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Gaddafi Buried in Secret Location

Fuel depot blast in Libya’s Sirte kills 100: commander

Scholars urge seminaries to play role for tolerant society

Early signs in Tunisia of strong Islamist vote

Over 50 Gaddafi supporters executed: HRW

Canadian high commissioner visits Minhajul Quran Secretariat

At least 18,000 flee Khyber, arrive at Jalozai refugee camp

Haqqanis will not talk Afghan peace alone: Commander

CID officer’s vehicle targeted in Karachi, two dead

2 ‘target killers’ sent on 5-day physical remand

Five dead in attacks on Iraq traffic police

Bomb kills anti-Taliban militiaman, three others in Dir

Pakistan took security data from Indian chopper: Indian media

Pakistan sends back Indian helicopter after refueling

Death toll rises to 366 in Turkish quake

Hundreds of Afghans rally against US pact

Syrian state hospitals are torturing demonstrators, says rights group

US talks up Pakistan role in Afghan peace talks

UN marks 64 years of partnership with Pakistan

Israeli FM says Abbas is ‘obstacle’ to peace

Karzai backtracks on controversial Pakistan remarks          

Tunisia elections: An-Nahda party on course to win

Detention of LeJ leaders extended for 60 days

Judge who convicted Taseer's assassin seeks refuge in S Arabia

Our Pak policy has lost focus

Libya aims for govt. in two weeks

Compiled By New Age Islam News Bureau

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Gaddafi Buried in Secret Location

25 October 2011

Libyan dictator and his son Mutassim buried at dawn 'with proper respects paid', NTC official confirms

The Libyan government buried Muammar Gaddafi in a secret location at dawn on Tuesday, a National Transitional Council (NTC) official said.

Officials from the interim government had said earlier that the ousted Libyan leader would be buried in a secret desert grave, ending a wrangle over his rotting corpse that led many to fear for the country's governability.

"Gaddafi and the son, Mutassim, were buried at dawn in a secret place with proper respects paid. We will release more details officially later," a senior government official told Reuters.

Government forces had put the body on show in a cold store in Misrata while they argued over what to do with it, until its decay forced them to end the display on Monday.

The killing of the 69-year-old in his hometown of Sirte brought to a close eight months of war, finally ending a nervous two-month hiatus since anti-Gaddafi fighters overran the capital, Tripoli.

But it also threatened to lay bare the regional and tribal rivalries that present the NTC with its biggest challenge.

NTC officials had said negotiations were going on with Gaddafi's tribal kinsmen from Sirte and within the interim leadership over where and how to dispose of bodies – Gaddafi's son Mutassim was also on display in Misrata – and over what rebel leaders in possession of corpses might receive in return for co-operation.

"No agreement was reached for his tribe to take him," an NTC official told Reuters.

With the decay of the body forcing the NTC leadership's hand, it appeared to have decided that an anonymous grave would at least ensure the plot did not become a shrine.

An NTC official told Reuters several days ago that there would be only four witnesses to the burial, and all would swear on the Qur'an never to reveal the location.

NTC fears that Gaddafi's sons might mount an insurgency have largely been allayed by the deaths of two of those who wielded the most power, the military commander Khamis and Mutassim, the former national security adviser.

Mutassim was captured along with his father in Sirte and killed in similarly unclear circumstances. The NTC official said he would be buried in the same ceremony on Tuesday. Khamis was killed in fighting earlier in the civil war.

But the official said Gaddafi's long-time heir apparent, Saif al-Islam, was in the remote southern desert and set to flee Libya, with the NTC powerless to stop him.

"He's on the triangle of Niger and Algeria. He's south of Ghat, the Ghat area. He was given a false Libyan passport from the area of Murzuq," the official added.

He said Gaddafi's former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi who, like Saif al-Islam, is wanted by the international criminal court, was involved.

"The region is very, very difficult to monitor and encircle," he said. "The region is a desert region and it has … many, many exit routes."

The death of the fallen dictator allowed the NTC to spark mass rejoicing by declaring Libya's long-awaited "liberation" on Sunday in Benghazi, the seat of the revolt.

But it also highlighted a lack of central control over disparate armed groups, and jockeying for power among local commanders as negotiations begin in earnest to form an interim government that can run free elections.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/25/muammar-gaddafi-buried-libya

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Fuel depot blast in Libya’s Sirte kills 100: commander

AFP , October 25, 2011

TRIPOLI: A fuel tank exploded in Moamer Qadhafi’s hometown Sirte killing more than 100 people less than a week after the deposed despot was captured and killed there, a military commander said on Tuesday.

“There was an enormous explosion and a huge fire. More than 100 people were killed and 50 others wounded” in Monday night’s blast, National Transitional Council commander Leith Mohammed told AFP.

He said the scene was “a heart wrenching spectacle with dozens of charred bodies.”

The explosion happened as a crowd of people waited near the fuel tank to fill up their cars.

“We are still unable to put out the fire,” Mohammed said.

Some of the victims had returned to the town, the last bastion of resistance by Qadhafi loyalists, which fell on Thursday, to inspect the damage to their properties, the NTC commander added.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/25/fuel-depot-blast-in-libyas-sirte-kills-100-commander.html

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Scholars urge seminaries to play role for tolerant society

Staff Report

October 25, 2011

KARACHI: Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies (PIPs), a local think tank, held a one-day training workshop for the students of seminaries entitled ‘Present Challenges and Responsibilities’, here on Monday. Hundreds of students of seminaries, hailing from various schools of thought attended the event.

Speakers, including various prominent religious scholars, urged the religious seminaries and their students to play their vital role for establishing a peaceful and tolerant society. They also pointed out and criticised unstable political system that was creating disillusionment amongst masses.

Pakistan Study Centre, University of Karachi head Dr Jaffer Ahmed shed light on the above topic and said that it was need of the hour to encourage the culture of dialogue among different segments of society in order to promote peace and harmony. He said that social reforms were only possible with of change in economic policies.

“Our country has been facing severe problems at internal and external fronts for the last several years owing to extent of these longstanding problems coupled with weakness of the state to tackle them alone”, Ahmed said, adding, “It is incumbent upon civil society, organisations and other segments of the society to play their active role”.

Chairman Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman in his keynote address said that we had to understand the point of view of the civilization, after knowing the views of the people we could prepare a better policy and solve the problems in a better way which Muslim were facing all around the world. He said, “We can not impose our viewpoint on others, unequal economical system made the difference among masses which changed the behaviours of people.”

Rehman said that people were disappointed because of unstable political system of the country. “Unfortunately, we have pushed aside the research and arguments from the religion and due to that Muslim are facing many difficulties in present period,” he deplored. He said that to cope with such crises Ulema and religious class had been struggling for the implementation of Islamic system since the creation of Pakistan.

Usman Khan Advocate, chairman of committee of international law at Lahore High Court, discussed at length the evolution of Islamic laws in Pakistan. “The 1973 Constitution has a preamble that forms the basis of Islamic legislation and Article 2 clearly mentions that Islam is the religion of Pakistan”, he said, adding, “The ninth chapter of the Constitution lays out the procedures of Islamic legislation.”

Dr Saeed Shafqat, director, Center for Public Policy and Governance (CPPG), said that our overall education system lacked research. He added that if we taught arts and skills to the children and brought them toward research then educational system would have fruitful results. Mujahid Barelvi, a senior journalist, and Haris Ramzan, a research fellow at research society of International law Pakistan also spoke and discussed the role of media and legal issues respectively.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\25\story_25-10-2011_pg7_21

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Early signs in Tunisia of strong Islamist vote

October 25, 2011

TUNIS: Tunisian authorities counted votes on Monday in the first free election in the nation’s history, with early signs that a once-banned Islamist party is leading in the country that unleashed uprisings across the Arab world.

Radio Mosaique FM posted results from polling stations around the country Monday, with many showing a commanding lead for the moderate Islamist party Ennahda. An Ennahda victory in a comparatively secular society like Tunisia could have wide implications for similar religious parties across North Africa.

Election commission head Kamel Jendoubi said official results would be released Tuesday afternoon. European observers on Monday pronounced the election one of the freest they had ever seen and urged all the parties to accept the results. Long snaking lines of voters on Sunday testified to Tunisians’ eagerness to embrace an open ballot after decades of dictatorship.

“There is no way of arguing the legitimacy of the outcome, absolutely not, even if there is disappointment,” said Swiss parliamentarian Andreas Gross, the head of the observer delegation from the Council of Europe. “We call on the principal political actors to recognise the results of the elections and to quickly begin the work of the National Constituent Assembly,” he added.

Many of the parties had accused Ennahda of election violations, from advising voters how to cast their ballots to even the outright purchase of votes, but the observers dismissed the reports.

“We didn’t see any evidence of the allegations by some stakeholders of vote buying,” said Italian parliamentarian Riccardo Migliori. “They should not make such allegations if they don’t have the evidence.” Tunisia was known for decades for its repressive leadership but also for its progressive legislation on women and families, which secular-leaning Tunisians fear Ennahda will roll back if it takes a commanding number of seats in the new assembly.

Ennahda believes that Islam should be the reference point for the country’s system and laws but maintains it will respect women’s rights and is committed to democracy and working with other parties. “During the campaign the Islamist party was quite disciplined in saying they will protect human rights, they will protect the rights of women and maintain equality, but in fact this is an open question,” said Ricky Goldstein who observed the elections for the New York-based Human Rights Watch.

He did, however, pronounce Tunisia “a shining example in terms of the conduct of elections,” in an interview with Associated Press Television News. “We will see the example of Tunisia influence positively the upcoming elections in Egypt.” Tunisia’s landmark elections coincided with declarations in neighbouring Libya by its new leaders that the country has been liberated from the yoke of longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Libya’s new leaders also announced plans with a sharply Islamist tone that could rattle their Western backers.

Turnout in Tunisia was massive on a day electric with the excitement, with long lines at polling stations. More than 90 percent of the country’s 4.1 million registered voters, out of a 7.5 million strong electorate, participated, said Boubker Bethabet, Secretary General of the election commission. Voters were electing a 217-seat constituent assembly that will shape their fledgling democracy, choose a new government and write a new constitution that would pave the way for future elections. In a surprise second place in many constituencies was the Congress for the Republic party of longtime human rights activist Moncef Marzouki, according to party and electoral officials. Marzouki is known less for his political beliefs than for his high-profile criticism of the old regime’s repression. agencies

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\25\story_25-10-2011_pg7_28

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Over 50 Gaddafi supporters executed: HRW

Oct 25, 2011,

NEW YORK: At least 53 supporters of killed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi are believed to have been executed by anti-Gaddafi fighters, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said.

The bodies of the Gaddafi supporters were found in the abandoned Mahari Hotel in Sirte, the New York-based organisation said in a statement on its website.

"We found 53 decomposing bodies, apparently Gaddafi supporters, at an abandoned hotel in Sirte, and some had their hands bound behind their backs when they were shot," said Peter Bouckaert, HRW emergencies director, who investigated the killings.

"This requires the immediate attention of the Libyan authorities to investigate what happened and hold accountable those responsible," he said.

"The bodies were clustered together, apparently where they had been killed, on the grass in the sea-view garden of the hotel," the HRW said, and called on Libyan authorities to investigate the deaths.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Over-50-Gaddafi-supporters-executed-HRW/articleshow/10483384.cms?prtpage=1

 

 

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Canadian high commissioner visits Minhajul Quran Secretariat

October 25, 2011

LAHORE: Canadian Higher Commissioner to Pakistan Ross Hynes held a meeting with Minhajul Quran International (MQI) Secretary General Dr Raheeq Ahmad Abbasi at the MQI Central Secretariat on Monday.

Hynes was accompanied by Political Affairs Second Secretary Andrewng. Senior Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Zahid Fayyaz, Director of Foreign Affairs Raja Jamil Ajmal, GM Malik, Brig (r ) Iqbal Ahmad Khan, Brig (r ) Dr Obaidullah Ranjha, and Qazi Faizul Islam were also present on the occasion. Hynes appreciated the result-oriented services of Dr Tahirul Qadri for the cause of global peace, interfaith harmony, elimination of terrorism, extremism, attitudes of intolerance and immoderation. The struggle of MQI for the establishment of global peace would surely prove to be a milestone for peace activists all across the world, he added. staff report

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\25\story_25-10-2011_pg13_3

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At least 18,000 flee Khyber, arrive at Jalozai refugee camp

AFP

Oct. 25, 11

Internally displaced people gather for registration upon their arrival at the Jalozai camp on the outskirt of Peshawar, Pakistan on Monday, Oct. 24, 2011. – AP

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

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

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

For Full Report :

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/25/at-least-18000-flee-khyber-arrive-at-jalozai-refugee-camp.html

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Haqqanis will not talk Afghan peace alone: Commander

By Reuters

October 25, 2011

PESHAWAR: The Afghan Haqqani network will not take part individually in any peace talks with the United States and negotiations must be led by the Taliban leadership, a senior commander told Reuters on Tuesday.

“They (the Americans) would not be able to find a possible solution to the Afghan conflict until and unless they hold talks with the Taliban shura,” said the Haqqani group commander, referring to the Taliban leadership council.

Earlier, NATO said Monday that about 200 Taliban-linked militants were killed or captured in major military operations by Afghan and foreign forces on Afghanistan’s eastern border with Pakistan.

For Full Report :

http://tribune.com.pk/story/281595/haqqanis-will-not-talk-afghan-peace-alone-commander/

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CID officer’s vehicle targeted in Karachi, two dead

Staff Report

October 25, 2011

KARACHI: A 12-year-old boy and a man were killed while another wounded when unidentified armed motorcyclists sprayed bullets on a private car of Crime Investigation Department (CID)’s Sub-Inspector Ashiq Khosa on Monday evening within the jurisdiction of Zaman Town police station.

The incident took place in Chakra Goth, Korangi. SI Khosa was fortunate enough to be in his office at the time of incident. However, his driver-cum-gunman Mutahir Hussain sustained critical injuries. Hussain was taking SI Khosa’s son Rehan and nephew Masroor to Khosa’s residence when the incident took place.

According to SI Khosa, his son Rehan and nephew Masroor remained safe since the driver did not stop the car after being hit.

According to reports, at least four armed men on two motorcycles stormed the car and escaped after completing their swift operation.

For Full Report :

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\25\story_25-10-2011_pg7_17

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2 ‘target killers’ sent on 5-day physical remand

October 25, 2011

Staff Report

KARACHI: A local court on Monday granted physical remand of two alleged target killers till Oct 28

The Clifton area police produced two alleged target killers before the Judicial Magistrate Karachi South Anwar Memon’s court under strict security The investigation officer (IO) of the case has submitted an application before the judicial magistrate in which he stated that the accused were the most wanted target killers, added that the accused were involved in over 250 cases of target killings in Karachi.

“They have been arrested along with a huge number of weapons after a brief encounter near Abdullah Shah Ghazi’s shrine within the jurisdiction of Clifton police station”, the IO added. He submitted that the arrested accuseds were identified as Zakir Hussain alias Adeel Agha alias Agha Hussain alias Yasir Dada and Gul Mohammad alias Gullu. IO further stated that the Clifton police received information that some suspects were seen roaming in Clifton area near the shrine of Abdullah Shah Ghazi, adding that, on the tipoff the area police conducted raid to apprehend the culprits and after a brief encounter they successfully arrested two alleged target killers however, one of their accomplice managed to flee from For Full Report :

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\25\story_25-10-2011_pg7_12

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Five dead in attacks on Iraq traffic police

October 25, 2011

BAGHDAD: Bombers and gunmen targeting Iraqi traffic police across Baghdad killed at least five people, including two policemen, and wounded around 30 people on Monday, police said. Militants struck in at least four areas of the capital. A suicide bomber killed one civilian and wounded seven others, including two traffic policemen, when he blew himself up in Baghdad’s west-central Mansour district, an Interior Ministry source said. Near the Sarafiya bridge in northern Baghdad, gunmen in a car opened fire at a group of traffic police, killing four people, including two police, and wounding seven, including three police, security sources said. Three roadside bombs wounded at least 11 people, including nine traffic policemen in eastern Baghdad and another bomb attack wounded five people, including two traffic policemen, near Baghdad’s central Nahdha bus terminal, police and Interior Ministry sources said. reuters

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\25\story_25-10-2011_pg7_7

Hundreds of Afghans rally against US pact

October 25, 2011.

For Full Report :

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\25\story_25-10-2011_pg7_2

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Bomb kills anti-Taliban militiaman, three others in Dir

AFP, Oct. 25 2011

PESHAWAR: A roadside bomb targeted an anti-Taliban militia member in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, ripping through his vehicle and killing four people, police said.

The blast badly damaged the militiaman’s car in a remote village in the district of Lower Dir, where Pakistan launched a major operation designed to dislodge a Taliban insurgency in 2009.

Sponsored by the government, tribesmen across the northwest have set up militias in a bid to drive the Taliban out of their communities.

“The bomb targeted anti-Taliban militia member Aziz-ur-Rehman. His 12-year-old son, a son-in-law and a neighbour who were also travelling in his car were also killed,” local police chief Salim Khan Marwat told AFP.

For Full Report :

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/25/bomb-kills-four-in-lower-dir.html

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Pakistan took security data from Indian chopper: Indian media

October 25, 2011

Reports says digital data includes GPS coordinates of Indian helipads in Kargil and Siachen.

NEW DELHI: The Pakistan army allegedly breached Indian security and downloaded all the digital data from the Indian army helicopter that strayed into Skardu on Sunday, stated a report published in The Hindustan Times.

The report claimed that the data includes the GPS coordinates and location of all Indian helipads in the Siachen and Kargil areas.

“We are treating the incident with utmost concern as coordinates of all helipads in the 14 Corps including Siachen Glacier and LAC are now with Pakistan army with code signs and nicknames,” a senior official told The Hindustan Times.

For Full Report :

http://tribune.com.pk/story/281507/pakistan-took-security-data-from-crashed-chopper-indian-media/

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Pakistan sends back Indian helicopter after refueling

By Aditi Phadnis / Shabbir Mir

October 24, 2011

NEW DELHI/GILGIT: India and Pakistan proved their commitment  to the peace process on Sunday when an  Indian Army helicopter that ‘strayed’ into Pakistan territory was returned with four army officials aboard after the courtesy of refueling by the Pakistan Army.

In the past, such an incident may have led to heightened tensions between the two countries. But the hotlines already present between the directors-general of military operations of the two countries were immediately activated, explanations sought and given and the helicopter returned before sunset.

An Indian army officer said: “It is a rough area. The Line of Control (LoC) is not a straight line. Therefore, if the weather is not good, a helicopter can land in the wrong area in an emergency, or even on the other side of the LoC. Civilian aircrafts have right to land in any country in case of emergency, as per international law. But as this was not a civilian aircraft, naturally there was an investigation.”

For Full Report :

http://tribune.com.pk/story/280690/pakistan-sends-back-indian-helicopter-after-refueling/

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Death toll rises to 366 in Turkish quake

Oct 25, 2011,

Officials say the death toll in the powerful earthquake that hit eastern Turkey is now 366.

The prime minister's office on Tuesday also says more than 2,000 buildings collapsed in Sunday's 7.2-magnitude quake.

Thousands of people have spent a second night outdoors in cars or tents in near-freezing conditions, afraid to return to their homes.

Rescuers in two cities in eastern Turkey are struggling to pull out survivors from the quake.

Thousands of people have spent a second night outdoors in near-freezing conditions in eastern Turkey, afraid to return to their homes following a deadly earthquake that has been followed by hundreds of aftershocks.

Searchers are picking through the ruins in the cities of Ercis and Van in hopes of finding more survivors. The Dogan news agency says rescuers pulled five people out of the rubble alive in the early hours of Tuesday.

Volunteer Mahir Yatagan says his search and rescue organization, AKUT, is still hoping to receive phone calls or text messages from people trapped in the debris.

The death toll from Sunday's earthquake currently stands at 279, with 1,300 injured.

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=33197

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Hundreds of Afghans rally against US pact

October 25, 2011

KABUL: Hundreds of Afghans took to the streets here on Monday, shouting “death to America” in an angry protest urging the government not to sign a strategic partnership with the United States.

The demonstrators, many wearing turbans and carrying placards, took to the streets in the western part of the city, chanting anti-US slogans and carrying banners demanding that all 130,000 foreign troops leave Afghanistan.

“We are here to say no to the strategic partnership with the US and the establishment of foreign military bases in Afghanistan,” one protester, Waheedullah, told AFP. “The strategic partnership has no Shariah (Islamic law) or legal basis, we don’t want that.”

US Ambassador in Kabul Ryan Crocker has insisted that permanent military bases do not figure in plans for a future US-Afghanistan partnership, but fears remain among many Afghans over details of the fine print.

For Full Report :

http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=9832&Cat=13

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Syrian state hospitals are torturing demonstrators, says rights group

Reuters, 25 October 2011

Amnesty International report says wounded protesters are being assaulted by medical staff and security personnel

Injured Syrian protesters are being 'tortured' in some of the government-run hospitals, says Amnesty International. Photograph: Muzaffar Salman/AP

The Syrian government has turned hospitals into "instruments of repression" in its drive to crush opposition, Amnesty International has said.

Wounded patients in at least four government-run hospitals have been subjected to torture and other ill-treatment, including by medical staff, the human rights group said in a report.

Other hospital workers suspected of treating protesters and others injured during demonstrations have themselves faced arrest and torture, it added.

"It is deeply alarming that the Syrian authorities seem to have given the security forces a free rein in hospitals, and that in many cases hospital staff appear to have taken part in torture and ill treatment of the very people they are supposed to care for," said Cilina Nasser, an Amnesty researcher.

For Full Report :

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/25/syrian-government-hospitals-torturing-demonstrators

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US talks up Pakistan role in Afghan peace talks

October 25, 2011

ISLAMABAD: After years of demanding Pakistan crack down on militants in the Tribal Areas on its border with Afghanistan, the United States has now set out a possibly tougher challenge - bring those militants to the peace table.

It’s a tough task. Ties have been strained between the two allies for months since Osama bin Laden was found holed up in Abbottabad.

And there are doubts the Pakistanis can, or will, persuade the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network to take part in the nascent peace process to end the Afghan war, given Pakistan’s ties to the militants and its competing interests in the region.

On a two-day visit to Islamabad last week, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Pakistan’s relationship with the Haqqanis akin to keeping “snakes in your backyard”. She demanded that Pakistan deny the group any safe haven in the border zone. The network is one of the most effective factions of the Afghan Taliban-led insurgency and was blamed for an attack on the US embassy in Kabul last month.

For Full Report :

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\25\story_25-10-2011_pg7_5

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UN marks 64 years of partnership with Pakistan

October 25, 2011

Pakistan floods plan faces $287m funding gap

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Floods 2011 Rapid Response Plan seeks $357 million to enable the United Nations (UN) and its humanitarian partners to support the government in addressing emergency needs of food, water and sanitation, health care and shelter for up to 5.4 million people.

The Rapid Response Plan is currently funded at only $70 million and this $287 million funding gap will have to be filled urgently.

“The mission of the United Nations is to build a better world, to leave no one behind, and to stand for the poorest and most vulnerable in the name of global peace and social justice,” said United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, on UN Day 2011. In Pakistan, United Nations works together in solidarity with the people of Pakistan through 19 UN agencies and offices and with 3,000 national staff, addressing both development and humanitarian issues.

The UN programmes in Pakistan support national efforts to end poverty, address socio-economic challenges, and achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Promotion of human rights and equality cuts across all UN programmes. The UN works closely with the government, civil society organisations and humanitarian partners on the ground to help save lives affected by natural disasters, to assist those men, women, boys and girls displaced, and to equip and empower them to prepare for future calamities, including support to Afghan refugees. All UN work from relief to recovery and development is done alongside the people of Pakistan. National organisations, both governmental and non-governmental, implement many UN supported programmes, with strong ownership of the Pakistani people.

For Full Report :

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\25\story_25-10-2011_pg7_1

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Israeli FM says Abbas is ‘obstacle’ to peace

AP Oct. 24, 2011

JERUSALEM: Israel’s foreign minister charged Monday that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is an ”obstacle” to peace and that he hopes Abbas will soon resign.

The comments by Avigdor Lieberman drew an angry response from Palestinians, who accused him of calling for an assassination and appealed to the United States and the European Union to intervene.

In a briefing with reporters, Lieberman lashed out at the Palestinian leader, saying Abbas has been leading a campaign to delegitimize Israel internationally and that he has become an ”obstacle that needs to be removed.”

Abbas is leading a drive for UN recognition of a Palestinian state. On Monday his envoy urged the world body not to delay acting on the Palestinian request. Israel and the United States fiercely oppose the bid, saying independence can be reached only through negotiations.

For Full Report :

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/24/israeli-fm-says-abbas-is-obstacle-to-peace.html

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Karzai backtracks on controversial Pakistan remarks

AFP, Oct. 24 2011

KABUL: President Hamid Karzai sought to distance himself Monday from controversial remarks made in an interview in which he said Afghanistan would back Pakistan against the US if the two ever came to blows.

The presidential palace said Karzai’s comments, made in an interview with A private Pakistani television station at the weekend, were “misinterpreted”.

Karzai has said that his country would support Pakistan if it was attacked by either the United States or India.

“God forbid, If any time war erupts between Pakistan and America, Afghanistan will side with Pakistan,” Karzai said in an interview aired late Saturday.

The prospect of all-out conflict between the US and Pakistan remains remote, despite strained relations in recent months, following the killing of Osama bin Laden by US commandos in a secret raid in a Pakistani garrison town.

For Full Report :

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/24/karzai-backtracks-on-controversial-pakistan-remarks.html

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Tunisia elections: An-Nahda party on course to win

Angelique Chrisafis, in Tunis

24 October 2011

Moderate Islamist party An-Nahda tipped for victory in Tunisia's first free elections nine months after people's revolution

Tunisia's voters go to the polls. Source: guardian.co.uk Link to this video

The moderate Islamist party An-Nahda is tipped for a historic victory in Tunisia's first free elections, the first vote of the Arab spring.

Nine months after a people's revolution ousted the dictator Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali and sparked the Arab spring, Tunisians turned out in record numbers to vote for a caretaker assembly that has to rewrite the country's constitution and govern until parliamentary elections in a year's time.

An-Nahda, which was banned for 10 years and brutally repressed under Ben Ali, with activists exiled, tortured and imprisoned,said it had taken the biggest share of the vote based on early predictions before the official results expected .

The party campaigned on a moderate, pro-democracy stance that sought to allay secularist fears by vowing to respect Tunisia's strong secular tradition and the most advanced women's rights in the Arab world.

For Full Report :

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/24/tunisia-elections-an-nahda

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Detention of LeJ leaders extended for 60 days

By Asad Kharal

October 25, 2011

LAHORE: The Punjab Government on Tuesday extended the detention period of banned outfit Lashkar-e- Jhangvi (LeJ) leaders Malik Ishaq and Ghulam Rasool Shah for a further 60 days.

(Read more: Man of violence)

Ishaq has been imprisoned in a Rahim Yar Khan jail since September 25 under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) Act to preempt sectarian strife, sources familiar with the matter told The Express Tribune.

The Punjab’s Home Department issued the orders which have also been conveyed the jail authorities as well as the police and district administration.

According to the Home Department’s orders, the extension period of another 60 days takes effect from October 25, sources in the prison department revealed.

Ishaq, the former chief of the banned outfit was allegedly involved in 44 murder cases in which 70 people mostly belong to the Shia community.

For Full Report :

http://tribune.com.pk/story/281524/lejs-malik-ishaqs-detention-extended-for-60-days/

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Judge who convicted Taseer's assassin seeks refuge in S Arabia

Oct 25, 2011,

LAHORE: The Pakistani judge who gave the death sentence to Governor Salmaan Taseer's self-confessed assassin has sought refuge in Saudi Arabia with his family after receiving death threats from religious extremists.

Anti-terrorism court Judge Pervez Ali Shah, who awarded the death sentence to Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri on October 1, had gone on leave after a group of lawyers ransacked his courtroom and several hardline religious groups offered a bounty to anyone who killed him.

"The death threats have forced Shah to leave Pakistan along with his family for Saudi Arabia," Saiful Malook, who served as special prosecutor during Qadri's trial, said.

Sensing the gravity of the situation, the government had arranged for lodging Shah and his family in Saudi Arabia, Malook said.

For Full Report :

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Judge-who-convicted-Taseers-assassin-seeks-refuge-in-S-Arabia/articleshow/10485099.cms?prtpage=1

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OUR PAK POLICY HAS LOST FOCUS

Oct 25, 2011,

by Kanwal Sibal

US EXASPERATION with Pakistan is mounting, with sharper warnings to it to curb the Haqqani group.The need to repeat such warnings in public also suggests a degree of helplessness in compelling Pakistan to do America’s bidding.

Pakistan’s tenacious resistance, even when cornered on an issue of such vital concern to the US, flows from its calculation that it still retains enough room for defiance.

From leaked accounts of General Kayani’s briefing to the Pakistani parliament just before Hillary Clinton’s arrival in Islamabad a few days ago, this defiance is fortified by the possession of nuclear capability which should, in his view, unlike in the case of Iraq and Afghanistan, make the US think ten times before attacking Pakistani territory. In other words, the US cannot escalate the stand- off with Pakistan beyond a certain point because of the nuclear factor.

Warning

Despite their highly sensitive connotations, the remarks attributed to Kayani do not seem to have been offficially denied. Even if a denial had come, their essential purpose of cautioning the Americans against any adventurism and projecting a strong military intent after the mortifying bin Laden episode would have been served.

The US has not reacted to this nuclear posturing by Kayani, even though it would confirm the view that Pakistan has used terrorism as an instrument of state policy under the cover of its nuclear capability.

For Full Report :

http://epaper.mailtoday.in/epaperhome.aspx?issue=25102011

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Libya aims for govt in two weeks

Oct 25, 2011,

Interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil yesterday set a two-week target for Libya to have a new government and said a commission of inquiry is being formed to probe Gaddafi's killing.

"We have begun talks (on forming a government), and this matter will not take a month but will be finished within two weeks," the National Transitional Council (NTC) chairman told a media conference in the eastern city of Benghazi.

A day after the NTC's declaration of Libya's liberation in the wake of Gaddafi's capture and death, Jalil also said a commission of inquiry is to probe the controversial killing of the fallen strongman.

"In response to international calls, we have started to put in place a commission tasked with investigating the circumstances of Gaddafi's death in the clash with his circle as he was being captured," Jalil said.

And after having raised concern in the West by stressing on Sunday that the new Libya will be governed in line with Islamic sharia law, the NTC chief stressed it would remain a "moderate" Muslim country.

"I would like to assure the international community that we as Libyans are Muslims but moderate Muslims," he said.

For Full Report :

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=207853

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/gaddafi-buried-in-secret-location/d/5761


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