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Forced Conversion of Hindus in Pakistan Jolts US out of Slumber

Indian guru wants Taliban to de-stress

Hindi remake of ‘The Infidel’ to focus on Hinduism and Islam

UN chief “very, very sad” about shooting Afghan civilians

Saudi executes drug smuggler, killer

Pakistan Hindu woman says she converted without any coercion

Musharraf claims that Bugti committed suicide

Gaza’s blood traders fighting Assad’s battle

Arab League: Syria committing crimes against humanity

Imran Khan pulls out of conference over Salman Rushdie booking

Police raid ‘Natural Beauty Care’, arrest 10 expat women and three Maldivian men on prostitution charges

Syrians routinely tortured in detention, says Amnesty

Armed forces will show Iranian zeal in face of aggression: Qods Force chief  

India to reopen consulate in Karachi

Did alcohol play a role in the Afghan killings?

Sarkozy: Assad is a killer, must face world court

Legal or not, New Yorkers support surveillance of Muslims

Multiple overlapping worlds in Pakistan: US

Pak-US top leaders to meet on sideline of Nuclear Summit

Algeria al-Qaeda chief Droukdel sentenced in absentia

Attack on Iran will undermine world order: professor       

At least 34 killed in Syrian violence

Target Waziristan: US drones strike twice, killing 15 militants

10 killed in Yemen onslaught

US pushes to use Kyrgyztan base after 2014

Russian official: No missile deal at NATO summit

UK government sued for helping US drone strikes in Pakistan

Syria finally answers Annan on ending violence

Israel, Islamic Jihad agree to Gaza truce

US asks Saudis to increase oil output from July

Iran parliament begins questioning Ahmadinejad

UN says 230,000 people have fled Syria violence

Assad sets May 7 as date for Syrian parliament vote

Obama, Cameron to focus on Afghan, Iran, Syria scenes

Violence across Syria; UN awaits response from Damascus

Looking forward to work with new ISI chief: Pentagon

Iran dismisses claims of military site clean-up

Indians in Bahrain seek urgent steps to tackle rising suicides

India charges six over Delhi High Court blast

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Forced Conversion of Hindus in Pakistan Jolts US out of Slumber

Chidanand Rajghatta,

Mar 14, 2012,

There have been many reports of Hindu girls being abducted, forcibly converted to Islam and married to Muslim men in Pakistan.

WASHINGTON: Pakistan's state-endorsed discrimination, and in some cases extermination, of its minorities has finally caught the eye of Washington lawmakers.

Coming on the heels of support in Congress for a Baloch homeland in the face of Islamabad's depredations in the region, a US Congressman has zeroed in on the abduction and forced religious conversion of Hindus in the country highlighted by the case of Rinkel Kumari .

In a sharply-worded letter to Pakistan's president Asif Ali Zardari, Congressman Brad Sherman urged him to take action to ensure the return of Rinkel Kumari to her family, pursuant to reports that she had been abducted with the help of a Pakistan People's Party (PPP) lawmaker.

In a case that has been widely reported in the liberal Pakistani media, Rinkel , who was abducted on February 24, was forced to marry one Naveed Shah and convert to Islam .

She was subsequently produced before a civil judge twice ,but she was reportedly coerced into claiming that she had converted on her own will, even as her family was denied access to her in kangaroo court proceedings that revealed in video clips to be led by a frenzied mob of zealots , including armed followers of the Pakistani lawmaker .

According to Pakistani civil liberties activists in Washington, Rinkel was allegedly threatened while in police custody that if she did not change her statement, she and her family would be killed.

"Rinkel's case is just one case of abduction and forced religious conversion in Pakistan," Sherman said in the letter to Zardari, citing the Asian Human Rights commission figure of 20-25 kidnappings and forced conversions of Hindu girls in Sindh every month.

The Rinkel Kumari case was brought to the attention of US lawmakers not by Hindu activists but by the Sindhi American Political Action Committee (SAPAC ), a lobby group that , like the Baloch groups , is increasingly asserting the secular and syncretic identity of Pakistan's Sindhi community in the face of growing Islamization in the country .

Sapac activists are telling US lawmakers that state sponsored discrimination against minority groups in Pakistan is rampant and is causing Hindus to migrate out of Pakistan in droves.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Forced-conversion-of-Hindus-in-Pakistan-jolts-US-out-of-slumber/articleshow/12256632.cms

 

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Indian guru wants Taliban to de-stress

March 14, 2012

ISLAMABAD - An Indian Hindu guru may be the last emissary the Taliban expect, but Sri Sri Ravi Shankar would love to teach inner peace to the insurgents.

Visiting Pakistan for the first time in eight years, he basks in the diplomatic rapprochement that made the trip possible but his dreams of harmony couldn't be further removed from the suffering of millions worldwide.

Spry for a man in his mid-50s, dressed in pristine white robes and his hair still ebony, he began the second leg of his three-city Pakistan tour by tossing rose petals into the air cheered on by some of Islamabad's most elegant women.

Nominated for the Nobel peace prize and described by Forbes magazine in 2009 as the fifth most powerful person in India, Shankar established the Art of Living Foundation in 1981. It estimates it has 300 million followers.

He travels widely and in 2007 took his message of peace and meditation to Iraq, where he urged Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds to give peace a chance and was invited to introduce his Art of Living rehabilitation programme in prisons.

His centres teach breathing practices and techniques to help people from all religious backgrounds overcome the stresses, jealousies and insecurities of modern life to become more focused, happier and healthier.

He first visited Pakistan in 2004 and organisers say there are now 5,000 followers -- a tiny number in the Muslim country of 174 million.

So does "Guruji", as he's known, think Taliban fighters are ripe for inner peace after battling the Americans for 10 years in Afghanistan and bombing their way through Pakistani cities since 2007?

"Definitely! I would love to stretch my hands to Talibans because I would like them to see from a broader perspective the universe," he told AFP at the Art of Living centre in Bani Gala, an upmarket village near Islamabad.

"I would like to educate them. There must be something wrong in their way of thinking that says 'only I am going to heaven, everyone else is going to hell.'

"I would say that is not possible, you know. So I would like to give them the experience of inner connectivity," Shankar said.

He claims to find parallels among extremists jailed in India, but hastens to add that Pakistanis, and not he as an Indian Hindu, would have to be responsible for any similar outreach programme in Pakistan.

"When they undergo our breathing exercises and techniques, suddenly their fanaticism drops. They start appreciating diversity," he claimed.

His followers in Bani Gala were drawn from the country's urbane, educated and liberal elite who abhor the international stereotype of Pakistan as a font of Islamist terrorism and religious conservatism.

Organisers insist they attract people from all walks of life, but the audience was predominantly wealthy and middle class -- ladies who lunch or who took the day off work, well dressed with posh handbags and designer shades.

Shankar, who visited Lahore on Monday and was scheduled to travel to Karachi on Wednesday, brings greetings from India's 1.2 billion people as the two countries resume peace talks that were stalled by the carnage of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Insurgencies, social and economic problems, corruption and the poor level of education can all be addressed by taking a a deep breath, he claims.

"Everyone should take a little bit of time, 10 minutes, five minutes, 10 minutes, to calm down. Even in the worst scenario they need to calm down and take action in a calm state of mind," he said.

But he was preaching to the converted -- a well-educated crowd keen to see peace finally overcome the three wars between India and Pakistan.

"We want peace with India and we want friendship with India. That's why we came here," student Kashif Abbasi told AFP while waiting for Shankar to finish his myriad press interviews and finally address his followers.

Sitting a few rows further forward, lawyer Natasha Khan dismissed out of hand any suggestion that having an Indian spiritualist in town was a problem.

"That's a non-issue at this sort of event that he's a Hindu or an Indian or anything. Nobody that I know said anything to me, if there's someone else I don't know about it," she said.

Shahnaz Minallah, the Pakistan co-chair of Art of Living, suspects the "agencies" -- a euphemism for the security services -- were behind Shankar's visa being rescinded before and describes his visit as a "living miracle".

"We were scared about the Pakistan-India thing and the Hindu element attached to it, whereas it's nothing. It's neutral. It comes from that region but it fits into any tradition," she said.

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2012/03/14/news/national/indian-guru-wants-taliban-to-de-stress/

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Hindi remake of ‘The Infidel’ to focus on Hinduism and Islam

14 March 2012

Mumbai: Trigno Media, co-founded by Sajjad Chunawala and Shariq Patel, has acquired the rights to develop British cross-cultural comedy ‘The Infidel’ in Hindi.

The Infidel is a hilarious story of a man caught between his religion and his conscience and is a story that has relevance to India which is a secular country with various religions. Unlike the original, the remake will expectedly focus on Hinduism and Islam.

"People are terrified about race and religious issues, especially issues surrounding Muslims and Hindus, and when people are terrified, what they really should do is laugh,” Trigno Media Director Sajjad Chunawala says.

The film's original producers Uzma Hasan, Arvind David and writer-producer David Baddiel will be the Executive Producer of the remake. interestingly, the original also had several actors of Indian origin, including the wellknown Archie Panjabi (remembered for 'East is East', 'Bend it Like Bekham' and 'A Mighty Heart'), apart from Amit Shah, Ravin Ganatra, Bhaskar Patel, Niraj Naik and Sartaj Garewal.

Commenting on the announcement, Uzma observed, "It's been incredible to watch ‘The Infidel’ resonate with audiences across the globe; I am excited to see it reinterpreted in one of the world's most richly diverse nations."

The casting of the film is in process and an announcement is likely to be made soon.

http://www.indiantelevision.com/aac/y2k12/aac335.php

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UN chief “very, very sad” about shooting Afghan civilians

March 14, 2012

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his sadness about the March 11 massacre of 16 Afghan civilians by a US soldier.

"I was very, very sad to hear about this shocking incident," Ban told a group of reporters here, according to a note to correspondents released here by his spokesman. "So many people, including children, were killed by the act of a single individual.”

The massacre occurred in Kandahar province, where an American soldier left his base and opened fire in the homes of Afghan villagers living nearby.

The 16 civilians killed included women and children.

According to the note, Ban said that the UN expects an investigation to start with regards to the killings, in order to " rapidly establish the facts" so that "those responsible will be held accountable and that the public will be fully informed."

The secretary-general emphasized the importance of protecting civilians.

"When it comes to the protection of civilian populations, I have been very vocal here and all around the world, not only in Afghanistan," said Ban. "We will continue to urge all authorities and military personnel who are engaging in these operations to pay extreme and utmost care to protect the civilian population."

Hundreds of university students took to the streets in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad on Tuesday to protest a deadly rampage by the U.S. soldier, reports said.

Also on Tuesday, US President Barack Obama said that the American soldier's massacre of Afghan civilians is "outrageous and unacceptable," and he promised a thorough and unstinting probe into the tragedy.

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2012/03/14/news/foreign/un-chief-very-very-sad-about-shooting-afghan-civilians/

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Saudi executes drug smuggler, killer

March 13, 2012

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia on Tuesday executed a Saudi who killed a man in a tribal feud as well as a Syrian drug smuggler, the ministry of interior announced. “Humam Eid al-Kindar, a Syrian, was arrested for smuggling 169,000 banned pills,” state news agency SPA quoted a ministry statement as saying.

Kindar was beheaded by the sword in the kingdom’s northern province of Jawf, it said. The statement added that Saeed al-Ahmari, a Saudi, was convicted of shooting dead fellow citizen Ali al-Ahmar at a police station during a tribal feud. He was executed in the southwestern city of Abha. The beheadings bring to 13 the number of people executed in Saudi Arabia since the beginning of the year, according to an AFP tally based on official reports.

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2012/03/13/news/foreign/saudi-executes-drug-smuggler-killer/

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Pakistan Hindu woman says she converted without any coercion

13 MARCH 2012

A Hindu woman who was alleged to have been kidnapped and forcefully converted, has told a Pakistan court that she embraced Islam without any coercion and married a Muslim man out of her own free will.

Lata Kumari, who was allegedly abducted from the Defence area of Karachi on February 2, recorded her statement before Judicial Magistrate Hatim Aziz Solangi on Monday.

Last week, the Supreme Court had directed authorities to produce three women, including Lata, who were allegedly kidnapped or forcibly taken away in Sindh province, by March 26.

For Full Report At:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/world/49450-pakistan-hindu-woman-says-she-converted-without-any-coercion.html

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Musharraf claims that Bugti committed suicide

March 14, 2012

Former President of Pakistan and current Chief of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML)Parvez Musharraf claimed that Baloch leader Akbar Bugti was not killed infact he had committed suicide while the Baloch leader Harbiyar Marri disregarded Musharraf’s claim, DawnNews reported on Wednesday.

Musharraf said that he is not an ordinary person and he is not afraid of red-warrants.

Talking on the issue of Balochistan, former military dictator said that Balochistan is not an enigmatic issue, there are few people destroying the peace of the province and they need to be dealt with the hard hand.

He further said that there is India’s involvement in the province to destabilize peace in the country.

For Full Report At:

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/14/musharraf-claims-that-bugti-committed-suicide.html

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Gaza’s blood traders fighting Assad’s battle?

14 March 2012

Whilst the world is in a state of shock with regard to the massacres that continue to be carried out against the Syrian people at the hands of the Bashar Assad regime, “tinplate” rockets were being fired from Gaza into Israel, and the Israelis, of course, responded to this with violence, and then suddenly it was announced that the Egyptians had mediated and therefore the situation had calmed, and then Hamas announced that it was involved in this.

So why did what happen, happen?  Why was the Egyptian mediation accepted in the first place?

I challenge anybody from Hamas or any other Gaza organization to come out with a compelling answer about why “tinplate” rockets were fired into Israel in the first place, and whose interests are served for the lives of the Palestinian people to be lost in this saddening manner?  There is no balance of power between Hamas or Islamic Jihad and Israel, whilst the Arabs are all preoccupied in attempting to protect the blood of the Syrian people from the tyrant of Damascus; this is not to mention the fact that most of the Arab states are preoccupied with their own affairs today, and the entire world is also preoccupied with stopping the massacres that are being carried out against the Syrian people.

For Full Report At:

http://arabnews.com/opinion/columns/article587266.ece

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Arab League: Syria committing crimes against humanity

, 14 March 2012

CAIRO: The Arab League chief says the Syrian regime’s killing of civilians amounts to crimes against humanity and is calling for an international inquiry.

Nabil Elaraby said Tuesday that it would not be ethical or moral to allow those behind the killings in the cities of Homs and Idlib to get away with their crime.

Syrian opposition activists have claimed that Syrian regime forces have killed scores of civilians, including women and children, in opposition strongholds over the past two days.

State media in Damascus, which often ignore activists’ claims, on Monday confirmed the latest killings in Homs but blamed “armed terrorists,” as they frequently call those behind the yearlong uprising against President Bashar Assad’s regime.

At the United Nations, the US and Russia clashed after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to the divided Security Council to speak with one voice and help Syria “pull back from the brink of a deeper catastrophe.”

Washington and Moscow both called for an end to the bloody conflict — but on different terms, leaving prospects for UN action in doubt.

For Full Report At:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article587164.ece

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Imran Khan pulls out of conference over Salman Rushdie booking

14 March 2012

Imran Khan, the Pakistan cricketer-turned-politician, has pulled out of a conference in Delhi because of the expected attendance of Salman Rushdie.

An aide to Khan told the Guardian the 59-year-old, who leads a conservative political party currently riding a wave of mass support in his home country, learned of Rushdie's invitation to the India Today Conclave only on Tuesday evening, and made an immediate decision.

Shireen Mazari, who advises Khan on foreign affairs, said: "He categorically rejected participating in any programme that included Salman Rushdie, who has caused immeasurable hurt to Muslims across the globe."

In January, Rushdie was forced to pull out of the Jaipur literary festival, the biggest such event in south Asia, after protests by Indian Muslim groups, which consider his 1988 novel The Satanic Verses blasphemous.

For Full Report At:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/14/imran-khan-conference-salman-rushdie?newsfeed=true

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Police raid ‘Natural Beauty Care’, arrest 10 expat women and three Maldivian men on prostitution charges

By Ahmed Nazeer

March 14th, 2012

Police raided the ‘Natural Beauty Care’ salon on Monday night and arrested 10 expatriate women, three Maldivian men and an Indian national while they were allegedly involved in sexual activities.

In a statement, police said that officers entered salon, located in Sherin in the Maafannu district of Male’, after receiving reports that prostitution was conducted widely on the premises.

According to police, the women arrested included four Thai nationals, three Sri Lankans, one Chinese and one Nepalese national.

For Full Report At:

http://minivannews.com/society/police-raid-%E2%80%98natural-beauty-care%E2%80%99-arrest-10-expat-women-and-three-maldivian-men-on-prostitution-charges-33280

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Syrians routinely tortured in detention, says Amnesty

14 March 2012

People detained by the Syrian authorities are being systematically and routinely tortured, an Amnesty International report alleges.

The rights group says officials are using techniques including suspending and then beating detainees with fists and rifle butts.

Many of those from whom Amnesty gathered testimony said children were among the torture victims.

Syrian authorities have denied torturing opponents of the government.

Electrocution claims

"The testimonies we have heard give disturbing insights into a system of detention and interrogation which, a year after protests began, appears intended primarily to degrade, humiliate and terrify its victims into silence," said Ann Harrison of Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa Programme.

For Full Report At:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17356567?print=true

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Armed forces will show Iranian zeal in face of aggression: Qods Force chief  

14 March 2012

TEHRAN – The commander of the Qods Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps said on Tuesday that the armed forces will show Iranian zeal in the face of any possible aggression against the country.

Major General Qasem Suleimani also highlighted the role of the vali-e faqih (supreme jurisprudent) in safeguarding the Islamic system and said that if it had not been for the vali-e faqih, the Islamic Republic would have been undermined easily.     

http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/96386-armed-forces-will-show-iranian-zeal-in-face-of-aggression-qods-force-chief-

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India to reopen consulate in Karachi

Mar 14, 2012,

ISLAMABAD: India plans to reopen its consulate in the port city of Karachi, said Indian high commissioner to Pakistan Sharat Sabharwal.

Sabharwal said on Tuesday that talks were underway for the reopening of the Indian Consulate in Karachi to facilitate Pakistani nationals applying for visas, reported Geo News from Sindh province.

The envoy was interacting with the media during his visit to the Bhutto family mausoleum at Garhi Khuda Bakhsh.

Sabharwal said the Bhutto family had sacrificed their lives for the sake of democracy.

For Full Report At:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/India-to-reopen-consulate-in-Karachi/articleshow/12258987.cms

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Did alcohol play a role in the Afghan killings?

Mar 14, 2012

Washington: A senior military official says investigators probing the shooting spree that killed 16 Afghan civilians are looking into the possibility that alcohol played a role.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is under way.

The official says it’s unclear whether the suspect had been drinking before disappearing from his military base in Kandahar province or whether alcohol was simply found in his living space at the base.

Military rules prohibit the use or possession of alcohol in a war zone.

The suspect is said to be a 38-year-old Army staff sergeant who was sent to Afghanistan in December. He had served three previous tours in Iraq.

Lawmakers press Pentagon on massacre suspect’s brain injury

A US congressman asked the Pentagon on Tuesday to explain why the soldier accused in the massacre of 16 Afghan villagers was sent back into combat after earlier suffering a traumatic brain injury in Iraq, as lawmakers questioned how seriously the military deals with the mental health of troops.

For Full Report At:

http://www.firstpost.com/world/did-alcohol-play-a-role-in-the-afghan-killings-243167.html

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Sarkozy: Assad is a killer, must face world court

Mar 14 2012,

Paris : French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Wednesday that Syria's leader is acting like a murderer and should be sent to the International Criminal Court.

With diplomatic efforts to end the bloodshed in Syria faltering, the French leader urged humanitarian corridors to allow refugees out and aid in to the country.

''We must obtain humanitarian corridors, and for that we must unblock the Russian veto and Chinese veto'' at the UN Security Council, Sarkozy told Europe-1 radio.

UN Security Council members are meeting to decide what to do next to try to stop the violence.

"The French army can in no way intervene'' in Syria without U.N. backing, Sarkozy said. France, Syria's former colonial ruler, was a leading player in the U.N.-mandated, NATO-led airstrike campaign in Libya.

For Full Report At:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/923674/

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Legal or not, New Yorkers support surveillance of Muslims

Mar 14, 2012

by Joseph Ax

New York: New Yorkers strongly support controversial police anti-terrorism surveillance that includes sending undercover officers into mosques even as questions have been raised about its constitutionality.

A Quinnipiac University poll, released on Tuesday, found respondents approved by 63 percent to 31 percent the way New York police are doing their job and said by 82 percent to 14 percent the NYPD has been effective combating terrorism.

The poll of 964 New York City voters showed Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly won better than 2-to-1 approval ratings and voters said police act appropriately in how they deal with Muslims by a margin of 58 percent to 29 percent.

For Full Report At:

http://www.firstpost.com/world/legal-or-not-new-yorkers-support-surveillance-of-muslims-243699.html

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Multiple overlapping worlds in Pakistan: US

March 14, 2012

WASHINGTON  - Observing that there are multiple overlapping worlds in Pakistan, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday said the country is vital to America’s counter-terrorism efforts, economic stability and regional cooperation goals for the region. “There are multiple overlapping worlds in Pakistan and we have to deal with all of them simultaneously,” Clinton said in her address to the Global Chiefs of Mission Conference.

“But the country is vital to our counter-terrorism, economic stability, and regional cooperation goals for the region,” Clinton said. adding that the US will continue to engage where they even have legitimate concerns and disagreements.

Clinton said a critical element of America’s path forward in Afghanistan will be the success of the Afghans in securing and leading their country for themselves. “Ryan Crocker (the US Ambassador to Afghanistan) has brought his tremendous lifetime experience to this really difficult job at this moment. They will need help,” she said. “I’ve asked many of you, as a key element of President Obama’s policy, to press the governments to which you are accredited to pledge substantial financial support to the Afghan security forces for the period beyond 2014,” Clinton said.

For Full Report At:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/national/14-Mar-2012/multiple-overlapping-worlds-in-pakistan-us

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Pak-US top leaders to meet on sideline of Nuclear Summit

Gilani will also meet Hu Jintao

BY Akhtar Jamal

March 14, 2012 

Islamabad—Top leaders of Pakistan and the United States are expected to have a brief but meaningful meeting to further narrow their differences on the sideline of Nuclear Summit in South Korea March 26-27.

Reliable sources told this correspondent that initially President Asif Ali Zardari had been invited to attend the Nuclear Summit in Seoul and but President Zardari asked Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani to attend the Summit.

PM Gilani beside attending the Nuclear Summit is also expected to have a brief interaction with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on March 27 or 28 and a possible brief interaction with President Barak Obama before returning.

Pakistan Prime Minister is also expected to meet other world dignitaries including Chinese President Hu Jintao and South Korean President and hold discussions on bilateral and international issues.

Foreign Minister Rabbani Khar will also lead a team of experts to brief the world leaders about Pakistan’s point of view at the Nuclear Summit. FM Rabbani is expected to hold separate meeting with her American counterpart and review Pakistan-US relationship.

For Full Report At:

http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=144869

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Algeria al-Qaeda chief Droukdel sentenced in absentia

13 March 2012

The leader of al Qaeda's Algerian offshoot has been sentenced to death in his absence.

Abdelmalek Droukdel, who uses the alias Abou Mossab Abdelwadoud, is the head of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb.

A court in Algiers convicted him and eight co-defendants of murder, membership of a terrorist organisation and attacks using explosives.

He is thought to have been responsible for introducing suicide bombings to Algeria.

He was among a total of 18 accused to face charges relating to three bomb attacks in the capital Algiers in April 2007 which killed 22 people and wounded more than 200 others.

For Full Report At:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17359310?print=true

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Attack on Iran will undermine world order: professor       

13 March 2012

TEHRAN – Any U.S. military adventure against Iran for its nuclear program “will undermine the foundation of world order and its tremors will be felt for years to come,” says a South Alabama University professor.

 “Such an attack will have a spiraling effect that will affect global economy in the energy sector and beyond,” Professor Nader Entessar told the Mehr News Agency.

In recent weeks Israel has toughened its rhetoric against Iran, threatening to launch air strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities.

However, Entessar said, “Without U.S. involvement, Israel will not be able to sustain any military attack on Iran.

For Full Report At:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/component/content/article/96384

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At least 34 killed in Syrian violence

March 13, 2012

BEIRUT - At least 34 people were killed in violence across Syria on Tuesday, including 22 members of the security forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

“Twelve members of the security services who headed for the town of Dael to carry out arrests were killed at 10:00 am (0800 GMT) when their vehicle was ambushed by a group of armed deserters,” said the Britain-based monitoring group.

It was the second deadly ambush the same day on the military, which has led a year-long crackdown on dissent that the United Nations said on Monday has cost more than 8,000 lives.

For Full Report At:

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2012/03/13/news/foreign/at-least-34-killed-in-syrian-violence/

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Target Waziristan: US drones strike twice, killing 15 militants

By Zulfiqar Ali

March 14, 2012

DERA ISMAIL KHAN:

After a brief hiatus, CIA-operated drones resumed sorties in Pakistan’s tribal regions. On Tuesday, two strikes by US pilot-less aircraft in South Waziristan Agency killed at least 15 suspected militants, officials said.

In the first strike, which took place in Uthgalai village of Barmal Tehsil, a drone fired four missiles at a vehicle. “The target of the attack was fighters of Commander Maulvi Nazir. Eight suspected militants were killed in the attack,” an intelligence official told The Express Tribune.

Sources added that two top militant commanders of the Mullah Nazir Group – identified as Ameer Hamza Tojikhel and Shamsullah – were among the dead. Both were believed to be key members of the group. The bodies were shifted to the Angoor Adda area.

For Full Report At:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/349748/target-waziristan-us-drones-strike-twice-killing-15-militants/

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10 killed in Yemen onslaught

March 14, 2012

SANAA - Ten people were killed Tuesday as battles intensified between Al-Qaeda and Yemeni forces, many of which are still led by relatives of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who handed over power three weeks ago. Five militants were killed in an air strike on their car in Yemen’s southern Bayda province, a security official said. “A fighter jet raided a car carrying five Al-Qaeda militants,” said the official. “All five were killed.” A tribal chief confirmed the raid, which came two hours after another official said three policemen were killed in a suicide attack in Bayda. “Three policemen were killed and six others were wounded in a suicide attack,” the official said.

For Full Report At:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/international/14-Mar-2012/10-killed-in-yemen-onslaught

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US pushes to use Kyrgyztan base after 2014

March 13, 2012

BISHKEK - US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta flew into Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday amid concern in Washington over the future of an air base that serves as a crucial hub for the war in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon chief planned to discuss the Manas base in an unannounced visit to Bishkek as US officials weigh a possible troop presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014, which would require use of runways at the base after a current rental deal expires. Panetta said he would speak to Kyrgyz leaders about the “importance” of the air base, a vital transit point used to ferry troops to Afghanistan, refuel warplanes and evacuate wounded soldiers.

“I want to thank them and ensure that relationship can continue into the future as well,” Panetta told reporters aboard his plane before landing in the capital.

President Almazbek Atambayev has called for changes in the arrangement at Manas after the current agreement runs out in mid-2014. The visit was part of an effort by the United States to persuade Atambayev to leave the door open to renewing access to the Manas base after the current deal ends, a US defense official suggested.

For Full Report At:

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2012/03/13/news/foreign/us-pushes-to-use-kyrgyztan-base-after-2014/

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Russian official: No missile deal at NATO summit

Mar 13, 2012

MOSCOW: Russia and the United States have failed to narrow their differences over a planned US missile shield and stand practically no chance of reaching a compromise at the NATO summit in Chicago in May, a top Russian official said Tuesday.

Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Washington is going ahead with its plans for a missile shield in Europe without considering Russian concerns.

The US says the NATO missile shield is aimed at deflecting potential missile threats from Iran, but Moscow fears that it will eventually grow powerful enough to undermine Russia’s nuclear deterrent.

For Full Report At:

http://arabnews.com/world/article587170.ece

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UK government sued for helping US drone strikes in Pakistan

Mar 12, 2012

LONDON: A human rights group and a law firm took legal action yesterday against the British government, accusing it of passing on intelligence to assist US covert drone attacks in Pakistan.

The London-based charity Reprieve and the law firm Leigh Day & Co. are filing papers to the High Court claiming that civilian staff at Britain's electronic listening agency, GCHQ, could be liable as "secondary parties to murder" for providing "locational intelligence" to the CIA in directing its drone attack program.

The two are acting on behalf of Noor Khan, 27, a Pakistani whose father was killed by a drone strike in northwest Pakistan in March 2011 while attending a gathering of elders. More than 40 other people were killed in that attack, they said.

Reprieve, which helps death row prisoners and Guantanamo Bay inmates, urged the British government to be more transparent about its role — if any — in the drone program.

For Full Report At:

http://arabnews.com/world/article586677.ece

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Syria finally answers Annan on ending violence

Mar 14, 2012

Ankara: Syrian officials responded Tuesday to a number of concrete proposals by international envoy Kofi Annan on how to end the violence in their country, a U.N. diplomat said.

Annan, who visited Syria over the weekend and was in Turkey earlier Tuesday, told reporters in Ankara that he was expecting a reply from Damascus during the day. “Once we have received their answer, we will know how to react,” Annan said.

The U.N. diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity because no public announcement has been made, said, “He did get a reply, and it’s under consideration.”

UN-Arab League envoy Annan arrives for a working lunch with Syrian officials. Reuters

The diplomat did not specify what the reply entailed, but Annan, the joint U.N.-Arab League envoy, has reportedly asked Damascus for some clarifications.

The U.N. estimates the Syrian government’s violent crackdown on dissent has killed more than 7,500 people so far. The killings add to the pressure on U.N. Security Council members who are meeting to decide what to do next to stop the violence. The international community’s current effort — a peacemaking mission by Annan — is faltering, with both the Syrian government and the opposition refusing to talk to one another.

For Full Report At:

http://www.firstpost.com/world/syria-finally-answers-annan-on-ending-violence-243080.html

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Israel, Islamic Jihad agree to Gaza truce

March 13, 2012

GAZA CITY - Israel and militants in Gaza agreed on Tuesday to an Egyptian-brokered truce deal after four days of violence in which 25 Gazans died and 200 rockets were fired at Israel. Under the agreement, which came into force at 1:00 am (2300 GMT on Monday), both Israel and militants from Islamic Jihad, who were responsible for the lion’s share of the rocket attacks, agreed to hold their fire.

More than 12 hours later, the nascent truce appeared to be largely holding, although Israeli police said eight rockets and mortar shells had landed, without causing injury or damage. And the skies over Gaza remained calm.

For Full Report At:

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2012/03/13/news/foreign/israel-islamic-jihad-agree-to-gaza-truce/

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US asks Saudis to increase oil output from July

Mar 14, 2012

Kuwait: The United States is pressing Saudi Arabia to boost oil output to fill a likely supply gap arising from sanctions on Iran, Gulf oil officials said, adding that an increase in production is unlikely to be needed before July. Saudi Arabia is the only producer with spare capacity and oil importers will rely on Riyadh to fill the gap should Iranian output drop.

Saudi Arabia has made clear it will only raise output if it sees additional demand for crude and does not want its oil policy implicated in efforts to disrupt Iran’s atomic programme which the West says aims to develop a nuclear weapon.

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal and Bahrain's Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa arrive for the GCC meeting in Riyadh. Reuters

“There were talks held between Saudi and the U.S. and the U.S. asked if Saudi could be accommodating once the sanctions take effect in July. And the Saudi response was that it was ready to meet demand in the market if required, but would not like to take part in the politics,” one Gulf official said.

For Full Report At:

http://www.firstpost.com/world/us-asks-saudis-to-increase-oil-output-from-july-243065.html

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Iran parliament begins questioning Ahmadinejad

Mar 14, 2012

Tehran: Iran’s parliament on Wednesday began to question President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over a long list of accusations, including that he mismanaged the nation’s economy and challenged the country’s supreme leader.

Ahmadinejad is the first president in the country’s history to be hauled before the Iranian parliament, a serious blow to his standing in a conflict pitting him against lawmakers and the country’s powerful clerical establishment.

Some of the most hard-hitting questions focused on Ahmadinejad's alleged defiance of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Reuters

The summons follows a long-awaited petition by a group of lawmakers for a review of policy decisions by Ahmadinejad, who has come under increasing attacks in recent months from the same hard-liners who brought him to power.

For Full Report At:

http://www.firstpost.com/world/iran-parliament-begins-questioning-ahmadinejad-243600.html

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UN says 230,000 people have fled Syria violence

Mar 13, 2012

Geneva: The UN refugee agency says 230,000 Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of violence last year.

He says some 110,000 mostly Iraqi refugees living in Syria are meanwhile reporting increased hardship. Reuters

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ coordinator for Syria says 30,000 people have already fled to Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan and “on a daily basis hundreds of people are still crossing into neighbouring countries.”

Panos Moumtzis told reporters in Geneva today that according to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent at least 200,000 people are also displaced within the country.

He says some 110,000 mostly Iraqi refugees living in Syria are meanwhile reporting increased hardship due to rising prices for basic goods.

Moumtzis says prices for imported goods have “skyrocketed” because of the devaluation of the Syrian

http://www.firstpost.com/world/un-says-230000-people-have-fled-syria-violence-242995.html

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Assad sets May 7 as date for Syrian parliament vote

March 13, 2012

DAMASCUS - Syria’s embattled President Bashar al-Assad issued a decree on Tuesday setting May 7 as the date for parliamentary elections that were delayed last year, the state news agency SANA reported.

The vote is part of a raft of reforms announced by Assad in a bid to calm a year-long uprising against his regime that began with democracy protests.

Assad’s announcement comes as peace envoy Kofi Annan said he was awaiting a response from the Syrian leader on “concrete proposals” which he had submitted to him in two rounds of talks in Damascus at the weekend.

“I am expecting to hear from Syrian authorities today since I left some concrete proposals for them to consider,” the UN-Arab League envoy told reporters in Ankara after a meeting with the Syrian opposition.

For Full Report At:

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2012/03/13/news/foreign/assad-sets-may-7-as-date-for-syrian-parliament-vote/

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Obama, Cameron to focus on Afghan, Iran, Syria scenes

March 14, 2012 

London—Efforts to end the international mission in Afghanistan, curtail Iran’s nuclear ambitions and halt the bloody repression of Syria’s opposition will dominate talks between U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Cameron head for the United States Tuesday for a three-day visit focused on current and looming foreign pol-icy challenges, seeking to pin down details of the planned withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.The two leaders, who last held talks in person at the United Nations in September, are meeting ahead of a NATO summit in Chicago in May, when a decision on the pace of the exit from Afghanistan is likely to be confirmed.

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http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=144989

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Violence across Syria; UN awaits response from Damascus

March 14, 2012

BEIRUT: Syrian forces killed dozens of people near a mosque in the city of Idlib, opposition activists said on Tuesday, and rebels killed at least 10 troops in an ambush in the same area, focus of the latest government crackdown.

Video footage showed the bloodied bodies of several unidentified men strewn on the floor of the mosque. An unseen voice said it was impossible to move them due to heavy shelling.

Army defectors ambushed a checkpoint in Idlib region in the northwest, killing the 10 soldiers and possibly more, while rebels also killed 12 members of forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the southern town of Deraa, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Fighting was reported, too, in the eastern city of Deir al-Zor and in Syria’s third largest city Homs, as a year-long uprising against Assad’s authoritarian rule increasingly resembles a full-blown civil war.

For Full Report At:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\03\14\story_14-3-2012_pg7_13

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Looking forward to work with new ISI chief: Pentagon

Mar 14, 2012,

WASHINGTON : The US is looking forward to work with the new head of Inter-Services Intelligence of Pakistan, Pentagon said, noting the US-Pak relationship is critical for the region and Afghanistan. "We look forward to working with the new chief," the Pentagon spokesman, Navy Captain John Kirby, said yesterday, when asked about announcement of the new ISI Chief. On March 18, Lieutenant Gen Zaheer ul-Islam would replace Lieutenant Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha as the new ISI chief. Under Pasha, Americas relationship with Pak's top spy agency had hit a new low. "We look forward to having a good partnership with Pakistan moving forward. That's what our focus is on. We believe it is critical for the region and for the mission in Afghanistan," Kirby said. However, he said that the US has nothing to say on the appointment and the decision. "This is the decision that the civilian leadership of the nation of Pakistan get to make. It is not for us to make the comment one way or the other their appointments to high office," said the Pentagon spokesman.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Looking-forward-to-work-with-new-ISI-chief-Pentagon/articleshow/12260327.cms

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Iran dismisses claims of military site clean-up

13 MARCH 2012

AFP | TEHRAN

Iran on Tuesday dismissed claims it was clearing away traces of suspected nuclear weapons research activities from a closed military site, saying the allegations were “propaganda”.

The sprawling Parchin military site, located 30 kilometres east of Tehran, “is conducting normal military activities,” foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told reporters in a regular briefing.

“Declarations about the cleaning up of nuclear traces from this site — and those who are technically savvy know you cannot remove traces of such activity from an area — these declarations are propaganda,” he said.

For Full Report At:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/world/49451-iran-dismisses-claims-of-military-site-clean-up.html

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Indians in Bahrain seek urgent steps to tackle rising suicides

 Mar 14 2012

Worried over a rise in the numbers of suicides among expatriates, Indian community leaders in Bahrain have demanded urgent steps to check the problem by offering counselling and support services.

At a gathering organised to discuss the problem and its causes, the community members said the rising numbers of suicides in the country should be a matter of concern that warranted immediate intervention, according to a report in the Gulf Daily News.

The alarm bell were sounded by reports that as many as seven Indians had committed suicides in Bahrain in the last few weeks alone.

Sovichen Chennattusserry, who organised the gathering and initiated discussions, said he is concerned that nine people had committed suicide in the last few weeks.

"A majority of them (seven) are Indians and all of them have left behind broken, shattered families," he was quoted as saying.

For Full Report At:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/indians-in-bahrain-seek-urgent-steps-to-tackle-rising-suicides/923603/

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India charges six over Delhi High Court blast

14 March 2012

The attack in September ripped through a crowd queueing to enter the court complex, killing 11 people on the spot with four more later dying of their injuries.

In documents released on its website, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) identified Wasim Akram Malik, who was studying medicine at a college in Bangladesh, as the plot leader.

“The conspiracy… was hatched by the accused Wasim Akram Malik and terrorists of the Hizb-ul Mujahideen,” the agency said.

For Full Report At:

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/14/india-charges-six-over-delhi-high-court-blast.html

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