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Pakistan Ambassador to US Husain Haqqani Resigns: Supporters allege conspiracy by the army establishment?

Islam does not permit terrorism at any cost, say Muslim clerics in Lucknow

Pakistani family stands trial for ‘honour killing’ in Belgium

Soyuz with three astronauts lands in Kazakhstan

Gujarat: Hunger for medals consumed 4 lives in fake encounter

Gujarat CM Modi shamed

US removes maps showing PoK as part of Pakistan from website

Death toll hits 33 on third day of Egypt clashes

Deadly strike: Major among 14 FC personnel killed in Balochistan

11 terrorists killed in Kurram Agency

2 NATO troop members killed in Afghanistan

Four killed in Afghanistan bomb blast

Five killed, nine injured in Dera Bugti blast

Turkish pilgrims attacked as 4 die in Syria

Bomb attack on Pakistan school kills policeman

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi: trial in Tripoli or The Hague?

Tunisia's Newly Elected Assembly Gets to Work

Baloch reject report on agencies’ role in missing persons

ISI continues to support LeT, Jaish: India

Apologise for 1971 atrocities, Bangladesh tells Pakistan

Bangladesh 1971 war crimes trial begins

White House Shooting Suspect’s Path to Extremism

Egypt Cabinet offers to resign but protests go on

Pak could become a failed State: Romney, US Presidential Candidate

Malaysia to relax laws on public assemblies: report

Egypt government resigns amid deadly clashes

Muslim forces should replace ISAF in Afghanistan: former US envoy

‘Lone wolf’: NY arrests Awlaki fan for terror plot

Iran to send Israel to ‘dustbin of history’ in retaliatory attack

Iranian no-show at UN Mideast atomic forum

Iran blasts new sanctions as ‘reprehensible’

Many countries vote for UN resolution against Iran

UN draft ‘declaration of war’ on Syria: envoy

Egypt unrest: Activists call for mass demonstrations

Tunisian parties: Power-sharing deal formalised

Sufi Muhammad indicted in murder case

Lahore HC moved for Haqqani’s trial on treason charges

Taliban should give up terrorism to initiate talks: Rehman

Memo gate: Never met or knew Ijaz: Mullen

Mullen confident memo not sent by Zardari: Pentagon

Pak ambassador Haqqani denies links to secret memo

Headley's evidence on ISI damaged US-Pak ties: report

Pakistan shelves ‘obscene’ text message ban

2 medical college professors kidnapped in Jaccobabad, Pak

Pak exports to UK increase by 19 percent

Legal action to be initiated in memo scandal: Farahnaz

Pakistan Okays Rabbani murder investigators

Govt prevents US concert in Lahore over security issue

Met Gen Pasha, Imran Khan on separate occasions: US Ambassador

Pak Army not undertaking any negotiations with TTP: ISPR

Turkey detains al-Qaida suspects: report

'Memo gate' aimed at sowing seeds of discord: Pak envoy

After deaths, Egyptians dig in for more protests

'Warning of French judge could have prevented 26/11 attacks'

Libya to declare new govt. today

Libya: ICC's Luis Moreno-Ocampo visits over Gaddafi son

US supports democratic system in Pakistan: Munter

KU campus in Dubai

International Urdu conference begins today at ACP

33,589 acres forestland in Sindh illegally encroached, Sindh Assembly told

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Pakistan Ambassador to US Husain Haqqani Resigns: Supporters allege conspiracy by the army establishment?

CHRIS BRUMMITT   11/22/11 11:59 AM ET

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan's envoy to the United States resigned Tuesday, losing a bruising battle with the country's powerful generals to keep his job over allegations he wrote a memo to Washington asking for its help to stop them from carrying out a supposed coup.

Hussain Haqqani said he stood by earlier denials, insisting he had nothing to do with the memo that was sent to then-U.S. military chief Adm. Mike Mullen in May. The prime minister promised an investigation into the affair, which has raised tensions between the country's civilian government and the army at a vital stage in the 10-year old Afghan war next door.

Haqqani is a key ally of President Asif Ali Zardari and was generally well regarded in Washington, where he had a difficult job representing Pakistan during several crises, including the aftermath of the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden in May.

It was not immediately known who would replace Haqqani in a post considered crucial, given Washington's desire to work with Pakistan to defeat al-Qaida and negotiate a way out of the Afghan war. Relations between the two countries have soured badly over the last year, especially over the bin Laden raid, with the U.S. carried out without informing Pakistan in advance.

The memo, made public by a Pakistani American businessman who claimed to have delivered to Mullen on Haqqani's behalf, accuses army chief Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kayani of plotting to bring down the government in the aftermath of the raid against Osama bin Laden on May 2. It asks Mullen for his "direct intervention" with Kayani to stop this.

In return, it promises a raft of policies long asked for by Washington and likely to enrage the army.

It says the government would allow the U.S. to propose names of officials to investigate bin Laden's presence in Pakistan, facilitate American attempts to target militants like al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri and Taliban chief Mullah Omar and allow the U.S. greater oversight of Pakistan's nuclear weapons.

Haqqani offered to resign last week when the scandal, dubbed "memogate," broke.

"I have resigned to bring closure to this meaningless controversy threatening our fledgling democracy," he said in a statement.

Despite being under nominal civilian control, Pakistan's military wields immense political and economic clout, and that divide has dogged Pakistani history. It has seized power in at least three coups and has helped dislodge other civilian governments.

Given that background, the affair has also led to pressure on the Zardari government, which some have speculated may have also known about the alleged memo. Critics in the media, many viewed as proxies for the military establishment, have been calling for the president to be investigated, suggesting the memo could be treasonous.

It remained to be seen whether Haqqani's resignation would put an end to the affair.

A statement from the prime minister's office said an investigation into the affair would be conducted "at an appropriate level" and would be "carried out fairly, objectively and without bias."

Haqqani has long been viewed by critics as too close to America, regarded by many here as a hostile force, and to Zardari, who is also unpopular at home. Haqqani was a critic of the army's role in Pakistan and sought to reduce it, but was also an eloquent defender of the country in Washington.

Supporters of Haqqani alleged he is the victim of a conspiracy by the army establishment, which has never liked him or the Zardari government.


Islam does not permit terrorism at any cost, say Muslim clerics in Lucknow

21 November 2011

By Faisal Fareed,

Lucknow: The incident of Karbala was significant as it established that terrorism has no place in Islam. Imam Hussain sacrificed his life but conveyed the message that Islam cannot tolerate terror activities. Eminent speakers, shared these sentiments during the Hussain Day celebrations

organised by Urdu Media Guild and Awadhnama at IMA Hall on Sunday.

The function was graced by governor of Jharkhand, Syed Mohd Ahmed,

former Indian wicket keeper Syed Kirmani, former minister Arif Mohd Khan,

Padamshree Dr Mansoor Hasan, Dr Jagannath Tripathi fo Awadh University,

Faizabad, former CDRI scientist MIH Farooqui and Vice-President, All India

Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), Maulana Kalbe Sadiq and President, All

India Shia Personal Law Board (AISPLB), Maulana Mirza Mohd Athar.

"Today Islam is regarded as a religion of terrorism. All terror activities are linked to it but if we look into the ideals and teachings of Islam, there is no place of terrorism. A true picture of Islam has not been projected before

the world. Things can be clear if we view the religion in perspective of

Karbala incident where Imam Hussain laid down his life for principles and did

not bow before the tyrant," said Kirmani.

In his address, Maulana Athar stated that suicide bombings cannot be justified in Islam. "Killing oneself along with others by detonating a bomb in a car or own body is not Islam. It is not permissible in Islam. Such incidents are happening as people are being misled by a section. Islam isbeing used to achieve political mileage and positions," he said.

Maulana Sadiq also vehemently opposed terror activities and stated that any true follower of Islam can never be a terrorist. A souvenir was also released on the occasion. Organising secretary, Waqar Rizvi, Syed Kazim

Raza and others were also present during the function.'




Pakistani family stands trial for ‘honour killing’ in Belgium

November 22, 2011

MONS: Belgium’s first ‘honour killing’ trial opened on a note of high drama on Monday when a young Pakistani man suddenly confessed to the murder of one sister and the attempted murder of another. Mudusar Sheikh, 27, is standing trial along with his parents and younger sister for the murder of his sister, Sadia Sheikh. The law student, who defied the family by living with a Belgian and refusing an arranged marriage, was shot dead by three bullets allegedly fired by Mudusar on October 22, 2007. Her parents and sister are accused of aiding and abetting the killing which took place when the student visited her family in the hopes of patching up their quarrel. Mudusar has admitted to killing his sister while saying the rest of the family were not

to blame. The family of four faces sentences of life imprisonment if found guilty by a jury of five women and seven men at a trial also involving rights groups pleading for gender equality as part of a civil suit at the hearings.

Her father, Tariq Mahmood Sheikh, 61, mother, Zahida Parveen Sariya, 59, and sister, Sariya, also facing charges of attempting to arrange a marriage,

have denied involvement in the murder, saying Mudusar killed his sister in a fit of rage. afp\11\22\story_22-11-2



Soyuz with three astronauts lands in Kazakhstan

22 November 2011

MOSCOW — A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts returning from the International Space Station touched down safely in the snow-covered steppes of Kazakhstan early Tuesday morning.

NASA astronaut Michael Fossum, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov and

Satoshi Furukawa of Japan’s JAXA space agency landed at the break of dawn some 90 kilometers (56 miles) north of the town of Arkalyk at 8:26

a.m. (0226 GMT) after spending 165 days in space.The landing at steppe was close to its target point.

NASA spokesman Josh Byerly said in the NASA television broadcast that the recovery operation was swift despite the freezing weather and strong wind.

Video from the site showed the Soyuz capsule, blackened by the intense heat of re-entry, lying on its side as the astronauts were extracted.The three men looked well and smiling, although Furukawa looked visibly exhausted. They were seated in chairs and wrapped in warm blankets to help them get adjusted to gravity after spending four months in space.

Valery Lyndin, spokesman for the Russian Mission Control Center, said all three astronauts are in good health.

NASA’s Dan Burbank and Russians Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin remain onboard the International Space Station and are due to return to Earth in March. They arrived at the station on Wednesday. A launch next month will take the station back to its normal six-person crew.



Gujarat: Hunger for medals consumed 4 lives

21 November 2011

ISHRAT JAHAN. She was a second year Bachelor of Science student at Mumbai's Guru Nanak Khalsa College. She was the second of seven siblings.

Her lower middle class family, hailing from Bihar, lived in the Rashid compound in the Muslim- dominated area of Mumbra in Thane district in

Mumbai.Ishrat’s father Mohammad Shamim Raza was the proprietor of a Mumbai-

based construction company called Asian Constructions while her mother,

Shamima, worked with a medicine packaging company in Vashi.

In 2002, Shamim died and Shamima had to give up her job to raise her seven children.

With the eldest, Zeenat, married, it came upon Ishrat to take care of her

family. She taught tuition to children from the Bombay Municipal Corporation

school and did embroidery work to support her family.


Ishrat’s family first met Javed in 2004, when she did not have any work, through a neighbour — Rashid. Javed had worked for Ishrat’s father’s construction company. He struggled in Mumbai for some time before moving to Pune. He came from an upper class home in Alleppey, Kerala. Originally known as Pranesh Pillai, he converted to Islam in mid- 1990s. After shifting to Pune, he told his family that ran a small travel agency but his family couldn’t confirm what his real business was. According to Ishrat’s family, he travelled to the Middle East several times. Ishrat went to Pune with him and used to send money back home. Ishrat’s family says that she used to manage Javed’s perfume shop in Pune


Very little is known about the two other men— Jishan Johar and Amjad Ali

Rana— shot dead by the Ahmedabad crime branch with Ishrat Jahan and Javed Sheikh.

Nobody came to claim their bodies and they were given a quiet burial by the state. Metropolitan magistrate S. P. Tamang’s inquiry report asserted that they, alleged to be Lashkar operatives from Pakistan, were Indians, but it gave no evidence to substantiate the claim.Amjad Ali Akbar Ali Rana, 25, also went by the names of Babbar, Salim alias

Rajkumar while 17- year- old Jishan was called Abdul Ghani, alias Salim, according to the Centre’s affidavit before the Gujarat High Court. Their ages were determined by medical investigations.

Tamang observed that the police provided no evidence to prove their identity, and “ perhaps the crime branch officials had named them”. A photograph was recovered from Rana’s pocket with ‘ Salim’ written in

English behind it. Johar’s identity card with a Pakistan address was

recovered from his dead body.


Gujarat CM Modi shamed

22 November 2011

Gujarat top cops charged with Ishrat Jahan’s murder

ONE MORE skeleton tumbled out of the Narendra Modi- led Gujarat government’s cupboard on Monday, formally.

The Special Investigation Team ( SIT) constituted by the Gujarat High

Court to probe the alleged encounter of Ishrat Jahan and three others has concluded that they were murdered by the police in cold blood on June 15,

2004. The cops had labelled the four victims as Lashkar terrorists who had come to assassinate chief minister Narendra Modi.

The SIT submitted its report before the Gujarat High Court on Monday. In a major setback to the Narendra Modi government, the court ordered that an

FIR be filed against 21 policemen and officers, including four of Modi’s top cops, who all stand accused of murder in the case. The development may translate into the arrest of several policemen including senior officials spelling trouble for the state police, already reeling under the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case.

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US removes maps showing PoK as part of Pakistan from website

22 NOVEMBER 2011

The US State Department has removed "inaccurate" maps of India and Pakistan from its website which did not reflect the correct boundary and geographical locations.

"We have taken the map (of India) off the website. It did contain some inaccuracies which were associated with the boundaries of some geographic features," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters at a news conference yesterday.

"My understanding is that is the way that it was inaccurate, that it wasn't drawn properly," Nuland said.

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Death toll hits 33 on third day of Egypt clashes

November 22, 2011

Reuters, Cairo

An Egyptian protester prepares to hurl a tear gas canister back at security forces as others run for cover on the third day of clashes at Tahrir Square

in Cairo yesterday.Photo: AFP

Cairo police fought protesters demanding an end to army rule for a third day yesterday and morgue officials said the death toll had risen to 33, making it the worst spasm of violence since the uprising that toppled President Hosni


The bloodshed in and around Cairo's Tahrir Square, epicenter of the anti-Mubarak revolt, threatens to disrupt Egypt's first free parliamentary election in decades, due to start next week.

Clashes have raged on and off since police used batons and tear gas to try

to disperse a sit-in in Tahrir on Saturday.

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Deadly strike: Major among 14 FC personnel killed in Balochistan

By Shehzad Baloch

November 21, 2011

QUETTA: At least 14 soldiers, including a major of the Frontier Corps, were killed when militants armed with sophisticated weapons attacked their convoy near a coalfield in Musa Khel, on Sunday night.

The banned Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) has claimed responsibility for the attack. The incident took place near Bahlol Basti and Kingari in Musa Khel district where a coalmine project was inaugurated by Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani recently.

A BLA spokesman, who identified himself as Azad Baloch, has claimed that

40 FC personnel and one attacker were killed in the clash. Calling from an unspecified location, he warned that attacks would continue in the future.

A unit of the paramilitary FC was sent for providing security cover for the project. Armed men opened fire on the FC convoy a few kilometres from

Bahlol Basti, a FC spokesperson said in a statement. Loralai Scouts were responsible for the project’s security, but the FC was sent on the request of residents to provide additional security for the project, he said. The FC was sent for maintenance of peace and order when it was attacked by hostile elements, reads the statement.

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11 terrorists killed in Kurram Agency

November 22, 2011

PARACHINAR: At least 11 terrorists were killed and 25 others injured in security forces’ operation conducted overnight in Kurram Agency.

Meanwhile, over two-dozen terrorists were injured in the operation and five hideouts were destroyed early Monday. According to security sources, the suspected hideouts of terrorists were pounded in central Kurram. inp\11\22\story_22-11-2



2 Nato troop members killed in Afghanistan

November 22, 2011

Nato says two of its service members have been killed in southern


The coalition said on Tuesday that one service member died in an insurgent attack and the other was killed in a roadside bombing.

No other details were disclosed about the deaths, which occurred on Monday.

According to an Associated Press tally, 512 international troops have been killed so far this year in Afghanistan.


Four killed in Afghanistan bomb blast

November 22, 2011

Four people, including a child, were killed and two injured in Afghanistan's Laghman province, 90 km east of capital Kabul on Tuesday, after a roadside bomb blast struck a car, said an official. 

"The tragic incident happened at 10.00 am on Tuesday in Ali Negar district, leaving four innocent civilians, including a child, dead and injuring two others," Xinhua quoted the provincial administration's spokesman as saying.

The spokesman blamed Taliban militants for organising the attack.

The Taliban are yet to make any comment on the incident.


Five killed, nine injured in Dera Bugti blast

Nov 22, 2011

Police said unknown men had planted a remote control bomb in the Jano Beri area on the way leading to Kachhi Canal. They detonated it when engineers and local tribal men escorted by law enforcement personnel were on their way to Kachhi Canal.

As a result of the explosion, five men, including three LEA personnel and two local persons, were killed and nine others sustained wounds.

The injured were rushed to the PPL Dera Bugti hospital where condition of some is stated to be unstable. The engineers who were being taken to Kachhi Canal area for survey remained safe.

Law enforcement agencies rushed to the site and cordoned off the entire area to trace the suspects out.


Turkish pilgrims attacked as 4 die in Syria

November 22, 2011

Agence France-Presse . Damascus

Buses carrying Turkish pilgrims came under attack near the Syrian city of

Homs as at least four more people were killed Monday in a regime crackdown in the same flashpoint region, reports said.

The latest incidents came as the Turkey’s prime minister Recep Tayyip

Erdogan warned Syrian president Bashar al-Assad his days were numbered and that he could not stay in power indefinitely through the use of military


Russia for its part accused the West of provocative behaviour in the Syrian crisis, saying Western countries were telling the opposition to forget

dialogue with the embattled president.

Two people were injured when ‘Syrian soldiers’ attacked the Turks travelling

by bus back from the Muslim hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia after taking a

wrong turn near Homs, said the private CNN-Turk television station.

‘We confirm that an attack took place in Syria,’ a Turkish foreign ministry

official said, without elaborating.

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Bomb attack on Pakistan school kills policeman

November 20, 2011

A bomb attack on a girls' school in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday killed a policeman, wounded eight others and destroyed a wall, police said.

The remote-controlled bomb was planted at the outer wall of the government-run middle school in the outskirts of Mardan town in troubled Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which borders Afghanistan.

The bomb exploded after police arrived to investigate complaints about a suspicious plastic bag outside the school, which was closed at the time.

"One policeman was killed and eight other people including five civilians were wounded," Zeshan Haider, Mardan police chief, told AFP by telephone.

Three policemen were also wounded but no pupils were hurt.

Haider said the target was the school.

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Saif al-Islam Gaddafi: trial in Tripoli or The Hague?

21 November 2011

Where should Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the late Libyan dictator, be put on trial? The international community would like to see him tried by the ICC

in The Hague, but the Libyans want to try him themselves. The pros and cons examined.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, here in the

Netherlands, issued an international arrest warrant against Saif al-Islam on suspicion of crimes against humanity. The implication was that Saif, once arrested, would be flown to The Hague to face trial. Tripoli, however, has quite a different take on this. The Libyans say there are four important reasons for putting Saif on trial in his home country:

1. The will of the people

It is the will of the Libyan people that Saif be tried in his fatherland. Most Libyans agree,itseems. Flying Saif to The Hague would be interpreted as a loss of face for the new Libyan rulers. A related argument is that most

Libyans want Saif to be executed for his crimes against the Libyan people, a penalty that will not be imposed on him by the ICC, which never sentences people to death.

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Tunisia's Newly Elected Assembly Gets to Work


November 22, 2011

Tunisia's newly elected assembly held its inaugural meeting Tuesday, ready

to start shaping the constitution and the democratic future of the country

that sparked the Arab Spring uprisings.

A moderate Islamist party, Ennahda (Renaissance), won the most seats in

the Constituent Assembly, and it has announced a coalition with a liberal

and left-of-center party to make up the interim government. The coalition

holds a comfortable majority of 139 seats in the 217-member body.

Lawmakers were elected last month in Tunisia's first free vote — the first

resulting from the Arab Spring protests.

Tunisian protesters drove out their longtime president in January, setting off

revolts in other Arab countries. Tunisia's new assembly is being watched as

an example amid violence in Egypt ahead of its elections and escalating

tensions in Syria.

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Baloch reject report on agencies’ role in missing persons

November 22, 2011

QUETTA: Voice For Baloch Missing Persons (VFBMP) Chairman Nasurllah

Baloch rejected on Monday a crises management report, which claimed that

there was no evidence involving secret agencies and security forces in the

practices of enforced disappearances in Balochistan.

He expressed these views while addressing a press conference at a hunger

strike camp outside the Quetta Press Club. He alleged that the crises

management report was biased and did not take into consideration the

ground realities of Balochistan. “The majority of the relatives of Baloch

missing persons had registered their cases against the Frontier Corps (FC)

and other security agencies. Even they recorded their statements that FC

men in uniform raided the houses and arrested people. Some activists were

picked up near the FC checkposts while some were whisked away from main

bazaars,” he said, adding that 150 cases of missing persons had been

lodged in the Balochistan High Court, while 100 had been lodged in the

Supreme Court.

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ISI continues to support LeT, Jaish: India

Nov 22 2011,

The government today said Pakistan's spy agency ISI continues to support

various terrorist outfits to spread violence in India.

"...As per available intelligence inputs, Pakistan-based terrorist outfits,

particularly Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Hijbul Mujahideen etc.,

continue to receive support from ISI," Minister of State for Home Jitendra

Singh informed Lok Sabha in a written reply.

He said government was committed to combating terrorism, extremism and

separatism in all its forms and manifestation as no cases, genuine or

imaginary, could justify terrorism.

The government, he said, has taken various measures in this regard.

Replying to another question, the minister said as per available information,

investigation into terrorism-related cases by state police forces and

disclosures of arrested persons revealed names of a few terrorist elements

in Bihar having links with LeT.



Apologise for 1971 atrocities, Bangladesh tells Pakistan

Nov 21, 2011,

Bangladesh foreign minister Dipu Moni has demanded a formal apology from

Pakistan for the atrocities carried out by its troops during the 1971

Liberation War.

DHAKA: Bangladesh has demanded a formal apology from Pakistan for the

atrocities carried out by its troops during the 1971 Liberation War.

The demand came as the new Pakistani envoy called on foreign minister

Dipu Moni here.

"The foreign minister yesterday sought Pakistan's understanding and

recognition of Bangladesh's position on resolving the outstanding issues

including an expression of formal apology from Pakistan for the genocide and

atrocities committed by the Pakistani military in 1971," a foreign office

spokesman told PTI here today.

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Bangladesh 1971 war crimes trial begins

November 20, 2011

Bangladesh on Sunday began the controversial war crimes trial with a top

Islamist party leader Delwar Hossain Sayeedi being the first suspect to go

on trial for allegations of genocide, rape, murder and arson committed

during the country's 1971 Liberation war.

Chief Prosecutor Ghulam Arieff Tipu and senior prosecutor Syed Rezaur

Rahman read out a lengthy statement before the three-judge International

Crimes Tribunal at the Supreme Court complex where Sayeedi stood in the


"We brought 20 charges of ‘crimes against humanity’ including genocide,

rape, murder, arson and looting committed during the Liberation War,"

Rezaur Rahman told PTI.

He said the opening statement, including 61 of the 90-pages, described the

brief general history of the crime against humanity and the major suspects.

“We expect to read the entire statement tomorrow when the hearing would

resume," he said.

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White House Shooting Suspect’s Path to Extremism


November 20, 2011

IDAHO FALLS — A referee lifted Oscar Ortega’s hand high into the clear

Rocky Mountain night last summer. Mr. Ortega had not yet been accused of

trying to kill the president. He had not yet told the world he was Jesus

Christ. Not until the next morning would all the blows to his body make him

urinate blood.

That July night at the rodeo grounds in Pocatello, with 2,000 people

watching beneath the dry Western sky, the lazy kid who used to smoke too

much dope was lucid and devastating in his debut as a mixed martial arts

fighter. For the first time anyone could remember, he was an undisputed


It was his first bout, and it would be his last.

“When his hand was raised in that ring,” said Eric King, who helped train Mr.

Ortega at the Y.M.C.A. here, “I think that was one of the brightest

moments of his life.”

The fight ended in the second round, with Mr. Ortega astride his prone

opponent in what is called a full mount, pummeling him in the face.

Technical knockout, the referee ruled. Mr. Ortega carried his infant son,

Israel, in triumph.

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Egypt Cabinet offers to resign but protests go on

Nov 22, 2011,

The health ministry and a doctor at an improvised field hospital on the

square said on Monday that at least 26 people have been killed and 1,750

wounded in the latest violence as activists sought to fill the streets for a

"second revolution" to force out the generals who have failed to stabilize

the country, salvage the economy or bring democracy.

Throughout the day, young protesters demanding the military hand over

power to a civilian government fought with black-clad police, hurling stones

and firebombs and throwing back the tear gas canisters being fired by

police into the square, which was the epicenter of the movement that

ousted authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak.

By midnight, tens of thousands of protesters were in the huge downtown


The clashes have deepened the disarray among Egypt's political ranks, with

the powerful Muslim Brotherhood balking at joining in the demonstrations,

fearing that turmoil will disrupt elections next week that the Islamists

expect to dominate.

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Pak could become a failed State: Romney, US Presidential Candidate

Nov 22 2011,

Washington : Hardening stance on Pakistan, leading Republican presidential

candidate Mitt Romney has said the country is in danger of becoming a

failed state.

“You're dealing with a nation like Pakistan, with a hundred-plus missiles,

which is a fragile state, and could be become a failed state,” Romney said.

In his speech at Nashua, New Hampshire, Romney said the world has

become more dangerous.

“It's become more dangerous, and you recognise that. North Korea, over

the last several years, has tested a nuclear device, has tested long-range

missiles. Iran is, of course, arming Hezbollah, Hamas,” he said.

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Malaysia to relax laws on public assemblies: report

November 22, 2011

Reuters . Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia will relax laws to allow peaceful public gatherings to be held

without a police permit, part of a move to allow more freedom of expression

as the prime minister Najib Razak accelerates reforms ahead of a possible

general election next year.

The Peaceful Assembly Bill will be tabled in parliament on Thursday, and

stipulates where such gatherings can be held to ensure they do not disturb

public order, the pro-government New Straits Times newspaper said quoting

unnamed sources.

It said the law was comparable to international practices and would allow

the police to disperse the crowd if there were complaints from a third party,

such as a house owner near the site of the gathering.

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Egypt government resigns amid deadly clashes

22 November 2011,

amid deadly clashes between police and protesters demanding political

change that have killed 26 and prompted the ruling military to call for crisis


On the eve of a new wave of protests planned for later Tuesday, the

cabinet announced its resignation on the third day of protests that have

triggered Egypt’s worst crisis since president Hosni Mubarak was toppled in


Two people were killed early Tuesday in the Red Sea town of Ismailiya,

medics said, bringing the toll of clashes since Saturday to 26.

‘The government of Prime Minister Essam Sharaf has handed its resignation

to the (ruling) Supreme Council of the Armed Forces,’ cabinet spokesman

Mohammed Hegazy said in a statement Monday.

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Muslim forces should replace ISAF in Afghanistan: former US envoy

By Masroor Afzal Pasha

November 22, 2011

KARACHI: Former US diplomat and foreign policy expert on South Asian,

Dennis Kux has indicated that the solution for replacing International

Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan should be a Muslim force.

“In my opinion, Turkish Army has the track record and past international

engagements for maintaining peace and could do the same in Afghanistan

after ISAF withdrawal in 2014,” he pointed out.

Kux, a former diplomat visiting Pakistan for his book review also had a media

interaction with a selected group of journalists here on Monday. He had

served in Pakistan during 1957-59 as State Department South Asia

specialist and in 1995-96 as a full bright scholar and in 1998 as a fellow of

the American Institute of Pakistan Studies. The role of Pakistan remained

major or central to the lasting settlement of Afghanistan problem, he


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‘Lone wolf’: NY arrests Awlaki fan for terror plot

Nov 22, 2011,

NEW YORK: New York police arrested a 27-year-old man they called a "lone

wolf " militant on charges of plotting to build bombs to kill American soldiers

returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Jose Pimentel, a follower of late Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki , made his

first appearance in a state court on Sunday night on terrorismrelated


A US citizen born in the Dominican Republic, Pimentel was arrested on

Saturday in a Manhattan apartment while assembling a bomb, police said.

"We had to act quickly because he was in fact putting this bomb together,"

said commissioner Ray Kelly.

Pimentel admitted he "took active steps to build the bomb, including shaving

the match heads and drilling holes in the pipes" and was "one hour away

from completing it," said the criminal complaint filed by the Manhattan

district attorney.

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Iran to send Israel to ‘dustbin of history’ in retaliatory attack

21 NOVEMBER 2011

Iran dares Israel to attack, because the retaliation would send the Jewish

state to “the dustbin of history,” a senior Revolutionary Guards commander

said, according to the Fars news agency today.

“Our greatest wish is that they commit such a mistake,” the chief of the

Guards’ aerospatial division, Amir-Ali Hadjizadeh, was quoted as saying.

“For some time there has been a hidden energy we hope to expend to

consign the enemies of Islam forever to the dustbin of history,” he said.

“Our ballistic (missile) capacity never ceases to grow,” he added.

The comments were one of the most belligerent reactions yet by an Iranian

official to speculation that Israel was considering launching air strikes on

Iranian nuclear facilities.

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Iranian no-show at UN Mideast atomic forum

21 NOVEMBER 2011


Iran angrily stayed away on Monday from UN atomic agency forum on

creating a Middle East free of nuclear weapons, amid growing tensions over

Tehran’s suspected efforts to develop the bomb. Iran’s ambassador to the

Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asghar

Soltanieh said Tehran’s decision was its “first reaction” to the body’s

“inappropriate” recent report on its nuclear programme.

That assessment saw the IAEA come the closest yet to accusing Iran

outright of seeking to develop nuclear weapons.



Iran blasts new sanctions as ‘reprehensible’

22 November 2011,

Iran on Tuesday blasted new sanctions against the Islamic republic

announced by the United States, Britain and Canada as ‘reprehensible and


Foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast made the comments a day

after Washington, London and Ottawa said they were levelling additional

sanctions on Iran’s financial sector because of a report by the UN atomic

energy watchdog strongly suggesting Teheran was researching nuclear


‘These actions show the hostility of these countries towards our people.

They are reprehensible and ineffective,’ Mehmanparast said during his

regular weekly media briefing.

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Many countries vote for UN resolution against Iran

November 22, 2011

The UN General Assembly has passed a resolution against Iran with a record

number of votes, condemning the country for its human rights violations

that have taken the shape of "executions" and "torture".

The 193-member Assembly also passed resolutions condemning human

rights violations in North Korea and Myanmar.

The resolution on Iran was passed by a record number of votes -- 86 -- in

favour with 32 against and 59 abstentions.

The Assembly's Third Committee approved a six-page resolution that

catalogs a wide range of abuses in Iran, including "a dramatic increase" in

executions, the use of torture, the systematic targeting of human rights

defenders, pervasive violence against women and continuing discrimination

against minorities.

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UN draft ‘declaration of war’ on Syria: envoy

Nov 22, 2011

Syrian Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari was referring to a draft resolution on

Syria which Germany submitted to the UN General Assembly’s human rights

committee. The draft, which was crafted by Germany, Britain and France,

has five Arab states among its 61 co-sponsors.

“This was tabled in the context of declaring a political and media and

diplomatic war on my country,” Ja’afari told the committee, which is

comprised of the 193 UN member states.

“It is a declaration of war that aims to affect the independence of our

political decision-making and stop us from moving ahead in our national

political agendas,” he said.

Syria has promised the United Nations that it would halt military operations

against civilians and implement political reforms. But UN officials say Syrian

President Bashar Assad has failed to keep any of his promises.

The draft resolution says the committee “strongly condemns the continued

grave and systematic human rights violations by the Syrian authorities,

such as arbitrary executions, excessive use of force and the persecution

and killing of protesters and human rights defenders.”

It also condemns “arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances, torture and

ill-treatment of detainees, including children” and demands an immediate

end to all such violations.

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Egypt unrest: Activists call for mass demonstrations

22 November 2011

Around 100,000 people flocked to the square on Monday night after three

days of deadly clashes that left at least 26 people dead and hundreds


The unrest has thrown into doubt elections due to be held next week.

Demonstrators are concerned that the military intends to hold on to power,

whatever the outcome of the vote.

The military leadership, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (Scaf),

was reportedly holding talks with political leaders - a day after the

military-appointed civilian cabinet offered its resignation.

The Muslim Brotherhood - whose Freedom and Equality party is widely seen

as the most formidable contender in the elections - is taking part in the


It has refused to participate in Tuesday's protest - presumably, say

correspondents, because it wants the election to go ahead to show how

much support it has in the country.

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Tunisian parties: Power-sharing deal formalised


November 22, 2011


Tunisia’s three main parties formalised a power-sharing agreement on

Monday, 10 months after the ouster of the north African country’s

strongman Zine el Abidine Ben Ali.

Hamadi Jebali of the moderate Ennahda party will serve as prime minister,

while the other top jobs of president and chairman of the new constituent

assembly are divided between two left-wing parties.  Moncef Marzouki of

the leftist Congress for the Republic Party (CPR) will be president, and

Ettakatol’s Mustapha Ben Jaafar will chair the body tasked with drafting a

new constitution. The 217-member assembly will meet for the first time on

Tuesday to confirm the three posts.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 22nd, 2011.



Sufi Muhammad indicted in murder case

November 22, 2011

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) indicted defunct

Tehreek-e-Nifaz-e-Shariaht-e-Muhammadi chief Maulana Sufi Muhammad

and his 62 associates in the murder case of PPP MPA Badiuz Zaman. Judge

Asim Imam took up the case on Monday at the central jail. He remarked

that Maulana Sufi Muhammad and his 62 associates had provoked people

against the state and had negated democracy. The court adjourned the

hearing of the case till December 26. online\11\22\story_22-11-2



Lahore HC moved for Haqqani’s trial on treason charges

November 22, 2011

LAHORE: A citizen, Muhammad Iftikhar Hussain Rajpoot, on Monday, filed a

petition in the Lahore High Court (LHC), requesting to place the name of

Pakistan’s Ambassador to US, Husain Haqqani, and others’ names in the Exit

Control List (ECL), adding that they should be tried on high treason charges

for violating the constitution.

The petitioners’ counsel stated that Husain Haqqani sent a highly

objectionable letter to former US military chief Mike Mullen through a

US-based businessman, Mansoor Ijaz, against the Pakistan Army and Inter

Services Intelligence (ISI). He stated that this letter had tarnished the

image of both Pakistan and its armed forces and made an attempt to pledge

Pakistan’s sovereignty to America.

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Taliban should give up terrorism to initiate talks: Rehman

Nov 22, 2011

“There is nothing formal regarding talks with the Taliban. The Taliban

usually send messages to us and I also sometimes convey them a message

so that peace could prevail. But it is clear that if the Taliban want to shake

hands with us they would have to get rid of their arms,” he said.

The minister was responding to questions raised after inaugurating a

ceremony where 50 new Mobile Registration Vans (MRVs) were added in the

fleet of the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) to

facilitate the population settled in remote areas.

“Few days back we received a message from the Taliban for talks and yes

we also offered them. We are happy they have realised that killing innocent

people is wrong and the only way forward is the path of peace,” he said.

The minister said he could not say much on the issue and added that all the

stakeholders would sit together to find an amicable solution.



Memo gate: Never met or knew Ijaz: Mullen

22 NOVEMBER 2011

Amid a raging controversy over Pakistan's "memogate" a spokesman for

Admiral Mike Mullen has asserted that the former Chairman US Joint Chiefs

of Staff Committee never met or knew a central figure in the controversy.

Mullen never met Pakistani American businessman Mansoor Ijaz, who has

alleged that Pakistan's ambassador to the US, Hussain Haqqani, asked for

assistance in getting a message from Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari to

the then top US military leader, Pentagon spokesman, Captain John Kirby

told reporters Monday.

Ijaz has alleged that Zardari feared a military takeover following the US raid

that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in May and sought Mullen's help in

preventing a coup.

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Mullen confident memo not sent by Zardari: Pentagon

November 22, 2011

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon has stated that Admiral Mike Mullen was confident that the memo delivered by Mansoor Ijaz was not sent by President Asif Ali Zardari, Express 24/7 reported on Tuesday.

Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby issued a statement that said the former US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen neither knew Pakistani American businessman Ijaz, nor has he communicated with him.

(Read: Memogate: Truth or fiction?)

Kirby added that Mullen knew the intermediary who brought the secret memo to him, adding that the memo was not signed and was not credible.

There was nothing in the memo which indicated that it was from President Zardari, he added.

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Pak ambassador Haqqani denies links to secret memo

Nov 21, 2011,

Husain Haqqani has stuck to his stance that he had nothing to do with the controversial secret memorandum sent to former US military chief Admiral Mike Mullen to prevent a possible military coup, according to a media report.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan's ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani has stuck to his stance that he had nothing to do with the controversial secret memorandum sent to former US military chief Admiral Mike Mullen to prevent

a possible military coup, according to a media report on Monday. Haqqani conveyed his position to President Asif Ali Zardari during two informal meetings held at the presidency yesterday, the Dawn quoted sources close to the President as saying.

There was no official word about the reported meetings.

Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said "no official meeting" was slotted as yesterday was a Sunday.

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Headley's evidence on ISI damaged US-Pak ties: report

Nov 22 2011,

New York : LeT terrorist David Coleman Headley's explosive evidence about the "close alliance" between the terror group and Pakistan's intelligence unit

ISI had a "really damaging" effect on the US-Pakistani relationship, an investigative journalist has said.

Headley's role in the Mumbai attacks is the subject of a new Frontline documentary 'A Perfect Terrorist' by ProPublica reporter Sebastian Rotella said.

It chronicles Headley's journey from the US to Mumbai and reveals what

American and Pakistani intelligence officials knew about him before and after his mission.

Rotella says Headley gave specific evidence at co-conspirator Tahawwwur

Rana's trial in Chicago about the close alliance between the ISI and the

Lashkar terrorist group.

"[He described] how the training works, how the funding works, how the coordinated decision-making works, and how they set out to do this attack

together," says Rotella.

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Pakistan shelves ‘obscene’ text message ban

Nov 22, 2011

On November 14, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) distributed a list of 1,695 words in English and Urdu, the national language,

to operators, giving them seven days to implement a filtering system.

But the list was met with uproar, both at the attempt to censor messages

and the inclusion of many seemingly innocuous terms, among them “Jesus

Christ”, “lotion”, “athlete’s foot”, “robber”, “idiot”, “four twenty” and


On Tuesday, PTA spokesman Mohammad Younis Khan told AFP the authority

would consult civil society representatives and mobile phone operators on

refining a much shorter list of words, giving no timeframe for any eventual


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2 medical college professors kidnapped in Jaccobabad, Pak

November 22, 2011

JACCOBABAD: Armed men kidnapped two professors of medical colleges at

gunpoint on Monday. According to Jaccobabad SSP Zafarullah Dharejo,

unidentified miscreants kidnapped Professor Imtiaz Vigan of Dow Medical

University and Prof Ghulam Muhammad Mehr of Mehr Medical College (MMC)

Sukkur while they were returning after attending a dinner gathering of


No group has as yet claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, neither have

their families have been contacted for ransom.

Meanwhile, a police team headed by DSP Saddar, Khuda Buksh Panhour has

been constituted for recovering the kidnapped professors.

On the call of the Jaccobabad Pakistan Medical Association, professors and

lecturers of government and private medical colleges across the province

observed a token hunger strike in protest of the kidnapping of their


They demanded law enforcement authorities and the provincial government

to recover the kidnapped professors within 24 hours, otherwise the protests

would be widened and the hunger strike transformed into violent protest

demonstrations. inp\11\22\story_22-11-2



Pak exports to UK increase by 19 percent

November 22, 2011

LONDON: The UK remains among Pakistan’s top five export destinations with

a balance of trade in favour of Pakistan. Exports from Pakistan to the

United Kingdom increased by approximately 19 percent and accounted a

value of £659.62 million during the months January to September of the

calendar year 2011, as compared to the corresponding period of the last


There was a significant export growth seen in fruits, vegetables, cereals,

spices, pharmaceutical products, articles of base metal, carpets, cement,

musical instruments, articles of apparel and clothing accessories.

The total trade during January to September was recorded at £1.04 billion,

with an increase of approximately 17 percent as compared to total trade of

£894.47 million during the period. Pakistan imports from the United Kingdom

were also up by 13 percent, amounting to £383.90 million. The 20 percent

export growth is in line with the commitment made by both governments to

double bilateral trade from £1.1 billion to £2.5 billion by the year 2015. pr\11\22\story_22-11-2



Legal action to be initiated in memo scandal: Farahnaz

November 22, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Farahnaz Isfahani, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) MNA, media

advisor to the party co-chairman and wife of Pakistan’s Ambassador to US

Hussain Haqqani, has announced that legal action will be initiated in the

Mansoor Ijaz’s memo scandal.

Talking to media persons on the Supreme Court premises, Isfahani alleged

that Ijaz was working against the democratic process in Pakistan. She

asked him to come forward and disclose the factual position. Isfahani said

she was ready to cooperate in the forensic investigation of Haqqani’s

blackberry phone and computer record.

“We are not among those who flee in fear,” she said, adding, the party

leadership would decide about memo case. She said PPP was ready to hold

inquiry to bring the facts on the ground. She said Haqqani was scheduled to

meet President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and other

officials today (Monday).\11\22\story_22-11-2



Pakistan okays Rabbani murder investigators

November 22, 2011

KABUL: Pakistani officials have agreed to let an Afghan commission

investigating the assassination of Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani travel to

Pakistan as part of their inquiry, Afghan officials said on Monday.

The delegation will feature officials from Afghanistan’s defence and interior

ministries, plus its intelligence service.

Afghanistan has insisted that the September suicide attack that killed

Burhanuddin Rabbani, which all but derailed a peace initiative which he was

leading, was masterminded in Pakistan.

Kabul has demanded that the commission be allowed to travel to Pakistan

to fully investigate. But commission members until now had been unable to

get the necessary permissions and visas.

“Pakistan has now agreed to accept the delegation. They are going today

or tomorrow morning,” presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi told reporters in

Kabul. He declined to comment on whom the group - which includes

representatives from a number of government ministries - would be meeting

with or where they would go.

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Govt prevents US concert in Lahore over security issue

November 22, 2011

LAHORE: Authorities did not allow a visiting US hip-hop troupe to perform in

Lahore on Monday for security reasons, a senior official said. The

Chicago-based FEW Collective is in Pakistan at the invitation of the US

embassy as part of a cultural exchange programme. The group’s scheduled

performance in Lahore had to be cancelled after the Alhamra Arts Council

refused permission over its alleged failure to provide an NOC from the home

office, the council’s director, Zulfikar Ali, said. He said the US consulate had

contacted the arts council six days ago about the holding of the concert.

“We provided them the hall which remained vacant. They were not allowed

to hold the concert because they did not provide the NOC from the home

department,” Ali told reporters. afp\11\22\story_22-11-2



Met Gen Pasha, Imran Khan on separate occasions: US Ambassador

November 22, 2011

RAWALPINDI: United States (US) Ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter

has admitted to meeting ISI chief Lt Gen Shuja Pasha and Pakistan

Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, but on separate occasions, Express

24/7 reported on Tuesday. He refrained from giving further details.

Munter also distanced himself from the Memogate scandal and said that the

fate of Husain Haqqani is for Pakistan to decide. He said it was Pakistan’s

personal issue, but if requested he would help out in the inquiry.

Speaking to the media in Rawalpindi, Munter said that the US supported

democracy and strong institution, so the issue needed to be dealt with by


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Pak Army not undertaking any negotiations with TTP: ISPR

Nov 22, 2011

Such reports are concocted, baseless and unfounded, the spokesperson


Any contemplated negotiation or reconciliation process with militant groups

has to be done by the government, the spokesperson concluded.



Turkey detains al-Qaida suspects: report

Nov 22, 2011,

ANKARA: State-run television says Turkish police have detained 14 people

on suspicion of links to the al-Qaida terror network.

TRT says the suspects were detained in simultaneous police raids in the

central Anatolian city of Konya on Tuesday. It says they are suspected

al-Qaida members but gives no other details. Police would not comment.

Earlier this year, police arrested a group accused of planning to attack the

U.S. Embassy and another group in the southern city of Adana, which is

home to the Incirlik Air Base used by the United States to transfer

noncombat supplies to Iraq and Afghanistan. Authorities have said al-Qaida

planned to attack Incirlik in the past but were deterred by high security.



'Memo gate' aimed at sowing seeds of discord: Pak envoy

Nov 22 2011,

Islamabad : Pakistan's envoy to the US Husain Haqqani, at the centre of a

controversy over a secret memo allegedly sent to the Obama

administration, has said he believes the issue was raised to pit the civilian

and military leadership here against each other and sow seeds of discord.

Haqqani has been in the midst of a storm since Pakistani-American

businessman Mansoor Ijaz made the memo public.

Ijaz has claimed he drafted the memo on Haqqani's instructions and

delivered it through former US National Security Advisor Jim Jones to the

then American military chief Admiral Mike Mullen in May.

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After deaths, Egyptians dig in for more protests

Nov 22 2011,

Cairo : Egyptian activists called for a huge turnout in protests on Tuesday

to put an end to rule by the military which also saw its authority challenged

by the resignation of the civilian cabinet, casting uncertainty on elections

due next week.

Some 20,000 defiantly demonstrated in Cairo's Tahrir Square overnight

despite the deaths of at least 33 since Saturday. But the protests have yet

to attract the hundreds of thousands who toppled President Hosni Mubarak

in February.

"The people want the fall of the marshal," protesters chanted, referring to

Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, Mubarak's defense minister for two

decades and head of the army council.

"This land belongs to Egyptians. It is not for sale and does not need any

guardians," one banner read. "All Egyptians demand an Egypt run by

civilians," another said.

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'Warning of French judge could have prevented 26/11 attacks'

22 NOVEMBER 2011

The 26/11 Mumbai attacks could have been averted if the then Bush

Administration had taken seriously the warning and threat perception of

Lashkar-e- Taiba's global operations by a renowned French judge, a media

report has claimed.

Jean-Louis Bruguiere, earned a reputation as a relentless terrorist hunter in

his 30 years as one of France's powerful "investigative judges, met officials

of the Bush Administration in 2007 to inform them about the LeT's threat

and Pakistan's double game, but American officials were not convinced by

his argument, reported PBS's Frontline and ProPublica in a joint investigative

report released yesterday.

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Libya to declare new govt. today

November 22, 2011

Afp, Tripoli

Interim prime minister Abdel Rahim al-Kib said yesterday that Libya's new

government following the toppling of Gaddafi's regime will be announced


"We have decided to announce the government tomorrow. We are working

hard to ensure to have something solid, coherent, capable of doing the

job," he said at a joint news conference with the US ambassador to the

United Nations, Susan Rice.

Kib said he held a meeting yesterday with the NTC to discuss the new


On Sunday, NTC vice chairman Abdel Hafiz Ghoga said the announcement of

a new post-Gaddafi government, originally due that day, was being delayed

by a maximum 48 hours.


Libya: ICC's Luis Moreno-Ocampo visits over Gaddafi son

22 November 2011

The late Libyan leader's son is wanted for alleged war crimes by the ICC.

The ICC team is to discuss whether he will be tried at The Hague or in Libya

- the justice minister has reportedly said he will not be handed over.

The visit comes as a new cabinet is expected to be announced, three

months after Col Gaddafi was overthrown.

It will be the first step to forming an elected government - the transitional

authority is tasked with drafting a constitution and holding democratic


Prime Minister-designate Abdurrahim al-Keib said all of Libya's regions would

be represented.

Mr Keib was elected prime minister by the National Transitional Council

(NTC) last month.

The NTC is a coalition of rival factions that came together to oust Col

Gaddafi, who was killed in his birthplace, Sirte, on 20 October.

'ICC will decide.

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protect civilians.


US supports democratic system in Pakistan: Munter

Nov 22, 2011

Talking to the media after visiting the Rawalpindi office of the Medical

Transcription Billing Company (MTBC), the ambassador while commenting on

the ‘memo issue’ said that the US State Department has been very careful

in giving its reaction on it as it is a Pakistani matter.

“We respect Pakistani institutions to address that matter,” Munter said.

Replying to a question about American reaction to the memo issue, the

ambassador said, “We are strongly supportive to the democratic process (in

Pakistan), the constitution, the rule of law, your country, and the will of

Pakistani people to make sure that there will be justice” adding that “we

support that and see how it will work.

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KU campus in Dubai

November 22, 2011

KARACHI: The University of Karachi (KU) is planning to set up its campus in

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). A KU senior faculty member stated this

on Monday. app\11\22\story_22-11-2



International Urdu conference begins today at ACP

November 22, 2011

KARACHI: An international Urdu conference would be organised here from

Nov 22 (today). An official of the Arts Council of Pakistan (ACP) announced

this on here Monday. He said that the four-day event would be held under

the auspices of ACP, Karachi. It was pointed out that the moot being

organised for the past three years, also contributes towards the promotion

of the Urdu language. app\11\22\story_22-11-2



33,589 acres forestland in Sindh illegally encroached, Sindh Assembly told

November 22, 2011

KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly (SA) was informed on Monday that Sindh

Forest Department has vacated 27,026.55 acres of land in various districts

of the province since April 2008, while a major portion of land measuring

33,589.50 acres is yet to be recovered from encroachers. Sindh Forest

Minister Syed Ali Nawaz Shah, responding to a query of MPA Kulsoom

Chandio during a question hour said that his department could recover only

800-acre land in Thatta, while still 9,255 acres is under possession of

encroachers, followed by 8,694 acres in Shaheed Benazirabad, 3,971 acres

in Shikarpur and 1,793 acres in Kashmore. “Efforts are underway to recover

all encroached lands in the province, but no timeframe can be given in this

regard,” added the minister. Responding to a question of legislature

regarding afforestation in the province, Minister said a PC-I of development

scheme namely, “Massive afforestation of Neem (Azadirachta indica), a

versatile and promising tree, solving global problems” was approved in

2008-09 at a total cost of Rs 50 million, having execution period from

2008-09 to 2012-14. He told Rs 30.947 had been spent on the scheme by

June 2010. He said the plantation of a Neem tree costs Rs 20. When an

MPA Arif Mustafa Jatoi sought minister’s response on establishment of

Jetropha Plant in Sindh that could be used to make bio-diesel, Shah said 10

acres of Jetropha plantation had been completed at Miani Forest under the

ADP scheme during year 2009-10. Minister went on to say that 14-acre of

Jetropha research plots would be established at different ecological zones in

Sindh, with two acres each during the year 2010-11. ppi\11\22\story_22-11-2