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Delhi, Kabul enter first strategic partnership, India to train forces

Pak in mind, Hamid Karzai signs pact with Manmohan Singh

Texas nuclear physics student on trial in Iran

Bahrain jails 26 Shiite protesters up to 15 years

Blast in Somali capital kills at least 65, Al Shabaab Takes Responsibility

Haqqani network poses a threat to NATO forces in Afghanistan

Arab Spring gives way to American Fall

Qaida weakened, can’t do a 9/11 again: Barack Obama

No sign Egypt will lift emergency law before vote: US

Bhatt rejects judge’s bail formula: ‘Won’t deal with goons’

Judge who gave Mumtaz Qadri death sentence on ‘indefinite leave’

Ghulam Nabi Fai, an example of how easy it is to win influence in Washington

US puts USD 10 million bounty on Iraq al-Qaida leader

Nabbed UK national was to do a Headley?

Hamid Karzai's two-day India trip starts today

Militants attack Shia Muslims in southwest Pak, kill 13

Bombing forbidden in Islam, Abu Bakar Ba’asyir says

Female doc kicked, sexually assaulted by police for helping anti-govt. protestors in Bahrain

Fifteen suspected drug kingpins loose, President Mohamed Nasheed reveals

Pak not Frankenstein of terrorism: Hina Rabbani Khar

Four Indians killed in refinery blast in Kuwait

Mortar bomb kills girl in Kohat

Five killed in Faisalabad armed clash

Nabbed UK national was to do a Headley?

Afghan president strikes softer tone on Pakistan

Pakistan: ‘No compromise on national sovereignty and integrity’

China to keep Pakistan embrace at arm’s length

Pak is major source of makeshift bombs in Afghanistan: report

Bahraini princess accused of torturing detainees during unrest

Rezwan Ferdaus who plotted to blow Pentagon, Capitol pleads not guilty

Islamic finance forum focuses on Shariah in banking

US strikes on al-Qaeda hides stealthier war

US ‘wants’ Haqqani to join Afghan govt

Turkish police arrests 120 suspected of links with Kurdish separatists

Hunger Strike Takes Toll on Jailed Egypt Blogger

Libya's post-Gaddafi rulers name new Cabinet

Tajikistan's special gesture to Indian Defence Minister Antony

FM S M Krishna asks Pak to hand over Dawood

Polygraph test for Delhi HC blast duo

 ‘Omar home was his second home, he was Abdullahs’ man’

NIA may record Kishtwar youth’s statement before magistrate

Crack 13/7 blasts case or hand it over to NIA: P Chidambaram

New Delhi treating Kashmir as a colony: Abdul Rashid

Home ministry asks Gujarat govt. to ensure security to Sanjiv Bhatt, family

‘Modi-phobia’ has gripped police, bureaucracy in Gujarat, says former DGP

"Whither rule of law in Gujarat?"

Syrian regime detains 3,000 in 3 days: activists

Amnesty says Syria harassing dissidents abroad

Two Somali Pirates Get Life in US Prison

Religious community weighs in on NYPD profiling

Nigeria’s Islamic militants reject peace overtures

Trial to begin for man accused in underwear attack

Amnesty: Syrian 'intimidation campaign on dissidents'

Syrian grand mufti's son mourned

Bullet holes mark Norway islet, officials voice regret

JEDDAH: Media not allowed at retrial of 17 militants

Death anniversary of ‘Pakistani Rafi’ Masood Rana

Pak cafe plays Jagjit Singh's ghazals, wishes him speedy recovery

Kingdom to hire 30,000 Egyptians for Haj work

Nepal plans to send 150,000 maids to Gulf

Actor Fardeen Khan faces prison term in 2001 dope case

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Delhi, Kabul enter first strategic partnership, India to train forces

Oct 05 2011

New Delhi : Underlining that Afghanistan deserves to live in peace “without outside interference, coercion and intimidation”, India today took a decisive strategic step in bilateral ties with the country, opening the doors to “training, equipping and capacity-building” of Afghan National Security Forces.

Until now, New Delhi had desisted from making this commitment largely due to discomfiture in Kabul over the signal such a move would send to Islamabad.

However, with Afghanistan-Pakistan ties souring after the killing of former Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani and with the security matrix rapidly changing as the US prepares to withdraw its troops, the environment is conducive for the first Afghanistan-India strategic partnership agreement.

As reported by The Indian Express, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai inked an agreement encompassing all key fields, particularly security cooperation.

“India agrees to assist, as mutually determined, in the training, equipping and capacity building programmes of Afghan National Security Forces,” says the agreement. A sub-head, “General Principles”, specifies that the agreement is “not directed against any other State or group of States”.

While there was no pointed reference to Pakistan in public remarks from either side, there were enough indications that terrorism emanating from Pakistan did form a significant component of the hour-long restricted discussion between the two leaders.

Emerging from the meeting, Singh said: “The people of Afghanistan have suffered enough. They deserve to live in peace and decide their future themselves, without outside interference, coercion and intimidation.”

Karzai made an even more direct reference: “South Asia is facing dangers from terrorism and extremism used as an instrument of policy against innocent civilians.”

According to the Strategic Partnership document, the two sides agreed to establish a “Strategic Dialogue” to provide a framework for cooperation in the area of national security. “The dialogue will be led by NSAs and involve regular consultations with the aim of intensifying mutual efforts towards strengthening regional peace and security,” it says, adding that security cooperation is intended to help enhance their respective and mutual efforts in the “fight against international terrorism, organised crime, illegal trafficking in narcotics, money laundering and so on”.

The two sides agreed on close political cooperation and establish a mechanism for regular bilateral political and foreign office consultations. “Political consultations will be led by foreign ministries of both countries and include summit-level consultations... at least once a year,” the document says.

This Strategic Partnership would be implemented under the framework of a “Partnership Council”, which will be headed by foreign ministers of both countries. The council will convene annual meetings and consist of separate Joint Working Groups on Political & Security Consultations, Trade and Economic Cooperation, Capacity Development & Education, and Social, Cultural and Civil Society, involving high-level representatives from the ministries/authorities concerned.

After the bilateral talks Singh said: “We had detailed and frank discussions on the issue of terrorism. This threatens our entire region, and no country can remain immune to its lethal effects.”

The Prime Minister specifically mentioned the “tragic assassination” of Rabbani, and said India was “greatly encouraged by his vision”. “His brutal assassination should serve as an occasion for all of us to strengthen our resolve to jointly confront the menace of terrorism that threatens to undermine the security and stability of our region,” he said.

Appreciating India as a “steadfast friend” of Afghanistan, Karzai said New Delhi does not see his country as “terrorism and violence” but as a country trying to live in peace with its neighbours.

Singh, in his comments, said, “We both agree that Afghanistan’s economic integration with the Indian economy and South Asia as a whole is in the national interest of the people of Afghanistan, and one of the ways to achieve this is to promote closer trade, investment and transit links.”

He said India will participate in the forthcoming conferences in Istanbul and Bonn to contribute towards international and regional initiatives for supporting Afghanistan’s efforts at nation-building. “The greatest need today is for the Afghan people to have peace and stability. All countries of the region must work to facilitate this,” the PM said.

The two sides signed two MoU in the fields of hydrocarbons and mineral resource development.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/delhi-kabul-enter-first-strategic-partnership/855981/

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Pak in mind, Hamid Karzai signs pact with Manmohan Singh

Oct 5, 2011

NEW DELHI: At a time when Islamabad-Kabul ties are turning increasingly bitter, India and Afghanistan signed a strategic pact that catapults their relationship to a higher level, powered by a strong convergence over regional security and the shared threat from terror sanctuaries in Pakistan.

A sharp focus on terror was evident as Afghan President Hamid Karzai met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with the two sides making no effort to mask their mutual interests in deference to US concern that a more upfront Indian involvement could send Pakistan's military and political establishment into a tizzy.

On a two-day visit to India, Karzai signed a key document with Singh after a meeting where the two leaders discussed the recent spurt in violence in Afghanistan and Pakistan's role in fomenting terror in the region and sought to take into account a proposed exit by international forces in 2014.

"The greatest need today is for the Afghan people to have peace and stability. India will stand by the people of Afghanistan as they prepare to assume the responsibility for their governance and security after the withdrawal of international forces in 2014," Singh said.

This is the first time Afghanistan has signed such a document with any nation. While the agreement is expected to fuel Islamabad's anxiety, India and Afghanistan are clearly looking at a hard-headed definition of their national interests with US keen on thinning down its presence.

It is learnt that Karzai conveyed to Singh that the strategic engagement between the two countries, which includes a big Indian effort to build Afghanistan's security capacities, will help prepare Kabul for withdrawal of international forces.

Although he did not name Pakistan, Karzai spoke of the dangers of using terror as an instrument of policy after his meeting with Singh. "Afghanistan recognises the dangers that this region faces through terrorism and radicalism that is being used as an instrument of policy against our citizens," he said while addressing the media.

The rise in attacks by groups supported by Pakistan and its determination to ensure a denouement in Afghanistan that meets its prerogatives seems to have dimmed Karzai's expectations of any understanding with Islamabad.

The pact entails security cooperation between the two countries "to help enhance their respective and mutual efforts in the fight against international terrorism, organized crime, illegal trafficking in narcotics and money laundering".

Singh said he discussed terrorism at length with Karzai and described it as a threat to which no country was immune. Referring to the assassination of former Afghan president and chairman of the 'High Peace Council' Burhanuddin Rabbani, Singh said the incident served as "an occasion for all of us to strengthen our resolve to jointly confront the menace of terrorism that threatens to undermine the security and stability of our region".

Rabbani's killing is seen as an indication that Pakistan-supported groups have no intention to allow any sort of reconciliation with elements of the Taliban. On Tuesday, Afghan authorities in Kabul alleged that Rabbani's assassination was carried out at the behest of Pakistani agencies.

The strategic agreement also comprises joint initiatives on key international issues and support for UN reforms, including permanent seat for India in the UN Security Council. It entails a strategic dialogue to provide a framework for cooperation in the area of national security. "The dialogue will be led by NSAs and involve regular consultations with the aim of intensifying mutual efforts towards strengthening regional peace and security," the agreement said.

As per the strategic pact, India also agreed to assist, as mutually determined, in the training, equipping and capacity building programmes for Afghan national security forces. Singh confirmed that India will participate in the forthcoming conferences in Istanbul and Bonn to contribute to international and regional initiatives to support "Afghanistan's efforts at nation building".

The strategic partnership will also deepen economic ties with Afghanistan, a country in which India has pledged investment of $2 billion in development projects. Apart for the strategic pact, the two countries also signed two MoUs for development of hydrocarbons and mineral resources.

Describing India's cooperation with Kabul as an open book, Singh complimented Karzai for his "sagacious" leadership. "I reiterated to the president that India stands by the people of Afghanistan in their journey towards capacity building, reconstruction, development and peace. We will do all that is within our means to help Afghanistan," he said. During his visit to Afghanistan in May, Singh had declared support for the ongoing reconciliation process in the country.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pak-in-mind-Karzai-signs-pact-with-Manmohan/articleshow/10236964.cms

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Texas nuclear physics student on trial in Iran

Oct 5, 2011

(Reuters) - An Iranian studying nuclear physics in the United States went on trial in Tehran on Tuesday for having contact with "hostile countries," his lawyer said.

Omid Kokabi, 28, a University of Texas graduate student, was arrested at departures at Tehran airport in February. He is also charged with receiving "illicit payments," lawyer Saeed Khalili told Reuters, calling the accusations "illogical and baseless."

Judiciary officials were not immediately available for comment.

Iran is locked in a dispute with Washington over its nuclear program which many countries fear is aimed at building atomic weapons, a charge it denies.

Several Iranian nuclear scientists have been the target of bomb attacks that Tehran has blamed on Israeli agents seeking to sabotage its nuclear work. Israel has declined to comment.

In another incident that remains shrouded in mystery, Iranian scientist Shahram Amiri said he was kidnapped in June 2009 when on a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia and transferred to the United States.

He said he was offered $50 million to remain in America and "to spread lies" about Iran's nuclear work, but he returned to Iran in July 2010

. Washington said he had been living freely in the United States.

Khalili was unable to give more details on the case. "Unfortunately, I was denied access to visit my client or study his file over the course of the eight months," he said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/04/us-iran-us-student-idUSTRE7933WA20111004

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Bahrain jails 26 Shiite protesters up to 15 years

Oct 05 2011

Dubai : A Bahraini court today jailed 26 Shiites for lengthy terms in three cases involving the alleged kidnapping of policemen and calls to overthrow the regime during a month of protests, the chief military prosecutor said.

The National Safety Court, set up specially by the Sunni-ruled kingdom after Shiite-led pro-reform protests were crushed in March, sentenced nine defendants to 15 years for allegedly kidnapping policeman Mohammed Falah.

The nine had used "force against him and threatened him with serious harm," said the prosecutor, Colonel Yusof Fleifal, as quoted by the official BNA news agency.

Among those listed was cleric Mohammed Habib al-Muqdad, who was also convicted of inciting attacks on policemen in sermons delivered at Pearl Square, the focal point of the protests against the Al-Khalifa dynasty.

The same court acquitted three others, BNA said, while another was referred to a civil court.

In another case, four defendants, including Muqdad, were jailed for 10 years after being found guilty of kidnapping policeman Saifullah Ibrahim and taking him to Pearl Square, "parading him in front of people gathering there and then to Salmaniya Medical Complex to incarcerate him," BNA said.

Some of the defendants also took part in "gatherings held with the intent of committing crimes and disturbing security," it added.

In the third case, six defendants were jailed for 10 years and eight others to five years on charges including "calling to overthrow the political system using force and illegal means" as well as "holding assemblies and illegal demonstrations... and going on strike."

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/bahrain-jails-26-shiite-protesters-up-to-15-years/855825/

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Blast in Somali capital kills at least 65, Al Shabaab Takes Responsibility

4 October 2011

A truck bomb killed at least 65 people at government buildings in the heart of Somalia’s capital on Tuesday, an ambulance worker said, and Al Shabaab insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack.

Witnesses said there was a loud blast at a compound housing four government ministries in the K4 (Kilometre 4) area of the capital Mogadishu, where students had gathered on Tuesday to take exams.

‘We have carried 65 dead bodies and 50 injured people,’ ambulance coordinator Ali Muse told Reuters. ‘Some are still lying there. Most of the people have burns.’

A Reuters reporter said he had seen nine bodies at the compound, which is in an area of the capital under the control of government forces and African Union peacekeeping troops.

He said scores of people with burns were walking to a nearby hospital and police were trying to evacuate more students trapped inside the damaged buildings.

Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab rebels had threatened to carry out attacks on government installations after pulling most of their fighters out of Mogadishu in early August.

‘Al Shabaab carried out that attack,’ a spokesman for the insurgents told Reuters. ‘Our target was the ministries.’

Police said a truck had exploded at the gate.

A second Reuters reporter nearby saw a government pick-up truck leaving the scene with two bodies covered in the back and another five people with bloodied faces. He said police were shooting into the air to disperse crowds.

Muse said it looked as though the truck had been packed with petrol and explosives. He said students, soldiers and civilians were among the dead.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/international/2011/October/i

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Haqqani network poses a threat to NATO forces in Afghanistan

Oct 5, 2011

WASHINGTON: With its safe havens inside Pakistan, the Haqqani network poses a threat to NATO forces in Afghanistan, a top NATO official has said.

"The Haqqani Network constitutes a threat both to the Afghan people and to our troops in Afghanistan," NATO secretary general, Fogh Rasmussen told reporters in Brussles ahead of the NATO ministerial meeting later this week.

He said NATO was encouraging the Pakistani government and the Pakistani military to deal with safe havens in the border region.

Rasmussen said that there was a cross border traffic that makes possible for the Haqqani Network, and also other terrorist networks, to operate in Afghanistan.

"This constituting a clear threat to NATO troops and to the Afghan people. And then go back to safe havens in Pakistan," he said in response to a question.

Expressing concerns he said it was common concerns and NATO needs a positive engagement of Pakistan to address this issue. "In general, we need a positive partnership with Pakistan."

The defence ministers meeting of NATO countries later this week among other things would discuss Libya and Af-Pak, he said. US defence secretary Leon Panetta would also participate in the meeting.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Haqqani-network-poses-a-threat-to-

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Arab Spring gives way to American Fall

Oct 5, 2011

WASHINGTON: Stand back, Arab Spring; American Fall is here. The onset of autumn has galvanized what began as a small, localized New Yorkbased anti-capitalist protest into a growing nationwide movement against corporate greed and government apathy and collusion; the protests are gathering momentum by the hour, online and on the streets.

It began three weeks ago as a self-styled "Occupy Wall Street" , organized by a few angst-filled youth and some professionals. For awhile no one paid much attention; till a police crackdown and arrests of marchers across New York's Brooklyn Bridge over the weekend ignited copy cat protests in several cities. Small tent communities are springing up in some places, including at Zucotti Park in lower Manhattan, ground zero of the movement.

As of Tuesday, small demonstrations were being reported in Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and a host of smaller cities and towns. But what began as an anti-Wall Street protest is also quickly starting to embrace a variety of causes, from global climate change to domestic health care issues, even as it is spreading beyond US with demonstrations planned from Vancouver to Adelaide, including in some European cities. Many groups are banding together on social media using hashtags like 'occupytogether protesters in New York's Wall Street, conducted a "Zombie Parade" on Monday wearing white face paint with streaks of blood on their lips and eating monopoly money to convey what they see as the macabre, bloodsucking ways of capitalism.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Arab-Spring-gives-way-to-American-Fall/articleshow/10239057.cms

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Qaida weakened, can’t do a 9/11 again: Barack Obama

Oct 5, 2011

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama has said that the entire al-Qaida leadership has been decimated and it would be "very difficult" for the group to stage a spectacular terror attack on the scale of the 9/11 strikes in near future.

"When you look at that entire leadership tier of al-Qaida , they have been decimated. And they are rapidly approaching the point where they just cannot replace trained, skilled operatives who could threaten," Obama told the ABC News and Yahoo-. com said in an interview.

"I think that we have done more in the last couple of years than anytime in the last 10 years to bring that about. Obviously the most prominent case was us getting bin Laden," he said in response to a question.

Obama conceded that the US is still not free from any possible terrorist attack. "I think that given the nature of our open society, we're always going to be vulnerable to the possible terrorist attack," he said. "But for them to be able to mount something that is a big project with a lot of financing , that is very difficult for them to do now,"he said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Qaida-weakened-cant-do-a-9/11-again-Obama/articleshow/10239208.cms

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No sign Egypt will lift emergency law before vote: US

Oct 5, 2011

 Egypt's military rulers on Tuesday assured US defence secretary Leon Panetta they will lift a controversial emergency law but gave no sign they will do so before parliamentary elections next month, US officials said.

In a visit to Cairo on Tuesday, Panetta renewed Washington's appeal to scrap the security law and said he was hopeful Egypt's interim military government will eventually take that step.

The emergency law, which allows arrests without charges and restricts the rights of defendants in special courts, was seen as a symbol of repression under former president Hosni Mubarak's regime.

Egyptian leaders told the Pentagon chief that "they are seriously looking at the first opportunity" to rescind the law, Panetta told a news conference after meeting the country's military ruler field marshal Hussein Tantawi.

But in talks with the defence secretary, the Egyptians made no commitment to do so before a series of elections starting on November 28 that will usher in a civilian-led government.

Instead, the Egyptian officials told the Americans that last month's siege of the Israeli embassy served as an example of why the law is still needed to maintain order in a time of turmoil following ex-president Hosni Mubarak's ouster.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/No-sign-Egypt-will-lift-emergency-

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Bhatt rejects judge’s bail formula: ‘Won’t deal with goons’

Oct 05 2011

Ahmedabad : In an unusual move, Principal District Judge of Ahmedabad district court G N Patel today informally suggested “a compromise formula” to suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt while hearing a government revision application seeking his remand.

He proposed that Bhatt go on police remand for about three-four hours, “answer all their questions” and then get released on bail in the evening.

Bhatt rejected the proposal outright, telling the court: “If you pass a judicial order on my remand, I’m ready to go to police custody for 14 days. But I will not go with the police even for four minutes by striking a compromise. I will not strike a compromise with liars and criminals.”

His fight was on principles, he added.

The court was hearing a revision application of the state government seeking Bhatt’s remand for seven days. Bhatt’s counsel argued that the government application was not maintainable.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/bhatt-rejects-judges-bail-formula-wont-deal-with-

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Judge who gave Mumtaz Qadri death sentence on ‘indefinite leave’

Oct 05 2011

Islamabad: Judge Pervez Ali Shah of Rawalpindi’s anti-terrorism court, who on Saturday convicted Mumtaz Qadri for killing Taseer, has gone on leave for an indefinite period, Express 24/7 news channel reported Tuesday.

Dissident Syrian colonel flees to Turkey

AMMAN: Colonel Riad al-Asaad, who joined the anti-Assad revolt in Syria, said on Tuesday he had fled to Turkey, a move that may ratchet up tensions between Damascus and Ankara.

Baby born in Spain church dies

MADRID: Spain’s La Paz Hospital said Tuesday a baby cut from his dead mother in a Madrid church after a shooting incident died on Monday. It did not disclose the cause of death.

Putin calls for setting up ‘Eurasian Union’

MOSCOW: Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has proposed setting up a “Eurasian Union” of former Soviet nations, to emerge as “one of the poles of the modern world.”

US school district bans rosary

FREMONT: A US school district in Nebraska has banned a necklace that looks like a rosary after police told officials it’s also being worn by gang members.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Briefly-World--Judge-who-gave-Qadri-death-sentence-on--indefinite-leave-/855847/

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Ghulam Nabi Fai, an example of how easy it is to win influence in Washington

Oct 05 2011

The night should have been a coup for Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai. Once a poor villager from halfway around the world, Fai had become the go-to man in Washington, DC, for his cause, Kashmir.

And there he was on March 4, 2010, hosting a fundraiser for Dan Burton, the Indiana Republican who had been the chief supporter in Congress of Fai’s Kashmiri American Council for 20 years. In some ways, the event inside Fai’s home in Fairfax, Virginia, symbolised everything that Fai had become, featuring speeches in the living room and kebabs and curries in the basement.

But it barely camouflaged how Fai’s carefully built world was collapsing. The FBI was monitoring almost every move Fai made, every email he sent, every call he received. Investigators believed Fai’s main donors were not well-meaning idealists but members of the ISI.

Within weeks, the Justice Department would send Fai a letter of warning. Within months, he would be pulled over by NY police with $35,000 in cash in his car. And by the next year, Fai would be arrested, the unlikely central character in a scheme by a foreign government to pay more than $4 million to sway US politicians and policy on Kashmir, the Justice Department says.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/fai-an-example-of-how-easy-it-is-to-win-influence-in-

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US puts USD 10 million bounty on Iraq al-Qaida leader

Oct 05 2011

Washington : The United States has put the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq on a terrorism blacklist and is offering a USD 10 million reward for information on his whereabouts.

The State Department said today it has added Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri, also known as Abu Du'a, to its list of specially designated terrorists.

The move freezes any assets he may have in US jurisdictions and bars Americans from providing him material support.

At the same time, the department said its Rewards for Justice program would pay USD 10 million for information leading to his location.

Abu Du'a is accused of running al-Qaida in Iraq's large-scale operations, including an August attack on a Baghdad mosque and a major strike against Iraqi police in May in retaliation for the killing of Osama bin Laden.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/us-puts-usd-10-million-bounty-on-iraq-alqaida-leader/855820/

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Nabbed UK national was to do a Headley?

Oct 5, 2011

WITH the arrest of a UK national living in Mumbai suburb Mira Road for the past three years, India may have spared itself the trauma of witnessing another 26/ 11.

Following a tip off by his neighbours, the Mumbai crime branch officers arrested 38- year- old Nassir Hussain three days ago. Hussain, who hails from Manchester, had landed in India a few days after the 26/ 11 terror attacks.

What made Hussain’s neighbours suspicious of him was his conduct: he didn’t socialise and gave no signs of being employed, though he worked on computers at all times. Yet he used to lead a “ lavish lifestyle”. The police officers got alarmed as soon as they discovered that just like David Coleman Headley, Hussain had stayed in India for long and then visited Pakistan.

Investigators claimed that Hussain made trips to Karachi at least twice over the past three years. He also visited Nepal, which is another alleged ISI hub. A Nepali passport was also been found in his possession.

His background check made the police grow more suspicious of him as Interpol records showed that Hussain’s brother was involved in a shootout in Manchester.

“ Our investigations are continuing. However, as of now we can say we are 95 per cent sure that he is a terror operative along the lines of Daood Gilani alias David Coleman Headley. We will dig out more in the coming few days,” a crime branch officer said.

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Hamid Karzai's two-day India trip starts today

Oct 4, 2011

NEW DELHI: Afghan president Hamid Karzai arrives in Delhi on Tuesday on a two-day visit described by the Indian side as an opportunity for both countries to consolidate their strategic partnership and discuss bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest.

The foreign ministry said Karzai will be in India at the invitation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh whom he will meet on Tuesday. This will be Karzai's second visit to India this year. Earlier, PM Singh visited Kabul in May when he announced India's support for the ongoing reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

Karzai will also deliver the 3rd R K Mishra Memorial Lecture organized by the Observer Research Foundation on October 5. He is expected to brief Singh about the review of strategy to deal with the Taliban. Karzai has indicated he is reviewing his strategy for making peace with the Taliban, and has voiced frustration with the failure to establish contact with senior Afghan Taliban leaders like supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar and stressed the need for talks with Pakistan.

Karzai is expected to consult Singh on ways to bring peace and stability to his violence-torn country. India and Afghanistan are expected to firm up a strategic partnership agreement that was envisaged in the May 12 joint declaration during Singh's Kabul trip. The strategic pact is aimed at bolstering cooperation against international terror and could include India training Afghan security forces for counter-terror operations.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Hamid-Karzais-two-day-India-trip-starts-

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Militants attack Shia Muslims in southwest Pak, kill 13

Oct 4, 2011

QUETTA: Gunmen opened fire on Shia Muslims traveling through southwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing 13 people in the latest apparent sectarian attack to hit the country, police said.

The gunmen who attacked Tuesday were riding on motorbikes and stopped a bus carrying mostly Shia Muslims who were headed to work at a vegetable market on the outskirts of Quetta, said police official Hamid Shakeel.

The attackers forced the people off the bus, made them stand in a line and then opened fire, said Shakeel.

The dead included 12 Shias and one Sunni, he said. Seven people were wounded.

Local TV footage showed relatives wailing at the hospital where the dead and wounded were brought. One relative hugged a wounded man as another walked by, his clothes soaked with blood.

Protestors blocked the main highway on the outskirts of Quetta to protest the killings and set fire to the bus that took the dead and wounded to the hospital.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/04/gunmen-kill-12-people-in-quetta.html

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Bombing forbidden in Islam, Abu Bakar Ba’asyir says

Oct 4, 2011

Firebrand Islamic cleric and terror convict Abu Bakar Ba’asyir has condemned suicide bomb attacks on places of worships, saying such acts are “forbidden in religion”.

He said that non-Muslims should be kept safe from any harm.

“Bomb attacks are an accursed act. They are sinful, except to those people proven to have attacked Muslims,” Ba’asyir said, as quoted by tempointeraktif.com.

According to Ba’asyir, no Islamic law could justify an attack that injured many innocent people.

“Bombs can’t just be detonated randomly. That is an erroneous form of worship, or just an act of emotion,” he said.

Ba’asyir, the leader of Islamic group Jemaah Anshorut Tauhid (JAT), strongly denied police allegations that the recent Surakarta church suicide bomber Pino Damayanto aka Hayat was affiliated with his organization.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/10/03/bombing-forbidden-islam-baasyir-

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Female doc kicked, sexually assaulted by police for helping anti-govt. protestors in Bahrain

Oct 4, 2011

A Muslim female doctor in the kingdom of Bahrain, who was sentenced to five years in prison for helping injured anti-government protestors, has claimed that she was dragged out of her house at midnight at gunpoint by about 30 plain-clothes police officers.

The Daily Mail quoted Dr Fatima Haji as saying that she was then taken blindfolded to a secret interrogation centre, before being tortured and repeatedly sexually assaulted until she signed documents confessing her 'crimes'.

Dr Haji was one of 20 doctors and nurses who were sentenced to jail terms of between five and 15 years at a special military tribunal on Friday. Although she is currently on bail, but reports suggest that the authorities can put her in jail any time and insist that she challenges her sentence from prison.

Dr Haji, who has a three-year-old son, Yusuf, said: "Every time I hug my boy, it could be my last. Every time I call him to me, I know it could be the last time I hold him."

Full report at:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2044179/Dr-Fatima-Haji-facing-jail-treating-

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Fifteen suspected drug kingpins loose, President Mohamed Nasheed reveals

By Ahmed Naish

04 Oct, 2011

Some 15 suspected drug kingpins arrested on charges of drug trafficking are loose in society and “there’s no way to even know when they will face trial,” President Mohamed Nasheed revealed in his weekly radio address on Friday.

Speaking from Dhidhoo in Haa Alif Atoll during a tour of Thiladhunmathi, President Nasheed expressed concern with suspects in high-profile cases released from detention while they were awaiting trial.

“Since the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) can only press charges after the investigation is complete, a long period [spent on investigation] provides the opportunity to influence witnesses, change their testimony and produce false testimony,” he explained.

Among other main challenges for securing convictions, said Nasheed, “it is also a problem when scientific and other kinds of evidence has no weight due to the absence of rules or guidelines to assess evidence presented to trial and the crime is not proven in major cases.”

Moreover, he continued, suspects arrested with large amounts of cash were not required to account for the money while Criminal Court judges often issued inconsistent rulings in similar cases.

As drug-related cases are heard only by the Criminal Court in Male’, Nasheed observed that a large backlog of cases was pending and “[suspects] have the opportunity to repeat the offence until the trial date”.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/fifteen-suspected-drug-kingpins-loose-president-reveals-

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Pak not Frankenstein of terrorism: Hina Rabbani Khar

Oct 4, 2011

WASHINGTON: The Frankenstein's monster called terrorism in the AfPak region was not a Pakistani creation, foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said, denying allegations that her country was not doing enough against terrorist groups that use tribal areas as safe havens to attack Americans and Indians across the border.

She said it was "biased" to say Pakistan was not actingwhen actually it was the one at the forefront of the war against terror.

"We strongly deny that. We feel that this is completely incorrect. That this is what could be called, you know, a biased statement. We feel that we are the ones who have acted the most," Khar said in an interview on CNN.

"We are the ones who have sacrificed the most. We are the ones who are fighting it on the ground, on a daily basis," she said when asked about the continued safe havens inside Pakistan.

"I would completely deny that," Khar said when it was pointed out that Pakistan has never fought against the Haqqani faction.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pak-not-Frankenstein-of-terrorism-Hina-Rabbani-Khar/articleshow/10226770.cms

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Four Indians killed in refinery blast in Kuwait

04 Oct, 2011

MANAMA: An accident at a gas unit at Ahmadi refinery resulted in the death of four Indian labourers and the injury of two employees, announced KNPC on Saturday.

The explosion took place at the Gas Liquefaction Plant at the refinery during maintenance works, Kuwait National Petroleum Co (KNPC) said in a statement cited by the official KUNA news agency.

The four people killed work for a private contractor Kharafi National. Two company workers were also injured but discharged from hospital after treatment.

A fact-finding committee has been formed to look into the ramifications regarding the accident, he said, emphasizing that the accident would not affect KNPC's daily operations.

The deceased are identified as Rajaram Lakshmana Reddy, Loganathan Ponniah, Janakiraman Arjunan and Sivachandran Shanmugam. All of them are from Tamil Nadu state.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/nri/other-news/Four-Indians-killed-in-refinery-blast-in-

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Mortar bomb kills girl in Kohat

Oct 4, 2011

PESHAWAR: A girl was killed when a mortar bomb exploded in her hands at Lachi in Kohat district on Monday, police said. 12-year-old Fanyaz Bibi, daughter of police constable Taj Ali Khan, was working in a field when she picked up an undefused bomb and took it for a toy. It blew up in her hands. She was rushed to a hospital for treatment, where she died.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\04\story_4-10-2011_pg7_9

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Five killed in Faisalabad armed clash

Oct 4, 2011

FAISALABAD: Five people were killed and two others injured when armed rival groups clashed on Tuesday morning, DawnNews reported.

The two groups opened fire on each other’s members in the area of Blochni.

According to police officials, the clash was a result of a family feud.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/04/five-killed-in-faisalabad-armed-clash.html

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Afghan president strikes softer tone on Pakistan

Oct 4, 2011

KABUL: Afghanistan’s president says Pakistan has not lived up to its promises to help end the Taliban-led insurgency, but that he hopes the two countries can work together like brothers.

Karzai’s Monday night speech carried a conciliatory tone toward neighboring Pakistan, in contrast to recent accusations that Pakistan is supporting militants believed to have been behind the assassination of Afghanistan’s former president.

An Afghan commission said Burhanuddin Rabbani’s killing was plotted by militants based in Pakistan.

Karzai says he expects the two countries will be able to cooperate because both have dealt with the violence spawned by the insurgency.

The careful language comes as Karzai prepares to depart for India, which Pakistan considers its archenemy.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/03/afghan-president-strikes-softer-tone-on-pakistan.html

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Pakistan: ‘No compromise on national sovereignty and integrity’

Oct 4, 2011

ISLAMABAD: The Parliamentary Committee on National Security on Monday reiterated that there would be no compromise on country’s sovereignty and warned US that its intervention will not be tolerated.

Warning: The committee, preside over by Senator Mian Raza Rabbani, asked the US and Pakistani governments to resolve the issue through dialogues. The parliamentarians warned that no US boots on ground will be tolerated and they termed the US allegations ‘speech having no proof’.

The committee meeting was held at the Parliament House. Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir briefed the committee on the regional situation with particular reference to the senior US officials’ allegations pertaining to ISI connection with Haqqani network in North Waziristan.

After the meeting, Rabbani, the committee chairman, said the panel after getting briefing from the Foreign Office, examined in detail the US allegations and came to the conclusion that these were mere allegations having no backup. “The committee after examining the US accusations, came to the conclusion that these remarks are rhetorical only having no proof,” he added. Rabbani said the US should understand the ‘redline’ and it was better that it should adopt the path of dialogue instead of blaming the country’s institutions.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\04\story_4-10-2011_pg7_2

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China to keep Pakistan embrace at arm’s length

04 Oct, 2011

BEIJING: Pakistan, facing a crisis with the United States, has leaned closely to longtime partner China, offering its “all-weather friendship” with Beijing as an alternative to Washington.

But Pakistan will be disappointed if it hopes to replace American patronage with the same from China.

While China does not welcome the US presence near its border, it wants stability on its western flank and believes an abrupt withdrawal of Washington’s support for Pakistan could imperil that.

It also does not want to upset warming relations with India by getting mired in subcontinent security tension.

Maintaining that delicate balance, China will continue supporting economic cooperation with Pakistan but go slow on defence cooperation.

While outwardly all smiles and warm pledges of friendship, China will quietly keep things at arms length.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/04/china-to-keep-pakistan-embrace-at-arms-length.html

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Pak is major source of makeshift bombs in Afghanistan: report

Oct 04 2011

Washington : Pakistan is a major source of makeshift bombs being used by terrorists in Afghanistan, a media report said.

More than 80 per cent of the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are homemade explosives using calcium ammonium nitrate fertilizer produced in Pakistan, according to Navy Captain Douglas Borrebach, Deputy Director (Resources and Requirements) at Pentagon's Joint IED Defeat Organization, 'The USA Today' reported.

"The border is a sieve. You can do your checkpoints, but that's not going to help stem the supply," Borrebach told The USA Today.

Top American Senator Robert Casey, who travelled to Pakistan in Afghanistan, has met top Pentagon officials in this regard, urging them to press Pakistan take action against such IEDs.

"From June through August, US troops detected or were hit by 5,088 improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the most for any three-month period since the war began in 2001," the report said.

Choking off the source of fertilizer is critical, Borrebach said.

"How do we work with Pakistan to be able to reduce the amount of calcium ammonium nitrate coming across the border? That's the key to this," Borrebach said.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pak-is-major-source-of-makeshift-bombs-in-afghanistan-report/855500/

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Bahraini princess accused of torturing detainees during unrest

Oct 4, 2011

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - A Bahraini princess has been accused of involvement in the torture of detainees during the country’s suppression of anti-government protesters earlier this year.

Some of the doctors who have been sentenced to lengthy jail terms for supporting the Shialed protests against the ruling Al-Khalifa family have alleged that Sheikha Noora bint Ibrahim Al-Khalifa beat prisoners with sticks and a rubber hose, and gave electric shocks to the face with a cable.

The case against the doctors has provoked international condemnation of the Bahrain Government. The medical staff also allege that they were tortured in custody and forced to sign false confessions.

The princess works as an undercover police detective in counter-narcotics. Born into the third tier of the Royal Family, she is believed to be a distant cousin of Queen Sabika bint Ibrahim Al-Khalifa.

A spokesman for Bahrain’s Information Affairs Authority declined to comment on the doctors’ specific allegations, but said that all claims of abuse by security forces during the unrest were under investigation by an independent human rights commission appointed in June by King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa. Attempts to contact the Sheikha directly for comment have not been successful.

Full report at:

http://abna.co/data.asp?lang=3&Id=269603

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Rezwan Ferdaus who plotted to blow Pentagon, Capitol pleads not guilty

Oct 4, 2011

A 26-year-old man arrested last week for plotting an attack on the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol with remote-controlled aircraft filled with deadly plastic explosives has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Massachusetts resident Rezwan Ferdaus, a North-eastern University graduate, appeared at a U.S. District Court near Boston and entered his not guilty plea to all six charges before Magistrate Judge Timothy Hillman.

Hillman has set a detention hearing for Ferdaus on October 20.

If convicted on all six counts and given the maximum sentence on each, Ferdaus faces imprisonment for about 85 years.

Ferdaus’ defense attorney Catherine Byrne said her client was the victim of the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s office, which had conducted an undercover investigation that led to his arrest last week.

“This case was orchestrated and facilitated by the government,” Byrne said.

Ferdaus, an U.S. citizen, went by the name ‘Bollywood’ when he played drums in a Massachusetts band.

He was also charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization, specifically to al-Qaeda, in order to carry out attacks on U.S. soldiers stationed overseas.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2511430.ece

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Islamic finance forum focuses on Shariah in banking

04 Oct, 2011

WASHINGTON: The US-Qatar Business Council and the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2nd Annual Islamic Finance Forum last week, offering much-needed insights into the growing use of Islamic financing and Shariah-compliant business contacts in the United States. The forum, held at the George Washington University Law School in Washington DC, featured academic, legal, banking and business experts analyzing how Islamic financing works in the US and how domestic economic development could use Islamic financing.

Panelists discussed the growing trend among state legislatures to try to ban the recognition or practice of Islamic financing and Shariah law, actions that threaten to derail the growth of Islamic financing opportunities in the US and block US access to billions in Shariah-compliant investments from Middle Eastern countries.

"This year's forum demonstrated that Islamic finance is not antithetical to the American way of conducting life or business, but is instead an inventive approach to financing business transactions that will open up the US market to greater foreign investment," said Ambassador Patrick Theros, USQBC president and executive director.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/economy/islamicfinance/article510173.ece

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US strikes on al-Qaeda hides stealthier war

Oct 04 2011

Washington : Five months of successful strikes against al-Qaeda leaders reflect an increasingly precise, covert U.S. counter-terrorism campaign that appears to be reaching critical mass after years of heavy investment.

The death of Anwar al-Awlaki in a CIA drone strike in Yemen on Friday followed about a month of crucial intelligence gathered on one of the highest-value US targets, one U.S. official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. But the intelligence footwork goes back much further.

President Barack Obama has vastly expanded the covert U.S. war on violent Islamic militants, expanding not just drone strikes, but also the footprint of a beefed-up U.S. military Special Forces corps.

Meanwhile, the CIA and Special Forces, with distinctly different cultures and operating styles, have learned to work closely in ways that seemed impossible in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/us-strikes-on-alqaeda-hides-stealthier-war/855684/

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US ‘wants’ Haqqani to join Afghan govt

Oct 4, 2011

LONDON/KABUL: A BBC report quotes Afghan insurgent leader Siraj Haqqani as saying he’s been approached by the United States to join the Afghan government.

The group has "been contacted and are being contacted by intelligence agencies of many Islamic and non-Islamic countries, including the US, asking us to leave the jihad and take an important part in the current government," he said.

US officials have accused the militant network run by Haqqani for staging an attack against the US Embassy and NATO headquarters in Kabul and a truck bombing that wounded 77 American soldiers last month. The former chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, has claimed Pakistan’s military spy agency helped the group.

However, Haqqani told the BBC Pashtu service that while the group had contacts with a number of spy agencies, including that of Pakistan, during the Soviet invasion, he suggests there are now "no such links that could be beneficial."

The Haqqani network denied killing the Afghan government’s peace envoy Burhanuddin Rabbani, in the interview with the BBC released Monday. Haqqani also denied US allegations that the Haqqanis, blamed for a string of high-profile attacks on Western targets in the Afghan capital, were currently linked to Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the ISI. "We haven’t killed Burhanuddin Rabbani and this has been said many times by the spokespersons of the Islamic Emirate," he said, referring to the Taleban.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article510960.ece

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Turkish police arrests 120 suspected of links with Kurdish separatists

Oct 4, 2011

Turkish police have arrested 120 people suspected of links with separatists of the Kurdish labor party (KLP).

According to local mass media, the operation was conducted as part of the investigation into the case of the Union of Communities of Kurdistan (city wing of KLP)

The conflict between KLP and official Ankara has been on for more than 25 years and took the lives of more than 40,000 people.

http://english.ruvr.ru/2011/10/04/58138837.html

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Hunger Strike Takes Toll on Jailed Egypt Blogger

04 Oct, 2011

CAIRO (Reuters) - A jailed Egyptian blogger, whose appeal against his conviction for spreading false information about Egypt's military will be heard on Tuesday, is in declining health because of a hunger strike he began on August 23, a rights group said.

Reporters Without Borders, which described Maikel Nabil, 25, as a "prisoner of conscience," said he was suffering from serious renal problems, anemia and scabies.

The group said it had written to the attorney-general in Cairo on September 26 asking to visit Nabil in prison but had received no reply. His family say he is only drinking water.

Nabil is serving a three-year sentence after a military court convicted him over Facebook remarks in which he allegedly said the armed forces had tried to suppress demonstrators who overthrew President Hosni Mubarak in February. He was arrested at his home in Cairo in March and tried two weeks later.

"This appeal is the last chance for the authorities to show a commitment to human rights, justice and democracy. The court must recognize that he was unfairly convicted by a court martial because of his views and his articles," Reporters Without Borders said.

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2011/10/04/world/middleeast/international-us-egypt-

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Libya's post-Gaddafi rulers name new Cabinet

Oct 4, 2011

BENGHAZI: Libya's transitional leaders have named a new Cabinet and have vowed to step down after the country is secured, a move designed to show the North African nation is moving on even though fighting persists and Muammar Gaddafi remains at large.

The announcement on Monday was made jointly by the head of the National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, and de facto Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril in a news conference following weeks of political infighting and delays over the formation of a new government.

In the end, the Cabinet line-up did not contain many changes, prompting many Libyans to question why it took so long, coming about six weeks after revolutionary forces seized the capital, Tripoli, and forced Gaddafi into hiding.

Jibril, who graduated from and taught strategic planning at the University of Pittsburgh for several years, remains in his position but also takes over as foreign minister, meaning his current deputy and foreign minister Ali al-Issawi is out. Ali al-Tarhouni, a US-educated economist, will continue acting as oil minister until the National Oil Company is ready to take over.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Libyas-post-Gaddafi-rulers-name-new-Cabinet/articleshow/10229187.cms

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Tajikistan's special gesture to Indian Defence Minister Antony

Oct 4, 2011

India and Tajikistan exchanged views on regional and global security situation, including Afghanistan, during an unscheduled meeting between Defence Minister A.K. Antony and his Tajik counterpart, Colonel General Khayrulloev Sherali Khayrulleovich, in Dushanbe.

Mr. Antony, who was on his way to Moscow for a meeting of the 11th India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military and Technical Cooperation, was greeted at the airport by the Tajik Defence Minister.

Defence Ministry spokesman Sitanshu Kar told The Hindu on the phone from Dushanbe that Mr. Antony had a pleasant surprise in store when his special aircraft landed in Tajikistan for a brief technical halt.

“The Tajikistan Defence Minister chose to miss the ongoing Parliament session to call on Mr. Antony at the airport, rolling out the red-carpet and offering the traditional bread and honey welcome,” Mr. Kar said.

The gesture was seen as a measure of warmth in the bilateral relationship between the two countries. The two Defence Ministers had a working lunch, during which they discussed issues of mutual interest.

The Tajikistan Defence Minister saw Mr. Antony and his delegation off as they resumed their journey after extending invitation to spend more time on the return leg.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2509905.ece

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FM S M Krishna asks Pak to hand over Dawood

Oct 5, 2011

New Delhi: Foreign minister S M Krishna on Tuesday again asked Pakistan to arrest Dawood Ibrahim and hand him over to India.Krishna was responding to Dawoods brother Anees statement to a news channel that the underworld kingpin and 1993 Mumbai serial blasts mastermind was based in Karachi.

I think we expect Pakistan to get at Dawood Ibrahim who has been wanted in our country for various crimes that he has committed and then you know,we would like to try him here and I hope that Pakistan will certainly go after him, said Krishna.

And now that he has come out in public in Pakistan,I think it is necessary that Pakistan should act quickly and hand him over to India, Krishna added.

Times of India

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Polygraph test for Delhi HC blast duo

By Aman Sharma

Oct 5, 2011

GRAPPLING to uncover the conspiracy behind the Delhi High Court blasts, the NIA has subjected the two arrested boys from Kishtwar in Jammu and Kashmir to lie- detector ( polygraph) tests in Delhi.

A source said that “ certain facts had been confirmed” from the lie- detector tests of Amir Abbas Dev and Abid Hussain, which will help take the probe forward.

The source added that the NIA will get the statement of Hussain — who is alleged to have sent the e- mail claiming responsibility for the blasts — recorded before a magistrate under Section 164 of CrPC, which is a legally admissible confession.

The agency will produce Hussain before the court on Wednesday while Dev will be produced before the court on October 7.

NIA director general S. C. Sinha has confirmed that the agency was following the Kishtwar link in the probe and was on the right track. “ The probe is progressing satisfactorily,” he said.

But it remains unclear if the NIA has been able to find the role of the two boys beyond the sending of the e- mail.

“ The real bomb planters and the bomb- makers still remain unidentified,” a senior official in the ministry of home affairs conceded.

Mail Today

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 ‘Omar home was his second home, he was Abdullahs’ man’

Oct 05 2011

New Delhi : For years, he worked behind the scenes, helping fix deals and sort out matters for politicians and bureaucrats. He had unbridled access to the homes and offices of the first family of mainstream politics in the Valley. So close was he to National Conference (NC) patron and union minister Farooq Abdullah that he was never stopped at the gates of the fortified residence on Srinagar’s Gupkar Road. And the state government had given to him a personal security officer (PSO) and a security vehicle.

In life, Haji Yousuf was known as a problem-solver for out-of-favour politicians and under-fire bureaucrats, a “fixer” who, allegedly, for the right price, could manage nearly every job, transfer or posting. In death — hours after being summoned to the residence of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and handed over to the police — he has set off a political volcano that threatens to engulf all of the NC and expose the rot within the party.

To his friends and family, Yousuf was a kind father, a helpful neighbour and a

selfless social worker. He had helped construct a new building for the saint’s shrine in his native village. Not many knew what exactly he did for a living, but he did appear to have a lot of money.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/omar-home-was-his-second-home-he-was-abdullahs-man/855969/

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NIA may record Kishtwar youth’s statement before magistrate

Oct 05 2011

New Delhi : With not much coming out from the questioning of the two Kishtwar youths, arrested in connection with the Delhi High Court blast, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is now planning to get the statement of one of the suspects recorded before a magistrate. Sources in the agency said Abid Hussain, the teenager who is believed to be helping the investigators in the probe, will be produced before a magistrate where his statement under Section 164 of CrPC will be recorded.

It is not clear what the agency will achieve by getting the statement of Abid recorded before the magistrate but sources in the probe agency pointed out that the teenager who first sent the terror e-mail from a cafe at Kishtwar had supported the probe so far. His testimony before a magistrate will help the NIA to further tighten its case. The two —Abid and Aamir Abbas Dev — were also put under lie detection tests by the agency.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/NIA-may-record-Kishtwar-youth-s-statement-before-magistrate/855830/

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Crack 13/7 blasts case or hand it over to NIA: P Chidambaram

Oct 05 2011

Mumbai : The Union Home Ministry has stepped up pressure on the Maharashtra government to crack the 13/7 serial bomb blasts case and has apparently even offered to hand over the case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) if the state police cannot achieve a breakthrough.

Officials said the progress in the probe was the focus of a meeting Union Home Minister P Chidambaram held with top state police officers and security officials late on Monday, his second such meeting in three weeks.

Chidambaram had visited Mumbai on September 13, exactly two months after the three blasts hit Mumbai, and sought transfer of the case to NIA. The Maharashtra government had then prevailed on him not to shift the investigation, saying that its probe was on the right track.

At the meeting yesterday, Chidambaram sought an update on the probe. In an indication of the pressure on the state agencies, senior government officials said that “we will crack the case before his next visit.”

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Crack-13-7-blasts-case-or-hand-it-over-to-NIA--PC/855828/

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New Delhi treating Kashmir as a colony: Abdul Rashid

05 2011

Srinagar : Independent legislator Engineer Abdul Rashid on Tuesday accused New Delhi of treating Kashmir “as a colony”, saying it was making the state politicians “play to its tunes like the actors of a circus”.

“New Delhi is treating Kashmir as its colony, which has resulted in the loss of credibility of the Assembly,” said Rashid, who represents the Langate Assembly constituency. “New Delhi is exploiting Kashmiris and has given them a sense of defeat once more.”

Rashid’s tirade against New Delhi and the political leadership of Kashmir came after the House failed to discuss the resolution brought by him seeking clemency for Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. Since then, he has not attended the Assembly in protest.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/New-Delhi-treating-Kashmir-as-a-colony--Rashid/855915/

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Home ministry asks Gujarat govt to ensure security to Sanjiv Bhatt, family

Oct 4, 2011

NEW DELHI: Union home ministry on Tuesday asked the Gujarat government to provide adequate security to suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, his wife Shweta Bhatt and other family members on the basis of threat perception.

Shweta Bhatt wrote to home minister P Chidambaram, requesting for security amid apprehension of grave threat on her husband's and family members' lives.

Bhatt was arrested on September 30 in connection with an FIR filed against him by state police constable KD Pant in June for allegedly threatening him and making him sign false affidavits regarding a meeting by chief minister Narendra Modi on February 27, 2002 after the Godhra train incident.

The union home ministry is meanwhile also independently assessing the threat perception.

The home ministry has asked the state to provide the Bhatts adequate security on the basis of "local" threat perception.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Home-ministry-asks-Gujarat-govt-to-ensure-security-to-Sanjiv-Bhatt-family/articleshow/10231811.cms

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‘Modi-phobia’ has gripped police, bureaucracy in Gujarat, says former DGP

Oct 4, 2011

Former Gujarat DGP R B Sreekumar on Monday attacked Chief Minister Narendra Modi over the arrest of IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt, claiming “Modi-phobia” had gripped police and bureaucracy in the State and the step was aimed at scaring all those who dared to oppose the BJP leader.

Flanked by film-maker Mahesh Bhatt and activist Shabnam Hashmi at a press conference here, Mr. Sreekumar, who had in the past alleged that he was “victimised for exposing Modi government’s role” in post-Godhra riots in 2002, said for “maintaining Modi-phobia arresting a whistle-blower is inevitable.”

Mr. Sreekumar was the Additional DGP (State Intelligence Bureau) at the time of Godhra train carnage and also during the initial phase of the communal riots that followed.

“This is very dangerous thing. This imposition of section 194 (against Sanjeev Bhatt) because it means that if a person is convicted he can be imposed with death penalty,” he said.

Describing slain former Gujarat minister Haren Pandya as the “first whistle blower about Mr. Modi’s role in Gujarat riots”, Mr. Sreekumar alleged that all those who dared go against Mr. Modi were victimised.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/other-states/article2509432.ece

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"Whither rule of law in Gujarat?"

Oct 4, 2011

Nationwide protests by rights activists against Modi government's action

Civil society organisations on Monday upped the ante, organising protests, demonstrations, dharnas and meetings against the “arbitrary and unconstitutional arrest of whistle-blower Sanjiv Bhatt” by the Narendra Modi regime in Gujarat.

On a call by Anhad (Act Now For Harmony and Democracy) for nationwide protests, human right activists staged a dharna at Jantar Mantar here and a demonstration outside the Gujarat Bhavan here, demanding the immediate release of the IPS officer. Addressing a press conference, Shabnam Hashmi of Anhad said protests were organised in over 40 cities across the country.

“It is a strange case wherein an accused is prosecuting the prime witness … To me, Gujarat no longer seems to be part of this country. No rule of law matters there,” she said.

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt said the “eliminationist campaign” waged by the Bharatiya Janata Party against all perceived enemies on the ground of ideology needed to be opposed. “Sanjiv Bhatt's fault was that he dared to reveal the truth behind the 2002 carnage as also the murder of Haren Pandya[former Minister].” While the “drama of Sadbhavana” was being enacted in Gujarat, activists like Mallika Sarabhai were not allowed to tell the real story.

“I spoke to Sanjiv the evening he was arrested [Friday], asking that since the worst had happened, what he needed to tell the world outside. He said it was now for the courts to ensure that the rule of law was imposed in Gujarat and the nation. We as civil society should come together and lock horns with this kind of mindset,” said Mr. Mahesh Bhatt.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/article2509632.ece

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Syrian regime detains 3,000 in 3 days: activists

Oct 4, 2011

BEIRUT: Syrian troops going house to house have detained more than 3,000 people in the past three days in the rebellious town of Rastan, which saw some of the worst fighting of the 6-month-old uprising recently, activists said Monday.

Over the past week, the military fought hundreds of army defectors who sided with anti-regime protesters in Rastan. The fighting demonstrated the increasingly militarized nature of the uprising and heightened fears that Syria may be sliding toward civil war.

The activist group Local Coordination Committees said fighting in the town has now stopped after the military operation that left dozens dead. The group and a Rastan-based activist confirmed about 3,000 in the town of 70,000 had been detained. The activist told The Associated Press by telephone that the detainees are being held at a cement factory, as well as some schools and the Sports Club, a massive, four-story compound.

“Ten of my relatives have been detained,” said the activist, who asked that he be identified only by his first name Hassan for fear of retaliation. He said he was speaking from hiding in Rastan.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article510970.ece

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Amnesty says Syria harassing dissidents abroad

Oct 4, 2011

LONDON: Syrian embassy officials have been systematically harassing emigre dissidents in a bid to silence their protests against the government’s crackdown, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

The London-based watchdog said it had documented cases involving more than 30 activists in eight countries – Britain, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and the United States.

It urged host countries to “take stronger action against Syrian embassies accused of orchestrating this kind of harassment and intimidation,” and to protect the rights of Syrians abroad.

“Expatriate Syrians have been trying, through peaceful protest, to highlight abuses that we consider amount to crimes against humanity – and that presents a threat to the Syrian regime,” said Amnesty’s Syria researcher Neil Sammonds.

“In response the regime appears to have waged a systematic — sometimes violent — campaign to intimidate Syrians overseas into silence.”Amnesty said in many cases protesters outside Syrian embassies were initially filmed or photographed by officials then subjected to harassment of various kinds, including phone calls, emails and Facebook messages warning them to stop.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/04/amnesty-says-syria-harassing-dissidents-abroad.html

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Two Somali Pirates Get Life in US Prison

04 Oct, 2011

Two Somali men have been sentenced to life in a US prison for their role in the deadly hijacking of a yacht off the coast of Africa in February this year.

Muhidin Salad Omar and Mahdi Jama Mohamed were sentenced at a federal court in Norfolk, Virginia. The hijack left all four American yachters dead.

They were part of a 19-strong gang that seized the boat south of Oman, hoping to ransom the passengers.

More sentences are due in the case on Tuesday.

Two of Omar's accomplices were sentenced to life in prison in August. Three others are charged with murder and could receive the death penalty.

'Deep sorrow'

The men that boarded the yacht had planned to bring the Americans to Somalia, but then US Navy warships appeared.

Omar, the pilot of the pirate vessel, was one of two men who came aboard a US Navy ship to negotiate.

Navy officials told the pirates that they could take the yacht, the Quest, in exchange for the hostages.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-15155047

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Religious community weighs in on NYPD profiling

04 Oct, 2011

Members of a local Christian church would likely protest should they be targeted by police surveillance, but Zabih Mamun, head of UConn's Islamic Student Association, said his community would view such actions as a way of life.

While members of the Muslim community have come to accept surveillance, across from the Islamic Center, Rev. Matt Emery, senior pastor at Storrs Congregational Church, said the notion of surveillance and profiling based on religion is something that would bother his congregation.

"We have always put a strong value on the separation of church and state," Emery said. "Certainly, I would find that disturbing to know we were being surveilled by government agencies or others, and I suspect most of the congregation would as well."

The congregation likely would take action if they became aware there was government surveillance directed at them, he said.

Mamun agreed with Emery that targeted surveillance encroached on the separation of church and state but Mamun said advocacy comes from outside his mosque.

"Definitely it's pushing the boundary," Mamun said. "They have to leave the job to the politicians to create policy against that though. We have Muslim politicians to fight the pushed boundaries."

Full report at:

http://www.dailycampus.com/news/religious-community-weighs-in-on-nypd-profiling-

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Nigeria’s Islamic militants reject peace overtures

04 Oct, 2011

Nigeria’s extremist Islamist group has warned that it will not stop its terrorist attacks until the West African country adopts Sharia law.

Abu Qaqa, a spokesman for the group in an email message sent to journalists, written in Hausa language on October 2 articulated the group’s conditions for peace.

“The country would not have peace until there is 100 per cent implementation of Sharia law in the country as enshrined in the holy Quran as well as immediate release of all our members who were detained and in the custody of security agencies for no just cause,” reads pat of the email.

He reiterated the group’s resolve to continue with its terrorist activities targeting on the Nigerian government and its security agencies, should the federal government refuse to meet their demands.

Qaqa also claimed that they never met members of the Presidential Committee on Security to discuss possible negotiations with the federal government, contrary to media reports.

He also dismissed claims that the group had selected the Sultan of Sokoto, Emir of Bauchi or Abubakar Giro to represent them in the negotiations.

According to Qada, “all these people are not respected by the sect members, and could not mediate for them.”

According to intelligence reports made available to reporters, Boko Haram celebrated their ability to restrict the Nigeria’s 51st independence celebrations to the presidential villa- Aso Rock rather than Eagle Square- the national ground where such national occasions are usually hosted.

http://www.theafricareport.com/201110035173612/politics/nigerias-islamic-militants-

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Trial to begin for man accused in underwear attack

Oct 4, 2011

DETROIT: Jury selection was to start Tuesday in the high stakes trial of a young African accused of trying to bring down an airliner with a bomb in his underwear. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s failed attack was the first act of terrorism in the US during the Obama administration, and it could have implications in the debate over whether terrorism suspects should be tried in civilian or military courts.

The case also revealed the rise of a dangerous Al-Qaeda affiliate and the growing influence of a radical Islamic cleric who was killed by a CIA-US military strike only last week.

Abdulmutallab, a well-educated Nigerian from an upper-class family who has pleaded not guilty, was directed by American-born cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki and said he wanted to become a martyr on Christmas 2009, when he boarded Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines Flight 253 in Amsterdam, according to the government.

Prosecutors have Abdulmutallab’s hospital-bed confession, dozens of witnesses, remnants of the explosive and an Al-Qaeda video featuring the 24-year-old explaining his suicide mission.

A conviction on multiple charges could bolster the argument that suspected terrorists should be prosecuted through civilian courts, not military proceedings. Full-throated bipartisan opposition forced the Obama administration to cancel a New York trial for professed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, although there have been no similar issues in Detroit.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article511405.ece

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Amnesty: Syrian 'intimidation campaign on dissidents'

04 Oct, 2011

A human rights group has said the Syrian authorities have been carrying out a campaign of intimidation against activists living abroad.

Amnesty International quoted the activists as saying that Syrian embassy staff had threatened them.

There are also allegations of retaliation by the authorities against their relatives in Syria.

The US ambassador in Damascus, Robert Ford, has also renewed his criticism of the Syrian government.

In its report entitled Syria: The long reach of the Mukhabaraat, Amnesty International details the cases of 30 Syrian activists in eight countries, in Europe and north and south America, who have been systematically monitored and harassed by Syrian embassy officials and others believed to be acting on behalf of the Syrian regime.

The report says the dissidents' relatives in Syria have also, in some cases, apparently been exposed to harassment, detention and even torture. Some activists say they were directly threatened by embassy officials.

Naima Darwish, who set up a Facebook page to call for protests outside the Syrian embassy in Santiago, Chile, told Amnesty she was contacted directly by a senior official who asked to meet her in person.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15164829

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Syrian grand mufti's son mourned

04 Oct, 2011

The funeral has been held for the son of the grand mufti of Syria, shot dead along with a history professor on Sunday near the city of Aleppo.

In a tearful sermon carried live on TV, Grand Mufti Ahmad Hassoun expressed support for President Bashar al-Assad, praying the killers would repent.

Appointed to his post by the government, the grand mufti is the country's top Sunni Muslim cleric.

The deaths came amid signs of growing violence around Syria's uprising.

Several scientists in the central city of Homs were among the victims of a string of recent targeted killings.

Saria Hassoun and Professor Mohammad al-Omar were ambushed and assassinated by "an armed terrorist group" while driving to university on the highway between Aleppo and Idlib, Syria's state news agency Sana reported.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an activist group, blamed Saria Hassoun's death on "unknown assailants".

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15152676

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Bullet holes mark Norway islet, officials voice regret

Oct 4, 2011

UTOEYA, Norway: The island is now eerily silent and bedecked in autumn colors, but bullet holes still pockmark the walls of a cafeteria where Norwegian confessed killer Anders Behring Breivik fired on his young victims.

Journalists were permitted for the first time on Monday to visit the tiny, heart-shaped island owned by the Labour Party youth organization, where 69 people died from gunfire and drowning after a bombing in central Oslo took eight lives in the July terror attacks.

Several bullet holes marked the interior of a cafeteria building where many youths were killed trying to barricade themselves against Breivik as he fired from an automatic rifle before moving on to other parts of the island.

Labour Party youth leader Eskil Pedersen said the building, the island’s largest, would likely be razed as part of a plan to “reclaim” the island for young activists.

“Probably the largest building on the island will be torn down and rebuilt... because a lot of terrible events happened there,” Pedersen told Reuters on the island.

The visit to the island coincided with expressions of regret from Norwegian authorities over their handling of the terror attacks on July 22 that killed 77 people.

“All of us, including I, must express regret for mistakes,” Justice Minister Knut Storberget told the daily Aftenposten in the clearest acknowledgement by the government to date that some criticism of the police response was justified.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article510833.ece

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JEDDAH: Media not allowed at retrial of 17 militants

Oct 4, 2011

JEDDAH: A special criminal court has begun the retrial of 17 terror suspects — 16 Saudis and a Yemeni — after the appeals court judge overturned the previous verdicts and ordered a fresh hearing of the charges against the suspects.

The suspects are being tried again after the public prosecutor had moved the appeals court for a reassessment of the charges and punishments of the suspects.

The 17 suspects were tried for just traveling to Afghanistan and Iraq in the first trial and were serving out their jail terms, when the prosecutor found out that these suspects were involved in major terror activities, and were not just visiting these troubled countries.

He then appealed the sentences to be overturned and the 17 suspects to be charged with fresh indictments. The appeals court upheld the prosecutors’ plea and ordered the suspects back to trial in the special criminal court.

The new charges against the 17 militants include the forming of an Al-Qaeda terror cell and making plans to attack oil installations in the Kingdom.

Abdullah Al-Saadan, spokesman of the Justice Ministry, said the militants were acting on the directives of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahri. “They also plotted to assassinate prominent personalities in the Kingdom to destabilize the country,” he added.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article511049.ece

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Death anniversary of ‘Pakistani Rafi’ Masood Rana

04 Oct, 2011

ISLAMABAD: The 16th death anniversary of legendary playback singer Masood Rana was observed on Tuesday with rich tributes paid by the people.

Rana was born in Mir Pur Khas, Sindh to a Rajput landowner family which had migrated from the East Punjab city Jalandhar.

He started his singing career in 1955 on Radio Pakistan Hyderabad and later established a music group in Karachi in the early 60's with two famous names of showbiz – Nadeem Baig and Akhlaq Ahmed.

He made his debut as a playback singer in 1962 when he sang for the film Inqalab and became one of the top male singers in both Urdu and Punjabi films for more than three decades.

Rana got a major break when renowned actor Saqi introduced him to producer and director Iqbal Shehzad and musician Deebo.

His first film song was “Mashriq ki tareek faza mein naya svera phoota hay” composed by music director N. K. Rahoor for the film Inqalab.

But he got fame from his second film Banjaran in 1962. He was popular by the name of “Pakistani Rafi”.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/04/death-anniversary-of-%E2%80%98pakistani-rafi%E2%80%99.html

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Pak cafe plays Jagjit Singh's ghazals, wishes him speedy recovery

Oct 4, 2011

ISLAMABAD: On the menu at a popular cafe in the Pakistani capital are not just several dozen varieties of tea but ghazals of Indian singer Jagjit Singh, who is recovering at a Mumbai hospital after a brain hemorrhage.

Singh suffered a brain hemorrhage shortly before a performance with Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali about a fortnight ago.

"Our hearts just missed a beat," reads the title of special paper mats placed on all tables at Chaaye Khana cafe in the aftermath of Singh's ailment.

"For over 40 years veteran ghazal singer Jagjit Singh has given the music of the subcontinent a taste that has introduced the conventional ghazal singing with a modern form that is truly his own -- making him the pioneer and the most successful recording artist outside the realm of Indian film," states the glossy mat with a picture of Singh singing.

Patrons are being treated to Singh's ghazals throughout the day, ranging from 'Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho' to his more recent hits from Bollywood like 'Bari Nazuk Hai'.

"...with over 80 albums and innumerable hit scores under his belt, he was awarded India's third highest civilian honour, the Padma Bhushan, in 2003. His condition is still very critical. Chaaye Khana wishes the artist a speedy recovery."

Singh, who underwent a brain surgery, is still in the intensive care unit of Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai, but stable. Singh was admitted to the hospital on September 18 after he suffered a brain hemorrhage.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pak-cafe-plays-Jagjit-Singhs-ghazals-

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Kingdom to hire 30,000 Egyptians for Haj work

Oct 4, 2011

JEDDAH: An agreement has been reached to recruit 30,000 workers from Egypt to work during the upcoming pilgrimage, Haj Ministry sources said.

They said the Egyptian manpower would consist of drivers and veterinarians among others.

According to the sources, the agreement was reached during a recent meeting in Cairo between representatives of the Saudi ministries of Haj and interior and the Egyptian Ministry of Manpower and Migration.

Delegates from Saudi and Egyptian manpower recruiting companies also attended the meeting.

The sources said the meeting discussed the need for seasonal manpower from Egypt to work during the Haj season and agreed that 80 percent of Egyptian workers to be recruited should have experience working in previous pilgrimage seasons.

Under the agreement, Saudi companies should take good care of the workers while in the Kingdom. The Egyptians will be paid monthly salaries of SR2,000 for three months in addition to travel costs.

The sources said a total of 3,516 Egyptian drivers were blacklisted for various violations during previous Haj seasons. The violations included refusal to work on Arafat day, using buses for own benefit, using drugs and inciting fellow workers to stop work.

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article510321.ece

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Nepal plans to send 150,000 maids to Gulf

Oct 4, 2011

RIYADH: Nepal has lifted its ban on exporting housemaids to the Gulf states and is working on an ambitious plan to deploy about 150,000 female workers in the region.

The plan comes in the framework of an agreement with the Kingdom and other Gulf countries that will guarantee protection to the maids, according to newly appointed Nepalese Ambassador Udaya Raj Pandey.

Pandey said Nepalese women would be allowed to work in Saudi Arabia as maids, but only for carefully vetted sponsors who agree to certain conditions.

At a press briefing at the Nepalese Embassy, the envoy spoke at length on growing Riyadh-Katmandu ties with special reference to the proposed visit of a high-power Saudi delegation to his country, possibly during the last week of November.

He also unveiled Nepal’s plans to open consulates in Jeddah and Dammam to cope with the growing workload, mainly related to labor and consular matters.

Pandey, a veteran youth leader and former adviser to the Nepalese home minister and foreign minister, said the Kingdom had expressed interest to support Nepal’s infrastructure projects, mainly in education, irrigation and other sectors.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article511039.ece

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Actor Fardeen Khan faces prison term in 2001 dope case

Oct 5, 2011

ACTOR Fardeen Khan could face a jail term of six months or a fine of up to ` 10,000 or both if he is found guilty in a 10- year- old case that charges him with attempting to buy cocaine, when a special court pronounces judgment on November 2.

On Tuesday, Fardeen pleaded “ not guilty” to charges of buying and possessing cocaine.

“ As of now, I have been charged only with attempting to buy cocaine. Charges against me pertaining to the possession of cocaine have been dropped. I am happy the way things are going,” agencies quoted Fardeen as telling the press after the hearing.

On May 5, 2001, Fardeen was charged under Section 21 ( A) of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances ( NDPS) Act for possessing cocaine.

He was arrested in the small hours of the morning outside a restaurant in Juhu, where he turned up after attending the wedding reception of music baron Ratan Jain’s daughter earlier in the evening.

The actor was then detained by the Central Narcotics Control Bureau and subsequently taken to the J. J. Hospital for tests.

Full report at: Mail Today

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