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Islamic World News ( 11 Jun 2010, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Ethnic clashes rage in southern Kyrgyzstan, 49 dead

Kyrgyzstan asks Russia for military help: Interim leader

Prince Charles touts Islam as spiritual 'green' guide

Pak Rangers to protect 300 Indian Sikhs

In Modi government ad, Azamgarh girls become Gujarat’s new Muslim face

‘Jihadi lobby’ influencing judiciary: Fauzia Wahab

‘Bhutto’ released across the country

Al-Qaida cleric targets Britain, MI5 warns 

Pakistan can’t fight terror alone: President

Khalifa, Cameron discuss Mideast peace process

PMs J&K visit meant to keep rights issues in focus

Pakistan High Commissioner meets Sushma, stresses on fresh dialogue

Lashkar front plots hijack to free Qasab from prison

26/11 case: Pak court adjourns trial for two weeks

Pak wants India, US to share details of Headley's probe

Tihar gallows wood in demand as lucky charm

ICC seeks UN help for arrest of Darfur war crime indictees

4 dead in terrorist attack in Algeria

Death is beautiful

Obama's Afghanistan Strategy: The News is Bad

Tension in J&K over youth's death

Facebook gives Dawood away

Mecca Masjid Case Reopened, Hindu Outfit Role Suspected

Pak SC presses govt to reopen Zardari cases

Iran protest movement in disarray

Dissident Islamic guards

Kashmir biggest hurdle in relations between India, Pak: Mirwaiz

Moscow gets tough with Tehran

Abdullah, Sultan condole with Oman over cyclone deaths

Taif woman seeks NSHR help to reunite with children

Israel must act if it wants forgiveness — Turkey

In tweet, Turkey's president condemns YouTube ban

Russia’s unique present to Islamic world

Yemeni boy leaves juvenile home thanks to Arab News report

Killers of US diplomat escape from Sudanese prison

Police arrests Taliban planning Karachi attacks

Govt not abusing Punjab in the name of Taliban: Kaira

Two Taliban held in Karachi

3 women kidnapped, girl killed

Obama criticised, Israel is doomed, says Ahmadinejad 

The one word which makes all the difference

‘Iran arrests Nobel winner Ebadi’s aide’

15 die in US drone attack in Pak

ANC advocates inclusion of Kashmiris in Indo-Pak dialogue

Fighter jets kill 10 militants in Orakzai

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Ethnic clashes rage in southern Kyrgyzstan, 49 dead

Jun 12, 2010

OSH(Kyrgyzstan): Police and soldiers are battling to stop ethnic clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan where mobs of armed men have torched Uzbek neighborhoods in the Central Asian country.

The Health Ministry says the death toll has climbed to at least 49, with more than 650 people wounded. The rioting in Osh, the country's second-largest city, is the worst violence since the former president was toppled in a bloody uprising in April.

Fire from heavy machine guns and automatic weapons is heard as troops try to gain control of the roads. Police and local residents say groups of young Kyrgyz men are arriving in Osh from other parts of the country. They are armed with metal bars and some have automatic weapons.

Houses in Uzbek neighborhoods continue to burn.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Rest-of-World/Ethnic-clashes-rage-in-southern-Kyrgyzstan-49-dead/articleshow/6040346.cms

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Kyrgyzstan asks Russia for military help: Interim leader

Jun 12, 2010

BISHKEK: Kyrgyzstan's interim leader Roza Otunbayeva on Saturday appealed to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to send military forces to help quell ethnic violence roiling the south of the country.

She said the violence in southern Kyrgyzstan had spiralled "out of control" after over 50 people have been killed in the ongoing clashes.

"I have signed a letter asking Dmitry Medvedev for third-party forces to be sent to the Kyrgyz Republic," Otunbayeva said in a nationally televised address.

"Since yesterday the situation has gotten out of control. We need outside military forces to halt the situation. For this reason we have appealed to Russia for help," she said.

At least fifty-one people have died and more than 600 have been wounded during clashes between ethnic Uzbeks and Kyrgyz in the south of the strategically-vital Central Asian state.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Kyrgyzstan-asks-Russia-for-military-help-Interim-leader/articleshow/6040997.cms

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Prince Charles touts Islam as spiritual 'green' guide

BY JEFF ZALESIN

June 12th 2010

Prince Charles drew ridicule from some British pundits this week when he said that environmentalists should "follow the Islamic way to save the world."

The Prince of Wales, who is next in line to be the English monarch and head and the Church of England, said Wednesday in a speech at the Oxford Centre for World Studies that people needed an ecological mindset based on "sacred traditions," especially those from the Koran.

Charles, for whom religion and the environment are favorite topics, is a patron of the academic group.

In Islam, the prince told his audience, there is "no separation between man and nature."  People who care about the environment -- Christians and other non-Muslims included -- need to adopt this point of view, he argued.

A lack of belief in the soul is to blame for the world's environmental problems, he said.

The prince also called for measures to slow global population growth, which he said was unsustainable.

Oliver Kamm of the London Times called Charles's remarks "pure mumbo-jumbo."

"The Prince's invocation of 'sacred traditions' is utterly opposed to scientific inquiry -- for if truth is already known through revelation and sacred texts, why bother with fallible human reason and inquiry?" Kamm wrote.

On a London Daily Mail blog post under the headline "Taliban environmentalist," Don Surber asked, "Is Prince Charles as stupid as he sounds?"

He added, "God save the Queen."

http://www.islamicity.com/m/news_frame.asp?Frame=1&referenceID=51358

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In Modi government ad, Azamgarh girls become Gujarat’s new Muslim face

Jun 12 2010

A day after it published full page advertisements in Patna newspapers hailing Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the emancipator of Gujarat’s Muslims before he arrives there for the national BJP meet, the Gujarat government could be heading for some serious embarrassment.

The advertisements showcased a photograph of Muslim girls in burqas working on computers, to buttress the point that Gujarat Muslims are faring much better than those elsewhere. But in reality, the girls belonged to a college in Azamgarh in UP; they had nothing to do with Gujarat.

The photograph was apparently taken from a US-based news portal run by Indian Muslims. The portal, www.twocircles.com, informed The Indian Express on Friday that it is now considering pressing charges of copyright violation against the Gujarat government. In addition, the Shibli College in Azamgarh, has also lambasted the Gujarat government for misusing a photograph of its students.

US-based Kashif ul Huda, Executive Editor of the portal said, “There are two issues here, one of fooling the people by using a picture taken outside Gujarat, and secondly, of copyright violation. It is ironical that they could not get even the required photo from Gujarat for the advertisement.”

He added that the photograph was used earlier by the University of Cambridge for its course material with due permission.

Kashif affirmed that the photograph was originally shot by the portal’s staffer in the Computer Department of Shibli National College, Azamgarh on November 13, 2008. It was originally published on an online portal as part of a series on Azamgarh November 24 , 2009.

Salman Sultan, Head of the college’s Computer Department confirmed to The Indian Express that girls in the photograph were all working in his department.

“This is a heinous act. They are rubbing salt on the humiliated and psychologically wounded Muslim community,” he said.

While Gujarat government officials declined to be quoted on the issue, a senior official said, “The ad may be to highlight the progress of Gujarat Muslims, but it did not say the photograph in it was of Gujarat muslim girls. The government had not asked its advertising agency to put that photograph, the agency did that on its own.”

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/in-modi-government-ad-azamgarh-girls-become-gujarats-new-muslim-face/632927/

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Pak Rangers to protect 300 Indian sikhs

Jun 12 2010

Lahor : Paramilitary Pakistan Rangers have been deployed to protect about 300 Indian Sikhs who will participate in the Jore Mela at Gurdwara Dera Sahib in this eastern Pakistani city.

The Indian Sikhs, who arrived in Pakistan over the past few days, have travelled to Gurdawa Punja Sahib at Hasanabdal near Rawalpindi.

They will reach Lahore on Monday to take part in the three-day festival.

"Keeping in view the law and order situation, we have deployed Pakistan Rangers and police for the security of the visiting yatris," Syed Asif Hashmi, chairman of the Evacuee Trust Property Board that organises such pilgrimages, said.

After the recent attack on the minority Ahmedi community in Lahore that left 95 people dead, the government has beefed up security at all places of worship of minority communities.

"We have not only taken measures for the security of Sikh and Hindu pilgrims from abroad but also enhanced security for locals," Hashmi said.

No leniency could be afforded in this matter, he said.

The head of the Indian delegation, Sardar Raghubir Singh, told reporters that misunderstandings could crop up between India and Pakistan but they could be resolved through talks.

He said both governments should take all possible steps to bring the people of India and Pakistan closer as this is the only way to resolve problems.

Singh appreciated the steps taken by the ETPB for the upkeep of gurdwaras in Pakistan. He also asked it to provide land and residences at Gurdwara Dera Sahib.

The Indian Sikhs will return home on June 17.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pak-rangers-to-protect-300-indian-sikhs/632967/

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‘Jihadi lobby’ influencing judiciary: Fauzia Wahab

11 Jun, 2010

New cases opening against the PPP government because of this lobby, said Fauzia Wahab.—File photo

KARACHI: PPP central information secretary Fauzia Wahab on Friday said that the 'jihadi lobby' was influencing the higher judiciary in Pakistan.

While talking to DawnNews during an interview, she said that the 'jihadi lobby' was influencing the judiciary and because of this, new cases were opening against the PPP government.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/12-jihadi+lobby+influencing+judiciary+fauzia+wahab--bi-02

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‘Bhutto’ released across the country

June 12, 2010

With the true depiction of violence, controversy, and untimely death that remained the regrettable hallmark of the Bhutto legacy, the riveting documentary feature ‘Bhutto’ was released Friday across the country.

The premier show of the documentary would be held at the National Art Gallery (NAG) on June 15. The show is organised by the Ministry of Culture and expected to be attended by the notable political figures of the country.

Benazir Bhutto remains a polarising force in the Muslim world some two years after her death from a suicide attack on December 27, 2007. Hers was a turbulent three-decade run through the storm of Pakistani politics during which Bhutto enjoyed unprecedented outpourings of love and hate, triumph and tragedy, devotion by the people of Pakistan and rejection by the forces who most feared her.

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=244485

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Al-Qaida cleric targets Britain, MI5 warns

June 12, 2010

Young British Muslims are being groomed to carry out terrorist attacks in this country by a radical al-Qaida preacher based in the Middle East, it can be disclosed.

The security services fear that a new generation of British extremists is being radicalized by Anwar al-Awlaki, who recruited the Detroit plane bomber. They are concerned Awlaki's followers could unleash a wave of easily planned guerrilla-style terrorist attacks, similar to the massacre in Mumbai.

Such small-scale attacks could be carried out cheaply by individuals with little terrorist training and without the need for the support of a large organization.

The British security services have become so worried about Awlaki's rising influence that they have alerted government ministers to their fears.

Full report at:

http://www.thestarphoenix.com/news/Qaida+cleric+targets+Britain+warns/3146682/story.html

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Pakistan can’t fight terror alone: President

June 12, 2010

TASHKENT—Reiterating his strong stance to fight militancy, President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday again made it clear that Pakistan will continue to play its role in fight against terrorism urging for greater regional cooperation in this regard.

Addressing the 10th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation here at the Capital of Uzbekistan, President Zardari said the regional countries must also join hands to address the root causes adding that not one single country can counter this global manners.

He said terrorism stems from abject poverty and it was vital that economic activity was created and employment generated so that the people on the fringes of extremism are lured to productive tasks.

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/0610/12/FrontPage/FrontPage1.php

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Khalifa, Cameron discuss Mideast peace process

12 June 2010

The President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, met British Prime Minister David Cameron at Al Rodah Palace here on Friday.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, was present on the occasion. 

Shaikh Khalifa welcomed the British PM and his entourage, here on a short visit, and praised the historic relations between the UK and the UAE in all fields. 

The meeting explored ways of boosting cooperation between the two countries in various fields. It also dwelt on the latest developments in regional and international arenas.

The president emphasised the keenness of the UAE to support the peace process in the Middle East in accordance with the international resolutions.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2010/June/theuae_June328.xml&section=theuae

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PMs J&K visit meant to keep rights issues in focus

Jun 12th, 2010

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singhs two-day visit to Srinagar was intended to signal his view that human rights issues and developmental goals must not be lost sight of and did not put much emphasis on the political process with respect to groups like the Hurriyat.

The PMs remark at a press interaction that he was visiting a state of India was intended to underline the normality of his being in Srinagar at a time when several indicators pointed to an upswing in Kashmirs economy.His visit was in the nature of political stock-taking.

The absence of any response from the Hurriyat factions was not surprising or discouraging as it had been well understood that without a nod from Pakistan,the separatists were not going to respond to any invitation for dialogue.To that extent,Singh was not prepared to offer any olive branch either.

Full report at: Times of India

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Pakistan High Commissioner meets Sushma, stresses on fresh dialogue

Jun 12 2010

Ahead of the two high-profile visits of the Home Minister and the External Affairs Minister to Islamabad, Pakistan High Commissioner Shahid Malik on Friday reached out to Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, in a bid to shore up support for dialogue between the two countries.

It is learnt that Malik, accompanied by his deputy Riffat Masood, discussed with Swaraj the fresh efforts from both sides to resume an expanded political conversation after composite dialogue was stalled following the 26/11 attack.

The High Commissioner is said to have stressed on the pressing need to improve ties between the two countries and reduce the trust deficit in a manner that would be mutually beneficial.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pakistan-high-commissioner-meets-sushma-stresses-on-fresh-dialogue/632925/

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Lashkar front plots hijack to free Qasab from prison

By Faizan Haider

Jun 12th, 2010

SECURITY agencies have zeroed in on an organisation named Islamic Emirates of Al- Hind that could hijack a plane to secure the release of 26/ 11 accused Mohammad Ajmal Qasab. Sources said the Mumbai Police had intercepted a specific threat on Thursday saying “ there could be a repeat of IC 814”. The Delhi- bound IC 814 was hijacked in 1999 and taken to Kandahar to secure the release of three terrorists, including Jaish- e- Mohammad founder Maulana Masood Azhar.

The Mumbai Police alerted the Central Industrial Security Force ( CISF), which is responsible for the security of airports across the country.

Full report at: Mail Today

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26/11 case: Pak court adjourns trial for two weeks

Jun 12, 2010

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani anti-terrorism court conducting the trial of LeT commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and six other suspects linked to the Mumbai attacks today adjourned the proceedings for two weeks after the prosecution sought time to appoint a new prosecutor.

Special Public Prosecutor Malik Rab Nawaz Noon, who was heading the prosecution team, recently died of a heart attack.

Public Prosecutor Zulfiqar Ahmed appeared in the anti-terrorism court of Judge Malik Muhammad Akram Awan and asked for time so that the government could appoint a replacement for Noon.

Defence lawyers Shahbaz Rajput and Khwaja Sultan told PTI that the judge adjourned the trial of the seven suspects till June 26.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/26/11-case-Pak-court-adjourns-trial-for-two-weeks/articleshow/6040906.cms

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Pak wants India, US to share details of Headley's probe

Jun 12, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan wants both India and the US to share details of the interrogation of David Coleman Headley, the alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative who is currently in America's detention, so that the 'myth' surrounding the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks is unearthed.

"Although India and the US are not bound to share findings of investigation, however, they need to share them with Pakistan in order to unearth the myth of Mumbai attack," The Nation quoted a top Pakistani official, as saying on conditions of anonymity.

However, there has been no official statement from Pakistan regarding sharing of details of Headley's interrogation.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pak-wants-India-US-to-share-details-of-Headleys-probe/articleshow/6041028.cms

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Tihar gallows wood in demand as lucky charm

Megha Suri Singh

Jun 12, 2010

NEW DELHI: The gallows at the high-security Tihar Jail have been made out of bounds for prisoners and jail staff alike. The move has nothing to do with security concerns in the wake of increasing pressure on the government to carry out the death sentence of Mohammad Afzal Guru, who is lodged in the jail. It's actually to protect the gallows from people desperately seeking small pieces of its wood.

Over the years, a belief has spread that the wood which forms the gallows brings good luck. It supposedly assures good results for children if kept in school books and wards off fears of all kind when kept under the pillow while sleeping. People even try to scrape off pieces of the wood and wear it on their arm as a tabeez for good luck.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Tihar-gallows-wood-in-demand-as-lucky-charm/articleshow/6039244.cms

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ICC seeks UN help for arrest of Darfur war crime indictees

Jun 12, 2010

UNITED NATIONS: The International Criminal Court chief prosecutor sought help from the UN Security Council Friday to secure the arrest of two senior Sudan officials accused of Darfur war crimes, accusing Khartoum of failing to cooperate.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo told the 15-member council that the Sudanese government "has the primary responsibility and is fully able to implement" warrants issued by the ICC in 2007 for the arrest of former government minister Ahmed Haroun and militia leader Ali Kosheib.

"It (Khartoum) has not done so," he said, adding that he was relaying a request from the ICC's judges for the Security Council to act in response to Sudan's lack of cooperation.

Moreno-Ocampo later told reporters that he was pleased with the expressions of support by council members.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/ICC-seeks-UN-help-for-arrest-of-Darfur-war-crime-indictees/articleshow/6039691.cms

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4 dead in terrorist attack in Algeria

Jun 11, 2010

ALGIERS: At least four people were killed and 20 injured when a truck carrying explosives was detonated at a police roadblock in the Algerian city of Lakhdaria, local media reported Friday.

The victims included two police officers, a Chinese national and an Algerian civilian, the online daily Tout sur l'Algerie reported. Ten police officers were among those injured in the attack.

Lakhdaria is some 220 km east of the Algerian capital Algiers

Media reports said that the attack was carried out by the group al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, which is associated with the terrorist network headed by Osama bin Laden.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Middle-East/4-dead-in-terrorist-attack-in-Algeria/articleshow/6038227.cms

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Death is beautiful

Mayank Austen Soofi

Jun 12, 2010

On Wednesday night this week, Delhi celebrated the death anniversary of its sufi saint, Shah Farhad

The old woman is whirling into a blur. Qawwals are singing. It's a joyous mood.

Tonight, the sufi shrine of Hazrat Shah Farhad in Bageecha Pirji, near Sadar Bazaar, is lit up with lamps.

It is Shah Farhad's Urs, his 286th death anniversary. He died in 1723 AD. In Sufism, the death of a saint is celebrated as the occasion when his soul gets united with that of his beloved, the God. Urs means `wedding' in Arabic.

Shah Farhad was born in Delhi but grew up in Burhanpur in central India where his father was a governor. As a child, he got attached to a mystic who initiated him into an offshoot of the Chishti order. Shah Farhad later settled in Delhi where he acquired a follow- ing. This evening's crowd is a proof of his popularity. The Shah's sufis Every morning before open- ing their stores, the traders in the neighbourhood come to the dargah to get their shop keys blessed by Shah Farhad. Childless women come asking for children.

Students come to get their books blessed.

Full report at: Hindustan Times

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Obama's Afghanistan Strategy: The News is Bad

By Jim Lobe

Jun 12, 2010

WASHINGTON - While U.S. officials insist they are making progress in reversing the momentum built up by the Taliban insurgency over the last several years, the latest news from Afghanistan suggests the opposite may be closer to the truth.

People gather around the coffins of men who were killed in the Kandahar attack. (Reuters) Even senior military officials are conceding privately that their much-touted new counterinsurgency strategy of "clear, hold and build" in contested areas of the Pashtun southern and eastern parts of the country are not working out as planned despite the "surge" of some 20,000 additional U.S. troops over the past six months.

Casualties among the nearly 130,000 U.S. and other NATO troops now deployed in Afghanistan are also mounting quickly.

Full report at:

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/06/11-3

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Tension in J&K over youth's death

Jun 12, 2010

SRINAGAR: Curfew-like situation prevailed in the old city on Saturday as authorities imposed prohibitory orders, while a spontaneous strike was observed in the rest of the areas to protest against the death of a 17-year-old youth during a clash between stone-pelting demonstrators and police.

Tufail, who was returning from tuition, was allegedly killed during a clash between stone-pelting demonstrators and security personnel in Ghani Memorial Hospital near Rajouri Kadal area.

The death sparked off massive protests in the city till late last night resulting in injuries to 25 people, including five policemen.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Tension-in-JK-over-youths-death/articleshow/6040621.cms

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Facebook gives Dawood away

Jun 12th, 2010

In her Facebook profile, Dawood Ibrahim's daughter has given away the fact that India's most wanted criminal is still living in Karachi.

Pakistan may claim it has no clue to Dawood's whereabouts.

But a status message posted on Dawood's daughter Mahrukh's Facebook profile on May 5, says tellingly: “Missing mom and dad and junaid and reenz and moeen and mazia and everyone in Karachi.“

All those named are Dawood's family members. Mahrukh, who is said to live in Lahore with Junaid, cricketer Javed Miandad's son whom she married in 2005, reveals in the profile that she went to school in Clifton, an upmarket area in Karachi where the Bhuttos too have a home. Indian security agencies have been insisting Dawood lives in Clifton.

Full report at: Hindustan Times

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MECCA MASJID CASE REOPENED, HINDU OUTFIT ROLE SUSPECTED

Jun 12th, 2010

After three years of a wild goose chase, the CBI has decided to reopen its investi- gation into the Mecca Masjid blast following a suspicion that militant Hindu outfit Abhinav Bharat could have been behind the attack.

Fourteen people lost their lives in the blast and its after- math. Five people were killed in the explosion and nine in police firing at protesters who pelted stones at police person- nel after coming out of the mosque in May 2007.

The probe had `turned cold' after the Central Bureau of Investigation got no leads in the case.

The CBI has now drawn links between the blast in Hyderabad and the bomb attack in Ajmer in October 2007.

Full report at: Hindustan Times

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Pak SC presses govt to reopen Zardari cases

Rezaul H Laskar

Jun 12th, 2010

Pakistan's Supreme Court on Friday directed the Law Ministry to prepare a fresh proposal for the Prime Minister regarding the implementation of its verdict annulling a graft amnesty that benefited President Asif Ali Zardari.

A five-member bench issued the directive during the hear- ing of a suo moto case over the government's failure to imple- ment the verdict on the National Reconciliation Ordinance.

Since it struck down the amnesty last year, the court has been pressing the government to reopen graft cases against Zardari in Switzerland.

Earlier, the court expressed grave concern over the gov- ernment's attitude of not imple- menting its verdict.

Full report at: Hindustan Times

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Iran protest movement in disarray

Jun 12th, 2010

When office clerks, housewives, students and other urban Iranians took to the streets a year ago to protest what they said was massive election fraud by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, they hailed the birth of a leaderless popular movement that embodied their aspirations for a more open society.

“We are all together“ became a favourite slogan of the Green Movement, which sprang to life last year after Ahmadinejad was proclaimed the landslide winner of the June 12 presidential election.

Defeated opposition candi- dates Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, who quickly turned into figureheads, said it was not they, but ordinary Iranians, who were leading the massive anti-government demonstrations that followed the vote. There was no agen- da other than a demand for new elections; no goal other than the departure of Ahmadinejad.

Full report at: Hindustan Times

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Dissident Islamic guards

Jun 12th, 2010

Six months ago Muhammed Hussein Torkaman was a young Revolutionary Guard in Iran, working in the security team attached to the supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

As part of this inner security force, the Sar-Allah, or Avengers of God, he was also responsible, he says, for the leaders' personal safety during the protests after the presidential elections, which were widely viewed as having been stolen by Ahmadinejad.

He witnessed increasing dissent within the guards.

Torkaman, 24, is in hiding in a small, nondescript flat in a backwater in central Turkey, where he is seeking asylum with his wife and two-year-old son. His extraordinary account of the depravities of the Iranian government and its crushing of dissent forms the backbone of a film by Guardian Films and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Full report at: Hindustan Times

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Kashmir biggest hurdle in relations between India, Pak: Mirwaiz

Jun 12, 2010

Srinagar: Kashmir remained the biggest hurdle in relations between India and Pakistan and it should top the agenda of any talks between the two countries,moderate Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq said on Friday.

"Biggest hurdle in the relations between India and Pakistan is Kashmir issue," he said addressing a Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid in old city.

"Confidence building (between the two countries) is dependent on Kashmir issue, and hence it should top the agenda of the talks", he said.

In his speech, the Mirwaiz referred to the alleged fake encounter in Machhil in which three youths were killed allegedly by army on April 30 last.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/kashmir-biggest-hurdle-in-relations-between-india-pak-mirwaiz/632612/

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Moscow gets tough with Tehran

Jun 12, 2010

MOSCOW: Russia hardened its stance against Iran in its nuclear row on Friday. It said the new UN sanctions prevent Moscow from delivering S-300 air-defense missiles to Tehran, a reversal of the position announced by Russia's Foreign Ministry the day before. It also said the sanctions ruled out Iran's membership in a Central Asian regional security bloc.

The Kremlin statement on the missiles was sure to please Israel and the United States, which have long urged Russia not to supply the powerful defense system. Russia signed a deal to sell the missiles in 2007, but has delayed their delivery.

The UN Security Council resolution passed Wednesday bans Iran from developing ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons, investing in nuclear-related activities and buying certain types of heavy weapons.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article64712.ece

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Abdullah, Sultan condole with Oman over cyclone deaths

Jun 12, 2010

JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah sent a cable of condolences to Oman’s Sultan Qaboos on the deaths of people and other losses occurred when Cyclone Phet swept several parts of the sultanate.

Crown Prince Sultan, deputy premier and minister of defense and aviation also condoled the deaths and calamities in Oman, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article64722.ece

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Taif woman seeks NSHR help to reunite with children

By MD HUMAIDAN

Jun 12, 2010

JEDDAH: The Taif branch of the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) is currently studying how it can help a woman in Taif establish her right to visit her six children who live with her ex-husband.

The woman’s case was brought to the attention of the NSHR by a Jeddah-based satellite television channel recently.

The woman’s six children have been living with their father away in a village in Jazan after she was separated from the man six years ago.

The woman’s complaint, forwarded to NSHR by the television, charged that her husband did not do anything to get their children’s identity documents processed. Without identity papers the children cannot go to school or even to hospitals.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article64652.ece

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Israel must act if it wants forgiveness — Turkey

Jun 12, 2010

PARIS: Israel must make amends to be forgiven for a commando assault on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, including apologising for the attack and paying compensation, Turkish President Abdullah Gul told the French daily Le Monde.

Gul added that if Israel made no move to heal the rift, then Turkey could even decide to break diplomatic relations.

In an interview published on Friday, Gul said the Israeli attack at the end of May, which killed nine activists, was a "crime" which might have been carried out by the likes of Al-Qaeda rather than a sovereign state.

"It seems impossible to me to forgive or forget, unless there are some initiatives which could change the situation," Gul was quoted as saying by Le Monde.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article64740.ece

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In tweet, Turkey's president condemns YouTube ban

Jun 12, 2010

ANKARA: Turkey's President Abdullah Gul has used his Twitter page to condemn his country's ban on YouTube and some Google services.

"I know there are lots of complaints about bans on YouTube and Google," Gul said in a tweet posted on June 10.

"I am definitely against them being closed down. I have ordered responsible institutions for a solution. I asked for a change in regulations on merit."

Human rights groups and media watchdog associations have long urged Turkey, a European Union candidate, to reform its restrictive Internet laws.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article64738.ece

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Russia’s unique present to Islamic world

Jun 12, 2010

In 2006, the Moscow Mint of the Ministry of Finance of Russia, cast the only and exact copy of the manuscript dated to the 8th century “The Qur’an of Uthman.”

The copy represents 163 plates made of Au 999 gold. It took the Moscow Mint a year and a half to make the copy.

Then in a Jan. 25, 2007, press conference in Moscow, Professor D.V. Frolov, head of the Arab philology department of the Moscow State University, revealed the masterpiece of a manuscript to the world.

He said: “An eternal text perpetuated in the most precious metal is a miracle of the jeweler’s art and a sample of the highest skill of the Russian craftsmen. It will now be saved forever. This manuscript is very important for science. It represents an early stage of the text composition including the fact that ways of “handwriting” differ from modern writing.”

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/russian_supplement/article64654.ece

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Yemeni boy leaves juvenile home thanks to Arab News report

By MUHAMMAD HUMAIDAN

Jun 11, 2010

JEDDAH: A 16-year-old Yemeni boy who was sent to a juvenile detention center in Jeddah 18 months ago has been released after generous members of the public helped raise SR300,000 to secure his release.

The youngster, called Ali, was jailed until he paid blood money to the family of a boy whose eye he gouged out during a fight. Arab News published Ali’s story in April and asked philanthropists to help raise cash for his release.

“The judge told me to go home to my mother after the money was paid to the other boy’s family,” said an ecstatic Ali. “I am out now. Thank you very much. I have been reunited with my mother and I am now living peacefully with her and my other siblings,” he added.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article64608.ece

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Killers of US diplomat escape from Sudanese prison

Jun 12, 2010

KHARTOUM, Sudan: Four men sentenced to death for killing a US diplomat two years ago in the Sudanese capital escaped from the national prison through an old sewage pipe, the country's police chief said Friday.

The fugitives crawled through the pipe, which leads from the prison to a main street, on Thursday night, said police Lt. Gen. Mohammed Abdul-Rahim Al-Tayeb.

"The federal police are investigating the matter and searching for the fugitives," Al-Tayeb said in a statement carried by the state news agency.

Al-Tayeb said the fugitives exchanged fire with security personnel manning a checkpoint on the outskirts of the capital. In their pursuit, police arrested the driver of a car transporting the convicts, but the four men were not recaptured, he said.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article64729.ece

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Police arrests Taliban planning Karachi attacks

12 Jun, 2010

KARACHI: Police said they had arrested two Taliban militants on Friday who were planning “terror attacks” in Karachi.

The two members of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were arrested during a police raid in the Baldia area, senior police official Omar Shahid told AFP.

“The police are interrogating the two men, Inamullah Mehsud, a resident of North Waziristan tribal region, and his local facilitator Sajjadullah Mehsud,”Shahid said.

Pistols, explosives and bomb-making accessories had been recovered in the raid, he said.

The men were planning to bring a suicide bomber to the city from North Waziristan, but “the arrests foiled their attempts to strike terror in Karachi,” Shahid said.

A local intelligence official also confirmed Friday's arrests.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/metropolitan/12-police+arrests+taliban+planning+karachi+attacks--bi-05

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Govt not abusing Punjab in the name of Taliban: Kaira

11 Jun, 2010

LAHORE: Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira on Friday said that if the Punjab government would eliminate the militant hideouts in South Punjab, the federal government would not need to conduct an operation in the area.

While talking to media persons at the Lahore airport, Kaira said that it was wrong to think that they were abusing Punjab because of Punjabi Taliban.

He said that Chudhary Nisar had criticized the government on the issue of pay increase while being exasperated, and it had nothing to do with the PML-N policy.

Kaira said that in coalition government allies often took opposite stances from each other and that no one was leaving the government.

He said everyone including the government, opposition and the people were demanding the arrest of the culprits involved in the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/12-govt+not+abusing+punjab+in+the+name+of+taliban-kaira--bi-01

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Two Taliban held in Karachi

12 Jun, 2010

KARACHI, June 11: Police said they had arrested two Taliban militants on Friday who were planning “terror attacks” in the financial hub.

The two members of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were arrested during a police raid in the Baldia area, senior police official Omar Shahid said.

“The police are interrogating the two men, Inamullah Mehsud, a resident of North Waziristan tribal region, and his local facilitator Sajjadullah Mehsud,” he said.

Pistols, explosives and bomb-making accessories had been recovered in the raid, he said.

The men were planning to bring a suicide bomber to the city from North Waziristan, but “the arrests foiled their attempts to strike terror in Karachi,” Shahid said.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/two-taliban-held-in-karachi-260

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3 women kidnapped, girl killed

12 Jun, 2010

SUKKUR, June 11: A teenage girl was killed and three women were kidnapped from Raja Khan Jakhrani village near Jacobabad night.

Armed people barged into the house of Mohammad Sachal Jamali and opened fire, killing Noor Khatoon, 15, daughter of Mohammad Nawaz Jamali, on the spot.

Later, they kidnapped Naziran, wife of Mohammad Sachal; Hanifan, wife of Mohammad Nawaz; and Benazir, wife of Imtiaz Jamali, in a double cabin pickup.

In the morning, the police took the body to a local hospital for autopsy and, on the complaint of Mohammad Sachal, registered a case against 12 people, including Tooh, Mohammad Nawaz, Muhabat, Khadim Ali, Mohammad Alam, Malook alias Wichoo, all Chandio by caste.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/3-women-kidnapped,-girl-killed-260

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Obama criticised Israel is doomed, says Ahmadinejad

12 Jun, 2010

SHANGHAI, June 11: Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Friday Israel was ‘doomed’ and singled out US President Barack Obama for scorn, blaming Washington for orchestrating new nuclear sanctions against Tehran.

Speaking during a visit to the World Expo in Shanghai, Ahmadinejad denounced the UN Security Council's sanctions resolution adopted on Wednesday with Chinese and Russian backing as ‘worthless paper’.

The firebrand leader accused global nuclear powers of “monopolising” atomic technology and said the new sanctions would “have no effect” — reserving most of his tough rhetoric for the United States, not his ally Beijing.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/international/obama-criticised-israel-is-doomed,-says-ahmadinejad-260

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The one word which makes all the difference

By Usman Manzoor

June 12, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Where General Ziaul Haq is known for his ‘Islamic provisions’ that he inserted in the Constitution of Pakistan at the same time his un-Islamic omission of a word from the Objectives Resolution has gone unheard until it was discussed in the Supreme Court on June 8.

The recent proceedings of the Supreme Court regarding alteration in the Objectives Resolution by General Ziaul Haq has given rise to many questions that why only one word was changed in the Objectives Resolution while no religion in the world stops any person from freely confessing and practicing his religion. This word has been once again put in the Objectives resolution in the 18th Amendment.

Veteran religious scholar, Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman says that Islam ensures that minorities own and practice their religions freely. He said minorities can even preach their religion to the followers of their religions according to Islam and no one can be dragged into Muslim-hood through force.

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=244618

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‘Iran arrests Nobel winner Ebadi’s aide’

June 12, 2010

TEHRAN: An aide to Iranian Nobel peace winner Shirin Ebadi has been arrested before the anniversary of Iran’s disputed presidential election, Ebadi’s rights groups said on Friday. “Narges Mohammadi was arrested at her home last night,” the Defenders of Human Rights Centre said. Mohammadi, a mother of two, is a close aide to Ebadi and is the spokeswoman of the rights group, which is a vocal critic of the Iranian regime’s treatment of dissidents and regularly reports on rights ‘abuses.’ Ebadi left Iran on the eve of the June 12, 2009 poll, which gave President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a second term amid widespread allegations by his opponents of fraud. That sparked street protests, which rocked the Islamic republic last summer and winter. Security forces cracked down heavily, with dozens of protesters killed, hundreds arrested and scores of prominent reformists, journalists and rights campaigners put on trial – with many receiving stiff jail sentences.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\12\story_12-6-2010_pg20_7

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15 die in US drone attack in Pak

Jun 12, 2010

ISLAMABAD: The toll in a US drone attack in northwest Pakistan has risen to 15, after 11 people succumbed to their injuries in a hospital, a media report said.

Four people died on the spot and several were injured when missiles hit a house in North Waziristan's Datta Khel area on Friday.

This was the second drone attack in the area in two days. On Thursday, three people were killed in a similar attack.

The US has intensified drone attacks against militants in North Waziristan in recent months.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/15-die-in-US-drone-attack-in-Pak/articleshow/6041037.cms

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ANC advocates inclusion of Kashmiris in Indo-Pak dialogue

Jun 12, 2010

SRINAGAR: Jammu & Kashmir Awami National Conference (ANC) on Saturday advocated inclusion of Kashmiri people in the Indo-Pak dialogue, as they are the principal sufferers and need to have a say in the process.

"Until the facilitation of the people of Kashmir from both the sides of the LOC takes place and unless they are included in the Indo-Pak dialogue, the dialogue would be incomplete," said ANC senior Vice-President Muzaffar Shah.

Referring to the memorandum submitted by ANC to the PM during his recent visit to the state, Shah said, "We made it clear to the PM that without active participation of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, no exercise will be fruitful."

Shah criticised functioning of the state government and alleged it of being "non-functional, paralysed and out of gear".

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/ANC-advocates-inclusion-of-Kashmiris-in-Indo-Pak-dialogue/articleshow/6041336.cms

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Fighter jets kill 10 militants in Orakzai

12 Jun, 2010

PARACHINAR: Fighter jets destroyed several militant hide-outs in northwest Pakistan’s Orakzai tribal region, killing 10 insurgents, a local official said.

Samiullah Khan, a local administrator, said the strikes Saturday targeted remnants of the Pakistani Taliban in the tribal region, where the army declared victory last week over the militants.

He said some militants were also wounded in the attacks.

Pakistan launched an operation in Orakzai in mid-March against militants who fled last year from an army offensive in the South Waziristan tribal region.

The government says it has killed scores of militants in the operation, but the remoteness of the area makes it impossible to independently confirm its claims.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/04-orakzai-fighter-jets-qs-07

 

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