New Age Islam
Sun Aug 09 2020, 08:09 AM

Islamic World News ( 28 May 2010, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Comment | Comment

Jasmine Bano tops Tamil Nadu SSC Board Exams

Afghan girls stay in school despite attacks

Why Taliban attacks two Muslim-minority mosques in Pakistan

‘Concerted efforts to counter terror needed’

AGAIN: Pakistani student convicted of conspiring to aid Taliban

NIA officers to leave for US tomorrow to quiz Headley

Protest against blasphemy, Lahore terror

Pak militants freed in goodwill gesture

Army officer, jawan booked in J&K fake encounter case

US weighs military option in Pakistan: Report

Rodi Kratsa to attend 10th Doha Forum

Pak troops kill 80 Taliban fighters in Orakzai region

Religious leaders join to condemn Cahill's comments on Muslim community

Dissent is a dirty word in Israel

After Dalai Lama, Aga Khan gets Canadian honour

India, Pak should focus on counter-terrorism issues: US

Pune blast case solved, but no arrests yet: Roy

More training needed after civilian deaths in Afghanistan, U.S. says

Ahmadiyyas blame Pakistan's policies for Lahore massacre

Hurriyat Conference, a terrorist organisation says former J&K DGP

Iraq: An Islamic Marriage without Divorce?

'Not right time for India and Pak to address Kashmir issue'

Prince Salman invites Norwegian students for studies in Kingdom

Yemen Al Qaeda video announces a new leader

Kingdom to head UN relief agency's committee

Turkey PM: Critics of Iran should get rid of nukes

Swat youth still bear the scars of militancy

Two French journalists held in Peshawar

US studies Pakistan unilateral strike options: report

Families defend Pakistanis detained over NYC bomb

8 militants killed in US drone attack

‘No battle lines in quest for rule of law’

Two denied bail in ‘gay marriage’ case

Gunmen kill four policemen in Quetta

Prosecutor reinstated after found innocent in Nusrat Bhutto case

Compiled by: New Age Islam News Bureau

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/jasmine-bano-tops-tamil-nadu-ssc-board-exams/d/2919

 

-------

Jasmine Bano tops Tamil Nadu SSC Board Exams

May 29, 2010

Chennai: A Muslim girl Jasmin Bano, daughter of Shaikh Dawood has created history and brought a pleasant surprise to all by securing 495 marks out of 500 in the 10th state Board examination for which 8,56,966 students from 6493 schools appeared in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

 Jasmine studied at the Corporation Higher Secondary School in Thirunelveli.

 She has secured centum in both Maths and Science, 98 marks in Tamil, 99 marks in English and 98 marks in Social Studies (History and Geography).

 She wants to do Computer engineering, write the IAS exams and become a Collector to serve the people.

 Another Muslim girl Ashraf Nisa, daughter of M.S. Deen is one of the three students who have achieved First Rank in the Corporation Schools by getting 487 marks out of 500 in the exam.

 She has appealed to Chief Minister Tamil Nadu M. Karunanidhi to help her to pursue M.B.B.S. after finishing 12th as she is interested in becoming a doctor and serve the humanity.

 Overall, girls have outshined boys in the entire state. Four girls have shared second rank while ten third rank.

 Four girls with 493 marks are sharing second rank in the state while ten girls with 492 marks are at No 3.

In total 9,67,420 candidates had appeared in the exam. The pass percentage of boys is 82.5 while that of girls is 85.5.

T. Abdul Wahid Matriculation Higher Secondary School (MHSS), Ambur, has secured 100% results.

All the Muslim management schools have also performed immensely well.

http://www.ummid.com/news/2010/May/27.05.2010/jasmine_bano_tops_tn_ssc.htm

-------

Afghan girls stay in school despite attacks

BY PAUL WISEMAN, MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE

MAY 29, 2010

The ninth-graders at the Khadija tul Kubra girls school were sitting outside enjoying a spring day, waiting for their afternoon history class to start, when they smelled something strong and as sweet as perfume.

Some collapsed. Some clutched their stomachs and vomited. Some wandered around in a daze. A student ran to get Headmistress Huran Nesa. But as Nesa stepped into the schoolyard, she lost consciousness.

"When I opened my eyes, I was in the hospital," she says.

Law enforcement officials such as provincial police chief Brig. Gen. Mohammad Razaq Yaqubi say the school was the target of a poison attack. He and others suspect it was done by adherents of the Taliban, the former Muslim clerical rulers of Afghanistan whose version of Islam forbids girls from getting an education.

Last month, a poison spray was loosed on two other girls schools in the northern Afghanistan city of Kunduz. Dozens of girls were sickened and needed hospitalization, says Homayun Khamoush, director of Kunduz Regional Hospital.

If the aim was to stop the girls from going to school, then it failed.

"My father was scared," Marwa Mahmoodi, 13, says.

Marwa said her dad wanted her to drop out for awhile after the attack, but, "I was not scared. I told my father, 'If I lose the last drop of blood in my body, I am going to finish school.' "

Marwa's determination appears to be a trend. Prior to the 2001 U.S.-led invasion that ousted the Taliban, virtually no girls were enrolled in school. Today, a record 2.5 million girls are enrolled in grades first through 12th, according to UNICEF, the United Nations' children's fund. That's up from 839,000 in 2002.

"The demand for girls education has increased and is increasing," says Mohammad Sediq Patman, deputy minister for academic affairs at the Education Ministry in Kabul. "We receive letters from very remote districts. They used to consider girls schools a blasphemy. But today they ask for girls education."

Some credit the increase in enrolment not just with the removal of the Taliban but a change in attitudes among Afghans.

"When I travel to the villages, even the Kuchi people (Afghan nomads) who never sent their girls to school, they ask me to build a school for their girls," says Kunduz provincial Gov. Mohammad Omar.

After a boys school opened in eastern Nangarhar Province, deputy education minister Patman says, villagers immediately started lobbying for a girls school.

Patman and others attribute the growing tolerance for girls schools to Afghans' exposure to the outside world (millions went into exile during three decades of warfare) and their weariness of backward attitudes and poverty.

Kunduz ninth-grader Marwa Mohmoodi, who intends to become "a very good doctor," says her mother pushed her to get an education, telling her: "I don't want you to have the life I have, where I am dependent on your father."

"They bring their daughters and sisters to school," says Abdul Muqim Halimi, Kunduz's former provincial education director. "They are the same people, but they have changed. They are no longer yesterday's people."

Afghanistan still has a way to go. Five million Afghan children don't attend school, and most of them are girls. Eighty-seven per cent of women and 57 per cent of men are illiterate.

The advocacy group Human Rights Watch reported in December that the number of Afghan girls in school dropped more than 50 per cent between sixth and seventh grades. Part of the problem: a shortage of female teachers, it says. Many Afghans don't want men to teach their daughters once the girls reach 13 or so.

The education ministry is asking foreign donors for up to $200 million to build hundreds of female teaching academies in remote districts. The idea: to educate 50,000 to 100,000 female teachers over four years.

Another problem for girls schools is lack of supplies. At Kunduz's Fatima Zahra girls school, one of the schools attacked in April, many classes are outdoors and there are no chairs. In other classrooms, "the ceiling is about to fall down," says Principal Marukh Omar Mukarrar, pointing to buckling beams.

Violence against schoolgirls is on the rise. Attacks on schools of all kinds rose to 610 last year from 348 in 2008, according to UNICEF. The 2009 figures were inflated by election-related violence: During last year's presidential campaign schools were used as polling places and thus potential targets of political violence.

The Taliban continues to target girls schools, which account for 40 per cent of school attacks, compared with 28 per cent for boys schools, according to a report last year by the aid group CARE International. In 2007, two schoolgirls were gunned down as they walked home from school in eastern Afghanistan's Logar province. In 2008, assailants squirted acid on 15 schoolgirls in Kandahar, disfiguring some of them.

The attacks have taken a toll: As many as 80 per cent of the schools in southern Afghanistan were closed at the beginning of last year, CARE says.

In Kunduz province, which touches Tajikistan on Afghanistan's northern border, the insurgents have been gaining strength. Last summer, insurgents in Khan Abad banned girls education after fifth grade, throwing 900 girls out of school. They also blocked the government's attempts at economic development -- electricity projects, bridges, a road linking Khan Abad to neighbouring Ali Abad district.

The villagers of Khan Abad rebelled, sending their local militia to drive out the Taliban.

"People were fed up with the local Taliban," district Gov. Nizamuddin Nashir says. "The Taliban were interfering. They said: 'We don't want girls to go to school.' They didn't want development."

Kunduz provincial education director Abdul Basir Kochi, who was beaten by the Taliban regime after being caught teaching girls secretly, says that despite threats, there is no stopping the trend toward Afghan girls going to school and no returning to the days of the Taliban.

"We cannot compare to those times," he says. "We have an elected president. We have a good ministry of education. We have European and Western friends.... God willing, we will not go back.

http://www.windsorstar.com/Afghan+girls+stay+school+despite+attacks/3087380/story.html

-------

Why Taliban attacks two Muslim-minority mosques in Pakistan

By Issam Ahmed

May 29, 2010

During Friday prayers, Taliban militants stormed two mosques in Lahore, Pakistan, killing at least 80 worshippers of the Ahmadi Islamic sect. Why are they targeting the Ahmadis?

Gunmen stormed two separate mosques in the eastern city of Lahore during Friday prayers, killing at least 80 worshippers of the minority Ahmadi sect.

The Pakistan Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attacks, says a senior Pakistan intelligence officer, who asked to remain anonymous. If true, it represents the first instance of a highly-coordinated attack against the Ahmadi Islamic sect, which many human rights activists regard as the most persecuted of Pakistan’s minorities.

The attackers opened fire with AK47s guns upon entering the two mosques, one in the posh Model Town section of the city, the other in the Garhi Shahu neighborhood near the heart of Lahore. According to eyewitness Saleem-ul-Haq Khan, a lawyer, the prayer leader at the mosque appealed for calm and asked worshippers to continue praying.

“We ran to find places to hide, it was so terrifying and the noise was unbelievable,” Mr. Khan says. He sought refuge underneath a bed in a room adjoining the building’s prayer hall, while others hid in the building’s basement and locked the door.

Elite police rushed to both mosques, ending the siege in Model Town, within an hour. The second siege at Garhi Shahu lasted four hours. Pakistani police there were initially repelled by the attackers who detonated suicide vests, according to Malik Iqbal, the Additional Inspector General of Punjab Police. Some half a dozen attackers are thought to have been involved at both sites, with the lone-surviving gunman now in police custody, according to the Pakistan intelligence official. It is not clear whether the rest were all killed or any escaped.

The Ahmadi sect has long been the focus of Punjabi militant groups with sectarian leanings, including Laskhar-e-Jhangvi, Sipah-e-Sahaba, and Jaish-e-Mohammad. In recent years, these militant groups have formed alliances with the Taliban, a movement traditionally led by the ethnic Pashtuns, to form the so-called ‘Punjabi Taliban’.

The Punjabi Taliban have claimed responsibility for a number of high-profile attacks in the province in since 2008, including a suicide bombing in March that killed 45 people in Lahore.

Ahmadis aren't Muslims, according to the law.

Members of the Ahmadi sect were officially declared non-Muslims in 1974 and are the generally the most persecuted of Pakistan’s minority groups.

“Since the creation of Pakistan, Ahmadis have been the focus of hatred for religious extremists,” says Iqbal Haider, co-chaiperson of the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP). Last year some 12 Ahmadis were killed for their faith, according the HRCP, though those killed are generally the victim of targeted attacks. The Pakistani media is not legally allowed to refer to places of Ahmadi worship as "mosques."

The sect was founded in India in 1889 by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who is considered a prophet by Ahmadis, much to the annoyance of orthodox Muslims who believe that Muhammad was the final prophet of Islam. Pakistan is home to an estimated 4 million Ahmadis.

Eyewitnesses say that the attackers today shouted a famous anti-Ahmadi slogan: "Long live the finality of the prophet."

In a statement, the HRCP urged the government to do more to provide “foolproof security” to Ahmadis, adding the group is “concerned over the increasing sectarian dimension of militancy and considers it a big security threat to the entire society.”

Last year, eight Christians were killed in a series of attacks in the Punjabi town of Gojra, an event that shocked the country.

Progress on religious freedom

In its recently released annual report, the United State Commission on International Religious Freedom praised the Pakistani government under President Zardari for taking "positive steps regarding religious freedom," including the creation of a cabinet-level position for minority rights.

But the report singled out a lack of progress in the case of the Ahmadis. And it says that "discriminatory laws, promulgated in previous decades and persistently enforced, have fostered an atmosphere of religious intolerance and eroded the social and legal status of members of religious minorities, including Shi’a Muslims, Ahmadis, Hindus, and Christians. Government officials do not provide adequate protections from societal violence to members of these religious minority communities, and perpetrators of attacks on minorities seldom are brought to justice."

Dr Rifaat Hussain a defense analyst at the Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, says that the attacks may signal the Taliban’s eagerness to stage a “comeback” after being pushed onto the back foot by a series of military offensives in the Pakistan's tribal areas. “These were soft targets for them,” he says.

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-South-Central/2010/0528/Why-Taliban-attacks-two-Muslim-minority-mosques-in-Pakistan

-------

‘Concerted efforts to counter terror needed’

May 28, 2010

RIO DE JANEIRO: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah highlighted the efforts of Saudi Arabia to foster peace and end clashes in the world in the Alliance of Civilizations conference currently being held in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva opened the two-day conference of the Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), an offshoot of the United Nation, in Rio on Friday.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and many world leaders are attending the conference.

The UNAOC mobilizes concerted action toward reaffirming a paradigm of mutual respect among peoples of different cultural and religious backgrounds. It aims to bridge the world’s divides and to build trust and understanding across cultures and communities worldwide.

On behalf of King Abdullah, Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal headed the Saudi delegation to the conference and read out the king’s speech.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article58755.ece

-------

Pakistani student convicted of conspiring to aid Taliban

May 29, 2010

 HOUSTON: A Pakistani college student living in Texas was convicted Thursday of conspiring to help the Taliban and fight U.S. troops.

A federal jury convicted Adnan Babar Mirza, 33, of two conspiracy counts and seven firearms violations after a three-day trial in Houston.

He faces up to five years in prison on each conspiracy count and 10 years on the weapons counts when he is sentenced on Sept. 10.

Mirza, who remains in federal custody, was one of four men arrested in 2006 for alleged participation in paramilitary training exercises at campsites around the Houston area so they could engage in a holy war.

Mirza's attorney, David Adler, told jurors Mirza went on camping trips but denied they involved paramilitary training exercises.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/5-28-2010/65762.htm

-------

NIA officers to leave for US tomorrow to quiz Headley

May 29, 2010

NEW DELHI: A four-member team of Indian investigators will leave for the US tomorrow to interrogate David Headley, who is accused of helping out Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists carry out the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.

Three officers of National Investigation Agency (NIA) and a law officer will travel to Chicago and are expected to interrogate Headley next week, official sources said.

The team is being sent following a communication from the US Justice Department that all concerned officials and the lawyer of Headley will be available during the visit of the Indian team to facilitate their access to Headley.

However, it is not clear yet as to for how many hours or days the Indian team would get access to Headley.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/NIA-officers-to-leave-for-US-tomorrow-to-quiz-Headley/articleshow/5988126.cms

-------

Protest against blasphemy, Lahore terror

May 29, 2010

RAWALPINDI: Hundreds of activists of National Peace Committee for Interfaith Harmony and National Peace Movement of Pakistan held a joint protest against blasphemous caricatures.

They gathered outside the Press Club and raised slogans against caricatures. They were also holding banners highlighting the honour and prestige of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Addressing the rally, Ayaz Zaheer Hashmi demanded that the government convene a special meeting of OIC at Islamabad on the matter to adopt a joint strategy against such activities that hurt the feelings of Muslims.

“Muslims are united on this important issue. We want dialogue with leaders of non-Muslim states. The mysterious silence of the west on the issue has created hate for them among Muslims throughout the world which should be removed. European and American leadership should also condemn the blasphemous caricatures,” said Peer Haroon Gillani.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\05\29\story_29-5-2010_pg11_4

 

-------

Pak militants freed in goodwill gesture

By Arjun Sharma

THE Jammu and Kashmir government has released 25 Pakistani militants lodged in various prisons of the country on the advice of the Union home ministry. The state government on Thursday revoked the detention orders of these militants, mostly belonging to the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) and the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), and will facilitate their return to Pakistan.

The release of the militants comes ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Kashmir on June 7. Political observers believe the decision is the Centre’s olive branch to separatist leaders in an attempt to bring them on the dialogue table.

The PM is expected to renew his offer of talks with all shades of opinion in Kashmir during his visit.

These militants were detained under Section 19 (1) of the J&K Public Safety Act (a law that allows the government to keep people in jail without trial for two years) over the years.

Full report at: Mail Today

-------

Army officer, jawan booked in J&K fake encounter case

May 29, 2010

SRINAGAR: An Indian Army major and four other people, including a territorial army soldier, were booked for the murder of three civilians in a staged gun battle in Jammu and Kashmir April 30, police said on Saturday.

The bodies of the three civilians – Shahzad Ahmad Khan, Riyaz Ahmad Lone and Muhammad Shafi Lone – were on Friday exhumed from a graveyard in Kalaroos village of Kupwara district and identified by their relatives in the presence of a magistrate.

Bashir Ahmad, a former special police officer, and his accomplice Fayaz Ahmad were arrested for the disappearance of the three men belonging to Nadihal village in Rafiabad of north Kashmir.

Abbas Hussain Shah, a jawan of the territorial army, who is the kingpin of the conspiracy, was also arrested on Saturday, police said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Army-officer-jawan-booked-in-JK-fake-encounter-case/articleshow/5988402.cms

-------

US weighs military option in Pakistan: Report

May 29, 2010

WASHINGTON: The US military is developing plans for a unilateral attack on the Pakistani Taliban in the event of a successful terrorist strike in the United States that can be traced to them, The Washington Post reports.

Planning for a retaliatory attack was spurred by ties between alleged Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad and elements of the Pakistani Taliban, the Post said in an article posted on its website Friday night, quoting unidentified senior military officials.

The military would focus on air and missile strikes but also could use small teams of US Special Operations troops currently along the border with Afghanistan, the Post said.

Airstrikes could damage the militants' ability to launch new attacks but also might damage US-Pakistani relations.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-weighs-military-option-in-Pakistan-Report/articleshow/5987838.cms

-------

Rodi Kratsa to attend 10th Doha Forum

May 29, 2010

BRUSSELS: The vice president of the European Parliament, Rodi Krasta, will attend the international conference "Doha Forum on Democracy, Development and Free Trade" in Doha on Monday.

The Doha Forum is an annual international conference that takes place under the auspices of the Qatar Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani since 2003. Key themes of this year's conference are: investments in post-economic crisis era, international trade, migration, development, education, research and international safety.

Ali Abdusalam Al-Treiki, president of the UN General Assembly, together with the prime ministers of Canada and Hungary will also participate. Included in the program are prominent political figures, representatives of the business and education community of Qatar, of the United States, of Asian and Latin-American countries as well as of European countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany, France.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article58772.ece

-------

Pak troops kill 80 Taliban fighters in Orakzai region

May 29, 2010

PESHAWAR: Eighty Taliban fighters were killed and 60 more injured when helicopter gunships pounded militant hideouts in volatile Orakzai tribal region in northwest Pakistan, security officials said.

The gunship helicopters targeted militant positions at Dabori, Shaikhan, Baran, Sarmabosar, Khatango Ghar, Mir Ghar Sarohela and Anjani areas of Orakzai Agency, which borders Afghanistan.

A dozen explosive-laden vehicles and 11 bunkers were destroyed in the air strikes, the officials said, adding 12 mules used by militants for transporting supplies were also killed in the bombardment.

Troops also advanced to Ghoz Ghwar area where they repulsed an offensive by militants and seized a cache of arms and ammunition.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Pakistan/Pak-troops-kill-80-Taliban-fighters-in-Orakzai-region/articleshow/5989118.cms

-------

Religious leaders join to condemn Cahill's comments on Muslim community

May 28, 2010

By Martin Finucane and Michael Levenson

Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim leaders, adorned in the vestments of their respective faiths, stood shoulder to shoulder on the steps of a Roxbury mosque today and strongly condemned Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill’s remarks blasting Governor Deval Patrick’s attendance last weekend at a forum at the mosque.

The gathering included leaders from the Archdiocese of Boston, the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, the Massachusetts Council of Churches, some of Boston’s most prominent black churches, and several Jewish temples.

One by one, they strode to a microphone in front of an audience of several hundred members of the mosque and said they were incensed that Cahill had equated Patrick’s meeting with the Muslim community and support for some of their requests to "playing politics with terrorism."

Full report at:

http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2010/05/cahills_comment.html

-------

Dissent is a dirty word in Israel

Seema Sirohi

May 29, 2010

JERUSALEM: When an 81-year-old scholar is deemed threatening and the majority thinks human rights organisations enjoy too much freedom of expression , it is time to grab your worry beads. When the leader of the opposition has a warrant against her in Britain for ‘war crimes’ , it is time to wonder what is happening inside the storied and spunky country called Israel. When former supporters begin to whisper the word ‘apartheid’ to describe Israeli policies in the occupied territories, it is time to hold your head.

Recently, Noam Chomsky, the world renowned American academic, was barred from entering Israel to deliver a lecture at a Palestinian university in the occupied West Bank. After a two-hour grilling that was Kafkaesque and demeaning, he was told, “Israel does not like what you say.” Chomsky recalled he had been turned away once before “in another age, another time” by the Soviets in 1968 when he tried to visit Alexander Dubcek in Czechoslovakia, father of the crushed Prague Spring.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Middle-East/Dissent-is-a-dirty-word-in-Israel-/articleshow/5988015.cms

-------

After Dalai Lama, Aga Khan gets Canadian honour

May 29, 2010

Toronto: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Friday bestowed honorary citizenship on the Aga Khan and laid the foundation stone of what would be one of the largest Muslim art and culture centres in North America.

The Aga Khan is the Imam of over 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims spread around the world.

"Conferring honorary citizenship upon His Highness the Aga Khan is a recognition of His Highness's leadership as a champion of international development, pluralism and tolerance around the world and of his remarkable leadership as Imam of the worldwide Ismaili community,'' the Canadian Prime Minister said.

The Canadian parliament had passed a resolution last year to confer the honour on the Aga Khan who becomes the second religious figure after the Dalai Lama to get the country's honorary citizenship.

Full report at:

http://sify.com/news/after-dalai-lama-aga-khan-gets-canadian-honour-news-international-kf3iEchdjbg.html

-------

India, Pak should focus on counter-terrorism issues: US

May 29, 2010

WASHINGTON: The US has said that this is not the appropriate moment for India and Pakistan to hold discussions on the Kashmir issue as they need to go for confidence building measures first.

"I think that's not going to be an issue that's going to be addressed right away," Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake said in response to a question at a special news conference on India yesterday.

Blake emphasised that it was for India and Pakistan to take a call on it, but felt that it would be better for the two countries go for confidence building measures first.

"I think, again, that what's most important is first to get these talks going again and to focus on -- once they've gotten beyond the immediate counter-terrorism issues, to focus on some of the important opportunities like trade that exist between these two countries," Blake said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/US/India-Pak-should-focus-on-counter-terrorism-issues-US/articleshow/5987668.cms

-------

Pune blast case solved, but no arrests yet: Roy

May 29, 2010

PUNE: The state anti-terrorism squad (ATS) has solved the German Bakery bomb blast case but it has not yet made any arrests, outgoing state director general of police A N Roy said here on Friday.

On the arrest of suspect Abdul Samad Bhatkal, Roy said the ATS has made a lot of progress in the investigation in the 2009 Arms Act case, in which he has been shown as arrested.

“Since the investigation in Samad’s case is in progress, I cannot divulge any details; but the state government will make a statement at an appropriate time,” he said.

The February 13 blast killed 17 people and injured 65.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/Pune-blast-case-solved-but-no-arrests-yet-Roy-/articleshow/5987521.cms

-------

Taliban capture Afghan district on Pakistan border: official

29 May, 2010

KUNAR: Taliban militants captured the administrative headquarters of a remote Afghan district Saturday, officials said, while a suicide bomber blew himself up near a NATO base in Kabul.

Insurgents had surrounded Bargi Matal district in Nuristan province, which borders Pakistan, on Friday and engaged police in a fierce gun battle, Nuristan governor Jamaludin Badr told AFP.

The fate of police officers guarding the administrative compound -- which houses government, police and judicial offices -- was unclear.

“Since the district headquarters is inside the village in a crowded location we had to make a tactical retreat to avoid casualties to civilians” living in nearby houses, he said.

 Afghan authorities often use the term “tactical retreat” when Taliban have overrun police forces and captured districts.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/taliban-captures-afghans-bargi-matal-district-jd-01

-------

Zardari 'disenchanted' with India's post-Mumbai handling

May 29, 2010

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said that he is "disenchanted" with the way India handled the bilateral relations in the aftermath of the Mumbai terror attacks as he expected New Delhi to "behave much more maturely".

"I'm a little disenchanted with India. I expected the largest democracy in the world to behave much more maturely. We are facing a threat on the eastern and western borders," Zardari said in an interview with Newsweek magazine.

"This new-age terror has created a phenomenon where a few people can take entire states to war. The fact that these people happen to belong to Pakistan or India or Bangladesh is immaterial. They are non-state actors, and states should behave like states," he said.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/pakistan/Zardari-disenchanted-with-India-s-post-Mumbai-handling/Article1-550366.aspx

-------

 

More training needed after civilian deaths in Afghanistan, U.S. says

May 29, 2010

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- The U.S. military said it has completed its investigation into the February 21 incident in which dozens of Afghan civilians were killed and concluded that more training is needed.

The investigation "cites several shortcomings in training, communication and decision-making, and offered numerous recommendations," a U.S. military release said.

The deaths occurred during a NATO airstrike on a convoy in the Uruzgan province in southern Afghanistan. Up to 23 Afghan civilians were killed, and 12 others were wounded, the military said.

At the time of the incident, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, apologized and met with President Hamid Karzai.

McChrystal said the investigation revealed that more training needs to be done with several different combat units working in Afghanistan.

Full report at:

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/05/29/us.afghan.civilian.deaths/index.html?hpt=T2

-------

Ahmadiyyas blame Pakistan's policies for Lahore massacre

May 29, 2010

Canada on Friday joined its Ahmadiyya Muslim community in condemning the massacre by Pakistani Taliban of 70 members of the minority sect in two Lahore mosques. There are about 50,000 Ahmadiyyas in Canada.

At a condolence meeting in Toronto, Lal Khan Malik, president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in Canada, said, "Once again, seeds of hatred sown by fanatical clergy and supported by the Pakistani government have resulted in death of innocents Ahmadiyyas.

"Each year, Ahmadiyya Muslims are being martyred in Pakistan for no reason other than their faith."

The condolence meeting, attended by Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney on behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, said the massacre "represents a serious escalation in the continuing official persecution of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Pakistan, a persecution that has been noted and documented by numerous human rights agencies and governments around the world."

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Ahmadiyyas-blame-Pak-policies-for-massacre/Article1-550126.aspx

-------

Hurriyat Conference, a terrorist organisation says former J&K DGP

Amir Karim Tantray

May 29, 2010

The Hurriyat Conference is actually a terrorist organisation and initiating any sort of dialogue process with them will hurt the national interest of India, said Jammu and Kashmir Former Director General of Police MM Khajuria.

Addressing a press conference here Friday, Khajuria said, "Separatists are actually the creation of Pakistan and are supporting terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. During his visit to the state, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh shouldn't talk to these anti-national elements."

"Actually these separatist organisations are creation of Pakistan and wants to sabotage the atmosphere in India," Khajuria added.

He said that India is heading towards dialogue process with Pakistan but Pakistan on the other hand has disowned all moves made by former President and military dictator Pervez Musharraf. "Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on May 5 told national Assembly that Musharraf's policies had extensively harmed the Kashmir cause and added that they are trying to overcome the loss inflicted over Kashmir," said Khajuria.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Hurriyat-Conference-a-terrorist-organisation-says-former-J-amp-K-DGP/Article1-549917.aspx

-------

Iraq: An Islamic Marriage without Divorce?

By Tariq Alhomayed

May 29, 2010

Sayyed Ammar al-Hakim, leader of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, said that the alliance between the State of Law coalition and the National Iraqi Alliance is like a "permanent Muslim marriage." However Muslims can also divorce, which is the most abhorred halal [religiously permissible] act to God, and Muslims are also permitted to marry more than one wife, therefore the question is what kind of marriage are we seeing in Iraq? And is what Sayyed Ammar al-Hakim said realistic?

Firstly, what the leader of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq said about a permanent relationship between the two Shiite allies does not seem realistic. This is based upon what Sayyed Ammar al-Hakim himself said during an interview that was published in our newspaper yesterday when answering a question on the Iranian pressure on the two major Shiite powers in Iraq to form an alliance. He said "it is no secret that the Islamic Republic, in its view of the scene and its complications, was perhaps in favor of these powers joining or converging, and this is an issue that cannot be denied, that there is a desire of this kind." Full report at:

http://aawsat.com/english/news.asp?section=2&id=21098

-------

'Not right time for India and Pak to address Kashmir issue'

May 29 2010

Washington : The US has said that this is not the appropriate moment for India and Pakistan to hold discussions on the Kashmir issue as they need to go for confidence building measures first.

"I think that's not going to be an issue that's going to be addressed right away," Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake said in response to a question at a special news conference on India yesterday.

Blake emphasised that it was for India and Pakistan to take a call on it, but felt that it would be better for the two countries go for confidence building measures first.

"I think, again, that what's most important is first to get these talks going again and to focus on -- once they've gotten beyond the immediate counter-terrorism issues, to focus on some of the important opportunities like trade that exist between these two countries," Blake said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/not-right-time-for-india-and-pak-to-address-kashmir-issue/626381/

-------

Prince Salman invites Norwegian students for studies in Kingdom

May 28, 2010

OSLO: King of Norway Harald V received Riyadh Gov. Prince Salman at the royal palace in Oslo on Friday. The king wished the prince a good stay. In return, Prince Salman conveyed the greetings of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Prince Salman also met with Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, who commended the efforts of Saudi Arabia to achieve world peace, particularly with its initiative of interfaith dialogue.

The prince emphasized the existing cordial relations between the two countries. The prince also called for increased mutual visits by officials and businessmen of both countries.

He added that Norwegian students were welcome to study at the Kingdom's universities.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article58719.ece

-------

Yemen Al Qaeda video announces a new leader

May 28, 2010

DUBAI: A fugitive Saudi Arabian man, who was once detained at the US military prison at Guantanamo, was named as a senior member of Al Qaeda's Yemen wing, according to a tape by the group shown on al Arabiya television on Friday.

The tape also confirmed the deaths of three leaders killed in December and January during Yemeni air raids, the pan Arab broadcaster said.

Among those killed were Abdullah al Muhdar, the leader of Al-Qaeda in Yemen's Shabwa province, Mohammed Amir al Awlaki, and Mohammed Saleh al Kazimi.

Othman Ahmed Al-Ghamdi, the 31-year-old man named as a leading Al Qaeda operative on Friday, had been added to a list of 85 most wanted people by Saudi Arabia 15 months ago, Al-Arabiya said.

He spent four years in Guantanamo prison after he was captured in Afghanistan. He was released in 2006.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article58601.ece

-------

Kingdom to head UN relief agency's committee

May 29, 2010

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia will head the consultative committee of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) from July to be the first Arab country to occupy that position, a statement issued by UNRWA's Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi said.

The position will be for a period of one year, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Friday.

UNRWA provides relief to more than 4.7 million Palestine refugees in 58 camps in the Occupied Territories.

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article58754.ece

-------

Turkey PM: Critics of Iran should get rid of nukes

By MARCO SIBAJA

May 29, 2010

RIO DE JANEIRO: Nations criticizing an Iranian nuclear fuel-swap deal brokered by Brazil and Turkey should eliminate their own nuclear weapon stockpiles, Turkey's leader said Friday.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the comments just hours after claiming that the West was “envious” of Brazil and Turkey's achievement in getting Iran to agree to the deal.

US officials have criticized the agreement, in part because it does not stop Iran from continuing to enrich uranium. The US also says the deal is a ploy by Iran to delay new international sanctions.

“Those who speak to this issue should eliminate nuclear weapons from their own country and they should bear the good news to all mankind by doing that,” Erdogan said while attending a UN conference in Rio de Janeiro.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article58759.ece

-------

Swat youth still bear the scars of militancy

Delawar Jan

May 29, 2010

PESHAWAR: Shahab Khan loved his father to bits. He chose to become a soccer player because his father was a footballer.

The boy would tell you that he had no liking for cricket, something unusual to hear in this cricket-maniac nation. He remembers that when he was in grade-III, he did demand a cricket bat but his father bought him a football. And since then he has been playing soccer.

But what happened to Shahab’s father makes him cry. Sarfaraz Khan, a sub-inspector in Swat police, was shot dead in front of Shahab, his mother and other relatives in Dherai area in Kabal.

The Taliban militants stopped the family car in Dherai on its way to Qambar, three kilometres south of Mingora where they lived. “Taliban made all of us disembark. My father warned them not to harm children. They were talking to my father and we were parking the vehicle by the roadside when I heard firing. When I looked back, he was lying on ground in blood,” recalled a sobbing Shahab.

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=241924

-------

Two French journalists held in Peshawar

May 29, 2010

 PESHAWAR: Security agencies on Friday arrested two foreign journalists from Peshawar over charges of making videos of sensitive locations.

According to sources, they were detained in the limit of Police Station East when they were recording videos of sensitive buildings.

Both journalists are French, says sources.

They were shifted to unknown location for investigation.

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/5-28-2010/65764.htm

-------

US studies Pakistan unilateral strike options: report

29 May, 2010

WASHINGTON: US military leaders are reviewing options for a unilateral strike in Pakistan if there is a successful attack on American soil tied to the country's tribal areas, The Washington Post reported in its Saturday edition.

The newspaper said senior US military officials stressed a possible strike would only be considered under extreme circumstances such as a catastrophic attack that convinced President Barack Obama that the campaign using CIA drone strikes is not working.

The officials said airstrikes would be the most effective option in reducing the threat posed by al-Qaeda and other groups, but the United States must be careful not to damage its military relationship with Pakistan to a point where it cannot be repaired.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/04-us-options-strike-pak-qs-01

-------

Families defend Pakistanis detained over NYC bomb

29 May, 2010

ISLAMABAD: When Pakistani intelligence agents probing the botched Times Square car bombing dragged Humbal Akhtar from his house, his wife grabbed his arm in desperation. “What has he done wrong?” she screamed before they took him away.

Rahila Akhtar didn’t get an answer, and still hasn’t nearly two weeks later. She has heard nothing of his fate, or whether he’s even accused of a crime.

“He is a simple, honest and loving person,” she said between tears Friday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “I don’t know where to go to find him and I have no idea where is he being held. But now I am driving alone on roads and looking for my husband.”

Under American pressure, Pakistan has rounded up at least 11 people since the attempted attack May 1 in New York City. An intelligence official has alleged two of them played a role in plot, but gave few details. No one has been charged.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/21-families-defend-pakistanis-detained-over-nyc-bomb-sk-03

-------

8 militants killed in US drone attack

29 May, 2010

WANA, May 28: A US drone aircraft fired two missiles at a compound in Nezai Naray area of South Waziristan on Friday, killing eight suspected militants and injuring four others.

The house belonged to a tribesman named Omer Khitab who is believed to be a close associate of Taliban ‘commander’ Maulvi Nazir.

According to official sources, the unmanned aircraft attacked the house when a meeting of militant leaders was in progress.

The area is adjacent to the Afghan border.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/8-militants-killed-in-us-drone-attack-950

-------

‘No battle lines in quest for rule of law’

29 May, 2010

ISLAMABAD, May 28: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has rejected a perception about a confrontation between the executive and judiciary.

He was answering a question about remarks reportedly made by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry in his address to Gujranwala District Bar.

Mr Gilani said that in his opinion there should be no ‘battle lines’ when the struggle was for rule of law.

He was talking to journalists at a ceremony held here on Friday for students who will take part in a fuel-efficiency competition in Malaysia.

Meanwhile, Supreme Court Registrar Dr Faqir Hussain issued the following clarification on Friday:

“We wish to clarify a news caption titled, ‘Next battle for rule of law has just begun: CJ’. The news item gives the impression as if the honourable chief justice referred to some conflict between the judiciary and other institutions, as regards maintenance of rule of law in the country.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/no-battle-lines-in-quest-for-rule-of-law-950

-------

Two denied bail in ‘gay marriage’ case

29 May, 2010

PESHAWAR, May 28: A local court on Friday dismissed bail petitions of two persons including a transvestite charged with attempting same sex marriage.

The court of judicial magistrate, Syed Shaukatullah Shah, observed that the two accused persons Malik Iqbal and a transvestite, Kashif known by the name of Rani, did not deserve to be released on bail.

Earlier the same court had granted bail to 43 other persons, including 11 transvestites, charged with participating in a function allegedly organised for the marriage.

The accused persons have denied the charge and stated that a birthday party of one of the transvestites was in progress when the police conducted the controversial raid.

The accused persons were arrested by the personnel of Faqirabad police station on May 24 from a plaza.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/two-denied-bail-in-gay-marriage-case-950

-------

Gunmen kill four policemen in Quetta

May 29, 2010

QUETTA: Unidentified men killed four policemen in Satellite Town area of Quetta on Friday.

A banned outfit, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Official sources said a police vehicle carrying the officials was on routine patrol in the Satellite Town police precincts when three armed men ambushed the vehicle on Langov Street and opened indiscriminate fire.

As a result of the firing, a constable died on the spot and three officials, including Satellite Town SHO Abdul Khaliq were severely injured. They succumbed to their injuries on their way to Sandman Hospital.

The other deceased were Constable Raz Muhammad, Muhammad Akbar and driver Nazir Ahmed.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\05\29\story_29-5-2010_pg7_2

-------

Prosecutor reinstated after found innocent in Nusrat Bhutto case

May 29, 2010

ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau Deputy Prosecutor General Raja Aamir Abbas on Friday informed the Supreme Court that a prosecutor Arif Ali Chohan has been reinstated to his previous position as he was not found responsible for making any statement in an accountability court for summoning of Nusrat Bhutto in the Cotecna reference.

A three-member Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday was hearing a suo motu case against the summoning of Nusrat Bhutto in the Cotecna case by a Rawalpindi accountability court.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had ordered NAB to recommend disciplinary action against one of its senior prosecutors in Rawalpindi, Arif Ali Chohan, for his irresponsible attitude in the case of the former PPP chairwoman.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\05\29\story_29-5-2010_pg7_31

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/jasmine-bano-tops-tamil-nadu-ssc-board-exams/d/2919


Loading..

Loading..