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Lack of priests holds off rites in Multan temples in Pakistan

Sankaracharya, Muslim leaders emphasise communal harmony

Indonesian Islamists rally over Internet porn

Pakistan ranks 10th among ‘failed state

Nepal bans school book after Muslim outcry

12 NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Israeli Official: Iranian Nuclear Expert Requests Asylum in Israel

U.S. Indirectly Funding Afghan Warlords: House Report

Hudaibiya is set to become a cultural dialogue center

Burqa-clad German man arrested

Australia names first Muslim player in Test squad

Fearing attack, Mumbai school denies admission to 26/11 witness

Sufiya a witness against Madani

Working to Help a Haven for Afghan Women Blossom

150,000 marooned by Bangladesh floods

Satire Gets a Tough Reception in Pakistan

White House Summons Top U.S. Afghanistan General

Pakistani Taliban Want Exchange Of Prisoners

Saudi Gold Reserves Double Than Thought

Pak PM ignores US warning on Iran gas deal, to go ahead with gas import

Kalmadi thanks Pakistan for support during CWG bid

Kyrgyz Forces Clash With Uzbeks In Osh

Ukrainian woman lodges cruelty case against Indian husband

Holbrooke’s plane lands in Afghanistan despite small arms fire

PACE report warns of rising Islamophobia in European nations

Ethnic Uzbeks Find Calm but Fear for Those Still Behind

Fox News: Sharia Law Is Invading The United States!

Rescuing Kyrgyzstan could well save Central Asia

Mideast conflict threatens NATO

Three dead in bomb attack in Istanbul

Israel revives East Jerusalem housing plan

Philippines’ Arroyo leaving behind economic problems

Israel rejects compensation plea to Palestinian martyr

Afghanistan in focus for top UN diplomats

20 Taliban suspects freed after jirga peace deal

Turkish troops hunt down Kurdish rebels

EP Pakistanis felicitate well-known educationist

Indian lawyer suggests way out for Muslims

US lawmakers unveil Iran sanctions bill

Key Taliban commander arrested from Karachi

Zardari vows to foil plots against democracy

Three troops among 13 killed in Orakzai

Nato’s deadliest days in Afghanistan

Pakistan allocates Rs130 billion for war on terror

Pakistan fighting war not for US but for its own survival: PM

Musharraf will lead Pakistan against ‘tsunami of corruption’

The Queen Baton’s Relay at Wagah Border

Man arrested for throwing acid on wife

Allawi fears assassination plot: report

Benazir was a symbol of democracy: Bijarani

New Qaida video warns snake-like Obama of attacks

NYC bomb suspect Faisal Shahzad pleads guilty, calls it 'war'

Ban pushes for international inquiry into flotilla raid

CRPF man killed in Liberia attack, weapon traced to Pak officer

Uzbeks say Kyrgyz police beat them up, killed two

Pak violates ceasefire again

Pakistan to release 17 Indian prisoners on June 23

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Lack of priests holds off rites in Multan temples

Biswajeet Banerjee

June 22, 2010

Rituals in many Hindu temples in Pakistan, including famous Prahlad temple and Sun temple in Multan, have been suspended.

Visiting Pakistan’s Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Hamid Saeed Kazmi has said since all the important Hindu temples were facing an acute shortage of priests, the Government had no option but to suspend religious functions in Multan temples.

Kazmi was in UP to visit his ancestral village in Amroha, around 300 km south-west of Lucknow. His father Syed Ahmad Saeed Kazmi belonged to Amroha. The family migrated to Multan in 1935.

The international wing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, which provides Hindu priests to the overseas temples, said it can supply priests if the Pakistan Government was ready to give visas and security to them.

Apart from Prahlad and Sun temples, some shrines in the Sindhu valley are also hit by the priest crunch. Prahlad temple is an important religious place for Hindus because it is believed that the festival of Holi started here.

“The Pakistan Govern-ment tried to restore religious rituals in these temples because the local Hindu population is missing their religious traditions,” he said, but added that Hindu population has declined in the region. He, however, refused to give reasons for this decline.

The United Nations had offered to adopt Sun temple and Sindhu valley temples as World Heritage sites but the Pakistan Government had rejected the proposal, Kazmi said.

In-charge of international affairs of VHP Swami Vigyananand told The Pioneer: “Everyone knows the state of Hindus in Pakistan. The VHP needs assurance from the Pakistan Government before it sends priests to the neighbouring country.” 

The Swami said that VHP sends purohits overseas only on requests either from the Government or from the community. “The VHP is concerned about the plight of Hindus in Pakistan and would want to do everything for them,” he said. 

It is not the first time that voice has been raised to protect Hindu identity in Pakistan. Earlier this year, Baluchistan’s provincial Assembly, having two Hindu law makers, passed a resolution against construction of a dam that would have inundated Hinglas Mata temple. The VHP had also voiced anguish over the construction of the dam and had given a memorandum to Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi. The Federal Government of Pakistan had later shelved the proposal to construct the dam.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/264287/Lack-of-priests-holds-off-rites-in-Multan-temples.html

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Sankaracharya, Muslim leaders emphasise communal harmony

Mahim Pratap Singh

June 22, 2010

‘Hindus, Muslims are like brothers and should stand united'

Bhopal: “All problems faced by this country today are political and not communal,” said Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, Sankaracharya of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, at a function held here on Sunday.

The function, organised by the All-India Tanzeem-i-Imam Masjid, was held to emphasise communal harmony among the Hindus and Muslims.

It was attended by prominent Muslim religious leaders like the chairman of the Masjid Umer Ahmed Illyasi and Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind leader Mufti Abdur Razzaq Khan.

Against divide

Bharatiya Janata Party MP Kailash Joshi, who was also present, said that the BJP did not believe in communal divide.

Speaking at the Samanvay Bhawan here, the Acharya said: “Hindus and Muslims are not different from each other. Just like Ram and Lakshman, who were sons of different mothers and yet could never be separated, Hindus and Muslims too are like brothers and should stand united.”

The Acharya also expressed concern at honorarium for Imams not being disbursed on time and said he would take up the matter with the government.

Mr. Illyasi said, “The Sankaracharya is respected not just by the Hindus, but by Muslims too.”

Expressing apprehension at the decline in the quality of life, the Acharya said the “usefulness of our life should be established, and only then the welfare of society could be ensured.”

http://www.thehindu.com/2010/06/21/stories/2010062162582200.htm

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Indonesian Islamists rally over Internet porn
22 Jun. 10

JAKARTA — Hundreds of Indonesian Islamists rallied in central Jakarta on Tuesday to demand the stoning to death and public caning of celebrities who allegedly appear in homemade sex videos circulating online.
About 1,000 protesters led by radical group Hizbut Tahrir shouted "Allahu akbar" (God is greater) and brandished black flags and banners with slogans such as "Arrest those who commit promiscuous sex".
The protest came hours after the rock star suspected of making the videos of himself having sex with two celebrity girlfriends surrendered to police.
Hizbut Tahrir spokesman Mohammed Ismail Yusanto said the Internet was a threat to Islamic values in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.
He said Islamic or sharia law should be applied across the archipelago of some 240 million people, including the stoning to death of adulterers.
"The widespread circulation of the celebrity sex videos shows the bad side of uncontrolled information technology, which will surely become one of the most terrible destroyers of morality," he said in a statement.
"Based on sharia law... those who are married should be stoned to death and the unmarried should be caned 100 times in public.
"With that kind of punishment it is guaranteed promiscuous sex won't spread wildly like it is now."
Radical groups like Hizbut Tahrir have little popular support in Indonesia, which is constitutionally secular and culturally moderate.
But sharia bylaws are in place in many local jurisdictions and Islamist vigilante groups have repeatedly attacked minorities and liberals, often under the noses of police.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has backed calls for tighter controls on the Internet in response to the sex video furore. Last week he warned that the nation risked being "crushed" by the information technology "frenzy".
Singer Nazril Ariel, 28, surrendered to police early Tuesday and faces charges relating to the videos, which appear to show him having sex with television celebrities Luna Maya, 26, and Cut Tari, 32.
The celebrities deny uploading the clips but could still face up to 12 years in jail under a controversial 2008 anti-pornography law.
Tari is married and also could face up to nine months in prison for adultery.
Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia coordinator Fadilah Karimah, 32, said she would like to see adulterers buried up to their necks in public places and pelted with stones until dead.
"Those people who have sex before marriage should be caned with a stick 100 times in public. Adulterers should be half-buried and stoned to death," she told AFP at the rally.
"This is appropriate punishment as what they did was dirty, shameful and despicable. They should be prepared for such a punishment if they want to earn a place in heaven.
"The more people who see it the better."
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hLTfgbKG9JbLUopEJ_zVM5UDbX3Q

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Pakistan ranks 10th among ‘failed states’

June 22, 2010

WASHINGTON: Pakistan was ranked the 10th most failed state in the world, just three places below Afghanistan, in a US survey released on Monday.

Somalia tops the 2010 Failed States Index followed by Zimbabwe, Sudan, and Chad.

The index issued by the prestigious Foreign Policy magazine and the Fund for Peace, a Washington-NGO, ranks India 87th in a list of 177 countries.

Burma has been placed at 13. Sri Lanka is ranked 22 and Nepal 25. China is at 57th place.

Norway is ranked the world’s most stable country and is at the bottom of the list.The Untied States is ranked 158 but is not among the 10 most stable countries.

The report notes that Pakistan has more than once been described as the world’s most dangerous country. Its wild northern reaches remain host to various branches of the Pakistani Taliban and Al Qaeda.

More than three million Pakistani civilians were displaced by “counterinsurgency” operations in 2009 — the largest single movement of people since the Rwandan genocide.

“President Asif Ali Zardari’s democratically elected government looks hapless — unable to gain any measure of civilian control over a nuclear-armed military … or an intelligence service that stands accused of abetting the Afghan Taliban,” observes the Foreign Policy magazine.

Social Indicators

Pakistan is the world’s seventh-most populous country, with a population density of over 226 people per kilometre. The country has a moderate youth bulge; the average age is 21 and over 37 per cent of Pakistanis are under 15 years of age.

Pakistan has historically been home to vicious political battles between rival parties, as well as consistent conflicts within the tribal regions and in Balochistan. Pakistan suffers from a significant brain drain.

The instability of the country has pressured many students to seek education abroad; many scientists, doctors, and businesspeople who can afford to leave the country altogether.

Economic Indicators

The poorest 10 per cent of Pakistanis account for four per cent of the national income, while the richest 10 per cent account for over 26 per cent of the income.

“Billionaire President Asif Ali Zardari is one of Pakistan’s wealthiest men.”

The official unemployment rate is 7.4 per cent but it could be higher.

The country had a trade deficit of nearly $15 billion in 2008 and has an inflation rate of 20.8 per cent. The inflation rate increased dramatically due to devaluation of the Pakistani rupee under Pervez Musharraf and the rising costs of production stemming from social and political instability.

Political/Military Indicators

While presidential elections in Pakistan are indirect, President Zardari’s election nevertheless represents a shift towards legitimate democratic governance.

The continuing violence in Pakistan’s poorest and most remote regions makes it extremely difficult for food and medical supplies to reach the areas that need it most. Many parts of the country go without electricity and clean water; conditions are notoriously poor in the refugee camps in northern Pakistan.

The human rights situation has improved significantly since 2008.

The security apparatus indicator has also improved. In Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan local militias exercise significant control over their communities. In the tribal areas, the government’s authority is barely recognized.

The 2008 parliamentary elections brought tensions within the political elite to a peak. However, the conclusion of the elections and the restoration of civilian government have since eased tensions.

The indicator for external intervention has worsened since 2008. Pakistan is the second-largest recipient of US foreign aid. The US is also using drone aircraft to attack Taliban and Al Qaeda sites within Pakistan.

Dawn, Pakistan

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Nepal bans school book after Muslim outcry

June 22, 2010

The Nepal government on Monday banned a school textbook after growing outcry by Muslims over an "objectionable" illustration depicting Prophet Mohammed as a woman-like figure and containing "erroneous interpretations" of Islam.

This is the first time in Nepal, which has enjoyed religious harmony despite being a Hindu kingdom till 2006, that the government has banned a book after protests by Muslims.

The education ministry issued a statement asking schools not to teach from the controversial textbook - "A modern approach to social studies" - brought out by New Nepal Publication.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Nepal-bans-school-book-after-Muslim-outcry/Article1-561062.aspx

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12 NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Jun 22 2010

Kabul: Six Western troops including three Australians were killed in a helicopter crash and roadside bombings in Afghanistan, officials said on Monday.

Three Australians and a NATO soldier were killed in the helicopter crash in the southern province of Kandahar on Monday, said the officials.

Ten of the soldiers on board were Australians, and the crash was an accident, said Australia's Defence Force in a statement.

The surviving seven Australians were all injured. Two were “very seriously” hurt and one was in intensive care, it said.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), to which Australia contributes troops, said four soldiers were killed, without giving their nationalities or other details.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/06/22/stories/2010062253801300.htm

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Israeli Official: Iranian Nuclear Expert Requests Asylum in Israel

June 22, 2010

Israel says a nuclear-armed Iran would be a threat to its existence because Iranian leaders have called for Israel's destruction. Israel is widely believed to be the only nuclear-armed nation in the region, but it refuses to confirm or deny possession of a nuclear arsenal.

An Israeli official says an Iranian academic with ties to Iran's nuclear program has requested asylum in Israel.

 Israeli Deputy Minister Ayoub Kara said Saturday the Iranian academic is awaiting a decision on the asylum request in a country "friendly" to Israel.

Full report at:

http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/middle-east/Israeli-Official-Iranian-Nuclear-Expert-Requests-Asylum-in-Israel-92043594.html

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U.S. Indirectly Funding Afghan Warlords: House Report

June 22, 2010

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is indirectly paying tens of millions of dollars in protection money to Afghan warlords, and potentially to the Taliban, to secure convoys carrying supplies to U.S. troops in Afghanistan, congressional investigators said in a report.

The Pentagon's system of outsourcing to private companies the task of moving supplies in Afghanistan, and leaving it up to them to provide their own security, frees U.S. troops to focus on counterinsurgency.

But its unintended consequences undermine U.S. efforts to curtail corruption and build an effective Afghan government, according to the report to be reviewed at a congressional hearing on Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2010/06/22/news/news-us-afghanistan-contract-warlords.html?_r=1&hp

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Hudaibiya is set to become a cultural dialogue center

By P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR

June 22, 2010

JEDDAH: Efforts are under way to establish a major center for cultural dialogue in the historic location of Hudaibiya, near Makkah. The center will be named after Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, who is a strong advocate of cultural dialogue.

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal held a meeting on Monday with Prince Saud bin Abdullah, chairman of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, and Makkah Mayor Osama Al-Bar to discuss the project named “King Abdullah Oasis for Cultural Dialogue.”

Prince Khaled said Hudaibiya, which witnessed the historic peace treaty between Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the Quraish, would be developed to become a social and intellectual meeting place outside Makkah. The Hudaibiya Treaty, which was signed in 628AD, set the stage for Islam’s expansion in the world.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article70605.ece

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Burqa-clad German man arrested

22 Jun, 2010

BANNU, June 21: Police arrested on Monday a German man wearing a burqa and another man also disguised as a woman. They were coming from North Waziristan.

Police cordoned off the Bannu-Miramshah Road after receiving information that some militants might use the route to sneak into Islamabad or another area in Punjab.

Station House Officer of Cantonment Police Ghulam Fareed said they intercepted a car and arrested the two veiled men.

They were identified as Mackenzie (German), son of Bashir Mackenzie, and Sher Maula Dawar, who was with his seven-year-old daughter Nadira. Police also arrested the car’s driver.

“Women police searched them and the two turned out to be Mackenzie and Sher Maula Dawar,” the SHO said.

They were handed over to an interrogation team.

According to AFP, the arrested German man was carrying a pistol.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/burqaclad-german-man-arrested-260

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Australia names first Muslim player in Test squad

June 22, 2010

SYDNEY: Batsman Usman Khawaja became the first Muslim named in an Australian Test squad Tuesday as selectors announced a 14-strong party for the two-match series against Pakistan, the country of his birth.

Left-handed Khawaja, 23, admitted feeling "shocked" after being brought in for the July Tests in England, which were moved from Pakistan over security problems including last year's extremist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus.

"I was a bit shocked, I had a feeling I was close but that could mean absolutely nothing," he said. "The feeling didn't really sink in straight away but I've told my family and they're really excited."

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=107111

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Fearing attack, Mumbai school denies admission to 26/11 witness

Jun 22 2010

Mumbai: An 11-year-old girl, the youngest witness to depose before the court in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack case, was denied admission in a private school which fears that it would become a terror target if she was admitted.

My daughter (Devika Rotwan) has been denied admission in New English High School at suburban Bandra. School authorities say they may face a terror threat as my daughter had deposed as a witness in the 26/11 case, her father Natwarlal Rotwan, a businessman, said.

The minor girl was injured in firing at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) on the night of November 26, 2008. She had identified Ajmal Kasab who went on a firing spree at the railway station, in the court.

Full report at: Times of India

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Sufiya a witness against Madani

Jun 22 2010

Even as the anticipatory bail application of Islamist leader Abdul Nasser Madani, 31st accused in the Bangalore bombings case, is to be taken up by the court on Tuesday, reports from the Karnataka capital say that the police have listed his wife Sufiya as a witness against him.

Judge Srikanth Vadavatti of Fast Track Court (5), Bangalore had on Saturday deferred Madani’s bail plea, filed on June 16, to Tuesday after public prosecutor Rudra Swamy requested for more time for submitting the police’s counter-affidavit. At the same time, Madani’s political party, PDP, has been able to garner support of several Muslim organisations and rights outfits for him.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/264097/Sufiya-a-witness-against-Madani.html

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Working to Help a Haven for Afghan Women Blossom

By ROD NORDLAND

Jun 22 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan — There was in the city an old garden, and in that garden there were trees, and under the trees there were women.

And there were no scarves on the heads of the women who sat under the trees in the old Kabul Women’s Garden.

That was all something remarkable once upon a time, as it is even now. Screened from male scrutiny by the leafy canopies of almond or apricot trees, women could go outside as they pleased, dare to wriggle naked toes in fountain water or just gossip without the veil.

Now this oasis of freedom for women, surrounded by the misogynist desert of the capital city, is undergoing a rebirth.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/21/world/asia/21kabul.html?src=me&ref=world

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150,000 marooned by Bangladesh floods

Jun 22, 2010

DHAKA: At least 150,000 people have been marooned and thousands of hectares of crops destroyed by floods after weeks of heavy rain in Bangladesh's northeast, an official said on Tuesday.

Five weeks of heavy rain caused rivers to burst their banks and flood large areas of countryside and villages, Sylhet district chief Sazzad Hossain told AFP.

"At least 36,000 families -- around 150,000 people -- have been marooned by the floods in my district," he said.

The water level was still rising, causing major damage to crops and cutting off communication with many areas, he added.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/150000-marooned-by-Bangladesh-floods/articleshow/6077870.cms

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Satire Gets a Tough Reception in Pakistan

By ADAM B. ELLICK

Jun 22, 2010

“Burqavaganza” is a love story in the time of jihad. A young couple struggle to form a relationship as societal forces try to keep them apart.

The satirical play, which was recently banned by the Pakistani government, doesn’t sidestep any of the country’s problems: a creeping radicalization, terrorism, government corruption, and interference by Western nations, especially the United States.

Everyone in the play, both men and women, wears a burqa. In the drama, the veil is a metaphor for hypocrisy in a “hidden nation.” But the script also mocks the burqa,  a sacred symbol in Pakistan.

The theater group putting on the play, Ajoka, has earned a reputation for its radically anti-establishment works in the last two decades, and its willingness to provoke.

Full report at:

http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/21/satire-gets-a-tough-reception-in-pakistan/

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White House Summons Top U.S. Afghanistan General

June 22, 2010

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House has summoned the top U.S. general in Afghanistan to Washington to explain controversial remarks critical of the Obama administration, U.S. military and Obama administration officials said on Tuesday.

The move comes a day after General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, apologized for comments by his aides insulting some of President Barack Obama's closest advisers in an article to be published in Rolling Stone magazine.

The controversy comes at an inopportune time for Obama, who already is dealing with huge BP Plc oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, trying to get financial industry reform legislation through Congress and hoping to prevent Republicans from taking back control of Congress in November elections.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2010/06/22/world/international-uk-usa-afghanistan-mcchrystal.html

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Pakistani Taliban Want Exchange Of Prisoners

June 22, 2010

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - The Pakistani Taliban on Tuesday threatened to kill 33 soldiers they say have been captured in the country's lawless northwest unless the government releases detained Taliban fighters.

A Taliban spokesman told Reuters by telephone that the soldiers had been seized during various raids.

"We want our men back and if they don't free them, they'll lose their soldiers," spokesman Ikramullah Mohmand said.

About 40 paramilitary soldiers went missing after the Taliban overran their post near the Afghan border last week. Fourteen were found later in Afghanistan and flown home.

It was not clear if the missing soldiers were the ones in Taliban custody.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2010/06/22/world/international-uk-pakistan-security.html

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Saudi Gold Reserves Double Than Thought

Jun 22nd, 2010

Saudi Arabia’s central bank holds more than twice the amount of gold previously estimated, a shift that analysts said reflected more of an accounting adjustment than an indication the oil rich nation was veering away from its conservative reserve policy.

A June report by the World Gold Council, an industry group that tracks gold bullion holdings by nations the world over, showed the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency’s gold reserve figure climbed to 322.9 tonnes compared to 143 tonnes reported in March.

The council said its gold data was “modified from the first quarter 2008 as a result of the adjustment of the SAMA’s gold accounts.”

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/saudi-gold-reserves-double-thought-602

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Pak PM ignores US warning on Iran gas deal, to go ahead with gas import

Jun 22, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Defying a warning from Washington, Pakistan's prime minister promised Tuesday to go ahead with a plan to import natural gas from Iran even if the U.S. levies additional sanctions against the Mideast country.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's comments came two days after the U.S. special envoy to Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, cautioned Pakistan not to ``overcommit'' itself to the deal because it could run afoul of new sanctions against Iran being finalized by Congress.

The deal has been a constant source of tension between the two countries, with Pakistan arguing that it is vital to its ability to cope with an energy crisis and the U.S. stressing that it would undercut international pressure on Iran over its nuclear program.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Pakistan/Pak-PM-ignores-US-warning-on-Iran-gas-deal-to-go-ahead-with-gas-import/articleshow/6078853.cms

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Kalmadi thanks Pakistan for support during CWG bid

Jun 22, 2010

NEW DELHI: IOA President Suresh Kalmadi on Tuesday appreciated Pakistan's role in India's successful bid for organising the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

"Pakistan supported us to the hilt to get the Commonwealth Games to India. We can never forget their support. We and Canada were locked in a two-way battle for getting the hosting rights and Pakistan supported us in our bid," Kalmadi said while announcing the India schedule of Queen's Baton Relay.

The relay will arrive in the country through Wagah border on June 25 after finishing its Pakistan leg.

"The Baton will arrive in India on June 25 and proceed to Amritsar via road on the same day in the evening. During its 100-day-long programme, the Baton will pass through all the states and union territories before finally arriving in Delhi on September 30, three days prior to the start of the Games.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Sports/Events-Tournaments/Commonwealth-Games/Kalmadi-thanks-Pakistan-for-support-during-CWG-bid/articleshow/6078765.cms

 

Kyrgyz Forces Clash With Uzbeks In Osh

Jun 22nd, 2010

Kyrgyz security forces clashed with ethnic Uzbeks near the troubled southern city of Osh on Monday and at least two people were killed, officials and human rights groups said.

Kyrgyzstan’s south has been volatile since an outbreak of ethnic violence on June 10 killed up to 2,000 people, set off a wave of refugees and destroyed entire Uzbek neighbourhoods.

Russia and the United States both operate military bases in the former Soviet Central Asian republic and are concerned about the threat of regional instability.

Ole Solvang, a researcher with Human Rights Watch, told Reuters from a hospital in Osh that clashes broke out again on Monday when government forces went on patrol in the Uzbek neighbourhood of Nariman on the outskirts of Osh.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/kyrgyz-forces-clash-uzbeks-osh-619

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Ukrainian woman lodges cruelty case against Indian husband

Kapil Datta

Jun 22nd, 2010

On the complaint of a Ukrainian woman on Monday, the Noida Police registered a case of cruelty against her Indian husband and his par- ents. The accused were absconding till late evening.

The woman, Olena, con- tacted the police after she couldn't reach her husband on the cellphone despite repeat- ed calls. She said she was thrown out of her husband's house in Udyog Vihar Sector- 82 six months ago. She has also approached the National Commission for Women for help.

Station House officer at Noida Phase II police station Deepak Sharma said Olena stated in her complaint that her husband physically abused her and her parents-in-law did- n't help her.

Full report at: Hindustan Times

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Holbrooke’s plane lands in Afghanistan despite small arms fire

Jun 22nd, 2010

The U.S. special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, landed Monday in Afghanistan’s contested Marjah region despite small-arms fire on the ground, U.S. officials said.

P.J. Crowley, spokesman for the U.S. State Department, dismissed reports that Mr. Holbrooke’s Osprey aircraft was fired on by insurgents.

He said it belonged in the category of “first reports are usually wrong.” Crowley said Holbrooke was airborne, and his plane was not affected or hit by enemy fire.

“While they were airborne, they were aware of small-arms fire below in the general vicinity of Marjah, but it did not affect the airplane itself,” Mr. Crowley said.

Full report at:

http://beta.thehindu.com/news/international/article478755.ece?homepage=true

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PACE report warns of rising Islamophobia in European nations

Jun 22nd, 2010

Europe’s largest intergovernmental human rights watchdog has warned that intolerance toward Islam and Muslims in Europe has been increasing in recent years and urged immediate action to stem violence against Muslims.                                             

In a report titled “Islam, Islamism and Islamophobia in Europe,” the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) noted with deep concern that in many of the Council of Europe’s 47 member states, Muslims feel socially excluded, stigmatized and discriminated against, stressing that they become victims of stereotypes, social marginalization and political extremism because of their different religious and cultural traditions.

Full report at:

http://www.todayszaman.com/tz-web/news-213829-100-pace-report-warns-of-rising-islamophobia-in-european-nations.html

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Ethnic Uzbeks Find Calm but Fear for Those Still Behind

By CLIFFORD J. LEVY

Jun 22nd, 2010

KARASU, Uzbekistan — “I have three children — 9, 7 and 4 years old — and they are just in shock,” a woman named Ursanoy Mamadaliyeva said on Monday. “My youngest said to me, ‘Mama, if we return to Kyrgyzstan, then you have to buy me an automatic weapon.’

“Do you think that that is normal?” she asked. “The child is 4 years old. And he says, ‘I am also going to shoot.’ Is that normal?”

Tears welled in her eyes.

“I don’t want my children to live like this,” she said.

Roughly 80,000 ethnic Uzbeks like Ms. Mamadaliyeva, 30, have fled ethnic rioting this month in Kyrgyzstan and crossed the border into this part of Uzbekistan, often arriving with nothing but awful memories, after their homes were ransacked and set ablaze.

 Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/22/world/asia/22uzbek.html?hp

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Fox News: Sharia Law Is Invading The United States!

June 22, 2010

Fox News has teamed up with Oklahoma State Rep. Rex Duncan, an Islamophobic extremist, to scaremonger that the United States Constitution and its judicial system are in danger of being sabotaged by Sharia law. As TPM LiveWire recently reported, Duncan has said that Sharia law in the United States is “not just a danger. It’s a reality,” even though he admits it has not yet occurred. Because Duncan is worried that “liberal judges” citing international law “want to undermine those founding principles” of America, he has sponsored a state ballot in Oklahoma that forbids judges from considering international law in their rulings. Not only has this wingnut received at least two warm welcomes on Fox, Brian Kilmeade, on Fox & Friends, agrees that Sharia law is on the way. So, it seems, does Sean Hannity. Apparently taking a cue from the Arizona immigration law, Duncan announced, “It’s time that the state legislatures step up and do what the federal government has willfully refused to do.”

Full report at:

http://www.newshounds.us/2010/06/21/fox_news_sharia_law_is_invading_the_united_states.php

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Rescuing Kyrgyzstan could well save Central Asia

Paul Quinn-Judge

22 June 2010

A major crisis is taking place in Central Asia, but much of the world — and most governments — would prefer not to think about it. Kyrgyzstan has lost control of a significant part of its country.

Initial violence has caused many hundreds of deaths and, as of the latest count, over 400,000 refugees. This from a population of five million. The calm that has come over the area is temporary combat fatigue. Kyrgyzstan’s new provisional government is looking increasingly incapable of taking any measures to restore homes, livelihoods, destroyed infrastructure or trust. It can barely impose order. Yet world leaders are looking elsewhere.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?xfile=/data/opinion/2010/June/opinion_June129.xml&section=opinion

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Mideast conflict threatens NATO

Claude Salhani

22 June 2010

When US President Barack Obama said that solving the Middle East crisis was in the national interest of the United States he was only partially correct.

Solving the Middle East crisis concerns not only the national interest of the US, but also Western Europe, and by default all countries in the world that rely on US and/or EU assistance, protection and so on. Furthermore, the US president is correct to feel a sense of urgency regarding this matter because the longer it is allowed to continue the more complex it becomes.  Just over 10 years ago the conflict was largely confined to the borders of the Middle East, except for the occasional terrorist strike in Europe. Today however, there are two new (non-Arab) players in the debacle, a position that is redrawing the map of the Middle East; those are ?Turkey and Iran.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?xfile=/data/opinion/2010/June/opinion_June130.xml&section=opinion

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Three dead in bomb attack in Istanbul

22 June 2010

 ISTANBUL - Three people were killed and six others wounded on Tuesday in a bomb attack on a coach transporting soldiers in Istanbul, Turkish television reported.

The bomb apparently exploded around 0445 GMT when the vehicle was passing through the Halkali district, a suburb on the European side of the city, according to TV channels NTV and CNN-Turk, which broadcast images of the heavily damaged coach.

There were also family members of the soldiers on board the coach, including children, the TV stations reported.

Several ambulances were rushed to the scene which has been cordoned off by police.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

The rebel Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) threatened at the weekend to launch attacks in all Turkish cities.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/June/middleeast_June592.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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Israel revives East Jerusalem housing plan

22 June 2010

 JERUSALEM - Israeli municipal authorities moved ahead on Monday with a plan to raze some 20 Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem, risking more U.S.-Israeli friction over a building project seen by Palestinians as settlement expansion.

The Jerusalem city planning board ratified a proposal that could renew diplomatic pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a day after he bowed to world calls to ease a Gaza blockade following Israel’s deadly raid on an aid flotilla.

Citing concern over Israel’s international image, Netanyahu had persuaded Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat to put the King’s Garden project on hold in March, at a time when Washington was struggling to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/June/middleeast_June589.xml&section=middleeast

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Philippines’ Arroyo leaving behind economic problems

22 June 2010

MANILA - Philippine President Gloria Arroyo will step down next week after overseeing nine years of economic growth, but analysts say the poor masses have missed out and her successor will inherit major problems.

A third of the nation’s 92 million people remain in deep poverty, a figure that has barely changed since she took office in 2001, while corruption has flourished and the rich have mainly enjoyed the benefits of the boom, they say.

“The things that really matter to our daily lives like food security, poverty, health and education have really deteriorated over the last six to 10 years,” Manila-based economist Arsenio Balisacan told AFP.

Arroyo will leave office on June 30 with the unenviable reputation of being one of the country’s most unpopular leaders, but she has repeatedly insisted that her economic record is a source of pride.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2010/June/international_June933.xml&section=international&col=

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Israel rejects compensation plea to Palestinian martyr

By MOHAMMED MAR'I

June 22, 2010

RAMALLAH: An Israeli court has rejected a petition to pay compensation to the family of a Palestinian photojournalist who was shot dead by Israeli soldiers in 2003, said the International Solidarity Foundation for Human Rights on Monday.

In a press statement, the foundation said Haifa District Court rejected a request by the family of Palestinian photojournalist Nazih Darwazih who was shot dead by Israeli soldiers while covering clashes between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli soldiers in the West Bank city of Nablus in 2003.

The foundation said that Darwazih's family filed the petition in 2004. The family is calling for compensation for the "material and moral damage” experienced by Darwazih’s family consisting of his wife and children —Sameh, 18, Razan, 16, Sami, 14, Hosam, 9, and Amjad, 7.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article70502.ece

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Afghanistan in focus for top UN diplomats

By DAVID FOX

June 22, 2010

KABUL: Senior UN diplomats were on their way to the Afghan capital on Monday, and the US special envoy was also in the country, on a day when the death of nine foreign troops added to a bloody month in the nine-year-old insurgency.

The government also announced the release of 14 suspected Taleban fighters — including two would-be suicide bombers — a promise it made after a national peace meeting endorsed the president's plan to make overtures to the insurgents.

The UN ambassadors are on a fact-finding mission ahead of a debate at the world body's headquarters later this month, while US envoy Richard Holbrooke was visiting to see progress on an operation that takes on the Taleban in their spiritual heartland.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article70513.ece

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20 Taliban suspects freed after jirga peace deal

Jun 22 2010

Twenty Taliban suspects have been freed from jails in Afghanistan as part of efforts to persuade Islamist insurgents to make peace,an Afghan official said on Monday.The decision to review the cases came after a peace jirga,or gathering,of Afghan tribal leaders and other notables earlier this month approved a plan by President Hamid Karzai to seek a peace deal with moderate elements of the Taliban.

Times of India

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Turkish troops hunt down Kurdish rebels

June 22, 2010

ANKARA: Elite commando units rappelled down from helicopters and mechanized infantry units blocked escape routes of Kurdish rebels in a major operation along the Iraqi border on Monday. Turkey's military chief did not rule out a cross-border offensive against rebel hideouts in northern Iraq.

"It is our duty to find and eliminate terrorists wherever they are," Gen. Ilker Basbug, head of the military, said in response to a question about the possibility of a major incursion. He said the military has been using drones, bought from Israel, over northern Iraq to monitor rebel positions over the past 10 days.

Turkish warplanes often have bombed Kurdish rebel hideouts there, and troops have crossed the border to hunt the rebels down. The last major ground incursion into Iraq was in February 2008, but the rebels made a comeback after the troops withdrew.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article70573.ece

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EP Pakistanis felicitate well-known educationist

By SIRAJ WAHAB

June 22, 2010

ALKHOBAR: The Pakistani community in the Eastern Province had a rare opportunity this week to interact with one of their country’s most eminent and popular educationists.

Karachi-based Hashmatullah Lodi, who migrated to Pakistan from Lucknow in 1951 and then went on to hold prestigious positions in the Sindh government’s department of education, is currently visiting Saudi Arabia. He was honored by a group of Pakistani expatriates, led by Rizwan Ahmad, for his excellent services to the Pakistani nation.

A prolific writer, sports enthusiast and stylish radio broadcaster, 81-year-old Lodi has written more than a dozen books on science, education and sports. He has also authored dozens of school textbooks in a career spanning four decades. His latest publication — an autobiography entitled “Aata Hai Yaad Mujhko” — is being recognized as a valuable contribution.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article70485.ece

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Indian lawyer suggests way out for Muslims

By SIRAJ WAHAB

June 22, 2010

ALKHOBAR: A visiting lawyer from the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has called on Muslims to set up their own arbitration councils to resolve family disputes.

Speaking to a select group of expatriates in the Kingdom on Sunday, Mohammed Osman Shaheed, the additional public prosecutor at Andhra Pradesh High Court, said high courts and Supreme Court were no longer delivering judgments in the light of Muslim Personal Law.

“This law has been confined only to legal books ... it is no longer in application. The majority of All-Indian Muslim Personal Law Board officials, too, have accepted this stark fact,” he said.

Elaborating his point, Osman Shaheed said: “For example, if you take a case of divorce to the High Court or the Supreme Court, they will clearly tell you that where there is a conflict between the Muslim Personal Law and the law of the land, then the law of the land will prevail. And in almost all cases since independence, the judgments have been delivered in contravention of the Muslim Personal Law.”

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article70475.ece

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US lawmakers unveil Iran sanctions bill

22 Jun, 2010

WASHINGTON: Top US lawmakers crafting Iran sanctions legislation announced Monday they had reached a deal on a series of punitive measures aimed at piling pressure on Tehran over its suspect nuclear program.

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman said they were circulating their draft bill to colleagues, and sources said the US Congress could approve the measure as early as this week.

Berman and Dodd said their blueprint, which aims to tighten existing US sanctions on the Islamic republic, would give President Barack Obama “a full range of tools to deal with the threats posed by Iran.” “If applied forcefully by the president, this act will bring strong new pressure to bear on Tehran in order to combat its proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, support for international terrorism and gross human rights abuses,” they said in a joint statement.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/19-us-lawmakers-unveil-iran-sanctions-bill-hh-02

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Key Taliban commander arrested from Karachi

June 22, 2010

KARACHI: Police have arrested the key commander of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Asmat Ullah Mehsud during a raid in the SITE area of Karachi.

Sources said that Mehsud was planning attacks on CID officers with his group.

The arrested commander was involved in providing financial support to the TTP campaign and was providing safe hideouts and medical treatment to injured militants in the city, sources added.

Mehsud, who is the brother of Commander Abdul Wahab Mehsud, had also facilitated militants involved in the Karsaz incident and the failed terror attack on the Kimari oil terminal.

The government had announced a Rs.10 million bounty on Abdul Wahab Mehsud.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/metropolitan/16-key+taliban+commander+arrested+from+karachi-hs-05

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Zardari vows to foil plots against democracy

22 Jun, 2010

NAUDERO, June 21: President Asif Ali Zardari vowed on Monday to fight “anti-democracy elements” and strengthen Pakistan by following the path of political reconciliation and taking along all political forces.

“We are standing before enemies like mountains. It is not easy to defeat us. We have introduced such a political formula that even if we suffer a loss, we will be the ultimate winners,” President Zardari said at a large gathering of party workers here on the 57th birth anniversary of the late Benazir Bhutto.

The president expressed his determination to resist anti-democracy elements, saying: “We will stop their way from all directions.”

He said the government of the Pakistan People’s Party and its allies was working hard to strengthen the country and under a democratic structure it was stronger than before. “They (the enemies) will have to confront democracy.”

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/zardari-vows-to-foil-plots-against-democracy-260

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Three troops among 13 killed in Orakzai

22 Jun, 2010

KALAYA, June 21: Three security personnel were killed and four injured when militants ambushed their vehicle in Orakzai tribal region on Monday. In a clash which followed the attack, troops killed 10 militants and injured five.

According to sources, security personnel were going from Kalaya to an area in Kohat when their vehicle was hit with rockets in Undkhel area of lower tehsil.

The deceased were identified as Havaldar Naseeb, sepoy Gul Jamal and sepoy Lal Karim. Capt Qasim, Naik Liaquat, sepoy Tufail, Lance Naik Yousaf and a passerby, Adil, suffered injuries.

Troops, meanwhile, raided a suspected house in Chapari Naryab area of Hangu district. Militant leader, identified as Farooq, was killed during an exchange of fire.

Security forces detained a man who had recently returned from abroad.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/three-troops-among-13-killed-in-orakzai-260

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Nato’s deadliest days in Afghanistan

22 Jun, 2010

KABUL: Some of the deadliest days of the war in Afghanistan since the US-led ouster of the Taliban regime in 2001.

According to a report 281 foreign soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan this year. Last year was the deadliest yet, with 520 killed.

—2005

— June 28: 16 US military personnel died when a Taliban rocket-propelled grenade hit their Chinook helicopter in Kunar province.

—2007

— April 8: Six Canadian soldiers were killed when a bomb exploded near their vehicle.

— May 31: Seven soldiers, five of them Americans, were killed when a military transport helicopter crashes in Helmand province after a rocket attack.

— July 4: Six Canadian soldiers and their Afghan interpreter were killed when a booby-trapped device hits their vehicle in the south.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/international/natos-deadliest-days-in-afghanistan-260

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Pakistan allocates Rs130 billion for war on terror

June 22, 2010

 ISLAMABAD: Pakistan government has allocated Rs130 billion for the ongoing war on terror for fiscal year 2010-11.

According to sources of Finance Ministry, government has made a separate allocation of Rs130 billion to finance the ongoing war on terrorism.

The sources further said that the government will require Rs130 billion from the allied partners of war on terror to help eliminate terrorism.

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/6-21-2010/67093.htm

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Pakistan fighting war not for US but for its own survival: PM

June 22, 2010

 GARHI KHUDA BUX: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Monday said Pakistan is fighting not the US battle but a war for its own survival and that no dictation whatsoever is required from outside in this regard.

Talking to newsmen Monday at Garhi Khuda Bux after offering fateha at grave of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto on her 57th birthday, he said ``we are fighting war of people for the country's integrity.''

He said killers of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto will be apprehended and the government was moving forward in investigation in light of UN report.

Regarding sanctions on Iran, the Premier said if the US put in place any restriction on Iran the same would be reviewed in the light of international laws.

Replying to a question, he said three provinces have rejected Kalabagh Dam and ``we respect their decision.''

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/6-21-2010/67092.htm

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Musharraf will lead Pakistan against ‘tsunami of corruption’

By Murtaza Ali Shah

June 22, 2010

LONDON: A key aide of former president Pervez Musharraf has said that the masses across the length and breadth of Pakistan have welcomed the launch of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) and the party’s membership drive had received a tremendous response.

In an interview with Jang/The News here, General (R) Rashid Qureshi, who is Musharraf’s spokesperson and a key strategist, revealed that parliamentarians from all parties including Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Muslim League (N) had welcomed the launch of Pervez Musharraf’s party and had assured of their support. Qureshi said that APML is not just another addition to the long list of political parties. “Our agenda is crystal clear. We want to serve Pakistan, not our personal interests.” After the formal launch of AMPL in London, where Pervez Musharraf is living in self-exile after leaving Pakistan, Qureshi said that Musharraf decided to go ahead with the party launch after he was inundated with messages of support from his supporters, especially the youth, who can clearly differentiate now that Pakistan was on the upward move under the rule of Musharraf, but going downhill since the election into power of Pakistan People’s Party.

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=246459

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The Queen Baton’s Relay at Wagah Border

June 22, 2010

TOBA TEK SINGH: A chain of handkerchiefs, written by students from India and Pakistan, will be formed under Aman Ki Asha, an initiative launched by the Jang Group and The Times of India to promote peace in the region, at the Wagah Border on June 25.

The Pakistan Olympic Association will hand over the Commonwealth Games torch to India during the Queen Baton’s Relay.

The event will be celebrated on both sides of the Indo-Pak border. A campaign was launched in the schools of both countries under a programme, titled ‘Aman Mein Mera Hissa’ (my contribution to peace), sometime back.

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=246464

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Man arrested for throwing acid on wife

June 22, 2010

KARACHI: The Shah Faisal police arrested a man Monday for allegedly throwing acid on his 35-year-old wife. According to details, Irshad Mushtaq threw acid on his wife Sultana, mother of five, on May 27 at their house in Shah Faisal Colony, injuring her face and partially affecting their minor children. Sultana was rushed to the Burns Ward of the Civil Hospital Karachi by her in-laws who allegedly asked her to keep her mouth shut about the incident. Police have registered first information report No 363/10 against Mushtaq and arrested him. The accused man told the police that he suspected his wife of having a bad character. The victim is currently under treatment and one of her eyes has been permanently damaged.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\22\story_22-6-2010_pg12_5

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Allawi fears assassination plot: report

June 22, 2010

LONDON: Former Iraqi prime minister Iyad Allawi, who is locked in a struggle to form a new government after inconclusive polls, said in an interview Monday he had been warned of plots to assassinate him.

Allawi, who won the most seats in March elections but not enough to form a government on his own, told Britain’s The Times newspaper that he had received warnings from American generals and Iraqi officials about plans to kill him.

His growing fear of being killed led him to request extra security measures from the Americans, who put up more concrete barriers around his house. “I got a letter from the Americans saying that there is a plot against me,” he said.

“Then some other friends in high positions also told me the same thing. These are evil people’s designs.”

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\22\story_22-6-2010_pg4_4

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Benazir was a symbol of democracy: Bijarani

Bushra Makhdoom

June 22, 2010

ISLAMABAD—Federal Minister for Industries and Production Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani has said that Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was a cherished off-spring of the Indus and a symbol of democracy.

Mohtarma was a democratic institution for the students of politics throughout the world. She was the only internationally renowned and recognized Muslim leader who was awarded more than 26 International Awards and Degrees. He said this in his message on the 57th Birth Anniversary of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.

Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was the first lady to be democratically elected as the Prime Minister in any Muslim Country. She was a source of hope and happiness to the hopeless and downtrodden people of Pakistan.

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/0610/22/CityPage/index.php?id=8

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New Qaida video warns snake-like Obama of attacks

Jun 22 2010

Washington: Al-Qaida has posted a new video on Islamist websites where a spokesman of the militant outfit calls US President Barack Obama snakelike and a treacherous,bloodthirsty and narrow-minded American war president.

In the video,American-origin al-Qaida spokesman Adam Gadahn criticises Americas aggression and interference in Afghanistan,Pakistan,Yemen and Somalia,the CNN reported.Gadahn speaks in English and the video features Arabic subtitles.

Addressing Obama,Gadahn says,I know that as you slither snake-like into the second year of your reign as a purported president of change.You are fighting,your hands full,with running the affairs of a declining and besieged empire,and in the process proving yourself to be nothing more than another treacherous,bloodthirsty and narrow-minded American war president.

Full report at: Times of India

 

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NYC bomb suspect Faisal Shahzad pleads guilty, calls it 'war'

Jun 22, 2010

NEW YORK: Calling himself a Muslim soldier, a defiant Pakistan-born US citizen pleaded guilty on Monday to carrying out the failed Times Square car bombing and left a sinister warning that unless the US leaves Muslim lands alone, ''we will be attacking US''.

Faisal Shahzad entered the plea in US District Court in Manhattan just days after a federal grand jury indicted him on 10 terrorism and weapons counts, some of which carry mandatory life sentences. He pleaded guilty to them all.

Widely circulated snapshots of Shahzad -- a US-trained financial analyst and married father of two -- show him with a neatly trimmed beard, all smiles and looking carefree behind sunglasses or with his American wife. When led into court Monday, he had on a white skull cap and prisoner's uniform, his beard shaggy and his demeanour serious.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/NYC-bomb-suspect-Faisal-Shahzad-pleads-guilty-calls-it-war/articleshow/6077107.cms

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Ban pushes for international inquiry into flotilla raid

Jun 22 2010

United Nations : Not satisfied with the presence of two foreign observers in Israelis internal inquiry, UN chief Ban-Ki moon is pushing for an international probe into the May 31 raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship that killed nine activists.

Israel set up a government-appointed commission called the Independent Public Commission, which includes two foreigners - Lord David Trimble, a Nobel Peace laureate from Northern Ireland, and Brig Gen Ken Watkin, former judge advocate general of the Canadian Forces.

"I know that there are going to be two international observers. But what I have heard from most of the countries is that it is not sufficient enough to have international credibility," Ban said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/ban-pushes-for-international-inquiry-into-flotilla-raid/636527/

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CRPF man killed in Liberia attack, weapon traced to Pak officer

Neeraj Chauhan

Jun 22 2010

New Delhi : A CRPF constable was killed and another injured in firing in their camp in Zwedru in Liberia where they are deployed as part of UNMIL (UN Mission in Liberia). A weapon used in the attack and later found at the spot has been traced to a Lt Murad, posted with a Pakistani contingent.

Confirming the incident, CRPF Director General Vikram Srivastava told The Indian Express: “One of our boys expired in the unfortunate incident in which a Pakistani officer posted there was involved. All details of the incident which we got from the Liberia office have been sent in a report to Joint Secretary (UN) in the Ministry of External Affairs.”

The incident occurred at 4.45 am on June 8 when constables Jeet Singh and Kaptan Singh were on duty at their posts at the CRPF camp. According to reports, an “unidentified” man in fatigues entered the Indian camp and began firing indiscriminately.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/crpf-man-killed-in-liberia-attack-weapon-traced-to-pak-officer/636891/

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Uzbeks say Kyrgyz police beat them up, killed two

Jun 22 2010

Nariman : Kyrgyz government forces swept into an ethnic Uzbek village on Monday, beating men and women with rifle butts in an assault that left at least two dead and more than 20 wounded, witnesses said.

The allegations were among the strongest Uzbek claims of official collusion in ethnic rampages that killed as many as 2,000 people last week and forced nearly half of the region’s Uzbeks to flee.

Kyrgyz authorities said they conducted the sweep in Nariman to track down suspected criminals that had taken refuge in the village. They said seven people were detained on suspicion of involvement in the killing of the head of the local police precinct a week ago.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/uzbeks-say-kyrgyz-police-beat-them-up-killed-two/636807/

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Pak violates ceasefire again

Mohit Kandhari

Jun 22 2010

Before diplomats from India and Pakistan could begin the much-awaited round of talks in Islamabad on June 24, aimed at reducing the existing level of trust deficit, Pakistani Rangers early on Monday morning once again violated the ceasefire agreement with India, for the second time in less than 24 hours.

Two porters had been killed in a similar firing incident from across the Line of Control in Macchil sector of frontier Kupwara district of North Kashmir on Sunday.

Turning the ‘barrel of their guns’ towards the Abdullian border outpost in RS Pura sector of Jammu, Pakistani Rangers targeted civilian population in the area, which falls in the direct line of fire, around 4 am. This is for the first time that civilian areas have been targeted from across the border ever since the ceasefire agreement has been reached in November 2003.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/264108/Pak-violates-ceasefire-again.html

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Pakistan to release 17 Indian prisoners on June 23

Jun 22nd, 2010

Pakistan will release 17 Indian prisoners as a goodwill gesture on June 23, official sources said on Monday.

The prisoners will be released through the Wagah land border ahead of the meeting between Foreign Secretaries of the two countries on June 24, the source told PTI.

Further details about prisoners to be released could not immediately be ascertained.

Humanitarian issues, including prisoners being held in jails in India and Pakistan, are expected to figure in the talks between the two sides on June 24.

Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao will hold talks with her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir to find ways to bridge the trust deficit between the two countries and prepare ground for meeting of Foreign Ministers on July 15.

http://beta.thehindu.com/news/international/article477821.ece

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