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.
French youths jailed for killing Chinese tailor
BOBIGNY: Two French youths were jailed Tuesday over a deadly attack on a Chinese tailor that sparked mass protests by the country’s Asian community.
The pair, aged 17 and 19 at the time of the attack in August 2016, left Zhang Chaolin with fatal injuries when he fell while they were mugging him. The older defendant was sentenced to 10 years in jail and the younger to four years with an additional year suspended for violent robbery leading to death. The younger, who has already served two years behind bars awaiting trial, burst into tears upon hearing the verdict at a juvenile court near Paris.
Prosecutors had asked that the pair be jailed for 15 years and eight years respectively. Zhang’s death caused an outcry among Asians living in France, with thousands taking to the streets to protest what they called a rise in anti-Asian racism in poorer French communities. The 49-year-old and a friend were on their way to a restaurant in the Paris suburb of Aubervilliers when three teenagers crossed their path. Zhang, who has two children, fell and hit his head on a wall after being kicked in the chest.
HR ministry pays blood-money!
ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Human Rights (MOHR) and Government of Pakistan has released Rs 1,680,270 on account of Diyat, Arsh and Daman Fund for payment of Diyat to legal heirs of a prisoner Javed Ali, confined in Central Prison Hyderabad.
The prisoner, Javed Ali son of Ashraf Ali confined in the Central Prison Hyderabad under Section 302 Pakistan Penal Code in First Information Report No. 09/2014 of Police Station Border Farm, District Umerkot. An official of MOHR told Media that on the directive of the Ministry of Human Rights, Islamabad, the Regional Director Human Rights Karachi met District and Sessions Judge Umerkot and handed over a cheque amounting to Rs. 1,680,270 for payment of Diyat amount to legal heirs of the victim to release the convicted prisoner from Central Prison Hyderabad.
This fund has been approved by the Administrative Committee for Diyat, Arsh and Daman Fund in its 5th meeting held on May 16 in the ministry. The case was recommended by Provincial Sub-Committee on Diyat, Arsh and Daman, Government of Sindh, he informed.
The Federal Government has established Diyat, Arsh and Daman Fund to provide financial assistance to convicts, who are confined in jails on account of nonpayment of Diyat, Arsh and Daman amount to the legal heirs of victims due to poverty and weak financial position, he said. Soft loans or financial grants out of the fund is also provided to the convict prisoners who fulfil the prescribed criteria, he informed.
The Federal Government has placed this fund under the administrative control of Ministry of Human Rights. Provincial Sub Committee scrutinize, process and recommend eligible cases to the Administrative Committee for its consideration and approval for the grant of Diyat, Arsh and Daman, he said.
Heirs can pardon the convicts taking blood money according to the provision of Islamic laws. However, the same is not allowed if the case is registered under the terrorism laws.
Syrian admits to Berlin assault on Israeli wearing kippa
BERLIN: A young Syrian migrant admitted today to lashing out with his belt at an Israeli man wearing a Jewish kippa skullcap in an assault that stoked fears of resurgent anti-Semitism.
A video of the attack, filmed by the victim on his smartphone, sparked widespread public revulsion as it spread on social media, and later triggered large street rallies to show solidarity with Jews. The defendant, a 19-year-old Palestinian from Syria, is charged with dangerous assault and hate speech in the trial that was to hear eight witnesses and could reach a verdict the same day.
The footage of the April 17 assault shows the attacker, one of a group of three, shouting “Yahudi“, Jew in Arabic, before lashing out at the two men, leaving one injured. “I’m sorry, it was a mistake”, the defendant told a Berlin court, while claiming the victim had insulted him first, reported news agency DPA.
“I didn’t want to hit him, I only wanted to scare him,” he said in his testimony, which switched from halting German to Arabic. “I had smoked some dope, my head was tired.” Grievous bodily harm usually carries jail terms of three months to five years in Germany, but less under the juvenile law which can be applied for defendants up to 20 years of age.
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