubbed "pure
case of journalist Khashoggi is, of course, something incredible, I told the
Saudi king yesterday in our telephone conversation," Merkel said at a
press conference with Czech prime minister Andrej Babis.
need to clarify the background of this horrible crime and until that, we will
not supply weapons to Saudi Arabia," she added, reiterating comments made
earlier this week.
stance led to a clash with France's Macron who told reporters in the Slovak
capital Bratislava on Friday that stopping arms sales to Saudi Arabia would be
sale of weapons "has nothing to do with Mr. Khashoggi. One shouldn't mix
everything up," he said.
also insisted on Friday that "Saudi Arabia must do everything to solve the
urgent humanitarian situation in Yemen, there are currently millions of hungry
people, we are witnesses of one of the greatest humanitarian
last month approved 416 million euros ($480 million) worth of arms exports to
Saudi Arabia for 2018. In the past, military exports by Berlin to Saudi have
mostly consisted of patrol boats.
and Saudi Arabia only returned their ambassadors in September after 10 months
of frosty relations following criticism from Berlin of what it said was Saudi
interference in Lebanese affairs.
Khashoggi case has opened a serious new rift with European partners Britain,
France, and Germany jointly calling for Riyadh to clarify how Khashoggi died
inside its Istanbul consulate, and for its account to "be backed by facts
to be considered credible".
a fortnight of denials, Saudi authorities admitted Saturday that Khashoggi, a
Washington Post columnist and prominent critic of powerful Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Salman, was killed after entering the consulate in Turkey on
it has faced a growing chorus of incredulity over its belated explanation that
he died in a "brawl", as world powers demand answers and the location
of his body.
Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Friday it had detained six members of an
ISIS cell plotting attacks in Moscow, Russian news agencies reported, citing an
FSB said the group planned to use guns and improvised explosive devices for
their attacks and was guided by ISIS members in Syria.
journalist who spent five years covering the Syrian civil war for a British
television station has been barred from entering the UK to attend an awards
ceremony for which he has been nominated for a prestigious prize.
Husari, a Syrian freelance filmmaker, has been shortlisted for his reporting on
the siege of Ghouta earlier this year at the Rory Peck Awards, for which he
lived underground with civilians.
British authorities have refused to grant him a visa on the grounds that there
is a risk he will stay in the UK.
Husari, 32, who has worked for ITV News since 2012, filmed video reports from
the city of Ghouta including the aftermath of chemical weapons attacks on
left Syria this summer with his wife and now lives in Turkey, where he has been
offered a job and has paid a year’s rent for accommodation. His wife is
enrolled at university in Turkey.
ITV News supplying Britain’s Home Office with proof of his continued residence
in Turkey and promising to book the journalist return flights as well as
accompany him on his visit to the UK, two separate visa applications submitted
by the broadcaster on his behalf have been rejected.
News said they hoped a last-minute visa would be granted, which would allow Mr
Husari to attend the awards ceremony on Thursday evening.
his “extraordinary eye-witness journalism”, ITV said Mr Husari had been
“crucial” to their coverage of the seven-year conflict.
to 1,000 Muslims in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, took
to the streets Friday to “demand justice” for the burning of a flag bearing the
Tauhid, an Islamic concept affirming that there is only one God.
reports that Muslims came together to rally against the burning of the flag by
members of the youth wing of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the largest Islamic
organization in the country.
the “peaceful” demonstration, leaders of the rally reportedly urged people to
defend Islam as protestors chanted “There is no God but Allah.”
want justice for the burning of the flag, for those who are responsible,”
Fahruh Rozi, 47, a member of Forum Masjid Al Falah, one of several groups at
the rally, told Reuters.
want to raise awareness for respect for Islam. It’s not to do with politics or
elections,” Rozi added.
demonstration took place in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.
in white Islamic robes snarled traffic outside the security ministry in
Jakarta, waving flags with Arabic text professing belief in one God and
chanting ‘God is great’ and ‘No God except Allah,’” the Associated Press (AP)
of the presidential and parliamentary elections next April, there have been
“sporadic tensions” between the NU, considered a moderate organization, and
more hardline groups, Reuters pointed out.
by the flag’s affiliation to the banned Hizb-ut-Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) group
that is allegedly seeking to establish an Islamic caliphate in the country, NU
members decided to set the flag ablaze.
of members of Nahdlatul Ulama’s youth arm burning the flag of the outlawed
group, Hizbut Tahrir, has stirred controversy in Indonesia because the flag is
also emblazoned with the Islamic declaration of faith. Their uniforms indicated
they’re part of the youth organization’s militia.
flag burning reportedly prompted NU to cancel a mass rally to promote a
moderate brand of Islam that was predicted to draw 10,000 supporters.
accused HTI of inciting violence that drove its young members to burn the flag.
Cholil Staquf, the NU’s secretary general, told AP that HTI “operatives”
exploited religious symbols, which led to the flag burning incident.
incidents of provocation were planned. Our members would find it difficult to
control their anger in the face of such flagrant exploitation of our religious
symbols,” he said.
Indonesia’s quake-tsunami battered city of Palu is facing a public health
crisis as torrential rains threaten to spread malaria and dengue fever to the
devastated region a month after the disaster, aid agencies have warned.
September 28, a magnitude 7.5 quake and a subsequent tsunami razed swathes of
Palu on Sulawesi island, killing some 2,200 people and displacing more than
more are missing, presumed dead, after entire neighborhoods were swallowed up
by liquefaction — a process where a strong quake makes the ground start
behaving like a liquid, turning it into a kind of quicksand.
to stave off disease, authorities last week dropped disinfectant from
helicopters on the worst-hit parts of Palu, where some 5,000 rotting corpses
are feared buried beneath the ruins.
disaster mitigation agency said the move was crucial to preventing the
proliferation of disease-laden flies, cockroaches and rats.
aid groups say there has been an increase in cases of diarrhea and respiratory
infection, while there are also suspected cases of mosquito-borne illnesses,
including malaria and dengue fever.
monsoon rains predicted for the months ahead threaten to make a bad situation
is likely we’re going to see more and more people getting sick... given how
hard it is to maintain hygiene standards, with the rains providing the perfect
breeding ground for mosquitoes, and with hundreds, if not thousands of bodies,
believed to be decomposing in the ground,” said Selina Sumbung, chairperson of
Save the Children’s partner in Indonesia, Yayasan Sayangi Tunas Cilik.
play spaces and temporary schools have provided some solace for kids —
including many left orphans or still separated from surviving parents — but
children are at particular risk from any illness outbreak.
and international relief efforts have accelerated over the past month after
initial delays sparked looting as food and water ran out.
reception and electricity have been restored to many areas with shops,
restaurants and markets open.
agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said Friday that things were “getting
better” for people in the worst-affected areas.
numerous challenges remain.
hundreds of thousands left homeless by the disaster are scattered across Palu
squat outside their ruined homes or are bunkered down in makeshift camps and
entirely dependent on handouts to survive.
drinking water has to be trucked into encampments, while tarpaulins, blankets
and tools are still in short supply in some areas.
know when people are living in temporary conditions — in tents or under
tarpaulins — that always poses a problem for hygiene,” said Andreas
Weissenberg, team leader of the Red Cross field assessment team in Palu.
stay closer together. It’s difficult to keep clean. They may not have access to
water and latrines.”
monsoon rains have already turned roads to mud and primed slopes for landslides
in some remote areas — hampering access for relief teams.
authorities lifted a state of emergency on Friday, after which a “transition
period” is to continue before that ends on December 25.
has said that damage to the devastated area has topped $900 million while the
World Bank has offered the country up to $1 billion in loans to get Palu back
on its feet.
percent of Palu has been cleaned up and water supply will return to normal by
December, Central Sulawesi governor Longki Djanggola said Thursday.
than 1,400 tents have been erected for classes and 1,200 semi-permanent
shelters — each with a dozen rooms — are expected to be finished in two months’
many, however, life is still far from returning to normal.
JAYA: Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said he welcomed the view by Umno Youth
that he take leave pending the outcome of his corruption trial, but did not
state whether he agreed with the call.
Zahid, who is facing 45 charges involving over RM100 million, said Umno members
should move as a team “to oppose the enemies who are out to destroy it”.
Umno, pray for Umno,” said Zahid in hashtagged messages on Twitter.
comes a day after Umno Youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki said Zahid should go on
leave, adding that it would allow the party chief to better focus on his
upcoming court trials.
principle is that as long as he is not convicted, he should not resign from
holding the president’s post,” Asyraf had said.
thanked Asyraf for his opinion.
you for the opinion Umno Youth Malaysia, I celebrate the diversity of
opinions,” he added.
who was elected as the Umno president in July, has claimed trial to 45 charges
related to criminal breach of trust, money laundering and corruption.
call did not sit well with Kinabatangan Umno Youth chief, Mohamad Kurniawan
Naim Moktar, who said it was unbecoming of the Youth wing’s reputation as a
“strong bastion of the party”.
Youth should aggressively defend the leadership and the party,” said Kurniawan,
who is also the son of Umno’s Kinabatangan MP, Bung Moktar Radin.
view was also echoed by Puteri Umno, whose chief said its members would
continue to stand in solidarity and give moral support to Zahid.
Oct 26 — Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has thanked the Saudi Arabian
government for the cordial treatment for Malaysian pilgrims when performing the
Haj in that country.
thank them for the treatment accorded by the Saudi Arabian government to our
pilgrims when performing the Haj all this while and at times they were given
general, the Saudi Arabian government is a good host and we have no problems
with them,” he told the media at his office in Putrajaya today.
Dr Mahathir received a courtesy call from the Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Ahmed
Al-Jubeir at the Perdana Putra building.
two held an approximately 30-minute discussion in conjunction with Adel’s
three-day visit to Malaysia beginning last Wednesday.
prime minister said the Saudi minister also appreciated and praised the
attitude of Malaysian pilgrims who had performed the rituals for the fifth
pillar of Islam in a very proper manner.
advantage is because we went there via the Pilgrimage Fund Board (Tabung Haji)
which managed Haj rituals for the Malaysian pilgrims,” he said.
the quota for the pilgrimage, Dr Mahathir also told Adel about the large number
of Tabung Haji contributors in this country.
such, no matter how big the quota is, not everyone can go and there are some
who are too old and may not be able to perform the Haj, so we give priority to
such groups,” he added.
said Adel had accepted his explanation.
did not ask for an increase in the quota, but I explained that many people want
to perform the pilgrimage but their age may have exceeded the ideal level and
they may not be able to go,” he said.
official quota for the pilgrimage this year remains at 30,200 people like last
wants the United Nations to simply facilitate efforts to rewrite the country’s
constitution and not choose a third of the committee that will undertake the
job, outgoing UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura told the Security Council on
Mistura briefed the 15-member body after meeting Syrian Foreign Minister Walid
al-Moualem in Damascus this week. De Mistura wants to convene a constitutional
committee in November before he steps down at the end of the month, but he has
accused the Syrian government of delaying the process.
do have a serious challenge, let’s be frank. It is my intention to spare no
efforts to address this challenge during the forthcoming weeks,” de Mistura
told the council.
at a Syrian peace conference in Russia in January agreed to form the 150-member
committee to rewrite the Syrian constitution with a third chosen by the
government, a third by opposition groups and a third by the United Nations.
Moualem did not accept a role for the UN in general in identifying or selecting
the ... third list,” de
said. “He underlined that the Syrian constitution is a highly sensitive matter
of national sovereignty.”
said Moualem indicated that Syria and Russia had recently agreed that the third
list of participants should be decided by Syria, Russia, Turkey and Iran - the
three countries pushing separate Syria political talks known as the Astana
process - and then given to the United Nations for facilitation.
UN Ambassador Karen Pierce questioned Russia’s motives in trying to negotiate a
political solution given Syria’s efforts to stall a constitutional committee
Russia has given the UN and this council assurance it has proved too weak to
deliver on, or it was all a cynical smokescreen designed to divert attention
and energy while Russia, Syria and Iran prosecuted the military campaign,” she
told the council.
UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said there were “no grounds for establishing
artificial deadlines for the establishment of the constitutional committee.”
Mistura said he would attend a summit with the leaders of Russia, Turkey,
France and Germany in Istanbul on Saturday.
Mistura’s successor faces a tough battle to negotiate a political deal, which
the West has said is needed to unlock its reconstruction support and to
encourage the bulk of the millions of refugees in Europe and the Middle East to
say Norway’s Ambassador to China Geir Pedersen has emerged as a front-runner to
become the fourth UN Syria envoy during the more than seven-year-old war.
regime artillery fire Friday killed seven civilians in Idlib, in the highest
death toll since a Russian-Turkish deal last month to prevent a government
assault on the province, a monitor said.
Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Friday's shelling is the
most serious violation of a truce reached by Turkey and Russia last month.
Observatory said seven people, including three women and three children, were
killed in the shelling of Umm Jalal and Rafa villages in Idlib province.
area is part of a demilitarization zone that was agreed upon between Russia and
Turkey to avert a government offensive on Idlib, the last major rebel
stronghold in the country.
Smart News, an opposition activist collective, reported casualties in Rafa
without giving a breakdown.
Russia-Turkey deal that went into effect on Oct. 15 has been violated on
official spokesman of the National Liberation Front revealed that the forces of
the Assad regime in Syria are targeting positions of the Syrian armed
opposition in the countryside of Idlib and Aleppo with artillery and missiles.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday ended a visit to the Sultanate of
Oman, the first of its kind, during which he met with Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
Minister Netanyahu and his wife returned to Israel at the end of an official
visit to the Sultanate of Oman, where he met with Prime Minister Sultan Qaboos
bin Said,” Netanyahu wrote on his Twitter account.
office said in a statement on Friday that Netanyahu and his wife had been
invited by Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said after lengthy communications.
two leaders issued a joint statement saying that the two sides “discussed ways
to advance the Middle East peace process and discussed a number of issues of common
interest to achieve peace and stability in the Middle East.”
has no diplomatic relations with Israel. The meeting between Netanyahu and
Sultan Qaboos is the first of its kind between the leaders of the two countries
since the visit of Shimon Peres in 1996 when he was acting prime minister. On
his official visit, Netanyahu was accompanied his wife Sarah.
in his team were head of the Mossad intelligence agency, Yossi Cohen, the
national security adviser, Meir Ben-Shabat, the director general of the Israeli
Ministry of Foreign Affaris, Yuval Rotem, the chief of staff, Yuval Horowitz
and the military secretary, Colonel Avi Balut.
is the second visit by an Israeli prime minister to Oman, which was visited in
1994 by Yitzhak Rabin.
Prime Minister Shimon Peres also hosted in 1995 the Omani Foreign Minister
Yousef bin Alawi in Jerusalem.
President Emmanuel Macron on Friday dismissed as “demagoguery” the calls by
several European countries including Germany to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia
following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
the link between arms sales and Mr Khashoggi's murder?” Macron told a news
conference in Slovakia.
pure demagoguery to say 'we must stop arms sales'. It's got nothing to do with
Mr Khashoggi,” he added.
2008 and 2017, Saudi Arabia was the second biggest buyer of arms from France
after India, with the kingdom signing contracts for French arms worth $13.8
spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia has no reason to question Saudi Arabia’s
statements about the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
a press conference, Peskov said: “There is no reason that would lead anyone not
to believe Saudi Arabia’s announcements,” stressing that Russia supports
investigations into the case.
news agency reported Peskov as saying, “We have heard the royal family’s
statement condemning this murder… But everything else comes down to the
investigations the royal family ordered, and we support all of it.”
Thursday evening, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin spoke with King Salman bin
Abdulaziz on the telephone and the two discussed “the circumstances of
Khashoggi’s case,” according to Peskov.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan has issued a "final warning" to those who would
endanger Turkey's borders, in an apparent reference to the US-backed Kurdish
militants operating in northern Syria.
issued the warning in an address to a group of provincial leaders of his
Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara on Friday.
also noted that Turkey was determined to focus its attention on east of the
Euphrates in Syria, rather than Manbij area, citing the presence of the Kurdish
People's Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara considers a terrorist group.
this month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov once again warned that the
US is seeking to establish a quasi-state east of the Euphrates River and create
illegal structures there.
US is trying to use these lands through their Syrian allies – above all,
through the Kurds – in order to establish a quasi-state there,” Lavrov said on
the US is by all means illegally seeking to establish a quasi-state on this
territory, trying to do everything there to create conditions for a normal way
of living for their subordinates, creating a structure of authority which is an
alternative to those legitimate [structures] of the Syrian Arabic Republic,”
the top Russian diplomat noted.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Thursday lashed out at the US
military’s actions in Syria, saying the Americans have literally occupied the
country’s south and are supporting Kurdish militants in the north.
at a regular press briefing, Zakharova said, "The situation in the
northeast of Syria, where the US side is still trying to flirt with
separatist-minded Kurdish groups, is concerning.”
a source of concern is the situation in “the south of the country near al-Tanf,
where there is … de facto undisguised occupation by US forces of the territory
of the sovereign Syrian state," she added.
to retake Idlib, end US illegal presence
Syrian Defense Minister Major General Ali Abdullah Ayoub on Thursday reiterated
that Idlib province is a Syrian territory and will return to government
also stressed that Syria considers the US’s and British presence on its
territory illegal and a violation of the sovereignty of an independent country
and a UN member, the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.
noted that Syria will deal with the remaining areas which the US is still
betting on, either by local reconciliations or by Syrian army operations.
The leaders of Turkey, Russia, France and Germany meet in Istanbul on Saturday
to try and find a lasting political solution to the Syrian civil war and
consolidate a fragile cease-fire in a rebel-held northern province.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will host Russian President Vladimir Putin,
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel for a
summit on the conflict, in which more than 360,000 people have been killed
which supports the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and Turkey, which
backs the rebels, have held previous talks with Iran on the issue, in efforts
that have often been greeted with suspicion in the West.
Saturday’s summit will be the first to bring together the Turkish and Russian
leaders with the European Union’s two most significant national leaders.
presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Friday that the primary goal would
be to “clarify the steps to be taken for a political solution and to determine
a commission to create Syria’s post-war constitution, seen as a stepping stone
to staging elections in the war-torn country, would be a particular point of
emphasis, Kalin told the state-run news agency Anadolu.
talks will also look to extend a cease-fire around the last major rebel-held
bastion of Idlib, where aid groups have warned that a military offensive could
spark one of the worst humanitarian disasters of the seven-year war.
an assault by government troops seeming imminent, last month Russia and Turkey
agreed to create a demilitarised buffer zone ringing Idlib, home to three
September 17 deal for the 15-20 kilometer-wide zone came after a flurry of
activity as Turkey sought to avoid an assault leading to a further influx of
people across its border.
shelling in the area has continued intermittently, and the Syrian Observatory
for Human Rights said Syrian regime artillery fire killed seven civilians in
Idlib on Friday — the highest death toll there since the cease-fire deal.
participants have damped down hopes of a long-term solution ahead of the
summit, with France’s Elysee palace saying there were “modest expectations” and
Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov urging everyone to be “realistic.”
said that while all sides want a political settlement in Syria, “certain
disagreements may exist regarding the instruments and tactics.”
issue of the day is to reconcile different formats in order to synchronize our
watches, to negotiate, and to attempt to identify common topics,” he said.
two key global players in the Syria conflict — Iran and the United States —
will be absent, Macron said he briefed US President Donald Trump on strategy
push by Turkey and Russia has overshadowed a rival United Nations-backed
political process, which has been hampered by the Syrian regime’s refusal of
“any foreign interference” in writing the new constitution.
France and Germany’s inclusion in Saturday’s summit could help Turkey’s
bargaining position, as all three share the same view of Assad’s regime, said
Jana Jabbour, professor of political science at Sciences Po university in
talks could even let Erdogan “try to normalize relations with Europe” and show
he can be “a good partner with the West” after relations were badly affected by
Ankara’s crackdown over a failed coup in 2016.
Skinner, director for Middle East and North Africa at the Verisk Maplecroft
consultancy, said the summit fits with Ankara’s broader strategy, “one plank of
which is to further solidify its position as a vital working partner for Russia
and the Europeans.”
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi says the Israeli regime is striving
to create rifts among Muslim countries and cover up its 70-year-long occupation
of Palestine and the massacre of Palestinian people.
made the remarks on Friday in response to a question regarding Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s unannounced trip to Oman a day earlier.
criticizing the Israeli PM's trip to Muscat, he said Muslim states, under pressure
from the United States, should not allow Tel Aviv to create further trouble for
Israeli regime "is undoubtedly seeking to create rifts among Muslim
countries and cover up 70 years of occupation, aggression and massacre of the
oppressed Palestinian people," Qassemi stated.
along with a delegation, including Yossi Cohen, the director of the Mossad spy
agency, and National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, arrived in Muscat on
Thursday night and flew back to the occupied Palestinian territories later on
Friday, making it the first such meeting in over 20 years.
joint statement by Netanyahu and Oman’s ruler Sultan Qaboos said the two sides
“discussed ways to advance" the so-called Middle East peace process and “a
number of issues of mutual interest to achieve peace and stability in the
seems that since US President Donald Trump came to power, Netanyahu has been
lobbying the Zionist regime and pressuring Muslim states to "normalize
diplomatic relations with the usurpers of Muslims' first qibla,” Qassemi added,
referring to the holy city of Jerusalem al-Quds.
and experience have proved that surrendering to the illegitimate demands of the
US and the Israeli regime will further embolden them to exert pressure and
advance their agenda in the region and to ignore the inalienable rights of the
Palestinian nation,” he further said.
and Tel Aviv have no diplomatic relations, and the last Israeli leader to visit
Oman was then-prime minister Shimon Peres in 1996.
this week, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also visited the Persian Gulf
Arab state for three days.
- Turkey on Friday said it wanted 18 Saudis extradited over the murder of
journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara still
had more evidence to reveal in the case.
announcement came a day after the Saudi prosecutor said that based on evidence
supplied by Turkey the murder appeared to have been premeditated - the first
time Saudi authorities had made such an admission.
a speech in Ankara, Erdogan said Saudi Arabia’s chief prosecutor would visit
Istanbul on Sunday to speak to Turkish authorities as part of the
authorities earlier arrested 18 men wanted by Ankara following an international
furore over the death of Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and critic of
Saudi policies, who was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.
killing has tainted the image of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has
positioned himself as a Saudi reformer, and tested ties between Washington and
Riyadh as Western powers demand answers over Khashoggi’s death.
written request for the extradition of the 18 suspects had been prepared by
Istanbul’s chief prosecutor.
is clear that the judicial system in Turkey is better equipped to genuinely
serve the cause of justice in this case,” a senior Turkish official said,
because Khashoggi was “murdered in Turkey by Saudi nationals who travelled to
Turkey for this specific purpose”.
on Friday called on Riyadh to reveal who ordered the killing and the
whereabouts of Khashoggi’s body.
need to show this body,” Erdogan said.
Turkish president, who has stopped short of directly blaming the Saudi
government, said that the 18 suspects must know who killed Khashoggi and
repeated his call for the men to be tried in Turkey.
culprit is among them. If that is not the case, then who is the local
conspirator? You have to tell,” he said.
you tell, Saudi Arabia will not be free from this suspicion.” Khashoggi, 59,
who had lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since 2017, was not
seen again after entering the consulate to obtain paperwork for his marriage to
his Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz.
tearful Cengiz said in a TV interview on Friday that she never would have let
Khashoggi enter the consulate if she had thought that “Saudi Arabia authorities
would hatch a plot” to kill him.
Arabia has sought to draw a line under the crisis with the investigation, but a
string of gruesome details about the murder have continued to appear in the
his speech, Erdogan indicated that more evidence was yet to be revealed.
is not that we don’t have any other information or documents. We do. Tomorrow
is another day,” he said.
admission that the murder appeared to be a premeditated killing marked the
latest twist in the shifting official narrative from Saudi authorities.
had first insisted Khashoggi left the consulate unharmed, then said he was
killed in an argument that degenerated into a brawl.
his speech, Erdogan mocked the initial story of Khashoggi’s disappearance as
“childish” and “far from state seriousness”. And the explanations have met with
growing incredulity from Western governments who say many questions remain.
Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed on Friday that Berlin would not export arms to
Saudi Arabia until the murder is clarified, a stance French President Emmanuel
Macron dubbed “pure demagoguery” as it “has nothing to do with Mr Khashoggi”.
dismissed calls to halt lucrative arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the murder of
journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying such a move would be “pure demagoguery”.
of weapons to Riyadh - France’s second biggest customer after India - “has
nothing to do with Mr Khashoggi. One shouldn’t mix everything up,” Macron told
a press conference during a visit to Bratislava.
greatly admire those who, even before they know anything, say ‘We won’t sell
any more weapons’!,” the French leader said in an apparent reference to
sometimes sell more than France thanks to their joint ventures,” he added
the Kremlin said Russia believes that the Saudi royals were not involved in the
Thursday, CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed US President Donald Trump on the
latest developments in the investigation after a fact-finding mission to
has called the case “one of the worst cover-ups in history”.
Turkish media said that intelligence officers showed Haspel video images and
audio tapes of Khashoggi’s killing gathered from the consulate.
Turkish presidential source said Erdogan shared information about the case with
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a phone call on Friday.
Mohammed, the kingdom’s de facto ruler, has denounced the “repulsive” murder,
denying any involvement. The kingdom’s leadership has pushed responsibility
down the chain of command.
aircraft have struck dozens of “militant sites” across the Gaza Strip as
Palestinians fired some 30 rockets into Israel in the heaviest exchange of fire
between the bitter enemies in several weeks.
fighting early Saturday followed a bloody day of border protests, in which
Israeli forces shot and killed four Palestinians protesting along the perimeter
fence dividing Hamas-ruled Gaza and Israel.
sudden burst of fighting and bloodshed complicated the mission of Egyptian
mediators, who have intensified shuttle diplomacy to achieve calm and prevent a
full-blown conflict between Hamas and Israel.
fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Hatice Cengiz, has revealed
her rejection of United States President Donald Trump's White House invitation,
fearing that it may have been a public relations stunt.
invited me to the United States but I perceived it as a statement to win [his
own] public favor,” said Cengiz during an interview with Turkish broadcaster
Haberturk on Friday.
the interview, Cengiz also revealed further details surrounding Khashoggi's
brutal death, pausing several times during the program to hold back tears,
explaining that her fiance "had questions in mind about whether something
untoward could actually happen at the consulate,” but had ultimately assumed
that he would not be arrested or harmed in Turkey, specifically after being
treated well during an initial visit to the Saudi consulate in late September.
local network in Turkey was very good as you know, his political network as
well,” Cengiz said, pointing out that “he thought Turkey is a safe country and
if he would be held or interrogated, this issue would be swiftly solved.”
– a US resident, Washington Post columnist, and a critic of Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Salman – entered the consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain
a document certifying he had divorced his ex-wife, but reportedly never left
officials have since presented numerous contradicting explanations over the
journalist's fate, originally insisting that Khashoggi had left the diplomatic
mission after finishing his paperwork, only to admit several days later that he
had in fact been killed inside the building.
Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor revealed on Thursday that a joint
Saudi-Turkish investigation had reached the conclusion that the murder was
“premeditated,” effectively dismissing an earlier account that the dissident
journalist had died in an accidental "altercation".
countries, including major allies of Riyadh, have called for clarifications on
the murder, while many politicians have subsequently brought into question
their countries' existing arms and trade deals with the oil-rich kingdom.
seems to be no cut to the streak of young Palestinians being killed by Israeli
soldiers at the fence area separating the besieged Gaza Strip from the occupied
al-Qidra, spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry, said three Palestinians were
killed on Friday east of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza, identifying them as
Nassar Eyad Abu Taim, 19, Ahmed Saied Abu Labda, 22, and 23-year-old Ayesh
said Israeli soldiers also killed Muhammad Khaled Mahmoud Abdul Nabi, 27, east
of Jabalia, about four kilometers north of Gaza City.
Ibrahim Abu Hamisa, 25, was also killed in an incident east of al-Bureij
refugee camp in central Gaza.
have been running high near the border fence since March 30, which marked the
start of a series of protests dubbed “The Great March of Return.” Palestinian
protesters demand the right to return for those driven out of their homeland.
clashes in Gaza reached their peak on May 14, the eve of the 70th anniversary
of Nakba Day, or the Day of Catastrophe, which coincided this year with
Washington's relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem
than 200 Palestinians have so far been killed and over 20,000 others wounded in
the renewed Gaza clashes, according to the latest figures released by the Gaza
has been under Israeli siege since June 2007, causing a decline in living
standards as well as unprecedented unemployment and poverty.
has also launched several wars on the Palestinian sliver, the last of which
began in early July 2014 and ended in late August the same year. The Israeli
military aggression killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians and injured over 11,100
man killed in Ramallah
the West Bank city of Ramallah, clashes were reported between the Palestinians
and Israeli forces.
army forces, supported by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have intercepted
and targeted an unmanned aerial vehicle, belonging to the Saudi-led military
coalition, as it was flying in the skies over the kingdom’s southwestern border
region of Jizan.
unnamed Yemen military source told Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah
television network that Yemeni air defense forces and their allies shot down
the drone as it was on a reconnaissance mission over Hariqah area in the Wadi
Jarrah district of the province, located 969 kilometers south of the capital
Riyadh, on Friday evening.
Yemeni army forces and Popular Committees fighters fired three
domestically-developed Zelzal-1 (Earthquake-1) ballistic missiles at a position
of Saudi troops and Saudi-backed Yemeni militiamen loyal to former president
Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in the al-Khobe area of Jizan region, leaving a number
of them killed and injured.
bulldozer belonging to Saudi forces was also destroyed after a barrage of
Yemeni artillery rounds slammed into the strategic Jabal al-Doud military base
in the same Saudi region.
Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating military
campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing the government
of Hadi back to power and crushing the country’s popular Houthi Ansarullah
Legal Center for Rights and Developments in Yemen, in a statement released on
October 15, announced that the ongoing Saudi-led military campaign against the
impoverished and conflict-plagued Arab country has resulted in the death of
15,185 civilians, including 3,527 children and 2,277 women.
total of 23,822 civilians, among them 3,526 children and 2,587 women, have also
sustained injuries, and are currently suffering from the lack of medicine,
medical supplies and poor treatment due to the crippling Saudi siege.
center highlighted that aerial assaults being conducted by the Saudi-led
alliance have resulted in the destruction of 15 airports and 14 ports, and
damaged 2,559 roads and bridges in addition to 781 water storage facilities,
191 power stations and 426 telecommunications towers.
statement went on to say that the incessant Saudi-led bombardment campaign has
destroyed more than 421,911 houses, 930 mosques, 888 schools, 327 hospitals and
health facilities plus 38 media organizations, halted the operation of 4,500
schools and left more than 4 million people internally displaced.
on the tragic flood that left at least 20 people dead near the Dead Sea, King
Abdullah II of Jordan said “my grief is great and deep, and nothing equates to
it except the anger I feel towards those who failed to take measures that could
have prevented this painful incident.”
King said in a speech on Friday: “My condolences to the people of Jordan at the
loss of our family members. The pain of every father, mother, and family is my
pain as well.”
Abdullah also expressed his condolences to the leaders of Iraq regarding the
death of two Iraqis who were killed in the flood near the Dead Sea.
King will chair a meeting with the National Policy Council to discuss the ramifications
of the flood.
least 20 people, mainly schoolchildren and teachers, were killed on Thursday in
a flash flood near Jordan's Dead Sea that happened during a school field trip,
rescuers and hospital workers said.
rains hit Jordan on Thursday afternoon, causing floods in several areas which
led to the worst disaster in years. The Dead Sea, the lowest point on the
earth, is surrounded by steep valleys that frequently witness flash floods and
African Union force in Somalia says it has killed a "chief finance
controller" for the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab extremist group.
AU force in a series of tweets on Thursday says the commander, the head of tax
collection in Lower Shabelle region, was killed after an ambush on Monday on an
al-Shabaab meeting in Bariire. The extremists bring in funding by taxing the
communities they control.
AU force says another seven al-Shabaab fighters were killed on Sunday when
their attack on a forward operating bases was "botched."
multinational force in the coming years is expected to draw down and hand over
responsibility for Somalia's security to the country's military.
Nigerian military on Thursday handed over 28 juveniles associated with the
terrorist group, Boko Haram, to the Borno State Government and the United
Nations Children’s Fund.
juveniles were said to have been rescued from Boko Haram insurgents and kept
with the army before they were released on Thursday.
City News learnt that the released teenagers would be de-radicalised,
rehabilitated and reintegrated into the society.
head of the military counter-insurgency operation in the North-East, Operation
Lafiya Dole, Maj Gen Abba Dikko, while
handing over the teenagers, said their release was in deference to all
international standards on human rights.
said the army had abided by its Rule 28 on how children or minors associated
with armed groups should be treated.
gave the assurance that the military would ensure that people return to their
localities to resettle and go back to their normal lives.
28 released teenagers comprise 24 males and four females, with the oldest being
17 years and the youngest being 13 years old.
theatre commander pointed out that it was high time people embraced peace.
said he was impressed with the large size of farmlands cultivated across the
North-East by the returned IDPs and residents of host communities with the
return of relative peace and agricultural activities.
noted that the teenagers were thoroughly screened and had passed through
processes of interrogation and counselling by the military and other security
agencies as the law required.
urged the people to resist all temptation and intimidation from unscrupulous
elements in the society who were out to deter the efforts of the military to
restore peace in the country.
appealed to the teenagers to be
disciplined, obedient, dedicated and committed to the de-radicalisation and
rehabilitation process as well as the psychological training that will be
extended to them by the UNICEF and the Borno State Government.
on the occasion, the UNICEF Borno Chief Field Office Maiduguri, Mr Geoffrey
Ijumba, said in the last two months, 23
children were released to the Borno State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social
Development to rehabilitate and reintegrate with their families and communities.
said, “Today, another 28 children were released showing the commitment of the
military to adhere with the
international humanitarian law and ensuring protection of the innocent children
caught up in the Boko Haram conflict.”
gave assurance that UNICEF would continue to work with the military and other
authorities to support the reintegration of all children released until there
were no more children in protective
custody, stressing that UNICEF remained committed to working with the
Borno State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development and all other
partners to provide all children released with medical attention and
psychological support before the process of reuniting them with their families
and reintegrating them into the society begins.
disclosed that out of the 338 children released by rhe military this year, 175
were girls and 268 were boys, adding that more than 385 children had been
reunited with their families and were on the oath towards starting a better
said UNICEF would continue to support the
ministry to identify alternative care arrangements for the children who could
not return home because of difficulties in family tracing or projection
Permanent Secretary, Borno State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social
Development, Hajiya Hauwa Mai Musa, who
represented the Borno state Government thanked the Nigerian military for its
efforts and sacrifices as well as UNICEF for its support to the children and
other vulnerable in the society around the world.
a thumb's up, a half-hug and a smile, Georgia gubernatorial candidate Brian
Kemp posed for a photograph with a well-known far-right and anti-Muslim
activist at a campaign event.
far-right conspiracy theorist James Stachowiak wore a t-shirt that read,
"Allah is not God, and Mohammad is not his prophet", in a photo posted
on what appears to be his Twitter account on October 15.
tweet reads, "This is me a week ago meeting Brian Kemp in August Georgia
he will be on the governor of Georgia."
Friday, the Georgia chapter of the CAIR called on Kemp, a Republican who currently
serves as Georgia's Secretary of State, to apologise for the photograph.
less than two weeks until midterm elections, Kemp's photo controversy comes on
the heels of a lengthy spate of a lengthy spate of anti-Muslim incidents in
2017 and 2018, according to a new report.
am rarely surprised when I see anti-Muslim bigotry these days, but Mr Kemp
should apologise, meet with us and other Georgia Muslim leaders, and renounce
this man's support," Edward Ahmed Mitchell, CAIR-Georgia's executive director,
told Al Jazeera.
a pro-Trump activist and former police officer, has been "defaming,
harassing and threatening Georgia Muslims for at least the past two
years", Mitchell added.
the past, CAIR-Georgia has had to call the police on Stachowiak over alleged
violent threats and intimidation, he said.
the time of publication, Kemp's campaign spokesperson had not replied to Al
Jazeera's request for a comment.
less than two weeks before US midterm elections, Kemp is polling neck and neck
with Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams.
campaign ads, Kemp, a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, joked about
his willingness to "round up … criminal illegals" in his "big
truck" and bragged about owning guns.
with Stachowiak marks the latest in a spate of controversies marring Kemp's
campaign, including allegations that Kemp has engaged in voter suppression
through his position as Georgia's secretary of state.
the past, Stachowiak has called on the US military to bomb Mecca, urged people
to open fire on Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters and destroyed copies of the
Quran in front of Georgia mosques.
Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center has described him as "a
long-time militia organiser".
has also bragged about his guns. In an August 2016 YouTube video, he lifted a
military-grade gun to the camera and held up a bullet with "BLM"
written on it in black marker.
drop you like it's hot, you little maggots," he said in the video.
"And by the way, Black Lives Matter are working with the Muslim
in anti-Muslim campaigning
this week, the Muslim Advocates civil rights group released a report
documenting at least 80 instances of political candidates using "clear
anti-Muslim rhetoric" in 2017 and 2018.
vast majority of those incidents involved Republicans, and 64 percent of the
listed candidates held office before or enjoyed a presidential endorsement.
than a third of the candidates included in the report alleged that Muslims are
innately violent or pose a physical threat.
anti-Muslim movements have been growing for years, Scott Simpson, public
advocacy director of Muslim Advocates, explained that Trump's election
individuals are in power right now, and we see the outcome of that on a weekly
basis," he told Al Jazeera by telephone.
Monday, Trump baselessly claimed that "unknown Middle Easterners" had
embedded in a US-bound caravan of Central American refugees and migrants.
following day, the president defended his comments, but admitted that he had no
evidence to substantiate the claim.
no proof of anything, but they could very well be," Trump told reporters
at the White House.
the ongoing midterm campaigning period, Republicans and right-wing Super PACs
have attempted to link Democratic candidates to "terrorism", in many
cases evoking Islam and Muslims.
Founding Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar’s release is the fulfilment
of a long-standing Kabul demand, says the US State Department, as diplomatic
circles in Washington see this as opening new possibilities for improvement in
US-Pakistan relations as well.
are aware of the reports and would refer you to the Pakistani authorities and
to the Afghan government, which has repeatedly asked for his release to help
facilitate a peace process,” said a US State Department spokesperson when
contacted by Dawn for the confirmation of Mullah Baradar’s release.
Thursday, Afghan Taliban confirmed media reports that Pakistani authorities had
released their former deputy chief and that they “made no compromise” to get
Baradar co-founded the Taliban movement with Mullah Omar and was a prominent
member of the Taliban government before it was toppled in October 2001.
was the most high-profile Taliban leader in Pakistan’s custody and was arrested
in February 2010 in a joint ISI and CIA operation. Mullah Baradar’s release
came less than two weeks after special US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met Taliban
representatives in Doha, Qatar, to discuss various options for ending the
in the US media suggested that Mullah Baradar was among several senior Taliban
leaders freed this week, after the Taliban demanded their release in direct
talks with Mr Khalilzad on Oct 12.
originating in Kabul suggested that Mullah Baradar would stay in Pakistan and
shuttle between the Taliban’s Doha office, Kabul and Islamabad.
Taliban official told reporters in Doha that his release would further enhance
the US-led effort for negotiating a peace deal with the Taliban in Doha where
American officials have already held two rounds of talks with the Afghan
media reports also noted that Mullah Baradar’s release followed the election of
Prime Minister Imran Khan, who has long advocated talks with the Taliban as the
only viable option for ending the 18-year-long war in Afghanistan.
a visit to Washington early this month, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi
also pledged support to the US move to engage the Taliban.
sources told Dawn that Pakistan came close to releasing Mullah Baradar in
2012-13 as well, when the Taliban’s Doha office became operational. Former
Afghan President Hamid Karzai, however, strongly opposed the decision to set up
a Taliban office in Doha, arguing that it amounted to granting diplomatic
recognition to the movement. This also squandered the move to involve Mullah
Baradar in peace negotiations.
the same period, Pakistan agreed to allow a representative of the Kabul
government to meet Mullah Baradar in prison but the Taliban leader refused to
see the envoy.
is an anti-terror group which is fighting to prevent the Zionist terrorists
from continuing to overrun the territory that does not belong to them in the
Middle East, an American scholar says.
Barrett, an author, journalist and radio host with a Ph.D. in Islamic and
Arabic Studies, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Friday after
the Trump administration imposed a new round of sanctions on the Lebanese
sanctions targeted individuals and international organizations that do business
with the group.
signed the sanctions legislation – known as the Hezbollah International
Financing Prevention Amendments Act 2018 – against the resistance group on
the past year we have levied the highest sanctions ever imposed on Hezbollah –
in a single year, by far. Just a few moments ago, I signed legislation imposing
even more hard-hitting sanctions on Hezbollah to further starve them of their
funds. And they are starving for them," Trump said during an event in
Washington, DC, that marked the 35th anniversary of an attack on US marine
barracks in the Lebanese capital of Beirut.
has for long accused Hezbollah of being behind the 1983 bombing attack, in
which 241 US Marines were killed.
against Hezbollah a political stunt before midterms'
Barrett said that sanctions against Hezbollah are a political stunt by
President Donald Trump before the November 6 midterm elections.
is once again trying to distract from his other political problems by blaming
somebody, in this case Hezbollah, slapping more sanctions on Hezbollah,” he
think Hezbollah is already very heavily sanctioned but Trump needs a political
stunt. In any case, this is deceptive because naturally Trump is saying the
same words that the Zionists put in his mouth and everyone else’s mouth
claiming that Hezbollah is a terrorist group which is a lie," he stated.
does not go out of his way to target civilians. That is the definition of
terrorism. Terrorism is a military tactic and it is a tactic which consists of
intentionally targeting civilians.
Hezbollah does not do that. On the contrary, Hezbollah is a resistance
group which is fighting to prevent the Zionist terrorists from continuing to
overrun the territory that does not belong to them in the Middle East, which is
essentially everything in the Middle East," the analyst said.
in Palestine or its surroundings belong to the Zionists. They came from Europe.
They invaded, used terrorism as their main tactic. And the resistance groups
typically are focusing on stopping this invasion and stopping terrorists,"
Hezbollah actually is an anti-terror group but of course Trump being owned
lock, stock, and barrel by the Zionist movement like most US politicians are --
in Trump’s case even more so given his son-in-law Kushner’s ties with Bibi
Netanyahu," he observed.
Trump is going to pay the Zionist propaganda card and used that to collect
money for the election campaign, to scare up Zionist money for the Republicans
in the coming congressional elections," he said.
here in the United States, the Zionists actually give about half of the money
that comes into the federal elections. So that means they actually own our
entire political process," the commentator said.
administration of US President Donald Trump has imposed a new round of
sanctions on Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah targeting individuals and
international organizations that do business with the group.
will target, disrupt, and dismantle their operational and financing networks –
of which they had plenty; they don’t have plenty now… and we will never forget
what they did to our Marines in Beirut," Trump added.
US president also used the attack to criticize Iran, claiming that the Islamic
Republic is “instrumental in founding Hezbollah," and remains "its
main patron today."
House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that the sanctions
"will further isolate Hezbollah from the international financial system
and reduce its funding," adding that "these sanctions will target
foreign persons and government agencies that knowingly assist or support
Hezbollah, and Hezbollah-affiliated networks.”
claims that the resistance movement condones terrorism despite the fact that
Hezbollah has been involved in a fierce fight against Takfiri terror groups,
including Daesh and al-Nusra Front, thus preventing the spillover of the
militancy gripping neighboring Syria into Lebanon.
was founded in the 1980s following the Israeli invasion and occupation of
southern Lebanon. The movement waged a long resistance campaign against Zionist
forces and pushed them out of southern Lebanon in May 2000. Since then, the
group has grown into a powerful military force. Israel also suffered a
humiliating defeat from Hezbollah in the 2006 war.
has also supported the Syrian army in its fight against foreign-sponsored
terrorists, who have been wreaking havoc in the Arab country since March 2011.
killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi served as an obstacle to the
economic endeavors of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the New York Times
newspaper said the crisis over the murder of the journalist happened at a time
when Saudi Arabia was already struggling financially, with low oil prices and
difficulty lifting up its private sector in a country with an
"increasingly youthful population".
is both a political and an economic crisis,” a scholar at the American
Enterprise Institute, Karen Young, told the Times on Thursday. “The economic
reform agenda is somewhat derailed. I don’t think it’s over, but this is a
clear stall, mostly because it’s so dependent on foreign investment and this is
the worst timing.”
a Saudi national and columnist for The Washington Post, was last seen entering
the his country's consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. After initially denying
involvement, Saudi authorities admitted he had died in a fist-fight at the
aftermath of the killing led to many prominent executives in business and
finance, including U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and billionaire
Richard Branson, to pull out of the second annual Future Investment Initiative
in Riyadh, an attempt by the crown prince to diversity the oil-based economy.
conference ended on Thursday and "served as a litmus test of sorts for
where the prince’s vast reform efforts stand."
Saudi energy minister said deals worth around $56 billion were still made at
the conference, many of them with U.S. companies.
world leaders still attended the conference as well, such as Pakistan's Imran
Khan and Jordan's King Abdullah II. However, both came in relation to financial
aid packages that the former was asking for, and the latter had already
newspaper added that while Khashoggi's killing may have been a setback in
Saudi's economic plans, overall it may not have an impact in the long term.
Franklin mosques want to help you to meet your Muslim neighbors
mosques in Middle Tennessee want to help you meet your Muslim neighbors.
the Islamic Center of Tennessee in Antioch and the Islamic Center of Williamson
County in Franklin are hosting open mosque day events this weekend to teach
the broader community about the faith
and build relationships between Muslims and non Muslims.
Sharif, the imam at the Islamic Center of Tennessee, hopes his mosque's
Saturday afternoon event will break down the barriers that difference and
Islamophobia can put up.
world will be a better place and Nashville will be a better place if you know
your neighbors," said Sharif, who added that ICT has an open door policy.
"We just want people to get to know us — that we are regular people — to
build relationships, to collaborate, to make Nashville a better place, to work
on common causes."
Islamic Center of Williamson County is hosting its event on Sunday afternoon.
Both events will feature mosque tours, food, Arabic calligraphy, henna, trying
hijab and a presentation by Dr. Sabeel Ahmed, the director of GainPeace. The
mission of GainPeace is to educate the public about Islam.
said his presentation will focus on the history of Muslims in the U.S., Islamic
beliefs and misconceptions, including perceptions about jihad, violence,
terrorism and women in Islam.
all the faiths in the U.S., I think Islam is the most misunderstood,"
Ahmed said. "People may have a fear of the unknown about Islam and Muslims
that may lead to us looking at Muslims with bias and suspicion and
discrimination some times. That may lead to violence against Muslims."
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