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Adela Raz replaced with Dr. Zalmai Rassoul under Indian influence?

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Who is Adela Raz?

Adela Raz is the current Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations and is the first female to hold the office.  Born in to an educated family, Adela Raz’s father was murdered by Talibans who labelled Adela Raz as too “progressive” due to her education. She is also the first Afghan to receive the H-1B  visa from the U.S.

Adela Raz is a well-respected and popular diplomat within the UN who has repeatedly proven herself as an individual capable of leading multilateral programs and missions. Most recently, she was appointed as the co-coordinators for the United Nations General Assembly on COVID-19 related initiatives.

Adela Raz campaigned for the UNGA President’s seat.

According to sources within the UN, in 2019 she started a well-funded campaign to become the second Afghan to hold the office of the President of the United Nations General Assembly after Abdul Rahman Pazhwak in 1966, and to become the 5th women to hold the office.  On 13th November 2020 Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid declared his intention to contest for the seat with a state budget of MVR 4 million.

Indian intervention?

In January 2021 Dr. Zalmai Rassoul took office as the Afghan Ambassador to the United Kingdom.  Dr. Zalmai Rassoul is the former Foreign Minister of Afghanistan during Hamid Karzai’s administration, with very little diplomatic ties within the UN circles since then.

It  was during this same time that Indian Foreign Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar visited the Maldives, on 20th February 2021 on a two day visit. On his trip, the influential Indian Foreign Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar announced that India would support and back Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid as the 76th President of the United Nations General Assembly.

Shortly after Adela Raz inexplicably ceased her campaign efforts and  Dr. Zalmai Rassoul announced his intentions to contend to become the President of the United Nations General Assembly.

PGA indebted to India?

Following his election as the 76th President of the United Nations General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid appointed Ambassador Thilmeeza Hussein as a Special Envoy of the PGA and the Indian Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Nagaraj Naidu Kumar as his Chef Du Cabinet. This would make the Indian Ambassador Nagaraj Naidu Kumar a “chief of staff” to the President of the United Nations General Assembly. This makes it abundantly clear on the role India played in electing Abdulla Shahid and his debt to them.

It is a well-known fact within diplomatic circles that smaller countries simply cannot win a seat within the UN without the backing of a major power. And Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid’s win is without a doubt due to the backing by India and by proxy the US, United Kingdom,  Japan and Australia. But question remains, did India use its regional influence to force Adela Raz to withdraw and insert the elderly Dr. Zalmai Rassoul? And how would have the result been had Adela Raz competed against Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid?. It is certain that the outcome would have been vastly different had Adela Raz competed against Abdulla Shahid.

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FM Shahid presents letter from Pres Solih to UAE’s President

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Foreign Minister His Excellency Abdulla Shahid, the Special Envoy of President His Excellency Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Abdulla bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
At the meeting held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of UAE, Minister Shahid handed over a letter from President Solih addressed to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, and conveyed greetings and well wishes from President Solih to the leadership and the Emirati people. During the meeting, the Ministers conversed on ways to further strengthen and diversify the long-standing relations between the Maldives and UAE.
Minister Shahid reiterated appreciation for the generous support and assistance provided to the Maldives through the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, and expressed gratitude on behalf of the government and people of the Maldives for the invaluable contributions made by UAE towards the socio-economic development of the Maldives, over the years.
The two Foreign Ministers expressed their renewed commitment to working together on issues of mutual interest, both bilaterally and in the international fora. Foreign Minister Shahid was accompanied at the meeting by the Ambassador of the Republic of Maldives to the United Arab Emirates, Her Excellency Aminath Shabeena, Assistant Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ahmed Salman Zaki and Second Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Maldives in the United Arab Emirates, Fathimath Urooj Nizar.

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Defense Minister: Terror attack recently foiled one of the most dangerous planned to date

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Defense Ministry Mariya Ahmed Didi has described the mass casualty terror attack using explosives recently foiled by Maldives Police Service and Maldives National Defense Force in a joint counter-terrorism operation as one of the most dangerous attacks planned to date.

Speaking at the ceremony held to mark the 29th anniversary of MNDF’s Southern Area Command – Minister Mariya stressed that the government was undertaking a number of efforts to counter the spread of extremism.

Despite these efforts, the Minister said that there are groups propagating extremism and conspiring fatal terror attacks nonstop, by allocating all their time for the purpose.

Therewith, Minister Mariya emphasized on the importance of basing actions on information attained through surveilling such conspiracies, and carrying out the necessary research.

“I believe MNDF’s area commands need to significantly increase capacity in this trajectory,” she added.

In this regard, she described the mass casualty terror attack using explosives recently foiled in a joint counter-terrorism operation as one of the most dangerous attacks planned to date.

Police have stated that three substances presumed to be explosive chemicals which was seized from the home of one of the arrestees from the operation when tested by MNDF’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) had shown to have highly explosive substances. They emphasized that EOD reported that small quantities of the chemical can fatally injure a human, and cause great damage to goods.

A total of 14 people were arrested during this operation; 10 from Addu City, two from Male’ City and two from Guraidhoo. Police identified all the suspects as Maldivian men.

Criminal Court remanded five of them in custody pending the outcome of trial. They include a 20-year-old, 27-year-old, 30-year-old, 35-year-old, and 37-year-old.

Meanwhile, five others – an 18-year-old, two 33-year-olds, a 35-year-old, and a 46-year-old – were remanded in custody for 14 days. Four of them – a 19-year-old, two 27-year-olds, and a 28-year-old – were remanded in custody for 30 days.

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Officers smuggling telephones and drugs into prison are identified

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The Commissioner of Prisons (COP) has stated that an operation is being carried out against jail officers who are illegally getting into prisons and in any other case violating the law.

Ahmed stated that a major operation has been launched to stop these incidents. After extensive consultations with the police, an operation is being conducted against the incident and the officers involved have already been identified.

Ahmed stated that one of the biggest difficulties is getting enough evidence before taking action against an employee. Therefore, the identified officers have been targeted in the operation, he explained.

The Correctional Service is working hard to prevent the smuggling of telephones and drugs into prisons. However, this problem has not been resolved so far. This week, a prison officer was arrested with drugs for trying to smuggle them into the jail. , Ahmed stated such cases have been a prime problem since the beginning of the prisons in Maldives. He stated prison officials had been also involved. “I admit that there is a hand of officers. There are some officers who have been noticed. But you know that action cannot be taken against an employee because of suspicion.”

Ahmed stated many other efforts are being made to prevent the smuggling of telephones into prisons. He stated the problem should be prevented through technology. Ahmed stated he tried to use a jammer however that was not the most desirable solution. Therefore, some of the measures taken now consist of installing antennas in the prison region and a system to detect calls going through the prison, he stated.

“Before, we had to run through the device. Even if you inserted a single device and inserted 50 SIM cards, you could do whatever you wanted inside the jail without us seeing it.” Ahmed explained.

He stated work has been started however its going to take a long time to peer a complete result. These issues have been rooted for a long term and its going to take days for the results to be reached.

Ahmed stated it would not be easy to smuggle items into prisons based at the work done in recent years. The Commissioner of Prisons Ahmed Mohammed stated the measures taken against the crime will be strengthened

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