Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif has resigns after protests: Egypt state TV
For linking RSS to 26/11, Aziz Burney says sorry on front page
Protests against yellow journalim in Deoband
Suicide bomber kills Kandahar deputy governor
Afghan woman, lover stoned to death by Taliban
28 terrorists killed in Mohmand
27 killed, scores injured in Egypt protests
26/11: Probe finds new evidence of ISI link with LeT's Mir
Iran hangs Iranian-Dutch woman for drug smuggling
Radical Muslim imam captured at US-Mexico border
Not just Muslims, Purohit team went after Christians too, says Army report
Pak To Seek Access To 26/11 Witnesses Again
Suicide blast kills eight near Kohat Tunnel
Deoband controversy takes ugly regional turn
Students' union threatens to resume agitation against Vastanvi
Vastanvi a success story in Maharashtra town
American Rambo' In Pak Court Over Killing
Diggy blasts RSS for ‘ sanghi terror’
Journalist Pathik Saha passes away
Afghanistan war won't end like Vietnam: NATO
'At 2.2bn, Muslims will be 26% of world population by 2030'
Iraq Forces on Alert After Baghdad Blasts Kill 53
Replace Musalman with Islam as religion in Census form: JIH
Advani's Rath Yatra root of terrorism in India: Digvijay
Young Urdu journalist recalls his interaction with Hemant Karkare
Ancient Fatehpuri mosque to be restored to old glory
Lahore killings condemned Senators call for US official’s trial under Pakistani law
Obama calls on Mubarak, warns Egypt against violence
Al Jazeera channel taps Arab anger
Is Mubarak's fate in Army's hands?
J&K cops ‘offered urine for water’ to Ekta yatris
Malaysia to keep text book that upsets Indians
India, Pak to hold ‘exploratory’ parleys at SAARC meet
Ishrat encounter fake, says rebel SIT cop
Friday of wrath in Egypt: Islamists cry intifada, join protests
Facebook And The Egypt Uprising
Qadri is a murderer, not a hero: Ashrafi
Four, including minor boy, killed in Karachi violence
Kabul Suicide Attack Kills Seven
Bangladesh Group Used Pak Grenades For Attacks
SC upholds central subsidy to Haj pilgrims
Under terror shadow, Muslims speak out
Pak NGO to resolve issues of Sikh community
Two shot dead while crossing over to Pak
Pak to pip Indonesia as largest Muslim nation by 2030
Book shows Nehru chilling out in Kashmir
Omar peace plan gathers steam as rebels eye return
Car bomb kills 5 in northwest Pakistan
Anti-Israel film on Gaza ship opens in Turkey
US consulate official handed over for six-day physical remand
'LeT supplied grenades for 7 terror attacks in Bangladesh'
Chechen link ruled out, Russia hunts for jihadi bomber
Egyptian Nobel laureate ElBaradei in house arrest
Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau
Shaykh Yusuf al-qaradawi urges merger of salafism and sufism
Jan 29, 2011
Shaykh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a Muslim Brotherhood ideologue and one of the most influential men in modern Sunni Islam, has long resisted the Salafist trend of condemning Sufi Muslims as heretics and even apostates. Though he has been offered the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood several times, al-Qaradawi has always declined, saying he would prefer to be a guide for the nation in general, rather than be the leader of a specific group. The Shaykh has pursued this goal through a highly successful media strategy, involving a satellite television show and a popular website, IslamOnline. Nevertheless, he is held in suspicion by the West and is banned from travelling to the UK and the United States. The Shaykh recently offered his views on several issues, including the Sufi-Salafist split in Sunni Islam, in an interview carried by a pan-Arab daily (al-Sharq al-Awsat, December 23, 2010).
Al-Qaradawi naturally objects to Egypt’s official ban on political participation by the Brotherhood, asking if it is really possible that religious people are banned from practicing politics and participating in the development of the country: “There is no doubt that this is a crime, because religion is the essence of life, and the religious individual has the right to participate in building the country through his personal opinion, be it political, economic, educational, or health opinion… If the groups are banned from working publicly, they will start to work underground. The Islamist groups might be forced to work secretly. This is an unhealthy situation, because whoever works in the open can be held to account for his actions, and you can criticize him, but how can you hold to account whoever works in secret?”
Though the interview took place shortly before the uprising in Tunisia, al-Qaradawi noted that many of the governments in the Arab and Islamic world do not have any popular support and derive their authority solely from rigged elections disguised as democracy: “They are governments that are hated by their peoples, and they govern their countries by brute force and martial and emergency laws rather than governing through the consensus of the people.”
With regard to a growing perception in the Sunni world that Shi’a Islam is intent on expanding its numbers and territory in the Middle East, al-Qaradawi warned that Shiites are trained for preaching their creed and have access to large funds to promote Shi’ism as well as having the support of a major nation — Iran— behind them.
In his defense of Sufism, al-Qaradawi brought up the names of two medieval theologians who are regarded as providing many of the intellectual underpinnings of Salafist Islam: Shaykh Ibn Taymiyah (12633-1328) and his disciple, Imam Ibn al-Qayyim (1292-1350). According to al-Qaradawi, the two were “among the greatest Sufis,” but rejected what was inappropriate in Sufism: “Personally, I call for ‘making Sufi into Salafi’ and ‘making Salafi into Sufi.’ The Sufi takes from the discipline of Salafi in not following the fabricated Hadith, polytheist rites, and tomb-side rites, and we want the Salafi to take from the Sufi tenderness, spirituality, and piousness. From this mixture we get the required Muslim.”
In his search for reconciliation between the two trends of Sunni Islam, al-Qaradawi also called upon the thought of Muslim Brotherhood founder Shaykh Hassan al-Banna (1906-1947), saying al-Banna conceived the Brotherhood as an inclusive grouping of Sunni Muslims: “It is a Salafi movement as it calls for returning to the Koran and Sunna, it is a Sufi tendency as it calls for purifying the hearts and returning to God, it is a Sunni way that is based on honoring the Prophet's companions and on the work of the Sunni school of thinking.”
Al-Qaradawi suggested that, contrary to public perceptions, Salafism is in fact a constantly evolving trend in Islam that now encompasses several schools of thinking, including those that are close to “centrism” and the ideology of the Muslim Brothers. After long denouncing the Brothers for participation in politics, the Salafists have now taken to politics in a major way. Exposure of the modern Salafists to developments in the wider world through travel after years of isolation and access to theological literature previously unavailable has also led to changes in Salafist jurisprudence.
Al-Qaradawi said the violent Salafi-Jihadi groups do not share the same agenda as the Muslim Brothers, who have told them: “We have tried such things, but they have not been helpful, and we have not gained anything out of them other than detention, suffering and victimization.” He noted that many of these groups, especially those in Egypt, have now reconsidered their strategies, issuing books of “Revisions” outlining their mistakes. Nevertheless, “All Islamist movements are entitled to try for themselves, and start from zero until they reach the conclusions of the preceding groups.”
CAIRO: Egyptian state television says the Cabinet of Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif has resigned on the president's orders.
The Cabinet's resignation on Saturday follows days of anti-government protests and just hours after embattled President Hosni Mubarak told the nation in a televised address that he has decided the sack the Cabinet.
The protests are the most serious challenge to Mubarak's rule since he came to office nearly 30 years ago, but the 82-year-old leader has made no mention in his address of the calls for him to step down.
New Delhi : Aziz Burney hit national headlines when he got Congress heavyweight Digvijay Singh to throw his weight behind his book, provocatively titled RSS ka Shadyantra, 26/11 (RSS conspiracy, 26/11).
That book launch, on December 6 last year, was the event where Singh said that Mumbai ATS chief Hemant Karkare had called him, hours before he was killed in the terror attacks, to tell him about threats he had received for probing Hindu extremists and their terror links.
Now Burney says he is sorry.
In a front-page apology in the Hindi edition of Rashtriya Sahara today — also carried in Hindi in its Urdu edition that Burney edits — he has apologised “if he has hurt anyone or any group while discussing events around 26/11.”
The apology is titled “Aziz Burney ki taraf se safaai aur maafi)” (A clarification and apology from Burney).
For more than two years since the Mumbai attacks, Burney has been presenting what he calls an “alternative” picture through a series of more than 100 articles, culminating in the book published both in Urdu and in Hindi.
He said today that he would like to “clarify and apologise if he has hurt anyone by the title of his book and is happy to change the title” if that would assuage feelings.
Said Burney: “I am an Indian and stand by my government on all international matters. I will never do anything to compromise its position in the rest of the world.”
He cited a piece he wrote on December 17 last year entitled, Hafiz Sayed hamara apraadhi hai, ise hamein saunpo, (Hafiz Sayed is our enemy, hand him to us). “(The piece) does not talk about 26/11 nor links the incident with the RSS,” he said.
He said that he did not want to weaken India’s stand in any way nor wishes to link RSS to the incident.
Burney has consistently maintained that there is more to 26/11 than meets the eye, and has on several occasions, discussed the death of Karkare.
When asked by The Indian Express to explain his turnaround, Burney said: “There is no turnaround, I have just been misinterpreted. I was only pointing to certain circumstantial evidence in the matter, which I would want investigating agencies to look at. I am a journalist, not an investigating agency. I agree with the Indian government’s view on this. All I am saying is consider the circumstantial evidence. It is as a true Muslim that I am happy to apologise if someone is hurt by the allegations.”
Sources said Burney is under a lot of pressure, both on the political and personal fronts. He said he was “open to changing the title of his book, but not the contents.”
“After all, it is the CBI which has ordered a reopening of the Malegaon probe. Look at what Aseemanand has to say. Even in a case like Aarushi Talwar’s murder, they are looking at circumstantial things, which is all I pointed out in the 26/11 case. Who am I to accuse and judge?”
New Age Islam News Bureau
Deoband: The controversy over the appointment of Maulana Vastanvi as the VC of Darul Uloom Deoband is refusing to die down. After Friday prayers today, the students of Darul Uloom and a large number of the residents held a newspaper published from Delhi responsible for fuelling the controversy and burnt the copies of the daily as a mark of protest. The protesters felt that the sectarian hatred was the motive behind the controversy. Rehanul Haque said that people of the opposite sect never want Darul Uloom Deoband to continue with its services for the propagation of deen peacefully. The state secretary of Samajwadi Party Muwaiya Ali said that the opponents of Darul Uloom had provided ammunition to the newspaper to carry out its tirade against Maulana Wastanvi to malign Darul Uloom Deoband. He wondered who was distributing thousands of copies in Deoband free of cost. He said that the news about Deoband being published on the front page was indicative of the fact that the enemies of Islam can go to any extent to harm the image of Islam and Darul Uloom Deoband. During the protests, the protesters raised the slogan, ‘Live long Maulana Wastanvi’ and requested him to come back and lead the Darul Uloom Deoband. In this protest meetin, thousands of students alongwith the people of Deoband protested. Syed Haris, Ramzan Qureshi, Kalim Qureshi, Taiyab Ansari, Feroz Bakht, Nasim Usmani, Md Shamim, Nasim Usmani, Usman, Ahmad, Sikander Khan, Imran Malik, Aslma Mukhia are among the participants in the protests. On the other hand, a meeting of ulema and scholars was held in the meeting in which Mujtaba Farooque, Dr Qasim Rasool Iyas, Zafarul islam Khan and Taslim Rehmani participated and demaded an end of media war on the issue. The joint statement issued by them says that the protests after Maulana Vastanvi;s statement in the Times of India and the allegations and counter allegations published in the newspapers has harmed the image of Darul Uloom and so it should be stopped. Morever, it has brought the differences among the Muslim community to the fore. Actually the intellectuals of the community should have resolved the issue amicably. Now when the meeting of the shoura has been called to resolve the controversy, the allegations and counter allegations should be stopped. In principle, only the Shoura has all the authority to take any decision in this regard. This issue cannot be resolved on the streets or with the help of yellow journalism. We oppose this trend and appeal to the members of the community to resolve their issues democratically and peacefully.
KANDAHAR: A suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed the deputy governor of Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province and wounded at least five others on Saturday, officials said.
Violence in Afghanistan is at its worst since US-backed Afghan forces overthrew the Taliban in late 2001 with casualties on all sides at record levels.
Deputy Governor Abdul Latif Ashna was killed as he left his home in Kandahar city, capital of Kandahar province, to go to work, the governor’s spokesman Zalmay Ayoubi said. The civilians wounded in the blast had been taken to hospital, he added.
An official from the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kandahar, who declined to be named, confirmed Ashna had been killed in a suicide attack. No further details were immediately available.
US Ambassador Karl Eikenberry who was visiting Kandahar on Saturday condemned the death but said it would not sap efforts to defeat the insurgency.
Full report at:
LONDON: A 19-year-old Afghan woman and her alleged lover have been stoned to death by terrorist outfit Taliban, after she reportedly ran away from an arranged marriage, reveals a new video released on websites.
Hundreds of villagers can be seen in the video, standing around as 19-year-old Siddqa, is buried up to her waist in a hole in the ground.
Two mullahs - Islamic clerics - pass the sentence, before the crowd begins to throw rocks at her head and body as she desperately tries to crawl free.
After she collapses to the ground, covered in blood, but miraculously still alive, a Taliban militant shoots her three times, according to the Daily Mail.
Her alleged lover - Khayyam - is then marched in front of the crowd with his hands tied behind his back.
PESHAWAR: Pakistani fighter jets and helicopter gunships bombed terrorist hideouts in a tribal region near the Afghan border on Friday, killing 28 terrorists, an official said.
“Security forces launched an air offensive against terrorist hideouts in different areas of Mohmand and killed 28 terrorists,” senior local administration official Maqsood Amin said. He said 30 terrorists were also wounded in the operation while eight houses belonging to militants were torched. The details, however, could not be confirmed independently due to a lack of independent access to the battlefield by journalists. Separately, a commander among three terrorists was killed by security forces in Mohmand on Friday, near the Pak Afghan border, official said. The forces clashed with the terrorists in Sagi area of Safi tehsil, killing three. The security forces later launched a combined operation in the area to nab the fleeing terrorists.
CAIRO: Egypt's embattled President Hosni Mubarak sent out the army and clamped a curfew on key cities on Friday as deaths in raging street protests demanding an end to his three-decade rule rose to at least 27.
Thirteen people died in clashes with police Friday in the canal city of Suez, at least five in Cairo and two more in Mansura, north of the capital with many fatalities caused by rubber-coated bullets, medics and witnesses said.
Seven people died on Wednesday and Thursday.
With the rising tide of anger exacting a heavy toll, key allies the United States, Britain and Germany expressed concern about the violence, with Britain noting that the protesters had "legitimate grievances."
Jan 29 2011
Washington : Pakistan, a key US ally in the war against terrorism, is a supporter of jihadist terror as seen in the close links between the suspected mastermind of the Mumbai terrorist attacks and the ISI, according to fresh independent probes by a media group into the 26/11 attacks.
"The question, simply put, is whether the larger interests of the United States in maintaining good relations with Pakistan will permit (Sajid) Mir (the jihadi terrorist) and other suspects to get away with one of the most devastating terrorist attacks in recent history," veteran journalist Sebastian Rotella said in his latest investigative report, published in ProPublica, on the Mumbai terror attacks.
In his latest 26/11 investigative report published as part of the Amazon's Kindle Singles program, Rotella documents details the close relationship between the perpetrators of the massacre -- the militant group Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and the Pakistani government.
TEHRAN: Iran on Saturday hanged an Iranian-Dutch woman, Zahra Bahrami, after she was found guilty of selling and possessing drugs, the Tehran prosecutor's office said on its website.
"A drug trafficker named Zahra Bahrami, daughter of Ali, was hanged early on this morning after she was convicted of selling and possessing drugs," the prosecutor's office said.
Bahrami, a 46-year-old Iranian-born naturalised Dutch citizen, was reportedly arrested in December 2009 after joining a protest against the government while visiting relatives in the Islamic republic.
The prosecutor's office today confirmed that she had been arrested for "security crimes."
But elaborating on her alleged drug smuggling, the office said Bahrami had used her Dutch connections to smuggle narcotics into Iran.
"The convict, a member of an international drug gang, smuggled cocaine to Iran using her Dutch connections and had twice shipped and distributed cocaine inside the country," it said.
U.S. Border Patrol agents captured a radical Muslim cleric attempting to sneak into the United States across the California-Mexican border this morning.
Said Jaziri was discovered hiding in a Mexican registered BMW. The terrorism supporting cleric has been banned from France and Canada, as well as the United States, police sources told the Law Enforcement Examiner.
Jaziri, who gained notoriety when he ordered his followers to "execute" the controversial Danish cartoonist who drew pictures of the prophet Mohammed, was arrested, as was the BMW's driver Kenneth Robert Lawler.
Jaziri, 44, had been deported from Canada to Tunisia in 2007 after Canadian immigration officials discovered that he had fabricated statements on his refugee application. Prior to that he had been imprisoned in France on terrorism-related charges.
New Delhi : Not just Muslims, Lt Colonel Prasad Srikant Purohit and his Abhinav Bharat also targeted Christians in several locations including Kandhamal in Orissa, North Karnataka, Pune, Jabalpur and Bhopal. And that Malegaon blast accused and Purohit’s key aide Sameer Kulkarni was allegedly behind the killing of two Christians in Orissa in August 2008.
This revelation comes in the Military Intelligence (MI) report of the Army based on the interrogation of Purohit, himself one of the prime accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast and a key link in the Hindu extremist network.
The report, a copy of which is with The Indian Express, said that Malegaon blast co-accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh confronted Purohit during his joint interrogation by MI, the Maharashtra ATS and the Intelligence Bureau at a safe house in Khandala on October 30, 2008.
Islamabad: Pakistan has again decided to ask India for access to the witnesses of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack to record their statements. A formal request is going to be filed soon, officials said.
This would be the second time that Pakistan would be making such a request, interior ministry officials told The Express Tribune on Friday.
Over four months back, Interior Minister Rehman Malik had requested Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram to permit a special team of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to record statements of witnesses, including the magistrate and the investigation officer concerned in Mumbai.
KOHAT: Eight people were killed and at least 10 others were injured in a suicide blast near the Kohat Tunnel late on Friday night, reports said.
The blast damaged the tunnel on the main road between the northwestern city of Peshawar and the region.
The tunnel was closed after the incident, television reports said.
No one claimed responsibility for the blast.
Avijit Ghosh & Sameer Arshad
DEOBAND: The divisive nature of the Vastanvi-Modi controversy has taken a pronounced regional turn in Darul Uloom, the 145-year-old Islamic seminary in western Uttar Pradesh. It is also getting ugly.
On Friday, an alleged Deoband VC Ghulam Mohammed Vastanvi supporter from Gujarat was apprehended on campus, roughed up and handed over to the authorities. Student union leaders claimed he was trying to ramp up support for the VC.
Many who want Vastanvi to relinquish his post and are agitating for his ouster belong to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, from where the majority of students come. They are vocal, aggressive and not afraid to stand up and be counted.
But quite a few students from states such as Karnataka, West Bengal and Gujarat say the VC must stay. Some faculty members too want him to continue. Vastanvi has a sprinkling of supporters even among Bihar students. But they are the milder lot and don't want to be identified.
DEOBAND: Darul Uloom Deoband's students' union on Friday threatened to resume its agitation if the seminary's governing council did not convene its meet to remove under-fire vice-chancellor Ghulam Mohammad Vastanvi within a week. The meet is scheduled for February 23. Vastanvi is at the centre of a maelstrom for his alleged pro-Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi remarks.
"We met on Friday and asked the students to remain ready to renew the agitation if our demand is not met," said Jamait-i-Talba (student union) leader Saad Jameel, a 22-year-old from Bijnor with a deep, rich voice. The Union started an agitation on Monday for Vastanvi's removal but called it off after authorities assured that its demands would be met.
Vastanvi supporters wonder how the dormant union, which is not an elected body, has suddenly come to the fore. They allege it could be a front for the anti-Vastanvi lobby. Full report at:
AKKALKUWA (MAHARASHTRA): In 1979, a Muslim cleric started a school in a hut in the remote tribal area of Akkalkuwa with just six students. Today, the humble school in Maharashtra's Nandurbar district, bordering Gujarat, has grown into an institute, the Jamia Islamia Ishaatul Uloom, which has two lakh students on its rolls in schools across India. But the man behind the success story, Maulana Ghulam Mohamad Vastanvi, is in a soup.
One of the major reasons for Vastanvi's appointment as VC of Darul Uloom, is his track record as an educationist. "The Maulana began from grassroots and gradually built the huge infrastructure in 30 years because of his positive approach and hard work," said Iqbal Deraiya, a close aide of Vastanvi.
Lahore: An American man is expected to appear in a Pakistan court on Friday on double murder charges, police said, a day after he shot dead two men on a motorcycle in what he said was self-defence.
The man was described by the State Department in Washington as an American civilian working for the US Consulate in Lahore.
A third Pakistani was crushed to death by a consulate car that went to the scene to aid the man following the shooting in a busy street in the eastern city.
The incident threatens to inflame anti-American sentiment in Pakistan, already running high partly because of a covert US drone campaign in the northwest tribal areas that has provoked deadly revenge attacks by militants.
Police identified the gunman as Raymond Davis and said he described himself as a 'technical adviser' with the consulate.
MOCKING the BJP’s Ekta Yatra , Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Friday said the saffron party should instead ask the RSS to hoist the national flag at its headquarters in Nagpur.
He said the real intention of the party in hoisting the Tricolour is to stoke trouble in disturbed areas under the garb of patriotism.
Singh also came down hard on the Sangh Parivar and even coined a new term for Hindutva terror. He said the bomb blasts at Malegaon, Mecca Masjid and Ajmer should be cited as instances of “ sanghi” terrorism.
Singh’s arguments were supported by Sitaram Yechury of the CPM, A. B. Bardhan of the CPI and Ram Vilas Paswan of the LJP. They said it was high time that the Centre took the activities of the RSS more seriously.
Full report at: Mail Today
Former general secretary of Dhaka Reporters’ Unity Pathik Saha died of cardiac arrest Saturday morning at the age of 45.
Family sources said he fell sick at his Lalmatia residence and died on way to hospital at about 5:15am, Prothom Alo said.
BRUSSELS: The Afghan army will not collapse when international troops end their combat role, in the way that South Vietnam's did in the 1970s, NATO's top officer said on Thursday.
Italian Adm. Giampaolo Di Paola said the international community intends to remain committed to Afghanistan after NATO forces hand over responsibility to the Afghan security forces in 2014.
"About 60 countries are engaged in the broader effort," Di Paola told reporters. "It is not just a bilateral or trilateral effort, as it was (in Vietnam)."
"The United Nations, the World Bank, many non-governmental organisations are all there," he said. "That is the fundamental difference."
PARIS: Falling birth rates will slow the world's Muslim population growth over the next two decades, reducing it on average from 2.2% a year in 1990-2010 to 1.5% a year from now until 2030, a new study says.
Muslims will number 2.2 billion by 2030 compared to 1.6 billion in 2010, making up 26.4% of the world population compared to 23.4% now, according to estimates by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
The report did not publish figures for worldwide populations of other major religions, but said the United Statesbased Pew Forum planned similar reports on growth prospects for worldwide Christianity , Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Judaism.
"The declining growth rate is due primarily to falling fertility rates in many Muslimmajority countries," it said, noting the birth rate is falling as more Muslim women are educated , living standards rise and rural people move to cities.
BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces were on alert Friday after a massive car bomb ripped through a funeral ceremony in a Shiite district of Baghdad, killing 48 people in Iraq's bloodiest day in more than two months.
The blast on Thursday was the deadliest in a series of bombings that claimed 53 lives across the capital, and led to an angry crowd pelting security forces with stones when they arrived at the scene.
A massive car bomb ripped through a funeral ceremony in a Shiite district of Baghdad on Thursday, killing 48 people in Iraq's bloodiest day in more than two months. (AFPTV) It was the latest in a surge in violence in the past 10 days that has left more people dead than attacks throughout any of the past three months, and comes little more than a month after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki formed a coalition government, ending the deadlock that followed March elections.
By Riyaz Momin
Beed, Maharashtra: The religion section in the Census form operative here has MUSALMAN not Islam as religion of Muslims. The local Muslims have pointed out this error and urged the authorities to fix it. A delegation of the local community led by district president of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has met Additional District Magistrate and submitted a memorandum in this regard.
The delegation told the ADM that the Census form shows religion as Musalman instead of Islam. This misrepresentation is taking place in nationwide census. They demanded that the term Musalman should be deleted and Islam word should be inserted as religion in the Census form.
New Delhi : A day after he held Hindu Mahasabha founder Veer Savarkar responsible for the two-nation theory, Congress leader Digvijay Singh blamed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K.Advani's 'Rath Yatra' for the genesis of terrorism in parts of India.
"L.K Advani's Rath Yatra has given birth to terrorism in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat and the whole of the region," Singh said, addressing a 'National Meet on Tracing Sangh Terror Trail and Stories of Innocent Muslim Boys' organised by civil society group Anhad.
"The Rath Yatra by Advani is base of terrorism in India. Earlier, Pakistan used to say that the Indian government doesn't trust the Indian Muslims, but after the Rath Yatra, the blame became a reality because several Muslim youth were harassed, tortured and detained illegally," he said.
By Rehan Ansari
Mohammed Javed Shaikh, crime and community reporter of Roznama Rashtriya Sahara in Mumbai, has penned down his homage to slain ATS Maharashtra Chief Hemant Karkare in the form of book “The Great Hemant Karkare.” In an interview with Rehan Ansari of TwoCircles.net, Shaikh, 25, talks about Karkare’s life and profession – and the feelings of the brave cop about Sangh Parivar’s attack on him for Hindutva terror probes.
Why did you write the book on Hemant Karkare?
Being a Crime Reporter I have to deal with Police Officers and thus I knew Hemant Karkare Sahab. He was an honest and secular officer and never budged under any kind of pressure. This impressed me a lot.
He was very tense because of the allegations leveled against his family in Shiv Sena mouthpiece Samna. On 26/11 he called me in the afternoon and asked me about the reports in Urdu newspapers and what was happening in Muslim community. I told him the truth that he was highly regarded not only among Muslims but in the larger secular world. Full report at:
By Abu Zafar
New Delhi : The ageing Fatehpuri mosque in Old Delhi is awaiting a much-needed facelift that can extend by some 100 years the life of one of the grandest Islamic monuments in India.
If and when the restoration work begins, it will take up to two years to restore the original glory of the mosque that occupies a pride of place in the Chandni Chowk area facing the mammoth Red Fort.
It was Mughal emperor Shah Jahan's wife Fatehpuri Begum who ordered the mosque built in 1650. The nearby Jama Masjid, another redstone marvel, was the brainchild of the emperor himself.
For 30 years or so, the Fatehpuri mosque has been begging for a facelift, which is now in the pipeline thanks to intervention by Communications Minister Kapil Sibal, who represents the area in the Lok Sabha.
ISLAMABAD, Jan 28: Senators condemned on Friday the killing of three citizens â€“ two were shot dead by a US Consulate employee and the third was run over by his colleagues soon after the incident in Lahore on Thursday — and called for a trial under the Pakistani law. The Senate rejected a move to adopt a resolution condemning the murder of Punjab governor Salman Taseer and criticising a group of civil society and lawyers who had garlanded the assassin.
The house was even divided on offering fateha for the slain governor.
Condemning the Lahore incident, PML-N`s Zafar Ali Shah said it would be unacceptable to the nation if the person involved in the crime was set free without trial.
Prof Ibrahim Khan of Jamaat-i-Islami urged the government to punish the accused in accordance with the law of the land.
WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama has called on Egyptian authorities not to use violence against raging political protests, and drove home his message in a 30-minute phone call to President Hosni Mubarak.
His warning came Friday as the United States toughened its line on Mubarak's government, a key Middle Eastern ally, warning it would review billions of dollars in aid to Egypt based on the behavior of the security forces.
Obama urged Mubarak to take "concrete" steps towards political reforms, saying he must turn "a moment of volatility" into "a moment of promise" after a day of rage in Egyptian cities on which the death toll from protests hit 27. ( Read: Egypt protests: Mubarak sacks government, vows reforms )
"I want to be very clear in calling upon the Egyptian authorities to refrain from any violence against peaceful protesters," Obama said, after aides said the White House was readying for any possible political scenarios in Egypt.
The protests rocking the Arab world this week have one thread uniting them: Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based channel whose aggressive coverage has helped propel insurgent emotions from one capital to the next. In many ways, it is Al Jazeera's moment not only because of the role it has played, but also because the channel has helped to shape a narrative of popular rage against oppressive American-backed governments. “The notion that there is a common struggle across the Arab world is something Al Jazeera helped create,“ said Marc Lynch, a professor at George Washington University.
Egypt's military has kept out of this week's clashes between police and protesters demanding the ousting of 82-year-old President Hosni Mubarak, but it could eventually decide his fate, echoing events in Tunisia.
A Tunisian army general's refusal to back Zine alAbidine Ben Ali's crackdown on protesters is widely regarded as a turning point that forced the former president to quit Tunisia on January 14 after weeks of protests.
Egypt's military might not react in the same way, but after watching the interior ministry's police and security forces struggle to contain four days of unprecedented street protests, the generals may well be considering their options.
Full report at: Hindustan Times
January 29, 2011
When separatist leader Yasin Malik and others marched to Lal Chowk with black flags, the police offered them hot tea and cigarettes. But we were arrested for trying to hoist the National Flag… When we asked for water, the police offered us urine.”
Dozen of BJP youth wing workers who have returned to the Capital — with fractured limbs and numerous wounds — narrated the story of brutality unleashed by the Jammu & Kashmir Police in Srinagar on January 26.
These youth leaders had to sneak into Srinagar and hide in small groups to continue with the plan to hoist the National Flag at Lal Chowk, after threats by separatists and prohibitory orders by the State administration.
While Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) chief Anurag Thakur and BJP leaders were arrested upon entering Jammu & Kashmir, a couple of youth wing workers made an attempt on January 26 morning to hoist the flag at Lal Chowk.
Ethnic Indian activists in Malaysia decried a Government decision on Friday to retain a book in the high school curriculum that refers to the Hindu caste system. The dispute has aggravated many among Malaysia’s ethnic Indian minority who complain that authorities in this mostly Malay Muslim country fail to respect their sensitivities.
Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said late on Thursday that a special panel will propose amendments that can be made to the Malay-language novel, Interlok, before it eventually becomes compulsory for high school literature classes.
“The decision to continue using the novel, with amendments so as not to hurt the feelings of the Indian community, is the best solution,” Muhyiddin said in a statement.
However, Mohan Shan, president of the Malaysia Hindu Sangam organisation, said the book should be withdrawn entirely because it allegedly portrays ethnic Indians as coming from inferior communities.
India and Pakistan, in an effort to restart the stalled dialogue process, will hold “exploratory” parleys when foreign secretaries of the two countries will meet each other in Thimpu next month on the sidelines of the SAARC foreign secretaries’ conclave. However, “nothing dramatic” is expected from these talks.
Officials on Friday said the talks on February 6 and 7 between Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir was an “exploratory mission”
“It would be an attempt to unlock the processes once again,” they said, adding Rao and Bashir were in touch on the telephone over the past few weeks in this regard. They further said Pakistan’s Foreign Minister SM Qureshi’s proposed visit to New Delhi was also on the agenda in Thimpu.
Ahmedabad : The probe into the 2004 killing of alleged Lashkar-e-Toiba operative Ishrat Jahan and three others courted controversy on Friday when one of the three members of the Special Investigation Team (SIT), appointed by the Gujarat High Court, filed an affidavit alleging that the encounter may have been faked by Gujarat policemen.
Joint Commissioner of Police Satish Verma, in his 80-page affidavit in the High Court, also alleged that his other two colleagues in the SIT, Karnail Singh and Mohan Jha, were trying to derail the probe. Singh and Jha are also Jt CPs. While Singh is from Delhi, Jha belongs to the Gujarat cadre.
Verma claimed there was enough material available to suggest that the encounter may have been “staged” by police. He has asked for registration of an FIR against the officers involved.
Alexandria : Demonstrators in Egypt have protested against rising prices and stagnant incomes, for greater freedom and against police brutality. But religion, so often a powerful mobilizing force here, has so far played little role.
That may be about to change.
With organizers calling for demonstrations after Friday prayer, the political movement was literally taken to the doorsteps of the nation’s mosques. And as Egypt’s security services fought tens of thousands of protesters in the streets, Islamic groups looked poised to emerge as wildcards in the biggest political upheaval ever faced by President Hosni Mubarak’s government.
Reporters in Egypt said on Friday that access to the Internet, text messaging services and Twitter was not possible in Cairo, Alexandria, and possibly other cities.
And as the Muslim Brotherhood announced Thursday it was joining the protests, the calculus on the streets was set to change, tipping the numbers in favour of the protesters and lending new strength to the demonstrations.
Cairo: The April 6 Facebook group set up by young Egyptians to protest at high prices in 2008 this week brought tens of thousands onto the streets for anti-regime rallies despite draconian restrictions.
The movement, whose calls to protest are also spread via micro-blogging site Twitter and photo-sharing site Flickr, was created to protest against the cost of living during a strike in the Nile Delta industrial town of Mahalla el-Kobra.
Its name comes from an initial call for a nationwide day of protest on April 6, 2008. Today, the Facebook group has more than 80,000 followers, with many more on Twitter, and its demands have evolved.
It now calls for political reform and democracy, targeting particularly veteran President Hosni Mubarak's monolithic National Democratic Party.
LAHORE: Pakistan Ulema Council Chairman Allama Tahir Ashrafi condemned the attitude of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), saying that the party was playing politics in the name of religion, adding that Mumtaz Qadri was a murderer not a hero, a private TV channel reported on Friday.
Speaking in a private TV channel programme, Ahrafi asked what JUI-F member Ismael Buleedi did when Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Sherry Rehman presented the blasphemy law bill in parliament. He said he heard Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani saying on the floor of National Assembly that the blasphemy law would not be amended. He said that the JUI-F regarded the PM and the PPP-led government as favourable up until the point that Azam Swati got sacked, adding that the blasphemy law issue was raised prior to Swati’s dismissal. He said the blasphemy law was a sacred law because no one could question on the holy Prophet (PBUH)’s sayings. He raised a question as to why the JUI-F demanded to bring the blasphemy law in the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), after terming it a ‘sacred law’?
KARACHI: Four people died in separate incidents in the metropolis on Friday.
A man was killed, while two others were injured, during a robbery bid in a minibus at Manghopir Road within the limits of Orangi Town police station.
The incident took place in Bakra Pir area situated at Manghopir Road. Three armed men entered in minibus and started looting valuable stuff from passengers. During the robbery bid, a passenger offered resistance, upon which, an armed man opened fire, injuring three men Arsalan, Atif and Abu Kalam. After committing the crime, the bandits managed to flee from the scene.
Police shifted the injured to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medical treatment where Arsalan and Atif succumbed to their injuries. SP Khurram Waris said Arsalan was a resident of Sector 11-A, North Karachi and was an employee of a private company. Police said the victim was also a sympathiser of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). Atif was the resident of Surjani Town and an intermediate student.
Kabul: Seven bodies were removed from the site of a suicide bombing at a supermarket in central Kabul on Friday, an AFP correspondent saw, and police said three female foreigners were among the dead.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
An AFP reporter saw seven bodies, including those of at least one woman and one child.
"A suicide bomber got into the supermarket and blew himself up," said an officer at the scene on condition of anonymity.
Kabul police spokesman Hasmatullah Stanikzai confirmed the explosion.
"The explosion took place at the Finest supermarket in the centre of Kabul near many embassies," he said.
"Three female foreigners were killed in the attack and also three male employees of the supermarket were injured," he later said, though he could not confirm the nationalities of the dead.
Dhaka: Using a cache of 32 grenades it received from Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Bangladeshi Islamist outfit Harkatul Jihad al Islami (HuJI) staged seven attacks during 2004-05 against then opposition leader and now prime minister Sheikh Hasina and others, investigators have disclosed.
The attacks also were against former finance minister S.A.M.S. Kibria and then British high commissioner to Bangladesh Anwar Chowdhury.
The LeT high-ups in Pakistan had sent the grenade cache to Bangladesh to despatch it to their men in Kashmir through Satkhira, bordering India's West Bengal.
"But the HuJI did not dare to follow the instruction thanks to the Indian authorities' interception of a previous consignment," The Daily Star said quoting Rafiqul Islam of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the constitutional validity of the central government assistance to subsidise air fare of Haj pilgrims which amounted to Rs 300 crores every year.
A Bench comprising Justices Markandey Katju and Gyan Sudha Misra said the amount given as subsidy for Haj was too meagre and could not be termed as a diversion of a major chunk of the income tax to fall foul of Article 27 of the Constitution.
Article 27 says: "No person shall be compelled to pay any taxes, the proceeds of which are specifically appropriated in payment of expenses for the promotion and maintenance of any particular religion or religious denomination."
Petitioner Prafull Goradia had complained that though he was a Hindu, he had to pay direct or indirect taxes, part of which were utilised by the government to subsidize Haj, which was done by Muslims alone.
ARATI R JERATH
NEW DELHI: "I am Jamil Masiullah from Malegaon, Maharashtra. I am the elder brother of Shabbir Masiullah. The police arrested my brother at 3.30am on August 3, 2006 from his house. He was given electric shocks on his private parts and acid was poured on his private parts, to make him confess that he was responsible for either the Malegaon or the Mumbai local train bomb blasts."
"I am Abdul Kareem from Hyderabad. I used to drive an autorickshaw before arrest. One day, police barged into my house and took me away. I was tortured, hit on the soles and other body parts with a rubber belt. I was asked what I knew about the Hyderabad bomb blasts. I answered that I did not know anything. But they were still forcing me either to admit to the crime or to speak about it."
AMRITSAR (PUNJAB): A Pakistan-based NGO has decided to launch an initiative to find out and resolve the problems faced by the Sikh community in the country and also to empower the community in collaboration with other organizations.
The NGO, Sikh Resource and Study Centre (SRSC), Nankana Sahib, will hold training and development programmes, workshops, seminars on interfaith dialogues and also conduct research on Sikhism across Pakistan.
Director of SRCS Gurmeet Singh told TOI over phone that their mission is to facilitate training and development of Sikh youth while delivering solutions to the key challenges faced by the Sikh community.
AMRITSAR (PUNJAB): Border Security Force (BSF) personnel shot dead two men in the wee hours of Friday while they were trying to illegally cross over to Pakistan near Amritsar. Rs 500 and a watch have been recovered from one of them.
BSF Inspector General (Frontier) Himmat Singh said a patrolling party of BSF spotted some movements in a field near BSF's Mullankot Border Outpost, about 4.5 km north of Attari border, at around 1am on Friday.
BSF jawans challenged them to stop, but they ignored the warning and instead ran towards the fence and one of them even managed to cross it, following which BSF opened fire and shot both of them dead, IG said.
A piece of paper with something written in Bangla language on it has been recovered from them which makes BSF believe that they were Bangladeshi nationals. He said the area around Mullanpur and Ratankhurd had earlier also been active with movement of Bangladeshis.
He said many Bangladeshi nationals often illegally try to cross over to Pakistan in search of work in a Muslim country or to live with their relatives largely settled in and around Karachi.
MUSLIMS are expected to account for 16 per cent of the Indian population — up by a little over one per cent — and Pakistan may surpass Indonesia as the world’s most populous Muslim nation in 2030, a study says.
The study — The Future of the Global Muslim Population — also said the community’s population worldwide is expected to grow about twice the rate of non- Muslims in the next two decades. The report by The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life was released on Thursday.
India is projected to have a Muslim population of about 236 million in 2030; which would be nearly 16 per cent of the projected Indian population in that year. In 2010, there were an estimated 177 million Muslims, which is 14.6 per cent of the total Indian population.
If the current trends continue, Muslims will make up for 26.4 per cent of the world’s total projected population of 8.3 billion in 2030, up from 23.4 per cent of the estimated 2010 world population of 6.9 billion, the report said.
By Aishwarya Sati
THOUGH politicians are public figures, it is not very often that we get to see their private lives up close and personal.
Eminent photo journalist, Sati Sahni’s book, Nehru’s Kashmir is a captivating montage of one of the most charismatic world leaders and India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.
It offers the readers the unique opportunity to see candid shots from the great leader’s life against the dramatic and picturesque backdrop of Kashmir as we remember it from a long ago.
The book was released by Union Minister Farooq Abdullah and Rajya Sabha MP and president of the ICCR, Dr. Karan Singh, who also hails from Kashmir.
The coffee table book published by Wisdom Tree has captured the many moods of Nehru and his love affair with Kashmir and its people.
By Naseer Ganai
MANZOOR Ahmad Bhat entered Pakistan by crossing the Line of Control ( LoC) at the age of 14. What grudge did a 14- year- old boy like him nurse to be fascinated by militancy? He can’t recall. Probably there was none.
He was just following the tide as scores of young Kashmiris crossed over to Pakistan for arms training, only to return to the Valley to fan an insurgency that was at its peak then.
Manzoor crossed the LoC in 1990, though he never returned to foment trouble in the Valley, staying back in Pakistan- occupied Kashmir ( PoK).
Over two decades later, the tide of militancy seems to be turning. Last year, Manzoor, now 34 years old, returned to the Valley along with his three children.
A resident of Ladora village in South Kashmir’s Shopian district, he came back responding to a state government call in February 2010 to Kashmiri militants, asking them to surrender and take a shot at leading normal lives again.
Car bomb kills 5 in northwest Pakistan
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Police say a car bomb has exploded in a tunnel in northwest Pakistan, killing five people.
Police official Mujahid Khan says the explosion occurred late Friday in the Kohat tunnel, a busy thoroughfare that connects the main northwest city of Peshawar to southern Khyber Paktunkhwa, Punjab and Sind provinces. Officials said 19 people were wounded.
Northwest Pakistan has witnessed numerous bombings over the past several years.
Most are believed linked to al-Qaida and Taliban-led militant groups. The 1-mile (2-kilometer) long tunnel has been the scene of past fighting between Pakistani security forces and the Taliban.
ANKARA: A Turkish action movie that opened in cinemas across the country Friday begins with Israeli soldiers raiding a Turkish aid ship and shooting at unarmed activists on deck. A Turkish undercover agent then appears in Jerusalem vowing to hunt down and kill the Israeli commander who ordered the attack.
Based on the real-life May 31 attack on a Turkish ship that tried to bust through the blockade of Gaza as part of an international flotilla, the movie “Valley of the Wolves — Palestine” could worsen already tense relations between Turkey and Israel.
As the Turkish protagonist, Polat Alemdar, and his two hit men chase after the villain Moshe ben Eliezer, Israelis are portrayed as merciless tyrants who kill Palestinian women and children and long to take over Muslim lands to create a “Greater Israel” spanning from “the river Euphrates to the Nile.” The popular TV series “Valley of the Wolves,” on which the feature-length film is based, already caused a diplomatic dispute between Turkey and Israel last year and Israel's ambassador Gabby Levy told Turkey’s Anatolia news agency this week that the movie was slanderous.
Omer Farooq Khan
The US Consulate official, who shot dead two motorcyclists in Lahore, was produced in a court on Friday which handed over the accused to the police on six-day physical remand.
Raymond Davis, the man involved in the shooting, has been described by the US embassy in Islamabad as a consular official working for the US Consulate in Lahore. "The US embassy is working with Pakistani authorities to determine the facts," the US embassy statement said.
A third person was also run over and killed by a vehicle of the US consulate carrying Davis's colleagues as they rushed to his aid, police and witnesses said. Police said that the foreigner contacted his colleagues for help immediately after the shooting. "The third person killed was run over by the vehicle as it sped to his aid" said a traffic police official who saw the incident.
DHAKA: Pakistan-based LeT, blamed for the Mumbai attacks, had supplied the grenades used in seven major terror attacks in Bangladesh in 2004 and 2005, including the one on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, a media report said.
"Any findings in the probe into a terror attack in the last decade have got to give clues to the other attacks, as it was the same group that used the same weapons to kill members of the same political party," the Daily Star reported quoting an investigation official who preferred anonymity.
It said LeT sent 32 Arges grenades to Harkatul Jihad Bangladesh (HuJI) which were used in at least seven major terror attacks, six of them targeting the then opposition Awami League leaders including Hasina, while former Bangladeshi-born British High Commissioner in Dhaka Anwar Choudhury was the target of the seventh one.
"In carrying out the blasts, Harkatul Jihad al Islami had been aided by a powerful quarter, some of who were in state power (at that time)," the report said.
MOSCOW: Russian PM Vladimir Putin has ruled out any links between the restive Caucasus region of Chechnya and the suicide attack at Moscow's international airport that killed 35 people, amid reports that an alleged ethnic Russian militant has been named by police as the prime suspect in the deadly strike.
"The preliminary investigation shows that it is not linked to Chechen Republic," Putin said in his televised remarks.
His remarks came as Kommersant daily reported an ethnic Russian, allegedly belonging to an extremist group, has been named by police as prime suspect behind Monday's suicide attack at Domodedovo International Airport that claimed 35 lives and left over 180 people injured.
The suspect, whose surname was revealed by police as Razdobudko, is allegedly a member of Nogai Jamaat terrorist group disbanded in October 2010. Police say Razdobudko, a resident of Stavropol territory bordering volatile Caucasus region, could be one of the organisers or even a perpetrator of the attack at Domodedovo airport.
CAIRO: Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters poured into the streets of Egypt Friday, stoning and confronting police who fired back with rubber bullets and tear gas in the most violent and chaotic scenes yet in the challenge to President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule. One protester was killed and even a Nobel Peace laureate was placed under house arrest after joining demonstrations.
Groups of thousands of protesters, some chanting ``out, out, out,'' defied a ban on any gatherings and turned out at different venues across Cairo, a city of about 18 million people, some marching toward major squares and across scenic Nile bridges. Burning tires sent up plumes of black smoke across the cityscape as the sun set. Security officials said there were protests in at least 11 of the country's 28 provinces.
It was a major escalation in the movement that began on Tuesday to demand 82-year-old Mubarak's ouster and vent rage at years of government neglect of rampant poverty, unemployment and rising food prices. Security officials said protesters ransacked the headquarters of Mubarak's ruling party in the cities of Mansoura north of Cairo and Suez, east of the capital.
The other day I saw in a chance telecast, the glimpses of a very, very large number of terrorist Egyptians occupying streets of Cairo and Alexandria etc and some of them were even carrying tanks with them, merely to terrorize one sweet man whose name is Hosni Mubarak, who has just two friends in the world – his son and the US - to depend on. What a shame on Muslims!!