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Islamic World News ( 10 Jun 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Christian Minster forbidden to present annual budget of Punjab province of Pakistan

Karachi killing: Apex court orders removal of top officials

India 'disappointed' with Rana's acquittal in 26/11 case

Arrested SIMI, Indian Mujahedeen men involved in 6 robbery cases

Israeli police attack worshipers at Al-Aqsa Mosque: The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem

32 dead in Syrian crackdown and assault on north

Gaddafi forces kill 22 rebels in Misrata shelling

M F Husain buried in Surrey, govt offer rejected

Maulana Fazlur Rehman warns against operation in North Waziristan

Bangladesh 10 Jamaat men held

Tahawwur Rana's conviction sets the clock ticking on ISI

Rana acquittal: US verdict foils Delhi's plan to implead itself in suit

US to consider giving India further access to David Headley

Rana convicted of aiding Lashkar

Niece kills Somalia's interior minister

Two LeT men killed in Doda

Afghan police commander killed in suicide attack

‘Qaddafi forces surround Zlitan, threaten rape’

Plan to levy transit fee on NATO tankers

Karzai, Zardari stand together for peace

'US not in favour of increased Indian role in Afghanistan': WikiLeaks

Seat of culture: Radicalism alien to Swat, Italian scholars agree

Thousands rally in Iraqi cities

Warplanes strike Islamic militants in Yemen

‘Pak serious about trial of Mumbai attack suspects’

Afghan President in Pak

US counter-terrorism chief to quit

Robert Gates blasts NATO, questions future of alliance

UN chief calls Syrian military crackdown 'unacceptable'

Hamas founder Hassan Shama dead at 76

Iraq Shia group claims attack on US troops

50 Muslim schoolgirls trained in self-defence

Two boys killed on second day of Somali protests

BJP suspects deal between FBI, Pakistan on Rana trial

‘Pakistan nukes falling in wrong hands a concern’: Indian Def. Min.

J&K CM Omar’s security breached, tipsy cop taken into custody

US defends controversial deal with Headley

Pak for conditional intelligence exchange with US

Son of Saleh digs in to keep father’s power

Pak got USD 30 billion from US after 1948, two third post 9/11

Osama was a sex machine, says first wife

Jordanians step up pressure on government to resign

New Filipino school opens in Jeddah

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Christian Minster forbidden to present annual budget of Punjab province of Pakistan

June 8, 2011.

“The Muslim dominated society of Pakistan forbids Christian to eat in any restaurant in Pakistan, a Christian student is forbidden to drink water in a glass in schools in which Muslim student drinks water, a roadside Vendor will beat you and charge you for cup in which you drink tea when he recognize you as Christian, it is Pakistan where Muslim members of National Assembly of Pakistan can block a move to offer prayers for slain Christian member of parliament, so, its not surprising if Muslim members of ruling party in Punjab Assembly are resisting on presentation of annual budget by a Christian Minister Michael Kamran on June 10, 2011” said Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC, here today.

Dr. Nazir Bhatti said that hate among religious communities in Islamic Republic of Pakistan is created by Sharia legislation and Pakistan Assembly and Muslim parliamentarians are responsible for it weather they are moderate, liberal or Islamic.

“If blasphemy laws and other discriminatory laws legislated in 8th amendment to legalize Presidential Orders of General Zia-ul-Haq were abolished as present government abolished other laws in 18th amendment in constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Pakistani society might have communal harmony in state but PPP, MQM, ANP and JUI(F) coalition government legislated to remove Photo of General Zia-Ul-Haq from parliament building in 18th amendment but not dared to touch blasphemy law and other Islamic laws imposed by former dictator General Haq” added Nazir bhatti

The Sharia laws imposed by General Zia-Ul- Haq turned religious minorities in Pakistan to be infidel citizens who must pay Islamic Tax to live in Islamic Republic of Pakistan and present regime kept status- quo to prevail hate among religious communities.

“The Islamic Republic of Pakistan constitutionally empowers Muslims to abduct a Christian woman, her enforced conversion and marriage to a Muslim and protects violence against Christians” said Nazir Bhatti

Nazir Bhatti said “I am not surprised on move by Muslim legislators of Punjab Assembly to block Michael Kamran on presenting annual budget of Punjab because he is not elected representative but selected by Pakistan Muslim League PML(N) ruling party, if he was elected by Christian votes he might have power to present budget or any move in assembly”

President General Parvez Mushrraf abolished Election of Christian parliamentarians on reserved seats for minorities through President Order and imposed Joint Electorate which empowered Muslim political parties to nominate and Select minority representatives on reserved seats in parliament.

http://www.pakistanchristianpost.com/headlinenewsd.php?hnewsid=2860

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Karachi killing: Apex court orders removal of top officials

June 11, 2011

The Pakistan Supreme Court on Friday ordered the removal of two top officials for the gunning down of an unarmed young man, allegedly robbing visitors to a Karachi park, by paramilitary personnel, Geo News reported.

Sarfaraz Shah(25), was shot dead by the Sindh Rangers on Wednesday evening outside the Benazir Shaheed Park in Karachi after he was allegedly caught snatching cash and valuables from visitors.

Footage released by news channels showed Shah was unarmed and was shot from a very close range. The video clips also reportedly showed he was pleading for mercy.

A five-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary on Friday ordered the removal of Sindh Rangers director general and inspector general of police within three days.

The two officials should have resigned after the incident, Chaudhary remarked.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has promised to personally oversee the probe into the man’s killing.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/344912/Karachi-killing-Apex-court-orders-removal-of-top-officials.html

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India 'disappointed' with Rana's acquittal in 26/11 case

Vishwa Mohan

Jun 11, 2011

NEW DELHI: India is "disappointed" with Canadian Tahawwur Hussain Rana's acquittal in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case in the US but will go ahead with its plan to chargesheet him along with accomplice David Coleman Headley in the case that has been lodged against him here.

"We are disappointed that Rana was acquitted on the count of conspiracy to provide material support to the Mumbai terrorist attacks," the home ministry said on Friday.

The jury in Chicago on Thursday acquitted Rana of conspiracy to provide material support to the Mumbai terror attacks. The court, however, found him guilty on two other counts -- providing material support to the Pakistani terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and conspiracy to provide material support to the terrorism plot in Denmark.

India can, however, derive some consolation from the fact that Rana was convicted for his linkage with Lashkar, with the jury's verdict reflecting the growing recognition of the ISI-backed terror group as a threat to global security.

But that does not take away from the sense of disappointment over Rana's acquittal on the 26/11 conspiracy charge. Although U K Bansal, secretary (internal security) in MHA, said he did not see it (the acquittal) as a "setback' and stressed that the Indian case against Rana was still being investigated, sources in the government acknowledged said that the Lashkar jihadi being let off will have a bearing on India's move to get access to Rana to get to the bottom of the 26/11 conspiracy. In fact, government had even planned to seek his extradition, an unlikely prospect now.

"We had planned to first move for his access after his conviction. It was also discussed when US homeland security secretary Janet Napolitano visited India. But the access now seems difficult as Rana's defence will oppose the move on the ground of his acquittal,' said a senior officer.

The home ministry sees the US system of 'jury trial' as one of the reasons for his acquittal. The ministry said, "It must be remembered that Rana was tried in a US court in accordance with US law. Criminal trials in the US are jury trials and there are special rules governing such jury trials.'

Unlike in India where there is a system of 'bench trial', a 'jury trial' is a legal proceeding in the US in which a jury either makes a decision or makes findings of fact which are then applied by a judge. In America, every person accused of crime punishable by imprisonment for more than six months has a right to a trial by jury. This system was abolished in India in 1960 on the grounds that the jury could be influenced by media and popular pressure.

Bansal said prosecution in India against Rana and Headley depends on India's own investigation. "In our handling of terrorism in India, we do not rely overtly on prosecution in other countries. We have to rely on our own strength,' he said. India feels that it has got enough evidence against Rana and Headley.

Nobody, however, here denies that the NIA was heavily dependent on what the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had collected in its probe and subsequently produced before the Chicago court against Rana during the trial.

Even the home ministry said, "After examining the verdict in the US court and after reviewing the documents and evidence that it expects to receive, the NIA will take a decision (timing) on filing a chargesheet against Headley, Rana and others in an Indian court.'

The ministry cited evidence that was produced in the US court against Rana. It pointed out that Headley had advised Rana of his assessment to scout potential targets in India; Headley obtained Rana's consent to open an office of First World Immigration Services as a cover for his activities; Rana advised Headley on how to obtain a visa for travel to India and both of them had reviewed how Headley had done surveillance of the targets that were attacked in Mumbai.

The ministry said, "Evidence was also produced that Rana told Headley that the terrorists involved in Mumbai attacks should receive Pakistan's highest military honour posthumously.'

Indian's next move will depend on what the US authorities decide on filing an appeal against the acquittal. While Rana's lawyers have said they will file an appeal against the verdict as their client was convicted on two counts, it is not yet clear whether the US authorities will go for an appeal or not.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-disappointed-with-Ranas-acquittal-in-26/11-case/articleshow/8808139.cms

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Arrested SIMI, Indian Mujahedeen men involved in 6 robbery cases

Mahim Pratap Singh

Bhopal: The SIMI and IM terrorists, arrested here last Sunday, were also behind the armed robbery that took place at the gold finance company in Manappuram here last August.

According to the Madhya Pradesh Anti-Terror Squad (ATS), the gold loot worth Rs. 2.5 (13 kg. gold) crore was planned and executed by the same men.

Banks robbed

They had robbed five banks in Dewas, Itarsi and two other places in the State and are also suspected to be behind the 2008 Ahmedabad blasts.

“The gold robbery was masterminded by Dr. Abu Faisal, a SIMI activist, and involved Mujibur Rehman, Zaakir, Aslam and Ejazuddin,” ATS Inspector-General Vipin Maheshwari told reporters here on Friday.

“We have recovered 6.2 kg gold from them. The rest of the gold and the cash could not be recovered as they had spent it,” he said.

The operatives committed the robberies apparently to raise funds for organisational activities.

According to ATS sources, the six had rented a room in Tata Nagar and another in the industrial satellite town of Mandideep near Bhopal.

The looted gold was recovered from the room in Tata Nagar.

The terrorists had been studying the routine at the Manappuram office for about a week and kept the watchmen, manager and other workers under observation.

On the day of the robbery, they locked in the watchmen, held the other workers hostage and used the manager's keys to open the safe that contained the gold.

They vacated the room in Mandideep and left for Ratlam the next day. The looted gold was later sold in Kolkata, Ranchi and several other places.

Asked about the two suspects already in police custody for the robbery, the IG said a link was yet to be established between the two.

http://www.hindu.com/2011/06/11/stories/2011061159691600.htm

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Israeli police attack worshipers at Al-Aqsa Mosque: The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem

By MOHAMMED MAR’I

Jun 11, 2011

RAMALLAH: Palestinian worshippers and the Israeli police and Border Guard forces clashed at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City after Friday prayers.

The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine Sheikh Mohammed Hussein said that the clashes erupted after the Israeli security forces broke into the mosque in “a provocative way.”

Hussein added that the Israeli forces arrested at least three Palestinians during the clashes. He added stun grenades, tear gas canisters and rubber bullets were used to disperse the protesters. No injuries have been reported.

Shmuel Ben-Ruby, Jerusalem police spokesman, said that security forces “were forced to enter the complex” after the Palestinian worshipers hurled stones at the Al-Magharebah Gate adjacent to the Al-Buraq Wall (Western Wall) at the end of Friday prayers.

Ben-Ruby added that the security forces arrested three worshippers, one of whom is suspected of hurling stones. The other two are suspected of inciting violence. He added that the detainees were taken for questioning as the rest of the worshippers left the area. The Jerusalem police said that more arrests are expected.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article452000.ece

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32 dead in Syrian crackdown and assault on north

Jun 11, 2011

BEIRUT: Syrian forces shelled a town in the country's restive north and opened fire on scattered protests nationwide, killing at least 32 people on Friday, activists said. Hundreds of Syrians streamed across the border into Turkey, trying to escape the violence.

A Syrian opposition figure told The Associated Press by telephone that thousands of protesters overwhelmed security officers and torched the courthouse and police station in the northern town of Maaret al-Numan, and the army responded with tank shells. The man spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Syria's state-run television appeared to confirm at least part of the report, saying gunmen opened fire on police stations in Maaret al-Numan, causing casualties among security officials.

The local coordination committees, a group that documents anti-government protests in Syria, said at least 32 people died in protests and army operations, half of them in the northwestern province of Idlib. The group said many of the casualties were in Maaret al-Numan.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/32-dead-in-Syrian-crackdown-and-assault-on-north/articleshow/8807058.cms

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Gaddafi forces kill 22 rebels in Misrata shelling

June 11, 2011

The Libyan Government forces pounded the outskirts of the rebel-held city of Misrata today, killing at least 22 people, a hospital physician said.

The doctor at Hikma Hospital, who would only give his first name, Ayman, said Muammar Gaddafi forces used tanks, artillery and incendiary rockets in the bombardment of Dafniya, about 18 miles (30 kilometers) west of Misrata.

He said at least 61 people were wounded in the attacks which began about 10 am local time. Gaddafi forces had renewed their shelling near Misrata on Wednesday.

The city is one of the few footholds rebels have in western Libya and controls the country’s largest port. The doctor said residents had reported no sign of NATO aircraft in the Misrata region.

There also were no reports NATO strikes in Tripoli, the capital. NATO had been pounding Tripoli and environs in recent days, stepping up backing for the four-month-old rebel uprising that seeks to oust Gaddafi from power after four decades.   

http://www.dailypioneer.com/344900/Gaddafi-forces-kill-22-rebels-in-Misrata-shelling.html

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M F Husain buried in Surrey, govt offer rejected

Ashish Ray

Jun 11, 2011

LONDON: Maqbool Fida Husain was laid to rest at Brookwood cemetery at Woking in Surrey, south of London on Friday afternoon. As a black Mercedes hearse pulled in with his mortal remains, the artist's family followed in a Rolls Royce.

After the exiled artist's family members declined the offer of flying his body back to the country for the last rites, the Indian government sent high commissioner Nalin Surie to lay a wreath on its behalf. Husain's four sons and two daughters did consider India's suggestion, but finally complied with their father's wish to be buried wherever he died. Besides around 50 mourners, London-based Indian businessmen Lakshmi Mittal and Gopi Hinduja attended the funeral.

On an afternoon of sharp showers interspersed by bright sunshine, Maqbool Fida Husain's body was lowered into the ground at Brookwood cemetery in Woking, Surrey, south of London. The remains arrived in a wooden coffin in a gleaming, black Mercedes hearse; family members followed in a Rolls Royce.

The event also laid to rest speculation about Husain's burial after family members turned down the Indian government's offer of facilitating the body to be flown to India for the last rites. The casket was interred in the tranquil surroundings of the English countryside, not far from UK's oldest mosque. Husain joined, among other Indians, Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata, who was buried here in 1918.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/M-F-Husain-buried-in-Surrey-govt-offer-rejected/articleshow/8807278.cms

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Maulana Fazlur Rehman warns against operation in North Waziristan

By Ahmad Hassan

ISLAMABAD: JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said here on Friday that a military operation in North Waziristan would be suicidal, adding that when Afghanistan was pursuing the US policy of negotiations with the Taliban, why couldn’t Pakistan negotiate peace with its own Taliban.

Talking to reporters after meeting the head of the Afghan Joint Commission for Peace and Reconciliation Prof Burhanuddin Rabbani, the JUI-F Amir said: “It is the failure of our policy that India has taken over initiative in Afghanistan. Pakistan supported Afghanistan in its war of independence and provided shelter to a large number of its refugees for so many years”.

He said the country’s leadership lacked vision and far-sightedness and took decisions on the dictates of foreign powers.

Prof Rabbani, who is a member of President Hamid Karzai’s delegation visiting Pakistan, said that efforts to hold talks with peace-loving elements in the Taliban were aimed at achieving peace and stability in the region.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/06/11/fazl-warns-against-operation-in-north-waziristan.html

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Bangladesh 10 Jamaat men held

Jun 11, 2011

Police picked up 10 activists of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami from Kakrail in the capital Saturday morning.

Jamaat activists brought out a procession from Baitul Mukarram National Mosque at about 9:30am supporting the 36-hour hartal from Sunday.

When they reached Kakrail, Ramna police charged batons on the procession and dispersed them.

They also picked up 10 Jamaat men from the spot, police said.

The main opposition BNP and its key ally Jamaat-e-Islami on Friday called for the countrywide hartal, demanding continuation of caretaker government system and protesting at the recommendations of the parliamentary special committee on constitutional amendment.

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=30264

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Tahawwur Rana's conviction sets the clock ticking on ISI

Sachin Parashar

Jun 11, 2011

NEW DELHI: The conviction of Tahawwur Rana by a federal jury in Chicago for providing material support to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) is a blow to Pakistan's support to the terror group. This could have implications for the outcome of another 26/11 case in New York where the ISI has been directly charged.

The other case pertains to a lawsuit filed in New York by family members of some of the 26/11 victims saying that ISI be declared a terror organization. Indian officials have said they might consider becoming a party to the lawsuit to help the petitioners achieve this. With these cases, LeT is getting squeezed internationally. By being one of ISI's prized assets, the spy agency too is getting squeezed.

Official sources here believe this might help India's case that Pakistan should expedite the trial of the seven 26/11 accused currently in Pakistani custody. But Pakistan government is not yet ready to give up on its LeT connections. Rana still faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and will remain in federal custody without bond.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Tahawwur-Ranas-conviction-sets-the-clock-ticking-on-ISI/articleshow/8808189.cms

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Rana acquittal: US verdict foils Delhi's plan to implead itself in suit

Vishwa Mohan

Jun 11, 2011

NEW DELHI: Canadian Tahawwur Hussain Rana's acquittal in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case in the US appears to have poured cold water on India's "possible" move to implead itself as a party to the lawsuit in a New York court against Pakistani spy agency ISI and terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.

The lawsuit, filed in November last year by relatives of Rabbi Gavriel Noah Holtzberg and his wife Rivka who were killed by Lashkar gunmen at Chabad House in the attack, has accused the ISI of aiding and abetting the LeT in killing 166 people including six American citizens.

Though the jury in Chicago on Thursday convicted Rana for "providing material support to the LeT"', officials involved in ongoing consultations to taken a call on India's move said his acquittal in the 26/11 case would block any effort to substantiate the point raised in the lawsuit against ISI with respect to its direct role in the Mumbai carnage.

An official said, "Final decision has not yet been taken and it now appears that India will, most probably, have to rely on its back-channel efforts to support the relatives of victims."

Different agencies and law officers had been engaged in consultations over various aspects of the lawsuit, specifically whether India would be benefited by impleading itself in the lawsuit or not. The matter came to the fore last month when home secretary G K Pillai, in an interview to TOI, spoke about the possibility, saying the decision was a "political call".

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Rana-acquittal-US-verdict-foils-Delhis-plan-to-implead-itself-in-suit/articleshow/8808086.cms

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US to consider giving India further access to David Headley

Jun 11, 2011

WASHINGTON: US would consider giving India further access to David Headley, who has pleaded guilty in the Mumbai terrorist attacks case, for questioning by its investigating agencies once New Delhi makes such a request, the state department has said.

"We have said in the past we've granted that access (to Headley) and, you know, obviously there was the trial that took place, but in the future we would consider providing that access again," state department spokesperson Mark Toner told reporters at his daily news conference here.

Last year, a team of Indian officials had questioned Headley, a Pakistani-American LeT operative, in Chicago.

Headley has pleaded guilty to 12 terrorism charges, including his involvement in the November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai that killed more than 160 people.

Headley was also the start witness to the just concluded trial of Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Husain Rana, who was on Friday acquitted by a Chicago court in the Mumbai terrorist attack case.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/US-to-consider-giving-India-further-access-to-David-Headley/articleshow/8809233.cms

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Rana convicted of aiding Lashkar

Praveen Swami

NEW DELHI: Pakistani-Canadian businessman Tahawwur Husain Rana, charged with facilitating the November 2008 attack in Mumbai, has been convicted of providing material support to the proscribed Lashkar-e-Taiba, as well as conspiring to stage a terrorist strike against Copenhagen.

Rana was, however, acquitted of charges that he played a direct role in the Mumbai attack. The 50-year-old Chicago resident now faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in jail, the United States Department of Justice said in a press release.

Prosecutors had charged Rana with three terror-related crimes: participating in a conspiracy to provide material support to terror in India; conspiring to provide material support to terrorism in Denmark; and providing material support to the Lashkar.

Rana had, the prosecutors said, conspired with Lashkar intelligence operative David Headley “to provide personnel, tangible property, money, and false documentation and identification, and to conceal and disguise the nature of such support to those who planned and carried out the Mumbai attacks.”

Full report at:

decision, but we think they got it wrong,” he said.

http://www.hindu.com/2011/06/11/stories/2011061166490100.htm

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Niece kills Somalia's interior minister

Jun 10, 2011

MOGADISHU: An explosion Friday in the home of Somalia's interior minister killed him and a woman suspected of being the suicide bomber as violent demonstrations swept the capital.

Security guards and soldiers opened fire on stone-throwing protesters angry at an agreement calling for the ouster of the country's popular prime minister, killing two people.

Interior Minister Abdishakur Sheikh Hassan, who was also minister for national security, died after shrapnel hit his legs and other parts of his body, said Ministry of Information spokesman Abdifatah Abdinur. He said the body of the woman suspected to be the bomber was found in the home.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article452121.ece

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Two LeT men killed in Doda

June 11, 2011

A joint team of security forces on Friday eliminated two top Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) militants in a two-hour-long fierce gunfight in a mountainous Doda district of Jammu province.

According to a police spokesman, “The slain ultras were identified as district commander Javed Ahmed Malik code Abu Harera, son of Ghulam Mohammad Malik, resident of Kasian, district Doda, active since 2008 and tehsil commander Akhtar Hussain code Mobassir, son of Abdul Rehman, resident of Jehant, district Doda, active since 2009”.

The operation was launched on the basis of credible intelligence input at around 4.15 pm in Wanipora area of Doda district, the spokesman added.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/344956/Two-LeT-men-killed-in-Doda.html

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Afghan police commander killed in suicide attack

 

The bomber blew himself up in front of the police unit's base in the eastern province of Khost. — File photo

KHOST: The commander of a provincial Afghan police rapid reaction force was killed on Saturday in a suicide attack that also claimed another officer’s life and wounded 23 people, police said.

The bomber blew himself up in front of the police unit’s base in the eastern province of Khost on Saturday morning, Khost deputy police chief, Mohammad Yahqoob Mandozai, told AFP.

“The commander of the unit, Colonel Zaher, along with one policeman has been killed and 23 others, the majority of them civilians, have been injured,” Mandozai said.

“The suicide attacker who was waiting outside the base detonated himself as the vehicle carrying the police commander exited the base.”

http://www.dawn.com/2011/06/11/afghan-police-commander-killed-in-suicide-attack.html

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‘Qaddafi forces surround Zlitan, threaten rape’

Jun 10, 2011

22 opposition fighters in Misrata shelling; Libyan leaders military seriously degraded, says US senator

BENGHAZI/MISRATA: Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi on Friday surrounded Zlitan, one of only three towns separating the opposition-held city of Misrata from the capital Tripoli, an opposition military spokesman said.

“Large numbers of troops are surrounding Zlitan from all directions and are threatening its residents with having their women raped by mercenaries if they do not surrender,” Ahmed Bani, military spokesman, told Reuters by phone from Benghazi.

Zlitan could act as a stepping stone to allow the anti-Qaddafi uprising to spread from Misrata, the biggest opposition outpost in western Libya, to Qaddafi’s stronghold in Tripoli.

Bani said the troops around Zlitan were equipped with artillery and Grad rockets. Meanwhile, Libyan government forces pounded the outskirts of Misrata on Friday, killing at least 22 people, a hospital physician said.

The doctor at Hikma Hospital, who would only give his first name, Ayman, said Qaddafi’s forces used tanks, artillery and incendiary rockets in the bombardment of Dafniya, about 30 km west of Misrata.

He said at least 61 people were wounded in the attacks which began about 10 a.m. local time.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article452076.ece

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Plan to levy transit fee on NATO tankers

By Sajid Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD: The government of Pakistan has decided to impose transit fee in US dollars on transit containers of the NATO forces operating in Afghanistan as well as Afghan containers imported under transit agreement.

The Senate Standing Committee on Finance, which met at Parliament House on Friday with Senator Ahmed Ali in the chair, was informed that at present this is only a proposal and when it would be got approved along with the finance bill from National Assembly, Pakistan would decide the rate of transit fee and its collection mechanism in consultation with the NATO and Afghan authorities in due course.

Keeping in view the usefulness of this proposal, the committee endorsed a Federal Board of Revenue proposal to levy transit fee in US dollars on transit containers of the NATO forces operating in Afghanistan as well as Afghan containers using Pakistan’s infrastructure. FBR officials informed the committee that volume of containers have increased manifolds in the recent years and to manage this volume of transit containers use of Pakistan’s infrastructure, especially computerised services, scanners, manpower and its equipments, has increased. The FBR has proposed in the finance bill to allow customs to levy transit fee on NATO and Afghan containers.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\06\11\story_11-6-2011_pg1_4

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Karzai, Zardari stand together for peace

June 11, 2011

ISLAMABAD: The presidents of Pakistan and Afghanistan on Friday vowed to fight the scourge of terrorism and to expand their cooperation to establish peace in the volatile region.

President Asif Ali Zardari first held a one-on-one meeting with his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai, which was followed by delegation-level talks. At the end of the meeting they spoke at a joint news conference.

“It is Pakistan’s war, we are fighting our own war, these are the people who are killing our children, killing our brothers and sisters,” President Zardari said in reference to militants. He called for close engagement between the political, military and intelligence institutions of the two countries for durable peace and stability in the region.

President Karzai’s visit comes weeks after US Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad on May 2, heightening calls within the United States for a peace settlement in Afghanistan allowing American troops to leave.

Relations between Kabul and Islamabad became more tense after the Bin Laden raid, which Afghanistan seized on as proof that the ‘war on terror’ would be better fought across the border in Pakistan.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/186399/karzai-opens-pakistan-talks/

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'US not in favour of increased Indian role in Afghanistan': WikiLeaks

Sachin Parashar

Jun 11, 2011

NEW DELHI: India may not be averse to increasing its role in the training of Afghan security personnel but can't go ahead with the idea because any such move by New Delhi will not be acceptable to the US. A fresh WikiLeaks cable shows that while India did discuss this with US officials last year, it was categorically told that an increase in such activity by India may not be in the interest of peace and stability in the region.

According to the cable dated February 23, 2010, joint secretary Y K Sinha – who handles Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran for the foreign ministry -- told a senior US embassy official, while acknowledging that it was a sensitive issue for the US, that he had previously broached the topic by "thinking out loud' about increased Indian training of Afghan security personnel. Sinha also stressed in the meeting with the US official that Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/US-not-in-favour-of-increased-Indian-role-in-Afghanistan/articleshow/8808118.cms

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Seat of culture: Radicalism alien to Swat, Italian scholars agree

By Fazal Khaliq

June 11, 2011

ROME: Extremism is completely alien to Swat, two Italian scholars of linguistics and history agree.

Dr Umberto Sinatti, director-general of the Italian Institute for African and the Orient (IsIAO), and Matteo De Chiara, who has done his PhD in Iranian philology and Pashto linguistics, both visited Swat and stayed there for some time, are upbeat about the future of Swat and its people.

Dr Sinatti, who visited Pakistan in 2006 and is much impressed by its people in general and of Swat in particular, told The Express Tribune: “The people of Pakistan personally impressed me a lot. The entrepreneurs were wonderful in the use of advanced technology and I will never forget their hospitality.” “I cannot forget the high consideration the people feel about their cultural heritage…in Islamabad, I saw a statement which said: ‘Our culture is our honour’. I really have never seen such an important statement.”

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/186681/seat-of-culture-radicalism-alien-to-swat-italian-scholars-agree/

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Thousands rally in Iraqi cities

Jun 10, 2011

BAGHDAD: Hundreds took to the streets in Iraqi cities on Friday, denouncing what they say was a lack of government progress after a 100-day deadline set by Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki expired.

About 400 protesters converged on Baghdad’s main Tahrir Square, carrying banners and chanting slogans against Maliki’s government and calling for better public services, notably electricity.

But the demonstration was overshadowed by a larger rally of some 3,000 people, also at Tahrir Square, calling for the execution of 25 accused insurgents, whom authorities allege took part in the 2006 massacre of a wedding party.

Security forces were out in large numbers at the square, which was closed to vehicle traffic. The thoroughfare is located in the heart of Baghdad, the traditional site for weekly demonstrations.

Hundreds of anti-government protesters also converged on the city of Hilla and Basra, both south of Baghdad. Authorities have also banned vehicle traffic in Tikrit city and Diyala province, north of the capital.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article452007.ece

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Warplanes strike Islamic militants in Yemen

June 11, 2011

Government warplanes and artillery struck Islamic militants who seized a town in Southern Yemen, where extremists suspected of links to Al Qaeda have begun operating openly, training with weapons and controlling roads, emboldened by the country’s political turmoil.

The US fears that the impoverished country’s power vacuum will give even freer rein to Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen — already the terror network’s most active franchise. Early on in Yemen’s upheaval, militants in March seized the small farming town of Jaar and surrounding areas.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/344902/Warplanes-strike-Islamic-militants-in-Yemen.html

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‘Pak serious about trial of Mumbai attack suspects’

June 11, 2011

Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said seven suspects involved in the 2008 Mumbai attack would “not be spared”, and the country was “very serious” about the trial of those involved in the gruesome strike.

“I assure you that, under our laws these culprits will not be spared. They will be brought to justice because we mean business and we will not allow Pakistani soil to be used by any terrorist,” the Daily Times quoted Malik as saying.

“As far as apprehending those responsible for the attacks is concerned, seven accused are in jail and their trial is being conducted properly. We have put it on fast track,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/344914/%E2%80%98Pak-serious-about-trial-of-Mumbai-attack-suspects%E2%80%99.html

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Afghan President in Pak

June 11, 2011

Rezaul H Laskar | Islamabad

Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrived here on Friday on a two day visit during which he will hold talks with Pakistan’s leadership to boost the reconciliation process with the Taliban in the war-ravaged country.

During Karzai’s visit — his second to Pakistan in 10 months — the two countries will formally launch a Joint Commission on Reconciliation, Afghan Ambassador Omar Daudzai said. The commission will carry forward the reconciliation process following the withdrawal of US and foreign troops from Afghanistan.

Karzai will hold talks with his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, officials said.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/344911/Afghan-President-in-Pak.html

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‘Pak serious about trial of Mumbai attack suspects’

June 11, 2011

Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said seven suspects involved in the 2008 Mumbai attack would “not be spared”, and the country was “very serious” about the trial of those involved in the gruesome strike.

“I assure you that, under our laws these culprits will not be spared. They will be brought to justice because we mean business and we will not allow Pakistani soil to be used by any terrorist,” the Daily Times quoted Malik as saying.

“As far as apprehending those responsible for the attacks is concerned, seven accused are in jail and their trial is being conducted properly. We have put it on fast track,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/344914/%E2%80%98Pak-serious-about-trial-of-Mumbai-attack-suspects%E2%80%99.html

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Karachi killing: Apex court orders removal of top officials

June 11, 2011

The Pakistan Supreme Court on Friday ordered the removal of two top officials for the gunning down of an unarmed young man, allegedly robbing visitors to a Karachi park, by paramilitary personnel, Geo News reported.

Sarfaraz Shah(25), was shot dead by the Sindh Rangers on Wednesday evening outside the Benazir Shaheed Park in Karachi after he was allegedly caught snatching cash and valuables from visitors.

Footage released by news channels showed Shah was unarmed and was shot from a very close range. The video clips also reportedly showed he was pleading for mercy.

A five-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary on Friday ordered the removal of Sindh Rangers director general and inspector general of police within three days.

The two officials should have resigned after the incident, Chaudhary remarked.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has promised to personally oversee the probe into the man’s killing.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/344912/Karachi-killing-Apex-court-orders-removal-of-top-officials.html

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Afghan President in Pak

June 11, 2011

Rezaul H Laskar | Islamabad

Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrived here on Friday on a two day visit during which he will hold talks with Pakistan’s leadership to boost the reconciliation process with the Taliban in the war-ravaged country.

During Karzai’s visit — his second to Pakistan in 10 months — the two countries will formally launch a Joint Commission on Reconciliation, Afghan Ambassador Omar Daudzai said. The commission will carry forward the reconciliation process following the withdrawal of US and foreign troops from Afghanistan.

Karzai will hold talks with his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, officials said.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/344911/Afghan-President-in-Pak.html

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US counter-terrorism chief to quit

Jun 10, 2011

America's top counter-terrorism official Michael Leiter will quit next month, adding to the turmoil at the top levels of President Barack Obama's national security team.

WASHINGTON: America's top counter-terrorism official Michael Leiter will quit next month, adding to the turmoil at the top levels of President Barack Obama's national security team.

Leiter, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) will quit on July 8, New York Times quoted Obama administration officials as saying.

Leiter, 42, was one of the few senior national security officials from the Bush administration that President Barack Obama kept on. His departure will occur roughly when the White House is expected to release an updated counter-terrorism strategy that Leiter contributed to, the report said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-counter-terrorism-chief-to-quit/articleshow/8804047.cms

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Robert Gates blasts NATO, questions future of alliance

Jun 11, 2011

BRUSSELS: America's military alliance with Europe - the cornerstone of US security policy for six decades - faces a "dim, if not dismal" future, US defense secretary Robert Gates said Friday in a blunt valedictory address.

In his final policy speech as Pentagon chief, Gates questioned the viability of NATO, saying its members' penny-pinching and lack of political will could hasten the end of US support. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was formed in 1949 as a US-led bulwark against Soviet aggression, but in the post-Cold War era it has struggled to find a purpose.

"Future US political leaders - those for whom the Cold War was not the formative experience that it was for me - may not consider the return on America"s investment in NATO worth the cost," he told a European think tank on the final day of an 11-day overseas journey.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Robert-Gates-blasts-NATO-questions-future-of-alliance/articleshow/8808666.cms

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UN chief calls Syrian military crackdown 'unacceptable'

Jun 11, 2011

UNITED NATIONS: UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Friday condemned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's use of troops against protesters as "unacceptable" and demanded reforms.

Ban is "deeply concerned by the continuing violence in Syria," particularly a new operation on the northwestern town of Jisr al-Shughur, and its "heavy toll" on civilians, said his spokesman Martin Nesirky.

At least 25 people were killed by Syrian security forces in nationwide protests Friday as troops launched a crackdown on Jisr al-Shughur near the border with Turkey.

"The Syrian authorities have an obligation to protect their people and respect their rights," Ban said. "The use of military force against civilians is unacceptable."

The UN secretary general "remains convinced that the only way to heed the calls of the Syrian people for peaceful change is by engaging in a fully inclusive national dialogue and the launching of genuine reforms."

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/UN-chief-calls-Syrian-military-crackdown-unacceptable/articleshow/8810047.cms

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Hamas founder Hassan Shama dead at 76

11 June 2011

GAZA CITY (GAZA STRIP) — A founder of Hamas in the Gaza Strip died on Friday of a stroke after decades as an influential yet little-known figure at the helm of the Palestinian organisation. He was 76.

Muhammad Hassan Shama, revered by Hamas loyalists but nearly anonymous outside Gaza, was one of the eight founders of the Palestinian group in the 1980s. After his death, Hamas publicly announced on Friday for the first time that Shama had been the leader of the Shura Council, its top governing body.

The identity of the council’s members is a closely guarded secret because of fears they could be targeted by Israel. The founder and first leader of Hamas, Shaikh Ahmed Yassin, was killed by an Israeli air strike in 2004.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/June/middleeast_June306.xml&section=middleeast

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Iraq Shia group claims attack on US troops

10 June 2011

BAGHDAD — A Shia militia group in Iraq said it was responsible for a deadly attack earlier this week that killed five American troops.

The Iranian-backed Kataib Hezbollah posted the claim on its website late Thursday. The US military announced the deaths of the five American soldiers Monday, the single largest loss of life for American troops in two years. It said its base was hit by indirect fire, a military term for rockets and mortars.

Kataib Hezbollah, which has links to the Lebanon-based Hezbollah group, is one of three main Shiite militias operating in Iraq.

Full report at:

ttp://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/June/middleeast_June301.xml&section=middleeast

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50 Muslim schoolgirls trained in self-defence

10 June 2011

New Delhi: About 50 Muslim girls from a city school were given self-defence training in a bid to instil confidence and strength among them, Delhi Police said Friday.

The girls, from classes 8 to 12 of a school in Jamia Nagar area of south Delhi, were trained over a period of two weeks from May 25 to June 7, a police officer said.

"The results were stupendous and it was amazing to see small girls breaking stone slabs with punches and kicks. Our aim of instilling confidence and strength amongst the girls was achieved successfully," the officer said.

NGO Shikhar, which works for social development of children and women belonging to the lower strata of society, co-ordinated the programme, the officer added.

"The most important aspect of this programme was that all the girls were from the Muslim community. As the parents were a bit reluctant, it took a lot of convincing from us as well as the school to get their approval," the police officer said.

According to the police, the programme was organised to bridge the gap and to inculcate a sense of faith and friendship between the police and the public.

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Two boys killed on second day of Somali protests

Jun 11, 2011

MOGADISHU: Two boys were shot dead in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Friday during a second day of protests against a deal to extend the mandates of the country’s president and parliament, residents said.

Hundreds of supporters of the prime minister, who must resign under the terms of the deal, marched through the city’s rubble-strewn streets chanting “long live Prime Minister (Mohamed Abdullahi) Mohamed.”

The two boys died when police loyal to the speaker of parliament shot at the demonstrators, starting a gunfight with soldiers loyal to President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed and his government, witnesses said. About a dozen other demonstrators were wounded.

Clan loyalties divide almost all spheres of life in Somalia.

“We were just walking and chanting when police guarding the Hotel Muna opened fire on us,” Nadifa Ali told Reuters.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article451935.ece

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BJP suspects deal between FBI, Pakistan on Rana trial

Jun 11, 2011

NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party has blamed the Manmohan Singh government for not “ensuring” the prosecution agencies in the United States to pursue the Tahawwur Rana case “properly” to get his conviction in the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack.

Wondering whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the U.S. presented all the evidence against him, party spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad asked why the Indian government did not pursue the case properly.

He referred to a case by the kin of some Jews killed in the Mumbai attack, saying the government should involve the Indian community in New York and “ensure” that this does not meet the fate of the case in Chicago in which the trial court acquitted Tahawwur Rana of all guilt in the Mumbai terror case.

The party suggested it smelt a “deal” between the FBI and Pakistan as neither wanted to expose the role of the Inter Services Intelligence in this sordid affair. Mr. Prasad pointed out that Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram had gone on record alleging that the ISI was involved in the Mumbai attack.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2011/06/11/stories/2011061165101800.htm

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‘Pakistan nukes falling in wrong hands a concern’: Indian Def. Min.

June 11, 2011

Defence Minister AK Antony on Friday expressed concern over the threat of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal falling into the hands of terrorists and said India was monitoring the security situation in the neighbourhood.

However, he added that India was not worried about Pakistan’s growing nuclear prowess, being capable of meeting any threat.

His assertion came in the wake of media reports in the US about growing Pakistan nuclear stockpile and latest Stockholm International Peace Research Institute report, which claimed that Pakistan has 110 nuclear warheads while India has about 90-100 warheads.

“We are closely monitoring what is happening around us. We know Pakistan is strengthening their nuclear arsenal. We are also taking care of it. We are not unduly worried because we are also capable of meeting any threat,” Antony told reporters on the sidelines of an IAF function to felicitate seven women officers who successfully scaled Everest last month.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/345085/%E2%80%98Pakistan-nukes-falling-in-wrong-hands-a-concern%E2%80%99.html

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J&K CM Omar’s security breached, tipsy cop taken into custody

June 11, 2011

A tipsy constable of the Jammu and Kashmir police was taken into preventive custody by the security staff of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah after he breached the tight security cover and made an attempt to come near the Chief Minister. The incident occurred at the grounds of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) on Friday afternoon.

The incident took place soon after Omar stepped out of the auditorium of the agricultural university after attending an interactive session with the newly elected panchas and sarpanchas in RS Pura. Omar enjoys ‘Z plus’ security cover and is protected by three-tier security cover.

According to official sources, “A police constable identified as Sohan Lal, made a futile bid to come near Chief Minister as Omar was walking towards the State chopper parked in the ground of the agricultural university”.

Official sources said the police constable was not present on duty and had ventured inside the venue of the function after learning about the presence of VVIP’S inside the auditorium.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/344932/Omar%E2%80%99s-security-breached-tipsy-cop-taken-into-custody.html

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US defends controversial deal with Headley

June 11, 2011

S Rajagopalan | Washington

The United States has stoutly defended the controversial deal with David Headley allowing him to escape death penalty and extradition to India in return for providing key intelligence about Pakistani terror groups and testifying against co-accused Tahawwur Hussain Rana.

Top US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald on Thursday went so far as to say that it would have been a “terrible mistake” not to have struck the deal with Headley, maintaining, “We had to because it’s too important that we do everything we can to save lives.”

“I am convinced that we would have made a terrible mistake if we did not sit down with Headley and get all the information that we did,” Fitzgerald told reporters in Chicago after the jury verdict on Rana.

Responding to questions on the “sweetheart deal” that has evoked sharp criticism in India and the US itself, Fitzgerald asserted that Headley has provided an “insider’s view” of what the likes of Ilyas Kashmiri were planning to do and how they operated. According to him, details provided by Headley included 34 potential targets in India and Denmark.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/344915/US-defends-controversial-deal-with-Headley.html

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Pak for conditional intelligence exchange with US

June 11, 2011

In a sign of changing dynamics in US-Pak Military ties post-Osama bin Laden, Pakistan’s powerful Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has laid down conditions for intelligence sharing with the Americans.

He also brushed aside possibility of a full scale Military operation in North Waziristan at this stage under pressure from the US.

A meeting of the Pakistan Army’s Corps Commanders chaired by Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Thursday decided to share intelligence with the US “strictly on the basis of reciprocity and complete transparency”.

“It has been clearly put across to US intelligence officials that no intelligence agency can be allowed to carry out independent operation on our soil,” said an unusually detailed statement issued by the Military after the meeting of the Army’s top commanders on Thursday.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/344910/Pak-for-conditional-intelligence-exchange-with-US.html

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Son of Saleh digs in to keep father’s power

June 11, 2011

Yemen’s president, out of the country recuperating from wounds from a rocket attack, still has a powerful hand on the ground at home — his son.

Ahmed Ali Saleh commands Yemen’s most highly trained troops, has them deployed in the streets of the Capital and seems determined to preserve his father’s rule against enormous pressure at home and abroad.

The grip of President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s son — and his nephews, who also command major Military units —locks Yemen into a standoff between his forces and the opposition that, if it drags on, will almost inevitably collapse back into new violence.

It appears to be a major obstacle in US-backed efforts to negotiate and end the crisis while the president is away.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/344901/Son-of-Saleh-digs-in-to-keep-father%E2%80%99s-power.html

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Pak got USD 30 billion from US after 1948, two third post 9/11

Jun 11, 2011

As the US lawmakers are contemplating the feasibility of massive aid to Pakistan in the aftermath of Osama bin Laden killing, a Congressional report has informed them that since 1948 Islamabad has got over USD 30 billion aid from America, two third of which came after 9/11 attacks.

"Some question the gains from the aid, saying there is a lack of accountability and reform by the Pakistani government, and any goodwill generated by it is offset by widespread anti-American sentiment among the Pakistani people," Congressional Research Service (CRS) informed members of the Congress in a 47-page internal report this week.

The report, a copy of which was provided to Press Trust of India, says that Pakistan has been among the leading recipients of US foreign assistance both historically and in FY2010, and most experts list the country among the most strategically important for US policy makers.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/pak-got-usd-30-billion-us-after-1948-two-third-post-911-995

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Osama was a sex machine, says first wife

June 11, 2011

Osama bin Laden’s first wife, Najwa, has revealed that the killed al-Qaeda chief was a ‘sex machine’ who used to vanish into his bedroom for days with her after returning back from waging Jihad.

On being asked by a journalist during an interview about her favourite time when living with bin La

den, Najwa replied: ‘The sleeping time’.

She was interviewed by US investigative reporter Jean Sasson for her biography, but the journalist revealed details yesterday, which have not come out before, the Daily Mail reports.

“When I asked Najwa what her favourite time of day was, she admitted that it was ‘the sleeping time’,” Sasson said, adding that Najwa was not referring to actually going to sleep, but “that’s when he (bin Laden) was giving her all his attention”.

“Omar (her son) said that when he was a child, Osama would come home from Afghanistan and take Najwa into the bedroom and they wouldn’t come out for days,” she added.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Osama-was-a-sex-machine-says-first-wife/H1-Article1-708142.aspx

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Jordanians step up pressure on government to resign

By ABDUL JALIL MUSTAFA

Jun 10, 2011

AMMAN: Jordanians demonstrated in several cities on Friday urging the resignation of Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit’s government for what they called its failure to fight corruption and come up with the needed political reforms.

The demonstrators also called for the dissolution of the lower house of Parliament and the abrogation of the peace treaty with Israel, witnesses said.

The protests were arranged despite Thursday’s general amnesty that was decreed by King Abdallah and pardoned about 4,000 prisoners.

The largest protest took place in Tafileh, 180 km south of Amman, where people demonstrated for the fourth week in a row to press their demand for the resignation of the government.

Participants shouted slogans and raised placards expressing disapproval of the outcome of the panels set up so far to adopt political and economic reforms.

“The people want to topple the government because it lacks willingness to carry out the required reforms,” one slogan said.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article451976.ece

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New Filipino school opens in Jeddah

Jun 11, 2011

JEDDAH: A new school offering the Philippine educational curriculum has opened in Jeddah in the wake of the recent closure of three Filipino schools. Al-Bozouq International School is located near the Philippine Consulate General in Rehab, Jeddah.

Organized by Filipino community leaders in partnership with multinational patrons, the school will teach the curriculum prescribed by the Department of Education in the Philippines, with the approval of the Saudi Ministry of Education.

“Al-Bozouq is instituting e-learning with the cooperation of computer professionals,” said a statement from the school's managers. “Teachers, students and parents will be able to access the school network for lessons, assignments, grades and other related academic materials.”

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article452135.ece

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