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Despite Iranian Link, Chinese Think Muslim Uighur Separatists behind Missing Jet


 Photo: Presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani pledges to empower Afghan women

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Southeast Asia

Despite Iranian Link, Chinese Think Muslim Uighur Separatists behind Missing Jet

Activists Rally against Nuclear Power in Blackout-Prone Indonesia

Malay shamans or 'Bomohs' used must be 'Islamic' - minister

 

India

Irked Nadwatul Ulema Team Cancels Saudi Arabia Visit

IM got Hawala money for 13/7 Mumbai blasts: Anti-terrorism squad

 

Arab World

No One Allowed To Politicise Islam: Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia

Saudi group destroys 3,000 year old ancient burial ground

3 suicide bombers strike at hotel in north Syria

Saudi Arabia hits back at Maliki’s terror accusations

Former Iraqi PM: Islamic Awakening Still Alive

Nineteen Syrian opposition groups unite

Egypt charges 4-man 'terrorist cell' with Al-Qaeda collaboration

Egyptian President and Govt Can Amend Elections Law - State Council

Syria sparks surge in human trafficking

2 Saudis jailed for inciting violence via social media

 

Africa

Al-Shabaab leader urges Somalis to battle old enemy Ethiopia

Jonathan Turns to Nigeria's Soldier Spy in the Fight against Boko Haram

Obama’s Defensive tunnel vision misses the terror threats around him

Boko Haram - House of Reps Declares Today Mourning Day for Slain Children

Libyan's parliament orders military operation against rebel ports

 

Mideast

Middle East peace process amid Obama’s pessimism

Drone strike kills 4 'Qaeda' in Yemen: Tribal source

Israeli air strike kills 3 Gaza fighters

Palestinian official warns against Al-Aqusa division

Rouhani very open to idea of Islamic democracy, Iranian VP says

Israel prevents people under 50 from entering Al-Aqusa

 

South Asia

Presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani pledges to empower Afghan women

Fiqh Academy of Maldives advises against importing kosher meals

Several Hefazat-e-Islam leaders contesting the third phase Upazila polls

First bone marrow transplantation in Bangladesh

 

Pakistan

Taliban office in KP with Centre’s consent: Imran

Taliban can go for other options if jets used

Taliban committee to remain intact, says Yousuf Shah

‘Extremists’ media coverage out of proportion’: Ahsan Iqbal

Government pledges support to women’s education, health & empowerment

Islamic banking: ‘Government to promote Islamic financing’

Terrorists to target Musharraf, warns Interior Ministry

K-P govt to pay Rs1, 000 to parents of immunised newborns

 

Europe

Libya became primary source of illegal arms trade in 14 countries – UN

Exiled Uzbek activist accuses Gulen over attempts to deport him

Syria army using starvation as weapon of war: Amnesty

Saudis banned from Harrods? Pakistan paper falls for it

UK PM to visit Israel and Palestine

 

North America

'US Constitution was being violated on massive scale' – Snowden

US questions Maldives' commitment to democracy

US lawmakers urge Pentagon to end ban on Sikhs serving in army

Videos show Bin Laden relative warning of ‘storm’ of airplane attacks

Fighting terrorism a common cause: Obama

US questions Maldives' commitment to democracy

US lawmakers urge Pentagon to end ban on Sikhs serving in army

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Southeast Asia

 

Despite Iranian link, Chinese think Muslim Uighur Separatists behind missing jet

March 11, 2014

Beijing - Amidst all the rumour and speculation surrounding the baffling disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 bound for Beijing, politically charged suggestions that terrorists were to blame carry the gravest implications for China.

Chinese and Malaysian officials are playing down the idea, in the absence of any evidence to support it. But that has not stemmed online allegations pointing the finger at Uighur separatists from the predominantly Muslim province of Xinjiang. Last week, the Chinese authorities blamed Uighur Islamic extremists for a knife attack in the southwestern city of Kunming that left 33 people dead and more than 100 wounded, though they have not produced any of the eight suspects whom police say they have detained.

“I am afraid the incident was launched by Xinjiang people,” read one such conjecture posted by @Chen Lei on the Tencent social media platform. “It is time to investigate Xinjiang and kill those who should be killed.” Of the 239 passengers aboard the plane, 154 were Chinese.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang warned against such rumor-mongers on Monday. “The investigation of the incident is still under way. It is too early to jump to conclusions,” he told reporters. He urged the public to “stay calm and … avoid circulating unconfirmed information.”

The head of Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, was equally cautious at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on Monday. “To confirm what happened that day on this ill-fated aircraft, we need hard evidence,” he said. “This unprecedented missing aircraft mystery … is mystifying.”

Ability to carry out such an attack?

The investigation into the disappearance of flight MH370 “must include counterterrorism investigators,” says Rohan Guneratna, a terrorism expert at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, since two of the passengers on the plane were using forged passports.

China’s ambassador to Malaysia, Huang Huikang, told a reporter for Hong Kong Satellite TV that US Central Intelligence Agency officials were involved in the investigation because of “speculation about a hijack or terrorism,” according to a post on Sina Weibo, a Twitter-like social media platform, by the TV reporter.

“Aviation security has been breached. ETIM is the only group with the operational capacity and intent to carry out attacks like this,” he adds, referring to the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, a shadowy Uighur group whose existence some other international security experts dispute.

In Kuala Lumpur, police Inspector General Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said on Monday evening that one of the two passengers carrying a false passport had been identified from airport closed circuit TV footage and that “he is not from Xinjiang, China,” according to The Star, a Malaysian newspaper. He refused to disclose the man’s identity or nationality, other than to say that he was not Malaysian.

No Uighur organization has ever shown the sort of operational capacity required to smuggle explosives onto an international flight and blow it up. Three Uighurs were sentenced to death in 2012 in a closed trial for allegedly trying to attack the cockpit of a Chinese domestic airliner with sharpened crutches, and in 2008 a Uighur woman was accused of bringing gasoline onto a plane in soda cans. The Chinese authorities have never publicly produced evidence to support those charges.

The presence on flight MH370 of two passengers carrying forged passports that had been stolen in Thailand is not as suspicious as it might seem, according to Xu Ke, a former airline pilot who now teaches at the Zhejiang Police College in eastern China.

“I think it is most likely that the two foreigners carrying forged passports were illegal migrants” heading to Europe, he says. Both had bought tickets at the same time in Thailand for one-way trips from Kuala Lumpur to Amsterdam via Beijing. One of the passengers carrying a foreign passport was then booked to fly to Copenhagen, Denmark, and the other to Frankfurt, Germany, according to the Associated Press.

Doubts mid-air explosion

Such people-smuggling through China is not uncommon. In January, a group of six illegal migrants carrying forged passports, transiting through Beijing Capital airport en route to Europe, were detected and detained, according to a report in the Legal Evening Post, a Beijing daily published by the ruling Communist Party.

Mr. Xu also doubts that the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 blew up in mid-air, given the lack of visible debris in the ocean near the spot where Malaysian air traffic controllers lost touch with the plane.

“If there had been an explosion, debris would have been detected by now” over a large area, assuming that search and rescue teams are looking in the right place, says Xu. “But nothing has been found. I think the possibility of an explosion is slight.”

Xu points out similarities between Saturday’s apparent tragedy and the sudden disappearance in 2009 of an Air France plane over the Atlantic, which crashed into the sea without any emergency call for help from the pilots. That was later found to be the result of mechanical failure and pilot error, though the plane was flying through a severe storm at the time, while the weather was fine when the Malaysia Airlines plane dropped off the radar.

“We simply do not have enough evidence to draw any conclusions yet,” says Xu.

No credible claims or responsibility have emerged, so far, for bringing the Malaysian airliner down.

An email signed by “The Leader of the China Martyrs’ Brigade” declaring that the incident was “a response to the Chinese authorities’ harsh crackdown and persecution of Uighur people” appeared to be a hoax. Even Boxun, the often unreliable Chinese exile website that published the email, dismissed it.

http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=241112:chinese-netizens-think-its-muslim-uighur-separatists-behind-missing-flight-mh370&Itemid=2#ixzz2vhsmqYWr

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Activists Rally Against Nuclear Power in Blackout-Prone Indonesia

March 11, 2014

Yogyakarta/Jakarta. A government-backed plan to construct nuclear power plants in Indonesia has been met with backlash by several local groups in the archipelago, highlighting the tensions nuclear power projects face in a post-Fukushima world.

Recently announced plans to make the West Java district of Subang the site of Indonesia’s fourth nuclear reactor has pushed a decades-long conflict back into the spotlight, pitting those who view the establishment of nuclear power plants as a valuable addition to Indonesia’s energy portfolio against others who say the social and environmental risks of radioactive contamination outweigh the potential benefit.

Critics point out that Indonesia’s geologic position atop the “Ring of Fire” makes it particularly vulnerable to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions — events that drastically increase the odds of a nuclear tragedy. These concerns are augmented by fears that rampant corruption and graft will undermine the government’s ability to implement and then manage costly safety protocols.

In January, Japanese representatives from No Nukes Asia Actions (NNAA), a Tokyo-based anti-nuclear coalition, gathered with Indonesian activists in Balong, Central Java, to discuss resistance strategies and the prospects of an international partnership to thwart the prospect of nuclear power in Indonesia.

“With Fukushima, the whole world witnessed the terrible effects of nuclear disaster,” NNAA rep Seung Choo told some 200 residents in Balong over two days of talks. “Now, we must say no more nuclear plants — not here in Indonesia or anywhere else.”

Balong provided a fitting backdrop to the event: in 2007, growing fears over a proposed nuclear power plant cohered into an alliance of local residents, business owners, religious groups and students that eventually thwarted government plans to break ground in 2014.

In 2007, the Jepara branch of Nahdatul Ulama (NU), Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization, even issued a fatwa against the proposed plant, drawing the ire of state officials who had been courting the group for support.

But nuclear plans in Indonesia have been on the table for a large chunk of the nation’s modern history.

Nuclear power plays

The National Nuclear Energy Agency (Batan), created by former President Sukarno in 1964, has been Indonesia’s most strident nuclear energy advocate. The organization has aired hopes to establish three fully operational nuclear power plants in the country by 2025, a plan that has been embraced as part of Indonesia’s Master Plan for the Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesia’s Economic Development (MP3EI).

Batan spokesman Eko Madi Parmanto says claims of public resistance to nuclear power have been greatly exaggerated in Indonesia.

“We’ve periodically conducted surveys to measure people’s acceptance of the nuclear plant plan,” Eko told the Jakarta Globe last week. “The latest national survey in 2013 indicates that 67.6 percent of respondents support the plan.”

The agency views nuclear energy as an alternative to Indonesia’s addiction to unsustainable fossil fuels that pollute the environment and contribute to climate change. Indonesia has a wealth of potential in safe, renewable energy sources such as solar, hydro and geothermal, but oil, coal and natural gas still provide more than over 80 percent of the nation’s power. Only 12 percent of the country’s energy is provided by renewable sources.

In geothermal power alone, Indonesia is operating at a mere 4.2 percent of its potential output, despite sitting astride 40 percent of the world’s geothermal resources.

Oil, which accounts for about 30 percent of the country’s current energy supply, is now mostly imported, leaving the country vulnerable to unhedged price volatility together with currency fluctuations. In addition, oil — along with coal and natural gas — powers an electrical grid still suffering from chronic energy shortages throughout the country. Millions of poor, rural Indonesians, especially in eastern Indonesia, remain without electricity, and struggles to meet existing electricity needs are made worse by an 8 percent annual rise in demand.

The situation requires huge government subsidies in fuel and electricity just to keep up, consuming 41 percent of all government expenditures; more than what is budgeted for education, environmental protection, health, and housing combined. In 2013, some 13 percent of the nation’s subsidized fuel was used at power plants, according to government agency data.

According to Batan, nuclear power plants would play only a minor role in addressing these multi-pronged energy woes, adding just 5 percent to Indonesia’s total energy production if the government’s 2025 energy diversification goals were met.

Resistance to Batan-led advocacy

At the local level, Batan has drawn criticism for its attempts to win support among populations living near proposed plants, which over the years have included sites in Balong, Bangka-Belitung, Kalimantan and Madura.

The promotional efforts carried out by Batan were key in galvanizing opposition to the proposed plant back in the mid 2000s, said Daviq, the secretary of the Balong Community Union (PMB), a local anti-nuclear energy group.

That advocacy campaign, which called for annual outlays of $2.5 million to fund scholarship programs, social events and a host of other activities, highlighted the benefits of nuclear power while, according to Daviq, making scant mention of its risks. When public queries about the program failed to produce useful information, many grew skeptical of the plan.

“We finally made the decision that OK, if the government is not willing to give the information to us, then we must seek it for ourselves,” he said.

Iwan Kurniawan, a lecturer at the Jakarta-based Institute of Archipelago Business, recalled similar transparency concerns at play in Madura, East Java, where in 2003 Batan was busy promoting another nuclear plant. Formerly a nuclear physicist with Batan who left the agency over an undisclosed dispute, Iwan said that in order to assuage safety concerns voiced by locals, Batan made spurious claims regarding its capacity to install the latest and safest model plant in Madura.

“The kind of plant being discussed was still in its research phase in South Korea,” Iwan said, explaining that such a plant could not be promised. He added that localities targeted by Batan-led nuclear advocacy were frequently vulnerable to this kind of misinformation.

“When Batan comes and discusses the benefits, I come and discuss the risks to create a more balanced perspective,” he said.

As in Balong, once the risks of nuclear contamination became apparent, public opposition stymied construction of the proposed plant in Madura. Activists argued that given the amount of untapped alternative energy sources that existed, the risks of nuclear disaster were avoidable and unjustifiable.

The nation’s nuclear power agency denied the allegations, explaining that Batan attempts to inform the public about leakage, natural disaster, and operators’ negligence risks as well as detailed information on how plant operators would ensure safety.

“We’ve also developed an information system on our website, and people can ask us via email about this safety technology,” Eko said.

Socialization campaigns remain crucial to successful implementation at proposed sites “only if the government has seriously designed the nuclear power plant program,” Eko explained.

“There are currently no plans for research at other locations,” he said.

The global business of nuclear power

If domestic resistance to nuclear power has hinged on countering Batan’s campaigns, the international strategy advocated by the NNAA seeks to shed a critical light on the corporate interests driving nuclear energy.

According to NNAA representative Seung Choo, business-friendly regulations in Japan that reallocate risk to nuclear operators encourage investment by companies like Toshiba, GE and Hitachi — the companies that build the plants. Japan’s 1961 Act of Compensation for Nuclear Damages mandates that the nuclear power operators, as opposed to the suppliers, assume exclusive accountability for any nuclear damage caused by an accident, making taxpayers ultimately responsible for damages.

This creates what Seung Choo calls a “crisis of liability,” where corporations that stand to profit from construction have less incentive to prioritize safety.

These laws work to promote “the sound development of the nuclear industry,” the NNAA said in a statement, and the group fears such business-friendly regulations will be replicated elsewhere as nuclear suppliers seek to access markets like Indonesia.

According to Indonesia’s 1997 Nuclear Power Act, if the country were to successfully establish a nuclear power plant, the suppliers would be responsible for up to Rp 900 billion ($76 million) in damages to be doled out over a maximum period of 30 years, regardless of the actual cost of damages.

Recent studies have shown that radiation-induced cancer can take as long as 40 years to develop, and the financial recovery of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster will approach $250 billion dollars.

Attempts to contact the Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises for clarification on current regulations were unsuccessful.

In response to the situation in Japan, where the corporate builders of nuclear power plants are shielded from restitution, the NNAA is challenging whether the 1961 act in court was constitutional.

Armed with 22 lawyers, their recently filed suit seeks redress for Japanese victims, and to inspire citizens in other nations to “abolish special legal provisions that protect nuke businesses all around the world,” the group said in a statement.

The suit seeks 10,000 plaintiffs worldwide to sign over power of attorney so that the NNAA can represent them in court. “Anyone can be a plaintiff,” Choo said. “Even someone traumatized by the media coverage qualifies as a victim.” If the NNAA wins, these foreign plaintiffs will receive a symbolic, one-dollar payout.

In Balong, the NNAA made hundreds of documents available for signing. Many, including Nuruddin Amin, the head of the Hasyim Asy’ari Pesantren (Islamic boarding school) in Bangsri, Central Java, and a longtime supporter of the anti-nuclear cause, expressed enthusiasm for the strategy.

“The Fukushima accident is not only a tragedy for the Japanese,” Nuruddin said. “It is a tragedy for the whole world, and I hope we all will join to sign this power of attorney so that we can work on this issue together.”

Many Indonesian activists, however, remained mindful that the first battle remains on the home front, helping provide balanced information to communities earmarked for nuclear power plant development.

For Iwan, the resistance coalitions that fought a successful battle in Balong ought to provide guidance and direction as the drive for domestic nuclear power progresses.

“Here we have a model of resistance that can be delivered elsewhere,” he said.

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/activists-rally-nuclear-power-blackout-prone-indonesia/

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Malay shamans or 'bomohs' used must be 'Islamic' - minister

March 11, 2014

HAH ALAM - The government welcomes any help to trace the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and that includes help from "bomohs" (shamans) as long as their methods do not contravene Islam, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom.

"We appreciate all help...but when it comes to mysticism, the methods used must conform to Islamic teachings," he told reporters after attending the 35th National-level Quran Recital Programme here today.

The programme was opened by Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

Jamil Khir was commenting on the case of Ibrahim Mat Zin, a well known local bomoh, who came to the KL International Airport today, claiming to be invited by one of the country's top leaders, to help locate the missing plane using spiritual methods.

Ibrahim after performing a prayer at KLIA's entrance said he thought the plane was still in the air or had crashed into the sea.

MAS Flight MH370, carrying 227 passengers, including two infants, and 12 crew, went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing about an hour after taking off from the KL International Airport at 12.41am Saturday.

It should have landed in Beijing at 6.30am but is still missing without any trace till now.

http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=241591:finding-mh370-malay-shamans-or-bomohs-used-must-be-islamic-minister&Itemid=2#ixzz2vhsvA2UB

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India

 

Irked Nadwatul Ulema Team Cancels Saudi Arabia Visit

Pervez Iqbal Siddiqui, TNN | Mar 11, 2014

LUCKNOW: Describing the government of Saudi Arabia as more 'Zalim' (cruel) than Narendra Modi, Nadwatul Ulema in Lucknow cancelled its March 16 appointment with a delegation from the Islamic kingdom as a mark of protest against its decision to declare Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.

The institute has compared Saudi Arabia's move to tag Muslim Brotherhood as an act "more cruel than the genocide of hundreds of Muslims in 2002 that was allegedly led by then chief minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi".

Official reason assigned for the cancellation of this trip was described as a move in line with the institute's commitment towards the religion, community and reformative ideology. Nadwatul Ulema happens to be one of the most renowned Islamic University in Asia.

Dean, Faculty of Shariah at Nadwatul Ulema Maulana Salman Nadwi confirmed the cancellation of the appointment. "All that I can confirm is that the decision was taken collectively by the institution to express our resentment over what Saudi Arabia has done," Maulana Salman Nadwi said talking to TOI on Monday evening. "The Saudi Arabia government has merely fallen to international pressures," he said.

Nadwatul Ulema’s move to cancel its appointment with the Saudi delegation gains significance particularly in light of the recent visit of Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance Sheikh Saleh bin Abdul-Aziz Al ash-Sheikh to Darul Uloom Deoband -- the oldest seat of Islamic seminary -- on February 17. The visit was seen as a desperate attempt of the Saudi government to win back support of Indian Muslims who were unhappy over the Kingdom's support to military junta in Egypt against Muslim Brotherhood.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had on March 7 designated Muslim Brotherhood (MB) as a terrorist group. The kingdom had also downgraded diplomatic ties with Qatar as a mark of protest against their support towards MB. On Sunday, the United Arab Emirates also lined up behind Saudi Arabia and its decision to recognize MB as a terror outfit.

Saudi Arabia listed the 86-year-old Brotherhood with al-Qaida and its affiliates which are categorized as terrorist organizations and as per the Saudi Arabian law, anyone who joins or supports these banned groups could face imprisonment ranging from five to 30 years under the new Saudi Arabian government policy.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Saudi-Arabia-more-cruel-than-Narendra-Modi-Nadwatul-Ulema/articleshow/31806765.cms

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IM got hawala money for 13/7 Mumbai blasts: Anti-terrorism squad

Mateen Hafeez,TNN | Mar 11, 2014

MUMBAI: The state anti-terrorism squad (ATS) suspects that the money required to orchestrate the 13/7 Mumbai blasts was sent to Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives through the hawala route and it came through Pune. A tobacco firm's owner, whose dispute with a rival was settled in Karachi a few years ago, is also under the scanner, said sources in the security establishment.

The ATS, which is probing the 2011 triple bomb blasts case, is desperately looking for a suspect, identified as Ibrahim. He worked at a real estate firm's office in Pune. The investigators are now zeroing in on this construction firm suspecting its close association with a tobacco manufacturing firm, whose top official was in the news a few years ago due to his Karachi visit and his alleged meeting with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

Agencies like NIA, Delhi Police's special cell and state ATS tried to approach the proprietor of the firm. However, "because of his clout" the man is still out of the radar, sources claimed.

Ibrahim is suspected to have channeled hawala money to IM operatives on three occasions — during the planning and execution of the 2008 Gujarat bomb blasts, during the Pune German Bakery bomb blast and the 13/7 Mumbai bomb blasts. These explosions collectively killed 104 people.

"One of the accused, Muzaffar Kola (68), who is suffering from cancer, is from Karnataka. Kola has links with this tobacco manufacturer. The money used in 13/7 was channeled to Delhi and then to Mumbai through Kola's UAE-based firm, Kola Enterprises. Ibrahim who was then working in the construction firm also received some money. The relation between Kola and the construction firm owner prompted us to probe the matter further," said an officer.

"Kola's old association with the tobacco manufacturer cannot be ignored. We are still working on it." While the police claimed to have found evidence of Ibrahim's involvement in the hawala transactions, they also suspect that he might have transported explosives in the past for the IM. "Several things about Ibrahim has emerged during the interrogation of IM top functionary, Ahmed Siddibapa alias Yasin Bhatkal," the officer added.

IM's suspected co-founder, Yasin Bhatkal, who was in ATS custody, also admitted that he knew Ibrahim.

"After recording statements of several accused and witnesses in this case, we realized that Ibrahim is the main link and if he had been working for several years, there might have been some support pillars. We are trying to collect evidence against the culprits," the source added. Bhatkal, along with his associate Asadullah Akhtar is in Thane jail.

Terror Attack

Date | July 13, 2011

Sites | Three blasts at Zaveri Bazar (6.54pm), Opera House (6.55pm) and Dadar (7.06pm)

Toll | 27 killed, 137 injured

Arrested accused

Ahmed Siddibapa alias Yasin Bhatkal (33): He is the chief functionary of the outfit in India. He himself planted the bomb at Dadar.

Asadullah Akhtar alias Tabrez: He planted the Zaveri Bazar bomb on that fateful day.

Naqi Ahmed (24): A resident of Darbhanga district in Bihar, he allegedly helped IM men to get a room on rent and was stole two scooters, used in the blasts.

Nadeem Akhtar (25): He is an Antop Hill resident. Akhtar is alleged to have ferried explosives from Delhi to Mumbai and stolen one of the scooters that had a bomb.

Haroon Naik (35): Originally from Beed, Naik is suspected to have sent the hawala money. A charge sheet in a fake currency case filed by the ATS in November, 2011 says Naik travelled to Pakistan for arms training and wanted to avenge atrocities on Muslims across the world, including in Gujarat.

Kanwarnai Pathrija (44): A Delhi resident, Pathrija ran a jewellery store in the national capital's Chandni Chowk area. As an alleged hawala operator, Pathrija handed over Rs 10 lakh that he had received from Naik to IM leader Yasin Bhatkal. Pathrija has been granted bail.

Kafeel Ansari (56): A Bihar resident, he is suspected to have helped the accused in getting a safe house for their activities.

Wanted

Pakistan-based Riyaz Bhatkal, who is the current IM chief, his elder brother Iqbal, Fayyaz Kagzi and several others are wanted in this case.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/IM-got-hawala-money-for-13/7-Mumbai-blasts-Anti-terrorism-squad/articleshow/31804648.cms

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Arab World

 

No one allowed to politicise Islam: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

March 11, 2014

RIYADH – Saudi Arabia on Monday reiterated its determination not to allow anyone to politicse Islam for partisan purposes.

The weekly session of the Cabinet, chaired by Prince Muqrin Bin Abdul Aziz, Second Deputy Premier, Adviser and Special Envoy of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, noted that the decree issued on Friday to blacklist a number of organizations as terror outfits as well as to give a 15-day grace period for all Saudis fighting abroad to return home is part of this decision, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The Council of Ministers emphasized that the decision was taken within the framework of the Kingdom’s keenness to maintain security and stability as well as to fight against everything that aims at destabilizing the national cohesion and harming Islam’s principle of moderation, Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz Khoja said in a statement after the Cabinet session.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20140311198246

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Saudi group destroys 3,000 year old ancient burial ground

World Bulletin / News Desk

March 11, 2014

Saudi Arabia's religious authorities have angered both locals and archeologists alike after they removed gravestones from a 3,000-year-old burial site in the city of al-Baha.

According to a report in the Al-Hayat newspaper on Monday, the Zinat graveyard was levelled by the Commission of the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice.

Although in Islam it is discouraged to build tombs around graves, the ancient site was seen as an integral part of cultural heritage by many of the locals.

The gravestones had inscriptions in ancient Arabic, which shows that the ancient inhabitants of the region were literate.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/todays-news/130753/saudi-group-destroys-3000-year-old-ancient-burial-ground

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Iraqi Army Kills 20 ISIL Terrorists in Nineveh Desert

March 11, 2014

The Iraqi army killed in Nineveh desert 20 ISIL terrorists, iTerrorists Killed in Iraqncluding 14 Pakistani, one Libyan and 5 Iraqis.

The documents that the militants had showed that they had been trained in Syria for a long time before they entered Iraq.

The Iraqi army also destroyed in Fallujah and al-Karma area a number a vehicles which belong to the terrorists.

http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?fromval=1&cid=23&frid=23&eid=139863

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3 suicide bombers strike at hotel in north Syria

March 11, 2014

DAMASCUS: Syria's state-run news agency says three suicide bombers have detonated their explosive belts in a hotel in the northeastern town of Qamishli, killing three people.

The town has a predominantly Kurdish population. The area has been the scene of heavy battles recently between Kurdish gunmen and members of the Al-Qaeda breakaway group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

A Kurdish official in Qamishli, Juan Mohammed, confirmed Tuesday's attacks. He says there were casualties but had no exact figures.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Mar-11/249907-syria-3-suicide-bombers-strike-in-hotel-in-northern-city-casualties-feared.ashx#ixzz2viAZsO9k

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Saudi Arabia hits back at Maliki’s terror accusations

March 11, 2014

Saudi Arabia on Monday hit back at Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for accusing the kingdom of supporting terrorism.

The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted an official source as expressing “dismay and surprise” at the “aggressive and irresponsible statements” issued by Maliki on Sunday, in which he accused the kingdom of supporting terrorism.

“Nuri al-Maliki knows very well, before anyone else, the Kingdom’s clear and cut position against terrorism in all its forms and whatever its source. He also knows well the major efforts undertaken by the Kingdom in the fight against this phenomenonon the local and global levels.”

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/03/10/Saudi-slams-irresponsible-accusations-by-Iraq-PM.html

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Former Iraqi PM: Islamic Awakening Still Alive

March 11, 2014

Former Iraqi Prime Minister and leader of the country’s oldest Shiite party Ibrahim Jafari stressed that the Islamic Awakening which has swept the Middle-East and North Africa since 2011 is still alive.

“Today, the Islamic Awakening movement is faced with challenges, yet it has left a major impact,” Jafari said, addressing the 6th meeting of the High Council of the Islamic Awakening World Forum in Tehran on Monday.

Warning that the enemies are seeking to change this trend, he called on Muslims to insist on achievements and successes rather than problems.

“We shouldn’t speak of the end of the Islamic Awakening since it is still alive and active in the Islamic Ummah, is continuing its voyage on the same boat and decides about nations’ fate,” Jafari said.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13921219000413

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Nineteen Syrian opposition groups unite

World Bulletin / News Desk

March 11, 2014

Nineteen Syrian armed opposition factions announced Monday they had assembled under an umbrella group named "Al-Sham Legion.”

In a video posted on their official Facebook account, the group said it was made of 19 armed factions actively fighting against forces loyal to President Bashar Assad in the suburbs of Aleppo, Idlib, Homs, Hama and Damascus. The group which pledged to take back the regime-held areas in these cities.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/headlines/130710/nineteen-syrian-opposition-groups-unite

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Egypt charges 4-man 'terrorist cell' with Al-Qadea collaboration

March 11, 2014

Egypt's general prosecution has ordered the referral of what it described as a terrorist cell to criminal court on charges of collaborating with Al Qaeda.

According to a statement by the prosecutor-general released on Monday, the four defendants accused of being members of the cell are Egyptians Amr Mohamed Abulela Aqida, Mohamed Abdel-Halim Hemida and Mohamed Mostafa Mohamed Ibrahim, and Daoud Al-Asady, a Kurd whose nationality was not specified.

The three Egyptians are in detention, while Al-Asady is at large.

They face charges of providing Al Qaeda with information on the Egyptian army and their bases in Sinai, attacking military and police personnel and institutions, jeopardising the safety of the society, and attempting to overthrow the government by force, among others.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/96378/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-charges-man-terrorist-cell-with-AlQadea-coll.aspx

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Egyptian President and Govt Can Amend Elections Law - State Council

11 MARCH 2014

Cairo — The government and the president have the authority to amend the presidential elections law, said Farid Tanagho, the head judge of Egypt's state council.

Interim President Adli Mansour ratified the new elections law on Saturday ahead of the presidential election expected to kick off in the first half of this year.

Tanagho told state newspaper, Al-Ahram, that the constitution allows for the president and the government to make amendments to the newly ratified law.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201403110881.html?aa_source=sptlgt-grid

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Syria sparks surge in human trafficking

March 11, 2014

BEIRUT: Human trafficking in Lebanon reached record levels last year, according to the head of the Internal Security Force’s Vice Squad, with the number of victims expected to rise further as the war in neighboring Syria continues.

“We’ve only just entered March,” Col. Elias Asmar told The Daily Star, “This year the numbers will go up, unfortunately.”

Before the start of the Syrian uprising the number of trafficking victims in Lebanon was modest. In 2010, the ISF recorded eight victims, but after the anti-trafficking law was implemented in 2013, the number rose to a record 27, with 24 traffickers convicted. This year, the ISF has already documented 12 victims, including women and children, all of whom were Syrian, with 14 alleged traffickers arrested and several still awaiting trial.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2014/Mar-11/249855-syria-sparks-surge-in-human-trafficking.ashx#ixzz2viBZM4e1

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2 Saudis jailed for inciting violence via social media

March 11, 2014

A criminal court in Riyadh has sentenced two Saudi political activists to 10 years and eight years in prison respectively for inciting violence in the eastern city of Awamiya using social media platforms.

Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Bikran, a spokesman for the Justice Ministry, said the first Saudi defendant was also fined SR100,000 for committing cyber crimes.

Both Saudis will be banned from traveling abroad for a period equal to their prison terms after completing their sentences, the spokesman said.

The two were found guilty of using sites such as Twitter and YouTube to encourage the families of detainees to stage demonstrations and sit-ins.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/538246

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Africa

 

Al-Shabaab leader urges Somalis to battle old enemy Ethiopia

March 11, 2014

The leader of the al Qaeda-aligned Islamist group al Shabaab has urged Somalis to wage holy war against Ethiopia, Somalia’s Horn of Africa neighbour whose forces are preparing to lead an African Union offensive against the militants.

Ethiopia fought an ill-fated war in Somalia in 2006-09 but sent troops back in 2011 to fight al Shabaab. In 2013 it became part of AMISOM, a 22,000-strong AU peacekeeping force that includes troops from Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Sierra Leone.

Ethiopian forces have in the past two weeks pushed al-Shabaab out of several towns, including Hudur, the capital of the Bakool region in south-central Somalia. Analysts say these advances could presage a planned countrywide offensive.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/africa/2014/03/11/Al-Shabaab-leader-urges-Somalis-to-battle-old-enemy-Ethiopia.html

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Jonathan Turns to Nigeria's Soldier Spy in the Fight Against Boko Haram

11 MARCH 2014

President Jonathan has appointed veteran security chief Aliyu Mohammed Gusau as his new defence minister, but is there more to this choice than meets the eye?

In a move seen by many as his last throw of the dice in the fight against Boko Haram, President Goodluck Jonathan last week picked an old face in Nigerian politics to be his new defence minister.

The government's efforts in combating the Islamist militants in the north of the country have proven ineffective recently despite Jonathan replacing his military top brass in January, and the president will be hoping the seasoned veteran Aliyu Mohammed Gusau can finally lead a turnaround in fortunes. In January and February of this year alone, Boko Haram killed over 600 civilians.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201403102277.html?aa_source=acrdn-f0

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Obama’s Defensive tunnel vision misses the terror threats around him

DigiNews

 March 11, 2014

WASHINGTON — On February 25, 59 students were killed in a government school in northern Nigeria. The attack was allegedly perpetrated by Boko Haram, an affiliate and ally of Al-Qaeda on the Islamic Maghreb, as well as Al-Shabaab. Al-Shabaab was responsible for the deadly Kenyan mall attack in September, and is similarly rumored to be allied with al-Qaeda.

The attack was carried out in the midst of ongoing conflict and insurrection spread by radical Islamist groups trying to destabilize the region in an effort to gain territorial control of several African nations. Many fear that the attack on the school in Nigeria will be the first of many.

Full report at:

http://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/obamas-defensive-tunnel-vision-misses-the-terror-threats-around-him-11916/#7EZEIuR6DEDRSx7X.99

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Boko Haram - House of Reps Declares Today Mourning Day for Slain Children

11 MARCH 2014

As the House of Representatives resumes plenary today, indications have emerged that it will declare day a mourning day to honour the school kids murdered in cold blood by the outlawed Boko Haram sect.

THISDAY learnt from a source close to the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, that the move by the House was to collectively identify with the parents, people and government of Yobe State, who witnessed the recent dangerous trend of insecurity, occasioned by the Boko Haram group in the North-eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.

The mourning day is also to commiserate with the people and government of Adamawa and Borno States where hundreds of innocent civilians were killed and their properties worth millions of naira were destroyed.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201403110459.html

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Libyan's parliament orders military operation against rebel ports

World Bulletin/News Desk

 March 11, 2014

Libya's parliament has ordered the formation of a military force to end the occupation of oil ports by rebels, a spokesman said on Monday, after a North Korean-flagged tanker had loaded crude at one of the rebel-held ports.

"The military operation to fulfil this task will start within one week," according to a decree by the president of the General National Assembly (GNC) parliament, which was confirmed to Reuters by GNC spokesman Omar Hmeidan.

A North Korean-flagged tanker has finished loading crude at the Libyan rebel-held port of Es Sider but has not left the terminal, oil officials said on Monday.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/headlines/130654/libyans-parliament-orders-military-operation-against-rebel-ports

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Mideast

 

Middle East peace process amid Obama’s pessimism

March 11, 2014

The most recent statements by US President Barack Obama suggest that he is not optimistic about the possibility of peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians in the coming months. In an interview given to an American journalists Jeffery Goldberg, President Obama made it perfectly clear that time was running out for Israel to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians. He added that if Netanyahu thought that peace with the Palestinian Authority is a remote possibility then Netanyahu should think of an alternative plan.

All along US Secretary of State Kerry’s wheeling and dealing to have the Palestinians and the Israelis agree on a framework agreement, Obama has not shown presidential investment in the process. For Kerry to exercise pressure on both sides, Obama should have demonstrated more interest in the process. Long time observers to the Israeli politics observe that Obama’s perceived lack of interest in the process has weakened Kerry’s effort.

Full report at:

http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=235927

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Drone strike kills 4 'Qaeda' in Yemen: Tribal source

March 11, 2014

A US drone strike in northeast Yemen has killed four suspected Al-Qaeda members, a tribal source said on Tuesday.

Two missiles struck two vehicles late Monday in the Wadi Abida area, east of Sanaa, killing the occupants "who were all Al-Qaeda members," the source said.

Obad Mubarak al-Shabwani and Jaafar al-Shabwani, "both local chiefs of Al-Qaeda," were among the passengers, he said.

The United States military operates all drones flying over Yemen in support of Sanaa's campaign against Al-Qaeda and has killed dozens of militants in a sharply intensified campaign in the past year.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/96403/World/Region/Drone-strike-kills--Qaeda-in-Yemen-Tribal-source.aspx

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Israeli air strike kills 3 Gaza fighters

World Bulletin/News Desk

March 11, 2014

An Israeli air strike on Tuesday killed three Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip, the Islamic Jihad group said. The group said targeted members of the group in Rafah, a town bordering Egypt.

The Israeli military said an Israeli aircraft targeted Islamic Jihad members who had fired a mortar bomb at its forces, and "direct hits were confirmed".

Islamic Jihad said its men had attacked Israeli troops who had entered the Gaza Strip through Israel's border fence.

http://www.worldbulletin.net/todays-news/130752/israeli-air-strike-kills-3-gaza-fighters

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Palestinian official warns against Al-Aqsa division

World Bulletin/News Desk

 March 11, 2014

A senior Palestinian official on Monday warned against a "systematic" Israeli plan to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound between Muslims and Jews.

"Israel breaks into the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex on an almost daily basis now with the aim of making it a daily routine," Ahmed Qurei, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization's executive committee, said at a press conference at his office in Abu Dis, eastern Al-Quds.

He said Israelis had started entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound since late Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon stormed it in 2000.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/todays-news/130663/palestinian-official-warns-against-al-aqsa-division

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Rouhani very open to idea of Islamic democracy, Iranian VP says

 March 11, 2014

President Hassan Rouhani is very open to the idea of Islamic democracy and sees moderation as the path to solve conflicts, according to Iranian Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar, an influential political figure.

Ebtekar, who is also the head of Iran’s Environmental Protection Organization, sat down with daily Hürriyet in Tehran over a number of issues including Iran’s nuclear deal with the West, the changes in Iran during Rouhani’s term and the Syrian crisis.

Ebtekar, an immunologist and former journalist who lived and studied in the U.S. in the past, was the spokeswoman for the group of Iranian students that seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran at the beginning of the Islamic revolution 35 years ago.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/rouhani-very-open-to-idea-of-islamic-democracy-iranian-vp-says-in-interview.aspx?pageID=238&nID=63405&NewsCatID=352

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Israel prevents people under 50 from entering Al-Aqsa

World Bulletin / News Desk

March 11, 2014

Israeli authorities on Tuesday closed a number of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound gates and prevented Palestinian worshippers under the age of 50 from entering, a Palestinian official said.

"The Israeli police suddenly closed some of the 14 gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound," Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, director-general of Muslim endowments and Al-Aqsa affairs in Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem), told Anadolu Agency.

The move came as several Jewish extremist groups urged followers to storm the holy site, he said.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/headlines/130733/israel-prevents-people-under-50-from-entering-al-aqsa

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South Asia

 

Presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani pledges to empower Afghan women

March 11, 2014

Presidential candidate Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai vowed to pay more attention for bringing positive changes in the lives of the Afghan women after he was elected as the next president of Afghanistan.

While speaking during a gathering attended by hundreds of women to mark the international women’s day, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai said the women will be given more opportunities in economic, education and health sectors.

Dr. Ahmadzai further added that necessary steps will be taken to eliminate the challenges and difficulties Afghan women face in these sectors.

He urged all the Afghan women to participate in the upcoming presidential election which is due to be organized earlier next month.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/ashraf-ghani-ahmadzai-pledges-to-empower-afghan-women-4026

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Fiqh Academy of Maldives advises against importing kosher meals

By Minivan News | March 11th, 2014

The Fiqh Academy of Maldives has issued a fatwa (legal opinion) stating that the importation and sale of kosher meals – foods that conform to Jewish dietary laws – is not advisable under Islamic Shariah.

Following its research of kosher foods, the academy however found that neither its ingredients nor production process involved elements forbidden by Shariah.

While consuming kosher meals was therefore not forbidden for Muslims, the fatwa stated that it was not advisable to introduce a Jewish product to an Islamic nation such as the Maldives.

The fatwa was signed by the academy’s President Sheikh Mohamed Rasheed Ibrahim – former chief justice and head of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs under President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom – and ten other members of the academy.

http://minivannews.com/category/news-in-brief

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Several Hefazat-e-Islam leaders contesting the third phase upazila polls

March 11, 2014

A section of Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh leaders are vying for the posts of chairman and vice-chairman in over 10 upazilas in the third phase of upazila parishad polls.

One of the contestants, however, is said to have allegation of militancy against him.

The chairman candidates are Altaf Hossain from Meghna upazila in Comilla and Mehedi Hasan from Nabinagar upazila in Brahmanbaria.

Meanwhile, the vice-chairman candidates, among others, are Hafez Kawser Mullah from Brahmanbaria, Mawlana Nasir Al Faridi from Monohardi upazila, Mawlana Mozammel Haque from Rangunia upazila in Chittagong, Mawlana Shafkat Hossain from Bashkhali and Ashraf Bin Yakub from Fatikchhari.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/politics/2014/mar/11/several-hefazat-leaders-contesting-third-phase-upazila-polls#sthash.Q9ySdooz.dpuf

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First bone marrow transplantation in Bangladesh

 March 11, 2014

Physicians yesterday started the final stage of Bangladesh's first ever bone marrow/stem cell transplant being conducted on a blood cancer patient at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

“We started pushing back (fresh) stem cells extracted from the patient in October last year,” Prof MA Khan, director of Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit, told journalists at a press conference at DMCH.

It will take three months to be sure if the patient has been cured or will need further treatment, he said.

He told The Daily Star that the cancerous cells on the 52-year old multiple myeloma patient were destroyed on March 8 using high-dose chemotherapy.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/city/first-bone-marrow-transplantation-in-bangladesh-15032

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Pakistan

 

Taliban office in KP with Centre’s consent: Imran

March 11, 2014

LAHORE   - Suggesting that militants who do not believe in talks must be eliminated through military operation, PTI chief Imran Khan claimed Monday that a pro-American lobby was trying to sabotage peace negotiations with Taliban.

Addressing a press conference here at party office, the PTI chief, flanked by PTI Punjab office-bearers, alleged that by-polls in Punjab were rigged like general elections.

Khan said, “I challenge that government has rigged the recent by-polls as well.” He lamented that courts remained unmoved over rigging in general elections and the same, he added, was repeated in by-polls. Khan questioned that if apex court could take suo motu notice of minor issues, why it had not taken notice of stealing public mandate during polls.

He said he would raise PTI concerns over rigging in upcoming meeting with acting chief election commissioner on Thursday. He added that election commission had not complied with CJP Tasadduq Jilani’s orders to submit its answer about rigging in general elections despite laps of one month.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/national/11-Mar-2014/taliban-office-in-kp-with-centre-s-consent-imran

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Taliban can go for other options if jets used

March 11, 2014

ISLAMABAD - Cleric of Lal Masjid Maulana Abdul Aziz has said that Taliban can also go for other options if the government uses jets fighter against them.

He remarked that dialogue is the only solution for peace in the country. “For the success of talks, both the parties will have to sit on the table,” added Maulana Aziz. However, he was not much hopeful and optimistic towards current parleys of dialogue between the committees of government and Taliban. “It seems that these talks are not yielding any development on the issue,” said Maulana adding that, “The people will be ultimate sufferers if the government chooses the option of operation in this situation.”

Maulana Abdul Aziz expressed these views outside the Islamabad High Court (IHC) where he came for the hearing of a petition in which he prayed to the court to delete his name from the fourth schedule.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/islamabad/11-Mar-2014/taliban-can-go-for-other-options-if-jets-used

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Taliban committee to remain intact, says Yousuf Shah

2014-03-11

ISLAMABAD: Member of the Taliban's mediating committee, Maulana Yousuf Shah said on Tuesday that the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan had decided to maintain its existing team for the dialogue process with the government, DawnNews reported.

Shah, after holding a telephonic conversation with Taliban leaders, announced that the existing committee would remain intact.

He further said that the Taliban were serious about talks and no demands were put forward from either sides as yet.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday chaired a high-level meeting to discuss matters related to internal security and the names of persons to be included in the government and Taliban mediations.

Full report at:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1092469/taliban-committee-to-remain-intact-says-yousuf-shah

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‘Extremists’ media coverage out of proportion’: Ahsan Iqbal

2014-03-11

LAHORE: Federal Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said the media coverage of the extremist forces should be proportionate to their following in the country and such elements should be downplayed.

Speaking at a marketing moot here on Monday, he said: “As extremist forces have only one per cent representation in the country, the media should give them only one per cent from their total airtime and allocate the rest of time for highlighting positive image of the country.”

The minister believed if the media boycotted the extremists, people would witness a visibly good change in the country in the next six months.

About the Vision 2025, his ministry was busy preparing, Mr Iqbal said the planning was in its final stages.

Full report at:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1092328/extremists-media-coverage-out-of-proportion

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Government pledges support to women’s education, health & empowerment

 March 11, 2014

Islamabad—In line with the theme of 2014 International Women’s Day -”Equality for women is progress for all”, a video conference, was held at Devolution Trust for Community Empowerment (DTCE) with parliamentarians, newly elected female members of district councils, former members of district government, activists, representatives of civil society of Baluchistan and senior management of DTCE.

Mr. Azhar Bashir Malik, Chief Operating Officer-DTCE, opened the discussion by highlighting issues pertaining to women, such as women engagement and participation in local government, lack of female education, dearth of job opportunities for educated women and the dismal maternal and infant health care, available in Baluchistan.

Full report at:

http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=235952

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Islamic banking: ‘Government to promote Islamic financing’

 March 11, 2014

LAHORE: “The government has formed a steering committee to speed up work on the promotion of Islamic financing in Pakistan,” Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar said on Monday.

Addressing a conference through an online video link, Dar said that the government was committed to promoting and nurturing Islamic financing in the country.

The 2014 Global Forum on Islamic Finance, titled Developments and the Way Forward, was organised by COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) in collaboration with several institutions, including the Higher Education Commission, Lancaster University and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/681241/islamic-banking-government-to-promote-islamic-financing/

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Terrorists to target Musharraf, warns Interior Ministry

March 11, 2014

Islamabad—In a letter to all concerned, the Interior Ministry on Monday warned Taliban and al Qaeda terrorists have planned to target former President Pervez Musharraf inside or outside the court, putting a big question mark on his appearance before the Special Court today hearing a treason case against him.

The Court has summoned him to indict him in the case.

The letter appeared just a day before hearing of treason case has great significance as credible reports are in the circulation that there is tacit understanding among stakeholders to let Musharraf go for treatment and also to meet his ailing mother abroad.

Full report at:

http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=235890

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K-P govt to pay Rs1,000 to parents of immunised newborns

March 11, 2014 

PESHAWAR: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government will pay Rs1,000 to parents for each newborn child who completes a 15-month programme of vaccinations against diseases such as polio, The Guardian reported.

Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan are the only countries in the world where polio is still endemic.

In its bid to eradicate the crippling disease from the province, the K-P government has decided to offer monetary incentives to ensure parents get their children vaccinated. The parents from the most disadvantaged areas of the province will be paid under this scheme.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/681466/combating-polio-k-p-govt-to-pay-rs1000-to-parents-of-immunised-newborns/

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Europe

 

Libya became primary source of illegal arms trade in 14 countries – UN

March 11, 2014

Tripoli has become a source of the illicit weapons trade that is fuelling conflicts in 14 countries around the world, Rwanda's UN envoy said in a briefing to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Monday.

“The panel noted that the control of non-state armed actors over the majority of stockpiles in Libya as well as ineffective border control systems remained primary obstacles to countering proliferation and that Libya had become a primary source of illicit weapons, including MANPADs [portable air defence systems],”Eugene Gasana said during the briefing.

The envoy noted that inability to secure order in the country gave an opportunity to radical elements around the region to receive lethal weapons.

“Transfers to 14 countries reflected a highly diversified range of trafficking dynamics; and that trafficking from Libya was fuelling conflict and insecurity – including terrorism – on several continents,” he said.

Full report at:

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_11/Libya-became-primary-source-of-illegal-arms-trade-in-14-countries-around-world-UN-3964/

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Exiled Uzbek activist accuses Gulen over attempts to deport him

World Bulletin / News Desk

March 11, 2014

A well-known and respected Uzbekistani journalist, who has been living in exile in Turkey since fleeing his country in 1993 for opposing president Islam Kerimov's regime, has accused Turkish congregational leader Fethullah Gulen of leading the efforts to deport him from Turkey.

Speaking to the Daily Sabah, Muhammad Salih claimed that the followers of Fethullah Gulen in Uzbekistan had entered negotiations with President Kerimov to remove restrictions on their activities in the central Asian country in return for his deportation from Turkey.

He said that members and associates of Fethullah Gulen's Hizmet Movement in the Turkish government were being pressured to start the deportation process, and had approached Salih's long-time friend, the late Grand Unity Party leader Muhsin Yazicioglu, to act as a mediator in the process.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/todays-news/130764/exiled-uzbek-activist-accuses-gulen-over-attempts-to-deport-him

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Syria army using starvation as weapon of war: Amnesty

 March 11, 2014

BEIRUT – The Syrian army has been using starvation as a “weapon of war” in its siege of the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus, Amnesty International said Monday.

In a report on the plight of Palestinian and Syrian civilians in Yarmuk, the rights watchdog said nearly 200 people have died since an army siege was tightened in July 2013 and access to food and medicine cut.

The document, entitled “Squeezing the life out of Yarmuk: War crimes against besieged civilians,” said 128 of the deaths were caused by starvation.

“Life in Yarmuk has grown increasingly unbearable for desperate civilians who find themselves starving and trapped in a downward cycle of suffering with no means of escape,” Amnesty’s Philip Luther said in a statement.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20140311198247

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Saudis banned from Harrods? Pakistan paper falls for it

March 11, 2014

At a time of rising tensions in the Gulf, relations between Qatar and its neighbors has become a topic for serious analysis.

So serious, in fact, that one Pakistan newspaper missed the joke completely.

The News International, one of the most established English newspapers in Pakistan, today ran a report in which it was claimed that Qatar had banned Saudis, Bahrainis and Emiratis from entering its upmarket London department store, Harrods.

“Banning Arabs from Harrods may not create a big political or strategic upheaval but it is definitely an insult no rich Arab sheikh or emir would take lightly,” was the newspaper’s take on the affair.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/media/print/2014/03/10/Saudis-banned-from-Harrods-Pakistan-paper-falls-for-it.html

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UK PM to visit Israel and Palestine

World Bulletin / News Desk

March 11, 2014

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron this week will visit Israel and Palestine for the first time since his 2010 election.

He is scheduled to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, as well as addressing the Israeli parliament, officials said.

Cameron had planned to visit the countries in February, but postponed due to the devastating floods that struck the U.K.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/todays-news/130765/uk-pm-to-visit-israel-and-palestine

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North America

 

'US Constitution was being violated on massive scale' - Snowden

March 11, 2014

Speaking via video link, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden told a packed house at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival to fight against mass surveillance.

"The NSA, the sort of global mass surveillance that's occurring in all of these countries, not just the U.S. and it's important to remember that this is a global issue, they are setting fire to the future of the internet and the people who are in this room now, you guys are all the firefighters."

"If data is being clandestinely acquired, and the public doesn't have any way to review it, and it's not legislatively authorized, it's not reviewed by the courts, it's not consonant with our Constitution, that's a problem."

Full report at:

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_11/US-Constitution-was-being-violated-on-massive-scale-Snowden-8816/

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US questions Maldives' commitment to democracy

AP | Mar 11, 2014

COLOMBO: The United States has criticized the highest court in the Maldives after it sacked the country's elections commissioner and gave him a suspended six-month jail term for contempt of court, throwing into doubt a parliamentary election set for this month.

The court also sacked the deputy commissioner but without a jail term.

State department spokesperson Jen Psaki in a statement on Monday called the trial of commissioners Fuwad Thowfeek and Ahmed Fayaz an "unprecedented expansion of judicial powers.''

The verdict has thrown a parliamentary election set for March 22 into jeopardy, with only two members remaining on a five-member Elections Commission. A third member resigned earlier.

The two were fired on Sunday after a month-long conflict between the judiciary and the Elections Commission over the Supreme Court's conduct in last year's presidential election in which President Yameen Abdul Gayoom, a brother of the Indian Ocean archipelago's former autocratic ruler, was elected.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/US-questions-Maldives-commitment-to-democracy/articleshow/31830593.cms

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US lawmakers urge Pentagon to end ban on Sikhs serving in army

PTI | Mar 11, 2014

WASHINGTON: A group of 105 US lawmakers has urged the Pentagon to lift the presumptive ban on the Sikhs serving in the military by easing restrictions on beard, turbans, and other religious accoutrements.

"Given the achievements of these soldiers and their demonstrated ability to comply with operational requirements while practising their faith, we believe it is time for our military to make inclusion of practicing Sikh Americans the rule, not the exception," the lawmakers said in a letter to US defence secretary Chuck Hagel.

Led by Congressmen Joe Crowley, vice-chair of the Democratic Caucus, and Rodney Frelinghuysen, Chairman of the House Defence Appropriations Subcommittee, the 105 members of the US House of Representatives requested that the US armed forces update their appearance regulations to once again allow Sikh Americans to serve while abiding by their articles of faith, such as wearing a turban or beard.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-lawmakers-urge-Pentagon-to-end-ban-on-Sikhs-serving-in-army/articleshow/31820817.cms

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Videos show Bin Laden relative warning of ‘storm’ of airplane attacks

Reuters | New York | March 11, 2014

Jurors in the trial of alleged Al Qaeda operative Suleiman Abu Ghaith on Monday watched videos of the defendant warning of  a “storm” of airplane attacks a month after Sept. 11, 2001.

Abu Ghaith, 48, is on trial in Manhattan federal court for conspiring to kill Americans, among other charges. Prosecutors contend he was a top-tier member of Al Qaeda and knew of various terrorist plots. On Monday, prosecutors played two videos from October 2001  in which Abu Ghaith, a Kuwaiti and son in law of Osama Bin Laden, is seen warning of further attacks in the wake of 9/11.”There are thousands of young Muslims who look forward to die for the sake of Allah,” Abu Ghaith said in one video. “The storm of airplanes will not stop.”

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/americas/videos-show-bin-laden-relative-warning-of-storm-of-airplane-attacks/

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Fighting terrorism a common cause: Obama

2014-03-11

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama said on Monday that the United States and Pakistan shared a commitment to combating terrorism and violent extremism in all forms, and were united in a fight to ensure the safety and security of their people.

“We also share a strong desire for a secure and stable Afghanistan in order to promote the goals of peace, security, and socio-economic development in South Asia,” he said.

In a meeting with Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, Jalil Abbas Jilani, President Obama noted that a strong US-Pakistan partnership was vital to regional and international security.

Full report at:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1092389/fighting-terrorism-a-common-cause-obama

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