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Islamic World News ( 26 Jun 2010, NewAgeIslam.Com)

‘Ambedkar a nominee of the Muslim League’

Mutiny charges framed against 667 Bangladesh border guards

18 militants killed in Afghanistan

Palestinian girls race through gender barrier

Pak considers granting India most-favoured nation status

Pak rules out barring Hafiz Saeed from giving hate speeches

Intentions fine, outcomes key: Chidambaram to PaK

Kashmir CM opposes death to Guru, talks tough on rights violations

Sudan police arrest models after fashion show        

Yemen arrests 30 terror suspects

Sex and Muslim women: new Asian mag pushes limits

'Taliban wanted to enter India after overrunning Pak'

London ad aims to propagate true Islam

8 sentenced to jail, 3,000 lashes each for robbing cabbies

Cops confirm terrorists using Kashmir youths for cover-up

Govt May Club All Hindu Terror Cases

Controversy Over Candidate's Comment On Mosque

‘Adaptation of Islamic economic system to alleviate poverty’

Palestinian says women's rights forgotten in Gaza

Australian State Parliament to Debate Burqa Ban

Malaysia reality TV seeks young male Muslim leader

Five injured in Lahore blasts

‘Sasti Roti Dastarkhwan’ next step against poverty: Pak Punjab CM

Eight extremists killed in Orakzai action

Father, 2 daughters shot dead in Mardan

Woman commits suicide with three children

Yemen court upholds death sentence against two Pakistanis

Somaliland fears Islamists can shatter statehood dream

Jamaat-e-Islami to hold demonstrations today

Criticism of president is boon for Pak TV ratings: WSJ

G8 leaders vow joint action against terrorism

G8 leaders keep pressure on Iran, North Korea

Saudi woman arrested for sheltering runaway maids

US: Turkey must demonstrate commitment to West

Judge orders father to return girl to mother

Iranian exiles demand tougher sanctions on Tehran

Indian, Pakistani intel chiefs meet in Islamabad

Karachi-bound ship carrying arms sets sail for Kolkata

Tackling terrorism: India for SAARC's co-operation

US to Karzai: New general won't alter Afghan plan

FIA and CBI should work together: Pak

Kashmir CM for proactive measures

Nawaz Sharif: Pervez Musharraf and Zardari are friends

‘I Cautioned Against Afghan Pullout’

J & K rallyists negotiate road that Akbar took

SOMALILAND IS AFRICAN DEMOCRATIC SUCCESS

Protest against Sopore deaths cripples Kashmir

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: The author of Indian Constitution Baba Bhim Rao Ambedkar

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‘Ambedkar a nominee of the Muslim League’

By Iftikhar Gilani

27 Jun, 2010

NEW DELHI: An Indian scholar on Saturday revealed that author of the Indian Constitution and famous Dalit leader Dr B R Ambedkar was in fact a nominee of the Muslim League in the Council of States (Upper House) of united India’s Constituent Assembly.

Participating in a discussion on a roadmap for the political empowerment of Indian Muslims, noted historian and former vice-chancellor of the Agra University, Professor Manzoor Ahmed said the Congress had refused to support Ambedkar’s candidature for the upper house.

Tracing history, Ahmed, also a former inspector general of police in Uttar Pradesh, said the Muslim League leader Hussain Shaheed Suharwardi had nominated Dalit icon Ambedkar and a tribal leader Joginder Nath Mandal as candidates for the Council of States from Bengal at the behest of the Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. “Both seats belonged to Muslim League,” he said.

The scholar also blamed the Congress party’s Muslim face, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, for the political disempowerment of Muslims in northern India.

Professor Ahmed claimed that soon after the partition, Azad chaired a Muslim Political Convention in Lucknow at the Rufai Aam Club. He asked Muslim representatives to renounce community-based politics. He even took oath from them to stay away from community parties and urged them to join the mainstream political parties. Only a south Indian Muslim, Muhammad Ismail, walked out of the meeting.

He later founded the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) in Kerala, a step that helped Muslims to share power in the successive provincial government unlike in northern India, where they were left to the mercy and whims of mainstream political parties.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\27\story_27-6-2010_pg7_6

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Mutiny charges framed against 667 Bangladesh border guards

Jun 27, 2010

DHAKA: A Bangladeshi special court framed mutiny charges against 667 troopers of the BDR border guards for the 2009 carnage that killed 57 army officers, including its chief Major General Shakil Ahmed.

The Special Court-5 headed by BDR Director General Mohammad Rafiqul Islam framed the mutiny charges against 667 BDR jawans of 24 Rifle Battalion linked to the February 25-26 carnage at its Pilkhana headquarters in the capital, the Star Online said.

Later the court adjourned the trial proceedings till September 4. Of the total accused, 29 BDR troopers pleaded guilty, the report said.

A total of 74 people including 57 army officers were brutally killed during the bloodbath at its headquarters at Pilkhana in 2009.

In November last year, Bangladesh set up six "special courts" headed by its then Director General Major General Mainul Islam to try the soldiers linked to the February 25-26 mutiny, just two months after the installation of the new government following the landmark December 29, 2008 parliamentary polls.

The government had decided to try the suspected massacre culprits under the fast track 'Speedy Trial Tribunal and others who extended support to the mutiny but did not take part in the killings under the BDR Act.

The Speedy Trial Tribunal will try the suspects under civil Penal Code, which prescribed capital punishment for offenses like murder while the BDR Act suggested the maximum seven years of imprisonment for breaching discipline in command chain or major service irregularities.

Over 200 border guards so far have already been jailed for various terms under the BDR Act in six special courts headed by the BDR chief.

Last week, the government decided to bring about a key amendment to expedite the trial of mutineers who did not directly take part in the killings.

According to Abvul Kalam Azad, the Prime Minister's press secretary, said under the existing law, the BDR chief needed to head all the six paramilitary special courts set up last year to try the ordinary rebellious border guards.

Under the proposed amendment, he said, director level officials of the border force, who generally holds the rank of an army colonel, could head the courts instead of the director general himself.

Reforms approved by the government led to renaming of the paramilitary force as Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) with a new combat uniform.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Mutiny-charges-framed-against-667-Bangladesh-border-guards/articleshow/6095606.cms

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18 militants killed in Afghanistan

27 June 2010

KABUL: The NATO-led troops eliminated 18 Taliban militants including two commanders in Afghanistan's southern Zabul province, police said on Saturday.

"Acting on intelligence reports the international troops pounded militants' hideouts in Shar-e-Safa area of the province on Friday night killing 18 rebels including two group commanders Mullah Toorjan and Mullah Ahmad Shah on the spot," Ghulam Jilani Farahi, deputy to provincial police chief, said.

He did not give more details.

Taliban militants fighting Afghan and NATO-led troops are yet to make comments.

Southern and eastern parts of the post-Taliban Afghanistan have been the scene of increasing Taliban-led insurgency over the past couple of years. 

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/South-Asia/18-militants-killed-in-Afghanistan/articleshow/6098435.cms 

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Palestinian girls race through gender barrier

Jun 27, 2010

RAMALLAH (WEST BANK): Palestinian women are speeding into the record books by competing in the first all-female car racing team — the Speed Sisters. Along the way, they're crashing through another gender barrier in this conservative Muslim society. The eight women have entered a popular race called 'Speed Test.' Souped-up cars race around a track, weaving their way around obstacles and spinning circles around others.

"I love sports that are tough and dangerous, because I am a dangerous woman," said Nour Dawood, 20, after a race this week outside the West Bank city of Ramallah. She wore a yellow-and-black racing suit, sunglasses and a helmet as she leaned against her car, her curly hair pushed back into a ponytail. Around her, drivers revved their engines.

Arabic music pounded out of loudspeakers. A group of fans crowded around the track to watch, including a small contingent of women with large sunglasses. It's another step for Palestinian women who have been claiming more positions of influence in an otherwise still male-dominated society. This year, the first female Palestinian governor was appointed to oversee the West Bank district of Ramallah. The mayor of the district's main city is a woman, as are four ministers in the Palestinian cabinet.

Speed Test began in the West Bank in 2005, as violence between Israel and the Palestinians began petering out. Races take place throughout the territory that is ruled by Israel, with Palestinians administering parts of it.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Palestinian-girls-race-through-gender-barrier/articleshow/6096415.cms

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Pak considers granting India most-favoured nation status

Jun 27 2010

Toronto : In a move that could bolster the trade and economic relations between the two countries, Islamabad is considering reciprocating the long-unrequited Indian gesture of treating it as a most-favoured nation (MFN).

In the recent foreign secretary-level talks between the two countries in Islamabad, Pakistani officials had indicated their willingness to replace the policy of keeping a restricted “positive” list of goods for India-Pakistan trade with a more accommodative “negative list” approach.

This policy change would inevitably lead to India becoming an MFN to Pakistan.

Although India has treated Pakistan as an MFN for many years, Islamabad has been unwilling to reciprocate that measure.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pak-considers-granting-india-mostfavoured-nation-status/638918/

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Pak rules out barring Hafiz Saeed from giving hate speeches

Jun 27 2010

Islamabad : Pakistan has virtually ruled out barring Jamaat-ud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, mastermind of the Mumbai terror attack of 2008, from giving inflammatory speeches targetting India.

"In a democracy, there is freedom of expression in Pakistan as in India. There are all sorts of people making all kinds of speeches. There are people with extremist views in both India and Pakistan.... and there is nothing you can do about it. There are views being expressed in Pakistan that I can do nothing about," Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told reporters here last night.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pak-rules-out-barring-hafiz-saeed-from-giving-hate-speeches/639049/

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Intentions fine, outcomes key: Chidambaram to PaK

Raghvendra Rao

Jun 27 2010

Islamabad : Asking Pakistan to hunt down and prosecute more people behind the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram today said the two countries had agreed to “address the situation with the seriousness it deserves” and he was returning home “with the conviction that this will be done”.

To try and reduce the “trust deficit”, both sides sought to present a united front against terror.

Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik promised a “logical end” to the 26/11 trial currently underway in his country. And Chidambaram said: “We are both agreed that the outcome will be good for both countries. Nobody is questioning the intentions. We are looking at the outcomes. Outcomes alone will decide if we are on the right track.”

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/intentions-fine-outcomes-key-chidambaram-to-pak/638980/

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Omar opposes death to Guru, talks tough on rights violations

Jun 27, 2010

If I am required to sign Guru's death warrant, I will not do it.

  Jammu and Kashmir SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has said he will oppose Parliament attack accused Afzal Guru's death sentence, if the Centre seeks his opinion.

A local news agency had quoted the CM as saying he would not put his signature on the death warrant if he were required to do so. Mohammad Afzal Guru has been awarded death for his role in the 2001 attack on the Parliament.

Though Abdullah was not available for comment, his office confirmed the news. “The CM will oppose the sentence if his opinion is sought.“ “I am against the death sentence and ... if I am required to sign Guru's death warrant, I will not do it,“ the agency had quoted him.

Full report at: Hindustan Times

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Sudan police arrest models after fashion show

Jun 27, 2010

KHARTOUM: Sudanese police briefly detained more than 20 models, make-up artists and designers after a rare mixed-sex fashion show in Khartoum, participants said on Saturday.

Amateur models taking part in the "Sudanese Next Top Model Fashion Show" told Reuters they were rounded up late on Thursday by Sudan's public order police, a body known for its crackdowns on indecent dress and drinking in the Muslim north.

Police were not available to comment on Thursday's arrests outside a club in the capital's Khartoum 2 district.

All of the detainees were released on Friday but at least six were told to report to the police on Sunday to face unspecified charges, said one participant.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article73955.ece

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Yemen arrests 30 terror suspects

Jun 27, 2010

ADEN: Security forces in Yemen’s port of Aden have arrested 30 people during a two-day hunt for suspected Al-Qaeda operatives behind an attack on an intelligence building, a security official and the Defense Ministry said.

Operations would continue after security forces swept door-to-door through Aden’s Saada area on Friday seeking out suspected militants, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Yemen has accused Al-Qaeda of the attack last Saturday in which militants in military uniform raided the police intelligence building, killing seven security officers, three women and a 7-year-old boy, and freeing several detainees.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article73902.ece

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Sex and Muslim women: new Asian mag pushes limits

By Philip Lim

June 27, 2010

SINGAPORE — Flip through the pages of Aquila Asia magazine and it soon becomes apparent that the publication is different from other glossy women's magazines sold across the region.

Side by side with ads for expensive handbags and luxury cars are fashion spreads featuring professional models in Muslim headscarves -- and articles on topics like virginity and hymen reconstruction.

To be "modest and fabulous" is the motto of the bi-monthly magazine, whose name means "intelligence" in Arabic, said its vivacious founder and publisher Liana Rosnita, a Singaporean Muslim married to a Swiss man.

Full report at:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5j9a6beSl4qAXL-FokB-5zZ1pURRg

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'Taliban wanted to enter India after overrunning Pak'

27 June 2010

Islamabad, Jun 27 (PTI) Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that had the Taliban militants overrun his country, their next targets would have been India and Bangladesh.

"India and Bangladesh would have been next if the Taliban had taken over Pakistan," Malik told reporters while briefing them on the outcome of the meeting of SAARC Interior Ministers here yesterday.

Full report at:

http://www.ptinews.com/news/746281_-Taliban-wanted-to-enter-India-after-overrunning-Pak-

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London ad aims to propagate true Islam

Sun, 27 Jun 2010

Television host Kristiane Becker poses in a London taxi bearing a message aimed at raising the public understanding of Islam.

An advertising campaign has been launched in London to introduce the true face of Islam and reverse negative attitudes toward Muslims.

The Muslim population of the Western countries is living in tough conditions amid widespread propaganda that links Islam with terrorism.

The Exploring Islam Foundation, a group run by British Muslim professionals has initiated the Inspired by Muhammad campaign in a bid to challenge "damaging stereotypes about Islam through the medium of creative resources".

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=132206&sectionid=351021808

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JEDDAH: 8 sentenced to jail, 3,000 lashes each for robbing cabbies

By MUHAMMAD HUMAIDAN

Jun 26, 2010

JEDDAH: With the endorsement of Riyadh's Court of Cassation, eight youths who robbed two expatriate taxi drivers a few month ago were sentenced to five-year jail terms and 3,000 lashes on Saturday.

Police arrested the suspects, all of them in their 20s, when two expatriates complained about five youths calling cabs in separate incidents and beating and robbing the drivers at knife-point. The other three acted as lookouts. All of the accused allegedly confessed to their crimes.

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article73821.ece

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Cops confirm terrorists using Kashmir youths for cover-up

Rahul Datta/ Mohit Kandhari

Jun 27, 2010

The latest incident of a rampaging mob — comprising mostly youths — attacking CRPF personnel in Sopore to protest the killing of a suspected militant in an encounter, has aggravated the concerns of the security establishment about terror outfits increasingly using mobs as cover to take on the paramilitary forces. More so, since youths form a major chunk of such mobs.

As Sopore remained tense for the second day after two persons, including a 15-year-old, were killed when the CRPF personnel fired at them, senior police officials pointed out that their fears about militants on the lookout for gullible youth to make up for their own dwindling numbers was confirmed recently.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/265323/Cops-confirm-terrorists-using-Kashmir-youths-for-cover-up.html

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Govt May Club All Hindu Terror Cases

Jun 27th, 2010

Amidst reports received by the Union home ministry of radical Hindu outfits hand in the 2007 Samjhauta Express bombings, the government is considering clubbing all “Hindu terror” related cases to be handed over to one investigating agency.

The Abhinav Bharat and Sanatan Sanstha are the two Hindu terror outfits under the scanner.

The government intends to speed up the investigation to enable a dedicated nation-wide probe against the radical Hindu outfits’ funding and terror modules.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/india/govt-may-club-all-hindu-terror-cases-269

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Controversy Over Candidate's Comment On Mosque

By Chris Cannon

Jun 27, 2010

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The heavy-hitters in Tennessee's Republican Party attended Friday night's annual Statesmen's Dinner at the Nashville Convention Center. Many of the politicians steered clear of the controversy that surrounds a proposed Murfreesboro mosque.

Thursday, Lou Ann Zelenik, a republican candidate seeking the nomination for Tennessee's sixth congressional district released a statement about the mosque some people found offensive.

"This 'Islamic Center' is not part of a religious movement; it is a political movement designed to fracture the moral and political foundation of Middle Tennessee," according to the statement on Zelenik's web site.

Full report at:

http://www.newschannel5.com/Global/story.asp?S=12713447

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‘Adaptation of Islamic economic system to alleviate poverty’

June 27, 2010

KARACHI: Ex Governor State Bank, Ishrat Hussain has said that Islamisation of economic system, if adopted and practiced in its true form, at any time in the future will strengthen the economy particularly income distribution and poverty alleviation which have proved elusive under the present western economic model.

This will, in fact, eliminate the sources of instability, violence and propensity towards terrorism arising from a sense of deprivation. He expressed these views while delivering a speech on Islam and the future of Economics at a Conference on ‘Islamic Economics and Finance’ organised by IBA at State Bank Building on Saturday.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\27\story_27-6-2010_pg5_5

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Palestinian says women's rights forgotten in Gaza

By Edmund Sanders

June 27, 2010

Naila Ayesh's path to becoming a Muslim activist for women's rights began when she miscarried in an Israeli detention center in 1987 after being arrested for belonging to a Palestinian student union.

Today Ayesh, 49, founder of the Gaza Strip-based Women's Affairs Center, has become one of the only feminist voices in the seaside territory that was seized three years ago by Hamas, an armed Palestinian group that aspires to impose Islamic law.

Besides being married to Jamal Zakout, a top advisor to Prime Minister Salam Fayyad of the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority — Hamas' political rival that rules the West Bank — Ayesh also raises eyebrows in Gaza as she moves in public without covering her head and sometimes even partakes of a shisha water pipe.

Full report at:

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-gaza-feminist-qa-20100627,0,6959559.story

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Australian State Parliament to Debate Burqa Ban

Phil Mercer

June 27, 2010

A legislator in Australia is calling for new laws banning the burqa in public places in the country's most populous state, New South Wales. Reverend Fred Nile has introduced a private members bill to state parliament that would make it an offense to wear a full-face veil in shopping centers and on buses. 

Reverend Fred Nile, a Christian Democratic Party MP in the New South Wales upper of house of parliament, insists the burqa does not fit Australian values.

Only a small number of Muslims in Australia wear the loose garment that covers a woman from head to foot, including the face.

But Reverend Nile believes Australia should follow the example of European governments, including France, that have outlawed the burqa.

Full report at:

http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Australian-Parliament-to-Debate-Burqa-Ban-97222284.html

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Malaysia reality TV seeks young male Muslim leader

By SEAN YOONG

June 27, 2010

The 10 young men have washed corpses according to Islamic rites, cried while counseling unmarried pregnant women and joined a police crackdown on teenage motorcycle racers _ all before judges on national TV.

A Malaysian cable station has given a reality show makeover to its Islamic programming, and it's taking this moderate Muslim-majority country by storm.

The show, called "Imam Muda" or "Young Leader," is halfway through a 10-week run. With its blend of doctrine and drama, it is a natural fit for Malaysia, a Southeast Asian nation that has tried to defend its Islamic traditions while also welcoming high-tech industry and Western culture. It's these parallel strains in society that the program taps so successfully.

Full report at:

http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_content.php?id=1301893&lang=eng_news

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Five injured in Lahore blasts

June 27, 2010

LAHORE: Five people were injured when low-intensity time devices exploded in two CD shops in Zaitoon Plaza, Hall Road, on Saturday.

The explosions in the crowded market created panic among shopkeepers and buyers.

Officials of Edhi, police, Bomb Disposal Squad and fire brigade reached the spot.

Police said the first explosion occurred at 7:15pm on the ground floor and the second on the first floor after five to seven minutes. The injured were identified as Ashiq, Usman, Iqbal, Sher Mohammad and Yaqoob.

Windowpanes of dozens of shops were shattered and goods damaged, police said. Some miscreants had planted the time devices and fled.

Shops of movies and songs on Hall Road had been receiving threats for a long time. Some time back, they received a warning letter and threats by an organisation through the SMS. However, neither the traders nor the police had made security arrangements after receiving threats.

http://thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=29684

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‘Sasti Roti Dastarkhwan’ next step against poverty: Pak Punjab CM

June 27, 2010

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has said that provision of cheap meal at “Sasti Roti Dastarkhwan” with the cooperation of the affluent people is the next step of our struggle against hunger and poverty.

He said the target of setting up 300 “Sasti Roti Dastarkhwans” for providing meal to the poor throughout the province should be achieved during the next month.

Addressing the meeting regarding “Sasti Roti Dastarkhwans” here on Saturday, Shahbaz Sharif said the programme was the part of the “Sasti Roti” scheme in which well-to-do people were taking part generously. He said besides big cities, the “Dastarkhwans” should also be set up in small cities so that maximum number of deserving people could benefit from them. He said there was no dearth of people having spirit of service to humanity in society and they would be ready to cooperate in the welfare programme.

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=247422

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Eight extremists killed in Orakzai action

June 27, 2010

 PESHAWAR: At least eight extremists were killed in Orakzai Agency in an action by the security forces, Geo News reported Sunday.

The security forces pounded the hideouts of the extremists in Orakzai area of Mamonzai, killing eight extremists and injuring six others. Also, two hideouts of the extremists were destroyed in the action.

Meantime, the militants fired five rockets at a check post of security forces; however, no fatality was reported.

Soon afterwards, the forces returned the action killing a militant commander and injuring three others.

The attackers fled the area after they met tough fight from the forces.

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/6-27-2010/67424.htm

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Father, 2 daughters shot dead in Mardan

June 27, 2010

 TAKHTBAI: A father and his two daughters were gunned down while a minor kid sustained injuries over a family feud in Takht Bhai locality in Mardan district on Saturday night, Geo news reported.

According to police sources, a marriage row of a person namely Mukhtar led to firing.

Unknown miscreants opened fire on their house late on Saturday night besides; they also hurled hand grenades at house, which resulted in immediate deaths of Mukhtar and two his daughters, witnesses told police.

Police said firing also left a minor kid wounded who was rushed to hospital for medical treatment.

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/6-27-2010/67412.htm

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Woman commits suicide with three children

27 Jun, 2010

RAHIMYAR KHAN, June 26: A woman took her life as well as her three children’s on a railway track here on Saturday.

According to neighbours, Bashiran, a 30-year-old from a village near Rahimyar Khan, told them she needed to see a doctor. “But later we learnt that she has ended her life to get rid of domestic problems,” one of the neighbours said.

Bashiran hurled herself and the three children onto a rail track near Basti Peer Shahdan when the Faisalabad-bound Millat Express approached the place. The bodies were shifted to Sheikh Zayed Medical College.

The three children who died with Bashiran were: Samina (six), Waqar (four) and Riaz (two).

Bashiran’s husband Mohammad Yaqoob, a construction worker, admitted he had had quarrels with Bashiran over money matters. “I often run into financial difficulties as I do not have a regular job.”

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/woman-commits-suicide-with-three-children-760

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Yemen court upholds death sentence against two Pakistanis

27 Jun, 2010

SANAA, June 26: An appeals court in Yemen on Saturday upheld drugs-trafficking sentences against four Pakistanis, condemning two to death and giving 25-year jail terms to the others, AFP reported quoting defence ministry’s website.

Court president Mohammed Al Hakimi confirmed the verdicts handed down in October 2009, condemning Salim Daoud Abdelrahim and Imam Bakhsh Ayub Yakub to death.

The other two convicts, Ghulam Khan Wali Mohammed and Mohammed Sidiq Ahmed, were sentenced to 25 years in prison.

The court “confirmed the death sentences against two Pakistani drug convicts and 25 years imprisonment against another two,” the report said.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/yemen-court-upholds-death-sentence-against-two-pakistanis-760

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Somaliland fears Islamists can shatter statehood dream

By Ali Musa Abdi

27 Jun, 2010

HARGEISA: The leader of Somalia’s Al Qaeda inspired Shebab was born in Somaliland – and many in the breakaway state fear he could now derail their two-decade-old bid for international recognition.

Days before Saturday’s presidential polls in the self-declared state, another key democratic test for Somaliland, the militant Islamist movement’s overall leader Ahmed Abdi Godane issued a chilling warning to voters.

“Those who take part in those so-called elections will face the consequences,” said Godane, who was born in the Somaliland capital Hargeisa and has proclaimed his allegiance to Osama bin Laden.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/international/somaliland-fears-islamists-can-shatter-statehood-dream-760

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Jamaat-e-Islami to hold demonstrations today

27 Jun, 2010

KARACHI: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Sindh Ameer Asadullah Bhutto has given a protest call across the province against targeted killings of JI activists. JI spokesman said the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and its allied parties in the Sindh government were creating panic, usurping government land and resorting to unauthorised construction in parks and on other amenity plots to show their monopoly in the city.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\27\story_27-6-2010_pg12_11

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Criticism of president is boon for Pak TV ratings: WSJ

27 Jun, 2010

KARACHI: TV executives in Pakistan, supported by a boom in advertising revenue and feeding off a public taste for conspiracy theories, are using popular news channels to chip away at the standing of President Asif Ali Zardari, stated a report appearing in The Wall Street Journal on Saturday.

According to the article, news anchors often use populist, anti-government and anti-US rhetoric in a bid to raise their viewership.

Anchors at Geo Television, the country's largest broadcaster by ad revenue and viewership, regularly attack President Zardari's government-a US ally prosecuting a war against the Pakistan Taliban, the report said.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\27\story_27-6-2010_pg7_11

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G8 leaders vow joint action against terrorism

27 Jun, 2010

TORONTO: G8 leaders Saturday pledged to work together in an “integrated and coordinated” manner to combat the threat posed by terrorism and attack violent extremism at its roots.

Vowing to support weak governments in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Sahel, Somalia and Yemen fight terrorism, G8 leaders said they would step up efforts to promote the rule of law.

“Terrorist groups and other criminal organizations tend to flourish where governments lack the capacity and resiliency to address security vulnerabilities, in some cases threatening the stability of states,” the joint statement said.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/03-g8-leaders-vow-joint-action-against-terrorism-ss-09

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G8 leaders keep pressure on Iran, North Korea

By DAVID LJUNGGREN

Jun 27, 2010

HUNTSVILLE, Ontario: The Group of Eight rich nations on Saturday deplored what it said was North Korea's sinking of a South Korean warship and urged Pyongyang and Tehran to halt atomic saber-rattling which has set the world on edge.

The G8 closed its annual summit with a strongly worded statement accusing Pyongyang of stoking dangerous tensions that could spread far beyond northeast Asia.

"Such an incident is a challenge to peace and security in the region and beyond," the G8 final communique said at the end of a two-day meeting in Huntsville, Ontario, north of Toronto.

The group, which includes the United States, Japan, and Russia, called for "appropriate measures" to be taken against the perpetrators of the March 26 attack which killed 46 South Korean sailors.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article74045.ece

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Saudi woman arrested for sheltering runaway maids

By MUHAMMAD HUMAIDAN

Jun 27, 2010

JEDDAH: Passport authorities in the Eastern Province have arrested a Saudi woman, identified as Um Khaled, for allegedly sheltering runaway maids and arranging jobs for them.

Police sources told Arab News that the woman’s brother, an Arab who is under her sponsorship, was transporting the maids to different houses for work.

Police arrested the man while he was supplying two maids to a client in Alkhobar, the source said. The man told the police that he was working for his sister.

Police also arrested an Arab expatriate near Thuqba traffic office for allegedly forging driving licenses and selling them to foreigners. Police arrested the man after keeping a close watch on his activities.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article74011.ece

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US: Turkey must demonstrate commitment to West

By DESMOND BUTLER

Jun 27, 2010

WASHINGTON: The United States is warning Turkey that it is alienating US supporters and needs to demonstrate its commitment to partnership with the West.

The remarks by Philip Gordon, the Obama administration's top diplomat on European affairs, were a rare admonishment of a crucial NATO ally.

"We think Turkey remains committed to NATO, Europe and the United States, but that needs to be demonstrated," Gordon told The Associated Press in an interview. "There are people asking questions about it in a way that is new, and that in itself is a bad thing that makes it harder for the United States to support some of the things that Turkey would like to see us support." Gordon cited Turkey's vote against a US-backed United Nations Security Council resolution on new sanctions against Iran and noted Turkish rhetoric after Israel's deadly assault on a Gaza-bound flotilla last month. The Security Council vote came shortly after Turkey and Brazil, to Washington's annoyance, had brokered a nuclear fuel-swap deal with Iran as an effort to delay or avoid new sanctions.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article74082.ece

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Judge orders father to return girl to mother

Jun 27, 2010

MADINAH: A judge has ruled that a father must return his young daughter to his ex-wife. Three-year-old Lana went missing more than a week ago and her mother had been searching for her since then.

Madinah authorities had been looking for the 30-year-old ex-husband who was accused by the mother of kidnapping the girl and her nanny from the custody of the mother.

The judge convinced the father to return the child to her mother until she reaches the marriage age. The father said he wanted to take the custody because the mother is a scholarship student abroad.

The judge forced him to return the child to the mother, and ordered the child to remain in the custody of her maternal grandmother the next time her mother travels abroad for studies.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article74023.ece

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Iranian exiles demand tougher sanctions on Tehran

By LAURENT HAMIDA

Jun 27, 2010

PARIS: An Iranian exile group, backed by international politicians, said on Saturday that much stiffer sanctions would have to be imposed on Tehran if world powers hoped to curtail Iran's nuclear program.

Thousands supporters of the French-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) filled a makeshift stadium just north of Paris to denounce Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and demand more pressure be brought to bear on Tehran.

John Bolton, a former US ambassador to the United Nations, and former Spanish Prime Ministers Jose Maria Aznar, joined more than 100 lawmakers from across Europe, the Middle East and North America to voice their opposition to Ahmadinejad.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article74079.ece

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Indian, Pakistani intel chiefs meet in Islamabad

Jun 27, 2010

ISLAMABAD: The chiefs of intelligence agencies of India and Pakistan held a meeting here as part of cooperation to fight terrorism and deal with security issues.

The Director General of Intelligence Bureau Rajiv Mathur met his Pakistani counterpart Javed Noor here last night and are understood to have discussed cooperation in security and combating terrorrism, sources said.

Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik had said last evening that the agencies of the two countries would be working together to prevent any repeat of Mumbai attacks.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Pakistan/Indian-Pakistani-intel-chiefs-meet-in-Islamabad/articleshow/6097521.cms

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Karachi-bound ship carrying arms sets sail for Kolkata

Jun 27, 2010

KOLKATA: A Karachi-bound ship, intercepted on the Hooghly with arms and ammunition used by multi-nation troops in a UN peacekeeping mission, Sunday set sail for the Kolkata dock amid tight security.

A senior police official said the Liberia-registered 'Aegean Glory', carrying rocket launchers, smoke bombs and anti-aircraft guns, apart from other sophisticated arms and ammunition, is being brought to the Kolkata dock for a thorough investigation.

The vessel was intercepted on the Hooghly Friday as it had not furnished the declaration documents necessary for carrying the arms and explosives.

At the Kolkata dock, the customs officials will open the container cargo to ascertain its contents.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Karachi-bound-ship-carrying-arms-sets-sail-for-Kolkata/articleshow/6097544.cms

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Tackling terrorism: India for SAARC's co-operation

Jun 27 2010

Islamabad : Warning that the South Asian region is faced with a "serious" security situation, India on Saturday sought fullest cooperation among SAARC countries in sharing information on potential terrorists and planned acts of terrorism to create a more secure environment.

"The increasing threat of terrorism poses a major challenge to the maintenance of peace and security and adversely affects economic development in our region," Home Minister P Chidambaram said while addressing the SAARC Home Ministers' Conference here.

"We can all undoubtedly agree that the South Asian region is faced with a serious security situation," he told the meeting being attended by the ministers from Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Maldives, besides India and Pakistan.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/tackling-terrorism-india-for-saarcs-cooperation/638820/

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US to Karzai: New general won't alter Afghan plan

Jun 26, 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan: America's top military officer assured President Hamid Karzai on Saturday that newly chosen NATO commander Gen. David Petraeus would pursue the policies of his ousted predecessor, whom the Afghan leader warmly praised for reducing civilian casualties.

Karzai's emphasis on preventing civilian deaths and injuries could make it difficult for NATO to relax rules of fighting that some US troops say give the battlefield advantage to the Taliban. For now, however, no changes have been proposed, said a spokesman for visiting Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/US-to-Karzai-New-general-wont-alter-Afghan-plan-/articleshow/6096145.cms

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FIA and CBI should work together: Pak

Jun 27, 2010

Sending out positive signals, Pakistan today indicated its willingness to provide voice samples of 26/11 handlers and offer any other kind of cooperation to India, which pressed for "visible" outcomes in action against all those involved in the Mumbai carnage.

At a joint press interaction with Home Minister P Chidambaram, Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the agencies of the two countries would be working together to prevent any repeat of Mumbai attacks and suggested that its Federal Investigating Agency (FIA) and CBI work together on the issue of terrorism, including on the 26/11 case.

"I will leave tomorrow with the conviction that we have both exchanged views, we both understand the requirements of the situation," Chidambaram said about his talks with Malik in Islamabad on Friday.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/265331/FIA-and-CBI-should-work-together-Pak.html

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Kashmir CM for proactive measures

Khursheed Wani

Jun 27, 2010

The Jammu & Kashmir Government on Saturday promised action against human rights violation as it is alarmed by the worsening security situation in the Valley.

On a day when Sopore remained under curfew and the Valley observed a shutdown against the Friday killing of civilians, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah asked the administration to take “proactive preventive measures” to avoid civilian deaths.

In the backdrop of the worsening security situation, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday convened a joint meeting of a Group of Ministers and senior police and civilian officers. “My Government is concerned, conscious and vigilant,” he told the meeting. “While no human rights violations will be tolerated, perpetuators, instigators and disruptive elements will be dealt with severely,” a spokesman quoted him as saying.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/265370/Omar-for-proactive-measures.html

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Sharif: Pervez and Zardari are friends

Jun 27, 2010

Islamabad, June 26: Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) chief Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said that President Asif Ali Zardari and former military dictator Pervez Musharraf enjoy friendly relations.

“We noticed harmony between Pervez Musharraf and President Zardari. Accordingly, the dictator was accorded the safe exit abroad (after removal from power in 2008),” Mr Sharif said. Addressing a public gathering in Sialkot, he said the nation wants the dictators to be dragged to the dock, reports our Pakistan correspondent. “We want the government to take action against violators of the Constitution”, the PML-N chief said.

http://www.asianage.com/international/twin-blasts-hit-pak-cd-market-340

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‘I Cautioned Against Afghan Pullout’

Jun 26th, 2010

A powerful US Senator has said that he personally cautioned against setting a date for withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan but asserted that US President Barack Obama is committed to the drawdown of his forces from the war torn country beginning July 2011. “Was it a mistake for the President to set a date?” Senator John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was asked on the popular Charlie Rose Show.

“Well, you know, not if you can have those other ingredients working correctly and in place. Right now we don’t. I personally cautioned against a date simply because I think that it was very difficult for people in Afghanistan at this current moment to, at the same time as we’re setting it, accept the notion that they’ve got a future, that there’s a prospect for them of security and safety and sufficient success,” Mr Kerry said in response.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/%E2%80%98i-cautioned-against-afghan-pullout%E2%80%99-181

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J & K rallyists negotiate road that Akbar took

By Arjun Sharma

Jun 27, 2010

MORE THAN 30 Indian motoring enthusiasts participated in the ‘ Mughal Rally- 2010’ — a two- leg race through the Kashmir valley — which ended in Srinagar on Saturday.

The event, organised by the J& K tourism department and the Himalayan Motor Sports Association to boost the region’s waning tourist potential, kicked off on Friday as participants made their way in specially designed SUVs from Srinagar to Jammu.

On Saturday, the return lap back to Srinagar took the motorists through the challenging Mughal road — named after the eponymous Mughal emperor Akbar who used it to reach the Kashmir valley four centuries ago.

While the road proved difficult in stretches, the racers glimpsed the scenic snow- capped mountains and lush- green forests of the Pir Panjal ranges — strategically important to the troubled region’s security forces.

Full report at: Mail Today

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SOMALILAND IS AFRICAN DEMOCRATIC SUCCESS

Hussein Ali Noor

Jun 27, 2010

 Presidential elections in the breakaway Somali region of Somaliland began peacefully on Saturday after multiple delays in the last two years.

The rest of the Horn of Africa state has been gripped by violence for almost two decades and the latest government is wrestling to overcome near- daily attacks by Islamist rebel groups bent on ousting it.

The violence, mostly between government troops and al Qaeda's proxy in the region known as al Shabaab, has killed at least 21,000 people and uprooted another 1.5 million from their homes.

Full report at: Hindustan Times

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Protest against Sopore deaths cripples Kashmir

By Naseer A. Ganai

Jun 27, 2010

PROTEST against the killing of two civilians at Sopore in Baramulla district late on Friday brought Kashmir to a standstill on Saturday.

Businesses, schools, government offices and other institutions remained closed in Srinagar and other districts, and traffic remained off the roads following a call for a complete shutdown by the Hurriyat Conference. Clashes were reported from different parts of Baramulla district, including Sopore. Sources said four trains from Srinagar to north Kashmir were suspended in view of the deteriorating law and order. It was the first time in the past two years that train services were affected.

Full report at: Mail Today

URL:http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/‘ambedkar-a-nominee-of-the-muslim-league’/d/3057


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