Kyi Named In Landmark Argentine Lawsuit for Crimes against Rohingya
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Targets Niqab and 167 Islamic Books to Counter Rising Tide Of Extremism
of Women into Sabarimala, Mosques and FGM — Indian Supreme Court to Consider
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Kyi named in landmark Argentine lawsuit for crimes against Rohingya
-November 14, 2019
AIRES: Former democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi is among several top Myanmar
officials named Wednesday in a case filed in Argentina for crimes against
Rohingya Muslims, the first time the Nobel Laureate has been legally targeted
over the crisis.
and Latin American human rights groups submitted the lawsuit in Argentina under
the principle of “universal jurisdiction”, a legal concept enshrined in many
premise is that some acts – including war crimes and crimes against humanity –
are so horrific they are not specific to one nation and can be tried anywhere.
complaint seeks the criminal sanction of the perpetrators, accomplices and
cover-ups of the genocide. We are doing it through Argentina because they have
no other possibility of filing the criminal complaint anywhere else,” lawyer
Tomas Ojea told AFP.
lawsuit demands top military and political leaders – including army chief Min
Aung Hlaing and civilian leader Suu Kyi – face justice over the “existential
threat” faced by the Rohingya Muslim minority.
decades, the Myanmar authorities have tried to wipe us out by confining us to
ghettos, forcing us to flee our home country and killing us,” said Tun Khin,
President of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (Brouk).
courts have taken up other universal jurisdiction cases, including in relation
to ex-dictator Francisco Franco’s rule in Spain and the Falun Gong movement in
faces mounting legal pressure in courts around the world for the 2017 expulsion
of the Rohingya.
separate case was filed Monday against Myanmar by The Gambia at the UN’s top
court in The Hague.
in a third legal process, prosecutors at the International Criminal Court last
year launched preliminary investigations in Bangladesh, where the Rohingya are
said he hoped international arrest warrants would be issued as a result of the
suit. However, the crime of genocide was not specifically included as it is in
not in Argentina’s penal code.
investigators last year branded the 2017 military crackdown in Myanmar as
“genocide” after some 740,000 from the Muslim minority were driven over the
border into Bangladeshi refugee camps.
rights groups pushing the case in Argentina demand the civilian leadership must
also be investigated for complicity alongside top generals.
accuse the government of a failure to condemn operations, assistance in the
cover-up and a role in confining Rohingya communities to ghettos.
who is leading the case, acted as UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in
Myanmar between 2008 and 2014.
collaboration is thought to be one reason why the case has been filed in
have seen first-hand the suffering of Rohingya people,” Ojea said.
time for justice to be done.”
Argentine human rights groups – Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo (Abuelas de
Plaza de Mayo) and the Foundation for Peace and Justice (Fundacion Servicio Paz
y Justicia) – are supporting the lawsuit.
have helped bring influential figures to justice over the tens of thousands of
people who disappeared under the Latin American country’s military rule.
prisoner swap for kidnapped professors never happened, says Afghan diplomat
-November 14, 2019
The planned exchange of two senior Taliban commanders and a leader of the
Haqqani militant group for an American and an Australian kidnapped in
Afghanistan in 2016 has not taken place, a diplomat and a former Afghan
official said on Wednesday.
diplomat, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity, declined to provide
details about why the planned exchange, which Afghan President Ashraf Ghani
announced on Tuesday, did not occur.
US State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor
did the Afghan and Australian embassies in Washington.
Afghan government’s decision to free Anas Haqqani and two other Taliban
commanders, Haji Mali Khan and Hafiz Rashid, was taken in the hope of securing
direct talks with the Taliban, which has refused to engage with what it calls
an illegitimate “puppet” regime in Kabul. All three were captured in 2014.
return US citizen Kevin King and Australian citizen Timothy Weeks, professors
kidnapped by the Taliban in August 2016 from the American University of
Afghanistan in Kabul, were to be freed.
targets niqab and 167 Islamic books to counter rising tide of extremism
Indonesian  ministry last week banned its staff from wearing the niqab, or
full-face veil, while on duty, as the government grapples with a rising tide of
extremism and intolerance in the country.
Kumolo, the Minister of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform, told local
media employees still had a choice to wear the garment when not working.
my opinion, when at work, it’s better not to wear niqab. Just wear it outside
the office,” Tjahjo was quoted as saying by The Jakarta Globe. “If it is
outside the office, wearing the niqab is each citizen’s fashion right,” the
minister said, adding that all workers should wear their uniforms.
Religious Ministry was also considering adopting the same ban, while announcing
plans to replace 167 Islamic textbooks deemed to contain extremist or
intolerant material in schools by the end of the year.
intention is so that religious teachings can make students more tolerant and
appreciate others who are different from them,” said Kamaruddin Amin, director
general for Islamic Education at the Ministry of Religious Affairs.
another initiative, the government on Tuesday launched a website for the public
to report “radical content” shared by public servants, to combat hardline
Islamist ideology permeating the civil service.
Minister Johnny G. Plate said the website aimed “to bring together and improve
the performance of our civil servants, as well as to foster higher levels of
2017 survey by independent Jakarta-based pollster Alvara Research Centre found
that one in five civil servants and 10 per cent of state enterprise workers did
not agree with the secular state ideology Pancasila, and instead favoured an
Islamic theocratic state.
measures, announced just weeks after President Joko Widodo’s new cabinet 
was sworn in, are viewed as an attempt to push back against intolerance and the
continued spread of jihadist ideology online in the world’s most populous
has suffered a string of terror attacks in the past 20 years, committed by both
home-grown radical groups and Islamic State affiliates.
such as the minority Muslim Ahmadiyya sect, LGBTI groups, and non-Muslim places
of worship have also come under increasing attacks by Islamic vigilantes.
Wednesday, a suicide blast  went off at a police station in Medan city,
northern Sumatra, killing the bomber and injuring six civilians.
and a human rights group said while there was a need to combat radicalisation,
the government’s measures were “shallow” and did not address the causes of
violent extremism, such as discrimination and marginalisation.
Hasani, research director of rights group Setara Institute, said the
initiatives were “not based on a comprehensive understanding of intolerance and
will only give rise to new problems,” he said.
said the website inviting the public to report civil servants for sharing
“radical content” was particularly “dangerous” as it could lead to abuse. 
said the religious ministry’s decision to revise contentious textbooks was not
expected to be effective, as the subject of religion and the country’s secular
state ideology were taught separately.
is needed is an integration of the teachings of religion and Pancasila, [to
show] that religion and Pancasila are partners in preserving diversity in
Indonesia,” said Robi Sugara, lecturer and counterterrorism analyst at Syarif
Hidayatullah Islamic University.
niqab ban led to protests from Islamic groups and also prompted moderate Muslim
scholars to note that niqab wearers do not necessarily hold extremist views.
Cholil Quomas, a politician from the National Awakening Party (PKB), said it
was acceptable if the ban was a move to regulate work uniforms, but was
problematic if it was based on the belief that all niqab wearers were
those who wear the niqab are not necessarily radical, even though there has
been several cases [of niqab-wearing terror suspects], like in the case of
Wiranto’s stabbing,” said Yaqut, who is also a member of the Nahdlatul Ulama
(NU), the country’s largest Muslim organisation.
chief security minister Wiranto was last month stabbed in West Java  by a
member of Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), a local radical group affiliated to
Islamic State, while his niqab-wearing wife attacked a police escort.
Musdah Mulia, a Muslim scholar and human rights activist, said the niqab was
not indigenous to Indonesia. It originated from Assyria in 25BC, long before
the birth of Islam in the seventh century, and was worn then by aristocratic
means the niqab originated from non-Islamic and non-Arab traditions,” said
Siti, who is also chairperson of the Indonesian Conference on Religion and
rise of the niqab in Indonesia took place in line with the spread of
Salafi-Wahhabi groups and transnational Islam following the fall of New Order
regime,” she said, referring to the regime of the late President Suharto, who
was ousted in 1998. 
the religious garment is commonly worn in ultraconservative Saudi Arabia and
some other Gulf states, they are rare in Indonesia, where about 90 per cent of
its 255 million people have traditionally followed a moderate form of Islam.
Niqab Squad, a community of 5,000 members established in 2017 to defend the
rights of niqab-wearing women, expressed “sorrow” at the ban and hoped the
government could find a “win-win” solution which did not involve them having to
choose between their faith and “carrying out their duties to the nation”.
and concerned because the niqab does not undermine the professionalism and
competency of our friends who wear it,” said Diana Nurliana, the group’s
Of Women Into Sabarimala, Mosques And FGM — Indian Supreme Court To Consider
‘Common Policy’ For Religious Places
Supreme Court Thursday said it should evolve a “common policy” for religious
places, as it referred to a larger Bench a batch of review petitions
challenging its 2018 verdict on the entry of women into Sabarimala temple in
Kerala. The Bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, said the
restriction of women in religious places was not restricted to Sabarimala and
was prevalent in other religions as well.
apex court said the larger Bench would consider the entry of women into mosques
and the practice of female genital mutilation, prevalent among the Dawoodi
of women into mosques
most recent petition in the SC, seeking entry of Muslim women in mosques across
the country, was deferred last week by a three-judge Constitution bench headed
by CJI-designate Justice S A Bobde. The bench, which also comprised Justices S
Abdul Nazeer and Krishna Murari, said it was adjourned for a “different
PIL, filed by a Pune-based couple, had been admitted in Court only because of
the September 2018 Sabarimala judgment. The petitioners said restrictions were
“unconstitutional” and violated fundamental rights to life, equality and gender
Court has already sought responses from the Maharashtra State Board of Wakf,
Central Wakf Council and All India Muslim Personal Law Board on the petition.
genital mutilation is the practice of complete or partial removal of female
external genitalia, This is performed in an attempt to keep sexual desires
under control. FGM is practiced in parts of Asia and Africa, including among
the Bohra community — not just Dawoodi Bohras but other sects too — in India.
World Health Organization (WHO) recognises four kinds of FGM, of which two are
practiced in India — the partial or total removal of the clitoris; other
harmful procedures such as pricking, piercing, incising, scraping and
cauterizing the genital area. It is also known as khatna. According to WHO,
over 200 million girls and women alive today have been subjected to the
practice in 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
petition in the Supreme Court last year called for a ban on the practice as it
amounts to violation of a woman’s right to life and dignity. The plea had been
referred to a five-judge Constitution Bench on September 25, 2018.
like Osama bin Laden used to be 'Pakistani heroes': Pervez Musharraf
Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has admitted that Kashmiris were
trained in Pakistan to fight against Indian Army in Kashmir and touted as
said that terrorist like Osama bin Laden and Jalaluddin Haqqani used to be
an undated interview clip shared by Pakistan politician Farhatullah Babar on
Wednesday on Twitter, Musharraf can be heard saying, "...In 1979, we had
introduced religious militancy in Afghanistan to benefit Pakistan and to push
Soviet out of the country. We brought Mujahideen from all over the world, we
trained them, supplied weapons. They were our heroes. Haqqani was our hero.
Osama bin Laden was our hero. Then the environment was different but now it is
different. Heroes have turned to villains."
talking about unrest in Kashmir, the self-exiled dictator said, "...
Kashmiris who came to Pakistan received hero reception here. We used to train
them and support them. We considered them as Mujahideen who will fight with the
Indian Army then various terrorist organisations like Lashkar e Tayyiba rose in
this period. they were our heroes."
revelation by Musharraf is nothing but proof that Pakistan, which claims to
have no interference in Kashmir, has been using terrorists to fuel tensions in
has repeatedly accused Pakistan of using its soil to perpetrate terror in
neighbouring countries. Islamabad has been asked by the international community
to take actions against terrorist groups operating in the country.
Will be Violent Against the Unbelievers': Erdogan Hints Syria Invasion Really
Islamic Holy War
Israel - Turkey is in the sixth week of its violent campaign to establish a
so-called "safe zone" in northeast Syria. But watchdog groups and
eyewitnesses on the ground say Turkey has aspirations far beyond the war-torn
country. Social media posts from Turkish-backed fighters and statements from
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan himself reveal that Ankara appears to be on
violent jihadist mission.
told the international community he needs to create a safe zone in northern
Syria to relocate millions of Syrian refugees there. The premier also said that
"Operation Spring Peace" will eradicate Kurdish-led forces in the
region, forces he regards as terrorists but the US sees as allies.
Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) reports that Erdogan uses very
different language when speaking to his Turkish troops and the Free Syrian Army
jihadist mercenaries he has recruited for the fight.
reports that on October 25, in a speech at the Çamlica Mosque in Istanbul,
President Erdoğan said: "The Lord commands us to be violent against the
unbelievers. Who is that 'we'? Muhammad's ummah. But he commands us to be
merciful among ourselves. We will be merciful among ourselves, and we will be
violent against the unbelievers, as happened in Syria."
on the ground tell CBN News that Turkish-backed forces are targeting "the
unbelievers," many of whom are Christians.
Belz of WORLD Magazine told CBN News that Free Syrian Army soldiers, who are
allied with Turkey, are marking Christian homes with the Arabic letter
"N" to identify them as Christian and then confiscated their
belongings just like ISIS did a few years ago.
of the Syrian refugees that I spoke to, and this was a Muslim, went out of his
way to explain to me that what he saw was targeting of Christians," Belz
senior State Department official said last week that Turkey is backing forces
who have the same radical ideology as ISIS.
problem is that the people doing the fighting are these ill-disciplined Arab
militias, some of whom we've worked within the past when we were arming the
opposition, but many of whom are (a) ill-disciplined, and (b) relatively
radical, and their ideology is essentially Islamic ideology," the official
fragile government in northern Syria called the Democratic Autonomous
Administration of North and East Syria (DAA) released a statement on Tuesday
saying that Erdogan seeks to subjugate them through radical Islam.
plans to turn are free, democratic region back into turmoil under radical
Islamic occupation," the government said.
Turkish Twitter users praise the invasion into northeast Syria as a form of
October 6, user @zintaniii wrote:
jihad knocks on your door, you will not turn and look back. It's time for holy
October 7, user @mollakevseri wrote:
army educated by Islam will change its route to avoid harming an anthill in
times of peace. In times of jihad it will show its intention to win by making
its enemies' blood flow thunderously like waterfalls. #OperationPeaceFountain.
the same day, @muradiilahi wrote:
renown will increase with jihad. #OperationPeaceFountain."
of Erdogan's invasion say he is trying to revive the Ottoman Empire and
establish a new caliphate.
open intention is to restore the original caliphate which was disbanded in
1924," said Dalton Thomas of Frontier Alliance International.
Turkey's defense minister posted a map to his social media that shows portions
of Greece, Syria, and Iraq as part of a greater Turkey.
Minister Hulusi Akar posted a message alongside the map: "We have no eyes
on anyone's soil. We will only take what's ours."
map reflects the 1920 Ottoman National Pact that includes lands Turkey believes
it deserved at the end of World War I.
Hedding of the humanitarian aid organization The Shai Fund told CBN News she
sees a historical parallel with World War II.
think that what we have done as the West is that we have given over this
so-called buffer zone to Turkey in the hope for peace in our time, just like
Chamberlain did to Nazi Germany with the Sudetenland land and we know what
happened after that."
Shia activist dies at Dhahban prison in south Saudi Arabia: Report
imprisoned anti-regime activist from Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich and Shia-populated
Eastern Province has reportedly lost his life, as a crackdown led by Crown
Prince Mohammed bin Salman against pro-democracy campaigners, Muslim preachers
and intellectuals continues in the kingdom.
sources, requesting anonymity, told London-based and Arabic-language Nabaa
television news network that Hussein Ali Abdulaziz Al Ribh died at Dhahban
Central Prison near the Red Sea port city of Jeddah on Wednesday evening. The
circumstances of his death remain unknown.
38-year-old man, a resident of al-Awamiyah town in the al-Qatif region of
Eastern Province, is survived a wife and two sons, named Fares and Ridha.
on August 16, 2017, dozens of heavily armed Saudi regime agents, on board
military vehicles, raided Al Ribh’s family home, and destroyed the door of the
house with explosives.
reportedly took the family members to a corner of the house at gunpoint, and
then took away Al Ribh without an arrest warrant and providing any
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
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
January 2016, Saudi authorities executed Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr,
who was an outspoken critic of the Riyadh regime. Nimr had been arrested in
Qatif, Eastern Province, in 2012.
Removed Millions Of Christchurch Mosque Shooting Posts
14 November 2019
has taken down millions of images and articles worldwide depicting the
Christchurch terror attacks, which killed 51 people.
company has been under pressure to remove objectionable material since the
shooter livestreamed the 15 March massacre.
social media company's fourth community Standards Enforcement Report details
the number of times it removed content violating its policies.
company's vice president of integrity, Guy Rosen, said between 15 March and 30
September it took down 4.5 million Christchurch attack content, and 97 percent
of these were removed before being reported.
Rosen said some of the content that was taken down would not ordinarily violate
their policies, such as news media publishing stills of the attack.
Rosen said Facebook decided to remove all content globally out of respect for
the victims of the tragedy.
New Zealand engagement director Andrew Cushen told Morning Report that the
large figure showed the scale and challenges the social networking site has had
to deal with.
stats show how Facebook has learned and adapted and responded to that challenge
to minimise that harm of sharing this content around the world."
said the fact they had extended those policies to news outlets' content showed
they had to make some pretty extreme decisions.
for me raises an interesting set of questions about how you support an
organisation like Facebook to make decisions like that, and how rules like that
should be applied around the world to make sure we are doing the right thing
and minimising harm, and learning from an attack like this in the best way
May, Facebook signed up to the Christchurch Call in Paris, co-chaired by Prime
Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron.
later announced changes including limiting who could use Facebook Live, and
ensuring anyone in New Zealand who looked at extremist content on the site
would in the future be directed to websites helping people to leave hate
police have charged 25 people following the killing of 21-year-old student in
Fahad was beaten to death by fellow students at one of Bangladesh's top
universities, after posting criticism of government policy on social media.
death sparked protests at university campuses across the country.
say 11 of those charged were directly involved in the killing, while the others
helped organise the attack.
- a profile of the country
of the students charged were members of the youth wing of the Awami League, the
ruling political party in Bangladesh.
group, called the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), has been widely accused of
using torture and extortion against students.
happened to Abrar Fahad?
Fahad was an undergraduate student at one of the most prestigious places of
learning in the country - Bangladesh University of Engineering (Buet) in the
criticised the government over a water-sharing deal with India, in a post
shared to his social media.
few days later, his body was found in a dormitory.
told the BBC he was taken from his room around 20:00 (14:00 GMT) and beaten for
at least four hours before he died.
Sohel Mahmud, the doctor who performed the autopsy, confirmed to the BBC that
Fahad's body was heavily bruised.
said: "There was a lot of blunt force trauma in his body. We think he died
of attack with blunt objects."
Buet student told the BBC they saw Fahad after he had been beaten, but they did
not want to be named for fear of reprisals.
help from some junior students I carried Abrar downstairs. He was still
was saying, 'Please take me to the hospital, quickly.'"
of the death led to protests in the capital by Buet students, members of the
teaching staff and former students. The demonstrations then spread to other
chanted slogans and blocked roads, while some demanded the death penalty for
anyone found guilty of the killing.
Kabul, Afghanistan Nov 13, 2019
least 12 people, including three children, were killed when a minivan packed
with explosives rammed into a vehicle carrying foreigners during Kabul's
morning rush hour Wednesday, officials said.
foreign nationals were among those wounded in the attack that targeted an SUV
belonging to a private Canadian security company, GardaWorld -- in a crowded
neighbourhood which is near the interior ministry and north of Kabul airport.
a result of today's attack in Kabul, 12 people, including three children, were
killed and 20 were wounded including four members of Gardaworld," Marwa
Amini, an interior ministry spokeswoman, said.
those killed in the suicide attack were Afghan civilians, and the nationalities
of the foreigners wounded were not confirmed.
Minister Massoud Andarabi said that one of those killed was a 13-year-old child
heading to school.
enemies of our people should know that our people are determined for peace, nothing
can stop them from achieving peace," he said.
source at the interior ministry said the blast was detonated by a suicide
bomber in the vehicle.
was no immediate claim of responsibility. Both the Taliban and the Islamic
State group are active in the city, which is one of the deadliest places in the
war-torn country for civilians.
blast came one day after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced that Kabul
would release three high-ranking Taliban prisoners in an apparent prisoner swap
with Western hostages who were kidnapped by the insurgents in 2016.
November 14, 2019
(BNA) The construction work of a mosque was completed in Parwan province.
mosque was built by local residents of Laghmani area of Charikar city, over
1500 square meters with funding from the Haj and Endowment ministry.
governor of provincial council, and a number of Parwan local government
officials attended the inauguration ceremony.
14 Nov 2019
security forces conducted airstrikes in three districts of southern Helmand
province in the past 24 hours killing at least 11 Taliban militants.
informed military officials said Thursday airstrikes in Lashkar Gah district of
Helmand killed at least 8 Taliban militants.
officials further added an airstrike in Now Zad district of Helmand killed 2
Taliban militants while a similar airstrike killed 1 Taliban militant in Nad
Ali district of the province.
Taliban group has not commented regarding the airstrikes so far.
is among the volatile provinces in South of Afghanistan. Taliban militants are
active in remote and restive areas of the province and often conduct terrorist
the Afghan forces routinely conduct counter-terrorism operations against the
anti-government armed groups in this province.
Afghan Special Forces arrested two Taliban militants during a raid in northern
Balkh province of Afghanistan, the military officials said.
officials further added that the Special Forces arrested the two militants
during a raid in Chahar Bolak district of Balkh.
Special Forces also destroyed a small cache of weapons during the same raid,
the officials added.
Taliban group has not commented regarding the raid so far.
security situation in northern Balkh province has deteriorated during the
militants are active in remote and restive areas of the province and often
conduct terrorist related activities.
mission in Afghanistan under fire for blocking critics after leakage of
UN mission in Afghanistan is under fire on social media platforms for blocking
its critics after the leakage of a controversial letter it had sent to
Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan regarding the alleged
inappropriate actions of an election commissioner.
social media activists particularly in Facebook and Twitter have criticized the
UN mission for blocking its critics, accusing the mission of adopting an
approach to ‘silent freedom of speech’ by blocking people and deleting their
comments on the two vastly used social media platforms.
the meantime, the UN mission in Afghanistan in a statement said “As part of the
mandate conferred on it by the UN Security Council and at the request of Afghan
authorities, UNAMA provides support to the Afghan electoral authorities and
their work to manage credible elections.”
statement further added “On 10 November, the head of UNAMA, sent an official
letter to the IEC Chair, bringing to her attention the Mission’s concerns about
an incident in which an IEC Commissioner’s actions were considered
inappropriate and in violation of the Afghan Election Law. The letter invited
the Commission to take measures to address the matter.”
keeping with its mandate to advise Afghan electoral authorities, the purpose of
the letter was to support and safeguard the integrity of the IEC and for the
Election law to be respected,” the statement said, adding that “It is a matter
of concern that the letter was leaked to the media and has been politicized by
some to misrepresent its purpose and contents.”
to UN mission’s letter, election commissioner Mawlana Mohammad Abdullah said in
a Twitter post that the letter by Yamamoto Tadamachi, the UN Secretary
General’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan about him is rife with accusations,
lies and is shocking which raises questions regarding the credibility of an
Abdullah further added that neither he has insulted the religion, race and
religious values of anyone nor he has threatened anyone to death, warning that
he would file a lawsuit against the accusations of UNAMA.
13 Nov 2019
group of 121 ISIS militants and their family members surrendered to the Afghan
forces amid ongoing operations in eastern Nangarhar province.
to a statement released by Ministry of Defense (MoD), 10 ISIS militants handed
themselves over to the Afghan forces together with 111 family members of their
comrades including 46 women and 65 children.
statement further added that the ISIS militants surrendered in Achin district
of Nangarhar province.
ISIS militants also handed over some weapons to the Afghan forces, the Ministry
of Defense added.
defense ministry also added that the Afghan forces launched counter-terrorism
operations nearly a month ago to suppress the terror group in Nangarhar
Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan has announced that it has halted
the vote recount process across Afghanistan.
to a statement released by election commission, the audit and recount process
of votes has been stopped until further notice.
the election commission said the resolution will not apply on polling stations
whose votes are under scrutiny and are being recounted.
comes as certain electoral teams of Abdullah Abdullah, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and
Rahmatullah Nabil had called for the suspension of the vote recount process.
election commissioner Aurangzeb has said the election commission has postponed
the preliminary vote results which were due to be announced on Thursday.
further added that the election commission has postponed the preliminary vote
results announced due to the existing tensions over vote recount process of
more than eight thousand polling stations.
in charge of Islamic affairs, Malaysia, pledges ‘new narrative’ on Islam,
Reporters -November 13, 2019
JAYA: The minister in charge of Islamic affairs today appeared on the BBC
Hardtalk programme to defend the government’s track record on contentious
issues affecting Islam, while pledging to come up with a “new narrative” on
Islam that he said would not repeat past mistakes.
we came to power, we rejected being a government which used and exploited
religion and race for political purposes. So that is why we are now proposing
or advocating Islam as a very progressive religion.
we have come with a new narrative of Islam in Malaysia with the new government,
with what we call the compassionate Islam, that we hope would trigger national
unity,” Mujahid said in the interview with host Zeinab Badawi, aired tonight by
said the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government must not “repeat the same mistakes of
the previous government” when it comes to Islamic issues.
order to do that, you need to have a strong narrative of Islam,” he said.
the 30-minute progamme, he was asked about the Islamic authorities’ crackdown
on Shia Muslims in Malaysia as well as his statements praising controversial
preacher Dr Zakir Naik.
Mujahid denied endorsing the Indian Muslim preacher, saying he had repeatedly
warned him about his provocative speeches at a meeting held in March this year.
these words and statements are not suitable in Malaysia, and I have said this
many times. I also warned him about his position in Malaysia, that he should be
more alert in the sense that Malaysia is a multiracial country.”
March 13, Mujahid had met Naik, saying on his Facebook page that the
televangelist’s efforts to preach Islam had taken him to every corner of the
world and served as an “inspiration” to others to keep on preaching.
maintained this was not an endorsement, however, adding that it did not
represent the full picture of his stand on Naik.
doesn’t mean that I agree with whatever he’s doing in Malaysia because I have a
nation to protect … You can also check my other statements about him.”
also brushed aside questions on the authorities’ persecution of Sisters in
Islam, saying it was not the action of the present government.
were the first to come and see me. I invited them and talked to them to see how
they can play a better role in advocating and helping oppressed women.
don’t think in my position as minister of religious affairs that I’ve neglected
from jail, ex-UM student, Noor Aishah
Atam, who kept ‘terror books’ has second thoughts about Sosma
Abu Bakar -November 14, 2019
JAYA: A former Universiti Malaya (UM) student who was arrested under Sosma two
years ago now says the controversial security law against which she once fought
could be beneficial.
Noor Aishah Atam, who got into trouble for keeping reading materials promoting
extremist ideologies, said Sosma, or the Security Offences (Special Measures)
Act 2012, had “its pros and cons”.
said criminals would rejoice if the law was abolished, a promise made by
I agreed that Sosma should be abolished, but now I am clueless,” she told FMT
in a recent interview.
32, Aishah who was released from jail in December last year, is trying to adapt
to a new life in Terengganu.
made headlines two years ago when she was found guilty under Sosma as well as
the Prevention of Crime Act of possessing 12 books promoting extremism, five of
which were authored by al-Qaeda followers and one by Osama bin Laden.
said then that the books were for research for her master’s degree in Islamic
Studies, an excuse dismissed by the court.
is currently a health consultant at a private company in Terengganu.
waited for the controversy about me to taper down. Only then did I pluck up the
courage to go out and apply for jobs,” she said, adding that she was careful
not to let her identity create problems for her.
only know me as Aishah.
focus now is to work and become financially stable. Once I have achieved that,
I will think about pursuing my studies. I am not that young anymore.”
Kuala Lumpur High Court sentenced Aishah to five years’ imprisonment but her
jail term was later reduced to three years.
was also dismissed by UM for failure to attend classes.
is now determined to leave the past behind.
Allah, I will succeed. I just need to think positively. If I keep harbouring
negative thoughts, I won’t be able to move on,” she said.
Medan, Indonesia Nov 13, 2019, 07.11 PM (IST)
suicide bomber blew himself up at a police station in Indonesia on Wednesday,
killing himself and wounding six others, according to authorities who described
the 24-year-old attacker as a "lone wolf".
motive for the attack was not immediately known, but police stations have been
frequent targets for radicals in the world's biggest Muslim majority nation,
which has long struggled with Islamist militancy.
blast happened around 8:45 am (0145 GMT) at the police compound in Medan on
Sumatra island during morning roll call.
now, we believe he was a lone wolf," national police spokesman Dedi
Prasetyo told reporters in Jakarta.
anti-terror squad and forensics unit are still examining the crime scene,"
least six people were wounded in the blast, including four officers and two
civilians, but their injuries were not severe, he added.
attacker -- whose identification listed him as a student -- wore an explosive
device on his body, with authorities recovering nails, an on-off switch button,
cables and body parts, Prasetyo said.
bloody corpse lying in the compound's parking lot appeared to have been blown
said the attacker was active on social media, while CCTV footage showed him
entering the compound wearing a uniform worn by drivers of a popular
attack came a day after Indonesia launched a website that lets the public
report "radical" content posted by government workers, including
material that promotes hate or intolerance.
Southeast Asian nation of some 260 million has significant numbers of religious
minorities -- including Christians, Hindus and Buddhists -- who have been
targeted by radical Islamist groups amid concerns about rising intolerance.
stations have also been a frequent target of militants, some of whom have
called for the pluralist country to become a strict Islamic state.
August, authorities shot and arrested a militant who attacked officers at a
station in Indonesia's second-biggest city, Surabaya, while in June another was
seriously wounded when he tried to blow himself up outside a police building on
month, Indonesian President Joko Widodo ordered beefed-up security after two
militants from an Islamic State-linked terror group stabbed his chief security
survived the attack, which led to the arrests of dozens of terror suspects.
attackers were identified as members of Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), an
extremist network loyal to IS and responsible for several previous attacks --
including deadly suicide bombings at several churches in Surabaya last year.
Kit Yen -November 14, 2019
Dr Mahathir Mohamad voiced confidence today that Chinese voters in Tanjung Piai
would not be easily duped by the accusations of those linking Pakatan Harapan’s
(PH) candidate Karmaine Sardini with the distribution of leaflets based on the
“buy Muslim first” campaign.
prime minister said the opposition had also lied by implying that he was
campaigning for Barisan Nasional’s (BN) candidate because he wore blue.
is to get the Chinese angry, but I do not see the Chinese being so stupid as to
are smart because they have gone through many elections,” he said after
attending a breakfast session with the locals here.
was responding to questions on claims that pamphlets saying “vote Muslim first”
had been distributed at a PH ceramah in Kukup Laut.
leaflets reportedly featured a red halal logo as well as background information
on Karmaine and the achievements of the late Tanjung Piai MP Md Farid Md Rafik.
voting, it should be that when there is a Muslim and non-Muslim candidate, we
choose the Muslim no matter the party.
there is more than one Muslim candidate, we choose the biggest. So vote PPBM.
This follows the right principles,” the leaflet said.
Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman later spoke of suspected sabotage,
saying no one had any knowledge of the printing or distribution of the flyers.
asked about concerns over recognition of the Unified Examination Certificate
and funding for Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Mahathir said every race would
have its own issues and concerns.
try to find ways to resolve this dispute,” he added.
who would replace PPBM’s Md Farik Md Rafik as deputy minister in the Prime
Minister’s Department, Mahathir said he had yet to make a decision.
us think about that after the by-election,” he said.
who held the national unity portfolio, died in September, triggering the
by-election in Tanjung Piai this Saturday.
Nov 14 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said voters were unlikely to be tricked by
pamphlets calling for Muslims to vote for Pakatan Harapan candidate Karmaine
said the pamphlets found at last night’s Ceramah Mega here in Kukup were falsely
attributed to PH to turn the Chinese community against it.
is a pamphlet issued in support of PH candidate Karmaine Sardini, but on other
page there is a ‘Buy Muslim First campaign’ which is intentionally trying to
stoke Chinese anger.
do not think the Chinese (community) will be fooled by such things where they
are wiser during elections and would not vote BN just because of such
posters," said Dr Mahathir.
said this after having breakfast with some 200 non-governmental organisations
(NGO) members and supporters at Warung 800 in Pekan Nanas here today.
present was Dr Mahathir’s wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali and other Bersatu
leaders including the party’s president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Johor
Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal.
night, Malay Mail reported PH as claiming the pamphlets to be political
sabotage. They were earlier placed on chairs, urging the Malay-Muslim community
to vote for a Muslim candidate under the “Buy Muslim First” campaign
is a mosque imam.
Mahathir admitted there were unresolved issues with the country’s various
racial communities in the country that the government was trying to solve.
94-year-old prime minister urged Malaysians to put aside their needs and focus
on what the country needs first as the government could not entertain every
the prime minister who chairs Cabinet meetings, I want to say that all of us
are able to deliberate on issues and find solutions properly to develop the
country,” said Dr Mahathir.
also reminded the people that only the government is capable of bringing change
and development to Tanjung Piai, and PH candidate Karmaine will be the bridge
between the parliamentary constituency and the federal government.
there be any problems or issues here, only the government is able to solve
Opposition, no matter how good they are, will be unable to do much.
let's focus on solving the people's problems and maintaining our peace and
stability by supporting PH,” said Dr Mahathir.
Tanjung Piai by-election will see a six-way contest between PH’s Karmaine, BN’s
Datuk Seri Wee Jeck Seng, Gerakan’s Wendy Subramaniam, Berjasa’s Datuk
Badhrulhisham Abdul Aziz, and two independent candidates Ang Chuan Lock and
Faridah Aryani Abdul Ghaffar.
is scheduled for this Saturday.
e-commerce giant Tokopedia aiming for 10% of total transactions to come from
new Islamic marketplace
- Indonesian tech unicorn Tokopedia is aiming for at least 10% of its
transactions to come from its new Islamic marketplace, its CEO Garri Juanda
told Salaam Gateway.
company that started in 2009 handled 73 trillion rupiah ($5.18 billion) in
transactions last year and estimates that around 10% came from halal, Islamic
and Muslim-friendly products.
Salam was launched in early November in response to demand from users, according
to Garri. Internal research found that more than 80% of Tokopedia users have
the need to buy food labelled halal, and more than 85% shop in the Muslim
tech company is now targeting three times more transactions overall this year
to 222 trillion rupiah.
expects Tokopedia Salam to grow at least 300 percent next year.
this moment, we are focusing on helping Indonesians fulfil their various daily
necessities from a wide and comprehensive selection of trusted Muslim-friendly products
and services through Tokopedia Salam,” said Garri.
Islamic marketplace currently sells more than 21 million Muslim-friendly
products from more than 700,000 sellers across all categories including food,
beverages, fashion, beauty, and umrah packages.
e-commerce giant is also collaborating with a number of social institutions,
including NU Care-LAZISNU, Rumah Yatim, Dompet Dhuafa, and the National Zakat
Board (BAZNAS) to enable users to donate digitally and use the platform for
other Islamic social finance and charitable purposes.
Salam provides Shariah-compliant payment methods, including from banks BRI
Syariah, Bank Muamalat and Mandiri Syariah.
investors can also access options such as Tokopedia Emas and Tokopedia Reksa
hope the launch of Tokopedia Salam will assist anyone from all walks of life in
finding a variety of trusted Muslim-friendly choices and simultaneously
supporting the democratisation of the Shariah economy in Indonesia through technology,”
most recently won Series G funding in 2018 from SoftBank Vision Fund and
Alibaba Group. The company is widely estimated to be valued at $7 billion.
= 14,079.20 Indonesian rupiah)
by Yosi Winosa; Editing by Emmy Abdul Alim email@example.com)
‘our agenda from here on’ as global Islamic economy expands - Malaysia’s
digital agency chief
LUMPUR - Malaysian tech companies should look beyond Malaysia as the global
Islamic economy expands, said Surina Shukri, CEO of MDEC, the government agency
charged with promoting the country’s digital economy.
was speaking at the launch of the State of the Global Islamic Economy 2019/20
report in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday (Nov 13), that said Muslims spent 5.2% more
in 2018 to $2.2 trillion across the food, pharmaceutical and lifestyle sectors.
annual report, produced by Salaam Gateway’s parent, DinarStandard, forecasts
Muslim consumption to reach $3.2 trillion by 2024.
of the Islamic diaspora now doesn’t live in Islamic countries. The whole world
is waking up in terms of the Islamic digital economy’s potential,” Surina told
lends itself to e-commerce, not just in Malaysia but internationally. Our
agenda from here on is going to be internationalisation of all our companies,
not just our digital start-ups but our SMEs as well,” said the CEO.
has a huge export agenda, it’s a huge opportunity.”
to the report, investments have been playing an important role in driving
growth across the Islamic economy. It tracked $1.2 billion invested globally in
Islamic economy companies for the 12 months to end-July, reflecting an increase
of 399% compared to 2017.
figure reflects a broad span of corporate-led acquisitions, venture investments
in halal-tech start-ups and private equity investment. Halal products garnered
the lion’s share of investments, accounting for 54% of deal value, followed by
Islamic finance at 42% and 4% in Islamic lifestyle, mainly in modest fashion
and Muslim-friendly tourism.
report identified a handful of sectors, including Islamic fintech and umrah
travel tech as being “hot sectors” for growth in 2020.
Bain, a Kuala Lumpur investor in halal start-ups and founder of Ficus Venture
Capital, said this year’s figures stacked up well for the investment community
as they will help inform investors on market sizes and growth levels.
VCs, we look at the addressable market. Reports like this are always useful
because they go in depth and they actually show the addressable market for
companies we have our eyes on in terms of investment,” Baiza told Salaam
halal technology, you wouldn’t know what is the addressable market in normal
circumstances when you meet a company, because they try to extrapolate a
general number,” he said.
addition to the halal and lifestyle sectors, the report said Islamic finance
assets increased by 3.5% to $2.5 trillion in 2018. It forecasts assets to reach
$3.5 trillion by 2024.
this growth is “encouraging”, Dr Liza Mydin, head of corporate strategy at Maybank
Islamic, said there are still areas where Shariah-compliant finance still needs
to catch up.
one speaks about the halal economy, Islamic finance should be a given, but
that’s not the case at the moment,” Dr Liza told Salaam Gateway.
fact is that a number of investments still lag: we aren’t putting out our
investment offerings and capturing the market. That we only account for about
0.1% of overall investment globally shows what must be done in terms of
providing Shariah investments to the market.”
fintech also needs a boost. While DinarStandard lists 93 start-ups globally,
“recent growth is still solidly based more on traditional banking services and
products,” it says, adding: “Islamic banks can unlock substantial growth and
profitability through digitisation.”
fintech space is very much a closed community. There needs to be more
cross-sector collaboration: fintech needs to talk to the halal economy and food
segments,” said Dr Liza.
policy level and industry level we need to have more cross-sector engagement of
fintech. Partnerships will need to be more central,” she added.
expenditure on pharmaceuticals continues to grow and is expected to increase
from $92 billion last year to $134 billion in 2024, according to the report.
countries are net importers of pharmaceuticals, with exports predominantly in
the hands of non-Muslim countries led by Germany and France, says the report.
the concept of halal pharmaceuticals is poorly understood in Organisation of
Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries, not having gained the same traction as
other Islamic economy sectors, such as halal food and modest fashion,” it says.
Azalina Mohd Ghazalli, halal and government relations manager at Duopharma
Biotech, the first Malaysian pharmaceuticals company to have halal
certification, acknowledged there are misconceptions among Muslim consumers.
always want to correct their understanding as to how halal is bringing a value
proposition to the pharmaceutical industry,” Seri Azalina told Salaam Gateway.
of whether our products are halal or not, we are still selling our products and
we know that the halal component gives them a plus factor.”
could “generate substantial growth” by pursuing halal gelatin, nutraceuticals
and vaccines, according to DinarStandard.
a realisation of the state of the economy and where we should take up the
opportunity further with new product categories. In Malaysia we are looking at
how we expand further,” said Seri Azalina.
by Richard Whitehead; Editing by Emmy Abdul Alim
Heard From Muslim Board On Reviewing Ayodhya Verdict: Iqbal Ansari
Ahead of a meeting of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board to decide whether
to seek a review of the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case, Iqbal Ansari,
the main litigant, said on Wednesday he has "not received any
communication" from the AIMPLB in this connection.
Ansari, 53, along with several other local Muslim leaders had recently said the
five acres of land to be allocated for building a mosque as per the landmark
verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute should be within the 67
acres of land acquired by the government in Ayodhya.
know the Muslim Board (AIMPLB) is holding a meeting on Sunday to take a
decision on seeking a review of the Supreme Court judgement. I have not
received any communication in this connection," he said, when asked if he
has been asked by the Board to be part of this process.
Board can do whatever it wants now. I do not wish to be any party to that. I
feel the judgement has settled a protracted dispute and the society should
acknowledge that," he said.
senior police officials and a senior district administration official met
Ansari late Wednesday evening at his home at Kotia Panjitola colony located near
the Ramjanmabhoomi site.
the meeting, the officials told Mr Ansari to be "cautious in making
statements" given the sensitivity of the issue, sources said.
city of Ayodhya on Wednesday virtually remained fortified with a posse of
security forces patrolling and keeping strict vigil while most of the inner
roads were still barricaded to restrict movement of vehicles of large crowds.
Ansari became the main litigant after his father Hashmi Ansari died in 2016, in
his late 90s, having fought the case since 1949.
Ansari was given police security which has now been given to his son too.
a fractious issue that goes back more than a century, the Supreme Court in a
historic verdict on Saturday cleared the way for the construction of a Ram
temple by a government trust at the disputed site in Ayodhya, and ruled that an
alternative five-acre plot must be found for a mosque in the Hindu holy town at
a "prominent" location.
after the verdict, the AIMPLB in a press conference in Delhi had said that it
would soon hold a meeting of its working committee to decide whether to seek a
review of the judgement.
Mr Ansari sought to steer clear of his earlier remarks, proposing the mosque be
built within the 67 acres of the acquired land surrounding the Ramjanmabhomi
site, he reiterated that he personally was "not in favour of a
the November 9 press conference in Delhi, AIMPLB member Zafaryab Jilani had
said, "We are dissatisfied with certain findings of the Supreme Court....
We respect the Supreme Court verdict and respectfully disagree with certain
aspects of it."
had said the Board will carefully study the 1,045-page judgement and may seek a
the inner courtyard has been given to the other party. It is not just," he
argued, adding the working committee of the board will soon sit and discuss.
"Whatever legal recourse is possible we will take," he told reporters
hours after the verdict.
dispute over the site of Babri Masjid, a three-domed mosque built by or at the
behest of Moghul emperor Babur, dates back centuries with Hindus contending
that the invading Muslim armies had razed an existing Ram temple to erect the
it turned into a legal dispute in 1885 when a mahant went to court seeking
permission to build a canopy outside the mosque. The plea was dismissed.
December 1949, unidentified men spirited an idol of Lord Ram into the mosque.
The structure was demolished by a large mob of kar sevaks on December 6, 1992.
people, including a cleric, were Wednesday arrested in connection with an
explosion inside a mosque at Bairagipatti village in Kushinagar district two
were identified as Maulana Azeemudin (28), Izhar, Aashiq and Javed. Three
others — Qutubuddin Ansari, Ashfaq and Munna, all from the same village — are
on the run.
blast was earlier reported as an inverter battery explosion. But Kushinagar SP
Vinod Kumar Mishra said the battery was found intact. He said some explosive
substance, which was kept inside a room in the mosque, had exploded due to
interrogation, Azeemudin told the police that around four months ago, a local,
Qutubuddin Ansari, came to the mosque carrying a plastic bag and told him there
was a powder inside. He asked him to keep it safe and ensure it did not come in
contact with any other object. Ansari also told him that the material would be
used at an appropriate time,” the SP said.
SP said the motive behind the storage of the powder would be clear after
ATS team, along with the police, is probing the case.
case has been filed under IPC sections 147, 295 and 120-B, besides provisions
of the Explosives Act and Criminal Law (Amendment) Act.
Days after the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya, Mohammad Umar, son of one of
the first Muslim litigants, announced on Wednesday he was ready to file a
petition after a nod from the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIPLBM).
to TOI from Ayodhya, Umar said alternate land for the mosque outside the
acquired 67 acres may not be acceptable. “I am ready to move a review plea, if
asked by AIMPLB, which will have to legally back me. We were fighting for Babri
mosque, not a piece of land,” said Umar, whose father Mohammad Farooq was one
of the first six Muslim litigants in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute,
along with Hashim Ansari.
asked about his stand on the five acres allotted for the mosque at an
alternative site, Umar asked, “Why should the mosque be built away from the
site of the demolished Babri masjid? Why should we go somewhere else to offer
prayers? Land for the mosque should be given within the acquired site and not
beyond,” he said.
the demolition of the Babri masjid, the then Congress government of Prime
Minister P V Narasimha Rao passed the “Acquisition of Certain Areas at Ayodhya
Act” to acquire 67 acres around the 2.77-acre disputed site where the Babri
masjid had stood.
key litigant, the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board, has already announced it won’t
go for a review petition and will decide whether to accept the five acres of
land soon. AIMPLB member and Babri Masjid Action Committee convenor Zafaryab
Jilani had earlier told TOI the board would take a call on the review petition
at its November 17 meeting in Nadwatul Ulama.
God it was unsuccessful,' Fawad Chaudhry says of JUI-F sit-in
a press conference, Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry says
that they [the government] will tackle 'Plan B' of the JUI-F protests the same
way that they had tackled 'Plan A'.
sahib has left quite a lot of work for CDA," he said, referring to the
alleged that JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has a narrative of
religious politics of the country have been damaged by this dharna [...] The
narrative is one of the division of society," he said.
God it was unsuccessful," the minister said, adding that the JUI-F chief
should learn a lesson from this.
November 14, 2019
president Shehbaz Sharif is addressing a press conference to discuss the
government's conditional decision to allow former prime minister Nawaz Sharif
to travel abroad for medical treatment.
announced that the PML-N's legal team has approached the Lahore High Court
against the government decision.
emerged while Shehbaz's press conference was underway that a two-member bench
of the LHC headed by Justice Ali Baqar Najafi will hear the PML-N president's
petition seeking removal of Nawaz's name from the Exit Control List.
government had on Tuesday announced that Nawaz will be given a
"one-time" permission to travel abroad for his medical treatment for
a period of four weeks. It said the permission would be subject to the Sharif
family submitting an indemnity bond "to the tune of Rs7-7.5 billion".
during the presser said the government by asking the PML-N to submit indemnity
bonds to secure permission for Nawaz to travel abroad was, in fact, demanding
"ransom" and the decision was not acceptable to the PML-N in any
said the "political game" staged by Prime Minister Imran Khan and his
team regarding the PML-N supremo's health is condemnable. The prime minister
can "neither give nor take an NRO [National Reconciliation Ordinance-like
deal]", Shehbaz added.
asked the government whether Nawaz had submitted any indemnity or surety bonds
when he had voluntarily returned to the country from London in July 2018 after
he was sentenced to serve prison time by a trial court in the Avenfield
today when two high courts have granted him bail and said that he can avail
treatment in Pakistan or abroad, the government is doing politics on the issue.
lawyers of the country have criticised the [government] decision," the
PML-N president said.
is no example of dirty politics in the country's history over the health of
anyone," he added while accusing the government and other institutions of
passing the buck to each other regarding deciding the matter.
Sharif's health was turned into a shuttlecock," he said.
senior leader of the PML-N had earlier said: “The option of moving the court to
seek directives for the government to remove the PML-N supreme leader’s name
from the ECL is under serious consideration. It is highly expected that
opposition leader in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif files a petition in a
day or two.”
government’s offer is the worst example of the government’s vendetta against
the Sharif family,” Nawaz’s son Hussain Nawaz said in a tweet while reacting to
the government’s move.
additional reporting by Rana Bilal in Lahore.
leader Khawaja Asif on Thursday accused the government of "playing with
Nawaz Sharif's life" and insisted that the former prime minister be
allowed to go abroad for medical treatment.
former minister criticised the government for demanding indemnity bonds worth
Rs7 billion, saying, "This Rs7 billion's surety bond has no monetary value
but, against the backdrop of Pakistan's [political scene], it is a deadly
thing. It will muddy politics in Pakistan."
his workers, are guarantors of his return," Asif declared.
"Pakistan's public will bring him back, God will bring him back, his three
terms as prime minister, that are his legacy, will bring him back."
man who has everything in Pakistan, his politics is in Pakistan — politics is
the most valuable property for politicians — his political career spanning
35-40 years, his voters are in Pakistan.
does not want to leave Pakistan. His doctors told him in front of me, that we
(the doctors) have done as much as we can and while we have the capability to
treat you, we do not have the technology or the wherewithal," Asif told
the parliament and added that a government doctor had recommended Nawaz to go
to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where all his ailments can be
PML-N stalwart alleged that the government was "playing with [Nawaz's]
life" and lamented that Law Minister Farogh Naseem had advocated freedom
of movement for former president Pervez Musharraf but not for Nawaz.
principles, do not make statements to suit current circumstances," the
PML-N leader said, adding: "I request [the government] not to turn Nawaz
Sharif's life into a pawn."
went on to claim that a "law officer told a court official [...] that the
government's stance [on Nawaz's health] is 'let him die for all we care'".
also alleged that during a meeting of government members, Prime Minister Imran
Khan had asked to confirm if Nawaz's reports were being meddled with.
"These attitudes are self-destructive," the PML-N leader warned.
thrice-elected prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, is fighting for his life and his
doctors have been expressing concern regarding his health for the past few
months. I am proud that even while he is fighting for his life, he has not
forgotten his real battle, which is vote ko izzat do (respect the vote), he is
still fighting on that front as well," Asif said amidst applause from
bring some civility in our attitudes," he added.
alleged that parts of his previous speeches in the assembly had been
"muted" and asked: "When we (the parliamentarians) don't have
freedom of expression, how will they (journalists) get it?"
lawmaker Murad Saeed, however, questioned the 'special treatment' for the
former prime minister, saying it was unfortunate that the PML-N could not
improve health care enough that Nawaz could have been treated here.
child dies in his mother's arms after a dog bite — that's the state of medical
facilities in Pakistan [...] while the former premier is being asked to be sent
abroad," he said.
Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday reserved its verdict on contempt of
court cases against Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan and prime minister's
aide Firdous Ashiq Awan, after both of them offered unconditional apologies for
verdict of the cases, which were being heard together by IHC Chief Justice
Athar Minallah, will be announced on November 25.
the hearing of the case, Justice Minallah lashed out at Sarwar for linking the
release of Nawaz Sharif on bail with a 'deal'.
are a representative of the federal cabinet," the IHC chief justice said.
"You have raised questions on the medical board [constituted by the
court announced a verdict on that medical board and you declared it as
aviation minister said that he had "expressed doubts" about the
have tried to influence a pending case," declared Justice Minallah.
"This is contempt of court and you don't even realise what you have
do realise," Sarwar insisted. Justice Minallah said that the court
"respects" the minister.
purpose of summoning you here is to make you understand," the chief
tried to make people lose confidence in institutions by your remarks."
offered an "unconditional apology" and said: "I apologise if my
remarks have caused pain to the court."
court does not experience pain," the judge said. "Court verdicts are
recorded by history."
court told Sarwar to "submit whatever [he] wants to say in writing".
The minister responded: "I don't want to contest this case that is why I
am offering an unconditional apology."
special assistant to the prime minister on information and broadcasting, had
also appeared before the court for a hearing of a similar case. The court
reserved its verdict in that case as well.
high court had issued separate notices to Sarwar and Awan for their remarks
over an IHC verdict that granted bail to former premier Nawaz in the Al Azizia
case on medical grounds. Awan, who had been summoned for saying that the IHC
decision to grant bail to Nawaz was "a special dispensation", had
earlier submitted a written apology to the court.
Khan, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of the Counter-Terrorism
Department (CTD), died on the spot from gunshots after unidentified persons
opened fire on his car on Thursday, a statement by Peshawar Capital City Police
to the police, Ghani was travelling in his car in the morning when a "few
unidentified persons" opened fire. His gunman Rashid and driver Nasir as
well as two passers-by were wounded, police said. The injured have been shifted
to the Lady Reading Hospital for medical treatment.
contingents of police arrived at the crime scene soon after the incident
occurred. A search operation in nearby areas is underway.
inquiry of the case revealed that Ghani was involved in a property dispute with
some of his family members, the police statement said, adding that the conflict
had resulted in deaths in firing incidents previously.
Police Chief Karim Khan told DawnNewsTV said that police were investigating if
Ghani's killing was a result of the property dispute or if he was targeted.
Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan took notice of the incident and
directed the provincial inspector general to wrap up the investigation as
quickly as possible and submit a report.
ordered authorities to provide the best medical facilities to the injured
police officials. He also extended his condolences to Ghani's family.
reporting by Zahid Imdad.
The services of Sohail Ayaz, a consultant in a planning and development
department project, were terminated on Wednesday following his arrest in
Rawalpindi over child pornography and sexual abuse.
Ayaz was convicted for paedophile sex offences in the UK, his appointment by a
government department has also raised questions about the process of hiring
consultants in donor-funded projects.
notification was issued by project director of the Post Crisis Need Assessment
(PCNA), said the contract signed between the Governance and Policy Project and
Sohail Ayaz on Nov 1, 2017, was terminated with an immediate effect in
pursuance of Clause 12 of the contract due to engagement of the consultant in
fraudulent practices and immoral activities.
deportation from the UK on the completion of jail term, Ayaz managed to secure
job in the provincial government’s project under the health and planning and
development departments and worked undetected for around four years until he
was arrested in Rawalpindi in a similar case.
a confessional video widely shared on social media, the accused admitted raping
at least 30 boys.
claim Ayaz was hired ‘purely on merit’, his deportation from UK over paedophile
sex offences not known
relevant officials told Dawn that Ayaz worked in the World Bank-funded projects
in both health and P&D departments. A health department official said the
accused was hired as a financial consultant with the revitalisation of health
services in KP.
(Ayaz) was hired by a committee headed by the health secretary after the post
was advertised and the WB issued him a no objection certificate,” he said.
in the P&D department said the accused had previously worked at the health
department and joined the Governance and Policy Project (GPP), a donor-funded
project under the Multi Donor Trust Fund (MDTF).
official said the accused was hired as a public-private partnership specialist
contract with the GPP dated Nov 2017 said he would be paid Rs3.4 million for
his services from Nov 1, 2017 to Oct 31, 2018.
his application to the GPP coordinator, the accused claims working for more
than a dozen high-profile humanitarian organisations, UN and other donor
INGO Save the Children, from whose London offices he was arrested on the charges
of sexual offenses against children and child pornography, is missing from that
list. The accused also claims that he has international and field experience in
Afghanistan, UAE, Turkey, Syria, Pakistan and Iraq under challenging and
post-conflict environment on project contracts and financial management.
Officials in GPP said the accused was a workaholic type, who only minded his
own business, and was a timid sort of person.
is really embarrassing for us,” a senior official said.
senior official insisted that lies were being propagated about Ayaz’s hiring as
he was not hired on ‘parchi’.
(Ayaz’s) hiring was made on purely on merit,” he said.
official said the project had no means to know a candidate’s past and it was
rather difficult to engage lengthy inquiries about one’s past in short-term
the job of the Federal Investigation Agency to do something about him (Ayaz)
after he was deported from the UK,” he said.
official said he and other staff members felt revulsion after seeing news
reports about the accused.
he has done is against Islam, humanity and culture. He should be punished for
his wrongdoings,” he said.
the KP Public Procurement Regulatory Authority Rules, 2014, and KP Project
Policy, 2008, are silent about any background check of the consultant and
mostly focus on professional competence of the applicant for the job on offer.
KPPRA rules declare that whenever short-listing is deemed necessary, the
procuring entity shall pre-determine criteria for short-listing.
to them, except for single source, there will normally be a minimum of three
consultants in the short-list, but there is no upper limit for number of
candidates to be short-listed. However, if less than three candidates apply;
their proposals may be considered on merit.
rules say procuring entity while short-listing consultants may take the
following factors into consideration, namely: (a) qualification; (b) general
experience; or (c) specific experience, particularly of the last five years; or
(d) any other factor that a procuring entity may deem relevant, not
inconsistent with these rules.
the KP Project Policy, 2008, which deals with appointment in development
projects, does not mention any background check while making project staff
hiring. Section 3(iv) which deals with procedures to fill the post states that,
“the scrutiny will be carried out in the light of record furnished by the
applicant with particular reference to his academic qualification, experience,
professional skills, age limits and other conditions advertised for the post.”
source said the project’s policy mostly dealt with hiring in government-own
development projects, while in case of donors involvement, their policies also
came into play.
A European non-governmental group has uncovered a network of 265 ‘fake’ news
outlets managed by an Indian network to influence the European Union and the
United Nations with content critical of Pakistan.
'EU DisinfoLab' is focused on researching and tackling sophisticated
disinformation campaigns targeting the EU, its member states, core institutions
and core values.
the investigation, the DisinfoLab found that the fake websites copy-pasted
anti-Pakistan content from unusual press agencies and amplified material shared
by politicians and obscure think tanks that supported Indian geopolitical
such website eptoday.com — claiming to be a self-proclaimed magazine for the
European Parliament in Brussels — had been copy-pasting a large amount of news
word for word.
of EP Today’s content — was drawn from the US-funded Voice of America outlet —
linked to Indian interests and was critical of Pakistan, DisinfoLab’s research
showed. The website posted a large number of articles and opinion pieces
related to minorities in Pakistan.
investigation discovered that the news outlets were managed by Indian
stakeholders, with ties to a large network of think tanks, NGOs, and companies
from the Srivastava Group.
EU DisinfoLab found that EP Today’s office address was the same as that of the
Srivastava Group that is based in New Delhi. The IP address of the Srivastava
Group was also home to the obscure online media “New Delhi Times” and the
International Institute for Non-Aligned Studies (IINS).
recently, the obscure IINS invited 27 members of the European Parliament to
meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Geneva, where the UN Refugee Agency has its headquarters, the group discovered
timesofgeneva.com – an online “newspaper” that is “approaching 35 years in
business”. The ‘Times of Geneva’ published the same type of content as EP Today
and produced videos covering events and demonstrations criticising Pakistan’s
role in the Kashmir conflict.
the website, the network served Indian lobbying interests in Geneva towards the
of the fake websites revealed that most of them were named after an extinct
local newspaper or spoof real media outlets. They republished anti-Pakistan
content on the rest of the influence Indian network— including fake outlets
such as EP Today, 4NewsAgency, Times Of Geneva, New Delhi Times. Most websites
had a Twitter account as well.
DisinfoLab found evidence that both EP Today and Times of Geneva had extremely
strong ties to a network of NGOs and think tanks, such as the European
Organisation for Pakistani Minorities, and Pakistani Women’s Human Rights
create the fake outlets?
to the DisinfoLab’s analysis, the purpose of these fake news outlets was to influence
international institutions and elected representatives with coverage of
specific events and demonstrations. They also provided NGOs with useful press
material to reinforce their credibility and thus be impactful.
network added several layers of media outlets that quoted and republished one
another, making it harder for the reader to trace the manipulation, and in turn
(sometimes) offer an illusion of international support towards Indian
critical content was largely aimed to influence public perceptions on Pakistan
by multiplying its iterations on search engines.
Jihad offers Egypt-mediated ceasefire terms to Israel as death toll mounts
Yerushalayim, Israel Nov 14, 2019
militant group Islamic Jihad offered terms on Wednesday for an
Egyptian-mediated ceasefire with Israel, saying if these were not met it was
prepared to keep up cross-border rocket attacks indefinitely despite a mounting
Gaza death toll.
worst surge in fighting around the Palestinian enclave was sparked on Tuesday
when Israel killed Islamic Jihad's top Gaza field commander in an airstrike,
accusing him of masterminding a spree of recent attacks and planning more soon.
Islamic Jihad fighters responded with hundreds of rocket launches that reached
as far as Tel Aviv and paralysed parts of Israel, it pressed the aerial barrage
on the Gaza Strip.
say 26 Palestinians, including at least 14 gunmen and six civilians, have been
killed. Dozens have been injured on both sides.
his first public comments on the fighting, Islamic Jihad leader Zeyad
al-Nakhala said a truce could be agreed immediately if Israel accepted the
Iranian-backed faction's terms.
included Israel ending targeted killings of militants, its sometimes lethal
response to weekly Gaza protests and steps to ease its blockade on the coastal
Palestinian enclave, al-Nakhala, who is based in Beirut, told Al-Mayadeen TV.
said he expected to hear Israel's response via Cairo within hours. Should a
truce not be agreed, he said, "the (Islamic Jihad armed wing) Jerusalem
Brigades is able to manage the battle, and for a long time".
signalled openness only to a quid-pro-quo restraint.
will be answered with quiet," Israel's Army Radio quoted an unnamed
Israeli government official as saying. "Islamic Jihad wants a ceasefire,
and it is thus trying to create a false impression of achievements."
Jerusalem Nov 14, 2019
militant group Islamic Jihad said an Egyptian-mediated truce with Israel was in
force in the Gaza Strip as of 0330 GMT on Thursday, and a Reuters witness
confirmed that fighting had subsided.
Islamic Jihad official told Reuters that Israel had agreed to the faction's
demand that it cease targeted killings of militants and shooting of Gaza border
protesters. There was no immediate confirmation of this from Israeli officials.
worst surge in fighting around the Palestinian enclave was sparked on Tuesday
when Israel killed Islamic Jihad's top Gaza field commander in an air strike,
accusing him of masterminding a spree of recent attacks and planning more soon.
in turn, has voiced solidarity with Islamic Jihad but has not claimed
responsibility for any of the rocket launches.
ANNA AHRONHEIM NOVEMBER 13, 2019
has reportedly threatened Palestinian Islamic Jihad that it will assassinate
the group’s secretary-general, Ziyad al-Nakhalah, if the rocket fire continues,
an Arab media report claimed on Wednesday. Nakhalah is said to be based in
to a report in the Arabic-language Al-Hayat newspaper, Israel’s message was
delivered to the Palestinian terrorist faction by UN Special Envoy for the
Middle East Nickolay Mladenov.
the PIJ continues to fire rockets at Israeli towns, Israel threatens to
escalate assassinations, and that the secretary-general of the group is not
safe from these threats: he is also a target,” the report quoted a source as
saying. “But if the group stops firing rockets toward the settlements of the
Gaza envelope and commits to a truce, Israel will abide by all the terms of the
truce understandings and will also provide more facilities to the Gaza Strip.”
sources told the paper that while Israel is not interested in escalation, PIJ
will likely continue to escalate the situation over the coming hours, as the
efforts of Mladenov to mediate between Israel and Islamic Jihad to put an end
to the violence have yet to achieve any results.
the report continued, does not want to involve itself in the latest round.
believe that PIJ is on its own,” the sources told Al-Hayat.
-November 14, 2019
YORK: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he personally returned a
letter that President Donald Trump sent him last month, warning him against an
offensive in northern Syrian before Turkey began its incursion.
letter, dated Oct 9, cautioned Erdogan not to be a “tough guy” or a “fool”.
said in a joint news conference with Trump that he returned the letter during a
meeting at the White House earlier on Wednesday. Trump didn’t respond at the
will look upon you favourably if you get this done the right and humane way,”
Trump wrote in the letter.
will look upon you forever as the devil if good things don’t happen.”
began its offensive later that week, pushing US-allied Kurdish forces out of a
region close to Turkey’s border after Trump ordered American forces to
withdraw. US lawmakers in both parties criticised Trump’s decision, saying it
amounted to a green-light for the Turkish offensive.
lawmakers have also criticised Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian domestic
House voted last week by an overwhelming margin to describe the early-20th-century
massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Empire forces as a “genocide,” angering
Erdogan, who considered cancelling his visit in response.
return of the letter wasn’t the only uncomfortable moment the Turkish president
created for Trump on Wednesday.
the outset of the news conference, Erdogan delivered a more than 10-minute long
monologue, a few minutes longer than Trump’s opening remarks, while the US
president fidgeted at his lectern.
complained about Kurdish forces in Syria allied with the US that he considers
“terrorists” as well as a Turkish cleric, Fethullah Gulen, whom Erdogan blames
for fomenting a 2016 coup.
US has refused to extradite Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania. Erdogan also
again criticised the House resolution on the Armenian massacre.
in the news conference, Erdogan called on a Turkish reporter who asked Trump to
explain why he had invited a Kurdish military leader to the White House,
calling the person a “terrorist”.
responded that the US is working closely with both the Kurds and the Turks,
adding: “You sure you’re a reporter and you don’t work for Turkey with that
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday slammed recent remarks on Nato
by French leader Emmanuel Macron, who claimed the alliance was experiencing “brain
death” and deplored Turkey’s actions in Syria as “unacceptable”.
his counterpart in the Oval Office, US President Donald Trump said Erdogan was
“very disappointed in the statement made by France” regarding Nato.
bothered the president very much,” Trump said. “A lot of other people feel that
added the Turkish leader, speaking through an interpreter.
an interview earlier this month, the French president decried what he called a
lack of coordination between Europe and the United States and lamented recent
unilateral action in Syria by Turkey, a Nato member.
have no coordination whatsoever of strategic decision-making between the United
States and its Nato allies. None,” Macron told The Economist.
have an uncoordinated aggressive action by another Nato ally, Turkey, in an
area where our interests are at stake,” he added.
latest military operation against Kurdish forces in northern Syria was
staunchly opposed by fellow Nato members like France but made possible by a
withdrawal of US forces ordered by Trump.
the interview, Macron asked what Nato’s mutual self-defence pact, enshrined in
Article 5 of its founding treaty, might mean in the future, and pondered
whether it could be invoked if President Bashar al-Assad’s forces retaliate
against Turkey’s military operation in northern Syria.
also said that while “it’s not in our interest” to expel Turkey from the
alliance – as has been urged by some politicians – members states should
“reconsider what Nato is.”
violence between Israel and militants in Gaza is continuing after an Israeli
air strike killed a Palestinian Islamic Jihad commander.
an overnight lull, rocket fire towards Israel resumed and Israeli aircraft
conducted retaliatory strikes on Wednesday.
Hamas-run health ministry said 32 Palestinians, including children, have been
killed by Israeli fire.
Israel, 63 people have been treated for injuries and stress symptoms.
in the Gaza Strip
peace between Israel and Palestinians out of reach?
on Wednesday, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) offered terms for a ceasefire,
which included an end to Israel's targeted killings of militants and Gaza
border protesters and well as steps to ease the blockade of the Palestinian
has so far made no public comments on the truce offer.
is the latest?
a six-hour pause, PIJ militants resumed firing rockets at around 06:30 (04:30
GMT) on Wednesday, triggering air-raid sirens in southern and central Israel.
least 360 rockets have been fired into Israel from Gaza since Tuesday, the
Israeli army says. It adds that 90% of the missiles were intercepted.
elderly woman was slightly wounded by broken glass after a rocket hit a house
in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, Israeli media reported. Another
rocket hit a factory in the southern town of Sderot.
Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said it had bombed more PIJ targets in Gaza on
Wednesday in response, including a military headquarters in Khan Younis and a
factory manufacturing warheads for long-range rockets in the south of the
IDF said "20 terrorists" were killed, most of them from Islamic
health ministry in Gaza, which is run by Hamas militants, said 32 people had
been killed in Israeli strikes, at least a third of them civilians.
said six Palestinians from a single family were killed in a strike in the early
hours of Thursday morning at their home in Deir al-Balah town, central Gaza
was the deadliest incident reported since the beginning of the current fighting.
Israeli military has not yet commented on the incident.
rocket fire triggered air-raid sirens in southern and central Israel
said the dead included members of its military wing, the al-Quds Brigades.
Khaled Faraj, a field commander, was killed in a strike in central Gaza.
Middle East peace envoy Nickolay Mladenov warned that the continuing escalation
was "very dangerous".
indiscriminate launching of rockets and mortars against population centres is
absolutely unacceptable and must stop immediately," he said. "There
can be no justification for any attacks against civilians."
a statement, Save the Children charity said it was "deeply concerned by
the recently escalated hostilities", calling for an immediate ceasefire.
the second day, hundreds of thousands of children are impacted by school
closures across Gaza and southern Israel, with parents terrified of the impact
of further retaliation.
teams in Gaza have been unable to go to work and our programmes have been
suspended," the charity said.
happened on Tuesday?
pre-dawn Israeli air strike on a residential building in eastern Gaza City
killed Baha Abu al-Ata, a senior PIJ military commander, and his wife.
about the same time, the home of another leader of the Iran-backed group was
struck by an Israeli missile in Damascus, killing two people, Syrian state
media said. Israel did not comment on the incident.
Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, described Abu al-Ata as an
"arch-terrorist" and a "ticking bomb" who posed an imminent
threat to the country.
al-Ata was thought to be behind recent rocket fire from Gaza, including an
attack 10 days ago on Sderot, and to have acted increasingly outside of the
control of the dominant militant faction Hamas.
in Gaza said Israel had crossed a "red line" and fired more than 200
rockets in response.
90% of the rockets were intercepted by Iron Dome air defence systems, the IDF
said, but one exploded on a main road close to passing cars, and elsewhere two
people were lightly injured by shrapnel. An eight-year-old girl also suffered a
heart attack in a bomb shelter and remains in a serious condition.
IDF said it carried out air strikes in Gaza targeting PIJ rocket-launching
units and infrastructure. Gaza's health ministry said eight people were killed,
in addition to Abu al-Ata and his wife.
are both sides saying?
spokesman Musab al-Buraim told the Hamas-linked Shehab news agency that it was
not "appropriate" to discuss Egyptian efforts to end the flare-up
when the group was still retaliating for Abu al-Ata's death.
we complete the response, it is possible to discuss calm," he said.
the start of a special cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Mr Netanyahu warned PIJ
that if it did not halt the rocket fire Israel would continue to hit Gaza.
have but one choice: either stop these attacks or absorb more and more
blows," he said.
IDF spokesman Brig Gen Hidai Zilberman told Israeli media that additional Iron
Dome batteries had been deployed to central Israel as a precaution, and that
commando units had been sent to communities near the Gaza border to defend them
in case of infiltration attacks by militants.
has been no sign yet that Hamas, which controls Gaza, intends to join the
fight. If it does, the conflict would escalate sharply, says the BBC's Barbara
Plett Usher in Jerusalem.
order to prevent that, Israeli officials have signalled they are targeting only
PIJ, and not Hamas. Gen Zilberman said the IDF was "walking on a tight-rope".
correspondent says it is the first time that Israeli officials are drawing a
distinction between the two groups during a cross border flare-up - normally
they hold Hamas responsible for any violence from Gaza.
IDF said on Tuesday that Baha Abu al-Ata had undermined recent efforts to
broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
Nov 14, 2019
Gaza-based Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement says it is holding fire after the
regime in Israel accepted its key demands, including stopping targeted
killings, as part of an Egypt-mediated truce aimed at ending the military
confrontation between the two sides.
on Thursday morning, the Islamic Jihad’s spokesman, Musab al-Braim, confirmed
earlier reports of the truce, saying the ceasefire came into force at 5:30 a.m.
local time (3:30 GMT), Reuters reported.
said Tel Aviv had agreed to both end its targeted killings of Palestinian
resistance fighters and lethal gunfire at weekly Palestinian demonstrations
against occupation near the fence separating the Gaza Strip from the
ceasefire began under Egyptian sponsorship after the Occupation (Israel)
submitted to the conditions set by Islamic Jihad on behalf of Palestinian
resistance factions,” Braim told Reuters.
Egyptian sources said the “ceasefire agreement comes as a result of Egypt’s
efforts” and has been endorsed by “Palestinian factions including Islamic
Tel Aviv regime had agreed to the Islamic Jihad’s key demands in exchange for
the resistance group to stop firing rockets into the occupied territories and
ensure Gaza rallies are peaceful.
has been no confirmation so far from the Israeli side.
"Iron Dome" system fires interception missiles as retaliatory rockets
are launched from Gaza towards the occupied lands, as seen from Ashkelon on
November 13, 2019. (Photo by Reuters)
shortly after the ceasefire, rocket warning sirens were reportedly sounded
south of the occupied lands.
Wednesday night, Ziad al-Nakhala, the Islamic Jihad secretary general, said the
resistance group had laid out a list of demands for the ceasefire with Israel
to Egyptian moderators.
gave specific conditions for a ceasefire,” he told the Beirut-headquartered Al
Mayadeen TV channel. “If Israel accepts them, we will accept a ceasefire."
Israel does not accept them, we are going to continue to fight for an open
period of time,” he warned.
Islamic Jihad’s “simple and humble” demands include an end to assassinations in
the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, Israeli troops not firing at innocent
civilians during Gaza protests, and Tel Aviv abiding by the understandings
regarding Gaza reached in Cairo during previous ceasefire negotiations, Nakhala
renewed air raids on Gaza Stip leave eight more Palestinians dead, prompting
retaliatory rocket fire into the occupied territories.
escalation erupted early on Tuesday, when Israel assassinated senior Islamic
Jihad commander Baha Abu al-Ata, along with his wife, in a targeted strike on
their home in Gaza.
similar strike also hit the home of another Islamic Jihad commander in Syria on
Tuesday, but missed the target.
continued its deadly air raids on the besieged coastal sliver, killing 30 other
Palestinians and injuring 97 others over the past two days.
assassination sparked Palestinian retaliatory attacks into the occupied territories.
total of 300 rockets are estimated to have been launched from Gaza, reaching as
far as Tel Aviv and shutting schools in the occupied territories’ central and
shows Palestinian resistance groups raining down retaliatory rockets on the
occupied territories after Israel’s assassination of a senior resistance
a tweet on Wednesday, Islamic Jihad spokesman Abu Hamza said Israel is hiding
the true extent of destruction caused by retaliatory rocket attacks.
challenge the Zionist military censorship to reveal pictures and videos showing
the extent of the destruction of factories, headquarters and settler houses in
the occupied cities,” he wrote.
Zitun and Elior Levy
Jihad commander Baha Abu al-Atta, killed early Tuesday by the IDF in Gaza City,
was considered to be extremely violent and unrestrained, even by the standards
of the militant organization in which he was a senior figure.
decision to eliminate Abu al-Atta was approved by the security cabinet in
September, after he ordered rocket fire on Ashdod as Netanyahu was delivering
an campaign speech in the city.
execution of that decision was held off until the opportune moment, trying to
avoid as many civilian casualties as possible.
the days leading up to his death, Abu al-Atta worked to carry out several
terror attacks against Israel, including sniper fire, drone attacks, and rocket
joined Islamic Jihad in the end of the 90s and since then served in a range of
both military and political roles within the extremist organization.
2007, he trained in Syria in order to deepen his military knowledge and field
experience, amd a year later was already assigned to command the organization’s
division in Gaza.
went on to command the entire northern division of Islamic Jihad, earning him
one of the two most senior positions available in the organization's military
echelons in Gaza.
his other responsibilities, Abu al-Atta was also responsible for the
manufacture of a variety of weapons in the Srip, primarily locally made,
Abu al-Ata personally led numerous terrorist attacks against both the citizens
of Israel and its soldiers, using mainly rocket fire, drone attacks and sniper
his most recent attacks, was the bombardment on the city of Sderot and Sha’ar
HaNegev Regional Council two weeks ago, that saw a home in Sderot directly hit
by a rocket.
was also behind the rocket fire on Sderot in late August during a music
festival attended by some 4,000 people, as well as the escalation on the Gaza
border in May 2019 that ended barely a week before the start of the Eurovision
Song Contest in Tel Aviv and killed four Israelis.
700 rockets were fired into Israel territory during the week-long May
escalation, resulting in the death of four Israeli citizens.
IDF responded with widespread strikes across the Gaza Strip, carrying out
Israel's first targeted killing since 2014. The next one - and the first of a
high-ranking Gaza terrorist - was Abu al-Atta himself. In fact, Israel in a
rare move published his picture as a warning prior to killing him.
although the IDF eliminated Abu al-Atta successfully, it wasn’t the first time
he was marked for death by Israel.
the 2012 war in Gaza, Israel tried to eliminate him while he attended a Gaza
meeting for the top brass of the Islamic Jihad military wing.
2014, his home was destroyed by IDF troops, along with the residences of other
senior Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders who like him were in hiding for the
duration of the 50-day conflict.
Tuesday night, Israel finally caught up with him, killing him and his wife in
an airstrike on the building in which he lived.
response, Islamic Jihad fired 400 rockets over a 48 hour period, that reached
all the way to Israel’s central metropolitan areas, while Hamas joined in the
group's vows for revenge bur refrained from joining the fighting.
return to the policy of assassinations is crossing a red line," the groups
said in a joint statement. "The responsibility for this heinous crime is
Israel’s alone, and will not go unanswered.”
sent a message to the Hamas leadership saying it would abstain from attacking
the group as long as it stayed out of the current conflict, which was
while it has engaged in a show of solidarity with Islamic Jihad, Hamas's
relationship with Abu al-Atta was somewhat contentious.
group saw him as problematic, someone who could try to destroy the agreement
for calm the ruling organization had with Israel, and not without precedent.
event will be held in Tehran on November 14-16 with the participation of 350
personalities from 93 countries.
conference, which is themed “Ummah unity in defending the al-Aqsa Mosque,”
started with a speech by Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani.
International Islamic Unity Conference t is held annually in an effort to lay
the ground for stronger unity and solidarity among Muslims and provide
solutions for their problems.
item is being updated.)
imam in southwestern Muğla province learned sign language in order to give
sermons to deaf Muslims. Idris Sarı, the imam of Akyol Mosque in Menteşe
district, said he learned sign language to better communicate with handicapped
believers in his community.
said he took up sign language at a community training center run by the
Presidency of Religious Affairs (DIB), and successfully completed courses after
three months. Now, Sarı uses sign language to give his sermons at Friday
first, the community found it a bit odd but they quickly appreciated my effort
after seeing handicapped believers showing up at prayers. Now we have eight
handicapped faithful in our community. I chat with them after the prayer and
answer their religious questions. I am really happy to be able to help them,"
Sarı said, adding that he also gives Quran lessons in sign language twice a
mufti Mustafa Aydın said Sarı's efforts were well received in the community and
he hoped more imams would take up sign language. "We hope to extend this
practice in the future. We want to be able to connect with everyone across the
country, Aydın said.
Nov. 14 , 2019, SPA -- The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin
Abdulaziz Al Saud has sent a cable of congratulations to King Philippe of the
Kingdom of Belgium on the anniversary of his country's King day.
his cable, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques wished the Belgian King
constant good health and happiness and his government and people steady
progress and prosperity.
Houthi militants fired a missile at the Arab coalition’s headquarters in the
city of Marib on Wednesday during a visit by the Yemeni defense minister,
killing seven Yemeni soldiers and injuring at least 12, local officials said.
base, in Sahn Al-Gin district, is the main military facility overseeing a
ground offensive aimed at recapturing the capital Sanaa, controlled by the
Iran-backed Houthi militia since 2014, which lies 120 km (75 miles) to the west
was no immediate confirmation from the Arab coalition fighting to restore the
legitimate Yemeni government and who have been battling the Houthis in Yemen
for more than four years.
Saudi-owned news channel Al Arabiya said a high-ranking official was among
sources told Al Arabiya that the “Iran-backed Houthi militia fired two missiles
from Jabal Haylan, located about 70 km east of Sanaa.”
Al-Maqdishi, the defense minister of Yemen’s internationally recognized
government, and Saudi military officers were in the compound at the time, the
military official, on condition of anonymity, said the Houthis carried out
official told AFP the casualty toll was confirmed by a medic at Marib hospital
and included two senior officers.
no group claimed responsibility for the attack.
uptick in violence follows weeks of relative calm in the war between the internationally-recognized
government and the Iran-backed Houthi militia.
Wadah Dobish, a spokesman for the government’s forces, says they repelled an
attack by Houthi militants south of the key port city of Hodeida on Tuesday.
Dobish says four Houthi fighters were killed.
week, Houthi forces fired missiles and drones at the Red Sea port city of
Al-Mokha, killing eight people, among them four civilians, and damaging a
AP and Reuters)
A Lebanese soldier has been detained and an investigation launched after an
anti-government protester was shot in the head in front of his wife and child.
wounded demonstrator, Alaa’ Abu Fakher, a member of the Progressive Socialist
Party (PSP) led by influential Druze politician Walid Jumblatt, was rushed to
hospital but died from his injuries.
shooting took place in the coastal town of Khalde, south of Beirut, as the
Lebanese army attempted to break up a protesters’ roadblock.
action was part of the latest wave of demonstrations to hit the country which
followed comments made by President Michel Aoun in a TV interview on Tuesday
evening. When asked if he felt the Lebanese people had lost faith in the ruling
authority, Aoun said: “If they cannot find anyone in power who is honest and
genuine, let them migrate … they will not reach the authority.”
news spread on social media, angry groups again took to the streets, blocking
roads, burning tires, and calling on Aoun to leave the country.
army and republican guard were forced to set up a cordon to stop crowds
marching on the presidential palace to protest at the president’s failure to
announce a date for consultations on the formation of a new government,
following the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
witnessed the incident in which Fakher was shot, and Jumblatt later appealed
for supporters to remain calm. He also phoned the commander of the Lebanese
Army, Gen. Joseph Aoun, and said: “In spite of what happened, we have no other
refuge than the state. If we lose hope in the state, we enter chaos.”
on Lebanese citizens “to maintain their peaceful protests,” caretaker PM Hariri
stressed “the need to take all measures to protect citizens and ensure
officials said a soldier had been detained over the Fakher incident and an
investigation into the incident was underway.
in Beirut reacted to the shooting by throwing stones at soldiers, and in the
Christian-majority town of Jal El-Dib, church bells rang to mourn the victim.
activist in Jal El-Dib said: “The president was not fair at all in his
interview. We are respectful people and not thugs. We took to the streets to
make him hear our voices, but he is still not listening to us.”
woman said: “Does the president know that our salaries have been cut in half,
that people are eating from the garbage, and that young people are being fired
from their jobs, while taxes are imposed and we are accused of disrupting the
lives of people? Are we not the people?”
protester on Beirut’s Ring Bridge highway said: “We withdrew from the streets
and protested in squares hoping that our voice had been heard and that the
authority would meet our demands, but they thought that our revolution had
ended and they could go back to the same ruling authority. Our revolution is
stronger now more than ever and we are not going to leave the streets anymore.”
Wednesday banks, schools and universities throughout Lebanon remained closed.
to media sources, Hariri was unlikely to preside over the next Cabinet, with
Aoun and his allies, Hezbollah and the Amal Movement, insisting on a new
government made up of an equal mix of politicians and technocrats. Protesters
and Hariri however want a technocrat-led government.
Tuesday night, during the Paris Peace Forum, the Russian foreign minister said
that “the idea of forming a technocrat government in Lebanon is not realistic.”
meetings with Lebanese officials, Christophe Varno, the French envoy,
responsible for France’s MENA affairs, conveyed his country’s concerns to Aoun
“to preserve Lebanon’s sovereignty, independence, safety and unity of people.”
also indicated France’s “commitment to help Lebanon overcome the current
Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil told Varno that “no foreign sides
should interfere in and use the Lebanese crisis,” adding that “the formation of
a new government is a national matter and it has reached advanced and positive
The supervisor general of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center
(KSRelief), Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, met on Tuesday with Yemen’s Minister of
Local Administration and Chairman of the High Relief Committee Abed Araqib
discussed various humanitarian topics, including current relief operations in
Yemen. Fateh thanked Saudi Arabia’s leadership and KSRelief for the impartial
humanitarian support being provided to all Yemenis in need.
said during the meeting, discussions took place about KSRelief’s “plans to
support the humanitarian situation in Yemen, both in the field of emergency
relief and economic recovery.”
also discussed KSRelief’s volunteer surgical campaigns for heart and eye
disease treatment in Hadramout, and talked about ways to strengthen these
center is continuing to implement a water and sanitation program in Hodeidah
and Naham governorates, benefiting 34,614 people.
the emergency medical nutrition clinics of KSRelief are continuing to provide
medical services in those governorates, in partnership with the Taibah
comes within the framework of humanitarian and relief projects being provided
by Saudi Arabia, represented by KSRelief, to the Yemeni people to improve their
living conditions during the current humanitarian crisis.
center also delivered 30 tons of medicines and various medical supplies to the
Health and Population Office in Shabwah governorate.
governorate’s Undersecretary Dr. Abdulqawi Lamrouk praised KSRelief’s roles in
supporting Shabwah’s health sector. He also expressed his appreciation for the
Saudi leadership’s support of Yemen.
KSRelief has completed the distribution of school bags and stationery to the
children of Syrian refugees in Azraq camp in Jordan, benefiting 8,000 students
in 15 schools for boys and girls.
Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones (MODON) and the
General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI) have announced the launch of
strategic cooperation, aiming to encourage the localization of military
industries in the Kingdom.
cooperation supports the localization of 50 percent of the expenditure in
military industries through Vision 2030, making it an important pillar for
economic development, increasing its contribution to local products and opening
job opportunities for Saudis.
this cooperation, the two parties will seek to guide licensed investors toward
targeted fields in Saudi industrial cities affiliated with MODON, who will
provide incentives to investors.
two parties will also work on providing industrial constellations for the
targeted military sectors in the industrial cities as well as options for
investors to support the establishment and empowerment of the project and
ensuring its expansion, sustainability and development.
Gov. Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Al-Ohali confirmed that cooperation with MODON came
in line with GAMI’s efforts to make the sector one of the main contributors to
the national economy.
strategic cooperation will support the authority’s endeavor to empower local
and international manufacturers, by providing the right investment environment
to build the Kingdom’s industrial capability,” he said.
his part, Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Salem, the director general at MODON, pointed
out that cooperation with GAMI aimed at increasing the contribution of the
sector to the gross domestic product, an important part of Vision 2030.
its inception in 2001, MODON has been interested in the development of
integrated industrial land. It oversees 35 existing and under-development
industrial cities in various regions of the Kingdom, in addition to its
supervision of private industrial complexes.
far, the total area under MODON’s control exceeds 198.8 million square meters,
comprising 3,474 facilities.
Saudi Minister of Education Hamad Al-Asheikh participated in the seventh
meeting of the Steering Committee of the Sustainable Development Goals for
Education 2030, held at the headquarters of the UN Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization in Paris.
his speech, Al-Asheikh stressed that Saudi Arabia and other countries in the
region are committed to the fourth objective of the UNESCO 2030 agenda, and to
the top priority policies in the Arab regions.
policies included: Ensuring equitable and comprehensive provision of quality
education for displaced and affected people, improving the quality of teaching
and learning, increasing funding for education and innovating its use.
Al-Asheikh said that Saudi Arabia is working on these
three priorities, and that “we are focusing our efforts on the second policy
priority related to the quality of teaching and learning, as a result, we have
made significant reforms in the educational policy related to curriculum,
assessment and professional development of teachers, with an ongoing focus on
learning outcomes at all levels.”
ensured that education will be a top priority in the agenda of the G20 summit
that will be hosted by the Kingdom in 2020.
to maintain around 600 troops in Syria: US defence secretary Mark Esper
Washington Nov 14, 2019, 10.06 AM (IST)
United States will maintain around 600 troops in Syria, Pentagon chief Mark
Esper said on Wednesday, despite Donald Trump's desire to end US involvement in
what the president calls "endless wars".
still moving troops out of northeastern Syria," the US defence secretary
said onboard a plane as he travelled to Seoul, where he begins a tour of Asia
going to have about 500 to 600-ish troops there, at the end of the day,"
if that figure included the approximately 200 troops deployed to the Al-Tanf
base near the southeastern borders with Jordan and Iraq, Esper said that he was
referring to northeastern Syria, where Trump has instructed the Pentagon to
secure oil fields.
would be "600-ish" troops across the country, he then reiterated.
said that the numbers could fluctuate, particularly if European allies
strengthen their presence in the country.
change. Events on the ground change. We could have, for example, partners and
allies from Europe joining us," he said. "If they join us on the
ground it may allow us the ability to redeploy further US forces out
abrupt announcement last month that he had ordered a full troop withdrawal drew
angry rebukes at home and abroad.
said it could allow a resurgence of the Islamic State group while leaving
US-allied Kurdish fighters in Syria vulnerable to a Turkish invasion.
to concerns about a possible conflict between Advanced Placement exams and a
major Muslim holiday next school year, the College Board will expand testing
options for the holy day of Eid al-Fitr in 2021.
Board officials said Wednesday that tests planned for May 13 of that year — the
expected date of the Eid holiday — would be given a second time on May 18, to
support students observing the holiday.
understand that observant students may not be in school on Thursday, May 13,
2021, and that some schools may choose to close for the holiday,” College Board
spokesman Jerome White said in an email. “Our goal is to provide flexibility in
the exam schedule to best support students and schools.”
move goes a step beyond the College Board’s usual approach. It routinely
provides an alternative testing time for students who miss exams for religious
reasons, emergencies or other circumstances. But next school year, a full exam
day will be repeated.
complete AP exam schedule for 2021 will be posted in mid-December.
advocates and parents in suburban Maryland cheered the change, which they said
they hoped would lead to a day off for students in the state’s largest school
system, in Montgomery County.
AP testing in mind, Montgomery County school officials drafted three 2020-2021
calendar proposals, all of which showed Eid al-Fitr as a regular school day —
in contrast to the past several years, when Eid holidays were marked as teacher
professional days, so that students could be off.
advocates, students and parents learned of the conflict in late October,
turning out for a school board meeting with signs saying “Equality for Eid” and
giving passionate testimony about the importance of the holy day, which marks
the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
is a wonderful compromise,” said Zainab Chaudry, director of Maryland outreach
for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil liberties and advocacy
organization. “It would give flexibility to local school boards, based on
whether they are giving students the day off for the Eid holiday.”
school board voted in late October to notify the College Board of the potential
conflict between AP testing and the Muslim holiday, and to ask that no exams be
held on Eid al-Fitr.
board vice president Patricia O’Neill, who had proposed writing the letter,
lauded the College Board decision.
live in a global society and we need to be culturally responsive,” she said.
“This was an issue not just for Montgomery County but for Muslim students
across the country.”
Council on American-Islamic Relations also sent the College Board a letter
asking that AP exams not be scheduled on the religious holiday.
said her organization spoke with College Board officials Wednesday, describing
the conversation as cordial and respectful. The organization was told the
College Board would create a distinct exam for each testing day, she said.
appreciate their commitment to inclusivity and diversity and their flexibility
in trying to accommodate school districts that are giving the day off for the
Eid holiday for tens of thousands of Muslim students,” she said.
school board is expected to vote on a 2020-2021 calendar in early December. At
a meeting Tuesday, the board discussed calendar issues broadly, and Muslim
parents, students and advocates made their case again.
leaders in Maryland ask for no AP testing on Muslim holy day
are closed in Montgomery County on the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom
Kippur — a decision officials say was first made in the 1970s because of high
levels of absenteeism.
keeping with state law, schools are closed on Christian holidays, including
Christmas and Good Friday.
years, Muslim advocates had pressed to have a day off when one of their faith’s
two major holy days fell on a school day. Montgomery school officials say by
law they cannot close schools specifically for religious reasons.
school board voted in 2015 to schedule a professional day on Eid in 2016.
in Maryland, school systems in Howard and Baltimore counties recently voted to
place a professional day on the Eid holiday in 2020-2021, so that students can be
off. In New York, schools have given a day off on Eid holy days since 2015.
Sharieff, a parent and a trustee at the Islamic Center of Maryland, a mosque in
Gaithersburg, said the College Board action reflects a growing inclusivity and
acceptance of different faiths.
they are willing to listen and accommodate, that’s huge,” she said.
public school employee in Brooklyn allegedly forced a Muslim child to watch
children eat while he fasted during one of the most important religious
holidays in the Muslim calendar, according to a civil rights complaint filed on
May 14, while a 9-year-old Muslim student at Public School 264 Bay Ridge
Elementary School for the Arts was fasting for Ramadan, an employee at the
school allegedly told him that because he was laughing during a lunch break,
"you must sit in the cafeteria and watch all the kids eat while you are
fasting!" according to the complaint.
state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations filed the complaint
with the New York City Commission on Human Rights.
student’s mother, Zaman Mashrah, filed a discrimination complaint with the New
York City Department of Education's Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity
Management in May. The DOE requires that a written determination be provided to
Mashrah within 90 days but she said no report has been created, despite several
requests, and the employee still works at the school.
upsets me as a parent that I had to see my child go through such a
discriminatory act against him," Mashrah told POLITICO. "I’m upset
that the Department of Education failed to resolve this issue. I believe that
this individual needs to be held accountable for what she did to my son. What
she did to my son was wrong."
Ramadan, while other fasting students were taken to the theater at lunch time,
Mashrah’s son was forced to sit in the cafeteria at a table by himself and
watch as students ate their lunch in front of him, the complaint said. The boy
broke down in tears as he recounted the incident in front of the school’s
principal, Marisa Bolognino, the complaint states.
said she’s had meetings with investigators who told her they were not allowed
to provide any information, and argued "they’re not taking this matter
decided to transfer her son to a different school — an Islamic school — as she
felt her son would feel more comfortable there.
angry — it still bothers him that he had to leave the school … he’s sad that he
had to leave his friends," she added. "We were afraid for my son’s
safety. I didn’t want my son attending this school."
Mohamed, CAIR-NY's litigation director, told POLITICO the DOE will be served
with another complaint.
hope is that the Department of Education finally comes to its senses and does
the right thing and truly recognizes this incident for the egregious
administrative bullying and targeting of a 9-year-old," Mohamed said.
"The 9-year-olds that witnessed this, they recognized how cruel this staff
member was being and how wrong that employee was and the way they treated this
said he has seen incidents of administrative bullying across the state.
know this is not the only incident that we’re dealing with right now,"
Mohamed said. “Because this involves children, the overwhelming majority of the
time, we tend to try to resolve these matters in private, in a confidential
manner so we are not invading the privacy of a child."
complaint also says the school refused to put up signage recognizing Ramadan,
despite doing so for other religious holidays such as Easter.
DOE did not address the specific allegations but said it was taking the matter
must be safe, supportive and inclusive environments, and these very concerning
allegations were immediately reported for investigation," Isabelle Boundy,
a DOE spokesperson, said in a statement. "We take any allegation of
discrimination seriously, and will review the complaint."
we noted yesterday, the New York Times chose to remove the word “terror” from
its article about fighting between Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Israel. While
early versions of the story informed readers that Islamic Jihad is recognized
internationally as a terrorist group, that information was scrubbed from the
article shortly after 9am in New York.
follow-up story on the fighting, too, neglects to tell readers of Islamic
Jihad’s terror designation. In fact, it’s been over six months since the paper
informed readers that the group is listed as a terror organization.
article yesterday pointed out that the Times repeatedly used the T-word after
the U.S. operation that lead to the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.
But we don't have to look even that far back. Today and yesterday, on the very
days the newspaper avoided noting — made edits to avoid noting — Islamic
Jihad’s terror designation, it did see fit to inform readers that, e.g.,
“Turkey regards the Syrian Kurdish militia [SDF] as a terrorist organization”;
and that “Turkey also considers the Islamic State a terrorist organization”;
and that the Chinese government claims Hong Kong protesters are engaged in
and that ISIS is a “terror group.”
why weren’t readers informed that Islamic Jihad is considered a terrorist group
by the US, EU, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand and others? Is it somehow
less important to share fundamental context about an organization that targets
“We have concerns about Kashmir, and we are watching the situation very
closely,” says Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee,
as another congressional panel reviews the consequences of India’s decision to
revoke the valley’s special status.
Thursday, the Congressional Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission is holding a
hearing to “examine the human rights situation in the former state of Jammu and
Kashmir in India in historical and national context.”
that’s not enough for Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, who wants a House
resolution to send a clear message to India that forces New Delhi to reconsider
its policies in held Kashmir. Jayapal is the first woman of Indian descent to
be elected to the US House of Representatives.
US lawmaker, Senator Chris Van Hollen, backs a recent amendment to a Senate
appropriations bill that mentioned the restrictions in held Jammu and Kashmir.
a gathering at the Islamic centre in Howard County, Maryland, on Tuesday,
Senator Van Hollen urged the Indian government to “abide by international human
rights laws and uphold democratic freedoms” for the people of Kashmiri.
Van Hollen, who recently visited India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, also
criticised the Indian government for refusing to let him visit Jammu and
Kashmir by the Indian government. Speaking to a group of Kashmiri Americans at
the residence of a Pakistani physician, Dr Asif Mahmood, Congressman Engel also
expressed concern at the situation in Kashmir and assured the people of Kashmir
that their basic human rights will be protected.
month, Dr Mahmood helped arrange a congressional hearing on Kashmir, which was
described by the Indian media as “the most critical examination that any Indian
action has received in a panel of US House of Representatives since the 1998
Congressional Commission’s Thursday hearing is equally important for
highlighting the Kashmir cause and exposing India’s atrocities in the occupied
valley. So is Congresswoman Jayapal’s effort to move a House resolution to
“send a clear message to New Delhi” on Kashmir.
Indian media, while commenting on her effort, compared her to a Republican congressman,
Dan Burton, who “constantly raked India over the coals on Punjab and Kashmir,”
wrote a major Indian newspaper, The Economic Times.
newspaper’s warned that Ms Jayapal’s move could embarrass India like what
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar did last month during the hearing on South Asia, when
she openly challenged New Delhi’s claims on Kashmir.
a statement to the media, the Lantos Commission noted that India’s decision to
change the legal status of the Muslim-majority region of Jammu and Kashmir, announced
in August and effective as of October 31, 2019, “has attracted intense
attention due to persistent reports of human rights violations.” It also noted
the crackdown on freedom of expression; the arbitrary “preventive” detention of
hundreds of politicians, lawyers, journalists, and other civil society figures
and related fears of enforced disappearance; and the use of excessive force
commission noted that the increased militarization of the region, and the
economic and social consequences of India actions had also provoked widespread
concern. “Although India’s decision was sudden, the situation in Jammu and
Kashmir has been of concern for years,” it added.
statement also mentioned a 2018 report by the Office of the UN High
Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), which documented human rights violations
in the region and issued recommendations on a wide range of issues including
civilian killings, deaths during security operations, blanket restrictions on
journalists and independent observers, misuse of anti-terrorism legislation,
and protection of religious minorities.
commission also referred to a follow-up OHCHR report in July 2019, which found
little improvement and reiterated the “urgent need to address past and ongoing
human rights violations and to deliver justice for all people in Kashmir.”
commission said that its “witnesses will examine the human rights situation in
Jammu and Kashmir in the context of the region’s history and larger patterns of
rights violations in India and Pakistan and will offer recommendations for
action by Congress.”
airport staff hit back at newlywed couple and 20 guests who claimed they were
kicked off Jetstar flight for being Muslim - saying the tourists were badly
behaved and refused to sit down
decision to kick an Australian newlywed couple and 20 of their guests off a
Jetstar flight was in no way related to their race, airport officials have
Aslan, 23, claimed her group were racially abused by airline staff for 'looking
ethnic and being Muslim' after she was escorted from her flight at Bali's
Denpasar Airport at 2am on November 4.
officials from the airport in Bali have now said Mrs Aslan, her husband
Muhammed and their 20 relatives were removed from the plane simply because of
want to convey the removal of a number of passengers from (the Jetstar plane)
was purely because of security and flight safety reasons,' an airport spokesman
statement issued on Wednesday said their removal had 'nothing to do with SARA',
an Indonesian abbreviation referring to tribal affiliations, religious, race
and social groups.
airport added one passenger had complained the in-flight entertainment would
not turn on and refused to sit down.
the warnings were not heeded by the aforementioned passengers, the cabin crew
reported the incident to the pilot,' the statement said.
decision was then made to remove two passengers from the plane, the statement
airport said the rest of the group were then escorted from the plane for
protesting about the removal of the first two passengers.
Airport's version of events appears to mirror Jetstar's statement following the
Jetstar spokesman told Daily Mail Australia: 'Whilst taxiing to the runway a
number of customers became disruptive and failed to follow crew instructions.
safety of our customers and crew is our number one priority and we do not
tolerate any kind of disruptive or abusive behavior.
take these allegations extremely seriously and are investigating the matter,
however our crew dispute the claims made by these passengers.'
of the incident showed one of the guests, Mike Mahmoud, involved in an exchange
with staff over a fault with the in-flight entertainment.
it the beard? It feels like it might be,' Mr Mahmoud was heard saying to the
flight attendant, appearing to suggest he was not being treated fairly because
of his faith.
passengers were heard gasping at Mr Mahmoud's remark, but he and others in the
group later insisted it was justified.
really truly don't believe I was arrogant, I just wanted to get home,' Mr
group continued to argue with airline staff once escorted off the plane and
into the terminal.
didn't do anything. I don't need you to speak to me like this, do you
understand?,' Mrs Aslan was heard saying in video.
the lady that started this s**t before? This is very racist.'
Aslan doubled down on her comments in an interview with Nine News.
it did feel like we were being attacked for looking ethnic and being Muslim,'
Mrs Aslan said.
Tutunca, one of the 22 passengers escorted off the plane, claimed the group was
were racially, verbally and physically assaulted by both Jetstar crew members
and Bali airport officials. We have footage of all of this,' he wrote on the
Jetstar Australia Facebook page.
Tutunca said he and his young family, including a seven and a three-year-old,
were stranded in the terminal, where they were forces to sleep.
have been waiting for over four hours and my children are sleeping on benches
at the airport,' he said.
Mail Australia has contacted Mr Tutunca and Muhammed Aslan for comment.
leader who beheaded imam and ordered dozens of killings’ on trial in Hungary
suspected Isis military leader is on trial in a Hungarian court, accused of
terrorism and crimes against humanity.
27-year-old Syrian, identified as F Hassan, was charged in September after an
international investigation led to his capture in Budapest’s main airport at
the end of last year.
Hassan deserted from the Syrian army in 2011, then joined Isis sometime before
2014, prosecutor Andras Urbanyi told the court. He became commander of an Isis
unit and actively recruited members, Mr Urbanyi said.
allegedly participated in the murder of dozens of people near the city of Homs
May 2015 Hassan’s unit was ordered to capture an area rich in artefacts near
Homs,” Mr Urbanyi said. “Hassan was to draw up a death list, naming those to be
executed out of revenge or to intimidate locals. The list was approved by Isis
brigade went door to door, pulling and murdering individuals on the list either
with gunshots or knifing, Mr Urbanyi said. Others were forced to gather at the
town’s main square.
the square they were forced to witness an execution. The local imam was
beheaded. Hassan and an accomplice severed the imam’s head with long, seesawing
motions, then held up his head to the crowd.”
women and one child were among at least 25 people killed by the militants.
Hassan, cuffed on his hands and feet and accompanied by a dozen heavily armed
counter-terrorism agents, gave a detailed testimony of his upbringing, family
and his subsequent migration to Europe.
denied involvement in the crimes, claiming not to have been in Syria when they
honour, I committed nothing, I just want my family,” he told judge Gergely
Miko. “I was not even in Syria in 2015. I was in Turkey, never to return to
Hassan's father told the court that his son had been jailed in Syria for
refusing to join Isis.
attorney, Janos Kelen, echoed Mr Hassan's claim that his client was not in
Syria at the time of the incidents, asserting that Mr Hassan was illiterate and
incapable of leading units and organise killings.
Kelen disputed that a video of the execution, shown in court, featured Mr
Hassan. Witnesses did not personally see the atrocities, he said, while a lie
detector test was conducted illegally, without a defence attorney.
lawyer said Mr Hassan had tried to kill himself while in prison. Mr Hassan
claimed he had been mistreated by police and feared being poisoned.
Hassan had obtained refugee status in Greece, before being apprehended in
December at Budapest's Ferenc Liszt International Airport when he and a female
companion were found to have forged personal IDs.
-November 13, 2019
Two members of an “extremist group” suspected of planning bomb and gun attacks
on Muslims have been arrested in Poland, the security services announced
arrested the two suspects in Warsaw and in the northwest city of Szczecin,
Stanislaw Zaryn, of the country’s internal security service (ABW), told AFP.
seized chemicals that could have been used to make large quantities of
explosives after searching locations in the center, south and northwest of the
arrests are the result of an intelligence-gathering exercise by the ABW about
an extremist group whose aim was to terrorise people” of the Muslim faith in
Poland, said a statement from the agency.
are the first two arrests of members of this group, which was preparing acts of
violence in Poland,” Zaryn said.
he did not name the group involved in this new plot or go into details of what
they were planning, he said they had been inspired by attacks carried out by
right-wing extremists Anders Breivik and Brenton Tarrant.
used a truck bomb and then guns to kill 77 people, many of them young people,
in Norway in July 2011.
Tarrant killed or wounded dozens of Muslims in an attack on two mosques in New
Zealand in March this year.
are around 20,000 in Poland, a country of 38 million people, most of them
Francis urged to REPENT by clergy after participating in ‘idolatrous worship’
of pagan goddess
international group of Catholic priests and scholars have called on Pope
Francis to issue a public apology for holding a ritual on Vatican grounds which
included the worship of a pagan fertility goddess.
petition, signed by 100 clergy, scholars and influential members of the Church,
demanded that the pontiff “repent publicly and unambiguously” for participating
in the worship of Pachamama, a pagan fertility goddess, during the Amazon Synod
at the Vatican last month. The group noted that “all participation in any form
of the veneration of idols is… an objectively grave sin that only God can
video of an October 4 ceremony, held in the Vatican Gardens, shows Francis
blessing a statue of the naked, pregnant goddess before receiving it as a gift
from Amazonian clergy.
few days later, the Pope prayed in front of the Pachamama statue at St. Peter's
Cathedral, and then accompanied it in procession into the synod hall.
ceremonies caused an uproar in the Catholic world. Replicas of the Pachamama
statue were later seized from a church near St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and
thrown into the Tiber River. The deed was committed by a man who described the
statues as false idols that violated Catholic teachings. In response to the
incident, Francis asked for “pardon of the people who were offended by this
Tuesday, Francis issued a cryptic statement warning about the dangers of
“jealousy, envy [and] rivalry.”
what has been interpreted as a rebuke to his critics, the pontiff said: “When
you talk badly about someone you destroy them. The tongue is a fearsome weapon
– gossip kills, slander kills, but the jealousy and the envy of the one
destroyed the other.”
Russia’s Facebook rival VK to roll out this ONE button FB users always wanted
but never got
social network VKontakte has unveiled the upcoming ‘dislike’ button, a simple
feature that has been cruelly denied to Facebook users despite years of
begging. Now Mark Zuckerberg can claim it was a Russian plot all along!
feature was announced on Wednesday at VK’s Content Day conference in Moscow,
and the company thinks it will help “invigorate” the comment section.
has answered its users’ prayers with the button, which will appear as an option
next to the ‘like’ button on comments, giving users the ability to register
disapproval or disagreement without actually leaving a comment of their own.
Enough dislikes will turn a comment invisible.
is far from a feature wanted only by VK denizens. Facebook users have pleaded
with CEO Mark Zuckerberg for such a button of their own since the “like” button
was first unveiled in 2009, only to be denied clickable catharsis. While the
platform rolled out emoji reactions in 2016, giving users the option to respond
to comments and posts they didn’t like with a ‘sad face’ or ‘angry face,’ there
was to be no inversion of Facebook’s iconic blue thumbs-up gesture.
himself said he is concerned such a button would be used to “demean” others’
posts, apparently unaware of the kind of comments people leave when they don’t
have access to such a button.
dislike button was so popular among Facebook users that multiple petitions were
created to try to change Zuckerberg’s mind. Scammers even lured victims to a
malware site by dangling the opportunity to add a “dislike” button to their
Facebook before everyone else.
beaten to the “dislike” punch by VK is not the only recent frustration for
Facebook. The world’s largest social network (and its subsidiary Instagram)
recently banned the eggplant, peach, and water droplet emojis when used in a
“sexual context” in an effort to put a damper on content that “facilitates,
encourages, or coordinates sexual encounters between adults.”
a platform that unveiled “Facebook Dating” just a few months ago, the social
media behemoth doesn’t seem to understand that discouraging sexual encounters
won’t win it any customers.
aside who will be tasked with judging the context of a fruit- and veggie-laden
message, Facebook’s move inspired ridicule from users who mused the platform
might be trying to virtue-signal to distract from anger over its political ad
policy after Twitter appeased critics by banning all political ads.
No. 12 most popular website in the world, VK is the social network of choice in
Russia, with over 38 million monthly users, out of the total 100 million
logging in from Russian IP addresses.
its 477 million accounts worldwide are dwarfed by Facebook’s army of over 2
billion registered users, VK’s numbers are growing. On its blog, VK announced
the number of authors and published stories was increasing by 50 percent year
over year, while the number of comments had increased 49 percent over 2018. The
platform has also rolled out a Patreon competitor, called VK Donut.
elects new parliament speaker from Islamist party
longtime leader of Tunisia’s Islamist party Ennahdha has been elected speaker
of the North African country’s new parliament.
Ghannouchi was elected Wednesday with 123 votes of a possible 217 in the
won last month’s election. But with only 52 seats, the party failed to win the
109 required for a majority. It has so far failed to forge a coalition with
other parties and the country continues to have a caretaker government under
Prime Minister Youssef Chahed.
Ghannouchi to the powerful position within parliament was a key goal for
Saied was elected president last month after former President Beji Caid Essebsi
died in office in July. Saied is a retired law professor with no party
October 31, 1976, President Idi Amin went to Masaka Suicide Revolutionary
Mechanised Specialist Reconnaissance Regiment barracks to commemorate Prophet
was accompanied by his wife, Sarah Kyolaba and sons Aliga and Mwanga. At the
barracks, they were received by its then acting commandant, Maj. Nasur Ezaga.
Also present were Gen. Mustafa Adrisi (minister of defence), Abdel Nasser
(minister of information and broadcasting), Sheikh Suleiman Matovu (the mufti),
Col. Ibrahim (commander of the marines), Lt. Col. Khamis Safi (head of
religious affairs in armed forces), Cyprian Bwanika (mayor of Masaka), Lt. Col.
Abdul Kisuule (commanding officer, Masindi Regiment) and Lt. Col. Adek
(commandant, Simba Mechanised Regiment).
his speech, a furious Amin complained that there was not a single bag of cement
available at the Old Kampala Hill towards the construction of the national
mosque, yet a lot of money was donated for that cause by Ugandans and by
foreign governments of Libya, Saudi Arabia, Central African Republic, Qatar,
Iraq and United Arab Emirates.
further claimed that when he realised that some leaders at the Uganda Muslim
Supreme Council had embezzled the funds meant for the construction of the Old
Kampala mosque, he decided to withhold sh70m, which Saudi Arabian king offered
towards its construction.
also revealed how he felt embarrassed before Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi
over the money he (Gaddafi) donated towards other Muslim projects in Uganda,
but was also swindled by the same council members.
is pertinent to note that Amin-Gaddafi friendship started in February 1972
after West Germany government brokered their first meeting in Tripoli Libya.
Hitherto, on January 25, 1971, when Amin toppled President Milton Obote,
Gaddafi was not happy with the news of Amin’s takeover. That was so, because
Obote and Gaddafi shared the same ideology of socialism, even though they were
the blossoming of Amin-Gaddafi friendship, Gaddafi offered space in Tripoli
towards the setting up of a Ugandan chancery. For that reason, Amin in his
subsequent visit to Libya went with a team he entrusted with the setting up
Uganda’s embassy in Tripoli. They included; Ayub Hassan, Joseph Juruga, Amin
Mutyaba, Charles Ongura and Stephen Wamono. Among the aforesaid, it was only
Mutyaba who was fluent in Arabic. Thus, to ease the communication of the other
members of Ugandan team who did not comprehend Arabic, Amin instructed them to
liaise with Haji Habib Kagimu, who acted as their interpreter during their
meetings with Libyan officials.
speaks Arabic fluently because he studied in Libya in 1960s.
role as an interpreter endeared him to Gaddafi. Without a doubt, it was Kagimu
who successfully co-ordinated the establishment of Uganda’s embassy in Tripoli
after an Algerian conman fleeced Ayub of $23,000, which Amin had first released
for its establishment.
March 1976, Amin appointed Mutyaba as Uganda’s charge d’affaires in Libya.
Thereafter, Mutyaba was elevated to the position of ambassador.
first biggest donation to Muslims in Uganda was in December 1972, when he
donated sh21m to Uganda Muslim Supreme Council. The cheque was handed over to
Sheikh Abdulzaak Matovu by the Libyan minister of internal affairs, Maj. Himed
the inflow of more of such funds, Amin developed the idea of constructing a
magnificent national mosque and the headquarters of Uganda Muslim Supreme
Council at Old Kampala. However, much of the sh77m, which was fundraised was
swindled. In the process, an unbefitting structure was constructed.
Amin was toppled on April 11, 1979, Gaddafi and Saudi Arabian government first
lost interest in Uganda since they could not ally with the new Uganda National
Liberation Front (UNLF) government backed by their nemesis, president Julius
you, Gaddafi and Saudi government were also aware of the hatred some UNLF
officials had for Islam. For instance, one person who is now a presidential
adviser and Dr Andrew Kayiira once proposed to president Yusuf Lule in 1979 to
convert the previous mosque at Old Kampala into a hotel. However, Lule, who was
once a Muslim, declined.
particular, Saudi Arabian government was offended by the action of Tanzanian
military, which on toppling Amin bombed part of its embassy building in Kololo.
No wonder, in 1981, when Tanzanian backed Ugandan president Obote appointed
Paulo Muwanga’s loyalist, Sheikh Ali Ssenyonga as Uganda’s ambassador to Riyadh,
King Khalid of Saudi Arabia did not accept his appointment.
that matter, throughout Obote’s second regime, Uganda’s mission in Riyadh had
no substantive ambassador. Instead, Abubakari Nadduli acted as its charge
d’affairs untill March 1986. Thereafter, Saudi Arabian King Fahad accepted
prominent educationist, Prof. Badru Kateregga whom President Yoweri Museveni
appointed as Uganda’s Ambassador to that country.
its renewed interest in Uganda in 1986, Saudi Arabian government secretly
financed the subsequent campaigns of Sheikh Rajab Kakooza when he contested
against Sheikh Saad Ibrahim Luwemba for the position of Mufti of Uganda. On the
other hand, Gaddafi sponsored Luwemba, something that partly explains why
Gaddafi and Saudi Arabia were not the best of friends. Eventually, Gaddafi’s
candidate (Luwemba), who was also the candidate secretly bankrolled by the
National Resistance Movement (NRM) government won.
victory motivated Saudi Arabian government to sponsor Kakooza’s court battle
against Luwemba. Luwemba also won the court battle and served as mufti until
1997, when he died. In his absence, Sheikh Ahmed Ssemakula became the acting
Mufti until December 11, 2000, when Sheikh Shaban Ramadan Mubajje was elected
as the new Mufti after defeating Kakooza and Sheikh Twaib Mukuye.
May 11, 2001, Gaddafi visited Uganda at the invitation of President Museveni to
attend his (Museveni) swearing-in ceremony at Kololo Airstrip since he
(Gaddafi) sponsored part of the NRM campaigns that time against Col. Kizza Besigye’s
Reform Agenda pressure group.
Gaddafi’s accommodation, Libyan government paid handsomely and rented the
residence of city businessman, Charles Mbire. After his arrival, Gaddafi told
his long time friend Kagimu to organise his night tour of Kampala city that
day. Gaddafi made it clear to Kagimu that he did not want Ugandan security
personnel guarding him during the tour to be dressed in their military
when Gaddafi started on that tour in a Mercedes Benz at mid-night, soldiers of
the Presidential Protection Unit (now Special Forces Command), complied with a
number of Gaddafi’s instructions.
Mbire’s residence, Gaddafi toured Makerere University Hill. While there, Kagimu
showed him the tower of an old mosque at Old Kampala. He explained to Gaddafi
how Amin had mobilised huge funds for the construction of a better mosque, but
most of those funds were embezzled leading to the setting up of a wanting
structure. Kagimu, therefore, requested Gaddafi that the best gift he could give
to Muslims in Uganda would be the construction of a magnificent national
May 12, Gaddafi attended President Museveni’s inauguration. Towards its end,
Gaddafi promoted Museveni’s son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba from 2nd Lieutenant to
Major. At the time, Muhoozi was the officer in charge of Combat Readiness and
Operations in the Presidential Protection Unit.
the mixed reactions generated by Gaddafi’s promotion of Muhoozi, State House
later clarified that the promotion was honorary. It was also on the same visit that Gaddafi
described Museveni as a revolutionary and advised him to rule without being
subjected to elections.
Gaddafi ended his visit, Kagimu hastily arranged a meeting between Gaddafi and
some Muslim leaders that included Mubajje and Sheikh Ahmed Mukasa, among
others, from both Old Kampala and Kibuli factions. That meeting took place at
Gaddafi met those Muslim leaders, Kagimu coached them on how to request Gaddafi
to fund the construction of a better mosque at Old Kampala. Indeed, Gaddafi was
impressed by the choice of words they used in requesting for it.
Kagimu hastily reached out to President Museveni and humbly requested him to
officially write to Gaddafi with the same request in order to augment the
earlier request made by Muslim leaders to Gaddafi. Indeed, Museveni did so.
Gaddafi sent one of his presidential jets to Entebbe Airport, which took a
delegation of Ugandan Muslim leaders to Sirte, Libya. While there, Gaddafi
introduced them to Muhammad Ahmad al-Sharif, the general secretary of World
Islamic Call Society, a non-profit entity established in 1972. Gaddafi
instructed Sharif to make sure that World Islamic Call Society funded the
construction of a magnificent mosque for Uganda at Old Kampala Hill. Gaddafi
added to Sharif that if that was not done, Allah would on judgment day condemn
him (Gaddafi) for having not constructed it, yet he was formally requested for
it by a non-Muslim (Museveni).
a mosque with a sitting capacity of up to 15,000 worshippers was constructed.
When Gaddafi was presented with videos and photographs of its works, he was
impressed and, therefore, agreed to attend its launch.
its inauguration, it was named ‘Gaddafi National Mosque’. It also houses the
headquarters of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council. After Gaddafi was murdered, its
administrators in Uganda renamed it ‘National Mosque’ in a bid to continue
receiving its maintenance funding from Gaddafi’s successor regime in Libya.
Securities has launched a Global Sharia Portfolio providing South African
investors with access to an international Sharia aligned investment for a
minimal initial investment of R5000.
portfolio invests in companies contained in the MSCI World Islamic Index, which
is also the portfolio’s benchmark.
can gain amccess to this portfolio via an exchange-traded note listed on the
JSE which invests directly in the Global Sharia Portfolio,” says portfolio
manager Francois Strydom. “This means that investors gain offshore exposure
without having to utilise their offshore allowance.”
Securities will ensure that all dividends, interest and management fees are
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shares outside of the MSCI World Islamic Index may be included in the
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