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Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden dead: US officials

Qaddafi survives NATO airstrike but loses youngest son

Attempt to burn church foiled in Gujranwala

Baloch leader accuses agencies of killing non-Baloch in Balochistan

Gaddafi regime offers amnesty to Misrata rebels

Iran president to resign over spat?

Suicide blast kills three civilians in Afghanistan

Iraq suicide bomb kills 7

11 vehicles torched in Karachi

Bahrain group calls for boycott of Iranian goods

Sindh mourns Liaquat Quraishi’s murder on MQM call

Yemen transition deal teeters as Saleh fails to sign

ISI and CIA – The estranged bedfellows

NATO tanker attacked

Afghan Taliban declare start to spring offensive

Karachi tense as one more killed in violence

PPP, PML-Q may sign deal today; PM to attend meeting

Five Nato oil tankers attacked in Balochistan

UN urges all to avoid civilian harm as Taliban threaten offensive

Kadhafi call for Libya talks rejected

Militants kill six in Afghan attacks: Afghan police

Police encounter kills seven in Sheikhupura

US to use Afghanistan as base for drone attacks in Pak

Syrian troops take key Daraa mosque, kill 4

Al-Qaeda plot busted in Germany

Two buses among four vehicles torched in Karachi

Listen to the voice of youth: Salman

In focus: Legal battle to recover money not paid back

Iranians blamed for hacking Bahrain govt website

Iraqi judge killed as insurgents bomb house

Egypt’s Islamists announce political party

Syrians vow for more protests

Taliban announce spring offensive in Afghanistan

Al-Qaeda ordered suspect to carry out attack in Germany

Iraqi PM makes stopover in Dhaka

Mubarak may face death penalty

Terror strike averted: Germany arrests 3 suspected Qaida men

6 killed in south Yemen strike

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden dead: US officials

May 2, 2011,

WASHINGTON: Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001, attacks against the United States, is dead, and the US is in possession of his body, US officials said on Sunday night.

President Barack Obama was expected to address the nation on the developments Sunday night.

Initial reports suggested that Osama was killed in a mansion outside Islamabad.

Two senior counterterrorism officials confirmed that bin Laden was killed in Pakistan last week. One said bin Laden was killed in a ground operation, not by a Predator drone. Both said the operation was based on US intelligence, and both said the US is in possession of bin Laden's body.

Officials long believed bin Laden, the most wanted man in the world, was hiding a mountainous region along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to speak ahead of the president's statement.

The development comes just months before the tenth anniversary of the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, orchestrated by bin Laden's al-Qaida organization. The attacks killed more than 3,000 people.

The attacks set off a chain of events that led the United States into wars in Afghanistan, and then Iraq, and America's entire intelligence apparatus was overhauled to counter the threat of more terror attacks at home.

Al-Qaida organization was also blamed for the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa that killed 231 people and the 2000 attack on the USS Cole that killed 17 American sailors in Yemen, as well as countless other plots, some successful and some foiled.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/President-Obama-confirms-death-of-Al-Qaida-leader-Osama-bin-Laden/articleshow/8139886.cms

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Qaddafi survives NATO airstrike but loses youngest son

01 MAY 2011

TRIPOLI:  A NATO missile strike killed Muammar Qaddafi's youngest son and three grandchildren on Saturday but the Libyan leader survived, a government spokesman said.

Qaddafi and his wife were in the Tripoli house of his 29-year-old son, Saif Al-Arab Qaddafi, when it was hit by at least one bomb dropped from a NATO warplane, according to Libyan spokesman Moussa Ibrahim. The grandchildren killed were pre-teens, Ibrahim said.

Libyan officials took journalists to the house, which had been hit by at least three missiles. The roof had completely caved in in places, leaving mangled rods of reinforcing steel hanging down among splintered chunks of concrete.

“The leader himself is in good health,” Ibrahim said.

“He was not harmed. The wife is also in good health.” Saif Al-Arab Qaddafi was the sixth son of Qaddafi and brother of the better known Seif Al-Islam Qaddafi. The younger Qaddafi had spent much of his time in Germany in recent years.

“The attack resulted in the martyrdom of brother Saif al-Arab Qaddafi, 29 years old, and three of the leader's grandchildren,” Ibrahim said. He said Saif Al-Arab had studied at a German university but had not yet completed his studies.

Saif Al-Arab “was playing and talking with his father and mother and his nieces and nephews and other visitors when he was attacked for no crimes committed,” Ibrahim said.

“What we have now is the law of the jungle,” Ibrahim told a news conference. “We think now it is clear to everyone that what is happening in Libya has nothing to do with the protection of civilians.”

"This was a direct operation to assassinate the leader of this country. This is not permitted by international law. It is not permitted by any moral code or principle,"  he said. "We will fight and fight if we have to. The leader offered peace to NATO yesterday and NATO rejected it."

'Military in nature'

NATO denied targeting Qaddafi, or his family, but said it had launched air strikes on military targets in the same area of Tripoli as the bombed site seen by reporters.

“NATO continued its precision strikes against regime military installations in Tripoli overnight, including striking a known command and control building in the Bab Al-Aziziyah neighborhood shortly after 1800 GMT Saturday evening,” the alliance said in a statement.

NATO’s commander of Libya operations, Canadian Lt. General Charles Bouchard, said the target was part of a strategy to hit command centers that threaten civilians.

“All NATO’s targets are military in nature ... We do not target individuals,” he said in a statement.

The appearance of an assassination attempt against Qaddafi is likely to lead to accusations that the British- and French-led strikes are overstepping the UN mandate to protect civilians.

“I am aware of unconfirmed media reports that some of Qaddafi’s family members may have been killed,” said Bouchard. “We regret all loss of life.”

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a long-time ally of Qaddafi, called it attempted murder.

“There is no doubt the order was given to kill Qaddafi. It doesn’t matter who else is killed, kill Qaddafi ... a murder, this is a murder,” he said in Caracas.

Second close call in 24 hours

Qaddafi, who seized power in a 1969 coup, is fighting an uprising by rebels who have seized much of eastern Libya. He describes the rebels as religious extremists and Western agents who seek to control Libya’s oil.

Inside part of the villa hit late on Saturday, a beige sofa was virtually untouched, but debris had caved in on other striped upholstered chairs. The blasts were heard across the city.

A table football machine stood outside in the garden in a wealthy residential area. Glass and debris covered the lawns and what appeared to be an unexploded missile lay in one corner.

It appeared to be the second NATO strike near to Qaddafi in 24 hours. A missile struck near a television station early on Saturday when the Libyan leader was making an address in which he said he would never step down and offered talks to rebels.

The rebels insist they cannot trust Qaddafi. The last few days have seen fierce shelling of rebel outposts in the west. A rebel spokesman in the mountain town of Zintan said government forces has showered the city with up to 30 powerful Grad missiles late in the evening.

Tripoli has also declared a sea blockade on the western outpost of Misrata, potentially robbing the rebels of a vital aid link to their eastern heartland.

Rebels celebrations

Celebratory rifle fire and car horns rang out in the rebels’ eastern capital of Benghazi as news of the attack spread.

The announcement of the attack was made live on state television which later showed Tripoli residents marching on the streets, chanting “the martyr is the beloved of God.” Some fired guns into the air.

US White House press secretary Jay Carney said the White House was aware of Libyan media reports Qaddafi’s son had been killed and was monitoring the situation.

Qaddafi’s daughter was killed in a US air strike in 1986, ordered after a bomb attack on a West Berlin discotheque killed two US servicemen. Washington linked Tripoli to the attack.

Fighting in Libya’s civil war, which grew from protests for greater political freedom that have spread across the Arab world, has reached stalemate in recent weeks with neither side capable of achieving a decisive blow.

Libyan forces had reached the gates of Benghazi last month when Qaddafi appeared on television declaring he would crush the rebellion, showing “no pity, no mercy.” Days later the United Nations passed its resolution allowing the air strikes and saving the rebels from defeat.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article378658.ece

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Attempt to burn church foiled in Gujranwala

01 MAY 2011

LAHORE: Police broke up a mob of people armed with sticks that was threatening to attack a church on Saturday after word spread that two copies of the holy Quran had been burned in eastern Pakistan, officials said. The crowds marching towards the church in the city of Gujranwala blamed Christians for desecration of the holy Quran. Police charged the crowd of 300 people marching towards the church, lightly injuring several protesters, said Saeed Wahla, the top administrator in the city. The protesters blocked a street with barricades of burning tyres. A burned copy of the holy Quran was found on Saturday, and two weeks earlier several burned pages from the holy book turned up, said Nabil Awan, another local official. The All-Pakistan Minorities Alliance condemned Saturday’s march and demanded the government hold an inquiry to find out who was responsible for organising it. The group said such

incidents are “just a conspiracy to destabilise the country”. ap

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Baloch leader accuses agencies of killing non-Baloch in Balochistan

01 MAY 2011

QUETTA: Nawabzada Gazzain Marri, a former home minister of Balochistan, has said that the state functionaries are also involved in the killings of non-Baloch people, mainly settlers, to bring a bad name to the home grown Baloch resistance movement.

He said that Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani had also admitted this fact in one of his recent interviews. In an interview with a private news channel, he said his father Nawab Khair Bux Marri and he himself were falsely implicated in the murder of Justice Nawaz Marri by the country’s secret security agencies.

Referring to the resistance war, he said it was the last option for the Baloch people. Earlier, Baloch people’s experience with parliamentary politics failed and the NAP government in 1973 was dismissed, although it enjoyed the support of a two-third majority. He said that the dismissal of the government was followed by a military action.

Nawabzada Gazzain Marri said that he and his brothers also joined the government in the hope that the parliamentary politics would be given a chance to succeed in Balochistan, but in vain.

“Rights of Baloch people and their resources have been usurped for the last six decades and no relief has been provided to the Baloch people either,” he lamented.

“Being an agent of foreign powers is not in the genes of Baloch people,” he said, adding, “Earlier, Baloch people were dubbed as Russian agents, while now they are being branded as Indian agents and in future they may be tagged as CIA agents.”

He said if there was any statement from India vindicating the Baloch struggle, for him it was an encouraging sign. “Significance of Balochistan issue is magnifying in regional and international politics,” he observed.

He said India had never tried to establish any link with him. “If the government has any proof about our secret links with India, it should come out with a concrete proof,” he added.

“Rather than handing the Baloch people their rights, including control over their resources, the government, instead, has responded by gifting three to four bullet-riddled dead bodies of Baloch people to their relations,” Marri added.

He was of the view that there could be a better atmosphere in Balochistan if the government withdrew all combat troops, besides setting free all the missing persons. “It could have led to a situation, where the Baloch fighters were willing to talk to the government,” he said, adding, “Four to five mutilated dead bodies is a real package by the government of Pakistan.”

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\05\01\story_1-5-2011_pg7_2

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Gaddafi regime offers amnesty to Misrata rebels

May 01, 2011

Libya’s Gaddafi regime offered rebels controlling the port of Misrata an amnesty if they stop fighting, the Government spokesman said.

A justice Ministry statement, cited by spokesman Mussa Ibrahim at a news conference on Friday, called on “all armed groups in Misrata to lay down their weapons in exchange for an amnesty”.

The offer was good until Tuesday, he said, adding the Government would allow the fighters to leave Libya’s third largest city if they surrender.

NATO warships earlier on Friday stopped Gaddafi forces from laying anti-ship mines in Misrata’s harbour, the alliance said, accusing the regime of trying to disrupt the flow of aid to the city which has been besieged for two months.

“The sea-mines were being laid two to three kilometres offshore and in the approaches to Misrata by deliberately sinking the inflatable boats on which they were being carried,” NATO said in a statement.

Three mines were found early Friday and were being disarmed, the 28-nation alliance said.

Ibrahim confirmed an earlier report that ships entering the port would be targeted.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/335490/Gaddafi-regime-offers-amnesty-to-Misrata-rebels.html

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Iran president to resign over spat?

May 01, 2011

TEHRAN: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has reportedly stopped showing up for work, sparking rumors of a possible power shift in the country. There are even rumors that Ahmadinejad is at his home in eastern Tehran and plans to resign.

According to Fox News, Iran's complex power structure has for years been compared to a multi-headed hydra, with multiple points of strength. However, the struggle now appears to have boiled down to a showdown between Ahmadinejad and Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Iran-president-to-resign-over-spat/articleshow/8131476.cms

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Suicide blast kills three civilians in Afghanistan

May 01, 2011

KABUL: A suicide explosion in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday killed three civilians and wounded 11 others, the interior ministry said.

The attacker detonated his explosive vest in a district of Paktika province on the border with Pakistan.      "As a result, three civilians were killed and 11 other civilians were wounded," the ministry said in a statement, adding that provincial police have launched an investigation.

The Taliban insurgents have announced their spring offensive is to start Sunday.

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=14946

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Iraq suicide bomb kills 7

April 30, 2011

MOSUL: A suicide bomber blew himself up close to a passing army patrol in northern Iraq on Saturday evening, killing seven people, including four soldiers, security and medical officials said.     

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=14933

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11 vehicles torched in Karachi

May 01, 2011

KARACHI: Eleven vehicles were set on fire in different areas of Karachi on Sunday, police official said.

According to the official, unidentified men torched buses in Liaquatabad, Nipa Chowrangi, Shahra-e-Quadin, Ibrahim Haideri, Frere Market, New Karachi and New Karachi areas.

The Rangers officials have arrested some suspects involved in criminal activities.

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=14949

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Bahrain group calls for boycott of Iranian goods

May 01, 2011

MANAMA: Bahrain’s authorities took broad swipes at Iran on Saturday, accusing Iranian-based hackers of trying to crack into a government website and urging a boycott of Iranian goods in retaliation for alleged interference in the island kingdom’s unrest.

The latest political salvos by Bahrain’s rulers are likely to deepen tensions with Iran, which has been sharply critical of the kingdom’s crackdown on protesters demanding more freedoms. Bahrain and other Arab leaders in the Gulf accuse Iran of meddling in their affairs and seeking gains from the region’s unrest — a charge Iran denies.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article378454.ece

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Sindh mourns Liaquat Quraishi’s murder on MQM call

May 01, 2011

KARACHI: Sindh towns and cities observing a peaceful mourning day on the grisly murder of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)’s former member Sindh Assembly, Advocate Liaquat Quraishi on Friday in the city here.

Karachi, Hyderabad, Nawabshah, Mirpurkhas and other cities of the province are giving a deserted look, as almost all the shopping malls, trading centers remained shut, black banners displaying hurt sentiments of the citizens and black flags at most of the places in the towns and cities gave a grieved look, while the citizens from all segments of the society wore black bands expressing their deep shock and sympathy with MQM leaders and workers.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=14951

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Yemen transition deal teeters as Saleh fails to sign

May 01, 2011

SANAA: Yemen’s Gulf-brokered deal to remove President Ali Abdullah Saleh from power was on the verge of collapse on Sunday after Saleh refused to sign, raising the threat of further instability in the Arabian Peninsula state.

Gulf Cooperation Council mediators told Yemen’s opposition on Saturday he would sign as leader of his party but had refused to sign in his capacity as president as required by the deal.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article379054.ece

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ISI and CIA – The estranged bedfellows

 May 1, 2011

The history of intelligence gathering and operations is shrouded by mysteries and myths in the time lines of city state affairs and inter-state relationship. It is a common fact that the intelligence organs of the states are secretive in their organisation, mission and resources. It is like an under world with no set of principles, rules of business and morale scruples to operate and engage within or without boundaries. These agencies are in a perpetual state of flux and consider every thing fair as long as it serves their interests, like the adage, “every thing is fair in love and war”. The sophistication and wide ranging coordination became the digging tools of intelligence agencies after World War II. CIA was established under the National Security Act of 1947, whereas ISI was established in the aftermath of first Indo-Pak war in 1948, to strengthen and coordinate the intelligence gathering between the three branches of the Pakistan’s armed forces. The cold war era saw greater cooperation between the two premier intelligence agencies to act as a bulwark against the then USSR. The famous U-II incident during 1962 highlighted the warmth of the cooperation to the dismay of the KGB, the prime intelligence agency of the then Soviet Union. The invasion of Afghanistan by the then USSR, during 1979, worked as a catalyst and gave new impetus to the cooperation and collaboration between the ISI and CIA. The Afghan Jihad during 80's proved to be a feast of great intelligence activities leading to the demise of a super power. Full report at:

http://www.thefrontierpost.com/?p=8468

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NATO tanker attacked

01 MAY 2011

QUETTA: A man was injured when unidentified armed men attacked an oil tanker carrying fuel for NATO forces in Notal area of Dera Murad Jamali on Saturday.

A NATO oil tanker was on its way from Karachi to Kandahar, Afghanistan, when unidentified armed men riding a motorcycle opened fire at it in Notal area. The driver sustained bullet wounds and the oil tanker was punctured from several places. staff report

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\05\01\story_1-5-2011_pg7_19

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Afghan Taliban declare start to spring offensive

01 MAY 2011

KABUL: The Taliban declared the start of a spring offensive across Afghanistan on Saturday, warning they would target foreign troops as well as Afghan security forces and top government officials in a wave of attacks, including suicide bombings.

In a statement, the Taliban warned Afghan civilians to stay away from public gatherings, military bases and convoys, as well as Afghan government centres and buildings, as these would be the focus of attacks starting on May 1. The Taliban statement comes just a day after senior military officials and Western diplomats warned they expected a surge in attacks over the next week, beginning on Sunday.

“The Leadership Council of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan wants to declare the launching of the spring military operations named as ‘Badar’ to be waged against the invading Americans and their foreign allies and internal supports,” the Taliban said in an emailed statement. “Operations will focus on attacks against military centres, places of gatherings, airbases, ammunition and logistical military convoys of the foreign invaders in all parts of the country,” the Taliban said.

Senior military officials told Reuters on Friday that recent intelligence reporting indicated the campaign of increased violence would last about a week and would be mounted by the Taliban, supported by the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network and other militants. Brigadier General Josef Blotz, NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) spokesman, said coalition bases were bolstering security in anticipation of attacks.

The United Nations said it was relocating some of its staff in Afghanistan after receiving ‘credible threats’ of increased attacks in a ‘number of locations around the country’.

“As a precautionary measure the United Nations is shifting its staff from some of its regional operational centres into safe locations for a short period. Staff are not leaving their regions and will continue working from these locations,” said Kieran Dwyer, spokesman for the UN Mission in Afghanistan.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\05\01\story_1-5-2011_pg7_1

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Karachi tense as one more killed in violence

01 MAY 2011

KARACHI: Tension gripped many parts of the city after a man was killed and around five people were injured in an hour’s span in separate incidents of violence in various parts of the provincial metropolis on Saturday.

A rickshaw driver was shot dead near Hanafia Mosque in the limits of Gulshan Iqbal police station.

The victim, 42-year-old Abdul Majeed, was a resident of Hussain Hazara Goth. At the time of the incident, he was heading somewhere in his rickshaw. When he reached near Hanafia Mosque situated in Block 6 Gulshan Iqbal, unidentified armed men, riding a motorcycle, fired at him. Resultantly, he received injuries.

Police shifted him to Darul Sehat Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. SHO Kenson Dean said the victim hailed from Mansehra, adding that motive of the murder was yet to be ascertained.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\05\01\story_1-5-2011_pg1_4

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PPP, PML-Q may sign deal today; PM to attend meeting

By Amir Wasim

May 01, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Top leaders of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), including Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, and the Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) are expected to again meet at the Presidency on Sunday to formally put their seal on the power-sharing agreement, sources in the two parties told Dawn here on Saturday.

The two parties have decided to sign the agreement without seeking — even as a formality — the approval of their respective highest executive bodies.

But there was no immediate word about when a formal induction of PML-Q members in the federal cabinet will take place, although there was speculation that it could happen as early as on Monday before the prime minister leaves for a visit to France on Tuesday.

Farhatullah Babar, the spokesman for President Asif Ali Zardari, neither confirmed nor denied Sunday’s meeting, but said the PML-Q leaders had requested for a meeting with the President on the same day.

On the other hand, a source in the PML-Q said party leader Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and his cousin Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi would present the final draft of the agreement in their meeting with President Zardari and Prime Minister Gilani on Sunday.

The draft, he said, had been prepared in the light of discussions that had been going on between the two parties for the past four months, particularly the meetings held on Thursday and Friday.

The source claimed that the PPP had agreed to create the post of deputy prime minister without amending the constitution and that it could be done either by an executive order or by amending the rules of business of the government.

In the Friday’s meeting, which was also attended by PML-Q parliamentary leader in the National Assembly Faisal Saleh Hayat who had opposed the deal in the past, the two sides had decided to sign a written agreement that would also be made public. “Yes, the agreement will be made public and there will be a public announcement of the alliance between the two parties,” Mr Hayat told Dawn on Saturday.

Mr Hayat said all reports about the number of ministries and portfolios his party was expected to get in the new set-up were based on speculations. He, however, claimed that the two sides had almost had an agreement on a formula under which ministries would be distributed among the coalition partners.

Replying to a question, he claimed that the two sides had agreed to create the new office of the deputy prime minister and that legal experts of the two parties, whom he did not identify, had been discussing ways how to do it. He said one view was that there would be a need to amend the constitution for this purpose whereas another group believed this could be done merely by changing the rules of business as, he said, had been done in India and Britain.

It is interesting to note that while the PML-Q has been constantly giving out claimed details of its talks with the PPP leadership, the other side has remained tight-lipped.

Mr Hayat, who had formed a forward bloc in the PPP after the 2002 elections to become a minister in the military regime of Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf, said the two parties had agreed to continue their alliance on a long-term basis and cooperate with each other not only in the forthcoming Senate polls but also in the next general and local bodies elections.

He denied he had given his assent to his party leadership for the alliance with the PPP in return of some personal assurances for himself.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/01/ppp-pml-q-may-sign-deal-today-pm-to-attend-meeting.html

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Five Nato oil tankers attacked in Balochistan

May 01, 2011

QUETTA: Gunmen in southwestern Pakistan attacked five oil tankers carrying supplies to Nato troops in Afghanistan, officials said Monday.

The incident took place near the town of Mithri, some 230 kilometres southeast of Quetta, in Balochistan province which borders Iran and Afghanistan.

“Unknown gunmen fired at five Nato oil tankers. Two of them caught fire while oil leaked from three others,” district administration chief Muhammad Azam told AFP.

“There were no injuries to drivers,” he said.

Local intelligence officials confirmed the attack.

Nato trucks and oil tankers are regularly the targets of arson attacks blamed on insurgents attempting to disrupt two key supply lines that cross western Pakistan bound for foreign troops fighting in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Most supplies and equipment required by coalition troops in Afghanistan are shipped through Pakistan, although US troops increasingly use alternative routes through central Asia.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/01/un-urges-all-to-avoid-civilian-harm-as-taliban-threaten-offensive.html

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Militants kill six in Afghan attacks: Afghan police

May 01, 2011

Officials at the Ministry of Interior say wounded civilians in the Barmal district of Paktika province have been taken to hospital and that police are investigating the attack. — File Photo

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/01/suicide-bomber-kills-three-wounds-11-afghan-police.html

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Police encounter kills seven in Sheikhupura

April 30, 2011

SHEIKHUPURA: A woman, sub inspector police and five proclaimed offenders were killed in a police encounter in a village Thatta Qadir Shah of Sheikhupura on Saturday, Geo News reported.

Police said the killed woman was the alleged accomplice of wanted criminals.

According to police sources, the wanted criminals had gathered to occupy a land through use of force whom police intercepted which ended up in a shootout.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=14935

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US to use Afghanistan as base for drone attacks in Pak

May 01, 2011

Washington : US is shifting its terror-killer drones from Pakistan to Afghanistan after Islamabad asked it to shut down UAV bases on its territory, but America has vowed to continue hitting militants based in Pakistan's tribal areas.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/783867/

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Al-Qaeda plot busted in Germany

May 01, 2011

Karlsruhe (Germany): Three suspected Al-Qaeda members were working on making a shrapnel-laden bomb in Germany to attack a crowded area such as a bus or a bus stop when they were arrested, officials said on Saturday. The the trio, under surveillance for months, hadn't picked a specific target, but were experimenting with explosives and detonators.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2011/05/01/stories/2011050164721800.htm

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Two buses among four vehicles torched in Karachi

                                                     May 01, 2011         

KARACHI: Two buses among four vehicles were were set on fire in Karachi on Saturday, fire brigade official said.

According to the official, unidentified men torched one minibus near NIPA Chowrangi.

Police said that another bus and two loading cars were also set ablaze in Ibrahim Haideri area of the metropolis.

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=14941

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In focus: Legal battle to recover money not paid back

May 01, 2011

RIYADH: Taking legal action to recover money that has not been paid back is an increasingly common action many people are taking in the Kingdom.

It is a Herculean task for those who use the legal system to get their money back from the defendants.

There are cases where plaintiffs serve court summonses to defendants personally at their houses. This is more evident in the case of individuals who approach the court when the borrower fails to pay back money owed to them, which may not be a large amount in some cases.

For example, an individual lends SR5,000 to another man. When the borrower defaults, the lender is forced to take legal action as a last resort to recover the money. Sometimes, he might have spent a huge amount of money in legal fees to get the money back. He also wastes a lot of time and energy in this respect. The court verdict only comes after several years.

In certain cases, fatigued by the arduous legal battle, some plaintiffs abandon the cases midway through. There are also instances where they are threatened or even blackmailed by the defendants. There are cases where lenders are forced to accept settlements instead. A number of legal experts and eminent lawyers told Al-Riyadh newspaper about the difficulties plaintiffs face in getting their money back.

Abdullah Al-Fallaj, a lawyer and legal consultant, said that normally the court official serves a summons to the defendant in private financial dispute cases.

But there is also a provision in law allowing the plaintiff himself to serve a summons.

“In such cases, the law stipulates that certain conditions should be adhered to when serving a summons, such as its timing. This should be done in a way that protects the rights of the defendant also,” he said. “Plaintiffs are not allowed to serve summonses before sunrise or after sunset or during the holidays. The plaintiff should provide all information concerning the defendant to the court.”

Al-Fallaj noted that a copy of the petition should be attached with the summons notice. “Some defendants appear before the court on the fixed date of hearing and then plead for a future date to present their arguments. In case the defendant fails to appear on a number of occasions, the judge can order his arrest,” he said.

Al-Fallaj urged the authorities concerned to take adequate measures to enable servers of summonses to effectively perform their duties to reduce the number of cases in which defendants fail to appear in courts.

“All means, including SMS, e-mail and phone calls could be utilized to ensure the appearance of clients in courts. Stringent punitive measures should be taken against those who fail to appear before the court after they have been served summonses unless they have convincing reasons,” he added.

“Such punitive action should be taken only after ensuring that summonses were served properly and that the defendants deliberately failed to appear in the court or evaded servers of summonses or plaintiffs when they came to serve the notice.”

Commenting on the prospects of reconciliation in private financial disputes, Al-Fallaj said that this was being exploited as a way to blackmail or bargain with plaintiffs in some cases.

“Generally, there are only two options in front of the plaintiff in this respect. One is relinquishing part of his claim in the name of reconciliation. The second is continuing a legal battle that may sometimes take several years,” he added.

Abdul Aziz Al-Zamil, another lawyer, said that there are various forms of reconciliation.

“In disputes involving family properties, some members of the family settle for slightly less than what they were suing for in the first place. In other cases, the plaintiff gives concessions to the defendant on the condition that she or he writes off part of the debt. Yet in other cases, both parties agree to a future date when the defendant would settle the debt fully,” he said while noting that such reconciliations take place before or after filing the case in the court.

In the case of an out-of-court settlement, he noted that a written agreement would be

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article378543.ece

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Taliban announce spring offensive in Afghanistan

May 01, 2011

Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents yesterday announced the launch of their spring offensive as international troops gear up for a transition process to hand control of security to home-grown forces.

Referring to itself as "the leading council of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan" -- as it did during its 1996-2001 rule -- the group said it "wants to declare the launching of the spring military operations christened as 'Badar' to be waged against the invading Americans and their foreign allies". Spring and summer are Afghanistan's traditional fighting season.

In a statement in English as well as local languages Pashto and Dari, the Taliban said its offensive against NATO-led troops and the Afghan government -- named for a historic victory by the Prophet Mohammed -- would begin on May 1.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=183904

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Nato says air strikes not targeting Qadhafi

May 01, 2011

In this photo made on a government organized tour, government officials inspect the site of a Nato missile strike that killed Gadhafi's youngest son and three grandchildren and wounded friends and relatives, in Tripoli, Libya, Saturday, April 30, 2011. Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi survived attack, Libya's spokesman said. — AP Photo

BRUSSELS: Nato denied targeting members of Muammar Qadhafi’s family on Sunday after a Libyan government spokesman said the leader had survived a Nato air strike in Tripoli that killed his youngest son and three grandchildren.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/01/nato-says-air-strikes-not-targeting-gaddafi.html

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UN urges all to avoid civilian harm as Taliban threaten offensive

May 01, 2011

An Army carry team carries the transfer case containing the remains of Army Sgt. Matthew D. Hermanson of Appleton, Wis., upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base, Del. on Saturday April 30, 2011. The Department of Defense announced the death of Hermanson who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. — AP Photo

The United Nations in Afghanistan has issued a plea for all sides to avoid civilian casualties after the Taliban declared Sunday would be the start of a stepped-up campaign of violence across the country that would include suicide attacks.

The hardliners have warned civilians to stay away from public gatherings, military bases and convoys, as well as government centres and buildings, as these would be the focus of a wave of attacks beginning on Sunday.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/01/un-urges-all-to-avoid-civilian-harm-as-taliban-threaten-offensive.html 

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Kadhafi call for Libya talks rejected

May 01, 2011

TRIPOLI: Rebels and NATO dismissed on Saturday an offer by Moamer Kadhafi for talks to end Libya's conflict, as the defiant strongman's forces pressed an offensive against the key port city of Misrata.

And three loud explosions were heard Saturday evening from the direction of Bab al-Aziziya, the area where Kadhafi's compound is located, as NATO jets overflew the capital Tripoli.

In an early-morning speech on state television, the Libyan leader said NATO "must abandon all hope of his departure.

"I have no official functions to give up: I will not leave my country and will fight to the death," he said.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=14937

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Syrian troops take key Daraa mosque, kill 4

May 01, 2011

Syrian troops backed by tanks and three helicopters on Saturday took a prominent mosque that had been controlled by residents in a besieged southern city killing four people, a witness said.

The operation in the town of Daraa came a day after President Bashar Assad unleashed deadly force to crush a months-old revolt, killing at least 65 people, mostly in the border town.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/335494/Syrian-troops-take-key-Daraa-mosque-kill-4.html

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Listen to the voice of youth: Salman

May 01, 2011

RIYADH: Riyadh Gov. Prince Salman opened TEDxRiyadh here Saturday and hoped that the forum, which aims to highlight youth's innovations and achievements, would discuss youth issues and contribute to realizing their hopes and aspirations.

"I am very happy to meet a group of youths from different parts of the Kingdom under the umbrella of this Al-Ghad (Tomorrow) Forum, which has adopted 'Community's Partnership with Youth' as its slogan," the governor said.

Prince Salman said the youth could play a greater role in contributing to the Kingdom's development and meeting its development challenges.

He urged cultural and social organizations to hear the voice of youth and set out plans to ensure a better future for them.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article378557.ece

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Iranians blamed for hacking Bahrain govt website

May 01, 2011

MANAMA: Bahrain says Iranian computer hackers tried to access the official website of the Housing Ministry in attempts to seek data on aid recipients.

The report Saturday on the Bahrain News Agency gave no other details. The island kingdom’s rulers are facing an uprising by the country’s Shiite majority, which is calling for greater rights. Throughout the turmoil they have accused Shiite power Iran of interfering in their affairs.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article378273.ece

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Iraqi judge killed as insurgents bomb house

May 01, 2011

Insurgents planted bombs around the home of an Iraqi judge and blew it up on Saturday north of Baghdad, killing him and at least one of his children, the police and judicial officials said.

Tuama al-Tamimi and one of his children were killed in the attack, but there were conflicting reports of whether any of Tamimi’s other family members also died in the blast in Taji, 25 kilometres north of Baghdad.

Full report at:

http://newagebd.com/newspaper1/international/17125.html

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Egypt’s Islamists announce political party

May 01, 2011

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, the country’s best organised movement, on Saturday announced the formation of a party to contest up to half of parliament’s seats in a September election.

Mohammed Hussein, the group’s secretary general, said at a news conference that the movement’s consultative council decided at a meeting to adopt a decision to form the new Freedom and Justice Party.

Full report at:

http://newagebd.com/newspaper1/international/17132.html

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Syrians vow for more protests

May 01, 2011

Troops and snipers killed six civilians yesterday as Syrians prepared to bury scores of people killed in a "day of rage," while the United States and EU imposed sanctions on Damascus.

As the death toll from seven weeks of anti-regime protests rises, activists vowed to keep the pressure on the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, promising a new week of fresh pro-democracy protests.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=183900

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Al-Qaeda ordered suspect to carry out attack in Germany

May 01, 2011

One of three alleged members of Al-Qaeda detained in Germany was ordered by a high-ranking member of the group last year to carry out an attack in the country, prosecutors said yesterday.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=183942

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Iraqi PM makes stopover in Dhaka

May 01, 2011

The Iraqi prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, made a brief stopover in Dhaka Saturday afternoon on his way home from South Korea.

The industries minister, Dilip Barua, received Maliki as he arrived for one and a half hours’ stopover at Hazrat Shahjalal Internatio-nal Airport.

Ambassador-at-large M Ziauddin and additional foreign secretary Mustafa Kamal were also present at the airport.

Full report at:

http://newagebd.com/newspaper1/frontpage/17213.html

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Mubarak may face death penalty

May 01, 2011

CAIRO: Egypt's justice minister says that ousted President Hosni Mubarak would face the death penalty if convicted of ordering the shooting of protesters during the uprisings that brought him down.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Mubarak-may-face-death-penalty/articleshow/8131472.cms

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Terror strike averted: Germany arrests 3 suspected Qaida men

May 01, 2011

KARLSRUHE: Three suspected al-Qaida members were working on making a shrapnelladen bomb in Germany to attack a crowded area such as a bus or a bus stop when they were arrested, officials said Saturday.

The law enforcement officials say the trio, who had been under surveillance for months, hadn't picked a specific target, but were experimenting with explosives and detonators before authorities swooped in and detained them Friday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Terror-strike-averted-Germany-arrests-3-suspected-Qaida-men/articleshow/8131430.cms

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6 killed in south Yemen strike

May 01, 2011

ADEN: Two servicemen and four civilians were killed and at least another 23 were wounded in south Yemen during a shutdown called by anti-government protesters on Saturday, officials said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/6-killed-in-south-Yemen-strike/articleshow/8131460.cms

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/al-qaida-leader-osama-bin-laden-dead--us-officials/d/4554


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