Author: Ainullah

Geelani accuses NIA of witch hunt, threatens legal action

The Kashmiri leader, Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani has accused the Indian National Intelligence Agency of harrassment and intimidation by raiding houses and businesses of his family members, lawyers and colleagues.  Denying reports of having unauthorised, illegal or disproportionate property, the Hurriyat Chairman said his daughters are married and his two sons Dr Naeem Gilani and Naseem Gilani have no illegal assets. A Hurriet statement denied “reports of NIA about properties allegedly amassed” by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and other leadership and said it was considering the details and will come up with the actual figures to make...

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Indian veterans decry targeting of minorities

Indian military veterans have condemned the targeting of Muslims and low-caste Dalits over suspicions of beef consumption and cattle slaughter in an open letter to Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister. The letter sent to Modi and state chief ministers over the weekend and released on Monday 31 July spoke of a climate of fear and intimidation perpetuated by Hindu cow-protection vigilante groups in the country. “What is happening in our country today strikes at all that the armed forces, and indeed what our constitution, stands for,” the letter signed by 114 veterans and sent by email said. “We are...

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Muslims of all ages pray at Al-Aqsa

Thousands of Palestinians have re-entered al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, after Israeli authorities lifted an age restriction it had placed earlier last month. The Islamic Waqf religious authority that administers the compound announced that all gates would be opened to Palestinians of all ages. Earlier in the day, Israeli police prevented access to the holy shrine for men under the age of 50, and closed some of the compound’s gates. The announcement came just a few hours before Friday prayers began. Thousands of men prayed in the streets and just outside the compound’s gates. According to religious officials, 10,000 worshippers made their way inside al-Aqsa Mosque compound for noon prayers. Small protests against these restrictions broke out after prayers in different towns and cities in the occupied West Bank. Police fired water cannon and tear gas at protesters in Bethlehem, and there was a high police presence near al-Aqsa Mosque compound. In Bethlehem, approximately 200 Palestinians held prayers in front of the Separation Wall. Israelis fired live rounds, rubber bullets and tear gas at the crowd, the Red Crescent said. In an act of civil disobedience, Palestinians have held prayers day and night outside al-Aqsa Mosque compound for the past two weeks in protest at Israel’s increased surveillance measures and obstacles to free movement at the entrances and gates. On Thursday 27 July, Palestinians made their way...

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Nawaz Sharif disqualified to be PM of Pakistan

The Supreme Court in Pakistan disqualified PM Nawaz Sharif from holding the office of Prime Minister on Friday 28 July 2017. Following the ruling Nawaz Sharif has vacated the office and announced that his younger brother, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, will be his successor. Last year, leaked documents known as the Panama Papers that focused on a shadowy law firm that provided financial services to some of the world’s ultra-wealthy revealed that three of Sharif’s children owned offshore assets the PM had not disclosed. These included apartments in London’s upmarket Mayfair area. Moreover the PM had not reported...

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Turkish court frees opposition journalists

A Turkish court has ordered that seven of 17 staff members from the opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet be freed from jail while their trial continues. The seven must report to authorities until the next hearing on 11 September. The journalists and managers are being held on charges of aiding a terrorist organisation. A number of others remain in custody. Arrest warrants are out for two more who have fled the country. Supporters say the charges are political. The seven people who have been released are Musa Kart, Bulent Utku, Turan Gunay, Onder Çelik, Kemal Gungor, Hakan Karasinir and Guray Oz....

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