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Islamic World News ( 25 Jun 2010, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Saudi Women vow to breastfeed their drivers

Saudi Arabian mother becomes the First Lady of al-Qaeda

Jihadist conglomerate in Bangladesh preparing for offensives

Get tough with 26/11 plotters, Chidambaram tells Pak

Karachi-bound ship with explosives held

Taliban Kill 11 In Afghan

10 militants killed in Orakzai

11 beheaded bodies found in Uruzgan

Eight Taliban surrender in Bajaur Agency

Obama Is America’s “Educator-in-Chief on Islam”

‘Qaeda Erecting Bunkers In Sahara’

WAR AGAINST TERROR - `Share power with Taliban'

Does the Bible predict destruction of Saudi Arabia?

Was Jinnah's Pakistan worth the fight?

Controversy Over Candidate's Comment On Mosque

Islam And Sharia Law Must Be Stopped Now

Senior Afghan Taliban killed in woman's clothes: NATO

Kyrgyz unrest 'systematic, well organised': HRW

British MPs for memorial for descendant of Tipu Sultan

Pakistan offers to set up corridor for Sikh pilgrims

King Saud University wins UN award

Peace tie-up : Children bond at Wagah border

Pakistan:‘Fake degree holders should resign, apologise to leadership’

Fake degrees issue may lead to mid-term elections: Nisar

India seeks cooperation among SAARC nations on tackling terror

Women's rights supporters to protest outside Saudi mission

17 websites blocked for blasphemous content

People want AFSPA withdrawal for political gains: Indian Army chief

Makkah ex-imam’s website hacked

Al-Arabiya TV offices in Iraq closed in face of warnings

Libya accuses UNHCR representative of sexual abuse

British PM wants Afghan troop withdrawal in five years

The US film that confronts the truth about Afghanistan

Pak hardsells PoK to Chinese tourists

Pak couples come to India to be parents

Terror case: Kerala cops role under scanner

Pak Government must destroy Al Qaeda: Obama

Afghan Minister in London to secure bids for mineral riches

Mullen headed to Pakistan and Afghanistan

Petraeus vs Biden: US Afghan battle

Pak Gets 3 More F-16 Fighter Jets

Pak pushing own Afghan agenda, roping in Haqqanis

US drone strike kills two militants in North Waziristan

Zimbabwe arrests two Pakistani suspects

Six Pakistanis arrested in S.A for fake passport shop

2 Levies men kidnapped in Bajaur

Islamabad, Kabul agree to boost cooperation

Afghanistan must check anti-Pak activities on its territory: Gilani

Legal lacuna hits victims of domestic violence

Indonesia uncovers plots to bomb European embassy

Britain’s court rejects halt to Afghan prisoner transfers

Weather is hot topic for Qatar's 2022 World Cup bid

Several thousand Egyptians protest police abuse

ElBaradei leads big Egypt anti-torture protest

Bangladesh: Govt to remove mobile towers from school rooftops

International Day against Drug Abuse today

Blast in Kabul as US military chief arrives

Pak terror suspects held at SA border

Violence feared as Bangla Opp set for general strike

For 1st time since revolution: World contemporary art in Iran

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Saudi Women vow to breastfeed their drivers

Jun 26, 2010

Riyadh: Saudi women plan to turn a controversial fatwa (religious ruling) to their advantage and launch a campaign to achieve their long-standing demand to drive in this conservative kingdom.

If the demand is not met, the women threatened to follow through the fatwa which allows them to breastfeed their drivers and turn them into their sons.

The campaign will be launched under the slogan: "We either be allowed to drive or breastfeed foreigners," a journalist told Gulf News.

Amal Zahid said that their decision follows a fatwa issued by a renowned scholar which said that Saudi women can breastfeed their foreign drivers for them to become their sons.

"As every Saudi family needs a driver, our campaign will focus on women's right to drive," she said.

The controversial fatwa, which was regarded as both funny and weird, issued recently by Shaikh Abdul Mohsin Bin Nasser Al Obaikan, member of Saudi Council of Senior Scholars and adviser to the king, has sparked a debate in society.

The renowned scholar said Saudi women can breastfeed their foreign drivers for them to be become their sons and brothers to their daughters.

Under this relationship, foreign drivers can mix freely with all members of the family without breaking the Islamic rule which does not allow mixing of genders.

Breast milk kinship is considered to be as good as a blood relationship in Islam.

"A woman can breastfeed a mature man so that he becomes her son. In this way, he can mix with her and her daughters without violating the teachings of Islam," the scholar said.

‘Ridiculous and weird'

Al Obaikan based his fatwa on a Hadith (saying) of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) which was narrated by Salim, the servant of Abu Huzaifa.

Later, Al Obaikan clarified that his fatwa was being distorted by the local media which ignored the condition that the milk should be drawn out of the woman and given to the man in a cup to drink.

Speaking to Gulf News, a number of Saudi women condemned the fatwa. Fatima Al Shammary was quoted by the local Arabic daily Al Watan as saying the fatwa was "ridiculous and weird".

"This fatwa has become a hot topic of debate among women. Is this is all that is left to us to do: to give our breasts to the foreign drivers?" she said.

Another Saudi woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, questioned: "Does Islam allow me to breastfeed a foreign man and prevent me from driving my own car?

"I have not breastfed my own children. How do you expect me to do this with a foreign man? What is this nonsense?" she said.

Another woman said the fatwa should also apply to the husbands who should be breastfed by housemaids. By doing so, all will be brothers and sisters," she said.

Hamid Al Ali, a journalist for an electronic newspaper, recalled that an Egyptian driver who had a crush on a female teacher he drives to school asked her to breastfeed him. When she retorted angrily, he said: "I want to be your son."

Saudi writer Suzan Al Mashhadi sarcastically asked Al Obaikan: "Do the women have to breastfeed the driver in the presence of their husbands or can they do this alone?"

"Who will protect the wife if the husband entered the house unexpectedly and found his wife breastfeeding the driver?" she asked.

Source: Gulfnews.com

http://www.qatarliving.com/node/1119871

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Saudi Arabian mother becomes the First Lady of al-Qaeda

By Richard Spencer

JUNE 26, 2010

Saudi Arabia is reviewing its terrorism strategy after the detection of a female run network that was fund raising for al-Qaeda.

Heila al-Qusayyer, the middle class mother now described as al-Qaeda's 'First Lady' was running a cell of 60 alleged militants. She is believed to have been the Arabian peninsula's principal fund-raiser for al-Qaeda.

Qusayyer holds a degree in geography and was married to a former executive from Aramco, the all-powerful state oil company, who gave up all his worldly possessions to become a radical preacher.

Counter-terror officials have previously assumed that young men and boys are the principal agents of radical Islam.

Saudi security chiefs have since set up a specialist all-female unit at King Saud University, the country's oldest, to study the appeal of Islamist militancy to women and how best to tackle it.

"The story of this woman, who was involved in collecting money, with that money finding its way to al-Qaeda, has been like an alarm call to us," General Mansur al-Turki of the Saudi interior ministry told The Daily Telegraph.

There had been previous arrests of women terrorists, including some involved in bomb preparatio but such is the sensitivity towards the role of women, they were returned home.

The country's approach to suspects has become tougher across the board after Saeed al-Shehri, the deputy leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Until then alleged terrorist were mainly put through a controversial rehabilitation programme with an emphasis on education and psychology.

Shehri, a former Guantanamo Bay inmate who returned to Saudi Arabia and then fled to Yemen, specifically demanded the release of Heila al-Qusayyer, who had been arrested in February.

Based on confessions she is said to have made in custody, the authorities say she used the cover of Islamic charities to obtain donations of cash and jewellery that she passed on to al-Qaeda.

One payment was of 650,000 Saudi riyals (GBP120,000).

Saudi newspapers have picked over leaked details of her arrest, such as that when discovered she was alone with a male suspect - a violation of strict sharia laws banning the mixing of sexes.

Wafa al-Shehri, Shehri's wife, was a key intermediary, returning to Saudi Arabia to recruit women and girls. But Qusayyer is also said to have been intending to join Saeed al-Shehri and become his second wife.

Even so, consideration is paid to her right to privacy as a woman. There is no known photograph of her, even wearing the niqab or face-veil that is used by all conservative women in the kingdom.

She was divorced by her first husband, Abdulkareem al-Humaid, the former oil executive, after he was jailed, so that she could continue her mission by marrying again.

Gen Turki said that women were possibly easier prey than men, because they were more affected by issues such as poverty and unemployment known to be a breeding ground for militancy.

He said it was also clear that women's restricted lives under local customs and laws did not mean they were unable to mix with male militants.

"We must reassure the community about the issue of al-Qaeda approaching women," he said.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/saudiarabia/7854994/Saudi-Arabian-mother-becomes-the-First-Lady-of-al-Qaeda.html

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Jihadist conglomerate in Bangladesh preparing for offensives

By Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury

June 26, 2010

After many months of being virtually cornered by Bangladeshi law enforcing agencies through massive offensives, a number of Islamist groups in the country recently have formed a conglomerate with the objective of 'giving a proper response' through series of destructive activities within the country. According to press report, notorious Jihadist group named Harkat-Ul-Jihad [HUJI] has aligned with other Islamist groups named Hizbut Tahrir [HT], Hizb Ut Towhid [HUT] and some other extremist militancy groups in Bangladesh. This Jihadist conglomerate has connections with international terror outfits like Al Qaeda, Lashkar-E-Taiba [LET], Sipahi Sahaba etc. They also have connection with Kashmiri militant groups and separatist outfits in North-Eastern part of India.

Bangladeshi authorities already banned activities of Harkat-Ul-Jihad and Hizbut Tahrir for having specific links with several terrorist activities. Another Islamist terror outfit named Hizb Ut Towhid is continuing activities inside Bangladesh and in a number of countries in the world, though Bangladeshi authorities have banned distribution of its Jihadist and anti-Semitic publications few weeks back. Hizb Ut Towhid kingpin Wazed Khan Panni alias Selim Panni is collecting members for his group from various parts of the country. This group also has created a ferocious Female Suicide Squad, which is being trained with the goal of making offensives mostly in Western countries.

According to Bangladeshi vernacular daily named Kaler Kantho, a secret meeting of this Jihadist conglomerate took place on May 28, 2010 under the leadership of HUJI leader Moulana Abu Bakr. During this meeting it was unanimously decided that the Jihadist conglomerate will publish a sermon in favor of establishing Sharia law in Bangladesh with the signature of at least one thousand clergies in the country. They also have decided to publish another document signed by Taliban kingpin Mollah Omar, with his instruction of waging Jihad in Bangladesh with the goal of staging 'Islamic revolution'. It is learnt from another source that, Iranian embassy in Bangladesh as well as representatives of PLO are closely coordinating and patronizing such notorious activities within the country. During this meeting, it was disclosed that, signed sermon of Mollah Omar has already been obtained by Bangladeshi Jihadist leaders.

In an investigative report, the Bangladeshi vernacular daily further mentioned that, a 3-member delegation of Jihadist conglomerates are already in Afghanistan, who will be arriving in the country with specific instructions from Taliban and Al Qaeda kingpins, right before beginning Jihad in Bangladesh.

HUJI started its journey in 1988 with repatriated Jihadist from Afghanistan and Palestine under direct patronization of a number of countries including Iran, Palestine and Pakistan. One of the top kingpins of this group is Pakistani national Saifullah Akhar, who was a commander in Afghan battle ground. Bangladesh national Abdur Rahman Faruki, who also was a commander in Afghan battle ground, was assigned as the leader of HUJI in Bangladesh. When Faruki was killed in a mine blast on 11th May 1989, another Bangladeshi national named Mufti Shafiqur Rahman became the head of HUJI activities in the country. This group took almost six year for taking preparations and training secretly and on 30th April 1993, it declared existence in Bangladesh through a press conference organized at National Press Club in Dhaka [Capital of Bangladesh].

Initial task of HUJI was to recruit Jihadists from Qawmi [Koranic] Madrassas in the country for sending them to Afghanistan and Palestine. After the end of Afghan war, HUJI started sending Jihadist recruits to Myanmar for getting them training by terror outfits operated by Arakan and Rohingya Muslims. Some of the commanders of Arakan and Rohingya terror outfits even came to Bangladeshi territory for secretly giving training to local Jihadists. On 19th February 1996, a group of Jihadists along with Myanmar commanders were arrested by Bangladeshi law enforcing agencies with huge volume of arms and explosives at Chittagong Hill Tract area. This was the first time; Bangladeshi authorities got evidence of Myanmar terrorists giving training to local Jihadists recruited by HUJI. According to various reports, presently more than 15,000 well-trained Jihadists only belonging to HUJI are hiding in various parts of Bangladesh. The figure will be much higher if the number of Jihadists under Hizbut Tahrir, Hizb Ut Towhid etc could be determined.

Several Islamist politicians in Bangladesh are giving silent assistance to such notorious Jihadist groups and conglomerate. This group is publishing a Jihadist monthly newspaper named 'Rahmat' [Blessings] in vernacular language under the active patronization of a leader of an Islamist political party.

While talking to the local vernacular daily, a member of the Jihadist conglomerate said, "We are set to wage war for establishment of Sharia rule in Bangladesh. We wanted to come into open politics. But, none of the governments ever gave us the chance of doing so. We have thousands of trained Jihadists in our conglomerate, and we never care about our lives. We want to stage Islamic revolution in Bangladesh, and we shall succeed."

According to sources, it was confirmed that this Jihadist conglomerate will target secular institutions and individuals in Bangladesh. Anti-Jihadist people and organizations are also on their hit list.

http://www.weeklyblitz.net/821/jihadist-conglomerate-in-bangladesh-preparing-for

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Get tough with 26/11 plotters, Chidambaram tells Pak

Vishwa Mohan & Omer Farooq Khan

Jun 26, 2010

ON BOARD SPECIAL AIRCRAFT/ISLAMABAD: While trying hard not to strike a shrill note lest it had repercussions for the SAARC home ministers' conference a day later, India on Friday is understood to have "politely but firmly" asked Pakistan to expeditiously bring to justice all the 26/11 plotters, including Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed.

India is also believed to have asked Pakistan to verify details of Pakistani Army personnel and others identified by India's own investigation as among the 26/11 plotters and whose involvement in the carnage has been attested to independently by Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley.

Indian official sources were tightlipped and refused to confirm any details.

India is said to have asked Pakistan to hand it over voice samples of all the seven LeT terrorists who have been in Pakistani jails for their involvement in 26/11 as "a first step" towards restoring confidence in the neighbour's intention and putting the trust quotient firmly on the ground.

Pakistan, on its part, is understood to have told India that three of the seven arrested ones -- including Zakiur-ur-Rehman Lakvi, Zarar Shah and Abu-al-Qama -- refused to provide voice samples invoking self-incrimination clause (not giving evidence against themselves). Significantly, India had rejected the contention as legally untenable when it was made earlier.

India is said to have put forward its position again when home minister P Chidambaram met his Pakistani counterpart Rehman Malik. Chidambaram is believed to have argued that providing voice samples should not be difficult if Pakistan willed so. India is asking for the voice samples to match with the ones of those who were giving instructions to the 26/11 attackers.

Chidambaram is learnt to have told Malik that the time has come to address issues concerning the deadly Mumbai terror attacks with the seriousness that they warrant as 18 months have passed without no real progress in the probe on the Pakistani side. He is said to have told the Pakistani minister that it was time Pakistan followed "certain leads" to collect `concrete' evidence against Saeed. Chidambaram is also learnt to have asked Malik to step up efforts to locate and arrest 13 absconders found guilty by Indian courts.

Malik departed from protocol to receive Chidambaram at the Chakala base of the Pakistan Air Force on the outskirts of Islamabad. The two ministers travelled together in the helicopter for security reasons.

Besides Lakhvi, Zarar Shah and Abu-al-Qama, the four others who are in Pakistani jails for their role in the Mumbai carnage are Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jamil Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younas Anjum. They were all formally charged with planning and helping execute terror attack on Mumbai in November 2008.

Besides these seven, there are 13 absconders -- details of which had already been given by India to Pakistan in its first dossier on the Mumbai terror attack. The absconders are: Shahid Ghafoor, Andul Rehman, Ateeq-ur-Rehman, Shakil Ahmed, Muhammed Sabir Salfi and others who were the crew members of the ships Al Hussaini and Al Fouz used in ferrying the 10 Lashkar terrorists from Karachi.

Referring to Pakistani court's recent order that evidence against the mastermind of 26/11 Hafiz Saeed was not adequate, India is said to have asked Pakistan that the evidences against the Lashkar founder were there on Pakistani soil. So, it was their duty to collect it and present it before court.

Talking to Indian media on his special aircraft, Chidambaram had said that he planned to raise India's demand for action against Hafiz Saeed and others. "Hafiz Saeed is one among them. There are controllers, there are handlers, so we need to know what action they (Pakistan government) will take against them. These matters cannot be ignored forever. Somebody has to address these issues sometime or the other."

He said he will also take up other issues like infiltration along the border of Jammu and Kashmir and identification of Pakistanis who have infiltrated to indulge in militant activities.

Asked whether India will accept Pakistan giving voice samples to any third country, he said, "I suggested one time that don't give it to us. Give it to a third country so that it is subjected to forensic analysis in a third country."

On whether Pakistani army personnel were among the handlers of the 26/11 attackers, he said, "If you are quoting from the dossier (that India gave to Pakistan), you are quoting correctly. But I do not know whether they are real names or assumed names."

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Get-tough-with-26/11-plotters-Chidambaram-tells-Pak/articleshow/6092630.cms

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Karachi-bound ship with explosives held

Jun 26, 2010

Kolkata: Security agencies on Friday intercepted a Karachi-bound ship at Diamond Harbour,50km from Kolkata,laden with explosives,arms and ammunition.M V Agean Glory,a St Vincent registered vessel,had set sail from the port of Chittagong in Bangladesh.

The shipping agent,who was to handle the vessel at Kolkata,had declared the cargo as a container and some vehicles.Regulation states that agents must mention whether a ship is carrying any explosives,even if it is not to be unloaded.

Full report at: Times of India

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Taliban Kill 11 In Afghan

Jun 26th, 2010

Two international troops were reported killed and the bodies of 11 men, some beheaded, were found on Friday in rising violence across Afghan-istan. Mohammed Khan, deputy police chief in Uruzgan province, said a villager in the Bagh Char area of Khas Uruzgan district spotted the bodies in a field and called the police.

“They were killed beca-use the Taliban said they were spying for the government, working for the government,” he said. The acting Uruzgan governor, Kh-udia Rahim, said five or six of the 11 victims had been beheaded.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/taliban-kill-11-afghan-166

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10 militants killed in Orakzai

26 Jun, 2010

KALAYA, June 25: Ten militants were killed in clashes with security forces in Anjani area of Orakzai agency on Friday.

Two soldiers, Abdul Rauf and Faisal Khan, were injured and taken to a hospital in Kohat.

Authorities imposed a curfew in the area and launched a search operation.

Meanwhile, an officer and a soldier were killed and another was injured when a bomb exploded on a road in Laddah area of South Waziristan.

Captain Tanvir and the soldier, who were in a patrol party, died on the spot.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/10-militants-killed-in-orakzai-660

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11 beheaded bodies found in Uruzgan

26 Jun, 2010

KANDAHAR, June 25: The bodies of 11 men, their heads cut off and placed next to them, have been found in a violent southern province of Afghanistan, a senior police official said on Friday.

A police patrol discovered the bodies on Thursday in the Khas Uruzgan district of Uruzgan province, north of the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar, said police official Mohammad Gulab Wardak.

He held the Taliban responsible for the killings and said they beheaded these men because they were ethnic Hazaras and belonged to the Shia community.

The Taliban were not immediately available for comment about the incident. The militants usually dispute claims by Afghan and foreign security forces.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/11-beheaded-bodies-found-in-uruzgan-660

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Eight Taliban surrender in Bajaur Agency

June 26, 2010

KHAR: Eight Taliban, including four commanders, surrendered to security forces in Bajaur Agency, army officials said on Friday. The Taliban surrendered in Char Mang valley of the agency’s Nawagai tehsil, around 30 kilometres away from agency headquarters Khar. Talking to reporters, Major Tanveer and Major Zabih said the surrendered Taliban were associated with Afghan warlord Qari Ziaur Rehman, who had been fighting the forces for the last two years. The Taliban were identified as commander Amanullah, Habibur Rehman, Taj Wali, Akbar Ali, Bismillah Khan, Akhtar Gul, Adam Khan and Sadbar Khan. hasbanullah

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\26\story_26-6-2010_pg7_9

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Envoy: Obama Is America’s “Educator-in-Chief on Islam,”

26 June, 2010

It ain’t creeping any more. It’s bulldozing. Remember Rashad Hussain is the self-admitted terrorist defending Muslim that the White House lied for. Now Hussain, with Barack Hussein’s support, will be pushing for globalized Islamic sharia law via the Islamic blasphemy law being pushed at the UN by the OIC.

Rashad Hussain, America’s special envoy to the Organization for the Islamic Conference (OIC), the Saudi-based body formed in 1969 to “protect” Jerusalem from the Israelis, announced a new title this week for President Barack Obama. According to Hussain, Obama is America’s “Educator-in-Chief on Islam.”

Full report at:

http://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2010/06/25/envoy-obama-is-america%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9Ceducator-in-chief-on-islam%E2%80%9D-will-support-criminalizing-defamation/

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‘Qaeda Erecting Bunkers In Sahara’

Jun 26th, 2010

Militants linked to Al Qaeda are building fortified bun-kers in the Algeria and Mali areas of the Sahara desert to shelter militants from air attacks, security experts claim.

The members of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb have hidden themselves in the desert without any notion of national boundaries, according to the experts. “We have different verifiable reports which enable us to state that AQIM is currently in the process of building shelters, or bunkers, in which to hide against attacks in the desert shared by Mali and Algeria,” a Malian source told Middle East Online, reported AKI.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/%E2%80%98qaeda-erecting-bunkers-sahara%E2%80%99-170

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WAR AGAINST TERROR - `Share power with Taliban'

Jun 26, 2010

Pakistan is exploiting the troubled US military effort in Afghanistan to drive home a political settlement with Afghanistan that would give Pakistan influence there but is likely to undermine US inter- ests, Pakistani and American officials said.

The dismissal of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal will almost cer- tainly embolden the Pakistanis in their plan as they detect increasing American uncer- tainty, Pakistani officials said.

The Pakistani Army chief, Gen.

Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, pre- ferred General McChrystal to his successor, Gen. David H.

Petraeus, whom he considers more of a politician than a mil- itary strategist, said people who had spoken recently with General Kayani.

Full report at: Hindustan Times

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Does the Bible predict destruction of Saudi Arabia?

June 26, 2010

Middle-Eastern media outlets are reporting that Israel may be about to launch a major attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. Last week, Israel Today reported that Saudi Arabia had given Israel permission to use its airspace for an attack, and now the Iranian Fars News Agency has reported that a squad of Israeli jets has even landed at a military airstrip in Saudi Arabia. Could this development have any significance with regard to biblical prophecy? I believe it could.

One of the greatest prophetic mysteries of the Bible is the identity of a women referred to as "the Great Prostitute" found in Revelation 17 and 18. The woman is also referred to as "Mystery Babylon." She is initially portrayed as riding a seven-headed beast, but later this very same beast turns on her, "devours her and burns her with fire."

Full report at:

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=171389

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Was Jinnah's Pakistan worth the fight?

Billy I Ahmed

June 26, 2010

MORE than half a century after the end of British rule on the Indian subcontinent and the creation of India and Pakistan - born through the Hindu-Muslim partition in 1947, the Muslims who opted to stay in India are still getting a raw deal in every sphere of life. Still drowned in the scourge of poverty and backwardness, they continue fighting the ever-haunting spectre of communal riots and threats to their religious and cultural identity. The sense of insecurity experienced by the Indian Muslims in the post-partition era has compounded many times in recent years.

The man who might have made a difference was Mohammed Ali Jinnah, known to Pakistanis as "Quaid-i-Azam", the great leader. Jinnah was 70 years old and dying of tuberculosis when, in 1947, he became the first governor-general of Pakistan, a country he more or less created after breaking off from the Indian National Congress. He thought their freedom movement was becoming increasingly pro-Hindu and chauvinist as independence neared.

Full report at:

http://www.defence.pk/forums/current-events-social-issues/63162-jinnahs-pakistan-worth-fight.html

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Controversy Over Candidate's Comment On Mosque

Jun 26, 2010

By Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The heavy-hitters in Tennessee's Republican Party attended Friday night's annual Statesmen's Dinner at the Nashville Convention Center. Many of the politicians steered clear of the controversy that surrounds a proposed Murfreesboro mosque.

Thursday, Lou Ann Zelenik, a republican candidate seeking the nomination for Tennessee's sixth congressional district released a statement about the mosque some people found offensive.

"This 'Islamic Center' is not part of a religious movement; it is a political movement designed to fracture the moral and political foundation of Middle Tennessee," according to the statement on Zelenik's web site.

Full report at:

http://www.newschannel5.com/Global/story.asp?S=12713447

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Islam And Sharia Law Must Be Stopped Now

Jun 26 2010

Sharia (Islamic law) Not OK in Oklahoma: "Oklahoma State Representative Rex Duncan wants to make sure no judge ever uses Sharia (Islamic law) to decide a case in Oklahoma."

Islam, contrary to what Islamists will profess, is not the religion of peace. In reality the god of Islam is the god of hate. Islam and Sharia law have no place in America. CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations) is the organization responsible for the Goebbels-like propaganda currently being disseminated in the United States.

One of the practices Islam embraces is that of taqqiya, or deception (lying) about the realities of Islam in order to repackage the Islamic product into a more acceptable religious alternative.

Full report at:

http://beforeitsnews.com/news/86/107/Islam_And_Sharia_Law_Must_Be_Stopped_Now.html

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Senior Afghan Taliban killed in woman's clothes: NATO

June 26, 2010

A senior Taliban commander disguised in woman's clothes was killed by Afghan and international forces when he fired on troops trying to catch him south of Kabul, the military said on Saturday.

NATO and Afghan security forces cornered Ghulam Sakhi at a compound on Friday night in Logar province's Puli Alam district, and called for women and children to leave the building, a coalition statement said.

"As they were exiting, Sakhi came out with the group disguised in women's attire and pulled out a pistol and a grenade and shot at the security force," the statement by NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.

"When Afghan and coalition forces shot him he dropped the grenade and it detonated, wounding a woman and two children," it said.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/afghanistan/Senior-Afghan-Taliban-killed-in-woman-s-clothes-NATO/Article1-563473.aspx

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Kyrgyz unrest 'systematic, well organised': HRW

June 26, 2010

The deadly inter-ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan this month was systematic and well-organised, Human Rights Watch said on Saturday, urging an international inquiry into the unrest.

The New York-based watchdog also warned that the government's decision to proceed with a referendum on a new constitution tomorrow risks sparking a resurgence of the violence between majority Kyrgyz and minority Uzbeks.

"Human Rights Watch research suggests that the violence, particularly the attacks on Uzbek neighborhoods, was systematic and, at least in some cases, well-organised," the group said. It said that Uzbeks were accusing government forces of participating in the attacks on their neighbourhoods, recounting how armoured personnel carriers had been used to remove barricades in front of their neighbourhoods.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/restofasia/Kyrgyz-unrest-systematic-well-organised/Article1-563477.aspx

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British MPs for memorial for descendant of Tipu Sultan

June 26, 2010

Twenty-two British lawmakers have backed a proposal for a memorial here for Noor Inayat Khan, a descendant of erstwhile ruler of Mysore Tipu Sultan, who was awarded UK's highest civilian honour for her crucial role as a secret agent during the World War II.

Valerie Vaz, the newly elected Labour MP, tabled an early day motion in Parliament calling for the House to recognise the "extraordinary bravery" of Noor who was awarded the George Cross.

She wanted the House to back a campaign to have Noor's bust installed in Gordon Square, near the house where she lived.

It will be the first memorial for an Asian woman in Britain.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/indians-abroad/europe/British-MPs-for-memorial-for-descendant-of-Tipu-Sultan/Article1-562678.aspx

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Pakistan offers to set up corridor for Sikh pilgrims

June 26, 2010

Pakistan has offered to set up a special corridor for Sikh pilgrims to visit the sacred Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, which lies only three kms from the international border, a senior official has said.

Pakistan is ready for talks with India to create such a special corridor for a safe passage for pilgrims, Syed Asif Hashmi, chief of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) that is responsible for maintaining the shrines of minority communities in Pakistan, told reporter at Hasanabdal yesterday.

Organisations representing Indian Sikhs have been demanding the establishment of a passport and visa-free passage between Dera Baba Nanak on the Indian side and Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, located about three kilometres from the border in Pakistan's Narowal district.

Full report at:

http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report_pakistan-offers-to-set-up-corridor-for-sikh-pilgrims_1401530

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King Saud University wins UN award

Jun 26, 2010

RIYADH: King Saud University (KSU) has been awarded a United Nations’ award for excellence in public service, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Friday.

The award was given by the Secretariat for Economic and Social Affairs, an affiliate of the UN. The prize is the highest recognition of e-services. The KSU, which was founded by King Saud in 1957, is the first Saudi university to achieve this distinction, SPA said.

The award was received by Abdullah Al-Othman, rector of the university, at a function in Barcelona, Spain, on Wednesday.

Speaking on the occasion Al-Othman said a major factor for the winning of the award was the keenness of KSU to implement advanced educational technology with multimedia facilities for effective and interactive learning.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article73449.ece

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Peace tie-up: Children bond at Wagah border

Jun 26, 2010

Wagah: On a pleasant summer morning, a group of children from India and Pakistan made peace look ever so simple at the Wagah-Attari border. In the first such interaction between the two countries,they exchanged peace messages written on hundreds of handkerchiefs. The event,part of Aman Ki Asha,a joint initiative by Pakistans Jang Group and The Times of India, also heralded the arrival of the Commonwealth Queens baton.

For fleeting seconds, it was like nations forged together, borders made irrelevant. As an onlooker said, It was goosebumps time.

Times of India

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‘Fake degree holders should resign, apologise to leadership’

June 26, 2010

LAHORE: Parliamentarians who submitted fake degrees to enter the corridors of power should tender their resignations and apologise to the nation and their party leadership, women legislators of the treasury and opposition benches said on Friday. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) female lawmaker Arifa Khalid Pervez, talking to journalists in the assembly lobby, said that submitting a fake degree to the Election Commission to be a parliamentarian was a regrettable act and it was a cause for embarrassment for party leaderships.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\26\story_26-6-2010_pg13_3

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Fake degrees issue may lead to mid-term elections: Nisar

June 26, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Opposition leader in National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Friday hinted at mid-term elections if majority of legislators’ degrees come out as fake.

He said that by-elections would not remain an option if a large number of lawmakers were disqualified because of fake degrees.

While talking to media, Nisar ruled out support for any legislation that would save the fake degree holders.

He said that despite the federal governments efforts the PML-N refused to take back amendments in the finance bill.

Nisar claimed that his party was playing a role of real opposition and alleged that the government was continuing with unlawful and unconstitutional acts.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/12-fake+degrees+issue+may+lead+to+mid-term+elections+nisar--bi-03

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India seeks cooperation among SAARC nations on tackling terror

Jun 26, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Warning that the South Asian region is faced with a "serious" security situation, India today sought fullest cooperation among SAARC countries in sharing information on potential terrorists and planned acts of terrorism to create a more secure environment.

"The increasing threat of terrorism poses a major challenge to the maintenance of peace and security and adversely affects economic development in our region," home minister P Chidambaram said while addressing the SAARC Home Ministers' Conference here.

"We can all undoubtedly agree that the South Asian region is faced with a serious security situation," he told the meeting being attended by the ministers from Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Maldives, besides India and Pakistan.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-seeks-cooperation-among-SAARC-nations-on-tackling-terror/articleshow/6094691.cms

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Women's rights supporters to protest outside Saudi mission

JUNE 26, 2010

Supporters of women's rights will hold a protest Saturday to denounce gender apartheid in Saudi Arabia.

"This may be like the pied piper for Islamic feminists," said Fatima Thompson, a Muslim convert and a board member for the D.C. chapter of the Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV), which is organizing the event. "They have created all these various organizations to promote women's rights, so hopefully this will be a means to get us all together."

The MPV, which is an "inclusive community" rooted in social justice, will hold the protest in front of the Saudi Arabian Embassy. Protesters will rally at 1:30 p.m. for the release of foreign nationals being held captive in the kingdom, including Canadian-born Nathalie Morin and her three young children.

Full report at:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jun/25/womens-rights-supporters-to-protest-outside-saudi-/print/

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17 websites blocked for blasphemous content

June 26, 2010

 ISLAMABAD: Lahore High Court's Bahawalpur Bench has ordered to block 17 websites for carrying blasphemous content. The bench also ordered to monitor seven websites including Yahoo, Youtube etc.

Later, the government ordered the monitoring of major websites including Google, Yahoo and YouTube for "anti-Islam content" on Friday, an official said.

"The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has received orders from the ministry of information technology to monitor these websites, which are being implemented," a spokesman for the authority said.

PTA officials have been summoned on June 28 in this regard.

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/6-25-2010/67328.htm

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People want AFSPA withdrawal for political gains: Army chief

Jun 26, 2010

NEW DELHI: Army Chief General V K Singh has said people asking for withdrawal or dilution of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in Jammu and Kashmir are doing it for "narrow political gains".

"AFSPA is a misunderstood act and all who ask for its dilution or withdrawal, probably do so for narrow political gains," he said in an interview to the 'Land Forces' Defence magazine.

The Army Chief was asked if the withdrawal of AFSPA would "seriously jeopardise" the safety and credibility of the force in Jammu and Kashmir.

Pointing out that soldiers operating in "hostile environment" need legal protection to perform their tasks efficiently, Singh said, "Any dilution or withdrawal of AFSPA will lead to constraining our operations."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/People-want-AFSPA-withdrawal-for-political-gains-Army-chief/articleshow/6094290.cms

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Makkah ex-imam’s website hacked

By SULTAN AL-TAMIMI

Jun 26, 2010

JEDDAH: A website belonging to a former imam of the Grand Mosque in Makkah was hacked last week.

Anyone visiting Sheikh Adil Al-Kalbani’s website at the time would be greeted with a blank page with a picture at the top of the movie character The Joker, who the hacker had apparently named himself after.

At the bottom of the page is a statement criticizing the sheikh for stating that music and singing is permitted in Islam.

Al-Kalbani’s website featured a number of articles and lectures as well as a question and answer section allowing him to interact with visitors.

In March 2008 he was appointed by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah as an imam of the Grand Mosque.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article73413.ece

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Al-Arabiya TV offices in Iraq closed in face of warnings

June 26, 2010

BAGHDAD: The Baghdad offices of Al-Arabiya television closed on Friday after the interior ministry warned the Saudi-funded satellite network was under surveillance by insurgents, a staffer said.  

“Interior ministry sources told us they had information that terrorist groups were closely watching the bureau in preparation for an attack,” the Al-Arabiya journalist told AFP, asking not to be identified. 

“The management asked all staff — journalists and technicians — not to come to work today.”      

Al-Arabiya’s headquarters in Dubai could not immediately be reached for comment.  

But an Iraqi interior ministry official said: “There are terrorist threats” to the channel’s offices in the Al-Harthiyah area of west Baghdad. He did not elaborate. The pan-Arab television channel has been no stranger to attack by suspected Arab insurgents or pressure from the Shia-led government.   

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=247204

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Libya accuses UNHCR representative of sexual abuse

June 26, 2010

TRIPOLI: Libya on Friday justified its closure of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees office in a statement that included claims its representative had offered refugee status in exchange for sex.       

The foreign ministry said in a statement that it had received several complaints of “abuse” by the UNHCR representative, who was not named, “contrary to the humanitarian activity of the organisation.”    

Concretely, it accused the representative of “taking bribes” from immigrants and of “sexually exploiting women in exchange for the granting of refugee status.” The statement provided no further details on these allegations.   

On June 8, the UNHCR announced that Libyan authorities had ordered it to shut its office and leave the country.       

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=247207

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British PM wants Afghan troop withdrawal in five years

June 26, 2010

HUNTSVILLE: British Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday he wants troops home from Afghanistan within five years, conceding the war-torn country would not be “perfect” before that happened.

While he would not outline a “strict timetable” for a withdrawal, Cameron said he wanted to see British troops leave before the next British general elections due by 2015.

“We can't be there for another five years, having been there for nine years already,” Cameron, who took office last month, told Sky News television, on the sidelines of a Group of Eight summit in Canada.

Asked whether he wanted troops home by the time of the next election, Cameron said: “I want that to happen, make no mistake about it.”

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/06-british-pm-wants-afghan-troop-withdrawal-in-five-years-rs-02

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The US film that confronts the truth about Afghanistan

By Robert Fisk

26 Jun, 2010

LONDON: As a schoolboy, I would travel to the Edinburgh Festival with my pal Julian Holt to watch movies. There were three reasons for this. As a trainspotter, I wanted to take photographs of steam locos at Waverley station. I was fascinated by cinema film – I had ambitions then to be a film critic as well as a foreign correspondent – and I could escape from my over-protective parents.

These were the days of Polanski’s Knife in the Water and the French New Wave. Master Fisk, who stayed in a bleak lodging house in the crumby port of Leith – all drunks and old ships – could even be glimpsed occasionally in Crawford’s tea house off Princes Street, ostentatiously reading Cahiers du Cinéma.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/international/the-us-film-that-confronts-the-truth-about-afghanistan-660

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Pak hardsells PoK to Chinese tourists

Saibal Dasgupta

Jun 26, 2010

Beijing: Pakistan has launched a marketing campaign to lure Chinese tourists to Azad Kashmir (Pakistan occupied Kashmir or PoK) promising them a safe and secure journey to the disputed area that falls outside its territory. Pakistani officials are using a three-day tourism industry exhibition that began in Beijing on Friday to persuade Chinese tour operators to start operating in PoK including Neelum Valley near the Line of Control (LoC).

The move comes soon after there were indications about Chinese construction companies taking up infrastructure projects in the disputed region. India has been extremely worried about a significant Chinese presence in PoK as it would further complicate the Kashmir issue, which is at the core of the strained relations with Pakistan.

Full report at: Times of India

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Pak couples come to India to be parents

Radha Sharma

Jun 26, 2010

Ahmedabad: Trust deficit between India and Pakistan has not stopped women from Lahore or Sindh coming to Ahmedabad with hopes of becoming a mother.Scores of Pakistani couples come to Gujarat to have babies through the invitro fertilization (IVF) method.

Sahista,a 34-year-old woman from Lahore,waited for years to have a child.When she learnt about IVF clinics in India,she came to Ahmedabad where one of her relatives stays.She was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome.Her doctor advised her to opt for IVF. We did an embryo transfer.Sahista conceived and returned to Pakistan.Two months ago,she became a mother.She sent us a picture of her family with the newborn, said Dr Manish Banker of Pulse Womens Hospital.

Full report at: Times of India

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Terror case: Kerala cops role under scanner

Jun 26, 2010

Thiruvananthapuram: The role of Kerala police in terrorism-related cases has come under the scanner again,with the National Investigation Agency (NIA) calling off a proposed test identification parade of the key accused in the Kozhikode double blasts case after cops exhibited them in public without masking their faces.

Tadiyantavide Naseer,a LeT terrorist,and his aide Shafas were produced before the NIA court in Kochi last week,with their faces uncovered,prompting the NIA to take up the matter with the court.On Friday,the court directed police that presenting the accused with face uncovered would affect the trial.It also asked cops not to allow the accused to talk to media.Naseer,a former aide of PDP leader A N Madani,was allowed to talk to the media last week.

Times of India

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Pak Government must destroy Al Qaeda: Obama

Jun 26, 2010

President Barack Obama says to achieve its mission in Afghanistan to dismantle and destroy Al Qaeda and its affiliates, the US must ensure a stable Afghan and an effective Pakistani government.

A day after replacing the top American general in Afghanistan, he also made it clear that the change did not indicate a change in policy and troops could remain in significant numbers in Afghanistan well after his withdrawal timeline begins next summer.

"Our mission, first and foremost, is to dismantle and destroy Al Qaeda and its affiliates so that they can't attack the United States," he said Thursday facing the press for the first time since sacking Gen. Stanley McChrystal.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/265004/Pak-Government-must-destroy-Al-Qaeda-Obama.html

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Afghan Minister in London to secure bids for mineral riches

Nandini Jawli

Jun 26, 2010

Afghanistan has such vast resources of minerals that it could be self sufficient within a decade, the country’s Mines Minister has said in London. He is approaching the world’s mining companies to invest in Afghanistan.

Wahid Shahrani has told the BBC in an interview that his country has untapped mineral wealth worth in excess of $3tn. He said that mining could move the country from being aid dependent to being self-sufficient in 10 years if its mineral resources are properly exploited.

Shahrani’s visit to Britain is seen as a multi-billion dollar sales tour, trying to encourage bids from the world’s mining companies for Afghanistan vast reserves of minerals, which include oil, gas, copper, gold, cobalt, Niobium, iron and lithium.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/265057/Afghan-Minister-in-London-to-secure-bids-for-mineral-riches.html

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Mullen headed to Pakistan and Afghanistan

Jun 26, 2010

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, would be heading to Pakistan and Afghanistan to make it clear that America’s strategy in the region would not change, a day after President Barack Obama nominated General David Petraeus as his new war commander in Afghanistan.

“My message will be clear. Nothing changes about our strategy. Nothing changes about the mission. Nothing changes about the resources we are dedicating, or the commitment we are making to defeat al-Qaeda and its extremist allies in the region,” Mr. Mullen told reporters yesterday at a Pentagon news conference.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article484832.ece

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Petraeus vs Biden: US Afghan battle

Mark Landler and Helene Cooper

Jun 26, 2010

The messy departure of Gen. Stanley A. McCh- rystal is likely to make the Obama administration's inter- nal debates over Afghanistan even more pointed, giving the military a powerful advocate for staying the course as it pre- pares for a reckoning with more impatient officials like Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

President Obama insisted he was switching military leaders, not strategies, when he fired General McChrystal, the top commander in Afghanistan, on Wednesday. But administration insiders say there have been preliminary discussions about whether to rethink the approach to a war that is clear- ly bogging down.

Full report at: Hindustan Times

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Pak Gets 3 More F-16 Fighter Jets

Jun 26th, 2010

Three F-16 Block 52 C fighter jets would be inducted in the Pakistan Air Force fleet on Saturday, officials said.

Defence authorities on Friday said that in the first phase US would hand over three F-16 Block C fighter jets to Pakistan that would be equipped with latest weapons and technology and a formal handing over ceremony in this regard would be held.

Pakistani pilots would fly the three F-16 fighter jets from America. In the second phase five F-16 Block 52 C fighter jets would be handed over to Pakistan in one-and-a-half month. While overall a total of 18 fighter jets would be inducted in the PAF fleet by this year end. The officials said that talks are on with US authorities for another 14 F16 Block 52 C jets and “we are optimistic that US would provide us with these jets”.

After the induction of 18 F-16 Block C Jets the PAF fleet of F-16s would swell to 63. The officials said that the fighter jets are equipped with modern technology and eight Pakistani pilots have got special training from the United States to fly these planes.

http://www.asianage.com/international/pak-gets-3-more-f-16-fighter-jets-165

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Pak pushing own Afghan agenda, roping in Haqqanis

Jun 26 2010

Islamabad: Pakistan is exploiting the troubled United States military effort in Afghanistan to drive home a political settlement with Afghanistan that would give Pakistan important influence there but is likely to undermine US interests, Pakistani and American officials said.

The dismissal of Gen Stanley A McChrystal will almost certainly embolden the Pakistanis in their plan as they detect increasing American uncertainty, Pakistan officials said. Pakistan Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani preferred McChrystal to his successor, Gen David H Petraeus, whom he considers more of a politician than a military strategist, said people who had spoken recently with Kayani.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pak-pushing-own-afghan-agenda-roping-in-haqqanis/638711/

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US drone strike kills two militants in North Waziristan

June 26, 2010

MIRAMSHAH: A US drone strike in Pakistan's northwest tribal belt, on the border with Afghanistan, killed two militants and wounded two others early on Saturday, security officials said.

The drone targeted a house in Mir Ali area, 30 kilometres east of Miramshah, the main town in North Waziristan, a security official and two intelligence officials told AFP.

North Waziristan is known as a hub of Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants.

“It was a US drone strike. The drone fired one missile on a house and the house was completely destroyed,” an intelligence official in Miramshah said.

A second official in the same area confirmed the strike and the death of two militants.

Two other militants were injured, the officials said, but it was not immediately clear if any of the militants were high-value targets.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/04-nwaziristan-drone-strike-qs-01

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Zimbabwe arrests two Pakistani suspects

26 Jun, 2010

HARARE: Zimbabwe police said on Friday they had detained two Pakistani men heading to South Africa, one of them under an international arrest warrant, which state media said was for terrorism.

South Africa is hosting the World Cup and experts had said that terrorism could not be ruled out because of the huge attention that even a small attack would get during the June 11-July 11 tournament.

“We have two Pakistani men in our custody and through Interpol we have established that there is a warrant for one of them,” police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena told Reuters.

Asked if one of the men was a terrorism suspect, Bvudzijena said: “I wouldn't say that at the moment, it is too early, we are still conducting our investigations.”

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/04-pak-arrests-zimbabwe-qs-02

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Six Pakistanis arrested in S.A for fake passport shop

25 Jun, 2010

JOHANNESBURG: South African police said Friday they had raided a passport forgery shop and arrested six Pakistani nationals accused of helping foreigners stay in the country illegally.

Police said they seized large quantities of false birth certificates, IDs, work permits and South African passports during the raid in the town of Brits, near the capital Pretoria.

“The raid on the Pakistani-run office in Brits must be welcomed by all South Africans as a sign of the unflinching determination of the government to root out corruption in our society,” said home affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

South Africa, the continent's largest economy, is home to an estimated three to four million illegal immigrants.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/16-six+pakistanis+arrested+in+s.africa+for+fake+passport+shop-hs-01

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2 Levies men kidnapped in Bajaur

26 Jun, 2010

KHAR, June 25: Two Levies personnel were kidnapped in the Mamond tehsil and eight militants laid down arms and surrendered to security forces in the Bajaur Agency on Friday

An official said security personnel were going for joining their duties when some gunmen overpowered them in the Tangi area and took them away. No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping but Taliban had warned Levies personnel 10 days ago to quit the force.

Meanwhile, eight supporters of Afghan militant commander Qari Ziaur Rehman laid down arms and surrendered in the Charmang area. They were also produced before media people. They told journalists they belonged to the Qari Rehman group and had carried out attacks on security forces in the area.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/2-levies-men-kidnapped-in-bajaur-660

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Islamabad, Kabul agree to boost cooperation

26 Jun, 2010

 ISLAMABAD, June 25: Eyeing an enhanced role in the development projects of Afghanistan, Islamabad agreed with Kabul on Friday to set up several mechanisms for boosting cooperation.

“Foreign ministers of Pakistan and Afghanistan felt that various institutional frameworks should be evolved to give further impetus to bilateral cooperation in different areas,” a joint statement issued at the end of Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul’s two-day visit to Pakistan said.

The two sides agreed to hold foreign ministers’ meetings twice a year. There was also understanding on regular meetings of senior diplomats; setting up of joint commissions on education, border cooperation and visa regime; and establishment of the Pakistan-Afghanistan Information & Cultural Foundation and Pakistan-Afghanistan Reconstruction Consortium.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/islamabad,-kabul-agree-to-boost-cooperation-660

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Afghanistan must check anti-Pak activities on its territory: Gilani

June 26, 2010

* PM says Islamabad ready to help Afghan govt in reconciliation, reintegration

* More cooperation needed in intelligence sharing, defence, trade and other fields

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani on Friday urged Afghanistan to ensure that its territory is not used by any country to destabilise Balochistan, as he met visiting Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul.

Talking to Rassoul at the Prime Minister’s House, Gilani said both countries also needed to work closely to avoid misunderstandings over the water issue.

He expressed his satisfaction over the outcome of foreign minister-level meetings between Pakistan and Afghanistan and reaffirmed his government’s position of strict neutrality and non-interference in Afghanistan’s internal affairs.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\26\story_26-6-2010_pg7_3

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Saudi Arabia Legal lacuna hits victims of domestic violence

By DIANA AL-JASSEM

Jun 26, 2010

JEDDAH: Domestic violence has become a widespread problem across the Kingdom with statistics from the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) showing an increase in recent years.

“The fact that women are highly educated, and have high social statuses and lofty work positions cannot protect them from being abused,” said Dr. Suhaila Zain Al-Abidin, a member of the NSHR, adding that domestic violence is now rampant and difficult to stop.

“Men are violent by nature. The physical characteristics of men and their personalities allow them to be violent with women without feeling guilty,” she said, adding that it is wrong to link violence to religion, customs and education.

“Islam has given women rights as well as duties. There are Qur’anic verses that mention the equality of men and women,” she added.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article73432.ece

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Indonesia uncovers plots to bomb European embassy

Jun 26, 2010

JAKARTA: Indonesian police said on Friday they had uncovered plots to attack a European embassy and a police ceremony in the capital Jakarta, with some Islamist militants involved and explosives still unaccounted for.

Police have said militants may be switching tactics from bombing Westerners — such as in nightclubs in Bali in 2002 and luxury hotels in Jakarta last year — to armed attacks on state targets and institutions such as the president and the police.

The police's anti-terror unit Detachment 88 this week arrested five men in Java, discovering documents revealing plans to attack an embassy and a police anniversary on July 1, which the militant group referred to as "a birthday gift."

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article73153.ece

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Britain’s court rejects halt to Afghan prisoner transfers

Jun 26, 2010

LONDON: A British court said on Friday that suspected Taleban captives face the risk of mistreatment in a Kabul jail, but rejected an attempt to ban British troops from handing them over to Afghan security forces.

Anti-war activist Maya Evans asked the High Court to forbid British troops from transferring detainees to Afghanistan’s National Directorate for Security. Her lawyers said prisoners had suffered abuse including beatings, electrocution and sleep deprivation.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article73382.ece

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Weather is hot topic for Qatar's 2022 World Cup bid

Jun 26, 2010

JOHANNESBURG: Qatar's bid to host the 2022 World Cup is provoking a heated debate in South Africa.

Bid leader Hassan Al Thawadi says football officials from around the world are asking him how their national teams can play in the emirate's hot weather.

A Qatari World Cup would be played from June 3 to July 3 and temperatures this week hit 43 degrees Celsius (109 Fahrenheit).

It's been 35 Celsius (95 Fahrenheit) at 9:30 p.m. local time when late matches — including the final — would kick off.

Al Thawadi says Qatar will show FIFA a prototype in September of a solar-powered stadium cooling system that will regulate the air inside venues.

FIFA will choose the 2022 World Cup host in December.

http://arabnews.com/sports/article73400.ece

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Several thousand Egyptians protest police abuse

By SARAH EL DEEB

Jun 26, 2010

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt : Several thousand Egyptians, joined by top opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei, protested on Friday what they call authorities' systematic use of torture in the largest demonstration yet sparked by the alleged beating death of a young man by police this month.

The death of Khaled Said has become a rallying point for pro-reform activists and rights workers who say police abuse is rampant, made possible by a three-decade-old emergency law.

“It's a clear-cut message to the regime that the Egyptian people are sick and tired of practices that are inhumane,” said ElBaradei after the protest.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article73488.ece

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ElBaradei leads big Egypt anti-torture protest

26 June 2010

 ALEXANDRIA, Egypt - Potential Egyptian presidential candidate Mohamed ElBaradei led thousands of people on Friday in an anti-torture protest that analysts said was significant for joining disparate groups in a common cause.

Around 4,000 people, representing varied political views, and many ordinary citizens greeted ElBaradei, 68, the former nuclear inspector, as he visited the port city of Alexandria to offer condolences to the family of Khaled Mohammed Said, an Egyptian who rights groups say was beaten to death by police.

The protest, ElBaradei’s second public appearance this month and the first in which his family joined him in public, was his biggest rally so far. Earlier in June he visited Fayoum in a signature drive campaign that drew some 3,500 supporters.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/June/middleeast_June631.xml&section=middleeast

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Govt to remove mobile towers from school building roofs

Siddiqur Rahman Khan

26 June 2010

The education ministry has planned to ask schools, colleges and madrassahs to remove the towers mobile operators have set up on building roofs of the institutions to avert damage.

Education Engineering Department officials told New Age they noticed that a number of school buildings had been damaged a few days after the installation of mobile network towers on the roofs of the buildings.

 ‘The buildings of educational institutions are not constructed with provision for the installation of towers on the roof. Such buildings are constructed only to be used as classrooms,’ said an official of the EED, which is responsible for the construction of the buildings of government and non-government educational institutions.

Full report at:

http://www.newagebd.com/2010/jun/26/inat.html

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International Day against Drug Abuse today

Jun 26, 2010

The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking will be observed in the country as elsewhere in the world today.

Different socio-cultural organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes to mark the day with a call to create a society free from drug abuse.

Both the president, Zillur Rahman, and the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, issued separate messages on the occasion.

The president called upon all to come forward for prevention of spread of drugs and its abuse. He also called for protecting the youths from the menace of drug.

He expressed the hope that a drug-free ‘beautiful and healthy society’ would be established with coordinated efforts of all.

Full report at:

http://www.newagebd.com/2010/jun/26/inat.html

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Blast in Kabul as US military chief arrives

Jun 26, 2010

KABUL: A blast which rocked the Afghan capital Saturday was accidental, NATO said, as Washington's military chief arrived to explain the sacking of the US commander of foreign forces in the country.

The blast, near the foreign ministry in Kabul's embassy district, happened when an anti-personnel mine in an Afghan army vehicle accidentally detonated, a spokesman for NATO's International Security Assistance Force said.

It was not an attack by Taliban-linked insurgents, Lieutenant-Commander Ian Baxter told AFP of the blast, which happened around 9.55 am (0525 GMT).

Police on the scene told AFP there were no casualties.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Blast-in-Kabul-as-US-military-chief-arrives/articleshow/6094560.cms

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Pak terror suspects held at SA border

Jun 26, 2010

JOHANNESBURG: Zimbabwe police arrested two Pakistani citizens on suspicion of terrorism when they attempted to cross the border into South Africa, news reports said on Saturday.

At least one of the men was wanted by Interpol in connection with terrorist activities, South African radio said.

The men had tried to enter South Africa via the Beitbridge border crossing with Zimbabwe about a week ago.

Zimbabwe's government-run The Herald newspaper said police believe the suspects, Imran Muhammad, 33, and Chaudry Parvez Ahmed, 39, tried to enter the country with fake passports.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pak-terror-suspects-held-at-SA-border/articleshow/6094238.cms

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Violence feared as Bangla Opp set for general strike

Jun 26, 2010

Bangladesh's main Opposition party BNP will enforce a nationwide anti-Government general strike on Sunday to oppose its policies, including “compromising national interests” amid fears of violence, with the ruling Awami League-led coalition determined to crackdown on those creating “anarchy and disorder” in the country.

Khaleda Zia, the chief of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), announced the anti-Government campaign last month for ‘compromising national interests’ by signing deals with India during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s maiden New Delhi tour in January, oppose “tender-grabbing and extortions by Government cronies” and deteriorating services.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/265056/Violence-feared-as-Bangla-Opp-set-for-general-strike.html

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For 1st time since revolution: World contemporary art in Iran

Amir Bogen

Jun 26, 2010

After 32 years, even ayatollahs aware of hunger for openness. Picasso, Giacometti, many others from Tehran museum's collection on display

Thirty-two years have passed since the Islamic Revolution – 32 years of religious repression and withdrawal from western culture. But in the last couple of years something is happening below the surface. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad senses the people's hunger for greater openness to the world, and even the ayatollahs can’t stop the internet flood that breaks through the cultural firewall.

It seems someone in the regime has understood that some steam needs to be released – via art, among other things. The country's museums, including the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, have displayed only Islamic art which supports the spirit of the regime and doesn't expose too much of the West's creative riches.

Full report at:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3908022,00.html

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/saudi-women-vow-to-breastfeed-their-drivers/d/3056


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