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Another Decisive Storm to Fix Syria?

 

 

 

In this Sunday, March 30, 2014, file photo, ISIS group militants hold up their flag as they patrol in a commandeered Iraqi military vehicle in Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP)

 

 

Arab World

Another Decisive Storm to Fix Syria?

Syrian Army Pushes Back Rebel Groups in North, 60 Militants Killed

Iraqis Flee As ISIS Captures Three Villages in Ramadi

Air raids kill 24 around battleground Syria city: Monitor

Western criticism of death sentences is 'flagrant interference' in Egypt: Foreign ministry

Islamic State hacks popular Egyptian radio station's Twitter account

Riyadh court convicts seven of terror-related charges

 

South Asia

New Penal Code Will ‘Bury’ Islamic Sharia In Maldives

Government To Stop Flow Of Maldivians Joining Jihad

Afghanistan Could Face War With ISIS (Daesh), Ismail Khan Says

PM Sheikh Hasina: How A Political Party Can Do Politics By Burning People?

Order on Jamaat men's contempt proceedings April 20

Khaleda calls for silent ballot revolution

 

India

Valmikis Want To Convert, Clerics Say It Is "Blackmailing Tactics" And "Un-Islamic".

Divided Colours Of Ahmadabad: Saffron Uniform For Hindu Kids, Green For Muslim

Violence Breaks Out In Tral After Youth Killed In ‘Gun Battle’ With Army

 

Southeast Asia

‘Mentally Ill’ Indonesian Woman Beheaded in Saudi Arabia

Education Report Shows Indonesia Losing Ground

Bill on Alcohol prohibition gets secular backing

Push to repeal Sedition Act continues, says Suhakam

 

Mideast

8 More Civilians Killed in Saudi Air Raids on Sa'daa

Top judicial body probes judiciary members affiliated with pro-Gülen ‘terror organization’

Saudi Major General Killed in Yemen

Netanyahu to Putin: Lifting missile ban to boost Iran 'aggressiveness'

In West Bank raid, Israeli troops arrest 29 for Hamas links

 

Europe

Four Britons Who Sought To Get To Syria Arrested On Return To UK

New Laws Won't Stem Radicalisation Of UK Muslim Youth

Millions of Middle East children out of school, UN warns

HRW: ‘Strong’ evidence Assad forces used chemical weapons

Iran will submit peace plan for Yemen to UN

 

North America

Calgary Imams Fight Back Against Islamic State Recruitment

Sedition Act amendments restrict freedom of expression, says US

Obama hails progress in fight against IS in Iraq

U.S. blacklists Yemen’s Saleh and Houthi rebel leader

 

Africa

Save Us from Xenophobic Attacks, Nigerians in South Africa Urge Govt

Six Killed In Somali Shebab Ministry Attack, Assault Over – Police

Libya's Haftar 'betting on military solution'

UN Urges Kenya to Reconsider Dadaab Camp Closure, Displacing Some 350,000 Refugees

 

Pakistan

COAS In Quetta To Review Law And Order Situation

One suspected militant killed in Karachi, search operation continues

PML-N doesn’t believe in politics of containers: PM

Pakistan will not handover Imran Farooq murder suspects to UK govt: Nisar

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Arab World

 

Another Decisive Storm to fix Syria?

Apr 15, 2015

Saudi Arabia and Turkey have been holding extensive talks for the ouster of Bashar Assad’s regime in Damascus, the Huffington Post has reported. The move follows the successful Saudi-led Operation Decisive Storm against the Houthis to restore legitimacy in Yemen.

According to the report, Saudi-Turkish efforts intensified during and after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Riyadh last month, marking a turning point in the approaches of both countries to the intractable Syrian crisis.

“Turkey would provide ground troops, supported by Saudi Arabian airstrikes, to assist moderate Syrian opposition fighters against Assad's regime,” according to one of the sources familiar with the discussions on joint military planning, the Huffington Post reported.

Qatar is brokering the talks between Turkey and Saudi Arabia, which appear to be on the same wavelength regarding the prolonged Syrian conflict.

“If the talks between Turkey and Saudi Arabia proceed successfully, their intervention in Syria would go forward whether or not the US offered support,” one source involved in the talks told the Huffington Post.

http://www.arabnews.com/featured/news/732871

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Syrian Army Pushes Back Rebel Groups in North, 60 Militants Killed

Apr 15, 2015

The Syrian Army stormed strongholds of the militant groups in various battlefields of the Northern Province of Aleppo, said a military source, adding rebels left behind scores of killed and wounded bodies and fled to the far areas.

On Tuesday, insurgents' gathering centers in Khanaser, Beisheh, Howair al-Hos, al-Rashadiyeh, al-Salat, Kafer Hamra, Kwairis, Sharea, Haritan, al-Qastal al-Sharif, al-Marjeh, Kastal al-Misht, al-Fardous, al-Kalaseh in Aleppo and its countryside were targeted by the Syrian soldiers who killed at least 60 antigovernment fighters in the battlefronts.

Since 2011, Syria has been faced massive insurgency created by the certain Western countries and their regional allies that staged a propagandistic war against Damascus.

At the beginning of crisis, certain western powers and their regional allies voiced loudly that Syrian protests have no diplomatic solution, and then they started supplying the country's opposition groups with their arms and funds.

But in 2014, specially after victory of President Bashar al-Assad in the country's presidential election in summer, the army has gained upper hand in its anti-terrorism campaign, and has been partly successful in sealing borders with Turkey and Jordan.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940126000771

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Iraqis flee as ISIS captures three villages in Ramadi

15 April 2015

Residents began fleeing three villages in Ramadi, capital of the Iraqi western province of Anbar, after they were captured by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants on Wednesday.

Earlier, an advisor for Anbar’s mayor, described “fierce battles” taking place between Iraqi security forces and tribal volunteers against ISIS, calling for an “urgent” need airstrikes from the U.S.-led coaltion and more military enforcement.

Aziz Khalaf al-Tarmouz told the local Al-Sumaria News that “security forces from army, police and emergency alongside with tribal members are in a fierce battle against the terrorist ISIS group in Albu-Ghanim, Albu Sodeh, Albo Mahal regions in eastern Ramadi.”

He added: “Our security and tribal forces need more military consolidation and urgency,” asking “for airstrikes from the international coaltion and Iraqi forces to support security teams there.”

The residents told the Associated Press that ISIS launched an offensive at dawn east of the city, seizing the villages Sjariyah, Albu-Ghanim and Soufiya, which had been under government control.

They say fighting is now taking place on the eastern edges of Ramadi about two kilometers away from local government buildings.

In Soufiya, the militants bombed a police station and took over a power plant. The residents, who spoke on condition of anonymity fearing for their own safety, said airstrikes are trying to support Iraqi troops.

ISIS was dealt a major blow this month, when Iraqi troops pushed it out of Tikrit, former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s hometown.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/04/15/Iraqis-flee-as-ISIS-captures-three-villages-in-Ramadi.html

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Air raids kill 24 around battleground Syria city: Monitor

Apr 15, 2015

At least 24 people have been killed in a series of Syrian government air strikes around the city of Idlib, which rebels seized earlier this month, a monitoring group said Wednesday.

Two children were among 12 people killed when a barrel bomb hit a shelter in the rebel-held town of Saraqeb, southeast of Idlib, on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The regime's use of the crude unguided munitions has drawn heavy criticism because of the indiscriminate toll they cause among civilians.

A missile strike on a village southwest of Idlib killed a woman, the Britain-based Observatory said.

Inside the city, a wave of missile strikes killed 11 men, it added, without specifying whether they were rebel fighters or civilians.

The state SANA news agency cited a military source as saying that the air force had targeted "terrorist positions" in Idlib and its outskirts.

Islamist rebels, including Al-Qaeda loyalists, seized the northwestern city earlier this month after heavy fighting.

Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday that eyewitness accounts and other evidence "strongly" suggested that regime forces had dropped barrel bombs filled with toxic chemicals in the province on three occasions during the battle for Idlib.

In the southern province of Daraa, meanwhile, the Observatory said barrel bombs had killed at least 10 people on Tuesday, eight of them children.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/127714/World/Region/Air-raids-kill--around-battleground-Syria-city-Mon.aspx

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Western criticism of death sentences is 'flagrant interference' in Egypt: Foreign ministry

Apr 15, 2015

Egypt's foreign ministry has defended a recent rash of death sentences against Islamists accused of violence, slamming western condemnation of the rulings as "flagrant interference" in its judicial system.

In the latest of a series of mass death sentences, a court on Saturday confirmed death sentences for the spiritual leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, Mohamed Badie, Muslim Brotherhood member and journalist Hani Salah and 12 others over violence-related charges. Dozens of others were given life terms, including an Egyptian-American, Mohamed Soltan, who was convicted of supporting the Islamist group and transmitting false news.

New-York based Human Rights Watch condemned the sentences as "politically motivated" and "blatantly unjust," while the White House called for the immediate release of 27-year-old Soltan, a dual national.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/127642/Egypt/Politics-/Western-criticism-of-death-sentences-is-flagrant-i.aspx

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Islamic State hacks popular Egyptian radio station's Twitter account

Apr 15, 2015

Supporters of the Islamic State (IS) militant group hacked into the Twitter account of popular Egyptian music radio station Nogoum FM in the early hours of Wednesday morning. They sent tweets urging people to join the group and support the ‘Caliphate’ for around five hours before the account was restored by the radio station's technical team.

"Our people in Egypt why do you call your caliphate Daesh, that name spread by the infidel secular media? Why do you support us!?" said one of the tweets posted by IS hackers.

The word Daesh, which stands for the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant in Arabic, is hated by IS and its supporters who consider it demeaning and prefer to use Islamic State.

Using the hashtag "The Caliphate hacks the immoral media," IS hackers slammed the Muslim Brotherhood for being peaceful.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/127705/Egypt/Politics-/Islamic-State-hacks-popular-Egyptian-radio-station.aspx

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Riyadh court convicts seven of terror-related charges

Apr 15, 2015

The Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh convicted seven accused (including a Saudi) on several charges, including meeting those with deviant thoughts, possession of arms and ammunition and attempt at forcing one citizen to travel to conflict areas to participate in fighting there. The court sentenced them to prison and travel bans.

The first was charged with meeting those with deviant behavior and possessing 50 rounds of ammunition and a machine gun without a license. He is being sent to prison for seven months from the date of arrest under Article 40 of the Arms and Ammunition Law. The weapon and ammunition were seized him under Article 50 of the same law and he is banned from traveling outside the Kingdom for three years after he completes his sentence.

The second was convicted of possession of two letters belonging to one of the deviant group leaders and meeting with them. The court sentenced him to jail for 10 months from the date of arrest. The letters were confiscated and he is not allowed to travel outside the Kingdom for three years.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/news/732826

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South Asia

 

New Penal Code Will ‘Bury’ Islamic Sharia In Maldives

Apr 15, 2015

A religious NGO has said the new penal code will “bury” the principles of Islamic Sharia in the Maldives, as it does not criminalise apostasy or include punishments of stoning for adultery and amputation for theft.

“We note with regret that this law has been formulated on a secular, liberal basis that is alien to the purposes of Islamic Sharia, after changing the whole shape of the Islamic Sharia that should be enforced upon Muslims in an Islamic country,” the conservative Jamiyyathul Salaf said in a statement on Sunday.

Salaf’s statement was released shortly before the pro-government majority in parliament delayed implementation of the penal code by three months, a day before it was due to come into force.

Ruling party MP Ahmed Nihan said more time is needed to raise awareness among the public and address concerns of religious scholars.

The law was ratified on April 13 last year, nine years after it was first submitted to parliament.

The current penal code was adopted in 1968 and has been widely criticised as outdated, draconian and unsuited to the 2008 constitution. The new law has meanwhile been touted as the first time Islamic Sharia has been codified while upholding minimum international human rights standards.

However, Salaf claimed attempts to portray the law as Sharia-compliant were intended to “deceive the citizens of a 100 percent Islamic nation”.

As the law currently states that Shariah punishments must be meted out only for crimes with a punishment fixed in the Quran, Salaf argued that it “completely does away with” the Sunnah (Prophetic traditions) under a “secular philosophy”.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/new-penal-code-will-bury-islamic-sharia-96267#sthash.CI9MUQ1n.dpuf

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Government to stop flow of Maldivians joining jihad

Apr 15, 2015

The government is working on a new law to deter a growing number of Maldivians seeking to join radical Islamic movements in Iraq and Syria.

Home minister Umar Naseer told Haveeru the attorney general’s office had drafted legislation that would criminalize the act of leaving the Maldives to participate in foreign wars.

However, the attorney general’s office said only “discussions had been held on drafting a law.” Naseer was unavailable for comment as he is currently in Qatar for a UN congress on crime prevention and criminal justice.

The police chief in January said there are over 50 Maldivians fighting in foreign wars, but the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party estimates the number to be as high as 200.

At least seven have reportedly died while fighting in Syria in the past year.

Another seven Maldivians were arrested in Srilanka and Malaysia on the suspicion of attempting to travel to Syria for jihad, but were released in Malé as the law does not recognise the act as an offence.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/government-stop-flow-of-maldivians-joining-jihad-96289#sthash.scAyDuaN.dpuf

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Afghanistan Could Face War with ISIS (Daesh), Ismail Khan Says

Apr 15, 2015

The former Afghan Minister of Energy and Water and one of the most powerful warlords, Ismail Khan, has warned that Afghanistan could face a war with the terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) if the current situation persists without any improvement.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Khan insisted that the government should ot resolve internal differences and improve the security situation in a bid to thwart the threat by the terrorist group.

Khan further added that the supporters of the ISIS terrorist group are growing because of the government’s divisions.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-could-face-war-with-isis-daesh-ismail-khan-says-9385

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PM Sheikh Hasina: How A Political Party Can Do Politics By Burning People?

Apr 15, 2015

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said she can't understand that how a political party can do politics by burning people to death alive.

She was pondering this after exchanging Bangla Nabobarsho greetings with central leaders of Bangladesh Awami League as well as leaders of associate bodies of the party at her official Ganobhaban residence on Tuesday morning.

"The BNP has initiated the culture of burning people to death...it is very regretful. It is my question that how a person who has minimum sense of humanity can commit such a cruel act?" she pondered.

Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, said the country went through many "disasters" in the last three months, and the people of the country suffered "julum" and repression for 92 days since January 5 this year.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/politics/2015/apr/14/pm-how-political-party-can-do-politics-burning-people#sthash.Jc9T8gT4.dpuf

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Order on Jamaat men's contempt proceedings April 20

Apr 15, 2015

A tribunal in Dhaka today fixed April 20 to pass an order on whether contempt of court proceedings will be initiated against Jamaat lawyer Tajul Islam and five Jamaat-Shibir leaders for their statements before the media after a verdict.

Justice M Enayetur Rahim, chairman of International Crimes Tribunal-1, passed the order after hearing arguments from prosecutor Taposh Kanti Paul and lawyer of 5 accused Jamaat-Shibir leaders AY Masihuzzaman.

While, Tariqul Islam, a counsel for Tajul Islam, told the court that his clients has apologised unconditionally to the ICT-1.

The Jamaat-e-Islami leaders are acting ameer Moqbul Ahmed, acting secretary general Shafiqur Rahman and Nayeb-e-Ameer Mujibur Rahman while those of pro-Jamaat student organisation Islami Chhatra Shibir are President Abdul Jabbar and Secretary General Atiqur Rahman.

The prosecution filed the contempt petition for the statements “demeaning the court”, made after ATM Azharul Islam was convicted of war crimes.

http://www.thedailystar.net/country/decision-contempt-proceedings-against-jamaat-men-apr-20-77361

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Khaleda calls for silent ballot revolution

Apr 15, 2015

NP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has called for a silent revolution against the 'repressive government' casting votes for her party-backed candidates in the upcoming Dhaka and Chittagong city corporation polls.

Attending a Bangla New Year programme in front of party’s Nayapaltan headquarters in the capital on Tuesday afternoon, Khaleda sought votes for Tabith M Awal and Mirza Abbas for mayoral posts in the upcoming city polls scheduled to be held on April 28.

She urged the city people to cast votes for Abbas in Mug symbol and Tabith M Awal for Bus symbol and she showed their leaflets to the voters.

Terming incumbent government as illegal, Khaleda Zia said: “This is not elected government which is doing everything violating laws. They are obstructing us in every step. So, a silent revolution should take place.”

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/politics/2015/apr/14/khaleda-seeks-vote-bnp-backed-candidates#sthash.vt2MmKMM.dpuf

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India

 

Valmikis Want To Convert, Clerics Say It Is "Blackmailing Tactics" And "Un-Islamic".

MOHAMMAD ALI

Apr 15, 2015

Local Islamic scholars and clerics refuse to oblige terming their wish to convert to Islam as "blackmailing tactics" and "un-Islamic".

The row over Dalits threatening conversion to Islam to save their houses against demolition drive by civic body has taken a curious turn.

When Dalit families approached local Islamic scholars and clerics to supervise their alleged conversion, they refused to oblige terming their wish to convert to Islam as “blackmailing tactics” and “un-Islamic”.

Most of the clerics told the protesting Dalits that one should convert out of “pure” love for the religion and threats to become a Muslim cannot be used as a “blackmailing tactics” against official action of demolition drive by the civic body.

The Rampur civic body had, last week, identified 55 houses of Topkhana Valmiki Basti, a Dalit settlement, as part of its demolition drive after which the residents had threatened conversion to Islam. What followed since then is high drama as the political parties and Hindutva groups jumped the fray to target Azam Khan, the Samajwadi Party leader from Rampur.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/rampur-valmikis-want-to-convert-clerics-say-cant-blackmail/article7105412.ece

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Divided Colours Of Ahmadabad: Saffron Uniform For Hindu Kids, Green For Muslim

April 14, 2015

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s Shahpur Public School and Dani Limda Public School are unique for being its only English-medium schools. They also have another distinction.

While the uniform at Shahpur school where most of the students are Hindus is saffron-coloured, the Dani Limda school where almost all the students are Muslims has a green uniform.

The other 454 schools run by AMC, all non-English-medium, have the same blue-and-white uniform.

“The selection of green (as uniform for the Dani Limda school) was a random decision and has nothing to do with any community. We had other options, of pink and blue, too but, keeping in mind the suitability to children, green was finalised,” AMC School Board Chairman Jagdish Bhavsar said.

He termed the selection of saffron for the Shahpur school as a “non-partisan decision” too, taken without any “prejudice or preference” towards a community or organisation.

Asked if the colour choices had anything to do with the religion of the students, Bhavsar said, “There is no such thing about communities and colours associated with them.”

More than 98 per cent of the students at Dani Limda Public School, located in the middle of the Muslim-majority Kanubhai ni chali slum in Dani Limda village, are Muslims. At Shahpur Public School, more than 95 per cent students are Hindus.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/ahmedabad/saffron-green-ahmedabad-municipal-body-schools-colours-apart/

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Violence breaks out in Tral after youth killed in ‘gun battle’ with Army

ZAHID RAFIQ

Apr 15, 2015

Ever since his second son, Burhan Muzafar, joined the Hizbul Mujahideen in 2011, Muzafar Ahmad Wani, Principal of a higher secondary school in the Tral area of south Kashmir, was mentally prepared for a procession at his gates, bringing his militant son’s body home.

The procession arrived on Monday night, with a body wrapped in blood-stained rags. Only, it was the body of his eldest son, Khalid Muzafar Wani, who had left home in the morning and was killed in an alleged gun battle with the Army.

“Why did they kill Khalid? He was not a militant,” Mr. Wani said. “They should have fought my militant son who was armed. They should have killed him if they could. Why Khalid when he had no guns on him?”

Tension is palpable in Tral a day after Khalid’s killing at Kamla Top Forest, with boys protesting on the streets. More than 30 protesters were injured, and some were shot, locals said. The police said 20 of their personnel were injured in stone-throwing. The Army said it came across a group of militants in the forest, leading to a gun battle in which Khalid was killed and three of his friends arrested. Khalid was an over-ground worker (militant sympathiser), it added.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/violence-breaks-out-in-tral-after-youth-killed-in-gun-battle-with-army/article7102391.ece

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Southeast Asia

 

‘Mentally Ill’ Indonesian Woman Beheaded in Saudi Arabia

Apr 15, 2015

Jakarta. The Indonesian government, saying it has done its utmost to prevent the execution of a possibly mentally ill Indonesian woman in Saudi Arabia, regrets the fact that the decapitation went ahead on Tuesday, without her family being notified in advance.

Siti Zaenab binti Duhri Rupa was executed after being on death row for over 15 years for killing her boss, after allegedly facing abuse.

“We have done everything we can to free Siti Zaenab,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir told reporters on Tuesday.

Arrmanatha said that Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi had asked the family of the killed woman to forgive the Indonesian worker, and a press release on the ministry’s website said that President Joko Widodo as well as his predecessors Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Abdurrahman Wahid had sent letters to the Saudi king to request clemency.

In Saudi Arabia, a death sentence can be commuted if the family of the victim forgives his or her murderer.

Siti Zaenab, born in Madura in 1968, was sentenced to death in 1999.

Amnesty International said in a press release that Siti Zaenab was reported to have stabbed her employer 18 times after allegedly being mistreated by the employer’s son. She “confessed” to the act during interrogation, but reports suggest “police suspected that she suffered from mental illness at the time,” Amnesty said.

Full report at:

http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/mentally-ill-indonesian-worker-beheaded-saudi-arabia/

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Education Report Shows Indonesia Losing Ground

Apr 15, 2015

Jakarta. Indonesia has achieved only half of the global target for early childhood education, while its rate of primary school enrollment has dropped and the number of primary school-aged children not in school has doubled since 2010.

These were among some of the key findings published last week in the Education for All global monitoring report from the United Nations education agency, or Unesco, based on 2012 data.

The report found that Indonesia had doubled the proportion of children receiving an early childhood, or pre-primary, education, from 24 percent in 2000 to 48 percent in 2012. But this was still far short of the indicative target of 80 percent set in the Education for All goals, launched in 2000.

Indonesia fared worse on this metric than Malaysia (70 percent), Vietnam (79 percent) and Brunei (92 percent).

The Education Ministry attributes the low early childhood education enrollment on the fact that the government only began seriously focusing on pre-primary learning in the final years of the Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono administration.

Full report at:

http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/education-report-shows-indonesia-losing-ground/

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Bill on Alcohol prohibition gets secular backing

Apr 15, 2015

Lawmakers from secular parties have added their voices to those of their counterparts in Islamic parties in support of a bill prohibiting the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

The ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the Golkar Party and the Democratic Party respectively the largest party and second- and fourth-largest parties in the House of Representatives -- have agreed to the deliberation of the bill.

“I see no reason for the bill not to progress. We’ve all agreed to establish controls on the consumption of alcohol. It’s for reasons of health and safety,” the deputy chairman of the House legislative body (Baleg), Saan Mustofa of the Democratic Party, told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/04/15/bill-alcohol-prohibition-gets-secular-backing.html#sthash.FjjDn9vE.dpuf

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Push to repeal Sedition Act continues, says Suhakam

Apr 15, 2015

The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) today said it will continue to work towards pushing Putrajaya to repeal the colonial-era Sedition Act 1948.

Suhakam deputy chair Dr Khaw Lake Tee said given that the act had just been amended in the Dewan Rakyat, the commission hoped that restrictions on freedom of speech be carried out in accordance with international standards.

Speaking at the launch of Suhakam's 2014 annual report, she said Putrajaya should ensure that the scope of the law was limited to the punishment of hate speech and not extended to those expressing dissatisfaction or exercising their right to express views and opinions.

The recently released report also took issue with the recently enforced Prevention of Crime Act 2014, where the commission noted that the amended act was still retrogressive in nature and inconsistent with the human rights principles.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/push-to-repeal-sedition-act-continues-says-suhakam#sthash.rgXfrGwk.dpuf

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Mideast

 

8 More Civilians Killed in Saudi Air Raids on Sa'daa

Apr 15, 2015

At least eight more civilians were killed on Wednesday as Saudi bombers continued to hit the Yemeni city of Sa'daa.

According to reports, the Saudi planes continued bombing Sa'daa on Wednesday and claimed the lives of 8 more people.

Three people were also killed on Wednesday as Saudi warplanes pounded a gas station in Sa'daa.

The monarchy's warplanes continued their airstrikes and targeted dozens of food storage depots across Yemen on Wednesday's attacks.

The fighter jets targeted a market in the Northwestern city of Sa'daa as well and claimed the lives of a mother and her three children.

A stadium located 100 kilometers (62 miles) South of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, was also hammered on Wednesday's attacks.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940126000975

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Top judicial body probes judiciary members affiliated with pro-Gülen ‘terror organization’

Apr 15, 2015

Turkey’s justice minister has announced that the country’s top judicial body has decided to investigate judges and prosecutors who allegedly formed a “parallel power” within the judiciary as an extension of the “Parallel State Structure Terror Organization/Pro-Fetullah Terror Organization” (Fetullahçı Terör Örgütü).

Justice Ministry Undersecretary Kenan İpek, who is also the president of the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), said an investigation file was opened by the 3rd Chamber of the HSYK upon a tip-off claiming the existence ofa “parallel judicial power,” adding that inspectors would investigate details of other peculiarities that might erupt.

In a written statement released on April 14, İpek said the tip-off was given by the Office in Charge of Investigating Crimes Committed against the Constitutional Order, which works under the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, in two separate correspondences dated March 24, 2015 and April 7, 2015, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/top-judicial-body-probes-judiciary-members-affiliated-with-pro-gulen-terror-organization.aspx?pageID=238&nID=81041&NewsCatID=509

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Saudi Major General Killed in Yemen

Apr 15, 2015

Major General Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, a senior commander of the General Staff of Saudi Arabia's Armed Forces, was killed during a mission in Northwestern Yemen, sources disclosed on Tuesday.

The Saudi major general was killed, while he was on a mission in Al Majda village in Quatabir district of the Sadah governorate in Northwestern Yemen on Saturday, a member of his entourage during the visit to Majda, who asked to remain unnamed, told an FNA correspondent in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The source added that two other senior officers accompanying General Fahd were also killed during the attack.

Full report at:

Israel also has sent several pilots and fighter jets to the coalition air force.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940125000246

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Netanyahu to Putin: Lifting missile ban to boost Iran 'aggressiveness'

Apr 15, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed Israel's "grave concerns" Tuesday over Moscow's decision to lift a ban on supplying Iran with sophisticated S-300 air defence missile systems.

In a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he warned that such a step "would only increase Iran's aggressiveness in the region and would undermine the security of the Middle East," his office said.

The Kremlin said that, during the call, initiated by Netanyahu, "Putin explained in detail the logic of actions of the Russian leadership."

An ensuing statement from the Israeli premier called the "sale of advanced weaponry to Iran" a "direct result of the dangerous deal on the table between Iran and the P5+1," a reference to major world powers.

"Can anyone still seriously claim that the deal with Iran will enhance security in the Middle East," Netanyahu asked.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/127688/World/Region/Netanyahu-to-Putin-Lifting-missile-ban-to-boost-Ir.aspx

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In West Bank raid, Israeli troops arrest 29 for Hamas links

15 April 2015

The Israeli military says it has arrested 29 Palestinians suspected of links to the militant Hamas group in an overnight raid in the West Bank.

Palestinian security officials said Wednesday the suspects were nabbed in and near the city of Nablus.

The military says the raid was conducted jointly with police forces and the Israeli Shin Bet security service but provided no further details. Israeli media claimed some of those arrested were planning attacks against Israel.

Hamas spokesman Husam Badran says the arrests reflected Israeli concern over what he described as the “growing power of Hamas despite years of crackdown campaigns.”

Hamas rules the Gaza Strip and has a much smaller presence in the West Bank, which is run by its rival President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/04/15/In-West-Bank-raid-Israeli-troops-arrest-29-for-Hamas-links.html

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Europe

 

Four Britons who sought to get to Syria arrested on return to UK

Apr 15, 2015

Four Britons who were detained in Turkey on suspicion of trying to cross illegally into Syria were arrested on their return to England on April 15, police said.

The four were part of a group of nine people, all members of the same family, who were detained in Turkey at the beginning of the month.

One of the nine, a 21-year-old man named in the media as Waheed Ahmed, the son of a British local politician, was arrested when he returned to Britain on April 14.

They were arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, police said.

Thousands of foreigners have joined the ranks of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and other militant groups in Syria and Iraq, many of them crossing via Turkey.

Turkish and other security services estimate some 600 are Britons, including Mohammed Emwazi, named "Jihadi John" in the British media, who has appeared in several ISIL beheading videos.

About half of the 600 are thought to have returned home.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/four-britons-who-sought-to-get-to-syria-arrested-on-return-to-uk.aspx?pageID=238&nID=81070&NewsCatID=359

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New laws won't stem radicalisation of UK Muslim youth

Apr 15, 2015

Poll after poll provides us with a consistent picture of Muslim loyalty to Britain, but some powerful figures in our media and political world seem to only see the "glass half empty" when it comes to Muslims.

The narrative is focused on trying to establish how awful Muslims are and how incompatible Islam is in contemporary Britain. The problem arises when the positives of any community are lessened and negatives are amplified but not seriously scrutinised by our government and mainstream society. When challenged by Muslims, accusations of hiding behind Islamophobia with a "victimhood" mentality are thrown.

The Survation poll for Sky News, although finding some very positive aspects of British Muslims, worryingly finds a huge gap between Muslim perception of themselves and perception of Muslims by society at large.

"On the issue of integration into UK society, the survey found 58 percent of non-Muslims believed their Muslim neighbours were not doing enough, with those aged over 55 more likely to be critical. Two-thirds of Muslims, however, said they were doing enough," it writes.

Unpleasant feeling

Full report at:

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/04/laws-won-stem-radicalisation-uk-muslim-youth-150414113003049.html

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Millions of Middle East children out of school, UN warns

Apr 15, 2015

More than 12 million children in the Middle East are not being educated despite advances in efforts to expand schooling, the UN children's agency UNICEF said on Wednesday.

The figure does not include children forced from school by the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, who would bring the total not receiving an education to 15 million, the agency said in a new report.

The joint report by UNICEF and UN cultural agency UNESCO's Institute for Statistics praises the "considerable resources and political capital" devoted to expanding education in the Middle East over the last decade.

It notes that "out-of-school rates for primary school children have plummeted, often by as much as half."

"But in recent years, progress has stalled," it says, with 4.3 million primary-aged children and 2.9 million lower secondary-aged children out of school.

An additional 5.1 million children are not getting a year of pre-primary school education, bringing the total number of the region's children out of school to 12.3 million, the report says.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/04/15/millions-middle-east-children-out-school-un-warns.html#sthash.Hljx1xmG.dpuf

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HRW: ‘Strong’ evidence Assad forces used chemical weapons

Apr 15, 2015

BEIRUT: Eyewitness accounts and evidence collected from northwestern Syria “strongly” suggest regime forces dropped toxic chemicals on civilians several times last month, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.

A high-ranking Syrian security official denied the claim, saying the accusations were “lies the insurgents say when they incur losses.”

Human Rights Watch said the chemicals appeared to have been packed into crude explosives-filled barrels that were dropped by military helicopter on rebel-held areas during heavy fighting for the city of Idlib.

“Evidence strongly suggests that Syrian government forces used toxic chemicals in several barrel bomb attacks in Idlib governorate between March 16 and 31, 2015,” the New York-based group said.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/middle-east/news/732596

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Iran will submit peace plan for Yemen to UN

Apr 15, 2015

ADEN: Iran would submit a four-point peace plan for Yemen to the United Nations on Wednesday, Iranian state media said on Tuesday.

Tehran’s proposal includes a call for an end to Saudi-led air strikes against the Houthi rebels.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, speaking in Madrid on Tuesday, said Tehran’s peace initiative involved a ceasefire, humanitarian assistance, a dialogue between Yemeni factions and a broad-based government.

“This issue should be resolved by the Yemenis. Iran and Saudi Arabia need to talk but we cannot talk to determine the future of Yemen,” he told a news conference.

Arab states have been bombing the Houthis for three weeks in support of militias resisting an advance by the rebel group and army units loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

After prolonged street fighting, Houthi fighters withdrew from Aden’s Khor Maksar district, where the international airport and foreign missions are located.

The pull-out deprives the Houthis of a bridge to downtown areas where they face heavy resistance from local fighters.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1176000/iran-will-submit-peace-plan-for-yemen-to-un

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North America

 

Calgary imams fight back against Islamic State recruitment

Apr 15, 2015

CALGARY: A group of Calgary imams is marking the first line of defence at the foot of the Rocky Mountains against the self-styled Islamic State (IS) group's recruitment of Canadians as fighters.

Several imams issued a religious edict against IS jihadists last month, denouncing its threats against Canada and its online recruitment after dozens of Canadians —mostly from Calgary —traveled to Syria to join their cause.

In the fatwa, the imams urge Muslim youths to shun the sway of the IS group, which they accuse of having violated Islamic tenets “in the most horrific and inhumane way.”

“Some Muslims, having the fatwa against them, they will have second thoughts” before seeking to join an extremist group, said Khalil Khan, president of Calgary's Al Madinah Islamic center.

“(They) will wonder if this is right or wrong.”

Khan is one of 37 imams and religious scholars from across Canada, plus one from Texas, who endorsed the fatwa.

The edict was motivated by a wave of recruitment, as at least a dozen people have left the oil-rich province of Alberta to fight with the Islamic State group abroad.

The call comes in the wake of the January 2014 death of Damian Clairmont, a 22-year-old Calgary man who was enticed to join the extremist group and who became the first Canadian casualty in the IS push to carve out an Islamic “caliphate” in the Middle East.

Zaheera Tariq, a director of the Al Madinah mosque, told AFP that recruits are being lured by misrepresentations of Islam.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1176085/calgary-imams-fight-back-against-islamic-state-recruitment

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Sedition Act amendments restrict freedom of expression, says US

Apr 15, 2015

The United States today reiterated its concerns over Putrajaya's restrictions on freedom of expression in Malaysia, six days after the Dewan Rakyat passed amendments to the Sedition Act, which critics said would make the law more draconian.

In a statement issued through its embassy in Kuala Lumpur, the US State Department said the amendments, including higher penalties even for first-time offenders, were a threat to freedom of speech and public discourse.

"The United States notes the April 10 passage of amendments to Malaysia’s Sedition Act, and we reiterate our concern about restrictions on freedom of expression in Malaysia.

"Particularly worrying are new provisions that increase penalties – including for first-time offenders – and could make sharing allegedly seditious material on social media a crime," it said.

The amendments to the colonial-era law also did away with fine and imposed a jail term of between three and seven years, as well as up to 20 years’ jail for seditious acts or statements that led to bodily harm and property damage.

There is also no leniency for first-time and youthful offenders, who can be automatically slapped a minimum three-year sentence.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/sedition-act-amendments-restrict-freedom-of-expression-says-us#sthash.cD5iMqyo.dpuf

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Obama hails progress in fight against IS in Iraq

Apr 15, 2015

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama hosted Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at the White House on Tuesday and hailed the US-backed Iraqi forces’ progress against the self-styled Islamic State group.

Obama said the allies were “making serious progress” in pushing back the jihadists, taking back a quarter of the territory lost last year.

“Success won’t occur overnight” Obama said, “but what is clear is that we will be successful”. Critics say Obama’s drawdown of US troops in Iraq was a strategic blunder that allowed the IS to flourish and drive Iraq’s US-trained army out of northern cities.

Embarking on his inaugural prime ministerial trip to Washington, Abadi had said his top priority would be to secure a “marked increase” in the US-led air campaign and in the “delivery of arms”. Obama did not give that commitment in public, but said the meeting had dealt extensively with coordinating the next steps and possible US help.

Obama said the United States wants to make sure Iraq and the coalition “is in a position to succeed in our common mission. “The US president also announced an additional $200 million in humanitarian aid for the civilians displaced or harmed by the IS’s brutal rebel army. Swathes of Iraq, including the second city Mosul and the vast western province of Anbar, are still occupied by militants bent on establishing an Islamic caliphate.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1176014/obama-hails-progress-in-fight-against-is-in-iraq

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U.S. blacklists Yemen’s Saleh and Houthi rebel leader

14 April 2015

The United States placed two top figures in Yemen’s Houthi rebellion on its sanctions blacklist Tuesday, following suit after the United Nations approved global sanctions on the two.

The U.S. Treasury Department named Houthi leader Abdul Malik al-Houthi, and leading backer Ahmed Ali Saleh, son of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, to its blacklist, freezing any assets they might have on US property and forbidding Americans from dealings with them.

“Using violence and other means, Al-Houthi and Saleh continue to undermine the political process in Yemen and obstruct the peaceful transition of power,” the Treasury said.

It said that the international community has stressed through the UN Security Council’s action “that the violent takeover of Yemen by an armed faction is unacceptable and that a legitimate political transition -- long sought by the Yemeni people -- can be accomplished only through political negotiations and a consensus agreement among all of the parties.”

The action follows the move by the U.N. Security Council earlier Tuesday slapping an arms embargo on the Houthi rebels and demanding they give up territory seized in an offensive that forced U.N.-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to flee the country.

The U.N. move also placed a global travel ban and asset freeze on the two men.

Ali Abdullah Saleh, the former Yemeni president until 2011, has been on U.N. and U.S. sanctions lists since last November.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/04/14/U-S-places-sanctions-on-leader-backer-of-Yemen-s-Houthis.html

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Africa

 

Save Us from Xenophobic Attacks, Nigerians in South Africa Urge Govt

Apr 15, 2015

The President of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, Mr Ikechukwu Anyene, on Wednesday urged the Federal Government to help halt the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in that country.

Anyene told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on phone from Pretoria, South Africa, that the latest spate of xenophobic attacks began three weeks ago. NAN reports that there are more than 800,000 Nigerians living in South Africa.

Anyene said Nigerians resident in some South African cities had gone into hiding to avoid being attacked by South Africans. The Nigerian government should urgently intervene and save our people from the attacks. They should prevail on the South African government to stop such attacks against Nigerians."It appears nothing is being is done to stop the attacks and Nigerians are worried about the situation," he said.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201504130211.html

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Six killed in Somali Shebab ministry attack, assault over - police       

Apr 15, 2015

Somalia's Shebab insurgents killed at least six people Tuesday when they stormed the education ministry in the capital Mogadishu, police said, saying they had now regained control of the building.

"Six people have been killed, most of them civilians, but the ministry building is secure now and government forces are in full control," said police official Ahmed Weli Malim. Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants on Tuesday blasted their way into the higher education ministry with a car bomb before storming the building in an ongoing attack.

Police and witnesses said the car bomb caused a huge explosion to force their way into the fortified building, before gunmen entered with heavy gunfire reported to be continuing.

"A car loaded with explosives rammed the gate and there is gunfire inside the building of the ministry," police official Mohamed Dahir said.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/127615/World/International/Six-killed-in-Somali-Shebab-ministry-attack,-assau.aspx

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Libya's Haftar 'betting on military solution'

Apr 15, 2015

The military chief of Libya's UN-recognised government has expressed doubt about UN-backed talks in Morocco aimed at ending the country's political split and said that he is "betting on a military solution" if a deal remains elusive.

General Khalifa Haftar's comments in a TV interview on Tuesday underscored the obstacles to any agreement between rival governments in Libya.

Haftar, who commands forces loyal to the Tobruk government, told the Associated Press news agency on Tuesday that he does not oppose negotiations outright.

He said he would abide by decisions of his government, but said it was not clear how the political rivals could reach a deal.

He would not agree to any ceasefire with armed groups, he said.

"Then the military solution is a must because it is decisive ... when we are forced to, when we see our homeland torn apart as it is happening now, between militias and terrorists, we resort to a military solution. We are betting on the military solution," Haftar said.

Full report at:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/04/libya-haftar-betting-military-solution-150415073117811.html

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UN Urges Kenya to Reconsider Dadaab Camp Closure, Displacing Some 350,000 Refugees

Apr 15, 2015

The United Nations refugee agency today urged Kenyan authorities to reconsider their decision to shut down within the next three months Dadaab refugee camps, a decision that would require some 350,000 Somalis to return to their country and would cause "extreme" humanitarian consequences.

"Large-scale returns are still not possible in many parts of the country, in particular to South Central Somalia," spokesperson for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Karin de Gruijl, told journalists in Geneva.

The Government's decision was announced this past weekend following the horrific attack at Garissa University in Kenya earlier this month, the agency said, referring to the 2 April assault on the campus for which Somali-based Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility. According to the UN Security Council, which strongly condemned the attack, dozens were killed, scores injured and many held hostage and others unaccounted for, the vast majority of whom were students.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201504150629.html

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Pakistan

 

COAS in Quetta to review law and order situation

Apr 15, 2015

QUETTA: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Raheel Sharif on Wednesday arrived in Quetta on a one-day visit to chair a meeting regarding the law and order situation in Balochistan.

The Army Chief visited Frontier Corps (FC) headquarters to preside over the meeting reviewing overall law and order situation in the aftermath of Turbat massacre in which 20 labourers were killed on Saturday.

Inspector General FC Major Gen Sher Afghan briefed the COAS about law and order situation in the province and search operations being carried out in Turbat and its outskirts. Senior military officials, FC personnel and other higher-ups also attended the meeting.

Earlier, Commander of Southern Command Lt General Nasir Khan Janjua received the Army Chief.

Twenty construction workers were killed and three others were injured on Saturday when unidentified gunmen opened fire on them in a pre-dawn attack on a labourers’ camp near Turbat.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1176086/coas-in-quetta-to-review-law-and-order-situation

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One suspected militant killed in Karachi, search operation continues

Apr 15, 2015

KARACHI: In an exchange of fire between Rangers and malefactors one suspected militant was killed in Karachi, Express News reported on Wednesday.

According to reports, Rangers were informed about the suspects residing at Afghan Basti, near Super Highway upon which they conducted a search operation.

The miscreants fired at the Rangers which led to crossfire, killing one suspected criminal while the search operation continued for the arrest of the others.

MQM workers arrested

Later on during the day, Rangers also arrested four workers of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).

According to reports, the workers were arrested from different neighbourhoods of Karachi during raids.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/870184/one-suspected-militant-killed-in-karachi-search-operation-continues/

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PML-N doesn’t believe in politics of containers: PM

Apr 15, 2015

GILGIT: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he believed in politics of decency and not that of containers and said the objective of the PML-N government was selfless service for the masses.

Addressing a large gathering here at the Lalak Jan stadium the prime minister also announced setting up of a committee to look into the issue of constitutional status of Gilgit-Baltistan. He said it would be headed by his Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz. Prime Minister Sharif said his opponents were adept in the art of abusing, telling lies and making false claims, on the contrary, his politics revolved around using polite language, decency, honesty and devoted services for the welfare of the masses. He said he was verbally abused by his political rivals, but he did not respond to them and rather chose to stay quiet.

The prime minister said he has a special place for the people of area in his heart and said the PML-N government was committed to the uplift of the area and announced Hunza, Nagar, Gharmang and Shigar as new Districts of Gilgit Baltistan. Minister for Information Pervaiz Rasheed, Minister for Kashmir Affairs Birjees Tahir, PM’s Special Assistant Irfan Siddiqui, Political Secretary Dr Asif Kirmani, Capt Muhammad Safdar, MNA Tariq Fazal Chaudhry and Marvi Memon also attended the event. Prime Minister Nawaz said he was here to attend the meeting of Gilgit Baltistan Council that approved the budget for 2014-15, and regretted that in the past the venue used to be Islamabad, which was wrong.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/15-Apr-2015/pml-n-doesn-t-believe-in-politics-of-containers-pm

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Pakistan will not handover Imran Farooq murder suspects to UK govt: Nisar

Apr 15, 2015

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar said on Wednesday that Pakistan would cooperate as much as it could with the United Kingdom in Dr Imran Farooq’s murder case.

“We will coordinate and cooperate with Britain as much as we can,” Nisar said, briefing the media regarding his meeting with British High Commissioner Philip Barton on Tuesday.

However, the interior minister said the government would not handover any suspect to the UK government. “As far as handing over a suspect to Britain is concerned, I clarified to the high commissioner that we don’t not have an extradition treaty with them,” he said.

Further, he also clarified that his meeting with Barton was “pre-planned” and “purely coincidental” that it fell on a day when the MQM chief’s bail expired.

“My meeting was not related to Altaf Hussain’s detention.”

“It was reported I briefed him. However,  I did not brief him nor will I brief any other ambassador.”

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/870234/pakistan-will-not-handover-imran-farooq-murder-suspects-to-uk-govt-nisar/

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