31 July 2016

27 July 2016: 21 Shawal 37:Vol:7, No:124
Madhya Pradesh: Muslim women beaten up by right-wing group on suspicion of carrying beef
Bhopal: In another alleged attack by gau rakshaks, 2 Muslim women who were suspected to be carrying beef were assaulted at the Mandsaur railway station in Madhya Pradesh Tuesday. As BSP chief Mayawati raised the issue in the Rajya Sabha Wednesday, the Congress said Dalits and Muslims were being targeted in the name of gau raksha.A purported video of the incident shows the police standing by as a group of women, reportedly belonging to a right-wing group, assault the two victims — identified as Salma Ismail Mewati, 30, and Shameem Akhtar Hussain, 35, both residents of Khanpura locality of Mandsaur town — in the presence of some male activists. No action has been taken against any of the attackers.The victims, however, were arrested on Tuesday and booked under Sections 4 and 5 of the Madhya Pradesh Gauvansh Vadh Pratishedh Act and Section 8 of Madhya Pradesh Agriculture Cattle Preservation Act, 1959. But Home Minister Bhupendra Singh said on Wednesday that the meat seized from them was buffalo meat. Slaughter of buffalo is not illegal in Madhya Pradesh.After the home minister’s statement, the police were set to withdraw the sections under the anti-cow slaughter Act and book the women only under the cattle preservation law. “They will be released on bail because we have conveyed to the court that it was buffalo meat,’’ said Vijay Rao, investigating officer.When asked about action against the attackers, the minister said the police would act if the two women filed a complaint against them.The in-charge of Kotwali police station, MP Parihar, said 4 cases were filed against Salma and 3 against Shameem in 2010-2016. He said they had served one month in jail and were also fined.Parihar said the two women had filed a written complaint against 4-5 unknown women.As Mayawati raised the issue in the Rajya Sabha, BSP and Congress members rushed to the well of the House and shouted slogans against the BJP. Mayawati asked Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to explain the targeting of women of his community in the name of cow protection. She pointed out that the incident comes close on the heels of the attack on a Dalit family in Gujarat.“Let it be very clear. We are not against gau raksha. But targeting Dalits and Muslims in the name of gau raksha is something we are against,” said Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad. Meanwhile, MP Home Minister Bhupendra Singh added that 2 other women were caught in Ratlam on suspicion of carrying beef. “Though the samples have been sent to a laboratory in Mathura for final examination, prima facie it appears to be beef,’’ he said. Indianexpress
Mob beats Muslim women in MP over beef rumour, Oppn corners govt in House
Madhya Pradesh beef rumours: Mayawati, Congress slam Modi govt for repeated ‘gau raksha’ violence
Cow was killed by lion, not Dalit men flogged by gau rakshaks: CID
Rajkot: Gujarat CID (Crime), probing the July 11 flogging of a Dalit family by gau rakshaks for skinning a dead cow, has established on the basis of an eyewitness account that the cow was killed by a lion, and that it was not a case of cow slaughter as was claimed by gau rakshaks. But investigators are still not clear who informed the gau rakshaks about the cow being skinned by Vasarambhai Balubhai Sarvaiya outside Mota Samadhiyala village in Una taluka.An entry made at 1.30 pm on July 11 in the Una police station records is attributed to “state control room, Ahmedabad”, saying one Naranbhai tipped off an alleged cow slaughter incident in Mota Samadhiyala. But according to the FIR, the attack by gau rakshaks took place at 10 am. Vasaram’s father Balu Sarvaiya said that he got a call around 8 am from Najabhai Ahir of Bediya village — it is 5 km from Mota Samadhiyala — who said a lion had killed his cow and he needed someone to dispose the carcass.Balu said he sent Vasaram and others to collect the carcass. On their return, Vasaram, his brother Ramesh, cousin Ashok and relative Becharbhai began skinning the dead cow at a place around 2 km from their village. Balu said it was then that a white vehicle passed by. A few minutes later, the white vehicle returned, with another vehicle and 30-35 men on motorcycles. Balu said the men, who were carrying sticks, asked them why was the cow being killed. “They abused and started beating them (Vasaram and the others). Someone called me, and I rushed with my wife Kunwar to the spot, only to be beaten up. They refused to listen to us,” he said, adding that the men also took away their phones. Indianexpress
To check Chinese presence, India orders 4 spy planes for $1bn from Boeing: Reuters
New Delhi: India signed a contract on Wednesday to buy four maritime spy planes from Boeing Co for about $1 billion, defence and industry sources said, aiming to bolster the navy as it tries to check China’s presence in the Indian Ocean.India has already deployed eight of the long-range P-8I aircraft to track submarine movements in the Indian Ocean and on Wednesday exercised an option for four more, two defence ministry officials and an industry source told Reuters.“It’s a follow-on order, it was signed today,” a defence ministry official said, speaking on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to make announcements on procurements. A second defence official confirmed the value of the contract at about $1 billion and said the aircraft were expected to enter service over the next three years. Amrita Dhindsa, a spokeswoman for Boeing defence, space, and security in India, said she was not in a position to say anything on the contract and referred all questions to the defence ministry. But she said the P81 was an aircraft used for not only for long-range patrol but was also equipped with Harpoon missiles for anti-submarine warfare.India has been building up its naval surveillance capabilities since China’s navy expanded its reach and sent submarines, including a nuclear-powered boat that docked in Sri Lanka, across the Indian Ocean.
Harish Rawat’s makes a U-turn, says no Chinese incursion in Indian territory
Dehradun: In a volte face, Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat on Wednesday made a U-turn saying there is an increase in the number of Chinese troops along the Indian border, but ruled out any incursion into Indian territory. Earlier in the day, he told ANI that there was an incursion by Chinese troops into Chamoli district, located in north east corner of Uttarakhand. “The state revenue authorities were there for mapping of our land and they noticed their presence. Earlier, there were sporadic incidents, but this time it is happening at a larger scale. However, I think that there is nothing to be alarmed as the activities were noticed in Chinese territory,” Rawat told ANI. “We are alert and that is why we noticed those movements. Besides, the Central Government is also aware of this fact,” he added.Rawat, however, said as a country we should be alert and think about infrastructural development and increase connectivity in our border area.When asked if the Govt of India should take strong action, the chief minister said, “Govt of India is alert and will take necessary measures at the right time.”ANI
Rijiju allays fears of Chinese incursion at Uttarakhand border
New Delhi: Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju Wednesday allayed fears of an alleged incursion by Chinese troops at Uttarakhand border and described it as a “small incident”.“According to DG ITBP briefing, there was a small incident (at border). No big intrusion like situation,” Rijiju said. Rijiju added that since the border is not marked between China and India, the two sides held talks. indianexpress
Chinese transgression in Uttarakhand: CM Rawat
ATS probes 800 conversions linked to Kerala man arrested on radicalisation charges
Mumbai: Days after the Kerala Police started a crackdown against those suspected to have been involved in the alleged radicalisation of the 21 missing Kerala youths who have allegedly joined the IS, the Maharashtra ATS has started analysing the paperwork related to the 800 conversions carried out by one of the accused, Rizwan Khan.Sources claim that such an exercise was under way to find out if there were similar cases in this state too and also those related to ‘love-jihad’. Khan, who was arrested Friday night, is alleged to have posed as the guardian and signed on the ‘nikahnama’ of Merin alias Mariyam, a Christian woman who converted to Islam and left to join the IS along with husband Yahiya. Her wedding ceremony took place last year.Sources claim that Khan, who is associated with an ‘Islamic guidance centre’ run by Dr Zakir Naik in South Mumbai, has carried out over 800 conversions of Hindus and Christians to Islam and in most cases has also facilitated their weddings. Khan used to run a marriage bureau near his Bazarpeth residence in Kalyan on the outskirts of Mumbai.Interestingly, other than the cases of radicalistaion of converted youth, the state agency is also going to study if there are any cases of ‘love-jihad’ wherein young Muslim boys and men are said to reportedly target young girls belonging to non-Muslim communities to convert them to Islam in the name of love. Most such cases have been reported in western and northern Maharashtra. indianexpress
Muslim converts speak out in support of Arshi Qureshi and Rizwan Khan; say forced conversion charges against them ‘false’: thecognate.com
Mumbai: People who know 50-year-old Rizwan Khan, who was arrested in Mumbai on 23rd, July for allegedly carrying out forced conversions, describe him as a man of quiet demeanour. Family members, friends and especially people, who Khan helped with their legal documents, during their conversion to Islam, are shocked at the news of his arrest, and term the charges against him and his colleague, 45-year-old Arshi Qureshi, who was arrested on similar charges as a ‘farce’. Their arrest came, following a complaint filed by a 25-year-old Kerala man, Ebin Jacob, whose sister Merin went missing along with her husband Yahya, allegedly to join ISIS. The husband and wife duo were reportedly among the group of 21 Keralites, who left their homes to travel to Syria.However, with most such accusations about forced conversions, and terror activities, as witnessed in countless cases, people close to the accused have a different narrative to tell.Muhammad Naidu, as his name gives away, is a convert to Islam. He reverted, as he likes to put it, in 2006, after one of his friend introduced him to the lectures of Dr. Zakir Naik. The same Dr. Naik, who has come under an intense scrutiny by media, who have accused him of inspiring terrorist attacks around the world, although there is no evidence to support the same.Naidu says he always believed God was one, but found that “preached and practiced only in Islam.”“When I decided Islam is the religion for me, I went to IRF and took my Shahadah (a simple declaration proclaiming one’s belief in Islam).That’s where Naidu met, Rizwan Khan.Mumbai-based Rushda Talukdar, says she converted to Islam, after watching her Muslim colleagues at work offering namaz. “Their discussion on Islam, their offering prayers on time, set the first spark of faith in me.” She eventually changed her religion, and Khan she says, helped her get married. “Forget about forcefully converting people, he would not talk to anybody in a loud tone. He is a selfless personality who has nothing to do with politics or terrorism. He has been framed just like Brother Zakir Naik and Brother Arshi Qureshi.”Talking about Arshi Qureshi, Rushda Shaikh another convert said, that a man like him, “can never misguide anyone.”Similar statements were issued by converts, Muhammad Sahil Gupta, Maimoona Kharade, Pooja Dutta, and Sakinah Muslimah, who wrote or spoke to The Cognate, since the arrest of the duo.Ibrahim Neyaz Ahmed Khan, is the founder and secretary of Masjid-e-Hamza in Malwani, near Mumbai. He says, he knows Rizwan Khan for the past 7–8 years, and in all these years, there has never been a single instance, where there was any charge of forced conversion against him.Ibrahim Khan, also quashes the terror charges against both Rizwan Khan and Arshi Qureshi.Saeed ibn George, a Christian, who converted to Islam over a decade ago says, the notion that Muslims lure people of other faiths to convert is absurd, since the community’s own economic condition is in a deplorable state.“I converted to Islam, when I found that the Qur’an talks about Jesus, and refers to him as a Prophet of God. That’s what triggered my interest in Islam. Nobody forced me to convert”.“Muslims are neither rich to offer money to people, nor are we known to run educational institutes and hospitals to lure people, nor does Islam permits us to force others to our way of life,” he says. thecognate.com
Antrix-Devas deal: India to appeal against Hague tribunal’s verdict
New Delhi: India will appeal against the verdict of the Hague tribunal in Antrix-Devas deal case, in which the international court had declared the annulling of the contract as “unfair” and “inequitable” and asked it to pay huge amount as compensation.“We will appeal against the verdict at Hague (tribunal),” said AS Kirankumar, Secretary, Dept. of Space. He, however, declined to comment any further on the issue.India lost the arbitration case in a Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) tribunal based in the Hague over its space marketing PSU Antrix Corp annulling a contract with Bengaluru-based private multimedia firm Devas.The tribunal ruled that the Indian government had acted “unfairly” and “inequitably” in cancelling the contract involving use of two satellites and spectrum.The tribunal has found that the Indian government’s actions in annulling the contract and denying Devas commercial use of S-band spectrum constituted an expropriation, Devas Multimedia Private Ltd. has claimed. Hitting back, the government had defended the decision of annulling the deal saying it was taken considering the “essential security interests” through well-reasoned, valid and proper consultations in the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS).PTI
Curfew reimposed in parts of Kashmir
Srinagar: Curfew was on Wednesday reimposed in parts of Kashmir including five police station areas of the city to thwart a separatist march to Kulgam district even as mobile services were partially restored in the valley which has been rocked by violence since July 8. Authorities had lifted curfew from Kashmir except Anantnag town yesterday following which it was rocked by fresh protests.PTI
Fresh violence in Kashmir, 9 suffer pellet injuries
Srinagar: 9 people received pellet injuries in clashes between security forces and protesters in Kashmir after authorities lifted curfew in the valley, except Anantnag town, after 17 days of unrest in which 47 persons were killed and 5,500 wounded.Telephone, internet and train services remained suspended for the 18th day, while educational institutions were closed. Police said all post-paid mobile services would be restored by Tuesday night. Curfew is likely to be imposed on Wednesday amid fears of violence as separatists have called for a march to south Kashmir's Kulgam district to address a rally. Separatists have extended their shutdown call for three more days from Wednesday.The state cabinet is likely to meet on Thursday for a review of the situation and a likely reshuffle in police and administration. Retired govt employee Mushtaq Ahmad (61) died in Srinagar when he lost control of his scooter during clashes on Tuesday despite continued restrictions on public gatherings. timesofindia
Nawaz describes Kashmir as 'unfinished agenda' of UN
Islamabad: Describing Kashmir as "unfinished agenda" of the United Nations, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday vowed to raise the issue at every international platform and provide all sort of support to Kashmiris.Sharif made the remarks here while talking to newly elected lawmakers of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) after his party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) won majority seats in July 21 elections to from the new government."The issue of Kashmir is unfinished agenda of the UN and Pakistan would continue to support the people of Kashmir morally and diplomatically," he said."Right of self-determination is the basic right of the people of Kashmir under UN resolutions and we will raise this issue at every international platform," he said.PTI
Govt has no right to disable protesting people: HC
Srinagar:The Jammu and Kashmir High Court Tuesday slammed the state government for its failure to find any alternative of ‘lethal’ pellet gun for controlling the protests saying authorities have no right to disable angry people if they come on streets to protest. A division bench comprising Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Muhammad Hussain Attar observed that the pellet guns had been operated by police personnel, who are not trained to use the shotgun.“The pellet guns may be non-lethal for you (government). However, it has proved as lethal in Kashmir after seeing the damage caused to the victims by its use,” it said.  The bench said maximum people have suffered serious visual disabilities after being hit by pellets. “It seems the personnel using it are not trained,” the judges observed while hearing a PIL filed by an NGO—J&K Peoples Forum.
Kashmir pellet gun victims pin their hopes on doctors at AIIMS
New Delhi: Firdous, a 25-year-old auto-rickshaw driver, is among the five Kashmiris currently undergoing treatment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi for severe eye injuries. He remains in constant prayer, hands raised up to his eyes. When someone enters the room, Firdous raises his head struggling to see who it is. He relies on his cousin, who patiently identifies the person every time there is a visitor. Firdous was injured in a protest at Mazbugh, Sopore on July 15. The 25-year-old was the sole bread winner of a family of five and earned his living driving an auto-rickshaw in Sopore town. He was airlifted to AIIMS based on the recommendation of a three-member team of eye specialists from the institute, who had reached Srinagar on July 14 to look at the high number of pellet injuries in the recent violence in the Valley.“He is still a little restless. He wants to talk,” Firdous cousin says. He adds that Firdous understands that this is a last effort, if he does not recover his eye-sight here, he will never get it back. Firdous interrupts him to say, “I have been driving an auto for five years. I can’t do that when I can’t see.” His medical reports mention severe injuries from metallic pellets in both eyes.
Modi may get me killed, says Kejriwal
New Delhi: CM Arvind Kejriwal said today that PM Narendra Modi and the BJP chief Amit Shah can stoop so low that they can get him and his party members assassinated in political vendetta. In a nine-minute long video, which Mr Kejriwal uploaded on his facebook account, he asked all his MLAs to be prepared as everyone of them will eventually be sent to jail by Mr. Modi. “But going to jail is a small sacrifice that you (MLAs) will have to make as a much bigger conspiracy is at play,” he said to his party men through the video. Since Sunday, two AAP MLAs have been arrested, three different FIRs have been filed against AAP MLA Rajesh Rishi, Delhi Commission for Women chief,Swati Maliwal, and AAP’s youth wing chief, Aman Dabas, and their MP Bhagwant Mann has been suspended. On Wednesday, at AAP’s Chhatarpur MLA Kartar Singh’s residence Income Tax officials conducted a raid. thehindu
AAP MLAs arrested, party blames PM Modi for it
Rajya Sabha MPs up in arms after SP leader sought to name 'RSS leader accused in Malegaon'
New Delhi: Rajya Sabha saw a brief uproar on Tuesday when a Samajwadi Party member sought to name RSS functionary, saying he was named by the accused in the Malegaon case.The trouble started when Javed Ali Khan spoke in Zero Hour about his experience at a recent function on promotion of Urdu, Arabic and Persian languages. Khan said he was surprised to see the RSS functionary, "who has been named by accused persons in Malegaon blast and pointed at by CBI in Ajmer blast case, delivering sermons on patriotism and the number of wives which a Muslim man should have".As he named the RSS functionary, BJP members were on their feet vociferously protesting it. Deputy chairman PJ Kurien said the name has been expunged.However, SP members, along with those from other opposition parties including the Left, insisted that the name of the RSS functionary should not be expunged. Kurien said he would go through the records and decide.PTI 
RSS leader Indresh Kumar warns Pak, top cop skips event
Udhampur:Emphasising that winds of change are blowing through the Valley and may result in a “reverse Tiranga Yatra” to Delhi by Muslims from Kashmir defying the call by separatists, Indresh Kumar, national executive member of the RSS, on Tuesday asked Pakistan to stop encouraging separatists in J&K.Otherwise, Kumar warned, Muslims in India and Muslim leaders of J&K may also start interactions with people in Muzaffarabad, Sindh, Baluchistan, Gilgit, Baltistan and Mohajirs — all areas fighting for independence from Pakistan. indianexpress
Bihar court summons Asaduddin Owaisi for objecting Yakub Memon’s hanging
Hajipur (bihar):A Vaishali court has issued summons to AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi to appear personally before it on August 11 in connection with his reaction against awarding of capital punishment to Mumbai blast accused Yakub Memon last year.SDJM Rajesh Pandey ordered Owaisi, an MP, to personally appear in the court on August 11 when the case would be heard next.The order was delivered while hearing a complaint filed by a Hajipur-based lawyer Rajeev Kumar Sharma on July 31 last year.The complainant had said that the AIMIM chief, while protesting against death sentence to Yakub Menon, had argued questioning why capital punishement had not been given to killers of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and rioteers during 2002 Gujarat carnage. Indianexpress
Uniform Civil Code short-hand for imposing RSS view, says Jairam Ramesh
Hyderabad: Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh has alleged the demand for bringing a Uniform Civil Code is a “cloak” for imposing Hindu Personal Law and “RSS’s view” on what women should be entitled to.“Women should have equal rights as men. Let’s start with that principle. All women should have equal rights. There should be no discrimination against women in matters of marriage, divorce, inheritance. Once you have (these) basic principles, we can move forward,” Ramesh said on the issue of Uniform Civil Code (UCC).The Department of Legal Affairs had in June asked the Law Commission, a recommendatory body, to submit a report on the issue of a common civil code.“The demand for Uniform Civil Code is a cloak for imposing Hindu Personal Law, which is actually deeply anti-women and has been made progressively more and more pro-women,” the former Union minister told PTI.PTI
Barkha Dutt to Arnab Goswami: Happy that you loathe my kind of journalism
New Delhi: Miffed over Times Now Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami demanding strict action against “pseudo-secular and pro-Pakistan” journalists, NDTV consulting editor Barkha Dutt has written a strongly worded Facebook post criticising her former colleague for his “cowardly hypocrisy”. Dutt said she is ashamed to be from the same industry as Goswami who called for gagging of media.In his primetime Newshour debate on July 26, which happened to be Kargil Diwas, Goswami had called some of his rival channels sympathiseres of terrorists and pro-Pakistan and had called for stringent punishment for them. Taking strong exception to the #ProPakistanDoves term used by him for journalists, Dutt questioned his silence over the alliance agreement between BJP and PDP that commits them to talks with Pakistan and Hurriyat and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s own Pakistan outreach.“So he drones on and on about Pro Pakistan Doves without one word on the JK alliance agreement that commits the BJP and PDP to talks with Pakistan and Hurriyat and is silent on Modi’s own Pakistan outreach- neither of which I object to- but since Arnab Goswami measures patriotism by such views why is he so silent on the government? Chamchagiri?” wrote Barkha.She also expressed disgust over sections of media’s silence on Goswami calling them ISI agents. “Imagine, a journalist actually exhorts the government to shut down sections of the media, misrepresents them as ISI agents and terror sympathisers, calls for them to be tried and acted against. And our fraternity remains locked into politically correct and timid silence,” wrote the NDTV journalist. indianexpress
Did Moscow Help Erdogan Prevent “US Led Coup”?report
Did Moscow help Erdogan  prevent a “Us led coup”? A report carried by Macedonian International News Agency (MINA) claims so. “The Turkish coup was originally planned for August, when the Greek Government was ‘scheduled’ to enter a crisis and be itself couped. This way, the entire Balkan would have entered a critical phase, with an end result of installing puppet Governments subservient to the US and a new iron curtain between US controlled Europe and Russia.” It says. There isn’t a country that didn’t know a coup was underway in Turkey (apparently with the exception of the Turks who were wondering why were there tanks on the Bosphorus bridge). The specific coup-date kept being moved and wasn’t known, however CNN’s Christiana Amanpour helped everyone narrow it down when she set up base in Ankara and Istanbul just two days before the coup.The Pentagon has a special relationship with CNN, and typically lets them know when the US is coup-ing a nation, so they can set up camp and report live. CNN’s Amanpour has managed to get herself banned from several countries; with good reason – when she shows up in a country, something terrible happens to that country. Turkey was no exception. Russia, Iran, Syria…. were all aware of a US led coup in Turkey. For this purpose, official Moscow sent one of Putin’s advisors to travel to Ankara. The trip was top secret, no one in Tehran, Damascus or even in Moscow was aware of it, only few select in Putin’s inner circle.Aleksandar Dugin was the man that was sent to Ankara to warn the Turkish leadership, but also to give them a massive list of people involved in the coup.Coup Begun a month earlier after some of the plotters were discovered. caravan daily
US Commander Campbell: The man behind the failed coup in Turkey
 A former US commander of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan, was the organizer of the July 15 military coup attempt in Turkey, sources said.General John F. Campbell was one of the top figures who organized and managed the soldiers behind the failed coup attempt in Turkey, sources close to ongoing legal process of pro-coup detainees said.Campbell also managed more than $2 billion money transactions via UBA Bank in Nigeria by using CIA links to distribute among the pro-coup military personnel in Turkey.The ongoing investigation unveiled that Campbell had paid at least two secret visits to Turkey since May, until the day of the coup attempt.The coup plot that was foiled by the comprehensive effort of Turkish Nation, including its citizens, politicians, media and police forces, was organized by the FETO led-by Fethullah Gülen who has been living in self-exile in America for several years. yenisafak
Turkey expects US to cooperate on Gülen's extradition, finds lack of support 'heartbreaking': PM Yıldırım
Istanbul: Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that Turkey expects more support and cooperation from the United States administration on the matter of Gülen's extradition, who is accused of being behind the July 15 failed coup attempt to overthrow Turkey's democratically-elected government.PM Yıldırım called the Obama administration's support, or lack thereof, 'heartbreaking' in such times, likening the impact of the coup attempt to that of September 11, 2001 attacks that shook the U.S."The evidence is crystal clear. We know the terrorist cult responsible for vicious attacks against us and the Turkish people…We simply cannot understand why the U.S. just can't hand over this individual," Yıldırım told WSJ.DAILY SABAH
1.5 pct of military involved in failed coup: Gen. Staff
ANKARA: A tiny minority, just 1.5 percent, of the Turkish Armed Forces took part in the failed July 15 coup that claimed hundreds of lives, announced the Turkish General Staff on Wednesday. "A total of 8,651 military personnel took part in the coup attempt of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) on July 15."This figure amounts to 1.5 percent of the current number of Turkish Armed Forces personnel," said the General Staff’s Press and Public Relations Department in a statement.
US forgets Laden as it demands proof for Gulen: experts
Washington: As the US requests evidence from Turkey in order to extradite Fetullah Gulen, experts tell Anadolu Agency that Washington has inconsistent policies and pointed to a strikingly similar case.More than a week after a small rogue group within the Turkish army tried to overthrow the democratically elected government in Ankara, authorities there are still seeking concrete action from Washington to send the US-based preacher back to Turkey to stand trial. US has insisted it requires proof from Turkey in order for Gulen to be extradited and says the "allegations" need to be handled through a process established in a treaty signed in 1979 between the two nations. It asked experts to compare the current situation between US and Turkey circumstances following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, when US demanded the Taliban hand over Osama bin Laden, who the US alleged orchestrated the attacks. Anadolu Agency
Over 51,000 Turkish public employees suspended
Ankara: More than 51,000 people employed in state institutions have been suspended from their duties amid a nationwide probe into bloody July 15 coup attempt.According to latest records, compiled by Anadolu Agency on Wednesday, a total of 51,332 employees at state institutions and organizations have been suspended from their duties for allegedly having links to the failed coup.Among ministries and public institutions discharging its staff since July 15 coup attempt are the Prime Ministry, National Education Ministry, Foreign Ministry, Culture and Tourism Ministry, Economy Ministry and Directorate General for Religious Affairs. Anadolu Agency
UN: 300,000 Syrians at risk of siege in Aleppo
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien has expressed grave concerns about the recent developments in the eastern Syrian city of Aleppo and other hard to reach areas.O’Brien made his remarks as he briefed the UN Security Council on the situation in Syria on Monday.“Between 200,000-300,000 people are at risk of siege,” he warned.“Mortars, missiles and projectiles had killed scores of people and injured hundreds. Due to the fighting, the Castello road – the last remaining route in and out of the eastern side of Aleppo – had been cut off.  Food was expected to run out in that district by mid-August, and medical facilities had come under attack,” he warned. middleeastmonitor
Kerry hopes to develop cooperation plan with Russia on Syria
US Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday that he hopes to announce the details of a US plan on closer military cooperation and shared intelligence information with Russia on Syria, beginning in August.Kerry, who made his remarks after a meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of a meeting for Southeast Asian countries in Laos, said progress had been made in the past few days regarding the plan.The proposals would have the two powers share intelligence to coordinate airstrikes against the Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra Front and prohibit the Syrian air force from attacking “moderate” opposition groups. middleeastmonitor
PA: Arabs should not normalise relations with Israel before peace is achieved
Arab and Islamic states should not normalise their relations with Israel until a just peace is achieved, the QudsNet reported the Palestinian Authority saying on Tuesday.Welcoming the outcome of the Arab League summit, which reiterated the importance of supporting Palestinians in the face of the “systematic” Israeli aggression, the PA stressed that improved relations with Israel should come on condition that peace is achieved.Apart from the Arab-Israeli relations, the PA ministerial council called on the Arab states to provide a financial safety network, which they pledged more than a decade ago.It also called on them to fulfil their pledges regarding the support of Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem, rebuilding the Gaza Strip and other assistance which aim to improve the economic situation in the Palestinian territories. middleeastmonitor
Netanyahu likely to accept US conditions regarding military aid package
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is likely to give up a large portion of Israel’s demands regarding the US military aid package, Haaretz reported on Monday. Israeli newspaper said it had learnt that Netanyahu “is leaning toward giving in on a good many of his demands and accepting most of the American terms, including a gradual phasing out of Israel’s spending of one-fourth of the American aid on purchases from Israeli defence contractors.” middleeastmonitor
Congressman apologises for likening Israeli settlements to termite infestations
A Democratic congressman who was harshly criticised for a metaphor that compared illegal West Bank settlers to termites has apologised for his remarks.Speaking during an event for the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson said: “There has been a steady [stream], almost like termites can get into a residence and eat before you know that you’ve been eaten up and you fall in on yourself, there has been settlement activity that has marched forward with impunity and at an ever increasing rate to the point where it has become alarming.” middleeastmonitor
More than 1,110 Palestinian homes demolished by Israel in West Bank since 2006
The number of Palestinian homes in the West Bank demolished by Israel during just the first half of 2016 is greater than the number of homes demolished almost every year over the last decade.The data, published by Israeli NGO B’Tselem ahead of a Knesset conference on demolitions in so-called ‘Area C’ of the West Bank, shows that from January to end of June, Israeli occupation authorities demolished 168 homes, leaving 740 Palestinians homeless – 384 of them children.
Sisi discusses cooperation in fighting terrorism with Pakistani official
Egypt and Pakistan continued their military talks in Cairo yesterday and discussed strengthening security cooperation and exchanging experiences in the field of combating terrorism. According to a statement issued by the Egyptian presidency, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi met with Chief of Staff of the Pakistani Ground Forces General Ruhayel Sharif and discussed “increasing mutual cooperation between the two countries.” Conversation took place in the presence of Egyptian Defence Minister Sedky Sobhy. middleeastmonitor

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