New Age Islam
Tue Oct 20 2020, 02:11 AM

Islamic World News ( 18 Jul 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Court charges Radical Cleric in Pakistan with murder and treason

Kashmiri lobbyist Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai arrested in America for acting as unregistered agent of Pakistan

Young Hina to be Pakistan’s first woman foreign minister

No age bar for women workers: Minister Saudi Arabia

Smear campaign irks Deoband - Seminary draws PC notice to drive linking it to ‘Taliban’

Al-Turabi: Experience of Islamic rule in Sudan will be transferred to Egyptians

Encyclopedia on Islam released in Bangalore

Seven Afghan policemen poisoned then shot dead: govt

Taliban butcher 16 Pak cops & send back video

Indian Muslim League goes strong on fifth minister

Imam Mahdi (AS) Birthday Anniversary Celebrated in Serbia

All Muslims believe in Imam Mahdi (AJ) revelation: Says Shia Imam

Diggy raises a stink with RSS remarks

Murfreesboro Mosque Hopes to Break Ground Next Month

Mortars from Afghanistan kill four in Pakistan: officials

Assad loyalists kill 10 people in attacks on Homs

Security forces kill 11 militants in Kurram

Fighting erupts in Yemeni capital, six killed

Bomb kills five militants in South Waziristan

Three more dead in Karachi target killings

Hillary Clinton says US encouraged by India-Pakistan talks

American ambassador stops attempt to arrest Egypt fugitive in Britain

GOP Presidential hopeful strives for new levels of anti-Muslim buffoonery

Gaddafi rallies troops against the world

Indonesian Muslim group forms anti-terror squad

Saudi Wahhabi Authorities Released 18 Innocent Shiite Prisoners

Lost diamonds found in bombed Gem Street

Ajmer Blast accused insists he’s ‘innocent’

In Israel, where families are crucial, IVF is free

CIA to resume normal operations in Pakistan: report

ISI knew about Baitullah, Zawahiri meeting: Report

Show proof of Indian role: Pakistani panel

Khurshid’s rebuttal to critics: No separate cadre for Hindu trusts

Hillary Clinton, Krishna hold strategic talks, discuss Mumbai attack

Chinese gift lies unused in Pakistan

9/11 families want information on phone hacking probe

Father of admitted terrorist faces New York City trial

Seven workers of US NGO kidnapped in Pakistan

After brother, key adviser’s killing a big blow to Karzai

Iran takes control of 3 Kurdish rebel camps in Iraq: Guards

Pakistani bodies in damage-control mode

Bahrain says talks to continue despite opposition walkout

Nazi war crime suspect Kepiro, 97, cleared by court

Qatar shuts its embassy in Damascus

UN begins food aid airlift to rebel-held Somalia

835 Palestinians youths held for rock-throwing since 2005: Group

Amnesty condemns forced evictions in central Istanbul

Kiir tells officials to repatriate funds as Juba launches currency

Muslim Brotherhood will not participate in 'Friday of Stability' march

Pope Shenouda gives his blessings to Egypt's new envoy to Addis

Jesus of Kurdistan Reappearance

Mumbai attacks accused Lakhvi's lawyer possesses fake law degree?

State Fair booth volunteers answer questions on Islam

Iran compiling encyclopedia on Noruz

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/court-charges-radical-cleric-in-pakistan-with-murder-and-treason/d/5056

 

----------

Court charges Radical Cleric in Pakistan with murder and treason

Jul 19, 2011

A Pakistani court yesterday charged a radical cleric, who once brokered a Taliban peace deal in the Swat valley, with treason and murder, lawyers said.

Sufi Mohamed, father-in-law of Maulana Fazlullah, the leader of a Taliban insurgency that paralysed the northwestern valley from late 2007 until a military offensive in the spring of 2009, was arrested two years ago.

He is now set to go on trial in an anti-terrorism court in Swat, held behind closed doors in the a maximum security prison in Peshawar.

“Today, the court framed murder and treason charges on Sufi Mohamed and his 23 followers,” defence lawyer Majeed Adil Majeed said. 

“He and his followers broke the law by attacking a police station, killing 11 people, including nine paramilitary and two policemen, and attacked government buildings, which is treason” Majeed said.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/18/sufi-mohammad-charged-with-murder-treason.html

---------

Kashmiri lobbyist Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai arrested in America for acting as unregistered agents of Pakistan

 

Department of Justice

Office of Public Affairs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Two Charged with Conspiring to Act as Unregistered Agents of Pakistani Government

WASHINGTON – Two individuals have been charged with participating in a long-term conspiracy to act as agents of the Pakistani government in the United States without disclosing their affiliation with the Pakistani government as required by law.

 

The charges were announced by Lisa Monaco, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Neil MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and James McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office.

 

Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, 62, a U.S. citizen and resident of Fairfax, Va., and Zaheer Ahmad, 63, a U.S. citizen and resident of Pakistan, are charged in a one-count criminal complaint in the Eastern District of Virginia.   The complaint alleges that the defendants have conspired to: 1) act as an agent of a foreign principal without registering with the Attorney General in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA); and 2) falsify, conceal, and cover up material facts they had a duty to disclose in matters within the jurisdiction of Executive Branch agencies of the U.S. government.

 

Fai was arrested this morning. Ahmad remains at large and is believed to be in Pakistan.   Both face a potential sentence of five years in prison if convicted.

 

“FARA is designed to ensure that the U.S. government and American public know the underlying source of information and identity of persons attempting to influence U.S. policy and laws.   The defendants are accused of thwarting this process by concealing the fact that a foreign government was funding and directing their lobbying and public relations efforts in America,” said Assistant Attorney General Monaco.

 

“Mr. Fai is accused of a decades-long scheme with one purpose – to hide Pakistan’s involvement behind his efforts to influence the U.S. government’s position on Kashmir,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride.  “His handlers in Pakistan allegedly funneled millions through the Kashmir Center to contribute to U.S. elected officials, fund high-profile conferences, and pay for other efforts that promoted the Kashmiri cause to decision-makers in Washington.”

 

“Foreign governments who try to influence the United States by using unregistered agents threaten our national security,” said FBI Assistant Director in Charge McJunkin.  “Mr. Fai’s alleged conduct illustrates the risk to our fair and open government.  The charges underscore the dedication of Special Agents who enforce laws - like the FARA violations charged here - that are designed to detect and defeat those who attempt to surreptitiously exert foreign influence on our government by using agents who conceal their foreign affiliations . ”

 

According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Fai serves as the director of the Kashmiri American Council (KAC), a non-governmental organization located in Washington, D.C., that was founded in 1990 and also goes by the name “Kashmir Center.”   The KAC describes itself in educational materials as a “not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of knowledge in the United States about the struggle of the Kashmiri people for self-determination.”

 

The affidavit alleges that, although the KAC held itself out to be a Kashmiri organization run by Kashmiris and financed by Americans, the KAC is one of three “Kashmir Centers” that are actually run by elements of the Pakistani government, including Pakistan’s military intelligence service, the Inter-Services Intelligence Agency (ISI).   The two other Kashmir Centers are in London, England, and Brussels, Belgium.

 

According to the affidavit, a confidential witness told investigators that he participated in a scheme to obscure the origin of money transferred by Pakistan’s ISI to Fai to use as a lobbyist for the KAC in furtherance of Pakistani government interests.   The witness explained that the money was transferred to Fai through Ahmad, an American living in Pakistan.   A second confidential witness told investigators that the ISI created the KAC to propagandize on behalf of the government of Pakistan with the goal of uniting Kashmir.   This witness said ISI’s sponsorship and control of KAC were secret and that ISI had been directing Fai’s activities for the past 25 years.

 

When questioned by the FBI about these relationships in March 2007, Fai allegedly stated that he had never met anyone who identified himself as being affiliated with the ISI.   In March 2010, the Justice Department sent Fai a letter notifying him of his possible obligation to register as a foreign agent with the Justice Department.   In his written response to the Justice Department, Fai asserted that neither he nor KAC had ever engaged in any activities for or provided any services to Pakistan or any foreign entity.  In a March 2011 interview with the FBI, Fai again denied having any relationship with anyone in the Pakistani government.

 

The affidavit alleges that Fai has acted at the direction of and with the financial support of the Pakistani government for more than 20 years.   The affidavit alleges that four Pakistani government handlers have directed Fai’s U.S. activities and that Fai has been in touch with his handlers more than 4,000 times since June 2008.   Fai’s handlers have also allegedly communicated with Ahmad regularly.

 

For example, the affidavit alleges that Fai repeatedly submitted annual KAC strategy reports and budgetary requirements to his Pakistani government handlers for approval.  One document entitled “Plan of Action of KAC / Kashmir Center for Fiscal Year 2009” laid out Fai’s intended strategy to secure U.S. Congressional support in order to encourage the Executive Branch to support self-determination in Kashmir; his strategy to build new alliances in the State Department, the National Security Council, the Congress and the Pentagon, and to expand KAC’s media efforts.  

 

According to the affidavit, Fai also set forth KAC’s projected budgetary requirements from the Pakistani government for 2009, including $100,000 for contributions to members of Congress. There is no evidence that any elected official who received financial contributions from Fai or the KAC was aware that the money originated from any part of the Pakistani government.

 

According to the affidavit, Fai and the KAC have received at least $4 million, from the Pakistani government since the mid-1990s through Ahmad and his funding network.   The money is allegedly routed to Fai through Ahmad and a network of other individuals connected to Ahmad. Ahmad allegedly arranges for his contacts in the United States to provide money to Fai in return for repayment of those amounts in Pakistan.  

 

To date, neither Fai, nor Ahmad, nor the KAC has registered as an official agent of the Pakistani or Kashmiri governments with the Attorney General as required by FARA.

 

This investigation is being conducted by the FBI’s Washington Field Office.   The prosecution is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gordon Kromberg and Daniel Grooms of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia and Trial Attorney John Gibbs of the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.

 

The public is reminded that an indictment and criminal complaint contain mere allegations and that defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

National Security Division

 

Source:  http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2011/July/11-nsd-937.html

----------------------

Young Hina to be Pakistan’s first woman foreign minister

Jul 19, 2011

HINA Rabbani Khar, 34, will be elevated to the position of the foreign minister of Pakistan, a media report said on Monday.

Her elevation comes barely a week ahead of crucial India- Pakistan talks to be held in New Delhi. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has sent to President Asif Ali Zardari, the papers for making Khar the new foreign minister, Geo News reported.

Khar ( in pic) was the minister of state for foreign affairs.

The foreign minister’s post became vacant after Shah Mahmood Qureshi was left out of the cabinet after a reshuffle.

Khar is scheduled to travel to New Delhi for the foreign minister level talks July 26- 27.

Khar will be the youngest foreign minister in Pakistan’s history, beating the record of former Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, who was 35 when he took over the portfolio in the Ayub Khan regime.

She will also be the first woman foreign minister of the country.

Khar is the niece of Pakistani politician Ghulam Mustafa Khar, the main subject of My Feudal Lord , an unflattering biography by his exwife Tehmina Durrani.

Mail Today

----------

No age bar for women workers: Minister Saudi Arabia

Jul 19, 2011

JEDDAH: There is no age restriction on employing women in factories and lingerie shops, Labor Minister Adel Fakeih said in a press statement on Monday.

Fakeih said media reports that the ministry had set a particular age restriction for those wanting to work in lingerie shops were not correct.

"No age has been specified in the rules regarding the employment of women. This clarification is made to remove the confusion caused by some media reports that there will be an age restriction for working women," Fakeih said.

The minister further clarified that a particular ministerial order referred to women workers’ age only for the calculation of Saudization levels as part of the Nitaqat scheme and that is only in the case of those who work from their homes.

"Even in that order employers were given the freedom to hire women without looking at their age,” the minister said.

According to media reports last week, the ministry said women would be counted within the Nitaqat program if their ages were not less than 20 or more than 35 years, as long as they were registered with the General Organization for Social Insurance and that they were working full time.

The ministry also warned establishments who register women in bogus jobs to meet Saudization targets of severe punishments, including embargoes on foreign recruitment and transfer of iqamas (residence permits), and fines. Women who accept such positions would be barred from receiving support from the Human Resources Development Fund for three to five years, the media report said.

The minister concluded his statement by saying that his ministry issued orders to employ Saudi men and women workers in line with the directives of higher authorities.

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article474279.ece

----------

Smear campaign irks Deoband - Seminary draws PC notice to drive linking it to ‘Taliban’

RASHEED KIDWAI

July 19, 2011

New Delhi, July 18: The Mumbai blasts have unleashed a campaign of hate against a school that had issued a fatwa on terror in any form.

Abdul Khalique Madrasi, the chief of Dar-ul Uloom Deoband, today wrote to home minister P. Chidambaram, drawing his attention to an online campaign that alleged the seminary’s link with “Talibani terror”.

Madrasi said he received an email that alleged the seminary was urging young Muslims to turn against the state and indulge in “unbecoming, anti-national and communal” activities.

Some Marathi and Hindi newspapers from Nagpur, he added, had also carried malicious reports against his institution.

For the seminary, the “wild” and “unsubstantiated” allegations are all the more galling after its February 2008 step that denounced all acts of terror as un-Islamic.

“We don’t have any link or association with terrorism, terrorists, whatsoever,” the seminary had said in the presence of thousands of scholars. “We reject terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Terrorism completely negates the teachings of Islam, which is the faith of love and peace.”

The unprecedented declaration had served to clear the air after several terror outfits had claimed they were following the Deoband school’s teachings.

Although the Deoband move to dub as un-Islamic all acts of extremism was not new, the declaration was welcomed by all, including the BJP.

Madrasi said historical facts had been ignored about the 145-year-old seminary’s role in the country’s freedom struggle and the “secular” traditions it has been following.

“Way back in 1912, when Deobandi scholars gave a call for independence from the British, they named Raja Mahendra Pratap as ‘president’ of a ‘free India’. Moreover, the writings of historians Dr Tara Chand, Dr Ishwari Prasad and Dr K.M. Panicker testify to our nationalist and secular credentials,” he said.

Later, when the British relinquished their control over the subcontinent, the Deobandis sided with Mahatma Gandhi against Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s Muslim League. Like Gandhi, the then rector of Deoband, Maulana Hussain Ahmad Madni, had bitterly opposed the idea of partitioning India.

Madrasi said he chose to go public on the “smear campaign” as it was causing a deep sense of anxiety within the community. “The home minister must find out the identity of the culprits spreading the mischief and punish them,” he said.

The Deoband chief said any terrorist activity that targeted innocent people contradicted Islam’s concept of peace.

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1110719/jsp/frontpage/story_14257615.jsp

----------

Al-Turabi: Experience of Islamic rule in Sudan will be transferred to Egyptians

Jul 19, 2011

Sudanese opposition leader and prominent Islamist, Hassan al-Turabi, will pay a visit to Egypt on Tuesday, the first in 23 years

Hassan al-Turabi, the leader of Sudan’s National Islamic Front, will arrive in Egypt on Tuesday in his first visit to the country for 23 years, during which he alienated the ousted regime which, in turn, isolated him.

The Sudanese opposition leader intends to hold wide-range discussions with the Egyptian political and popular powers.

Al-Turabi is the first Islamist political leader whose movement reached power in the Arab world, and he himself harvested the mistakes of the bitter Islamic experience in Sudan, and is reviewing it now.

Ahram Online interviewed Al-Turabi in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, during his participation in the independence celebrations, before his visit to Egypt.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/~/NewsContent/2/8/16749/World/Region/AlTurabi-Experience-of-Islamic-rule-in-Sudan-will-.aspx

----------

Encyclopedia on Islam released in Bangalore

Jul 19, 2011

Islamic encyclopedia written and prepared by a handful of scholars and edited by Syed Iqbal Zaheer compiled in two volumes in English was released in Bangalore. Broadly, it covers religious aspects of Islam and its progress over the centuries.

BANGALORE, India (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Islamic encyclopedia written and prepared by a handful of scholars and edited by Syed Iqbal Zaheer compiled in two volumes in English was released in Bangalore. Broadly, it covers religious aspects of Islam and its progress over the centuries.

The contents in encyclopedia cover a wide range of topics like definitions of Islamic terms, life of Prophet Muhammad (saws), social and political movements in Islam across the globe, Islamic jurisprudence, Muslim scholars and scientists, Muslim minorities and history of Islam, etc. Encyclopedia was released by Justice Mohammad Anwar, judge of Karnataka High Court.

Full report at:

http://abna.co/data.asp?lang=3&Id=254446

----------

Seven Afghan police poisoned then shot dead: govt

Jul 19 2011

KABUL: Seven Afghan policemen manning a checkpoint in the restive southern province of Helmand were fed poisonous food and later shot dead, said a statement from the Helmand governor’s office Tuesday.

The incident took place on Monday in the main provincial city of Lashkar Gah, which is due to be handed from foreign to local control in an official ceremony on Wednesday.

“These police, who were guarding the checkpoint of the Sarkar area of Lashkar Gah city, were killed on Monday around 2pm (0930 GMT) by the insurgents who at first made the police unconscious by food poisoning and then killed them by gunfire,” said the statement.

It said the attackers escaped with their weapons in vehicles.

“Investigations are ongoing regarding how the incident happened,” it said. In a separate incident, it said two civilians were kidnapped and killed by insurgents.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/19/seven-afghan-police-poisoned-then-shot-dead-govt.html

----------

Taliban butcher 16 Pak cops & send back video

Jul 19, 2011

THE TALIBAN released a video on Monday showing fighters executing 16 Pakistani tribal policemen in a hail of gunfire who were captured in a cross- border raid from Afghanistan earlier this summer.

The video shows the policemen lined up on a hillside with their hands tied behind their backs, standing in front of armed Taliban fighters wearing scarves to hide their faces. Both the policemen and the insurgents are wearing salwar kameez . One of the insurgents accused the men of executing six children from Pakistan’s Swat Valley by firing squad.

“ They are the enemies of the religion of Allah,” the man said of the police officers.

He and several other fighters then opened fire on the policemen, who crumpled to the ground. Several of them were still moaning and one fighter walked down the line shooting the policemen in the head.

Full report at: Mail Today

----------

Indian Muslim League goes strong on fifth minister

Jul 19, 2011

Malappuram: After the central cabinet re-shuffle which barred cabinet berth or even independent powers in the minister of state position of E Ahmed, the Muslim League is going stronger in its demand for a fifth minister in Kerala. That the party had to change many of its decisions recently also has seemingly forced the League not to go backward in the issue.

A fifth minister is the right of the Muslim League and the party would stay strong in the matter, said cabinet minister and Muslim League national president E Ahmed. There is no relation between cabinet post and fifth ministership. He added that the party would not go backward in the matter.

Finance Minister and Congress (M) leader KM Mani last day stated in New Delhi that his party had no objection to giving a fifth minister for the League. The Congress (M), which already has two ministers, had asked for a third minister and the party was given Chief Whip post. Mr Mani added that the party now had no remaining issues regarding the government formation.

Full report at:

http://twocircles.net/2011jul18/muslim_league_goes_strong_fifth_minister.html?utm_

----------

Imam Mahdi Birthday Anniversary Celebrated in Serbia

Jul 19, 2011

On the occasion of birth anniversary of Imam Mahdi (may God hasten his glad advent) a ceremony was held on July 16 at the residence of Iranian ambassador to Belgrade, Serbia.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) -  On the occasion of birth anniversary of Imam Mahdi (may God hasten his glad advent) a ceremony was held on July 16 at the residence of Iranian ambassador to Belgrade, Serbia.

According to Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO), the ceremony was held with the presence of Hojat-ol-Islam Salar, deputy of Ahlul Bayt (AS) World Assembly at international affairs and the staff of the Iranian embassy and Iran cultural center in Serbia.

The program included Quran recitations by one of the Iranians residing in Belgrade and poetries recited on the occasion.

Addressing the ceremony, Hojat-ol-Islam Navvab talked about the philosophy of Intizar (waiting) saying “the belief in a savior exists in all of the religions particularly in the Divine ones.”

Head of the University of Religions and Schools of Thought also said “there are two kinds of waiting; one is waiting without practicing, while the other is an influential waiting which is encouraging. The nation waiting for the savior should try to become ready to host him.”

http://abna.co/data.asp?lang=3&Id=254418

----------

All Muslims believe in Imam Mahdi (AJ) revelation: Says Shia Imam

Jul 19, 2011

“Both Shias and Sunnis see eye to eye with each other when it comes to Imam Mahdi revelation,” said Mahabad Friday leader prayer.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - “Both Shias and Sunnis see eye to eye with each other when it comes to Imam Mahdi revelation,” said Mahabad Friday leader prayer.

“Shias and Sunni people see eye to eye with each other when it comes to the revelation of Imam Mahdi,” said Mamusta Ghader Sohrabi.

Pointing to the fact that Shia and Sunni people believe in the revelation of Imam Mahdi, Mamusta Sohrabi said,” Shia scholars believe that Imam Mahdi was born and at this time is absent, while Sunni scholars believe that he has not been born yet. “

Based on Shiite faith the twelfth Imam lives among his people but remains unknown until the day he reappears as a savior of mankind, filling the world with his blessings.

According to the belief of Shiites Imam Mahdi is hidden by God and will unite all Muslims at the time of his reappearance.

Mamusta Ghader Sohrabi also pointed to the approaching month of Ramadan and said,” if people paid their Zakat, we did not have such number of needy and poor people in our society.

Pointing to the necessity of paying Zakat, he underlined,” paying Zakat makes the soul of people pure and clean. “

http://abna.co/data.asp?lang=3&Id=254436

----------

Digvijaya Singh raises a stink with RSS remarks

Jul 19, 2011

THE Congress is once again struggling to fathom AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh’s reference to the RSS’s “ bomb factories” in the wake of the Mumbai blasts that has created a political storm across the country.

While his comments have heckled the BJP enough to ratchet up the rhetoric against Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, his own party is on the backfoot.

The Congress in Delhi seemed to be distancing itself from Singh’s remarks while the incident involving him and his supporters in a physical clash with the BJP/ RSS workers in Ujjain on Sunday had the party legislators furiously defending him in the Madhya Pradesh assembly.

The BJP was predictably fuming at the way Singh has baited their ideological mother, the RSS, in the wake of the Mumbai blasts. Singh had said in response to a question about whether he ruled out the involvement of Hindutva groups in the Mumbai blasts: “ I do not rule out anything.

Full report at: Mail Today

----------

Murfreesboro Mosque Hopes to Break Ground Next Month

Daniel Potter

Jul 19, 2011

Leaders in the effort to build a new mosque in Murfreesboro are hoping to break ground sometime in August, despite some legal hang-ups.

Opponents of the mosque say their legal challenge remains unresolved. Last month attorney Joe Brandon Jr. asked the judge to reconsider dismissing part of the plaintiffs’ claim about Sharia law. Brandon claims the Islamic code is dangerous and not constitutionally protected, and expects a response any day.

Brandon also says his request into thousands of government emails over a lack of public notice about the mosque hasn’t been fully met.

“Whether or not – if there’s a smoking gun, fine. If there’s not a smoking gun, that is fine as well. We simply want to ask questions, we want the government to produce documents, produce evidence, and we want to be able to have our day in court.”

Brandon says while the case drags on, there’s no guarantee on an OK to build the mosque.

And there’s one other hang-up for construction: officials say finding contractors has taken longer than hoped, though they expect to finish the bidding process soon. They say once construction is underway they’ll have security cameras and fencing at the site. Last year vandals damaged some equipment there in what investigators deemed arson.

http://wpln.org/?p=28911

----------

Mortars from Afghanistan kill four in Pakistan: officials

Jul 19, 2011

MIRAMSHAH: Mortar shells fired from across the border in Afghanistan hit a Pakistan military border post killing four soldiers, Pakistan security officials said Tuesday.

Two other soldiers were wounded in the attack in South Waziristan tribal district, they said, in the latest in a series of deadly cross-border incidents that have raised tensions between the neighbouring countries.

“Four soldiers were killed and two others were wounded in this cross-border attack,” a senior security official in Peshawar told AFP.

“More than 20 mortar shells were fired from across the border. Three shells slammed into a paramilitary Frontier Corps checkpost in Angoor Adda area,” he added.

Another security official in Wana, the main town of South Waziristan tribal district, confirmed the incident and casualties.

Both the officials blamed the Afghan National Army (ANA) for the attack.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/19/mortars-from-afghanistan-kill-four-in-pakistan-officials.html

----------

Assad loyalists kill 10 people in attacks on Homs

Jul 19, 2011

AMMAN: Syrian forces and militiamen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad killed 10 people in attacks on residential districts in Homs on Monday, the Local Coordination Committees activist group said.

"Tens of people have been also wounded. Security forces and shabbiha (militiamen) are rampaging in streets and firing randomly. Whole neighbourhoods are besieged," the group said in a statement sent to Reuters.

Syria saw its first major sectarian violence in four months of protests against Assad's rule when 30 people were killed at the weekend in clashes in Homs between members of the minority Alawite sect, who dominate the security apparatus, and the majority Sunni population.

Diplomatic pressure mounted on Assad on Monday after Qatar, previously a major supporter, shut its embassy in Damascus and the European Union said it was considering tougher sanctions.

Assad, an Alawite, has been waging a military campaign to try and crush the uprising for Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Assad-loyalists-kill-10-people-in-

----------

Security forces kill 11 militants in Kurram

Jul 19, 2011

PESHAWAR: Eleven militants and one Pakistani soldier were killed in a clash in the northwestern tribal region of Kurram, DawnNews reported.

Four soldiers were also injured in the clash.

The army launched a military operation this month to clear militants from their strongholds, security officials said.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/19/security-forces-kill-11-militants-in-kurram.html

----------

Fighting erupts in Yemeni capital, six killed

19 July 2011

SANAA - Fighting between government forces and opposition supporters erupted in Yemen’s capital Sanaa on Monday, killing six people, opposition sources said.

The fighting was the first to break out in Sanaa since President Ali Abdullah Saleh flew to Saudi Arabia for treatment after sustaining severe burn wounds when an attempt to assassinate him was made in June.

One clash began when demonstrators seeking to increase pressure on Saleh to quit marched outside a square where they have been camped for months, said the sources, who declined to be identified.

“Hundreds of youths marched out of the sit-in area, but were confronted by security forces and gunmen in civilian clothes who fired on them. They killed one protester and wounded eight others,” said one source.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/July/

----------

Bomb kills five militants in South Waziristan

Jul 19, 2011

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Intelligence officials say a roadside bomb struck a vehicle carrying Taliban fighters in Pakistan’s northwest, killing five of the insurgents.

The officials say three militants were also wounded by Tuesday’s blast in Pir Khel village in the South Waziristan tribal area. The fighters were followers of Maulvi Nazir, a prominent local Taliban commander.

The officials say one of the injured militants was the son of Nazir’s close associate, Tehsil Khan. Khan has played a role in evicting Uzbek militants from the area and has survived attempts on his life.

It’s unclear whether Tuesday’s incident was related to Khan’s activities.

The intelligence officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/19/bomb-kills-five-militants-in-south-waziristan.html

----------

Three more dead in Karachi target killings

Jul 19, 2011

KARACHI: Three people, including an activist of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), were killed in separate incidents of target killing in the metropolis on Monday.

Two, including a legal adviser of defunct Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), were assassinated in Gulbahar within the remits of Gulbahar police station. The tragic incident occurred near Petalwali Gali. Abdul Hafeez, 55, son of Abdul Waheed and Sajid alias Mulla, 32, son of Arif were standing in the street when unidentified pillion riders approached and opened fire. Resultantly, both sustained multiple bullet injuries and died on the spot.

Bodies were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities where a charged mob ransacked hospital’s properties and tortured paramedics.

SSP spokesmen confirmed that Abdul Hafeez was an active worker of his party while Sajid was the sector in-charge of Liaquatabad and a legal adviser for the organisation. Bodies were later handed over to the heirs.

Separately, an activist of PPP was killed while another injured near Bheempura within the precincts of Nappier police station.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\07\19\story_19-7-2011_pg7_31

----------

Hillary Clinton says US encouraged by India-Pakistan talks

Jul 19, 2011

NEW DELHI: US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said on Tuesday that the United States was ``encouraged'' by the revived peace talks between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan.

Clinton spoke at a news conference after she talked with top Indian officials about Pakistan, the US withdrawal plans for Afghanistan and ways to broaden economic ties between the United States and India.

Her talks came less than a week after a terror attack in Mumbai killed 20 people, in the worst terror strike in India since 10 Pakistan-based gunmen rampaged through the country's financial capital in 2008, killing 166 people.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Hillary-Clinton-says-US-encouraged-by-India-Pakistan-talks/articleshow/9281471.cms

----------

American ambassador stops attempt to arrest Egypt fugitive in Britain

Jul 19, 2011

The American ambassador to Britain succeeded in stopping an Egyptian attempt to arrest Egypt s former minister of finance in Britain. Youssef Botrous-Ghali was sentenced in absentia for corruption by an Egyptian court.

Egypt has presented a request to the British government through Interpol to arrest Ghali before he flies to the United States, but the U.S. ambassador intervened because Ghali is also an American citizen.

Sources told Youm7 that the U.S. Embassy in London rejected 12 requests from Interpol to arrest Ghali.

Full report at:

http://news.egypt.com/english/permalink/22346.html

----------

GOP Presidential hopeful strives for new levels of anti-Muslim buffoonery

By Adam Serwer

Jul 19, 2011

GOP Presidential hopeful Herman Cain is taking his efforts to win Republican votes by disparaging Muslims to the level of performance art.

Cain reiterated his opposition to a mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee yesterday on Fox News Sunday. Cain insisted that Islam is different from other religions because “fact Islam is both a religion and a set of laws, Sharia law.”

CAIN: They could say that. Chris, lets go back to the fundamental issue that the people are basically saying they’re objecting to. They’re objecting to the fact Islam is both a religion and a set of laws, Sharia law. That’s the difference between any one of our other traditional religions where it’s just about religious purposes. The people in the community know best, and I happen to side with the people in Murfreesboro.

WALLACE: You’re saying any community, if they want to ban a mosque?

CAIN: Yes. They have a right to do that. That’s not discriminating based upon religion.

Cain’s ignorance on the subject of religion and constitutional law is so vast it’s hard to know where to begin. For one thing, Islam is hardly the only religion to have its own laws — based on Cain’s arguments, Jews Catholics and Anglicans among others would also not qualify for religious protection under the First Amendment. The First Amendment protects the free exercise of religion, it does not sanction discrimination based on the religious prejudices of a given moment.

Full report at:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/herman-cain-strives-for-new-levels-

----------

Gaddafi rallies troops against the world

Jul 19, 2011

For three days running, the rallies have been carnival-like affairs with bands, horseback riders and even a camel dyed green. At each gathering, thousands of delirious supporters of Muammar Gaddafi cheered as the leader’s defiant speeches boomed from massive speakers.

As NATO hammers away at the Libyan leader’s defenses and the United States and its allies throw their support behind the rebels, Gaddafi is trying to boost morale in what is left of his nation and show his people he is still strong and his opponents are few.

“These are the millions of Libyan people and the picture is now complete. Who else remains? Less than 1,00,000 are trapped in Benghazi, Derna and Tobruk,” Gaddafi said in one of the speeches, referring to rebel-held cities in the east.

Bolstering that image is all the more pressing after the U.S. and more than 30 nations recognised Gaddafi’s enemies during a meeting on Friday in Istanbul, potentially freeing up billions in frozen oil money that could be put into rebel hands.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/354066/Gaddafi-rallies-troops-against-the-world.html

----------

Indonesian Muslim group forms anti-terror squad

Jul 19, 2011

JAKARTA: An Indonesian Islamic youth group has set up a unit to counter radicalism in Muslim communities and even help police defuse homemade bombs, its chairman said Monday. The Ansor youth group — affiliated to the country’s largest Muslim organisation, the 60-million-strong Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) — said the unit had more than 200 members, some of whom were trained in bomb disposal. Group chairman Nurson Wahid told AFP that members of the unit, known as Detachment 99 in a nod to the country’s counter-terrorism Detachment 88 squad, were also trained in preventing people from adopting extremism. “The detachment 99 will not intervene... in law enforcement and in launching terror raids or arrest,” he said. Wahid said that the group would train more people and then deploy them to 17 regions considered to be vulnerable to extremist teachings, including several cities on Java island. Security analyst Noor Huda Ismail, from the International Peace Building Institute, criticised the unit’s creation.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\07\19\story_19-7-2011_pg4_2

----------

Saudi Wahhabi Authorities Released 18 Innocent Shiite Prisoners

Jul 19, 2011

On 18 July 2011 , the Saudi Authorities released 18 Shiite prisoners who were detained against the backdrop of protests in the Qatif about four months ago.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - On 18 July 2011 , the Saudi Authorities released 18 Shiite prisoners who were detained against the backdrop of protests in the Qatif about four months ago.

Among the detainees , the writer Hussein Abdullah Yousif who was arrested on charges of involvement in the protests.

Hussein Yousif was transferred to the central hospital of Qatif by his family directly after release because of health problems including cartilaginous slide .

The list of detainees who were released yesterday included the citizens : Amen al-Sihati , Meden al-Khonaizi , Khlid al-Senan , Hussain al-Ramadhan , Hussain al-Qasim , Ahmad al-Sa'edi , Hassan al-Salim , Ali al-Qatari , Ali al-Senan , Hussain al-Dakheel , Maher al-Maher , Sharaf al-Mosouwi , Mahmood al-Saffar , Jasim al-Mouiyes , Hussain al-Dakheel , Ahmad al-Saffar and Hussain al-Fadhel .

Full report at:

http://abna.co/data.asp?lang=3&Id=254412

----------

Lost diamonds found in bombed gem street

Jul 19, 2011

RESCUE workers, the police and teams deputed by the diamond industry have plucked over 65 pieces of diamonds from the streets of the hub of precious stones in Mumbai — the Opera House, one of the three sites targeted by the terrorists on Wednesday.

The blasts at the Opera House and the adjoining Zaveri Bazar had ripped off several vehicles and damaged several shops. The traders have put their losses at an estimated ` 25 crore.

The rush- hour blasts had ripped through the market injuring many possible diamond couriers, even killing some people from the traders association.

Jayesh Labdhi, a committee member of the Mumbai Diamond Merchants’ Association told the media that they had recovered 65 gems and is considering auctioning them. “ We have not yet evaluated their worth, but we will auction them and the money recovered would be used to help the blast victims and their families,” he said.

Association’s president Bharat Shah, however, said many traders were likely to try to trace property lost in the blasts by identifying recovered stones via their description, colour, clarity and purity.

Full report at: Mail Today

----------

Ajmer Blast accused insists he’s ‘innocent’

By Sudhanshu Mishra

Jul 19, 2011

THE National Investigation Agency ( NIA) has begun tightening its noose around Swami Asimanand.

The NIA has filed a third chargesheet against him on Monday in the Ajmer blast case.

The chargesheet coincided with the RSS preacher, who propounded the “ bomb for a bomb” theory, being produced at the special NIA court in Panchkula, Haryana, in the Samjhauta Express blast case. Asimanand claimed innocence in the case.

Both acts of terror took place in 2007. According to the chargesheet filed in a special NIA court in Jaipur, Asimanand and RSS pracharak ( preacher) Sunil Joshi, who was later murdered, were the masterminds of the Ajmer blast that left three dead and several injured.

According to the new chargesheet, the four mobile phones used as timer devices in the bomb blasts in Ajmer and Hyderabad’s Mecca Masjid were recovered from Chandra Shekhar Leve, an RSS zila sampark pramukh ( district contact chief) of Shajapur in Madhya Pradesh. Leve had received these phones from another accused Sandeep Dange, also an RSS leader, who is on the run.

Full report at: Mail Today

----------

In Israel, where families are crucial, IVF is free

Jul 19, 2011

Jewish and Arab, straight and gay, secular and religious, the patients who come to Assuta Hospital in Tel Aviv every day are united by a single hope: that medical science will bring them a baby.

Israel is the world capital of in vitro fertilization and the hospital, which performs about 7,000 procedures each year, is one of the busiest fertilization clinics in the world.

Unlike countries where couples go broke trying to conceive through IVF, Israel provides free IVF procedures for up to two “take-home babies” until a woman is 45. The policy has made Israelis the highest per capita users of the procedure.

“It’s amazing,” marvelled Keren. She was at Assuta. “I want at least three kids, and if we had to pay so much money I’m not sure we would be able to do this,” she said. Although the procedures account for one of the country’s largest public health expenditures, the policy has drawn little debate, one of the few issues nearly all sectors of Israeli society seem to agree upon.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/in-israel-where-families-are-crucial-ivf-is-free/819231/

----------

CIA to resume normal operations in Pakistan: report

Jul 19, 2011

Washington : Ending months of estrangement, Pakistan military has allowed CIA to resume its normal operations in the country with Islamabad approving 87 visas for the agency sleuths.

The logjam was broken during the crucial visit of Pakistan's military run ISI's chief Lt Gen Shuja Ahmed Pasha here with Islamabad and Washington framing out new rules of engagement, a media report said.

"The token of renewed cooperation: The Pakistanis have approved 87 visas for CIA officers working in the country, according to US and Pakistani officials.

"That will bring the agency back toward normal operations in Pakistan, after what both sides say was a low point after the January arrest of CIA contractor Raymond Davis," the Washington Post said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/cia-to-resume-normal-operations-in-pakistan-report/819080/

----------

ISI knew about Baitullah, Zawahiri meeting: Report

Jul 19, 2011

Islamabad : Pakistani intelligence officials knew about a meeting between al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and slain Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan head Baitullah Mehsud in 2008 but then “lost” track of the terror mastermind, according to a media report on Monday.

The meeting, which reportedly took place during the first half of 2008, might have been a precursor to the CIA's drone attacks against Mehsud, which ultimately killed him in August 2009.

It was not precisely known whether the meeting took place in South Waziristan tribal region, which was completely controlled by the Pakistani Taliban in 2008, or somewhere in Afghanistan.

To substantiate the claim, the unnamed officials said Mehsud was never targeted by US drones till 2008 because the Americans did not consider the Pakistani Taliban a “serious” enemy before Mehsud's interaction with al-Zawahiri.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/isi-knew-about-baitullah-zawahiri-meeting-report/819035/

----------

Show proof of Indian role: Pakistani panel

Anita Joshua

Jul 19, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Balochistan is fast sliding into chaos and the situation is very precarious with the tortured bodies of 140 missing persons turning up between July 2010 and May 2011, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP). As per HRCP's conservative estimate, another 143 persons are still missing in Pakistan's largest province.

Briefing journalists here about the findings of an HRCP team which visited the violence-prone province in May, Secretary-General I.A. Rehman likened the situation in Balochistan to what prevailed in East Pakistan before 1971. He and the former HRCP chairperson, Asma Jehangir, were one in stating that security forces were trying to create the very same narrative of external forces being responsible for the violence in the resource-rich but under-developed province.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2011/06/30/stories/2011063056981400.htm

----------

Khurshid’s rebuttal to critics: No separate cadre for Hindu trusts

By Md. Ali

Jul 19, 2011

New Delhi: The Union Minister for Law and Minority Affairs Salman Khurshid has out rightly rejected the claim that there is a separate cadre of officers under Religious and Charitable Endowment Act just to manage Hindu trusts and Hindu religious institutions.

Terming it as “completely false and factually incorrect,” Khurshid also rejected the logic behind the demand for the constitution of Indian Wakf Service (IWS), a separate cadre of Muslim officers to manage Waqf properties across the country.

Talking to TwoCircles.net over phone, Khurshid said, “If some body has been propagating, that there is a separate cadre of Hindu officers to manage Hindu trusts, and that is why we should also have a separate cadre of Muslim officers, then its nothing more than pulling wool over people’s eyes.”

The idea of IWS was the recommendation of the Sachar Committee which the Cabinet rejected as “not feasible.” Now when the Wakf Amendment Bill 2010 is with the Select Committee of Rajya Sabha, few Muslim groups have been claiming that there is a separate selection of Hindu officers to manage Hindu religious institutions and thereby demanding that if there can be a separate selection of Hindu officers to manage Hindu religious institutions why can’t there be Indian Wakf Service.

Full report at:

http://twocircles.net/2011jul18/khurshid%E2%80%99s_rebuttal_critics_no_separate_cadre

----------

Hillary Clinton, Krishna hold strategic talks, discuss Mumbai attack

Jul 19, 2011

NEW DELHI: India and the US on Tuesday began their second strategic dialogue to expand counter-terror cooperation and expedite implementation of their landmark civil nuclear deal.

US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who arrived here on Monday night heading a 25-member delegation of US officials, and external affairs minister SM Krishna jointly chaired the talks at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

The July 13 bomb blasts in Mumbai figured very high in the Indo-US strategic dialogue between Hillary Clinton and her counterpart S M Krishna.

Krishna mentioned the terror attack, in which 19 people have been killed, in his opening remarks at the delegation-level talks and said India appreciated the solidarity shown by her and the US government.

Clinton did not mention Pakistan in her opening statements, but did underscore that Washington and New Delhi have a common challenge in confronting the threat of militant violence.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Hillary-Clinton-Krishna-hold-strategic-talks-

----------

Chinese gift lies unused in Pakistan

Jul 19, 2011

A gift of expensive knitting machines from China for militancy-hit people of Pakistan's Khyber Pakthunkhwa province is lying unused for over a year due to lack of trained manpower.

The provincial directorate of technical education and manpower is now hunting for experts to run the machines and other equipment.

Besides knitting machines, China also gifted heavy machinery worth millions of rupees.

Sources told the daily Dawn that the provincial government had requested China to donate heavy machinery for reconstruction activities to rehabilitate institutions that were impacted due to insurgency.

China sent a consignment, including 20 knitting machines of industrial specification. One machine weighed 3,000 kg and a problem was faced in transporting it to Malakand.

Officials said that the directorate had sought training-cum-production knitting machines to train manpower while China had sent industrial level machines.

"Beggars can't be choosers. Therefore, we can't send the machines back to China," an official was quoted as saying.

http://www.asianage.com/international/chinese-gift-lies-unused-pakistan-479

----------

9/11 families want information on phone hacking probe

Jul 19, 2011

NEW YORK: Relatives of September 11, 2001 victims are asking the FBI to brief them on its probe into allegations that News Corp journalists sought to hack into terror victims' phones.

The allegation first surfaced in the British newspaper the Mirror. The FBI launched a preliminary inquiry last week after Congressman Peter King of New York and other members of Congress wrote to FBI Director Robert Mueller demanding action.

Sally Regenhard, whose firefighter son Christian was killed in the attacks, says she's been fielding phone calls from concerned family members of victims. She says there's a lot of confusion and the families want an update on what investigators know so far.

The phone hacking scandal continued to roil London yesterday as Prime Minister David Cameron called an emergency session of Parliament to address the crisis.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/9/11-families-want-information-on-phone-hacking-probe/articleshow/9279232.cms?prtpage=1

----------

Father of admitted terrorist faces New York City trial

Jul 19, 2011

NEW YORK: While FBI agents grilled a Denver airport shuttle van driver named Najibullah Zazi about a chilling terror plot to attack New York City subways in the fall of 2009, Zazi's father courted some trouble of his own by agreeing to answer a couple of innocent-sounding questions about his family and acquaintances.

The son, one of the city's most notorious terrorism suspects since the Sept 11 attacks, has since largely disappeared from the headlines after pleading guilty last year. But the father, though a far lesser player, is still feeling the full brunt of a federal probe that has shredded the fabric of a working-class clan of Afghan immigrants.

Mohammed Wali Zazi is set to go on trial tomorrow in federal court in Brooklyn on charges he obstructed justice by lying to investigators and by tampering with and destroying evidence to cover up his son's foiled scheme to spread terror and death beneath the streets of New York. The former New York City taxi driver denies the allegations.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-07-18/us/29786337_1_mohammed-wali-zazi-terror-plot-najibullah-zazi

----------

Seven workers of US NGO kidnapped in Pakistan

Jul 19, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Seven Pakistani workers of a US NGO were kidnapped by unknown persons in Balochistan province of southwest Pakistan on Tuesday.

The workers were kidnapped in Sarkhab area of Pishin sub-division, about 50 km from provincial capital Quetta, by some persons travelling in two vehicles, officials were quoted as saying by TV news channels.

The workers of the American Refugee Committee were returning to Quetta after visiting a camp for Afghan refugees at the time of the incident.

The kidnapped persons are all residents of Balochistan.

The incident occurred in an area located a short distance from the border with Afghanistan.

The police and Levies militia launched a search to trace the kidnapped persons.

No group claimed responsibility for the incident.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Seven-workers-of-US-NGO-kidnapped-in-Pakistan/articleshow/9281377.cms

----------

After brother, key adviser’s killing a big blow to Karzai

Jul 19, 2011

KABUL: Gunmen strapped with explosives killed a close adviser to President Hamid Karzai and a member of parliament in the latest high-profile insurgent strike against his inner circle.

Jan Mohammed Khan, a close adviser to Karzai on tribal issues, as well as parliamentarian Mohammed Ashim Watanwal were killed in the late-night attack on Khan's home in western part of the capital.

Security forces quickly killed one of the assailants, but the second attacker barricaded himself inside the house and battled police outside. The crackle of gunfire and small explosions finally ended about 3 am on Monday morning and reporters on the scene saw a body — presumably that of the final attacker — dragged out of the house on a plastic sheet. One police officer also was killed, according to the interior ministry.

The assassination threw a pall over two events marking the shift to the next phase of the Afghan conflict — the transfer of an entire province to Afghan security control on and transfer of authority for Nato and US forces from gen David Petraeus to lt gen John Allen.

Khan's murder, which the Taliban claimed responsibility for, is the second high-profile assassination in Afghanistan in less than a week, after Ahmed Wali Karzai's, the president's half brother.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/After-brother-key-advisers-killing-a-big-blow-to-Karzai/articleshow/9277937.cms

----------

Iran takes control of 3 Kurdish rebel camps in Iraq: Guards

Jul 19, 2011

TEHRAN: Iran has taken "full control" of three camps of the Iranian Kurdish rebel PJAK movement inside neighbouring Iraq, a a commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards told the official IRNA news agency on Monday.

"All the three camps on Iraqi soil that were backing the terrorist group have fallen under our control and we have full control of the area," said Colonel Delavar Ranjbarzadeh, who commands Revolutionary Guards in the border town of Sardasht. He added that operations launched on Saturday inside Iraq was still continuing in other areas.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Iran-takes-control-of-3-Kurdish-rebel-camps-in-Iraq-Guards/articleshow/9269445.cms

----------

Pakistani bodies in damage-control mode

Jul 19, 2011

AMRITSAR: A day after Sikhs in Pakistan were prevented from observing martyrdom anniversary of Bhai Taru Singh by a Muslim group, Dawat-e-Islami, the Pakistan Evacuee Trust Property Board (PETPB) and Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) got into damage control mode. PSGPC organized an akhand path at a gurdwara on Monday to prevent further worsening of the situation.

Meanwhile, Pakistani MP Hareesh Chopra told TOI over phone on Monday, "Our government is committed to protecting the rights of minorities." He assured that the incident would be investigated.

On the other hand, PETPB deputy administrator Faraz Abbas told TOI from Lahore that neither any Muslim group nor the board prevented people from observing the religious day and the ceremony was postponed only by Sikhs for sake of communal harmony.

Former president of PSGPC, Mastan Singh, stated that since Muslim holy day Shab-e-Barat and the martyrdom anniversary of Bhai Taru fell on the same day -- July 16 -- Sikhs decided not to begin akhand path on July 14 as its bhog would ha been performed on July 16.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pakistani-bodies-in-damage-control-mode/articleshow/9278320.cms

----------

Bahrain says talks to continue despite opposition walkout

Jul 19, 2011

DUBAI: Bahrain’s government expressed regret on Monday that the country’s largest Shia opposition group Wefaq planned to pull out of a national dialogue, but said political talks would continue with or without the influential group.

“We regret the decision, by any participant, to withdraw from Bahrain’s dialogue,” Issa Abdel Rahman, the spokesman for the dialogue, said in a statement.

The process provides an important platform for participants to promote the views and interests of the people they represent,” he said. “Should any participant choose to exclude themselves from the process, the door will remain open for them to return to the talks,” but “regardless of any participant’s decision to leave, the dialogue will continue.” The Gulf kingdom’s Sunni rulers launched a national dialogue on July 2 to discuss reforms and address grievances, after a four-month crackdown that began in March and crushed weeks of pro-democracy protests led by the Shia majority.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\07\19\story_19-7-2011_pg4_3

----------

Nazi war crime suspect Kepiro, 97, cleared by court

Jul 19, 2011

BUDAPEST: A 97-year-old Hungarian, who was once the world’s most wanted Nazi war crimes suspect, went free from court Monday after being cleared of ordering the execution of over 30 Jews and Serbs in 1942.

The prosecution had demanded at least a prison sentence for Sandor Kepiro, who until his arrest topped the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s list of most wanted Nazi criminals. Whether the prosecution will now appeal Monday’s decision was yet unknown.

The defence had insisted there was no tangible evidence that Kepiro had carried out war crimes, while the prosecution’s case rested heavily on old testimonies and verdicts from previous trials in the 1940s. “There are cases where there is no access to direct evidence as the direct witnesses are no longer alive,” prosecutor Zsolt Falvai acknowledged in a last statement on Monday. “We are obliged to base our case on written proof, documents, even if these are old testimonies,” he added.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\07\19\story_19-7-2011_pg4_6

----------

Qatar shuts its embassy in Damascus

Jul 19, 2011

AMMAN: Diplomatic pressure mounted on Syrian President Bashar Assad on Monday after Qatar, previously a major supporter, shut its embassy in Damascus and the European Union said it was considering tougher sanctions.

Meanwhile, Syria saw its first outbreak of sectarian violence in four months of protests against Assad's autocratic rule when at least 30 people were killed at the weekend in clashes between rival communities in the city of Homs.

Assad has responded to the unprecedented threat to his rule with promises to reform and offers of dialogue, coupled with a fierce crackdown in which, rights groups say, some 1,400 people have been killed and 10 times more arrested.

But the demonstrations have grown in strength and spread from small rural towns to cities the length and breadth of the country.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article474210.ece

----------

UN begins food aid airlift to rebel-held Somalia

Jul 19, 2011

NAIROBI: The United Nations said on Monday it had started airlifting food aid to rebel-held parts of drought-hit Somalia and that Islamist insurgents had abided by a pledge to allow relief workers free access.

Some analysts in the Horn of Africa region say the insurgents are allowing aid in for fear of a public backlash if they do not. Others say the rebels want to receive bribes.

The UN has described the drought as an emergency, one level short of a famine. Some 10 million people are affected in the region, dubbed the “triangle of death” by local media, that straddles Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.

The UN children’s agency, UNICEF, began airlifting food and medicine into the city of Baidoa at the weekend using an airstrip that al Shabaab rebels had previously ordered off limits.

“The reason we airlifted was essentially the need for speed,” said UNICEF’s representative for Somalia, Rozanne Chorlton.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article474178.ece

----------

835 Palestinians youths held for rock-throwing since 2005: Group

Jul 19, 2011

JERUSALEM: Over the past five years, Israel’s military has detained more than 800 Palestinian youths and children for pelting rocks at Israelis soldiers, and has interrogated and jailed many of them, a rights group said in a report released Monday.

Drawing on military statistics and interviews for its 70-page report, the Israeli rights group B’Tselem counted 835 minors who were taken into custody from 2005 through early 2011, including 34 children who were 13 or younger.

In the worst case, B’Tselem cited an 8-year-old who was seized in the West Bank in February.

Soldiers released the boy after realizing he wasn’t the child they were after: they wanted his 9-year-old brother. Troops then handcuffed the 9-year-old, blindfolded him and took him to a detention center where he was interrogated and held for five hours, according to the report. Israeli forces released the boy after it was determined he was a minor.

A military spokeswoman said around 160 civilians and soldiers were wounded in violent attacks by minors. Some 10 were wounded when Palestinian youths threw projectiles, but the spokeswoman, speaking of condition of anonymity, said she did not know the extent of their injuries.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article473973.ece

----------

Amnesty condemns forced evictions in central Istanbul

Jul 19, 2011

ISTANBUL: City authorities in Istanbul have threatened dozens of families with eviction and some have already been forced from their homes, in a crumbling but historic neighborhood earmarked for redevelopment, Amnesty International said on Monday.

The rights group urged Beyoglu municipality to suspend the ‘heavy-handed’ clearing of the area and not proceed until residents had been given proper notice and offered viable alternative housing or compensation.

“Most of those facing eviction have not been given adequate notice. They have not been consulted, provided with legal remedies, or offered adequate alternative housing or compensation,” said Andrew Gardner, Amnesty International’s researcher on Turkey.

“This is a violation of their human rights. There must also be an investigation into the allegations of harassment by public officials.” he added.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article474183.ece

----------

Kiir tells officials to repatriate funds as Juba launches currency

Jul 19, 2011

JUBA: South Sudan's President Salva Kiir launched the country's new currency on Monday and ordered government officials to repatriate funds, amid concerns about rampant corruption in the world's youngest nation.

"I want to sincerely advise all of you — those of you who have money outside the country — you bring your money back to this bank," Kiir said at the launch ceremony, at the Central Bank of South Sudan, attended by ministers and top government officials.

"I know people have very huge accounts outside the country. You repatriate this money," he added, in a short speech, before changing some of his personal cash into South Sudan pounds.

The exchange rate with the former currency, the Sudanese pound, has been fixed at one to one.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article474140.ece

----------

Muslim Brotherhood will not participate in 'Friday of Stability' march

Jul 19, 2011

The secretary-general of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party has denied that the party will be involved in organising a million man march set for next Friday, to be named 'Friday of Stability'

The secretary-general of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice political party, Mohamed Saad El-Katatny, pointed out that the group will refrain from joining a proposed mass protest named the "Friday of Stability", which will call for an end to the sit-in in Tahrir because “what Tahrir needs now the most is to calm down and focus on delivering Egypt to the phase of stability and development.” He also warned that Tahrir’s image could be distorted as it could turn into a “tool to destroy the gains of the revolution.”

Furthermore, El-Katatny called for an end to all sin-in protests that are currently taking place all over Egypt, after the new government announces “a clear and specific vision in meeting the legitimate demands of the people”, specifying the issue of prosecuting corrupt officials and officers accused of killing protestors.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/16701/Egypt/Politics-/Muslim-Brotherhood-will-not-participate-in-Friday-.aspx

----------

Pope Shenouda gives his blessings to Egypt's new envoy to Addis

Jul 19, 2011

Religious ties between the Egyptian and Ethiopian churches may help strengthen relations between the two countries, which are threatened by ongoing disagreements over the Nile's water

This morning at the headquarters of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Abbasiyya, Pope Shenouda III, the Coptic Patriarch, received Mohamed Edrees, Egypt's new ambassador to Ethiopia.

The meeting, according to statements made by Edrees after the papal reception, was designed to evoke the issue of relations – historic and forthcoming - between the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt and its sister Ethiopian Orthodox Church as a key part of strengthening relations between the two countries.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/~/NewsContent/1/64/16723/Egypt/Politics-/Pope-Shenouda-gives-his-blessings-to-Egypts-new-en.aspx

----------

Jesus of Kurdistan Reappearance

Jul 19, 2011

The book “Jesus of Kuridstan” narrates the biography of Iranian martyr commander Mohammad Brojerdi. This book has been penned by Nosratollah Mahmoud Zadeh. Also the cover design and new edits have been done for this book by Mohammad Khosravi RAd. It will be published by Malek Azam Publication.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - The book “Jesus of Kuridstan” narrates the biography of Iranian martyr commander Mohammad Brojerdi. This book has been penned by Nosratollah Mahmoud Zadeh. Also the cover design and new edits have been done for this book by Mohammad Khosravi RAd. It will be published by Malek Azam Publication.        

Mahmoud Zadeh mentioned: “Martyr commander Mohammad Brojerdi was one of the strong fighters of the Islamic Revolutionary Corps. The book “Jesus of Kurdistan” is about the biography of this commander from February 13, 1979.”

He also pointed out to the fighting and conflicts of martyr commander Mohammad Brojerdi in the path of Islamic Revolution Victory and he stated: “He was a bodyguard of Imam Khomeini in February 1979.”

Full report at:

http://abna.co/data.asp?lang=3&Id=254445

---------- 

Mumbai attacks accused Lakhvi's lawyer possesses fake law degree?

Jul 19 2011

Islamabad : Pakistan's Supreme Court admitted an application seeking cancellation of licences of 57 lawyers, including the counsel of Mumbai attacks accused and LeT commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, for allegedly possessing fake degrees.

Malik Waheed Anjum, a former president of the Rawalpindi Bar Association, filed the application in the court of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry.

The court admitted his plea and asked different universities and institutions to provide the records of the 57 lawyers by August 31.

The list of lawyers given by Anjum in his application includes Shabaz Rajput, the counsel of Lakhvi and other accused in the 2008 Mumbai attacks case.

Talking to media outside the apex court, Anjum claimed many lawyers with fake documents had left the profession after tendering apology to the bar association.

He alleged that Rajput was "over-confident and organising a group to counter the move against fake degree holders."

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/mumbai-attacks-accused-lakhvis-lawyer-possesses-fake-law-degree/819544/

----------

State Fair booth volunteers answer questions on Islam

Jul 19 2011

Visitors to the California State Fair can find booths demonstrating everything from juicers to cleaning products. For the fourth year in a row, there is also a booth about Islam.

On the first floor of Building C, next to a space that sells headphones for athletes, fairgoers can pick up free Qurans and brochures. This year, DVDs about Islam are also available. Muslim volunteers are on hand to answer questions about their religion.

So far, hundreds have stopped by.

"I think it will be as good or better than last year," said Shane Yoder, president of the Sacramento Chapter Islamic Circle of North America, which sponsored the WhyIslam? booth. Last year, the group handed out 2,500 Qurans at the fair.

"There's definitely a lot of interest," he said.

Full report at:

http://www.sacbee.com/2011/07/19/3778151/state-fair-booth-volunteers-answer.html

----------

Iran compiling encyclopedia on Noruz

July 19, 2011

Tehran Times: ECO Cultural Institute (ECI) in collaboration with the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO) are working on compilation of an encyclopedia on Noruz.

“We aim to have part of the encyclopedia ready before the coming Noruz (March 21, 2012) to distribute it to those countries where Noruz is celebrated,” secretary of the Poetry and Literature Department of ECO (Economic Cooperation Organization) Cultural Institute Esmaeil Azar told the Persian service of MNA on Monday.

Full report at:

http://www.ibna.ir/vdch6znzq23nzvd.01t2.html

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/court-charges-radical-cleric-in-pakistan-with-murder-and-treason/d/5056


Loading..

Loading..