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Islamic World News ( 12 Feb 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Death toll from Iraqi suicide attack rises to 33

Egypt military vows democracy after Mubarak’s fall

Zardari, Gilani meet to discuss Pak-US relations, Davis case

Stampede at Nigerian president’s rally kills 11

Vastanvi after-effects in Assam

Thousands demand reforms in Algeria; 400 arrested

Campaign against Cupid targets Malaysia's Muslims

Pak, US cancel Afghan meet over arrested American official

Israeli satellite: Brinda seeks clarification on deal

'Qureshi's oath, seat removed at the last moment'

Qureshi wants PM post

What has Pak done for talks to resume?

Without Mubarak, Egypt state TV switches sides

Pakistan seeks role of ‘game changer’: Bashir

Obama welcomes commitments from Egypt's army

Ex-PM, senior officials barred from leaving Egypt

Cairo is warning to world’s dictators

Govt to ensure implementation of court order on Musharraf

Omar attacks PDP for controversial J&K map

Pakistan confident US, Afghan talks will continue

Palestinians to hold elections by September

New Israeli army head must pacify warring generals

566 Indonesian overstayers in Saudi to be flown home

Indonesia Congratulates Egypt on Democratic Change

Egypt military rulers under pressure from protesters

Iran will not allow 'illegal' opposition rally

Security forces in Yemen beat protesters

India wants China to be 'sensitive' on Pak issue: Nirupama Rao

US decries Iranian ban on protest

After Mubarak, Berlusconi', Italy protests

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Death toll from Iraqi suicide attack rises to 33

February 13, 2011

SAMARRA: The death toll from an attack in which a suicide bomber detonated explosives inside a bus filled with Shiite pilgrims near the Iraqi city of Samarra has risen to 33, medics said on Sunday.

“Our last toll from Saturday’s attack is 33 dead and 28 wounded. There are two women among the dead and another two among the wounded,” said a medic at Samarra’s General Hospital. An earlier toll from the hospital was 30 dead.

Police said the attacker had stormed into a bus filled with Shiite pilgrims at a checkpoint outside Samarra before detonating an explosives-filled vest.

It was the deadliest single attack in Iraq since a January 27 car bomb ripped through a funeral ceremony in a Shiite district of Baghdad, killing 48 people.

The victims of the Samarra attack were all Iraqi Shiites returning from the Sunni-majority city 110 kilometres (70 miles) north of Baghdad which houses the gold-domed shrine of revered ninth century imam Hassan al-Askari.

Saturday marked the annual commemoration of his death.

On Thursday, a car bomb ripped through a procession of pilgrims heading for the shrine near the town of Dujail farther south, killing at least nine pilgrims and wounding 39, a provincial spokesman said.

Tens of thousands of people died in violence sparked by the destruction of the Askari shrine’s gold dome five years ago by suspected Sunni extremists loyal to Al-Qaeda.

The mosque itself was built in 944, and the golden dome was added in 1905.

Although violence has fallen in Iraq since its peak in 2006 and 2007, attacks remain common.

Shiite pilgrims have been frequently targeted by militant Sunni groups since the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/13/death-toll-from-iraqi-suicide-attack-rises-to-33.html

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Egypt military vows democracy after Mubarak’s fall

February 13, 2011

CAIRO: Egypt’s new military leadership vowed Saturday to pave the way for democracy and abide by its peace treaty with Israel, as Egyptians basked in their victory a day after Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said the current government would remain in place for a peaceful transition to “an elected civil authority to build a free democratic state,” although it set no timetable.

In Washington, US President Barack Obama welcomed the Egyptian military’s pledge.

Obama spoke with leaders in Britain, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, and “welcomed the historic change that has been made by the Egyptian people, and reaffirmed his admiration for their efforts,” the White House said in a statement.

“He also welcomed the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces’ announcement today that it is committed to a democratic civilian transition, and will stand by Egypt’s international obligations.”

The official MENA news agency said the government would on Sunday hold its first meeting since Mubarak’s ouster.

The streets and squares of downtown Cairo remained in the hands of the mostly young demonstrators whose determined 18-day revolt overturned 30 years of autocratic rule and triggered an outpouring of national solidarity.

But political power now rests with the military commanders who stepped into the vacuum left by Mubarak’s departure, and many people are anxiously waiting to see if they will make good on their promise to respect the popular will.

In Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the revolt, many of the anti-regime protesters who have occupied the city’s vast central plaza since January 28 launched a massive cleanup effort.

But late on Saturday, tens of thousands of people were continuing to celebrate in the square to the accompaniment of popular Arab music and patriotic songs from a live band, an AFP correspondent reported.

In a sign that normal life was returning, state television announced that a curfew in effect since January 28 would be shortened by four hours and the stock exchange was expected to reopen on Wednesday.

But insecurity lingered, as 600 prisoners escaped from a Cairo jail on Saturday after rioting and gunmen fired at guards from outside the facility, security officials said.

At least one prisoner was killed and 20 people were wounded on both sides, they said.

Cairo’s press reflected the general sense of elation. Even state-run titles that had initially dismissed the uprising or alleged it was being fomented by foreigners hailed the “revolution of the youth.”

Saudi Arabia, a close ally of Hosni Mubarak, broke its silence on Saturday and welcomed the “peaceful transition of power” in Egypt.

Saudi King Abdullah last month expressed support for Mubarak, criticising those “tampering” with Egypt’s security and stability.

In the Suez canal city of Ismailiya, hundreds of members of the widely hated police force marched in solidarity with the uprising, insisting they had been ordered against their will to shoot at protesters.

Much will depend on the stance of the junta now in control of the Arab world’s most populous nation.

Headed by a longtime Mubarak loyalist, 75-year-old Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces clarified its plans with “Communique Number 4,” read by a spokesman on state TV.

It said Egypt would “remain committed to all its regional and international treaties,” implicitly confirming its landmark 1979 peace treaty with Israel would remain intact, soothing fears in the Jewish state and Washington.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who had expressed concern the unrest could lead to an Islamist takeover, welcomed the statement.

“The longstanding peace treaty between Israel and Egypt has greatly contributed to both countries and is the cornerstone for peace and stability in the entire Middle East,” said a statement from his office.

The army was widely praised for allowing the massive demonstrations to unfold peacefully, but the protesters have demanded civilian government and said they will return to the streets in the absence of a swift transition.

Egypt’s chief prosecutor on Saturday slapped a travel ban on former premier Ahmed Nazif, whom Mubarak sacked along with the rest of his cabinet in a bid to placate demonstrators in the early days of the revolt.

The prosecutor also froze the assets of Habib al-Adly, who as interior minister oversaw a secret police force widely accused of torture and extortion.

And state television reported the departure of information minister Anas Ahmad Nabih, saying he had resigned on Friday after Mubarak’s overthrow.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/13/egypt-military-vows-democracy-after-mubarak%E2%80%99s-fall.html

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Zardari, Gilani meet to discuss Pak-US relations, Davis case

February 13, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani met with President Asif Ali Zardari at the President House to discuss key issues on Sunday.

Pakistan–US relations, political and economic situation of the country, Raymond Davis case, Round Table conference and portfolio of the foreign minister were discussed in the meeting. Gilani also talked about his proposed visit to Kuwait.

According to state sources, Gilani told President Zardari that the Judiciary will decide the issue upon the diplomatic immunity issue and the future of Raymond Davis.

Gilani also said that he will stress upon investment, economic and trade co-operation between Pakistan and Kuwait during his upcoming visit.

The prime minister also briefed Zardari about the Round Table Conference and said that it would be a major breakthrough.

During the meeting, both leaders also discussed the absence of former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in the new cabinet and talked about the related consequences.

President Zardari urged Gilani to quickly resolve the issues of the re-establishment of the cabinet, including the appointments of foreign and other ministers.

Zardari also informed Gilani about his future visit to Japan.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/13/zardari-gilani-meet-to-discuss-pak-us-relations-davis-case.html

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Stampede at Nigerian president’s rally kills 11

February 13, 2011

PORT HARCOURT: A stampede at a campaign rally on Saturday for Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in the oil-producing Niger Delta region killed at least 11 people and injured 29 others, police said.

The incident occurred in the oil city of Port Harcourt after Jonathan addressed the crowd, according to those present. A witness said a police officer shot into the air as crowd members surged out of the 20,000-seat stadium.

While the gunshots were apparently aimed at controlling the crowd, they instead created panic, with the main gate appearing locked and rally-goers attempting to leave through a narrow passageway.

A number of people were trampled in the rush, witnesses said, and other exits to the stadium appeared locked.

Police in a statement asked members of the public to come forward with information on the cause, but made no mention of an officer shooting into the air.

“The mishap was said to have been caused by a stampede as a result of a surging crowd which led to the death of 11 persons and causing injuries to about 29 others,” police said.

Jonathan, who is the first president from the Niger Delta region in the country’s south, issued a statement expressing grief over the incident.

“I am sad, and heavily weighed down by this incident. It is sad, unfortunate and regrettable,” he said.

The president said he had ordered an investigation into the cause of the frenzied rush “that led to the unfortunate loss of some lives.”Chris Amadi, a ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member from Rivers State, of which Port Harcourt is the capital, said he saw more than 10 people trampled.

“I personally saw many people ran over by the crowd. In fact, I saw the bodies of three women being carried into an open pick-up van by the…(emergency management agency) officials,” he said.

Jonathan kicked off his campaign on Monday ahead of the April 9 election and set off on a cross-country tour. Heavy security has been in place, with Nigeria hit by a surge of violence in recent weeks.

He emerged as the PDP candidate last month, upsetting an internal party arrangement that sees power rotated between the north and south every two terms.

The violence has included bomb attacks in the central city of Jos and the capital Abuja.

There have also been attacks at political rallies in recent months, though none has occurred at Jonathan’s campaign gatherings.

Saturday’s rally was something of a homecoming for Jonathan, who is from neighbouring Bayelsa state.

He is the strong favourite in the election, with the PDP having won every presidential vote since Nigeria returned to civilian rule in 1999.

However, he faces pressure to hold a credible vote after a series of violent and badly flawed elections in Africa’s most populous nation.

The April 9 presidential election will be followed by elections for state governors, on April 16.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/13/stampede-at-nigerian-president%E2%80%99s-rally-kills-11.html

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Vastanvi after-effects in Assam

Vidya Subrahmaniam

From Deoband in western Uttar Pradesh to far-away Assam, Muslim politics seems to be in a churn across India. Last month, Darul-uloom Deoband witnessed violent divisions over the alleged pro-Narendra Modi statements of the seminary's newly elected rector Maulana Gulam Mohammad Vastanvi. Though the Maulana denied having asked Gujarat Muslims to forget the 2002 pogrom and move on, his quoted remarks had the cascading effect of pitting Muslim groups against one another.

On Thursday, two groups allegedly affiliated to the Maulana and his opponents openly clashed on the Deoband campus to sounds of booming gunshots. Now with elections round the corner in Assam, the Vastanvi effect has started to be felt . On Saturday, Badruddin Ajmal, founder of the Assam-based All-India United Democratic Front (AUDF), quoted his support to the Deoband chief as one of the reasons for his removal as president of the State unit of the Jamiat-Ulama-e-Hind (JUH). Maulana Ajmal, who was till now with the Arshad Madani faction of the Jamiat, said, he and his supporters would now be part of the rival faction headed by Mahmood Madani.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article1447762.ece

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Thousands demand reforms in Algeria; 400 arrested

February 13, 2011

ALGIERS: Heavily outnumbered by riot police, thousands of Algerians have defied government warnings and dodged barricades to rally in their capital, demanding democratic reforms a day after mass protests toppled Egypt’s autocratic ruler.

Protesters chanting “No to the police state!” and brandishing signs that read “Give us back our Algeria” clashed with baton-wielding police in helmets and visors Saturday.

Organizers said more than 400 people were briefly detained, but aside from some jostling between police and protesters no violence was reported.

Algeria has long been ruled by a repressive government and beset by widespread poverty and high unemployment — factors that helped foment popular uprisings that ousted leaders of two other North African nations in the past month. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was forced to resign Friday after 30 years in power, and a “people’s revolution” in Tunisia, Algeria’s neighbor to the east, forced autocrat Zine El Abidine Ben Ali into exile on Jan. 14.

The opposition in Algeria said demonstrators’ bold defiance of a long-standing ban on public protests in Algiers marked a turning point.

“This demonstration is a success because it’s been 10 years that people haven’t been able to march in Algiers and there’s a sort of psychological barrier,” said Ali Rachedi, the former head of the Front of Socialist Forces party. “The fear is gone.”

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/13/thousands-demand-reforms-in-algeria-400-arrested.html

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Campaign against Cupid targets Malaysia's Muslims

Sean Yoong

February 13, 2011

Malaysian Muslims debated Sunday whether to shun Valentine's Day after the government warned that the celebration was a "trap" that could trigger indecent behavior.

Although no laws prevent Malaysia's Muslim majority from marking the occasion with dinner dates and roses, officials have mounted a campaign insisting that such romantic gestures might tempt young people into having premarital sex.

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said late Saturday that the government was not trying to demean Valentine's Day, but stressed that it was "not suitable" for Muslims, who comprise nearly two-thirds of Malaysia's 28 million people.

His comments came after the government-run Malaysian Islamic Development Department, which handles religious policies, launched a publicity campaign Friday called "Mind the Valentine's Day Trap" and handed leaflets advising Muslim university students to avoid Monday's celebration.

Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz, the department's chief, noted that Malaysia's top panel of Islamic scholars had issued an edict in 2005 criticizing the celebration of Valentine's Day among Muslims because it had historical links to Christianity and could lead to immoral activities.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/02/13/campaign-against-cupid-targets-malaysia039s-muslims.html

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Pak, US cancel Afghan meet over arrested American official

Feb 12, 2011

Pak, US cancel Afghan meet over arrested American envoy

ISLAMABAD: The 16-day stand-off between the US and Pakistan over an American official arrested for gunning down two men in Lahore has resulted in the cancellation of a crucial trilateral meeting that was to be held later this month in Washington to discuss the emerging situation in Afghanistan.

The meeting of the foreign ministers of US, Pakistan and Afghanistan is "most likely being rescheduled", foreign secretary Salman Bashir said on Saturday.

Pakistan still does not have new dates for the meeting that was scheduled to be held during February 23-25, he told a briefing arranged by the Diplomatic Correspondents Association of Pakistan.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pak-US-cancel-Afghan-meet-over-arrested-American-official/articleshow/7484661.cms

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Israeli satellite: Brinda seeks clarification on deal

February 13, 2011

Following the exposing of the deal between Antrix Corporation — the Indian Space Research Organisation [ISRO]'s commercial wing — and the Bangalore-based Devas Multimedia, the debate on whether the Israeli satellite, TecSar, which was launched by ISRO in January 2008 under a commercial contract with Antrix, was for purely peaceful purposes or meant to enable Israel to spy on Iran has come to the fore again.

Urging Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to come out with a clarification on the deal relating to the satellite, senior Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader and member of the party Politburo, Brinda Karat, citing quotes in the media made at the time by Israeli officials, said that the satellite was widely reported as being meant for spying on Iran.

She recalled that she had raised the issue with Mr. Singh through a letter in March 2008 and expressed regret that she did not receive any reply.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article1448109.ece

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'Qureshi's oath, seat removed at the last moment'

February 13, 2011

PESHAWAR: The oath to be administered by Shah Mahmood Qureshi and a seat were removed at the very last moment, Federal Minister for Railways Ghulam Ahmed Bilour told Geo News.

"When I reached the President House, the oath and a chair for Shah Mahmood Qureshi were present with that of others but were removed moments before the oath taking ceremony."

http://www.thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=11087

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Qureshi wants PM post

February 13th, 2011

Islamabad, Feb. 12: Ousted Pakistan foreign minister, Mr Shah Mehmood Qureshi has only two slots in mind — he wants to remain the top diplomat or become Prime Minister.

Mr Qureshi was not included in the first batch of 22 ministers who were administered oath on Friday.

The post of the foreign minister remains vacant as the Prime Minister, Mr Yousaf Raza Gilani, has appointed only a minister of state — Ms Hina Rabbani Khar — to look into the foreign affairs.

Mr Qureshi has been a candidate for the premiership. He had been close to replacing Mr Gilani in the recent political crises but the President, kept his faith in Mr Gilani.

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/international/qureshi-wants-pm-post-425

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What has Pak done for talks to resume?

February 12th, 2011

It used to be speculated that if another Mumbai-type terror attack was launched against this country from Pakistan, India would retaliate militarily. According to WikiLeaks, this was communicated by former British foreign secretary, Mr David Miliband, to the Americans after his conversations in New Delhi. Today, however, we can’t be sure. At the foreign secretaries’ Thimphu meeting earlier this week, India agreed to restart talks with Pakistan on all bilateral issues, including Kashmir. The two countries earlier called all-ranging talks a “composite” dialogue. These were suspended by India after 26/11 in Mumbai. New Delhi’s position was that the dialogue could resume once Islamabad provided concrete proof that it had taken meaningful steps to bring the jihadist authors of 26/11 to book. That has not happened. India has eaten crow and is gamely trying to move on. The hard fact is that elements of Pakistan’s ISI were associated with the Mumbai carnage in every meaningful way. Islamabad therefore will never be serious about pursuing the matter. Without acknowledging this publicly, Thursday’s announcement on resumption of the composite dialogue in all but name suggests that India has come to accept that Pakistan won’t move on Mumbai, and it has no option but to re-engage that country. If anything is said to the contrary, it is for the birds. Full report at:

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/dc-comment/what-has-pak-done-talks-resume-092

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Without Mubarak, Egypt state TV switches sides

February 13, 2011

CAIRO: Egypt’s state and pro-government media have abruptly changed their tune. Faithful mouthpieces of Hosni Mubarak’s regime until the end, they now celebrate the ouster of the longtime Egyptian president — and pledge to be more attentive to ordinary Egyptians. State TV even promised to be more truthful in its reporting.

During the 18-day uprising, state TV and pro-Mubarak newspapers portrayed the hundreds of thousands of protesters as a minority of troublemakers. While raucous protests raged in downtown Cairo, state-run Al-Nil TV showed serene videos of the Nile River.

But on Saturday, a day after Mubarak’s resignation, the message had been turned upside down.

“The people ousted the regime,” proclaimed the once pro-Mubarak Al-Ahram on its front page.

A state TV journalist, reporting from outside Mubarak’s Cairo palace where thousands had gathered after Mubarak’s ouster, said that “at these moments, Egyptians are breathing freedom.”

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/13/without-mubarak-egypt-state-tv-switches-sides.html

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Pakistan seeks role of ‘game changer’: Bashir

February 13, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan said on Saturday it would like to play the role of a ‘game changer’ to secure its interests and called for ownership of the renewed peace process with India for it to succeed.

Addressing the Diplomatic Correspondents Association on “Pakistan-India ties – Perspectives and Future”, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir said even though he would not like to use the phrase of a game changer, Pakistan would certainly like to “play the role of a game changer as far as our own affairs are concerned, especially in our immediate neighbourhood”.

Although he did not define how the country envisioned its role as a ‘game changer’ in the region, he referred to a changed approach in dealing with problems with neighbours and said Pakistan had made significant progress in ties with India and Afghanistan.

Pakistan had over the past two months made successful efforts for mending its ties with Afghanistan and last weekend Mr Bashir met his Indian counterpart Nirupama Rao in the Bhutanese capital on the sidelines of a Saarc meeting, where the two had agreed to revive the peace process, which stands frozen since the Nov 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Mr Bashir said that geographic compulsions were compelling the country to ‘set directions’. He described the resumption of peace talks with India as a ‘significant breakthrough’, but kept the bar low as far as expectations from the renewed process are concerned.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/13/pakistan-seeks-role-of-game-changer-bashir.html

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Obama welcomes commitments from Egypt's army

Julie Pace

February 13, 2011

President Barack Obama welcomed commitments Saturday from Egypt's new military rulers to eventually hand power to an elected civilian government and abide by a peace treaty with Israel.

A day after the resignation of Egypt's longtime leader Hosni Mubarak, Obama phoned world leaders, reaffirming his support for the people of Egypt whose 18 days of protests led to Mubarak's ouster. Obama pledged U.S. assistance and financial support as Egypt moves toward free and fair elections, the White House said.

Egypt's military is now running the country following Mubarak's resignation. Its pledges Saturday to follow the international treaties the Mubarak government entered into were lauded not only in the U.S., but also in Israel, where leaders were concerned the turmoil in Egypt could threaten the peace accord between the two countries. Egypt's military strongly supports the peace deal, not in small part because it guarantees U.S. aid for the armed forces, currently running at $1.3 billion a year.

Meantime, Obama administration officials were still sorting through the frenetic final hours leading up to Mubarak's resignation Friday. U.S. officials had expected Mubarak to step down a day earlier, but were caught off guard when Mubarak instead issued a rambling statement on Egyptian state television in which he vowed to stay in office, but transfer authority to Vice President Omar Suleiman.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/02/13/obama-welcomes-commitments-egypt039s-army.html

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Ex-PM, senior officials barred from leaving Egypt

February 13th, 2011

Cairo: Egypt's chief prosecutor has barred former prime minister Ahmed Nazif and other senior officials from leaving the country to prevent them from escaping corruption charges, soon after people's protests forced president Hosni Mubarak to step down.

The travel ban has also been imposed on other members of the former Egyptian cabinet, including interior minister Habib al-Adli, information minister Anas el-Fekky and tourism minister Zaher Garana, the MENA news agency said on Saturday.

The Egyptian authorities have also issued a travel ban on a steel tycoon and ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) member Ahmed Ezz.

A corruption probe has been launched.

The Egyptian cabinet had resigned in late January upon a demand by president Hosni Mubarak, as a move to quell anti-government protests.

Mubarak, 82, who ruled the country for almost 30 years, stepped down Friday after 18 days of heated protests by tens of thousands of people forced him to resign.

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/international/ex-pm-senior-officials-barred-leaving-egypt-488

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Cairo is warning to world’s dictators

February 13th, 2011

Egypt offers another example that non-violent and united protest by a determined people can change the course of history. It can dismantle powerful dictatorships that have powerful friends and can bring down an empire. The unbelievable 18-day uprising of the Egyptian masses which on February 11 ended the 30-year authoritarian rule of Hosni Mubarak is quite unique. It appeared on the scene without preparation or previous mobilisation or propaganda. (The success of the people’s protest in Tunisia, which came earlier, is similar but not quite the same category: the Tunisian dictator fled the scene very rapidly, the complexities of geo-strategic calculation in Tunisia’s case are far less, and Tunisia’s weight in the Arab world bears no comparison with that of Egypt.) This singular quality sets it apart from the great struggle and victory of the majority blacks in South Africa, the tumult in Russia that brought down communism, and the triumph of the Iranian people which ended the empire of Shah Reza Pahlavi. Non-violent mass uprisings caused all of the above. For this reason the assertion of the will of the people is feared by state-formations that were not constructed by the people themselves. But the recent case of Egypt makes the further point that non-representative governments can collapse suddenly in the face of popular revolt if the challengers do not permit themselves to be divided or distracted.

Full report at:

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/dc-comment/cairo-warning-world%E2%80%99s-dictators-428

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Govt to ensure implementation of court order on Musharraf

February 13, 2011

LAHORE: Federal Law Minister Babar Awan said on Sunday that there was no concept of victory or defeat in democracy, nor was there room for any confrontational politics. Instead, he said that democracy requires reconciliation and understanding.

After nine years of dictatorship, it was necessary that all institutions understood and respected the limits of each other, Awan said.

Addressing lawyers at the Punjab Bar Council in Lahore, Awan said that the government will ensure the implementation of a court order on former president Pervez Musharraf. He said that nobody could pressurise the government on such issues.

Awan said that the PPP-led government did not have any personal agendas but instead would work towards ensuring the fulfillment of the national agenda.

He said that lawyers were important members of society and the government was bringing an amendment to the constitution to ensure that federal and provincial governments allocate separate budgets for lawyers.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/13/govt-to-ensure-implementation-of-court-order-on-musharraf-awan.html

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Omar attacks PDP for controversial J&K map

February 13, 2011

Srinagar : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today flayed the PDP for its controversial map of the state, saying "gifting away" of state's territory will be not be acceptable.

The map displayed by PDP during a power point presentation on Saturday showed Aksai Chin painted in red and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) in green. The depiction of the map is seen as an acceptance of the occupation of these areas by the respective countries.

Omar said, "It is up to the PDP how they would want to clear this (map). I don not think it is acceptable to anyone that part of state's territory is gifted away like this".

The Chief Minister, however, said that he was in favour of making the borders irrelevant that would ensure free trade and travel between the sides of divided state.

Meanwhile, PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti said her party has not done anything to challenge the sovereignty of the country over the territory of Jammu and Kashmir. "We have only shown the distance say from Kashmir-Leh to Yarkand, which is in China. These routes were open before 1947. We have not done anything (to change the map)," she added.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/749531/

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Pakistan confident US, Afghan talks will continue

February 13, 2011

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani government spokesman says a standoff with the Washington over a jailed US Embassy worker will not thwart talks between the two countries and Afghanistan.

Tensions have been rising between the US and Pakistan over the detention of American Raymond Davis for killing two Pakistani men he says were trying to rob him. The US said Saturday that it is postponing talks set for this coming week in Washington with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Pakistani and Afghan diplomats.

On Sunday, Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said he is certain the “important” three-way talks will take place at a later date. He declined to comment on what the diplomatic spat means for Davis’ case or for relations with the United States.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/13/pakistan-confident-us-afghan-talks-will-continue.html

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Palestinians to hold elections by September

February 13, 2011

RAMALLAH: The Palestinian leadership in the West Bank promised to hold long-overdue general elections by September, a surprise move spurred by political unrest rocking the Arab world and embarrassing TV leaks about peace talks with Israel.

In principle, elections could help end the deep political split between West Bank-based President Mahmoud Abbas and the Islamic militant Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, the other territory the Palestinians want for their state.

Hamas immediately ruled out participation, saying the vote was meant to divert attention from the scandal caused by the secret documents uncovered by the Al-Jazeera satellite channel last month.

Still, it could become difficult for Hamas to reject elections at a time of growing calls for democracy throughout the Middle East. Hamas itself has praised the downfall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak as a victory for the Egyptian people.

In a sign of the political damage caused by the leaks, chief Palestinian peace negotiator Saeb Erekat announced his resignation Saturday. Erekat has been widely vilified since Al-Jazeera, citing hundreds of internal documents, alleged last month that Palestinian negotiators secretly offered far-reaching concessions to Israel.

The call for elections came a day after Mubarak stepped down, forced out by mass protests against his ironfisted 30-year rule. The Egyptian uprising and another successful revolt in Tunisia a month earlier have inspired calls for democratic reform throughout the region.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/13/palestinians-to-hold-elections-by-september.html

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New Israeli army head must pacify warring generals

February 13, 2011

JERUSALEM: One of the first battles for Major General Benny Gantz, tapped as the next chief of Israel’s armed forces, will be to calm a high command unsettled by months of messy infighting over the post.

Gantz, 51, a former deputy chief of staff, was only named to the position after the man designated for the job was disqualified on February 1 over allegations that he had illegally grabbed land around a luxury villa he built.

The discarded candidate, Major General Yoav Galant, who was nominated for the post last year, told local media he was the victim of a conspiracy by his rivals.

The process of finding a successor to the outgoing chief, Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi, was marred by a “battle of the generals,” in which an allegedly forged document aimed at discrediting Galant was circulated.

At a February 6 cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the political turmoil in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East made it more vital than ever that the Israel Defence Forces had a steady hand at the helm.

“The stability of the IDF is always important, but it is much more important now given the deep shocks in our region,” he said.

“In the circumstances that have been created, my duty as prime minister is to make clear decisions in order to lift the cloud of uncertainty from the IDF senior command,” Netanyahu added, in a reference to the succession row.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/13/new-israeli-army-head-must-pacify-warring-generals.html

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566 Indonesian overstayers in Saudi to be flown home

February 13, 2011

The National Board for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Overseas Workers (BNP2TKI) said that the Board and the Foreign Ministry would repatriate 566 Indonesians who overstayed their visas and at one time took refuge under the Khandara bridge in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

BNP2TKI head Moh Jumhur Hidayat said the government would fully fund the transporting process.

“They will be flown back home using Garuda aircrafts in two batches: 306 on Monday…and 260 more to arrive on Tuesday,” he said, as quoted by Tribunnews.com.

The first group will be comprised of 241 women workers, 27 children and 38 children under five.

Jumhur, along with officials from the Foreign Ministry, the Manpower and Transmigration Ministry and the Coordinating Ministry for People’s Welfare, will welcome them at the airport, he said.

Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said last month that his ministry had discovered 1,744 Indonesian citizens who overstayed their visas in Saudi Arabia.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/02/13/566-indonesian-overstayers-saudi-be-flown-home.html

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Indonesia Congratulates Egypt on Democratic Change

February 13, 2011

Indonesia on Saturday congratulated Egypt on its democratic change and expressed hope that the Middle East country would continue to play an important role in efforts to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

"The government of Indonesia congratulates the whole Egyptian nation for its ability to overcome the current challenges," Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said in a statement.

Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down on Friday in the wake of weeks of unprecedented street protests against his three- decade rule.

"Indonesia believes that Egypt will still play a major role in the region, including in pushing the Middle East process," Natalegawa said. "Indonesia will stand by Egypt in its transition to democracy and its efforts to achieve lasting peace in the Middle East."

A similar uprising in Indonesia helped topple dictator Suharto in 1998 after 32 years in power. The South-East Asian nation has since embarked on sweeping democratic reforms.

Deutsche Presse-Agentur

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/indonesia-congratulates-egypt-on-democratic-change/422432

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Egypt military rulers under pressure from protesters

Feb 13, 2011

CAIRO: Egypt's new military rulers, who have promised to hand power to civilians, are facing impatient protesters who want swift steps to prove their nation is set for democracy after Hosni Mubarak's overthrow.

The nation will wakes up to its first working day on Sunday since Mubarak was toppled during the Egyptian weekend, and protest organisers have threatened more rallies if the military fails to meet their demands.

The military has given no timetable for the transition but says it is committed to civilian rule and democracy. A cabinet meeting, due later on Sunday, could provide some answers.

As Egypt celebrated the dawn of a new post-Mubarak era, the streets of central Cairo were still filled with euphoric crowds dancing to loud music and waving flags into the early hours of Sunday, more than 24 hours after Mubarak resigned.

On Sunday, shops will reopen and many will head back to work, with life expected to begin to return to normal after 18 days of protests that changed the course of Egypt's history.

Mubarak's toppling marked the beginning of a new, uncertain era in the Middle East where autocratic leaders fear Egypt's revolt could spill over into other parts of the oil-rich region.

Restoring order is a top priority. Tanks and troops have been guarding strategic buildings so far as police disappeared from the streets. Repairing police stations burned down during the protests is another urgent task.

Full report at:

http://www.thesundaily.com/article.cfm?id=57514

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Iran will not allow 'illegal' opposition rally

February 13, 2011

TEHRAN: An interior ministry official said on Saturday Iran will not allow the opposition to hold a rally in support of Arab uprisings which regime backers believe to be a ploy for fresh anti-government protests.

Opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi had sought ministry permission to stage a rally on Monday which they said was to show solidarity with the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.

"These elements are fully aware of the illegal nature of the request. They know they will not be granted permission for riots," Mehdi Alikhani Sadr, a senior official at the ministry's political bureau, told a news agency.

Permission for "riots by seditionists" will not be given, he said, referring to opposition leaders blamed by regime officials for widespread unrest after the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009.

Backers of Iran's Islamic regime say the opposition leaders intend to use the rally to stage anti-government demonstrations, similar to those in 2009.

The post-election protests left dozens of people dead, hundreds wounded and thousands arrested in a huge security crackdown on demonstrators.

Although Tehran is not permitting the opposition movement to hold a rally, it has come out in support of the demonstrations in Arab nations.

Ahmadinejad himself said on Friday it was the "right" of Egyptians to protest against US ally Hosni Mubarak, just hours before the Egyptian strongman stepped down. (Reuters)

http://www.thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=11072

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Security forces in Yemen beat protesters

13 February 2011

SANAA — Yemeni police with clubs on Saturday beat anti-government protesters who were celebrating the resignation of Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak and demanding the ouster of their own president.

The crackdown reflected an effort to undercut a protest movement seeking fresh momentum from the developments in Egypt, where an 18-day uprising toppled Mubarak. His ouster raised questions about the long-term stability of Yemen and other Western-allied governments in the region.

The United States is in a delicate position because it advocates democratic reform, but wants stability in Yemen because it is seen as a key ally in its fight against Islamic militants.

Hundreds of protesters had tried to reach the Egyptian embassy in Sanaa, Yemen’s capital on Saturday, but security forces pushed them back. Buses ferried ruling party members, equipped with tents, food and water, to the city’s main square to help prevent attempts by protesters to gather there.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/February/middleeast_February438.xml&section=middleeast

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India wants China to be 'sensitive' on Pak issue: Nirupama Rao

Sun Feb 13 2011

Noting that India and China share a complex relationship, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao underlined that Beijing needs to be more "sensitive" towards India's concerns in its dealings with Pakistan.

During her talk at The New School here, Rao said that India was not against Pakistan's relationship with other countries but New Delhi had some genuine concerns about some aspects of the relationship between Beijing and Islamabad.

China's support for Pakistan's nuclear ambitions, Rao said, was an area where India was "seeking more clarity and transparency" and "welcomed an open discussion."

The Indian official also said New Delhi took strong exception of China's policy to issue stapled visas to residents of Jammu and Kashmir and its presence in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

The relationship between India and China, she said, "would be stronger when China shows more sensitivity on issues that impinge on our sovereignty and territorial integrity."

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/india-wants-china-to-be-more-sensitive-on-pak-issues/749489/

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US decries Iranian ban on protest

Sun Feb 13 2011

Robert Gibbs

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs gives his final press briefing at the White House.

The United States decried the decision of Iranian government to declare illegal the protests being planned by the opposition parties.

"We call on the Government of Iran to allow Iranian people the universal right to peacefully assemble, demonstrate and communicate that's being exercised in Cairo," US National Security Advisor Tom Donilon said in a statement.

"By announcing that they will not allow opposition protests, the Iranian government has declared illegal for Iranians what it claimed was noble for Egyptians," he said.

On Friday, White House had said that the Iranian regime was scared of the will of its people. "What you've seen in the region is the government of Iran, quite frankly, scared of the will of its people," outgoing White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/us-decries-iranian-ban-on-protest/749490/

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After Mubarak, Berlusconi', Italy protests

February 13th, 2011

Rome: A group of Italian protesters, who call themselves the Purple People, organized a weekend of demonstrations in several cities against Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, demanding his resignation over allegations of sex with underage prostitutes.

"After Mubarak, Silvio Berlusconi," hundreds of protesters chanted in Rome on Saturday, creating quite a stir as they banged cooking pots and spoons. "Unworthy Berlusconi, this is not my head of government," one banner said.

The Purple People have several times in the past organised, over the internet, a 'No-B(erlusconi) Day' in Rome. The rallies were attended by artists, journalists, trade unionists and other citizens.

Italians will take to the streets again Sunday, in protests largely organized by women's groups who say the premier has hurt their dignity. They also object to the indecent representation of women in newspapers, advertising and on television.

Full report at:

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/international/after-mubarak-berlusconi-italy-protests-485

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