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Egypt gives Hamas ultimatum to stop flying kites into Israel

Sleeping with extremists: ASWJ announces support to ex-PM Abbasi for July 25 elections

Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by nine wickets in third ODI, clinch series

Textbooks — the real culprit

Could Sharif buy flats fairly in early 90s?

Iran, Pakistan to jointly produce defense equipment: Top general

Putin presents Trump World Cup football made in Pakistan

The Massacre of Inn Din: How Rohingya Are Lynched and Held Responsible

Dawn's CEO Hameed Haroon admits Dawn leaks issue was an international agenda

PTI leader meets ex-chief of banned outfit for votes

Why didn't Shahbaz Sharif reach to airport: The story of a secrete deal

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman: negotiations with Israel ‘a joke’

Pakistani Student Stabbed to Death in China

Two contentious decisions see Croatia crumble when it mattered most

A new face from Nawaz's dynasty: PML-N consider launching Maryam’s son

PML-N's Sheikh Aftab escapes assassination attempt in Attock

Inside Story: What happened to Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz at airport

Nawaz Sharif: Delusions of Grandeur

Pak-Iran improving military ties: A message to US and Israel

35k families displaced by Saudi attacks on Hudaydah: UN

US ready for direct talks with Afghan Taliban: Top cmdr.

Pakistani police open criminal cases against 17,000 members of ex-premier's party

Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by nine wickets in second ODI

Open Letter From Taliban Asks American People to Recognize Failure of 16-Year War

Pakistan, Iran army chiefs discuss peace, security issues

Sharif Saga: End of kleptocrats & thugs?

Will Interpol heed red warrant for Ishaq Dar?

Silence on recent bloodbath shows that 'mainstreaming' of radicalised outfits is a doomed plan

Who killed Haroon Bilour: A new story evolves

Saudi Awakening Movement leader arrested for opposing US troops in KSA

Iranian military chief to visit Pakistan soon on counterpart’s invitation

Emirati prince hiding in Qatar accuses UAE rulers of blackmail and corruption

France snatch World Cup glory from Croatia to win second title

China’s Sinopec will continue to buy Iranian oil

Diverting Iranian flights to Najaf to Baghdad

Elections under the threat of terrorism

Waseem floors Mthalane but loses world title via decision

Political campaign under threat: Who is the next target of terrorists?

Russia rejects Israeli call to keep Iranian advisors away from Golan

PML-N leadership booked for terrorism

Family meets Nawaz, Maryam at Adiala jail

Belgium claim 3rd spot at World Cup 2018, beat England 2-0

A matter of growing insecurities: Terror during elections

Maryam Nawaz goes to jail in Gucci

US, Iran Clash in Hormuz Strait: Not an Improbable Scenario

Croatian president can’t wait for final

USA enhances its support to Pakistan in educational sector

Would TLP a major stake holder in the elections?

Trial of remaining NAB references against Sharif family to take place in Adiala Jail

What Nawaz Sharif's Return to Pakistan Means for the Country's Politics

Turkey to sell 30 ATAK helicopters to Pakistan in major military export deal

A deadliest attack: 128 perish as savage attack on Mastung rally stuns nation

Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz likely to be shifted in Adiala Jail

Nawaz, Maryam taken into custody at Lahore airport, passports confiscated

Nawaz Sharif lands at Lahore airport will be arrested shortly

Imam and Khan propel Pakistan to crushing victory over Zimbabwe

Mastaung Blast: Death toll mounts to 90, More than 200 wounded

Blast targets convoy of JUI-F leader Akram Khan Durrani, 4 killed

BAP candidate Nawab Siraj Raisani, 19 others killed in Mastung blast

Bilour’s Assassination: Is TTP trying to reassert itself after Fazlullah’s execution?

Fear of Khalistan: India demands UK to disallow Social Justice meet

Pakistan hosts spy chiefs from Russia, China, Iran

The return of Nawaz Sharif

Nawaz Sharif, Maryam in UAE, to reach Lahore by 6:15pm

World Cup final odds, lines: France the favorite to win it all over Croatia on Sunday

London police take Nawaz Sharif's grandsons into custody

Yemeni forces shoot down Saudi jet in Asir: Ministry

“Harf Kaar” App Lets You Correct Grammatical Mistakes in Urdu Language

Qatar funding pro-Israel US organisations

Beheading increases 70% in Saudi Arabia

Would Pakistan Supreme Court extend accountability to Ex-General?

Shrouded mystery: What was the secrete message Nawaz Sharif ignored?

Reham Khan book published online

Would Zardari play on front foot after Lawai's arrest?

Prison or gallows, I won’t stop, says Nawaz

US softens stance on Iran sanctions amid warnings

Croatia heads to its first World Cup final after beating England 2-1

Ministry asks NAB to probe corruption in Rs3b education project

Reuters: Saudi coalition has reached a dead point in Al-Hudaydah

The nightmare of terrorism: Is TTP back?

Petition seeking disqualification of ASWJ ringleader Ludhianvi referred to Chief Justice

Ishaq Dar seeks political asylum in UK: report

Who makes Cheemas and Fawads?

Is Pakistan serious to pursue Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project?

Nawaz, Maryam to be arrested at Lahore airport on arrival, flown to Islamabad: sources

France reach World Cup final as Belgium's golden generation falls short again

ANP leader Haroon Bilour among 12 killed in Peshawar blast

Israel supplied Saudi Arabia with internationally banned weapons

PICTURE: Capt (r) Safdar hid in a cave to avoid NAB arrest

Under attack: Who is threatening Nawaz Sharif?

France v Belgium: World Cup semi-final, European battle of world stars

Less than 56% Children in Pakistan go to Schools: Report

Zardari under mega corruption scandal: Laundered amount may go up to Rs70 bn

ECP seeks clarification from Ludhianvi for hate speech against Shias

NACTA confirms Imran Khan's life under threat

Qatar, UAE to join US war in Afghanistan

Doubts if Saudis can replace lost Iranian barrels

Top Israeli security expert warns against war with Iran

Pakistan launches first ever remote sensing satellite in China

A murky business: Is Zardari next?

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Emirati prince hiding in Qatar accuses UAE rulers of blackmail and corruption

1397/4/25 | 01:09
  An Emirati prince has sought asylum in Qatar after fleeing his country over claims that his life was in danger because of a dispute with the UAE's rulers. According to the New York Times on Sunday, Sheikh Rashid bin Hamad al-Sharqi, 31, is the second son of the emir of Fujairah and arrived in Doha on May 16. Sheikh Rashid accuses Emirati leaders of blackmail and corruption, but does not seem to have evidence to support his claims. Reports of the prince's defection to Qatar began to circulate in May. He also noted that tensions were ...

Qatar funding pro-Israel US organisations

1397/4/21 | 01:09
  Qatar has donated $250,000 to some of the most extreme pro-Israel organisations in the US, a report by the Electronic Intifada has revealed. The sums are believed to have been transferred by Joseph Allaham, a lobbyist working for the Qatari government, specifically through his firm Lexington Strategies, with some of the sums being paid as recently as early 2018. The sums include $100,000 to the Zionist Organisation of America (ZOA), $100,000 to Our Soldiers Speak, an organisation that describes itself as the “vehicle through which ...

Qatar, UAE to join US war in Afghanistan

1397/4/19 | 01:09
  Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are to join the longest conflict in US history, by supporting the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan. Abu Dhabi and Doha will be part of a multi-nation fight codenamed “Operation Resolute Support”, according to the Washington Post. Both Gulf countries will focus on training and advising Afghan forces. Official numbers on how many troops will be deployed has not been disclosed but the military inclusion is set to be approved next week during NATO’s ministerial meeting in Brussels. Both Qatar ...

Hamas denies Qatari mediation with Israel

1397/4/10 | 01:09
Hamas has denied any Qatari mediation between the movement and Israel related to the blockade on the Gaza Strip and Israelis captured by the resistance in the territory, Arabi21reported on Friday. An official of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, who requested anonymity, told the news website that the reports about Hamas’s agreement on a Qatari proposal “are incorrect”. He refused to give more details about this issue, said the London-based site. Media reports had earlier claimed that Hamas had accepted a proposal offered by ...

Hajj observation committee condemns Saudi ban on Qataris and Syrians

1397/4/2 | 01:09
  The International Committee for Observing Hajj Administration has condemned Saudi Arabia’s ban on Qatari and Syrian citizens performing the pilgrimage, Echoroukonline.com reported on Friday.   The Saudis have prevented Syrians from performing the Hajj for seven years, and Qataris for the second year running, for what are said to be purely political reasons. According to Al-Quds Al-Arabi, the committee added that such a ban is against the Shari’ah, as well as international law. The committee called for the participation ...

How a beggar reached to a Iran bound flight?

1397/3/30 | 01:09
A bizarre video showing a man begging on board an Iran-bound flight from Qatar went viral on the social media on Tuesday. Sources at Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have quashed the rumours that the “beggar” was a Pakistani citizen. They said the video featuring the beggar on the Qatar Airways flight has nothing to do with Pakistan, adding that the video had been shot on a flight from Doha to Shiraz and not anywhere in Pakistan.   Earlier, social media users speculated that the incident had taken place on a Bangkok-bound ...

Iran president rules out military approach to Yemen crisis

1397/3/29 | 01:09
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says a military approach will fail to resolve the Yemeni crisis, stressing the importance of restoring stability and security to the war-ravaged country and the entire Middle East through political channels. In a telephone conversation with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Monday, Rouhani warned that the recent unprecedented attacks by a Saudi-led military coalition and militia loyal to the former Yemeni government on the western province of Hudaydah would lead to a humanitarian crisis in the impoverished ...

Soccer diplomacy: Is Putin looking for a thaw between Iran and Saudi Arabia?

1397/3/25 | 01:09
Just a few months ago, as news of the poisoning of a Russian double agent in Salisbury broke, the prospect of a significant World Cup boycott was real. Today, while Western leaders are hardly lining up to lend their faces to the Russian celebrations, those fears have not materialised. And the Kremlin is instead hoping that for the next month it will be at the centre of the global stage.   During the course of the championship, as Russia’s political beau monde mingles with world leaders, it is possible that a deal or two will be made. While ...

Qatar on Saudi war threat: World not living in law of the jungle era

1397/3/21 | 01:09
Qatar has hit out at Saudi threats of military action against its Persian Gulf neighbor if it acquires the Russian-made S-400 air defense system.   The reaction by Qatari Ambassador to Moscow Fahad bin Mohammed al-Attiyah came after reports that Saudi King Salman has threatened military action "to eliminate this defense system."  "We have heard about such statements in the world media, but we in Qatar reaffirm the principle of the sovereignty of states, their right to defend themselves, and to enter into legitimate deals with other ...

Russian S-400 in Qatar: Doha faces Washington’s anger

1397/3/16 | 01:09
In an interview with his Altalaya ministry magazine on Tuesday (June 5th), Qatari Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah expressed his country’s willingness to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization , NATO. “Doha could host NATO units or one of its specialized centers,” he said. According to this report, Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah announced that relations between Doha and NATO were growing. We have real relationships, he said. As for his country’s plan to create a common regional security system, he said: “Doha ...

Qatar accuses Saudi Arabia of creating disturbance in Persian Gulf

1397/3/16 | 01:09
  The Qatari foreign minister has slammed Saudi Arabia’s alleged military threat against the country as “reckless behavior,” accusing Riyadh of creating “disturbance” in an already crisis-hit region. According to a report by French daily Le Monde on Friday, Saudi King Salman has written a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron, threatening to take military action against Qatar if Doha purchases the S-400 aerial defense system from Russia. The Saudi king reportedly expressed his "profound concern" over ongoing negotiations ...

Saudi king threatens to wage war on Qatar over possible S-400 deal: Report

1397/3/12 | 01:09
  Saudi King Salman has reportedly threatened to take military action against Qatar if Doha purchases the S-400 aerial defense system from Russia. According to a report by French daily Le Monde on Friday, King Salman has written a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron, expressing his "profound concern" over ongoing negotiations between Qatar and Russia for the sale of the advanced anti-aircraft weapon system. The Saudi king noted that Doha's acquisition of S-400 will jeopardize the security interests of Riyadh, urging France to intensify ...

Emirati prince approaches rival Qataris, seeks political asylum: Report

1397/3/10 | 01:09
The son of the Fujairah emirate of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has reportedly approached Qatari officials and sought political asylum in the energy-rich Persian Gulf kingdom. According to a report published by Lebanon-based Arabic-language al-Akhbar daily newspaper, Sheikh Rashid bin Hamad al-Sharqi, who is the Chairman of Fujairah Culture and Media Authority (FCMA), went to the Qatari Embassy in London on May 19, and requested asylum. An informed source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Emirati prince stayed at the Qatari ...

The defence budget

1397/2/16 | 01:09
  Myth number 1: Pakistan has a large military. Not true. There are at least 64 countries in the world that have more military personnel on a per capita basis than does Pakistan.   They are: Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Switzerland, Italy, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Russia, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Libya, Kuwait, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Israel, Estonia, Vietnam, Slovenia, Botswana, Mongolia, Yemen, Kazakhstan, Cuba, Mauritania, Croatia, Chile, Somalia, Albania, Sao tome and Principe, Namibia, Angola, Cambodia, Uruguay, Bolivia, ...

Pay for US military presence in Syria or lose Washington support: Saudi to Qatar

1397/2/5 | 01:09
  Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir says Qatar must pay for the US military presence in Syria if it wants to sustain Washington’s support. “Qatar has to pay for US military presence in Syria and send its military forces there, before the US president cancels US protection of Qatar," Jubeir said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on Tuesday. He made the remarks hours after US President Donald Trump urged wealthy Middle Eastern countries to increase their spending in Syria in a bid to contain Iran ...

Qatar replacing UAE as hawala trade hub for Iran

1397/2/4 | 01:09
Iran will use Qatar to facilitate payment orders in foreign currencies, phasing out such operations in Dubai where restrictions imposed by the UAE government are making financial transactions difficult. “Several Iranian banks have opened accounts with Qatar National Bank, through which the transactions of payment orders in foreign currencies will be carried out,” Fars news agency reported Tuesday, citing what it described as a senior official at the Central Bank of Iran. “Due to the difficulties that have arisen with Dubai for foreign ...

Qatar’s allowing missiles to be fired from airbase shameful: Syrian official

1397/1/26 | 01:09
  Syria has condemned the "shameful" stance of the rulers of Qatar in supporting the recent US-led airstrikes on Damascus and allowing a Qatari airbase to be used for a part of the operation. A source at the Syrian Foreign and Expatriate Ministry told the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on Saturday that Qatar had allowed warplanes attacking Syria to take off from the US military's al-Udeid airbase in the Persian Gulf emirate. Al-Udeid airbase is the largest US military base in the Middle East. It also houses military personnel ...

Saudi-led boycotters stick to steep demands for Qatar: Report

1397/1/24 | 01:09
  A report says the Saudi-led quartet, which has imposed a blockade on Qatar over its close ties with Iran and Turkey, is sticking to its steep demands for Doha to meet before any normalization despite US attempts to end the rift in favor of a “united front” against Tehran. Citing foreign ministers of the four boycotters, Egypt’s official Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported Thursday that Doha still needs to meet the 13 demands they had set out last year as “a necessary basis for the establishing [of] normal relations with Qatar.” Last ...

In own trap: Trump Demands Saudi King Quickly End Qatar Dispute

1397/1/23 | 01:09
  On Tuesday, President Trump surprised many by declaring Qatar an ally in the war on terror. President Trump, after all, had for the past year backed the Saudis in their anti-Qatar measures. Now, Trump wants the Saudis to make nice.   US officials are confirming President Trump called the Saudi King earlier this month and “demanded” that the kingdom and its allies in the GCC quickly resolve the ongoing Qatar dispute. Trump reportedly told the king that his position on Qatar “makes no sense.” Last year, with Trump backing ...

Saudi considering proposal to set up military base, nuclear waste site on Qatar border

1397/1/21 | 01:09
  Saudi Arabia could consider a proposal to dig a maritime canal along the kingdom's border with Qatar, turning the peninsula-nation into an island and transforming its only land border into a military zone and nuclear waste site, state-linked Saudi newspapers reported on Monday. The project has not been given official approval and faces many obstacles. Still, the proposal signals a new low in the 10-month-old feud between Qatar and a quartet of nations that includes Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain. The four ...

‘Saudis to build border canal to turn Qatar into island’

1397/1/18 | 01:09
  Amid its bitter diplomatic standoff with Doha, Saudi Arabia is reportedly working on a project to construct a maritime channel along the border with Qatar, practically turning the peninsula into an island. Saudi daily Sabq reported on Thursday that the Saudi plan is yet to receive official approval. A consortium of nine local firms is involved in the construction of the waterway that extends from Saudi Arabia’s Salwa region to Qatar’s Khawr Al-Udayd inlet, the report said. The channel, which is capable of handling all kinds of ...

Other countries have pulled back from the war in Yemen; why hasn’t Britain?

1397/1/15 | 01:09
  As the church bells rang in the New Year of 2018, Norway announced that it would be cutting arms sales to any country fighting in Yemen. A couple of weeks later, Germany said the same thing. The Netherlands and Sweden have also pulled out. Very early on in hostilities, Pakistan decided, based on a parliamentary vote, not to support its closest historical ally, Saudi Arabia, in continuing the war. Qatar has also withdrawn, albeit as part of the maelstrom of diplomacy that currently characterises Gulf geopolitics. With all of this disinterest ...

Pleasing US: Muhammad Bin Salman's so called moderation drive

1396/12/28 | 01:09
Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is set to meet with United States (US) President Donald Trump in Washington on Tuesday. Mutual rival Iran will be high on the agenda, but the 32-year-old strongman prince will also be looking to showcase his sweeping changes to Saudi society and an increasingly assertive foreign policy that includes the war in Yemen and an ongoing diplomatic feud with Qatar. Prior to his US visit, he gave an interview to CBS News which was aired on Sunday. The following are excerpts from the interview — the ...

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE directed 1996 foiled coup against Qatar

1396/12/24 | 01:09
  The second part of the Qatar ’96 documentary, which was first broadcast on Al Jazeera on Sunday, revealed the involvement of Sheikh Hamad, who at the time was crown prince of Bahrain, in attempting to overthrow the Qatari government 21 years ago. The investigation provided evidence of the involvement of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain in supporting the failed coup d’état. Fahd al-Maliki, a prominent leader of the coup attempt, said Bahrain’s Sheikh Hamad personally financed a series of sabotage operations ...

Trump invites Qatar to Camp David Summit

1396/12/21 | 01:09
  During the past 9 months of the diplomatic row between Qatar and the Saudi-led Arab bloc, the US has declined to follow a straight line of policy in dealing with this important regional case. The US President Donald Trump on June 9, 2017, harshly attacked Qatar and accused the Arab nation of supporting terrorism in the region in the highest level. However, the American real estate mogul-turned-president recently invited Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to attend the Camp David summit, scheduled for May, which will see also ...

Qatar complains to UN over UAE, Bahraini aircraft airspace violation

1396/12/20 | 01:09
  Qatar has issued a complaint to the United Nations over fresh violations of its air space by Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. According to the Qatar News Agency on Saturday, a UAE military transport aircraft carrier violated Qatari airspace on January 14 and again on February 25. On February 26, a Bahraini military plane also illegally entered Qatar's airspace. "Qatar called upon the Security Council and the United Nations to take the necessary measures... to maintain international peace and security," said the report. According ...

Did Trump’s son-in-law order Saudi-led blockade on Qatar?

1396/12/13 | 01:09
  According to whistle-blowing website, The Intercept, Kushner’s family-run real estate company tried to seek Qatari government financing for its troubled New York City property a month before Kushner backed a Saudi-led blockade on the country. Kushner Cos. directly solicited investment from Qatari Finance Minister Ali Sherif al-Emadi for its 666 Fifth Avenue luxury tower in April 2017, two sources in the finance industry told The Intercept. No deal came of it. The following month, Kushner and the White House supported a blockade of ...

No more jobs : Saudia's austerity measures against Pakistani workers

1396/12/11 | 01:09
  In a major setback, Pakistan’s human resource export has dropped by almost 40% in 2017 with Saudi Arabia having reduced the employment for Pakistani workers by over 2/3rd as against 2016. Official figures of the Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment show that against 839,353 Pakistani workers registered for overseas employment through the Bureau in 2016, the total number of persons employed in 2017 (till November 30th) is 465,0586 showing a sharp decline. The government figures are really worrisome in the case of Saudi Arabia. ...

Riyadh’s detente signal to Qatar: Acceding to defeat or new trick?

1396/12/8 | 01:09
  After nearly eight months, the crisis in Saudi Arabia-Qatar relations continues to unfold as all of Kuwait’s mediatory moves proved to be a failure. Saudi Arabia along with its allies the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar in early June last year and imposed a blockade on the Persian Gulf Arab emirate for what they called Doha’s pro-terrorist policies and supporting Iranian policies in the region. The anti-Qatari move included an all-out sea, air, and ground embargo, and Riyadh did ...

Qatar to lose right to host World Cup: Saudi minister

1396/12/7 | 01:09
    Saudi Arabia’s sports minister has suggested that Qatar could be stripped of its right to host 2022 World Cup. Tweeting on Saturday, Turki Al Sheikh proposed that either the United Kingdom or the United States host the event. “I would extremely enjoy watching the World Cup if hosted in England or the USA,” he said. “If found guilty of any ethical violations, the Qatari government must accept the consequences of their actions,” he added, referring to an announcement by FIFA, which is expected to come in September, ...

Muslim scholars demand uprising over US embassy opening in al-Quds

1396/12/7 | 01:09
  An international organization of Muslim scholars headquartered in Qatar has called for a “public and official uprising” against a recent decision by the United States to move its embassy to occupied Jerusalem al-Quds in May. “We call for a Palestinian, Arab and Islamic uprising against this American aggression,” Secretary General of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), Ali al-Qaradaghi, said in a statement on Sunday. He added, “Jerusalem al-Quds is the cause of [our Muslim] nation and abandoning it or changing ...

Iran and Qatar launch joint chamber of commerce

1396/12/2 | 01:09
  Iran and Qatar joint chamber of commerce launched in Iran's Chamber by holding founding board meeting. Director General for Arab-African states in international department of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mine and Agriculture Shahram Khasipour said on Sunday that Iran and Qatar joint chamber of commerce launched in Iran’s Chamber by holding founding board meeting. He said that trade exchanges volume between the two countries in the past nine months exceeded 200 million dollars. Although this figure shows increase in comparison ...

Saudi regime used US firm in Cyberwar on Qatar

1396/11/23 | 01:09
  The Saudi regime used a United States based lobby firm to launch cyber-warfare against neighboring Qatar amid a worsening Persian Gulf crisis. According to reports, US lobbying firm Podesta Group and Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee (SAPRAC) were behind an anti-Qatar website and twitter handle, which has been publishing fake and malicious news against Doha. Al Jazeera Arabic reporter Wjad Waqfi reported on her Twitter account that an official document sent to the US Department of Justice stated that Podesta Group had ...

Taliban invites US senator for ‘mutual talks’ in Doha

1396/11/23 | 01:09
  Taliban has invited a US senator for “mutual talks” in the Qatari capital Doha, where the so-called Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has an office. The terror group’s social media accounts extended the invitation to Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul over his latest comments about the United States’ long war in Afghanistan, The Washington Times reported Sunday. “We invite the respectable US Senator Rand Paul, in his official capacity to visit our political office in Doha for mutual talks,” read a Twitter post by the self-declared ...

Saudi officials arrest activist over criticizing normalization of ties with Israel

1396/11/20 | 01:09
Saudi authorities have arrested a female activist over denouncing the Riyadh regime’s attempts, particularly those of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel at the expense of the "Palestinian issue." According to a report published by Qatar’s Arabic-language al-Arab newspaper, Saudi forces detained Noha al-Balawi on Thursday over a post she published on her Twitter page, criticizing such a move. Balawi, wearing a niqab in the video, states that Israeli-Saudi relations would only serve the ...

Doha ‘diffused’ attempt by Riyadh, Abu Dhabi to invade Qatar: Defense minister

1396/11/15 | 01:09
Qatar’s defense minister says Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had planned a military invasion of his country at the beginning of a diplomatic crisis that erupted last year when several states cut off diplomatic relations with Doha. In an interview with The Washington Post on Friday, Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah said Riyadh and Abu Dhabi had "tried everything" to destabilize Qatar, but “we have diffused this intention.” "They have intentions to intervene militarily," said Attiyah. “They tried to provoke the tribes. They ...

UAE paid US firm to spread negative information about Qatar – NBC News

1396/11/6 | 01:09
The data firm whose work for Donald Trump's campaign attracted the interest of Robert Mueller's investigators has recently filed paperwork showing it had helped spread negative information about Qatar, NBC News has reported.   Qatar was targeted by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in a bitter propaganda battle.   The parent company of Cambridge Analytica filed documents with the US Justice Department’s Foreign Agents Registration Unit disclosing $333,000 in payments by the UAE for a 2017 social media campaign linking ...

Trump no longer following Saudi-UAE script on Qatar, says former envoy

1396/10/29 | 01:09
  Former US Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations Martin Indyk has taken to Twitter to announce that US President Donald Trump is no longer following the Saudi/UAE script on Qatar.       Indyk explained that this may be because Qatar is now cooperating regarding the fight against terrorism and is willing to discuss the conflict between Doha and the countries that imposed the blockade on it.     Two days ago, in a telephone conversation with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Trump ...

Saudi bans Qataris from Umrah pilgrimage

1396/10/16 | 01:09
    According to Qatari newspaper Al-Raya, Saudi Arabia has been taking arbitrary measures against Qatari pilgrims visiting Mecca.   Early June, Saudi-led regimes severed relations with Qatar and imposed a blockade against it, accusing Doha of funding “extremism”. Qatar has vehemently rejected the allegations as “baseless”.   On June 22, the block, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, issued a 13-point list of demands, including the shutdown of Al Jazeera TV, limiting ties with Iran, and expelling Turkish troops ...

Disclosure of the Saudi Project named “Scorpion Trap”

1396/10/12 | 01:09
  The Qatari news paper “Al-Sharq” wrote that after repeated defeats of Saudi Arabia and its coalition in Yemen, they are trying to include the United States into a plan called the “Scorpion Trap”.   Three years after the failures of the Saudi Arabian-led coalition in pursuit of its goals of restoring (so-called) legitimate government to Yemen as well as the continuing failure of military operations in Yemen, a confidential document was revealed showing that the UAE and the Saudis are eager to transfer the responsibility ...

Israel sole winner of Saudi Arabia’s ME destabilizing game

1396/10/5 | 01:09
Being a region full of complexities, the Middle East has been facing a string of crises. The rise of Daesh in Iraq and Syria followed by the Qatar blockade, fueling sectarian tensions, the invasion of Yemen, the flood of US arms to the Middle East and the recent Lebanese crisis are only a few instances in which Saudi Arabia’s involvement is discernible.   Apparently, Saudi Arabia is now facing the consequences of its insanity and the conspiracies it has been fomenting in the Middle East as the crisis has spilled over to its own territory, ...

Saudi military ineffective force despite colossal budget: Report

1396/9/26 | 01:09
Saudi Arabia’s military has proved to be an ineffective force despite the kingdom’s huge imports of state-of-the-art weapons from world powers, a report says. An article published on the Business Insider website on Saturday enumerated Saudi Arabia’s efforts to undermine Iran’s regional influence, including Riyadh’s war on Yemen, imposition of a full-scale embargo against Qatar and intervention in Lebanon’s politics. It, however, said that “Saudi Arabia's ambitions are limited by its military, which is considered an ineffective ...

Saudi hostility with Qatar taking toll on ordinary people: Amnesty

1396/9/24 | 01:09
Ordinary people are bearing the brunt of the ongoing political crisis in the Persian Gulf region, involving Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt on one side and the tiny kingdom of Qatar, Amnesty International says. The Saudi-led bloc cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing Doha of sponsoring terrorism and destabilizing the region. They have also imposed a series of economic sanctions against the country while also barring Qatari aircraft from using their airspace. Qatar’s only land border with Saudi ...

Qatar purchases 24 Typhoon warplanes from UK as tensions with Saudis increase

1396/9/21 | 01:09
Qatar has signed a multi-billion-dollar deal to buy 24 Eurofighter Typhoon warplanes from Britain, its second major defense agreement this week, which comes amid a worsening Persian Gulf political crisis.   The $8bn deal was completed in Doha by Qatar’s Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah and his British counterpart, Gavin Williamson. A memorandum of understanding was signed by the two countries for this Typhoon contract in September.   The sale is touted as the largest UK export order for the Eurofighter in a decade, ...

Lebanese Bankers Fear Qatar-Style Blockade by Saudis

1396/8/24 | 01:09
  Saudi Arabia’s newfound hostility toward Lebanon has a number of the nation’s politicians and bankers expressing concern about the possibility that the Saudis and their allies intend to impose a Qatar-style blockade on them soon.   Such a blockade would have limited impact on basic goods, as unlike Qatar Lebanon’s trade with the Gulf states is fairly limited and doesn’t include everyday necessities like food and water. That doesn’t mean such a blockade would be consequence-free, however.   Qatar, after all, is ...

Sheikh Salman to be tried later this month on false espionage charges

1396/8/24 | 01:09
The Bahraini judiciary says it will try prominent Shia cleric and opposition figure Sheikh Ali Salman later this month on a charge of “spying” for neighboring Qatar, a baseless allegation to victimise him for political opposition to the non-representative hereditary monarchy.     The Bahraini Public Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement on Sunday that Salman, the secretary-general of the country’s now-dissolved al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, would be tried alongside two of his colleagues, Hassan Sultan and Ali ...

Leak: UAE planned financial war against Qatar

1396/8/21 | 01:09
  The United Arab Emirates planned to wage a financial war against fellow GCC member state Qatar by targeting the country’s currency “using bonds and derivatives manipulation”, the Intercept reported yesterday.   The site said the warfare plan was obtained from the task folder in the email account of the UAE Ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba.   According to the Intercept, the plan was devised by Luxembourg’s private Banque Havilland which is owned by the family of controversial British financier David ...

Leaked emails: UAE wants Qatar to be ‘accountable’ for supporting BDS

1396/8/11 | 01:09
  Qatar’s support for the global Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel was a major cause of concern amongst senior UAE diplomats in Washington during the months leading up to the imposition of the Saudi-led siege on Doha. The UAE plays a leading role in the siege on its Gulf neighbour.   The UAE’s ambassador to the US, Yousef Al-Otaiba, vented his frustration about the Qataris to a former American diplomat, Dennis Ross, in a series of leaked emails, which have been obtained by MEMO. Ross is known to some ...

US loses in the Mideast even as it wins against Daesh

1396/8/8 | 01:09
  US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited the Middle East last weekend with two simple aims – to wrap Iraq into America’s regional axis against Iran, and persuade Saudi Arabia to end its blockade of Qatar. He failed to accomplish either.   The dust was barely settling on the capture of Daesh’s de facto capital Raqqa, a major success for Washington and the coalition it assembled across the region and beyond. While most of the actual fighting has been done by local forces, without US support the Islamist group would still ...

Egypt likely to be removed from the 2018 World Cup

1396/8/6 | 01:09
  The head of the World Federation of Football Federation (FIFA), Gianni Infantino, stated that he could reconsider the presence of the Egyptian national team in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia due to the statement by the foreign minister of this country.   Infantino said the speech of the Egyptian Foreign Minister was a clear disrespect to FIFA and its members, and a clear intervention by a political officer in football. The head of the international football federation said that the FIFA should hold a meeting and examine the interventions ...