Serves Notice to Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu Kashmir, Asks Why JeI Can't Be Declared
Muslim Supporters Suggest New Name for Him
Jihad Urges Arab Front against US 'Deal of Century' On Palestine
Pilgrims March through Jerusalem For Good Friday
Protest Leaders to Unveil Civilian Ruling Body
Algeria, the Brotherhood Sets Its Sights on The Country’s Black Gold
and Haftar Discussed ‘Counterterrorism Efforts’ In Libya
Kin to Leave Libya’: Sushma Tweets, Says Situation Worsening Fast
Searches in Hyderabad In Connection With Abu Dhabi Module
killed in encounter with security forces in Jammu & Kashmir's Baramulla
Police Deploy 5,500 Personnel to Safeguard Easter Celebrations
holds mass prayers in celebration of claimed victory
tank, aircraft hit Gaza after cross-border shots
Coalition destroys Houthi drone capabilities in Yemen’s Sanaa
blasts French president for meeting Syria's Kurdish militants
forces demolish home of Palestinian man in occupied West Bank
forces shoot down Saudi-led reconnaissance drone in Sa’ada
tanks, aircraft target Hamas positions in Gaza Strip
detains, investigates UAE operatives over Khashoggi murder
Daesh terror suspects arrested in Turkey
accuse France of backing Tripoli assault
fighters were sent from Turkey to join Tripoli battles: LNA
begins evacuating refugees from Libya to Niger
of protesters back in Algeria’s streets, demanding radical reform
communal violence kills 22 in NE Nigeria
‘disappointed’ by collapse of inter-Afghan peace meeting
minister: Iran identified 290 CIA spies, made arrests
Scholars Support Resolutions of ‘Paigham-e-Islam Conference’
lodges protest over Iran's inaction against terrorists behind Ormara incident
terrorists involved in WSJ journalist Danial Pearl's killing held in Pakistan
not an option for resolving issues: Qureshi
celebrate Kartarpur project at Baisakhi
asks chief secretary to enforce domestic violence law ‘without loss of further
arrests two terror suspects in Mansehra
PM hints at further cabinet changes after “batting order” shuffle
Imran Khan defends cabinet shakeup as political uncertainty looms
meets Syrian Kurds, vows French support in fight against Daesh
comments on ‘security team’ detained in Tunisia
Attacks Kill 27 Syria Pro-Regime Fighters In 48 Hours: Monitor
Returns Families of Extremists From Syria
Pressuring Iraqi Gov't to Avoid Arming Hashd Al-Sha'abi
of Tens of US, ISIL Victims Found in Raqqa
Mideast plan will not include land transfer from Egypt’s Sinai
president calls for progress in stalled talks on Idlib buffer zone
Says ‘Disappointed Qatar’s Intra-Afghan Initiative Has Been Delayed’
Taliban group leader arrested by intelligence operatives in Baghlan province
Taliban leaders killed in U.S. airstrikes in East of Afghanistan
shot dead by Taliban militants in Sar-e-Pul province
cancels Taliban meeting in Doha
by New Age Islam News Bureau
The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal, constituted by the Centre, has
issued a show cause notice to Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu Kashmir (JeI), which was
banned by the government in February, asking it why the organisation cannot be
declared as an unlawful association.
notice is hereby given under sub-section (2) of Section 4 of the Act (Unlawful
Activities Prevention Act) and you are hereby called upon to show cause, within
30 days from the date of service of this notice, as to why your Association,
declared as unlawful, be not adjudicated to be so and why an order confirming
such declaration be not made under Section 4(3) of the Act," said the
notice issued by Registrar, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal, Lorren
Bamniyal, to the JeI.
notice was issued on April 5.
Tribunal asked the Jamaat to file objections or reply affidavits, if any,
before the next date of hearing of the Tribunal at the office of the Registrar.
case the objections/reply and the documents are in regional language, true
English translation thereof be also attached. You may appear through a duly
authorised person before the Tribunal on 20 May, 2019 at 3 PM in Court Room
number 26 for further proceedings," the notice said.
Centre had constituted the tribunal headed by a Delhi high court judge to
decide whether there is sufficient cause for declaring the JeI as an unlawful
Ministry of Home Affairs on March 23 had issued a notification which states
that Justice Mukta Gupta would head the tribunal set-up under the Unlawful
Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
government in its February 28 notification had banned the JeI, saying it was of
the opinion that the Jamaat is "in close touch with terrorist
outfits" and is supporting extremism and terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir
said the outfit claims "secession of a part of the Indian territory from
the Union" and supporting terrorist and separatist groups fighting for this
action came following the February 14 terrorist attack in Pulwama that killed
40 CRPF personnel.
Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto told journalists during a celebration
in South Jakarta on Friday, which coincided with the fourth announcement of his
self-proclaimed victory in the April 17 election, that his supporters have
suggested a new name for him.
gave me the name 'Haji Ahmad Prabowo Subianto,'" the retired Army general
said, adding that he was still deciding whether to accept it.
am still thinking about it, but if it comes from Habib, it may be the most
appropriate for me; but I want further consultation first," he said.
presidential candidate is backed by some Muslim parties, including the
Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), which has many hardline Islamists in its
is an honorary title given to Islamic scholars from the Sayyid community, or
descendants of the Prophet Muhammad. Popular Islamic scholars supporting
Prabowo include firebrand cleric "Habib" Rizieq Shihab, who is
currently in self-imposed exile in Saudi Arabia after police charged him for
allegedly violating the 2008 Pornography Law by having a sexually explicit
dalliance on WhatsApp.
asked for comments from his supporters, who crowded the area around his family
home in Jalan Kertanegara in South Jakarta.
will ask for signatures from the people of Indonesia, whether [the name] fits
me or not," he said, amid huge cheers from his supporters.
fits!" some yelled.
did not reveal who had proposed the new Islamic name for him.
Jihad urges Arab front against US 'deal of century' on Palestine
resistance movement Islamic Jihad has demanded the formation of a unified Arab
front to counter US President Donald Trump’s controversial proposal for peace
between Israel and the Palestinians, dubbed “the deal of the century.”
reject the idea of establishing a Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip or
outside the enclave, whatever the cost may be. We also reject the relocation of
the Palestinian people and an alternative homeland,” the movement said in a
statement released on Thursday.
of Israel is a threat to identity and the existence of the Arab and Muslim
world. Normalization is an instrument to pass the deal of the century, plunder
national wealth, create internal hostilities among people from various walks of
life, and deepen sectarian divisions.
reject any proposal that would affect the unity of the Arab lands, and demand
preservation of the unity and integrity of Arab countries to confront the
serious repercussions of the deal of the century, which is aimed at tearing up
and dividing the (Middle East) region and re-drawing its maps according to the
American colonial vision,” the statement pointed out.
Nabil Shaath, international relations advisor to the Palestinian president,
said on Thursday that Palestinians will launch a campaign to confront the
"deal of the century."
campaign will target “the crime and conspiracy that aim at liquidating the
Palestinian cause under the so-called deal of century,” Shaath told the
official Voice of Palestine radio station.
added, “We've seen this plan advancing through the US recognition of al-Quds
(Jerusalem) as Israel's capital, disregarding the Palestinian refugees’ issue,
and recognizing Israeli settlements and Israel's sovereignty over the Golan
steps taken by Trump proved that the deal is nothing but a conspiracy to
terminate the Palestinian cause,” Shaath noted.
so-called “peace plan” has been dismissed by Palestinian authorities before its
unveiling at the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan and the formation of
the new Israeli cabinet, most likely in June.
will all have to look for reasonable compromises that will make peace
achievable,” the US president’s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner,
said on Wednesday.
in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on Tuesday, Palestinian Prime
Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh lashed out at Trump’s initiative, asserting that it
is “born dead.”
noted that negotiations with the US are useless in the wake of the country’s
relocation of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds, which
Palestinians consider the capital city of their future state.
pilgrims march through Jerusalem for Good Friday
Thousands of Christian pilgrims and clergy members marched through the ancient
stone alleys of Jerusalem’s Old City, retracing Jesus’ path to crucifixion in
observation of Good Friday.
faithful carried wooden crosses high on their shoulders and sang hymns to mark
one of Christianity’s most solemn and sacred days.
confluence of Good Friday and the Jewish holiday of Passover this year led to
flocks of tourists and a festive atmosphere in the holy city.
from all over the world marched slowly along the Via Dolorosa, the cobblestone
path that cuts through the Old City, where tradition says Jesus bore the cross
to his crucifixion. The pilgrims stopped at several points on the way,
re-enacting symbolic moments from Jesus’ story.
procession culminates at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Catholic and
Orthodox Christians believe Jesus was buried before his resurrection on what is
celebrated as Easter Sunday.
Friday, Jewish residents were rushing to complete their preparations for the
ritual Seder dinner as the first night of Passover approached. In Jerusalem’s
Mahane Yehuda outdoor market, a tumult of shoppers swarmed the stalls, filling
their bags with ingredients for the holiday feast. Many observant Jews cleaned
their homes of “chametz,” or leavened wheat, traditionally forbidden during the
eight days of Passover to commemorate the Jews’ flight from slavery in Egypt,
which, the story goes, didn’t allow time for dough to rise into bread. In
religious neighborhoods, controlled fires of burning chametz lit up sidewalks.
the Old City, Israeli police said they detained 10 Jewish suspects with
“intentions to cause public disturbances” by smuggling goats into Jerusalem’s
most sensitive holy site for a ritual sacrifice. Police said they seized the
goats and are questioning the suspects.
site, revered by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple
Mount, is considered the holiest site in Judaism and third-holiest in Islam.
Although Israel seized the holy plateau along with the rest of east Jerusalem
in 1967, Muslim custodianship of the compound and a ban on Jewish prayer has
incidents occur every year ahead of Passover as zealots attempt to re-enact
ancient animal sacrifices in the spot where the biblical Jewish Temple once
protest leaders to unveil civilian ruling body
protest movement said it will unveil a civilian ruling body on Sunday, piling
pressure on the military council which seized power after toppling president
Omar al-Bashir last week.
Sudanese Professionals Association called on its supporters, foreign diplomats
and journalists to be present at 7:00 pm (1700 GMT) on Sunday outside army
headquarters where thousands have kept up protests since Bashir’s ouster
demanding civilian rule. “This press conference at 7:00 pm on Sunday will
announce the names of a civilian council,” the SPA said in the Friday statement.
on Friday, thousands of protesters massed outside the army complex in Khartoum,
piling pressure on the country’s new military rulers to swiftly transfer power
to a civilian administration, witnesses said.
army on April 11 ousted Sudan’s longtime leader Omar al-Bashir after a
months-long protest movement. A military council which took power has so far
resisted calls from protesters to quickly bring in a civilian administration.
Thursday, exactly four months since protests started, roads leading to the
sit-in area were packed with crowds flocking to the army headquarters.
protest movement mobilized demonstrators through social media to keep up the
pressure for replacing the military council, now led by General Abdel Fattah
to civilians, power to civilians,” protesters chanted through Thursday night.
“I won’t leave until Burhan transfers power to a civilian government,” said
Wali Aldeen, who has camped outside the complex since the day Bashir was
have called for large crowds to gather after the weekly Muslim prayers, as on
first broke out on December 19 in response to the tripling of bread prices,
swiftly turning into nationwide rallies against Bashir’s three-decade rule.
his ouster, protesters demonstrated against General Awad Ibn Ouf who took over
as the first head of the military council, insisting he was a close aide of
Bashir and a top regime figure.
Ouf stepped down in less than 24 hours and was replaced by Burhan, who so far
has appeased protesters by lifting a night-time curfew and vowing to “uproot”
the Bashir regime.
Algeria, the Brotherhood sets its sights on the country’s black gold
Algeria is a land rich in natural resources, and where there is wealth,
corruption and greed often follows.
the political uncertainty following the removal of Abdelaziz Bouteflika after
20 years as president, and the continuing protests demanding a change to the
political system, analysts believe there is fertile ground for a group that
specializes in both — the Muslim Brotherhood.
of the Muslim Brotherhood’s plan is to control vital targets, and they have
long eyed energy resources in this region, and attempted to take control,” said
Hajjaj Bou Khaddour, a Kuwaiti energy expert.
is down, but the demonstrations persist. The plan is to cause a complete
overhaul of the system and that means they want to change everything, not only
in politics, but also in terms of vital departments in the government and its
related entities, especially in the oil and gas sector.”
that happen, it would destabilize the most profitable sector in the country.
produces more than a million barrels of oil a day, making it the ninth-largest
OPEC producer and the 17th worldwide. It is also a major gas producer, and
exports over 50 percent of its crude (90 percent of it to Western Europe) and
60 percent of its gas. Hydrocarbons account for 60 percent of national revenue,
30 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) and 95 percent of export earnings.
a prize — and all of it under threat. The International Energy Agency gave assurances
last month that Algeria’s oil production was not affected by the political
tension, but Bou Khaddour believes that could all quickly change. “The current
situation in Algeria is vague and unclear. I do believe there may be further
escalation,” he said.
it appears to be business as usual at the state-run oil and gas company
Sonatrach, which last week signed two multimillion-dollar onshore contracts
with a rig contractor. There are, however, signs that not all is well. Two
major deals involving Sonatrach have recently fallen through, one of them a
majority shareholding in Greece’s biggest refiner. The Greek government blamed
“recent developments in the international environment” and reasons related to
shortlisted parties, one of which was Sonatrach.
company is rarely far from controversy. It has been mired in a series of
corruption scandals and prosecutions since 2010, and several of its former
executives are serving prison sentences.
it is here, expert sources have told Arab News, that the threat from the Muslim
Brotherhood may emanate. The group wants to use the current political upheaval
to install its own affiliates as new leading figures in the oil and gas sector.
Several names have been discussed in private.
include individuals involved in previous Sonatrach corruption cases, who
managed to escape judicial penalty and have been living comfortable lives
abroad until they are ready to make a comeback.
former Sonatrach executive in the crude-oil trading department, who was
dismissed in 2018 in a post-corruption clearout, is thought to have ties with
Lord Energy, a Swiss company closely linked to the Muslim Brotherhood — and
even, through its founder’s family, with Al-Qaeda.
current political leadership understands the gravity of the situation very
well, especially when it comes to supporting the stability of the lucrative oil
and gas sector to ensure a smoothly run business locally and internationally.
interim President Abdelkader Bensalah, insisted last week that the government
would “ensure the proper functioning of the administration and public
new government also wants to reassure Algerians that public money is a better
way to start than by fighting corruption, following the money trail; and naturally
the oil and gas sector would be on the hit list.
military Chief of Staff Ahmed Gaid Salah has promised that the “judiciary will
reopen all corruption cases,” targeting the “entire gang involved in the
embezzlement and squandering of public funds.” These past cases, he said, will
accusations being reinvestigated date back to 2010 and reached as high as the
energy minister at the time, Chakib Khelil. He was dismissed shortly after the
scandal erupted, as were several others, until the case was dropped by the
Algerian judiciary in 2016.
were accused of taking bribes from international energy companies, including
SNC Lavalin of Canada and ENI of Italy, in return for access to Algeria’s oil
and gas sector. A former vice president of Sonatrach, Chawki Rahal, whose son
worked for ENI, was among those named in the case.
say other former officials from Sonatrach may well be summoned by the judiciary
and interrogated, including former Chief Executive Amine Mazouzi. He was axed
in 2017 and replaced by Abdulmomen Ould Kaddour, who then led a clean-up
campaign within the company.
Maaliou, the former vice president of Sonatrach in charge of commercialization
and trading, could also be summoned for questioning in the case should all
files be opened, according to the sources.
was let go by Sonatrach in 2018, a year after Mazouzi was fired, and now lives
all the old files be opened by the judiciary, Algerian sources say this may
constitute the largest corruption case in the history of Algeria in terms of
the size of losses that Sonatrach had caused the country, estimated at hundreds
of millions of dollars.
Hatoum is a Lebanese journalist who has covered geopolitics and macroeconomics
across the Middle East and North African regions for the past 18 years.
and Haftar discussed ‘counterterrorism efforts’ in Libya
Donald Trump and the Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar discussed
“counterterrorism efforts” in the country during a phone call this week.
two men also talked about the need to achieve “peace and stability in Libya”
when they spoke on Monday.
contact with Haftar, who heads the Libyan National Army (LNA) loyal to the
eastern government, is a significant diplomatic boost for the commander after his forces launched
an offensive earlier this month against the rival administration based in the
the call, 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,” the
White House said on Friday.
national security adviser John Bolton also spoke recently to Haftar.
was unclear why the White House waited several days to announce the phone call.
LNA launched its offensive against the capital after securing areas of the
country’s south earlier this year. Haftar says his forces, which have advanced
into Tripoli’s outskirts, are fighting
to clear the country of “terrorist” elements.
fighters are making “great sacrifices,” LNA spokesman Ahmed Al-Mesmari said
Friday. He added that the LNA is also engaged in a battle against countries
that support “terrorism” in Libya. Al-Mesmari did not specify which countries.
did however claim that extremist militants had travelled from Turkey to Libya
to take part in the battle for Tripoli. An array of militias control the
capital and parts of the countries east, and many hold a deeply conservative or
Thursday, militants attacked one of Haftar’s bases in the far south of the
country. The LNA killed 14 of the fighters who launched the assault on the
Tamanhint air base near Sabha, Al-Mesmari said during a press conference.
offensive comes eight years after Arab Spring protests led to the downfall of
dictator Muammar Qaddafi and a split in the country between rival governments
in the east and west.
conflict has also split the international community with the UN supporting the
Tripoli government but regional powers, Russia and some European countries
supporting Haftar. Countries like Egypt see Haftar as a bulwark against
both the US and Russia said they could not support a UN Security Council
resolution calling for a ceasefire in Libya.
British-drafted resolution blames Haftar for the latest flare-up in violence.
United States did not give a reason for its decision not to support the draft
resolution, which would also call on countries with influence over the warring
parties to ensure compliance and for unconditional humanitarian aid access in
kin to leave Libya’: Sushma tweets, says situation worsening fast
Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday took to Twitter to reach out to
relatives of those Indians who are living in Libya.
a tweet she said that though there had been massive evacuations from Libya,
more than 500 Indians were still stranded in Tripoli.
after massive evacuation from Libya and the travel ban, there are over 500
Indian nationals in Tripoli. The situation in Tripoli is deteriorating fast.
Presently, flights are operational. Pls ask your relatives and friends to leave
Tripoli immediately. We will not be able to evacuate them later,” she tweeted.
has been witnessing intensifying fighting in Tripoli ever since the self-styled
Libyan National Army, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, launched an assault
on the country’s capital on April 4. The move has been seen as one that could
potentially drag the country into a civil war.
arrest warrant has been issued against Haftar and six of his aides, even as the
Libyan prime minister Fayez Al-Sarraj called on the International Criminal
Court to investigate “crimes and violations by the forces of warlord Khalifa
Haftar and bring them to justice”.
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than 205 people are reported to have died with more than 900 others being
has been in witnessing unrest since 2011 when an uprising led to the
overthrowing and killing of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
April 7, Swaraj had tweeted that the entire Indian contingent of peacekeeping
forces comprising 15 CRPF personnel from Tripoli had been evacuated after the
situation there “suddenly worsened”.
situation in Libya has suddenly worsened. There is fighting in Tripoli. Indian
Embassy in Tunisia @IndiainTunisia has evacuated the entire contingent of 15
CRPF personnel yesterday itself. I appreciate the excellent work by the Indian
Embassy in Tunisia. #Libya,” Swaraj tweeted early on Sunday.
searches in Hyderabad in connection with Abu Dhabi module
With more than two months after a supplementary chargesheet was filed by
National Investigation Agency (NIA) against two Hyderabad based alleged Islamic
State (IS) terror suspects in Abu Dhabi module, fresh searches are being
conducted in various parts of Hyderabad by NIA sleuths in connection with the
same module since Saturday morning.
said that during the course of the investigation, the probe agency came across
names of new persons residing in Hyderabad, who were suspected to had been in
touch with two accused- Abdul Basit and Qadeer, from Hyderabad in Abu Dhabi
module. In connection with fresh leads, raids are being conducted since
Saturday morning reportedly at Mailardevpally, Bandlaguda, and Falaknuma.
A terrorist was killed in an encounter with security forces in Baramulla
district of Jammu and Kashmir, an Army official said Saturday.
encounter took place at Watergam town in north Kashmir's Baramulla district.
Some weapons and war-like stores were recovered from the site of the operation,
the official said.
operation was over but the terrorist was yet to be identified, he said, adding
that further details were awaited.
Police deploy 5,500 personnel to safeguard Easter celebrations
Jakarta Police have deployed 5,500 personnel to safeguard the observance of
Easter this weekend.
5,500 personnel will be deployed to ensure safety. The Jakarta Police have
planned the technicalities to safeguard churches holding the celebrations,”
police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said on Friday as reported by
said that his office had communicated with the relevant church managements.
have contacted them in relation to their schedules,” Argo added.
police would also make traffic arrangements near the churches and conduct
patrols around the areas.
from GP Ansor, the youth wing of the largest Muslim group Nahdlatul Ulama, will
also help secure several churches in Jakarta. (fac)
contender Prabowo Subianto is preparing to hold mass prayers in front of his
house after Friday prayers in South Jakarta on Friday.
stage was erected in front of his house, where a number of Muslim clerics are
seated and chanting "Allahu Akbar (God is the greatest)" and
"Prabowo is our President".
of his supporters are present at the location.
and his supporters performed Friday prayers at Al-Azhar Mosque in South
Jakarta, which is located within walking distance from his house.
Friday prayers, Prabowo and his supporters performed a prostration of gratitude
in celebration of his claimed victory and for a peaceful election.
campaign team told the supporters who were present at the mosque to safeguard
the vote counting process from tampering and disruption.
running mate, Sandiaga Uno, and officials from his coalition parties were not
seen at his house.
on Friday struck Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip with tank and aircraft fire
after shots were fired at troops on the Israeli side of the border, the army
injuries to soldiers were reported,” it said in a statement.
security sources in Hamas-ruled Gaza told AFP that the Israeli fire hit Hamas
military observation posts at three locations along the frontier.
said there were no reports of Palestinian casualties.
in Gaza have for more than a year gathered at least weekly along the border for
often-violent protests, calling on Israel to end its blockade of the enclave.
Israeli statement did not say if there were mass protests taking place at the
time of Friday’s incident.
least 264 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed by Israeli forces since the
majority were killed during clashes, with others hit by tank fire or air
Israeli soldiers have been killed over the same period.
Arab Coalition backing the legitimate government in Yemen announced early
Saturday that it launched an operation destroying a network of drone
capabilities of the Houthi militia in a camp at the presidential palace area in
April 10, the Arab Coalition spokesperson Colonel Turki al-Maliki confirmed
that the coalition forces targeted a Houthi drones manufacturing plant and a
store containing launch pads, destroying them completely.
were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage.
to al-Malki, the strikes are an extension of military operations that targeted
and destroyed an integrated network of logistical capabilities and facilities
for Houthi drones, as well as locations where foreign experts are present.
reiterated the coalition’s commitment to prevent the Houthi militia from using
these advanced capabilities, and to take all the necessary measures to protect
civilians as well as vital areas from the threat of drones.
has censured French President Emmanuel Macron for hosting a delegation of
Syrian Kurdish militants, accusing Paris of attempting to give legitimacy to a
hosted representatives of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a
US-backed anti-Damascus alliance of mainly Kurdish militants, in Paris on
is while Ankara regards the SDF as a terrorist organization and an extension of
the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) that has been waging a bloody war
against Turkey for decades.
a statement released on Friday, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy
said the French president was “seeking to confer artificial legitimacy on a
faction of terrorist groups."
condemn the reception by French President Emmanuel Macron of a delegation of
so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF),” he added.
said Macron’s meeting with SDF representatives did not sit well with the
French-Turkish alliance, warning, “Turkey will not hesitate to take measures
deemed necessary to protect its national security."
the meeting, Macron assured the SDF of "active support" and financial
aid to "respond to the humanitarian needs and the socio-economic
stabilization of civilian populations in Syria."
December US President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of all 2,000 American
forces from Syria, but France pledged to keep its forces in the country's
abrupt move raised worries among US-backed Kurdish militants operating in
northern Syria and left them feeling abandoned by Washington. France stepped in
to assure the militants of its continued support.
1,200 French troops reportedly remain deployed in Syria's norther, seeking to
prop up the SDF.
now of course we remain in Syria," France's European Affairs Minister
Nathalie Loiseau said on CNews television.
Elysee Palace official said then advisers to Macron had assured SDF of France's
support in a meeting with the group's figures, including co-chairs Ilham Ahmed
and Riad Darrar, in Paris a few days after Trump's announcement.
forces have demolished two family apartments of Arafat Irfaiya, a Palestinian
man accused of killing an Israeli female settler in occupied Jerusalem al-Quds
two months ago.
Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported that dozens of Israeli soldiers along
with military vehicles had escorted bulldozers and other demolition equipment
which demolished the family home of Irfaiya, a 29-year-old Palestinian resident
of the West Bank town of al-Khalil (Hebron) on Friday.
Palestinian man was charged by the Jerusalem District prosecutor’s office in
March with the alleged killing of 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher, an Israeli woman
settler, near the city back in February.
was detained by Israeli forces during a raid on his home several days after the
report further said that clashes erupted between local young men and Israeli
troops after the demolition, during which Israeli forces fired tear gas
canisters and stun grenades towards protesters. No injuries were reported.
Israeli court had previously rejected the family’s appeal against the demolition
of the apartments.
surrounding the murder of the Israeli woman are not clear. Ansbacher, from the
settlement of Tekoa in the West Bank, was found dead in the woods at the Ein
Yael nature center in south Jerusalem al-Quds on February 7.
1967, the Israeli regime has been enforcing the draconian policy of demolishing
the houses of Palestinians it deems to be behind fatal attacks against Israeli
settlers. The practice, however, was temporarily halted from 2005 to 2014, with
the exception of 2009, when scores of homes were sealed and razed in East
600,000 Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967
Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East
army forces, supported by allied fighters from the Popular Committees, have
intercepted and targeted an unmanned aerial vehicle belonging to the Saudi-led
military coalition while flying in the skies over Yemen’s northwestern province
media bureau of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement announced in a statement
that Yemeni air defense forces and their allies shot down the Chinese-built
medium-altitude and long-endurance Wing Loong drone with a surface-to-air
missile on Friday afternoon.
statement added that the drone was struck as it was on a surveillance mission
over Bani Muadh area in the Sahar district of the province. It was armed with
in the day, Yemeni soldiers and fighters from the Popular Committees had
targeted a position of Saudi-sponsored militiamen loyal to Yemen's former
President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi at Hakoulah base of the southwestern province
of Dhale with the domestically designed and manufactured Badr-F ballistic
missile. Several Saudi mercenaries were killed and injured in the process.
at a press conference in the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a on Tuesday,
Spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces Brigadier General Yahya Saree said the newly
unveiled Badr-F ballistic missile is intended to rain shrapnel over a vast area
upon explosion in mid air to ensure maximum lethality against designated
noted that missile would have a range of 160 kilometers, which marks a nearly
30-kilometer increase compared to the high-precision Badr P-1 ballistic
went on to say that Badr-F missile would explode 20 meters above the center of
the designated target and would scatter some 14,000 pieces of shrapnel in a
circular area with a radius of 350 meters.
Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched the devastating campaign
against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of Hadi
back to power and crushing Ansarullah movement.
to a December 2018 report by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project
(ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, the Saudi-led war has
claimed the lives of over 60,000 Yemenis since January 2016.
has launched artillery and aerial attacks on positions belonging to the
Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas in the besieged Gaza Strip.
to Palestinian security sources speaking to AFP, the Israeli attacks struck the
military observation posts of the resistance group at three locations along the
fence separating Gaza from the occupied territories on Friday.
sources said no casualties had been reported.
military claimed that the attacks had been conducted after shots were fired
from the besieged enclave at Israeli troops on the other side of the fence. “No
injuries to soldiers were reported,” the Israeli army said in a statement.
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip continued to protest along the fence in Gaza on
al-Qedra, the spokesman for the Gazan Health Ministry, said that Israeli forces
injured 42 Palestinians, including five paramedics and four journalists, in
eastern Gaza during the latest protests.
Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli siege since June 2007. Palestinians in
Gaza have held weekly rallies to demand the right to return for those driven
out of their homeland and an end to the Israeli siege on the enclave.
than 270 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces ever since
anti-occupation protest rallies began in the Gaza Strip on March 30, 2018. Over
16,000 Palestinians have also sustained injuries.
blockade has caused a decline in living standards as well as unprecedented
unemployment and poverty.
has arrested two alleged intelligence operatives who confessed to spying on
Arab nationals on behalf of the United Arab Emirates, a senior Turkish official
is investigating whether the arrival of one of the detainees could be linked to
the murder of prominent dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year,
the official, who requested anonymity, added on Friday.
of the two men arrived in Turkey in October 2018, days after Khashoggi was
killed inside Saudi Arabia's consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul, the
official said, adding that the other arrived to help his colleague with the
a prominent critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and a US resident,
disappeared on October 2, 2018 after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul
to obtain documentation for his forthcoming marriage.
Arabia initially claimed that the US-based Washington Post columnist had left
the consulate alive, but weeks later admitted that he was killed inside the
diplomatic mission and blamed his death on a group of Saudi operatives.
official said, "We are investigating whether the primary individual's
arrival in Turkey was related to the Jamal Khashoggi murder," and added
that the suspected man has been monitored for the past six months.
is possible that there was an attempt to collect information about Arabs,
including political dissidents, living in Turkey."
suspects were arrested in Istanbul on Monday as part of a counter-intelligence
official told Reuters that Turkish officials seized an encrypted computer
located in a hidden compartment at the spy ring's base.
detainees' statements suggested that their intelligence operation targeted
political exiles and students, the official added.
has said Khashoggi was killed by a team of 15 Saudis who strangled him, and
Ankara has repeatedly asked Riyadh to identify the local who allegedly helped
them dispose of the body, which has not been found.
in an interview with the A-Haber television channel in February, Turkish
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country is working to carry the case of
the murder of the journalist to an international court.
United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, Agnes Callamard,
said in March that Saudi Arabia’s so-called investigation into the murder of
Khashoggi falls short of international standards.
who is leading an international inquiry into the murder, called on the kingdom
to reveal the defendants' names and charges and the fate of 10 others initially
arrested, denouncing what she called the lack of transparency of the kingdom’s
investigation and legal proceedings.
operations across Turkey saw the arrest of 13 people for their suspected links
to the Daesh, police sources said on Friday.
security forces conducted anti-terror operations across five cities to arrest
the suspects, who were reportedly operating on behalf of Daesh, said the
sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the
an operation based in the Aegean Izmir province, police arrested 12 Daesh
suspects in Isparta and Bolu provinces.
suspects were reportedly operating for the terror group in Syria and Iraq.
one suspect -- who was sought by police over the Daesh link -- was arrested in
the Aegean Bursa province.
a Daesh terror suspect surrendered to Turkish security forces at the Oncupinar
border gate in the southeastern Kilis province.
than 300 people have lost their lives in Daesh-claimed attacks in Turkey, where
the terror organization has targeted civilians in suicide bombs, rocket and gun
of “yellow vest” protesters on Friday demonstrated in Tripoli against an offensive
by military commander Khalifa Haftar on the Libyan capital and accused France
of backing him.
the trademark yellow vests of French anti-government demonstrators, they were
among thousands of Libyans who flooded a central Tripoli square to rally in
support of the internationally-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA).
are surprised by France’s conduct in the face of the Tripoli attack,” read a
sign held up by the demonstrators.
countries must stop interfering in Libyan affairs,” Haifa Ferjani, a
23-year-old protester said.
says it is a friend but secretly backs those attacking our city and our homes,”
added the young woman.
French embassy in Libya on Friday tweeted - in Arabic - that Paris was “opposed
to the attack” on Tripoli and urged all parties to abide by a ceasefire and
engage in peace negotiations.
rally came days after a smaller protest brought out dozens of “yellow jacket”
demonstrators who on Tuesday also demanded the GNA sever ties with countries that
“back aggression” on Tripoli.
also comes a day after UN envoy Ghassan Salame warned of “a widening
conflagration” in other parts of the North African country.
than 200 people have been killed since the violence erupted, and more than 900
wounded, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.
than 25,000 have been displaced, according to the International Organization
spokesperson for the Libyan National Army (LNA), Brigadier Ahmed al-Mesmari,
said that members of al-Nusrah front, a group affiliated with al-Qaeda, were
sent from Turkey to Libya to join the battles in Tripoli, in a press conference
LNA is fighting countries that support the terrorists,” al-Mesmari said, “and
the Government of National Accord is threatening diplomats and ambassadors for
a coup against the LNA,” he added.
also said that 14 “armed terrorists” have been killed following their attack on
added that the attackers failed to reach the heart of the base, which is not
used for military purposes.
UN said on Friday it had evacuated 163 refugees from war-ravaged Libya to
neighboring Niger, but more than 3,000 others were still trapped in detention
centers affected by clashes.
move marked the first evacuation of refugees and migrants out of Libya since
fighting escalated in Tripoli two weeks ago, the UN refugee agency said.
the situation in Libya, humanitarian evacuations are a lifeline for detained
refugees whose lives are in jeopardy in Libya,” UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi
said in a statement.
operation came as fierce fighting continued between forces loyal to eastern
Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar and those backing the internationally
recognized Government of National Accord (GNA).
renewed fighting has killed over 200 people and left more than 900 wounded, the
World Health Organization said Thursday.
of women and children were among those evacuated on the UNHCR flight that
landed in Niger early Friday morning.
had all been held in detention centers near the frontlines of the conflict.
said it had previously relocated many of them from the Abu Selim and Ain Zara
centers to its Gathering and Departure Facility (GDF) in the center of the
all, it said, it had relocated 539 refugees from several detention centers near
the immediate fighting zone.
it said more than 3,000 refugees and migrants remain trapped in detention in
areas where the fighting was raging.
agency said it remained “extremely concerned” for the safety of those who
remain “trapped inside detention centers and exposed to violence.”
meanwhile hailed Niger for welcoming the refugees and urged other countries to
solidarity in receiving these refugees is world-leading and exemplary, but
Niger cannot do this alone,” he said.
must be shared responsibility and we need other countries to come forward to
lend a hand and help bring vulnerable refugees out of Libya to safety.”
issued an urgent appeal to the international community to find solutions for
all the trapped and detained refugees in Libya.
other things, it said there was a need for evacuations and humanitarian
corridors to allow refugees in its GDF in Tripoli to find safety abroad.
of demonstrators returned to Algeria’s streets on Friday to press demands for a
radical democratic change well beyond former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s
resignation after six weeks of mass protests, witnesses said.
named an interim president and a July 4 election date was set in a transition
the powerful military endorsed.
Bouteflika’s April 2 exit failed to placate many Algerians who want to topple
the entire, largely elderly elite that have dominated the country since independence
from France in 1962.
of protesters gathered anew in city centers around Algeria demanding
root-and-branch reforms - including political pluralism and crackdowns on
corruption and cronyism, witnesses said, and more were expected after Friday
Tuesday, army chief said Lieutenant-General Ahmed Gaed Salah said the military
was considering all options to resolve the national political crisis and warned
“time is running out.”
was a hint that the military was losing patience with the popular upheaval
shaking Algeria, a major oil and natural-gas exporter and a key security
partner for the West against militants in north and west Africa.
did not specify what measures the army could take but added: “We have no
ambition but to protect our nation.”
army has so far patiently monitored the mostly peaceful protests that at times
swelled to hundreds of thousands of people.
remains the most powerful institution in Algeria, having swayed politics from
the shadows for decades.
Tuesday, the head of Algeria’s constitutional council stepped down after weeks
facing the ire of protesters, state television reported.
fewer than 22 people were killed in a fresh communal attack in northeastern
Nigeria, a local official said on Friday.
attack occurred in the Wukari local government area of the Taraba state, Adi
Daniel, the chairman of Wukari, said.
attackers -- suspected to be the Tiv ethnic militia -- targeted the suburbs in
the Jukun area in the wee hours of Friday, setting ablaze many houses.
of Wukari woke up to the dastardly attack and arsons on their homes early
today. 22 people have died while 10 sustained injuries," Daniel told
attack is seen as a continuation of the internecine clashes between the ethnic
Tiv and Jukun communities.
hostilities, which date back to many decades, resumed three weeks ago with
dozens already dead and thousands displaced.
ethnic groups have been blamed for the violence which many link to struggle for
a political control and land ownership rights.
spokesman David Misal said he was "aware of the development" but was
quiet about the casualties.
US envoy for peace in Afghanistan expressed disappointment on Friday after the
collapse of a planned meeting between the Taliban and a group of Afghan
politicians in Qatar that exposed some of the deep divisions hampering efforts
to end the war.
250-strong delegation of Afghan politicians and civil society figures had been
due to meet Taliban officials in Doha at the weekend. But the event was
abruptly canceled on Thursday amid arguments over the size and status of the
group, which included some government officials attending in a personal
capacity. “I’m disappointed Qatar’s intra-Afghan initiative has been delayed,”
Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special representative for Afghan reconciliation, said
on Twitter. “I urge all sides to seize the moment and put things back on track
by agreeing to a participant list that speaks for all Afghans,” he added.
collapse of the meeting before it had even started, described as a ‘fiasco’ by
one senior Western official, laid bare the tensions that have hampered moves
toward opening formal peace negotiations.
a veteran Afghan-born diplomat, has held a series of meetings with Taliban
representatives but the insurgents have so far refused to talk to the
Western-backed government in Kabul, which they dismiss as a ‘puppet’ regime.
Doha meeting was intended to prepare the ground for possible future talks by
building familiarity among Taliban officials and representatives of the Afghan
state created after the US-led campaign that toppled the Taliban government in
2001. A similar encounter was held in Moscow in February.
Ashraf Ghani’s office blamed Qatari authorities for the cancellation, saying
they had authorised a list of participants that differed from the one proposed
by Kabul, ‘which meant disrespect for the national will of the Afghans’. “This
act is not acceptable for the people of Afghanistan,” it said in a statement on
Friday. Sultan Barakat, director of the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian
Studies in Qatar, which had been facilitating the meeting, said there was no
disagreement about the agenda. “Rather, there is insufficient agreement around
participation and representation to enable the conference to be a success,” he
had already been undermined by disagreements on the government side about who
should attend, as well as by suspicions among rival politicians ahead of
presidential elections scheduled for September.
Taliban derided the agreed list of 250 participants as a ‘wedding party’. Some
senior opposition figures who had been included refused to attend. The Taliban
also objected to Ghani’s comments to a meeting of delegates that they would be
representing the Afghan nation and the Afghan government, a statement that went
against the Taliban’s refusal to deal with the Kabul administration.
has identified 290 CIA agents across different countries, forcing the US to
form a special committee to reassess its cloak-and-dagger operations,
Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi says.
operatives in those countries were identified and arrested and the contacts of
the US intelligence agency with its sources were disrupted in such a way that a
committee to assess the failure was set up in America," Alavi said during
Friday prayers in Tehran.
touched on what numerous US spy experts have said about the major intelligence
defeat, making reference to a specific November 2018 Yahoo News article that
had interviewed numerous American spy experts over the “incredibly damaging”
article claimed that Iranian intelligence had gained access to a secret CIA
communications system, allowing Iranians to not only discover and detain US
assets in the country, but also probably share key findings with Chinese and
these types of compromises happen, it’s so dark and bad,” said a former
official speaking to Yahoo.
this was going on, it was all that mattered,” said another former intelligence
community official describing the gravity of the American intelligence setback.
officials were consequently worried about the network “totally unwinding
worldwide”, according to the article.
was aggressively going out to hunt systems down,” said one former official.
“They weren’t just protecting themselves anymore.”
to the article, Iran’s intelligence minister specifically highlighted a quote
from American national security analyst Irvin McCullough, who described the
major American intelligence setback as "one of the most catastrophic
intelligence failures” since the September 11 attacks in 2001.
said that further details of the operations would be publicized soon, adding
that a similar successful counter-espionage operation had been carried out
against Britain's MI6 intelligence service.
Iranian minister added that the breakthrough comes as his ministry has shifted
from focusing on defensive operations to conducting offensive
counter-intelligence operations, some of which had even “expanded deep” into
was an outcry in Israel; some members of their cabinet were cooperating with
the Intelligence Ministry of the Islamic Republic of Iran”, said Alavi.
went on to highlight some of the ministry’s other successful intelligence
operations, saying that they had “traumatized” foreign services.
one of these cases, the Intelligence Ministry’s counter-espionage [force]
successfully identified a company that was slipping defective parts into a
sensitive center, neutralized it and discovered the defective parts,” he said.
sabotage operation could have led to a "humanitarian catastrophe" if
it wasn't dealt with, Alavi said.
Iranian intelligence chief added that as much as 114 Takfiri terrorist teams,
116 Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MEK) teams, 44 teams seeking to overthrow
the Iranian government and 380 drug smuggling teams had also been busted in the
past year alone.
added that the operations of 188 other groups were neutralized, including a
recent case where four people were arrested southwest of the country along with
15,000 AK-47 rounds.
scholars support resolutions of ‘Paigham-e-Islam Conference’
On the call of Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood
Ashrafi, clerics, ulema and religious scholars from all over Pakistan in Friday
congregations announced to support and endorse resolutions and decisions being
made at "4th International Paigham-e-Islam Conference" held in Islamabad
on 14th April.
clerics and ulema while addressing Friday sermons here today also demanded of
the government to ensure implementation on National Action Plan. The ulema also
urged on the government to initiate consultation process with religious leadership
of the country to make Pakistan as state on the pattern of Madina.
ulema and clerics also thanked Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other Islamic
countries for supporting resolutions approved at "4th International
Paigham-e-Islam Conference". They also underlined that effective unity of
ulema and Mashaykh is need of the time to defeat menace of terrorism and
extremism from Islamic world.
Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council led Friday
prayers in Lahore, while vice-chairman Pakistan Ulema Council Maulana Abdul
Karim Nadeem led Friday prayers in Rahim Yar Khan. Among notable office bearers
of PUC also led Friday prayers in their respective areas including Allama Abdul
Haq Mujahid in Multan, Maulana Abdul Hameed Watto in Qila Dedar Singh, Qazi
Matiullah Saeedi in Gujarat, Maulana Asadullah Farooq in Lahore, Maulana Asad
Zikriya in Karachi, Maulana Idrees Qasmi, Maulana Haq Nawaz Khalid in
Faisalabad, Maulana Shafi Qasmi in Sahiwal, Maulana Asghar Khosa in Dera Ghazi
Khan, Maulana Tahir Aqeel, Maulana Nauman Hashir in Rawalpindi, Maulana
Abubakar Sabri in Islamabad, Maulana Abdul Malick Asif in Multan, Qari Abdul
Hakeem Athar in Lahore, Maulana Faheemul Hassan Farooqi in Sheikhupura, Mian
Rashid Munir in Sialkot, Maulana Amjad Mehmood Muawia in Sialkot, Maulana
Tahirul Hassan in Faisalabad, Maulana Saadullah Ludhianvi in Toba Tek Singh,
Maulana Anisur Rehman in Gojra, Maulana Aziz Akbar in Rajanpur.
ulema in their addresses said that terrorism and extremism has been causing
enormous challenges for Muslim Ummah.
said participation of Imam e Kaba and religious scholars from all over Muslim
world in "4th International Paigham-e-Islam Conference" is
demonstration of acknowledgment of sacrifices of Pakistan against terrorism and
Pakistan has lodged protest with Iran for its inaction not taking action
against the group behind the killing of 14 passengers who were forcibly
offloaded them from their bus on the Makran Coastal Highway in Ormara,
to Geo News, the Foreign Office sent a letter of protest to the Iranian Embassy
terrorists who camouflaged themselves in Frontier Corps (FC) uniform barricaded
the road and stopped 3-4 buses traveling from Ormara to Gwadar on the coastal
highway at Buzi Top in the dawn of April 18 and on the identification of the
passengers, shot dead 14 personnel belonging to the armed forces of Pakistan.
BRAS which is the alliance of three Baloch terrorist organisations have claimed
responsibility for this terrorist act," the letter stated.
the incident, the terrorists who arrived from border region returned to that
area," it added.
letter pointed out that Pakistan "has repeatedly shared intelligence about
"The information about the hubs of these Baloch terrorist organisations in
Iran, having training camps and logistics bases across the border, was shared
with Iranian intelligence in the recent past, and on a number of occasions
earlier," the letter read. "Unfortunately, no action has been taken
by Iran in this regard, to date."
further said, "Killing of 14 innocent Pakistanis by terrorists groups
based in Iran is a very serious incident that Pakistan protests strongly.
Pakistan awaits Iran's response to its request for action against these groups
based in Iran, whose locations have been identified by Pakistan a number of
development comes a day before Prime
Minister Imran Khan embarks on a two-day visit to Iran.
Two Pakistan Taliban militants have been arrested for their involvement in the
kidnapping and killing of American journalist Danial Pearl in 2002 and several
terror-related activities in the country, officials said on Friday.
Counter-Terrorism Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Manshera district said
they are the most dreaded terrorists of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
Jan and Muhammad Anwar were arrested during an intelligencebased operation,
were involved in the kidnapping and killing of American journalist Pearl in
who was the South Asia Bureau Chief of The Wall Street Journal, was kidnapped
and later beheaded by terrorists in Pakistan.
an active member of the TTP Karachi, TTP Swat and Shagla districts, was a
trained terrorist and a suicide bombing trainer who supplied trained suicide
bombers to the TTP, they said, adding that he was also the chief of financial
affairs of TTP Miranshah.
was also involved in the terrorist attack on the French embassy staff in
Karachi and provided suicide bombers for an attack on former president Gen Pervez
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Friday that Pakistan and India
could not afford war because both were nuclear powers and had the capacity to
destroy each other.
at a ceremony here, he said war was not an option for resolving issues and both
countries would have to decide how they could end their disputes and live in
said he could not blame India for the April 12 blast in Quetta without
evidence. However, he criticised India for using force against the people of
held Kashmir, saying that India could not suppress the voice of Kashmiris by
deploying a large number of troops in the valley.
Qureshi said the country was facing economic challenges. But, he added, the
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government was not responsible for the financial
crunch the country was facing today.
said his party was ready to hold an open discussion on economic issues of the
country. It is not the PTI government which is first time approaching the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bailout package to stabilise the
country’s economy. Many previous governments, including those of the Pakistan
Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and military rulers
Pervez Musharraf and Ziaul Haq, sought financial assistance from the IMF, he
said the PTI government did not want to depress the nation by disclosing the
actual financial condition of the country.
foreign minister held the previous PML-N government responsible for the current
financial ills of the country, saying that the previous government had burdened
the country with heavy debts. A large chunk of the budget was spent on retiring
the country’s debts, he added. He said the media should extend its support to
the government for the creation of south Punjab province.
said a number of forces at the international level wanted to destabilise
Pakistan. They desired to see the country on the Financial Action Task Force’s
(FATF) grey list and for the purpose they were hatching conspiracies against
it, he said, adding that Pakistan would face a grave financial crisis if its
name was included in the blacklist.
said some forces were trying to create a law and order situation in
Balochistan, adding that the nation needed to identify the elements trying to
disturb the security situation in Pakistan.
said it was a matter of concern that the militant Islamic State group was
gaining ground in Afghanistan, adding that the situation in Afghanistan could
affect the 2020 US presidential election.
Qureshi said the print media all over the world was facing a crisis because of
the rise of digital media. The media, he said, should not depend only on
government advertisement for its survival. Major sources of revenues for many
international media organisations came from the private sector, he added.
said it was a matter of concern that journalists were losing their jobs. But,
he added, the government had no control over it.
said Pakistan had witnessed growth in the media for the past 15 years and
during the period many private TV channels had been established in the country
and thousands of jobs created.
said the media played an important in creating awareness among the public about
real issues of the country.
Qureshi will pay a four-day visit to Japan from Sunday, adds APP.
the visit, he is scheduled to hold wide-ranging talks with his Japanese
counterpart and other dignitaries.
from interacting with the Pakistani community and leading media houses in
Japan, the foreign minister will also interact with Japanese intellectuals,
academicians and business persons at the Japan Institute of International
Tears rolled down the cheeks of the Sikh pilgrims as they expressed their
feelings on seeing work on Kartarpur Corridor Project.
congregation of Sikhs from all over the world including India performed the
rituals at the resting place of Baba Guru Nanak at Kartarpur, Shakargarh. The
pilgrims celebrated Baisakhi festival in traditional style and paid homage to
the founding leader.
is a peace-loving country where all religions have complete freedom. The Sikh
community will defend every inch of this sacred land in difficult times,” said
a visitor who spoke to media after performing rituals.
Guruchin and Sardar Rishi Singh said, “We are feeling elated over Pakistan’s
decision to construct Kartarpur corridor and work is going on to complete the
Indian Sikh pilgrims also thanked the Pakistan government for undertaking the
project. “It is appreciable that Pakistan looks after our sacred places. We are
thankful for this gesture,” said a pilgrim.
than 3,000 pilgrims participated in the festival for which the gurdwara had
been decorated with natural and artificial flowers. The organisers garlanded
the visitors and presented them nosegays, also affording them an opportunity to
enjoy cultural and fun-filled activities. Many of them visited various parts of
the sacred place and took selfies.
The Sindh High Court on Friday deplored that the number of domestic violence
victims was growing since the provincial authorities remained unable to
properly enforce the domestic violence law enacted around six years ago.
two-judge SHC bench comprising Justices Aftab Ahmed Gorar and Amjad Ali Sahito
directed the chief secretary and social welfare secretary to implement the
Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act, 2013 in letter and spirit
without loss of further time and sought quarterly progress reports.
bench issued theses directives after dismissing an appeal of one Asad Khan who
challenged his life term handed down by a trial court in 2012 for killing his
bench observed that it was a third judgement within a month wherein husband
committed the murder of his wife on petty matters. It added that despite
complaints of torture and maltreatment against their husbands and in-laws, the
parents of victims forced them to stay with their husbands and eventually they
victims of domestic violence are entitled for help and support as no law allows
continuity of a forced tie, but typical cultural thoughts compel the parents to
send back their daughters to the houses of their husbands,” it added.
bench in its order further stated that as per a Human Rights Watch study,
between 20 and 30 per cent of women in Pakistan suffered a form of abuse while
around 5,000 women were killed every year due to domestic violence and
thousands of others suffered physical, psychological and sexual abuse from
to another survey report, the SHC bench said that Pakistan was ranked the third
most dangerous country for women after Afghanistan and Democratic Republic of
further observed that the problem in all the cases was that after marriage, the
family members were not helping/supporting their daughters with a fear that if
their married daughters started living with them then nobody can contract
marriage with their other unmarried daughters.
the authorities concerned are silent spectators as no one is ready to provide
protection to women in real sense. The domestic violence law was passed with an
aim to help such victims, but despite lapse of a considerable period the
government has failed to enforce it in letter and spirit,” it added.
observed that the alarming figures indicated that the government had failed in
giving any weight to such enactment and it was one of the reasons that typical
cultural thoughts still existed and the parents of married daughters felt
themselves helpless in the absence of legal assistance, which was otherwise
available under the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act.
appellant moved the SHC against the conviction order of a sessions court, which
had sentenced him to life in prison after holding him guilty of stabbing his
wife, Aneela, to death at his house in Landhi in March 2009.
father of the victim deposed before the trial court that his daughter’s husband
and in-laws used to torture her and she complained to her parents time and
the appeal, the bench upheld the conviction order of the trial court and
observed that the prosecution successfully established its case against the
appellant and his lawyer also failed to point out any illegality or serious
infirmity in the judgement of the trial court.
Assistant Prosecutor General Sagheer Ahmed Abbasi argued that the judgement of
the sessions court was in accordance with law and maintained that the appellant
used to maltreat his wife and an application in this regard was also moved to
the town police officer Landhi by the complainant.
The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) arrested two suspected terrorists with
alleged links to the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) here on Friday.
CTD sources said that on intelligence tips-off, operations were conducted in
different areas of Mansehra and Abbottabad.
operations, suspected TTP commander Azeem Jan and another suspect Muhammad
Anwar were apprehended.
nabbed suspects were shifted to an undisclosed location for further
investigation, said CTD sources, adding important revelations and more arrests
Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Friday that he would not hesitate to make
more changes to his cabinet if required a day after a major reshuffle that saw
the appointment of a new finance minister and nine other ministerial switches.
cabinet shakeup, which comes eight months after Khan took office, included the
replacement of Finance Minister Asad
who has been a close ally to Khan for many years, with Abdul Hafeez Shaikh in a
renamed role to steer the country out
worsening economic turmoil.
is on the brink of signing up for its 13th International Monetary Fund (IMF)
bailout since the late 1980s in a bid to stave off a balance of payments crisis
and ease ballooning current account and fiscal deficits.
want to tell all my ministers that whoever is not useful for my country, I will
change them and bring that minister who is useful for my country,” Khan said
during a speech in the northern region of Orakzai.
who served as finance minister from 2010-2013 under the opposition Pakistan
People’s Party when it was in power, has been appointed as “Adviser on Finance”
but will be heading the finance ministry once again.
Pakistan’ it is common for financial experts to be given the title of
“adviser”, rather than federal minister, to head the finance ministry when they
are not a sitting member of parliament.
with the IMF
has been leading negotiations with the IMF but faced criticism over a worsening
economic outlook on his watch, with inflation at a five-year high and the rupee
currency down about 35 percent since December 2017.
central bank last month cut growth estimates, forecasting the economy to expand
3.5 to 4 percent in the 12 months to the end of June, well short of a
government target of 6.2 percent. The IMF paints a gloomier picture, predicting
growth of 2.9 percent in 2019 and 2.8 percent next year.
a speech laden with cricket metaphors, Khan, who led Pakistan’s cricket team to
World Cup triumph in 1992, said such changes were part of good leadership.
captain has one objective and that is to get the team to win. The prime
minister also has one objective and I have only one objective, to help my
people win, to help them rise,” he said.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan defended his decision to make sweeping
changes to his Cabinet on Friday, as analysts warned of a prolonged period of
reshuffle, announced late on Thursday night, comes just eight months into his
party’s five-year term, and saw key appointments of political veterans widely
criticized for their roles in previous administrations.
said he had the right as leader of the country to remove anyone from office if
they did not perform.
want to tell all ministers: Whoever isn’t beneficial for my country, I will
bring (in) someone who is,” the former cricket star said at a rally in Orakzai
in northwestern Pakistan. “If a player isn’t performing, we either change the
batting order or we change him.
prime minister has one mission: To make his team win, and my mission is to lead
my nation to victory. For that, I have changed the batting order of my team,
and I will do again in the future.”
Hafeez Shaikh, the main beneficiary of the reshuffle, has been made finance
minister. He previously held the role from 2010-2013 under the opposition
Pakistan Peoples Party when it was in power, and was minister for privatization
under former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf.
also elevated Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, another former Musharraf
supporter. Chaudhry will now serve as minister for science and technology,
while Firdous Ashiq Awan has replaced him at the Ministry of Information.
reshuffle had been expected for weeks amid reports Khan had become disenchanted
with Finance Minister Asad Umar over delays in securing a bailout package from
the International Monetary Fund.
at its highest for five years, has shocked many Pakistanis who voted for Khan.
Pakistan’s central bank lowered growth forecasts last month, and the rupee has
lost 35 percent of its value since December 2017.
analysts warned the shakeup was ill-timed, and would not immediately improve
the government’s performance or restore the public’s trust.
reshuffle may help settle some internal wrangling and power struggles in the
ranks of the government, but in the long run it won’t have any positive impact
on its performance,” journalist Zebunnisa Burki told Arab News. “The political
chaos created by the reshuffle won’t raise much confidence.”
and political consultant Mosharraf Zaidi stated a reshuffle just eight months
into the government’s term revealed a “dangerous lack of patience” on the part
of the prime minister.
Cabinet assignments that have been moved around show a contempt for
performance. If the problem was poor performance, then why were Cabinet members
just reshuffled and not simply removed? This is (now) a government essentially
of the Musharraf era.”
Javed, a writer and sociology professor at the Lahore University of Management
Sciences, said the changes had increased “political uncertainty.”
sudden and drastic change is not well received,” he said. “It seems like this
was not a well thought out strategy … it shows the government itself is unsure
about its long-term planning and strategy to deal with chronic issues like the
was unfair to assess the performance of any ministry after a mere eight months,
Javed added, especially when the government had promised major structural
reforms to steer the country out of crisis.
President Emmanuel Macron on Friday hosted representatives of the Kurdish-led
force that defeated Daesh extremists in Syria, assuring them of France's
support in the fight against remaining extremists.
US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had in late March flushed out Daesh
from their last bastion in Syria but still warn the terrorists remain a threat
SDF is an umbrella force of Kurds and Arabs dominated by Kurds from the
People's Protection Units (YPG) militia. It is regarded with huge distrust by
neighbouring Turkey which sees the YPG as a terror group.
assured the SDF representatives, who were not named, of the "active
support of France in the fight against Daesh which continues to be a menace for
collective security," the presidency said in a statement.
important was the support in the "handling of terrorist fighters held as
prisoners along with their families."
capitals are all keeping a careful eye on the Daesh prisoners held by the SDF
after the defeat of the extremists, given many are dual nationals.
also vowed that financial support would be allocated to "respond to the
humanitarian needs and the socio-economic stabilisation of civilian populations
SDF were the key ally of the West in defeating Daesh and waged the bulk of the
fighting on the ground.
they fear being abandoned by their patrons now Daesh is beaten, after US
President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of American forces from Syria.
Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian had in April announced one million euros
($1.1 million) in humanitarian aid for camps housing displaced people, notably
Al-Hol which holds thousands of women and children who lived in Daesh-held
past contacts with the SDF's Syrian Kurds have angered Turkey, which regards
the YPG as the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
PKK has waged a 35-year insurrection against the Turkish state.
also made clear of the importance to Paris of "the security of Turkey and
a de-escalation along the Syrian-Turkish border," the presidency said.
on Thursday evening issued remarks on a group of armed French nationals who
were briefly detained by the Tunisian authorities earlier this week after
entering the country from Libya.
insists that the 13-member group were members of a diplomatic “security team”
tasked with guarding the French embassy in Libya.
to reports in the local media, however, the group consisted of military
advisers who were providing support to renegade Libyan commander Khalifa
this month, Haftar launched a campaign -- which remains ongoing -- with the
stated aim of capturing Libyan capital Tripoli.
a statement posted on Facebook, French Ambassador to Tunisia Olivier Poivre
d'Arvor said the group’s equipment, which was seized by the Tunisian
authorities, would be sent to France.
to d’Arvor, certain “military equipment” found in the group’s possession “was
relevant to their task of protecting French Ambassador to Libya Beatrice du
Hellen and securing her place of work [i.e., the embassy]”.
attacks kill 27 Syria pro-regime fighters in 48 hours: monitor
Attacks by Daesh group fighters deep in the Syrian Desert killed 27 Damascus
troops and allied fighters over the past 48 hours, a monitoring group said on
Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the dead included four
senior Syrian army officer.
Amaq propaganda arm of Daesh, which lost the last vestige of its “caliphate” to
Kurdish-led forces in eastern Syria last month but retains desert and mountain
hideouts in both Syria and Iraq, said its fighters carried out the operation.
in putting pressure on the Iraqi government to prevent that government from
equipping and arming Hashd al-Sha'abi forces with advanced weapons," Iraqi
lawmaker and member of Al-Fath Coalition Mohammad Karim was quoted by the
Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website as saying on Thursday.
pointed to the intensified pressures to weaken Hashd al-Sha'abi, and said that
Washington is trying to prevent the Iraqi popular mobilization forces from
receiving their salaries and benefits.
a relevant development last week, media reports said that the US military men
stationed in occupied bases in al-Anbar province were using the ISIL terrorists
in disguise of ordinary people to target the Iraqi forces in desert areas of
of Badr Organization's Office in al-Anbar Qusai al-Anbari was quoted by
al-Ma'aloumeh as saying that the US forces deployed in Ein al-Assad and
al-Habaniyeh bases in al-Anbar deserts in Western Iraq are using a new method
to attack the Iraqi security forces.
added that they disguise the ISIL terrorists as shepherds and tribesmen to
launch against the Iraqi security forces, Hashd al-Sha'abi and civilians in
said that the US forces have even prepared livestock for the ISIL terrorists to
disguise them as shepherds.
head of Badr organization's office in al-Anbar province had also last month
warned of the American forces' suspicious moves in the Western deserts of the
province, saying that the US was aiding the terrorists stationed in the region.
quoted al-Anbari as saying at the time that the Americans were assisting a
terrorist group called Ghosts of Desert in desert areas of al-Anbar, adding
that they had been airdropping foodstuff packages for the ISIL from helicopters
hovering over the region in the past few days.
activists in Raqqa reported that the civil teams in the city found the corpses
of 13 people from a mass-grave in al-Fakhikheh region in Southern Raqqa.
also said that 11 other dead bodies, including a child, were discovered from
the debris of the buildings in al-Badou, al-Adkhar, al-Haramieh and near
al-Talaeh military base in the city of Raqqa who had been killed in the US
a relevant development in late March, the bodies of over 300 victims of the
ISIL and the US air raids, including those of slain women and children, were
discovered in mass-graves and from under the rubles of destroyed buildings in
Kurdish-language Hawar News quoted Head of Raqqa's Rescue Team Yasser al-Khamis
as saying last Thursday that the corpses of 304 people had been unearthed from
a mass-grave in Fakhikheh region in Southern Raqqa since early January.
added that most of the bodies belonged to the civilians, including women and
children, noting that some of the victims had been executed.
media activists reported that bodies of several civilians, most of them women
and children, were pulled out of the debris in al-Adkhar and al-Ta'aminat
districts of Raqqa in the past few days.
President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan will not involve giving land
from Egypt’s Sinai peninsula to the Palestinians, an American envoy said on
Greenblatt, Trump’s Middle East envoy, apparently sought to deny reports on
social media that the long-awaited plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
would involve extending Gaza into the northern Sinai along Egypt’s
reports our plan includes the concept that we will give a portion of Sinai
(which is Egypt’s) to Gaza. False!”, Greenblatt, one of the architects of the
proposal, tweeted on Friday.
reports our plan includes the concept that we will give a portion of Sinai
(which is Egypt’s) to Gaza. False! Please don’t believe everything you read.
Surprising & sad to see how people who don’t know what’s in the plan make
up & spread fake stories.
PM - Apr 19, 2019
people are talking about this
American plan is expected to be unveiled once Israel’s newly re-elected Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forms a government coalition and after the Muslim
holy month of Ramadan, which ends in June.
senior advisor Jared Kushner said on Wednesday the plan would require
compromise by all parties, a source familiar with his remarks said.
is unclear whether the plan will propose outright the creation of a Palestinian
state, the Palestinians’ core demand.
Palestinians have long sought to set up a state in the West Bank and Gaza
Strip, territory Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East War, with East
Jerusalem as its capital.
President Bashar al-Assad has called for progress in stalled talks on a
so-called buffer zone around militant-held Idlib province in the country’s
made the remarks in a meeting with the Russian president’s special envoy
Alexander Lavrentiev in Damascus.
Syrian president also stressed his government’s determination to eliminate
terrorist groups which are holed up in Idlib and attack civilians in
also called for the removal of any "obstacles" blocking the full
implementation of the deal, the presidency wrote on Facebook.
and Russia brokered a deal in September 2018 to create a demilitarized zone in
Idlib that would be evacuated of all heavy weapons and militants.
meeting with the Russian diplomat came ahead of fresh Syria talks aimed at
ending the conflict in the war-torn country. The new round of Syria
negotiations are scheduled to be held on April 25 and 26 in Kazakhstan’s
Syrian president’s call for progress in talks and elimination of terrorist
groups holed up in Idlib comes as the situation in the militant-held province
is being described as “dangerous”.
situation in the Syrian province [of Idlib] is very dangerous, and the Nusra
Front terrorist group – which is not part of a de-escalation zone – is
controlling a majority of the province’s regions,” Iranian Foreign Minister
Mohammad Javad Zarif warned last month.
has also warned that al-Qaeda-inspired terrorists and the Western-backed White
Helmets "aid" group are gearing up for a false flag chemical attack
in Idlib, the last major militant stronghold in the Arab state.
Zakharova, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, said Thursday that
terrorists with the Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, better known as al-Nusra Front,
"along with the White Helmets, are preparing for further provocations
aimed at accusing the legitimate government in Syria of using poisonous
says ‘disappointed Qatar’s intra-Afghan initiative has been delayed’
U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Khalilzad
has expressed disappointment regarding a delay in holding the intra-Afghan
talks in Qatar.
disappointed Qatar’s intra-Afghan initiative has been delayed. We’re in touch
with all parties and encouraged that everyone remains committed to dialogue and
the #AfghanPeaceProcess,” Ambassador Khalilzad said in a Twitter post.
also added that “Dialogue is and always will be key to a political roadmap and
lasting peace. There is no alternative. I urge all sides to seize the moment
and put things back on track by agreeing to a participant list that speaks for
all Afghans. I stand ready to help if our help is needed.”
comes as the Afghan government has announced that the intra-Afghan dialogue has
been cancelled by the government of Qatar after failing to respond to the
demands of the Afghan people to include all 250 delegates in the final list of
the participants for the talks.
local group leader of Taliban was arrested during an operation of the Afghan
intelligence operatives in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan.
Ministry of Interior said the National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives
conducted an operation with the Special Forces of the Afghan National Police in
Tajik-Ha area of Baghlan-e-Markazi district on Thursday.
to a statement released by MoI, a local Taliban group leader identified as
Mohammad Zahir was arrested during the same operation.
ministry has not disclosed further information regarding the detained group
senior Taliban leaders including the shadow deputy governor of the group for
Nangarhar province were killed in U.S. airstrikes in Shirzad district of the
provincial government media office in a statement said the airstrikes were
carried out late on Friday night in Markikhel area of Shirzad district.
statement further added that the deputy shadow governor of Taliban for
Nangarhar Sheikh Zar Mohammad alias Rahmani was killed along with several other
senior Taliban leaders in the airstrikes.
other key Taliban leaders killed in the airstrikes have been identified as
Noorullah, the deputy shadow district chief of Taliban for Shirzad district,
Syeda Jan and Zabiullah.
shadow judge of Taliban for Shirzad district Mawlavi Mohammad Alam, his
brother, and 17 other militants were also killed in the airstrikes, the
couple has been shot dead by Taliban militants in northern Sar-e-Pul province
of Afghanistan, the Afghan military in the North said Friday.
209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said the couple was shot dead at around noon
time in Awzan Saqal Village in Gosfandi district the province.
statement further added that circumstances surrounding the killing of the
couple have not been ascertained so far.
anti-government armed militants including Taliban have not commented regarding
the incident so far.
is among the relatively volatile provinces in Northeastern parts of the
country. Taliban militants are active in some of its districts and often carry
out terrorist related activities.
A major meeting between the Afghan Taliban and the government of Afghanistan
was cancelled on Friday, after disagreements with the host nation, Qatar.
President Ashraf Ghani had announced the names of a 250-strong delegation to
travel to Doha on Tuesday, to hold discussions with the militant group over
ending the country’s 17-year conflict.
trip was delayed on Thursday, however, before Ghani’s office declared it was
off in a statement on Friday morning, following suggestions the Qatari
government had rejected a number of members of the delegation at the last
minute. An alternative list of delegates suggested by Doha “was not acceptable
to the Afghan government,” leading it to pull out of the talks.
Qatari government sent a new list which was not balanced in terms of
involvement of the people of Afghanistan … it was a disrespect to the national
will of the Afghan people,” the statement said.
meeting with President Ghani agreed that the act by the Qatari government is
not acceptable, and the Doha conference was cancelled.”
meeting would have been the first of its kind since the Taliban was ousted from
power by a US-led coalition in 2001, and came amid pressure from Washington to
find a diplomatic solution to hostilities. US President Donald Trump’s
administration has ramped up tension in recent months by beginning the process
of withdrawing troops from the country.
in Qatar were initially proposed following repeated pushes by Zalmay Khalilzad,
the US special representative for Afghan reconciliation, for an intra-Afghan
meeting including Ghani’s government.
number of closed-door talks between the Taliban and Khalilzad had previously
been held in Doha, but representatives of Ghani’s government, at the request of
the militants, were not invited.
disappointed Qatar’s intra-Afghan initiative has been delayed,” Khalilzad said
on Twitter. “I urge all sides to seize the moment and put things back on track
by agreeing to a participant list that speaks for all Afghans.”
Taliban responded to the news in a statement, saying that it remained committed
to peace talks in Doha, blaming Kabul for the failure of the meeting.
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