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Syria is fighting war against Wahabism, says Ambassador

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Officers from US, UK, Turkey and Israel are helping terror groups, he alleges

Exclusive interview with APN

~By M. Ahmad Kazmi

Syria has been engaged in war against terrorist groups including Daesh (IS) and Nusra Front for last several years. It was preceded by anti President Bashar al-Assad protests widely covered by Arab media. Syrian Army, Iranian military advisors and Hezbollah fighters along with Russian Air force have almost been successful in demolishing Daesh (IS) Caliphate in recent months. Russia has also been supportive of Syrian government at international forums to reverse the whole narrative against Damascus.

Riad Kamel Abbas, the Syrian Ambassador to India is a very active diplomat in the capital. During his years in Delhi he has successfully strengthened friendly ties with Indian government and the people.

Ambassador Riad Kamel Abbas was kind enough to accept APN’s request for an exclusive interview. During the interview he described the ground situation and unveiled the conspiracies hatched by US, Israel and Saudi Arabia against his country. Here are the excerpts:[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1509970872954{padding-top: 10px !important;padding-right: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;background-color: #d3d3d3 !important;border-radius: 10px !important;}”]What is the overall situation in war against terrorism in Syria?

Thank God, we have liberated 95% percent of our ground from terror groups which is under our army’s control. There are only few areas  like Al-Bukamal, parts of Raqqa and Idlib left for getting liberated. And of course there are few sleeper cells around. I am sure we will defeat them soon, may be before the end of this year.

What is the situation on Raqqa front ?

The Americans have deleted Raqqa from the map killing more than 100,000 civilians.  All the hostages in the prison were killed. Americans did not like our agencies to investigate and interrogate the people in Daesh custody.

I assure that American, British, Turkish and Israeli officers were leading the IS army on the ground that is why America sent their aircraft and take IS leaders and their officers and transported them from Syria to Myanmar, Afghanistan, Libya and other countries to create other problems. Daesh  top leader is under the American control.

US is now supporting its allies on the ground to conduct big battle against Syrian army on Iraq border. Their objective is to keep Syrian army away from their Iraqi counterparts. Their aim is to close the Syrian border with Iraq and stopping their access to Iran.

We are fighting against terrorism on behalf of the whole world. However, Iran, Russia and Hizbollah are on our side. Syrian army has taken its responsibility and is determined to liberate all Syrian territories from the enemies.

And in al-Bukamal, (near Iraq border) the city is under our army’s siege. America and their allies have been supporting the terrorists. I am sure that this area is filled with (army) officers from UK, US, Israel and important IS leaders. Some arrested IS leaders have accepted this during the interrogation.

America is behind any terrorist operation in the world. All terrorist operation are committed by people with Wahabi ideology of Saudi Arabia which is a US puppy.

That means Saudis follow US instructions and terror attacks were conducted by them. Even bomb blasts in America are done by their intelligence agencies to influence public opinion. Where there is American finger there is trouble in the world.

US creates problem in any country which is against American policy.  They are behind any terrorist group on earth. And they have created the problem in Myanmar.

What is Israeli role in Syria?  Recently there were Israeli airstrikes near Damascus?

Israel is behind all happenings in Arab countries. Israeli PM supports terror groups in Syria and especially on the Israeli border. All those terror groups are being helped by weapons, money and even their injured are being treated at hospitals in Tel Aviv. Their aim is to cut links between Iran and Syria.

But now time is changing. Now we are ready if Israel begins war we will respond with tough reaction. We have nothing to lose now. We have lost everything and that is the good time for us to make Israel crying and lose their infrastructure and their people in the Israeli territory. Now our army responds to every Israeli attack. And if Israel begins the war against Syria it will be the last war for Israel.

Now if war starts there will be no Israel on the map as there is consensus among Muslims because of the crazy Israeli policy in the area.

And you have seen that Hezbollah leader (Hasan Nasrullah) has recently announced that if war begins with Israel all Muslims will come for fighting  holy war against Zionists.

In 2012, American intelligence instructed to Bandar Bin Sultan, the former intelligence chief of Saudi Arabia to create sleeper cells in Myanmar. Bandar called Hafiz Taha from Myanmar for the purpose. The aim was to exert pressure on Myanmar and China. They wanted to move their focus from West Asia to East Asia for controlling mineral resources in those areas.

Is there any change in Qatar’s policy towards Syria after having trouble with Saudi Arabia?

After their trouble with Saudi Arabia Muhammed bin Jasim, former foreign minister of Qatar has recently admitted that they supported terror groups in Syria under American instructions and under the eyes of Turkish intelligence and funded by Saudi Arabia. He vindicated our position that the terror groups were not fighting for democracy. Now we don’t need to say what is happening in Syria. They are admitting themselves and accusing each other for supporting terror groups.

We will not forgive those who were involved in Syrian bloodshed. We will never forgive, maybe we forget, but never forgive.

Some people blame that your government has been involved in atrocities against majority Sunni community because of Iranian and Hezbollah influence?

This is a very sensitive issue. Generally I don’t speak on sectarian issues but I will give you an overview. Yes there are about 75% Sunnis in the country. Syria is a secular country and nobody speaks about sectarian issues. If our President is Alawite his wife is Sunni. Two deputy presidents belong to Sunni community. Prime minister, defense, foreign, and home ministers are all Sunnis. Twenty-five out of  30 ministers belong to Sunni community. How the government can fight against Sunni community. All sections of Syrian society have  in fact joined hands to fight against Wahabism.

If the opponents’ claim of sectarian war in the country, why they don’t support a free elections with their observers on the ground. If our president and army is against the majority Sunni community then President Bashar al-Assad will not win the election. Whey they don’t ask for free election in Syria?

All Syrian communities support President against Wahabism. That is why there is no sectarian or civil war in Syria. We are fighting against the foreigners who entered into Syria through Turkey to fight against our government. That means we are fighting against cross border terrorism. We are fighting against Saudi, Qatari and European people who are fighting against our government.

This is a big mistake analysts have committed regarding Syria.

The fighting in Syria is between Hanafi and Wahabi ideology. There is no civilian war or sectarian war. Our defense minister belongs to Sunni community from Hama city. In fact Sunni people are fighting against Wahabi terrorists.

Having passed through war-like situation since 2011, how international community is behaving with Syria?

In the beginning there was some confusion among world leaders. It was considered as if it was a pro-democracy movement. At that time more than 100 countries were against Syrian government. But now they have discovered they the situation was otherwise. Now there are only two-three countries with Wahabi ideaology who can’t come back.  What they will tell to their own people? Now we are in good position and enjoy  support from BRICS countries.

Recently Chief of European intelligence visited Syria begging cooperation from our intelligence. He asked us not to allow their citizens to return home, instead finish them on the ground. Against this favor he offered all help. Now situation is improving and we are close to achieve our goal.

What about India ? Did India cooperating with Syria by sharing intelligence or some other means during Syria’s tough time?

We have cordial relations with India since the independence of our country. There is good cooperation between the two countries including intelligence. But I am not going into the details. Indian stand about Syrian issue was very good and valuable. India has been very clear in asking resolution of the issue by Syrians and favoring political solution without external intervention. That is enough for us. If all countries behave like India we will have no problem in Syria. We thank India for keeping its Ambassador and mission open in Damascus. For other countries time is gone. That is why we prefer India than others.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Gorakhnath temple attack convict sentenced to death by NIA court

Gorakhnath temple attack convict Ahmad Murtaza Abbasi was sentenced to death, Monday, by a special anti-terror court.

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Gorakhnath temple attack convict Ahmad Murtaza Abbasi was sentenced to death, Monday, by a special anti-terror court.

A report quoting Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), Prashan Kumar, said that Abbasi was awarded the death penalty under Section 121 of the Indian Penal Code by a special NIA court for attacking security personnel stationed at Gorakhnath temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur in April last year.

Abbasi, a chemical engineer, was arrested following an attack with a sharp-edged weapon on Uttar Pradesh Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel posted at the Gorakhnath temple.

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Police said that after interrogation, Abbasi revealed he was in cahoots with the Islamic State and had taken an oath to fight for the global terrorist group. They said that Abbasi was also providing financial aid to the terror group’s sympathizers and supporters.

Ahmad Murtaza Abbasi, a resident of Civil Lines area in UP’s Gorakhpur, is an IIT-ian with a degree in chemical engineering from IIT-Mumbai.

According to the police, Abbasi suffered from mental health issues for which he underwent treatment from several doctors and ultimately led to him separating from his wife in 2017.

On April 3 last year, Abbasi tried to force his way inside the Gorakhnath temple, when stopped, he proceeded to attack the security men deployed there with a sickle in which two constables were injured. However, he was overpowered and arrested.

The ATS investigation revealed that the Abbasi’s attack was part of a “deep conspiracy.” The UP Home Department had said the attack could be termed as a terror incident.

Mughal Garden: Opening date, timing, entry price and how to book Amrit Udyan tickets online

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Mughal Garden: Opening date, timing, entry price and how to book Amrit Udyan tickets online

Mughal Garden, now renamed Amrit Udyan, at Rashtrapati Bhavan is all set to open for the public from January 31. President Droupadi Murmu on Sunday graced the opening of the gardens of Rashtrapati Bhavan, Udyan Utsav 2023.

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Mughal Garden, now renamed Amrit Udyan, at Rashtrapati Bhavan is all set to open for the public from January 31. President Droupadi Murmu on Sunday graced the opening of the gardens of Rashtrapati Bhavan, Udyan Utsav 2023.

Mughal Garden has been renamed to commemorate the 75 years of independence. In keeping with the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebration’s theme, the garden has also been given a new name, Amrit Udyan.

Amrit Udyan’s opening and closing date

Amrit Udyan opens once a year to the public. This year, it will remain open for the general public from January 31 to March 26. However, it will be closed on all Mondays and on March 1 and 2 due to G20 meetings and March 8 on the occasion of Holi.

The garden will be accessible to special groups from March 28 to March 31. Amrit Udyan will open for farmers on March 28, people with disabilities on March 29, members of the armed forces, paramilitary groups, and police on March 30, and self-organized groups of tribal women on March 31.

Entry and exit for all visitors will be from gate number 35 of the President’s Estate, close to where North Avenue meets Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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Amrit Udyan timings

People can visit Amrit Udyan during the time period between 10 am and 4 pm.

How to book Amrit Udyan tickets online?

  • Go to the official website of Rashtrapati Bhavan at https://rashtrapatisachivalaya.gov.in or https://rb.nic.in/rbvisit/visit_plan.aspx.
  • On the homepage, select the option that reads Mughal Garden Visit.
  • Enter the required details such as name, date of visit, etc.
  • After that, you are required to submit your photo ID.
  • Click on the register button.

People can also buy Amrit Udyan tickets offline. Walk-in visitors have to register themselves at the facilitation counters as well as at the self-service kiosk near Gate 12 of Rashtrapati Bhavan. The visitors will have 6 slots to choose from, so it is advised to make prior bookings to avoid rushing at the gate.

The number of guests that can be reserved at once is 30. However, schools and colleges reserve a maximum of 50 at a time.

Amrit Udyan entry/ticket price

There is no fee for the booking of slots or entry to the Gardens of Rashtrapati Bhavan during Udyan Utsav. Visitors must, however, pay Rs 50 to enter Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Rashtrapati Bhavan will be open five days a week from Wednesday to Sunday and the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum six days a week from Tuesday to Sunday. People can also witness the change of guard ceremony every Saturday, except on gazetted holidays.

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Bank holidays February 2023: Banks to remain shut for 10 days, check dates here

Apart from festivals, banks will also remain shut on the second and fourth Saturdays.

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Bank holidays February 2023

Every month banks across the country remain shut due to festivals and other public and private holidays. In February 2023, both private and public banks will not function for 10 days. However, the holidays differ from state to state.

Festivals like Guru Ravidas Jayanti, Hazrat Ali Jayanti, Maha Shivaratri, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, and others will be celebrated in February which might affect the functioning of banks in several states.

Full list of bank holidays in February 2023

DATEDAYHOLIDAYSTATES 
5 February 2023 Sunday Hazrat Ali Jayanti Uttar Pradesh 
5 February 2023 Sunday Guru Ravidas Jayanti Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana & Punjab 
15 February 2023 Wednesday Lui-Ngai-Ni Manipur 
18 February 2023 Saturday Maha Shivaratri Several states of India 
19 February 2023 Sunday Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti Maharashtra 
20 February 2023 Monday State Day  Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram 
21 February 2023 Tuesday Losar Sikkim 

Apart from this, banks will also remain shut on the second and fourth Saturdays.

DATEDAYHOLIDAYSTATES 
12 February 2023 Saturday Second Saturday All States 
15 February 2023 Tuesday Lui-Ngai-Ni  Manipur 
19 February 2023 Sunday Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti Maharashtra 
25 February 2023 Saturday Fourth Saturday All States 

For those unversed, the Reserve Bank of India categorises holidays into three categories-Holiday under the Negotiable Instruments Act and Real-Time Gross Settlement Holidays, Holidays under the Negotiable Instruments Act, and Banks’ Closing of Accounts.

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In January 2023, banks across the country will remain shut for 14 days.

Date  Day    Holiday    State  
January 1, 2023SundayNew Year Bank Holiday & Weekend Bank HolidayAll over India
January 2, 2023MondayNew Year Bank CelebrationMizoram
January 5, 2023ThursdayGuru Gobind Singh JayantiHaryana and Rajasthan
January 8, 2023SundayWeekend Bank HolidayAll over India
January 11, 2023WednesdayMissionary DayMizoram
January 14, 2023SaturdaySecond Saturday Bank HolidayAll over India
January 15, 2023SundayWeekend Bank HolidayAll over India
January 22, 2023SundayWeekend Bank HolidayAll over India
January 23, 2023MondayNetaji Subash Chandra Bose JayantiTripura and West Bangal
January 25, 2023WednesdayState DayHimachal Pradesh
January 26, 2023ThursdayRepublic DayAll over India
January 28, 2023SundayFourth Saturday Bank HolidayAll over India
January 29, 2023SundayWeekend Bank HolidayAll over India
January 31, 2023MondayMe-Dam-Me-PhiAssam

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