Showing posts from July 8, 2018

'BJP wants to neutralise terrorists, spur development during Governor's Rule in J&K': Ram Madhav to Firstpost

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulled out of the government in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, following which  Governor's Rule  was imposed. BJP Jammu and Kashmir in-charge Ram Madhav announced the split at a press conference. Madhav, the national general secretary of the BJP, plays a key role in the party's functioning in the state. In an interview with  Firstpost , he spoke on the reasons for introducing Governor's Rule and the  suspension of anti-terrorism operations  during Ramzan. Do you think that Governor’s Rule will be in the best interest of the state? It is the view of the BJP that we should have a spell of Governor’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir, so that the four-pronged approach initiated by our government can be taken forward more effectively. Governor’s Rule shouldn’t be seen only from a military perspective, although one of the dimensions of our approach is to actively pursue the terrorists and neutralise them down to the last ones. We are also keen t

First-ever global conference of national counter-terrorism chiefs will strengthen cooperation, build ‘resilient’ States, says top UN official

In an interview with UN News ahead of the landmark forum, the official who heads up the world body’s  Office of Counter-Terrorism  - which came into being just a year ago - said that it would give those leading the fight from a local to international level, the chance to “show our unity” and speak with “one professional voice”. Under-Secretary-General of the Office of Counter-Terrorism,  Vladimir Voronkov , said that defeating terror groups such as ISIL, otherwise known as Dae’sh, which has been mostly driven out of Iraq in the past year, must involve “the family level – the level of local communities, the level of State, and the level of international cooperation. Only this kind of approach can be comprehensive.” The High-Level Conference on Counter-Terrorism, takes placed next Thursday and Friday, and will focus on strengthening cooperation “to combat the evolving threat of terrorism.” Civil society representatives and experts in the field will be joining “the majority of

Terrorist taught school pupils to hate non-believers

One of the London Bridge terrorist attackers taught primary school children that non-Muslims were the "worst creatures" and told them it was OK to lie to their parents "in a state of war". A police counter-terrorism officer said the actions of Khuram Butt at Eton Community School, in Ilford, East London, were suggestive of "grooming type behaviour". Butt was one of the three terrorists who carried out the London Bridge terrorist attack on 3 June 2017, in which eight people died and 48 people were injured. He was shot dead by police with the other two terrorists on the night of the attack. He was employed in a voluntary position as an Arabic memorisation teacher at an after-school club at Eton Community School – an independent Muslim day school for pupils between 3 and 11, which was closed down in August 2017. The news came as the head who hired him, Sophie Rahman,  was struck off by a professional conduct panel of the Teaching Regulation Agenc

Nicaragua descends into ‘state of terrorism’ as president clings on

Daniel Ortega refuses to give up power despite three months of violent street battles Thousands march through the streets of Managua on Thursday to demand the resignation of Nicaragua's president Daniel Ortega © EPA 4 “This isn’t the first time we’ve had to bring down a dictator,” said Fernando Sánchez, one of the student leaders of protests that have convulsed Nicaragua for almost three months, triggering an escalating crackdown by police and paramilitary mobs loyal to President Daniel Ortega.  As the July 19 anniversary of Anastasio Somoza’s 1979 ousting by revolutionaries including Mr Ortega nears, Nicaraguans took to the streets of Managua en masse this week, unbowed by attacks on opposition roadblocks in recent days.  “If Ortega wanted to immobilise people by terror, he hasn’t succeeded,” said Edmundo Jarquín, a former politician. Images shared on social media showed Thursday’s protest unfolding as police and  armed, masked paramilitaries  looked on. Unlike a mar

Terror watchdog Max Hill in line to be new director of public prosecutions

Britain’s terrorism law watchdog, who urged the scrapping of legislation that might target Muslims, is the front runner to be the next director of public prosecutions,   The Times  has learnt. Max Hill, QC, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, is believed to head a shortlist to take over the £204,000-a-year post in October. The successful candidate is expected to be announced this month. Mr Hill has held the terrorism law post since March last year but his appointment as DPP would meet the wish to have in the role an experienced criminal barrister who has both prosecuted and defended high-profile cases from terrorism trials to homicide, violent crime, high value fraud and corporate crime Source:

It’s not fair to Fulani if herdsmen are declared terrorists – Miyetti Allah

The umbrella body for herdsmen in Nigeria, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, has warned critics to stop calling them terrorists because they have not breached any section of Nigeria’s constitution. Speaking with VINCENT KALU, spokesman of the breeders association, Ismaila Ibrahim Ribeji, said unlike the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) that was proscribed and declared a terrorist organisation by the Federal Government for trying to create a separate country from Nigeria, which was a constitutional breach, the herdsmen have not done anything to warrant branding them terrorists. In an interview with Gen. Momah, a retired military officer and former principal staff officer to President Buhari, said the Fulani herdsmen are terrorists and they deserve to be treated as such. How do you react to that? The Fulani herdsmen are not terrorists and should not be declared as such. Some people are camouflaging the Fulani to commit atrocities. Security personnel have arre

Donald Trump blames Sadiq Khan for London terror attacks in explosive interview amid UK visit

Donald Trump  has accused  Sadiq Khan  of failing to stop wave of terror attacks on the capital last year. In an explosive interview released on the first day of the President’s four-day visit to the UK  Mr Trump said the Mayor of London had done a “terrible job”. “I look at cities in Europe, and I can be specific if you'd like. You have a mayor who has done a terrible job in London. He has done a terrible job. "Take a look at the terrorism that is taking place. Look at what is going on in London. I think he has done a very bad job on terrorism. Theresa May hosted  a black tie dinner for Donald Trump at  Blenheim  Palace ( AFP /Getty Images) "I think he has done a bad job on crime, if you look, all of the horrible things going on there, with all of the crime that is being brought in,” he told the Sun. Mr Trump also hit out at immigration into Europe, telling the newspaper: "I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very

Many Civilians Among 54 Dead in Anti-IS Strike in Syria: Monitor

The US-led coalition fighting the jihadists said it or its allies may have carried out air raids in the area, and it was investigating the alleged civilian deaths. Beirut:  An air strike on one of the last holdouts of the Islamic State group in Syria has killed 54 people, more than half of them civilians, a war monitor said on Friday. The US-led coalition fighting the jihadists said it or its allies may have carried out air raids in the area, and it was investigating the alleged civilian deaths. The raid late on Thursday on an ice factory near the village of Al-Soussa close to the Iraqi border killed 28 civilians and 26 IS jihadists, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. It was not immediately clear if the raid on the eastern Deir Ezzor province was carried out by an Iraqi plane or the coalition, the monitor said. In a written statement, the US-led alliance said: "The coalition or our partner forces may have conducted strikes in the vicinity of Al-Soussa a

Islamic State Owns Up as Death Toll Leaps to 132 in Twin Blasts on Day of Sharif’s Return

The attacks came hours before Sharif returned from London along with his daughter Maryam to face a 10-year prison sentence on corruption charges, anti-corruption officials said. Lahore:  The deadliest attacks in Pakistan's troubled election campaign killed at least 132 people, including a candidate, on Friday just before the arrest of disgraced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif upon his return to the country. In the southwestern province of Balochistan, a suicide bomber killed 128 people, including a politician running for a provincial legislature. Four others died in a strike in Pakistan's northwest, spreading panic in the country. The attacks came hours before Sharif returned from London along with his daughter Maryam to face a 10-year prison sentence on corruption charges, anti-corruption officials said. Maryam Sharif faces seven years in jail. He was taken into custody to serve his sentence however he is expected to appeal and seek bail. It wasn't clear when his app

Far-right cheers controversial, Antifa-inspired unmasking law

  July 11 at 11:21PM Conservatives and those on the fringe right are cheering a new bill introduced by House Republicans that would make anyone who “injures, oppresses, threatens, or intimidates any person” while wearing a mask or disguise subject to up to 15 years in prison. It’s being called the  Unmasking  Antifa  Act  and was introduced in June by Rep. Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.). Given the legislation’s title, the right was quickly celebrating it as a partisan victory over leftist and anti-Trump protestors. “The law puts Antifa into the same category as their Democrat cousins in the KKK,”  the Gateway Pundit reports , connecting the autonomous antifa movement to the Democrat Party and the Democrats to the KKK— a disproven conspiratorial meme that claims the Klan marched at the 1924 Democratic National Convention. On Twitter, two influential right-wing media personalities,  Mike Cernovich  and  Jack Posobiec , pushed conservatives across the country to petition their lawmaker