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China blames terror camps in Pakistan as 20 killed in Xinjiang

Hindus struggle for marriage registration in Pakistan

140 killed as Syrian tanks storm Hama

Karachi: 25 killed in fresh violence, even as activists walk for peace

Saudi Female students protest against discrimination and injustice

US mulls India-type 123 nuclear pact with Saudi Arabia

Healing touch: Indian, Pak docs join hands on key issues

Nurseries of tolerance: Hindus in Islamic seminaries

Eye for an eye? Attacker spared blinding as acid victim pardons in Tehran

S. Waziristan drone strike kills four suspected militants

Blast kills two children in Quetta

Volatile Sopore erupts over 'custodial death' of youth

J&K Sopore custodial killing: 3 police men placed under suspension, DSP shifted

ISI chief on secret China visit as US ties take a blow: Report

NATO air strike kills four Afghan police: governor

Israeli soldiers kill two Palestinians in West Bank

Three jawans killed in Kupwara attack

Pakistani Muslims Convicted for Beating Christian to Death

Another CIA station chief exits Islamabad

Impact of Islamic mysticism on Tagore discussed in Mashhad

Hizbul’s ‘Hindu militants’ in Jammu on the run

King Abdullah, crown prince greet Muslims on Ramadan

KUWAIT: ‘High School Girls’ banned in Ramadan

'Jeddah police plotted against my brother' in the rape of 13 young girls

MIAMISBURG: ‘We don’t live in fear,’ local Muslims say despite alert

Quran and computers: Azamgarh madrasa with a modern touch

Ramzan beckons Hyderabad Ulema to foreign shores

Armenian archbishop felicitates Imam Khamenei and President on Ramadan

Ramadan Programs for Urdu Speaking Pilgrims of Razavi Holy Shrine Announced

Iranian Religious Missionaries to be dispatched to 40 countries in holy month of Ramadan

Support for ruling party soars after Oslo killings

Libyan rebels inch closer to Zlitan breakthrough

US delayed Osama raid fearing fallout of ties with Pak

An Egyptian in Syracuse explains the new Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood and Sharia

Islamic awakening must be used to liberate Palestine: Jihad rep

Egyptians call for Shariah Law, Islamic caliphate

Muslims Seize Christian Burial Sites in Tanzania’s Archipelago

Algerian Christian Sentenced Beyond Prosecutor’s Request

Mohammed Rafi was a musician with a soul: Son, biographer

FBI teaches new recruits to read 'anti-Islam' books

India dances to music of diplomacy’s item number

India’s Pakistan policy is hopelessly idealistic

Pakistan fast slipping into chaos: Imran Khan

Will Taliban go for Ramadan break Wait & watch for US

'Norway gunman had said he would talk if Govt resigned'

Militants set 10 NATO tankers on fire in Pakistan

US Muslim: From Sept 11 detainee lawyer to judge

Four ex-SIMI members held in Kurla

Haqqani network’s safe havens in Pakistan still a threat: Mullen

‘Bells of freedom’ hushed in Sudan press crackdown

Afghan leaders fear execution in Taliban birthplace

Student alleges sexual harassment by teacher in Chittagong, Bangladesh

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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China blames terror camps in Pakistan as 20 killed in Xinjiang

Aug 1, 2011

WASHINGTON: China on Monday blamed "extremists" trained in terror camps in Pakistan for orchestrating attacks on civilians in the troubled Xinjiang province, where 20 people, including alleged militants, were killed in violent incidents over two days.

While nine people were killed in a violent attack on Saturday, another 11, including five suspected militants, were killed in another attack on Sunday night.

A statement by the Kashgar municipal government said militants trained by the 'East Turkistan Islamic Movement' in Pakistan were responsible for the recent flare up in violence.

"A group of religious extremists led by culprits trained in overseas terrorist camps were behind the weekend attack on civilians in China's far-western Xinjiang," state run Xinhua news agency quoted the statement as saying.

"Initial probe has shown that the heads of the group had learned skills of making explosives and firearms in overseas camps of the terrorist group East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) in Pakistan before entering Xinjiang to organise terrorist activities," it said.

The Xinjiang region witnessed massive riots in 2009, when almost 200 people were killed in its capital Urumqi, following which China launched a major crackdown against Uyghur Muslim separatists.

On July 18 this year, 14 "rioters" were killed when they reportedly attacked a police station and killed four people in the province's Hotan city.

This is perhaps the first time that China has pointed fingers at its close ally Pakistan while referring to ETIM camps there. Xinjiang shares its borders with Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) and a lot of trade between China and Pakistan is routed through Kashghar as it is located close to the border.

There was panic in Kashgar city after militants attacked a restaurant on Sunday evening before setting it on fire. The incident left six civilians and five militants dead. The attack came after nine people were killed in another incident on Saturday.

While five 'suspects' were shot dead by police on Sunday night, four others were caught. Fifteen persons, including three policemen, were injured in the attack, Xinhua reported.

The regional publicity department said in a statement that a "group of armed terrorists" broke into a restaurant in the city centre in Kashghar about 4 pm yesterday and killed the restaurant owner and a waiter besides setting fire it.

"They then ran out and hacked civilians indiscriminately, leaving four dead and 12 injured, while police and fire fighters were striving to put out the fire," it said.

Terming it a "premeditated terrorist attack", it said police opened fire and killed four suspects at the scene, while another suspect died later in hospital.

The area was cordoned off and traffic restrictions were imposed on major roads and squares.

Many people were seen fleeing in horror from the downtown area as police cars, fire engines and ambulances whizzed by to tackle the second violent incident within a day.

The attacks resembled the 2009 riots and following up incidents in which Uyghurs had attacked Chinese Han settlers in Urumqi in what police called "a severely violent terrorism case" organised and premeditated by terrorist groups.

A crackdown ensued by security forces on ETIM, which China accuses of fomenting trouble in the region, besides Uyghur leader Rebiya Kadeer, who lives in US in exile.

Yesterday's attacks were also reportedly directed against Han settlers, and the attacks left the mainland Chinese scared to do business in the province.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/china/China-blames-terror-camps-in-Pakistan-as-20-killed-in-Xinjiang/articleshow/9440242.cms

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Hindus struggle for marriage registration in Pakistan

ANITA JOSHUA

Aug 1, 2011

Faced with a “double jeopardy” — vigilante attacks and a discriminatory legal framework — this is not the best of times for any minority community in Pakistan to even draw attention to itself, let alone make demands. But, fearing that silence would result in more loss of the already negligible space left for any kind of discourse on minority issues, the Hindu community is quietly working with legislators to put in place a mechanism for registration of their marriages without which they cannot get the Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC).

How little space there is left for such discourse was evident in May-end when Jinnah Institute — run by the former Federal Minister, Sherry Rehman who, herself, is a target of fundamentalists for having spoken up for minorities — launched its report: ‘A Question of Faith: A Report on the Status of Religious Minorities in Pakistan.'

The domestic media — described at that meeting as a “lynch mob” by Ali Dayan Hasan of Human Rights Watch — was kept out so that minority leaders could speak without fear. Even then attendance was thin. And hope in Jinnah's Pakistan waning.

So much so that one member of the Hindu community spoke out in exasperation at frequent references to how Pakistan had moved far away from the vision of founding father Mohammad Ali Jinnah and his August 11, 1947 speech. Referring to that speech of Jinnah's, in which he said: “You are free; free to go to your temples…You may belong to any religion or caste or creed — that has nothing to do with the business of the state,” the young man said: “Apart from these four lines, what direction did Jinnah give for the future of minorities in this country.”

No one had an answer and the minorities present in the room did not expect one. Though some members of the various minority communities have over the years migrated to other countries, this is not an option for a greater segment of the population, which is what keeps people like Ramesh Jaipal, chairman of the Scheduled Castes Rights Movement (SCRM), working at mobilising opinion to change the discriminatory legal framework.

Presently, the focus of the Hindu community is to get a Hindu Marriage Registration Bill passed so that some basic issues — particularly getting the CNIC — can be addressed. The community has been partly encouraged by the Supreme Court taking suo motu notice of the plight of a Hindu woman, who was denied a CNIC because she could not furnish a marriage registration certificate. The court intervened in 2009 and also directed the government to address this loophole.

Delays in getting a CNIC are commonplace, but the card is required for practically every single transaction and entitlement, including the right to vote. Even something as routine as a hotel booking for a married couple is an uphill task without a CNIC. They can be subjected to abuse or ridicule as their relationship is challenged.

Besides, there are cases of men abandoning their wives because just as the legality of the marriage can be contested by anyone, in the absence of a legal document, the spouse has no instrument with which to enforce the social contract either. And, in case of domestic violence, a woman cannot file a complaint against her husband in the absence of documentary evidence establishing the relationship.

While Muslims have the ‘nikahnama' and there is the ‘certificate of marriage' issued by parishes to Christians, other minority communities have no such document with legal sanctity. The Sikh grievance in this regard has been recently addressed with the government directing the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) — which issues the CNIC — to accept the ‘Annand Karraj' (marriage certificate issued by gurdwaras) to verify marriages.

But, the Hindus — the largest minority community in Pakistan — continue to struggle. They are widely recognised as the most disadvantaged of minority groups because they are “seen as an extension of the Indian state” and made to face the brunt of institutional hostility towards India. In fact, the Hindus of Sindh — which accounts for 94 per cent of the four million-strong community in Pakistan — recall how things took a turn for the worse for them after the Babri Masjid demolition. Sindh, which did not see Partition riots, took the flak following the Babri Masjid demolition.

While the Rahim Yar Khan-based SCRM has drafted and submitted a bill for marriage registration on the Indian model, similar efforts have been made in Sindh also. According to the president of the Hindu Panchayat (Karachi Division), Amarnath, the federal government had contacted organisations representing the Hindu community to come up with suggestions.

Hopeful of the issue being resolved by year-end, Mr. Amarnath said organisations like his have been issuing marriage certificates to Hindu couples as a stop-gap measure. But, he adds, because such certificates have no government backing, their acceptance is contingent upon the whims of the authorities.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/article2311940.ece

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140 killed as Syrian tanks storm Hama

Aug 1, 2011

Nicosia: At least 140 people were killed on Sunday when the military launched an attack on the flashpoint protest city of Hama in central Syria, a human rights activist said.

Ammar Qorabi, who heads the National Organisation for Human Rights, reported the toll and also said army attacks across the country on Sunday killed at least 140 people and wounded dozens more.

Top tribal leader arrested

Syrian forces have arrested Shaikh Nawaf Al Bashir, head of the main Baqqara tribe in rebellious Deir Al Zor province and a prominent figure in the campaign against President Bashar Al Assad, opposition sources told Reuters on Sunday.

Secret police agents arrested Bashir, who commands the loyalty of an estimated 1.2 million Baqqara, in Ein Qirsh district of Damascus on Saturday afternoon, they said.

Hours before his arrest Bashir told Reuters he was striving to stop armed resistance to a military assault on the provincial capital of Deir Al Zor and to convince inhabitants to stick to peaceful methods, despite killings by security forces.

Earlier reports

Earlier, Rami Abdul Rahman of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported a death toll in Hama of 45, but said that number could rise because of the number of seriously wounded and a lack of medical supplies.

There were scores of wounded people and a shortage of blood for transfusions, he said by telephone from the city, which has a population of around 700,000.

"Tanks are attacking from four directions. They are firing their heavy machineguns randomly and overrunning makeshift road blocks erected by the inhabitants," he said by phone, the sound of machinegun fire crackling in the background.

"The casualties are higher. There are bodies uncollected in the streets," said another resident, adding that snipers had climbed onto the roofs of the state-owned electricity company and the main prison.

Al Assad is attempting to crush an uprising against his 11-year rule that broke out in March, inspired by 'Arab Spring' revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, and has spread across the country.

Syrian authorities have expelled most independent journalists, making it difficult to verify reports of fighting.

Hama was the scene of a massacre in 1982 when Al Assad's father, the late president Hafez Al Assad, sent his troops to crush an Islamist-led uprising, razing whole neighbourhoods and killing up to 30,000 people in the bloodiest episode of Syria's modern history.

The US ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, visited the city earlier this month in a gesture of international support for what he described as peaceful pro-democracy demonstrations.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, once one of Al Assad's main allies, said in May that "we do not want to see another Hama massacre", and warned the 45-year-old president that it would be hard to contain the consequences if it were repeated. The Syrian leadership blames "armed terrorist groups" for most killings during the revolt, saying that more than 500 soldiers and security personnel have been killed.

An activist group, Avaaz, said in a report last week that Syrian security forces had killed 1,634 people in the course of their crackdown, while at least 2,918 had disappeared. Another 26,000 had been arrested, many of whom were beaten and tortured, and 12,617 remained in detention, it said.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2020735/Syria-Up-140-killed-tanks-storm-rebel-city-Hama.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

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Karachi: 25 killed in fresh violence, even as activists walk for peace

Aug 1, 2011

KARACHI: Violence refused to die down in this Pakistani city with 10 more people killed on Monday, raising the death toll to 25 in the past two days, even as people joined a government-supported peace rally to demand an end to the unabated killings.

Police and rescue officials confirmed that 10 more people were killed today in the highly volatile areas of Orangi Town, Lyari, Landhi and Gulistan-e-Jauhar.

Fifteen people have been killed since yesterday, with firing incidents and violence reported from several areas of the city. Among the dead were political activists of different parties.

The violence continued as activists and supporters of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), the Muttahida Qaumi Movement ( MQM)), the Awami National Party (ANP) and others held a peace walk in the upmarket Clifton area.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani also visited the city to show solidarity with the peace march.

Activists held white flags and chanted slogans of 'peace in Karachi' and 'jeevay Pakistan' (long live Pakistan), as they marched for peace. The highly publicised event was also attended by personalities from the film, television and sports world.

However, violence could not be controlled in several parts of the city.

A police official said in almost all cases, the assailants came on motorcycles and fired indiscriminately, forcing the area to close down in panic and fear.

"In some cases activists of parties were targeted outside hotels and their residences," he added.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/25-killed-in-fresh-violence-even-as-activists-walk-for-peace/articleshow/9438336.cms

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Saudi Female students protest against discrimination and injustice

Aug 1, 2011

Female students in western Saudi Arabia have protested against discrimination and injustice in admission procedures of their university.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Female students in western Saudi Arabia have protested against discrimination and injustice in admission procedures of their university.

A number of female students gathered outside King Abdulaziz University in the western city of Jeddah on Saturday to protest refusals by university officials to grant them admission.

The students accused the officials of discrimination in the selection of high school graduates for various university programs. They broke doors and poured into the administrative offices.

Saudi Minister of Higher Education Khaled al-Anqari played down the protest gathering by the female students and called it a “rush.” The minister asked the girls and their parents to be patient.

“University officials are striving to provide the programs chosen by the applicants,” al-Anqari said.

Similar protests have recently been held in universities in the capital Riyadh and the southwestern city of Abha. There have also been reports of protests in the Umm al-Qura University in Mecca and Taibah University in Medina.

Most of the protesting students complain that the admission procedures are “unfair” and “favoritism” plays a major role in obtaining a university seat. However, university officials deny any wrongdoing and say they have followed “a first-come first-served policy.”

http://abna.co/data.asp?lang=3&Id=256982

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US mulls India-type 123 nuclear pact with Saudi Arabia

Aug 1, 2011

DUBAI: The Obama administration is quietly moving ahead on the groundwork for a possible India-type civilian nuclear trade agreement with its ally Saudi Arabia, according to a news report.

According to the report, the agreement could prove to be the most controversial of a string of such US deals in recent years.

According to State Department officials, US plans to hold 'exploratory talks' in Riyadh this week to gauge Saudi objectives behind their interest in a civilian nuclear deal.

US also wants to explore whether the Saudi government will accept restrictions to ensure its nuclear fuel is used purely for civilian purposes, the 'Christian Science Monitor' report said, quoting congressional sources.

US has recently concluded civilian nuclear trade deals, also-called 123 agreements, with India and is in advanced discussions with Jordan, Vietnam and South Korea.

But Saudi Arabia's interest in such an accord has raised intense suspicions, particularly in the US Congress.

"There aren't many countries you could come up with where people would be more energised in opposition to this kind of cooperation than this one," one House staffer who was informed on the administration's planned talks, was quoted as saying.

"It's an unstable country in an unstable region, and - fairly or unfairly - people think 9/11 when they think of Saudi Arabia. It would be an extremely hard sell," said the staffer on condition of anonymity..

The State Department first announced that Saudi Arabia's interest in gaining access to US nuclear technology for "medicine, industry, and power generation" in May 2008.

US-Saudi relations have become considerably rockier since then, and some regional experts say it is important to keep that in mind when considering why the administration is proceeding with exploratory talks now.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/US-mulls-India-type-123-nuclear-pact-with-Saudi-Arabia/articleshow/9442302.cms

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Healing touch: Indian, Pak docs join hands on key issues

Aug 1, 2011

New Delhi: Opening a new avenue for synergy,Aman Ki Asha (AKA) a joint peace initiative between the Times of India and the Jang group of Pakistan moved to a higher level of cooperation with a one-day meeting in which health committees of doctors,ministry officials and representatives of pharmaceutical companies resolved to collaborate on certain core issues facing the two countries.

The convention,organized with the support of Confederation of Indian Industries,agreed to work on ensuring affordable medicines,tackling childhood obesity,addressing hepatitis,apart from collaborating on issues of reproductive health,tobacco use and youth fertility.

The joint declaration summed up the spirit of the initiative by stressing on the need to ensure that populations of both countries get an opportunity to attain the highest-possible level of health.The declaration also pointed to the collaboration required to address inequities in health and disability among poor and marginalized populations,and called upon governments to facilitate trade in health to promote access to quality,affordable healthcare.

The health meet was the second of a series of sectoral interactions organized to enable lasting peace between the two nations.A similar event was held earlier in the year for the IT sector.

Full report at: Times of India

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Nurseries of tolerance: Hindus in Islamic seminaries

Aug 1, 2011

Patna: Away from swank colleges and intimidating fee structures, a number of Hindu students in Bihar are lining up at madrassas to pursue higher education, thanks to revamped courses, nominal fees and job opportunities in the Gulf.

"I will complete Alim (equivalent to graduation) degree course from a madrassa. It is affordable and will provide an opportunity to enrich my knowledge," 19-year-old Sanjay, the son of a Hindu trader in Bettiah district, told IANS.

Sanjay took the plunge after topping the Class 12 Maulvi examination conducted by the Bihar Madrassa Education Board in the non-Muslim category this year.

Sanam Kumari, 18, a Dalit girl, also joined a madrassa after she secured third rank in Maulvi exam.

Ask her why a madrassa and pat comes the reply. "My aim is to become an Urdu teacher," says Sanam, the daughter of a farmer in West Champaran district.

Madrassa board officials say non-Muslims, particularly upper caste Brahmins in the Mithilanchal region of north Bihar, are keen on sending their children to madrassas to learn Arabic, Persian, Islamic traditions along with other modern subjects with an eye on jobs in the Gulf and in the embassies of Muslim nations.

Full report at:

http://www.ummid.com/news/2011/July/07.07.2011/nurseries_of_tolerance.htm

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Eye for an eye? Attacker spared blinding as acid victim pardons

Aug 1, 2011

TEHRAN: An Iranian woman blinded with acid by her suitor for turning down his marriage proposal spared him at the last minute from being blinded too as punishment for his crime, Iranian media reported on Sunday.

Ameneh Bahrami lost her sight in 2004 when Majid Mohavedi poured acid onto her face after she spurned his offers of marriage. In 2008, a court sentenced Mohavedi to be blinded in both eyes for taking away Bahrami's sight, using the principle of retribution permitted under Iran's Islamic law.

"I have been trying for seven years to get the qisas (retribution) sentence, but today I decided to pardon him, "Ameneh was quoted as saying by the ISNA news agency.

Ameneh said the international interest in the case was one reason for deciding to drop her demand for the sentence of retribution to be carried out. "It seemed like the entire world was waiting to see what we did," she said.

Rights group Amnesty International urged Iran not to inflict the punishment. The concept of qisas also applies to other crimes in Iran, such as murder. A victim's family can demand the death of a convicted murderer or commute the sentence in return for financial compensation from the criminal.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Eye-for-an-eye-Attacker-spared-blinding-as-acid-victim-pardons/articleshow/9436438.cms

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S. Waziristan drone strike kills four suspected militants

Aug 1, 2011

PESHAWAR: A US drone strike targeting a militant vehicle in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt near the Afghan border killed at least four suspected militants on Monday, local security officials said.

Two missiles fired by the drone hit the vehicle in Azam Warsak, 15 kilometres west of Wana, the main town of the South Waziristan region, where Pakistan’s military has been fighting militants for two years.

“At least four militants were killed in the strike,” a local security official told AFP.

The latest US drone attack was the first since July 12, when missiles hit a compound and a vehicle in the North Waziristan tribal region, killing at least six militants.

Another security official in the area confirmed Monday’s strike and casualties, but said the identities of those killed were not immediately known.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/08/01/three-feared-dead-in-south-waziristan-drone-strike.html

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Blast kills two children in Quetta

Aug 1, 2011

QUETTA: Two children were killed in an explosion on Monday in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan, which borders on Afghanistan and Iran, police said.

Bomb disposal experts were working to establish whether the blast was a bomb attack or an accident caused by unexploded ordnance.

The blast took place in a garbage dump on the outskirts of Quetta, the provincial capital.

“Two children who worked as garbage collectors were killed. As yet we are not clear about the nature of the blast,” Hamid Shakil, a senior police officer, told AFP.

“A bomb disposal squad is examining the site and collecting evidence.”Baqir Shah, a doctor in Quetta’s main hospital, said the dead children were between five and eight years old.

Quetta was the scene of two shooting attacks on Friday and Saturday when gunmen killed 18 people.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/08/01/blast-in-quetta-two-killed-two-injured.html

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Volatile Sopore erupts over 'custodial death' of youth

Aug 1, 2011

Hundreds of protesters clashed with police and paramilitary forces in volatile Sopore town of north Kashmir on Sunday following the alleged custodial death of a youngster. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has termed the death as “inexcusable”. As a damage control exercise, the authorities have put three police personnel including in-charge of the Police Component under suspension besides attaching a Deputy Superintendent of Police of the operations wing of the police. A murder case has been registered and the deputy commissioner has appointed a board of doctors to find the cause of youngster’s death in custody.

Eyewitnesses said that hundreds of angry youth took to streets on Sunday morning when the news spread that 22-year Nazim Rashid alias Naveed Anjum has died in police custody. Anjum, an official spokesman said was arrested yesterday (Saturday) in the (course of investigation) of killing of one Ashraf Dar, based on the statements of local witnesses, the family and technical evidence. "He died during the intervening night while still under arrest", the spokesman said.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/357407/Volatile-Sopore-erupts-over-custodial-death-of-youth.html

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Sopore custodial killing: 3 police men placed under suspension, DSP shifted

M Saleem Pandit

Aug 1, 2011

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday appointed a commission headed by deputy commissioner Baramulla to probe the killing of 28-year-old Nazim Rashid in police custody on Saturday night in Sopore in north Kashmir, an official statement said.

Nazim Rashid, son of a retired police inspector, Abdul Rashid Shalla, was picked up by the Special Operation Group (SOG) of J&K police on Saturday evening for interrogation. The police had said that Nazim Rashid was required in connection with the case of a labourer, Mohammad Ashraf, who was killed by some unidentified gunmen last week.

According to an official statement, in-charge of the police component Sopore, sub-inspector Dilbagh Singh and two constables were placed under suspension on Sunday. Deputy superintendent police (operations) Sopore Ashiq Hussian Tak was shifted from the post.

District magistrate Bashir Ahmad has appointed a board of doctors and initiated proceedings under section 176 CrPC. The police registered a murder case under Section 302 RPC, the official statement said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Sopore-custodial-killing-3-police-men-placed-under-suspension-DSP-shifted/articleshow/9441116.cms

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ISI chief on secret China visit as US ties take a blow: Report

Aug 1, 2011

ISLAMABAD: ISI chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha has embarked on a secret visit to China that is being seen as part of Pakistan's efforts to reduce its dependence on the US in the wake of strained military and intelligence ties.

Pasha is expected to open a "broad-based strategic dialogue" with Beijing during his visit, The Express Tribune newspaper quoted its sources as saying.

The visit came less than two weeks after a trip to Beijing by Lt Gen Waheed Arshad, chief of general staff of the Pakistan army.

The ISI chief travelled to China days after the sudden departure of the CIA station chief in Islamabad and an attack in the restive Xinjiang region that Chinese authorities blamed on Islamic militants trained in a camp in Pakistan.

Lt Gen Arshad undertook a week-long trip to Beijing last month to discuss what officials in Islamabad described as "the option of a strategic dialogue" between Pakistan and China on the pattern of the Pakistan-US engagement, The Express Tribune reported.

Pasha was to leave for Beijing on Sunday evening, a security official told the daily but did not give details of his itinerary or the exact nature of his trip.

The ISI refused to confirm or deny the visit. An unnamed senior official of the ISI said such visits are classified.

The back-to-back trips to China by senior Pakistani military and intelligence officials are believed to be "necessitated by the simmering tensions between Pakistan and the US", the report said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/ISI-chief-on-secret-China-visit-as-US-ties-take-a-blow-Report/articleshow/9440842.cms

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Nato air strike kills four Afghan police: governor

Aug 1, 2011

JALALABAD, Afghanistan: An air strike by foreign forces overnight killed four Afghan policemen, a governor in the country’s troubled east said Monday.

The incident happened at a police post in rugged and insurgency-hit Nuristan, the province’s governor Jamaluddin Badr said, adding the strike was based on “wrong intelligence”.

A spokesman for the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul could not confirm any details but said it was “looking into the matter”.

Badr said foreign forces detained police officers at the post in Wama district after the strike.

“Nato coalition helicopters bombed our police post. Four policemen were killed, two were injured and the remaining 12 police were detained and taken to Bagram,” the governor told AFP, referring to the giant international military base near Kabul.

“I don’t know who provided them with the wrong intelligence,” he added, saying the officers wore police uniforms and an Afghan flag was flying at the post when they were attacked.

In response, an ISAF spokesman said: “We are aware of statements of Afghan officials in Nuristan alleging friendly fire. Currently we’re looking into the matter.”

Friendly fire deaths are relatively frequent in Afghanistan, where foreign and Afghan forces are battling a 10-year insurgency led by the Taliban.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/08/01/nato-air-strike-kills-four-afghan-police-governor.html

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Israeli soldiers kill two Palestinians in West Bank

Aug 1, 2011

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories: Two Palestinians were shot dead overnight by Israeli soldiers in the Qalandiya refugee camp in the West Bank, Palestinian medics and security officials said on Monday.

The dead men, Mortesen Adwan, 23, and 22-year-old Ali Halifa, were killed by soldiers making arrests in the camp on the road from Ramallah to Jerusalem.

Witnesses said they opened fire after Palestinians threw stones at them.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/08/01/israeli-soldiers-kill-two-palestinians-in-west-bank.html

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Three jawans killed in Kupwara attack

Aug 1, 2011

Three soldiers died in a fierce encounter with infiltrators in Farkian Gali area of the frontier Kupwara district of north Kashmir, defence sources said. The militants were pushed back to Pakistan. Four infiltrators are suspected to have been killed in the retaliation.

Defence spokesman Lt Col Jagmohan Singh Brar said that the troops deployed along the Line of Control spotted a large group of heavily-armed militants while sneaking into the Indian side of the Line of Control. The group was challenged, triggering an exchange of fire for several hours.

“During the encounter, three soldiers died. Four infiltrators were also shot down while escaping into Pakistan territory,” he said.

He said that the troops have spotted the bodies (of infiltrators) on the other side of the LoC but they could not be retrieved.

The entire group of infiltrators has been pushed back and the infiltration bid foiled. Defence sources say that hundreds of heavily armed militants are waiting along the LoC to cross over to perpetuate violent activities in Jammu and Kashmir. However, Army is saying that the troops are fully prepared to tackle with the attempts of infiltration. The Army has foiled majority of infiltration bids in the north Kashmir this year.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/357379/Three-jawans-killed-in-Kupwara-attack.html

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Pakistani Muslims Convicted for Beating Christian to Death

Aug 1, 2011

Court gives life sentences to three men who killed merchant for refusing to convert to Islam.

LOS ANGELES — Three Muslims convicted of killing a Christian in Pakistan’s Punjab Province for refusing to convert to Islam last year have been given life sentences, according to attorneys for the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ) in Pakistan.

The Sessions Court in Mian Channu on July 7 convicted Ghulam Rasool, Amjad Iqbal and Kashir Saleem of torturing and killing Rasheed Masih on March 9, 2010, and sentenced them to life in prison, which in Pakistan is 25 years. The court also ordered each convict to pay 100,000 rupees (US$1,153) to Masih’s family. A fourth suspect, Muhammad Asif, was acquitted.

“The ECLJ also plans to file an appeal in the Lahore High Court concerning the acquittal of the fourth defendant,” said Asif Aqeel, director of the Lahore-based, ECLJ-supported Community Development Initiative. “The callous treatment by the police presented lots of challenges in proving that Masih was killed by the defendants. However, extensive work by our legal team in Pakistan and in the United States resulted in a conviction for the three defendants in this case.”

Masih’s family said they were grateful to ECLJ attorneys for assisting the court in making its judgments.

Full report at:

http://www.rightsidenews.com/2011073014173/world/terrorism/pakistani-muslims-convicted-for-beating-christian-to-death.html

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Another CIA station chief exits Islamabad

Chidanand Rajghatta

Aug 1, 2011

Washington: Yet another CIA station chief in Islamabad is reported to have left Pakistan last week amid continuing wrangles between intelligence agencies of the two countries in the aftermath of the Raymond Davis episode and the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden in the garrison town of Abbottabad.

US mandarins said the station chief,who cannot be named under American secrecy laws,left due to an illness,but officials from both sides dropped enough hints to suggest his exit was part of a broader ailment afflicting intelligence cooperation between the two sides,including a widening trust deficit.

The departing station chief served just over seven months in Islamabad in what appears to have been a turbulent period in the relationship starting with the Raymond Davis episode,in which a CIA contractor shot his way out of trouble by killing two Pakistanis.

The station chief,then new to his post,is said to have played a key role in pressuring Pakistan into releasing Davis,who returned to US in exchange for blood money to the relatives of the victims.From that time onward,ties between the chief spook and his US counterpart went downhill.The raid that killed Osama a few weeks later,in which the station chief also played an important role by developing local CIA assets,is said to have further enraged the Pakistanis.

The CIA operative also appears to have fallen victim to the turf war between the CIA and state department.US officials suggested to media outlets that the station chief did not develop good ties with his Pakistani counterparts,implicitly blaming him for the deteriorating relationship.

Times of India

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Impact of Islamic mysticism on Tagore discussed in Mashhad

 

TEHRAN -- The impact of Islamic mysticism on India’s national poet Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore was discussed during a conference at the Ferdowsi Cultural Center in Mashhad on Friday.

A large number of scholars, professors, writers, poets, Iranian experts on India, enthusiasts of Indo-Iran culture and literature attended the conference, which was cosponsored by the center and the Embassy of India in Tehran.

Iranian experts Mohammad-Jafar Yahaqqi, Parvindokht Mashhur and several other literati delivered speeches during the meeting.

Yahaqqi, while tracing historical connections between India and Iran, said that Mashhad has great importance in relations between India and Iran.

Tagore has the same respect and status in India as Ferdowsi does in Iran, he added.

Mashhur said that the close connection of Tagore with Iran and the Persian poet Hafez needs additional research and scholarly work. She said that Tagore’s ties to Iran are amazing and highly significant.

Indian embassy’s Charge d’Affairs Sibi George also delivered a lecture at the gathering.

“India and Iran, both cradles of ancient civilizations, are linked through historical and civilizational ties and shared cultural experiences,” he said.

“This provides us with considerable opportunities to enhance cooperation to our mutual benefit,” he added.

Tagore was also commemorated during a ceremony in Bandar Abbas in southern Iran last week.

http://old.tehrantimes.com/index_View.asp?code=24

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Hizbul’s ‘Hindu militants’ in Jammu on the run

By Arjun Sharma

Aug 1, 2011

THE JULY 26- killing of Subhash Kumar, a Hindu militant working for the Pakistanbacked Hizbul Mujahideen, may have come as a shot in the arm for the Indian security agencies, but at least another eight Hindu ultras are still operating in the Jammu region.

Most of these militants — operating in the mountainous regions of Rajouri, Poonch, Bhaderwah and Kishtwar — are continuously on the move to avoid detection, arrest or encounters with the security forces.

According to the state’s police, these Hindu militants were basically petty criminals who joined the Hizbul not under the influence of any “ ideology” but only to make a quick buck.

Some of them had started the blood- stained career to protect their community from Pakistani mercenaries in the remote areas of the state, but later joined the terror mainstream for money. The members of various terror outfits get paid on a monthly basis.

Subash Kumar Shan alias Wasif alias Qamran, who was gunned down in Kishtwar district recently, was an area commander. His stature in the outfit can be gauged from the fact that the Pakistan- based Hizbul chief, Syed Salahud- Din, himself paid tributes to the slain ultra.

“ Subhash was fighting for a just cause and against the Indian occupation,” the Hizbul chief said, adding that “ a large number of Hindu Mujahideen have joined the Hizbul”. The message was put on the official website of the militant outfit.

However, Doda SSP Virender Sharma said: “ There are no more Hindu militants operating in Doda now. Most of them have been arrested or eliminated.” 3

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King Abdullah, crown prince greet Muslims on Ramadan

Aug 1, 2011

JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and Crown Prince Sultan, deputy premier and minister of defense and aviation, greeted Muslims in the Kingdom and the rest of the world Sunday on the beginning of the blessed month of Ramadan.

In a joint address read out by Minister of Culture and Information Abdul Aziz Khoja, the king and the crown prince said: “We pray to Almighty Allah to make the advent of this month an opportunity for the Muslim Ummah to learn more, to strive to reject disunity and to achieve the ideals of brotherhood. That is when the strong stands by the weak, the wealthy supports the needy and the oppressed forgives the oppressor. Thus, they will build a tolerant society where people coexist peacefully preserving the rights and respecting the rights of others.”

The first of Ramadan is on Aug. 1 according to a statement issued by the Supreme Court on Saturday. The schools are on vacation and offices will have special working hours. The holy month also attracts millions of Umrah pilgrims from all parts of world.

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article480899.ece

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KUWAIT: ‘High School Girls’ banned in Ramadan

Aug 1, 2011

KUWAIT: The UAE Ministry of Information has banned the Kuwaiti serial “High School Girls” from airing during Ramadan on all Emirati channels.

The decision was welcomed by many broadcasters who decided to enforce the ban immediately. The serial is seen as highly controversial due to the way it portrays schoolgirls.

Television viewers have agreed that the show only paints a negative picture of Kuwaiti society. Currently there is a huge campaign in Kuwait against the serial to stop it from airing during Ramadan.

http://arabnews.com/lifestyle/offbeat/article480848.ece

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'Jeddah police plotted against my brother in the rape of 134 young girls

By JOUD AL-AMRI

Aug 1, 2011

JEDDAH: The brother of a 43-year-old schoolteacher suspected of raping at least 13 young girls has accused Jeddah police of fabricating evidence against the suspect and beating him up to force a confession.

Hassan Al-Zahrani visited the suspect, who is accused of sexually assaulting children aged between six and 10, on Sunday after he spent 60 days in custody. The Human Rights Commission (HRC) had intervened to ensure his visitation rights were restored.

"My brother was tortured by the Jeddah police to the point that he told the police he would confess to any crime apart from the one he had been accused of," he told Arab News.

Al-Zahrani described his brother as miserable and said the police was determined to frame him for crimes he did not commit.

Legal adviser to the HRC and professor of law at King Abdulaziz University Omar Al-Kholi told Arab News that there was not any incriminating evidence against the accused.

The lawyer said strong efforts were made to get the suspect to confess to his crimes but he did not.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article480878.ece

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MIAMISBURG: ‘We don’t live in fear,’ local Muslims say despite alert

Aug 1, 2011

MIAMISBURG — Local Muslim leaders say an alert this week issued by the Council on American-Islamic Relations won’t keep their mosques from conducting business as usual. They aren’t doing anything out of the ordinary to secure their religious institutions in the face of the terrorist attacks in Norway and the approach of the month long observance of Ramadan.

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy group (CAIR), issued a statement on July 27 warning mosques throughout the country “to step up security following attacks by an anti-Muslim, right wing terrorist in Norway that left more than 70 people dead.” The group also called for law enforcement and security agencies to drop as trainers those American bloggers and writers mentioned in the terrorist’s manifesto.

“We’re not going to allow fear of each other to spread,” said Ramzieh Azmeh, a board member of the Dayton Mercy Society, who said her Miamisburg mosque is proceeding with plans to open its doors to the community on Aug. 18 for its annual free breaking-the-fast meal. Ramadan begins on Monday; Muslims fast from morning until evening during the ninth month of the Muslim lunar calendar.

Full report at:

http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/dayton-news/we-dont-live-in-fear-local-muslims-say-despite-alert-1219352.html

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Quran and computers: Azamgarh madrasa with a modern touch

Aug 1, 2011

Azamgarh (Uttar Pradesh): Re-inventing itself to keep pace with the times, a century-old Islamic seminary in Azamgarh district not only has a broadbased curriculum with science and computers but also a polytechnic to equip its students with vocational skills.

Established in 1908 at Saraimir town in Azamgarh, Madrasatul Islah is one of the oldest Islamic religious schools in the region.

Apart from the Quran, the madrassa also imparts knowledge in English, science, mathematics, political science, economics, Hindi and computers.

About 1,000 students from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Uttarakhand and Maharashtra study here. Several alumni are doing research in various universities in India and abroad.

Fakhrul Islam Islahi, vice rector of Islah, says that modern education is not incompatible with Islam.

Full report at:

http://www.ummid.com/news/2011/July/08.07.2011/azamgarh_madaris.htm

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Ramzan beckons Hyderabad ulemas to foreign shores

Aug 1, 2011

HYDERABAD: With Ramzan just about a few days away, many Ulema (scholars of Islam) from the twin cities are busy packing their bags to fly abroad while some have already departed. And this is no holiday they are going for but are touring countries across the globe during the holy month to deliver religious discourses and perform special prayers, on special invitation. This year, a large number of scholars have been invited to Gulf nations apart from countries like Malaysia and Indonesia among others. There are also some who are headed to the US and UK, yielding to the request of their followers and devouts.

During the fasting month, "Rozedars" (those observing fast) in various places abroad seek the help of scholars from the city to guide them through the prayers. The ulema conduct Taraveeh prayers (special prayers performed at night during Ramzan), Dars-e-Quran (a recitation and explanation of the Quran) and various religious programmes that are specially conducted during the 30-day period.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-07-30/hyderabad/29832931_1_ulemas-prayers-scholars

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Armenian archbishop felicitates Imam Khamenei and President on Ramadan

Aug 1, 2011

Archbishop of Armenian community in Tehran Sebouh Sarkissian on Sunday felicitated Imam Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on advent of the holy month of Ramadan.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Armenian pontiff has congratulated Iranian officials on the occasion of the arrival of holy month of Ramadan.

Archbishop of Armenian community in Tehran Sebouh Sarkissian on Sunday felicitated Imam Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on advent of the holy month of Ramadan.

In the meantime, the archbishop also felicitated Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani and the head of Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on the auspicious occasion.

Ramadan has started in some Muslim countries on Monday, including Saudi Arabia, but the beginning of the holy month in Iran has not been confirmed.

Some clerics, however, doubt over the beginning of the month on Monday in Iran.

During the holy month, Muslims are banned from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk.

http://abna.co/data.asp?lang=3&Id=256958

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Ramadan Programs for Urdu Speaking Pilgrims of Razavi Holy Shrine Announced

Aug 1, 2011

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Special programs planned for non-Iranian particularly Urdu-speaking pilgrims of the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS) during the holy month of Ramadan were announced by the Office for Islamic Relations and Pilgrims’ Affairs of the shrine.

 Hojat-ol-Islam Ahmad Hassan Sarvari, who is in charge of Urdu speaking pilgrims section of the office, told that recitation of one part of the holy Quran daily in the morning by eminent Qaris of the country and educational sessions on prayers and Quran interpretation at Sheikh Hurr Ameli Hall will be among the programs for the pilgrims.

 Speeches will also be presented every morning before the noon prayer and after the evening prayer respectively at Sheikh Hurr Ameli Hall and Kowthar Section of the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS).

 Courses on Islamic principles and Razavi morality will be held during the holy month every day from 9 to 11 am. at the Eastern gate of The Razavi Grand Courtyard of the holy shrine.

 Sarvari added that the Dar-ol-Rahmah Hall of the holy shrine will host the pilgrims on Ghadr nights with special program.

http://abna.co/data.asp?lang=3&Id=256957

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Iranian Religious Missionaries to be dispatched to 40 countries in holy month of Ramadan

Aug 1, 2011

On the occasion of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak and sponsored by Islamic Culture and Relations Organization about 260 Religious Missionaries will be dispatched to 40 countries around the world.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - On the occasion of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak and sponsored by Islamic Culture and Relations Organization about 260 Religious Missionaries will be dispatched to 40 countries around the world.

Hujjat-ul-Islam Meshki, head of ICROs Development International Center in an exclusive interview with the public relations office of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization said: "these men are to be sent to different countries to answer religion question of people and hold religious programs for Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan."

Explaining about this Religious Missionaries he asserted that book publishing, launching religious web sites, dispatching and supporting the Religious Missionaries who are active in this area and creating rooms from Muslims around the world are among the most important activities of this Center.

"Dispatching Tawashih groups and Holy Quran reciters are among the other programs of this Center", he added.

At the end he mentioned: we have special programs for holy month of Ramadan in different countries.

http://abna.co/data.asp?lang=3&Id=256927

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Support for ruling party soars after Oslo killings

Aug 1, 2011

OSLO: With his deadly attacks targeting Norway's Labour Party on July 22, Anders Behring Breivik said he aimed to halt its recruitment. Instead the party has seen a flood of sympathy and growing support since the massacre.

A poll published on Sunday by the Dagbladet daily showed support for Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg's party had ballooned 11.1-percentage points from June to 41.7%. "You don't have to be an election expert to see the sympathy effect," political scientist Frank Aarebrot said.

"Voters who voted for Labour in the last elections but who were in doubt about whether they should vote have returning en masse to the Labour Party," he added. Local elections are scheduled in Norway on September 12, while parliamentary elections will be held in 2013.

The party was the main target of Behring Breivik's rampage, as he first set off a powerful car bomb outside the Oslo offices of the centre-left government before opening fire at the party's youth summer camp on the Utoeya island near the capital. Seventy-seven people were killed in the two attacks.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Support-for-ruling-party-soars-after-Oslo-killings/articleshow/9436607.cms

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Libyan rebels inch closer to Zlitan breakthrough

Aug 1, 2011

ZLITAN, Libya Libyan rebel fighters from Misrata have pushed closer to entering the coastal town of Zlitan after 48 hours of fierce fighting in which at least 27 fighters have been killed on the frontline.

Television footage obtained by Reuters showed rebels making quick advances on Saturday, firing machineguns and engaging in close combat fighting with forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi on the eastern outskirts of the town.

Government soldiers retaliated early on Sunday, pushing the rebels back slightly. Overall, the rebels are 3 km (two miles) closer to Zlitan than they have been for the past 10 days.

Sensing an opportunity to break the stalemate, rebels pounded Gaddafi loyalists with mortars throughout the day and sent more fighters to the frontline in a bid to overrun their defences. But 14 fighters were killed and more than 20 were wounded on Sunday — the highest death toll in the past few weeks of fighting around rebel-held Misrata.

“The war is now a street war, not a war fought in open spaces. What we need now is to organise our frontline completely,” said local rebel commander Areesh Aafi, standing among bullet casings scattered across a rebel base near the front.

“We took some equipment and vehicles from Gaddafi forces,” he said.

Capturing Zlitan would raise flagging rebel morale following months of stalemate across Libya. It would also divert attention from recent violence in Benghazi as Western countries backing the rebels seek assurances that Libya won’t slip into an Iraq-like quagmire if Gaddafi’s 41-year rule comes to an end.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?col=&section=international&xfile=data/international/2011/July/international_July1595.xml

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US delayed Osama raid fearing fallout of ties with Pak

Aug 1, 2011

WASHINGTON: The US was "60% sure" of Osama's presence in Abbottabad where he was killed on May 2 but chose to "delay its operation knowing the implications it would have on its relationship with Pakistan", according to security sources. The ISI translated a communication in Arabic by bin Laden's courier Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti for the CIA and this "ultimately led to the compound of the al-Qaida chief", a source said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-delayed-Osama-raid-fearing-fallout-of-ties-with-Pak/articleshow/9436398.cms

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An Egyptian in Syracuse explains the new Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood and Sharia

Aug 1, 2011

AN EGYPTIAN FLAG drapes the crowd as thousands of Egyptians protest April 1 in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, site of massive demonstrations that began in January and forced the Feb. 11 resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. These protesters were calling for Mubarak and members of his former administration to face justice.

The Arab Spring refers to the current wave of pro-democracy revolutions and uprisings that have been taking place in several Arab countries since last December.

These uprisings were not started by religious groups or religious doctrines; rather they were started because of basic political and economic reasons. In all of these countries there was suppression of political participation and freedom of speech, uncontrolled corruption, privileged ruling class controlling all aspects of the society, state of emergency laws, police brutality, lack of free elections, social inequities, a wide gap between the rich and the poor, high unemployment, rising food prices, low minimum wage and little hope for a bright future for the youth. When all of these problems are combined in any country, a reaction — peaceful or violent — is sure to take place.

Full report at:

http://blog.syracuse.com/opinion/2011/07/sunday_opinion_an_egyptian_in.html

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Islamic awakening must be used to liberate Palestine: Jihad rep

Aug 1, 2011

TEHRAN (ISNA)-Representative of Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement in Tehran Nasser Abu Sharif said Islamic awakening should be used to liberate Palestine.

He emphasized, "Zionist occupiers and their sponsors are the only impediment to establishment of independent state of Palestine."

"There are some countries supporting the occupier regime and have paved the way for it to establish such a state," Abu Sharif told ISNA.

He continued, “all efforts made by Palestinian Authority for formation of independent state are wrong and will not lead to the establishment of independent country of Palestine. Israel will not leave Palestinian lands except by battling and conflict. Submitting recognition plan to the UN Security Council is not logical, since the international community has not pressed Israel for execution of numerous resolutions adopted by the council against the regime. All the resolutions have been left unpracticed and there is no sign of establishment of independent Palestinian state."

Abu Sharif continued, “we believe establishment of Palestinian state based on 1967 borders will not fulfill the nation’s demand. Zionist regime has occupied the whole Palestinian land and the whole Palestine belongs to the people not only Gaza Strip and lands divided based on 1967 borders."

He turned to the issue of Palestinian resistance group and rejected reports that Palestinian resistance groups were transferred from Syria to Egypt and reiterated, "resistance groups are still in Syria."

http://www.isna.ir/ISNA/NewsView.aspx?ID=News-1817710&Lang=E

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Egyptians call for Sharia Law, Islamic caliphate

Ryan Jones

Aug 1, 2011

Tens, and perhaps hundreds of thousands of Egyptians poured into Cairo's now-famed Tahrir Square on Friday to demand their nation become subject to Sharia Law and form the cornerstone for a new Islamic caliphate.

The unplanned demonstration erupted following Friday prayers at mosques around the Egyptian capital.

The demonstrators, who were led by the increasingly powerful Muslim Brotherhood, demanded that Egypt's interim military regime give way to an intolerant Islamic dictatorship.

Various news media reported the demonstrators shouting and holding up signs reading: "Egypt will return to Sharia Law!", "Liberals and secularists are the enemies of Allah!", and "The solution is Islam!"

When Egyptians ousted former dictator Hosni Mubarak in February, the international media made much of how conservative Muslims, Coptic Christians and Egyptian secularists worked together for the common goal of democratic freedom.

The prevailing assumption was that Egypt would serve as a model of how a diverse, but tolerant Middle East society could throw off the shackles of dictatorial oppression and build something better.

Full report at:

http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NachrichtenHeute/tabid/178/nid/22895/language/en-US/Default.aspx

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Muslims Seize Christian Burial Sites in Tanzania’s Archipelago

Aug 1, 2011

Authorities of predominantly Islamic Zanzibar island chain decline to act.

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania, July 28 (CDN) — Influential Muslims on this East African island have begun building what appears to be a hotel on a 100-year-old burial site owned by an Anglican church, Christian leaders said.

Church leaders with ownership papers for the land told Compass they are disturbed that authorities have taken no action since they filed a police complaint in December about the seizure of the burial site three kilometers (nearly two miles) from Zanzibar city’s airport. Tanzania’s Zanzibar archipelago, including the largest island of Zanzibar (officially known as Unguja), is 99.9 percent Muslim.

“We see that the government is partisan and would not like to see the church grow in Zanzibar,” the Rev. Canon Emmanuel John Masoud told Compass. “The retired Chief Justice Augustino Ramadani, who is a member of the Anglican church, was appointed to be a link between the church and the government to facilitate the negotiation process, but it seems that nothing is bearing fruits. Hence the church is not supported in any way.”

Masoud led church members from nearby Mbueni to the site to offer prayers on Dec. 29, 2010, two days after the daughter of former Zanzibar President Amani Abeid Karume placed boundary markers and a metal storage container full of belongings on the land, indicating the take-over. Karume, who erected a fence on the property to indicate it was now included in his residential area, is the vice chairman of the Chama Cha Mapinduzi, a political party of which Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete is chairman.

Full report at:

http://www.compassdirect.org/english/country/tanzania/article_115508.html

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Algerian Christian Sentenced Beyond Prosecutor’s Request

Aug 1, 2011

Five-year prison term handed down for ‘insulting’ Muhammad despite lack of evidence.

ISTANBUL — Convicting a Christian convert for insulting the prophet of Islam, a judge in Algeria last week stunned the Christian community by sentencing him beyond what a prosecutor recommended.

In Oran, 470 kilometers (292 miles) west of Algiers, a criminal court in the city’s Djamel district on Wednesday (May 25) sentenced Siaghi Krimo to a prison term of five years for giving a CD about Christianity to a neighbor who subsequently claimed he had insulted Muhammad. Krimo was also fined 200,000 Algerian dinars (US$2,760), according to Algerian news reports.

The prosecutor had reportedly requested the judge sentence him to a two-year prison sentence and a fine of 50,000 Algerian dinars (US$690).

The court tried Krimo based solely on the complaint filed by his neighbor, who accused him of attempting to convert him to Christianity.

“He gave a CD to a neighbor, and for that he has to spend five years in prison,” said the president of the Protestant Church of Algeria (EPA), Mustapha Krim, trying to contain his disbelief. “The hearing went well, and the lawyer defended well, yet in the end the judge gave him the maximum punishment.”

Full report at:

http://www.compassdirect.org/english/country/13314/article_113189.html

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Mohammed Rafi was a musician with a soul: Son, biographer

Madhusree Chatterjee

Aug 1, 2011

New Delhi: The badshah of Bollywood playback singing, Mohammed Rafi, who gave Indian cinema 40 golden years of haunting melodies, was one of the few survivors in the industry who lived through its hard glitter with his soul in place, says his son and biographer Shahid Rafi.

Shahid, who is penning a book about his father with writer Sujata Dev, says he wants to explore the human side of his father.

"The book goes much beyond a conventional biography. It explores Mohammed Rafi the persona behind the musician, besides his musical legacy," Shahid Rafi told IANS.

"My father was a family man who did not socialise. He spent time with his family after work. He was very soft-spoken, down-to-earth, kind and charitable. He was a great father," he said.

The book, which is a tribute to Rafi on his 31st death anniversary, will be published by Om Books International in December.

Full report at:

http://www.ummid.com/news/2011/July/31.07.2011/son_on_md_rafi.htm

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FBI teaches new recruits to read 'anti-Islam' books

Aug 1, 2011

A slide show used by the FBI for training new agents told them that Islam "transforms [a] country's culture into seventh century Arabian ways" and is "hard for westerners to understand." It said that Muslims were swayed "more by ideas than facts."

The 62-page document, which was released under freedom of information laws, was designed to help agents perform "successful interviews/interrogations with individuals from the Middle East." The Telegraph

HIGHLIGHTS

The document concluded with a recommended reading list of eight books, which included "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Islam." The Telegraph

 Among the most provocative aspects of the presentation is its recommended reading list. One book offered ...by Robert Spencer. Spencer is one of the ringleaders of the protest against the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque" and the co-founder of Stop the Islamicization of America, which "promotes a conspiratorial anti-Muslim agenda," in the view of the Anti-Defamation League. A manifesto written by the Norwegian terror suspect Anders Behring Breivik cited Spencer 64 times. Huffington Post

 The briefing presents much information that has nothing to do with crime and everything to do with constitutionally-protected religious practice and social behavior, such as estimating the number of mosques in America and listing the states with the largest Muslim populations. wired.com

Full report at:

 http://www.presstv.com/usdetail/191388.html

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India dances to music of diplomacy’s item number

Ravi Shankar Etteth

Aug 1, 2011

It is important the government of India immediately set up a committee to study the Hina Effect. Maybe even a JPC. Pakistan’s shapely new foreign minister, the fashionable 34-year-old Hina Rabbani Khar, sent the Indian media into orgiastic delirium. For two days, Pakistan was forgiven for all its transgressions. All that mattered was Hina, in blue tunic pants and chiffon veils draped over dark hair with copper tints, the Asian equivalent of an It Girl casually tying a Dior scarf around her wrist.

The first Pakistani fashion icon to visit India was Benazir Bhutto, when in 1972 she accompanied her father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who signed the Simla Agreement with Indira Gandhi. While Benazir had political lineage, Hina behaved more like a visiting rockstar than a politician. Her strolls along the Mall, Oxford accent and coltish grace charmed India. In one mascara stroke, foreign policy chic has become Pakistan’s new weapon. In the process, it turned Indo-Pak relations into a mockery. We sent you Ajmal Amir Kasab and he killed hundreds of Indians. Now we’ve sent Hina Rabbani Khar with killer looks as a CBM—a Couture Building Measure.

Full report at:

http://expressbuzz.com/opinion/columnists/india-dances-to-music-of-diplomacy%E2%80%99s-item-number/299457.html

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India’s Pakistan policy is hopelessly idealistic

Yogesh Vajpeyi

Aug 1, 2011

Most Indians will find it shocking that within a few weeks of Mumbai blasts, which put a question mark over India’s Pakistan policy, our political establishment has readily capitulated to the charm of Pakistan’s vivacious Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar by agreeing to discuss Kashmir issue on a forward-looking basis. It was as if the 34-year-old had spiked the collective adrenaline of India’s policy-makers and rendered them colour blind.

Despite shallow declarations of entering a “new era”, there is nothing in the joint communiqué issued after talks between the two foreign ministers that India had managed to extract any tangible concession from Pakistan in its war against terror. On the other hand, Khar seems to have staged a diplomatic coup of sorts in her maiden sojourn to India and outwitted and bewitched her supposedly seasoned counterpart, S M Krishna. This is not surprising. For India’s Pakistan policy continues to be held hostage to the present Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s fixated obsession for “peace with Pakistan at any cost”. In strategic and political realistic terminology it amounts to “Pakistan appeasement”.

The generation of Indians in their 60s and 70s may find it galling that they are being reduced to mute spectators of such a knee-jerk policy. The prime minister has not deigned it fit to explain to the people as to what strategic gains accrue to India by going out of the way to appease our hostile neighbour. With an adversarial Pakistan, whose political governance and foreign policy is dictated by the India-hostile fixation and military adventurism of the Pakistan Army, India’s Pakistan policy leaves no scope or space for political idealism. For decades after 1947, India has withstood external coercion on Kashmir and Pakistan even when it was comparatively more vulnerable strategically, militarily and economically. Now that it is an emerging economic power and has acquired a greater clout in the changing global scenario, there is no justifiable reason for Manmohan Singh to succumb to external pressure and imperil India’s national interest.

Full report at:

http://expressbuzz.com/magazine/india%E2%80%99s-pakistan-policy-is-hopelessly-idealistic/298861.html

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Pakistan fast slipping into chaos: Imran Khan

Aug 1, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, in the absence of "basic governance", was fast slipping into complete chaos, cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has said.

Imran, also the founder chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, said the recent spate of killings in Quetta and Karachi were alarming and a "direct consequence of the misgovernance that has paralysed law enforcement agencies", the Daily Times quoted him as saying.

He said it seemed there was no government in Pakistan to protect the life and property of citizens, and people have been left at the mercy of criminals and terror outfits "backed by political elements", he said.

Even the media and the judiciary were under attack, Imran alleged.

He said the country needs united efforts to remove the present "rogue government", but the opposition political parties were "masquerading" and were content with making mere speeches and releasing condemnation statements.

Imran said his party was mobilising people on the streets and would soon be conducting demonstrations during the holy moth of Ramadan.

http://expressbuzz.com/world/pakistan-fast-slipping-into-chaos-imran/299680.html

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Will Taliban go for Ramadan break Wait & watch for US

Aug 1, 2011

Kabul: The US military is waiting to see whether some Taliban leaders take a break during August for Ramadan,crossing over the border into Pakistan after several weeks of high profile attacks.

Theres an awful lot of discussion about the Taliban leadership leaving their fighters here,and particularly to go back across the border for Ramadan, Admiral Mike Mullen,the top US military officer,referring to talks he had with commanders in Kandahar and Helmand provinces.

Well see whether they do that or not, he told reporters travelling with him in Afghanistan.The Muslim fasting month of Ramadan will start on Monday in Afghanistan.It is a lunar month,but this year coincides almost exactly with the month of August on the Gregorian calendar used in most of the West.

The military assessment about Taliban movements follows a string of high-profile attacks and assassinations have shaken southern Afghanistan.

Times of India

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'Norway gunman had said he would talk if Govt resigned'

Aug 1, 2011

Anders Behring Breivik had demanded that Norway’s Government resign and King Harald V abdicate before he would reveal more about his confessed bombing and shooting spree that killed 77 people, Norwegian public broadcaster NRK reported.

The 32-year-old rightwing extremist also called for the resignation of the Norwegian military’s top brass and demanded that he be named head of the army during an interrogation on Friday — his second since the July 22 massacre, NRK reported late

yesterday. But although his demands were categorically denied, the man who has confessed to killing eight people in a bombing of government offices before shooting another 69 at a youth summer camp, finally cooperated during the 10 hours of questioning. In an interview with AFP Saturday, Norwegian police prosecutor Paal-Frederik Hjort Kraby said Behring Breivik had been “very willing to talk,” with one exception: divulging the other “cells” of the organisation he previously had claimed to be a part of.

Behring Breivik is being held in isolation at a high-security prison, and his detention is set to be reexamined every eight weeks.

Two psychiatrists are set to begin assessing this week whether he is legally insane, as prosecutors seek to bring him to trial next year, and are expected to report back by November 1.

His lawyer Geir Lippestad said last week that his client was most likely insane, although he said it was too soon to say whether that would be the line of his defence.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/357332/Norway-gunman-had-said-he-would-talk-if-Govt-resigned.html

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Militants set 10 NATO tankers on fire in Pakistan

Aug 01 2011

Islamabad : Militants torched 10 tankers carrying oil for NATO forces in Afghanistan in southern Pakistan, injuring five persons including the vehicles' drivers, police and witnesses said today.

Three drivers were among the five persons injured in the attack in Khairpur district of Sindh province, police said. The injured were taken to a nearby hospital. Doctors said two drivers were hit by bullets.

According to police, the incident took place late last night.

The suspected militants fired at the oil tankers, which were going from the port city of Karachi to the northwestern city of Peshawar, and then torched them.

The flames from the tankers spread in minutes and burnt a roadside hotel and three shops.

Traffic was suspended on the National Highway.

Fire tenders, facing problems because of the huge flames, managed to extinguish the fire after five hours, witnesses said.

Footage on TV showed the tankers burning on the highway. The suspected militants fled after the attack.

No group claimed responsibility for the incident.

Police launched a search to apprehend the attackers but no one was arrested till this morning.

Attacks by suspected militants on NATO trucks are common in Pakistan's restive northwest and southwest but such attacks are rare in Sindh province.

The tankers cross into Afghanistan via the Torkham land border crossing.

Hundreds of tankers and trucks pass through Pakistan every day, carrying oil and other supplies for some 150,000 foreign forces in Afghanistan.

Suspected militants routinely attack the NATO supply vehicles in Pakistan.

This has forced the US to strike deals with Russia and some Central Asian states for alternate supply routes.

Pakistan is the shortest supply route to Afghanistan and officials say around 70 per cent of items required by the NATO forces are supplied through the country.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/militants-set-10-nato-tankers-on-fire-in-pakistan/825414/

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US Muslim: From Sept 11 detainee lawyer to judge

Aug 01 2011

Paterson (New Jersey) : As the rubble of ground zero smouldered in the months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the investigation was just as hot across the Hudson River in New Jersey.

More than 1,100 Arabs and Muslims – most of them from New York and northern New Jersey – were rounded up and detained as the FBI feverishly searched for additional terrorists.

In few places was the spotlight as white-hot as in Paterson, New Jersey, where as many as six of the Sept. 11 hijackers lived or spent time in the weeks before the attacks. As agents went knocking on doors, asking questions about religious practices, finances and acquaintances, many Muslims were cowering on the other side, terrified of being thrown in jail for crimes they knew nothing about.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/us-muslim-from-sept-11-detainee-lawyer-to-judge/825408/

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Four ex-Simi members held in Kurla

Dippy Vankani

Aug 1, 2011

July 31: Four former members of Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), now believed to have joined Indian Mujahideen, were picked up from Kurla on Sunday in the Mumbai 13/7 triple blasts case, sources said.

“The four were picked up and questioned at length. They have been asked not to leave the city without notifying the police,” said the source, adding, “the four did odd jobs in Mumbai.”

http://www.asianage.com/india/cops-probe-hawala-role-137-blasts-836

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Haqqani network’s safe havens in Pakistan still a threat: Mullen

Aug 1, 2011

KABUL: The top US military officer said on Sunday Afghan militants of the anti-American Haqqani network were finding it harder to move into Afghanistan but warned that their safe havens in Pakistan still posed a risk to the decade-old war effort.

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, travelled earlier in the day to eastern Afghanistan where Haqqani militants are attacking US forces.

“The overall goal has been to make it much more difficult for the Haqqani network to penetrate directly in what has previously been called sort of this ‘jet stream’ between Pakistan, right through Khost (province) into Kabul,” Mullen told a news conference in the Afghan capital.

“And it is more difficult (now).” Pakistan’s intelligence agency has long been suspected of maintaining ties to the Haqqani network, cultivated during the 1980s when Jalaluddin Haqqani was a feared battlefield commander against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan.

Based in Pakistan’s North Waziristan area on the Afghan border, Haqqani refrains from attacking the Pakistani state, and critics say Islamabad sees the network as a lever to maintain influence in any future political settlement in Afghanistan.

Mullen has in the past has accused Pakistani intelligence of having a “longstanding relationship” with Haqqani faction, one of the deadliest groups fighting US troops in Afghanistan.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\08\01\story_1-8-2011_pg7_10

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‘Bells of freedom’ hushed in Sudan press crackdown

Aug 1, 2011

Fears of tighter press freedom in the wake of South Sudan’s secession are proving justified with several Sudanese newspapers closed this month and numerous journalists on trial.

On July 8, a day before the south declared formal independence from the north, the authorities in Khartoum cancelled the licences of six newspapers, including popular Arabic daily Ajras Al-Hurriya (Bells of Freedom).

Officially, the papers were shut down because they of their part ownership by southerners, who are no longer Sudanese nationals as required by Sudan’s press law, according to Al-Obeid Meruh, secretary general of the Press Council.

Meruh says he instructed the papers to close, with the order coming down from the presidency through the information ministry.

“This was not because of a decision to restrict press freedom. The 2009 press act does not allow foreigners to be a part of the ownership of newspapers,” he told AFP. “On July 9, every southern became the citizen of another state If they had transferred ownership to the northern shareholders before July 9, they would not have been suspended,” he said. “Unfortunately it is now too late, because the order when we received it was to cancel permission to publish,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\08\01\story_1-8-2011_pg4_7

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Afghan leaders fear execution in Taliban birthplace

Aug 1, 2011

KANDAHAR: After a spate of Taliban assassinations in the key Afghan city of Kandahar, top politicians and police are stepping up security in a desperate bid to ensure they are not next to die.

President Hamid Karzai’s powerful half-brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, was shot dead by his chief bodyguard this month, while the city’s mayor Ghulam Haidar Hameedi was killed on Wednesday by a suicide bomber who concealed explosives in his turban. Now, amid growing fears over the Taliban’s ability to infiltrate the security forces, influential figures in the long-violent but strategically crucial birthplace of the insurgency say they are leaving nothing to chance.

“After the assassination of Ahmed Karzai and other officials, I fear for my life,” said Noor ul Aziz, an ex-Taliban official who defected to the government side in January and now heads Kandahar’s religious affairs department. “I can no longer trust the security forces. I am planning to send my family to Kabul and I have turned to my close relatives - brothers, cousins - to protect me,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\08\01\story_1-8-2011_pg7_11

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Student alleges sexual harassment by teacher in Chittagong, Bangladesh

Aug 1, 2011

A student of class ten in a written complaint to the UNO alleged that her school's acting headmaster has harassed her sexually in his house at Keonchia village in Satkania upazila of the district.

Police said the girl made complaint on July 27 for taking action against the teacher of Chadaha Keonchia High School.

The schoolgirl alleged that the teacher used to attempt to rape her when she went to his house to take private lessons. He also made a video clipping taking her to his bathroom, she alleged.

A team of local administration and police yesterday visited Keonchia village of the teacher and the girl to probe into the allegation, said sources.

The team also took the teacher along with the schoolgirl and her guardians to Satkania Police Station in this regard.

Quoting the headmaster, Nizam Uddin, chairman of the managing committee of the school, said the headmaster denied the allegation.

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=196715

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