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Islamic World News ( 10 Jun 2010, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Rukhsana now fights for her love

Raza work fetches record Rs 16.3cr

Surrogate mother for Osama Bin Laden's IVF grandchild

Will the Kingdom ever have sports centers for women?

Mosques nationwide to be turned into community centres

Muslim Congressmen to Speak at Islamist Conference

Witness in Shahid Azmi murder case gets threat

Pakistan govt can bring Aafia back, says US lawyer

Pakistani filmmaker reaches final of Youtube contest

Hamas rejects Israel-approved snack foods for Gaza

“Used napkins”, says Ahmadinejad

Muslims asked to help dispel doubts about Islam

US missile strike kills 9 in northwest Pak

Australian woman freed, leaves Yemen with her kids

Sudanese killers of US envoy 'escape from prison'

Iraq: Car bomb kills 2 Americans, 3 Iraqis

Seventeen killed in southern Kyrgyz violence

15 killed in drone strike in Pakistan

The Kominas bring Islamic punk to Meltdown

Air India Kanishka bombing report next week

12 killed in new wave of unrest in Kyrgyzstan

9/11: Ground Zero workers to get $712 million as compensation

Indian sleuths quizzed Headley for 7 days without restrictions, says US

European Union seeks to open sea route to Gaza

Karkare's bullet-proof vest misplaced in hospital: Police

UK PM David Cameron abandons Afghan base visit over attack scare

Chidambaram to seek Hafiz Saeed's voice sample

Pak nationals allowed long stay can now extend visa

‘Gaza world's largest open prison'

Pak national funded ONGC terror plot: ATS

Politics is part of Church in Kerala, say bishops

Amnesty slams Pak human rights record

Defiant Iran to review ties with IAEA

Four Held With RDX Near Pakistan Border

CBI To Grill Ajmer Blast Suspects Again

No Kashmir Talks With Pak As Of Now

Karzai Looking To Pak To End Insurgency?

Pakistan dismisses media reports on Headley

No lifting of Gaza blockade without soldier visits: Israel

Drone strike toll mounts to 13

Kyrgyzstan declares state of emergency after clashes

Obama urges support for Iranian 'freedom'

Six more killed as Lyari gang war continues

Car bomb in Baghdad kills 4, wounds 10

King Abdullah leads way toward a bright future, say EP citizens

Iran protests bigger threat than Iraq war: Guard

Turkey, three Arab states to set up free trade zone

With eye on global role, India moving beyond Pakistan

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Rukhsana now fights for her love

By Arjun Sharma

Jun 11 2010

RUKHSANA Kausar fought a terrorist last September to save her parents.

Now, she is fighting her parents for the sake of her love.

The 22- year- old fell in love with her personal security officer ( PSO) Kabir Hussain and married him on May 26, against her parents’ wishes.

“ My family wanted me to marry a cousin. But those people had always looked down on me before I got the awards. But when my name appeared in the papers, they suddenly developed an interest in me,” she said.

She was awarded the Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Award and the Kirti Chakra for her bravery.

After Rukhsana snatched Abu Osama’s automatic rifle and sprayed on him, the Lashkar- e- Tayyeba ( LeT) had vowed to avenge Abu’s death. The terrorist had entered her house and was thrashing her parents when she came upon them.

The police then arranged for her security and moved the family from their home in Upper Shahdra of Rajouri district to the police lines. Kabir was then assigned as her PSO. Rukhsana, who was given a constable’s post after the incident, said from her home in the police lines in Rajouri: “ I love him and cannot live without him.

“ He protected me when the terrorists had promised to avenge Abu’s death,” she said. “ Is it a crime to marry the man you love?” Her parents locked her up in a room for two days after they came to know of her union. The police had to interfere because she was absent from duty and freed her.

“ My parents beat me up and asked me to forget Kabir as he was already married and has a child. But I can’t forget him,” she said.

Kabir said he married Rukhsana because no one else would have dared to marry her because of the terrorists’ threat. “ I have done nothing wrong because I got permission from my first wife,” he said. “ I want to live with her but her parents aren’t allowing her to move out.” Rukhsana’s parents have sought the help of elders to sort things out.

“ As Rukhsana has not lodged a complaint we cannot take action.

If she lodges a complaint, we will look into it,” Rajouri senior superintendent of police R. K. Jala said.

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Raza work fetches record Rs 16.3cr

Neelam Raaj

Jun 11, 2010

It's proving to be quite a scorching summer for Indian art. Syed Haider Raza became India's priciest modern artist on Thursday when a seminal work by the 88-year-old sold for a whopping Rs 16.3 crore ($3.49 million) at a Christie's auction in London.

Just two summers back, a work by Francis Newton Souza had set the record for the most expensive piece of modern art by notching up $2.5 million or Rs 10.5 crore. Since then, prices of Indian art had crashed though the fall in contemporary art was much more drastic than the moderns.

Aptly, it's the country's two best-known masters who are making the meltdown seem like a distant memory.

"Strength is coming back to the art market. We are also seeing a lot of new bidders across the world from Hong Kong, the UAE and the US," said Yamini Mehta, director of the contemporary Indian art department at Christie's.

Just a day earlier, the London-based auction house put over 500 works by Souza under the hammer. They fetched $7.9 million, more than double the pre-sale estimate. Ninety-seven per cent of the Souza lots found buyers, with a top price of $1.3 million paid for the 1962 oil, 'Red Curse', painted on black satin while the artist was living in London. The dark 6-foot-high mage of a female nude being attacked by a snarling, many-eyed beast was sold to a European buyer.

The price for Raza's work 'Saurashtra' wasn't out of the blue. Raza considers it to be one of the 10 most important works he has done in his life. Known for his bindu art, Raza was a founder member of the Bombay Progressive Artist's group along with Souza. He first came to prominence in Paris where he moved in 1950.

Painted in 1983, 'Saurashtra' belongs to a key period in Raza's career when, after many years working within the styles of the Ecole de Paris and Abstract Expressionism, he began to integrate vital elements of his childhood and heritage into his paintings. This particular work depicts the beauty of the Gujarati coastal landscape.

Grand Masters

F N Souza: Birth sold for $2.48m on June 11, 2008

S H Raza: La Terre sold for $2.54m on June 30, 2008

S H Raza: Saurashtra sold for $3.49m on June 10, 2010

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Raza-work-fetches-record-Rs-163cr/articleshow/6034825.cms

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Surrogate mother for Osama Bin Laden's IVF grandchild

By GARY O’SHEA

Jun 11, 2010

THIS is the British mum set to give birth to Osama Bin Laden's grandchild.

Louise Pollard, 24, is acting as a surrogate mother for the al-Qaeda warlord's son Omar Bin Laden, The Sun can reveal.

She is undergoing fertility treatment, thought to be IVF, in an attempt to conceive using Omar's sperm and eggs from his British wife Jane Felix Browne.

The Qatar-based pair - who are desperate to have a child but cannot on their own - contacted Louise through a surrogacy website.

And they have agreed for her to carry their baby.

If the bid is successful it will mean terror chief Bin Laden having a BRITISH grandchild.

Two attempts at conception, in early April and last month, are known to have failed.

A third was made earlier this month. And personal assistant Louise, of Bristol, is due to have a pregnancy test any day.

If it proves negative a fourth attempt may be made using Omar's sperm and Louise's eggs.

Scrap metal dealer Omar, 29, has a six-year-old son from a previous marriage.

But after tying the knot in 2007 with 54-year-old gran Jane, of Moulton, Cheshire, he is keen to have another.

Omar, the fourth eldest child of the world's most wanted terrorist, has had several visa applications to live in Britain rejected.

His hand may be strengthened if he becomes the father of a British child. But Home Office sources said he would not automatically be granted entry.

He is said to be "deeply saddened" Louise has yet to become pregnant.

Omar and Jane have been based in Qatar for two years and it is thought Louise's treatment took place in the United Arab Emirates.

Louise, who has been a surrogate mum twice before and has a three-year-old son of her own, told pals she has made three trips to Dubai since the beginning of April.

A friend said Omar and Jane have agreed to pay her expenses of up to £10,000, the UK's legal maximum. Included in the figure are her flights and accommodation in Dubai.

Louise, thought to be Britain's youngest surrogate mum, appeared on ITV's This Morning yesterday to talk about her conceptions.

She did not reveal the identity of the couple she is currently involved with but spoke of the "emotional bond" she forms with childless couples.

She added: "I have my next surrogacy lined up. I am using the mother's eggs and the husband's sperm but I am not going to rule out using my own eggs." Her previous surrogate births were for a London couple. She underwent artificial insemination at home in July 2007 using a kit given to the pair by a clinic.

Louise, married to soldier Damian, 24, had a girl in April 2008 and a boy in July last year.

Omar, whose mum is Bin Laden's first wife Najwa, met Jane on a riding trip to Egypt's Pyramids in March 2007.

He became the gran's sixth husband when they wed a month later in two Islamic ceremonies in Egypt and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The Sun broke the story of the marriage to the world.

Multiple sclerosis sufferer Jane has three adult children from previous relationships.

She converted to Islam before meeting Omar and now uses the name Zaina Mohamad Al-Sabah Bin Laden.

Omar, whose middle name is Ossama, insists he has had no contact with his dad since before the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

http://timesofindia.hotklix.com/Hotklix/link/News/World/British-mum-to-give-birth-to-Osama-Bin-Laden-s-grandchild

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Will the Kingdom ever have sports centers for women?

By WALAA HAWARI I

Jun 11, 2010

RIYADH: During a recent meeting to pore over the budget for the General Presidency of Youth Welfare (GPYW), the Shoura Council discussed sports centers for women, the establishment of which the council had recommended two years ago.

Meanwhile, a GPYW source said the government department is to establish five women sports centers by 2011 in the Kingdom’s main cities. Another source, however, debunked the claim and said women sports centers do not figure high on the GPYW’s agenda.

Conservative elements in the Kingdom, which not only include men but also women, are reluctant to endorse the establishment of sports centers for women. These people feel such venues encourage young girls to venture out from their homes for reasons they feel are unnecessary.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article63941.ece

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Malaysia Mosques nationwide to be turned into community centres

By MAZWIN NIK ANIS

June 11, 2010

PUTRAJAYA: Mosques nationwide will be turned into one-stop centres where Muslims can go, not only to worship and deepen their knowledge on Islam, but also seek advice and counselling from family and religious experts in times of trouble.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said one-stop centres in mosques would also be equipped with libraries, computer facilities, classes for adults and children as well as shelter or temporary accommodation for travellers.

“It is also the government’s intention to use mosques to unite Muslims and this can be achieved if its management remain independent, professional and free from political elements,” he said Friday at the opening of the Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin mosque.

Full report at:

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/6/11/nation/20100611180216&sec=nation

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Muslim Congressmen to Speak at Islamist Conference

By BEILA RABINOWITZ

Jun 11, 2010

Both Congressman Keith Ellison [DFL-MN] and Andre Carson [D-IN] are scheduled to speak at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America [ISNA].

ISNA was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the United States' most extensive prosecution of terror funding, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation [HLF], which proved the phony Islamic charity HLF, gave at least $12 million dollars to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.

ISNA has credibly been reported as having substantial funding from Saudi Arabia, "Some of ISNA's own members have raised concerns on another issue: large donations from Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia follows an extreme version of Islam known as Wahhabism, and questions continue to swirl around Saudi connections to terrorism, including the attack on 9-11. A videotape obtained by Eyewitness News shows a 1994 ISNA convention where one member questioned why the organization accepted more than $500,000 dollars in Saudi donations. "I don't think Saudi Arabia is a good model for one of the largest organizations."

Full report at:

http://www.pipelinenews.org/index.cfm?page=congressmen6.10.10.htm

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Witness in Shahid Azmi murder case gets threat

Jun 11, 2010

MUMBAI: A day after the prosecution's key witness in the Shahid Azmi murder case, Inder Singh, received a threat call, police is now keeping a vigil outside his house and has tracked the call to Gujarat.

Singh, who is lawyer Azmi's peon, is the sole eyewitness who saw three persons enter Azmi's office posing as clients and shot him dead on February 11.

The trio-Devendra Jagtap, Pintu Dagle and Hasmukh Solanki-have been arrested by the crime branch of the city police.

On Tuesday night, Singh claimed he received an anonymous call threatening him. The caller allegedly said he was aware of Singh's whereabouts and would fix him soon.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Mumbai/Witness-in-Shahid-Azmi-murder-case-gets-threat/articleshow/6036956.cms

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Pakistan govt can bring Aafia back, says US lawyer

June 11, 2010

The American lawyer of Dr Aafia Siddiqui has claimed that if the government of Pakistan decides that it wants Dr Siddiqui back, she will be repatriated to Pakistan the very next day.

The lawyer, Tina Foster, also accused the US government of misleading the people and the government of Pakistan that Dr Siddiqui could not be repatriated before her sentencing by the court.

“Dr Siddiqui’s best chance for repatriation to Pakistan is before August 16 when a US judge is expected to sentence her to life-imprisonment, provided the Pakistani government put diplomatic pressure to get its citizen back,” Dr Siddiqui’s lawyer said at a news conference at the Karachi Press Club on Thursday evening.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=244250

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Pakistani filmmaker reaches final of Youtube contest

Jun 11, 2010

 FLORIDA: Pakistani filmmaker Faraz Siddiqui for the first time has claimed spot along with two Nepalis in the finals of the 2010 US State Department’s ‘Democracy Video Challenge ’.

This challenge is in its second year and drew nearly 700 entries this year. Contestants from 83 countries created short films on themes based upon the phrase ‘Democracy is…’ the blank to be filled according to the theme of each contestant.

The three finalists made following short films for the event; Faraz Siddiqui from Pakistan, democracy is a message by the people.

All the short films can now be viewed on you tube. Internet users across Pakistan and around the world can now view and vote for the film till June 15.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/6-10-2010/66459.htm

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Hamas rejects Israel-approved snack foods for Gaza

By IBRAHIM BARZAK

Jun 10, 2010

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: The Hamas government said Thursday it will not let newly approved food items into the Gaza Strip as long as Israel maintains its blockade of the territory.

Israel slightly eased the much-criticized blockade on Wednesday by permitting snacks, spices and some other previously banned food items into Gaza. The order was symbolic at best, leaving a ban in place on desperately needed construction and industrial materials.

Hamas Economics Minister Ziad Al-Zaza said the government would not allow imports of potato chips, soft drinks and fruit salad from neighboring Israel. He said Gaza's own factories could produce these goods if Israel would only allow in raw materials.

"Gaza does not need soft drinks, soda and fruit salad.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article63857.ece

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“Used napkins”, says Ahmadinejad

Atul Aneja

Jun 11 2010

DUBAI: Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has dismissed the new round of sanctions passed against his country  by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as unworthy of detailed comment.

“Those who possess atomic bombs themselves, both use and stockpile the nuclear weapons while threatening the others with them, now resort to the pretext that Iran might in the future manufacture atomic bombs and pass resolutions against us every now and then,” said Mr. Ahmadinejad on Wednesday during his visit to Tajikistan.

“I sent a message to one of them, telling him these resolutions that you pass resemble used napkins that need to be thrown to the garbage can,” Iran's Fars News Agency quoted Mr. Ahmadinejad as saying.

http://www.hindu.com/2010/06/11/stories/2010061154941600.htm

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Muslims asked to help dispel doubts about Islam

2010-06-11

Muslim intellectuals from across the world have asked people from the community to be more involved in public life in an effort to dispel misconceptions about Islam.

Experts at an international conference on 'Islam and Media in Europe: How to Face Islamophobia?' held in Lille, France, recommended establishing dialogue with intellectuals, opinion leaders and media professionals in Western countries.

Such dialogue should be initiated by institutions working for dissemination of information in the Muslim world and human rights organisations, with an aim to end the adverse impact of 'Islamphobia'.

The conference called for a more active role of information and cultural advisors in embassies of Muslim countries in Western nations.

Participants also asked Muslim entrepreneurs to invest in media institutions, which can counter smear campaigns against Islam.

http://sify.com/news/muslims-asked-to-help-dispel-doubts-about-islam-news-international-kglnueibhhf.html

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US missile strike kills 9 in northwest Pak

Jun 11, 2010

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, (Pakistan): A volley of US missiles killed nine alleged militants in an extremist stronghold of northwest Pakistan on Friday, the second such strike in less than 12 hours, intelligence officials said.

The Obama administration regards missile attacks as a key weapon against al-Qaida and the Taliban close to the Afghan border. Earlier this month, al-Qaida's reputed No. 3 official, Mustafa al-Yazid, was killed in a similar strike in the North Waziristan region.

Six missiles were fired in Friday's attack on a house in a village close to the border, said two intelligence officers. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. The identities of the nine suspected militants were not immediately known.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/US-missile-strike-kills-9-in-northwest-Pak/articleshow/6035834.cms

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Australian woman freed, leaves Yemen with her kids

By AHMED AL-HAJ

June 11, 2010

SAN'A, Yemen — Yemen on Friday released an Australian woman detained as part of an investigation into al-Qaida's increased activity in the country and allowed her to fly home with her two children, her lawyer and security officials said.

Shyloh Giddins was among several foreigners taken into custody during the probe. She was initially placed on house arrest May 14, along with her two children, and later held in a prison. She was never charged with anything after her detention, according to her lawyers.

After top-level Australia-Yemen contacts to resolve the issue, Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said on Tuesday that Yemen had agreed to release the woman and deport her and the children by the end of the week.

Full report at:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gxOf_9DMgIh0PJENRAxoQCu6VM1AD9G8VR680

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Sudanese killers of US envoy 'escape from prison'

June 11, 2010

KHARTOUM — Four Sudanese Islamists sentenced to hang for the 2008 murder of a US diplomat have escaped from prison, a security source told AFP on Friday.

"It's true. The four men escaped yesterday (Thursday) from the Kober jail" in northern Khartoum, the source said, on condition of anonymity, referring to a report in the pro-government daily Al-Rai Al-Aam.

A US embassy spokesman said "we have read those reports and are reviewing them.'

John Granville, 33, worked for the US Agency for International Development (USAID). He and his driver, Abdel Rahman Abbas, 40, were fatally shot in their car on January 1, 2008 as they returned from a New Year's Eve celebration.

Sudanese authorities charged five young Islamists with the double murder, of whom four were handed the death penalty last year.

Full report at:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hbd5kU0mhUCFbIvnrCAX9N7zz4Ug

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Iraq: Car bomb kills 2 Americans, 3 Iraqis

By ADAM SCHRECK

June 11, 2010

BAGHDAD – A car bomb struck a joint U.S.-Iraqi military convoy north of Baghdad on Friday, killing at least five people, including two American troops.

Iraqi officials said a suicide attacker hit a patrol of Humvees and Stryker vehicles in central Jalula, about 80 miles (125 kilometers) northeast of Baghdad, not far from the Iranian border.

American forces responsible for operations in Iraq's north confirmed the casualties in Diyala province. Names of the casualties were not released, pending notification of family members.

They said three Iraqis, including one police officer, were also killed, and about 22 were wounded in the blast.

Full report at:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100611/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_iraq/print;_ylt=Aqq34UNMmCBlTRVRCdzOxiIUewgF;_ylu=X3oDMTBvajZzaTFyBHBvcwMxNQRzZWMDdG9wBHNsawNwcmludA--

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Seventeen killed in southern Kyrgyz violence

By Hulkar Isamova

June 11, 2010

Kyrgyzstan - At least 17 people were killed on Friday when ethnic conflict flared in Kyrgyzstan's second-largest city Osh, the worst outbreak of violence in the Central Asian state since the president was overthrown in April.

The interim government in Kyrgyzstan, which hosts U.S. and Russian military bases, declared a state of emergency in four southern regions after hundreds of youths battled with guns and steel bars, setting shops ablaze in the city.

The government, led by Roza Otunbayeva, sent troops and armored vehicles to quell gangs roaming the streets with sticks, stones and petrol bombs after a night of violence.

"Destructive forces, together with criminal elements, are trying to escalate inter-ethnic conflict," Ruslan Kazakbayev, the country's interim foreign minister, said during a summit of regional leaders in neighboring Uzbekistan.

Full report at:

http://www.whtc.com/news/articles/2010/jun/11/seventeen-killed-in-southern-kyrgyz-violence/

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15 killed in drone strike in Pakistan

Jun 11, 2010

Islamabad: The toll in the US drone strike in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal area has risen to 15 while 10 were wounded in the incident on Friday, media reports said.

The drone fired four missiles at a house in Datta Khel area, killing four people on the spot, Xinhua quoted a news channel as saying.

The injured were rushed to a hospital as 11 people succumbed to injuries later, the private Geo News channel reported, citing local sources. Several others were in critical condition.

Meanwhile, drone flights are still hovering over the area creating panic among the locals, the report said.

http://sify.com/news/drone-attack-kills-four-in-pakistan-news-international-kgllEcjfbbf.html

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The Kominas bring Islamic punk to Meltdown

Jun 11, 2010

The Kominas – an Islamic punk band with song titles such as Sharia Law in the USA and Suicide Bomb the Gap – are getting up plenty of noses inside and outside the punk scene

With Green Day's American Idiot being reimagined as a Broadway musical and the 1970s bunch largely comfortable in middle age, punk rock is less a form of rebellion than an integral part of the entertainment industry. Parents of young punk bands are probably just happy their boys have a hobby that takes them away from the television or the Xbox. So it is both surprising and pleasing to find a punk band who can still upset all and sundry: punk purists, family, rightwingers, leftwingers, those without a sense of humour – and because they follow Islam – their fellow Muslims.

Full report at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/jun/10/islamic-punk-the-kominas-meltdown

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Air India Kanishka bombing report next week

Jun 11, 2010

TORONTO: Exactly 25 years after the Air India Kanishka bombing in 1985, the Canadian commission which investigated the tragedy will table its report on Thursday.

Former Canadian chief justice John Major, who was appointed to head the commission in May 2006, will present his voluminous report on the failures which led to the bombing of the Montreal-to-Delhi Kanishka flight 182 off the Irish coast June 23, 1985, killing all 329 people on aboard.

Another bomb, meant for another Air India flight, also went off at Tokyo airport the same day, killing two baggage handlers.

As the Air India trial court said, both the bombs were loaded at Vancouver airport in two unaccompanied suitcases which were later transferred to the connecting Air India flight and Tokyo-bound flight at Toronto airport.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Air-India-Kanishka-bombing-report-next-week/articleshow/6035640.cms

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12 killed in new wave of unrest in Kyrgyzstan

Jun 11, 2010

BISHKEK, KYRGYZSTAN: Riots in south Kyrgyzstan have killed at least 12 people and injured more than 120, officials said on Friday, as fears grew of a new cycle of violence in the Central Asian nation.

Witnesses in Osh, the country's second-largest city, reported hearing sustained gunfire late on Thursday. Local media also reported that gangs of young men armed with sticks and stones smashed shop windows and set cars alight in the center.

Health Ministry spokeswoman Yelena Bailinova said 12 people have been killed and more than 120 injured. Many of the injured were being treated for gunshot wounds, she said.

Interim authorities swiftly declared a state of emergency in the city and dispatched armored vehicles and troops to the city in a bid to pacify the situation.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/12-killed-in-new-wave-of-unrest-in-Kyrgyzstan/articleshow/6035802.cms

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9/11: Ground Zero workers to get $712 million as compensation

Jun 11, 2010

NEW YORK: Workers, firefighters and police officers at the Ground Zero who suffered injuries and health problems during the clean up of the World Trade Centre wreckage, will receive USD 712 million as compensation.

An earlier package proposed in March of USD 657 million was rejected by judge Alvin Hellerstein as inadequate who described the workers as "heroes".

The American media reported that part of this boost came because lawyers for the workers agreed to reduce their fees they were charging their clients.

"There is no better deal," said Hellerstein, a Manhattan Federal Judge, according to the New York Post.

"This is the deal that people have to decide to accept or reject. It's time that this lawsuit ended," he said, describing the case as a "terrible tear in the social fabric of this country".

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/9/11-Ground-Zero-workers-to-get-712-million-as-compensation/articleshow/6035686.cms

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Indian sleuths quizzed Headley for 7 days without restrictions, says US

Chidanand Rajghatta

Jun 11, 2010

WASHINGTON: Indian investigators were given access to LeT operative David Headley aka Daood Gilani for seven days over the course of which they questioned him without any restrictions, the Obama administration disclosed on Thursday, pushing back at reports that Washington was being dodgy in cooperating with India on the Mumbai 26/11 terrorist attack.

However, "to protect the confidentiality of the investigations being conducted by both India and the United States, both countries have agreed not to disclose the contents of the interviews," the US Justice Department said in a statement. Various versions of what Headley told the investigators have appeared in the Indian media, none of which have been officially authenticated by authorities.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Indian-sleuths-quizzed-Headley-for-7-days-without-restrictions-says-US/articleshow/6035097.cms

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European Union seeks to open sea route to Gaza

Jun 11, 2010

JERUSALEM: The European Union wants to help open a sea route to Gaza and to revive and expand its role at the land crossings into the area, diplomatic sources told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.

Its Foreign Affairs Council plans to debate the matter on Monday, when ministers from the EU's 27 countries convene in Luxembourg for their monthly meeting.

The debate comes amidst sharp international criticism of Israel's three-year policy of closing Gaza's land passages to all but humanitarian goods.

"The EU has called for an immediate and sustained opening of the Gaza crossings and they will look into options of how the EU could facilitate this," a council spokeswoman told the Post.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/European-Union-seeks-to-open-sea-route-to-Gaza/articleshow/6037618.cms

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Karkare's bullet-proof vest misplaced in hospital: Police

Jun 11 2010

Mumbai : The bullet-proof jacket worn by slain Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare during the 26/11 attacks was not stolen but misplaced in a state-run hospital here, a police probe into its disappearance has suggested.

"The probe, which is nearing completion, suggests that the jacket had not been stolen, but misplaced by hospital authorities," Senior Inspector Khanderao Patil of J J Marg Police Station said on Friday.

"We will submit the probe report to Mazgaon court next month and seek quashing of the FIR which alleged theft of the vest," he said.

Karkare was killed on the night of November 26, 2008 by terrorists near Cama Hospital.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/karkares-bulletproof-vest-misplaced-in-hospital-police/632616/

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UK PM David Cameron abandons Afghan base visit over attack scare

Jun 11, 2010

KABUL: British Prime Minister David Cameron was forced to abandon a visit to a military base in Afghanistan on Thursday due to suspicions that Taliban insurgents might try to shoot down his helicopter.

Making his first visit to Afghanistan as prime minister, Cameron earlier ruled out increasing Britain's troop commitment and called for quicker progress to bring troops home.

He was due to visit troops at Shahzad forward operating base in Helmand province, a location seen as relatively quiet after recent counter-insurgency efforts, but his Chinook helicopter was abruptly diverted after intelligence gathering suggested a threat, aides said.

A government source said that intelligence had suggested insurgents might be planning to bring down a helicopter. Further information then indicated a possible attack on a VIP.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/UK-PM-David-Cameron-abandons-Afghan-base-visit-over-attack-scare/articleshow/6035533.cms

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Chidambaram to seek Hafiz Saeed's voice sample

Jun 11, 2010

NEW DELHI: India is expected to seek voice samples of Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed and other handlers of 26/11 attackers during the visit of Home Minister P Chidambaram to Islamabad later this month.

Chidambaram, who will be travelling to Islamabad on June 26 primarily for SAARC Interior Minister's Conference, is expected to have bilateral meetings with Pakistani leaders during which he is also likely to raise the issue of cross border infiltration.

Ahead of the visit, Pakistan High Commissioner Shahid Malik met Chidambaram here today to discuss issues related to the trip.

Sources said Chidambaram is expected to meet his Pakistani counterpart Rehman Malik and seek to know the status of investigation and trial being conducted in Pakistan in the Mumbai attacks case.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Chidambaram-to-seek-Hafiz-Saeeds-voice-sample/articleshow/6036408.cms

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Pak nationals allowed long stay can now extend visa

Jun 11 2010

New Delhi: In a move which may pave the way for certain categories of Pakistani nationals to get Indian citizenship in due course,the Centre has relaxed norms for those who have been staying in India for long and asked states and Union territories to consider cases for extension of their long-term visa (LTV) without insisting for validity of their passports.

Pakistani nationals who come under such categories are: members of minority communities in Pakistan;Pakistani women married to Indian nationals and staying in India;Indian women married to Pakistani nationals and who returned due to widowhood or divorce and having no male member to support them in Pakistan and cases involving extreme compassion.

However,only such Pakistani nationals are eligible to be considered for grant/extension of LTV who have come to India on or before December 31,2009, a home ministry statement said on Thursday.

Full report at: Times of India

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‘Gaza world's largest open prison'

Jun 11 2010

KOTTAYAM: A.K. Ramakrishnan, professor, Centre for West Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, has opined that Gaza has turned into “world's largest open prison.”

Speaking at the panel discussion on ‘Gaza Blockade', organised by the Centre for West Asian Studies at the School of International relations, MG University, on Wednesday, Mr. Ramakrishnan said the conditions prevailing in Gaza are so agonising that the people have been under siege without food, medicine and means of livelihood, for years.

Out of the 1.5 million people residing in Gaza, more than a million are refugees in their own land on account of the intransigence and inhuman acts of violence by Israel.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/06/11/stories/2010061163810900.htm

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Pak national funded ONGC terror plot: ATS

Jun 11 2010

Two suspects arrested for allegedly plotting terror strikes on ONGC headquarters and two markets in prime areas in the city had received money from a Pakistani national based in Dubai through a UAE financial firm, says the chargesheet filed by Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in a local court.

"Investigation has revealed that accused received money in Mumbai through the UAE Exchange and Financial Services Ltd sent by Pakistani person from Dubai," the 653-page chargesheet filed by ATS in the court, on Tuesday, said.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/261941/Pak-national-funded-ONGC-terror-plot-ATS.html

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Politics is part of Church in Kerala, say bishops

Jun 11 2010

The Catholic Church in Kerala on Thursday objected strongly to Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan’s statement last week that Muslim and Christian communalism was gaining strength in the State but reiterated that politics was indeed a part of it.

Immediately after the Chief Minister’s statement, the church had termed it as an effort at encouraging communalism by the responsible leaders whose duty it was promote unity of the State.

After a two-day meeting of the Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council (KCBC), its president Bishop Joshua Mar Ignathios indicated to the media that the Chief Minister’s statement could be seen only as one that could endanger religious harmony. He said responsible leaders should abstain from issuing such statements.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/261888/Politics-is-part-of-Church-in-Kerala-say-bishops.html

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Amnesty slams Pak human rights record

Jun 11 2010

Slamming Pakistan Government for “effectively abandoning” its citizens from the tribal belt, the Amnesty International has said millions of people in the lawless region live in a ‘human rights-free zone’ without legal protection and are subjected to abuses by the Taliban.

“Nearly four million people are currently living under the Taliban in northwest Pakistan without rule of law and are effectively abandoned by the Government,” Amnesty’s interim Secretary General Claudio Cordone said.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/261758/Amnesty-slams-Pak-human-rights-record.html

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Defiant Iran to review ties with IAEA

Nasser Karimi

Jun 11 2010

Iran said on Thursday it will review relations with the UN nuclear watchdog a day after the UN Security Council approved a fourth round of sanctions against Tehran over its disputed nuclear programme.

Iran’s President dismissed the sanctions as “annoying flies” as useless as “used tissues”.

Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the head of Parliament’s powerful National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, described the sanctions as “political, illegal and illogical” and said lawmakers would quickly “begin a revision of Iran’s relations” with the International Atomic Energy Agency. He did not say what options were to be discussed but a revision could result in restricting International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors’ access to Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/261773/Defiant-Iran-to-review-ties-with-IAEA.html

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Four Held With RDX Near Pakistan Border

Jun 11th, 2010

The Amritsar police on Thursday arrested four young men in possession of plastic explosives and narcotics believed to have been smuggled across the electrified security fence from Pakistan.

Sher Singh, Malkiat Singh, Nirmal Singh and Balwinder Singh were caught in an early morning police raid outside Thakkarpura village near the border township of Patti. The men were in possession of six kilograms of RDX along with 20 detonators, timing devices and about ten metres of fuse wire to be used in improvising bombs.

The police also recovered over two kilograms of pure Afghani heroin amidst the cache of explosives.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/india/four-held-rdx-near-pakistan-border-143

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CBI To Grill Ajmer Blast Suspects Again

Jun 11th, 2010

A CBI team is likely to question Ajmer blast suspects again, arrested by Rajasthan ATS, following fresh leads that have emerged after recent interrogation of Malegaon accused by the agency officials.

A CBI team, which is probing the Mecca Masjid bombing of May 2007, recently interrogated 11 Malegaon blast accused lodged in the Nashik central jail.

Sources revealed that the interrogation of the Malegaon blast accused has provided certain leads to the investigating officials on the basis of which the Central Bureau of Investigation intends to question Ajmer blast suspects again. Devendra Gupta, Chandrashekhar Patidar and Vishnu Patidar were arrested by Rajasthan ATS in connection with Ajmer and Mecca Masjid blasts.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/india/cbi-grill-ajmer-blast-suspects-again-142

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No Kashmir Talks With Pak As Of Now

Jun 11th, 2010

India is not going to discuss substantive issues like Kashmir with Pakistan in the proposed rounds of dialogue but is only attempting to create the “right atmosphere” for removing the trust deficit for a broad dialogue later.

“We are not going to discuss substantive issues like Kashmir. As of now, our effort is to create a right atmosphere. Only then some degree of trust can be created between the two countries,” highly-placed sources in the government said.

They said the effort is for eliminating the trust deficit and “we are not talking to Pakistan on four issues that concern us”. There was no alternative but to talk to Pakistan as war was not an option, they said.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/india/no-kashmir-talks-pak-now-132

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Karzai Looking To Pak To End Insurgency?

Jun 11th, 2010

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has lost faith in the US strategy in Afghanistan and is increasingly looking to Pakistan to end the insurgency, according to reports in the British media from Kabul.

According to people close to Amrullah Saleh, Afghanistan’s former head of intelligence services, who resigned last weekend, Mr Karzai had lost confidence some time ago in the ability of Nato forces to defeat the Taliban.

The Guardian’s report from Kabul says that privately Mr Saleh has told aides that he believes Mr Karzai’s approach is dangerously out of step with the strategy of his western backers.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/karzai-looking-pak-end-insurgency-168

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Pakistan dismisses media reports on Headley

Jun 11 2010

Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday dismissed reports that LeT operative David Headley had linked serving Pakistani army officers to the 2008 Mumbai attacks, saying they were based on "misguided leaks" aimed at maligning the country.

Asked about Indian media reports that Headley had named three Pakistan Army officers who collaborated with the terrorists responsible for the attacks, Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said they were based on "self-serving and misguided leaks which are meant only to malign our security agencies and Pakistan".

"These reports are not worth our comments," Basit told a weekly news briefing at the Foreign Office.

Headley, who has confessed to plotting the deadly 26/11 attacks, is being questioned by a team of Indian investigators in the US.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pakistan-dismisses-media-reports-on-headley/632104/

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No lifting of Gaza blockade without soldier visits: Israel

Jun 11, 2010

Israel will not lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip unless the Islamist Hamas movement allows the Red Cross to visit an Israeli soldier captured in 2006, its foreign minister said on Thursday.

“We must say clearly that the minimal condition for lifting the blockade is for the Red Cross to be allowed to regularly visit Gilad Shalit,” Avigdor Lieberman said in a statement, referring to the 23-year-old conscript.

“As long as this condition is not fulfilled, there is no reason to change the situation,” he added.

Hamas swiftly rejected the remarks, calling Israel’s linking of Shalit’s fate to the blockade “an attempt to mislead and cover up international efforts to break the siege.”

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/261766/No-lifting-of-Gaza-blockade-without-soldier-visits-Israel.html

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Drone strike toll mounts to 13

June 11, 2010

 MIRANSHAH: The death toll of drone strike in North Waziristan has reached to 13 whereas 12 others wounded in the incident.

Sources said drone fired four missiles at a house in Datta Khel in which 13 people were killed and 12 injured whereas two houses completely destroyed. The injured were rushed to hospital.

Meanwhile, drone flights still going on in the areas creating panic among the locals.

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/

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Kyrgyzstan declares state of emergency after clashes

11 June 2010

 BISHKEK - Kyrgyzstan’s interim government declared a state of emergency and a curfew in southern parts of the country Friday after deadly ethnic clashes there.

“Seven people have been killed and about 50 injured,” interim government spokesman Azimbek Beknazarov told national radio.

The violence had clearly been inter-ethnic and well organised, Beknazarov added, after having visited the city. And exchanges of fire continued even after a curfew was declared.

Police were still discovering bodies in the city, said Beknazarov.

The interior ministry said five people suspected of having organised the violence in Osh had been arrested.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2010/June/international_June482.xml&section=international&col=

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Obama urges support for Iranian 'freedom'

June 11, 2010

 WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Thursday urged the world to support the Iranian people in their fight for "freedom," one year after disputed elections triggered major demonstrations.

Samantha Power, an adviser to Obama who focuses on human rights, read a statement in Obama's name at a reception by the National Endowment for Democracy honoring last year's protesters in Iran.

"It is the responsibility of all free people and free nations to make it clear that we are on the side of those who seek freedom, justice and dignity, as surely as hope and history are," Obama said in the statement.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/6-11-2010/66497.htm

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Six more killed as Lyari gang war continues

By Atif Raza

11 Jun, 2010

KARACHI: The death toll of the recent Lyari gang violence reached 38 as six people were killed on Thursday when notorious ringleader Baba Ladla attacked the stronghold of Ghaffar Zikri, commonly known as Ali Muhammad Mohalla.

Sources and eyewitnesses told Daily Times that more than 50 members of the Baba Ladla group attacked Eidu Lane to kick out their rivals. The crossfire continued for more than three hours and Ghaffar Zikri group had to flee from the area.

The locals reported that after gaining control of Eidu Lane, the Ladla group destroyed the dens of Zikri group and seized their stored weapons.

Their next target was Ali Mohammad Mohalla, another place controlled by the Zikri group in Lyari. The Ladla group members tried to enter the Mohalla through the Dubai Chowk, considering the route relatively safer but four of them were shot dead.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\11\story_11-6-2010_pg12_2

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Car bomb in Baghdad kills 4, wounds 10

Jun 10, 2010

BAGHDAD: A car bomb exploded near an Iraqi Army patrol on Thursday in a mainly Sunni district of Baghdad, killing four people and wounding 10, an Interior Ministry source said.

Soldiers, civilians and members of the government-backed Sahwa militia of Sunni ex-insurgents were among the casualties in the Amiriya district of the Iraqi capital, the source said.

Overall violence in Iraq has dropped sharply since the height of sectarian war in 2006-07.

But political uncertainty following an inconclusive March 7 election has fueled a spike in violence over the past two months.

Iraq's new parliament is due to convene on Monday, but a government has yet to be formed.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article64054.ece

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King Abdullah leads way toward a bright future, say EP citizens

By SIRAJ WAHAB

Jun 11, 2010

DAMMAM: It is almost five years since Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah formally took over the reins of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

According to the Islamic calendar, he received the pledge of allegiance on Jamad Al-Thani 26, 1426, which corresponds to Aug. 1, 2005.

These five years have been significant in many ways. There was an incessant talk of reform; newspapers were full of new universities being opened or foundation stones being laid; and new economic cities created quite a buzz. Saudi Arabia acquired a new respect among nations of the world for its just and sagacious role. King Abdullah’s interfaith initiative was welcomed by the world community and still is seen as a ray of hope by much of the global community. He remains very popular among his people, and his initiatives hold the prospect of a bright future for the Kingdom.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article62928.ece

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Iran protests bigger threat than Iraq war: Guard

By ROBIN POMEROY

Jun 10, 2010

TEHRAN: Iran's post-election protests one year ago posed a bigger threat to the Islamic Republic than the devastating 1980s war with Iraq, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards was quoted as saying on Thursday.

Iranian authorities are preparing for a potential revival of the unrest on Saturday — the anniversary of the election — when opposition leaders have asked for permission to hold peaceful commemorations.

In comments that underline a continued refusal to brook any dissent, the Revolutionary Guards' commander said the protest movement had been a worse threat to the regime than the invasion by Saddam Hussein's Iraq in 1980 and the ensuing eight-year war.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article63906.ece

 

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Turkey, three Arab states to set up free trade zone

Jun 10, 2010

ISTANBUL: Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria agreed Thursday to set up a free trade zone, complete with a visa-free travel regime for their nationals, a joint declaration issued here said.

The four countries will establish a cooperation council "to develop a long-term strategic partnership" and "create a zone of free movement of goods and persons among our countries," it said.

The deal was agreed by the foreign ministers of the four countries who met on the sidelines of a Turkish-Arab Economic Forum in Istanbul.

The free trade zone will be based on "existing bilateral agreements and practices on free trade and visa exemption" between the parties, the statement said, adding that Turkey and Lebanon were required to complete a bilateral arrangement before the four-way process could go ahead.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article64013.ece

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With eye on global role, India moving beyond Pakistan

By ALISTAIR SCRUTTON

Jun 11, 2010

ISLAMABAD: When a senior security official here was asked why Pakistan was not developing long-range missiles, unlike in India, his answer revealed how these two nuclear foes' geopolitical priorities may be diverging.

"We don't have ambitions like India has, so we don't need to develop any further long-range missiles," he said. "Our missiles cover the entire India, so that's it."

Indeed, India has raised eyebrows developing a new long-range missile with a capacity to hit most of China, a signal of how New Delhi's focus is tentatively moving away from an obsession with Pakistan to more global issues.

For decades, these two countries, which have gone to war three times since independence from Britain in 1947, have been synonymous with each other. Diplomats often like to talk of India-Pakistan as "hyphenated".

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article64080.ece

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