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Horrifying Fate of Assad’s Soldiers Executed on Camera by Syrian Rebels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (L) welcomes US President Barack Obama at the start of the G20 summit in Saint Petersburg. – AFP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arab World

Horrifying Fate of Assad’s Soldiers Executed on Camera by Syrian Rebels,

Egypt government dissolves Muslim Brotherhood

Syria's economy goes underground as black market thrives

Syria sends reinforcements to Christian village

Imams told to report beggars in mosques

 

Europe

Action against Syria could increase sectarian violence: UN chief

Leaders uncertain over who launched Syria Chemical attack

Britain has fresh Syria chemical weapons evidence: PM

Syria crisis: Smiles and chit-chat as Putin, Obama seek to mask strains

Germany to fund EURO102.5 mln development projects in Pakistan

Russia sends warship with 'special cargo' toward Syria: navy source

 

Pakistan

Rangers will head operation in Karachi

US drone kills 6 militants in Pakistan

Drone strike in North Waziristan kills Haqqani network leader

Pak scribe kidnapped, tortured in Karachi

Local ANP leader among two killed in Karachi violence

Zardari set to step down as Pakistan President

Sharif brothers to pay for their security cover

 

Mideast

Iran threatens brutal attacks on Americans, Obama family if US hits Syria

Israel Backs Limited Strike against Syria

Iran’s Foreign Minister Condemns Holocaust

 

Africa

15 people killed in northeast Nigeria by suspected Islamic sect members

Ansar al-Sharia Defies Tunisian Government, Declares Loyalty to ‘Jihadist Groups’

Morocco Islamists, rival party in deal to end crisis

No extra Gaddafi money found abroad, asserts minister

 

Southeast Asia

Jakim uses Friday sermon to attack non-Muslims over use of Allah

Dy PM rebukes “indecent and shameful” Pak Samad over flag incident

 

North America

G20 fails to heal rift over Syria, US gives up on Russia approval

Inaction against Syria would embolden Islamists: Kerry

US face charge of becoming Qaida’s ‘air force’

Guantanamo's Harsh Realities Hidden Behind Wall of Secrecy

US general: 50-100 Afghan soldiers killed every week

Wal-Mart fires US employee for criticizing Muslims

Woman informing Kerry, McCain’s opinions on Syria also an advocate for Syrian rebels

Pentagon Is Ordered to Expand Potential Targets in Syria with a Focus on Forces

Pakistan understands importance of N-security: US

US could help stabilize India-Pak relationship: Congressman Ami Bera

 

India

Any action in Syria should be within UN framework: PM

Two Kashmiri poets oppose Zubin Mehta concert

2 Lashkar-e-Taiba militants arrested in J&K

Taliban deny hand in Indian author’s killing

2002 attack was result of conspiracy: Medha Patkar

Syria fails to provide details of Indian 'Jihadis'

India to take up writer's killing with Kabul

Khurshid to meet Aziz, clear decks for PMs’ New York meet

 

South Asia

Constitution isn't Quran that it cannot be changed: BNP

Advanced mosques in all Upazilas: Bangladesh PM

7 parties behind Hefazat mayhem

China Urges UN Role on Syria after US Says Gives Up

Myanmar jails Muslim teenager for rape attempt

Saturday's election will be transparent, free and fair: President Waheed

Will bring ‘coup’ perpetrators to justice: Nasheed

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Arab World

 

Horrifying Fate of Assad’s Soldiers Executed On Camera By Syrian Rebels

06 September 2013

Video footage has emerged which shows the moment seven of President Bashar al-Assad's Syrian soldiers are executed on camera by rebels fighting to overthrow the regime.

The soldiers are stripped, bound and pushed to the ground where a number of rebels stand over them pointing guns at their bodies. Some bear vicious injuries on their backs and arms.  

Just before they are killed, the ring-leader Abdul Samad Issa - known as 'The Uncle', recites a poem before he fires the first bullet.

'For fifty years, they are companions to corruption', he says. 'We swear to the Lord of the Throne, that this is our oath: We will take revenge.'

The horrific scene filmed in April 2012 was documented in a video smuggled out of Syria only a few days ago by a former rebel who says he had become horrified by the brutality of the tactics his one-time comrades are using. He gave the footage to The New York Times.

It has emerged as G20 leaders meet in Russia to debate the dire situation in the war-torn country and will add fuel to the view that the rest of the world cannot actively support rebels who are carrying out atrocities equally as brutal as the troops deployed by President Assad.

Issa is known as 'the uncle' because two of his deputies are his nephews.

His former aide, who had the copy of the footage, said the captured soldiers' allegedly had videos of them raping Syrian civilians and looting which led to the execution.

Issa requested the execution be filmed so he could show it to donors to help secure more funding.

At the end of the footage, the bodies of the soldiers are dumped in a well while one of the gunmen looks into the camera and smiles.

It is believed Issa has the support of around 300 fighters willing to carry out the executions of captured soldiers.

The 37-year-old, a trader and livestock herder before the war, formed the group at the start of the uprising using his own money to buy weapons and pay for his own soldiers' expenses.

His father was opposed to President Hafez al-Assad, the father of Syria’s current president, but in 1982, he disappeared.

Issa believes he was killed during a 27-day government crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood which sparked his hatred of the government.

Last year, it is believed he was running a training camp in Turkey and gathering weapons, according to the New York Times.

The footage will no doubt cause problems for the U.S. which is considering attacking Syrian forces over its alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians.

Yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke of the issue of radicalised rebels which he said made up 15 to 20 per cent of the opposition.

Most of the concerns are centred around two groups which are known to have ties with Al Qaeda - the Nusra Front and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Earlier this year, another sickening video showed a rebel leader eating the heart of a captured soldier.

The clip seems to show a man, believed to be the well-known founder of Homs' Farouq Brigade Abu Sakkar, standing over the uniformed corpse in a ditch while ranting against President Bashar al Assad.

Using a knife, the man hacked open the torso and removed two organs before holding them up to the camera and declaring: 'I swear to God we will eat your hearts and your livers, you soldiers of Bashar the dog.'

He then raised one to his mouth and took a bite.

 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2412700/Horrifying-fate-Assads-soldiers-executed-camera-Syrian-rebels.html#ixzz2e6C4wDeQ

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Egypt government dissolves Muslim Brotherhood

Reuters | Sep 6, 2013

CAIRO: Egypt's army-backed government has dissolved the Muslim Brotherhood as a registered non-governmental organisation, the state-run Al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Friday, pressing a crackdown on deposed President Mohamed Morsi's movement.

The decision applies to the NGO registered by the Brotherhood in March in response to a lawsuit that argued the group had no legal status and marks a legal challenge to Morsi's movement as the police round up its leaders across the country.

"The minister's decision has in fact been issued but it will be announced at the start of next week in a press conference," Al-Akhbar quoted Hany Mahana, spokesman for the minister of social solidarity, as saying.

After veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in 2011, the Brotherhood won parliamentary and presidential elections. The army deposed Morsi on July 3 in response to mass protests against his rule.

The authorities are mounting the harshest crackdown on the Brotherhood in decades, killing hundreds of Morsi's supporters and arresting many of its leaders on charges of inciting violence. There has so far been no attempt to ban its political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party.

Social Solidarity minister Ahmed el-Boraie's decision to dissolve the group as an NGO stemmed from accusations that the Brotherhood had used its headquarters to fire and store weapons and explosives.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Egypt-government-dissolves-Muslim-Brotherhood-Report/articleshow/22365309.cms

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Syria's economy goes underground as black market thrives

Reuters | Sep 5, 2013

ONCUPINAR, Turkey/LONDON: With his truck fully laden with vegetable oil, driver Mustafa Demir makes his regular trip to the Syrian border from Turkey to sell to rebels desperate for provisions as war closes off normal trade channels.

"There is so much demand from the Syrian side. There is demand for everything. Last time I was carrying paper napkins," he said.

"I usually deliver to the Syrian rebels on the other side. They bring their own lorry and the transfer is done on the other side. And then I leave," Demir, 55, said, as he stood by his vehicle at the front of a queue of trucks waiting to transit through Turkey's busy Oncupinar border crossing.

Every day, hundreds of trucks piled high with goods ranging from cooking oil to cement and nappies form queues stretching for miles at Oncupinar, now a bustling hub for trade with Syria.

At other crossing points along Syria's hilly border with Turkey, people can be seen with suitcases crammed with goods such as baby milk powder to sell back home, where food prices are soaring.

The scenes being played out along the frontier are part of a broader shift in patterns of trade with Syria, where the conflict now in its third year presents growing opportunities for those willing to take the risks.

"The chaotic situation in Syria, with decreasing central control over the economy, has provided new opportunities for those foreign traders that do not have established links to the regime," said Torbjorn Soltvedt of risk consultancy Maplecroft.

The war economy means canny traders can set up their own commodity deals to fit local circumstances and the black market is unlikely to be much disrupted by any foreign air strikes directed at President Bashar al-Assad.

CHAOS OF WAR

In the chaos of a war that has cost more than 100,000 lives and forced millions to flee their homes, smugglers, middlemen and small companies working with shipping agents are finding ways to do profitable business, operating from neighboring countries such as Lebanon.

"Whoever is going to trade to Syria is going to make a profit because of the risks and the war. The Syrians realize that is the only way they can get their goods," said a Middle East based source active in the commodities trade with Syria.

The worsening conflict and increasing payment problems that suppliers face in deals with Syria mean big international companies are increasingly wary of the trade.

"What we are seeing is the emergence of the smaller companies who are driving this trade now," a European based shipping source said.

"Ship owners do not want to take the insurance risk of bringing in ships to Syria. What we are seeing is suppliers delivering goods to ports like Turkey's Mersin and then local companies handle it from there."

Shipping agents, truck drivers and local officials say a new trade route has emerged between Turkey's Mediterranean port of Mersin, where goods destined for Syria arrive to be repacked, and the buffer zone inside Syria, where cargoes are picked up by Syrians, mostly rebels.

The buoyant border trade has created a more profitable route for truck drivers, even prompting them to stop taking cargoes destined for further away, as they can make the same money by driving the shorter route from Mersin to the buffer zone in Syria.

HIGH STAKES

A shipping agent in Mersin said the trade with Syria was causing local prices to rise, with potatoes now five times their normal price.

"I have been working here for decades and I can tell you there was no proper trade from Mersin to Syria. Since the war, it has exploded and it's like a new line of business is open."

In Lebanon too, small companies are supplying Syria with goods.

"There are small local freight companies that are still willing to transport goods including wheat and sugar in containers from Beirut to Syria - that is the way it is going," the Middle East source said. "With the prospect of air strikes all the big traders have left the scene - no one wants to take a risk."

Trade sources say an active fuel trade continues via Lebanon to Syria by road without too much scrutiny from authorities.

While much of the black market trade involves buyers in rebel-held areas, the Syrian state is still trying to procure goods.

State buyers face growing problems trying to purchase food from foreign suppliers despite offering to pay with funds held in frozen bank accounts abroad, which has forced Damascus to cancel a number tenders to buy wheat, sugar and rice.

Trade sources say any state related efforts to pick up supplies are likely to be less organized than they were when tenders were formally held. But they still offer price premiums for suppliers looking to sell to buyers in government areas such as Damascus.

At current market prices, a cargo of wheat sold to Syria carries a 10 percent premium above normal market rates, meaning millions of dollars can be made by local traders, assuming they can secure payment.

"Direct trading is a high stakes game and not for the faint hearted. It will increasingly be driven by people with direct contacts on the Syrian side who are willing to pay even if it means in cash," another European trade source said.

Dealers active in the sugar trade said a worsening conflict in Syria would make it even more difficult to send food into the country in bulk and increase smuggling of sugar into Syria from nearby countries such as Lebanon, Egypt and Iraq.

"A lot of sugar in Syria is now being smuggled," a European sugar trade source said.

It is a situation that has set alarm bells ringing at international aid agencies.

"We are extremely worried about food access and prices at the same time. Prices have sky-rocketed, sometimes more than 300 percent," Muhannad Hadi, the World Food Programme's regional emergency coordinator for Syria, told Reuters.

"In the past week in Damascus we have also noticed an increase in prices. Some commodities are no longer available in the market."

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Syrias-economy-goes-underground-as-black-market-thrives/articleshow/22343397.cms

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Syria sends reinforcements to Christian village

Sep 6, 2013

The Syrian Government has dispatched reinforcements, including tanks and armoured personnel carriers, to a predominantly Christian village north of Damascus where rebels have clashed with regime troops this week, a monitoring group said on Friday.

Opposition fighters led by an al-Qaida-linked rebel faction attacked the mountainside sanctuary of Maaloula on Wednesday, and briefly entered the village a day later before pulling out in the evening. The assault has spotlighted fears among Syria’s religious minorities about the prominent role of Islamic extremists in the rebel ranks fighting to overthrow President Bashar Assad’s regime.

The government forces sent to Maaloula have taken up positions outside the village, which is still under the control of local pro-regime militias, said Rami Abdul-Rahman, the director of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. He said that there were skirmishes on Friday around the village, which is home to two of the oldest surviving monasteries in Syria — Mar Sarkis and Mar Takla.

The assault is being spearheaded by Jabhat al-Nusra, one of the most effective rebel factions and a group the United States has deemed a terrorist organisation. The group includes Syrians as well as foreign fighters from across the Muslim world.

The Syrian Government has tried to emphasize the role of foreigners fighting on the rebel side as part of its narrative that the Assad regime is battling a foreign-backed conspiracy.

In that vein, Syrian state television said on Friday that the Government is offering 500,000 Syrian pounds ($2,800) for turning in a foreign fighter, and 200,000 pounds ($1,150) for information about their whereabouts or assistance in their capture.

As the fighting continued on the ground inside Syria, President Barack Obama’s administration forged ahead in its efforts to win Congressional backing for military strikes against Syria over a suspected chemical attack on August 21 outside Damascus. The U.S. accuses the Assad regime of being behind the attack, while Syria blames the rebels.

Mr. Obama was on Friday expected to use the last day of the Group of 20 economic summit in Russia to continue his quest to scrounge up foreign support for armed action. He has had little public success so far, with only France willing to take part in any military response.

The summit’s host, Russia, is staunchly opposed to any Western action against Syria. The Kremlin has continued its decades-long alliance with Damascus throughout the civil war, backing Assad militarily, economically and diplomatically.

On Friday, the Russian state Interfax news agency said Moscow had sent another ship from the Black Sea to Syria. Citing an official at navy headquarters, Interfax said the landing ship left the Black Sea port of Sevastopol on Friday morning for the Eastern Mediterranean with “special cargo.”

The Ministry of Defence was unable to confirm the ship’s departure. Kremlin Chief of Staff Sergei Ivanov said on Thursday that Russia is boosting its naval presence in the Mediterranean “primarily” to organise a possible evacuation of Russians from Syria. It is unclear how many ships Russia has there.

Reports of increased Russian naval presence near Syria have stoked fears about a larger international conflict if the United States carries out airstrikes.

In Damascus, the Syrian state news agency SANA said the Speaker of Parliament, Mohammad Jihad Laham, urged the U.S. Congress to engage in a “civilised” dialogue with Damascus rather than resorting to a dialogue of “fire and blood.”

In a letter sent late on Thursday to House Speaker John Boehner, Mr. Laham appealed to the U.S. lawmaker and his colleagues “not to rush into any irresponsible, reckless action.”

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/syria-sends-reinforcements-to-christian-village/article5100845.ece

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Imams told to report beggars in mosques

 06 September 2013

RIYADH — The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance has instructed imams of mosques all over the Kingdom not to allow individuals seeking alms to address worshipers following congregational prayers.

The ministry noted that many of these beggars wear the traditional Saudi dress (thobes), speak perfect Saudi dialect and pass off as needy citizens to collect money.

Imams were asked to inform the National Anti-Begging Committee about such violators, an Arabic language newspaper said, quoting ministry sources.

The sources said the ministry's supervisors have discovered a number of people in traditional Saudi dress addressing the congregation after each prayer with sad stories about their dire financial circumstances.

"Some of the attendees will give them money out of good will, believing that they are poor Saudis in real need," said an official, who did not want to be identified.

The sources also said the ministry asked the imams not to designate any section of the mosque to charity organizations for collecting donations. They said the donations should be collected at the headquarters or the main offices of these organizations.

The ministry is meanwhile continuing its campaign to take care of mosques and to train imams and muezzins with a view to promoting the role of the mosque.

Abdulmohsen Bin Abdulaziz Al-Alsheikh, assistant undersecretary for mosques at the ministry, said the campaign is aimed at repairing and cleaning mosques, replacing old furniture, reconstructing old mosques on the verge of collapse and making sure that places of worship are not exploited by illegal foreigners or unscrupulous Saudis for personal gains.

He said a supervisory committee is following up the implementation of these objectives. "The committee has established field teams to inspect mosques everywhere in the Kingdom," he added.

Al-Alsheikh said the ministry is organizing advanced training sessions for imams and muezzins, covering various religious subjects.

He said the imams have an important role to play in resolving social issues, especially through the use of the Friday sermons.

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130906179427

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Europe

 

Action against Syria could increase sectarian violence: UN chief

2013-09-06

SAINT PETERSBURG: United Nations Chief Ban Ki-moon made an ardent plea on Friday against military action in Syria, warning that it could increase sectarian violence in a country already suffering from an “unprecedented” humanitarian crisis in recent history.

“I must warn that ill-considered military action could cause serious and tragic consequences, and with an increased threat of further sectarian violence,” Ban said.

Speaking at a humanitarian meeting hosted by Britain on the sidelines of the G20 summit, Ban called on world powers to put aside their differences over the Syrian conflict.

He implored the world to take concerted action in order to get desperately needed aid to the population.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1040971/action-against-syria-could-increase-sectarian-violence-un-chief

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Leaders uncertain over who launched Syria Chemical attack

September 06, 2013

World leaders are venting over Syria’s civil war but look no closer to agreeing on international military intervention to stop it.

A French official says leaders at a summit of the Group of 20 leading world economies in Russia agreed with President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande that chemical weapons had been used in an August 21 attack in Syria, and condemned it.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/leaders-uncertain-over-who-launched-syria-attack/article5100021.ece

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Britain has fresh Syria chemical weapons evidence: PM

2013-09-05

LONDON: Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday that Britain had further evidence of the use of chemical weapons in Syria, which a British source said confirmed the use of sarin.

“We have just been looking at some samples taken from Damascus in the Porton Down laboratory in Britain which further shows the use of chemical weapons in that Damascus suburb,” Cameron told BBC TV from the G20 summit in St Petersburg.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1040774/britain-has-fresh-syria-chemical-weapons-evidence-pm

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Syria crisis: Smiles and chit-chat as Putin, Obama seek to mask strains

AFP | Sep 6, 2013

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia: With a macho handshake, wide smiles for the cameras and a spot of small talk about the late summer weather, President Barack Obama and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin sought Thursday to mask months of tensions that gave rise to talk of a bitter personal animosity.

The squirmingly awkward pictures from their last encounter at the G8 in June and Obama's cancellation of a bilateral summit in Moscow had created expectations of another tense encounter.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Syria-crisis-Smiles-and-chit-chat-as-Putin-Obama-seek-to-mask-strains/articleshow/22345358.cms

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Germany to fund EURO102.5 mln development projects in Pakistan

2013-09-06

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Germany, on Friday, finalized the bi-annual government to government negotiations for the year 2013 and signed a EUR 102.5 million agreement.

The agreement is aimed at executing various new and existing projects in education, energy, governance and health sectors.

After gaining approval by the Federal Cabinet, the agreement was signed by Secretary Economic Affairs Division (EAD), Nargis Sethi, and Director General Europe Middle East and Asia; Multilateral Development Policy of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Uta Boellhoff.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1040982/germany-to-fund-euro1025-mln-development-projects-in-pakistan

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Russia sends warship with 'special cargo' toward Syria: navy source

September 06, 2013

A Russian warship carrying "special cargo" will be dispatched toward Syria, a navy source said on Friday, as the Kremlin beefs up its presence in the region ahead of possible US strikes against the Damascus regime.

  The large landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov will on Friday leave the Ukrainian port city of Sevastopol for the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiisk, from where it will head to Syria's coast, the Interfax news agency quoted a source from the Saint Petersburg-based central naval command as saying.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/restofasia/Russia-sends-warship-with-special-cargo-toward-Syria-navy-source/Article1-1118306.aspx

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Pakistan

 

Rangers will head operation in Karachi

MEENA MENON

Sep 6, 2013

As the situation in Karachi remains grim, the government announced that the paramilitary rangers would head a targeted operation to curb extortion, kidnapping, terrorism and murder.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told the media in Karachi after a special meeting of the federal cabinet which was rescheduled to Wednesday, that the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party government cannot be sidelined by the centre and the issue of resolving the situationi cannot be politicised. He said the number of those who would be in the dragnet of the operation is not known but they have been identified. Action will begin within a couple of days, he said and the Rangers will be assisted by the police. The intelligence agencies and the military have identified the people who must be arrested.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/rangers-will-head-operation-in-karachi/article5097608.ece

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US drone kills 6 militants in Pakistan

AP | Sep 6, 2013

PESHAWAR: Pakistan intelligence officials say a pair of missiles launched by a US drone hit a militant hideout near the Afghan border and killed six suspected militants.

The officials say the missile hit a sprawling compound after midnight Thursday near the border town of Ghulam Khan in the North Waziristan tribal region.

They say the identity and nationality of the slain men was not immediately known.

The officials spoke on Friday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/US-drone-kills-6-militants-in-Pakistan/articleshow/22359781.cms

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Drone strike in North Waziristan kills Haqqani network leader

September 6, 2013

ISLAMABAD: A senior leader of the Haqqani network was allegedly killed, among others, in a US drone strike in North Waziristan on early Friday, Express News reported.

Pakistan strongly condemned the US drone strike that took place early this morning.

Foreign office spokesperson in a statement said that these unilateral strikes are a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/600717/pakistan-condemns-drone-strike-in-north-waziristan/

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Pak scribe kidnapped, tortured in Karachi

Sep 6, 2013

A prominent Pakistani journalist was allegedly kidnapped and tortured by unidentified persons in Karachi.

“I was kidnapped, tortured & now forced to leave my #Karachi. Will update,” journalist A K Chishti tweeted.

Mr Chishti, a Friday Times reporter, also uploaded his picture showing apparent injury marks on his head.

Mr Chishti writes on counter-terrorism and national security.

Friday Times editor-in-chief Najam Sethi also tweeted, “Ali Chishti, my star Friday Times reporter in Karachi, was yesterday kidnapped and bruised by xxx goons who abused & threatened TFT & me too.”

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/pak-scribe-kidnapped-tortured-in-karachi/article5100582.ece

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Local ANP leader among two killed in Karachi violence

AGENCIES and DAWN.COM

2013-09-06

KARACHI: At least two people, including a local leader of the Awami National Party (ANP), were killed Friday in different incidents of violence in Karachi.

Meanwhile, Rangers personnel arrested 11 suspects in a separate search operation carried out in the city’s Baldia Town area.

Police said political activist Lal Darwesh Khan, 35, was shot dead by unknown assailants in Orangi Town. Abdul Moeed, an officer at the local police station, said the victim was a local leader of the ANP. He said Darwesh received two bullets in his upper torso and died before he could be taken to hospital. The body was later shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for an autopsy.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1040970/local-anp-leader-among-two-killed-in-karachi-violence

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Zardari set to step down as Pakistan President

September 06, 2013

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari steps down on Sunday having defied expectations by holding onto power for a record five years but facing criticism for leaving the economy and security in a shocking state.

Never popular and always shrouded in controversy, Zardari -- once jailed for 11 years for alleged corruption -- relinquishes power for a new life likely to be split between Pakistan and Dubai.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/pakistan/Zardari-set-to-step-down-as-Pakistan-President/Article1-1118208.aspx

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Sharif brothers to pay for their security cover

MEENA MENON

Sep 6, 2013

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif have decided to shell out 140 million (approximately Rs. 90 million) for a security wall around their family estate in Raiwind.

Both have been facing some flak for extensive deployment of security cover. Spokesperson for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Asim Khan Nyazee said the estate also functioned as a camp office and the practice hd been that the government provided security for the Prime Minister.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/sharif-brothers-to-pay-for-their-security-cover/article5094038.ece

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Mideast

 

Iran threatens brutal attacks on Americans, Obama family if US hits Syria

06 September 2013

As Congress debates whether to support President Obama’s call for a limited strike against Syria for the alleged use of chemical weapons, Iran is vowing to back Bashar al-Assad’s regime to the hilt and threatening to unleash terrorism should the U.S. strike.

Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Forces, Wednesday told the Assembly of Experts — the body that chooses the supreme leader — that “[w]e will support Syria to the end.”

And in an unprecedented statement, a former Iranian official has warned of mass abductions and brutal killings of American citizens around the world and the rape and killing of one of Obama’s daughters should the United States attack Syria.

Full report at:

http://dailycaller.com/2013/09/05/iran-threatens-brutal-attacks-on-americans-obama-family-if-us-hits-syria/

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Israel Backs Limited Strike Against Syria

By JODI RUDOREN

JERUSALEM — President Obama’s position on Syria — punish President Bashar al-Assad for using chemical weapons without seeking to force him from power — has been called “half-pregnant” by critics at home and abroad who prefer a more decisive American intervention to end Syria’s civil war.

But Mr. Obama’s limited strike proposal has one crucial foreign ally: Israel.

Israeli officials have consistently made the case that enforcing Mr. Obama’s narrow “red line” on Syria is essential to halting the nuclear ambitions of Israel’s archenemy, Iran. More quietly, Israelis have increasingly argued that the best outcome for Syria’s two-and-a-half-year-old civil war, at least for the moment, is no outcome.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/06/world/middleeast/israel-backs-limited-strike-against-syria.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Condemns Holocaust

 September 06, 2013

Iran’s foreign minister said on Facebook that Tehran condemns the World War II Nazi massacre of the Jews, in stark contract to Holocaust denials by former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

“We condemn the massacre of Jews by the Nazis, and we condemn the massacre of Palestinians by the Zionists,” Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on his Facebook page, where he published the text of an interview he gave to the Tasnim news agency.

Zarif was also asked whether he wished Jews “Happy Rosh Hashanah” (the Jewish new year), and had had an exchange about the Holocaust on Twitter.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/international/irans-foreign-minister-condemns-holocaust/

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Africa

 

15 people killed in attack at a market in northeast Nigeria by suspected Islamic sect members

06 September 2013

MAIDUGURI, NIGERIA –  Residents of a northwestern Nigerian village say suspected sect members disguised as traders invaded a market and opened fire, killing at least 15 people.

Ngubdo Modu said Thursday gunmen also set fire to the local government secretariat, police station and a clinic during the attack Wednesday in Gajiram, 75 kilometers (46 miles) from Maiduguri, the volatile capital city of Borno state where the Boko Haram ideology sprang up some four years ago.

Full report at:

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/09/05/15-people-killed-in-attack-at-market-in-northeast-nigeria-by-suspected-islamic/

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Ansar al-Sharia Defies Tunisian Government, Declares Loyalty to ‘Jihadist Groups’

06 September 2013

Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia issued a statement Tuesday declaring their long-standing loyalty to “jihadist groups” and warned that the authorities are “dragging the country into a bloodbath.”

The statement was posted on a Facebook account identifying itself as the group’s official page.

The five-page release comes in response to government accusations last week that members of the group were involved in the assassinations of two opposition politicians this year, as well as in violence by armed fighters in western Tunisia that has claimed the lives of a number of Tunisian soldiers.

Full report at:

http://www.tunisia-live.net/2013/09/04/ansar-al-sharia-defies-tunisian-government-declares-loyalty-to-jihadist-groups/#sthash.y3gpwMlU.dpuf

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Morocco Islamists, rival party in deal to end crisis

 06 September 2013

 RABAT — Morocco’s ruling Islamists have struck a deal with the main opposition party to form a new coalition government, ending months of uncertainty after a key ally’s decision to withdraw, media reported Thursday.

A cabinet reshuffle is due to be announced in the coming days, following the accord between Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane, and the head of the National Rally of Independents (RNI), Salaheddine Mezouar.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130906179464

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No extra Gaddafi money found abroad, asserts minister

 Ahmed Elumami

 06 September 2013

TRIPOLI —  Finance Minister Kelani Abdulkareem has denied reports that his ministry had recovered LD70 billion of frozen assets as well as discovering a further LD50 billion in an unnamed foreign country.

Speaking at Prime Minister Ali Zidan’s press conference Wednesday afternoon, Abdulkareem angrily defended the ministry, saying that there were “groups” seeking to make problems for the government and cause instability by spreading disinformation. He demanded they stand up their claims with valid proof.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130906179480

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Southeast Asia

 

Jakim uses Friday sermon to attack non-Muslims over use of Allah

BY RITA JONG

SEPTEMBER 06, 2013

Four days before the Allah issue returns to court, the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) today hit out at non-Muslims for challenging the Muslim faith by insisting on using the word.

The Islamic authority, in its Friday sermon today, claimed that apart from Allah, the words solat (prayer), tauhid (belief in God), Rasul (prophet), Kaabah and Haji (holy pilgrimage) were exclusive to Muslims.

"The position of Islam is being threatened from every corner. We must be aware of our responsibility in this issue. These are the rights of Muslims that cannot be intruded by anyone as it will affect the beliefs and thoughts of Muslims,” said Jakim in the sermon.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/jakim-uses-friday-sermons-to-attack-non-muslims-over-use-of-allah

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Dy PM rebukes “indecent and shameful” Pak Samad over flag incident

BY DIYANA IBRAHIM

SEPTEMBER 06, 2013

National laureate Datuk A. Samad Said's participation in an event where the Sang Saka Malaya flag was flown has been described as indecent and shameful by Putrajaya.

“Samad’s involvement is incredibly embarrassing and it’s improper since he carries the title of a laureate,” said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in his speech at Universiti Malaya today.

“I don’t know what intention he has in flying the Sang Saka Malaya. It can’t be that someone who is so respected and who has produced many major works of literature would do something so shameful.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/muhyiddin-rebukes-indecent-and-shameful-pak-samad-over-flag-incident

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North America

 

G20 fails to heal rift over Syria, US gives up on Russia approval

AFP | Sep 6, 2013

SAINT PETERSBURG: World leaders at the G20 summit on Friday failed to bridge their bitter divisions over US plans for military action against the Syrian regime, with Washington signalling that it has given up on securing Russia's support at the UN on the crisis.

A dinner hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin that ran on into the early hours of the morning failed to win a breakthrough on how to halt a conflict in Syria that has claimed more than 100,000 lives and which is now in its third year.

Putin has emerged as one of the most implacable critics of military intervention against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over an alleged chemical weapons attack on August 21, saying any such move without UN blessing would be an aggression.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/G20-fails-to-heal-rift-over-Syria-US-gives-up-on-Russia-approval/articleshow/22368602.cms

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Inaction against Syria would embolden Islamists: Kerry

Sep 6, 2013

As the Congress took steps to accelerate the voting process on the resolution to authorise military action against the Assad regime, the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, said that inaction in Syria would empower the extremist groups.

“I guarantee you if we turn our backs today, the picture we all saw in the media of people being shot, will be seen more because extremists will be attracted to this and they will be funded as the only alternative to take on Assad,” said Mr. Kerry on Thursday.

Mr. Kerry said if the United States does not act, Americans will see more videos such as the one aired by The New York Times yesterday that purports to show Islamists executing seven captured Syrian soldiers.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/inaction-against-syria-would-embolden-islamists-kerry/article5099795.ece

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US faces charge of becoming Qaida’s ‘airforce’

Chidanand Rajghatta, TNN | Sep 6, 2013

WASHINGTON: US president Obama and his administration will have to go against the weight of American public skepticism and legislative resistance to meet their professed goal of punishing Syria for allegedly using chemical weapons in contravention of global rules.

Although the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday approved conditional strikes against Syria by a 10-7 margin, opposition to military involvement is high among members of the House of Representatives, considered closer to ground sentiment. Polls show Americans are massively opposed to getting into what is increasingly seen as a Shia-Sunni spat that has little bearing on American interests, aside from asserting broader principles of international accountability vis-a-vis chemical weapons.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-faces-charge-of-becoming-Qaidas-airforce/articleshow/22356507.cms

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Guantanamo's Harsh Realities Hidden Behind Wall of Secrecy

05 September 2013

Revelations about the NSA's mass surveillance system have sparked a larger debate about the secrecy of America's counterterrorism policies. Another example of the National Security State's excessive secrecy lies in the information practices surrounding Guantanamo Bay Naval Station. The US military hides the prison's dark realities through layers of classification and by mounting extreme obstacles to attorneys defending detainees.

Full report at:

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/18606-guantanamos-harsh-realities-hidden-behind-wall-of-secrecy

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US general: 50-100 Afghan soldiers killed every week

06 September 2013

WASHINGTON — About 50 to 100 Afghan soldiers are killed in battle every week but the high casualty rate does not mean the country’s forces are at the breaking point, a US general said Wednesday.

“The Afghan security forces are suffering more casualties, no question about it,” Lieutenant General Mark Milley said by video link from Afghanistan.

Milley, the deputy commander of US forces in Afghanistan, said “somewhere in the range of 50 to 100 or so Afghan security forces are killed in action per week.”

“And that’s not at all insignificant. That is significant. And we’re paying attention to that,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130906179497

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Wal-Mart fires US employee for criticizing Muslims

  06 September 2013

HAMBURG, New York — Wal-Mart has fired an employee of a US store after he posted derogatory comments about Muslim customers on Facebook.

The firing follows a request by the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations for Wal-Mart to discipline the assistant manager.

Along with a picture of Muslim women in traditional dress, the manager’s expletive-filled posting read: “Halloween came early this year. ... Do they really have to ... dress like that.”

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130906179496

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Woman informing Kerry, McCain’s opinions on Syria also an advocate for Syrian rebels

06 September 2013

The woman whose opinion lawmakers are relying on to go to war in Syria is also a paid advocate for the war-torn country’s rebels.

On Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry encouraged members of the House of Representatives to read a Wall Street Journal op-ed by 26-year-old Elizabeth O’Bagy — an analyst with the Institute for the Study of War — who asserted that concerns about extremists dominating among the Syrian rebels are unfounded.

Full report at:

http://dailycaller.com/2013/09/05/woman-informing-kerry-mccains-opinions-on-syria-also-an-advocate-for-syrian-rebels/#ixzz2e6XpKapI

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Pentagon Is Ordered to Expand Potential Targets in Syria With a Focus on Forces

By DAVID E. SANGER and ERIC SCHMITT

06 September 2013

WASHINGTON — President Obama has directed the Pentagon to develop an expanded list of potential targets in Syria in response to intelligence suggesting that the government of President Bashar al-Assad has been moving troops and equipment used to employ chemical weapons while Congress debates whether to authorize military action.

Mr. Obama, officials said, is now determined to put more emphasis on the “degrade” part of what the administration has said is the goal of a military strike against Syria — to “deter and degrade” Mr. Assad’s ability to use chemical weapons. That means expanding beyond the 50 or so major sites that were part of the original target list developed with French forces before Mr. Obama delayed action on Saturday to seek Congressional approval of his plan.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/06/world/middleeast/pentagon-is-ordered-to-expand-potential-targets-in-syria-with-a-focus-on-forces.html?ref=middleeast&_r=0

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Pakistan understands importance of N-security: US

ANWAR IQBAL

2013-09-06

WASHINGTON: Pakistan has a professional and dedicated security force that fully understands the importance of nuclear security, says the US State Department.

In a statement issued on Wednesday evening, the department’s spokesperson Jen Psaki also welcomed Pakistan’s reiteration of its commitment to disarmament and non-proliferation.

“We welcome Pakistan’s statement yesterday that it is fully committed to the objectives of disarmament and non-proliferation,” Ms Psaki said.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1040871/pakistan-understands-importance-of-n-security-us

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US could help stabilize India-Pak relationship: Congressman Ami Bera

PTI | Sep 6, 2013

WASHINGTON: Fresh from his trip to India, Congressman Ami Bera hoped that the United States would help stabilize the relationship between India and Pakistan.

Talking to the media on his just concluded India trip, the Indian-American Congressman from California hoped that in addition to discussing the India-Pak ties, Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh and the US President Barack Obama in a meeting in Washington later this month would also discuss the Afghan situation post 2014.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/US-could-help-stabilize-India-Pak-relationship-Congressman-Ami-Bera/articleshow/22357111.cms

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India

 

Any action in Syria should be within UN framework: PM

PTI | Sep 6, 2013

ST PETERSBURG: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that whatever action is required in Syria should be within the UN framework, amid growing pressure on US President Barack Obama from his Russian counterpart and other world leaders not to attack the Arab country.

The Syrian issue dominated a long dinner meeting of G20 leaders including Obama on Thursday night hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the end of the first day's deliberations during which Singh made an intervention.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Any-action-in-Syria-should-be-within-UN-framework-PM/articleshow/22362843.cms

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Two Kashmiri poets oppose Zubin Mehta concert

PTI | Sep 6, 2013

SRINAGAR: Two noted Kashmiri poets, including Jnanpith awardee Rehman Rahi, have opposed the musical concert featuring internationally renowned conductor Zubin Mehta here on Saturday and said they may not attend the high profile event.

"Many (people) are saying it is ill-timed. I may not attend the concert," Rahi, who was awarded the prestigious Jnanpith award in 2007 for his Kashmiri poetry, told PTI.

Another noted Kashmiri poet, Zareef Ahmad Zareef, was categorical in saying he will not attend the concert as it is "unnatural" to hold such an event when people of the valley were suffering miseries due to non-resolution of Kashmir issue.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Two-Kashmiri-poets-oppose-Zubin-Mehta-concert/articleshow/22356779.cms

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2 Lashkar-e-Taiba militants arrested in J&K

PTI | Sep 6, 2013,

SRINAGAR: Police have arrested two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants from this summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, two days ahead of the high profile music concert featuring world renowned orchestra conductor Zubin Mehta.

The militants were arrested from Chanapora locality of the city during the intervening night of September four and five, police sources said.

While one militant hailed from Chanapora, the other one had come from Sopore town in north Kashmir, sources said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/2-Lashkar-e-Taiba-militants-arrested-in-JK/articleshow/22365017.cms

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Taliban deny hand in Indian author’s killing

Sep 6, 2013

The Taliban on Friday denied it was involved in the killing of an Indian woman in eastern Afghanistan, who wrote a popular memoir about her earlier escape from its clutches.

Sushmita Banerjee, 49, was married to an Afghan businessman and had written a memoir on a dramatic escape from the Taliban which inspired a Bollywood film in 2003.

“The lady with the Indian name Sushmita Banerjee living on the outskirts of Sharana city, was dragged out of her house by Taliban militants on Wednesday night and was shot dead,” Mokhles Afghan, spokesman for the Governor of Paktika province, said.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/taliban-deny-hand-in-indian-authors-killing/article5100596.ece

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2002 attack was result of conspiracy: Medha Patkar

TNN | Sep 6, 2013

AHMEDABAD: More than 11 years after the incident, social activist and Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar told the court on Thursday how she was brutally beaten as part of a pre-planned conspiracy during a peace meeting at Sabarmati's Gandhi Ashram in 2002. She repeatedly said that the attack on her was the result of a conspiracy.

In her primary examination before metropolitan magistrate A S Desai, Patkar said that all policemen had remained inactive while she was assaulted. She also identified the four accused persons in courtroom who had allegedly attacked her - former mayor Amit Shah, BJP leader Amit Thaker, V K Saxena and Rohit Patel, who had identified himself to her as a Congressman.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/2002-attack-was-result-of-conspiracy-Medha-Patkar/articleshow/22352610.cms

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Syria fails to provide details of Indian 'jihadis'

 September 06, 2013

Indian intelligence seeking details of Indian nationals involved in the Syrian war as claimed by Syrian ambassador to India, Riad Abbas, has failed to evoke any response. Abbas had gone on record saying that pan-Islamic jihadists from India were fighting the Assad regime.

Although Indian intelligence confirmed that they did not know of any Indian jihadists in Syria, they were checking out the remote possibility of an Indian national, based in Middle-east, getting involved in fight for Damascus.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/newdelhi/Syria-fails-to-provide-details-of-Indian-jihadis/Article1-1118077.aspx

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India to take up writer's killing with Kabul

IANS | Sep 6, 2013

NEW DELHI: India will take up with Kabul the killing of Indian author Sushmita Banerjee by suspected Taliban militants in Afghanistan, minister of state for parliamentary affairs Rajeev Shukla said on Friday.

"It is condemnable. The external affairs ministry is pursuing the matter and will take it up with the Afghanistan government," Shukla told the Rajya Sabha.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-to-take-up-writers-killing-with-Kabul/articleshow/22365212.cms

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Khurshid to meet Aziz, cleardecks for PMs’ New York meet

SANDEEP DIKSHIT

 September 06, 2013

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will meet Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan Prime Minister’s National Security and Foreign Policy Adviser, on September 13 in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek in an attempt to clear the decks for a substantive meeting between their Prime Ministers in New York later this month.

The two leaders will try to address each other’s primary concerns to create a public atmosphere in both countries conducive to enabling another attempt at normalisation of ties. The meeting will take place on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit, in which both countries have Observer status.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/khurshid-to-meet-aziz-cleardecks-for-pms-new-york-meet/article5097793.ece

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South Asia

 

Constitution isn't Quran that it cannot be changed: BNP

06 September 2013

The BNP will pull out all the stops to ensure that the provision for a neutral caretaker government is reinstated in the Constitution, spokesperson Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said.

“The Constitution is for the people. It is not the Quran or the Bible that it can’t be changed,” he said at a discussion held at National Press Club on Thursday.

“We don’t have much time. We will make use of all strategies needed to make the government pay heed to our demand for an interim government.”

Fakhrul claimed the demand for an interim polls-time government was a national demand.

“The people cannot be fooled by talking about the Constitution,” said Fakhrul, “It has to be changed”.

Full report at:

http://bdnews24.com/politics/2013/09/05/constitution-isn-t-quran-fakhrul

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Advanced mosques in all Upazilas: PM

06 September 2013

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said to spread and promote the message of Islam well-equipped mosques will be constructed in all Upazilas.

She said this on Friday while inaugurating this year’s Hajj camp at the capital’s Ashkona.

Recalling the support of the Saudi Arabia government in giving the facelift to the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque, the Prime Minister said the work for constructing better mosques would be easier if Saudi Arabia further extend its help.

Full report at:

http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2013/09/06/advanced-mosques-in-all-upazilas-pm

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7 parties behind Hefajat mayhem

 September 06, 2013

Police yesterday claimed to have proof that seven political parties, including Jamaat-e-Islami, had backed Hefajat-e Islam, which struck terror in the capital’s Motijheel area on May 5.

Jamaat and Muslim League supported the Islamist group indirectly while Nezame Islam, Khelafat Majlish, Khelafat Andolon, Jamiat e Olama e Islam and Islami Oikya Jote backed it directly, AKM Shahidul Hoque, additional inspector general of police (admin), told reporters at the police headquarters in Dhaka.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/7-parties-behind-hefajat-mayhem/

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China Urges UN Role on Syria After US Says Gives Up

 September 06, 2013

Beijing. China’s Foreign Ministry urged a role for the UN Security Council in resolving the crisis in Syria on Friday after the United States said it had given up trying to work with the council on Syria, accusing Russia of holding it hostage.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power’s remarks on Thursday left no doubt that Washington would not seek UN approval for a military strike on Syria in response to an Aug. 21 chemical attack near Damascus.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/international/china-urges-un-role-on-syria-after-us-says-gives-up/

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Myanmar jails Muslim teenager for rape attempt

AFP

2013-09-05

YANGON: A court in Myanmar sentenced a Muslim teenager to seven years in jail on Wednesday for the attempted rape of a Buddhist woman that triggered recent religious unrest, said an official.

The resulting unrest left hundreds of people homeless after about 1,000 anti-Muslim rioters tore through villages on the outskirts Kanbalu, in the northwest region of Sagaing, on August 24, torching Muslim property.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1040761/myanmar-jails-teenager-for-rape-attempt

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Saturday's election will be transparent, free and fair: President Waheed

September 6, 2013

Presidential candidate of Forward with the Nation coalition, President Dr Mohamed Waheed has said that he is confident that Saturday’s election would be a transparent, free and fair election.

Addressing his supporters in Kulhudhuffushi last night at the final rally organised by the coalition before voting tomorrow, President Waheed said that upon his assumption of office, he was faced with accusations by several groups who said that it would no longer be possible to hold a free and fair election in the Maldives, as the country had lost its democratic system.

Full report at:

http://www.sun.mv/english/15738

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Will bring ‘coup’ perpetrators to justice: Nasheed

Sep 6, 2013

Former President and Maldivian Democratic Party candidate Mohamed Nasheed has said his priority if elected would be to bring to justice the “perpetrators” of the February 7, 2012 “coup”.

“I do believe that the perpetrators of the coup must be brought to justice. At the same time institutions need to be strengthened,” he said to a question here.

Mr. Nasheed resigned in controversial circumstances on February 7, 2012, leading to his Vice-President, Mohamed Waheed Hasan, being sworn in President as mandated by the Constitution. A day later, Mr. Nasheed insisted he was ousted in a coup. He and the MDP have since accused Dr. Waheed and other prominent Maldivians, including former dictator Maumoon Gayoom, of engineering the coup.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/will-bring-coup-perpetrators-to-justice-nasheed/article5097788.ece

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