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31 May 2010, NewAgeIslam.Com
57 Pakistani Hindus convert to Islam ‘under pressure’

A new business frontier: Sex shops in the Gulf

Enough with fatwas that betray the spirit of Islam, Islamic expert says

Javed Akhtar: No holding him back

Pakistani citizen languishing in Chhindwara jail

'Pak power cuts help terrorists'

Two lakh Facebook fans urging me to save Pak: Musharraf

Stringent measures urged to curb rising crime in Makkah

15 killed as Israel fires at Gaza aid boat

J&K 'encounter': Army orders probe

US rehearses strikes on Pak: Report

Infighting in Taliban as ISI picks Omar's new deputy

Passage to past: ASI builds pathway to Mughal-era tomb

Bangladesh HC quashes last graft case against Hasina

Banned groups joining hands with Al-Qaida, says Malik

 ‘Indian consulate's attitude shocking'

‘Thugs gave crash course to Shahzad’

Afghans Seek Peace In Traditional Style

Other war on Afzal: Human rights vs Kashmiri cause

India tells Pak to rein in ISI, LeT after attack on ITBP convoy in Jalalabad

Urdu-speaking people demand budgetary allocation for rehab

Jamaat puts forth demands over rally in Paltan Maidan

US seeks to balance India's Afghanistan stake

Al-Qaeda leadership operating from Pak’s tribal region: Mullen

UN CONFERENCE TRIES TO BRIDGE WEST-MUSLIM DIVIDE

Islam attacked by a deadly virus

American Muslims need to reflect on their patriotism

Larijani urges Islamic countries' measures for Palestinians rights       

Afghan officials suspend 2 Christian aid groups for alleged proselytizing

Iran should seriously address false claims to Persian Gulf islands: MP

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Jirga critical for peace in Afghanistan: Nato 

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57 Pakistani Hindus convert to Islam ‘under pressure’

May31, 2010

Over 50 Pakistani Hindus have converted to Islam in the Sialkot district of Punjab within a week (between May 14 and May 19) under pressure from their Muslim employers in a bid to retain their jobs and survive in the Muslim-dominated society.

As many as 35 Hindus converted to Islam on May 14, another 14 on May 17 and eight on May 19, 2010.

All the 57 Hindus who have converted belong to the Pasroor town of Sialkot.

According to some Pakistani electronic media reports, Mangut Ram, a close relative of some of the new converts, who lives in Sialkot, said that these Hindus had to embrace Islam because they were under pressure from their Muslim employers.

He said four Hindu brothers along with their families lived in the village of Nikki Pindi. Mangut Ram said that Hans Raj, Kans Raj, Meena/Kartar and Sardari Lal along with his nephews and sons worked at an eatery in Karachi.

According to Mangut Ram, his co workers often used to speak against Hindus in Karachi where his family worked. “The owner of the shop where I worked said that after a few months of his employing me the sales dropped drastically because people avoided purchasing and eating edibles prepared by Hindus. Many people opposed the large presence of Hindu employees at his shop and my boss felt pressured to change the situation,” he added.

Ram said Sardari Lal and his brother Meena/Kartar had worked at the sweets shops for several years and made a decent living that allowed them to support their families.

He said other Muslims employees of the nearby shops discriminated against them and persecuted them. The shop owner was forced to think about their future at his establishment. “That was when the two brothers and their families decided to embrace Islam in order to keep their jobs and be secure,” he added.

Ram confirmed that 13 family members of Sardari Lal, 12 members of Meena/ Kartar, their nephew Kans Raj’s son Boota Ram along with three adults and several children of these families embraced Islam on May 14, 2010.

He said that Sardari Lal’s older brothers Hans Raj and Kans Raj remained Hindus. Hans Raj too has said that he might consider converting to save his job. He said that life was ‘just easier if one was Muslim’ and he wouldn’t be discriminated against.

Ram said that 14 Hindus of the Tapiala village had embraced Islam on May 17 because they were extremely poor and could not get jobs because no one would employ the large Hindu family.

He said that another relative of his, Parkash, who lived in the village of Seowal, along with his eight family members had embraced Islam in order to save their lands.

“After embracing Islam, Parkash Ram told me that Muslim neighbours had been mistreating him and had forced him to convert,” Mangut Ram said.

http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report_57-pakistani-hindus-convert-to-islam-under-pressure_1388695

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A new business frontier: Sex shops in the Gulf

May 31, 2010

When it comes to business in this region, Kipp is often caught by surprise. In a growing and youthful economy, people are so often inventive, bold, and creative that it makes us proud to live here. But there can’t be many as creative and bold as Khadija Ahmed.

She is the owner of what must be the Gulf’s first sex shop, according to AlArabiya.net. Ahmed believes that nothing in Islam forbids the pleasures of the bedroom, and she believes it so fervently that she has taken to selling edible underwear, joy jelly and “vibrating accoutrements,” according to Al Arabiya.

Though, “It’s not a sex shop in the Western sense,” she explains, “but a place to help married couples, and only married couples, enjoy sex to the full.”

And there, of course is the key. The shop, located in Bahrain and named Dar Khadija, is for married couples only. In fact, the aim of the shop is “to provide a service to married couples by making their sex lives more exciting than the lure of an affair,” says Ahmed. She got the idea when she realized how many men and women were having affairs outside of marriage.

Having started with a website, she later gained permission for the shop, and now it seems she has no shortage of customers.

Kipp supposes the old adage holds true: “Sex sells.” Even in the Arab world.

http://www.kippreport.com/2010/05/a-new-business-frontier-sex-shops-in-the-gulf/

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Enough with fatwas that betray the spirit of Islam, Islamic expert says

2010-05-31

After a fatwa is issued, saying that women must wear a veil in public places, a debate on Islam and Qur‘anic laws begins in India. Ashgar Ali Engineer, of the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, tells AsiaNews that Islam needs its own Renaissance.

Being tied to a medieval conception of religion will not help the Islamic world or the world in general. Rather than looking at Islam through the lenses of Sharia and hudud rules, we should undertake a cultural and religious revolution. This way, we can avoid useless fatwas and dangerous misunderstandings, said Ashgar Ali Engineer, of the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, as spoke to AsiaNews about a recent fatwa (non-binding religious ruling) issued by a religious scholar in Uttar Pradesh.

In one of his latest edicts, Sharif Mohd Ayyub Alem Rizvi, mufti of Darul Iftah, said that women could work in institutions under “certain conditions”, one of which is wearing the veil. Furthermore, “Muslims,” the Islamic legal expert said, “cannot work in banks because interests (a bank’s profit) are contrary to Qur’anic law.”

This fatwa comes a few days after the Darul Uloom Deoband (Islamic School in Deoband) announced that the income women earn working in public offices alongside men is haram (prohibited).

Both fatwas share a literalist approach to Sharia and both appeared in the Times of India, raising a storm in India.

”Why apply these shar’i hudud only to women?” Ali Engineer said. “Who will define their limits? For these ulema, any mixing of men and women is an act of fitna (mischief). For them, a woman’s character and integrity has no meaning or significance at all. If she lifts the veil from her face in a mixed gathering, she is transformed into a fitna”.

Yet, “There are several instances in the Holy Prophet’s life when men and women came together,” he said. “Hazrat A’isha even led the Battle of Jamal (aka Battle of the Camel) and hundreds of sahaba (companions) were around her. No one told her not to venture out of home to take part in the battle. Shifa bint-e-Abdullah, a leading woman, was appointed by Hazrat Umar as market inspector and no one protested. What was she doing as a market inspector? Dealing with women alone?”

However, for Engineer, things get more complicated when it comes to the veil. “The Qur’an, which is the primary source for Sharia, does not refer to hijab (veil) for ordinary women at all. On the other hand, it advises women not to display her zeenah (adornments) publicly (Qur’an, 24:31) but refrains from defining what constitutes zeenah or adornment.” Instead, the latter “has been defined by various commentators depending on their cultural environment.”

The fact is, “The Qur’an does not even say whether they should cover their heads, let alone their faces. It says, on the other hand ‘except what appears thereof’ leaving space for interpretation. There is near agreement among commentators that face and hands should remain open.”

What is more, this “verse is preceded by advice to both men and women,” telling them that they “are responsible for lowering their gaze. Instead, the entire responsibility is put on women that they should cover themselves including their faces, lest they should become source of fitna (mischief).”

Actually, the Qur‘an requires “both men and women to restrain themselves. It is unfortunate that when it comes to women we totally ignore even what can be called maqasid al-shari’ah (the intentions of Sharia) and only women are held responsible for her behaviour.”

For Ashgar Ali Engineer, fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) “has to be thoroughly revised in keeping with the true spirit of the Qur‘an. One needs to develop a proper methodology and framework to understand Qur‘anic intentions in [their] totality, not in pieces, as our commentators have been doing.”

http://www.speroforum.com/site/article.asp?idCategory=33&idsub=122&id=33896&t=Enough+with+fatwas+that+betray+the+spirit+of+Islam,+Islamic+expert+says

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No holding him back

SHASHI BALIGA

2010-05-31

Poet, lyricist and activist Javed Akhtar refuses to back down despite receiving death threats for his criticism of the recent fatwa that women should not work with men.

Clearly, it takes more than a death threat to unsettle the redoubtable Javed Akhtar. In his airy, lived-in study in Mumbai, the poet-lyricist-activist refuses to pull his punches as he talks of the recent Darul Uloom Deoband fatwa that decreed it is ‘haram' for a family to accept a woman's earnings and that women should not work in proximity with men. His outspoken criticism of the fatwa resulted in much castigation by the hardliners (a situation he's used to) and death threats (a situation that he's getting used to). Akhtar, never one to hold back his political views, bashes on regardless. Excerpts from an interview:

Obviously you're not scared of the death threats. But you must be a disturbed man.

Full report at:

http://beta.thehindu.com/arts/article441037.ece

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Pakistani citizen languishing in Chhindwara jail

Mahim Pratap Singh

May31, 2010

Bhopal: Had Azhar Ali fallen into the hands of some Hindi filmmaker in his pursuit of betrayed love, his ordeal might have spawned an international film themed around cross-border romance involving India, Pakistan, Nepal and Malaysia.

Unfortunately for him, he fell into the hands of Chhindwara district police officials. For six months now, Ali has been languishing in the Chhindwara district jail.

Azhar Ali (27), a Pakistani citizen, had come to India in September last year to find the woman he claimed to have loved and married — Ratna Soni, a resident of Chhindwara district of Madhya Pradesh. According to Ali, who is a resident of Cheena village near Lahore in Pakistan, he met Ratna in Malaysia where she had come with her troupe to perform.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/05/31/stories/2010053161492200.htm

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'Pak power cuts help terrorists'

May 31 2010

Faisalabad : Yet another negative is being turned into a positive by terrorists for themselves.

Mohammad Rafiq has worked in Pakistan's weaving factories for 35 years, minding the looms that turn thread into cotton fabric. But lengthy power cuts often leave him and his fellow workers idle and losing wages.

Outages of up to 18 hours a day are threatening the government's credibility at a time when the U.S. is pressing it to step up its fight against the Taliban and al-Qaida. Mindful that a bad economy could mean more recruits to the militant cause, Washington has pledged $1 billion to improve the power supply, including upgrading thermal and hydropower plants as well as modernizing distribution.

Unless things improve, "I'm afraid I'll lose my job and the owner will close the factory," said Rafiq, 52, with a gesture of helplessness, his arms covered in white cotton fluff. "I'll have no future."

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pak-power-cuts-help-terrorists/627128/

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Two lakh Facebook fans urging me to save Pak: Musharraf

May 31 2010

London : Former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf, who is vying to stage a comeback on the country’s political stage for quite some time now, has said that he has a huge fan following on the popular networking site-Facebook, which is consistently urging him to return to Pakistan to lift it from the prevalent chaos.

Speaking before an audience of more than 1000 people at a sell-out event at the Hay Festival of Literature in mid Wales, Musharraf, who is living in London on an unannounced exile, claimed that his Facebook fan following has increased considerably in the recent past.

He said 80 percent of his fans are youngsters in the age group of 18 to 34, who are perturbed over Pakistan’s condition.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/two-lakh-facebook-fans-urging-me-to-save-pak-musharraf/627131/

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Stringent measures urged to curb rising crime in Makkah

May 31, 2010

MAKKAH: With a burgeoning community of foreigners who are residing in Makkah illegally, the holy city has in recent times seen a rise in crime with police stretched to their limits, Al-Watan newspaper reported.

It is thought the city’s large community of overstayers, who are of numerous nationalities, is to blame for the surge. According to reports, most of the thefts are carried out by semi-organized gangs.

The majority of these people live in the undeveloped areas around Al-Mansour Street, such as the Hindawiya, Tandabawi, Zogla, Jabal Ghurab, Harat Al-Zaharain and Rusaifa districts.

The city’s residents are fed up with the rampant crime and call on the authorities to properly punish criminals. “In most cases, thieves who are caught are given light punishments; their crimes aren’t even publicized,” said one resident.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article59361.ece

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15 killed as Israel fires at Gaza aid boat

May 31, 2010

JERUSALEM: At least15 people were killed as Israeli forces stormed a boat carrying pro-Palestinian activists bound for Gaza, Israeli television and radio stations reported on Monday.

According to Israel's private channel 10 television, Israeli marine commandos had opened fire after being attacked with axes and knives by a number of the passengers on board the aid ships, the television said,

without giving the source of its information.

The station did not say whether the dead and injured were passengers or members of the Israeli navy.

Israel's army radio said between 10 and 14 people had been killed in clashes which broke out after the passengers allegedly tried to grab weapons off the naval commandos who tried to storm one of the boats.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/2-killed-as-Israel-fires-at-Gaza-aid-ship/articleshow/5993254.cms

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J&K 'encounter': Army orders probe

May 31, 2010

NEW DELHI: With the name of at least one Army officer figuring in the alleged fake encounter in which three persons were killed in the Machil sector of Jammu and Kashmir on April 30, defence minister A K Antony on Saturday said strict action will be taken against anybody found guilty in the case.

"The J&K government has already ordered an inquiry into the case. We will fully cooperate in the probe. There is no question of cover up. Whoever is guilty will be punished...nobody will be spared,'' said Antony, speaking on the sidelines of the golden jubilee celebrations of the Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) here.

The Army, on its part, said it "was already fully cooperating'' with the police in the investigation. "We have a zero-tolerance for human rights violations, as the Army chief General V K Singh himself has declared,'' said a senior officer.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/JK-encounter-Army-orders-probe/articleshow/5992074.cms

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US rehearses strikes on Pak: Report

May 31, 2010

NEW DELHI: Even before the heat generated by reports that US was contemplating unilateral strikes against Pakistan could subside, Pakistani media has reported that Washington has already "rehearsed" strikes on Pakistani territory.

Pakistani daily Dawn quoted diplomatic sources to say that the US has completed "dry exercises" to attack targets in Pakistan in the event of any terrorist attack in America.

While Indian officials refrained from commenting, sources said US officials had been alarmed by the recent failed Times Square bomb plot. The paper said this trial exercise was a rehearsal of "a military's combat skills without the use of live ammunition".

The exercise, however, did not involve US troops. "Instead, it projected computer simulations of such an attack with an assessment of a possible counterattack and of the potential resistance US troops might face if they entered Pakistani soil," the report said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/US-rehearses-strikes-on-Pak-Report/articleshow/5992647.cms

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Infighting in Taliban as ISI picks Omar's new deputy

May 31, 2010

NEW YORK: As they await a major onslaught from the US and Nato forces in Afghanistan, the Taliban are reported to be in turmoil with dissensions breaking out among the top ranks.

As Mullah Omar, the group's spiritual leader, stays hidden from Americans, infighting has riven the top ranks on who will emerge as the working head in place of apprehended Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. The man at the centre of the storm, Newsweek reported, was Mullah Gul Agha Akhund, an in-law and long time confidante of Mullah Omar.

Akhund is brandishing a handwritten letter from Mullah Omar to claim he's the new second-in-command of the Taliban.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Infighting-in-Taliban-as-ISI-picks-Omars-new-deputy/articleshow/5992645.cms

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Passage to past: ASI builds pathway to Mughal-era tomb

Richi Verma

May31, 2010

New Delhi: The 17th century tomb of Azim Khan that has remained inaccessible for years will finally see some visitors.The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is completing work on a pedestrian passage to reach the monument,which is situated on top of a hill on Mehrauli-Gurgaon road.

A Mughal-era structure,the tomb can also be spotted from the Qutub complex.The monument with its extremely prominent location has often made passers-by curious.There is also an ornamental stone gateway,believed to have been built by Sir Cheries Theophilus Metcalfen,near the tomb.In the absence of a clear approach road,however,it had been quite a challenge to get a closer look at the tomb.

Full report at: The Times of India

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Bangladesh HC quashes last graft case against Hasina

Anisur Rahman

May31, 2010

The last of the 15 graft cases, slapped against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, was quashed on Sunday, with a Bangladeshi court relieving her of a charge relating to the appointment of a government adviser of a state-run regulatory authority.

“She is now relieved of all the 15 graft charges brought against her from 2001 to 2008 with the quashing of this case,” Hasina’s counsel and nephew Fazle-Noor Tapas told reporters.

A two-judge High Court bench comprising M Shamsul Huda and Abu Bakar Siddiqui ordered the case to be quashed, nine years after the Khaleda Zia-led Bangladesh Nationalist Party government slapped the charges against her.

According to the complaint, during the 1996-2001 tenure of Hasina’s Government, she had appointed an adviser to Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) defying a standing policy that caused the misuse of over Taka 2.10 crore of the public exchequer.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/259324/Bangladesh-HC-quashes-last-graft-case-against-Hasina.html

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Banned groups joining hands with Al-Qaida, says Malik

May31, 2010

Banned militant groups like Jaish-e-Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Sipah-e-Sahaba have joined hands with the Taliban and Al-Qaida to destabilise Pakistan, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Sunday.

The Taliban and its allied groups had adopted a new strategy after the successful military operations in the Swat valley and the tribal areas and were now trying to “spread anarchy” and trigger infighting among different sects, Malik told reporters after visiting one of two Ahmedi mosques that were attacked by heavily armed terrorists in Lahore on Friday.

Members of banned groups like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Jaish-e-Mohammed who fled Punjab had gone to the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan and received training there, he said.They then came back to Punjab and became part of sleeper cells, he added.

“These forces are working to destabilise Pakistan... Those militants who were hiding in southern Punjab are now surfacing,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/259296/Banned-groups-joining-hands-with-Al-Qaida-says-Malik.html

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‘Indian consulate's attitude shocking'

Vrinda Sharma

May31, 2010

CHANDIGARH: A group of human rights activists, which visited the 17 Indian nationals on death row in Sharjah, UAE, for the murder of a Pakistani national, has criticised the role and attitude of the Indian consulate and demanded a proper investigation.

Navkiran Singh, lawyer and human rights activist, said the trial of the 17 Indian nationals “is a gross violation of international standards of due process in capital punishment cases, as the accused do not follow the language of the trial and have not been given the proper chance to defend themselves.”

‘No legal aid'

On March 29, a Sharjah court of the First Instance found the 17 Indians — 16 from Punjab and one from Haryana — guilty of beating a Pakistani man to death and wounding three others when a fight involving dozens of bootleggers broke out in the Al Sajaa industrial area in January 2009.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/05/31/stories/2010053161661200.htm

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‘Thugs gave crash course to Shahzad’

May 31, 2010

New York : Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad, arrested for the failed Times Square bombing, got a “crash course” in killing from thugs in Pakistan’s two top terror towns — Miran Shah and Mir Ali, according to a media report here.

Shahzad, the 30-year-old son of a retired Pakistani vice-marshal, had recently spent time in the towns most associated with Al Qaeda and its Taliban allies, a senior military officer in Islamabad told the New York Daily News.

The US has accused the Pakistani Taliban, which enjoys a near impunity in the lawless Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan, of masterminding the May 1 Times Square failed bombing.

http://www.asianage.com/international/taliban-turmoil-over-leadership-564

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Afghans Seek Peace In Traditional Style

Sayed Salahuddin

May31, 2010

At the bottom of a hill on the outskirts of the Afghan capital, billboards display pictures of past Afghan rulers with captions extolling how they resolved critical national issues at various times by holding “jirgas”, traditional gatherings of elders and notables.

Flyers addressing Taliban insurgents and their sympathisers, bear an ancient Afghan maxim: “If you insist on your might and I do the same, neither of us will exist. But if you listen to me and I do to you, both of us will survive.”

The homespun, softly-softly message is part of an effort by President Hamid Karzai to reach out to the Taliban at a time when the insurgency is at its strongest and before US President Barack Obama’s pledge to start withdrawing troops in mid-2011. Mr Karzai, ruler of Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, has called a jirga from June 2-5 to present proposals for how to start peace talks.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/afghans-seek-peace-traditional-style-560

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Other war on Afzal: Human rights vs Kashmiri cause

Seema Chishti

May 30 2010

New Delhi : The debate over the mercy petition of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, who has been sentenced to death, is already a raging political match between the Opposition BJP and the Congress. But even within the prison walls, Afzal is finding himself drawn into a tussle on how to allow his case to pan out — is it just about ‘human rights’ or should it be made into a larger political question around the Kashmir ‘cause’.

His lawyer N D Pancholi, a well-known rights activist and founder-member of the PUCL in 1973, finds himself in a confrontation with former co-accused (now acquitted) of the Parliament case, S A R Geelani, over the matter of representing Afzal.

Pancholi met Afzal in Tihar on Friday and emerged with a hand-written letter by Afzal, authorising him to follow his appeal for shifting him to Srinagar Prison.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/other-war-on-afzal-human-rights-vs-kashmiri-cause/626927/

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India tells Pak to rein in ISI, LeT after attack on ITBP convoy in Jalalabad

Shishir Gupta

May31, 2010

New Delhi : India has lodged a strong protest with Pakistan after militants twice targeted an Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) security convoy carrying three India-bound officials en route from Jalalabad consulate to the airport. The militants are believed to have been from Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), supported by the local Taliban in the restive Nangarhar border province in Afghanistan.

Government sources told The Sunday Express that Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Shahid Malik last Monday and served him a single-page demarche conveying New Delhi’s concern about Pakistani intelligence agencies and terrorist groups targeting Indian personnel in a third country. New Delhi has asked Islamabad to rein in its intelligence agencies and Pakistan-based LeT and restrain them from attacking Indian targets.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/india-tells-pak-to-rein-in-isi-let-after-attack-on-itbp-convoy-in-jalalabad/626928/

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Urdu-speaking people demand budgetary allocation for rehab

May31, 2010

Bangladesh Bihari Rehabilitation Assembly, an organisation of Urdu-speaking people living in Bangladesh, on Sunday demanded specific budgetary allocations for their rehabilitation with shelter and livelihoods.

The leaders of the assembly submitted a memorandum with a seven-point charter of demands to the finance ministry after forming a human chain in front of the National Press Club.

 More than 200 Urdu-speaking people from camps in the city’s Mirpur and Mohammadpur areas, and also from Adamjee Nagar in Narayanganj, joined the human chain to raise their demand.

Full report at:

http://www.newagebd.com/2010/may/31/nat.html

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Jamaat puts forth demands over rally in Paltan Maidan

May 31, 2010

The Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami on Sunday called on the Awami League-led government to take steps so that Jamaat’s city unit could hold its rally, as scheduled earlier, in Paltan Maidan today.

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police on Saturday imposed restrictions on gathering in Paltan Maidan and its surroundings as Jamaat and the Awami Juba League announced to hold rallies at the place at the same time.

Jamaat’s secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid at a briefing in its central office also put forth a three-point demands — cancelling the Juba League’s rally in Paltan Maidan at the time, withdrawing the restrictions on gathering at the place and allowing Jamaat to use PA systems for the rally.

Full report at:

http://www.newagebd.com/2010/may/31/nat.html

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US seeks to balance India's Afghanistan stake

May 31 2010

Washington : The Obama administration is grappling with how to balance India's role in Afghanistan as arch-rival Pakistan also jostles for influence there ahead of Washington's planned troop withdrawal to start in mid-2011.

US strategy in Afghanistan is set to be included on the agenda in US-India talks this week in Washington -- with Delhi seeking clarity over rival Pakistan's role, particularly in reconciliation plans with the Taliban.

The Obama administration has so far sent mixed signals over the kind of role it wants India to play in Afghanistan, leaving an impression at times, say experts, that Pakistan's strategic interests could have more weight.

I don't think this (US) administration or the previous one knows how to balance our legitimate interests in both Pakistan and India effectively, said Christine Fair, assistant professor at Georgetown University and a South Asia expert.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/us-seeks-to-balance-indias-afghanistan-stake/627113/

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Al-Qaeda leadership operating from Pak’s tribal region: Mullen

May 31 2010

Washington : The United States believes that the Al-Qaeda leadership is based in Pakistan’s volatile tribal region along the Afghanistan border, and is working with both Islamabad and Kabul to reign in the terror network flourishing in that safe haven, a top American military official has said.

During a Fox News programme, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen said Washington is aware that top Al-Qaeda commanders were operating from Pakistan.

“Clearly, I mean, we’re very concerned about that part of the world. We’re very concerned about — that’s where Al-Qaeda leadership lives. We know that. And we’re working with Pakistan and, quite frankly, with Afghanistan to continue to put pressure on that leadership. And I wouldn’t speak to any kind of details in terms of either plans or operations,” Admiral Mullen said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/alqaeda-leadership-operating-from-paks-tribal-region-mullen/627119/

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UN CONFERENCE TRIES TO BRIDGE WEST-MUSLIM DIVIDE

May 31, 2010

 But diplomats organizing the third Alliance of Civilizations forum said the focus would be on softer issues, rather than the military confrontations taking place in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Palestinian Territories, or the societal ones seen in France and other parts of Europe.

“It’s difficult to say which issues are more important than others, but migration and education are of special interest”, said one of the organizers of the three-day event, Brazilian diplomat Jose Augusto Lindgren, speaking ahead of the event..

But one topic on the agenda, that of the Internet and its influence on shaping opinions, would be especially timely, given Pakistan’s blocking of Facebook in outrage at a page promoting cartoons of Islam’s Prophet Mohammad.

Full report at:

http://www.mmorning.com/ArticleC.asp?Article=8011&CategoryID=7

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Islam attacked by a deadly virus

Maswood Alam Khan

May 31, 2010

It seems a new virus has been let loose to attack Islam. Groups of killers wearing Muslim names are roaming around as agents of a deadly virus to kill people at the behest of some quarters, mostly untouchable and invisible, in order to defame and wipe out Islam, a great religion that ushered in peace about 2000 years back at a time when crimes against humanity were rampant.

Islam, a modern religion that had liberated slaves, bestowed rights to women, obliterated the caste system, inspired humans to keep their heads high, trained the warriors not to punish the unarmed enemies, advised the victors not to vanish the vanquished and given lessons on how to ensure justice, is now mocked by some quarters as a faith of terrorism and as a religion that inspires killing of innocent people.

Full report at:

http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/more.php?news_id=101675&date=2010-05-31

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American Muslims need to reflect on their patriotism

Qasim Rashid

May 31, 2010

As an American Muslim myself, I laud Imran Hayee for his excellent opinion piece on the importance of patriotism (Local View: “American Muslims need to reflect on their patriotism,” May 26). Hayee expressed clearly the struggle some American Muslims face, and he offered a practical and realistic solution to resolve those issues.

I’m thrilled to see more American Muslims standing up and speaking out against the atrocious behaviors of those like Faisal Shahzad, the American Muslim man accused of attempting to blow up Times Square in New York City. It’s about time Muslims made clear that Islam stands for peace and pluralism. My hope is Hayee’s commentary reaches the ears of our fellow Americans — and the hearts of our fellow American Muslims. Both deserve to know where Muslims in America stand. Hayee’s column was a great start to showing them that a true American Muslim stands with this great nation.

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/170142/group/Opinion/

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Larijani urges Islamic countries' measures for Palestinians rights

May 31, 2010

TEHARN (ISNA)-Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani called for the Islamic countries to take joint measures for obtaining oppressed Palestinians' rights.

Larijani met the Speaker of Indonesian House of Representatives Marzuki Alie on Sunday where the two officials stressed the necessity of activating bilateral cooperation on various fields including economy, industry and trade.

Iranian official also referred to the current crisis in Palestine and the Zionist regime's crimes in occupied lands and said, "what Palestine needs today, is the Islamic countries' cooperation to gain oppressed Palestinians' rights."

Full report at:

http://www.isna.ir/ISNA/NewsView.aspx?ID=News-1548772&Lang=E

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Afghan officials suspend 2 Christian aid groups for alleged proselytizing

May 31, 2010

KABUL — Afghan authorities suspended two Christian foreign aid groups Monday on suspicion of proselytizing in the strictly Islamic nation and said a follow-up investigation would include whether other groups were trying to convert Muslims.

U.S.-based Church World Service and Norwegian Church Aid will not be allowed to operate while the allegations, aired Sunday on Afghan television, are investigated, said Mohammad Hashim Mayar, the deputy director of the Afghan government office that oversees nongovernment organizations, known as NGOs.

Mayar said officials did not have any evidence of proselytizing beyond the television report.

An investigation commission including officers from the National Security and Interior Ministries had been appointed, he said.

Full report at:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5hVx659zX3mqTOkDiqDfGpG_th5ng

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Iran should seriously address false claims to Persian Gulf islands: MP

May 31, 2010

TERHAN - MP Kazem Jalali has asked the Iranian Foreign Ministry to adopt a harder line toward the United Arab Emirates over its unjustified claims to three Iranian Persian Gulf islands.

“The adoption of such stances and the presentation of such false claims (by the UAE) warrants speedier and stricter measures by the Foreign Ministry,” Jalali, who is the rapporteur of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said in Tehran on Sunday.

“Unfortunately, the Foreign Ministry’s response to these acts by the United Arab Emirates is to simply laugh them off,” he added.

Full report at:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/index_View.asp?code=220433

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Seven arrested over links to religious minority attackers

31 May, 2010

LAHORE: Seven men have been arrested over alleged links to the militants, who attacked a religious minority in Lahore, killing 95 people, reports AP.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik visited one of the two places for worship which were attacked on Friday in Lahore and promised to work with local officials to tackle the growing problem of militancy in Pakistan's heartland of Punjab province.

“The terrorists, who have been hiding in southern Punjab, have now surfaced,” said Malik. “Our action will be stronger now because we cannot tolerate these killings.”

The government has been criticized for lacking the will to crack down on militants in Punjab, many of whom are part of now-banned groups started with government support in the 1980s and '90s to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan and pressure archenemy India.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/16-seven-arrested-over-links-to-religious-minority-attackers-02-sa

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Forces, jet fighters kill 42 Taliban in Orakzai

May 31, 2010

HANGU: Security forces backed by fighter jets killed 42 terrorists and injured another 13 in various parts of Orakzai Agency on Sunday.

Fighter jets bombed terrorist hideouts in Ghuz Garh, Ghalju, Tali, Tore Kandi and Kasha areas, killing 20 and injuring 13 Taliban.

Sources said five hideouts were also destroyed in the attacks.

Also, Swat Scouts killed 22 Taliban in a six-hour battle in Mulla Khel, Rangi Kandu, Mir Garh, Drai Choti and Sumpag and consolidated their position in the areas.

The security forces also destroyed 12 terrorist hideouts in these areas.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\05\31\story_31-5-2010_pg1_5

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‘100,000 die annually due to tobacco use in country’

May 31, 2010

KARACHI: Sindh Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed has said that almost 100,000 people die in Pakistan while 5.4 million deaths occur worldwide because of tobacco consumption.

He said the health department was taking steps to create awareness about the hazards of cigarettes, biris and cigars as well as chewable tobacco like gutka, mainpuri and pan. Dr Sagheer said that the theme for this year’s World No Tobacco Day was gender and tobacco, and it would draw particular attention to the harmful effects of tobacco on women and girls. It would also highlight the need for nearly 170 parties to the WHO frameworks convention on tobacco control to ban all tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship in accordance with the constitutional principle, he added.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\05\31\story_31-5-2010_pg12_5

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Jirga critical for peace in Afghanistan: Nato

31 May, 2010

KABUL, May 30: A huge “peace jirga” set to take place in Kabul this week marks a critical moment in bringing to an end decades of conflict that blighted Afghanistan, according to Nato leaders.

The National Consultative Peace Jirga, or assembly, aims to bring together leaders from across Afghanistan, representing the country’s complicated mix of ethnic, tribal, geographic and gender interests.

It is due to take place over three days from Wednesday in a tent on the outskirts of Kabul, providing a forum for discussing what steps President Hamid Karzai should take towards brokering a peace deal with the Taliban.

“The peace jirga is a critical element, it is a critical moment for this country,” Mark Sedwill, Nato’s civilian representative in Afghanistan said on Sunday.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/jirga-critical-for-peace-in-afghanistan-nato-150

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7 policemen killed in explosion

31 May, 2010

KUNDUZ (Afghanistan), May 30: A roadside bomb struck a police patrol on Sunday in the remote north-eastern Afghan province of Badakhshan, killing seven officers, officials said, in the latest violence blamed on the Taliban.

A police commander said that he was investigating claims by local villagers that Nato forces had killed and injured civilians in an air raid originally aimed at Taliban.

And military officials said up to a dozen Taliban-linked militants, including their commander, were killed when Nato and Afghan troops backed by air support struck their sanctuaries in the northern Baghlan mountains.

In a separate incident, a foreign soldier was killed on Sunday fighting Taliban in southern Afghanistan, Nato said. The soldier, whose nationality was not revealed, died following a small arms attack, Nato’s International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) said.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/7-policemen-killed-in-explosion-150

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Pakistan, US agree on Waziristan operation

31 May, 2010

WASHINGTON: The US military chief said on Sunday that he could not discuss his plans for combating Fata-based militants with the media but would like to do so with Pakistan’s cooperation.

Diplomatic sources in Washington, while talking to Dawn, also confirmed this, saying that Pakistan had agreed in principle to extend its military operation to North Waziristan and other areas identified by the Americans as militant hideouts.

“I wouldn’t speak to any kind of details in terms of either plans or operations,” said US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen when asked if the Pentagon had planned a unilateral military strike in Pakistan.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/pakistan,-us-agree-in-principle-on-waziristan-operation-150

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Aid flotilla off to Gaza

May 31, 2010

GAZA CITY: A flotilla of ships carrying activists and aid for the blockaded Gaza Strip on Sunday finally steamed south from Cyprus, heading for a confrontation with a fleet of Israeli naval vessels determined to stop them.

The ships, carrying more than 700 passengers, are on the last leg of a high-profile mission to deliver tons of aid to Gaza, which has been under a crippling Israeli blockade since 2007.

"We have just left in the last few minutes," Huwaida Arraf, chairman of the Free Gaza Movement, said by telephone from the boat Challenger 1. "Israel is blocking an area about 20 nautical miles out from the Gaza coast and we expect to hit that area in the late morning or early afternoon" on Monday, she said.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article59398.ece

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Lack of legislation hinders Islamic finance march in Russia

By MUSHTAK PARKER

May 31, 2010

MOSCOW: There is no doubt of the potential for Islamic finance in Russia and the CIS countries, but the major stumbling block is the absence of enabling legislation and a regulatory framework to facilitate Islamic financial products such as Murabaha, Ijara and sukuk.

These sentiments could not have been articulated better at the Moscow Forum on Islamic Finance & Investments which was held in the Russian capital last Thursday and attended by a host of local and international participants including Ali Hassan Jaafar, the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Russia.

While the Central Bank of Russia largely remains disinterested in taking the initiative in facilitating Islamic finance in the country, behind the scenes there are some encouraging developments which could speed up the introduction of Shariah-compliant products there.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/economy/islamicfinance/article59407.ece

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Haj minister meets Pakistan delegation

May 31, 2010

JEDDAH: Haj Minister Fouad Al-Farsi met Pakistan’s Minister of Tourism Maulana Atta-ur-Rehman at his office on Monday and discussed arrangements for this year’s Haj.

Al-Farsi said all arrangements are in place and maximum facilities and comfort would be extended to pilgrims.  Pakistan's Consul General Abdul Salik Khan and Director General of Haj Rao Shakeel Ahmed also accompanied the minister.

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article59396.ece

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Insecurity could worsen Darfur crisis: UN

By OPHEERA MCDOOM

May 31, 2010

NYALA: Darfur's humanitarian crisis could spiral if the fighting and kidnappings of foreigners that are restricting the world's largest aid operation are not halted, the UN aid chief John Holmes said on Sunday.

Holmes told Reuters during a visit to Sudan that insecurity caused by ongoing fighting between rebels and government, tribal clashes and abductions targeting foreign workers had forced some aid agencies to scale down operations and others to withdraw.

"Unless we can somehow get a grip on the insecurity and the kidnapping, we may see a steady erosion of the number of people prepared to work here," Holmes said in Nyala, South Darfur.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article59287.ece

 

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Manzurul Haque

I couldn’t agree with you more, Mr. Indresh!

Indresh

Yes Mr Manzurul, truth is a bitter pill, very hard to swallow.

Manzurul Haque

The picture posted with the news of conversion suggests the enactment of the scene of conversion where 57 Pakistani Hindus are seen converting to Islam - bruised and bleeding and the Mullah ordering about or showing the gun? An excellent piece of propaganda work!!

Ghulam Mohiyuddin

Forcing Hindu employees to convert to Islam is un-Islamic and should be a crime making their Pakistani employers liable to prosecution. Creating hardships for Hindus who are seeking employment or are trying to keep their jobs is uncivilized behaviour.

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