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Islamic World News ( 7 May 2010, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Clinton to Pak: 'Severe consequences' in case of attack

Indonesian ‘prophet’ jailed for blasphemy

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: 'Why are Muslims so hypersensitive

What women wear is their business

Faisal inspired by Yemeni ideologue'

‘Faisal a close friend of 26/ 11 mastermind’

Tomb Raider: Jesus buried in Srinagar

Cong's vote bank politics protects terrorists: Gadkari

Sacramento's Pakistani Americans declare war on terrorism

Times Square evacuated again on suspicion of cooler bomb

Two women of Pakistan origin win in UK elections 

NY bomb scare: Pakistanis pose as Indians

Bomb plot will put heat on Pakistan

3rd Italy council to fine burqa wearers

'Knowledge of Urdu helped Tahaliyani'

Kasab to remain in ‘anda’ cell

King decries terror funding

Pakistan has helped break anti-China Islamic group

Muslim center near 9/11 site stirs controversy

Iran belongs to world's ‘nuclear club,’ cleric says

Indian filmmaker documents image of Pakistan war with Taliban

Shahzad a ‘lone wolf’: Petraeus

Pak court adjourns Mumbai attack case till May 22

Belgian bishops nix US child sex abuse norms but vow action

A Muslim Christian Democrat's crucifixion

Can Obama and Karzai still work together?

Bombs planted in home of policeman kill 3 in Iraq

Pak alerted of terror results from within

Sohrabuddin case: CBI seeks custody of two policemen

J&K encounter: Five Hizb militants, two soldiers killed

How Canada’s Christian right was built

India must tackle terrorism aggressively

Eight die in Kashmir gunbattle

Lebanon charges army colonel with spying for Israel

Why Husain is in search of controversy in the twilight years P P Balachandran

Protest against war crimes in Malaysia

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Clinton to Pak: 'Severe consequences' in case of attack

May 8, 2010

NEW YORK: The United States has warned of "severe consequences" if a successful extremist attack in America were traced back to Pakistan, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday in an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes."

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for a failed bid to bomb New York's Times Square last Saturday. If proven, it would be the group's first act in the United States.

Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad has been charged with driving the crude homemade bomb into Midtown Manhattan and said he acted alone, according to authorities.

But investigators have uncovered possible links to the Pakistani Taliban and a Kashmiri Islamist group.

"We've gotten more cooperation. It's been a real sea change in the commitment we have seen from the Pakistani government. We want more, we expect more," Clinton said in the interview to be aired on Sunday.

Excerpts were released on Friday. "We've made it very clear that if -- heaven-forbid -- an attack like this that we can trace back to Pakistan were to have been successful, there would be very severe consequences," she said, without elaborating.

Shahzad, 30, who was born in Pakistan and became a US citizen last year, has admitted to the failed plot and to receiving bomb-making training in a Taliban and al-Qaida stronghold in Pakistan, prosecutors said.

He has been charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and trying to kill and maim people, as well as other counts.

Shahzad is yet to appear in court as he has waived his US legal rights and is talking to investigators.

Better relationship

Tension remained high in New York after Shahzad was plucked from an Emirates airline flight he boarded on Monday night even though he had been placed on a "no fly" list.

Several blocks of Times Square were shut down again on Friday for 90 minutes to investigate a suspicious package that turned out to be a lunch cooler.

Some analysts have speculated that if the Pakistani Taliban were involved in the Times Square plot, it could be responding to US drone attacks that have killed militants hiding in Pakistan as well as civilians.

The United States, which sees Pakistan's effort against militants as crucial to its fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan, has about 200 military personnel in Pakistan, including Special Operations forces on a training mission.

"We also have a much better relationship, military to military, intelligence to intelligence, government to government than we had before," Clinton said.

"I think that there was a double game going on in the previous years, where we got a lot of lip service but very little produced."

"We've got a lot produced. We have seen the killing or capturing of a great number of the leadership of significant terrorist groups and we're going (to) continue that," she said in the interview.

US defense secretary Robert Gates said on Friday the United States was prepared to provide more assistance to Pakistan if it wanted it in the wake of the attempted Times Square bombing.

Gates said that Pakistan recently stepped up efforts to root out extremist militants.

"The Pakistanis have been doing so much more than 18 months or two years ago any of us would have expected," Gates told reporters at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He referred to Pakistani army offensives, dating to spring 2009, against Taliban extremists in areas near the Afghan border, including in south Waziristan.

Gates said the Obama administration is sticking to its policy of offering to do as much training and other military activity inside Pakistan as the Pakistan government is willing to accept.

"It's their country," Gates said. "They remain in the driver's seat, and they have their foot on the accelerator."

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/articlelist/30359534.cms

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Indonesian ‘prophet’ jailed for blasphemy

08 MAY 2010

A 70-year-old Indonesian, who declared himself a prophet and claimed to have visited heaven twice, has been convicted under country’s blasphemy law and sentenced to jail. Bakri Abdullah, who was arrested in October last year and charged under the country’s blasphemy law, was on Thursday sentenced by a local court to one year in jail.

The convict reportedly told his small group of followers that he had ascended from a mountain into heaven in 1975 and again in 1997, according to Detikcom news website.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/254255/Indonesian-%E2%80%98prophet%E2%80%99-jailed-for-blasphemy.html

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali: 'Why are Muslims so hypersensitive

8 May 2010

Ayaan Hirsi Ali enters an apartment in New York followed by a bodyguard. The 40-year-old, who for the last six years has been unable to turn up at a venue without it being checked by security, is a writer, polemicist and critic of Islam. She is also a Somali immigrant, an ex-Muslim, a survivor of child genital mutilation, an exile many times over, a former Dutch MP, a black woman whose language would not, in places, look amiss in a BNP pamphlet, a remarked-upon beauty and a lady-in-peril, identities that lend her as a figurehead to disparate causes and bring on confusion in the people she meets.

"I'm a serious person," she says, frowning, as the photographer suggests various fashion poses, but she is also quietly, almost coyly glamorous, moving around with fawn-like grace. It's a combination that works particularly well on male polemicists of the muscular left, who can't do enough to defend her: her gentle charm, her small wrists, her big eyes – oh, and her brave commitment to Enlightenment values – in the face of all that extremism.

It was after fleeing an arranged marriage and settling as an asylum-seeker in Holland that Hirsi Ali converted from Islam to atheism with the kind of zeal that usually powers journeys going the other way. She can, she has said, make statements that a white person simply could not: on the "dangers" posed to the west not just by radical, but by regular Islam; on the "backward" nature of the religion; on how "terrible" the Qur'an is; and, in the most startling argument of her new book, Nomad (a follow-up to her bestselling memoir Infidel), how Muslims would do well to learn from Christianity. She is aware of the liberal twitching she causes – what if accusing her of racism is in itself racist? What if her experience trumps all other arguments? In 2004, after her friend Theo Van Gogh, the Dutch journalist with whom she made a film about women and Islam, was murdered, she was put under 24-hour security. (In the US it is paid for by private donors; when she returns to Europe, where she is still a Dutch citizen, she is protected by the state.) Two years later she left Holland following a controversy around her citizenship and for the last three years she has worked in Washington for the American Enterprise Institute, a rightwing thinktank, contributing papers on how the failures of multiculturalism have allowed for the rise of Islamic extremism in the west.

The accusation that most irritates her – that the events of her life have left her "traumatised" and an easy pawn for rightwing politicians – is, as she says, a sexist presumption. And yet the suspicion remains: that those convictions one arrives at – and fights hardest for – via fraught personal experience are emotional, not rational, and as such beyond reach of most useful debate.

"I'm not being rightwing," she says. "The people who believe themselves to be on the left, and who defend the agents of Islam in the name of tolerance and culture, are being rightwing. Not just rightwing. Extreme rightwing. I don't understand how you can be so upset about the Christian right and just ignore the Islamic right. I'm talking about equality." (She is seeing the rightwing historian Niall Ferguson, who, she wrote recently in a Dutch magazine, she is "enormously in love with", but won't comment on it today, nor smile at the suggestion that in most people's minds this will instantly reposition her on the political scale.)

The impetus to write Nomad came in 2008, when she visited her dying father at a hospital in London and saw her family for the first time in years. The reunion was short and inadequate, and brought about "the horrible feelings that come with death; lots of things that I regret". Primarily that she hadn't spoken to him sooner, but also that in what she saw as his internal fight between western and Islamic principles – he believed in educating his daughter, but forced her into a marriage and disowned her when she ran away – the latter won.

Her critique of Islam as a "moral framework not compatible with the modern westernised way of living" is rooted in a critique of her family, her father's unbending will and particularly her mother, a woman who she says was pulled apart by the contradictions of maintaining her faith in a modern society and an identity crisis from which Hirsi Ali herself suffered. (She speaks six languages – English, Somali, Arabic, Swahili, Amharic and Dutch.) The phrasing she uses is startlingly direct. When she writes that "violence is an integral part" of Islamic social discipline, or says in our interview that "Muhammad's example is terrible, don't follow it", it is deliberately, almost narcissistically provocative, the result, one imagines, of a siege mentality and the defensive self-assurance that goes with it. To Hirsi Ali, the act of speaking out, of saying what no one else will say, seems at this stage to be almost a pathology; to override all other considerations.

The subtitle of Nomad is "A personal journey through the clash of civilisations". I ask if she understands why Muslims going about their business are incredibly hurt by these kinds of statements. "But if you compare the reaction of Christians to what is written about Christianity – Richard Dawkins, who's a supporter, says religion is a form of madness – whereby Christians just shrug their shoulders and don't respond. If you compare the way Muslims take offence at perceived insults that are not insults, but are just a critical way of looking at their religion, then I start to ask myself, why are Muslims so hypersensitive to criticism and why don't they do anything with it except to respond by denying it or playing the victim? And I've come to the conclusion it's because of the gradual indoctrination – from parents, teachers – that everything in the Qur'an is true; Muhammad is infallible, you have to follow his example and defend Islam at all times, at all costs. Instead of going along as most people are doing now and saying, OK, let's refrain from criticising Islam, let's refrain from calling Islamic terrorism Islamic, I think we should do the opposite."

When people throw out accusations of racism, she says, they forget that Islam is not a race but a religion; one chooses to follow it. But after 7/7, the racist on the street who's about to beat up a foreign-looking guy doesn't stop to ask him if he believes in Muhammad.

"There is racism that will fall under freedom of expression and there is racism that incites violence or is violent, and those [violent] people have to meet with the law, just like the radical Muslims do. But to say that we are simply not going to talk about Islam – which inspires in today's world the greatest possible danger to world peace – because a few people here and there get offended, I think is the wrong approach.

"The burden of proof now is on the Muslims; if the theology they subscribe to requires you to perform jihad, I think we should engage them by saying, 'Hey, we want to talk about this with you'; that's not to insult you. It is right there in the Qur'an, it is right there in the Hadith, it's been put into practice and it is being preached. And the people who are preaching it are taking advantage of the full array of freedoms that a liberal democratic society has. And we are not going to shut up and call it something else just because you are saying you are offended. I don't even believe they are offended. You should be more offended for the victims of 7/7, [who died] in the name of religion, than by a cartoon that is drawn of Muhammad."

In the new book, Hirsi Ali proposes an "enlightenment project" in which "critical thinking" be introduced to her former faith through various mediums, one of which, she suggests, is the Christian church. "That's probably going to be the most controversial," she says, smiling. I'll say. Even if it didn't ignore the baggage of 1,000 years of history – the Crusades, anyone? Colonialism? – what is an atheist doing promoting Christianity?

Hirsi Ali laughs. She decided to promote Christianity, she says, because of letters she received after Infidel was published, from Muslims who were sympathetic to her cause but were reluctant to abandon their faith altogether. "Some say, 'Oh, I have also become an atheist and I'm happy to have shed that cruel nonsense off.' But then some say, 'I don't want to become an atheist.' " Hirsi Ali dismisses the kind of Christians who picket abortion clinics as fringe elements within a faith that, generally, "talks about a concept of God that is different from the Muslim [concept], where you are required to submit your will completely and conform to what is in the Qur'an. I talk about a Christianity that is enlightened enough to separate spirituality from the rest of life. Not just church and state, but knowledge and church. Religious groups not telling you what you can and can't do, but religion becoming an inside thing. It's very hard for me to describe a thing that I don't have – that kind of spirituality."

The 11-minute film Hirsi Ali made with Theo Van Gogh, broadcaster and provocateur who publicly referred to Muslims as "goat-fuckers", was intended to symbolise what they saw as misogyny within Islam. In it, a half-naked woman is depicted with lash marks on her back while a voiceover reads passages from the Qur'an; elsewhere, Qur'anic excerpts relating to the submission of women are projected on to a woman's naked back. As Ian Buruma reported in his excellent book Murder In Amsterdam, when a  Dutch news programme aired Submission to Muslim women in a shelter for victims of domestic violence, they were by and large appalled. These were the very people Hirsi Ali was trying to help; but her style, and her choice of cohort, offended them. Three months after the film aired on Dutch TV, Van Gogh was murdered in the street by Mohammed Bouyeri, a Dutch-Moroccan who pinned a note to his chest, calling for holy war and naming Hirsi Ali as a target.

At the time, she was an MP in the Dutch parliament, an extraordinary ascent given that 12 years earlier she had entered the country with barely a suitcase. In 1992, Hirsi Ali was en route from Kenya to Canada to begin married life with a man for whom she had no respect. During a stopover in Germany, she gathered her courage and, on the advice of a relative with knowledge of the asylum system, took a train to Holland. (Her first choice was Britain, but she was told crossing the Channel would be too difficult.) Holland, she was assured, had one of the most liberal asylum policies in Europe. So began a decade during which she rose from a minimum wage job, to a degree in political science from the University of Leiden and up through the Dutch political establishment.

The uncompromising tone of Submission was inspired, in part, by Hirsi Ali's experiences in those early years as an interpreter for social services, hearing stories that took her back to her childhood. Her father was a political opponent of the Somali president Siad Barre. When she was two, he was jailed, forcing the family to flee, first to Saudi Arabia, then Ethiopia, then Kenya. Although there is in Hirsi Ali an almost aristocratic bearing, it was not an easy upbringing; she was beaten by a religious teacher until a rib broke; was, at her grandmother's insistence and in her father's absence, subjected to genital mutilation; and in later years would watch as her sister crumbled into mental illness after a secret abortion – all acts that she believed to be sanctioned by her faith and which, as she started work in Holland, she believed the Dutch authorities wilfully ignored. When Muslim women in the Hague were found to have high instances of vitamin D deficiency, health workers put it down to poverty and not, as Hirsi Ali says came out in the interviews, to the fact they were deprived of sunlight because they didn't have permission to leave the house until their husbands came home at night. She calls this "the twist and turn to avoid Islam". When she had a platform to speak, she resolved, she would not pussyfoot around in the same manner.

And she didn't. After gaining a masters degree, writing a series of pieces in the Dutch press and eventually standing for parliament, Hirsi Ali allied herself with the most unlikely and controversial figures in Dutch politics. As well as Van Gogh, she spoke admiringly of Pim Fortuyn, the Dutch anti-immigration politician who was himself murdered by an animal rights activist. At the end of Nomad, she paints a cosy picture of hanging out in New York with Oriana Fallaci, the late Italian journalist whose post-9/11 polemic, The Rage And The Pride, invokes a seething Muslim mass trying to get into Europe and is described even by Christopher Hitchens, a supporter of Hirsi Ali's, as "a primer in how not to write about Islam". Hirsi Ali says she met Fallaci socially and they didn't talk about Islam – they talked about babies. But to refer to Fallaci so warmly, given her reputation, is of course loaded.

"First of all," she says, "I don't feel that there is guilt by association. And I don't think that human beings are perfect. If Oriana Fallaci wrote – and I have to confess she gave me her books in Italian and I don't read Italian – but if she made these remarks that Christopher says cross the line, it still doesn't mean that she was wrong in her analysis of Islam. OK, she did make mistakes, but she is more of an ally than an enemy." She continues: "If I say, OK, from now I am only going to associate with people who I agree with 100%, that's a very small group of people."

She reserves her greatest disapproval not for writers such as Fallaci, but for intellectuals who she says have failed utterly in their responsibility towards non-white women. The decadence of western feminism is where Hirsi Ali is perhaps strongest. In the book, she attacks Germaine Greer for arguing that female genital mutilation needs to be considered "in context", as part of a "cultural identity" that western women don't understand. Greer, from the quotes Hirsi Ali cites, seems to be arguing merely that female circumcision is at the extreme end of a scale that starts with women wearing high heels for men's delectation – not condoning the former, but condemning the latter as part of a continuum. Hirsi Ali finds this inadequate; a strange, tangential take on the subject. Why, she asks, are voices such as Greer's not speaking out against the subjugation of women in the Muslim world? She calls for a new feminism, "that is going to focus on issues faced by non-western women, because they are the biggest issues. To own your own sexuality, as an adult woman; to choose your own lifestyle; to have access to education [when] what we see in the Muslim world is girls being pulled out of school and married off before they've completed their education. These things, I think, are more basic than the stuff that current feminists are concerning themselves with – like shattering the glass ceiling or finding a balance between work and home life. There was a long article in the New York Times that went on and on about who [in a couple] would load and unload the dishwasher. If you have a career and you're so intelligent, you can work that out. You don't have to have a manifesto. There is feminism that has evolved to a kind of luxury."

On that trip back to London to see her father for the last time, Hirsi Ali visited a cousin on a council estate in east London and saw, with horror, the life she might have led: "on welfare," she says, with hauteur, a virtual "prisoner", in need of her husband's permission to leave the house and then only if encased in a "black shroud". She says: "And I realised, oh my goodness, if I had done what my father wanted me to do in 1992, I would be leading a comparable life, but instead of Tower Hamlets, in Toronto." It is not a portrait she says her cousin would recognise. As far as the cousin is aware, she has made the right choices. How then does Hirsi Ali resolve the Enlightenment paradox of advocating freedom, then turning to other people and saying, I know what's best for you? "But it's not I know what is best for you. Classic liberalism was about the individual; [I am talking about] a denial of rights to an individual within a community: a girl's genitals were being cut; a girl was being denied education, forced into marriage; a gay guy has to hide from his parents that he's gay otherwise they're going to do something to him. That is what liberalism was all about. It is offensive to me if a group of people deny rights to an individual human being in the name of their religion – and they want the rest of us to leave them alone? No way."

Has she been radicalised by her experiences? How can she live with death threats and not, at some level, lose perspective? If she did not have a point, Hirsi Ali says, "there would be no angry Muslims plotting to kill me… people would just be shrugging their shoulders." In any case, she says, living in Washington with security is still better than living as a woman in Saudi Arabia without it. "Even with protection, even with death threats, I can publish, I can travel and I can live the life that I want, and not the one my parents want, or some imam somewhere thinks I should live."

She is not interested in going back into politics and believes she has more influence on the outside. She is sceptical of Obama, who, she thinks, in his speech to the Muslim world in Egypt last year was optimistic to the point of delusion. She says: "The idea that if people are just friendly and demonstrate they want peace, that will be answered with good will – that is really naive. If you have organisations in the US that are lobbying him and Congress to allow sharia, then being nice to them is not enough." In terms of British politics, she is more impressed with Labour than the Conservatives, for their suggested ban on the group Islam4UK. The Archbishop of Canterbury may be surprised to know she considers him an "appeaser" of Islam for considering limited introduction of sharia law.

The book ends with a letter to her unborn, and as yet unconceived, daughter. Hirsi Ali draws a line from her grandmother, a nomad who followed the tribal religious code, to her mother, caught between tribalism and modernity, to what she hopes would be her daughter's uncomplicated relationship with the west. "She would," she says, "not have to deal with the identity crisis that I and my mother had to deal with."

Hirsi Ali misses Dutch bread and cheese; but when she lands at JFK, these days, she thinks, "home". And Africa? She smiles. "I don't have much in me left for Somalia, because the country is so broken, it's not realistic to daydream about it." There is one thing, she says, that annoys her about the way her former faith is depicted. "There is this tendency to think that if you are a Muslim woman you are not strong." She repositions. "They," she says firmly, "are strong women."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/may/08/ayaan-hirsi-ali-interview

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What women wear is their business

SAMAH HADID AND RAYANN BEKDACHE

May 8, 2010

A WOMAN gets arrested for wearing a controversial item of clothing that the state deems out of line and is convicted of public indecency. We are not talking about Belgium, Italy or France but, rather, Sudan. However, these days it's easy to get the countries mixed up. It's hard not to compare the recent cases of a French woman who was fined while wearing a niqab and driving, a fully veiled Italian woman who was issued with a fine of 500 euros ($A712) while walking in the street and the absurd arrest of a woman for wearing trousers in Sudan last September.

The issue came closer to home yesterday when Opposition Leader Tony Abbott responded to calls by Liberal senator Cory Bernardi for a ban on the burqa by saying there is ''understandable community concern'' about the attire. The common thread in these cases is the attempt at state intervention in the personal spheres of women's clothing and expression.

Full report at:

http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/what-women-wear-is-their-business-20100507-ujlz.html

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Faisal inspired by Yemeni ideologue'

May 8, 2010

WASHINGTON: The Pakistani-American man accused of trying to detonate a car bomb in Times Square has told investigators that he drew inspiration from Anwar al-Awlaki, a Yemeni-American cleric whose militant online lectures have been a catalyst for several recent attacks and plots, an American official said on Thursday.

The would-be bomber, Faisal Shahzad, was inspired by the violent rhetoric of Awlaki, said the official. "He listened to him, and he did it," the official said, referring to Saturday's attempted bombing on a busy street in Times Square.

It is no surprise to counterterrorism officials to find that an accused terrorist had been influenced by Awlaki, 39, now hiding in Yemen, who has emerged as perhaps the most prominent English-speaking advocate of violent jihad against the US.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/US/Faisal-inspired-by-Yemeni-ideologue/articleshow/5904747.cms

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‘Faisal a close friend of 26/ 11 mastermind’

08 MAY 2010

US media report says bomber was also in touch with Baitullah Mehsud

TIMES Square terror bombing plot suspect Faisal Shahzad was a childhood friend of one of the alleged masterminds of the 2008 Mumbai massacre, a US media report has said.

As investigators traced Shahzad’s links to Pakistani militant outfit Jaish- e- Mohammad, ABC News, quoting sources, said he was a close friend of one of the brains behind the 26/ 11 attack.

However, the television network did not identify the Pakistani mastermind.

ABC added that the suspected bomber was also in contact with former Tehreek- e- Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, who was killed in a US missile strike in 2009.

Full report at:

Mail Today

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Tomb Raider: Jesus buried in Srinagar

Sameer Arshad

May 8, 2010

That Jesus survived crucifixion, travelled to Kashmir, eventually died there and is buried in Srinagar is an urban legend which has found many takers over the years. Every season hundreds of tourists visit the Rozabal shrine of Sufi saint Yuz Asaf in downtown Srinagar, believed by many to be the final resting place of Christ. But there’s a new twist to the tale — the medieval shrine was recently closed down after an enthusiastic ‘believer’ , New York-based writer Suzanne Olsson, allegedly tried to exhume it.

The shrine itself, at the edge of a winding alley in the backstreets of old Srinagar, first came into the limelight when a local journalist, Aziz Kashmiri, argued in his 1973 book, Christ in Kashmir, that Jesus survived crucifixion some 2,000 years ago, migrated to Kashmir and was buried in Srinagar. The modest stone building with traditional multi-tiered roof slipped into oblivion but came into focus again in 2002 when Olsson arrived in Srinagar, claiming to be Christ’s ‘59th descendant’ and seeking DNA testing of the shrine’s remains.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Tomb-Raider-Jesus-buried-in-Srinagar/articleshow/5906304.cms

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Cong's vote bank politics protects terrorists: Gadkari

May 8, 2010

PANAJI: Linking cross-border terrorism with vote bank politics, BJP national president Nitin Gadkari alleged that the country's security is not safe unsafe with the Congress in power.

Addressing a rally in the state capital that was attended by BJP workers, Gadkari criticised the Congress calling itself as a secular party.

"The government, military, society, media and the judiciary should be secular. Man can never be secular. The final rites for Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were performed with religious rituals," he said.

"The BJP is not against Muslims. Or else, A P J Kalam would not have become president during the rule of Atal Behari Vajpayee. Several lies have been spread that the BJP is anti-Christian and anti-Muslim. Tell me one case where discrimination was meted out to others when the Vajpayee government was at the centre, and the Manohar Parrikar government was ruling the state," Gadkari said. "We're not against the Bible and the Koran," he told party workers.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Goa/Congs-vote-bank-politics-protects-terrorists-Gadkari/articleshow/5904531.cms

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Sacramento's Pakistani Americans declare war on terrorism

By Stephen

May 08, 2010

Sacramento's Pakistani American community Friday declared war on terrorism – whether it's in Pakistan or homegrown.

At the downtown Muslim mosque, several dozen local leaders thanked God for the quick arrest of Pakistan-born U.S. citizen Faisal Shahzad in connection with the attempted Times Square car bombing before anyone was hurt.

Bashir Choudry, president of the Pakistani American Association of Sacramento, and other leaders expressed sadness that another Pakistani American has been linked to terrorism. Choudry said the community will do whatever it takes to root out terrorism.

That includes working with law enforcement, creating a Pakistani studies program at UC Davis to teach people about Pakistan's problems and potential, and lobbying U.S. lawmakers to promote stability, transparency and democracy in Pakistan.

Full report at:

http://www.modbee.com/2010/05/08/1158741/sacramentos-pakistani-americans.html

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Times Square evacuated again on suspicion of cooler bomb

Phill Moris

May 08, 2010

THE POLICE once again evacuate Times Square on suspicion of bomb, this time it is not car but cooler. Police cleared streets around Time square on Friday and bomb squad called in after finding a water cooler left sidewalks about a block away from where a car bomb was found.

This tuned out to be nothing but unused water cooler. The bomb squad X-rayed the cooler just to determine that the cooler found on sidewalks poised any serious threat.

The NYPD says that there is 30% growth in reporting of suspicious object, which is natural after any serious threat.   On an average police gets 90-100 calls of a suspicious package, there were more than 145 call son Thursday alone.

Full report at:

http://www.merinews.com/article/times-square-evacuated-again-on-suspicion-of-cooler-bomb/15806583.shtml

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Two women of Pakistan origin win in UK elections

08 May, 2010

LONDON: Two women of Pakistani origin have been declared winners in the British election, becoming the first Muslim women to become members of the House of Commons, reports APP.

Yasmin Qureshi, a 47-year-old barrister, held on to a Labour seat of Bolton, polling 18,782 votes against her Conservative rival’s tally of 15,827. She was contes- ting in place of Dr Brian Iddon, who has retired from politics.

Shabana Mahmood of Labour, an Oxford-educated barrister, was declared winner in the Birmingham Ladywood constituency, after bagging 19,950 votes. Her nearest rival — Ayoub Khan, a Liberal Democrat — polled 9,845 ballots. The seat was previously held by former international development secretary Clare Short.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/two-women-of-pakistan-origin-win-850

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NY bomb scare: Pakistanis pose as Indians

May 8, 2010

New York: Pakistani merchants and job seekers in the United States, still reeling from economic hardship since the September 11 attacks of 2001, are posing as Indians to avoid discrimination in the wake of the Times Square bomb attempt.

Once again, a man of Pakistani descent is at the center of a security story, leading to backlash against the Pakistani-American community.

Faisal Shahzad, 30, a naturalized American born in Pakistan, was arrested on Monday, two days after authorities say he parked a crude car bomb in New York's busy Times Square.

Suspected September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and convicted 1993 World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef are also of Pakistani decent, and anti-American militants fighting U.S. forces in Afghanistan take refuge in Pakistan.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/254461/Pak-alerted-of-terror-results-from-within.html

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Bomb plot will put heat on Pakistan

Bill Roggio

May 8, 2010

The failed Times Square bombing that hatched in Pakistan’s Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan will force the US to ratchet up pressure on Pakistan to take out the terror sanctuaries dotted throughout the tribal areas. US military and intelligence officials who have long warned of the threat posed from Pakistan’s tribal agencies, with North Waziristan at the top of the list, are pushing for Pakistan to clear the region of the Taliban, al-Qaida , and the multitude of Pakistani jihadist groups.

The Pakistani military has been reluctant to move into North Waziristan, citing concerns about its forces being overstretched due to offensives in neighbouring tribal agencies, including South Waziristan, Arakzai, and Bajaur. But the real reason, US officials say, is they are reluctant to move against the so-called “good Taliban” groups — those who wage war against NATO in Afghanistan and serve as jihadi depth against arch-enemy India.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Bomb-plot-will-put-heat-on-Pakistan-/articleshow/5906110.cms

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3rd Italy council to fine burqa wearers

08 MAY 2010

Biella (Italy), May 7: The northern city of Cossato on Friday became the third local authority in Italy to impose fines on women who cover their faces in public. The head-to-toe Islamic burqa and the niqab, which leaves the eyes visible are not specifically named in the by-law but are understood to be its target.

The fines will range from 25 to 100 euros. Elsewhere in northern Italy, Varallo and Novara city councils have already imposed fines on burqa and niqab wearers.

“There’s no security emergency in Cossato. But I want to stress that people coming to our country have obligations as well as rights,” said mayor Claudio Corradino, who belongings to Italy’s anti-immigrant Northern League party.

The burqa and niqab are a sensitive issue in Italy and elsewhere in Europe, where many people see them as a security threat, as well as a symbol of the oppression of women and an obstacle to integration. The Northern League party made strong gains in recent regional elections in northern Italy.

http://beta.asianage.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11665:3rd-italy-council-to-fine-burqa-wearers&catid=36:international&Itemid=61

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'Knowledge of Urdu helped Tahaliyani'

Diwakar Phatak

May 8, 2010

GONDIA (VIDARBHA): Besides his expertise in legal and judicial matters, judge M L Tahaliyani's knowledge of Urdu may have also helped him handle the difficult and landmark 26/11 trial, said advocates who once practised and studied with him.

‘‘In addition to judicial merit, it was his knowledge of the Urdu language that might have come in handy when he was hearing the Kasab case. The accused knew only Urdu and Tahaliyani was perhaps the best person to handle the case as he knows the niceties of this language,'' said advocate C S Telang, of Gondia, where Tahaliyani once practised and was a member of the Gondia District Bar Association.

Advocate Suresh Kumar Agrawal, who studied with Tahaliyani from 1969 to 1978, said: ‘‘He was very intelligent and an unassuming person. He speaks fluent English, Hindi, Marathi, Urdu, Rajasthani and Gujarati, which helped him handle criminals from all parts of the country comfortably in deliverance of justice.''

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Knowledge-of-Urdu-helped-Tahaliyani/articleshow/5905229.cms

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Kasab to remain in ‘anda’ cell

TN Raghunatha

08 MAY 2010

Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Kasab will continue to be in the bomb-proof ‘anda’ cell in the Arthur Road jail until the Bombay High Court confirms the death sentence pronounced by a trial court on Thursday.

The Maharashtra Government took a decision to this effect on Friday, after Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Chandra Iyengar visited the jail in south-central Mumbai and held a meeting with top police officials on security issues involving Kasab.

Given that it will take at least three months before the high court confirms his death sentence, the Maharashtra Government has decided to keep Kasab in the prison until then.

“We have decided to keep Kasab in Arthur Road jail for some more time. It is convenient for us to keep him here as the jail has all security measures in place. It is easier for the police to take him to the Bombay High Court for hearings (involving confirmation of his death sentence). We will think of shifting him to some other jail after the high court confirms his death sentence,” Iyengar said.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/254456/Kasab-to-remain-in-%E2%80%98anda%E2%80%99-cell.html

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King decries terror funding

By MUHAMMAD HUMAIDAN

May 8, 2010

JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah said Friday that financing terrorist acts is "as bad as terrorist deeds."

“This reprehensible crime is not only as bad as terrorist deeds but also sustains terror, attempts to sabotage our land, destabilizes our security and destroys our resources and our moderate approach,” the king said in a message to Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, who is also president of the Council of Senior Islamic Scholars. The council last month condemned terror financing.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article51254.ece

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Pakistan has helped break anti-China Islamic group

May 8, 2010

Beijing, May 8 (ANI): Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that a leader of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), which China accuses of orchestrating attacks in its restive Xinjiang region, has been killed which has subsequently served a severe blow to the group.

Interacting with reporters on the last day of his two-day China visit, Malik said Pakistan together with Beijing has been able to break ETIM’s back and has eliminated its top leaders.

“I am happy to inform you that their back is broken, it’s weakened. We treat ETIM not only as an enemy of China but also as an enemy of Pakistan … Now the other so-called gang leader Haq has been killed recently, I can confirm that,” Malik said while referring to Abdul Haq, an ETIM leader, who is also known as Memetiming Memeti.

Full report at:

http://www.duniyalive.com/?p=122164

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Muslim center near 9/11 site stirs controversy

May 8, 2010

NEW YORK -- A building damaged by debris from the Sept. 11 airliners that brought down the World Trade Center will soon become a 13-story mosque.

Some see the mosque as a bridging of a cultural divide and an opportunity to serve a burgeoning, peaceful religious population. Others see a painful reminder of the religious extremism that killed their loved ones.

Two Muslim organizations have partnered to open the mosque and cultural center in lower Manhattan, saying the $100 million project will create a venue for mainstream Islam and a counterbalance to radicalism.

But some 9/11 victims' families said they were angered that it would be built so close to where their relatives died.

Full report at:

http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/religion/2250658,CST-NWS-mosque09.article

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Iran belongs to world's ‘nuclear club,’ cleric says

May 8, 2010

TEHRAN: Iran has entered the world's "nuclear club" and major powers should accept it, an influential cleric told worshippers on Friday, underlining Tehran's defiance in a dispute with the West over its atomic activities.

Ahmad Khatami, a conservative hard-liner in the clerical establishment, also warned the major powers that Iran could "endanger your entire world" in any future confrontation.

The United States is lobbying UN Security Council members to back a fourth round of sanctions on Iran, to press it into curbing sensitive nuclear work the West suspects is aimed at making bombs.

Iran, the world's fifth-largest crude exporter, says its nuclear program is aimed at generating electricity and has refused to bow to international pressure to halt it.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article51098.ece

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Indian filmmaker documents image of Pakistan war with Taliban

by Hemlata Aithani

Presenting a documentary film entitled "Fighting the Taliban", the Pakistani High Commission here was trying to persuade the Indians that Islamabad is seriously engaged in a war against terrorism which is a threat to security to the entire South Asian region.

The documentary, produced by Indian journalist Rohit Gandhi, has brought a slice of the frontline action of the Pakistani Armed forces battling the Taliban in the treacherous terrain of South Waziristan (SWAT) which shares its border with Afghanistan. The documentary was shown at the high commission this week.

Gandhi, who has 17 years experience and won international awards, traveled with a SWAT team of the Punjab regiment of the Pakistan Army to be at the battleground in the village of Makeen in South Waziristan.

Full report at:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/indepth/2010-05/08/c_13283096.htm

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Shahzad a ‘lone wolf’: Petraeus

By Anwar Iqbal

08 May, 2010

WASHINGTON: A senior US military commander and a lawmaker said on Friday they believed the man who tried to bomb New York’s Times Square was a ‘lone wolf’.

Gen David Petraeus, who oversees America’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, told a US news agency there was no indication that Faisal Shahzad worked with others in concocting the terror attack or the homemade bomb.

“We don’t know that this individual did something that escaped in some way our ability to pick up on either his trip to Pakistan or some other case,” said Congressman Silvestre Reyes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, when asked at a news conference why US intelligence agencies failed to learn about Faisal’s links to the Taliban.

Gen Petraeus, however, told AP that Faisal was “inspired by militants in Pakistan but didn’t have direct contact with them”.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/shahzad-a-lone-wolf-petraeus-850

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Pak court adjourns Mumbai attack case till May 22

May 8, 2010

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani court conducting the trial of LeT's operations chief Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and six other suspects in the Mumbai attack case adjourned proceedings till May 22 after the prosecution sought more time to gain access to Ajmal Kasab, sentenced to death by an Indian court.

Judge Malik Muhammad Akram Awan of the Rawalpindi-based anti-terrorism court put off the case for two weeks after the prosecution filed an application asking him not to proceed till Pakistani authorities gained access to Kasab and Fahim Ansari, an Indian national who was accused of involvement in the attacks but acquitted by the Indian court.

The prosecution said in its application that the Pakistan government had requested India to grant access to Kasab and Ansari.

It also said the arrest warrants issued for Kasab and Ansari by the anti-terrorism court had been provided to Indian authorities.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Pak-court-adjourns-Mumbai-attack-case-till-May-22-/articleshow/5906874.cms

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Belgian bishops nix US child sex abuse norms but vow action

May 8, 2010

ROME: Belgian bishops say tough US norms about dealing with clerical sex abuse that have been hailed as a model by the Vatican aren't appropriate for Belgium.

Brussels Archbishop Andre Leonard said the context in which the US norms were created - amid a major scandal in 2002 - required a much tougher response. But he said the Belgian church nevertheless was taking a firm stance against pedophile priests, albeit a more measured one than in the US.

Leonard spoke to reporters on Friday after a week of previously scheduled meetings with Vatican officials that followed the April announcement that the country's longest-serving bishop, Roger Vangheluwe, had resigned after admitting he sexually abused a boy.

The pope addresses the Belgian bishops on Saturday.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Europe/Belgian-bishops-nix-US-child-sex-abuse-norms-but-vow-action/articleshow/5904898.cms

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A Muslim Christian Democrat's crucifixion

May 8, 2010

Germany’s conservative Christian Democrats had hoped making a Muslim woman a state minister would show how modern and tolerant their party has become. But as ZEIT ONLINE’s Christian Bangel writes, a nasty debate over crucifixes in state schools shows how much it hasn't.

For five days, seven hours and 38 minutes, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) seemed to be just the party Chancellor Angela Merkel has always wanted.

That’s how long it took between the appointment of Aygül Özkan, a Muslim born in Germany to Turkish immigrant parents as the new the social affairs and integration minister of Lower Saxony, and the call by a conservative Bavarian parliamentarian questioning whether she was in the right party.

Full report at:

http://www.thelocal.de/opinion/20100427-26815.html

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Can Obama and Karzai still work together

May 8, 2010

US President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, allied in war but lacking in personal chemistry, face a critical test next week of whether they can just get along.

From Washington to Kabul, the consensus is clear — the two leaders have no choice but to use their White House meeting to move beyond a recent war of words between their governments and try to restore trust and mend frayed relations.

How well they do could have implications for the success or failure of Obama's military buildup aimed at stabilizing Afghanistan and fulfilling his pledge to start bringing US troops home in mid-2011. “We don't have the luxury of having a dysfunctional relationship in such an important war,” said Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution in Washington. “It's time for cooler heads to prevail.” Still, it could be an awkward encounter on Wednesday, just weeks after Obama flew across the world to Afghanistan to lecture Karzai about corruption.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/opinion/columns/article51185.ece

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Bombs planted in home of policeman kill 3 in Iraq

May 8, 2010

SAAD ABDUL-KADIR BAGHDAD: Bombs planted inside the home of a policeman in northern Iraq exploded Saturday, killing him, his mother and one other resident, a security official said.

The bombing was one of several attacks around Iraq's north that killed a total of nine people since Friday evening, a sign that authorities are struggling to maintain security as the country's politicians clamor over the shape of a new government two months after an inconclusive election.

The early morning attack took place on a home in the town of Amirli, just south of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, and injured five other people.

The Kirkuk area is home to an uneasy mix of Iraq's sectarian and ethnic groups. While violence has dropped dramatically over the years, a steady low-level unrest continues, fueled in large part by distrust and animosity between the country's Kurds and Arabs, as well as Sunnis and Shiites.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article51417.ece

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Pak alerted of terror results from within

May 8, 2010

The United States has finally warned Pakistan that if a terror operation like the Times Square bombing attempt were to be successful and traced back to the country, "there would be very severe consequences".

The blunt warning came from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton who acknowledged Pakistan's 'increased cooperation' in the war on terror, but said the US wants and expects even more from Islamabad.

"We've made it very clear that if, heaven-forbid, an attack like this that we can trace back to Pakistan were to have been successful, there would be very severe consequences," Clinton said in an interview to CBS' "60 Minutes" programme to be broadcast Sunday.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/254461/Pak-alerted-of-terror-results-from-within.html

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Sohrabuddin case: CBI seeks custody of two policemen

May 8, 2010

The CBI on Friday moved a special court seeking the custody of two policemen, arrested in connection with the 2005 fake encounter case, for further questioning as part of investigations into it.

The agency sought 14-day custody of N K Amin and V A Rathod, arrested by Gujarat CID which was earlier handling the case regarding the fake encounter killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kausar Bi.

Special CBI Judge V B Barot posted the hearing on the application to May 12 after Amin and Rathod opposed the plea, arguing that it was unwarranted as they have already been questioned by the CID.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Sohrabuddin-case-CBI-seeks-custody-of-two-policemen/articleshow/5905247.cms

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J&K encounter: Five Hizb militants, two soldiers killed

Khursheed Wani

08 MAY 2010

In an encounter, security forces shot dead five militants of the pro-Pakistan outfit, Hizbul Mujahideen, while two Rashtriya Rifles troopers were killed in north Kashmir’s Rafiabad belt, around 70 km from here. The encounter took place after militants killed two soldiers, including a Major in an ambush at Chittibandi village in Bandipora district recently.

Sources said the army and the State police’s elite counter-insurgency wing, SOG, raided militant hideouts at Sheikhpora and Sidarpora villages in Hapatnar forest area of north Kashmir’s Rafiabad belt on Thursday afternoon. The exchange of fire continued throughout the night.

Two soldiers of the 32 RR, Lance Naik Anand Bahadur Thapa and Lance Naik Anup Kumar Sharma died. Another soldier was injured and has been admitted at Base Hospital in Srinagar.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/254308/JK-encounter-Five-Hizb-militants-two-soldiers-killed.html

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How Canada’s Christian right was built

May 8, 2010

From Stephen Harper's refusal to fund abortion as part of his G8 initiative to the outcry that forced the cancellation of Ontario's sex ed curriculum, the religious right is making its growing muscle felt on the political landscape. In a new book called

From the moment I began this book, I was confronted by skeptics who insist that a truly influential religious right could never take root in Canada. For some, that denial seemed like an exercise in wishful thinking, a refusal to face the possibility that the idea of the country they cherish — liberal, tolerant, and not given to extremes of action or belief — might not be in sync with the changing reality. Others argued that if a Christian right did exist here it would have burst fully formed on to the political scene, a carbon copy of that in the U.S. — raucous and confrontational, openly pulling the strings of the Conservative party and captained by outspoken television preachers with millions of viewers ready to respond to their bidding. But the American movement has had more than three decades to take shape and flourish; by the time scholars and the mainstream media noticed, it had already infiltrated nearly every level of government from school boards to the Senate, often by stealth.

Full report at:

http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/article/806535--how-canada-s-christian-right-was-built

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India must tackle terrorism aggressively

Chitranjan Sawant

May 08, 2010

SPECIAL JUDGE S.M. Tahaliyani brought the trial of a Pakistani terrorist, Amir Kasab, 22, to an end successfully in Mumbai. Initial reactions of people across the globe was that of relief that turned into spontaneous jubilation as the implications sunk into their minds.

 The sense of relief and celebration cut across religious lines except in some pockets that owe allegiance to Pakistan and burn the India tricolour off and on. Just across the border, in Pakistan, the people were either apathetic or wore a sad look. The Pakistanis, by and large, did not hope for a total verdict of “guilty” and a sentence of Death by hanging, “to be hanged by the neck till death,” so goes the legal sentence borrowed from the Criminal Procedure Code.

 Respect the Verdict:

 Full report at:

 http://www.merinews.com/article/india-must-tackle-terrorism-aggressively/15806403.shtml

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                                           Eight die in Kashmir gunbattle

08 May, 2010

SRINAGAR, May 7: A fierce gunbattle in occupied Kashmir killed six Kashmiri militants and two Indian soldiers, an army spokesman said on Friday.

Fighting erupted on Thursday night in densely forested Rafiabad — about 80km north of Srinagar — after army troops and police received information about the presence of militants in the area, Col Vineet Sood said.

Six militants and two soldiers died, and a search was continuing despite heavy rain, Sood said.

In a telephone call to a local news agency, a man who identified himself as a spokesman for Hizbul Mujahideen, Kashmir’s biggest militant group, said four of the guerrillas killed belonged to his group. The man said three soldiers were killed in the fighting.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/eight-die-in-kashmir-gunbattle-850

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Lebanon charges army colonel with spying for Israel

May 8, 2010

 BEIRUT - A Lebanese prosecutor on Friday charged an army colonel with spying for Israel and referred him to a military court.

Security sources said Colonel Gazwan Shahin, the fourth officer to be arrested on suspicion of espionage since last year, was arrested a few months ago.

A security source said Shahin provided Israel’s spying agency with pictures, information and coordinates of civil and military posts during and after a 34-day war in 2006 between Hezbollah and Israel.

An investigation into spying for Israel has led to more than 50 arrests since last year, including holding a former brigadier general of the General Security directorate. More than 20 have been formally charged.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/May/middleeast_May112.xml&section=middleeast

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Why Husain is in search of controversy in the twilight years P P Balachandran

May 8, 2010

8 May 2010 I have not been able to figure out why an artist’s personal choice, as a citizen or as an artist, should cause a deep political divide. If M F Husain decided to barter his nationality for whatever reasons – lofty existentialist or base commercial – it should have been ideally treated as his own business; especially when the artist himself, while taking the decision, did not appear to be bleeding on the horns of any Hamletean dilemma.

 True, until he handed over his passport to the Indian embassy in Doha last month, Husain was vacillating while explaining the reasons for his decision. At best, he sounded ambivalent, at worst evasive. But back home, it led to a left-right standoff with both sides firing their clichéd arguments at each other, not knowing that the truth, as always, is buried between the two burning ends. Let us begin with a consensus. Maqbool Fida Husain is a splendid artist, the likes of who rarely walked, barefoot or otherwise, upon this planet. He is blessed not just with a long and productive life but also with a fairytale career that pitch-forked a street painter from a wooden scaffold to the gilded palaces of emirs and pashas.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/opinion/2010/May/opinion_May43.xml&section=opinion&col=

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Protest against war crimes in Malaysia

May 8, 2010

Although leading newspapers in Malaysia and the international press blacked out the treatment Tony Blair received in Kuala Lumpur on April 24, news leaked out to many far and wide.

The protest against Blair’s presence was headed by the former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. While on a speaking engagement in Malaysia organized by the “Success Resources Company,” former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was the subject of an articulate protest demanding his indictment for war crimes. This was no ordinary protest.

Tony Blair has been accused of war crimes in a legal initiative led by Mahathir. Documentary evidence of war crimes committed by Blair and George W. Bush has been carefully compiled and collected since 2006. “The prosecution” is led by Malaysia’s most prominent lawyers. Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/opinion/letters/article51187.ece

 

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/clinton-to-pak---severe-consequences--in-case-of-attack/d/2819


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