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Khutbah Hajjatul Wida Termed Charter of Human Rights: Fazal Dad Human Rights Institute Pakistan

Pak May Consult Indian Experts on Hindu Marriage Law

Pakistan decides, in principle, to grant MFN status to India: Khar

Indonesian Religious Minister says Islam Fosters Democracy

Blasphemy convict Aasia Bibi tortured in jail: Sources

Maldives Speaker’s 9-yr-old writes to Meira, India's Speaker

US backing India for military exercises: Pakistani daily

AfPak envoy meets India officials

U.S. aims to "unite the world" against Iran

‘Post-Osama raid, Zardari feared coup by army chief’

Anti-Gaddafi fighters seize Sirte police headquarters

Al-Qaida chief calls on anti-Gadhafi fighters to set up Islamic state, Algerians to revolt

25 killed in attacks across Baghdad

US drone strike kills four in Pakistan

Karachi police arrests four suspects of target killing

Assassination plot: Proof of Iranian hand overwhelming, says Saudi prince

US open to Afghan peace deal including Haqqani 

Israel formally apologises to Egypt for killing soldiers

Egypt deputy PM resigns after clashes

Yemenis stage fresh demos to demand UN action on Saleh

Militants can’t deprive Baloch people of prosperity: Gilani

Bombs hit Iraqi police in Baghdad, 28 dead

Zamzama target killers involved in 26 murders: Police

Parliament approves sending Maldivian troops to UN peacekeeping operations

Indian teacher arrested after religious hymns found on school laptop

Man sentenced to six months for possession of sex toys

Pak rakes up Kashmir at UN, India gives it back

BHC grants time for Musharraf warrant

Pakistani Taliban raise funds through street crime

J&K interlocutors submit report to Govt: ‘Separatists have missed the bus’

Bharatpur riots: CBI files five FIRs

An Embrace of the United States, Spun and Mixed by Iraqis

Pakistan court disposes of plea against Mumbai attack panel

Iran calls US assassination allegations 'evil plot'

Israel, Hamas announce captured soldier Shalit swap for 1,000 Palestinian prisoners

Syria must reform fast: China

Hold video conferencing from jail for Sylvester, witness in Sohrabuddin case: CBI

Prashant Bhushan beaten up for his Kashmir comments

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Khutbah Hajjatul Wida termed charter of human rights: Fazal Dad Human Rights Institute Pakistan

October 12, 2011

GUJRAT (Pakistan)- The Farewell Sermon or Khutbah Hajjatul Wida of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is a comprehensive charter of human rights. All the Prophets were prescribed by Allah Almighty to safeguard human rights. Islam professes to be the greatest champion of human rights.

These ideas were expressed by a well-known intellectual, writer and human rights activist and the chairman of Fazal Dad Human Rights Institute Pakistan at the University of Gujrat. He was delivering a lecture on ‘The Obligation of Our Youth in the Practice of Human Rights’.

The seminar was presided over by Murtaza Noor while Islamia University of Bahawalpur Vice Chancellor Dr Mukhtar Ahmed and Government College University Faisalabad Vice Chancellor Dr Zakir Hussain and their students participated in the seminar through video conferencing.

“The Human Rights Charter of the world may be called a modern version of the Farewell Sermon of the last and final Messenger (PBUH),” the chairman said. “The matter is how to act upon the articles of the Sermon. The strongest vanguard is our youth. The changing pattern of life and culture at the behest of science and technology has initiated new patterns of thought and action.

Our youth with new knowledge and technologies can play a key role in the development of society. Pakistan today is facing multifarious problems and social issues like corruption, sectarianism, dogmatism. It is only our youth who can properly settle these issues, resolve them and safeguard the integrity of the nation,” he added.

UoG Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin in his keynote address stressed the need for integrating theoretical concepts with ground realities and creatively innovate them into new multidimensional legislations.

“We are fortunate in the sense that we are inheritors of marvellous religious-cum-humanitarian legacies and ideologies but we lack proper wherewithal to put them into practice. In the absence of new legislation we have to fall back upon British theoretical concepts and their given laws.

If we are interested in upgrading the condition of the downtrodden and the oppressed in the light of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)’s thought-provoking address, we have to initiate new and positive legislation,” the VC said. “Also we need the energetic efforts of our youth to bolster up such an ethos in our body politics. The careful exercise of a right to vote is an avenue which can overturn the oppressive and exploitative order and disseminate justice, fairplay and equity in the social order.”

On the occasion, Dr Zakir regretted that instead of spreading love, sympathy, brotherhood and peace, we are routing the helpless and the weak under our feet being absorbed in material pursuits. Likewise, Dr Mukhtar Ahmad stressed the need for establishing benchmarks in human sciences and humanitarian concerns and moving all possible efforts to upgrade our standards.

Later, a question answer session started. Afterwards, the UoG vice chancellor presented a memento to Chief Guest Mr Naeem Sarfraz.

http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Regional/Lahore/12-Oct-2011/Khutbah-Hajjatul-Wida-termed-charter-of-human-rights

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Pak May Consult Indian Experts on Hindu Marriage Law

Oct 12 2011,

Islamabad: Pakistani authorities will consult Indian experts if the government and the Hindu community are unable to reach consensus on the issue of including a provision on divorce in a draft law for registering Hindu marriages, a federal minister has said.

The draft law for registering marriages in the minority Hindu community has been held up because the government and Hindu leaders have been unable to overcome differences on the clause on divorce.

National Harmony Minister Akram Masih Gill, whose ministry is responsible for the affairs of minority communities, pointed out that India's Hindu Marriage Act of 1956 contains a divorce clause.

He said his ministry will consult Indian experts on the issue if consensus is not reached. Gill said his department was in the final stages of drafting the revised bill.

"The divorce clause is an integral part of the Hindu Marriage Act," he told 'The Express Tribune.'

The clause on divorce in the proposed Hindu Marriage Act has proved contentious since the bill was drafted in 2008, with the government differing with Hindu leaders, who believe divorce is not part of their religion's culture.

"We will never allow the government to have a divorce clause in the Hindu Marriage Act... We have no concept of divorce in our religion," said Pakistan Hindu Council chief patron Ramesh Kumar.

Kumar, a member of the National Assembly or lower house of parliament on a reserved seat for non-Muslims, has been campaigning for the issue for many years.

In 2007, he filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking its help to resolve the problem.

Hindus are Pakistan's largest minority but they have struggled to register their marriages due to chronic delays in the passage of the act by parliament.

Pakistan currently has no system for registering marriages for certain minorities, including Hindus, Sikhs and Bahais.

Clause 13 of the proposed 16-page bill states that any Hindu can divorce his wife or her husband at any time and in any court. Various conditions have been proposed for divorce proceedings.

The draft empowers any court to entertain a petition for the legal dissolution of a marriage.

The bill contains several other rules, such as when divorcees can marry again, the legal rights of children, void and voidable marriages, punishment for bigamy and other contraventions of Hindu marriage laws. The proposed bill is unlikely to be accepted by other minorities.

Sikh leaders have dispelled the impression that the proposed bill can be applied to register marriages of Sikhs based on the Indian model.

In a related development, a new member's bill on Hindu marriages was introduced in parliament yesterday by lawmaker Kishan Chand Parwani.

The Hindu Marriage Bill 2011 might offer a compromise that bridges the gap between Hindu leaders and the government, reports said.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pak-may-consult-indian-experts-on-hindu-marriage-law/858979/2

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Pakistan decides, in principle, to grant MFN status to India: Khar

APP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has, in principle, decided to grant Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India, said Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Wednesday.

Responding to a question during ‘question hour’ in the National Assembly, she said dialogue process with India has been initiated after a gap of two years.

“The top-most priority of the country is to ensure uninterrupted dialogue with India so that the resolution of core Kashmir could be ensured”, he added.

“There are a number of achievements regarding relations with India. We have achieved ground on trade with India. First time in history, the Indian Foreign Minister had attended the reception of Pakistan Foreign Minister in New York,” she said.

To another question she said, Pakistan wanted good relations with India by sticking to its principled stance on Jammu and Kashmir in accordance with the will of the Kashmiri people and to be determined through a free and fair plebiscite under the UN auspices.

During the past three years, Jammu and Kashmir dispute has been discussed during all bilateral interactions between the leadership of the two countries as well as at the Foreign Secretary levels.

“I raised the Jammu and Kashmir issue with my Indian counterpart at the ministerial meeting in New Delhi in July 2011.

The joint statement of the ministerial meeting underscored the need for continued discussion of Jammu and Kashmir in a purposeful and forward-looking manner with a view to finding a peaceful solution by narrowing divergences and building convergences.”

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/12/pakistan-decides-in-principle-to-grant-mfn-status-to-india-khar.html

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Indonesian Religious Minister says Islam Fosters Democracy

The Jakarta Post

Oct 12, 2011

Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali says that Islam in Indonesia has helped the country promote democracy and has had no relation with fundamentalism.

Suryadharma said on Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com that even though Islam was not the country's ideology, it influenced the state's life with principles of tolerance and peace.

He also said that Islam in Indonesia accommodated pluralist practices among the country's population.

"Islam in Indonesia is a blessing for all creation. That is what makes it unique," he said on the sidelines of the Annual Conference on Islamic Studies XI in Pangkalpinang.

He said that discrimination was unknown in the religion's principles. Islam supported justice, safety and protection for all, he added.

"We will continue to campaign for a friendly and tolerant Islam to help Indonesia become a better nation," he said.

The ministry's director general for Islamic education, Muhammad Ali, said that the annual conference was aimed at discussing the problems of Indonesia.

"The event is an opportunity to discuss how Islamic thinking can help the nation solve its problems," he said.

http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20111012-304539.html

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Blasphemy convict Aasia Bibi tortured in jail: Sources

By Asad Kharal

October 12, 2011

Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death on charges of committing blasphemy, was allegedly tortured by a staffer of Sheikhupura jail, sources familiar with the matter told The Express Tribune.

Aasia Bibi, who has been the subject of much controversy, has been detained in a special cell in Sheikhupura jail due to severe security threats.

According to sources, the warden of the jail, identified as Khadeeja, “tortured” Aasia Bibi after alleging that certain prohibited items were found in her cell.

They said that other staff members who were present during the incident acted as silent spectators.

Despite having knowledge of the incident, Deputy Superintendent of Sheikhupura Jail Ghafoor Anjum has not taken any action against the staffer who was responsible for the incident. However, Superintendent Sheikh Khalid Pervaiz later suspended Khadeeja, and an inquiry into the incident has been initiated, sources added.

An intelligence agency has also sent a report regarding the incident to its provincial headquarters after recording Aasia Bibi’s statement.

In its report, the agency stated that the episode happened due to the negligence of the jail administration and feared that the matter might go out of hand.

Sentenced to death

In 2010, Aasia Bibi, a resident of Nankana Sahib in Punjab, was sentenced to death by a Sessions Court following an incident in which an altercation took place between her and her co-workers over the issue of fetching water from the fields.

Her lawyer filed an appeal, requesting a pardon from the Office of the President. President Asif Ali Zardari had asked for a review of the facts of the case. However, on November 29, 2010 Khawaja Sharif, the then chief justice of the Lahore High Court, had issued an interim order ruling that while the matter is pending before it, the president could not issue a pardon for Aasia Bibi.

The case has received worldwide attention, with Pope Benedict XVI and leaders from around the world urging that the Christian mother of five be freed.

Family in hiding

In 2010, Aasia Bibi’s husband Ashiq Masih along with the couple’s children went into hiding in an undisclosed Christian enclave.

Masih is convinced that his family has been targeted for death at the behest of radical Islamic groups. Asked about the events which gave rise to his wife’s death sentence he said, “She was picking berries with other women when she was sent to get water. One of the women refused to drink the water after my wife dipped her cup into the bucket. This woman said it was contaminated because it was touched by a Christian.”

According to Masih, all the women began taunting his wife and shouting insults against her mother and their children.

Aasia just repeated the same insults back at them, he said. “The name of the holy prophet (PBUH) never came up. Five days later, the local cleric came to our house, followed by an angry mob, and dragged my wife away,” he said, recalling the incident that took place in June 2009. They beat her, ripped off her clothes and accused her of insulting the prophet (PBUH), he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 12th, 2011.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/272192/blasphemy-convict-aasia-bibi-tortured-in-jail-sources/

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Maldives Speaker’s 9-yr-old writes to Meira, India's Speaker

Saubhadra Chatterji

October 12, 2011

"Then we set off… about half an hour. I was desperate for the toilet. Luckily I saw a sign that said McDonald’s ten minutes ahead. So took a little pit stop, Then we went to the Taj…” Amid tonnes of formal communication on crucial matters, this is an excerpt from a letter that recently landed at Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar’s table.

The hand-written two page letter came from “the daughter of the Maldives Speaker Yania Shahid, aged nine”. It enthusiastically describes a child’s tour to incredible India when she accompanied her father for a meeting of the SAARC Speaker’s conference last July.

The Speaker also read how H Rabbee, the little Maldivian tourist, held the hand of a monkey after she got a scare seeing a snake: “..then me and a friend went to see a cobra snake. I was totally scared to go near it. There were also monkeys. Two. One was sitting naked. The other one was wearing a dress and it could dance it was a sacred monkey. I even held its hand. The owners were Muslims.”

Kumar has specially kept the letter and is readying a personal reply to invite her once again to India where Rabbee failed to see an elephant: “not a single one”.

Rabbee also wrote that “the country is beautiful with all its sites like the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort” but she didn’t quite like the hotel’s swimming pool as there were “flies and leaf in and above the pool.”

Rabbee thanked Kumar thrice for the chance to see India and even mentioned the battery-powered tourist vehicles to Taj Mahal—a recognition of anti-pollution efforts to save the unique architecture.

In the middle of the letter Rabbee wrote: “Oh I almost forgot it is an honour to be writing to you.”

Kumar is also otherwise compelled to reply to Rabbee. For, the letter concluded: “please write to: 56 Park street, Krikham, Preston.”

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Maldives-Speaker-s-9-yr-old-writes-to-Meira/Article1-756219.aspx

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US backing India for military exercises: Pakistani daily

Oct 12, 2011,

India will be holding military exercises along the Sino-Pak border areas "without any formal advance intimation to either Beijing or Islamabad" as it has the backing of the US, said a Pakistani daily.

The Nation said in an editorial that in less than a month's time, India will be holding "second round of military exercises along the Sino-Pak border areas using Russian-made T-20 tanks without any formal advance intimation to either Beijing or Islamabad".

"These are not routine exercises and are being held with a purpose.

"Defence experts and observers are of the view that these war games are being held with full blessing of the United States which is bent upon propping up India as a counterweight to China in the backdrop of Beijing's rise as the next super power both economically and with defence point of view," it said.

The editorial added, "There is an urgent need to explore all our options to revisit our defence deal with China and look for new vistas for arms purchases since the United States is not a reliable ally anymore."

The US-Pakistan ties became strained following the May 2 killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad city.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/756357.aspx

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AfPak envoy meets India officials

Oct 13, 2011

PTI, New Delhi

 Ahead of the conference on Afghanistan next month in Turkey, US special representative on Af-Pak Marc Grossman on Wednesday met senior Indian officials here in a bid to find a way to support and secure the war-torn country and made a strong pitch for Indian private sector investment there.

Terming as a “positive development” the recently-inked strategic partnership document between New Delhi and Kabul, the US envoy said “in all my meetings today, one of the themes that came up is how can (we) have more Indian private sector investment in Afghanistan.”

Mr Grossman, who held a 45-minute meeting with foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai and also met commerce secretary Rahul Khullar and India’s special envoy on Afghanistan S.K. Lamba, said he had the chance to exchange views on Afghanistan and the future and on the trip that he has been making.

“I reported to all the three in my meetings that I have been on this long journey which has brought me to New Delhi for one purpose, that is to support the diplomacy that is going on to try to create successful conferences about Afghanistan. First in Istanbul on November 2 of this year and secondly in Bonn on December 5,” he said. The official, who will visit Pakistan Thursday, said, “and the idea is to see if the international community can find a way to support and secure a stable and prosperous Afghanistan inside of a secure stable and prosperous region.”

http://www.asianage.com/india/afpak-envoy-meets-india-officials-389

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U.S. aims to "unite the world" against Iran

U.S. officials uncovered a plot to bomb the Saudi Ambassador to the United States allegedly launched by a special operations unit inside the Iranian military.

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration was taking its case against Iran to the world Wednesday, trying to stir up an international response to charges that the Islamic republic plotted to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the U.S.

"It's critically important that we unite the world in the isolation of and dealing with the Iranians," Vice President Joe Biden said on "The Early Show" Wednesday. "That's the surest way to be able to get results."

Mr. Obama's top national security aides have said the administration will lobby for the imposition of new international sanctions as well as for individual nations to expand their own penalties against Iran.

The State Department sent a cable to all American embassies and consulates around the world telling them to put the Iran case before their host governments. The officials said the cable, sent late Tuesday by Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and classified secret, tells them to detail the evidence against Iran as presented by federal prosecutors.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the classified cable, said the document instructs diplomats to ask nations to consider appropriate steps in response to the alleged scheme. The cable does not suggest any specific measures against Iran, the officials said.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice is to individually brief members of the U.N. Security Council on the foiled plot Wednesday, the officials said.

Biden said that U.S. action against Iran could go beyond sanctions, but added that "we're not going there yet."

Biden said the Iranians "have not only decided to assassinate someone, they have taken on the basis in which ... nations deal with one another." However, he refused to speculate on whether the alleged plot was undertaken at the behest of the upper reaches of Iran's government

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In other broadcast interviews Wednesday, Biden called the purported plot "really over the top."

Other top administration officials expressed similar sentiments.

In comments Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the plot signaled a "dangerous escalation" of Iran's support for terrorism.

In an Associated Press interview Tuesday, Clinton said "this really, in the minds of many diplomats and government officials, crosses a line that Iran needs to be held to account for."

She said she and President Barack Obama want to "enlist more countries in working together against what is becoming a clearer and clearer threat" from Iran.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/10/12/national/main20119095.shtml

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‘Post-Osama raid, Zardari feared coup by army chief’

Oct 13 2011,

Islamabad: A week after the US raid in Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden, President Asif Ali Zardari sought to reach out to the Obama administration to ask it to stop army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani from staging a coup, a Pakistan-American businessman has said.

In an opinion piece in the Financial Times, US-based businessman Mansoor Ijaz wrote that a Pakistani diplomat telephoned him with an urgent request early on May 9, a week after the raid against bin Laden in Abbottabad.

“Asif Ali Zardari needed to communicate a message to White House national security officials that would bypass Pakistan’s military and intelligence channels. The embarrassment of bin Laden being found on Pakistani soil had humiliated Zardari’s weak civilian government to such an extent that the President feared a military takeover was imminent,” Ijaz wrote. “He needed a US fist on his Army chief’s desk to end any misguided notions of a coup,” he wrote.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/postosama-raid-zardari-feared-coup-by-army-chief/859116/

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Anti-Gaddafi fighters seize Sirte police headquarters

Oct 12, 2011,

Fighters from Libya’s new regime seized the police headquarters in the centre of Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown Sirte on Tuesday as they moved in for the kill against the strongman’s remaining diehards.

Meanwhile, National Transitional Council fighters were gearing for a fresh onslaught on the desert town of Bani Walid, another remaining bastion of forces loyal to the ousted dictator, prompting civilians to flee.

In Sirte, jubilant NTC combatants celebrated the takeover of the strategic police building, which they found to be deserted, by honking the horns of their vehicles and firing into the air.

They then proceeded to ransack the centre and destroy posters of the fugitive Gaddafi that they found inside.

For Full Report:

ttp://newagebd.com/newspaper1/international/36457.html

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Al-Qaida chief calls on anti-Gadhafi fighters to set up Islamic state, Algerians to revolt

October 12,2011

“The first thing NATO will ask you to do, is to give up your Islam and not to implement Islamic Sharia law,” al-Zawahri said “They want the nonreligious and the atheists who don’t accept Sharia to rule the Islamic world.”

The 13-minute video entitled “And the defeats of Americans continue” was released by al-Qaida’s media arm and surfaced on militant websites. It shows al-Zawahri, wearing a white robe and turban, sitting against a green backdrop.

Al-Zawahri, who is Egyptian, also urged Algerians to revolt against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and follow the examples of Arab uprisings that toppled the autocratic rulers in Egypt and Tunisia.

“Why don’t you revolt against your tyranny, Algerian lions,” al-Zawahri asked.

Al-Qaida has long opposed the regimes of autocratic Arab leaders the terror group views as godless, corrupt and too closely allied with the United States, and has called for the establishment of Islamic rule to replace their regimes.

However, the Arab Spring uprisings have largely been driven by those calling for freedom, human rights and democracy.

Al-Zawahri was Osama bin Laden’s deputy and became head of al-Qaida in June after bin Laden’s death in the May 2 raid by U.S. Navy SEALs in Pakistan.

In Wednesday’s video, al-Zawahri also praised an August militant attack in southern Israel, when gunmen crossed from Egypt and killed eight Israelis near a Red Sea resort.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle-east/al-qaida-chief-calls-on-anti-gadhafi-fighters-to-set-up-islamic-state-algerians-to-revolt/2011/10/12/gIQAPVcZeL_story.html

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25 killed in attacks across Baghdad

Oct 13 2011,

Baghdad: A slew of bombings targeted Iraqi police in Baghdad on Wednesday morning, including blasts by two suicide bombers who tried to ram their vehicles through police station gates. Iraqi officials said 25 people died and dozens were wounded in the carnage.

The blasts were aimed at the police, generally considered to be the weakest section of the country’s security forces, and emphasised that despite Iraq’s security gains, long-term stability in the country is still elusive.

In the Karradah neighbourhood, 13 people died and 25 were wounded in a suicide car bomb attack on a police station, Baghdad police officials said.

In the mainly Shiite neighbourhood of Hurriyah, a suicide car bomber targeted a police station and killed nine people, two Baghdad police officials said. Twenty-seven people were wounded.

The attack in Hurriyah was especially remarkable because the neighbourhood is a stronghold of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. It is almost entirely surrounded by blast walls, and access is tightly restricted through four entrances manned by the Iraqi army.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/25-killed-in-attacks-across-baghdad/859117/

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US drone strike kills four in Pakistan

AFP

The Pakistani military says it is too over-stretched fighting local Taliban to acquiesce to American demands to launch an offensive against the Haqqanis, a battle that not all observers think the Pakistani military would win. -

MIRANSHAH: A US drone strike on Thursday destroyed a militant compound in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt on the Afghan border, killing four militants, local security officials said.

The unmanned aircraft fired two missiles in Dandey Darpakhel village, some seven kilometres north of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan tribal district.

The area is considered a stronghold of the Al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network, officials said.

“The US drone fired two missiles. Four militants were killed in the attack,” a Pakistani security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Another intelligence official confirmed the drone strike and the death toll.

The United States does not publicly confirm its drone strikes in Pakistan, but its forces are the only ones that deploy the unmanned Predator aircraft in the region.

Around 30 drone strikes have been reported in Pakistan since elite US forces killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden near Pakistan’s main military academy in Abbottabad, close to the capital, on May 2.

The unilateral raid humiliated Pakistan but is thought to have contributed to debate within the country’s military about the merits of traditional support for jihadi groups.

The tense partnership between Pakistan and the United States in the war on terror took a further battering last month, with Washington demanding that Islamabad take action against the Haqqani network and cut ties to the group.

The outgoing top US military officer, Admiral Mike Mullen, called the Haqqani network a “veritable arm” of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency and accused Pakistan of supporting attacks on US targets in Afghanistan.

Islamabad officially denies any support for Haqqani activities, but has nurtured Pashtun warlords for decades as a way of influencing events across the border and offsetting the might of arch-rival India.

The Pakistani military says it is too over-stretched fighting local Taliban to acquiesce to American demands to launch an offensive against the Haqqanis, a battle that not all observers think the Pakistani military would win.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/13/us-drone-strike-kills-four-in-pakistan.html

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Karachi police arrests four suspects of target killing

DAWN.COM

KARACHI: The city police on Wednesday claimed to have arrested four suspected target killers involved in murdering 73 people, DawnNews reported.

Clifton Police have taken into custody two suspects named Faisal Ansari and Daniyal after an exchange of fire in the area of Zamzama. Police also recovered two Kalashnikovs and two pistols from the suspects.

The police claimed that during investigation the two political workers had confessed to the killing of 34 people.

Meanwhile, Anti-Terrorism Cell of the Crime Investigation Department (CID) conducted a raid near Pirabad Graveyard of the Orangi Town and arrested two more workers Abeed alias Barasti and Tariq Mustafa alias Burger affiliated with a political party and recovered one Kalashnikov and two 9MM pistols from their possession.

SSP Chaudhry Aslam of the CID claimed that the two were involved in 39 cases of target killings.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/12/karachi-police-arrests-four-suspects-of-target-killing.html

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Assassination plot: Proof of Iranian hand overwhelming, says Saudi prince

Reuters

Oct 12 2011,

London: Obama administration has accused agents of the Iranian gov of being involved in a plan to assassinate Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi envoy to US. (AP)

Evidence that Iran was behind a plot to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington is overwhelming, a former chief of Saudi intelligence services said on Wednesday.

The burden of proof and the amount of evidence in the case is overwhelming and clearly shows official Iranian responsibility for it, Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal told an industry conference in London.

This is unacceptable. Somebody in Iran will have to pay the price, and that price will have to be on the terms acceptable to the norms and practices in Iran and other countries, Prince Turki said.

US authorities said on Tuesday they had broken up a plot by two men linked to Iran's security agencies to assassinate Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir. One was arrested last month while the other was believed to be in Iran.

Iran has denied the charges and expressed outrage at the accusations.

Prince Turki called for the Iranian authorities to help bring those responsible for the assassination plot to justice.

Whoever is responsible for this (in) the Iranian government will hopefully be brought to justice by the Iranian authorities, no matter how high the level of that person is.

Clearly this is an act – how should I put it? – so criminal in its intent, to devise a plot to assassinate a representative of one country in another country and to use drug barons and other such characters in order to achieve that. It is beyond description.

The motive for the alleged plot was not clear. Iran has in the past assassinated its own dissidents abroad, but an attempt to kill an ambassador would be a highly unusual departure.

Iran and Saudi Arabia are bitter regional rivals, but they maintain diplomatic ties and even signed a security agreement in 2001. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited Riyadh in 2007.

Ali Larijani, Iran's parliament speaker, said the fabricated allegations aimed to divert attention from Arab uprisings Iran says were inspired by its own Islamic revolution that toppled the US-backed Shah.

America wants to divert attention from problems it faces in the Middle East, but the Americans cannot stop the wave of Islamic awakening by using such excuses, Larijani said.

US President Barack Obama called the alleged conspiracy a flagrant violation of US and international law.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/assassination-plot-proof-of-iranian-hand-overwhelming-says-saudi-prince/858974/2

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US open to Afghan peace deal including Haqqani

Oct, 12, 2011

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday signaled the United States remains open to exploring a peace deal including the Haqqani network, the group that US officials blame for a campaign of high-profile violence that could jeopardize Washington's plans for withdrawing smoothly from Afghanistan.

"Where we are right now is that we view the Haqqanis and other of their ilk as, you know, being adversaries and being very dangerous to Americans, Afghans and coalition members inside Afghanistan, but we are not shutting the door on trying to determine whether there is some path forward," Clinton said when asked whether she believed members of the Haqqani network might reconcile with the Afghan government.

"It's too soon to tell whether any of these groups or any individuals within them are serious," she said in an interview with Reuters.

Inclusion of the Haqqani network in a hoped-for peace deal -- now a chief objective in the Obama administration's Afghanistan policy after a decade of war -- is a controversial idea in Washington.

Officials blame the group for last month's attack on the US embassy in Kabul and a truck bombing that injured scores of American soldiers.

The State Department is facing heat from Capitol Hill for refraining, at least so far, from officially designating the Haqqani group.

FIGHTING, TALKING

Despite the conciliatory signals, Clinton said the United States would stick to its military campaign that the White House hopes will make militants more likely to enter serious negotiations.

For Full Report:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=24421&title=US-open-to-Afghan-peacedeal-including-Haqqani

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Israel formally apologises to Egypt for killing soldiers

Oct 12, 2011,

Israeli defence ministry issues a long-awaited apology for the killing of five Egyptian soldiers on the Sinai in August

The Israeli defence ministry has issued a formal apology to Egypt for the killing of five Egyptian soldiers in August, Israel's Channel 10 reported Tuesday.

The office of Ehud Barak, the Israeli defence minister, released a statement in which he expressed an apology for the death of Egyptian security personnel, the privately-owned TV channel said.

Israel is also said to have taken responsibility for the killings which were reported to have taken place on the Egyptian side of the border.

Earlier this week, an Israeli delegation traveled to Cairo and presented a draft of the planned apology to the Egypt's ruling military council for its approval, the Israeli daily Jerusalem Post reported.

Five Egyptian soldiers were killed near the Gaza border on 18 August in heavy exchanges of fire between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants. The militants were said to have ambushed an Israeli bus near the town of Eilat on the Red Sea, killing 10 Israelis and injuring 27.

For Full Report:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentPrint/1/0/23928/Egypt/0/Israel-formally-apologises-to-Egypt-for-killing-so.aspx

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Egypt deputy PM resigns after clashes

Oct 12, 2011,

Egyptian Deputy Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi resigned yesterday following deadly clashes in the capital that left 25 people dead, the official MENA news agency reported.

Beblawi -- one of two deputy prime ministers who also has the finance portfolio -- said he tendered his resignation after Sunday's deadly clashes "which shook the security of the society, which is the government's responsibility" to ensure.

"Although the government is not directly responsible, in the end, the responsibility falls on its shoulders," Beblawi was quoted by MENA as saying.

Meanwhile the UN human rights office yesterday urged Egyptian authorities to ensure that any probes into clashes which killed 25 people, mostly Coptic Christians, be conducted in an impartial and independent manner.

Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, expressed regret over the deaths, and called on the authorities to "ensure the protection of all, including minority groups, in their rightful exercise" of freedom of peaceful assembly and expression."

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=206197

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Yemenis stage fresh demos to demand UN action on Saleh

Oct 12, 2011,

Tens of thousands of Yemenis marched on the streets of the capital Tuesday, demanding for a second straight day the UN Security Council take action against the president, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

‘This is a message to the world, to the powerful nations, and to the Security Council...take Saleh and his regime to court,’ the protesters chanted from Sanaa’s Change Square.

Energised by Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman’s Nobel Peace prize win on Friday, protesters warned Saleh they would not give up until their demands for his departure were met.

http://newagebd.com/newspaper1/international/36465.html

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Militants can’t deprive Baloch people of prosperity: Gilani

Muhammad Ejaz Khan

October 12, 2011

QUETTA: Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani said on Tuesday that the prosperity of Balochistan was linked to the peace process, asking militants to quit militancy to play their constructive role in progress.

“Those who do not pay attention to my advice must understand that they might delay progress and prosperity of the people, but they cannot deprive them of development for long,” Prime Minister Gilani said, while addressing the passing out parade of the recruits of the Pakistan Army belonging to Balochistan here.

He said the agenda of terrorists and extremists was against the interests of Pakistan. He said the armed forces and the people of Pakistan stood united to eliminate extremism and terrorism, and to bring prosperity and development to the country.

Gilani said Pakistan was passing through a critical juncture and regretted that some people had chosen the path of terrorism, which was bringing a bad name to the country and to Islam.“Pakistan has paid a heavy price in the war against terrorism both in terms of economic and human losses,” he said, adding: “I appeal to terrorists to pursue the course of peace and reconciliation by renouncing the path to violence”. He paid rich tributes to the armed forces for their sacrifices in the fight against terrorism.

He said the country’s defence was in safe hands and nobody could dare cast an evil eye on it. He added the people of Pakistan were ready to render any sacrifice to protect the country.

For Full Report:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=9477&Cat=13

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Bombs hit Iraqi police in Baghdad, 28 dead

Oct 12, 2011,

Suicide bombers and roadside blasts targeted police across Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 28 people and wounding dozens on the second day of serial bombings in the Iraqi capital in less than a week.

The string of apparently coordinated assaults heightened worries about the ability of Iraq's security forces to contain a stubborn insurgency, despite a drop in violence as the last US troops prepare to withdraw by the end of this year.

One bomber rammed an explosives-filled vehicle into a police station in central Alwiya district, killing 14 including 8 police and wounding 28, and another blew up his car at a police building in northwestern Hurriya, killing 8 people and wounding 27, police and hospitals said.

"A car approached and... the driver smashed through the checkpoint and exploded the car when he hit a concrete barrier," Police Lt. Nadeer Adel told Reuters. "Smoke was everywhere, we all took cover. Minutes later we found a crater and some of our police were dead."

The Hurriya blast burned out police vehicles and damaged the station's blue protective blast walls next to the large crater in the road. In other districts blasts blew out windows from nearby homes and shops, scattering streets with debris.

A car bomb also targeted a police patrol in southern Ilaam district, killing at least three, while a roadside bomb hit an army patrol in Hurriya, killing one civilian and injuring 12 people, mostly soldiers, police said.

Two police officers were killed and seven people wounded when a roadside bomb hit another police patrol in the mainly Shia Washash district in western Baghdad.

None of Iraq's insurgent or militia groups claimed responsibility for the attacks, but suicide bombings are usually the hallmark of Iraq's al-Qaeda affiliates who often target local authorities.

At least 10 people were killed on Monday in three successive blasts in Washash district. The first blast was followed by two more when emergency services arrived at the site to tend to the wounded.

Security jitters

The two days of Baghdad attacks came just after the government said it was postponing the army's handover of security in the cities to the police because it was concerned over their readiness.

For Full Report:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=32914

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Zamzama target killers involved in 26 murders: Police

October 12, 2011

Since August 23, the Rangers have been raiding different political and religious party offices and centres in Karachi. PHOTO: INP/FILE

KARACHI: Police arrested two target killers from the Zamzama area of the provincial capital on Wednesday.

Express 24/7 correspondent Ahmed Jung said the two men had been arrested after police conducted a raid on a building in the upper-class commercial area located in Defence Housing Authority (DHA).

SSP Clifton Tariq Dharejo said the two men, who were identified as Danial and Faisal, were involved in the killings of at least 26 people and belonged to a political party. Dharejo refused to name the party.

Two SMG rifles and a TT pistol were also recovered from the arrested men.

Since August 23, law enforcement agencies have been raiding different political and religious party offices and centres in Karachi. So far, they have covered the MQM, Awami National Party, Sunni Tehreek, People’s Amn Committee and the home of Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz’s chief.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/272369/zamzama-target-killers-involved-in-26-murders-police/

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Parliament approves sending Maldivian troops to UN peacekeeping operations

By Ahmed Nazeer

October 11th, 2011

Parliament yesterday approved sending Maldivian troops to join UN peacekeeping operations.

In August this year, parliament’s National Security Committee voted in favor of signing a memorandum of understanding with the UN to send Maldivian soldiers to UN conflict zones for peacekeeping operations.

All members of the committee were present at the meeting last Monday when voting took place, including Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) MP Rozaina Adam, Peoples Alliance Party (PA) MP Abdul Raheem Abdulla and DRP MP Mohamed Nashiz.

On April 5, the cabinet decided to sign the memorandum of understanding with the UN and forwarded the matter to parliament, noting that it would be important for the Maldives to contribute to international efforts to ensure that every country, society and individual had the opportunity to live in peace and security.

According to 243(b) of the constitution, “if the President, as Commander in Chief, authorises or orders the employment of the military service in defence of the republic or as part of an international undertaking, the President shall without delay submit the authorisation to the People’s Majlis. The People’s Majlis may at any time approve the authorisation, or revoke the authorisation.”

During yesterday’s final debate stage at parliament, opposition MP Ahmed Mahlouf said the issue was “not a joke.”

“This is a very serious issue,” he said. “I do not think any honorable member would want to send some Maldivians abroad to their deaths.”

For Full Report:

http://minivannews.com/politics/parliament-approves-sending-maldivian-troops-to-un-peacekeeping-operations-26805

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Indian teacher arrested after religious hymns found on school laptop

By Eleanor Johnstone

October 10th, 2011

Indian teacher Shijo Kokkattu was arrested last week on Raa Atoll for possession of Catholic imagery and a Bible.

A Raafainu School teacher had contacted police after finding what appeared to be Christian hymn videos on a school computer, which 30 year-old Kokkattu had allegedly transferred from his personal flash drive by accident.

Foreign media and school sources reported that religious songs and pictures had been transferred onto the desktop of a school laptop, which Kokkattu had used.

“The videos were in Indian, so I don’t know what they were saying, but the images were Christian,” said Raafainu Principal Mohamed Shiraj. Shiraj did not know if the video transfer was intentional.

Shiraj said that a teacher had found the material and contacted the National Administrative Center, which had reported the matter to the police. Kokkattu was taken into custody, where he has been held for the past week.

Police could not confirm Kokkattu’s arrest and detention.

Kokkattu, of Kerala, India, had been teaching at Raafainu School for two years before his arrest. “He was a very good teacher, we’ve not had any complaints of him in the past,” said Shiraj.

For Full Report:

http://minivannews.com/society/indian-teacher-arrested-after-religious-hymns-found-on-school-laptop-26793

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Man sentenced to six months for possession of sex toys

By Ahmed Nazeer

Oct, 12, 2011

The Criminal Court has sentenced a man to six months imprisonment after the police discovered two plastic sex toys inside his room.

The court identified the offender as Musthafa Hussein of Mahchangolhi Feyruge.

According to the Criminal Court, possession of objects shaped like sexual organs were prohibited under articles 4(c) and 13(c) the Contraband Act of 1975.

While article 4 of the Act states that pornographic material cannot be brought into the country, under article 13[c] images, sounds or videos depicting sexual activities as well as objects made to look like sexual organs shall be considered pornographic material for legal purposes.

Musthafa was therefore charged with possession of pornographic material.

The sex toys were discovered by police when they searched his room during a special operation on April 30, 2011.

http://minivannews.com/society/man-sentenced-to-six-months-for-possession-of-two-dildos-26744

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Pak rakes up Kashmir at UN, India gives it back

Oct 12, 2011,

S RAJAGOPALAN

Back to its all-too-familiar ways, Pakistan raked up the Kashmir issue at the United Nations, claiming Jammu & Kashmir has never been an integral part of India.

Promptly dismissing the Pakistani assertion, India came up with a strong rebuttal, slamming the “unwarranted and completely irrelevant” reference to Kashmir, made during the general debate of the UN Special Political and Decolonisation Committee.

“I would like to remind the distinguished representative of Pakistan that Jammu & Kashmir is an integral part of India. The Indian Constitution guarantees the fundamental rights to all its citizens,” said R Ravindra, First Secretary at India’s UN mission, exercising his right of reply.

For Full Report:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/world/12495-pak-rakes-up-kashmir-at-un-india-gives-it-back.html

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BHC grants time for Musharraf warrant

By Amanullah Kasi

QUETTA: A division bench of the Balochistan High Court granted time sought by investigators of the crimes branch on Wednesday to submit the arrest warrant of former president Pervez Musharraf in the Nawab Akbar Bugti murder case.

The investigation team submitted a report stating that the arrest warrants of MPA Mir Shoaib Nausherwani and other accused had been obtained from a judicial magistrate.

The bench comprising Chief Justice Qazi Faez Issa and Justice Abdul Qadir Mengal, hearing a petition filed by Nawabzada Jamil Akbar Bugti, asked why the warrants of Mr Musharraf and other important accused could not be obtained.

An investigation official said the former president was outside the country and the government had been requested to take steps for his extradition.

The report included faxed copies of the recorded statements of former governor Owais Ghani and former federal minister Aftab Sherpao but the court asked the investigators to file the original statements during the next hearing on Nov 1.

The petitioner’s counsel and the advocate general said the statements did not have legal validity.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/13/bhc-grants-time-for-musharraf-warrant.html

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Pakistani Taliban raise funds through street crime

Oct 12 2011,

Dera Ismail Khan: Police caught up with the four Taliban militants about 15 minutes after they robbed the bank, shooting them dead on a bridge as they attempted to drive their loot to the safety of the border regions with Afghanistan.

The rare triumph against the insurgency in this dangerous part of Pakistan was short-lived – 10 days later, the Taliban dispatched a husband-and-wife suicide unit to avenge the deaths, devastating the local police station and killing nine officers.

The daylight raid on the bank and the bombing in June were carried out by the ''Black Night'' group, a unit of the Pakistani Taliban dedicated to raising funds through robberies, kidnappings and extortion, according to a member of the group and intelligence officers.

The group's emergence highlights a shift in militant funding inside Pakistan, with al-Qaeda, the Taliban and associated groups relying less on cash from abroad and more on crime to get money for equipment, weapons and the expenses associated with running an insurgency.

Detail Report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pakistani-taliban-raise-funds-through-street-crime/858893/4

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J&K interlocutors submit report to Govt: ‘Separatists have missed the bus’

Express news service

Oct 13 2011,

New Delhi: The three interlocutors for J&K on Wednesday submitted their report to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, laying a “roadmap” for the government to address all issues pertaining to the militancy-hit state. The report would now be shared with major political parties. The Centre is likely to hold an all-party meeting to discuss the report and draw up a consensus on the implementation of the recommendations.

While he refused to divulge the contents of the report or the panel's recommendations, one of the interlocutors — journalist Dilip Padgaonkar — told reporters that the separatists had “missed the bus” by deciding not to put their point of view to the interlocutors.

He also asserted the report was “as accurate and as comprehensive reflection of the broadest possible spectrum of opinion” in J&K.

As first reported by The Indian Express, the three interlocutors — Padgaonkar, academician Radha Kumar and former Central Information Commissioner M M Ansari — have recommended to the Centre to prevail upon the J&K government to set up autonomous regional councils to ensure equitable development of the three regions of the J&K. Among other things, the panel has also recommended withdrawal of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from the state in a phased manner.

“Indeed our prime focus in the report is the welfare of people of Jammu and Kashmir and it is along this key concept that we have made out recommendations,” Padgaonkar said. He was accompanied by Ansari and Radha Kumar.

“Let me tell you that questions related to AFSPA, to the Disturbed Areas Act, to various other legislations that are in force...have been mentioned... We have also had regular consultations with the heads of the police, paramilitary forces, the Army and we have got their side of the story. All this has been reflected in our report.”

On the refusal of the separatists to talk to the panel, Padgaonkar said, “We have taken into account the stated public positions of separatist groups. These have been reflected in our report. Obviously if they had engaged in talks with us, the report would certainly have been far more worthwhile. The fact of the matter is that we have tried again and again to engage them and again and again they refused. I believe they have missed the bus.”

The panel has not recommended reversion to the pre-1953 status for J&K, when the Centre had control over just three subjects — Defence, Foreign Affairs and Communications — holding that the clock can't be turned back. But, the panel has suggested all stakeholders should try to achieve some consensus on the measure of autonomy for the state.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/j&k-interlocutors-submit-report-to-govt-separatists-have-missed-the-bus/859101/2

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Bharatpur riots: CBI files five FIRs

Oct 13 2011,

New Delhi: Taking over the investigations into the Gopalgarh riots, the CBI on Wednesday registered five FIRs in the case. The investigating agency has constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by an SP for an expeditious probe into the case.

A CBI spokesperson said the agency took over the investigations following a request from the Rajasthan government. A CBI team, accompanied by forensics experts, visited Bharatpur last week and collected evidence seized by the police, said sources.

The riots between two communities last month resulted in the death of nine people.

The CBI said they would summon and question the local administration and police officials who were rushed to the spot after the clashes broke out.

“We have also sought the report of the inquiry carried out after the incident. The officials, including the district magistrate, will be examined,” said a CBI official.

The CBI has also sought the post-mortem reports of all the victims, and plans to rope in experts from AIIMS.

The agency has asked for the video footage, which, sources said, shows scores of policemen charging towards the protesting Meo Muslims and a senior official ordering them to open fire.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/bharatpur-riots-cbi-files-five-firs/859082/

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An Embrace of the United States, Spun and Mixed by Iraqis

Joseph Sywenkyj

The New York Times

The rapper Hamzel Khadum was shot for wearing shorts. More Photos »

“I have one dream,” he said. “Traveling to New York City. I don’t know why, but I feel a connection to that city.”

For two countries that have spent so much time together, the traces of an American cultural impact are faint and will grow dimmer still as the United States military withdraws. There are no golden arches, Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks — although a newly opened cafe is called Facebook Coffee — but there is a hip-hop scene.

In a stuffy recreation hall that was once a headquarters for a local militia but now serves as their clubhouse, a ghetto hangout where they feel safe — these days, anyway — Mr. Jabbar and his friends hone their rhymes and their dance moves. The walls are scribbled with graffiti and adorned with posters of Avril Lavigne and Bruce Lee.

Iraq may still be a place defined by Islam, sectarianism, violence and political dysfunction, but here in this clubhouse, and at larger gatherings of rappers and dancers in Baghdad’s parks, are vignettes of another sort, defiant gestures of rebellion in a social order with little space for individual expression, especially of the sort draped in Western mores.

“We are living in a tribal society, that is very religious, and this is against Islamic traditions,” said Aksan Adel Habeb, 28, outfitted in a Los Angeles Lakers jersey and white do-rag. “What we are trying to show the world is that there is something beautiful in Iraq.”

Full Report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/13/world/middleeast/an-embrace-of-the-us-spun-and-mixed-by-young-iraqis.html?_r=1&ref=world

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Pakistan court disposes of plea against Mumbai attack panel

Oct 12, 2011,

M ZULQERNAIN

A Pakistan court on Tuesday disposed of a petition challenging an anti-terrorism court’s decision to allow the constitution of a commission to visit India and record the statements of key officials who investigated the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

The Rawalpindi Bench of the Lahore High Court disposed of the petition filed by Khwaja Sultan, the counsel for Lashkar-e-Tayyeba commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, “as it was not pressed”.

Sultan had filed the petition after the anti-terrorism court conducting the trial of seven Pakistani suspects charged with involvement in the Mumbai attacks, including Lakhvi, had allowed the formation of the commission to visit India. Anti-terrorism court Judge Shahid Rafique had rejected objections from defence lawyers to the formation of the commission, which is expected to go to India to interview key officials like the police officer who led the investigation of the Mumbai attacks and the magistrate who recorded the confession of Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving attacker.

ttp://www.dailypioneer.com/world/12494-pakistan-court-disposes-of-plea-against-mumbai-attack-panel.html

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Iran calls US assassination allegations 'evil plot'

Oct 12, 2011,

UNITED NATIONS: Iran called US allegations of a plan to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington an "evil plot" by the United States, in a complaint sent to the United Nations.

Iran's US ambassador accused Israel of carrying out the murders of Iranian nuclear scientists with US support, in a letter sent to UN leader Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council late yesterday.

"Iran categorically and in the strongest terms condemns this shameful allegation by the United States authorities and deplores it as a well-thought evil plot in line with their anti-Iranian policy," Mohammad Khazaee said in the letter.

US authorities said earlier they had uncovered a plot by the Iranian government to assassinate the Saudi envoy to Washington, Adel al-Jubeir. The US administration has vowed to hold Iran to account.

Two men have been charged with conspiring with Iranian government factions to stage the attack and one is in US custody.

For Full Report:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Iran-calls-US-assassination-allegations-evil-plot/articleshow/10323551.cms

 

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Israel, Hamas announce captured soldier Shalit swap for 1,000 Palestinian prisoners

Oct 12, 2011,

Prisoner swap deal between Hamas and Netanyahu's government with Egypt as a broker, agreeing to the release of Gilad Shalit for 1,000 Palestinian prisoners gradually, while at least 5,000 still remain in captivity

In a much-anticipated prisoner exchange that could have broad implications, Israel and Hamas announced that an Israeli soldier abducted to Gaza five years ago would be swapped for about 1,000 Palestinians held by Israel and accused of militant activity.

Israel's government approved the deal early Wednesday following a three-hour debate after both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal announced the agreement in televised comments.

Netanyahu said the captured soldier, Sergeant Gilad Shalit, would return home within days. Mashaal, portraying the agreement as a victory, said the Palestinian prisoners would be freed in two stages over two months.

Hamas and Israel are bitter enemies. Hamas has launched attacks on Israel, killing hundreds, and Israel blockaded Gaza after Hamas seized power there in 2007, carrying out a large-scale invasion in 2009. More than 1,500 Gaza Palestinians have been killed in Israeli raids and airstrikes since the soldier was captured.

In the northern Gaza town of Jebaliya, thousands of Hamas supporters flocked the streets, led by masked militants.

For Full Report:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentPrint/2/0/23931/World/0/Israel,-Hamas-announce-captured-soldier-Shalit-swa.aspx

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Syria must reform fast: China

Oct 12, 2011,

China urged Syria yesterday to move faster to implement reforms, a week after Beijing infuriated the West by blocking a UN resolution against President Bashar al-Assad's deadly crackdown on protests.

It is the first time that China has veered away from its longstanding policy of non-interference in the affairs of Syria, which has been rocked by anti-government protests and violence since earlier this year.

"We believe the Syrian government should move faster to honour its reform pledges and swiftly start to push forward the inclusive political process with the broad participation of all parties in Syria," foreign ministry spokesman Liu Weimin told reporters.

His comments come as Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visits Beijing.

Both China and Russia, veto-wielding permanent members of the UN Security Council, blocked the UN resolution last week, drawing strong condemnation from countries such as the United States and Britain.

But on Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow and Beijing were ready to propose a new UN resolution on Syria that would condemn violence carried out both by Assad's regime and the opposition.

Liu said the original draft resolution against Syria "threatened to use sanctions".

"We believe this is not conducive to stability in Syria," he added.

Liu said China hoped the UN Security Council would "ease the tensions in Syria and help promote political dialogue", as Syrian opposition forces step up their efforts to unseat the embattled Assad.

Full Report At:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=206191

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Hold video conferencing from jail for Sylvester, witness in Sohrabuddin case: CBI

Oct 11, 2011,

NEW DELHI: CBI has written to police chiefs of Rajasthan and Gujarat suggesting they could hold court proceedings of Sylvester, a key witness in Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter killing case who had escaped before being recaptured, through video conferencing.

In a letter to directors general of police of Gujarat and Rajasthan, CBI said there was no need to keep moving the key witness from one state to another and that it would reduce the possibility for his escape in future, official sources said.

The sources said the agency also offered the assistance in setting up a mechanism for holding trial court proceedings through video conferencing.

Sylvester had made a dramatic escape from Gujarat Police custody in Rajasthan on October eight and later captured again the next day.

Sylvester, who fled after being produced in a court in Udaipur, was picked up by a Special Task Force of Rajasthan police from Gopalpura area in Udaipur near the Vrindavan Garden at around 2230 hours. A loaded pistol was seized from him.

The CBI communique said Sylvester, alias Dipu, was an important witness for the central agency which is probing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.

CBI believes Sylvester could be holding some important leads in connection with the Sohrabbudin fake encounter and the subsequent murder of his wife Kausar Bi.

CBI has sought a detailed report from the Gujarat Police on the incident.

Sohrabbudin was killed in a fake encounter on November 26, 2005. 14 policemen, including three IPS officers, are behind the bars in connection with the encounter case.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Hold-video-conferencing-from-jail-for-Sylvester-witness-in-Sohrabuddin-case-CBI/articleshow/10317358.cms

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Prashant Bhushan beaten up for his Kashmir comments

Oct 11, 2011,

NEW DELHI: Senior Supreme Court advocate and key Team Anna member Prashant Bhushan was beaten up in his chamber on Wednesday afternoon allegedly for his comments on Kashmir.

Prashant Bhushan was speaking to Times Now news channel when the two

The attackers entered Prashant Bhushan's office claiming that they had an appointment attackers barged into his office in the New Lawyers Chamber opposite the Supreme Court.

One of the attackers slapped, dragged and punched Bhushan repeatedly. The attacker pinned him down on the floor and kicked on his chest.

As the staff and others gathered, one of the two attackers managed to escape while the other was caught and handed over to the police.

with him.

After the attack, Bhushan said it appeared that the men targeted him for his stand on Jammu and Kashmir.

For Full Report:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Prashant-Bhushan-beaten-up-for-his-Kashmir-comments/articleshow/10327277.cms

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