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Backward-looking Mullahs win: Reformist Vastanvi sacked as VC of Darul Uloom Deoband

There was conspiracy against me: Ghulam Vastanvi

After Fai in DC, it’s Tramboo in Brussels, Shawl in London

Islam embedded deeply in Indian culture: Dr. Akhtarul Wasey

Norway suspect deems killings atrocious but needed

Al-Ghoreifi: 30 Shia Mosques Demolished in Bahrain Crackdown

Karachi remains tense as nine more killed in wave of violence

Don't need a 'Chaudhry' in the region: Gillani on India

Blue-eyed farmer built Oslo’s fertilizer bomb

Oslo 'killer' kept shooting for 90min

Five Punjabi labourers gunned down in Naushki, Pakistan

Lashkar kills 13 Taliban in Kurram Agency

Minor girl killed in Kohat mortar attack

Insurgents ‘kidnap and kill’ Afghan child

Pakistan: Post-arrest bail granted to teenage suicide bomber

Car bomb kills 2 Iraqis northeast of Baghdad

Woman, girl killed in Yemen fighting    

Car bombs kill 8 soldiers in Yemen

Gaddafi criticises Egyptian, Tunisian revolutions

Deoband meet: Vastanvi’s hope brightens as probe committee splits

Deoband pressures Vastanvi to quit

Suspected Pakistani war criminal arrested in Canada

Bloody clashes in Egypt despite democracy pledge

Norway carnage suspect admits responsibility

Norway killer hates multiculturalism

Somali militants vow to block aid workers

Turkey will never forget 9 flotilla dead: Erdogan

Pro-democracy journalist escapes death in Yemen

Blasts hit military college in Syria’s Homs-residents

Qur’an contest set for Filipino Muslims

North Sudan to launch new currency on Sunday

250 women screened for breast cancer in Ras Al Khaimah

NATO hands model anti-Taliban province to Afghans

Slain man was student, not nuclear scientist: Iran

UN points to possible Syrian crimes against humanity

India presses Pak for voice samples of 26/11 accused

Did police sell details of London bombing victims?

Alexandria University to join Islamic conference

Separate Wakf cadre is not required, says Haryana Wakf chief

Death of Mangalore Qazi: CBI also says it is suicide

To negotiate or not with Boko Haram

Amir Khan knocks out Judah to win IBF crown

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Backward-looking Mullahs win: Ghulam Vastanvi sacked as VC of Darul Uloom Deoband

Abantika Ghosh

Jul 24, 2011

DEOBAND: Darul Uloom vice-chancellor Ghulam Mohammed Vastanvi was sacked by the Islamic seminary's governing council Majlis-e Shura, after he refused to quit as he had promised in the February meeting of the council. Caretaker vice-chancellor Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani has now been made a permanent incumbent in the post, bringing an end to the seven-month drama over Vastanvi's laudatory comments supporting Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, first published in The Times of India.

Vastanvi went back on his promise to quit on the ground that the inquiry report submitted by the three-member committee that was set up in February this year to look into the allegations against him and also to look into who had fomented anti-Vastanvi protests on the campus is incomplete.

"The report failed to provide any insight into what or who was the trigger for the student unrest in Darul Uloom so it is incomplete and I refused to quit on the basis of an incomplete report although I had said in February that I would quit irrespective of the contents of the report. On this Shura took up a proposal to sack me which was passed with eight people voting for it and four against it. I am leaving Deoband for now but I continue to be a member of the Shura," Vastanvi said before leaving the sleepy Uttar Pradesh town which has had an air of apprehension and heavy police presence ever since the Shura meeting started on Saturday.

As Vastanvi's SUV steered out of the narrow lane in front of the guest house where the meeting is being held, students from rooftops and on the streets, cheered in appreciation of a removal that some sections of the student community have been demanding for the past seven months. Sources in the inquiry committee say anti-Vastanvi protests in Darul Uloom predate his pro-Modi statements and there is fierce speculation whether Vastanvi lost one of the most prestigious jobs in the Islamic world because of his own outspokenness or because he did not pander to the conservative sections of Deoband. Vastanvi has said in January that Muslims should move on from the Gujarat riots and the Modi government in Gujarat is doing a good job.

The inquiry report - which includes clippings from The Times of India - gave Vastanvi a clean chit, admitted Shura member Abdul Alim Farooqui. "But he had promised he would quit so it was imperative that he did. That is why Shura decided to discontinue his services as the Mohtamim."

Vastanvi himself fuelled the speculation about whether senior teacher Arshad Madani, Jamiat general secretary Mahmood Madani - Arshad's nephew with whom the elder Madani has a running feud over Jamiat - and Dhubri MP Badruddin Ajmal - Shura nenber and one of Ajmal's strongest supporters in the January Shura meeting who skipped the February meeting - had some role to play in his ouster. "I could have continued as Mohtamim but that would be detrimental to the interests of Darul Uloom as people with political leanings do not want me to work here. Darul Uloom is not the heirloom of some family. I have its best interests at heart so I do not want to be a roadblock in its progress," Vastanvi said.

Arshad has been one of the most strident of Vastanvi critics and it is said to be his opposition that was the primary reason for Vastanvi's woes. Of late, though he has softened his stance and in the runup to the meeting, refrained from the high voltage Vastanvi statements that were his hallmark earlier.

Interestingly the one excuse that Vastanvi used to refuse to resign was reportedly the contribution of Mufti Manzoor Kanpuri who belongs to the Arshad camp. It was the Mufti's staunch opposition to the inquiry committee talking to Darul Uloom students to decide who incited them that left the crucial gap in the report which Vastanvi tried to exploit in not resigning.

Vastanvi controversy: A timeline

January 10: Vastanvi elected as mohtamim of Darul Uloom Deoband

* January 19: In an interview to Toi he praises Narendra Modi government in Gujarat and says Muslims should move on from the riots

* February 23: Shura meets in midst of anti-Vastanvi protests. Vastanvi asked to leave, he pleads for an honourable exit. A three member inquiry committee is formed

* July 24: Shura takes up inquiry report, Vastanvi refuses to quit, is sacked

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Ghulam-Vastanvi-removed-as-VC-of-Darul-Uloom-Deoband/articleshow/9346185.cms

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There was conspiracy against me: Vastanvi

Jul 24, 2011

DEOBAND: Crying foul, ousted vice-chancellor of Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband, Maulana Ghulam Mohammad Vastanvi, on Sunday said that injustice has been done to him.

"This is injustice and a conspiracy against me," Vastanvi said after being removed from the post of the VC by the seminary's Majlis-e-Shoora (management body).

The ousted VC alleged that the report presented in the meeting of Shoora was incomplete and he was removed from the post for opposing it.

The Maulana had triggered a controversy soon after his appointment as VC in January for praising Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi's rule and his development policy.

"It is totally a wrong decision and a conspiracy against me," Vastanvi alleged.

He said that while detailed description of allegations against him had been mentioned in the report, it was mum on the issue of uproar by the students after his appointment and people responsible for that.

Vastanvi (60) said he had asked the Shoora to get the report completed, but it refused to do so.

The outgoing vice-chancellor said though injustice has been done to him, he will neither move court nor protest against the decision. Vastanvi said he will continue to a member of the Shoora.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/There-was-conspiracy-against-me-Vastanvi/articleshow/9346870.cms

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After Fai in DC, it’s Tramboo in Brussels, Shawl in London

Amitabh Sinha

Jul 24 2011

New Delhi : The FBI’s arrest of Ghulam Nabi Fai in the United States for allegedly using ISI funds to lobby for Kashmir has turned the spotlight on two other individuals from the Valley who run similar influential “centres” in Brussels and the United Kingdom: Abdul Majeed Tramboo and Nazir Shawl.

Both are from the Kashmir Valley, one a lawyer and the other a scientific researcher, and both worked in close coordination with Fai, Islamabad, and with each other.

Their activities — pushing the Pakistan establishment’s line on Kashmir — and their source of funding, sources say, are “very similar” to that of Fai’s Kashmir American Centre and the Kashmir Centre in Washington.

In fact, Tramboo has been very active especially because his office in Brussels is next to the European Union headquarters.

A successful immigration lawyer in the UK, Tramboo comes from an affluent Kashmiri family that was traditionally close to the National Conference and, especially, its founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah. Unlike Fai, though, Tramboo’s immigration to Europe didn’t happen because of his personal or his family’s separatist credentials.

After graduating from the University of Kashmir, Tramboo got an LLB from the University of Bombay. In the early ‘80s, he began practising as a lawyer in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court and later moved to the UK where he took the London Council of Legal Education exams. In 1988, he served as in-house Counsel for immigration, asylum and nationality matters.

In 1990, just when militancy began in the Valley, Tramboo joined the United Kingdom Immigration Advisory Service (UKIAS), London, as a Tribunal Counsellor. Initially, he was close to the JKLF but as he began getting closer to the Pakistan establishment, he snapped ties with the pro-independence separatists.

In 1996, he set up a law firm in London, Tramboo Partnership, with an “exclusive focus on immigration, asylum, nationality and human rights matters”.

When the Hurriyat split and Kashmir centres were set up to boost the separatist campaign in Europe and North America, Tramboo moved his base out of the UK and set up a Kashmir Centre in Brussels.

He hired local staff and lobbied with European lawmakers on the issues of the right of self-determination in accordance with the United Nations resolutions (a Pak position on Kashmir) and alleged human rights violations in Kashmir.

Tramboo organized dozens of international conferences and — like Fai — has been a permanent fixture in the annual UN conference on Human Rights at Geneva. His seminars have touched topics like “rape as a war crime” (1997), “involuntary disappearances” (1999), the first “International Conference on the Right to Self-Determination and the United Nations” in Geneva (2000) and “Kashmir: A Nuclear Flashpoint” in Brussels (2003).

Tramboo, a member of the General Bar Council of England & Wales and Lincoln’s Inn, was married to an Italian but was later divorced. Currently, he’s married to an expatriate Indian and lives between UK and Belgium.

Parallel to Tramboo’s lobbying is that of Nazir Shawl who heads the London-based Justice Foundation and Kashmir Centre and was actively involved with separatist politics in PoK for years before heading to UK.

Born on October 10, 1946, in Mollah Jadeed in Baramulla, Shawl went to Baramulla Degree College. His family was close to the Jamat-e-Islami and he, too, was groomed in the Jamat culture. He migrated to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) soon after militancy started in the Valley in 1990.

After the death of Ayoub Thakur in 2004, a nuclear scientist who left Kashmir with Fai in 1980 to avoid arrest and set up the World Kashmir Freedom Movement and Justice Foundation in United Kingdom, Shawl was sent to take over the operations of these two organisations. Fai moved from Saudi Arabia to the United States and set up the Kashmir American Centre and the Kashmir Centre.

Thakur, a PhD in nuclear physics, did a brief stint at the Bhaba Atomic Research Centre and later became a lecturer in the Department of Physics in Kashmir University. Thakur was active with Jamat’s student wing Jamiat-e-Tulba. He was dismissed from government service and arrested under the Public Safety Act (PSA) for five months. In 1981, he shifted to Saudi Arabia where he taught nuclear physics till 1984. He set up the Justice Foundation in 2003 which was taken over by Shawl after his death in 2004.

With a Master’s in Science and Education, Shawl worked as a research officer in Kashmir. From 1989 to 1992,  he was a field adviser in charge of science education and a coordinator for a UNICEF-assisted project in education. At the peak of militancy in 1992, Shawl migrated to Pakistan where he was active with the separatist conglomerate, especially Jamat. After Thakur’s death, he was assigned to move to the UK to take over the Justice Foundation and Kashmir Centre in London.

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/821406/

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Islam embedded deeply in Indian culture: Dr. Akhtarul Wasey

24 July 2011

PATNA: Noted Islamic scholar and head of Islamic Studies at Jamia Millia Islamia Akhtarul Wasey delivered a lecture on `Islam in Indian culture: Social unity and cultural coordination' at Bihar legislative council on Saturday. It was in the series of popular lectures to mark the centenary celebration of the council. "Islam is embedded deeply in Indian culture and society," he said.

Wasey, in his hourlong lecture, threw light on the contribution of Islam in India during the last 1,000 years and said there was a perfect balance between Islam and the Indian culture and nationality. Islam came to this country in seventh century and Muslims made their presence felt in various capacities. He quoted the anecdotes from the periods of Mohammad Bin Qasim, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia, Amir Khusro, Sufi saints and poets and later on Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.

He quoted the preaching of Khan and Azad who always stressed on communal harmony and brotherhood. Wasy also quoted from Holy Koran and Hadith which lay stress on equality and indiscrimination.

The function was chaired by council chairman Tarakant Jha, who said that the topic of the lecture and speaker had been suggested by Vice-President Hamid Ansari. Jha said Muslims are an integral part of Indian culture and if anybody or any political party thinks that Muslims can be driven out, it lives in a fools' paradise.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar thanked the council chairman for holding this lecture, and sat all through listening to Wasey's lecture. A number of ministers, MPs, legislators and intellectuals were present on the occasion.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/patna/Islam-embedded-deeply-in-Indian-culture-Wasey/articleshow/9337765.cms

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Norway suspect deems killings atrocious but needed

Jul 24, 2011

SUNDVOLLEN: A suspected right-wing fanatic accused of killing at least 92 people deemed his acts "atrocious" yet "necessary" as Norway mourned victims of the nation's worst attacks since World War Two.

Police were hunting on Sunday to see if a possible second gunman took part in the shooting massacre and bomb attack on Friday that traumatised a normally peaceful Nordic country.

In his first comment via a lawyer since he was arrested, 32-year-old Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik expressed willingness to explain himself in court at a hearing likely to be held on Monday about extending protective custody.

"He has said that he believed the actions were atrocious, but that in his head they were necessary," lawyer Geir Lippestad told independent TV2 news.

Police said Breivik gave himself up after admitting to a massacre in which at least 85 people died, mostly young people attending a summer camp of the youth wing of Norway's ruling Labour Party on an idyllic island.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Norway-suspect-deems-killings-atrocious-but-needed/articleshow/9343583.cms

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Al-Ghoreifi: 30 Shia Mosques Demolished in Bahrain Crackdown

24 July 2011

MANAMA, Bahrain (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - A Bahraini cleric says authorities have demolished 30 Shia mosques during their five-month-old crackdown on dissent in the Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdom.

Seyyed Abdullah al-Ghoreifi says 30 Shia mosques have been destroyed as part of the government's campaign against the Shia majority demanding greater freedoms and more rights.

Al-Ghoreifi spoke during a rally Saturday on the outskirts of the capital, Manama.

The demolitions are likely to further inflame sectarian tensions in the island kingdom, the home of the US Navy's 5th Fleet.

Hundreds of protesters, activists and Shia doctors and lawyers have been detained since February when protests began. Dozens have been convicted of anti-state crimes in a special security tribunal.

http://abna.co/data.asp?lang=3&Id=255304

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Karachi remains tense as nine more killed in wave of violence

24 July 2011

KARACHI: Nine more people, including an advocate, were killed in separate acts of violence in various parts of city on Saturday.

An advocate of Sindh High Court was shot dead near Bohrapir Sheesha Market within the limits of Eidgah police station.

The incident took place as Advocate Mukhtiar Abbas Bukhari was going in his car, when unidentified armed men opened indiscriminate firing at him. Police shifted him to the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK), where he succumbed to his injuries.

Majlis Wahdat Muslimeen has also condemned the killing of the advocate and announced the day of mourning on Sunday.

A tea hotel owner was shot dead in New Karachi near Bismillah Mosque in the limits of New Karachi police station.

The incident took place at New Quresh Akakhel Hotel, where 40-year-old Abdul Bari was sitting at a cash counter, when unidentified armed men opened indiscriminate firing at him. Clash between two groups in Juna Market claimed the life of a teenager.

During clashes, a stray bullet hit a 13-year-old Bilal on his head. Police shifted Bilal to CHK, where he breathed his last.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\07\24\story_24-7-2011_pg1_2

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Don't need a 'chaudhry' in the region: Gilani on India

24 July 2011

ISLAMABAD: In a clear rebuff to US secretary of state Hillary Clinton's stand that India should take a lead in Asia, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that Pakistan does not want a "chaudhry" in the region.

Gilani initially refused to comment when journalists asked him about Clinton's remarks on the sidelines of an official function here on Saturday.

"That's her point of view. You can't impose restrictions on anyone's thoughts," he said.

When reporters kept pressing him on the issue, Gilani remarked: "Pakistan doesn't want any chaudhry (headman)".

The word "chaudhry" is usually used in both India and Pakistan to refer to a local leader or influential person.

During her recent visit to India, Clinton had told a gathering in Chennai that the time had come for India to "seize the emerging opportunities of the 21st century" and "to lead".

Clinton's remarks created a flutter in Pakistan as they came at a time when relations between Washington and Islamabad have plunged to a new low in the wake of a series of incidents, including the covert American raid that killed Osama bin Laden in the garrison city of Abbottabad on May 2.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Dont-need-a-chaudhry-in-the-region-Gilani-on-India/articleshow/9335931.cms

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Blue-eyed farmer built Oslo’s fertilizer bomb

Jul 24, 2011

OSLO: The man in Norwegian police's custody after the island shooting is 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik, known to hold Christian fundamentalist , anti-Muslim views. A blonde, blue-eyed Norwegian national, Breivik owns an organic farming company, through which he bought six tonnes of fertilizer in the weeks before the twin attacks, possibly to build the bomb that jolted central Oslo on Friday.

Breivik set up a Twitter account on July 17, on which a lone post quotes thinker John Stuart Mill: "One person with a belief is equal to the force of 100,000 who have only interests."

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Blue-eyed-farmer-built-Oslos-fertilizer-bomb/articleshow/9342654.cms

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Oslo 'killer' kept shooting for 90min

Jul 24, 2011

OSLO: Witnesses to the Norway shooting said the gunman , wearing a police uniform , went on a prolonged shooting orgy on Utoya, picking off his prey unchallenged as youngsters scattered in panic or jumped in the lake to swim for the mainland.

A police SWAT team eventually arrived from Oslo to seize Breivik after nearly 90 minutes of firing, acting police chief Sveinung Sponheim said. "We don't know yet" if he acted alone, Sponheim said, adding that Breivik had surrendered immediately and had confessed.

Sponheim said 85 people were known to have died in the shooting and seven in the Oslo bomb blast. The overall death toll could reach 98 if some missing people proved to have died. Police gave no figure for the number wounded.

Stoltenberg, sharing the shocked mood in this normally safe, quiet country of 4.8 million, said: "A paradise island has been transformed into a hell." Labour Party youth member Erik Kursetgjerde described the panic on Utoya when the gunman began shooting. "I heard screams. I heard people begging for their lives and I heard shots. He just blew them away. I was certain I was going to die," Kursetgjerde , 18, said, outside a hotel in the nearby town of Sundvollen, where many survivors were taken.

"People ran everywhere. They panicked and climbed into trees. People got trampled ." The killer, dressed as a policeman, "would tell people to come over: 'It's OK, you're safe, we're coming to help you.' And then I saw about 20 people come towards him and he shot them at close range," he said. Kursetgjerde said he ran and hid between cliffs, then swam into the lake and nearly drowned. "Someone (in a boat) rescued me."

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Oslo-killer-kept-shooting-for-90min/articleshow/9342547.cms

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Five Punjabi labourers gunned down in Naushki, Pakistan

24 July 2011

QUETTA: Five labourers were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Naushki, about 150 kilometers from Quetta, on Saturday, in an apparent incident of targeted killing, a senior police official said.

The labourers were taking their mid-day meal at a construction site for a mosque in Kisankuri, about 15 kilometers from Naushki city, when assailants on motorbikes opened fire on them, killing all five instantly.

The labourers had come from southern Punjab. Heavy contingents of Balochistan Levies and police rushed to the spot soon after the incident and took the dead bodies to a state-run hospital for autopsy. The attackers fled the scene after committing the crime.

According to a local Levies official, six labourers were present at the time of attack. One of them, however, escaped unscathed as he was at some distance from the others.

The deceased were identified as Mohammad Ashfaq, a resident of Ranajpur, Ghulam Hussain, a resident of Dera Ghazi Khan, Munir Hussain, Mohammad Zahid and Habibullah of Rajanpur.

The bodies were shifted to Quetta where Balochistan Levies made arrangements to dispatch the bodies to their hometowns for burial.

Deputy Commissioner Aslam Baloch said a search had begun in the area and security was made more stringent at entry and exit points of he Naushki district to plug all escape routes.

A case has been registered against the unidentified gunmen in the Naushki Levies police station. No one has claimed responsibility for the killings.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\07\24\story_24-7-2011_pg1_3

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Lashkar kills 13 Taliban in Kurram Agency

24 July 2011

PARACHINAR: An anti-Taliban militia killed 13 terrorists in clashes in northwestern Pakistan near Afghan border, a government official said on Saturday.

Several militiamen and insurgents were also wounded in the gunbattles on Friday and Saturday in Kurram Agency, said local administrator Noor Alam Khan.

Encouraged by Islamabad, tribesmen recently formed the militia to kill or evict Taliban operatives and their supporters from the region. They killed at least 25 insurgents in clashes this week.

The Pakistan military also carried out several offensives against Taliban who are hiding in the area after escaping last year’s offensive in the nearby Orakzai tribal region.

The Pakistani Taliban have links to the insurgent movement fighting foreign forces and their local allies in neighboring Afghanistan but separate goals. They are a sworn enemy of Pakistan and are focussed on destabilising the country’s US-allied government through violence.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\07\24\story_24-7-2011_pg7_4

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Minor girl killed in Kohat mortar attack

24 July 2011

KOHAT: A minor girl was killed and two others were injured when a mortar shell fell in a residential area of Jawaki, Kohat. According to reports, unidentified miscreants fired eight mortar shells on a village, which resulted in the death of eight-year-old Noorina, daughter of Abdul Sattar, on the spot while Parwara Bibi, daughter of Ghulam Saddiq, and Taj Bibi, daughter of Noor Baz Khan sustained critical injuries. The wounded were rushed to the Combined Miltary Hospital, where their conditions are reported to be stable. After the incident, volunteers from the local peace committee surrounded the area and exchanged fire with the miscreants. The criminal then escaped into the nearby mountains.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\07\24\story_24-7-2011_pg7_9

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Insurgents ‘kidnap and kill’ Afghan child

24 July 2011

KABUL: Insurgents kidnapped and brutally killed the eight-year-old son of a local policeman in Afghanistan’s volatile southern province of Helmand, the local government said in a statement on Saturday. The Taliban denied the claim, but provincial authorities said the child was killed after his father refused to comply with the Taliban’s demands. The child was taken on Friday in the Charkh Andaz area of Gereshk district. “Insurgents told the child’s father to surrender to them with his police vehicle and staff,” said a statement from the Helmand governor’s office. “The child’s father rejected the insurgents’ demand and they violently killed his child.” Taliban spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi rejected the claim as propaganda. “As far as we are concerned, we haven’t done it. This is propaganda by the puppet Kabul government,” he told AFP by telephone. In a similar incident in June last year, the Taliban reportedly hanged a seven-year-old boy in the same province, accusing him of spying for the government. The Taliban have been waging a brutal campaign against the Western-backed government and NATO and Afghan forces since their hard-line regime was overthrown in a US-led invasion in 2001.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\07\24\story_24-7-2011_pg7_11

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Pakistan: Post-arrest bail granted to teenage suicide bomber

24 July 2011

RAWALPINDI: A court, on Saturday, granted post-arrest bail to a teenage suicide bomber, announcing all charges leveled by the police are bailable offences. Magistrate Muhammad Ismail Akhar granted bail to Shah Rukh, as Ganjmandi police registered a case against him on the charges of possessing illicit weapons and posing himself as a solider of Pakistan Army. The court also directed Shah Rukh to deposit Rs 30, 000 as surety bonds. He will be released after submitting the surety money, said an official of the court. In case, Shah Rukh cannot deposit surety bonds, he will remain in the jail till August 6, next date of hearing. The court said Shah Rukh would remain on a judicial remand till he deposited the surety money. Shah Rukh, a 14-year old boy, was presented before media after he was arrested wearing the uniform of a soldier of Special Services Group (SSG) and carrying two pen pistols. Ganjmandi police said the boy also possessed Rs 39, 000 at the time of his arrest.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\07\24\story_24-7-2011_pg7_16

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Car bomb kills 2 Iraqis northeast of Baghdad

24 July 2011

BAGHDAD: An Iraqi official said a car bomb targeting a police patrol had exploded northeast of the capital, killing two bystanders.

Diyala province police spokesman Major Ghalib alKarkhi said the Saturday afternoon explosion also wounded eight civilians and policemen. The attack took place in the city of Baqouba, 60 kilometres northeast of Baghdad. Terrorists have stepped up attacks on Iraqi security forces in recent months as the US military prepares to withdraw from the country by the end of the year.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\07\24\story_24-7-2011_pg7_25

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Woman, girl killed in Yemen fighting

24 July 2011

SANAA: A young woman and a girl were killed in Yemen during fighting between forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his opponents on Saturday, with both sides blaming the other.

The 25-year-old woman and the girl, aged 10, died after mortars hit a house in the southern city of Taiz, scene of frequent opposition demonstrations during six months of protests calling for an end to Saleh’s three-decade rule.

The state news agency SABA blamed pro-opposition gunmen for the attack, while the website of the main opposition party said the Republican Guard, headed by a son of Saleh, was behind the shelling.

Saleh’s tenacity has frustrated protesters who thought his time was up when he flew to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment last month following an assassination attempt, leaving impoverished Yemen in political limbo.

As the stalemate goes on, clashes have broken out between the Republican Guard and armed pro-opposition tribesmen who say they are defending the protesters.

Western powers and neighboring oil giant Saudi Arabia, both targets of Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, have tried to contain rising chaos by pressing Saleh to sign a Gulf-brokered plan to hand over power.

But he has backed out of the deal three times at the last minute and has vowed to return to Yemen.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article476786.ece

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Car bombs kills 8 soldiers in Yemen

24 July 2011

SANAA, Yemen: Security officials say a car bomb has killed at least eight army soldiers and wounded scores in Yemen’s coastal city of Aden.

The officials say the blast took place Sunday near the gate of an army camp as a column of vehicles packed with troops and supplies was preparing to leave for the nearby province of Abyan to take part in fighting against Al-Qaeda-linked militants.

The officials say Al-Qaeda militants were likely behind the attack.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

http://arabnews.com/world/article477186.ece

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Gaddafi criticises Egyptian, Tunisian revolutions

Jul 24, 2011

TRIPOLI: Muammar Gaddafi criticised on Saturday the popular uprising in neighbouring Egypt that forced Hosni Mubarak from power this year as the Libyan leader battles rebels who have claimed swathes of the country.

Gaddafi, who has stayed in power despite four months of Nato-led air strikes and a rebel campaign against his 41-year rule, questioned the value of the popular movements in Egypt, and in Libya's western neighbour, Tunisia.

"Why did you undertake the revolution? Answer me, why did you undertake the revolution?" Gaddafi said in an audio address to Egyptians on the anniversary of the 1952 coup that ended Egypt's monarchy and paved the way for the late Gamal Abdel Nasser to take power.

"Tunisia and Egypt, what did you accomplish with these revolutions? Substitution of one government regime for another?" asked Gaddafi, who came to power in a 1969 coup inspired by Nasser's pan-Arab ideals.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Gaddafi-criticises-Egyptian-Tunisian-revolutions/articleshow/9341803.cms

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Deoband meet: Vastanvi’s hope brightens as probe committee splits

24 July 2011

Deoband: The two-day meeting of Islamic seminary Darul-Uloom Deoband’s Majlis-e-Shoora' (governing council), which will decide the fate of controversial Vice Chancellor Maulana Ghulam Mohammad Vastanvi, has started here this morning in a peaceful atmosphere. The Shoora will take final decision on Vastanvi tomorrow (24th July).

At the meeting, the report of three-member committee constituted to probe the allegations against Maulana Vastanvi will be submitted. According to sources, due to conflict among the members, the committee is not going to present a consensus report. It is most likely that each member will present his separate report. It is said that in case of contradiction between the reports, the Shoora may recommend for a fresh probe.

The seminary has already declared the annual Ramadhan holidays on 21st July and there is a small number of students here. Taking precautionary measures to avoid any untoward incident, the seminary has strictly prohibited entry of outsiders and even meeting with members of ‘Majlis-e-Shoora.'

Full report at:

http://twocircles.net/2011jul23/deoband_meet_vastanvi%E2%80%99s_hope_brightens_

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Darul pressures Vastanvi to quit

By Naziya Alvi

24 July 2011

Governing body turns against him

THE fate of Darul- Uloom Deoband’s chief rector Ghulam Mohammad Vastanvi was hanging in balance on Saturday with the Majlis- e- Shoora or the governing council mounting pressure on the reformist theologian to resign from his post.

Vastanvi, however, remained firm on his decision not to give up.

The first day of the two- day meet to discuss the report of a panel constituted to look into the allegations that Vastanvi, an Islamic scholar from Gujarat, made pro- Narendra Modi remarks, remained stormy with the 18- member governing council remaining undecided till late Saturday evening.

A few members of the council have reportedly asked Vastanvi to save his face by offering a resignation, else they may be forced to sack him. Interestingly, Vastanvi had offered to quit in February but retracted his decision on July 20, saying he had changed his mind. He also asserted that he would not quit, if the probe panel comes up with a favourable report.

The three- member panel comprises Mufti Mazoor Ahmad from Kanpur, Mufti Mohammad Ismail from Malegaon and Maulana Mohammad Ibrahim from Chennai. As per the local media reports, soon after the incident in February, Mufti Ismail and Maulana Ibrahim were asked to sign a report compiled against Vastanvi. But the two refused to do so and have favoured him in their individual reports.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Suspected Pakistani war criminal arrested in Canada

24 July 2011

MONTREAL: Canada said Saturday it had arrested a suspected Pakistani war criminal, the second such arrest made since the government listed 30 foreigners actively sought on Canadian soil.

Arshad Muhammad, 42, was arrested thanks to public tips, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said in a statement.

The Toronto Sun said that Muhammad, who also goes by Certosa Aranci, was arrested after he was recognized in a store in Mississauga, just west of Toronto.

On Friday, authorities said they had arrested former Honduran soldier Cristobal Gonzalez-Ramirez, who had served in a special army unit in Honduras where he allegedly committed war crimes as a soldier.

Ottawa indicated that Muhammad was also “suspected of complicity in a war crime or a crime against humanity,” without providing further details.

“The help that Canadians are providing to Canada Border Services is proving to be beyond what we had expected,” said Toews. “Those who have been involved in war crimes or crimes against humanity will find no haven on our shores; they will be located, and they will face the consequences.” Muhammad’s arrest came after the government published a list of 30 men accused of crimes against humanity this week — including their photos and birth dates – suspected of hiding on Canadian soil.

Canada adopted a federal law of universal jurisdiction in 2000 for crimes against humanity. Under the law, a Rwandan was sent to prison for life in 2009 for participating in the 1994 genocide there.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/24/suspected-pakistani-war-criminal-arrested-in-canada.html

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Bloody clashes in Egypt despite democracy pledge

24 July 2011

CAIRO: Bloody clashes erupted in Cairo between protesters demanding political change and loyalists of the ruling military council, hours after the military ruler pledged democracy.

Riot police fired tear gas at protesters who were being pelted with rocks and bottles by loyalists in the Abasseya district Saturday near the headquarters of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces which took power when President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February.

One petrol bomb landed near a protester, setting his clothes on fire, and dozens of injured were treated by ambulance crews on the scene, an AFP correspondent said.

The health ministry said 231 people were injured in the clashes, including 39 who needed hospital treatment.

There were chaotic scenes as army loyalists, all civilians, climbed onto the roofs of buildings and threw rocks at the protesters.

Soldiers and riot police lined a main street in Abasseya while army loyalists blocked other streets in the area, trapping protesters in the middle.

“We have asked them to let us go — they’ve refused,” long-time activist and blogger Wael Abbas told AFP.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/24/bloody-clashes-in-egypt-despite-democracy-pledge.html

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Norway carnage suspect admits responsibility

24 July 2011

OSLO: The suspect in Norway’s twin attacks that killed at least 92 people admitted responsibility and said the carnage was long planned as the nation mourned victims of its worst violence since World War II.

Anders Behring Breivik, 32, was arrested for allegedly shooting at least 85 people dead at a youth Labour Party meeting on an island and killing seven more in a car bomb explosion which ripped through government buildings in Oslo.

“He admitted responsibility,” Behring Breivik’s lawyer Geir Lippestad told Norwegian media. While there was no official confirmation of the man’s identity, he was widely named as Anders Behring Breivik by local media.

“He feels that it was cruel to have to carry out these acts but that, in his head, it was necessary,” Lippestad said.

Oslo police spokeswoman Viola Bjelland told AFP on Sunday that the suspect was “cooperative.”

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/24/norway-carnage-suspect-admits-responsibility.html

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Norway killer hates multiculturalism

24 July 2011

OSLO: The Norwegian charged with killing at least 92 people in a gun and bomb massacre had belonged to an anti-immigration party and wrote blogs attacking multiculturalism and Islam.

Police said Anders Behring Breivik, detained by police after 85 people were gunned down at a youth camp and another 7 killed in a bomb attack on Friday, was unknown to them and his Internet activity traced so far included no calls to violence.

In comments from 2009-2010 to other people's articles on website www.document.no, which calls itself critical of Islam, Breivik criticized European policies of trying to accommodate the cultures of different ethnic groups.

"When did multiculturalism cease to be an ideology designed to deconstruct European culture, traditions, identity and nation-states?" said one of his entries, posted on Feb. 2, 2010.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article476884.ece

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Somali militants vow to block aid workers

24 July 2011

MOGADISHU, Somalia: Al-Qaeda-linked militants in Somalia vowed to keep most international aid workers away despite a worsening famine, as the UN warned that 800,000 children could die in the region from starvation.

Frustrated aid groups said they want to deploy more food assistance inside Somalia but don’t yet have the necessary safety guarantees to do so. The anarchic country has been mired in conflict for two decades and its capital is a war zone.

Friday’s renewed threat from Al-Shabab means only a handful of agencies will be able to respond to the hunger crisis in militant-controlled areas of southern Somalia. And the largest provider of food aid — the UN World Food Program — isn’t among those being allowed inside.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article476792.ece

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Turkey will never forget 9 flotilla dead: Erdogan

24 July 2011

ISTANBUL: Turkey will never forget the nine Turks killed when Israeli troops stormed a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, days before the submission of a UN report on the raid last year.

In a speech to a conference of foreign ambassadors to the Palestinian territories in Istanbul, Erdogan condemned the continuing blockade of Gaza as “illegal and inhuman” and said the Palestinians’ troubles were Turkey’s troubles and would not go neglected.

Erdogan opened his speech by naming each of the men killed in the raid on the Mavi Marmara ferry, which led the activists flotilla.

“We have not forgotten, nor will we forget, the self-sacrifice of our brothers, their memories and the massacre they were subjected to,” he said.

Turkey withdrew its ambassador to Israel after the incident in May 2010, suspended military cooperation, and closed its airspace to Israeli military aircraft.

It wants Israel to apologize for the killings, pay compensation to the families, and end the embargo of Gaza.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article476801.ece

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Pro-democracy journalist escapes death in Yemen

24 July 2011

SANAA: A pro-democracy journalist working for the Yemeni state TV survived on Thursday evening an assassination attempt in the capital, the second opposition figure targeted in less than three days.

Yasser Al-Muolimi was seriously injured when unknown attackers opened fire on him.  He is currently recuperating in a local hospital following a surgical procedure on his legs.

The Yemeni Journalist Syndicate issued a statement condemning the attack and urging security services in the country to quickly investigate the incident and bring the culprits  to justice. The syndicate said that the assassination attempt is a dangerous escalation against journalists and a crime targeting activists.

In the south, tribal forces working with the Yemeni Army halted on Friday a convoy of militants heading to the southern town of Zinjibar where government troops are fighting to dislodge militants, a tribal source said.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article476475.ece

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Blasts hit military college in Syria’s Homs-residents

24 July 2011

AMMAN: Two explosions were heard overnight from inside the Syrian Army War College in the city of Homs, scene of military assaults to crush protests against President Bashar Al-Assad’s rule, residents said on Saturday.

The sound of heavy gunfire was heard and ambulances were seen heading to the compound in the old Al-Waer district, two residents told Reuters by telephone.

“Smoke rose from inside the premises. The injured were taken to the military hospital. It looked like an operation of some sort,” said one of the residents, who declined to be named.

There was no immediate comment from the Syrian authorities.

Assad has been increasingly relying on the military, dominated by members of his own minority Alawite sect, to crush a four month uprising against his autocratic rule. Activists and diplomats say the repression has been triggering limited defections among the majority Sunni rank and file.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article476589.ece

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Qur’an contest set for Filipino Muslims

24 July 2011

RIYADH: As part of the observance of the holy month of Ramadan, the Philippine Embassy will hold its 10th Holy Qur’an-recitation contest on Aug. 18.

The competition will involve memorization of the verses from the holy book by Filipino children who have studied Arabic or students from Arabic schools and Philippine International Schools in Riyadh.

The competition will be in two categories — children’s category (aged 10 to 15), and teenager category (aged 16 to 20). All Filipino Muslims in Riyadh are invited to register their children who can recite the verses from the Holy Qur’an.

Those interested can register by submitting a duly accomplished official registration form to the Administrative Section of the embassy or send fax to (01) 488-3945 or e-mail to filembry@sbm.net.sa or riyadh.pe.@dfa.gov.ph. Criteria, rules and regulations of the competition will be announced soon at the embassy’s website:http://www.philembassy-riyadh.org.

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article476912.ece

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North Sudan to launch new currency on Sunday

24 July 2011

KHARTOUM - Sudan will start circulating its new currency on Sunday, the central bank said, days after South Sudan started rolling out a currency of its own.

South Sudan, which declared independence on July 9 under a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil war, said last Monday it had started circulating its new South Sudan pound, pegging it one-to-one with Sudan’s existing pound . In a brief statement, the northern central bank said the new currency would go into circulation on Sunday.

It previously said it would take up to three months to replace the old Sudanese pound, describing the currency move as “precautionary measure” following the southern plans.

The Sudanese pound has been falling on the black market in Khartoum for weeks as economists say foreign currency inflows needed for imports will decline alongside falling oil revenues.

The old pound has also fallen in the south on worries the old notes will be worthless if both countries do not reach an agreement to coordinate their currency launches.

The south took about 75 percent of Sudan’s 500,000 barrel-a-day oil reserves with it when it left.

North and South Sudan have yet to work out a large range of issues from sharing oil revenues to ending violence in some parts of the joint border.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/international/2011/July/international_July1190.xml&section=international

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250 women screened for breast cancer in Ras Al Khaimah

24 July 2011

More than 250 women were screened for breast cancer in Ras Al Khaimah when the Pink Caravan recently visited Sha’am as part of the Friends of Cancer Patients’ (FOCP) nationwide breast cancer awareness campaign.

The Pink Caravan campaign is an initiative that was launched earlier this year by HH Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, together with his wife, Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, with the aim of raising awareness of breast cancer in the country. The MOH, HAAD and DHA have been supporting the Pink Caravan campaign right from its humble beginnings.

The Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah received the Pink Caravan for the first time, last week, and extensive preparations were made to inform people of its arrival in Sha’am – a remote area which is situated on Oman’s border, about 40 kilometers from Ras Al Khaimah.

Prior to the Pink Caravan’s arrival, billboards were erected and text messages (SMS) were sent, to enable a larger number of women to register their names for breast cancer screenings and examinations. As a result of this noble initiative, a vast number of women were able to get screened at the Sha’am Hospital.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2011/July/theuae_July612.xml&section=theuae&col=

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NATO hands model anti-Taliban province to Afghans

Jul 24, 2011

PANJSHIR VALLEY: NATO troops on Sunday handed control of the Panjshir valley, a fiercely anti-Taliban province, to Afghan forces in the latest of a series of security transitions.

Panjshir, around 130 kilometres (80 miles) northeast of the capital Kabul, is one of Afghanistan's most peaceful regions and is the sixth of seven areas to be put under local forces' control over the past week.

Although the transition timetable has been roundly criticised as politically motivated amid scepticism over the ability of Afghan forces to ward off the Taliban rebels, Panjshir is cited as ripe for the handover.

Panjshiris, mainly ethnic Tajiks, pride themselves on having kept out the Taliban and repelled the Soviet Union after its 1979 invasion, and the beautiful valley is now a favoured picnicking spot for visitors from Kabul.

"Transition in Panjshir is very symbolic because in the last 10 years the security of Panjshir has been taken by its own people. It's an example for other provinces," said defence minister Abdul Rahim Wardak, speaking at the official transition ceremony.

"Defending one's own land is the role and responsibility of every Afghan."

"The enemy cannot harm anyone in this province. We all have to learn from the people of Panjshir," he said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/NATO-hands-model-anti-Taliban-province-to-Afghans/articleshow/9345585.cms

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Slain man was student, not nuclear scientist: Iran

Jul 24, 2011

TEHRAN: Iran said the victim of a deadly shooting on Saturday was a university student - not a physicist involved in the disputed nuclear program as state media first reported.

A mix-up over the victim's name apparently led to the confusion, the English-language Press TV said.

Initial reports said a pair of gunmen firing from motorcycles killed 35-year-old Darioush Rezaei, a physics professor whose area of expertise was neutron transport. Several news reports, including by the semi-official ISNA news agency, linked him to the country's nuclear program.

But an investigation later determined the slain man was Darioush Rezaeinejad, an electronics student at Khajeh Nasir University in Tehran.

The initial reports raised concerns because the attack appeared similar to other recent assassinations of scientists that Tehran blamed on the US. and Israel.

The US. and Israel and some of their allies accuse Iran of seeking to develop a nuclear weapons capability under the cover of its civilian atomic energy program.

Iran's missile program and its launch of satellites have raised fears it is also marching toward a capability to deliver a nuclear warhead across continents.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Slain-man-was-student-not-nuclear-scientist-Iran/articleshow/9341382.cms

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UN points to possible Syrian crimes against humanity

24 July 2011

DAMASCUS: UN officials have said Syrian security forces may have committed crimes against humanity in their crackdown on protesters, as at least eight more civilians were killed in massive anti-regime rallies.

The UN concerns were expressed in a statement late Friday by Francis Deng, special adviser to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the prevention of genocide, and Edward Luck, special adviser on the responsibility to protect.

"Based on available information, the special advisers consider that the scale and gravity of the violations indicate a serious possibility that crimes against humanity may have been committed and continue to be committed in Syria," the joint statement said.

The two called for an "independent, thorough, and objective investigation" of the events in Syria.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/UN-points-to-possible-Syrian-crimes-against-humanity/articleshow/9338632.cms

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India presses Pak for voice samples of 26/11 accused

July 24, 2011

India has pressed Pakistan for the voice samples of the seven accused in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and sought speedy trial of the case in that country to bring to justice the perpetrators of the strikes.

Home Minister P Chidambaram made the request to his Pakistani counterpart Rehman Malik when they met here last night on the sidelines of the SAARC Interior Ministers meeting.

"The Indian Home Minister referred to the requests made by the Home Ministry some of which were pending with Pakistan since their last meeting," a joint statement issued this morning said.

Though the statement did not specify what the requests were, it said they related to some of those pending with the Pakistani Interior Ministry.

This was apparently in reference to India's request for voice samples of the seven accused Pakistan has arrested in connection with the 26/11 attacks, including LeT's operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/355557/India-presses-Pak-for-voice-samples-of-26/11-accused.html

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Did police sell details of London bombing victims?

Jul 24 2011

London : As investigations continue at various levels in the phone-hacking scandal, survivors of the 2005 London bombings fear that their contact details with the police may have been sold to News of the World journalists.

According to Beverli Rhodes, Chair of the Survivors' Coalition Foundation, many victims suspected that personal contact details, including mobile phone and ex-directory landline numbers as well as home addresses, were passed by police officers to the journalists of the now-defunct News of the World.

She said she had been contacted by survivors of the bombings, who said they had been approached by News of the World reporters with bogus stories of how they obtained their details, which they believe may have originated with the police, The Observer reported on Sunday.

Rhodes told the paper, "Scotland Yard had the full list of survivor contact details. I am pretty sure that is how the News of the World got my home address. I had only moved there maybe three or four weeks before News of the World reporters turned up. The only place where my new details were stored were the post office, bank, doctor and Scotland Yard".

She added, "The suspicion is that the full list was given or sold on to the newspaper or News International or fell into someone's lap when visiting the Yard.

"One of the survivors' phone numbers are not listed and only known to me and family, but they had addresses to homes, home phone numbers, mobile phones."

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/821559/

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Alexandria University to join Islamic conference

Jul 24th, 2011

CAIRO: Alexandria University plans to participate in an international conference on the role and future of the Islamic world, titled “Imagining the future of the Islamic world in light of recent incidents, doubts and confusions,” Egypt’s youm7.com reported on Sunday.

The conference is to take place at Brunei University from September 15-17.

According to the report, the dean of medicine at Alexandria University, Mahmoud el-Zalabany, will represent the university at the conference.

“He will give a lecture about the future of education in the Islamic world amidst global changes,” the article stated.

Zalabany will also participate in a workshop about Islam and the West, titled “The future vision from an academic perspective.”

http://bikyamasr.com/wordpress/?p=37289

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Separate Wakf cadre is not required, says Haryana Wakf chief

24 July 2011

New Delhi: A section of Muslim community might have raised the pitch over demands for Indian Wakf Service, but Naseem Ahmad, the administrator of Haryana Wakf Board, believes that a separate cadre just for Wakf is not required because it will create more problems for Wakf than the solutions it is supposed to provide.

Talking to TwoCircles.net over phone, Ahmad says that a separate Wakf service will end up making the Wakf boards and Central Wakf Council, other “sarkari” departments, losing its autonomy to the government, which is central to the domain of Wakf in India.

Ahmad’s views show that even the expert opinion in the community is split on the demands for a separate Wakf cadre. Separate Wakf cadre of officers is one of the recommendations of Sachar committee for the proper management of Wakf properties across India whose worth has roughly been estimated at Rs. 120 billion (US$ 26 billion).

“I don’t think that a separate Wakf cadre of officers is in any way going to solve the problems facing Awkaaf in India these days,” says Ahmad who has been credited with opening an engineering college completely owned, run and funded by Haryana Wakf Board, first of its kind in the country.

Full report at:

http://twocircles.net/2011jul23/separate_wakf_cadre_not_required_says_haryana_wakf_

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Death of Chembirikka-Mangalore Qazi: CBI also says it is suicide

24 July 2011

Kannur: The mysterious death of Chemibirikka-Mangalore Qazi CM Abdulla Moulavi was suicide, suggests the CBI report after 11 months of investigation. A report was last day submitted before the Chennai area Joint Director of the CBI, according to reports.

The local police that investigated the case initially and the Crime Branch which investigated for six months also had reached the same conclusion. The reports suggest that there was no evidence to prove it was a murder.

The dead body of CM Abdulla Moulavi was found in the sea near a big rock in Chembirikka in Kasargod early morning on February 15, 2010. His sandals and walking stick were found kept on the rock. The local police investigated the case for 16 days and reached the conclusion that he had committed suicide. Several factors led the local police to reach to the conclusion – a note about death was found from the Qazi’s diary, he had bought a new lock for his room and had visited his father’s burial place climbing 30 steps the day before death. The note found in his diary was reportedly the Malayalam translation of a few lines about death from the book ‘Burda Baith’. The police came to such a conclusion but did not make it public, fearing people’s reaction. The Crime Branch too said the same after doing a dummy test also in the same place where the dead body was found. The case was then handed over to the CBI.

Full report at:

http://twocircles.net/2011jul23/death_chembirikkamangalore_qazi_cbi_also_says_it_

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To negotiate or not with Boko Haram

By Ogechi Ekeanyanwu

July 24, 2011

The suggestion that the federal government should negotiate with the radical Islamic group, the Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad, otherwise known as Boko Haram, has attracted different reactions from various quarters in the past few weeks. While some reason that opening up a discussion with the group would bring to an end the orchestrated bomb blasts across the northern parts of the country, others are of the view that such is unnecessary, questioning the grounds on which such talks would be based.

Vincent Maduka, a former director general of the Nigerian Television Authority and a lecturer on Conflict Management and Negotiation in the Pan-African University, said negotiation is a necessity since, according to him, all conflicts - armed or not - must end in negotiations.

Full report at:

http://234next.com/csp/cms/sites/Next/News/5735417-147/story.csp

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Amir Khan knocks out Judah to win IBF crown

24 July 2011

LAS VEGAS: Britain’s Amir Khan knocked out Zab Judah in the fifth round to add the IBF junior welterweight title to his WBA super lightweight crown in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

The end came with a bodyshot that crumpled Judah (41-7, 28 KOs) to his knees. The experienced American complained afterwards that the punch was low but replays showed it was on the belt line and legal.

“I knew he was getting hurt because he kept moving away and ducking,” said Khan (26-1, 18 KOs). “I kept hitting him in the face but the punch that dropped him was clean and on the belt.”

Khan, 24, was dominant from the first bell, punishing Judah with stiff left jabs and solid straight right hands.

Judah showed effective head movement for the first few rounds, meaning few of Khan’s punches landed cleanly, but the 33-year-old threw very few punches in return, even as Khan pursued him relentlessly.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/24/amir-khan-knocks-out-judah-to-win-ibf-crown.html

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