WASHINGTON: Today, September 11, marks the 16th anniversary of the deadly attacks on World Trade Centre, a day which changed the thinking of American people for the whole Muslim world.
Almost 3,000 people died when hijacked planes crashed into the skyscrapers, the Pentagon, and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania in 2001. It has been 16 years since one of the most devastating days in the US history and the world is still finding answers in the ashes.
The 9/11 attacks spawned Washington’s so-called war on terror, which initially focused on al Qaeda and the Taliban, before later targeting the Islamic State group which has seized territory in Syria, Iraq and Libya.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, or “KSM”, was dubbed the “architect of 9/11”. He and his four alleged co-conspirators all face the death penalty in a case that is still crawling through the pretrial stages of a military commission.
According to a senior White House official, KSM allegedly hatched the 9/11 plot, secured al-Qaeda boss Osama bin Laden’s support, and oversaw operations and trained hijackers in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The other men – Walid bin Attash, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, Ammar al-Baluchi and Mustafa al-Hawsawi – allegedly trained hijackers, arranged travel and flight school courses or wired money to fund the attacks on New York and Washington, DC, he said in an interview a year after the incident.
Thousands of 9/11 victims’ relatives, survivors, rescuers, and others are gathering at the World Trade Centre today to remember what remains the deadliest attack on American soil.
US President Donald Trump is marking the anniversary for the first time as the country’s leader today. He is scheduled to observe a moment of silence at around the time the first aeroplane hit the towers.
Trump is also expected to take part in a 9/11 observance at the Pentagon. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are hosting a private observance for victims’ relatives there at 9.11am local time.
Nawaz – disqualified under Articles 62 and 63 – cannot serve as PML-N head: SC
ISLAMABAD: Three-judge SC bench in a verdict on petitions (filed by PTI, AML, PPP & others) challenging Election Act 2017 has said here today that an individual disqualified under Articles 62 and 63 cannot serve as party head.
Since all the decisions taken by Sharif have been declared null and void, the PML-N will have to give fresh names of candidates for the Senate elections scheduled to be held on 3rd day of March, 2018).
It is pertinent to mention here that, after Nawaz Sharif was disqualified by the SC from holding a public office, passage of the said Act had earlier enabled Nawaz Sharif to regain his lost position as PML-N head.
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