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Islamic World News ( 17 Jun 2010, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Qaeda militants ‘holed up’ near Delhi

French tennis star says she is proud to be a Muslim

2000 killed in Kyrgyzstan: Interim prez

Somalia's government orders probe into child soldiers

Islamic world confidence in Obama is slipping: poll

'Iran could fire hundreds of missiles at Europe'

Birmingham stops camera surveillance in Muslim areas

Pak minister Kaira stresses Ulema’s role in fighting terrorists

Six of a family attempt suicide in Karachi

Al-Qaeda’s Harem

India gives Pakistan 11th dossier on Mumbai attacks

J&K separatists protest against human rights violations

Britain bans Islamic preacher Zakir Naik

Shaikh Mohammed’s poem on Gaza shakes conscience

Not just $1tn, Afghan ores worth $3tn,says minister

Hindu community in Pak's northwest demands basic rights

Muslim community reacts to honour killings

Press Pakistan to bring Mumbai accused to book: Indian MPs to US

Pakistani among two militants killed in Kashmir

UN backs Philippines amid row with church on sex education

Iran Tests Iraqi Resolve at the Border

Hypocrisy of Pak, US gets exposed

South Punjabi anger in Pak feeds militants

Is that story really newsworthy for the Arab media? 

Israel's easing of Gaza blockade is 'cosmetic'

Who is responsible for the plight of these women?

Al-Qaida in Iraq claims deadly central bank attack

Assad says Israeli raid raises war risk

CAIR tells US to allow Muslim American back home

Govt committed to emancipation of women: Gilani

Faisal Shahzad charged in NY bomb bid

18th amendment reflects public wishes: PM

Afghanistan hands over 14 missing personnel

No more Pakistanis in Osh: Foreign Office

World must accept Pakistan as nuclear power: Gen Majid

Minorities in Fata seek right of domicile

Baby gasping for life 

Egypt’s ‘invisible’ child workers focussed in rare study

Two killed in separate incidents in Balochistan

Prophet should be teachers’ role model, says AIOU VC

Woman attempts suicide along with five children

Pakistan mindful of lopsided regional arms race: CJCSC

250 students still trapped in Kyrgyzstan

Saudi Holy Sites Train to carry signs in?7 languages Habib Shaikh

Many countries support military action on Iran

Haj pilgrims face accommodation crisis

N-deal with Pak could hit ties, India cautions China

Top cleric seen tipping Iraq's political balance

Indonesia to ‘learn' from India's defence sector

Salafism and Sufism- is there real conflict?

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Qaeda militants ‘holed up’ near Delhi

By Akash Vashishtha

Jun 18, 2010

US WARNINGS of al- Qaeda militants sneaking into India seem to have come true.

Intelligence inputs gathered by sleuths in New Delhi reveal that a group of 140 militants have already crossed over into India from Pakistan.

The militants reportedly intend to target Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati.

Besides, the Commonwealth Games and Kanwar pilgrims are also their targets.

Starting from Karachi, the men sailed across the Arabian Sea and landed on the coasts of Goa and Gujarat on February 23.

The militants then formed small groups and headed in different directions for targeting various locations across the country.

Of these 140 al- Qaeda militants, a group of 12 left for Moradabad on April 14 after visiting Ajmer. This module is suspected to have taken shelter around the Garhmukteswar stretch in Ghaziabad.

US defence secretary Robert Gates, during his India visit on January 20, had warned the country about the possibility of terror strikes engineered by the outfit.

On February 10, in his first direct message to India, Mustafa Abu al- Yazid, the commander of the al- Qaeda operations in Afghanistan, warned it of “more Mumbaistyle terror strikes”, saying its economic interests would be targeted if it retaliated against Pakistan.

The Union home ministry had apprised all state DGPs about the infiltration and asked them to maintain vigil.

In response to the inputs, the Uttar Pradesh DGP sent letters to a string of top officers on May 13, asking them to be on the guard. The DGP also directed the Ghaziabad police to locate the militants and sought a report from the police’s local intelligence unit about the network’s presence, a source said.

The unit, in its report, admitted to the presence of the militants hiding in the district and assured the DGP that it would gather more inputs about them. “We had received this information and have been working on it. We are tracking down the militants carefully,” a senior policeman said.

SSP Ghaziabad Raghbir Lal said: “This is an internal matter. We are treading with caution.” But DIG Meerut zone Chandra Prakash seemed to have taken the letter lightly. “What’s new in it? We keep receiving such letters. We forwarded this information to all the district superintendents,” he said.

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French tennis star says she is proud to be a Muslim

Jun 18 2010

London, Jun 18: French tennis star Aravane Rezai, the 18th women’s seed at Wimbledon, is proud to be a Muslim and the fact that both of her parents are Iranian. 

Rezai, 23, has even represented Iran at the Women’s Islamic Games twice.

She overcame lack of family money and initial racism from France’s tennis authorities to become the country’s sporting golden girl and equally, is now an inspiration for Muslim women around the world.

“There are a few but not too many Muslim women in sport. Sania Mirza, who is Indian, also plays tennis but I am the first from a Persian background,” The Sun quoted Rezai, as saying.

“I am proud to represent Muslim women. I know I am a model for other girls and if I can give them power or any help to improve their life that is good. I am here and I want to show on court I am a fighter. I fight for my personal life and I fight for my tennis career. They are two things,” she said.

“I have two passports. When I play for France people said ‘she is Iranian not French’. I am proud to be half-Iranian and that is why I have a necklace from Iran around my neck at all times. Yet I play tennis for France, the country where I grew up.

“So many people ask me whether I prefer France or Iran . I say: ‘do you ask a mother which son she prefers?’ I love both countries,” Rezai said.

“I have made a lot of sacrifices in my life and I feel stronger than so many other players. I have a different character. I am very strong. I like to fight on the court. It comes from my double culture.

“Unfortunately I am not a practising Muslim but when I have finished my tennis career, I will be,” she added.

Copyright Asian News International/DailyIndia.com

http://www.dailyindia.com/show/381729.php

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2000 killed in Kyrgyzstan: Interim prez

Jun 18, 2010

OSH (Kyrgyzstan): Kyrgyzstan's interim president said on Friday that the death toll from the ethnic clashes that have rocked the country's south could be near 2,000, as she made her first visit to a riot-hit city since the unrest broke out.

Kyrgyz Health Ministry officials figures put the number of killed in rampages led mainly by ethnic Kyrgyz against Uzbeks at 191.

``I would increase by ten times the official data on the number of people killed,'' Interim President Roza Otunbayeva said, according to her spokesman, Farid Niyazov. She said current figures don't take into account those buried before sundown on the day of death, in keeping with Muslim tradition, according to the spokesman.

The United Nations said as many as 1 million people may need aid in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, including the potential number of refugees, internally displaced, host families and others that may suffer in one way or another from the unrest.

UNICEF spokeswoman Christiane Berthiaume said the figure was an estimate to help agencies plan how much aid they need to prepare. She says the actual number of people in need may be turn out to be higher or lower.

The aid agencies say those uprooted by the unrest most urgently need food, water, medicine and shelter

Otumbayeva arrived early on Friday by helicopter in the central square of Osh, a city of 250,000 where the violence began late last week. Parts of the city have been reduced to rubble by roving mobs of young Kyrgyz men who burned down Uzbek homes and attacked Uzbek-owned businesses.

The United Nations estimates that 400,000 people fled the country's south.

``We have to give hope that we shall restore the city, return all the refugees and create all the conditions for that,'' she said.

She insisted good will between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks would end hostilities.

Up to 100,000 people have crossed the nearby border into neighboring Uzbekistan where they are getting food and water in specially created camps. Thousands more remain camped out in squalid conditions on the Kyrgyz side of the border, unable to cross due to Uzbek restrictions.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake, who was visiting a refugee camp in Uzbekistan about five kilometers (3 miles) from the Kyrgyz border, called for an investigation into the violence and said he was working to ensure the refugees would be able to return home safely.

At one camp in Uzbekistan, in a former polymer plant near the Kyrgyz border, Blake was swamped by throngs of crying refugees, mainly older woman and children, complaining they were desperate to return home but too fearful of fresh attacks to do so.

``We ... believe there should be an investigation,'' he said, an Uzbek interpreter at his side. ``We are working with the government of Kyrgyzstan to provide security so you can return home safely,''

Blake, who was accompanied by two-dozen-strong security detail, appeared to be conducting his own probe, asking the refugees if they thought the violence had been organized, as the United Nations and Kyrgyz authorities have suggested.

``Yes, of course it was organized, it all happened so unexpectedly,'' answered one refugee, Nasiba Mamyrdzhanova, from Osh. ``We didn't have any weapons, only sticks,'' said the refugee, wearing a traditional Uzbek long-sleeved dress with a bright headscarf.

Kyrgyz authorities have said the violence was sparked deliberately by associates of Kurmanbek Bakiyev, the president who was toppled in April in a bloody uprising. The U.N. has said the unrest appeared orchestrated but has stopped short of apportioning blame.

Ethnic Uzbeks on Thursday accused security forces of standing by or even helping ethnic-majority Kyrgyz mobs as they slaughtered people and burned down neighborhoods. Col. Iskander Ikramov, the chief of the Kyrgyz military in the south, rejected allegations of troop involvement in the riots but said the army didn't interfere in the conflict because it was not supposed to play the role of a police force.

The military and police set up roadblocks and began patrols this week after the worst violence was over.

Uzbeks interviewed by Associated Press journalists in Osh said that on one street alone, ethnic Kyrgyz men sexually assaulted and beat more than 10 Uzbek women and girls, including some pregnant women and children as young as 12.

Members of the Kyrgyz community have denied accusations of brutality and have accused Uzbeks of raping Kyrgyz women. Eyewitnesses and experts say many Kyrgyz were killed in the unrest, but most victims appear to have been Uzbeks, traditional farmers and traders who speak a different Turkic language and have been more prosperous than the Kyrgyz, who come from a nomadic tradition.

More than 1 million Uzbeks who lived in Kyrgyzstan before the crisis had few representatives in power and pushed for broader political and cultural rights. About 800,000 of them lived in the south, rivaling Kyrgyz in numbers in Osh and Jalal-Abad. Both ethnic groups are predominantly Sunni Muslim.

Meanwhile, in Bishkek, the capital, human rights advocates were gathering in the center to demand authorities probe the alleged arrest of their colleague in the southern city of Jalal-Abad, who said he had filmed rioting that spread there.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Rest-of-World/2000-killed-in-Kyrgyzstan-Interim-prez/articleshow/6063698.cms

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Somalia's government orders probe into child soldiers

By MALKHADIR M. MUHUMED

Jun 17, 2010

NAIROBI, Kenya: Somalia's president has ordered an investigation into reports that the Somali army is recruiting children in its fight against powerful Islamic insurgents, a decision welcomed by rights groups on Thursday.

The recruitment of child fighters in Somalia is on the rise. The country's continuous violence appears to have increased recruiting efforts of young fighters, minors who can easily be indoctrinated.

Human rights groups and media outlets have been reporting about the existence of child soldiers in Somalia for years.

The Associated Press reported in May that militants are increasing their use of the child soldiers, but that government forces also have minors in their ranks. The New York Times reported this week that the Somali government is using child soldiers and noted that the military is funded in part by the United States.

Somali President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed said late Wednesday that he had ordered his army chief to conduct an investigation of the use of child soldiers and report back to him in a month.

"The president also instructed the army to demobilize any underage recruits without delay," a government statement said.

A Somali human rights group estimated that thousands of child soldiers are used by both the government and Islamist militias like Al-Shabab. Ali Yasin Gedi of Elman Peace and Human Rights Center welcomed the government's announcement.

"It is a victory for us, human rights groups, that called time and time again to demobilize children," said Gedi.

"Our children have borne the burden of the conflict in this country far too long." Ahmed, in his announcement, also asked the international community to provide his cash-strapped government with the resources it needs to deal with about 100,000 armed militiamen of all ages in the country.

Ahmed accused Al-Shabab militants of "intentionally and many times forcefully" enlisting underage children.

Children make up the bulk of Somalia's estimated 7.5 million residents.

Gedi said Al-Shabab's recruitment of children may partly stem from a lack of willing adults alienated by the group's extremist views. But the government is also so desperate for fighters that it has been reluctant to kick out gun-carrying children from its ranks.

"The only chance open for the children in Somalia is to join the army — be they the government's or its enemies'," Gedi said. "The children get excited whenever recruitment opportunities beckons, because they don't have any other opportunities." The UN believes that children as young as nine are being targeted and often taken through force or deception.

On Wednesday, the Security Council approved a presidential statement urging the UN's most powerful body to consider tough measures — including possible sanctions — against countries and insurgent groups that recruit child soldiers and violate international law on the rights and protection of children in armed conflicts.

In a recent report, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon accused both Somalia's government and its enemy, Al-Shabab Islamist militants, of trying to maim or kill children by putting them in the line of fire.

Somalia has not had a functioning government since clan-based warlords toppled dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991 and then turned on each other, sinking the Horn of Africa nation into chaos.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article67747.ece

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Islamic world confidence in Obama is slipping: poll

Jun 17, 2010

WASHINGTON: A year after President Barack Obama sought a new beginning with the Islamic world in a speech from Cairo, confidence in the US leader has dropped sharply in many Muslim countries, according to surveys released on Thursday.

US favorability ratings in allies Egypt, Turkey and Pakistan hover at about 17 percent, while confidence in Obama in those three countries was 33 percent, 23 percent and 8 percent respectively, surveys by the Pew Global Attitudes project found.

Obama's favorability ratings in each of the Muslim countries fell between 2009 and 2010 as his plans for advancing the Middle East peace process stalled and he continued ahead with wars in two Muslim countries: Afghanistan and Iraq.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article67756.ece

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'Iran could fire hundreds of missiles at Europe'

18 June 2010

 WASHINGTON - US intelligence has shown Iran could launch an attack against Europe with “scores or hundreds” of missiles, prompting major changes to US missile defenses, Pentagon chief Robert Gates said on Thursday.

President Barack Obama in September cited a mounting danger from Iran’s arsenal of short and medium-range missiles when he announced an overhaul of US missile defense plans.

The new program, called the “phased adaptive approach,” uses sea and land-based interceptors to protect NATO allies in the region, instead of mainly larger weapons designed to counter long-range missiles.

“One of the elements of the intelligence that contributed to the decision on the phased adaptive array was the realization that if Iran were actually to launch a missile attack on Europe, it wouldn’t be just one or two missiles or a handful,” Gates told a senate hearing.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/June/middleeast_June525.xml&section=middleeast

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Birmingham stops camera surveillance in Muslim areas

Paul Lewis

Jun 18, 2010

Project halted after Guardian exposed use of 200-plus cameras in predominantly Muslim areas for counterterrorism

 An automatic numberplate recognition camera to the right of a conventional CCTV camera in the mainly Asian area of Sparkbrook in Birmingham. Photograph: Andrew FoxA project to spy on two Muslim areas in Birmingham using more than 200 CCTV cameras has been dramatically halted after an investigation by the Guardian revealed it was a counterterrorism initiative.

Bags are being placed over the cameras, recently installed in the neighbourhoods of Washwood Heath and Sparkbrook, to reassure the community their movements are not being monitored while a “full and in-depth consultation” takes place.

Full report at:

http://mmabbasi.wordpress.com/2010/06/17/birmingham-council-and-cops-stops-spying-on-muslims/

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Pak minister Kaira stresses Ulema’s role in fighting terrorists

June 17, 2010

 ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira Thursday urged religious scholars to play their role for changing mindset of the people to end terrorism and extremism from the society.

Addressing the participants of a condolence reference arranged on the first death anniversary Shaheed Dr. Sarfaraz Naeemi here at National Press Club he said, “Extremism has turned into a monster and the entire nation and Ulema will have to fight united to purge country of extremist organisations and reform mindset of the people.”

He opined that Ulema and religious scholars can play key role in fighting terrorist and extremist elements in the country.

He viewed the extremism as the biggest challenge confronting the nation, stressing the conscious efforts to reverse the tide.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/6-17-2010/66897.htm

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Six of a family attempt suicide in Karachi

18 Jun, 2010

KARACHI: A woman tried to commit suicide with her four teenage daughters and a six-year-old son in Safoora Goth on Thursday by consuming sleeping pills due to domestic problems.

Although all six members of the family survived due to timely treatment, the incident came as a grim reminder of Wednesday’s episode in Lahore where a rickshaw driver committed suicide after allegedly poisoning his three little daughters and wife in Shahpur Kanjran locality of Chuhng. Only the 40-year-old man’s wife survived the suicide attempt.

“The woman named Samina with his four daughters and a son was taken to a nearby hospital by the neighbors from where we got the call,” said an official at the Sachal police station. “We found them unconscious but gradually turning better after the first aid. They are residents of flat 308 in Ghazyani Arcade near Safoora Chowrangi in Scheme 33.”

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/six-of-a-family-attempt-suicide-860

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Al-Qaeda’s Harem

Jun 18 2010

The Saudi female Al-Qaeda operative Hayla Al-Qassir, known as "Um al-Rabab", stirred quite a controversy when she claimed to be one of the most active operatives in recruiting, preaching and funding for the terrorist organization, three months after her arrest by Saudi security authorities, notes Abdul Rahman Al-Rashid for Asharq Alawsat.

Although Al-Qassir's identity was previously kept under secrecy by the authorities, allegedly to preserve her reputation and the name of her family, Al-Qaeda recently released an audio tape on Al-Arabiya revealing her name in an attempt to rally members of the organization “to carry out crimes such as kidnapping princes, assassinating state officials and bombing buildings until [her] released.”

Full report at:

http://www.layalina.tv/publications/review/PR_VI.12/article6.html

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India gives Pakistan 11th dossier on Mumbai attacks

Jun 18, 2010

NEW DELHI: On the eve of the meeting of Foreign Secretaries, India on Friday handed over the eleventh dossier to Pakistan containing response to points raised by Islamabad over the Mumbai terror strikes and providing "additional information" on those involved in the attacks.

"The Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan was called in the afternoon and handed over a set of responses to the six dossiers received from Pakistan on April 25, 2010 on the Mumbai terror attacks," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vishnu Prakash said.

The dossier was handed over Tuesday by Y K Sinha, Joint Secretary in-charge of Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan, to Pakistan's Deputy High Commissioner Riffat Masood.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-gives-Pakistan-11th-dossier-on-Mumbai-attacks/articleshow/6064070.cms

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J&K separatists protest against human rights violations

Jun 18, 2010

SRINAGAR: Separatists on Friday launched a peaceful campaign against "unabated" human rights violations by courting arrest and staging a peaceful sit-in at two places here.

While Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) commenced its fill-the-jail campaign with over 40 persons courting arrest at Lal Chowk , chairman of hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani and his supporters staged a peaceful hour-long dharna at Magarmalbagh.

Shortly after Friday prayers, supporters of JKLF took out a procession from the party headquarters at Maisuma to Lal Chowk, where party Chief Mohammad Yaseen Malik and over 40 others presented themselves for the arrest.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/JK-separatists-protest-against-human-rights-violations/articleshow/6064186.cms

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Britain bans Islamic preacher Zakir Naik

Jun 18, 2010

LONDON: Britain has banned controversial Indian Islamic televangelist Zakir Naik, who once claimed that "every Muslim should be a terrorist," from entering the country, citing his "unacceptable behaviour".

Home Secretary Theresa May said 44-year-old Naik would not be allowed to enter the country under laws that can exclude anyone who writes or publishes material that can "foment, justify or glorify terrorist violence".

Indian television preacher Naik was due to give a series of lectures at arenas in Wembley and Sheffield.

May said the doctor was being excluded because repeated comments attributed to him was evidence of his "unacceptable behaviour".

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Britain-bans-Islamic-preacher-Zakir-Naik/articleshow/6064154.cms

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Shaikh Mohammed’s poem on Gaza shakes conscience

18 June 2010

Obviously very moved and hurt by the Israeli attack on the Gaza peace flotilla and equally disturbed by the lack of concerted response to the barbaric attack on civilians, His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has published a poem on Thursday criticising Israel’s blockade and urging the Arabs to come to the aid of the captive territory.

His views on issues of regional importance have been always forceful and committed but the lyrical words of this poem hark back to Greek and Roman verse and even the title is reflective of Homer’s Iliad and the siege of Troy.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2010/June/theuae_June486.xml&section=theuae

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Not just $1tn, Afghan ores worth $3tn, says minister

Jun 18, 2010

Kabul: Afghanistans untapped mineral wealth is worth at least $3 trillion triple a US estimate,according to the governments top mining official,who is going to Britain next week to attract investors to mine one of the worlds largest iron ore deposits in the war-torn nation.

Geologists have known for decades that Afghanistan has vast deposits of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and other prized minerals, but a US department of defense briefing this week put a startling, nearly $1 trillion price tag on the reserves. Minister of mines Wahidullah Shahrani said on Thursday that has seen geological assessments and industry estimates that the minerals are worth at least $3 trillion.

Full report at: Times of India

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Hindu community in Pak's northwest demands basic rights

Jun 18 2010

Peshawar : The minority Hindu community in northwest Pakistan has demanded that it should be provided the same basic rights as Christians living in the tribal regions bordering Afghanistan.

Hindus in northwest Pakistan have no cremation grounds, scholarships for students or special schools in the entire tribal belt, community leader Pandit Jay Gopal said during a dialogue on the rights of minorities in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

The seminar held here yesterday was also addressed by the Bishop of the Orthodox Church of Pakistan, Ernest Jacob, and people from different walks of life.

They stressed that the rights of Christians must be protected.

Minority community leader Arshad Masih argued that minorities living in the tribal areas are not issued domicile certificates and this negates their basic human rights.

The children of minority communities are not admitted to schools and youths are not given jobs because they do not have domicile certificates, he contended.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/hindu-community-in-paks-northwest-demands-basic-rights/635580/

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Muslim community reacts to honour killings

Jun 18 2010

In December 2007, 16-year-old Aqsa Parvez was murdered in her Ontario home. Everyone was shocked to find out the killers were her own father and brother. Their reasoning: Aqsa wanted to wear western clothing, work part-time and had run away from home. It was an honour killing.

The term that became nationally known after Aqsa’s death. In the past decade, there have been up to a dozen honour killings in Canada. Most of them are tied to conservative Islamic tradition clashing with western culture.

Just as shocked as everyone, the Muslim community said nothing in Islam sanctions these kinds of killing. Dr. Samiul Hague from the Islamic Association of Saskatchewan says the term is very troubling.

Full report at:

http://www.globalsaskatoon.com/Sask+Muslim+community+reacts+honour+killings/3163222/story.html

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Press Pakistan to bring Mumbai accused to book: Indian MPs to US

Jun 18, 2010

WASHINGTON: A delegation of Indian lawmakers have asked secretary of State Hillary Clinton to press Pakistan to bring Mumbai attack accused like Hafiz Saeed and Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi to book and ensure that Islamabad does not divert US aid for anti-India activities.

The delegation led by Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi met Clinton here and also expressed concern over the proposed China-Pakistan nuclear deal.

The visiting MPs also raised these issues during a series of meetings with Congressmen, policy makers and officials of the Obama administration.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Press-Pakistan-to-bring-Mumbai-accused-to-book-Indian-MPs-to-US-/articleshow/6062986.cms

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Pakistani among two militants killed in Kashmir

Jun 18, 2010

SRINAGAR: A Pakistani was among two Islamist separatists gunned down by Indian security forces early on Friday in Jammu and Kashmir, where a second gunfight erupted only hours later.

Two militants from the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM), including a Pakistani national, were killed in a fierce gun battle in Baramulla that began late Thursday and ended on Friday morning.

Security forces encircled a house in Poshnag Kreeri village in Baramulla district, about 60 km from here, overnight after learning about the presence of the militants inside.

"As the security forces challenged the gunmen to surrender, they opened fire. The house in which the militants were hiding was destroyed," said a police officer.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pakistani-among-two-militants-killed-in-Kashmir/articleshow/6062621.cms

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UN backs Philippines amid row with church on sex education

Jun 18, 2010

MANILA: The United Nations on Friday backed a move by the Philippines to introduce sex education among primary and high school students that has sparked a row with the influential Catholic church.

The UN stressed that the Philippines was a signatory to an international treaty on the rights of children that commits member countries to providing proper information to girls and boys about their bodies.

"It is the obligation of the state to ensure that all adolescent girls and boys are provided with accurate and appropriate information on how to protect their health and practice healthy behaviours," the UN said in a statement.

"The United Nations will continue to work with government... to respect, fulfill and protect the rights of girls and boys to comprehensive information regarding their health and their bodies.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/UN-backs-Philippines-amid-row-with-church-on-sex-education-/articleshow/6062649.cms

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Iran Tests Iraqi Resolve at the Border

TIMOTHY WILLIAMS and NAMO ABDULLA

June 18th, 2010

ALI RASH, Iraq — This remote village high in the rugged mountains along the border with Iran has been deserted, its people having fled Iranian air and artillery bombardments with everything they could carry and whatever livestock that could be coaxed down the steep mountain trails.

Now the hundreds of Kurds who left Ali Rash and other mountain villages are living in sweltering refugee camp tents. They are at the center of questions about whether Iraq is willing or able to defend its borders with Iran — which has repeatedly breached the frontier in recent months.

Full report at: The Asian Age

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Hypocrisy of Pak, US gets exposed

June 18th, 2010

There is predictable unease in Pakistan — in official circles as well as analytical comments — with the key finding of a Harvard scholar’s report prepared for the London School of Economics that the relationship of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence with the Taliban and the Haqqani group is anchored in official policy — that it “goes beyond contact and coexistence”. This would be a seriously damaging appraisal if it were new.

The truth is that scholars and observers of the Afghan-Pakistan scene have attempted to say exactly this for years, although with varying degrees of definitiveness. As for the historical record, there has never been any ambiguity that Pakistan created the Taliban to bolster its regional ambitions. However, Pakistan has sought to deflect attention by suggesting that only rogue elements, or some retired personnel of its security apparatus, were mixed up with the jihadist insurgents. Publicly, the West, and the US more specifically, bought this line for reasons of expediency as America believed it simply could not afford to show up Pakistan’s falsity as it needed the assistance of the Pakistan Army to pursue its objectives in the Afghan theatre.

Full report at: The Asian Age

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South Punjabi anger in Pak feeds militants

June 18th, 2010

It is an irony, says Muhammad Ali Durrani, that while South Punjab region has produced a number of Presidents and Prime Ministers for Pakistan, none has done anything for the region which is considered one of the most backward areas of the country.

Even today, Prime Minister Gilani and Foreign Minister Qureshi both hail from South Punjab but are silent on the issue of “Seraikistan” — the province which locals demand should be formed here.

“There is a reason why this is so,” says Tariq Ali, a Lahore-based analyst. Unlike other parts of Punjab where businessmen, lawyers and other professionals managed to be elected as MPs, from South Punjab “mostly it is landlords and Pirs who have been voted into power.”

Both Gilani and Qureshi are Pirs — spiritual leaders. They are also big landlords of the areas around Multan.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/pakistan/South-Punjabi-anger-feeds-militants/Article1-559305.aspx

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Is that story really newsworthy for the Arab media?

Jun 17, 2010

Women in Business International and The Middle East Association  invite you to attend their Summer Networking Reception and ‘Question Time’ on Monday 14 June, from 4.30-7.30 pm at The Middle East Association, 33 Bury Street, St James’s, London SW1.

The main theme of the event, which will be run on a dynamic, interactive ‘Question Time’ format, will be the development of media and communications in the Arab world and will address such issues as,

- What makes a story newsworthy for the Arab media, and how does it differ from the UK?

- How do I communicate my message effectively in the Arab world, and how can I raise my company’s profile?

- How does the media and communications industry work in the region?

Full report at: Global Arab Network

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Israel's easing of Gaza blockade is 'cosmetic'

By HISHAM ABU TAHA & MOHAMMED MAR'I

Jun 17, 2010

GAZA CITY/ RAMALLAH: Israel announced Thursday it is easing its blockade of the Gaza Strip, but its allies and Arab neighbors said it did not go far enough and demanded a complete lifting of the embargo.

In a statement issued by the Israeli prime minister's office, the government said it had agreed to expand the range of goods that could enter Gaza. The statement emphasized that the materials are for civilian projects and the transfer will be under international supervision.

The new Israeli-approved product list includes all food items, toys, stationary, kitchen utensils, mattresses and towels, according to the Palestinian coordinator of supplies in the Gaza Strip, Raed Fattouh.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article67834.ece

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Who is responsible for the plight of these women?

By SURAJ HUSSAIN FATHI

Jun 18, 2010

HOW many of our women work away from their homes teaching our youths while commuting tens or even hundreds of kilometers day and night?

How many of them have to get up before dawn to prepare themselves for work and then wait for the driver to come before sunrise and to return just before sunset?

How many of them have been subjected to inflexible drivers and their machinations if not to say their sexual harassment?

These teachers may often be forced to neglect their duties toward their husbands and homes. They might, on many occasions, leave their sons, daughters and babies with their own mothers or mothers-in-law.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article67844.ece

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Al-Qaida in Iraq claims deadly central bank attack

By HAMID AHMED

Jun 17, 2010

BAGHDAD: Al-Qaida's front group in Iraq claimed responsibility on Thursday for a deadly daylight attack on Iraq's Central Bank. In a statement posted on a militant website, the Islamic State of Iraq said it sent five men dressed in army uniforms and armed with weapons and explosive belts to attack the financial institution.

Photos posted on the same website showed the disfigured heads and body parts of men dressed in army fatigues buried among rubble of what Al-Qaeda said is the Central Bank.

Sunday's assault sparked clashes between militants and Iraqi security forces that lasted more than three hours and left more than 20 people dead.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article67669.ece

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Assad says Israeli raid raises war risk

Jun 17, 2010

LONDON: Syria's President Bashar Assad has said Israel is being run by a "pyromaniac government" and its raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla had increased the risks of war in the region.

The Israeli commando attack on a flotilla in which nine peace activists were killed had "destroyed any chance for peace in the near future", Assad told the BBC in a television interview aired on Thursday.

He said this was so "mainly because it proved that this government is another pyromaniac government, and you cannot achieve peace with such (a) government".

Israel, under mounting international pressure, has formed a five-person panel — including two foreign observers — to investigate events surrounding its May 31 interception of a six-ship convoy heading to the Gaza Strip.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article67725.ece

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CAIR tells US to allow Muslim American back home

By BARBARA FERGUSON

Jun 17, 2010

WASHINGTON: An American Muslim from Virginia is currently in legal limbo in Egypt after being placed on a no-fly list and subjected to repeated FBI interrogations.

For six weeks, Yahya Wehelie has been in limbo in the Egyptian capital. US officials told him he is on the no-fly list because of people he met in Yemen during his time there. He and his parents say he has no radical views, despises Al-Qaeda and merely wants to get home to complete his education and get a job.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has called for the return of 26-year-old Wehelie to the United States.

CAIR said Wehelie and his younger brother, both of Somali heritage, were stopped by FBI agents as they traveled home from Yemen. Agents told Wehelie that his name was on the "no-fly list." The younger brother, Yusuf, was allowed to return to the US, but only after he was held in an Egyptian policy facility for several days.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article67846.ece

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Govt committed to emancipation of women: Gilani

June 18, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday said his government had always worked for the emancipation of women and believes they can achieve unprecedented prominence in every field if provided equal opportunities.

He expressed these views during a meeting with Namira Salim, the first Pakistani astronaut here at the Prime Minister’s House.He said Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed’s vision for the future included women emancipation.

The prime minister commended Namira Salim’s daring spirit and her accomplishment that generated a positive press for Pakistan internationally.He wished her good luck in her future endeavours.

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=245701

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Faisal Shahzad charged in NY bomb bid

June 18, 2010

 NEW YORK: An American-Pakistani has been formally indicted on 10 charges in last month's botched car bombing in New York's Times Square, the Department of Justice said Thursday.

Faisal Shahzad has been in custody since being arrested at New York's John F. Kennedy airport on May 3 as he tried to board a flight to Dubai, two days after a car laden with a homemade explosive device was parked in Times Square.

The indictment unveiled by the Department of Justice linked Shahzad to the Pakistan Taliban, saying he had received explosives training in Waziristan, as well as cash from co-conspirators who he believed worked for the group.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/6-18-2010/66903.htm

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18th amendment reflects public wishes: PM

June 18, 2010

 ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said 18th Amendment has reflected the voice and wishes of public and the Amendment Implementation Commission (AIC) is fully independent, Geo news reported Thursday.

He, however, said in the event of legislation aimed at change in authorities of any ministry or division or in case of any conflict, the solution would be sought from Council of Common Interest (CCI).

This PM Gilani said while chairing a meeting of AIC here at PM House in Islamabad.

He said that the government had set up an Implementation Commission (IC) under the guidance of Senator Raza Rabbani, to consider and recommend steps in this regard. Gilani directed the ministries and departments whose responsibilities are to be devolved, to sift out issues to be referred to the Council of Common Interests (CCI).

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/6-18-2010/66900.htm

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Afghanistan hands over 14 missing personnel

By Fauzee Khan Mohmand

18 Jun, 2010

GHALANAI: The Afghan authorities have handed over 14 of the 65 Pakistani soldiers who had gone missing after a militant attack on a border checkpoint on Sunday.

The soldiers are expected to arrive on Friday.

A security official said that a helicopter had been dispatched to Jalalabad, Afghanistan, to bring back the soldiers to Peshawar.

According to last reports, their departure from Jalalabad was delayed because of the arrival of 12 militiamen from Kabul. The soldiers were shifted to Kabul from Kunar. Two of them were kept in Jalalabad, he said.

Another official said that 65 personnel of the Mohmand Rifles had gone missing following Sunday night’s simultaneous attack on border posts at Mattak, Goraparai, Shokarai and Marjhana.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/afghanistan-hands-over-14-missing-personnel-860

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No more Pakistanis in Osh: Foreign Office

17 Jun, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Basit on Thursday said that all Pakistanis who were stranded in the town of Osh in Kyrgyzstan had been brought back home and there were no more Pakistanis in the city.

He said, however, there were still 894 Pakistanis stuck in Bishkek and “we are in contact with the officials for the safety of our people.”

While talking about Pak-India dialogue, Basit said there was a lack of confidence between the two neighbours.

He said that the Pak-China nuclear project had been in process for several years and was according to international law.

The foreign office spokesman asked the international community for more cooperation in the war on terror and said that the war was our own. He also rejected the report of London School of Economics regarding contacts between ISI and Taliban.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/16-no+more+pakistanis+in+osh+foreign+office-hs-03

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World must accept Pakistan as nuclear power: Gen Majid

18 Jun, 2010

ISLAMABAD: The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), Gen Tariq Majid, said on Thursday that retention of nuclear capability as a credible deterrent against a possible aggression was a compulsion, and not a choice for Pakistan.

Addressing a convocation ceremony of National Defence Course, Armed Forces War Course and Allied Officers’ War Course at the National Defence University here, he stressed that Pakistan had to be mindful of a blatant pursuit of military preponderance in its eastern neighbourhood.

“Growing power imbalance due to continuing build-up of massive military machine, including both hi-tech conventional and nuclear forces, adoption of dangerous cold start doctrine and proactive strategy, more assertive posturing especially after very exceptional civil nuclear deal and notions of a two-front war are all destabilising trends, carrying implications for Pakistan’s security,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/world-must-accept-pakistan-as-nuclear-power-gen-majid-860

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Minorities in Fata seek right of domicile

18 Jun, 2010

PESHAWAR, June 17: Minority communities settled in Fata have demanded that the government should give them the right of getting domicile certificates in order to avail job opportunities in their areas.

Taking part in a dialogue at the Peshawar Press Club on Thursday, members of Hindu, Christian and Sikh communities said they had been living in the tribal region for decades but the government had not given them the right to get domicile certificates.

“No facilities are available to minorities, particularly Christians, in the region,” they said.

The dialogue was arranged by the Tribal Development Network and South Asian Partnership (SAP), Pakistan.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/minorities-in-fata-seek-right-of-domicile-860

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Baby gasping for life

18 Jun, 2010

FAISALABAD, June 17: An infant is fighting for her life at Allied Hospital after she was mistakenly given acid instead of medicine for diarrhoea.

The doctor whom the family consulted for her treatment denied giving acid to the girl.

Firdous, a one-and-a-half-year old resident of Chak 597-GB (in the Bahlak police precinct), was brought to the hospital on Wednesday night with lower part of her face, arms and neck partially burnt because of acid consumption.

Zohra Bibi, the girl’s mother, told Dawn her husband, Munawwar Husain, took Firdous to the ‘clinic’ of Zulfiqar as she was suffering from diarrhoea. He returned home after a few minutes with a bottle of ‘medicine’ which was given to the girl.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/baby-gasping-for-life-860

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Egypt’s ‘invisible’ child workers focussed in rare study

By Christophe de Roquefeuil

18 Jun, 2010

CAIRO: Thirteen-year-old Rasha thought she was leaving her home in rural Egypt to help out an elderly aunt in the city for the summer and would return in time for the new school year.

“This summer never ended, and I understood I had become a domestic worker,” said Rasha, one of tens of thousands of child domestic workers across Egypt, working without supervision or legal protection in an industry that is only discussed in whispers.Her testimony appeared in a rare study on child domestic workers in Egypt which was compiled by the Centre for Migration and Refugee Studies of the American University in Cairo.

Noha, a 27-year-old Egyptian woman who employs a child-worker to clean her house, said she preferred to deal with children.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/international/egypts-invisible-child-workers-focussed-in-rare-study-860

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Two killed in separate incidents in Balochistan

18 Jun, 2010

QUETTA: Two people were killed and two others injured, including a woman, in three separate incidents in different parts of Balochistan on Thursday.

Two motorcyclists crashed into each other on the Aliabad Road in Ustah Muhammad area. As a result, a man identified as Younas died on the spot and another man Lakhmir was injured.

A man was gunned down in the Sohran area of Dhaddar in Bolan district. According to details, unidentified men shot victim Yar Muhammad who died on the spot. Separately, a woman was injured when unidentified men hurled a hand grenade at a house in Aminabad Street at the Brewery Road. The hand grenade exploded in the courtyard of Muhammad Asif’s house injuring Riffat Firdous. Also on Tuesday, unidentified men hurled two hand grenades at two different houses in Dera Bugti.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\18\story_18-6-2010_pg7_13

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Prophet should be teachers’ role model, says AIOU VC

18 Jun, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Holy Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) life is a source of inspiration for all human beings especially teachers, said Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Vice Chancellor (VC) Professor Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi on Thursday.

Presiding over a national seminar on ‘The Role Islamic Studies Departments of Pakistani Universities Play in The Promotion of Religious Harmony’ held at the university’s premises, he said teachers should follow in the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to improve manners and etiquettes of their students so that human friendly society could be evolved.

The seminar comprised two sessions. Riphah International University Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Anees Ahmed participated as a chief guest in the first session, while Supreme Court’s Shariat Appellant Bench Judge Justice Fida Muhammad Khan was the chief guest in second session of the seminar.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\18\story_18-6-2010_pg11_11

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Woman attempts suicide along with five children

18 Jun, 2010

KARACHI: A woman and her five children fell unconscious after taking sleeping pills allegedly over a domestic dispute with the man of the house Thursday evening.

The incident took place in Safoora Goth where the family resided in a residential apartment named Rehman Arcade. The victims were first taken to the nearest private hospital and later shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for further treatment, where the doctors pronounced them out of danger.

The victims included Zubaida, 35, her four daughters, Amna, 18, Javeria, 17, Maryam, 16, Imama, 9, and Ahmed Wasim, 6.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\18\story_18-6-2010_pg12_5

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Pakistan mindful of lopsided regional arms race: CJCSC

18 Jun, 2010

ISLAMABAD—Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), General Tariq Majid on Thursday said the world must realize the daunting internal and external challenge that Pakistan faces, are largely intertwined and it is in vortex not by choice, but because of regional and international circumstances which in many ways are beyond its control.

Addressing the convocation at National Defence University (NDU), he said “Our future counter insurgency actions have to keep in perspective the larger strategic picture, especially the unfolding of events in Afghanistan and sustainability of domestic support for our counter insurgency strategy in an environment of possibly increased reactive violence and a fragile economy.”

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/0610/18/FrontPage/FrontPage5.php

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250 students still trapped in Kyrgyzstan

18 Jun, 2010

ISLAMABAD—More than 250 Pakistanis students are still trapped in Kyrgyzstan a besieged student claimed. Talking to a private TV channel Adnan ul Haq revealed that fifty females were among these students and a number of these were without a residence. He said some people even did not have money to support them back through commercial flights adding, “They are in dilemma”. He said that the Embassy has claimed that students of Osh city were being back sent back He requested the government to make urgent arrangement for their immediate return.

http://dailymailnews.com/0610/18/Brief/Brief4.php

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Saudi Holy Sites Train to carry signs in 7 languages

18 June 2010

 JEDDAH — Seven languages will be used on all signs on the Holy Sites Train and on those inside and outside the nine stations in Arafat, Mina and Muzdalifa to guide pilgrims to the train stations, according to Dr Habeeb Zain Al-Abdeen, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and supervisor of the Holy Sites Train development project.

He said that signs in Arabic, English, Urdu, French, Turkish, Persian and Indonesian will guide pilgrims to the railway stations and give them instructions on commuting on the train.

He however, added that Arabic and English are the only official languages for the operation of the train system.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/June/middleeast_June520.xml&section=middleeast

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Many countries support military action on Iran

18 June 2010

Majorities in many Western and some Muslim countries are willing to consider military action against Iran to prevent the Islamic republic from obtaining nuclear weapons, a global poll showed Thursday.

The Pew Research Center’s poll conducted in 22 countries found majorities or pluralities in 16 countries endorsing the possibility of military intervention.

Americans are among the most supportive of a military option to deal with Iran with 66 percent of those who oppose a nuclear-armed Iran saying they would consider the use of force, a figure second only to Nigeria’s 71 percent.

Among Europeans, the views are more mixed. In France, 59 percent said they would consider the use of military force to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, but a sizeable minority of 41 percent rejected this option.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/June/middleeast_June523.xml&section=middleeast

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Haj pilgrims face accommodation crisis

Daniel P George

Jun 18, 2010

Chennai: Tens of thousands of Indian pilgrims intending to perform the Haj this year are threatened by a looming crisis as they may find no accommodation in the holy cities in Saudi Arabia when they reach there in November.

Diplomatic sources said almost all available accommodation at Mecca and Medinah have been taken over for pilgrims from other countries,and the 1,16,000 pilgrims who would go through the Haj Committee of India this year would find it difficult to find convenient buildings.

Normally,accommodation arrangements are done 10 months before the Haj commences.But following a Delhi High Court stay order restraining the two top office-bearers of the Haj Committee of India from functioning,all work has come to a standstill.On March 26,the High Court turned down a plea by the Haj committee to vacate the stay on the functioning of its chairperson and vice-chairperson and asked the external affairs ministry to temporarily oversee arrangements for the annual pilgrimage.A division bench of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Valmiki J Mehta said the interim order restraining them from discharging official duties which came soon after the committee elections in March would continue till the disposal of the case.

Full report at: Times of India

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N-deal with Pak could hit ties, India cautions China

C. Raja Mohan

Jun 18 2010

New Delhi : As Pakistan Army chief Ashfaq Pervez Kayani steps up pressure on the Chinese leadership to formalise a nuclear deal similar to the Indo-US civil nuclear initiative, the UPA government has cautioned Beijing about the negative fall-out of such a move on Sino-Indian relations.

Such a move, which could be announced this week during Gen Kayani’s visit to China or held back for a later date, is bound to set back the current efforts by Delhi and Beijing to normalise bilateral relations.

In the last few weeks, there has been a steady stream of reports that China is about to clinch a new deal to sell two nuclear power reactors to Pakistan in violation of the current rules of international nuclear commerce.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/ndeal-with-pak-could-hit-ties-india-cautions-china/635436/

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Top cleric seen tipping Iraq's political balance

Jun 17 2010

Najaf, Iraq: Iraqis hoping for a secular, nonsectarian government are worried about signs that the country's most revered Shiite cleric has stepped into the postelection fray with moves that appear aligned with Iran's own ambitions in Iraq.

The March 7 election gave a narrow victory to a bloc led by Ayad Allawi, a secular Shiite with Sunni backing. But Allawi's chances of heading the next government were dampened when two major Shiite blocs, one of them overtly religious, struck an alliance after the votes were in.

Now Allawi faces a fresh challenge in the shape of Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani, the 83-year-old sage who was revered by Sunnis and Shiites alike as a uniter standing above politics, but who is now seen by many as the man who shut out Allawi and brokered the alliance that put the Shiites on top.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/top-cleric-seen-tipping-iraqs-political-balance/635051/

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Indonesia to ‘learn' from India's defence sector

P.S. Suryanarayana

Jun 18, 2010

SINGAPORE: Indonesia seeks to “become an appropriate medium power” and it wants to “learn from India” on how to attain “stand-alone defence capabilities.”

Spelling out such an agenda, Indonesian Defence Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro told The Hindu that Jakarta would also focus on cooperation with India in “human resource development” in the defence sector.

Speaking on the sidelines of the recent Asia Security Summit here, the Minister said Jakarta would raise this issue during the Joint Defence Coordinating Committee meeting in New Delhi on Friday.

On Jakarta's priorities for new links with India, he said, the objective now was to explore the full range of possibilities for cooperation.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/06/18/stories/2010061855622200.htm

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Salafism and Sufism- is there real conflict?

By Asghar Ali Engineer

Jun 18 2010

Salafism or Wahabism, also referred to as cult of Ahl-e-Hadith is supposed to be directly opposed to the sufi strain of Islam. In India too the two sects are opposed to each other though here, due to democratic secular polity, nature of conflict is not very aggravated or violent. The partisans of both the ideologies apart, it confuses many Muslims as to what are their differences about and why they condemn each other?

The word salafi means what pertains to our forefathers – aslaf i.e. we have strayed from the pure Islam practiced by our early ancestors and must be restored. According to the ideologues of Salafi Islam, our practices should be based only on Qur’an and hadith, not on any fiqhi mazhab or school of jurisprudence like Hanafi, Shafi’i etc. Hence they are also known as Ahl-e-Hadith as they base all their juristic decisions on Qur’an and hadith.

Full report at:

http://twocircles.net/2010jun03/salafism_and_sufism_there_real_conflict.html

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/qaeda-militants-‘holed-up’-near-delhi/d/3016


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