An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has awarded over 15 years jail term in a terror-financing case to a main handler of deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks . “An anti-terrorism court in Lahore early this month had handed down over 15 years jail term to Sajid Majeed Mir, an activist of banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), on a terror-financing case,” a senior lawyer associated with terror financing cases of LeT and Jamaat-ud-Dawa leaders told PTI on Friday. The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of the Punjab Police, which often issues conviction of the suspects in such cases to the media, did not notify Mir’s conviction in a terror financing case. Besides, since it was an in-camera proceeding at jail, the media was not allowed. The lawyer further said convict Mir, who is in mid-40s, has been in the Kot Lakhpat jail since his arrest in this April. He said the court also imposed a fine of over Rs. 400,000 to the convict. Earlier, it was assumed that Mir was dead. Before the last meeting … [Read more...] about Mumbai terror attack handler jailed for 15 years in Pakistan
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Libya's latest upheaval comes at the hands of a mustachioed military strongman who lived in the U.S. for 20 years, has past links with the CIA, and recently spoke on the phone with President Donald Trump about their "shared vision" for the country. The North African nation has been divided, lawless and verging on becoming a failed state ever since NATO intervention, including American airstrikes, helped topple dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. Two rival governments continue to claim power in a country destabilized by warring militias and Islamist fighters. Amid this chaos, experienced warlord Khalifa Haftar earlier this month launched an offensive on the capital, Tripoli, where the internationally recognized government is based. Rival factions battle house-to-house for control of Libya's capital April 29, 2019 00:55 It is the latest development in a bewilderingly complex crisis, where several groups are vying for control but with … [Read more...] about Who is Khalifa Haftar, whose forces are attacking Tripoli, Libya?
Three unidentified Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants were killed during an anti-militancy operation in north Kashmir ’s Kupwara on Thursday, taking the militant toll to 78 this year so far. Meanwhile, one youth, allegedly behind the Sunjwan attack in Jammu ahead of the Prime Minister’s visit in April, has been arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). “All the three slain militants were affiliated to the LeT. Their identities are being ascertained. Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition were recovered from them,” Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar said. Also Read Yasin Malik gets life term for terror funding The anti-militancy operation was carried out on a specific input developed by the Kupwara police regarding an infiltration attempt of terrorists in Jumagund village near the Line of Control in Kupwara, the police said. “An ambush was put in place by the police and the Army. As the infiltrating terrorists were intercepted by the joint … [Read more...] about 3 Lashkar militants killed in Kupwara
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump sent a "confusing" message to Libya when he recently praised a military strongman waging war on the country's internationally recognized government, the Libyan deputy prime minister told NBC News. Ahmed Omar Maiteeg said the president's phone call in April with Khalifa Haftar — a renegade general whose militia forces are pressing an offensive on the capital, Tripoli — and the White House statement that followed it took his government by surprise. "The phone call from Gen. Haftar to President Trump was confusing to us. Because we see the U.S. govt as a our main ally," Maiteeg said in an interview with NBC News. It was the first time Libya had encountered such a "confused message" from a country it counted on as a reliable partner, he said. But Maiteeg said he was hopeful that the United States would stick by the U.N.-recognized government and he came away encouraged from discussions with State Department officials during a U.S. visit … [Read more...] about Libyan government appeals for U.S. backing after ‘confusing’ message from Trump
A U.N. special envoy warned Thursday that Haiti’s police force needs immediate help to fight crime and violence, noting that gangs have grown so powerful they recently seized control of a local courthouse. Helen La Lime, the top U.N. official in Haiti, said insecurity is rapidly deteriorating in the country of more than 11 million people, with an average of almost seven kidnappings reported every day. In May alone, she said more than 200 killings and 198 abductions were reported. Those kidnappings included two busloads of children and three U.N. personnel and their dependents, with one local staff member killed in a crossfire between gangs, according to a U.N. Security Council report. “The pervasive and deepening sense of insecurity, exacerbated by the (Haitian National Police’s) seeming inability to address the situation and the manifest impunity with which criminal acts are being committed, is dangerously fraying the rule of law,” said La Lime, who spoke at a U.N. … [Read more...] about UN: Haiti police need immediate help amid surge in violence