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Islamic World News ( 7 May 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Muslim-Christian clashes kill 5 in west Cairo

Three wounded in bombing Peshawar: Police

America is the Centre of Terrorism; Let the world Unite against its gangsterism: Maulana Habib ur Rahman Ludhianavi

Five dead, 54 wounded in Egyptian sectarian clashes

Six killed, 10 wounded in attack in Iraq’s Baquba

Boy suicide bomber recruits paraded by Afghan authorities

Post-Osama strategy being thrashed out by Pakistan

Seized material shows value of Bin Laden manhunt: CIA

Taliban launch string of attacks on Kandahar

Bhatt was at Modi meet: ex-cop of Gujrat

US ups pressure on Pakistan

US releases seized Osama bin Laden videos

PML-N likely to take up overtures by Q-League dissidents

Foreign channels’ live coverage from Abbottabad barred

Saudi Kingdom rejects BBC claim of Zamzam water contamination

Scared Dawood Ibrahim may shift son's wedding venue

Syrian tanks storm flashpoint city: Activists

US aid not to stop: Hafeez By Kalbe Ali

Malik gives Zardari’s message to Saudi king

3 protesters killed near Syria's Banias: activist

Radars were inactive, not jammed: Pakistan Air Force

Probe of Abt incident to be made public: Firdous

Malik conveys Zardari’s message to Saudi King

Haqqani calls for probe into Osama hiding in Abbottabad

Disaster, if India draws parallels: Musharraf

'Pakistan suffered more than others'

US presses for identifying reticent spies: NYT

Gaddafi troops hit Misrata fuel tanks

Obama's Pakistan trip now uncertain

Pakistan hits back over furor

Tunisian court convicts Ben Ali relative of drug use

Yemen youth protest leaders want Gulf plan withdrawn

Pakistan’s ex-FM urges resignations over Bin Laden

Osama raid tremors still felt in Pak

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Muslim-Christian clashes kill 5 in west Cairo

08, MAY 2011

CAIRO: Christians and Muslims fought in the streets of western Cairo on Saturday in violence triggered by word of a mixed romance, Egypt’s official news agency reported. At least five people were killed.

The clashes marked an escalation in tension between Egypt’s Muslims and its Coptic Christian minority that has coincided with uncertainty surrounding the country’s path after President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster in February.

Ultraconservative Muslims have renewed protests in recent days accusing the church of abducting the wife of a Coptic priest who the protesters believe converted to Islam. Copts answered back by holding their own rally Friday outside the Orthodox Church to protest what they said was the “targeting of the church.” The news agency said the violence Saturday broke out in the Imbaba neighborhood after word spread that a Christian woman had married a Muslim and was being held in a church against her will.

Hundreds of Muslims converged on the church to demand the woman be released, witnesses said. Copts stood outside the church protecting it. The witnesses said gunfire was exchanged in the melee, including from people shooting from rooftops.

Islamists threw firebombs, and some homes were burned near the church, they said. Crowds chanted, “With our souls and our blood we defend you, Islam.” Besides the dead, 54 people were injured, the news agency reported, quoting government medical official Abdel-Halim el-Behiri.

Egyptian, TV reported that the military and police were trying to break up the standoff. Witnesses said they used tear gas and fired into the air.

Mixed relationships are taboo in Egypt, where the Muslim majority and sizable Christian minority are both largely conservative. Such relationships are often the source of deadly clashes between the faiths.

If a Christian woman marries a Muslim, she is expelled from the church. A Muslim woman is not allowed to marry a Christian man, according to state law.

Because divorce is banned under the Coptic Church, unless under stringent conditions, many women resort to conversion as a way to get out of a marriage.

The case of Camilla Shehata, the wife of a Coptic priest, captivated attention last summer and has again become a source of tension.

Ultraconservative Muslims have held protests and appeared on talk shows demanding the return of Shehata to Islam.

They accused the police of collaborating with the church by handing Shehata over to church authorities to reconvert her.

On Saturday, Shehata appeared on a Christian TV station broadcast from outside of Egypt in a teleconference with her husband to say she was still a Christian and had never converted.

She said the protests were an attack on the church. “Let the protesters leave the Church alone and turn their attention to Egypt’s future.” The woman’s whereabouts is unknown.

Ultraconservative Muslims have gained prominence in Egypt, becoming more assertive in trying to spread their version of an Islamic way of life.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article386943.ece

 

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Three wounded in bombing Peshawar: Police

08, MAY 2011

PESHAWAR: A bomb exploded on Sunday outside the residence of a provincial minister in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar and initial reports said three people were wounded, police said.

The bomb detonated near the private home of agriculture minister Arbab Ayub Jan.

"We have rushed teams to find out details. Initial reports say that three people were wounded," senior police officer Mohammad Ejaz told AFP.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Three-wounded-in-bombing-Peshawar-Police/articleshow/8195394.cms

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America is the Centre of Terrorism; Let the world Unite against its gangsterism: Maulana Habib ur Rahman Ludhianavi

By: New Age Islam News Bureau

08, MAY 2011

According to reports in the Urdu Press, National President of Majlise e Ahrare-e-Islami, Hind and Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, Punjab, Maulana Habib ur Rahman Ludhianavi in his speech before the Friday sermon addressed the Muslims and said: “It is America which has been interfering in the Muslim countries’ national politics and has been killing and terrorizing  hundreds of thousands of people there. It is America which is the real terrorist although the western media have been engaged in false propaganda.” He said the countries and organizations which have been on its side can never tell the truth except the one who are not afraid of anyone except the God.

Talking to the local media after the Friday prayers, the Maulana Ludhianavi said, no one can be said to be a terrorist without proof. Replying to a question he said, if America has indeed killed Osama, why does it not bring out the photos or videos of his killing before the world. He said, in every religion and country, the deceased is given a rightful religious burial but America has shown its meanness in this respect also. He said, Islam and Muslims condemn every kind of terror acts. Islam and Sharia’h forbid killing of women, children, weak and religious leaders and scholars.

The Maulana went on to say: America and Israel are themselves in the background of terror acts like World Trade Centre and other sites and places of the world and are defaming a peace loving religion like Islam. America repeatedly talks of war against terrorism and itself kills hundreds of thousands of innocent people in places like Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. It has already killed 12 lakh people in its war against terrorism.” He said: “It talks of fighting terrorism on one hand and on the other supports a country like Pakistan. America says it is with our country India and supports Pakistan on Kashmir.”

Maulana Ludhianawi said “The world should not cooperate with Uncle Sam. It should rather stand against it and raise their voice against its gangsteriism.  Gangsters are never a friend of anybody and they will keep looting one country after another. He said how sad it is that a beautiful country like Iraq and poor people of Afghan were forced into terrorism. He asked Indian media not to be on the side of the Western media and to raise their voice against barbarism. On this occasion Mohammad Rafe Quasmi, Mohammad Mustaqueem Ehrari, Sarfraz and other respectable persons were present.

 

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Five dead, 54 wounded in Egyptian sectarian clashes

May 8, 2011

CAIRO: Five people were killed and more than 54 were wounded in a sectarian clash in Egypt on Saturday over a Christian woman who had allegedly converted to Islam, health officials said.

The strife represents another challenge to Egypt’s military rulers who are trying to restore law and order after President Hosni Mubarak was forced to step down in a popular uprising in February.

Details of how the confrontation began were sketchy. But witnesses said some 500 conservative Islamists known as salafists gathered at the Saint Mina Church in the Cairo suburb of Imbaba demanding to take custody of a woman they said had converted to Islam.

A shouting match ensued between church guards and neighbors and the Islamists. The verbal clash soon developed into a full fledged confrontation where the two sides exchanged gun fire, firebombs and stones.

“I just left one young man dead inside the church,” one Christian witness told journalists at the scene.

Authorities deployed large numbers of soldiers and police, backed by armored vehicles, to the area. The army fired shots in the air and used tear gas to separate both sides, witnesses said.

The governor of Giza province told journalists at least one person died and 23 were wounded in the clashes.

But the director of the health department in Giza province, Abdel-Halim Al-Behairi put the death toll at 5 and 54 wounded. He told Egypt’s state news agency MENA that three of the wounded were in serious condition.

Interfaith relationships often cause tension in Egypt, where Christians make up about 10 percent of its 80 million people.

Christians complain about unfair treatment, including rules they say make it easier to build a mosque than a church.

Last year Egypt saw more than its usual share of sectarian strife, and a rights groups has said such clashes have been on the rise. Muslims and Christians had been brought together during the protests that ousted Mubarak.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article386945.ece

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Six killed, 10 wounded in attack in Iraq’s Baquba

May 7, 2011

BAGHDAD: Gunmen killed at least six people and wounded ten others on Saturday in an attack on a goldsmiths’ market in the Iraqi city of Baquba, the provincial military command center said.

The attackers killed several merchants and left a car bomb at the scene that detonated when security forces responded to the initial attack in central Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) northeast of Baghdad, an official in the command center said.

The attackers robbed the shops before fleeing, the official said.

Baquba is the capital of Diyala, a troubled province where Al-Qaeda and other Sunni Muslim insurgents still battle Iraqi security forces.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article385581.ece

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Boy suicide bomber recruits paraded by Afghan authorities

May 7, 2011

KABUL: Afghan authorities paraded four young Afghan boys on Saturday who they said had been recruited as suicide bombers from homes in neighboring Pakistan and detained as they came back across the border on a mission to attack foreign troops.

The four boys, all under 13, giggled and smiled shyly at one another as they were led on to a stage before television cameras to tell how they were coerced by insurgent leaders into becoming unwitting suicide attackers.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article385913.ece

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Post-Osama strategy being thrashed out by Pakistan

 By Amir Wasim

08, MAY 2011

ISLAMABAD: Amid mounting international and domestic pressure on the government over the May 2 US special forces’ “get Osama bin Laden” operation, the country’s top civilian and military leadership got their heads together on Saturday in an effort to come up with a collective response.

President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Chief of the Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani met for the second time at the Presidency since the Abbottabad operation.

According to an official statement, they ‘comprehensively reviewed’ the situation in the “perspective of Pakistan’s national security and foreign policy”.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/08/post-osama-strategy-being-thrashed-out.html

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Seized material shows value of Bin Laden manhunt: CIA

08, MAY 2011

WASHINGTON: The trove of material seized in the raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout demonstrates how important it was to track down the Al-Qaeda chief, CIA Director Leon Panetta said Saturday.

The effort that traced Bin Laden to the compound in Abbottabad also showed the CIA's "perseverance, skill and sheer courage," Panetta said in a statement.      

"The material found in the compound only further confirms how important it was to go after Bin Laden," Panetta said. "Since 9/11, this is what the American people expected of us. In this critical operation, we delivered."    

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15248

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Taliban launch string of attacks on Kandahar

08, MAY 2011

KANDAHAR – The Taliban unleashed a wave of attacks including six suicide bombings on government targets in the major southern Afghan city of Kandahar Saturday, leaving at least 14 people wounded.

Militants with guns and rocket-propelled grenades launched an assault on the governor's office, and ten explosions including six suicide blasts rocked the city -- the birthplace of the Taliban -- after the attacks began at about 1:00 pm (0930 GMT).

Gunmen occupied a hotel near the local office of Afghanistan's intelligence service, while suicide bombers tried to attack two police offices in the south's de facto capital but were shot before they could reach their targets.

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/0511/08/FrontPage/index.php?id=10

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Bhatt was at Modi meet: ex-cop of Gujrat

May 07, 2011

A dismissed Gujarat police head constable on Saturday backed IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt’s claim that he had attended the February 27, 2002, meeting called by chief minister Narendra Modi after the Godhra incident. “On February 27, 2002, I received a message from the Gandhinagar police control room at

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around 9.30 pm to check why Bhatt had not reached the meeting,” Naresh Brahmbhatt said.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Bhatt-was-at-Modi-meet-ex-cop/H1-Article1-694733.aspx

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US ups pressure on Pakistan

08, MAY 2011

WASHINGTON: The administration of US President Barack Obama has demanded the identities of some of the top Pakistani intelligence operatives as the US tries to determine whether any of them had contact with Osama Bin Laden, according to The New York Times.

The newspaper said members of the US administration had expressed deep frustration with the Pakistani military and intelligence for their refusal to identify members of the agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Directorate, who were believed to have close ties with Bin Laden.

In particular, US officials have demanded information on what is known as the ISI’s directorate, which has worked closely with militants since the days of the fight against the Soviet army in Afghanistan, the report said.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article386682.ece

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US releases seized Osama bin Laden videos

08 ,MAY 2011

WASHINGTON: US officials on Saturday released extraordinary videos of Osama bin Laden seized in the daring raid that killed Al-Qaeda chief, saying the material shows he was a hands-on leader who took pains to shape his public image.

The tracking of bin Laden and the May 1 raid, in which more than 20 US Navy SEALs swooped on his hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan and shot him dead, represented an intelligence coup on a historic scale, a senior US intelligence official said.

The Al-Qaeda leader “was far from a figurehead, he was an active player,” the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told reporters at the Pentagon.

The seized material includes digital, audio and video files, printed items, computer equipment, recording devices and handwritten documents.

“As a result of the raid, we have acquired the single largest collection of senior terrorist materials ever,” the official said.

“This is the greatest intelligence success perhaps of a generation,” the official said.

Five videos were made public, including an extraordinary one in which the Al-Qaeda chief is seen holding a remote and sitting with a blanket over him, watching images of himself on television in a spare-looking room.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/08/us-releases-seized-osama-bin-laden-videos.html

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PML-N likely to take up overtures by Q-League dissidents

08, MAY 2011

ISLAMABAD: The PML-N is expected to take up overtures by a dissident faction of the PML-Q in the National Assembly and the Q League`s support for the creation of new provinces in the country at a meeting of its central executive committee on Tuesday.

Sources in PML-N told Dawn that since it would be the first meeting of the CEC after the PML-Q joined the PPP-led coalition government, extra input was being ensured from the party`s rank and file for crucial decision making. The entire focus of discussion would be on getting maximum results in the next general election, they added.

The CEC is expected to take a final decision on whether to accept the Q-League lawmakers, who have been in touch with the PML-N leadership, after the Chaudhrys-led party joined the cabinet.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/08/pml-n-likely-to-take-up-overtures-by-q-league-dissidents.html

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Foreign channels’ live coverage from Abbottabad barred

08, MAY 2011

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority has barred all major foreign television channels from making live broadcasts from Abbottabad five days after US commandos killed Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden there, reflecting the government’s unease over the coverage of perceived failures of its agencies.

The Pemra issued a restraining order in a statement released by the government’s Press Information Department on Saturday evening, accusing nine channels, the BBC and CNN included, of violating section 30 of the Pemra Act.

The move, which is likely to come under criticism on grounds of curbing press freedom, comes amid continuing interest at home and abroad in the May 2 operation by US navy commandos that killed the world’s most wanted man in Abbottabad.

The statement added that Pemra had stopped “foreign satellite TV channels from illegal uplinking of signals and live covering (of) news from Abbottabad”. The agency named the channels as Fox News, NBC News, CNN, CNS, IBN, BBC, Al-Jazeera, Voice of America (VOA) and Sky News.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/08/foreign-channels-live-coverage-from-abbottabad-barred.html

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Saudi Kingdom rejects BBC claim of Zamzam water contamination

08, MAY 2011

JEDDAH: Saudi authorities have refuted a BBC report claiming that the Zamzam well in Makkah is polluted and that drinking the holy water could cause diseases such as cancer.

Zuhair Nawab, president of Saudi Geological Survey (SGS), denied the allegation and said his organization has taken adequate measures to ensure the safety of Zamzam well and its water.

The BBC said it had asked a pilgrim to take samples from the Zamzam water taps in Makkah and the Zamzam water being sold in bottles to compare them with the water on sale illegally.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article386684.ece

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Scared Dawood Ibrahim may shift son's wedding venue

May 8, 2011,

Dawood has also moved out of his palatial bungalow in Karachi's Clifton neighbourhood that his family has called home for years.

MUMBAI: All the talk about a surgical strike in the aftermath of the Abbottabad raid seems to have rattled India's most-wanted fugitive, Dawood Ibrahim. The man who planned India's first major terror carnage in Mumbai in March 1993 has been forced to shift the venue of his son Moin's wedding, according to intelligence officials who track him. Everything was working to clockwork precision for the wedding scheduled for May 28.

But Operation Geronimo created such panic that Dawood, who lives in Karachi, may shift the wedding to Dubai. Dawood has also moved out of his palatial bungalow in Karachi's Clifton neighbourhood that his family has called home for years.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Scared-Dawood-Ibrahim-may-shift-sons-wedding-venue/articleshow/8191575.cms

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Syrian tanks storm flashpoint city: Activists

May 7, 2011,

DAMASCUS: Syrian tanks stormed the flashpoint city of Banias on Saturday, rights activists said, as President Bashar al-Assad ignored growing world outrage to press a violent crackdown on anti-regime protesters.

Heavy gunfire was heard in Banias's south, a seaside sector of the city where most of the protesters live, while navy boats patrolled offshore, the activists said, reached by telephone from Nicosia.

An Internet-based Syrian opposition group, meanwhile, proposed Saturday that embattled Assad offer to hold elections in six months in order to bring to an end the crisis that has engulfed his country for more than seven weeks.

The military assault on Banias, in northwestern Syria on the Mediterranean coast, came after security forces shot dead 26 protesters Friday during a huge "Day of Defiance" against the regime, according to a toll by rights groups.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Syrian-tanks-storm-flashpoint-city-Activists/articleshow/8187860.cms

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US aid not to stop: Hafeez By Kalbe Ali

by Kalbe Ali

08, MAY 2011

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Dr Hafeez Shaikh has dispelled an impression that the United States will suspend economic assistance in the wake of Osama bin Laden`s killing.

Talking to newsmen after a meeting of the Economic Advisory Council here on Saturday, he said: “There is no threat to the assistance because economic relations with the US are at government to government level.”

He said neither the tax rate would be increased nor any new tax would be introduced in the next budget. The tax base would be broadened by netting non-filers and the taxation system would be made more equitable, he added.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/08/us-aid-not-to-stop-hafeez.html

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Malik gives Zardari’s message to Saudi king

By Syed Rashid Husain

08, MAY 2011

RIYADH: Interior Minister Rehman Malik handed over a message from President Asif Zardari to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

The unscheduled visit and presence of the cream of Saudi leadership at the meeting between Mr Malik and King Abdullah set off a wave of speculations in Riyadh. Some observers saw the occasion as an aftermath of Osama bin Laden’s killing while some others linked it to, what they said, was an effort by Washington to reset its ties with Islamabad and Riyadh in the wake of the Arab uprising.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/08/malik-gives-zardaris-message-to-saudi-king.html

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3 protesters killed near Syria's Banias: activist

08, MAY 2011

NICOSIA: Syrian security forces killed three women who were demonstrating on a road outside the city of Banias on Saturday calling for the release of people who had been arrested, a human rights activist said. 

"150 residents of Banias had gathered on the highway between Banias and Latakia to ask for the release of those arrested in Marqab, where the women were from," the activist told AFP.         

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15238

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Radars were inactive, not jammed: Pakistan Air Force

08, MAY 2011

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Air Force has assured the government that no foreign helicopters or fighter planes will be allowed to violate the Pakistani air space in future and if ordered, the PAF can shoot down the US drones.

Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman has accepted the responsibility of air surveillance failure but informed the government that the entry of American helicopters into the Pakistani air space was not detected because the radars deployed on the western borders were not active on May 2. He dispelled the impression that the Pakistani radars were jammed.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15235

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Probe of Abt incident to be made public: Firdous

08, MAY 2011

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has said the government will make public the details of Abbottabad incident after a detailed inquiry and probe, Geo News reported Saturday.

“We will definitely take the nation into confidence and make public the real facts about the incident,” she said.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15242

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Malik conveys Zardari’s message to Saudi King

08, MAY 2011

RIYADH: Interior Minister Abdul Rehman Malik Saturday met Saudi King Shah Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz and conveyed the President Asif Zardari’s special message to him, Geo News reported.

According to a press release issued from Interior Ministry, the minister A. Rehman Malik held meeting with Saudi King Shah Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz here in the capital city of Saudi Arabia and apprised the king of President Asif Ali Zardari’s special message.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15244

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Haqqani calls for probe into Osama hiding in Abbottabad

08, MAY 2011

WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s ambassador to US Husain Haqqani has said that Pakistan government should investigate how Osama bin Laden managed to hide in a compound in Abbottabad.

In an interview to US TV, he said he didn’t know whether the al-Qaeda leader had help from his the government or military to stay concealed in Abbottabad, adding he did not think that speculations were going to solve the problem.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15249

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Disaster, if India draws parallels: Musharraf

08, MAY 2011

NEW DELHI – Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has frankly admitted he was "embarrassed" that Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was staying in Abbottabad city where he was killed by US commandos.

Musharraf told Headlines Today that the Pakistan Army and the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) could not be blamed for the "slip-up" that saw Osama residing in Abbottabad. Crack US commandos carried out a daring raid May 2 as they swooped into Abbottabad in stealth choppers, stormed Osama's hideout and shot dead the Al Qaeda leader. Musharraf conceded that as the former head of the military and ex-President of Pakistan he was embarrassed that Osama was found inside his country.

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/0511/08/FrontPage/index.php?id=12

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'Pakistan suffered more than others'

08, MAY 2011

BEIJING – Standing at the beachhead of the operations against terrorists, the Pakistani government has taken risks beyond the imagination of the West in recent years.

Pakistan has suffered huge losses in the war, making it a victim of social disruption and numerous violent incidents as well as the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, who was one of the most outstanding leaders of the nation, said a comment in ‘Global Times’, China’s most popular, respectable newspaper in English version of the ruling CPC on Saturday.

Since the death of Osama bin Laden, the US media has been asking how the world’s most wanted man could live for years in a hideout in Pakistan.

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/0511/08/FrontPage/index.php?id=4

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US presses for identifying reticent spies: NYT

DM Monitoring

NEW YORK – According to the sources, Obama administration has demanded the identities of some top intelligence operatives of Pakistan as the United States tries to determine whether any of them had contacts with Osama Bin Laden or his agents in the years before the raid that led to his death.

The officials provided new details of a tense discussion between Pakistani officials and special US envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Marc Grossman, who travelled to Pakistan earlier in the week, as well as the growing suspicion among United States intelligence and diplomatic officials that someone in Pakistan’s secret intelligence agency knew of Bin Laden’s location, and helped shield him.

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/0511/08/FrontPage/index.php?id=6

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Gaddafi troops hit Misrata fuel tanks

08, MAY 2011

TRIPOLI ? Libyan government forces bombed large fuel storage tanks in the contested western city of Misrata, destroying the tanks and sparking a huge fire, rebels said Saturday.

The bombardment came as artillery rounds fired by forces loyal to Libya's Muammar Gaddafi fell in Tunisia in an escalation of fighting near the border between Libyan soldiers and anti-Gaddafi rebels. Misrata is the last remaining city in the west under rebel control. The port city has been under siege for more than two months and has witnessed some of the war's fiercest fighting between loyalists and rebels.

Rebels gave varying accounts of the Misrata bombardment but said the overnight attack, which hit fuel used for export as well as domestic consumption, came as a blow to their ability to withstand the siege.

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/0511/08/FrontPage/index.php?id=8

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Obama's Pakistan trip now uncertain

08, MAY 2011

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama's promised trip to Pakistan this year, once seen as a reward for a key ally in the fight against terrorism, is now a looming headache for the White House as it tries to determine whether the government in Islamabad was complicit in allowing Osama bin Laden to live for years within the country's borders.

Obama told Pakistani officials in the fall that he planned to travel there in 2011, in part to soothe concerns that the president was favoring Pakistan's neighbor and archrival, India, by visiting there first. White House spokesmen questioned this week by The Associated Press refused to say whether Obama still planned to go.

In the hours after bin Laden's killing by a U.S. special forces team in Pakistan, John Brennan, Obama's top counterterrorism adviser, left the topic open.

"I'm not going to address the president's schedule," he said. "I think there's a commitment that the president has made that he is intending to visit Pakistan. A lot depends on availability, scheduling."

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/0511/08/FrontPage/index.php?id=11

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Pakistan hits back over furor

08, MAY 2011

ABBOTTABAD: Pakistan’s president said Tuesday accusations that his nation extends safe haven to extremists were “baseless” and insisted its long-term help was crucial to the US triumph in killing Osama Bin Laden.

Asif Ali Zardari’s defense came after the US warned it would probe how Al-Qaeda’s kingpin managed to live in undetected luxury in Pakistan. Obama’s top anti-terror adviser John Brennan said it was “inconceivable” that Bin Laden did not enjoy a support network in Pakistan.

In an opinion piece written for Tuesday’s Washington Post, Zardari said the criticism was groundless.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/osama_bin_laden/article381308.ece

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Tunisian court convicts Ben Ali relative of drug use

May 8, 2011

TUNIS: A Tunisian court convicted on Saturday a nephew of ousted president Zine Al-Abidine Ben Ali’s wife on charges of drug use and sentenced him to two years in jail, the official TAP news agency said.

Imed Trabelsi was arrested in January after Ben Ali and his wife Leila fled the North African country to Saudi Arabia following a popular uprising over poverty, corruption and political repression.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article386948.ece

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Yemen youth protest leaders want Gulf plan withdrawn

08, MAY 2011

SANA: Youth groups leading protests to oust Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh called on Gulf Arab states on Saturday to withdraw a plan which has failed so far to remove him from power.

Yemen’s main opposition said on Friday the deal, proposed by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to end months of unrest, had been modified to allow Saleh to sign as party leader rather than president, a condition that nearly derailed the deal last week.

“We call on the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council to stop any initiatives that result in alienating the Yemeni people,” the groups, under the banner Youth Revolution, said.

“We call on the United States, the European Union and the permanent Security Council members to assume their moral responsibility and stop ... meddling directed against the will of the Yemeni people to ensure freedom and democracy,” said the statement signed by the Organizational Committee of the Popular Youth Revolution.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article385545.ece

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Pakistan’s ex-FM urges resignations over Bin Laden

May 7, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s former foreign minister has called on the country’s president and prime minister to resign following the American raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi says the operation was a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty, and President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani should be held responsible.

Qureshi is one of the ?ëaCest-profile figures yet to demand senior officials be held accountable for Monday’s raid in Abbottabad, an army town just two-and-a-half hours’ drive from the capital, Islamabad.

Qureshi, now a lawmaker for the ruling Pakistan People’s Party, spoke to Geo TV on Saturday.

Other Pakistanis have focused their anger on the country’s powerful army and intelligence chiefs.

http://arabnews.com/world/article385761.ece

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Osama raid tremors still felt in Pak

May 07, 2011

Pakistan continues to pick the pieces after Monday's raid by US special forces which led to the death of the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Ladin. On Saturday, army chief General Ashfaq Kayani met with President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and promised a report on

the intelligence and security failure of the Pakistani side which allowed bin Ladin to live in Abbottabad for several years undetected. General Kayani will also tell President Zardari why the Pakistani military could not detect the US forces as they remained within Pakistani territory for nearly an hour.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Osama-raid-tremors-still-felt-in-Pak/H1-Article1-694801.aspx

http: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/muslim-christian-clashes-kill-5-in-west-cairo/d/4599


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