Muslims Seek Harmony with Everyone, Regardless Of Religion or Nationality:
Muslim World League Chief
Harmony between Races and Religions Makes Us an Exemplary Islamic Country
Did Not Run For Congress to Be Silent,’ Ilhan Omar Tells Trump
Calls On Pakistan, Qatar, Other Nations To Condemn Taliban Spring Offensive
Protesters Refuse to End Quetta Sit-In amid Centre’s Assurances
Leader-In-Exile Hadi Returns for Meeting of Divided Parliament
Government to Be Formed, Says Sudan’s New Head of Military Council
Kashmir, Mujahid to Counter Chowkidar
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Muslims seek harmony with everyone, regardless of religion or nationality:
Muslim World League chief
Extremist groups are active only in stagnant cultural and social environments,
the head of the Muslim World League (MWL), Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa,
a Friday sermon, delivered at the Grand Mosque in Kazan, Tatarstan, Al-Issa
said vigilant Muslims can defeat extremist propaganda.
and harmony are the most important guarantors of stability and prosperity, he
said that true Muslims respect unity and the laws of the countries in which
they live, seeking harmony with everyone, regardless of their religion or
MWL chief, who has been on a visit to Russia, warned against recalling
historical events and drawing analogies to a current situation. The
responsibility of each historical era rests only with the people who lived in
it, he said.
stressed the need to improve understanding for the benefit of all, saying that
“extremism can only win with a lack of awareness.” He cautioned worshippers
against conflict and division, pointing out that Islamic law called for
learning from others and from the lessons of history.
Harmony between races and religions makes us an exemplary Islamic country
relations and the wellbeing of all races and religions in the country has
cemented Malaysia’s status as an exemplary Islamic country, said Dr Wan Azizah
deputy prime minister said those were the unique features of Malaysia, in which
all quarters were well taken care of, in line with Islamic teachings.
Wan Azizah said the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government had been practising the
concept of Rahmatan lil alamin (Mercy to all creations) which promotes Islam as
a religion of peace, tolerance and love.
government wants to administer the country in a good and proper manner, but it
needs cooperation from the people. We cannot be too obsessed or provocative in
needs to be done wisely as we are a multi-racial society with Malay, Chinese,
Indian, and other ethnicities in Sabah and Sarawak living together. Do not
cause racial or religious hatred or disputes and do not envy each other,” she
said when opening the Rahmah Carnival at Taman Sri Belat here today.
present was Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Fuziah Salleh.
Azizah said the organising of the carnival was an initiative to introduce the
concept of peace as promoted in Islam, in a bid to strengthen the ties among
said the carnival, which is the first in its series in Pahang, was one of the
42 Rahmah programmes lined up for implementation nationwide this year,
including in Penang next month.
Rahmah programme was launched on March 24 by the Minister in the Prime
Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusuf Rawa.
the face of violent attacks from US President Donald Trump and other
Republicans, Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has said nobody could silence her.
did not run for Congress to be silent,” Omar wrote on Twitter on Saturday,
hours after Trump shared a video suggesting that Omar, a Democratic member of
the House of Representatives from Minnesota, was dismissive of the attacks on
September 11, 2001.
administration that would rather give billionaires tax breaks than provide a
little cushion for working people. An administration that would rather attack
fellow Americans who are transgender and wear our country’s uniform than fight
for equality and opportunity for all.
did not run for Congress to be silent. I did not run for Congress to sit on the
sidelines. I ran because I believed it was time to restore moral clarity and
courage to Congress. To fight and to defend our democracy.
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video spliced news footage of 9/11 with a clip from a speech Omar gave last
month in which she described the terror attack as “some people did something.”
who came to the US from Somalia as a refugee and became one of the first Muslim
women in Congress, thanked supporters for standing “against an administration
that ran on banning Muslims from this country.”
one person – no matter how corrupt, inept, or vicious – can threaten my
unwavering love for America,” she wrote on Twitter. “I stand undeterred to
continue fighting for equal opportunity in our pursuit of happiness for all
one person – no matter how corrupt, inept, or vicious – can threaten my
unwavering love for America. I stand undeterred to continue fighting for equal
opportunity in our pursuit of happiness for all Americans.
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an other tweet, Omar slammed Trump's immigration policy.
country was founded on the ideas of justice, of liberty, of the pursuit of
happiness. But these core beliefs are under threat. Each and every day. We are
under threat by an administration that would rather cage children than pass
comprehensive immigration reform.
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the hours after Trump attacked Omar, top Democrats in the US Congress strongly
condemned Trump and other Republicans for attacking Omar over comments she made
that seemingly minimized the 9/11 attacks, which were a series of strikes in
the US that killed nearly 3,000 people and caused about $10 billion worth of
property and infrastructure damage.
officials assert that the attacks were carried out by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists
but many experts have raised questions about the official account.
believe that rogue elements within the US government, such as former Republican
Vice President Dick Cheney, orchestrated or at least encouraged the 9/11
attacks in order to accelerate the US war machine and advance the Zionist
Omar’s speech, given to a Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, she said
Muslims had “lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and,
frankly, I’m tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be
tired of it.”
was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something
and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties,"
from Trump’s Republican Party have accused Omar of minimizing the 9/11 attacks,
while critics of the president say he took Omar’s words out of context in order
to stoke anti-Muslim sentiment.
Senator Bernie Sanders, who is running for president again in the 2020
elections after he lost in 2016, described Omar as a leader with “strength and
won't back down to Trump's racism and hate, and neither will we. The disgusting
and dangerous attacks against her must end," Sanders tweeted Friday.
Senator Elizabeth Warren condemned the attacks against Omar as not only
dangerous for the congresswoman, but Muslims in the US in general.
Trump's inflammatory and dangerous rhetoric towards Ilhan Omar is jeopardizing
her safety. He is deliberately putting her and all Muslim Americans in harm's
way," Inslee tweeted Friday.
Trump's inflammatory and dangerous rhetoric towards Ilhan Omar is jeopardizing
her safety. He is deliberately putting her and all Muslim Americans in harm's
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also tweeted a similar message on Friday: "The President is inciting
violence against a sitting Congresswoman—and an entire group of Americans based
on their religion. It's disgusting. It's shameful. And any elected leader who
refuses to condemn it shares responsibility for it."
Tlaib, the other Muslim American woman in Congress, was the first on Friday who
urged Democrats to “speak up” for Omar.
is enough,” she wrote. “No more silence, with NY Post and now Trump taking Ilhan’s
words out of context to incite violence toward her, it’s time for more Dems to
speak up. Clearly the GOP is fine with this shameful stunt, but we cannot stand
calls on Pakistan, Qatar, other nations to condemn Taliban spring offensive
U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay
Khalilzad has condemned the announcement of spring offensive by Taliban as he
called on Pakistan, Qatar, and other nations to condemn the announcement as
Taliban’s spring offensive announcement is reckless. It is irresponsible to
suggest that an increase in violence is warranted because the government
announced a security plan. The Afghan people have clearly voiced their desire
for peace,” Ambassador Khalilzad said in a statement posted in Twitter.
said “Through this announcement, Taliban leaders demonstrate their indifference
to the demands of Afghans across the country. The call for more fighting will
not advance peace efforts. If executed, it will only yield more suffering and
thousands more causalities.”
a time when all Afghans should come together in talks to determine a common
future, a call for fighting suggests the Taliban are stuck in the ways of the
past. Many Talibs including fighters and some leaders oppose this
announcement,” the U.S. envoy added.
Khalilzad also added that “The U.S. and our international partners will stand
with Afghan security forces to continue our effort to end the war in
Afghanistan, at the same time as we seek to bring parties to the table to
Taliban militants on Friday announced the launch of its spring offensive ‘Al-Fath’
protesters refuse to end Quetta sit-in amid Centre’s assurances
Amid tight security, the Hazara community members continued their protest
against the Hazarganji blast for a second consecutive day despite heavy rain in
the city and the federal government’s assurance to the affected families of
action against militant organisations and effective implementation of the
National Action Plan (NAP).
protesters, who were joined by workers and leaders of the Majlis
Wahdat-i-Muslimeen (MWM) on Saturday, blocked the western bypass, which links
the provincial capital with main highways, by placing heavy boulders and
barricades and burning tyres and set up camps in the area.
least 19 people, including eight members of the Hazara community, were killed
and 48 others were wounded in the suicide blast whose responsibility was
claimed by the Qari Husain faction of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan on Friday.
according to Associated Press, the militant Islamic State group in a statement
posted on an IS-affiliated website claimed it had targeted the Shia population
and the Pakistani army. The group also released a photograph of the bomber
along with his name, Agence France-Presse (AFP) added.
the protest against the killings continued, Federal Minister for Maritime
Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi arrived in the provincial capital and met the
to the media in Hazarganji after offering condolences to the families, the
minister said the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf-led government was seriously
pursuing the investigations into the suicide attack. He said the federal
government claimed full responsibility of protecting its citizens regardless of
their caste, creed, religion or province.
said, “Yesterday’s attack is condemnable and the federal government will fully
cooperate in the investigation with the provincial government.”
assured the protesting families that the government would fully implement the
NAP and would take strict action against the terrorist organizations and their
federal minister also went to Hazara Town where he condoled with the families of
the suicide attack victims on the behalf of Prime Minister Imran Khan. He
strongly condemned the incident that targeted the Hazara community.
said: “Prime Minister Imran Khan has issued a clear direction to all law
enforcement agencies and cabinets to ensure that no religious or political
groups affiliated with terror groups are exempted from action under NAP.
Terrorism does not have any religion and we have fought this war for the past
20 years. Now, we are at the tail-end of our fight against terror.”
said terrorism could be eliminated through education. “We will have to improve
the state of health, education and security in the country or development will
not be possible in the country.
this incident is horrifying, we are happy to see that Balochistan now has a
chief minister who is far-sighted and dedicated,” Mr Zaidi said, adding that
the first and foremost challenge was to turn Pakistan from a security state
into an economic state.
the protesters refused to call off their sit-in. They said the protest would
continue until all their demands were met.
protesters were demanding that elements involved in the suicide attack be
arrested and steps be taken to ensure protection of the community and
implementation of the NAP without any discrimination.
said the government had failed to protect the Hazara community.
large number of people also staged a protest demonstration outside the Quetta
Press Club after marching on main roads.
Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) president Sardar Akhtar Jan Mengal
visited the protest camp of the Hazara community and expressed solidarity with
the protestors. He strongly condemned the suicide attack and said that the
government had failed to give protection to the people.
vowed to fight against terrorism as he did in the past and assured the
community of full support from his party.
leader-in-exile Hadi returns for meeting of divided parliament
Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who lives in Saudi Arabia while rival
Houthi forces control the capital Sanaa, made a rare visit to his country on
Saturday for a meeting of the divided parliament in a loyalist southern
Sanaa, however, the Houthis have started to organise elections to fill 24
vacant seats in the same parliament, state news agency SABA said.
sides are under pressure from international players to implement a United
Nations-sponsored ceasefire deal agreed last year in Sweden and to prepare for
a wider political dialogue that would end the four-year-old war. Lawmakers from
both sides would ultimately meet to agree on a political framework.
Riyadh-backed government, which is still recognised internationally, has been
based in the southern port city of Aden since 2015 and Hadi has not set foot
there since a visit last August. Hadi-aligned parliamentarians gathered in
Sayun, Hadramout province on Saturday elected Sultan al-Burkani of the General
People’s Congress (GPC) of late Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh as their
Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Houthis in the devastating war has
been trying to recruit GPC members and fighters since Saleh was killed in
December 2017 after switching sides away from the Houthis.
extraordinary session is held in a historic moment as we stand in a crossroad
between choices of war and peace,” Hadi told the 145 parliamentarins meeting in
government to be formed, says Sudan’s new head of military council
new head of Sudan’s transitional military council said on Saturday that a
civilian government would be established after consultations with opposition
forces and promised that the transitional period would last for a maximum of
his first televised address, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan
Abdelrahman said he was cancelling a night curfew ordered by his predecessor
and ordered the release of all prisoners jailed under emergency laws ordered by
ousted President Omar al-Bashir.
on Saturday, Sudan’s security and intelligence chief, Salah Gosh resigned on
Saturday, the country’s new military rulers said on Saturday.
Friday, Sudan’s Defense Minister Awad Ibn Auf said that he is stepping down as
head of the Country’s transitional military council, a day after former
president Omar al-Bashir was overthrown in a coup.
was overthrown on Thursday after weeks of mass protests brought on by rising
food costs, high unemployment and increasing repression during his three
decades in power.
organizers had earlier on Saturday urged people to keep marching to demand a
civilian government after the defense minister and the intelligence chief
of people gathered in front of the Defense Ministry in central Khartoum, a
Reuters witness said.
erupted on the streets of Khartoum overnight after Ibn Auf’s resignation.
of protesters waved flags and illuminated mobile phones in the darkness and
drivers hooted car horns. People chanted: “The second has fallen!” a reference
to Ibn Auf and Bashir, witnesses said.
have now lost control and they are in shock. Their ability to project influence
in an organized way inside the state appears weak,” said Sudanese analyst
added: “The reason for the changes in Sudan is the pressure from protesters and
pressures within the army, and the fear among military commanders of a split in
the armed forces.”
Kashmir, Mujahid to counter Chowkidar
is Mujahid versus Chowkidar in Kashmir.
Mayor of Srinagar Sheikh Mohommad Imran has made a controversial appeal to
Kashmiris to prefix Mujahid (warrior) with their names a la Chowkidar.
common parlance, terrorists are referred as Mujahids in Jammu and Kashmir.
am changing my name. I am prefixing my name with Mujahid. I am now Mujahid
Sheikh Mohommad Imran. I request our youth to respond to Chowkidars by
prefixing Mujahid with their names. The definition of Mujahid is one who is
engaged in Jihad. Jihad is spiritual fight against the sins or the enemies of
Islam," said Imran in a video released on social media platforms.
Deputy Mayor noted that Islam and Jihad have been misinterpreted and he was
proud to be called a Mujahid. "I want to make it clear that I am a proud
Mujahid. Islam is a religion of peace. Our religion has been misinterpreted.
Jihad and Mujahid have been misinterpreted. I will not say Jihad is not a fight
against Islam. It is a spiritual fight against sins too," he said
won the Urban Local Bodies (ULB) polls as an independent candidate last year.
He was later elected deputy mayor of Srinagar Municipal Corporation with the
support of Congress party. The elections for the ULB witnessed the lowest
turnout and some Corporators got single-digit votes, which were from their
Vicky Xiuzhong Xu and Jamie Tarabay
Australia — Growing up as a member of the Uighur ethnic group in China’s far
west, Farhad Habibullah never felt that his people were oppressed by the state.
He came from a family of Communist Party loyalists, part of an elite segment of
Uighur society celebrated by the party as model minority members.
now he has joined other Uighurs in doing what was once, to him, unthinkable —
and unthinkably dangerous, even in his new home in Australia: calling for an
independent Uighur nation.
parents worked for the Chinese Communist Party all their lives, and look at
what has happened to them,” Mr. Habibullah said. They and several other
relatives, he said, are among as many as one million Uighurs and other Muslims
held in indoctrination camps in China.
could say I grew up under the red Chinese flag,” he said. “But now I think we
have to fight for independence.”
3,000 Uighurs have found sanctuary in Australia. But as some of them draw
attention to China’s camps, they are putting their adopted homeland in an
awkward position, pressing it to speak out against its largest trading partner.
than a dozen Uighurs who are Australian permanent residents are missing in
China and presumed to be in detention, activists say. Former detainees say
China’s camps are meant to root out devotion to Islam and replace it with
loyalty to the state. Uighurs have lobbied Parliament to act, circulating
petitions and holding regular protests, chanting: “China, out! Out, out, out!”
Uighurs say that while they feel welcome here, they also fear that Islamophobia
is on the rise. They say some people at rallies have said their people were
terrorists who deserved to be in camps.
Uighurs also say they have been harassed by the Chinese authorities even while
living in Australia. And they feel powerless over the fate of relatives back
home, some of whom they have not heard from in years.
Habibullah finds support at gatherings like the one held in an Adelaide dinner
hall on a recent Monday, attended by about 300 Uighurs, many in traditional
dress. The flag of their hoped-for republic, East Turkestan, was on display,
and the aroma of Uighur dishes like lamb pilaf and walnut cake filled the room.
she held her 6-month-old baby, Zulihumaer Aibibula, 32, showed several pictures
of relatives who were missing in China’s far western region of Xinjiang,
including her 35-year-old brother. For families abroad, who are not notified
when a member disappears into one of China’s secretive camps, prolonged silence
is usually the only sign that it has happened.
Aibibula said the Chinese authorities had been pushing her family to ask her
for her Australian passport number, address and other personal details. She
refused to hand the information over, and shortly after, her brother
Chinese government is putting so much pressure on Uighurs,” she said, wiping
her eyes. “They are forcing people to go up against them.”
has long been troubled by tension between Uighurs, who are Sunni Muslims, and
the government. Some Uighurs have carried out acts of violence against the
government, which has imposed heavy restrictions in the region. The Chinese
government depicts its detention camps as schools that steer Uighurs and other
Muslims away from violent extremism by providing skills training.
activists say the government unfairly depicts Uighurs trying to escape its
persecution as extremists.
Australia, many Uighurs live in the Adelaide suburb of Gilles Plains, where one
in 10 residents is Muslim. At the heart of the community is a mosque and a
center where a Uighur group runs a language school and a soccer club.
political cause is never far from their minds, says Anna Hayes, an expert on
Xinjiang at James Cook University in Cairns, who spent time studying Uighurs
here in 2011. That year, the community held a cultural exhibition that featured
images of Uighur rallies and the blue flag of East Turkestan, as they call
their homeland. Such displays would be banned in China.
the past two years, many local Uighurs have been traumatized by the mass
detentions back home and told her they were depressed, Dr. Hayes said. “I
thought maybe it would be described like survivor’s guilt.”
Uighurs want the Australian government to step up its criticism of China’s
camps. Australia was relatively muted about the issue until November, when it
joined other Western nations in urging China to release the detainees.
Canberra’s ties with Beijing are in a delicate state, as it tries to balance
Australia’s economic needs with national security concerns over expanding
Chinese influence in the country.
worked to retrieve three citizens of Uighur descent who were detained in
Xinjiang in 2017, who have since returned. But Nurgul Sawut, an activist based
in Canberra who helped compile the list of Australian permanent residents
missing in China, said recent requests for help have been passed from one
agency to another.
have been let down,” said Ms. Sawut. “We’re just falling through the cracks as
they escape their responsibilities, but the families cannot afford to wait.”
slow response to the issue is due in part to its dependence on trade with
China, said James Leibold, a scholar of China’s ethnic policies at La Trobe
University in Melbourne. “We're incredibly vulnerable to China over the
economic front,” he said.
foreign affairs department said in a statement that the country “continues to urge
China to cease the arbitrary detention of Uighurs and other Muslim groups.”
apparent detention of Mr. Habibullah’s parents underscores the expansive nature
of the security crackdown in Xinjiang.
mother was a city police superintendent, while his father had served in the
People’s Liberation Army and later held a senior post at a state-run
broadcaster. Mr. Habibullah himself attended an elite high school in Beijing,
which paved the way for him to leave China for a comfortable life abroad.
parents were the last people who would ever criticize the Chinese government,
living abroad, Mr. Habibullah chatted with his parents regularly on the Chinese
messaging service WeChat. Suddenly, in August, they stopped answering his
contacted police stations in Xinjiang and his parents’ old workplaces, and he
tried an official in the state security agency, all to no avail. With nine
others in his family already missing, he feared the worst.
have lost everything,” he said repeatedly during an interview in February.
weekend, however — days after The New York Times submitted requests to the
Chinese authorities for comment on Mr. Habibullah’s family — he was told by a
relative in Switzerland that his parents and sister-in-law had just been freed.
The Xinjiang government said in a fax to The Times on Thursday that the three
were living “normal lives” in Karamay, the city where they have resided.
the first time in many months, Mr. Habibullah spoke to his parents by phone, he
said, in a call he described as strange for how normal they sought to sound.
Much was left unsaid — and unexplained.
really wanted to ask my mother where all our other relatives are,” Mr.
Habibullah said, “but I couldn’t because our call was definitely being
Sawut, the Uighur activist, said the news gave her hope.
of the day, we’d like to see or hear that our relatives or parents are safe,”
she said. “Are they safe?”
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starts implementing controversial legislation on terror zone presence
controversial legislation enabling the UK government to jail people travelling
to war-torn countries like Iraq and Syria have become effective as campaigners
express deep concerns that the new laws could lead to the imprisonment of
journalists and press freedom activists.
Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019 came into effect on Friday
against the backdrop of calls on the government to limit its “vague” definition
of terror offense so that it would not affect the work of journalists present in
war-ton countries or working on materials related to those areas.
the new law, people travelling to areas designated by interior ministry (Home
Office) as terror zones could face up to 10 years in prison.
guards will also have the power to stop and search individuals without
suspicion and simply because they want to tackle “hostile state” activity.
Viewing of terrorist-linked material online could also be criminalized under
the new legislation.
campaigners and press freedom watchdogs have earlier warned about the
implications of the new law for people who may wrongly be caught without any
wrongdoing. They have warned that journalists, for example, could simply be
stopped during their domestic flights and be prosecuted if they avoid answering
questions or refuse to hand over materials.
UK government has defended the legislation as necessary to prevent terrorist
attacks by nationals who return to the country from areas of militancy in the
estimates suggest that nearly one thousand individuals “of national security
concern” have travelled to Syria over the past several years to join terrorist
groups fighting against the government. Some 40 percent of those people have
returned to the UK while about 20 percent have been killed overseas, according
to the data.
Interior ministry has also decided to revoke the citizenship of several
nationals over their presence in Syria and parts of Iraq, a move which has
sparked massive criticism from the opposition and activist who believe the
government simply seeks to abandon nationals in conflict zones to dodge any
Arabic-language al-Khabour news website reported on Friday that the Kurdish
fighters are excavating historical sites in al-Malekiyeh, Qamishli and Ra'as
al-Ein regions in Hasaka province in cooperation with foreign experts from
Germany and Israel.
added that most excavations are carried out near al-Fakhriyeh, Tal Boqa, Tal
Halaf and Tal Bidar hills close to al-Malekiyeh region, noting that a large
number of valuable artifacts have been smuggled to Northern Iraq to be sold in
the European countries.
report said that Tal Alov in al-Malekiyeh region is one of the most important
hills which is excavated and plundered almost every day by the Kurds.
artifacts have been stolen by the terrorist groups as well as Turkey and the
western states engaged in the war since it started in 2011.
Syrian government announced last month that the terrorist groups had
transferred thousands of artifacts from the country's archeological sites to
sum of 17,000 pieces of archeological works that had been stolen from Syria's
museums and archeological sites are presently in Turkey," Syria's director
general for archeological monuments Mahmoud Hamoud said.
reiterated that most of the stolen manuscripts had been stolen from Jobar
Synagogue in Eastern Damascus and had been smuggled to Turkey from Eastern
Arabia backs Sudanese military council moves, announces aid package
Arabia said on Saturday it backed steps announced by Sudan's transitional
military council and announced an aid package to Sudan that includes wheat,
petroleum products, and medicine.
Kingdom expresses its support for the steps announced by the Transitional
Military Council in preserving the lives and property. It stands by the
Sudanese people and hopes that such steps will achieve security and stability
for Sudan,” the statement read.
Arabia also called on the Sudanese people “of all categories prioritize
national interest in order to achieve their aspirations and hopes for
prosperity and development.”
International says Saudi Arabia is making use of the death penalty to crush
opposition figures, as a crackdown led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
against Muslim preachers, members of the press and intellectuals widens in the
conservative oil-rich kingdom.
London-based rights group said Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor was seeking the
death penalty for more people, noting that prominent preacher Sheikh Salman al-
Awdah was one of those targeted for execution.
Prisoners of Conscience, which is an independent non-governmental organization
advocating human rights in Saudi Arabia, also announced in a post on its
official Twitter page that Awdah, along with two other clerics, identified as
Awad al-Qarni and Ali al-Omari, had been in prison for 19 months with no legal
further noted that Saudi women’s rights activist Khadijah al-Harbi, who is in
her last stage of pregnancy, was arrested in Saudi Arabia last week, as the
Riyadh regime was selling to the West the lie that it is “empowering women.”
Arabia faces international criticism over the ongoing trial of eleven female
activists advocating women's rights, some of whom reportedly faced torture and
sexual abuse during nearly a year in detention on trumped-up charges related to
their activities and contacts with foreign journalists and diplomats.
activists were detained in a sweeping crackdown weeks before Saudi Arabia
overturned the world's only ban on female motorists on June 24, 2018. The women
had staunchly advocated for the right to drive.
Arabia has stepped up politically-motivated arrests, prosecution and conviction
of peaceful dissident writers and human rights campaigners.
officials have also intensified crackdown in the country's Shia-populated
Province has been the scene of peaceful demonstrations since February 2011.
Protesters have been demanding reforms, freedom of expression, the release of
political prisoners, and an end to economic and religious discrimination
against the oil-rich region.
protests have been met with a heavy-handed crackdown by the regime, with regime
forces increasing security measures across the province.
the past years, Riyadh has also redefined its anti-terrorism laws to target
Israeli fighter jets pounded a Syrian Army military position near the town of
Masyaf in Western Hama on Saturday morning.
2:30 a.m. (2330 GMT Friday)… the Israeli air force carried out a strike
targeting one of our military positions in the town of Masyaf,” SANA quoted a
military source as saying.
military source, meantime, said that the Syrian Army's air defense systems
intercepted several rockets fired by the Israeli jets.
enemy missiles were dealt with and some of them were shot down before reaching
their target, resulting in damages to few buildings and the injury of three
fighters,” SANA quoted the source as saying.
official state news agency SANA said Israel Air Force jets fired missiles from
Lebanese airspace, destroying several buildings and injuring three people.
Turkish Army's artillery units pounded the Kurdish fighters' military positions
in the village of al-Bawihaj in Eastern al-Bab in Northern Aleppo, the
Kurdish-language Hawar News website reported.
Kurdish media outlet noted that fierce clashes are currently underway between
the Turkish Army troops and the forces of al-Bab Military Council in al-Bawihaj
the meantime, the Turkish sources reported on Friday that the Turkish Army has
sent several more Commando forces to Hatay region near the borderline with
April 3, media reports said that clashes between the Kurdish fighters and
Ankara-backed terrorists had resumed in Northeastern Aleppo.
News reported that heavy clashes had erupted between the 'al-Bab Military
Council' militants and terrorists affiliated to the Turkish army in the
villages near the town of al-Arimeh in the Eastern part of the town of al-Bab
in Northeastern Aleppo.
added that the Ankara-backed terrorists had targeted the Kurds' positions in
the villages of Tal Turin and al-Bawihaj from the village of al-Kuridiyeh.
Syrian Army's missile and artillery units targeted the military positions and
movements of Tahrir al-Sham terrorists near the towns of al-Hawiz, Tal
al-Sakhar and Kafar Naboudeh in Northern Hama.
the terrorists' military positions and movements were destroyed in Southern
Idlib and several militants were also killed.
Syrian Army's artillery and missile units also pounded the terrorists' military
positions near the town of al-Tamaneh in Southern Idlib, destroying a number of
a relevant development on Monday, the Syrian Army heavily pounded the important
strongholds of Tahir al-Sham al-Hay'at in response to the terrorist group's
attacks from the demilitarized zone on safe areas and military points in Hama
Syrian Army pounded the terrorists' military positions and movements in the
surrounding areas of al-Latamanieh town, Mourek and al-Zuka in Northern Hama,
killing and injuring a number of terrorists as well as destroying their
the Syrian Army's artillery and missile units pounded and destroyed the
military positions and movements of Tahrir al-Sham and Turkistani party
terrorists near Ma'areh Hormeh, Harash Abedin, al-Qasabiyeh, al-Hobait, Kafar
Roma and Kafar Nubl in Ma'arat al-Numan in Southern Idlib, destroying several
positions, hideouts and military vehicles used by terrorists to attack safe
areas and killing a number of militants.
Kurds on Saturday repatriated 25 women and children from Iraq’s Yazidi minority
after freeing them during the final push against ISIS extremist group, a local
US-backed fighters say they rescued some 300 Yazidi women and children during
the fight to take the extremists’ last scrap of territory in eastern Syria.
we will hand over 25 people - 10 women and 15 children - to the Yazidi council
in Sinjar,” said Ziyad Rustam, an official with the Kurdish-run group Yazidi
House, which reunites rescued Yazidi children with surviving relatives.
will be sent to their families,” he told AFP.
the Yazidi House headquarters, women wearing colourful robes collected children
scampering around the compound before boarding busses bound for Sinjar, the
fate of my three sisters remains unknown... I don’t know anything about them,”
said 17-year-old Jamila Haidar.
hope we will be reunited soon.”
Yazidis are a symbol of the suffering caused by ISIS during its rein over vast
swathes of Syria and Iraq.
extremists stormed through Iraq’s northwest in 2014 slaughtering thousands of
men and boys and abducting women and girls to be abused as sex slaves.
they have since lost all of the once-sprawling cross-border “caliphate” to
Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces last month announced the defeat of the
ISIS proto-state after tens of thousands of people streamed out of the
extremists’ last patch of territory, around the village of Baghouz near the
said SDF had in total liberated 850 Yazidi women and children during its
battles against ISIS since 2015.
3,040 Yazidis are still missing, he said, adding that the search for them was
said the extremists had “sold many of them to people inside Syria, in places
like Idlib,” most of which is held by a former al-Qaeda affiliate.
LUMPUR, April 14 — Johor’s sovereignty, Islam, and Malay privileges must be
protected from outsiders who hide behind human rights, Johor ruler Sultan
Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar said today.
Johor Sultan also urged newly sworn in Mentri Besar Dr Sahruddin Jamal from
Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) to focus on river pollution to ensure
clean raw water supply.
would also like to advise the government not to waste time by talking about
unbeneficial matters, defaming and making up stories simply to get attention or
to confuse the people.
focus on helping the difficult lives of the people and on improving the
national economy,” Sultan Ibrahim said in a statement.
Ruler said the Johor government has long existed and had its own customs and
method of governance.
is no need for outsiders to jump around talking about who is the powerful one
and how to govern the state of Johor.”
Sahruddin replaced Datuk Osman Sapian as Johor mentri besar after the latter
abruptly quit this week, less than a year in office.
resignation had triggered a verbal spat between the Johor royal family and
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad over who had the authority to appoint
the new mentri besar.
Johor royalty also previously clashed with Pakatan Harapan (PH) over Malaysia’s
accession to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which the
federal government later withdrew.
rock-concert-like atmosphere pervaded inside the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK)
Stadium in Jakarta as tens of thousands of people sang along to legendary rock
band Slank, at the final campaign rally of incumbent President Joko “Jokowi”
Widodo on Saturday.
event, which featured dozens of renowned musicians performing and wooing the
crowds in support of the Jokowi-Ma’ruf Amin ticket, was the incumbent’s largest
rally and wrapped up the seven-month reelection campaign before polling day
in his trademark white shirt, Jokowi was greeted by loud cheers from his
supporters in the stadium when he stepped on to the stage and waved his hands
before starting his speech, which emphasized that the country’s principle of
Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity) must be protected.
is a huge country and a great nation, comprising people from different races,
religions and cultural backgrounds [...] so together we have to continue to
safeguard and protect our diversity,” Jokowi said.
commitment to preserving the noble values of [state ideology] Pancasila is
clear,” he went on, “Pancasila, the Unitary State of Republic of Indonesia,
Bhinneka Tunggal Ika and the 1945 Constitution are final and indisputable.”
the event, the incumbent called for his supporters to maintain their optimism
that Indonesia would continue to progress forward as he promised to further
develop the country’s human resources if he won a second term in office.
which studies have suggested will be the world’s fourth-biggest economy by
2045, must move forward to prepare itself to face future obstacles and
challenges, Jokowi said, adding that he aimed to improve the economy in the
next five years.
difficulties and challenges, Indonesia was progressing on the right track,
of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo attend the incumbent’s final and largest
open-air campaign rally at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta on Saturday.
of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo attend the incumbent’s final and largest
open-air campaign rally at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta on
Saturday. (JP/Seto Wardhana)
can be done instantly, not even welfare, in a country as big as Indonesia.
However, as we are on the right track, we have to be optimistic that Indonesia
will move forward.”
country Indonesia will not go extinct!” Jokowi declared, in an apparent direct
jab against rival Prabowo Subianto, who previously said that the country would
go extinct should he lose the election.
some Muslim preachers, including Yusuf Mansur, led shalawat (religious
chanting) during the rally, the event had a different atmosphere from that of
the Prabowo-Sandiaga Uno rally at the same stadium last week, during which mass
prayers, religious chanting and ubiquitous Islamic attire seemed to lend a more
religious flavor. Ma’ruf also led an Islamic prayer for the pair’s victory.
Saturday marked his final campaign event before April 17, Jokowi took time to
thank all the political parties and their leaders who had supported his
reelection campaign, as well as volunteers and participants in the rally.
incumbent also invited Vice President Jusuf Kalla, who served as the head of
the steering committee of the Jokowi-Ma’ruf campaign team, to the stage and
thanked him for his support over the last 4.5 years of their administration.
ruling coalition lost a state constituency in a by-election on Saturday in a
further sign of declining public support for Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s
is the third defeat for Mahathir’s Pakatan Harapan coalition, or Alliance of
Hope, in local elections since it took power in May last year.
candidate, Streram Sinnasamy, lost the Rantau constituency in Negeri Sembilan
state by 4,510 votes to Mohamad Hasan, the acting chairman of Barisan Nasional,
the main opposition coalition.
was appointed to the post after scandal-plagued former prime minister Najib
Razak led Barisan Nasional to its first defeat in more than 60 years in last
year’s national election.
had won Rantau unopposed in 2018, but a Malaysian court later found errors in
electoral procedure and called for a new poll.
win is the latest blow for Mahathir’s coalition, which has faced criticism for
failing to deliver on promised reforms and protecting the rights of majority
ethnic Malay Muslims.
consistently show that the coalition has been losing support among the Malays,
some of whom fear that affirmative-action policies favoring them in business,
education, and housing could be taken away.
Ibrahim, a former deputy prime minister who is widely expected to succeed
Mahathir, had actively campaigned in Rantau in a bid to garner support away
from Mohamad, seen as a highly popular figure among Malays.
Najib, an active public presence during two previous by-elections, was largely
absent on the Rantau campaign trial as he faced the first of several corruption
trials earlier this month.
A senior leader of Daesh in the Philippines is dead after DNA tests confirmed
his identity, a military official said Saturday.
Marohombsar, also known as Abu Dar, was on the country’s most-wanted list for
his role in the 2017 siege of Marawi.
was one of those who plotted the siege, which would go on to become the longest
urban battle in the modern history of the Philippines.
than 1,000 lives were lost and hundreds of thousands of residents were
displaced as a result of heavy combat lasting five months. The city was left in
Dar is confirmed dead. The DNA test results from the US showed positive
results,” Col. Romeo Brawner, commander of the Army’s 103rd Brigade based in
Marawi City told Arab News.
Dar slipped out of Marawi during the height of the crisis and went on to lead
the group Daulah Islamiyah Lanao, which later became the focus of military
month the military said it believed that one of the bodies retrieved from a
clash between soldiers and militants in Tubaran town, Lanao Del Sur, was that
of Abu Dar. Former fighters identified Abu Dar’s body from physical features,
such as a scar on his cheek.
samples were also taken to confirm his identity. The Philippine military
received the results of the DNA test from the US, confirming that it was Abu
Dar who was killed in the March operation.
said Daesh was losing ground in Southeast Asia, particularly in the
are seeing now the decline of Daesh influence in the region. They attempted to
establish a ‘wilayat’ (rule) in the Philippines but they did not succeed at all
described Abu Dar as “really brutal,” adding: “He teaches the extreme kind of
Islam ... like all infidels should be killed. He is really into violent
Rohan Gunaratna, head of the Singapore-based International Center for Political
Violence and Terrorism Research, said confirmation of Abu Dar’s death was a
blow to Daesh.
defend Omar after Trump retweets video against her
Top Democrats on Saturday rushed to defend Rep. Ilhan Omar after President
Donald Trump retweeted video that was edited to suggest she was being
dismissive of the significance of the worst terrorist assault on US soil.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi scolded Trump for using the “painful images of 9/11 for a
political attack” against the first-term Minnesota Democrat.
presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, campaigning in New Hampshire, accused
Trump of “trying to incite violence and to divide us, and every political
leader should speak out against that.”
video Trump retweeted Friday pulls a snippet of Omar’s recent speech to the
Council on American-Islamic Relations in which she described the 2001 terrorist
attack on the World Trade Center as “some people did something,” and includes
news footage of the hijacked planes hitting the Twin Towers. Trump also
tweeted, “WE WILL NEVER FORGET!“
remark has drawn criticism largely from political opponents and conservatives
who say the lawmaker, one of the first Muslim women to serve in Congress,
offered a flippant description of the assailants and the attacks that killed
nearly 3,000 people.
Trump’s tweet nor the video included her full quote or the context of her
told CAIR in Los Angeles that many Muslims saw their civil liberties eroded
after the attacks, and she advocated for activism.
far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen
and, frankly, I’m tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should
be tired of it,” she said in the March 23 speech, according to video posted
online. “CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did
something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil
was founded in 1994, according to its website, but its membership skyrocketed
after the attacks.
Republicans and conservative outlets expressed outrage at Omar’s remarks.
Fellow Democrats, including some who have disagreed with Omar in the past,
Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of
Americans on 9/11 as ‘some people who did something,’” tweeted Rep. Dan
Crenshaw, R-Texas. The retired Navy SEAL lost his right eye in 2012 in an
explosion in Afghanistan.
your something,” the New York Post blared on its cover beneath a photograph of
the flaming towers.
who was in Germany visiting US troops Saturday, said in a statement that “the
memory of 9/11 is sacred ground” and should always be discussed “with
reverence.” The California Democrat said it is wrong for Trump to “fan the
flames to make anyone less safe.”
didn’t appear to be backing down.
tweeted a quote from President George W. Bush, who said days after the attacks:
“The people — and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of
Bush downplaying the terrorist attack?” Omar tweeted. “What if he was a
of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates condemned Trump’s tweet.
Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, said the Republican president’s tweet was an
“incitement to violence” against Omar, who is Muslim-American, and others like
her. O’Rourke, campaigning in South Carolina, likened the tweet to Trump’s
rhetoric about Mexicans, described in the past by Trump as murderers and
rapists. O’Rourke said “there is a cost and there is a consequence” to Trump’s
a Massachusetts senator, said Republican leaders in Congress “cannot take a
pass on this, cannot look the other way and pretend it isn’t happening. It is
happening. And those who don’t speak out in the Republican leadership are
complicit in what he is doing. It’s wrong.”
Sen. Amy Klobuchar noted that a New York man recently was charged with
threatening Omar’s life.
video the president chose to send out today will only incite more hate,”
Klobuchar said. “You can disagree with her words — as I have done before — but
this video is wrong. Enough.”
Bernie Sanders of Vermont said Omar “won’t back down to Trump’s racism and
hate, and neither will we.”
repeatedly has pushed fellow Democrats into uncomfortable territory over Israel
and the strength of the Jewish state’s influence in Washington. She apologized
for suggesting that lawmakers support Israel for pay and said she isn’t
criticizing Jews. But she refused to take back a tweet in which she suggested
American supporters of Israel “pledge allegiance” to a foreign country.
comments sparked an ugly episode among House Democrats after they responded
with a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and the measure became a broader
declaration against all forms of bigotry.
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar on Saturday issued a series of tweets to address a row
after U.S. President Donald Trump posted an edited video on Sept. 11, 2001 terror
attacks, aimed at her.
Friday, Trump tweeted "WE WILL NEVER FORGET!" with the 43-second
video that featured Omar's remarks at an address to the Council of
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) last month, the country's largest Muslim
her address, Omar had said the CAIR "was founded after 9/11 because they
recognized that some people did something, and that all of us were starting to
lose access to our civil liberties."
was founded in 1994. Her office said Omar misspoke and "meant to refer to
the fact that the organization had doubled in size after the Sept. 11
critics, however, focused on her use of the phrase "some people did
something," suggesting that she downplayed the attacks.
one person – no matter how corrupt, inept, or vicious – can threaten my
unwavering love for America," Omar said. "I stand undeterred to
continue fighting for equal opportunity in our pursuit of happiness for all
said she did not run for Congress to be silent. "I ran because I believed
it was time to restore moral clarity and courage to Congress. To fight and to
defend our democracy," she stressed.
Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, two Democrat presidential runners, threw their
support behind the Minnesota representative.
Omar is a leader with strength and courage. She won't back down to Trump's
racism and hate, and neither will we. The disgusting and dangerous attacks
against her must end," Sanders said.
accused Trump of inciting violence against a sitting Congresswoman. "It's
disgusting. It's shameful. And any elected leader who refuses to condemn it
shares responsibility for it," she said.
a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad criticized Trump and
said the U.S. president was "endangering Rep. Omar’s life by taking her
words out of context and evoking painful imagery to exploit a national
the hashtag #IstandwithIlhan, on its second day, was on the list of top
trending topics on Twitter in the U.S. The Muslim lawmaker thanked her
you for standing with me – against an administration that ran on banning
Muslims from this country – to fight for the America we all deserve," she
has faced a slew of attacks and death threats in recent weeks, along with
ongoing criticisms since she made scathing comments against Israel, and now
with comments she made on the Sept. 11 attacks.
Friday, a man in New York was charged with threatening to assault and kill
Omar, after he reportedly said "she's a [expletive] terrorist. I'll put a
bullet in her [obscenity] skull."
month, a bomb threat was called into a hotel in which she was scheduled to
speak, celebrity news site the Blast reported.
New Jersey high school student was arrested this week after pulling off a
Muslim student's hijab during a fight, according to the Middlesex County's
student got into an altercation with the other student over a seat in one of
East Brunswick High School’s common areas, according to local news channel
of the girls pulled off the other's hijab, or headscarf, shouting anti-Muslim
slurs at her.
school's security guard rushed to stop the fight, but video was captured and
posted on social media.
East Brunswick Public School District values our diverse student body and
community," East Brunswick Public Schools Superintendent Victor Valeski
wrote in a letter obtained by WNBC.
district does not tolerate any incidents of bias, discrimination, harassment,
intimidation or bullying and takes swift action if such an event occurs."
reportedly said the altercation was deemed a bias incident and immediately
reported it to the East Brunswick Police Department and Middlesex County
Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office said the student who pulled off the girl's
hijab was charged with simple assault, harassment, cyber harassment and
student was not named due to her juvenile status.
of parents and community members filled the school board meeting this week,
with many outraged over the fact that the Muslim student who had her hijab
pulled off was also suspended as well, due to the school's zero tolerance
policy against any kind of violence.
in this state have a right to safety and security while on school premises, and
it is the duty of faculty and administrators to ensure that right," said
Jim Sues, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations' New
across Afghanistan as Taliban opens offensive before talks
forces attacked the northern Afghan city of Kunduz on Saturday, a day after the
launch of their annual spring offensive, as fighting intensified across the
country ahead of the next round of peace talks with US representatives.
fighting has been going on for weeks but the announcement of the spring
offensive while peace talks were due was a blow to any hopes of a quick
agreement and was criticized as “reckless” by US special peace envoy Zalmay
spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement the movement was committed to
the peace process but accused Afghan and international forces of stepping up
their own operations.
are committed to the ongoing process of negotiation and peaceful resolution,
but we cannot be unmoved in the face of military operations and the terrorist
wave of occupiers and mercenaries,” Khalilzad said.
security officials in Kabul said that apart from the operation in Kunduz,
Saturday’s attacks in 15 provinces across the country were limited in scope and
had largely been contained.
engaged Afghan security forces to show their presence with the start of their
spring offensive,” one senior official said. “But Afghan forces were on high
alert across the country and therefore several attacks were pushed back.”
Kunduz, the strategic city which briefly fell to the Taliban in 2015, fighters
attacked from several directions in the early hours of the morning, causing
heavy casualties, the provincial governor’s spokesman Enhamuddin Rahmani said.
local health official said more than 70 dead and wounded had been brought into
the main city hospital.
were also attacks in the northern provinces of Baghlan, Takhar, and Badakhshan,
as well as Faryab, Sar-e Pul and Balkh, but there were no reports of
significant casualties among security forces.
southern Afghanistan, Taliban forces launched attacks in the opium-rich
province of Helmand, with operations in Nad Ali, Gereshk and Sangin districts,
areas that have been fought over for the past 17 years.
Zwak, the provincial governor’s spokesman, said the attacks had been repelled
at the cost of four soldiers and 15 from the Taliban. “The fighting will
further increase as the weather warms up,” he said.
seven members of the security forces were killed in an ambush in the western
province of Ghor, leading to an hours-long firefight, provincial government
spokesman Abdul Hai Khatibi said.
much of the fighting consisted of small-scale engagements, the spread of
operations across most parts of the country underlined the struggle facing the
Afghan government, still shut out of the peace process by the Taliban’s refusal
to talk to what they consider a puppet regime.
to US estimates, government forces control just over half the country, but with
many areas out of reach of easy communications, an accurate picture is
talks are due to resume in Doha next week between US envoy Khalilzad and
least fourteen Taliban militants were killed or wounded in airstrikes conducted
by the Afghan Air Force and coalition forces in southern Kandahar province of
205th Atal Corps of the Afghan military in the South said the airstrikes were
carried out in the vicinity of Shahwali Kot district.
to a statement released by 205th Atal Corps, at least 11 Taliban militants were
killed during the airstrikes and 3 others were wounded.
anti-government armed militants including Taliban have not commented regarding
the airstrikes so far.
Afghan official says the Taliban have ambushed a police convoy, setting off an
hours-long battle that killed seven security forces, including a provincial
Hai Khateby, the spokesman for the governor of the western Ghor province, says
the attack happened Friday afternoon. He says another two police and a civilian
were wounded, and that four insurgents were killed.
says Faqir Ahmad Noori, the head of operations for the provincial police, was
among those killed.
In compliance with the requirements of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF),
the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has announced new
measures to combat money laundering and terror financing.
new measures relate to SECP’s fresh guidelines on anti-money laundering (AML),
combating the financing of terrorism (CFT) and proliferation financing — act of
providing funds for acquiring weapons of mass destruction.
fresh guidelines pertaining to “know your customers” (KYC) for the insurance
sector, stock brokers and the non-banking financial institutions (NBFC) have
been released ahead of the implementation review by the FATF on the action plan
given to Pakistan. The review by the FATF is scheduled to be held in Colombo next
SECP has reiterated that KYC and customer due diligence was essential even for
the existing customers on the basis of materiality and risk at appropriate
corporate sector regulator has stated despite having a long-term banking relationships
with the investment of funds through banking channel the regulated person (RT)
will be responsible even for the generation of suspicious transaction report
(STR). The SECP guidelines identify and verify the beneficiaries in case of
SECP has said that in the case of “trusts”, the regulated person should obtain
‘trust deed’ which contains the details of settlers, objects of the trust,
details of trustees and the details of any possibility of influence of any
other person on trustee regarding management and control of trust property.
in case of “private trust” if the beneficiary of a trust is also the beneficial
owner of the trust, identification and verification of the beneficiary is
required otherwise the name and CNIC of each beneficiary of a trust should be
SECP has also highlighted that the annual risk assessment framework and
compliance assessment checklist are required to be filed with it by June 30 of
each financial year, while May 31 of each financial year may be taken as a
cut-off date for data to conduct necessary assessment and subsequent filing to
the SECP on June 30.
the data for the month of “June” has to be included in the subsequent annual
commission has also stated that the regulated person should respond to
discrepancies arising during monitoring and if the RT is not able to
satisfactorily complete required CDD measures the account will be blocked or
existing business relationship has to be terminated, and the STR has to be
reported to the Financial Monitoring Unit (FMU).
militant Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in
Quetta which killed 20 people and left 48 more injured, the group's Amaq news
agency said on Saturday.
group released a photograph of the bomber along with his name on Saturday and
said the attack targeted the Shia community. It has claimed a number of attacks
in the past.
Friday, however, a little known faction of the Taliban had claimed
responsibility for the blast, saying it collaborated with Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
(LeJ), which has been behind numerous bloody attacks on the Shia community in
community stages sit-in on second consecutive day, demands justice
Hazara community, including women and children, continued their sit-in in
Quetta's Western Bypass area for the second straight day.
demanded that the provincial government provide security to the Hazara
community and for the perpetrators to be brought to book. "The government
has failed to provide us security despite our repeated protests and
requests," Kazim Raza Hazara, one of the protesters, told DawnNewsTV.
remained suspended on the main Western Bypass due to the sit-in.
want justice for our community," Muhammad Juma Hazara said, while Kashif
Hussain questioned: "When will this bloodshed stop?"
Home Minister Mir Ziaullah Langove, Health Minister Naseebullah Marri, and
President Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) Abdul Khaliq Hazara, all met the
demonstrators and offered them the provincial government's assurances but
failed to convince them to end their sit-in.
Minister Imran Khan, a day earlier, had condemned "the terrorist
attack" and sought "an immediate inquiry and increased security for
the [targeted] people".
International, in a statement on Friday, had said the blast was a “painful
reminder” of the many attacks suffered by the Hazara community in Quetta over
time, there are promises that more will be done to protect them, and each time
those promises have failed to materialise,” wrote Omar Waraich, Amnesty's
deputy director for South Asia.
a high-level meeting under Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal's stewardship
on Friday, it was decided that closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras will be
immediately installed at the Hazarganji market and other public places.
on terrorists' hideouts and against their leaders will also be boosted, the
a repeat target
Hazarganji area in Quetta has been witness to similar attacks in the past.
Hazara shopkeepers are known to stock vegetables and fruits from the Hazarganji
bazaar to sell at their own shops. They are provided a security escort to and
from Hazarganji since they are constantly under threat of attack.
Cheema, speaking to DawnNewsTV on Friday explained that "people from the
Hazara community come here daily in a convoy from Hazara Town to buy
vegetables. They are escorted by police and Frontier Corps (FC), and then they
return there. It was the same today," he said.
were 11 cars and 55 people. Police and FC were in front of them and behind
them. They [the security] brought them to Hazarganji. When they entered the
sabzi mandi, the police expanded their perimeter to the gates so that no one
would enter, while the FC took their positions," he continued.
7:30am, they [the shoppers] were loading [produce] at a shop when the blast
security forces are here, police are here. What more can we do? We secure them
[the community] and travel back and forth with them. If something is hidden in
a shop, then the shopkeepers will need to be probed," he said.
explained that the last time there had been an attack in the area, he had
written to the administration and asked them to keep the area clean so that
there were no hiding places for bombs.
also regretted that the Safe City project for Quetta had run into delays, and
that there was a shortage of CCTV cameras in the area.
media are reporting that Chinese human traffickers are operating illegal
matchmaking centers in Pakistan, where they allegedly trap women from
economically burdened families in fake marriages before transporting them and
forcing them into prostitution or even selling their organs in China.
revelation prompted the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad to respond Saturday,
saying the businesses are strictly prohibited under Chinese law and vowing to
crackdown in cooperation with Pakistani authorities on the illegal practice of
profiting through cross-border matchmaking.
number of Chinese visiting neighboring Pakistan has dramatically increased
since the launch of the bilateral multibillion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic
Corridor (CPEC) five years ago. The flagship pilot project of Beijing's Belt
and Road Initiative (BRI) has brought an unprecedented $19 billion in much-need
Chinese investment to Pakistan.
reports about phony marriages between Chinese men and Pakistani women regularly
appear in local media, prompting lawmakers to debate the issue and demand that
officials look into the unlawful practice.
Chinese Embassy's reaction apparently came a day after a top private Pakistani
television station aired images Friday of several Chinese men with six local
women in different rooms, including two teenage girls, at an illegal
matchmaking center in the eastern city of Lahore.
ARY News channel crew showed up unannounced at the facility along with local
police and interviewed the foreigners, their local facilitators and the alleged
Pakistani wives of the Chinese men. When asked, the station said, members of
the alleged gang of Chinese human traffickers failed to produce local marriage
certificates or documents showing the men had converted to Islam before
marrying Pakistani Muslim women, which is mandatory under local laws.
Pakistani victims explained that in return for their marrying Chinese men, their
families would get about $300 per month and a Chinese visa for male family
members. The local facilitators told the TV channel they would lure families
into an agreement by saying their would-be Chinese son-in-law was seeking
Pakistani citizenship so he could invest in the country as part of the
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project.
remind both Chinese and Pakistani citizens to remain vigilant and not to be
cheated. … We hope that the public does not believe in misleading information
and works together to safeguard China-Pakistan friendship," the Chinese
Embassy said in its statement.
noted that both countries are firmly opposed to human trafficking and sales of
human organs and rejected as "misleading and groundless" reports
about sales of human organs in China.
is cooperating with Pakistani law enforcement agencies to crack down on illegal
matchmaking centers," the embassy said, adding that both Chinese and
Pakistani youths were victims of the illegal agents.
briefing Pakistani lawmakers at one of the recent meetings, senior government
officials reportedly said Islamabad was in close contact with Beijing about
fake marriages and action was being taken to counter the practice. A spokesman
for the Interior Ministry, Tariq Sardar, was quoted as telling the meeting that
"some private marriage bureaus were involved in these marriages" and
"most of the complaints were being received from Lahore as well as the
Pakistani city of Abbottabad."
and China are extremely sensitive to any critical reporting on their
relationship. Officials on both sides also discourage skepticism and criticism
of the CPEC as well as BRI investments as Western propaganda. Beijing and China
defend the CPEC as a highly productive initiative, saying it has created tens
of thousands of local jobs and resolved a decade-long crippling power crisis in
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s lawyer in the Panama Papers leaks case and his
party member Naeem Bukhari will assist the National Accountability Bureau (NAB)
as special prosecutor in all cases being tried against Leader of the Opposition
in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif in the Supreme Court.
Bukhari, who joined the PTI in June 2016, will also assist the anti-graft
watchdog in cases against Fawad Hassan Fawad, ex-principal staff officer of
former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, and former director general of the Lahore
Development Authority Ahad Cheema.
official press release issued by the bureau on Friday said: “NAB has hired the
services of Naeem Bukhari, advocate, Supreme Court, to conduct and oversee the
prosecution of all matters pending before the apex court regarding Shahbaz
Sharif, Fawad Hassan Fawad and Ahad Cheema. The prosecution division of NAB
will assist him in this regard.”
was not mentioned in the press release under what terms and conditions Mr
Bukhari would assist NAB.
a spokesman for NAB told Dawn that Mr Bukhari would take “one rupee” as salary
and would not get any perks and privileges. “He [Mr Bukhari] will only assist NAB
as special prosecutor in three pertinent cases of Shahbaz Sharif, Fawad Hassan
Fawad and Ahad Cheema,” he added.
induction of Mr Bukhari into the already heavy team of prosecutors in NAB
raised many eyebrows.
Bukhari had announced joining the PTI around three years ago by calling Imran
Khan the only political leader who had the courage to speak the truth and
struggle for the poor.
had represented petitioners Prime Minister Imran Khan and Railways Minister
Sheikh Rashid — who were in opposition — in the Panama Papers case against then
PM Nawaz Sharif. The apex court clubbed all the petitions together filed in the
aftermath of the Panama Papers which uncovered links between the Sharif family
and eight offshore companies.
Supreme Court had initially ordered the formation of a joint investigation team
(JIT) to probe allegations of money laundering, corruption and contradictory
statements by Mr Sharif and his relations in a 3–2 split decision on April 20,
2017, with the dissenting judges ruling that the former premier be
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh announced his new cabinet on
Saturday alongside president Mahmoud Abbas, leaving out the Islamist movement
key positions were unchanged from the previous administration of Rami
say the change of government was made to further isolate Hamas, which has been
at odds with the Fatah party of Abbas and Shtayyeh for more than a decade.
say 84-year-old Abbas, in power since 2005, retains the real decision-making
a statement on Saturday night, Abbas confirmed the new government and welcomed
includes many of his long-time allies and members of Fatah, though several
smaller factions are also represented.
parties, including the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, refused
to take part, calling for a unity government of all factions including Hamas.
controls the Gaza Strip, while the Palestinian Authority headed by Abbas is
based in the West Bank, where Israel also maintains a military occupation.
government replaces a technocratic administration which had the nominal backing
of Hamas and all other Palestinian factions.
Foreign Minister Riyadh Malki and Finance Minister Shukri Bishara remain in
Abu Seif, a Palestinian from Gaza who was badly beaten by a group of men in the
Hamas-run enclave, will become culture minister.
charged Shtayyeh with forming a new government on March 10.
House of Representatives convened on Saturday morning for the first time since
the war started, and elected Sultan al-Burkani, the head of Yemen’s General
People's Congress (GPC), as its speaker.
process of electing parliamentary positions began with the participation of 141
in the city of Sayoun, the parliament session was attended by President
Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi and several Yemeni government officials. Hadi had arrived
to Yemen on Friday.
a speech during the session, Hadi said that this parliament session “proves
clearly that this destructive Houthi project is deteriorating day by day.”
a message directed to the Houthi militias, Hadi said: “Do not wager the past
and future of Yemen with the country’s enemies.”
added that their top priority now is to defeat the Houthi coup and build
appeal to the Yemenis to hold on to hope despite the threats and violations of
the Houthis,” he said.
did not want a war and did everything in our power to avoid it,” Hadi said,
adding that the government is fulfilling its duty in defending the country.
added that any government official who is not carrying out his or her duties
“has committed treason toward this country and its people.”
elected speaker al-Burkani also said that the government is determined to
defeat the Houthi coup so that the Yemeni people can regain their country.
its Houthi project, Iran seeks to establish its influence from Yemen to
Lebanon,” al-Burkani said.
called on the Houthis to support peace and halt the violence in accordance with
international resolutions. He also called on the heads of government
apparatuses to move to Aden to carry out their duties.
session of the House of Representatives comes based on a decision issued by
Hadi, under a law that allows him as president of Yemen to hold parliamentary
sessions anywhere in the country if security conditions do not allow for them
to be held in the capital.
security measures were taken to secure the city with the start of the first
Hamas resistance movement has criticized the formation of the new Palestinian
government dominated by the Fatah party, saying such a government will ease the
way for the imposition of the United States’ yet-to-be-unveiled proposal on the
Saturday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in the new government
headed by a loyalist from his Fatah party, Mohammad Shtayyeh.
21-member cabinet only includes ministers from factions affiliated with the
Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), primarily Fatah, but excludes Hamas
and the Islamic Jihad movement.
a statement issued on Saturday shortly after the government was sworn in,
Hamas, which runs Gaza, warned that the new West Bank-based administration
would further divide Palestinians.
Shtayyeh-led government, the statement read, "resorts to unilateralism and
monopoly of power. This move widens the Palestinian division at the expense of
the Palestinian people’s interests."
Fatah-formed separatist government lacks legal and constitutional legitimacy
and it separates the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, which is a move in line
with the 'deal of the century,'" it added.
so-called deal of the century, drawn up by the administration of US President
Donald Trump to address the conflict, is said to be hugely in favor of the
underlined the need to form an inclusive national unity government, which
serves all Palestinian people and puts an end to the oppression they have been
new government should invite Palestinian leaders to agree upon a national
strategy to fight off all challenges facing the Palestine issue, the resistance
is seen as a critic of Hamas and a proponent of Israeli-Palestinian talks as
well as the so-called two-state solution.
Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Maldenov has
welcomed the formation of the new Palestinian government, saying he was looking
forward to cooperating with the team.
a time of significant financial and political challenges to the Palestinian
national project, all must support the government’s efforts and work to
overcome internal divisions. Unity is essential to advancing the goal of a
lasting peace,” he said in a statement.
further expressed the UN's commitment "to working with the Palestinian
leadership and people in ending the occupation and advancing their legitimate
national aspirations for statehood based on UN resolutions."
Palestinian leadership has been divided between Fatah and Hamas since 2006,
when the latter scored a landslide victory in parliamentary elections in Gaza.
West Bank: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday swore in a new government
headed by a loyalist from his dominant Fatah party, a move rejected by his
rivals Hamas as a blow to unity efforts.
Shtayyeh, an economist and longtime Abbas adviser, will serve as prime minister
of the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority (PA). Foreign Minister Riyad
al-Maliki and Finance Minister Shukri Bishara will continue in their positions.
was named Palestinian prime minister on March 10, replacing the independent
university president Rami Al-Hamdallah. He will run the ministries of interior
and religious affairs until new appointees are named for the two posts.
rival Hamas group that runs Gaza called the move a blow to unity efforts that
faltered since the two groups signed a new reconciliation deal in Cairo in
October 2017, but disputes over power-sharing had blocked the implementation of
is a separatist government, it has no national legitimacy and it will reinforce
the chances of severing the West Bank from Gaza," said a statement issued
by Hamas as the swearing ceremony in Ramallah, in the Israeli-occupied West
factions of Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) refused to take
part in Shtayyeh's government.
immediate challenge is to shore up the cash-strapped PA, which exercises
limited self-rule under interim peace accords with Israel.
PA has been squeezed by steep US aid cuts, with the crisis exacerbated by a
dispute with Israel over the withholding of some 5 percent of the monthly tax
revenues it transfers to the Authority.
said the sum it is holding back matches money used by the PA to pay stipends to
families of militants in Israeli jails. The PA has refused to accept any tax
transfers until those funds are restored. It scaled back wages paid to civil
servants in February and March to weather the crisis.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is heading toward a fifth term
in office after an election on April 9, said he would annex Israeli settlements
in the West Bank if he is re-elected.
implemented, the move would be a grave a blow to Palestinian aspirations of a
two-state solution based on the 1967 borders. The peace process has all but
collapsed and Israel has expanded its settlements in East Jerusalem and the
West bank despite international objections.
leaders said Israel was being empowered by US President Donald Trump to
"violate national and human rights of the people of Palestine".
Maldenov, the U.N. special Middle East peace envoy welcomed the announcement of
a new government and promised to cooperate with it.
United Nations remains fully committed to working with the Palestinian
leadership and people in ending the occupation and advancing their legitimate
national aspirations for statehood based on UN resolutions," said Mladenov
El-Aloul, the second in command in Abbas's Fatah movement, acknowledged the
challenges facing Shtayyeh's government including the deal Trump is expected to
announce in coming months or weeks.
will be steadfast against these challenges and we will defy them," Aloul
told Reuters after the ceremony.
Arabia funded Libya rebels push toward capital: Report
rebel commander General Khalifa Haftar has been directly supported by Saudi
Arabia in his new campaign to seize control of the capital Tripoli, a new
report has shown.
Wall Street Journal said Haftar, who leads the so-called Libyan National Army,
had been ensured of massive funds from Saudi Arabia during a trip to the
kingdom before he started his push to seize control of Tripoli on April 4.
report cited sources close to the Saudi government as saying that senior
officials in Riyadh, including Saudi's intelligence chief and interior
minister, had offered tens of millions to Haftar to pay for his bloody
said Haftar accepted the offer which could guarantee the support of tribal
leaders and enable him to recruit and pay fighters.
were quite generous,” said an advisor to the Saudi government, according to the
newspaper also confirmed that Haftar had met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin
Salman during his visit to the kingdom.
revelations comes against the backdrop of previous reports showing that Saudi
Arabia, along with the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, have been assisting
Haftar and a rebel administration based in east of the country in their efforts
to oppose an internationally-backed government in Tripoli.
would not be a player today without the foreign support he has received ... The
last few months, pretty much everyone jumped on the Haftar train,” said Wolfram Lacher, a Libya expert at the German
Institute for International and Security Affairs, in comment provided to the
has been beset by violence since the overthrow of long-time dictator Muammar
Ghaddafi in 2011 which came through an intervention by the NATO military
patchwork of militant groups based in east of the country have resisted United
Nations efforts to establish a government of national unity.
United States and major powers in Europe have expressed their support for the
Tripoli-based government while they have also received and met Haftar on
Eastern Libyan forces will pursue their advance on the capital Tripoli, the
head of the eastern parliament in the divided country said on Saturday, despite
international calls for a halt in an offensive that risks causing many civilian
comments came as more clashes rocked the southern outskirts of Tripoli, where
eastern forces have been confronted by groups allied to Prime Minister Fayez
Al-Serraj’s internationally recognized government.
European Union last week urged the eastern Libya National Army (LNA) to stop
its attacks, having agreed on a statement after France and Italy sparred over
how to handle the conflict.
the eastern parliament head said they would press an offensive launched a week
ago under military commander Khalifa Haftar, the latest outbreak of a cycle of
conflict since the 2011 overthrow of Muammar Qaddafi.
need to get rid of militias and terrorist groups,” Aguila Saleh, head of the
House of Representatives allied to Haftar, said using a reference eastern
officials often make to describe forces allied to the Tripoli government, which
relies on support from several armed groups.
assure the residents of Tripoli that the campaign to liberate Tripoli will be
limited and not violate any freedoms but restore security and fight terrorism,”
Saleh told lawmakers in a session in the main eastern city of Benghazi.
loyal to Al-Serraj’s government have so far kept the eastern offensive at bay.
Fierce fighting has broken out around a disused former airport about 11 km (7
miles) from the center and an eastern military source said a warplane belonging
to the LNA had struck a military camp in an eastern Tripoli suburb.
also said the United Nations mission to Libya and Serraj’s government had been
controlled by armed groups and had failed to expel them from the capital, and
promised Libya would hold long-delayed elections after the Tripoli operation
offensive had surprised the United Nations, which had been planning to hold a
national conference on April 14 to prepare Libya for elections.
latest battle had by Friday killed 75 people, mainly fighters but including 17
civilians, and wounded another 323, according to UN tallies. Some 13,625 people
have been forced out of their homes.
well as the humanitarian cost, the conflict threatens to disrupt oil supplies,
boost migration to Europe, scupper a UN peace plan, and allow militants to
exploit the chaos.
Sudanese civil society group said that 16 people, including a soldier, have
been killed since the military forced President Omar al-Bashir from power on
Thursday following months of protests.
Sudan Doctors Committee, an affiliate of the Sudanese Professionals Association,
which has been spearheading the protests, said Saturday that 13 people were
shot dead on Thursday and three others, including the soldier, were killed
Friday. It says they died “at the hands of regime forces and its shadow
police said late Friday that the 16 were killed by “stray bullets,” and that at
least 20 people were wounded at rallies and sit-ins across the country.
ruling party Nidaa Tounes on Saturday elected two leaders, one of them the
president’s son, in two parallel congresses, deepening the division that has
hit the party in recent years.
new crisis that hit Nidaa Tounes comes months ahead of parliamentary and
presidential elections expected in October and November, which could complicate
its competition against the rival Ennahda moderate Islamist party. Although the
slogan of the first electoral congresses of Nidaa Tounes, which started last
week was “unity”, it ended by dividing into two congresses.
first congress elected the lawmaker Sofian Toubel as head of the party’s
central committee. The second elected Hafedh Caid Essebsi, the son of the
president Beji Caid Essebsi.
divisions have shaken the party since 2015, as Essebsi’s son has been
criticized for seeking to control the party, prompting many of its leaders to
prime minister Youssef Chahed also entered into a row with Hafedh Caid Essebsi
and accused him of exporting the party’s problems to the state.
congresses of Monastir (in which Essesbi’s son was elected) is illegal and an
attempt to deflect legitimacy”, said party official Ons Hattab.
son denied the accusations and said he was surprised by the behavior of some
leaders who went to a parallel conference, adding that this could affect the
parliamentary race is expected to be fought closely by the moderate Islamist
Ennahda party, the more secular Tahya Tounes party of Prime Minister Chahed,
and the Nidaa Tounes.
parties rule the North African country together but their coalition has been
hit by infighting that has hampered decision-making and slowed economic reforms
demanded by foreign donors.
prominent figure has so far declared their candidacy for the presidency this
United Nations has expressed its “grave concern” over the detention in Tunisia
of a UN expert tasked with investigating violations of a Libya arms embargo.
arrest and detention by the Tunisian authorities of Moncef Kartas... while he
was performing his official duties is a matter of very grave concern,” the
spokesman for the UN Secretary-General said in a statement on Friday.
Moncef Kartas was arrested in Tunis on March 26 along with a fellow national on
suspicion of “spying for foreign parties,” according to Tunisian authorities.
was on Thursday brought before an investigative judge who “decided to continue”
his detention, Stephane Dujarric said.
continued detention is in violation of the privileges and immunities that Mr.
Kartas enjoys,” he added.
UN has engaged with Tunisia’s government “at the highest levels,” according to
the spokesman, making clear its legal position through four separate legal
the government had “failed to provide an adequate response,” he said.
interior ministry said last month “confidential documents containing sensitive
detailed data capable of harming national security” were seized in relation to
UN expert’s arrest.
also alleged technical equipment for jamming and intercepting communications -
banned in Tunisia - had been confiscated.
was appointed to the panel of experts in 2016, tasked with investigating
violations of an arms embargo on Libya.
panel reports to the UN sanctions committee on Libya and details its findings
in an annual report. An interim report is due in June.
loyal to renegade field marshal Khalifa Haftar have deployed warplanes to hit
Western-backed government positions in Tripoli, forcing more civilians to flee
the Libyan capital.
bombed the camp of a force allied to the Government of National Accord (GNA),
administered by Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj, near the town of Zuwara in
Tripoli and toward the Tunisian border.
Eastern Libyan forces are bogged down in street battles in a push to seize the
said an LNA warplane flown by Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) also attacked
Mitiga Airport, the Libyan capital's only functioning airport, evading
anti-aircraft guns that opened fire in response.
and gunfire echoed through the capital, with more than 8,000 people fleeing
fighting, the United Nations said.
tallies indicated that a week of battles had killed 75 people – mainly fighters
from both sides of the conflict but also 17 civilians – and wounded another
323. Some 13,625 people have also been forced out of their homes.
from areas affected by the clashes in and around Tripoli continue to surge,” UN
spokesman Rheal Leblanc told reporters in Geneva.
from those who have fled, Leblanc said that “many families remain stranded
inside conflict affected areas,” with safety fears rising and supplies running
UN health agency also warned of outbreaks of tuberculosis, measles and diarrhea
due to poor sanitation, especially among those displaced.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi appealed in a statement on
Friday for urgent evacuation of 1,500 refugees and migrants caught in the
conflict, saying the risks to their lives “are growing by the hour.”
the past years, Libya has been serving as a major transit point for refugees
and asylum seekers pouring into Europe from war-inflicted countries in Africa
and the Middle East.
has been heavy fighting near Tripoli since Haftar's forces launched an assault
last week to seize the capital city.
has been the scene of increasing violence since 2011, when former dictator
Muammar Gaddafi was killed in a popular uprising that coincided with a NATO
ouster created a huge power vacuum, leading to chaos and the emergence of
numerous militant outfits, including the Daesh terrorist group.
North African country is now divided between two rival governments – the House
of Representatives, which is based in the eastern city of Tobruk and under
Haftar’s command, and the Western government of Sarraj.
forces, who are backed by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt,
have overtaken several oil fields and towns in recent days but face stiff
resistance from forces loyal to the GNA near Tripoli, where they have been
situation is deadlocked, and fighting continues despite international calls for
an end to hostilities.
Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants were killed in a gunbattle between militants
and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district on Saturday
morning. At least 23 people were also injured in clashes between stone-pelters
and security forces after the encounter broke out.
J&K Police spokesperson in a statement said a cordon and search operation
(CASO) was launched at Shopian’s Gehind area, and during the operation,
militants fired at security forces, triggering an encounter.
said in the ensuing encounter, two militants were killed. “It was a clean
operation. No collateral damage happened during the encounter,” said the
slain militants were identified as Abid Wagay, resident of Rawalpora in Shopian
and Shahjahan Mir resident of Amshepora in Shopian. “Both the killed terrorists
were affiliated with proscribed terror outfit JeM,” the police said.
said both were involved in the abduction and subsequent killings of three
policemen in Shopian last year, and in the killing of Special Police Officer
(SPO) Khushboo Jan last month.
were also involved in killing of a civilian, Tanveer Ahmad of Bemnipora at
Kachdoora in Shopian,” the spokesperson said.
As many as 513 ceasefire violations by Pakistan have taken place along the LoC
in Jammu and Kashmir in the past one-and-a-half month and the Pakistan Army has
suffered five to six times more casualties than the Indian Army in the
retaliatory action, a senior officer said Saturday.
Pakistan Army also used heavy weaponry like mortars and artillery guns in over
100 times during these violations and targeted civilian areas but was given a
befitting response by the Indian Army, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of
White Knight Corps Lt Gen Paramjit Singh told reporters in Rajouri.
513 ceasefire violations happened in the past one-and-a-half month and over 100
times during these violations, the Pakistan Army used heavy weapons like
mortars and artillery guns and targeted civilian areas. Only yesterday
(Friday), four civilians, including two girls, were injured in Poonch,"
the GOC said.
he said the Pakistan Army is being given a befitting response by the Indian
to a question about the casualties suffered by Pakistan in the retaliatory
action, he said unlike the Indian Army, Pakistan does not announce the number
of its casualties.
as per our sources, the Pakistan Army suffered five to six times more
casualties than the casualties on our side," Lt Gen Singh said.
people, including four security personnel, have been killed and nearly 45
others, mostly civilians, injured in the twin districts since India's
preemptive air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camp in Pakistan's Balakot
on February 26 in response to the February 14 Pulwama terror attack in which 40
CRPF personnel were killed.
the sniping incidents from across the border, Lt Gen Singh said such incidents
had come to naught over the past several months, especially after the Balakot
incidents of sniping took place earlier and accordingly we have taken some
measures to strengthen our defence. As per the data this year, only three
incidents of sniping by the Pakistan Army were reported from January to
February 26 in which one of the fatalities include a civilian porter," he
was no sniping incident from February 27 till date, which means the steps taken
by us have been successful," the officer said.
said the morale of the troops is very high and as long as they are deployed on
the borders, the people of the country need not worry.
have every kind of weaponry and explosives with them and their resolve is rock
solid and always prepared for any challenge. As long as they are on the border,
you are safe," he said.
to a question, the officer said, "Our message to Pakistan is given every
day whenever some nefarious activity happens on the border."
foreign affairs department said in a statement that the country “continues to
urge China to cease the arbitrary detention of Uighurs and other Muslim
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Royal Mail has confirmed suspending mail delivery services to recipient
addresses in Iran, citing Washington’s sanctions against the country.
mail service said that services had already been suspended for the last two
weeks and that any remaining parcel in Britain would be returned to the
the announcement, Iran’s ambassador to the United Kingdom Hamid Baeidinejad
said that the matter had been followed up with related British authorities,
adding that a letter of protest had been sent to the UK’s Foreign Office.
said that British authorities had promised to resolve the issue as soon as
possible, requesting that they be given “until Monday” to address the problem.
also said that UK authorities “were shocked” by the Royal Mail announcement.
Iranian ambassador further stated that his mission in London itself would
envision a channel to deliver parcels to Iran free of charge given that the
problem persisted beyond the Monday deadline.
suspension of mail delivery to Iran was allegedly done on the pretext of US
sanctions targeting Iran.
United States President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from the landmark
Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement last May and renewed
sanctions lifted under the agreement.
has not left the deal despite Washington's measures, stressing that the
remaining signatories to the agreement have to work to offset the negative
impacts of the US pullout for Iran if they want Tehran to remain committed.
remaining European signatories unveiled a mechanism, known as the Instrument in
Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX), earlier this year to guarantee continued
trade after spending months of discussion.
Europeans, however, ultimately presented INSTEX with preconditions which
require Iran to join the FATF (the Financial Action Task Force) and start
negotiations on its missile program, prompting senior Iranian officials to
object to the plan.
earlier this week, US Representative to the European Union Gordon Sondlant
described the Eurpean INSTEX plan as “nothing but a paper tiger.”
SPVs are Europe's attempt to appease Iran by showing that they are still trying
their very best to facilitate proper transfers of payments to Iran. We believe
that those SPVs are really nothing more than, and I've said it before, a paper
tiger," he stressed.
powers have, however, claimed to be committed to keeping the JCPOA alive.
Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron said that Paris and its European
partners were pressing the Trump administration to moderate the sanctions.
European measures have so far failed to have much effect.
officials have blamed the US of waging "economic terrorism" after
sanctions hampered foreign flood-relief from reaching the country amid
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