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Now, Fatwa Of Bareilly Clerics Prohibits Uploading Photos On Matrimonial, Social Networking Sites


India

 Now, Fatwa Of Bareilly Clerics Prohibits Uploading Photos On Matrimonial, Social Networking Sites

 Now, Darul demands amendment for Muslim quota in jobs

 Mercifully, India is not Gujarat, say Muslim leaders

 Wanted Hizb ‘militant’ killed in J-K

 Kolkata cops arrest HuJI operative

 Digvijay, MP Home Minister trade charges over banned SIMI

 Ather Farouqui bags Sahitya Academy translation award for Sons of Babur

 Spreading the message of Islam in India

 Education of Muslim children gets a push

 Muslims in Gujarat have moved beyond 2002

 Sikh, Muslim NGOs received least foreign funds

 BJP clicks in Muslim zones too, Vastanvi looks for reasons why

 Omar Abdullah asks Kashmiri Pandits to return to the state

 

Pakistan

 Fatwa declares polio killings ‘un-Islamic’

 Malala attack overshadows education issues

 Pak for permanent solution of Kashmir issue: Zardari

 Timely elections can resolve country’s issues: Nawaz

 Key Taliban commander among five killed in Pakistan blast

 Women reserved seats critics exposed: CM

 Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood resigns from ML-F

 'People haven't forgotten Elahi's graft'

 Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri arrives in Pakistan

 Imran promises accountability after coming to power

 Hina to chair debate on counter-terrorism at UNSC

 Spiritual leader Prince Karim Aga Khan welcomes appointment of new envoy to Paris

 Malala requests govt to change college name

 Taliban and rumours undermine polio fight

 Zardari urges world to help out Kashmiris

  ‘A teacher should act like a mother’

 No room for terrorism in Islam: minister

 Child rights movement urges govt to accept universal review

 Makhdoom of Rahimyar Khan to be new Punjab governor

 Journalist, two others shot dead

 Kashmir dispute should be resolved as per wishes of people: Altaf

 Gunmen attack passenger buses near Mach in Balochistan; three killed

 Imran Khan says reign of corrupt, inept politicians over

 

Arab World

 Syrian conflict has become ‘overtly sectarian’: UN probe

 Egypt's Islamists call for Friday rally 'to defend scholars and mosques'

 Egypt's cabinet approves draft law on Islamic bonds

 Fear keeps Egypt's Christians away from polls

 Al Qaeda grows powerful in Syria as endgame nears

 Egypt's beleaguered public prosecutor withdraws resignation

 Saudi scientist dispels doomsday rumors

 World Arabic Day to underline the language’s status

 Interior Ministry wins prize for security awareness film

 Kingdom presses with campaign to provide aid to Syrian refugees

 Egypt's presidency 'open to dialogue': Spokesman

 Egypt's Court of Cassation cancels Ezz's 10-year sentence

 'Constitution will not be amended for two years': Strong Egypt Party spokesman

 Syrian interior minister treated in Lebanon for bomb wounds

 Sources: Morsi to announce remaining Shura Council members Friday

 Nephews of Syria vice president Faruq al-Sharaa arrested: NGO

 Kuwait shuts opposition-linked television

 Egypt's opposition forces remain steadfast against constitution

 SS officer found innocent over Sayed Belal torture case

 Egyptian Islamists plan big rally as referendum looms

 

Mideast Asia

 Iran hangs six drug smugglers, rapist: report

 Bus bomb terror cell nabbed in Ramallah

 Israeli attacks on media violated laws of war: HRW

 

Africa

 30 killed in clashes: Kenya Red Cross

 At least 12 killed in South Sudan riots

 55 Somalis, Ethiopians dead or missing in sea tragedy

 Muslims in Uganda play effective role

 Sudan's war-torn S. Kordofan to be divided

 

South Asia

 Bomb kills seven in southwest Afghanistan: officials

 ISAF soldier goes missing

 Afghan talks in France bolster hopes of peace process

 Government cannot accommodate MVR2.4billion budget reduction: Jihad

 President Karzai to visit Pakistan soon

 Afghan govt holds talks with Taliban representatives in France

 Karzai welcomes Britain’s Afghan troop pullout

 Stand against campaign maligning Bangladesh

 Bangladeshi national found dead in India

 Maldives ex-president prevented from Maldives

 

Europe

 UN Security Council agrees to deploy forces in Mali

 UN sanctions two Iranian firms over Syria arms supplies

 Russia's Putin denies propping up Assad

 Hollande recognises ‘brutal’ colonial rule in Algeria

 Britain’s Cameron visits troops in Afghanistan

 

North America

 Tea Party Anti-Muslim Hate Comes to Ohio School

 Inaccurate, misleading: 3 US Senators slam film on Laden

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Egypt's Islamists call for Friday rally 'to defend scholars and mosques'

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India

 

Now, Fatwa Of Bareilly Clerics Prohibits Uploading Photos On Matrimonial, Social Networking Sites

 Dec 21 2012



Bareilly : An organisation of Sunni Muslim clerics here have termed as 'haraam' the uploading of photos on the internet for matrimonial purpose and on social networking sites.

The fatwa issued by Madarsa Manzar-e-Islam of Dargah Aala Hazrat came in response to a question posed by a man from Kanpur.

He had asked whether it was appropriate according to Islamic laws to post pictures on matrimonial and social

networking sites.

Mufti Syed Mohammad Kafeel replied that this action would be considered 'haraam'. However, he said bio-data could be posted on the internet without photo.

Imam of Shahi Jama Masjid Mufti Khurshid Alam said a fatwa of Mufti Azam Hind was already available in which he has termed photos without necessity as 'haraam'.

He, however, said a photo can be used for passport and other application forms wherever it is necessary.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/now-fatwa-prohibits-uploading-photos-on-matrimonial-social-networkin.../1048542/

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Now, Darul demands amendment for Muslim quota in jobs

Faisal Fareed

Dec 21 2012

Lucknow : In the wake of the proposed constitutional amendment for reservation in promotions, the country’s largest Islamic seminary Darul Uloom, Deoband, has demanded a constitutional amendment to provide reservation for Muslims in government jobs.

Rector Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani, the highest official of the seminary, said on Thursday that they had always been in favour of reservation for Muslims and had raised it on several occasions.

“When the Constitution can be amended so many times, why can’t it be done for Muslims? Let there be one more amendment so that Muslims get their right,” Nomani told The Indian Express.

“Muslims are the most backward in every aspect. It has been established by the Sachchar Committee report. Reservation in the government sector can uplift them from their backwardness.”

Established in 1866, the Deoband seminary holds considerable clout among Muslims, both in India and abroad.

Nomani said, “Muslims were treated as vote banks, every party does vote bank politics. Muslims’ conditions have worsened due to the injustice.” Refusing to blame any political party, he said, “Darul Uloom Deoband does not name any party but it is the government at the Centre which has to be fair to Muslims.”

Ashraf Usmani, the head of the Raabta-e-Aam (public relations) section of the seminary, questioned the argument that reservation on the basis of religion is not permissible.

“If reservation cannot be given on the basis of religion, then a person should also not be denied his rights on the basis of religion. Even today, if a member of Scheduled Castes or Tribes converts to Islam, he loses his SC/ST status and the right to reservation,” he said.

Usmani denied that Deoband’s demand had got inspiration from the Samajwadi Party’s demand in Parliament for constitutional amendment for reservation for Muslims. “Darul Uloom Deoband has been demanding it for several years. But now the time has come for the government to bring a constitutional amendment,” he said.

Usmani refused comment on the assurance of reservation to Muslims in proportion to their population, made by the Samajwadi Party in its election manifesto. “We understand that it has to be done by the central government,” he said.

Earlier in December 2011, the Ministry of Human Resource Development had carved out a sub-quota of 4.5 per cent for Muslims in the 27 per cent quota for OBCs, but it was set aside by the Andhra Pradesh High Court in May 2012. The central government filed an SLP in the Supreme Court, which refused to stay the high court judgment.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/now-darul-demands-amendment-for-muslim-quota-in-jobs/1048483/

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Mercifully, India is not Gujarat, say Muslim leaders

By Mohammed Wajihuddin

 Dec 21, 2012

MUMBAI: Muslim leaders have attributed Narendra Modi's impressive victory to near-total polarization of Gujarati society. They say Hindutva's "poster boy" has strengthened his hold on Gujarat's Hindus in the last decade and a stronger Modi means greater marginalization of Muslims in the state.

Some blame the Congress for not putting up a stronger fight. "We don't know what is Congress's strategy, but it seems to have neglected Gujarat. For fear of losing Hindu votes, it didn't mention the massacre of 2002 during the election campaign. On the contrary, Modi brazenly and successfully projected himself as a champion of Hindus," said Zafrul Islam Khan, president, All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, an umbrella organization of Muslim outfits. Khan, however, maintained that Modi's victory in Gujarat doesn't mean he will be acceptable to BJP's allies as a prime ministerial candidate in 2014.

He added, "Gujarat cannot be a template for other states. Mercifully, much of India, unlike Gujarat, is not polarized," he added.

Many see Modi's win and his possible rise in national politics as a threat to India's secular ethos.

"Now communal and fascist forces will be emboldened. It is a wake-up call to the minorities and all those who swear by secularism," said Mohibul Haque, a political scientist at Aligarh Muslim University.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/specials/gujarat-assembly-elections/Mercifully-India-is-not-Gujarat-say-Muslim-leaders/articleshow/17701632.cms?

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Wanted Hizb ‘militant’ killed in J-K

Dec 21 2012

Jammu : An alleged Hizbul Mujahideen militant said to be involved in the September 2011 bomb blast at the Delhi High Court was shot dead by the Jammu and Kashmir Police in the Nawapachi area of Kishtwar district late Thursday evening.

Shakir Hussain Sheikh alias Chhota Hafiz was the lone Hizbul militant named in the blast who was still on the run. Deputy Inspector General of Police for Ramban, Doda and Kishtwar range Garib Dass said they had been on his lookout since he fled to the Valley and had received information that he had recently returned. The police claimed to have zeroed in on him following an ambush.

Allegedly ranking fourth in the Hizbul hierarchy in Kishtwar district, Hafiz is said to have been active in the area since 2001. In a video tape sent to mediapersons in August this year, he had denied his role in the high court blast, blaming senior commanders based in Pakistan.

With Hafiz’s killing, IGP, Jammu zone, Dilbagh Singh, said, all the terrorists involved in the high court blast had been accounted for.

Earlier, Hizbul Mujahideen’s self-styled divisional commander and prime accused Amir Kamal along with his accomplice Mohammad Shafi Hazam had been killed in a joint operation with the Army. Police also claimed that another terrorist allegedly involved in the blast, Junaid Akram Malik, had been killed by his own accomplices, who feared he would surrender under pressure from family.

Junaid’s elder brother Waseem Akram Malik, a medical student in Bangladesh, is under arrest along with two Kishtwar boys.

Police claimed Hafiz shot at them first, forcing them to open fire. “It was a clean operation meticulously planned by the police,” said Garib Dass. Like Amir Kamal and Junaid, Hafiz too carried a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/wanted-hizb--militant--killed-in-jk/1048378/

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Kolkata cops arrest HuJI operative

 Dec 21 2012

Kolkata : The Special Task Force of Kolkata Police has picked up Mizanur Rahaman, a HuJI operative involved in the 2001 abduction of footwear baron and Khadim owner Partha Pratim Roy Burman, from Princep Ghat area in south Kolkata on Wednesday evening. The prime accused in the abduction case, Aftab Ansari, was extradited from UAE in 2002.

Full report:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/kolkata-cops-arrest-huji-operative/1048246/

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Digvijay, MP Home Minister trade charges over banned SIMI

Dec 21 2012

Bhopal : War of words continued between Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Uma Shankar Gupta and Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh over the role of the previous government in encouraging activities of SIMI in the state, when he was the chief minister.

Both leaders began trading charges on the issue after Gupta told reporters at Indore recently that Singh patronised SIMI in the state during his tenure.

Full report:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/1048572/

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Ather Farouqui bags Sahitya Academy translation award for Sons of Babur

New Age Islam News Bureau

December 21, 2012

The Sahitya Akademi (Academy of Letters) has conferred its translation award for the year on Ather Farouqui, a distinguished intellectual, prolific writer-activist and General Secretary of the Anjuman Taraqqi-e Urdu (Hind) for his Urdu and Hindi translations (Babur ki Aulad) of Sons of Babur an English play scripted by Union External Affairs Minister, Mr Salman Khurshid.

Mr Farouqui has not only translated the play but has also been its producer. The play has rung up 30 very successful performances in India and abroad. It was first staged in 2008 at an unusual venue—Saudi Arabia—and the silver jubilee performance was staged at FICCI auditorium on 15 September 2012 in New Delhi. In addition, there was a command performance of the play for the former Honourable President, Pratibha Patil, at Rashtrapati Bhawan. It was also performed in London on 10 October 2012.

Ather Farouqui, who has a Ph.D from Jawaharlal Nehru University, was born in 1964 in Sikandrabad, where he did his schooling. Later he came to Delhi and joined Jawaharlal Nehru University, first for a part-time diploma in mass media in 1986, then for his M.Phil in 1988. He went on to do his Ph.D there, with the degree conferred on him in 1996. He did his doctorate under the able guidance of the celebrated Imtiaz Ahmad. Mr Farouqui chose to make a socio-political study of Urdu in post-partition India for both his M.Phil and Ph.D degrees.

While he has no literary pretensions, Mr Farouqui has written extensively on various aspects of Urdu, Urdu-related politics and Muslims in contemporary India. Apart from his prolific output in newspapers and academic journal, Mr Farouqui also has six books to his credit.--. two of these are in English and have been published by Oxford University Press: Redefining Urdu Politics in India(2006), and Muslims and Media Images (2009). The remaining are in Urdu: Azad Hindustan Mai Urdu Siyasat Ki Tahfim-e Nau; Urdu Zaban, Talim Aur Sahafat; Guftagu unki, Na-Mukammil and a book each on leading Urdu writers Rashid Hasan Khan and Makhmoor Saidi. Some 15 years back, Mr Farouqui also rendered the Kulliyat of noted Urdu poet and dialogue writer, Akhtar-ul Iman, into Devnagari script; this too was published. He has also made a very successful two-part documentary on Akhtar-ul Iman.

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Spreading the message of Islam in India

21 December 2012

India is the largest Muslim country in the world with more than 200 million followers of Islamic faith. Muslims in general and Islamic propagators in particular face a lot of challenges because of the lingering wounds created by the partition of the Indian subcontinent, misunderstandings about Islam and lack of efforts to reach out to the country’s huge non-Muslim population.

Full report:

http://www.arabnews.com/spreading-message-islam-india

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Education of Muslim children gets a push

By Maneesh Pande N

Dec 21 2012

N O ONE disputes the poor access to quality education of Muslim children and no one knows this better than the new Minister for Minority Affairs, K. Rahman Khan, who points out that “ the primordial conditions of minority institutions and poor infrastructure are discouraging the desired enrolment levels in the classrooms”. “ There is telling urgency for a clean- up and overhaul of the education system from primary schools upwards to lay a strong foundation for the social and educational development of students from the minority community which eventually will ensure better livelihood prospects for them,” the minister said.

Full report: Mail Today

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Muslims in Gujarat have moved beyond 2002

D. P. Bhattacharya/ Ahmedabad Muslims

Dec 21 2012

NARENDRA Modi’s hat- trick, besides many other things, also indicates that the Muslims in Gujarat have moved beyond 2002 and are increasingly tilting towards the BJP. In spite of not fielding a single Muslim candidate, the BJP managed 12 out of the 19 seats which had Muslim voters as the determining factor.

Full report: Mail Today

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Sikh, Muslim NGOs received least foreign funds

By Deeptiman Tiwary

Dec 21, 2012

NEW DELHI: Counter-terror agencies may be looking into fund flowing into Sikh and Muslim institutions and NGOs engaged in welfare activities of minorities on the suspicion of money from some of these being diverted into terrorism, but a government data shows that NGOs related to these communities get the least funding from abroad.

Contrary to popular perception, Christian NGOs receive maximum foreign funding. While Christian NGOs have received over Rs 10,000 crore, Muslim institutions have got around Rs 300 crore, and Sikh NGOs accepted even smaller funding at around Rs 22 crore.

Full report:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Sikh-Muslim-NGOs-received-least-foreign-funds/articleshow/17700581.cms

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BJP clicks in Muslim zones too, Vastanvi looks for reasons why

Dec 21 2012

New Delhi : The BJP performed well in most seats with a high Muslim population. Ghulam Mohammed Vastanvi, cleric and former Darul-uloom Deoband vice-chancellor, who lost his job last year because of his endorsement of Narendra Modi’s development plank, now says Muslims may have voted for the BJP but that was because they knew the Congress would lose rather than their belief in Modi’s development agenda. The BJP, he feels, did shrewd electoral management by fielding dummy Muslim candidates in Assembly constituencies with a substantial Muslim presence, dividing the community’s votes.

Full report:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/bjp-clicks-in-muslim-zones-too-vastanvi-looks-for-reasons-why/1048270/

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Omar Abdullah asks Kashmiri Pandits to return to the state

Dec 21, 2012

New Delhi: Promising to restore sense of security in Kashmiri Pandits who left the Valley two decades ago, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today asked the community to explore possibility of returning to the state.

"If words were enough to bring the Kashmiri Pandits back to the Valley, then we would have used those words. But I think in the case of the Kashmiri Pandits returning home, words are not sufficient."

Full report:

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/omar-abdullah-asks-kashmiri-pandits-to-return-to-the-state/311693-3-244.html

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Pakistan

 

Fatwa declares polio killings ‘un-Islamic’

December 21, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The All Pakistan Ulema Council (APUC) on Thursday issued a decree declaring the killing of people by terrorists as un-Islamic.

The decree is supported by Darul Ifta, Darul Aloom Karachi, Jamai-e-Neemia Lahore, Jama-e-Ashrafia Lahore, Darul-Ifta wal Irshad Karachi, and Jama-e-Muntazir Lahore. It goes on to say that those accused of murder can only be punished by the state; no one has the authority to take the law into one’s hand. It is un-Islamic and hence illegal to kill people brutally in streets or markets.

Full report:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\12\21\story_21-12-2012_pg1_2

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Malala attack overshadows education issues

Khalid Khattak

December 21, 2012

LAHORE: The cowardly attack on Malala Yousafzai and subsequent global reaction and attention to the plight of students, especially girl students, in Pakistan eclipsed almost everything on the country’s educational scene in the outgoing year 2012.

The incident, on one hand, raised the young child to the level of an icon of hope and courage for students, especially female students, to fight for their right to education and on the other hand it led to a debate over indifferent attitude of rulers towards the cause of education. Despite conspiracy theories attached to the whole incident one thing is sure that it had highlighted the dilemma of Pakistani students at global level.

Full report:

 http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-5-149539-Malala-attack-overshadows-education-issues

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Pak for permanent solution of Kashmir issue: Zardari

 Dec 20, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan wants a "sustained and result-oriented" engagement with India to find a permanent solution to the Kashmir issue that could usher in peace and stability in the region, President Asif Ali Zardari told a visiting Hurriyat delegation today.

"Pakistan firmly believes in a meaningful, sustained and result-oriented process of engagement with India that could lead to a permanent solution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with aspirations of its people," Zardari said during a meeting with the leaders of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference in Karachi.

Full report:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pak-for-permanent-solution-of-Kashmir-issue-Zardari/articleshow/17696265.cms

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Timely elections can resolve country’s issues: Nawaz

December 21, 2012

LAHORE: Nawaz Sharif, president of his own faction of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), said on Thursday that only timely elections would help resolve the crises facing the country.

Talking to Sindhi politician Sardar Ali Gohar Mehar and PML-N Sindh chapter President Ghaus Ali Shah at his Raiwind residence, Nawaz said that elections were indispensable for a strong and stable Pakistan.

He said that fair and transparent elections are the only way to steer the country out of problems and crisis.

Full report:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\12\21\story_21-12-2012_pg7_21

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Key Taliban commander among five killed in Pakistan blast

Dec 21, 2012

ISLAMABAD: A top Taliban commander was among five people people killed on Friday in a powerful blast in a market in Pakistan's restive South Waziristan tribal region.

The bomb attack, which also left six people injured, targeted militant commander Maulvi Abbas Wazir who had close links with foreign fighters and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, officials were quoted as saying by local media.

Full report:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Key-Taliban-commander-among-five-killed-in-Pakistan-blast/articleshow/17707117.cms

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Women reserved seats critics exposed: CM

December 21, 2012

LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the PPP leadership is a hindrance to development of the country, adding that due to its corruption, loot and nepotism, fruit of democracy could not fully reach the people.

He said the elements afraid of going to the peoples’ court were trying to flee from elections but we, with the power of the people, would not let the corrupt rulers flee from polls.

Shahbaz Sharif said the PPP and its allies had joined hands on one point agenda of looting the national resources and they had increased the people’s miseries.

Full report:

 http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-5-149535-Women-reserved-seats-critics-exposed-CM

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Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood resigns from ML-F

December 21, 2012

KARACHI: Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood has tendered his resignation from the membership of Pakistan Muslim League-Functional, Geo News reported Friday.

According to PML-F leader Imtiaz Sheikh, Pir Pagara took the resignation from Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood, an MPA from Rahim Yar Khan and President of Punjab chapter of PML- F. Imtiaz Sheikh said the PML-F will air its stance during a press conference scheduled for later today.

Full report:

 http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-80512-Makhdoom-Ahmed-Mehmood-resigns-from-ML-F

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'People haven't forgotten Elahi's graft'

December 21, 2012

LAHORE: Punjab’s law minister, Rana Sanaullah, Thursday said that Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-e-Azam’s (PML-Q) Chaudhray Pervaiz Elahi was right in saying that people of Punjab had not forgotten the grafty tales of his (Previz’s) misappropriations, Geo News reported.

“His dreams of coming into power will never come true”, said Sanaullah responding to Elahi’s statement.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader said that Elahi, who was so passionate to bring former president Gen (Retd) Pervez Musharraf into power ten times that too with his military uniform on, should tell the world what pledges did he make this time to become President Zardari’s deputy.

He said the wrecks of PML-Q-initiated development projects in Punjab would always remind the world of Elahi’s administrative screwup.

 http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-80510-People-havent-forgotten-Elahis-graft

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Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri arrives in Pakistan

December 21, 2012

LAHORE: Tehrik Minhaj-ul-Quran International leader, Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri, Thursday landed in here after the touring the world for four months, Geo News reported.

One of his close aides, Dr Hassan Muhaiudin, other leaders of the movement, and hundreds of followers received him at Lahore International Airport.

Full report:

 http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-80519-Dr-Tahir-ul-Qadri-arrives-in-Pakistan

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Imran promises accountability after coming to power

Delawar Jan

December 21, 2012

PESHAWAR: Promising to introduce new Local Bodies (LB) system in Fata, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said on Thursday that across the board and relentless accountability would carried out in the country without fear or favour if his party was voted to power.

Full report:

 http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-149596-Imran-promises-accountability-after-coming-to-power

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Hina to chair debate on counter-terrorism at UNSC

December 21, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar will preside over a debate on “Counter-terrorism — a comprehensive approach” at the UN Security Council in New York on January 15.

“Both counter-terrorism and peacekeeping are among the UN’s top priorities, and are foremost in the work of the Security Council, and the secretary general’s participation and briefing would bring more value to these debates,” Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Ambassador Masood Khan said in a meeting with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. As Pakistan gets ready to take over the office of the UN Security Council Presidency from January 1, 2013, Ambassador Masood said two open debates on “Counter-terrorism – a comprehensive approach” and “UN- peacekeeping: a multi-dimensional approach” were to be held.

Full report:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-149600-Hina-to-chair-debate-on-counter-terrorism-at-UNSC

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Spiritual leader Prince Karim Aga Khan welcomes appointment of new envoy to Paris

Muhammad Saleh Zaafir

December 21, 2012

Islamabad: Prince Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili community, has welcomed the appointment of Ghalib Iqbal as Pakistan’s ambassador to France. The Prince who is based in Paris and maintains close liaison with the community and Pakistanis felicitated Ghalib Iqbal who had a chance meeting with him during his trip to Paris. He had gone there as chief of protocol state of Pakistan with President Asif Ali Zardari who was in Paris as guest of honour in the UNESCO ceremony for Malala Yousafzai.

 Full report:

 http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-149572-Prince-Karim-Aga-Khan-welcomes-appointment-of-new-envoy-to-Paris

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Taliban and rumours undermine polio fight

December 21, 2012

PESHAWAR: Pakistan’s efforts to rid itself of polio are being hampered by a toxic mix of conspiracy theories about plots to sterilise Muslims and hostility from militants.

The Muslim-majority nation of 180 million people is one of only three in the world where the highly infectious, crippling disease remains endemic and infections shot up from a low of 28 in 2005 to almost 200 last year.

Full report:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\12\21\story_21-12-2012_pg1_3

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Zardari urges world to help out Kashmiris

December 21, 2012

KARACHI: President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday said Pakistan firmly believes in a meaningful, sustained and result-oriented process of engagement with India that could lead to a permanent solution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with aspirations of its people.

He was talking to a seven-member delegation of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, led by its chairman, Mir Waiz Umer Farooq, at the Bilawal House. Spokesperson to the President, Senator Farhatullah Babar, said the president remarked that finding an amicable and just solution to all outstanding issues, including Kashmir dispute, was important for Pakistan and India to ensure lasting peace, stability and development in the region.

Full report:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\12\21\story_21-12-2012_pg1_5

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‘A teacher should act like a mother’

December 21, 2012

KARACHI: Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has said that the role of a teacher should be like a mother, who is nurturing and caring her child without wishing any reward from him in the future.

Addressing the faculty members of Sindh Madressatul Islam Boys Model School Sindh Madressatul Islam Girls Model School on Thursday, Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, said a good teacher always thinks about good education of students not for his/her personal benefits. And it has also been observed that the good and dedicated teachers have always received rewards and benefits without any demand.

Full report:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\12\21\story_21-12-2012_pg7_25

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No room for terrorism in Islam: minister

By Ali Hassan

December 21, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Love, peace and harmony are the basic teachings of all religions and in Islam there is no room for terrorism and violence, Federal Minister for Climate Change Rana Farooq Saeed said while addressing a Christmas reception, arranged by Full Gospel Assembly Church.

“Terrorism is an evil which is against the philosophy of Islam and teaching of our Holy Prophet (PBUH),” the minister said.

Full report:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\12\21\story_21-12-2012_pg11_6

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Child rights movement urges govt to accept universal review

December 21, 2012

LAHORE: Human rights activists have urged the government to implement the child rights-related recommendations given to Pakistan in the previous Universal Periodic Review report on the country and accept new recommendations given to it in the October 30 Human Rights Council’s session in Geneva. This demand was made at a consultation meeting organised on Thursday by Child Rights Movement’s Punjab chapter.

Full report:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\12\21\story_21-12-2012_pg13_2

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Makhdoom of Rahimyar Khan to be new Punjab governor

December 21, 2012

LAHORE: President Asif Ali Zardari has offered the post of Punjab governor to provincial president of Pakistan Muslim League-F Makhdoom Ahmed Mahmood and the offer has been accepted.

“President Zardari today offered me Punjab governorship which I have accepted,” Mr Mahmood told Dawn after meeting the president in Karachi.

Mr Mahmood, who will replace Sardar Latif Khosa, said he had discussed the matter with the chief of his party Pir Sibghatullah Shah Rashidi before accepting the offer. A source said President Zardari wanted a man like Makhdoom Mahmood in Punjab because of his ‘good relations’ with PML-N leaders.

Full report:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/21/makhdoom-of-rahimyar-khan-to-be-new-punjab-governor/

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Journalist, two others shot dead

December 21, 2012

QUETTA: A local journalist and two other people were shot dead in Bolan district late on Thursday night.

Levies sources said a group of armed men intercepted a bus coming from Quetta on its way to Punjab on Quetta-Sukkur highway in the Machh area of Bolan district and kidnapped six passengers.

Full report:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/21/journalist-two-others-shot-dead/

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Kashmir dispute should be resolved as per wishes of people: Altaf

December 21, 2012

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has said the Kashmir dispute should be resolved according to wishes and aspirations of the people of Kashmir.

He was talking via telephone to the Chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq during his visit to “Nine Zero” on Thursday, said a statement issued by the MQM.

Full report:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/21/kashmir-dispute-should-be-resolved-as-per-wishes-of-people-altaf/

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Gunmen attack passenger buses near Mach in Balochistan; three killed

December 21, 2012

QUETTA: Unidentified gunmen attacked two passenger buses near Mach in Balochistan’s Bolan district late on Thursday killing three and injuring six. Some passengers were kidnapped by the attackers as well, DawnNews reported.

Full report:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/20/gunmen-attack-passenger-buses-near-mach-in-balochistan-three-killed/

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Imran Khan says reign of corrupt, inept politicians over

Dec 21 2012

Peshawar : Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has said that the reign of corrupt and inept politicians was over and vowed to recover the plundered national wealth if the PTI comes to power.

"There would be no place for such greedy politicians in new Pakistan and all crook politicians would be held accountable by the PTI government," the Daily Times quoted Imran, as saying.

"There would be no chance for Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif to rule this country in the future as time has changed and people have also changed. They would have to face strict accountability. We would also recover the looted money which was illegally transferred out of Pakistan and has been kept in off-shore accounts," he said.

Full report:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/imran-khan-says-reign-of-corrupt-inept-politicians-over/1048598/

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Arab World

 

Syrian conflict has become ‘overtly sectarian’: UN probe

December 20, 2012

GENEVA: Violence in the Syria conflict has become openly sectarian and threatens whole communities, UN investigators reported Thursday following a visit to the region.

“As battles between government forces and anti-government armed groups approach the end of their second year, the conflict has become overtly sectarian in nature,” the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria said in a report.

After 21 months of the conflict, which activists say has killed more than 43,000 people, “the dangers are evident,” it continued. It cited in particular tensions between Sunni and Shia Muslims.

Full report:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/20/syrian-conflict-has-become-overtly-sectarian-un-probe/

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Egypt's Islamists call for Friday rally 'to defend scholars and mosques'

20 Dec 2012

A number of Islamist groups are calling for a rally "to defend scholars and mosques" in front of the Qaed Ibrahim mosque in Alexandria on Friday.

The protest comes after iconic Alexandria sheikh Ahmed El-Mahalawy was trapped inside the mosque for 14 hours on Friday, 14 December by worshippers angry at his sermon, which called for a 'Yes' vote in the national constitutional referendum.

According to a statement released on the Muslim Brotherhood’s Facebook page on Tuesday, the groups who plan to participate include the Brotherhood and its political arm the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the Salafist Calling and its political arm Nour Party, Asala Party, Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya, and Building and Development Party.

Full report:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/60989/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-Islamists-call-for-Friday-rally-to-defend-s.aspx

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Egypt's cabinet approves draft law on Islamic bonds

 20 Dec 2012

Egypt’s cabinet on Wednesday approved a draft law on the issuance of Islamic bonds by the finance ministry and state-run administrative bodies, the State Information Service has reported.

The draft law will be referred to parliament before it officially passes into law.

Islamic bonds are similar to ordinary government treasury bills and foreign currency denominated bonds but are in compliance with Islamic sharia law.

Full report:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/3/12/60966/Business/Economy/Egypts-cabinet-approves-draft-law-on-Islamic-bonds.aspx

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Fear keeps Egypt's Christians away from polls

Dec 21, 2012

ASSIUT, Egypt: A campaign of intimidation by Islamists left most Christians in this southern Egyptian province too afraid to participate in last week's referendum on an Islamist-drafted constitution they deeply oppose, residents say. The disenfranchisement is hiking Christians' worries over their future under empowered Muslim conservatives.

Around a week before the vote, some 50,000 Islamists marched through the provincial capital, Assiut, chanting that Egypt will be "Islamic, Islamic, despite the Christians.'' At their head rode several bearded men on horseback with swords in scabbards on their hips, evoking images of early Muslims conquering Christian Egypt in the 7th Century.

Full report:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Fear-keeps-Egypts-Christians-away-from-polls/articleshow/17705409.cms

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Al Qaeda grows powerful in Syria as endgame nears

December 21, 2012

AMMAN: Having seen its star wane in Iraq, al Qaeda has staged a comeback in neighbouring Syria, posing a dilemma for the opposition fighting to remove President Bashar al-Assad and making the West balk at military backing for the revolt.

The rise of al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, al-Nusra Front, which the United States designated a terrorist organisation last week, could usher in a long and deadly confrontation with the West, and perhaps Israel.

Full report:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\12\21\story_21-12-2012_pg4_7

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Egypt's beleaguered public prosecutor withdraws resignation

20 Dec 2012

Public prosecutor Talaat Abdullah withdrew early Thursday his resignation presented to the Supreme Council of the Judiciary Tuesday

Abdullah, appointed by President Morsi, announced his resignation Monday night after hundreds of prosecutors held a sit-in at his office in downtown Cairo demanding his resignation. Abdullah announced that he would leave his office Sunday, following the referendum on the constitution.

Full report:

 http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/60969/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-beleaguered-public-prosecutor-withdraws-res.aspx

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Saudi scientist dispels doomsday rumors

GHAZANFAR ALI KHAN

Friday 21 December 2012

RIYADH: Rumors, theories and beliefs around whether or not the world will end today, as predicted by the Mayan civilization long ago, have prompted a senior Saudi scientist to dispel the rumor with evidence from science and religion.

Zaki Abdulrahman Al-Mostafa, head of the astronomy department at the Riyadh-based King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), said the end-of-the-world rumor is totally "baseless and contrary to science and religion."

Full report:

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-scientist-dispels-doomsday-rumors

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World Arabic Day to underline the language’s status

21 December 2012

JEDDAH: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently decided to mark Dec. 18 of each year as World Arabic Language Day.

During the opening ceremony of the first Arabic language day on Tuesday, several scientific institutions and academies called for promoting and protecting the Arabic language to improve its status in science and media, warning of the onslaught of local dialects and foreign languages on Arabic.

Full report:

http://www.arabnews.com/world-arabic-day-underline-language%E2%80%99s-status

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Interior Ministry wins prize for security awareness film

 21 December 2012

EDDAH: Interior Ministry’s Directorate of Public Security has won a first in the short film contest on security awareness organized by the general secretariat of the Arab Interior Ministers’ Council in Algiers recently.

The event was held on the sidelines of the 36th Conference for Arab Police and Security Leaders.

Full report:

http://www.arabnews.com/interior-ministry-wins-prize-security-awareness-film

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Kingdom presses with campaign to provide aid to Syrian refugees

 ARAB NEWS

21 December 2012

BEIRUT: By order of The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah, Saudi Arabia is continuing its campaign to provide assistance to Syrian refugees.

The program to assist Syrian refugees is under the direct supervision of Interior Minister Prince Muhammad bin Naif.

“More than 4,800 blankets were distributed to 1,200 refugee families currently in several towns in Lebanon’s Baka region. The towns include Al-Suwaira, Majdal Anjar, Al-Manara and Al-Mansoura.

Full report:

http://www.arabnews.com/kingdom-presses-campaign-provide-aid-syrian-refugees

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Egypt's presidency 'open to dialogue': Spokesman

20 Dec 2012

Presidential spokesman Yasser Ali said the regime is open to dialogue about the constitution regardless of the outcome, in a press conference on Thursday.

“Regardless of whether people vote yes or no in the referendum, we will be open to dialogue,” Ali said during the conference, which took place at the presidential palace.

Full report:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/60996/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-presidency-open-to-dialogue-Spokesman.aspx

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Egypt's Court of Cassation cancels Ezz's 10-year sentence

20 Dec 2012

Egypt's Court of Cassation on Thursday cancelled the 10-year sentence against the steel magnate Ahmed Ezz and the former head of the Industrial Development Authority Amr Assal for graft charges related to the illegal sale of steel licenses, state-run news agency MENA reported.

Full report:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/3/12/60992/Business/Economy/Egypts-Court-of-Cassation-cancels-Ezzs-year-senten.aspx

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'Constitution will not be amended for two years': Strong Egypt Party spokesman

20 Dec 2012

If Egypt's draft constitution is passed by a national referendum it will not be amended for at least two years, Mohamed El-Mohandes, spokesperson of the Strong Egypt Party, said via his official Facebook page on Thursday.

He made the claim based on comments made by government officials at the national dialogue meeting called to discuss the opposition's objections to the draft constitution.

Full report:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/60980/Egypt/Politics-/Constitution-will-not-be-amended-for-two-years-Str.aspx

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Syrian interior minister treated in Lebanon for bomb wounds

20 Dec 2012

yria's interior minister was receiving treatment in Beirut on Thursday for wounds to his shoulder, stomach and legs suffered when his ministry in Damascus was bombed last week, Lebanese medical sources said.

They said Mohammad Ibrahim al-Shaar's condition was not life-threatening and that doctors were trying to remove shrapnel and perform reconstructive surgery on his wounds.

The minister was in a wheelchair, but had spoken with officials on his arrival in Beirut on Wednesday evening.

Full report:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/60976/World/Region/Syrian-interior-minister-treated-in-Lebanon-for-bo.aspx

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Sources: Morsi to announce remaining Shura Council members Friday

20 Dec 2012

Official sources close to the Egyptian presidency revealed to Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper Thursday that President Mohamed Morsi would announce the names of the remaining third of the Shura Council Friday, before the second stage of the referendum on the constitution Saturday.

Full report:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/60956/Egypt/Politics-/Sources-Morsi-to-announce-remaining-Shura-Council-.aspx

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Nephews of Syria vice president Faruq al-Sharaa arrested: NGO

20 Dec 2012

Two nephews of Syrian Vice President Faruq al-Sharaa have been arrested along with five of their friends over their support for political change, a monitoring group said on Thursday.

"University professor Zaydun Zohbi, 38, and his brother Suhaib, who are nephews of Faruq al-Sharaa, and five of their friends, activists in favour of peaceful change in Syria, were arrested at a cafe on December 15 by members of the military intelligence," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Full report:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/60954/World/Region/Nephews-of-Syria-vice-president-arrested-NGO.aspx

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Kuwait shuts opposition-linked television

20 Dec 2012

Kuwait on Thursday closed private television station Al-Youm, which backs the opposition, for allegedly failing to meet administrative conditions, the government said.

"The information ministry has scrapped the licence of a satellite station for violating the terms of the licence and after failing to meet a deadline to rectify its situation in line with the law," the ministry said, quoted by the official KUNA news agency.

Full report:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/60951/World/Region/Kuwait-shuts-oppositionlinked-television.aspx

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Egypt's opposition forces remain steadfast against constitution

20 Dec 2012

The results of the first round of the referendum on the constitution illustrated well the deep political divide within post-revolutionary Egypt.

Over the last two years, clear polarisation has occurred between Egyptians in support of the Islamist current and those opposing it, with President Mohamed Morsi assuming power with a mere 51.7 per cent of the vote. 

Full report:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/60873/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-opposition-forces-remain-steadfast-against-.aspx

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SS officer found innocent over Sayed Belal torture case

20 Dec 2012

The Alexandria Criminal Court on Thursday deemed innocent police officer Mahmoud Abdel-Alim, previously charged with torturing to death Sayed Belal who was suspected of involvement in the 2011 New Year's Eve bombing of the Two Saints Church in Alexandria.

Abdel-Alim had been afforded a re-trial following his sentencing to life imprisonment on 21 June 2012.

Full report:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/60943/Egypt/Politics-/SS-officer-found-innocent-over-Sayed-Belal-torture.aspx

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Egyptian Islamists plan big rally as referendum looms

Dec 21, 2012

CAIRO: Egyptian Islamists are planning a mass protest in Alexandria on Friday in a move likely to raise tensions on the eve of a divisive referendum that will determine the political future of the Arab world's biggest nation.

The Muslim Brotherhood called for the rally after a violent confrontation between Islamists and the liberal, secular opposition in Egypt's second city last week ended with a Muslim preacher besieged inside his mosque for 14 hours.

Full report:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Egyptian-Islamists-plan-big-rally-as-referendum-looms/articleshow/17705359.cms

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Mideast Asia

 

Iran hangs six drug smugglers, rapist: report

20 Dec 2012

Iran has hanged seven men, six of them for drug trafficking and another for rape, in prison in the central province of Isfahan, Kayhan newspaper reported on Thursday.

The seven, aged 25 to 45, were executed on Wednesday, the province's public prosecutor, Mohammad Reza Habibi, said in the report.

Full report:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/60970/World/Region/Iran-hangs-six-drug-smugglers,-rapist-report.aspx

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Bus bomb terror cell nabbed in Ramallah

Dec. 19, 2012

TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Israel security agency Shin Bet has arrested members of an alleged terror cell in the Ramallah area supposedly responsible for bombing a bus in Tel Aviv.

Details released Wednesday by Shin Bet said the cell operatives, members of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, were responsible for the Nov. 21 bombing in Tel Aviv in which 26 people were injured.

Full report:

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2012/12/19/Bus-bomb-terror-cell-nabbed-in-Ramallah/UPI-52771355917268/

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Israeli attacks on media violated laws of war: HRW

21 December 2012

JERUSALEM: Israeli attacks on journalists and media facilities in the Gaza Strip during an eight-day flare up last month “violated the laws of war,” Human Rights Watch said yesterday.

“Four Israeli attacks on journalists and media facilities in Gaza during the November 2012 fighting violated the laws of war by targeting civilians and civilian objects that were making no apparent contribution to Palestinian military operations,” said HRW.

Full report:

http://www.arabnews.com/israeli-attacks-media-violated-laws-war-hrw

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Africa

 

30 killed in clashes: Kenya Red Cross

Dec 21 2012

At least 30 people were killed when farmers raided a village of herders in south-eastern Kenya early Friday in renewed fighting between two communities with a history of violent animosity, the Kenya Red Cross said.

Five children and five women were among the dead, the Red Cross said. Forty-five houses were set on fire during the attack, Red Cross spokeswoman Nelly Muluka said.

Full report:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/30-killed-in-clashes-kenya-red-cross/article4225582.ece

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At least 12 killed in South Sudan riots

20 Dec 2012

Riots that rocked the South Sudanese town of Wau killed at least 12 people, a hospital doctor said Thursday, revising the previous day's toll of four dead.

"They were 12, those were the ones reported to the area hospitals," with bodies showing "various injuries", Marial Khoc, a doctor at Wau's military hospital told AFP.

A spokesman for the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said thousands of people were still sheltering at their base a day after the deadly unrest.

"We still have thousands of civilians at our base being provided safety," said UNMISS spokesman Liam McDowall.

Full report:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/60984/World/Region/At-least--killed-in-South-Sudan-riots.aspx

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55 Somalis, Ethiopians dead or missing in sea tragedy

20 December 2012

NAIROBI: 55 Somalis and Ethiopians drowned or went missing after their boat capsized off Somalia on Tuesday in the worst such disaster in the area in almost two years, the United Nations said.

The UN refugee agency said Thursday the incident represents “the biggest loss of life” in the Gulf of Aden since February 2011 when 57 Somali refugees and migrants from the Horn of Africa drowned while attempting to reach Yemen.

Full report:

http://www.arabnews.com/55-somalis-ethiopians-dead-or-missing-sea-tragedy

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Muslims in Uganda play effective role

DR. AHMAD KAWESA SENGENDO

 21 December 2012

The majority of people are Christians. Muslims hence sometimes feel left out in some aspects of social life and political life. For instance, out of a cabinet of 69 ministers, there would only be 6 Muslim ministers. In the field of education, the Muslims were left behind, so much so that at the time of independence, there were only 2 Muslim graduates, but thanks to God and thanks to the various efforts including that of the Islamic University in Uganda the number of Muslim graduates has increased, and Muslims are able to play a more effective role in the socio-economic development of Uganda.

Full report:

http://www.arabnews.com/muslims-uganda-play-effective-role

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Sudan's war-torn S. Kordofan to be divided

 20 December 2012

KHARTOUM: Sudan’s war-torn South Kordofan state is to be divided, giving separate status to the western part dominated by nomadic Arab Misseriya tribesmen, the government said yesterday.

Vice President Ali Osman Taha “announces the establishment of West Kordofan state,” the official SUNA news agency said in a brief dispatch.

The move recreates the state of West Kordofan which was eliminated in 2005 following a peace agreement between Khartoum and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army/Movement that ended a 23-year civil war.

Full report:

http://www.arabnews.com/middle-east/sudans-war-torn-s-kordofan-be-divided

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South Asia

 

Bomb kills seven in southwest Afghanistan: officials

Dec 20, 2012

HERAT: A roadside bomb targeting a police pickup truck killed two policemen and five civilians in southwestern Afghanistan Thursday, provincial authorities said.

The vehicle was blown up in the city of Zaranj, the capital of Nimroz province, said acting provincial police chief Mohammad Rahim Chakhansori.

Provincial governor Sarwar Sobat confirmed the death toll to AFP, saying a policewoman was wounded in the attack.

Afghan forces are often the victims of attacks by Taliban insurgents as they increasingly take control of security before the withdrawal of NATO troops from the country by 2014.

Roadside bombs are the weapon of choice for the hardline Islamists.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Bomb-kills-seven-in-southwest-Afghanistan-officials/articleshow/17696175.cms

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ISAF soldier goes missing

December 21, 2012

KABUL: An ISAF soldier has gone missing in southern Afghanistan, the coalition said on Thursday, more than three years after an American army sergeant was taken prisoner by the Taliban.

The Georgian soldier is believed to be the first soldier from the Nato-led mission to have gone missing since Bowe Bergdahl, now thought to be 26, was taken on June 30, 2009 in the southeastern province of Paktika.

It is not known if the Georgian soldier, who went missing on Wednesday, is the victim of a kidnapping.

Full report:

 http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-1-149677-ISAF-soldier-goes-missing

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Afghan talks in France bolster hopes of peace process

December 21, 2012

PARIS: Representatives of Afghanistan’s warring factions met here on Thursday for two days of landmark talks that diplomats hope will bolster a fledgling peace process in the war-torn country.

For the first time since a US-led bombing campaign drove the Taliban from power in 2001, senior figures in the movement sat down with officials from the government and other opposition forces for a round table discussion on the country’s future that was brokered by a French think tank. The organisers, the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS), confirmed the closed-door talks had got underway at an undisclosed location near Paris but would not divulge the agenda or other details for fear of compromising a potentially significant confidence-building exercise.

Full report:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\12\21\story_21-12-2012_pg7_8

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Government cannot accommodate MVR2.4billion budget reduction: Abdullah Jihad

By Neil Merrett | December 20th, 2012

Finance Minister Abdullah Jihad has said the government cannot accommodate MVR2.4billion (US$156 million) worth of cuts to the proposed state budget as recommended this week by a parliamentary committee review.

Speaking to Minivan News today, Jihad said that although there was room to reduce the proposed MVR 16.9 billion (US$1.1 billion) budget unveiled last month, the level of cuts recommended by Parliament’s Budget Review Committee were not feasible to run the state next year.

Full report:

http://minivannews.com/politics/government-cannot-accommodate-mvr2-4billion-budget-reduction-jihad-49369

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President Karzai to visit Pakistan soon

December 21, 2012

PESHAWAR: Afghan President Hamid Karzai will soon visit Pakistan and discuss peace and reconciliation process, release of Taliban prisoners and other matters of bilateral interest with Pakistani officials, a peace negotiator said Thursday.

Ismail Qasimyar, advisor of the High Peace Council on international affairs, told Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) that they wanted Pakistan to release high-ranking Taliban prisoners, including Mulla Abdul Ghani Baradar and Mulla Nooruddin Turabi from prison.

Full report:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-149611-President-Karzai-to-visit-Pakistan-soon

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Afghan govt holds talks with Taliban representatives in France

December 20, 2012

PARIS: Representatives of Afghanistan’s warring factions met here Thursday for two days of landmark talks that diplomats hope will bolster a fledgling peace process in the war-torn country.

For the first time since a US-led bombing campaign drove the Taliban from power in 2001, senior figures in the Islamist movement sat down with officials from the government and other opposition forces for a round table discussion on the country’s future that was brokered by a French think tank.

Full report:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/20/afghan-govt-holds-talks-with-taliban-representatives-in-france/

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Karzai welcomes Britain’s Afghan troop pullout

December 20, 2012

KABUL: President Hamid Karzai on Thursday welcomed the announcement that Britain will pull thousands of troops out of Afghanistan next year, saying his country was ready to take over security responsibilities.

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday said that he will withdraw almost half of the country’s 9,000 troops from Afghanistan next year as Nato hands over to Afghan forces.

The announcement comes as Nato prepares for a full security handover at the end of 2014, despite fears that a civil war could follow, and amid a spike in “insider attacks” on foreign troops by Afghans in uniform.

Full report:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/20/karzai-welcomes-britains-afghan-troop-pullout/

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Stand against campaign maligning Bangladesh

December 21, 2012

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni alleged that an orchestrated campaign was on to malign the country's image and urged the Bangladeshi community abroad to stand against those vested quarters.

Addressing the Bangladeshi community in Birmingham and Midlands at Birmingham City Council on Tuesday, she pointed out the present government's achievements in institutionalising democracy and attaining substantial progress in socio-economic sectors.

Full report:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=261952

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Bangladeshi national found dead in India

December 21, 2012

A Bangladeshi national was found dead inside the Indian territory opposite to Hakimpur frontier early yesterday.

The deceased is Md. Delwar Hossain, 38, of Nandipur village in the upazila, according to Lt Col Khasru Sabbir Ali, commanding officer of Joypurhat-3 Battalion of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB).

Full report:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=262018

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Maldives ex-president prevented from Maldives

December 21, 2012

Maldives authorities on Friday prevented the former president who was ousted in February from leaving the island nation to visit his ill father in Bangkok, a party lawmaker said.

Mohamed Nasheed, 45, who resigned after what he alleges was a coup, is awaiting trial by a special court on charges of giving an illegal order when he was in office to have a judge arrested.

Full report:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/SriLanka/Maldives-ex-president-prevented-from-Maldives/Article1-978983.aspx

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Europe

 

UN Security Council agrees to deploy forces in Mali

Dec 21 2012

The UN Security Council on Thursday authorized the deployment of an African-led international force to support Mali in its fight against terrorists and armed rebel groups in the north of the country.

The Security Council said the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA) will use “all necessary means” to assist the Malian government in “recovering the areas in the north of its territory under the control of terrorist, extremist and armed groups.”

Full report:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/un-security-council-agrees-to-deploy-forces-in-mali/article4225200.ece

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UN sanctions two Iranian firms over Syria arms supplies

Dec 21, 2012

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council on Thursday slapped sanctions on two Iranian firms accused of involvement in supplying arms to the Syrian government, a UN statement said.

Yas Air and the SAD Import Export Company were added to a growing Iran sanctions list for breaching an arms embargo ordered against the Islamic republic for its nuclear drive.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/UN-sanctions-two-Iranian-firms-over-Syria-arms-supplies/articleshow/17700636.cms

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Russia's Putin denies propping up Assad

December 21, 2012

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday denied propping up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and stressed that Moscow was only seeking to avert a perpetual civil war.

"What is our position? Not to leave Assad's regime in power at any price, but to first (let the Syrians) agree among themselves how they should live next," Putin told a major Moscow press briefing.

"Only then should we start looking at ways to change the existing order."

Putin argued that Russia's call for dialogue was meant to avert "an endless civil war" between the armed rebels and government forces who still control most of the capital Damascus.

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=262009

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Hollande recognises ‘brutal’ colonial rule in Algeria

December 21, 2012

ALGIERS: French President Francois Hollande on Thursday acknowledged France’s “brutal” colonial rule over the Algerian people, without having to apologise, as he sought to launch a new era in ties on a two-day visit.

“Over 132 years, Algeria was subjected to a profoundly unjust and brutal system,” Hollande told the Algerian parliament on the final day of a landmark visit to the North African country, to applause from MPs.

“This system has a name: it is colonialism and I recognise the suffering that colonialism inflicted on the Algerian people,” he said.

Full report:

 http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-1-149681-Hollande-recognises-brutal-colonial-rule-in-Algeria

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Britain’s Cameron visits troops in Afghanistan

December 21, 2012

LONDON: Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday paid a pre-Christmas visit to British troops serving in Afghanistan, insisting that the “high price” paid by servicemen had been worthwhile, his office said.

Cameron told reporters that Afghan security forces were “doing better than expected” as he defended plans for the British force to be cut to 5,200 next year, according to his office.

The premier, who was touring Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, said he was confident that the draw-down of nearly half of the British troops deployed, announced in parliament on Wednesday, and would not pave the way for an increase in terrorist activity.

Full report:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/21/britains-cameron-visits-troops-in-afghanistan/

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Tea Party Anti-Muslim Hate Comes to Ohio School

12/19/12

Islamophobe claims U.S. Muslims 'will kill your children,' says 'we are in war with Islam'

(CLEVELAND, OHIO, 12/19/12) – The Cleveland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations' Ohio chapter (CAIR-Cleveland) today released a video highlighting anti-Muslim hate preached at a recent Tea Party event at a school in that state, which included claims that American Muslims "will kill your children" and that "we are in war with Islam."

At the December 10 event, titled "Infiltration of Islam in America?" and sponsored by the Mansfield North Central Ohio Tea Party, at Mansfield High School in Mansfield, Ohio, speaker Usama Dakdok called Islam a "wicked cult" and made hate-filled claims such as: (NOTE: Speaker's linguistic errors retained.)

Full report:

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Inaccurate, misleading: 3 US Senators slam film on Laden

Dec 21 2012

Washington : SCOTT SHANE

In an unusual Congressional critique of Hollywood movie-making, three United States senators on Wednesday lambasted “Zero Dark Thirty,” the new fictionalised film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, calling it “grossly inaccurate and misleading in its suggestion that torture resulted in information that led to the location” of the terrorist leader.

Full report:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/inaccurate-misleading-3-us-senators-slam-film-on-laden/1048335/

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URL: https://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/new-age-islam-news-bureau/now,-fatwa-of-bareilly-clerics-prohibits-uploading-photos-on-matrimonial,-social-networking-sites/d/9760

 

 

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