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PPP, MQM, ANP Say Elections A Battle between Forces ‘For and Against’ Taliban

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

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Pakistan

PPP, MQM, ANP say elections a battle between forces ‘for and against’ Taliban

Eight detained Ahmadis now under arrest in Lahore

At least four militants killed in Orakzai

Pakistan military angered by treatment of Musharraf: Reports

Parties on ‘hit list’ resolve to defy terrorists

Targeting militants: Balochistan operation commences today

Maulana Sami ul Haq says voting a religious obligation

 

North America

Female DNA on bomb puts Tamerlan's wife under lens

Barack Obama acknowledges rising hate crimes against Muslim, Hindu, Sikh in American society

US asks India, Pakistan to restrain their nuclear, missile programmes

Obama defends FBI over handling of Boston suspect

Guantanamo detention camp needs to be closed: Barack Obama

Most Muslims want sharia law, split on interpretation: Study

 

Southeast Asia

Seventy-Two Percent of Indonesian Muslims Favour Shariah Law

Aceh Political Candidates Fail Quran Test

Aceh’s controversial flag is legal, Constitutional Court chief says

Christians protest ‘Allah house’ billboards, want EC action

 

South Asia

Civil servants of Maldives march for International Labour Day

Roadside explosion kills 3 British soldiers, 9 Afghans

Myanmar: Anti-Muslim violence kills 1, injures 9

Helmand high peace council chief killed in Taliban attack

Islamic Front threatens Hartal in Chittagong if Hefazat men not held    

Anti-terrorism act being changed to deal with Hartal violence 

Bangladesh workers vent fury on May Day, disaster toll may top 500

Myanmar Muslims face uncertain future after attacks

 

India

J&K cops find Hizb posters warning women on dress code

Release Sarabjit or send him to third country for treatment: India to Pakistan

Amnesty allows former Kashmir militants to come home

India hires 3 law firms to legalize workers in Saudi Arabia

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan: Islam does not permit extremism

Sarabjit Singh slips into non-reversible coma: Official sources

Pak Taliban's capability to strike at will worrisome: Antony

Indian in Pak to rescue FB friend goes missing

 

Arab World

At least 15 killed in Iraq bomb blasts, warnings of a full-blown sectarian conflict

Car bomb in Baghdad Shiite suburb kills 4

Wave of Iraq violence kills 460 in April

Syria’s friends won’t let Assad regime fall: Hezbollah

Assad makes rare public appearance

Syria hackers target British newspaper

No visa hiring fees for disabled citizens of Jeddah

Food poisoning hits Al-Azhar

 

Europe

Kazakh Prez says nothing critical likely to happen after NATO exit

Bomb kills two in Russia's Dagestan

Pope condemns Bangladesh 'slave labour' after tragedy

 

Africa

French forces arrest jihadist convert in Mali: Army

Rights group warns of ‘cover up’ in Nigeria bloodbath

Tripoli: 170 prisoners flee Libyan prison

Anti-Gaddafi gunmen surround second Libya ministry

 

Mideast Asia

Israel PM: Root of Palestinian conflict ‘not territorial’

 

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Pakistan

 

PPP, MQM, ANP say elections a battle between forces ‘for and against’ Taliban

2013/05/01

KARACHI: The leaders of PPP, MQM and ANP on Wednesday called upon ulema and scholars to issue a fatwa against terrorism and termed the elections as a battle between forces which were for and against the Taliban. They also expressed apprehensions as to whether elections in the current circumstances could be held in a free and transparent manner.These three parties which are considered progressive have been facing terrorist attacks recently forcing them to restrict their election campaigns. Dozens of political activists from PPP, MQM and ANP have been killed in these attacks.PPP’s Rehman Malik, MQM’s Farooq Sattar and ANP’s Shahi Syed addressed a news briefing in Karachi on Wednesday.In an apparent reference to PML-N and PTI, they questioned why some political parties have been given freedom to carry out their election activities while others have become constant target for the extremists. They said a conspiracy was being hatched to ensure that right wing parties come to power in the May 11 elections. They urged the people to support them in the polls and defeat the “nefarious designs of extremists and terrorists”.MQM’s Farooq Sattar said progressive parties were being prevented from actively participating in election campaigns. “The election campaign is being dictated by the Taliban and not the Election Commission,” he asserted.The leaders of PPP, MQM and ANP welcomed the remarks of  General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani that the war against terrorists was Pakistan’s war.

http://dawn.com/2013/05/01/ppp-mqm-anp-say-elections-a-battle-between-forces-for-and-against-taliban/

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Eight detained Ahmadis now under arrest in Lahore

May 1, 2013

LAHORE: Eight Ahmadi men, including a prayer leader, detained by police for two days, were on Tuesday booked on charges of blasphemy and terrorism.

Gulshan Ravi police had detained seven Ahmadi men after raiding a building on Sunday. The police had tried to placate a group of protesters led by some clerics by registering an FIR under Section-452 of the Pakistan Penal Code (trespass) against an unidentified person.

On Tuesday they registered an FIR against the detained men on the complaint of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Ulema and Mushaikh Wing Joint Secretary Abdul Aziz under section 295-B of the PPC (defiling the Quran) and Section-11W of the Anti Terrorism Act (printing, publishing, or disseminating material to incite hatred).

This is the second such incident this month in Lahore. Earlier an FIR was registered under Sections 295-B, 295-C of the PPC and Section-11W of the Anti Terrorism Act on April 12 at Islampura police station.

Aziz, the complainant, said he was not a witness to the trespass.

The seven Ahmadis who had been detained by police on Sunday were nominated in the FIR. Aziz alleged that some men had entered Usman’s house during the day. As Usman’s family shouted upon seeing them, they turned away and entered a neighbouring building, later found out to be an Ahmadi place of worship. Aziz said a book one of the men had been carrying fell on the ground. It was found to have contained blasphemous content.

Aziz told The Express Tribune that he was a PML-N office bearer. While the FIR nominated eight men who had been detained earlier, Aziz said, he would pressure the police into arresting 15 other Ahmadis who had been present at the place of worship.

Muhammad Hassan Muavia, spokesperson of the Khatam-i-Nabuwat Lawyers Forum, told The Express Tribune that the Forum had succeeded in getting an FIR registered against the Ahmadis. He said the police did not seem keen on prosecuting the Ahmadis but had been successfully pressured into registering the FIR.

He said police had requested the protesters not to nominate five of the seven Ahmadis in police custody, but they had not agreed. “We carried weapons in … Police took away two of our pistols even though we had licences for them,” said Muavia.

Jamaat-i-Ahmadiya Pakistan Spokesperson Saleemudin said the anti-Ahmadiya movement in Lahore was active and strong since attacks on two of their places of worship on May 28, 2010. He said the anti-Ahmadiya elements. He said they enjoyed tacit government support and were guilty of violating human rights.

He said the elements, who have been propagating hatred against the Ahmadiya community, had also attacked a place of worship in Gulshan Ravi. The police, instead of helping them, had branded innocent Ahmadis as terrorists.

“When the mob tried to attack the place, the people inside did not open the door. They called police who then arrested Ahmadis,” Saleemudin said.

The caretaker government, too had turned a blind eye to the anti-Ahmadiya activities in the city, he said.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/542718/religious-freedom-eight-detained-ahmadis-now-under-arrest/

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At least four militants killed in Orakzai

2013/05/01

ORAKZAI: Fighter jets on Wednesday targeted insurgent hideouts in the Orakzai tribal region, killing four militants and destroying two hideouts.

The militants and their hideouts were targeted in Upper Orakzai’s Asmat Khana region with the help of jet fighters.

Moreover, security forces also foiled a sabotage bid in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s capital and seized a huge cache of explosives along with arresting two suspects.

In another operation, security forces seized a huge quantity of explosives from a house in the Urmar area on the outskirts of Peshawar. During the operation, two suspects were taken into custody.

Police feigned ignorance over the operation saying it may have been carried out by the security forces.

http://beta.dawn.com/news/795024/at-least-four-militants-killed-in-orakzai

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Pakistan military angered by treatment of Musharraf: Reports

Reuters | May 1, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's powerful army chief has suggested the military is unhappy with how authorities have treated former army chief and president Pervez Musharraf since his return from exile.

A Pakistani court on Tuesday imposed a lifetime ban on Musharraf from contesting elections, undermining his efforts to regain influence by winning a seat in parliament.

The former army chief returned in March after nearly four years of self-imposed exile to contest a May 11 general election, but election officers disqualified him because of court cases pending against him.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-military-angered-by-treatment-of-Musharraf-Reports/articleshow/19815170.cms

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Parties on ‘hit list’ resolve to defy terrorists

2013/05/01

KARACHI: A day after the PPP, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and the Awami National Party declared that they would not leave the electoral ground to militants and their political wings, the three parties alleged on Tuesday night that they were being compelled to boycott the May 11 elections.

Senator Shahi Syed of the ANP, Rehman Malik of the PPP and Dr Farooq Sattar of the MQM addressed a joint press conference at the MQM’s ‘Nine Zero’ headquarters.

While Dr Sattar said that conspiracies were being hatched to hijack the elections and democracy, Mr Malik told the press conference these conspiracies were actually aimed at disintegrating Pakistan.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/05/01/parties-on-hit-list-resolve-to-defy-terrorists/

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Targeting militants: Balochistan operation commences today

 May 1, 2013

QUETTA: Balochistan Home Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani has said that a 15-day targeted operation by the army and Frontier Corps against the armed militants will commence today (May 1) in different parts of the province.

“It can be launched anytime and anywhere,” he told The Express Tribune on Tuesday, and added, “We will take every necessary step to provide a safe, secure and conducive political atmosphere for politicians, election contenders, political workers and voters.”

The operation will be taken against all proscribed organisations, including the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), the Balochistan Republican Army (BRA), the Balochistan Liberation Front (BLA), the United Baloch Army (UBA), the Lashkar-e-Balochistan (LB) and “all those who are involved in subversive activities to sabotage the election process,” Durrani said.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/542872/targeting-militants-balochistan-operation-commences-today/

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Maulana Samiul Haq says voting a religious obligation

 May 1, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Voting isn’t just a democratic duty, but a religious one as well. This is what Maulana Samiul Haq, the head of Darul Uloom Haqqania, said while strongly rejecting the Taliban’s view of voting as being ‘un-Islamic’.

“Voting is an important Islamic Shariah. Refusing to cast votes is equivalent to concealing evidence and Islam calls upon giving evidence. Islam deems all those who conceal evidence to be guilty”.

Maulana Samiul Haq, considered to be the teacher of many Afghan and Pakistan Taliban, said that asking people to boycott elections was an ‘unwise approach’ that the banned militant outfits were using.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/542905/maulana-samiul-haq-says-voting-a-religious-obligation/

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North America

 

Female DNA on bomb puts Tamerlan's wife under lens

Michael S Schmidt & Serge F Kovaleski, NYT News Service | May 1, 2013

BOSTON: Federal authorities are closely scrutinizing the activities of the wife of the dead Boston Marathon bombing suspect in the days before and after the attacks.

The authorities are looking at a range of possibilities, two senior law enforcement officials said, including that she could have - wittingly or unwittingly - destroyed evidence, helped the bombers evade capture or even played a role in planning the attacks. As part of the investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents are trying to determine whether female DNA found on a piece of a pressure cooker used as an explosive device in the attacks was from Katherine Russell, the wife of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the officials said.

One of the officials said a fingerprint had also been found on a bomb fragment and that investigators had tried to collect DNA and fingerprint samples from several people whom the authorities are scrutinizing in addition to Russell.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Female-DNA-on-bomb-puts-Tamerlans-wife-under-lens/articleshow/19811566.cms

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Barack Obama acknowledges rising hate crimes against Muslim, Hindu, Sikh in American society

 May 01 2013

Washington: US President Barack Obama has acknowledged that over the last decade, a number of people from the South Asian origin – particularly those from Hindu, Muslim and Sikh communities – have been subject to hate crimes in the country.

"In the last decade, South Asian Americans – particularly those who are Muslim, Hindu, or Sikh – have too often faced senseless violence and suspicion due only to the colour of their skin or the tenets of their faith," Obama said in a proclamation to declare May as the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month.

The President further noted that with irrepressible determination and optimism, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have prevailed over adversity and risen to the top of their fields – from medicine to business to the bench.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/barack-obama-acknowledges-rising-hate-crimes-against-hindu-sikh-in-american-society/1110078/

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US asks India, Pakistan to restrain their nuclear, missile programmes

PTI | May 1, 2013

WASHINGTON: Expressing concern over the continuing build-up of nuclear weapons in South Asia, the US has asked India and Pakistan to restrain their atomic and missile programmes and play a positive role in the global non-proliferation community.

"The United States remains deeply concerned by the dangers posed by the continuing build-up of nuclear weapons and their delivery systems in South Asia," Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Non proliferation Thomas Countryman said in his address to the 2015 Review Conference of the States Parties to the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in Geneva on Monday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/US-asks-India-Pakistan-to-restrain-their-nuclear-missile-programmes/articleshow/19816234.cms

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Obama defends FBI over handling of Boston suspect

PTI | May 1, 2013

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama has defended the FBI on its investigations related to the suspected Chechen-origin Boston bombers, even as he praised Russia for its co-operation in the probe into the attacks.

"I think that all our law enforcement officials performed in an exemplary fashion after the bombing had taken place. We should be very proud of their work, as obviously we're proud of the people of Boston, all the first responders and the medical personnel that helped save lives," Obama told reporters at a White House news conference.

19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the lone-surviving suspect of the Boston Marathon bombings which claimed three lives and wounded over 250, has been charged with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Obama-defends-FBI-over-handling-of-Boston-suspect/articleshow/19809172.cms

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Guantanamo detention camp needs to be closed: Barack Obama

Reuters | Apr 30, 2013

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama vowed on Tuesday to make a new push to close the Guantanamo detention centre, where about 100 inmates are on hunger strike, saying it was damaging to US interests to keep holding prisoners there in legal limbo.

Human rights groups have long been critical of the 12-year-old camp for foreign terrorism suspects, and their concern has intensified in recent weeks. Some of those on hunger strike are being force-fed at the camp at the US naval base in Cuba.

Obama, who repeatedly vowed to close the camp, which now holds 166 detainees, when he was campaigning for a first term and when he first took office in 2009, said he would re-engage with lawmakers to find a way to shut the facility and make good on an unkept promise.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Guantanamo-detention-camp-needs-to-be-closed-Barack-Obama/articleshow/19806114.cms

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Most Muslims want sharia law, split on interpretation: Study

AFP | May 1, 2013

WASHINGTON: A majority of Muslims around the world want sharia law to be implemented in their countries but are split on how it should be applied, a Pew Research Center study has found.

A comprehensive study titled "The World's Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society" conducted between 2008 and 2012 focused on 38,000 people in 39 countries and territories drawn from a global Muslim community of 2.2 billion people.

A solid majority of Muslims, notably in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, were in favour of sharia — traditional Islamic law — being adopted as the law of the land.

The percentage of those in favour of sharia being implemented as their country's law varied from eight per cent in Azerbaijan to 99 per cent in Afghanistan.

The study revealed many Muslims were in favour of applying sharia in the private sphere to settle family or property disputes.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Most-Muslims-want-sharia-law-split-on-interpretation-Study/articleshow/19816637.cms

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Southeast Asia

 

Seventy-Two Percent of Indonesian Muslims Favor Shariah Law: Pew Forum

By Arientha Primanita & Ethan Harfenist

May 1, 2013

Despite being touted as the Muslim world’s largest democracy, a new survey released by the Pew Research Center on Tuesday revealed that 72 percent of Indonesia’s Muslim population would favor an Islamic legal code as the “official law of the land” if given the option.

The survey, which focused on 39 countries and interviewed 38,000 people, found that most followers of the world’s second-largest faith want their religion to shape not only their personal lives, but also their social and political interactions as well.

According to the CIA World Factbook, Indonesia is home to roughly 216 million Muslims, or 86.1 percent of the country’s population.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/seventy-two-percent-of-indonesians-favor-shariah-law-pew-forum/

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Aceh Political Candidates Fail Quran Test

By Nurdin Hasan

 May 1, 2013

Banda Aceh. Dozens of legislative candidates vying for the 81 seats in the Aceh provincial legislature in the 2014 general election have flunked a Quran proficiency test — one of the requirements under a local bylaw for running for public office.

Akmal Abzal, a commissioner with the Aceh Independent Elections Commission (KIP), said that 42 of 1,231 people from 12 political parties failed the test.

“There were only three political parties whose members all passed the Quran proficiency test 100 percent,” Akmal told the Jakarta Globe on Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/aceh-political-candidates-fail-Quran-test/

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Aceh’s controversial flag is legal, Constitutional Court chief says

Ina Parlina

 May 01 2013

Akil, a former Golkar Party lawmaker, said the use of the GAM symbol as Aceh’s provincial flag was in line with the 1945 Constitution. “The Constitution stipulates that our national standard is the red-and-white flag. However, it also recognizes special regions, such as Papua and Yogyakarta,” he said, adding that Aceh had the right to use regional symbols, including a flag, insignia and hymn as stipulated by Law No. 11/2006 on Aceh Government.

Akil made the statement following a meeting on Tuesday with Aceh Governor Zaini Abdullah, regarding the matter, which had raised the hackles of political leaders in Jakarta.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/05/01/aceh-s-controversial-flag-legal-constitutional-court-chief-says.html

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Christians protest ‘Allah house’ billboards, want EC action

May 1st, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, May 1 ― Pictures of provocative election campaign billboards painting churches as usurpers of “Allah” have spread online and sparked a storm among Christians as political parties and their supporters appear to pull out all stops in their desperate sprint for Putrajaya with polls four days away.

The Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) issued a strongly-worded statement today recording their outrage at what they call a “despicable and heinous” anti-Christian message on election campaign boards and demanded the Election Commission act swiftly to douse the sparks of such religious fear-mongering from catching fire once more.

“These fears are real given the recent history of Church burnings and threats to burn the Bible in Bahasa Malaysia.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/article/allahs-house-billboards-make-christians-see-red-ec-called-to-act/

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South Asia

 

Civil servants of Maldives march for International Labour Day

By Minivan News | May 1st, 2013

Civil servants in the Maldives began a march around the Maldives at around 6:00am this morning, calling for workers’ rights.

The small group, carrying placards, started outside the government offices at Velaanaage and concluded at the Artificial Beach in Male’.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) will mark Labour Day by encouraging employees to attend office in traditional Maldivian dress tomorrow, local media reported.

http://minivannews.com/category/news-in-brief

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Roadside explosion kills 3 British soldiers, 9 Afghans

 May 01, 2013

Three British soldiers have been killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, Britain's defence ministry said on Wednesday, in the deadliest single attack on the British military there in more than a year.

Nine Afghans were also killed in Tuesday's explosion that hit the soldiers' vehicle while it was on a routine patrol in Nahr-e Saraj district in the southern province of Helmand.

Another six British soldiers were wounded in the blast, which occurred two days after the Islamist Taliban movement launched its spring offensive, saying it would target foreign military bases and diplomatic areas.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/afghanistan/Roadside-explosion-kills-3-British-soldiers-9-Afghans/Article1-1053170.aspx

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Myanmar: Anti-Muslim violence kills 1, injures 9

AP | May 1, 2013

OKKAN, MYANMAR: Buddhist mobs hurling bricks overran a pair of mosques and torched more than 100 homes in central Myanmar, killing one person and injuring at least nine more in the latest anti-Muslim violence to shake the Southeast Asian nation.

Terrified Muslim families who fled the assaults around Okkan, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) north of Yangon, could be seen late Tuesday hiding in forests along roads and crouching in paddy fields afterward. Some, in a state of shock, wept as their houses burned in the night and young men with buckets futilely tried to douse the flames.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Myanmar-Anti-Muslim-violence-kills-1-injures-9/articleshow/19814537.cms

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Helmand high peace council chief killed in Taliban attack

By MIRWAIS ADEEL - 01 May 2013

According to local authorities in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, Taliban militants ambushed the convoy of deputy provincial governor on Wednesday leaving head of the high peace council dead.

A local security official speaking on the condition of anonymity said the incident took place around 11am local time while deputy provincial governor Massoud Bakhtawar and head of the high peace council Malem Shahwali were on their way towards the Greshk district.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/helmand-high-peace-council-chief-killed-in-taliban-attack-1386

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Islamic Front threatens Hartal in Ctg if Hefazat men not held    

May 1st, 2013

Islamic Front Bangladesh yesterday threatened to enforce a half-day Hartal in Chittagong on May 5 if law enforcers fail to arrest Hefazat-e Islam activists who attacked a shrine and a mosque in Hathazari upazila.

Leaders of the Islamist organisation made the announcement at a press conference in Chittagong Press Club.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/islamic-front-threatens-hartal-in-ctg-if-hefajat-men-not-held/

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Anti-terrorism act being changed to deal with hartal violence 

May 1st, 2013

The government is amending the anti-terrorism act to make it harsher and to address all forms of terrorism, including hartal violence, the law minister said yesterday.

“Any kind of violence is terrorism,” Barrister Shafique Ahmed told newspersons at his office. “The amendment is aimed at suppressing acts and finance of terror.”

Indiscriminate vandalism, damage to property and violence before and during the hartal day is not a political right, he said, adding that the government would not obstruct any political rallies and demonstrations.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/anti-terrorism-act-being-changed-to-deal-with-hartal-violence/

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Bangladesh workers vent fury on May Day, disaster toll may top 500

AFP | May 1, 2013

DHAKA: Tens of thousands of Bangladeshis joined May Day protests Wednesday to demand the execution of textile bosses over the collapse of a factory complex, as rescuers warned the final toll could be more than 500.

Despite calls by the prime minister for "cool heads", tensions over the country's deadliest industrial disaster showed little sign of abating and there were fears of more violence and vandalism at textile mills.

Workers holding red banners and flags chanted "Hang the killers, Hang the Factory Owners" as they took to the streets of Dhaka at the start of a series of nationwide demonstrations during the public holiday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Bangladesh-workers-vent-fury-on-May-Day-disaster-toll-may-top-500/articleshow/19817243.cms

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Myanmar Muslims face uncertain future after attacks

2013/05/01

The fresh unrest was the first reported since late March, when similar Buddhist-led violence swept the town of Meikthila, further north in centrally Myanmar, killing at least 43 people.

They slept terrified in the fields, watching their homes burn through the night. And when they returned on Wednesday, nothing was left but smouldering ash and debris.

One day after hundreds of rampaging Buddhists armed with bricks stormed a clutch of Muslim villages in the closest explosion of sectarian violence yet to Myanmar’s main city, Yangon, newly displaced Muslims combed through the wasteland where their houses once stood, facing a suddenly uncertain future. Unable to go home, many were too fearful of more attacks to leave.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/myanmar-muslims-face-uncertain-future-after-attacks/article4673591.ece

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India

 

J&K cops find Hizb posters warning women on dress code

M Saleem Pandit, TNN | May 1, 2013

SRINAGAR: The J&K police have recovered Hizbul Mujahideen's posters from north kashmir's Sopore town asking women to observe dress code besides warning against "waywardness, rising moral degradation" and working for the Army.

"We warn those young boys and girls who propagate immorality and work for the Army as informers,'' read one of the posters.

The posters warned women to keep away "from latest fashion, tight clothes and observe dress code'' without specifying anything and warning of dire consequences if they do not follow the diktat.

Various outfits have been issuing diktats to women in Kashmir, but they have never heeded such warnings

Separately, Rashtriya Rifles soldiers detected and defused 11-kg IED at Shalteng near Srinagar during routine checking to facilitate VIP convoy movement.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/JK-cops-find-Hizb-posters-warning-women-on-dress-code/articleshow/19811605.cms

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Release Sarabjit or send him to third country for treatment: India to Pakistan

IANS | May 1, 2013

NEW DELHI: Expressing concern at death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh's deteriorating condition, India has proposed to Pakistan to send him to a third country for "proper treatment" and said "every endeavour" should be made to save his life.

"We are concerned at the condition of Shri Sarabjit Singh indicated by reports made available by doctors treating him in Jinnah Hospital," said a statement issued here by the external affairs ministry.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Release-Sarabjit-or-send-him-to-third-country-for-treatment-India-to-Pakistan/articleshow/19819331.cms

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Amnesty allows former Kashmir militants to come home

Rehabilitated extremists are grateful for the opportunity to reunite with their families, but reintegrating into normal civilian life in Kashmir remains a challenge for them.

By Adil Akhzer for Khabar South Asia in Bandipora, Kashmir

May 01, 2013

Ghulam Mohammed Khan, from north Kashmir's Bandipora district, was a teenager when he crossed the Line of Control (LoC) in June 1992, bent on taking up arms as an insurgent. But he soon grew disillusioned with violent extremism.

"I was 17 when I went to Azad Kashmir (Pakistan-held Kashmir) through Gurez sector in Bandipora," Khan told Khabar South Asia. "Along with my friend I joined a militant training camp there. However, after two months, I left the camp and began working in a bakery shop in Muzaffarabad."

Full report at:

http://khabarsouthasia.com/en_GB/articles/apwi/articles/features/2013/05/01/feature-02

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India hires 3 law firms to legalize workers in Saudi Arabia

1 May 2013

The Indian government has hired three legal firms to start assisting distressed Indian workers in the Kingdom, according to India’s Minister of Overseas Affairs Vayalar Ravi.

The minister said that Saudi Arabia has assured India it will tackle the issue of irregular Indian expatriate workers with “a humanitarian approach.”

Addressing a press conference here yesterday following his talks with Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Salem, deputy minister of interior, Ravi said the talks focused on a range of labour issues. “What is happening in Saudi Arabia is a natural consequence (of local laws), and the Kingdom’s labour policy is non-discriminatory … we will exert all efforts to legalize the status of our workers,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/450035

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Maulana Wahiduddin Khan: Islam does not permit extremism

By Altaf Ahmad for Khabar South Asia in New Delhi

May 01, 2013

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan of India is known worldwide for his teachings on modern Islam, non-violence, and interfaith harmony. He has authored more than 200 books, including, most recently, "The Prophet of Peace" and "Jihad, Peace and Inter-Community Relations in Islam". An expert in religious affairs, Khan lectures on several popular television channels.

Born in Uttar Pradesh in 1925, he has received numerous national and international awards, including the Padma Bhushan, India's third-highest civilian honour, the National Integration Award, the Communal Harmony Award, and the National Citizen's Award, and many others.

Full report at:

http://khabarsouthasia.com/en_GB/articles/apwi/articles/features/2013/05/01/feature-01

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Sarabjit Singh slips into non-reversible coma: Official sources

PTI | May 1, 2013

LAHORE: Indian national Sarabjit Singh, severely injured in a brutal assault last week, has slipped into a "non-reversible" coma and doctors in a hospital here are struggling to save his life, official sources said on Wednesday.

The deterioration in Sarabjit's condition could lead to "brain death", the sources said.

His measurements on the Glasgow Coma Scale, which indicates the levels of consciousness and damage to a person's central nervous system, had dropped to a "critical level", the sources said.

A source said Sarabjit's heart is beating "but without brain function" because of the extensive head injuries he sustained when he was assaulted by prisoners at Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore on Friday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Sarabjit-Singh-slips-into-non-reversible-coma-Official-sources/articleshow/19816782.cms

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Pak Taliban's capability to strike at will worrisome: Antony

PTI | Apr 30, 2013

NEW DELHI: The capability of Pakistani Taliban to strike at will at strategic targets is "worrisome", defence minister A K Antony said on Tuesday.

Addressing the Unified Commanders' Conference, he said that military leadership should factor in the growing stock of Pakistani nuclear weapons to evolve an overall strategy towards country's western neighbour.

"The capability of Pakistani Taliban to strike at will at innocent public and strategic targets is worrisome," he said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pak-Talibans-capability-to-strike-at-will-worrisome-Antony/articleshow/19805789.cms

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Indian in Pak to rescue FB friend goes missing

By Qaswar Abbas in Islamabad

May 1, 2013

LAW enforcement agencies in Pakistan are trying to trace an Indian man who allegedly reached Pakistan by crossing the porous Pakistan- Afghanistan border in a bid to rescue his Facebook friend whose parents wanted her to marry against her will.

Hamid Ansari, a 27- year- old resident of Mumbai, was in touch with a Pakistani girl, a resident of Kohat, one of the well-established cities in Pakistan’s war- hit province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. After he failed to get a Pakistani visa, the young man reached Kabul on November 4, 2012, on a 90- day tourist visa and allegedly crossed the border to reach Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Arab World

 

At least 15 killed in Iraq bomb blasts, warnings of a full-blown sectarian conflict

Reuters | May 1, 2013

BAGHDAD: At least 15 people were killed in a series of bomb blasts across Iraq on Wednesday, police and medics said, following a sharp increase in violence that has prompted warnings of a full-blown sectarian conflict.

Violence in Iraq has increased as the civil war in neighbouring Syria puts a strain on fragile relations between Sunni and Shia Muslims. Tensions are at their highest in Iraq since US troops pulled out more than a year ago.

A suicide bomber wearing an explosives vest detonated himself in the midst of a group of government-backed Sunni fighters who were collecting their salaries east of the city of Falluja, killing six, police sources said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/At-least-15-killed-in-Iraq-bomb-blasts/articleshow/19820243.cms

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Car bomb in Baghdad Shiite suburb kills 4

AP | May 1, 2013

BAGHDAD: Iraqi officials say a car bomb in a Shiite suburb of Baghdad has killed four people and wounded 12 others.

Two police officers say the parked car bomb went off early morning today in Hussainya and killed four civilians.

They added that 12 others, including four policemen who were in a nearby checkpoint, were wounded.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Car-bomb-in-Baghdad-Shiite-suburb-kills-4/articleshow/19817576.cms

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Wave of Iraq violence kills 460 in April

 May 01, 2013

Violence in Iraq rose sharply in April, killing 460 people according to AFP figures, as May started off with attacks that left 13 people dead Wednesday, including six police and four anti-Qaeda fighters.

The majority of the April deaths came during a wave of unrest that began near the end of the month when security forces moved on Sunni anti-government protesters in north Iraq, sparking clashes that killed 53 people.

Dozens more people died in subsequent violence that included revenge attacks on security forces, raising fears of a return to the all-out sectarian conflict that cost tens of thousands of lives in Iraq from 2006 to 2008.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/restofasia/Wave-of-Iraq-violence-kills-460-in-April/Article1-1053297.aspx

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Syria’s friends won’t let Assad regime fall: Hezbollah

30 April 2013

BEIRUT: The chief of powerful Lebanese Shiite Muslim party Hezbollah, a close Damascus ally, said on Tuesday that Syria’s friends would not let the embattled regime of President Bashar Assad fall.

“Syria has true friends in the region who will not allow Syria to fall into the hands of the United States, Israel and ‘takfiri’ groups,” Hassan Nasrallah said in a television broadcast, referring to Sunni Muslims fighting to overthrow Assad.

http://www.arabnews.com/news/449956

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Assad makes rare public appearance

2013/05/01

Syria’s state television says President Bashar Assad has made a rare public appearance, visiting a Damascus power station on May Day the day after a powerful bomb hit the capital.

The Wednesday broadcast showed brief clips of Mr. Assad speaking to workers at what it said was the Umayyad Electrical Station in the Tishrin Park district.

At least 14 people were killed in the blast. It was the second attack in the heart of the capital, Assad’s seat of power, in two days.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/assad-makes-rare-public-appearance/article4673614.ece

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Syria hackers target British newspaper

PTI | May 1, 2013

LONDON: One of Britain's leading left-wing newspapers, the Guardian, has reported that its Twitter feeds have been targeted in a cyber attack by Syrian hackers.

The Guardian newspaper said the Syrian Electronic Army had claimed responsibility for an attack on its Twitter accounts over the weekend. "We are aware that a number of Guardian Twitter accounts have been compromised and we are working actively to resolve this," a Guardian news and media spokesperson said on Monday.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/Syria-hackers-target-British-newspaper/articleshow/19811521.cms

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No visa hiring fees for disabled citizens of Jeddah

1 May 2013

All citizens with disabilities are exempt from paying visa fees for expatriates they want to recruit, according to an official at the Local Council for the Development of Jeddah.

The council meeting was presided over by Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed who urged the relevant authorities to provide quality services for all persons living with a disability.

The secretary of the council, Mohammed bin Hamza Ein Aldeen, explained that a subsidy and specially equipped cars for about 24,988 people with disabilities have already been provided.

In addition, people with special needs are exempt from paying visa recruitment fees. So far, 4,666 people with disabilities have applied for this service, he said.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/450022

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Food poisoning hits Al-Azhar

1 May 2013

CAIRO: At least 161 students have been hit by food poisoning at Cairo’s prestigious Al-Azhar University, in the second such incident this month, prompting President Muhammad Mursi to call yesterday for an investigation.

The Health Ministry said the students had been hospitalized after eating tuna salad served on Monday at the university’s canteen.

Mursi called for an investigation by the ministries of health and education, the presidency said.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/449973

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Europe

 

Kazakh Prez says nothing critical likely to happen after NATO exit

May 01 2013

Astana, Kazakhtan : Amid concerns in central Asia following the proposed withdrawal of American and NATO troops from Afghanistan in 2014, Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has rejected all the “catastrophic theories” doing the rounds.

At the recently concluded Eurasian Media Forum 2013 in Astana, Nazarbayev said that the issue of regional security was very relevant for the central Asian region.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/kazakh-prez-says-nothing-critical-likely-to-happen-after-nato-exit/1109855/

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Bomb kills two in Russia's Dagestan

2013/05/01

A bomb exploded in a busy shopping area in the capital of the restive republic of Dagestan, killing at least two people, according to Russian police.

A spokeswoman for the republic’s Interior Ministry, Fatina Ubaidatova, said an undetermined number of people was also injured in Wednesday’s explosion. She did not have details on the force or construction of the bomb.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/bomb-kills-two-in-russias-dagestan/article4673579.ece

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Pope condemns Bangladesh 'slave labour' after tragedy

 May 1, 2013

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned as “slave labour” the conditions for hundreds of workers killed in a factory collapse in Bangladesh and urged political leaders to fight unemployment in a sweeping critique of “selfish profit”.

The pope said he had been particularly struck by a headline saying workers at the factory near Dhaka were being paid just $50 a month.

“This is called slave labour!” the pope was quoted by Vatican radio as saying in his homily at a private mass in his residence to mark May Day.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/543000/pope-condemns-bangladesh-slave-labour-after-tragedy/

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Africa

 

French forces arrest jihadist convert in Mali: Army

AP | May 1, 2013

PARIS: The French military spokesman says French forces in Mali have arrested a French citizen who converted to Islam, took on the jihadist cause and threatened France in a video last fall.

Col Thierry Burkhard said on Tuesday that Gilles Le Guen was arrested this week north of Timbuktu, the fabled city which had been his base for some two years.

Burkhard says the military was interrogating Le Guen, thought to be in his 40s, but would hand him over shortly to Malian forces. He could eventually be expelled to France.

Le Guen appeared in a video last fall wearing a black turban and assault rifle at his side, threatening France if it intervened in Mali to chase out religious radicals. France sent troops to Mali in January.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/French-forces-arrest-jihadist-convert-in-Mali-Army/articleshow/19811497.cms

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Rights group warns of ‘cover up’ in Nigeria bloodbath

2013/05/01

LAGOS: Human Rights Watch on Wednesday released satellite images showing massive destruction in the Nigerian town of Baga, voicing concern that the military has “tried to cover up” abuses that should be investigated by the International Criminal Court.

The clashes between soldiers and Boko Haram Islamists sparked massive fires that left nearly half the town destroyed.

The Red Cross has said that 187 people were killed in the fighting, while an area senator put the death toll at 228.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/05/01/rights-group-warns-of-cover-up-in-nigeria-bloodbath/

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Tripoli: 170 prisoners flee Libyan prison

May 01, 2013

Some 170 prisoners escaped on Tuesday from a prison in Libya's Sebha, some 800 km from Tripoli, Xinhua reported citing an official. Abobker Hamza, Sebha's local council spokesman, said the escape took place after a dispute among the prisoners turned into chaos.

So far, some of the prisoners have turned themselves in and some have been hunted down, while a large number of them remain at large, Abobker noted.

The local council members have met with Ramadan Barrasi, military governor of southern Libya, to discuss ways to deal with the incident, he added.

The Sebha prison witnessed four escapes in two months due to the deteriorating security situation in the city.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/africa/Tripoli-170-prisoners-flee-Libyan-prison/Article1-1053048.aspx

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Anti-Gaddafi gunmen surround second Libya ministry

AFP | May 1, 2013

TRIPOLI: Gunmen demanding the sacking of former officials of the ousted Gaddafi regime surrounded the justice ministry on Tuesday, widening a campaign that began with a siege on the foreign ministry, an official said.

"Several armed men in vehicles equipped with anti-aircraft guns surrounded the ministry of justice," spokesman Walid Ben Rabha said.

"They asked the minister and staff present to leave their offices and close the ministry."

An AFP photographer saw more than 20 pick-up trucks loaded with machineguns, anti-aircraft weapons and rocket launchers, saying they had blocked access to the building.

Dozens of gunmen making the same demand have kept the foreign ministry under siege since Sunday, paralysing its work.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Anti-Gaddafi-gunmen-surround-second-Libya-ministry/articleshow/19810447.cms

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Mideast Asia

 

Israel PM: Root of Palestinian conflict ‘not territorial’

2013/05/01

JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that an Israeli withdrawal would not bring peace with the Palestinians because the heart of the conflict was their refusal to recognise Israel as a Jewish state.

His remarks came a day after the Arab League announced moves to revive and modify its 2002 peace initiative, drawing praise from Washington and from Israel’s chief peace negotiator Tzipi Livni but no official response from the Israeli government.

“The root of the conflict is not territorial. It started a long time before 1967,” Netanyahu said in a meeting with foreign ministry officials, referring to the year Israel seized Gaza, the West Bank and east Jerusalem during the Six-Day War.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/05/01/israel-pm-root-of-palestinian-conflict-not-territorial/

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