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A British Muslim woman who could make history

'Pak may slip over N-weapons to Taliban for use against India'

Somalia Radicals: No music to the ears

We have snapped Islamist-ultra Left nexus: Dhaka

New turn in French niqab ban row

Boobquake celebrates 'scandalous bodies'

Osama bin Laden's bodyguard wants his case out of New York court

No Palestinian state in temporary borders: Abbas

Interior ministry arrests 1,094 runaway housemaids

Proposed sanctions not legal: Ahmadinejad

Fatal suicide bomb in Afghanistan

Abbas urges Obama to 'impose' peace deal

Violence leaves 29 dead in Pakistan

Yemen cleric: Fight draft law banning child brides

9 killed in drone attack in North Waziristan

Pakistan formally seeks extradition of Kasab

‘Musharraf hostile before Bhutto return’

Iraq’s Religious Minorities Face Danger, Uncertainty

Islamic channels banned in Jammu

The hypocrisy of child abuse in many Muslim countries

Web of terror: Jihadis use the Internet to cow 'South Park' producers

Election and UK Muslims

Qaeda confirms deaths of leaders in Iraq

Confessions of a hijabi

2 militants, 2 cops killed in Punjab encounter

Rebels kidnap man, briefly hold Saudis: Yemen

Five leading Indian firms under U.S. scanner for Iran links

Russian police find bomb, open ‘terrorism’ probe: Officials

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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A British Muslim woman who could make history

By Madeleine Bunting

25 Apr, 2010

BIRMINGHAM: Drums, loudhailers, chanting slogans. It is a very old-fashioned kind of politics that can be heard on the high street in Kings Heath, Birmingham, in central England. But Salma Yaqoob, the prospective parliament candidate at the centre of the hubbub, represents a quiet revolution. “Bankers bailed out, people sold out,” she shouts into the loudhailer outside the banks. The passing cars sound their horns in support.

She is the most prominent Muslim woman in British public life to wear a headscarf, a powerful symbol of a faith she has accommodated with her passionate leftwing politics. She is standing as a candidate for the tiny and fractured Respect party.

In some streets around the new constituency of Hall Green, her poster is on every window; since her narrow defeat in 2005, she has built up support through her work as a local councillor, as well as building a national profile through her appearances on the BBC’s TV Question Time politics show. She might just topple Labour in an area which in 1997 it counted as one of its safest. Boundary changes have brought much of the old Sparkbrook and Small Heath constituency (Labour majority: 19,526) into the new Hall Green.

Yaqoob is one of a small group who have a good chance of making history as the first British Muslim women MPs. Her result is looking close, while across Birmingham, Shabana Mahmood is fighting for the Ladywood seat. In Bolton in northwest England, Yasmin Qureshi inherits a big Labour majority in Bolton South, and Rushanara Ali could well take the London seat of Bethnal Green back for Labour. Since 2005 there have been four Muslim MPs, all men, but 2010 looks likely to be the breakthrough year for Muslim women’s political representation. Yaqoob’s headscarf at Westminster might prompt a few headlines - both here and abroad - but few will fully grasp the small revolution these women are spearheading in these communities, and how they are introducing to British electoral politics a constituency of Muslim women, many of whom don’t speak English and who were in previous elections confined to the backroom, the private family areas of the house, whenever canvassers or candidates came to the doorstep.

Back on the high street in Kings Heath, the noisy protesters crowding around the diminutive figure of Yaqoob are furious. Gurt Singh has been running a steel and timber yard all his life, but he has had to put his staff of 10 on to a three-day week to avoid redundancies. “I reckon I have only a few months left. I can’t get credit from the bank.”

Essa Altaf is equally outraged. A property developer, he has had to lay off eight men. “I don’t want to lay off any more, I have morals. I know redundancy affects a whole family and then the whole community. Why do I have morals, and the banks don’t?”

By now I am surrounded by men who all run small businesses in the building industry, all telling a bitter story of the recession. The boom in this area of Birmingham has always been fragile and the recession hit quickly and hard. Jobs are the biggest subject on the doorstep, says Yaqoob. She knows well that the issues here, even at national elections, are local: jobs, schools, anti-social behaviour, police, housing. The Iraq and Afghanistan wars rarely come up, she says - the surge in anti-war sentiment which helped her in 2005 is unlikely to feature this time round. Constituents’ economic security is far more pressing.What will help Yaqoob is that her Labour opponent, Roger Godsiff, who has held the seat since 1992, has been badly damaged by the MPs expenses scandal. His second-home claims were among the highest in England, and despite charging GBP163,885 to the taxpayer in 2007-08, last year he spoke in only five debates and voted in 56 per cent of divisions.

Yaqoob was wooed by Labour after 2005. She acknowledges that “my values are traditional Labour but New Labour has gone to the right”. She was even courted by the Liberal Democrats and the Tories, a tribute to her rare capacity for fair-minded plain speaking, most evident in her Question Time appearance earlier this year when she earned respect for her handling of questions about British soldiers killed in Afghanistan, a war she opposes.

But she has stuck with Respect, despite its internal disputes, since 2005, and is probably now better known than her party. She is accused by prominent Labour and Liberal Democrat Muslims of “leading the community into a cul de sac” but defends her way of doing politics vigorously.

“I couldn’t speak like I do if I was in Labour. I’m not here as a career politician but because I want to offer an alternative to the neo-liberal model which is patently failing. I now punch above my weight, working with other parties and influencing them. I want to try and open the space for discussion and debate, which is crucial right now, and nudge Labour into a more principled position.”

Her toughest battles are probably within the Muslim community. Contrary to assumptions that this is where the core of her support lies, she has had to pick her way very carefully through the sensitivities of conservatives within her community. The old Sparkbrook and Small Heath had the highest number of Muslim votes of any constituency in the country, and many of them are now in Yaqoob’s patch.

She is well aware that she is a challenge to traditional Muslim political culture - not just because she is a woman, but because she is not afraid to speak her mind.

Yaqoob recognises that many non-Muslim voters can feel threatened by her as a Muslim. “I’m between a rock and a hard place,” she says. “I have to jump hurdles because of the way I look. Firstly, I have to make it clear that I don’t support terrorism, secondly, that I’m British, thirdly, that I don’t just lobby for Muslims and lastly, that I’m not a Trojan horse for sinister Islamist plots.

The key factor benefiting Yaqoob is the decline of the close bond between Muslims and Labour that has defined the politics of the Muslim community for two generations. Disillusion with foreign policy, most notably in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as on domestic economic issues is likely to slash the Muslim votes in Birmingham.

This election will almost certainly see the arrival of the first Conservative Muslim MPs: men have been selected for the Bromsgrove and Stratford-upon-Avon, two safe Conservative seats in the West Midlands of England.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/international/a-british-muslim-woman-who-could-make-history-540

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'Pak may slip over N-weapons to Taliban for use against India'

Apr 24, 2010

WASHINGTON: Pakistan may slip over nuclear weapons to the Taliban for use against India in the event of escalated tension or war between the two neighbours, a non-proliferation US commission has said.

"If something broke out in Kashmir that reignited the vitriol between India and Pakistan, that could be an incident that could cause someone to make the decision.

"We don't want to use these weapons, but we're going to let our surrogate Taliban have access to these weapons and they'll do our dirty work," Bob Graham, head of US Commission on the Prevention of WMD proliferation and terrorism told US lawmakers at a Congressional hearing.

Graham was responding to questions from anxious lawmakers who expressed concern over the safety and security of nuclear weapons in Pakistan at a hearing convened by the House Homeland Security Committee.

"I think one of our recommendations was to work with India and Pakistan to develop some fail-safe procedures. Unlike, the US and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, where although we were strong adversaries and had the capability of destroying each other.

"We understood that we didn't want to allow a misstep or an accidental event to become the ignition for such a war. So we set up the red phone in the Oval Office and a whole protocol," Graham said referring to the report of the commission released early this year.

"None of that exists between India and Pakistan. I have felt that this may be an area in which the US and Russia together, since we developed these protocols for our own benefit and the world's benefit, might work together with India and Pakistan to try to get them to develop," he said.

"I was encouraged that within the last month India and China have started to develop some of those fail-safe procedures. But there's almost nothing that has been done in a similar vein between the real adversaries, which are India and Pakistan," Graham said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Pak-may-slip-over-N-weapons-to-Taliban-for-use-against-India/articleshow/5847006.cms

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Somalia Radicals: No music to the ears

04/25/10

If, as my colleague Sarah Wildman reports, the Francophonic world is intent on curbing expressions of fundamentalist Islam belief, then the radical Muslim world is taking no prisoners with the West, either. Last week, the Somalian fundamentalist Islamic group Hizbul Islam announced that music of any kind is "un-Islamic," warning of "serious consequences" for those who dare to violate their decree. In response, radio stations all over the country, including those run by the moderate Muslim transitional government, cut all music from their broadcasts. Even intro music for news reports was scrapped. In its place? "We are using sounds such as gunfire, the noise of vehicles and the sound of birds to link up our programmes and news," said one Somalian head of radio programming.

Somalia has been wracked with inter-tribal violence for nearly two decades. In the last few years, increasingly radical Muslim militants, including the dominant Shabab group, have taken over large parts of the country and become closely affiliated with al-Qaeda. A moderate Muslim transitional government, helmed by a former teacher named Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, controls a small part of the country. His government is largely propped up by African Union peacekeepers, with United Nations' and U.S. support.

In the meantime, Islamic radicals like Shabab have gone on a campaign the New York Times described as "a quest to turn Somalia into a seventh century style Islamic state."

The music decree follows a string of fundamentalist decrees, including prohibitions on wearing bras (also "un-Islamic"), the banning of modern movies and news channels, including the BBC and Voice of America.

As evidence of a power struggle between the moderate Muslim government and the hard-line radicals who control many parts of the country, Sheik Ahmed's government responded last Sunday by saying any radio stations that stopped playing music would face closure. In the government's eyes, those radio stations that complied with the ban were colluding with the radicals.

In the meantime, the radio stations have been caught between a rock and a hard place. "The order and counter-order are very destructive," radio director Abukar Hassan Kadaf said in the Times article. "Each group are issuing orders against us and we are the victims."

In the escalating tug-of-war between Western and Islamic powers over freedom of expression, what remains to be seen is how much of a causal relationship exists between the two. Is a proposed burqa ban in Quebec a result of the shuttering of a radio station in Somalia? Does a call for prohibition of headscarves in Paris force a bra-burning in Mogadishu?

If Islamic decrees do, in fact, fuel the fire for legal actions in the West (and vice versa), then continued and increased prohibition seems inevitable. But if radical Islam and a skeptical West are destined to one-up each other in a battle of bans, the powers that be might remember the men and women caught in the crossfire. That is, the women in the West who wear niqabs by choice, or the men and women in Somalia who just want to listen to music. What is perhaps most strikingly absent in all the brouhaha surrounding sharia vs. Western law are the voices of the moderate Muslims themselves. In the end, perhaps the gulf between the two sides will prove too great to be bridged, but for the immediate future, we would do well to remember the ground we share in common. Before there's nothing left to ban.

http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/04/25/somalia-radicals-declare-music-un-islamic-and-radio-goes-tune/

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We have snapped Islamist-ultra Left nexus: Dhaka

2010-04-25

The Bangladesh government has said it has snapped a developing nexus between the Islamists and ultra-Left militants that could have led to an exchange of arms.

Officials of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), the elite para-military force fighting militancy, say they have identified and broken a link between Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and leftist group Gono Bahini.

Both are banned outfits and officials say they sought to link up.

'The JMB contacted an outlawed group for firearms but failed as we detected and dismantled the link,' RAB director (intelligence wing) Lt Col Ziaul Ahsan told The Daily Star newspaper.

While ultra-Left groups have been operating since the British era, Islamist groups have been active since early 1990s after being set up by those who returned home after the anti-Soviet war in Afghanistan.

Full report at:

http://sify.com/news/we-have-snapped-islamist-ultra-left-nexus-dhaka-news-international-kezlueffage.html

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New turn in French niqab ban row

Vaiju Naravane

Apr 24, 2010

Paris: The controversy in France surrounding an imminent ban on the wearing of the burqa, the niqab or other full face coverings suddenly took a dramatic turn when a young woman revealed she had been fined €22 by the police for driving while wearing a niqab.

The 31-year-old woman, a French national, said she had been wearing the niqab for the past nine years and had never had either an accident or a problem with the police. She said she had committed no crime and planned to challenge the fine and sue the government for harassment. Nothing in France's traffic regulations prevents a person from driving whilst wearing a mask. The police imposed the fine claiming that her niqab “reduced her field of vision”.

The government immediately waded into the controversy making the situation infinitely worse. Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux alleged that the woman's husband was polygamous and suggested he should be stripped of his French nationality acquired in 1999 following his marriage to a French woman. Mr. Hortefeux asked the Minister for Immigration and National identity to examine the case and determine whether or not the woman's husband had four wives and twelve children and had radical Islamist views as alleged. The Minister charged that each of the four wives independently claimed child support payments from the state. The government also indicated it could usher in a law banning the burqa in a matter of weeks by using article 49.3 of the Constitution which allows by-passing a parliamentary debate in order to legislate by ordinance.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/04/25/stories/2010042557011900.htm

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Boobquake celebrates 'scandalous bodies'

BY KATIE MERCER

Apr 24, 2010

Samantha Gurney (left to right), Sam Anderson, Pamela McDonald and Kat Reed will be enthusiastic participants in Boobquake, a cyberspace event that will reverberate around the world on Monday. The event is in response to comments by a Middle Eastern cleric to the effect that when women do not cover themselves, it leads to earthquakes.

Photograph by: Arlen Redekop, PNG, The Province

A worldwide protest against an Iranian cleric's suggestion that immodestly dressed women cause earthquakes is gaining magnitude in Vancouver.

"Boobquake," the brainchild of Indian university student Jen McCreight, urges women worldwide to satirize cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi Monday by revealing a little cleavage -- or ankle, for the modest.

"This is more than just parading around your boobs," said Mission's Sam Anderson, 24, who is rallying friends to take part.

"This is about letting people know that these comments are absolutely ridiculous-- so we're going to respond with something even more ridiculous. I think there will be a lot of cleavage in Vancouver Monday."

Full report at:

http://www.theprovince.com/news/Boobquake+celebrates+scandalous+bodies/2948999/story.html

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Osama bin Laden's bodyguard wants his case out of New York court

Apr 24, 2010

NEW YORK: As one of Osama bin Laden's former bodyguards Nasser al-Bahri reveals details about his employer's life in a new book, another bodyguard Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani is trying to get a case against him thrown out of a New York Federal District Court.

Ghailani, who hails from Tanzania, has been charged with aiding Al Qaeda in the bombings of two US Embassies in East Africa in 1998 that killed more than 200 people.

He was captured in Pakistan in 2004 and was moved last year from Guantánamo to Manhattan to be tried in civilian court.

Ghailani has pleaded not guilty and demanded that his indictment be dismissed because of "outrageous government conduct," New York Times reported.

He was detained for nearly five years in secret CIA prisons and later at the naval base at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba.

According to FBI transcripts of his interrogation, which has been made public, shows that Ghailani became the bodyguard of world's most wanted man after getting offer from a Bin Laden's intermediary.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Osama-bin-Ladens-bodyguard-wants-his-case-out-of-New-York-court/articleshow/5855004.cms

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No Palestinian state in temporary borders: Abbas

24 April 2010

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday rejected the establishment of a Palestinian state within temporary borders, an idea he said was recently proposed for restarting peace talks.

In a speech to leaders of his Fatah movement, Abbas urged Israel to resume serious negotiations on the terms of full Palestinian statehood, adding that such talks should wrap up within two years.

Israel and the Palestinians remain far apart on the framework for such talks, and US Mideast envoy George Mitchell returned to the region on Friday for a new push to narrow the differences.

The US has proposed indirect talks in which Mitchell would shuttle between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. However, the Palestinians say they won’t engage unless Israel agrees not to start new housing projects for Jews in traditionally Arab east Jerusalem, claimed by the Palestinians as a capital. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly rejected a building freeze in east Jerusalem.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/April/middleeast_April385.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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Interior ministry arrests 1,094 runaway housemaids

25 April 2010,

ABU DHABI — After a series of intensive raids, the inspection teams of the Violators and Foreigners Follow up Section at the Ministry of Interior, apprehended 1,094 runaway housemaids in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Sharjah in the first quarter of this year.

Brigadier Nasser Al Awadhi Al Minhali, Acting Assistant Undersecretary for Naturalisation, Residency and Ports Affairs at the Ministry of Interior, stressed in a statement that the ?campaigns would continue to crack down on the absconding housemaids, offenders and infiltrators and those who harbour them to bring them ?all to the book.

He said that the Interior Ministry is currently coordinating with the embassies and consulates concerned to facilitate the deportation procedures of the housemaids to their home countries, pointing out that the cooperation of the embassies and consulates with the ministry is necessary for speeding it up.

Al Minhali noted that such inspection campaigns and raids will continue day and night in line with the implementation of the Entry and Residency Laws.

Colonel Saeed bin Rakan Al Rashidi, Director of the Violators follow-Up Section at the department, said that during the first four months of this year, the inspection teams caught 582 absconding housemaids in Abu Dhabi, 242 in Al Ain and 270 in Sharjah, bringing the total number in the three areas to 1,094.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=/data/theuae/2010/April/theuae_April621.xml&section=theuae

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Proposed sanctions not legal: Ahmadinejad

25 April 2010

Iranian President Ahmadinejad flouted any more UN sanctions on his nuclear program as illegal, insisting he will not submit to any such pressure based on the US and Britain “lying” about the evidence.

The Iranian leader, wrapping up two days of talks with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, lambasted the Western allies for pressing for another round of U.N. Security Council sanctions against Iran.

Ahmadinejad let loose when asked by an Associated Press reporter to discuss his effort to evade more U.N. sanctions by meeting with Uganda, a non-permanent member of the 15-nation council. The council is preparing to consider a fourth round of sanctions on Tehran for its nuclear defiance.

“The nuclear issue of Iran has turned into a big test for the entire world,” Ahmadinejad said, adding that the U.S. and Britain “say they are concerned about the building of a nuclear bomb, but they are lying like the other previous lies.”

He was referring to unsubstantiated U.S. claims that Saddam Hussein’s regime had weapons of mass destruction, a key Bush administration rationale for the 2003 Iraq war. An exhaustive search turned up no nuclear, chemical or biological weapons or any evidence there was an active program to develop it.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?col=&section=middleeast&xfile=data/middleeast/2010/April/middleeast_April386.xml

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Fatal suicide bomb in Afghanistan

Apr 24, 2010

A suicide bomber has killed three people and injured seven others in an attack in southern Afghanistan, officials say.

The bomber targeted a group of security guards as they stood in a bazaar in the southern province of Zabul, a provincial government spokesman said.

The attacker was reportedly on foot and wearing an explosives-packed vest.

Coalition troops supporting the Afghan government army are fighting the Taliban in the country's south.

"Three people, including one security guard and two civilians were killed and seven others, all civilians, were injured," the spokesman, Mohammed Jan Rasoulyar, was quoted as telling AFP news agency.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8642473.stm

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Abbas urges Obama to 'impose' peace deal

By KARIN LAUB

Apr 24, 2010

RAMALLAH, West Bank: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas urged US President Barack Obama on Saturday to impose a Mideast peace deal, signaling the Palestinians' growing frustration after nearly two decades of failed negotiations with Israel.

Palestinian officials have said privately that they believe only strong US intervention can break the impasse with Israel. Still, Abbas' blunt public appeal Saturday was unusual.

In a speech to leaders of his Fatah movement, the Palestinian president noted that the Obama administration has defined the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel as a strategic US interest.

“Since you, Mr. President and you, the members of the American administration, believe in this, it is your duty to call for the steps in order to reach the solution and impose the solution — impose it,” Abbas said. “But don't tell me it's a vital national strategic American interest ... and then not do anything.”

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article46968.ece

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Violence leaves 29 dead in Pakistan

By ASIF SHAHZAD

Apr 24, 2010

ISLAMABAD: A suicide car bomber attacked a prison van while gunmen torched six NATO oil tankers in separate strikes Saturday that killed four Pakistani police officers and wounded 10 others, authorities said.

The army, meanwhile, kept up its pressure on the Pakistani Taleban in the tribal belt, killing 20 suspected fighters, while apparent US missiles killed five alleged insurgents in a nearby northwest region, officials said.

The oil tankers were hit in Chakwal district — a rare, possibly unprecedented such assault in Punjab province. Militants and ordinary criminals frequently attack trucks that travel along supply routes used by NATO and US forces in Afghanistan, but usually in the northwest Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa or southwest Baluchistan provinces.

Suspected militants in two pick-up trucks rode up to the gas station where the tankers were parked and opened fire before setting the vehicles aflame, police officer Aslam Tareen told The Associated Press. Four police officers who responded to the scene were killed, he said.

The drivers of the oil tankers said they were headed for NATO troops in Afghanistan, Tareen said. The militants managed to flee. Chakwal is not far from the Punjab border with the northwest province.

On Saturday morning, a suicide car bomber targeted a prison van as it arrived at a jail in Timergarah to pick up prisoners to take to the nearby Swat Valley, senior police official Shakeel Khan said.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article46945.ece

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Yemen cleric: Fight draft law banning child brides

By AHMAD AL-HAJ

Apr 24, 2010

SANAA: Yemen’s most influential Islamic cleric vowed on Saturday to gather a million signatures to protest a draft law banning child brides, in an increasingly vocal showdown against the country’s weak government which needs the support of powerful religious leaders to hold onto power.

The issue of child brides in Yemen has attracted broad international attention, most recently when a 13-year-old girl bled to death earlier this month after her 23-year-old husband allegedly tied her down and forced her to have sex with him.

The cleric, Sheikh Abdul-Majid Al-Zindani, said “a ban on child brides threatens our culture and society and spreads immorality.” Al-Zindani is Yemen’s most powerful Islamic scholar and believed by the US to be a spiritual mentor of Osama Bin Laden.

Speaking at a conference at Iman University in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, Al-Zindani called on the dozens of clerics and Islamic law students in the crowd to oppose the draft law.

“You have to gather a million signature... that supports the demands of clerics,” said Al-Zindani. “If the issue calls on us to gather a million protesters, we’ll organize it,” Al-Zindani said.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article46941.ece

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9 killed in drone attack in North Waziristan

25 Apr, 2010

MIRAMSHAH, April 24: Nine people were killed and three others injured when a US drone fired two missiles at a house in Machikhel area of Mirali tehsil on Saturday.

Local people said six unmanned aircraft were flying over the area at low altitude before the attack.

(The nationalities of the dead were not immediately clear, a senior Pakistani security official told AFP on condition of anonymity. “We don’t know yet if any high-value target was present in the area at the time of attack.”)

Two security personnel manning a security post on the Bannu-Miramshah road were injured when some people travelling in a vehicle opened fire on them.

Security forces launched a search operation in the area to capture the attackers. Sources said at least 10 suspects were detained.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/9-killed-in-drone-attack-in-north-waziristan-540

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Pakistan formally seeks extradition of Kasab

Apr 1, 2010,

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Saturday asked India to provide access to Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone terrorist arrested for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, to facilitate the trial in Pakistan of seven suspects charged with involvement in the carnage.

Malik raised the issue during a meeting with Indian High Commissioner Sharat Sabharwal, saying a Pakistani court had issued an arrest warrant for Kasab and Islamabad will request New Delhi to hand him over to Pakistan.

"Kasab's statement is of paramount importance in the Mumbai attacks case as it is an important (piece of evidence) and our courts need it," Malik told the media after the meeting.

"Pakistan will request India to allow the two magistrates and Chief Investigation Officer of Mumbai CID to appear in a Pakistani court and testify that they recorded the confessional statement of Kasab so that authorities could proceed further," he added.

The trial in Pakistan is moving in the right direction and the presence of these three Indian officers would make it stronger, he said.

"They must come to Pakistan to make the case stronger. We are hopeful that (India) would consider our request for justice," he said.

The interior ministry will hand over the request for the presence of the Indian officers to the Foreign Office in the next few days so that it could be formally conveyed to India, Malik said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pakistan-responds-to-Indian-dossiers-seeks-Kasabs-extradition/articleshow/5855117.cms

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‘Musharraf hostile before Bhutto return’

Rezaul H. Laskar

25 APRIL 2010

Islamabad, April 24: Former President Pervez Musharraf was “hostile” and had a “confrontational” discussion with ex-Premier Benazir Bhutto before her return to Pakistan from self-imposed exile in 2007, the slain leader’s close friend Mark Siegel has said.

Mr Siegel, who helped Bhutto put together her final book Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West, claimed that Mr Musharraf had telephoned Bhutto when she was with him in the US to discuss her return to Pakistan. He said Bhutto later told him about the conversation, saying Mr Musharraf confronted her as he did not want her to return to Pakistan. “It wasn’t a very good conversation. He was very confrontational. He seemed to be very hostile. He didn’t want her to return. She made it clear that she was returning and the preparations were underway for her return,” Mr Siegel told a TV news channel.

Soon after the 2002 general election, Mr Musharraf had offered Bhutto a deal for dropping charges against her husband Asif Ali Zardari, releasing him from prison and giving him a ministry of his choice if she agreed to bid goodbye to politics for the next 10 years, Mr Siegel claimed.

Bhutto was sitting with Mr Siegel when Mr Zardari telephoned her from prison and told her he had been offered the deal. “He (Zardari) said he won’t accept the deal under any conditions and would rather spend the rest of his life in jail,” Mr Siegel said.

Bhutto had also sent Mr Siegel an email after her motorcade was the target of a suicide attack in Karachi hours after her return to Pakistan in October 2007 following eight years of self-imposed exile.      http://www.asianage.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10153:musharraf-hostile-before-bhutto-return&catid=36:international&Itemid=61

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Iraq’s Religious Minorities Face Danger, Uncertainty

Rudi Stettner

25 April 2010

Iraq has for centuries been the home of religious groups with a presence on Iraqi soil dating back many centuries. Christianity took root in Iraq in the second century of the common era. Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus is a common language of worship among Christians in this country.  Indeed, a small number of people in some villages still speak Aramaic in their homes and in the street.

The Mandaeans, a pacifist gnostic group that reveres John the Baptist and prohibits circumcision still exists in Iraq.

The Yazidis,  whose religion is a mix of Zoroastrianism, Islam, gnosticism and other faiths predate Islam as well.

Full report at:

http://indyposted.com/19375/19375-iraq-christian-yazidi-mandaean/

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Islamic channels banned in Jammu

Shabir Dar

25 April 2010

April 24: The Muslim fraternity of Jammu has condemned the move by Jammu district administration to stop the telecast of 12 Pakistan and Dubai based channels in the winter capital. They have decided to launch an agitation against what they termed as “interference in religious affairs” by the authorities. The telecast of the channels was stopped citing “anti-India propaganda.”

On Friday, District Magistrate, Jammu, Manoj Kumar Dwivedi vide notification No. DMJ/Misc/10-11/579-86 dated 23-4-2010has issued notices to multi-system operators/cable operators of Jammu district to immediately stop telecast of 12 channels, including Peace TV (Dubai), QTV, ARY, PTV Home, PTV World, Geo TV, Dawn, Express, Waqat, Noor TV, Hadi TV and Aaj.

 “I issued the notice as per the directions of Ministry of Broadcasting, Government of India. Infact, MoB has directed all the district magistrates of the state, rather country, to stop the 12 channels from being telecasted,” Dwivedi told Rising Kashmir. “As per MoB, these 12 channels are not registered with them, hence are illegal.”

Full report at:

http://www.risingkashmir.com/?option=com_content&task=view&id=22784

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The hypocrisy of child abuse in many Muslim countries

Shaista Gohir

25 April 2010

Some Muslims are fond of condemning western morality – alcoholism, nudity, premarital sex and homosexuality often being cited as examples. But Muslims do not have a monopoly on morality. In the west, child marriages and sex with children are illegal. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for many Muslim countries.

I recently saw the documentary on the Dancing Boys of Afghanistan. It exposed an ancient custom called "bacha bazi" (boy for play), where rich men buy boys as young as 11 from impoverished families for sexual slavery. The boys are dressed in women's clothes and made to dance and sing at parties, before being carted away by the men for sex. Owning boys is considered a symbol of status and one former warlord boasted of having up to 3,000 boys over a 20-year period, even though he was married, with two sons. The involvement of the police and inaction of the government means this form of child prostitution is widespread.

Full report at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/apr/25/middle-east-child-abuse-pederasty

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Web of terror: Jihadis use the Internet to cow 'South Park' producers

April 25th 2010

The Comedy Central cable TV channel last week toned down an episode of its iconoclastic animated program "South Park" because of fears the previous show might stoke violent retribution by radical Muslims.

In these United States, creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have the right to depict the Prophet Muhammed as they like. They did so by cloaking him in a bear suit, suggesting that this should make the image more palatable across the world. Of course, it didn't.

A New York-based Web site calling itself RevolutionMuslim.com posted a message cautioning that Parker and Stone could face dire consequences as a result of insulting the prophet.

Under a picture showing the murder of Theo Van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker who produced a film critical of the treatment of women in Islam, the posting said:

"We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid, and they will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show. This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them."

Full report at:

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/2010/04/25/2010-04-25_web_of_terror.html

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Election and UK Muslims

Apr 24, 2010

Hugely excited about Britain’s first televised party leaders’ debates, the British media have paid limited attention to the vicious electoral battle being fought in the East London borough of Barking and Dagenham.

Yet the outcome of the general and local elections there on May 6 could have troubling consequences, not least for Britain’s 2.4 million Muslims. For it is in Barking and Dagenham that the leader of the far right British National Party, Nick Griffin, has a fighting chance of winning what has long been a safe seat for Britain’s governing Labour Party.

Even if Griffin fails to get elected, his party could well double the 12 council seats it holds in Barking and Dagenham, which would give it control of the borough, an annual budget of 200 million pounds and a large say over local education policy. Such a development would significantly enhance the BNP’s bid for mainstream legitimacy. There is a real possibility that a party that abhors diversity and aspires to purge Britain of Muslims will soon be better placed than ever before to influence British political debate.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/opinion/columns/article46912.ece

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Qaeda confirms deaths of leaders in Iraq

Apr 24, 2010

Al Qaeda in Iraq has confirmed in a statement posted on the Internet that two of its leaders were killed in a joint raid a week ago by U.S. and Iraqi troops.

The killings of al Qaeda's leader in Iraq, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, the purported head of its affiliate, the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), have been blamed for a series of apparent reprisal bombings that killed at least 56 people in Shi'ite areas of Baghdad on Friday.

The al Qaeda statement, posted on Islamist Internet forums and translated on Sunday by SITE Intelligence Group, quotes Abu al-Walid Abd al-Wahhab al-Mashadani, identified as the Sharia Minister of the ISI, as confirming that Masri, also known as Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, and Baghdadi were killed in a military operation on April 18 in Thar-Thar, 80 km (50 miles) northwest of Baghdad. "The ISI Sharia Minister, Abu al-Walid Abd al-Wahhab al-Mashadani, informed that both leaders were attending a meeting when enemy forces engaged them in battle and launched an airstrike on their location," the statement said.

"He said that the 'Crusaders' and Shi'ites will exploit the incident to improve the image of Iraqi security services and give the enemy alliance an 'illusory' victory after the mass-casualty incidents carried out by the ISI in Baghdad," the statement added, in an apparent reference to Friday's bomb attacks.

Full report at:

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20100425/world-news/qaeda-confirms-deaths-of-leaders-in-iraq

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Confessions of a hijabi

By Nadeem F. Paracha

25 Apr, 2010

"Is this sheer hypocrisy, self-centred delusion, or a simple case of Islamism now losing its bearings on a social level just like its political version did in the political arena?"

A few weeks ago a young lady wrote a moving blog for dawn.com called ‘Confessions of a hijabi,’ she predictably rambled on about how painful it has been for her to hold on to her hijab in the face of taunts by the people around her.

The event that inspired her to write this piece is rather telling. She says she watched My name is Khan and was extremely moved by a scene in which the hijab-wearing heroin is physically assaulted by an American man. This was enough for her to scribble her own story. But the problem is that her story takes place in Pakistan. One was thus left wondering how can a fictionalised account taking place in a distant western country be so conveniently associated with the status of hijabis in Pakistan.

Do correct me when I say that never has there been a (reported) case in Pakistan in which a woman was physically assaulted or humiliated just because she wore a hijab. It’s quite the opposite, really. The blogger belongs to that class of young, educated, urban dwellers who have enthusiastically embraced the many symbolic identity-forming symbols offered to them by a string of Islamic evangelists.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/19-nadeem-f-paracha-lost-bearings-540-hh-04

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2 militants, 2 cops killed in Punjab encounter

Apr 24, 2010

PATHANKOT (Punjab): Two militants and as many policemen were on Sunday killed in an encounter in the border district of Gurdaspur in Punjab.

The encounter near Ratarwan village under Narot Jaimal Singh Police Station area, about 50 kms from here, took place after a couple informed the police that two armed men had come to their house late on Friday night and asked them the way to the main road, police said.

While Inspector General of Police (IGP), Border Range, I P S Sahota said one militant was killed and his accomplice was injured in the encounter in which two policemen also died, police sources in neighbouring Jammu put the number of ultras killed at two.

Police had on Saturday launched an operation to track down the militants after being informed about them by the locals.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/2-militants-2-cops-killed-in-Punjab-encounter/articleshow/5855176.cms

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Rebels kidnap man, briefly hold Saudis: Yemen

24 April 2010

 SANAA - Shia Muslim rebels have kidnapped a Yemeni man in the country’s north and also briefly held a group of Saudi citizens, the government said, threatening a fragile truce with Sanaa.

The northern rebels seized the Yemeni in the Harf Sufyan district and took him to an unknown location, Yemeni security services said in a statement.

A number of the rebels, who complain of discrimination by Sanaa, held the Saudis captive for a few hours but then freed them, said the statement which was issued on Friday.

Yemen’s government agreed a truce with the rebels led by Abdel Malek Al Houthi in February to halt a war that has raged on and off since 2004 and displaced 250,000 people.

The ceasefire has largely held, but unrest has risen in recent weeks, raising fears of growing instability in a country that neighbours the world’s biggest oil exporters and sits on a strategic shipping channel.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?col=&section=middleeast&xfile=data/middleeast/2010/April/middleeast_April379.xml

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Five leading Indian firms under U.S. scanner for Iran links

Sujay Mehdudia & Siddharth Varadarajan

Apr 24, 2010

NEW DELHI: With five leading Indian firms under the American scanner for doing business with Iran's oil and gas sector, the Manmohan Singh government might soon have to walk its talk on opposing sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

In a week in which the House of Representatives voted to speed up the process of reconciling its anti-Iran bill with the version passed by the Senate, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) made public a report naming the five Indian companies as part of a list of 41 foreign firms helping Iran develop its oil and gas sector.

The Indian companies named are the Indian Oil Corporation, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, ONGC Videsh (OVL), Oil India Limited and the government-sponsored private company, Petronet LNG. In addition, the U.K.-based Hinduja group is listed.

The list was compiled by the GAO through open source information and a confirmatory questionnaire sent to every company concerned. None of the Indian firms replied.

“IOC, OVL, OIL and ONGC are engaged in the development of the Farzad-B natural gasfield in the Farsi block and South Pars assets with an estimated investment of $5 billion,” the report says. The Hindujas are also part of one of the South Pars projects with ONGC, but that relationship has still to gain stability. In any event, this particular venture has yet to take off fully.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/04/25/stories/2010042560170100.htm

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Russian police find bomb, open ‘terrorism’ probe: Officials

Apr 24, 2010

Russian authorities found and defused a bomb in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don on Saturday, foiling what was believed to be an attempted terrorist attack, officials said.

At about 0045 GMT, a cardboard box was discovered outside a police station in Rostov-on-Don, and on further examination it was discovered to contain a bomb, Russia’s investigative committee said.

“The box contained a homemade explosive device consisting of a mobile phone, two detonators and incapacitating elements in the form of nails,” the committee said in a statement.

A police source told the RIA-Novosti news agency that the explosive device contained a 1.5-litre bottle with an ammonia mix and aluminium powder. The Interfax news agency said it had been found by a policeman on patrol.

The bomb was successfully defused and authorities opened a investigation on charges of terrorism and unlawful preparation and use of explosives, the investigative committee said.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/251496/Russian-police-find-bomb-open-%E2%80%98terrorism%E2%80%99-probe-Officials.html

 

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