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J&K's top LeT man shot dead in Sopore

LeT Daredevil escape artist, Undone by love

A Libyan Mata Hari: Gadaffi’s brutal repression of rebellion made her act

Jamia Millia Islamia to act against lecturer over burqa remark

Kabul attack: Foreign Secy, Indians safe

Libyan woman guided NATO bombs to Gaddafi targets

Taliban target US embassy, NATO HQ in Kabul

US allows Taliban to open office in Qatar

10th anniversary of the 9/11 Christians and Moslems stand shoulder to shoulder

Operations at Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant in full swing

JEDDAH: Women workers should not be asked to remove Niqab

Gunmen attack school bus in Pakistan, 5 dead

Russia resists curbs on Syria; 17 slain in Hama

Gunmen kill 22 bus passengers in Iraq: Police

Choppers try to flush out holed-in militants in Afghanistan

Fighter jets safely escort NYC, Detroit flights when passenger use of bathrooms raises concern

UK to debate violation of rights in J&K

An illiterate to ‘pick’ Afzal in J& K House

Days after 9/11 anniv, US tears into Pak claim on terror fight

US: Won’t be cowed by Af attacks

QUETTA: Journalist Javed Naseer abducted in Hub

ISI helped Osama bin Laden to escape US dragnet in Tora Bora

Al-Qaida releases video supporting Arab Spring, hailing 9/11 attacks

Taliban issue statement on use of child suicide bombers 

Pick Pocketing in Makkah

Girl child molester Maiedh Al-Qarni admits his crimes

Blast: 2 ex-SIMI men brought to Delhi

Delhi blast: Can’t rule out homegrown terror, says HM P Chidambaram

Delhi-Mumbai parallel: July 13 blasts too had PETN

GUJARAT GOVT TAKES PANDYA CASE TO SC

Govt orders maximum security for Missions in Afghanistan

Left-wing extremism more violent than terrorism: HM P Chidambaram

Palestinian captives not allowed to hear adhan

Toronto: Faith groups plan protest against Muslim prayer in schools

Congressman to testify in UK Parliament on Islam

Philippines prepares ‘blood money’ policy to save Filipinos

NATO launches air surveillance to trace 30 Pak boys abducted

3 Pak men plead guilty to terror-related charges in US

ISLAMABAD: Court orders inquiry against tout for harassing female

US national among two kidnapped in Quetta

Pakistan, Iran to boost bilateral trade to $10bn

Pakistan's ad in Wall Street Journal on 9/11 draws flak in US

Pak fan launches Anna-style 'fast unto death' against corruption in country

Gujarat govt to challenge Haren Pandya murder case ruling in SC

Gujarat: Zakia Jafri still believes justice will be done

Narendra Modi goes on 'fast' lane to pray for Gujarat unity

Israel denies Palestinians protest right

UN presses Libyan rebels over male-dominated government

Libyan new leaders pledge 'moderate' Islamic rule

Libyan Transitional Leader Urges Reconciliation, Using Symbolism of Tripoli Site

Oklahoma: Muslims Petition To Ban Islamic Law In State Courts

Islamic Freedom Fighters and the Peace Process in the Southern Philippines

Flotilla raid was 'cause for war': Turkey PM

Norway holds elections 2 months after massacre

Brutality by Afghan Local Police Is Reported

British and Indian intel tried to recruit Pak scribe Saleem Shahzad, says New Yorker

U.N. Calls on Yemen to Halt Attacks on Civilians

Egypt's ex-spy chief testifies in Mubarak trial

Senior Kashmir journalist David Devadas alleges assault, writes to Omar Abdullah

Life has changed for Bay Area Muslims since 9/11

Uganda releases Kenyan human rights activist Al-Amin Kimathi

Tehran: E-books of Islamic translation centre to be unveiled

Iran Will Reportedly Release 2 Jailed Americans

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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J&K's top LeT man shot dead in Sopore

Mir Ehsan

Sep 14 2011

Srinagar : Top Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Abdullah Ooni, one of the Valley’s most wanted militants with a bounty of Rs 20 lakh on his head, was killed in an encounter in Sopore today, police said.

Ooni, 27, was the face of the Lashkar in Kashmir, and had been instrumental in galvanising cadres of the militant organisation in Sopore town. He was an IED expert, officials said, and a master of disguise who had escaped the police dragnet at least a dozen times over the past few years.

“Ooni was killed after the police received specific information that he was hiding in the Batpora Baghat locality,” Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Range, S M Sahai, said. The killing, Sahai said, is the second major setback suffered by the Lashkar following the killing of its five commanders in Lolab earlier.

Ooni, who belonged to Mansehra in Pakistan, crossed into the Valley at the time of the 2005 earthquake, and last year married a Sopore girl called Tabassum. A few months ago, she delivered a baby girl at a government hospital in Srinagar. Tabassum identified her husband’s body soon after he was killed today, police said.

“We got the body identified by his wife. The body also matched pictures of Ooni that police and other security agencies had,” said a senior officer who was part of the operation.

Police said they had received a tip-off that Ooni had come to meet his wife in Sopore’s Batapora Baghat locality last night. He was killed by police and Army assault teams inside an abandoned house nearby after an encounter this afternoon, they said.

Sopore superintendent of police Imtiyaz Hussain Mir told The Indian Express that his men had been keeping a close tab on Ooni’s movements for a month now. “We launched eight operations to nab or kill him over the last week. Today’s operation was the ninth one,” Mir said.

“We would generally conduct late-night operations or try to encircle him at the crack of dawn. This time, we knew that he had come to meet his wife and was there for the night, but we changed our strategy and cordoned off the house only at 9 am.

“Ooni jumped out of a window and took refuge in an abandoned house nearby. We followed. He threw a grenade and then opened fire,” Mir said.

Ooni, the police said, was finally killed at 1 pm. “He was alone,” Mir said. “I have received splinter injuries on my face, but all our men are safe.”

The police’s initial information that Ooni, the Lashkar’s North Kashmir chief, would be accompanied by two other top Lashkar commanders, Muzaffar alias Molvi and Akash Bader, turned out to be incorrect. A pistol was found on Ooni.

After entering Kashmir in the Kupwara sector, Ooni initially operated in the Lolab Valley. In 2008, following instructions of his senior commanders, he moved to Sopore. He kept shifting bases between Sopore town, Zanigeer and Kupwara.

Police investigations linked Ooni to the recent assassination of Jamiat Ahle Hadees chief Molvi Showkat. He was also involved in the booby-trap attack on Sopore police station in July, in which a policeman was killed and nine others were injured. Police said he was also involved in the killing of the teenage sisters Akthara and Arifa in February this year.

Despite heavy police deployment, protests broke out in Sopore town after the encounter. Youths hurled stones at the police and paramilitary forces.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/lashkars-face-in-the-valley-is-killed-in-sopore-

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LeT Daredevil escape artist, undone by love

Muzamil Jaleel

Sep 14 2011

New Delhi : In death as in life, Abdullah Ooni remains a mystery, a legend having built around him largely because of his mastery as an escape artist. Till the Lashkar-e-Toiba commander, 27, was killed on Tuesday, stories about his origins and movements have remained a mixture of contradictions.

What was known about him, however, made him vital to the Lashkar and his capture or killing key to security forces’ operations. His mastery at escape was matched by a daredevilry that helped revive militancy in Sopore.

On a January morning last year, Ooni and three others hurled a grenade at the Sopore police station and then, rather than flee, waited in a narrow lane across the street. An hour later, they returned, hurled more grenades and fired at the SP’s personal guards. The SP was inside but the militants killed a policeman and a civilian besides injuring four cops.

The attack was a turning point for Sopore. In 2008, police had declared it a “free from militancy” area, and one of the legends around Ooni is that this was why he had been sent to Sopore. After the attack, a stunned government carved out a special police district, separating Sopore from Baramulla. Several more attacks would follow; daytime encounters would become frequent.

Security forces came close to getting him six times, with each escape adding to his reputation. Unlike other top Lashkar commanders, he avoided the jungles and bodyguards. Having mastered the art of disguise, he preferred congested neighbourhoods in Sopore town and adjoining villages — sometimes roaming around on a motorcycle, sometimes taking a lift from a Sumo driver. He had set up a vibrant network of Lashkar cells across north Kashmir.

Police records show Ooni was from Pakistan’s Punjab province in Pakistan. Some reports say his real name is Azhar Malik. Others say he belonged to a Malayali family in Karachi.

Ooni trained as a commando at Lashkar’s Mansera camp and was sent to Kashmir in 2005, around the time of the earthquake. At Lolab in north Kashmir, he worked under divisional commander Hafiz Nasir. In 2008, Nasir was killed with other top leaders, leading to a collapse of the north Kashmir network; even OGWs, local overground workers who act as the outfit’s eyes and ears, had surrendered or been arrested. This was when the police declared Sopore militancy-free, leading to the Lashkar sending Ooni there.

After the attack on Sopore police station, Ooni and his men attacked the official residence of the then Superintendent of Police, Sopore Altaf Khan, that same year. This put the police under pressure but Ooni escaped every trap laid for him.

One of his many escapes was on November 1, 2009. The Army had killed his aide Zubair and left, not knowing that Ooni was trapped under the debris of a house at Sopore’s Chinkipora. Locals pulled him out alive. A month earlier, he had escaped after a 16-hour standoff that saw police kill Lashkar commander Abu Mayia from Pakistan.

In 2010, he escaped three times in the space of three weeks. On January 30, police and the Army cordoned off New Colony neighbourhood but he slipped through. On February 23, forces laid a cordon that trapped eight militants, but six of them including Ooni escaped after a two-day encounter. Days earlier, he had broken through a cordon at a village, after a brief gunfight with soldiers.

It was love that eventually proved his undoing. He married a Sopore girl last year; the police knew it and kept a watch on the neighbourhood. Ooni’s wife delivered a daughter at Srinagar’s Lal Ded Hospital and he stayed overnight in a house in the neighbourhood, hoping to see her and their daughter. He never did.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/daredevil-escape-artist-undone-by-love/846230/

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A Libyan Mata Hari: Gadaffi’s brutal repression of rebellion made her act

Sep 14 2011

AYOUNG femme fatale spied on Colonel Gaddafi’s military bases to direct NATO bombs to key targets, it was revealed on Tuesday.

The 24- year- old Libyan informer — codenamed Nomidia — passed on secret details to the alliance that fatally weakened the Gaddafi regime.

To evade capture she moved around constantly, used multiple mobile SIM cards and hid her activities from all but the closest members of her family.

But she was never suspected because Gaddafi’s security forces didn't think it possible that a woman could spy on them.

The woman, an engineer, said: “ I was not on the radar.

“ They were concentrating more on the guys and it was almost impossible to think that a girl was doing all of this.” In an interview two weeks after the rebellion that broke Gaddafi’s control, she added she still fears Gaddafi loyalists might target her or her family.

The account she gave of her activities was corroborated by two members of an underground anti- Gaddafi network and helped her send details about his security forces.

Osama Layas, a forensic pathologist who was a member of the network, said: “( She was) a very important source, and very trusted.' When Nomidia began her undercover role five months ago, Gaddafi and his security forces had a firm grip on the city and stifled any information which could be useful to his opponents.

Telephone lines were monitored, mobile phone text messaging was blocked, and the Internet was available only to government offices and a group of foreign journalists who were kept under guard in a five- star hotel.

The city’s prisons were full of people suspected of aiding anti- Gaddafi rebels or even just of passing information to someone outside Libya.

And after seeing Gadaffi’s brutal repression of the rebellion, tall, slender Nomidia said she felt compelled to act.

“ I could not help it when I saw what Gaddafi did in Benghazi first, in Misrata, in Zawiyah, in Tripoli, the Western Mountains,” she said.

She began by calling Libya al- Ahrar, an anti- Gaddafi television station based in Doha, Qatar.

With little real information leaking out of Tripoli, producers at the station put her voice on air — under the name Nomidia — with accounts of what was happening in the city.

Soon she was dialling in with details of military forces which the channel wanted to keep off the air to avoid alerting Gaddafi’s government.

Instead they began passing on the information to NATO, via officials with the rebel government, the National Transitional Council.

A producer at the station, who was Nomidia’s main point of contact, said the information Nomidia supplied was “ basically, where they were storing their arms, their tanks”. “ She did an amazing job. That was pretty brave. I know a lot of guys who wouldn’t do it in Tripoli at the time.

So I’m very proud of her,” he said.

With the telephone network under surveillance, the most dangerous part of Nomidia’s activities was passing on information about the targets.

“ I was using many mobile phones.

I used 12 SIM cards and seven different mobile phones,” she said.

Mail Today

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Jamia Millia Islamia to act against lecturer over burqa remark

Naveed Iqbal

Sep 14 2011

New Delhi : The Jamia Millia Islamia has decided to file a case against a guest lecturer at the Centre for Management Studies (CMS) for alleged derogatory remarks during a lecture last Friday. Students have complained that the lecturer said a burqa did not suit a management student.

The university said the remarks were “communal”. Jamia Registrar S M Sajid said the guest lecturer had made some derogatory remarks about students wearing hijab. The students submitted an application to the Dean, demanding action against the lecturer.

A student present in the class room told Newsline: “The lecturer asked a question and my classmate could not answer. He then began commenting on the attire of girls and said a burqa did not suit a management student.”

The Jamia administration has decided to “terminate all future association” with the lecturer.

Vice-Chancellor Najeeb Jung could not be reached for comments.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Jamia-to-act-against-lecturer-over-burqa-

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Kabul attack: Foreign Secy, Indians safe

Shubhajit Roy

Sep 14 2011

New Delhi : Hours before Taliban fighters launched an assault on the US embassy in Kabul, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai reached the Afghan capital for a three-day visit. This is his first visit to Afghanistan since he took over on August 1. Mathai, sources said, was “safe” and was carrying out his “scheduled meetings” with top government functionaries in Kabul. He is accompanied by senior officials and is expected to return to Delhi on Thursday.

Sources refused to divulge details of his visit, including his itinerary, citing security concerns. “All we can say is that he is safe, and his schedule is being followed,” an Indian official said.

The Indian embassy spokesperson told The Indian Express: “There have been multiple attacks in Kabul... but all Indians are safe. These attacks are not targeted towards Indian interests.”

The Indian embassy has also put in place a “security drill” in the context of these attacks, at the embassy in Kabul and consulates in Herat, Jalalabad, Mazhar-e-Sharif and Kandahar. Also, the Indian community, which is engaged in various development and reconstruction projects, has been asked to “restrict their movements”, the spokesperson said.

Full report at: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/kabul-attack-foreign-secy-indians-

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Libyan woman guided NATO bombs to Gaddafi targets

Sep 13 2011

Tripoli : The NATO bombing campaign which fatally weakened Muammar Gaddafi's rule had a secret asset: a 24-year-old Libyan woman who spent months spying on military facilities and passing on the details to the alliance.

The woman, operating under the codename Nomidia, used elaborate methods to evade capture -- constantly changing her location, using multiple mobile telephone SIM cards and hiding her activities from all but the closest members of her family.

Her biggest protection against arrest by Gaddafi's security forces though was her gender: as a young woman in Libya's conservative Muslim society, they did not suspect her.

"I was not on the radar," the woman, an engineer, told Reuters in an interview in the lobby of a Tripoli hotel, two weeks on from a rebellion that broke Gaddafi's control over the Libyan capital after 42 years in power.

"They were concentrating more on the guys and it was almost impossible to think that a girl was doing all of this."

Nomidia spoke to Reuters on condition that her real identity not be revealed: she said that while Tripoli was now under control of a new interim government, there was still a "fifth column" of Gaddafi loyalists who might target her or her family.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/libyan-woman-guided-nato-bombs-to-

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Taliban target US embassy, Nato HQ in Kabul

Sep 13, 2011

KABUL: The Taliban launched an attack on the centre of the Afghan capital on Tuesday, hitting Nato's coalition force headquarters next to the US embassy in Kabul.

The insurgent group said the ongoing assault began with a suicide attack targeting local and foreign intelligence in the capital.

Reporters heard a string of loud blasts while police confirmed one explosion and a gunfight close to the heavily-guarded embassy compound.

"Today at one o'clock at Kabul's Abdul Haq roundabout a massive suicide attack on local and foreign intelligence facilities is ongoing," said a spokesman for the insurgent group, Zabiullah Mujahid, in a text message to AFP.

A Western military source said Nato's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) headquarters was one of the targets.

Full report at:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Taliban-target-US-

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US allows Taliban to open office in Qatar

Sep 13, 2011

In a significant move, the Afghan militant group Taliban is to open a political office in the Gulf state of Qatar, to allow the West to start formal talks with the group. The office of the self-styled Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan would be the first internationally recognised representation for the Taliban since it was ousted from power in the US-led invasion in 2001, the Times reported.

The US has endorsed the move, the paper said quoting western diplomats.The diplomat said that it was hoped that allowing the opening up of a Taliban office in Qatar would push forward the peace talks initiated earlier, intended to reconcile the Taliban insurgents with the Afghan Government to bring an end to a decade long war.

“It will be an address where they have a political office. it will not be an embassy or a consulate but a residence where they can work like a political party,” the diplomat told the Times.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/world/5803-us-allows-taliban-to-open-office-in-qatar.html

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10th anniversary of the 9/11 Christians and Moslems stand shoulder to shoulder

Sep 13 2011

A PRIEST and an imam stood shoulder to shoulder outside an Aberdeen church and mosque yesterday to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the USA.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - A PRIEST and an imam stood shoulder to shoulder outside an Aberdeen church and mosque yesterday to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the USA.

In a display of Christian and Moslem unity, the Rev Isaac Poobalan of St John’s Episcopal Church in Crown Street, and Imam Sheik Abul Hassan of the neighbouring mosque – Syed Shah Mustafa Jame Masjid – in Crown Terrace, read aloud from the Bible and the Koran.

http://abna.co/data.asp?lang=3&Id=265101

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Operations at Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant in full swing

13 Sep, 2011

TEHRAN: Iranian state TV says the country’s first nuclear power plant has stepped up operations after years of delays.

Senior Iranian and Russian officials attended celebrations Monday for the official launch of the 1000-megawatt Bushehr plant in southern Iran.

It began to generate between 350 to 400 megawatts of electricity, equal to 35 to 40 percent of the reactor’s full capacity.

The Russian-built plant was connected to the national power grid for a test run Sept. 4, generating 60 megawatts.

The launch of the plant has been delayed for years. The US and its allies accuse Iran of using its civilian nuclear program as a cover to develop nuclear weapons. Iran denies the claim.

Meanwhile, the head of the UN atomic watchdog said Monday that Iran had been more open to inspectors in a recent visit to the country’s nuclear facilities but that its cooperation was still insufficient.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article500880.ece

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JEDDAH: Women workers should not be asked to remove niqab

13 Sep, 2011

JEDDAH: Labor Minister Adel Fakeih on Monday emphasized his ministry's desire to apply rules that regulate women's employment in the private sector. According to the law, the employer should abide by the Shariah law while employing women.

Fakeih said the ministry would not show any leniency toward companies that put conditions such as showing face for women to get employed. "We'll deal with such violations on the basis of law." He urged niqab-wearing women workers or jobseekers to inform the ministry if any company imposes such conditions.

The ministry has restricted jobs at women's accessories and cosmetics shops to Saudi women. Women's accessories shops have six months to employ Saudi women while shops that sell cosmetics and lingerie will have 12 months to employ Saudi women.

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article500937.ece

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Gunmen attack school bus in Pakistan, 5 dead

Sep 13 2011

PESHAWAR: Police say gunmen have attacked a school bus in northwestern Pakistan, killing three children, a teacher and the driver.

The attack on Tuesday took place in Matani, close to the main city of Peshawar.

Police officer Qayum Khan says the bus was taking students home when the gunmen struck.

Matani has been the scene of a vicious struggle between Islamist militants with bases in the nearby Afghan border region and government-backed tribal armies.

The militants have attacked civilian targets in the area to punish its residents for not supporting them.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Gunmen-attack-school-bus-in-Pakistan-5-dead/articleshow/9967356.cms

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Russia resists curbs on Syria; 17 slain in Hama

13 Sep, 2011

MOSCOW: Russia rejected Western calls for wider sanctions on Syria over its violent crackdown on protests against President Bashar Assad, in which the United Nations said 2,600 people have been killed.

Security forces shot dead at least 17 people in and around the central city of Hama on Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human rights said.

“The toll of victims from the operation mounted by security forces and the army in the Hama area has risen to 17 dead,” the Britain-based group said in Cyprus.

More than 60 people were arrested, the Observatory said.

The latest violence comes after pro-democracy activists called for a “day of anger” on Tuesday in protest at Russia’s backing for President Bashar Assad.

“Do not support the killers. Do not kill the Syrians with your position” in favor of the regime, activists urged Russia in a posting on The Syrian Revolution 2011, a Facebook page that has been the engine for the revolt.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article500887.ece

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Gunmen kill 22 bus passengers in Iraq

Sep 13, 2011

RAMADI (IRAQ): Gunmen killed 22 passengers on a bus coming from Syria late last night in a desert region of Iraq's western province of Anbar, police general Haider Rzayj said.

"Some armed men stopped the bus coming from Syria Monday around 9:30 pm (0000IST), they made the 22 passengers get off the bus and killed them with automatic weapons," he said.

"All the victims are men and their bloodied bodies were stretched out on the ground," he added.

The incident took place about 300 kilometres west of Baghdad, in a sector under the control of the Iraqi army.

Since the US-led invasion in 2003, the mainly Sunni province of Anbar has been a stronghold of Al-Qaeda, whose members have killed numerous Iraqis and foreigners travelling the roads to Jordan and Syria.

While tribal militias have cracked down on insurgents since 2007, they have not completely eliminated them.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Gunmen-kill-22-bus-passengers-in-

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Choppers try to flush out holed-in militants

Sep 14 2011

The surge of violence was a stark reminder of the instability that continues to plague Afghanistan nearly a decade after US invasion that ousted the Taliban for harbouring Qaida,which carried out the 9/11 attacks.

Plumes of smoke rose from the area near the embassy,and US Army helicopters buzzed overhead.The American Embassy is on the edge of the Wazir Akbar Khan area,which is home to a number of other foreign missions.Explosions shook much of the neighbourhood.

The Taliban gunmen fired from a nine-storey office building that is under construction at Abdul Haq square,about 300m from the Embassy.Afghan officials said the attack began when about half a dozen insurgents took over the building and began firing toward the embassy and the adjacent Nato headquarters.The Kabul police said at least seven insurgents were involved in the attacks around the city.Four were involved in the attack from the building and three attempted to carry out suicide attacks.All three suicide attackers were killed by police

Times of India

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Fighter jets safely escort NYC, Detroit flights when passenger use of bathrooms raises concern

By TOM HAYS and DAVID N. GOODMAN

Sep 14 2011

Fighter jets were scrambled to escort two commercial flights into New York City and Detroit "out of an abundance of caution" after crews reported suspicious activity on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, officials said.

The bathroom use by some passengers aroused the suspicion Sunday, but all were released after being questioned by authorities on  the ground.

On an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles, three passengers who made repeated trips to the bathroom were cleared after the plane safely landed at New York's Kennedy Airport.

Earlier, on a Denver-to-Detroit Frontier Airlines flight, the crew reported that two people were spending "an extraordinarily long time" in a bathroom, Frontier spokesman Peter Kowalchuck said. Police detained three passengers at Detroit's Metropolitan Airport, but they also were eventually released.

In a statement Monday, the FBI said there never were two people in the bathroom at the same time.

Asked late Sunday if authorities may have overreacted, airport spokesman Scott Wintner said the airport's response wasn't unusual and the same steps would have been taken any other day of the year.

Full report at:

http://www.1310news.com/news/world/article/276191--fighter-jets-safely-escort-nyc-

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UK to debate violation of rights in J&K

Sep 14 2011

London: In what could embarrass advocates of closer ties between India and Britain,the House of Commons looks set to debate alleged human rights violation in Indiaadministered Kashmir.According to Steve Baker,a Conservative MP who along with four other MPs secured the debate,this will be the first general debate on human rights in Kashmir since Partition.

India has conveyed to Britain that the debate will not be helpful.It has also been stressed that India is the worlds largest functioning democracy.There was no comment from the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office other than,Parliament is entitled to debate.

Baker possibly faces pressure from roughly 6,000 Pakistanis in his constituency to take up Kashmirs cause in the House.Other MPs who helped Baker secure the debate,too,are from constituencies with numerically strong Pakistani voters: Jason McCartney (Conservative),Andrew Griffiths (Conservative ),Denis MacShane (Labour party) and Nic Dakin (Labour).Pressure from such voters influence British lawmakers and Baker told TOI,I dont wish to be excessively partisan but it is time to genuinely give a voice to Kashmiris in the British Parliament.

Full report at: Times of India

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An illiterate to ‘pick’ Afzal in J& K House

By Naseer Ganai

 

THE resolution favouring clemency for Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, who is on death row, has been admitted by the Jammu & Kashmir assembly but a debate on the serious issue — if it happens at all — would depend upon something very frivolous: a draw of lots. As per tradition, an illiterate employee of the assembly picks up chits to finalise the items on the agenda for a House session from among the shortlisted resolutions.

“ The Speaker has on Tuesday admitted 35 of the 39 resolutions received by the assembly secretariat, including one by Independent MLA Abdur Rashid… seeking amnesty for Afzal Guru. Now, on September 17, these resolutions will be put through a draw of lots and only seven selected for debate and discussion. The remaining four resolutions have been discarded since these had not been moved according to the rules,” assembly secretary Mohammad Ramzan said.

He added that the 35 resolutions would be on September 17 put inside a box for an “ illiterate person — preferably a safai karamchari or peon or orderly” — to pick seven resolutions of his choice from the box.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Days after 9/11 anniv,US tears into Pak claim on terror fight

Sep 14 2011

Washington: An advertisement by Pakistan,portraying itself as a sentinel of peace,in the Wall Street Journal has stirred up a row in the United States.US vicepresident Joseph Biden even termed Pakistan as an unreliable ally.

The sense that the US has rejected the Pakistani proposition about being a victim of terrorism and a guardian of peace was reflected in Bidens sharp remarks in a CNN interview on the occasion of the 9/11 anniversary in which he said Pakistan has failed on occasion when forced to choose between the US and al-Qaida.The price of Pakistans choices,Biden said in the most trenchant public observation yet by a high US official,has been the loss of life of American soldiers in Afghanistan.He acknowledged that Islamabad has been very helpful in other times But its not sufficient.They have to get better And its in their interest that they be more cooperative with usWe are demanding it.

The three Pakistani men Irfan Ul Haq (37),Qasim Ali (32) and Zahid Yousaf (43) who were arrested in Miami in March this year,accepted payment to obtain a false Pakistani passport to smuggle a Tehrik-e-Taliban-e Pakistan (TTP) member from Ecuador into the US.They said it was not their concern what he did in the US.

Full report at: Times of India

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US: Wont be cowed by Af attacks

Sep 14 2011

Washington: Americans will not be cowed and will continue to work in Afghanistan,secretary of state Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday after Taliban gunmen attacked the US embassy in Kabul.The civilians who serve are dedicated,brave men and women,committed to advancing our mission.

They will not be intimidated by this kind of cowardly attack, Clinton said,adding there were no casualties among US personnel at the embassy.

We will take all necessary steps not only to ensure the safety of our people but to secure the area and to ensure that those who perpetrated this attack are dealt with.

Afghan president Hamid Karzai echoed Clinton in declaring that the attack would not stop the process of transition from Nato to Afghan control of security in the country.The attacks cannot stop the process (transition) from taking place and cannot affect,but rather embolden our people's determination in taking the responsibility for their countrys own affairs, Karzai said.

Times of India

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QUETTA: Journalist Javed Naseer abducted in Hub

Sep 13 2011

QUETTA: A complete shutter-down strike was observed in most parts of Balochistan to condemn the kidnapping of the Baloch National Movement’s (BNM) central finance secretary, who is also a journalist, and the recovery of bullet-riddled bodies of Baloch missing persons.

The journalist, Javed Naseer, a district correspondent in a local Urdu daily in Hub, was kidnapped from IT Chowk Hub, an industrial town of the province. All shops, banks, schools, markets and restaurants remained closed for the day during the strike, paralysing life in the areas. The strike was also observed in Turbat, Mand, Khushab, Tump, Panjgur, Hub and its adjourning areas. A large number of security personnel were deployed in the areas to avoid any untoward incident.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\09\13\story_13-9-2011_pg1_4

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ISI helped Osama bin Laden to escape US dragnet in Tora Bora

Sep 13, 2011

NEW YORK: Pakistan's military-run ISI could have provided protection to slain al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden for a period of time, suggests the latest issue of 'The New Yorker' magazine.

Former Afghan intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh told the magazine' writer Dexter Filkins, a Pulitzer prize winner, that an ISI operative Syed Akbar Sabir had escorted bin Laden from the Pakistani region of Chitral to Peshawar, passing through Kunar Province, in Afghanistan, along the way.

"We believed that he was part of the ISI operation to care for bin Laden," Saleh, who directed the Afghan intelligence service from 2004 to 2010, said.

He said the ISI operative had been arrested by Afghan intelligence in 2005 when he narrated the events unfolding in Afghanistan, post 9/11.

The article talks about another ISI agent Fida Muhammad, who too had been arrested by Afghan intelligence agents.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/ISI-helped-Osama-bin-Laden-to-escape-US-

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Al-Qaida releases video supporting Arab Spring, hailing 9/11 attacks

Sep 13, 2011

DUBAI: Al-Qaida has released a message in which Osama bin Laden's successor as the group's leader, Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri, said al-Qaida supported the Arab Spring.

The hour-long video was released to mark the 10th anniversary of al-Qaida's Sept 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

The SITE Monitoring Service, which tracks jihadist statements, quoted al-Zawahiri as saying he hoped the protest movements that have overthrown leaders in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya would establish what he called true Islam.

The video was posted on jihadist websites on Monday and titled "The Dawn of Imminent Victory", SITE said.

Al-Qaida, which called for the violent overthrow of secular Arab governments, lost a great deal of relevance as a result of the political upheaval across the Middle East and North Africa.

The video also included a message that al-Qaida said was recorded by Osama bin Laden before his killing in May by US special forces, in which he warns Americans against "falling as slaves" to the control of major corporations.

Ahead of events on Sunday in the United States to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept 11 attacks, officials had warned of a specific, credible but unconfirmed report of a threat to harm Americans, notably in New York and Washington.

SITE made no mention of any specific threat in its account of the contents of the video.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Al-Qaida-releases-video-supporting-Arab-

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Taliban issue statement on use of child suicide bombers

Sep 13 2011

Afghanistan’s Taliban movement is seeking to deflect a wave of criticism surrounding its alleged use of children as suicide bombers following a public appearance by President Hamid Karzai with eight children the president said were recruited by the Taliban for “martyrdom operations.” The eight children were being sent back to their families after being rescued by national security services, while another 12 juveniles were being sent for education and reintegration programs before they are similarly returned home (Reuters, August 30).

In the latest incident, a 16-year-old was detained on August 27 in the Baharak district of Badakhshan while wearing a suicide vest. The teenager was stopped while on his way to bomb a local mosque (Frontier Post [Peshawar], August 28).

A report released only days later by Human Rights Watch described “an alarming increase in recent months of suicide bombings and attempted suicide bombings by children.” According to the group’s Asia director, “The Taliban’s use of children as suicide-bombers is not only sickening, but it makes a mockery of Mullah Omar’s claim to protect children and civilians.” Full report at: The Jamestown Foundation

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Pick Pocketing in Makkah

JAWAID ALI, RIYADH

13 Sep, 2011

Probably nobody would ever think of being pickpocketed in a supermarket close to the Haram in Makkah but this is what happened to me on Thursday (Sept. 8).

Immediately after Duhr prayers, I visited Bin Dawood Supermarket in Makkah Towers to buy some grocery items. There were large queues in front of each cash counter. I stood at Counter 2 and was behind some 9-10 people. With only two people ahead of me, I took out my wallet from the side pocket of my shirt for a ten-riyal bill to pay and kept back the wallet in the same pocket. After my turn came, the cashier returned me the balance and I tried to take out my wallet again but by that time it had vanished. Also gone was a boy of 14 -15 years of age who was standing just behind me. The entire episode happened within 4-5 minutes.

My wallet contained my iqama, driving license, health insurance card, house key, money exceeding SR1,000 and some other papers.

I don't want to go into the details of my visit to Ajyad police station and the mental agony I suffered with no money and no documents left in my person (I had come from Riyadh to perform Umrah).

I would only request the management of busy supermarkets to run a CCTV camera on a nonstop basis. I have noticed that there are exit gates in some stores including Bin Dawood. This helps the criminals to leave the place without anyone noticing it. Such exit gates should be closed too.

http://arabnews.com/opinion/letters/article500809.ece

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Girl child molester Maiedh Al-Qarni admits his crimes

13 Sep, 2011

JAZAN: A man arrested on suspicion of molesting young girls in a village in the southern Al-Aridha region has confessed to his crimes, local media reported Monday.

Police spokesman in Jazan Capt. Abdullah bin Maiedh Al-Qarni said the man’s confessions were authenticated according to Shariah rules and referred to higher authorities for further action.

The spokesman said a citizen informed police that a stranger was trying to sneak into a house in the village outside Jazan city, and was immediately arrested.

The suspect, an Arab national, reportedly said he used to enter his victims’ houses in the village in the early hours of morning when their fathers went to the mosques for Fajr prayer. He admitted molesting a number of young girls.

According to the reports, the villagers expressed relief that the man was behind bars.

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article500901.ece

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Blast: 2 ex-SIMI men brought to Delhi

Sep 14 2011

Lucknow : Two former district presidents of the Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) from Uttar Pradesh, currently based in Mumbai, have been taken to Delhi for questioning in connection with the recent Delhi High Court blast, it is learnt.

Khaliq Ahmad of Nanpara area in Bahraich and Muhammad Yahya of Bahraich city area were among four SIMI men who were picked up for questioning in Mumbai last week. The other two, identified as Humam Ahmad of Sultanpur and Abdul Azeem of Siddhartha Nagar district, were later let off.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/blast-2-exsimi-men-brought-to-delhi/846352/

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Delhi blast: Can’t rule out homegrown terror, says HM P Chidambaram

Sep 14 2011

New Delhi : Even as the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday doubled the reward money to Rs 10 lakh for any information on the Delhi High Court blast, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram has hinted at the involvement of homegrown terror groups.

Speaking to BBC, Chidambaram has said it is likely that the Delhi High Court blast was carried out by militants based in India. “We can no longer point to cross-border terrorism as a source of terror attacks in India,” he said. Regarding the Mumbai and Pune attacks, he said “we are fairly certain they were carried out by Indian modules or India-based modules.”

“That threat (Pakistan) remains — but we must also look at Indian modules or India-based modules which are capable of carrying out terror attacks. The government can build capacity and extend the intelligence network, but policing is a very complex task and there will be cases where the terrorist is able to slip through the cracks,” he told BBC.

Meanwhile, the NIA today sent the hard disk seized from the cyber cafe in Kishtwar — from where the first e-mail (harkatuljihadi2011@ gmail.com) claiming responsibility for the blast was sent — for forensic examination to CFSL Delhi.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/delhi-blast-cant-rule-out-homegrown-terror-says-

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Delhi-Mumbai parallel: July 13 blasts too had PETN

Smita Nair

Sep 14 2011

Mumbai : Forensic experts probing last week’s Delhi High Court blast have found a rare chemical link in the explosive with the three bombs that targeted Mumbai on July 13, causing them to suspect that the perpetrators could be from the same bomb-making school, if not the same terror group.

Both bombs contained PETN or pentaerythritol tetranitrate, among others, an explosive rarely used, if at all, in previous terrorist attacks in the country, sources told The Indian Express.

While the Delhi bomb is believed to have had PETN in large quantities, only traces of it were found in the analysis after the 13/7 blasts in Mumbai, sources said. The use of the chemical also indicates a possible “military background” — armies around the world have used PETN for long, they added.

The Delhi bomb was, in forensic parlance, of the “first order”, as the explosion fully consumed the chemicals, the batteries and the carrier in which it was placed. This, sources said, was a signature of the Lashkar-e-Toiba.

It was not known until now that the Mumbai bombs had traces of PETN. Forensic experts had only mentioned ammonium nitrate and fuel oil besides a “nitro compound” — which they now say is PETN.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/delhimumbai-parallel-july-13-blasts-too-had-petn/846295/

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GUJARAT GOVT TAKES PANDYA CASE TO SC

By D. P. Bhattacharya

Sep 14 2011

TWO weeks after the Gujarat High Court dropped murder charges against the 12 accused in the Haren Pandya murder case, the state government has decided to challenge the order in the Supreme Court. But is this a calculated move by the Narendra Modi dispensation to preempt a fresh probe, which may unmask the real killers? At least the slain BJP leader’s wife Jagruti thinks so. She had moved the HC, seeking re- investigation of the case because the court’s division bench slammed the CBI for botching up the probe in its August 29 acquittal of the accused. Her plea has been posted for hearing in December’s first week.

The HC had pointed out glaring holes in the CBI probe into the murder. Significantly, Jagruti had made the state government and the CBI respondents in her plea.

Earlier, the Gujarat government had rejected her request for further probe into the killing to bring the real murderers to book.

Talking to M AIL T ODAY on Tuesday, Jagruti said that while the state government declined to help nail her husband’s real killers, it now appeared that the government was trying to forestall a fresh probe which may reveal the real killers’ identity.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Govt orders maximum security for Missions in Afghanistan

Sep 14 2011

New Delhi : The Government has ordered "maximum security" for Indian Missions and other assets in Afghanistan in the wake of a heightened threat from Taliban and other Pakistan-based terror groups that it might carry out a wave of attacks, including car bomb blasts.

The directive to ITBP to beef up security came after intelligence inputs suggesting that apart from the embassy in Kabul, consulates in Kandahar, Jalalabad, Mazar-e-Sharif and Herat, besides development and reconstruction projects being carried out by Indians could be targeted by Taliban or other terrorist groups based in Pakistan.

"The ITBP, which has been guarding Indian assets in Afghanistan, has been alerted twice in the past few weeks and asked to heighten security," a government official said.

The intelligence inputs suggested that terrorists could launch a wave of attacks, involving explosion of car-bomb followed by assault by gunmen, the officials said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/govt-orders-maximum-security-for-missions-in-afghanistan/846134/

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Left-wing extremism more violent than terrorism: HM P Chidambaram

Sep 13 2011

New Delhi : Terming Left-wing extremism as the "most violent movement" in India, Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday said the burden of governance in the Naxal-hit districts must rest with the states.

"The burden of governance cannot be shifted from the state governments to the central government... In the ultimate analysis, the responsibility of governance in the Left-wing extremism affected districts must rest with the states," he told a national workshop attended by collectors of 60 Maoist-hit districts here.

The central government "does not have that much human resources" and can only provide help, he said.

He said the battle in the affected districts was not for maintaining law and order but winning the "minds and hearts" of the people there.

Noting that the fight against Naxalism cannot be won unless villagers are on the side of the authorities, the Home Minister said, "The villagers are not yet on our side or at least not all villagers are on our side because of trust deficit, governance deficit and development deficit".

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/leftwing-extremism-more-violent-than-terrorism-

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Palestinian captives not allowed to hear adhan

Sep 13 2011

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Palestinian inmates in solitary confinement are not allowed to hear adhan (call to prayers) and for the past 30 years, they have practiced their rites and prayers without knowing the religious times.

The tragic suffering was revealed during a drama which recounted the problems facing the captives languishing in solitary confinement in Israeli prisons.

The Palestinian troupe which played the drama portrayed part of the sufferings endured by the inmates. The drama was sponsored by Mahaja al-Quds institute, affiliated to Islamic Jihad.

Several former captives, attending the occasion, made remarks to the audience in which they confirmed the tragic conditions facing the inmates and said they used to guess the religious times before practicing their prayers or other Islamic rites.

http://abna.co/data.asp?lang=3&Id=265028

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Toronto: Faith groups plan protest against Muslim prayer in schools

Sep 13, 2011

A multi-faith group is planning further protests against Muslim prayer in an Ontario school, this time against the backdrop of provincial election.

It will be a weekend of protest for a local multi-faith coalition that's opposed to Islamic prayer services being offered in Toronto public schools.

The Toronto District School Board says the in-school, imam-led arrangement at Valley Park Middle School is the best way to keep the kids in school on Friday afternoons.

The board's manager of media and issues, Shari Schwartz-Maltz, told CTVNEWS.ca that the majority of the Don Valley West community is happy and the TDSB is "very pleased to be able to offer this religious accommodation."

But local faith-based groups are planning to let their displeasure be known at the Canadian Secular Alliance rally planned for Queen's Park this Sunday.

Ron Banerjee of the Canadian Hindu Advocacy, "the prime mover and shaker" in the coalition, says his group will attend the protest to specifically rally against the prayer services offered at Valley Park Middle School.

Full report at:

http://toronto.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20110912/faith-groups-muslim-prayer-

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Congressman to testify in UK Parliament on Islam

Sep 13, 2011

WASHINGTON — Republican Representative Peter King will become the first member of the US Congress to testify before a British Parliamentary hearing this week when he talks to MPs in London about Muslim radicalization, his office said.

King, who chairs the key House Committee on Homeland Security, will testify in London on Tuesday about the radicalization of Muslims in US communities and the west, his office said Monday.

The House of Commons Select Committee on Home Affairs has launched an inquiry entitled the "Roots of Violent Radicalisation," similar to a line of inquiry King has taken in US House hearings.

According to researchers from both the US Congress and the House of Commons, King will be the first member of Congress to testify before a parliamentary hearing, his office said.

"While I have consistently stated the overwhelming majority of Muslim-Americans are outstanding people, the reality is that radicalization within the Muslim-American community by Al-Qaeda and its affiliates is a real threat to the security of our homeland," King said in a statement.

Full report at: Copyright © 2011 AFP. All rights reserved.

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Philippines prepares ‘blood money’ policy to save Filipinos

13 Sep, 2011

MANILA: The Philippine government is considering a standard policy on payment of so-called “blood money” to save Filipinos facing the death penalty in Muslim countries after receiving a huge demand from a victim’s family in Saudi Arabia, officials said Monday.

The Philippines, one of the world’s largest labor exporters, has saved several Filipino convicts in the past by helping raise money for victims’ families. Nearly 10 percent of the Philippines’ 94 million people work abroad, many as laborers and housemaids, and the money they send back bolsters the country’s economy.

Vice President Jejomar Binay, who is also presidential adviser on overseas Filipino workers, said an interagency group he heads will soon recommend to President Benigno Aquino III a policy outlining when and how much “blood money” the government should pay to save citizens facing execution in Muslim countries.

Under Islamic law, victims’ relatives can be compensated with “blood money” or “diyya” to stop the execution of a convict.

Joey Salgado, a spokesman for Binay, said Aquino sought a study on “blood money” payments after the relatives of a murder victim in Saudi Arabia sought more than $700,000 (30 million pesos) from the convicted Filipino, much more than the amounts demanded by murder victims’ families in the past.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article500767.ece

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NATO launches air surveillance to trace 30 Pak boys abducted

Sep 13, 2011

ISLAMABAD: To help trace 30 boys abducted by militants from Pakistan's Bajaur tribal region, NATO alliance troops have launched an aerial surveillance of Taliban sanctuaries in border areas of Afghanistan.

The NATO-US surveillance was launched after a Pakistani Taliban leader released a video footage of kidnapped boys.

International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) chief Gen John Allen, who made his first visit to Pakistan last week after taking over command of the coalition forces in Afghanistan, informed Pakistani military leaders that NATO had started surveillance of Pakistani Taliban sanctuaries in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar and Nuristan provinces.

Allen hinted at air strikes being part of the aerial surge, depending on actionable intelligence gathered by his forces, sources said.

The Afghan government has sought the help of tribal elders to help secure the release of the boys.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/NATO-launches-air-surveillance-to-trace-

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3 Pak men plead guilty to terror-related charges in US

Sep 13, 2011

WASHINGTON: Three Pakistani nationals, accused of helping to smuggle into the US a member of a terrorist organisation, have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to the Pakistani Taliban.

Irfan Ul Haq (37), Qasim Ali (32) and Zahid Yousaf (43), pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organisation at a court hearing on Monday.

The sentencing is scheduled for December 9, wherein each of the defendants faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a fine of up to USD 250,000.

As part of their plea agreements, the defendants have agreed to a stipulated order of removal to Pakistan upon the completion of their criminal sentences.

"These defendants sought to smuggle someone they believed to be a member of a terrorist organisation from halfway around the world into the United States," said assistant attorney general Lanny A Breuer.

"For financial profit, they were willing to jeopardise the safety and security of the American people. Human smuggling operations pose a serious risk to our national security, and we will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners at home and abroad to combat this dangerous threat," Breuer said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/9966075.cms

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ISLAMABAD: Court orders inquiry against tout for harassing female

By Ali Hassan

Sep 13 2011

ISLAMABAD: Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Kamran Basharat Mufti on Monday ordered I-9 police station house officer (SHO) to submit an inquiry report within 48 hours against a tout for threatening a female student through text messages.

Meanwhile, the court directed district court administration to take stern action against presence of tout mafia in court area and initiate publicity campaign to keep people away from such elements.

On Monday a female student filed an application under section 22-A (for not registering FIR), stating that she was a student and filed a case regarding land dispute in the court of Civil Judge Shaban Hameed Mughal on August 24, 2011.

She further stated that Azhar Saeed Magray, an alleged tout at district court collected Rs 60,000 by saying that he would pay this amount to a lawyer and other staffers of court for the sake of urgent hearing. She said Magray also kept our land documents and took her and her elder sister mobile numbers.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\09\13\story_13-9-2011_pg11_4

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US national among two kidnapped in Quetta

Sep 13, 2011

An American national of Pakistani origin and a Pakistani man were kidnapped by armed men and released after being held briefly in the the country’s southwestern Balochistan province on Monday, police said.

The two men were stopped after leaving a customs office in the provincial captial Quetta and taken away at gunpoint, police said. They were released after a few hours. The reason behind the abduction could not immediately be ascertained.          

http://www.dailypioneer.com/world/5795-us-national-among-two-kidnapped-in-quetta.html

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Pakistan, Iran to boost bilateral trade to $10bn

Sep 13 2011

TEHRAN: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and Iranian President Mehmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday agreed to boost trade between the two countries, at $1.2 billion dollars, to 10 billion dollars and promised to spare no effort in this regard.

During the meeting at the President’s House, the two leaders said that an increase in collaboration between the two countries was important for enhancing trade volume compatible with their proximity and potential.

The prime minister and the Iranian president agreed that the Gas Pipeline Project and the import of 1000MW electricity from Iran be expedited as Pakistan was facing an acute energy shortage which was hampering the pace of growth of its economy.

The Iranian president said that Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan should make coordinated efforts to solve the problems of security and development.

The prime minister disclosed that a committee jointly headed by the foreign ministers of the two countries and a security committee headed by the interior ministers of the two countries would deliberate upon issues on a regular basis with a view to make their borders safer and to boost economic activities and trade between the two countries.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\09\13\story_13-9-2011_pg1_1

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Pakistan's ad in Wall Street Journal on 9/11 draws flak in US

Sep 13, 2011

NEW YORK: An advertisement by Pakistan in America's leading daily the Wall Street Journal on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks has not gone down well with readers here with some calling the ad a "joke" and questioning how a country where Osama bin Laden was hiding safely for years can "claim to be a victim of terrorism".

Readers posted their reaction to the half-page advertisement in 'The Threat Matrix,' a blog of the Long War Journal, which is a publication focused on providing reporting and analysis on the global war on terror.

"This is quite humorous. They could do a hell of a lot for world peace by destroying their plethora of militant groups. Does any other nation have such an inflated sense of self worth (sic)," reads one of the over a dozen comments posted on the blog.

Another reader comments, "It would be nice if you would purge the ISI of Taliban/al Qaeda sympathisers, then launch assault into the FATA supported by heavy weapons and armour".

In the advertisement, which has a picture of assassinated former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan asks, "Which country can do more for your peace".

It goes on to give statistics of bomb blasts, assassination plots against Pakistani leaders and civilian and military casualties that a "nation of 180 million" suffered while "fighting for the future of world's seven billion".

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Pakistans-ad-in-Wall-Street-Journal-on-9/11-

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Pak fan launches Anna-style 'fast unto death' against corruption in country

Sep 13 2011

Islamabad : A Pakistani businessman who says he was inspired by Indian anti-graft campaigner Anna Hazare today launched a “fast unto death” to pressure the government to act against corruption in the country.

Raja Jahangir Akhtar, 68, began his fast at a market in the heart of Islamabad.

A statement issued by his supporters said he was demanding that Pakistan's Parliament should pass an anti-corruption Bill.

Akhtar also demanded that political parties should include in their manifestos a clause to transform Pakistan from a security state to a welfare state.

The businessman, who owns a shop in Islamabad's Super Market and is affiliated with the ruling Pakistan People's Party, has campaigned in the past on issues like rent control in the Pakistani capital.

He recently told PTI that he was hoping his protest would lead to the introduction of an anti-corruption Bill in Pakistan's Parliament on the lines of the Lok Pal legislation

sought by Hazare.

Akhtar said his protest will also focus on countering rapid militarisation in South Asia.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pak-fan-launches-annastyle-fast-unto-death-against-

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Gujarat govt to challenge Haren Pandya murder case ruling in SC

Sep 13, 2011

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat government on Tuesday informed the high court that it would move the Supreme Court against its order of dropping murder charges against the accused in the Haren Pandya murder case.

"The state government is going to appeal the Gujarat high court order of August 29, 2011 in the Supreme Court," the special public prosecutor J M Panchal representing the state government told justice R H Shukla who was hearing the petition of Pandya's wife demanding re-investigation in the case.

Jagruti Pandya, wife of Haren, a former minister of state for home in Gujarat's BJP government, had filed a petition in the high court last week seeking reinvestigation in the murder of her husband who was shot dead on March 26, 2003, when he had gone for a morning walk.

Gujarat high Ccurt in its order on August 29 dropped charges of murder against 12 persons convicted for the killing of Haren Pandya while upholding the charges of criminal conspiracy and terrorism under POTA against them awarded by the trial court.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Gujarat-govt-to-challenge-Haren-Pandya-murder-case-ruling-in-SC/articleshow/9968325.cms

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Gujarat: Zakia Jafri still believes justice will be done

Sep 13, 2011

AHMEDABAD: Zakia Jafri did not lose hope after the Supreme Court refused to pass an order against chief minister Narendra Modi on her petition on Monday.

Although tears rolled down her cheeks a couple of times while speaking to reporters after the order, she remained largely stoic and said, "We believe that the judgment is still in our favour. We are still hopeful that justice will be done, once proceedings start in the trial court as directed by the Supreme Court." The 72-year-old widow of former Congress MP Ahesan Jafri, who was killed in the carnage, said whatever she and other witnesses had told the court were true and should be taken as evidence. "I don't know what else is needed for justice," she asked. "The court and the investigating officers might have missed some points but we are hopeful these will be noted by the court as the case proceeds," she said, adding, "I will fight till I die.

I will continue my struggle for justice." Zakia's daughter-in-law Durraiya Jafri said, "We haven't yet seen the order. We are waiting for a copy so that we can plan our future course of action." She was critical of the SIT set up to reinvestigate the 2002 riot cases. "Many of the SIT members were changed. The court can understand what kind of investigation has been done. Allegations were levelled against police officers after which they were moved out."

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Zakia-still-believes-justice-will-be-

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Narendra Modi goes on 'fast' lane to pray for Gujarat unity

Sep 13 2011

New Delhi : Buoyed by the Supreme Court verdict in the Gulbarga Society riot case, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today hit out at his detractors for "defaming" him for the 2002 post-Godhra riots and announced he would undertake a three-day fast for peace, harmony and unity in his state.

"One thing is apparent from the Supreme Court's judgement. The unhealthy environment created by the unfounded and false allegations made against me and the Gujarat government, after 2002 riots, has come to an end. For the past ten years, it has become fashionable to defame me and my state," Modi said in a letter to citizens.

The chief minister, who is increasingly being seen as BJP's poster boy who could play a larger role in national politics in the run up to 2014 Lok Sabha polls, insisted those defaming him could not tolerate any positive development of Gujarat.

He charged these people have not left any stone unturned to defame his state.

"It is difficult to say whether this campaign of defamation will stop even after the judgement of the Supreme Court. But one thing is certain that the credibility of those who have been spreading lies and defaming Gujarat has come to its lowest ebb. The people of this country will not trust such elements anymore," he said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/narendra-modi-goes-on-fast-lane-to-pray-for-gujarat-

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Israel denies Palestinians protest right

13 Sep, 2011

RAMALLAH: The Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem says that Israeli security forces deny Palestinians in the West Bank village of Al-Nabi Saleh the right to demonstrate against Jewish settlements and the confiscation of their lands by occupiers.

B’Tselem, the Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, said in a report it published on Monday: “Israel does not recognize the right of residents to demonstrate, and the military refers to any demonstration in the village as disturbance, even when participants do not throw stones and do not resort to violence.”

The organization said (Israeli) soldiers and Border Police disperse protesters sometimes even before they leave the village and in most cases without them resorting to violence.

It added Israeli forces prohibit demonstrators from reaching the protest venue — Al-Qawwas Spring and the area around it — and prevent the procession from exiting the village toward the spring.

According to B’Tselem, the army declares the demonstration illegal at the outset, sometimes even before the procession begins. The army also issues an order declaring the entire village a closed military area every Friday, and blocks the roads leading to it.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article500877.ece

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UN presses Libyan rebels over male-dominated government

Sep 13, 2011

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations is pressing Libya's rebel government to get more women into top jobs and give more weight to sex equality in the new constitution, UN officials and diplomats said.

There is only one woman among the 13 known members of the government-in-waiting which is recognized by more than 80 countries and is on the verge of setting up its base in Tripoli as it hunts Muammar Gaddafi

The main UN pointman on Libya, Ian Martin, said he has highlighted UN concerns to the national transitional council while several countries have raised concerns over early versions of a new post-Gaddafi constitution.

The head of the UN Women agency, Michelle Bachelet, the Chilean former president, has complained to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon about Libya, diplomats said.

The weight of women's hopes for the new Libyan government so far relies on Salwa Fawzi al-Degheli, an academic from the rebel capital of Benghazi.

The transitional council's website says Deghali is in charge of legal affairs and heads the legal advisory committee. It adds: "She also represents women."

There was also one woman on the council's executive board, Hania al-Gmati, in charge of social welfare. The board was fired in August however after the assassination of a top rebel general.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/UN-presses-Libyan-rebels-over-male-

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Libyan new leaders pledge 'moderate' Islamic rule

Sep 13, 2011

TRIPOLI: Libya's new leaders pledged "moderate" Islamic rule even as their fighters were accused by Amnesty International on Tuesday of committing possible war crimes.

A defiant Muammar Gaddafi, meanwhile, vowed from hiding to battle on until victory as his forces launched surprise fightbacks on three fronts.

Interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil received a hero's welcome when he made a public speech in Tripoli's main square late yesterday.

Thousands celebrated last month's fall of the Gaddafi regime in Martyrs' Square, two days after Abdel Jalil, the head of the National Transitional Council (NTC), arrived in Tripoli from Benghazi in the east.

Moderate Islam would be the main source of legislation in post-Gaddafi Libya, he told the crowd.

"We will not accept any extremist ideology, on the right or the left. We are a Muslim people, for a moderate Islam, and we will stay on this road," he said.

In a new report released on Tuesday, Amnesty International accused Gaddafi's regime of crimes against humanity but also said NTC fighters had committed possible war crimes.

While the London-based rights group's report consisted mainly of damning examples of violations by Gaddafi's regime, it said the NTC appeared unwilling to hold its fighters accountable for human rights violations.

Amnesty said in the first days of the uprising against Gaddafi's rule groups of protesters killed a number of captured soldiers and suspected mercenaries.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Libyan-new-leaders-pledge-moderate-Islamic-rule/articleshow/9967696.cms

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Libyan Transitional Leader Urges Reconciliation, Using Symbolism of Tripoli Site

By ANNE BARNARD

Sep 13, 2011

TRIPOLI, Libya — Welcomed by cheering crowds, the leader of Libya’s transitional government issued a passionate call for national reconciliation on Monday in the heart of Tripoli. In doing so, he took possession of the spot where Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi had often harangued the country and where security forces shot protesters six months ago and set off the rebellion that drove him from power.

The speech by Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, the leader of the Transitional National Council, was the first time that the de facto government had addressed Libyans from Martyrs’ Square, which has been named in honor of the people who died in the revolution.

Women held babies dressed in the red, black and green of the revolution, and militia members stood below a stage full of council members who were dressed mainly in civilian clothes, demonstrating the effort to move the country toward normalcy.

The festive atmosphere reflected the council leadership’s sense of security on a day when forces loyal to Colonel Qaddafi carried out their first significant attack in rebel-held territory, killing 17 guards at an oil refinery on the Mediterranean coast. Mr. Abdel-Jalil seemed to choose his words in an effort to convince loyalists that they could safely surrender.

“We are Muslims, people of forgiveness,” he said, urging Libyans not to seek revenge on those who had harmed them under Colonel Qaddafi’s rule, and to remind them that the families of former government figures “are not responsible for crimes” their husbands and fathers committed.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/13/world/africa/13libya.html?ref=world&gwh=3FD1C716

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Oklahoma: Muslims Petition To Ban Islamic Law In State Courts

Sep 13 2011

As a federal appeals court in Denver considers whether Oklahoma voters had the right to ban Islamic law in state courts, a coalition of Muslim groups say they don't want to live under Shariah law in Michigan or anywhere else.

An umbrella group called the American Islamic Leadership Conference recently announced its support for a proposed Michigan law that would forbid state judges from enforcing foreign laws, including Shariah, when they violate the U.S. Constitution.

The statement said the group recognized that people of faith had the right to religious arbiters so long as their decisions didn't conflict with American law.

At the same time, the groups said the Michigan bill would protect "Muslims and non-Muslims alike from extremist attempts" to use Shariah to institute a "highly politicized and dangerous understanding of Islam" in the West.

Said Manda Ervin, one of the nine signatories and head of the Maryland-based Alliance of Iranian Women: "Many of us fled the Muslim world to escape Shariah law. ... We do not wish these laws to follow us here."

Full report at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/12/muslims-ban-islamic-law_n_959104.html

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Islamic Freedom Fighters and the Peace Process in the Southern Philippines

Sep 13 2011

The emergence of a new rebel movement under renegade Islamist commander Ameril Umbra Kato is threatening a 14-year-old peace process in the Muslim south Philippines. Though Kato’s Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) consists of only 100 to 200 men, their impact on the ongoing peace process is far greater than their numbers might indicate (for Kato, see Terrorism Monitor Brief, April 3, 2009).  

The ongoing insurgency in the southern Philippines, mainly concentrated on the island of Mindanao and the smaller Sulu archipelago, is an insurgency steeped in history.  The introduction of Islam to the southern Philippines in the 13th Century laid the foundation for the historical and modern calls for secession.  The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) was the original and most united modern insurgent threat, but this group failed to gain autonomy for the southern islands and the insurgency split in 1974 with the creation of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The MILF eventually adopted a political insurgency forsaking terrorism in favor of negotiated settlement.  The more militant members of the MILF did not agree with this approach and soon the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) was spawned.  The Abu Sayyaf Group seems to have lost its way and has been marginalized through both the joint military actions of American and Philippine forces and local police efforts, leaving it a small but still dangerous criminal organization.

Full report at: The Jamestown Foundation

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Flotilla raid was 'cause for war': Turkey PM

13 Sep, 2011

ANKARA: Turkey's prime minister said that Israel's raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla last year was "cause for war" but added that his country showed "patience" and refrained from taking any action.

Erdogan made the comments before departing for a visit to Egypt, where he will seek to boost his government's already high standing in the Arab world — a position he has achieved in part by challenging Israel on the world stage.

Erdogan, intent on broadening Turkey's influence in the Middle East and the Arab world, will also visit Tunisia and Libya, two other countries where popular uprisings have ousted autocratic leaders.

Erdogan told Al-Jazeera television in a recent interview that the Israeli raid, which killed eight Turks and a Turkish American on board a Turkish ship trying to break Israel's naval blockade of Gaza, occurred in international waters and was "unlawful." His comments were carried by Turkey's state-run Anatolia news agency late Sunday.

"It is a cause for war, but we decided to act in line with Turkey's grandeur and showed patience," Erdogan said.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article500867.ece

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Norway holds elections 2 months after massacre

13 Sep, 2011

OSLO, Norway: Norwegians voted Monday in municipal elections less than two months after a bombing and shooting massacre by a right-wing fanatic killed 77 people in attacks targeting the ruling Labour Party.

Recent polls indicated a tight race between Labor and its traditional rival, the opposition Conservatives. The anti-immigrant, right-wing Progressive Party and the Socialist Left are expected to face losses in the two-day election that began Sunday.

All parties agreed to hold short, low-key campaigns after the July 22 terror attacks rocked the Scandinavian nation, a prosperous and generally tolerant society. Campaigning was postponed until mid-August.

Anti-Muslim extremist Anders Behring Breivik detonated a car bomb outside government offices on July 22, killing eight people, and then slaughtered 69 people at a Labour Party youth camp. The 32-year-old has confessed to the killings but denies criminal responsibility, saying he’s in a state of war against Norway’s immigration policies.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article500776.ece

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Brutality by Afghan Local Police Is Reported

By JACK HEALY

Sep 13, 2011

KABUL, Afghanistan — Local police forces trained and financed by the United States have killed and raped civilians, stolen land and carried out other abuses against the Afghan villagers they are charged with protecting, according to a report released by Human Rights Watch.

The accusations of violence, theft and impunity raise new questions about whether the local police and government-supported militias in Afghanistan, which are meant to play a major role in defending small villages against the Taliban, are instead undermining security at a critical moment for the country and the NATO-led war effort.

The rights group’s report said the Afghan government’s failure to punish abusive local police officers or the militias known as arbakai was causing harm in several ways: seeding the ground for further abuses, building local support for the Taliban and eroding people’s faith in the government to crack down on corruption, lawlessness and powerful local warlords.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force offered a measured response to the assessment, saying in a Twitter posting that the report offered suggestions for refining and improving parts of the year-old program to build up the local security forces. But it said that other aspects of the report were “dated/incorrect.”

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/13/world/asia/13afghanistan.html?ref=world&gwh=492B

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U.N. Calls on Yemen to Halt Attacks on Civilians

Sep 13, 2011

GENEVA (Reuters) - Hundreds of people have been killed and thousands injured in six months of unrest in Yemen, many due to the excessive use of force by security forces in a country mired in an "increasingly violent power struggle," the United Nations said on Tuesday.

The report by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called on Yemen's government to end attacks and the use of live ammunition against civilians and to release immediately all prisoners held for protesting peacefully.

"Hundreds have been killed and thousands have suffered injuries, including loss of limbs," it said.

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2011/09/13/world/middleeast/international-us-yemen-un.html?ref=middleeast&gwh=F810BAC18926A6198350A782E1D9A25E

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Egypt's ex-spy chief testifies in Mubarak trial

Sep 13 2011

Cairo : Egypt's ex-spy chief and vice president is testifying in Hosni Mubarak's trial, the first in a string of members of the ousted president's inner circle to appear in court.

Prosecutors have called Omar Suleiman, 74, who served as Egypt's intelligence chief for nearly two decades, and others to shed light on Mubarak's alleged role in the death of protesters.

Egypt's military ruler Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi failed to appear in court Sunday as expected. The judge summoned him to appear later this month.

It is unprecedented for a court in Egypt to summon such high-level figures particularly authorities from the highly secretive military and intelligence services. The court has ordered a total media blackout.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/egypts-exspy-chief-testifies-in-mubarak-trial/845972/

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Senior Kashmir journalist David Devadas alleges assault, writes to Omar Abdullah

SHUJAAT BUKHARI

Sep 13, 2011

David Devadas, a senior journalist who has covered Kashmir for the last 25 years, has sought Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's intervention in ensuring his safety after a “brutal assault” by a police escort here on September 5.

Narrating his experience in a six-page letter to Mr. Abdullah, the senior journalist said that he feared for his life. “After this experience, I am apprehensive about my safety. Through that evening, it became clear to me that rules, procedures and court guidelines are treated with contempt by the police force. I would be grateful, sir, if you would kindly advise me how best to proceed and whether you consider it safe for me to remain in Kashmir,” he wrote.

Talking to The Hindu, Mr. Devadas said “it speaks volumes of how a commoner in Kashmir is suffering at the hands of those who are supposed to uphold the rule of law.” There should be improvement in the system so that people did not face this brutality, he said. “You can well imagine if this happens to me in the heart of the city what a common Kashmiri would be facing.”

Giving details of the incident, Mr. Devadas wrote: “I was crossing the Rambagh bridge in my car around 6 p.m. on September 5 in heavy traffic, which did not allow my vehicle to make progress down the road. I heard a loud bang at the back of my car. I realised that it had been hit by some men who were coming behind in a Maruti Gypsy, a security vehicle. Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2447918.ece

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Life has changed for Bay Area Muslims since 9/11

Sep 13 2011

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - For American Muslims, a new tradition has emerged: sipping tea and sharing stories about life after 9/11. Anecdotes about being detained at airports are among the most common. But where once there was bitterness, after 10 years, the tone is more like dark comedy.

There are about 250,000 Muslims in the Bay Area, and in the decade since 9/11, many have found themselves living by a set of new, unwritten codes, said Zahra Billoo, who leads the Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

We spoke to nearly a dozen Muslim Americans, most of them part of Generation 9/11, and we asked them to share their stories.

 Plan on being questioned or detained in airports

Kamal Koraitem takes some consolation from the fact that almost every Muslim he knows has been detained while flying. Koraitem is in his 40s and left his native Lebanon to study engineering at the University of Southern California.

What’s Koraitem’s worst travel story? His family was detained for hours at New York’s LaGuardia Airport when they were returning from Lebanon in 2003. Koraitem says his kids were denied use of the restroom and his family missed their connecting flight.

“Never travel through New York when you’re flying overseas,” says Koraitem with a laugh.

Full report at:

http://abna.co/data.asp?lang=3&Id=265053

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Uganda releases Kenyan human rights activist Al-Amin Kimathi

13 Sep, 2011

KAMPALA: Uganda freed a Kenyan human rights activist arrested last year in connection with a Kampala bomb attack by Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab insurgents after the state prosecutor dropped murder and terrorism charges against him, his lawyer said.

Al-Amin Kimathi, who heads the Muslim Human Rights Forum in neighboring Kenya, was arrested in the Ugandan capital last September after traveling to the east African country to witness court hearings of eight other Kenyan suspects extradited to Uganda, also facing murder and terrorism charges.

Ben Cooper, Kimathi’s lawyer, told Reuters a high court judge informed them at the start of his trial in the capital Kampala that the state had dropped all charges against him.

“The judge told us the state has decided to withdraw charges against him,” Cooper said.

“After one year in prison and a lot of suffering the state has finally realized that they have no evidence against him.”

They were extradited to Uganda after being accused of involvement in twin blasts that ripped through crowds watching the soccer World Cup final in July 2010 in Kampala, killing 79 people and wounding several dozen.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article500772.ece

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British and Indian intel tried to recruit Pak scribe Saleem Shahzad

Sep 14 2011

ISI May Have Decided To Kill Journalist Suspecting Him To Be A Foreign Agent,Says Report

New Delhi: Indian intelligence tried to recruit Syed Saleem Shahzad,the Pakistani journalist killed in May,the New Yorker magazine has said.It also said the order for his killing came from an officer on army chief General Ashfaq Kayanis staff.

When Shahzad attended a conference in New Delhi last year,officers from an Indian intelligence agency offered to put him on a retainer,The New Yorker reported,quoting Roger van Zwanenberg,the publisher of Pluto Press,London,which published Shahzads book on terrorism recently.

Zwanenberg said British intelligence had asked Shahzad for help during a short visit that he made to London in March.The intelligence officers wanted Shahzad to help them get in touch with Taliban leaders.Saleem declined, the article quoted Zwanenberg as saying.

Full report at: Times of India

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Tehran: E-books of Islamic translation centre to be unveiled

Sep 13 2011

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - The Organization of Islamic Culture and Relations will unveil the portable document format of the books translated by the Islamic Sciences Translation and Publication Center.

In an interview Mehdi Reza, media relations superintendent of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO), said that the translation section of the ICRO has so far published tens of thousands of books into 28 languages of the world.

Dissemination of Islamic doctrines in the Iranian culture and civilization is one of the aims of the translations. The translated books will be unveiled in PDF format on the gathering of the Islamic Republic of Irans cultural attachés outside of the country.

The meeting will be held in the presence of Dr Khoramshad, head of the ICRO, and Dr Mohammad Reza Dehshiri, the organizations research deputy.

http://abna.co/data.asp?lang=3&Id=265044

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Iran Will Reportedly Release 2 Jailed Americans

By ALAN COWELL

Sep 13, 2011

LONDON — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran has said two American hikers jailed for espionage in his country last month will be freed within “two days,” NBC reported on Tuesday, citing an exclusive interview with the Iranian leader.

The two, Shane M. Bauer and Joshua F. Fattal, both 29, were sentenced to eight years in jail last month on the charges, which they deny. The Americans have already spent two years in a Tehran prison after being arrested near the border with Iraqi Kurdistan in July 2009.

An attorney for the Americans was quoted by The Associated Press as saying they would be freed after the payment of $500,000 bail each.

A third hiker, Sarah E. Shourd, was released on $500,000 bail in September 2010, and returned to the United States.

Mr. Ahmadinejad spoke of the plan to release them in an interview to be aired on Tuesday morning. No further details were immediately available.

Iran’s detention of the Americans came as one more strain in an already tense relationship which has been fraught since the break in diplomatic ties following the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/14/world/middleeast/14iran.html?ref=global-home

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/j-k-s-top-let-man-shot-dead-in-sopore/d/5466


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