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Iran denies accusations of aiding Taliban in Afghanistan

‘Ramadan of Aleppo more beautiful’ event revitalizes old city

Palestinians in Jerusalem reject Ramadan meals provided by UAE

Deadly heatwave: At least 65 dead from heatstroke in Karachi

The spineless Arab world

How did Imam Khamenei predict the failure of JCPOA?

Are religious parties going to reign in Pakistan in 2018 polls?

Shia Friday prayer leader asks PML-N to desist from anti-Army Narrative

Parting ways with Govt: Opportunist Fazal-Ur-Rehman jumps out of sinking PML-N ship

Dirty politics: Is Nawaz putting country's security in danger?

Iran rejects report about proposal for new agreement with major powers

UK royal wedding just another public deception: Academic

Turkish intelligence receives information about an attempt to assassinate Erdogan

The New ‘Axis of Evil’ Forms Up Against Iran

Is Nawaz Sharif campaigning for his downfall?

Trump’s sanctions on Iran threaten plans for Chabahar port

The Last gamble: What is Nawaz Sharif's long term game?

China Lands Nuclear Bombers on Disputed Islands in warning to US

Abbas Town bombing, Nishtar Park carnage cases to be tried by military courts

Quetta Operations: Pakistan COAS takes the fight of Hazaras

Netanyahu dines with Emiratis as Palestinians boycott their iftars

Russia unveils world’s first floating nuclear power station

EU Blocks US Sanctions Against Iran

EU too weak to challenge US hegemony: Prof. Entessar

Who are the People of Ali?

Pakistan raises issue of Israeli terrorism in Gaza at UN General Assembly

Afghan cricket stadium attack leaves 8 dead, 45 wounded

Sabika Sheikh profile: Pakistani student who got killed in Texas school shooting

Rohingya rape victims: A time of retrospection for Muslims

Nawaz Sharif's self centered approach: Is PML-S in the offing?

Avenfield Case: Is Adiala Jail ready to receive Nawaz Sharif?

China tries to brainwash Muslims in internment camps

Cuban airliner with 113 on board crashes after takeoff from Havana

At least 8 students killed as gunman opens fire at Texas school, US media reports

Gunman storms into Trump golf course ranting about president before exchanging fire with police

Cat is out of Bag: US comes out to Nawaz Sharif's rescue

Defence Attache Col Joseph Hall will face trial in the US, FO claims

Where is Mohammad bin Salman? Media speculates about possible death of Saudi Crown Prince

Who pushed Nawaz Sharif into this mess? An Inside story

Shrouding mystery: Why is international world interested in volume 10?

Conditions for talks: What is Zardari's new game plan against PML-N?

Nawaz Sharif's rhetoric: Is Nawaz deliberately pushing PML-N to the end?

'One Belt-One Road' may be Iran, China gateway to becoming soft-power giants

Why Arab Muslim states are silent on Gaza Massacre?

The Holy Month of Ramadan: The Month of Glory, Forbearance, Patience and Brotherhood

Selective Outrage on Gaza exposes Salafi Supremacists of the Muslim World

Fallout of Nawaz Sharif’s statement

Saudi crown prince goes into hiding since last month's attack on royal palace

'Monday massacre a day of shame for Muslims'

US, Israel flags burned at pro-Palestine rally in Pakistan

Saudi referee handed lifetime ban for match-fixing

A sigh of relief for Hazaras: LeJ Balochistan chief along two fellows killed.,

Pak-Afghan thaw: Can China bring neighbors close?

Ramazan moon sighted, holy month to begin from Tomorrow

Massacre of Palestinians: Is two state solution over forever?

Pakistan, Turkey to raise voice against Israeli atrocities at world forums

How will Europe act towards Palestine now?

Spilling the beans: Nawaz Sharif to unveil names behind 2014 Sit ins?

Nawaz Sharif on a suicide mission?

Mysterious departure: Why Pakistan allowed killer US diplomat to fly away?

US closely monitoring Iranian forces in Persian Gulf: Navy chief

North Korea threatens to cancel Trump meeting

Turkey asks Israeli envoy to leave country

Tribal elders, political leaders in Bajaur back security forces against PTM

South Africa withdraws its ambassador to Israel “with immediate effect”

Arabic press review: Tunisian union may block US ships to protest embassy move

Would opening of embassy in Jerusalem give new impetus to Al-Qaeda?

MH370 Captain Crashed Plane in Murder-suicide: Experts

The last selfie: How technology has become a menace for millennials

Refusal to retract remarks: Is Nawaz Sharif looking for Martial Law?

World's criminal silence: Another blood bath Gaza

Succumbed to US pressure: Killer US diplomat allowed to leave

28 Palestinians martyred in clashes ahead of US Jerusalem embassy opening

Nawaz's new Narrative: Is it an attempt to appease India?

Nawaz's comments in 'best interest' of Pakistan, says Maryam

Why didn't Pakistan complete Mumbai attacker's trial? Nawaz Sharif's another question

Afghanistan wants Iran to rid it of terrorism scourge

US war hawks threaten EU over Iran deal

The first bullet

Can Shahbaz Sharif defend his traitor brother?

Israeli protesters rally against US embassy move to Al Quds

Senator irked by US sanctions on Iran as it will affect Pakistan trade

Somalia: Woman with 11 husbands to be stoned to death by Al-Shabaab

40 tourists missing as bridge collapses in Neelum Valley

Trump links US exit from nuclear deal to Iran military budget

A proven Traitor: Nawaz Sharif says Pakistan was involved in Mumbai attacks?

Horrific ‘hairy’ creature washes up on Philippine beach

Syria will not hesitate to retaliate against Israeli attacks: Envoy

For Nawaz, it’s not over till it’s over

Abbotabad like operation: Pakistan foils US attempt to take killer diplomat out of Pakistan

ISIS threatened to kill Trump

Sudan officially announces its decision to withdraw from the Yemen war

3rd Indian teen raped, burned alive in one week

Welcome to Sinai, where soldiers shoot children then boast on Facebook

Turkey ‘concerned’ by UAE's military build-up on Yemen’s Socotra

Aliens in Politics: Would Shahbaz Sharif part ways with PML-N?

Muslim scholars to Taliban: Suicide attacks violate Islamic principles

Pakistan Court rules that US diplomat doesn't have absolute immunity

Blocking move on Khorsani: An open US proxy war against Pakistan

Mighty Mullah: Why Govt cannot arrest Khadim Hussain Rizvi?

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Palestinians in Jerusalem reject Ramadan meals provided by UAE

1397/2/31 | 11:02
  Jerusalemite activists have launched a hashtag on Twitter – #we are not hungry – as a rejection of Ramadan meals provided by the UAE for visitors to Al-Aqsa Mosque. They argue that the Gulf State is consorting with the Israeli occupation of Palestine, having sent a team to cyclists to participate in the international Giro d’Italia cycle race which passed through occupied Jerusalem on the 70th anniversary of the Nakba. The Palestinian Olympic Committee has condemned the participation of UAE riders in the race. It described such ...

The spineless Arab world

1397/2/31 | 11:02
The Arab world have made Israel and its new friends in the US more adventurous and avaricious with regards to the Palestinians' situation. The Palestinian issue is mostly a humanitarian problem and all people around the world should sympathize with Palestinians who have been subjected to different kinds of injustice, humiliation, and even war crimes for very long years, yet inaction and submissiveness by the Arab world have made Israel and its new friends in the US more adventurous and avaricious. This time, on May 14, by illegally moving ...

The New ‘Axis of Evil’ Forms Up Against Iran

1397/2/30 | 11:02
  A quadripartite “axis of evil” that includes Israel, the United States, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates is moving its military assets, conducting softening-up military action, invading and occupying foreign territory, and waging economic warfare in preparation for a military campaign against Iran and its allies. Weeks before Donald Trump scrapped U.S. participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement with Iran, false propaganda about Iran was being promulgated by Israeli intelligence. Trump ...

Does UAE seek to colonize Yemen's Socotra island?

1397/2/18 | 11:02
Analysts believe that the measure by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to occupy the Yemeni island of Socotra is aimed at gaining dominance over major waterways that cross near the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa. The area around the island is where major maritime routes crisscross and is used by major shipping lines of the world, including oil tankers, which carry crude oil from major Persian Gulf producers to various European and other destinations, especially along the Mediterranean Sea. While the UAE’s Jebel ...

The defence budget

1397/2/16 | 11:02
  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, ...

UAE urged to clarify status of runaway princess

1397/2/16 | 11:02
  Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities to immediately disclose the whereabouts of Sheikha Latifa, the 32-year-old daughter of the ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, saying her case could constitute "enforced disappearance." “UAE authorities should immediately reveal the whereabouts of Sheikha Latifa, confirm her status and allow her contact with the outside world,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, the HRW's Middle East director, in a statement on Saturday. "If she is detained, ...

NZ mulls, Australia refuses to play in Pakistan

1397/2/13 | 11:02
  NZC is weighing up a request from the PCB to play in Pakistan later this year. Pakistan are currently scheduled to "host" New Zealand for a full tour of the UAE, comprising most likely of three Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is, in October-November. But Cricket Australia (CA) has indicated it won't consider allowing any matches to be moved to Pakistan for their tour later this year to the United Arab Emirates. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) officials confirmed on Wednesday they had been approached by Pakistani authorities to move Twenty20 ...

German bill seeks to prevent weapons exports to Saudi Arabia, UAE over Yemen conflict

1397/2/9 | 11:02
  Germany’s democratic socialist political party Die Linke has proposed a draft bill aimed at banning weapons exports to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for their role in the three-year-old Yemen war, which has claimed the lives of thousands of civilians in the impoverished Arab country. The bill seeks to prevent weapons exports and all other related goods and services to the two countries over their human rights abuses in Yemen. The proposed law, if approved, would not only stop future transactions from being made but ...

Qatar replacing UAE as hawala trade hub for Iran

1397/2/4 | 11:02
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 ...

Saudi, UAE recruiting 1000s of African mercenaries: Report

1397/1/29 | 11:02
  Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are reportedly recruiting thousands of African mercenaries to serve in their military adventurism overseas, including the bloody war on Yemen. Saudi sources told the al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper that the kingdom is likely using Chadian mercenaries in its operations abroad. They said the speculation had gained more credence after Chad’s President Idriss Déby traveled to Saudi Arabia earlier in the month to observe the Joint [Persian] Gulf Shield-1 military drills in the eastern Saudi city ...

Rights groups threaten legal action against France over arms exports to Saudi, UAE

1397/1/3 | 11:02
Two human rights groups have given the government of French President Emmanuel Macron two months to end its arms exports to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which are involved in a devastating three-year-old conflict in Yemen, or face legal proceedings. Legal non-governmental organization Droit Solidarite and Aser, which specializes in armament issues, argue that France is breaking international law by providing weapons for the Saudi-led aggression against war-ravaged Yemen and subsequently committing war crimes there. “France ...

Runaway UAE princess went ‘missing’ with former French spy

1397/1/2 | 11:02
  The man reported to be missing with a runaway princess daughter of Dubai’s ruler is an ex-spy who alleges to have previously escaped the country wearing scuba gear under a burka.   Sheikah Latifa Mohammed Al Maktoum – who goes by Latifa – is reportedly missing off the coast of Goa, in India, with American national Jean-Pierre Herve Jaubert, a former French intelligence agent and author.   In footage released by her United States-based lawyer, the 33-year-old said she escaped the UAE because she does not have the freedom ...

Report finds French arms sales to Saudi and UAE could breach international law

1397/1/1 | 11:02
  A report commissioned by Amnesty International and French human rights group ACAT has found that French arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE could breach international law if these weapons are being used in the ongoing war in Yemen. As a signatory to the UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) of 2014, which was ratified by France and 88 other states in a bid to regulate international trade in conventional weapons, France is legally obligated to prevent arms sales in any situation in which its weapons will be used to violate international humanitarian ...

Bahrainis demand withdrawal of Saudi-led occupation troops

1396/12/25 | 11:02
  Hundreds of Bahrainis have held protest marches across the country to demand immediate withdrawal of Saudi-led troops from the Persian Gulf Island. During the peaceful rallies, the masses called for the departure of the so-called Peninsula Shield troops, composed of UAE and Saudi forces. Participants in the Wednesday demonstrations called for the immediate withdrawal of these troops from the Sheikhdom, dubbing them “occupation forces.” Bahraini activists published on social media pictures of the marches and protest activities ...

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

1396/12/24 | 11:02
  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 ...

Dubai ruler’s daughter secretly jailed for over three years, drugged in hospital: Report

1396/12/20 | 11:02
  The daughter of the vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has reportedly fled the Persian Gulf kingdom after being secretly jailed for three years and four months and drugged in hospital for her dissidence. Sheikha Latifa, 33, says she didn't have the freedom to live her own life in Dubai and had been kept incommunicado after a previous failed escape attempt as a teenager, British tabloid newspaper the Daily Mail reported. The princess says she ...

Qatar complains to UN over UAE, Bahraini aircraft airspace violation

1396/12/20 | 11:02
  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 ...

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

1396/12/8 | 11:02
  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 ...

Hindu temple opens in Abu Dhabi .. Why the UAE seeks to appease Hindus?

1396/12/2 | 11:02
  The Abu Dhabi government opened the largest Hindu temple in the Middle East on the land of Abu Dhabi, sparking controversy among social networking leaders, who were very surprised by the UAE’s keenness to build temples for Hindus and Buddhists while making extensive restrictions on Muslims themselves. “The construction of the largest Hindu temple on the area of 20 thousand square meters and the cost of millions of dollars is not completed.” This is not a huge building in India nor in any of the Western countries, but a Hindu temple ...

Stashed abroad: A useless hunt to bring looted money back to Pakistan

1396/11/21 | 11:02
  The government has started negotiations with the UAE and Swiss governments to collect information regarding Pakistanis holding billions of dollars of offshore assets and bank accounts to bring these Pakistanis into the tax net.   “We have started negotiations with authorities in Dubai and Switzerland to get information about properties and other assets of Pakistanis,” said Minister of State for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal while talking to reporters after a meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice at the Parliament ...

Yemen separatist leader visits UAE, Saudi Arabia amid Aden tensions

1396/11/17 | 11:02
  The leader of United Arab Emirates (UAE)-backed separatists in southern Yemen is to visit Abu Dhabi and then Riyadh following days of heavy infighting in Aden between his forces and the Saudi-sponsored militants loyal to the former Yemeni government. London-based al-Araby al-Jadeed newspaper said on Monday that Aidarus al-Zubaidi, who leads the so-called Southern Transitional Council (STC), had left Yemen’s port city of Aden for Abu Dhabi. The visits come after STC separatists turned against their allies and seized major parts of ...

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

1396/11/15 | 11:02
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 | 11:02
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 ...

Emirati-backed group ‘to oust Saudi-backed Yemen government’

1396/11/3 | 11:02
  A group of Yemeni militants backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has pledged to “overthrow” the “government” of a former Yemeni president whom Saudi Arabia has been attempting to prop up as the leader of the war-stricken country.   The separatist group, which calls itself the Southern Transitional Council, said in a Sunday event that it would overthrow the “government” of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who has lost power in Yemen but whom Saudi Arabia has unsuccessfully been attempting to reinstall as Yemen’s president, ...

Saudi Arabia pulls back from Yemen sending Latin American mercenaries to fight their battle

1396/11/3 | 11:02
  Saudi Arabia sent 8,000 troops from its army to fight in Yemen alongside other mercenaries it has hired from the UAE, Bahrain, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Pakistan and recently Latin America, according to the Lebanese news agency Al-Diyar.   The foreign mercenaries are paid high salaries to participate in the Yemeni war. Saudi Arabia thought that Ansarullah’s popular forces are powerless and don not have access to a lot of weapons. The truth is that Yemeni people do not like Al Saud to take over Yemen, hence, they fight ...

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

1396/10/29 | 11:02
  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 ...

Even Saudi allies are questioning its Mideast power plays

1396/10/23 | 11:02
Trending on Saudi social media last week was a clip of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman promising to go on the offensive against his country’s biggest rival and take the fight “inside Iran.”   What is clear is that the de facto Saudi ruler has made several regional moves against Iran -- and has yet to score a win.   If the prince’s enemies aren’t sweating it much, his allies are showing signs of alarm. From the Arab Sunni world, the natural sphere of Saudi influence, to the U.S. and Europe, diplomats have dissociated themselves ...

11 Saudi princes arrested after holding protest in royal palace: reports

1396/10/17 | 11:02
11 Saudi princes have been arrested after they held a rally to protest a royal decision to make princes pay for their electricity and water consumption, reported UAE publication Gulf News on Saturday. The princes also demanded financial compensation for a ruling against one of their cousins, said the Gulf News report, quoting Saudi news site Sabq and Al Marsad. The princes were informed that their actions were wrong and that they should vacate Qasr Al Hokm, a historic royal palace, but they refused to comply, added the report. According to ...

Security concerns: Tunisia halts UAE flights from landing

1396/10/4 | 11:02
Tunisia has halted all United Arab Emirates (UAE) airlines' flights from landing in the country over security measures. On Sunday, the Tunisian transport ministry announced that it had "decided to suspend" Emirates flights to Tunis "until the airline is able to find the appropriate solution to operate its flights in accordance with international law and agreements." An Emirates spokesman has confirmed the move. "Emirates will stop services between Tunis and Dubai, as instructed by the Tunisian authorities, with effect from December 25, 2017," ...

UAE hires former US intelligence agents to build 'its own CIA': Report

1396/10/3 | 11:02
  The United Arab Emirates has hired former CIA agents to teach Emirati recruits “the tools of modern spycraft,” as part of efforts to establish a professional intelligence service, according to a report.   The training sessions are taking place at two locations in Abu Dhabi – in a typical modern villa not far from the northeastern Zayed Port, and at another site outside downtown called “The Academy,” which is equipped with gun ranges, barracks, and driving courses, the Foreign Policy magazine reported.   The trainees ...

Persian Gulf monarchies plan new alliance minus Saudi Arabia, UAE

1396/10/1 | 11:02
  Some Persian Gulf monarchies could seek alternative alliances if Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, backed by the US, continue to pursue “stupid” policies that are destabilizing the region, an Omani official has revealed. Speaking to the Middle East Eye on condition of anonymity, the official said that Muscat could be forced to seek alternative protection if the Saudi-Emirati axis pursued plans to break away from the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC), and expressed concerns about the continuing blockade of Qatar which ...

Abdullah Saleh's son turns down Saudi, UAE demands

1396/9/29 | 11:02
  Ahmad, the son of Yemen's executed former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, has rejected demands by Saudi Arabia and the UAE to take the political and military leadership of the National Congress, Arab media disclosed on Sunday. "Ahmad has thanked the Saudis and the Emiratis for their trust but rejected their requests for picking up the political and military leadership of the National Congress," the Yemen-based Ma'arib Press news website reported, adding that the response has stunned the Saudi and UAE officials. It added that the Saudis ...

The Saudi-UAE media attack on Erdoğan

1396/9/29 | 11:02
  Immediately after the end of the Special meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Summit on Jerusalem, which was called by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, a number of Saudi and UAE media outlets began attacking Iran and Turkey in an unusual way.   In an interview with Quds Press, the Secretary-General of the Turkish-Arab Institute for Strategic Studies in Turkey, Badr al-Din Habib Oglu, said: “The issue of Jerusalem has affected most of the Arab regimes, the Gulf regimes in particular, specifically Saudi Arabia.”   He ...

Would Hammad Siddiqui’s arrest change political face of Karachi?

1396/9/19 | 11:02
  Former Mutt­ahida Qaumi Movement leader Hammad Siddiqui, who was arrested in Dubai around two months ago, was handed over to Pakistan by UAE authorities, a private news channel claimed on Friday.   Quoting unnamed sources, media said that the “deportation” of Mr Siddiqui, a key suspect in the 2012 Baldia factory fire in which over 250 labourers were killed, was conducted not through standard operating procedures, but by mutual intelligence coordination between Pakistan and the UAE.   It said that Interpol handed over ...

Saudi Arabia and the UAE: race of the reckless

1396/9/15 | 11:02
What happened to the former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik in the UAE a few days ago is very similar to what happened to Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Saudi Arabia a few weeks ago.   They were mysteriously detained, for unannounced reasons, and then released based on even more mysterious terms, while their family members were kept hostage to anticipation.   The core of the issue is not Hariri and Shafik but rather Saudi Arabia and the UAE. In more precise words it is about who is governing Saudi Arabia and who is ...

Top civil-mil officials agree on 'political negotiations' with Islamabad protesters, no use of force

1396/9/5 | 11:02
  Top civil and military officials on Sunday decided against the use of force to disperse protesters in Islamabad, opting instead to engage in political negotiations with agitators in the capital, a highly-placed source told media. There has been no official confirmation of the development. Chief of Army Staff Qamar Jawed Bajwa, who flew in from the United Arab Emirates, attended the over two-hour-long meeting headed by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, along with Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and Director-General (DG) Inter-Services ...

Leak: UAE planned financial war against Qatar

1396/8/21 | 11:02
  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 ...

Saudis, UAE, Kuwait Order Citizens to Leave Lebanon

1396/8/20 | 11:02
  With Saudi Arabia having accused Lebanon of declaring war over the weekend, a growing number of GCC states are issuing either travel advisories or outright bans on citizens traveling to Lebanon, with Bahrain the first to issue such warnings, and Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates following. All are claiming “safety considerations,” though none are clear about what exactly their intentions toward Lebanon are, or even whether this is related to the missile fired from Yemen, or the resignation of the Lebanese premier ...

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

1396/8/11 | 11:02
  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 ...

UAE official apologises to Israel for not playing anthem at judo event

1396/8/9 | 11:02
The President of the UAE Judo Federation has apologised to his Israeli counterpart after the organisers refused to play the Israeli national anthem at the Abu Dhabi Judo Grand Slam tournament last week.   According to the media in Israel, Mohammed Bin Thaloub Al-Derai and the General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Aref Al-Awani, made the apology to the head of the Israeli Judo Association, Moshe Ponte. As well as the anthem issue, they apologised for the fact that a UAE athlete refused to shake hands with Israeli competitors at ...

Differences between Saudi, UAE may fracture their alliance

1396/8/2 | 11:02
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and the Deputy Chief Commander of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Mohammed Bin Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan is perceived as the “mentor” of the de facto leader of Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman.   King Salman’s ill health has led to the relegation of most of his responsibility to his son Prince Mohammad. He is by a stretch the most powerful leader in terms of economic and military might in the Middle East. He controls one of the richest entities in the world, Aramco, the ...

Half of UAE’s residents in debt

1396/7/30 | 11:02
  The increase of the value added tax in the UAE, effective next year, is expected to intensify the suffering of UAE residents, the majority of whom already live under debt.   Moreover, the VAT is also expected to hit some trade activity, such as the diamond industry and the construction industry, as it will raise the cost of services and goods for the residents. According to a study by Amazon’s PayFort, recently published on personal debt in Arab countries, almost 50 per cent of the UAE’s residents are drowning in a sea of debt.   The ...

‘UAE plans to invade Qatar using mercenaries’

1396/7/21 | 11:02
    Qatar’s ex-Deputy Prime Minister has revealed details of a plan funded by the UAE to invade his country using mercenaries from the American security service company formerly known as Blackwater. Abdullah Bin Hamas Al-Attiyah noted that the plan still hasn’t received the green light from Washington.   Al-Attiyah told Spain’s ABC newspaper that thousands of mercenaries from Blackwater — now called Academi — are undergoing training in the UAE. “Plans for the invasion led by the Emirati authorities were underway ...

Fall in oil price pushes Abu Dhabi to sell bonds valued at $10bn

1396/7/20 | 11:02
  The government of Abu Dhabi announced on Tuesday that it has sold bonds worth $10 billion in what was the second such move in the UAE since oil prices started to fall in 2014.   According to a statement by the Department of Finance of the oil-rich emirate, the bonds were offered in three groups for a period of 10 to 30 years. The interest rates attached to the bonds range from 2.5 per cent to 4 per cent. The sale attracted investors regionally and globally, with more than 500 applications received, valued in excess of $30 billion.   Abu ...

International investigation: UAE bribes NGOs to polish its disgraceful image

1396/7/6 | 11:02
  A special international human rights inquiry revealed for the first time the role played by the UAE in the Human Rights Council in order to influence its decisions to serve its interests and prevent any stand against it in the field of human rights violations.     The United Nations Independent Monitoring Body (UNSCO) yesterday published an executive summary of an initial inquiry into the 36th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council held in Geneva on September 11-29 that concerns civil society organizations.   Arab ...

Barzani sends his family and relatives to the UAE to save them from possible danger

1396/7/2 | 11:02
  A number of Barzani family members have been heading towards the UAE from Erbil upon the official invitation of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince.     The news indicates that a number of Barzani family members have been heading towards the UAE from Erbil, the capital of the Iraqi Kurdistan, upon the official invitation of Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.     They left as Iraqi Kurdistan is on eve of independence referendum. At the same time, the tensions between different positions in Iraq has increased ...

German company bans gun sales to ‘corrupt’ Israel

1396/7/1 | 11:02
  German gun manufacturer Heckler & Koch has banned the sale of weapons to corrupt countries including Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The Jerusalem Post reported that the company made the decision because it is difficult to obtain licenses from the German government to supply weapons to countries which are corrupt, undemocratic, or not affiliated in some way to NATO. The list of countries include Israel, Mexico, India, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE, Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia and all African countries. According ...

UAE and Saudi Arabia to normalize their secret relations with Israel

1396/6/30 | 11:02
Al-Khabar Al-Yamani news website has published an article from Middle East Monitor about open relations of the Arab states with Israel.   While, Arab-Israel relations have been taking place behind closed doors. The article stated the United Arab Emirates is a pioneer of open relations with Israel. The UAE assigned its ambassador to Washington in this regard.   Saudi Arabia’s authorities have visited Israel many times.   pk.shafaqna.com   ...

UAE ambassador to Ankara threatens Turkey to close down its embassy

1396/6/29 | 11:02
  Twitter account "Jeel al-Hurriyyah w-al-tanwir" [Generation of liberty and enlightenment" , published a document in which the Emirati ambassador highlighted the reasons behind the increased tension between the UAE and Turkey. According to this document Khalifah Shahin al-Marar, the UAE ambassador to Turkey, in a letter to the Turkish ministry of foreign affairs, highlighted the five main reasons, behind the differences between the two countries, in order of importance: 1-      Their different positions and policies vis a vis the ...

UAE: Saudi Arabia was going to launch military attack on Qatar

1396/6/26 | 11:02
  Saudi Arabia was preparing for a military attack on its neighbour Qatar, leaked emails dated May 2017 appear to show.   The emails between UAE Ambassador in Washington, Yousef Al-Otaiba, and US diplomat Elliott Abrams in May 2017 claim that Saudi came close to “conquering” Qatar and this would “solve everyone’s problems”, according to the Emirati official.   Al-Otaiba added that deceased Saudi monarch King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz “came pretty close to doing something in Qatar” a few months before his death in January 2015.   Abrams ...