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Islamic World News ( 2 May 2010, NewAgeIslam.Com)

26/11: Kasab guilty; Ansari, Sabauddin Shaikh acquitted

Saudi liberals see hope as clerics argue over women

Christians protest occupation of church in Rawalpindi

Saudi woman scripts divorce book

Conspiracy or cure? An Islamic perspective on interfaith dialogue

Chief Islamic Justice Department to 'reconsider' khuloe law

Iran hosts International Human Rights Conference

Malaysia's highest court asked to rule on child conversion

Kasab deserves no mercy, says father of girl who lost her leg in attack

Taliban leader promises to carry out attacks in the U.S. within a month

Pak Taliban claims responsibility for NY failed bombing

Khalifa reiterates UAE support for Palestinians

‘Fashion for All’ from ages 16 to 60 Afshan Ahmed

Third suspect in Ajmer blast arrested

Naushad's house protected monument now

Twenty one militants killed in Orakzai pounding

Flawed U.S. strategy strengthened Taliban: Pakistan Army

Suicide bomb attack claims six lives in Swat

US Army captain becomes ‘king’ in Afghanistan

Man with Lashkar links held for terror threats on Delhi markets

Terrorism Doesn't Go Away When You Ignore It

Explosions Hallmark of Al Qaeda, Says Somali Official

U.S. apprehensive of Ahmadinejad's role during NPT deliberations

Slain Cop’s Probe Bares Saffron Role

Be nice to me if you want protection, Musharraf told Benazir

Terrorists target New York

A loving friend of Kingdom passes away: Prince Sultan

Four killed in ‘Ponzi’ protest in Darfur

A picture worth more than a thousand words

Jeddah: Wanted militant surrenders

Kenya says bid to resolve diplomatic row with UAE failed

Somali militants increasing use of child soldiers

A cloud over Jerusalem

Somali militia group seizes pirate haven

Some profit from wives despite polygamy ban

 ‘Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has reinforced

A love affair with Arabia Aijaz Zaka Syed

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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26/11: Kasab guilty; Ansari, Sabauddin Shaikh acquitted

May 3, 2010

MUMBAI: Pakistani terrorist, Ajmal Amir Kasab, charged with the deaths of 166 Indians and foreigners, has been pronounced guilty of all charges by a special court in Mumbai. The two Indians, who were named as co-accused in the case-- Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Shaikh, have been acquitted.

The argument on quantum of sentence to Kasab will be held tomorrow.

Kasab has been convicted on all 86 charges against him. He was found guilty or murder and waging war against the nation, the court said while delivering the judgment.

"You have been found guilty of waging war against India, and killing people at CST (train station), killing government officials and abetting the other nine terrorists," Judge M.L. Tahaliyani said as he announced his verdict. They were the most serious charges laid against Kasab, a 22-year-old Pakistani who was arrested after the Mumbai siege.

The conspiracy was hatched in Pakistan, the judge said.

The two Indian co-accused were set free because the evidence against them was weak, the court ruled. Kasab had said that the duo supplied maps of Mumbai to LeT bosses. Thus, they gave logistical support to carry out the attack. But the judge, punching a hole in the prosecution’s argument, said better maps were available on Google than the crude drawings Kasab claimed had been supplied by Ansari and Sabauddin.

This verdict is the biggest terror trial the city has witnessed in recent times. Ten Pakistani terrorists sneaked into Mumbai on 26th November 2008 and unleashed 60 hours of mayhem that left 166 people dead and 244 injured. The terrorists had targeted several sites such as the World Heritage Building of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel, Hotel Oberoi-Trident, Cama Hospital and the Chabad House, a Jewish prayer centre and Leopold Cafe, a favourite among foreigners.

The witnesses included many survivors of the terror attacks, eyewitnesses, family members of the victims, police officials, several foreign nationals, Indian security officials and officials from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

There was extremely tight security around the court premises as the verdict was being delivered. Some reporters were allowed inside court, however, use of mobile phones or any other devices was strictly prohibited.

The prosecution had gathered a heap of evidence against Kasab and presented strong arguments that are capable of sending him to the gallows. Special prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam charged Kasab with not just the criminal acts of killing and injuring scores of innocent people, but termed him guilty of the entire conspiracy that went into planning and executing the dastardly attack.

Nikam argued that Kasab is a highly trained and motivated member of the Pakistani terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) who underwent months of training in weapons and intelligence so he could execute the well-planned attack on Mumbai. Nikam also relied on scores of witness testimonies in a bid to establish Kasab's role in the killing of innocents at CST and Cama Hospital, the gunning down of senior policemen in Badruddin Tyabji Lane and the final gunbattle at Marine Drive.

The prosecution's main argument had been that Kasab is a cold-blooded killer whose guilt has been established both through human accounts of the night of November 26, 2008, as well as forensic evidence in the form of DNA reports.

The case against Ansari and Shaikh revolved around Kasab's confession to magistrate R V Sawant Waghule in February 2009. Kasab had said that the duo supplied maps of Mumbai to LeT bosses. Thus, they gave logistical support to carry out the attack.

In his defence, Kasab had maintained that he was an innocent Pakistani who was picked up several days prior to the attack. He has insisted that the terrorist caught on CCTV is not him but a lookalike. He also rubbished all witness testimonies as tutored and given at the behest of police officials.

Both Ansari and Shaikh had denied all wrongdoing. Their main argument is why would the LeT rely upon crude maps allegedly supplied by them when far more sophisticated versions were easily available on the internet. After the arrest of American David Coleman Headley, they also argued that recce work for the attack was done by him and they had been framed needlessly in the case.

In September 2006, after 13 years of arguments, the Tada court had begun giving its verdicts in the 1993 serial blasts case. It was the last major trial in recent times.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/5885540.cms?prtpage=1

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Christians protest occupation of church in Rawalpindi

03 May, 2010

RAWALPINDI: People belonging to the Christian community held a protest demonstration here on Sunday against Member Provincial Assembly (MPA) Malik Iftikhar belonging to PML-N for occupying a church with the help of armed hooligans. Robinson Community Development Ministries (RCDM) organised the demonstration that was led jointly by former federal minister for minorities Colonel (r) SK Tressler, Pastor Samson Bhatti and Pastor of Chapel Zafar Mall. On the occasion, Pakistan Ex-Serviceman Association (PESA) Chairman Admiral (r) Syed Fasih Bukhari, PESA Secretary Brig (r) Mahmood and Uzma Gull, (daughter of former ISI Chief Hameed Gull) were also present to express solidarity with the protesting Christians. The participants marched from Gordon College’s Chapel to the office of Rescue -15, where the demonstration turned into a public meeting. Holding banners, posters and placards inscribed with statements for protection of places of worship, the participants were chanting slogans against PML (N), Punjab chief minister (CM), police high ups and district administration. They also kept singing religious songs during the march. Addressing the gathering, Tressler demanded that Chief Justice of Pakistan take suo motu notice of the matter. He alleged that country’s majority of politicians were criminals, who do not even observe the sanctity of holy places. Robinson Asghar said that Punjab CM Mian Shahbaz Sharif should dismiss the MPA and his brother Malik Ibrar, who is also a MNA from PML-N. He also asked Punjab government to take action against SP Zarat Kyani and DSP Malik Tanveer as well as high officials of Revenue Department for making alteration in the official record. “Unless that happens, protests would be extended to other parts of the country,” he threatened. staff report

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\05\03\story_3-5-2010_pg7_18

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Saudi liberals see hope as clerics argue over women

By Souhail Karam

May 3, 2010

RIYADH (Reuters) - Divisions among senior Saudi clerics over the legality of gender segregation could mark a new drive by reformers allied to King Abdullah to push social reforms in the puritanical Islamic state.

The divisions came to the open when the kingdom's morals police, or the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, reversed a decision to sack Ahmad al-Ghamdi, its regional head for the Mecca region.

Saudi analysts and diplomats say the reversal was dictated by King Abdullah's entourage if not the king himself.

After the kingdom opened its first co-ed university in September -- a project sponsored by King Abdullah -- Ghamdi published a research paper that questioned the legality in Islam of gender segregation as enforced by the Commission.

"The commission was forced to cancel the decision to sack Ghamdi. This will strengthen the state's role," said Khaled al-Dakhil, a prominent Saudi political writer.

"The state has been gaining influence while that of the religious establishment has been declining, simply because it has gradually been given a lesser say over decisions taken by the state," he said.

The kingdom, a major U.S. ally, is ruled by Al Saud family in alliance with clerics from the austere Wahhabi school of Islam who oversee mosques, the judiciary and education, as well as run their own coercive apparatus, the morals police.

Interior ministry police work with the Commission to make sure unrelated men and women are kept apart, that women are covered from head to toe and that Sharia law is fully implemented including a ban on alcohol. Women are also not allowed to drive in the kingdom.

The rulers of the world's top oil exporting country have wrestled with the issue of whether to moderate Wahhabism since the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001 on U.S. landmarks, carried out by mostly Saudi nationals, and the emergence of al Qaeda militancy against the Saudi government in 2003.

King Abdullah is seen as favouring reforms that water down some of Wahhabism's more controversial tenets. Analysts and diplomats say he is opposed by other senior princes who are closely allied to the powerful religious establishment.

STATE VS RELIGION

The octogenarian monarch, pressed by time to push reforms, dismissed a cleric from a top council of religious scholars in October after he demanded that religious scholars vet the curriculum at the new university.

A senior Saudi government official said Ghamdi's views could get "something big rolling". "I won't be surprised if the king asks the Shura Council for advice on gender segregation and women driving issues. I think that's the best way for the monarchy to avoid collision with the religious establishment".

The Shura Council is a quasi-parliament that advises the government and examines draft legislation. Its members are appointed by the king and although its decisions are not binding, it has become a forum for debate.

Ghamdi defended his views with sayings of the Prophet Mohammad, but his critics argue he is not qualified to speak about religious matters. Ghamdi is an accounting graduate who climbed up the bureaucratic ladder within the commission.

Hardliners among the kingdom's clerics are treating the issue of gender segregation -- which also requires a woman to be accompanied by a male "guardian" in public -- as a red line they will fight over.

In February, Sheikh Abdul-Rahman al-Barrak -- a leading independent cleric -- called for opponents of the segregation to be put to death if they refuse to abandon their ideas.

Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul-Aziz Al al-Sheikh -- the state's chief adviser and spokesman on religious affairs -- is seen as an ally of King Abdullah who has not been prepared to diverge from Wahhabi orthodoxy on segregation and guardianship.

"What is happening is a healthy debate within the commission," said Jamal Khashoggi, editor of al-Watan newspaper. "This is an evolution. It's a very positive thing for the whole kingdom."

http://in.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idINIndia-48183220100503

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Saudi woman scripts divorce book

May 03, 2010

DubaiHissa Hilal, a Saudi housewife who had attracted attention with her poetry -- fiercely critical of Islamist radicals, is courting controversy again with a book of poems about divorce.

Hissa Hilal insists that "Divorce and Kholu' Poetry: A Reading of the Status of Women in Tribal Society", which is a compilation of pre-1950 poems written by Bedouin women living in the Gulf, represents the common view that women had more freedom and divorce was easier 50 years ago, the National said.

Hilal received death threats after reciting defiant poetry aimed at religious clerics on the television show Million's Poet last month.

Full report at:

http://www.financialexpress.com/news/Saudi-woman-scripts-divorce-book/614446/#

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Conspiracy or cure? An Islamic perspective on interfaith dialogue

Qazi Abdul Qadeer Khamosh

03 May 2010

LAHORE, Pakistan: Interfaith dialogue is criticized by some religious leaders as a conspiracy designed to merge all religions into one. Certain individuals and communities fear the loss or weakening of their religious identities as a result of engaging in dialogue and interacting with followers of other faiths.

These fears, however, are largely unfounded. All religions, including Islam, emphasize common values such as interfaith harmony and cooperation. For example, the Prophet Muhammad advocated reconciliation with other religions, as evidenced by his peace treaty with Jewish tribes in Medina. He also believed in mutual trust between different faith communities, evidenced by the fact that in 615 CE he sent Muslims fleeing persecution from the Meccans to find refuge with the Christian king of Abyssinia, current-day Ethiopia.

Full report at:

http://bikyamasr.com/?p=12335

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Chief Islamic Justice Department to 'reconsider' khuloe law

By Rana Husseini

03 May 2010

AMMAN - Officials at the Chief Islamic Justice Department (CIJD) on Sunday said they will examine a request by women's activists to retain khuloe in the 2010 draft personal status law.

CIJD Judge Wasef Bakri said the department will reconsider its decision to scrap khuloe, women's right to divorce in return for financial compensation, in the proposed legislation. He warned, however, that many women "abused" the previous law for frivolous divorces, declining to elaborate further.

"We believe that the khuloe law only serves the rich, as only women who are financially able can pay back their husbands' dowry or wedding expenses," Bakri said at a meeting with activists and lawyers yesterday to discuss the 2010 personal status law.

Full report at:

http://www.zawya.com/Story.cfm/sidZAWYA20100503041401/Chief%20Islamic%20Justice%20Department%20to%20'reconsider'%20khuloe%20law

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Iran hosts International Human Rights Conference

May 3, 2010

A conference on International Human Rights in Islamic View was held on Saturday at the presence of thinkers, lawyers, some Islamic countries' ambassadors to Tehran as well as head and members of the Islamic association of international law.

Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA.ir), Deputy Foreign Minister, Mohammad-Reza Sheibani said Islamic law is one of greatest law system in the world which highlights preserving human dignity in war and peace.

Also Sayyed Masoud Khatami, Head of Iran's Red Crescent Society said occupation of Palestine and the wars in Lebanon, Afghanistan and Iraq have brought many human and material losses to the world adding better understanding of Islamic sources helps us to reach human goals.

Full report at:

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=186531

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Malaysia's highest court asked to rule on child conversion

03 May 2010

Malaysia's highest court was asked Monday to decide whether a Muslim convert can change his children's religion without the consent of his spouse, in a test case for the multi-ethnic nation.

The case is being closely watched by Malaysia's ethnic Chinese and Indian minorities who say their rights are being eroded by rising "Islamisation" in a country where 60 percent of the population is Muslim Malay.

Secret conversions of children, which can deprive the non-Muslim parent of custody, and "body-snatching" cases where Islamic authorities tussle with families over the remains of people whose religion is disputed, have raised racial tensions.

Full report at:

http://news.ph.msn.com/regional/article.aspx?cp-documentid=4065388

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Kasab deserves no mercy, says father of girl who lost her leg in attack

May 03, 2010

Mumbai: The father of the 11-year-old girl disabled by the bullets of Pakistani gunman Ajmal Kasab is still an angry man.

On the fateful night of November 26, 2008, Natwarlal Rotawan was waiting at the Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) with his daughter Devika and son Akash for a train when two terrorists opened fire. Devika was hit by a bullet and lost her right leg.

Natwarlal, who runs a dry fruit shop at Kalbadevi in South Mumbai, says Kasab must be hanged in public. “He has killed innocent people and deserves no mercy. The court must give him the death penalty,” Mr. Rotawan said.

“Kasab ruined my daughter's life. Now who will marry her? Her future is dark,” he said.

Wants to join police

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/05/03/stories/2010050360491100.htm

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Pakistan Taliban leader Mehsud promises to carry out attacks in the U.S. within a month

May 3rd, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — Pakistani Taliban leader Mehsud on late Sunday released two audio tapes and one video tape, promises to carry out terrorist attacks on U.S. soil within a month. It also claimed responsibility for a failed car bombing in Times Square on Saturday.

A full transcript of the video statement can be found below. NOTE: Translation is based on the text provided by the Taliban.

“My respected brothers of the Muslim Ummah, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon you. The non-believers (kuffar) have always been doing propaganda that Hakeem ullah Mehsood has been martyred. Sometimes they say in a drone attack, mostly giving references of Shaktui or Orukzai, and sometimes they say we martyred him on his way to Multan. This is an open lie and propaganda made by Kuffar and its funded media.

Full report at:

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/world/pakistan-taliban-leader-mehsud-promises-to-carry-out-attacks-in-the-us-within-a-month_100357556.html

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Pak Taliban claims responsibility for NY failed bombing

May 03, 2010

A video purportedly released by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the attempted bombing in Times Square in New York City, a Washington-based intelligence group said.

SITE, the intelligence group that monitors websites of Islamic terrorist outfit, said: "The video, posted to YouTube, contains an audio message attributed to Qari Hussein Mehsud, an official in TTP and organizer of its suicide bombing squad, played over anti-American images."

English subtitles were also provided, SITE said in a statement.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Pak-Taliban-claims-responsibility-for-NY-failed-bombing/H1-Article1-538618.aspx

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Khalifa reiterates UAE support for Palestinians

3 May 2010,

 The President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, reiterated the support of the UAE to the efforts that could achieve permanent and just peace in the region.

And culminate with the Palestinian people setting up their legitimate sovereign State with Jerusalem as capital.

This came during the reception of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas by Shaikh Khalifa at Al Bateen Palace on Sunday in the presence of General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Shaikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Representative of President in Western Region and other Shaikhs and top officials.

The UAE President  called on the international community to shoulder its responsonsibilities regarding resumption of the peace process in the region. He was briefed by Abbas about non-direct contacts between the Palestinians and Israelis, as well as on the Palestinian’s stance on the resumption of talks.

Abbas underscored that the sustained support of the UAE has great effect in easing suffering on Palestinians in the occupied territories.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2010/May/theuae_May69.xml&section=theuae

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‘Fashion for All’ from ages 16 to 60 Afshan Ahmed

3 May 2010

If fashion shows conjures up images of young, six-foot, stick thin models that bare it all, then women in the emirate are set to change perceptions.

And own the ramp in an attempt to inspire women to feel beautiful in the skin they are in.

‘Fashion for All’ organised by Woman2Woman’ (W2W), a networking group in Dubai, is a show that will place the spotlight on the real woman who could be your neighbour or someone you bump into at the supermarket.

On May 8 more than 25 women of all ages, sizes and cultures will shed their inhibitions and sashay down the ramp in local and internationally designed outfits at the Emirates Theatre at the Emirates International School in Jumeirah.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2010/May/theuae_May73.xml&section=theuae

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Third suspect in Ajmer blast arrested

May 03, 2010

JAIPUR: The Hindu terror imprint in the October 2007 Ajmer dargah blast case became stronger with the arrest of the third suspect having links with Abhinav Bharat from Khardonkala village in Shajapur district of Madhya Pradesh. The accused, Vishnu Prasad Patidar, is stated to be a close aide of Chandrashekar arrested on Friday.

The Anti-Terrorism Squad of the Rajasthan police, which has brought Vishnu Prasad to Ajmer for further investigation, suspects that he procured mobile phones and SIM cards used in the terror strike at the historic Sufi shrine during Ramzan.

The attack claimed three lives.

‘Directly involved'

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/05/03/stories/2010050360581200.htm

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Naushad's house protected monument now

May 3, 2010

LUCKNOW: The tourism department declared Naushad Ki Haveli a protected monument and an indispensable part of the 36-point Heritage Walk of Lucknow.

On Saturday, the place was covered by a group officers from the Lucknow administration, municipal corporation and state tourism department who have now decided to sell lucknow.

Other places covered in the walk were Hardinge Bridge, Maqbara of Shah Peer Mohammad, Tiley Wali Masjid, Imambara, etc.

Talk about an instant expression of defiant love and ‘pyar kia toh darna kya’ comes to mind. But younger lucknow may not be aware that the music lover who composed the song was a ‘ham-watan’ (of one’s own land). Fond memories of the composer of repute reverberate in his haveli even now.

And the house was able to strike the cord of tourism department higher-ups as well. Probably.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/NEWS/City/Lucknow/Naushads-house-protected-monument-now/articleshow/5884779.cms

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Twenty one militants killed in Orakzai pounding

3 May 2010

ORAKZAI: Twenty one SUSPECTED militants have been killed as gunship helicopters pounded two hideouts in different areas of Orakzai Agency.

Security forces have cleared most parts of lower Orakzai and have consolidated their positions in Hasan-Khel, Kalya, Feroz-Khel, Anjani, Stori-khel and Hasmat-khel.

The military has started targeted militant hideouts in the Orakzai Agency over the last one month.

So far more than 600 militants and 18 security personnel including a Colonel have died during the operation in the agency.

Three hundred internally displaced families have been repatriated from Orakzai Agency under the army protection.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/provinces/19-four-militants-killed-in-orakzai-pounding-hh-03

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Flawed U.S. strategy strengthened Taliban: Pakistan Army

Sandeep Dikshit

May 03, 2010

KHAAR (FRONTIER AREAS):A flawed military doctrine pursued by the West in Afghanistan led to the Taliban nearly taking over Pakistan's tribal regions, claims the Pakistan Army.

“Either they [the U.S. Army] lack the capability or the willingness…but this is making my job harder. It is like gas in a balloon. The moment you squeeze the militants on one side, they go to the other. Either we cross the border [into Afghanistan] or they clear it up. Whatever the West says, we are the victims and not the source, Col. Nauman, commanding the Bajour Scouts, told a team of Indian journalists.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/05/03/stories/2010050360671200.htm

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Suicide bomb attack claims six lives in Swat

By Hameedullah Khan

3 May 2010

MINGORA: Three militants and three passers-by were killed in a suicide attack and shootout in Swat on Saturday. Thirteen others were injured.

According to officials and locals, forces had beefed up security upon getting intelligence that a group of militants was plotting a strike on the main market in Mingora. A suspected suicide bomber, identified as Hazrat Ali, was arrested when the forces intercepted a car on the New Road in Mingora. Security personnel shot him dead when he tried to flee.

Acting on information provided by Hazrat Ali, security forces cordoned off the area and raided Surab Plaza, situated between Surab Chowk and Green Square, on the New Road.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/04-swat-blast-wounded-qs-05

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US Army captain becomes ‘king’ in Afghanistan

3 May 2010

Hutal (Afghanistan), May 2: In the US Army, Casey Thoreen is just a 30-year-old captain. Around here, he’s known as the “King of Maiwand” district — testimony to the fact that without the young captain and a fat international wallet, local government here as in much of the insurgency-ravaged south could not function at all.

Setting up effective governments at the district level is key to US strategy. US officials hope that providing basic services will draw support away from the Taliban, especially here in the Islamist group’s heartland of Kandahar province.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11088:us-army-captain-becomes-king-in-afghanistan&catid=36:international&Itemid=61

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Man with Lashkar links held for terror threats on Delhi markets

May 3, 2010

SRINAGAR/NEW DELHI: Jammu and Kashmir police has arrested a man with Lashkar links for the call warning of imminent attacks on crowded markets in Delhi, which had prompted even the US to issue a travel warning.

Police sources said the man, Shabir Ahmad Zargar alias Omar, was detained after a massive manhunt was launched. "Yes, we arrested Shabir Zargar from downtown Srinagar after we found him involved in sending e-mails to Furqan radio station of Lashkar-e-Taiba in PoK," a senior police officer told TOI.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/NEWS/India/Man-with-Lashkar-links-held-for-terror-threats-on-Delhi-markets/articleshow/5884629.cms

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Terrorism Doesn't Go Away When You Ignore It

by Daniel Greenfield

03 MAY 2010

Terrorism doesn't go away when you ignore it. Much like a massive oil spill, it doesn't go away just because you want to play golf or bask in the attention of a worshipful press at a Correspondents Dinner that seems to have more celebrities, both Hollywood and Big Media, than honest hardworking reporters. Terrorism doesn't take a day off or take holidays off. Not even Muslim holidays. Not even for Ramadan. Terrorism doesn't go away until you defeat it. It's that simple.

Islamic terrorism is one of those things that isn't supposed to exist anymore in the realm of human affairs. The zero sum game. The struggle to which there can only be two outcomes. Full report at:

http://www.rightsidenews.com/201005039859/global-terrorism/terrorism-doesnt-go-away-when-you-ignore-it.html

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Explosions Hallmark of Al Qaeda, Says Somali Official

Peter Clottey

03 May 2010

A cabinet minister in Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government says bomb blasts that killed scores of people at a mosque in the capital, Mogadishu, over the weekend are hallmarks of the Al Qaeda terrorist organization.

Abdirahman Omar Osman sharply condemned the attacks saying President Sheikh Sharif Sheik Ahmed’s government is committed to defeating the various insurgent groups, including al-Shabab.

“The attacks that happened in the mosque (were) very tragic and it was a historic time in Mogadishu and in Somalia.  It has all the hallmarks of Al Qaeda activities that happened in Afghanistan, Iraq or Pakistan. Therefore, as a government, we give our sympathy and blessings to people who died and people (who were) injured,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/africa/Explosions-Hallmark-of-Al-Qaeda-Says-Somali-Official--92638284.html

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U.S. apprehensive of Ahmadinejad's role during NPT deliberations

Atul Aneja

May 03, 2010

DUBAI: Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad left for New York on Sunday to participate in a major nuclear conference amid apprehensions in the United States about his possible role during deliberations.

Mr. Ahmadinejad is set to hold talks on Monday with Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of the conference, held every five years to review the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The NPT has faced strong criticism, especially from the developing countries for its inability to fulfil satisfactorily its mandate regarding non-proliferation, disarmament and peaceful uses of nuclear technology.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/05/03/stories/2010050360861400.htm

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Slain Cop’s Probe Bares Saffron Role

By Krishna Kumar in Mumbai

May 03, 2010

THE true extent of the Hindutva terror network, whose trail was being followed by slain Maharashtra top cop Hemant Karkare, is getting unravelled only now.

The then ATS chief, Karkare, while investigating the 2008 Malegaon blasts case, had reportedly developed certain leads on the involvement of Hindutva organisations in the attacks across the country. Had these inputs been followed in other blast cases, including those of Ajmer dargah and Hyderabad’s Mecca Masjid, much breakthrough could have been achieved, sources say.

The probe team led by Karkare, who was killed in the 26/ 11 terror attack in Mumbai, knew that members from radical Hindutva organisations were planning to carry out bomb blasts in Muslim- dominated areas in retaliation against Islamist terror attacks.

Full report at:

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Be nice to me if you want protection, Mush told Benazir

May 3, 2010

LONDON: Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf had warned Benazair Bhutto that if she wanted protection in Pakistan she should be "nice" to him, a top ex-aide of the assassinated leader has claimed.

According to the Sunday Times report, former premier Benazir had called Musharraf, then the President of Pakistan, seeking additional security for her. "He told her, 'I warned you not to come back until after the elections,' and threatened her, 'I'll only protect you if you're nice to me,'" said Husain Haqqani, a former Bhutto aide who was living in the US and is now Pakistan's ambassador in Washington. "Instead of stepping up her security, it was reduced," he said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/NEWS/World/Pakistan/Be-nice-to-me-if-you-want-protection-Mush-told-Benazir/articleshow/5884482.cms

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Terrorists target New York

May 3, 2010

NEW YORK: The Pakistani Taleban on Sunday claimed responsibility for the attempted car bomb attack in New York's Times Square. A statement on a website said it was to avenge the killing of two "Muslim martyrs".

Police found an "amateurish" but potentially powerful bomb that apparently began to detonate but did not explode in a smoking sport utility vehicle in Times Square on Saturday.

Thousands of tourists were cleared from the streets for 10 hours after two vendors alerted police to the suspicious vehicle, which contained three propane tanks, fireworks, two filled 19-liter gasoline containers, and two clocks with batteries, electrical wire and other components, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article49481.ece

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A loving friend of Kingdom passes away: Prince Sultan

May 3, 2010

JEDDAH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities and Saudi Aviation Club, expressed his deep sorrow over the death of Capt. Joseph Joe Grant, who died in New York City April 27, 2010 at the age of 102.

Grant, the pilot of King Abdul Aziz, flew the Douglas DC-3, which was gifted to King Abdul Aziz by US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in February 1945.

Prince Sultan said he was "a loving friend of Saudi Arabia and its citizens."

In his obituary, the prince said: "Whenever we met he would speak a lot about His Majesty King Abdul Aziz, digging deep into his reservoir of memories, and about people with whom he spent sweet times, and expressing his eagerness to meet them again."

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article49519.ece

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Four killed ‘Ponzi’ protest in Darfur

By ANDREW HEAVENS

May 3, 2010

KHARTOUM: At least four people died on Sunday in clashes between Sudanese security forces and protesters angry over a failed investment scheme in Darfur, an aid source and witnesses said.

Automatic gunfire erupted after about 1,000 people moved toward the center of El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state, UN officials and aid workers said.

Local residents said protesters were angry after losing money in a Ponzi scheme, a pyramid model where money is paid from one investor to the other and presented as profit.

Two members of the crowd told Reuters that security forces opened fire on protesters. One humanitarian aid source said some protesters were also armed and there were exchanges of fire.

Full report at: http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article49502.ece

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A picture worth more than a thousand words

By SIRAJ WAHAB

May 3, 2010

ALKHOBAR: The old saying goes “one picture is worth a thousand words.” Most of Saudi Arabia’s Arabic newspapers carried a photograph on last Friday’s front-page that has become a talking point on blogs, Internet forums, shisha cafes, newsrooms and the corridors of power.

The photo shows Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and Crown Prince Sultan proudly standing among more than 35 Saudi women from across the nation who voiced their views during the April 8-10 National Dialogue Forum in Najran.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article49472.ece

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Wanted militant surrenders

May 3, 2010

JEDDAH: A militant on the list of 85 wanted terrorists published by the Interior Ministry surrendered to security authorities on Wednesday, said Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, spokesman of the ministry.

Speaking to the Saudi Press Agency, Al-Turki identified the militant as Oqail Omaish Oqail Al-Mutairy, adding that he would be dealt with in accordance with the system followed in such cases.

"Al-Mutairy expressed his desire to help him return to the Kingdom and surrender to authorities and we made arrangements for his return and reunion with his family on April 28," the spokesman said.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article49470.ece

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Kenya says bid to resolve diplomatic row with UAE failed

By K.T. ABDURABB

May 3, 2010

DUBAI: Kenya’s bid to settle a diplomatic row that began after the deportation from Mombasa of four Emiratis suspected of being terrorists has flopped.

According to sources, Kenyan immigration officials who support the US policies in the war on terrorism interrogated the four UAE nationals for hours and expelled them without a valid reason.

Some top Kenyan officials had admitted that “it was a stupid mistake of some officials.”

Kenyan Foreign Minister Moses Wetangula visited the UAE on Monday heading a high-level delegation. Sources told Arab News that the talks were “not very fruitful.”

A statement posted on the UAE government website said the visa issue was not part of the agenda of the talks with the team of visiting Kenyan diplomats.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article49499.ece

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Somali militants increasing use of child soldiers

By KATHARINE HOURELD

3 May 2010

MOGADISHU: Sharif says he was 10 when his religious teacher led his class into a poor neighborhood of Somalia's capital to pray for a sick relative. Suddenly Islamist fighters jumped from the shadows and ordered the children onto buses, the beginning of a terrifying two years as a child soldier.

The class was taken to a training base in the south of the anarchic country, Sharif says, where Somali and foreign instructors showed them how to use weapons and set ambushes. The boy says before battle he was sometimes given drugs that made him feel like he could “pick up a tank and throw it aside like a telephone.” The recruitment of child fighters in Somalia is on the rise, both by the government and particularly by the country's most powerful Islamist militia, Al-Shabab, whose name means “the youth.” Al-Shabab's recruitment of children may partly stem from a lack of willing adults, who have been alienated by Islamist attacks on traditional Sufi saints and bans on everything from chewing qat, a mildly narcotic leaf, to school bells and music.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article49378.ece

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A cloud over Jerusalem

May 3, 2010

Everyone has the right to change his or her mind. Even Danny Tirzeh.

Col. Tirzeh was responsible for planning the wall that “envelopes” Jerusalem — the one that cuts the city off from the West Bank in order to turn it into the United Capital of Israel for All Eternity.

And now, suddenly, Tirzeh pops up as the main opponent of the wall he himself planned. He wants to move it, so as to leave the lands of Al-Walaja village on the “Israeli” side.

The colonel has ceased acting on behalf of the Israeli army and now represents private entrepreneurs who want to build 14,000 housing units for 45,000 Jewish souls. All this, of course, for the greater good of Zionism, the Jewish people, Israel’s Eternal Capital, and many tens of millions of shekels.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/opinion/columns/article49558.ece

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Somali militia group seizes pirate haven

Ibrahim Mohamed and Abdi Guled

3 May 2010

MOGADISHU , May 2: Somali insurgent group Hizbul Islam seized the pirate haven of Haradheere on Sunday without a fight and pledged to take control of more towns in the region, the rebel group said.

Haradheere, and Hobyo further up the coast, are two of the main bases for pirates operating out of Somalia. The gunmen have made tens of millions of dollars by hijacking merchant vessels, bringing them to the coast and demanding ransoms.

So far, neither Hizbul Islam nor Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab rebels have been directly involved in piracy, a business that has flourished in the absence of strong government and any rule of law in the Horn of Africa nation.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11097:somali-militia-group-seizes-pirate-haven&catid=36:international&Itemid=61

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Some profit from wives despite polygamy ban

ELAINE GANLEY

3 May 2010

PARIS , May 2: The burqa, or face-covering veil, is getting all the attention in the debate over Muslim immigrants in France. But another controversial tradition among some immigrants is less noticed and far more widespread: Polygamy.

The issue resurfaced last week after a woman received a traffic citation in the western city of Nantes for driving with a veil over her face.

Officials then accused her husband of having at least three other wives, and said he may be profiting from them financially while the state pays the bill. Polygamy is one of several issues, like forced marriage or genital mutilation, that France and other European nations face, as immigrants arrive with customs that conflict with the law of the land.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11095:some-profit-from-wives-despite-polygamy-ban&catid=36:international&Itemid=61

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 Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has reinforced

3 May 2010

Pakhtun nation’s identity’; Hazarewal misguided, being ‘used’ to create differences over NWFP renaming: Shahi Syed

May 03, 2010

Renaming the NWFP as Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has reinforced the identity of the people of that province, Awami National Party (ANP) Sindh President Shahi Syed said on Sunday during the Jashan-e-Kyber Pukhtoonkuwa at Sea View.

Syed further said that the Hazarewal should realise that some elements were misguiding them to create differences over the renaming of the province. He also paid tribute to President Asif Ali Zardai, the parliament and the constitutional committee for approving the 18th Amendment.

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=237193

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A love affair with Arabia Aijaz Zaka Syed

3 May 2010

 Allama Iqbal, one of the tallest poets and philosophers Asia has produced, had been endlessly fascinated by the rise and fall of the Muslims. He had been preoccupied with the issue in both his Urdu and Persian poetry collections, both incredibly rich in their range and language.

When it comes to the breadth of vision, foresight and grandeur of ideas and thought, no one comes close to the man claimed by both India and Pakistan. The much exploited Saare jahan se achcha Hindustan hamara is just one gem from his repertoire.

I have been constantly reminded of the poet philosopher and what he once said about the Arabs while singing my way through Sir Wilfred Thesiger’s Arabian Sands.  Iqbal passionately believed in the Islamic renaissance and argued that the rejuvenation of the civilization that ruled the world for nearly a thousand years would start in its birthplace at the hands of desert Arabs.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?xfile=/data/opinion/2010/April/opinion_April178.xml&section=opinion

 

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/26/11--kasab-guilty;-ansari,-sabauddin-shaikh-acquitted/d/2793


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