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‘Pick, Kill and Dump Tactics in Peshawar’: Court Warns MoD of Strict Legal Action

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pakistan

 

‘Pick, Kill and Dump Tactics’: Court Warns MoD of Strict Legal Action

Balochistan unrest: Two Marri tribesmen shot dead in Quetta

Pak PM directs officials to resolve property issues of Hindus

Killings, kidnappings rock Balochistan

‘Anti-state’: Petition against NATO supplies filed

Pak: Militants threaten to attack govt installations

Imran, Nawaz assured of pro-US government: Munter

Munter draws up another ‘to-do list’ for Pakistan

Contempt of court bill challenged in SC

Malik quits Senate over dual nationality

Army camp attack: Pamphlet vows more attacks if NATO supplies continue

Balochistan case: SC resumes hearing

Pakistan’s premier’s aide resigns from Parliament

As minorities face attacks, Pak MPs seek shield for them

Arrangements being finalised to set up Sasta Ramazan Bazaars

 

North America

 

Muslims join US military to kill fellow soldiers, says terrorism expert

Democracy still ‘preferable’ in Muslim nations, survey says

Al Qaeda supporter pleads guilty to model plane plot

US crafted Pakistan 'apology' to suit allies, opponents

Nato probes deadly roadside bomb in Afghanistan

US downplays Iran ‘positive’ role in Syria

US Senators for release of funds to Pakistan

 

South Asia

 

Taliban commander: we cannot win war and al-Qaida is a 'plague'

Blogger attack “nothing to do with religious extremism”, Maldives Govt.

Maldives Islamic Ministry receives Rf14.8 million for mosque repairs

Six service members killed in Afghanistan: NATO

69 BNP men sent to jail in Sylhet

China imports Pak mangoes, setback for Indian traders

 

India

 

India's First Ever Drone To Be Ready For Operations by the End of the Decade

Maintain decorum: Omar tells Presidential Candidate

Ek Tha Tiger trailer banned in Pakistan

 

Europe

 

New UK immigration law sparked wedding frenzy in Pakistan

Russia circulates new draft resolution on Syria

Russia sends naval flotilla to Syrian port: report

British high commission slammed over unfair refusals for Visa to Pakistanis

 

Mideast Asia

 

Iran ‘concerned’ over Saudi violence against Shiites

Yemen: 2 Escaped Al-Qaida Prisoners Re-Arrested

Blast hits Yemen police academy, 20 dead

Iran foreign minister plays down Hormuz blockade

Israeli settler population surges under Netanyahu

Gaza presents: 'Prisoners' summer camp'

Jordan opens new refugee camp

 

Arab World

Angry Throngs at a Funeral of a Man Killed During Protests, In Saudi Arabia

Egypt’s president to advance strategic ties in Saudi talks

No Arab spring in Syria, only cross-border terror: Envoy

Syria’s Qusayr prepares for Ramadan under siege

Lebanon bolsters army presence

Dr Shaikh Yusuf Estes named Islamic Personality of 2012

UAE PM orders 250 new houses for Emiratis in Hatta

UN envoy presses Syrian peace plan with Iran, Iraq

 

Africa

Libya's Jibril has vote lead, Islamists say not beaten

Sudan: Freed Guantanamo Prisoner Returns Home

Mali Islamists destroy tombs at ancient Timbuktu mosque

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Pak PM directs officials to resolve property issues of Hindus

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Pakistan

 

‘Pick, Kill and Dump Tactics’: Court Warns MoD of Strict Legal Action

By Umer Farooq

July 11, 2012

Giving out a stern warning against the pick, kill and dump incidents, the Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Tuesday directed the ministry of defence to retrieve missing persons within 24 hours — saying that it could be forced to take severe action if the orders are not complied with.

“As a last resort, the ministry of defence is directed to retrieve missing persons from the clutches of the military intelligence otherwise the court would be constrained to take action under both the civil and military law,” said PHC Chief Justice (CJ) Dost Muhammad Khan.

The PHC CJ issued these orders while hearing a habeas corpus petition before a division bench which was also accompanied by Justice Sajjad Hassan Shah.

During the case hearing, the bench was informed that Hafiz Jalil Ahmad, a resident of Izatabad Mardan, had been allegedly picked up by security agencies accompanied by the local police and an official of the Military Intelligence (MI) Major Shabbir during a joint raid on February 27, 2012.

The PHC CJ expressed deep concerns over the alleged enforced disappearance and said that such practices should be stopped otherwise the “court would be constrained to lay hand on the special law (Aid in Civil Power Regulation 2011)”.

“Tell them (security agencies) in a clear manner to trace out the man and produce him before the court. Every accused arrested shall be produced before the area magistrate within 24 hours,” he ordered.

Case two

The court also issued a show cause notice to Peshawar Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Imtiaz Altaf to submit his reply on why the police had been indulging in illegal activities of detaining people despite court orders that police would never assist security agencies during such raids. The court asked the CCPO to personally enquire and assist the court on why Qari Shafi, had been allegedly picked up by the police.

Shafi and Younas, both Afghan nationals, had been allegedly picked up by Assistant Sub-Inspector Shaukat and Station House Officer Abidur Rehman from Batatal check post on February 25, 2011.

Case three

The bench was then informed that Mufti Haroon Rashid had been allegedly picked up by security agencies from Dera Ismail Khan in 2010.

The court asked the petitioner Muhammad Ismail, Rashid’s father, to submit an application at the internment centre so that he could meet Haroon. The bench also issued instructions to the in charge of the internment centre to identify why Haroon had been detained.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/406510/pick-kill-and-dump-tactics-court-warns-defence-ministry-of-strict-legal-action/

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Balochistan unrest: Two Marri tribesmen shot dead in Quetta

July 11, 2012

QUETTA: Unidentified assailants shot dead two tribesmen who were returning from a funeral on Tuesday and dumped their bodies on a street in the Eastern Bypass area of Quetta city, police officials said.

Officials rushed to the spot and the deceased were shifted to the Civil Hospital. The victims bore gunshot wounds and had been slaughtered, hospital sources said. They were returning from funeral prayers of their relatives when they were targeted, sources added.

The deceased were identified as Khan Mohammad and Khalid Dad, both members of the Marri tribe and residents of New Kahan.

Though the motive for the killings was not immediately clear, investigators believe it could have been the result of a personnel dispute since the brothers of the two victims were also killed some weeks ago, sources said.

A case has been registered against the unidentified attackers and investigations are under way.

Teacher, two others slain

At least three people were killed and their bullet riddled bodies were found in Mastung, Kalat in three separate incidents.

According to sources, the teacher worked at a government high school and was on his way there when unidentified armed men targeted him in front of the main school gate in Shamsabad area. Police rushed to the spot and the deceased, identified as Master Rasheed, was shifted to the Civil Hospital.

Armed men riding a motorcycle shot dead two men identified as Mohammad Shafique and Khair Jan — in Iskalku area of Kalat district.

The police rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area and the deceased were taken to the District Headquarters’ Hospital. In another incident, Levies force recovered a bullet-riddled body from Gidar Valley near Surab area of Kalat district on Tuesday.

Tribesman returns

Following the directives of Chief Justice Ifthikar Muhammad Chaudhry, a missing person, identified as Mufti Abdul Wahab returned home.

The Voice for Baloch Missing People Chairman Nasrullah Baloch told The Express Tribune that Wahab is a Riki Baloch tribesman who returned home on Tuesday night.

“Mufti Abdul Wahab went missing on 3rd October 2011 from his home in Hazar Ganji area during a search operation launched by Frontier Corps (FC) and police,” he said.

The chief justice and the entire bench of the Supreme Court took a tough stand on the issue of missing person, saying that there was evidence that FC and intelligence agencies are involved in enforced disappearances of people.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/406511/balochistan-unrest-two-marri-tribesmen-shot-dead-in-quetta/

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Pak PM directs officials to resolve property issues of Hindus

Jul 11 2012,

Islamabad : Pakistan Premier Raja Pervez Ashraf has directed the board managing the shrines of minority communities to resolve all issues related to properties of the Hindus in the country, amid allegations regarding mismanagement of assets belonging to temples and gurdwaras.

The Premier issued the directive after Minister of State for Information Samsam Ali Bokhari informed him about the "chronic issue of properties of the Hindus, which are

currently with the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB)".

Bokhari said the ETPB was "depriving people of their legitimate claims on property and this was causing resentment among the members of the minority community", according to a statement issued by the Premier's office.

Ashraf directed the ETPB's management to "resolve the issue to the satisfaction of the affected people at the earliest".

The ETPB is responsible for managing the shrines and properties of minority communities across Pakistan.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pak-pm-directs-officials-to-resolve-property-issues-of-hindus/973028/

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Killings, kidnappings rock Balochistan

July 11, 2012,

QUETTA: The ongoing wave of violence continues unabated across Balochistan as a number of people were killed, kidnapped and bullet-riddled bodies found in different parts of the province on Tuesday.

A schoolteacher was gunned down in the Shamsabad area of Mastung district. According to sources, a teacher of a government high school was on his way when some unidentified armed men opened fire on him in front of his school. Resultantly, he died on the spot. The deceased was shifted to the Civil Hospital. He was identified as Rasheed.

In a separate incident, two people were killed in the Iskalku area of Kalat district, some 160 kilometres from the provincial capital. Unidentified armed men on a motorcycle opened fire on the two men, killing them on the spot. The victims were taken to the District Headquarters Hospital. They were identified as Mohammad Shafique and Khair Jan.

In another incident, two people were gunned down in the Eastern Bypass area of Quetta. According to police, unidentified armed men killed two men and dumped the bodies in the Eastern Bypass area. The bodies were shifted to the Civil Hospital. The deceased were identified as Khan Mohammad and Khalid Dad of the Marri tribe, residents of New Kahan. “The cause of the killings could be some personel dispute,” sources said. A case was registered and investigation was underway.

Meanwhile, Levies Force recovered a bullet-riddled body from Gidar Valley near the Surab area of Kalat district.

Another body was recovered from the Khuzdar area of the province, police said. "On a tip-off, a police team reached an area near the Customs House in the Khuzdar district and recovered a dead body dumped by the road,” police said, adding that the body had been shifted to hospital for identification. Further investigation was underway.

In Quetta, unidentified armed men abducted Jamia Salfiya principal near the Airport Road area. According to police, Habibullah was on his way to the Jamia Salfiya when unidentified gunmen intercepted him and took him away to some undisclosed location.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\07\11\story_11-7-2012_pg7_4

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‘Anti-state’: Petition against NATO supplies filed

July 10, 2012

LAHORE: A petition was filed at the Lahore Registry of the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday to declare resumption of NATO supplies to Afghanistan through Pakistan as illegal. The petition has been filed by Barrister Zafarullah Khan, who has submitted that the resumption of NATO supplies was violation of the resolutions passed by the parliament in this regard and was a threat to the integrity of the state. The petitioner said that the restoration of supplies will lead the country to the centre of terrorism. He also said some of the weapons supplied through Pakistan will later be used against Pakistan. He said the resumption of supplies on July 4 was followed by two missile attacks on the Pakistani soil that claimed lives of more than 20 citizens. He said the US was supporting a separatist movement in Pakistan. The petitioner requested the court to declare the resumption of supply illegal.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/405972/anti-state-petition-against-nato-supplies-filed/

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Pak: Militants threaten to attack govt installations

July 11, 2012

Taliban-linked militants have threatened to carry out more attacks on soldiers and government installations similar to an assault on a Pakistan Army camp that killed eight security personnel on Monday, according to a media report on Wednesday.

Police found a pamphlet at the site

of Monday's attack near Gujrat city in Punjab province that warned more attacks would be carried out by militants if Nato supply routes to Afghanistan were not closed, The Express Tribune quoted an intelligence agency's report as saying.

Another intelligence agency's report said terrorists linked with the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, who were involved in an attack on security personnel at Pir Chambal, were planning more attacks on government installations.

The agency's report on Monday's attack said an "unregistered motorcycle with a time bomb was found and the bomb was defused" after the assault. A grenade lying in bushes exploded after the attack but caused no damage.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/pakistan/Pak-Militants-threaten-to-attack-govt-installations/Article1-886809.aspx

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Imran, Nawaz assured of pro-US government: Munter

July 11, 2012,

ISLAMABAD: The US Ambassador in Pakistan Cameron Munter on Tuesday revealed that PTI chief Imran Khan and PML-N president Nawaz Sharif both assured him of a pro-US government after next elections, DawnNews reported.

The US ambassador, during an interview with BBC Urdu, said that talks did not end at Nato supply restoration, adding that there was still a lot to do for economic development and to eliminate terrorism.

He said that he has held meetings with chiefs of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf, adding both the leaders had assured him that they completely support the US.

Commenting on situation in Afghanistan, Munter said that Pakistan has to become part of solution and not problem.

The US envoy said that both countries will have to work together to eliminate insurgents’ hideouts inside Pakistan so as to ensure assistance in Afghan war.

The ambassador said the Nato supply blockade had isolated Pakistan from 50 friendly countries and the resumption had opened the doors for further cooperation. Moreover, he said that the issue of expenses was not part of the negotiations for the resumption of the supply routes.

http://dawn.com/2012/07/11/imran-nawaz-assured-of-pro-us-government-munter/

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Munter draws up another ‘to-do list’ for Pakistan

July 11, 2012

Barely a week after Pakistan reopened its territory to Nato supplies, US ambassador Cameron Munter has drawn up another “to-do list” for his country’s war-on-terror ally.

Pakistan, in Munter’s estimate, will have to ‘do more’ in countering terrorism if it wants US financial assistance to resume. “Pakistan should not become the problem … it should help resolve the problem,” Munter told the British Broadcasting Corporation in an exclusive interview in Karachi.

He added that Pakistan should cooperate with the Afghan authorities and fight terrorists on its soil.

Although Ambassador Munter did not name any particular group, he was obviously referring to the Haqqani network which, according to US officials, was using its bases in North Waziristan Agency as a springboard for launching attacks on Nato forces in Afghanistan.

The US diplomat sought to downplay the reopening of Nato supply routes. “It was a problem for Pakistan. It [its decision to block the Nato supply routes] had alienated 50 allies in the ‘war against terrorism’ – a war that Pakistan’s military is also fighting,” he said.

“Now the reopening of the supply routes will help us fight this war collectively,” he added.

Pakistan unblocked the Nato supply routes earlier this month after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered a ‘near-apology’ over the Nov 26, 2011 Nato air raid on military border posts in Salala area of Mohmand Agency that killed two dozen troops.

The Salala debacle had strained diplomatic relations between the two uneasy allies – however, they are now trying to undo the damage done by seven months of tension.

“I believe the two countries have acknowledged that they will have to work together,” Ambassador Munter said.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/406541/fighting-terror-munter-draws-up-another-to-do-list-for-pakistan/

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Contempt of court bill challenged in SC

July 11, 2012,

ISLAMABAD: The contempt of court bill, which is yet to be approved by the Senate, was challenged in the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

One petition was filed by Muhammad Siddique Baloch through Ikram Chaudhry, while the other was filed by Mehmood Akhtar Naqvi, a social worker.

Baloch prayed the court that the bill passed by the National Assembly was ultra vires of the constitution and against Article 8 of the constitution. He stated that the bill was also in violation of articles 2-A, 4, 5, 25, 175, 203, 204 and 248 of the 1973 constitution.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\07\11\story_11-7-2012_pg1_4

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Malik quits Senate over dual nationality

July 11, 2012,

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Interior Rehman Malik on Tuesday resigned from the Senate amid a controversy about his dual nationality.

He told reporters in Karachi that he had submitted his resignation to the Senate chairman on Monday, which, however, could not be confirmed. Sources say Malik might have submitted his resignation to the party leadership for forwarding to the Senate chairman. Sources in the government say Malik had no option but to resign from the Senate membership after Supreme Court’s objection on him having dual nationality. Malik, who was elected to the Senate in 2009, had earlier told the Supreme Court that he had renounced his British citizenship and promised to submit documentary evidence in court. But a certificate presented to a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry failed to satisfy the judges. On June 4, the apex court suspended Malik’s membership of the Senate on the ground that he had failed to provide proof of renouncing his British citizenship.

He was immediately appointed Adviser to prime minister after the court suspended his Senate membership. Now he has announced resignation from the Senate instead of satisfying the court on renouncing his British citizenship. On the other hand, he might continue as adviser to the PM, sources said. staff report

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\07\11\story_11-7-2012_pg1_3

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Army camp attack: Pamphlet vows more attacks if NATO supplies continue

July 11, 2012

Militants have threatened to carry out more attacks on soldiers and government installations similar to Monday’s assault on an army camp in Gujrat, according to a pamphlet found by the police.

More attacks were forthcoming if Nato supplies were not closed, an intelligence agency report cited the pamphlet as saying.

Another intelligence agency’s report stated that terrorists linked with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) involved in Pir Chambal incident were planning more attacks on government installations.

The agency’s report reads “……an unregistered motorcycle with a time bomb was found and the bomb was defused. At 7:30 am on Monday, a hand grenade lying in bushes also exploded but caused no damage, police found a pamphlet in which it has been threatened that their activities would continue in future due to restoration of Nato supply.”

Sadar Police Station SHO Inspector Saeed Warraich told The Express Tribune that the terrorists have warned the public, through a pamphlet, to stay away from police, security forces and intelligence agencies’ personnel because their attacks would continue everywhere in Pakistan, particularly in Punjab due to restoration of Nato supply.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/406573/army-camp-attack-pamphlet-vows-more-attacks-if-nato-supplies-continue/

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Balochistan case: SC resumes hearing

July 11, 2012,

QUETTA: The Supreme Court at its Quetta registry on Wednesday resumed the hearing of a petition on the law and order situation and human rights violations in Balochistan, DawnNews reported.

A three-judge bench of the apex court, comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja, was hearing the petition filed by the Balochistan Bar Association on the law and order situation in Pakistan’s largest province.

During the hearing, the chief justice said that the court convenes and issues directives but none of those orders are implemented.

He further inquired how the FC could act without oversight from the civilian administration.

Justice Khawaja said that if the constitution is followed then all issues could be resolved.

Earlier during Tuesday’s hearing, Chief Justice Iftikhar directed the Balochistan home department and law enforcement agencies to recover and produce before the court all Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/07/11/balochistan-case-sc-resumes-hearing-3/

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Pakistan’s premier’s aide resigns from Parliament

11 July 2012

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s adviser to the Prime Minister on Interior Rehman Malik, a close aide to President Asif Ali Zardari, resigned from Parliament yesterday amid a controversy about his dual nationality.

The Supreme Court suspended Malik’s membership of the upper house of Parliament, the senate, on June 4 for allegedly running for office while still holding British citizenship.

The court ruling disqualified Malik from his post as interior minister, but he stayed on as the prime minister’s “adviser” on interior affairs.

“I have decided to resign from the Senate and have conveyed my decision to the party leadership. I am willing to fulfil any other responsibility which my party will assign me,” he told reporters in Karachi.

Minutes before Malik’s announcement, a bill was introduced in parliament to do away with the constitutional clause which bars MPs from acquiring foreign nationality.

“I decided to shun my membership because people are attaching the proposed amendment in the dual nationality law with me,” Malik said.

“So I have given up my membership and will now openly campaign for this bill for the sake of 1.2 million fellow overseas Pakistanis.” Malik, elected to the Senate in 2009, had earlier told the Supreme Court he renounced his British citizenship and promised to submit documentary evidence in court.

But a certificate presented to a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry failed to satisfy the judges.

Last month, the Supreme Court temporarily suspended MP Farahnaz Ispahani, the wife of Pakistan’s sacked ambassador to Washington and an adviser to Zardari. She holds dual Pakistani-US nationality.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/pakistan%E2%80%99s-premier%E2%80%99s-aide-resigns-parliament

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As minorities face attacks, Pak MPs seek shield for them

Jul 11, 2012,

ISLAMABAD: Parliamentarians from Pakistan's minority communities on Tuesday complained of killing, robbery and harassment and demanded protection against such incidents.

Speaking in the National Assembly or lower house of parliament, lawmakers Darshan Punshi, Lal Chand and Manwar Lal highlighted several incidents of discrimination with members of the minority Hindu community at Mirpur Khas, Shahdad Kot and Mirpur Mathelo in southern Sindh province. They demanded that the government should take action against those responsible for such incidents.

Darshan was the first lawmaker to raise the issue in the House and referred to the case of one Gul Bahar Shah, a minority citizen of Mirpur Mathelo, who was forced to vacate his house.The PML-N lawmaker said Shah's house was displaced from his house, which was occupied by some influential persons of the area, and demanded an inquiry into the incident.

He also mentioned another incident at Shahdad Kot, where the house of a member of the Hindu community was robbed and a child was shot though no culprit was arrested for the crimes.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/As-minorities-face-attacks-Pak-MPs-seek-shield-for-them/articleshow/14813731.cms

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Arrangements being finalised to set up Sasta Ramazan Bazaars

July 11, 2012,

RAWALPINDI: Arrangements are being finalized to set up 'Sasta Ramazan Bazaars' in Rawalpindi district for the provision of relief to the consumers during the upcoming holy month of Ramazan-ul-Mubarik. According to a city district government spokesman, 14 'Sasta Ramazan bazaars' will be set up in Rawalpindi district. He said the city district government Rawalpindi is finalizing all the arrangements to establish 'Sasta Bazaars' where availability of quality food items on subsidised rates would be ensured. The spokesman said all out efforts in accordance with the special directives of the Punjab chief minister would be made to provide relief to the citizens. He said these bazaars would be set up in Rawalpindi city and cantonment board areas, including at Committee Chowk, Nawaz Sharif Park, Dhoke Kala Khan, Chungi No 22, Chor Chowk and Liaquat Bagh. The citizens will be able to purchase all kitchen items, including flour, sugar, pulses, meat, chicken, onion, potatoes, ghee and other kitchen products at subsidised rates. Besides fresh vegetables, fruits and dates would also be available in these bazaars. He informed that special price control magistrates would be appointed in each bazaar to keep check on the prices and quality of the kitchen items. All possible facilities for the convenience of the citizens would also be provided there. Price magistrates would not only check the rates in 'Sasta Ramazan Bazaars but also in the open market, particularly during Ramazan and those found involved in profiteering would be imposed heavy fines.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\07\11\story_11-7-2012_pg11_6

North America

 

Muslims join US military to kill fellow soldiers, says terrorism expert David Gaubatz

by SHEIKYERMAMI

JULY 11, 2012

Terrorism expert David Gaubatz  is warning of what he perceives as a threat to the U.S. military, and suggesting to lower that danger, Muslims not be allowed to enlist in the ranks.

Chris Gaubatz and his father, P. David Gaubatz, carried out a six-month undercover investigation to document the Islamic group’s ties to the worldwide Muslim Brotherhood, the originator of terrorist groups such as al-Qaida and Hamas.

Terrorism expert warns of Islamic threat within U.S. military

“Muslim Mafia” co-author David Gaubatz said on a recent edition of his counterterrorism radio program that because of a Muslim’s first allegiance to Shariah law, they are ill-fitted for the U.S. armed forces.

Gaubatz said a mosque leader in Knoxville, Tenn., reported many Muslims in the military believe that their fellow soldiers are the “enemy.”

“An Islamic leader at a mosque in Knoxville, Tenn., told me that many of the ‘friendly fire’ incidents were actually murders. He advised many Muslims are joining the military for outstanding training and to fight the enemy (their fellow troops),” Gaubatz said.

He said this alarming trend is the result of a reality that he has uncovered in his research: There are no “moderate” Muslims.

“The simple answer is, Islam itself (through Shariah law) mandates a Muslim to follow Shariah law 100 percent, and no man-made law can be placed before Shariah law,” Gaubatz said.

Full report at:

http://sheikyermami.com/2012/07/11/muslims-join-us-military-to-kill-fellow-soldiers-says-terrorism-expert-david-gaubatz/

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Democracy still ‘preferable’ in Muslim nations, survey says

July 11, 2012,

WASHINGTON: Democracy is still popular in six Muslim-majority countries, over a year after the Arab Spring, and the majority in some countries favors laws based on the Quran, according to a poll published Tuesday.

The first two Muslim-majority nations to overthrow a dictator still “desire” democracy, with some 67 per cent of Egyptians and 63 per cent of Tunisians saying “democracy is preferable,” according to the survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in recent months.

In the rest of the region, 84 per cent of Lebanese and 71 per cent of Turks say “democracy is preferable,” but Jordanians and Pakistanis are less enthusiastic, at 61 and 42 per cent respectively.

Forty-five per cent of Tunisians say the country has improved without ousted 23-year president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, and 42 per cent disagree. Tunisians are still optimistic about the future of their country, with 75 per cent saying the nation’s flailing economy will improve.

Aside from Lebanon, which boasts a large Christian minority, a majority of poll participants across the surveyed Muslim nations feel Islam does and should play a central role in government. Points of view differ across the countries regarding the degree to which Islam should affect policy.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/07/11/democracy-still-preferable-in-muslim-nations-survey-says/

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Al Qaeda supporter pleads guilty to model plane plot

July 11, 2012,

BOSTON: An American al Qaeda supporter plotting to bomb the Pentagon and Capitol using explosives-laden model planes faces 17 years in prison, a federal prosecutor said at the trial Tuesday.

Rezwan Ferdaus, 26, will be sentenced on July 20, after pleading guilty to attempting to destroy the Washington landmarks and seeking to provide material support to terrorists, according to federal prosecutor Carmen Ortiz.

Although he awaits sentencing later this month, Ferdaus has already “agreed to a joint sentencing recommendation of 17 years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release,” a statement from the US Justice Department said.

US judicial authorities said in a statement they would dismiss several other counts against Ferdaus as part of a plea agreement reached in a federal court, following a case in which the suspect fell victim to an FBI sting.

Authorities described Ferdaus as an unmarried physics graduate from Boston’s Northeastern University. The al Qaeda supporter reportedly committed himself to “violent jihad” early last year.

He also apparently possessed a knack for technical work.

A white Playboy bunny graced the tail end of one of three model planes filled with C4 plastic explosives, slated to hit the Pentagon or blow the Capitol’s dome “to smithereens,” Ferdaus was quoted as saying in court files.

The attacks “ought to result in the downfall of this entire disgusting place,” he is alleged to have said of his plot to destroy the US landmarks.

Ferdaus reportedly called his models “small drone airplanes,” according to the FBI’s reports, in an echo of the United States’ contentious drone strikes against suspected militants in countries such as Yemen and Pakistan.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/07/11/al-qaeda-supporter-pleads-guilty-to-model-plane-plot/

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US crafted Pakistan 'apology' to suit allies, opponents

July 11, 2012

In the end it was a meeting in a nondescript conference room in Chicago that finally set in motion the long-awaited US apology to Pakistan last week ending a seven-month impasse over Nato supply routes for the Afghan war.

The meeting in late May followed months of clamoring by Islamabad,

The breakthrough, in which Islamabad reopened supply routes into Afghanistan and Washington yielded to months of Pakistani demands to apologize for the border deaths, was praised as a prelude to improved ties between two nations whose security alliance had lapsed into mutual suspicion and hostility.

After US secretary of state Hillary Clinton's discussions with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari in the cavernous Chicago conference center where world leaders met for a Nato summit, Clinton instructed Thomas Nides, a top deputy back in Washington, to do what it took to find a solution ensuring Nato could once again supply the war in Afghanistan via Pakistan.

At the heart of last week's denouement was a carefully worded statement that allowed the United States to accommodate Pakistani indignation without opening President Barack Obama up to criticism months before presidential polls.

Just as importantly, it aimed to avoid alienating those within Obama's government who had resisted apologizing to a country many in Washington see as acting to subvert US goals in the region, even while accepting massive US aid.

"A lot of people were holding their nose at the White House and the Pentagon at the notion of an apology," a US official said on condition of anonymity.

"The logic was that this was not a full-throated apology but that it was enough of a statement of regret, using terms associated with an apology, to get us across the GLOC finish line," the official said, using the acronym used for the supply routes - or Ground Lines of Communications - that Pakistan shut down after the November 26 border attack.

"It was a semantic high-wire act."

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/NorthAmerica/US-crafted-Pakistan-apology-to-suit-allies-opponents/Article1-886815.aspx

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Nato probes deadly roadside bomb in Afghanistan

July 11, 2012,

WASHINGTON: Nato is investigating if the roadside bomb that penetrated an armored vehicle and killed six US troops at the weekend was a new type of device or just contained more explosives than normal.

Nato’s International Security Assistance Force was “still looking at this incident,” Pentagon press secretary George Little told reporters.

“We’re waiting for their conclusions to come in,” he said.

The death toll from the bombing in eastern Wardak province was the highest for a single incident among American forces since a helicopter crash on January 19, when six troops were killed.

The casualties were unusually high for a roadside bombing attack and officials said it was too soon to say whether the explosive was more sophisticated than the typically crude devices planted by the Taliban, which use ammonium nitrate fertilizer.

Initial indications suggested the bomb was packed with a large amount of explosives but did not reflect a more advanced design, said spokesman Captain John Kirby.

“Right now things are looking like it’s more just the amount of explosive material more than the type,” Kirby told the same press conference.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/07/11/nato-probes-deadly-roadside-bomb-in-afghanistan/

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US downplays Iran ‘positive’ role in Syria

July 11, 2012,

WASHINGTON: The United States insisted Tuesday that it sees no role for Iran in resolving the conflict in Syria, in an implicit rebuff to UN envoy Kofi Annan’s outreach to Tehran.

Annan left Tehran on Tuesday after a visit to drum up support for his UN and Arab League peace plan for Syria, saying Iran could play a “positive role”in ending a crisis that has cost more than 17,000 lives.

In Washington, officials were skeptical, and insisted the situation will not be resolved until Tehran’s Syrian ally President Bashar al-Assad steps down and allows a negotiated political transition.

“I don’t think anybody with a straight face could argue that Iran has had a positive impact on developments in Syria,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters aboard US President Barack Obama’s jet Air Force One.

“We believe it is essential that the international community come together behind the plan, that the plan be implemented, and that the transition that the plan calls for does not include President Assad,” he said.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/07/11/us-downplays-iran-positive-role-in-syria/

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US Senators for release of funds to Pakistan

July 11, 2012, 

WASHINGTON: Pakistan should get $1.1 billion in US funds that have been held up for months now that Islamabad has reopened crucial Nato supply lines to Afghanistan, top Senators said Tuesday.   

A major obstacle to releasing the money was removed last week when Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton apologized to Pakistan for the killing of 24 Pakistani troops last fall and Pakistan, in return, agreed to reopen the overland supply lines to US-led coalition forces.

Congress has already approved the money to reimburse Pakistan for counterterrorism operations, but it has been on hold for some six months.

Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Michigan, a Democrat and one of the panel’s top Republicans, Lindsey Graham, said the money should be released, albeit reluctantly.

”They don’t deserve it. What they’ve done is presumably earned it by the amount of money they’ve laid out in terms of their anti-terrorist activity and protecting our lines,” Levin told a group of reporters.

He said he would vote to approve the release.

The Pentagon intends to submit $1.1 billion in approved requests for reimbursement of money the Pakistan government has spent on counterterrorism operations that were incurred largely along the border.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/07/11/us-senators-for-release-of-funds-to-pakistan/

 

South Asia

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Taliban commander: we cannot win war and al-Qaida is a 'plague'

Julian Borger

11 July 2012

One of the Taliban's most senior commanders has admitted the insurgents cannot win the war in Afghanistan and that capturing Kabul is "a very distant prospect", obliging them to seek a settlement with other political forces in the country.

In a startlingly frank interview in Thursday's New Statesman, the commander – described as a Taliban veteran, a confidant of the leadership, and a former Guantánamo inmate – also uses the strongest language yet from a senior figure to distance the Afghan rebels from al-Qaida.

"At least 70% of the Taliban are angry at al-Qaida. Our people consider al-Qaida to be a plague that was sent down to us by the heavens," the commander says. "To tell the truth, I was relieved at the death of Osama [bin Laden]. Through his policies, he destroyed Afghanistan. If he really believed in jihad he should have gone to Saudi Arabia and done jihad there, rather than wrecking our country."

The New Statesman does not identify the Taliban commander, referring to him only as Mawlvi but the interview was conducted by Michael Semple, a former UN envoy to Kabul during the Taliban era who has maintained contacts with members of its leadership, and served on occasion as a diplomatic back-channel to the insurgents.

Full report at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/11/taliban-commander-interview-afghanistan-al-qaida

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Blogger attack “nothing to do with religious extremism”, Maldives Govt.

By Neil Merrett

July 10th, 2012

The Maldives government has told international media that an attack last month on prominent blogger Ismail ‘Hilath’ Rasheed was the work of “rival gang members”and not religious extremists as alleged by the victim.

Rasheed – a controversial figure in the Maldives for his willingness to tackle taboo subjects, particularly religious tolerance – was left in a critical condition after being stabbed in the neck near his home in Male’ last month.

Having since fled the country, Rasheed has told the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news service that he believed the attack, which literally silenced him temporarily after his trachea was sliced clean through, was conducted by extreme religous elements in the country.

“I was attacked because I advocate secularism. The Islamists want Maldives to remain a 100-percent Islamic country,” he stated in an interview the AFP said was conducted through Twitter and email.

However, the government hit out at the blogger’s accusations when contacted by the AFP, claiming Rasheed was targeted for an attack due to gang rivalry, not because of “religious extremism” or the focus of his blog and journalism.

“He is a member of a gang and had been attacked by rival gang members in the past too. It is unfair to blame this attack on anything else,” President’s Office Media Secretary Masood Imad told the news service.

When contacted by Minivan News today the Maldives Police Service said that investigations were continuing into the case and it was therefore unable to say if there was a specific motive behind the attack.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/hilath-rasheed-attack-%E2%80%9Cnothing-to-do-with-religious-extremism%E2%80%9D-government-claims-40520

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Maldives Islamic Ministry receives Rf14.8 million for mosque repairs

By Mohamed Naahee

July 10th, 2012

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs yesterday announced that Rf14.8 million (US$963,500) has been raised through public contributions to aid repairs of mosques across the country.

The ministry yesterday told media that Rf2, 645,000 (US$171,530) had already been spent on repairs.

Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed stated that the ministry had already begun repair work at 60 mosques as part of wider plans to renovate some 100 mosques around the nation.

Sheikh Shaheem added that additional funds were already on their way, with the ministry expecting to raise over Rf 15 million for the proposed repair work.

Shaheem also stated that the ministry has completed draft legislation designed to regulate the collection of alms (Zakat) and urged the general public to keep paying these funds despite the introduction of taxes.

“I call upon the general public to engage in giving alms. I believe that the existing laws for taxation have a mechanism to deduct the amount from tax money that has been given to alms,” he said. He further added that he would try to ease the procedure of re-imbursement of the money by contacting the relevant authorities.

The Islamic Ministry also revealed that from money collected as alms, Rf26 million has been spent last year to help the poor and the needy.

Shaheem claimed that about 490 parties have been provided with financial assistance from alms money to cover accidental losses and medical costs for procedures such as dialysis.

Aside from the assistance given to the general public, Shaheem also stated that the money collected was used to provide funding for students pursuing higher education both in the country and abroad.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/society/islamic-ministry-receives-rf14-8-million-in-public-donations-for-mosque-repairs-40497

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Six service members killed in Afghanistan: NATO

July 11, 2012

NATO says an explosion has killed six service members in eastern Afghanistan.

The Nato statement said the blast was caused by an improvised explosive device in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday. The statement provided no further details about the attack and did not identify the dead service members. The statement said NATO's policy is to allow "national authorities" to give details about the soldiers.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/afghanistan/Six-service-members-killed-in-Afghanistan-Nato/Article1-886740.aspx

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69 BNP men sent to jail in Sylhet

July 11, 2012,

A Sylhet court on Wednesday sent 69 leaders and activists of BNP and its front organisations to jail in a case filed in connection with deaths of three people in a clash at Biswanath upazila headquarters in Sylhet on April 23.

Court sources said the judge of the additional district and session court passed the order after the accused appeared before the court seeking permanent bail.

Police filed the case against the leaders and activists of BNP and its front organisations after three workers of Jubo Dal and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal were killed in a clash with the law enforcers during a violent demonstration on April 23 protesting disappearance of BNP leader M Ilias Ali.

Earlier, the accused secured a two-month ad interim bail from the High Court in the case.

On April 23, three people were shot dead during the clash between pro-Hartal activists and police at Biswanath upazila town in Sylhet while the opposition leaders and activists brought out the procession in support of a daylong nationwide Hartal called by the BNP for a second consecutive day for getting back its missing leader M Ilias Ali and his driver.

The lawmen fired several hundred tear shells and blank shots as the agitators pelted bricks.

The angry activists vandalised the upazila parisad building, set fire to the official jeep of upazila nirbahi officer and five motor bikes kept in front of the office premises.

60 people were arrested in the two cases filed in connection with that Biswanath clash in which over 8000 people were accused.

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=39008

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China imports Pak mangoes, setback for Indian traders

Saibal Dasgupta,

Jul 11, 2012

BEIJING: China has begun importing Pakistani mangoes with the first major shipment leaving Karachi recently, reports quoting an exporter in Pakistan said.

The move is seen as a setback to Indian exporters, who were hoping that a recent India-China agreement on import of mangoes to China would benefit them. The agreement allowing import of Indian mangoes came after nine years of deliberation on both sides.

The two governments had signed the protocol of phytosanitary requirements for exporting mangoes from India to China during then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's visit to China in 2003."The first shipment of 40 tons of mangoes is being exported to China in two 40 feet containers valued at $60,000," Pakistani media quoted A Q Khan Durrani, chief executive officer of exporting firm, Durrani Associates, as saying.

He said China could soon become the biggest market for Pakistani mangoes.The move comes years after the China government cleared Pakistani mangoes for import. But China has been reluctant to import vast quantities from Pakistan by sea until now. Only small amounts of mangoes are sent through the ,more expensive air route from Pakistan to China. Over 11 countries supply mangoes to China.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/china/China-imports-Pak-mangoes-setback-for-Indian-traders/articleshow/14813244.cms

 

India

 

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India's First Ever Drone To Be Ready For Operations by the End of the Decade

July 11, 2012

India's first ever advanced unmanned combat drone will be ready for Air Force operations by the end of the decade, a feature on The India Today reports.

On May 31, the chief of India's Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) Vijay Saraswat was guest of honour at a little-known aerospace seminar in Linkoping, Sweden, the Indian magazine says.

The missile scientist took a spin in a Swedish Saab Gripen fighter jet, giving local journalists a fun photo-opportunity. But nestled in an elaborate presentation Saraswat later made at the seminar was something that had never been seen before: The first ever design images of an Indian military project that's been officially designated secret, one that neither DRDO nor any other arm of the Ministry of Defence will say anything about.

The pictures were of the Indian Unmanned Strike Air Vehicle (IUSAV), codenamed Aura, an advanced unmanned stealth bomber that resembles classified experimental Cold War aircraft rather than anything India has ever been known to attempt.

While the prospect and development of such an aircraft is enormously complicated, IUSAV is Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=39005

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Maintain decorum: Omar tells Sangma

July 11, 2012

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said opposition-backed Presidential candidate PA Sangma should maintain decorum as he was contesting elections for the highest office of the country.

"Note to Mr Sangma - you are contesting elections to the highest office in the

land, would it hurt you to maintain a measure of decorum?" Omar wrote on the micro-blogging site twitter.com.

Although Omar did not elaborate any further on the issue, the comment was apparently in response to Sangma's reported remarks in Mumbai that Rashtrapati Bhawan was being used as a dumping ground for 'failed' former finance minister Pranab Mukherjee.

"The Raisina Hill is being used as a dumping ground for the failed Finance Minister," Sangma told reporters on Tuesday at Mumbai while mobilising support for his Presidential bid.

Omar's National Conference, which is part of the UPA at Centre and leads the coalition government with Congress in the state, has pledged support for Mukherjee's candidature.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Srinagar/Maintain-decorum-Omar-tells-Sangma/Article1-886916.aspx

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Ek Tha Tiger trailer banned in Pakistan

July 11, 2012,

Salman Khan’s latest stunts in Ek Tha Tiger may have captured the interest of Indian audiences with its teasers, but fans across the border may have to wait. The trailer of Kabir Khan’s much-awaited romantic thriller has been banned in Pakistan.

Confirming the news, Rafiq Gangjee of Yash Raj Films (YRF), which has produced the film, says, “Certain films in the past have shown the country (Pakistan) in a bad light, but unfortunately, we have to pay the price. It’s possibly as a result of this that the theatrical trailer of Ek Tha Tiger has been restrained from being aired in Pakistan.”

With Salman’s huge fan following in the country, Gangjee, is confident that things will shape up soon. “If you see the body of work that YRF and Salman Khan have done, you will appreciate that we would never go down this route.”

So are they pushing for a big screen release in Pakistan? Ganjee says, “We will follow the law of the land and seek an official censor certificate by showing the film to the authorities at the right time. We are confident that there will be no issues after that.”

The film, which releases on August 15, is the story of a Trinity College scientist who is suspected of selling missile technology secrets to Pakistan. Salman, who plays Tiger, a secret agent from India, goes to Dublin to track the professor’s activities. There he falls in love with the professor’s secretary, played by Katrina Kaif.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Entertainment/Bollywood/Ek-Tha-Tiger-trailer-banned-in-Pakistan/Article1-886878.aspx

 

Europe

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New UK immigration law sparked wedding frenzy in Pakistan

By Asif Mehmood

July 11, 2012,

LONDON: New immigration laws imposed by the British government forced frantic British Pakistanis to hold last-minute weddings.

Hundreds of Pakistani families flew back to Pakistan as they were compelled to plead and complete the paperwork before the imposition of tougher immigration laws. Leading immigration lawyers have seen applications for spouse visas treble in the past week due to government's deadline that ended on Monday. The controversial new laws, which have been slammed by migrant groups and lawyers, mean a Briton has to earn a minimum £18,600 to bring his/her overseas partner into the UK. From July 9, if a foreign-born spouse already has children, their British partner has to earn £22,400 or more depending on how many children they have. Spouses from overseas also have to pass the ‘life in the UK test’ and their probation period will be extended from two to five years.

A leading lawyer, Syed Rashid Masood, told Daily Times, “A lot of people who were planning to get married later on have already gone to India and Pakistan to do so, gave up their big budget wedding to get married in a simple ceremony so they can apply. In the rush, people tried to get their overseas spouses to clear the ESOL or IELTS in a record-breaking time and are also collecting their paperwork with great speed. To suddenly introduce a measure like this is unfair of the British government. People have been given less than a month to get married and apply for their spouses.”

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\07\11\story_11-7-2012_pg1_5

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Russia circulates new draft resolution on Syria

July 11, 2012,

A U.N. diplomat says Russia has circulated a draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council that would extend the U.N. observer force in Syria but focus its activities on trying to achieve a political solution to the conflict.

The mandate for the 300-strong monitoring mission expires on July 20, 2012.

The council diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly, said on Tuesday evening that the Russian draft incorporates recommendations from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to redeploy the mission from the field to the capital and focus on promoting a political dialogue.

But the diplomat said the Russian draft needs to be combined with pressure on the parties to end the violence and a more comprehensive approach to address the complex Syrian situation.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article3626536.ece

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Russia sends naval flotilla to Syrian port: report

10 July 2012

MOSCOW: Russia has sent a naval flotilla of six warships led by an anti-submarine destroyer to its naval base at the Syrian port of Tartus, the Interfax news agency reported Tuesday.

The Admiral Chabanenko and three landing craft have left their home port of Severomorsk in the Arctic Circle on their way to the Mediterranean where they will be joined by the Russian patrol ship Yaroslav Mudry as well as an assistance vessel, a military source told the agency.

“The program of the voyage includes a call in the Syrian port of Tartus,” the unnamed source told the news agency.

The source said the trip was taking place in line with the plans of military readiness of the Russian fleet. According to Interfax, the source insisted that the deployment “was not linked to the escalation of the situation in Syria.”

“In Tartus the ships are going to top up on supplies of fuel, water and foodstuffs,” the source said, adding that their deployment in the Mediterranean would last until the end of September.

Russia has been bitterly criticized by the West for failing to cut military ties with Syria despite the conflict between the regime and opposition rebels that has claimed thousands of lives.

http://www.arabnews.com/russia-sends-naval-flotilla-syrian-port-report

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British high commission slammed over unfair refusals for Visa to Pakistanis

By Asif Mehmood

July 11, 2012,

LONDON: The British High Commission in Islamabad has come under severe criticism in a recent report, according to which, a number of visa applications from Pakistan were being refused clearance for failing to provide information which the applicants could not have been aware they needed while submitting their applications.

UK Border and Immigration Independent Chief Inspector John Vine said in his report that despite findings from previous inspections and the issuing of internal guidance, there were still a number of cases where staff failed to retain sufficient supporting documents on file, particularly in settlement cases where entry clearance had been granted. While an increase in the number of verification checks was noted, there were still too many cases where it was felt checks were required but not carried out, the official said. He said the Risk and Liaison Overseas Network (RALON) staff in Islamabad reported they had received only a limited formal training regarding forgery and not all entry clearance officers had completed the mandatory document-fraud course.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\07\11\story_11-7-2012_pg7_8

 

Mideast Asia

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Iran ‘concerned’ over Saudi violence against Shiites

July 11, 2012,

TEHRAN: Iran expressed concern on Tuesday over what it called “violent actions” by Saudi security forces against demonstrators from the country’s Shiite minority, in which two people were killed.

Tehran is “concerned by the violent actions carried out by Saudi forces against religious figures and the population” in the heavily Shiite east of the country, foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmaparast was quoted by state news agency IRNA as saying.

He called on the “Saudi government to respond to the legitimate demands of the population and not use violence.”

Two protesters were killed in overnight clashes with police on Sunday night following the arrest of a prominent Shiite cleric, raising fears of a new wave of unrest in the Sunni-ruled kingdom’s east.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/07/11/iran-concerned-over-saudi-violence-against-shiites/

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Yemen: 2 Escaped Al-Qaida Prisoners Re-Arrested

July 11, 2012,

An Interior Ministry statement issued Wednesday said the two were captured in al-Dhali province and were among five militants who escaped from the prison in the western province of Hodeida on June 26.

It said one of the two, Nasser Ismail Ahmed Muttahar, was detained for taking part in an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa in 2008.

The attack on the embassy's gate, carried out by gunmen and vehicles packed with explosives, killed 19 people including an 18-year-old American woman and six militants. None of those killed or wounded were U.S. diplomats or embassy employees.

It was the deadliest assault on a U.S. embassy in a decade.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/07/11/world/middleeast/ap-ml-yemen.html?ref=global-home

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Blast hits Yemen police academy, 20 dead

AFP | Jul 11, 2012,

SANAA: A suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance of a police academy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday, killing 20 people and wounding dozens more, a security official said.

"The suicide bomber blew himself up at the police academy in Sanaa and killed at least 20 people and wounded dozens," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

He added that most of the casualties were police cadets who were leaving the academy for the weekend.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Wednesday's blast is the second deadliest in the capital since President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi took power in February and pledged to destroy al-Qaida's presence in the country.

The police academy is located near Sabeen Square where on May 21, a Yemeni soldier, packing powerful explosives under his uniform, blew himself up in the middle of an army battalion.

Al-Qaida claimed it was behind that attack that killed more than 100 troops and wounded more than 300 others.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Blast-hits-Yemen-police-academy-20-dead/articleshow/14822076.cms

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Iran foreign minister plays down Hormuz blockade

July 11, 2012,

TEHRAN: Iran’s foreign minister is playing down his country’s threat to close the vital Strait of Hormuz in retaliation for Western sanctions over its nuclear program.   

Ali Akbar Salehi insisted Iran would close off the passage for a fifth of the world’s oil if its own exports are halted, according to the semiofficial Fars news agency, adding, “but I don’t think such a time will ever come.”

Salehi’s comment Tuesday came after the European Union began enforcing a ban on purchase of Iranian oil. EU imports made up about 18 percent of Iran’s oil sales.

The embargo is part of a series of sanctions meant to pressure Iran to halt its uranium enrichment program. The West suspects Iran is aiming to build nuclear weapons. Iran denies that.

http://dawn.com/2012/07/11/iran-foreign-minister-plays-down-hormuz-blockade/

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Israeli settler population surges under Netanyahu

10 July 2012

Since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was elected more than three years ago, the Jewish population in the West Bank has ballooned by 18 per cent, drawing tens of thousands of Israelis to the territory the Palestinians claim as the heartland of a future state, according to figures obtained by The Associated Press.

The rate of growth — nearly twice that of Israel proper— has deep implications for an already moribund peace process. The issue is at the heart of a three-year-old impasse in Mideast peace efforts, and critics say each new settlement home makes it ever tougher for the Israelis and the Palestinians to reach the territorial compromise that would be needed for any agreement.

The rising settler numbers are “consistent with Netanyahu’s commitment to maintain the Israeli control over the Palestinian territories and consistent with his lack of commitment to the establishment of a Palestinian state as part of a two-state solution,” Palestinian government spokesman Ghassan Khatib said.

Israel, which has a population of almost eight million, has long sought to cement its hold on the West Bank by having masses of Jewish settlers live there.

For years, the two sides had discussed the possibility that in a final peace deal, Israel would maintain some settlements while uprooting others. Israel has shown more than once — especially when it removed all of its 8,500 settlers from the Gaza Strip in 2005 — that it can tear down settlements when it thinks the price is worth it.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=/data/middleeast/2012/July/middleeast_July121.xml&section=middleeast

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Gaza presents: 'Prisoners' summer camp'

07.11.12,

Summer fun – Narrow hallways, interrogation rooms painted black, isolation cells and handcuffed mannequins – this is all part of the setting of a new summer camp operated by Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

The Islamic group has been operating summer camps for children in all cities and refugee camps throughout the Strip. This year, the organizers came up with an original theme – "the suffering of the Palestinian prisoners" – allowing children to experience first hand the daily lives of prisoners held in Israel.

Hytham al- Madhun, one of the camp guides, explained that the mock prison set up for the camp is divided into six rooms, each simulating the incarceration conditions of Palestinian prisoners. The first room is an interrogation cell, which is where prisoners are first led once entering the prison. In this room, Madhun describes to the kids "the prisoners' firm resilience in the face of Israeli interrogators' threats and their refusal to admit the charges ascribed to them."

Nothing spells summer fun more than walking on nails (Photo: EPA)

One of the main heroes of the camp is Ibrahim Hamed, who was the head of Hamas' military wing in Ramallah and is responsible for murdering dozens of Israelis. The guides boastfully tell the children how Hamed, who was recently sentenced to 54 life sentences, has continually refused to give his interrogators any information, including his given name.

In the next room, the children get to see what a prisoner's cell looks like, and the guides warn them of Israeli agents who pose as prisoners, trying to get the Palestinian prisoners to talk and admit to their acts. Other rooms include a solitary confinement chamber, a torture den, a room that simulates a prison hospital, and even a small prison courtyard.

Ahmad Rantisi, one of the organizers of the summer camp, said that its goal is to allow children to get a tangible experience of the suffering of Palestinian prisoners, and strengthen their belief in the protection of Palestinian land and the high price that must be paid.

Full report at:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4254113,00.html

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Jordan opens new refugee camp

10 July 2012

Jordan opened a new refugee camp on Tuesday near the border with Syria to accommodate the growing number of people fleeing the deadly violence in the neighbouring country.

Days before the UN refugee agency had appealed to the kingdom to make more room to meet the surge in the cross-border flow.

Authorities here have been reluctant to set up refugee camps, possibly to avoid angering Syrian President Bashar Assad’s autocratic regime by showing images at his doorstep of civilians fleeing his military onslaught against them.

A separate camp, which was to host the UNHCR and the agency’s own tents, was set up months ago in the town of Ribaa Sarhan near the Syrian border, but has remained unused while Syrian refugees stayed in heavily-guarded housing compounds in several towns along the border.

Jordan’s Information Minister Sameeh Maaytah said on Tuesday the new camp in the northern border town of Ramtha had to be set up because Syrian refugees could no longer be absorbed into border communities.

“We had to move quickly to make extra room for the refugees, whose numbers swelled in recent days,” he told The Associated Press.

Since the uprising in Syria broke out in March 2011, Jordan has provided shelter for 140,000 Syrian refugees. Lebanon hosts about 30,000 Syrians and Turkey has taken in tens of thousands of others.

Aid workers have said that a sudden surge of 3,600 refugees last week increased pressure on Jordan, though the numbers tapered off over the weekend because of a Syrian military onslaught that hampered the movement of civilians trying to make their way to Jordan.

The Interior Ministry said as many as 1,000 refugees crossed over each day last week, four times the previous daily average of 250 people. The discrepancy in the numbers could not be immediately reconciled.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=/data/middleeast/2012/July/middleeast_July123.xml&section=middleeast;

 

Arab World

 

Angry Throngs at a Funeral of a Man Killed During Protests, In Saudi Arabia

By KAREEM FAHIM

July 11, 2012,

CAIRO — Thousands of people attended a funeral in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for a man killed during protests in a restive region of the country’s Eastern Province, a show of popular anger that came amid fears of a renewed crackdown on dissent.

Videos posted on social networking sites on Tuesday night showed an avenue filled with rows of chanting mourners. Other videos showed youths throwing incendiary devices at what appeared to be a police car, and rocks at a government building.

Activists said the man, Muhammed el-Filfil, had been protesting the shooting and arrest on Sunday by government security forces of a prominent Shiite cleric in the Qatif region. Mr. Filfil was one of at least two people killed when security forces fired live ammunition at the protesters in the village of Awamiya, the activists said. A government official denied that any such clash had occurred.

The oil-rich Eastern Province, the stronghold of Saudi Arabia’s Shiite minority, has long been a focal point of anger at the rigidly conservative Sunni monarchy, and for Shiite complaints about a policy of entrenched, official discrimination.

Over the last year and a half, fearing the spread of the Arab uprisings, the government, using a mix of money and arms, moved forcefully to quell the discontent in places like Qatif. Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/11/world/middleeast/in-saudi-arabia-thousands-at-funeral-of-protester.html?ref=global-home&gwh=691795DBAD1D3E64FE5BF9DEFFCB1AEE

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Egypt’s president to advance strategic ties in Saudi talks

11 July 2012

Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi will arrive in the Kingdom today on his first official visit abroad since he was sworn in on June 30, signaling that he wants to maintain the long-standing alliance between the two countries.

In a statement on the eve of his visit, Mursi highlighted the strategic relations between his country and Saudi Arabia.

He noted Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah’s support for Arab causes.

He added: “We hold King Abdullah and the Saudi people in high esteem and commend the king’s sincere efforts to strengthen Arab cooperation and ensure the success of Arab causes.”

Mursi said Saudi-Egyptian relations could be used as a model for Arab cooperation.

He added: “We’ll never forget Saudi Arabia’s stances in support of Arab countries. Our relations are getting better.”

He said the two countries would work together for the interest of Arab countries, settle conflicts and strengthen Arab solidarity.

Mursi will hold talks with King Abdullah before going to Makkah for Umrah.

Saudi Ambassador to Egypt Mohammed Al-Kattan said: “President Mursi was careful to make Saudi Arabia his first visit abroad.

“Both leaders will meet to get to know one another and discuss ways to increase trade and investment cooperation.”

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/egypt%E2%80%99s-president-advance-strategic-ties-saudi-talks

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No Arab spring in Syria, only cross-border terror: Envoy

July 11, 2012

New Delhi, (IANS) There was no Arab Spring or revolution in Syria but only “planned and sponsored terror”, the country’s envoy to India said Tuesday.

Talking to women reporters at the India Women Press Corps here, Syrian Ambassador Riad Kamel Abbas also alleged that the US was behind the unrest that has arisen in his nation.

“This is no Arab Spring, it is the winter,” said Abbas.

“Syria is the only country which said no to America on Libya. They are making Syria pay for that. There is no revolution in Syria, it is cross-border terror we are facing,” he said.

Abbas also said that the whole phenomenon called the “Arab Spring” in the region was sponsored by the US to create instability in the region.

“Arab Spring is planned and fabricated, not indigenous. They 9the US) were able to remove the leaders because they were brought by America,” he said adding.

“They cannot remove (Syrian President) Bashar Al Assad because he has the support of the people, he was not made president by America,” he said.

The ambassador also said that Al Qaeda was behind the terror that was spreading, and US was supporting it.

Full report at:

http://nvonews.com/2012/07/11/no-arab-spring-in-syria-only-cross-border-terror-envoy/

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Syria’s Qusayr prepares for Ramadan under siege

July 11, 2012,

QUSAYR: In Syria’s rebel-held city Qusayr, which has been besieged by government forces for months, the shelves are empty and the market practically destroyed as residents prepare for a difficult Ramadan.

“There are only 50 grocery stores still standing in the whole of Qusayr, and their shelves are empty,” sighs merchant Nadim, with the annual fasting month just days away.

Of Qusayr’s original 30,000 residents, most have fled and just 10,000 remain. Regime troops have relentlessly bombarded the besieged city in the central province of Homs near the Lebanese border.

The army has destroyed most of the town market, and the siege has cut off all the main supply lines. Any food supplies that do make it into Qusayr have to be smuggled in.

“Ramadan starts in 10 days and the situation is bound to get worse,” says Nadim, concerned that supply lines may be hit.

During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk and strive to be more pious and charitable. Families traditionally share generous evening meals to break their fast.

But this year, for those trapped in Qusayr, hope is fast waning amid the violence and food shortages.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/07/10/syrias-qusayr-prepares-for-ramadan-under-siege/

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Lebanon bolsters army presence

10 July 2012

The Lebanese on Tuesday began sending troop reinforcements to the border with Syria after deadly attacks in the region, an army spokesman told AFP.

“Yes, we have started to reinforce our troops, and the operation will take us a week to 10 days to complete,” the spokesman said on condition of anonymity.

The cabinet decided on Monday evening to dispatch army reinforcements to the border area in the north, after a series of frontier incidents in recent months, some of them deadly.

Syrian troops and armed men traded gunfire overnight in the border area and shells fell inside Lebanon, wounding civilians, the army said earlier.

The official Syrian news agency SANA confirmed the violence and said on Tuesday that troops foiled attempts by “armed terrorist groups” to infiltrate the border from Lebanon during the night.

The latest incident took place two days after clashes and blasts killed two people in the area.

France on Tuesday condemned Syrian shelling of areas of northern Lebanon and said it backed Lebanese plans to boost its military presence along the border.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=/data/middleeast/2012/July/middleeast_July118.xml&section=middleeast

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Dr Shaikh Yusuf Estes named Islamic Personality of 2012

Ahmed Shaaban

10 July 2012

Dr Shaikh Yusuf Estes, an American Muslim preacher who reverted from Christianity to Islam in 1991, has been named the Islamic Personality of 2012 by the 16th session of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award for spreading the teachings of Holy Quran, and for his services to Islam, Muslims and humanity.

Making the announcement at the Cultural and Scientific Association in Dubai on Monday, Ibrahim Bu Melha, Chairman of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award, said: “Dr Shaikh Yusuf Estes, born in 1944, is often featured as guest presenter and keynote speaker at various Islamic events. He frequently appears on various Islamic satellite TV channels, in addition to his personal websites yusufestes.com and islamtomorrow.com.”

Several scholars, scientists, presidents and institutions have won the Islamic Personality Prize over the past 15 sessions. The first winner was Late Shaikh Mohammed Metwally Al Shaarawy of Egypt in 1997 while the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, was the last winner in 2011.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=/data/newsmakers/2012/July/newsmakers_July13.xml&section=newsmakers

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UAE PM orders 250 new houses for Emiratis in Hatta

11 July 2012

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, ordered the Dubai Municipality on Tuesday to build 250 houses for Emiratis in Mushrif area of Hatta.

Shaikh Mohammed gave the order during an inspection tour of Hatta, where he viewed various services rendered to citizens by different government departments and bodies.

Shaikh Mohammed began his tour with a visit to Hatta Hospital where he was received by Director-General of Dubai Health Authority (DHA) Qadhi Saeed Al Murooshid, Director-General of Hatta Hospital Saif Al Wali and other hospital staff. Shaikh Mohammed attended a briefing by the DHA director-general on the medical and healthcare services being provided to citizens at the hospital.

At Hatta Municipality, Shaikh Mohammed was briefed by Dubai Municipality’s Director-General Engineer Hussain Nassir Lootah about the services rendered by the civic body to citizens as well as the service and development projects being implemented by the municipality to provide decent standards of living to the UAE citizens.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=data/government/2012/July/government_July39.xml&section=government

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UN envoy presses Syrian peace plan with Iran, Iraq

Jul 11, 2012,

BAGHDAD: The UN's special envoy on the Syrian crisis sought to build support for his peace efforts Tuesday with the leaders of Iran and Iraq, saying President Bashar Assad has agreed to a plan to quell the bloodshed in the most violent areas of Syria and then expand the operation to the whole country.

Top diplomat Kofi Annan said at a news conference in Iran that the plan still must be presented to the Syrian opposition. But he said his talks with Assad a day earlier focused on a new approach to ending the violence, which activists say has killed more than 17,000 people since March 2011.

``(Assad) made a suggestion of building an approach from the ground up in some of the districts where we have extreme violence -- to try and contain the violence in those districts and, step by step, build up and end the violence across the country,'' Annan told reporters in Tehran, his first step on a tour of Syria's allies. He did not elaborate on the plan.

Annan later visited Iraq and met Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to discuss ways to end the fighting.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/UN-envoy-presses-Syrian-peace-plan-with-Iran-Iraq/articleshow/14815477.cms

 

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Libya's Jibril has vote lead, Islamists say not beaten

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian and Hadeel Al-Shalchi

Jibril's National Forces Alliance headed for a landslide win in the eastern district covering the towns of Tobruk and Derna, seen as a hardline Islamist stronghold, suggesting his support was broader than urban areas such as the capital Tripoli.

However Western-educated Jibril's gains do not automatically translate into dominance of the 200-seat national assembly which is set to choose a prime minister and cabinet before setting the stage for full parliamentary elections in 2013.

Candidates on party lists have only been allotted 80 seats, meaning they will be outnumbered by independent candidates whose allegiances are hard to pin down.

"With our own numbers we are almost certain that we have the majority in the independent seats," said Mohammed Sawan, the head of the Justice and Construction Party, the political wing of Libya's Muslim Brotherhood.

"Maybe the final result will show that Justice and Construction is the leading party," he told Reuters.

Libya's first free national vote in six decades has been hailed as a success by observers despite election-day violence that claimed at least two lives.

Analysts say Jibril has benefited from his prominence as one of the main figures of last year's uprising to end 42 years of dictatorship under Muammar Gaddafi, and is perceived by many Libyans as a safe pair of hands for rebuilding the economy.

Full report at:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/11/us-libya-elections-idUSBRE86A0DD20120711

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Sudan: Freed Guantanamo Prisoner Returns Home

July 11, 2012,

Ibrahim al-Qosi, in his 50s, was taken by a U.S. Air Force aircraft to Khartoum airport, Omdurman radio said. He was greeted by his father and brother on his arrival and told the station that he had a difficult time in "unfair detention in the infamous Guantanamo prison."

Al-Qosi was taken to Guantanamo in 2002, one of the first terror suspects to be sent there.

He pleaded guilty in July 2010 to supporting terrorism by providing logistical support to al-Qaida and was sentenced to 14 years, all but two of which were suspended by the Pentagon legal officer overseeing Guantanamo tribunals. The suspension was contingent on a number of conditions, including that Al-Qosi not engage in "hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners."

Al-Qosi did not receive credit for the more than eight years he had spent at Guantanamo before his conviction.

The U.S. Embassy in Khartoum could not be reached for comment.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/07/11/world/middleeast/ap-ml-sudan-us.html?ref=global-home&gwh=AEBBAEF687794CE229C9525B2233A263

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Mali Islamists destroy tombs at ancient Timbuktu mosque

10 JULY 2012

The Islamists controlling northern Mali on Tuesday  destroyed two tombs at the ancient Djingareyber mud mosque in Timbuktu, an endangered world heritage site, witnesses said.

“Currently the Islamists are busy destroying two tombs of Timbuktu’s great Djingareyber mosque. They are shooting in the air to chase away the crowd, to scare them,” one witness said.

“The two mausolea are adjacent to the western wall of the great mosque and the Islamists have hoes, chisels, they are hitting the mausolea which are made out of packed earth,” said a source close to the mosque’s imam.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/world/79638-mali-islamists-destroy-tombs-at-ancient-timbuktu-mosque.html

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