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India welcomes US 'terror' label for Indian Mujahideen

Uzbek first daughter a fashionable jet-setter

Dutch govt. to ban Islamic face-covering veils

Two Muslims shot dead at prayers in Thai south mosque

15 killed in Syria as pressure mounts on Bashar al Assad

4 killed in different acts of violence in Karachi

Death toll in Dir suicide bombing rises to 40

Occupiers kill Palestinian in West Bank

6 days on, MP and former Indian Cricket Captain Azhar’s son dies

Unilateral action in Pakistan to stay on the table: Rep. Mike Rogers

France hails Syria council, develops contacts

Taliban amnesty drive weak in Afghan hotspots: NATO

Indian PM, says terror camps revived in Pakistan

US dollars ending up in Taliban hands: Pentagon

Libyan fighters surge into two Gaddafi bastions

Libya conflict: NTC forces regroup after setback

Libyan government fighters move on besieged towns

China to play active role in Libyan reconstruction

Military leaders to meet to salvage Pak-US ties

Pak PM calls off US visit amid strained ties

Afghan war: Gilani returns the favour, tells US to do more

Kayani lays stress on national interest at NATO

Haqqanis to follow Taliban on Afghan peace

Pakistan to end IMF programme By Khaleeq Kiani

Pakistan Army doubts Afghanistan ready for pull-out

Pakistan, Afghanistan agree on practical steps to defeat terror

Pak: Court acquits only arrested in Cotecna case

Turk PM says Syrian oppressors won’t survive

Sudanese minister attacks UN over rights

Jordanians take to streets calling for real political reform

‘Israel stealing Palestinian resources’

Palestinians to seek full UN membership

US suspects ISI behind Kabul Embassy attack: Report

Obama asks Congress to pass 'Jobs Act' without delay

US will hit al-Qaeda targets anywhere: Brennan

UNHCR to build 1,000 shelters in Orakzai

Worried Israel summons Egyptian envoy

US hopes Yemen political deal done in one week

‘Turkey may act with Iran against PKK in Iraq’

Karachi destabilised on purpose

Cameron calls Gilani, offers help for flood victims

Gilani cancels US visit due to floods

UK offers to help to Pak flood victims

Pak: The camped and the stranded, all await rations

United Nations calls on world to help flood-hit Pakistan

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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India welcomes US 'terror' label for Indian Mujahideen

17 sept 2011

Indian security personnel stand guard outside the reception area of the Delhi High Court at the site of a bomb blast in New Delhi on September 7, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI: India on Friday welcomed a decision by the US State Department to designate the homegrown militant group Indian Mujahideen a terrorist organisation.

“The US designation reflects our shared commitment to combat terrorism,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash.

Indian Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for numerous bomb attacks in Indian cities in recent years, and is one of the suspects in the investigation into a blast earlier this month outside the Delhi High Court that left 14 dead.

Announcing the addition of Indian Mujahideen to its terror list on Thursday, the US State Department noted the outfit’s “close ties” with Pakistan-based militant groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba — blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

The Indian Mujahideen “is responsible for dozens of bomb attacks throughout India since 2005, and has caused the deaths of hundreds of innocent civilians,” it said.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/253726/india-welcomes-us-terror-label-for-indian-mujahideen/

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Uzbek first daughter a fashionable jet-setter

By PETER LEONARD

17 sept 2011

MOSCOW: Glamour queen. International diplomat. Plunderer of the poor. Gulnara Karimova has been called all of these things. But all the eldest daughter of Uzbekistan's aging authoritarian leader appears to want is for people to like her.

By the looks of things, that isn't quite working out.

Over the weekend, the producers of New York's Fashion Week canceled a show by Karimova amid pressure from a human rights group. In a face-saving gesture, her backers revived the event on Thursday at ultra-chic Cipriani on 42nd Street. Karimova didn't show up, though activists protesting child labor in her homeland did.

Turning up at fashion shows and dropping by at the Cannes Film Festival is part of a carefully nurtured public relations exercise by Karimova, who despite her frivolous image is seen as a possible successor to her father.

On the international scene, she has carved out an image as a fashionable jet-setter. In her home country, Karimova is feted by official media as an accomplished diplomat, academic and philanthropist devoted to the cause of disadvantaged women and children.

To her many detractors, 39-year old Karimova is a “robber baron” who has ruthlessly used her power to pillage businesses in Uzbekistan and who luxuriates in self-imposed European exile, while many in her country endure crushing poverty.

Uzbekistan, a nation of almost 28 million people, is strategically placed along a key transportation route supplying US-led coalition troops engaged in combating insurgents in neighboring Afghanistan.

It is rich in natural gas and gold, as well as being one of the world largest cotton producers, making it potentially attractive to investors.

Although officially touted as an international stateswoman, Karimova rarely appears to bother herself with such matters.

Her official website conveys the image of a carefree fashionista obsessed with gaudy jewelry flitting between charity events in Uzbekistan and gala evenings in Europe. Karimova appears to take inordinate pride in having been photographed with notables including former US President Bill Clinton, singer Elton John, and action film star Steven Seagal.

Another website, Googoosha.uz, documents Karimova's short-lived pop career (she sang under name GooGoosha — reputedly her father's favorite nickname for her). One particularly eye-popping music video depicts a flying sports car wending its way to a palace in verdant mountains, greeted by Karimova bedecked in a flowing white dress.

On top of all that, Karimova heads her country's diplomatic mission at the United Nations' office in Geneva, where she lives with her son and daughter.

What the Harvard regional studies masters course graduate's websites don't mention are her widely alleged links to obscure Swiss-registered Zeromax GmbH, a failed holding company widely believed to have been under her control.

In a letter to Swiss magazine Le Temps earlier this year, Karimova denied ever having had any ties to Zeromax.

Whatever the truth, the slow-motion collapse of Zeromax amid a mountain of debt has set some talking about Karimova's future.

The winding-down of Zeromax is seen by some as a way of definitively erasing Karimova's image as the oligarch and thereby making her more palatable to the general public.

What might come next for Karimova was the subject of a passing remark in a cable from the US Embassy in Uzbekistan written in February last year and obtained by the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.

“Karimova has always been very visible on Uzbekistan's political and cultural stage, and some local observers believe that she is being groomed as the president's successor,” the cable said.

Islam Karimov, 73, has for two decades ruled over his country with an iron fist, mercilessly stamping out all opposition and any signs of Islamic radicalism. Rumors have long abounded of Karimov's ill-health, and government websites heavily edit his photographs to airbrush away signs of aging.

With almost all major international media outlets barred from the country, Uzbekistan-watchers must grasp at what little reliable information is available to help understand what will come after Karimov departs the scene.

If Karimova's carefully nurtured domestic image as a kindhearted philanthropist is aimed at ensuring a soft-landing for her after her father is no longer running the country, it is far from certain that anybody is buying the line. Another leaked U.S cable from 2005 spelled out allegations normally reserved for whispered conversations.

“The discussion of the honest, hardworking (Gulnara), looking out for the best interests of her country, likely irks the many business people who have been crushed by Karimova and her greed as well as the general public, who view her as something of a robber baron,” one dispatch reads.

But recent tweaks to Uzbekistan's Constitution have served only to fuel the speculation about her potential succession to the presidency. Karimov has one estranged son from an earlier marriage and another daughter, who is not taken seriously as a successor.

According to reforms approved by lawmakers in March, the Senate speaker would take over the reins in the event of President Karimov being incapacitated and unable to properly perform his duties, prompting talk that Karimova is being primed for that role.

“These rumors have been circulating and I think there are people lobbying on her behalf, but it is unclear what Islam Abduganiyevich (Karimov) himself thinks about all that,” said Alexei Malashenko of the Carnegie Moscow Center.

http://arabnews.com/lifestyle/offbeat/article502555.eceUzbek first

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Dutch govt to ban Islamic face-covering veils

17 sept 2011

AMSTERDAM: The Dutch government said on Friday it will ban face-covering veils worn by some Muslim women because these flout the Dutch way of life and culture.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte also announced tougher rules for immigrants and asylum-seekers wanting Dutch nationality who, in future, must show they have earned income and have not received financial assistance or benefits for at least three years.

The country’s reputation as relatively easy on immigration has changed over the past decade, reflecting voter concerns over the large number of Muslim immigrants.

“The government believes the wearing of clothing that completely or almost entirely covers the face is fundamentally at odds with public life, where people are recognized by their faces,” the government said in a statement on Friday.

“Face-covering clothing prevents this and goes against the principles of equality between men and women, especially women.”

The new measures reflect the influence wielded by populist politician Geert Wilders, whose anti-Islam, anti-immigration Freedom Party is the third-largest in parliament.

Wilders has a pact with the minority coalition government to provide crucial support in parliament in exchange for tougher policies on Islam and immigration from non-Western countries.

The Liberal-Christian Democrat coalition government has already faced tough opposition from Wilders’ Freedom Party over its support for euro zone bailouts, and needs to keep it on side in order to push ahead with crucial budget cuts.

The government said it did not consider the ban on face-covering veils a restriction of religious freedom, but that even if it was, it was “necessary and justified in the interest of protecting the character and way of life in the Netherlands.”

The proposals will first be presented to the council of state, the administrative court, and then to parliament.

No time frame was given, but Wilders has said he hopes to introduce the ban on face-covering veils this year or next.

Arabic-style niqabs which leave the eyes uncovered and Afghan-style burqas that cover the face with a cloth grid are far less commonly seen on the streets of the Netherlands than Muslim headscarves which leave the face exposed.

http://arabnews.com/world/article502542.ece

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Two Muslims shot dead at prayers in Thai south mosque

17 sept 2011

YALA, Thailand: Suspected insurgents walked into a packed mosque and shot dead two Muslims in a brazen attack during Friday prayers in Thailand’s rebellious deep south, police said.

The victims were a police officer and a defense volunteer and nearly 100 people witnessed the killings in Yala province by four Muslims believed to be separatists.

Ethnic Malay Muslims form the majority of the population in Thailand’s three southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat, where an insurgency has claimed nearly 4,800 lives since 2006.

The main targets for the shadowy militants are members of the security forces, teachers and government officials, but Muslims are often killed for working for the Thai state or acting as informants.

The region was an independent sultanate a century ago before it became part of mostly Buddhist Thailand.

Shootings in mosques have happened several times in the three provinces.

In June 2009, 11 Muslims were killed at prayer at the Al-Furqan mosque in Narathiwat. Many Muslims and rights groups believed that attack was carried out by Buddhist vigilantes. No one has been charged with the killings.

Friday’s killings in Yala came a day after five paramilitary rangers were shot dead in an ambush in Pattani province after the pickup truck they were riding in was hit by a bomb.

The rubber-rich region borders Malaysia and is just a few hours by car from some of Thailand’s best-known tourist beaches such as Krabi and Phuket. However, the near-daily shootings and bombings have been concentrated in the three provinces and neighboring Songkhla.

http://arabnews.com/world/article502516.ece

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15 killed in Syria as pressure mounts on Bashar al Assad

17 sept 2011

DAMASCUS: Security forces in Syria shot dead at least 15 people in operations across the country on Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, as pressure mounted on the regime to end the crackdown.

The latest deaths came after UN chief Ban Ki-moon called for “coherent” global action over President Bashar al Assad’s deadly response to dissent, as dissidents marked six months of anti-regime protests in Syria.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\09\17\story_17-9-2011_pg7_27

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4 killed in different acts of violence in Karachi

17 sept 2011

KARACHI: Four people were killed in different incidents in the metropolis on Friday. An owner of block works was shot dead near his house in Bakhtawar Goth within the precincts of Gulistan-e-Jauhar police station. Malang Khan, 45, son of Noor Khan, a resident of Bakhtawar Goth was standing outside his home when unidentified armed men, riding a motorcycle, sprayed bullets on him, leaving him injured. Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\09\17\story_17-9-2011_pg7_20

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Death toll in Dir suicide bombing rises to 40

17 sept 2011

PESHAWAR: The death toll from a suicide bombing that targeted members of an anti-Taliban militia attending funeral prayers in Pakistan’s northwestern region has risen to 40, police said on Friday. The bomber blew himself up on Thursday as mourners gathered on open ground in Jandol town in the district of Lower Dir, 100 kilometres from the once Taliban-infested Swat Valley. Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\09\17\story_17-9-2011_pg7_7

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Occupiers kill Palestinian in West Bank

By MOHAMMED MAR’I

17 sept 2011

RAMALLAH: A Jewish occupier on Friday afternoon shot dead a Palestinian in the West Bank village of Qosra, to the south of Nablus.

Palestinian and Israeli security sources said that Fathallah Abu Raideh was shot dead during clashes that erupted between the villagers and Jewish occupiers from the nearby Shilo settlement. Palestinian medical sources said that Abu Raideh was rushed to a Nablus’ hospital where he was pronounced dead. Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article502609.ece

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6 days on, MP and former Indian Cricket Captain Azhar’s son dies

17 sept 2011

Hyderabad : After battling for life for six days, Aiyazuddin, son of former Indian cricket captain Mohammed Azharuddin, died at the Apollo Hospital at 11.51 am on Friday.

The 19-year-old budding cricketer was critically injured in a motorcycle accident on Sunday. His cousin Ajmal-ur-Rehman,16, who was riding pillion, died a few hours after the high-speed mishap involving Aiyazuddin’s 1000 CC imported sports bike.

The police said Aiyazuddin lost control at high speed, the bike skidded and crashed into a road meridian. Motorists passing by informed the police who took them to the hospital in their vehicle as no ambulance was available.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/847898/

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Unilateral action in Pakistan to stay on the table: Rep. Mike Rogers

By Huma Imtiaz

17 sept 2011

Rogers stressed on the importance of engagement with the country, and criticized the Congress for threatening to cut off aid to Pakistan. PHOTO: PHIC

WASHINGTON: Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and Republican Congressman Mike Rogers said, on Friday, that the United States should not end ties with Pakistan. However, he said, unilateral action in the country by the US should not be ruled out.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/253938/unilateral-action-in-pakistan-to-stay-on-the-table-rep-mike-rogers/

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France hails Syria council, develops contacts

17 sept 2011

PARIS: France welcomed the formation of a Syrian National Council by activists working to bring down President Bashar al Assad, the foreign ministry said on Friday, noting French officials met this week in Paris with Syrian opposition members.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article502477.ece

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Taliban amnesty drive weak in Afghan hotspots: NATO

17 sept 2011

BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON: Most Taliban insurgents taking up an amnesty offer are low-level fighters and relatively few are from violent hotspots, but nearly 2,500 – more than expected – have laid down their arms in a year, NATO says.

Backed by $142 million of international funding, the Afghan government effort was expected to attract 1,000 fighters in eight provinces by the end its first year, British Major-General Philip Jones told a briefing on Friday.

The scheme has so far drawn 2,436 fighters in 20 provinces. NATO estimates there are about ten times that number in the country, said Jones, who heads NATO support for the mission.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\09\17\story_17-9-2011_pg7_2

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Indian , says terror camps revived in Pakistan

By Jawed Naqvi

17 sept 2011

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh cautioned on Friday against revived terror camps in Pakistan and told a conference of senior police officials that the security environment in the country remained “uncertain”.

Claiming that New Delhi had initiated a process of broad-based consultations to find a way forward in the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir, he said there was no room for complacency by the security forces.

“We need to give the processes of dialogue and democracy a chance to secure a just and honourable settlement that meets the aspirations of all sections of the people,” Dr Singh said.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/09/17/singh-says-terror-camps-revived-in-pakistan.html

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US dollars ending up in Taliban hands: Pentagon

17 sept 2011

WASHINGTON: US government money spent on contracts in Afghanistan is ending up in the hands of Taliban insurgents that American troops have been fighting for nearly a decade, and it is unlikely the flow can be shut off completely, a senior Pentagon official said on Thursday.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\09\17\story_17-9-2011_pg7_1

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Libyan fighters surge into two Gaddafi bastions

17 sept 2011

SIRTE: Libyan revolutionary forces escalated offensives on Friday into two key strongholds of Muammar Gaddafi’s rule, battling fierce resistance from snipers and loyalist gunners in Gaddafi’s hometown and a mountain enclave where a pro-regime radio station urged followers to fight to the end.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\09\17\story_17-9-2011_pg7_6

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Libya conflict: NTC forces regroup after setback

Anti-Gaddafi forces in Libya are regrouping for fresh attacks on loyalist strongholds after suffering a setback in the town of Bani Walid.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14958497

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Libyan government fighters move on besieged towns

17 sept 2011

BANI WALID/SIRTE, Libya: The forces of Libya’s new leaders attacked two besieged towns on Friday, storming into Bani Walid and pushing forward at Sirte, as they tried to finish off resistance from diehard supporters of Muammar Qaddafi.

At Bani Walid, a bastion of tribal loyalists in the desert 180 km (110 miles) southeast of Tripoli, a Reuters correspondent watched anti-Qaddafi fighters move forward under mortar, rocket and sniper fire, advancing from house to house and sheltering behind walls as shrapnel and bullets flew.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article502469.ece

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China to play active role in Libyan reconstruction

17 sept 2011

Beijing: China has pledged to play an active role in the post-conflict reconstruction in Libya, the foreign ministry said.

“China believes the relationship between China and Libya will develop smoothly with joint efforts, “foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu was quoted as saying on Friday.

Libya's new authority, the National Transitional Council (NTC) has said it will implement any international deals and contracts that were previously agreed to by the Muammar Gaddafi regime.

Full report at:

http://post.jagran.com/china-to-play-active-role-in-libyan-reconstruction-1316256692

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Military leaders to meet to salvage Pak-US ties

17 sept 2011

WASHINGTON: The top US and Pakistani military leaders will meet in the coming days in hopes of fixing strained ties after a US raid that killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the Pentagon said on Thursday. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen and his Pakistani counterpart General Ashfaq Kayani will sit down for talks on the sidelines of a NATO conference beginning in Spain on Friday, Mullen’s spokesman Captain John Kirby told AFP. It will be the first meeting between the two since the May 2 nighttime military raid in which US Navy Seals, without first notifying Islamabad, killed the Al Qaeda leader in the compound in Abbottabad where he had been hiding. As relations worsened in the aftermath of the raid, Washington announced that it could cut some of the $2.7 billion in military aid it sends to Pakistan. Islamabad, for its part, ordered as many as 200 US military trainers out of the country in the aftermath of the operation. While relations are frayed, Pakistan is seen as key for US military operations in Afghanistan, where the United States is trying to beat down a resilient Taliban insurgency. Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\09\17\story_17-9-2011_pg1_2

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Pak PM calls off US visit amid strained ties

By Khawar Ghumman

17 sept 2011

ISLAMABAD: On the face of it, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani cancelled his planned trip to the US on Friday because ‘he personally wanted to supervise ongoing relief efforts in flood-hit areas of Sindh’. However, there are indications that strained relations between the two countries have led to calling off his trip to America where he was to address a UN General Assembly session. Full report at:

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Afghan war: Gilani returns the favour, tells US to do more

By Irfan Ghauri / Zia Khan

17 sept 2011

ISLAMABAD: A day after the foreign ministry reacted sharply to US allegations on Pakistan nurturing the Haqqani network, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said it was time the United States “does more” in the war on terror.

“Pakistan has already contributed enormously in the fight against terrorism and extremism and now the United States should do more instead,” Gilani told journalists in Islamabad on Friday. “Now it’s time they (US) should sacrifice like we did,” the premier said.

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta had said that Pakistan is shying away from its responsibility to eliminate the Haqqani network.

Panetta’s allegations came after an improvised attack by the Taliban inside a highly-fortified enclave in Kabul which houses the US embassy and the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/253721/time-for-the-united-states-to-do-more-gilani/

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Kayani lays stress on national interest at Nato

17 sept 2011

ISLAMABAD: Stalemate between Pakistan and the United States over sanctuaries of the Haqqani network in tribal areas, which is threatening to stall normalisation of frayed bilateral relations, appears to be worsening.

Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani virtually ruled out on Friday an imminent full-scale action against the Haqqani network in North Waziristan.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/09/17/kayani-lays-stress-on-national-interest-at-nato-meeting.html

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Haqqanis to follow Taliban on Afghan peace

17 sept 2011

ISLAMABAD: The Haqqani network, one of the most feared insurgent groups in Afghanistan, would take part in peace talks with the Kabul government and the United States only if the Taliban did, its leader Sirajuddin Haqqani told Reuters on Saturday.

Sirajuddin said the group had rejected several peace gestures from the United States and President Hamid Karzai’s government in the past because they were an attempt to “create divisions” between militant groups.

Any further attempts to do so would fail, added Sirajuddin, who is described by US forces in Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/09/17/haqqanis-to-follow-taliban-on-afghan-peace.html

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Pakistan to end IMF programme By Khaleeq Kiani

17 sept 2011

ISLAMABAD: The finance minister and his team are off to Washington to preside over the end of the current IMF programme. Of the nine programmes that Pakistan got into with the Fund, eight have been unsuccessful.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/09/17/pakistan-to-end-imf-programme.html

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Pakistan Army doubts Afghanistan ready for pull-out

17 sept 2011

SEVILLE: Pakistan’s army chief said on Friday that he doubted neighbouring Afghanistan would be ready for international troops to leave by 2014 as planned. “Frankly, I have my doubts,” General Ashfaq Kayani told Reuters on the sidelines of a NATO Military Committee conference in the Spanish city of Seville. Kayani said that he thought an alternative deadline might be possible. The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force is training Afghan security forces and is due to fully withdraw from the war-torn central Asian country by 2014. Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\09\17\story_17-9-2011_pg1_3

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Pakistan, Afghanistan agree on practical steps to defeat terror

17 sept 2011

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Afghanistan on Friday discussed ways and means to take effective and concrete measures against extremism and terrorism to ensure peace and security in the region.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\09\17\story_17-9-2011_pg1_4

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Pak: Court acquits only arrested in Cotecna case

17 sept 2011

RAWALPINDI: In its decision on the Cotecna reference case, an accountability court on Friday acquitted the only person arrested in the case.

The court released the former FBR chairman AR Siddiqui due to insufficient evidence. The court also decided that no action could be taken against President Asif Ali Zardari due to presidential immunity. In the Cotecna case, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and President Zardari were accused of taking six percent of the total pre-shipment revenue for awarding the $131 million contract. Benazir’s name was removed from the case after her assassination. inp

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\09\17\story_17-9-2011_pg1_6

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Turk PM says Syrian oppressors won’t survive

17 sept 2011

TRIPOLI: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stepped up pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad on Friday, saying those in Syria who inflict repression on the people will not survive.

Erdogan, who is visiting Libya, told a cheering crowd in Tripoli's Martyrs' Square, formerly Green Square, that by ousting Muammar Qaddafi the Libyan people had set an example to others seeking to throw off oppression.

"You are the ones who showed the whole world that no administration can stand in the way of the might and will of the people," Erdogan said, as people chanted "Turkey, Turkey."

"Do not forget this: those in Syria who inflict repression on the people will not be able to stand on their feet because oppression and prosperity cannot exist together," the prime minister said.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article502466.ece

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Sudanese minister attacks UN over rights

17 sept 2011

GENEVA: Sudan’s justice minister told the UN Human Rights Council on Friday that his country was the victim and not the perpetrator of violence in the south of the country, and the United Nations had its facts wrong when it accused Khartoum.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article502610.ece

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Jordanians take to streets calling for real political reform

By ABDUL JALIL MUSTAFA

17 sept 2011

AMMAN: Hundreds of Jordanians demonstrated across the country on Friday to press their demand for real political reform, including meaningful revision of the constitution.

The demonstrations were staged this Friday under the slogan “The people: The source of powers” and meant to coincide with the lower house’s debate of amendments recently proposed to the constitution by a royal panel, and which were rejected by the opposition as inadequate.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article502608.ece

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‘Israel stealing Palestinian resources’

By MOHAMMED MAR’I

17 sept 2011

RAMALLAH: The Palestinian Minister of Wall and Settlement Affairs Maher Ghnaim on Friday said that Israel is stealing the Palestinians’ natural resources in the West Bank.

Ghnaim told the Voice of Palestine Radio that Israel started pumping gas from a natural gas and oil field near the West Bank village of Rantees, to the west of Ramallah.

The minister said that the field is located alongside the separation wall that divides the West Bank and Israel. He added that 80 percent of the field is on lands owned by the Rantees residents.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article502598.ece

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Palestinians to seek full UN membership

17 sept 2011

RAMALLAH, Sept 17 — President Mahmoud Abbas said yesterday he would demand full membership of the United Nations for a Palestinian state when he goes to the UN General Assembly next week, setting up a diplomatic clash with Israel and the United States.

“We are going to the United Nations to request our legitimate right, obtaining full membership for Palestine in this organisation,” Abbas said in a televised speech.

“We are going to the Security Council,” he added, to rapturous applause from his audience of Palestinian leaders in Ramallah, signalling his determination to press ahead despite efforts by US and European officials to dissuade him.

Both Israel and its main ally, the United States, firmly oppose the initiative, arguing that a Palestinian state can only be created through direct negotiations.

The Palestinians say almost 20 years of on-off direct talks on statehood envisaged by interim peace accords have hit a dead end for reasons including Israel’s refusal to stop expanding settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, lands it took in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and which Palestinians want, along with the Gaza Strip, for an independent state.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/world/article/palestinians-to-seek-full-un-membership/

 

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US suspects ISI behind Kabul Embassy attack: Report

17 sept 2011

Washington: US suspects that Pakistan's powerful spy agency ISI could be behind the attack on its Embassy in Kabul this week and is looking for direct evidence in this regard.

A senior US defence official said that given the ISI's history of supporting and sheltering the Haqqanis, it was "almost reflexive" to see if the spy agency had any role in the latest Kabul violence that left 27 people dead.

Full report at:

http://post.jagran.com/us-suspects-isi-behind-kabul-embassy-attack-report-1316257470

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Obama asks Congress to pass 'Jobs Act' without delay

17 sept 2011

Washington: US President Barack Obama on Saturday asked the Congress to pass the American Jobs Act without delay so that businesses would be able to hire more workers brightening employment prospects of hundreds of thousands of young people in the country.

Full report at:

http://post.jagran.com/obama-asks-congress-to-pass-jobs-act-without-delay-1316256379

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US will hit al-Qaeda targets anywhere: Brennan

17 sept 2011

Washington: US will hit al-Qaeda targets anywhere in the world, including in countries unable or unwilling to act themselves, top White House counter-terrorism advisor John Brennan has said.

The use of military force against al-Qaeda is not restricted only to hot battlefields like Afghanistan, Brennan declared in a lecture at the Harvard law school, adding that US can take pre-emptive action against suspects who pose an imminent threat to it, anywhere in the world.

Full report at:

http://post.jagran.com/us-will-hit-alqaeda-targets-anywhere-brennan-1316254826

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UNHCR to build 1,000 shelters in Orakzai

17 sept 2011

ISLAMABAD: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, through the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) donated $1.8 million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to support the agency’s efforts in building permanent one-room shelters for the displaced families of Orakzai Agency. Under the agreement, UNHCR will construct 1000 permanent one-room shelters for families returning to Orakzai Agency. The UN refugee agency, through its partner Children First, carried out an assessment survey to identify vulnerable families that will benefit from the project. Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\09\17\story_17-9-2011_pg7_13

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US hopes Yemen political deal done in one week

17 sept 2011

WASHINGTON: The United States said on Thursday it saw “encouraging signs” in Yemen and hoped that President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s government would sign a political transition deal with the opposition within one week.

“The United States has seen encouraging signs in recent days from the government and the Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article502615.ece

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‘Turkey may act with Iran against PKK in Iraq’

17 sept 2011

ISTANBUL: Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has signaled that Turkey could launch a joint operation with Iran against Kurdish militants’ main base in northern Iraq, according to reports in Turkish newspapers on Friday.

In August, Turkey carried out a series of air and artillery strikes against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) rebels in northern Iraq and the interior minister said this week a ground operation could be launched any time against the guerrillas there, depending on the result of talks with Iraq.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article502611.ece

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Karachi destabilised on purpose

17 sept 2011

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif said on Friday that some vested interests were destroying peace in Karachi on purpose.

Nawaz Sharif, who was addressing workers during a party convention, said that many parties were behind the violence in Karachi and that the city was being destabilised on purpose. He said that strict punishment should be meted out to those responsible for the violence in Karachi.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\09\17\story_17-9-2011_pg1_5

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Cameron calls Gilani, offers help for flood victims

17 sept 2011

British Prime Minister David Cameron and his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani were due to meet in London following Gilani's trip to the UN in New York. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday telephoned Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and said his country was ready to help the rain victims and people affected by devastating rains and floods in Sindh.

Cameron also appreciated Gilani’s decision of calling off his visit to New York to address the UN General Assembly session in view of the devastation caused by heavy rains in the province of Sindh.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/253993/cameron-calls-gilani-offers-help-for-flood-victims/

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Gilani cancels US visit due to floods

17 sept 2011

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Friday cancelled a visit to the United States to address the UN General Assembly because of widespread new floods in the country. Heavy rains in Sindh have caused flooding that has so far killed 289 people and forced 400,000 others to leave their homes, one year after the country suffered its worst-ever floods. The prime minister has “called off his visit to New York to address United Nations General Assembly because of heavy rains and floods in Sindh province,” a statement issued by his office said. The statement said that Gilani had instructed Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar to attend the UN session on his behalf while he would visit the flood-affected areas. The latest heavy rains that began falling in late August have so far affected at least 5.3 million people and deluged 1.7 million acres of arable land. Gilani’s cancellation also comes as ties between Pakistan and the United States waver over their counterterrorism efforts. afp

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\09\17\story_17-9-2011_pg1_9

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UK offers to help flood victims

17 sept 2011

ISLAMABAD: British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday telephoned Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and said that his country was ready to help the people affected by devastating rains and floods in Sindh. Cameron also appreciated Gilani’s decision of calling off his visit to New York to address the UN General Assembly session in view of the devastation caused by heavy rains in Sindh. The prime minister informed his British counterpart during the telephonic conversation that he was going to the flood and rain-affected areas of the province on Saturday (today) to supervise the relief measures being carried out by the government and private agencies and also gear up the state machinery to take immediate and effective steps to mitigate the sufferings of around five million people at the earliest. The British prime minister said that besides the meeting of British foreign secretary with his Pakistani counterpart during the UN General Assembly session, he would also meet the Pakistani foreign minister in New York. app

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\09\17\story_17-9-2011_pg1_8

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Pak: The camped and the stranded, all await rations

By Z Ali

17 sept 2011

BADIN: Usman Samejo, a middle-aged resident of Faiz Muhammad Samejo village, is perched on the Badin-Karachi road every day, from dawn to dusk, hoping to procure rations and relief goods for his family, marooned in the village.

Thursday was the 16th consecutive day he spent by the roadside, waiting for relief goods.

“So far, I have managed to get hold of a ration bag only twice,” says Samejo, visibly disappointed over the distribution process.

Over 200 villages including Samejo’s were inundated by overflows from Guni Fuleli outfall drain, known locally as Ameer Shah Sim Nullah, in the second spell of monsoon rains which started August 30th.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/254281/the-camped-and-the-stranded-all-await-rations/

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United Nations calls on world to help flood-hit Pakistan

17 sept 2011

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has formally called on the international community to help Pakistan respond to the humanitarian needs of the more than five million people in flood-hit areas. Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\09\17\story_17-9-2011_pg1_7

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/india-welcomes-us--terror--label-for-indian-mujahideen/d/5502


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