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Engagement with Pakistan a very rational decision”: Indian Foreign Secretary

Prayers for Osama bin Laden divides Muslims

Chennai Muslims too perform Osama bin Laden’s funeral prayer in absentia

Prove your commitment, show concrete actions: US tells Pak

Syria carnage continues: 26 protesters, 10 soldiers killed on ‘Day of Defiance’

Pakistan concerned over its unawareness: US

ISI chief leaves for US on critical mission

ISI chief's head may roll as Pak looks for 'fall guy'

US drone attack kills 10 in Datta Khel

We have cut off Al-Qaeda's head: Obama

66% Pakistanis believe person killed in US raid was not Osama

Death to boost anti-terror fight:Saudi Kingdom Kingdom

Qaddafi troops suspected of war crimes

17 killed, two missing in Indonesian landslide: govt

Govt has lost its right to rule: Nisar

Pakistan paints dismal image of bin Laden’s end

US demands Pakistan disclose names of operatives: report

Father of captured US soldier seeks Pakistan’s help

Altaf questions military, ISI silence on Osama operation

Pakistanis condemn unilateral US raid

CIA had safe house near OBL hideout

Beware of gangs exploiting name of Al-Qaeda: Editor in Chief Arab News

US nationals warned of possible reprisal attacks

Fear, doubt, disbelief over Osama’s death in Saudis

Saleh’s intransigence jeopardizes GCC deal

Azharuddin bats for strong Saudi-India ties

'Osama had another house near Abbottabad'

ED uncovers Hasan Ali's links to Russian billionaire

Obama meets US special forces warriors who killed Osama

Osama bin Laden death will spur Afghan fight: Taliban

Bin Laden death may be Afghan 'game-changer': Gates

Sultan expects big inflow of tourists to Saudi Kingdom’s resorts

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“Engagement with Pakistan a very rational decision”: Indian Foreign Secretary

Vaiju Naravane

07,MAY 2011

Paris: Disengagement with Pakistan is not an option India should consider, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao told a group of researchers, academics, journalists and public servants here.

Engagement with Pakistan “is not a signal of helplessness but a very rational decision and that's the best way forward for our people,” she said during a speech at the French Institute for International Relations (IFRI).

Ms. Rao is on a two-day visit to France for consultations with her counterpart, Pierre Sellal. On Friday, she also called on Jean-David Levitte, President Nicolas Sarkozy's diplomatic Sherpa, for “free and frank” discussions, during which she raised India's concerns over cross-border terrorism, Afghanistan, regional issues and bilateral cooperation as well as developments in West Asia, especially Libya and Syria.

On Friday, there were three rounds of talks at the Foreign Office, with discussions centring on the G20, international governance, disarmament, the reform of the U.N. system and issues pertaining to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the Doha Round. A second session focussed on the regional situation, especially Afghanistan and Pakistan, while a third featured exchanges on the situation in North Africa, Libya and Syria.

Ms. Rao's visit comes at a time of increasing French distrust and suspicion of Pakistan. Bernard Squarcini, head of France's interior security agency, the DCRI, on Friday expressed concern over the rising number of young Frenchmen heading for Pakistani terrorist training camps: “Yes, there are French citizens in jihadist camps in Pakistan. We are certain of the presence of some 20-odd French fighters there. They are part of the threats faced by France and Europe and their numbers are increasing. We are trying to stop them from stepping back on the nation's soil.”

Mr. Squarcini made these remarks in the midst of growing calls in France for disengagement from Afghanistan and criticism of Pakistan.

Asked whether in the light of the recent events India should disengage with Pakistan, Ms. Rao said: “Should we be engaging with Pakistan in the face of all that's happened? I don't think that's relevant in the context of India and Pakistan. With such a long, contentious, complex and conflictual relationship, the way forward is to ensure that dialogue takes place between the two countries in order to resolve outstanding issues despite the concern in India about the threat of terrorism from Pakistan. We have to engage with Pakistan. So the issue of disengagement as being suggested by many in the U.S. Congress or elsewhere does not seem logical at all.”

Two-pronged strategy

The substantive message Ms. Rao conveyed to her French counterpart was that India was determined to pursue a two-pronged strategy with Pakistan — that of dialogue coupled with a demand for justice for the 26/11 Mumbai attacks and a dismantling of Pakistan's terror network.

“Geography is destiny. Pakistan is our neighbour and we wish to engage with Pakistan on a whole spectrum of issues which concern the normalisation of relations between the two countries. But the issue of terrorism is very important and sanctuaries and safe havens for terrorism on Pakistani territory have caused suffering not only in India and our region but it has also turned against Pakistan itself today. So I hope the Pakistani leadership will understand that and we see a change in the days to come,” she said during her talk at IFRI.

After several years of trying to walk the tightrope between India and Pakistan, France appears to have realised it is time to jettison its policy of maintaining equilibrium between the two warring nations and plump for India. This became amply clear in the somewhat cold and expeditive manner in which Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was received in Paris.

President Sarkozy has been particularly vocal in his support of India, and France now sees India as a vital strategic partner, perhaps not part of its first circle of interest, but a strong partner nevertheless.

The enlargement of the G8 to the G20 was largely the result of President Sarkozy's efforts and the political relationship between the two countries has rarely been so good. That said, massive contracts are on the table including the sale of six EPR nuclear reactors, several armaments contracts including for 126 multi-role combat aircraft and civilian aircraft and France sees India as a strong source of future revenue.

Afghanistan issue

To a question on India's presence in Afghanistan and Pakistani attempts to diminish that role, Ms. Rao said: “Yes, Pakistan has a certain view of India's role in Afghanistan, something that we have stoutly sought to refute. We are not going to abandon Afghanistan and this is something our partners — the French, the Americans — understand very well. So I do not see our role in Afghanistan being diminished or being sought to be diminished by what happened in Abbottabad a few days ago.”

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Prayers for Osama bin Laden divides Muslims

May 7, 2011,

Mosques in four cities observed the Namaz-e-Janaza or funeral prayers for the liquidated al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden on Friday, but not all Muslims agreed with the idea behind such invocations. Tagged with jumma, the day that sees the largest congregations of the devouts in mosques, many Muslims asked by imams to stay back if they wished to for the Osama prayers, did so. But while one such namaz was cancelled in Lucknow, it was far from crowded in Hyderabad.

In Srinagar, however, Hurriyat hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani called for the special Osama prayers as well, and observers said many people may have heeded his call. "Muslim clergy should organise funeral prayers in their mosques for peace to the soul of Osama bin Laden," Geelani said, and added, "Osama was not just a person but also an ideology against occupation of Muslim lands by foreigners. Western countries must realise that suppression of Muslims in their lands will result in resistance."

Chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, "Syed Ali Shah Geelani is losing the feel of peoples' pulse by calling for funeral prayers for bin Laden." Manzoor Ahmed Kachroo (59) said, "I can't pray for Osama's peace. He was a violent man."

In Kolkata, the Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan mosque, Maulana Nurur Rehman Barkati, held special Friday prayer for the "peace of the soul" of bin Laden. All-India Minority Forum president Idris Ali, who took part in the prayer, said, "Laden wasn't given a burial and his bullet-riddled body was thrown into the sea. The prayers were held for his peace."

In Chennai, the imam of a major mosque on Anna Salai Road announced prayers for bin Laden, a call that was faithfully adhered to, whereas in Lucknow, some youths' plans to offer prayers for bin Laden came unstuck after resistance from community elders.

The Lucknow Muslims feared that the call could trigger a law and order crisis. In fact, when some community leaders learned about Osama prayers, they rejected it. "Do we offer namaz-e-janaza for all the world's Muslims? Why just for Osama?" asked a senior Muslim community leader.

Another cleric said, "This is mischievous. May be some people want to create a controversy. If anyone wants to offer these prayers as a Muslim, he can. But please don't involve the community."

Hyderabad, which was tense, witnessed Maulana Mohammed Naseeruddin, described by the police as a militant preacher, conducting funeral prayers for bin Laden at Ujale Shah Idgah grounds on Wednesday. Less than 100 people joined in under tight security. His announcement for funeral prayers did not enthuse general Muslims who did not turn up.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Prayers-for-Osama-bin-Laden-divides-Muslims/articleshow/8183586.cms

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Prove your commitment, show concrete actions: US tells Pak

May 07 2011

Washington : The Obama Administration has asked Pakistan to show concrete actions to prove its commitment in the war against terrorism.

The statement in this regard came from the State Department amidst increasing questions being raised by lawmakers and think tanks on Pakistan's commitment to fight against terrorism.

"We're going to look for concrete actions and concrete signs from the Pakistanis that they¿re also committed to this," State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters here.

At the same time, Toner said it is also important that US-Pak counterterrorism cooperation that's been going on since 9/11 has borne fruit and has led to some successes.

"It has put increased pressure on al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups operating within Pakistan. Terrorism is an existential threat for Pakistan," he said, adding thousands of Pakistanis have been killed both by al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups.

"So we believe it's important that this kind of cooperation continue," he added.

Toner said the United States has asked a number of questions to Pakistan with regard to the hideout of Osama bin Laden, the al Qaeda leader, in an affluent suburb of Islamabad.

"Certainly, we've raised these issues with them. The Pakistanis have said they have the same concerns, and they're looking into it. It's hard for me to say. These kinds of investigations can take some time," he said.

The US is looking for the Pakistanis to address what the Administration believes are legitimate concerns raised by it and the Congress.

"They recognise that we¿ll look to them to provide answers to those questions," he said.

Defending the US decision not to inform Pakistan about it, Toner, said the operation to kill, Osama bin Laden was carried out under a level of operational security that was incredibly stringent, even within the Administration.

"And so it was done -- there was actionable intelligence, the mission was carried out, it was successful," he said.

"We've said that we believe that this was a man who has not only, had killed thousands around the world and Americans, but also posed an imminent threat of future attacks on American citizens, and having actionable intelligence against him, we carried out an operation, and we believe that's within our right to do so," Toner said.

"What we've tried to make clear is that we believe counter-terrorism cooperation with Pakistan is in our clear interest as a nation, and it's in Pakistan's interest, and we're committed to working with Pakistan moving forward," he said.

"We carried out an operation that has brought him to justice," he said when referred to two UN human rights experts who are asking the US to present supporting facts that it did or did not adhere to international standards with regards to human rights.

"I'm not going to get into a legal discussion from the podium, but we've talked about these operations in the past and the legal justification for them. This was an individual who posed a threat, an imminent threat to American lives and indeed, to the lives of innocent civilians in Europe and Asia and elsewhere around the globe, and Africa certainly," he argued.

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/787188/

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Chennai Muslims too perform Osama bin Laden’s funeral prayer in absentia

Edit Desk, NewAgeIslam.com 

 07,MAY 2011

Chennai: May 6, 2011, Namaz e Janaza (funeral prayer) in absentia of Osama bin Laden was offered here after the Friday prayers in famous Mecca Masjid. 

Thousands of Muslims participated in the absentia funeral prayers. Maulana Shamsuddin Quasmi, General Secretary Shariah Council and the Chief Imam of the said mosque led the prayers.

Talking to the media after the prayers Maulana said, Muslims condemn the way Osama was killed and his dead body thrown in the sea. He added, USA has been trying to create a psychological fear psychosis by declaring Osama a terrorist. America says Osama is the criminal of 9/11 but it has not been able to prove anything till date.  Namaz e Janaza in absentia is Muslims’ right and this is being done to kill the fear psychosis created in the Muslim mind.

The Maulana further added: Osama was not a wanted person in India in any case and hence there is no problem in offering Namaz e Janaza in absentia. Neither is this in anyway unlawful act.

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Syria carnage continues: 26 protesters, 10 soldiers killed on ‘Day of Defiance’

07,MAY 2011

DAMASCUS: Syrian security forces shot dead at least 26 protesters Friday, a rights group said, as thousands rallied on a “Day of Defiance” against the autocratic regime of President Bashar Al-Assad.

At the same time, 10 Syrian soldiers and policemen were killed in the central city of Homs by “terrorist” groups, said a military spokesman quoted by state news agency SANA.

European Union ambassadors met in Brussels to fine-tune a range of punitive measures against Syrian official, including an arms embargo and a suspension of aid to Syria.

The ambassadors agreed to impose sanctions on 13 Syrian officials and will look during further talks Monday at whether to also target Assad with an assets freeze and travel ban, diplomats added.

The Syrian rights group, Insan, put the day’s toll at 26 killed but said it expected this to rise.

Ful report:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article384240.ece

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Pakistan concerned over its unawareness: US

07,MAY 2011

WASHINGTON: US foreign office Friday said Pakistan was committed to war against terrorism and that Pakistan itself was concerned over its unawareness of the presence of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Geo News reported.

Ful report:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15205

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ISI chief leaves for US on critical mission By Baqir Sajjad Syed

07,MAY 2011

Gen Pasha set off on the critical mission for putting an end to misgivings about Pakistan in the US a day after army`s top brass conceded the failure of intelligence in detecting Osama`s presence in the vicinity of the elite military training institute and ordered an investigation. – File Photo

ISLAMABAD: ISI Chief Lt-Gen Shuja Pasha left on Friday for Washington to explain Pakistan`s position on the presence of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in the country before he was killed in a US raid on May 2.

Gen Pasha set off on the critical mission for putting an end to misgivings about Pakistan in the US a day after army`s top brass conceded the failure of intelligence in detecting Osama`s presence in the vicinity of the elite military training institute and ordered an investigation.

Ful report:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/07/isi-chief-leaves-for-us-on-critical-mission.html

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ISI chief's head may roll as Pak looks for 'fall guy'

May 7, 2011,

ISLAMABAD: Inter-Services Intelligence chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha may step down in the wake of widespread criticism of the Pakistani establishment over US special forces killing Osama bin Laden near a key military facility in the garrison city of Abbottabad, a media report said on Friday.

Pasha may quit as the Pakistan government "looks for a fall guy for the bin Laden debacle", unnamed senior officials were quoted as saying by 'The Daily Beast', a news website affiliated to Newsweek magazine. The senior officials said "they recognize that an important head has to roll and soon" to allay domestic and international anger over bin Laden's presence in Abbottabad, located close to the federal capital of Islamabad.

The officials said the "most likely candidate to be the fall guy is Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha". They said it was "nearly a done deal". Pakistani analysts with close connections to the military agreed.

Ful report:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/ISI-chiefs-head-may-roll-as-Pak-looks-for-fall-guy/articleshow/8183356.cms

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US drone attack kills 10 in Datta Khel

07,MAY 2011

MIRANSHAH: US drones fired a salvo of missiles into a compound in Datta Khel area of North Waziristan on Friday, killing ten people.

The attack came just four days after US Special Forces commandos shot dead al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in the garrison city of Abbottabad.

Ful report:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15185

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We have cut off Al-Qaeda's head: Obama

07,MAY 2011

FORT CAMPBELL: US President Barack Obama declared on Friday that America had ‘cut off’ Al-Qaeda's head with the killing of Osama bin Laden, and would crush the extremist group in the end.

"We have cut off their head and we will ultimately defeat them," Obama said after meeting special forces personnel that raided bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan and killed the Al-Qaeda leader. (AFP)

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15210

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66% Pakistanis believe person killed in US raid was not Osama

May 07 2011,

Islamabad : A majority of urban Pakistanis believe that the person killed by US special forces during a raid in the garrison city of Abbottabad on Monday was not Osama bin Laden, according to a survey.

Ful report:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/787220/

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Death to boost anti-terror fight: Kingdom

May 2, 2011

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said Monday it hoped the killing of the Al-Qaeda leader would provide a boost to international efforts to fight terrorism.

“It will be a step toward supporting international efforts to combat terror and dismantle Al-Qaeda cells, apart from wiping out the deviant thought fueling it. With their crimes such as the murders of innocent people threatening the security and stability of society, the Saudi people have been the major targets of the terror organization,” an official source told the Saudi Press Agency.

Ful report:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article380281.ece

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Qaddafi troops suspected of war crimes

07,MAY 2011

TRIPOLI: Muammar Qaddafi’s forces may have committed war crimes in the opposition-controlled city of Misrata and the humanitarian situation is rapidly deteriorating because of regime attempts to tighten its siege and block access by sea, Amnesty International said Friday.

Ful report:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article384251.ece

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17 killed, two missing in Indonesian landslide: govt

07,MAY 2011

JAKARTA: A landslide triggered by heavy rain killed 17 people on Indonesia's Java island, a disaster management official said Saturday.

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15212

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Govt has lost its right to rule: Nisar

Muhammad Anis

07,MAY 2011

ISLAMABAD: Regretting the government’s silence on the ‘international propaganda’ following the US operation in Abbottabad which resulted in the killing of Osama bin Laden, the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, has said the government had compromised the country’s sovereignty and hence lost the right to remain in power.

Ful report:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15168

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Pakistan paints dismal image of bin Laden’s end

07,MAY 2011

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s military paints a different picture than the United States of Osama bin Laden’s final days: far from the terror mastermind still trying to strike America, he’s seen as an aging terrorist hiding in barren rooms, short of money and struggling to maintain his grip on al Qaeda.

But the CIA is saying he was in touch with key members of al Qaeda, playing a strong role in planning and directing attacks by al Qaeda and its affiliates in Yemen and Somalia, senior US officials said Friday, citing documents found during the Monday morning raid in which bin Laden was killed.

Ful report:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/07/pakistan-paints-dismal-image-of-bin-ladens-end.html

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US demands Pakistan disclose names of operatives: report

07,MAY 2011

WASHINGTON: The administration of US President Barack Obama has demanded the identities of some of the top Pakistani intelligence operatives as the United States tries to determine whether any of them had contact with Osama bin Laden, The New York Times reported late Friday.

Ful report:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/07/us-demands-pakistan-disclose-names-of-operatives-report.html

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Father of captured US soldier seeks Pakistan’s help

07,MAY 2011

BOISE: The father of the only US soldier held captive in the Afghan war appealed to the Pakistani military for help in freeing his son in a video posted on YouTube on Friday.

The parents of Spc. Bowe Bergdahl have declined to say much publicly since their son went missing from his base in southern Afghanistan on June 30, 2009. While it’s unclear where the 25-year-old soldier is being held, a video released on the Internet earlier this week shows him standing next to a senior official in the al-Qaida-linked Haqqani network in Paktika province in Afghanistan.

In Friday’s video, Idaho resident Bob Bergdahl urges members of the Pakistani military to help secure his son’s release. He directly references Pakistan Army Chief of Staff Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Lieutenant-General Ahmad Shuja Pasha, the head of the country’s intelligence service.

”Our family is counting on your professional integrity and your honor to secure the safe return of our son,” he said. ”And we thank you. Our family knows the high price that has been paid by your men in the army and the frontier corps. We give our condolences and thanks to the families of those who have fallen for Pakistan.”

Idaho National Guard spokesman Col. Tim Marsano, a liaison for the US Army in Idaho, confirmed that Bob Bergdahl is the man in the video.

Wearing a long beard he began growing just after his son’s capture, Bob Bergdahl speaks in both English and Arabic in the video, and he talks directly to members of the Haqqanis and their military commander, Mullah Sangeen.

”Strangely to some, we must also thank those who have cared for our son, for almost two years, Mullah Sangeen, the Haqqanis, and others who have played a role in sheltering the American prisoner,” he said. ”We know our son is a prisoner and at the same time a guest in your home.”

Ful report:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/07/father-of-captured-us-soldier-seeks-pakistan%E2%80%99s-help.html

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Altaf questions military, ISI silence on Osama operation

07,MAY 2011

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief, Altaf Hussain, Wednesday questioned the silence of the Pakistan army and the ISI on the US operation to take out al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden, in Abbottabad.

He called on Pakistan’s rulers to take the country into confidence regarding the facts behind the killing of the world’s most-wanted terrorist.

Ful report:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15129

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Pakistanis condemn unilateral US raid

07,MAY 2011

ABBOTTABAD: Pakistanis took to the streets on Friday, cheering Osama bin Laden and shouting "death to America" to condemn a unilateral US raid on their soil that killed the Al-Qaeda chief.

While hundreds of activists turned out, there was no major public outpouring in a country where more people have died in bomb attacks than those killed on September 11, 2001 and ordinary people struggle with inflation and power cuts.      

In Abbottabad, the town where bin Laden was found and killed by US commandos in a shock operation on May 2, police marshalled a rally of about 1,000 men who gathered at the downtown bazaar to march after Friday prayers.       

Setting fire to tyres and blocking a main road, the protesters yelled: "Down, down USA!" and "Terrorist, terrorist, USA terrorist".

"You did not fulfil your duty. When they attacked, you were sleeping. Don't be afraid of America, come out of your air-conditioned room," Mohammad Ibrahim Khan told the crowd, waving banners that condemned the raid.  

Both the Pakistani and US governments have said Sunday night's operation was carried out with Islamabad in the dark.      

Ful report:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15189

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CIA had safe house near OBL hideout

07,MAY 2011

ABBOTTABAD: The hideout where Osama bin Laden was killed by US commandos was under surveillance for months by a team of CIA spies who operated out of a nearby safe house in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad.

The surveillance was part of a massive intelligence gathering effort that set out to confirm the al-Qa'ida leader was inside the fortified compound after the US gained an important lead last August.

Ful report:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15202

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Beware of gangs exploiting name of Al-Qaeda: Editor in Chief Arab News

By P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR

May 3, 2011

JEDDAH: Khaled Almaeena, editor in chief of Arab News, has cautioned the international community against possible terrorist attacks by criminal gangs in the name of Al-Qaeda, following the death of Osama Bin Laden.

"I am afraid that some criminal groups who are inspired by Al-Qaeda would carry out terrorist operations and blame them on Al-Qaeda due to the lack of a strong spiritual and military leader for the group," Almaeena told Al Arabiya.net.

Ful report:

http://arabnews.com/world/osama_bin_laden/article380422.ece

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US nationals warned of possible reprisal attacks

By GHAZANFAR ALI KHAN

May 2, 2011

RIYADH: The US Embassy in Riyadh has issued a new alert warning American citizens traveling and residing abroad of possible anti-American violence following the killing of Osama Bin Laden, who was hunted as the mastermind behind the worst terrorist attack on the US soil.

Other Western embassies have asked their staffers and their citizens to remain vigilant, but have not upgraded or renewed the security advisory.

"Given the uncertainty and volatility of the current situation, US citizens in areas where recent events could cause anti-American violence are strongly urged to limit their travel outside of their homes and hotels and avoid mass gatherings and demonstrations," said the new warden message issued by the US embassy, here. US citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events and be aware of their surroundings at all times, it said.

This US travel alert, which expires on August 1, 2011, calls on all US entities to be at "a heightened state of alert."

Ful report:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article379947.ece

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Fear, doubt, disbelief over Osama’s death

May 7, 2011

JEDDAH: Saudis woke up early on Monday to news of the death of Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden, who was a Saudi national until he was stripped of his nationality in 1994.

Speaking to Arab News, a number of Saudis expressed satisfaction over the death of Bin Laden, who was behind the death of many citizens and others following terrorist operations in the country a few years ago.

Ful report:

http://arabnews.com/world/osama_bin_laden/article380401.ece

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Saleh’s intransigence jeopardizes GCC deal

07,MAY 2011

Anti-government protesters shout slogans during a demonstration to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Taiz. (Reuters)

SANAA: A tirade from Yemen’s embattled president on Friday threatened to scupper the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) efforts to end the political deadlock in the country.

Ali Abdullah Saleh told a mass rally of supporters on Friday that he would resist calls to quit, describing as “outlaws” tens of thousands of protesters gathered a short distance away.

Protests demanding his departure have led to the deaths of 150 people since late January and the GCC efforts to broker a peaceful transition in Yemen remain in vain. UN chief Ban Ki-moon deplored the failure to agree to the plan.

“It is unfortunate and frustrating that all these agreements which were presented by the GCC and others in the international community have not been fully accepted and agreed and implemented,” Ban said at a conference in Sofia, according to AFP.

Ful report:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article384246.ece

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Azharuddin bats for strong Saudi-India ties

By GHAZANFAR ALI KHAN

May 6, 2011

RIYADH: Indian cricketer-turned-politician Mohammad Azharuddin hit another masterstroke, this time with his maiden visit to Riyadh, where at least seven receptions were hosted in his honor recently.

Azharuddin, in an interview Thursday evening with Arab News, said he seeks to boost further links between the Kingdom and India and that his visit was an opportunity for him to socialize with members of Riyadh’s Indian community.

“Bilateral relations between Riyadh and New Delhi have been cordial, founded on close cooperation at both bilateral and multilateral levels,” he said.

In the interview held on the sidelines of a reception hosted by Nadeem Tarin, chairman of DPS and Dunes Schools, Azharuddin said the regional significance of the Kingdom make it an important ally to India and that the country is held in high esteem because it is home to Makkah and Madinah.

Ful report:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article384157.ece

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'Osama had another house near Abbottabad'

May 07 2011

New York : Slain al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden lived in a small village close to the Abbotabad highway for more than two years before moving into a larger compound in the Pakistani garrison town in 2005, according to the dreaded terrorist's Yemeni wife who is now in custody.

Ful report:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/787202/

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ED uncovers Hasan Ali's links to Russian billionaire

May 7, 2011,

MUMBAI: Suleiman Kerimov, a Russian billionaire and one of the world's richest men, is currently being investigated by the enforcement directorate (ED) on account of his business links with money launderer Hasan Ali Khan. A chargesheet submitted by ED to a special court here on Friday said Khan and his advisor Kashinath Tapuria had travelled from Zurich to London in the oil tycoon's private jet.

ED officials said it was not clear who introduced 44-year-old Kerimov to Khan. "Their meeting happened in 2002. Kerimov's main business interests are in oil exploration and he has some businesses in Central Asia. Khan wanted to buy out some industrial units," an official said. Officials suspect that Kerimov may have invested in India indirectly.

According to the ED, Khan and Tapuriah laundered more than Rs 400 crore. "They met in 1994-95 and stayed for a year at Hotel Oberoi in Mumbai, where they ran up a bill of Rs 1.5 crore," said an official, adding that they had established Khan's two foreign accounts in Singapore and another one in his wife Rheema's name.

Ful report:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/ED-uncovers-Hasan-Alis-links-to-Russian-billionaire/articleshow/8183692.cms

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Obama meets US special forces warriors who killed Osama

May 7, 2011,

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama has met some of the American special forces commandos, who killed al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden in an operation in Pakistan and saluted them on behalf of the US and people all over the world for a "job well done".

Accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, Obama was briefed on the operation by members of the special operations troops who executed the dangerous raid on Osama's compound in Pakistan and killed the al-Qaida chief on Monday.

The meeting took place at Fort Campbell, Kentucky where Obama had gone to address American troops on their return from active duty in Afghanistan.

Obama and Biden met with the full assault force that carried out the operation, a White House official said.

Ful report:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Obama-meets-US-special-forces-warriors-who-killed-Osama/articleshow/8183829.cms

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Osama bin Laden death will spur Afghan fight: Taliban

May 7, 2011,

KABUL: The killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden by US forces will give "a new impetus" to the fight against foreign "invaders" in Afghanistan, the Taliban said in a statement.

In their first substantive reaction to this week's assassination of bin Laden in Pakistan, the Taliban said his death would "lead hundreds more to the field of martyrdom and sacrifice".

They had previously only said it was "premature" to comment on the death in a statement on Tuesday which seemed to cast doubt on whether bin Laden had been killed.

The Taliban comments came as al-Qaida confirmed bin Laden's death but warned that those celebrating his killing would have their "blood mixed with tears" and vowed the movement would live on.

Ful report:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Osama-bin-Laden-death-will-spur-Afghan-fight-Taliban/articleshow/8183865.cms

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Bin Laden death may be Afghan 'game-changer': Gates

07,MAY 2011

WASHINGTON: U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Friday the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden ‘could be a game-changer’ that would have a significant impact on the war in Afghanistan.

Gates, speaking to about 450 airmen of the 335th and 336th Fighter Squadrons at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina, said U.S. forces would probably be able to tell within six months whether bin Laden's death has had an effect on the war.

"I think that there is a possibility that it could be a game-changer," Gates said while fielding questions from service members at the base near Goldsboro.

"Bin Laden and (Taliban leader) Mullah Omar had a very close personal relationship and there are others in the Taliban who have felt betrayed by al Qaeda, (who felt) that it was becauseof al Qaeda's attack on the United States that the Taliban gotthrown out of Afghanistan," he said.

Ful report:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15211

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Sultan expects big inflow of tourists to Saudi Kingdom’s resorts

By P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR

May 3, 2011

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s participation in international forums such as the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai would boost the flow of tourists to the Kingdom, said Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA).

In a statement after visiting the Kingdom’s pavilion at the exhibition, he said Saudi Arabia is replete with tourist attractions including historical sites such as Madain Saleh and Diriya.

He emphasized the need to present Saudi Arabia as a major tourist destination in the region to Gulf citizens in order to encourage them to spend their vacations in the Kingdom’s tourist resorts.

Ful report:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article380411.ece

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/engagement-with-pakistan-a-very-rational-decision”--indian-foreign-secretary/d/4596


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