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Islamic World News ( 9 May 2010, NewAgeIslam.Com)

‘40 terror camps near Af-Pak border’, says Russian ambassador

RIYADH: Shoura backs fatwa on funding terror as evil

43 Taliban killed in drone strike, army operation

19 rebels killed in Pak offensive

70 million child labourers in Pakistan: ILO

Irresistible lure of Pakistan as nursery of global jihad

Kerala Police blame Islamic outfit for unrest

‘IM’s South India module behind Pune bakery blast’

‘If Pakistan doesn’t act, US will’: US puts blame on Taliban for NY bomb plot

Young Saudis cherish Obama’s Summit on Entrepreneurship

US missiles kill 10 in Pakistan

Filmmakers in Indonesia Share Women's Stories About Life Under Islamic Law

Blasphemy laws: the root of Pakistani extremism

Former Christian preacher explains his journey to Islam

Rawalpindi’s Indian namesakes want peace with Pak

Act fast on terror dens, US warns Pak

Keep off Afghanistan, Qaida threatens Harry

As Karzai arrives, Obama tells aides to show respect

Only 58 countries still award death penalty

Pak Army, ISI reject new lawyer

New mosque centres in Sharjah for memorising Holy Quran

200,000 Facebook fans want me to return to Pakistan: Musharraf

Faisal Shahzad is not Pakistani: FM

Senator Saifullah wants 19th amendment

SIALKOT: Girl ‘forced into prostitution’

Mideast negotiations begin

'Muslim countries do not manage wealth properly'

Diplomatic quarter to come up on Jeddah seafront in two years

Mystery shrouds the case of Canadian woman

After decades of war, Afghanistan’s violence victims speak out

Turkish forces, aircraft hit Kurd rebels in Iraq

Iran hangs five Kurd activists

Lebanon won’t ask Hezbollah to disarm: Suleiman

Lebanon won’t ask Hezbollah to disarm: Suleiman

Coalition preaches mutual respect

Iraq PM orders inquiry into death of Sunni imam

A bullet in Baghdad, a son’s need, a mother’s love

Serial bomb attacks in Iraq, 31 killed

Man held at Karachi airport with circuits in shoes

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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‘40 terror camps near Af-Pak border’, says Kadakin

Sachin Parashar

May 10, 2010

NEW DELHI: The latest authentication of Pakistan’s reluctance to rein in terrorists operating out of its territory has come from Russian ambassador to India Alexander M Kadakin: around 40 terror camps are still active in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border areas and Islamabad is yet to dismantle them.

Kadakin, in his second stint as ambassador to India, told TOI in an exclusive interview that this information was based on Russian satellite imagery and intelligence.

“From the information we have, there are about 38 to 40 such terror camps. Earlier they would have these bright green boards declaring the name of the organization like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), they have now removed them. However, the camps still remain,’’ Kadakin said, adding Pakistan had not done enough to get rid of these camps.

Kadakin’s statement is extremely significant because it corroborates Indian intelligence reports that LeT has become more active in the region and is looking to target India’s interests in Afghanistan. On the developing situation in Afghanistan, Kadakin said Russia was “united 100% with India”.

“Moderate Taliban is an oxymoron. It’s like saying moderate fascist or moderate Nazi. Also, we believe there is greater role for India in Afghanistan as a peace factor than some other countries. Russia too has a greater role and we are ready to train their personnel, reconstruct Soviet-era factories and provide medical help,” said Kadakin, who described India as Russia’s greatest friend.

After his meeting with Russian PM Vladimir Putin in March, PM Manmohan Singh had said India and Russia had agreed to “intensify consultations” on Afghanistan.

Kadakin said Russia did not favour immediate withdrawal of US-led forces from Afghanistan, an opinion that will come as music to Indian ears. “We are not for hastened withdrawal. In fact, if they withdraw immediately, there will be hell in Afghanistan. It is important that at least some semblance of order is maintained before it happens,” said Kadakin.

In the past, Russian authorities have said bringing in more troops in Afghanistan would worsen the situation and NATO should leave immediately after finishing its job.

According to Kadakin, India-Russia ties have actually become stronger than was the case in the Soviet era. “What we now have is more of pragmatic affection than romantic infatuation of the days of Hindi-Rusi bhai bhai,” he said, referring to growing defence and nuclear cooperation. Kadakin was Russia’s ambassador to India from 1999 to 2004 and was appointed ambassador again last year.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/-40-terror-camps-near-Af-Pak-border/articleshow/5910437.cms

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RIYADH: Shoura backs fatwa on funding terror as evil

By MD RASOOLDEEN

May 10, 2010

RIYADH: The Shoura Council endorsed on Sunday the recent fatwa given by the Council of Senior Islamic Scholars headed by Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh on terror financing last month.

Describing terror financing as evil, Shoura Council Chairman Abdullah Al-Asheikh said on Sunday the Council will frame a set of regulations to combat terror financing.

He said the proposed recommendation would be sent to the Council of Ministers and would include regulations to prohibit financing terror activities and it would incorporate stringent punishments for violations since such funding could be a threat to the peace and security of the country.   Last month, the 20-member Council of Senior Islamic Scholars said terror financing was a crime as big as terrorism itself because it empowers and enables sabotage, insecurity, murder and destruction of property. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah echoed this sentiment in a statement on Friday, making no distinction between funding terrorism and acts of terrorism.

“Terror financing amounts to helping acts of terrorism and supporting the existence and spread of terror,” said the fatwa.

“Terror is a crime that sabotages security. It is crime against people and private and public property. It manifests in bombing houses, schools, hospitals, factories and bridges; in hijacking and blowing up airplanes. It also destroys government resources, such as oil and gas pipelines. Such acts of destruction are prohibited under Shariah.” In statement issued on behalf of the Shoura Council, Abdullah Al-Asheikh explained that donations to legitimate and legal charitable activities is not the same as blindly donating to organizations that channel funding for terrorism.

"Charity helps distressed people while financing terror helps destroy men and property," he said.

The chairman also said that a new recommendation by the council would establish guidelines for financial donations. The Kingdom has already implemented stricter guidelines for establishing charitable organizations, and it is illegal for groups to collect money unless they have been accredited by the state. The measure was aimed at controlling which groups could legally accept financial donations.

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article51884.ece

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43 Taliban killed in drone strike, army operation

10 May, 2010

HANGU/MIRANSHAH: Security forces and drone strikes killed around 43 Taliban in various areas of the FATA on Sunday.

At least 33 Taliban were killed and four injured during clashes with security forces and jet air strikes in Orakzai Agency, official sources said on Sunday.

The sources told Daily Times that the forces killed 10 Taliban when they resisted troops’ advancement in Mazoti village in Upper Orakzai.

Fighter jets also targeted Taliban hideouts in Kasha, Teerangra, Badeewani Khawan, Shna Gandi, Khose Maila and Khawri areas, killing at least 13 Taliban.

Another 10 Taliban were killed during clashes with security forces at Daboori area in Upper Orakzai. The forces claimed to have secured Daboori.

Meanwhile in Swat, two Taliban commanders were killed during a clash with forces on Sunday.

The sources said the clash took place at Dewalia area of Kabal tehsil.

The slain commanders were identified as Abdul Kabir and Akbar Khan, residents of Dewalia.

Separately, at least 10 Taliban were killed when a US drone fired two missiles into a compound in North Waziristan.

The strike targeted a house in Inzar kas village, 60 kilometres west of Miranshah, injuring four others.

"The missiles struck a militant compound in the village," a senior security official in the area told AFP on condition of anonymity.

"The compound became suspicious as it was being used by foreigners," he said. "It was, however, not immediately known if any high-value target was present in the area at the time of attack."

Four spy aircraft were hovering over the area until the filing of this report.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\05\10\story_10-5-2010_pg1_5

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19 rebels killed in Pak offensive

10 MAY 2010

May 9: Nineteen militants were among 23 people killed in the restive northwest Pakistan, where a US drone targeted insurgent hideouts while security forces backed by helicopter gunships stepped up ground attacks on terrorist hideouts in the region.

Ten people, including six militants, were killed and several others injured in a US drone strike in the restive North Waziristan tribal region in northwest Pakistan. Unmanned spy planes fired at least two missiles at a suspected militant hideout in Inzarkas village, located 50 km west of Miran Shah, the main town in North Waziristan Agency.

The hideout targeted in the attack was almost flattened. “Local residents pulled 10 bodies from the rubble and some more people are said to be injured,” a source said.

Full report at:

http://beta.asianage.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11928:19-rebels-killed-in-pak-offensive-&catid=36:international&Itemid=61

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70 million child labourers in Pakistan: ILO

By Amin Ahmed

10 May, 2010

ISLAMABAD, May 9: The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has estimated that Pakistan has 70 million children working as labourers.

The last ILO-IPEC survey carried out in 1996 had put the child labour population in the country at 3.3 million.

In a report, titled “Accelerating Action against Child Labour”, the ILO said the global trends in child labour showed a decline from 2004 to 2008. However, the decline was slowing.

There are still 215 million children caught up in child labour, according to the report.

The only reference made in the report about Pakistan pertained to the decade-long collaboration between Fifa and ILO-IPEC in the football goods industry. The report said the project was a good example of successful public-private partnership in eliminating child labour.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/70-million-child-labourers-in-pakistan-ilo

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Irresistible lure of Pakistan as nursery of global jihad

10 May, 2010

PESHAWAR: When Faisal Shahzad was arrested over the New York car bomb attempt, he joined a growing list of Western terror suspects inspired, trained or sponsored by extremists in Pakistan.

Shahzad was brought up in Pakistan but educated in the US, where he got a job, settled his young family into suburbia and acquired citizenship. But the American dream appeared to go badly wrong. Returning from a visit to Pakistan, he told US immigration officials he went to see his parents. After his arrest on Monday over the attempt to set off a car bomb at Times Square, he allegedly confessed to being trained in Pakistan to make bombs.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\05\10\story_10-5-2010_pg7_9

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Kerala Police blame Islamic outfit for unrest

May 10, 2010

The intelligence wing of Kerala Police reported that Solidarity Youth Movement, youth outfit of Jama’at-e-Islami, was responsible for sparking off the conflict in Kinalur, Kozhikode district. More than 60 persons, including women and police personnel, had been injured on Thursday. The incident led to paranoia in the region, with people fleeing their villages for fear of police brutality.

The police had unleashed brutal terror in Kinalur after stones were thrown at them by people who had blocked a Revenue Department team from carrying out a survey. The survey was to acquire land for construction of a 26-km, four-lane road to a 270-acre industrial estate where no significant units existed or were proposed.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/254700/Police-blame-Islamic-outfit-for-unrest.html

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‘IM’s South India module behind Pune bakery blast’

Neeraj Chauhan

May 10 2010

New Delhi : The Pune German Bakery blast of February 13 was carried out by the “South India module of Indian Mujahideen”, headed by Riyaz Bhatkal, one of the arrested members of the terror group is believed to have told investigators during interrogation.

IM operative Salman Ahmed alias Chotu, who was in Nepal the day the blast occurred, has also told investigators that he received an SMS and a call from Bhatkal that day, sources said.

“Riyaz Bhatkal sent an SMS to Salman informing him about the Pune blast being successfully carried out and also called to tell him that he should switch on TV to check it,” a source said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/ims-south-india-module-behind-pune-bakery-blast/616659/

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‘If Pakistan doesn’t act, US will’: US puts blame on Taliban for NY bomb plot

By Anwar Iqbal

10 May, 2010

WASHINGTON, May 9: If Pakistan failed to take appropriate actions against the Taliban, the United States will, US Attorney General Eric Holder said on Sunday as he and other American officials firmly blamed the Pakistani Taliban for a failed attempt to blow up a bomb in New York’s Times Square.

“To the extent that it does not, we will, as Secretary Clinton indicated, take the appropriate

steps,” said Mr Holder when asked to explain her earlier statement.

In an interview recorded on Friday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that if a successful terrorist attack was traced back to Pakistan, the consequences for that country would be “very severe”.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/if-pakistan-doesnt-act,-us-will-us-puts-blame-on-taliban-for-ny-bomb-plot-050

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Young Saudis cherish Obama’s Summit on Entrepreneurship

By RIMA AL-MUKHTAR

May 10, 2010

JEDDAH: Six young Saudis recently attended US President Barack Obama’s Summit on Entrepreneurship that was held in Washington on April 26-27 to deepen ties between business leaders, foundations and social entrepreneurs in Muslim majority countries and the US.

“The experience was a great chance for us, being the youngest delegation,” said Norah Al-Magraby, a nursing student at Jeddah’s Dar Al-Hekma College and one of the six Saudis who attended the summit.

“We had the chance to meet experienced and successful people who were willing to share their knowledge with us and give advice to help young entrepreneurs,” she added.

 Obama announced that Washington would host the summit in his celebrated “New Beginning” speech in Cairo in June 2009.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article51870.ece

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US missiles kill 10 in Pakistan

By RASOOL DAWAR

May 10, 2010

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Suspected US missiles killed 10 people in a militant-controlled region close to the Afghan border Sunday, the first such strike since an alleged Pakistani-trained extremist was accused of a failed Times Square attack.

Last week’s attempted car bombing in New York City has added to pressure on Pakistan to crack down on Al-Qaeda and Taleban militants who have long had safe havens along the Afghan border. Top US officials said Sunday they believe the Pakistani Taleban directed the plot.

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Washington expects more cooperation from Pakistan in fighting terrorism and warned of “severe consequences” if an attack on US soil were traced back to the South Asian country.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article51847.ece

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Filmmakers in Indonesia Share Women's Stories About Life Under Islamic Law

Sara Schonhardt

10 May 2010

Customers browse for Muslim headscarves at a shop in a mall in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, April 22, 2010

Islamic law has been raising questions in Indonesia, a Muslim-majority nation where some provinces are adopting regulations based on Sharia, or Islamic, principles. Human rights groups, however, warn that the laws often are enforced unfairly, particularly for women. Filmmakers in Indonesia have recently released documentaries to show the effects Islamic law has on women.

The film opens with shots of a market, where mannequins in tight-fitting T-shirts contrast with girls in long skirts and headscarves. The sight is common in Aceh Province, which gained the right to implement Sharia law as a part of a peace accord with the Indonesian government.

Full report at:

http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Filmmakers-in-Indonesia-Share-Womens-Stories-About-Life-Under-Islamic-Law-93262079.html

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Blasphemy laws: the root of Pakistani extremism

By Faheem Younus

May 10, 2010

The failed Times Square bombing raises important questions.

As a U.S. Muslim of Pakistani descent, I have wondered why so many plots against America continue to be hatched in Pakistan. At least nine people with some connection to Pakistan have been charged with terror plots against the United States in the past two years. What is it that accounts for this disturbing trend?

One can't simply blame Islam. Were that true, Indonesia, the most populous Muslim country, would be the epicenter of terrorist plots against America. But it's not. One can't simply blame fiery rhetoric. Were that true, Iran, the most vocally anti-American of Islamic nations, would be breeding terrorists. But it's not. One can't simply blame illiteracy. Were that true, Ethiopia, ranked 170th in literacy, would be at the forefront of terrorist activities. But Full report at:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/bs-ed-bomber-pakistan-20100510,0,6374355.story

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Former Christian preacher explains his journey to Islam

By Fouzia Khan

May 10, 2010

JEDDAH – A program was organized by Moulana Hafiz-ur-Rahman academy Jeddah in the honor of 11 new Muslims on May 7 2010 at a restaurant in Jeddah.

Bahjet Najmi, the president and founder of the academy, introduced the chief guest Sheikh Salman, earlier B. Ratna Rajo, who for the last 10 years has been preaching and spreading Islam in the kingdom.

Allah guided over 500 people to Islam through him, including several who reverted recently and were attending the event.

Sheikh Salman was a devoted Christian hailing from the Andhra Pradesh state of India. He embraced Islam in 1993 after reading several books of Ahmed Deedat on Christianity and Islam.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentID=2010051071884

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Rawalpindi’s Indian namesakes want peace with Pak

May 10, 2010

JALANDHAR/HOSHIARPUR: Rawalpindi 8km — the milestone on the busy Hoshiarpur-Phagwara Road leaves you surprised. For, it’s Lahore, and not Rawalpindi, that’s the nearest Pakistani city from the international border.

But, this Rawalpindi is right in India, a village near Jalandhar. And, there is another Rawalpindi, about 40km away near Hoshiarpur.

Far from being uncomfortable with the name, and despite, the constant tension between the two nations, the inhabitants of these two Pindis yearn for permanent peace with Pakistan.

These two villages, inhabited mostly by migrants post-Partition, are named after the Pakistan town housing its Army’s headquarters. But that bothers them the least.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Rawalpindis-Indian-namesakes-want-peace-with-Pak/articleshow/5911006.cms

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Act fast on terror dens, US warns Pak

Jane Perlez

May 10, 2010

ISLAMABAD: The Obama administration has delivered new and stiff warnings to Pakistan after the failed Times Square car bombing that it must urgently move against the nexus of Islamic militancy in the country’s lawless tribal regions, American and Pakistani officials said.

The American military commander in Afghanistan, Gen Stanley McChrystal, met with the Pakistani military chief, Gen Ashfaq Kayani, at his headquarters here on Friday and urged Pakistan to move more quickly in beginning a military offensive against the Pakistani Taliban and al-Qaida in North Waziristan, Americans and Pakistanis familiar with the visit said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/US/Act-fast-on-terror-dens-US-warns-Pak/articleshow/5910892.cms

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Keep off Afghanistan, Qaida threatens Harry

May 10, 2010

LONDON: Al-Qaida has threatened to abduct UK’s Prince Harry if he dares to fly a helicopter in Afghanistan.

People who support the Osama bin Laden-led terror group have posted the warnings on a known al-Qaida Arabic website, Daily Express reported on Sunday.

Harry, 25, was presented with his pilot’s “wings” by his father Prince Charles on Friday and has been selected for Apache training. “Wouldn’t it be sweeeeeeeet if the mujahideen could capture that pig!,” a person wrote on the website.

Another said: “It would be wonderful if we could capture this bastard alive after shooting down his Apache.”

The internet forum was one of the first to issue a video in which a spokesman for the Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility for the attempted car bombing of Times Square in New York.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/UK/Keep-off-Afghanistan-Qaida-threatens-Harry/articleshow/5910902.cms

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As Karzai arrives, Obama tells aides to show respect

May 10, 2010

WASHINGTON: On the eve of Hamid Karzai’s visit here, US president Barack Obama has instructed his senior national security team to stop berating the Afghan president and treat him with more public respect, a prominent newspaper reported on Sunday.

During a White House meeting last month, Obama made clear to officials that Karzai is the chief US partner in the war effort and it will be reflected in his visit here that begins on Monday, Washington Post reported.

Obama made clear in a meeting with his senior national security team that Karzai is “someone we’re going to have to work with for the next 4 1/2 years.” Therefore, “high expectations should be set for (Karzai), and he should be held to them,” but Obama would not tolerate any more public criticism.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Europe/As-Karzai-arrives-Obama-tells-aides-to-show-respect/articleshow/5910905.cms

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Only 58 countries still award death penalty

May 10, 2010

What is the oldest legal codification of capital punishment?

Most of written history across the world has references to capital punishment indicating that it is as old as civilization itself. The first known codification of the death penalty was in the 18th century BCE, in the code of Babylonian king Hammurabi. The 14th-century BCE Hittite code, the 7th-century BCEs Draconian-code of Athens and the 5th-century BCE Roman Law — all had a provision of death sentence.

Kautilya’s ‘‘Arthasastra’’ also imposes death penalty for crimes like rape of a minor and theft in the government treasury. Recorded history gives instances of death sentence carried out by crucifixion, drowning, beating to death, stoning, burning alive, impalement, hanging, firing squads, electrocution, lethal injection, and so on.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Only-58-countries-still-award-death-penalty/articleshow/5911423.cms

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Pak Army, ISI reject new lawyer

Shafqat Ali

10 MAY 2010

Islamabad , May 9: The Pakistan Army and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) have rejected the appointment of Professor Kaiyan Homi Kaikobad as head of the legal team of Pakistan in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against India on Kishenganga hydropower project, officials here said.

“The appointment was show down by the Pakistan Army, ISI and others,” a senior government official said. He added that the previous Pakistan team headed by Professor James Crawford that had fought the legal battle against India on Baglihar Hydropower project will fight the case on Kishenganga hydropower project. “The authorities think that Pakistan cannot afford to try a new team headed by an unproven new man like Kaikobad who has not fought a single case in the international arbitration court while James Crawford is a well-known expert in international water law,” he said. Sources revealed that Kamal Majidullah, reputed close friend of President Asif Ali Zardari, who had been the driving force behind Kaikobad’s inexplicable catapulting, was virtually isolated in the a recent meeting and his viewpoint was not entertained seriously. Pakistan on April 19 has forwarded two names to India for the constitution of the arbitration court. India would also propose their names and then both the countries would agree upon on the name of chief of the arbitration court. The constitution of the court will take place within another five to eight months.

Full report at:

http://beta.asianage.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11927:pak-army-isi-reject-new-lawyer&catid=36:international&Itemid=61

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New mosque centres in Sharjah for memorising Holy Quran Ahmed Shaaban

10 May 2010

SHARJAH — Now it has become easier and closer for students of all ages to find a more spacious and convenient place for memorising the Holy Quran. Special areas have been designated ?for the purpose at three mosques in ?the city by the Holy Quran and Sunnah Foundation.

“The new complexes shall be fully independent, and directly supervised by the foundation,” said Hamada Matter Taryam, manager of the Foundation. Taryam said the initiative is aimed at attracting more people, particularly at the grand masjids in areas that are densely populated.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2010/May/theuae_May238.xml&section=theuae&col=

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200,000 Facebook fans want me to return to Pakistan: Musharraf

10 May, 2010

Lahore: Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has said 200,000 of his Facebook fans are asking him to return to the country from Britain and he will contest the next general elections.

Musharraf said that he would contest the election even if they were held on a mid-term basis, a private TV channel reported.

In a video message shown addressed to the members of his party, All-Pakistan Muslim League, he said he had 200,000 fans on the social networking site Facebook and they want him to return to Pakistan.

Full report at:

http://sify.com/news/200-000-facebook-fans-want-me-to-return-to-pakistan-musharraf-news-international-kfjnkddhcje.html

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Faisal Shahzad is not Pakistani: FM

10 May, 2010

 KARACHI: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi Sunday said Faisal Shahzad, the man involved in failed attack at Times Squre, is not a Pakistani but a naturalised American citizen.

In an interview when asked to comment on reports of recovery of two Pakistani passports from Faisal Shahzad, Qureshi said: “I will have to check. I am not aware of that but I am aware that he is a naturalised American citizen, and the Government of Pakistan will cooperate with the United States and help them in whatever way we can.”

He said Pakistan is serious in its probe into the Mumbai attacks. Hafiz Saeed was arrested but was later set free by the court in the absence of sufficient evidence.

“Pakistan wants cordial relations with India and we will not let any terrorist outfit sabotage the process of dialogue between the two countries,” the FM said.

He said he would invite Indian external minister to visit Pakistan for talks. Back channel diplomacy is of no use without front channel diplomacy, he added.

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/5-9-2010/64625.htm

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Senator Saifullah wants 19th amendment

By Amir Wasim

May 10, 2010

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Q (Like-Minded group) has started making contacts with political parties in the parliament on the issue of adopting Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa as new name for the erstwhile NWFP and suggested to further change it to ‘Hazara-Pakhtunkhwa’.

“I have informally contacted leaderships of PML-N and ANP and they are ready to accept this proposal,” claimed Senator Salim Saifullah Khan, the president of his own faction of the PML-Q, while talking to Dawn on Saturday.

Mr Saifullah said his party wanted the government to bring the 19th constitutional amendment bill during the ongoing sessions of the National Assembly and Senate for amending the name of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to “Hazara-Pakhtunkhwa” before “it is too late”.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-saifullah-wants-19th-amendment-for-hazarapakhtunkhwa-950-hh-05

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Girl ‘forced into prostitution’

By Abid Mehdi

10 May, 2010

SIALKOT, May 9: Just after a few days of crime against a girl student of Daska hitting the headlines, the plight of another abducted girl has surfaced after she has allegedly been kept in the house of ill fame for two weeks.

According to the FIR (No 365/2010) lodged at the Daska city police station by a girl from Fatehgarh (Sialkot), Sajid Masih and Illyas Butt, residents of Akbarabad, abducted her from near a local graveyard a month ago.

The abductors, she said, took her to Khwaja Shahid’s house at Daska’s Bhatti Colony where Sajid raped her at gunpoint. Later, both sold her to Shahid for Rs20,000.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/girl-forced-into-prostitution-050

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Mideast negotiations begin

By MOHAMMED MAR'I

May 10, 2010

RAMALLAH, West Bank: Chief Palestinian peace negotiator Saeb Erekat said Sunday that proximity talks between the Palestinian Authority and Israel have formally started.

"We can now say that the indirect talks have started and they will last for four months," Erekat told reporters following a meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the US Middle East envoy George Mitchell who is mediating the talks.

Erekat said all final-status issues are on the table. Those include defining a border for a future Palestinian state, a decision on the fate of Palestinians who were driven out of or fled what is now Israel and the status of Jerusalem.

He made it clear that "there will not be direct talks with Israel. The talks are with the American side." Mitchell has been in the region since Monday trying to bridge gaps between the Palestinians and Israel.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article51776.ece

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'Muslim countries do not manage wealth properly'

By MUSHTAK PARKER

May 10, 2010

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammed is arguably the most popular politician in the Muslim street. Even in retirement he still exudes that "street cred" and "wow" factor because he speaks his mind. Not surprisingly, when he delivered the keynote speech at the Malaysia Islamic finance showcase dinner in Manama on the eve of the 7th Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) annual summit, he did not disappoint, albeit privately, his aides did suggest that he toned down some of his remarks.

The theme of his speech, "Islamic Finance - New Hope for the Future of the Muslim World," may sound aspirational or even idealistic, but the former Malaysian leader was not bereft of any ideas or suggestions.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/economy/islamicfinance/article51898.ece

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Diplomatic quarter to come up on Jeddah seafront in two years

By P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR

May 10, 2010

JEDDAH: A diplomatic quarter covering eight million square meters will be built on south Jeddah's seafront, which will include housing for Saudis and expatriates. The project is expected to begin in early 2011 and be completed in 24 months.

“It will be very similar to the diplomatic quarter in Riyadh, which is now 30 years old,” Muhammad Tayeb, director general of the Foreign Ministry's office in Makkah Province, told Arab News.

He said that foreign consulates in Jeddah would move to the new quarter as soon as the infrastructure is ready. There are 65 foreign diplomatic missions and 30 honorary consuls in Jeddah.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article51883.ece

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Mystery shrouds the case of Canadian woman

By GHAZANFAR ALI KHAN

May 10, 2010

RIYADH: A 24-year-old Canadian and Indian dual nationality holder who alleges she is being kept in the Kingdom against her will was booked on to a flight for Dubai on Saturday night.

Nazia Quazi was supposed to be flying from Riyadh to Dubai. It, however, remains a mystery whether she was able to board the flight and whether her father granted her permission to leave.

Citing privacy laws, a spokeswoman for the Canadian Embassy in Riyadh declined to make specific comments on the case, but said they are aware of Quazi’s request for help and are “taking steps” to provide that help.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article51825.ece

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After decades of war, Afghanistan’s violence victims speak out

By JAMEY KEATEN

May 10, 2010

KABUL: Mothers of slain teenage sons, men wounded by mine blasts and tearful widows were among Afghans who spoke out Sunday at a conference billed as the first major gathering of victims of decades of war in their country.

The so-called “victims’ jirga” at a Kabul hotel brought together dozens of Afghans from across the country to build pressure on the government ahead of a national peace assembly called by President Hamid Karzai for later this month.

Legal advocates who organized the gathering in the capital want to make sure the voices of the Afghan people who have suffered at the hands of insurgents, warlords and under the former Taleban and Soviet regimes are heard at the government’s peace assembly.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article51852.ece

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Turkish forces, aircraft hit Kurd rebels in Iraq

May 10, 2010

ISTANBUL: Turkish special forces pursued Kurdish guerrillas into northern Iraq and struck suspected targets with helicopter gunships and drones, killing at least five rebels, the military General Staff said in a statement.

Separately, two Turkish soldiers were killed on Saturday in two separate explosions as they patrolled remote areas of Hakkari and Sirnak border provinces in Turkey, security sources said.

The raid into Iraq, which occurred in a border region south of Hakkari early on Friday, came after two other soldiers were killed by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fire, according to the military command's website.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article51905.ece

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Iran hangs five Kurd activists

May 10, 2010

TEHRAN: Iran hanged five members of a Kurdish "anti-revolutionary" group for various charges, including "moharebe" or waging war against God, the official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday.

Farzad Kamangar, Ali Haydarian, Farhad Vakili, Shirin Alam-Houli and Mehdi Eslamian were members of the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK), an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which took up arms in 1984 for an ethnic homeland in southeast Turkey and northwest Iran.

"The five, including one woman, were hanged inside Tehran's Evin prison on Sunday morning ... They confessed carrying out deadly terrorist operations in the country in the past years," IRNA said.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article51908.ece

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Lebanon won’t ask Hezbollah to disarm: Suleiman

May 10, 2010

BEIRUT: Lebanese President Michel Suleiman said the government cannot ask Hezbollah to give up its arms at a time of heightened Israeli tension and before agreement on a national defense strategy was reached.

Israeli allegations last month that Syria had transferred long-range scud missiles to Hezbollah fueled security concerns although Lebanon and Syria both denied the charge, while Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has refused to comment.

Hezbollah is on the United States' terrorism blacklist but it is also part of the Lebanese government.

Syria says it only gives Hezbollah political backing and that Israel may be using the accusation as a pretext for a military strike.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article51517.ece

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Lebanon won’t ask Hezbollah to disarm: Suleiman

May 10, 2010

BEIRUT: Lebanese President Michel Suleiman said the government cannot ask Hezbollah to give up its arms at a time of heightened Israeli tension and before agreement on a national defense strategy was reached.

Israeli allegations last month that Syria had transferred long-range scud missiles to Hezbollah fueled security concerns although Lebanon and Syria both denied the charge, while Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has refused to comment.

Hezbollah is on the United States' terrorism blacklist but it is also part of the Lebanese government.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article51517.ece

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Coalition preaches mutual respect

May 10, 2010

The interfaith dialogue initiated by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to build bridges of understanding between Islam and the West has been well received by religious leaders worldwide. This was evident at the community outreach program that was organized by the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry's Committee of International Trade (CIT) on the sidelines of the US-Saudi Business Opportunities Forum April 28-29 in Chicago.

US President Barack Obama's vision of interfaith harmony as expounded in historic June 2009 address to the Muslim world from Cairo is now beginning to unfold, and I could notice the positive developments that are taking place in the United States.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/opinion/columns/article51866.ece

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Iraq PM orders inquiry into death of Sunni imam

May 10, 2010

 BAGHDAD - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Sunday called for the establishment of a committee to investigate the murder of a senior Sunni Muslim leader in Baghdad last week.

“The head of the Iraqi armed forces (Maliki) ordered the formation of an investigative committee over the murder of Sheikh Abdul Jalil al-Fahdawi on Wednesday,” a statement from the premier’s office said.

Fahdawi was the number two in the Sunni Waqf (religious endowments office) and the deputy head of the Committee of Religious Scholars of Iraq, a rival to the Sunni Muslim Scholars Association, which was close to the Sunni insurgency which fought the US and Iraqi army after the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

He was gunned down alongside two of his bodyguards and a relative near his home and mosque in Amriyah, a western district of the Iraqi capital, early on Wednesday.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/May/middleeast_May145.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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A bullet in Baghdad, a son’s need, a mother’s love

May 10, 2010

 MANASSAS PARK, Va. – There are mothers who will spend today missing sons and daughters fighting overseas. There are women who have lost children in those wars, for whom Mother’s Day will never be the same.

And then there is Eva Briseno.

Joseph Briseno Jr., Eva’s 27-year-old son, is one of the most severely wounded soldiers ever to survive. A bullet to the back of his head in a Baghdad marketplace in 2003 left him paralyzed, brain-damaged and blind, but awake and aware of his condition.

Eva takes care of “Jay” in her suburban Virginia home where the family room has been transformed into an intensive care unit, with the breathing machine and tubes he needs to stay alive.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/May/middleeast_May136.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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Serial bomb attacks in Iraq, 68 killed

May 10, 2010

BAGHDAD: An apparently co-ordinated series of attacks targeting security forces and a Shiite mosque in Iraq killed 68 people on Monday in the worst violence to hit the country in more than a fortnight.

The bloodshed began in Baghdad where shootings with automatic weapons against six police or army checkpoints in eastern and western sectors of the city accounted for seven of the dead, an interior ministry official said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Middle-East/Serial-bomb-attacks-in-Iraq-31-killed/articleshow/5913039.cms

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Man held at Karachi airport with circuits in shoes

May 10, 2010

KARACHI, Pakistan: Pakistani airport authorities detained a passenger after electrical circuits and batteries were found in the soles of his tennis shoes, officials said Monday.

An initial investigation showed that the devices were used for massaging the feet, but the circuits could have other uses and authorities were continuing to examine them, senior police official Tanvir Aalam Odho said. Similar materials can be used in the construction of bombs.

The man, Faiz Mohammad, was arrested Sunday night at the Karachi airport, said Munir Ahmed, a spokesman for the airport security force. The materials were detected by a scanner. Ahmed said each shoe contained a small circuit connected to two AAA batteries.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Man-held-at-Karachi-airport-with-circuits-in-shoes/articleshow/5912863.cms

 

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