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Pak Military Plotted To Kill Asma Jehangir in India: US Intelligence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: 27 Taliban Militants Killed in Afghan Operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North America

Pak Military Plotted To Kill Asma Jehangir In India: US Intelligence

The Army Psychiatrist, Nidal Hasan's Beard Shaved Off By Force

US resolution on Syria sets 60-day deadline

FBI Visits to Syrian-Americans Prompt Reminder of Legal Rights

New White House Syria Plan to Go Beyond 'Punitive Strike'

US builds up surveillance on ally Pak’s nuclear arsenal

US inaction would embolden Iran, N Korea: Kerry

'Al-Qaida engineers in Pakistan developing system to counter drones'

Poker face: Senator John McCain plays phone game at Syria debate

US Senate resolution on Syria sets deadline, bars ground forces

Obama likely to discuss Syria with Putin during G20 summit

 

Pakistan

Medical Varsity Forces Veil on Students In Pakistan

Islamic scholars to support polio eradication program in Pakistan

Karachi violence: 12 suspects arrested, two bodies recovered

Armed men kill Pakistan Navy captain in Karachi

MQM demands selective use of army in Karachi

With over 20m people, target killing ‘no big deal’ in Karachi

No army for Karachi, says Nawaz

Religious scholar cons millions from followers in a fake Islamic banking

Pakistan: Karachi's black economy generates Rs 830 million daily, says report

Pak govt paid Rs. 16 mn in fines to get 271 prisoners abroad released

Pakistan to get $2 billion bailout from IMF

Pakistanis resume overland NATO oil supplies to Afghanistan

India gives recording of two Quaid speeches to Pakistan

Hindu temple path near Native Jetty threatened

 

Arab World

Bomb attack on Shiite families near Baghdad kills 18

Jihadis from Caucasus form own group in Syria

Wave of Bombings, Attacks in Iraq Kill At Least 67

Local, foreign Islamic militants turn Egypt’s Sinai into a new front for jihad

Islamists seize entrance to famed Syria Christian town: NGO

First pharaoh ruled Ancient Egypt earlier than first thought

Thousands of Islamists take to Egypt's streets again

AP confirms former bin Laden doctor leading jihadists in Sinai

Voices from Damascus: Only 'Peaceful Solution' Can Save Syria

Syria's refugee crisis 'a humanitarian calamity'

Battle intensifies over Egypt's constitution

 

South Asia

27 Taliban Militants Killed in Afghan Operations

Sri Lanka sees new threats of terrorism, Muslim extremism

Dhaka seeks US support to bring back Bangabandhu killer

BNP now looks towards Ban ki-moon

Islamist parties banking on Hefazat over polls

Jamaat-e-Islami men blast 7 cocktails in Dhaka

Six held over militant links in Bangladesh

Hindus, Sikhs to get Afghan parliament seat, says Karzai

Can Maldivian institutions rise to the occasion to ensure free and fair polls?

Prosecutor General prioritises his job security over the law, says former President Nasheed

No dissolution of Parliament: Hasina

 

India

Gujarat encounter cops followed Modi and Amit Shah’s policy: DG Vanzara

India rules out military solution to ongoing strife in Syria

Gujarat govt rejects IPS officer DG Vanzara's resignation

RTI activist gets recordings of Mohammad Ali Jinnah's speech

German envoy in Srinagar to oversee concert preparations

Uttar Pradesh: Shamli tense after communal clash leaves one dead, 10 injured

Top Hizb ul Mujahideen commander arrested from Bandipora, J&K

26/11 attacks: Pak judicial commission to visit India on September 11

 

Mideast

Group calls on 'all Muslim hackers' to attack Israel, US on anniversary of 9/11

Senior MP Urges UN to Enlist MKO as Terrorist Group

Israeli forces surround al-Aqusa mosque

Turkish envoy to return to Egypt after diplomatic spat

Peace talks with Israel going nowhere: Palestinian president aide

Turkish PM Erdoğan accuses EU of ‘smear campaign’

 

Europe

Tensions Increase in Dagestan as Authorities Pursue Heavy-Handed Tactics

Putin 'doesn't exclude' backing military force on Syria if proven Assad used chemical weapons

3 Police Officers Killed in Dagestan Attack

Russia Defence Ministry Warns About ‘Playing With Arms’ After Israel Launch

Britain's vote against Syria action could affect its Middle East role

Spain arrests suspected jihadist leader: government

Allies’ Intelligence Differs on Details, but Still Points to Assad Forces

 

Southeast Asia

Government Weighs Decision on Miss World as Condemnation Mounts

National Police told to recruit more women officers

After all these years, Malaysia still held hostage

 

Africa

Mali's new President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita sworn in

Belmokhtar turns to propaganda to boost image since losing his al-Qaeda command

Uganda: National Badminton Stars Brace for World Islamic Games

Gaddafi’s private jet becomes government official aircraft

International Symposium on History of Islamic Civilization in East Africa Begins

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North America

 

Pak military plotted to kill Asma Jehangir in India: US intelligence

Chidanand Rajghatta, TNN | Sep 4, 2013

WASHINGTON: Pakistani military officials plotted to kill prominent human rights activist Asma Jahangir while she was on a visit to India, according to new US intelligence disclosures arising from the Snowden affair.

The plan was evidently aborted after she learned of it and went public. But it is just one incident in a pattern of extrajudicial killings orchestrated by Pakistani military and intelligence leaders, according to classified documents given by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to the Washington Post, which reported some episodes and extracts to protect perceived US interests vis-a-vis Pakistan.

US spy agencies have for years reported senior Pakistani military and intelligence leaders were orchestrating a wave of extrajudicial killings of terrorism suspects and other militants, the paper said.

It added in July 2011, an assessment of communications intercepts and other intelligence by the NSA concluded that the Pakistani military intelligence had continued over the preceding 16 months a pattern of lethally targeting perceived enemies without trial or due process.

The killings, according to the NSA, occurred ''with the knowledge, if not consent, of senior officers''.

The disclosure is important in the context of Pakistan's persistent denials of its use of terrorism, both domestically and against India.

New Delhi alleges attacks against India, on the border and inside the country, are carried out by the Pakistani military intelligence.

But Islamabad insists it is done by ''non-state actors,'' and on occasions has even gone to the extent of claiming India conducts terrorist attacks on itself and blames Pakistan.

The US assessment of Pakistani behavior in this regard, particularly in its domestic context, is blunt, stark, and even self-incriminating.

In fact, the Post report says, US officials repeatedly sought to keep evidence of Pakistani human rights abuses out of the public eye.

A classified diplomatic cable sent from the US Embassy in Islamabad to officials in Washington in September 2009, raising concern about the extrajudicial killings of militants by Pakistani army units, advised against public disclosure of the incidents. It said it was more important to maintain support for the Pakistani armed forces.

But while US publicly portrays Islamabad as an ally, the 178-page summary of the US intelligence community's so-called ''black budget'' reveals an intense focus on Pakistan as a toxic swamp of terrorism and nuclear proliferation.

''Pakistan appears at the top of charts listing critical US intelligence gaps. It is named as a target of newly formed analytic cells. And fears about the security of its nuclear program are so pervasive that a budget section on containing the spread of illicit weapons divides the world into two categories: Pakistan and everybody else,'' the Post report says, alluding to the fact that despite such concerns, Washington has lavished $26 billion aid to the country over the past 12 years.

The Snowden disclosures reveal the US is devoting tremendous amount of money, resources, and energy to assess Pakistan's nuclear arsenal and its safeguards.

US agencies are focused on two particularly worrisome scenarios, the report said: the possibility that Pakistan's nuclear facilities might come under attack by Islamist militants, as its army headquarters in Rawalpindi did in 2009, and even greater concern that they might have penetrated the ranks of military or intelligence, putting them in a position to launch an insider attack or smuggle out nuclear material.

Some success was reported in understanding the security of Pakistan nuclear arsenal. The black budget describes the creation of a Pakistan WMD Analysis Cell to track movements of nuclear materials.

Agencies, including the CIA and the Defense Department, were able ''to develop and deploy a new compartmented collection capability'' that delivered a ''more comprehensive understanding of strategic weapons security in Pakistan''.

Even so, ''the number of gaps associated with Pakistani nuclear security remains the same,'' the document said, and ''the questions associated with this intractable target are more complex''.

The budget documents indicate US intelligence agencies are also focused on the security of the nuclear program in India, the report said, without providing details.

Disclosure that India is also under US scrutiny in this regard should disabuse planners in New Delhi that Washington treats it as an ally in such matters.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Pak-military-plotted-to-kill-Asma-Jehangir-in-India-US-intelligence-report/articleshow/22271222.cms

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The Army Psychiatrist, Nidal Hasan's Beard Shaved Off By Force

4 September 2013

The army psychiatrist sentenced to death for the Fort Hood shooting rampage has been forcibly shaved, an army spokesman has said.

Major Nidal Hasan began growing a beard after the November 2009 shooting that left 13 dead and 30 wounded. The beard prompted delays to his court martial because it violated army grooming regulations. He was convicted of all charges in August at his court-martial at the central Texas army post and sentenced to death.

Hasan, 42, who was born in America, is an inmate of the US detention barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, home to the military death row. Lieutenant Colonel S Justin Platt, an army spokesman, said in a statement on Tuesday that Hasan had been shaved. He did not specify when or provide details.

Officials at Fort Leavenworth previously had said Hasan would be subject to army regulations.

Hasan dispensed with all criminal defence counsel and represented himself at his trial.

Hasan said he grew the beard because his Muslim faith required it and was not meant as a show of disrespect. However, Colonel Gregory Gross, the original judge presiding over Hasan's court martial, ordered Hasan to be clean-shaven or be forcibly shaved before his trial.

The dispute over that decision led to appeals that delayed the trial by more than three months before the appeals court ousted the judge. The appeals court ruled that Gross did not appear impartial while presiding over Hasan's case and that the command, not a judge, was responsible for enforcing military grooming standards.

Colonel Tara Osborn, assigned to replace Gross as the judge presiding over the case, allowed Hasan to keep the beard for the course of the trial. She said she would not hold the breach of grooming regulations against him but the military jurors might.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/04/nidal-hasan-beard-shaved-force

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US resolution on Syria sets 60-day deadline

Sep 04 2013

The legislation, however, would “strictly prohibit American boots on the ground”

The Syria war resolution drafted by members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee permits up to 60 days of military action against the Bashar al-Assad regime and does not permit any boots on the ground, Congressional aides said.

“The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has crafted a bipartisan Authorisation for the Use of Military Force that we believe reflects the will and concerns of Democrats and Republicans alike,” Senator Robert Menendez, chairman of the committee, said after successfully negotiating with ranking member Bob Corker on the resolution.

However, the text of the draft resolution was not officially released.

The resolution is likely to be put to vote before the committee on Wednesday. The resolution, among other things, permit the deployment of a small rescue mission in the event of an emergency, Congressional aides said.

Mr. Menendez said the resolution gives U.S. President Barack Obama the authority he needs to deploy force in response to the Assad regime’s criminal use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people.

The resolution also assures that the authorisation is narrow and focussed, limited in time, and assures that the Armed Forces of the U.S. will not be deployed for combat operations in Syria.

On Tuesday, Mr. Menendez presided over the Senate committee hearing on Syria. The Senate is expected to schedule a vote on the resolution early next week.

“I do think we were able to address many of the issues that were raised today during the hearing. And I thought the hearing was fine. There wasn’t any new ground broke, and I was glad that Secretary (of State, John) Kerry reasserted the ‘no boots on the ground’ point. And I’m sure that will also be addressed in writing,” said Mr. Corker after the Congressional hearing.

The new draft legislation being circulated to committee members on Tuesday evening would “strictly prohibit American boots on the ground, limit the duration of any military action to 60 days”.

“Our negotiations have led to a much narrower authorisation that provides for the appropriate use of force while limiting the scope and duration of military action, prohibiting boots on the ground, and requiring the Obama administration to submit their broader plan for Syria,” Mr. Corker said in a statement.

The resolution would separately require a report from the Obama administration detailing U.S. support for vetted, moderate opposition groups in Syria, Mr. Corker said.

“This is one of the most serious matters that comes before the Congress, so as we proceed to a potentially defining vote next week, the President and his administration must continue to vigorously make their case to the American people,” he said.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/us-resolution-on-syria-sets-60day-deadline/article5092055.ece

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FBI Visits to Syrian-Americans Prompt Reminder of Legal Rights

4 September 2013

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today issued an advisory reminding Syrian-Americans of their legal responsibilities and rights when contacted or visited by law enforcement authorities.

CAIR's advisory comes amid reports that FBI agents "are expected to interview hundreds of Syrians in the coming days" as the United States is poised to launch a military attack on that nation. The Washington-based civil rights group has also received reports that Syrian-Americans who travel to the Middle East have been approached by military authorities when they return to the United States.

Full report at:

http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/12117-fbi-visits-to-syrian-americans-prompt-reminder-of-legal-rights.html

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New White House Syria Plan to Go Beyond 'Punitive Strike'

Andrea Germanos

4 September 2013

As the Obama administration continues its "flood the zone" campaign to win congressional support for military force against Syria, a statement by the president Tuesday indicates its plan is to go beyond punitive strikes against Assad and to pursue a "broader strategy."

Although, as McClatchy reports, the administration's case to use force against Syria "is riddled with inconsistencies and hinges mainly on circumstantial evidence," Obama signaled he was confident his request for authorization to use force would win votes from Congress next week.

Full report at:

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/09/03-3

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US builds up surveillance on ally Pak’s nuclear arsenal

PTI | Sep 4, 2013

WASHINGTON: The US, which spends billions monitoring adversaries like the al-Qaida , North Korea and Iran, pays an equally intense focus on ally Pakistan and has ramped up surveillance of its nuclear arms, according to a report.

The "US intelligence agencies are also focused on the security of the nuclear programme in India, Pakistan's arch-rival ," The Washington Post said on Tuesday, citing classified documents, but gave no details on the Indian programme.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-builds-up-surveillance-on-ally-Paks-nuclear-arsenal/articleshow/22275694.cms

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US inaction would embolden Iran, N Korea: Kerry

September 4, 2013

WASHINGTON: Failure to take military action against Syria would send a dangerous signal to Iran, North Korea and other US foes, Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday.

“Iran is hoping you look the other way,” Kerry told lawmakers, as he made the case for Congress to endorse punitive US strikes against the Syrian regime over its suspected use of chemical weapons.

“Our inaction would surely give them (Iran) a permission slip for them to at least misinterpret our intention, if not to put it to the test,” Kerry told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Hezbollah militants in Lebanon are “hoping that isolationism will prevail,” and “North Korea is hoping that ambivalence carries the day,” he said.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/599654/us-inaction-would-embolden-iran-n-korea-kerry/

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'Al-Qaida engineers in Pakistan developing system to counter drones'

PTI | Sep 4, 2013

WASHINGTON: Pakistan-based al-Qaida engineers are making several efforts including developing a laser warning system and shoulder-fired missiles to counter American drones, according to a report.

Al-Qaida leadership is still active inside Pakistan and it has been seriously working to develop counter measures to the successful drones of the US, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing classified documents it received from former CIA contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked some of America's most closely guarded secrets.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Al-Qaida-engineers-in-Pakistan-developing-system-to-counter-drones/articleshow/22281116.cms

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Poker face: Senator John McCain plays phone game at Syria debate

AFP | Sep 4, 2013

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia: Perhaps he was thinking about doubling down in the Middle East?

Senator John McCain, a longtime advocate for forceful military intervention in Syria, was caught playing poker on his smartphone Tuesday as top administration officials testified at one of the most pivotal congressional hearings of the year.

McCain is hardly the only US lawmaker ever to seek a diversion from what can be hours of legislative debate on Capitol Hill.

But the photographic evidence of McCain making poker bets on his iPhone during the hearing itself offered a startling counterweight to the seriousness in Washington as senators debated whether to sign on to President Barack Obama's plan to bomb Syria for chemical weapons use.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Poker-face-Senator-John-McCain-plays-phone-game-at-Syria-debate/articleshow/22285683.cms

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US Senate resolution on Syria sets deadline, bars ground forces

AP | Sep 4, 2013

WASHINGTON: The Senate resolution authorizing President Barack Obama to use military force against Syria would bar American ground troops for combat operations and set a deadline for any action.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the draft resolution that the Foreign Relations Committee will vote on Wednesday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-Senate-resolution-on-Syria-sets-deadline-bars-ground-forces/articleshow/22276297.cms

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Obama likely to discuss Syria with Putin during G20 summit

TNN | Sep 4, 2013

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama is likely to discuss Syria with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in St Petersburg on the sidelines of the upcoming G20 summit, secretary of state John Kerry has told top American lawmakers.

Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Kerry urged lawmakers not to make a big issue out of the differences with Russia on Syria.

"I think it is important not to get into unnecessary struggle over this (differences with Russian) for a lot of reasons. The Russians are working with us and cooperating on this effort to try to make a negotiated process work. And I think they are serious about trying to find the way forward for that, number one," Kerry said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Obama-likely-to-discuss-Syria-with-Putin-during-G20-summit/articleshow/22273671.cms

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Pakistan

 

Medical Varsity Forces Veil on Students In Pakistan

Sep 04 2013

The Khyber Medical University in Peshawar, capital of the north-western province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, has introduced a conservative dress code forcing female students to wear the Islamic veil, the management said on Wednesday.

The decision was to promote “the culture of modesty,” said a university official.

“It is to promote Islamic values and to preserve traditions,” said Noor ul Iman, principal of the affiliated Khyber Medical College, with 1,500 students. More than half of students are female, he said.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/school-principal-held-for-blasphemy-medical-varsity-forces-veil-on-students-in-pakistan/article5092904.ece

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Islamic scholars to support polio eradication program in Pakistan

4 September 2013

Prominent Islamic scholars from Pakistan, other Muslim countries and the Islamic Fiqh Academy (IIFA) held a two-day meeting at the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) headquarters here last week pledging to support the Polio Eradication Program (PEP) in Pakistan.

The program in Pakistan is facing serious challenges due to misconceptions from some sections of the population, resulting in assaults against polio eradication workers, some of whom were injured and even killed in some parts of the country.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/463506

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Karachi violence: 12 suspects arrested, two bodies recovered

2013-09-04

KARACHI: A total of 12 suspects were arrested by the police and Rangers in Karachi on Tuesday, while at least six were killed in different parts of the city, DawnNews reported.

Four gang members were arrested while three others were killed in clashes with the police and Rangers.

Similarly, skirmishes between drug dealers resulted in one dead in Chanesar Goth, after which the residents of the area blocked the main road in protest. They claimed that the criminals were backed by the police.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1040490/karachi-violence-12-suspects-arrested-two-bodies-recovered

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Armed men kill Pakistan Navy captain in Karachi

2013-09-04

A senior Pakistan navy officer was shot dead and his Swedish wife wounded in Pakistan's port city of Karachi on Wednesday, police said.

The couple were shot on a busy thoroughfare near the National Stadium.

Two gunmen riding a motorbike intercepted Captain Nadeem's vehicle and opened fire, killing him on the spot, a local police official told AFP.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1040489/navy-officer-gunned-down-in-karachi

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MQM demands selective use of army in Karachi

By Razzak Abro

4 September 2013

KARACHI: Major political parties have asked Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to launch an indiscriminative operation in Karachi against criminals through police and rangers.

Moreover, MQM has showed flexibility in it previous stance and has asked for deploying Army in some of the areas where police and Rangers do not have access. Representatives of political parties shared these thought during a consultative meeting with PM at Governor House here on Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\09\04\story_4-9-2013_pg7_14

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With over 20m people, target killing ‘no big deal’ in Karachi

4 September 2013

KARACHI: Additional IG Karachi Ghulam Qadir Thebo has said that target killings in a city like Karachi with a population of over 20 million is not a “big deal”; however, police is trying its level best to bring peace in the violence-stricken urban town.

He was speaking in a press conference at Central Police Office (CPO) on Tuesday. Thebo said police officials were also on a “hit list” of terrorists and that 119 policemen had been killed in 2013 alone. “Despite facing difficulties, police morale remains high, “ he said.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\09\04\story_4-9-2013_pg7_22

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No army for Karachi, says Nawaz

 September 4, 2013

KARACHI: Admitting that police have failed completely to control violence in Karachi, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif however said the army will not be called in to handle the law and order situation of the city.

Prime Minister Nawaz said this while chairing the special cabinet meeting at the Governor House on Wednesday.

Calling the violence in Karachi a national issue, Nawaz said that the government is considering Rangers in its bid to cleanse the city of criminal elements.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/599636/nawaz-sharif-chairs-high-level-meeting-on-karachi-situation/

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Religious scholar cons millions from followers in a fake Islamic banking

 September 4, 2013

ISLAMABAD: A religious leader used his influence to con thousands of his rich devotees into investing billions of rupees in a fake modaraba (Islamic banking) that he set up.

Mufti Qari Ehsanul Haq, a religious scholar from Gujranwala, promised to pay people a profit of Rs5,000 to Rs8,000 against every Rs100,000 invested in Fayyazi Gujranwala Industries, an unregistered company.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/599481/colour-of-money-religious-scholar-cons-millions-from-followers/

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Pakistan: Karachi's black economy generates Rs 830 million daily, says report

Sep 04 2013

Karachi : Criminal gangs in Pakistan's financial capital Karachi generated a staggering Rs 830 million daily in black economy, according to a report. The report found extortion, ransom from kidnappings, street crimes and illegal parking lots and vendors and illegal electricity connections as main contributors to the burgeoning illegal economy.

At least Rs 10 million is paid as extortion on a daily basis in different areas of the city while short-term kidnapping for ransom amounts to Rs 50 million, the Geo News channel reported yesterday. The black economy also includes money generated from 500 illegal and unauthorised parking lots (Rs 2.4 million) while hawkers and vendors pay around Rs 8.25 million everyday to the police, criminals or contractors.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pakistan-karachi-s-black-economy-generates-rs-830-million-daily-says-report/1164526/

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Pak govt paid Rs. 16 mn in fines to get 271 prisoners abroad released

 September 04, 2013

The Pakistan government paid Rs. 16 million for the release of 271 prisoners imprisoned in different countries. The prisoners had completed their sentences on petty charges in the jails of different countries, but their release was subject to their fines being paid. The

Foreign Office announced that 77 prisoners in Dubai were freed between May and June 2013 after paying a fine of Rs. 8.8 million.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/pakistan/Pak-govt-paid-Rs-16-mn-in-fines-to-get-271-prisoners-abroad-released/Article1-1117226.aspx

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Pakistan to get $2 billion bailout from IMF

 September 04, 2013

The Pakistani government is likely to receive over $2 billion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) this week under its new three-year bailout programme, media reported Tuesday. The IMF's executive board meeting is scheduled to consider the proposed financial arrangement for Pakistan

Wednesday, Xinhua reported citing sources from Pakistan's ministry of finance.

The IMF's executive board will make a decision after evaluating the Pakistani government's policies and actions required for the assistance package.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/pakistan/Pakistan-to-get-2-billion-bailout-from-IMF/Article1-1117139.aspx

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Pakistanis resume overland NATO oil supplies to Afghanistan

 September 4, 2013

PESHAWAR: Overland oil supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan resumed through Pakistan on Wednesday with stepped up security after a four-month hiatus due to attacks, Pakistani officials said.

Pakistani contractors stopped driving oil supplies from Karachi on the Arabian Sea to the Torkham crossing on the Afghan border in June due to frequent attacks on their vehicles.

“We resumed these supplies from today after hiring the services of a private firm, which will provide security to our convoys from Karachi to Torkham,” contractor Azad Khan Afridi told AFP.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/599666/pakistanis-resume-overland-nato-oil-supplies-to-afghanistan/

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India gives recording of two Quaid speeches to Pakistan

4 September 2013

LAHORE: After four years of hectic efforts of Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC), All India Radio (AIR) handed over a recording of two key speeches of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to Pakistan on Tuesday.

The PBC has planned to telecast both historic speeches – delivered on June 3, 1947 and August 11 the same year – next week. These speeches have been handed over to Pakistan Hugh Commission in India and would be sent to PBC Islamabad in due course of time.

 Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\09\04\story_4-9-2013_pg7_1

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Hindu temple path near Native Jetty threatened

4 September 2013

KARACHI: Excise, Taxation, Narcotics and Information Technology Minister Mukesh Kumar Chawla has condemned illegal encroachments and

renovations near Sri Laxmi Narayan Temple.

Chawla, on Tuesday, appealed the Sindh chief minister and Minority Affairs minister to take notice of the matter, and make efforts for its redress.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\09\04\story_4-9-2013_pg12_5

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Arab World

 

Bomb attack on Shiite families near Baghdad kills 18

 4 September 2013

Militants bombed adjacent houses belonging to two Shiite Muslim brothers south of Baghdad early on Wednesday morning, killing 18 members of their families, security and medical officials said.

The bombs targeted the houses in the town of Latifiyah, just south of Baghdad, shortly after midnight, an army officer and a doctor at a nearby hospital said.

Among the dead were at least five women and six children.

Latifiyah lies within a confessionally-mixed region south of Baghdad known as the “Triangle of Death,” so named for the brutal violence that plagued the area during the peak of Iraq’s sectarian war in 2006 and 2007.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/09/04/Bomb-attack-on-Shiite-families-near-Baghdad-kills-18.html

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Jihadis from Caucasus form own group in Syria

September 04, 2013

BEIRUT: A foreign fighter in Syria says jihadis from the Caucasus have formed an independent fighting force.

In a video posted online Wednesday by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a man wearing a camouflage uniform is seen standing among other fighters, who he says have come to Syria from the Caucasus and Russia to wage jihad.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Sep-04/229964-jihadis-from-caucasus-form-own-group-in-syria.ashx#ixzz2dvswVbRo

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Wave of Bombings, Attacks in Iraq Kill At Least 67

AP | Sep 4, 2013

BAGHDAD: A series of coordinated evening blasts in Baghdad and other violence killed at least 67 people in Iraq on Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a months-long surge of bloodshed that Iraqi security forces are struggling to contain.

Many of those killed were caught up in a string of car bombings that tore through the Iraqi capital early in the evening as residents were out shopping or heading to dinner. Those blasts struck 11 different neighborhoods and claimed more than 50 lives in a span of less than two hours.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Wave-of-bombings-attacks-in-Iraq-kill-at-least-67/articleshow/22269483.cms

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Local, foreign Islamic militants turn Egypt’s Sinai into a new front for jihad

4 September 2013

CAIRO — An Egyptian doctor once close to Osama bin Laden is bringing together multiple al-Qaida-inspired militant groups in Egypt’s Sinai to fight the country’s military, as the lawless peninsula emerges as a new theater for jihad, according to Egyptian intelligence and security officials.

There have been other signs of a dangerous shift in the longtime turmoil in the peninsula bordering Israel and the Gaza Strip since the military’s July 3 ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, the officials say. With the shifts, Sinai’s instability is becoming more regionalized and threatens to turn into an outright insurgency.

Full report at:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/local-foreign-islamic-militants-turn-egypts-sinai-a-new-front-for-jihad/2013/09/03/ea34cb96-14c1-11e3-b220-2c950c7f3263_story.html

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Islamists seize entrance to famed Syria Christian town: NGO

September 04, 2013

BEIRUT: Islamist rebels in Syria seized an army checkpoint leading into the Christian town of Maalula on Wednesday, a rights watchdog said, as fighting rages on the ground.

"Jihadists from the Al-Nusra Front and Islamist rebels attacked a regime checkpoint on Wednesday morning at the entrance to Maalula, killing eight soldiers," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

The group, which relies on a community of activists, doctors and lawyers on the ground for its information, said the assault kicked off when a vehicle driven by a suicide bomber exploded in front of the checkpoint.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Sep-04/229973-islamists-seize-entrance-to-famed-syria-christian-town-ngo.ashx#ixzz2dvspB2im

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First pharaoh ruled Ancient Egypt earlier than first thought

4 September 2013

Archaeologists drawing on a wide range of tools said on Wednesday they had pinpointed the crucial time in world history when Egypt emerged as a distinct state.

Experts have wrangled for decades as to when turbulent upper and lower Egypt were brought together under a stable, single ruler for the first time.

Conventional estimates, based on the evolving styles of ceramics found in human burials, vary hugely, from 3400 to 2900 BC.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2013/09/04/Archaeologists-set-timeline-for-the-first-pharaohs-.html

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Thousands of Islamists take to Egypt's streets again

Reuters | Sep 4, 2013

CAIRO: Thousands of supporters of overthrown Islamist president Mohamed Morsi took to the streets in towns and cities across Egypt on Tuesday evening to denounce Egypt's new military-backed rulers — their second show of mass support in four days.

Marking exactly two months since Egypt's first democratically elected leader was ousted by the army after big protests, marchers turned out in cities in the Nile Delta, in Upper Egypt and on the Suez Canal, as well as the capital, Cairo.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Thousands-of-Islamists-take-to-Egypts-streets-again/articleshow/22270557.cms

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AP confirms former bin Laden doctor leading jihadists in Sinai

By DAVID BARNETT

4 September 2013

On July 17, the Long War Journal reported that Ramzi Mowafi, a former doctor for Osama bin Laden, was heading al Qaeda-linked groups in the Sinai Peninsula. Today, the Associated Press confirmed the report. From the AP:

An Egyptian doctor once close to Osama bin Laden is bringing together multiple al-Qaida-inspired militant groups in Egypt's Sinai to fight the country's military, as the lawless peninsula emerges as a new theater for jihad, according to Egyptian intelligence and security officials...

...Topping the most wanted list in Sinai is Ramzi Mawafi, a doctor who joined al-Qaida in Afghanistan in the 1990s. Mawafi, 61, escaped from an Egyptian prison in 2011 in a massive jailbreak that also sprung free Morsi and more than a dozen Muslim Brotherhood members during the chaos of the uprising against autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Full report at:

http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2013/09/ap_confirms_former_bin_laden_d.php#ixzz2dvD11Wdk

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Voices from Damascus: Only 'Peaceful Solution' Can Save Syria

 Karlos Zurutuza

4 September 2013

ERBIL, Iraqi Kurdistan - “Life is almost normal in the center of Damascus,” local resident Hisham says from the predominantly Christian neighborhood of Bab Touma. “Only the occasional noise of artillery on the outskirts reminds me that we are at war.”

The sound of artillery is now normal in Damascus. Hisham tells IPS on the phone from Damascus of the constant jams “due to the tight security measures” as well as increases in the price of food and fuel. But shops are still well stocked in his district, he says. This is an area where President Bashar al-Assad and his late father and former President Hafez al-Assad still fight for hegemony, which is depicted in street murals, on car windshields and even as souvenirs.

Full report at:

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/09/03

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Syria's refugee crisis 'a humanitarian calamity'

Agencies

Sep 4, 2013

GENEVA // Syria's refugee crisis is one of the biggest tragedies of our times, the United Nations said yesterday, with more than two million Syrians, half of them children, fleeing their country and about 4.2 million displaced internally.

The flow of refugees has gathered momentum in recent weeks amid fears of western military action against the regime over its alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians.

The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, said yesterday that a confirmed case of chemical weapons use would be "a serious violation of international law and an outrageous war crime" but he questioned the legality of the US president Barack Obama's military plans, saying that the use of force in Syria would only be legal with UN Security Council authorisation.

Full report at:

http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/middle-east/syrias-refugee-crisis-a-humanitarian-calamity#ixzz2duxK3Aj5

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Battle intensifies over Egypt's constitution

Dahlia Kholaif

4 September 2013

Cairo, Egypt - Egypt's constitution has entered the second phase of its reshaping, even though amendments made thus far still fall short of reaching consensus.

Reflecting the army-led government's determination to proceed with the post-July 3 roadmap, interim president Adly Mansour announced on Sunday, a 50-member committee entrusted with altering an Islamist-tinted charter that was suspended with president Mohamed Morsi's ouster.

Full report at:

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/09/201392125842364641.html

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South Asia

 

27 Taliban Militants Killed in Afghan Operations

4 September 2013

TEHRAN (FNA)- Twenty-seven Taliban militants were killed during a series of cleanup operations in different Afghan provinces since Tuesday morning, said the country's Interior Ministry on Wednesday.

"In the past 24 hours, Afghan National Police , army, National Security Directorate and the NATO-led troops carried out several cleanup operations, killing 27 armed Taliban insurgents," the ministry said in a statement providing daily operational updates, Xinhua reported. They also injured 10 militants and arrested seven others during the raids, which were launched in Nuristan, Baghlan, Kunduz, Kandahar, Wardak and Helmand provinces.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920613000695

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Sri Lanka sees new threats of terrorism, Muslim extremism

4 September 2013

COLOMBO — Sri Lanka, under heavy pressure to end human rights abuses four years after the end of a brutal civil war with Tamil Tiger rebels, said on Tuesday it faced a new threat of terrorism and Muslim extremism.

The comments came three days after UN Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay said people were still suffering amid signs the country was becoming more authoritarian.

Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, younger brother of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, said groups linked to the Liberation of Tamil Tiger rebels had been trying to undermine government reconciliation and development efforts.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130904179285

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Dhaka seeks US support to bring back Bangabandhu killer

4 September 2013

Bangladesh has sought US support for repatriation of Bangabandhu’s self-confessed convicted killer Rashed Chowdhury and war crimes accused Ashrafuzzaman Khan, now living in the US.

Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni discussed the matter during a meeting with US Senator Harry Reid held in Las Vegas, Nevada on Monday, UNB cited a Foreign Ministry media release issued on Wednesday.

She held an hour-long meeting with Reid and expressed her hope that the US government would help Bangladesh uphold the rule of law and human rights by sending these people back to Bangladesh.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2013/sep/04/dhaka-seeks-us-support-bring-back-bangabandhu-killer

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BNP now looks towards Ban ki-moon

Mohammad Al-Masum Molla

4 September 2013

The main opposition BNP has now turned to the UN with the hope of its role in settling the existing political stalemate arising out of the ruling Awami League’s “uncompromising stand on staying in power” during the next parliamentary elections.

A two-member delegation of the opposition party is likely to meet UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on his invitation.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/politics/2013/sep/04/bnp-now-looks-towards-moon

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Islamist parties banking on Hefazat over polls

Manik Miazee

4 September 2013

Leaders of several Islamist political parties and platforms will seek nomination from the 18-party opposition alliance in the upcoming parliamentary polls, and if they fail to get it, they will contest individually.

They have already selected names of some leaders and decided on which constituencies they will contest as they are confident to win the polls because of the Awami League-led government’s downward popularity.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/politics/2013/sep/04/islamist-parties-working-polls-certain-about-win

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Jamaat-e-Islami men blast 7 cocktails in Dhaka

4 September 2013

Activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing, Islami Chhatra Shibir, blasted at least seven cocktails during a chase and counter-chase with police on Elephant Road in the capital Wednesday morning.

The activists also vandalised several vehicles during the incident, Bangla daily Prothom Alo reports.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/jamaat-men-blast-7-cocktails-in-dhaka/

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Six held over militant links in Bangladesh

4 September 2013

Police arrested six people, including four women, suspecting them of having links with an Islamist militant outfit, from Puraton Kashba area in the town on Monday afternoon.

The arrestees — Sonia, 24, Arifa, 26, Jahanara, 50, Jahanara, 42, Noor Alam, 22, and Anisuzzaman, 40 — came from different places of Meherpur and Jhenidah districts.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/six-held-over-militant-links/

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Hindus, Sikhs to get Afghan parliament seat, says Karzai

2013-09-04

KABUL: Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has issued a legislative decree that gives minority Hindus and Sikhs a seat in the country's next parliamentarian election.

A statement Wednesday from the presidency said the seat would be in the parliament's lower house.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1040492/hindus-sikhs-to-get-afghan-parliament-seat-says-karzai

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Can Maldivian institutions rise to the occasion to ensure free and fair polls?

R. K. RADHAKRISHNAN

Sep 04 2013

It’s 11 p.m. on Tuesday in Male’s artificial beach, a reclamation which serves as a meeting ground for people and an open-air sports complex, but no one seems in a hurry to leave. A blaring music system belts out techno, pop, soft rock and even blues. Nearby, youngsters play some serious basketball.

Welcome to the ‘3 on 3 street challenge’, a tournament conduct by the youth wing of the Progressive Party of Maldives. As many as 16 men’s teams compete for the MVR 40,000 ($2,500) prize money. There is a handsome cheque for runners-up too. And, there’s also a tournament for women, with a fourth of the prize money. The finals will be held on September 4, barely three days ahead of the vote! ‘3’ is PPM presidential hopeful Abdulla Yameen’s number on the ballot paper.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/can-maldivian-institutions-rise-to-the-occasion-to-ensure-free-and-fair-polls/article5090279.ece

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Prosecutor General prioritises his job security over the law, says former President Nasheed

By Mohamed Naahee | September 4th, 2013

Opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) Presidential Candidate and former President Mohamed Nasheed has claimed that the Prosecutor General (PG) Ahmed Muizz is sacrificing his impartiality in return for job security.

The former president made the remarks during an interview given to local media outlet CNM yesterday.

Nasheed claimed that the PG had fashioned criminal charges against people in such a fashion as to appease government-aligned groups in the parliament, thus ensuring he can remain in his position.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/prosecutor-general-prioritises-his-job-security-over-the-law-says-former-president-nasheed-64477

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No dissolution of Parliament: Hasina

HAROON HABIB

Sep 04 2013

Amid uncertainty over the election-time administration, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has outlined the constitutional system saying the general election would be held without dissolving Parliament.

She told top bureaucrats that Parliament would serve out its full tenure, but it would not hold any session in three months before the expiry of its five-year term. She also made it clear that her Cabinet would not take any policy decisions.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/no-dissolution-of-parliament-hasina/article5090292.ece

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India

 

Gujarat encounter cops followed Modi and Amit Shah’s policy: DG Vanzara

TNN | Sep 4, 2013

AHMEDABAD: Jailed DIG DG Vanzara, the man who allegedly carried out successive fake encounters in post-Godhra Gujarat, resigned from the Indian Police Service on Tuesday, accusing the Modi government of betraying its loyal officers "to save its own skin from the CBI" as well as to "gain political benefits".

Vanzara's explosive 10-page resignation letter describes the jailed officers as those who carried out the "proactive policy of zero tolerance for terrorism" which was adopted "at the highest level of its (Gujarat's) hierarchy". He targets Gujarat's former junior home minister Amit Shah for "betrayal and treachery", but also warns CM Narendra Modi that since the loyal officers were not protected, there was no "one-sided obligation" on Vanzara's part to protect the "traitors sitting in the government".

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Gujarat-encounter-cops-followed-Modi-and-Amit-Shahs-policy-DG-Vanzara/articleshow/22269523.cms

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India rules out military solution to ongoing strife in Syria

TNN | Sep 4, 2013

NEW DELHI: As the crisis in Syria deepened, India said there could be no "military solution" to the ongoing conflict, preferring to wait for the UN investigation report on the chemical attack in the West Asian country.

"There can be no military solution to this conflict. We continue to support the proposed "International Conference on Syria' (Geneva-II), being the best prospect for a political solution, for bringing the Syrian Government and the opposition to the negotiating table," the foreign office spokesperson said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-rules-out-military-solution-to-ongoing-strife-in-Syria/articleshow/22272455.cms

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Gujarat govt rejects IPS officer DG Vanzara's resignation

PTI | Sep 4, 2013

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat government on Wednesday said it has not accepted the resignation of fake encounter cases accused IPS officer D G Vanzara, who quit after indicting chief minister Narendra Modi.

"The resignation tendered by D G Vanzara has not been accepted," additional chief secretary (home) S K Nanda said on Wednesday.

He, however, didn't give any specific reasons behind doing so.

Vanzara (59), a deputy inspector general of police (DIG) rank officer, suspended and behind the bars in a string of fake encounter cases, had resigned from the service accusing the Modi government of having failed to protect the jailed police officers who fought against "Pakistan-inspired terrorism".

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Gujarat-govt-rejects-IPS-officer-DG-Vanzaras-resignation/articleshow/22283138.cms

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RTI activist gets recordings of Mohammad Ali Jinnah's speech

Neha Shukla, TNN | Sep 4, 2013

LUCKNOW: Mohammad Ali Jinnah assured making constant efforts for the welfare and well-being of all the communities in Pakistan. The recordings of his speech provided by the All India Radio under the RTI Act say that he talked of tolerance to non-Muslims.

Acting on the directions of the Central Information Commission (CIC), the All India Radio has provided recordings of Jinnah to RTI activist Subhash Agrawal.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/RTI-activist-gets-recordings-of-Mohammad-Ali-Jinnahs-speech/articleshow/22290869.cms

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German envoy in Srinagar to oversee concert preparations

M Saleem Pandit, TNN | Sep 4, 2013

SRINAGAR: German ambassador Michael Steiner arrived in Srinagar on Tuesday to oversee arrangements for musician Zubin Mehta's concert in Srinagar four days later.

Kashmiri separatists and civil society groups have opposed the concert, which the German embassy in India is organizing with the government's help, citing Jammu & Kashmir's "disputed status".

Steiner visited the event venue - Shalimar Garden on the banks of the Dal Lake - and met local officials preparing for the concert.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/German-envoy-in-Srinagar-to-oversee-concert-preparations/articleshow/22276739.cms

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Uttar Pradesh: Shamli tense after communal clash leaves one dead, 10 injured

Ashish Tripathi, TNN | Sep 4, 2013

LUCKNOW: A day after communal clash over a petty dispute claimed a life and left 10 injured, heavy police was deployed in the Shamli district of Uttar Pradesh (UP) on Wednesday. Police officials said that the situation was tense but under control.

The clash broke out on Tuesday evening when a sanitary worker was allegedly shot dead by some men. Police said that 26-year-old Ahsan was shot dead in the clash between two communities over dumping of garbage in Tisara area of Shamli. As many as 10 persons were injured in the clash. The two groups resorted to stone pelting and exchanged fire.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Uttar-Pradesh-Shamli-tense-after-communal-clash-leaves-one-dead-10-injured/articleshow/22289333.cms

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Top Hizb ul Mujahideen commander arrested from Bandipora, J&K

PTI | Sep 4, 2013

SRINAGAR: Security forces on Wednesday arrested one of the top commanders of terror outfit Hizb ul Mujahideen along with two other suspects from Bandipora district.

Talib Lali, believed to be the longest surviving ultra in Kashmir, was arrested from his native Ajas area in Bandipora district, 40km from here, following a brief shoot out with security forces, police sources said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Top-Hizbul-commander-Talib-Lali-arrested/articleshow/22284714.cms

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26/11 attacks: Pak judicial commission to visit India on September 11

PTI | Sep 4, 2013

ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: A Pakistani judicial commission will travel to India on September 11 to cross-examine key witnesses of the Mumbai terror attacks, prosecutors informed a court on Wednesday.

Prosecutors from the Federal Investigation Agency filed a copy of the gazette notification regarding the eight-member commission's visit in the anti-terrorism court in Islamabad that is conducting the trial of seven suspects charged with involvement in the attack.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/26/11-attacks-Pak-judicial-commission-to-visit-India-on-September-11/articleshow/22288555.cms

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Mideast

 

Group calls on 'all Muslim hackers' to attack Israel, US on anniversary of 9/11

 By LAUREN IZSO

Sep 04 2013

Hackers plan reprisal of Holocaust Memorial Day cyber attacks.

An English-language video posted to YouTube on Monday calls on Muslim hackers around the world to participate in a movement to bring down American and Israeli websites on September 11, marking the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City.

"Hi, Israel do you remember us?" the modified voice-over in the video asks, referring to previous hacking operations, as a kaffiya-clad Joker laughs at the audience. 

"We are the same people who f****d you on April 7. And now we are back. To punish you again," the voice declares, in reference to an April attempt, by the group Anonymous, to "erase Israel from the internet" on International Holocaust Memorial Day.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Enviro-Tech/Group-calls-on-all-Muslim-hackers-to-attack-Israel-US-on-anniversary-of-911-325173

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Senior MP Urges UN to Enlist MKO as Terrorist Group

4 September 2013

TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent Iranian legislator called on the United Nations to enlist the outlawed Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, also known as MEK, NCR and PMOI) as a terrorist organization instead of voicing support for the grouplet.

Member of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Nozar Shafiyee’s remarks came after the UN condemned the killing of MKO members, including seven of its leaders, during Sunday clashes in the Camp of New Iraq (formerly known as Camp Ashraf in Iraq).

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920612001015

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Israeli forces surround al-Aqsa mosque

04 Sep 2013

Reports say Muslim worshippers detained after disturbances sparked by clashes between Jewish groups and Israeli troops.

There are confirmed reports that Israeli forces have surrounded the al-Aqsa mosque in occupied Jerusalem after it was reportedly stormed by Jewish groups.

Witnesses inside the mosque told Al Jazeera on Wednesday that Israeli forces had detained several Palestinian Muslim worshippers inside and were firing tear gas.

Full report at:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/09/20139483212153293.html

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Turkish envoy to return to Egypt after diplomatic spat

4 September 2013

AFP, Ankara

Turkey’s ambassador is due to return to Egypt on Wednesday after he was recalled last month over the bloody crackdown on supporters of the country’s ousted Islamist president, a foreign ministry diplomat said.

“The ambassador is due to return to Cairo later today,” the diplomat told AFP news agency on condition of anonymity.

However, the Turkish official stressed that Ankara’s move to return its envoy should not be interpreted as a restoration of diplomatic ties.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/09/04/Turkish-envoy-to-return-to-Egypt-after-diplomatic-spat.html

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Peace talks with Israel going nowhere: Palestinian president aide

Reuters | Sep 4, 2013

RAMALLAH: Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians are proving pointless and will not bear fruit without much greater pressure from Washington, a top aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday.

In the most damning Palestinian assessment to date, Yasser Abed Rabbo said that the negotiations, which kicked off in late July after a three year hiatus, had made no progress.

"These negotiations are futile and won't lead to any results," Abed Rabbo told Voice of Palestine radio.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Peace-talks-with-Israel-going-nowhere-Palestinian-president-aide/articleshow/22284820.cms

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Turkish PM Erdoğan accuses EU of ‘smear campaign’

Sep 04 2013

The European Union and “some other spheres” are conducting a “smear campaign” against Turkey’s government through misinformation, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan claimed yesterday.

In a speech delivered during an Ombudsman Symposium, Erdoğan accused the EU of misleading the public on developments in Turkey, even after he said the country had patiently explained the issue of arrested and convicted journalists. He also added that the use of tear gas during the Gezi protests was "in line with the EU acquis."

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-pm-erdogan-accuses-eu-of-smear-campaign.aspx?pageID=238&nID=53783&NewsCatID=338

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Europe

 

Tensions Increase in Dagestan as Authorities Pursue Heavy-Handed Tactics

By: Valery Dzutsev

4 September 2013

On August 18, Kumyks clashed with Laks in the Dagestani town of Karaman. An estimated 700 police officers were deployed to separate the warring factions. Fifteen civilians and four police officers were reportedly injured in the clashes and the highway connecting Makhachkala to the northern parts of the republic was blocked. The police used firearms and armored personnel carriers to disperse the protesters. The standoff finally ended after the government promised to form a commission to resolve the issue. The commission will be the fourth such entity set up by the government in the recent past.

Full report at:

http://www.jamestown.org/single/?no_cache=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41306&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=7&cHash=3f4ef3c77b22035a808a7d9930346839#.Uib8CtK-pRI

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Putin 'doesn't exclude' backing military force on Syria if proven Assad used chemical weapons

STEVE ANDERSON

 04 SEPTEMBER 2013

Russia's President Vladimir Putin has said he would not rule out endorsing military action in Syria if it could be proven that Bashar al-Assad's regime had used chemical weapons against its citizens.

Though he "doesn't exclude" the possibility of backing force, he said that action should only be taken once evidence has been submitted to the UN Security Council and that, at present, he felt it was "ludicrous" that the government of President Assad would use chemical weapons at a time when it was holding sway against the rebels.

Full report at:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/vladimir-putin-doesnt-exclude-backing-military-force-on-syria-if-evidence-proves-beyond-doubt-assad-used-chemical-weapons-8797219.html

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3 Police Officers Killed in Dagestan Attack

4 September 2013

MAKHACHKALA, September 3 (RIA Novosti) – Three officers were killed when unknown assailants opened fire on a police squad in Makhachkala, the capital of the Russian North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, an Interior Ministry spokesman said Tuesday.

Two policemen died on the site, and a third succumbed to his injuries on the way to a hospital, the spokesman said, adding that the attackers escaped in a black Lada Priora car.

Full report at:

http://en.rian.ru/crime/20130903/183144290/3-Police-Officers-Killed-in-Dagestan-Attack.html

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Russia Defense Ministry Warns About ‘Playing With Arms’ After Israel Launch

4 September 2013

A top Russian defense official has warned the Israeli regime against “playing with arms and missiles” in a volatile region after it admitted to firing ballistic projectiles in the Mediterranean Sea without a prior warning.

Underscoring the current volatility of the Mediterranean and the massive arms build-up in the region, Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov told journalists on Tuesday “I don’t completely understand how someone could play with arms and missiles in that region today.”

Although the Russian official did not mention the Zionist regime by name, his remarks came hours after Israeli officials admitted to firing “ballistic targets” that resembled missiles in the growingly tense region, RIA Novosti reported on Wednesday.

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/09/04/321997/russia-warns-israel-on-missile-launch/

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Britain's vote against Syria action could affect its Middle East role

Omar Karmi

Sep 4, 2013

LONDON // It may have delayed military action in Syria, perhaps even undermined western resolve, but last week's vote by Britain's parliament against military involvement in Syria could also affect the country's role in the Middle East.

It marked Britain's "last imperial act", according to some analysts, and exposed the difficulty after the US invasion of Iraq of convincing sceptical politicians and a wary public of any more military interventions in the region.

Full report at:

 http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/middle-east/britains-vote-against-syria-action-could-affect-its-middle-east-role#ixzz2duxDBecA

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Spain arrests suspected jihadist leader: government

Sep 04 2013

Police arrested a "suspected jihadist terrorist" wanted by Morocco, in the Spanish north African territory of Melilla on Tuesday, the government in Madrid said.

Officers arrested Mohammed El Bali, who was "in charge of a jihadist cell based in Nador", a nearby town in neighbouring Morocco, a short statement from the Spanish interior ministry said.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/europe/Spain-arrests-suspected-jihadist-leader-government/Article1-1116917.aspx

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Allies’ Intelligence Differs on Details, but Still Points to Assad Forces

By DAVID E. SANGER and ERIC SCHMITT

WASHINGTON — The British say that there have been 14 Syrian chemical attacks since 2012 and that the last, the most horrific, killed “at least 350” Syrian civilians. The Americans count fewer attacks, but put a stunningly higher, quite precise number on the casualties: 1,429.

The French argue that only President Bashar al-Assad of Syria and the closest members of his clan can order chemical attacks; publicly, the Americans say that, at least in the Aug. 21 attack that led President Obama to call for military action, it is unclear where the orders came from. In classified briefings they are far more specific in saying that the commander of Syria’s infamous Unit 450, which controls its chemical weapons, gave the order.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/04/world/middleeast/allies-intelligence-on-syria-all-points-to-assad-forces.html

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Southeast Asia

 

Government Weighs Decision on Miss World as Condemnation Mounts

4 September 2013

Denpasar/Jakarta. The government is still weighing its decision on holding the Miss World Beauty Pageant amid opposition from several Islamic groups, according to a report on Tuesday.

“The government is still reviewing it while the regional administrations have supported it,” said Linda Agum Gumelar, the minister for women’s empowerment and child protection.

“We will also take into consideration the length of time that has gone into its preparation and the number of countries participating in the pageant.”

The Miss World event is scheduled to be held in Bali and Bogor. The participants will be quarantined in Nusa Dua, Bali, for two weeks and the winner crowned at the final on Sept. 28 at the Sentul International Convention Center in Bogor.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/government-weighs-decision-on-miss-world-as-condemnation-mounts/

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National Police told to recruit more women officers

4 September 2013

Indonesia Police Watch (IPW) has called on the National Police to give equal access to women by recruiting more females and promoting policewomen to strategic positions.

The IPW voiced concerned that as the National Police Policewomen Corps celebrated its 65th anniversary on Sept. 1, women were underrepresented at the police top brass.

“The National Police tend to marginalize them,” chairman of the IPW said in a statement.

IPW data shows that the National Police currently have 20,000 policewomen, representing only 5 percent of the force’s 400,000 personnel.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/09/04/national-police-told-recruit-more-women-officers.html

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After all these years, Malaysia still held hostage

4 September 2013

In thinking about 2013, the year the Federation of Malaysia celebrates its 50th anniversary, one cannot but compare the national atmosphere to that in 2007, the year the Federation of Malaya celebrated its 50th anniversary.

I remember that the New Straits Times under Datuk Seri Kalimullah Hassan ran a week-long serialisation in January that year of my book The Reluctant Politician: Tun Dr Ismail and His Time (ISEAS 2006) with the express purpose of putting the country into a contemplative mood and reminding Malaysians of what nation building is all about.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/after-all-these-years-malaysia-still-held-hostage

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Africa

 

Mali's new President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita sworn in

4 September 2013

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has been sworn in as Mali's new president at the Supreme Court in the capital, Bamako.

Before he took his oath of office, transitional leader Dioncounda Traore handed over power at a ceremony inside the presidential palace.

Mr Keita, a former prime minister, won last month's run-off election.

The election of the new president is intended to restore normality after a coup and French-led military action against Islamist rebels in the north.

France sent more than 4,000 troops to Mali in January and together with West African troops regained control of towns and cities from groups aligned with al-Qaeda.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-23957259

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Belmokhtar turns to propaganda to boost image since losing his al-Qaeda command

By Jemal Ouma

4 September 2013

As part of a struggle to improve his name since losing his al-Qaeda command, terrorist Mokhtar Belmokhtar just released a "greatest hits" video of his freelance work in Mali, Algeria and Niger.

The video sent Sunday (September 1st) to Mauritanian daily ANI shows members of Belmokhtar's "Signed in Blood Brigade" and El Moulethemoune katibat ("Brigade of the Veiled Ones") training for Sahel operations.

The 51-minute video marks the first time that Belmokhtar (aka Khaled Abou El Abbès, or "Laaouar") has been seen since the president of Chad reported him as killed in northern Mali.

Full report at:

http://magharebia.com/en_GB/articles/awi/features/2013/09/03/feature-01

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Uganda: National Badminton Stars Brace for World Islamic Games

4 September 2013

Top-rated national badminton players Yakoub Musisi and Shamim Bangi have vowed to transform their triumphs in the Crane Bank Open tournament to the World Islamic Games due later this month in Indonesia.

Second-seeded Musisi defeated third seed Herbert Ebayo 2-1 (18-21, 21-14, 13-21) in a closely-contested men's singles final played last Sunday at Kampala Club courts.

In the women's singles, top seed Bangi lived up to the billing by beating Margaret Nankabirwa (second seed) 21-116, 12-21, 21-13 to clinch the title.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201309040387.html

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Gaddafi’s private jet becomes government official aircraft

Asharaf Abdul-Wahab and Aimen Eljali

4 September 2013

TRIPOLI – Gaddafi’s luxurious private jet has been given a multimillion-dollar makeover by Airbus in France ahead of it being handed back to Libya for use the government.

The Airbus 340 was captured at Tripoli International Airport by revolutionaries in August 2011, at the time of the city’s liberation.

Pretending to be part of the Afriqiyah Airways fleet, with the airlines’ distinctive 9999 logo (9 September 1999, the date of the creation of the African Union), the aircraft had been fitted out with a number of non-standard facilities, such as a jacuzzi.

 Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130904179277

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International Symposium on History of Islamic Civilization in East Africa Begins

4 September 2013

Zanzibar, Sep 2 (ONA) --- The International Symposium on "History of Islamic Civilization in East Africa" began in Zanzibar today. The symposium is organized by the National Records and Archives Authority (NRAA), in cooperation with the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA) in Istanbul, Foreign Ministry of the Sultanate and Zanzibar University in the Republic of Tanzania, from September 2nd - 4th.

Full report at:

http://www.omannews.gov.om/ona/english/newsDetails_inc.jsp?newsID=175681

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