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Afghanistan Mother and Daughter Stoned and Shot Dead

Pakistan Court grants bail to grave exhumers

Gilani a Man of Peace, Time for New Chapter in Ties: Indian PM

Sardarpura verdict: Why the conspiracy theory fell

Singh-Gilani talks imparted seriousness of purpose: Khar

India a close friend: Karzai

Two women, child among 9 killed in Yemen's Taez: Medic

Turkey quake toll rises to 17

12 killed as Sudan bombs refugee camp

Syrian forces kill 11, protesters urge Arabs to act

One dead, foreign troops injured in Afghan attack

Checkpost attacked, school blown up in Mohmand

SAARC members urged to invest in social sector instead of arms

PM, Obama to meet in Bali next Friday

Manmohan's return gift for Pakistan's MFN gesture

US says Assad will fall, Arab states offer safe haven

Terror attempt foiled in Sui

Suspected terrorist charged in U.S. with supporting al-Qaeda

Supreme Court expresses shock over Pakistanis in Indian jails, seeks status report

Hindu doctors' murder a sad day for Pakistan, says Imran Khan

If elected PM, army and ISI will be kept under check: Imran

Pak Taliban brand Imran Khan as 'American slave'

Pakistan, Nepalese PMs discuss bilateral issues

Operation against terrorists intensified in Bara, Pakistan

Wanted terrorist nabbed in Swat

6, including 4 target killers, nabbed in raids

US army sergeant found guilty of murdering Afghan civilians

NATO may face posible ICC probe

Syria: HRW urges suspension by Arab League

US adds armed robotic helicopters to drone fleet

German-Afghan charged over Qaeda links

EU mulls new sanctions against defiant Iran

Libyan ex-PM Mahmudi will get fair trial: Abdel Jalil

Compiled By New Age Islam News Bureau

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Afghanistan Mother and Daughter Stoned and Shot dead

11 November 2011

A group of armed men have stoned and shot dead a woman and her daughter in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, security officials have told the BBC.

The officials blamed the Taliban, who they said had accused the women of "moral deviation and adultery".

The police said two men had been arrested in connection with the murder.

The attack was only 300m from the governor's office in Ghazni city, which is on a list of places to be transferred to Afghan security control.

Taliban grip

The incident happened on Thursday in the Khawaja Hakim area of Ghazni city, where the family lived.

The BBC's Bilal Sarwary in Kabul says it is close to the governor's office, the police chief's office and a Western-backed Provincial Reconstruction Team.

Security officials said armed men entered the house where the young widow lived with her daughter and took them out to the yard, where they were initially stoned and then shot dead.

"Neighbours did not help or inform the authorities on time," an official said.

Officials said a number of religious leaders in the city had been issuing fatwas (Islamic religious edicts) asking people to report any one who was "involved in adultery".

In October last year, a woman accused of murdering her mother-in-law was killed by the Taliban in Ghazni.

Ghazni has seen an upsurge in violence in recent years.

Strategically located on the route between Kabul and Kandahar, the province was once a centre of trade.

Ghazni city is on the list for the second tranche of areas to be transferred from Nato to Afghan control but critics say the government is struggling to secure it.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15688354

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Pakistan Court grants bail to grave exhumers

November 11, 2011

KARACHI: A local court on Thursday granted bail of two real brothers for a surety of Rs 20,000 each in a case pertaining to the theft of dead bodies.

The Investigation Officer (IO) produced two real brothers Chetan, 42, and Sachin, 35, before Judicial Magistrate (JM) Karachi (West) Ashfaq Ahmad Nizamani. Both accused were facing the charges of excavating graves and stealing the dead bodies or their remnants. According to sources, the IO did not approach for getting the physical remand of the accused as the offence committed by them was bailable. Sources further informed that there was no legal position to get physical remand of the accused men. “As the accused men were produced before the court, the JM ordered their custody until Nov 23. However, an application for granting bail moved by the accused men was later granted”, sources added. It is pertinent to mention that two similar incidents were uncovered during the first and second day of Eidul Azha. An incident was reported from Ghulam Mohammad Jhokio Goth’s graveyard located in the jurisdiction of Gulshan-e-Maymar police station. Around 30 graves of children had been excavated. staff report

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\11\story_11-11-2011_pg7_11

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Gilani a Man of Peace, Time for New Chapter in Ties: Indian PM

By D K Singh

Addu City, Maldives: Fri Nov 11 2011, On the day Pakistan declared 26/11 Mumbai attacks accused Ajmal Kasab a “terrorist” who should be “sent to gallows”, the prime ministers of India and Pakistan pledged to write a “new chapter” in bilateral relations by resuming dialogue on “all issues” which have “bedeviled” ties.

Emerging from an hour-long meeting with counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani — they met at the Shangri-La resort on the sidelines of the SAARC Summit — Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described Gilani as a “man of peace” and said the dialogue process started in Thimphu last year had yielded “positive results” but “more needs to be done”.

“And, therefore, we have decided that we will resume this dialogue with the expectation that all issues which have bedeviled relations between our two countries will be discussed with all the sincerity that our two countries can bring to bear on these talks,” Singh said.

Gilani was very keen that Singh visit Pakistan. In very “emotional terms”, he told Singh that the visit would give him an opportunity not only to build trust but also to visit his ancestral home. Singh said he would look forward to the visit. Dates would be worked out through mutual discussions.

Maintaining that they discussed issues “very openly”, Gilani said, “I can only assure that I have discussed all issues, all core issues, and also the issues related to water, related to terrorism, related to Sir Creek, related to Siachen, related to trade, related to Kashmir. We have discussed all core issues. The Prime Minister has always been open. He said that put all the cards on the table, I am ready to discuss each and every issue. And I think that the next round of talks will be more constructive, more positive, and will open a new chapter in the history of both countries.”

Gilani thanked Singh for supporting Pakistan’s successful bid to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council and for not blocking Islamabad’s move to have greater access to European Union markets.

Singh, on his part, said, “I have always believed that the destinies of people of India and Pakistan are very closely linked, interlinked, that we have wasted a lot of time in the past in acrimonious debates. The time has come to write a new chapter in the history of our relationship. And I am very happy that Prime Minister Gilani fully endorses this view that we have an unique opportunity, and, therefore, the next round of talks should be far more productive, far more result-oriented in bringing the two countries closer to each other than ever before.”

Singh and Gilani have met four times since the latter took over as Prime Minister of Pakistan in 2008. “I have always regarded Prime Minister Gilani as a man of peace. Every time I have met him in the last three years, this belief has been further strengthened.” The two leaders had a one-on-one meeting for half an hour which was preceded and followed by talks along with delegations.

Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai said Singh underlined that the era of accusations and counter-accusations should be “behind us”. They agreed that the process of trade normalisation should be pursued to its logical conclusion by conducting trade on MFN basis at the earliest, that all countries in the South Asian region would move forward on meeting obligations under SAFTA, and that India would move towards a preferential trade agreement with Pakistan. They also decided that the liberalised visa regime which has been negotiated should be put in place at the earliest.

Mathai said the Prime Minister mentioned that terrorism was a perennial concern and now affected Pakistan as well. “We have an obligation to work together to ensure that it does not spoil the atmosphere of our bilateral relations. We need to move on to a constructive agenda,” he quoted the Prime Minister as saying.

On the Pakistani proposal to send a judicial commission to take forward issues relating to the Mumbai attacks, Mathai said: “Prime Minister did mention that it is imperative to bring the perpetrators of the attacks to justice. Prime Minister also mentioned that on the judicial commission proposal, we will be responding to the Pakistanis as soon as possible. Gilani also assured Prime Minister that all possible steps were being taken in the context of the joint fight against terror.”

From the Pakistan side, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir and Interior Minister Rehman Malik were among those present at the meeting. The Indian delegation included External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon and Foreign Secretary Mathai.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/gilani-a-man-of-peace-time-for-new-chapter-in-ties-pm/874193/3

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Sardarpura verdict: Why the conspiracy theory fell

Parimal Dabhi

Ahmedabad:Nov 11 2011, The special court that sentenced 31 people for burning 33 Muslims to death in Sardarpura, Gujarat, did not find enough evidence to support the prosecution’s conspiracy theory. This was one of the reasons the defence argued successfully for life sentences for its clients, held guilty of murder and rioting.

Principal judge S C Srivasatava’s 1,024-page judgment explained why seven incidents from 2002 — some of which the prosecution cited in 2008 — were not “sufficient evidence for conspiracy”.

Two of these incidents involved a meeting each by former BJP MLA and VHP leader Haresh Bhatt from Godhra, and former Unjha MLA Naran Lallu Patel. Bhatt met Patel youths at Sardarpura 20 to 25 days before the attack and allegedly made an inflammatory speech. Then three days before the incident, N L Patel met Sardarpura’s Patels at a temple and allegedly told them to do whatever they wanted to; the government would be with them.

The court observed that Bhatt’s alleged meeting could not be connected with the massacre, that this evidence from a witness came out only in May 2008, and that the probe had found nothing about this till then.

As per some witnesses, the attackers lit a halogen lamp — power supply to the village had been snapped over pending bills — in front of the massacre site to facilitate the killing. The court ruled, “...There is much difference between the evidence of witnesses”. This evidence too came in May 2008 and the court observed, “After filing of the first chargesheet, history of halogen light and other incident is coming.”

Also coming in 2008 was a witness’s statement to the SIT that some of the accused had stored and distributed kerosene before the massacre.

The fifth incident involved a woman, Baisrabibi, who had gone to buy flour and alleged that a shopkeeper, an accused, had advised her to eat to her heart’s content while she could. The court found contradictions in the name of the shopkeeper as given by the woman.

Another witness, working at the village water works, said two of the accused had taken the keys from him on the pretext of giving them to the sarpanch. The prosecution projected this as part of a conspiracy to deny the victims access to water to extinguish the fire. The court again questioned why the evidence came only in May 2008.

Finally, the Mehsana DSP had deposed that some live wires were hanging around the site and the prosecution argued that this was to ensure the victims got electrocuted. But the court relied on the deposition of SP Anupam Gehlot, who said the live wires could have been hanging out because the wiring had been damaged during the massacre. “The DSP has falsified this account. Panchnama of scene of offence and witnesses also do not support this theory,” the court said.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/sardarpura-verdict-why-the-conspiracy-theory-fell/874108/2

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Singh-Gilani talks imparted seriousness of purpose: Khar

PTI

The talks between the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan has imparted a “seriousness of purpose” to bilateral engagement with both sides agreeing to finalise a calendar of meetings to discuss all outstanding issues in a result-oriented manner, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said on Friday.

“Pakistan had positively evaluated the talks and welcomed India’s readiness for a broad ranging engagement,” Ms. Khar said in a statement issued here by the Foreign Office, a day after Manmohan Singh met his Pakistani counterpart Yosuf Raza Gilani on the margins of the SAARC summit in Maldives.

She said the bilateral summit in Maldives had “contributed to impel a seriousness of purpose to the process of engagement, with both sides reaffirming their commitment to the pursuit of peace and discussing all outstanding issues, including Jammu and Kashmir, in a result-oriented manner.”

India and Pakistan had agreed during the talks to finalise a calendar of meetings, Ms. Khar said.

They further agreed to convene meetings of technical working groups prior to the holding of a meeting of the Pakistan-India Joint Commission, she added.

Ms. Khar remarked that Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh “had noted that terrorism was a common problem.”

She said: “Instead of remaining mired in accusations and counter-accusations, the real way forward was cooperation.”

The Interior and Home Secretaries of the two countries had been mandated to discuss counter-terrorism and counter-narcotics, she said.

Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik “was prepared to visit New Delhi and was awaiting dates for the visit from India”, Ms. Khar said.

Pakistan was also awaiting dates for the visit of a Judicial Commission from India.

Though Ms. Khar did not give details, this commission is expected to question Pakistani suspects charged with involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Ms. Khar further said that the Mumbai attacks, the bombing of the Samjhauta Express train and other terror-related matters “needed to be addressed by both sides in the Interior-Home Ministries segment.”

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2617795.ece

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India a close friend: Karzai

PTI, ADDU (MALDIVES), November 11, 2011

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday met Afghan President Hamid Karzai and is understood to have discussed with him the regional situation, particularly in the war-torn country.

The two leaders held talks on the sidelines of the eight—nation SAARC Summit here.

Dr. Singh and Mr. Karzai are understood to have reviewed the bilateral relations. The security situation in the region, particularly in Afghanistan, is also said to have figured in the talks.

Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister met his Nepalese counterpart Baburam Bhattarai.

After his meeting with Dr. Singh, Mr. Karzai said India is the first country with which Afghanistan has signed a strategic partnership, signifying a “very positive” relationship.

Lauding India’s generous developmental assistance to Afghanistan, he told private Indian channels that Afghan people are very grateful for that.

He said India is a ‘jigri dost’ (close friend) while Pakistan was a twin brother of Afghanistan.

“India-Afghanistan partnership is very important for the two countries and also for the region... I hope we will work on creating a better environment for cooperation in the region, especially between Afghanistan, Pakistan and India,” Mr. Karzai told the channels.

On whether he was prepared to share power with Taliban in future, the Afghan President said there was no such thing as sharing power. “It has to be done in accordance with Afghan Constitution ... which means power through the ballot.”

Asked if he was worried about the great game between India and Pakistan after U.S. forces pull out of Afghanistan, he responded hoping that it would be a “great cooperative game.”

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2618217.ece

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Two women, child among 9 killed in Yemen's Taez: Medic

Sanaa (Yemen)Nov 11, 2011, AFP,

Forces loyal to Yemeni President Abdullah Saleh shelled the country's second largest city Taez early on Friday, killing nine people, among them two women and a child, a medic and witnesses said.

"The bombing killed nine people this morning (Friday), all of them civilians," the medical source said, adding that two women and a nine-year-old child were among those killed and that dozens of other people were wounded.

Security forces began operations shortly after midnight (2100 GMT Thursday) in the area of Freedom Square, where demonstrators had rallied to call for the fall of the regime, witnesses told AFP.

Residents said the shelling intensified on Friday morning, focusing on the neighbourhoods of al-Rawdah and Zeid al-Mushky in Taez, which have been at the forefront of anti-regime protests.

On Thursday, one man was killed and nine other people were wounded in Taez, said medics.

Witnesses said Republican Guard troops, commanded by Saleh's son Ahmed, fired artillery rounds into the centre of Taez where tens of thousands of protesters were calling for the veteran leader's prosecution.

The escalation in violence coincides with the return of the UN envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, to revive efforts aimed at resolving the country's political turmoil.

Benomar, who arrived in the capital Sanaa on Thursday, began meeting with several government and opposition figures to discuss recent developments and the best means for resolving the current crisis.

'My visit came to reach a political reconciliation and to sign the Gulf initiative' by which President Ali Abdullah Saleh will step down in return for immunity from prosecution for himself and his family, Benomar told reporters upon his arrival.

Officials of the ruling party and delegates negotiating on behalf of the opposition told AFP on Thursday the talks were making progress.

http://www.asianage.com/international/two-women-child-among-9-killed-yemens-taez-medic-607

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Turkey quake toll rises to 17

AP

Rescue workers pulled out the bodies of five more quake victims on Friday, increasing the death toll in Turkey’s latest deadly temblor to at least 17, including a Japanese aid worker who came after a devastating earthquake last month.

Disaster management official Askit Dayi said the body of a middle-aged man was recovered under one of the two collapsed hotels, Bayram Hotel, in the eastern city of Van. Four more bodies were pulled out later, said Turkey’s state-run TRT television.

“We are not able to hear any voices,” said Mr. Dayi. “But still we are removing layers of concrete in a way as if there are survivors.”

Recep Salci of the rescue group Akut told NTV television that freezing temperatures at night were also posing a threat to any possible survivors.

Rescue teams were using an emergency evacuation plan to determine possible escape routes within the pancaked building, said Bulent Gunduz of the Siemens private rescue team.

November 11, 2011   

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2618193.ece

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12 killed as Sudan bombs refugee camp

AP

Officials say Sudan’s military dropped several bombs in and near a refugee camp in the new country of South Sudan, killing at least 12 people and wounding 20.

Miabek Lang, the commissioner of Pariang County in South Sudan’s Unity State said the planes dropped bombs on Thursday in an area called Yida. He said 12 were killed but that the toll could rise.

Jonathan Hutson, a spokesman for the U.S. advocacy group the Enough Project, said aid workers inside the Yida refugee camp told Enough at least one bomb landed in the camp, and three or four fell outside it. Mr. Hutson said at least 15,000 refugees who fled violence in Sudan are living in the camp.

South Sudan become independent from Sudan in July, but violence has flared along the disputed border.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2615562.ece

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Syrian forces kill 11, protesters urge Arabs to act

(Reuters)

AMMAN, 11 November 2011,  - Syrian security forces killed 11 people on Friday as protesters called on the Arab League to suspend Damascus’s membership in response to continued violence, activists said.

Local activists in Homs, which has suffered the highest death toll of any Syrian province since an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad broke out in March, said security forces killed seven civilians and one defecting soldier.

Another three people were killed in Hama, they said.

“The people want (Syria’s) membership to be suspended,” shouted a crowd at a rally in the Deir Baalba district of Homs, appealing to the 22-member Arab League to act against Damascus when it meets in Cairo on Saturday.

“Proud Homs!” they shouted, waving the green, white and black flag used by Syria before the ruling Baath Party seized power nearly 50 years ago.

In Homs alone Syrian security forces have killed at least 104 people since the Arab League initiative was agreed nine days ago, Human Rights Watch said in a report issued on Friday.

November 11, 2011   

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle11.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/November/middleeast_November267.xml&section=middleeast

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One dead, foreign troops injured in Afghan attack

November 11, 2011

KHOST/BERLIN: At least one Afghan policeman has been killed and several coalition troops wounded in a Taliban suicide attack against a government office in eastern Afghanistan Thursday, officials said.

It is thought that the ongoing attack targeted a meeting between the district governor of Chamkani in Paktia province and elders who were due to attend a loya jirga or traditional meeting being held in Kabul next week.

The loya jirga, called by President Hamid Karzai, will discuss a strategy for trying to make peace with the Taliban and Afghanistan’s long-term relationship with the United States with elders from around the warring nation.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) also said it had received reports that a number of people were being held hostage in a nearby mosque. Its troops are helping Afghan forces to try counter the insurgents. Deputy governor of Paktia Abdul Rahman Mangal said that one Afghan policeman had been killed in the attack.

November 11, 2011   

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\11\story_11-11-2011_pg7_29

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Check post attacked, school blown up in Mohmand

November 11, 2011

GHALLANAI: Unidentified terrorists blew up a boys’ school in Mohmand Agency late on Wednesday night, while a security forces check post was also attacked.

The boys’ primary school was blown up in Khawaja Was Kor area of tehsil Haleemzai. The security forces arrested dozens of members of Khawaja Was tribe under collective responsibility and also demolished the houses of two tribesmen namely Gul Zada and Tariq.

Separately, the terrorists attacked a joint check post of Levies and Khassadar force in Sharaf Kor area of tehsil Safi. The security officials repulsed the attack and no life loss occurred in the clash. The security forces cordoned off the area and launched a search operation. Twenty suspects were arrested and shifted to Ghallanai jail. inp

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\11\story_11-11-2011_pg7_3

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SAARC members urged to invest in social sector instead of arms

Staff Report

KARACHI: November 11, 201, People’s SAARC, a parallel process of the civil society, on Thursday expressed concern over rising expenditure on purchase of arms and ammunition in the region and appealed the SAARC member to increase investments in the social sector especially health, education, housing, adequate food as basic rights for a more equitable and sustainable society.

Pakistan Institute of Labor Education and Research (PILLER) joint director Zulfiqar Shah, along with trade union leader Fareed Awan and Fisher Folk Forum general secretary Saeed Baloch, hold a press conference at Karachi Press Club (KPC) in connection with 17th SAARC Summit and read out the Peoples’ SAARC Memorandum. He said that SAARC members spent billions of dollars on defense; they not only fostered aggressive militarism but also destroyed natural resources. He suggested that this money should be used for the benefit of human beings. It issued a Memorandum on the occasion.

“As an expression of commitment to international cultural, social, and economic rights of people, SAARC must promptly adopt credible measures to implement the SAARC Social PTI

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\11\story_11-11-2011_pg7_18

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PM, Obama to meet in Bali next Friday

PTI Washington

 Nov 11, 2011,

US President Barack Obama will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Bali, Indonesia, on November 18 on the sidelines of the East Asia summit, their first meeting in about an year, a presidential aide said.

The two leaders, who have not had a chance to exchange notes for some time, are expected to review the progress in Indo-US ties since Mr Obama’s visit November 2010 visit to India. They will discuss economic ties, Afghanistan and the security relationship, US deputy national security adviser for strategic communications Ben Rhodes told reporters at a White House briefing.

http://www.asianage.com/international/pm-obama-meet-bali-next-friday-506

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Manmohan's return gift for Pakistan's MFN gesture

R. K. RADHAKRISHNAN, PTI

TOWARDS A NEW CHAPTER: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani address the media after their meeting on the sidelines of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit in Addu on Thursday. Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar is at right. Photo: Subhash Chander

India on Thursday asked Pakistan to put “all cards on the table” during the next round of comprehensive talks so that both countries could actually move towards resolving some of the issues bedevilling their ties.

At an hour-long meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, India announced a trade-related confidence-building measure to match Pakistan according the most favoured nation (MFN) status to India.

Dr. Singh said India had decided to move towards a Preferential Trade Agreement with Pakistan. He also said a liberalised visa regime to replace the current onerous system would be implemented soon.

With the previous round of meetings having witnessed both sides simply reiterating their positions, the Prime Ministers hoped that frankness would prevail when talks covering all subjects opened next Tuesday, with a meeting of the Commerce Secretaries to be followed by one between the Home Secretaries in December.

For Detail Report:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2614291.ece

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US says Assad will fall, Arab states offer safe haven

November 11, 2011

AMMAN/UNITED NATIONS: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s departure was “inevitable”, a senior US official said, while earlier in the day troops shot dead eight pro-democracy protesters and wounded in 25 at a funeral in the capital Damascus, activists said.

The incident was one of the bloodiest in the capital in the seven-month uprising against Assad, who shows no signs of leaving despite a mounting death toll, Western sanctions, and escalating sectarian tensions between his minority Alawite sect and Syria’s majority Muslim Sunni population.

Syrian authorities, who blame “terrorists” and militants for the bloodshed, agreed to an Arab League plan on November 2, pledging to pull the military out of restive cities, set political prisoners free and start talks with the opposition, which wants to remove Assad and introduce democratic freedoms.

“Almost all the Arab leaders, foreign ministers who I talk to say the same thing: Assad’s rule is coming to an end. It is inevitable,” US Assistant Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman, Feltman, who is in charge of near eastern affairs, told a Senate panel.

For Detail Report:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\11\story_11-11-2011_pg7_23

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Terror attempt foiled in Sui

November 11, 2011

QUETTA: Security forces on Thursday foiled an attempt of terror by defusing a bomb planted beside the wall of the Bugti Colony of Sui, police said. “Unidentified men had placed explosives next to the wall of a house in the Bugti Colony,” police said, adding that on being informed, personnel of LEAs along with the Bomb Disposal Squad reached the spot and defused the bomb. Further investigation into the incident was underway. app

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\11\story_11-11-2011_pg7_8

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Suspected terrorist charged in U.S. with supporting al-Qaeda

PTI

A 30-year-old Moroccan has been indicted here on charges he helped the al-Qaeda network plot terror attacks.

Abdeladim El-Kebir was charged with conspiring to provide material support, including personnel, training, lethal substances and explosives, to al-Qaeda.

A federal grand jury in Brooklyn returned an indictment against El-Kebir, who was arrested by German law enforcement officials on April 29, 2011, and is currently in custody there.

He was living in Germany illegally after having lived in the country on a student visa.

If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Moroccan native El-Kebir and two other men arrested in Germany were making a bomb on al-Qaeda’s order that could be used in a crowded place.

According to authorities, El Kebir received training in an al-Qaeda camp near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border after which he returned to Germany to carry out the attack.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2617599.ece

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Supreme Court expresses shock over Pakistanis in Indian jails, seeks status report

TNN | Nov 11, 2011,

The Supreme Court expressed shock on Friday that more than 250 Pakistanis were being held in Indian jails without ever having faced trial.

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday expressed shock and dismay over two Pakistanis being kept in Jammu and Kashmir prisons for over 40 years without ever having faced trial.

The apex court asked the Centre to file within two weeks a comprehensive report on them.

"It's shocking that over 254 Pakistani nationals are languishing in jails without a trial," said Supreme Court judge RN Lodha.

Justice RM Lodha also asked the government to explain as to why four women among the jailed Pakistanis should not be repatriated without any delay.

"You should take certain things seriously. Give us entire picture so that we could pass order. Complete information is not forthcoming. Let there be a comprehensive exercise and complete information be provided about foreign nationals in Indian jails," the bench said.

The court was hearing a plea by J&K National Panthers' Party chief Bhim Singh seeking its directions to the Centre to release around 300 Pakistani nationals, lodged in different jails of the country.

He submitted that they have been in jails for many years without trial and which is against the law, prompting the court to state that "It is shocking".

"Right to personal liberty is the most dear Article (of the Constitution) to us and the most precious right given to the people," the bench said while pulling up the government for not giving complete information to it on prisoners in various Indian jails.

"You have complete information with you. Why do you give information piece meal?," the bench said after hearing arguments from various sides and adjourned the matter for two weeks.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Supreme-Court-expresses-shock-over-Pakistanis-in-Indian-jails-seeks-status-report/articleshow/10690602.cms

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Hindu doctors' murder a sad day for Pakistan, says Imran Khan

IANS, Nov 11, 2011,

Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has strongly condemned the killing of Hindu doctors by armed assailants in Pakistan's Sindh province.

ISLAMABAD: Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has strongly condemned the killing of Hindu doctors by armed assailants in Pakistan's Sindh province.

Four Hindu doctors were attacked near Shikarpur district of the province Monday. Three of them -- Ashok, Naresh, Ajeet Kumar -- who were brothers died, while the fourth was Satya Pal was injured.

Khan, chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), in a satement issued by his party's central secretariat, said that the murder of Dr Ashok, Dr Naresh and Dr Ajeet Kumar marked a sad day for Pakistan, as PTI (Paksitan Tehreek-e-Insaf) believed in peaceful and harmonious co-existence of all religious and ethnic groups and an indiscriminate practice of the rule of law, Daily Times reported.

Stating abdication of governance by the corrupt ruling mafias had resulted in an increase of violence in the society that needed to be checked immediately, Khan condemned the role of the law-enforcement agencies that tended to side with the criminals.

On Thursday, condemning the brutal murder of Hindus in Shikarpur, civil society and human rights organisations announced they would stage "Fill the Besant Hall Road against Religious Intolerance" rally in front of the Theosophical Society's interior Sindh centre in Hyderabad Nov 14.

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has also strongly condemned the killings and directed that the culprits be brought to book.

The US has asked Pakistan to bring to justice those involved in gunning down the Hindus in Sindh province and condemned all violence directed at religious, ethnic and other minorities.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Hindu-doctors-murder-a-sad-day-for-Pakistan-says-Imran-Khan/articleshow/10692392.cms

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If elected PM, army and ISI will be kept under check: Imran

Islamabad: Nov 11 2011

Imran Khan is widely expected to get the support of certain segments such as youth and women disenchanted by widespread corruption. (Reuters)

Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has said he will insist on civilian supremacy over Pakistan's powerful military if his party comes to power and would rather resign if the army and the ISI did not function under him if he becomes Prime Minister.

Days after his Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf party stunned its opponents by drawing a mammoth crowd during a rally in Lahore, Khan said that if he becomes the Prime Minister after the next election, he would press for civilian supremacy over the army and the Inter-Services Intelligence agency so that he could implement his agenda.

"Unless I can implement my agenda – which means I take responsibility for everything that's happening in Pakistan, it means that the army is under me, it means the ISI can do nothing unless it reports to me, it means that the army's budget is audited by a civilian set-up, it means I take responsibility for anything that's happening outside my country, it means I take responsibility that no terrorism will take place from Pakistani soil – otherwise, I would resign," he told Karan Thapar in an interview for CNN-IBN's 'Devil's Advocate' programme.

For Detail Report:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/if-elected-pm-army-and-isi-will-be-kept-under-check-imran/874423/4

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Pak Taliban brand Imran Khan as 'American slave'

PTI | Nov 11, 2011,

Pakistani Taliban have described cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan as a "slave of the US and Europe" after he called himself a liberal.

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani Taliban have described cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan as a "slave of the US and Europe" after he called himself a liberal.

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan made the remarks in an interview with BBC Urdu.

Ehsan noted that Khan had said he is not a Taliban supporter and remarked: "We also think Imran Khan is not our sympathiser."

The Taliban spokesman advised Khan to talk in Urdu, the language of the Pakistani people, if he considers himself the representative of the people.

In a recent interview with the BBC, Imran had said that he is a liberal and does not support the militants.

But the Taliban spokesman said: "Those who call themselves as liberal are in fact free of Islam and other religions. A liberal man does not believe in any religion and particularly does not believe in Islam."

Ehsan questioned Khan's remarks describing several Pakistani leaders as slaves of the US.

He claimed Khan was a "slave of those Americans who are no more in the world".

Khan, who heads the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf party, drew a mammoth crowd during a recent rally organised in Lahore as part of efforts to galvanise his supporters ahead of the general election scheduled for 2013.

He has called for the halting of military operations against groups like the Taliban and for dialogue to end the unrest in northwest Pakistan.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pak-Taliban-brand-Imran-Khan-as-American-slave/articleshow/10690461.cms

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Pakistan, Nepalese PMs discuss bilateral issues

November 11, 2011

ADDU: The Prime Minister of Nepal Dr Baburam Bhattarai met Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Thursday on the sidelines of 17th SAARC Summit and exchanged views on bilateral issues, regional affairs and progress made by the SAARC.

Prime Minister Gilani appreciated the role being played by his Nepalese counterpart, Dr Baburam Bhattarai, in the promotion and development of SAARC. Prime Minister Gilani said there should be more connectivity in the member states of SAARC so that people-to-people contacts, trade and economic activities could be promoted for the benefit of region.

He said with exchange of knowledge, experience and manpower, the SAARC could become an important organisation for playing a vital role in peace, security and development of the region. He also invited Nepalese Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai to visit Pakistan and especially the Swat area, which is the second most reverent place of Buddhism which is called Padmmasambhava. The Nepalese prime minister extended an invitation to Prime Minister Gilani to visit Nepal, which was accepted by him.

Separately, in another meeting, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa met with Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Thursday on the sidelines of the summit and discussed bilateral relations. Both the leaders agreed to further expand and strengthen their ties in different fields, especially in trade, security, culture and people-to-people contacts.

Prime Minister Gilani also exchanged views on the working of SAARC and said that there was a need to make this organisation more active for the benefit of the people of area and to promote trade and economic activities in the region. The Sri Lankan president while thanking Pakistan and Prime Minister Gilani for returning the relics of Buddha, said that it had promoted cultural relations between the two countries.

Mahinda Rajapaksa said this gesture of Pakistan had enhanced the strong relations between the peoples of two countries and would play an important role in further strengthening bilateral relations. Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Interior Minister Rehman Malik were also present in the meeting. app

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\11\story_11-11-2011_pg7_10

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Operation against terrorists intensified in Bara, Pakistan

Staff Report

November 11, 2011   

BARA: The security forces have intensified operation against alleged terrorists in Bara, especially during Eidul Azha to dismantle strong network of terrorist groups such as Lashker-e-Islam (LI) and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to create durable peace and establish the writ of the government that it has lost for the last more than five years.

The search operations by the security forces have been continued in Bara sub-division of Khyber Agency for the last 23 months, but the security forces or the political administration has not been able to announce that the area is cleared of alleged terrorists and is safe for the local residents to go back to their homes to re-start their routine life.

Some people from Malik Deen Khel and Sepah tribes of Bara have informed that blind shelling of mortars by security forces injured nine people in a house at Mundi Kas area, including children, adding that mortar shelling has not been stopped despite their repeated requests at various forums to protect the innocent children, women and people inside their houses who have nothing to do with the ongoing insurgency.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\11\story_11-11-2011_pg7_19

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Wanted terrorist nabbed in Swat

November 11, 2011

MINGORA: The Swat Police, in a raid in Nangolai, arrested wanted militant Omar Mohammad, alias Kaki. On a tip, Kabal Police Station House Officer Amjad Ali conducted a raid and arrested Omar Mohammad, who was shifted to an unknown place for interrogation. According to police sources, the arrested militant was wanted by the police in connection with terrorism, murder and other cases. app

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\11\story_11-11-2011_pg7_7

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6, including 4 target killers, nabbed in raids

Staff Report

November 11, 2011   

KARACHI: The law enforcement agencies (LEAs) claimed to have arrested six suspects, including four target killers from different areas of the metropolis on Thursday. A notorious criminal and a worker of one of the politico-religious parties, Aqeel alias Tapla was arrested after a brief encounter near Health Care Hospital in the precincts of North Nazimabad police station.

Police said Aqeel, booked in the murder of some 20 persons, confessed to have killed seven, including five workers of the defunct Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan and two Pushtoons. The suspect, a resident of Godhra, informed the investigators that he committed crimes along with his six accomplices namely Altaf, Hasham, Abdul Latif, Shahab, Rizwan and Iqbal alias Papita. They said accused Altaf, accompanied Aqeel Thursday, but managed to flee before arrival of LEAs. Authorities also claimed to have arrested a target killer Raheel during a raid at Nayabad, Lyari and recovered weapons from his possession. They said the accused person was nominated in the murder of seven persons, including one Nasir Patni.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\11\story_11-11-2011_pg7_17

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US army sergeant found guilty of murdering Afghan civilians

Reuters | Nov 11, 2011,

TACOMA, WASHINGTON: A US army sergeant was convicted by court-martial on Thursday of murdering unarmed civilians and cutting fingers from their corpses as ringleader of a rogue platoon in Afghanistan's Kandahar province.

A five-member jury panel returned a guilty verdict on all counts against Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs, 26, capping an 18-month investigation of the most egregious case of atrocities US military personnel have been convicted of committing during a decade of war in Afghanistan.

Pentagon officials have said the misconduct exposed by the case, which evolved from a probe of drug abuse within Gibbs' Stryker Brigade infantry unit, damaged the image of the United States around the globe.

For Detail Report:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-army-sergeant-found-guilty-of-murdering-Afghan-civilians/articleshow/10687373.cms

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NATO may face posible ICC probe

(AP)

BRUSSELS, 11 November 2011 — Some NATO members are worried that their organization may be investigated by the International Criminal Court after its prosecutor said allegations of crimes committed by NATO in Libya would be examined “impartially and independently,” according to diplomats accredited to NATO headquarters.

The diplomats said action to pre-empt a war crimes investigation would likely include an immediate internal legal review of all incidents in which NATO bombing or other actions caused civilian casualties.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

The alliance has always maintained that its operations in Libya were carried out strictly in keeping with a U.N. Security Council resolution that authorized member states “to take all necessary measures to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack” in the North African country.

For Detail Report:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2011/November/international_November444.xml&section=international&col=

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Syria: HRW urges suspension by Arab League

11 November 2011

Human Rights Watch has called on the Arab League to suspend Syria, saying the abuses against civilians in Homs are crimes against humanity.

The US-based group has issued a report documenting allegations of torture and unlawful killings in the city of Homs.

The city has been a focus for anti-government demonstrations. Dozens were reported killed there on Thursday.

The UN says at least 3,500 people have been killed in Syria in protests against President Bashar al-Assad.

They were beating me, and pouring water on me, and then using electric stun guns”

Former detainee

For Detail Report:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15686689

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US adds armed robotic helicopters to drone fleet

November 11, 2011

WASHINGTON: The US military plans to add a lethal new drone to its fleet - a robotic helicopter for the US Navy equipped with laser-guided rockets, defence giant Northrop Grumman said on Wednesday. The armed Fire Scouts will mark a new era in naval warfare, offering an alternative to pilots flying attack helicopters or fighter jets off warships and reflecting a broader shift to robotic technology across the US military in recent years. An unarmed version of the MQ-8B Fire Scout is already flying surveillance and reconnaissance missions for the US Navy, using cameras and sensors inside a cone on the aircraft’s nose. Northrop Grumman won a contract in September worth $17 million to outfit the choppers with 70 mm rockets, with racks capable of carrying eight or 14 of the weapons on an aircraft, the company said. “The operational system will be delivered by 2013,” company spokesman Warren Comer told AFP. “By arming the Fire Scout, the Navy will have a system that can locate and prosecute targets of interest. This capability shortens the kill chain and lessens the need to put our soldiers in harm’s way,” George Vardoulakis, Northrop’s vice president for tactical unmanned systems, said in a statement. The Fire Scout, which had its first test flight in 2000 and first landed on a naval ship at sea in 2006, is due to be deployed on new littoral combat ships under construction. The helicopter, which is seven metres long and three metres high, can reach an altitude of 6,000 metres, fly at a speed of more than 200 kilometers per hour and stay in the air for more than eight hours, employing sensors and radar to track targets. afp

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German-Afghan charged over Qaeda links

November 11, 2011

BERLIN: A German-Afghan man whose information led to terrorism warnings across Europe last year has been charged with being a member of al Qaeda, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Ahmad Wali Siddiqui was captured by US troops in Afghanistan in July 2010 and while in custody provided details on alleged plots linked to the terror network that supposedly targeted European cities, although no attacks were materialised. Federal prosecutors’ spokesman Marcus Koehler said Thursday that his office had charged the 37-year-old, identified only as Ahmad Wali in accordance with German privacy laws, with membership in the extremist Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and al Qaeda on November. 2. Siddiqui is accused of training with both groups in tribal belt in the border region with Afghanistan in 2009 and 2010 with the aim of taking part in militancy against foreign occupation in Afghanistan, Koehler said in a statement. He could not immediately be reached to elaborate beyond the release. At an IMU camp, Siddiqui underwent general military training and helped produce a German-language propaganda film, Koehler said. In the summer of 2009 he moved to an al Qaeda training area where he learned how to use heavy weapons, including anti-tank weapons and mortars. In June 2010, a “high ranking al Qaeda member” tasked Siddiqui to return to Germany to become part of a European network of the terrorist organisation, the statement said. ap

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\11\story_11-11-2011_pg7_6

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EU mulls new sanctions against defiant Iran

Nov 11, 2011 | Reuters | Brussels (Belgium)

 The European Union may approve fresh sanctions against Iran within weeks, after a U.N. agency said Tehran had worked to design nuclear bombs, EU diplomats said on Thursday.

Iran denies trying to build atom bombs and its Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said any U.S. or Israeli attack on its nuclear sites would be met with 'iron fists'.

The United States and Israel have refused to rule out any option to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear arsenal.

Diplomats in Brussels said preliminary discussions among EU capitals on new measures had begun and plans may be ready for EU foreign ministers in Brussels to approve on December 1.

"Experts are discussing a number of options on the table but it is difficult to foresee the outcome of the debate," one EU diplomat said. Another said he expected a formal decision to be reached on December 1.

Iran already faces a wide range of U.N. sanctions, as well as some imposed unilaterally by the United States and the EU.

For Detail Report:

http://www.asianage.com/international/eu-mulls-new-sanctions-against-defiant-iran-548

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Libyan ex-PM Mahmudi will get fair trial: Abdel Jalil

November 11, 2011

BENGHAZI: Libya’s former prime minister Baghdadi al-Mahmudi will get a “fair trial” when he is extradited from Tunisia to face Libyan justice, interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil told AFP on Thursday.

“First of all we will ensure a secure place for him, then we will guarantee a fair trial, despite the acts he has perpetrated against the Libyan people,” said Abdel Jalil, Chairman of Libya’s National Transitional Council.

Rights groups have expressed fears for Mahmudi’s safety if he is sent back to Libya from Tunisian captivity after ousted Libyan leader Muammer Gaddafi was felled by a bullet to the head when captured by NTC fighters last month.

Mahmudi, 70, was prime minister until the final days of the Gaddafi regime. He was arrested on September 21 on Tunisia’s southwestern border with Algeria and jailed for illegal entry. A Tunisian appeals court this week gave the nod for his extradition to Libya.

Mahmudi’s lawyer Mabrouk Kourchid said in Tunis that his client fears for his life as the sole holder of Libyan state secrets since Gaddafi’s death on October 20. During the extradition hearing in a Tunis court, dozens of Libyans rallied outside the building demanding the man they called the “third tyrant of Libya” after Gaddafi and his son Saif al-Islam be sent back to face justice in Libya.

For Detail Report:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\11\story_11-11-2011_pg7_26

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/afghanistan-mother-and-daughter-stoned-and-shot-dead/d/5890


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