16 March 2019

16 March ND: New Zealand mosque attacks: 1 Indian killed, 2 injured, 7 still missing/New Zealand mosque attacker scrawled on his guns – from far-right murderers to prominent crusaders

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16 March 2019: 08 Rajab 1440:Vol: 11, No:152
New Zealand mosque attacks: 1 Indian killed, 2 injured, 7 still missing
New Delhi: At least one Indian was killed, 2 more injured and 7 reported missing in the wake of the terror attack on 2 mosques in New Zealand Friday that left 49 dead. 2 of the 9 people of Indian nationality or origin, reported missing after the attacks on Friday, have been located, according to sources in the external affairs ministry. 7 of them are Indian nationals.The sources said 2 Indian nationals are injured but out of danger. 5 other Indian nationals and 2 New Zealand citizens of Indian origin are still missing, the sources said. Following the attacks, Indian envoy to New Zealand Sanjiv Kohli tweeted about 9 people of Indian nationality or Indian origin missing. Meanwhile, PTI reported that Indian from Hyderabad Ahmed Iqbal Jahangir, who was shot at one of the mosques in New Zealand, is recovering at a hospital. Iqbal was shot in chest during the mass shooting incident.However, reported the parents of another Indian from Hyderabad Farhaj Ahsan, whose missing case AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi raised with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in a tweet, were still clueless about his whereabouts. One Indian deceased was identified as Mohammed Juned Kara (34) from Navsari in Gujarat. According to the Indian Express, Juned, from Halda village in Navsari district, owned a general store and was the father of three children, according to his family. Mohammed Ahmed, Kara’s father in law, said: “My daughter Sabiha, got married to Mohammed Juned who is born in New Zealand. His father Mohammed Yusuf Kara, shifted to New Zealand from Navsari long ago. Juned is the father of three children and among them eldest is 10 years old.”Another Indian from Gujarat, Arif Vohra (58) and his nephew Rameez Vohra (28) have been reported missing after the mosque attacks. “My nephew just became a father five days ago. Hafiz Musa Patel, the Pesh Imam of Lautoka mosque in Fiji Islands was among those injured Friday. Patel is from Lunawara village in Bharuch and holds a Fijian passport, say sources at the village.Indians in New Zealand are around 200,000 strong, out of which around 75,000 are Indian passport holders.HT/thewire/Indian express
New Zealand: 5 Indians 'Missing', 2 Injured After Terrorists Shoot 49 at 2 Mosques
Christchurch counts its victims: 1 Indian among dead, 2 injured, 6 missing
Muslim bodies condemn N. Zealand mosques attack
New Delhi: A number of prominent Muslim bodies in India on Friday condemned the terrorist attack on 2 mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch.Expressing shock over the incident, Navaid Hamid, of All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, umbrella body of various Muslim organisations, said: "No words to express shock and grief over the killing of peaceful worshipers at Christchurch mosque in New Zealand terror attack.""My heart goes to the bereaved families who are victims of Islamophobia created by western policies in the last 20 years," he added.He also questioned PM Narendra Modi's silence over the incident. However, the PM has expressed his "shock" over the accident in a letter to his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern.Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind General Secretary Maulana Mehmood Madni said that the incident was painful and condemnable."This is very painful and should be condemned in the strongest word. We, the Muslims, need to think as to why such incidents are happening. Of course, it is Islamophobia, but we need to look inwards as to what is wrong with the 'ummah' (community)," Madni said. IANS
LIVE: Delhi BJP writes to Election Commission to appoint special observer for mosques
Delhi BJP writes to EC appealing it to "appoint Special Observer for mosques especially in Muslim dominated areas so that political/religious leaders cannot spread hate among people to influence elections".nationalheraldindia
Azhar terror tag: If soft talks fail, Big-3 planning UN vote to nail China
US and 2 other permanent Security Council members, France and Britain, are believed to be in intense "good faith" discussions with China to arrive at a "compromise" on the UN designation of Jaish chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.And if that effort does not end up in the formal designation of Azhar, the 3 permanent members are planning to soon move a resolution for his listing in the most powerful wing of the UN which would be preceded by an open debate on the issue, according to people familiar with the matter.In the last 50 hours, it is believed that the original sponsors of Azhar resolution are having intense "good faith" consultations with China on what many familiar with the matter describe as a "compromise". This probably means Azhar would be designated as a global terrorist by the UN body, but the language of designation would include a language acceptable to China.China is believed to have suggested "certain changes" in the language of the terrorist designation. US, Britain and France are believed to be currently looking at the suggestions. It is understood that there is back-and-forth exchange of texts on the matter. The three countries have indicated that they are willing to accommodate Chinese request for changes in the language as long as it does not change the substance of the resolution and it ends up designating Azhar as a UN global terrorist.But unlike in the past, the US, France, Britain and other members of the Security Council are not willing to wait for long to conclude their discussion with China.It is learnt that China has been informed by these countries that they are seriously looking for other options, in particular, an open debate followed by a vote on a resolution to designate Azhar as a global terrorist, pretty soon.Not months, not weeks but days. This is what Beijing has been conveyed.At the same time, officials of these countries believe that China this time has been much more co-operative than in the past. But if, at any point the three countries get a feeling that China is not doing a good faith negotiation on the "compromise formula" that is being negotiated, they are ready with the other move.PTI
Delhi BJP requests poll panel to appoint special observers at mosques during Lok Sabha polls
BJP's Delhi unit has requested Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) to appoint special observers at mosques to prevent any attempt to influence voters on "religious lines" during the Lok Sabha election.In a letter, Delhi BJP's legal department convener Neeraj cited alleged attempts by some AAP leaders to polarise voters on religious lines and requested CEO to appoint special observers at mosques."We are bound to write you this complaint due to recent repeated attempts to polarise voters on religious lines by the convener of the AAP, Arvind Kejriwal, and his party members," alleged Neeraj. "He has been giving baseless statements to polarise the voters in Muslim dominated areas," Neeraj said.He requested the CEO to appoint special observers for mosques in Muslim-dominated areas so that the political and religious leaders cannot spread "hate" among people to "influence" elections.PTI
Another Jamaat-like Crackdown in Kashmir? This Time, Govt Workers Are Also on List​
Srinagar: Days after the leadership of the largest socio-religious-political organisation,Jama’at-e-Islami J&K (JeI),were arrested along with other religious and separatist leaders, a second government crackdown seems imminent in J&K.“A list of around two hundred militant and Jama’at sympathisers, which includes government officials, has been prepared," sources in state administration revealed, adding that the "militant sympathisers would be arrested soon". Sources have said that government servants, including some senior officials, have been named in the list and will be removed from their positions.“These are the people who are working covertly. They not only provide financial and logistical support to the militants, separatists and other anti-national elements but also propagate separatist thought among youth,” a top official, who wished to remain anonymous, said.Police officials, including DG of J&K Police, Dilbagh Singh, however, refused to comment about the purported list.But, sources said that the government has been working on the list from some time now and the move is aimed at “cracking down on the support base of militants and separatists” so that “elections could be held peacefully”.As per the official source, most of the government employees whose names have figured in the list are teachers.“We have found a large number of government teachers actively doing subversive activities. They are also trying to propagate this at the place of their work, among colleagues and students,” the official said.news18
Ban on Jamaat-e-Islami, Subsequent Arrests in J&K 'Illegal': Civil Rights Group PUDR
New Delhi: Civil rights organisation People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) has charged that taking advantage of people’s attention being focused on “escalation and de-escalation of tension between India and Pakistan” in February this year, the Centre “intensified repression in the state of Jammu and Kashmir”. It said over 300 people have been detained, and the ban on Jamaat-e-Islami too was “part of this ongoing repression”.A statement issued by PUDR has claimed that following the ban on Jamaat-e-Islami of Jammu and Kashmir on February 28, 2019, the state administration has picked up hundreds of persons and booked them under preventive detention laws.PUDR secretaries Deepika Tandon and Shahana Bhattacharya have claimed that the Centre’s invoking the ban by simply issuing a gazette notification was “illegal”.thewire
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Terror-funding: ED moves Delhi court to quiz Geelani's son-in-law in Tihar
New Delhi :ED moved a Delhi court, seeking its nod to quiz separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani's son-in-law Altaf Shah alias Altaf Fantoosh in connection with a terror-funding case.ED also sought to question Zahoor Watali, an influential businessman and allegedly a friend of Pakistani leaders and Kashmiri separatists, and Naval Kishore Kapoor, UAE-based businessman. The court will hear the matter on March 19. PTI
SIMI men in Bhopal jail allege mental harassment
Bhopal: Ahead of hearing on whether the ban on SIMI should continue, state chief of the outfit, Abu Faisal, and other operatives have approached Madhya Pradesh high court, accusing Bhopal jail authorities of subjecting them to mental harassment.All SIMI suspects are in solitary confinement and will be shifted to high-security ‘Anda Cells’ in 2 months. MPHC has issued a notice to the jail authorities, seeking an explanation on joint petition filed by Faisal and his team, who allege that they are barred from contacting other prisoners, and stopped from reading books and taking up educational courses. Jail authorities say SIMI suspects are trying to build pressure on the prison management by filing such petitions. TOI
Tribunal seeks SIMI men’s representation against Centre’s ban; MP ATS ready with jailbreak’s dossier
Bhopal: MP ATS has issued letters to SIMI men lodged in Bhopal central jail seeking their representations, if any, against the Centre's decision to extend a ban on their organisation. A tribunal that has been constituted by MHA to decide over the ban will conduct a 2-day hearing in Bhopal soon. SIMI’s ex general secretary Safdar Nagori, state chief Abu Faisal and 27 other alleged office bearers of this organisation are in Bhopal jail.Nagori,officials believe, would make a representation. They have been asked to respond through lawyers within a week’s time.Meanwhile, MP ATS is also ready with a dossier on ‘2016 Bhopal Jailbreak’ and many other classified inputs on their activities and parent organisations to press for a ban. MHA had issued a notification on Feb.21 constituting the tribunal headed by a Delhi high court judge – Mukta Gupta – since the 5-year ban on SIMI ended on Jan.31. This tribunal will ascertain whether there was sufficient reason to continue with ban on SIMI as an unlawful organisation. Justice Gupta started proceedings on Thursday issuing a general notice informing the public at large and the organisation in question to approach it with any material in support of or against the Centre's decision on SIMI while posting the next date of hearing was April 15. MP ATS has forwarded the same to the Bhopal central jail.
SIMI activist sentenced to life imprisonment in attacking cops case
 Bhopal:An activist of the SIMI was sentenced to life imprisonment on Friday by a special NIA court here on multiple counts, including for killing an ATS constable and injuring 2 other police officials in 2011, prosecution said.The activist, identified only as Farhat, was convicted and sentenced by special NIA judge Girish Dixit, district prosecution official Yogesh Tiwari said. Farhat and another accused Zakir, both activists of SIMI, were accused of killing ATS constable Shivpratap and injuring 2 others on June 3, 2011 in Ratlam, Tiwari said.Zakir was among 8 SIMI men who were killed by the police after in 2016.The third accused in the case, Nizamuddin, was acquitted by the court for lack of evidence.PTI
Areeb Majeed questions NIA court rejection of his plea for CDRs; HC says he has right to fair trial
Bombay high court on Friday observed that an accused has a right to a fair trial while hearing a plea made by accused Areeb Majeed accused of indulging in alleged terrorist activities in Iraq. Majeed, in jail, pending trial, since his Nov.2014 arrest, was seeking call data records (CDRs) of 3 officers of NIA including an ASP and a senior police inspector and his father’s mobile numbers.  Arguing in person before a bench of Justices Indrajit Mahanty and A M Badar, Majeed, who hails from Kalyan, asserted that NIA facilitated his return to India. He had moved the HC after a special NIA court in Mumbai, on Jan.10, rejected his CDR plea. He wanted CDRs of officers to back his stand that their location was at Mumbai airport when he arrived from Istanbul,to arrest him at 5.30am on Nov.28,2014. Majeed claimed that his air ticket was provided by the consulate which also issued him an emergency certificate at the behest of NIA.The HC, which reserved the matter for orders, also observed “this is not an investigation into the investigators…he has a right to cross-examine witnesses.’’ The hc made it clear that it was not making any observations either way on the case. TOI
India-Myanmar joint operation destroys militant camps on eastern border
New Delhi:Days after the airstrike in Pakistan’s Balakot, Indian forces in coordination with Myanmar Army conducted a joint operation and claimed to have wiped out militant camps on the eastern border. The action, officials said, averted a possible threat to the ambitious Kaladan transit and transport project considered key for improving the connectivity in the Northeast, officials confirmed. Government sources said the coordinated operation started on Feb.17 and was completed on March 2 where several camps of Arakan Army on the Indo-Myanmar border were razed. Officials, however, refrained from giving the number of casualties of militants in the operations.indianexpress
Congress stakes claim to form govt in Goa, writes to Governor to dismiss BJP govt which is in minority
On a day when reports suggest that ailing CM Manohar Parrikar's condition has worsened, the Congress in a letter to Goa Governor Mridula Sinha on Saturday staked claim to form government in the coastal state.In a letter addressed to Sinha, Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar said that the Parrikar-led coalition government is in a minority and its numbers may "dwindle". He demanded that she dismiss the incumbent BJP-led dispensation and invite Congress -- the single-largest party in the state Assembly -- to form the government."Consequent upon the sad demise of Francis D'Souza, MLA, who belonged to BJP, it is humbly submitted that the incumbent BJP-led state government under the leadership of Manohar Parrikar, which has long lost the trust of the people and now also lost the strength of the House," Kavlekar said in the letter to the Governor.nationalheraldindia
LS polls: Umar Khalid’s father S.Q.R. Iliyas in fray from Murshidabad’s Jangipur seat
Kolkata :JNU’s student leader Umar Khalid may not be in the fray, but his father is contesting from a north Bengal seat. S.Q.R. Iliyas of Welfare Party of India is contesting from Murshidabad’s Jangipur seat, previously secured by ex President Pranab Mukherjee’s son,Abhijit. He cited “worsening” condition of electors of Murshidabad, predominantly Muslims, as the reason for contesting from Jangipur.“7 to 8 lakh people migrate to Kerala from this area and there is very little employment opportunity despite fact that Jangipur produces good quality jute or mango. But those can’t be processed locally and they had to go to Kolkata. I’m highlighting such issues in my campaign,”Iliyas said. WPI mainly voices the issues of the minority community and Dalits. Seat– Jangipur– is one of critical ones in 2019. Left Front decided to leave it to Congress, but yet to wrap up the seat sharing deal.If Left and the Congress contests separately, thus splitting Muslim votes, which is about 70% of the constituency, and WPI can poll 50,000 votes, the seat will witness a very close quadrangular fight. Iliyas however feels WPI will “not split” the Muslim vote to the extent when it may benefit the BJP.“It will be either us or any one of the local Bengal parties,” he said.thehindu
BJP's Prayagraj MP Shyama Charan Gupta Resigns, To Contest From Akhilesh Party
New Delhi: In a blow to BJP, its lawmaker from UP's Prayagraj today resigned and joined Akhilesh Yadav's SP. Shyama Charan Gupta will contest the Lok Sabha polls from Banda as a SP candidate. A former SP man, Gupta had contested Lok Sabha polls from Banda on a sp ticket in 1999 but had lost to a candidate from Mayawati's BSP. He, however, won from Banda in 2004. Gupta had contested from Phulpur in 2009 as a SP candidate but lost the elections.A prominent Baniya leader in eastern UP, Gupta contested as a BJP candidate from Allahabad, now known as Prayagraj, in 2014 and won.ndtv
Assam BJP MP Ram Prasad Sarmah quits party
Guwahati : In a jolt to the BJP in Assam, its sitting MP from Tezpur Ram Prasad Sarmah Saturday announced that he quit the saffron fold and alleged neglect of old workers by "new intruders in the party" Sarmah said he was resigning from the primary membership of the BJP after serving the RSS and VHP for 15 years and the BJP for 29 years."I have left BJP today. I really feel pained in my heart for those old BJP workers of Assam who are most neglected in the party by the new intruders in the party," he said in a Facebook post.PTI
Uttarakhand: Senior BJP leader Khanduri’s son joins Congress at Rahul rally in Dehradun
BJP leader Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri’s son Manish Khanduri joined Congress today at a rally in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, in the presence of Rahul Gandhi.Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri,who represents Garhwal in 16th Lok Sabha, is a retired Army major general.He served as CM of Uttarakhand.scroll
JD(S) leader Danish Ali joins BSP days after he led seat-sharing talks for his party in Karnataka
JD(S) General Secretary Danish Ali on Saturday quit the party and joined the BSP in Lucknow. Ali is likely to be fielded in the Lok Sabha elections from a seat in UP.JD(S) leader and Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said Ali had joined the BSP with his and his father HD Deve Gowda’s consent “in a purely political arrangement between the two parties”. He said it was “a thoughtful political decision” made by the two parties to win more seats in the upcoming
Maharashtra:Ambedkar-Owaisi parties to contest all seats
Mumbai:In a big setback to opposition unity efforts, Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi(VBA) announced candidates for 37 of 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra. VBA comprises Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) led by Prakash Ambedkar and AIMIM led by Asasuddin Owaisi. Ambedkar said that since there was no response from Congress for an alliance, the VBA had decided to contest alone in Maharashtra."We asked 22 seats from them but till now there was no response from Congress. We are left with no options but to go ahead and contest all the seats in Maharashtra," said Ambedkar.IANS
In AAP-Congress Alliance Talks, A Vote Share Survey And An Opinion Poll
New Delhi: Amid uncertainty over a Congress-AAP alliance in Delhi for the Lok Sabha elections, an internal survey by Congress could play a key role in changing the minds of state leaders who have been against the arrangement, sources have told NDTV. The survey - which reportedly showed BJP ahead of both AAP and Congress with 35 per cent of the vote share in the capital - has already been shown to party chief Rahul Gandhi and the Delhi chief Sheila Dikshit."After party president Rahul Gandhi agreed to the views of the state unit and decided not to ally with AAP for upcoming general elections, senior central leaders of the party met Rahul Gandhi and asked him to reconsider the decision," a leader linked to the Delhi Congress Pradesh Committee told NDTV."Senior leaders cited the recent survey by the party which showed AAP vote bank to be around 28% and Congress's 22% while BJP's 35% and argued that alliance with AAP will see the alliance sweeping all the seven seats in Delhi," he added.ndtv
SC notice to EC for verification of 50% VVPAT slips
New Delhi:The Supreme Court has issued notice to the Election Commission (EC) on a plea by leaders from 21 political parties who wanted the poll body to randomly verify at least 50% EVMs using their VVPAT slips in the upcoming polls. A bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna directed that the notice be served on EC through its secretary. It also asked the “competent authority of the Election Commission of India” to “depute a suitable officer to assist the court on the date fixed”.The matter will now be heard on March 25.indianexpress
Petition to send Indian Muslims to Pakistan gets fitting response in Supreme Court
In the recent past, the country has seen a growing sentiment of hatred against minority communities among a few. As the day unfolded, it was revealed that a certain citizen of one of the greatest secular democracies of the world, wasn’t satisfied with just passing such insensitive remarks. He decided to actually send Muslims back to Pakistan. How? He filed a petition in the Supreme Court in this regard.The case came up for hearing in the apex court on Friday in front of a Bench of Justice Rohinton Nariman and Vineet Saran.A report stated Justice Nariman was dismayed and appalled by the prayer.He asked the petitioner’s lawyer to read it out loud. When counsel did so, the angry judge lambasted the petitioner and asked: “Do you seriously want to argue this? We will hear you, but we will pass strictures against you.”The question was met with a “no” and the petition was dismissed.
Waseem Rizvi's pro-Ram Janmabhoomi film to release this month
Lucknow:UP Shia Waqf Board chairman Syed Waseem Rizvi's movie 'Ram Ki Janmabhoomi' is set for release in the middle of the poll season, in which the Ayodhya dispute is already an emotive issue.The project has been mired in controversy since Rizvi, a strong votary of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, announced it last year. Bombay High Court put restrictions on the promotion of the film, asking YouTube to take down its trailer, till it is cleared by CBFC"The movie and its trailer have got the clearance from the Censor Board and it will be released on March 29," Rizvi said.‘Ram Ki Janmabhoomi’ (Ram’s birthplace) traces the campaign for a Ram temple at the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya."We have to come together to build a temple on the birthplace of Lord Ram and to eradicate a shameful evil like halala from society as soon as possible," Rizvi said. Manoj Joshi, Govind Namdev, Rajveer Singh, Nazneen Patni, Trisha Sachdeva and Aditya are the actors playing the leading roles in the film directed by Sanoj Mishra.PTI
SC stays Meghalaya HC order holding Shillong Times editor, publisher guilty of contempt
The Supreme Court has stayed the Meghalaya High Court’s order holding Shillong Times Editor Patricia Mukhim and Publisher Shobha Chaudhuri, guilty of contempt of court, Bar and Bench reported. The High Court had convicted them on March 8 for publishing two stories in December about a court order seeking better facilities for retired judges and their families.CJI Ranjan Gogoi also issued notice to the High Court registrar on petition filed by Mukhim and Chaudhuri. The SC also stayed the operation of the High Court’s order imposing a fine of Rs 2 lakh each on Mukhim and Chaudhuri. Minutes after the Supreme Court stayed the High Court order, Mukhim told PTI that she had “full faith that the judiciary will protect the freedom of press”
As Mumbai bridge swayed, youth pushed father to safety — and then fell to his death
Mumbai :When the Himalaya Bridge at CSMT station began wobbling dangerously Thursday evening, Zahid Khan’s first  instinct was to push away his father Siraj who was behind him. That push to the chest saved the 60-year-old who watched in horror as his son fell to his death, crushed by cement slabs of the foot overbridge.32-year-old Zahid was one of 6 to die. At least 31 others were injured.On Friday, at Maitri Apartments in Ghatkopar West, Siraj’s neighbour Maksood Khan said: “Had Zahid not pushed away his father, he too would have died. He survived because the slabs that fell were a little ahead of him.”Zahid leaves behind his parents, a younger brother, wife and two daughters, one aged six and the other just eight months. indianexpress
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11 dead as SUV falls into gorge in J&K Ramban
ammu:11 people, including four women and five children, were killed and 4 others injured when an SUV skidded off a road and fell into a deep gorge in Ramban district of J&K on Saturday, police said.SUV, carrying 15 passengers from Chaderkote to Rajgarh, rolled down into the over 500-feet-deep gorge when its driver lost control at Kunda nallah near Baglihar power house at 10.30 am, an official said.He said the locals along with the police immediately launched a rescue operation and pulled out bodies and injured from the scene.PTI
New Zealand mosque attacker scrawled on his guns – from far-right murderers to prominent crusaders
A white supremacist identifying himself as Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, has killed at least 49 people and wounded 48 more after carrying out a far-right terror attack at mosques in New Zealand.During the massacre, which he live-streamed online, Tarrant could be seen using weapons scrawled with white text. He also posted images of the weapons to Twitter before the feed was taken down.An examination of the text reveals and obsession with historical figures who fought against the Ottoman Empire - the Islamic superpower of its day - other far-right attackers, and the Rotherham sex abuse scandal:David Soslan – A Georgian king of the 12th and 13th centuries, known for his military success in wars against neighbouring Muslim nations. David IV of Georgia – Also known as David The Builder, he is considered the greatest ruler in Georgian history. He drove Turkish forces out of the country at the Battle of Didgori in 1121 before bringing most of the Caucasus under his control, ushering in the Georgian Golden Age.  Dmitry Senyavin – Russian admiral, fought campaigns against Turks including Russo-Turkish War (1787–92) and Russo-TurkishWar (1806–12).Serban Cantacuzino –Ex Romanian prince who planned to attack and sack Constantinople and drive the Ottomans out of Europe. Marko Miljanov (misspelled on weapon) – A Montenegrin general who fought several campaigns against the Ottomans and distinguished himself as an able leader. Stefan Lazarević – Serbian prince who served as a vassal for the Ottomans before later freeing his country from their rule and establishing an independent state. Edward Codrington – British Commander-in-Chief who fought against the Turks and Egyptians during Greek War of Independence,helping Greeks gain independence from Ottomans. Marco Antonio Bragadin – Officer for the Republic of Venice, led the Venetian resistance when the Turks attacked Cyprus. He was killed by the Turkish general after surrendering along with all Christians remaining in the city. Ernst Rüdiger von Starhemberg – A military governor from Vienna who defended the city from the Ottomans at the Battle of Vienna in 1683. References to this battle are scrawled in multiple places on the killer's weapons. Alexandre Bissonnette – Perpetrator of Quebec mosque shooting in Jan.2017.  Luca Traini – Italian extremist who shot 6 African migrants in the city of Macerata in 2017. Battle of Kagul 1770 - The pivotal battle of the Russo-Turkish War, 1768-1774, it saw around 40,000 Russian troops clash with 75,000 Ottomans.Russians were victorious, losing only around 1,000 troops compared to 20,000 of their opposition. Bajo Pivljanin – Born under Ottoman rule he switched sides during the Fifth Venetian-Ottoman War (1645-1669) to fight against his former rulers and was ultimately killed in battle. He was regarded as one of the greatest peasant infantry.  Battle of Bulair, 1913 – The battle pitted Bulgarian forces against a much larger Turkish force, attempting to break Bulgarian blockade of one of their fortresses. The Bulgarians were victorious, losing only a few hundred troops compared to thousands killed on the Turkish side Prince Fruzhin – A Bulgarian noble who fought against the Ottoman conquest of the Second Bulgarian Empire Sebastiano Venier – Doge of Venice who fought against Turks during Fourth Ottoman-Venetian War (1570-1573). As part of the Christian League, he decisively defeated the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto. Shipka pass – Reference to battle that was fought as part of the Russo-Ottoman War (1877-1878). In August 1877, a group of 5,000 Bulgarians and 2,500 Russians defeated a 40,000 strong Turkish army. Novak Vujosevic – Fought in the Battle of Fundina for the Principality of Montenegro against the Ottoman Turks. He killed 28 fighters and was later given an award by the Russian emperor.  Konstantin II Asen - Constantine II of Bulgaria, a Bulgarian noble and ally of Stefan Lazarević, who is mentioned on another of Tarrant’s weapons. He led a rebellion against the Ottomans which lasted for half a decade but ultimately ended in defeat.Horogszegi Szilágyi Mihály - Micheal Szilagyi, Hungarian general who was captain of the Belgrade fortress when it came under siege by the Ottomans in 1456. The battle ended in victory for the Hungarians.Bohemond I of Antioch – Founded Norman monarchy in Antioch and led the First Crusade ordered by Pope Urban II to retake the Holy Land from Turkish forces between 1095 and 1099. It led to the re-capture of Jerusalem and the establishment of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. Gaston IV of Bearn – A participant of the First Crusade who was the first to enter Jerusalem after the defensive walls were breached Pelayu - Pelagius of Asturias, a Visigoth nobleman who founded the Kingdom of Asturias. He is credited with beginning the Reconquista which lasted from 711 until 1491, and saw Christians retake the Iberian peninsula from the Moors.Charles Martel – A Frankish statesman who defeated crusading Moorish forces at the Battle of Tours in 732AD and is credited with ending the last Arab invasion of France. 14 – A likely reference to the 14 Words, a white supremacist slogan derived from Hitler's Mein Kampf.Josué Estébanez – A Spanish neo-Nazi who fatally stabbed 16-year-old anti-fascist protester Carlos Palomino in the heart while on his way to take part in an anti-immigration protest in Madrid in 2007.  Miloš Obilić – A knight in the service of Prince Lazar, mentioned elsewhere on Tarrant’s weapons, who fought against the Ottomans during the Invasion of the Ottoman Empire. He is credited with assassinating Sultan Murad I during Battle of Kosovo, 1389.Sigismund of Luxembourg – A European nobleman who rose to be Holy Roman Emperor, he led Crusade of Nicopolis against the Ottomans in 1396.Feliks Kazimierz Potocki – A Polish nobleman and military leader known for leading numerous campaigns against the Turks and Tatars, including fighting in the Great Turkish War. In 1698, he defeated a force of 14,000 Tatars with 6,000 men at the Battle of Podhajce. Iosif Gurko – A Russian field marshal who fought against the Turks as part of the Russo-Turkish War (1877-1878). Vienna 1683 - A reference to the Battle of Vienna which marked the first time the Holy Roman Empire cooperated militarily against the Ottomans. Acre 1189 – A reference to the Siege of Acre which lasted from 1189 until 1191, and pitted King Guy of Jerusalem against Ottoman ruler Saladin, who was attempting to retake the Holy Land from crusaders. It ended in victory for King Guy, and formed part of the Third Crusade. Black Sun – A symbol that originated in Old Norse and Old Celtic cultures as the sonnenrad, or sunwheel, but was adopted by the Nazis and then neo-Nazis as the symbol of a pure white race.Dog tags – One tag (left) features the white supremacist version of the Celtic Cross, and is one of the most commonly used white supremacist symbols. dailymail
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Stand united against anti-Muslim hatred, to counter Islamophobia, urges UN chief after mosque attack
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged international community to "stand united against anti-Muslim hatred" and all forms of bigotry and terror following the shootings at 2 mosques in New Zealand. "I'm saddened & strongly condemn the shooting of innocent people as they prayed peacefully in mosques in New Zealand. I express my deepest condolences to the victims' families. Today and every day, we must stand united against anti-Muslim hatred, & all forms of bigotry & terror,"UN Chief tweeted.In a statement issued by his spokesman, Antonio said he is "shocked and appalled" at the terrorist attack at the mosques."Secretary General recalls the sanctity of mosques and all places of worship. He calls upon all people on this holy day for Muslims to show signs of solidarity with the bereaved Islamic community," his spokesman said.Guterres reiterated the urgency of working better together globally to counter Islamophobia and eliminate intolerance and violent extremism in all its form.The gunman, who police have described as being in his late 20s, has been arrested and charged with murder. Meanwhile, Facebook has reportedly taken down the gunman's Facebook and Instagram accounts, which allegedly contained racist and anti-immigrant views. 2 other men and one woman were also detained in connection with the terror attacks, although one was subsequently released. PTI
Australian Senator Slammed for Blaming NZ Attacks on 'Muslim Immigration'
New Delhi: Queensland senator Fraser Anning has received widespread criticism for saying Friday’s mosque attacks in New Zealand were a result of the country’s immigration program “which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate in the first place.”“Whilst this kind of violent vigilantism can never be justified, what it highlights is the growing fear within our community, both in Australia and New Zealand, of the increasing Muslim presence,” he reportedly said in a statement.SBS News on Friday tracked responses to senator Anning’s statement on social media, highlighting criticism emanating from across the political spectrum.Scott Morrison, the current prime minister of Australia, took to social media and said the senator’s remarks were “disgusting.” Similarly, former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull called the remarks “contemptible.”Home secretary of UK Sajid Javed also took to twitter calling senator Anning a “racist man.” thewire
Muslim leaders blame rise in Islamophobia for attacks
Brussels: World leaders expressed condolences and condemnation following the deadly attacks on mosques in New Zealand, while Muslim leaders said the mass shooting was evidence of a rising tide of violent Islamophobia.Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called the attacks the "latest example of rising racism and Islamophobia." Speaking at the funeral of a former minister, Erdogan said the Islamophobia that motivated the attacks "has rapidly started to take over Western communities like a cancer." Pakistan's PM Imran Khan echoed those sentiments. "I blame these increasing terror attacks on the Islamophobia post-9/11 where Islam & 1.3 bn Muslims have collectively been blamed for any act of terror by a Muslim," he tweeted. The secretary-general of 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Youssef al-Othaimeen, said the attack "served as a further warning on the obvious dangers of hate, intolerance, and Islamophobia." Iran's foreign minister Javad Zarif said bigotry in Western countries contributed to the attacks in New Zealand. AP
'Your words matter': Muslim leaders condemn Trump's bigotry after New Zealand attack
Donald Trump has "normalised" Islamophobia amid an international rise in white supremacist ideology, head of a Muslim-American civil rights group said just hours after an attack that killed dozens of worshipers at 2 mosques in New Zealand.In a rambling manifesto that referred to immigrants as invaders, the attacker, who gunned down at least 49 people in Christchurch, praised Trump as a "symbol of renewed white identity". Nihad Awad, executive director of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said that as the "leader of the free world", Trump's policies and statements have international implications beyond the borders of US."In many white supremacists' attacks on the American-Muslim community, the attackers cite Trump and cite his policies," Awad said."I don't think anyone of us should be surprised that what he says and what he does impacts the attitudes and actions of people, not only at home, but now abroad."Muslim and civil rights activists have long accused Trump of promoting intolerance with his rhetoric and policies.middleeasteye
'Hello, brother': Muslim worshippers 'last words' to gunman
Muslim worshipper assaulted at East London mosque after NZ attack
A man has been attacked with a "hammer" and a "batten" outside an East London mosque, British media reported hours after at least 49 people were killed in an attack on 2 mosques in New Zealand. A group of men shouted Islamophobic abuses as they drove past the mosque and called the attendees at the Friday prayers "terrorists", witnesses told the Independent newspaper. One of the three men then climbed out of the vehicle and allegedly attacked one of the worshippers. The 27-year-old victim sustained injuries to his head."The suspects returned to their car and left the scene before police arrived," a spokesperson for London's Metropolitan Police told the Independent, adding that the suspects were all described as white men, believed to be in their 20s.No arrests have been made yet. aljazeera
Huge protests in Algeria as allies turn on Bouteflika
A huge crowd has gathered in Algerian capital to protest for a 4th consecutive Friday demanding urgent change and an end to the rule of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has been in power for 20 years. Demonstrators crammed streets and squares in central Algiers after Friday prayers, many draped in Algeria's red, green and white flag. Reuters news agency said protesters numbered in the hundreds of thousands, describing the rally as the biggest since the start of the rallies last month.Demonstrations also took place in Bejaia, Oran, Batna, Tizi Ouzou and other cities.The rally was the first major test of whether 82-year-old Bouteflika has calmed anger on streets with his surprise announcement on Monday that he would not seek reelection but would instead cancel the presidential poll scheduled for April 18."You pretend to understand us, we will pretend to listen to you," read a banner held aloft by the mostly young demonstrators."The options for the authority to stay in power have become nil," law student Kenza Sulaimani said. "We don't want to see anyone belonging to the present regime." Meanwhile, Algeria's ruling FLN party showed more signs of turning its back on Bouteflika, with one senior figure saying in an interview overnight that the long-serving president was "history now".Former spokesman Hocine Kheldoun, became one of the most senior FLN officials to break with Bouteflika publicly, saying the party had to look forward and support the aims of demonstrators.aljazeera
Afghan official accuses US envoy of 'delegitimising' Kabul gov't
A senior Afghan official has accused US of "delegitimising" the Kabul government by excluding it from peace talks with Taliban.Hamdullah Mohib, a national security adviser to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, levelled a fierce attack on US Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad, suggesting the veteran US diplomat held ambitions to run for political office in Afghanistan."Knowing Ambassador Khalilzad's history, his own personal history, he has ambitions in Afghanistan. He was wanting to run for president twice," Mohib told the Reuters."The reason he is delegitimising the Afghan government and weakening it, and at the same time elevating the Taliban can only have one approach.It's definitely not for peace."Mohib's comments were the most strident public complaints to date by an Afghan official over the Kabul's government's exclusion from negotiations with the Taliban.The latest round of US-Taliban talks, which lasted for 16 days, ended on Monday in Doha, Qatar. The sides reported progress, but no final deal on a withdrawal of US-led international forces."Perception in Afghanistan and people in government think that perhaps, perhaps all this talk is to create a caretaker government of which he will then become the viceroy," said Mohib.aljazeera
‘Don’t want interim govt in Afghan,’ India tells US
India has conveyed to the US that any drawdown of American troops in Afghanistan as a result of talks with Taliban should not be followed by an interim administration, people familiar with developments said on Saturday.New Delhi’s position on future dispensation in Kabul, and its preference for an elected government being installed alongside any reduction of US troops, was conveyed by foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale during a meeting this week with American diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad who is the special representative for Afghan reconciliation, the people said.The people cited above said that during his meeting with Gokhale, Khalilzad touched on four key issues being discussed with the Taliban. There had been some agreement on the drawdown of US forces and assurances that Afghan territory wouldn’t be used by any terror groups. However, progress is yet to be made on an intra-Afghan dialogue and a ceasefire, Khalilzad informed Gokhale.HT
US bars entry to ICC members probing war crimes in Afghan
US will revoke or deny visas to International Criminal Court (ICC) personnel seeking to investigate possible war crimes by US forces or allies in Afghanistan, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said."ICC is attacking America's rule of law," Pompeo told a news conference on Friday. "I'm announcing a policy of US visa restrictions on those individuals directly responsible for any ICC investigation of US personnel.""We are determined to protect American and allied military and civilian personnel from living in fear of unjust prosecution for actions taken to defend our great nation."US officials have long regarded Netherlands-based ICC with hostility, arguing that American courts are capable of handling any allegations against US forces, and Pompeo framed the action against ICC as necessary to prevent international tribunal from infringing on US sovereignty. Supporters of the court slammed Pompeo's announcement on Friday. HRW called it "a thuggish attempt to penalise investigators" at ICC.Amnesty International described the move as "latest attack on international justice and international institutions by an administration hellbent on rolling back human rights protections". aljazeera
Saudi rejects ‘internationalisation of Khashoggi’s case’
Saudi Human Rights Commission has announced its rejection to any foreign interference in the Jamal Khashoggi’s murder case.“Saudi Arabia categorically rejects any talk about the internationalisation of Khashoggi’s case,” rights commission’s head, Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, said during UN Human Rights Council’s meeting in Swiss capital of Geneva. “We [Saudi] have taken those measures required for us to resolve this heinous crime,” Al-Aiban stressed, adding that the kingdom was bringing the accused killers to justice. He pointed out that justice in the kingdom was operating in accordance with “international law,”stressing on system’s “transparency.”MEMO
Intelligence delegations arrive to Baghdad: Daesh Foreign Members talk about its dark areas
An Iraqi official in Baghdad has revealed that several foreign intelligence delegations have arrived recently in Iraq, most of which are European. They came to Iraq in order to coordinate with the Iraqi authorities, which detains dozens of Daesh fighters, including leading figures having Western nationalities. Homelands of these foreigners are seeking information about their local links before moving to Iraq and Syria.Baghdad is holding dozens of Daesh fighters, who are captured by the Iraqi forces during the battles.Most of the detained prominent fighters of Daesh are French, British and German, and some of them belong to the republics of the former Soviet Union, such as Chechnya. Most prominent nationalities among Arab Daesh fighters are Syrian, Saudi Arabian, Moroccan and Egyptian. Detainees are deployed in several detention centres, mainly in Baghdad and southern and central Iraq, as well as a town near Sulaymaniyah Governorate in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Most of these detainees are facing sentences ranging from execution to life imprisonment, while others are still waiting for the verdict.A senior Iraqi official in Baghdad told the New Arab that several foreign security and intelligence delegations have visited Iraq and asked for help to communicate with their detained citizens in Iraq to obtain information about their contacts at home before they travel to Iraq and the way they were recruited.middleeastmonitor
Official Egyptian report: UAE funded sabotage groups in Morsi-era
A report shown by the Cairo Criminal Court revealed that UAE financed an opposition group during the era of Egyptian President Morsi.At the 55th session of the re-trial of Morsi and 25 others, in well-known “prison break” case during 25 Jan.2011 revolution, the court presented details which revealed involvement of UAE.According to the Egyptian paper Al-Shorouk, the court reviewed a report entitled “For the Public Prosecutor’s Advisor,” dated 19 Feb.2013, wherein it was written that it is highly confidential and should be torn after being read. The report dealt with the facts of Minutes No. 609/2013 of Qasr El-Nil officers. It indicated that, on 30 Jan,Qasr El-Nil Police Department wrote a report, in which the editor had proved that gangs carried out systematic criminal projects aimed at creating chaos and assaulting the police forces.The report presented “official records and reports” prepared by the “security authorities” which stated that “mobile surveillance,” investigations and records revealed that UAE and its embassy in Cairo were funding “formations to implement systematic criminal projects, whose purpose is to create chaos and assault police forces.MEMO
Hamas: Lebanon’s policies forcing Palestine refugees out
Hamas’ Office of Refugee Affairs said that restrictions imposed on Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and Syria have meant their numbers have forced them to flee.In its sixth annual report on Palestinian refugees who fled the war in Syria to Lebanon, the office said that lack of food, health care and shelter as well as the costs of correcting the refugees’ legal situation, spread of unemployment and the reduced relief have played a key role in reducing the Palestinian refugees’ numbers in both countries.The report noted that last year saw a significant decline in the number of Palestinian refugees by about 18,000 refugees according to estimates. Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are experiencing rapidly deteriorating living conditions in Lebanon, the report continued, as a result of laws which prevent them from working and the decline in aid.MEMO
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