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Islamic World News ( 21 Nov 2010, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Saudi Cleric reported to have married 12-year-old girl

Drone attack kills five in N Waziristan

Suit filed against ISI, LeT over Mumbai attack in US: Report

Muslim female athletes shine at Asian Games

14-year-old wife freed from 80-year-old Saudi husband

56 Hindu couples marry in Karachi

British pupils taught Sharia way to cut off a thief's hand

Pak woman doctor who got lost in Mina still untraceable

Sikhs protest govt decision to bar 'Palki' procession in Pak

`Al Qaeda, Dawood planning 26/11-like attack on Germany'

Haj reunites sisters across borders

Jordan Islamists want 'national government'

Security forces kill 15 militants in Orakzai

13 killed in clashes in central Somalia

Al-Qaeda small-scale bomb threat ‘very serious’: US

Malaysia urges elderly couples to recall ‘joy of sex’

Kerala Islamists see Endosulfan as opportunity

Did Indira Gandhi plan to liberate PoK?

Imam Hadi (A.S.) Who Explained the Islamic Laws of Jurisprudence

Ziarat: Showing Honor and Reverence Towards Worthy People

In Yemen, a barefaced advocate for women's rights

Afghan Christian faces trial for alleged conversion from Islam

ATS joins dots, draws lines to Samjhauta blast

Muslims welcome Hindu statesman Zed to Id al-Adha celebrations in Nevada

A Missouri Man to Face Hate Crime Charge Hearing set for Nov. 24

Is there room for Islam in European pluralism?

Qatari women become spies to trap cheating husbands

Drone strike killed local Taliban commander

Two Taliban leaders killed in Afghanistan: Nato

Kabul 'safer for children' than London or NY: NATO envoy

Arundhati Roy refuses to express regret over Kashmir statement

Mohammed Haneef to return to Australia for compensation talks: Report

Taliban vow to throw Nato out of Af before ’14 pullout

Afghanistan election body disqualifies 19 poll winners

Israel troops get suspended sentence on Gaza abuse

5 Iranians killed in Pakistan

Qaeda plans to ‘bleed West with 1,000 cuts’

Inability to find a life partner a ‘grave’ concern for cemetery worker

Body sought to deal with women’s economic issues

Gunmen kill Iraqi TV reporter in front of parents

Two 'terrorists' killed in Sanandaj

Taseer talks Aasia Bibi into filing mercy petition

Drone strike kills six in North Waziristan

Taliban kill district police chief in east Afghanistan

Al Qaeda eyes small US attacks at ‘bargain’ prices

Moving against UN conventions

Pak pilgrims to get 250 Riyals each

NATO choreography can’t mask pressing problems

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Saudi Cleric reported to have married 12-year-old girl

22nd November 2010

A Saudi cleric has married a 12-year-old girl just a few days after a retired Saudi civil servant aged 55 years was reported to have wedded a girl of the same age and triggered a wave of criticism inside the Gulf Kingdom.

The unidentified Maazoun (Muslim cleric) married the 12-year-old girl in the southwestern province of Najran close to the Yemeni border after obtaining her father’s approval, the Saudi online Anabaukum paper reported on Friday.

The paper said the man married the girl although she was not aware of the marriage as she told him later that she did not know why she lives with him.

Her father advised the bridegroom not to sleep with his daughter until a year after their marriage and this decision angered the Maazoun’s mother, the paper said.

“I did not sleep with her in the first two months of our marriage…we only sat together and talked about Adam and Eve and other topics,” he told the paper.

“We had lived like a brother and sister but my mother became angry…she told me that I have to sleep with her because her age does not mean she is a child…I had to listen to her and have now started to sleep with my wife.”

The paper quoted the Maazoun as saying he first did not know how to deal with his wife on the grounds she is too young.

“When she first moved into my house, she kept asking me why she is here and why her family sent her to my house,” he said.

The paper did not mention the age of the Maazoun, whose marriage followed reports last week that a 55-year-old retired Saudi wedded a 12-year-old girl, sparking angry reactions from the local human rights group and the media.

The man married the girl, a student at a Quran memorisation centre in Jazan near the Yemeni border, despite strong objections from her grandfather.

Alwatan Arabic language daily said the girl reportedly told the local Muslim cleric she agrees to marry the man, a retired government employee.

“These acts should be stopped,” said the Arabic language daily Shams, just a few days after Alwatan, described the marriage as “a new tragedy.”

The wedding took place amid increasing calls by Saudi officials and Muslim scholars to curb child marriages in the conservative Muslim nation.

Saudi Arabia’s Shura (appointed parliament) debated the phenomenon last week and said it was considering enacting laws to stop such marriages.

Saudi Justice Minister Mohammed Al Issa said last month the Gulf Kingdom, one of the most conservative Muslim nations, is planning to enact a law to regulate the marriage of teenage girls following a surge in such weddings and growing criticism by human rights groups and other international agencies.

He said the new regulations are needed to put an end to what he described as widespread controversy and confusion about such marriages.

"The Ministry is studying a draft law to regulate the marriage of teenage girls," he said, without giving details of the law and the date of its enforcement.

"The marriage of teenage and underage girls in the country is not a phenomenon yet as some claim... those who say this are wrong. We are considering regulations in line with the Islamic Shariah to govern this kind of marriage."

Saudi newspapers quoted a statement by the Saudi Human Rights Authority (HRA) as saying last week that marriage violates the girl’s rights.

“We have set up a committee to study this case and the circumstances involved…the marriage constitutes a violation of the rights of this child, who at this age needs to be cared by her family, pursue her education and enjoy her childhood,” HRA said in a statement.

“We call upon all members of the community to rally against the marriage of children and teenagers. Media institutions should also play a bigger role in defending children and their rights.”

http://www.emirates247.com/news/region/cleric-reported-to-have-married-12-year-old-girl-2010-10-15-1.304316

 

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Drone attack kills five in N Waziristan

23 Nov, 2010

PESHAWAR: At least five persons were killed and several others were injured in a US drone attack at Mirali tehsil in North Waziristan on Monday. Security sources said that the drone fired two missiles on a vehicle and a motorcycle in Khewsar village, 30 kilometres east of Miranshah, killing five persons instantly and wounding several others. The vehicles were completely destroyed. The locals rushed to the spot and retrieved the mutilated bodies. It was second attack in North Waziristan Agency during the last 24 hours as on Sunday six people were killed and two others were injured. app

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\11\23\story_23-11-2010_pg7_13

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Suit filed against ISI, LeT over Mumbai attack in US: Report

23 Nov, 2010

NEW YORK: Relatives of a Rabbi, who was gunned down along with his pregnant wife during the Mumbai attacks in 2008, have filed a wrongful death suit against Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence and Lashkar-e-Taiba at a Brooklyn court, local media reported on Tuesday.

Rabbi Gavriel Noah Holtzberg and his wife Rivka, who originally were from Brooklyn were killed when the attackers entered the Chabad Lubavitch centre in November 2008. They were slaughtered in front of their two-year-old son Moshe, who was rescued by his nanny Sandra.

The law suit was filed at the Brooklyn Federal Court here by the grandfather of Moshe who now lives in Israel, according to a report in The New York Post.

It claimed that ISI had worked closely with LeT and provided support to the gunmen who killed 166 and wounded more than 300 people, the report said.

"Obviously, Pakistan is an ally of the US in the war in Afghanistan and our efforts to fight al Qaeda," said James Kreindler, the attorney who filed the suit on behalf of Holtzberg family.

"We know, however, that ISI has straddled some fences and while Pakistan is certainly cooperating with us, the ISI has used (Lashkar-e-Taiba) for its own purposes," the NY Daily News has quoted Kreindler as saying.

The claim is largely based on the involvement of Pakistani-American David Headley who has pleaded guilty to plotting the attacks with LeT, the report said, adding the government of Pakistan has also been named as defendants in the suit.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Suit-filed-against-ISI-LeT-over-Mumbai-attack-in-US-Report/articleshow/6973820.cms

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Muslim female athletes shine at Asian Games

23 Nov, 2010

GUANGZHOU: Back home, the Pakistani women’s cricket team is not as well-known as their illustrious male counterparts.

But after their gold medal triumph at the Asian Games, the girls in green were basking in the spotlight for a change. It was Pakistan’s first Asian Games gold medal in eight years – a milestone that supporters say points to the need for more education and opportunities in sports for women in Muslim countries.

“Our media doesn’t give women’s sports that much coverage, as much as they give to men’s sports,” said Pakistan all-rounder Nida Rashid. “There are so many sports in which women participate in Pakistan, like squash, table tennis and volleyball, but they go unnoticed.”

“I belong to Abbottabad where girls are not encouraged to take up sports leave alone cricket but my family was supportive and made it possible for me to play cricket and study as well,” Sana Mir, captain of the Pakistan women’s cricket team told Reuters after a triumphant return home on Sunday.

“I hope our victory will serve as a catalyst for women’s sports in Pakistan.”

The women’s team, wearing their green team blazers, were garlanded and showered with rose petals in a rousing welcome at Karachi airport after winning the gold medal in a one-sided final against Bangladesh on Saturday.

“This welcome is like icing on the cake after our victory,”Mir said.

Pakistani media greeted the gold medal as a victory for women in the country.

“We never dreamt one day women’s cricket would be acknowledged this way,” said Mir. “The day we won the medal I called up my family to thank them for their support.”

“The fact that we have played regularly since last year in International Cricket Council (ICC) tournaments and against better opposition has helped these girls gain confidence,” said Bushra Aitzaz who heads the women’s wing in the PCB.

The Asian Games, an Olympic-style event drawing athletes from a collection of countries representing two-thirds of the world’s population, is the biggest stage for many of the female competitors.

In parts of the continent, resources for coaching, training and competition generally lag behind the funding set aside for male athletes.

Pakistan came to Guangzhou with 25 female athletes out of a total of 169, participating in cricket, judo, shooting, squash and sailing.

Iran sent a women’s team to compete in kabaddi.

War-torn Afghanistan has seven women in its 67-member delegation, all of them competing in martial arts events. Saudi Arabia has 170 men and not a single woman.

In comparison, host China, a sporting powerhouse that has invested heavily in developing elite athletes of both genders, has 458 women and 507 men.

“There still needs to be more work toward educating females, educating their families to make them feel that is it OK to represent their countries abroad,” said Basma Ahmad Essa, a taekwondo athlete from the United Arab Emirates. “We’re not disagreeing with any laws of Islam or things like that, that a lot of conservative people might put as obstacles in front of players.”

Essa, 26, added that a lack of awareness about female participation in sports was also hampering development.

“We’ve started looking at the West and trying to get the best out of them, and trying to apply it within our countries, she said, sweat pouring off her face after beating a Nepali opponent.

One pioneering women’s squad has been taking the field in Guangzhou with traditional Muslim head coverings, showing that religious obligations can coexist with sports.

“The world has developed and it is time for women to take their place,” said Maryam Ahmed Al-Suweidi of the Qatari handball team, just one of two female Arab teams in Guangzhou. The other is the football team from Jordan.

Olympic Council of Asia president Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, a Kuwaiti, said 80 percent of the west Asian national Olympic committees had females participating in Guangzhou.

“For many of these athletes, it’s the first time in this environment,” he said, predicting that the number of female athletes from conservative countries would continue to swell. “This will continue to improve.”

The handballers are young and their inexperience has shown during lopsided losses to Taiwan and Kazakhstan, but Al-Suweidi says it’s just the beginning, noting that participation in women’s sports has been on the rise in her home region.

“Of course all people like to take part in sports … I do not believe there is any obstacle at the moment against women taking part in sport in the Arab world,” she said confidently.

Pakistan cricket captain Sana Mir noted that her squad used to just compete against women’s teams but now also play men’s under-19 and under-25 sides.

“I think if women in Pakistan are given opportunities to play sports with proper coaches and facilities, there’s no reason why they should not perform – not only at Asian Games – but also in major international tournaments,” she said. “I believe if you do something with honesty you can gain a lot in the field of sports.”

http://www.dawn.com/2010/11/22/muslim-female-athletes-shine-at-asian-games.html

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14-year-old wife freed from 80-year-old Saudi husband

22nd November 2010

A 14-year-old Saudi girl who had been forced to marry an 80-year-old man finally became free after an unknown benevolent man paid back the wedding money to the husband who had demanded payment in return for a divorce.

Ahmed Rahim immediately divorced Nura after receiving a cheque of SR17,000 (Dh16,648) from the unknown man during a meeting held at a social centre in the southwestern town of Sabya, 'Okaz' newspaper reported on Sunday.

Rahim married the teenage Nura last month with her father’s consent and refused to divorce her unless she pays him back his dowry, the money offered by a bridegroom to the bride under Islamic law.

“The curtain on Nura’s marriage to the old man has been drawn down and Nura is now free after Rahim divorced her at Sabya court,” the paper said.

Full report at:

http://www.emirates247.com/news/region/14-year-old-wife-freed-from-80-year-old-husband-2010-11-07-1.314319

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56 Hindu couples marry in Karachi

22nd November 2010

ISLAMABAD: Amid traditional songs and dances, 56 Hindu couples got married Saturday night at a glittering mass wedding in Karachi organised by the Pakistan-Hindu Council.

The couples belonged to Karachi as well as the interior parts of Sindh where there is a sizeable Hindu population.

As many as 31 couples from Karachi and 25 from Sindh province entered into wedlock. The event continued till early Sunday.

The council set up separate mandaps for each wedding, where the couples took sacred marriage vows in front of the holy fire.

Each couple was given gifts to start their new life, the council said in a statement.

Eminent Pakistani social activist Abdul Sattar Edhi congratulated the council for conducting the wedding and gave away Rs.5,000 to each couple.

Hindus form 1.6 percent of Pakistan's 160 million people.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/56-Hindu-couples-marry-in-Karachi/articleshow/6965117.cms#ixzz15zKbGN3K

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British pupils taught Sharia way to cut off a thief's hand

By JAMES SLACK

22nd November 2010

Children are being taught about Sharia law - which is derived from the Koran - in weekend schools

Children in Britain are being taught brutal Sharia law punishments, including how to hack off a criminal’s hand or foot.

So-called ‘weekend schools’ – which offer the hardline Saudi National Curriculum to Muslim children in the UK – also teach that the penalty for gay sex is execution and that ‘Zionists’ are plotting to take over the world for the Jews.

One set text book challenges youngsters to list the ‘reprehensible’ qualities of the Jews.

Another for six year-olds asks them to answer what happens to someone who dies who is not a believer in Islam. The answer being looked for is ‘hellfire’.

A BBC Panorama investigation, to be screened tonight, identified a network of more than 40 weekend schools teaching around 5,000 children, from age six to 18.

The schools are run under the umbrella of ‘Saudi Students Clubs and Schools in the UK and Ireland’.

Full report at:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1331831/British-pupils-taught-Sharia-way-cut-thiefs-hand.html#ixzz15zYi9Env

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Pak woman doctor who got lost in Mina still untraceable

22nd November 2010

DAMMAM: The mysterious disappearance of a Pakistani woman physician from the tent city of Mina on the last day of Haj has her colleagues and family desperately seeking answers and hoping for the best.

Dr. Sara Arjumand, an unmarried 34-year-old gynecologist working at Al-Mikhwa General Hospital in Baha, had been in the Kingdom for only six months before she and several colleagues and their families left for Haj on Nov. 12. Early on Thursday, Nov. 18, the last day of Haj, she disappeared in the throng of pilgrims.

Sabiha Fatima, Dr. Arjumand’s mother, who was visiting her daughter but remained behind in Baha when the group started its pilgrimage, received a strange call that morning from a man who said he had the doctor’s handbag, which contained her money, jewelry, identification and mobile phone. The man claimed he found the handbag near the Jamrat Complex, where the stoning of the devil ritual is carried out.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article197718.ece

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Sikhs protest govt decision to bar 'Palki' procession in Pak

Nov 22, 2010

LAHORE: Sikh elders have protested a decision by Pakistani authorities to bar the community from organising the 'Palki' procession at Gurdwara Janamsthan in Nankana Sahib to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.

Authorities said their decision to bar the procession, which goes from Gurdwara Janamsthan to seven other gurdwaras in Guru Nanak's birthplace, was based on security concerns.

Sikhs were not allowed to organise the procession last year too.

However, Pakistan Gurdwara Prabhandhak Committee president Sardar Bishon Singh said that if Muslims are freely allowed to observe their rituals, there should be no restrictions on Sikh festivals in the name of security.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Sikhs-protest-govt-decision-to-bar-Palki-

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`Al Qaeda, Dawood planning 26/11-like attack on Germany'

K Mammen Mathew

22nd November 2010

A group of al Qaeda terrorists trained in Pakistani camps and assisted by underworld don Dawood Ibrahim are planning to storm Germany's Parliament in a Mumbai-style attack, a media report has said, prompting authorities here to t step up security of the building.

Police have cordoned off the area around the historic Reichstag building housing Parliament here and heightened t security after authorities received a tip-off that a group of militants were on their way to stage a Mumbai-style attack. i Hundreds of extra police have been pressed into service to protect other possible targets as well such as airports, railway stations and places of mass gatherings across the country.

Full report at: Hindustan Times

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Haj reunites sisters across borders

Nov 22, 2010

DUBAI: The Haj pilgrimage this year has reunited three Indian sisters who now live in different countries, giving them an opportunity to relive memories of their childhood which they spent in Allahabad.

Shahana Mirza, Farzana Mirza and Durdana Mirza happened to make it to the annual pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia this year by sheer coincidence and are savouring the moment.

In 1977, Shahana, the eldest of the Mirza sisters, married a distant cousin of hers in Karachi in Pakistan and has made it to India only thrice since then. Two years later, Farzana married Yawar Siddiqui, who then worked in Chicago.

Durdana married an engineer in Bangalore. Her husband is accompanying her to Haj and so is Yawar, Farzana's husband.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Haj-reunites-sisters-across-

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Jordan Islamists want 'national government'

By ABDUL JALIL MUSTAFA

22nd November 2010

AMMAN: Jordan's main opposition group, the Islamic Action Front (IAF), on Sunday urged the formation of a "national salvation government" to come to grips with the political and social problems facing the country.

"The formation of a national salvation government that enjoys the confidence of the people has become an urgent necessity," the IAF Executive Bureau, the party's highest decision making body, said in a statement.

"Such a government should open serious dialogue with all political and social forces in the country with a view to surmounting the impasse currently facing the country, otherwise the consequences will be more dangerous," it added.

The IAF had boycotted the Nov. 9 parliamentary elections, demanding political reforms, including a new election law that provides for proportional representation.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article197650.ece

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Security forces kill 15 militants in Orakzai

22nd November 2010

LAHORE: Security forces killed at least 15 militants in different parts of Upper Orakzai Agency, a private TV channel reported on Sunday. According to the Frontier Constabulary (FC) sources, the security forces targeted militants’ hideouts in the Hazeri and Koy Kaley areas of the Upper Orakzai Agency, killing as many as 15 militants and injuring several others. The security forces’ shelling also destroyed four militant hideouts, the channel reported.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\11\22\story_22-11-2010_pg7_12

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13 killed in clashes in central Somalia

22nd November 2010

MOGADISHU, Somalia: Officials and witnesses say at least 13 people were killed in heavy clashes between armed groups fighting for control of villages in central Somalia.

The fighting erupted when a government-allied militia attacked Wardhumale village Saturday. The clashes continued Sunday.

Wardhumale resident Abdi Fatah Ali said Sunday he saw ten bodies in the village.

A man in neighboring Elgod village, Abdulkadir, said he saw three bodies.

The residents said the Islamist militia Al-Shabab abandoned Wardhumale village, leaving the government-allied Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama militia in charge.

Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama is a Sufi clan-based militia. It says the insurgents are practicing a brand of Islam foreign to Somalia.

Somalia has been a failed state for nearly 20 years.

http://arabnews.com/world/article197549.ece

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Al-Qaeda small-scale bomb threat ‘very serious’: US

22nd November 2010

WASHINGTON: The latest pledge by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to carry out more small-scale bomb attacks is being treated as a “very serious threat,” the top US military officer said Sunday.

Responding to the Yemen-based terror group’s vow to attack the West with small but frequent strikes such as last month’s cargo plane parcel bombs, Admiral Mike Mullen gave credit to people who have so far foiled such plots but expressed concern over AQAP’s persistence to break through.

“It’s a very serious threat, and I believe what they are saying,” the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff told ABC News show “This Week.” “They’ve grown, it’s dangerous, and it’s a place we need to focus,” he added.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2010/11/21/al-qaeda-small-scale-bomb-threat-very-serious-us.html

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Malaysia urges elderly couples to recall ‘joy of sex’

22nd November 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: In its latest bid to stem rising divorce rates, a northern Malaysian state is providing sex education for the elderly, following newlywed sex courses and free honeymoons for couples in crisis.

The weekend seminar for elderly couples in Terengganu state aims to “bring back the joy of sex” and to show long-married couples how to get their partner’s libido going again. “Many elderly couples sleep in separate bedrooms and are not intimate. This is unhealthy as they can still have vibrant intimate relationships, especially with all kinds of therapy and health supplements available,” state family development foundation head Mohamad Shafaruddin Mustafa told AFP.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\11\22\story_22-11-2010_pg4_10

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Kerala Islamists see Endosulfan as opportunity

22nd November 2010

Islamist organisations in Kerala are out to cash in on the tragedy that Endosulfan has caused in the northern Kasaragod district and other parts of the State even as one more pesticide-related death was reported from Kasaragod.

They are seeing the Endosulfan issue as a big opportunity to widen their base among the poor of the pesticide-hit areas and to form a public opinion favourable to them, especially as the sincerity of the mainstream political parties over the issue is being questioned by the people.

They point out that the mainstream political parties are viewing the issue as a weapon for political warfare and that they are not serious about the hardships and tragedy the people in the pesticide-hit areas are undergoing. The disparity in the assistance being provided for the pesticide victims is a telling example of this, they point out.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/298122/Kerala-Islamists-see-Endosulfan-as-opportunity.html

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Did Indira plan to liberate PoK?

November 22, 2010

Senior NDA leader LK Advani on Sunday said some objective Indian historian must do a research into source material and Government documents to give the country a version, as seen from India’s side, into claims that then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi wanted to balkanize West Pakistan and liberate Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).

In the latest post on his blog on Sunday, Advani referred to a book – Bangladesh Liberation War: Myths and Facts – by American journalist BZ Khasru and said Washington’s top leadership at time were convinced that Gandhi was thinking in that direction.

“This book carries ample data to show that whether or not Mrs Gandhi actually contemplated to achieve these objectives, Washington’s top leaders of those times President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, the President’s National Security Adviser were both convinced that Mrs Gandhi was seriously thinking of action in that direction, and that the Soviets were likely to help India in achieving its objective,” Advani wrote.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/298174/Did-Indira-plan-to-liberate-PoK.html

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Imam Hadi (A.S.) Who Explained the Islamic Laws of Jurisprudence

22nd November 2010

Imam Hadi (A.S.) Who Explained the Islamic Laws of Jurisprudence

“Say: I do not ask you any reward for this (conveying of the message) except the affection for (my) relatives”. (42:23)

Imam al-Hadi (as) reported from his fathers that: “Ameer al-Mumineen Ali ibn Abi Talib (as) has said that he (as) once heard the Messenger of Allah (saww) saying: ‘When people shall be resurrected on the day of Judgement, a caller will call me: ‘O Messenger of Allah! Allah has permitted you to reward your lovers and the lovers of your progeny who have followed them for your sake; and opposed their enemies for your sake. You can reward them as you like’. I shall say: ‘My Lord! Paradise! Put them in whatever part of it You like. This is the praised estate, which You have promised’.”

Full report at:

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=214098

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Ziarat: Showing Honor and Reverence Towards Worthy People

22nd November 2010

Ziarat: Showing Honor and Reverence Towards Worthy People

In the present day, we witness how people of different nations, groups, and societies show appreciation to their scholars of literature, science, and art by holding conferences and seminars. Within the conferences they list all achievements of the scholars and express their pride in being a part of that scholar's nation or religion.

In Islam, this act of showing honor and reverence towards worthy people, people who established culture and whose names made a difference in history, is called Ziarat.

Doing Ziarat of prominent people results in the continuation and permanence of their scientific and spiritual lives. Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.)has stated that the effect of doing Ziarat of the Prophets and the Imams after their death has the same positive effect as if one met them when they were alive.

Full report at:

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=214097

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In Yemen, a barefaced advocate for women's rights

By Jeffrey Fleishman

November 22, 2010

Amal Basha runs the Sisters Arab Forum for Human Rights, which lobbies for human rights and wider political freedoms. It is a bold role for a woman in the rigid, tribal society, even more so for one who forgoes the veil.

Reporting from Sana, Yemen-The unveiled one enters.

That's what you notice first when Amal Basha, black hair flowing, hurries into the room, deploying sentences like poetic armies. She mentions that she's just returned from a human rights conference and is on her way to a seminar against torture. A man slides a tray before her and disappears.

Full report at:

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-yemen-women-rights-20101122,0,1453330.story

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Afghan Christian faces trial for alleged conversion from Islam

22nd November 2010

An Afghan Christian, detained for months for allegedly converting to Christianity from Islam, could face trial as early as next week - and could face a potential death penalty, officials said Sunday.

Said Musa was arrested by Afghan Interior Ministry intelligence authorities near the German Embassy in Kabul because of the allegations, said Qamaruddin Shenwari, director of the Kabul courts' north zone. The exact date of his arrest is not known.

The case against Musa has not yet been finalized, said Mohammad Najim Hamidi, director of public security at Zone 3 of the Kabul courts. He could face trial next week if the case is prepared by then, Hamidi said. It was earlier thought Musa's trial would begin on Sunday.

The Afghan Constitution does not mention converting from one religion to another, so the judge will take Islamic law into account, officials said.

Full report at:

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/11/21/afghan-christian-faces-trial-for-alleged-conversion-from-islam/

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ATS joins dots, draws lines to Samjhauta blast

Apurva

Nov 22 2010

Jaipur : The Rajasthan Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) chargesheet in the 2007 Ajmer Dargah blasts clearly establishes a link between the group responsible for the Ajmer conspiracy and the Samjhauta Express blast on February 19, 2007, which left 68 dead.

It mentions that the materials and equipment used in both incidents were similar and sourced from areas in and around Indore in Madhya Pradesh. Incidentally, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) probing the blast in the trans-border Samjhauta Express — which runs between Delhi and Lahore — has already questioned those in ATS custody several times in the past few months.

The ATS chargesheet reads, “It is worth mentioning that the evidence gathered in the aftermath of the Samjhauta Express blast on February 19, 2007, is similar to the materials and equipment used in the Ajmer Dargah blast as well as the modus operandi. One can infer from this that the Samjhauta Express blast could be the handiwork of the same terrorist outfit responsible for the Ajmer Dargah blast.”

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/ats-joins-dots-draws-lines-to-samjhauta-blast/714316/

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Muslims welcome Hindu statesman Zed to Id al-Adha celebrations in Nevada

22nd November 2010

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In a remarkable interfaith gesture, Muslims welcomed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed to their Id al-Adha celebrations in Sparks (Nevada, USA) on November 20.

Speaking on the occasion, Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that peace and love lied at the heart of all religions and people had more in common than in conflict. Let us learn from one another and live together in harmony, mutual trust and loyalty; as we were headed in the same direction.

Muslims of northern Nevada celebrated Id al-Adha, the biggest of Islamic festivals, as a community in Northern Nevada Muslim Community (NNMC) Center in Sparks on November 20, although the actual date fell on November 16.

Full report at:

http://sify.com/news/muslims-welcome-hindu-statesman-zed-to-id-al-adha-celebrations-in-nevada-news-international-klvoEgbfbbb.html

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A Missouri Man to Face Hate Crime Charge Hearing set for Nov. 24

22nd November 2010

A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization is asking that hate crime charges be filed against a Missouri man going to court next week for an allegedly bias-motivated assault last August on a worker at a mosque under construction in that state.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the alleged assailant asked the worker at the Islamic Society of Greater St. Joseph in St. Joseph, Mo., whether he understood that he was building something for "people not from the United States" who are "trying to take over the United States."

Full report at:

http://thesop.org/story/20101120/hate-crime-charge-hearing-set-for-nov-24.html

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Is there room for Islam in European pluralism?

BY AZIZ HUQ

22nd November 2010

A new collection of essays entitled “British Secularism and Religion: Islam, Society and the State” grapples with religion and secularism in Europe with passing insights, delivered like glancing blows, and much throat-clearing. Hardly a comprehensive survey of the field, they are nonetheless valuable contributions.

It has recently come to the attention of some commentators that Europe and America have become more religiously pluralistic in the last few years. Even though in Europe it was a post-World War II hunger for a new low-cost surplus labor pool that drove this new pluralism, these commentators have come to the conclusion that grave errors were made. They are not happy about what they see as an unfortunate turn of events.

Full report at:

http://www.altmuslim.com/a/a/r/4051

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Qatari women become spies to trap cheating husbands

Nov 22 2010

Dubai : A number of women in the Gulf state of Qatar are spying on their husbands by using readily available hi-tech devices.

The women are trapping their husbands by handing spy devices, like miniature cameras fitted in pens and cigarette lighters, as gifts, 'The Peninsula' newspaper reported.

Some wives who are not able to make their husbands accept such gifts slyly place the devices in their cars, the report said.

The paper said that it interviewed "a number of women who said their friends or colleagues admitted to spying or having spied on their husbands as they suspected they were cheating on them".

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/714435/

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Drone strike killed local Taliban commander

Nov 22, 2010

MIR ALI: A local Taliban commander and two foreign militants were among nine people killed by a suspected US missile strike near the Afghan border, Pakistani officials said Monday.

Sunday’s strike against a house in the North Waziristan tribal area was part of the Obama administration’s campaign to use drones to target militants who regularly stage cross-border attacks against foreign troops in Afghanistan.

Pakistani intelligence officials initially said the attack in Khaddi village killed six people but raised that number to nine on Monday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the media.

The slain insurgent leader was identified only as Mustafa. The officials said he was linked to Sadiq Noor, a key Taliban figure in North Waziristan.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2010/11/22/drone-strike-killed-local-taliban-commander-foreign-militants.html

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Two Taliban leaders killed in Afghanistan: Nato

Nov 22, 2010

KABUL: Two Taliban leaders were killed and two others were captured as part of the Nato coalition’s stepped up campaign against the insurgency’s mid-level command structure and its supply lines, the coalition said Monday.

Also on Monday, about 300 to 400 people protested the capture of nearly a dozen people in an overnight raid in Behsud district of Nangarhar province in the east, said Hazrat Mohammad, a spokesman for the provincial police chief.

The demonstrators claimed that those apprehended in the coalition raid were not insurgents.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2010/11/22/two-taliban-leaders-killed-in-afghanistan-nato.html

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Kabul 'safer for children' than London or NY: NATO envoy

Nov 22, 2010

KABUL: Children may be safer in the Afghan capital than in London or New York despite a deadly nine-year Taliban insurgency, NATO's top civilian representative in the country has said.

"The children are probably safer here than they would be in London, New York or Glasgow or many other cities," Mark Sedwill told the BBC children's television news programme Newsround to be aired on Monday.

The former British ambassador to Kabul was responding to a question about Afghan children who had told the programme that they felt unsafe on the streets because of the risk of bomb attacks.

Sedwill said there were "very few of those bombs" in Kabul and other major Afghan cities, according to a statement from the BBC.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Kabul-safer-for-children-than-

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Arundhati Roy refuses to express regret over Kashmir statement

Nov 22, 2010

BHUBANESWAR: Writer-activist Arundhati Roy, who on Sunday faced the ire of Sangh Parivar activists here, refused to express regret over her recent controversial statement on Kashmir.

"I have never said anything which I have not thought about," Roy told reporters after attending a meeting on "cultural resistance to war on people in corporate interest", organised by a magazine considered to be pro-left.

Standing by her statement on Kashmir, Roy said, "They (Sangh Parivar activists) have rights to protest and I have rights to speak and write."

The high-profile writer and activist had kicked up a storm last month by making a statement at a seminar in Srinagar that Kashmir was never an integral part of India.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Arundhati-Roy-refuses-to-express-regret-over-

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Mohammed Haneef to return to Australia for compensation talks: Report

Nov 22, 2010

MELBOURNE: Indian doctor Mohammed Haneef, wrongly accused of terror links in Australia, is returning to the country next month for compensation talks, local media said today.

Haneef, along with his wife Firdous and three-year-old daughter Haniyah, will arrive in Brisbane in December for the mediation session as one of the final steps in his bid to secure a compensation payout for his ordeal, 'The Australian' reported.

Haneef has also expressed a desire to return to Australia "permanently", according to the report.

In July 2007, Haneef was held in custody for 12 days before being charged with recklessly giving support to a terrorist organisation when his mobile phone SIM card was linked to a terrorist attack in Britain the same year.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/indians-abroad/Mohammed-Haneef-to-return-to-

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Taliban vow to throw Nato out of Af before ’14 pullout

Nov 22, 2010

KABUL (AFGHANISTAN): The Taliban on Sunday vowed to keep fighting the US-led coalition and force them to abandon Afghanistan ahead of a 2014 date set by the alliance for the transition of security to Afghan control.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in message e-mailed to the media that Nato will be unable to establish a stable government in Afghanistan by that date. He did not mention an offer from President Hamid Karzai for peace talks and eventual reconciliation _ an offer rejected by the hard-line Taliban leadership.

During the summit, Nato leaders agreed to begin handing off security responsibility to Afghan security forces in early 2011, with a full transition targeted for the end of 2014. Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Taliban-vow-to-throw-Nato-out-of-Af-

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Afghanistan election body disqualifies 19 poll winners

22nd November 2010

KABUL: Afghanistan's election commission has disqualified due to fraud 19 candidates who had been declared preliminary winners in recent parliamentary polls, an official said Sunday.

More than 2,500 candidates, including over 400 women, vied for 249 lower house seats in the Sep 18 elections. The Independent Election Commission (IEC), which conducted the polls, had declared 180 men and 69 women the preliminary winners.

The UN-backed Election Complaint Commission (ECC) sifted through nearly 6,000 complaints filed by observers, voters and candidates in the past two months and submitted its findings to IEC Sunday, spokesman Ahmad Zia Rafat told reporters.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Afghanistan-election-body-disqualifies-

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Israel troops get suspended sentence on Gaza abuse

22nd November 2010

JERUSALEM: An Israeli court-martial handed down suspended prison sentences on Sunday to two former soldiers who forced a Palestinian boy to search for suspected booby-traps during the Gaza Strip war, the military said.

The ruling meant the ex-conscripts, who were last month convicted of reckless endangerment and conduct unbecoming, are free but face a minimum 3-month jail term if they commit another crime. They were also stripped of their ranks as reservists.

While serving in Israel's ground offensive against Hamas-led guerrillas on Jan. 15, 2009, the two infantrymen helped storm an apartment building in the Gaza City district of Tel Al-Hawa.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Israel-troops-get-suspended-

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5 Iranians killed in Pakistan

November 22, 2010

Unidentified gunmen shot dead five Iranian nationals and injured three more in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province on Sunday. The gunmen, who were riding a motorcycle, shot and killed the Iranian nationals in Turbat district. They fled after the attack, witnesses were quoted as saying by TV news channels.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack and there was no official word on the incident. The Iranians were waiting for a bus to travel to the port city of Karachi when the gunmen struck, TV channels reported.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/298222/5-Iranians-killed-in-Pakistan.html

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Qaeda plans to ‘ bleed West with 1,000 cuts’

22nd November 2010

AL- QAEDA in the Arabian Peninsula is promising more smallscale attacks such as its attempts to bomb two US- bound cargo planes, which it likens to bleeding its enemy to death by a thousand cuts, in a special edition of the Yemeni- based group’s English online magazine, Inspire .

The editors boast that what they call Operation Haemorrhage was cheap and easy, using common items that together with shipping, cost only $ 4,200 ( ` 1.9lakh) to carry out.

In another article, the editors bragged of how inexpensive the operation was, listing the cost of the items, including two Nokia mobiles, at $ 150 ( ` 6,800) each, two HP printers, at $ 300 ( ` 13,600) each, plus shipping, transportation and other miscellaneous expenses add up to a total bill of $ 4,200 ( ` 1.9lakh).

Full report at: Mail Today

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Inability to find a life partner a ‘grave’ concern for cemetery worker

22nd November 2010

JEDDAH: Although aged 49, Abu Wisam is still a bachelor. He is one man whose marriage proposals have been rejected by many women.

This is not because there are any issues with him as a person, but because of the type of job he does — he’s the gatekeeper of a cemetery.

None of the parents of the women Abu Wisam has been interested in marrying feel comfortable with their daughters marrying a man who guards the dead. This has now forced Abu Wisam, as gatekeeper at Eve’s Cemetery in downtown Jeddah, to reluctantly think of getting another job.

Abu Wisam’s experience is not isolated. There are many others who do menial jobs and are in similar situations, and there are many who lead almost isolated lives because of the way wider society views their lines of work, Al-Watan newspaper reported.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article197721.ece

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Body sought to deal with women’s economic issues

22nd November 2010

JEDDAH: A council to assist in the economic and legal affairs of Saudi women should be set up, according to a Saudi lawyer.

Saudi attorney Khalid Al-Nowaiser said the primary goal of the council would be to remove the economic obstacles which women face in their careers and investments.

Encouraging women's rights and urging the authorities to create clear regulations regarding the legal, civic and social affairs of Saudi women are extremely important for the continued development of the country.

Although the Supreme Economic Council deals with the Kingdom's economic affairs, more needs to be done to help women achieve equal rights and opportunities, he said, adding that the Council on Women Affairs will focus much-needed attention on these issues.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article197707.ece

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Gunmen kill Iraqi TV reporter in front of parents

By LARA JAKES

22nd November 2010

BAGHDAD: Police say gunmen stormed the home of an Iraqi TV reporter and shot him to death in front of his parents in a northern Iraqi city.

Eighteen-year-old Mazin Mardan was the third employee of the Al-Mousiliyah sattelite channel in Mosul to be killed by insurgents.

A Mosul police commander described Sunday’s shooting but refused to discuss possible motives.

A hospital official in the city confirmed the slaying.

Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

Mosul is Iraq’s third largest city and a former Al-Qaeda enclave.

According to Reporters Without Borders, at least 230 media workers have been killed in Iraq since 2003.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article197608.ece

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Two 'terrorists' killed in Sanandaj

22nd November 2010

TEHRAN: Iranian security forces have killed two "terrorists" in clashes in the Kurdish-populated western city of Sanandaj, the Intelligence Ministry said on Sunday.

"The leader of a terrorist group made up of deviants... was killed in an ambush along with his No. 2," the ministry said in a statement carried by the Mehr news agency. It did not say when the ambush happened or name the rebel group but it said the slain men were suspected of murdering a local judicial official and of carrying out several armed robberies. "This group intended to use the money from the robberies to increase terrorist acts in Sunni-populated towns in the west of the country," the statement said.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article197656.ece

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Taseer talks Aasia Bibi into filing mercy petition

By AZHAR MASOOD

22nd November 2010

ISLAMABAD: Punjab Gov. Salman Taseer has pledged to send the mercy petition filed by the Christian woman Aasia Bibi, who is accused of blasphemy, to President Asif Ali Zardari with a favorable recommendation.

Taseer, in an interview with Arab News said, "I do not have the authority to remit the death sentence ... she has filed a mercy petition addressed to the president and I will send her petition to the president with favorable recommendation."

Taseer, a liberal moderate, offered no comments on the blasphemy laws but said, "I met Aasia Bibi today and persuaded her to file a mercy petition to save her life."

Under the constitution a convicted person can address a mercy petition to the president through the governor of the respective province.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article197737.ece

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Drone strike kills six in North Waziristan

22nd November 2010

MIRANSHAH: A US drone attack killed six suspected militants in North Waziristan on Sunday, security officials said a day after Islamabad rejected reports the covert missile campaign could expand.

The officials said two missiles slammed into a compound in Khaddi village, 15 kilometres east of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan and considered a hub for Taliban and al Qaeda-linked militants.

“The compound and vehicle parked nearby were destroyed in the attack and at least six militants are dead,” a senior security official said on condition of anonymity.

The casualties were confirmed by an intelligence official as US President Barack Obama and NATO leaders wrapped up a summit in Lisbon after announcing plans to hand control of security in Afghanistan to local forces in 2014.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\11\22\story_22-11-2010_pg1_7

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Taliban kill district police chief in east Afghanistan

22nd November 2010

KHOST: Taliban insurgents ambushed and killed a senior police officer in eastern Afghanistan, provincial officials said on Sunday. The incident came a day after NATO leaders wrapped up a major summit in Lisbon to endorse plans to hand control of security in Afghanistan to Afghan forces by the end of 2014.

Chief of police for Musa Khil district in restive Khost province Akbar Jan, was killed in an ambush by insurgents, provincial police chief Abdul Hakim Esaaqzai said.

NATO says international and Afghan forces killed five insurgents in a series of attacks over the weekend. Troops killed two insurgents in Zabul province.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\11\22\story_22-11-2010_pg7_8

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Al Qaeda eyes small US attacks at ‘bargain’ prices

22nd November 2010

* Small-scale attacks on US to continue, group says

* Attacks aimed at inflicting economic damage

DUBAI: Al Qaeda’s Yemen-based wing vowed to “bleed” US resources with inexpensive, small-scale attacks that cost militants just thousands of dollars to mount but billions for the West to guard against.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula said it had spent just $4,200 on two parcel bombs mailed from Yemen to the United States last month. The bombs were intercepted in Britain and Dubai, sparking a worldwide security alert.

It singled out the aviation industry as its main target.

“It is such a good bargain for us to spread fear amongst the enemy and keep him on his toes in exchange of a few months of work and a few thousand bucks,” al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) said in its online magazine, posted overnight on terrorist websites.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\11\22\story_22-11-2010_pg7_32

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Moving against UN conventions

Abdul Jabbar Khan

22nd November 2010

Pakistan government is reportedly confronting with the international community and is found adamant on the serious question of corruption its control across Pakistan.

There are reports that the government has come out confronting with the Transparency International and that would lead to a clash with the UN charter on anti-corruption and human rights. The report on corruption perception in Pakistan and its ranking on being one of the most corrupt nations in the world have hurt the government who never entertained media and transparency reports on corruption.

Now when the France is buzzing over the question of French President Sarkozy and alleged involvement of Pakistan’s top leadership in kickback and commission alleged earned through the deal of Augusta submarine, the government is caught aback and that too through the advise of its ministers who consider them to be the honest icon in this part of the world.

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/1110/22/FrontPage/index.php?id=5

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Pak pilgrims to get 250 Riyals each

22nd November 2010

Flights from Saudi Arabia arriving late | Religious Affairs Minister to hand over report to PM on return

JEDDAH – Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi assured that each of the 25,000 affected pilgrims would be provided 250 Riyals compensation as they faced severe problems due to non-provision of tents in Mina.

Talking to media after attending dinner organised by Saudi Minister for Haj Dr Abdul Salam Al-Farooqui and meeting with the Deputy Minister Haj Hatim Hassan Qazi, Federal Minister Kazmi lamented mismanagement and non-provision of tents to the pilgrims in Mina.

Kazmi said that the affected pilgrims would get this compensation money in Pakistan. He said return of money is not compensation but a gesture of love and affection by the Saudi government.

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/1110/22/FrontPage/index.php?id=3

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NATO choreography can’t mask pressing problems

22nd November 2010

* Allies’ dilemma has been to find way to extract from possible bloody quagmire in Afghanistan while seeking some kind of success

* Some officials fear rise in violence can make it hard to meet target date for security handover

* Difficulties faced in Afghanistan have cooled allies’ willingness to consider similar operations in future

LISBON: In terms of choreography, NATO’s Lisbon summit went to plan, with no unseemly public rifts and headline goals set, but closer inspection shows the alliance has kicked its most pressing problems into an uncertain future.

At a two-day meeting on Friday and Saturday, NATO leaders set a timeline for an end to combat operations in Afghanistan, hailed a fresh start in ties with Russia, and agreed on a programme to defend the alliance against missile attacks. They also approved a new vision statement for the coming 10 years and agreed to slim down the alliance’s command structure and bureaucracy.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\11\22\story_22-11-2010_pg1_9

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