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Jihadi Islamists’ Rise in Bangladesh Should Be Seen Within the Context of Foreign Funding and Wahabi-Backed Doctrine: Sultan Shahin at the University of London

 

 

 

 

 

Masked fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham, the most powerful al-Qaida-aligned group in Syria Photograph: REX/ZUMA

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Asia

Jihadi Islamists’ Rise In Bangladesh Should Be Seen Within The Context Of Foreign Funding And Wahabi-Backed Doctrine:  Sultan Shahin at the University of London

Government brings Bangladesh back to the ideals of Liberation War: President

Fear grips western Myanmar after five Muslims killed

Indian authorities report hundreds of workers forced from Maldives without wages

PPM lobbying to re-start Nasheed’s criminal trial

Afghan accused of killing three Australians captured in Pakistan

Disputes threaten post-2014 US-Afghan pact: Kabul

 

North America

NY judge hears arguments in dispute over police department’s monitoring of Muslims

Flight guide issued for America’s Mecca-bound Muslims

The United States Doesn’t Recognize Syria’s Sovereignty: Douglas Valentine

 

Africa

Somalia’s al-Shabaab pledge terror campaign against Kenya

U.N. condemns widespread torture in Libya

Tanzania debars major papers for sedition

 

Arab World

Sunnis in N. Syria protest Al Qaida’s Taliban-like repression

Syrian jihadists wreak havoc as violence spreads into Iraq

Iraq executes 23 people, most of them convicted on terrorism charges

Al Qaida militias recruiting Sunnis in Jordan to fight Syria’s Assad

War drums over Syria silenced by US-Moscow deal

Qaeda group claims responsibility for Baghdad bombings

Iraqi helicopter shot down on anti-militant operation

Weapons experts begin Syria mission amid clashes

 

Europe

Russia’s Muslims Increasingly Radicalized by Events in the Middle East

Kazakhstan Prepares for Peaceful NATO Transition in Post-2014 Afghanistan

Syria to top Indian FM Khurshid's Moscow talks: Russian spokesman

Putin nominated for 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

So Far, New Dagestani President’s Reforms Appear to Bring More Violence

17 countries to offer Syria refugee quotas: UNHCR

Overturn death sentence of SQ Chy: Amnesty

Derby Muslim free school Al-Madinah closes after inspection

Snowden in Final Running For EU Human Rights Award

 

India

'Nobody Can Bring Back My Four Years Lost In Prison'

Initiatives on Kashmir should be taken forward: Chidambaram

Army denies report of Pak army presence in Indian village

Did Gandhi and Jinnah almost establish a legal partnership?

Hope Sharif succeeds in normalising bilateral relations: PM

Kashmir is like a colony of India: Mehbooba Mufti

'Wagah of the East' along the India-Bangladesh border to be unveiled on Gandhi Jayanti

 

Pakistan

Suicide bomber kills eight at Pakistan-Afghan border

Pakistan: Four militants killed in encounter

‘Pakistan, India must jointly struggle against social issues’: Pak Punjab CM

Indian-made weapons allegedly found in MQM Karachi office

18 members of Pakistani Hindu family convert to Islam

Taliban should be allowed to open office: Imran Khan

Talks best of difficult options to deal with Taliban: Imran Khan

Pakistani Taliban welcomes clerics’ call for ceasefire

Mine blast in Awaran kills two soldiers, injures four

KP Assembly wants early talks with Taliban

 

Mideast

Turkey's education unions at odds over lifting ban on headscarf

Iran parliament endorses President Hassan Rouhani's diplomatic outreach

Netanyahu calls Iran's president 'wolf in sheep's clothing'

Yemen jails five Al Qaeda militants for deadly army suicide blast

 

Southeast Asia

Rehab Crucial to Winning Indonesia Drugs Fight: BNN

PCA amendments could haunt Umno if “unlawful society” not defined

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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South Asia

 

Jihadi Islamists’ Rise In Bangladesh Should Be Seen Within The Context Of Foreign Funding And Wahabi-Backed Doctrine:  Sultan Shahin at the University of London

Report on Bangladesh launched in London

Ansar Ahmed Ullah

02 Oct, 2013

With the parliamentary elections looming round the corner and the gridlock persisting between the ruling Awami League and the opposition BNP over an election-time government, the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICS) launched a report, “Political Islam & the Elections in Bangladesh”, at the University of London on Monday.

Ahead of the tenth national election, the report is intended as a briefing paper for visiting journalists, election observers and others, with chapters covering Islamisation, Jamaat-e-Islami and other Islamist groups, war crimes, and Shahbagh movement.

The report’s author, Frances Harrison, a former BBC correspondent and visiting research fellow at the ICS, highlights the ideological clash between secular Bangalees and the Islamists.

The launch event with a discussion, “Bangladesh Election: Issues & Challenges”, was chaired by Frances Harrison with a panel of experts that included journalist Kamal Ahmed, Amnesty International’s Bangladesh researcher Abbas Faiz, anthropologist Dr Delwar Hussain and Chief Editor of New Age Islam Sultan Shahin.

The audience examined the ideological and political differences between various political parties, alliances and militant groups in Bangladesh.

Abbas Faiz cited the case of minority persecution and said a mechanism had to be in place to prevent the repeat of violence against minorities following the 2001 election.

About the war crimes trial, Kamal Ahmed said the Shahbagh movement should be seen as a final cry to seek justice and to end the culture of impunity.

Delwar Hussain termed the young bloggers and online communities, who led the movement, as an alternative voice as opposed to established political parties.

On Hefazat-e Islam’s rise as a reaction to Shahbagh, Sultan Shahin said Jihadi Islamists’ rise should be seen within the context of foreign funding and Wahabi-backed doctrine.

Francis Harrison concluded the meeting, saying the forthcoming election would take place within a bipolar politics with the added dimension of war crimes trial and the appearance of hard-line Islamist Hefazat.

The report is available at ICS and was published by New Millennium.

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/report-on-bangladesh-launched-in-london/

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Government brings Bangladesh back to the ideals of Liberation War: President

02 Oct, 2013

President handed over “Bangladesh Liberation War Honour” and “Friends of Bangladesh Liberation War Honour” along with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

President Abdul Hamid said the assumption of office of the present government had enabled the country to return to the ideals for which it fought for in 1971.

“The government is working to uphold the principles of the constitution, democracy, secularism and social justice,” he said while handing over “Bangladesh Liberation War Honour” and “Friends of Bangladesh Liberation War Honour” along with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city.

The government on Wednesday handed over ‘Bangladesh Liberation War Honour’ to two personalities and ‘Friends of Bangladesh Liberation War Honour’ awards to 57 individuals and an organisation for their contributions to the countries War of Liberation in 1971, reports BSS.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni, State Minister for Liberation War Affairs AB Tajul Islam and Pranabranjan Ray, among others, spoke at the function.

Cabinet Secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan read out the citations of the award recipients.

President Abdul Hamid said: “We initiated the War Crimes Trials through the International Crimes Tribunal which was set up by the present government in 2009 to investigate and prosecute suspects for the genocide in 1971 by the Pakistan occupation army and their local collaborators – Razakars, Al-Badr and Al-Shams.”

Expressing his deepest gratitude to the friends of Bangladesh Liberation War, the president said: “Our efforts combined with yours culminated in attainment of statehood by Bangladesh.

This is the indelible bond of friendship and love between you and the people of Bangladesh which will be written in golden letters in our nation’s history.”

President said: “Your unflinching support helped us in reaching out to the world and making our voice heard as we fought for our cherished freedom and liberty.”

“You helped us in numerous ways during the Liberation War by raising awareness in your own countries, attracting media conscience in our favour, providing military support, training our freedom fighters, assisting our fleeing refugees, providing them food and shelter, raising awareness internationally organizing and holding meetings in favour of our Liberation War,” the president said.

President Abdul Hamid said Bangladesh had achieved significant progress both at national and international levels.

The achievements in flourishing democracy, establishing human rights and rule of law, ensuring food security, increasing power generation advancing information technology, empowering women, improving child and maternal health care are noteworthy and recongnized by the world, he observed.

“We are the leading voice on the issue of global climate change and the ardent advocate of global peace,” the president said.

Foreign friends from the USA, the UK, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Japan and Turkey were honored at the event.

Cabinet Division, Ministry of Liberation War Affairs and Ministry of Foreign Affairs jointly organised the programme.

This was the 7th such ceremony since the present government began honouring foreign friends as a mark of the nation’s gratitude to them on July 25, 2011, with conferring ‘Bangladesh Freedom Honour’ on Indira Gandhi posthumously.

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2013/oct/02/government-brings-country-back-ideals-liberation-war-president

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Fear grips western Myanmar after five Muslims killed

 October 02, 2013

Terrified women and children hid in forests and security forces patrolled tense villages in western Myanmar on Wednesday, residents said, after sectarian clashes which left five Muslims dead.

 President Thein Sein was expected to visit the violence-racked area as part of his first official visit to Rakhine state since a wave of religious bloodshed erupted there last year.

 Sectarian bloodshed has overshadowed internationally praised political reforms and piled pressure on the former junta general, who took power in 2011.

 The United States said it was "deeply concerned" about the latest unrest and urged authorities to respond "decisively", in a statement issued by its embassy in Yangon.

 Around 800 Buddhist rioters torched homes and attacked local Muslims in a village in the area of Thandwe on Tuesday, according to the authorities.

 "The death toll rose to five -- four men and a woman," a Rakhine police official who did not want to be named told AFP, adding that the victims were all killed during Tuesday's violence.

 A 94-year-old Muslim woman, who suffered stab wounds, was among the dead. Four Rakhine Buddhists were injured in clashes and a fifth was missing, while 59 houses and a mosque have been torched since tensions flared on Saturday, police said.

 Around 250 people have been killed and more than 140,000 left homeless in several outbreaks of inter-religious violence around the country since June 2012, mostly in Rakhine.

 A local Muslim official told AFP that police had fired warning shots but could not control the mob.

"We are disappointed that we have a government that is unable to provide security for us," the official, Myint Aung, told AFP.

We are living in fear. Many people, including women and children, are hiding in the forest nearby," he said.

AFP reporters on the scene saw a large security presence in the area, which appeared quiet on Wednesday. The region is home to the popular tourist destination of Ngapali Beach although no foreigners were believed to have been caught up in the unrest.

Thein Sein held meetings with members of Buddhist and Rohingya Muslim communities during his two-day tour.

He spent Tuesday visiting a different area of Rakhine populated mainly by stateless Rohingya Muslims.

In a message to a multi-faith conference, which was carried in state media on Wednesday, Thein Sein lamented "instigations fuelling minor crimes into conflicts between the two communities and two religions".

"Such instability based on religion and race harms and delays the state reforms and tarnishes the national image internationally," he warned.

Four major Myanmar Muslim organisations released an open letter to Thein Sein late Tuesday calling on the government to take urgent law-enforcement action.

"The concerns of minority Muslims around the country have reached peak levels. They feel they have no security," the letter said.

Two outbreaks of unrest in Rakhine state in June and October last year left about 200 people dead, mostly Rohingya who are denied citizenship by Myanmar and viewed by the government and many local people as illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh.

The conflict has since spread around the ethnically-diverse country, with members of the wider Muslim community targeted by armed Buddhist mobs.

The latest clashes follow an argument over a parking space near a Muslim home last week in Thandwe town. This triggered arson attacks against property owned by local Kaman Muslims -- an officially recognised minority.

Several more homes were torched in another village on Tuesday, as security forces fired some 30 warning shots to disperse two opposing groups of Buddhists and Muslims who had formed near the police station, authorities said.

Rights groups have in the past accused Myanmar security forces of complicity in the violence -- an allegation denied by the authorities.

Thousands of Rohingya boat people -- including women and children -- have fled the former junta-ruled country since last year, mostly heading for Malaysia on a perilous sea voyage.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/fear-grips-western-myanmar-after-five-muslims-killed.aspx?pageID=238&nID=55536&NewsCatID=356

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Indian authorities report hundreds of workers forced from Maldives without wages

By Neil Merrett | October 1st, 2013

The Indian High Commission in Male’ has said it is aware of hundreds of cases over the last three months where its nationals have gone unpaid, before facing deportation or being forced to return home without their earnings.

State institutions and bodies including the country’s Labour Relations Authority (LRA), police, immigration officials and the foreign ministry have all been accused by the high commission of failing to fulfil their duties, and – in some cases – “deliberately encouraging” the mistreatment of foreign workers.

The concerns have been raised by Indian authorities after the Bangladesh government last week temporarily halted migration of its own nationals to work in the Maldives – unless accredited by the state – over fears they were becoming victims of a “section of unscrupulous recruiting agencies”.

In June, the Maldives was placed on the US State Department’s Tier Two Watch List for Human Trafficking for a fourth consecutive year – with the US State Department noting conditions of “fraudulent recruitment, confiscation of identity and travel documents, withholding or nonpayment of wages, and debt bondage”.

Indian High Commission sources – citing the example of the Bangladesh Government – said that its own authorities should now consider similar intervention after increasing instances of workers being denied salaries and basic human rights.

“No employer can take a foreign national’s passport, yet this is happening. Some semi-literate workers who are here cannot draft letters or seek justice. Without pay they cannot go to the Civil Court,” said a commission source.

“So they are having to leave the country either with no salary, or instead compromising and getting just some of the money they are owed. Ultimately their employers just contact agents and then bring new workers to the country.”

Minivan News was last week shown several files containing correspondence by the Indian High Commission detailing its communications with Maldivian private employers who have not provided expatriates their wages, despite accepting that payments are owed to former Indian staff.

The majority of promises for financial reimbursement remain unfulfilled at time of press, with the employees in question having been forced to return home or turn to the high commission for food and support, Indian authorities have said.

Commission support

Indian nationals Santosh Kumar Ram and Harendra Kumar are the latest expatriates forced to leave the Maldives, after unsuccessfully pursuing months of unpaid wages that left them without food or income, and forced to beg their own government for financial support.

An official for the Indian High Commission said that the two men, who had both been in the Maldives since last year, had communicated their concerns on July 22, 2013, alleging they had not been paid by their employer for the final six months of their employment.

Despite the intervention of the high commission, both men – who had been staying in shelter provided by their employer – had been declared absconders by the state, resulting in them leaving the country this week as deportees. Their former employer, who denied responsibility for the two men, did provide return flights for the two Indian nationals, but declined to pay them the earnings claimed.

“This is completely unacceptable,” said a diplomatic source with knowledge of the case.

While provided shelter by their employer – who has denied ever employing Santosh Kumar Ram and Harendra Kumar – the two men have not been given food, relying instead on the commission to ensure they were fed.

The two men had previously sought support at the Department of Immigration and Emigration’s shelter for undocumented workers in Male’, opened this year as part of attempts to offer a more “humane” means of tackling the issue of unregistered foreign workers in the country.

However, the high commission said both expatriates were denied assistance at the shelter as their then-employer, despite not providing food, had given them accommodation.

In a similar case earlier this year, the Indian High Commission said another six of its nationals had been forced to leave the country without four months of salaries they were owed by their employer. The commission argued that they could not afford to remain in the country for ongoing legal action to claim their money.

In a letter seen by Minivan News, one employer said that delayed payments to the six workers was related to the “financial crises”, but promised the Indian High Commission the debt would be settled.

The six affected workers, since returned to India, are still waiting for their earnings at time of press.

High commission sources said that they had also been made aware of semi-literate foreign nationals being sent to other islands by their employers for non-existent work.  Once on another island, they were then being reported as having fled the company with whom they are registered for their visa.

Department of Immigration Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Munaaz and Chief Superintendent of Immigration Zubair Muhammad were not responding to calls from Minivan News at time of press.

Minivan News was also awaiting a response from the Foreign Ministry at time of press over the high commission’s concerns.

“Systematic abuse”

Immigration Controller Dr Mohamed Ali has previously told Minivan News that while almost all foreign workers coming to the Maldives arrive under registered companies, some were finding themselves “illegally used” by employers due to “systematic abuse” of the visa system.

Foreign low-wage workers are often lured to the country by agents after paying a ‘recruitment’ fee or entering into debt – sometimes as high as several thousand dollars – that is shared between local agents and recruiters in the country of origin, most significantly Bangladesh.

In many cases the workers are then brought into the country ‘legitimately’ by a specially-created paper company, created using the ID of a complicit or unwitting Maldivian national, for the stated purpose of working on a ‘construction project’ of dubious existence.

The exact scale of the Maldives’ unregistered foreign workforce remains unknown, with estimates ranging from between around 40,000 people to potentially double that amount.

In April, Immigration Controller Dr Mohamed Ali confirmed that authorities had targeted the return of 10,000 unregistered workers by the end of the 2013.

The pledge to return a pre-determined number of expatriates was criticised at the time by the Human Rights Commission of Maldives (HRCM), which raised concerns that some workers were potentially being punished for the actions of employers or agents acting outside the law.

http://minivannews.com/society/indian-authorities-report-hundreds-of-workers-forced-from-maldives-without-wages-67179

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PPM lobbying to re-start Nasheed’s criminal trial

By Mohamed Naahee | October 1st, 2013

The Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) has said it is lobbying the courts to resume proceedings in the criminal case against opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) presidential candidate Mohamed Nasheed.

PPM candidate Abdulla Yameen’s election agent, Abdulla Ameen yesterday (September 30) told local media that it was imperative the judiciary speed up the court cases concerning Nasheed’s criminal prosecution.

Ameen called on the EC to delay the second round of elections until the courts concluded the trial of Nasheed, expressing fears that the public may otherwise begin to question the credibility of the elections.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/ppm-lobbying-to-re-start-nasheeds-criminal-trial-67339

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Afghan accused of killing three Australians captured in Pakistan

2013-10-02

CANBERRA: Australia says a former Afghan soldier accused of killing three Australian comrades on a patrol base last year has been captured in Pakistan.

Defence Force Chief Lt Gen David Hurley said Wednesday former Afghan National Army sergeant Hekmatullah was captured by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence in February and was recently deported to Afghanistan.

Hurley expects he will be tried on three counts of murder.

Hekmatullah allegedly opened fire at the base north of the Australian military headquarters at Tarin Kowt in Uruzgan province on Aug 29, killing three Australian soldiers and wounding another two.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1046916/afghan-accused-of-killing-three-australians-captured-in-pakistan

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Disputes threaten post-2014 US-Afghan pact: Kabul

2013-10-02

KABUL: A planned deal to let US forces stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014 to fight Al Qaeda remnants is under threat because of disagreement over the Americans' right to conduct military operations, Kabul says.

President Hamid Karzai is now directly leading the talks after they ground to a halt despite US pressure to complete the security agreement by the end of this month, said Karzai's spokesman Aimal Faizi.

The US plans to pull out the bulk of its 57,000 troops in Afghanistan by the end of 2014, but it has tentative plans to retain some bases and a smaller force of around 10,000 after that.

“The US wants the freedom to conduct military operations, night raids and house searches,” Faizi told reporters late Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1046921/disputes-threaten-post-2014-us-afghan-pact-kabul

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North America

 

NY judge hears arguments in dispute over police department’s monitoring of Muslims

By Associated Press

02 Oct 2013

NEW YORK — A federal judge on Tuesday revisited a decades-old court settlement restricting how the New York Police Department conducts surveillance after civil rights lawyers accused the department of breaking those rules by monitoring Muslims.

The dispute centers on the restrictions set by the Handschu decree, which was put in place in response to surveillance used against war protesters in the 1960s and ‘70s. The decree was relaxed following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks to allow police to more freely monitor political activity in public places.

“I’ve come to think of this case as a volcano that’s asleep most of the time ... but every now and then blows up,” U.S. District Judge Charles Haight said at the start of a hearing in federal court in Manhattan.

Full report at:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/ny-judge-hears-arguments-in-dispute-over-police-departments-monitoring-of-muslims/2013/10/01/a424cade-2ace-11e3-b141-298f46539716_story.html

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Flight guide issued for America’s Mecca-bound Muslims

Salt Lake Tribune

02 Oct 2013

As thousands of American Muslims prepare to make their once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to Mecca later this month, Islamic leaders have put out a guide for "flying while Muslim."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) wants pilgrims from this country "to be aware of their legal rights and responsibilities as citizens and travelers when leaving from or returning to the United States."

"As an airline passenger, you are entitled to courteous, respectful and non-stigmatizing treatment by airline and security personnel," the guide says. "It is illegal for law enforcement officials to perform any stops, searches, detentions or removals based solely on your race, religion, national origin, sex or ethnicity."

Full report at:

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/56945874-180/american-cair-islamic-guide.html.csp

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The United States Doesn’t Recognize Syria’s Sovereignty: Douglas Valentine

02 Oct 2013

The United States has seemingly lost the battleground in Syria by ashamedly retreating from its war threats against the Arab country; however, there are still extremist neo-conservatives in the U.S. administration and the Congress who persistently call for a new costly military adventure in the Middle East.

American author Douglas Valentine says that the United States does not abide by any of its international obligations and its calls for war against Syria violate the international law and the UN Charter.

“The US has threatened about 50 nations with military attack. Warmongers on the Left and Right claim this right on the basis that America is an “exceptional” nation. That means the US has an exception to all laws. It is the policeman of the world and policemen don’t obey laws; they enforce them on others,” said Douglas Valentine in an exclusive interview with the Fars News Agency.

Full report at:

http://www.countercurrents.org/ziabari011013.htm

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Africa

 

Somalia’s al-Shabaab pledge terror campaign against Kenya

2 October 2013

Somalia’s Islamist group al-Shabaab threatened on Wednesday to increase militant action in Kenya, after the country refused to withdraw its troops from Somalia, reported Agence France-Presse.

The al-Qaeda linked al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for last week’s attack on Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall, in which at least 67 people died, with 39 more listed as missing by the Red Cross.

“We will strike Kenyans where it hurts the most, turn their cities into graveyards and rivers of blood will flow in Nairobi,” al-Shabaab said in a recent statement.

“The Kenyan government’s decision to keep its invading force in Somalia is an indication that they haven’t yet learnt any valuable lessons from the Westgate attacks,” the extremists added, warning that Kenya was

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/africa/2013/10/02/Somali-al-Shabaab-pledge-terror-campaign-against-Kenya.html

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U.N. condemns widespread torture in Libya

1 October 2013

Torture is widespread in Libyan detention centres run by brigades which emerged during the 2011 revolution, a U.N. report said Tuesday, urging Tripoli to bring all facilities under full state control.

“The report indicates that torture is widespread and most frequent immediately after arrest and during the first days of interrogation to extract confessions and other information,” Ravina Shamdasani, a spokeswoman for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, told reporters.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/africa/2013/10/01/U-N-condemns-widespread-torture-in-Libya-.html

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Tanzania debars major papers for sedition

 October 02, 2013

ARUSHA, Tanzania: Tanzania has suspended two leading Swahili-language daily newspapers on sedition charges, the government said Tuesday.

The authorities on Friday suspended the privately-owned Mwananchi and MTanzania for 14 and 90 days respectively for publishing "hostile articles aimed at inciting the people to lose confidence in state institutions and thus endanger peace and national unity," a government statement said.

http://www.arabnews.com/news/466444

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Arab World

 

Sunnis in N. Syria protest Al Qaida’s Taliban-like repression

Special to WorldTribune.com

 October 02, 2013

LONDON — Sunni Muslims have launched protests against an Al Qaida militia that controls much of northern Syria.

Opposition sources have released videos of Sunni protests against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in September. The protests focused on ISIL attacks on rival Sunni militias as well as churches near the border with Turkey.

“It [ISIL] is outside the Syrian revolution and does not at all represent the Syrian people’s aspirations,” the opposition Syrian National Coalition said.

On Sept. 28, the opposition released an online video that showed an anti-ISIL protest in the northeastern city of Raqqa, population 250,000. Some of the demonstrators carried a cross that had been torn down from a church by ISIL fighters.

Full report at:

http://www.worldtribune.com/2013/10/01/sunnis-in-n-syria-protest-al-qaidas-taliban-like-repression/

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Syrian jihadists wreak havoc as violence spreads into Iraq

02 Oct 2013

Groups fighting to establish Islamic state in Syria are increasingly dragging the wider region into chaos

From his desert compound near the green banks of the Euphrates river, Ahmed Abu Risha has been nervously watching as the jihadists he helped oust from Iraq with the help of the US army once again grow in strength all around him.

In towns and villages on the flat lands south towards Baghdad and in the communities that dot the sprawling desert west towards the border with Syria, militant groups are imposing their influence with brutal efficiency.

Full report at:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/30/syrian-jihadists-wreak-havoc-violence-iraq

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Iraq executes 23 people, most of them convicted on terrorism charges

 2 October 2013

BAGHDAD, Oct 1: Iraq executed 23 people during two days in September, most of them convicted on terrorism charges, the justice ministry said on Tuesday.

Twenty of the 23 were either Al Qaeda members or otherwise involved in terrorism, while three were convicted of unspecified “criminal charges,” a ministry spokesman said. —AFP

http://www.dawn.com/news/1046817/iraq-executes-23

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Al Qaida militias recruiting Sunnis in Jordan to fight Syria’s Assad

 October 02, 2013

AMMAN — Officials said Al Qaida militias were recruiting Sunni Muslims in Jordan for the revolt against Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The officials identified the militias as Nusra Front for the Defense of the Levant and Islamic State in Iraq and Levant.

“They offer young poverty-stricken men financial incentives, with some money paid up front, to infiltrate Syria and fight Assad,” an official said.

Full report at:

http://www.worldtribune.com/2013/09/30/al-qaida-militias-recruiting-sunnis-in-jordan-to-fight-syrias-assad/

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War drums over Syria silenced by US-Moscow deal

AFP

October 02, 2013

The arrival in Damascus of a chemical disarmament team on Tuesday is the result of an unprecedented, gruelling US-Russian deal that averted regional war.

When a Syrian government delegation arrived in Moscow on September 9, its members did not know that Russian President Vladimir

Putin would take a decision hours later that would change the course of history.

Syria's foreign minister Walid Muallem, his deputy Faisal Muqdad and presidential adviser Buthaina Shaaban arrived in Moscow at their Russian backers' request.

Led by the United States, the West was threatening a military intervention in Syria after a deadly sarin attack killed hundreds near Damascus on August 21.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/restofasia/War-drums-over-Syria-silenced-by-US-Moscow-deal/Article1-1129939.aspx

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Qaeda group claims responsibility for Baghdad bombings

October 02, 2013

Iraq’s al-Qaeda Front on Tuesday claimed responsibility for a wave of car bombings in Iraq’s capital Baghdad on Monday that killed and wounded scores of people.

In an online statement, the front said that its fighters “simultaneously hit selected targets”, which were security headquarters, military patrols, strongholds of Shiite militia groups and leading figures in the security forces as well as the Iraqi Shiite-dominated government.

The statement also said that the attacks came at a time when Iraqi security forces were intensifying security measures in Baghdad and carrying out a major offensive in the Sunni areas around Baghdad to stop ongoing insurgent attacks.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/qaeda-group-claims-responsibility-for-baghdad-bombings/article5189762.ece

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Iraqi helicopter shot down on anti-militant operation

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

AFP, Kirkuk

Gunmen shot down an Iraqi helicopter on Wednesday killing four security forces members during a military operation against militants in the desert, army officers said.

The dead were two crew members and two soldiers who were on board when the helicopter was shot down in a desert area west of Baiji, a town north of the Iraqi capital.

Iraqi helicopters are periodically hit by gunfire during operations, including one last month in which a helicopter pilot was wounded.

Violence has reached a level unseen since 2008, and there are fears Iraq is slipping back toward the intense Sunni-Shiite bloodshed that peaked in 2006-2007 and killed tens of thousands.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/10/02/Iraqi-helicopter-shot-down-on-anti-militant-operation.html

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Weapons experts begin Syria mission amid clashes

Oct 2, 2013

The U.N.-endorsed mission faces the tightest deadline ever placed before the experts of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

International inspectors in charge of overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons left their hotel in Damascus on Wednesday to begin their work as deadly clashes raged on the edge of the capital.

The inspectors’ mission endorsed by a U.N. Security Council resolution that calls for Syria’s chemical stockpile to be scrapped by mid-2014 faces the tightest deadline ever placed before the experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

It was not clear where the inspectors, who arrived in Syria on Tuesday from neighbouring Lebanon, were headed from their hotel in central Damascus. Their work comes against the backdrop of relentless fighting.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/weapons-experts-begin-syria-mission-amid-clashes/article5193043.ece

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Europe

 

Russia’s Muslims Increasingly Radicalized by Events in the Middle East

Paul Goble

02 Oct 2013

Russia’s Muslims continue to be radicalized not only by developments within their own community but increasingly by events in the Middle East, according to Yana Amelina, an analyst who works for a Russian research group that has close ties with the Kremlin. Her views provide a useful summary of how the Kremlin currently views the situation, even though others in the Russian Federation and the West could argue that—at least in some places—she has overstated her case.

 Amelina is a specialist on the North Caucasus but increasingly writes on the Middle Volga as well. In an article in a book just published by the Russian Institute for Strategic Research, she argues that in the wake of the Arab Spring, “radical Islamism has become one of the most serious threats to public order and the government structure of the Russian Federation.” She attributes this threat to both the actions of illegal armed formations in the North Caucasus, as well as the more recent spread of the influence of their views on the Muslim communities of Tatarstan and Bashkortostan (kazan-center.ru/osnovnye-razdely/14/393/).

Full report at:

http://www.jamestown.org/single/?no_cache=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41434&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=7&cHash=47ff315b9273d7c3e504f6b76f7a62ea#.Ukvkn9K-pRI

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Kazakhstan Prepares for Peaceful NATO Transition in Post-2014 Afghanistan

 Roger McDermott

02 Oct 2013

Kazakhstan is considering adopting measures to modernize its security sturctures, though somewhat surprisingly this has nothing to do with Astana’s assessment of a possible impact on Central Asian security stemming from the drawdown of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) from Afghanistan. The reasons for seeking to modernize the existing security system in the country therefore lie elsewhere, while differences between how the political-military elite views the post-2014 security environment compared with the country’s regional neighbors offer only limited scope for North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members to promote cooperative partnerships in Central Asia.

Full report at:

http://www.jamestown.org/single/?no_cache=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41435&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=7&cHash=667b4e45d0397c27d8035f22584b4714#.UkvkoNK-pRI

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Syria to top Indian FM Khurshid's Moscow talks: Russian spokesman

VLADIMIR RADYUHIN

October 02, 2013

Syria will top the international agenda of External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid’s visit to Moscow this week, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Mr. Khurshid is visiting Russia on October 2-4 to prepare an annual summit meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Vladimir Putin in Moscow later this month. Apart from talks with Sergei Lavrov, the External Affairs Minister will co-chair the Indo-Russian Intergovernmental Commission (IRIGC) with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/syria-to-top-khurshids-moscow-talks-russian-spokesman/article5190250.ece

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Putin nominated for 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

Oct 2, 2013

For his key role in preventing a US missile strike on Syria

President Vladimir Putin has been nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize by a Russian advocacy group for his key role in preventing a US missile strike on Syria and initiatives to dismantle Damascus’ chemical weapons.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/putin-nominated-for-2014-nobel-peace-prize/article5192801.ece

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So Far, New Dagestani President’s Reforms Appear to Bring More Violence

02 Oct 2013

On September 25, Dagestani Supreme Court Judge Mukhtar Shapiev was killed in Makhachkala. Two assailants shot the judge and his son near the entrance to their apartment block in the republican capital. Shapiev only oversaw civil cases, so he did not have the government protection normally provided to judges in Dagestan. Until 2011, Shapiev served as prosecutor in the republic’s Sergokala district. Therefore, investigators say he may have been killed for his activities as a judge or as a prosecutor. This was the second killing of a judge in Dagestan: Supreme Court Judge Magomed Magomedov was killed in Makhachkala in January, while Akhmed Rajabov, a federal judge, was killed in March in the city of Izberbash, about 37 miles south of Makhachkala. According to investigators, all three Dagestani judges were killed for their professional activities (http://www.gazeta.ru/social/2013/09/26/5669781.shtml).

Full report at:

http://www.jamestown.org/single/?no_cache=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41424&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=7&cHash=ed3b90fae7ab7fde8dcdd1aa3f04549d#.UkvkrdK-pRI

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17 countries to offer Syria refugee quotas: UNHCR

 2 October 2013

Seventeen countries including the United States, France and Australia have agreed to receive quotas of refugees fleeing the bloody conflict in Syria, the UN refugee agency said on Wednesday.

"So far, UNHCR has 17 countries participating in the Syria resettlement/Humanitarian Admission Programme effort," Peter Kessler, regional spokesman for the UN refugee agency UNHCR, told AFP.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/83003/World/Region/-countries-to-offer-Syria-refugee-quotas-UNHCR.aspx

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Overturn death sentence of SQ Chy: Amnesty

02 Oct, 2013

Amnesty International urges to hold appeal trial of the BNP leader 'in line with international standard'

Global human rights organisation Amnesty International has called upon Bangladesh to overturn death sentences of war criminals including that of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury.

It also urged to hold appeal trial of the BNP leader “in line with international standard.”

“Death penalty is the ultimate cruel and inhuman punishment which can never be a way to deliver justice, Bangladesh Researcher at Amnesty,” Abbas Faiz, said.

Delaying death sentences can be the first step towards abolishing provision of death penalty, he said.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2013/oct/02/overturn-death-sentence-sq-chy-amnesty

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Derby Muslim free school Al-Madinah closes after inspection

02 Oct 2013

A Muslim free school accused of imposing strict Islamic practices, such as segregated classrooms, has closed following an inspection by Ofsted.

The BBC understands Ofsted's findings were so damning that the acting head of Al-Madinah, in Derby, had little choice but to shut it down immediately.

The school said the move was due to a "health and safety issue" but expected it to reopen in the "very near future".

Ofsted said it could not disclose its concerns until the inspection ended.

It added it had "made some findings and shared them with the principal". The second day of the inspection is taking place later.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-24360100

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Snowden in Final Running For EU Human Rights Award

02 Oct 2013

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has been moved to the short-list of finalists for this year's prestigious international human rights award, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the European Parliament announced this week.

If selected, Snowden would join the ranks of previous winners including Nelson Mandela, a group of Arab Spring Activists and Aung San Suu Kyi, who have all been awarded the prize for their contributions to human rights.

Full report at:

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/01-0

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India

 

'Nobody Can Bring Back My Four Years Lost In Prison'

Oct 01 2013

New Delhi: Ashiq Ali Bhatt, now 30 years old, cannot stop smiling as he sits in one of the courtrooms at Tis Hazari complex with his father whom he was meeting after 15 years. Bhatt was anxiously waiting for the legal formalities to get over so that he could walk free from Tihar Jail in the next few hours. Arrested and jailed for planning a 26/11-type attack in Delhi, Bhatt is content that he has finally been cleared of the terror charges — after four years.

“If I had committed some wrong and then put behind bars, it would still have been acceptable. But I had to spend four years in prison for a crime I never committed. There is no point mentioning the torture I went through. Nobody can bring back those years,” says Bhatt, dressed in a white Kurta-Pyjama as he waits for the judge to complete the legal formalities which would lead to his release.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/1176617/

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Initiatives on Kashmir should be taken forward: Chidambaram

IANS | Oct 2, 2013

SRINAGAR: Union finance minister P Chidambaram said that initiatives taken by him on Kashmir when he was the home minister should be "carried forward".

"I wish the interlocutors' report and the initiative taken by the all-parties delegation should have been taken forward. I still hope these initiatives can be carried forward," Chidambaram said at the platinum jubilee celebrations of the Jammu & Kashmir Bank in Srinagar on Tuesday evening.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Initiatives-on-Kashmir-should-be-taken-forward-Chidambaram/articleshow/23398444.cms

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Army denies report of Pak army presence in Indian village

PTI | Oct 2, 2013

NEW DELHI: The Army on Wednesday said it foiled an infiltration bid by Pakistan-backed terrorists in the Keran sector on the line of control (LoC) last week and search operations were going on there.

""An infiltration bid was attempted last week by terrorists which was foiled by the Army. The search operations are still on," the Army headquarters said here.

The response was given by the Army after reports suggested that Pakistani troops had occupied an uninhabited village named Shala Bhat in Keran sector on the LoC inside the Indian territory and a gunbattle was on to drive them away.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Army-denies-report-of-Pak-army-presence-in-Indian-village/articleshow/23408873.cms

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Did Gandhi and Jinnah almost establish a legal partnership?

Oct 02 2013

New Delhi : Could Mahatama Gandhi and Mohammed Ali Jinnah have had established a legal partnership in South Africa, 50 years before Indian and Pakistan were formed?

Yes, it could have been possible, according to noted historian and author Ramachandra Guha who made the deduction on the basis of available literature and archival records.

"A logbook at Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad maintains the record of letters sent to Gandhi between the years 1895-97. In this logbook, there are two letters from a certain M A Jinnah, and they are dated 21 January and 23 March, 1897," Guha said.

The historian launched "Gandhi Before India," the first book of his two-volume biography of Mahatma Gandhi, published by Penguin India here on late Tuesday evening.

While the contents of the letter are not available, Guha says he pieced together "this curious information," based on existing documents in the public domain.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/did-gandhi-and-jinnah-almost-establish-a-legal-partnership-/1177295/

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Hope Sharif succeeds in normalising bilateral relations: PM

October 01, 2013

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said things have changed for the better in India-Pak relations and the way forward to full normalisation of bilateral ties will depend on the progress made on two issues in the coming weeks - maintaining ceasefire on the LoC and punishing the culprits of 26/11 by Pakistan.

Reminded of a statement he had made soon after the beheading of an Indian solider on the LoC in January that it could not be business as usual with Pakistan, the PM said his meeting with Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif indicated a forward movement in normalising bilateral relations.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Hope-Sharif-succeeds-in-normalising-bilateral-relations-PM/Article1-1129800.aspx

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Kashmir is like a colony of India: Mehbooba Mufti

ANI | Oct 1, 2013

SRINAGAR: Leader of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday hit out at Congress-led UPA government over the issue of civilian killings in the state, by saying that ' Kashmir is like a colony of India'.

"We have to decide whether we will behave like a 'colony' or should we work for the people here," she said in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly.

The PDP had moved an adjournment motion on the issue of recent killings including those of Shopian in September and the Gool incident, and accused the state government for not taking action against the forces.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Kashmir-is-like-a-colony-of-India-Mehbooba-Mufti/articleshow/23372347.cms

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'Wagah of the East' along the India-Bangladesh border to be unveiled on Gandhi Jayanti

PTI | Oct 1, 2013

NEW DELHI: The 'Wagah of the East', along the India-Bangladesh border, will be thrown open to the public this Gandhi Jayanti when home ministers of both the countries will witness a cultural extravaganza between the two neighbours.

The first retreat ceremony, part of confidence-building measures, between the two countries will be held at Petrapole-Benapoloe border on the lines of the event that happens everyday between India and Pakistan along Wagah border in Punjab, sans the simulated angry looks by border guards and stomping of foot.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Wagah-of-the-East-to-be-unveiled-on-Gandhi-Jayanti/articleshow/23344646.cms

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Pakistan

 

Suicide bomber kills eight at Pakistan-Afghan border

2013-10-02

CHAMAN: A suicide bomber Wednesday killed eight people and wounded 16 others at the southwestern Chaman border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan, officials said.

“It was a suicide bombing. We have found the severed head on the blast site,” local border force commander Colonel Haider Ali told news agency AFP.

The senior security official said at least one Fronter Corps paramilitary soldier was among the dead.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1046927/suicide-bomber-kills-eight-at-pakistan-afghan-border

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Pakistan: Four militants killed in encounter

PTI | Oct 2, 2013

KARACHI: Four militants of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban were killed during a shootout on the Hub highway here, police said.

Senior superintendent of CID police, Chaudhary Aslam, said around 200 kilograms of explosive material and weapons were also recovered from them.

The encounter took place late on Tuesday night after a truck was intercepted on the Hub highway when it was coming from Balochistan province to Karachi, he said.

"When the truck was stopped, the militants belonging to a splinter group of the TTP responded by opening fire on the CID police party," he said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-Four-militants-killed-in-encounter/articleshow/23390018.cms

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‘Pakistan, India must jointly struggle against social issues’: Pak Punjab CM

 2 October 2013

LAHORE: Indian High Commissioner T.C.A. Raghavan met Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, on Tuesday and discussed matters of mutual interest and bilateral relations during a meeting.

Welcoming the Indian High Commissioner in Lahore, Shahbaz Sharif said India and Pakistan should resolve all issues through composite dialogue in the interest of progress and prosperity and durable peace in the region. He said wars had given nothing to the two countries and now peace should be given a chance.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\10\02\story_2-10-2013_pg13_2

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Indian-made weapons allegedly found in MQM Karachi office

MEENA MENON

October 02, 2013

While the police in Karachi allegedly claimed that Indian made light machine guns were recovered after a raid on a political party office on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), rejected the reports and said it was 'a baseless and a cooked up story'.

In a statement issued on Tuesday the MQM said its office in question was used by people’s elected representatives and it was visited by the local people for solution to their problems.

The MQM denounced the police statement after a party worker was arrested on murder charges of advocate Naimat Ali Randhawa who was arguing a case involving the murder of a journalist Wali Babar of Geo. Mr. Randhawa was head of the lawyers wing of the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML) N and was shot dead last Saturday.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/indianmade-weapons-allegedly-found-in-mqm-karachi-office/article5190756.ece

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18 members of Pakistani Hindu family convert to Islam

PTI | Oct 2, 2013

LAHORE: Eighteen members of a Hindu family in Khanpur area of Pakistan's central Punjab province have converted to Islam, local residents said on Wednesday.

Seven men and 11 women of the family adopted Islam during a ceremony conducted on Tuesday evening by Mian Ghaus Mohammad, custodian of the Khwaja Ghulam Fareed shrine at Jhok Farid.

They recited the Kalima Tayabba, the Islamic confession of faith, and converted to Islam, local residents were quoted as saying by state-run APP news agency.

Samaram, the head of the family, chose Mohammad Sharif as his new name. Prominent people of the area were present on the occasion.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/18-members-of-Pakistani-Hindu-family-convert-to-Islam/articleshow/23415438.cms

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Taliban should be allowed to open office: Imran Khan

PTI | Oct 1, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan on Tuesday reiterated that a Taliban office should be opened in the country to facilitate peace talks but said action will be taken against militants if they refuse to obey the constitution and parliament.

Khan, whose party rules the restive Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, was criticised by the media and analysts for saying that the banned Pakistani Taliban should be allowed to open an office.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Taliban-should-be-allowed-to-open-office-Imran-Khan/articleshow/23371708.cms

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Talks best of difficult options to deal with Taliban: Imran Khan

Oct 02 2013

Islamabad : Batting for talks with the Pakistani Taliban despite recent terror attacks, cricketer- turned-politician Imran Khan today cited the "debacle" of East Pakistan to back his view that military operations are never a solution to any problem.

"The debacle of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), which led to the breakup of our country, left me with a strong conviction that military operations are never a solution to any problem, least of all one involving one's own people," said the chief of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf.

"The APC (all-parties conference) provides the legitimacy for a holistic approach, beginning with a structured dialogue. Military action and war are always the last resort option," he wrote in the News International daily.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/talks-best-of-difficult-options-to-deal-with-taliban-imran-khan/1177310/

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Pakistani Taliban welcome clerics’ call for ceasefire

ZAHIR SHAH SHERAZI

2013-10-01

PESHAWAR: Welcoming suggestions of Pakistani clerics regarding a ceasefire prior to peace talks, the Pakistani Taliban Tuesday night announced that they would reconsider their stance if the government was ready for a break in fighting.

Ulema (clerics) and representatives of various religious seminaries functioning under Wafaqul Madaris had expressed concern Monday over the “civil war-like situation” in the country and appealed to both the government and the Taliban to observe a “complete ceasefire” till the completion of the process of talks.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1046738/pakistani-taliban-welcome-clerics-call-for-ceasefire

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Mine blast in Awaran kills two soldiers, injures four

2013-10-02

QUETTA: Two soldiers were killed and four others were injured on Wednesday, when a land mine went off on the side of the road in Balochistan's Awaran district, DawnNews reported.

A security forces' vehicle struck a landmine in Mashkay area of Awaran while carrying out relief activities, according to sources.

Two soldiers were killed and four others were wounded in the blast. The victims were shifted to Awaran District Hospital.

Army and Frontier Corps (FC) personnel reached the site of blast and cordoned off the area as a probe into the incident went underway.

Chief Minister of Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch strongly condemned the Mashkay blast.

No group or person accepted responsiblity for the blast till the filing of this report.

Mashkay is the worst affected area of the Awaran district following a 7.7-magnitude earthquake which hit Balochistan on September 24.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1046918/mine-blast-in-awaran-kills-two-soldiers-injures-four

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KP Assembly wants early talks with Taliban

2013-10-02

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution pushing the federal government to begin dialogue with the Taliban for peace without delay in light of the guidelines of the recent All Parties Conference.

Also, the House expressed solidarity with the families, who lost members during the recent suicide bombing of All Saints’ Church in Peshawar, besides condemning terrorist attacks in the Qissa Khwani Bazaar and against the bus of the Civil Secretariat employees.

Over 144 people killed and more than 200 injured in these attacks.

Provincial Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Israrullah Khan Gandapur and the opposition members moved the unanimous resolution after the discussion on the current wave of terrorism and prevailing security situation in the province was over.

The session called on the requisition of the opposition was later adjourned for indefinite period after two days discussion.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1046888/kp-assembly-wants-early-talks-with-taliban

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Mideast

 

Turkey's education unions at odds over lifting ban on headscarf

2 October 2013

The lifting of the headscarf ban in public institutions with the recently announced “democratization package” has received mixed reactions from Turkey’s three education unions.

The Education and Science Personnel Union (Eğitim-Sen) has denounced the decision, which will allow female teachers to wear headscarves in schools, for placing the country under a religious theme, while Eğitim-Bir-Sen and Türk Eğitim-Sen welcomed the decision with their separate reservations.

“We do not find it right to bring religious symbols into the public sphere. This will result in placing the country under a religious theme,” said Eğitim-Sen President Ünsal Yıldız yesterday.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkeys-education-unions-at-odds-over-lifting-ban-on-headscarf.aspx?pageID=238&nID=55506&NewsCatID=341

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Iran parliament endorses president Hassan Rouhani's diplomatic outreach

Reuters | Oct 2, 2013

DUBAI: Iran's parliament strongly endorsed president Hassan Rouhani's diplomatic bid to dispel mistrust at the United Nations last week during a visit which ended with an historic phone call with President Barack Obama, Iranian media said.

The backing from the assembly, controlled by political factions deeply loyal to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is a further sign that Rouhani has the support of the Iranian establishment, though there are some rumblings from hardliners.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Iran-parliament-endorses-president-Hassan-Rouhanis-diplomatic-outreach/articleshow/23415485.cms

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Netanyahu calls Iran's president 'wolf in sheep's clothing'

2 October 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Oct. 1 dismissed a charm offensive by Iran's new president as a ruse concocted by a "wolf in sheep's clothing," and declared that Israel was ready to stand alone to deny Tehran an atomic weapon.

In a combative address to the U.N. General Assembly, Netanyahu spoke harshly about Hassan Rouhani, Iran's new, centrist president who has made diplomatic overtures to the United States and spoke by telephone last week with President Barack Obama.

"Rouhani doesn't sound like Ahmadinejad," Netanyahu said, referring to Rouhani's hardline predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/netanyahu-calls-irans-president-wolf-in-sheeps-clothing.aspx?pageID=238&nID=55520&NewsCatID=352

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Yemen jails five Al Qaeda militants for deadly army suicide blast

2013-10-02

SANAA: A Yemeni court on Wednesday jailed five Al Qaeda militants for up to 10 years for plotting a suicide bombing that killed 86 soldiers and wounded 171 others last year.

The court specialising in terrorism-related charges sentenced two defendants to 10 years in prison and a third to seven years.

Two more were imprisoned for three and two years respectively.

The judge also ordered the release of three other defendants based on the time already served, and acquitted three more.

The 11 were on trial for their alleged role in planning the suicide attack on a rehearsal for a military parade on May 21, 2012.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1046942/yemen-jails-five-al-qaeda-militants-for-deadly-army-suicide-blast

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Southeast Asia

 

Rehab Crucial to Winning Indonesia Drugs Fight: BNN

 2 October 2013

Nearly half a million people in Jakarta are hooked on illegal narcotics, officials said on Tuesday, warning that the number could keep rising unless more users turn themselves in for rehabilitation.

Sumirat Dwiyanto, a spokesman for the National Narcotics Agency (BNN), said that at least 7 percent of Jakarta’s population, or more than 490,000 people, were drug addicts, according to agency data.

This is several times higher than the BNN’s own target for bringing the number of drug users in cities and nationwide to less than 2.8 percent of the population, Sumirat said.

He warned that the number of drug addicts could rise even higher without coordinated efforts by the BNN and other government agencies and civil society groups to prevent the addiction from growing.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/rehab-crucial-to-winning-indonesia-drugs-fight-bnn/

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PCA amendments could haunt Umno if “unlawful society” not defined

 2 October 2013

The Government should not get too excited in trying to pass the amendments to the Prevention of Crime Act as the law could also adversely affect Umno one day, warned PKR vice-president Azmin Ali.

In debating the Bill, the Gombak MP brought up the section where a detention order can be taken out against unlawful societies, adding that it was not clear what was defined as an unlawful society.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/azmin-warns-prevention-of-crime-act-amendments-could-haunt-umno-if-unlawful

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