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Allama Nayyar Abbas Mustafavi offered himself for arrest voluntarily

allama-nayyar-abbas-mustafavi-offered-himself-for-arrest-voluntarilyPublished in: Pakistan

Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen Gilgit-Baltistan chapter’s office bearers have clarified that Allama Shaikh Nayyar Abbas Mustafavi offered himself for arrest voluntarily since he was not a violator of law but wrongly named in the fourth schedule by biased officials of the state.

Situation tense in Bahrain after deadly Diraz raid

situation-tense-in-bahrain-after-deadly-diraz-raidPublished in: Bahrain

The situation in Bahrain is tense one day after the Manama regime forces violently stormed into the house of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim and killed some of his supporters.

On Tuesday, regime forces broke into Sheikh Qassim’s residence in the village of Diraz, killing at least five people and wounding dozens more.

They fired birdshot and teargas to disperse supporters of the clergyman and detained 286 of them. Reports said 19 policemen were also injured in the clashes.

In the evening, several parts of Bahrain witnessed protests against the Diraz attack. The demonstrators expressed their solidarity with Sheikh Qassim and the victims of Tuesday’s raid.

Qassim, the spiritual leader of Bahrain’s dissolved opposition bloc the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, is under house arrest.

He was stripped of his nationality last June over accusations that he used his position to serve foreign interests and promote sectarianism and violence.

Despite denying the charges, the cleric was handed a suspended one-year prison term and ordered to pay a fine last week.

Americans ask: Why is Saudi monarchy our friend, but not democratic Iran?

americans-ask-why-is-saudi-monarchy-our-friend-but-not-democratic-iranPublished in: Rest of World

The Los Angeles Times’ readership has questioned Washington’s claims of supporting democracy and social freedoms worldwide, asking why the US opts for amity and economic reciprocity with Saudi Arabia, an absolute monarchy, but antagonizes democratic Iran.

The reactions were published in the paper on Tuesday under the title, “Iran just held an election. So why is the theocratic monarchy Saudi Arabia our friend?”

The readers asked the reason why US President Donald Trump befriended a regime, which was defiant of what the US upholds as its core values.

“We go around the world selling and evangelizing equality, freedom of choice, free elections, self-determination and democracy,” said one reader.
This is while the kingdom does not select its rulers through election and has the radical ideology of Wahhabism as its state religion, he added, asking, “How can we look at ourselves in the mirror without seeing two faces?”

Another said Saudi Arabia does not tolerate religious diversity unlike Iran, and that its money had financed the 9/11 attacks, while no terrorist attack in the US had been linked to Iran.

Thousands of Gazans protest Trump visit to occupied territories

thousands-of-gazans-protest-trump-visit-to-occupied-territoriesPublished in: Palestine

During the protest on Tuesday, Palestinian fighters posed with an effigy of Trump at their gunpoint while thousands of others chanted slogans against his presence in Palestine.

The protesters also condemned Trump’s inaction on Israel’s harsh treatment of Palestinians on hunger strike in Israeli jails. They also held banners that read, "Resistance is not terrorism," making a reference to Trump’s designation of resistance groups in Gaza as terrorists.

The protest against Trump was organized by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), whose gunmen moved the effigy of Trump on the back of a truck on the streets in Gaza as people chanted slogans against Washington and Israeli regime.

Dozens hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners moved to hospital

dozens-hunger-striking-palestinian-prisoners-moved-to-hospitalPublished in: Palestine

Palestinian Prisoners' Society lawyers, who visited some of the hunger strikers in Ohalei Kedar prison, said many of them were in serious condition and had to be hospitalized after refusing to eat for 38 days.

They added that some of the hunger strikers were not able to change their clothes, including underwear, since May 16, which further worsens their health condition.

Hanan al-Khatib, an attorney with the Detainees' Affairs Commission, also said Israeli authorities had imposed a blackout in Hadarim prison.

Since April 17, more than 1,600 Palestinian prisoners have joined the protest action, dubbed the Freedom and Dignity Strike.

The strikers are demanding basic rights, such as an end to the policies of administrative detention, solitary confinement and deliberate medical negligence.

The much criticized administrative detention is a policy under which Palestinian inmates are kept in Israeli detention facilities without trial or charge.

Back in 2012, a similar hunger strike, involving some 2,000 Palestinian inmates, ended after an agreement was reached with Israeli authorities to terminate the policy of internment without trial or charge.

The Palestinian inmates regularly hold hunger strikes in protest against the administrative detention policy and their harsh prison conditions.

Nearly 700 prisoners are currently held in administrative detention. Some of the inmates have been held in prison under the policy for up to 11 years.

WHO reports 50% rise in Yemen cholera cases

who-reports-50-rise-in-yemen-cholera-casesPublished in: Yemen

The World Health Organization has reported a 50-percent increase in cholera cases in war-torn Yemen.

On Tuesday, WHO announced that 35,217 cases have been recorded since April 27 when the outbreak started. The number shows a 50-percent leap in cases compared to figures given by the organization last week.

On Friday, Nevio Zagaria, the WHO country representative for Yemen, reported that 242 people have been killed due to the outbreak, with about 23,500 other confirmed cases of the disease reported across the country in the past three weeks alone.

Cholera, which causes severe diarrhea and dehydration, is transmitted through contaminated drinking water and could prove fatal in up to 15 percent of untreated cases.

Earlier in the month, Yemen's Health Ministry declared a state of emergency in Sana'a in connection with the epidemic.

International organizations, including the United Nations and the Red Cross, say the Saudi-led war on Yemen and an embargo against the country may be responsible for the cholera epidemic. The Saudi aggression has taken a heavy toll on the poor country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.

Yemeni tribal fighters kill US troops in Ma’rib: Report

yemeni-tribal-fighters-kill-us-troops-in-ma-rib-reportPublished in: Yemen

Yemeni tribal fighters have reportedly killed several American troops after they launched a heliborne attack on a village in Yemen’s central province of Ma’rib, a report says.

According to a report at least 30 troops from the US and some Persian Gulf states, were deployed in the rural area of Khathla in the early hours of Tuesday and engaged in a gun battle with fighters from two prominent tribes in the village.

It added that during the ensuing fierce battle at least seven of the invading troops were fatally injured, who had come there with the purported mission of gunning down militants belonging to the Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Takfiri terrorist group.

The report, however, added that no militants of the terror group were in the area when three Apache choppers and two military transport aircraft of the US approached the village.

Earlier in the day, Centcom, the US military command in the Middle East, however, told a totally different story, saying the heliborne attack concluded with killing of seven AQAP militants, without mentioning any casualties from the American troops and the presence of soldiers from some Persian Gulf states.

US military lost track of $1bn worth of weapons: Amnesty

us-military-lost-track-of-1bn-worth-of-weapons-amnestyPublished in: Rest of World

The US military has admitted to losing track of around $1 billion worth of weapons in Iraq and Kuwait, according to a US Defense Department audit reviewed by Amnesty International.

In the September 2016 document, which was obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests, the Pentagon stated that it “did not have accurate, up-to-date records on the quantity and location” of a large amount of weapons it had moved into Iraq and Kuwait to arm the Iraqi government forces, Amnesty reported Wednesday.

The transfers were part of the Iraq Train and Equip Fund (ITEF) program and following appropriation by Congress of $1.6 billion to allegedly stop Daesh (ISIL)’s advances in 2015.

The items included tens of thousands of assault rifles worth $28 million, hundreds of mortar rounds and hundreds of Humvee armored vehicles.

Trump 'cozying up' to despots behind Bahrain crackdown: Iran FM

trump-cozying-up-to-despots-behind-bahrain-crackdown-iran-fmPublished in: Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the deadly crackdown by Bahraini security forces on protesters was the outcome of US President Donald Trump "cozying up" to despots during a recent visit to Saudi Arabia.

"First concrete result of POTUS cozying up to despots in Riyadh: Deadly attack on peaceful protesters by emboldened Bahraini regime. Google it," Zarif said on his official Twitter account on Tuesday.

Zarif's twitter came on the same day that Bahraini regime forces stormed into the residence of Sheikh Isa Qassim, the spiritual leader of the country’s Shia majority in a northwestern village, arresting everyone inside the house.

Security forces launched a bloody attack on protesters who had convened in al-Fida Square in the village of Diraz. The regime also blocked Internet access in the area.

Bahraini security forces shot and killed at least two demonstrators during the operation. There have been reports of security forces firing birdshot at protesters and teargas into the house of the prominent cleric.

The Bahraini Interior Ministry announced in a statement that security forces had arrested 50 demonstrators in the village but the senior cleric was not among them.

The bloody operations in Diraz are likely to raise tensions in Bahrain days after the US president said Washington's relationship with Manama - long strained over its human rights record - would improve.

The Persian Gulf state is home to the US Navy's 5th fleet.

Trump should engage in talks with Iran: Kofi Annan

trump-should-engage-in-talks-with-iran-kofi-annanPublished in: Rest of World

Trump has adopted an invariably harsh tone when talking about Tehran, calling it the “number one terrorist state” and criticizing his predecessor Barack Obama for being too soft on Iran.

During his recent Middle East tour, the new US president endorsed Saudi Arabia and Israel’s long-drawn-out practice of Iranophobia.

Washington agreed to sell the kingdom USD 110 billion worth of arms to “counter” Iran. The Trump administration has also leveled sanctions against the country over its defensive missile work, which Iran asserts only serves the purpose of deterrence.

“It is important to reach out and talk to Iran,” Annan told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

“Iran is part of the solution” to the conflicts in the Middle East, including Syria and Iraq, and “we cannot get away from that fact,” he added.
Iran has been lending military advisory support to the Syrian and Iraqi counterterrorism operations. It has also been trying successfully alongside Russia, another Syria ally, and Turkey, which backs anti-Damascus militants, to bring the warring sides in Syria to the negotiating table.

Annan said what justified an open approach towards Iran was its reaching out to the world by clinching the 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers.

The former UN chief described the nuclear agreement as “good” and welcomed the re-election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, a key architect of the deal “as a sign that the Iranian people clearly desire peaceful relations with the outside world.”

Trump has described the agreement, which was negotiated under the Obama administration, as the “worst deal ever” and threatened to “tear it up” during his election campaign late last year.

Annan added that Washington’s posturing, including labeling Iran the enemy and a purveyor of terrorism, is not going to contribute to the realization of peace in the region in any way.

Punjab Law Minister says Iran helped Pakistan in every hour of need

punjab-law-minister-says-iran-helped-pakistan-in-every-hour-of-needPublished in: Pakistan

While leaders of opposition parties in the Punjab assembly have termed Arab-Islamic-American Summit in Riyadh as a conspiracy to isolate Iran, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan said that Iran is a friend of Pakistan as Tehran extended help to Islamabad in every hour of need.

Glorifying Deobandi terrorist thru media angers Senate committee

bringing-ehsanullah-ehsan-to-media-angers-senate-committeePublished in: Pakistan

The Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control condemned the incident of bringing Ehsanullah Ehsan - a former spokesperson and one of the top leaders of Deobandi takfiri Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a faction of banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) – to a TV channel and urged to stop his glorification by presenting him as a hero.

FIA summons Maryam Nawaz social media team member for vilifying COAS

fia-summons-maryam-nawaz-social-media-team-member-for-vilifying-coasPublished in: Pakistan

The Federal Investigation Agency’s cyber crime wing has summoned an active social media team member of ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to agency’s headquarters over his alleged involvement in vilification campaign against Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and military on social media.