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Pakistan: more than 60 killed in fighting between military and Taliban

  • 18 militants killed in Kurram clashes
  • Jet strike kills 20 Taliban in Orakzai Agency
  • 11 soldiers killed in Balochistan: Officials
  • Pakistan security helping Taliban: NATO report
  • Boko Haram threatens to kill judges over Al-Mustapha
  • Taslima's book released despite protests
  • U S Rights Group Urges Pakistan to Find Saleem Shahzad’s Killers
  • Israeli-Arab couple charged with imprisoning daughter
  • Pakistani Sikhs and Other Minorities Demand Seat in Senate
  • India favours political dialogue in Syria
  • Russia urged not to veto U.N. resolution calling for Assad’s exit
  • Attacks by Afghans on U.S. troops often personal
  • Heavy fighting in Pakistan tribal areas kills dozens
  • Terror threat to Islamabad: Cop
  • Maldives: Elderly being forced out of family homes to live on streets
  • Maldives: Former SAARC Secretary General calls for President’s impeachment as husband maneuvers party swap
  • It was Rushdie's decision not to visit: Chidambaram
  • Pakistan dismisses NATO report on Afghan Taliban links
  • Pakistan played its role in helping Kashmiris: PM Azad JK
  • Pakistan is helping Afghan Taliban, says NATO report
  • Hindutva lab is now refuge for Kashmiri Muslims
  • Narendra Modi not to depose before 2002 riots panel: HC
  • Impasse at UN Security Council debate on Syria violence
  • Syrian troops fight rebels near Lebanese border
  • Car bomb north of Baghdad kills 3 Iraqi soldiers
  • China says 29 abducted in Sudan still being held
  • Former Pak envoy allowed to travel abroad
  • Pakistan minister visit aims to warm Afghan ties
  • Pakistan-US talks on ties may resume after parliamentary debate: Munter
  • Panetta questions why Pakistan is prosecuting doctor who helped find bin Laden
  • US wants positive ties with Pakistan in continuing fight against al Qaeda
  • Stable Afghanistan in interest of Pakistan, region: Naek
  • Pakistani Soldiers, Taliban Battle, Leaving 60 Dead
  •  ‘Pakistan has potential to become developed economy’
  • Pakistan contests US president’s stance
  • Pakistan considers India an existential threat: US
  • Policy towards Afghanistan: Support dialogue, not dictation, politicians tell Pakistan
  • Jailed Bahrain opposition figures on hunger strike
  • Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood will not take up armed struggle
  • IAEA wraps up talks in Iran
  • Russia sides with Syria, UN resolution in trouble
  • Life disrupted as massive dust storm envelops Jeddah
  • Saudi Arabia nominates candidate to top OPEC post
  • Ten days saw over 160 home fires in Riyadh
  • Pakistan investigating pills in 117 deaths
  • Pakistani and Indian chefs compete on reality TV series meant to defuse regional tensions


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Pakistan: more than 60 killed in fighting between military and Taliban

1 February 2012

Fighting between soldiers and Taliban militants over a strategic mountaintop in north-western Pakistan has killed more than 60 people, according to a government official.

The battle started a week ago, when government troops seized the top of Jogi mountain in the Kurram tribal area from militants, sparking clashes that killed six soldiers and 20 insurgents, Wajid Khan, a local government administrator, said on Tuesday.

The militants retaliated by attacking the soldiers who were trying to hold the location, sparking another round of fighting that killed 10 troops and more than 30 insurgents, said Khan. The area is home to militants loyal to Pakistani Taliban commander Hakimullah Mehsud.

The military launched an offensive in Kurram in July 2011 and declared victory about a month later, but violence has continued.

A similar process has taken place throughout Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal region along the Afghan border. The military has launched a series of operations against the Pakistani Taliban in the past few years, and has often declared victory only to see fighting flare up again.

The Pakistani Taliban have killed thousands of people throughout the country in suicide bombings and other attacks. The group aims to topple the Pakistani government, partly because of its alliance with the US.

The militants are allied with the Afghan Taliban, but the latter group has focused its attacks on Nato and Afghan forces inside Afghanistan.

Elsewhere in Pakistan, at least 10 people have been gunned down in the past 24 hours in the southern city of Karachi, said Sharfuddin Memon, a security adviser for the government of Sindh province, where Karachi is the capital.

Karachi is Pakistan's largest city and has a long history of political, ethnic and sectarian violence.

The most recent deaths included two granddaughters of Akbar Bugti, a nationalist leader in south-western Baluchistan province, who was killed during a military operation in 2006 ordered by former president Pervez Musharraf. His death has helped fuel a violent insurgency in Baluchistan against the government

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jan/31/pakistan-60-killed-fighting-talibannt.

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18 militants killed in Kurram clashes

1 February 2012

PARACHINAR: Eighteen militants including six foreigners were killed in fierce fighting in the Jogi area near Mamozai, located between the Orakzai and Kurram tribal regions on Wednesday, Geo News reported.

Full Report At:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-33441-18-militants-killed-in-Kurram-clashes

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Jet strike kills 20 Taliban in Orakzai Agency

1 February 2012

PESHAWAR: Pakistani warplanes pounded militants’ hideouts in the northwestern tribal area before dawn on Wednesday, killing at least 20 Taliban insurgents, security officials said.

The jets targeted hideouts in the tribal Orakzai district and at least four compounds were hit, they said, in the latest surge of fighting between security forces and militants in the Afghan border areas.

Local intelligence officials confirmed the air strikes killing at least 20 Taliban militants in the bombing.

Full Report At:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-33434-Jet-strike-kills-20-Taliban-in-Orakzai

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11 soldiers killed in Balochistan: Officials

February 1, 2012

QUETTA: Baloch rebels attacked security forces overnight, killing at least 11 soldiers and wounding another 12 in clashes that raged for five hours, officials said Wednesday.

About two dozen gunmen attacked two posts in Margut, about 60 kilometres east of Quetta, capital of the insurgency-torn southwestern province of Balochistan. The soldiers were responsible for guarding coal mines, they said.

Full Report At:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/330293/11-soldiers-killed-in-quetta-attacks-officials/

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Pakistan security helping Taliban: NATO report

31 January 2012

LONDON: The Pakistani security services are secretly helping Afghanistan's Taliban, who assume their victory is inevitable once Western troops leave, a secret NATO document says, according to reports on Wednesday.

The leaked "State of the Taliban" report -- seen by the BBC and The Times newspaper -- was compiled from information gleaned from insurgent detainees and was given to NATO commanders in Afghanistan last month, the media reports said.

It claims that Pakistan and its ISI intelligence agency are aware of the locations of senior Taliban leaders.

Full Report At:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-security-helping-Taliban-NATO-report/articleshow/11709556.cms

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Boko Haram threatens to kill judges over Al-Mustapha

1 February 2012

•Prisons Service renovates cell for Al-Mustapha •Al-Mustapha, Shofolahan appeal judgment

Written by Hassan Ibrahim, Adebayo Waheed and Yejide Gbenga-Ogundare

Wednesday, 01 February 2012

REPORTS have it that the dreaded sect, Boko Haram, has taken a position on the death sentence passed on the Chief Security Officer to the late General Sani Abacha, Major Hamzat Al-Mustapha, over the killing of Kudirat Abiola, wife of the late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola “by taunting the government to carry out the judgment and we’ll widen the scope of our operations.”

The Boko Haram said once the death sentence was executed, it would extend its attack to judges and courts all over Nigeria.

Full Report At:

al-mustapha-al-mustapha-shofolahan-appeal-judgment

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Taslima's book released despite protests

ANANYA DUTTA

1 February 2012

A major controversy broke out at the 36th Kolkata International Book Fair when a book written by Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen was not allowed to be released at the venue. The book Nirbasan (Exile) was to have been released at an auditorium inside the premises but the organisers of the Book Fair cancelled it at the eleventh hour.

The book Nirbasan is the seventh part of an autobiography series written by the author and recounts the incidents that led to her ouster from the city in 2007.

Full Report At:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/other-states/article2850625.ece

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U S Rights Group Urges Pakistan to Find Saleem Shahzad’s Killers

January 31, 2012

A top human rights group is urging Pakistan's government to do more to find the killers of a Pakistani journalist who was investigating alleged links between the military and extremists.

A Pakistani commission investigating the murder of Saleem Shahzad said in a recent report that it lacked enough evidence to name those behind his killing.  Shahzad had alleged that Pakistani intelligence agents were after him, an allegation dismissed by Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan's main spy agency.

Full Report At:

http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Rights-Group-Urges-Pakistan-to-Find-Journalists-Killers-138409864.html

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Israeli-Arab couple charged with imprisoning daughter

1 February 2012

Baraa Melhem said she was first locked up after she ran away from home

The Israeli authorities have charged an Israeli-Arab couple with imprisoning their daughter for nine years at their home in the West Bank town of Qalqilya.

According to an indictment, Baraa Melhem had been locked in a bathroom or other small rooms since the age of 11.

She was only let out at night to clean the house, do laundry and cook.

Her father, Hassan, and stepmother are accused of abusing a minor, unwarranted imprisonment and attempting to pressure a person to take their own life.

Mr Melhem was arrested by Palestinian security forces in Qalqilya and handed over to the Israeli authorities, while his wife was arrested in Israel.

Full Report At:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16830372

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Pakistani Sikhs and Other Minorities Demand Seat in Senate

31 January 2012

Pakistan has a Muslim-majority population with a decreasing minority community made of Sikhs, Hindus and Christians

Sikh’s in Pakistan are demanding a seat in the Senate or upper house of parliament. They are requesting that a seat be reserved for minorities in the country to have some hope for their community to be represented even in the smallest possible way.

Full Report At:

http://www.chakranews.com/pakistani-sikhs-and-other-minorities-demand-seat-in-senate/2097

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India favours political dialogue in Syria

Voicing its opposition to the use of force to resolve the crisis in Syria, India on Wednesday asked all sides to cooperate with the Arab League and start a political process that should respect Damascus’ sovereignty.

“We are firmly of the view that all sides need to cooperate with the League of Arab States. A political process must begin without any further delay,” Indian Ambassador to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri said in his remarks during a special session of Security Council at the UN headquarters here.

Full Report At:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2850070.ece

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Russia urged not to veto U.N. resolution calling for Assad’s exit

By Ashish Kumar Sen-The Washington Times

January 31, 201

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned Tuesday that Syria risks becoming engulfed in a civil war as its people take up arms to oppose a violent crackdown on a 10-month-old uprising.

Mrs. Clinton spoke at the U.N. Security Council, where top Western and Arab officials converged in an effort to persuade Russia not to veto a resolution that calls on Syrian President Bashar Assad to transfer power to his deputy and pave the way for a unity government.

Full Report At:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jan/31/russia-urged-not-to-veto-un-resolution-calling-for/?page=2

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Attacks by Afghans on U.S. troops often personal

By Lolita C. Baldor

1 February 2012

WASHINGTON (AP), February 1, 2012 — Supposedly friendly Afghan security forces have attacked U.S. and coalition troops 45 times since May 2007, U.S. officials say, for the first time laying out details and analysis of attacks that have killed 70 and wounded 110.

In testimony prepared for delivery Wednesday to the House Armed Services Committee, defense officials said that in most cases the Afghans acted out of personal motivation and were not controlled or directed by insurgent groups. The second most common circumstances involved insurgents impersonating or infiltrating Afghan security forces.

Full Report At:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/feb/1/attacks-afghans-us-troops-often-personal/

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Heavy fighting in Pakistan tribal areas kills dozens

1 February 2012

Pakistani fighter jets bombed militant hideouts in tribal areas near the Afghan border on Wednesday, officials said, capping two days of the fiercest fighting in weeks triggered by attacks by the Pakistani Taliban.

The attacks likely make exploratory peace talks between the Pakistani government and the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) more unlikely than ever, with 78 Taliban and 10 Pakistani soldiers killed and scores more injured in the fighting.

Full Report At:

http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/02/01/pakistan-fighting-idINDEE81005020120201

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Terror threat to Islamabad: Cop

1 February 2012

A terrorist group has plans to carry out a rocket attack on the Pakistani capital, similar to the one at Abbottabad, a top police official has said.

Islamabad police chief Bin Yamin Khan said the city was facing the threat of an attack like the one on the Pakistan Military Academy on January 27 but comprehensive security measures had been put in place to counter such an assault.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Terror-threat-to-Islamabad-Cop/articleshow/11708253.cms

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Maldives: Elderly being forced out of family homes to live on streets

By Hawwa Lubna

January 30th, 2012

I was riding home around midnight after buying a handful of hot spicy short eats in the drizzling rain, when I spotted what seemed like a human body lying on the pavement of a street near the local market in capital Male’

Curious, I asked my friend to stop the bike and walked closer to confirm my impression. Under a thin piece of ragged bed sheet – to my astonishment – lay a wrinkled old lady shivering herself to sleep.

That was the first encounter with Kadheeja Adam (or Shiraanee, as she prefers to be called), an elderly woman living alone on the streets of Male’.

Full Report At:

http://minivannews.com/politics/elderly-being-forced-out-of-family-homes-to-live-on-streets-31310

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impeachment as husband maneuvers party swap

By Eleanor Johnstone

January 29th, 2012

Former SAARC Secretary General Dhiyana Saeed has demanded that President Mohamed Nasheed be impeached after alledgedly violating the constitution by detaining Chief Judge of the Criminal Court, Abdulla Mohamed.

Saeed’s statement follows her five-minute arrest last weekend for refusing to leave Republic Square during a nearby opposition-led protest.

Full Report At:

http://minivannews.com/politics/former-saarc-secretary-general-calls-for-presidents-impeachment-as-husband-maneuvers-party-swap-31278

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It was Rushdie's decision not to visit: Chidambaram

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

1 February 2012

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Tuesday said nobody had prevented India-born author Salman Rushdie from travelling to India and it was the writer's decision not to visit Jaipur for the Literature Festival.

However, the Home Minister admitted at the monthly press conference, that the Centre had on January 17 sent advisories to three governments, in Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai, cautioning them that protests were likely to be held against Mr. Rushdie and the State governments were obliged to provide security and take adequate measures.

Replying to a question, Mr. Chidambaram said the advisories were “usual'' and based on intelligence gathered by the agencies. He said that Mr. Rushdie enjoyed the status of a Person of Indian Origin (PIO) and did not require a visa to visit India.

Full Report At:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2848402.ece

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Pakistan dismisses Nato report on Afghan Taliban links

1 February 2012

The report was leaked as Ms Khar came to Kabul for talks with Mr Karzai

Pakistan's foreign minister says her country has no hidden agenda in Afghanistan, in response to a leaked secret Nato report on Islamabad's links to the Afghan Taliban.

Speaking to reporters in Kabul with her Afghan counterpart, Hina Rabbani Khar said allegations in the report were "old wine in an even older bottle".

The report says the Taliban are helped by Pakistani security services.

It claims the insurgents remain defiant and have wide support among Afghans.

The BBC's Quentin Sommerville in Kabul says the report is painful reading for international forces and the Afghan government.

Full Report At:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16832359

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Pakistan played its role in helping Kashmiris: PM AJK

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

KARACHI: President Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Sardar Mohammad Yaqoob has said Pakistan always played its role in helping out the Kashmiris in hard times, adding that his enthusiasm to serve people lead him to the seat of AJK president.

He was addressing a reception hosted in his honour by Chairman Bukhari Group Sardar Mohammad Rafiq Khan here at the Karachi Club on Tuesday.

Sardar Yaqoob said that revolution could be brought with honesty despite lack of resources, adding that credit goes to the PPP government for establishing two medical colleges in Kashmir.

Full Report At:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012%5C02%5C01%5Cstory_1-2-2012_pg12_6

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Pakistan is helping Afghan Taliban, says Nato report

31 January 2012

The Taliban in Afghanistan are being directly assisted by Pakistani security services, according to a secret Nato report seen by the BBC.

The leaked report, derived from thousands of interrogations, claims the Taliban remain defiant and have wide support among the Afghan people.

It alleges that Pakistan knows the locations of senior Taliban leaders.

A BBC correspondent says the report is painful reading for international forces and the Afghan government.

Full Report At:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16821218

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Hindutva lab is now refuge for Kashmiri Muslims

Saeed Khan

Feb 1, 2012

AHMEDABAD: What about Kashmiri Pandits? This is a common refrain the moment one talks about the 2002 post-Godhra riots and their effect on the Muslim community. But 10 years after one of the worst cases of communal violence in the state, scared Muslims from the Valley have taken shelter in Gujarat - the state that was once called the laboratory of Hindutva.

Some 50 families arrived in the city from the terror-torn Baramulla about two months ago and are living in tents near the Kalupur railway station. The settlement is not exactly heaven on earth, but these men and women are reluctant to go back home and get sandwiched between security forces and terrorists.

Full Report At:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/Hindutva-lab-is-now-refuge-for-Kashmiri-Muslims/articleshow/11708698.cms

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Narendra Modi not to depose before 2002 riots panel: HC

Saeed Khan,

TNN | Feb 1, 2012

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat high court rejected an application seeking direction to the Nanavati commission to summon chief minister Narendra Modi and question him in regard with the 2002 riots.

A division bench of justices Akil Kureshi and Sonia Gokani upheld a single judge's order passed in November 2009, and observed that the issue of summoning any person was the discretion of the quasi-judicial body, which could take decision on the basis of its appreciation of evidence gathered during the proceedings.

Full Report At:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Narendra-Modi-not-to-depose-before-2002-riots-panel-HC/articleshow/11711976.cms

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Impasse at UN Security Council debate on Syria violence

1 February 2012

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says people have watched events in Syria unfold "in horror"Continue reading the main story

A day of debate at the United Nations Security Council meeting on Syria has ended without agreement.

The council was discussing whether to adopt an Arab League plan calling for an end to violence and for President Bashar al-Assad to stand down.

Qatar's prime minister urged council members to take action against what he called Mr Assad's "killing machine".

Full Report At:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16825761

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Syrian troops fight rebels near Lebanese border

1 February 2012

AP In this January 20, 2012 photo, Syrian Army defectors gather at the resort town of Zabadani, near the Lebanese border. An activist group said on Wednesday that 12 people died in fighting in Wadi Barada, near Zabadani.

Activists say Syrian troops are battling Army dissidents in an area near the border with Lebanon and that several people have been killed.

Full Report At:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2850626.ece

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Car bomb north of Baghdad kills 3 Iraqi soldiers

Jan 31, 2012

BAGHDAD: An Iraqi official says a bomb blast north of Baghdad has killed three Iraqi soldiers, hours before the nation’s parliament is to reconvene after lawmakers ended their boycott to protest persecution of Sunni officials.

Police spokesman in Diyala province, Maj. Ghalib Al-Karkhi, says a parked car bomb detonated near a military patrol late Monday in Baqouba, killing three soldiers and wounding three others.

Full Report At:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article569558.ece

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China says 29 abducted in Sudan still being held

Jan 31, 2012

BEIJING: None of the 29 Chinese workers abducted after an attack in a volatile region of Sudan have been freed, Chinese state media said Tuesday, dismissing reports that some of the workers had been released.

The workers were abducted Saturday by militants in a remote region in the country’s south. Sudanese state media reported Monday that 14 of them had been freed, but the official Xinhua News Agency and China Daily newspaper said all 29 were still being held.

China has close political and economic relations with Sudan, especially in the energy sector.

The Chinese ambassador to Sudan, Luo Xiaoguang, told China Central Television in an interview in Khartoum that anti-government rebels attacked the road project the Chinese were working on.

Full Report At:

http://arabnews.com/world/article569551.ece

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Former Pak envoy allowed to travel abroad

Imtiaz Ahmad, Hindustan Times

Karachi, January 31, 2012

There is talk of a compromise between Pakistan’s political and military leadership. As a result of which the prime accused in the Memogate affair, former Pakistan ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani, was allowed to leave the country on Tuesday morning. Under heavy security, Haqqani boarded a

flight to the UAE from where he is expected to leave for the US, where his family resides.

The Supreme Court conditionally lifted a ban on Haqqani’s travel after an application by his counsel, Asma Jahangir, requested that her client be allowed to join his family abroad. The application further stated that the former ambassador had fully cooperated with the commission and had also undertook to return to Pakistan on four days’ notice to join the proceedings, if and when required to do so by the commission.

Full Report At:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Pakistan/Former-Pak-envoy-allowed-to-travel-abroad/Article1-804889.aspx

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Pakistan minister visit aims to warm Afghan ties

1 February 2012

KABUL — Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar was due to meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai on a one-day visit to Kabul Wednesday aimed at warming frosty ties between the two neighbours.

"This visit will mark a new cooperation phase between the two countries," Afghan foreign ministry spokesman Janan Mosazai told reporters ahead of what will be Khar's first visit to Afghanistan since taking office in July.

Full Report At:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iUhIcyf_VixSrUG49Htvnn-JgtzQ?docId=CNG.f01cf504388e8517f1323d2d32388a11.3d1

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Pakistan-US talks on ties may resume after parliamentary debate: Munter

1 February 2012

LARKANA, Jan 31 (APP):  US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter on Tuesday expressed the hope that talks will begin between the two countries on normalisation of ties, after discussion by Pakistan’s Parliament on bilateral relations. He was talking to media-men at Mohenjodaro, some 28 kms from here, after visiting the site of famous 5,000-years-old  Indus Valley Civilization. Ambassador  Cameron Munter  said the attack on Salala checkposts was a terrible tragedy and the United States will ensure that such incidents do not take place again. He said the attack was not pre-planned.

Full Report At:

http://app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=177361&Itemid=2

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Panetta questions why Pakistan is prosecuting doctor who helped find bin Laden

1 February 2012

Anti-American feelings are running strong in Pakistan, and a local doctor who helped the U.S. kill Osama bin Laden may be at the receiving end of those bad feelings, because he helped the U.S. in its raid to kill bin Laden.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s latest remarks about the raid into Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden aren’t helping to improve relations with the important Asian nation.

In a CBS “60 Minutes” interview aired on Sunday, Panetta reiterated that someone in the Pakistani government must have known where bin Laden was hiding. The Pentagon chief also admitted for the first time that a Pakistani doctor helped the CIA last year at bin Laden’s compound.

Full Report At:

http://www.pri.org/stories/world/asia/in-interview-panetta-questions-why-pakistan-is-prosecuting-doctor-who-helped-find-bin-laden-8197.html

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US wants positive ties with Pakistan in continuing fight against al Qaeda

February 1, 2012

WASHINGTON: In a hearing of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee, members of the US intelligence committee said it was important to have positive relations with Pakistan.

The hearing, attended by leaders of the US intelligence community including the heads of the CIA and National Intelligence, focused on worldwide threats in 2012.

Full Report At:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/330149/us-wants-positive-ties-with-pakistan-in-continuing-fight-against-al-qaeda/

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Stable Afghanistan in interest of Pakistan, region: Naek

1 February 2012

ISLAMABAD, Jan 31 (APP): Chairman Senate Farooq H. Naek on Tuesday said that an independent, peaceful and stable Afghanistan is in the interest of Pakistan and the whole region. “Peace, security and stability in Afghanistan has a vital link with peace and tranquility in Pakistan”, he said this while talking to 12-member Afghan Parliamentary Delegation that called on him at the Parliament House. The Delegation was led by Fazl-e-Hadi  Muslimyar, President of Meshrano Jirga (Upper House) of the Afghan Parliament. He underlined the need for further strengthening bilateral cooperation and consolidating the bond of friendship between Pakistan and Afghanistan through frequent Parliamentary exchanges and people to people contacts.

Full Report At:

http://app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=177257&Itemid=1

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Pakistani Soldiers, Taliban Battle, Leaving 60 Dead

1 February 2012

PARACHINAR, Pakistan— Fighting between Pakistani soldiers and Taliban militants over a strategic mountaintop in northwestern Pakistan has killed more than 60 people, a government official said on Tuesday.

The battle first started a week ago when government troops seized the top of Jogi mountain in the Kurram tribal area from militants, sparking clashes that killed six soldiers and 20 insurgents, said Wajid Khan, a local government administrator.

Full Report At:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204652904577195220120255092.html

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‘Pakistan has potential to become developed economy’

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

LAHORE: Pakistan’s economy is going to take off in a matter of couple of years as misperceptions about the country are fast fading out.

US Commercial Counselor Brian McClreary at a meeting with the representatives of Lahore Chamber of Commerce and industry (LCCI) on Tuesday said there existed a vast potential in Pakistan to become a developed economy but it was only suffering because of lack of technology and the United States was keen and taking all possible measures to remove the hurdles coming in the way of expanded Pak-US economic relations.

Full Report At:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012%5C02%5C01%5Cstory_1-2-2012_pg5_13

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Pakistan contests US president’s stance

February 01, 2012

ISLAMABAD - Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abdul Basit has said that the US drone attacks are unlawful, counterproductive and hence unacceptable.The Foreign Office spokesman made these remarks in response to a statement made by US President Barack Obama saying that drone aircraft had targeted militants in Pakistan’s tribal areas along the Afghan border.“We are of the firm view that these attacks are unlawful, counterproductive and hence unacceptable,” Basit said, adding that Pakistan’s view has always been very clear based on principle.

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/national/01-Feb-2012/pakistan-contests-us-president-s-stance

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Pakistan considers India an existential threat: US

Washington, February 01, 2012

The United States wants its relations with Pakistan to remain positive, but their interests sometimes differed as Pakistan considered India as an existential threat, according to Washington's intelligence chief.

Testifying before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee on

Tuesday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said the US relationship with Pakistan was a "challenging relationship but an important one," as the interests of the two countries are "not always congruent."

Full Report At:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/NorthAmerica/Pakistan-considers-India-an-existential-threat-US/Article1-805001.aspx

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Policy towards Afghanistan: Support dialogue, not dictation, politicians tell Pakistan

February 1, 2012

PESHAWAR:

The left and right may have arrived at a middle ground vis-à-vis peace in Afghanistan.

Parties from across the political spectrum, on both sides of the Durand Line, agreed on Tuesday that the international community, including Pakistan, should commit itself to non-interference in Afghanistan’s internal affairs.

Pakistan ought to …

War is not a solution to anything, and therefore, we have to support dialogue among Afghans, not dictate their affairs, said Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman at a day-long conference, The Afghan Issue: Regional Implications and Suggestions for Sustainable Peace, organised by Center for Discussions and Solutions (CDS).

Pakistan is heading towards isolation and has virtually been left out of playing any role in the ongoing dialogue between US and the Taliban, Fazl said.

Full Report At:

Published in The Express Tribune, February 1st, 2012.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/330187/policy-towards-afghanistan-support-dialogue-not-dictation-politicians-tell-pakistan/

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Jailed Bahrain opposition figures on hunger strike

1 February 2012

The jailed opposition figures began a week-long hunger strike on Sunday

Fourteen jailed opposition figures in Bahrain have begun a week-long hunger strike, almost a year after a short-lived pro-democracy uprising began.

The politicians, human rights activists and bloggers are protesting against the continued suppression of dissent.

Full Report At:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16823440

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Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood will not take up armed struggle

1 February 2012

The exiled Muslim Brotherhood of Syria does not want to engage in an armed struggle against the Syrian regime under Bashar al-Assad according to Zuhair Salim, a spokesman for the group.

The Syrian politician spoke with Today’s Zaman in his home in London, where he was granted asylum after having been exiled from Syria in 1979. He has not returned to his country since.

Salim slammed the Assad regime for labeling the opposition in the country as terrorists. “The people of Syria are holding non-violent demonstrations. The real terrorists are Assad and his supporters who are relentlessly killing the people.”

Full Report At:

http://www.todayszaman.com/newsDetail_openPrintPage.action?newsId=270132

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IAEA wraps up talks in Iran

1 February 2012

TEHRAN: Three days of talks between a visiting IAEA delegation and Iranian officials wrapped up late on Tuesday with no sign of any breakthrough on tensions over Tehran’s nuclear programme, media reported.

Both sides “agreed on continuing the talks,” the Fars and ISNA news agencies reported, saying a date had been set but not divulging it.

Full Report At:

http://www.dawn.com/2012/02/01/iaea-wraps-up-talks-in-iran.html

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Russia sides with Syria, UN resolution in trouble

1 February 2012

United Nations: Vowing to avoid “another Libya,” the U.S. and its allies challenged Russia to overcome its opposition to a U.N. draft resolution demanding that Syrian President Bashar Assad yield power and end the violence that has killed thousands.

“It is time for the international community to put aside our own differences and send a clear message of support to the people of Syria,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told the U.N. Security Council in backing an Arab League plan for the country.

Full Report At:

http://www.firstpost.com/world/russia-sides-with-syria-un-resolution-in-trouble-199483.html

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Life disrupted as massive dust storm envelops Jeddah

By GALAL FAKKAR

Feb 1, 2012

JEDDAH: A massive dust storm hit Jeddah Tuesday, disrupting road traffic and bringing public life almost to a standstill. Many schools suspended classes and informed parents to take their kids home well before the school day had ended, while some school authorities have declared there will be no classes on Wednesday.

Full Report At:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article569739.ece

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Saudi Arabia nominates candidate to top OPEC post

By AMENA BAKR

Jan 31, 2012

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia has nominated a candidate for OPEC’s next secretary-general, a Gulf OPEC delegate familiar with the matter said. The current secretary general of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Abdullah Al-Badri of Libya, completes his second and final three-year term at the end of 2012. OPEC will seek to select a replacement, to start in 2013, at its next meeting in June.

Full Report At:

http://arabnews.com/economy/article569612.ece

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Ten days saw over 160 home fires in Riyadh

Feb 1, 2012

RIYADH: There were more than 160 house fires in Riyadh and its suburbs during the recent 10-day school vacation, local Arabic daily Al-Eqtisadiah reported Tuesday quoting an official report by the Civil Defense.

The report warned that carelessness, negligence and failure to maintain safety in the home were the reasons for such incidents.

Full Report At:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article569655.ece

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Pakistan investigating pills in 117 deaths

Jan. 31, 2012

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Pakistani authorities said they were awaiting results of tests of samples of a drug blamed for the deaths of 117 heart patients.

The samples of the drug Alfagril have been sent to Switzerland, Belgium and England because no lab in Pakistan was able to determine the cause of the deaths by examining the samples, The Express Tribune reported.

Full Report At:

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2012/01/31/Pakistan-investigating-pills-in-117-deaths/UPI-42101328069600/

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Pakistani and Indian chefs compete on reality TV series meant to defuse regional tensions

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

ISLAMABAD — For decades, archenemies Pakistan and India have engaged in a dangerous nuclear arms race. Now they’re also competing in a more cheerful forum. The outcome will be mouthwatering curries and soothing Sufi ballads, not violent conflict.

The fractious neighbors are going head-to-head in a pair of reality TV shows that pit chefs and musicians against each other. Producers hope the contests will help bridge the gulf between two nations that were born from the same womb and have been at each other’s throats ever since.

Full Report At:

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/television/pakistani-indian-chefs-compete-reality-tv-series-meant-defuse-regional-tensions-article-1.1014673?localLinksEnabled=false

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/pakistan--more-than-60-killed-in-fighting-between-military-and-taliban/d/6514


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