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Islamic World News ( 7 March 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com)

At least 32 killed in Faisalabad blast

Obama threatens Gaddafi with military action

Move to counter triple talaq, halala

Islam not way of life here: German Interior Minister

Pak turns down US request to shift Davis to Guv House

Godhra: Jamiat meet offers help to convicts

Unannounced settlement likely between Pak-US spy agencies

White House defends Muslims on 'home-grown terrorism'

Cannot take risk. We’re Hindu, where do we go?’

Warplanes bombard oil hub, Libyan rebels defend gains

Iran's Rafsanjani loses post as chair of state body

US Af-Pak envoy meets Gilani over Davis affair

Verdict in Yunus case likely today

World will act if Gaddafi violence continues: NATO

Jamiat asks Muslims to live by “Islamic rules and values”

US military prepares land, sea options on Libya

Gaddafi slams West; US says too soon to arm rebels

Court adjourns Raymond Davis’ murder hearing

Pakistani plane forced to land in Indonesia

Gilani welcomes Pak-UK national security talks

Families find terror on road out of Libyan town

Calls for Libya no-fly zone mount

Ajmal's re-induction to Jamiat could hurt Cong's poll prospects

Obama restarts Guantanamo trials

Kingdom seeks an end to Libya violence

UN official eyes women envoys from Kingdom

Shoura chief calls on citizens to respect Kingdom’s values

Bangladesh HC upholds sacking of Yunus from Grameen Bank

SC for probe into terror charges against Hasan Ali

6,000 Indians still stuck in strife-torn Libya

Oman sultan sacks ministers dissolves economy ministry

Jordanian media calls for more freedom

FIA send Musharraf’s arrest warrant to Britain

Conference tackles role of digital media in the Arab world

New Egypt PM names most of new Cabinet

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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At least 32 killed in Faisalabad blast

Mar 8, 2011

LAHORE: A massive bomb blast by militants at a gas station in Faisalabad, a city in Pakistan’s central Punjab province, Tuesday killed at least 32 people and wounded 125 others, DawnNews reported.

The explosion also damaged nearby buildings.

An office of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and a local gas station were severely damaged in the blast, AP reported.

Senior government official Naseem Sadiq said explosives were planted in a vehicle parked at the gas station, which also lies near police offices as well as the PIA building.

Regional police chief Aftab Cheema confirmed the attack in Faisalabad, the country’s textile-making capital.

“It was a car bomb blast. The explosive was planted in a car. We are investigating whether a suicide bomber was involved or not,” Cheema said.

Television pictures showed the station had been reduced to a pile of bricks and gnarled metal as rescue officials worked to remove rubble from the scene to search for survivors and ambulance vehicles ferried the injured away.

City commissioner Tahir Husain told a private television channel that rescue officials were heaving bricks and metal away to save those trapped.

“There are some people trapped under the building rubble. We have deployed our cranes and machinery to rescue them very soon,” he added.

Husain told a private television channel that no suicide attacker was involved.

“It was not a suicide attack. It was a planted bomb blast. The bomb exploded near the gas cylinders that triggered a bigger blast,” he said.

Husain said that the attack could have targeted government buildings close to the gas station site, some of which he said were damaged in the blast.

Pakistan has been wracked by violence, mostly targeting security officials.

Some 4,000 people have been killed in bomb blasts, suicide and gun attacks blamed on Taliban and al Qaeda fighters since July 2007.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/03/08/explosion-heard-in-faisalabad-reports.html

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Obama threatens Gaddafi with military action

Mar 8, 2011

WASHINGTON: US president Barack Obama delivered a new warning to loyalists around Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi that will be "held accountable" for violence raging amid a rebel uprising.

Obama also noted that Nato was meeting in Brussels to discuss a range of responses to the violence in Libya, including military options and said he had endorsed another $15 million US donation to humanitarian efforts. "I want to send a very clear message to those who are around colonel Gaddafi. It is their choice as to how to operate moving forward. They will be held accountable for whatever violence will continue to take place there," he said.

"In the meantime, we have got Nato, as we speak, consulting in Brussels around a wide range of potential options including potential military options in response to the violence that is continuing to take place in Libya," he added.

The military options being considered range from positioning a signal-jamming aircraft in the international air space off Libya which could muddle Libyan government's communication with military units. "US administration officials said preparation for such an operations were underway," the New York Times said.

The other options, it said, before the US were air dropping of weapons including anti-tank arms and supplies to Libya's oppositions or inserting small special operations team to assist and guide the rebels, as was done in Afghanistan in 2001 to topple the Taliban.

Such teams of commandos are specially trained to turn rag-tag rebel groups overnight into more effective fighting formations, with the modest infusion of know how and leadership.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Obama-threatens-Gaddafi-with-military-action/articleshow/7651972.cms

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Move to counter triple talaq, halala

Manjari Mishra

Mar 8, 2011

LUCKNOW: A group of over 200 Muslim women got out of their kitchens last Sunday afternoon in a silent determination to fight for justice in their marital rights. From across Lucknow and outside too, they came together in a cramped hall to move towards justice, en force.

Face partially hidden by a tightly wound dupatta, Afzal Bano seems too docile to be revolutionary, much like the other women. The group looks near identical, especially in their body language — defiant yet unsure — that the bright salwar suits and chador can barely mask. Afzal calls on the women to fight for justice. "Hame Musalman khawateen ke liye insaf chahhiye (we want justice for Muslim women)," she declares boldly, looking for assurance towards Shaista Ambar, president of All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board.

Ambar, who broke away from All India Personal Law Board to form her splinter women's group is a known iconoclast. After launching a feminist nikahnama two years ago, which makes registration of Muslim marriage compulsory, her followers expect her to take on the contentious issue of triple talaq, halala and dowry next.

In the past five years, Ambar and her followers have helped women like Rabia T (name changed). Rabia is thankful to Ambar for having saved her from "submitting to the indignity of Halala", the tradition which demands that if a repentant husband wants to remarry his divorced wife, she will have to be another man's wife first before a final comeback. Tina M, whose doctor husband pronounced talaq over a telephone, tackled the indignity via the forum.

Triple Talaq pronounced in a fit of rage, under influence of liquor etc without observing the 'iddat' or counselling is against Islam, Ambar tells the group and everyone nods in unison.

Tell this to the maulvis, says Samna R. Deserted wife of an air force pilot, Samna, from Chandigarh, has been contesting a maintenance claim in Lucknow court. Her husband bought talaq from a local maulvi and refuses to pay maintenance. But, she is determined to fight on, she tells others. Reshma, Nafeesa, Fatima, Sayeeda, Naznin, the number of young wives betrayed and dumped is swelling by the minute.

Syeda, whose husband bought a fake talaqnama for Rs 500, went to a senior cleric to lodge a complaint. But his response was 'Allah saza dega unko' (God will punish him). The middle-aged Syeda doesn't want to wait. "I want justice while living," she fumes, adding, "Let him cough up my meher money, so my son can set up a tea stall."

These women are attempting to move towards a "progressive interpretation of Shariat as against the chauvinist approach of Maulvi to be enshrined in the Constitution," says Ambar. The message is clear, in bold red on their banner, 'Anchal hamara hai, Parcham Bhi Hamara Hoga' that roughly translates to 'The veil our banner, we will fly the flag (of justice).'

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Move-to-counter-triple-talaq-halala/articleshow/7651689.cms

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Islam not way of life here: German Interior Minister

Mar 08 2011

Germany's new Interior Minister, appointed just last week, has already managed to upset politicians, church leaders and representatives of the Muslim community by saying that Islam is not a part of the German way of life.

“Islam in Germany is not something substantiated by history at any point,” the Interior Minister, Hans-Peter Friedrich, said at his first news conference in his new job, adding that Islam did not play a major role in German culture.

The Lutheran bishop of Berlin, Markus Dröge, responded by saying he was surprised that Muslims were being singled out by some politicians in discussions of how to integrate Germany’s diverse communities. “We have a way of life — it is democratic, open and based on dialogue and human rights,” Bishop Dröge said.

Friedrich reiterated his views about Islam over the weekend, but he also called for a dialogue between Christians and Muslims. Successful integration “requires two things: knowledge of the social reality in Germany and a clear awareness of the Western Christian origin of our culture,” he said in a statement.

Lamya Kaddor, chairwoman of the Liberal-Islamic Union in Germany, said that “Such statements are not only politically and historically wrong, I think they are dangerous.” nyt

Rally against US Muslim hearings

NEW YORK: Several hundred people gathered in Times Square to protest planned congressional hearings on “radicalisation” of American Muslims, which have been convened by Republican Congressman Peter King. The hearings start Thursday. King, chairman of House Homeland Security Committee, said the objective, “Is not to demonise Muslim community but to find out extent to which the enemy has infiltrated the community.”

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/759328/

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Pak turns down US request to shift Davis to Guv House

March 08, 2011

Pakistani authorities have turned down a US request to shift the suspected CIA contractor Raymond Davis from Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail to the Governor House for his safety, according to a media report on Monday.

“After examining the different aspects of the US demand, the Punjab Government refused it and termed it unworkable,” an unnamed official told The Express Tribune newspaper.

The US had reportedly proposed that Davis, currently being held in Kot Lakhpat Jail, be shifted to the Governor House, two rooms of which could be declared a sub-jail.

The US also proposed that Davis’ trial should be conducted in the Governor House.

The demand was made to ensure safety and well-being of Davis as the American media has expressed concerns that his detention in jail posed a risk to his life.

The Punjab Government assured the US that the “best possible security arrangements” have been made for Davis, who was arrested in Lahore on January 27 after he shot and killed two armed men he claimed were trying to rob him.

Police have rejected Davis’ claim of acting in self-defence and have booked him for murder. The Punjab Government’s decision to hold the trial in jail is aimed at ensuring Davis’ safety.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/322742/Pak-turns-down-US-request-to-shift-Davis-to-Guv-House.html

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Godhra: Jamiat meet offers help to convicts

Shaikh Atikh Rashid

Mar 08 2011

New Delh : Upset over the verdict in the 2002 Godhra train burning case in which 11 convicts were sentenced to death and another 20 given life term, Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind (JUH) on Monday pledged to help all the 31 convicts appeal in a higher court.

Jamiat, whose office-bearers met here for the three-day managing committee conference, also sought the release of “innocent Muslims held on mere suspicion of involvement in terror activities” and argued for a new, effective law to check communal violence.

Maulana Hakimuddin Qasmi, secretary, JUH, said, “We believe these people (convicts in the Godhra case) are innocents. We will try to lend them all possible help to appeal in the High Court. It’s the first time that a court has given death sentence based on criminal conspiracy charges, while acquitting the alleged main conspirator. Our efforts have borne fruits as several persons have been set free by the court.”

Maulana Mahmoud Madani, general secretary, Jamiat, said there shouldn't be any discrimination in providing compensation to victims of riots. “Ninety per cent of riots in the country occur because of a nexus between the miscreants and the administration,” he said, adding that the proposed anti-riot Bill must have a clause to hold the administration responsible for such incidents. “It’s very unfortunate that when the Bill came in Parliament for discussion, the administration was given additional powers rather being made more accountable.”

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/759217/

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Unannounced settlement likely between Pak-US spy agencies

March 07, 2011

Amir Mir

LAHORE: With the CIA rapidly expanding its covert operations in Pakistan and the ISI in no mood to surrender its dominant presence in the Af-Pak region, the arrest of an undercover CIA agent Raymond Davis has pushed the two spy agencies into an eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation, compelling both to review parameters of their cooperation.

One does not have to be a Sherlock Holmes fan to understand that the world of espionage and counter-espionage has rules of its own, with the most fundamental ones being: you don’t get caught, and you don’t get caught committing murders. These rules are even more critical if you happen to be an American spy working in Pakistan, a country already seething with anti-US sentiments. Raymond, who faces a double murder charge in Pakistan for killing two youngsters in Lahore on January 27, broke both these rules and eventually landed in jail to face a court trial, with the Americans scrambling to get him out.

The US, however, has a tough job in saving him, for his arrest has acquired dimensions that the ex-Army Special Forces soldier may not have dreamt of when he whipped out his Glock pistol and fired at two suspect-looking young men on a motorbike. For what Raymond’s arrest has achieved is to blow the lid off the scale and intensity of covert CIA operations on Pakistani soil — much of it without the knowledge or consent of the Pakistani intelligence establishment, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). This is also at the heart of the turf war between the CIA and ISI. Indeed, Raymond’s current predicament exemplifies this conflict.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=12192

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White House defends Muslims ahead of hearing on 'home-grown terrorism'

By BARBARA FERGUSON

Mar 7, 2011

WASHINGTON: Rep. Peter King, R-New York, defended this Thursday's scheduled hearings on homegrown radical Islam against protests that his Homeland Security Committee is unfairly targeting a single religious group.

 "The main goal is to show the extent of radicalization within the Muslim-American community, how dangerous that is, how serious that is," he said Monday on Fox News's Fox and Friends.  "I will have witnesses there to show it's a real threat. It's a growing threat, and it's not just me saying this."

King's comments follow a high-profile demonstration in Times Square on Sunday attended by several hundred protesters, according to The New York Times, as well as the support of a few well-known celebrities.

Christians, Jews and Muslims gathered together in the rain to brand the hearings a witch-hunt, waved signs and chant: "Shame, Shame, Pete King!"

"Today I am a Muslim, too," said Rabbi March Schneier, president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding.  Feisal Abdul Rauf, the imam who is a co-founder of Islamic community center mosque near Ground Zero, also addressed the crowd.

King made reference to the protest on Fox News but said it wouldn't curb his efforts. "I have no choice, I'm going ahead with the hearings, and they can yell in Times Square and they can get all the celebrities out they want, I'm not going to stop," he said. "I'm not going to give in to political correctness. I'm going ahead."

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article306235.ece

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‘Couldn’t take risk. We’re Hindu, where do we go?’

Hiral Dave

Mar 08 2011

Nakhatrana (Kutch) : The 1971 Indo-Pak war saw mass exodus by the Sodhas, a Rajput clan, from Sindh in Pakistan to Kutch in Gujarat. The trickle of migrants has not dried up since. However, perhaps nobody has drawn so much attention as Ram Singh Sodha, a one-time minister and PML(Q) MLA from Sindh.

Not just because he gave up an established political career in Mithi constituency in Sindh to start life from scratch in a new country at age 67. But for the message that it sends — about an increasingly unstable Pakistan.

His eyes moist, Sodha says: “Compared to other places, Sindh is peaceful. But given the increasing religious terrorism, I could not take a risk.” Sodha migrated from Mithi to Nakhatrana in Kutch two months ago, and has since resigned from the provincial Assembly.

Sodha has migrated with three sons, and they are now in the process of bringing the family.

In a statement on Monday, the ruling Pakistan People’s Party denied Sodha was victimised.

Regretting the strict migration laws, Sodha adds: “I want to tell the government that we are not terrorists but laymen... We are Hindus. Where else can we go but India?”

Sometimes he remembers his previous life, and then has to tell himself why he has come so far. “I am without a house, a job, restricted to a small town. But I at least have a future.”

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/759211/

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Warplanes bombard oil hub, Libyan rebels defend gains

Mar 08 2011

Al-Uqaylah: Government forces began a new air attack on rebels on Monday in the coastal oil town of Ras Lanuf. The rebel forces were seeking to regroup but needed reinforcements, Mohamad Samir, an army colonel fighting with the rebels, said.

On Sunday, troops loyal to Col Muammar Gaddafi had attacked rebel troops in the coastal town of Bin Jawwad using tanks, helicopters and fighter planes, and pushed them east, stalling, for the moment, hopes by the antigovernment fighters of a steady march toward Tripoli.

Rebel fighters had to retreat down the main coastal road. Libyan warplane sscreeched over rebels in Ras Lanuf, sending them into a frenzy of firing. Looking on, one resident said, “I believe these youths are ready to die, but they won’t make a difference. Look at the way they’re firing at the plane. They have no experience.”A witness saw no more than 200 rebels in Ras Lanuf.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/759295/

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Iran's Rafsanjani loses post as chair of state body

Mar 8, 2011

TEHRAN: Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani lost his position on Tuesday as head of an important state clerical body after being criticised by hardliners for being too close to the reformist opposition.

Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani was elected as the new chairman of the Assembly of Experts after Rafsanjani withdrew his candidacy, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

Rafsanjani had chaired the assembly since 2007.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Irans-Rafsanjani-loses-post-as-chair-of-state-body/articleshow/7653665.cms

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US Af-Pak envoy meets Gilani over Davis affair

Mar 8, 2011

ISLAMABAD: The new US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan met with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in Islamabad on Monday to ease growing tensions over the arrest of a US national for killing two people.  

On his first trip to the region , Marc Grossman held talks with foreign secretary Salman Bashir before meeting Gilani. The visit came as the relations between two countries are strained because of the arrest of Raymond David, a CIA contractor who killed two Pakistanis in Lahore on January 27.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/US-Af-Pak-envoy-meets-Gilani-over-Davis-affair/articleshow/7652040.cms

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Verdict in Yunus case likely today

Mar 8, 2011

DHAKA: Bangladesh high court is expected to deliver its verdict on Monday on a petition by Nobel laureate and microfinancier Muhammad Yunus challenging the legality of a central bank order removing him as the chief of the Grameen Bank.

"We would make our submission tomorrow when the court would reconvene," Bangladesh attorney general Mahbub-e-Alam said. The twomember bench comprising judges Momtaz Uddin Ahmed and Gobinda Chandra Tagore adjourned the court after more than two hours of hearing.

The court is likely to rule on Monday, Alam said, after counsels for Yunus strongly argued that his removal was illegal and unconstitutional. The government will present its case before the court on Monday.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Verdict-in-Yunus-case-likely-today/articleshow/7644222.cms

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World will act if Gaddafi violence continues: NATO

Mar 8, 2011

BRUSSELS: The world will not allow the regime of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to continue attacking anti-government forces without trying to stop him, NATO's secretary general has said.

NATO has so far played a cautious role in the events in Libya, asking its generals to draw up a plan for possible military action in the country, but insisting that it would only use them if given the explicit backing of the UN Security Council.

"The international community monitors the situation closely, and if Gaddafi and his military continue to attack the Libyan population systematically, I can't imagine the international community and UN standing idly by," Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday.

The fledgling Libyan opposition movement has already called for world powers to impose a no-fly zone over Libya to prevent air forces loyal to Gaddafi from launching bombing raids against them.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/World-will-act-if-Gaddafi-violence-continues-NATO/articleshow/7652611.cms

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Jamiat asks Muslims to live by “Islamic rules and values”

Vidya Subrahmaniam

Organisation wants the community declared “most backward”

Social reform committees to be formed in villages and towns

“Crisis of Islamic identity due to impact of western culture”

NEW DELHI: The Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind (Mahmood Madani faction), has proposed setting up social reform committees in villages and towns to ensure that Muslim residents live by “Islamic rules and social values.”

“Muslims should be convinced for regular practice of namaz and keeping fasts during the month of Ramadan. Youths should be persuaded to practise salam, don their Islamic identity and create a religious atmosphere at home,” said a resolution passed by the JUH at a meeting of its managing committee held here on Monday.

‘Cultural malpractices'

The resolution said “cultural malpractices” had permeated Muslim society leading to “reckless avoidance of Islamic rules and social values.” The proposed committee would spread its message through programmes, meets and literature, the resolution said, adding that Muslims would be cautioned against “watching cinema, television and other moral-killing things.” They would also be advised to avoid the current solutions being propagated for AIDS and instead asked to follow Islamic teachings in matters concerning sexual morality.

Drug intake

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2011/03/08/stories/2011030856531500.htm

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US military prepares land, sea options on Libya

March 08, 2011

With Muammar Gaddafi’s forces on an all out offensive on outgunned rebels, US military has prepared a range of land, air and sea options in Libya in case Washington and its NATO allies decide to intervene there.

Pressure is building up on US and its allies to flex their military muscle in the face of brazen use of military power by Gaddafi’s forces on the civilians and Pentagon’s joint staffs are offering a broad range of options, New York Times reported.

The military options being considered range from positioning a signal-jamming aircraft in the international air space off Libya which could muddle Libyan Government’s communication with military units.

“US administration officials said preparation for such an operations were underway,” the Times said.

The other options, the paper said, before the US were air dropping of weapons including anti-tank arms and supplies to Libya’s Oppositions or inserting small special operations team to assist and guide the rebels, as was done in Afghanistan in 2001 to topple the Taliban.

Such teams of commandos are specially trained to turn rag-tag rebel groups overnight into more effective fighting formations, with the modest infusion of knowhow and leadership.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/322752/US-military-prepares-land-sea-options-on-Libya.html

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Gaddafi slams West; US says too soon to arm rebels

Mar 08, 2011

Tripoli: Moammar Gaddafi's regime accused the West of 'a conspiracy to divide Libya' as Washington, under mounting pressure to help opposition forces, said it was premature to arm the rebels.

Fresh fighting was reported in the city of Zawiyah just outside the Gaddafi-held capital Tripoli, while Gulf states including Saudi Arabia backed efforts to impose a no-fly zone over the oil-rich north African country.

In Tripoli, Libya's foreign minister told reporters that the West was trying to split the country by secretly building up contacts with rebel leaders.

"It is clear that France, Great Britain and the US are now getting in touch with defectors in eastern Libya. It means there is a conspiracy to divide Libya," said the minister, Mussa Kussa.

His comments came after British Foreign Secretary William Hague admitted a 'serious misunderstanding' led to the seizing of a special forces team in a bungled mission to contact Libyan rebels.

The United States, facing rising pressure at home and abroad to do more to protect civilians and hasten Gaddafi's exit from power, appeared to be wary of throwing weapons into a conflict involving groups about which it knows little.

While the White House said it was considering arming the rebels, it insisted that such a move would be premature and Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned that intervention would likely require international approval.

"It would be premature to send a bunch of weapons to a post office box in eastern Libya, we need to not get ahead of ourselves," White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

On the ground, Libyan opposition groups and media reported tank fire and fierce battles between rebels and Gaddafi loyalists in the city of Zawiyah, a flashpoint 60 kilometres (40 miles) west of Tripoli.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/gaddafi-slams-west-us-says-too-soon-arm-rebels-840

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Court adjourns Raymond Davis’ murder hearing

Mar 08, 2011

LAHORE: A court Tuesday adjourned a murder hearing of Raymond Davis, a CIA contractor whom the US government is battling to free on grounds of diplomatic immunity, after his lawyer requested more time.

The hearing in the murder case against Davis took place amid high security in Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore, where he is being held, and was adjourned until next Wednesday.

“March 16 is fixed for the framing of charges because we have given Davis’ counsel all the documents they wanted,” said public prosecutor Abdul Samad.

Davis has claimed he acted in self-defence when he shot dead two men in a busy Lahore street in January.

The issue of his claim to diplomatic immunity is pending before the Lahore High Court, which is due to rule on the issue on March 14.

Asad Manzoor Butt, the lawyer representing the families of the two Pakistani men shot dead by Davis, said that the American had again refused to sign a charge sheet against him. It was given to his lawyer instead, said Butt.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/03/08/hearing-adjourned-in-double-murder-case-against-raymond-davis.html

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Pakistani plane forced to land in Indonesia

Mar 08, 2011

JAKARTA: Two Indonesian fighter jets forced a Pakistani passenger plane to land on Monday for entering county’s air space without authorisation, but was latter allowed to resume its journey to Islamabad.

A PIA spokesman said that the Boeing 737 was chartered by the UN to bring back peacekeepers from East Timor, and might have strayed off course due to bad weather.

Local air force chief said the plane landed at the Sultan Hasanuddin Airport in Makassar.

The PIA official said the plane, with 49 Pakistani Rangers and police personnel, resumed its journey and would land in Islamabad today (Tuesday) at 7: 30am. agencies

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\03\08\story_8-3-2011_pg7_6

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Gilani welcomes Pak-UK national security talks

Mar 08, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, while welcoming discussions on national security issues between Pakistan and the UK, termed them “the most important part of an enhanced strategic dialogue likely to be launched during the forthcoming visit of British Prime Minister David Cameron to Pakistan next month”.

Gilani said Pakistan and Britain had a robust political, military and intelligence cooperation and the present discussions would provide further momentum and substance to these areas of bilateral cooperation.

The prime minister made these comments while talking to UK National Security Adviser Sir Peter Ricketts, who called on him at the PM’s House on Tuesday.

Gilani appreciated that UK had always stood by Pakistan in its hour of need and the fact that its government and people had generously helped Pakistan during post-earthquake rehabilitation and reconstruction, settlement of IDPs and the government’s flood-relief efforts last year. He also appreciated UK’s development assistance to Pakistan through Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\03\08\story_8-3-2011_pg7_7

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Families find terror on road out of Libyan town

March 08, 2011

AJDABIA: They were trying to flee to safety, but were lucky to escape with their lives.

As cars loaded with people and posessions streamed down the desert road east from the Libyan oil town of Ras Lanuf, government jets targeted Salim Hussein Attia's young family in their pick-up truck.      

"We were trying to go our relatives because Ras Lanuf was not safe any more," he told AFP, sitting bare-chested at the hospital in Ajdabiya, 200 kilometres (120 miles) east, as doctors tended his ugly shrapnel wounds and burns.   

"We were driving past the petrol station when suddenly we were hit by a big explosion. Thank God my family are all fine. My son Ahmed has just a few stitches," added the 47-year-old, a a manager at the Ras Lanuf oil plant. 

His wife, his youngest son aged three and daughter aged 10 were also in the car and were unhurt. 

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=12233

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Calls for Libya no-fly zone mount

8 March 2011,

RAS LANUF, Libya - Britain and France spearheaded a drive at the United Nations for a no-fly zone over Libya after Muammar Gaddafi’s warplanes attacked rebels, while aid officials said a million people were in need.

Civilians were surrounded by forces loyal to Gaddafi in two western towns, Misrata and Zawiyah, and in the east aircraft launched strikes on the rebel-held oil terminal town of Ras Lanuf.

Al Jazeera television said rebels had rejected an offer by Gaddafi to hold a meeting of parliament to work out a deal under which he would step down.

UN aid coordinator Valerie Amos said more than a million people fleeing or inside the country needed humanitarian aid. “Humanitarian organisations need urgent access now,” she said. “People are injured and dying and need help immediately.”

The United Nations appealed for $160 million to fund an operation over the next three months to prepare shelter, food and medicines.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Monday London was working closely with its partners “on elements of a resolution on a no-fly zone, making clear the need for regional support, a clear trigger for such a resolution and an appropriate legal basis”.

A French source said France was also working with its UN partners on a no-fly zone resolution. Gulf states called for a no-fly zone and an urgent Arab League meeting.

All Options

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/March/middleeast_March148.xml&section=middleeast

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Ajmal's re-induction to Jamiat could hurt Cong's poll prospects in Assam

Mar 8, 2011

NEW DELHI: The managing committee of the Mahmood Madani faction of Jamiat-ulama-i-Hind has given its nod for the inclusion of All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) MP Badruddin Ajmal in its Assam unit. The development doesn't augur well for Congress in the upcoming Assam polls. AIUDF, which predominantly boasts of Muslim following, threatens to eat into Congress's minority votebank.

Ajmal hasn't been made an office-bearer of Jamiat's Assam unit yet. He is only a primary member, and a three-member panel has been set up for taking stock of the situation in the poll-bound state. The committee has also adopted a resolution, demanding Muslims be given representation in all spheres on the basis of their proportion in population. "The Muslims should be declared as the most backward community," the resolution stated.

Ajmal welcomed Monday's decision. "Whether they make me an office-bearer or not is not important. We'll all work for Jamiat," he said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Ajmals-re-induction-to-Jamiat-could-hurt-Congs-poll-prospects-in-Assam/articleshow/7648571.cms

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Obama restarts Guantanamo trials

Mar 8, 2011

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama reversed course on Monday and ordered a resumption of military trials for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, making his once ironclad promise to close the isolated prison look even more distant.

Guantanamo has been a major political and national security headache for the president since he took office promising to close the prison within a year, a deadline that came and went without him ever setting a new one.

Obama made the change with clear reluctance, bowing to the reality that Congress' vehement opposition to trying detainees on U.S. soil leaves them nowhere else to go. The president emphasized his preference for trials in federal civilian courts, and his administration blamed congressional meddling for closing off that avenue.

"I strongly believe that the American system of justice is a key part of our arsenal in the war against al-Qaida and its affiliates, and we will continue to draw on all aspects of our justice system — including (federal) courts — to ensure that our security and our values are strengthened," Obama said in a statement.

"Going forward, all branches of government have a responsibility to come together to forge a strong and durable approach to defend our nation and the values that define who we are as a nation."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Obama-restarts-Guantanamo-trials/articleshow/7652560.cms

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Kingdom seeks an end to Libya violence

Mar 8, 2011

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Monday called for an end to the ongoing bloody violence in Libya — which started on Feb. 15 — in order to save the lives of Libyans and safeguard the country’s territorial integrity. The Council of Ministers, presided over by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, also urged the Libyan authorities to allow distribution of relief supplies among the country’s strife victims.

The Cabinet expressed its concern over the worsening security situation in some Arab and Islamic countries and emphasized the need to deal with such developments with patience and wisdom, ensuring the security and stability of people in those countries.

The Cabinet commended a statement issued by the Council of Senior Islamic Scholars regarding disturbances in various parts of the world. The clerics emphasized the importance of strengthening unity and cohesion among citizens and warned against division.

The ulema council, headed by Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, forbade demonstrations and protest marches, saying they would provoke strife and division. It underscored the strong relationship between the Saudi leadership and people.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article306351.ece

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UN official eyes women envoys from Kingdom

Mar 8, 2011

RIYADH: Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund, has expressed hopes that Saudi Arabia will soon appoint a number of women as its ambassadors to foreign countries.

“God willing, I would like to see some of you as the Kingdom’s ambassadors abroad shortly,” Obaid told the women staff of the Foreign Ministry during a lecture at the ministry’s premises on Monday. Obaid said Saudi Arabia’s membership in the UN Security Council in 2014 would help it play an important role in highlighting Arab and Islamic causes, especially Middle East peace and the situation in Iraq.

“The presence of Saudi Arabia in these international forums will open horizons for it to discuss a number of issues in support of Arab causes,” she said. Obaid, who was undersecretary general of the United Nations from 2000 to 2010, highlighted the important position achieved by Saudi women. “I have found them very efficient in carrying out their duties.” She said the World Women’s Day celebrations in the Kingdom should focus on Saudi women’s achievements at the national, regional and international levels as well as their increasing role in society.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article306365.ece

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Shoura chief calls on citizens to respect Kingdom’s values

By MD RASOOLDEEN

Mar 8, 2011

RIYADH: The Shoura Council stressed on Monday the importance of security in the Kingdom and requested citizens not to be misled by people who try to insinuate activities against the country and religion.

“Every citizen should cooperate with the concerned authorities to maintain security and stability throughout the Kingdom,” Shoura Council Chairman Abdullah Al-Asheikh said on Monday. He requested people not to pay attention to the claims of people who try to disrupt normalcy by organizing demonstrations, processions and sit-in protests that are against law.

“The cultural and traditional values of the Kingdom must be respected at all costs,” the chairman said, adding that these values are cherished and nurtured by the Kingdom's  leadership, which is firmly based on Islamic law.

Endorsing the statements made by Islamic scholars who have condemned any form of demonstrations in the Kingdom, Al-Asheikh told citizens to be guided according to the principles of the Holy Qur'an and Sunnah. He also warned people not to fall prey to deviant people who do not know the basic values of Islam. He also stressed that the decision of Islamic scholars is based on the Book of Allah and the traditions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article306278.ece

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Bangladesh HC upholds sacking of Yunus from Grameen Bank

Mar 8, 2011

DHAKA: In a major setback to Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus, the Bangladesh high court on Tuesday upheld his dismissal from the Grameen Bank he founded nearly three decades ago.

The petitions by 70-year-old Yunus challenging legality of a Central Bank order removing him as Managing Director of the Grameen Bank "are rejected," said justice Momtaz Uddin Ahmed, the senior member of a two-judge bench which delivered a lengthy judgement after three days of hearing on his writ.

The bench, which had Gobinda Chandra Thakur as the other judge, said that despite being a mandatory provision, the prior permission of the Bangladesh Bank was not obtained when the Grameen Bank Board appointed Yunus as the executive chief of the pioneering micro-lending agency, which Yunus founded in 1983.

At the crowded courtroom, Yunus was represented by only one of his junior lawyers Sara Hossain, who said "what we had apprehended appeared true."

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and the Central Bank lawyers, however, were present as the judgement was passed.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Bangladesh-HC-upholds-sacking-of-Yunus-from-Grameen-Bank/articleshow/7654080.cms

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SC for probe into terror charges against Hasan Ali

Dhananjay Mahapatra

Mar 8, 2011

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to consider slapping stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act charges under against stud farm owner Hasan Ali Khan.

The apex court sought the probe report from the Enforcement Directorate (ED). It has also ordered the director of ED to supervise the probe and give the status report to court.

The Centre has said that there is momentum against Khan and expects a major breakthrough in the next ten days. Meanwhile, the apex court sought fresh status report by March 18.

This comment comes after the apex court saw the probe status report. It also asked why the passport forgery case against him was not given to CBI.

The Centre admitted that the apex court was justified in expressing its anger during the last hearing about tax probe against Khan.

Hasan Ali Khan is accused of massive money laundering and tax evasion and is expected to be produced before court later today.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/SC-for-probe-into-terror-charges-against-Hasan-Ali/articleshow/7652410.cms

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6,000 Indians still stuck in strife-torn Libya

Mar 8, 2011

NEW DELHI: While China has already managed to evacuate all of its 35,860 citizens from Libya, India on Monday claimed to have rescued over 12,000 people, comprising just over two-thirds of the number of its nationals based in the strife-torn country. In the past 24 hours, some 1,400 Indians have been flown out of north African nation.

The MV Red Star One ferry returned to Malta from Misurata (Libya) with all the 301 Indian and 29 foreign nationals. The passengers returned to India on Sunday night on special Jet Air and Kingfisher flights.

The ferry is expected to evacuate 600 people to Malta. "Presently, we have 1,600 of our nationals in Sirte, many of whom may be heading for Tripoli by road, for being air lifted from there. A special chartered Fly Dubai flight with the last batch of 155 people from Dzerba (Tunisia) returned to India in the early hours of today morning. In all 1,120 Indians had crossed over to Tunisia, who have since returned home safely," said the foreign ministry in a statement.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/6000-Indians-still-stuck-in-strife-torn-Libya/articleshow/7648784.cms

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Oman sultan sacks ministers, dissolves economy ministry

By SAEED EL-NAHDY

Mar 8, 2011

MUSCAT: Oman's ruler dissolved the office overseeing economic affairs on Monday in a concession to a key demand of protesters calling for more jobs and political openness.

Sultan Qaboos also fired several ministers as part of the third high-level reshuffle in the past 10 days attempting to quiet the protests.

Foreign ministers from six Gulf nations met in Abu Dhabi with the region's political upheavals atop the agenda, including a major uprising against Bahrain's monarchy and calls for pro-reform demonstrations this week in Kuwait.

The Gulf's rulers have responded to the unrest with a blitz of spending on social programs and pledges of tens of thousand of new jobs, but that hasn't calmed the situation.

Oman's sultan directly addressed one of the main demands of protesters by closing the Ministry of National economy, which was widely blamed by demonstrators for failing to provide more opportunities for the nation's young population. The ministry will be replaced by a committee picked by the government, state TV said.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article306176.ece

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Jordanian media calls for more freedom

By SULEIMAN AL-KHALIDI

Mar 8, 2011

AMMAN: Hundreds of Jordanian journalists working in state-controlled media on Monday demanded an end to government curbs on media freedom, saying they were an obstacle to democratic transformation.

Emboldened by a wave of Arab uprisings, journalists from mainstream dailies, news websites, state television and radio joined forces in a rare show of unity against interference by officials and intelligence services.

Scores of journalists and writers rallied in a square close to several newspaper offices, chanting: “The press needs cleansing” and “We want an end to government tutelage and we want to fight corruption.”

A large placard held by demonstrators read: “No to government and security hegemony over the press.”

The protest was one of several in recent weeks by disgruntled workers taking advantage of unusual leniency as the authorities seek to avoid provoking the kind of upheaval that toppled veteran rulers in Tunisia and Egypt.

Scores of anti-government protests have been staged in the kingdom, including big demonstrations by the opposition, the country’s largest party, demanding sweeping political reforms.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article306173.ece

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FIA send Musharraf’s arrest warrant to Britain

By AZHAR MASOOD

Mar 8, 2011

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has sent arrest warrant for former President Pervez Musharraf to Britain. The FIA was ordered by a Rawalpindi court to produce Musharraf within three days during its last hearing of former Premier Benazir Bhutto’s assassination case.

Interior Ministry officials said, “We had previously sent 16 questions to former president at his London address but the FIA never received any reply. This time we have sent arrest warrant against him to Pakistan High Commission to London.”

Officials said the high commission will contact British authorities for Musharraf’s custody.

On Saturday, a nonbailable warrant against Musharraf was issued. The court issued the warrant for the third time after police had requested the court for an extension to execute the order.

Police requested the court for more time to implement its order but the judge gave only two weeks, Malik Mohammad Rafique, one of the defense lawyers stated.

Musharraf, living in London, has been declared an offender by the same court twice. He is thought to be a key witness and an enabler of the plot to kill Benazir.

The FIA, meanwhile, has submitted a request to Interpol for securing the extradition of Musharraf from the UK.

http://arabnews.com/world/article306168.ece

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Conference tackles role of digital media in the Arab world

By BARBARA FERGUSON

Mar 8, 2011

WASHINGTON: It has become clear that the unprecedented popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt and other countries of the region were enabled by communication and citizen mobilization via social media platforms — Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube — as well as mobile technology.

And digital media, by all accounts,  will thrive in the Arab market because the market has a large, technologically accomplished demographic group — its youth — who are comfortable with it and will customize it to their own requirements, the 'Arab Media Outlook 2008-1012,' published by the Dubai Press Club, recently reported.

The report also said that more than 50 percent of the populations of Yemen, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Morocco, and Egypt are currently estimated to be less than 25 years of age, while in the rest of the Arab region, the under-25 “Net Generation” makes up between 35 to 47 of total populations.”

As for active blogs, the Arab region had 35,000 blogs in 2009, by late 2010, it had 40,000.

The effect of the social media phenomenon in the Middle East was understood before the recent shakeup around the Middle East.  “Facebook and other social media platforms are beginning to define how people discover and share information, shape opinion, and interact,” said Carrington Malin, an executive at Spot On Public Relations in Dubai in May 2010.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article304360.ece

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World will act if Gaddafi violence continues: NATO

Mar 08, 2011

 Brussels: The world will not allow the regime of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to continue attacking anti-government forces without trying to stop him, NATO's secretary general has said.

NATO has so far played a cautious role in the events in Libya, asking its generals to draw up a plan for possible military action in the country, but insisting that it would only use them if given the explicit backing of the UN Security Council.

"The international community monitors the situation closely, and if Gaddafi and his military continue to attack the Libyan population systematically, I can't imagine the international community and UN standing idly by," Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday.

The fledgling Libyan opposition movement has already called for world powers to impose a no-fly zone over Libya to prevent air forces loyal to Gaddafi from launching bombing raids against them.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/india/world-will-act-if-gaddafi-violence-continues-nato-843

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New Egypt PM names most of new Cabinet

March 08, 2011

Egypt’s Prime Minister-designate named a caretaker Cabinet to help lead the country through reforms and toward free elections after the uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

These changes include new faces in the key foreign, interior and justice Ministries, a decision expected to be met with the approval of the pro-reform groups that led an 18-day uprising that forced Mubarak to step down on Feb 11.

Meanwhile, a rally outside the Interior Ministry in Cairo, which houses offices of the hated State Security agency, was violently broken up.

Protesters have over the past two days rallied outside some dozen State security offices across the nation. In many cases, protesters stormed the buildings, including the main State Security headquarters in the Cairo suburb of Nasr City. The protests followed reports that agents were burning and shredding documents to destroy evidence that would incriminate them in possible cases of human rights abuses. On Monday, army soldiers fired in the air and used stun guns to disperse hundreds of protesters who wanted to storm the State Security offices inside the Interior Ministry in downtown Cairo. The protesters said they wanted to see for themselves whether the building had secret cells and to stop officers from destroying documents.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/322750/New-Egypt-PM-names-most-of-new-Cabinet.html

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