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Islamic World News ( 7 Feb 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Man sets wife on fire while she was offering namaz

Azadi not main concern in Kashmir, Islam is: Jamaat

Saffron blast funder says Indresh is Joshi’s killer

Jamaat’s welfare programs impress Saudi delegation

Pakistan brings up 'Hindu terror' again as talks fizzle out

Cops' fleeing theory debunked? Sohrabuddin shot point-blank

Qaeda plans a Mumbai rerun at UK airports

HC fixes Feb 21 to deliver Kasab verdict

Inspector killed, 4 police hurt in Peshawar

Musharraf accused in Benazir case

Mubarak uses sop tactic to hold on

Concessions not enough, Mubarak told

Cairo seeks normalcy after days of unrest

Scene in Egypt changing, future depends on Brotherhood, Army

Tunisian and Egyptian unrest a wakeup call for Arab leaders: US

Obama sees progress in Egypt

Cairo clashes: Mubarak orders probe

Kingdom urges peaceful resolution of Egypt crisis

Egypt’s unrest will change region, say Hezbollah chief

‘Nile Revolution’ makes way in Egypt

Mubarak fights Egyptian protest with pay rise

Renewed pressure on Hosni Mubarak to quit as talks fail

Islamic party hopes comeback in Egypt

New twist in Davis saga, victims were ISI agents

Delays hit homegrown Awacs as Pak races ahead

U.S. piles up pressure on Pakistan

 “Assange will not get fair trial in Sweden”

Pak debars NIA team from quizzing 26/11 masterminds

Obama sure of representative, responsive Govt

Pak radical groups plan protest ahead of V-day

Ground zero of protests takes on a festive mood amid gloom

Muslim sect in Nigeria demands troop withdrawal

Police, opposition supporters clash in Bangladesh

Drop in number of Egypt’s Umrah pilgrims feared

We can’t return home yet, say families who’ve been told to vacate apartments

Tourists preferring Madinah to Jeddah

Chechen rebel leader claims Moscow airport bombing

Jury convicts US Pakistani TV executive of beheading wife

‘Afghan Taliban would be open to talks’

Iraq to sign Akkas gas contract

Iraqi flour prices triple

Hundreds of Afghan fighters to lay down arms: NATO

Burundi arrests eight Pakistani preachers

Sufi again refuses to hire lawyer to defend him

Prof Dr Naeem appointed Jinnah University for Women VC

Nine stabbed to death in Mandi Bahauddin

Roof collapse kills five in Skardu

Imran urges people to come out for ‘change’

President Zardari calls Nawaz Sharif

New vistas to open for a 'dead' airline

Compile by New Age Islam Bureau

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Man pours kerosene on wife, sets her on fire while she was offering namaz

New Age Islam News Bureau

Mysore: In a very shocking incident, Tabassum Niaz, mother of a one year old daughter was burnt by her husband Munawwar and her in-laws while she was offering namaz of fajr (early morning). This incident occurred on February 5 in Mysore, Karnataka. The victim is fully burnt and is counting her last breaths in K R Hospital in Mysore. According to Tabassum, her husband and in-laws constantly tortured her physically and mentally for dowry. On February 5, when she was offering namaz-e-fajr, she heard her husband, her brother-in-law, sister-in-law and mother-in-law whispering behind her. Before she could understand anything, she felt kerosene being poured over her body. After that they set her on fire and locked the room from outside. She screamed for help and the neighbours rushed to her rescue but till then her body was burnt totally. She said that when the neighbours came, her in-laws started shedding crocodile tears and took her to a clinic in Chamraj Nagar. After that she lost consciousness.

The police arrested her husband Habibur Rehman alias Munawwar and his sister Nusrat Begum from hospital. Her mother-in-law and one sister-in-law are absconding. The Chamraj Nagar police has arrested Munawwar’s elder brother Nawed and his sister. Tabassum’s grief-stricken father Maulana Afzal Ahmad who is the imam in a mosque in Dodkulanda said, “My daughter was married off to egg-vendor Habibur Rehman alias Munawwar of Chamraj Nagar on March 19, 2009. I had given him Rs 50 thousand as cash apart from gold jewellery and other necessary articles and I had spent all my savings for the sake of a bright future of my daughter. But they started torturing my daughter only after three months of marriage. Sometimes they would demand money and sometimes something else. Munawwar, his elder brother and his sister and mother would torture her time and again. Fed up of all this Tabassum insisted on living separately on which she was threatened with talaq. Six months ago, they demanded one lakh rupee. When they persisted on the demand, I somehow

arranged Rs 50 thousand and gave it to him in the presence of some relatives but still they did not treat her well.” According to the doctors, Tabassum has sustained 95 per cent burn injury. Her in-laws had planned to kill her but by God’s grace she survived to give her statement to the police. Now, it is hoped that the culprits will be brought to book and Tabassum will get justice.

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Azadi not main concern in Kashmir, Islam is: Jamaat

Feb 08 2011

Kashmir's grand old religious-cum-political outfit Jamaat-i-Islami, which is the parent party of Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani, on Monday said that the propagation of religion, and not the pursuit of politics and power, is its primary concern, and hence, the struggle for Azadi is secondary for it.

“Jamaat was primarily founded for the propagation of religion. Our first duty is to fulfil this obligation. Resolution of Kashmir is secondary for us,” Jamaat Amir Sheikh Ghulam Hassan told The Indian Express.

“However, as a party we have to respond to the evolving situation and day-to-day problems. Kashmir is one such problem and we seek its peaceful settlement,” he added.

The Jamaat’s assertion is significant, as it seems to dissociate itself from the separatist narrative, despite being at the forefront of political groundwork for the separatist movement in 1989. Now Jamaat’s leaders are seen addressing only religious gatherings.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/azadi-not-main-concern-in-kashmir-islam-is-jamaa.../747397/

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Saffron blast funder says Indresh is Joshi’s killer

Sudhanshu Mishra

BHARAT Mohanlal Rateshwar alias Bharat Bhai, who is believed to have financed several blasts with a Hindutva imprint, has been singing like a canary after his arrest by the Rajasthan Anti Terrorist Squad ( ATS) on Friday.

Among Rateshwar’s many disclosures in his confessional statement is the mention of slain RSS pracharak Sunil Joshi as the perpetrator of the October 2007 Ajmer Sharif blast. Furthermore, he names senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar as the mastermind of Joshi’s murder, corroborating co- accused Swami Asimanand’s version.

Rateshwar, 42, whom the ATS listed as one of its witnesses in the Ajmer blast chargesheet submitted in October last year, was picked up from his hometown of Valsad in Gujarat on Friday and produced before an Ajmer court the following day. Both he and Swami Asimanand were sent on remand till February 11.

Joshi — allegedly behind the Ajmer, Malegaon and Mecca Masjid blasts — was shot in Madhya Pradesh’s Dewas town on December 29, 2007. Harshad Solanki is one of those accused of killing Joshi. Solanki is already behind bars in connection with the Ajmer blast.

Solanki, 32, was allegedly one of those four persons who were sharing a room with Joshi at the time of his murder and had been missing after the incident.

He was going by the aliases Raj, Munna and Dari Bhai. According to the Rajasthan ATS, he is also a prime accused in the 2004 Vadodara Best Bakery case.

Rateshwar’s statement was recorded under sections 161 and 164 of the CrPC and submitted before the court along with the chargesheet in the Ajmer blast case. He said immediately after coming to know about Joshi’s death from one Anandraj on the night of the RSS pracharak’s murder and then from newspapers the following day, he rang up Pragya Singh (accused in the Malegaon blast). She confirmed that the killing had taken place.

From the photograph published in the newspapers, he came to know that Joshi was the person whom he knew as Manoj, Rateshwar revealed. Then he rang up Swami Asimanand who said that he was upset by the murder.

Asimanand told him “Yeh sab kaam Indreshji ka hai, aur ye Indreshji Sangh wale hain jo use pasand nahi karte the (this is the handiwork of RSS leader Indresh Kumar who didn’t like Joshi),” the statement said.

Rateshwar also told the ATS that Joshi rang him up late on the evening of October 11, 2007 (the day of the Ajmer blast) saying: “ Hamne patakhe phor diye hain ( we have burst the crackers).” Initially he failed to comprehend the message, but when he saw the news about the blast on TV he called Joshi back to verify whether he was alluding to the blast. Joshi replied in the affirmative and asked him to convey the news to Swami Asimanand.

According to the statement recorded on October 11, 2010, nine days before the ATS filed the chargesheet in the Dargah case, Rateshwar said after working in Dubai and Canada for over seven years he returned to India to spread the message of Swami Vivekanand. He was looking for a piece of land to get a house built near Mumbai. He got the plot in Valsad through one Dhansukh Bhai who introduced him to Swami Asimanand for the purpose of the land purification rites for his house in 1999.

Rateshwar had organised a photo exhibition of Swami Vivekanand at Asimanand’s Shabridham ashram in 2006 where he was introduced to Pragya Singh, Joshi and 5- 6 other activists of the RSS. At Swami Asimanand’s behest, Rateshwar hosted Manoj ( Joshi) several times at his residence at Valsad.

The ATS is of the view that Rateshwar was involved in the planning, execution and funding of the terror acts.

Mail Today

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Jamaat’s welfare programs impress Saudi delegation

Feb 7, 2011

NEW DELHI: A Saudi delegation headed by Sheikh Saleh Hassan Aalaid, general secretary of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, visited Indian Jamaat-e-Islami’s headquarters here recently and commended the organization’s activities to spread the message of Islam and uplift Indian Muslims.

“I am very happy to see the tremendous efforts of Jamaat-e-Islami in this part of the world in order to disseminate the message of Islam through various activities including publication of books and organizing seminars and conferences,” Sheikh Aalaid was quoted as saying during a meeting with Jamaat officials.

Sheikh Aalaid and his accompanying delegation also visited the office of Vision 2016 project where Professor K. A. Siddique Hassan, vice president of Jamaat-e-Islami and secretary-general of Vision 2016, briefed the delegates on the project that aims at implementing a number of educational and health projects in various parts of India.

Hassan explained the project’s achievements and the number of its beneficiaries. Senior Jamaat officials such as Mohammed Jafar, Mohammed Gulam Akbar, Abdul Basit Anwar, Mohammed Rafique Qasmi attended the meeting.

The Saudi delegation, which included Salim Alsahli, Fahad Alutaibi and Abdul Aziz Saleh, also visited Alshifa Hospital and Research Center, which is under construction in Dawat Nagar, Abul Fazal Encalve in New Delhi. They also visited Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind, Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith and Institute of Objective Studies.

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article252124.ece

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Pakistan brings up 'Hindu terror' again as talks fizzle out

Sachin Parashar

Feb 8, 2011

ZHIMPHU: If Pakistan's "all-or-nothing" approach led to the disastrous meeting between the foreign ministers in July last year, little seemed to have changed in its stand when foreign secretary Nirupama Rao met her counterpart Salman Bashir late on Sunday.

On Monday, the two sides expressed satisfaction over the meeting. But just hours ahead of the talks, Pakistan foreign secretary Salman Bashir created a stir by backing the remarks made by spokesperson Abdul Basit about India not having the courage to deal with Hindu extremists.

As TOI reported on Monday, Pakistan raised the issue of the Samjhauta attack in the meeting on Sunday. "The spokesman's comments are entirely in line with what has been said previously. I think the point is to get over that and start working together. I don't want to say anything negative now," said Bashir.

Basit did add though that "it is wrong to sort of connote terror with any denomination, whether it is Hindu or anything."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pakistan-brings-up-Hindu-terror-again-as-talks-fizzle-out/articleshow/7446550.cms

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Cops' fleeing theory debunked? Sohrabuddin shot point-blank

Neeraj Chauhan

Feb 8, 2011

NEW DELHI: The post-mortem report of Sohrabuddin Shaikh, who was killed in an alleged fake encounter by Gujarat police, says that he was shot five times from close range and one of the bullets went through his brain.

The post-mortem report, which has been made public for the first time through an RTI application, is an important evidence in the CBI's probe into the alleged fake encounter. It also states that the shots fired at his body were downwards in angle, suggesting that the victim was either lying or kneeling down when he was shot at. Gujarat police had claimed that Sohrabuddin was trying to escape when he was shot.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Cops-fleeing-theory-debunked-Sohrabuddin-shot-point-blank/articleshow/7448917.cms

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Qaeda plans a Mumbai rerun at UK airports

Feb 8, 2011

FEARS of a mass casualty car bomb or firearms attack by al- Qaeda were behind the latest terror alert at Britain’s airports and rail stations, a leaked memo reveals.

Security officials believe al- Qaeda’s ‘ international operations wing’ is plotting one or more attacks in Europe, including against the UK. The restricted document reveals the threat is ‘ credible’ and would be designed to claim a ‘ large number of casualties’. Possible methods include a suicide or car bomb or the use of ‘ firearms against aircraft and airport targets’ — similar to the Mumbai machine- gun attacks of 2008.

Whitehall officials stress there is no evidence to suggest that any attack is imminent. The terror threat for the whole nation remains ‘ severe’ — meaning a strike is considered highly likely.

If the authorities believed that a plot was close to coming to fruition, the level would be raised to ‘ critical’ — the most severe of the five levels that warn the public of the threat from international terrorism.

But the memo reveals there has been sufficient concern to issue a specific alert to Britain’s airports and to rail bosses in London.

Some police leave has been cancelled in the capital, and extra officers are being deployed at airports and rail stations.

Full report at: Mail Today

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HC fixes Feb 21 to deliver Kasab verdict

Shibu Thomas

Feb 8, 2011

MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Monday said it would pronounce the verdict in the 26/11 case and decide the fate of Pakistani gunman Ajmal Amir Kasab on February 21.

A division bench of justices Ranjana Desai and R V More asked Kasab's lawyers to inform him to remain present through video conference on judgment day.

The court made it clear that the verdict won't wait for Kasab (who has boycotted the proceedings) to make an appearance. "If he doesn't want (to remain present for the hearing), we cannot force him," the judges said.

The state arranged for Kasab to attend court hearings in his high security Arthur Road prison cell through video conference. Kasab stopped attending the hearings when the court, citing security reasons, dismissed his application to remain personally present.

The judges said that voluminous records are the reason why the verdict was taking time. "The paperwork is immense. We don't want to give a hurried judgment."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/HC-fixes-Feb-21-to-deliver-Kasab-verdict/articleshow/7448160.cms

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Inspector killed, 4 police hurt in Peshawar

February 08, 2011

PESHAWAR: An inspector police was killed while another four personnel were injured in an attack launched on a police checkpost and a police mobile van by unknown gunmen in Mathra area in the outskirts of Peshawar on early Tuesday, Geo News reported.

The police checkpost had turned ruined in the attack while the mobile van received huge damages.

Police sources said that unidentified gunmen attacked on a police checkpost Pachayanu Garhi first and later blew up a remote-controlled bomb planted on the way of a police mobile van, killing one police inspector, Rasool Shah, on the spot while four others sustained injuries.

Injured and dead have been shifted to Lady Reading Hospital for medical attainment and medico legal procedure. Wounded have been declared out of danger.

Security in the area has been beefed up, sources told Geo News.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=10798

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Musharraf accused in Benazir case

Feb 8, 2011

Islamabad: Former President Pervez Musharraf was named as an accused in the assassination of Benazir Bhutto by investigators who also asked a trial court to declare him as an “absconder”.

In a setback to his plans to return home to take a plunge in active politics, the Federal Investigation Agency listed him as an “absconding accused” in the chargesheet filed before an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi. — PTI

http://www.hindu.com/2011/02/08/stories/2011020866372100.htm

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Mubarak uses sop tactic to hold on

Feb 8, 2011,

CAIRO: Egypt's embattled regime announced on Monday a 15% raise for government employees in an attempt to shore up its base and defuse popular anger amid ongoing protests demanding President Hosni Mubarak's ouster.

The cabinet decision follows earlier promises to investigate election fraud and official corruption. The gestures so far have done little to persuade the tens of thousands occupying downtown's Tahrir Square to end their two-week long protest, leaving the two sides in an uneasy stalemate. The protesters have vowed to stay put until Mubarak steps down, while the regime wants him to stay in office until elections in September.

Newly appointed finance minister Samir Radwan said some $960 million will be allocated to cover the salary and pension increases, which will take effect in April for the 6 million people on public payrolls.

"We don't trust him and he's a liar — he's made many promises in the past," said Salih Abdel-Aziz, an engineer with a public sector company. "He could raise it 65% and we wouldn't believe him. As long as Mubarak is in charge then all of these are brittle decisions that can break at any moment."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Mubarak-uses-sop-tactic-to-hold-on/articleshow/7449772.cms

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Concessions not enough, Mubarak told

Feb 8, 2011,

CAIRO: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak came under fresh pressure on Monday to step down as opponents said concessions offered in landmark talks were not enough to halt a revolt against his 30-year rule.

Thousands of demonstrators spent a 14th day in central Cairo's Tahrir Square, or Liberation Square, which over the past two weeks has begun to resemble a tented city within the city.

Protesters sat under the tracks of army tanks deployed around the square, fearful that any movement by the military could be designed to drive out the protesters or abandon them to the mercy of pro-regime thugs.

In further signs of a return to normal life, the nightly curfew in three Egyptian cities including Cairo was pushed back to 8:00 p.m. (1800 GMT) to 6:00 a.m. and the stock exchange said it would reopen on Sunday.

Full report at:

 http://www.hindu.com/2011/02/08/stories/2011020866392100.htm

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Cairo seeks normalcy after days of unrest

February 08, 2011

Egyptians desperate for cash lined up at newly reopened banks and Cairo's infamous traffic jams reappeared as the capital struggled to regain a sense of normalcy after nearly two weeks of unrest.

But hulking battle tanks on the streets and nervous citizen watch groups manning barricades at night were vivid reminders that the crisis was far from over, with thousands of protesters still demanding the ouster of the president.

"It's much better than yesterday or the day before, ordinary people are back out walking around and look, we even have a traffic jam," Ahmed Mohammed, 65, the owner of a men's clothing store on Arab League St., a major commercial thoroughfare in the upscale commercial district of Mohandiseen, said on Sunday. Cairo, a city of 18 million people, slowed to a near standstill over a week ago after widespread looting and street battles broke out in a near-total breakdown of security amid mass protests demanding the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak and police abandoned their posts.

Businesses closed and traffic was largely absent as residents holed up at home and faced a curfew that at one point started at 3 p.m., choking off a city once renowned for never sleeping. The curfew start has since been relaxed to 7 p.m.

Most stores were open Sunday for the first time in days, although some were boarded up with signs saying they were "closed due to looting." Across the 12-lane divided road from Mohammed's store were the burnt-out remains of a police station and a duty free shop. Traffic also had returned to its normal sluggish rush hour flow in many parts of the city, albeit with a dearth of traffic police. "We want reform to continue but with a return to normal life," added Ahmed, echoing the sentiment of many across a city that still wants change, while desperately yearning for the end to the unrest. Many Egyptians have been unable to access their bank accounts and ATMs rapidly emptied of cash or were attacked by looters. Employers said they couldn't pay end of the month salaries and food prices soared.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/316078/Cairo-seeks-normalcy-after-days-of-unrest.html

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Scene in Egypt changing, future depends on Brotherhood, Army

Feb 08, 2011

The scene in Egypt is changing and there is now a possibility of a transition to a new form of state-power, though its character is far from pre-ordained.

Much would depend on power struggle or compromise between the two most organised and effective forces in the country — the Army and the Islamist radicals (the Muslim Brotherhood) — the barracks and the mosque.

Currently, the Army is right on top, but the MB has gained ground by belatedly aligning itself with the street protesters. The two are in conversation about the future. We have to wait and see where the negotiations lead. It was clear from day one that President Hosni Mubarak would not relinquish power so long as, in his estimation, he continued to have the support of the Egyptian Armed forces.

But the US didn’t get it, not even when Mr Mubarak announced that neither he nor his son Gamal will be a candidate for President in the September election. To that extent he had heard the voice of the Arab street. But he also made it plain that he had no mind to surrender office before the election although the protests had taken on the form of an uprising that stunned West Asia and the world, and pressure from Washington in its favour was mounting on a daily basis. The US backed the Egyptian dictator for 34 years, and before that kept Mr Mubarak’s predecessor President Anwar Sadat (also a former serving officer) afloat, but US President Obama was aggressive in backing what appeared to be “pro-democracy” protests, and strongly hinted that Mr Mubarak should leave office forthwith.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/india/scene-egypt-changing-future-depends-brotherhood-army-177

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Tunisian and Egyptian unrest a wakeup call for Arab leaders: US

Feb 07 2011

The pro-democracy protests in Egypt and Tunisia should be considered as a wakeup call for the Arab leaders and they must do a better job of meeting the needs of people, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said.

"The fact that both Tunisia and Egypt have had this outpouring of frustration by predominantly young people – as far as we can tell, unorganized, undirected -- should send a clear signal to everybody in the region. They have to do a better job of meeting the needs of their citizens," she said.

The Secretary of State was responding to reporters' questions travelling with her on their way back to Washington after attending the Munich Security Conference.

"As you remember, what I said in Doha last month – I could not have been clearer. I did not honestly foresee either Tunisia or Egypt, but I could not have been clearer about our concerns for all of these governments," she noted.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/tunisian-and-egyptian-unrest-a-wakeup-call-for-arab-leaders-us/747097/

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Obama sees progress in Egypt

Feb 08, 2011

 Washington: Egypt is making progress in resolving its political crisis as talks between the government and opposition groups were underway, US President Barack Obama said on Monday.

"Obviously Egypt has to negotiate a path and they're making progress," Obama told reporters after delivering a speech to the business community in Washington. He did not elaborate.

Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman met with representatives from one of the largest opposition groups, the Muslim Brotherhood, on Sunday. And the newly-appointed cabinet met on Monday night to discuss reforms.

The Muslim Brotherhood emerged from the discussion, saying the government made no concessions while acknowledging that talks were in their infancy.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Obama was referring to 'beginnings of a process that is taking place' when he made the remarks

http://www.asianage.com/international/obama-sees-progress-egypt-265

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Cairo clashes: Mubarak orders probe

Feb 08, 2011

Moscow: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has ordered to set up an independent commission to investigate clashes between his supporters and protesters in Cairo last week that killed at least 11 people.

According to the official MENA news agency, Mubarak said on Monday that the commission must be fully independent and 'comprise people who are known in Egypt as decent and trustworthy'.

The president urged the commission to investigate 'the facts of unacceptable violations committed against the protesters'.

The violent clashes took place February 1 at downtown Cairo's Tahrir Square, the main focus of the protesters demanding Mubarak step down after his 30-year rule.

Thousands of Mubarak supporters arrived at the square, riding horses and camels to clash with the protesters. The army has sent tanks and a helicopter to the square in anticipation of turmoil.

Anti-government protests, which saw hundreds of thousands of demonstrators demanding President Mubarak's resignation, broke out in Egypt January 25.

The unrest, seen by many analysts as a major threat to repressive governments in the region, has claimed the lives of at least 300 people and injured several thousand.

Meanwhile, the recent developments in Egypt indicate a slight return of stability after two weeks of unrest.

Mubarak on Monday shortened a night curfew in the country by one hour.

http://www.asianage.com/international/cairo-clashes-mubarak-orders-probe-260

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Kingdom urges peaceful resolution of Egypt crisis

Feb 8, 2011

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers on Monday hoped for a peaceful settlement of the political crisis in Egypt, safeguarding its security and stability and without affecting the country’s economy.

The Cabinet meeting, chaired by Crown Prince Sultan, deputy premier and minister of defense and aviation, also hoped that Cairo would continue to play a historic role in Arab, Islamic and international forums.

Culture and Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja said the Cabinet welcomed the outcome of the Sudan referendum and hoped that peace would prevail between North and South Sudan.

The Cabinet meeting, which was held at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, discussed the measures taken to prevent recurrent flooding in Jeddah.

Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Prince Naif briefed the Cabinet on the outcome of his tour of Jeddah’s flood-affected areas and a meeting of the ministerial committee.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article253597.ece

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Egypt’s unrest will change region, say Hezbollah chief

BASSEM MROUE

Feb 8, 2011

BEIRUT: The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group said Monday the unrest in Egypt will transform the Middle East by pushing out a regime that has maintained peace with Israel.

Sheik Hassan Nasrallah predicted that whatever leadership emerges in Egypt after President Hosni Mubarak will move away from Israel, leaving the Jewish state more isolated.

The only other Arab nation to have made peace with Israel is Jordan.

“You are fighting the battle of Arab dignity, the dignity of the Arab human being that was humiliated by some of its leaders in the past decades,” Nasrallah said during a ceremony to support the Egyptian demonstrators and to protest the 1979 peace treaty between Cairo and Israel.

“We look forward to the day that you bring back to Egypt its leading and historic position in the life of our nation and the region,” Nasrallah said referring to the days when Egypt was leading anti-Israeli policies in the 1950s and 1960s.

Egypt became the first Arab nation to sign a peace accord with Israel in 1979 and has strictly honored it. Mubarak has close ties to Israeli leaders and has acted as a bridge between Israel and the Palestinians to the broader Arab world.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article253629.ece

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‘Nile Revolution’ makes way in Egypt

Feb 8, 2011

CAIRO – President Hosni Mubarak's new cabinet on Monday held its first full meeting since an uprising started nearly two weeks ago, with no concrete progress in talks with Islamists and an opposition who demand his immediate exit.

Mubarak, 82, who has refused calls to end his 30-year-old presidency before September polls, saying his resignation would cause chaos in the Arab world's most populous nation, has tried to focus on restoring order.

Protesters, barricaded in a tent camp in Tahrir Square in the heart of Cairo, have vowed to stay until Mubarak quits and hope to take their campaign to the streets with more mass demonstrations on Tuesday and Friday.

The banned Islamist Muslim Brotherhood movement was among the groups that met Egyptian government officials at the weekend, a sign of how much has already changed in an uprising that has rocked the Arab world and alarmed Western powers.

Opposition figures reported little progress in the talks. While protesters want Mubarak to step down immediately, many worry that when he does leave, he will be replaced not with the democracy they seek but with another authoritarian ruler.

With a government pledged to reform, an opposition with limited political experience, a constitutional process that mitigates against haste, and a key strategic role, Egypt's next steps must be considered carefully, U.S. officials say.

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/0211/08/FrontPage/index.php?id=9

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Mubarak fights Egyptian protest with pay rise

February 08, 2011

CAIRO: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak tried to buy time in the face of defiant street protests, pledging to raise public sector wages by 15 percent and ordering a probe into recent deadly violence.   

The 82-year-old leader met his new-look cabinet for the first time on Monday as the regime battled to get the economy moving despite ongoing demonstrations by pro-democracy activists occupying a Cairo square since January 25.   

According to the official news agency, the cabinet approved a plan to increase state sector salaries by 15 percent from April and to spend another 6.5 billion Egyptian pounds ($940 million) boosting pensions.      

Mubarak also pledged to launch an "independent" investigation into deadly violence between his supporters and demonstrators Wednesday at Tahrir Square that left 11 dead and nearly 1,000 injured, according to official estimates.    

The president "has given instructions for the creation of a... transparent, independent and impartial investigatory commission," agency reported.      

The commission will investigate "the terrible and unacceptable violations that made some protesters innocent victims", it said.      

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=10794

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Renewed pressure on Hosni Mubarak to quit as talks fail

February 08, 2011

CAIRO: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak came under fresh pressure on Monday to step down as opponents said concessions offered in landmark talks were not enough to halt a revolt against his 30-year rule.

Thousands of demonstrators spent a 14th day in central Cairo’s Tahrir Square, or Liberation Square, which over the past two weeks has begun to resemble a tented city within the city.

Protesters sat under the tracks of army tanks deployed around the square, fearful that any movement by the military could be designed to drive out the protesters or abandon them to the mercy of pro-regime thugs.

The Cairo bourse closed down 10 points on January 27, after 70 billion Egyptian pounds were wiped off shares over two days.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\02\08\story_8-2-2011_pg1_6

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Islamic party hopes comeback in Egypt

February 08, 2011

ALEXANDRIA: Hamdi Hassan, a senior member of the banned Muslim Brotherhood party, was jailed by Egyptian authorities Jan. 28 during the tensest days of anti-government protests in this coastal city.

But Hassan walked out of jail two days later after protesters commandeered the facility and freed all the inmates. By this weekend, the 51-year-old physician sounded exultant as he held court in a main square, mobbed by his supporters in what has long been a Brotherhood stronghold.

"This is a defining and historic moment because Egyptians from all walks of life are finally free,'' Hassan said. He made clear that he had no fear of being arrested again, even as charred police vehicles in the background offered evidence of the turmoil that spread from Cairo to Alexandria at the height of the violence.

Hassan's own turnabout reflects a reversal that has left Brotherhood, a fundamentalist Islamic party, poised for the first time to claim a real stake in Egyptian politics in whatever follows three decades of rule by President Hosni Mubarak.

Officially banned since 1954, the Brotherhood has long been the target of vicious government crackdowns. But as the oldest, largest and best-organized group in Egypt, the Brotherhood could conceivably become the largest bloc in a new parliament whenever new elections are held.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=10793

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New twist in Davis saga, victims were ISI agents

Chidanand Rajghatta

Feb 8, 2011

WASHINGTON: While Washington and much of the world continues to be transfixed by the drama over democracy in Egypt, an ugly sideshow involving spooks and spying in Pakistan is consuming the Obama administration, redrawing the security contours with regards to what was once regarded as a stalwart ally.

The Raymond Davis affair, as the episode has come to be known, has become not just curiouser, but also messier. The alleged private security contractor, who was on the rolls of the US diplomatic mission in Pakistan when he shot dead two Pakistanis in what he said was in self-defense after they attempted to rob him, is still incarcerated despite US demands that he be freed because he enjoys diplomatic immunity.

But it turns out that even as Islamabad is publicly resisting American pressure, a section of the Pakistani establishment has revealed that the two men who were shot were in fact agents of the ISI.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/New-twist-in-Davis-saga-victims-were-ISI-agents/articleshow/7449762.cms

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Delays hit homegrown Awacs as Pak races ahead

Rajat Pandit,

Feb 8, 2011

NEW DELHI: India's indigenous Awacs (airborne warning and control systems) or "eyes in the sky" project has been hit by delays even as Pakistan is fast closing the technological gap in this arena with China's active help.

Moreover, IAF's proposal to acquire two more Israeli Phalcon Awacs, after the first three were contracted under the $1.1-billion contract inked in March 2004, is yet to gather full steam. "There is in principle approval for two more Phalcon Awacs but negotiations are still in progress," said a top defence ministry source.

Awacs or AEW&C (airborne early warning and control) systems can detect incoming hostile cruise missiles and aircraft much before ground-based radars, as also act as potent force-multipliers by directing air defence fighters during combat operations with enemy jets. They can also track troop build-ups far away in enemy territory.

The critical requirement for Awacs had led the Cabinet Committee on Security, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, to clear the Rs 1,800-crore indigenous project in October 2004, barely six months after the Phalcon deal.

Full report at:

http/timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Delays-hit-homegrown-AWACS-Pakistan-races-ahead-with-China-help/articleshow/7446009.cms

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U.S. piles up pressure on Pakistan

Anita Joshua

ISLAMABAD: The U.S. is mounting pressure on Pakistan at various levels to secure the release of the American “diplomat” who has been in police custody since January 27 for killing two armed Pakistanis in “self-defence” in Lahore.

The U.S. State Department is learnt to have snapped all communication with Pakistan's embassy in Washington and this was followed up with a telephone call from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to President Asif Ali Zardari over the weekend asking Islamabad to comply with its obligations under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. The same message was conveyed to Mr. Zardari by U.S. Ambassador in Pakistan Cameron Munter when he called on the President here on Monday. According to the U.S. embassy spokesperson, the necessary details establishing the American — whom the U.S. has refused to name as yet but is identified as Raymond Davis in the media — as a diplomat have been communicated to the Pakistani government.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2011/02/08/stories/2011020866312100.htm

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“Assange will not get fair trial in Sweden”

Hasan Suroor

LONDON: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange would not get a fair trial if extradited to Sweden over allegations of sexual assault and there was a “real risk'' that Swedish authorities could hand him over to America where he could be detained in Guantanamo Bay or even face death penalty for releasing confidential government documents, his lawyer told a court here on Monday.

improper sexual conduct

The plea came on the first day of a two-day hearing on Sweden's demand for Mr. Assange's extradition to answer accusations of improper sexual conduct made by two women he met in Stockholm last August. He denies the allegations. Mr. Assange, who is supported by a number of high-profile public figures including writers and artists, was arrested here in December on a European arrest warrant and spent nine days in a London jail before being released on bail under strict conditions.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2011/02/08/stories/2011020866382100.htm

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Pak debars NIA team from quizzing 26/11 masterminds

February 08

Pakistan has refused permission to the National Investigation Agency to visit that country to interrogate the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks masterminds and gather evidence against them.

The refusal came at a time when India is considering a request from Pakistan to send a judicial commission here to interview key witnesses in connection with the trial of seven suspects in the attacks case.

In a communique, Islamabad conveyed to New Delhi that the law of that country does not allow a probe by any foreign agency in any case there, sources said.

It conveyed that Pakistan’s request to send a commission to India cannot be equated with the Indian plea as Islamabad has sent the request following a court proceeding. Islamabad also told New Delhi that there was no Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty between the two countries and so the request cannot be accepted.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/316199/Pak-debars-NIA-team-from-quizzing-26/11-masterminds.html

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Obama sure of representative, responsive Govt

S Rajagopalan

February 08

US President Barack Obama is convinced that there is no looking back for Egypt now, voicing his confidence about the country getting a representative and responsive Government in the wake of the current uprising against three decades of Hosni Mubarak’s rule.

In an interview to Fox News, Obama discounted the possibility of Muslim Brotherhood grabbing power, saying, “I think that the Muslim Brotherhood is one faction in Egypt. They don’t have majority support in Egypt.” He, however, conceded that the well-organised Brotherhood has strains of ideology that are undoubtedly anti-US.

As Obama put it, “Egypt is not going to go back to what it was. The Egyptian people want freedom. They want free and fair elections. They want a representative Government. They want a responsive Government. And so, what we’ve said is: you have to start a transition now.”

Obama, however, could not hazard a guess precisely when Mubarak will step down, saying “only he knows what he’s going to do” and noting that in the ultimate analysis, the US cannot dictate his course.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/316120/Obama-sure-of-representative-responsive-Govt.html

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Pak radical groups plan protest ahead of V-day

February 08,

Valentine’s Day is still a good week away but radical groups in Pakistan have started sharpening their knives to kill Cupid.

The Tehrik Tahaffuz Namoos-e-Risalat, an alliance of religious groups formed to oppose the repeal or amendment of Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy law, has announced it will launch a protest in Lahore on February 14 to save the country from “secular” forces.

Muhammad Ali Naqashbandi, the grouping’s secretary general, announced that the alliance’s supporters would protest during a rally in front of Data Darbar shrine on Valentine’s Day, The Express Tribune newspaper reported.

“We will mark February 14 as a black day, contrary to the followers of the West, who observe the day as Valentine’s Day,” said Naqashbandi.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/316109/Pak-radical-groups-plan-protest-ahead-of-V-day.html

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Ground zero of protests takes on a festive mood amid gloom

February 08, 2011

TAHRIR Square, the scene of deadly battles with firebombs, rocks, horses and camels just last week, has taken on a carnival mood in the past few days. Inside Cairo’s main square, musicians stroll, men read poetry to the crowd and vendors hawk potato chips, tea, hot food and even socks as demonstrators try to establish an enduring presence in their campaign to demand Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster.

Fruit vendor Ashraf Gaber, 30, asked people to express themselves in a few words, then wrote their thoughts on the pieces of A4 paper that he placed on a stack besides him. “We have to make the people happy!” Gaber shouted. “Express what is in your hearts!” he told the crowd.

Nearby, crowds of young men and women cheered as Fadi Mikhael, 29, strummed an oud, or Arabic lute, to a Western beat. “We won’t be quiet! Raise your voice!” he sang on a stage, his voice amplified by four powerful speakers. The crowd clapped and repeated the chorus.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Muslim sect in Nigeria demands troop withdrawal

Feb 8, 2011

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: A radical Muslim sect responsible for killings across northeastern Nigeria demanded Monday that troops withdraw from the troubled region and that the government rebuild destroyed mosques.

A spokesman for the sect, known locally as Boko Haram, issued the demand after the group recently claimed responsibility for killing seven people, including the dominant gubernatorial candidate in Borno state.

The spokesman, who identified himself as Abu Suleiman, told the BBC’s Hausa language service that the sect would not stop its attacks until the government met the conditions.

“People’s security of lives and property are in the hands of almighty God,” the man said in a radio interview. “The soldiers deployed to Borno state and some neighboring states may not bring an end to the serial attacks and killings in Maiduguri.” Authorities thought they destroyed Boko Haram in 2009 after Nigeria’s military crushed its mosque into concrete shards, and its leader was arrested and died in police custody. But now, a year later, Maiduguri and surrounding villages again live in fear of the group. Western diplomats also worry that the sect is catching the attention of Al-Qaeda’s North Africa branch.

Last week, the group claimed responsibility for the killing of Modu Fannami Gubio, a candidate of the All Nigeria People’s Party, and six others through posters pasted at the post office, railway station and other locations in Maiduguri.

This isn’t the first time the group has issued demands through the BBC. In October, the group demanded an amnesty deal from the Nigerian government, as well as the right to again practice their religion openly.

In the past, the group has demanded the implementation of a strict version of Shariah law in Nigeria, a country split between a predominantly Christian south and Muslim north. A dozen states in northern Nigeria already have a version of Shariah law in place, though they remain ruled by secular governments.

http://arabnews.com/world/article253563.ece

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Police, opposition supporters clash in Bangladesh

RUMA PAUL

Feb 7, 2011

DHAKA: Police used water cannons and batons to disperse hundreds of supporters of Bangladesh’s main opposition party who went on strike on Monday to demand early parliamentary elections to force the ruling party from power.

Scores of protesters were wounded in clashes with police, witnesses said, and media reported that at least 70 activists were detained.

Analysts did not expect the general strike, the third by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina took office in early 2009, to bring forward the date of the 2013 general election.

But it is a large-scale challenge by the BNP, emboldened by its success at municipal polls, and adds to the woes of Hasina’s government, already struggling with discontent over high prices, lacking public services as well as the crash in the stock market, a main source of income for many in this impoverished country.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article253186.ece

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Drop in number of Egypt’s Umrah pilgrims feared

MUHAMMAD HUMAIDAN

Feb 7, 2011

JEDDAH: More than 560,000 Egyptians who annually come to Saudi Arabia for Umrah may not be able to make it this season due to the ongoing civil unrest in Egypt, according to a senior Saudi official.

“The incidents in Egypt and other Arab countries will adversely affect the Umrah season, because we are talking about more than half a million pilgrims that may not be able to make the journey to the Kingdom,” Saad Jameel Al-Qurashi, chairman of the National Committee for Haj and Umrah at the Saudi Council of Chambers, told Arab News Monday. He said Egyptian pilgrims usually come for Umrah in the month Rabie Al-Awwal. According to Al-Qurashi, Saudi Umrah companies annually make profits of more than SR750 million from Egyptian pilgrims.

He said recent events in Tunisia might also deter Tunisian pilgrims from making the Umrah journey to the Kingdom.

“Though they do not go exceed 40,000 every year, their absence could still have an adverse effect on the success of the season,” he said. He estimated the annual intake of Algerian Umrah pilgrims to be around 80,000.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article253705.ece

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We can’t return home yet, say families who’ve been told to vacate apartments

FATIMA SIDIYA

Feb 7, 2011

JEDDAH: Families who were displaced following last month’s floods and housed by the authorities in furnished apartments across Jeddah have been told to return to their homes by Saturday, something that they say they are unable to do because their homes are still uninhabitable.

Among those displaced are three families who are all related and were placed in one furnished apartment. “We live in Al-Harazat area. The entire area was damaged and our house is in a miserable condition. We’re staying here temporarily, but we’re unsure what will come next,” said Um Omar.

Another woman who lives along with her 12 family members in Wadi Muraikh, which is near Um Al-Khair, said their home was also badly affected by rains one month ago. “But the floods on Wednesday were even worse. Our walls were collapsing in front of our eyes and people were looking at us hopelessly. We can’t go back, the Civil Defense gave us an extra 10 days to stay at this furnished apartment. If they take a look at our home, they can tell there is no way back,” she added.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article253703.ece

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Tourists preferring Madinah to Jeddah

YOUSUF MUHAMMAD

Feb 7, 2011

MADINAH: The holy city of Madinah has emerged as a popular destination for families during the school mid-year vacation ahead of Jeddah due to the recent floods and rains there.

Since Wednesday, the last day of school, Madinah started to bustle with visitors from various parts of the Kingdom and other GCC countries.

Subsequently, trade flourished particularly in the central area close to the Prophet's Mosque. According to hoteliers, occupancy rose to about 60 percent.

Many Madinah residents who used to spend the mid-year school vacation in Jeddah decided to steer clear.

Instead, they opted to go to Al-Baydha public park, 30 km northwest of the Prophet's Mosque and also to the nearby city of Rabigh on the Red Sea. The Al-Baydha area is famous for its beautiful scenery, high mountains and moderate weather.

“The desert spots and public parks in Madinah are the only options for me now in view of the rains and floods in Jeddah,” said Madinah resident Ahmad Ashraf. He said he used to take his family to Jeddah during the mid-year school vacation to visit family and friends and spend time on the beach. “The rains and floods forced me to look for other places. I may spend part of the vacation in Yanbu.”

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article253693.ece

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Chechen rebel leader claims Moscow airport bombing

Feb 7, 2011

MOSCOW: Chechen rebel chief Doku Umarov has claimed responsibility for last month’s bombing at Moscow’s main airport that killed 36 people, after an earlier warning to make 2011 a year of “blood and tears.”

“This operation was carried out on my order,” he said in a video posted late Monday on the Kavkaz Centre website, referring to the January 24 suicide attack at Domodedovo airport.

Umarov said he was acting in the name of Allah and the aim of the audacious attack was to set up an independent Islamic state in the North Caucasus.

He said it was also to avenge Russian “crimes” in the region and underlined that the blast was purposely staged at the international arrivals hall as the aim was to kill foreigners.

Rights activists have long criticised tactics in raids against militants in the North Caucasus — known by the authorities as special operations — for being overly brutal and targeting civilians as well as suspects.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/08/chechen-rebel-leader-claims-moscow-airport-bombing.html

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Jury convicts US Pakistani TV executive of beheading wife

February 08, 2011

 

In this file photo made available by Bridges TV, Muzzammil Hassan, and his wife Aasiya Hassan, of Orchard Park, NY, are shown. Hassan, the founder of a Muslim-oriented New York television station has been convicted of beheading his wife in 2009. A jury on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 rejected his claim he was the victim of spousal abuse. – AP Photo

BUFFALO: The founder of a Muslim-oriented New York television station was convicted Monday of beheading his wife in 2009 in the studio the couple had opened to counter negative stereotypes of Muslims after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Muzzammil “Mo” Hassan never denied that he killed Aasiya Hassan inside the suburban Buffalo station the couple established to promote cultural understanding. A jury deliberated for one hour before rejecting his claim that the killing was justified because he was long abused by and afraid of his wife.

The Pakistan-born Hassan, 46, had been served with divorce papers a week before his wife’s body was found at the offices of Bridges TV in Orchard Park, where the couple also lived. Hassan was arrested after walking into the Orchard Park police station Feb. 12, 2009, and calmly telling officers his wife, who was slender and shorter than him, was dead.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/08/jury-convicts-us-pakistani-tv-executive-of-beheading-wife.html

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‘Afghan Taliban would be open to talks’

From Cherry Ferguson

February 08, 2011

LONDON – Afghan Taliban leaders would be willing to break with al Qaeda to end the war in Afghanistan, but U.S. policy is creating younger, more radicalized fighters less open to a peace deal, a report released Monday said.

The report, by Kandahar-based researchers Alex Strick van Linschoten and Felix Kuehn, said the Taliban could be willing to ensure Afghanistan was not used as a base for terrorism.

U.S. policy, however, including attempts to fragment the Taliban, "are changing the insurgency, inadvertently creating opportunities for al Qaeda to achieve its objectives," the report released by New York University (NYU) said.

It argued the relationship between the Taliban and al Qaeda was strained both before and after the September 11 2001 attacks, partly because of their very different ideological roots. Al Qaeda grew out of militant Islamism in the Middle East, notably in Egypt, which -- when fused with the war against the Soviets in Afghanistan -- created its own view of global jihad.

Taliban leaders grew up in rural southern Afghanistan, isolated from world events. Many were too young to play a big role in the Afghan jihad, and had no close ties to al Qaeda until after they took power in 1996.

"The relationship between al Qaeda and the Taliban during the second half of the 1990s was complicated and often tense," the report said. "The two groups knew little about each other."

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/0211/08/FrontPage/index.php?id=12

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Iraq to sign Akkas gas contract

February 08, 2011

BAGHDAD - Iraq plans to sign an agreement this month to develop the Akkas natural gas field, the biggest of three gas deposits for which it awarded licences last year, the head of the Oil Ministry’s licensing department said.

“Everything is ready, and we are waiting for the exact date to be set for the initial agreement for the development of Akkas field,” Abdul Mahdi Al Ameedi said in a telephone interview yesterday.

“I confirm that the agreement will be signed this month.”

The ministry had originally planned to sign the contract on November 14 with Korea Gas, known as Kogas, and KazMunaiGaz National, Kazakhstan’s state fuel producer. province, where the field is located, had expressed concern that all of the gas from Akkas would be exported at no benefit to local residents.

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/0211/08/Business/index.php?id=1

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Iraqi flour prices triple

February 08, 2011

BAGHDAD - Iraq’s flour prices have tripled over the last two months because of shortages in imported wheat supplies, threatening to push up food prices that have already stirred protests in some poorer parts of the country.

Iraq is one of the world’s largest wheat importers and much of the government’s budget is spent on a food ration program that supplies 60 percent of Iraqis. Merchants and traders said prices had spiked as officials had been unable to supply flour.

“When there is no flour in food rations for a month, market prices go up as people need this important staple and will continue to buy it,” said Mustafa Kadhim, 30, a flour merchant in the main wholesale market in eastern Baghdad.

In Baghdad markets, a 50-kilogram sack of flour which sold at 10,000 Iraqi dinars, or $8.50, two months ago, now sells for 30,000 dinars, or $26, a bag, according to local merchants.

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/0211/08/Business/index.php?id=4

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Hundreds of Afghan fighters to lay down arms: NATO

February 08, 2011

KABUL: As many as 900 Afghan fighters have agreed to lay down their arms, a senior NATO official said on Monday, but it is too soon to say if a drive to bring in low-level fighters can be decisive in curbing bloodshed.

Major General Philip Jones, who leads NATO support of the Afghan government’s efforts to broker peace with various terrorist factions, said reintegration of local fighters had begun in earnest three or four months ago.

“The pace of people coming into the programme has picked up, but the initial steps are the first in a very long process of trying to build peace,” Jones told reporters in Kabul.

“It’s a tough and complicated and very human process at all levels, but of course it would be after 20 years of war and 10 years of insurgency.”

Yet many thousands more full – or part-time fighters from the Taliban and other terrorist groups will need to halt their hostilities if Afghanistan is to emerge from bloodshed. reuters

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\02\08\story_8-2-2011_pg7_4

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Burundi arrests eight Pakistani preachers

February 08, 2011

BUJUMBURA: Burundian police arrested eight Pakistani Muslim preachers in a mosque in the central province of Gitega overnight, police and local officials said on Monday.

“A group of eight people calling themselves Pakistani Muslim preachers arrived two days ago and started holding unauthorised meetings, day and night, in the Bihororo mosque,” local official Alexis Manirakiza said.

“Residents became suspicious at the presence of these foreigners in a remote area at a time when there is a terror threat from Somali rebels and they informed the police,” he said.

The eight were arrested, together with two Burundians who were with them.

A police officer who asked not to be named said the eight were travelling on Pakistani passports.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\02\08\story_8-2-2011_pg7_5

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Sufi again refuses to hire lawyer to defend him

February 08, 2011

PESHAWAR: Chief of proscribed Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM) Sufi Mohammad on Monday again refused to hire a lawyer or engage state’s counsel to defend him in nine different cases.

Sufi Mohammad is facing charges of sedition, conspiring against the state and encouraging terrorism. The public prosecutor said that there were also a host of other charges against him including Section 302 and 324 of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

Sources close to the trial of TNSM chief in Peshawar Central Prison said that anti-terrorism court judge Asim Imam adjourned five cases lodged in Temargara Police Station of Dir District against Sufi Mohammad, TNSM leader Maulana Khalid and others till March 7 after official witnesses and lawyers of other accused in the cases remained absent. On January 17, the anti-terrorism court judge had framed charges against Sufi Mohammad and others in nine different cases related to Swat and Dir districts of Malakand Division.

The court is hearing five of these cases separately and four separately. The court on January 31 had adjourned the four cases lodged in Mingora, Kabal and Matta police stations of Swat district against Sufi Mohammad and others till February 14 after recording statements of some official witnesses.

The sources said that the judge once again gave a chance to Sufi Mohammad to hire a lawyer or the court would arrange a state lawyer to defend him in the cases, but he refused straightaway saying he did not believe in current judicial system as it was not in accordance with Sharia law.

The public prosecutor informed the media men that the government had reopened old cases dating back to 1994 against the TNSM chief and he was also facing fresh cases lodged in Mingora and Saidu Sharif police stations of Swat. One of the cases registered at Mingora Police Station pertained to the killing of PPP MPA Badiuz Zaman at a hotel in Swat allegedly by the TNSM activists.

He said that Sufi Mohammad was also facing charges of sedition, conspiring against the state and encouraging terrorism in Malakand Division. Due to security concerns, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government had decided to run the trial of Sufi Muhammad and other accused in the Peshawar Central Prison.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\02\08\story_8-2-2011_pg7_14

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Prof Dr Naeem appointed Jinnah University for Women VC

February 08, 2011

KARACHI: Prof Dr Naeem Faruqui has been appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of the Jinnah University for Women, Karachi. A spokesperson of the institution said on Monday that he has taken over the charge of the office. Prof Faruqui replaces Prof Dr Riaz Ahmed Hashmi, who stepped down after remaining in office for 12 years. He cited personal reasons while resigning from the post, the spokesperson further pointed out. The new incumbent was earlier serving the university as its Pro Vice-Chancellor for the past over six months. app

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\02\08\story_8-2-2011_pg12_12

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Nine stabbed to death in Mandi Bahauddin

February 08, 2011

MANDI BAHAUDDIN: At least nine persons of a family including children and women have been stabbed to death in Qadirabad area in Madi Bahauddin on early Tuesday, Geo News reported.

According to DPO Abdul Rab, in a Makhdoon town – an area of Qadirabad, located in the suburb of Mandi Bahauddin district, at least nine persons of a family were killed with a sharp knife while all deceased were fast asleep in a house.

Those killed include three women and four minor children, police sources told Geo News.

DPO called the heinous crime a result of old family feud, adding that police have kicked off investigation and started carrying out raids to arrest offenders.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=10803

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Roof collapse kills five in Skardu

February 08, 2011

SKARDU: At least five persons have been crushed to death and three others sustained wounds after the roof of their house collapsed due to rough weather and incessant downpours in a village located in the outskirt of Skardu on early Tuesday, Geo News reported.

The house was in fragile condition, witnesses said, adding that at least eight persons were present in house at the time of accident including two women and a child.

Area people waited for no rescue officials to kick off rescue activities after the accident and took out dead bodies of five persons and rescued three injured men from debris.

Injured and deceased persons have been shifted to hospital for medical attainment, hospital sources said.

No rescue efforts were witnessed from police officials and government authorities in the area, residents claimed.

 http://www.thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=10801

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Imran urges people to come out for ‘change’

February 07, 2011

LAHORE: Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Imran Khan Monday urging people to come out on streets as call for change was knocking at their doors, Geo News reported.

Addressing a public meeting outside Data Darbar, Imran Khan said the youth want to see the country as Quad-e-Azam’s Pakistan.

“Come out on streets if you want to get justice and secure your rights,” he emphatically urged the people.

He said the case of Raymond Davis should be decided in Pakistani courts and that the American national should prove his innocence within the territorial boundaries of this country.

The TI Chief said that Islamabad and Raiwind had only been pretending to be in a fight with each other. “Their fighting is only a façade, actually they are just like brothers,” he added.

He said Pakistan could become a great nation, if corruption was eliminated from the country.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=10781

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President Zardari calls Nawaz Sharif

February 06, 2011

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari Friday night telephoned PML-N Quaid Mian Mohammed Nawaz Sharif.

Spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar said that current political situation was discussed during the telephonic conversation between the two leaders.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=10642

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New vistas to open for a 'dead' airline

February 08, 2011

Karachi – Pakistan International Airline with huge losses and less operating revenue and exorbitant number of employees has embarked upon a proposed joint marketing operation with Turkish Airlines and if the same is materialised it would open up new vistas for the “dead” airline which needs huge pumping of funds for the existing position of national carrier which is trying its desperate for revival and financial turnaround under the leadership of Capt. Aijaz Haroon Ahmed.

Speaking with a detailed briefing for around two hours at the apex private sector Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry before the leading industrialists and traders, the PIA Managing Director said the final arrangement has to be approved by the government whereas Pakistan through this operation and cooperation could have a total turnaround with almost every day any-where destination from Pakistan’s three major stations namely Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad to over one hundred global stations in any part of the world.

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/0211/08/Business/index.php?id=2

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