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Avoid Course of Collision and Chaos, Makkah Imam Tells Muslims

Reality TV show lifts veil on Muslim Americans                                           

International Day for Tolerance to be observed on November 16

Hafiz Gul Bahadur threatens Pakistan govt

Taj Mahal will turn blue on Sunday night

Jawaharlal Nehru's 1938 rebuff to Nazis to be sold in Britain

Day of gunfire, sweeping raids kills 16 in Syria

Iran explosion at Revolutionary Guards military base, Fifteen Soldiers Killed

One policeman killed, another injured in Charsadda bomb attack

Four dead in firing incident at Rawalpindi district court

Bomb blast hurts three in Dera Murad Jamali

Blast hits police checkpoint in Shabqadar;one killed

Forces defuse bomb in Swat

Sufism and spirituality – cure to decreased tolerance level’

Leaders of Pakistan-India working for peace: Gilani

Indo-Pak cooperation a win-win for region: US

Army not taken into confidence over India’s MFN status: Awami Muslim League, Pak

Any action of army without govt permission illegal: CJ

Gilani taken aback by Karzai’s curtness

SAARC leaders agree to boost regional tradeKhawar

Pak PM, Maldives President swap prison stories

London confirms arrests in Imran Farooq case

London police raid anti-poppy Muslim group

Arab League to sanction Syrians

With no end in sight, Guantanamo work goes on

AHRC condemns forced conversions of Hindus

Sherry condemns murder of three Hindu brothers in Sindh

Mumbai attack case: Sufficient evidence on Hafiz Saeed

Military engagement: US, Pakistan agree on terms to control border attacks

Haj pilgrims begin to return

US aircraft carrier that buried Osama turned into basketball arena for Veteran's Day

Niger offers asylum to Gaddafi's son on 'humanitarian

Book comprising 50 speeches of Liaquat Ali Khan launched

Happy birthday to all our 70, 11/11 babies!

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Avoid Course of Collision and Chaos, Makkah imam tells Muslims

By BADEA ABU AL-NAJA

JEDDAH, ARAB NEWS, Nov 12, 2011:  Imam of the Grand Mosque Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais on Friday urged leaders and people of Islamic countries to fulfill their duty of maintaining security and stability knowing fully well that the only option before them is to choose the path of unity, not a course of collision and chaos.

“Time and events are passing us swiftly with reports of thrones lost, dissolution or formation of governments in quick succession or deaths of great men. So use your time to strive hard to achieve a lofty state in the Hereafter,” Al-Sudais said in his sermon at the Grand Mosque on the first Friday after the annual Haj.

The mosque and its courtyards were overflowing with pilgrims who remained in Makkah after completing Haj rites.

The imam said Haj was a rite that instilled sentiments of tolerance, desire for dialogue, consultation and solidarity.

“The annual pilgrimage brings out the sublime image of a single Ummah with a single goal. The season of pilgrimage dictates to the faithful the noble lessons of tolerance, mutual assistance and the significance of maintaining security and peace. It also charges the pilgrims with a unique energy derived from the blessed gathering in the blessed land,” Sheikh Al-Sudais said.

He added that disputes in society would only lead to disunity and erosion of stability.

He exhorted pilgrims to continue to be virtuous in their life — that they adopted in Makkah with steadfastness and straightforwardness  — until their last breath.

“A sincere pilgrimage lifts up a man to the heights of spiritual joy. But, he will have to stay on the path of Allah, distancing himself from disputes and sinful deeds, adorning himself with every humanitarian quality,” the sheikh said.

He told the pilgrims to arm themselves with firm belief, heartfelt repentance, noble intentions and to follow the Prophet’s (Peace Be Upon Him) model in order to overcome worldly challenges.

“Devotion to Almighty Allah fills the hearts with light and heals illness of minds and is the best defense against sins,” he said.

Sheikh Al-Sudais concluded the sermon reminding them to pray for the rulers of the Kingdom, who organized and supervised the services to pilgrims, and those workers who have been toiling day and night to make the Haj safe and comfortable.

Sheikh Husain Al-Asheikh, imam and khatib at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, said in his sermon that the greatest jihad in the life of a Muslim was to fight against one’s own self to obey Allah and His messenger. He added that a true believer would have to try hard to control his or her words and deeds that might harm others.

Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims who arrived in the holy city after performing Haj in Makkah attended the congregational prayer at the Prophet’s Mosque. They also visited a number of historical locations in the city and its outskirts, such as the Quba Mosque, Shuhada Mosque, Uhud, Al-Qiblatain Mosque and Khandaq Mosque.

Large numbers of pilgrims have already left the Kingdom after performing Haj, which concluded on Wednesday.

The first batch comprising 262 Tunisian pilgrims returned home Thursday night. The plane also carried Tunisian Haj Mission headed by Minister of Religious Affairs Laroussi Almizori.

As many as 10,000 Tunisian pilgrims who performed Haj this year will be flown back home on board 40 Tunisian Airways flights until Nov. 28.

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance, has been distributing 20 million copies of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Gift of the Holy Qur’an and religious books to pilgrims returning home at exit points in the Kingdom.

Sheikh Talal bin Ahmed Al-Aqeel, adviser to the minister of Islamic affairs, endowments, call and guidance and chairman of information committee for Islamic awareness in Haj, said the daily distribution stands at 250,000 copies of the Holy Qur’an and translation of its meanings in various languages as well as religious books and tapes.

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article532479.ece

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Reality TV show lifts veil on Muslim Americans

AFP Nov. 11, 2011

WASHINGTON: It’s been a decade since the September 11 attacks and many Americans still don’t know quite what to make of their 2.75 million Muslim compatriots. Could a reality TV series help?

“All-American Muslim,” which premieres Sunday on the TLC cable channel, lifts the veil on five Arab American families in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan and finds their lives are, in many ways, not so un-American at all.

There’s the Amen family, whose outspoken tattooed daughter Shadia is engaged to an Irish American from Chicago who accepts her family’s request to convert to Islam on the eve of their wedding – and upsets his Catholic mother.

Newlywed twenty-somethings Nader and Nawal Aoude embrace teamwork like a new-age couple as they prepare for the birth of their first child, even as they adhere to a devout Islamic lifestyle.

Nina Bazzy is a glamorous blond party planner on a collision course with both her traditional-minded parents and the wider community over her bold plan to open her own trendy nightclub.

Mike Jaafar upholds the law as Dearborn’s deputy chief sheriff, while his wife Angela tries to keep their four high-strung children in line in one of those big suburban houses that signifies the American dream.

And the patriarch of the Zaban family, Fouad “Haj Walker” Zaban, is as passionate about his religious obligations as he is about leading the high school football team he coaches to the Michigan state championship.

“It seemed like a really, really good opportunity to dispel some of these misconceptions that we’ve been dealing with all our lives,” Shadia Amen told AFP on Thursday, explaining why she agreed to do the show.

“We’re not here to represent Islam. We’re just five American families who happen to be Muslim.”

All five families live in Dearborn, an industrial city of 100,000 that may be better known for North America’s biggest mosque than for being the home of the Ford Motor Company.

Three-quarters of Dearborn’s residents are of Arab heritage. Many trace their roots to Lebanon – the Amens hail from the Bekaa Valley – and all felt the chill of suspicion after the September 11 attacks in 2001.

That chill lingers. Earlier this year, a Public Religion Research Institute survey indicated that nearly one in two Americans felt uncomfortable at the sight of women in burqas or a group of men praying to Allah in an airport.

Sixty-eight per cent said they seldom or never interacted with Muslims, and 47 per cent thought Islamic values don’t jibe with American ones.

On the other hand, a concurrent Pew Research Center poll revealed that 48 percent of Muslim Americans think other Americans are generally friendly to them.

Muslims were also more satisfied with the way the United States is going.

“All-American Muslim” includes eight episodes, with part one on Sunday seeing bridegroom Jim McDermott converting to Islam before his future in-laws as his bride-to-be Shadia Amen looks on, wearing a “not a terrorist” T-shirt.

Shadia then dons a hijab for a religious marriage ceremony led by a witty imam, before a full-on reception – apparently modest by Dearborn standards, with just 400 guests – that features both belly dancing and an Irish jig.

Hard-driving coach Zaban meanwhile wonders how to prepare the teenagers on his mainly Muslim team for a crucial game during the holy fasting month of Ramadan, when even a sip of water is prohibited before sundown.

The solution: training after dark, right up to 4:00 am.

Future episodes will find deputy chief Jaafar addressing prejudice and discrimination among his fellow law enforcement agents while his wife juggles her career in the automotive industry with the demands of raising a family.

“It’s not like you can lump us all together,” Amen told AFP, referring not only to her fellow cast members, but also the wider Arab American community. “We are so diverse.”

http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/11/reality-tv-show-lifts-veil-on-muslim-americans.html

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International Day for Tolerance to be observed on November 16

ISLAMABAD, Nov 12 (APP):

The International day for Tolerance is all set to be observed on 16 November across the world including Pakistan with theaim to educate people about the need for tolerance in society and to help themunderstand the negative effects of intolerance.The International Day for Tolerance is a time for people to learn about respecting and recognizing the rights and beliefs of others.  International day of Tolerance was started by UNESCO in 1996 to general public awareness of the dangers of intolerance. This event is one of themost popular events and hence celebrated with full devotion and enthusiasm . International Day of Tolerance is basically celebrated for four basic principles of Commitment of heads of State and Government to advance welfare,next principle is for freedom and progress everywhere, following by principle of encouraging tolerance, respect and dialogue and the last principle is to make proper coordination between different cultures, civilizations and people to stop  nequality.

International day of tolerance is considered as a day of opportunity to verify what all progress has been made throughout the year, and also all new ways are suggested to achieve more progress or improvement on this.

On this particular day, UNESCO has mention few guidelines, these guidelines includes the work and actions on Human Rights, Diversity in community, religious tolerance, no to violence, creativity at work and ecological diversity.

Many educators use the theme of this day to help students in schools in their studies, classroom lectures, understanding the issues related to tolerance and on topics like human rights and non violence.

Special training programs, talks and conferences are organized on this day in offices where the supervisor briefed the employees about importance and need of tolerance.

http://ftpapp.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=164079&Itemid=2

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Hafiz Gul Bahadur threatens Pakistan govt

Reuters Nov. 12, 2011

MIRAMSHAH: The most powerful militant leader in Pakistan’s North Waziristan border region has threatened to tear up a peace accord and turn his fighters against the Islamabad government.

Hafiz Gul Bahadur has an unofficial non-aggression pact with the military.

Pakistan can’t afford new militant enemies. The army’s hands are full with the Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP), or Taliban Movement of Pakistan, blamed for many of the suicide bombings across the South Asian country.

Bahadur is known to have links with notorious militant groups in tribal North Waziristan, including the Haqqani network.

For Detail Report:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/12/hafiz-gul-bahadur-threatens-pakistan-govt.html

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Taj Mahal will turn blue on Sunday night

Kounteya Sinha, TNN | Nov 12, 2011,

NEW DELHI: The Union health ministry and anti-diabetes activists have managed to convince the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) to give permission to light up the Taj Mahal to spread awareness against a disease that affects nearly 51 million Indians.

The ASI has cleared a proposal to illuminate the Taj Mahal in blue on November 13, the eve of the World Diabetes Day. While a red ribbon is symbolic of HIV, a blue circle is the universal symbol of diabetes.

The ASI has also allowed two other world heritage sites - Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri - to be draped in blue. Indudhar Dwivedi, superintendent archeologist of ASI, Agra, said, "This is the first time the ASI has shown such a gesture to light up these three world heritage sites. We wanted to support the drive to raise awareness against diabetes that affects so many of us."

For Detail Report:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Taj-Mahal-will-turn-blue-on-Sunday-night/articleshow/10698290.cms

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Jawaharlal Nehru's 1938 rebuff to Nazis to be sold in Britain

IANS | Nov 12, 2011

NEW DELHI: A rare typewritten letter by India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru from London to a diplomat in Nazi Germany turning down his invitation will be auctioned by British auction house Mullock's Nov 17, a statement said Friday.

The latter dated Sep 7, 1938 expressed Jawaharlal Nehru's inability to travel to Germany at the invitation of then diplomat Hans-Georg von Studnitz and the Nazi authorities.

"As you know I am not at all in sympathy with the Nazi philosophy and aims. I am grateful however to you and to the German authorities for the invitation," Nehru said in his letter.

In the letter, Jawaharlal Nehru commented on his daughter's health which prevents him from travelling far but then adds: "...in any event the present international situation would come in the way of my going to Germany".

Hans-Georg von Studnitz, the author of "While Berlin Burns", a chronicle of war time Germany from his dairies, held a senior post in the German foreign office's press and information section in Berlin throughout the war.

He also edited the official German diplomatic correspondence.

Two letters by Mahadev Desai, the personal secretary of Mahatma Gandhi, discussing Gandhi and his political views, will also be on sale.

They are expected to sell for 1,000 to 1,500 pounds.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Jawaharlal-Nehrus-1938-rebuff-to-Nazis-to-be-sold-in-Britain/articleshow/10701637.cms

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Day of gunfire, sweeping raids kills 16 in Syria

November 12,2011

BEIRUT: Syrian security forces fired on anti-government protests Friday and conducted sweeping raids during violence that killed at least 16 people, activists said.

With more than 250 Syrians killed in less than two weeks, November is shaping up to be one of the bloodiest months yet in a dramatic escalation of the conflict around Syria’s 8-month-old uprising.

There have been growing signs that some protesters are taking up arms to protect themselves, along with reports of intense battles between soldiers and army defectors.

The bloodshed came as Human Rights Watch accused the regime of possible crimes against humanity in the crackdown that the U.N. estimates has killed at least 3,500 since the uprising began in mid-March.

The Arab League is to meet at its Cairo headquarters on Saturday to discuss the failure by President Bashar Assad’s regime to abide by a deal to stop the violence. Damascus agreed to the Arab League-brokered plan last week, but the violence only accelerated as regime troops launched an assault to crush resistance in Syria’s third-largest city, Homs.

New York-based Human Rights Watched urged the 22-member league to suspend Syria’s membership.

For Detail Report:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/11/day-of-gunfire-sweeping-raids-kills-16-in-syria.html

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Iran explosion at Revolutionary Guards military base, Fifteen Soldiers Killed

12 November 2011

Fifteen soldiers have been killed in a huge explosion at a military base near Iran's capital of Tehran, officials say.

The blast occurred when weapons were being moved inside a Revolutionary Guards depot, a spokesman for the elite unit told state TV.

Windows in nearby buildings were shattered and the blast was heard in central Tehran, 40 km (25 miles) away.

A helicopter and ambulances have reportedly been sent to the scene.

Local MP Hossein Garousi said "a large part of an ammunition depot exploded," parliament's website reported.

For Detail Report:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15705948

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One policeman killed, another injured in Charsadda bomb attack

By Iftikhar Firdous

Published: November 12, 2011

DSP says remote-controlled bomb was planted in the mud.

PESHAWAR: A police official was killed and another was injured when a remote-controlled bomb went off near a police checkpost in the Shabqadar area of Charsadda district en route to Mohmand Tribal region, confirmed a senior police official.

The incident took place in the Dhandao Poll area near Peer Qalla checkpost on Saturday.

“The bomb was a remote-controlled device planted in the mud,” said DSP Zahir Shah Khan while speaking to The Express Tribune.

“This police post is manned by our men during the day-time to keep a check on the traffic close to the tribal belt,” he added.

The killed policeman was identified as head constable Muhammad Ayaz while the injured was identified as Fazal Rahein, said the official.

The areas close to the tribal region have often been the target of violence. More than 90 people were killed in twin suicide attacks on the Frontier Constabulary, previously in Shabqadar, most of whom were fresh recruits on their way home.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/290743/one-policeman-killed-another-injured-in-charsadda-bomb-attack-officials/

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Four dead in firing incident at Rawalpindi district court

November 12, 2011

RAWALPINDI: At least four people were killed in a firing incident at a district court in Rawalpindi on Saturday, reported Express 24/7.

According to sources, three unidentified gunmen opened fire at a man named Chaudhry Shaukat, his brother and his nephew who were being taken to the court for a hearing.

The police claimed to have arrested two of the suspects and said that the incident was an organised crime. One suspect was arrested immediately after the incident and the rest had fled to Morgah. However, upon following them, the police managed to arrest one more miscreant, while the third one is still at large.

One passer-by, also shot in the incident, succumbed to his wounds.

Shaukat, his brother and nephew were suspects of a crime and were being escorted out of an armoured vehicle into the court when the gunmen opened fire at them. Sources say both the parties belonged to the same family and had links to the underground.

Earlier in July, in a similar incident, a teenager opened fire at two murder suspects outside a courtroom in Rawalpindi. Seven people were injured in the incident.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/290748/three-dead-in-firing-incident-at-rawalpindi-district-court

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Bomb blast hurts three in Dera Murad Jamali

DAWN.COM Nov. 12, 20 11

QUETTA: Three people, including a woman, were injured when a remote-controlled bomb exploded in Balochistan’s Dera Murad Jamali district, DawnNews reported.

Police said the bomb was fixed to a motorcycle in the Bakra Mandi area of the district and exploded when a police vehicle was passing by.

The vehicle remained safe but three passersby were injured. They were shifted to the district hospital.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/12/bomb-blast-hurts-three-in-dera-murad-jamali.html

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Blast hits police checkpoint in Shabqadar;one killed

November12,2011

 PESHAWAR: A bomb exploded at a police checkpoint in northwestern Pakistan, killing one officer and wounding two others, police said.

Local police officer Zahir Shah said the bomb went off at a barricade outside a mud-brick police post on Saturday in the town of Shabqadar, which lies close to the Mohmand tribal region.

The area is a hotbed for militants fighting the government, and has witnessed many such attacks in recent years.

In May, a pair of suicide bombers targeted recruits as they were leaving the main paramilitary training centre of Shabqadar, killing 80 people. The Pakistani branch of the Taliban militant organisation claimed responsibility.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/12/blast-hits-police-checkpoint-in-shabqadar-one-killed.html

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Forces defuse bomb in Swat

November 12, 2011

MINGORA: An explosive device planted on road-side in Sher Plum area of district Swat was defused by the security forces. According to official sources, the workers of PTCL were working to lay cable on the road-side at Sher Plum when during digging they found a bomb. The information of the explosive device was given to police and security forces, which for security reasons closed Mingora Road for all kinds of traffic for a while and recovered the bomb. The explosives were fixed in an old pressure cooker that was apparently planted by the terrorists during the height of tension in the area.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\12\story_12-11-2011_pg7_10

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‘Sufism and spirituality – cure to decreased tolerance level’

November 12, 2011

By Shabbir Sarwar

LAHORE: Prior to the assassination of former governor Salmaan Taseer, it was assumed that there were only five to ten percent extremist or intolerant elements in the Pakistani society and the silent majority was rational, however, collective social response to Taseer’s murder has dispelled the impression, proving that things have gone out of control and the tolerance level was at its very low, said Dr Kamran Ahmed at the launch ceremony of his book, ‘Tareeqat: 7 Elements of Living Sufism in Pakistan’ held at the Faiz Ghar on Friday.

Academician and human rights activist Saleema Hashmi, Rafique Jaffer, Khawja Saeed, Amjad Saleem, Afshan Kamran and people from different walks of life attended the ceremony, which was a part of the ongoing Faiz centennial celebrations.

For Detail Report:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\12\story_12-11-2011_pg13_7

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Leaders of Pakistan-India working for peace: Gilani

APP, November 12,2011

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Friday said he respected comments of his Indian counterpart Dr Manmohan Singh who described him as a “Man of Peace”, following his talks on the sidelines of the Saarc summit.

“I respect his sentiments,” Gilani told reporters when asked to comment about Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s remarks.

“We all are working for peace. He really wants better relations with the neighbours,” Gilani said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told the reporters Thursday he always regarded Prime Minister Gilani as a man of peace.

“Every time I have met him in the last three years, this belief has been further strengthened,” Manmohan Singh had said.

Prime Minister Gilani when asked to comment on “time has come to write a new chapter in the history of our relationship” by his counterpart, Gilani said “We will see soon.”

http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/11/leaders-of-pakistan-india-working-for-peace-gilani.html

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Indo-Pak cooperation a win-win for region: US

November 12, 2011

WASHINGTON: Applauding the constructive approach shown by Pakistan and India at a meeting between their prime ministers in Maldives on Thursday, the United States has said that cooperation between the two regional powers would be a win-win for the entire region.

State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner said that Washington backs constructive dialogue between the two South Asian nuclear neighbours and cooperative ties between them would benefit the region. “We’ve said many, many, many times from this podium that we support constructive dialogue between the two countries,” Toner stated, when asked about US reaction to the meeting between Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh held in the Maldives, where both attended SAARC annual summit. For Detail Report:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\12\story_12-11-2011_pg7_5

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Army not taken into confidence over India’s MFN status: Awami Muslim League, Pak

DAWN.COM 12.11.11

LAHORE: Chief of the Awami Muslim League (AML) Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed on Saturday claimed that the army was not taken into confidence over the cabinet’s decision to grant India the Most Favourite Nation (MFN) status, DawnNews reported.

Speaking at an Allama Iqbal remembrance meeting, Mr Rasheed said the ideology of Iqbal and Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah was being ignored.

Mr Rasheed lamented that national institutions had been badly affected and said that the government was running but the country wasn’t.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/12/army-not-taken-into-confidence-over-india%E2%80%99s-mfn-status-rasheed.html

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Any action of army without govt permission illegal: CJ

DAWN.COM Nov. 12, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Any action of the military without the express permission of the federal government would be illegal and unconstitutional, Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry on Saturday, DawnNews reported.

Speaking to participants of the National Defence University course in Islamabad, Justice Iftikhar said Article 6 would be used over violations of constitution and the law.

He stressed that coordination and harmony among the state’s different institutions would help Pakistan to progress politically as well as economically.

All state institutions should work within their perimeters of influence, Justice Iftikhar said, adding that the constitution guarantees the judiciary’s independence.

He moreover said that the Supreme Court has tried its best to protect basic rights of the people and curtail the misuse of power.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/12/any-action-of-army-without-govt-permission-illegal-cj.html

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Gilani taken aback by Karzai’s curtness

November 12 ,2011

ADDU (Maldives): Although Afghanistan agreed to resume trilateral dialogue with Pakistan and Iran, President Hamid Karzai during a meeting here with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on the sidelines of the Saarc summit called for Pakistan’s meaningful cooperation in investigating the assassination of Afghan peace jirga chief Prof Burhanuddin Rabbani.

The third trilateral summit meeting planned for October was postponed amid tension between Pakistan and Afghanistan in the wake of the assassination of Prof Rabbani in a suicide bomb attack on Sept 20.

According to a member of the Pakistani delegation, President Karzai adopted a rather aggressive posture at the meeting held at the Shangrila resort in Addu and “bombarded us with a number of demands laced with accusations”.

For Detail Report:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/12/gilani-taken-aback-by-karzais-curtness.html

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SAARC leaders agree to boost regional trade: Khawar

November 12,2011

 ADDU: South Asian leaders concluded a two-day summit here on Friday with pledges to promote regional trade and facilitate communications and travel among their countries.

The summit adopted the ‘Addu Declaration’ which lays emphasis on effective implementation of the South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta) accord, reduction in sensitive lists and resolution of the issue of non-tariff barriers among the states of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc).

The declaration also includes measures to be taken to promote free flow of capital and investment and improve connectivity within the region.

Although most of the document is about steps required to be taken to make Saarc an effective regional entity, it also mentions signing of agreements on rapid response to natural disasters, a Saarc Seed Bank, multilateral arrangement on recognition of conformity assessment and implementation of regional standards.

Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed said the eight-member group had agreed to increase trade and economic cooperation through a string of agreements, including one on railways and motor vehicles.

For Detail Report:

www.dawn.com/2011/11/12/saarc-leaders-agree-to-boost-regional-trade.html

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Pak PM, Maldives President swap prison stories

November 12, 2011

Jail term is something that usually does not figure in talks between two heads of government, but in the case of Maldivian President Muhammad Nasheed and Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, it did.

Gilani and Nasheed shared their stories while in jail during their meeting held here on the sidelines of the 17th SAARC summit, reported PTI.

Nasheed told Gilani that when he was in jail, he received Pakistani mangoes and said that jail is a very good training institution. Gilani told the President that he also remained in jail for five years and wrote a book.

Gilani stated that if he had more time in jail he would have written more books.

http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/International/12-Nov-2011/Pak-PM-Maldives-President-swap-prison-stories

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London confirms arrests in Imran Farooq case

November 12,2011

LONDON: London Police Commissioner Bernard Morgan has confirmed the arrest of two people in Pakistan in connection with the murder of MQM leader Imran Farooq.

He said London police were working in cooperation with Pakistani authorities in the matter. He expressed his resolve to stop murderers from roaming freely on London streets and roads.

MQM leader Dr Imran Farooq was murdered on Sept 16 last year outside his London home.

Two suspects allegedly involved in the murder were arrested at the Karachi airport on Aug 22 and three others were arrested in

London in what was termed as a quantum leap in investigation.

Media reports had claimed that those arrested in Karachi had gone to London on student visas and after some time they had proceeded to Singapore from where they proceeded to Sri Lanka on April 27.

They arrived at the Karachi airport on Aug 22 where they were arrested by intelligence personnel and taken to Islamabad.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/12/london-confirms-arrests-in-imran-farooq-case.html

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London police raid anti-poppy Muslim group

November 12, 2011

LONDON: London counter-terrorism officers said on Friday they had carried out a raid on three premises linked to a radical Muslim group, shortly after the organisation, which had planned a demonstration to disrupt Armistice Day ceremonies, was banned.

Later, police arrested 57 people, believed to be supporters of the English Defence League, “to prevent a breach of the peace” near the Cenotaph in central London where a ceremony to mark the occasion took place. Scotland Yard said properties connected to Muslims Against Crusades (MAC) and its leading figure Anjem Choudary, were raided late on Thursday night following the decision by Home Secretary Theresa May to make support of the group a criminal offence.

“At 11pm last night, officers from the Counter Terrorism Command executed three search warrants under the Terrorism Act 2000 at addresses in east London,” a London police spokesman said on Friday. reuters

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\12\story_12-11-2011_pg7_3

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Arab League to sanction Syrians

Nov. 12, 2011

The Arab League is to suspend Syria from its meetings and impose political and economic sanctions against Damascus over its failure to end a government crackdown on protesters.

The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of Arab League foreign ministers in Egypt.

It came after Syria ignored an Arab League proposal envisaging the start of dialogue with the Syrian opposition.

The UN says more than 3,500 people have died in the protests so far.

The Arab League proposals - accepted by the government of President Bashar al-Assad - include the release of prisoners, the withdrawal of security forces from the streets and talks between the government and opposition.

But the violence has continued, with the city of Homs bearing the brunt, say human rights activists.

US-based Human rights Watch issued a report this week documenting allegations of torture and unlawful killings in the city.

President Assad has sought to put down the protests since March.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15706851

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With no end in sight, Guantanamo work goes on

November 12, 2011

US NAVAL BASE AT GUANTANAMO: In the midst of the barbed wire and watchtowers dotting Guantanamo’s green hills, construction workers continue to build despite President Barack Obama’s promise to close the prison.

Nearly 10 years since the first handful of detainees arrived at the US naval base in southern Cuba from Afghanistan, 778 terror suspects have passed through Guantanamo and been locked up behind the infamous metal fencing.

The prison population has dropped over the years to reach 171 today, but at a painfully slow pace due to complex legal and political wrangling over where to ship inmates known as the “worst of the worst.”

For Detail Report:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\12\story_12-11-2011_pg7_6

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AHRC condemns forced conversions of Hindus

November 12, 2011

LAHORE: The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has held courts complicit in the forced conversion of a young Hindu woman to Islam. The woman, Anita, wife of Suresh Kumar, was allegedly kidnapped on April 27 from her house in Moro, Sindh. AHRC said she was allowed by the Supreme Court to live with her new Muslim husband without canceling her previous marriage with her Hindu husband. “The way in which the case of Anita was treated in the high and Supreme Court was no more different from the ordinary jirga or panchayat, where the elders of tribes sit down and decide the case on the basis of personal liking or disliking,” a statement by the commission read. It further said, “In the cases of forced marriages the courts even allow marriage to the already married woman without following the teachings of Islam and Muslim Personal Laws of the country that declare such marriages as against Islam and as haram.” The commission said forced conversion of women from the Hindu community to Islam in Sindh province has become very common.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\12\story_12-11-2011_pg7_16

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Sherry condemns murder of three Hindu brothers in Sindh

November 12, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Jinnah Institute President, Member National Assembly (MNA) and former Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Sherry Rehman has joined voice with all human rights organisations in condemning the murder of three Hindu brothers in Shikarpur district on November 9.

She also moved an Adjournment Motion in the National Assembly on Thursday against this heinous act.

According to reports, three brothers identified as Dr Ajeet Kumar, Dr Naresh Kumar and Dr Ashok Kumar were gunned down due to an altercation with the Muslim Baban Khan Bhayo tribe over a dancing girl, just meters away from the local police station. The victims had been requesting police protection after earlier threats were made to their lives but police blatantly disregarded these requests and men on a motorcycle sprayed the brothers with bullets by in their village.

For Detail Report:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\12\story_12-11-2011_pg7_17

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Mumbai attack case: Sufficient evidence on Hafiz Saeed

November 12, 2011

Ranjan Mathai says that Pakistan has all the evidence it needs to prosecute LeT members.

ADDU CITY, MALDIVES: Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai refuted Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s claim that evidence provided by India to Pakistan with regards to those accused in the Mumbai attacks case was insufficient Express 24/7 reported on Friday.

Mathai insisted that the dossiers provided to Pakistan contain enough evidence to take definitive action against the accused which include Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed.

“We have provided extensive documentation on Hafiz Saeed and those who are under trial for their involvement in the Mumbai attacks. This evidence has been provided. A number of dossiers have been handed over. We believe there is enough information in that for Pakistan to be able to forward their case against those seven accused,” said Ranjan Mathai, Foreign Secretary of India.

For Detail Report:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/290365/mumbai-attack-case-sufficient-evidence-on-hafiz-saeed-provided-to-pakistan-says-mathai/

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Military engagement: US, Pakistan agree on terms to control border attacks

November 12, 2011

Intelligence cooperation will be part of new agreement, officials say.

ISLAMABAD:

Building on recent diplomatic efforts to normalise strained relations between Islamabad and Washington, military chiefs from both countries met on Friday and agreed to increase cooperation to curtail cross-border movement of terrorists on the Pak-Afghan border.

A late night statement issued by the military’s media wing after a meeting between Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and General James N Mattis, Commander US Central Command (CENTCOM) said the two sides will focus on increasing coordination at the border.

For Detail Report:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/290702/military-engagement-us-pakistan-agree-on-terms-to-control-border-attacks/

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Haj pilgrims begin to return

Nov 12, 2011

MAKKAH: The Haram Mazjid around the Holy Kaabaa in Makkah is overflowing with Haj pilgrims as they begin to return. The annual pilgrimage ended last Wednesday. Around 3 million people from all over the world had come for Haj.

'Farewell Circumambulation' around the Holy Kaabaa is the last rite before saying good bye to Makkah. Tens of thousands performed this last rite and gathered outside Kabaa, which has a capacity of two millions.

All the 176 gates, including the entrances to the first and second floors of the Grand Mosque, were opened to accommodate the people who wanted to perform this ritual.

The pilgrims from India had started returning Thursday night onwards. The first Indian Haj flight of Central Haj Committee took off from Haj terminal of Jeddah King Abdul Azees International airport at 22:00 (Saudi Time) to Patna. Many more Indians are scheduled to flow back in the coming days.

About 51 Indian Haj pilgrims are continuing to take treatment in various hospitals in Makkah (35) and Mina (16), some of whom are in serious condition, said Indian Haj Consul B S Mubarak. So far, a total of 143 Indian Haj pilgrims hailing from different states have died.

Indian good-will Haj delegation, headed by Rahman Khan, the deputy chairman of Rajyasabha will be back to Delhi on 22nd of this month. The delegation did not yet decide whether or not to meet any Saudi officials.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Haj-pilgrims-begin-to-return/articleshow/10702180.cms

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US aircraft carrier that buried Osama turned into basketball arena for Veteran's Day

Nov 12, 2011,

WASHINGTON: The US Navy warship that carried the body of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to his burial at sea, has been transformed into a basket ball court to host the first college game on Veteran's Day.

President Barack Obama and over 7,000 fans will board USS Carl Vinson to see the first match between Michigan State and North Carolina.

If it rains, an alternate playing area has been constructed on the hangar deck, the Daily Mail reports.

Michigan coach Tom Izzo said he was 'blown away' when boarding the nuclear-powered carrier, which stretches 1,092 feet, weighs 95,000 tons and has four steam catapults that can accelerate a jet fighter from 0 to 165 mph in just more than two seconds.

The game, a rematch of the 2009 national championship game won by North Carolina, was conceived to celebrate Veterans Day and salute active-duty military personnel.

"My first impression when I walked in far superseded whatever I thought it could be, and we've been talking about this for seven or eight years," the paper quoted him, as saying.

For Detail Report:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-aircraft-carrier-that-buried-Osama-turned-into-basketball-arena-for-Veterans-Day/articleshow/10702158.cms

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Niger offers asylum to Gaddafi's son on 'humanitarian grounds'

November 12,2011

Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou said on Friday he had granted Muammar Gaddafi's son Saadi asylum on humanitarian grounds but did not know the location of another fugitive son Saif al-Islam, South African media reported.

The announcement will strain already troubled relations between Niger and Libya's interim rulers, who overthrew Muammar Gaddafi after an eight month uprising and want both sons to stand trial for alleged atrocities.

Saadi, a businessman and former professional footballer, is in Niger after escaping across the border from Libya when National Transitional Council (NTC) forces captured the capital Tripoli in August.

"We have agreed on granting asylum to Saadi Gaddafi for humanitarian reasons," the South African Press Association (SAPA) quoted Issoufou telling a news conference at the end of a two-day visit to South Africa.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/niger-offers-asylum-to-gaddafis-son-on-humanitarian-grounds/874853/

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Book comprising 50 speeches of Liaquat Ali Khan launched

November 12, 2011

KARACHI: The Library Committee, Arts Council of Pakistani, Karachi, in collaboration with the Quaid-e-Millat Liaquat Ali Khan Memorial Committee launched a book entitled ‘Pakistan-the Heart of Asia’, which was comprised around 50 speeches and other content relating to Khan, unveiling the mystery behind invitation of the Soviet Union, old Russia, to Khan for visit to the country.

The book contained about 50 speeches made by Khan during his visit to the United States (US) and Canada. Various welcome addresses, made in the honour of Khan, were also the part of the book. Preface of the book has also an importance of a historical document, as Koreshi unveiled in it that it was not Khan, who then refused to visit the Soviet Union, but it was Russia, who once invited him and then not only showed delaying tactics against his visit but also avoided any response of official statements of Pakistan, and after seven reminders, they returned the passports without visa after a prolonged delay.

It is pertinent to mention here that Koreshi is the senior most alive former ambassador of Pakistan. Besides performing his duties in almost important countries, he was famous for his services in the most critical situations in various countries.

He was the ambassador of Pakistan in Yugoslavia, when it was going through its fall. Similarly, he had discharged his duties in Nigeria and Lebanon, when these countries were facing worst internal unrest.

For Detail Report:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\12\story_12-11-2011_pg12_8

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Happy birthday to all our 70 11/11 babies!

Hetal Vyas, TNN | Nov 12, 2011,

BANGALORE: At the stroke of 11.11 on Friday when her baby cried, 24-year-old Manjushree, a hearing impaired woman, didn't quite hear the wail of her bundle of joy. But the little girl and proud mother at Vani Vilas hospital, one of Bangalore's oldest maternity hospitals, kept their date with 11.11.11. It was a normal delivery for Manjusha and both mother and child are doing well.

Not too far away, at Cloud Nine hospital, Megha Gupta, delivered a baby boy at 11:11:11 am after a C-section. Megha and Sanjay Gupta - both software engineers - also have a 9-year-old son. And at another end of Bangalore at the MVJ hospital, 24-year-old J Munirathna delivered her bundle of joy at the stroke of 11 am.

Over 70 babies were born in the city on Friday - both planned and unplanned deliveries. Interestingly, the majority were girls. And, the fathers, especially of girls, were most happy as Friday is considered Goddess Lakshmi's day and girls are considered to be symbol of Lakshmi.

For Detail Report:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bangalore/Happy-birthday-to-all-our-70-11/11-babies/articleshow/10697865.cms

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