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Link To Sri Lanka Attacks Raises Fears Of South Asia Terror ‘Recruits’
One Ready to Lead Jaish-e-Mohammad in Valley: Army
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The devastating bomb attacks in Sri Lanka, claimed by Islamic State jihadists,
show that the influence of the group's extremist ideology remains dangerously
intact even after the collapse of its so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria,
320 people were killed in a string of deadly suicide bomb blasts on Easter
Sunday in Sri Lanka targeting churches and luxury hotels.
said it believes that the little-known Islamic extremist group National
Thowheeth Jama'ath (NTJ) was behind the attacks.
it has also suggested that a bigger international group helped plan the carnage
as "retaliation" for shootings at two mosques in New Zealand last
month that killed 50 people.
Tuesday, a statement released by the Islamist State (IS) propaganda agency Amaq
said the attackers were "fighters" from the terror network.
Abuza, professor at the National War College in Washington, said the Sri Lanka
attacks were a warning of a new jihadist strategy following their military
defeat in Iraq and Syria.
would say that what we saw in Sri Lanka is a new front being opened in the
global jihadi insurgency," he told AFP.
said IS was still able to inspire attacks and give militants anywhere in the
world a sense of "urgency".
can act in the Islamic State's name, and they will take credit for it,"
Gunaratna, a security expert with the S. Rajaratnam School of International
Studies in Singapore, told AFP he believed NTJ was indeed now linked to IS.
has created support groups around the world," he said, adding that some
NTJ members were radicalised by the local group then joined IS.
the peak of its military success, IS claimed a string of attacks around the
world, from the November 2015 coordinated attacks in Paris to the deadly
rampage of a gunman at an Istanbul nightclub minutes into 2017.
late March, Kurdish-dominated and US-backed forces flushed out IS fighters from
their last bastion in Syria in what was hailed as a final military defeat for
the group after it list its strongholds one-by-one in Syria and Iraq.
governments and analysts have always warned that the risk of attacks anywhere
in the world remains just as high, be it from extremists who fought for IS in
Syria and Iraq or those simply inspired by them.
the Sri Lanka bombings, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned that
"radical Islamic terror remains a threat", saying the United States
needs to stay "active and vigilant".
to the SITE Intelligence Group, a known supporter of IS published on a social
media channel pictures of three purported "commandos" involved in the
Sri Lanka attacks standing with raised fingers against an IS flag.
Filiu, professor at Sciences Po-Paris, said IS is now adopting what he dubbed a
"glocal" strategy by staging local attacks anywhere in a bid to make
a global impact.
jihadist group is "trying to compensate symbolically and in the media for
the loss of its strongholds in Syria and Iraq and instead relaunch a terrorist
campaign on a planetary scale".
Hoffmann, senior fellow for counterterrorism and homeland security at the
Council on Foreign Relations, said such attacks require considerable expertise
and logistical support at every stage -- from recruitment to transport to the
half-dozen simultaneous attacks is a serious proposition. It would be very
unusual for a group that basically had no track record," he said.
is known about the NTJ, which previously has only been linked to vandalising
and religious violence has plagued Sri Lanka for decades, with a 37-year
conflict with Tamil rebels followed by an upswing in recent years in clashes
between the Buddhist majority and Muslims.
it had not been seen by analysts as a potential crucible for Islamist extremist
terror. Yet IS has made inroads in Asia, notably in Afghanistan, the
Philippines and Indonesia.
link to Sri Lanka attacks raises fears of South Asia terror ‘recruits’
A video that emerged following the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka showed
seven black-clad, masked figures led by an eighth man, his face visible,
pledging allegiance to Daesh.
man is thought to be Mohammed Zahran Hashim, a little-known radical preacher
from Sri Lanka believed by investigators and experts to have masterminded the
terror attacks that have left 359 dead and more than 500 wounded.
Tuesday, the Daesh terror group claimed responsibility for the bombings, and
issued threats of future attacks in both Arabic and Tamil. It also released a
video of eight bombers allegedly involved in the strikes.
even with Daesh claiming responsibility for the attacks, many questions remain,
including whether the bombers were core fighters from the extremist group or
members of local outfits who have pledged allegiance to the organization.
Sri Lankan government has previously said the attacks were the work of a local
Islamist group, the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ), along with another group,
Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim.
investigators are scrambling to determine if Daesh merely encouraged these
groups to carry out the bombings or if the attackers included core extremists from
the terrorist organization. Whatever the links, the Daesh claim suggests that
the terror group remains a threat despite the recapture of its territory in
Syria and Iraq. It has also heightened concerns about the organization’s
growing influence in South Asia, reflected in the FBI, Interpol and other
foreign intelligence services joining the investigation.
a group as powerful as Daesh won’t go away quickly, and its role in this attack
would suggest that it remains perfectly prepared to stage, or help stage, the
deadliest attacks imaginable,” Michael Kugelman, a senior associate for South
Asia at the Wilson Center in Washington, told Arab News.
has built networks in a number of Asian countries such as Afghanistan,
Pakistan, the Maldives, the Philippines and Indonesia. In Sri Lanka, too, Daesh
has been recruiting for years, according to Rohan Gunaratna, a Singapore-based
expert on militancy in the region.
Lanka is the only country in Asia where Daesh has not carried out an attack
despite having a network for a considerable amount of time,” he said. Gunaratna
said that Daesh had received considerable help from the radical preacher Zahran
Hashim, a former member of the NTJ who broke away and created the Al-Ghuraba
group. “That is the Daesh branch in Sri Lanka,” he said.
no history of Islamist extremism in Sri Lanka, NTJ was the main contender for involvement with
government official who declined to be named said that the NTJ had split into
three groups in 2016 since many of its followers disapproved of Hashim’s
increasingly militant views came from his growing “international connections
and links with Islamic groups in southern India,” the official said.
preacher is believed to have received his early schooling in Kattankudy, his
hometown in eastern Sri Lanka. Unconfirmed media reports say he traveled to
India to study Islamic theology, but abandoned his studies. Since then, he has
reportedly traveled between India and Sri Lanka.
year, Hashim came on the radar of intelligence officials after three Buddhist
statues were defaced in central Sri Lanka. Interrogation of the young men
responsible revealed they were students of Hashim. That investigation also led
officers to a large weapons cache, including 100 kg of explosives and
detonators, on Sri Lanka’s northwest coast.
Ahmed, vice president of the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka, said Hashim had been
turned away by the people and moderate clerics of his native Kattankudy because
of his hard-line views. It was then that he turned to YouTube. In the past two
years, he gained thousands of followers with impassioned sermons against
non-Muslims on YouTube and a Sri Lankan Facebook account, which he called
to Robert Postings, a researcher, Hashim had been a supporter of the group at
least since 2017 when he began posting pro-Daesh propaganda on Facebook. In
many of Hashim’s videos, the backdrop shows images of the Twin Towers burning
after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
with knowledge of the investigations said that Hashim’s faction of the NTJ was
almost certainly the “main player” in the Easter attacks.
the unprecedented scale, sophistication and coordination of the bombings, and
the fact that foreigners were targeted, it was likely that he had worked with
support from international “players,” they said.
hard to imagine that the attacks were purely domestic in nature,” said Taylor
Dibbert, a Sri Lanka expert and fellow at the Pacific Forum. “Most Sri Lankans
had not heard about National Thowheed Jamath before,” Jehan Perera, executive
director of the National Peace Council of Sri Lanka, said.
group lacked the power to coordinate the attacks, he said. “There is someone
behind them, a handler.”
Lanka endured several suicide bombings targeting government officials and
installations during the decades-long conflict with ethnic Tamil separatists
that ended in 2009. Since then, the country has enjoyed relative calm. After a
lull in violence for 10 years, the trauma and anger over Sunday’s suicide
bombings have been heightened with revelations that top officials failed to
order tighter security arrangements despite the threat of violence. “Sri Lanka
was an easy target,” Perera said.
importantly, those behind the attack were aware of the deep dysfunction within
the Sri Lankan government and exploited it, experts said.
to an April 11 intelligence report seen by Arab News, police had received a
tip-off of a possible attack on churches by the NTJ this month. Reuters also
reported that Indian intelligence officers contacted their Sri Lankan
counterparts two hours before the first attack to warn of a specific threat on
minister said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had not been told about the
warnings and had been shut out of top security meetings because of a feud with
President Maithripala Sirisena.
fired Wickremesinghe last year but was forced to reinstate him under pressure
from the Supreme Court. Their relationship is said to be fraught. “The threat of an attack was known well in
advance of Sunday, yet didn’t lead to any efforts to preempt it. That suggests
you don’t have people communicating with each other at a high level,” said Kugelman.
government dysfunction, driven by tensions between the president and prime
minister, could be something that the militants sought to exploit. In effect,
they knew they would have a greater chance to pull off this horrific act
because a hamstrung government wouldn’t be in a position to prevent it.”
next few weeks will be critical for Sri Lanka as experts fear that festering
tensions between Buddhists and Muslims could explode, raising the specter of
the country descending into violence.
attacks on Muslim-owned property have already been reported in the past three
government will need to step up and try to bring together a grieving nation
that risks becoming more divided,” Kugelman said. “That won’t be an easy task
for an administration that is itself deeply divided.”
added: “The government needs to conduct a thorough, transparent investigation
in order to fully understand what transpired on Easter. A heavy-handed response
targeting ethnic or religious minorities would exacerbate tensions and further
destabilize the situation.”
one ready to lead Jaish-e-Mohammad in Valley: Army
General Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon, Corps Commander of Srinagar-based Chinar
Corps, on Wednesday claimed that no one was coming forward to take over the
leadership of Jaish-e-Mohammad in Kashmir Valley following the offensive
launched against the outfit to avenge the February 14 Pulwama terror attack.
I want to assure you that the operations against the terrorists in the
hinterland and on the LoC [Line of Control] will continue with full vigour and
we will not let the terrorism rise up to the levels which they were earlier
enjoying,” Dhillon said at a press conference. Jammu and Kashmir police chief
Dilbag Singh and inspector general (operations) of Central Reserve Police Force
(CRPF) Zulfiqar Hassan were also present.
said that 41 militants were killed after the Pulwama attack.
year 69 terrorists have been killed so far and 12 were apprehended. Post
Pulwama 41 terrorists have been killed out of them 25 belonged to JeM,” he
forces have particularly targeted the JeM after a 22-year-old local member of
the outfit, Adil Ahmad Dar, rammed his explosive-laden car into a CRPF convoy
on February 14, killing 40 troopers.
we have targeted the JeM leadership. The situation now is that no one is coming
forward to take over the leadership of JeM in the Valley. And in-spite of
Pakistan’s best effort we will continue to stress JeM especially after
Pulwama,” he said.
also claimed that the recruitment of local youth has come down to
“exceptionally good” level. “And I would once again request all local youth to
surrender. In last few months, few people have approached us for surrender and
some surrender have also happened. We assure the people surrendering of
complete security and their safety,” he said.
Fugitive Muslim cleric Zakir Naik slams India after Interpol considers issuing
Red Corner Notice
Lumpur: Absconding cleric Zakir Naik has alleged “witch-hunt” and accused India
of pressurising Interpol to issue a red corner notice against him, after the
international law enforcement organisation last week took up New Delhi’s
request for the same.
Naik is wanted by the Indian agencies on charges of delivering hate speeches
and money laundering. He is also facing charges of promoting enmity and hatred
between different religious communities in India.
a statement, Naik said, “I'm aware of the pressure the Indian government has
been applying on the Interpol to issue a red corner notice against me. It's
part of an elaborate witch-hunt. But having verified with a few member
countries, I can confirm that there is no red corner notice against me as of
date. One of the Indian newspapers seems to have jumped the gun and reported
internal deliberations of the Indian government, which as a matter of fact, has
been going on for over two years now.”
cleric expressed confidence that he would not face an Interpol red corner
Interpol had already cancelled a red corner notice against me once. And it's
been one-and-a-half years since the government submitted a charge sheet and
started applying pressure on the Interpol. But as things stand, I have no
reason to believe that Interpol will succumb to any kind of undue pressure,” he
issues red corner notices to its 194 member states in order to seek their
cooperation in locating and provisionally arresting fugitives.
July 2016, terrorists had carried out an attack at a café in Bangladesh’s
capital and killed 22 people. The perpetrators had said that they were Zakir
Naik’s admirers. Post that, the Muslim cleric known for his hate sermons had
National Investigation Agency (NIA) has been working with the Interpol to get
Naik declared as an international fugitive.
is currently living in Malaysia after being granted permanent residency.
Malaysia has been sitting on an Indian request for Naik’s extradition since
January 2018. In fact, its PM Mahathir Mohamad has refused to extradite the
cleric till the time he becomes a problem for n Malaysia.
back claims Malaysia a secular state, not an Islamic state
a Twitter post of April 21, a Malaysian asked whether Malaysia is a secular or
an Islamic state. Of the 194 retweets and 306 comments, the response is
overwhelmingly in favour of Malaysia remaining a secular state with a knack of
sarcasm about the tweet.
ISMA Hulu Langat going by the handle @ismadhl on Twitter asks: “As a Muslim, do
we agree that Malaysia is a secular state? Secular from ideology, which
separates religion from the affairs of life. Or we love Malaysia to go forward
as an Islamic state. Allahuakbar!”
salvo of replies saying Malaysia is a secular state, with some going a step
further in clearly stating that it should not become an Islamic state, is contrary
to recent trends in the country.
electoral victories by the Umno-PAS-BN alliance following the nationalist party
Umno’s alliance with the Islamist PAS sent fears of a heightening of already
tense racial ties in the country.
responses were laconic, with a simple “Secular” punctuated with “sayang”, “my
darling” or “secular period”.
few pointed out that Malaysia is a secular state and Islam is the official
religion of the country and that it should remain unchanged.
urged @ismadhl to go back to the constitution that guarantees the right of all
opposition lawyer Latheefa Koya @LatheefaKoya says: “Astaghfirullah! why
@Ismadhl ISMA Hulu Langat does not read the federal constitution in the
beginning. Looks like you’re forced to move to Saudi Arabia. Anta (You) are not
aware this is a secular state!! Ask other Isma-Isma to prepare to move to Saudi
quotes from Tunku Abdul Rahman, the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, are given
as an example why Malaysia should remain secular.
such quote, roughly translated from Malay to English, reads: “I would like to
state clearly that this country is not an Islamic state as it is commonly
understood; the fact is that Islam is only the official religion of the
Tunku’s quote is in Malay in the picture above.
tweet posted the question with a series of pictures showing an Indian Malaysian
woman saying Malaysia is a secular state, not an Islamic state.
new battle ground against ISIS, says Mohamad Sabu
LUMPUR, April 24 — Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu has called for greater
vigilance against the threat of ISIS in cyberspace, warning that it “keeps the
virtual form of caliphate alive through the diabolical language of hatred.”
the recent terror attacks in Sri Lanka and New Zealand, he said at the Eighth
Moscow Conference on International Security today that the defeat of ISIS in
Syria and Iraq was not the end of its terror threat and cyberspace was now a
new battle ground.
can be very complicated to deal with and requires totally new doctrine for us
to counter it effectively. Cyber defence is not about physical strength, but
wit and sharpness. We need new types of soldiers, one with sound knowledge in
the complexity of cyberspace, Mohamad said each government needs to enhance its
cyber defence capabilities and work together with other countries to form a
network for cyber defence.
pointed out that Malaysia has initiated the Counter Messaging Centre (CMC)
under the Royal Malaysia Police which monitors the use of internet and social
media by terror groups to disseminate their radical ideology as well as to
counter their narratives and rhetoric.
the same time, he said his ministry has established the Cyber Defence Operation
Centre (CDOC) to address this increasing non-traditional security threats.
addition to enhanced cyber defence, Mohamad said countries should also promote
a better understanding of various religions, as well as tighter firearms
deeper understanding about religions, we can eliminate misjudgment and avoid
resentment and hostility. Virtual caliphate and cyber-attacks require us to
have a better control over the cyberspace,” said Mohamad
posed by Daesh are now greater due to the advancement of technology. Combating
terrorism requires better cooperative security strategies in various forms, be
it hard or soft approaches.
is no ‘one size fits all’ in terms of violent extremist or terrorist profile,
set of motivations, level of radicalisation and extremism, and their
trajectories. Similarly, counter terrorism responses and solutions. It is
fundamental that we be united to fight against terrorism effectively.”
also said that the South-east Asia region with a Muslim population of 65 per
cent was seen to be a suitable location for Daesh to continue and pursue their
misguided ambitions, but he stressed that Islam is a religion of peace.
teaches us about patience, kindness and forgiveness. Islam reminds us to be
fair, truthful and not to harm others. Killing and causing destruction totally
diverts from the true teaching of Islam.
act of terrorism in Islam is a heresy brought forward by people who pursue
their own selfish interests,” he said.
military chiefs resign as deal struck with protestors
members of Sudan’s ruling military council resigned on Wednesday after it said
it reached “agreement on most demands” with protest leaders who have called for
a million-strong march to demand a civilian government.
10-member military council had invited the protest leaders for a meeting after
the leaders suspended talks with the army rulers on Sunday.
have an agreement on most demands presented in the document of the Alliance for
Freedom and Change,” Lieutenant General Shamseddine Kabbashi, spokesman of the
ruling military council, told reporters after the meeting between the council
and leaders of the umbrella group leading the protest movement.
did not elaborate on the key demand of handing power to a civilian government,
but said there “were no big disputes”.
of the protest leaders who attended the meeting, Ahmed al-Rabia, said the two
sides had also agreed to form a joint committee, but did not elaborate for
later in a separate statement the military council announced that three members
of the ruling body had resigned.
were Lieutenant General Omar Zain al-Abdin, Lieutenant General Jalaluddin
Al-Sheikh and Lieutenant General Al-Tayieb Babikir.
late night developments came as Siddiq Farouk, one of the leaders of the
protests, told reporters that the demonstrators were “preparing for a general
strike” if the ruling military council refuses to hand power to a civilian
also said that a “million-strong march” is planned, confirming a call for the
mammoth protest on Thursday by the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA),
the group that initially launched protests against longtime leader Omar
al-Bashir in December.
the first time, Sudanese judges said they would join an ongoing sit-in outside
army headquarters “to support change and for an independent judiciary”.
demonstrations initially began in the central town of Atbara on December 19
against a decision by Bashir's government to triple bread prices.
swiftly turned into nationwide rallies against his rule and that of the
military council that took his place.
council, led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan since his predecessor quit after
barely 24 hours in the post, says it has assumed power for a two-year
of protesters came from the central town of Madani to join the sit-in on
Wednesday, the second major batch of new arrivals from outside the capital in
as many days.
train laden with demonstrators had rolled in from Atbara -- the crucible of the
protests -- on Tuesday.
from Madani want civilian rule,” the latest arrivals chanted, according to
protesters suspended earlier talks with the council on Sunday over its refusal
to transfer power immediately.
the military council invited the protesters to fresh talks Wednesday,
acknowledging their role in “initiating the revolution and leading the movement
in a peaceful way until the toppling of the regime” of Bashir.
in a press conference, senior opposition figure Omar el-Digeir said protest
leaders were prepared to meet directly with Burhan.
are ready to talk with the chief of the military council and I think the issue
can be solved through dialogue,” he told reporters.
have camped outside the military headquarters in central Khartoum since before
Bashir was deposed, and have vowed not to leave the area until their demands
have been met.
Wednesday, crowds of protesters carrying Sudanese flags marched through the
protest site outside the army headquarters, an AFP correspondent reported.
or not, we are staying,” the protesters chanted.
Ayman Ali Mohamed said he was planning to join Thursday's march.
fear that the military council might steal our revolution, so we have to
participate until the transfer to civilian rule is accomplished,” he said.
are standing our ground no matter what.”
protesters have found support in Washington, which has backed their call for
support the legitimate demand of the people of Sudan for a civilian-led
government, and we are here to urge and to encourage parties to work together
to advance that agenda as soon as possible,” State Department official Makila
James told AFP on Tuesday.
Tuesday several African leaders, who had gathered in Cairo at the behest of
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, insisted on “the need for more time”
for a transition, according to Sisi's office.
leaders urged the African Union to extend by three months an end-of-April
deadline for the council to hand power to a civilian body.
backs Haftar offensive on Libya’s Tripoli: officials
United States has given its backing to Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar and his
offensive on Tripoli to oust the UN-recognized government in the capital,
according to Bloomberg citing three US officials.
Friday, the White House revealed that Trump spoke by phone with Haftar as his
The Libyan National Army (LNA) forces continued to push toward Tripoli with
heavy shelling in the southern parts of the Libyan capital.
White House statement said that Trump “recognized Field Marshal Haftar’s
significant role in fighting terrorism and securing Libya’s oil resources, and
the two discussed a shared vision for Libya’s transition to a stable,
democratic political system.” A White House spokesman who declined to be
identified, described the characterization of the phone calls between Haftar
and Trump as inaccurate without further elaborating, according to Bloomberg.
came a day after Russia and the United States opposed a British bid at the UN
Security Council, backed by France and Germany, to demand a ceasefire in Libya.
of 'covert imams' in FETO's failed coup in Turkey
imams of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) who played an instrumental
role in the preparation phase of the military coup in Turkey in July 2016, were
caught red-handed at a military airbase in the capital Ankara which the
putschists used as their command center.
and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July
15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state
through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military,
police, and judiciary.
to the information gathered from the indictment, opinion and reasoned decisions
about the coup attempt compiled by Anadolu Agency correspondents, FETO's covert
imams Adil Oksuz, Kemal Batmaz, Nurettin Oruc, Hakan Cicek and Harun Binis who
operated within the civilian wing of the terror group, started coup
preparations after a green light from the U.S.-based FETO leader Fetullah
trips covert imams have made while preparing for the coup took place first in
traveled to the U.S. several times in just 7 months for consultation meetings
with FETO leader Gulen who lives in a compound in Saylorsbourg, Pennsylvania.
Cicek went to the U.S. on Dec. 28, and Adil Oksuz, Kemal Batmaz, and Nurettin
Oruc went to the U.K. from Istanbul Ataturk Airport on Dec. 31, 2015.
returned to Turkey on Jan. 4, Oruc and Batmaz on Jan. 5 and Cicek on Jan. 6,
Cicek flew to the U.S. from Istanbul on Feb. 8, Batmaz on March 12 and Oksuz on
March 17, 2016.
flew back to Turkey a week later, Oksuz on 21st, Oruc on 22nd, Batmaz 23rd and
Cicek on 24th.
April 21, Hakan Cicek left for the U.S. again to return to Turkey on May 7, 16
traveled to the U.S. on May 30 and Cicek on June 19.
and Oruc also traveled to the U.S. on June 20.
Oruc and Batmaz returned on June 24, Oksuz and Cicek got back to Turkey on June
last trip to the U.S. before the coup was by Batmaz and Oksuz from Istanbul
Ataturk Airport on the same flight on July 11, 2016.
Gulen approved the final stage of the preparations, Oksuz and Batmaz returned
to Turkey on July 13, again aboard the same plane.
19 March 2016, Oksuz, Batmaz, Oruc, and Cicek were busy organizing the coup in
the U.S. with Gulen who addressed his loyalists within the Turkish Armed Forces
in a video on the same day.
FETO leader's call on the members of the organization, soldiers and secretive
cells across Turkey held numerous meetings to execute the coup as flawless as
July 6 to 9, Oksuz headed the meetings in Ankara where various high-level
military personnel affiliated with FETO and the other covert imams gathered to
discuss the distribution of the roles.
when the treacherous coup attempt eventually failed, all of the coup planners
were caught red-handed at the Akinci military airbase.
they got arrested, Oksuz, Binis, and Batmaz ridiculously claimed that the
reason they were at the Akinci Base in the middle of the night was looking for
a piece of land for sale in the area.
also mocked the intelligence of the Turkish nation and said he was filming a
civilian wing of the organization already knew about the coup
using the media outlets the terror group owns, the civilian wing of the
organization tried to create a perceptual ground in the public in order to
manufacture consent for the upcoming coup.
instance, FETO’s main media outlet “Zaman” published a corporate advertisement
of itself on October 15, 2015, where a baby, symbolizing Gulen, starts laughing
at the end of a long and alarming siren one hears only at times of
literally means "laughing, smiling" in the Turkish language.
the same ad, the curfew on the empty streets was signaling the martial law that
usually comes after successful military takeovers.
after 9 months and ten days from the ad, FETO launched the coup attack on July
before the coup, FETO 'journalists' and 'academicians' were beating the drums
a month before July 15, speaking to “Can Erzincan TV”, one of the FETO outlets,
Osman Ozsoy's words shed light to the plans of FETO.
it is very easy to finish all of this. This process will end very soon with the
permission of God. God will bring light to this country. Ankara thinks that
nothing will happen to Turkey any longer. This is the view of Ankara. Well, I
wish I were a colonel instead of a professor. I would have contributed more to
this process now. Look, it is not an exaggeration. This process is over and we
will take care of what happens after. Let’s run a subtitle on TV saying that
there is a curfew tomorrow and look if anyone dares to step outside. All coups
happen on Fridays. The homes of imams [mosque personnel] are in the mosque
courtyard and they are even afraid of going to the mosque for prayer on
Fridays. Turkish people do not have any sensitivity to take to the streets for
democracy. Pretty nice days are coming. Busy days are awaiting our friends in
the Hizmet movement.”
people do not know how to take cover'
Balci, a FETO columnist who used the alias “Kerim Balci” while writing to
“zamanamerika.com”, openly expressed his knowledge of the coup in his July 14
2016 article -- “Erdogan on exile and preparations for the post-Erdogan era”.
the initial hours of the coup, when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
called on the people to take to the streets in defense of democracy, Balci
said: "The president acts irresponsibly," on a FETO YouTube channel,
STV Media, which was offering a live broadcast that night called "Time for
Independence: July 15, 2016".
unarmed civilians to take a stance against armed soldiers, as it was done in
Syria and Egypt, is a grave mistake. Our people do not even know how to lie on
the ground, let alone taking cover. Most of our people haven't done military
service, they paid instead. The nation cannot be asked to challenge the
words showed how much the FETO loathes and disrespects the Turkish nation's
will for freedom.
Kenes who used to be an editor of FETO's English-language mouthpiece
"Today’s Zaman", was also aware of the coup long in advance.
shared his opinions via his social media account on July 6-7 by saying:
is no longer a good exit! Bad, worse and the worst exit remains. Let’s call
coup the bad one, imagine the others."
went on to intimidate the people by the following words:
something will happen and it will not go on like this, or we will become a
country like Syria or Iraq. The choice is yours."
a day before the coup, Tuncay Opcin -- a senior member of FETO's media wing --
tweeted "they will bust [them] in their beds and will hang [them] by
tweet referred to coup plotters' aspiration of completing their operation
against the government and Erdogan.
me a ticket from DC to Istanbul'
fugitive FETO member Emrullah (Emre) Uslu said on Twitter: "Please buy me
a ticket from DC to Istanbul between July 22 to August 12," hinting that a
coup is in the making by FETO.
Uslu continues his FETO propaganda and smear campaigns against the elected
government and the president of Turkey from the U.S.
Aksoy, a "journalist" who was tried for being a member of FETO and
sentenced to 25 months in prison, was another foreteller of the coup.
Sept. 2015, appearing on a TV program called "The Spirit of the
Time", Aksoy said: "The state tradition is looking for a way out and
the state has a plan B. It is really not something we want but nowadays, the
coup option is on the table in Ankara".
words demonstrated the level of the disillusion among FETO members in their way
of viewing FETO as the real state.
Sri Lankan housewife Fathima Fazla thought of her neighbours in the grand
three-storey home across the street as the wealthy celebrities of her humble
Colombo suburb. She had no idea how infamous they would become.
brothers who lived at the white house on Mahawela Gardens have emerged as key
players in suicide attacks on Easter Sunday that killed more than 350 people
and stunned an island state that had enjoyed a decade of relative peace.
Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the coordinated attacks
on three churches and four hotels.
Ibrahim, a 33-year-old copper factory owner, detonated his explosive device at
the busy breakfast buffet of the luxury Shangri-La hotel, a source close to the
police went later that day to raid the family home, his younger brother Ilham
Ibrahim detonated a bomb that killed him, his wife and the couple's three
children, the source told Reuters, requesting anonymity for fear of reprisals.
seemed like good people," Fazla told Reuters from her rundown home
opposite the Ibrahim family residence, now cordoned off with crime-scene tape
and marshalled by police.
brothers' names were also reported in local media. Sri Lankan authorities have
not released the identities of any of the bombers, and police did not respond
to request for comment.
brother's father, Mohamed Ibrahim, was arrested as police investigate those
behind the attacks, police said. Ibrahim, a wealthy spice trader and pillar of
the business community, had six sons and three daughters. He was admired by
many who knew him.
was famous in the area for helping the poor with food and money. It's
unthinkable his children could have done that," Fazla said, glancing
affectionately at her two young daughters. "Because of what they have
done, all Muslims are treated as suspects."
Ibrahim, 31, openly expressed extremist ideologies and had been involved in
meetings of National Thowheed Jamath, a local Islamist group suspected of
involvement in planning the attacks, according to the source close to the
entrepreneur brother, Inshaf, was outwardly more moderate in his views, and was
known to be generous with donations to his staff and struggling local
households, the source said. Inshaf was married to a daughter of a wealthy
jewellery manufacturer and he faced no problems with money.
was shocked. We never thought they were these kind of people," said
Sanjeewa Jayasinghe, a 38-year-old network cabling engineer who works next door
to the Ibrahim family home.
early Sunday bombings shattered the relative calm that has existed in
Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka since a civil war against mostly Hindu, ethnic
Tamil separatists ended 10 years ago, and raised fears of a return to sectarian
the Ibrahim brothers will be reviled across much of the country for plunging
Sri Lanka into disarray, they will be missed by some in the community who
relied on them.
was kind, unlike like many bosses. I was happy working for him," said
Sarowar, a Bangladeshi worker at Inshaf's abandoned copper factory on the
outskirts of Colombo. "He is gone. What do I do now?"
Mohammed Rasool, 52, dolefully watched the bomb-scarred St Antony’s Church in
Kochchikade, silhouetted against the darkening evening sky. The yellow
neo-classical-style structure, close to two centuries old, stands forlorn as
groups of residents poured out on to the streets, an evening ritual since the
days after a series of explosions shook the capital, Sri Lankan army soldiers
continue to hold vigil around the shrine. The bell tower clock needle is static
at 8.45am, a poignant reminder of the hour when the explosion went off on
they help God (by restoring the church soon), then God will help us,” says
Rasool, who has visited the shrine several times in the past. Five members of a
neo-convert family — Rasool’s Christian relatives — were killed instantly when
a suicide bomber blew himself up inside the Catholic church. G Benton, 32, was
inside for the Easter Mass, along with wife Chandrika and three children. While
11-month-old Avon’s body was recovered along with that of his parents, Bewon,
9, and Clevon, 6, are ‘missing’.
the shrine, narrow dingy alleyways branch off the main Jampettah Street with
its row of petty shops. “We haven’t worked for four days,” says Jalabidin Impas
Deen, 38. He runs a small Chinese eatery on the beach front, four km away.
cannot rid the images of people running out with blood pouring out of their
ears and nose. “I helped at least 15 people into buses and three-wheelers
headed to the government hospital,” he says.
the church stands tall, there’s a Buddhist temple close by on Jampettah Street,
a mosque, just a stone’s throw away in Newham Square and a Shiva temple on
Ramanathan Street to the right of the shrine. “We have co-existed peacefully,”
says Desmon, 19.
the Sirisena government having declared emergency on Monday, by sundown, shops
downed shutters and traffic quietly eased off the roads in Colombo. Security
men line the arterial Galle Main Road, Colombo’s commercial spine, where the
three luxury hotels that were wracked by explosions are located. There’s
simmering anger against the government for not acting on intelligence alerts of
possible terror attack. “Look at the seafront (referring to the China’s
international financial city project). It will soon be China-Lanka, not Sri
Lanka. This government is ineffective,” says Tuk Tuk driver Don Christie
January 2019, Blitz, being the only anti-jihadist newspaper in the world has
been repeatedly anticipating jihadist attacks in South Asia. The
counter-militancy experts in this newspaper, particularly its editor Salah
Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, who is an internationally acclaimed multi-award winning
anti-militancy journalist had put emphasis in warning the authorities in the
South Asian nations about the potential threats posed by notorious jihadist
outfits such as Islamic State (ISIS). On January 27, 2019, eminent scholar and
counter-militancy expert Shwe Kalaung’s article titled ‘Islamic State training
camp busted in Sri Lanka’ had also been published in Blitz.
the recent years, jihadist outfits like ISIS are gaining strength in a number
of South Asian nations mostly through narco-trade. Later such money is being
spent towards terrorism. Bangladesh too is facing threats posed by the rise of
jihadist activities from various jihadist factions inside the country. Although
another jihadist attack in Sri Lanka was foiled by country’s law enforcing and
security agencies in January 2019, we knew, it could not crash the network of
the radical Islamic militancy groups and individuals. Rather, those monsters
would return with a much dangerous plot. And, this time, they were successful
in hitting a number of churches and high-end hotels in Sri Lanka killing
hundreds of innocent people.
on the latest jihadist attack in Sri Lanka, Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury said,
the first reason behind rise of jihadism in Sri Lanka is due to growing
conflict between the Muslim and the Sinhalese community. Similar to the
large-scale attack in Myanmar, the Islamic State training camp in Sri Lanka has
been connected directly to narcoterrorism from Islamic gangs in Bangladesh,
supported by jihadists in the Gulf Operation Council. These terror networks are
using the money generated from Islamic gangs for purchasing sophisticated
weapons, explosives, properties, training and even bribes.
Rakhine State, Myanmar, the funds for Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA)
have been coming from the production of Yaba pills, methamphetamines,
manufactured there and sold to Islamic gangs inside Bangladesh.
the other hand, heroin is the main drug in Sri Lanka, exported from the Taliban
narcostate in Afghanistan by Islamic gangs in Pakistan linked to the notorious
narcoterrorist Dawood Ibrahim, a known resident of Karachi, whose D-Company
syndicate also has deep ties throughout India. Bangladeshi nationals have been
caught trafficking in Sri Lanka, with the historic heroin seizure in early
2019, where the main suspect was discovered to be operating inside Bangladesh,
frequently travelling back and forth between the two countries. In effect,
Bangladesh is a key country through which the international distribution of
drugs is organized by Islamic gangs to fund terror activities for the Golden
Horseshoe Caliphate, further corroborating the theory that Bangladesh will be
the political, religious and geographic epicenter of this emerging Caliphate on
the Western front, while jihadists in Malaysia and Indonesia are exerting more
influence in southern Myanmar, Thailand and countries east of the Malay
Choudhury added saying, for the past couple of years, Islamic State activities
in Bangladesh has already gone under the direct control of a sacked military
officer named Md. Sahid Uddin Khan and his wife and daughters, who currently
are continuing activities sitting in United Kingdom. On January 17, 2019, Dhaka
residence of Md. Shahid Uddin Khan was raided by the members of the Counter
Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Bangladesh Police.
based on secret information, raided House No. 184, Road No. 2, Baridhara DOHS
in Dhaka, Bangladesh on January 17, 2019. This house is owned by Md. Shahid
Uddin Khan and was allegedly used as a warehouse for arms, explosives and
propaganda materials of Islamic State (ISIS). During the raid, large volume of
weapons, detonator, counterfeit Bangladesh currency notes and jihadist materials
of ISIS were recovered by the CTTC unit.
this recovery, three separate cases against ISIS-funder Md. Shahid Uddin Khan,
his wife Farjana Anjum, daughters and other accomplices were lodged. The cases
are: Cantonment PS, Case no 10, Section-6(2)/7/11/12 of Anti Terrorism Act 2009
(amendment 2013); Cantonment PS, Case no
11, Section-25-A, Special Power Act
1974; and Cantonment PS, Case no 12, Section-19-A of Arms Act 1878.
Shahid Uddin Khan (Army No: BA002428, Course: 8-BMA, Commission Date: 10-06-1983),
who along with his wife Farjana Anjum and daughters had smuggled out millions
of dollars from Bangladesh and invested in various business ventures in United
Arab Emirates and United Kingdom.
2009, he invested two million pounds in the United Kingdom in exchange of
obtaining immigrant status under Visa Tier 1, vide VAF No. 511702. Later the
family had laundered an unknown amount of money and brought that into the
to media reports, Md. Shahid Uddin Khan has been coordinating ISIS activities
in a number of South Asian nations including Bangladesh. It was also reported
in the media that weeks before the Sri Lanka attacks, Shahid Uddin Khan sent
few thousand dollars from Dubai to his jihadist contact in Colombo. While Sri
Lankan authorities are investigating the recent jihadist attacks, is there are
initiatives in investigating the activities of this sacked military officer?
did Shwe Kalaung write?
in Sri Lanka have confirmed that the massive explosives seizure at a remote
compound in Wanathawilluwa was actually a training camp for the Islamic State
(IS) that attempted to detonate multiple high explosive bombs targeting
historic Buddhist monuments in the ancient city of Anuradhapura. This is the
first actual terror threat from the Islamic State in Sri Lanka, as the Criminal
Investigation Department (CID) hunts for over fifty more named suspects across
the island connected to this IS chapter. Already an imam, or mawlawi, from the
remote IS training camp has been arrested; he has confessed in an interrogation
that the weapons and high explosives belong to an Islamic State chapter in Sri
2017, scores of known Sri Lankan ISIS fighters had returned from Syria, and
there was a subsequent spike in jihadist activity throughout Sri Lanka. A Sri
Lankan ISIS fighter was reported killed during airstrikes in Syria; he was
eulogized as a holy martyr of Islam on social media by Sri Lankan Muslims
across the country who have sympathies with ISIS, including a bizarre online
article in OnLanka on July 19, 2015, that alluded to more Sri Lankan ISIS
fighters. Also, an affluent postgraduate student from Sri Lanka named Mohamed Nizamdeen, who was living in
Australia, was charged with ISIS-affiliated terror-related offences while
plotting to assassinate Australian politicians. This case was widely publicized
because Nizamdeen is the nephew of MP Faiszer Musthapha, a cabinet minister in
the Sri Lankan government and the grandson of the late former Chairman of the
Bank of Ceylon. His terror-related charges were later dropped, in a surprising
move by the Australian authorities. More evidence for the Islamic State
activities in Sri Lanka comes from a propaganda video that was discovered
online, which showed an unknown doctor from India discussing ISIS medical
facilities and further claiming that Sri Lankan doctors are working for ISIS in
a side note, the doctors of the Islamic State are not the friendly family
medical practitioners of ISIS propaganda. Rather, these ISIS doctors can be
seen as performing horrific unethical medical procedures, including forced
abortions and euthanasia, and testing new procedures and organ harvesting on
Yazidis, Christians and other ISIS captives in makeshift facilities or dungeons,
with no regard to the sanctity of human life of non-Muslims. They were akin to
evil doctors in Nazi Germany. Further, in all likelihood, these monstrous ISIS
doctors could have been helping to fund Islamic State operations through
illegal organ trafficking in the Middle East, as Sri Lanka was once a global
center for organ transplants. No medical doctor with any professional or
personal ethics would travel abroad with the sole intention of joining an evil
terror organization, let alone having the perverse ambitions of providing
medical assistance to merciless Islamic State fighters and their regime of pure
foiled IS plot to simultaneously obliterate a multitude of sacred Buddhist
monuments in the ancient city of Anuradhapura with C4 high explosives has
confirmed fears that Sri Lanka is now a target of the Golden Horseshoe
Caliphate of South and Southeast Asia. The Golden Horseshoe Caliphate spans
from the western side of Indonesia to include Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand,
Myanmar, Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka, all connected by land and water
through the Andaman Sea, Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean. Additional countries
on the eastern side, including Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, have not yet been
infiltrated by Islamic jihadis at the same levels. The vast majority of Muslims
in the Golden Horseshoe Caliphate are Sunnis, having learned about and accepted
Islam through trade and conquest, while the other predominant religions are
Hinduism and Theravada Buddhism, both of which are the more widespread ancient
religions of the region, and whose core teachings reflect peace and tolerance
by any interpretation. There are much smaller populations of Christians and
localized ethnic religions in the region, too.
attacks against Buddhists, such as the killing of two monks at a temple in
Thailand, or the smashing of statues from a Hindu temple in India, show a
heightened level of daily regional jihadist activity. In Rakhine State,
Myanmar, Islamic terror led to a complete insurgency in late August 2017 from the
ISIS-linked terror organization Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) that was
formed in 2012. This insurgency was masterminded by a prominent Saudi imam, Ata
Ullah. So the war on terror in Asia has literally become like an all-out war in
the countries of the Golden Horseshoe Caliphate. Even the government of
Bangladesh is faced with a rise of jihad activity from powerful jihadist
factions inside the country.
wider scope of the recently thwarted terror attack in Sri Lanka by IS was to
cause greater conflict between the Muslim and Sinhalese community and to
provoke a public backlash, in the same tactical manner as the failed 2017
insurgency in Myanmar. Similar to the large-scale attack in Myanmar, the IS
training camp in Sri Lanka has been connected directly to narcoterrorism from
Islamic gangs in Bangladesh, supported by jihadists in the GCC (Gulf
Cooperation Council). These terror networks are using the money generated from
Islamic gangs for purchasing expensive weapons, properties, training and even
Rakhine State, Myanmar, the funds for ARSA have come from the production of
yaba pills, methamphetamines, manufactured there and sold to Islamic gangs
inside Bangladesh. ARSA has also received support from Saudi Arabia. However,
in the case of ARSA, the training camps are located inside Bangladesh close to
the border of Rakhine State, Myanmar. But heroin is the main drug in Sri Lanka,
exported from the Taliban narcostate in Afghanistan by Islamic gangs in
Pakistan linked to the notorious narcoterrorist Dawood Ibrahim, a known
resident of Karachi, whose D-Company syndicate also has deep ties throughout
India. Bangladeshi nationals have been caught trafficking in Sri Lanka, with
the recent historic heroin seizure in early 2019, where the main suspect was
discovered to be operating inside Bangladesh, frequently travelling back and
forth between the two countries. In effect, Bangladesh is a key country through
which the international distribution of drugs is organized by Islamic gangs to
fund terror activities for the Golden Horseshoe Caliphate, further
corroborating the theory that Bangladesh will be the political, religious and
geographic epicenter of this emerging Caliphate on the Western front, while
jihadists in Malaysia and Indonesia are exerting more influence in southern
Myanmar, Thailand and countries east of the Malay Peninsula.
chilling aspect of the Golden Horseshoe Caliphate is the 786 movement, which is
a doomsday prophecy, signaling the complete global Islamic takeover in simple calculation:
7+8+6=21. The endgame here is total Islamic conquest of the world by the end of
the 21st century, hence the sum of 21. This sounds like something from a
conspiracy junkie, but many people from these areas will recognize 786 as a
sign of the end of times, or Armageddon, with the rise of the global caliphate.
Indeed, reports emerge of 786 in Sri Lanka from around the mid-1980s and in
Myanmar from the 1990s; the number was commonly displayed in shop windows and
on Muslim food items, including products imported from the Middle East and
other parts of Asia, as a symbol for supporting the jihadist cause. The 786
movement has gone underground in Myanmar after a great public backlash, namely
the 969 counter-movement: citizens started to become upset at the blatant
jihadist signs threatening their impending enslavement, similar to watching the
moving hands on the Doomsday Clock. Evidence of the 786 movement can still be
found in graffiti on walls in Yangon and Rakhine State, and in subliminal
messages from ARSA jihadist recruitment videos. The intent of the sinister 786
movement is very clear and it is very real.
latest developments in Sri Lanka have implicated the drug kingpin Makandure
Madush, an international drug and weapons trafficker, to the funding of this
Islamic State training camp, with the expensive C4 high explosives &
weapons seizure. He is the godfather of organized crime in Sri Lanka,
controlling the illegal drug trade inside the country. Many members of his
network are experienced ex-LTTE soldiers, showing that he is utilizing an
existing framework in the underworld with a well-trained criminal army. This
raises the possibility that the LTTE armed conflict was backed by ruthless
Islamic gangs, or even the Taliban, through drug trafficking. Islamic gangs
brutally kill all rivals until a kingpin emerges as the undisputed leader; the
kingpin generally has some high-level connection to the Taliban in Afghanistan
for the heroin trade, almost like joining the Taliban family of warlords; one
can only speculate on the initiation rites.
Sri Lanka, gang-related feuds over the last few years have shown Makandure
Madush as the underworld leader of organized crime. He even went so far as to
launch a major deadly attack on a prison bus that was transporting them to
court in February 2017, killing a rival gang leader, known as Samayan, and five
associates. Madush is thought to have fled Sri Lanka after this prison bus
shooting. The feud between Ranale Samayan’s gang and Madush goes back to 2016,
when Madush’s brother was murdered by Samayan. As the bloody gang wars
continued in Sri Lanka, it was reported that there were eight killings in the
first few months of 2018, with Madush at the center of these murders.
June 22, 2018, during a jewel heist in the southern city of Matara, gang
members murdered a first respondent to the situation with a high-tech mini-Uzi
manufactured exclusively in Israel, while two other policemen and a civilian
were injured. Security camera footage from the heist can be found online.
Sadly, the police officer died from his deadly injuries sustained by the rapid
spray of munitions, being unprepared to face such powerful weapons in the line
of duty. More arrests related to the heist followed after a tense police chase,
and a key accomplice of the gang was killed by police.
police investigation traced the jewel heist back to Makandure Madush through
examination of the weapons used and interrogations. He was known to have been
living in Dubai after escaping arrest in the country for the deadly prison bus
attack sometime around the early part of 2017. During the investigation of this
jewel heist, information was discovered about the conspiracy to assassinate
President Sirisena with other key political figures, orchestrated by Madush from
Dubai, like the jewel heist and gang feuds.
to Digatha News on March 26, 2018, just before the jewel heist in June and the
subsequent police crackdown:
Lanka’s intelligence units have confirmed that persons wanted for serious
crimes such as former diplomat Udayanga Weeratunga and underworld leader
Madush, who have been issued Interpol red notices and wanted by police for
years in connection to serious crimes, are freely living in Dubai.
information received by the intelligence units have revealed that most of them
have fled to India, Singapore and Malaysia first and later reached Dubai. It is reported that they are already involved
in various crimes including drug trafficking, mafia gangs, international
espionage and arms sales and operating from the Emirati capital. According to the information received, the
absconding criminals earn millions from their illegal activities and deposit
the money in Dubai banks.
it is well known that Madush still actively masterminds the illegal drug trade,
arms deals and extortion rackets in Sri Lanka from Dubai. Even this earlier
intelligence source shows Madush as the likely candidate for supplying the new
Islamic State chapter in Sri Lanka with high explosives and high-tech weapons.
Also, narcoterrorist Dawood Ibrahim was known to have lived and conducted
business from Dubai before moving to Karachi, Pakistan, making Dubai one of the
networking hotspots for international Islamic crime syndicates.
important part of Madush’s network was taken down in a raid shortly after the
jewel heist, on June 25, 2018, when a high level accomplice, known as Thilak,
was killed by police in a shootout. A Chinese T-56 assault rifle, similar to
the Russian AK-47, was recovered from the scene. Another raid in early July
2018 saw four more henchmen arrested, including a leader working for Madush,
known as Josa. More weapons and some heroin were seized. Grenades are another
item routinely seized from Madush’s gang members. Madush is wanted by Interpol
for controlling the drug trade in Sri Lanka, and for murders and extortion as
well, but the Sri Lankan government seems powerless to demand extradition from
the United Arab Emirates, despite their new strategies in 2018. Madush and his
underworld army are implicated in involvement with this new Islamic State
chapter in Sri Lanka through the proceeds of drug trafficking, the powerful
high-tech weapons, and high explosives. Additional information about these
networks and their connections will become more apparent as the investigation
continues to make progress, with more arrests, confessions and confiscated
these elaborate international crime syndicates are exposed, a detailed
understanding of the networks begins to emerge, which can be traced back to the
same places, such as the GCC countries of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, who are
masterminding terror in the region of the Golden Horseshoe Caliphate, funded by
the drug trade with powerful Islamic gangs linked to Taliban warlords. Since
the overall short-term political objective is to create conflict and
instability in these regions, as in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, the possibility
exists of a deeper political objective that the terror activities are meant to
disrupt China’s String of Pearls strategy for regional expansion and
development. For instance, both Rakhine State in Myanmar and Sri Lanka are
involved with this project, so the geopolitical significance cannot be ignored,
as they overlap with the competing Chinese intentions here.
Buddhists and Hindus living in Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia,
Bangladesh, Malaysia and Singapore; they believe that they have been the victim
of Islamic jihad for a long time. The hard evidence here cannot be disputed,
considering landmark events such as the 1971 genocide against Hindus in
Bangladesh, the historical genocides against non-Muslims in Rakhine State, or
the constant attacks against Buddhists, Hindus and non-Muslims everywhere in
the region. The Buddhists and Hindus living in Rakhine, Bangladesh, Malaysia,
and Indonesia are continually subjected to some of the worst human rights
violations from jihadists and radical Islamic governments, with no support from
the UN, which is dominated by the GCC countries in the OIC, who consider
religious minorities to be second class citizens. There can be no doubt of the
rise of Islamic jihad activiy in the Golden Horseshoe Caliphate, as evidenced
by the constant barrage of terror-related attacks and human rights abuses in
these countries against Buddhists and Hindus.
shadowy entities in the GCC countries, particularly Saudi Arabia and the UAE,
who are facilitating jihad in the Golden Horseshoe Caliphate need to be held
accountable by their governments, unless the government inaction of GCC
countries is a deliberate complicity to the agenda of the Islamic State and
their affiliated crime syndicates. So the conflict is expected to worsen in the
affected areas of Asia until these matters are properly addressed on the
international stage, especially the war on drugs and the increasing presence of
the Islamic State. A good strategy would be to evaluate the foreign aid given
to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Indonesia to help stop the
growing problems of human trafficking, Islamic gangs, jihad terror, and human
rights abuses, until these countries take full responsibility for their part in
international terrorism. Perhaps even Western trade penalties on places such as
the UAE would help, until the long list of criminals and terrorists living there
have been brought to justice, which gives more emphasis on the need for ethical
oil supplies to leverage such trade restrictions with oil rich countries.
Afghan security forces have arrested the shadow district chief of Taliban for
Faizabad district of northern Jawzjan province.
to local officials, the shadow district chief of Taliban for Faizabad Mawlavi
Obaidullah was arrested during an operation of the Afghan intelligence
officials further added that Mawlavi Obaidullah was involved in various attacks
on security outposts besides assassinating Afghan Local Police commanders.
anti-government armed militants including Taliban have not commented regarding
the arrest of Mawlavi Obaidullah so far.
least 49 militants were killed or wounded in various operations of the Afghan
and coalition forces in south-eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.
Special Operations Corps of the Afghan Military said Wednesday that 6 militants
were killed and 7 others were wounded during an operation of the Afghan Special
Forces in Kamal Khan area of Andar district.
to a statement released by Special Operations Corps, at least 7 militants were
killed and 5 more wounded in a separate clearance operation conducted in Jamjan
Mank area of Moqor district.
statement further added that the coalition forces also carried out airstrikes
in Andar district and Kalach and Zewach areas located in the outskirts of
Ghazni city, leaving at least 16 militants dead and 8 others wounded.
militants kill 5 Taliban fighters, arrest 4 others in Nangarhar province
affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group have
killed five Taliban fighters and have arrested four others in Nangarhar
201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in a statement said an infighting
erupted among Taliban and ISIS militants in Dotesar and Zawa areas of Khogyani
district on Tuesday.
statement further added that five Taliban militants were killed during the
clash and while ISIS militants arrested four other Taliban militants during the
anti-government armed militants including Taliban and ISIS loyalists have not
commented regarding the clash so far.
has been among the relatively provinces in East of Afghanistan but the security
situation in some of its remote districts has started to deteriorated during
the recent years.
Afghan Taliban insurgents are battling fighters loyal to Daesh over control of
territory in eastern Afghanistan in some of the heaviest clashes over the past
year between the rival militants, officials said on Wednesday.
fighting erupted on Monday in two districts of the eastern Afghan border
province of Nangarhar, when Daesh fighters attacked villages under Taliban
State fighters have captured six villages in Khogyani and Shirzad districts but
the fighting has not stopped,” said Sohrab Qaderi, a member Nangarhar’s the
500 families had fled from the fighting, he said.
figures were not available.
spokesman for the Taliban, who control more territory than at any point since
they were ousted from power nearly 18 years ago, was not available for comment.
fighters first appeared in eastern Afghanistan in around 2014 and have battled
the Taliban as well as government and foreign forces.
Afghan affiliate of Daesh, sometimes known as Islamic State Khorasan (Islamic
State-K), after an old name for the region that includes Afghanistan, has made
some inroads into other areas, in the north in particular.
has also established a reputation for unusual cruelty, even by the standards of
the Afghan conflict, and has been behind some of the deadliest attacks in urban
Nangarhar, on the border with Pakistan, has been a Daesh stronghold, some
villages in Khogyani and Shirzad districts have been controlled by the Taliban.
villagers said they had to run for their lives.
could only rescue my family. We had to leave everything,” said Shawkat, 36, a
resident of Markikhel village in Shirzad district who sought safety in a
Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor said, authorities would help
the displaced villagers with food and medicine.
August, more than 150 Daesh fighters surrendered to the Afghan security forces
after they were defeated by the Taliban in the northwestern province of
US military estimates there are about 2,000 Daesh fighters in Afghanistan.
Justification For Islamophobia: Islamic Scholars Maulana Azad National Urdu
Paying homage to the victims of Sri Lanka bomb blasts, two minutes silence was
observed on Wednesday by the delegates at Maulana Azad National Urdu University
(Manuu). They were participating in the inaugural session of two-day national
seminar on the topic of ‘Islamic studies concept present scenario and future’.
The seminar is organised by the Department of Islamic Studies, Manuu, in
collaboration with Henry Martin Institute (HMI). The participating scholars and
professors pointed out that there is no justification for Islamophobia.
the seminar, Prof. Abdul Ali, former head of department of Islamic studies at
Aligarh Muslim University, said that Islamic studies would play a key role in
eliminating the misunderstanding about Islam and Muslims. “There is no
justification for so-called Islamophobia based on a deliberate mischievous
misrepresentation of contemporary Islam and Muslims. Islamic studies, as a
branch of social sciences, can play a vital role in removing the misconceptions
and misunderstanding about Islam and Muslims,” said Abdul Ali.
Mohammed Aslam Parvaz, Mannu vice chancellor asked the scholars to revise the
syllabi of Islamic studies and make provision for interface study with other
branches of social and natural sciences.
Dr Packiam T Samuel, HMI director, threw light on the history of the evolution
of the institute and its approach towards Islamic studies. “The institute has
shifted its focus on interfaith dialogue and peace-building,” he said.
wall magazine prepared by the students of department of Islamic Studies, Manuu,
and three books — two written by Dr Packiam Samuel and one by Mujtaba Farooq, a
research scholar — were released on the occasion.
Caution Against Bid To Link Islamic Outfits In Tamil Nadu With SL Blasts
slams misguided interpretation of Islam
the suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka by suspected IS operatives, attempts have
been made to link Islamic outfits in Tamil Nadu with the terror strike.
However, political parties, particularly those representing the interests of
Muslims, have cautioned against such a tendency.
the same time, Indian Union Muslim League president Kader Mohideen said the
attack had flagged the need to be vigilant of youth falling prey to “misguided”
interpretations of Islam.
that these attacks had reiterated the importance of promoting inter-faith
dialogue, Mr. Mohideen said, “We need to revive the good old days where there
was communal amity and harmony among various religious communities. We used to
organise inter-faith religious events where people of all faiths would get
together on the same stage for peace and unity. We used to have a Moulvi, a
Hindu religious leader and a priest on the same stage. We need to restart such
activities on the ground.”
IUML leader added: “I have been telling people in the Jamat to be vigilant of
those who promote a misguided interpretation of Islam and oppose certain
Islamic traditions followed by Muslim communities. Such people should be sent
away. We must first consider ourselves human beings. That’s what all the
scriptures also say. People who commit such terror are committing a crime against
humanity,” he said.
a statement, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi founder Thol. Thirumavalavan on
Wednesday said the after-effects of the terror attack could be felt in Tamil
Nadu just as the State felt the effects of Sri Lankan civil war.
Thirumavalavan said the democratic forces in the State should uproot
fundamentalist forces without any compromise and defeat the plan to demonise
the Muslim community as terrorists. “Not just the Sri Lankan government and
society, but it is important that the Indian government and Tamil society
should learn important lessons,” he said.
M.H. Jawahirullah, president, Manithaneya Makkal Katchi, rejected concerns that
attacks in Sri Lanka would have a major spill-over effect in Tamil Nadu – within
and against the Muslim community.
Muslim has or will recognise such an act. In Tamil Nadu, the democratic forces
are strong and any such adverse effects will be prevented. Tamil Nadu Thowheed
Jamat and other organisations have condemned the act of terror. Terrorism has
no religion,” he said.
terrorist belonging to LeT arrested in Baramulla, paraded before media
A Pakistani terrorist belonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) outfit who was tasked
with reviving terrorism in certain areas of the Kashmir valley was arrested
from Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Wednesday.
Waqar Awan, a resident of Mohalla Miana in Mianwali area of Punjab in Pakistan,
was arrested earlier this week and paraded before the media on Wednesday at the
Police Control Room.
known by alias of 'Chota Dujana, told reporters that before he joined terrorist
forces, he was told that atrocities were being inflicted on the people of
Kashmir by security forces but he saw no such thing in the Valley.
received training for four months at a camp in Muzaffarabad. I was told that
atrocities are committed on children and women.
are not allowed in mosques and houses of Muslims are destroyed," he told
reporters, adding he found that the conditions were different in Kashmir.
officials said Awan's arrest and "confession" is an evidence for
Pakistan as to how youths are manipulated on its soil, prepared for terrorism
and then sent here to join Jaish-e-Mohammad or Lashkar-e-Taiba.
if he was involved in any attacks in the valley, Awan said, "I was not
involved in any attack."
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Baramulla, Abdul Qayoom, said Awan had
infiltrated in the valley in July 2017.
was active in Handwara (area of north Kashmir's Kupwara district). For the last
about two years, he was active in different places of Srinagar. When he was
returning to Baramulla, he was intercepted at a naka (check post). However, the
driver of his vehicle rammed it into police vehicle and sped away.
police chased them and about 1.5 km away from the naka, they left their vehicle
on the road and tried to flee, but were apprehended. The driver, a conduit, is
a Kashmiri. We will share further details when we have them,the SSP said at the
said Awan's primary task was to revive terrorism in those areas which had been
had this input that since Baramulla was declared free of militancy, they
(leadership) were under pressure to revive the terrorism there and that is why
these two were going to Baramulla, he said.
said a pistol and some other things were recovered from the Pakistani terrorist
when he was arrested.
about Awan's activities in Srinagar, the SSP said he mostly visited areas
around Srinagar-Baramulla highway and few areas in downtown, the interior areas
of the city here.
are identifying and pinpointing more people involved with him, Qayoom said.
General of Jammu and Kashmir Police Dilbagh Singh, who also briefed the media,
said Awan's "confession" is evidence of how Pakistan is sending youths
here for militancy.
always wants some live evidence. Police will share that evidence. A Pakistani
terrorist is here since the last two years and an active member of LeT and
involved in many activities.
holds colloquium on Muslim-Christian relations
seminar started with a one-minute silence in prayer and remembrance of the
martyrs of the terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
the seminar, DMC Chairman Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan said that the Holy Quran holds
Jesus Christ and his mother Mary in highest esteem and describes Jesus as the
“Word of God”. He said Muslim-Christian relations were excellent during the
first few centuries after the advent of Islam. In fact, the first two
migrations of Mecca’s persecuted Muslims were to Abyssinia ruled by a Christian
king. And this is the reason why even in their heyday Muslims never attempted
to conquer Abyssinia. Dr. Khan said Crusades and the colonial onslaught caused
huge damage to Muslim societies but still Christians remained safe and
protected in Muslim lands so much so that an ordinary Christian in Muslim
societies is more well-placed than an ordinary Muslim. He said it is a
testimony of Muslim tolerance that seats of four churches are based in the
Muslim world, viz.,Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria & All Africa,
seated in Cairo; Syriac Orthodox Church, seated in Damascus; Ecumenical
Patriarchate of Constantinople, seated in Istanbul and the Syriac Maronite
Church of Antioch based in Bkerké, Lebanon.
Khan said the immediate reason for holding this seminar is the joint document
on “Human fraternity for world peace and living together” signed last February
in Dubai by the leader of the Catholic Church Pope Francis and the Grand Sheikh
of Al-Azhar Dr. Ahmad Al-Tayeb, who is the highest authority in Sunni Islam. He
said although this document is about establishing good Muslim-Christian
relations but, in fact, it can become a good basis of friendly relations
between all religions.
the seminar, Laxmi Menon, India director of Unity Earth, shed light on
Muslim-Christian relations in recent times and how they have vacillated between
good and bad. She mentioned in particular how St. Francis of Assisi crossed the
Crusaders’ lines to meet the Egyptina Sultan, Malik al-Kamil, in 1219 AD which
paved a new beginning of good Muslim-Christian relations despite the bitterness
of the Crusades.
Poulose Mangai of Vidya Jyoti College shed light on past Muslim-Christian
dialogues. He said the Catholic Church was not interested in developing
relationships with other religions but this changed in 1962 when the Vatican
established a department to imoprove relations and understanding with other
faiths. Dialogues started as a result. This policy has received impetus since
Pope Francis took over the reins of the Catholic Church in 2013. Pope Francis
believes that religion is a strong force to change the world. He is the first
Catholic head to visit the Arabian peninsula. It was during this visit last
February that the Pope signed a joint document alongwith Al-Azhar’s Grand
Sheikh to work for better relations between Muslims and Christians. Prof.
Mangai said we honour God only when we honour His children. Pope Francis says
the real education is that you should know your brothers and sisters. He says
the real demilitarization will take place when hearts are demilitarized because
God is with those who seek peace.
Shareena Bano of Jamia Millia Islamia said that the Al-Azhar-Vatican document
should be used to educate the masses. She said, we think separately and still
believe that unity will be achieved. If we want unity, we must think together.
Textbooks of schools should be prepared on this basis. Prof. Bano advocated
that we must benefit from the educational experiment of Finland.
Basit Jamal, who popularises Islamic ideals through telling stories in schools,
said that if there are people who want amity in society, there are others who
do not want friendship to flourish in society. He refuted the idea that Muslims
do not want good relations with others and referred to Sura Al-Mumtahina (60:9)
of the Quran where Allah exhorts Muslims to hold good relations with those
non-Muslims who do not fight and persecute Muslims. He mentioned the document preserved in
Sinai’s St. Catherine Church in which Prophet Muhammad has ordered Muslims to
treat Christians well.
Akhtarul Wasey, Vice Chancellor of Maulana Azad University of Jodhpur, said the
joint statement of the Vatican and Al-Azhar is an important landmark for better
Muslim-Christian relations which nobody can disagree with. He said, other religions
should also be joined in this endeavor, especially in India where many
religious traditions live together, so much so that Jewish, Syrian Orthodox and
Islamic traditions arrived here very early and became a part of the Indian
fabric. Prof. Akhtarul Wasey said Allah has ordained religions plurality for
us, otherwise He could have made us all follow one single faith. Why we should
bother for something which Allah did not do? He said, Allah did not send His
Prophet to convert people by force but only to convey His message. Allah has
decided for all time to come that there will be no coercion in matters of
religion, when he said, “For you, your religion; for me, mine” (Quran, 109:6).
He said, differences are found not only between religions but there are
differences even within every religion, therefore there should be inner
democracy within each religion. He said, we should organize a front against all
philosophies which are inimical to religion, whether they are based on hate,
ignorance or terrorism. He said, in the coming years the Indian model will
guide the world because here we have been living together amicably since
thousands of years. We should enlarge our circle. Here, there is no minority or
majority. Everyone is free to worship as he or she wishes but there is no
freedom to hate others.
Khurshid Alam of Delhi University said the Al-Azhar-Vatican document is
complete in every sense and it covers all religions. The contents of the
document have come out of heart. It considers all equal; none is minority or
majority. Prof. Alam demanded a new Platonic doctrine which would say that God
exists everywhere and all humans should cooperate with each other. She said the
venom found in the minds of professors does not exist among the masses.
Syed Jamaluddin of the Institute of Objective Studies and a former professor of
Jamia Millia Islamia, said that the decline of tasawwuf (mysticism) resulted in
the decline of human values. We should live as a spiritual family and for this,
purification of the soul is necessary.
Mulla, a leader of Jamaate Islami Hind, said the Al-Azhar-Vatican document is
based an humanity which is very much required in the current circumstances of
our country and the world. These ideas should percolate to the masses and to
the youth in particular. There should be a loose federation of people sharing
these ideas because some people in positions of power have different thoughts.
He said, an atmosphere has been created by claiming that all evils emanate from
religion while the reality is that evils are a result of the misuse of
religion. He narrated an incident from the life of the great Islamic scholar,
late Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi, who was once told that even bearded people have
started stealing; he said: no, say that even theives have grown beards.
of the Islamic Fiqh Academy, Amin Usmani, said that the Al-Azhar-Vatican
document is a comprehensive statement prepared by the leaders of two great
religions. Muslim organization should support it. He mentioned that Dr. Ahmad
Al-Raisouni, President of the World Association of Islamic Scholars, has
already supported this document.
shared sensitive intelligence with Sri Lanka that helped Colombo identify the
nine bombers and their handlers in the Islamic State, informed sources have
indicated. The information was also shared with India as New Delhi and Morocco
have a strong counter-terror cooperation.
was done within 48 hours of the Easter Sunday attacks that killed nearly 360
people in the island nation.
Islamic State on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the horrific bombings,
which also killed 10 Indians, with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe warning
that the Indian Embassy was also a "possible target".
Lankan authorities have talked about "foreign links" of the
perpetrators and have said that "foreign agencies" have shared useful
information with them.
a North African country that follows a moderate strand of Islam, has one of the
successful records of counter-terrorism and de-radicalization in the Islamic
an interview in October, Abdelhak Khiame, Head of Morocco's Central Bureau of
Legal Investigation (BCIJ), said Moroccan security services dismantled
"183 terrorist cells" in the country that were in the various stages
of planning "361 devastating terrorist projects" in the kingdom.
than 3,000 people, including 292 individuals with previous criminal record,
have been arrested by Moroccan authorities over the past decade.
and Morocco have a strong and multi-dimensional agreement on counter-terrorism
a visit to New Delhi last year. Moroccan Justice Minister Mohamed Auajjar had
said in an interview to the Economic Times that "Morocco has a
well-established school of counter-terrorism, which is globally recognised. We
have counter-terror cooperation including bilateral legal arrangements with
major countries to fight terror. Given the expansion in ties with India and
mutual interest, we decided to sign these treaties with Delhi, taking our
counter-terror partnership to the next level".
Minister further said, echoing the views of King Mohammed VI. that Islam was
against terrorism and "a wrong interpretation of jihad that is being
propagated, instead of a jihad against poverty".
Minister said "Morocco's de-radicalization initiatives have been lauded by
the international community. We pursue a multi-dimensional counter-terror
strategy that has three distinct stands: intelligence gathering, socio-economic
reforms, and reform of religious schools".
militants were killed in Bijbehara in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district after a
gun battle with security forces on Thursday morning, officials said.
and security forces launched a cordon and search operation at Bagender Mohalla
in Bijbehara area on a credible input. The team was fired upon by the militants
during the searches.
fire was retaliated by the security forces leading to an encounter. The bodies
of the two militants have been retrieved from the site of encounter.
Incriminating material, including arms and ammunition, was recovered from the
site of encounter.
Indian Army has eliminated 41 terrorists after the February 14 Pulwama attack,
General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 15 Corps, Lt. Gen KJS Dhillon, said on
year, a total of 69 terrorists have been killed and 12 apprehended. Post
Pulwama, 41 terrorists have been killed out of which 25 were from
Jaish-E-Mohammad. Out of those 25, 13 were Pakistanis and 13 were A+ category
militants,” Dhillon said, addressing a press conference along with Jammu and
Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh.
that the security forces have targeted the Jaish leadership, the corps
commander said, “The situation now is that no one is coming forward to take
over the leadership of JeM in the Valley. Even after Pakistan’s best efforts,
we will continue to suppress JeM, especially after Pulwama.”
to the incident where militants killed a 13-year old boy in Hajin, Dhillon
urged the Kashmiri people to question militants if what they did is “jihad” or
GOC, 15 Corps also said that the operations against the militants will continue
with full vigour.
want to assure that the operations along the LoC, in the hinterland, will
continue with full vigour and we will not let terrorism rise up to a level
which earlier they have enjoyed,” Dhillon said, asking the local militants to
the number of foreign and local militants active in the Valley, he said,
“Whosoever picks up a gun will be eliminated.”
the press conference, DGP Dilbagh Singh said, “Several youths who joined the
militant ranks were brought back into the mainstream. A total of 46 Jaish and
Lashkar commanders were eliminated last year and this year. 27 of these were
from Jaish and 19 were from Lashkar-e-Toiba.”
has been a very successful year so far as the handling of law and order
situation is concerned, so far as the handling of militancy is concerned,” he
also said that recruitment level from locals among the terrorist rank and files
is going down.
forces on Wednesday presented a Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist
before the media, saying he had been operating in Srinagar city for two years
and was now trying to resurrect militancy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla
joint press conference by the Army and the police was addressed by Lt Gen
K.J.S. Dhillon, Corps Commander of the Army’s Srinagar-headquartered 15 Corps,
and Dilbag Singh, the Director General of Police (DGP).
Pakistani national, Waqar Ahmed of Pakistani Punjab was arrested in Pattan area
of Baramulla district a few days back.
Senior Superintendent of Police Abdul Qayoom said the terrorist was trained in
Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir for four months before he
infiltrated into Jammu and Kashmir in July 2017.
said Waqar was operating in Srinagar city for two years and was now trying to
resurrect militancy in Baramulla district.
was also trained for one month at the house of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi (of LeT)
in Rawalpindi and he met Lakhvi twice during that period,” the officer said.
terrorist told the media that their handlers at the training centre in
Muzaffarabad told them that Indian security forces were raping women in Kashmir
and disallowing Islamic worship.
this proved to be wrong when he saw the ground situation in the Kashmir Valley,
Gen Dhillon said his arrest was yet another proof that Pakistan was training
terrorists and aiding terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir.
Singh said 272 terrorists were killed by the security forces in the state last
Corps Commander added: “In 2019, the security forces have killed 69 terrorists
the Pulwama terror strike, we have killed 41 terrorists out of whom 25 belonged
to the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) outfit.
entire leadership of the JeM has been decimated. Nobody is now ready to head
the outfit in the Valley.”
police officer said there was a marked fall in the numbers of local youths
joining the militant ranks.
was a marked decrease in stone pelting incidents during 2018 as compared to the
DELHI: Intelligence inputs regarding a possible terror attack in Sri Lanka were
shared by Indian agencies with their Sri Lankan counterparts earlier this month
after the National Investigation Agency completed its probe into an
ISIS-inspired module planning to kill prominent leaders in South India,
officials said here.
input was sent through diplomatic channels to the island nation after a through
investigation pertaining to the ISIS case in Coimbatore was carried out by the
NIA, which has filed a charge sheet against seven people.
investigation, the probe team had stumbled upon videos of National Thowheed
Jamaat (NTJ) leader Zahran Hashim, which was indicative of a terror attack on
the Indian High Commission in Colombo.
further investigation which included cyber trailing of some of the accounts
associated with the ISIS, the central security agencies shared an input with
their Lankan counterparts about the churches being the likely target of the
ISIS module, they said.
350 people were killed in Sunday's serial blasts at churches and hotels.
videos, seized from the accused in the Coimbatore case, showed Hashim asking
youths from Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala to establish an Islamic rule in
arrested accused, who have been chargesheeted since then, include Mohamed Ashiq
A, Ismail S, Samsudeen, Mohammed Salauddin S, Jafar Shadik Ali and Shahul
case was originally registered at B3 Variety Hall Police Station, Coimbatore
City on September 1 last year and pertained to the criminal conspiracy hatched
by the accused with the intention of furthering the objectives of the
proscribed terrorist organisation ISIS by targeting Hindu leaders and
activists, who are critical of religious terrorism.
NIA investigation showed that the arrested persons had got radicalized on the
violent extremist ideology of the ISIS and they had been propagating the same
ideology over the social media.
the intention of furthering the objectives of the terrorist organisation ISIS
in India, the accused had organized themselves into a terrorist gang in June,
2018 and conspired to further the activities of the group by carrying out
terrorist attacks targeting persons critical of the proscribed terrorist
organisation and its violent extremism ideology.
accused in Coimbatore case were in touch with Hashim for being enrolled in the
ISIS terror group.
DELHI: At least 10 terrorists, who had crossed over to Pakistan, set up
businesses across the border with the active aid of ISI and were involved in
the recently suspended cross LoC trade to provide funds to terrorists and
separatists in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.
Jammu and Kashmir natives are either based in Islamabad and Rawalpindi in
Pakistan or Muzaffarabad in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and operate
businesses ranging from almonds, dry dates, dry fruits to mangoes as part of
the modus operandi to send money to fuel unrest in Jammu and Kashmir on behalf
of the Pakistani intelligence agency ISI, they said.
10 terrorists were using the the cross LoC trade between Jammu and Kashmir and
PoK to fund terrorists and separatists in Jammu and Kashmir," a senior
security official said.
last week indefinitely suspended cross-LoC trade at two points along the Line
of Control in Jammu and Kashmir following reports that it was being
"misused" by elements from across the border to smuggle weapons,
narcotics and fake currency.
LoC trade across Chakan-Da-Bagh and Salamabad was intended as a confidence
building measure for the population living in Jammu and Kashmir and across the
Line of Control (LoC) in PoK.
officials also gave details of the 10 militants and their businesses which were
involved in the cross LoC trade.
Bhat, a resident of Tral, had gone to Pakistan to join militancy about a decade
staying in Rawalpindi, Bhat set up 'Mehrajuddin Traders' to get involved in the
cross LoC trade.
brother is also a registered LoC trader on the Indian side at the Trade
Facilitation Centre (TFC) at Uri.
Ahmed Bhat, a resident of Pampore, had crossed over to Pakistan and joined
staying in Islamabad, he runs business through his firms the 'New Kashmir
Traders' and 'New Kashmir Firm'.
Ahmed Bhat, a resident of Budgam, had crossed over to Pakistan years ago and
had joined militancy. Presently staying in Rawalpindi, Bhat runs his business
through the 'Al Nasir Trading Company'.
Ahmed Bhat, a resident of Budgam, had crossed over to Pakistan and joined
militancy. Presently staying in Rawalpindi, Showkat's trading firm was 'Taha
Mohammad, who hails from Budgam, had crossed over to Pakistan more than a
decade ago and joined militancy.Presently staying in Rawalpindi, Noor runs
business through his company 'Al Noor'.
a resident of Srinagar, had crossed over to Pakistan and joined militancy about
eight years ago. Now living in Islamabad, he operates business through M/s
Khursheed and Sons.
Ahmed, who was originally from Budgam, had crossed over to Pakistan about seven
years ago. Now staying in Muzaffarabad and was involved in the cross LoC trade
through 'MIK Traders' and 'M/s Imtiyaz Traders'.
a resident of Pattan in Baramulla, had crossed over to Pakistan and joined the
militancy. Presently living in Rawalpindi, Amir was an active LoC trader.
Rehmani, who hails from Baramulla, had crossed over to Pakistan and joined
militancy. Presently staying in Muzaffarabad, Azaz has set up business entities
in Muzaffarabad and Islamabad.
Illahi, who was originally from Sopore, has been an active member of Hizbul
Mujahideen. He was involved in the cross LoC trade through his firm 'MN Trading
direct involvement of militants in the cross LoC trade and their contribution
to fund terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir was one of the reasons to suspend cross
LoC trade," another official said.
government will revisit the issue of resuming the LoC trade after stricter
measures and systems are put in place to address these issues.
DELHI: A Delhi court Wednesday sent JKLF chief Yasin Malik, arrested in a case
related to funding of separatists and terror groups in Jammu and Kashmir, to
judicial custody till May 24.
Sessions Judge Rakesh Syal also sought reply from the defence counsel on a plea
of Tihar jail authorities seeking to produce Malik through video conference due
to security concerns.
court had sent Malik to NIA custody. He was brought to the national capital
after a court in Kashmir granted his transit remand to the National Investigation
Jammu and Kashmir High Court has reserved its judgment on a CBI plea for
reopening three-decade-old cases in which Malik was an accused.
open letter to Dr M and Maszlee on extremism in schools
my son who is in secondary school told me that he had a disagreement with his
teacher during his Islamic Studies class.
ustazah insisted that it is God’s words that an adulterer should be stoned to
death. My son, a teenager, said that could not be. God could not be so cruel.
teacher then scolded him in front of the class and said he must believe this to
be true if he were to call himself a Muslim, or else he would be a murtad
my son asked for evidence that it was God’s words, the ustazah admonished him
and told him to read the Quran.
situation pitted the entire class against my son and caused some discord with
his fellow classmates.
a parent, I am deeply concerned about this. What kind of national school system
tells students that it is God’s words to stone someone to death for adultery,
and that if you do not believe it, you are an apostate?
ustazah, as the religious teacher, holds a position of authority in a national
school. What she is doing is preaching an extremist view to young
impressionable minds, i.e. that stoning to death is a religious obligation that
cannot be questioned.
kind of citizens are we producing with this kind of teaching that leaves no
room for debate or discussion? Peace-loving, or violent and judgmental
have read the Quran, and there is nothing that says an adulterer or anyone
should be stoned to death. And the Quran is believed by Muslims to be the word
is irresponsible to use God’s name to justify contentious viewpoints,
especially when the subject matter is something still being debated even among
Muslims in Malaysia nowadays don’t read. They simply believe what the religious
teachers tell them is the word of God.
is worrying that contentious views are tossed around like they are God’s words
that cannot be questioned. It creates an oppressive and closed society where
only the powerful with religious titles can speak, and anyone who disagrees,
like my son, is punished and silenced.
is not an isolated case. It reflects the larger change in our society, where
the interpretation of Islam has become more harsh and singular, with those
questioning the mainstream interpretation labelled as either liberal or kafir.
are the target of violent comments on social media, because apparently it is
halal to spill the blood of those who do not follow God’s law!
and again, I have come across violent and threatening comments on social media
against those labelled as “liberal Muslims”, whatever that means.
is a responsible government of a multi-religious and multiethnic society doing
about this trend?
pains me as a Muslim and a citizen of this country that Islam is seen as a
violent religion. Views such as the one the ustazah holds are not isolated
is a religion of peace. Do Muslims parrot the phrase “Bismillahi Rahmanir
Rahim” (In the name of the Most Compassionate and Merciful) without
has faith become so narrow and oppressive that you can be vilified or even
investigated simply for having a viewpoint that is different from that of the
is the gentle and loving religion that holds that everyone is equal before God?
hope the prime minister and the education minister do something to stop this
unhealthy and dangerous trend. It must start at the education system before it
is too late.
Community Can Build a Bridge Over Political Divide
The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, or Kadin, has called on its
members to help calm tension following closely fought presidential and
legislative elections last week.
then, presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto has declared victory four times
despite quick counts showing an easy win for his rival, incumbent president
Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.
and his supporters have threatened to launch "people power" to
overturn official election results if they do not favor him.
chairman Rosan Perkasa Roeslani said businesses should wait for the General
Elections Commission (KPU) to complete their official vote count and respect
whatever the results might be.
situation is still tense now, but I am sure it will improve after the KPU
announces the official election results on May 22," Rosan said in an event
in Jakarta on Tuesday night (23/04).
to Rosan, businessmen and entrepreneurs are rational figures who should realize
that unity and togetherness would better serve their country, and their
businesses, than chaos.
presidential election has divided Kadin members into two camps: those who
support Jokowi and his running mate Ma'ruf Amin, a conservative Muslim cleric,
and supporters of Prabowo and his running mate, billionaire businessman
Sandiaga Uno who was a Kadin deputy chairman until he ran for the Jakarta
deputy governorship in 2016.
Kadin event on Tuesday was also attended by Erick Thohir, a media magnate and
chairman of Jokowi's campaign team, and Erwin Aksa, a member of Prabowo's
members who attended the event included former chairman Aburizal Bakrie and
James T. Riady, Kadin's deputy chairman for education, healthcare and
said businesses should stay away from spreading hoaxes and fake news on social
media. Instead, Kadin members should actively try to create peace.
Jokowi and Prabowo, according to Rosan, are supporters of democracy. He said he
was more than confident that the two leaders will reconcile after the official
election results are announced.
is expected to be a million-man march in Sudan on Thursday, according to
protest leaders who demand a peaceful transition to civilian rule; and at the
same time the military council has called for talks with the Alliance for
Freedom and Change.
are calling for a million (people to) march on Thursday," said Ahmed
al-Rabia, a senior leader of the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA),
which led the protests against deposed President Omar al-Bashir.
SPA said in a separate statement that the march calls for "civilian
rule" in the country.
has been the scene of demonstrations since December 19, when the government
decided to triple the price of bread. The public display of anger escalated
into calls for Bashir to step down. He was toppled by the military on April 11.
however, have continued to stage a sit-in, demanding the Transitional Military
Council (TMC) hand over power to civilians.
council has said it would rule Sudan for a two-year transition period.
very military authority, however, invited the protest leaders for talks later
military council invites the leaders of the Alliance for Freedom and Change to
a meeting at the presidential palace this evening," the TMC said a
talks were suspended on Sunday over the military rulers' refusal to immediately
protest leaders on Wednesday also threatened to stage a "general
strike" unless their demand is met.
a journalist's question on what steps would be taken if the TMC fails to
transfer power, protest leader Siddiq Farouk threatened "escalatory
will launch a million-strong march, and we are preparing for a general strike."
April 15, the African Union threatened to suspend Sudan's membership unless the
council carried out the transition within 15 days.
The UN says the fighting in Libya’s capital has reached a detention center
holding hundreds of detained migrants and refugees.
Dujarric, a spokesman for the UN secretary-general, said Tuesday that the UN
aid agency has received reports that the Qasr Ben Ghashir detention center,
holding some 890 refugees and migrants, was “breached by armed actors.” The
facility is 20 kilometers south of central Tripoli.
UN says some 3,600 refugees and migrants are held in facilities near the front
lines of fighting between the self-styled Libyan National Army and other
UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) evacuated 325 refugees from the Qasr bin Ghashir
detention center on the southern outskirts of Libya’s capital Wednesday amid
deteriorating security and escalating violence.
relocation was carried out following reports Tuesday of armed violence against
the detainees, who were protesting conditions at the center, the UNHCR said in
dangers for refugees and migrants in Tripoli have never been greater than they
are at present," said Matthew Brook, UNHCR Deputy Chief of Mission in
is vital that refugees in danger can be released and evacuated to safety,"
refugees have been transferred to another detention facility in Azzawya,
northwestern Libya, where they are at reduced risk of being caught up in the
hostilities and were provided with key aid items and medical care, according to
than 825 refugees have been evacuated in the past two weeks from different
detention centers near the conflict zones.
UN has also expressed concern for some 3,000 refugees and migrants who remain
in detention centers in Tripoli.
early April, Khalifa Haftar, commander of forces loyal to Libya’s eastern
government, launched a campaign to capture Tripoli, where the rival
UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) is headquartered.
fighting near Tripoli has left scores of people dead.
UN has expressed fear that this new conflict will create another migration
has remained beset by turmoil since long-serving leader Muammar Gaddafi was
ousted and killed in a bloody NATO-backed uprising in 2011.
UN-recognized Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) on Wednesday asked the
UN Security Council to send an international commission to investigate Khalifa
commission would not establish a dialog or negotiate before defeating Haftar’s
forces, GNA spokesman Muhenned Yunus said in a statement.
al-Sarraj, -- chairman of the Presidential Council and prime minister of the
UN-recognized Government of National Accord -- asked UN Security Council to
send Libya a commission to investigate and prove crimes against civilians from
military forces led-by Khalifa Haftar,” he said. “Sarraj has not asked any
international observer from the UN."
launched a campaign to capture Tripoli last month, where the GNA is headquartered.
least 254 people have been killed and hundreds injured in recent clashes on the
outskirts of Tripoli, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Saturday.
armed group Boko Haram appears to be using new tactics against civilians in the
Lake Chad region.
United Nations has documented increasingly violent and frequent attacks against
villages in Diffa, in southeastern Niger.
record 88 civilians were killed there in March and more than 18,000 others
continuation of the on going Operation YANCIN TAFKI, troops of the
Multinational Joint Task Force, MNJTF, operating in close collaboration with
troops of the Nigerian Army have continued to put pressure on Boko Haram
Terrorists resulting in more human and equipment casualties for the terrorist
statement from Colonel Timothy Antigha, Chief of Military Public Information
MNJTF N’Djamena – Chad said, on Monday’s night, at about 01:20 am, terrorists
attacked troops position at Cross Kauwa, about 40 kilometers from Monguno.
the terrorists paid dearly for it as 3 were killed, while others escaped with
gun shot wounds.
rights advocates drop lawsuit against Oklahoma’s ‘Muslim-free’ gun range
— Civil rights organizations have dropped a federal lawsuit against the owners
of an Oklahoma gun range after it removed a sign declaring the business a
owners of the Save Yourself Survival and Tactical Gun Range in Oktaha, Okla.,
removed the sign in December, nearly three years after the American Civil
Liberties Union, the ACLU of Oklahoma and the Council on American-Islamic
Relations’ Oklahoma branch filed a lawsuit alleging violation of federal public
civil rights advocates filed to dismiss the lawsuit Tuesday (April 23), saying
that the gun range owners have affirmed that they will not exclude Muslim
customers and that they do not intend to repost the sign.
are pleased that the defendants in this case decided to take down their
anti-Muslim sign, and that they affirmed their commitment to complying with the
law,” said Heather Weaver, senior staff attorney for the Project on Freedom of
Religion and Belief at the ACLU, in a statement. “No customer should be
excluded from a business based solely on their faith.”
after last month’s New Zealand mosque massacre, the owners have put up a sign
saying the gun range is a “terrorist-free” zone. The new sign includes a long
list of groups it says will be excluded, including members of CAIR and the
Islamic Society of North America.
gun range’s lawyers are claiming the case’s dismissal as a win as well.
Muise, an attorney with the American Freedom Law Center, which defended the gun
range, said the dismissal of the “fabricated nonsense case” was a “big victory”
for the gun range’s management.
is a dangerous lawsuit set up to send an armed individual into a gun range and
create a controversy over the sign,” Muise said.
told Religion News Service that the gun range’s policy – which he said was
always against “terrorists” and never against any religion – had not changed
since the lawsuit was filed and that the owners had not taken the sign down
because of the lawsuit.
the gun range made headlines for its original sign, CAIR-Oklahoma board member
and plaintiff Raja’ee Fatihah, a Muslim U.S. Army reservist, visited the range
and sued the owners after they allegedly turned him away from their business
when he told them he was Muslim.
said the gun range does not discriminate solely on the basis of religion.
Fatihah was turned away, Muise claimed this week, because he was belligerent
and walked in “armed to the teeth with a military rifle slung over his shoulder
and a recording device in his pocket.”
Muise then seemed to contradict himself, saying, “When they found out he has
ties to CAIR, an organization that has ties to terrorism, they said you’re not
allowed to shoot at the range.”
independent fact-checking groups have noted over the years that the U.S.
government does not consider CAIR a terrorist group, and counterterrorism
experts have dismissed long-standing allegations against the group.)
account tells a different story.
wasn’t looking for any trouble,” he wrote in a blog for HuffPost in 2016. “ …
as soon as I identified myself as Muslim, things took a frightening turn. The
owners of the range grabbed their handguns and demanded to know whether I was
there to ‘commit an act of violence’ or as part of a ‘jihad.’”
Fatihah wrote, the owners “forced” him to leave.
range owner Nicole Neal and manager Chad Neal claim the original sign did not
represent their business policy but was a form of political protest after a
2015 shooting at the military recruiting station in Chattanooga, Tenn. The
shooter, a Muslim who told investigators he had frequented a local gun range,
killed four Marines in the attack.
law does not require a gun shop or gun range owner — owners of an inherently
dangerous business — to equip or train the next jihadist,” American Freedom Law
Center senior counsel David Yerushalmi said in a statement after the lawsuit
was filed. “Not only do our clients have a right to refuse to serve someone
they believe to be a public safety risk, they have an obligation to their other
customers, employees, and the community to do so.”
the beginning, Muise said, the gun range has had a policy of refusing to serve
anyone who is “either directly or indirectly associated” with terrorism or an
organization linked to terrorism.
Council on American-Islamic Relations is included among a wide-ranging list of
so-called terrorists – along with the Islamic Society of North America, Muslim
Brotherhood, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, Antifa, al-Qaida,
Hamas, ISIS and other movements – that the gun range has posted at its
Fatihah nor anybody associated with CAIR is “ever going to step foot at the gun
range,” Muise said. “And if they do, (the owners) are going to call the
Soltani, executive director of CAIR-Oklahoma, said the dropped lawsuit was a
“victory” against “policies of segregation,” regardless of the gun range’s
policies against CAIR.
is not on trial here, and we don’t want to make this about who we are and what
we do as a civil rights organization,” Soltani said. “Their lawyer may say that
they didn’t change their policy, but they removed the sign that excluded Muslims
and which we had an issue with. So it wasn’t necessary for us to continue the
lawsuit once that sign came down.”
gun range’s original policy was laid out in a Religion News Service interview
with the owners before the lawsuit was filed.
didn’t want any terrorists, or Muslims, cult, whatever you want to call them,
training on my gun range,” manager Chad Neal told RNS in 2015. “There is a
military recruiting station in the mall in Muskogee, and I thought this was one
thing I could do to help protect our local soldiers.
know (what) the Quran says about lying to infidels and killing infidels,” he
said in the same interview. “I don’t want them practicing those religious
beliefs on my range.”
was the kind of language that drew Muslim and civil rights activists’ attention
in the first place.
are an integral part of communities across Oklahoma,” said Veronica Laizure,
civil rights director of CAIR Oklahoma, in a statement. “Discriminating against
them is not only unlawful, it’s un-American and runs counter to the religious
freedom principles on which our country was founded.”
administration complicit in Saudi crimes'
President Donald Trump's administration is complicit in the ongoing bombing
campaign in Yemen led by Saudi Arabia, The Washington Post said Wednesday.
recently vetoed a resolution aiming to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war,
claiming it would weaken his status as commander-in-chief and that Washington's
support for Saudi Arabia "does not amount to engaging in
reality, the Saudi bombing campaign would be unsustainable without that U.S.
support, or the continuing sale of bombs and other material," the Post's
editorial board said in an opinion piece.
makes the Trump administration complicit in the continuing atrocities, such as
the latest school and hospital bombings," it said.
March 26, the Saudi-led coalition has bombed a hospital in the district of
Kitaf and a school in the country's capital, Sanaa, according to the newspaper.
strikes left at least 21 civilians dead, at least 12 of them children.
Arabia has been leading a coalition against Yemen's Houthi rebels since 2015,
when Riyadh and its Sunni-Arab allies launched a massive air campaign aimed at
rolling back Houthi gains that began in 2014.
campaign has devastated Yemen’s infrastructure, including its health and
sanitation systems, prompting the UN to describe it as one of the worst
humanitarian disasters of modern times.
year, a UN investigation found that these attacks could possibly amount to war
Post's editorial board noted that Congress needs to look for other ways to
force a change in U.S. policy toward the government led by Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Salman, “whose record of extraordinary recklessness in foreign
policy has been matched by unprecedented domestic repression”.
said the ideal approach would be to address both issues, which are intertwined,
and this is the strategy of a bipartisan Senate bill. In addition to suspending
arms transfers to the kingdom until it ends its campaign in Yemen, the bill
seeks to force accountability for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi
was murdered last October after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Arabia initially denied any knowledge of his whereabouts. But following a
rising number of contradictions in its narrative, it sought to blame the
journalist's death on a botched rendition operation being carried out by rogue
a free pass to the crown prince after U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded
he was responsible for the Khashoggi murder would be an invitation to further
atrocities," it said.
President Donald Trump has decided not to renew waivers that allow eight
countries to buy Iranian oil without facing Washington's sanctions, the White
White House said in a statement issued on Monday that the US president would
not reissue Significant Reduction Exceptions (SREs) when they expire in early
May, a move aimed at bringing Iran’s oil exports to zero.
long-awaited United States Middle East peace plan will not see Jordan and
Israel join Palestine in a confederation, US representative for international
negotiations Jason Greenblatt said on Wednesday.
have been reports that the plan would see Jordan, Israel and Palestine become a
confederation state or that Amman would become the destination for Palestinians
relocated from their homes.
Mr Greenblatt dismissed the claims, saying, “please don’t spread rumours,” in a
tweet on Wednesday.
that our peace vision includes a confederation between Jordan, Israel & the
PA, or that the vision contemplates making Jordan the homeland for
Palestinians, are incorrect,” he said. “King Abdullah & Jordan are strong
& #Jordan are strong US allies. Rumors that our peace vision includes a
confederation between Jordan, Israel & the PA, or that the vision
contemplates making Jordan the homeland for Palestinians, are incorrect. Please
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is not the first time US officials have dismissed the reports since Palestinian
Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said last year that the ideas had been
President Donald Trump has tipped that his son-in-law Jared Kushner, a senior
advisor to the president, is drafting a peace plan but there remains no date
for its publication.
ban on Muslim Brotherhood symbols has further aims
March 1, 2019 something unprecedented took place in a Western country and it
has gone nearly unnoticed. The logo of the Muslim Brotherhood, along with logos
of other non-terrorist and terrorist organizations, was added to the list of
symbols banned in Austria. In many countries, right-wing groups and lobbies have
long been trying to have the Muslim Brotherhood banned. Many observers argue,
however, that the real goal of these efforts is not to threaten the Muslims
Brotherhood, which is already weak and politically defeated in many Arab
countries, but actually to threaten civil society activists and politicians
with a Muslim background in the West.
who make a difference, such as the newly elected U.S. Congress women Rashida
Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, as well as political activists such as Linda Sarsour,
have been repeatedly targeted by the far-right, which speaks of these figures
as belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood. In the U.S., there have been three
legislative attempts to implement a bill to declare the Muslim Brotherhood a
terrorist organization. As rightly criticized by civil society, this would in
fact not primarily hit the Muslim Brotherhood itself, but rather American
Muslim associations that do social justice work and are an important voice of
nonviolent political opposition to injustice and racism.
the Network Against Islamophobia (NAI), a project of the Jewish Voice for
Peace, argued, the Trump administration could easily “use this legislation and
an executive order to target national and local Muslim civil liberties and
other organizations that work on behalf of Muslim communities.” In the U.S.,
the so called “Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2017” was not
enacted due to foreign policy considerations. But similar attempts can be seen
in other places. In April 2014, the British prime minister of the time
commissioned an internal review of the Muslim Brotherhood to determine whether
or not it was possible to associate the organization in the UK and abroad with
extremism and terrorism. The report led neither to a ban of the Muslim Brotherhood,
nor to its designation as a terrorist organization.
has thus been the first country to designate the Brotherhood as an extremist
organization. This could only happen at the backdrop of a legislation prepared
long beforehand. After World War II, Austria outlawed symbols of National
Socialism by issuing the Prohibition Act of 1947. Decades afterwards, following
the rise of Daesh, a coalition government formed by the conservative ÖVP and
the Social Democrats outlawed the use of symbols associated with Al-Qaeda and
Daesh in 2014. The Symbol Act of 2019 was enacted this year in March by a
right-wing government composed of the right-wing extremist Freedom Party and
the restructured People’s Party headed by Sebastian Kurz. It extended the ban
to the PKK, Hamas, the military wing of Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood, the
Turkish nationalist “Grey Wolves”, the Croatian fascist Ustashe, and
organizations designated as terrorist by EU legal acts. The government claims
that “the symbols and gestures of the organizations mentioned in the amended
law are against the constitution and contradict our basic democratic values.”
terrorist and non-terrorist organizations are included in this new list, white
extremist organizations with many links to the governing FPÖ, such as the
Identitarian Movement, are not mentioned in this act at all. But most
importantly, the legislation allows the minister of interior to expand this
list to include other groups with a decree at any time. This enables the
minister to potentially crack down on any “foreign” civil society organization
that protests the government and is considered a threat to the government. With
this warrant, the minister of interior (currently from the FPÖ) can potentially
go after every oppositional Muslim organization.
official interpretation of the law by the lawmakers has already revealed in the
case of the banning of Muslim Brotherhood symbols that it is not targeting the
Muslim Brotherhood itself, but rather those Muslim civil society organizations
that criticize the government for its anti-Muslim policies. The interpretation
widely drew on a report written by a central figure in the anti-Muslim think
tank world, Lorenzo Vidino, whose fellows at the European Foundation for
Democracy systematically target the most vocal Muslim civil society
organizations across Europe with the aim of criminalizing and subsequently
excluding them from the public sphere. In the “The Muslim Brotherhood in
Austria” report, which was drafted for the Ministry of Interior, a link was
made between numerous Muslim people active in civil society, who are well-known
in the Austrian society.
government has already declared that it will implement a new legislation in an
attempt to crack down on what it calls “political Islam” in summer 2019. At the
backdrop of an attempt to minimize the role of civil society organizations in
Austrian political life, Austrian Muslim organizations seem to function as a
playground for implementing more authoritarian policies.
importantly, this legislation will not remain limited to Austria. As a
long-time member of the European Union (EU) with a stable economy and a still
well-working social system, its anti-Muslim legislations have become models for
other right-wing parties to imitate. German politicians from the center-right
as well as politicians from the eastern part of the EU often draw on the
Austrian experience in implementing anti-Muslim legislation, from the Face Veil
Ban Act of 2017 to the Islam Act of 2015. The Symbol Act could be yet another
example for “transatlantic learning”.
Farid Hafez is a senior research scholar at the Bridge Initiative at Georgetown
University and a senior researcher at Salzburg University.
UK candidate in Islamophobia row after Muslim terrorist and Tommy Robinson
UK has been dragged into yet another racism row after one of its candidates was
accused of peddling “anti-Muslim tropes” and “legitimising the far right”.
Mulready, who is standing for the party in the coming European parliament
elections, had conflated Islam with terrorism, suggesting it was a “fallacy
that Islamism is nothing to do with Islam” and that radical Islamism could be
separate comments she also said the concerns of far-right leader Tommy Robinson
should be addressed because he had “hit [a] societal nerve and that needs to be
Muslim Council of Britain condemned the candidate, and was joined by
anti-racism reporting service Tell Mama, which questioned why she was selected
and said it was “a joke” for someone with her views to be put up as an MEP.
spokesperson for the Muslim Council of Britain said Ms Mulready had failed to
meet the anti-racist standards the party claimed to hold itself to and was “all
too ready in othering people, in this case, conflating Islam with terrorism”.
another occasion in 2018 Ms Mulready drew links between religious unrest in
Pakistan and immigration to Britain, warning that riots in favour of blasphemy
laws in the country showed that some “immigration brings with it some very
regressive cultural values”.
the aftermath of the London Bridge terror attack in June 2017 she urged
politicians to point the finger at Islam, tweeting: “Will Cobra meeting [in
response to the attack] have integrity to call threat by its name? We cannot
deal with it if we can’t even name it. Islamism, a strand of Islam.”
latest race row is the fourth to hit the party in its short life. Earlier on
Wednesday Change UK’s lead candidate in Scotland, Joseph Russo, was forced to
resign after historic comments emerged in which he had said: “Black women scare
me. I put this down to be chased through Amsterdam by a crazy black wh***”.
came after events on Tuesday, just hours after the party unveiled its slate of
candidates, when another prospective Change UK MEP, former Tory Ali Sadjady,
had to resign over offensive comments about EU citizens. Mr Sadjady had said:
“When I hear that 70% of pick pockets caught on the London Underground are
Romanian it kind makes me want Brexit.”
new centrist party’s original launch as the Independent Group earlier this year
was also dogged by a race row after one of its MPs, Angela Smith, used the
phrase “funny tinge” to refer to Bame people in a televised discussion about
racism. She did not resign, but later apologised for having “misspoke”.
person who unsuccessfully applied to be a candidate for Change UK told The
Independent that they had had to submit all their social media profiles for
examination by the party during the process – raising questions about its
vetting procedure in light of the resignations.
to the criticism of her social media posts, Ms Mulready said: "I have
never – not once – expressed anti-Muslim hatred or bigotry.
have always been clear that I am talking about Islamism, and conservative
Islamic cultures or beliefs, never Muslims. I am horrified, appalled and deeply
upset to have been targeted by what appears to now be an active campaign of
smears and lies from hard-left activists and the hard-line Muslim Council of
confronted with her comments about Islam and Islamism on social media in
January 2018, Ms Mulready, a former Labour activist in Haringey, said at that
time: “So, is this an attempt to whip up hate against me? Or is it now Corbyn
Labour policy that you are not permitted to criticise Islam?”
May 2018 she said: “Half a million people signed ‘free #TommyRobinson’ petition
in 48 hrs. He’s hit societal nerve and that needs to be acknowledged if we want
his movement to stop growing. I think not calling liberals, Muslims and
exMuslims who raise concerns about conservative Islam ‘racists’ may help.”
Atta OBE, director of Tell Mama, told The Independent: “For a candidate in the
MEP elections to cite Tommy Robinson as a benchmark for concern around radical
Islamism is a joke.
in Tell Mama are concerned about extremism in all of its forms including that
coming from al-Qaeda, Daesh etc since they kill our citizens in this country
and there is a corresponding backlash against innocent, law-abiding Muslims.
it is essential we challenge all forms of extremist narrative, but citing
Robinson as an example is short sighted and not appropriate when he has done
much to divide communities, and doorstep and intimidate people.
is also a clear difference between Islamism and Islam. If the Change candidate
cannot see that and infer that Muslims are somehow faulty because they follow
Islam, then one has to question who selected her?”
Muslim Council of Britain spokesperson said: “Nora Mulready falls foul of the
standard rightly set at Change UK’s European election launch.
Chuka Umunna rightly declared at the party’s European election launch that, ‘We
won’t change our country by othering people of different nationalities and
races and dividing our UK into them and us’.
Mulready, it seems, is all too ready in othering people, in this case,
conflating Islam with terrorism.”
Shah, Labour’s shadow women and equalities minister, who was herself suspended
from her party in 2016 for comments about Jews and Israel she later admitted
were “ignorant”, told The Independent: “It’s shocking that this Change UK
candidate Nora Mulready tried to legitimise the far right. This kind of
language serves to silence British Muslims from speaking out against the
Islamophobia they face.
she need reminding that Tommy Robinson was the leader of the English Defence
League that targeted the Muslim community?
Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday that she and French
President Emmanuel Macron will host a meeting in Paris next month seeking to
eliminate acts of violent extremism and terrorism from being shown online.
said she and Macron will ask world leaders and chief executives of technology
companies to agree to a pledge called the “Christchurch Call,” named after the
New Zealand city where an attack took place last month.
didn’t release any details of the pledge, saying they were still being
said she’d been talking with representatives from companies including Facebook,
Twitter, Microsoft and Google along with world leaders and felt they could
reach consensus by keeping the pledge tightly focused.
isn’t about freedom of speech,” Ardern said. “It’s specifically focused on
eradicating those extreme acts of terrorism online.”
man accused of murdering 50 people in two Christchurch mosques on March 15
livestreamed the attack on Facebook after mounting a camera on his helmet. The
chilling 17-minute video was copied and viewed widely on the internet even as
tech companies scrambled to remove it.
said the shooter had used social media in an unprecedented way to promote an
act of terrorism and hate. She said nobody would argue that a terrorist had the
right to livestream the murder of 50 people.
tech company, just like no government, wishes to see violent extremism and
terrorism online,” Ardern said. “And so we have a starting point that is one of
an opinion piece in the Washington Post last month, Facebook founder and chief
executive Mark Zuckerberg called for governments and regulators to play a more
active role from in policing the internet.
part of this, we have a responsibility to keep people safe on our services,”
Zuckerberg wrote. “That means deciding what counts as terrorist propaganda,
hate speech and more. We continually review our policies with experts, but at
our scale we’ll always make mistakes and decisions that people disagree with.”
his op-ed, Zuckerberg didn’t directly address problems with livestreaming,
although he did say it was impossible to remove all harmful content from the
trade volume with Turkey totals nearly 10 billion euros ($11.156 billion), its
foreign minister said Wednesday.
at a conference in Brussels, Didier Reynders said the two countries should work
together, especially in the areas of the economy, a customs union and
also said he expects a meeting between Turkey and Belgium under the Joint
Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO), which has not occurred since 2013, will
take place in Ankara later this year.
stressed that Turkey’s presence in the European Council is "very
on Wednesday reaffirmed its commitment to a nuclear deal with Iran despite the
recent U.S. move to impose sanctions on countries that buy Iranian oil.
Demmer, the government’s deputy spokeswoman, told a news conference in Berlin
that they had taken note of the recent decision of the Trump administration,
and will coordinate with other EU members to jointly assess its implications.
you know, the German federal government and the European Union remain committed
to the nuclear agreement with Iran,” she said, adding that this agreement would
facilitate legitimate trade with Iran, in accordance with international and
European Union law.
continue to believe that this agreement is a very important instrument to
prevent Iran from becoming armed with nuclear weapons,” she said.
President Donald Trump last year pulled out of a landmark 2015 nuclear deal
with Iran, and further intensified pressure on Tehran by re-imposing sanctions
on Iranian oil exports.
Monday, Trump administration announced that it would no longer renew Iran
sanctions' waivers on eight countries -- Turkey, China, Greece, India, Italy,
Japan, South Korea and Taiwan -- upon their expiration on May 2.
2015, world powers agreed to lift economic sanctions imposed on Iran in return
for Tehran agreeing to limit its nuclear activity to peaceful and civilian
agreement, also known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was signed
between Iran and major powers Russia, China, France, the U.K., and U.S., plus
spies may infiltrate into Lebanon under tourism guise, intel agency warns
Lebanese intelligence agency has warned that people affiliated to Israel’s
Mossad spy agency and in close collaboration with the Tel Aviv regime’s
authorities could infiltrate into the Arab country arranging tourism trips.
Israeli enemy is trying to enter Lebanon by recruiting its agents in
delegations under the cover of "tourist trips", in order to use them
for security purposes inside Lebanon,” the General Security Directorate
announced in a statement released on Wednesday.
Directorate urges citizens, travel and tourism offices not to fall victim to
individuals or companies claiming to organize various tourist trips to Lebanon,
or promote them by email or through social networking sites, unless they have
official representatives,” it added.
March 19, Lebanese intelligence forces arrested a Lebanese-Canadian man on
charges of spying for Mossad through gathering intelligence about the Hezbollah
resistance movement and missing Israeli pilot Ron Arad.
suspect, identified only by his initials as F.G., admitted during interrogation
that he was recruited by fugitive Lebanese spy N.G. in 2013. N.G. currently
chairs a division in the 504 Unit of the Israeli intelligence service.
also confessed that he had been assigned to recruit Lebanese people to
infiltrate Hezbollah’s support zone and collect security information for
Israel, including hints about the missing pilot.
41-year-old suspect was referred to related judiciary officials, and efforts
are underway to arrest those who worked with him.
Lebanese Army’s intelligence branch stated on November 12 last year that it had
arrested a man suspected of spying for Mossad as he was attempting to cross the
southern border into occupied Palestinian territories.
army said the man, identified as Mohammad Hussein Fakih, was captured in the
village of Meiss Ej Jabal, situated some 78 kilometers (49 miles) south of the
YORK: Iran on Wednesday criticized US talks with the Taliban on ending the
Afghanistan war, saying Washington was elevating the role of the militants.
Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif acknowledged that Iran had also opened dialogue
with the Taliban but said that the US push for a deal with the extremists was
attempt to exclude everybody and just talk to the Taliban has alienated the
government, has alienated the region, has alienated everybody else and it
achieved nothing, as you’ve seen from the statement that came from the
Taliban,” Zarif said, apparently referring to the militants’ announcement of a
new spring offensive.
was the first to say that in any peace in Afghanistan, the Taliban cannot be
set aside or isolated,” Zarif said at the Asia Society in New York, which he
was visiting to take part in a UN session.
you cannot negotiate the future of Afghanistan with the Taliban. The Taliban
only represent a segment of Afghan society, not all of it,” he said.
Donald Trump has voiced impatience at ending the longest-ever US war, launched
after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is set shortly to hold a fresh round of talks in Qatar
with the Taliban, with early indications saying Washington will agree to pull
troops and that the militants will promise not to allow foreign extremists on
the Taliban have refused to negotiate with President Ashraf Ghani’s
internationally recognized government, with a would-be breakthrough meeting
recently collapsing in a dispute over the delegation list.
its tense relations with the United States, Iran had quietly backed the initial
US invasion that ousted the Taliban, Sunni Muslims who imposed an austere
interpretation of Islam over Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001.
led by Shiite clerics, nearly went to war with the Taliban in 1998 after an
attack on its consulate in the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif killed nine
Iranian diplomats and a journalist.
of (the Iranian) nation is a part of our vital interests and I consider myself
allowed to use all legitimate tools, including defensive instruments, to meet
these interests and confront the US economic terrorism," General Hatami
said, addressing the Moscow Security Conference on Wednesday.
underlined continued efforts to strengthen the country's defense power within
the framework of active deterrence doctrine, and said he believes that the US
claims about zeroing down Iran's oil exports are impractical.
Hatami warned of the dire consequences of the West's silence on the United
States' bold decisions against other countries, noting that a new form of
Nazism has emerged in disguise of Trumpism.
this approach continues, the world might be pushed into ill-fate clashes and
therefore, it is time to prevent the rise of another Hitler on the global
scene," he said, adding that the West's silence on Washington's behaviors
and moves would entail grave repercussions for the world similar to the World
White House said on Monday waivers for China, India, Japan, South Korea and
Turkey would expire in May, after which they could face US sanctions
decision is intended to bring Iran's oil exports to zero. Iran insisted the
sanctions were illegal and that it had attached "no value or
credibility" to the waivers.
full text of Gen. Hatami's address follows:
Ladies and Gentlemen;
the outset, I would like to express my gratitude toward General Sergey Shoygu,
the distinguished defense minister of the Russian Federation and appreciate his
efforts in holding this conference.
conference, having an effective perception of the international sensitive
situation, focuses on the most important security challenge of the region.
Therefore the expectation is to bring about fruitful results concerning
my speech at the 7th Moscow Conference, while referring to the change in the
global power structures based on trends, I put an emphasis on the issue of
transfer of global power from the Western Hemisphere to the Eastern Hemisphere.
changes and transfer of power, is facing resistance on the part of traditional
powers and specifically the Western powers, and they are incapable to change
their perceptions, including the security perception.
the perception of actors on the issue of security is not a correct one driven
by realistic perspective and perception of the reality, hoping peace and
security in the world would be in vain. The "security of arrogance",
"egotistic security", "profit-driven security", and the
"security imposed on nations" are from among characteristics of the
security perception, that have gradually been tried to be imposed on the world
order after the Second World War.
and threatening, imposing the will, blackmailing and occupying, cruelty and
injustice are products of such a perception of security, the consequences of
which are racism, tyranny, ethnic and religious extremism as well as terrorism.
into account some of the global changes, I believe that the history is being
repeated. The west has once encountered
the fatal repercussions of condescension towards racism, egocentrism and
falling victim of millions of the European citizens in the Second World War,
and today another format of Nazism or National Socialism is manifested in
Trumpism. Accompanying such a trend, keeping silent, and getting into
"No-Action" condition and "lack of decision-making", hoping
issues to get resolved through time is naive and misplaced optimism. This
manner of conduct not only is not an appropriate option in such circumstances,
but it also encourages egocentrism and impudence of the White House officials.
The continuum of this approach could lead the world towards an unfortunate
clash. It is time now to prevent the emergence of another Hitler in the international
ISIS is a product of profit-driven perception and commercializing security.
Through mobilization of the armed forces of the governments and nations of
Syria and Iraq and due to their sacrifices, as well as the unsparing and
full-scale support of Iran and Russia, the ISIS lost its territories and the
efforts paid by the U.S to manage this field and to keep them in the
battlefields for 2 or 3 decades for which they had planned, led nowhere, and they
had no other way but to announce the fall of ISIS, but the injustice,
arrogance, despotism and occupation is not yet over; and these are the factors
that have promoted emergence of schools of thought for extremism and terrorism.
my speech at the 7th Moscow Conference, while pinpointing some instances of the
roots of insecurity in the region, I mentioned that we are still far away from
destruction of this mindset. Many of the factors that have been influential in
development of insecurity and instability are now posing obstacle against the
process of providing security and reconstruction.
hereby denounce the Sri Lanka bombings and killing of innocent people like the
massacre of innocent people carried out recently in New Zealand’s mosques, and
I regard the extremists pretending and claiming to be Muslims and the extremist
racists responsible for such attacks as two sides of the same coin.
would like to draw your attention to the impacts of the serious changes in the
West Asian region, beginning from 1979- that is to say from collapse of the
dependent and dictator regime in Iran and installation of a religious
democratic system instead:
Halting the expansionistic trend of the Zionist racist occupiers;
- Raising awareness of people of the region of
their basic rights;
Starting the trend of independence seeking;
Getting back to religion and belief of nations that they have the right and
ability to determine their own destination.
in withdrawal of colonialists from the region is from among the effects of
these changes which are related to the idea of transfer of power that I
referred to at the begging of my speech.
All these herald a bright and promising future for the region, but the
obstacles are still noteworthy: cruelty and injustice in the international
system and dominance of some of the tyrannies supported by Western powers
especially the U.S still exists in the region. Although awareness of nations
have been raised and the deception mask of the dictator regime of the U.S has
been torn off, and this has boosted hopes for termination of the injustice,
nevertheless the conservative manner of most governments towards unilateral and
cruel measures taken by Trump and even partnership of some of these countries with
him depicts the fact that there still exists a long way for establishment of a
desirable system. The occupation of Palestine and oppression of its people by
Zionist regime is still continuing; the Takfiri so-called Silent Cores in Iraq
are still considered a threat against the security of this country. In Syria,
the interventionist players such as the U.S, the Zionist regime and some
European countries are an obstacle for realization of peace and complete
security in this country, and while these two countries demand reconstruction,
the massacre of oppressed and innocent people of Yemen is still continued by
the occupying forces. Afghanistan is still dealing with unrest and leading the
ISIS to this country has complicated the security condition of this country
more. The self-interestedness of some Western countries, has turned the region
of the Persian Gulf and specifically its southern region into an arsenal.
to termination of presence of the ISIS in Iraq and their elimination in most
part of Syria, reconstruction of these countries has been launched and the
nation and government of the Islamic republic of Iran will stand by them in
this phase, as well.
Islamic Republic of Iran believes that the issues and problems of the region
could be resolved via dialogue and Iran emphasizes improving relationship with
all neighboring countries based on principles of interactive security and its
the cruel sanctions by the U.S and its
terrorist measures against our country’s economy has inflicted great harms to
the normal lives of the Iranian nation, which they will never forget,
nonetheless not only this condition has caused no damage to their determination
in pursuing their holy aspirations, but it has also strengthened the internal
solidarity and integration with the removal of the deception mask off the face
of the U.S regime, especially in the crisis of recent devastating floods in our
the minister of defense of the Islamic Republic of Iran I announce that we will
not give up on providing security for the Iranian nation and protecting
independence and national sovereignty, despite the prattle uttered by the U.S
regime and some European governments, that won’t stand gaining the defense
power by Iran, and we will follow up with our procedure to strengthen our
defense power in the framework of the active deterrence doctrine.
believe that the non-humanitarian dreams of the U.S regime to harm the
interests and welfare of the Iranian nation, claiming to cut the oil export of
Iran to zero is impractical in the present global condition, but I hereby
emphasize that the welfare of our nation is part and parcel of our critical
interests and I regard it our right to utilize all our legal instruments,
including the defense instrument to support these interests and confront the
U.S economic terrorism.
deem it necessary to express my sorrow for the silence and accompaniment of
some of the governments and international assemblies towards norms violation
and measures taken by the irresponsible regime of the U.S in their
contradiction with internationally approved law and principles some of which I
already counted. I warn that this silence and their accompany will not just
entangle West Asian people, but it could lead the world facing severe
repercussions such as the ones experienced in the Second World War, and remorse
serves no good afterwards. Making an arbitrary list of the countries and their
legal organizations as well as the groups standing against the arrogance of
American policy and designating them as sponsors of terrorists or terrorists by
the U.S, among which freedom-seeking countries and fighter groups exist, is a
shameless and racist measure. It is simple for the awakened humanitarian conscience
to understand this reality that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is
the most pioneering organization in fight against terrorism in the West Asian
region, and the Islamic Republic of Iran, as victim of terrorism will never let
its iron will of preserving independence and aiding freedom-seeking nations
weaken, and the opposition of the U.S as the largest leading state sponsor of
terrorism with these groups is comprehensible. The U.S regime should know that
the IRGC is strong and the time has come for the United States Central Command
(CENTCOM) terrorist group which has a lot of blood of thousands of innocents in
the region on their hands to leave the region, and if they take any reckless
action, they will face an extremely strong reaction.
to the fact that the birthplace and origin of terrorism’s school of thought in
our region is rooted in Saudi Arabia, I recommend them not to let their name
get recorded in history beside the name of their American supporters by their
supporting terrorism and sending terrorists all over the world, as well as
killing the innocent and oppressed people in Yemen. I recommend the Saudi
Arabians to review and revise their policies and return back in the embrace of
the world of Islam.
supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday called the end of oil
sanction waivers by the United States a “hostile measure” that “won’t be left
without a response.”
efforts to boycott the sale of Iran’s oil won’t get them anywhere. We will
export our oil as much as we need and we intend,” his official English-language
Twitter account said, quoting from a speech he delivered to workers in Tehran.
efforts to boycott the sale of Iran's oil won't get them anywhere. We will
export our oil as much as we need and we intend. They should know that their
hostile measure won't be left without a response. Iranian nation does not sit
idle in the face of animosities. pic.twitter.com/9MrphK4nwL
PM - Apr 24, 2019
people are talking about this
United States announced on Monday it would halt the practice of exempting
countries including India, China, and Turkey from sanctions on purchases of
May last year, US President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from the 2015 Iran
nuclear deal with world powers, which had given the Islamic republic sanctions
relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.
reimposed oil sanctions on Iran in November, but initially gave eight
countries, including several US allies, six-month reprieves.
of the countries, Greece, Italy, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, have already
heavily reduced their purchases from Iran. Iran has said the sanctions are
(the US) wishfully think they have blocked Iran oil sales, but our vigorous
nation and vigilant officials, if they work hard, will open many blockades,”
Khamenei said in the speech, partially aired on state TV.
have repeatedly, in vain, taken action against our great nation (and our)
revolution... but they must know Iranians won’t give in,” he added.
speaking in Tehran, also repeated his stance that Iran should move towards the
sale of oil derivatives such as refined oil and petrochemical products instead
appreciate any decrease of dependency on this type of oil sales,” he said.
foreign ministry said Monday that Iran “did not and does not attach any value
or credibility to the waivers given to the sanctions.”
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif vowed on Tuesday that Iranians would not
listen to Trump.
#EconomicTERRORISM against Iranians exposes panic & desperation of US
regime,” he tweeted.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu recently criticized President Tayyip
Erdogan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), blaming both for
being behind Turkey’s woes.
former ally of Erdogan, Davutoglu co-founded the AKP party, previously served
as its leader, and remains a high-profile member.
a Facebook post, he complained that a security-based approach had replaced the
party’s reformist spirit.
the scope of freedom as soon as possible is a prerequisite,” he wrote.
“Journalists, academics, leaders of opinion, politicians, and anyone who
expresses their ideas should not be threatened with dismissal or defamation, or
become a victim of social media.”
different intellectual views as terrorism and considering political differences
as treason is primarily detrimental to our national unity,” he added.
is unacceptable that security concerns turn into a situation in which, after
the recent local elections, constitutional rights – like voting and running for
office – can be taken away from those who have been dismissed from their public
functions just after the state of emergency without a court decision,”
Davutoglu went on. “I do not even want to think about what such long-term mood
swings can produce, like administrative decisions and wrong practices. The
constitution is a basic text for all, which cannot be interpreted within a
attributed the AKP’s poor performance in Turkey’s March 31 local elections to
policy changes and its alliance with nationalists.
elections saw the AKP lose control of Ankara and Istanbul, both of which the
party and its Islamist predecessors had governed for 25 years.
country and our party, which was established with our people’s tears, efforts,
ideas, and emotions, cannot be sacrificed for the sake of … personal
ambitions,” Davutoglu wrote.
blamed “the presidency of the republic for taking a side in the election,”
adding that participating in political polemics “disengages the office from at
least half the country.”
added that “the politics of alliance placed our party within a narrow political
identity and language and harmed our special position, which is based on
embracing all of our country’s areas and communities.”
AKP formed an alliance with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) ahead of
presidential and parliamentary elections in June last year, in which support
for Erdogan’s party fell in spite of his victory.
former PM said that his party’s members must come to terms with “the decline in
the popular support and evaluate it wisely, especially with regard to the
results of the municipalities elections of Ankara and Istanbul, which are
important symbols of our movement and have been under the management of our
cadres for a quarter of a century.”
warned his party that political action is based on an essentially ethical
system, but the latter “was damaged because of the discourse that was based on
slogans, of preaching what was not practiced, which made citizens lose
confidence in our rhetoric.” Addressing opposition
also wrote that describing opponents as enemies in speeches, a practice that
“exceeds the extent of political competition,” contributed to the recent
assault on Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu in Ankara.
head of Turkey’s main opposition party, was attacked by a crowd during the
funeral of a soldier who was killed in fighting against Kurdish militants.
as a result of all this that we saw the hideous attack in Ankara during the
funeral of a martyr which was supposed to unite all of us,” Davutoglu wrote.
former PM also criticized the indiscriminate arrests of individuals with
suspected ties to the Fethullah Gulen organization. “In this regard, it’s a
must to protect the principle of individualization of punishment since it’s the
law’s major principle,” he said.
warned against nepotism in public administration. “Family members of
politicians and government officials should not have a special advantage to
benefit from state facilities.”
recruitment should be transparent and based on competence and qualifications,
not on personal connections. “Some have forgotten that political action and leadership
of the country is vested in the person who leads without the intervention of
his family or his surrounding circle in decision-making. The use of social
media, the recruitment of those who promote slander, distort any competition on
the scene … is a betrayal.”
also stressed that Turkey needs a civil, democratic, and comprehensive
constitution “more than ever.”
have conveyed my concerns and suggestions to our president via written and
verbal requests. However, what we witnessed in the past phase justified my
fears. Unfortunately, the model of the new presidential system does not meet
the aspirations of our nation in terms of hierarchy or execution,” he said.
statement did not seem to affect the lira. The currency had weakened in early
trade and stood at 5.8350 against the dollar, from a close of 5.8170 this week,
according to Reuters.
Turkish economy underwent a recession in the last quarter of 2018 following a
currency crisis, which reduced the value of the lira by 35 percent since the
start of the year.
main reason for the economic crisis is an administration crisis. Trust in the
administration vanishes if economic policy decisions are far from reality,”
dangerous is the emergence of a class that sees itself superior to our party
committees, trying to run the party like a parallel entity, and excluding
elected officials and committees in the party,” Davutoglu wrote.
highlighted the urgency of addressing reports of government corruption, “such
as public sector tenders without any notification, the appearance of exceptions
in tenders that eclipse the entire law, and the implementation of certain
projects by the state budget by the same people every time.”
economy cannot be re-established without re-establishing confidence. If a
person lacks experience and information and is driven by personal nepotism and
exaggerated self-confidence, the perception will remain forever unrealistic,”
of a new party
Davutoglu held the post of prime minister between 2014 and 2016 until a feud
with Erdogan compelled him to resign.
differ over the reason for the resignation, with analysts citing Davutoglu’s
opposition to the constitutional amendments Erdogan wanted in order to shift to
a fully presidential system rather than the parliamentarian one.
the amendments were passed with an approval rate of 51.41 percent of the total
outlets have repeatedly speculated over the past few years that prominent
politicians, along with Davutoglu, have split from the AKP to form a new
political party led by former Turkish President Abdullah Gul. The reports were
confirmed by Davutoglu’s former adviser Atilgan Bayar, according to an article in
Turkish newspaper Yenicag.
Davutoglu himself did not mention any such development in his Facebook post.
Israel’s military on Wednesday destroyed the West Bank home of a Palestinian
accused of having killed two Israelis in March, the army said.
surrounded the home late Tuesday in Az-Zawiya in the Salfit region of the
occupied West Bank before carrying out the demolition using explosives and
Amin Abu Laila was accused of fatally stabbing soldier Gal Keidan, 19, and
stealing his weapon on March 17, the army said at the time.
then fired at Israeli motorists, hitting 47-year-old rabbi Ahiad Ettinger, a
resident of the Eli settlement, who later died of his wounds, according to the
Laila, 19, was shot dead two days later during an arrest raid by Israeli forces
in the West Bank village of Abwein, north of Ramallah.
authorities accused Abu Laila of opening fire at forces, who killed him.
routinely demolishes the homes of Palestinians accused of attacks as part of a
policy it says discourages future violence.
think that the Syrian Armed Forces, specially the Ground Force, will be
prepared for these operations in coordination and support of the Russian Air
Force after Astana meeting," Heitham Hassoun told the Arabic-language
Sputnik radio on Wednesday.
underlined that military operations to free Idlib will start soon, adding that
it will end Turkey's occupation of the region.
also warned of terrorists' attempts in collaboration with the western experts
to stage false-flag chemical attacks in Northern Syria to put the blame on the
next round of Astana talks is due to be held in Kazakhstan on April 25-26.
Astana process was launched by Russia, Turkey and Iran in January 2017 to bring
all warring parties in Syria to the negotiating table to complement the
UN-sponsored peace talks in Geneva.
between the guarantors of peace in Syria has also been able to preserve the
territorial integrity and national sovereignty and independence of Syria.
previous round of the Astana talks was held in Kazakhstan in February with the
attendance of representatives from Syria, Iran, Russia and Turkey.
confirms death penalty for monks over bishop killing
Egyptian court on Wednesday confirmed death sentences for two monks over the
2018 murder of a bishop, after the country’s Mufti issued an opinion approving
the punishment, a court official said.
a case that shocked the Middle East’s largest Christian community, Coptic
Bishop Epiphanius was found dead with a head wound in July at the Saint
Macarius monastery in the plains of Wadi al-Natrun, northwest of Cairo.
said one of the monks, Isaiah, confessed to striking the cleric with a metal
bar as the second monk, Philotheos, kept watch.
authorities blamed the killing on unspecified “differences” between the bishop
and the two monks, one of whom was later defrocked.
sentence passed down in February, was referred to Egypt’s Grand Mufti.
country’s top theological authority is required by law to give his legally
non-binding opinion in cases of capital punishment.
defendants can still appeal.
its ruling, the court said that the defendants had carried out “one of the
greatest crimes,” according to a court official.
status as monks did not stop them from carrying out this crime, the place of
the crime did not deter them, and they did not care about the advanced age of
the victim or his religious status,” it said.
the wake of the bishop’s killing, Egypt’s Coptic Church placed a one-year
moratorium on accepting new monks.
also banned monks from social media, tightened financial controls and refocused
attention on spiritual life.
bomb-laden vehicle was exploded in the city of Jisr al-Shoghour in Western
Idlib, killing and injuring at least 40 terrorists, pro-militant sources said.
sources said that at least 15 militants were killed and 27 others wounded,
including a number of terrorists.
the Arabic-language al-Mayadeen TV network reported that the blast took place
in at Tahrir al-Sham's regional headquarters.
a relevant development on Saturday, the Syrian Army heavily pounded the
military positions and movements of Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at terrorists in
Southern Idlib, destroying their concentration centers there.
Syrian Army's missile and artillery units heavily pounded the positions and
movements of Tahrir al-Sham terrorists in Jorjnaz, Talmanes, Tahtayeh and Um
Jalal towns in Southeastern Idlib.
Syrian Army attacks came in response to the terrorists' continued attack on
safe zones and military points from the demilitarized zone.
Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website quoted an Iraqi security source as
saying that the ISIL terrorists attacked the village of al-Madfa near al-Ba'aj
city in Western Mosul.
report said the ISIL attack came after US made helpless attempts to pressure
the popular forces out of western Mosul.
Iraqi parliamentarian from the Al-Fath Coalition Party Mohammad Karim told
al-Ma'aloumeh that the US political pressures on Iraqi popular mobilization
forces (Hashd al-Sha'abi) to retreat from Western Mosul have resulted in
intensifying insecurity in the region.
warned that the Western regions of Mosul are facing serious threats because the
ISIL terrorists have penetrated into Iraq from Syria.
a relevant development on Sunday, a senior commander of the Iraqi Popular
Mobilization Forces warned against Washington's plot to establish its control
over a key border crossing with Iraq in a bid to relocate the terrorists from
Syria to that country. According to the security and intelligence reports, 18
US armored military vehicles have been stationed along Iraq-Syria border, the
Arabic-language al-Alam News Website quoted Hashd al-Sha'abi Commander Hashem
al-Mousavi as saying.
pointed to the US Army troops' plan to provoke Hashd al-Sha'abi forces deployed
along the Iraq-Syria borders into clashes, and said that the Americans intend
to take control of Bukamal border crossing along Iraq-Syrian borders to pave
the way for ISIL terrorists to cross into Iraq.
also pointed to the US efforts to disturb security in Iraq to continue its
military presence in that country, and reiterated that Hashd al-Sha'abi forces
are fully prepared to confront the US troops in case they open the borders to
a relevant development on Friday, the US has increased reconnaissance
operations in Western Iraq, a security expert said, warning that the American
forces are attempting to transfer the ISIL and other terrorists from Eastern
Deir Ezzur and Idlib to safe regions in Iraq.
Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website quoted Kazzem al-Haj as saying that
the US forces have recently conducted extensive reconnaissance operations in
Western Iraq and regions near the borders with Syria.
added that the Americans want to boost the number of terrorists in Iraq, saying
that the reconnaissance operations were carried out to find a proper place to
shelter the terrorists from the Iraqi and Syrian security forces' fire.
underscored that Washington intends to transfer the ISIL terrorists in Deir
Ezzur as well as other militants in Idlib province to a safe area in Iraq, to
be controlled by them from air and ground, as the Syrian army and its allies
are preparing for possible operations against the terrorists.
relevant remarks earlier this month, an Iraqi security expert warned that the
US plotted to help several thousands more ISIL terrorists move from Syria to
plans to help 5,000 more ISIL terrorists get out of Syria and reach Iraq,"
Sabah al-Akili told al-Ma'aloumeh.
Iraqi security expert described the US move as an attempt to create insecurity
inside Iraq as the Iraqi parliament is determined to expel ISIL terrorists from
least 17 people were killed on Wednesday in an explosion in the centre of Jisr
al Shughour, a rebel-held city in northwestern Syria, a day after heavy Russian
air strikes in the vicinity, rescue workers and residents said.
residential buildings collapsed as a result of the blast in Idlib province,
near a road between the coastal city of Latakia and city of Aleppo.
casualties are expected to rise. The cause is not known,” said Ahmad Yaziji,
head of civil defense in the city, adding at least 27 people, mostly civilians,
were still being pulled out of the rubble, another rescuer said.
province and areas around it in northern Syria, the last remaining rebel
bastion, have seen an escalation in attacks by Russian warplanes and the Syrian
army even though they are protected by a “de-escalation zone” agreement
brokered last year between Russia, Iran and Turkey.
bombardment has sent people fleeing from opposition-held towns in the buffer
zone that straddles parts of Idlib to northern Hama and parts of Latakia
which has supported the rebels and has troops to monitor the truce, has been
negotiating with Moscow to halt the Russian strikes with little success.
jets hovered in the sky with missile strikes reported in several villages
around Jisr al Shughour, residents said.
Russian jets struck western parts of Idlib city and residents said long-range
missiles hit several villages surrounding Jisr al Shugour from army positions
al Shughour has been a target of heavy bombardment by the Russian air force and
the Syrian army in recent weeks. Most of its inhabitants have fled to the
safety of areas close to the Turkish border, residents and local officials say.
Idlib region is under administrative control of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Syria's
former Al-Qaeda affiliate.
the Turkestan Islamic Party, a group of foreign extremists from the ethnic
Uighur Muslim minority, also has a large presence in Jisr al-Shughur.
ISIS extremist group has sleeper cells in the wider Idlib region.
has since September been protected from a massive regime offensive by a fragile
ceasefire deal signed by Damascus ally Russia and rebel backer Turkey.
the region of some three million people has come under increasing bombardment
since HTS took full control of it in January.
Tuesday, regime shelling killed seven civilians, including four children, in the
town of Khan Sheikhun.
regime shelling on Khan Sheikhun has sparked one of the largest waves of
displacement since the September deal.
than a dozen people have lost their lives and dozens of others sustained
injuries when a powerful explosion ripped through the center of a city
controlled by foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants in Syria’s northwestern city
so-called White Helmets civil defense group and residents said the blast took
place in Jisr al-Shughour, located about 330 kilometers (200 miles) north of the
capital, Damascus, on Wednesday as several residential buildings collapsed as a
result of the act of terror.
Yaziji, a member of Western-backed White Helmets, who have been accused of
cooperating with Takfiri militants and staging false flag gas attacks, said at least 17 people were killed and at
least 27 people, mostly civilians, were injured. He noted that the number of
casualties is expected to rise as some of the injured are in a critical
condition, and rescue workers are recovering bodies from under the rubble.
so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the cause of the blast in
Jisr al-Shughour was not immediately clear.
is not known until now whether it was a car bomb, or the explosion of a car
carrying explosives,” head of the Britain-based monitor group Rami Abdel Rahman
a deal reached following a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort city
of Sochi on September 17, 2018, all militants in a demilitarized zone, which
surrounds Idlib and also parts of the adjacent provinces of Aleppo and Hama,
were supposed to pull out heavy arms by October 17 that year, and Takfiri
groups had to withdraw by October 15.
National Front for the Liberation of Syria is the main Turkish-backed militant
alliance in the Idlib region, but the Takfiri Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS)
terrorist group, which is a coalition of different factions of terror outfits,
largely composed of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham Takfiri terrorist group, holds a
large part of the province and the zone.
HTS, which is said to be in control of some 60 percent of Idlib province, has
yet to announce its stance on the buffer zone deal.
is estimated that between 10,000 and 15,000 members of different factions of
armed groups, which Syria, Russia and Turkey consider terrorists, are active in
the volatile province, which is home to around three million inhabitants.
believes that a buffer zone would help stop attacks from Idlib-based militants
on Syrian army positions and Russia's military bases in the flashpoint region.
bomb hits Syria capital, killing civilian
one civilian was killed and five others were injured as a car rigged with
explosives blew up in the Syrian capital.
civilian was killed and five others injured in an explosion in the area of Nahr
Aisha in Damascus,” Syria’s official news agency SANA said.
showed that terrorists planted an explosive device inside a Peugeot car,
killing the driver,” it added.
people in the vicinity were wounded and taken to Damascus Hospital to receive
medical treatment, it said.
The general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center
(KSRelief), Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, signed on Wednesday seven agreements with
Beirut and international and civil organizations operating in Lebanon to
implement relief projects targeting Syrian and Palestinian refugees as well as
the most affected host communities in Lebanon.
Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who participated in the symposium at the Four
Seasons Hotel Beirut to sign the agreements, praised the strong Saudi-Lebanese
relations, which have existed for decades, and stressed Lebanon’s keenness to
ensure their permanence and development.
said: “The meetings Al-Rabeeah has held with different Lebanese political and
religious authorities over the past two days during his visit to Lebanon, under
the guidance of King Salman, indicate the Saudi leadership’s true desire to
deepen the fraternal ties with the Lebanese, support Lebanon’s unity,
independence, sovereignty and coexistence formula, and protect its existence
from the repercussions of all the fires, crises and interventions that plague
the symposium, which was attended by a large group of political, religious and
social figures, Al-Rabeeah called on the international donor community to
shoulder more responsibility.
the implementing bodies, he said: “It is time to reconsider your working
mechanisms in order to develop them and improve procedures to avoid negative
I mean by reconsidering working processes is that there is a need to work
professionally and skillfully because there are not many resources, and we must
eliminate bureaucracy and speedily make the most of resources,” Al-Rabeeah told
stressed the importance of developing a close partnership between the donor and
the implementer of projects, highlighting that KSRelief’s work is subject to
international and regional oversight mechanisms as well as its own internal
control mechanisms. “We have two strategic partners, and when agreements are
signed with the recipients of assistance, this means accepting oversight
terms,” he said.
said: “Saudi Arabia supports the safe return of Syrian refugees to their
country, and so is the case for Yemen.”
Arabia has supported peaceful dialogues, which restore security and stability,”
he said. “In order for this to happen in Syria, we support the efforts of the
United Nations and implement (as KSRelief) relief programs inside Syria. We
also have major programs and we count on the UN to ensure a safe return for
the Syrian regions in which KSRelief is implementing its programs and the
difficulties faced, Al-Rabeeah told Arab News: “We have nothing to do with
military or religious matters, and wherever there is security, we work. We also
work through the UN and the international organizations inside Syria, and we do
not have any hidden agenda in this field.”
stressed that “participating in rebuilding Syria requires security and
stability, and the Saudi leadership hopes for a peaceful solution as soon as
possible. Until this is achieved, the relief work will continue and won’t
announced that KSRelief is implementing a quality program to rehabilitate
recruited children in Yemen alongside its education, protection, health and
are those who recruit children to fight in Yemen, violating all humanitarian
laws. Our center rehabilitates them so that they are not used as terrorist
tools in the future,” he said.
emphasized that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030 has given relief
work its share, especially in terms of volunteering programs. “We have great
examples involved in the field,” he said.
the signed agreements was one with the Lebanese High Relief Commission (HRC) to
carry out a project to cover the food needs of Lebanese families.
of Lebanon’s High Relief Commission Maj. Gen. Mohammed Khair told Arab News
that the agreement targets distributing 10,000 food rations to orphans, widows
and destitute families in the poorest and most disadvantaged areas in Lebanon.
“This project is encouraging and gives hope to people,” he said.
said that there are 100,000 people in need in Bab Al-Tabbaneh district alone,
pledging to commit to transparency during the implementation of the project.
“It is not a question of sectarian balance; we are focused on those who are
most in need,” he said.
signed agreements include one for repairing, equipping, and operating the
Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz Center for Dialysis at the Makassed General
Hospital, an agreement with the UNHCR worth $5 million to implement a project
for assisting the most affected Syrian families for six months, an agreement to
support Souboul Assalam Association in Akkar (northern Lebanon), an agreement
with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to implement a project
worth $3.8 million to cover the needs of Syrian families that are below the
poverty line for a year, and an agreement with UNRWA to cover the medical needs
and treatment of cancer and multiple sclerosis in Palestinian refugee camps in
Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl said: “The challenge facing UNRWA after
the reduction of its budget is maintaining the operation of its 715 schools in
the Middle East.”
peace without justice’ for victims of Syrian war, says Saudi envoy
YORK: A top Saudi representative to the UN warned on Tuesday that there would
be “no peace without justice” in the long-running Syrian conflict.
Khaled Manzlawiy, deputy permanent representative of the permanent mission of
Saudi Arabia to the UN in New York, took part in talks on ways to protect the
human rights of Syrian victims of the country’s war.
was part of a permanent delegation to the UN representing the Kingdom at a
meeting of the organization’s General Assembly on the International, Impartial
and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) in Syria, held at UN headquarters in New York.
IIIM aims to assist in the investigation and prosecution of those responsible
for the most serious crimes under international law committed in Syria since
said the meeting’s discussions aimed to establish justice for the oppressed and
he praised the role of IIIM head, former French judge Catherine Marchi-Uhel, in
collecting information and evidence about human rights violations by the Syrian
road to reconciliation is not easy, but there is no peace without justice and
no sustainable peace in Syria without accountability,” Manzlawiy said.
Saudi official noted that the IIIM had been set up as a result of the UN
Security Council’s inability to lay the foundations for international peace and
justice, and the failure of previous decisions on human rights in Syria
regarding the protection of displaced people and the preservation of life.
Manzlawiy stressed that Saudi Arabia believed in the ability of the
international community and its institutions to protect and guarantee human
rights in all parts of the world where they were threatened by terrorism,
intolerance, or political arrogance.
has sealed new site for Jamia Hafsa seminary, SC told
The government informed the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday that it had sealed
the site for the construction of Jamia Hafsa seminary in the federal capital.
disclosure came in a report submitted by the office of the Islamabad Capital
Territory chief commissioner on the directives of a three-member bench led by
Justice Gulzar Ahmed hearing a suo motu case pertaining to the Lal Masjid case.
The bench had sought a detailed dossier on the disputed 20 kanal land allotted
to the madrassa.
report said that the mosque is being regulated by the government while the H-11
site, allocated for Jamia Hafa, has been sealed. A khateeb (prayer leader)
appointed by the Auqaf department is conducting prayers at the Lal Masjid. “No
unauthorised person is allowed to conduct prayers within the premises of the
site allocated for Jamia Hafsa in Sector H-11 has been sealed because the construction
was raised without prior approval of the competent authority and without
seeking non-objection certificate (NOC) from the Directorate of Building
to the report, around 50 to 60 female students from the Jamia Hafsa’s temporary
base at G-7 in Islamabad continue to visit the Lal Masjid. “The district
administration and police are handling the situation with restraint since
female students are involved,” added the document. “Strict vigilance is being
maintained and police deployment has been made around the mosque as well as
alternate site in Sector H-11.”
report further revealed that Maulana Abdul Aziz along with supporters and some
100 female students attempted to enter the mosque on the night between March 19
and 20. Their attempt to restart construction was thwarted by the
administration and police. However, Aziz was evicted peacefully from the Lal
Masjid. “Thereafter the prayers are being conducted by khateeb appointed by the
Auqaf department under the apex court’s suo motu case number 9 of 2007.”
February 2002, Aziz was charge-sheeted by the then chief commissioner of ICT.
He was removed from services in August 2004 in response to a show cause notice
wherein he admitted to issuing a fatwa against army operation in Wana, South
removal, however, Aziz continued leading prayers and delivering Friday sermons.
violation and practical standoff between the management of Lal Masjid and the
law enforcement agencies (LEAs) led to a 10-day long armed operation in January
October 2007, the top court ordered temporary appointment of Maulana Abdul
Ghaffar as Imam and Maulana Amir Siddiqui as naib Imam.
Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday telephoned his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil
Wickremesinghe and reiterated Pakistan’s offer of assistance to Sri Lanka in
its efforts to counter terrorism.
strongly condemning the terrorist attacks that took place on Easter Sunday, the
prime minister conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and
profound prayers for the speedy recovery of the wounded. He said the people of
Pakistan are deeply grieved over the loss of precious lives and stand with
their Sri Lankan brethren at this hour of grief. “Being the worst sufferers of
terrorism, we can feel the pain of our Sri Lankan brethren,” he added.
prime minister said that terrorism knows no boundaries, no religion as its
threatens the peace of entire region and the world. He said Pakistan condemns
terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and will continue to provide
every possible support for elimination of the menace.
Dr Arif Alvi also telephoned his Sri Lankan counterpart Maithripala Sirisena
and condemned the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka that took place on the
occasion of Easter and conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.
He offered prayers for the speedy recovery of the wounded.
president affirmed that the people and government of Pakistan stand in complete
solidarity with their Sri Lankan brethren. He said Pakistan condemns terrorism
in all its forms and manifestations. Reaffirming unwavering support to Sri
Lanka, the president reiterated Pakistan’s offer of all possible assistance in
its counter-terrorism measures.
Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Faisal Wednesday completely rejected the
irresponsible attempts by a section of Indian media to link detention of some
Pakistanis in Sri Lanka with the recent incidents in Colombo.
spokesman, in a statement, said according to the information shared by Sri
Lankan officials, seven Pakistanis were recently detained by the law enforcement
authorities on account of overstay on their visas. “This is a purely consular
matter and projecting it in any other manner is patently mischievous,” the
said such attempts by elements in the Indian media are reflective of a particular,
though familiar mindset bent on twisting facts to malign Pakistan on any
pretext. He drew attention to the call of the Sri Lankan leadership to avoid
propagating unverified reports and speculation.
series of eight devastating bomb blasts had ripped through high-end hotels and
churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka, killing hundreds of people,
including dozens of foreigners.
Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had condemned the attacks – the worst act of
violence since the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war a decade ago – as ‘cowardly’.
on Wednesday called on the international community to view Pakistan’s
counter-terrorism efforts and contributions in an objective and fair manner,
and strengthen dialogue and cooperation with the country.
Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister
Wang Yi held a meeting where both the leaders stressed that developing
China-Pakistan relations are a diplomatic priority, and reiterated commitment
to strengthen all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries
and build a closer China-Pakistan community of shared future in the new era,
according to a statement issued by the foreign ministry.
Chinese side reiterated its steadfast support for Pakistan in safeguarding its
sovereignty, territorial integrity, independence and national dignity, choosing
its development path according to its national conditions, and establishing a
better security environment. The Chinese side also appreciated Pakistan’s
constructive role on international and regional issues.
the leaders agreed to further strengthen their coordination and cooperation on
international and regional matters. They resolved to continue closer
communication and collaboration in multilateral forums, including the UN,
multilateral financial institutions, the SCO and SAARC. Both sides believed
that a peaceful, stable, cooperative and prosperous South Asia is in the common
interest of all the parties, and emphasised the importance of dialogue in
resolving all disputes and issues in this region on the basis of mutual respect
Pakistan's opposition leaders on Wednesday criticised Primem Minister Imran
Khan for his "shameful" remarks targeting PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto
Zardari during a rally in South Waziristan, terming it as "absolutely
disgusting" for a premier.
remarks came a day after he made controversial statements during his visit to
Iran where he said "Pakistan's soil was used for attacks in Iran."
Wednesday, Khan told a gathering in South Waziristan that he came to power
through struggle and hard work unlike Bilawal "Sahiba" who using the
will of her mother (slain prime minister Benazir Bhutto) became the head of
strongly, Opposition leader in National Assembly and PML-N president said,
"This is beyond words. It's Shameful.
Reprehensible. The selected PM is clearly unfit for the job. Sad day for
prime minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz said: "Absolutely
tweeted: "What was that about small men in big offices#PMSelect."
a lewd & misogynist thing to say. How shameful that our PM trots around
like a high school bully amid cheering fans not realising that calling BBZ a
woman exposes his character as opposed to demeaning the other. Can he stoop any
lower while shaping #Naya Pakistan," lawyer and activist Babar Sattar
information minister and PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Auranzeb said Imran Khan
has exposed his "shallowmindedness" and petty personality everytime
he opens his mouth.
elements behind Fata unrest: Imran
Prime Minister Imran Khan has said some elements operating in the region have
been receiving money from abroad to push the youth of the tribal districts
elements had been trying to cash in on the problems being faced by locals, said
Mr Khan apparently in a veiled reference to the Pakhtun Tahafuz Movement.
people are receiving finances from abroad. And leaders involved in corruption
are also providing them support to escape cases,” said the prime minister while
addressing a public meeting at Wana Sports Complex on Wednesday.
Khan had recently endorsed the PTM’s narrative but condemned the way their
leaders were presenting their case. The movement is popular among the youth of
Waziristan, the birthplace of the proscribed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, where
the former had organised a public meeting over a week ago.
Wednesday, the venue was decorated with flags of the ruling Pakistan
Tehreek-i-Insaf. A large number of PTI supporters attended the rally. Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan and Defence Minister Pervez Khattak
were also present on the occasion.
Khan assured Waziristan residents that the government was serious about
resolving their issues but it would take time. He explained that the local government
system was being introduced in the merged tribal districts so that people could
elect their representatives at the village level.
speedy justice, the prime minister said that local disputes would be resolved
on the spot as jirga system was being introduced at the police station level to
facilitate the process.
the leadership of major opposition parties, particularly the Pakistan Muslim
League-Nawaz and Pakistan Peoples Party, Mr Khan alleged that the Sharif
family, Asif Ali Zardari, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and other corrupt people had a
common agenda to pressurise the government to forgive their corruption. He
reiterated that corrupt people would not get any relief. He added that the PPP
and the PML-N had borrowed Rs24 trillion loans during the past 10 years.
lashing out at the PPP chairman, PM Khan called Mr Bhutto-Zardari as ‘Sahiba’.
He said: “Unlike Bilawal Sahiba, I didn’t come into politics through a chit
like the last will of his mother [slain PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto] that
gave him the political party in inheritance. I founded my own party. My aim is
to defeat corrupt people. There will be no leniency for those who had plundered
prime minister alleged that the chief of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Maulana Fazlur
Rehman would have easily joined his coalition government if he had been offered
chairmanship of the Kashmir committee as well as diesel permits.
Khan said he had opposed the military government’s decision to deploy troops in
Waziristan and other parts of the former Federally Administered Tribal Areas
(Fata) after 9/11. However, he added, the then government was under pressure to
deploy army in tribal area.
the occasion, he declared that every family in Waziristan would be given Sehat
Insaf Card to help them receive medical treatment free of charge.
PM also announced construction of separate degree colleges for boys and girls,
sports grounds, 100-kilometre road network and upgrade of local grid station.
Khan later visited Spinkai Raghzai and addressed a jirga of the Mehsud tribe.
Mr Khan said the Mehsuds had rendered unprecedented sacrifices for the
country’s integrity which had been recognised by everyone.
Pakistan will fight its case before the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on
May 15 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, besides undertaking diplomatic efforts for
performance-based review of its “robust” compliance with global standards
against money laundering and terror financing.
was the crux of an in-camera briefing to the Standing Committee of the National
Assembly on Finance and Revenue. Finance Secretary Muhammad Younus Dagha, the
Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) chairman, executive officers of the State Bank
of Pakistan, Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan
(SECP) and representatives of foreign affairs and National Counter Terrorism
Authority (Nacta) updated the committee on FATF compliance.
has so far complied with 19 out of 28-29 FATF indicators and made progress on
five indicators relating to legislative and administrative actions, the
committee was told, according to informed sources. The sources also said the
government was hoping to comply with remaining actions by June this year, some
of them through the finance bill 2019-20.
has complied with 19 out of 28-29 indicators
committee was also told that the ministry of foreign affairs would engage with
influential countries on the FATF including the US as well as the European
Union for “performance-based review” rather than being assessed from a
geopolitical prism, for which they already had taken the position with FATF
President Marshall Billingslea.
Billingslea serves as the Assistant Secretary at the US Treasury Department
also, heading the Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes. In this
capacity, he is responsible for policy development and international engagement
pertaining to anti-money laundering and countering financing of terrorism
(AML/CFT). He is reported to have assured Pakistan that its review would be
based on performance and risk assessment without any political consideration.
of the NA standing committee Faizullah told journalists after the meeting they
were satisfied with the government’s briefing on the FATF. He said the
government was swiftly moving ahead with FATF conditions and hopefully matters
would soon be settled. He said administrative and legislative steps were also
committee said that nobody should be harassed or seen to be harassed as part of
implementation of FATF conditions, Mr Faizullah said.
said the government assured the committee that any official found harassing or
misusing FATF conditions for ulterior motives would be dealt with strictly.
said the standing committee would soon start discussions on proposed anti-money
Mr Dagha told reporters that a government delegation would visit Sri Lanka on
May 15 to present its case to the FATF.
to a question, the finance secretary said the IMF staff mission was expected to
visit Pakistan between April 27 and 29 for discussions on its bailout package.
declined to comment on the budget deficit target for next year saying the
ministry was currently in the process of budget making and had not yet firmed
up fiscal deficit numbers.
to another question, he said the finance ministry was planning to present the
federal budget in the last week of May but May 24 was not the target date as
was being speculated.
discussing the work plan assigned by the Special Committee on Agricultural
Products for uplifting agriculture, the committee was briefed by the chairman
of the Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC).
said that PARC has already proposed three research and development projects in
the budget of the next financial year, 2019-20, with a total cost of Rs2bn.
additional secretary, ministry of national food security and research apprised
the special committee that Asian Development Bank (ADB) had conducted a
knowledge creation exercise for the purpose of report publication in 2018 for
“Punjab basmati rice value chain analysis” and currently, the ADB was working on
“Punjab sustained agriculture growth through enhanced agriculture management”
by means of a technical assistance, to ensure a $100 million loan soon.
committee recommended to the food security ministry and the PARC preparation of
a comprehensive presentation along with their recommendations for improvement
in research and development in the agriculture sector.
to allow transgender recruits in Sindh
Transgender people in Sindh will be able to serve as regular duty police
officers, the police chief said, adding that it was time to offer more
opportunities to a group relegated to menial jobs in government.
years of sometimes brutal persecution, transgender people in Pakistan gained
recognition in 2009 when the Supreme Court granted them special status with
rights equal to other citizens.
discrimination still persists, the move to allow transgender police recruits
would be a significant step for the community, activists say.
will make them part of Sindh police,” Syed Kaleem Imam, Inspector General of
the Sindh, police told Reuters in Karachi.
are good God-gifted people. Citizens like us. We should stand by them,” said Mr
Imam, who as a junior officer became aware of the discrimination against the
in India and Bangladesh, transgender people in the country have faced
widespread discrimination for decades. Many live in secluded communities,
earning a living as dancers or forced into sex work or begging.
2017 census counted 10,418 transgender people in the country of 207 million,
but rights group Charity Trans Action Pakistan estimates there are at least
a major step forward in 2009, the Supreme Court ruled that transgender people
could receive national identity cards as a “third sex” and in 2017, the
government issued its first passport with a transgender category.
some transgender people have achieved celebrity as news anchors or fashion
models, entry into the police force would be a major development for the
behaviour and their complaint mechanism is not trans-friendly. I will try to
make police trans-friendly and educate colleagues when I join the police,” said
Shahzadi Rai, a 29-year-old transgender activist who hopes to join the force.
we go to lodge any report at the police station, their behaviour and questions
hurt us. They don’t ask questions about the case, but about our gender,” Rai
Khan, a programme manager at Gender Interactive Alliance, a transgender rights
group, said the community had always sought inclusion and was now seeing the
fruits of the 2009 Supreme Court ruling.
we are inducted into the police, we’ll show we can work harder compared to men
and women,” Khan told Reuters.
could be months before the first transgender police officers are hired, Mr Imam
said, but they will have the same opportunities as other recruits and perform
regular duties in the field.
Sindh Governor Imran Ismail has said that ongoing debate on presidential system
will cause no harm to democracy as it is just another form of governance which
is working efficiently in many countries.
people wanted the presidential system it could be discussed on the condition
that democracy continued to function whether the system was parliamentary or
presidential, he said while speaking to journalists after inaugurating the
767th annual urs celebrations of Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar here on Wednesday.
rejected the impression that the Centre was not releasing funds to Sindh
government and said the federal government had released complete share of funds
under NFC award to the Sindh government. Still, if the provincial government
had a financial issue, he was ready to approach Prime Minister Imran Khan in
said that Prime Minister Imran Khan was a strong premier. He was working in
such a manner that no prime minister had ever worked before for Pakistan. The
country was facing economic crisis because of past governments’ actions and the
prime minister was just trying to pay back the loans they had used up, he said.
changes in federal cabinet, he said the prime minister had powers to have
cabinet of his choice; if he noticed someone was not performing properly he was
well within his authority to change him. It was the responsibility of the prime
minister to look into all issues and seek their solutions, he said.
said in answer to a question that the National Accountability Bureau was free
to carry out its activities across the country and the government had not put
any pressure on it to get something done. NAB had power to raid any place if it
governor termed the prime minister’s visit to Iran successful and said that
Imran Khan wanted good relations with all neighbouring countries, particularly
said that he was fortunate that he had inaugurated the annual urs celebrations.
Because of saints like Qalandar, Sindh remained peaceful and prosperous, he
said, adding that he got late reaching Sehwan as he had no helicopter. Around
2.5 to three million devotees were expected to visit Sehwan this year, he said.
The opposition on Wednesday expressed concern over delays in the release of
Pakistani prisoners after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman promised to let
the National Assembly session, PML-N MNA Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada said he
could give examples of Pakistanis in Saudi prisons who have completed their
terms but remain behind bars.
week, Pakistan’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia Raja Ali Ejaz said the process of
releasing Pakistani prisoners in Saudi jails was underway and the nation may
receive “good news” in Ramazan, which starts in the first week of May.
Saudi crown prince had ordered the immediate release of 2,107 Pakistani prisoners
a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan welcomed him to the Prime Minister’s
House and made a “special request” for him to look into the hardships of
Pakistani labourers working in the Kingdom, and to “look upon them as your own
response to the question, Parliamentary Secretary for Overseas Pakistanis and
Human Resource Development Javaria Zafar Aheer told the house that her office
and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are working together and the release of
Pakistani prisoners is underway.
opposition members asked for the number of Pakistanis released after the crown
prince’s statement, Ms Aheer said information was coming in bits and pieces,
and the number of released prisoners would be known soon.
said 3,400 Pakistanis are imprisoned in jails in Saudi Arabia.
a question from MNA Syed Agha Rafiullah about the number of Pakistanis
imprisoned in India and the steps the government is taking for their release,
the foreign affairs minister said in a written reply that there are 585 prisoners
– 375 civilians and 210 fishermen – currently detained in jails in India.
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