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Israeli Embassy Staff Targeted In India, Georgia


New Age Islam News Bureau

13 Feb 2012

 Israeli prime minister accuses Iran of being behind car bombings in New Delhi, Tbilisi

 Saudi Arabia: How long will we watch Syrian massacres?

 Pakistani PM charged with contempt

 Sect planned to turn Nigeria into Afghanistan

 Nasheed party lawmakers allege threats, victimization

 Rise of Islamism in Maldives a cause of worry for India

 A big blow for Pak lobbyist Fai at UN

 Riyadh: Salafism is only an approach, Minister of Justice

 Pak Religious leaders oppose reopening of NATO route

 US Navy: Iran prepares suicide bomb boats in Gulf

 Delhi blast hits Israeli diplomat's car

 Deported by Malaysia, Kashghari detained on arrival in Riyadh

 Hindu trader kidnapped in Khuzdar

 TV bomb kills seven in Peshawar

 Karachi Literature Festival 2012: ‘Govt should support authors and literary activities’

 India: Terrorists killed in Batla House termed martyrs by Cong: Bal Thackeray

 India: Scrap mention of Ram temple from BJP manifesto: Saints to EC

 Terror mastermind Umar Patek faces first trial

 Al Qaeda chief announces support for Syria uprising

I sraeli police block rightist access to flashpoint shrine

 Seven of a family killed in Peshawar blast

 Pak PM: ‘Drone strikes never allowed’

 Militants outlaw attacks against army in NWA

 Pak: Seven Adiala prisoners produced in SC

 Iran warns Hamas against any ‘compromise’ with Israel

 Iran summons Azeri envoy over scientist's killing

 Egypt’s army ruler urges good US ties after NGO raids

 Arabs agree Syria opposition contacts, peace force

 Iran speaker warns Gulf States not to side with US

Arab League wants UN peacekeepers in Syria

 How outside help is aiding Syria's rebels

 Syria rejects Arab League move

 Dhaka: Arrest of journalist couple killers demanded

 India pins hope to Pakistan’s announcement of negative list

 India, Gujarat riots: Court to hear SIT report today

 Hina Rabbani Khar gets 'rude' call from Karnataka

 Egypt inquiry blame fans, police for stadium deaths

 Conference on Refugees in Muslim World in May 2012

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Photo: Indian security and forensic officials examine a car belonging to the Israeli Embassy after an explosion tore through it in New Delhi

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Israeli Embassy Staff Targeted In India, Georgia

Feb 13, 2012

NEW DELHI: Israeli diplomats were targeted by bomb attacks in Delhi and Tbilisi on Monday, officials said, with two people injured in New Delhi when an embassy car exploded in a ball of fire.

The car which blew up in a high security area of central Delhi, a short distance from the Israeli embassy and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's official residence, was badly burnt.

Police in the Georgian capital defused an explosive device found in the car of an Israeli embassy employee, the ex-Soviet state's interior ministry said.

Ravi Singh, a petrol pump attendant who was standing on the other side of the road from the Delhi blast, said: "There was a huge explosion. There was a woman and a driver in the car which was burning and the women was dragged out."

Israeli embassy spokesman in New Delhi David Goldfarb said that one of the injured occupants of the car was an Israeli diplomat but declined to comment further. An Israeli security official said the diplomat was a woman.

Indian police cordoned off the area surrounding the burnt-out station wagon and investigators were at the site.

"We are examining the materials at the site and we are yet to get the experts' report so we still cannot say how the blast occurred," New Delhi police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said.

He said there were no details about the condition of the two injured people but television reports said that one was in a critical condition.

"There was an explosion in an Israeli diplomat's car but we don't know how it happened, Goldfarb said.

"We are in constant contact with the local authorities."

Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told in Jerusalem that Israeli authorities were investigating the blast in New Delhi as well as the incident Tbilisi.

"We are looking into both of these incidents and cooperating with the local law enforcement agencies," Palmor said.

The attacks came between the anniversaries of the deaths of two top Hezbollah militants, Imad Mughniyeh and Abbas Mussawi, which spark annual travel warnings from the Israeli government.

Top Hezbollah commander Mughniyeh was killed in a car bombing in Damascus on February 12, 2008, while Mussawi, the group's secretary general, was killed by an Israeli missile on February 16, 1992.

Both attacks were blamed on Israel and sparked vows of revenge from the Shiite militia group.

A Jewish centre run by the the ultra-Orthodox Lubavitch movement was among the targets in the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai, which India blames on the Pakistani-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, in which 10 gunmen killed at least 188 people.

The last militant strike in New Delhi was last September when a bomb outside the high court killed 14 people -- the latest in a series of blasts that has shaken public confidence in the Indian government's counter-terror capabilities.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Israeli-embassy-staff-targeted-in-India-Georgia/articleshow/11874634.cms

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Israeli prime minister accuses Iran of being behind car bombings in New Delhi, Tbilisi

Feb 13, 2012

JERUSALEM: Israel's prime minister has accused Iran of being behind a pair of car bombings against Israeli diplomatic targets in India and Georgia.

Benjamin Netanyahu told a meeting of lawmakers from his Likud Party on Monday that he believed the Iranians were responsible for the attacks in New Delhi and Tbilisi. Two people were wounded in India and the bomb in Georgia was discovered before it went off.

Netanyahu said Israel has thwarted other attacks in recent months in Azerbaijan, Thailand and elsewhere.

"In all those cases, the elements behind these attacks were Iran and its protege Hezbollah," he said.

Iran has accused Israel of involvement in a series of killings of officials and scientists involved in its controversial nuclear programme.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Israeli-prime-minister-accuses-Iran-of-being-behind-car-bombings-in-New-Delhi-Tbilisi/articleshow/11874702.cms

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Saudi Arabia: How long will we watch Syrian massacres?

By AGENCIES

Feb 13, 2012

CAIRO: Arab foreign ministers agreed on Sunday to back the Syrian opposition and called for a joint UN-Arab peacekeeping mission in Syria, after their meeting in Cairo on Sunday.

They also announced the end of a controversial observer mission that was sent to monitor violence in the conflict-stricken country.

“How long will we stay as onlookers to what is happening to the brotherly Syrian people, and how much longer will we grant the Syrian regime one period after another so it can commit more massacres against its people?” Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal asked ministers at the start of the Arab League session.

“At our meeting today I call for decisive measures, after the failure of the half-solutions,” he said. “The Arab League should ... open all channels of communication with the Syrian opposition and give all forms of support to it.”

A resolution approved by Arab League ministers meeting in Cairo called for "opening communication channels with the Syrian opposition and providing all forms of political and material support to it.” It also urged the Syrian opposition to unite.

The resolution solidifies Assad's ostracism among his Arab neighbors and will add to diplomatic pressure on Russia and China, which vetoed UN action on Syria on Feb. 4, to lift their objections and allow the world body to act.

It said violence against civilians in Syria had violated international law and that perpetrators deserved punishment. It scrapped an Arab League monitoring mission.

The resolution did not make clear whether the proposed joint UN-Arab peacekeeping force would involve armed troops, as in previous UN missions.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article574734.ece

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Pakistani PM charged with contempt

By ASIF SHAHZAD

Feb 13, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Supreme Court charged the prime minister with contempt on Monday for defying its orders to reopen a corruption case against his political ally, President Asif Ali Zardari, sharpening a political crisis that has gripped the country.

If convicted, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani could be imprisoned and will likely lose his job.

On Monday, Gilani drove to the court himself, accompanied by his lawyer, amid tight security. Helicopters buzzed over a rainy and overcast Islamabad, and hundreds of police blocked roads leading to the court building in the capital.

Gilani said he understood the charges after they were read out and pledged to contest them.

The move was the formal start to a process that will now take weeks or months to conclude. The next session will be on Feb. 22.

The case against Zardari relates to kickbacks he and his late wife, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, allegedly received from Swiss companies when Bhutto was in power in the 1990s. They were found guilty in absentia in a Swiss court in 2003.

Zardari appealed, but Swiss prosecutors dropped the case after the Pakistani parliament passed an ordinance giving the president and others immunity from old corruption cases that many agreed were politically motivated.

The bill was decried by many in Pakistan, who saw it as an attempt to subvert the law. The Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional in 2009, and also ordered the government to write a letter to Swiss authorities requesting they reopen the case. The government has refused, saying the president enjoys immunity from prosecution while in office.

Court supporters say the judges are upholding the rule of law. But government loyalists accuse the chief justice of pursuing a personal vendetta against the president, or of acting on behalf of the army to topple the government.

Analysts say Gilani seems willing to sacrifice himself and go to jail for the benefit of his party. But no matter how it ends, the case has distracted the government from dealing with the country’s ailing economy and a violent Islamist insurgency.

The political turmoil has been a problem for the United States as well, because it wants Pakistan to focus on repairing troubled relations between the two countries and help negotiate peace with the Taleban in Afghanistan.

“The case has been very destabilizing because it has increased uncertainty, and the government is always worried about its survival,” said Pakistani political analyst Hasan-Askari Rizvi. “A government whose performance is poor has become poorer.”

http://arabnews.com/world/article574913.ece

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Sect planned to turn Nigeria into Afghanistan

Written by Taiwo Adisa, Abuja

Monday, 13 February 2012

INVESTIGATIONS into activities of the dreaded militant Islamic sect, Boko Haram have led operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) and its collaborative local and international agencies into the sources of funding of the dreaded sect.

Information at the disposal of Nigerian Tribune indicates that operatives were told that the group had received funds from some Al-Qaeda-linked organisations based in the middle East.

However, the operatives were said to have made a shocking find, which confirmed that the group actually received funding from a United Kingdom-based (UK) organisation.

It was gathered that leaders of the sect already arrested had opened up by giving some strategic information, especially on the funding of the dreaded organisation.

Sources confirmed that while the organisation relied on donations by its members in its earlier days, its links with Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) opened it to fundings from groups in Saudi Arabia and the UK.

According to the sources, different confirmations coming from sources in Boko Haram had indicated clearly that a group known as Al-Muntada Trust Fund, with headquarters in the United Kingdom, had extended some financial assistance to the sect.

Investigations, so far, revealed that the sect received financial assistance from some Islamic organisations.

“The sect was also said to have received funding from Islamic World Society with headquarters in Saudi Arabia,” one source stated.

It was gathered that while initial funds for the sect came from contributions by members, there were also donations from notable Muslims, especially a businessman, who was once said to have donated a bus and some loud speakers to the organisation and the late Baba Fugu, Mohammed Yusuf’s in-law, who was said to have donated a farmland at Auno village in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State.

It was also gathered that security agencies have uncovered another sponsor, whose identity was given as a businessman from Bauchi State. He was said to have developed links with Al-Qaeda in Somalia having received some training from one Abu Umar Al-Wadud, the man who leads Al-Qaeda in Somalia.

The man was said to have escaped from Nigeria in 2009, following the onslaught by security agencies and he is said to be living in Somalia.

Intelligence officers were also said to have been told that the said businessman visited Nigeria in October 2010 and was said to have held meetings in Kano with the leaders of Boko Haram, including Abubakar Shekau, the acclaimed military commander.

It was also gathered that the sect originally planned to replicate Afghanistan situation in Nigeria, as it named its original base in Yobe State as Afghanistan.

Investigators were said to have confirmed that Boko Haram was fashioned after the Taliban movement in Afghanistan and that one of its earliest bases located in Kanama, Yobe State was named Afghanistan.

The base was, however, said to have been demolished in December 2004.

“The group is originally fashioned after the Tali-bans in Afghanistan and it intended to replicate the Afghan situation across Nigeria.

“That is why one of the original bases was named Afghanistan before its demolition in 2004,” a source disclosed.

It was also learnt at the weekend that the State Security Services (SSS) planned to immediately commence the trial of the arrested Boko Haram kingpins as, according to sources, the Director-General of SSS had issued orders indicating that the operatives investigating the suspects must conclude investigations quickly, so as to give way for trial.

http://tribune.com.ng/index.php/front-page-news/35888-boko-harams-funding-traced-to-uk-sarabia-sect-planned-to-turn-nigeria-into-afghanistan-arrested-kingpin-opens-up

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Nasheed party lawmakers allege threats, victimization

MONDAY, 13 FEBRUARY 201           

Tension gripped Maldives political scene today with lawmakers of Mohamed Nasheed's party alleging being threatened with terrorism charges by the new regime, after hundreds of supporters of the ousted president laid siege to the parliament.

The MPs of the Maldivian Democratic Party said the new regime was threatening them in an effort to pressurise them.

Full Report At:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/pioneer-news/top-story/42301-nasheed-party-lawmakers-allege-threats-victimization.html

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Rise of Islamism in Maldives a cause of worry for India

Feb 13, 2012

NEW DELHI: On May 27, 2009, a suicide attack on the ISI headquarters in Lahore had a relatively unknown bomber, Ali Jaleel, a Maldivian terrorist, who had joined al-Qaida some time earlier.

It sent a chill through the Indian establishment, and India's fears of rising Islamism in the Maldives increased in 2010, when it was revealed that nine Maldivian terrorists had been arrested in Pakistan's South Waziristan agency, where they were training with al-Qaida and Taliban elements. Mohamed Nasheed, the deposed Maldives president, too, had gone on record in a TV interview to caution India that radicalized Maldivian youths were being indoctrinated and trained by Pakistan-based terror groups.

Full Report At:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Rise-of-Islamism-in-Maldives-a-cause-of-worry-for-India/articleshow/11867408.cms

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A big blow for Pak lobbyist Fai at UN

Feb 13, 2012

WASHINGTON: A United Nations body has declined to accord special consultative status to the organization of Kashmiri separatist Ghulam Nabi Fai, who has been arrested and charged for illegal lobbying for Pakistan.  

The Committee NGOs, entrusted with the task of granting special consultative status to non-governmental organizations has removed the more than decade-old accreditation application of Kashmir American Council (KAC) headed by Ghulam Nabi Fai.  

Full Report At:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/A-big-blow-for-Pak-lobbyist-Fai-at-UN/articleshow/11867600.cms

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Riyadh: Salafism is only an approach, Minister of Justice

Feb 13, 2012

RIYADH: Minister of Justice Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Kareem Al-Issa said Salafism should not be interpreted as Islam at Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh.

The minister said in reply to a question by the rector of the university: “Salafism is only a descriptive approach, not a name. This means we obey the ancestors’ belief and values in understanding Islam, which is a moderate approach practiced by the late King Abdul Aziz who founded our Kingdom based on this approach.”

Full Report At:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article574685.ece

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Pak Religious leaders oppose reopening of NATO route

Shamim-ur-Rahman

13 February 2012

KARACHI: Religious parties vowed on Sunday to hold a sit-in outside parliament on Feb 20 in protest against restoration of Nato supplies and warned to turn every square of the country into Tahrir Square if attempts were made to push the country to what they said US subservience.

From the platform of Difaa-i-Pakistan Council (DPC), the parties assailed US policies and their leaders and slogan-chanting supporters condemned the continuing drone attacks and “attempts to restore Nato supplies”.

The rally, held in a ground near the Quaid Mausoleum, warned the government against granting MFN status to India and said it would be tantamount to stabbing the Kashmiris in the back.

Full Report At:

http://www.dawn.com/2012/02/13/sit-in-outside-parliament-on-feb-20-religious-leaders-oppose-reopening-of-nato-route.html

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US Navy: Iran prepares suicide bomb boats in Gulf

By WARDA AL-JAWAHIRY

Feb 13, 2012

MANAMA: Iran has built up its naval forces in the Gulf and prepared boats that could be used in suicide attacks, but the US Navy can prevent it from blocking the Strait of Hormuz, the commander of US naval forces in the region said on Sunday.

Iran has made a series of threats in recent weeks to disrupt shipping in the Gulf or strike US forces in retaliation if its oil trade is shut down by sanctions, or if its disputed nuclear program comes under attack.

Full Report At:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article574842.ece

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Delhi blast hits Israeli diplomat's car

13 February 2012

Israeli officials say an explosion has hit a diplomat's car outside the country's embassy in Delhi, India, injuring one diplomat.

Police in Delhi told the BBC they were investigating "an incident" but could not confirm an attack had taken place.

Full Report At:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-17013987

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Deported by Malaysia, Kashghari detained on arrival in Riyadh

By MUHAMMAD AL-SULAMI

Feb 13, 2012

RIYADH: Saudi blogger Hamza Kashghari, who had fled to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday after tweeting insulting comments about Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), was taken into custody as he arrived in Riyadh on Sunday night.

It followed Kashghari’s deportation by Malaysian authorities. The 23-year-old man will face charges of blasphemy, informed sources told Arab News.

Full Report At:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article574755.ece

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Hindu trader kidnapped in Khuzdar

Staff Report

QUETTA: Feb 13, 12A Hindu trader was kidnapped on Sunday from Veer area of Khuzdar’s Wadh tehsil, some 370 kilometres from Quetta.

Balochistan Levies Constable Muhammad Essa said Sham Lal, a resident of Khuzdar, was on way with his family from Khuzdar to Karachi in a car when a group of armed men intercepted them. They kidnapped the trader at gunpoint and left his family in the car.

“The trader was on way from Khuzdar to Karachi when unidentified men kidnapped him at gunpoint,” the Balochistan Levies said. No one claimed responsibility, while a case was registered against the kidnappers and an investigation was underway.

The Hindu community in Khuzdar closed their businesses in protest and took out a rally to condemn the kidnapping.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\02\13\story_13-2-2012_pg7_3

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TV bomb kills seven in Peshawar

PESHAWAR:Feb 13, 2012A bomb hidden in a television set exploded in a house in Sara Dargai, Frontier region Peshawar early on Sunday, killing at least seven people, in an attack police believe was part of a local feud. “At least seven people, two children, one woman and four men, were killed in a bomb blast which took place inside a house,” senior police official Kalam Khan told AFP. Three others were wounded in the blast, he added. Initial investigations showed the bomb was planted in a rented television set which exploded in a guestroom of the house, Khan said. “The attack appears to be motivated by some personal dispute or enmity,” he said. Meanwhile, Mathani police registered an FIR and started an investigation. Mathani SHO Nasim Hayat told the APP news agency that an enmity between Ameen Shah and Haji Nazir groups was behind the bombing. agencies

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\02\13\story_13-2-2012_pg7_4

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Karachi Literature Festival 2012: ‘Govt should support authors and literary activities’

By Asad Farooq

KARACHI: Feb 13, 2012Oxford University Press (OUP) Managing Director (MD) Ameena Saiyid says that it the government’s turn to come forward for the support of authors and literary activities.

Talking to Daily Times during the Karachi Literature Festival (KLF), at a local hotel Saiyid said that private sector, despite its limited resources, was discharging its duties very well with the support of various sectors, in regard with the promotion of books and literature, however, they were seeing towards the government’s role.

On the occasion, she suggested that the government should announce a literary award for authors, so that writers could be supported morally as well as financially. To a question, she said that there was no financial or any other support of the government in regard with holding KLF. She further said that the government could also sponsor Pakistani authors for participation in the festival.

Full Report At:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\02\13\story_13-2-2012_pg12_1

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India :Terrorists killed in Batla House termed martyrs by Cong: Bal Thackeray

Mon Feb 13 2012

Mumbai : Flaying Congress president Sonia Gandhi for “shedding tears” for those killed in the Batla House encounter, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Monday said Law Minister Salman Khurshid may even announce a memorial for them.

In an editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana', Thackeray riled Khurshid over his remarks that UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi had cried after seeing the images of Batla House encounter.

“Did she laugh when she looked at the photos of the 26/11 martyrs like Tukaram Ombale, Karkare and Salaskar,” he asked.

“The two terrorists killed in Batla House were termed martyrs by Congress,” he said.

Khurshid can even announce constructing a memorial at India Gate for the two terrorists killed in Batla house, he said.

“Khurshid will also announce a memorial for terrorist Afzal Guru,” Thackeray added.

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/911542/

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India :Scrap mention of Ram temple from BJP manifesto: Saints to EC

Mon Feb 13 2012

Lucknow : Demanding removal of Ram temple's mention from the BJP manifesto, Sant Mahasabha, a body representing various sadhus and saints, has threatened to sit on fast-unto-death.

A delegation of the umbrella body met officials of Election Commission on February 11.

"A delegation of Sant Samaj met the EC officials on February 11 and submitted a memorandum to issue notice to the BJP to remove mention of Ram temple from its manifesto," north India president of Sant Mahasabha Acharya Pramod Krishnam told reporters here.

The outfit has demanded cancellation of BJP's manifesto in case it does not scrap the mention of Ram temple from it.

"If this does not happen by midnight then Sant Samaj will start fast unto death in front of EC office from tomorrow," Krishnam said.

He alleged that the BJP has raised the issue of Ram temple "prominently" in its manifesto, on which saints of the country have serious reservation.

"This issue should not be politicised," Krishnam said.

He added that as the matter was pending in the Supreme Court, this is contempt of the court as well as a violation of the model code of conduct.

On January 27, BJP revived the Ram temple issue promising construction of a grand temple in Ayodhya if voted to power.

The party's manifesto for the state Assembly elections brought back the issue which had once propelled the party to the centrestage of national politics.

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/911571/

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Terror mastermind Umar Patek faces first trial

Dicky Christanto

 Mon, 02/13/2012

One of Indonesia’s most-wanted terror masterminds, Umar Patek, faces his first trial at the West Jakarta District Court today.

The prosecutors have leveled multiple charges at Patek, and if convicted he could face a life sentence.

Rather unusually, the trial is led by a panel of judges comprising five judges instead of the usual three. The panel is led by presiding judge Lexsy Mamonto.

More than 250 uniformed police officers have been deployed to safeguard the trial, which has attracted the attention of dozens of journalists, both local and foreign.

“We’ll do our best to safeguard the trial,” West Jakarta Police chief Sr. Comr. Suntana told The Jakarta Post on Monday.

Full Report At:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/02/13/terror-mastermind-umar-patek-faces-first-trial.html

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Al Qaeda chief announces support for Syria uprising

13 February 2012

BEIRUT - Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has voiced his support for the Syrian uprising in a new video message released on jihadist Internet forums, US monitors said on Sunday.

In the video titled “Onwards, Lions of Syria”, Zawahiri criticised the Syrian regime for crimes against its citizens, and praised those rising up against the government, SITE Intelligence Group said. Zawahiri, shown in front of a green curtain in the eight-minute video released Saturday, urged Syrians not to rely on Western or Arab governments, which he said would impose a new regime subservient to the West. “Don’t depend on the West or America, or the Arab governments and Turkey,” he said, according to the SITE translation. “(They) had deals, mutual understanding and sharing with this regime for decades. “Depend on Allah alone and then on your sacrifices, resistance and steadfastness,” he added. “I appeal to every Muslim and every free, honourable one in Turkey, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, to rise to help his brothers in Syria with all that he can,” Zawahiri was quoted as saying. The Al-Qaeda leader described the government of President Bashar al-Assad as a “pernicious, cancerous regime that suffocates the free people in Syria.”

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2012/02/al-qaeda-chief-announces-support-for-syria-uprising/

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Israeli police block rightist access to flashpoint shrine

13 February 2012

JERUSALEM - Police barred non-Muslims from visiting the Al-Aqsa mosque complex on Sunday after right-wing Jewish activists called for a rally at the flashpoint site.

“Police closed the Temple Mount to visitors,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP, using the Jewish term for the plateau in Jerusalem’s walled Old City, believed by many to be the site of the biblical Jewish temple. “The decision was made after leaflets were distributed calling on people to cause disturbances on the Temple Mount,” Rosenfeld said. Local media said a failed contender for leadership of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, hardline settler Moshe Feiglin, had issued leaflets calling on supporters to march there and “purify it from thieving enemies of Israel.”

Full Report At:

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2012/02/israeli-police-block-rightist-access-to-flashpoint-shrine/

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Seven of a family killed in Peshawar blast

13 February 2012

Peshawar—At least seven persons were killed and three others injured in a bomb blast at a residential house here late Saturday night. According to police, unknown miscreants had sent a TV set to a man identified as Bilal residing in Kohat Road. Explosives material planted inside the TV set was blown with remote control soon after the TV set reached the house.

A portion of the house was destroyed due to blast and seven people of the same family were killed and three others sustained injuries. The injured people were rushed to Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) Peshawar for treatment. Two among the deceased were identified as Syed Rasool and Syed Wazir.

The police and other security forces cordoned off the area after the blast and started search operation but no arrest has been made.

The police said that bombing incident could be outcome of personal enmity. —INP

http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=139937

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Pak PM: ‘Drone strikes never allowed’

13 February 2012

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said US drone strikes targeting Al Qaeda and Taliban militants are counter-productive and his government has not given permission for such attacks.

“First of all I want to inform you that we did not allow or give permission to fly drones from Pakistan,” Mr Gilani told Al Jazeera television.

“Drones are counter-productive and we have discussed it thoroughly with the US administration.”

He said the “collateral damage” from drone attacks was counter-productive because it undermined his government’s efforts to separate tribes from militants, and also violated Pakistan’s sovereignty.

Mr Gilani said former military ruler Pervez Musharraf had “some understanding” on drone attacks with the United States.

He said he had “good relations” with the military “at the moment”. That was a reference to tensions pitting the civilian government against the military over a memo sent to the Pentagon seeking US help in preventing a feared military coup after the US commando raid in Pakistan that killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Mr Gilani said Pakistan would support any Afghan-led peace initiative and did not back the Afghan Taliban to take over. “We are not supporting them. It’s not our job. Why should we support them?”

He said that India and Pakistan could not afford more conflict and were ready to discuss the issues that have long hampered the normalisation of relations.—

http://www.dawn.com/2012/02/13/drone-strikes-never-allowed.html

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Militants outlaw attacks against army in NWA

13 February 2012

Pakistan’s leading militants have called on fighters to honour an agreement not to attack the Pakistani military in the most important sanctuary for the Taliban and al Qaeda along the Afghan border, The Washington Post said in a report on Sunday.

The operational chief of the Haqqani network, Sirajuddin Haqqani, is part of the five-member leadership council that distributed a pamphlet on Saturday ordering militants not to stage rocket or bomb attacks in North Waziristan, said the report. “In North Waziristan, we are all in agreement with the Pakistani government, so we are all bound to honour this agreement and nobody is allowed to violate it,” the pamphlet was quoted as saying. Anyone who violated the agreement “will be dealt with as a culprit”, it said. The military, which has never publicly acknowledged a peace agreement with militants in North Waziristan, did not immediately respond to request for comment, said the Post. The military has targeted militant bases in other tribal areas along the border, and the pamphlet appeared to be an attempt by the militants to preserve North Waziristan as a sanctuary from such an offensive, said the report.

Full Report At:

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2012/02/militants-outlaw-attacks-against-army-in-nwa/

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Pak: Seven Adiala prisoners produced in SC

13 February 2012

The Supreme Court adjourned the hearing of missing prisoners of Adiala jail till March 01 on Monday.

According to a private television channel, three-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, heard the case.

During the case proceedings, the apex court head, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry inquired about the prisoners and asked where they were before January 26. Khyber- Pakhtunkhwa chief secretary replied saying that he did not have knowledge regarding the whereabouts of the prisoners. The chief justice criticised his statement and said, “a provincial chief secretary should be aware of everything that happens in the province.”

Seven prisoners were presented before the court while three were still not appeared after the strict orders of Supreme Court.

Counsel of the prisoners Advocate Tariq Asad informed the court that during the confinement which lasted for more than a year, the prisoners were not exposed to the sunlight which worsened their health.

Advocate Asad further told the court that three out of the seven prisoners are suffering from kidney failure, while the rest diagnosed with other chronic diseases.

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/national/13-Feb-2012/seven-adiala-prisoners-produced-in-sc

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Iran warns Hamas against any ‘compromise’ with Israel

 February 12, 2012

TEHRAN: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has warned Palestinian movement Hamas against any “compromise” in its fight against Tehran’s nemesis Israel, his official website reported.

“Always be wary of infiltration by compromisers in a resistance organisation, which will gradually weaken it,” Khamenei told the visiting Hamas Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniya, according to the leader.ir website.

“We have no doubt about your resistance and that of many of your brothers, and the people only have this expectation of you,” said Khamenei, reaffirming that Iran “will always be alongside the Palestinian resistance”.

Full Report At:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/335390/iran-warns-hamas-against-any-compromise-with-israel/

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Iran summons Azeri envoy over scientist's killing

Feb 13, 2012

TEHRAN: Iran’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Azeri ambassador on Sunday, accusing Azerbaijan of assisting Israeli intelligence in the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist blown up last month, Iran’s Fars news agency reported.

Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan was killed when two men on a motorcycle attached a magnetic bomb to his car on Jan 11. The thirty-two year old academic worked at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility in central Iran.

At least four scientists associated with Iran’s nuclear program have been assassinated since 2010 and a fifth was wounded in a bomb attack. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called Ahmadi-Roshan’s killing a “cowardly act” and accused the United States and Israel of responsibility.

Iran says its nuclear program is peaceful, but Western countries say it is aimed at building a nuclear bomb.

Full Report At:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article574835.ece

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Egypt’s army ruler urges good US ties after NGO raids

By MARWA AWAD

Feb 13, 2012

CAIRO: Egypt’s military ruler stressed the importance of good ties with the United States in a meeting with the government on Sunday, a message that could signal an attempt to ease a crisis triggered by an Egyptian probe targeting American democracy activists.

Nineteen Americans were among 43 foreign and local activists banned from travel and referred to criminal court on accusations of working for organizations operating in Egypt without proper licences and which had received foreign funds illegally.

Washington asked Egypt to lift the travel ban on the US citizens, some of whom have taken refuge at the US embassy. Both the White House and Congress have warned that the crackdown could threaten Cairo’s $1.3 billion in annual US military aid.

Full Report At:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article574834.ece

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Arabs agree Syria opposition contacts, peace force

13 February 2012

CAIRO: The Arab League said it agreed on Sunday to open contacts with Syria's opposition and to ask the United Nations to form a joint peacekeeping force to the unrest-swept nation in moves swiftly rejected by Syria.

Arab diplomats "will open channels of communication with the Syrian opposition and offer full political and financial support, urging (the opposition) to unify its ranks," it said in a statement..

Full Report At:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-35076-Arab-league-backs-Syria-opposition--

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Iran speaker warns Gulf states not to side with US

13 February 2012

TEHRAN: Iran's parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani warned Iran will not forgive Gulf Arab nations if they continue backing US "plots" against Tehran, local media reported on Sunday.

"We recommend to some of the countries in the region who were siding with (Iraq dictator) Saddam (Hussein) and now are siding with the US plots against the Iranian nation to give it up," he was quoted as saying.

Full Report At:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-34907-Iran-to-announce-nuclear-progress:-Ahmadinejad

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Arab League wants UN peacekeepers in Syria

Feb 13, 2012

CAIRO: The Arab League has called for the UN Security Council to create a joint peacekeeping force for Syria and urged Arab states to sever all diplomatic contact with President Bashar Assad's regime, the League's latest effort to bring an end to the violence that has killed more than 5,000 people.

Syria immediately rejected the moves, spelled out in a resolution adopted Sunday by the League's foreign ministers meeting in Cairo.

Saudi foreign minister Saud Al-Faisal conveyed the 22-nation League's deep frustration with Syria, telling delegates that it was no longer appropriate to stand by and watch the bloodshed.

Full Report At:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Arab-League-wants-UN-peacekeepers-in-Syria/articleshow/11870746.cms

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How outside help is aiding Syria's rebels

By Richard Galpin

Monday, February 13, 2012

Lebanon is one of the routes for aiding the rebels

The situation in Syria has never looked bleaker nor closer to civil war.

Almost a year after the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's government began, Syrian security forces have stepped up military operations to crush the opposition movement in key cities and towns.

In Homs, the centre of the revolution, the security forces are now using heavy weapons including artillery, rockets and mortars to bombard residential areas.

The result: in less than a fortnight, more than 400 people have been killed, including women and many children, according to opposition activists.

Full Report At:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17009686

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Syria rejects Arab League move

Monday, February 13, 2012

Syria rejected the move of Arab League to create a joint peacekeeping force through the United Nations, which was spelled out in a resolution adopted Sunday by the League’s foreign ministers meeting in Cairo.

Syria’s state news agency said the regime rejected the Arab League decisions, which were taken without a Syrian representative present. Syria’s ambassador to the Arab League, Ahmed Youssef, was quoted as saying that Saudi Arabia and Qatar were “living in a state of hysteria after their last failure at the U.N. Security Council to call for outside interference in Syria’s affairs and to impose sanctions on the Syrian people.”

Full Report At:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2888423.ece

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Arrest of journalist couple killers demanded

Monday, February 13, 2012

Dhaka Reporters Unity forms a human chain left, before Jatiya Press Club in the capital while journalists of Chittagong form another right, before Chittagong Press Club yesterday demanding immediate arrest of and exemplary punishment to the murderers of the journalist couple, Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi.Photo: STAR

Star report

The journalists from different print and electronic media of Chittagong and Rajshahi yesterday demanded immediate arrest and exemplary punishment of the killers of a journalist couple in Dhaka.

Full Report At:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=222191

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India pins hope to Pakistan’s announcement of negative list

13 February 2012

NEW DELHI - India has expressed optimism that Pakistan will announce the negative list for doing trade with India during the forthcoming visit of Indian Commerce Minister Anand Sharma which begins on Monday.

“This (announcement of a negative list) is the understanding which was given to us when the Pakistan Commerce secretary came in November,” Sharma said while talking to reporters before his departure.

Full Report At:

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2012/02/india-pins-hope-to-pakistan%E2%80%99s-announcement-of-negative-list/

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India, Gujarat riots: Court to hear SIT report today

February 12, 2012

A local court will hear the closure report filed by the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team on Monday.

The court of Metropolitan Magistrate M.S. Bhatt will also hear the petitions filed by social activists Teesta Setalvad and Mukul Sinha seeking copies of the report filed in a sealed cover before it on Wednesday.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had asked the SIT to investigate whether there was a larger conspiracy behind the 2002 riots in which more than 1,200 people were killed.

A complaint in this regard was filed by Ms. Setalvad and Zakia Jafri, widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, in the Gulberg Society case where 69 people were killed during the communal frenzy in 2002.

Full Report At:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2886179.ece?homepage=true

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Hina Rabbani Khar gets 'rude' call from Karnataka

New Delhi, February 13, 2012

A man from Raichur, Karnataka was detained and later released by the Bangalore crime branch, for allegedly calling the Pakistan foreign minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, reports said on Monday.

Ambaresh, a tutor from Buddini village in Sindhanur taluk of Karnataka's Raichur district

got the shock of his life when cribe branch officials began questioning him over a call, he allegedly made to the minister.

The ministers office requested India to order an inquiry in to the 15-minute call which was made around two months ago.

Full Report At:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Karnataka/Hina-Rabbani-Khar-gets-rude-call-from-Karnataka/Article1-810671.aspx

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Egypt inquiry blame fans, police for stadium deaths

Feb 13, 2012

CAIRO: An Egyptian parliamentary inquiry into the deaths of 74 people in a soccer stadium disaster has found both fans and lax security to blame for the worst incident of its kind in the country’s history, the legislator leading it said on Sunday.

The preliminary findings of the inquiry into the Port Said deaths offered little to support the view of those Egyptians who believed the deaths were the result of a plot hatched by elements within the establishment seeking to create chaos.

Ashraf Thabet, the member of parliament who headed the inquiry, listed factors including incitement by sports TV channels as the cause of the incident which touched off several days of violent protests in which 16 more people were killed.

The incident occurred at the end of a match between Port Said-based Al-Masry and Cairo’s Al Ahly, the most successful club in Africa.

Full Report At:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article574837.ece

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Conference on Refugees in Muslim World in May 2012

The Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are coordinating moves for holding a joint important conference on the “Problem of Refugees in Muslim World” in the second week of May, 2012 at Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

Full Report At:

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=296271

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