Tuesday, September 19, 2017
NEW DELHI: The Government of India has finally spelt out its stand on the Rohingyas undergoing barbaric violence at the hands of the military junta in Myanmar. In an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, the government has stood b .. Read More
COLOMBO: The on-going propaganda that the Abdulla Yameen regime in the Maldives is actively fostering Islamic extremism, and that the Indian Ocean archipelago is turning out to be a hotbed of Islamic terrorism is Symbolise both un ..
UNITED NATIONS: On 23rd August, just days before thousands of Rohingyas began fleeing their homes from Rakhine State, Aung San Suu Kyi’s recently appointed Rakhine Advisory Commission, established in 2016, submitted its ..
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka is unlikely to sign the UN nuclear weapons ban treaty which is scheduled to come up for signatures in New York on September 20, Sri Lankan government sources confirmed on Sunday.
Sources said that ..
UNITED NATIONS: As hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims flee violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, thousands that remain in the country face mass atrocities at a scale never seen before.
Since the renewal ..
DHAKA: Dear Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi,
We learned today that you will address the Rohingya issue via television in Myanmar on 19 September – over 144 hours from now.
We also learn ..
COLOMBO: At long last, on Tuesday, Sri Lanka got what the minority Tamils and the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) have been demanding since the separatist war ended in May 2009 – an Office of Missing Persons (OMP) – to ..
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has ordered the Islamabad Capital Police to arrest Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan and present him before it on Sept 25. In a letter written to the Islamabad SSP Operations on Friday, the commission said that Mr Khan was charged with contempt of the ECP under Section 103-A of the Representation of Peoples’ Act (Ropa), 1976. He was issued a show-cause notice to appear before the commission on Sept 14, but did not do so. The commission decided to issue bailable warrants. According to the letter signed by the commission’s additional director general (law) Malik Mujtaba Ahmad, the police were “hereby directed to arrest Mr Imran Khan Niazi” and produce him before the ECP on Sept 25.
A new Pakistani political party controlled by Mohammed Hafiz Saeed with a $10 million U.S. bounty on his head is backing a candidate in a by-election today in what a former senior army officer says is a key step in a military-proposed plan to mainstream militant groups. The Milli Muslim League party loyal to Hafiz Saeed - who the United States and India accuse of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people - has little chance of seeing its favoured candidate win the seat vacated when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was removed from office by the Supreme Court in July. But the foray into politics by Saeed’s Islamist charity is following a blueprint that Sharif himself rejected when the military proposed it last year, retired Lieutenant General Amjad Shuaib told Reuters. Three close Sharif confidants with knowledge of the discussions confirmed that Sharif had opposed the “mainstreaming” plan, which senior military figures and some analysts see as a way of steering ultra-religious groups away from violent jihad. Yaqoob Sheikh, the Lahore candidate for Milli Muslim League, is standing as an independent after the Electoral Commission said the party was not yet legally registered. But Saeed’s lieutenants, JUD workers and Milli Muslim League officials are running his campaign and portraits of Saeed adorn every poster promoting Sheikh. Another Islamist designated a terrorist by the United States, Fazlur Rehman Khalil, has told Reuters he too plans to soon form his own party to advocate strict Islamic law. Both Islamist groups deny their political ambitions were engineered by the military. Both Saeed and Khalil are proponents of a strict interpretation of Islam and have a history of supporting violence - each man was reportedly a signatory to al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s 1998 fatwa declaring war on the United States. Analyst Khaled Ahmed, who has researched Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa charity and its connections to the military, says the new political party is clearly an attempt by the generals to pursue an alternative to dismantling its militant proxies. “One thing is the army wants these guys to survive,” Ahmed said. “The other thing is that they want to also balance the politicians who are more and more inclined to normalise relations with India.” The military’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency first began pushing the political mainstreaming plan in April 2016, according to retired general Shuaib, a former director of the army’s military intelligence wing that is separate from the ISI. He said the proposal was shared with him in writing by the then-ISI chief, adding that he himself had spoken with Khalil as well as Saeed in an unofficial capacity about the plan.