Pakistani cleric Fazlur Rehman ends sit-in, calls for blocking highways

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Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman (C), gestures to supporters during an anti-government "Azadi (Freedom) March" in Islamabad on November 13, 2019. (AFP)
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Supporters of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) listen to the speech of their leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman during an anti-government "Azadi (Freedom) March" in Islamabad on November 13, 2019. (AFP)
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Supporters of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) listen to the speech of their leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman during an anti-government "Azadi (Freedom) March" in Islamabad on November 13, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 13 November 2019

Pakistani cleric Fazlur Rehman ends sit-in, calls for blocking highways

  • Pakistani authorities have used walls of shipping containers to block roads leading to the protest camp on Islamabad’s outskirts
  • Khan has said he won’t step down, but allowed the protesters to remain in their designated area

ISLAMABAD: A radical Pakistani cleric says his tens of thousands of supporters have ended their sit-in in the capital and will start blocking highways across the country.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman is looking to pressure Prime Minister Imran Khan to resign, accusing him of bad governance.
Rehman delivered a speech Wednesday in Islamabad saying his followers will return to their home cities and villages to disrupt traffic.
But it’s unclear how many will heed the call now that the sit-in appeared to be fizzling out, two weeks after it began. Many protesters were seen leaving Islamabad.
Pakistani authorities have used walls of shipping containers to block roads leading to the protest camp on Islamabad’s outskirts.
Khan has said he won’t step down, but allowed the protesters to remain in their designated area.

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FBI: Saudi shooter believed to have acted alone in US Navy base attack

Updated 09 December 2019

FBI: Saudi shooter believed to have acted alone in US Navy base attack

  • Special agent Rachel Rojas thanked Saudi Arabia for its cooperation in the investigation
  • Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani was shot dead after he opened fire and killed three people at the base in Florida

PENSACOLA: Investigators believe a Saudi Air Force lieutenant acted alone on Friday when he killed three people and wounded eight at a US Navy base in Pensacola, Florida before being fatally shot by police, the FBI said on Sunday.
Rachel Rojas, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Jacksonville office, said the shooter used a Glock model 45 9mm handgun that he had purchased legally in Florida.
“We currently assess there was one gunman who perpetrated this attack and no arrests have been made in this case,” Rojas, the lead investigator on the case, said at a news conference.
“We are looking very hard at uncovering his motive and I would ask for patience so we can get this right,” she said.
Authorities confirmed the suspect was a member of the Royal Saudi Air Force who was on the base as part of a US Navy training program designed to foster links with foreign allies.
The FBI identified him as Second Lt. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, 21.
A sheriff’s deputy fatally shot the gunman, authorities said, ending the second deadly attack at a US military base within a week. Within hours, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman had called US President Donald Trump to extend his condolences and pledge the Kingdom’s support in the investigation.
Rojas said there were several Saudi students who were close to the shooter and are cooperating with investigators.
“Their Saudi commanding officer has restricted them to base, and the Saudi government has pledged to fully cooperate with our investigation,” she said. “I thank the kingdom for their pledge of full and complete cooperation.”

Meanwhile, a second victim was identified as Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, 19, of St. Petersburg, Florida, who joined the Navy after graduating from high school last year, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Haitham's mother, Evelyn Brady, herself a Navy veteran, said the commander of her son's school called her and told her Haitham had tried to stop the shooter.