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Diwali: Spreading Sparkles of Happiness

First Maulana who broke ice with Narendra Modi!

Kazakh president urges students to stay away from religious sects

In Indonesia, Radical Islam Threatens Democracy

Afghan Taliban says will target national assembly

Mass rally backs Syrian president; 15 die, including troops

Dozens killed and wounded in an Afghan tanker blaze

FC man killed in Sorang landmine blast

Five more fall prey to target killings in Karachi

Truck bomb kills five, wounds 45 in Afghanistan

Eight ‘target killers’ among 10 arrested in Karachi

At least eight injured in Peshawar explosion

Car bombs in northern Iraqi city kill five people

Pakistan extends detention of militant Jhangvi leader

26/11 accused Lakhvi communicating with LeT cadres from prison: Intel

Video emerges of Swiss hostages in Pakistan

Insider describes Gaddafi son’s escape from town

Gaddafi family to file NATO war crimes complaint: lawyer

China seeks military bases in Pak's restive tribal region

Islamist party seeks coalition in Tunisia

18,000 flee military operation in Khyber Agency

Yemeni govt. and rival forces declare truce

World leaders in Saudi Arabia as crown prince buried

Balochistan Assembly adopts two resolutions despite low quorum

Afghan body unveils next areas for NATO handover

Muslim girls are showing their skills and ability to the world

Mushawarat urges Gaddafi’s successors for stable, peaceful Libya

Ahmadinejad says West set to plunder Libya

Gilani for strengthening Pak-Qatar ties

Bangladesh hit by global uncertainty: World Bank

US Senate passes resolution on Diwali

Compiled By New Age Islam News Bureau

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Diwali: Spreading Sparkles of Happiness

Minakhee Mishra

Oct 23, 2011,

Diwali in a small town meant - freedom from studies (no school), decorating and lighting up the house, exchanging gifts ,visiting and receiving guests, bursting crackers, pujas, indulging in safe pranks without getting busted, loads of sweets, new clothes, fun and frolic etc. The house-helps were given gifts and a day off.

The house was inundated with aromas of delectable delicacies. It was safer to stay away from mothers, who are a tad irritable, working chores without the usual helpers. Diwali in a city like Delhi was synonymous with carefree celebrations- a lot of pomp associated with the festivities.

New clothes are brought, house is scrubbed cleaned, powdered and puffed. The frantic run to malls and shopping sprees to clench the best Diwali deal is as arduous as a rigorous exercise regime. This is in fact one of the main reasons behind pre-Diwali weight loss syndrome. Grand late night Diwali tash (card) parties, with sumptuous spread of food and drinks are the culprits of the successive post-Diwali weight gain syndrome. Each individual consciously or unconsciously sucked into the trend of trying to outshine the other -louder and high-tech crackers, expensive and grander attire, louder music, better decor, more luxurious parties. More recently campaigns to have a safe and pollution, free Diwali has made Delhi less noisy, cleaner, and less prone to respiratory problems around Diwali times.

As a child, I remember going to our ancestral village during this festival. Like most Indian villages, the rustic charm of my village completely enticed us. We would think the dense bushes lining the patched muddy roads, agna Agni banasta (name of a forest from my grandma's stories). The village temple, with its fragrance of sandalwood, flowers and incense would greet us at the entrance. We would be awed by the little half-naked boys jumping and swimming effortlessly in the green cool moss ridden waters, almost engulfed-at the shallow end- by the water lilies and lotus.

As the evening approached, the villagers would get ready for the celebrations and festivities. Handmade crackers would be tied to the apex of long poles erected earlier. An elderly gentle man holding a long pole set ablaze at one end would light the crackers. Many times, we would watch the sparks from the amateurish crackers fall on the thatched roof and set it on fire. Many villagers would rush forward to extinguish the fire. We would listen with popped eyes to the tales of the great escapes from fire or the brave rescue missions. As my worldview widened I came to realize that these were manufactured calamities and could have been averted. As Indians, we are often sentimentally attached to our culture and traditions. Undoubtedly, an individual devoid of roots is like a rolling stone, aimless, lacking any sense of association. Yet as we evolve so does our perspective. When the healthy elements of tradition are cherished, the pretense and negative aspects are discarded, hidden meanings are un-earthen or new meaning is added to our traditions and culture - a pure, refined and shimmering culture emerges.

In this quest for finer meaning for our traditions, I would like to add the interpretation of a couple who changed their viewpoint and lighted up their lives this Diwali. The names have been changed to protect their identity. Ritu and Vinod were young and dynamic career driven expatriates. At least they presented that image to the outside world. Behind the closed door, their life was a closet full of broken dreams and agonizing pain. Her facade of strength always crumbled when she faced Vinod. Last Diwali, Ritu and Vinod opened their hearts and home to a small girl (an orphan) - abandoned on the streets to die. Despite strong opposition from other members of family who ostracized them, they stuck to that one glimmer of hope they now call Diya.

Diwali, the festival of lights gained another perspective here in Dubai. The recent flood in Orissa is considered as one of the worst in the recent times, with 3,128 villages devastated across 10 districts. The number of people thrown at the mercy of nature is a stupendous statistical figure of 21.6 lakh. The Oriya community at Dubai, Odisa Samaj UAE (OSUAE), thought of bringing a gleam of light into the lives of the people devastated by nature. For these unfortunate children of god, lighting a small lamp to welcome the goddess of prosperity is a distance dream. Diwali celebrations occur in an alien world far removed from the lives of these people. Getting urgent medical help for their sick children, finding clothing and shelter, clean water and some crumbs of food for their starved stomach is all they can think of. The extent of their plight is unimaginable. Every ounce of help, however small is precious for them. Most people have the motive to help yet they flounder in finding avenues. The UAE Odisha Samaj initiated a call for donation in its Facebook page. Ever since, people have been responding to this call and a substantial sum has been collected for the purpose.

During festivities like Diwali, the Indian heart longs for-the celebrations, ambience, friends and family-all elements associated with the occasion. It was heartening to find that Dubai opened its heart and made space for Indians to feel completely at home. Yes, there are restrictions in place, but mostly for safety reasons. Indiscriminate bursting of crackers also hampers the environment and it is best if this culture fizzles out slowly. We noticed that the police authorities were liberal when they found Indians indulging in crackers i.e. if the safety criteria's were being met. There was no dearth of friends who embraced this predominantly Hindu festival. Hindu, Muslim and Christian friends indulged in the fun-fare. The luminous Diwali at Dubai became grander with the radiance of mutual respect for disparate cultures- lighted up hearts and brought everyone closer.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/nri/contributors/contributions/minakhee-mishra/Diwali-Spreading-sparkles-of-happiness/articleshow/10462641.cms

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First Maulana who broke ice with Narendra Modi!

Harit Mehta & Robin David,

TNN, Oct. 26, 2011,

AHMEDABAD: In August 2003, barely a year and a half after the post-Godhra riots, Narendra Modi was still considered a pariah for the Muslim community. But he found audience in a Muslim cleric in faraway UK, which shocked many. During that two-hour meeting, Modi patiently heard out the angry maulana. The community accused him of going soft on Modi, but he feels it opened the doors for a dialogue.

Much water has flowed in the Sabarmati since. Modi is no longer an untouchable for many Muslims, even as he eyes a larger national role and cozies up to minorities. Now, eight years after that meeting, Maulana M Essa Mansuri, 66, chairman of London-based World Islamic Forum, has no regret. He is convinced he did the right thing despite harsh criticism from his own community.

"Dialogue is the only way out," he says. "One has to talk to everybody, even enemies if one is serious about solving a problem," said Maulana Mansuri during a visit to Ahmedabad.

Interestingly, he was in the process of approaching the International Court Of Justice in the Hague when a proposal to meet Modi came. "I had heard terrible things about the violence against Muslims. But, it made sense to meet this man, accused of presiding over the riots," said Mansuri, who worked as a cleric in various madrassas in south Gujarat after passing out from Jamia Hussainia in Surat.

Modi apparently admitted the riots should not have happened. "He assured us there will be peace and growth in Gujarat. And, we see peace and development here," he said, reiterating that he has not met the chief minister since 2003.

"Muslims in different parts of India have different issues. It is in the interest of the community that its members talk to political parties of all hues on their own, without interpreters who have vested interests," he said.

Ever since he shifted base to the UK in 1975, Maulana Mansuri has focused on modernisation of Islamic curriculum. "We have to move with the times. And, we as a community has to move on," he says referring to the riots.

So, what comes first - growth or justice for riot victims? "Justice is more important. But, growth is welcome, especially if it's inclusive." However, only time will tell what a majority of the Muslims really want - development or justice.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/First-maulana-who-broke-ice-with-Narendra-Modi/articleshow/10494814.cms

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Kazakh president urges students to stay away from religious sects

22/10/2011

Excerpt from report by Kazakh Khabar TV on 22 October

[First presenter] The head of state, Nursultan Nazarbayev, called on young people who have decided to study our true religion of Islam, to preserve the customs and traditions of our ancestors, get rid of destructive sects which sow the seeds discord in our country, by arming themselves with all-round knowledge.

[Second presenter] He said this at a meeting with the students of the Nur-Mubarak Islamic Culture University in Almaty. Nurlan Oqa-uly has the following report.

[Correspondent] The Nur-Mubarak University is a gift given to our country after the country got rid of the Soviet-era chain that had separated several generations from the religion of their ancestors. Reaching an agreement with the leadership of Egypt in 1993, Nursultan Nazarbayev initiated the opening of the educational establishment to teach young people the Islamic culture and train knowledgeable religious specialists.

[Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, address! ing students] The goal of opening this University [changes tack], as our Kazakhstan put it, there are many half-literate mullahs in the country. We returned to Muslim traditions only during the years of independence. We, your parents, were taught to be atheists. To end this, about 3,000 mosques have been opened in Kazakhstan. Since there is a shortage of mullahs, various kinds of people are now working at these mosques. They come from various kinds of Islamic sects and there are few specialists who can understand them and who know the true Islam and the Koran.

[Correspondent] The Nur-Mubarak University is improving these negative phenomena. Together with Kazakh specialists, professors from well-known educational establishments of Egypt, led by Al-Azhar University, which is well-known throughout the world, are giving lectures at the University. Now, about 600 students are receiving not only religious education at the Nur-Mubarak University, but they are also rec! eiving other kinds of sound knowledge. This is the demand set by the president when the University was opened first.

[President Nazarbayev, addressing students] You should learn not only the religion of Islam. You should become well-educated people in various fields. You should study philosophy and you should know history, culture and literature. You should not stick to only a mullah's activities, you are young people.

[Passage omitted: interviews with students and the University official who speak about Islam and Kazakh traditions]

[Correspondent] Nursultan Nazarbayev called on the students to be careful with various kinds of religious sects and, when they graduate from the university and serve the country, as the graduates of a major Islamic University, to protect the unity of the country against various kinds of -isms [referral to political or religious movements and beliefs] which have an adverse effect on the country's unity. Another thing to their ethnic roots, in other words, they should always respect the traditions of their ancestors.

[Nazarbayev] You will go to different regions of Kazakhstan to work there and at that time you must stay away from such people who sow the seeds of discord in the country, in the unity of the Kazakh and those who, by covering themselves with religion, wage a war and shed blood. You need to teach both the young and the elderly. We have our own traditions and customs. It is like this. People in Indonesia and Malaysia are Muslims too, but they have not lost their own traditions and customs.

[Passage omitted: interviews with students and religious people about Islam]

Source: Khabar Television, Almaty, in Kazakh 1400 gmt 22 Oct 11

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In Indonesia, Radical Islam Threatens Democracy

BY PRASHANTH PARAMESWARAN

26 OCT 2011

Under President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Indonesia has emerged as a success story in many ways. It has waged a resilient campaign against terrorism, achieved the third-highest economic growth rate among G-20 countries and demonstrated dynamic leadership within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Moreover, this political and economic stability has been achieved in a context of deepening democratic consolidation, after a period of suppression of political rights and civil liberties during the Suharto era.

But Yudhoyono's tenure has also seen the rise of radical Islam, which some view as the greatest threat to Indonesian democracy. Groups such as the Hizbut-Tahrir Indonesia  and the Islamic Defenders Front have used strict and exclusive religious interpretations to justify the implementation of Shariah law and the infringement of the rights of religious minorities. These efforts undermine the spirit of moderation, tolerance and plurality of Islam that are embodied by Indonesia and enshrined in the country's founding Pancasila principles of unity and democracy. Experts are beginning to wonder aloud whether the world's largest Muslim-majority nation and third-largest democracy could see its reputation for religious tolerance and freedom tarnished by this vocal and increasingly violent radical Islamic fringe. ...

http://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/10459/in-indonesia-radical-islam-threatens-democracy

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Afghan Taliban says will target national assembly

Reuters,  26, Oct. 2011

KABUL: The Afghan Taliban will hunt down and punish anyone who takes part in next month’s national assembly, where the possibility of long-term US military bases in Afghanistan will be discussed, the group warned in a statement on Wednesday.

The unusually specific threat, in an English-language message from spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, said participants will be pursued “all over the country and will face severe repercussions”.

It called on Taliban supporters “to target every security guard, person with intention, participant and every caller of this convention.”

The four-day gathering, known in Afghanistan as a ‘Loya Jirga’, will be held in the capital Kabul in late November, where it will bring together more than 2,000 politicians, tribal elders, community leaders, businessmen and civil society representatives from across the country.

Full Report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/26/afghan-taliban-says-will-target-national-assembly.html

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Mass rally backs Syrian president; 15 die, including troops

AFP, Oct. 26, 2011

DAMASCUS: Tens of thousands of people rallied in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Wednesday, as activists said 15 more people, including nine government soldiers, died in the latest violence.

The demonstrators, waving Syrian flags and brandishing pictures of Assad, swarmed to Omayyad square in the heart of Damascus for the rally, chanting, “The people want Bashar al-Assad.”

State news agency SANA said the demonstration was being held under the banner, “Long live the homeland and the chief of the homeland; the Syrian people are one family.”

Coinciding with the mass show of support, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday that 15 more people, including nine government soldiers, had been killed in the unrest pitting Assad loyalists and opponents.

“Nine servicemen, including an officer of the Syrian regular army, were killed by a rocket, fired by armed men, probably deserters. The soldiers were on a vehicle in Al-Hamrat village, on the Hama-Salamiyah road,” the rights group said.

Clashes between security forces and soldiers who have deserted and joined the opposition calling for the ouster of Assad, have become more frequent in recent week, particularly in the centre of the country.

Full Report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/26/mass-rally-backs-syrian-president-15-die-including-troops.html

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Dozens killed and wounded in an Afghan tanker blaze

Reuters, Oct 26, 2011,

RABAT (Afghanistan): At least 10 Afghan civilians were killed and 35 wounded on a road near a major US base after a small bomb punctured a hole in the side of a fuel tanker that was later engulfed by a large blaze, eyewitnesses and officials said on Wednesday.

The tanker started leaking after the initial small blast on Tuesday night and people from nearby Rabat village, including children, rushed to collect some of the oil. Shortly after, the whole tanker went up in flames, an eyewitness said.

"I heard a small explosion and when I went outside, I saw a tanker was leaking fuel," said Ajmal, a 35 year-old farmer whose house is close to the explosion.

"A few minutes later people came with buckets and jugs to collect fuel when suddenly everywhere was on fire," he said.

Roshna Khalid, a spokeswoman for the provincial governor, said the bomb had been stuck to the side of the tanker with a magnet. There were 10 dead and 35 wounded in hospitals in Parwan province, north of Kabul, and in the capital, she said.

Five civilian cars and five motorcycles were burnt and the flames also singed trees in orchards near the road.

The Parwan governor blamed insurgents. "This was a terrorist attack and a magnet bomb was placed on a fuel tanker that exploded," said Governor Abdul Basir Salangi.

The Taliban could not be reached immediately for comment. The tanker was about 3 km (2 miles) from Bagram Airfield, one of the largest military bases for NATO-led forces in Afghanistan, when it exploded.

Bagram, about 50 km (30 miles) north of Kabul, has a long history as a military base dating back to the Soviet era.

Afghan security forces have prevented at least two similar explosions near Bagram in the past three months, Khalid said.

Small explosive devices blasted holes in two tankers in Qarabagh district of Kabul province but security forces prevented people from approaching the vehicles to collect fuel, she said.

A fuel tanker fireball in 2009 was one of the deadliest single incidents of the war for Afghan civilians.

A US warplane summoned by German troops fired on hijacked trucks before dawn, killing as many as 90 people, many of them villagers siphoning off fuel.

NATO initially said it believed the casualties were all Taliban fighters, but later acknowledged that large numbers of wounded civilians were being treated in hospitals in the area.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/-Dozens-killed-and-wounded-in-an-Afghan-tanker-blaze/articleshow/10497402.cms

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FC man killed in Sorang landmine blast

October 26, 2011

QUETTA: A security personnel was killed in a landmine explosion near Sorang coalmine field near Quetta on Tuesday. According to spokesperson of Frontier Corps (FC), Mohammad Ishaq, the FC man, was clearing a landmine near Sorang area when it exploded with a big bang, killing him instantly. A heavy contingent of security forces rushed to the spot soon after the blast and cordoned off the area. The body was shifted to a hospital for an autopsy. The banned outfit Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) has claimed responsibility for the killing. Its spokesman, who introduced himself as Merak Baloch, said his organisation would continue such attacks on security forces in the future. Meanwhile, a doctor, identified as Zabiullah, was shot and injured by unidentified assailants in Satellite Town on Tuesday, police said. Police said the incident took place over a petty issue. staff report

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\26\story_26-10-2011_pg7_10

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Five more fall prey to target killings in city

Staff Report

October 26, 2011       

KARACHI: Five more people fell prey to target killings in different parts of the city on Tuesday.

Police found bodies of two persons bearing torture marks from an empty plot in Hassan Brohi Goth within the limits of Surjani police station. The identities of both victims were yet to be ascertained.

DSP Abdul Fateh Sangri said both victims appeared to be Sindhi speaking, one aged about 65 years and other 34. He said unidentified culprits kidnapped them from an unknown place and after killing, threw their bodies at the plot.

The DSP further said initially police revealed that personal enmity might be a motive behind the double murder. The bodies were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) for autopsies and later moved to the Edhi Morgue for identification.

In another incident, police found body of a young man from a garbage container in Ibn-e- Full Report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\26\story_26-10-2011_pg12_9

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Truck bomb kills five, wounds 45 in Afghanistan

Agencies, Oct. 26, 2011

KABUL: Afghan health officials say a bomb hidden in a fuel truck has killed at least five people in a central province just north of Kabul.

Kabir Ahmad, the district chief of Parwan province’s Bagram district, said Wednesday that scores of people had gathered around the fuel truck to collect fuel that was leaking.

He said as the people massed, a bomb inside the truck went off at about 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Parwan provincial hospital chief Khalil Farhangi says at least three people were killed on the scene.

Kabir Amiri, who oversees all of Kabul’s hospitals, says 47 people were wounded and two subsequently died, raising to five the death toll, so far.

The site of the explosion is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Kabul.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/26/truck-bomb-kills-five-wounds-45-in-afghanistan.html

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Eight ‘target killers’ among 10 arrested in Karachi

Staff Report

October 26, 2011       

KARACHI: Sindh police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested 10 suspects, including eight target killers, during different raids in the metropolis on Tuesday.

North Nazimabad police arrested an alleged target killer Noman alias Nomi after an encounter in their premises and recovered a repeater from his possession. The police said Nomi was involved in three murder cases and belonged to a religious political party. The Quaidabad police arrested two alleged target killers Salman Ali and Salman Shah after a brief encounter at Sherpao graveyard. The police said the accused were involved in the murders of four persons, including a police constable, and had confessed to throwing bodies in gunny bags after killing them. They also recovered two TT pistols from their possession. In another raid, Sir Syed police claimed to have arrested a narcotics dealer from North Full Report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\26\story_26-10-2011_pg7_21

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At least eight injured in Peshawar explosion

DAWN.COM Oct. 26, 2011

PESHAWAR: At least eight people were injured in an explosion in Peshawar on Wednesday, DawnNews reported.

The explosion took place in the city’s Faqir Kilay market where women and children were also among the wounded.

Security officials said that the blast took place inside a shop within the cloth market in the area.

According to initial reports, the wounded have been taken to Lady Reading Hospital and the nature of the explosion is still being determined.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/26/at-least-eight-injured-in-peshawar-explosion.html

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Car bombs in northern Iraqi city kill five people

AP, Oct. 26, 2011

BAGHDAD: Iraqi officials say two car bombs have exploded in the northern city of Mosul, killing five people and wounding 18.

An army officer says the first explosion on Wednesday occurred at about 8:30 a.m. when a parked car bomb went off next to an army patrol, killing three soldiers and wounding three civilians.

He says the second blast came fifteen minutes later, when another parked car bomb exploded in a nearby neighborhood. That explosion killed two civilians and wounded 15.

The target was unclear.

A police officer and a doctor confirmed the causality figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the media.

Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, has for years been a hub for al-Qaeda in Iraq.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/26/car-bombs-in-northern-iraqi-city-kill-five-people.html

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Pakistan extends detention of militant Jhangvi leader

AFP, Oct. 26, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has extended the detention by 60 days of a leader of the country’s most extreme Muslim terror group wanted over sectarian killings, an official said on Wednesday.

Malik Ishaq, a founder of the feared Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group, was initially put under house arrest, and then sent to Rahim Yar Khan Jail in central Punjab province on September 25, for 30 days.

“The authorities have extended his detention for another 60 days,” jail superintendent Shahid Naeem Sheikh told AFP by telephone.

“We received a notification from the Punjab government after the expiry of the previous order on Tuesday,” he said.

His detention has been extended in the interest of public order and to preempt any sectarian strife, Sheikh said.

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is regarded as the most extreme terror group in the Muslim-majority country and is accused of killing hundreds of Shia Muslims after its emergence in the early 1990s.

It was banned by then president Pervez Musharraf in 1999.

Ishaq was also accused of masterminding, from behind bars, the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore which wounded seven players and an assistant coach, and killed eight Pakistanis.

But he has been acquitted in 34 cases against him and granted bail in the remaining 10, official documents said.

Rights groups say a lack of action from the government has emboldened sectarian militant groups, blamed for the deaths of thousands in past years.

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi also played a key role in the 2002 kidnap and murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl and in twin failed assassination bids on key US ally Musharraf in December 2003.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/26/pakistan-extends-detention-of-militant-leader.html

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26/11 accused Lakhvi communicating with LeT cadres from prison: Intel

PTI, Oct 25, 2011,

ISLAMABAD: Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the main accused in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case, has been clandestinely communicating from prison with members of his group, according to intercepts by Western intelligence agencies.

Lakhvi, currently lodged in Rawalpindi's high-security Adiala Jail, has been using mobile phones to contact other members of the banned LeT, Western diplomatic sources said.

The contacts have been intercepted by several intelligence agencies, including those of the US, the sources told PTI.

These contacts had been going on for "many months", said a source familiar with the tracking of Lakhvi's clandestine communications by intelligence agencies.

US officials alerted their Pakistani counterparts about the intercepts and asked them to "shut down" the contacts but no action had been taken so far by officials at Adiala Jail or other authorities, two officials of two different countries, who did not want to be named, said.

Full Report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/26/11-accused-Lakhvi-communicating-with-LeT-cadres-from-prison-Intel/articleshow/10485813.cms

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Video emerges of Swiss hostages in Pakistan

October 26, 2011

PESHAWAR: A video has emerged showing a Swiss couple kidnapped by the Taliban in Pakistan nearly four months ago, flanked by four masked gunmen pointing rifles at their heads. In the video, which has been posted on YouTube, the man holds up a Pakistani newspaper dated September 15 and the couple speak Swiss German. Olivier David Och, 31, and Daniela Widmer, 28, appear in relatively good health and call on the Pakistani and Swiss governments to give into the demands of their hostage takers. Their faces appear to match pictures of the couple that were widely circulated after their kidnapping on July 1. They speak calmly, but kneel before four masked men brandishing their guns at their heads. afp

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\26\story_26-10-2011_pg7_11

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Insider describes Gaddafi son’s escape from town

Reuters, Oct. 26, 2011

BANI WALID: Saif al-Islam called his father frequently on the telephone and increasingly feared being hit by a mortar bomb as he tried to escape from the town of Bani Walid last week, an officer who had been with him told Reuters.

“He was nervous. He had a Thuraya (satellite phone) and he called his father many times,” said al-Senussi Sharif al-Senussi, a lieutenant in Gaddafi’s army who was part of Saif’s security team in Bani Walid until the city fell on Oct. 17.

“He repeated to us: don’t tell anyone where I am. Don’t let them spot me. He was afraid of mortars. He seemed confused.”

Full Report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/26/insider-describes-gaddafi-sons-escape-from-town.html

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Gaddafi family to file NATO war crimes complaint: lawyer

Oct 26, 2011, AFP,

Paris

 Muammar Gaddafi's family plans to file a war crimes complaint against NATO with the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the alliance's alleged role in his death, the family's lawyer said on Wednesday.

The 69-year-old ex-strongman was captured and killed on Thursday near the city of Sirte in circumstances that are still unclear, but it has been confirmed NATO aircraft fired on pro-Gaddafi vehicles driving in a convoy from the city.

Marcel Ceccaldi, a French lawyer who previously worked for Gaddafi's regime and now represents his family, said a complaint would be filed with the Hague-based ICC because NATO's attack on the convoy led directly to his death.

Full Report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/gaddafi-family-file-nato-war-crimes-complaint-lawyer-785

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China seeks military bases in Pak's restive tribal region

Oct 26, 2011,PTI,

 Islamabad

 China has expressed an interest in setting up military bases in Pakistan's volatile tribal area or the Northern Areas, close to the restive Chinese province of Xinjiang, to counter the activities of extremists, according to a media report on Wednesday.

The Chinese desire is aimed at containing the growing terrorist activities of Chinese rebels of the al-Qaeda-linked East Turkestan Islamic Movement, ‘The News’ daily quoted diplomatic sources as saying.

The Chinese rebels want an independent Islamic state and are reportedly being trained in Pakistan's tribal areas. China's wish to have a military presence in Pakistan was discussed at length by the political and military leadership of both countries in recent months as Beijing has become more concerned about the Pakistan’s tribal belt serving as a haven for radicals, the report said.

Full Report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/china-seeks-military-bases-paks-restive-tribal-region-758

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Islamist party seeks coalition in Tunisia

By Akram Khalifa and Jabeen Bhatti,

Special for USA TODAY

"I know Ennahda — both the leadership and the rank and file — very well, and they have truly come a long way," said Fawaz Gerges, director of the Middle East Center at the London School of Economics. "Of course, they are not newborn democrats, but I think they mean it when they say … that they will not impose a Taliban-like regime."

Sunday's vote was Tunisia's first free election for candidates to a 217-member assembly that will draft a constitution and appoint an interim government.

The Ennahda Party has reached out to secular parties to form a coalition. Analysts say this type of coalition is unusual in the Arab world, where Islamists have been persecuted by regimes and usually treated with contempt by liberal, secular parties.

Even so, Ennahda's success has sparked concern in what is one of the most modern countries in the Arab world. Some fear that the Islamists may push for Islamic law and roll back women's rights, the strongest in the region, and that they are biding their time before imposing religious rule.

Full Report at:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/story/2011-10-25/tunisia-elections/50907168/1?csp=34news

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18,000 flee military operation in Khyber Agency

October 26, 2011

PESHAWAR: At least 18,000 people have fled their homes in Pakistan’s tribal district of Khyber, fearing a fresh onslaught of fighting between the army and militants, officials said on Tuesday.

Families streamed out of the district, a flashpoint for Taliban and other groups on the NATO supply line into neighbouring Afghanistan, after the army ordered them to leave because of military action going on in the area.

Three Pakistani soldiers and 34 militants were killed in Khyber last week shortly before US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived to step up pressure on Islamabad to do more to eliminate militant safe havens.

Full Report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\26\story_26-10-2011_pg1_6

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Yemeni govt and rival forces declare truce

October 26, 2011

SANAA: Yemen’s government and dissident general Ali Mohsen al Ahmar, whose forces have been engaged in bloody battles for weeks, reached a ceasefire agreement on Tuesday, an official statement said, as witnesses reported more fighting in the country.

Tribal forces, led by the powerful chief Sheikh Sadeq al Ahmar, who has thrown his support behind the pro-democracy movement that has rocked Yemen, also agreed to the ceasefire, sources in his office told AFP.

Full Report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\26\story_26-10-2011_pg7_1

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World leaders in Saudi Arabia as crown prince buried

October 26, 2011

RIYADH: World leaders, including rival Iran’s foreign minister, poured into Riyadh to offer condolences on the death of Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz who was buried on Tuesday in the presence of an ailing King Abdullah.

While his successor has yet to be named, the body of Sultan, who died on Saturday in a New York hospital, has been repatriated to Riyadh for the funeral.

It is the first time that the heir to the throne’s seat stays vacant in the history of the OPEC kingpin, where the monarch’s advanced age and health issues have raised concern in a country ruled by the Al-Saud family since 1932.

Ailing King Abdullah, 87, who arrived on a walker with a surgical mask on his face, remained seated as he took part in the funeral ceremony.

Full Report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\26\story_26-10-2011_pg7_6

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Balochistan Assembly adopts two resolutions despite low quorum

By Mohammad Zafar

October 26, 2011       

QUETTA: The Balochistan Assembly (BA) continued its proceedings on Tuesday sans proper quorum as all 11 members, all ministers, willfully preferred not to point out absence of proper quorum in a session in which two resolutions were passed unanimously.

Hardly 11 members had turned up to attend the scheduled meeting against the total requirement of 17 members needed to complete the quorum. Deputy Speaker Matiullah Agha presided over the session. All the lawmakers present in the assembly were members of the cabinet enjoying perks and privileges. Therefore, proceedings continued and lawmakers tabled two resolutions, which were unanimously adopted. Provincial Minister for GDA Mir Zahoor Buledi tabled the joint resolution on flawed voters’ list. According to the text of motion, block and house numbers are missing in the voters’ list, and even the voters are mistakenly registered with other union councils and not with the union councils where they are residing. The resolution claimed that the deadline given for addressing flaws in voters’ list was too short to complete the process.

Full Report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\26\story_26-10-2011_pg7_17

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Afghan body unveils next areas for NATO handover

Oct 26, 2011, AFP, Kabul

 Afghanistan's local government directorate on Wednesday announced areas expected to transfer from NATO to Afghan control as part of a second phase of transition due to end across the country in 2014.

Badakhshan, Badghis, Balkh, Daykundi, Ghazni, Ghor, Helmand, Herat, Kabul, Laghman, Nangarhar, Nimroz, Parwan, Samangan, Sar-i-pul, Takhar and Wardak provinces are likely to be announced by President Hamid Karzai at next month's regional conference in Istanbul, said the body's director Abdul Khaliq Farahi.

Most of Herat and Kabul were already handed over to Afghan control in a first wave of transition in July, but some districts remain under NATO's remit.

Karzai "will announce the names of the provinces... at Istanbul conference on November 2," Farahi, director of the Independent Directorate for Local Government, told a press conference in Kabul.

"In the second phase of transition there are 17 provinces, but some of them (will transfer authority for) the entire province, others include districts," Farahi said.

He said a meeting would take place on Wednesday to listen to the views and concerns of local leaders from the likely areas for transition, and could lead to the removal of some troubled districts from the list.

But the names of the provinces are unlikely to be changed, he said.

NATO combat troops are scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, by which time Afghan forces should be responsible for national security.

http://www.asianage.com/international/afghan-body-unveils-next-areas-nato-handover-705

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Muslim girls are showing their skills and ability to the world

Interview: Thasneem Fathima – M.Tech. topper of AMU

Submitted by admin7 on 25 October 2011 - 10:03pm

Articles Indian Muslim Women

By TwoCircles.net Staff Correspondent,

Muslim girls are showing their skills and ability to the world more than ever nowadays. They are excelling in almost all fields that they can put their hands into. Thasneem Fathima NK of Malappuram has become a new example for the successful Muslim young woman by bagging the first rank in M.Tech. (Instrumentation and Control) at Aligarh Muslim University. Mother of two kids, she is now pursuing doctorate at National Institute of Technology-Calicut. Ms Fathima spoke to TwoCircles.net on her education and life.

Please introduce yourself – your family, education.

I was born as the daughter of Dr Kamal Pasha and Habeeba Pasha in Tirurangadi. Both my parents were professors in the PSMO College, Tirurangadi. My father retired as head of the History department and my mother retired as head of the Arabic department. My schooling was at the Oriental High School, Tirurangadi. After completing pre-degree from the PSMO College, I did B Tech in Electrical and Electronics from the Government Engineering College, Full Report at:

http://twocircles.net/2011oct25/interview_thasneem_fathima_%E2%80%93_mtech_topper_amu.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Twocirclesnet-IndianMuslim+%28TwoCircles.net+-+Indian+Muslim+News%29

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Mushawarat urges Gaddafi’s successors for stable, peaceful Libya

25 October 2011

By TCN News,

New Delhi: All India Muslim Majlis-E-Mushawarat has urged the Libyan Transition Council to pave the way for urgent steps to give a stable and peaceful administration to the country. The Council should announce a schedule for electing a National Constituent Assembly to draft the Constitution followed by general election, Mushawarat president Syed Shahabuddin said on Tuesday.

Mushawarat leader and former diplomat offered “cordial felicitations to the fraternal people of Libya” on their liberation and conveyed “best wishes for their progress and development.”

In the backdrop of the western interests in Libya which is evident from military intervention of NATO, Mushawarat urged the interim government of Libya to publish “the details of the agreements that Libya has signed with foreign governments or oil companies for exploration, production, refining and export of oil which indeed belongs to the people of Libya and must be used for their development and progress.”

Full Report at:

http://twocircles.net/2011oct25/mushawarat_urges_gaddafi%E2%80%99s_successors_stable_govt.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Twocirclesnet-IndianMuslim+%28TwoCircles.net+-+Indian+Muslim+News%29

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Ahmadinejad says West set to plunder Libya

October 26, 2011

TEHRAN: Western countries supported Muammar Gaddafi when it suited them but bombed the Libyan leader when he no longer served their purpose in order to ‘plunder’ the north African country’s oil wealth, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday.

While Tehran has applauded the people of Libya for overthrowing the man it considered an illegitimate dictator, Ahmadinejad warned Libyans that the West now aimed to run their country for them. “Show me one European or American president who has not travelled to Libya or has not signed an agreement (with Gaddafi),” Ahmadinejad said in a speech broadcast live in which he accused the West of ordering the former leader’s execution. “Some people said they killed this gentleman to make sure he would not be able to say anything, just like what they did to bin Laden,” he said.

Iran accuses the West of helping create the Sunni Muslim militant group al Qaeda run by Saudi-born Osama bin Laden, who was killed by US special forces in May. Ahmadinejad derided the West’s approach to the Security Council, which he called an “organisation with no honour”, saying the UN resolution to take action against Gaddafi was used as an authorisation to “plunder” Libyan oil. reuters

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\26\story_26-10-2011_pg14_3

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Gilani for strengthening Pak-Qatar ties

APP, Oct. 26, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday said that Pakistan attached great importance to its relations with Qatar and desired to further expand the existing cooperation in various fields.

In his meeting with Ambassador of Qatar, Sayar Bin Abdul Rahman Al-Mawdah at the PM House, the Prime Minister emphasized the need to exchange delegations at various levels between the two countries.

He said there existed great potential to enhance bilateral trade between the two countries which must be explored.

Gilani said Pakistan offered excellent investment opportunities in dimensional fields which would be explored by the businessmen from Qatar by taking advantage of the liberal investment environment in Pakistan.

The Prime Minister also mentioned the quick response of the Government of Qatar to the October 2005 earthquake, during the last year’s floods and also providing assistance for the floods and rain affected people of Sindh.

The Ambassador of Qatar said the leadership of his country was desirous of further enhancing the existing ties between the two countries.

He acknowledged the services of Pakistani community making valuable contributions to the economic and social development of Qatar.

He also extended invitation to the Prime Minister on behalf of the Prime Minister of Qatar to visit the country.

The Ambassador expressed deep sorrow and grief on behalf of the government and people of Qatar on the demise of Begum Nusrat Bhutto.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/26/gilani-for-strengthening-pak-qatar-ties.html

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Bangladesh hit by global uncertainty: World Bank

October 26, 2011

DHAKA: Global economic uncertainty looks set to scupper Bangladesh’s ambitious plans for 7.0 percent economic growth in the current fiscal year, the World Bank said Tuesday.

The impoverished South Asian country had unveiled the growth target — the highest since the mid-1970s — in the budget in June, after it clocked 6.7 percent growth in the previous 2010-11 fiscal year. The World Bank said the same level of expansion “can only be repeated” if exports continue to grow.

Export growth, which stood at 30 percent in the first two months to August, plunged to a meagre 2.3 percent in September as apparel shipments to key markets in Europe and the United States lost steam.

“Bangladesh has limited room for manoeuvre to cushion the impact of a second global slowdown if it happens,” said Sanjay Kathuria, the World Bank’s lead country economist for Bangladesh. afp

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\26\story_26-10-2011_pg14_6

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US Senate passes resolution on Diwali

PTI, Washington

Oct 26, 2011

Recognising the religious and historical significance of Diwali, the US Senate has passed a resolution greeting Hindus, Sikhs and Jains in the US and across the globe on the festival.

Noting that Diwali is a festival of great significance to Indian Americans and South Asian Americans, the Senate in its resolution lauded the universal message of compassion it offers to the world.

The Senate recognises the religious and historical significance of the festival of Diwali that is celebrated annually by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains throughout India, in the United States, and the world, it said.

The Senate expressed its deepest respect for Indian Americans and South Asian Americans, and the diaspora throughout the world on this significant occasion.

The resolution introduced in the Senate by Senators Robert Menendez, John Cornyn and Mark Warner, said Diwali is a festival of lights, during which celebrants light oil lamps, and pray for health, knowledge, peace, wealth, and prosperity.

http://www.asianage.com/international/us-senate-passes-resolution-diwali-787

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    "Kazakh president urges students to stay away from religious sects"

    Good advice for Indian and Pakistani students too!

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin 26/10/2011 16:39:48