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'Muslim Patrol' Vigilantes Force London Women to Cover Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arab World

Shiites targeted again as violence continues in Iraq

Exodus of Christians who fear the new regime in Egypt

Twin suicide blasts hit south of Damascus

More than 100 killed in Darfur tribal conflict: UN

Prince Alwaleed and Princess Ameerah ranked ‘among most influential Saudis’

 

Southeast Asia

Eleven-Year-Old Indonesian Girl Allegedly Raped By Her Own Father

Diocese nixes Islamic teaching in Catholic schools

Indonesian Hostage in Algerian Refinery Attack Freed Unharmed

 

India

Sonia Gandhi tells Pakistan's Hina Rabbani Khar to be 'civil'

Asaduddin Owaisi likely to be arrested in 2005 case

Things under control in LoC: Army chief

Can't disclose information on Kasab: Maharashtra

NIA arrests Dinesh Devra for Malegaon blasts, more could follow

Scared Pakistani doctors in Hyderabad want to return

 

Pakistan

Balochistan Governor reshuffles top bureaucracy

Investigating officer of Pakistan PM graft case found dead

Relief for Pakistan govt as deal ends Islamabad demonstration

Catholic Church seeks apology from Malik

Continue peace process with Pakistan, Mufti to PM

Chief Justice has an agenda: Pak PM’s aide

Sharif, Pagara vow to uphold democracy

Zardari summons parliament

Pakistan has world's fastest growing nuclear stockpile

'Triumphant' Pak cleric Qadri refuses to relent

Pak legislator, 3 others gunned down in Karachi

Pak govt blinks on day 4, inks deal with Qadri

 

North America

Pakistani-Canadian Rana's sentence should send tough message to terrorists: US

US Reject Report That Syria Used Chemical Weapons

US recognizes first Somali government in two decades

Mumbai attacks: Tahawwur Rana sentenced to 14 years in jail

 

South Asia

Taliban intends to open school in Afghanistan

Hizb-ut Tawhid man held: Bangladesh

Japan urges Algeria to halt military operation 'immediately'

20 hurt, 6 of them bullet-hit, in gunfight by rival villagers

 

Africa

35 hostages, 15 kidnappers killed in Algeria

Tunisia jails 16 for one month over art violence

Qaddafi's son faces Libyan court for first time on security charges

Mali army claims 'total control' of Konna

Algerian kidnapper Belmokhtar: Islamist or brigand?

Algeria hostage crisis not over yet, Islamists make new threat

 

Mideast Asia

Dozens of Israelis giving away their votes to Palestinians on Facebook

More than 1.3 million child labourers in Yemen

Jailed Iranian rights lawyer Sotoudeh temporarily freed

No deal in UN-Iran nuclear talks, new meeting scheduled

Netanyahu faces Israel vote, confident of victory

 

Europe

'Muslim Patrol' Vigilantes Force London Women To Cover Up

Leader of Chechen Republic accuses U.S. religious freedom report for Chechnya of bias

UN expecting 700,000 more Malian refugees

UK Foreign Office says Algeria crisis is not over

Hostages still held after Algeria raid, UK says

Less than 30 Britons ‘at risk’ in Algeria, says Cameron

World capitals brace for final toll in bloody Algeria siege

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Exodus of Christians who fear the new regime in Egypt

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'Muslim Patrol' Vigilantes Force London Women to Cover Up

Jan 18, 2013

LODON: An Islamic vigilante group has been confronting people in a London suburb asking women to cover up and to give up alcohol claiming they were living an 'unclean life', prompting authorities to clamp down.

The men, who operate hooded calling themselves 'Muslim Patrol', have uploaded videos of their exploits on the YouTube, the Daily Mail reported.

The three-minute video labelled 'The Truth About Saturday Night' has caused a stir online and shows the men walking London's streets and forcing a passerby to put a can of lager away, telling him they are the Muslim Patrol and that alcohol is a 'forbidden evil'.

They are also seen telling a group of women 'they need to forbid themselves from dressing like this and exposing themselves outside the mosque', the report said.

Scotland Yard says it is investigating the case. Muslim groups have, however, condemned them for their hard-line views and approach.

"We live in the UK and we are governed by UK law, there should be no mob rule. If people are involved in this behaviour then it is worrying but it is an isolated incident", Mohammed Shafiq, the chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, a Muslim organisation which campaigns for a peaceful co-existence among communities, said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/Muslim-Patrol-vigilantes-force-London-women-to-cover-up/articleshow/18074534.cms

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Arab World

 

Shiites targeted again as violence continues in Iraq

 18 January 2013

Insurgents unleashed a string of bomb attacks mainly targeting Shiite Muslim pilgrims across Iraq on Thursday, killing at least 22 people and extending a wave of deadly bloodshed into a second day.

The eruption of violence follows nearly two weeks of relative calm, and threatens to inflame rising tensions among Iraq’s ethnic and sectarian groups.

The worst attack took place near Dujail, 80 km north of Baghdad, where a pair of car bombs exploded near pilgrims who were travelling on foot to a shrine in the town of Samarra.

The head of the Salahuddin provincial health directorate, Raed Ibrahim, said 11 people were killed and more than 60 were wounded in that attack.

“We heard thunderous explosions, and everybody went outside and saw burning cars and several bodies on the ground. Market stalls on both sides of the road were on fire,” said Naseer Hadi, who works in the Dujail post office.

The pilgrims were heading to Samarra to commemorate the death of two prominent Shiite Imams who are buried in the al-Askari shrine there.

A 2006 bombing at the gold-domed shrine that was blamed on al-Qaeda in Iraq set off years of retaliatory bloodshed between Sunni and Shiite extremists that left thousands of Iraqis dead and pushed the country to the brink of civil war.

The attacks in Dujail came hours after a car bomb struck a bus carrying foreign pilgrims near the southern Shiite holy city of Karbala.

Nusaif al-Kitabi, deputy chairman of the Karbala provincial council, said the bus was carrying pilgrims from Afghanistan.

In the town of Qassim, 125 km south of Baghdad, a parked car bomb exploded near a bus stop, killing five people and wounding 20. The casualties included Shiite pilgrims who were heading to Karbala.

Shiite pilgrims are a favourite target for Sunni insurgents who seek to undermine the country’s Shiite-led government and provoke a return to sectarian fighting.

In north-eastern Baghdad, a roadside bomb apparently meant to hit an army patrol missed its target and struck a civilian car, killing 2 passengers and wounding two others, said officials.

Thursday’s bloodshed comes a day after a wave of attacks killed at least 33 people across Iraq in the country’s deadliest day in more than a month.

The worst of Wednesday’s attacks struck in the northern city of Kirkuk, where a car bomb hit outside the offices of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, killing 19. The KDP is led by Massoud Barzani, the president of Iraq’s largely autonomous Kurdish region, who has frequently sparred with the central government in Baghdad.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/shiites-targeted-again-as-violence-continues-in-iraq/article4316417.ece

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Exodus of Christians who fear the new regime in Egypt

By Richard Spencer, London Telegraph

January 17, 2013

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt — Tens of thousands of Egyptian Christians are leaving the country following the revolution and Islamist political takeover, priests and community leaders say.

Coptic Christian churches in the United States say they are having to expand to cope with new arrivals, as priests in cities such as Cairo and Alexandria talk of a new climate of fear and uncertainty.

“Most of our people are afraid,” says Father Mina Adel, a priest at the Church of Two Saints in Alexandria. “Not a few are leaving — for America, Canada and Australia. Dozens of families from this church alone are trying to go, too.”

Father Mina’s church has an important place in the history of the Arab Spring.

It was struck by a car bomb on New Year’s Eve 2010, Egypt’s worst sectarian attack in recent decades, in which 23 people were killed.

After the bombing, liberal Muslims staged protests in support of Christians, printing posters showing the cross and the crescent interlinked which then went on to be a symbol of unity during the Tahrir Square protests three weeks later.

But the victory of the Muslim Brotherhood in parliamentary and presidential elections has changed the mood, particularly as the biggest opposition party is the even more hardline Salafist movement, which wants strict Islamic law implemented.

“Salafis meet Christian girls in the street and order them to cover their hair,” Father Mina said. “Sometimes they hit them when they refuse.”

President Mohammed Morsi has promised to respect Christians’ rights, and issued a New Year message insisting Egypt was “one homeland for all”.

But several Brotherhood leaders and clerics issued thinly veiled threats against Christians during protests in late 2012, accusing them of being part of a plot to overthrow the government.

The biggest change in attitudes has come since the passing of a new constitution giving Islamic law more prominence. “With the new constitution and the majority in parliament I don’t believe we can be treated on an equal basis,” said Nader, a congregation leader in Cairo’s Church of St. Mary and St. John the Baptist.

He said he knew a dozen families who had left already and 40 or 50 more friends who had applied — including, he added, liberal Muslim families unhappy with the prospect of more restrictive laws.

There were two Coptic churches in the U.S. 40 years ago. Now there are 200.

The most recent opened in Arlington, outside Washington, last year.

“We are trying to accommodate all of the new arrivals,” said Atef Yacoub, a member of the area’s Coptic community. “People are coming and staying by applying for asylum or seeking employment visas.”

One estimate put the number of Coptic emigrants in 2011 at 100,000, of whom more than 40,000 went to the U.S. For most Christians, estimated to number between six and eight million of Egypt’s 85 million population, flight is not an option, and many say the fear of Islamist takeover is worse than the reality so far.

Nader said things could improve and he could change his mind. “As Christians, we are in God’s hands, but I have a daughter, and I want her to be safe too.”

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/life/Egypt+exodus+Christians+fear+regime/7833191/story.html#ixzz2IJb3nj6f

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Twin suicide blasts hit south of Damascus

Jan 18, 2013

BEIRUT: Syrian state TV says rebels linked to al-Qaida group detonated cars filled with explosives near a mosque in southern Syria, causing many casualties.

The state-run TV says the suicide attacks occurred as worshippers were leaving a mosque following Friday prayers in the city of Daraa, south of Damascus.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Twin-suicide-blasts-hit-south-of-Damascus/articleshow/18076755.cms

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More than 100 killed in Darfur tribal conflict: UN

 Khartoum

The UN and African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan says more than 100 people have been killed and other 70,000 displaced from their homes because of recent tribal warfare in Darfur.

The United Nation-African Union Mission in Darfur says in a report issued Thursday that the deaths and displacement resulted from clashes between the Abbala and Beni Hussein tribes in Jabel Amir, the site of gold mines in North Darfur state in western Sudan.

Darfur has been in turmoil since 2003, when ethnic Africans rebelled, accusing the Arab-dominated Sudanese government of discrimination. Rights groups charge the regime retaliated by unleashing Arab militias on civilians.

The UN estimates that 300,000 people have died and 2.7 million have been displaced in the long-running conflict.

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=44078

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Prince Alwaleed and Princess Ameerah ranked ‘among most influential Saudis’

 18 January 2013

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company and chairman of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation-Global and Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel, vice-chairwoman and secretary general of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation, were ranked among the most influential Saudis in the world recently by The Christian Science Monitor.

Prince Alwaleed is known for using his wealth and media holdings to press for more modernization in Saudi society, and greater cultural understanding between Islamic countries and the West.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/prince-alwaleed-and-princess-ameerah-ranked-%E2%80%98among-most-influential-saudis%E2%80%99

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Southeast Asia

 

Eleven-Year-Old Girl Allegedly Raped By Her Own Father

January 18, 2013

The 11-year-old girl who died in Jakarta following a sexual assault was allegedly raped by her own father, the Jakarta Police said on Thursday,

“The results of the investigation into the case of R.I. reveal that she was the victim of underage sexual abuse. The suspect is none other than R.I.’s own father, whose initial is S.,” Jakarta Police Chief Ins. Gen. Putut Eko Bayuseno said in the capital on Friday.

Putut added that the police named the girl’s father as a suspect based on several pieces of evidence, including witness testimonies, doctor’s reports, psychologist’s statements and forensic results.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/eleven-year-old-girl-allegedly-raped-by-her-own-father/566243

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Diocese nixes Islamic teaching in Catholic schools

Indra Harsaputra

 January 18 2013

The Catholic Diocese of Surabaya, East Java, is saying that the local office of the Religious Affairs Ministry has misrepresented its position on the religious education of Muslim students at Catholic schools.

“We have been politicized and our statements have been spun by the ministry as if we agreed to the request to provide Islamic instruction for Muslim students,” Rev. Agustinus Tri Budi Utomo, the diocese’s vicar-general, told The Jakarta Post over the telephone on Thursday.

Agustinus said that reports were in error stating that two Catholic foundations in Blitar, East Java, had agreed with the local ministry office to implement a local ordinance requiring Muslim students to be able to read and write Koranic verses.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/01/18/diocese-nixes-islamic-teaching-catholic-schools.html

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Indonesian Hostage in Algerian Refinery Attack Freed Unharmed

Dessy Sagita | January 18, 2013

An Indonesian national has been rescued alive and unharmed after he and 40 other foreigners were kept hostage by Islamist militants in Algeria.

The foreign ministry, which announced the information in a statement on Friday, only identified the national by the person’s initials, A.A., and did not give details on when and how the citizen was rescued or freed.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/indonesian-hostage-in-algerian-refinery-attack-freed-unharmed/566262

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India

 

Sonia Gandhi tells Pakistan's Hina Rabbani Khar to be 'civil'

Jan 18 2013

Jaipur : With Pakistan FM using extremely uncivil language while describing India's 'billions' and then letting lose her shocking and haughty 'war-mongering' remark, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, at the party's Chintan Shivir said 'civilised behaviour' is must.

With beheading of an Indian soldier clearly weighing on her mind, Gandhi said India's dialogue with immediate neighbours must be based on accepted principles of civilised behaviour, in an apparent reference to Pakistan.

"Better and closer relations with our immediate neighbours will not only make for regional peace - they will also have a positive impact on some of our own border states.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/sonia-gandhi-tells-pakistans-hina-rabba.../1061357/

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Asaduddin Owaisi likely to be arrested in 2005 case

 Jan 18, 2013

HYDERABAD: Leader of the Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (MIM) party Asaduddin Owaisi may be arrested in connection with a case filed against him in 2005, officials said.

The MIM leader, who is the lone Member of Parliament in the only Muslim representative party in Andhra Pradesh is also the older brother of Akbaruddin Owaisi, the MIM legislator, arrested for delivering a hate speech last month in Nirmal town in the southern state.

Police said Owaisi senior way back in 2005 had obstructed a road widening project in Medak district and threatened the then district collector with dire consequences after police said a place of worship had to be removed.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen-chief-Asaduddin-Owaisi-likely-to-be-arrested-in-2005-case/articleshow/18076626.cms

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Things under control in LoC: Army chief

Jan 18, 2013

BHOPAL: Indian Army chief General Bikram Singh on Friday visited the family of Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh, who was brutally killed by Pakistani troops in Jammu and Kashmir January 8, and assured them of financial help besides a job to a family member.

Regarding the situation in the line of control (Loc), he said "things are under control."

"The family will get a sum of Rs 42 lakh and other facilities. I have also handed over to soldier's father a letter of employment to any member in the family. They are part of our extended family and we will take care of them," he said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Things-under-control-in-LoC-Army-chief/articleshow/18075900.cms

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Can't disclose information on Kasab: Maharastra

Jan 18, 2013

MUMBAI: Disclosing any information on Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab, who was hanged on November 21, 2012 in Pune's Yerwada Central Jail, could affect India's sovereignty and strategic interests, the Maharashtra government has told a Right to Information (RTI) activist.

Leading RTI activist Anil Gangali was informed that disclosure of any information on Kasab, including his mercy petition to the president and autopsy report, "could adversely affect the country's sovereignty and integrity, security, strategic, scientific or economic interests".

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Cant-disclose-information-on-Kasab-Maharastra/articleshow/18076240.cms

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NIA arrests Dinesh Devra for Malegaon blasts, more could follow

Jan 18, 2013

NEW DELHI: Malegaon blasts of 2006 could see more arrests of hitherto unidentified people. National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday detained and questioned one Dinesh Devra in connection with the Samjhauta Express and Malegaon blasts from a suburban town of Indore district, sources said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/NIA-arrests-man-for-Malegaon-blasts-more-could-follow/articleshow/18068687.cms

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Scared Pakistani doctors in Hyderabad want to return

Jan 18, 2013

HYDERABAD: Rattled by threats from BJP's youth wing, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, a tense Lahore businessman Javed Iqbal and many of his compatriots here are packing their bags to leave Hyderabad's biggest fair, 'Numaish'. BJYM threats followed mounting tension between India and Pakistan after ceasefire violations during which one Indian soldier was beheaded and another shot last week.

"We are leaving Hyderabad because of security concerns," said Iqbal, who heads Lahore-based Paras Industries, manufacturers of garments and footwear. The protests have left Iqbal and 10 others at Numaish fair shaken, and they have decided to leave the city on Friday. The organizers said they could not guarantee their safety, prompting them to leave, sources said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Scared-Pakistani-doctors-in-Hyderabad-want-to-return/articleshow/18067571.cms

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Pakistan

 

Balochistan Governor reshuffles top bureaucracy

 Saleem Shahid

QUETTA, Jan 17: After taking over as the chief executive of Balochistan, Governor Zulfiqar Ali Magsi has made a major reshuffle in the provincial bureaucracy and warned that disciplinary action will be taken against officials who use political pressure for transfer and posting.

The governor issued an order on Thursday to his secretariat not to issue any directive to any official regarding postings and transfers.

“Any government official using political pressure and approach for posting and transfer will face strict disciplinary action,” Nawab Magsi warned, adding that all transfers and postings would be made on merit and all powers in this regard would rest with the chief secretary.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/18/magsi-reshuffles-top-bureaucracy/

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Investigating officer of Pakistan PM graft case found dead

 Jan 18, 2013

ISLAMABAD: A senior Pakistani investigator probing graft charges involving Premier Raja Pervez Ashraf was found dead in mysterious circumstances at his official accommodation here on Friday, police said, amid reports that he was "under pressure" due to the high-profile case.

Kamran Faisal, an assistant director of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), was found hanging from a fan in his room at the Federal Lodges in Islamabad, police officials said.

Preliminary investigations suggested he had committed suicide, the officials said.

Islamabad Police chief Bin Yamin told reporters the cause of death would be established by an autopsy.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Investigating-officer-probing-Pakistan-PM-Raja-Pervez-Ashraf-graft-case-found-dead/articleshow/18073523.cms

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Relief for Pakistan govt as deal ends Islamabad demonstration

 18 January 2013

Pakistan’s fiery leader Tahirul Qadri yesterday announced that an agreement has been struck with the government to end his four-day protests that had increased pressure on the country’s fragile coalition government.

After five hours of talks with a 10-member team, Qadri told his supporters that the two sides had finalized an “Islamabad Long March Declaration.”

The government also got some relief when the chief of the state’s anti-corruption agency rejected a Supreme Court order to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf. The court ordered Ashraf’s arrest over allegations of corruption in transactions involving power plant rentals when he was power minister.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/relief-pakistan-govt-deal-ends-islamabad-demonstration

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Catholic Church seeks apology from Malik

 18 January 2013

LAHORE: The Catholic Church in Pakistan has demanded an apology from Interior Minister Rehman Malik for drawing a parallel between the Holy Father and Dr Tahirul Qadri.

In a statement on Thursday, Senior Priest of the Catholic Church in Pakistan Fr Emmanuel Yousaf Mani demanded that Rehman Malik should immediately withdraw unnecessary and provocative remarks.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/18/catholic-church-seeks-apology-from-malik-2/

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Continue peace process with Pakistan, Mufti to PM

Jan 17, 2013

JAMMU: PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Thirsday requested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh not to discontinue the efforts to improve bilateral ties with Pakistan in the wake of tension with the neighbouring country along the Line of Control (LoC).

"We urge Prime Minister not to abandon his Pakistan policy — We express strong disapproval of measures that undermine the peace process," he said while addressing party members here.

"The recent developments have come as a severe setback to the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir," he said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Continue-peace-process-with-Pakistan-Mufti-to-PM/articleshow/18064522.cms

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Chief Justice has an agenda: Pak PM’s aide

Jan 18 2013

New Delhi : Hours after Pakistan’s anti-graft body told the Supreme Court that there was not enough evidence against Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf that could lead to his conviction in a case of alleged corruption, his close aide and political advisor Fawad Chaudhry claimed that “the crisis has already been averted”.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/chief-justice-has-an-agenda-pak-pm-s-aide/1061042/

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Sharif, Pagara vow to uphold democracy

 18 January 2013

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif on Friday met with the Pakistan Muslim League – Functional (PML-F) chief Pir Pagara at Raiwind where both leaders reached consensus that Pakistan’s future lay in a democratic system of government, DawnNews reported.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/18/sharif-pagara-vow-to-uphold-democracy/

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Zardari summons parliament

 18 January 2013

President Asif Ali Zardari has summoned a National Assembly session on Monday, Geo News reported.

The President summoned a session of the lower of Pakistan’s parliament on the advice of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on January 21, 2013 a President House release said. The session, to be held at 4 p.m., will deliberate on the political situation prevailing in the country.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/zardari-summons-parliament/article4319413.ece

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Pakistan has world's fastest growing nuclear stockpile

By Ashis Ray

 Jan 18, 2013

LONDON: Pakistan has the fastest growing nuclear arsenal with around 115 warheads, MIT-educated Pakistani scientist Pervez Hoodbhoy says in a book Confronting the Bomb published by Oxford University Press, which is to be launched in London next week.

Hoodbhoy also maintains Pakistan has made "phenomenal progress in missile making" and that over the next 5-10 years missiles will replace aircraft as far as its delivery of weapons infrastructure is concerned. Ghauri, of course, is virtually imported from North Korea with China's assistance.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-has-worlds-fastest-growing-nuclear-stockpile/articleshow/18069272.cms

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'Triumphant' Pak cleric Qadri refuses to relent

Jan 18, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan-born Canadian cleric Tahirul Qadri said on Friday he reserves the right to take extreme measures if the agreement signed with the government was not implemented.

Qadri, who shook the Pakistan government with his three-day siege of the capital demanding dissolution of parliament, had left for Lahore on Friday morning after signing an agreement with the government on the timing of the general elections.

Claiming his 'long march' as successful and congratulating the entire nation, the Tehrik Minhaj-ul-Quran (TMQ) leader after reaching Lahore told reporters that if the agreement signed with the government was not implemented, they reserved the right to take extreme measures, Geo News reported.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Triumphant-Pak-cleric-Qadri-refuses-to-relent/articleshow/18073896.cms

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Pak legislator, 3 others gunned down in Karachi

Jan 18, 2013

KARACHI: A Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader and three others, including two policemen, were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in this southern Pakistani port city today, triggering protests by the party's workers.

Manzar Imam, a member of the Sindh Assembly, and a bodyguard were killed instantly in Orangi Town area of Karachi.

Two policemen assigned to protect Imam died later in hospital, police officials said.

The attackers, who were riding motorcycles, escaped after the shooting.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pak-legislator-3-others-gunned-down-in-Karachi/articleshow/18069645.cms

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Pak govt blinks on day 4, inks deal with Qadri

 Jan 18, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan government on Thursday agreed to appoint a caretaker prime minister by consensus ahead of the next election as part of a deal struck with fiery cleric Tahir-ul Qadri to end his protest near parliament that had put intense pressure on the country's fragile coalition.

"I congratulate you. Today is the day of victory for the people of Pakistan. You should go home as peacefully as you came here," Qadri told his supporters on the fourth day of his sit-in protest here.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pak-govt-blinks-on-day-4-inks-deal-with-Qadri/articleshow/18069400.cms

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North America

 

Pakistani-Canadian Rana's sentence should send tough message to terrorists: US

 Jan 18, 2013

CHICAGO: The "serious" prison sentence for Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Rana should send a tough message to all individuals planning to indulge in any direct or indirect terrorist activities that they cannot escape detection and punishment, US prosecutors said on Friday.

52-year-old Rana, an accomplice of Mumbai attack terrorist David Headley, was on Thursday sentenced to 14 years in jail followed by five years of supervised release for providing material support to Pakistan-based LeT and for backing a "dastardly" plot to attack a Danish newspaper.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Ranas-sentence-should-send-tough-message-to-terrorists-US/articleshow/18071133.cms

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US Reject Report That Syria Used Chemical Weapons

 17 January 2013

By David Enders,

Employees of the advocacy group Human Rights Watch expressed skepticism Wednesday over a report that a State Department cable had concluded that the Syrian government used chemical weapons last month against rebel-held neighborhoods in the city of Homs.

The group, which has been at the forefront of documenting human rights violations perpetrated during Syria's civil war, said it had received reports of suspected chemical-weapons use in Homs but had been unable to confirm that the incident had taken place.

Full report at:

http://truth-out.org/news/item/13970-human-rights-watch-us-reject-report-that-syria-used-chemical-weapons

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US recognizes first Somali government in two decades

Jan 18, 2013

WASHINGTON: The US has recognized Somalia's government for the first time in more than two decades.

Calling it a milestone in the country's fight against Islamist extremists, secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton made the announcement Thursday alongside Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-recognizes-first-Somali-government-in-two-decades/articleshow/18068147.cms

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Mumbai attacks: Tahawwur Rana sentenced to 14 years in jail

PTJan 17, 2013

CHICAGO: Tahawwur Rana, an accomplice of convicted terrorist David Headley, was today sentenced to 14 years in jail followed by five years of supervised release by a US court for providing material support to Pakistan-based LeT and for backing a plot to strike a Danish newspaper.

52-year-old Pakistani-Canadian Rana was sentenced by the Chicago federal court despite his defence attorneys seeking a lighter sentence of not more than a 9-year jail term, citing his poor health.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Mumbai-attacks-Tahawwur-Rana-sentenced-to-14-years-in-jail/articleshow/18066485.cms

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South Asia

 

Taliban intends to open school in Afghanistan

 17 January 2013

KANDAHAR, January 17 (TCA) — The Taliban’s governing body decided to open schools in the areas controlled by the militants in Afghanistan, the Frontier Post reported.

According to Taliban spokesman Abdul Hai Muthmahien, Mullah Omar and other leaders decided to provide Islamic education in six southern provinces from March.

“The U.S. and its allies are doing propaganda against the Taliban,” Muthmahien said. “Taliban are not against education. The Taliban want Islamic education.”

Full report at:

http://www.timesca.com/index.php/m-news-by-category/social-education-and-health/9850-taliban-intends-to-open-school-in-afghanistan

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Hizb-ut Tawhid man held: Bangladesh

 18 January 2013

Police arrested an alleged member of Islamist outfit Hizb-ut Tawhid at a bus terminal in the district town yesterday. The arrestee is Imran Ali, 20, son of Sayed Ali of Biztoil area under Shah Makhdum police station in Rajshahi. Tajul Islam, sub-inspector at Sadar Model police station, said on a secret information, a team arrested Imran from the terminal area at around 1.30pm when he was distributing leaflets and posters on jihad (Islamic uprising). Police also seized leaflets and posters from his possession, said the SI.

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=265608

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Japan urges Algeria to halt military operation 'immediately'

Jan 17, 2013

TOKYO: Japan has urged Algeria to put an immediate end to the military operation at a gas field where dozens of hostages have reportedly been killed, a senior minister said on Friday.

Vice-foreign minister Minoru Kiuchi, who is now in Algeria, met the country's foreign minister "and urged the Algerian government to stop the operation immediately", chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters in Tokyo.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Japan-urges-Algeria-to-halt-military-operation-immediately/articleshow/18065999.cms

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20 hurt, 6 of them bullet-hit, in gunfight by rival villagers

 18 January 2013

At least 20 people were injured, six of them bullet-hit, in a clash between two rival groups over land dispute in Shibchar upazila yesterday.

Of the injured, six hit by bullets are Arshad Mathbor, Khorshed, Saddam, Abul Hossain, Saidul and Iqbal. They were rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital in critical condition.

Locals and police said, there had been a long standing rivalry between Matbor group and Mollah group at Madhabkandi village of the upazila.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=265597

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Africa

 

35 hostages, 15 kidnappers killed in Algeria

Jan 18, 2013

BAMAKO (Mali): The Algerian military launched an operation on Thursday against armed Islamist extremists holding dozens of hostages at a remote gas field on Thursday, and a top Algerian official said at least four hostages were freed.

The militants claimed that strafing by Algerian helicopters killed 35 hostages and 15 kidnappers. Islamists with the Masked Brigade, who have been speaking through a Mauritanian news outlet, said the Algerians opened fire as the militants tried to leave the vast energy complex with their hostages a day after seizing the installation deep in the desert. The militant spokesman said the leader of the kidnappers, Abou El Baraa, was among those killed. Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/35-hostages-15-kidnappers-killed-in-Algeria/articleshow/18069463.cms

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Tunisia jails 16 for one month over art violence

Agence France-Presse

Jan 18, 2013

TUNIS // A Tunisian court has handed one-month jail terms to 16 people implicated in violence last June linked to an art exhibit that was deemed offensive to Islam, official media reported on Wednesday.

The defendants were convicted of violating the state of emergency, but were acquitted from the more serious charges, which included rebellion, assaulting public officials and attacks on public order by organised gangs, the TAP news agency quoted their lawyer Salaheddine Barakati as saying.

Full report at:

http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/africa/tunisia-jails-16-for-one-month-over-art-violence#ixzz2IJd1ePtZ

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Qaddafi's son faces Libyan court for first time on security charges

Agence France-Presse

Jan 18, 2013

TRIPOLI // Seif Al Islam, the son of Libya's former leader, Muammar Qaddafi, appeared for the first time in a Libyan court yesterday on charges of "undermining state security", a judicial official said.

He was charged after a controversial visit to Libya in June by an International Criminal Court (ICC) team who were helping him prepare his defence against ICC charges of carrying out crimes against humanity during the conflict that overthrew his father.

Full report at:

http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/africa/qaddafis-son-faces-libyan-court-for-first-time-on-security-charges#ixzz2IJcsBNTP

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Mali army claims 'total control' of Konna

Jan 18, 2013

BAMAKO: The Malian army has retaken the central town of Konna which fell to Islamist rebels advancing from the north and sparked French military intervention, the military and a regional security source said on Friday.

"We have wrested total control of Konna after inflicting heavy losses on the enemy," an army statement said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Mali-army-claims-total-control-of-Konna/articleshow/18073927.cms

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Algerian kidnapper Belmokhtar: Islamist or brigand?

 Jan 18, 2013

ALGIERS: Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the one-eyed Islamist whose men seized dozens of hostages in a deadly attack on an Algerian gas field, is a wily desert fox branded as a terrorist by some but perhaps just a common brigand.

He was born in 1972 in the ancient desert city of Ghardaia, 600 kilometres (370 miles) south of the Algerian capital, noted for its date production and manufacture of rugs and fabrics.

But in a rare 2007 interview, he said he was drawn away from home by his fascination with the exploits of the mujahedeen combating the Soviet invaders of Afghanistan, whom he joined in 1991 when he was barely 19 years old.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Algerian-kidnapper-Belmokhtar-Islamist-or-brigand/articleshow/18074192.cms

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Algeria hostage crisis not over yet, Islamists make new threat

Jan 18, 2013

ALGIERS: At least 18 foreign hostages were unaccounted for on Friday and their al-Qaida-linked captors threatened to attack other energy installations after Algerian forces stormed a desert gas complex to free hundreds of captives, resulting in dozens of deaths.

With western leaders clamouring for details of a raid they said Algeria had launched on Thursday without consulting them, a local source said the sprawling compound was still surrounded by Algerian special forces and some hostages remained inside.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Algeria-hostage-crisis-not-over-yet-Islamists-make-new-threat/articleshow/18077586.cms

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Mideast Asia

 

Dozens of Israelis giving away their votes to Palestinians on Facebook

Hugh Naylor

Jan 18, 2013

JERUSALEM // When Ofer Neiman votes in Israel's parliamentary elections next week, he will not be deciding on the party of his choice. Instead, Mr Neiman, an Israeli, will cast his ballot on behalf of a Palestinian that he has never met.

Mr Neiman is one of dozens of Israelis who have agreed to give voice to Palestinians living in east Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, whose future is being shaped by a political system in which they have no say and few influential allies.

Disillusioned by the inability of mainstream Israeli parties and politicians to end the occupation of the Palestinian Territories, home to about four million people, they have turned to social media to make their views known.

Full report at:

http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/middle-east/dozens-of-israelis-giving-away-their-votes-to-palestinians-on-facebook#ixzz2IJd8Hjf8

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More than 1.3 million child labourers in Yemen

16 January 2013

DUBAI,(IRIN) - The results of the first ever national child labour survey in Yemen suggest the country has more than 1.3 million child labourers, about 17 percent of all children.

An estimated 469,000 children aged 5-11, especially girls, are working as child labourers, with the survey authors saying "a sharp drop in the school attendance rate occurs when a child is employed."

Full report at:

http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97263/In-Brief-More-than-1-3-million-child-labourers-in-Yemen

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Jailed Iranian rights lawyer Sotoudeh temporarily freed

 Jan 17, 2013

DUBAI: Jailed Iranian lawyer and rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh was temporarily freed on Thursday for three days after more than two years in prison, her husband and an opposition news website said.

Sotoudeh has been serving a six-year prison sentence after being arrested in September 2010 and convicted of spreading propaganda and conspiring to harm state security.

Reza Khandan, Sotoudeh's husband, wrote on his Facebook profile on Thursday evening that she had been granted the furlough.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Jailed-Iranian-rights-lawyer-Sotoudeh-temporarily-freed/articleshow/18066030.cms

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No deal in UN-Iran nuclear talks, new meeting scheduled

 18 January 2013

VIENNA: UN nuclear inspectors returned from Iran on Friday without securing an agreement to investigate suspected atom bomb research, they said after two days of talks in Tehran.

Herman Nackaerts, deputy director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said his inspectors had not been granted the access they have long sought to a military site and that further talks had been scheduled for Feb 12.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/18/no-deal-in-un-iran-nuclear-talks-new-meeting-scheduled/

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Netanyahu faces Israel vote, confident of victory

Jan 17, 2013

JERUSALEM: Israel's January 22 election is expected to return Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to office, giving him a fresh mandate to tackle stubborn foreign policy questions, such as Iran's nuclear ambitions, and domestic economic discontent.

The vote is expected to see Israel's parliament swing further to the right, whittling away at the chances of a comprehensive peace deal with the Palestinians and raising the prospect of greater diplomatic isolation for the Jewish state.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Netanyahu-faces-Israel-vote-confident-of-victory/articleshow/18064351.cms

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Europe

 

Leader of Chechen Republic accuses U.S. religious freedom report for Chechnya of bias

18 January 2013

Moscow, January 18, Interfax - The conclusions drawn by the U.S. State Department Office of International Religious Freedom regarding the situation in Russia are intentionally biased, Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of Russia's Chechen Republic, said.

Kadyrov accused the report authors of deliberately offering false conclusions depicting the situation with religious freedom in Chechnya and Russia as a whole.

Full report at:

http://rbth.ru/news/2013/01/18/kadyrov_accuses_us_religious_freedom_report_for_chechnya_of_bias_21970.html

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UN expecting 700,000 more Malian refugees

 Jan 18, 2013

GENEVA: Some 700,000 more Malians are expected to be displaced by the new wave of fighting in the restive country in the coming months, UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday.

"We believe that in the near future there could be up to 300,000 people additionally displaced inside Mali, and over 400,000 additionally displaced in the neighbouring countries," UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming told reporters in Geneva.

Those numbers came in addition to the existing 229,000 people already displaced inside the country and 147,000 refugees already in neighbouring nations, she said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/UN-expecting-700000-more-Malian-refugees/articleshow/18077087.cms

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UK Foreign Office says Algeria crisis is not over

Jan 18, 2013

ALGIERS: An Algerian military raid to free hostages from at least 10 countries at a remote Sahara natural gas complex and wipe out their Islamist militant captors unleashed bloody chaos, and the British government said on Friday that the situation was not yet over.

The fate of the fighters and many of the captives remained uncertain, and dueling claims from the military and the militants have muddied the world's understanding of an event that angered Western leaders.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/UK-Foreign-Office-says-Algeria-crisis-is-not-over/articleshow/18073359.cms

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Hostages still held after Algeria raid, UK says

Jan 18, 2013

IN AMENAS (ALGERIA): Britain said on Friday that hostages were still being held at a remote Algeria gas field after a deadly rescue bid, as criticism mounted of Algiers' decision to resort to force against the Islamist captors.

An Algerian security source said that 18 of the hostage-takers had been killed in Thursday's air ground assault on a housing compound, but the remainder of the more than 30 militants remained holed up in the field's main production facility.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said the Algerian army was still pursuing "terrorists" and searching for hostages at the gas plant.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Hostages-still-held-after-Algeria-raid-UK-says/articleshow/18076507.cms

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Less than 30 Britons ‘at risk’ in Algeria, says Cameron

 18 January 2013

The number of Britons “at risk” in the hostage crisis in Algeria is now “significantly less” than 30, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday.

He told parliament that the military operation in southern Algeria was “ongoing” and that Algerian forces were “still pursuing terrorists and hostages” at several locations.

He said he asked Algeria on Thursday to warn him if any rescue action was planned, but added that Britain was not informed of the assault by Algerian military until it was under way.

Meanwhile BP, which part-controls the gas plant that was attacked by Islamic militants, said there was “a small number” of its employees “whose current location and situation remain uncertain.”

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/less-than-30-britons-at-risk-in-algeria-says-cameron/article4319664.ece

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World capitals brace for final toll in bloody Algeria siege

 18 January 2013

Western governments were bracing for news of heavy losses among hostages at a remote gas complex in southern Algeria, where security forces were continuing to besiege Islamist gunmen Friday after a bloody raid that left many dead.

A British government spokesman confirmed on Friday morning the situation in the Amenas gas complex was “ongoing” for a third day.

Britain, whose BP energy company is one of three contractors that operates the gas field, was prepared for “bad news,” the spokesman said.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world-capitals-brace-for-final-toll-in-bloody-algeria-siege/article4319349.ece

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  • 20 .
    Ghayab ho gaya  jawab sun ke Secular Logic upper caste convent educated editor of 2 third class magazines. And the reason for running away is simple. It is to down play this view point.
    By sadaf 22/01/2013 04:17:06
  • 19 .
    Yes Secular Logic we need "even more shrunken space, and as a result even more concentration of  the religious-justification-for-crime phenomenon," and let it "cause further dismay to the reader, both Muslim and non- muslim", but we are actually against that religious-justification-for-crime phenomenon only. Our fight is against the culture of Mullahism and let there be no ambiguity about that. The launch of NAI was for that purpose, at least officially so, but it is now getting carried away and getting complacent. While the former appraoch was directed at reforms, the latter approach is about just becoming part of the problem and even being pro-active in building a certain image of Muslim community. 
    By sadaf 20/01/2013 23:35:07
  • 18 .
    Dharmaraj, one is overawed and rendered speechless by the goodness, wisdom, and impeecable manners inherent in the comment of the enlightened Ms/Mr Sadaf. It is best to leave it at that. 

    Mr Muhammad Yunus, firstly, the section is titled islamic world news, so it stands to reason that all sorts of news will emerge only regarding this particular community. In a general news-site, one can expect to see the news about depravity across a cross section of society. Working in a niche has this disadvantage, of concentration of news on a particular subject to the point of tedium.

    Your objection is to news selection. Why should the rape of a child by her own father - a crime that happened in a Muslim country, by a person of unknown religious antecedents - be carried here, if it did not happen in the garb of religious justification. It is a valid argument if one further restricts the scope of this site to only carry news of events that are related to religious injunction in any way, rather than just random news from Islamic countries. 

    That, I suppose, is upto the editor to decide, but that will give you an even more shrunken space, and as a result even more concentration of  the religious-justification-for-crime phenomenon, which I am sure will cause further dismay to the reader, both Muslim and non- muslim. 

    It is best to take such news in one's stride and move on. I assure you that I, for one, do not think barbarism is limited to the Muslim world. The rest of the world has horrors of its own. The US has its random shootings, India has its rape and corruption epidemic, China has its arbitrary arrests......
    By secular logic 20/01/2013 21:03:05
  • 17 .

    "Truth shall set you free" (New Testament)

    to all those who want to debate me shoudl set time, indian time so that we can chat and debate. the owner of this site has listened to me. so those who wnt to debate me give ur timgin. mr chalis chor u r also welcome.

    By Truth 20/01/2013 02:30:46
  • 16 .
    Wah Masha Allah! Mera comment to turant hi post ho gaya. Koi hai jawab dene wala! Truth bhai kahan ho?
    By Chalis Chor 20/01/2013 01:07:41