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India speaks for small countries and establishes its credential in the CHOGM

Gadhafi’s son could hide in the Sahara Desert for months

Malaysian police ban gay rights festival

Malaysia bans steamy 'Islamic sex guide': report

India for impartial probe into Libya war crimes

Court raps Kashmir cops for kids’ arrest

At least 18 killed in renewed Yemen violence

Syria troops kill seven, day after peace plan agreed

US drones kill three Haqqani militants in Pakistan

South Iraq bombings death toll rises to nine

Two killed in different incidents in Karachi

US missiles kill 4 in N Waziristan

Two FC men killed in Turbat bombing

One killed, 10 injured in Peshawar blast

Mohmand attack kills two soldiers

India ranks 134 in human index

Pakistan ranks 145 on UN’s Human Development Index

Pakistan mulls India electricity import

US designates top Haqqani leader 'foreign terrorist'

Sir Aga Khan III’s birth anniversary celebrated

Pakistan looks to highway to fight terrorism

Security situation in Hazara Division reviewed ahead of Muharram

Pak-US water talks end on ‘promising note’

Suicide bomber, insurgents attack Afghan company

NATO container’s driver hurt in Chaman attack

Taliban cannot deter KP music lovers: singer

Israelis hold defense drill for missile attack

All rescued in Egypt ferry fire on the Red Sea

Israeli prime minister said to favour Iran attack

CHOGM criticised for weak stance on human rights

Turkey: Islamic Banking Making Inroads

Syria Accepts Arab Plan

French satirical paper attacked after Prophet Mohammed cartoon

Israeli military ready to hit Gaza

US may shift faster to Afghan advisory role

Afghanistan needs Pak support on reconciliation: US

EA CULPA, says turkey for raising Kashmir issue at UN

No external meddling in Afghan roadmap: India

Israel for military strike against Iran, says report

Khamenei accuses U.S. of 'terror' attacks in Iran

Biometric system at Pak-Afghan border from month-end

Obama most powerful, Kayani on 34th: Forbes

Christian community observes ‘All Soul Day’

Pakistan wants to expand bilateral cooperation with UAE: Naek

Arabs step up pressure on Syria to end bloodshed

Women far behind men in economic participation

KU seminar on ‘Effects of Media on Pakistani Society’

Syria unrest: Tanks 'open fire' in Homs

Spot-fixing trio handed prison sentences

Imran doing a Hazare in Pak

Compiled By New Age Islam News Bureau

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India speaks for small countries and establishes its credential in the CHOGM

By Balaji Chandramohan

November 2nd, 2011

In the recently conducted Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Perth from October 28-30, it was established that in the 21st century, the head of the Commonwealth is shifting from London to New Delhi with the rise of India asa Great Power. Looking at the events leading up to the CHOGM and the outcome proves that India has elbowed other countries in the CHOGM, which includes its former colonial master Britain and aspiring Great Power in the Asia Pacific, Australia.

The western countries in the CHOGM, namely Britain, Australia and New Zealand, wanted to pin the countries which were ruled by colonial masters before by bringing about an institution which monitor the human rights in those countries. This move was scuttled by India saying quite bluntly that CHOGM should focus more on developmental challenges rather than bringing up the issue of human rights for which there’s a better multi-lateral institution called the United Nations.

India also went on to highlight the hypocrisy of the western nations and the Double standards that they follow in pursuing lofty utopian concepts called human Rights. While the western world is keen to have the status-quo monarchies in Power in the Middle-East to serve their oil-benefits, they’re ready to wield a big stick against countries like Fiji, Maldives and Sri Lanka which are in the fringes of their geo-strategic objectives.

If the CHOGM is anything to go by, it’s clear that India has graduated itself from a regional power in South Asia to a Great Power in Asia Pacific that can speak for the smaller nations in Africa, Latin America and Africa. India’s pursuance of tactful diplomacy is done with an objective; it understands thatit needs the support of these countries for its candidature in the United Nations Security Council.

Second, India would also not be conducting its diplomacy based on utopian concepts like Human Rights while its near competitor is having a free-run for the resources in the Global South’s developing countries. It’s just a matter of time before India will join the race with China to carve out “Spheres of Influence” in these regions, defining its neo-colonial pursuits. The last image that India will try to project is a torch-bearer of old power players from the West.

On the other hand, it’s good that India has finally understood its diplomatic strength. As the country which houses the most English speakers in the world, it has lived up to the expectation of filling the void left by Great Britain in the realm of Great Powers through the Commonwealth Nations. This point has been stated in the book “Reconnecting Britain and India,” published in 2010.

It’s here that a bit of appreciation for India’s founding fathers is needed.Despite coming out of the colonial rule from the British and having staunchopposition from the Indian population against joining the Commonwealth nations, it was felt that a day will come when India as a Great Power could use its past for the future. CHOGM has been the starting point of that ambition.

On that note, it will interesting to see on how India conducts its affairs in the

much-expected South Asian Affairs of Regional Co-operation (SAARC) summit scheduled in Maldives from 10th to 11th of this month.

http://minivannews.com/politics/comment-india-speaks-for-small-countries-and-establishes-its-credential-in-the-chogm-27806

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Gadhafi’s son could hide in the Sahara Desert for months

Nav 3,2011

JOHANNESBURG — A fugitive wanted by the International Criminal Court, Moammar Gadhafi’s one-time heir apparent appears to have disappeared in the Sahara Desert’s ocean of dunes and could remain hidden for months in an area more than twice the size of Texas.

Seif al-Islam Gadhafi may be plotting a counterrevolution, scheming about a getaway to a friendly country, or negotiating a surrender to the ICC. Nothing has been heard of him since sources on Oct. 28 said Tuareg nomads were escorting him the length of Libya and that he was close to the Mali border.

“My latest information is that they are not in Mali and they are not in Niger yet either,” Malian legislator Ibrahim Ag Mohamed Assaleh said this week, adding to the mystery of his whereabouts.

Gadhafi, a 39-year-old British-educated engineer, could be deliberately feeding disinformation from a desert where national boundaries are unmarked and unpoliced and where smugglers and al-Qaida gunmen roam freely.

Analyst Adam Thiam, a columnist for Le Republicain newspaper in Mali, said life in the desert for long periods outside of isolated oases is nearly impossible, but that a zone in Mali has water, livestock and small game. However the area is used by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, an extremist group which has “no love of the Gadhafi family,” Thiam said. Gadhafi violently repressed Libya’s own Islamist movement and was a longtime enemy of al-Qaida.

Gadhafi and his late father’s former chief of military intelligence, Abdullah al-Senoussi, have reportedly been traveling in separate convoys escorted by Tuaregs, the hardy nomads who understand best how to survive in the desert. Loyalty to the ethnic group trumps nationality, and the Tuareg’s traditional stomping grounds stretch across North Africa, from Morocco and Algeria to Libya and southwest to Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso and Chad.

Gadhafi and al-Senoussi are both wanted by the ICC for allegedly organizing and ordering attacks in Libya that killed civilians during the revolt against Moammar Gadhafi.

More than a dozen countries in Africa don’t recognize the international court, but even some that do ignore its arrest warrants amid criticism that the Hague-based court goes after a disproportionate number of Africans. Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir, wanted for genocide and war crimes committed in Darfur, attended a conference in Malawi last month with no problem, though Malawi is a member of the ICC.

In the area where Gadhafi is believed hiding, only Algeria is not a signatory. Algeria was a staunch supporter of Moammar Gadhafi and has given refuge to his wife, a daughter and two other sons, but now is trying to establish ties with Libya’s new leaders.

Gadhafi is “more problematic than the rest of the family for Algeria,” said Libya’s ambassador to South Africa, Abdalla Alzubedi.

He said he has no independent information about Gadhafi but said he does believe media reports that his convoy is carrying gold, diamonds and cash — which could be his passport to freedom.

“I don’t doubt that they have a lot of money,” Alzubedi said. “They treated Libya like a private estate and their private bank. They could take any amount of money, any amount of gold.”

South Africa’s Beeld newspaper has quoted local mercenaries as saying a group of guns for hire is protecting Gadhafi. ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has said South African mercenaries may be trying to spirit Gadhafi away to Zimbabwe, which does not recognize the international court.

Some fear Gadhafi could rally Tuareg fighters, newly and heavily rearmed while they fought to defend his father’s regime, to stage an insurgency. Thiam said up to 500 Tuaregs in 130 vehicles had fled Libya to northern Mali after the fall of Moammar Gadhafi’s 42-year-old regime. Hundreds of other Tuareg fighters have gone home to Chad and Niger.

Many Tuaregs are furious about how Gadhafi was captured and killed. Mosques in Tuareg towns across the Sahel dedicated last Friday’s prayers to the memory of the slain Libyan leader, who used some of Libya’s oil wealth to build mosques and religious schools across the region and who glorified the tribes’ nomadic lifestyle.

A Western diplomat said Wednesday that he has information suggesting al-Senoussi crossed into northern Mali this week, though he cautioned that “a man like this could create false leads for people to follow.” A Tuareg source said al-Senoussi was in northwest Mali on Monday.

On Oct. 28, a Tuareg leader said Gadhafi was nearing the Mali border and could cross into the country that night. These sources spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.

That same day, ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said he was in indirect negotiations with Gadhafi about his possible surrender for trial. Libyan officials then announced that they want Gadhafi.

“We want to try Seif al-Islam in Libya,” said military spokesman Col. Ahmed Bani. “He committed his crimes here in Libya. He committed murder. He is our enemy.”

Since then, nothing has been heard of Gadhafi.

The ICC has asked all countries to refuse over-flight rights to Gadhafi but the Sahara is dotted with remote landing strips used regularly by smugglers.

Gadhafi himself never spoke of leaving his homeland.

“We have Plan A, Plan B, Plan C. Plan A is to live and die in Libya. Plan B is to live and die in Libya. Plan C is to live and die in Libya,” he told CNN Turk after rebels took the Libyan city of Benghazi in February.

After the rebels stormed into Tripoli on Aug. 21, they announced that they had captured Seif al-Islam. But he turned up in the middle of the night two days later at the luxury Rixos Hotel where journalists were confined, flashing a big smile and a V-for victory sign. Appearing confident and defiant, he got into a white limousine escorted by armored SUVs and took reporters on a tour of “the hottest spots in Tripoli.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/gadhafis-son-could-hide-in-sahara-desert-for-months/2011/11/03/gIQAZzH6hM_print.html

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Malaysian police ban gay rights festival

3 November 2011

Kuala Lumpur — Malaysian police said they will prevent an annual gay rights festival, with organisers slamming the move Thursday as proof of the repression homosexuals face in the socially conservative Muslim country.

Deputy national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said the decision to ban the three-year-old “Seksualiti Merdeka” (Sexuality Freedom) festival set for November 9-13 came after Muslims called for it to be banned.

“Police will take action...to prevent any function relating to the programme,” Khalid was quoted as saying by national Bernama news agency.

He said Muslim and other groups had protested that “the programme could create disharmony, enmity and disturb public order.”

A senior police official confirmed the decision to AFP.

Festival organiser Pang Khee Pik said the announcement marked a “very tragic day for Malaysia.”

“We are aware that homophobic polices in Malaysia are not isolated, but (the police decision) is a symptom of a systemic breakdown in human rights in the country,” he told AFP.

Pang said that 1,500 people attended the event last year and organisers were expecting that number to double this year.

Homosexuality remains a largely taboo subject in Muslim-majority Malaysia and sodomy is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The police decision came after rising pressure from Muslims, with one Islamic group threatening to protest on Friday.

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin also was quoted earlier Thursday by Bernama as calling the festival “immoral” and saying it should be stopped.

“Any activity that does not benefit the majority of Malaysians should not be carried out. It’s a waste of time, although they can say it’s their own right and freedom,” he said.

Pang said the move highlights the oppression faced by Malaysian homosexuals.

“The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community of Malaysia are tired of having our rights continually taken away from us. We are tired of being bullied, harassed, persecuted and put in jail for who we are,” Pang said.

Pang said the festival was “likely to be cancelled and we will have to re-strategise.”

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2011/November/international_November113.xml&section=international&col=

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Malaysia bans steamy 'Islamic sex guide': report

Thu Nov 03 2011,

Malaysia has banned an "Islamic sex guide" by a controversial group that reportedly urges Muslim men in polygamous marriages to have group sex with their wives, a report said on Thursday.

The book was published by the Muslim "Obedient Wife Club", which was formed earlier this year and has sparked controversy with its radical suggestions on sex and marriage in conservative, Muslim-majority Malaysia.

The Home Ministry has banned the book, titled "Islamic Sex, Fighting Jews to Return Islamic Sex to the World" with immediate effect, The Star daily reported.

It cited Abdul Aziz Mohamad Nor, a top official in the ministry's publications division.

Abdul Aziz was quoted as saying the book, the existence of which was first reported last month, was banned because of the wife club's links to the outlawed group Al-Arqam.

Some people from the Obedient Wife Club and related organisations are former members of Al-Arqam, a Malaysian-based Islamic sect that was banned in the country in the 1990s as a deviationist cult.

Those found in possession of the book face fines of 50,000 ringgit ($15,800) while anyone caught reproducing it can be jailed up to three years, The Star reported.

Abdul Aziz could not immediately be reached by AFP.

The wives' club caused a stir earlier this year by calling on women to be "whores in bed" to prevent their men from straying and pursuing divorce.

Malaysian media reports have said the book suggests Muslim husbands have sex with all their wives simultaneously.

One chapter, "How Sex Becomes Worship," reportedly contains unusually explicit sexual descriptions for a Malaysian publication, such as a tutorial on breast-fondling.

AFP has not seen a copy of the book.

Open discussion of sex is frowned upon in Malaysia, which regularly bans books deemed to be obscene or offensive to Islam.

Club organisers have previously said the book was exclusively for its members and was not intended for general distribution and thus should not be banned.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/764281.aspx

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India for impartial probe into Libya war crimes

Thu Nov 03 2011,

United Nations : India today said it expects an “impartial” investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC) into war crimes committed during the Libyan conflict that punishes both Muammar Gaddafi's troops as well as opposition forces responsible for violence and killings during the uprising.

In a statement at the UN Security Council on Libya, India's Permanent Representative to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri said ICC's Prosecutor should not be “influenced by non-judicial considerations” while carrying out his investigation

into the crimes committed against humanity in Libya.

“We expect that the ICC Prosecutor will carry out a thorough and impartial investigation into all alleged crimes by all parties to the conflict in Libya.

“The Prosecutor must... focus his attention solely on prosecution without diversion due to extraneous considerations,” Puri said.

For Full Report :

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/870094/

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Court raps Kashmir cops for kids’ arrest

By Naseer Ganai in Srinagar

Thu Nov 03 2011,

AMID the turmoil over the revocation of the AFSPA, the Jammu & Kashmir Police continue to arrest minors on charges of stone pelting.

Five such minors were produced before a local court on Tuesday, while their mothers wailed outside.

But the policemen earned the court’s wrath, which reprimanded them for bringing children into the courtroom and ordered them to be sent to a juvenile home.

The police had arrested them on October 23 from various areas of Srinagar and booked them under various sections of the Ranbir Penal Code for rioting among other offences.

They were kept in police custody for eight days before being produced in court.

Lawyers in the courtroom said they were shocked to see the minors. “ It is normal to bring minors to a court. But these boys were mere children,” a lawyer Babar Qadri said.

Almost half a dozen lawyers pleaded their case before the court and asked the judge that the boys to release the boys.

For Full Report :

http://epaper.mailtoday.in/epaperhome.aspx?issue=3112011

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At least 18 killed in renewed Yemen violence

Thu Nov 03 2011,

SANAA: At least 18 people have been killed and more than 40 others wounded in renewed clashes in Yemen’s capital and its second city, medics and activists said on Wednesday, after a brief period of calm.

Armed clashes broke out early on Wednesday in the flashpoint city of Taez between government forces and tribesmen who support a mass protest movement calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s resignation, said activists.

Eight civilians, including a 13-year-old boy, and two gunmen were killed and 43 people wounded, mostly civilians, in the ensuing violence, according to the latest toll provided by medical officials. The ministry of interior said five Yemeni soldiers were also killed in the clashes, accusing the opposition of targeting its troops.

For Full Report :

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\03\story_3-11-2011_pg7_32

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Syria troops kill seven, day after peace plan agreed

3 November 2011,

DAMASCUS — Syrian troops killed seven people in the flashpoint central city of Homs on Thursday, a human rights group said, just one day after Damascus pledged to withdraw its forces from protest centres under an Arab League plan to end the bloodshed.

Activists called for mass demonstrations to test the genuineness of the government’s commitment to the peace blueprint, voicing scepticism about its readiness to rein in a crackdown that the UN says has cost more than 3,000 lives since mid-March.

London and Washington said that despite Damascus’s agreement to the Arab League plan after weeks of prevarication, they still believed President Bashar al-Assad must heed the demands of anti-government protesters and step down.

For Full Report :

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/November/middleeast_November88.xml&section=middleeast

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US drones kill three Haqqani militants in Pakistan

3 November 2011

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A US drone strike killed at least three militants in northwest Pakistan on Thursday, destroying a compound in a mountain stronghold of the Afghan Taliban’s Haqqani network, officials said.

The attack took place in Darpakhel Sarai, just outside Miranshah the main town of North Waziristan, the most notorious bastion of Afghan Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked fighters in Pakistan’s semi-autonomous tribal belt.

Covert CIA drones are the chief US weapon against Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants who use Pakistani soil as launch pads for attacking US troops in the 10-year war in neighbouring Afghanistan and plotting attacks on the West.

For Full Report :

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2011/November/international_November115.xml&section=international&col=

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South Iraq bombings death toll rises to nine

3 November 2011

BASRA, Iraq — Three motorbike bombings in the southern Iraq port city of Basra killed at least nine people and wounded at least 37, police and a doctor said on Thursday, raising a previous toll.

A police lieutenant colonel said that nine people were killed and 37 wounded in the Wednesday night bombings.

But a senior official in the Basra health department said that at least 12 people were killed and more than 70 wounded in the blasts.

Both spoke on condition of anonymity.

A doctor and a police officer had on Wednesday night put the toll at eight dead and at least 22 wounded in the bombings.

Basra province police chief General Faisal Al Abadi said that the explosives-laden motorbikes, which were parked in the city centre, had detonated about 8:00 pm (1700 GMT) on Wednesday.

Violence has declined nationwide since its peak in 2006 and 2007, but attacks remain common. A total of 258 people were killed in October, according to official figures.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/November/middleeast_November83.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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Two killed in different incidents in Karachi

Thu Nov 03 2011,

KARACHI: Two people were killed in separate incidents in different parts of the metropolis on Wednesday. A man was shot dead on Ahmed Ali Shah Bukhari Road, Lyari within the limits of Baghdadi police station. According to sources, Jumma, 35, son of Rasool Bux was standing near Lyari General Hospital when some unidentified armed men opened firing at him; resultantly he received bullet injuries. Area people shifted the injured to Lyari General Hospital. After giving first aid, doctors referred him to Civil Hospital Karachi, however, he succumbed to his injuries on the way to hospital. SHO Raja Fayyaz said the victim was the resident of Ali Mohammad Mohalla. He dealt in scrap business in same area where he resided. The officer reported that eyewitness said they did not see anyone opening fire at him, however, police speculated it to be the incident of Lyari war. Later, police handed the body over to the family. No case could be registered till filing the report. In another incident, a youth was found dead near Faqira Goth, Super Highway within the limits of Sohrab Goth police station. Victim’s body was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) where he was identified as Ehsan Ali Abro. Police officials said that the deceased hailed from Jacobabad and lived at the flood victims’ camp at Super Highway. According to SHO Wahid Buksh, the victim was shot at least six times and apparently it seemed that the culprits dumped his body at the abandoned place after killing him at another place as no evidence could be found from the crime scene. The body was shifted to ASH for an autopsy. Police said victim’s younger brother Mushtaq received his body. However, case could not be registered till filing of this report. staff report

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\03\story_3-11-2011_pg12_7

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US missiles kill 4 in N Waziristan

Thu Nov 03 2011,

PESHAWAR – U.S. drone-fired missiles killed four suspected militants Monday close to the Afghan border, officials said.

The missiles hit a vehicle close to the town of Mir Ali in the North Waziristan tribal region. The identities of those killed were not known, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

American drones routinely fire missiles at al-Qaida and Taliban militants on the Pakistani side of the border with Afghanistan. U.S. officials do not talk about the CIA-led program, which is unpopular in Pakistan. Human rights groups have questioned the legality of the attacks and pointed to reports of civilian casualties, which they say are not transparently investigated. – Agencies

http://dailymailnews.com/1111/01/FrontPage/index.php?id=6

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Two FC men killed in Turbat bombing

Thu Nov 03 2011,

QUETTA: At least two personnel of Frontier Corps (FC) were killed and six others were injured in a remote-controlled explosion near Nasirabad area of Turbat on Wednesday. According to official sources, a convoy of FC consisting of three vehicles was on its way from Turbat to Tump, a border town with Iran, when it was hit by a remote-controlled device planted by unidentified persons along the road near Nodez area. As result, two security personnel were killed on the spot while six others sustained injuries. One of the vehicles was completely destroyed while two vehicles were partially damaged. The security personnel threw a cordon in the area. The deceased and injured were taken to nearby state-run hospital where two of the injured are stated to be in a critical condition. Official sources in security forces confirmed the incident and said it was a remote- controlled blast. Security forces launched manhunt in the area soon after the explosion. mohammad zafar

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\03\story_3-11-2011_pg7_7

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One killed, 10 injured in Peshawar blast

Thu Nov 03 2011,

PESHAWAR: One person was killed and 10 others were injured in a bomb blast in Karkhano Market near police checkpost on Wednesday. According to police, an explosive device ripped through a car with a big bang, killing one person and injuring 10 others. Around 10 vehicles were also damaged in the blast. The injured were rushed to Hayatabad Medical Complex. The attack targeted an influential Pakistani tribal elder, Malik Taj, who was wounded in the attack, police officer Rahim Shah said. “It seems the target was Malik Taj,” Tahir Ayub, another police officer, told AFP. Another police officer Mian Syed Jan confirmed the casualty count. Taj is an important businessman in Khyber, part of Pakistan’s lawless tribal belt, which straddles a key NATO supply route into neighbouring Afghanistan. He owns a shopping plaza in the nearby Karkhano market and runs bus terminals in the area, residents said. After the incident, law-enforcement agencies cordoned off the area and started search operation. agencies

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\03\story_3-11-2011_pg7_8

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Mohmand attack kills two soldiers

Thu Nov 03 2011,

PESHAWAR: Some unidentified extremists in the wee hours of Wednesday attacked a security checkpoint in Mohmand Agency near Afghan border, killing two security men and injuring two others, security officials said. The security sources said the extremists attacked the Miangan Ghundai checkpost in Ghalanai, headquarters of Mohmand Agency. The exchange of fire between security officials and extremists continued for over an hour. The injured troops were shifted to Peshawar for treatment. Sepoy Rishad Khan and levies soldier Umer Khitab embraced martyrdom in the attack while two levies soldiers were injured. The checkpost was jointly manned by FC and levies. In other incident, extremists kidnapped three labourers working on a dam in Mohmand Agency. app

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\03\story_3-11-2011_pg7_9

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India ranks 134 in human index

Nov 03, 2011

Rashme Sehgal

The United Nations’s Human Development Report 2011 — Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All — has come down sharply on the widening income gap between rich and poor with huge amounts of wealth presently concentrated in the hands of the rich.

It cited the examples of China, India and South Africa as examples of this trend with, 41 per cent of China’s total income in 2008 concentrated amongst a “top quintile of income earners.”

India’s overall ranking in the Human Development Index(HDI) is a low 134 among 167 countries. The HDI assesses long term progress in health, education and income indicators and India is even trailing war-torn Iraq.

For Full Report :

http://www.asianage.com/india/india-ranks-134-human-index-896

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Pakistan ranks 145 on UN’s Human Development Index

Thu Nov 03 2011,

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan ranked 145 among 189 countries in UN 2011 Human Development Index (HDI)’s annual rankings of national achievement in health, education and income.

The HDI forms part of the Human Development Report 2011, a flagship study produced annually by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It was released at UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday. The report, entitled, “Sustainability and Equity: A Better for All,” marks its twenty-first anniversary. The first UNDP Human Development Report was prepared and launched in 1990 under the leadership of the late Dr Mahbubul Haq, a former Pakistan finance minister.

For Full Report :

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\03\story_3-11-2011_pg7_11

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Pakistan mulls India electricity import

Thu Nov 03 2011,

ISLAMABAD: Energy-starved Pakistan is in talks to import electricity from its erstwhile nuclear rival India to overcome crippling power outages, a government official said on Wednesday.

“Talks are under way between the two countries to import electricity from India,” a spokesman for the Water and Power Ministry told AFP. “We are considering importing 500 megawatts of electricity from India,” he added.

Pakistani Commerce Minister Amin Fahim, during a recent visit to India, discussed the possibility of importing electricity and boosting trade ties, the spokesman said. The discussions were at a preliminary stage and Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani was expected to take up the matter with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh, later this month at a regional summit in the Maldives. afp

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\03\story_3-11-2011_pg1_4

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US designates top Haqqani leader 'foreign terrorist'

Nov 2, 2011,

WASHINGTON: The US on Tuesday designated a top Pakistan-based Haqqani network commander, Mali Khan, as a foreign terrorist and slapped financial sanctions against him, aimed at crippling the finances to the dreaded outfit.

For Full Report :

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/US-designates-top-Haqqani-leader-foreign-terrorist/articleshow/10575768.cms?prtpage=1

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Sir Aga Khan III’s birth anniversary celebrated

Thu Nov 03 2011,

KARACHI: The birth anniversary of Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan III (Nov 02, 1877 to July 11, 1957) was celebrated here on Wednesday.

Sir Aga Khan III, grandfather of the present spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims, Prince Karim Aga Khan, was born in Karachi and spent his entire life serving Muslims with his great intellectual and leadership skills and personal resources. He will always be remembered as one of the most distinguished and well-reputed leaders and diplomats of Pakistan’s freedom movement.

For Full Report :

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\03\story_3-11-2011_pg7_27

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Pakistan looks to highway to fight terrorism

Thu Nov 03 2011,

WANA: Deep in Pakistan’s unruly Tribal Areas, army engineers protected by soldiers on mountaintops spend hours every morning combing the earth for Taliban bombs before embarking on a special mission.

After determining there is no danger, they use machinery to cut through rugged terrain to build a highway Pakistan hopes will give it an edge over militants by connecting the underdeveloped region to the central economy. It is one of several ‘Quick Impact Projects’ designed to win over the population of the restive South Waziristan area, home to some of the most dangerous militant groups in the world. “When the economy prospers, mindsets change. When there is opportunity for business and commercial activities, people focus on that and less on violence,” said Zahid Raja, spokesmen for the army’s construction and civil engineering wing. “That is how there is an overall impact on security.”

For Full Report :

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\03\story_3-11-2011_pg7_5

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Security situation in Hazara Division reviewed ahead of Muharram

Thu Nov 03 2011,

Staff Report

ABBOTTABAD: In order to control peace situation during the month of Muharramul Haram in most sensitive districts of Hazara Division, the civil administration and police force in collaboration with Pak-Force will keep a check on the security of the area.

Commissioner Hazara Division Khalid Khan Umarzai chaired a meeting here on Wednesday with Police and Pak-Force to review law and order situation in Hazara Division ahead of Muharramul Haram. The meeting also chalked out a strategy that Pak Army and local administration will maintain coordination to control law and order situation in the district Haripur and Mansehra.

Meanwhile security of the area would be beefed up in the districts of Hazara Division to aver any untoward incident. However, the Pak Army has assured the commissioner, Hazara Division that the Pak-Force would be available when its services would be called during Mharramul Haram.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\03\story_3-11-2011_pg7_12

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Pak-US water talks end on ‘promising note’

Thu Nov 03 2011,

By Zeeshan Javaid

ISLAMABAD: The fourth round of dialogue between Washington and Islamabad on water issues came to a close on Wednesday without any financial commitments by the US officials to improve water management issues in Pakistan, well placed sources informed Daily Times.

Sources said that water and power managers tabled their constraints for financial assistance on two major hydro power projects, including 4500MW Diamer Basha Dam having construction cost of $11.9 billion as well as 83.5MW Kurram Tangi hydro power project with estimated construction cost of Rs 17.2 billion.

However, using delaying tactics, the US team only assured Pakistan of full support in diffusing the energy crisis. Fourth dialogue on water issues was held between Pakistani water and power managers and US team led by US Under Secretary for Global Affair Maria Otero to discuss challenges faced by Pakistan in water and power sector.

For Full Report :

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\03\story_3-11-2011_pg1_6

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Suicide bomber, insurgents attack Afghan company

Thu Nov 03 2011,

KABUL, Afghanistan: An Afghan official says a suicide bomber has struck a private construction company in the western province of Herat, and security forces are battling other insurgents who managed to enter the compound.

Herat governor's spokesman Muhiudin Noori says the suicide bombing occurred about 10am on Thursday in the provincial capital's Guzra district. He says initial reports indicate one guard was wounded.

Noori says Afghan security forces are battling at least two other insurgents who burst into the compound housing the private construction company after the bombing.

Noori did not identify the company, which is located along a main road leading to the province's main airport - a route often taken by Nato and Afghan forces.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Suicide-bomber-insurgents-attack-Afghan-company/articleshow/10591298.cms?prtpage=1

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NATO container’s driver hurt in Chaman attack

Thu Nov 03 2011,

CHAMAN: Unidentified armed men attacked a NATO container and injured it’s driver at Bypass area of Chaman on Wednesday. According to the Levies Force, Afghanistan-bound container carrying goods for NATO forces from Karachi was on its way when armed men on motorbike opened fire on it. As a result, the driver of the container received bullets wounds. He was rushed to a nearby hospital that referred him to a Quetta-based hospital in view of his critical condition. The attackers managed to escape from the crime scene. Levies force registered a case. app

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\03\story_3-11-2011_pg7_6

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Taliban cannot deter KP music lovers: singer

Thu Nov 03 2011,

By Abdul Khaliq Qureshi

ABBOTTABAD: “Since last few years, I have sung more than a dozen songs against the Taliban”, award-wining singer Khyal Muhammad told Daily Times. “I got threatening messages on mobile phone. But I will continue to sing because singing gives me potency”, Khayal vowed.

Not all singers in the troubled north of Pakistan are as courageous. Mhanau, 32, a female singer, says she had received several letters from the Taliban after which she quit the profession.

“I still want to sing because it is my passion but my brothers want me to stay away from singing,” she told Daily Times.” Several actors and singers from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) had sought political asylum after they were warned by Taliban to abandon singing or face death.”

“The endless series of bomb attacks on CD and music shops has become the order of the day, but we are undeterred,” says Nauman Shergill, president of the CD and Music Shops Association in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) in the North West of the region. “We will continue to produce new dramas and songs for the Pakhtuns. They were with heart touching songs and with watching films.”

Standing at the bomb blast site in the Nishtarabad CD Market, in which seven people died and 30 injured, Khan says Taliban militants want to destroy the business. The district has about 500 shops selling music and movies’ CDs.

For Full Report :

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\03\story_3-11-2011_pg7_25

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Israelis hold defense drill for missile attack

3 November 2011

JERUSALEM - Israel staged a mass drill on Thursday, simulating a missile attack in the centre of the country at a time of intense speculation that the Jewish state could launch strikes on Iran, although the military dismissed any link.

Civil defence drills happen several times a year in Israel and the military said this exercise, which caused air-raid sirens to ring out around the Tel Aviv area, had been planned months in advance.

There has been a week-long surge of speculation in Israeli media that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is working to secure cabinet consensus for an attack on Iranian nuclear installations.

On Wednesday, Israel test-fired a missile from a military base, with media later reporting that it was probably a Jericho 3 missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

Later the same day, the Israeli Defence Forces announced that the air force had concluded a week-long exercise in Sardinia “practicing operations in (a) vast, foreign land”.

Speculation about a possible Israeli attack on Iran has increased ahead of a report by the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, next week, which Western diplomats expect will suggest Iran is getting closer to being able to build an atomic bomb.

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http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/November/middleeast_November87.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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All rescued in Egypt ferry fire on the Red Sea

3 November 2011

All 1,200 passengers who were on board a ferry that caught fire on the Red Sea en route to Egypt’s port of Nuweiba were rescued and the blaze was quickly extinguished, Egyptian and Jordanian officials said.

The passengers from the Pella were taken to the nearest Jordanian port, Dora, to wait for another ferry to take them to Egypt, said an Egyptian port official.

The blaze had broken out earlier Thursday in the ferry’s cargo section during its voyage across the Gulf of Aqaba, said Jordanian Civil Defense spokesman, Farid Al Sharaa.

The Egyptian official said a rescue ship reached the Pella about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the coast of Jordan.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media, said the Pella’s passengers were mostly Egyptian expatriate workers returning home for the Muslim Eid Al Adha holiday, which starts on Sunday.

Pella is owned by The Arab Bridge company, an Egyptian-Jordanian venture.

The Gulf of Aqaba, also known as Gulf of Eilat in Israel, is the northeastern tip of the Red Sea between Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Egypt has seen occasional accidents involving its ferries on the Red Sea, In Feb. 2006, about 1,000 people — mostly Egyptian workers returning home from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations — died when fire broke out on their vessel amid botched rescue attempts by the Egyptians.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/November/middleeast_November85.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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Israeli prime minister said to favour Iran attack

3 November 2011

An Israeli official has said that Prime Minister Netanyahu is trying to persuade his Cabinet to authorise a military strike against Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program

An Israeli official has said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to persuade his Cabinet to authorise a military strike against Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program — a discussion that comes as Israel successfully tests a missile believed capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to Iran.

It remained unclear whether Israel was genuinely poised to strike or if it was saber-rattling to prod the international community into taking a tougher line on Iran. Israeli leaders have long hinted at a military option, but they always seemed mindful of the practical difficulties, the likelihood of a furious counterstrike and the risk of regional mayhem.

Wednesday’s developments unfolded as the International Atomic Energy Agency is due to focus on the Iranian program at a meeting later this month. The West wants to set a deadline for Iran to start cooperating with an agency probe of suspicions that Teheran is secretly experimenting with components of a weapons program.

Israeli leaders have said they favor a diplomatic solution, but recent days have seen a spate of Israeli media reports on a possible strike, accompanied by veiled threats from top politicians.

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http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/November/middleeast_November82.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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CHOGM criticised for weak stance on human rights

By Eleanor Johnstone

October 31st, 2011

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2011, which ended Sunday, was hailed by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard as a “major contribution” towards building “a more purposeful, relevant and valuable Commonwealth.”

However, critics argue that steps taken failed to herald bold progress.

Speaking after the closing ceremony in Perth, Gillard told media, “I believe we have made a major contribution to ensuring the Commonwealth is an institution that is well positioned for the future. We have set the direction for a more purposeful, relevant and valuable Commonwealth.”

An official conference communique shows resolutions to develop climate change policies and support related innovative technologies.

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http://minivannews.com/politics/chogm-criticised-for-weak-stance-on-human-rights-27712

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Turkey: Islamic Banking Making Inroads

November 3, 2011

By Justin Vela

Amid Turkey’s turn away from strict secularism, Islamic banking practices in the country are gaining currency. But they still face significant obstacles as they strive to enter the financial mainstream.

Turkey at present has four Islamic banks — three that are partially owned by companies based in the Persian Gulf — which accounted for 5 percent of Turkey’s 1-trillion-lira ($559 billion) banking sector in late 2010, according to data from the Participation Banks’ Association of Turkey, a lobbyist group for Islamic banks.

The banks are known as “participation banks,” since, in keeping with Islamic tenets, depositors and borrowers share the risk of financial transactions with the banks themselves. Interest is not charged. Clients are mostly pious entrepreneurs from the central region of Anatolia, especially in cities such as Gaziantep, Konya, and Kayseri. The area is home to several companies that have become known as “Anatolian Tigers” for their rapid growth.

Until sharia-compliant banking was introduced to Turkey in the 1980s, many such individuals kept their money “under the mattress,” both because of mistrust of traditional banking, and their desire to avoid breaking religious tenets regarding the payment of interest, said Osman Akyuz, secretary-general of the Participation Banks’ Association of Turkey. No longer. While still tiny, Islamic banks’ share of Turkey’s banking market is nearly twice as large as it was in 2005, when consumer wariness of such banks was stronger. In a September report, the international ratings agency Standard & Poor’s said that Islamic banking in Turkey is set for further growth, particularly if the country cultivates stronger ties with wealthy Gulf states.

For Full Report :

http://www.eurasiareview.com/03112011-turkey-islamic-banking-making-inroads/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+eurasiareview%2FVsnE+%28Eurasia+Review%29

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Syria Accepts Arab Plan

Written by: Al Bawaba News

November 3, 2011

Syria has accepted the Arab League (AL) initiative to solve the ongoing crisis, it was announced on Wednesday evening at the AL headquarters in Cairo. The plan calls for stopping all acts of violence, releasing the detainees from the recent events and withdrawing army forces from the streets.

It also included launching a national dialogue between the government and the opposition.

Syria’s Representative to the Arab League, Yousef Ahmad, said during a meeting of the AL Council that the articles of the Arab proposal are stemmed from the “firm principles of the Syrian stance of rejecting violence, prohibiting the shedding of the Syrian blood, adopting national dialogue and supporting reform.”

He stressed that Syria met the Arab effort with a positive attitude.

A rights group, meanwhile, said more than 30 people died in the latest violence, including 15 members of the Syrian security forces who were killed in attacks by army deserters.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/03112011-syria-accepts-arab-plan/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+eurasiareview%2FVsnE+%28Eurasia+Review%29

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French satirical paper attacked after Prophet Mohammed cartoon

Nov 2, 2011,

French magazine offices petrol-bombed after it prints Muhammad cartoon in it's Arab Spring edition.

PARIS: The offices of a French satirical newspaper that published a special Arab Spring edition with the Prophet Mohammed as "guest editor" were destroyed in a suspected firebomb attack on Wednesday, police said.

Charlie Hebdo published a special edition on Wednesday to mark the Arab Spring, renaming the weekly newspaper Charia (Sharia) Hebdo for the occasion and featuring a front-page cartoon of the prophet saying: "100 lashes if you don't die of laughter!"

The newspaper's website also appeared to have been hacked on Wednesday, with its regular homepage replaced with a photo of the Grand Mosque in Mecca and a message reading: "No god but Allah".

French officials were quick to denounce the attack and offer support to the newspaper.

"Freedom of the press is a sacred freedom in our country and everything must be done to preserve it," Interior Minister Claude Gueant told AFP.

"This is why, whether we like Charlie Hebdo or not, every French person must this morning feel solidarity with a newspaper that, through its existence and the way it operates, expresses freedom of the press."

Police said the fire at the newspaper's offices started around 1:00 am (0200 GMT). No one was injured in the blaze, which a police source said was suspected to have been caused by a petrol bomb.

The magazine's publisher, known only as Charb, said he was convinced the fire was linked to the special edition.

For Full Report :

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/French-satirical-paper-attacked-after-Prophet-Mohammed-cartoon/articleshow/10580998.cms?prtpage=1

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Israeli military ready to hit Gaza

Thu Nov 03 2011,

Israel has authorised its military to take all necessary steps to stop rocket fire from Gaza, including a ground operation, an Israeli military official said, as Egypt worked on a truce and said Israel had agreed to delay stepping up its response.

The Israeli government decision fell well short of ordering tanks to roll into Gaza, and it appeared unlikely that would happen as rocket fire stopped on Tuesday.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/764237.aspx

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US may shift faster to Afghan advisory role

Thu Nov 03 2011,

The Obama administration is considering an early shift in the US military role in Afghanistan from primarily combat to mainly advisory and training duties, even as it struggles to create the beginnings of a political settlement of the war, a senior US official said late Wednesday.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because no decisions had been made on speeding up a change in the military's mission, said that details of the possible new US approach had not been settled and that other options may be under consideration.

If the faster transition from combat to primarily advising Afghan forces is adopted it would mean a reduction in American combat duties sooner than the administration had planned. But it would not mean an early end to the war, which began in October 2001 in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and became stalemated in the years before President Barack Obama took office.

For Full Report :

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/us-may-shift-faster-to-afghan-advisory-role/870066/

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Afghanistan needs Pak support on reconciliation: US

Thu Nov 03 2011,

WASHINGTON: As diplomats from regional countries converged on Istanbul to mull a viable way forward in Afghanistan, the United States recognised that Kabul needed the support of its eastern neighbour Pakistan to propel forward the reconciliation process.

“It’s always been our view, and it’s certainly always been Afghanistan’s view, that an Afghan-led reconciliation process needed the support both of the United States and of the government of Pakistan,” State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland noted.

She was answering a question about a report in The Washington Post that Islamabad is being offered a principal role under a revised strategy geared towards finding a political end to the decade-old Afghan conflict.

For Full Report :

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\03\story_3-11-2011_pg7_18

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EA CULPA, says turkey for raising Kashmir issue at UN

02 NOVEMBER 2011

External Affairs Minister SM Krishna met his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu on the sidelines of Istanbul conference during which Krishna conveyed the country’s “surprise and unhappiness.”

http://www.dailypioneer.com/world/17418-mea-culpa-says-turkey-for-raising-kashmir-issue-at-un.html

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No external meddling in Afghan roadmap: India

02 NOVEMBER 2011

On its part, Afghanistan termed the cooperation with New Delhi as a “turning point” and pitched for a bigger role for India in the region for desirable reasons.

External Affairs Minister SM Krishna, addressing those present at the ‘Istanbul Conference on Afghanistan: Security and Cooperation in the Heart of Asia’, including Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, said recent history has shown that an end to Afghanistan’s suffering requires an end to external interference in its internal affairs.

“Issues regarding safe havens and sanctuaries beyond Afghanistan’s borders have to be addressed...Need a roadmap that follows up our conclusions to address the challenges,” he said. He also lamented that in the decade since 2001 when the international community took up the stabilisation and development of Afghanistan, the role that regional countries could play in bringing stability to Afghanistan has not been given adequate importance.

Addressing the Conference, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said, “Cooperation with India will be a turning point in the long journey towards achieving substantive, meaningful and rewarding cooperation for all in the region”, while noting that Indo-Afghan Strategic Partnership will not only benefit his country, but also the entire region.

Karzai said India can play a much bigger role in the region for desirable reasons and that India was driving the global economy along with China and Russia. The global conference is aimed at mapping out the future of war-torn Afghanistan after Western troops’ drawdown and was being attended by nearly 20 countries.

For Full Report :

http://www.dailypioneer.com/world/17404-no-external-meddling-in-afghan-roadmap-india.html

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Israel for military strike against Iran, says report

02 NOVEMBER 2011

HARINDER MISHRA | JERUSALEM 

Actively supported by Defence Minister Ehud Barak, the Israeli Premier is said to have recently succeeded in persuading ultra-nationalist Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, in support of the strike as they work towards mustering a Cabinet majority on the strike, Ha’aretz Daily reported citing a senior Israeli official as source.

According to the official, there is a “small advantage” in the Cabinet for the opponents of such an attack. Lieberman had been earlier being an opponent of such a measure. Awaiting nuclear watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) report to be released on November 8, political leaders in Israel have started arguing over the possibility of a war with Iran.

Leading Ministers publicly dropping hints today that Israel could attack the Islamic Republic, although a member of the forum of eight senior Ministers said no such decision had been taken.

Senior Ministers and diplomats said the IAEA report will have a decisive effect on the decision the Jewish state will take in this regard. The whole debate was sparked by a column written by one of Israel’s leading columnist, Nahum Barnea, for the largest circulated daily Yediot Ahronoth under the headline “Atomic Pressure”.

http://epaper.mailtoday.in/epaperhome.aspx?issue=3112011

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Khamenei accuses U.S. of 'terror' attacks in Iran

Nov 03, 2011

TEHRAN (Iran)

Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday he had 100 'undeniable documents' proving the United States has been behind 'terrorist acts' in the Islamic state and elsewhere in the Middle East.

His comments come after Washington accused Iran of being involved in a plot to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Washington, a claim Iran has dismissed as baseless.

"We have undeniable documents which show America was behind the curtain of terror in Iran and the region," Khamenei said during a commemoration of the 1979 storming of the U.S. embassy in Tehran by revolutionary students.

"By presenting those 100 documents, we will disgrace America in the world," he added. He did not say when he would produce the documents and to whom.

For Full Report :

http://www.asianage.com/international/khamenei-accuses-us-terror-attacks-iran-941

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Biometric system at Pak-Afghan border from month-end

Thu Nov 03 2011,

ISTANBUL: Pakistan and Afghanistan decided on Wednesday to launch a biometric system at their border from the last week of November this year. In a meeting held here, Minister for Interior Rehman Malik and his Afghan counterpart, Bismillah Khan Muhammadi, agreed that both countries would jointly work to control illegal border crossing and the elimination of terrorism. Rehman Malik said that Pakistan desired peace and stability in Afghanistan, which was linked to progress and prosperity in the region. The minister also held a meeting with Turkish Interior Minister Idrees Naeem Shaheen and both sides decided to constitute a joint task force to check the illegal immigration of Pakistanis to Turkey. The task force would look into matters relating to deportation of illegal immigrants and inform Pakistani authorities about them, so that legal action could be taken against them. Both sides also agreed that Turkey would provide modern training to Pakistan’s police and other concerned agencies so as to check human smuggling. app

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\03\story_3-11-2011_pg1_3

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Obama most powerful, Kayani on 34th: Forbes

Thu Nov 03 2011,

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama has regained the top spot in Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s most powerful people, edging out Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and last year’s winner, Chinese President Hu Jintao, who slipped down to third. Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and ISI chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha were ranked 34 and 56, respectively. Obama, who topped the list in 2009 only to be dethroned by Hu in 2010, has had a difficult year at home as the American economy struggles to emerge from a crippling recession, but he did enjoy a number of foreign policy successes. “Sure, his jobs bill was gutted, his debt-ceiling negotiating was derided and his popularity has plummeted, endangering his reelection, but Obama regains his position as the most powerful person on the planet this year,” Forbes said. “Why? Despite faddish American declinism, the US remains, indisputably, the most powerful nation in the world, with the largest, most innovative economy and the deadliest military. “Plus, Obama’s only legitimate rival for the title, last year’s number one, Chinese President Hu Jintao, is diminishing in influence as he gives up political office.” Forbes lists Obama’s 2011 highlight as a Navy SEAL raid the president ordered inside Pakistan that killed the world’s most wanted man, Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. “In second place is Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who is poised to regain the Russian presidency this year from his loyal underling President Dmitry Medvedev,” Forbes said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was ranked fourth, followed by Microsoft chairman and philanthropist Bill Gates, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, Pope Benedict XVI, US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron nailed down the number 10 spot, followed by Indian National Congress President Sonia Gandhi, the European Central Bank’s Italian president, Mario Draghi, and President Nicolas Sarkozy of France. Among those dropping off the top 70 list were WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who resigned to fight sexual assault charges. Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey also fell off the rankings after her retirement, and the deaths of Steve Jobs and bin Laden took them off the list. The Dalai Lama dropped 12 spots this year to 51st place after announcing that he plans to give up his position atop Tibet’s government in exile, Forbes said. Two criminals made the list: Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman Loera of the Sinaloa cartel was 55th and Mumbai organised crime figure Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar was 57th. The complete list is available at www.forbes.com/power. afp

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\03\story_3-11-2011_pg7_4

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Christian community observes ‘All Soul Day’

Thu Nov 03 2011,

Staff Report

KARACHI: Christian community commemorated the ‘All Souls Day’ for departed souls, here on Wednesday.

Christians offered special prayers at churches for deceased people and also visited graves of their dear ones at cemeteries in the metropolis and other parts of the world. Special arrangements were also made at cemeteries, which were cleansed by the City District Government Karachi.

For Full Report :

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\03\story_3-11-2011_pg7_21

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Pakistan wants to expand bilateral cooperation with UAE: Naek

Thu Nov 03 2011,

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan greatly values its political, economic and cultural ties with United Arab Emirates (UAE) and these brotherly relations are deeply rooted in multiple cultural and historical commonalities and Pakistan is committed to further strengthen these relations, said Acting President Farooq H. Naek.

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http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\03\story_3-11-2011_pg7_22

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Arabs step up pressure on Syria to end bloodshed

Thu Nov 03 2011,

CAIRO/BERLIN: Arab foreign ministers met anew on Wednesday to step up pressure on Syria to end nearly eight months of deadly violence, as 16 more civilians were reportedly killed in the country.

“Syria and the Arab League are in agreement over the final paper concerning the situation in Syria and the official announcement will be made at Arab League headquarters on Wednesday,” Syrian state media reported. But Arab League Deputy Chief Ahmed Ben Helli later told Al Arabiya television that a response had still not been received.

The plan was submitted on Sunday to Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem during a meeting in Doha and a reply had been initially due Monday, but Syria asked for a delay to allow its leadership to mull the proposals.

Syria’s Arab League representative Yusef Ahmed told AFP in Cairo that Damascus would respond to the plan on Tuesday.

For Full Report :

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\03\story_3-11-2011_pg7_31

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Women far behind men in economic participation

Thu Nov 03 2011,

NEW YORK: The world has make great progress in eliminating inequality between men and women in health and education, but not in economic participation and political empowerment, according to a survey of 135 nations released late Tuesday.

The annual survey by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum shows that four Nordic countries — Iceland, Norway, Finland and Sweden — lead the world again in promoting equality of the sexes, and the United States continues its ascent in the rankings, rising from 19th to 17th place. But no country has closed the gap between men and women when it comes to health and survival, educational attainment, economic participation and opportunity and political empowerment.

For Full Report :

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\03\story_3-11-2011_pg7_33

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KU seminar on ‘Effects of Media on Pakistani Society’

Thu Nov 03 2011,

KARACHI: University of Karachi (KU)’s Dr AQ Khan Institute of Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering will organise a seminar on ‘Effect of Media on Pakistani Society’ here on Friday (tomorrow). KU’s Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai Chair director Prof Muhammad Saleem Memon, renowned journalist Mujahid Barelvi and KU Department of Psychology chairman Prof Syed Haider Abbas Rizvi will deliver their speeches on the occasion. staff report

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\03\story_3-11-2011_pg12_9

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Syria unrest: Tanks 'open fire' in Homs

Thu Nov 03 2011,

It comes a day after authorities in Damascus agreed to an Arab League plan calling on the government to pull the military out of cities.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Baba Amr district of Homs came under heavy fire on Thursday.

Unconfirmed reports say at least three people were killed in the city.

On Wednesday, the Arab League said Syria had agreed to its proposals to end the violence.

The plan requires Syria to withdraw all troops from cities and an immediate cessation to all killing.

For Full Report :

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15571427

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Spot-fixing trio handed prison sentences

By AFP / Express

Thu Nov 03 2011,

LONDON: The three suspended Pakistani cricketers found guilty of corruption were sentenced to prison by a crown court judge in London on Thursday.

Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were jailed for 30 months and one year respectively. Mohammad Amir, who pleaded guilty before the trial of his two team mates, was sentenced to six months in a case that prosecutors said had revealed rampant corruption at the heart of international cricket. .

Justice Jeremy Cooke said Butt got a harsher sentence than the other two players because he was “responsible for corrupting Amir”.

“These offences, regardless of pleas, are so serious that only a sentence of imprisonment will suffice,” Judge Jeremy Cooke told the four at London’s Southwark Crown Court.

The players’ agent, Mazhar Majeed was also sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.

For Full Report :

http://tribune.com.pk/story/287014/spot-fixing-trip-handed-prison-sentences/?print=true

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Imran doing a Hazare in Pak

Thu Nov 03 2011,

by Aditya Menon

LAST SUNDAY, Lahore witnessed its largest political gathering in two decades as a crowd of about one lakh people — a majority of them in their twenties and thirties — assembled in the heart of the city.

The charged- up rallyists alternated between shouting angry slogans against a corrupt government and swaying to the pop- patriotic numbers dished out by bands which had decided to perform for a ‘ larger cause’. Cricketer turned politician Imran Khan’s show of strength at the Minar- e- Pakistan in Lahore bears an uncanny resemblance to the agitations led by Anna Hazare at Jantar Mantar and Ramlila Maidan in Delhi earlier this year.

The handsome, Oxford educated one- time playboy couldn’t have been more different from the earthy, celibate social activist from rural Maharashtra. Yet Imran Khan and Anna Hazare have ended up speaking the same language and capturing the imagination of the middle and upper middle class baby boomer generation of their respective countries. At the rally, Khan called for a “ revolution to overthrow the corrupt and wrong- doers and replace them with dedicated people committed to saving the nation”. Like Hazare, Khan peppered his tirade against corruption with an assertion of patriotism by stating, “ In 1940 at the same venue ( Minar- e- Pakistan) we passed the Pakistan Resolution; today we have gathered here to save Pakistan from thieves, plunderers and corrupt politicians”.

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http://epaper.mailtoday.in/epaperhome.aspx?issue=3112011

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