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Nigeria: Senator marries 13-year old, rights activists appalled

Did Madhuri Gupta, diplomat-spy, convert to Islam?

Pakistan moves 100,000 troops from border with India: Pentagon

Bin Laden ex-guard says he wants to use nuclear arms: Report

Terrorist atrocity is the biggest human rights violation

'Won't sell house to Muslims, Asians'

Sohrabuddin case: CBI arrests police official

Indonesia detains 28 in Bali beach 'gigolo' raid

US questions Karzai support, anti-corruption zeal

Benazir’s assassination case to be filed against ‘Musharraf govt’

Her son served Kasab a glass of water, then died

Pakistan Taliban chief Hakimulah may be alive: ISI

Manmohan, Gilani discuss prosecution of Hafiz Saeed

Muslim Addresses Misconceptions

Jamaat claims Shibir is not its front organisation

Al-Qaida considered a 'joke' to jihadists

Should America Ban the Burqa Too?

Pak SC dares govt again, demotes 54 bureaucrats

US probes 'pvt spy network' in Pak

Clerics fight over Diggy's Batla talk

Furore over Kerala varsity's invitation to Islamic scholar

Sort out disputes, India, Pakistan told

Egypt court convicts 26 Hezbollah men for plotting terror attacks

Four Palestinians dead after Egypt says tunnels destroyed

Pak-born US citizen pleads guilty to terror charges

‘Iraqi detainees tortured, raped in secret prison’

Pak non-committal on action against Hafiz Saeed

Pakistan has banned our Urdu news service on FM: BBC

Under the Arabian Sun

Father preventing Canadian daughter from leaving Saudi Arabia

Unpaid Somali soldiers desert to insurgency

Negligence drives young people to drugs, says study

HRW reveals horrific Iraq prison abuse

Capt. Grant, pilot for King Abdulaziz, passes away at 102

Hamas arrests, frees PFLP supporters for distributing leaflets

5 Emiratis jailed for funding Taleban

Muslim party seeks support for job quota

Afghans mark anniversary of victory over Soviets

Obama's Mideast diplomacy sees gains

New contours in the British election

Mohammed to make UAE among the best by 2021

Iran may dominate non-proliferation review

Clinton meets families of Americans held in Iran

19 Taliban killed in North Waziristan, Orakzai, Swat

 Outpouring of a sensitive mind

Changing the Muslim conversation

Who is behind the Hazara unrest?

Kashmir: ripe for resolution

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Nigeria: Senator marries 13-year old, rights activists appalled

BY KONYE OBAJI ORI

29 APRIL 2010

A Nigerian senator, who introduced and implemented Sharia Law in a Northern Nigeria state, has married a 13 year old girl from Egypt, and women rights group have sprung in protest against the allegedly disingenuous senator. An investigation into his marriage to a minor has been demanded by the Nigerian senate.

Reports claim that Ahmad Sani Yerima, 49, married a 13 year old Egyptian girl at the national mosque in Abuja. Nigeria’s human rights commission has already begun an investigation, following reports of the marriage in newspapers.

"What we are concerned with is that our minors, the girl child, should be allowed to mature, before going into marriage. This very evil act should not be seen to be perpetrated by one of our distinguished legislators ... that is what we are saying," President of the Women’s Medical Association, Mma Wokocha was quoted by reporters.

Ms. Wokocha who is behind the petition demanding that the Senator be taken to court, to face a fine and a jail sentence.

According to reports, the whereabouts of the teenager are unknown - and it is not clear whether she has any parent or guardian with her.

Senator sani Yerima has also been accused of having previously married a 15-year-old girl in 2006. He is reported to have paid a dowry of $100,000 to the parents of his latest teenage bride - and to have the minor flown into Nigeria from Egypt.

However, an investigation into these claims is to be carried out by a Senate committee. In 1999, Senator Sani Yerima oversaw the introduction of Sharia law - for the first time in northern Nigeria, while he was the governor of Zamfara state.

In 2008, the Egyptian ministry of justice invoked a law which says the age gap between spouses should not exceed 25 years. According to BBC analyst Frances Harrison, the justice ministry allows foreign men to marry Egyptian women more than 25 years their junior if they deposit a very large sum of money in the name of their wife at the Egyptian National Bank.

Last year, the Saudi government pledged to regulate the marriage of young girls, in the middle of controversy over a marriage between a 60-year-old man and an 8-year old girl.

Saudi Arabia implements an austere form of Sunni Islam that bans free association between the sexes and gives fathers the right to wed their children to whomever they deem fit. According to the country’s highest religious authority, the Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Shaikh, it is not against Islamic law to marry off girls who are 15 and younger.

http://en.afrik.com/article17521.html

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Did Madhuri Gupta, diplomat-spy, convert to Islam?

April 29, 2010

Madhuri Gupta, the 53-year-old second secretary arrested on charges of spying for Pakistan, may have embraced Islam about six years ago, a media report has claimed.

Gupta, who was posted at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, was perhaps a Shia Muslim, according to a media report.

"She was really inspired by the teachings of Islam, but was scared to announce her new faith," reads a report in the Post.

"Her kin has very close relations with a well-known Muslim family of Ashiq Hussain Jafri in Lucknow. Ms Gupta spent her early life in Lucknow with Jafri's family where she enthused (sic) Islamic values," the Post quoted a source as saying.

Gupta was spotted in the month of Ramzan by a local journalist wearing a bangle and rings which usually members of the Shia sect wear.

 "I am fasting and I have great respect for Islam," she told the journalist.

http://www.ndtv.com/news/india/did-madhuri-gupta-diplomat-spy-convert-to-islam-21873.php

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Pakistan moves 100,000 troops from border with India: Pentagon

Apr 29, 2010

WASHINGTON: Pakistan has moved 100,000 troops from its borders with India, thinning the lines, to bolster its campaign against Taliban and other militants on its restive border with Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

The mass shifting of troops is an acknowledgement of the fact that terrorism and internal insurgency were posing more threat to Pakistan now, the Pentagon said in a report to the US Congress.

"More than 100,000 PAKMIL troops were moved from the eastern border with India. This unprecedented deployment and thinning of the lines against India indicates that Islamabad has acknowledged its domestic insurgent threat," the department said in its latest report on Afghanistan.

The Pentagon did not specify the regions' from where the troops had been pulled out, but said it estimated that more than 140,000 Pakistani forces were now taking part in the ongoing offensive against the Taliban in Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal region, known as FATA.

The Pentagon report was issued hours before the crucial meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yusuf Raza Gilani in the Bhutanese capital Thimphu on the sidelines of the SAARC Summit.

The US Defence Department while acknowledging that Pakistani military operations in tribal areas of NWFP had placed "a high degree of pressure on militants and reduced their safe havens", but was unlikely to have an immediate impact on the US-led war in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon report said that there was a broad syndicate of extremist groups operating in the AfPak region with multiple short and long term goals.

It identified the groups as al-Qaida, Tehreek-e-Taliban and Lashkar-e Taiba (LeT) which it said threatened security of Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and elsewhere.

"The three major groups include the Quetta Shura Taliban, Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin (HIG), and the Haqqani Network (HQN). These groups cooperate and coordinate at times and their areas of operations tend to be geographically and demographically determined," it said.

"They operate mainly in the Pashtun-majority areas of Afghanistan in the south and east, and in Pashtun pockets in the north. The common goals of these groups are to expel foreign forces from Afghanistan (although there is no mention of foreign fighters allied with them or al-Qaida) and to undermine the central government," the report added.

Pentagon said Pakistan military crackdown so far has focussed only on internal threats, but outlined that these could be more productive depending on how they evolve in future.

It acknowledged that Pak military had suffered attacks from terrorists in response to its successful operations.

"These attacks include mass casualty events in Mingora, SWA (South Waziristan Agency) -- close to clearing operations -- as well as in Lahore, far away from the fighting.

"While these attacks do not appear to have shaken Pakistan's commitment, they do demonstrate, for the time being, insurgent ability to continue attacks despite reported successful PAKMIL operations," said the report which runs into nearly 150 pages.

According to the report, Pak Military is beginning to acknowledge the ties and threats posed by Afghan and Pakistani Taliban.

"The Pakistani operations have focused almost exclusively on internal threats. These operations reduce the space available to all insurgent and extremists groups," it said.

"While this evolving approach is unlikely to have significant impact on the Afghan insurgency in the short term, it offers opportunities in coming months to have a greater impact on the conflict in Afghanistan, depending on how PAKMIL operations evolve," the report said.

Despite discussions regarding the possibility of transfer of Afghan Taliban captured in Pakistan to Afghanistan, most notably Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, no transfers have taken place, it said.

The PAKMIL has also offered to provide military training to Afghan army and security personnel. The Afghan Ministry of Defence (MoD) is reviewing the offer, but is evaluating it cautiously based on Afghan Government political concerns, the report said.

"In conjunction with ISAF's Operation MOSHTARAK, the Pakistan military has maintained an increased presence along Afghanistan's southern border.

"Pakistan reports these operations have succeeded in extending the writ of the Pakistan Government within the area including the former insurgent stronghold of Damadola, native home of Maulana Faqir Muhummad," it said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Pakistan-moves-100000-troops-from-border-with-India-Pentagon/articleshow/5871891.cms

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Bin Laden ex-guard says he wants to use nuclear arms: Report

Apr 29, 2010

Dubai : Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden has sought and wanted to use nuclear arms, former bodyguard Nasser al-Bahri said in an interview.

"Sheikh Osama used to dream of possessing nuclear weapons, and I am sure that if he were to get his hands on a nuclear weapon, he would not have hesitated to use it," the Yemeni guard told the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi.

The United States warned earlier this month that Al-Qaeda's interest in nuclear weapons was still strong and said the risk of nuclear terrorism was serious.

"Al-Qaeda has been engaged in the effort to acquire a nuclear weapon for over 15 years, and its interest remains strong today," said John Brennan, President Barack Obama's top anti-terrorism and Homeland Security advisor.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/bin-laden-exguard-says-he-wants-to-use-nuclear-arms-report/612880/

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Terrorist atrocity is the biggest human rights violation

April 29th, 2010

New Delhi, Apr. 29 (ANI): There is a tacit albeit distinct pattern in the politics of Jammu and Kashmir, a method to the madness, which can be discerned only through deep analysis and research.

The Army Chief, General V K Singh, on assuming his appointment stated that he was not in favour of revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) since this would adversely impact conduct of operations in the state.

As if on cue, the unfortunate death of two civilians during counter terrorist operations elicited visits to their bereaved families by some political leaders, ostensibly to express sorrow and solidarity, but in actuality to demand the revocation of the AFSPA.

Full report at:

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/feature/terrorist-atrocity-is-the-biggest-human-rights-violation_100355752.html

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'Won't sell house to Muslims, Asians'

Apr 29, 2010

MELBOURNE: A former right-wing leader in Australia has ignited a controversy by openly declaring that she would not sell her property to Asians who lived overseas, and to Muslims who she believes are not "compatible with our culture".

The former leader of Australia's One Nation party, that rode on an anti-immigration sentiment, Pauline Hanson has put her house on sale, and she says Asians and Muslims need not bother putting in any offers. Hanson had put up for sale her million-dollar property in Coleyville, southwest of Brisbane and announced she was moving to Britain earlier this year.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Wont-sell-house-to-Muslims-Asians/articleshow/5870210.cms

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Sohrabuddin case: CBI arrests police official

Manas Dasgupta

Apr 29, 2010

GANDHINAGAR: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday arrested the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch), Abhay Chudasma, in connection with the alleged fake encounter killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and mysterious disappearance of his wife, Kausarbi.

Mr. Chudasma is the fourth IPS officer to be arrested in this connection, but this is the first arrest effected by the CBI since the case was transferred to it by the Supreme Court on January 12 this year.

The CBI, Mumbai, which was investigating the case, lodged an FIR on February 1.

Mr. Chudasma was taken to the CBI Gandhinagar office for questioning and was expected to be produced in the special CBI court on Thursday for remand.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/04/29/stories/2010042961861300.htm

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Indonesia detains 28 in Bali beach 'gigolo' raid

By SUNANDA CREAGH

Apr 29, 2010

JAKARTA: Police on Indonesia's resort island of Bali detained 28 people this week in a crackdown on "beach gigolos,” who scout for foreign female tourists, officials said on Tuesday.

The raids began on Monday after the release of a trailer for a documentary on Bali's 'Kuta cowboys', the muscular and tanned Kuta beach surfers who develop short-term romantic relationships with foreign women in return for gifts.

'Cowboys in Paradise' follows the trials and tribulations of several beach boys, their families and their female patrons.

The documentary's Singapore-based director, Amit Virmani, said he found the arrests deplorable.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article48221.ece

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US questions Karzai support, anti-corruption zeal

29 April 2010

 WASHINGTON - The U.S. military believes only a quarter of Afghans in key areas support President Hamid Karzai’s government and that political will to tackle corruption “remains doubtful,” according to a Pentagon assessment released on Wednesday.

The 152-page Pentagon report to Congress underscores the extent of concerns about Karzai’s ability to prove himself a viable partner to NATO efforts to turn the tide in more than eight-year-old conflict.

It also comes just ahead of Karzai’s May 10-14 visit to Washington, where he will meet U.S. President Barack Obama and likely attempt to soothe concerns about the effectiveness of a costly deployment of 30,000 additional U.S. forces.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2010/April/international_April1507.xml&section=international&col=

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Benazir’s assassination case to be filed against ‘Musharraf govt’

By Imtiaz Ali

April 29, 2010

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Secretary General Jahangir Badar has said that the case of Benazir Bhutto assassination would be filed against the Pervez Musharraf government.

He said that in criminal cases “state vs accused” is often mentioned but in the Benazir’s assassination case, the Musharraf government would be mentioned as accused.

He was responding to questions at the Sindh Chief Minister House on Wednesday along with Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, while launching the party’s membership drive in the province.

Badar said that the fact finding committee set up by the prime minister and the inquiry team set up by Inspector General of Punjab could interrogate anyone into the assassination case irrespective of his status. He said that the PPP would not create any hurdles into the probe.

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=236490

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Her son served Kasab a glass of water, then died

April 29, 2010

Fifty-year-old Jamuna Waghela, who escaped death by a whisker on the fateful night of 26/11, recalls with horror how her young son was shot dead after serving a glass of water to gun-wielding Ajmal Kasab and wants the Pakistani terrorist hanged without delay.

"Why has Kasab been kept alive? He should not be shown any mercy and hanged without delay," says an angry Jamuna as she waits for justice for her family on Monday when the anti-terror court is to pronounce its verdict in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case.

"What has he (Kasab) gained from killing my son? Why they (terrorists) do all this? He killed my son for giving a glass of water?" asks a livid Jamuna fighting back tears.

According to police, Jamuna's son Thakur Wagela (32), a sweeper at government-run GT Hospital in south Mumbai, was shot dead by Kasab at his hut located in a lane near Cama Hospital.

Full report at:

http://www.ndtv.com/news/india/her-son-served-kasab-a-glass-of-water-then-died-21202.php

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Pakistan Taliban chief Hakimulah may be alive: ISI

Apr 29, 2010

LONDON/ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud survived a US drone attack in January this year, but may have lost his clout in the militant hierarchy, according to a senior ISI official.

A senior intelligence official told the Guardian newspaper that he had seen the video footage of the attack on Mehsud, but other inputs had since confirmed that the militant leader had survived.

"He is alive," the official told the paper. "He had suffered some wounds but is basically OK."

Mehsud was reported to have been killed in a CIA drone strike in South Waziristan and Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik had claimed he had been killed, the death was never confirmed by Taliban or US and Pakistani intelligence.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-Taliban-chief-Hakimulah-may-be-alive-ISI-/articleshow/5872592.cms

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Manmohan, Gilani discuss prosecution of Hafiz Saeed

Apr 29, 2010

THIMPHU: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh conveyed his "deep concern" about Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed, the suspected mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, to his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday. Pakistan, in turn, referred to legal difficulties in prosecuting him.

"PM (Manmohan Singh) mentioned deep concern about Hafiz Saeed and the way he is allowed to roam free and engage in communication not conducive (to the relationship between India and Pakistan)," Indian foreign secretary Nirupama Rao said.

Rao was speaking to reporters after India and Pakistan held their first prime minister level talks in this Bhutan capital on the margins of 16th SAARC summit.

Rao said the Pakistan prime minister on his part "did mention that they have difficulties in their legal system" to prosecute Saeed, who had openly declared a jehad against India in a rally Feb 5.

She said Pakistan was serious about prosecuting and bringing the perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attack "to speedy trial".

"Pakistan has said it won't allow terrorists to use its soil," Rao said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/5873064.cms?prtpage=1

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Muslim Addresses Misconceptions

by Eric Austin

29 APRIL 2010

Auburn students were given an opportunity last Thursday in Haley Center to learn about and discuss Islam, a faith to which a predominantly Christian campus has little exposure and at times outright ignorance to.

“I hope at the end of this you come away with a different understanding, or at least a foundation,” said Imam Mohamed Ismail, the featured speaker at the lecture event of the Muslim Students’ Association.

“Clearing up Misconceptions of Islam” sought to answer questions and address inaccuracies students may have about the world’s second largest faith.

“The main purpose of the Muslim Students’ Association is to invite people to learn about Muslims and Islam in general,” said Ansab Ali, president of the organization and senior in accounting.

Full report at:

http://www.theplainsman.com/view/full_story/7238020/article-Muslim-Addresses-Misconceptions?instance=home_news_lead_story

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Jamaat claims Shibir is not its front organisation

April 29, 2010

The Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami on Wednesday claimed that the Islami Chhatra Shibir was an independent body, not a front organisation of the party.

   The claim was made at a meeting with Chief Election Commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda in the Election Commission Secretariat on Wednesday afternoon.

   A delegation of the party, led by Jamaat’s law affairs secretary Jasim Uddin, went to the Election Commission’s office to answer the letter sent by it, asking the party to clarify Shibir’s relationship with it, after the media reported that Islami Chhatra Shibir is Jamaat’s front organisation.

   Advocate Jasim Uddin told reporters after the meeting there was no similarity between the Constitutions of the Jamaat and Shibir.

   The Jamaat’s delegation comprised a member of party’s central election steering committee Izzat Ali, Dhaha city unit’s secretary Hamidur Rahman Azad and Dhaka city unit’s law affairs secretary Kamal Uddin.

   Election Commissioner M Shakhawat Hossain was also present at the meeting.

http://www.newagebd.com/2010/apr/29/nat.html

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Al-Qaida considered a 'joke' to jihadists

J.J. Green

29 APRIL 2010

WASHINGTON - Not only was al-Qaida clueless about how hard the U.S would retaliate after the Sept. 11 attacks, but a former associate of Osama bin Laden tells WTOP al-Qaida was not respected by its peers when it was planning the attacks.

"Al-Qaida at that time, for all the people and not just for me, was just a joke," says Noman Benotman, who was leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) during the Soviet war in Afghanistan.

"The LIFG, during the war against the Soviet Union until 1992, used to run like five main spots on the frontline."

The war was almost over before al-Qaida appeared on the scene in August 1988, Benotman says.

Benotman says not only were al-Qaida's leaders in the dark about America's response to an attack, but "they didn't even understand the meaning of 'jihad.'"

He says the group only saw the religious element of jihad and did not prepare a military strategy to go with it.

Full report at:

http://www.wtop.com/?nid=778&sid=1945206

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Should America Ban the Burqa Too?

By Phyllis Chesler

29 APRIL 2010

All across Europe, government leaders are deciding whether to fine, restrict, or ban the Islamic veil. France’s Prime Minister Sarkozy wants a full ban—one that will also apply to Muslim tourists. Belgium wants one too—although it has been warned that doing so "will violate the rights of those who choose to wear the veil and do nothing to help those who are compelled to do so.”

(That vote has not taken place due to the collapse of the government). Recently, a Madrid school expelled a girl for wearing hijab; the government is backing the school, but four of the girl’s classmates have been coming to school wearing hijab "as a sign of support for her.”

Full report at:

http://europenews.dk/en/node/31757

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Pak SC dares govt again, demotes 54 bureaucrats

Apr 29, 2010

ISLAMABAD: In a move that could exacerbate tensions between the judiciary and the PPP-led government in Pakistan, the supreme court on Wednesday nullified the promotion of 54 senior bureaucrats by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.

The apex court announced its verdict in a suo moto case that was initiated on the basis of a letter written by Tariq Azizuddin, Pakistan’s ambassador to Turkey. Azizuddin, who was among officials who were superseded, said the promotions made by Gilani sidelined senior bureaucrats.

The court said in its judgment that the criteria of honesty, efficiency and incorruptibility were “completely ignored” during the promotions, which also violated several constitutional provisions.

It said the 54 bureaucrats were “promoted in complete disregard of the rules, destroying the structure of the services and causing anger, anguish, acrimony, dissatisfaction and diffidence”.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pak-SC-dares-govt-again-demotes-54-bureaucrats/articleshow/5870710.cms

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US probes 'pvt spy network' in Pak

Mark Mazzett

Apr 29, 2010

WASHINGTON: US defense secretary Robert Gates has opened an inquiry into whether a top Defense Department official violated Pentagon rules by setting up a network of private contractors to gather intelligence in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

A Pentagon spokesman said on Tuesday that Gates was also demanding greater oversight over the millions of dollars the Defense Department spent annually to carry out “information operations”, to ensure that such missions did not “stray off course” into secret intelligence collection.

At the center of the Pentagon inquiry is Michael Furlong, a civilian official working for the US air force who last year used a web of private contractors to clandestinely gather intelligence in Pakistan and Afghanistan. According to current and former government officials, some of that information was turned over to Special Operations troops to help fight militants.

Some American officials think that Furlong may have financed the secret network by improperly diverting money from an overt program to gather information about the tribal structures and political dynamics in Afghanistan.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-probes-pvt-spy-network-in-Pak/articleshow/5870718.cms

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Clerics fight over Diggy's Batla talk

Mohammed Wajihuddin

Apr 29, 2010

MUMBAI: A heated exchange of words over whether senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh engaged in ‘‘doublespeak’’ over the 2008 Batla house encounter in Delhi ended with one maulana slapping another and the aggrieved cleric lodging a complaint with the Mumbai police on Wednesday.

The incident occurred at Haj House, where leading ulemas from across the country had gathered to discuss the establishment of a central zakat (2.5% of annual profits that Muslims give to charity) fund. Singh, a general secretary of the Congress, had addressed the gathering, but was not present when a senior cleric attacked him for an alleged flip-flop on the Batla House issue.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Clerics-fight-over-Diggys-Batla-talk/articleshow/5870494.cms

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Furore over Kerala varsity's invitation to Islamic scholar

Ananthakrishnan G

Apr 29, 2010

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: An ‘‘International Seminar on Language, Interpretations and Science of Quran’’ organized by the University of Kerala has run into a controversy over the list of invitees, which includes Yusuf Al-Quradawi, a Qatar-based Islamic scholar.

On Wednesday, a row erupted after reports on Al-Quradawi’s past. The Egypt-born cleric had studied under Hassan el-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, who allegedly served as the intellectual basis for the al-Qaida. Al-Quradawi had also been widely criticized for his public support for suicide bombings of civilians in Israel and has been banned from entering the US and UK.

Al-Quradawi was to share the dais with CM V S Achutanandan and opposition leader Oommen Chandy of the Congress at a public function on Thursday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/thirupuram/Furore-over-Kerala-varsitys-invitation-to-Islamic-scholar/articleshow/5870552.cms

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Sort out disputes, India, Pakistan told

Sandeep Dikshit

Apr 29, 2010

THIMPHU: India and Pakistan should compartmentalise their disputes to allow the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) reach its potential in terms of regional connectivity, trade and people-to-people contacts.

Several leaders of the SAARC countries conveyed to Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani during their bilateral meetings with him that in particular, Pakistan must address India's concerns, especially with respect to the prosecution of all the Mumbai terror attack masterminds, highly placed sources told TheHindu.

The leaders gave the example of India-China ties, which have strengthened in spheres such as trade and cooperation at multilateral fora despite decades-long border dispute.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/04/29/stories/2010042962091500.htm

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`Egypt court convicts 26 Hezbollah men for plotting terror attacks

Apr 28, 2010

CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Wednesday convicted 26 men of spying for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and plotting attacks in Egypt, and gave them prison sentences ranging from six months to life.

Three of the defendants, including the group's Lebanese leader, Mohammad Qiblan, were convicted in abstenia and received life sentences. The rest of the group -- including Egyptians, a Sudanese, West Bank Palestinians and Lebanese nationals -- was handed sentences ranging from six months and 15 years.

The verdict cannot be appealed. The group was charged with planning attacks on tourists and shipping in the Suez Canal, and sending operatives and explosives to Gaza to aid militants there.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Egypt-court-convicts-26-Hezbollah-men-for-plotting-terror-attacks-/articleshow/5869012.cms

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Four Palestinians dead after Egypt says tunnels destroyed

Apr 29, 2010

GAZA CITY: Four Palestinians were killed and 10 injured when a smuggling tunnel under Gaza's border with Egypt collapsed, medical sources have said, as security officials on the other side said they destroyed tunnels.

Witnesses said the cave-in occurred yesterday after an explosion on the Egyptian side of the tunnel, but security services in Gaza did not confirm that account.

However, Egyptian security officials said they had destroyed four tunnels north of the Rafah border crossing with Gaza, although they were unaware of any casualties.

The death toll was the highest for Gaza tunnel collapses since July, when five people were killed.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Four-Palestinians-dead-after-Egypt-says-tunnels-destroyed-/articleshow/5870603.cms

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Pak-born US citizen pleads guilty to terror charges

Betwa Sharma

Apr 29, 2010

A Pakistani immigrant turned US national Syed Hashmi on Wednesday admitted in a Manhattan court to helping a friend deliver protective clothing to an Al Qaeda commander in Afghanistan, a day before his trial on terror charges.

The Pakistani born Hashmi entered his guilty plea whereby he would face only a lighter sentence of 15 years instead of a life term and also averted a trial that was scheduled to begin on Wednesday. Hashmi pleaded guilty to helping an Al Qaeda operative four years ago while studying in London. Hashmi, a college student from Brooklyn, was extradited from Britain to the United States in 2007. “He made the best deal that was available under the circumstances,” David A Ruhnke, his lawyers, said. “The Government wanted to lock him up for the rest of his life. They will not succeed in that goal.”

The Pakistani immigrant told the court that he housed An Al Qaeda operative, Junaid Babar, between 2004 and 2006 and provided him ponchos, socks and sleeping bags for use by the terrorist outfit in Afghanistan.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/252301/Pak-born-US-citizen-pleads-guilty-to-terror-charges.html

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‘Iraqi detainees tortured, raped in secret prison’

28 APRIL 2010

Baghdad, April 28: Iraqi men were raped, electrocuted and beaten in a “secret prison” in Baghdad, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday, in a harrowing report reminiscent of the abuses that took place at Abu Ghraib.

The watchdog interviewed 42 men who were recently transferred from a jail where they say the brutality took place to another detention facility in Baghdad, after details of misconduct were passed to the government.

Human Rights Watch described the prisoners’ accounts of abuse as “credible and consistent,” said there must be an independent and impartial investigation, and called for prosecutions at the highest level.

“The horror we found suggests torture was the norm in Muthanna,” the watchdog’s deputy West Asia director Joe Stork said, referring to the west Baghdad prison where the men were held until recently.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10601:iraqi-detainees-tortured-raped-in-secret-prison&catid=36:international&Itemid=61

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Pak non-committal on action against Hafiz Saeed

April 28, 2010

Notwithstanding India's insistence on action against Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, Pakistan on Wednesday was non-committal on action against the mastermind of Mumbai attacks and several other terror strikes in India.

"Same old beaten track," said Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi when asked for his response to India's repeated demand that action should be taken against Saeed in connection with Mumbai attacks.

He said Saeed was arrested twice by Pakistan government but courts let him off "because in the eyes of the judicial process, the evidence against him was not strong enough to keep him locked up. That is a legal process. You have an independent judiciary, so do we."

Asked whether Pakistan was making any efforts to collect evidence against Saeed in connection with terror activities so that he could be tried, Qureshi vaguely said, "Pakistan has, is and will continue to try and collect evidence against any terrorist. We do not want our soil to be used against anyone."

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/bhutan/Pak-non-committal-on-action-against-Hafiz-Saeed/Article1-536836.aspx

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Pakistan has banned our Urdu news service on FM: BBC

Apr 28, 2010

Islamabad : The British Broadcasting Corporation on said Pakistan has banned the beaming of its Urdu news service on local FM radio channels.

Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira has not given written permission to BBC's 24 partner FM stations to air five-minute bulletins, BBC Urdu reported on its website.

BBC currently broadcasts its Urdu news bulletins through local FM channels under permission granted last year by the Pakistan government.

"The ban on BBC Urdu through FM channels is strange," BBC Urdu service chief Aamir Ahmed Khan said.

BBC said it was told by the government that all FM channels will be given written permission to air its Urdu news bulletins.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pakistan-has-banned-our-urdu-news-service-on-fm-bbc/612533/

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Under the Arabian Sun

By MAYA JARJOUR

Apr 29, 2010

Eli Acheson is a free-spirited woman expressing herself in the middle of the Saudi Arabian desert — through her paintings, that is.

A resident of Jeddah, for the past five years, the British artist gets her inspiration from the desert’s golden sand and sun. “I love the sand, it’s so raw,” says Acheson who holds a master’s in Fine Arts from Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK. She has exhibited her paintings and sculptures widely throughout the UK and Europe and even won the Royal Scottish Academy Award in sculpture.

It is in the vast desert that she feels free and unconstrained — her blond hair flows freely and visibly as she soaks up the sun’s rays. There are no people around, and her thoughts flow like the wind that blows through her hair and brushes the grains of sand against her cheeks. She spends some time there, observing the landscape and becomes fully aware of her surroundings…

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/lifestyle/art_culture/article48062.ece

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Father preventing Canadian daughter from leaving Saudi Arabia

By LAURA BASHRAHEEL

Apr 29, 2010

JEDDAH: A Canadian and Indian dual nationality holder has been stuck in Riyadh for three years unable to leave the Kingdom as her father has taken her passport and refuses to grant her permission to leave.

According to the Canadian press, Nazia Quazi, a 24-year-old computer science graduate, has been prevented from leaving the Kingdom since 2007.

Quazi lived in Saudi Arabia before moving to Canada along with her mother and brothers to pursue their education where they were granted Canadian citizenship. Her father, Quazi Malik Abdul Gaffar, however, remained in Riyadh where he has been working for 25 years.

Quazi returned to Riyadh three years ago after a trip to India. Her father had asked her to visit him so they could perform Umrah. “He decided I was supposed to come to Saudi Arabia for Umrah, and be here for a week and then go back,” Quazi told the Canadian press.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article48228.ece

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Unpaid Somali soldiers desert to insurgency

By KATHARINE HOURELD

Apr 29, 2010

MOGADISHU: Hundreds of Somali soldiers trained with millions of US tax dollars have deserted because they are not being paid their $100 monthly wage, and some have even joined the Al-Qaeda-linked militants they are supposed to be fighting, The Associated Press has learned.

The desertions raise fears that a new US-backed effort beginning next month to build up Somalia's army may only increase the ranks of the insurgency.

Somalia's besieged UN-backed government holds only a few blocks of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, while Islamic insurgents control the rest of the city and most of the country. That turmoil - and the lawless East African nation's proximity to Yemen, where Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is based - has fed fears that Somalia could be used to launch attacks on the West.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article48102.ece

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Negligence drives young people to drugs, says study

SBy MD RASOOLDEEN

Apr 29, 2010

RIYADH: A lack of education among children and parental negligence drive young people to drugs, according to a scientific paper presented on Wednesday at the second day of the first regional symposium on drug control and information sharing at the King Faisal Hall in Riyadh.

The study by Nawal Al-Shammari, which looked at the role of educational institutions in the fight against drugs, pointed out that frequent beatings and reprimanding children for no reason result in frustration that could eventually make them disobedient.

“They run away from home and seek shelter with unscrupulous people who deal drugs,” he said in his presentation.

“School drop-outs are easy victims of drug abuse.”

Al-Shammari also called for social service organizations to organize programs with families to advise parents on how to bring up their children.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article48265.ece

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HRW reveals horrific Iraq prison abuse

Apr 29, 2010

BAGHDAD: Iraqi men held for months at a secret prison outside Baghdad were systematically raped, electrocuted, beaten up and forced to sign confession statements that they were forbidden to read, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday in a harrowing report reminiscent of the abuses that took place at Abu Ghraib.

Some of the detainees, mostly Sunnis from the northern city of Mosul, were beaten by Iraqi guards so badly they lost teeth and urinated blood for days afterward, said the report by New York-based HRW.

The watchdog interviewed 42 men who were recently transferred to another detention facility in Baghdad, after details of misconduct were passed to the government.

HRW described the prisoners’ accounts of abuse as “credible and consistent,” said there must be an independent and impartial investigation, and called for prosecutions at the highest level.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article48319.ece

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Capt. Grant, pilot for King Abdulaziz, passes away at 102

Apr 29, 2010

Captain Joseph Wade Grant, the American who served as pilot for King Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Royal Family in the mid-40s, has passed away. He was 102 years old.

He died Tuesday night (April 27, 2010) at his home in the United States, friends of the veteran pilot said in an e-mail to Arab News. No other details were immediately available.

Born in Stockton, California, on March 24, 1908, Grant was an airplane mechanic who later became a pilot in the late 1920s.  He was a seasoned pilot of many aircraft at the beginning of World War II, having worked as a barnstormer and commercial pilot.

In the spring of 1945, he was assigned to deliver a Douglas DC-3 airplane, a gift from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to King Abdulaziz. Offered to stay in the Kingdom and be a pilot for the Royal Family, he agreed and stayed for two years. He would later help found Saudi Arabian Airlines.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article48339.ece

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Hamas arrests, frees PFLP supporters for distributing leaflets

By NIDAL AL-MUGHRABI

Apr 29, 2010

GAZA: Hamas security forces detained Palestinian political activists overnight for distributing leaflets urging them to ease up on the people of Gaza or face a possibly explosive revolt.

An official of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) told Reuters several members were arrested late on Tuesday and set free on Wednesday.

The PFLP leaflets were the strongest public criticism yet of Hamas, which seized control of the Gaza Strip in 2007 and has been clamping down on any behavior it sees as un-Islamic, while recently levying new taxes on the 1.5 million inhabitants.

"People are under huge pressure but they are also afraid to express themselves and we took the responsibility to voice their concerns," PFLP official Jamil Mezher told Reuters.

The leaflet warned Hamas to beware increasing pressure on the people in a way that could "push the community to rebel against these practices and even to explode in the faces of those responsible".

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article48204.ece

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5 Emiratis jailed for funding Taleban

Apr 29, 2010

DUBAI: Five Emiratis and an Afghan national have received jail terms in the United Arab Emirates for funding the Taleban, local newspapers reported on Wednesday.

The six men “were sentenced to three years in jail for funding the Taleban,” a Dubai-based English-language daily reported. Two men were acquitted of similar charges.

The Afghan was given money by the other five “to channel it to Afghanistan,” the newspaper said.

Two Emiratis, Rashid Dawood and Abdullah Hassan, were given an additional year for “attempting to set up an organization to enforce a strict code of Islam” which “the court said attacked civil liberties,” the paper said.

Another daily said two Emiratis, whom it did not name, assaulted “three Emiratis and a Bangladeshi, leaving them disabled for about 20 days,” in connection with punishing “people for what they claimed were offenses.”

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article48320.ece

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Muslim party seeks support for job quota

By SHAHEEN NAZAR

Apr 29, 2010

JEDDAH: The demand for reserving government jobs for Muslims in India is gaining momentum. Morale of Muslims is particularly high after the tabling of the Ranganath Mishra Commission report in Parliament in December 2009.

The commission, set up by the government, has recommended 10 percent reservation for Muslims and five percent for other minorities.

Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen, which has one seat in the Indian Parliament and seven in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, plans to launch a national movement to mobilize Muslim support for the issue.

Akbaruddin Owaisi, a key leader of the Majlis and a legislator, said his party was trying to bring all the Muslim organizations on one platform for the cause.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article48185.ece

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Afghans mark anniversary of victory over Soviets

Apr 29, 2010

KABUL: Afghan leaders marked the 18th anniversary of a Soviet-installed regime's collapse on Wednesday with a military parade and a call to militants to join the current government vying for power against the Taleban insurgency.

Afghan security forces marched in formation before a reviewing stand crowded with top government officials.

Noticeably absent were President Hamid Karzai, who was attending a summit in Bhutan, and top mujahedeen commanders who led the country to victory in the late 1980s. It was unclear why they did not attend. Militants tried to assassinate Karzai at celebrations in 2008.

“We have come here to celebrate the victims of the jihad and also to remember those bloody years and how the nation stood and gained this victory, without strong weapons of the developed world, against a strong superpower,” Vice President Mohammad Qasim Fahim said in the keynote address inside the heavily secured sport stadium.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article48214.ece

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Obama's Mideast diplomacy sees gains

Apr 29, 2010

WASHINGTON: The Israelis and Palestinians have taken a small, halting step toward peace talks, a modest payoff for President Barack Obama's dogged, behind-the-scenes diplomacy.

Word emerged Monday that the Israeli government had effectively frozen new Jewish construction in Jerusalem's disputed eastern sector.

In short order, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signaled he again would be ready to start indirect talks with Israel.

The sudden change in direction was a victory for Obama's beleaguered Mideast envoy George Mitchell, who had spent more than a year in private talks and repeated trips to Jerusalem and Ramallah.

The Israelis and Palestinians agreed to indirect talks mediated by Mitchell. But the whole effort blew apart last month when Vice President Joe Biden visited Israel on a mission to reassure the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of America's unwavering support shortly before the talks were to begin.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article47809.ece

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New contours in the British election

Apr 29, 2010

Now we all know that Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction. The evidence that he had was bent almost out of recognition to the true facts. The cost in lives torn asunder in Iraq was immense, and only a handful of Iraqis thought they were better off with the war than without it. There may have been a dictatorship that was cruel to those that opposed it but most people, if fearful on occasion, had a peaceful life, law and order, food in the shops and functioning schools and a health service.

That unnecessary carnage is on many people’s minds as Britain prepares to vote in its general election. Blair led the charge but his Cabinet (with one major exception, Robin Cook, the leader of the House of Commons and former minister of foreign affairs) and the party supported him.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/opinion/columns/article48162.ece

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Mohammed to make UAE among the best by 2021 Taj M M Ibrahim

29 April 2010,

UMM AL QUWAIN -His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, reiterated the resolve to make the UAE one of the best countries in the world by 2021.

“We are determined to fulfil that obligation,” he said while presiding over a meeting at the Centre of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Welfare in Umm Al Quwain.

It was attended by His Highness Shaikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mualla, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Umm Al Quwain, Shaikh Rashid bin Saud bin Rashid Al Mualla, Crown Prince of Umm Al Quwain, Lieutenant-General Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs. Also present at the meeting were members of the Cabinet, heads and directors of local departments and establishments.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2010/April/theuae_April751.xml&section=theuae

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Iran may dominate non-proliferation review

29 April 2010

 Some 190 nations gather in New York Monday in a crucial review of the Non-Proliferation Treaty that risks being overshadowed by the crisis over Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is expected to head his country’s NPT delegation, but is still awaiting a US visa to come to United Nations headquarters in New York, officials from both countries said.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be leading the US team.

US President Barak Obama has over the past month unveiled a series of disarmament initiatives even as Iran continues to defy the international community with banned nuclear work.

The United States charges that Iran is secretly developing atomic weapons but Iran says its nuclear program is only a peaceful effort to generate electricity. Ahmadinejad has repeatedly said that Iran is against nuclear weapons, and is almost certain to hammer this theme in New York.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/April/middleeast_April479.xml&section=middleeast

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Clinton meets families of Americans held in Iran

29 April 2010

WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Wednesday for a second time with families of three American hikers being held in Iran since July 2009 and discussed ongoing effort to win their release, officials said.

State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said the meeting took place as officials sought to explain to the families “steps that we are taking to do everything possible to gain their release.”

Washington, which has no diplomatic relations with Tehran, has asked Austria to help in the matter, Crowley noted.

The meeting came less than a week after the families expressed concern over the health of the detainees, who have not been formally charged by Iran.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/April/middleeast_April480.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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19 Taliban killed in North Waziristan, Orakzai, Swat

April 29, 2010

MIRANSHAH/MIR ALI/PARACHINAR/MINGORA: Security forces killed four Taliban in North Waziristan Agency on Wednesday, as four others, including a close aide of Swat Taliban chief Fazlullah, were killed in clashes with the forces in Swat and Buner districts. Eleven suspected Taliban were also killed in clashes in Orakzai Agency.

Taliban attacked the Esa security checkpost, 10 kilometres east of Miranshah on the Bannu-Miranshah road, around 4am. Four Taliban were killed and two security personnel seriously injured in the gunfight that followed. Official sources confirmed the attack.

However, AP reported that one soldier was injured when the Taliban attacked the Esa village checkpost with guns and rockets but the forces repelled them.

The suspected Taliban’s identities were not immediately known.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\04\29\story_29-4-2010_pg7_15

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Outpouring of a sensitive mind

by Dr Amjad Parvez

April 29, 2010

Mulaqatein Adhuri Hein By Atta ul Haq Qasmi Nastaleeq Matbooaat; Pp 208

Ahmad Faraz once observed that in every ghazal by Atta ul Haq Qasmi, one finds at least one or two couplets that astound the reader as they depict the poet’s inner pain. After reading this book, I agree with the above comments. Atta says, “Amir-e-sheher, terey faisley bhi terey nahin/ Ghareeb-e-sheher peh phir roab daab kaisa hei?” This couplet has a direct reference to our rulers who take directions from elsewhere, even for internal governance. Atta raises the question why then the masses are rebuked and made to suffer, as they are not the subjects of foreign powers whereas the rulers have made themselves to be. What is the result? Atta observes that the city looks like a city that has a curse on it. People seem to be walking in a ghost town. A simile is that of the darkness that covers the city-line due to aggressive load-shedding, a situation we face due to the wrong energy policies of successive governments.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\04\29\story_29-4-2010_pg3_6

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Changing the Muslim conversation

Mahjabeen Islam

April 29, 2010

In the pre-modern era, religious scholars controlled the discussion; now anyone even vaguely familiar with the Quran and prophetic tradition can write a book and gain credibility. Specifically, authorship does not connote authority

So is Abu-Talha Al-Amreeki going

to be speaking for me now? A 20-year old, formerly known as Zachary Adam Chesser, is now media-commissioned to be the loudest responder to the South Park incident satirising Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). On cursory examination, why should he not be? If you posted bloodied photos of Theo van Gogh (murdered in 2004 for making a film critical of Islam), with the threat that South Park’s creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone would share the same fate, you would grab the spotlight too.

Will we always sit up to the squeakiest wheel? Have Muslims, especially Muslim-Americans undergone a wholesale abdication and left the conversation to a loner previously interested in Goth and satanic bands with now radicalism as a primary interest? And ‘Sheikh’ Osama bin Laden as his motivating idol?

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\04\29\story_29-4-2010_pg3_2

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Who is behind the Hazara unrest?

Part II

Mosharraf Zaidi

April 29, 2010

Part of the reason the Sooba Hazara issue is not going to go away very soon is that it has in fact been around for a long time. Beyond the Hazarewals' resentment of slights (both real and perceived) and the fear of becoming dominated by another ethnic group, however are deeper issues. A regional Hazarewal identity wasn't galvanized simply on the back of the 18th Amendment. It is rooted in several other processes and events.

One of its roots is how Hazarewals perceive the history of Pakhtun nationalism, and its relationship with, at first the idea of Pakistan, and later, the Pakistani state. Hazarewals see themselves as being among the most instrumental groups in the formation of Pakistan, because they defeated the referendum held in 1947 to decide on the fate of the NWFP.

 Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=236574

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Kashmir: ripe for resolution

Adil Najam and Moeed Yusuf

April 29, 2010

After a 15-month hiatus, the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan got together in New Delhi in March. The meeting served as an icebreaker and is expected to open up the way for resumption of the composite dialogue.

If this happens, it will be a welcome development not only due to the desirability of continuing the bilateral dialogue per se but also because there is reason for genuine optimism in terms of finding breakthroughs on the key issues.

Notwithstanding the salience of terrorism as a talking point, Kashmir is certain to be on top of the Pakistani agenda. And while many have argued that both countries have lost the opportunity to resolve the dispute – the two are said to have been close to a deal in 2007 – in reality, the prognosis is not as bleak. Few realise that the events surrounding the Kashmir dispute have been transpiring – for some time – in a manner that makes the situation 'ripe' for resolution.

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=236575

 

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