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Islamic World News ( 24 Jun 2010, NewAgeIslam.Com)

PAKISTAN — Sunni Islamists attack females for studying

Sufi Leader, Peacemaker Buried in Jerusalem

Spain bans the burqa

Chidambaram orders release of four Pak prisoners

All for honour: Sikh family gave son away to Partition-hit Muslim pair

Pakistan madrassas ‘do not stoke militancy’: Report

Christians continue to suffer at hands of local landlord

Terrorists roaming freely, thanks to courts: Pakistan minister

Foreign secys set talks table for ministers

Indian PM, Obama to meet in Toronto

Chidambaram, Rehman Malik to hold talks; terror tops agenda

Riots should be seen in context of Hindu-Muslim relations of medieval Gujarat, says historian

PAKISTAN — Sunni Islamists attack females for studying

Saudis lament weakening family bonds

When Saudis hate Saudi tourists abroad

Rising unemployment among Saudis

Swift settlement of divorce cases urged in Saudi Arabi

No immediate withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan: Obama

Dismay in Kabul at McChrystal sacking

Bangladesh Army strength now 152,224

Two day seminar held on Jamil Mazhari in  London

Ban on Zakir Naik by Britain is unfortunate: Milli Council of India

Programme of sufi music ‘Rooh-e-Ishq’ in Dubai

Muslim World League conference from July 31 in Makkah

Jamiat-e-Ulema President Arshad Madani for extension of first phase of census

‘War on terror cannot be won by firepower alone’

Protection policy for Overseas Pakistanis soon, says Farooq

Most Pakistanis seen dissatisfied with govt’s economic direction

12-year-old grudge: Man shot in court to ‘avenge rape’

Police arrest 41 separatists in Indian Kashmir

Israeli plan for east Jerusalem is illegal: Ban

A Report on the Network of Spiritual Progressives Conference, June 11-13, 2010

Muslims look for piety first in partners

Jamaat links to UK ‘war crimes’ meeting sparks row in Dhaka

Israeli warplanes launch three raids on Gaza

Children in Pak call for help against mother

Turkish Tigers press Iran trade amid sanctions fears

Tajikistan jails four suspected militants

Pakistan must tighten Afghan border control, says Holbrooke

Eight terrorists killed in Orakzai

‘Balochistan law and order bad due to US presence’

Kyrgyzstan claims Taliban links to violence

Gillard assures Obama of Australia's support for military campaign in Afghanistan

Jamaat links to UK ‘war crimes’ meeting sparks row in Dhaka

US committed to stability, democracy in Pakistan

More Americans disapprove of Obama's job performance

Kyrgyzstan 'weak link' for religious extremists, says security chief

Fearing expulsion, Palestinians stay home

Marriage with stepmom is rape: Deoband

Terror tops list for foreign ministers meeting,says Rao

Energizer general : Can Petraeus repeat Iraq feat in Afghanistan

India flags terrorism during FS-level talks

Pak raise Kashmir issue at FS meet

Britain ‘absolutely committed’ to Afghan mission

Notices issued to Zardari’s parents in graft case

Israel offers to let Europe diplomats visit Gaza: Official

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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PAKISTAN — Sunni Islamists attack females for studying

By Lee Jay Walker

The nation of Pakistan is currently in crisis because many parts of this nation are out of control and central forces can do little to stem the tide of Sunni Islamic hatred. Given this reality, the Taliban and other radical Sunni Muslim organizations have warned young females from obtaining an education. This policy is not related to the government of Pakistan but the government of this nation must be held accountable for not protecting females and teachers.

Instead this barbaric policy is being introduced by radical Sunni Islamic forces who desire to rule by fear. Attacks which began to increase in 2009 have continued in 2010 and schools have been bombed by pro-Taliban forces.  Therefore, how can Pakistan and other nations stop this madness and mass cruelty?

Of course the political correct liberals in the West and the “well meaning” who try to excuse every crime committed by these fanatics, remain mainly silent when issues like this occur. Therefore, we hear so much about Guantanamo Bay but what about the dark forces of radical Sunni Islam, why don’t we get more information about this global reality?

Yes, Guantanamo Bay can be questioned because of the violation of international law. Yet what about informing people about the brutal ideology of radical Sunni Islam? After all, they support the persecution of women, killing homosexuals, killing converts from Islam, stoning people to death for adultery, closing female schools, killing teachers who teach females, and many other barbaric and draconian measures.

Yet the political correct who were aghast by Guantanamo Bay, say very little about the reality of radical Sunni Islam. Therefore, today we are seeing a new wave of radical Sunni Islam in parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan once more. This means a new drive against women in order to maintain a firm male grip over society. However, the mass media, on the whole, appears to be asleep on this issue and feminists remain mainly silent and the same applies to moderate Muslims who only see Islam in a positive light?

Therefore, in the early part of the 21st century we are witnessing a militant Sunni Islamic ideology which supports destroying schools which teach females, killing teachers who teach young girls, and other brutal methods in order to rule by fear.  This is being done in the name of Islam and this barbaric way of thinking appears to be gaining ground and minorities also fear persecution, therefore, Ahmadiyya Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, and others, fear an “Islamic year zero.”

This mindset somehow appears to be growing in parts of Pakistan and the hands of funding from Saudi Arabia and other draconian nations is enabling this.  Alas, the liberal mass media wants to say little or excuse every possible crime which is being done in the name of Sunni Islam.

To the followers of this radical Sunni Islamic ideology, they deem the killing of innocents and ruling by fear to be Godly. In their eyes it is right to humiliate and persecute women, Shia Muslims, Ahmadiyya Muslims, Christians, Hindus, and Sikhs; kill converts who leave Sunni Islam; to chop hands and feet off for minor crimes; to stone women to death for adulter;, and so forth. This ideology is similar to Nazism, it is about the destruction of all alternative thought patterns and it is based on ruling by fear.

This radical Sunni Islamic Sharia state which is desired by Islamists would mean a return to an age of complete barbarity. If a political movement in any developed nation rose up like this, then all liberals and democrats would be aghast, however, many parts of the mass media are ignoring the reality of what radical Sunni Islam means. Therefore, without any major political desire, this problem will be left unchallenged and females will be the first victims and after them the rest will follow.

Given this, the government of Pakistan and outside nations must work closely together in order to support the most vulnerable in society. Pakistan also must close down all radical religious schools because these schools are breeding grounds for radical Islamists who indoctrinate very young people. Therefore, the “real war” must be the control of “education and welfare services.”

America and NATO are now bogged down in Afghanistan because Islamic Sunni militants can freely move between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Yet while the military is needed to prevent the Taliban from taking power; this policy must be more dimensional. Secular schools are needed and all welfare services must be taken over by both central governments. At the same time, all moderate Sunni religious leaders must work alongside the government in order to stop the next generation from being brainwashed.

Education and the welfare sector is the “real war” and the central governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan must be supported in these vital areas. The world must act and it must act alongside moderate forces within Afghanistan and Pakistan. If not, then this radical Sunni Islamic movement will threaten other societies and nations, for example Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nigeria, and others.

In modern day Afghanistan and Pakistan you have many people who face persecution. This applies to females who merely want to go to school, Shia Muslims who face enormous persecution, moderate Sunni Muslims, different sects within Islam, converts to Christianity or other faiths, and so forth. The NAZI style methodology of radical Sunni Islam is clearly very potent and just like in NAZI Germany, all alternative points of views are deemed to be punishable by death or other forms of coercion by the use of brute force.

If Afghanistan and Pakistan, alongside outside nations, can not protect females throughout all of society, then who can be protected from these dark forces? The battle ground is clear for all to see, it is about the control of the education sector and welfare sector. At the same time, internal corruption must be ended via genuine reforms and international financial support must be aimed at creating “a just society” and not just window dressing.

Of course this will not be easy, but the military option by itself is not viable and the same applies to maintaining the current status quo. Major institutions in both nations need to be changed alongside greater centralization where central power is very weak. Also, moderate Sunni Muslim clerics must come forward because radical Sunni Islam desires to destroy everything, including the diversity of Sunni Islam. The Taliban and other organizations desire a world where women are stoned to death for adultery and where women remain in the shadows; this radical ideology needs to be challenged by all forces which support humanity, if not, this crisis will grow and spread.

http://www.clpl-india.com/pakistan-sunni-islamists-attack-females-for-studying.html

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Sufi Leader, Peacemaker Buried in Jerusalem

Jason Hamza van Boom

Jun 25th, 2010

A Sufi leader who had worked for peace and interfaith understanding was able to continue that work even after his death. Jews, Muslims, Christians and Druze gathered together for the funeral of Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari in Old City Jerusalem on June 1. His mourning tent received rabbis, priests, imams, and other visitors for three days.

Sheikh Bukhari was the head of Naqshbandi Holy Land Sufi Order, and also the head of the Muslim Uzbek community in Jerusalem. He was a direct descendant of Imam Muhammad Ismail al-Bukhari, the most prominent compiler of hadith (oral traditions attributed to Muhammad (saws)) . Sheikh Bukhari’s family had moved from the Uzbek city of Bukhara to Jerusalem in 1616. The Ottomans placed them in charge of shrines in the Holy Land and Lebanon.

Sheikh Bukhari continued his family’s tradition of service, in part, through active engagement in interfaith activities. He was a co-founder of Jerusalem Peacemakers, and participated in the Interfaith Coordinating Council in Israel, Interfaith Encounter Association and the Sulha Peace Project. Nourished by Islamic traditions and a student of Gandhi, King, and Mandela, Sheikh Bukhari believed that religious leaders have an important role to play in peacemaking. He said:

It’s not religions that want peace…The people who believe in God, the religious people, the people who really want to implement God’s word, they can make the peace, they can make the changes, because if a politician stands and speaks, many people listen to him, but how many people agree with him? Very little. But when the religious leader who stands and speaks, they listen to him and they agree with him. The religious leader has a stronger role than a politician.

In a city where holy places become props for political purposes, Bukhari said:

The place is not relevant to the worshiping, because God says ‘I gave you the whole earth to worship me on it.’ So any place, if I pray here in my house or anybody prays anywhere else, if I go to the church or the synagogue and I pray there, God will not say ‘No, you step out, you don’t belong here.’ …The place, it’s not relevant to the worshiping. If we are really sincere about God our holy places are the same…So the holy places, belong to God, not to us. …..If the mosque was here or there, or the temple was here or there, this is our own issue, but God says anywhere you pray, I’ll accept it. I accept it, so let’s not pinpoint issues that make complications…

Sheikh Bukhari died of heart failure at age 61, said by some to have been aggravated by the labors of his religious and civic work. He is survived by his wife and six children, who live in Jerusalem, Gaza and the US.

http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2010/06/21/sufi-leader-peacemaker-buried-in-jerusalem/

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Spain bans the burqa

25 Jun, 2010

In line with the discriminatory pattern emerging across Europe, the Spanish senate has approved the banning of the burqa. A move pushed by the conservative Popular Party to ban the face-covering niqab in all public places, the bill has been made into law by a narrow vote of 131 to 129. As expected, the ban has drawn harsh criticism from human rights activists and Muslim groups in not just the country, but across all of Europe.

Proving that some sane minds do exist, the Council of Europe has rejected this ban as MPAs from the 47 member states of this body unanimously say that such a general ban impinges upon the rights of those women who freely choose to wear the burqa without any force or coercion. They claim that an all out ban is unnecessary and women ought to only abandon the niqab in security and professional capacities where so required.

Hot on the heels of Belgium and France — where a complete ban is also being considered — Spain has set a new precedent in disregarding the freedoms and liberties that the secular European Union stands for. The voices of suppression seem to have won this time round as the socialist Spanish government of Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, instead, favoured education to help enlighten the Muslim immigrant population regarding Spain’s liberal values.

Mr Zapatero had it right. Societies have always followed the evolutionary process when defining their ever-changing cultures. Progress and reform have been rife when there has been an upsurge in education, knowledge, space and time. To enforce something as culturally fundamental as a dress code is something liberal and free societies just do not do. The Taliban enforced the burqa in Afghanistan and now Europe is bent upon taking it off. In both extremes, it was the women who were crushed by coercion. Nowhere were their voices heard.

Europe’s security concerns can be understood but further ghettoising the Muslim psyche by denying them their religiously motivated cultural traditions will only serve to push them further into the arms of waiting extremists. It is time the tenets of enlightenment, humanity, tolerance and understanding be revisited to allow an incrementally positive and liberal transformation of society.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\25\story_25-6-2010_pg3_1

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Chidambaram orders release of four Pak prisoners

Jun 25, 2010

NEW DELHI: In a goodwill gesture ahead of his visit to Pakistan, home minister P Chidambaram today ordered the release of four Pakistani prisoners lodged in various jails in Gujarat.

"Chidambaram has approved the release of four Pakistani prisoners as a gesture of goodwill. They are currently lodged in various jails in Gujarat," a statement released by the Home Ministry said.

It said the prisoners will be repatriated from the Attari border on June 30 and will be handed over to Pakistan Rangers.

Chidambaram's two-day visit beginning today is the first ministerial visit from India to Pakistan since the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

He is expected to press for a probe against LeT founder Hafiz Saeed and seek voice samples of handlers of Mumbai attackers.

Chidambaram, who is visiting Pakistan primarily for the SAARC Interior Minister's Conference on Saturday, is expected to have bilateral meeting with Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Chidambaram-orders-release-of-four-Pak-prisoners/articleshow/6089321.cms

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All for honour: Sikh family gave son away to Partition-hit Muslim pair

Yudhvir Rana

Jun 25th, 2010

Amritsar: A promise is a promise and for the past 62 years,Charan Singh,also known as Manjur Jugnu,now pushing 80,has smugly kept a pledge made by his father,Master Maan Singh,to Noor Mohammad and his wife.The Muslim couple had lost both their sons in the orgy of violence during partition and Maan Singh had given his only son,whom theyd named Charan,to the Muslim couple.

Jugnus life story is stuff of the celluloid: a youth whose love story began in Punjabs hinterland but couldnt blossom;then,amid bloodthirsty mobs of Hindus and Muslims,that unbelievable gesture by his father towards the Muslim couple,which took him across the Radcliffe Line into Pakistan.

A strapping young lad of 17 in 1947,Jugnu was in love with a girl in Indian Punjab.But when his father asked him to move to Pakistan with an unknown Muslim couple,he didnt ask why his fathers promise was a matter of honour.Jugnu left for Pakistan,where he settled with his new parents at Faislabad.

His heart pined for his motherland,his love and his family.The pain of parting made a poet out of him,and thats how he acquired Jugnu as a nom de plume.With time,the only son of Master Maan Singh saw both his fathers one biological and the other foster dying.But now he has a family to look after in Pakistan,his country.Talking to TOI over phone from Faislabad on Thursday,Jugnu said that he along with his parents lived at Ghuman village in Batala tehsil near Amritsar.In 1947,when partition riots broke out,the Ghuman elders decided not to harm Muslims or their properties.Rather,the villagers helped them reach Pakistan. The village elders also announced compensation for any loss to Muslims, Jugnu said.

Noor Mohammad and his wife came to our village for help after losing their two young sons, he said.Since his father had said the loss to Muslim families would be compensated,Noor Mohammed wept and reminded him about his dead sons.Maan Singh had to honour the pledge of village elders.

The Muslim couple stayed for 16 days at their home,disconsolate.By then,my father had decided to give me away to Noor Mohammad, said Jugnu.He vividly remembers when his father said, Mere muh to bhavaen galat gal nikal gayee hovey,par hun tu meri gal puri karni hai (I might have said something wrong but now you have to keep my words).

Noor got Jugnu married to Safia,the daughter of a relative.They lived for a while in Lahore,and later moved to Faislabad.But Noors poverty forced Jugnu to stop his studies and do odd jobs for a living.He visited India in 1952 and also saw his village.But he has never returned since then.Noor died in 1963,while Maan Singh passed away in 1970.

He said he used to miss his parents and his country and started writing poems and became famous in Faisalabad as Manjur Jugnu.He now runs a small shop selling grocery while his 24-year-old son Imran runs a separate shop in the same city.He has four daughters but is reluctant to tell their names.As also about his adolescent lady love: Please dont ask about her,its too personal, he said.

Times of India

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Pakistan madrassas ‘do not stoke militancy’: Report

25 Jun, 2010

* Brookings Institution report says fewer than 10% students attend madrassas

* Number of militant seminaries not increasing

WASHINGTON: Pakistan desperately needs more schools to curb extremism, but madrassas are not the main problem, a US study said on Wednesday.

The Brookings Institution, a think-tank, estimated that fewer than 10 percent of Pakistani students attended madrassas and the number of such militant seminaries was not increasing.

Rebecca Winthrop, a Brookings fellow and co-author of the report, said more Pakistani parents preferred not sending children to school at all to enrolling them in madrassas.

“We do need to take the militant madrassa issue very, very seriously — in all likelihood they should probably be shut down,” she said at the launch of the report.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\25\story_25-6-2010_pg7_12

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Christians continue to suffer at hands of local landlord

By Afnan Khan

25 Jun, 2010

LAHORE: The lives of 44 Christian residents of the village of Renala Khurd remained threatened on Thursday, as a local feudal lord continued to detain them illegally despite court orders, due to the slow response of the police.

Daily Times broke the story of the local feudal lord, who was keeping the Christians imprisoned in their own homes and threatened to burn them all alive if his daughter, who had allegedly eloped with a Christian boy, was not handed over to him along with the boy. Irshad Masih, uncle of Basharat Masih, the Christian boy who allegedly eloped with the daughter, Nadia of the village chaudhry, Muhammad Ashraf, told Daily Times that the police never arrived to rescue the people imprisoned by Ashraf and his armed guards, despite the orders of Renala Khurd District and Sessions Judge Shafiqur Rehman Khan.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\25\story_25-6-2010_pg13_7

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Terrorists roaming freely, thanks to courts: Mirza

June 25, 2010

KARACHI: Coming down hard on the judiciary, Sindh Minister for Home Dr Zulfiqar Mirza said on Thursday the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was prepared to fight against “judicial martial law and dictatorship”. The minister was speaking in the Sindh Assembly.

He claimed that 380 alleged terrorists were “roaming freely—thanks to the judiciary”. He said these alleged terrorists had been arrested since 2002, but all of them were released by the courts. These terrorists were arrested red-handed with explosive materials, suicide jackets etc. “But they are now roaming freely-thanks to [the] judiciary.”

Terming “judicial activism” the biggest discouragement for law-enforcement agencies, Mirza said a few “patriotic police officers” were still pursuing terrorism cases “despite such a huge disappointment”. He warned that it would be difficult for the LEAs to eliminate terrorism if this practice continued.

http://thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=29644

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Foreign secys set talks table for ministers

Omer Farooq Khan

Jun 25th, 2010

Exchange Proposals On Deliverables

Islamabad: India and Pakistan worked hard on Thursday to bring back cordiality and lightness into their interactions and succeeded to a great extent.Foreign secretary Nirupama Rao and her counterpart Salman Bashir,who met here,promised to work together to bridge a trust deficit and resolve outstanding issues.

Their last meeting on February 25 had ended in rancour;Thursdays one-on-one successfully overcame that unfortunate event.

Indias attempt is to secure small tangible gains in noncontentious areas as a confidence-building prelude to the effort to wrestle with contentious matters.Pakistan,however,would like to discuss big issues like Kashmir.

Full report at: Times of India

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PM,Obama to meet in Toronto

Jun 25th, 2010

Washington: US President Barack Obama would meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Toronto,during which the two leaders would discuss a range of issues,a senior Obama administration official said on Thursday.

I think this will be an important opportunity for the (US) President to continue to foster the close relationship that he has with PM Singh, a senior administration official told reporters.

I think the President has coordinated very closely with India through the G20 and also,on a bilateral basis,recently had an excellent strategic dialogue here in the United States with the Indians, the official said.

Full report at: Times of India

 

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Chidambaram, Rehman Malik to hold talks; terror tops agenda

Jun 25, 2010

NEW DELHI: In the first ministerial visit from India to Pakistan since 26/11, P Chidambaram is expected to have bilateral meeting with Pakistan interior minister Rehman Malik in Islamabad.

During his two-day trip, he is expected to press for probe against LeT founder Hafiz Saeed and seek voice samples of handlers of Mumbai attackers.

Chidambaram is visiting Pakistan primarily for SAARC Interior Minister's Conference on Saturday.

The home minister's talks with his Pakistani counterpart are expected to be centred on terrorism emanating from Pakistan and the steps India would like the country to take to end it.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Chidambaram-Rehman-Malik-to-hold-talks-terror-tops-agenda/articleshow/6089034.cms

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Riots should be seen in context of Hindu-Muslim relations of medieval Gujarat, says historian

Jun 25 2010

Vadodara : An understanding of the Hindu-Muslim relations dating back to medieval Gujarat, along with the formation of the state’s identity, could help gauge the reasons behind the several incidents of communal riots in the state, a US-based Gujarati historian has said.

Samira Sheikh, a professor at Vanderbilt University in the US and author of Forging a Region – Sultans, traders and Pilgrims in Gujarat (1200-1500), was speaking at a talk hosted by the Department of History, M S University. She discussed the period and the versions of various Indian and foreign historians, which had built an image for the state.

She said: “There has to be a reason behind the communal riots and the prevailing tussle between the Hindus and Muslims in the state. In many ways, the period between 1200 and 1500, and the relationship between the Hindus and the Muslims then, is still relevant today. Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/638318/

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Saudis lament weakening family bonds

By BADEA ABU AL-NAJA

Jun 25, 2010

MAKKAH: Many Saudis are lamenting the way family ties in the Kingdom have become weak, something that seems to have become one of the hallmarks of modern life and is in stark contrast to how people in the region used to live not so long ago.

“Families are no longer what they used to be. The entire family system has disintegrated. You can nowadays find fathers and sons at loggerheads and cousins hostile to each other,” said one Saudi old man in Makkah who asked for his name not to be published.

Saudi woman Latifa Ali said she has not been on speaking terms with her sister for over 10 years and has tried to make up on numerous occasions. “My sister is adamant in boycotting me. She wanted her son to marry my daughter but I refused for several reasons. My daughter is a university graduate while her son has only studied until secondary school. He was also unemployed at the time. My daughter refused to marry him and there was no way I could force her,” she said.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article72853.ece

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When Saudis hate Saudi tourists abroad

By DIANA AL-JASSEM

Jun 25, 2010

JEDDAH: Saudis deliberately avoid destinations popular with tourists from the Kingdom, travel agents say.

With the summer vacation approaching, many Saudi families are choosing locations where the number of Saudi and Gulf tourists is very low.

Once popular locations, like Cairo and Kuala Lumpur, are not favored anymore by those from the Kingdom because of the increasing number of Saudi tourists visiting every year. Travel agencies confirmed that most Saudi tourists now look for alternative destinations.

Mohammed Al-Mazmoumi, an employee at a private environmental company, prefers not to interact with Saudis in countries he visits. “Whenever I decide to travel, I ask the travel agency to recommend locations with low numbers of Saudi and Gulf tourists,” he said.

“Some of the behavior of Saudi tourists abroad reflects the bad image people have about my country. Most of them do not respect the laws of the counties they visit, not to mention their shameful behavior.”

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article72858.ece

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Rising unemployment among Saudis

By YUSUF AL-KUWAILIT

Jun 25, 2010

A recent newspaper report about the unemployment of Saudis in the private sector was deeply upsetting. The report said 147,000 Saudis were fired from their jobs and 821 foreign workers were employed in the year 2009.

Instead of finding jobs for Saudi youths, the private sector is driving them out of their establishments. The employers have their own justifications and the present regulations allow them to dismiss Saudis with impunity. The social ramifications of the growing unemployment rate are extremely grave. The government should intervene by enacting laws. Employment of foreigners should not be more attractive to employers than the employment of Saudis. For instance, a regulation that a foreign worker should not be paid less than a Saudi would be an effective deterrent. The private companies should stop filing false reports that they have trained and appointed hundreds of Saudis in order to comply with Saudization.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article72821.ece

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Swift settlement of divorce cases urged

Jun 25, 2010

ALKHOBAR: Under the Kingdom’s current judicial system, women who wish to end their marriages need to file three separate court cases to resolve matters relating to the actual divorce, child custody and alimony.

Although all of these issues are interlinked, the Saudi judicial system considers each of them individually. As a result the process of getting a divorce for women can be long and strenuous, especially when ex-husbands create hurdles along the way.

The issue of whether courts should consider these three issues together in a single lawsuit has been a recent hot topic with divorced women, legal professionals and social scientists all having strong opinions on the matter, Al-Riyadh newspaper reported.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article72822.ece

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No immediate withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan: Obama

Jun 25, 2010

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Thursday categorically ruled out immediate withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan from July 2011, the date he had earlier set for drawdown of troops from the war torn country.

"We didn't say we'd be switching off the lights and closing the door behind us. We said we'd begin a transition phase that would allow the Afghan government to take more and more responsibility," Obama said at a White House joint press briefing with his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev.

"Here's what we did not say last year. We did not say that, starting July 2011, suddenly there would be no troops from the US or allied countries in Afghanistan," Obama said in response to a question.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/No-immediate-withdrawal-of-troops-from-Afghanistan-Obama/articleshow/6088533.cms

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Dismay in Kabul at McChrystal sacking

Jun 25, 2010

The dismissal of NATO commander General Stanley McChrystal met with dismay in Kabul, where Afghans and foreign diplomats praised his bold efforts to change the course of the war.

But the Taliban vowed the change in command would not halt their fight against foreign troops, as NATO passed a grim milestone with June becoming the deadliest month for its soldiers since the war began almost nine years ago.

McChrystal’s counter-insurgency strategy, which brought sweeping changes aimed at cutting civilian casualties and winning over the population, had been credited with bringing some order to a chaotic and spiralling conflict.

Afghan president Hamid Karzai’s government had publicly urged the White House not to remove McChrystal for making disparaging remarks about officials in US president Barack Obama’s administration in a Rolling Stone profile.

Full report at:

http://www.newagebd.com/2010/jun/25/front.html

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Bangladesh Army strength now 152,224

Jun 25, 2010

The planning minister, AK Khandaker, told parliament Thursday that Bangladesh Army had in all 152, 224 personnel against the approved strength of 166, 809 of different ranks.

Khandker, in charge of defence ministry in parliament said that over 25 per cent positions of officers and more than 68 per cent posts of cadets in Bangladesh Army remained vacant.

Replying to a question of ruling party lawmaker Meher Afroz, he said that as of April 30, the army had 8.78 per cent positions vacant.

He said the army had now 5,916 officers against 8013 sanctioned positions, nursing officers 293 against 303 sanctioned positions, 4,234 junior commissioned officers against 4,965 sanctioned posts, 111,500 soldiers of different ranks against the sanctioned strength of 116,191.

Full report at:

http://www.newagebd.com/2010/jun/25/nat.html

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Two day seminar held on Jamil Mazhari in  London

June 25, 2010

London: The Urdu Academy of London with collaboration with the monthly magazine Sada organised a two day seminar on the art and life of Jameel Mazhari which was attended by the renowned poets, Shahid Mahli and progressive writer Prof. Ali Ahmad Fatmi from India, and Iqbal Haider and Shaista Rizvi from Canada among along with local Urdu writers. The seminar was held in two parts. Prof. Fatmi presided over the programme while Rashid Hussain Manzar conducted it. On this occasion, one minute’s silence was observed to mark the death of Ashwar Kazmi who passed away recently. Naima Musi, Rashid Manzar, Iqbal Mirza, Shahid Mahli and Prof Ali Ahmad Fatmi read critiques on Jamil Mazhari.

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Ban on Zakir Naik by Britain is unfortunate: Milli Council of India

June 25, 2010

The President of All India Milli Council Dr Manzoor Alam said that Britain’s ban on the visit of Zakir Naik in the country was a violation of the principles of justice, and added that the allegation against him that he is a supporter of terrorism was baseless. None of the speeches, writings or the programmes telecast on satellite TV channels gave the impression that he was trying to spread anarchy or chaos.

The President of the Milli Council said that Mr Naik was trying to convey the true messages of Islam to the common men. He therefore appealed to the government of India, especially the Ministry of External Affairs to present the country’s  stand clearly against the current stance of the British government and help  withdraw the ban on Zakir Naik so that he could give persons of terrorist mentality the message that Islam was Islam was the religion of peace and humanity and there is no scope of any kind of terrorism in it.

 

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Programme of sufi music ‘Rooh-e-Ishq’ in Dubai

June 25, 2010

Dubai:Malhar, the first musical band of Indian music maestros will hold a colourful  musical programme to explore the mysteries of Sufism this week. The programme, titled ‘Rooh-e-Ishq’  will be based on the lives, poetry and music of the great Sufis. The sufi dances of the Persian dervishes and the popular qawwalis of Punjab will be special features of the programme. Presentations on the life and feats of Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi, Kabir, Bullhe Shah and Amir Khusrau will also be made during the event.

Malhar which comprises  a group of Indian artistes from the age of 7 to 40 will present a programme with a fusion of eastern and western music.

 

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Muslim World League conference from July 31 in Makkah

June 25, 2010

Makkah: The Muslim World League conference will be held from July 31 in Makkah which will be presided by Shah Abdullah, the custodian of the Holy Mosques, according to the Secretary General of the League, Dr Abdul Hasan al Turki. The conference was being held on the 50th Foundation Day of the League. Dr Al Turki said appreciated the role and cooperation of Shah Abdullah in furthering its cause. He further said that during the Presidentship of Shah Abdullah, the League had developed and has won a pride of place in the world.

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Jamiat-e-Ulema President Arshad Madani for extension of first phase of census

June 25, 2010

New Delhi: To correct the inconsistencies in the first phase of census work, the President of Jamiat-e-Ulema, Maulana Arshad Madani has appealed to the government to extend its tenure and asked Muslims to restrain themselves from opposing the inclusion of caste in the next phase.

‘War on terror cannot be won by firepower alone’

By Zeeshan Javaid

25 Jun, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Firepower alone cannot win the war on terror without addressing core issues like extremism and militancy in the region, including poverty, injustice, economic backwardness, deprivation, disease and hunger.

This was observed in a meeting between the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Italian National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Relations, headed by its president Stefano Stefani, held at the Parliament House on Thursday.

Senate Standing Committee Chairman Senator Salim Saifullah Khan said the international community must realize that it was the Afghan War of the 80, which drove Pakistan to the path of extremism as it injected militancy, unmitigated aversion to reason and lack of tolerance into our body politic. 'The country continues to reap a bitter harvest of the old legacy based on the gospel of hatred', he added.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\25\story_25-6-2010_pg7_14

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Protection policy for Overseas Pakistanis soon, says Farooq

By Bushra Makhdoom

25 Jun, 2010

ISLAMABAD—Minister for Overseas Pakistanis, Dr. Farooq Sattar said on Thursday that country's first policy aiming to protect the interests and welfare of overseas Pakistanis will be announced in August this year.

He was addressing a news conference after presiding over a meeting of Board of Governors of Overseas Pakistanis Foundation here.

He said the board has passed the OPF's surplus budget for next financial year amounting to two point two billion rupees out of which about one point one billion rupees have been allcoated for developmental projects which is fifty percent of total budget.

He said that during the current fiscal year the volume of foreign remmittances has been increased upto nine billion dollars as compared to seven point eight billion dollars in the last year which shows their faith upon the policies adopted by the government.

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/0610/25/CityPage/index.php?id=2

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Most Pakistanis seen dissatisfied with govt’s economic direction

25 Jun, 2010

LAHORE: A survey conducted by United States Pew Research Centre reveals that an overwhelming majority of Pakistanis remain dissatisfied with the economic direction of the country with 89 per cent blaming the government for the current economic mess.

The survey was conducted on various issues under the title of Global Attitude Project in 22 countries including Pakistan, India, China, Turkey, European Union and the United States in April-May this year.

A special survey on economic issues states that in nearly all nations surveyed, people are unhappy with the direction of their country, dissatisfied about the state of their nation’s economy and divided about the economic future.

Most people blame their governments for the bad economic times and say they had done a poor job coping with current troubles. In Pakistan, 84 per cent people are dissatisfied with the economic direction of the country, which is up from 57 per cent in 2007 and 73 per cent in 2008.

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/0610/25/Business/index.php?id=2

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12-year-old grudge: Man shot in court to ‘avenge rape’

25 Jun, 2010

RAHIM YAR KHAN, June 24: A man who was accused in a murder-cum-dacoity case was shot dead in police custody on Thursday on the district courts premises by the brother of a girl he had allegedly raped some 12 years ago.

Accused Muhammad Yaqoob alias Yaar Jan was brought to the court for hearing of a murder-cum-dacoity case in which a boy was killed in Mud Darbari locality.

As police were escorting the accused to the courtroom, a man, later identified as Muhammad Zahir, opened fire on him, killing him on the spot.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/12yearold-grudge-man-shot-in-court-to-avenge-rape-560

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Police arrest 41 separatists in Indian Kashmir

Jun 25, 2010

SRINAGAR, India: Indian authorities arrested a key separatist leader and 40 other activists Thursday in a bid to quell spiraling protests in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir, an official said.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani was arrested for making "provocative statements" and instigating young people to stage violent protests, said Mehraj Ahmad Kakroo, a top official in Indian Kashmir's main city, Srinagar.

Police have also arrested at least 40 other separatist leaders and activists during the past two days, a police officer said on condition of anonymity in keeping with department policy. Another separatist leader, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, was placed under house arrest, he said.

Indian Kashmir has witnessed regular protests and shutdowns over the past two weeks after three people were allegedly killed by government forces.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article72846.ece

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Israeli plan for east Jerusalem is illegal: Ban

Jun 25, 2010

The UN chief, Ban Ki-moon, on Wednesday voiced concern that an Israeli plan to raze 22 Arab homes to make way for an archaeological park in annexed east Jerusalem is ‘unhelpful’ and against international law.

Ban ‘is deeply concerned about the decision by the Jerusalem Municipality to advance planning for house demolitions and further settlement activity in the area of Silwan in East Jerusalem,’ the secretary general’s spokesman Martin Nesirky said in a statement.

‘The planned moves are contrary to international law, and to the wishes of Palestinian residents,’ the statement said.

Full report at:

http://www.newagebd.com/2010/jun/25/inat.html

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A Report on the Network of Spiritual Progressives Conference, June 11-13, 2010

Dave Belden

Jun 25th, 2010

Here’s our official Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP) report, followed by ideas for attendees and those who wished they could have been there about how to do pursue the ideas and work. If you would like to buy recordings of the conference or parts of it, please go to this page at ConferenceRecording.com.

500 people gathered at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Washington, D.C. and heard some of the most amazing speakers address the question of what is the nature of the political and spiritual crisis that we are facing in the world today, and what to do about it.

Full report at:

http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2010/06/18/a-report-on-the-network-of-spiritual-progressives-conference-june-11-13-2010/

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Muslims look for piety first in partners

June 25, 2010

LONDON: Muslims consider piety and religious compatibility the most important criteria when looking for a partner, according to a new survey from an online Muslim matrimonial service.

Over one-third (33.1 per cent) of those polled said their main focus when judging potential matches was religiousness, with appearance the next most important criteria at 21.1per cent.

“Marriage is an important part of our faith and is integral to the establishment of a loving, close-knit family, it is no surprise that religious compatibility is so important to our members,” said Adeem Younis, managing director of the site.

Other important factors were age, chosen as their priority by 10 per cent of those polled, and education with 7.3 per cent. Income and language spoken by potential partners were considered the least important criteria, at 1.1 and 1.4 per cent respectively. The survey was carried out by SingleMuslim.com which polled 3,602 of its worldwide membership.

http://thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=247054

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Jamaat links to UK ‘war crimes’ meeting sparks row in Dhaka

Jun 25th, 2010

A human rights seminar linked to Bangladesh’s 1971 ‘war crimes’ trial has sparked a row amid a report that the meet hosted at the House of Lords was closely associated with the Islamist party Jamaat which is under the scanner for its key role in the ‘genocide’ carried out by the Pakistani military.

The British human rights parliamentary committee has admitted that the high-profile seminar it is hosting at the House of Lords on Bangladesh’s 1971 war crimes trials has been organised with the assistance of a group accused of having links to the Jamaat-e-Islami, the bdnews online reported.

The seminar discussing the compatibility of the International War Crime (Tribunals) Act 1973 with international legal standards is hosted by Lord Avebury and includes speakers from Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Bar Association, it said.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/264790/Jamaat-links-to-UK-%E2%80%98war-crimes%E2%80%99-meeting-sparks-row-in-Dhaka.html

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Israeli warplanes launch three raids on Gaza

25 Jun, 2010

GAZA CITY: Israeli warplanes flew three raids against the Gaza Strip overnight wounding one person, witnesses and Palestinian medical officials said Friday.

A Palestinian man was hurt when the planes attacked the town of Rafah, in the southern part of the territory close to the border with Egypt.

Nobody was wounded in the two other raids on the former airport, also in the south, and the town of Beit Hanun in the north.

An Israeli military spokesman confirmed the raids to AFP.

“Our planes attacked an armoury in the north of the Gaza Strip and two tunnels used for gun running in the south” from Egypt, she said.

“The raids are a reaction to the shelling Thursday from the Gaza Strip of the western sector of the Negev desert” in southern Israel, she added.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/21-israeli-warplanes-launch-three-raids-on-gaza-sk-02

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Children call for help against mother

By Abdul Aziz

25 Jun, 2010

NAUSHAHRO FEROZE, June 24: Three girls and four minor children sent an application on Thursday to the chief justice of the Sindh High Court, the provincial police officer, the district and sessions judge and other officers concerned complaining against their mother.

Twenty-three-year-old Ms Nazia, Fozia, 18-year-old Farhana, fifteen-year-old Fayaz, ten-year-old Faraz, six-year-old Faisal and three-year-old Baby Dua told reporters that their mother Ms Zamiran Pirzado had become greedy and ruined their lives.

Ms Nazia said her parents had married her off to a man of Unnar tribe and they had a two-year-old son.

She alleged that at the time of marriage, her mother had received Rs50,000 for her marriage in the name of dowry.

Ms Nazia said her mother would come to her house and instigate her against her husband. Finally, she got divorce through a court about three years ago.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/children-call-for-help-against-mother-560

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Turkish Tigers press Iran trade amid sanctions fears

By Thomas Grove

25 Jun, 2010

ISTANBUL: Money changers in the shadow of Istanbul’s historic Grand Bazaar hand Turkish exporters cash sent from Iran. Trucks and vans ferry textiles and small machinery across the frontier into the Islamic Republic.While the West cracks down on commerce with Iran, Turkey’s burgeoning breed of small businessmen, the ‘Anatolian Tigers’, is quietly building a new trade bridge to the Middle East. In these bustling Istanbul side-streets Turkish and Iranian traders carry on the age-old hawala system of money transfer, relying more on trust rather than written records.

“With the hawala, trust is very important for business, and it’s there in our relationship with the Iranians,” said Ozan Ziylan, who oversees exports of several companies within Turkey’s private MLS Holding from his Istanbul office.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/international/turkish-tigers-press-iran-trade-amid-sanctions-fears-560

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Tajikistan jails four suspected militants

25 Jun, 2010

DUSHANBE: Tajikistan has jailed four followers of a banned Islamic party for up to 18 years on charges of inciting anti-government activities, the Supreme Court said on Thursday.

Central Asian governments are clamping down on what they see as growing religious extremism in the predominantly Muslim but secular former Soviet region following a rise in clashes between security forces and armed gangs.

The Supreme Court in Tajikistan, which shares a long border with Afghanistan, said that four members of the Hizb ut-Tahrir party were jailed for crimes including incitement of religious hatred and calling forcibly to change the constitution.

The four were all arrested in the north of Tajikistan, in the Ferghana valley region where the country borders Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\25\story_25-6-2010_pg20_8

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Pakistan must tighten Afghan border control, says Holbrooke

25 Jun, 2010

ISLAMABAD: US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke called on Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani on Thursday, and expressed his concerns over Pak-Afghan border security, seeking a tighter grip from Pakistan’s border security forces, diplomatic sources told Daily Times.

According to an ISPR press release, the US envoy remained with the army chief for some time and discussed matters of mutual interest, including the imposition of stricter security measures on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan to speed up the operation against the local Taliban.

He told him of the reasons behind the Obama’s decision to remove General Stanley McChrystal and the appointment of General David Petraeus as the new US commander in Afghanistan.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\25\story_25-6-2010_pg1_3

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Eight terrorists killed in Orakzai

25 Jun, 2010

HANGU: At least eight militants were killed and four injured on Thursday when fighter jets bombed their hideouts in Orakzai Agency, security sources said. According to the sources, two militants’ hideouts were destroyed by aerial bombing in the Sheikhan, Mullah Khel and Sadda Khel areas of Ghandaki in upper Orakzai Agency. Meanwhile, the death of a key Taliban commander Hafiz Gul Zaman, who hailed from Dabori, and who was injured on Tuesday, could not be confirmed. Sources, however, confirmed that he had been badly injured.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\25\story_25-6-2010_pg7_9

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‘Balochistan law and order bad due to US presence’

By Mohammad Zafar

25 Jun, 2010

QUETTA: The law and order situation in Balochistan is bad due to the presence of the US and NATO forces in the region, Balochistan Senior Minister and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader Maulana Abdul Wasay said on Thursday.

He made these remarks while addressing a press conference. Wasay told the media that the Balochistan Planning and Development (P&D) Department would complete 349 new projects and 393 development projects at the end of this fiscal year.

The JUI-F leader said that the provincial government would spend Rs 26 billion on 812 development projects during the next fiscal year. The Balochistan senior minister said that the federal government had promised to provide Rs 120 billion as gas royalty arrears and the funds would be provided in two annual instalments of Rs 10 billion each. He informed the media that the Balochistan government had succeeded in securing additional resources from the federal government in the recently announced National Finance Commission (NFC) Award.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\25\story_25-6-2010_pg7_16

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Kyrgyzstan claims Taliban links to violence

25 Jun, 2010

BISHKEK (Kyrgyzstan)—Kyrgyzstan’s security agency claimed Thursday that relatives of the toppled president colluded with the Taliban and other Islamic militant movements to provoke the ethnic violence that has destabilized the Central Asian nation.

The agency provided no evidence and there was no way of independently confirming the claim. Former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, now in exile in Belarus, has denied any role in the violence, which killed about 2,000 people and left 400,000 ethnic Uzbeks homeless.

The security agency said two of Bakiyev’s relatives met last month in Afghanistan with representatives of the Taliban, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and Tajik militants to discuss plans to trigger unrest in Kyrgyzstan.

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/0610/25/FrontPage/index.php?id=5

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Gillard assures Obama of Australia's support for military campaign in Afghanistan

Jun 25, 2010

SYDNEY: On the first day as the Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard telephoned US President Barack Obama to assure him that Australia will continue to support the military campaign in Afghanistan.

She assured Obama that Australia's approach to the NATO-led coalition's campaign would be the same as it was under former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

"We spoke about of course the cost that this course is costing our nations; we have seen the loss of life to Australian soldiers," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Gillard, as saying.

The new prime minister held her first Cabinet meeting this morning, with ministers still in the roles they held under Rudd.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Rest-of-World/Gillard-assures-Obama-of-Australias-support-for-military-campaign-in-Afghanistan/articleshow/6090266.cms

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Jamaat links to UK ‘war crimes’ meeting sparks row in Dhaka

Jun 25th, 2010

A human rights seminar linked to Bangladesh’s 1971 ‘war crimes’ trial has sparked a row amid a report that the meet hosted at the House of Lords was closely associated with the Islamist party Jamaat which is under the scanner for its key role in the ‘genocide’ carried out by the Pakistani military.

The British human rights parliamentary committee has admitted that the high-profile seminar it is hosting at the House of Lords on Bangladesh’s 1971 war crimes trials has been organised with the assistance of a group accused of having links to the Jamaat-e-Islami, the bdnews online reported.

The seminar discussing the compatibility of the International War Crime (Tribunals) Act 1973 with international legal standards is hosted by Lord Avebury and includes speakers from Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Bar Association, it said.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/264790/Jamaat-links-to-UK-%E2%80%98war-crimes%E2%80%99-meeting-sparks-row-in-Dhaka.html

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US committed to stability, democracy in Pakistan

Jun 25 2010

Islamabad : Vice-President Joe Biden reaffirmed the US administration's commitment to stability and democracy in Pakistan.

During a telephone conversation with Asif Ali Zardari, Biden, who called the Pakistani President discussed matters related to Pak-US relations, Pakistan's fight against militancy and the regional situation during the conversation.

An official statement quoted Biden as reiterating the "commitment of his government for stability and democracy in Pakistan."

Zardari said the Pakistan government is "committed to fight and defeat extremists and terrorists of all hue" and the campaign against them will continue "till the complete eradication of this menace."

"A handful of militants and extremists would never be allowed to impose their vicious agenda on the people of Pakistan," Zardari said.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/us-committed-to-stability-democracy-in-pakistan/638372/

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More Americans disapprove of Obama's job performance

By BARBARA FERGUSON

Jun 25, 2010

WASHINGTON: As President Barack Obama's prepares to leave for the G8 and the G20 economic forum in Canada at the end of this week, conflicting polls published here Wednesday shave come up with completely different conclusions about his job performance.

According to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll Obama's rating is down 5 points from early last month. For the first time in the survey, more people - 48 percent - say they disapprove of Obama's job performance.

But according to a Pew Research poll, the president has tackled many difficult issues and been darn unlucky with Lady Luck since taking office. Obama has signed a controversial health care measure, coped with a stubbornly high jobless rate, and struggled to manage the largest environmental disaster in the nation's history.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article72856.ece

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Kyrgyzstan 'weak link' for religious extremists, says security chief

By MARIA GOLOVNINA

Jun 25, 2010

BISHKEK: Kyrgyzstan is a weak link in Central Asia that could be exploited by religious extremists determined to create a caliphate in the region bordering Afghanistan, the head of the country's security service said on Thursday. Keneshbek Dushebayev, head of the Kyrgyz National Security Service — successor to the Soviet KGB — said militants have played a role in the wave of ethnic bloodshed that killed more than 250 people in Kyrgyzstan this month.

"Over the last 20 years, Kyrgyzstan has been in a state of permanent social and economic crisis," Dushebayev said.

"Because of this, Kyrgyzstan has been the weakest link for international terrorist organizations to carry out attacks."

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article72864.ece

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Fearing expulsion, Palestinians stay home

By DIAA HADID

Jun 24, 2010

JENIN, West Bank: The Helou family is so worried about getting expelled to Gaza by Israeli authorities that they’re all but trapped in this West Bank town. They couldn’t even leave to get their disabled son the best possible surgery to let him walk.

Some 20,000 Palestinians in the West Bank live under the same fear, because they hold residency papers from the Gaza Strip and Israeli authorities refuse to allow their papers to be updated — though they have lived in the West Bank for years.

Israel eased its blockade on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip this month by allowing more goods into the territory. But the embargo is just one of the many restrictions imposed on Palestinians and their movement — including rules effectively locking them into whichever of the two, widely separated territories they were born in, the West Bank or Gaza.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article72802.ece

 

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Marriage with stepmom is rape: Deoband

Jun 25th, 2010

Lucknow: With an eight-year older step-mother,Husna Beghum,as his love interest,things had never been smooth for Ronak Ali,25,an unskilled labourer.Eldest among five,Ronak stunned his family and the little hamlet of Gunnor in Baghpat last Tuesday when he surfaced with Beghum both had been missing since June 13 by his side,this time,as his one-day-old bride.

Hounded by family,friends and relatives,the couple has gone into hiding again after the Islamic seminary of Darul Uloom,Deoband,has denounced the union as null and void.The terse edict delivered by the fatwa department on Wednesday,maintains that relationship with a mother,even if she is a step-mother,is sacrosanct.Therefore,the union will be deemed to be rape and the violators of the sharia will evoke the stringent punishment as per the tenets of Islam.

Full report at: Times of India

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Terror tops list for foreign ministers meeting,says Rao

Jun 25th, 2010

Islamabad: Foreign secretary Nirupama Rao and her counterpart Salman Bashir,who met here,promised to work together to bridge a trust deficit and resolve outstanding issues.The two foreign secretaries met for a quiet dinner with their aides on Wednesday night,to set the tone.Rao and Bashir had been colleagues as fellow envoys in Beijing.On Thursday morning they met for a one-on-one,before being joined by their delegations.

While there was no joint statement,the fact that the two top officials appeared together for a joint press conference showed that there was a definite attempt to speak in the same language,and present a united front.At the joint press conferences,the two diplomats reiterated that all main issues were taken up for discussion they spent the day crafting an agenda for the July foreign ministers meeting.

Full report at: Times of India

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Jaswant rejoins BJP,thanks LK for return

Mohua Chatterjee

Jun 25th, 2010

New Delhi: Even as the party is faced with the Bihar upset,there was some rejoicing at the BJP headquarters on Thursday.The homecoming of expelled party veteran Jaswant Singh and TV actor Smriti Irani taking charge as BJP Mahila Morcha chief saw some colour and outpouring of emotion in the party.

Its good be back in these familiar surrounding, said an emotional Jaswant Singh,visibly enjoying the limelight after a years oblivion,soon after BJP chief Nitin Gadkari welcomed him back into the party,flanked by senior leaders LK Advani,Sushma Swaraj,Ravi Shankar Prasad and SS Ahluwalia,at the crowded briefing room overflowing with party leaders and media.

Full report at: Times of India

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Energizer general : Can Petraeus repeat Iraq feat in Afghanistan

Jun 25th, 2010

Washington: Army general David Petraeus has already turned around a struggling US war once.President Barack Obama is betting he can do it again.

The professorial four-star general with an outsized reputation hasnt been chosen as Afghanistan war commander to bring a bold new strategy to the effort.Instead,he is seen as the officer best able to make the current strategy work and to end the squabbling between diplomats and military leaders that broke into the open and consumed general Stanley McChrystals career.

Full report at: Times of India

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India flags terrorism during FS-level talks

Jun 25th, 2010

Making the first effort to bridge the trust deficit between the two countries, Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan on Thursday discussed all issues of mutual concern with New Delhi flagging its core concern of terrorism emanating from that country.

Meeting for the second time in four months, Foreign Secretaries Nirupama Rao and Salman Bashir described their parleys as "cordial" and "constructive" during which they tried to "understand each other's position" and concern.

Rao, the first senior Indian official to travel to Pakistan after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, asserted that the orientation of the re-engagement between the two countries was to look at the reasons why there was a trust deficit and how it can be bridged.

Full report at: Times of India

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Pak raise Kashmir issue at FS meet

Jun 25th, 2010

Pak has yet again raised the Kashmir issue as the first round of Indo-Pak foreign secretary bilateral talks began on Thursday between Nirupama Rao and her Pakistan counterpart Salman Bashir. India is waiting to see whether Pakistan will walk the talk and bridge the trust deficit between the two neighbours since the Mumbai attacks in 2008.

Foreign Secretaries of both India and Pakistan met in Islamabad today; the meeting is aimed at setting the tone for the next round of talks between foreign ministers in July. Efforts to rebuild trust and work out measures to counter terrorism are on agenda.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/264769/India-flags-terrorism-during-FS-level-talks.html

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Controversial Taslimuddin to join JD(U) fold

Amarnath Tewary

Jun 25th, 2010

The controversial leader of Semmanchal, Bihar, Mohd Taslimuddin is finally all set to join JD(U) in the first week of July. His entry into the JD(U) fold had been deferred at the last moment in September last year.

“I along with thousands of my supporters would be joining the JD(U) in the presence of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during his Vishwas Yatra in the first week of July,” the controversial leader, whose name once spelt terror in the bordering Semmanchal region of the State, said

The former Union Minister also vowed to ensure the defeat of RJD-LJP alliance and the Congress in the upcoming Assembly poll.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/264806/Controversial-Taslimuddin-to-join-JD(U)-fold.html

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Britain ‘absolutely committed’ to Afghan mission

Nandini Jawli

Jun 25th, 2010

Britain remains ‘absolutely committed’ to the mission in Afghanistan, despite the sacking of the US commander heading operations there. Downing Street said the Government’s determination to make progress in Afghanistan was ‘undiminished’ and it is vital for Britain’s national security that ‘Afghanistan should never again be a safe haven for Al Qaeda’.

US President Barack Obama spoke to Prime Minister David Cameron after his decision to sack General Stanley McChrystal, who made critical comments about his administration in a magazine interview.

In the meantime, Lt Gen Nick Parker, the British officer who is currently second-in-command of Nato forces in Afghanistan, will take charge of operations.

A statement from No. 10 said PM David Cameron had impressed upon President Obama Gen Parker’s determination that the mission in Afghanistan would ‘not miss a beat’ during this period.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/264794/Britain-%E2%80%98absolutely-committed%E2%80%99-to-Afghan-mission.html

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Notices issued to Zardari’s parents in graft case

M Zulqernain

Jun 25th, 2010

A Pakistani court has issued notices to President Asif Ali Zardari’s parents in connection with a case registered by anti-corruption agency the National Accountability Bureau.

A division bench of the Lahore High Court issued the notices while disposing off an application by NAB for restoring its appeal against the acquittal of Hashim Babar, former director of the Military Lands and Cantonment Board and Zardari’s parents Hakim Ali Zardari and Zareen Ara Zardari.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/264791/Notices-issued-to-Zardari%E2%80%99s-parents-in-graft-case.html

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US Congress OKs sanctions on Iran's energy, banks

Jun 25 2010

Washington : The US Congress on Thursday approved tough new unilateral sanctions aimed at squeezing Iran's energy and banking sectors, which could also hurt companies from other countries doing business with Tehran.

The House of Representatives passed the bill 408-8 and sent it to President Barack Obama for signing into law. The Senate had approved it 99-0 earlier in the day.

Congress wants to pressure Tehran into curbing its nuclear program, which Washington suspects is aimed at making a bomb.

US lawmakers from both parties have been pushing for months to tighten US sanctions on Iran. At the Obama administration's request, they held off until the UN Security Council and the European Union agreed on new multilateral sanctions. But the lawmakers then declared that still tougher measures were needed.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/us-congress-oks-sanctions-on-irans-energy-banks/638368/

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Israel offers to let Europe diplomats visit Gaza: Official

Jun 25 2010

Israel : Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has invited his Italian counterpart to lead a delegation of European foreign ministers to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, an Israeli official said on Thursday.

Israel has largely refused to let foreign diplomats pass through its checkpoints into Gaza since it tightened its blockade on the territory after Hamas Islamists seized it in 2007.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Lieberman extended the invitation to Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini during a visit to Italy so that top European diplomats could see there was no humanitarian crisis in the coastal enclave.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/israel-offers-to-let-europe-diplomats-visit-gaza-official/638369/

 

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