(PAKISTAN) JUST IN: Women’s March Report: Politicians and rights activists say organisers are being threatened with dangerous blasphemy accusations by religious conservatives #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.11: Blasphemy accusations have resulted in killings in the past, and human rights activists believe that these allegations have created a widespread climate of fear, especially for women’s rights advocates:

Pakistan: Women’s rights activists face new allegations of blasphemy: While organizers of Pakistan’s Women’s Marchhave long been the subject of threats and criticism, allegations of blasphemy could put women’s rights activists in a new kind of danger.

Activists dance at a Women's Day rally in Islamabad

“Pakistan is not a democratic state but a religious state where clerics wield a lot of influence,” Mehdi Hassan, a former chairperson of Pakistan’s Human Rights Commission, told DW.

“Hurling allegations of blasphemy amounts to jeopardizing the lives of people here. We fear that the lives of women activists are in danger because there are so many extremists out there in the streets who could target them at any time.”

“At least seven people have been killed just because of blasphemy allegations. Therefore, it is important that the government provides them [the activists] with protection.”

Feminist Pakistani filmmaker rebels against tradition

Who is threatening activists in Pakistan?

At least two local courts — one in the northwestern city of Peshawar and another in the southern port city of Karachi — have asked police to register cases against organizers of the march, alleging violations of blasphemy and other laws. A petition seeking to ban the annual gathering has also been lodged with the Islamabad High Court.

Lahore-based activist Shazia Khan said friends and relatives have pressured them to maintain a low profile following the accusations and legal cases.

“Hatemongers and misogynistic media personalities have been spewing venom against us, jeopardizing the lives of women in a country where people are killed merely due to false accusations of blasphemy,” said Khan.

Khan believes it is difficult to say who is behind these threats and litigation.

“However, the individuals and organizations that are issuing threats or registering cases are believed to have worked for the intelligence agencies in the past, or to have their support.”

“All the videos and posters have been fabricated or doctored. There is no truth to these accusations,” prominent activist Farzana Bari told DW.

Organizers of the march have also written an open letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan in order to draw his attention to the threats.

Pakistan’s first transgender madrasa

Why is Women’s March targeted?

Some prominent right-wing TV anchors and media personalities have also spoken out against the leaders of the march, accusing them of spreading Western culture.

“Blasphemous slogans were used during the Women’s March,” Ibrar Hussain, who filed a case against the activists, with a local court in Peshawar, told DW.

“I went to a police station to register a case, but my application was rejected, so I approached the court and now the court has ordered the police to register a blasphemy case,” said Hussain.

Meanwhile, Hafiz Ihtisham, who is associated with Islamabad’s “Red Mosque,” told DW that “blasphemy” was committed against “holy personalities.”

“Religious personalities were also insulted,” he said. “I approached the court, seeking an action against the organizers of the march, and a permanent ban on the event. I have also requested that the court probe the funding sources of the NGOs that hold the event,” he added.

Although Women’s Day is celebrated in Pakistan on March 8 every year, it has assumed a greater significance since the Women’s March was launched in 2018 by the Women Democratic Front and the left-wing Awami Workers Party.

Sexual harassment forces Pakistani entertainers to create own #MeToo movement

The event has triggered a debate over women’s rights in Pakistan, where thousands of cases of honor killings, domestic violence, sexual assaults and harassment against women are reported each year.

Women are also widely discriminated against in workplaces, political institutions and social gatherings. In particular, the march’s slogan, “my body, my control”  earned the ire of conservative elements of society.

Taliban issues threats

This year, even the terrorist outfit Tehreek Taliban Pakistan publicly threatened the organizers on Twitter, much to the alarm of women’s rights activists.

The tweet said, “Fix your ways. There are still many young Muslims here who know how to protect Islam and the boundaries set by Allah.”

Yasmin Lehri, a female politician and leader of the National Party, believes that women could also be harmed while attending court hearings. Lehri said that the government should provide full protection to women’s rights activists and look into the accusations before registering the cases, due to the dangers posed to those attending the hearings.

However, despite the dangers, government officials have said the march organizers should face the charges.

“This is really very disturbing … All possible methods should be employed to probe these accusations,” said Lehri. “And if the videos and posters turn out to be fake, then those who leveled the accusations must be brought to justice.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Apr.11: 2021:

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(BANGLADESH) JUST IN: Activists protest against Modi in a a March after Friday prayers according to OpIndia #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.24: Apparently they didn’t get the memo that every Western non-Muslim politician has received, to the effect that Osama bin Laden had nothing, nothing whatsoever, to do with Islam.

Bangladesh: ‘We will rise with the roar of Osama bin Laden, shouted activists at a protest march following the Jummah (Friday prayers), a group of about 500 Muslims marched on the streets outside Baitul Mokarram Mosque in Dhaka according to OpIndia’

“‘We will rise with roar of Osama bin Laden, we are Rasul soldiers’: Muslims in Bangladesh protest against visit by ‘Hindu Nationalist’ PM Modi,” OpIndia, March 20, 2021:

In a video that has now surfaced on social media, hordes of men brandishing skull caps and long beards were seen sloganeering against India and Prime Minister Modi. They were also seen holding their chappals (floaters) in the air to express their demand for the cancellation of his trip to the country.

A second protest march was taken out by the ‘student activists’ of the Left at the campus of Dhaka University. The protestors carried a banner that read, ‘Go Back Modi’, ‘Go Back India’, and ‘Go Back Killer Modi.’ The demonstrators alleged that PM Modi and his ‘Hindu nationalist party’ have been ‘oppressing’ Muslims in India. They further claimed that several Bangladeshis have been killed by Indian border security guards, while in reality, such deaths occur when they try to smuggle, infiltrate into the Indian territory.

We will become Taliban, says protestor

“India’s subordinate government of Hasina has invited Modi, we are here to protest against that,” commented one Hossain Mohammed Anwar. In another video shared by Bangladeshi Hindu activist Raju Das, an Islamist was heard saying, “If Narendra Modi is allowed to come to Bangladesh, we will have to turn into terrorists. Bengal will become Afghanistan, and we will become the Taliban.”

“We will rise with the roar of Osama bin Laden, we will not obey any obstacle. We are Rasul soldier, don’t be afraid of bullets and bombs. Remember, Allah is with you. We cannot tolerate this. For the sake of Islam, the Quran and the country, we will all fight together, he concluded. Besides, the protestors were seen putting up an effigy of PM Modi with the inscription, “Modi is a terrorist.” They also desecrated the Indian flag but putting up a cross mark on the tricolour….

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Mar.24: 2021:

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#activists, #bangladesh, #modi

HONG KONG: ‘ Legislature vetoes China-backed electoral reform plan ‘

#AceNewsReport – HONG KONG:June.18: Hong Kong’s legislature on Thursday vetoed a China-backed electoral reform package criticized by opposition lawmakers and activists as undemocratic, Reuters said.

The Legislative Council’s move is expected to ease for now the prospect of fresh mass protests in the financial hub. The rejection will likely appease some activists who had demanded a veto.

“Today 28 legco members voted against the wishes of the majority of Hong Kong people, and denied them the democratic right to elect the chief executive in the next election,” said the city’s current leader, Leung Chun-ying.


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#activists, #electoral-reform, #hong-kong, #opposition-lawmakers


#AceWorldNews – DHAKA: Jan.05: Two supporters of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) have been shot dead in clashes with activists from the ruling party, the Hasina Awami League, and at least 15 people have been injured in the northern town of Natore.

As violence continued, the leader of the BNP, Khaleda Zia, has been confined to her Dhaka office by police, but she has urged her supporters to take to the streets as part of a campaign to force Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to hold fresh multi-party elections.


#activists, #bangladesh-nationalist-partybnp, #hasina-awami-league


#AceNewsServices – BAHRAIN:Jan.02 – Clashes between riot police and demonstrators have erupted in Bahrain for the fifth day in a row as the activists demand the release of Sheikh Ali Salman, the head of the largest Shiite opposition party in the Kingdom.

Police used tear gas to disperse a crowd following a rally that started after prayers at Manama’s Mumen mosque.

“Dozens of people… including women and children, were arrested,” Bahrain Observatory for Human Rights said in a statement. Arabic news sources also reported injuries.

READ MORE: #BahrainSchism: Anti-govt protests break out after arrest of Shia opposition leader

The protest movement demands the release of the opposition leader of the Al-Wefaq party. Before the Thursday’s rally in the capital, protests centered on the villages surrounding Manama.

Salman was arrested on Sunday and charged with seeking to overthrow the ruling Sunni family. A number of countries including the US and Iran have expressed concern over the detention of the opposition leader.

A Bahraini protestor takes cover from tear gas during clashes with riot police following a protest against the arrest of the head of the banned Shiite opposition movement Al-Wefaq, Sheikh Ali Salman (on the poster) on January 1, 2015 in Bilad al-Qadeem, a suburb of Manama. (AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)

A Bahraini protestor takes cover from tear gas during clashes with riot police following a protest against the arrest of the head of the banned Shiite opposition movement Al-Wefaq, Sheikh Ali Salman (on the poster) on January 1, 2015 in Bilad al-Qadeem, a suburb of Manama. (AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)

The country’s Interior Ministry have banned further protests scheduled to take place on Friday, as Bahraini security forces continue suppressing the Shiite-majority population. Bahrain’s leadership has relied heavily on other Sunni monarchies in the Persian Gulf, including Saudi Arabia.

OP-EGDE: ‘Arrest of Shia opposition leader endangers Bahrain’s stability’

Bahrain has been accused by human rights groups for brutally clamping down on protesters, with the government in Manama using harsh counter-terrorism laws to prosecute human rights activists.

A Bahraini protestor runs for cover from tear gas during clashes with riot police following a protest against the arrest of the head of the banned Shiite opposition movement Al-Wefaq, Sheikh Ali Salman (on the poster) on January 1, 2015 in Bilad al-Qadeem, a suburb of Manama. (AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)


#activists, #protesters, #shiite


#AceNewsServices – Featured Post – CINCINNATI:Dec.12 – I am relieved and heartened to share that the activists who protested against rainforest destruction at Procter & Gamble headquarters this past March just accepted a plea deal for the misdemeanor of Trespass, after initially being overcharged with two felonies and up to 9.5 years in prison.



They will complete 80 hours of community service, but are not going to prison.

How did we get here?

Earlier this year, Greenpeace exposed Procter & Gamble — the multinational corporation behind products like Head & Shoulders shampoo and Gillette shaving cream — for using palm oil linked to rainforest destruction in Indonesia.

In response, over 400,000 Greenpeace supporters sent messages to P&G and thousands more made calls. Activists also held protests all over the world — including a protest at P&G’s global headquarters in Cincinnati.

The activists in Cincinnati unfurled two 60 ft banners outside of P&G’s headquarters sending a message to P&G about how the company could protect forests and endangered animals like the Sumatran tiger. Employees watched and snapped photos, and the activists came down peacefully.

A month later, P&G announced a new palm oil policy that includes sustainability and human rights goals! Procter & Gamble heard the activists’ message. In fact, the protest has opened up doors for us to work together to address other sustainability issues.

The peaceful protest was a success. But shortly after the protest ended, the activists were overcharged with the felonies of burglary and vandalism, threatening 9.5 years in prison.

While the activists in Cincinnati were prepared to accept the consequences of their actions for a cause they believe in, the charges they faced were not based in fact.

That’s why yesterday’s plea — which dropped the two felony charges — is so important.

Thank You:

It has been an incredibly challenging ten months for the activists, who put their futures on the line to take a stand for an end to senseless forest destruction. I am so profoundly thankful for what they’ve accomplished and what they have endured.

I’m also so thankful for the over 40,000 people like you who signed in support for the activists in the face of ridiculous and incredibly intimidating charges. For your belief that when we act together, change is possible. For your unwavering support in the power of non-violent direct action.

This protest has reminded me just how difficult it is to make change in a system that works the way ours does: one that puts the whims of those in power over the needs of the people. In a time where we are surrounded by abuses of power, from police brutality to environmental destruction, thank you for having the courage to stand up and demand change.

Now more than ever, I am convinced that each of our little acts of courage — when added together — can repair and rebuild our world.

The post Update from Cincinnati: Felony charges dropped for Greenpeace activists appeared first on Greenpeace Blogs.



#activists, #procter-gamble, #protesters, #trespass


#AceNewsServices – HONG KONG:Dec.11 – This is a story l have followed since it all began last September and today finally the police arrested dozens of pro-democracy protesters Thursday as teams with sledgehammers and chainsaws demolished camps and tore down tents erected by activists as part of a mass civil disobedience movement.

The police clearance marked the end of the pro-democracy occupation that has paralyzed parts of the south China city for more than 10 weeks.

“I think the spirit of the movement still lives, but the idea of occupying streets is over,” said student Andrew Chan, 20, as he left the site. “We can’t even get a big crowd to come out today to fight the police clearing the site.”

Among those arrested was popular singer Denise Ho, who led the crowd in chanting “civil disobedience, we are fearless!” reported the South China Morning Post. Four members of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, one of the key campaign organizers, also were arrested, the group tweeted.

Earlier Thursday, bailiffs backed by police to enforce a court injunction met no resistance as they removed barricades in one part of the protest area. The injunction was brought by a bus company that complained of disruption to its business operations.

After telling protesters to leave or face arrest, police moved against the main encampment in Hong Kong’s Admiralty section and set up a cordon around the area, a key financial district close to government headquarters. Several roads there have been closed to traffic for two and a half months, with cars replaced by thousands of protesters, hundreds of tents and dozens of barricades.

“It’s been a failed action, we didn’t achieve any of our objectives of a real election, not the fake one provided by the central government,” said Kit Leung, 29, a marketing professional who said he camped out for several nights at the Admiralty protest site in support of the democracy drive.

“We are planning follow up actions,” he said, without elaborating.

The protests were sparked by China’s refusal to allow a free choice of candidates in leadership elections slated for 2017 in the former British colony. Beijing, which took over control of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom in 1997, insists on screening all candidates through a pro-Beijing panel likely to reject anyone critical of Chinese policy.


#activists, #police, #protesters


#AceWorldNews – JORDAN – Dec.06 – Local authorities quickly stripped away public signs of support for the Islamic State group in this desert town AP reported. 

Black flags have been removed from rooftops.

Graffiti proclaiming the extremists’ imminent victory have been whitewashed.

But supporters of the Middle East’s most radical extremist group are only laying low after their surprise show of strength in protests last summer.

Despite government efforts, support for the Islamic State group is growing in Maan and elsewhere in Jordan, one of the West’s key allies in the region, say Islamic State activists, members of rival groups and experts on political Islam.


#activists, #groups, #support


#AceWorldNews – HONG KONG – Nov.26 – Student protest organizers were reportedly arrested in Hong Kong on Wednesday, as police cleared out a protest site in Mong Kok district, according to student groups’ Facebook pages.



Protest leaders Joshua Wong and Lester Shum were taken into custody.

The news came as Hong Kong police cleared out barricades and tents from Mong Kok district – the site of pro-democracy rallies – Reuters cited witnesses as saying.

After three hours, police were able to get traffic flowing along Nathan Road, which had been blocked since September.


#activists, #mok-kok, #police, #pro-democracy, #protest, #students


#AceNewsServices – SYRIA – Nov.19 – In every conflict there are casualties of war, the airstrikes carried out by the US-led coalition, is no different. Since 20 October 2014 to midnight last night, this has led to the following:   

' ‘US strikes’ hit Al-Nusra-held town in Syria - reports '

‘ ‘US strikes’ hit Al-Nusra-held town in Syria – reports ‘

Overnight airstrikes targeted a town controlled by Al-Qaeda-linked militants in north western Syria, AP reported, citing two activist groups.

The Local Coordination Committees and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday that the strike hit the town of Harem in Syria’s Idlib province.

There were no reports on casualties. Harem is controlled by Al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch, Al-Nusra Front. Its militants were bombed by US aircraft near Harem last week.

SOHR documented 1592 air strikes by regime warplanes and helicopters around Syria since 20th of October/2014 until yesterday’s midnight.

These are as follows:  

War Planes: Went in 866 air strikes targeted areas in Damascus, Dar’aa Aleppo, Idlib, Reef Dimashq, Homs, Hama, Der-Ezzor, Lattakia, al-Hasakah.

Helicopters: Dropped no less than 726 explosive barrels on areas in Damascus, Dar’aa Aleppo, Idlib, Reef Dimashq, Homs, Hama, al-Hasakah, Lattakia.

There were a total of: 396 civilians were killed ( 109 children, 78 women ) while no less than 1500 others were wounded, in addition to material damages in civilians properties. 



The SOHR has condemned in the strongest terms the silence of the international community on these massacres committed by al-Assad forces in the right of the Syrian people, women and children.

Their spokesperson said: We consider The failure of the UN Security Council to refer the war crimes against the humanity in Syria, was a basic factor of turning Syrian into a terrorism land and a target for thousands of foreign fighters to Implement their own agenda in Syria, after killing hundreds of civilians in Syria under the name of their ” Shariaa “.

The failure of security council let dozens of thousands of Shia fighters who are allied to regime forces from Arabic and Asian countries, to travel to Syria and kills its people side by side with Bashar al-Assad, under the pretext of defending the Shia shrines.

We in SOHR make a promise to the people of Syria that we will continue to observe, document, and publish all the human rights violations, and crimes in the right of the Syrian people, in order to stop it and judge the perpetrators, and give it the hope that the Freedom, democracy, justice and equality are coming despite the darkness and injustice, who now lives in it. 


#activists, #airstrikes, #al-qaeda, #bombing


#AceWorldNews – HONG KONG – Nov.19 – A small group of protesters in Hong Kong clashed with police early Wednesday, while trying to break into the city’s legislature.

Occupy condemns attack on Legco as pan-democrats claim protesters were 'misled'Screenshot from 2014-11-19 12:22:11

Police arrested six people in the clashes that came hours after authorities enforced a court order to clear some barricades, AP reported.

The activists used metal barricades and concrete slabs to smash glass doors at the legislature before police used pepper spray and batons.

Another group involved in organizing the protests, Occupy Central, said that those responsible for the violence misled the crowd into attacking the legislature by spreading “false information.”

Occupy condemns attack on Legco as pan-democrats claim protesters were 'misled'

Occupy condemns attack on Legco as pan-democrats claim protesters were ‘misled’

Lawmakers are also worried the incident would provide an excuse for pro-establishment lawmakers to push through a proposal to build a three-metre high metal fence outside the Legco complex SCMP reported. 

“The violent acts have violated the principle of peace and non-violence underlying the umbrella movement,” Civic Party leader Alan Leong Kah-kit said.

“We feel the [break-in] will have a negative impact on the movement. We’re heartbroken.”


#activists, #lawmakers, #peace, #protesters, #violence


#AceWorldNews – HONG KONG – November 06 – Hong Kong protesters clashed with police early on Thursday in the district of Mong Kok that has become a flashpoint for street brawls, Reuters reported.

' Hong Kong Protesters Clash with Police in Mong Kok District '

‘ Hong Kong Protesters Clash with Police in Mong Kok District ‘

Scuffles between hundreds of protesters and dozens of police armed with batons and shields broke out after 2 am local time at one of three remaining demonstration sites, for the first time in more than two weeks.

On Wednesday, Regina Ip, a former Hong Kong security chief and a top adviser to the city’s embattled leader, proposed members of the Federation of Students be given seats on the committee, according to a report by broadcaster RTHK.



#activists, #mong-kok, #police, #protesters

‘ US-led Coalition Hit Islamic State Near Turkish Border as Militants Hold Kobani ‘

#AceNewsServices – September 30 – U.S.-led coalition air-strikes targeted fighters, vehicles and artillery pieces of the Islamic State group on both sides of the Syria-Iraq border Tuesday, including around a beleaguered Kurdish town near the Syrian-Turkish that is under assault by the militants, activists said.

The aerial campaign, which began last week in Syria and last month in Iraq, aims to destroy the extremist faction known as the Islamic State that has seized control of a huge chunk of territory stretching from northern Syria to the western outskirts of the Iraqi capital.

Despite the coalition air-strikes, the militants have pressed their offensive on the town of Kobani, also known by its Arabic name of Ayn Arab, and surrounding villages near Syria’s border with Turkey.

The fighting has created one of the single largest exoduses in Syria’s civil war, now in its fourth year: More than 160,000 fled the area into Turkey the past few days, the U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said.

“Their fear is so great that many people crossed heavily mined fields to seek refuge,” she told the U.N. Security Council.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday’s strikes hit Islamic State fighters east and west of Kobani.

The Local Coordination Committees, another activist group, also confirmed the airstrikes on the town’s outskirts.

Both groups attributed the strikes to the U.S.-led coalition.


#activists, #kobani, #kurdish, #syria-iraq-border, #syrian-observatory-for-human-rightssohr, #syrian-turkish-border, #us-led-coalition

‘ Holder Steps Down Whilst Mired in Controversy ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – September 26 – Moments after making fresh demands that Attorney General Eric Holder open federal investigations into police shootings of unarmed black men, a cluster of civil rights activists learned, courtesy of whispers and a shared e-tablet, that the nation’s first black attorney general was stepping down.

Civil rights leaders, liberal activists and black lawmakers are now left wondering what effect Holder’s impending departure will have on the high-profile efforts begun on his watch.

“There’s a lot for us to calculate,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton, who was meeting with black leaders in Washington.



#activists, #attorney-general-eric-holder, #civil-rights, #washington

SYRIA: ‘ Government Troops Capture Town of Halfaya to Defend Allawite People’s ‘

#AceWorldNews – SYRIA (Hama) – September 12 – Syrian government troops have captured the town of Halfaya in central Hama province that has changed hands several times during the war, AP said, citing the military and activists.

By retaking the key town, troops will be better positioned to defend nearby Christian and Allawite communities that support President Bashar Assad.

The army command said that the current offensive aims “to wipe out terrorists in northern parts of Hama.” 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Halfaya was captured by the army on Thursday.


#syrian, #activists, #allawite, #christian, #halfaya, #hama, #president-bashar-assad, #syria

` Police Clash with Protesters in Indian Controlled Kashmir Valley over Last Stage of General Election’s ‘

#AceNewsServices – KASHMIR – April 24 – Police in the Indian-controlled Kashmir have clashed with protesters, as the last stage of India’s general elections is held amid separatist calls for a poll boycott in Kashmir valley.

Indian forces used tear gas and batons to disperse scores of demonstrators shouting anti-India slogans.
Protesters threw stones at the security forces and attacked some polling stations.

According to Press TV, despite the violence, polling is under-way in the restive region and police say the voting process has not been disrupted.

The turnout in the region – which has only six seats in the Indian parliament – has reportedly been very low, with only two or three percent of eligible voters casting their ballots.

The voting in the region is part of the sixth stage of India’s parliamentary election, in which over 180 million voters are casting their ballots in 12 states.

Altogether, more than 814 million Indians are eligible to vote.

The nine-phase election marathon began on April 7 and will come to an end on May 12. The final results are expected to be announced on May 16.

Activists of Kashmir’s top group, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, have held a torch rally as part of their election boycott campaign.

Ace Related News:
1. Press TV – http://tinyurl.com/kr4vcco
2. IRIB-EA – http://tinyurl.com/mgmn8fo


#activists, #india, #jamu-kashmir-liberation-front, #kashmir

` Secret Agencies `Alert Police ‘ that `Militants Opposed ‘ to `Tehrik-i-Taliban Peace Talks’ are `Planning ‘ Terrorist Attacks ‘

#AceNewsServices – ISLAMABAD – April 09 – (DAWN) – Secret agencies have alerted the police that militants opposed to the government-Tehrik-i-Taliban peace talks are planning terrorist activities in Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta, according to police and interior ministry officials.

They did not know when the malignant elements would strike, but the officials confided to Dawn that a new group, Ansarul Hind, would claim responsibility for the attacks.

Their intelligence sources, who raised the alert on April 3, said the TTP leadership had wished its informal affiliates to create the so far unheard of group.

Despite the possibility that the TTP sympathisers may be trying to pressurise the government by raising the threat of terrorist attacks in the three cities, the authorities took the threat seriously, police sources said.

“Although peace talks are in progress, we are taking necessary measures to counter terrorism in the cities,” said one official.

“Law enforcing agencies will be the main target of the terrorists, and in the case of their failure, any other official installation or public place.”

“TTP will choose the targets and the informal groups under its umbrella will provide support to the Ansarul Hind activists with weapons and other materials,” he added.

Security sources say the scenario looks similar to the terrorist attacks that quickly followed the announcement of a month-long ceasefire by the TTP last month. The most audacious of them was the bomb-and-gun attack on the district courts complex in Islamabad on March 3, which was claimed by Ahararul Hind group.

That group was heard of for the first time on February 9 when it sent emails to media outlets that it shared the ideology of the TTP but opposed it negotiating peace with the Pakistan government.

Its ownership of the March 3 attack gave rise to speculation that the Ahrarul Hind was affiliated with the Al Qaeda.


#ans2014, #activists, #ansarul-hind, #islamabad, #peshawar, #quetta, #tehreek-e-taliban-pakistanttp

` Rally of `Activists ‘ Demanding the Resignation of Prosecutor ‘ turns into Storming the Building in Lvov ‘

#AceWorldNews – KIEV – April 08 – A rally in the city of Lvov, in western Ukraine, that demanded the resignation of the Kiev-appointed prosecutor has ended in a storm of the building of the local prosecutor’s office, local media reported to on Tuesday.

“Several dozen activists broke into the building, law enforcers were unable to stop them,” the media reported. Activists tried to get an appointment at the office of the new prosecutor, Vladimir Gural, who was not in.

This is not the first protest action against the new prosecutor. Thus, civic activists foiled the ceremony of the presentation of the new prosecutor by the Kiev authorities. Activists accused the man of bribe-taking and office abuse.

Russian and Ukraine News


#activists, #kiev, #lvov, #ukraine

` Washington DC bears Witness to the March of People Protesting No More Deportation of Immigrants ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON DC – April 06 – RT reports that several hundred activists marched through the streets of Washington, DC on Saturday, demanding an end to immigrant deportations, Ruptly reports.

The marchers chanted slogans such as “Up education, down deportation” as they made their way along a route which ended outside the White House.

The protest, organized by NotOneMoreDeportation.com, aims to tackle what it believes is an unreasonably harsh US deportation policy, which has seen over two million people removed from the United States under the Obama administration.

Thousands of immigrants and their supporters also rallied in more than 80 other cities across the US.


#activists, #obama, #united-states, #washington, #washington-d-c, #white-house

` Parliament Approve `Draft Law ‘ Aimed at ` Protecting Women ‘ from ` Domestic Violence ‘ Activists Disapprove Text ‘

#AceWorldNews – BEIRUT- April 01 – Parliament approved Tuesday a draft law aimed at protecting women from domestic violence, but the move is unlikely to please activists who disapprove of several amendments made to the text (DailyStar)

Dozens of protesters from the rights organization KAFA rallied under the banner “Vote for us so we vote for you” in the Gibran Khalil Gibran Garden near Parliament to call for the adoption of the law in its original form.

The draft law to protect women from domestic violence was first submitted to the Parliament in 2010, and a parliamentary subcommittee began studying it in May 2011 and finalized its amendments in August 2012.


#activists, #beirut, #domestic-violence, #kafa, #protesters