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Islamic World News ( 8 Jul 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Death toll in Karachi violence climbs to 103

Karachi's nine lives: ‘The injured men just keep reciting the Kalima’

No end to killings as grenade, rocket attacks mounted in Karachi

Kashmir Valley is Taliban-land in all but name

Pak: '50 killed' in Kurram offensive: Officials

US, French envoys in Hama, 13 killed in Syria

Muslims hold protest against Quran disrespect in UP, India

Saudi law is not Sharia- Mujibur Rahman in Colombo

Pakistan fits the bill

Militancy-hit Pakistan now faces ethnic, political violence

Srinagar: Three docs arrested for distributing ‘objectionable’ pamphlets

Night Raids Curbing Taliban, but Afghans Cite Civilian Toll

Yemeni protesters reject US, Saudi interference

42 illegal Afghan immigrants detained in Pak

India, Bangla face new challenges from fundamentalists: Krishna

Pak reassessing ties with US post-Osama killing: Mullen

‘US remarks on slain journalist to affect war on terror’

Gaddafi says regime will not fall, Nato must pull back

Gaddafi threatens to unleash suicide bombers in Europe

Pak Federal Interior Min. points to Taliban presence in the city

Egyptians protest, demand justice after Mubarak

Omar draws flak for inaction on SC judgment

US carriers would be targeted if attacked: Iran

Syrians take to the streets as regime blames US

US Congress votes against proposal to cut aid to Pak

Violence in Karachi: 89 suspects arrested, says Rehman Malik

Taliban deny hand in attack on convoy in North Waziristan

NYT calls on US to get ISI chief removed

Bomb blast damages NATO container

South Sudan becomes world's newest nation

IUB VC for promotion of Islamic values in society

Radicals Targeting US Military Installations

New Yorker who tried to join jihadists in Afghanistan faces life in prison

Collectively we can defeat ideology of Terrorism.

Pakistan Condemns Mullen’s Statement on Journalist’s Killing

US charges Chinese woman on Pakistan exports

Kashmir's barter trade with Pak affects revenue of Punjab govt

Ahmadinejad v Ayatollah: Who will win Iran dust-up?

Dubai: Metro has firewall against hacking

Israel must apologise to normalise ties: Turk PM

Anger as airlines help Israel bar pro-Palestinians

Gaza flotilla II: This time, Israel took the diplomatic route

US collusion in the Gaza blockade is an affront to human rights

US Muslim Youth Inspired For Leadership

Libyan rebels set for fresh push to Tripoli

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Death toll in Karachi violence climbs to 103

Omer Farooq Khan

Jul 9, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Violence continued in Pakistan's port city of Karachi and the death toll from the current spate of targeted killings rose to 103 on Saturday, according to officials and media reports.

The increased violence and instability has brought Pakistan's biggest city to a grinding halt. Most of the city's marketplaces, schools and offices were closed and there was hardly any traffic on the roads. At least 17 people were killed in incidents of firing since overnight whereas 30 people lost their lives on Friday.

The metropolitan's Qasba Colony and its suburbs remained the worst affected areas while violence also spread to the southern and eastern parts of the city. As most of the people were staying at home fearing more violence, the residents of Qasba colony and its adjoining areas were forced to flee for safer places.

Spokesman for Sindh Rangers said that personnel of the paramilitary force had helped evacuate hundreds of people trapped in the violence-hit areas.

"We are moving the families to safe places and the exercise continues. Rangers troops helped mainly people in Qasba Colony and adjoining areas," he said.

The government has ordered the security forces to shoot on sight to stem violence in the country's industrial and commercial centre.

"We have issued orders to the security forces to shoot anyone involved in violence on the spot," Sharjeel Memon, the provincial information minister, said.

"To bring life back to normal in the city, we in a joint strategy with Sindh Rangers are planning special arrangements that include security on major roads and regular business of transport and markets," the city's police chief Saud Mirza said.

Karachi's main political party, the Muttahid Qaumi Movement (MQM), which resigned from the government, last week, has called off its protest march but it was not enough to stop the killings.

"People cannot leave their homes. Their food and rations are finishing. We don't see any government in the city. Where shall we go?" said Saleem Ahmed, a resident of Karachi.

Home minister Rehman Malik had said that 250 of the 1,000 Frontier Constabulary (FC) personnel being drafted in for deployment in the city on an urgent basis had already been deployed.

Mr Malik said that 89 suspects had been arrested in different areas. "Twelve of them are Urdu-speaking, 19 Pushto-speaking and three Baloch."

He ruled out a military operation in the city and appealed to Altaf Hussain, MQM's chief, and Asfandyar Wali, ANP's top leader, to ask their followers to remain calm and help restore normality.

Malik said that details about hideouts of miscreants in Karachi had been collected through the latest technology. "Modern means are also being used to monitor the situation in the disturbed areas."

The level of violence this week has not been seen in Karachi for quite some time. The targeted killings are widely blamed on armed gangs linked to the city's main political parties, MQM and ANP. The armed gangs were believed to be fighting turf wars for their share of city's resources.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Death-toll-in-Karachi-violence-climbs-to-103/articleshow/9162789.cms

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Karachi's nine lives: ‘The injured men just keep reciting the Kalima’

By Saba Imtiaz

July 9, 2011

KARACHI: This Friday, the strains of prayer verses from nearby mosques mixed with the sounds of machine gunfire.

It dragged on for hours. As the fighting spread throughout the city, areas surrounding Lea Market — where reports of firing emanated as early as 11 am — were whipped up in a similar frenzy.

An announcement of ‘shoot on sight’ orders may have been issued for law enforcement agencies, but on Friday afternoon, the only people who embraced that order were the fighters.

The sound of bullets being fired from every direction doubled as a sound track to the bloody afternoon.

Residents of Juna Market alleged that the rooftops and windows of buildings were being used by the gunmen.

“It is straight fire,” was a phrase heard throughout the afternoon.

It means that two groups are shooting at each other directly. In theory, it is simple to explain. Armed men fire at each other. When one group retreats, there is a loud call for the other group to move forward. As it claims more space, there is retaliatory fire from the other. Each time the scream from a group is accompanied by a hail of bullets.

In Juna Market, there was an incomprehensible voyeurism. People viewed the battles from their balconies and windows. Children skipped on the street. The older men huddled in doorways as the shots were fired a few feet away.

“Eight years ago,” recalled ambulance driver Nasir Brohi, “I once spat out paan on this road. Someone stopped me and said, ‘This is our land. We pray here. Please do not do this’. I never did it again. Now look at what they have done to this street.”

“They have turned this city into Beirut.”

The gates of the nearby police station remained closed.

“Maa qasam, [On my mother] if I had orders I would not leave any of these f***ing men alive,” muttered an angry police officer, resentful that his higher-ups had merely told the force to “wait and see”. He had ventured out to speak to the ambulance drivers.

High-ranking police officers drove up in their armoured cars and air-conditioned vehicles. They hastily turn back after a new burst of gunfire. “Check that out,” exclaimed a policeman with disgust.

According to the police, they had no ‘shoot on sight’ orders. “Even if they see someone with arms, they are not allowed to do anything,” remarked an ambulance driver.

Could this be the backlash from the Sarfraz Shah case? Are the Rangers too frightened to point a gun now? “Perhaps,” said an officer, when asked if this were the case. “The IG and the DG Rangers were removed, even though it was Rangers men who were involved. But who will protect us if we do act?”

This is how the force thinks. Indeed, just hours earlier in Bheempura, the police had turned back from a grenade attack that killed two men and injured five others. In Lea Market, where groups clashed for hours, there were reports that gunmen had encircled an armed personnel carrier.

In Juna Market, the residents watched as the firing continued, the fighters screamed out, and gunshots went off so loud that it seemed as if someone had shot the gun from your shoulder.

A young Civil Hospital doctor, Rizwan Hussain, stood watching. His night shift was never ending. “Our MS, Dr Syed Qureshi, has asked us to cooperate, given the situation of the city.”

His bloodstained gloves provided a hint of the macabre scenes he has witnessed over the past few days. “I have never seen a situation like this,” he said. “We would get a maximum of one or two gunshot cases. In the past two days, I’ve treated up to 20.”

Hussain recalled the condition of the bodies he sees — they are bleeding heavily, with five to six bullets in them. The injured repeatedly recite the Kalima.

“That is all they do. One strapping young guy – he must have been 20, you know,” Hussain said, flicking a cigarette. “He called his family and told them he had six bullets in him. He asked them to come to Civil Hospital as soon as possible”

Edhi staff told harrowing accounts. One man had left his sick mother at home and ventured out in search for food. Another was a building watchman.

Khadim Hussain, a resident who runs a shop in the area, said, “Our family is in the Punjab. Where do we escape to?”

Residents alleged that the now-defunct Peoples Amn Committee men had joined hands with the Awami National Party and were killing Mohajirs and Kutchi Memons. The latter two were accused of doing the same.

The gunmen are not ‘outsiders’ or the oft-quoted ‘third element’.

“Our own people are supporting these men,” said Hussain.

Almost as if to provide proof, a water bottle was dropped to a gunman from a balcony.

The gunman — clad in a yellow t-shirt and jeans — took a sip, and resumed shooting.

It was hours before the gunfire stopped — momentarily. The welcome silence was prompted by the arrival of three Rangers cars, which the ambulance drivers took as a hopeful sign.

“They will clear the area. Then we can enter.”

But at the sound of gunshots, the Rangers men, who had disembarked, scurried back.

They returned with reinforcements – two police vans and a fire brigade. The convoy trundled forward. Residents appeared relieved, others, joyous. Waving frantically, they implored media personnel to come forward and see what had happened.

But then, what emerged in the lane was a sinister new side to the violence in Karachi. “Gunmen have set my house on fire!” cried Zeeshan. His two-storey house, home to 17 people, was ablaze.

At least two women and three children escaped the fire by jumping on to the roof of the next building.

With tears in his eyes, Zeeshan alleged that the arson was due to the ‘gangsters’ trying to take over the area. “They want our property so they can expand their turf. They control the neighbouring areas… this is next.”

“Rashid Bengali did this,” he exclaimed. Another voice piped up. “This is being done by Baba Ladla’s men.”

Zeeshan said the gunmen used petrol to set his house ablaze and threw their belongings out. “I have been calling all day! I called the police, the Rangers, the fire brigade. No one came, except one SHO and he wasn’t even from this area. There was one helpful Rangers officer – he has sent all these cars.”

Water gushed out of the hose as the firefighters attempted to put the fire out. Ashes rained down on the crowd of rescue workers, reporters and onlookers.

While the fire had raged for over an hour, it took six vanloads of Rangers for the fire brigade to feel confident enough to move in. Contrary to the perception that the firing had stopped because of the Rangers’ presence, the faint sounds of gunshots could still be heard.

Zeeshan’s tearful eyes soon turned manic. In a matter of seconds, he was in a headlock with a man, fighting bitterly. While he was pulled away, the sounds of shouting came from the neighbouring lane.

Rangers men, he declared later, had arrested two Kalashnikov-armed men who set his house on fire.

As Rangers’ vehicles began backing out from the lane, photographers and cameramen – who had finally felt confident enough to move forward – pressed forward to see who had been captured.

That is when the loudest gunshot of the afternoon ripped through the air from a balcony. It was time for the firing to restart.

Compared to the 1990s?

This kind of violence is not new to Karachi’s residents, police officers and rescue workers. Memories of the 1990s – the shuttered shops, closed petrol stations, lack of resources – played on everyone’s minds.

But rescue workers who have picked up bodies as young as that of a one-and-a-half year old baby differ.

This, they say, is worse.

Earlier in the day, five labourers were injured when they were fired at near Hasan Square. The men who brought them to the Edhi Centre at Sabzi Mandi also fired at the office’s gate. Rescue workers hurriedly transferred the injured men into cars and sent them to the hospital.

Dangers still lurked. “The armed men are hiding in the lanes on either sides of our office,” said a representative.

“I think there is a slight improvement in the nature of the violence – but it’s very slight,” reflected Anwar Kazmi, a stalwart at the Edhi Foundation.

“The biggest difference between the violence of the 1990s and now is that there is no respect for ambulances. People used to respect the rescue work. In the 1980s, I remember there was once a great deal of cross-firing going on. Abdul Sattar Edhi saheb came to that area with 13 cars. Both groups stopped firing, let Edhi saheb pick up the dead and injured, and then started firing again.”

“Now, they fire at ambulances.”

Seven Edhi ambulances were shot at and one rescue worker was injured. Ambulance drivers concurred that the violence was far worse than what they had witnessed in the past.

Three Edhi ambulances stood for hours at Juna Market, waiting to check on unconfirmed reports of a body dumped near a mosque, and to deal with possible injuries.

At Lea Market, where firing was ongoing for hours, men waved the Edhi ambulance on.  “Straight fire ho raha hai,” said one man, echoing the phrase of the day. “Come back later.”

Ambulance drivers – some of who have spent 25 years on the job – are accustomed to the gagging smell of a body, threats and ear-drum splitting gunfire.

These days they are realising that the city – whose every inch they have trawled – is increasingly unwelcome to their familiar soap-box vehicles.

Now it is taking hours for rescue workers to pick up the dead and the dying, because clashing groups will not allow them to enter. “Until someone signals [enter] we cannot pass,” said Brohi, pointing to the men openly shooting with machine guns and AK-47s at Juna Market. “Even then, we have to run in, grab the body and leave.”

Anger at the rescue service and the police was evident in Bheempura, where it took over two hours for the ambulance service to take away the injured, alleged bystanders.

“This man walked in to buy channas from the store,” said resident Ali Mohammad. “A man came by on a motorcycle. He fired and threw a grenade. A betel nut vendor was among his victims. A pool of blood trickled on to the street.” It was difficult to tell the blood from the paan spittle in the gutter.

As high-level meetings continue to tackle the situation, hordes of young men on the streets are fighting bitterly. Their ‘battlegrounds’ are cordoned off by stick-wielding men. The police stand by, powerless to do anything. At the Edhi Ambulance Centre, phone operators wield one desperate phone call after the other. The morgues fill up. Edhi issues statement after statement appealing for peace. Remarkably, a motorcyclist near Hasan Square managed to escape the whizzing bullets. But for Karachi, its nine lives appear to be running out.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/205639/karachis-nine-lives-the-injured-men-just-keep-reciting-the-kalima/

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No end to killings as grenade, rocket attacks mounted in Karachi

July 9, 2011

KARACHI: Arson, hand grenade and rocket attacks made Friday the deadliest day of recent violence, which was earlier restricted to targeted killings mainly in the western district, as it spread to southern and eastern parts of the metropolis, police and witnesses said.

At least 23 more people, including two young boys, were killed by midnight in the city where routine businesses remained suspended amid fears of violence and a call for what the Muttahida Qaumi Movement had said would be a peaceful protest and mourning.

While most killings were carried out in Orangi Town and the old city areas, more than half a dozen shops were burnt in Aligarh Colony and a commercial centre was set on fire in Kharadar. Besides, arsonists set fire to a truck in New Karachi, a rickshaw in Gulistan-i-Jauhar and a taxi in a Drigh Road area.

In the early hours, four rockets were fired in Turk Muhallah, Mujahidabad, Patni Muhallah and Gujarat Muhallah of Baldia Colony though they did not cause any casualty.

Eighteen-year-old Iqbal Arifeen was gunned down in an early morning attack by armed riders in Orangi Town Sector 11-1/2 within the remit of the Iqbal Market police station. The firing also left his paternal uncle, Qadem Khan, 34, wounded.

A young man, Arshad, was shot dead within the remit of the Mominabad police station. Qasba Colony remained the worst-affected area with the killing of six people within a span of a few hours in separate incidents of firing.

An official at the Pirabad police station said armed attacks reported in Qasba Colony No 1½ and 2½ claimed lives of 24-year-old Saifullah, 27-year-old Sakhi-ur-Rahman, 31-year-old Akbar alias Jumman. Intense firing also left 29-year-old Muhammad Usman and 10-year-old Yousuf Khan dead and four others, including a 12-year-old girl, wounded.

Also from the same area, the body of an unidentified young man was brought to the Qatar Hospital in Orangi Town.

The Kati Pahari trouble spot witnessed two more killings on Friday. Rafiullah and Muhammad Arif were gunned down in separate incidents of firing, said an official of the Shahrah-i-Noor Jehan police station.

In Saeedabad, three youngsters were killed in an armed attack in Sector 9-D. Two of them were identified as Amjed Masih and Bismillah Khan, a police official said. All the three bodies were shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi, he added.

In Gulshan-i-Iqbal, armed men near Hassan Square opened fire on a rickshaw, a taxi and two cars which were passing through Sir Shah Muhammad Suleman Road.

The firing killed grocery trader Dost Muhammad and left his two brothers, Lal Muhammad and Noor Muhammad, badly wounded, said an official at the Aziz Bhatti police station.

“The deadly attack also claimed the life of another young man, Muhammad Danial,” the official said. He added that all victims and bodies were shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre.

Firing in New Karachi Sector 5-M left a 60-year-old scrap dealer, Ghulam Sarwar, dead and two others wounded, police said.

In Baldia Town, a 12-year-old boy was hit by a stray bullet and died during treatment at the Civil Hospital. “Shah Abad was a resident of Ranghar Muhallah in Sector-7 and suffered a gunshot wound near his home,” a police official said.

In Malir, officials said, a young man was found shot dead in Model Colony. The body with a bullet in the head was shifted to hospital.

The old city areas, which had remained somewhat calm during the past three days, witnessed several hand-grenade and arson attacks besides firing incidents on Friday.

A 32-year-old watchman, Abdul Qayyum Gujjar, was gunned down in firing near Bombay Bazaar within the remit of the Kharadar police station. The victim was father of three and hailed from Bhurewala in Punjab, the police said.

In the same vicinity near the Machi Miani Market on G.Alana Road, a 29-year-old labour, Fazal-ur-Rehman, met the same fate. “He was a resident of Lyari and originally belonged to Mansehra,” said an official at the Kharadar police station.

The area witnessed yet another killing later when armed men targeted 42-year-old Noor Muhammad Khan near Sheedi Village.

The victim was said to be an activist of the Pakhtunkhawa Milli Awami Party and originally hailed from Quetta.

Earlier, armed riders on two motorbikes lobbed off a hand-grenade at people preparing to open shops near Bhimpura that left three of them dead.

“Two victims have been identified as Hussain Ghahchi and Maoo Jee while another one remained unidentified,” said an official at the Napier police station.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/09/no-end-to-killings-as-grenade-rocket-attacks-mounted.html

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Kashmir Valley is Taliban-land in all but name

Randeep Singh Nandal

Jul 9, 2011

SRINAGAR: "When freedom of speech is subjected to strangulation..." goes M C Kash's rap song, "I protest". Written at the height of last summer's protests, the rapper captured the imagination of the youth in Kashmir. Early this week, he performed before some 600 young boys and girls in Srinagar. But there's a catch: Kash rapped about freedom of speech under the guard of the same cops he has spent two years criticizing.

A couple of weeks ago, local newspapers carried advertisements about a music show featuring young Kashmiri singers to be held at Kashmir University. The show was organized by students of the management school to support a local orphanage. The response was good and some 600 tickets sold. Then came the shocker. With days to go, the show was cancelled. Why? Because a section of students protested. "Music is haraam," they said, and un-Islamic.

The visible platform for these protests was Facebook. Hundreds of posts abused and threatened the organizers. "If music shows are OK, then what's wrong with prostitution?" said one. "It's our farz to stop these acts. They corrupt our society," said another.

In no time, an entire Facebook page against the show came up. These rants seem to have had a direct impact. According to sources, the organizers were summoned before the director of the management school and forced to write an application cancelling the event. "Let's not be outlaws,'' he is reported to have told the organizers.

The word spread like wildfire throughout Srinagar, and yet not a single newspaper reported it. They didn't want to be outlaws either. The harried organizers met the police and finally the music show shifted to a government-run convention centre.

This is not an isolated incident about a small music show; this is the culmination of a campaign that's picked up speed in the past few months. The man leading it, as always, is the guardian of Kashmir's morality, Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

For two months now, Geelani has spoken publicly about how corrupt Kashmir has become. His pet peeves are mobile phones, co-ed schools and western culture. Mobile phones make "Kashmiri girls dishonorable. If parents have any shame, they should throw the phones into the Jhelum," Geelani once said.

Then, co-ed schools are dangerous because "boys and girls studying together is like putting fire and hay together. The hay will burn to ashes." All this, Geelani said, is part of the India's plan to destroy Kashmir. "They want them to turn into alcoholics; they want to destroy Islam."

Not one voice rises against this diatribe. Last Sunday, a Srinagar school organised a picnic for its students near Anantnag. Some 300 boys and girls from Class V to X spent the day on a meadow. The morning was spent with children playing cricket and splashing water on each other. In the afternoon, they had just sat down to eat, when a delegation appeared from the next village. "They just walked up to the principle and started abusing him, calling him a traitor, immoral, of spoiling Kashmiri children by allowing boys and girls to mix. Not one teacher dared speak a word. They just sat and heard quietly," said a teacher present there.

What about the Hurriyat moderates, the darlings of TV studios and conferences in Delhi? Who talk about the secular nature of the Kashmir struggle? Most have been silent or, true to their past behaviour, meekly followed the lead set by Geelani.

The Kashmiri youth live very different lives from their counterparts anywhere in the world. Since 1990, not a single cinema hall has functioned in the state. That is why the irony: scores of films made about Kashmir have never been shown here.

Last week, a storyteller finally got around to showing his film in Srinagar after more than a year of travelling the world. The screening was in a local cafe and watched by around 100 people.

No films, no music and who knows a ban on mobile phones for girls next?

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/In-Valley-its-OK-to-slam-govt-but-not-separatists/articleshow/9156314.cms

Pak: '50 killed' in Kurram offensive: Officials

July 9, 2011

The military announced the operation on Monday, under pressure from Washington to do more to destroy militant sanctuaries since US Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad on May 2. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

PESHAWAR: Officials said on Friday that a four-day air and ground offensive against militants in Kurram had left 42 enemy fighters and eight soldiers dead on the Afghan border.

There was no independent confirmation of the death toll because journalists and aid workers do not have free access to the district.

The military announced the operation on Monday, under pressure from Washington to do more to destroy militant sanctuaries since US Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad on May 2.

“We have cleared the Jawaki, Mantao and Sarkat areas of central Kurram during four days of operations in the region,” a security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

“We have killed 42 militants and injured over 100. Eight soldiers have also been killed. Taliban are on the run and we are marching ahead,” he said.

Another official said that at least 40 militants had been killed in Kurram, a flashpoint for sectarian violence between Shia and Sunni Muslims.

“At least 40 militants have been killed by the forces. Resistance by the militants against the military is very limited,” said Shahab Ali Shah, a local government official.

He said that more than 500 families who fled the fighting had registered with the government for shelter. Around 28,000 people are understood to have fled the offensive, but most have sought accommodation with relatives.

In the tribal district of Khyber, local administration official Syed Ahmed Jan, a local administration official, said 10 people were killed in clashes between the Lashkar-e-Islam network and a pro-government militia.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/205240/50-killed-in-kurram-offensive-officials/

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US, French envoys in Hama, 13 killed in Syria

9 July 2011

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA and according to them, Pro-Syrian President Bashar Assad protesters, wave their national country flags as they protest to show their support for their president, at al-Hijaz sqaure in Damascus, Syria, on Friday July 8, 2011.- Reuters

Tens of thousands of people rallied in Hama, calling for the downfall of President Bashar Al Assad, as Western envoys visited the city to show support for protesters.

Activists said security forces shot dead 13 people elsewhere, including six in the town of Dumair near Damascus.

Hama, 200 km (125 miles) north of Damascus, has seen some of the biggest demonstrations against Assad and was also the site of a brutal crackdown by his father nearly 30 years ago. Assad deployed tanks outside the city this week.

Footage on the Internet showed a huge crowd in Hama’s Orontes Square, some carrying a Syrian flag tens of metres long and chanting “The people want the downfall of the regime”.

Full report at: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/July/middleeast_July201.xml&section=middleeast

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Muslims hold protest against Quran disrespect

July 09, 2011

A protest meeting was organised by the Muslims at Jama Masjid Chowk in Moradabad on Thursday against disrespect shown to the Holy Quran at Asalat Nagar Bagha village under Mainather police station on Wednesday.

Addressing the gathering, Imam-e-Shahar Syed Masoom Ali Azad condemned the incident, but at the same time appealed to members of the community to ensure peace and brotherhood at all costs.

The dignitaries who were present at the protest meeting included Mayor of Moradabad ST Hasan, Muslim Traders Association president Azim Arshi, Mustafa Hassan, Maulana Qauser Hayat Khan, Salim Babri, president of the Babri Masjid action committee, Gurbindar Singh, secretary Moradabad Nagrik Samaj, Padri Paul Sarswat, Patron of Janta Sevak Samaj and Mohd Umar.

All the leaders addressed the large gathering. While condemning the incident, they appealed for unity, peace, mutual brotherhood and goodwill among all sections of the people.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/351858/Muslims-hold-protest-against-Quran-disrespect.html

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Saudi law is not Sharia- Mujibur Rahman in Colombo

09 JULY 2011

By Rifthi Ali

Saudi Arabian law is not Islamic Sharia law and the Saudi Government can release Sri Lankan house maid Rizana Nafeek, United National Party (UNP) Western Province Councilor Mujibur Rahman said yesterday at a demonstration held in front of Davatagaha Jumma mosque in Colombo.

He said that the Saudi king should recommend Rizana’s release.

The demonstration was held after the Jummah prayers yesterday and the demonstrators called for the release of Rizana Nafeek who is in the death row in Saudi for allegedly causing the death of a four-month-old infant in her care.

The demonstrators marched up to the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Colombo.

A house maid can not be employed as a baby sitter. This is a grave offence and the offenders be punished, Mujibar Rahman said.

“We are ready to pay the blood money for the release of Rizana,” he added. UNP Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake who was also at the protest said that the government had not done anything worthwhile to have Rizana released.

Not a single Muslim Minister or the External Affairs Minister had gone to Saudi Arabia to plead for Rizana’s life, he accused.

Mr. Ramanayake told that the foreign employment agent who sent the under-aged girl Rizana to Saudi Arabia as a housemaid with a fake passport had not been black listed or arrested by the authorities.

http://print.dailymirror.lk/news/news/49577.html

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Pakistan fits the bill

By Malik Muhammad Ashraf

July 9, 2011

There is a growing feeling in the higher echelons of the US administration, intellectual circles, political elite and media that America’s strategy in Afghanistan has failed and there is an imperative need for another strategic review. Those who subscribe to this view argue that the war in Afghanistan has gone wrong because Pakistan, despite being an ally of the US, has played a double game by extracting billions of dollars from America to fight terrorism and simultaneously maintained its links with the Taliban and tolerated the presence of Al-Qaeda leadership on its soil. They allege that Pakistan is more focused on India than Afghanistan or the threat of terrorism.

According to Arthur Herman, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a former CIA and National Security Council official Bruce Riedel has convinced President Barack Obama that the focus of the war on terror needs to shift from Afghanistan to Pakistan. Herman contended that the irony is that even as Obama was trying to get out of the war in Afghanistan, he might be heading the US into one in Pakistan - a move reminiscent of USA’s strategy in Laos in the 1960s - one of the springboards into the Vietnam quagmire.

Full report at: http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Opinions/Columns/09-Jul-2011/Pakistan-fits-the-bill

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Militancy-hit Pakistan now faces ethnic, political violence

2011-07-08

By Muhammad Tahir

ISLAMABAD, July 8 (Xinhua) -- The militancy-hit Pakistan is now facing political and ethnic violence in the country's southern port city of Karachi, which according to Interior Minister Rehman Malik, has claimed 85 lives over the past four days.

Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani Friday used his speech to Special Athletes to launch appeal for peace in Karachi, which he described the country's economic hub to provide jobs to hundreds of thousands people from across the country.

"Karachi is mini-Pakistan. It is the country's economic hub. I appeal to the people to shun violence," Gilani said in Islamabad.

The authorities have ordered shoot-at-sight order in view of the deteriorating law and order in the city, police said. The police and paramilitary forces have been given more powers to effectively deal with the miscreants.

Rival ethnic groups blame each other for target attacks, but the Interior Minister also suspected hands of Taliban militants as well as land and drug mafias behind the unrest. Presiding over a high-level meeting of top police officers in Karachi, the minister said on Friday that Taliban militants were spotted in Katti Pahari, one of the troubled areas in the city.

Full report at: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2011-07/08/c_13974340.htm

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Srinagar: Three docs arrested for distributing ‘objectionable’ pamphlets

M Saleem Pandit

Jul 9, 2011

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday took three Government Medical College (GMC) junior doctors into preventive custody for preaching hatred and bigotry and for asking people to desist from the "unIslamic" musical celebrations of the institute. The police has decided to release the three after the golden jubilee celebrations of the college are over.

The three doctors were seen in the college distributing pamphlets that dubbed music, dance and singing as "immoral","cultural aggression", "satanic culture" and "unislamic".

The incident comes a week after an online facebook campaign by young Kashmiri Islamists forced Kashmir University to cancel a musical fund raiser for the orphans of the state. The youth had described the musical fund raiser as " unislamic."

The arrested doctors whose names were not disclosed by the college authorities and the police, had directed the students and the faculty of GMC to abstain from "unislamic" celebrations such as music, disco, catwalk etc.

However, the students and the teaching faculty on Saturday defied the dictate and participated in the music and dance programme of the college's Golden Jubilee function. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is the chief guest at the event, said Dr Shahida Mir, principal of the college. The trio, presently detained in Karan Nagar police station, would be released at the end of the celebrations, SSP Srinagar Ashiq Hussian Bukhari confirmed.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Three-docs-arrested-for-distributing-objectionable-pamphlets/articleshow/9162378.cms

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Night Raids Curbing Taliban, but Afghans Cite Civilian Toll

By CARLOTTA GALL

KABUL, Afghanistan — United States Special Operations forces have carried out an extraordinary number of night raids over the past year, turning them into one of their most effective tools against the insurgents even as they stir accusations of abuse, resentment among Afghans and divisions with the government.

Last year’s influx of coalition forces brought with it the kind of intelligence and surveillance that have enhanced the military’s ability to conduct the night raids, which now average 300 a month, NATO and Afghan officials said. Hundreds of people have been killed and thousands detained in the raids over the past 18 months, they said.

There is no doubt that the raids have been devastating to the Taliban insurgency. Afghan officials and community elders in almost every frontline province say that known Taliban commanders and even whole groups of fighters have been killed or captured, and that the raids have forced the Taliban to operate in smaller cells and have shrunk their capacity.

Military officials say the campaign has disrupted whole insurgent networks in rural districts and along infiltration routes, thereby reducing large-scale attacks in the cities.

“Those night raids have broken the back of the Taliban,” said Abdul Satar Mirzokhel, deputy governor of Helmand Province for three years until this spring. “Most of their targets were very precise, aimed at the right people in the right places. If there were mistakes, they were very few.”

Full report at: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/09/world/asia/09nightraids.html?ref=global-home&pagewanted=print

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Yemeni protesters reject US, Saudi interference

9 July 2011

Tens of thousands rallied in Sanaa on Friday to “reject” Yemen’s dependence on the United States and Saudi Arabia.

Protesters said badly burned President Ali Abdullah Saleh was “politically dead” after a TV appearance.

Meanwhile, thousands of Saleh supporters staged a rival rally in the capital’s southern district on what they have named “The Friday of thanks” over Saleh’s health, chanting “The people want Ali Abdullah Saleh.”

In Sittine Road, west of Sanaa, anti-Saleh protesters gathered carrying banners reading: “Saudis and Americans, keep out of Yemen’s affairs” and “Ali Saleh is politically dead.”

A similar rally took place in Yemen’s second-largest city Taez, south of Sanaa.

Saleh, 69, has been hospitalised in Saudi Arabia, and out of the public eye, since he was badly injured in a bomb attack at his presidential palace last. Amid growing speculation over his condition, he finally appeared on Yemeni television on Thursday night.

His face burned and his hands covered with bandages, Saleh, who spoke from a hospital in Saudi Arabia where he has been receiving medical treatment. He was barely recognisable and sat stiffly as he spoke in the pre-recorded statement.

“Saleh’s appearance was meant to boost his loyalists’ morale and to pressure the opposition to to accept his son and relatives in political life in Yemen,” Mohammed al-Asal, a member of the youth revolt’s information committee, told AFP.

Vice President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi has faced mounting domestic and international pressure to assume power after Saleh.

Full report at: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/July/middleeast_July190.xml&section=middleeast

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42 illegal Afghan immigrants detained in Pak

July 09, 2011

QUETTA: Forty-two Afghan nationals were arrested for having no valid travel documents when stopped and checked by the border security guards in the outskirts of Quetta on Friday. A Frontier Corps (FC) spokesman confirmed that they were all illegal immigrants and had entered the country without valid travel documents. Presumably, they had entered with the intention of travelling to the Iranian border. They were intercepted at the western bypass checkpost of the Frontier Corps, popularly known as the Kharotabad Checkpost while travelling in a passenger bus. The FC spokesman confirmed that they had crossed the Pakistan border from Chaman area and were travelling in a passenger bus when intercepted and caught. The FC personnel handed the Afghan illegal immigrants over to the police so that they could institute legal proceedings against them under the Foreigners’ Act. Under this act, the immigrants face a fine and deportation back to their home country. Tens of thousands of Afghans normally cross the Chaman borders daily and an overwhelming majority of them stay in Pakistan, according to Federal Investigaion Agency (FIA) sources. staff report

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\07\09\story_9-7-2011_pg7_7

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India, Bangla face new challenges from fundamentalists: Krishna

Jul 9, 2011

Dhaka: Warning that India and Bangladesh face “new challenges” due to the rise of religious fundamentalism, extremism and terrorism, External Affairs Minister S M

Krishna said here today that it is imperative to join hands to combat terror in all its forms.

“We face new challenges and non-traditional security threats. The rise of religious fundamentalism, extremism and terrorism are not unfamiliar to our region. Such forces sap away the strength of our societies, threaten our state systems and are an impediment to our advancement,” he told a leading Bangladeshi think-tank.

Krishna said India and Bangladesh have had good cooperation in fighting fundamentalist and extremist forces and “it is imperative that we continue to join hands to fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations” so that “this creed will never gain ascendancy and we shall secure for ourselves and our peoples the hope of stability, development, peace and prosperity.”

Wrapping up his official visit here during which Bangladesh put a lid on the controversy set off by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's "off-the-record" remarks about 25 per cent Bangladeshis being anti-India, Krishna said "I am very satisfied with the outcome (of his talks with top Bangladeshi leaders) and am positive that we are poised for significant developments.

Full report at: http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/814791/

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Pak reassessing ties with US post-Osama killing: Mullen

Jul 9, 2011

Washington: Pakistan is currently reassessing its relationship with the United States in the aftermath of the May 2 American unilateral raid that killed Osama bin Laden in his Abbottabad lair, US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen has said.

Relations between both nations have hit a new low since US Navy Seals’ military operation inside Pakistani territory on May 2 without informing the military and political leadership in Islamabad.

“Clearly what has happened, they are going through an internal reassessment period of time and part of that is reassess their relationship with the US,” The Nation quoted Mullen, as telling reporters during a luncheon with the Pentagon Press Association.

He noted that the reduction in US trainer troops and few other steps being taken by Pakistan are a direct result of this.

Full report at: http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/815135/

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‘US remarks on slain journalist to affect war on terror’

By ZEESHAN HAIDER

Jul 9, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday denounced as “extremely irresponsible and unfortunate” comments by the top-ranking US military officer that elements of the Pakistan government had sanctioned the killing of a Pakistani journalist in May, warning that it could hurt cooperation in the fight against militants.

The remarks by Adm. Mike Mullen on the murder of journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad came at a time when relations between the uneasy allies were already seriously damaged after the killing of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan by US forces. “It is extremely irresponsible and unfortunate statement,” Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan told a news conference.

“This statement will create problems and difficulties for the bilateral relations between Pakistan and America. It will definitely deal a blow to our common efforts with regard to the war on terror,” she said.

Shahzad, who worked for the Hong Kong-based Asia Times Online, disappeared from Islamabad on May 29. His body was found in a canal two days later, bearing what police said were signs of torture.

Full report at: http://arabnews.com/world/article468696.ece?service=print

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Gaddafi says regime will not fall, Nato must pull back

Jul 9, 2011

TRIPOLI: Embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said in an audio message relayed to supporters on Friday that his regime will not fall and told Nato to stop attacking his troops.

"The regime in Libya will not fall -- it is based on the people, not on Gaddafi. NATO is wrong if it thinks it can topple the regime of this country," he said in the message to thousands of supporters in Sabha, some 750 kilometres (450 miles) south of Tripoli.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Gaddafi-says-regime-will-not-fall-Nato-must-pull-back/articleshow/9155286.cms

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Gaddafi threatens to unleash suicide bombers in Europe

Jul 09 2011

Tripoli: Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi threatened to launch a wave of bloody suicide bomb attacks in Europe to avenge NATO strikes against his regime on Friday while rebels came under heavy fire as they renewed their push against his forces.

Tens of thousands of Gaddafi supporters rallied in Tripoli's Green Square for Friday prayers, underscoring his refusal to step down after four decades in power and five months of fighting.

Large numbers also turned out in the desert town of Sabha, 800 km (500 miles) to the south in an apparent attempt to show that Gaddafi still enjoys support in the areas of Libya he still controls.

In a speech on Libyan television, Gaddafi threatened to send hundreds of Libyans to carry out attacks in Europe in revenge for the NATO-led military campaign against him.

"Hundreds of Libyans will martyr in Europe. I told you it is eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth. But we will give them a chance to come to their senses," the Libyan leader said in an audio speech.

Full report at: http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/815141/

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Pak Federal Interior Min. points to Taliban presence in the city

By Faraz Khan / Hafeez Tunio / Irfan Aligi

July 9, 2011

KARACHI: Citing intelligence sources, Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik claimed that the Taliban were at least partially responsible for the violence in Karachi which has thus far claimed over 100 lives over a span of four days.

“The [Taliban] had evacuated some places during the security forces’ operation against them, but police and law enforcement agencies are pursuing them,” claimed the minister, stating that there was a network of the Taliban that was active in the northern part of Karachi and involved in acts of militancy across the country’s largest city.

The violence, however, kept up its intensity on the fourth day, despite the fact that fewer people left their homes. In the worst incident, gunmen opened fire on two buses, killing 12 people, including a six-year-old girl overnight, a security official said.

Anwer Kazmi of the Edhi Foundation, said it was difficult to deliver food and water because of incessant gunfire. “Seven of our ambulances have been fired on so far and one of our volunteers has been shot and injured,” he said.

Full report at: http://tribune.com.pk/story/205847/mounting-body-count-malik-points-to-taliban-presence-in-the-city/

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Egyptians protest, demand justice after Mubarak

Jul 9, 2011

Tens of thousands of Egyptians have braved scorching summer heat to hold one of their biggest protests in months, filling streets in Cairo and other cities to demand trials for members of Hosni Mubarak’s regime and express frustration with the slow pace of change.

The exhilaration of Mr. Mubarak’s ouster on Feb. 11 after 18 days of mass protests has yielded to widespread frustration that “the revolution” has stalled. The economy remains sluggish and many are confused about what comes next. Some are demanding that the country’s military rulers, who took power after Mr. Mubarak, push back parliamentary elections set for September because most political factions are not ready.

Many complain that although Mr. Mubarak and many hated figures under him have lost power, the key elements of his regime remain in the judiciary, the police and the civil service.

Doubts have also begun to grow about the council of ruling generals, which has faced protests and riots for what some see as its reluctance to prosecute police and former regime officials accused of complicity in the killing of nearly 900 protesters during the uprising.

Full report at: http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2213672.ece

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Omar draws flak for inaction on SC judgment

July 08, 2011

Khursheed Wani

While Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has declined to implement Supreme Court's verdict on disbanding Special Police Officers, human rights groups in Kashmir have accused him of attempting to question Article 141 of the Indian Constitution that binds all States to implement the Supreme Court judgments.

Rights groups have welcomed the SC verdict to strike out as 'unconstitutional' the practice of arming local tribal youth of Chhattisgarh as Special Police Officers (SPOs) in order to fight the Maoists. They said that the practice of engaging SPOs and anti-insurgents was started in Kashmir in early 1990s and the implementation of the SC judgment was most relevant in the troubled region. Omar Abdullah, who is also the Home Minister of the State, has said that the SC judgement is not applicable to SPOs in Jammu and Kashmir, claiming that these were part of the regular police force.

Full report at: http://www.dailypioneer.com/351698/Omar-draws-flak-for-inaction-on-SC-judgment.html

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US carriers would be targeted if attacked: Iran

Jul 9, 2011

TEHRAN: A senior Revolutionary Guard commander threatened that US aircraft carriers would be targeted if Iran came under attack amid a standoff with the West over Tehran's nuclear programme.

Iran has often warned of major retaliation if they faced a military strike from Israel or the West, but the latest comments appear tailored to emphasise the expanding range of Iranian missiles following 10 days of war games. The exercises included unveiling underground missile silos that Iran says is capable of multiple launches.

"Aircraft carriers ... are moving targets. If the enemy threatens us, we will target them," said Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of the Guard's aerospace force, in comments broadcast on state TV.

Full report at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/US-carriers-would-be-targeted-if-attacked-Iran/articleshow/9163329.cms

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Syrians take to the streets as regime blames US

Jul 9, 2011

Beirut: Tens of thousands of Syrians carrying olive branches and shouting for the downfall of President Bashar al-Assad's regime on Friday streamed into a flashpoint city where the US ambassador travelled to show his solidarity with protesters, witnesses said.

Two witnesses said that crowds were swelling in Hama, a central city that has become a focal point of the uprising and has drawn the largest crowds since the revolt began nearly four months ago.

"People are chanting, 'We only kneel to God'," said one of the witnesses, as the sound of the crowd was heard in the background. He asked for anonymity, fearing for his personal safety.

Hama poses a potential dilemma for the Syrian regime because of its place as a symbol of opposition to the rule of the Assad family. In 1982, the late Hafez Assad ordered troops to crush a rebellion by Islamist forces, killing between 10,000 and 25,000 people, rights activists say.

Full report at: http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/814756/

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US Congress votes against proposal to cut aid to Pak

By Huma Imtiaz

July 9, 2011

WASHINGTON: Two amendments proposing to cut $2 billion in US aid to Pakistan were voted against in the United States House of Representatives on Thursday, despite the discomfort expressed by several legislators about continuing aid to Pakistan after Osama bin Laden was found and killed in Abbottabad.

The amendments to the Defence Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2012 were moved by Representative Ted Poe, a Republican from the state of Texas.

The first amendment proposed slashing $1 billion from the funds that the US government gives countries that have partnered in helping the US in the war against terrorism. That amendment failed in a 131-297 vote.

The second amendment to the defence appropriations act moved by Poe proposed a cut of $1 billion in funds that the US gives Pakistan for its efforts in counter-insurgency activities.

Various members of the Senate and House have in the past called for a new look at aid being given to Pakistan after the Abbottabad raid in May that led to Osama Bin Laden’s death.

Full report at: http://tribune.com.pk/story/205848/financial-assistance-to-pakistan-us-congress-votes-against-proposal-to-cut-aid/

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Violence in Karachi: 89 suspects arrested, says Rehman Malik

July 9, 2011

KARACHI: Interior Minister Rehman Malik held a press conference in Karachi amidst escalated violence due to the ongoing killings in the metropolis on Friday.

Malik presented details of the raids taking place in various areas, adding that the Baldia Town and Katti Pahari areas were the worst hit by violence.

Malik disclosed that 89 suspects have been arrested on suspicion of being involved in the target killings. He said that out of those arrested, 12 suspects are Urdu-speaking, 19 are Pathan and three are Baloch. He did not specify the ethnic backgrounds of the remaining suspects.

He also said that the dead include very few politically-affiliated activists.

The minister added that in some places where security forces entered to apprehend the criminal elements, children and elderly residents had been used by them as human shields. He added that security officials have ensured that no civilian lives are lost during the raids.

Full report at: http://tribune.com.pk/story/205234/89-suspects-arrested-in-karachi-violence-rehman-malik/

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Taliban deny hand in attack on convoy in North Waziristan

By Pazir Gul

MIRAMSHAH: The Taliban leadership in North Waziristan has reacted sharply to a recent bomb attack on a convoy in the area, saying the US agents — not the Taliban militants —had attacked the military personnel to achieve their own objectives.

Three security personnel were killed and 14 others injured on Tuesday when the convoy was attacked with an improvised explosive device. Security forces, believing militants holed up in a local hospital were behind the strike, demolished the facility on Wednesday.

On Friday, the Taliban Shura met at an undisclosed location. A one-page statement released after the meeting, which was presided over by Hafiz Gul Bahadur, said: “Mujahideen Shura of the North Waziristan gives last warning to those elements who carried out the improvised explosive device attack and opened fire from main bazaar a few days ago. If these people don’t stop their activities then action will be taken against them.”

Full report at: http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/09/taliban-deny-hand-in-attack-on-convoy.html

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NYT calls on US to get ISI chief removed

July 09, 2011

NEW YORK: In what is seen here as an unprecedented attack on the chief of Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency, the ISI, a leading American newspaper called upon the US government on Friday to use its influence to hasten departure of Lt-Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha.

“It should tell Pakistan’s security leadership that if Washington identifies anyone in ISI or the army as abetting terrorists, those individuals will face sanctions like travel bans or other measures.”

The New York Times came up with an editorial which lashed out at ISI and said it had “become inimical to Pakistani and American interests” and asked President Asif Ali Zardari “to speak out firmly against abuses, insist on adherence to the rule of law and join his political rival, Nawaz Sharif, in pressing the security services to change”.

“That can start by insisting on the retirement of Lt-Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha, the ISI chief, and the appointment of a more credible successor,” the newspaper said in a second editorial on the murder of journalist Saleem Shahzad.

The editorial said: “Now the Obama administration has evidence implicating the ISI in this brutal killing.” According to The Times’s Jane Perlez and Eric Schmitt, American officials say new intelligence indicates that senior ISI officials ordered the attack on Mr Shahzad to silence him.

Adm Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, confirmed on Thursday that Pakistan’s government “sanctioned” the killing, but he did not tie it directly to ISI.—Masood Haider

http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/09/zardari-orders-to-revive-commissioner-system-in-karachi.html

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Bomb blast damages NATO container

July 09, 2011

LANDIKOTAL: A low-intensity bomb blast caused partial damages to the chassis of a NATO container in a parking lot near the Torkham border here on Friday in the afternoon. Political administration authorities arrested the driver and the conductor of the NATO container in order to investigate the cause of the blast, administration sources said. The container was standing in line for custom clearance at Torkham on the road. The bomb explosion occurred sometime before the unannounced visit of the newly appointed political agent to Torkham. However, no casualties were reported in the explosion. Over the last few days repeated low-intensity explosions have taken place in the Landikotal subdivision, but so far nobody has been arrested, though some local persons were detained under the collective responsibility clauses of the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) and were later freed. A naib subedar and five men under him were also put behind bars for negligence when a bomb detonated outside the boundary wall of a checkpost in the Charwazgai area in Landikotal. staff report

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\07\09\story_9-7-2011_pg7_8

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South Sudan becomes world's newest nation

 July 09, 2011

Juba: Oil-rich South Sudan became the world's newest country on Saturday, splitting away from Khartoum-ruled north after decades of brutal war that claimed some two million lives.

Glorious celebration of the long-awaited independence began in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, at midnight on Friday.

Frenzied people poured into the city streets, dancing, banging drums, waving flags and chanting the name of Salva Kiir Mayardit, the President of the new nation.

As a countdown clock in the city centre reached zero, the new national anthem of South Sudan, which became the 193rd country in the world and 54th UN member state in Africa, was played on television, marking the culmination of the January independence referendum.

A host of foreign dignitaries, including Vice President Hamid Ansari, Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, are attending celebrations in Juba.

Full report at: http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/815133/

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IUB VC for promotion of Islamic values in society

July 9, 2011

Bahawalpur—Vice Chancellor (VC) Islamia University of Bahawalpur (IUB) Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar has said with the promotion of Islamic values, a society based on peace and integrity can be created as the most accomplished lesson of human rights has been taught by the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAW). He was addressing the concluding session of a two-day seminar on Human Rights. The seminar was organized by IUB in collaboration with Ministry of Human Rights and Ministry of Minority Affairs in Ghotvi Hall of Abbasia Campus.

Full report at: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=102089

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Radicals Targeting US Military Installations

09 Jul 2011

By Steve Emerson

Newly unsealed court documents reveal new details about a plot to attack a military recruiting center in Seattle. Items seized by federal investigators from the home of accused lead conspirator Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif include plans to attack a U.S. military facility and motivational materials related to alleged atrocities committed by American soldiers overseas.

The attack on the Seattle military installation is yet another example of a terrorist plot in which American military personnel in the United States have been targeted by Islamist radicals opposed to U.S. military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. In each case, the perceived oppression of Muslims by U.S. forces overseas and the belief that Islam is under attack from the West has been the primary motivation behind the plots.

Among the recent cases is the 2009 Fort Hood massacre carried out by Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan, the killing of an Army recruiter in Little Rock, Ark., earlier that year by a convert to Islam who described his actions as "a jihadi attack on infidel forces," and a Maryland man who hoped to attack a recruiting office.

Full report at: http://www.newsmax.com/Emerson/islam-terroristscair/2011/07/08/id/402929

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New Yorker who tried to join jihadists in Afghanistan faces life in prison

8th July 2011

A U.S. citizen is facing life in jail after being convicted of trying to join the mujaheddin in Afghanistan to fight American troops.

Brooklyn-born Betim Kaziu, 23, showed no emotion as he was convicted by a jury after less than  four hours of deliberations following a two-week trial.

He was found guilty of seeking jihadist training and weapons from Islamic militants overseas, supporting terrorism and conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country.

Kaziu smiled and waved as he was led away by U.S. marshals at Brooklyn's federal court, but one of his sisters was in tears.

He was betrayed by his childhood friend Sulejmah Hadzovic - once an aspiring jihadist who changed sides to become the chief witness for the prosecution.

The New Yorkers grew up in neighbouring immigrant families from the former Yugoslavia.

Full report at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2012494/New-Yorker-Betim-Kaziu-tried-join-jihadists-Afghanistan-faces-life-prison.html#ixzz1RbIKwv00

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Collectively we can defeat ideology of Terrorism.

9th July 2011

Karachi: July 8, 2011. (PCP) We should collectively fight to defeat the ideology of Terrorism; Every kind of terrorism is harmful for whole earth and Human being. In his press statement Dilshad Bhutto Executive Director Center of Concern Peace & Democracy Pakistan said that Islam is absolute religion of Peace, solidarity and equality, but some so called and fake religious scholar and Molvis are giving manipulated definition of Islam.Dilshad Bhutto said every wall of small or big city ,Town and National highways are witness that religious parties and group wrote chalking Shia-Shia Kafir Kafir,Sunny Sunny Kafir Kafir.Who gave them authority and right to issue Fatwa(Judgment) against each other.

He said that ulema also decreed that it was forbidden to declare anyone a kafir (non-believer) or a munafiq (hypocrite) no matter what his personal beliefs. The ruling is completely in accord with the Quranic passage: “...and do not – out of a desire for the fleeting gains of this worldly life – say unto anyone who offers you the greeting of peace, ‘Thou art not a believer.’” This poses a formidable challenge to Al-Qaeda’s concept of takfir under which deviants from their literalistic interpretation of Islam are considered apostates and therefore worthy of being killed.

Full report at: http://www.pakistanchristianpost.com/headlinenewsd.php?hnewsid=2922

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Pakistan Condemns Mullen’s Statement on Journalist’s Killing

By JANE PERLEZ

July 9, 2011

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The Pakistani government issued an angry denunciation on Friday of the statement by the Obama administration’s top military official that the killing of a Pakistani journalist was sanctioned by the nation’s authorities.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, told reporters in Washington on Thursday that he had seen nothing to disabuse a report this week that the “government knew about this.”

In response, Pakistan’s minister of information, Firdous Ashiq Awan, said that Admiral Mullen had made an “extremely irresponsible and unfortunate statement.”

“This statement will create problems and difficulties for the bilateral relations between Pakistan and America,” Ms. Awan said. “It will definitely deal a blow to our common efforts with regard to the war on terror.”

Full report at: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/09/world/asia/09pakistan.html?_r=1

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US charges Chinese woman on Pakistan exports

July 9, 2011

WASHINGTON: A woman who headed the Chinese unit of a US manufacturer was charged with illegally exporting high-performance coatings for Pakistan’s nuclear industry, officials said Friday.

Xun Wang, a former managing director of PPG Paints Trading in Shanghai, a Chinese subsidiary of United States-based PPG Industries, Inc., was indicted on a charge of conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and related offenses.

The Justice Department said Wang, 51, made her initial appearance on Thursday, in US District Court in Washington as a federal grand jury returned a sealed indictment charging her.

Full report at: http://tribune.com.pk/story/205930/us-charges-chinese-woman-on-pakistan-exports/

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Kashmir's barter trade with Pak affects revenue of Punjab govt

Vijay C Roy

July 09, 2011

In order to boost Indo-Pak trade through Wagah land route in Punjab, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has recommended a series of measures.

Besides highlighting the key issues, it has recommended that barter trade between Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan should be stopped as goods from all regions are now being traded tax free in Kashmir, affecting trade in other regions and also amounting to huge revenue loss for both the governments.

Speaking to Business Standard, CII Amritsar Zonal Council Chairman, Suneet Kochhar said, “Initially, this system of trade was started so that the local (residents of Jammu & Kashmir) could benefit but later on traders started importing duty-free goods and sold them in other parts of the country.”

As a result, the imports from Wagah land route was affected, as it attracts import duty. “We have submitted our recommendations that this medieval practice of trade must be stopped, in order to boost trade from the Wagah land route,” said Kochhar.

On being asked about the other recommendations submitted by him, during the recently concluded Indo-Pak Joint Secretary meet, he added, “India has given the MFN (most favoured nation) status to Pakistan, but Pakistan has only a positive list for importable from India.

Full report at: http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/kashmirs-barter-tradepak-affects-revenuepunjab-govt/442063/

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Ahmadinejad v Ayatollah: Who will win Iran dust-up?

July 09, 2011

The Supreme Leader has over-ruled the president's decision to fire a cabinet minister.

As Iran's president squares off against the country's chief ayatollah, the BBC's Iran correspondent James Reynolds asks if, this time, President Ahmadinejad is punching above his weight.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad likes to argue. Iran's president has made a career out of picking fights with (in no particular order): two consecutive US presidents; Iran's entire opposition Green Movement; most countries in the European Union; the commanders of Iran's Revolutionary Guard; and a sizeable chunk of Iran's conservative MPs.

Perhaps feeling that this list was incomplete, Mr Ahmadinejad has now added one more opponent to his list: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei or, more simply, his own boss.

Carnegie Endowment, Washington DC

"I think Ahmadinejad is someone who has profound delusions of grandeur, someone who is not content playing second fiddle to the Supreme Leader," says Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment in Washington DC.

"He sees himself as a revolutionary and a visionary leader… This smack-down of Ahmadinejad was somehow inevitable because Ahmadinejad was not content with merely being a president."

Full report at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-14061556

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Dubai: Metro has firewall against hacking

9 July 2011

The operation system of Dubai Metro is the most secure in the world and impossible to hack, a senior metro official told Khaleej Times.

The world’s largest driverless railway, run on a completely automated system and an independent network, has an incredible chain of back-up and security even in the most unlikely cases of sabotage, he added.

Run by a handful of highly trained professionals from a central command unit called Operational Control Centre (OCC) near the Rashidiya metro station, the system has the capacity to handle multiple lines and will remain as efficient with the start of the Green Line operations.

“The OCC was built keeping the future in mind and we have the capacity to handle several lines at a time with traffic at its peak. The possibility of a goof up is almost impossible as we have the best system in place and we adhere to most sound practices,” said Ramadan Abdullah, Director of Metro Operations.

Currently, the entire operation is controlled and monitored at any given time by around 30 engineers and technicians through a huge monitoring screen from the OCC. When the Green Line starts in the next six weeks, an additional dozen professionals would be added to the elite force, which keeps track of every minute detail of train movement.

Full report at: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2011/July/theuae_July224.xml&section=theuae

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Israel must apologise to normalise ties: Turk PM

8 July 2011

ANKARA - Turkey’s prime minister said on Friday it was “unthinkable” to normalise ties with Israel unless it apologised for a bloody raid on a Turkish ship bound for Gaza last year and lifted a blockade on the Palestinian territory.

In a speech to parliament to unveil his new government’s programme, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan gave no sign of softening its terms, although there have been reports in recent weeks that the two sides have been holding secret talks to mend fences.

Ankara has repeatedly demanded Israel apologise and pay compensation for the killing of nine pro-Palestinian Turkish activists when Israeli marines seized a Turkish ship bound for the coastal strip last year.

Full report at: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/July/middleeast_July197.xml&section=middleeast

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Anger as airlines help Israel bar pro-Palestinians

9 July 2011

BEN-GURION AIRPORT, Israel - Some 200 pro-Palestinian activists have been barred from leaving foreign airports for Israel, where authorities are poised to deport others who manage to fly in, Israeli police said on Friday.

After Greece grounded a flotilla that hoped to sail against Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip this month, protesters mobilised to flock to Ben-Gurion Airport, near Tel Aviv, in a challenge to Israeli curbs on accessing the occupied West Bank.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced them as provocateurs. His government ordered a crackdown, citing concern for public order at Israel’s main gateway to the world, or that the foreign sympathisers would reinforce Palestinian rallies.

Discovering that they would not be allowed to board their Israel-bound planes from France, Germany and Switzerland, scores of activists decried what they called an abuse of power.

“I am absolutely shocked that it is even possible that I am being blacklisted without any evidence that I have done anything at all,” one of them, Cynthia Beat, told Reuters in Berlin.

Full report at: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/July/middleeast_July186.xml&section=middleeast

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Gaza flotilla II: This time, Israel took the diplomatic route

9 July 2011

An activist gestures on board Juliano, part of a Gaza flotilla, as it departs from Perama near Athens for the southern Greek coast. Photograph: John Kolesidis/Reuters

For months, anti-Israel activists have been planning a second flotilla to Gaza, after last year's epochal events when nine of their colleagues were killed by Israeli troops on the Turkish ship, the Mavi Marmara.

They have been trumpeting the latest flotilla's size, making claims about what it will achieve and taunting Israelis with what they intend to do. And yet their actions have instead strengthened Israel's hand.

Take what's happened with the IHH, the proudly Hamas-affiliated Turkish group behind last year's flotilla. Three weeks ago it announced that because of "technical problems" it would not participate this year. The decision, it said, "has nothing to do with the government or state".

Full report at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jul/08/gaza-flotilla-israel-diplomacy

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US collusion in the Gaza blockade is an affront to human rights

9 July 2011

Peace activist Rachel Corrie being interviewed by a TV crew in the Rafah refugee camp in 2003, two days before being killed by an Israeli bulldozer. Photograph: Getty

When Greek authorities prevented the US ship the Audacity of Hope leaving its port in Athens this week, they dealt a blow to a group of brave and principled Americans who were trying to carry thousands of letters from US citizens to those who wait on Gaza's shores.

I know many of the people who were on this boat, and my family's letter was part of their cargo. In 2003 my daughter Rachel Corrie made her journey to Gaza and was run down and killed by a US-made Israeli military Caterpillar D-9 bulldozer. She was trying to protect a Gazan family and their home, one of thousands illegally destroyed in Israeli military clearing operations.

Full report at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jul/08/gaza-blockade-rachel-corrie

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US Muslim Youth Inspired For Leadership

09 July 2011

SEATTLE – A US non-advocacy Muslim group is planning to hold its annual youth program designed to inspire American Muslim youth to increase their civic engagement as well as offering them an opportunity for better future careers.

“Muslim Youth Leadership Program (MYLP) is designed to inspire young Muslims to be the generation that overcomes that hurdle by becoming political leaders, journalists, filmmakers, and attorneys,” Arsalan

Bukhari, Executive Director of Seattle office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA), said in a press release by CAIR.

“Although American Muslims are integrated in many ways, they remain underrepresented in important fields in which professionals have opportunities to affect public opinion and public policy,” he added.

This year, the annual MYLP program will host some 150 Muslim students (ages 13-22) at Seattle's City Hall.

Held on Sunday, July 10, the five-day event would stress the importance of civic, political, and media engagement for American Muslim youth in the community.

After the first inauguration day, four days of meetings will follow with executives in fields such as law, public relations, journalism, politics, broadcast media, philanthropy, and the arts.

Full report at: http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/452954-us-muslim-youth-inspired-for-leadership.html

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Libyan rebels set for fresh push to Tripoli

09 July 2011

Libyan rebels renewed their push against leader Muammar Gadaffi’s forces on Friday, coming under heavy fire just days after making hefty advances toward Tripoli on two fronts.

A defiant Gadaffi rallied tens of thousands of supporters to Tripoli’s Green Square for Friday prayers, underscoring his refusal to step down after four decades in power and five months of fighting.

At least five rebels were killed and 17 more injured on the front line near Misrata, on Libya’s Mediterranean coast, according to local medical workers.

Rebels there came under heavy artillery fire from Gadaffi’s forces and a Reuters team near the front saw a mortar shell land near a rebel unit.

Five members of the rebel unit were injured, two of them seriously, the Reuters team said. One fighter’s fingers were partially severed and hanging from his hand after the explosion.

Full report at: http://newagebd.com/newspaper1/frontpage/25541.html

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/death-toll-in-karachi-violence-climbs-to-103/d/4991


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