Marriage racket bust in Hyderabad; eight Arab Sheikhs arrested

On Wednesday, a huge Arab marriage racket including minor girls has been busted by the police in Hyderabad and 17 people were arrested including eight Omani and Qatari nationals and three qazis.

Amongst the arrested quazis was also the head qazi of Mumbai, Farid Ahmed Khan and along with him four hotel proprietors and five dealers of Hyderabad have been held.

City Police Commissioner M. Mahender Reddy said that the Arab sheikhs were marrying minor young ladies with the assistance of brokers, qazis and lodge proprietors. Of the sheikhs captured, five are Omani nationals and three Qatari.

The racket which was reported to be spreading from Hyderabad to Oman and to other Arab nations, was busted during the investigation concerning a case enlisted a month ago in Falaknuma area of the old city of Hyderabad.

A lady had filed a complaint to the police that her husband with the assistance of a few dealers ‘sold’ their minor little girl to a 70-year-old Omani national Ahmed Abdullah. Their daughter is now stuck in Oman.

The police said that efforts were on to safeguard the girl and arrest the accused and bring them to Hyderabad.

Sources:

PTI, Business Standard

Snapchat blocks Al Jazeera on its app in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has requested Snapchat to block access to Al Jazeera’s content within its country. Al Jazeera’s news articles and videos now cannot be viewed on the app’s Discover feature.

Saudi Arabia told Snap Incorporated, that the Al Jazeera Discover Publisher Channel violated local laws. Al Jazeera’s Arabic language channel on Snapchat Discover had been available since May 2017.

On September 17, 2017 a Snapchat spokesperson in a statement said, “We make an effort to comply with local laws in the countries where we operate.”

Saudi Arabia has one of the largest users for Snapchat nearing eight million. While Al Jazeera is a state funded media company of Qatar, which has been the subject of a boycott by many of the Gulf countries. The boycott was incidentally led by Saudi Arabia. One of the specific complaints against Qatar to justify the boycott was the use of Al Jazeera by the country.

Wall Street Journal was the first to report on the decision to remove the channel. According to Wall Street Journal, ‘the conflict is the latest example of a technology company being pinned in the crosshairs of geopolitics as it navigates censorship of content on its platforms.’

Sources: Al Jazeera, CNBC

 

Morsi sentenced to 25 years in jail

Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. As per sources, the original sentence amounted to 40 years which was reduced to 25 years. The Court of Cassation, which is Egypt’s highest court of appeal, upheld the life sentence of Morsi who was involved in the Qatar espionage case. The court also mentioned that the ruling is “final and unappealable”.

Morsi was found guilty by an Egyptian court for leaking confidential documents to Qatar and selling them to Al-Jazeera channel. The information included military secrets and state’s policy affairs. He has also been charged with possessing weapons, inciting violence as well as the killing of 22 Coptic Christians working in Libya in 2015.

Morsi became the first democratic Egyptian president in the year 2012, was ousted from power within a year. He was overthrown in mid-2013 by then-general Abdel Fattah al-Sisi who is currently serving as the president of the country. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood party has been blacklisted by the current government as a terrorist group.

Egypt is also one of the four nations of the Saudi led block which cut off all trade relations with Qatar since 5th June.

Sources-

  1. Indian Express- http://indianexpress.com/article/world/egyptian-court-confirms-ousted-president-mohamed-morsis-life-sentence-4846562/

2.

The Hindu- http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/egyptian-court-confirms-morsis-life-sentence/article19698974.ece

 

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Livmint – http://www.livemint.com/Politics/M5F2JgvjqGvzehSZDs7nyO/Egypt-court-sentences-former-president-Mohammed-Morsi-to-25.html

30% increase in Qatar oil production under pressure

After Saudi Arabia and its allies imposed sweeping embargo on Qatar and created a pressure of diplomatic crisis, they proposed their plan to increase natural gas production by 30% in the coming years on Tuesday, 4 July 2017.

On Monday, 3 July, Qatar gave its response to a 13-point list of demands made by its neighbours for lifting their sanctions. They wanted to carry out a joint venture with international companies in the production increase process. Qatar Petroleum chief, Sherida Al-Kaabi has also assured that even if no company supports, they will meet the 100 million tons target. On Wednesday, 5 July, the four Arab States will meet to discuss about the crisis and on the imposition of further sanction on Qatar.

As reported by The Times of India, Al-Kaabi said in a press conference, that the target is to raise their production by 2024.

Presently, Qatar is the world’s largest producer of Liquified Natural Gas(LNG). Now, it’s production is up to 77 million tons per year. The expansion will increase output levels equivalent to million barrels of oil per day, as reported by The Hindu Business Line.

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Image Source- Qatar Tribune

Sources: The Times of India, Daily Mail

Qatar asked to shutdown Al-Jazeera

Qatar faces another setback after Arabian states asked Qatar to shut down Al Jazeera and cut off its ties with Iran, these demands have increased the already widening tension between Qatar and other Arabian states.

Al Jazeera responded to the demand by stating that anyone who wants to shut down Al Jazeera wants to silence the freedom of expression in the region. Al Jazeera has been the most popular channel of the Middle East and has a global outreach Other channels funded by Qatar including  Arabi21, Rassd, Al Araby Al Jadeed and the Middle EastEye are also been asked to shut down.

However, the demands do not portray what they would do if Qatar is unable to shutdown Qatar’s foreign ministry has refused to provide any comments and a statement is supposed to be made on Friday. A time period of 10 days has been given to Qatar to do so. Qatar has earlier been alleged by the Arabian countries to have ties with terrorist’s organizations. This includes the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah and Jabhat Fateh al Sham. Qatar has strongly reacted against it by calling it as “unjustified” and “baseless”. The three weeks of the embargo has seen a closure of borders and airways to Qatar, as a result of which Qatar is going through a financial crunch.

News Sources- Al Jazeera, The Guardian 

Qatar under pressure to shutdown Al-Jazeera

Qatar faces another setback after Arabian states asked Qatar to shutdown Al Jazeera and cut of its ties with Iran, these demands have increased the already widening tension between Qatar and other Arabian states.

Al Jazeera responded to the demand by stating that anyone who wants to shutdown Al Jazeera wants to silence the freedom of expression in the region. Al Jazeera has been the most popular channel of the middle east and have a global outreach Other channels funded by Qatar including  Arabi21, Rassd, Al Araby Al Jadeed and Middle East Eye are also been asked to shut down.

However, the demands do not portray what they would do if Qatar is unable to shutdown Qatar’s foreign ministry has refused to provide any comments and a statement is supposed to be made on Friday.

A time period of 10 days has been given to Qatar to do so. Qatar has earlier been alleged by the Arabian countries to have ties with terrorist’s organizations.

This includes the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah and Jabhat Fateh al Sham. Qatar has strongly reacted against it by calling it as “unjustified” and “baseless”. The three weeks of embargo has seen closure of borders and airways to Qatar, as a result of which Qatar is going through a financial crunch.

Source:

Al-Jazeera, Guardian

Image Source: CNN

Qatar receives list of demands from GCC to end crisis

The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Egypt have sent a series of demands to Qatar which it must meet in order to lift the current sanctions placed.

 The list, submitted by an undisclosed official, has come through one of the countries that severed ties with Qatar. The list comprises 13 demands, primary ones including that Qatar shut down its Al Jazeera Network, sever alleged ties with Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda and ISIS, scale down diplomatic ties with Iran and shut down a Turkish military base in the country.

 The provisions related to Qatar’s Shiite neighbour Iran additionally demanded that they remove any member from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, trade and commerce is to only be conducted by complying with the US’s sanctions.

 The country has been given 10 days to accept the demands including paying a sum of money, and if it complies, will be audited in the beginning of every month, every quarter from the second year and then annually for the next ten years.

 The list of 13 demands can be found here:  Al Jazeera 

 Qatar is facing one of the worst political crisis in years, after UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with it alleging that it was funding terrorism. It has however denied all allegations of funding terror.

Sources: Al Jazeera, BBC and CNBC