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Call for Ending Co-Education in India by Jamaat-E-Islami Prompts Heated Reaction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

India

Call for Ending Co-Education in India by Jamaat-E-Islami Prompts Heated Reaction

Maulana says sodomy is common in madrasas, causes clashes in Bengal town

India to host US-India-Afghanistan trilateral dialogue

India silently stern as Maldivian impasse continues

India rejects interference charge by Maldives

Mobile internet services restored in Kashmir Valley

Drastic decline in deaths on Indo-Bangladesh border: DG BSF

Cabinet clears text for amendment to Indo-Bangla land boundary pact

Muslims offer Namaz in Bhojshala amid protests

 

North America

Princeton professor calls Obama 'war criminal who killed over 200 children'

Taliban unlikely to participate in the Karzai government: US

US military faces fire as it pulls out of Afghanistan

 

Africa

ICC urges Chad, Libya to arrest Sudan president

Violent tide of Salafism threatens Arab Spring

Tunisians head abroad to perform jihad

Thousands in Benghazi demand security and return of organisations

 

South Asia

Bangladesh police kill 3 Islamists

Nasheed supporters rise in midnight protest across Male

Muslim, Sinhalese neighbours defend communal harmony

Anti-Islamist blogger killed in Bangladesh violence

Nasheed supporters ask for international scrutiny of Maldivian judiciary

Maldivian judges accuses India of 'interference' by sheltering Nasheed

 

Pakistan

Religious persecution: Hundreds protest Shia killings

Target killings claim 12 lives in Karachi

Pakistan Economy Deters Polygamy among Middle Class

Nukes could blot out South Asia cities, says Pervez Hoodbhoy

Pakistan: Persecution of Ahmadis During The Month Of January

Pak replaces customs staff at Lahore to check smuggling into India

Valentine’s Day brawl: Students vandalise six college buses

Social work as a weapon against militants

Free, fair polls not possible under present ECP: Qadri

UNESCO urges Balochistan govt to offer free education to children

No one can manipulate polls in Balochistan: SC

World’s tallest building to be built in Karachi

7-year jail proposed for arms’ use, display during polls

Pak Taliban rejects political parties’ declaration

 

Mideast Asia

St. Valentine Woos Turkish Islamists

UN Security Council welcomes Yemen dialogue, warns Saleh

Censorship in Israel's media is widespread

Israel's Use of Foreign Passports under Microscope

 

Europe

Majority of Britons say Iraq invasion delivered only “bloodshed’’

Authorities See Salafi Groups Popping Up Everywhere Inside Russia

Boy declared pregnant sues Kazakh medics

U.N. chief urges India, Pak to exercise restraint

Global call for calm in Maldives, ensuring free and fair elections

U.K. allays Indian fears over Taliban

Kazakhstan Promotes Central Asian Interests within OIC

 

Arab World

Missing Egyptian activist found ‘naked, tortured’ in desert

We need partners ‘without blood on their hands’: Syria opposition

Reports on torture of Saudis in Iraqi Jails ‘doing more harm than good’

Iraq intelligence academy Chief Ali Aouni killed

Mataf entry only for pilgrims at weekends

Saudi Arabia Beheading Nearly Two People per Week This Year

Clashes near Syria airports 'as army bombs Golan'

Egyptian Regulator Appeals against Court’s YouTube Ban

Riyadh Police arrest 170 expat workers for many crimes

 

Southeast Asia

Spiritual Guru, convicted sexual harasser Finally Arrested

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Photo: Protesters carried pictures of victims and demanded the government to form an anti-terrorism cell to investigate the killings

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India

 

Call for Ending Co-Education in India by Jamaat-E-Islami Prompts Heated Reaction

The Jamaat-e-Islami Hind says morals can be better maintained through separate schooling for boys and girls. But others in the Muslim community say the suggestion is off-base.

By Udayan Namboodiri for Khabar South Asia in New Delhi

February 16, 2013

Amid widespread criticism in India, including from within the Muslim community, the head of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind is defending the group's call for an end to co-education. He denies that the organisation opposes proper schooling for women.

The conservative organisation issued the call as part of its recommendations to the Justice Verma Committee, set up in the wake of a brutal December 16th gang rape in Delhi, which galvanized public opinion.

"We had met the Verma Committee and given this suggestion," Syed Jalaluddin Umri told Khabar South Asia. "We feel that given the vulnerability of women in India owing to the lack of adequate security, it would be better if there is sexual segregation in schools and colleges as a precaution.

"After the Delhi rape incident, there have been many suggestions made from many quarters about what could be done to prevent crimes against women," he said. "We made not only this recommendation but several others. We should not be misunderstood as opponents to education for women or supportive of Talibanic laws to confine women indoors. We want the best protection for them because they are not physically strong enough to defend themselves."

Justice J.C. Verma, tasked with recommending measures to address India's chronic cases of rape and abuse against women, presented his committee's report on January 23rd. It contained no mention of abolishing co-education.

"It's unfortunate that this was ignored," Umri said. "It would have been welcomed in Islamic society."

Proposal is "bizarre"

Others within the Muslim community, however, have rejected Jamaat's argument, saying it is groundless and illogical.

"This is bizarre," said Tasneem Noor, an elected district council member in Malda, West Bengal. "I don't think there is any need to pay attention to this. Rapes are the work of sick minds and they can even be committed at home. So does that mean Muslim girls should leave their homes as well?"

She told Khabar that if this is implemented, then Muslim girls of all ages would be cast away from the education system because the majority of primary and high schools in India are co-ed.

"Government budgets for education are so limited that it does not provide for segregation. So, if girls are told to stay away till such time as separate buildings are made for them, the cause of their advancement would suffer," she said.

Muslim educator Samsul Alam, who heads Allah University in West Bengal, told Khabar, "I think the vast majority of India's Muslims would reject the idea of segregation in schools because they know that Indian educational institutions are quite safe places where there are safeguards against the promotion of familiarity between boys and girls.

"[India's Muslims] have come to aspire to better advancement for their daughters as equally as their sons. They are aware that once segregation is introduced, funding for women in higher education would get squeezed. This will lead to more backwardness for Indian Muslims."

Delhi state chief minister Sheila Dikshit told Khabar: "Ninety-five percent of schools in Delhi, including all government schools and colleges, are co-ed. How many rapes have happened there even though Delhi is called the rape capital of India? I haven't heard of even one."

Boys, girls should develop respect

The government is taking a dim view of the proposal. In comments to Khabar, Minister for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath described it as "retrograde".

"Rapes are rarely committed by co-students of the opposite sex. If boys and girls study together, a sense of healthy respect develops for each other which rules out the possibility of rape. The Jamaat people have no right to spread this canard because it puts millions of girls in India studying in schools and colleges with boys under a cloud," Tirath told Khabar.

Umri and the Jamaat, however, are sticking to their position, insisting that the presence of males and females under the same school roof is undermining moral behaviour. Co-education promotes "sensuality in the classroom", he told Khabar.

http://khabarsouthasia.com/en_GB/articles/apwi/articles/features/2013/02/16/feature-01

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Maulana says sodomy is common in madrasas, causes clashes in Bengal town

New Age Islam News Bureau

February 16, 2013

Kolkata: The controversial statement of an imam of a Bengal mosque has created tension in a small town Champdani in district Hooghly. The imam of the mosque, Md Shakir had caused violent clashes between his followers and supporters on last Friday by saying that sodomy was commonly practiced in madrasas. During the Friday Khutba before the prayers, Maulana had made the statement to which some of the young boys from the congregation objected. Later they submitted a written complaint against the Maulana to the president of the mosque committee requesting him to take action. On the Friday, the matter took a serious turn which led to clashes between the supporters and opponents of Maulana. The husband of the local municipal councillor Hameeda Beguam, Umar Ansari is alleged to have instigated the clashes. Angry mob attacked the house of one Abdus Samad whose son was among those who objected to Maulana’s statement. The clashes broke out when the opponents of Maulana Shakir asked the president of the mosque committee what action was taken against maulana. The police have registered FIRs against 27 persons in this connection. However, tensions are still prevailing and the local leadership is trying to solve the issue.

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India to host US-India-Afghanistan trilateral dialogue

 February 16, 2013

Two senior US officials are headed to India to participate in the second US-India-Afghanistan Trilateral Dialogue focusing on cooperation among the three nations after the planned drawdown of US forces from Afghanistan in 2014.

Assistant secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake and deputy special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Dan Feldman will lead the US delegation at the New Delhi meeting, the State Department announced on Friday.

The New Delhi meeting follows the inaugural trilateral consultations held at the Afghan mission in New York City on September 25.

"The United States, India and Afghanistan all share a common vision for a strong, peaceful, and prosperous region and have pledged to work together on common challenges and opportunities including combating violent extremism, strengthening cultural exchanges and increasing regional trade and economic integration," the State Department said.

"The trilateral reflects our mutual commitments to transparency and coordination as Afghanistan continues with it ongoing security, economic and political transitions," it added.

Meeting in a New York a week after the first trilateral dialogue, then  external affairs minister SM Krishna and then secretary of state Hillary Clinton had assessed it "positively and hoped to take forward their cooperation on that front".

In their review of the trilateral dialogue the two had discussed among other things regional economic integration projects including the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/northamerica/India-to-host-US-India-Afghanistan-trilateral-dialogue/Article1-1012490.aspx

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India silently stern as Maldivian impasse continues

Feb 16, 2013

MALE: India won't return Thursday's Maldivian snub when the atoll nation accused India of "undermining its democratic institutions," but will remain stern on its wish to see deposed president Mohamed Nasheed in the September race for presidency.

"We have a policy of not interfering. But we look forward to a free, fair, credible and inclusive election," Indian high commissioner in Maldives D N Mulay told TOI on Friday. "It can be free and fair only when it is inclusive."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/India-silently-stern-as-Maldivian-impasse-continues/articleshow/18522428.cms

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India rejects interference charge by Maldives

By Saurabh Shukla

 February 16, 2013

DRAWN into the Maldives tangle, India is finding itself in a bind.

As New Delhi tries to broker peace between President Abdullah Wahid and the former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed, whose refuge at the Indian high commission continues for the third day in a row, it is being accused of trying to meddle in the internal affairs of Madives.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Mobile internet services restored in Kashmir Valley

 Feb 16, 2013

SRINAGAR: Mobile internet services were restored in the Kashmir Valley after remaining suspended for a week in the wake of hanging of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Mobile-internet-services-restored-in-Kashmir-Valley/articleshow/18527424.cms

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Drastic decline in deaths on Indo-Bangladesh border: DG BSF

 Feb 16, 2013

JAISALMER: Decline in deaths on the Indo-Bangladesh border has been possible after India decided to use less lethal weapons at the border. This has also resulted in continuous improvement in relations between the two countries. This information was given by the newly appointed director general of BSFSubhashJoshi during his stay at Jaisalmer. Joshi is here to participate in the closing ceremony of the BSF43rd frontier fire power shooting competition.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Drastic-decline-in-deaths-on-Indo-Bangladesh-border-DG-BSF/articleshow/18522695.cms

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Cabinet clears text for amendment to Indo-Bangla land boundary pact

Feb 15, 2013

NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet has cleared the text for the constitutional amendment to the India-Bangladesh land boundary agreement (LBA). The move is a step forward as the UPA government has been struggling to ink the pact with Bangladesh, which will result in solving one of the most vexed border problems New Delhi has with its neighbours.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Cabinet-clears-text-for-amendment-to-Indo-Bangla-land-boundary-pact/articleshow/18519551.cms

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Muslims offer namaz in Bhojshala amid protests

 Feb 16, 2013

INDORE: Amidst pitched battle between Hindu devotees and administration, the police escorted 17 Muslims into the Bhojshala at Dhar, who later offered Friday namaz (prayers). Earlier, the Hindus performed puja on Basant Panchami from sunrise to noon and after the namaz by Muslims. In the violence between Hindus activists and police at least six persons were injured and several vehicles were damaged.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/indore/Muslims-offer-namaz-in-Bhojshala-amid-protests/articleshow/18524312.cms

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North America

 

Princeton professor calls Obama 'war criminal who killed over 200 children'

Feb 16 2013

Washington: A Princeton professor has launched a withering attack on the White House's covert drone program, by likening President Barack Obama to a "war criminal."

Cornel West, the prominent black academic and activist who has consistently been a harsh Obama critic, took on the administration's drone policy and said that 'the chickens are coming home to roost.'

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/princeton-professor-calls-barack-obama-war-criminal-who-killed-over-.../1075232/

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Taliban unlikely to participate in the Karzai government: US

Feb 16, 2013

WASHINGTON: Taliban is unlikely to participate in the current Karzai government in Afghanistan as they do not consider it legitimate, a top Obama adviser has told US lawmakers.

So far there are few indicators that the Taliban are sincere about reconciliation, John Brennan, Obama's top counterterrorism said in written answers to questions asked by the members of the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of his confirmation process for the post of CIA director, the hearing for which was held last week.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Taliban-unlikely-to-participate-in-the-Karzai-government-US/articleshow/18525551.cms

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US military faces fire as it pulls out of Afghanistan

ByMatthew Rosenberg, New York Times

Feb 16, 2013

STRONG POINT HAJI RAHMUDDIN II (AFGHANISTAN): When the last American soldiers to occupy this squat, lonely outpost in southern Afghanistan pulled out this week, they left the same way earlier units had arrived: ready for a fight.

They were leaving this violent patch of land outside Kandahar, the south's main city, just as Taliban fighters were filtering back in from winter havens in Pakistan. It was, as First Sgt Jason Pitman, 35, bluntly put it, "no time to get stupid."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/US-military-faces-fire-as-it-pulls-out-of-Afghanistan/articleshow/18530511.cms

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Africa

 

ICC urges Chad, Libya to arrest Sudan president

16 February 2013

The International Criminal Court is urging Chad and Libya to arrest Sudanese President Omar Bashir and extradite him to face trial if he visits over the weekend.

The written order issued yesterday is the court’s latest attempt to have Bashir detained since he was indicted for crimes including genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region. The court’s prosecutor asked for the order following reports that Bashir could travel to Chad and Libya for meetings.

Chad is one of several nations Bashir has visited without being arrested since he was indicted. The Hague-based court issued arrest warrants for Bashir in 2009 and 2010, but has no police force of its own to detain suspects.

http://www.arabnews.com/icc-urges-chad-libya-arrest-sudan-president

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Violent tide of Salafism threatens Arab Spring

By Angelique Chrisafis

February 15, 2013

London: Late last year, largely unnoticed in the West, Tunisia’s President Munsif Marzouqi gave an interview to Chatham House’s The World Today.

Commenting on a recent attack by Salafists on the US embassy in Tunis, he remarked in an unguarded moment: “We didn’t realise how dangerous and violent these Salafists could be. They are a tiny minority within a tiny minority. They don’t represent society or the state. They cannot be a real danger to society or government, but they can be very harmful to the image of the government.”

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/region/tunisia/violent-tide-of-salafism-threatens-arab-spring-1.1146808

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Tunisians head abroad to perform jihad

By BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZAAnd PAUL SCHEMM | The Associated Press

 Feb 14 2013

Tunis, Tunisia The cradle of the Arab Spring is increasingly looking like the birthplace of jihadists.

Long before Tunisia ousted its dictator and inspired the North African pro-democracy movement, the small, relatively prosperous country had the more dubious distinction of exporting Islamic militants. Now, as the country wrestles with the creation of a new government after the killing of a liberal opposition leader, experts say the flow of fighters is getting worse.

Full report at:

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/55836502-68/tunisia-tunisian-tunisians-ben.html.csp

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Thousands in Benghazi demand security and return of organisations

By Maha Ellawati

15 February 2013

Several thousand people turned up in Benghazi’s Tahrir after Asr prayers to celebrate the second anniversary of the revolution and call for greater economic investment in the city and the east of the country. They warned General National Congress President Mohamed Magarief that if he did not heed their demands he would be dismissed. They also demanded better security for the city, calling for the Chief of Staff, Yousef Mangoush, to be sacked.

Full report at:

http://www.libyaherald.com/2013/02/15/thousands-in-benghazi-demand-security-and-return-of-organisations/

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South Asia

 

Bangladesh police kill 3 Islamists

 February 16, 2013

DHAKA: Bangladeshi police on Friday shot dead three Islamist activists who were protesting against two of their leaders’ convictions for war crimes, while far larger demonstrations calling for the men to be executed continued for an 11th day. A tribunal sentenced Abdul Quader Mollah to life in prison on February 5 for war crimes including murder, rape and torture, the second verdict in trials that have reopened wounds of Bangladesh’s 1971 independence conflict.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\02\16\story_16-2-2013_pg7_17

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Nasheed supporters rise in midnight protest across Male

 Feb 16, 2013

MALE: When the rest of south Asia went to sleep on Friday, thousands of Maldivians rose in protest demanding the safety of their former president Mohamed Nasheed and formation of a caretaker government in place of president Waheed Hassan Malik to ensure free and fair elections in September.

Nasheed, the first democratically elected president who stepped down last year after protests over the arrest of a judge, had on Wednesday taken refuge in the Indian high commission in Male fearing arrest.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Nasheed-supporters-rise-in-midnight-protest-across-Male/articleshow/18522369.cms

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Muslim, Sinhalese neighbours defend communal harmony

The government moves to stop rogue elements from inciting tension against Muslims in Sri Lanka.

By Pradeep Seneviratne for Khabar South Asia in Colombo

February 15, 2013

Mohamed Ifthikar, 59, has lived in the Colombo suburb of Kelaniya for more than 30 years along with his wife and two daughters. He has many Sinhalese neighbours, and never had any problems with them.

Now, he fears activities by an organisation dubbing itself Bodu Bala Sena, or "Buddhist Force," will drive a wedge between the primarily Buddhist Sinhalese, who make up 74% of Sri Lanka's population, and Muslims, who account for only 10%.

Full report at:

http://khabarsouthasia.com/en_GB/articles/apwi/articles/features/2013/02/15/feature-01

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Anti-Islamist blogger killed in Bangladesh violence

Feb 16, 2013

DHAKA: A Bangladeshi blogger who had been critical of the Islamist groups has been killed, prompting the protesters here to continue their round the clock sit-in vigil demanding death penalties for 1971 war criminals.

Rajib Haidar, 30, an architect and Shahbagh protest activist, was stabbed to death near his house at Pallabi in the capital last night.

"We have launched a massive manhunt for killers of Rajib Haidar... the detective branch and the CID (Criminal Investigation Department) separately took fingerprints to track down the assailants," a police spokesman told.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Anti-Islamist-blogger-killed-in-Bangladesh-violence/articleshow/18528887.cms

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Nasheed supporters ask for international scrutiny of Maldivian judiciary

Feb 16, 2013

MALE: Protests are brewing stronger in the Maldivian capital following the arrest threat against deposed president and Maldivian Democratic Party leader Mohamed Nasheed, who has taken refuge in the Indian high commission in Male. The MDP, meanwhile, has asked for international scrutiny of the Maldivian judiciary, which it thinks is plotting to keep Nasheed out of the race in September.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/As-protests-gather-strength-Nasheed-supporters-ask-for-international-scrutiny-of-Maldivian-judiciary/articleshow/18528344.cms

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Maldivian judges accuses India of 'interference' by sheltering Nasheed

February 16, 2013

Maldivian judges on Saturday accused India's top envoy of meddling in domestic politics by sheltering ex-president Mohamed Nasheed who faces charges that could rule him out of contesting elections. Nasheed has remained at the Indian embassy since Wednesday after taking refuge there to

avoid being arrested after he failed to appear in court last weekend to answer charges of abuse of power while he was president.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/maldives/Maldivian-judges-accuses-India-of-interference-by-sheltering-Nasheed/Article1-1012586.aspx

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Pakistan

 

Religious persecution: Hundreds protest Shia killings

 February 16, 2013

PESHAWAR: The Imamia Coordination Council (ICC) has asked the government to constitute an independent anti-terrorism cell headed by the Peshawar corps commander to take necessary action against terrorist networks.

The declaration was passed in a protest on Friday against sectarian killings. It was endorsed by leaders of Shia representative organisations.

The ICC rally started from Kucha Risaldar, passed through Qissa Khwani, and then to Khyber Bazaar where it took the shape of a public gathering. Participants carried pictures of victims of target killings and placards inscribed with inter-religious harmony slogans, condemning sectarian attacks in the country.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/508050/religious-persecution-hundreds-protest-shia-killings/

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Target killings claim 12 lives in Karachi

By Danish Rafique

 February 16, 2013

KARACHI: Target killing continued unabatedly in the city on Friday, claiming at least 12 lives in separate acts of violence.

In the first incident, a bullet-riddled body and an injured person were found from near Darul Uloom, Korangi within the precincts of Awami Colony police station. Both were activists of Mohajir Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi (MQM-H). SHO Hatim Marwat said that the deceased was later identified as 33-year-old Muhammad Asghar, son of Shan, while his accomplice Nadeem, 30. The body and injured were brought to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for an autopsy and treatment, respectively.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\02\16\story_16-2-2013_pg7_8

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Pakistan Economy Deters Polygamy Among Middle Class

FEBRUARY 15, 2013

MICHELE LANGEVINE LEIBY, ASSOCIATED PRESS

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — For as long as there has been Islam, men who follow the religion have taken multiple wives. But in Pakistan the permitted religious tradition may be giving way to economic pressures, more progressive thinking, and less acceptance by women.

Islam allows polygamy but only if the husband can treat all of his wives fairly. In Pakistan, a majority-Muslim nation, the practice seems clustered among the elite and the very poor.

"Normally middle class people do not marry more than one wife," said Farzana Bari, a noted women's rights activist.

Full report at:

http://www.northjersey.com/news/international/191463481_Pakistan_Economy_Deters_Polygamy_Among_Middle_Class__Islamabad_.html?c=y&page=2

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Nukes could blot out South Asia cities, says Pervez Hoodbhoy

February 16, 2013

KARACHI: The launch of Pervez Hoodbhoy’s ‘Confronting the Bomb: Pakistani & Indian Scientists Speak Out’ on day one of the fourth Karachi Literature Festival at Beach Luxury Hotel attracted a diverse audience to hear the nuclear physicist’s well-publicised thoughts on the nuclear arms race in South Asia.

Those who know of him and his work are aware that he is a vociferous opponent of the nuclear bomb and its destructive power.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/507950/nukes-could-blot-out-south-asia-cities-pervez-hoodbhoy/

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Pakistan: Persecution Of Ahmadis During The Month Of January

15 February 2013

Press Release: Asian Human Rights Commission

A joint swoop on an Ahmadi printing press in Lahore by a team of mullas and the police: The Punjab Police raided a printing press Black Arrows, owned by an Ahmadi, at 6 p.m. on January 7, 2013. They arrested the owner, three other Ahmadis and 6 non-Ahmadi workers from the location. They were whisked to the Anarkali police station, where the 6 non-Ahmadis were released. After midnight the Ahmadis were shifted to Police Station Islampura where a case was registered against them under a blasphemy law PPC 295-B, an Ahmadi specific law PPC 298-C and PPO 24/A.

Full report at:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1302/S00171/pakistan-persecution-of-ahmadis-during-the-month-of-january.htm

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Pak replaces customs staff at Lahore to check smuggling into India

Feb 15, 2013

AMRITSAR: Apparently in a bid to check smuggling of narcotics, fake Indian currency notes, ammunition etc into India through goods train, Pakistan government have replaced most of their customs officials posted at Lahore railway station and have also deployed Anti Narcotic Force following incessant incidents of smuggling of huge quantities of heroin from Pakistan to India via goods train plying between India and Pakistan.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pak-replaces-customs-staff-at-Lahore-to-check-smuggling-into-India/articleshow/18520869.cms

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Valentine’s Day brawl: Students vandalise six college buses

 February 16, 2013

GUJRAT: Police on Thursday arrested three people, including two college students, and registered a case against 25 people for vandalising six college buses and for a brawl on college premises.   

Civil Lines Station House Officer Malik Amir said that an argument between some students of Government Science College and Punjab College started over a bet to approach girls from the other college and seek Valentine dates.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/507959/valentines-day-brawl-students-vandalise-six-college-buses/

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Social work as a weapon against militants

February 16, 2013

KARACHI: In the eyes of Tehmina Durrani, who took three years to write Abdul Sattar Edhi’s biography ‘A Mirror to the Blind’, the social worker is a weapon against militants.

“Edhi is the best example of humanitarian Islam,” she said at the launch of another book, ‘Half of Two Paisas: The Extraordinary Mission of Abdul Sattar Edhi and Bilquis Edhi’ on day one of the fourth Karachi Literature Festival Friday. “He is a weapon against extremists and the militants who are promoting the wrong kind of religion.”

The Italian author of Half of Two Paisas, Lorenza Raponi, flew in from home for the launch of the English translation.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/507943/social-work-as-a-weapon-against-militants/

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Free, fair polls not possible under present ECP: Qadri

 February 16, 2013

GUJRANWALA: Free and fair elections are not possible under the present election commission, Minhajul Quran International (MQI) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri said Friday.

Speaking to reporters after a public gathering in Gujranwala, he said that he was disappointed by the Supreme Court (SC) judgment regarding his petition against the election commission.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/508110/gujranwala-jalsa-free-fair-polls-not-possible-under-present-ecp-qadri/

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Unesco urges Balochistan govt to offer free education to children

 February 16, 2013

QUETTA, Feb 15: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) has urged Balochistan government to take steps for legislation on free and compulsory education for children in the province.

Speaking at a conference titled “Article 25-A: Right to Education” organised jointly by the UN agency and provincial education department, Unesco’s Senior National Education Specialist Arshad Saeed Khan said: “We are ready to extend our technical support and collaboration to the Balochistan government for legislation on free and compulsory education for children.”

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/02/16/unesco-urges-balochistan-govt-to-offer-free-education-to-children/

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No one can manipulate polls in Balochistan: SC

By Hasnaat Malik

 February 16, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Hearing the Balochistan target killings case on Friday, the Supreme Court gave a strong message to all the stakeholders of the country that no one would be allowed to manipulate the upcoming general elections in Balochistan.

Repeating its observations thrice, the court said that everyone in the province should be allowed to participate in the next general elections so that people could elect their representatives. A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry observed that the law and order situation in the province would definitely improve when the real representatives of people are in the provincial assembly.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\02\16\story_16-2-2013_pg1_1

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World’s tallest building to be built in Karachi

* Malik Riaz signs agreement with Abu Dhabi Group for $45 billion construction projects

 February 16, 2013

ABU DHABI: Real estate magnate Malik Riaz Hussain has signed an agreement with Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Group, Union National Bank and United Bank Limited Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, under which $45 billion will be invested in Pakistan for various construction projects, including contraction of the world’s tallest building in Karachi.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\02\16\story_16-2-2013_pg1_4

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7-year jail proposed for arms’ use, display during polls

By Sajid Chaudhry

 February 16, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The Parliamentary Committee on Election Reforms has agreed to strictly prohibit the display and use of firearms during the forthcoming elections, and suggested seven years imprisonment sentence for violators.

During a recent meeting of the parliamentary panel, in the presence of the representatives of the Ministry of Law and Justice and Election Commission of Pakistan, it has been agreed that this provision should be included in the draft amendments to be presented before parliament for approval. The committee members, especially Anusha Rehman who held detailed discussions with the representatives of the Law Ministry and the ECP officials, were of the view that a ban on display of firearms and their use, even for celebration, should be part of the proposed amendments in the election laws of the country.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\02\16\story_16-2-2013_pg7_1

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Pak Taliban rejects political parties’ declaration

 February 16, 2013

Islamabad, Feb 16 (PTI) The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan have rejected a declaration adopted by leading political parties that called for negotiations to end terrorism, saying it was drawn up with an eye on the upcoming general election.

The banned Taliban further said that a conference of all political parties, which was held in Islamabad on Thursday to discuss the issue of terrorism, had failed to come up with a roadmap for peace talks with militants.

http://www.ptinews.com/news/3390671_Pak-Taliban-rejects-nbsp-pol-parties-declaration-nbsp-

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Mideast Asia

 

St. Valentine Woos Turkish Islamists

By: Mustafa Akyol

 February 15, 2013

In the past decade, a new icon has been added to Turkey’s culture wars: St. Valentine’s Day, or, in its Turkish adaptation, the “Lovers Day.” As Feb. 14 nears, many companies begin to run advertisements offering the most romantic gifts, dinners or getaways for loving couples. In return, Islamic preachers or pundits advise fellow Turks not to be fooled by this “propaganda,” which they see as an agent of cultural degeneration and moral corruption.

This year, too, the Islamist arguments against St. Valentine’s Day did not change much. Various writers in Islamist papers and websites warned that there are at least three good reasons for refusing to celebrate the day of romance. First, the man on whose name the whole thing is based, St. Valentine, is a Christian saint, someone that Muslims should not follow. Secondly, the shopping frenzy that Lovers Day promotes only serves “capitalism,” something that good Muslims are supposed to reject. Thirdly, the whole St. Valentine’s Day culture promotes pre-marital sex, which, of course, Islam regards as grave sin.

Full report at:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/02/st-valentines-day-turkish-islamists-promote-lovers-day.html#ixzz2L3L0hgdu

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UN Security Council welcomes Yemen dialogue, warns Saleh

Feb 16, 2013

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council has praised plans for a national dialogue in Yemen and warned former president Ali Abdullah Saleh he could face sanctions for undermining the political transition.

Yemen's interim President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi last week set March 18 as the date for the long-awaited talks to push forward the transition process, after violent protests in 2011 and another year of political uncertainty.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/UN-Security-Council-welcomes-Yemen-dialogue-warns-Saleh/articleshow/18525112.cms

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Censorship in Israel's media is widespread

ALUF BENN

 February 16, 2013

Israel is able to suppress stories like Prisoner X because so many citizens regard security as sacred Israel’s media operate under official censorship.

That has been a fact of my professional life as a journalist covering foreign policy and national security. Here’s how it works: any story involving defence, intelligence or nuclear matters must be submitted to the military censor’s office. It can run only after being stamped for approval.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/censorship-in-israels-media-is-widespread/article4421720.ece

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Israel's Use of Foreign Passports Under Microscope

February 15, 2013

Sydney. In January 2010 a suspected Mossad hit squad assassinated a top Hamas militant in Dubai. It emerged afterwards - to the fury of Canberra - that some of the cell were using Australian passports.

Current defense minister Stephen Smith, foreign minister at the time, summoned the Israeli ambassador and warned that the countries' friendly ties were at risk.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/international/israels-use-of-foreign-passports-under-microscope/571928

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Europe

 

Majority of Britons say Iraq invasion delivered only “bloodshed’’

HASAN SUROOR

 February 16, 2013

Ten years after one million people marched through the streets of London on February 15, 2003 to protest against the invasion of Iraq in one of the biggest anti-war demonstrations in living memory, an overwhelming majority of Britons still believe that the war was “sold on a false prospectus’’ and “delivered little but bloodshed’’.

The findings contradict official claims that removing Saddam Hussein was worth it and that Iraq is a better place today.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/majority-of-britons-say-iraq-invasion-delivered-only-bloodshed/article4419585.ece

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Authorities See Salafi Groups Popping Up Everywhere Inside Russia

February 14, 2013

By: Mairbek Vatchagaev

The Russian government has been forced to admit it is worried not only about Islam’s proliferation in the North Caucasus, but also about the proliferation of ideas of the North Caucasian militants spreading to other regions of Russia. Russian authorities are trying to prevent the spread of jihadi ideas above all in the Volga region, and regard it as the weakest link in the chain of affected areas of the Russian Federation (www.bbc.co.uk/russian/russia/2012/07/120720_rus_press.shtml). However, it would be erroneous to think that the radicals are simply concentrating on certain regions. In fact, in this time of technological breakthroughs in communications, they could be almost anywhere.

Full report at:

http://www.jamestown.org/single/?no_cache=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=40457&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=7&cHash=1787104881300fbdbd53a72ab37b2b5e

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Boy declared pregnant sues Kazakh medics

Feb 16, 2013

MOSCOR: A male pregnancy is definitely a medical sensation grabbing headlines worldwide. A 15-year-old Kazakh boy was recently declared pregnant, given a handful of erroneous medical prescriptions and a bill for 50,000 tenge ($330).

Of course, Baizhan Aldashev was never really pregnant.

But the boy was pronounced "with child" at a hospital in Aktobe city, where he was treated for kidney problems.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Boy-declared-pregnant-sues-Kazakh-medics/articleshow/18528665.cms

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U.N. chief urges India, Pak to exercise restraint

 February 16, 2013

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged India and Pakistan to exercise restraint and resolve issues peacefully after a Pakistani soldier who intruded into the Indian territory was killed by the Indian Army along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

Mr. Ban’s spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters on Friday that the UN Chief was aware of the latest incident on February 14 at the LoC in which the Pakistani soldier, after intruding into Indian territory in a fresh incident of ceasefire violation, was killed by the Indian troops.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/un-chief-urges-india-pak-to-exercise-restraint/article4421657.ece

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Global call for calm in Maldives, ensuring free and fair elections

R. K. RADHAKRISHNAN

 February 16, 2013

Even as former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed continued to make the Indian High Commission in Male his home for the third successive day on Friday, the United Nations and other international players have spoken up, for the first time.

The U.N., the United States and the United Kingdom expressed concern, appealed for calm, and wanted the parties to ensure that the coming elections were free and fair. The Maldives go to the polls on September 7 to elect a new President.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/global-call-for-calm-in-maldives-ensuring-free-and-fair-elections/article4419808.ece

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U.K. allays Indian fears over Taliban

SANDEEP DIKSHIT

 February 16, 2013

Kabul continues to occupy a prime place in New Delhi’s deliberations with other countries and with the second India-U.S.-Afghanistan meet scheduled here for next week, the United Kingdom sought to assuage hurt Indian sentiments over the country not being kept in the loop about the third Afghanistan-Pakistan meet it hosted recently in London.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/uk-allays-indian-fears-over-taliban/article4419783.ece

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Kazakhstan Promotes Central Asian Interests Within OIC

February 15, 2013

By: Richard Weitz

In recent years, Kazakhstan has made an effort to deepen and expand cooperation with the world’s Islamic community. The focus has been on economic and cultural ties, but political and security issues have also been prominent due to the large number of internal and regional conflicts afflicting Muslim majority countries. Toward this end, in 1995, Kazakhstan joined the Organization for Islamic Conference (OIC), which was established in 1969. Kazakhstan then became the first Central Asian country to chair the organization as the rotating head of its Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) from June 2011 to November 2012.

Full report at:

http://www.jamestown.org/single/?no_cache=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=40469&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=7&cHash=a4959e9facbea88cfad82300fb553e26

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Arab World

 

Missing Egyptian activist found ‘naked, tortured’ in desert

16 February 2013

An Egyptian opposition activist, who had missing since earlier this week, was found by police naked, bound and injured in the desert.

Ibrahim Hanafi was found with marks on his body, which indicated he had been tortured, according to local newspaper Egypt Independent.

“They blindfolded me and tied my hands behind my back ... They told me to stay away from the Muslim Brotherhood and politics and said that was a warning,” Hanafi told Reuters. He said he had been abandoned with ripped clothes in a remote area outside Cairo.

Hanafi had been working with the Freedom Front for Peaceful Change, collecting evidence of what he saw as “violations” by the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist movement that backs President Mohamed Mursi.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/02/16/266563.html

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We need partners ‘without blood on their hands’: Syria opposition

15 February 2013

Members of the Syrian regime that have played a part in the “killing of the Syrian people” and have “blood-stained hands” have no place in negotiations over the crisis-wrecked country’s future, Syria’s opposition coalition said on Friday.

An overnight meeting of the coalition’s 12-member politburo in Cairo endorsed opposition leader Moaz Alkhatib’s peace initiative, although it set guidelines for any peace talks which will be presented for approval by the full assembly next Thursday.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/02/15/266459.html

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Reports on torture of Saudis in Iraqi Jails ‘doing more harm than good’

 16 February 2013

A Saudi recently released from an Iraqi jail after serving over seven years says that media reports of torture in that country's prisons did inmates more harm than good.

Jamal Yahya Al-Gharawi was reported as saying that Saudis in Iraqi jails were beaten more often when they were to be released. He spoke to the media about him being tortured.

Al-Gharawi, made these comments in a telephone conversation with a local newspaper during his stopover at Abu Dhabi airport hours before his flight to the Kingdom.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/reports-torture-saudis-%E2%80%98doing-more-harm-good%E2%80%99

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Iraq intelligence academy chief Ali Aouni killed

February 16, 2013

The head of Iraq's intelligence academy and two bodyguards have been killed in a suicide blast in the north of the country, police say.

The attacker is believed to have detonated his explosives belt near the home of Ali Aouni in Tal Afar.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-21483135

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Mataf entry only for pilgrims at weekends

16 February 2013

Only those wearing ihrams are now being permitted to enter the mataf (area of circumambulation) of the Grand Mosque on weekends.

Individuals not wearing ihrams will be banned from the mataf on Thursdays and Fridays 30 minutes prior to Maghrib and Fajr prayers.

The General Presidency for the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque Affairs along with the security forces of the Grand Mosque has taken this step to avoid congestion.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/mataf-entry-only-pilgrims-weekends

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Saudi Arabia Beheading Nearly Two People per Week This Year

13 February, 2013

A spree of executions have sent10 prisoners to their deaths in Saudi Arabia since the beginning of the year, said Amnesty International in a report.

The beheadings included the death of Abdullah Fandi al-Shammari on February 5, 2013 who had originally been convicted of manslaughter, but was tried again on the charge of murder in proceedings that did not meet fair trial standards.

Full report at:

http://www.countercurrents.org/cc130213.htm

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Clashes near Syria airports 'as army bombs Golan'

February 16, 2013

Clashes erupted at dawn on Saturday around Aleppo airport and a nearby airbase, as Syrian troops bombarded the Golan ceasefire zone bordering Israel in response to rebel attacks, a watchdog said.

The rebel fighters "clashed with government troops in the vicinity of Aleppo international airport and Nayrab military airbase on Saturday morning as shelling was heard in the area," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The insurgents are pressing for more gains in the northern province of Aleppo after seizing Al-Jarrah military airport and a military complex tasked with securing the international airport this week.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/afp/clashes-near-syria-airports-as-army-bombs-golan/572122

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EGYPTIAN REGULATOR APPEALS AGAINST COURT’S YOUTUBE BAN

 February 16, 2013

Egyptian authorities appealed on Thursday against a court order banning the video file-sharing site YouTube for a month over an amateur video that denigrates the Prophet Mohammad, saying the ruling was unenforceable.

"The National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority has presented an appeal to halt implementation of the verdict," said a statement from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

Full report at:

http://gadgets.ndtv.com/internet/news/egyptian-regulator-appeals-against-courts-youtube-ban-331367

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Riyadh Police arrest 170 expat workers for many crimes

 16 February 2013

Riyadh police arrested 170 foreign workers on various criminal charges, including weapons possession.

Police launched a joint operation with security patrols in the Manfouha District. Various operations netted hundreds of additional arrests on a variety of charges over the past six months.

He said that during the operations, the police found 170 foreign workers who have violated various regulations of the Kingdom. He said those arrested included 90 percent Africans. A majority were Ethiopians and others were Arabs from different nationalities.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/police-arrest-170-expat-workers-many-crimes

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Southeast Asia

 

Spiritual Guru, convicted sexual harasser Finally Arrested

SP/Erwin Sihombing | February 16, 2013

The South Jakarta Prosecutors Office have finally arrested spiritual guru Anand Krishna, after the convicted sexual harasser refused to turn himself in to authorities three times to serve his two-and-a-half-year jail term sentenced by the Supreme Court last August.

Setia Untung Arimuladi, the Attorney General’s Office spokesman, said on Saturday that Anand, who was arrested in his house in Ubud, Bali, would be taken by the executors to the Cipinang Penitentiary in East Jakarta.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/spritual-guru-anand-krishna-finally-arrested/572106

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