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School Topper Girl Gang Raped in Pakistan

Mumtaz Qadri Awarded Two times death sentence in Taseer Murder case

NYPD's 'short skirts could get women raped' warning sparks outrage

We will not allow religion to become the trigger for terrorism: Asif Ali Zardari

Pakistan: Punjab CM takes notice of girl’s gang-rape

Maldives Special Sports Festival to improve opportunities for disabled students

Pak making error by supporting terror groups against India: US

Roadside bombing kills 5 policemen in Tor Ghar

Two security men among three killed in Kalat

7 killed as terrorists target police vehicle near Mansehra

One dead in Turkey explosion in Mediterranean town

China’s rise, testimony to wisdom of its leaders: Asif Ali Zardari

There will be no boots on the ground" in Pakistan: US official

Afghans give Pakistan evidence in Rabbani killing

Pakistan urged to seek support from China, Russia to counter US

NATO presses Pakistan on ‘terrorist safe havens’

UN concerned at punishment given to Bahraini activists

Troops withdrawal from Afghanistan still on track: Barack Obama

With al-Awlaki dead, al-Qaeda lacks Western voice

Raymond detention, Osama killing hit US-Pak relations: Barack Obama

Senior Haqqani leader held in Afghanistan: NATO

Civilians surge out of Sirte, say food dwindling

Libya endgame carries new risks for NATO

Gender discrimination persists in Libya

Anti-Qaddafi Fighters Are Accused of Torture

Saudi women take big leap to future

Malegaon blasts accused move court for bail

Sanjeev Bhatt's wife writes to Gujarat Police claiming threat to husband's life

Gujarat IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt who took on Narendra Modi arrested

Highest scouts award for King Abdullah

Iran assails two-state solution for Palestinians

Syrian troops battle hundreds of renegade soldiers

Killing of American in Yemen raises legal questions

Rebels urged to join Somali peace efforts

Iran to Syria: Save regime and preserve alliance

Domestic violence redefined: 5 percent of Saudi women beat up their husbands

Seven women police stations set up in Gilgit-Baltistan

Banned activist Sheikh Raed Salah wins in detention case

Shabab Militants Attack Near Kenya-Somalia Border

Drone Victim Went From American Middle Class to Waging a Media War for Al Qaeda

Yemenis Say They Have Bigger Problems Than Al Qaeda

A Look at Abd al-Hakim Belhadj’s Transformation from Jihadi to Libyan Revolutionary

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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School topper girl gang raped in Pakistan

1 October 2011

ISLAMABAD - A girl who topped the class 10 examinations was gang raped in Lahore, a media report said.

Two men gang raped the teenager in Shahkot area of Lahore, reported Geo News.

The men had called out the girl, who topped in Secondary School Certificate exam, from her institute on the pretext of her mother’s illness.

They then gang raped her.

The victim was in trauma and not able to record her statement before the police, the news report said.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/international/2011/October/international_October18.xml&section=international

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Mumtaz Qadri awarded two times death sentence in Taseer murder case

October 01, 2011

A local Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) here in Rawalpindi Saturday awarded two times death sentence to Mumtaz Qadri, who killed former Punjab Governor Salman Taseer. The case was heard by judge Pervez Ali Shah in Adiala Jail here.

According to a private television channel, the court during final proceedings said that no one could be given the license to kill someone on any condition. Therefore, the killer cannot be pardoned as he has committed a heinous crime by murdering the former governor.

Mumtaz Qadri has the right to appeal against the verdict in the high court within seven days, his lawyers said.

Mumtaz Qadri who was on guard duty in Taseer’s elite force guards at the time of killing, shot the governor down for his views on the blasphemy law outside a restaurant in Islamabad.

Qadri was arrested on the spot with the weapon. He confessed killing Taseer under oath.

Qadri confessed to killing Taseer, saying he objected to the politician’s calls to amend the blasphemy law, which mandates the death penalty for those convicted of defaming the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

During the in-camera hearing of the Taseer murder case, the ATC said that the murder, being a heinous crime, had no justification to it.

Assassin Mumtaz, a constable in the Punjab Police Elite Force, tried to justify the murder by stating that he had killed him for supporting Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman who Taseer had projected as having been wrongly convicted of committing blasphemy.

http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/01-Oct-

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NYPD's 'short skirts could get women raped' warning sparks outrage

Oct 01 2011

New York: Women in the American city of Brooklyn have been left outraged after being told by some New York Police Department officials not to wear short skirts as it could get them raped.

Women are being warned they could grant a sex attacker ‘easy access’ with their provocative clothing and that they should change it.

Following ten unsolved sexual assaults in the area since March, male cops patrolling the streets have deemed leg-revealing outfits as ‘inappropriate,’ and gave ‘advice’ that short skirts should not be worn.

The advice has provoked fury among women living in Park Slope in Brooklyn, New York, which is famous for being liberal and feminist, the Daily Mail reports.

Jessica Silk, founder of neighbourhood watch group Safe Slope, told the Wall St Journal that such a measure was ‘completely inappropriate’.

“There have been reports that the women attacked were all wearing skirts. Unfortunately this might be a common link between the women that were attacked but the message shouldn’t be that you shouldn’t wear a skirt,” she said.

“The message should be that, ‘Here are ways that you can protect yourself’,” she added.

Another women Lauren told how she and other two women were stopped by a cop for wearing shorts.

Lauren claimed he asked if she knew about the sex attacks and when they all replied yes he ‘pointed at their outfit and saying, “Don’t you think your shorts are a little short?”

The officer then said that they were ‘exactly the kind of girl this guy is targeting’.

NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne, however, denied his officers had become the fashion police.

“Officers are not telling women what not to wear – there's a TV series that does that.

They are simply pointing out that as part of the pattern involving one or more men that the assailant(s) have targeted women wearing skirts,” he said.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/nypds-short-skirts-could-get-women-raped-warning-sparks-outrage/854339/

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We will not allow religion to become the trigger for terrorism: Asif Ali Zardari

October 01, 2011

Democracy always favors dialogue over confrontation. So, too, in Pakistan, where the terrorists who threaten both our country and the United States have gained the most from the recent verbal assaults some in America have made against Pakistan. This strategy is damaging the relationship between Pakistan and the United States and compromising common goals in defeating terrorism, extremism and fanaticism.

It is time for the rhetoric to cool and for serious dialogue between allies to resume.

The president, in his recent article published in the Washington Post by the name of “Talk to, not at, Pakistan”, stressed the need for resumption of serious dialogue between the two countries.

Pakistan sits on many critical fault lines. Terrorism is not a statistic for us. Our geopolitical location forces us to look to a future where the great global wars will be fought on the battleground of ideas. From the Middle East to South Asia, a hurricane of change is transforming closed societies into marketplaces of competing narratives. The contest between the incendiary politics of extremism and the slow burn of modern democracy is already being fought in every village filled with cellphones, in every schoolroom, on every television talk show. It is a battle that moderation must win.

Our motives are simple. We have a huge population of young people who have few choices in life. Our task is to turn this demographic challenge into a dividend for democracy and pluralism, where the embrace of tolerance elbows out the lure of extremism, where jobs turn desolation into opportunity and empowerment, where plowshares take the place of guns, where women and minorities have a meaningful place in society.

None of this vision for a new Pakistan is premised on the politics of victimhood. It pivots on a worldview where we fight the war against extremism and terrorism as our battle, at every precinct and until the last person, even though we lack the resources to match our commitment. When Pakistan seeks support, we look for trade that will make us sustainable, not aid that will bind us in transactional ties. When we commit to a partnership against terrorism, we do it in the hope that our joint goals will be addressed. When we add our shoulder to the battle, we look for outcomes that leave us stronger.

Yet as Pakistan is pounded by the ravages of globally driven climate change, with floods once again making millions of our citizens homeless, we find that, instead of a dialogue with our closest strategic ally, we are spoken to instead of being heard. We are being battered by nature and by our friends. This has shocked a nation that is bearing the brunt of the terrorist whirlwind in the region. And why?

After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the world’s most powerful democracy compromised its fundamental values to accommodate a dictator in Pakistan. Since then we have lost 30,000 innocent civilians and 5,000 military and police officers to the militant mind-set that the U.S. government is now charging that we support. We have suffered more than 300 suicide bomb attacks by the forces that allegedly find sanctuary within our borders. We have hemorrhaged approximately $100 billion directly in the war effort and tens of billions more in lost foreign investment. The war is being fought in Afghanistan and in Pakistan, yet Washington has invested almost nothing on our side of the border and hundreds of billions of dollars on the other side.

We fight an ideology that feeds on brutality and coercion that has taken the lives of our minister for minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, and Gov. Salman Taseer, among thousands of others. And we have seen our greatest leader, the mother of my children, assassinated by a conspiracy that was powered by the same mind-set we are now accused of tolerating.

Both our nations need to learn from history. South and Central Asia is a region of complexity and nuance where mistakes repeat dangerously and where many empires have floundered. In the 10 years that NATO has been in the neighborhood, it has not even attempted to choke the world’s largest production of narcotic contraband that funds terrorist activity. Yet we struggle to hold the line against the tidal wave of extremism that surges into Pakistan each day from internationally controlled areas of Afghanistan. While we are accused of harboring extremism, the United States is engaged in outreach and negotiations with the very same groups.

The Pakistani street is thick with questions. My people ask, Is our blood so cheap? Are the lives of our children worthless? Must we fight alone in our region all those that others now seek to embrace? And how long can we degrade our capacity by fighting an enemy that the might of the NATO global coalition has failed to eliminate?

As the United States plans to remove its ground forces from Afghanistan and once again leave our region, we are attempting to prepare for post-withdrawal realities. The international community abandoned Central and South Asia a generation ago, triggering the catastrophe that we now find ourselves in. Whoever comes or goes, it is our coming generation that will face the firestorm. We have to live in the neighborhood. So why is it unreasonable for us to be concerned about the immediate and long-term situation of our Western border? History will not forgive us if we don’t take responsibility.

Where do the United States and Pakistan go from here? We are partners in a world where broadcasts and bombs know no borders. We fight a common menace. We share the same democratic values and dreams for a moderate, modern, pluralistic, democratic South and Central Asia. We jointly appreciate that trade, job creation and manufacturing will dry up conscripts for the extremist banner, yet we never saw Congress approve the Reconstruction Opportunity Zones that were meant to secure vulnerable livelihoods. We are on convergent policy tracks, but our rhetoric has split us onto divergent roads.

The recent accusations against us have been a serious setback to the war effort and our joint strategic interests. It is not as if Pakistanis will stop reclaiming our terrain, inch by inch, from the extremists, even without the United States. We are a tenacious people. We will not allow religion to become the trigger for terrorism or persecution.

But when we don’t strategize together, and when an ally is informed instead of consulted, we both suffer. The sooner we stop shooting verbal arrows at each other and coordinate our resources against the advancing flag of fanaticism, the sooner we can restore stability to the land for which so much of humanity continues to sacrifice.

http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/01-Oct-

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Pakistan: Punjab CM takes notice of girl’s gang-rape

October 1, 2011

Taking notice of a minor girl’s gang-rap in Shahkot area of Punjab, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif Saturday ordered the police authorities to take stern action against the culprits.

The 16-year-old girl, first-year student at a local college, was sexually assaulted by her cousin, Shamroz, who took her along at his friend’s residence where she was subjected to gang rape.

The police have registered an FIR on the complaint of her father, Muhammad Arshad, resident of Kotla Kohlan, Shahkot.

Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has directed DPO Nankana to arrest all the accused and present a report in this regard.

The DPO said police action has been initiated and father of the accused had been arrested, while the accused Shamroz has acquired interim bail till Tuesday.

http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/01-Oct-2011/Punjab-CM-takes-notice-of-girls-gangrape

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Maldives Special Sports Festival to improve opportunities for disabled students

October 1st, 2011

The first Maldives’ Special Sports Festival was held today at the Henveiru Football Ground, sponsored by Care Society and telecommunications company Dhiraagu.

The event is part of Dhiraagu Anniversary Celebrations.

Students from Care Development Center (CDC), Jamaluddheen School (JS), Imaadhudheen School (IS), and Maldives Deaf Association (MDA) are expected to participate in group relays and races. Officials anticipate welcoming 700 spectators to the event, scheduled for 4 to 6 pm today.

CDC was implemented by Care Society in 2001, and presently supports 51 disabled students directly to develop skills in communication, living, academics, crafts and behavioral issues.

CDC and Dhiraagu have designed the Special Sports Festival as an annual event to support the disabled community by fostering community awareness and integration.

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

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Pak making error by supporting terror groups against India: US

Oct 1, 2011

WASHINGTON: Stating that Pakistan has used terror groups in Kashmir against India, the US has cautioned Islamabad that it is making "a serious, grievous, strategic error" by supporting these outfits.

Pakistan believes that it can keep a "wild animal in the backyard" and it will only go after its neighbour, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.

But, there are too many stories where that doesn't turn out like that, she said.

"We are pressing and pushing on every lever that we have in the relationship, and we have to be effective in trying to achieve our strategic goal, which is to prevent any attacks against us emanating from Pakistan, as well as to try to help stabilise Pakistan against this internal threat, and to create the best possible circumstances for Afghanistan to be able to have control over its own future," Clinton said.

"Those are all extremely difficult and we are learning it, each piece of that, every single day," she said in response to a question after she delivered her remarks at the "Kumpuris Distinguished Lecture Series" here.

Clinton said Pakistani people are trying to navigate through a very difficult security environment.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pak-making-error-by-supporting-terror-groups-against-India-US/articleshow/10193162.cms

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Roadside bombing kills 5 policemen in Tor Ghar

October 01, 2011

At least five policemen were killed and nine others injured on Saturday morning in a bomb blast in Tor Ghar district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

According to district coordination officer Farid Khan, the blast took place when a police van was hit a roadside bomb.

The remote controlled explosive, fixed on the roadside, destroyed the vehicle partially in which at least five policemen, including an officer, got killed on the spot while nine others were injured.

A police official told media that the police van was taking 32 police personnel from Tor Ghar district to the police training center in Abbottabad city when it came under attack in Joghar area of the aforementioned district.

After the incident, the rescue teams and security forces reached the site and shifted the injured to the nearby hospital in Batgram while the seriously injured were taken to the Abbottabad city for better medical treatment.

No group or militant wing has claimed responsibility till filing this reprot. However, Pakistani Taliban, in an earlier statement released in last month, warned that the police personnel would be their main target in coming days.

http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/01-Oct-2011/3-police-personnel-killed-11-injured-in-Tor-Ghar-bomb-blast

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Two security men among three killed in Kalat

October 1, 2011

QUETTA: Three men, among them two security personnel, were shot dead in Kalat town, some 145km southeast of here, on Friday.

Sources said that two personnel of Balochistan Levies Force were sitting at a shop near a bus stand when armed men riding motorcycles opened fire on them.

Security personnel Hafeezullah and Kaleemullah, who were brothers, were killed and two other people injured.

Police retrieved the bodies and took the injured to Civil Hospital Kalat. There one of the injured, the owner of the shop, died.

“Six armed men riding three motorcycles targeted the security personnel,” police sources said, adding that after committing the crime the attackers managed to flee.—Saleem Shahid

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/01/two-security-men-among-three-killed-in-kalat.html

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7 killed as terrorists target police vehicle near Mansehra

October 1, 2011

At least seven cops were killed and several others wounded in a blast near a police van in Torghar area of Battagram in Mansehra.

According to media reports, a roadside bomb has targeted a police van, killing seven newly recruited officers and wounding six others. The convoy of seven police vans carrying more than 34 recruits was on way for a training camp. The injured were shifted to DHQ Battagram. According to some sources quoted by private TV channel, the blast occurred due to explosion of a landmine while another report says that the convoy was targeted by rockets.

http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/01-Oct-

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One dead in Turkey explosion in Mediterranean town

October 1, 2011

ANKARA, Turkey: A bomb blast in a Mediterranean town in southern Turkey killed one person and wounded two others on Friday, officials said.

Dogan news agency said the bombing in the town of Kemer was carried out by a sucide bomber targeting a paramilitary police station. The suspected bomber detonated the explosives near a sentry box after failing to reach the station, the agency said.

The explosion damaged several cars and smashed windows of nearby buildings, it said.

The blast came 10 days after a car bombing near a school in the capital, Ankara, killed three people and wounded 34 others. A Kurdish militant group, the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons or TAK, claimed responsibility for the car bombing and threatened more attacks in retaliation to what it called the government’s “war” against the rebels.

The same group had also claimed a small bombing in Kemer on Aug. 28 that wounded 10 people, including four Swedish nationals. A suicide bombing, also claimed by the Falcons, had left 32 people wounded in Istanbul in November 2010.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article509237.ece

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China’s rise, testimony to wisdom of its leaders: Asif Ali Zardari

October 01, 2011

President Asif Ali Zardari has said that China’s extraordinary rise over the past 62 years bears testimony to the wisdom of its leaders and the genius of its people. “China has become a beacon of hope and a source of inspiration for the peoples of developing countries around the world. Pakistan rejoices in China’s phenomenal success and supports its efforts for the promotion of peace and harmony in Asia and beyond,” said President Asif Zardari in his message of felicitation to his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao on the auspicious occasion of China’s National Day falling on October 1.

The President said, “on behalf of the Government and the people of Pakistan,it gives me great pleasure to extend to Your Excellency, and the Government and people of China, our best wishes and sincere felicitations on the auspicious occasion of China’s National Day.”

The President said that Pakistan and China enjoy an all-weather and multifaceted friendship that has stood the test of time.

He said, our unique friendship is the embodiment of the ideals and aspirations of the great leaders who laid its foundations many years ago - Chairman Mao Zedong, Premier Zhou Enlai and Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.

Full report at:

http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/01-Oct-

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There will be no boots on the ground" in Pakistan: US official

October 01, 2011

The United States moved to ease tensions with Islamabad on Friday, telling Pakistan it would not send ground troops to attack militant positions in North Waziristan even as anti-American protests flared around the country.

A senior U.S. official told Reuters on Friday that "there will be no boots on the ground" in Pakistan, a message he said "has been communicated to them (the Pakistanis)."

Charges by Admiral Mike Mullen, President Barack Obama's top military adviser, that Pakistan's spy agency had supported this month's attack on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul triggered a diplomatic fusillade over the past week.

Mullen, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, softened his rhetoric on Friday, telling a ceremony marking the end of his tenure that the U.S. relationship with Pakistan was "vexing and yet vital."

"I continue to believe that there is no solution in the region without Pakistan, and no stable future in the region without a partnership," said Mullen, who sometimes referred to himself as Pakistan's best friend in the U.S. military.

Obama acknowledged on Friday that Pakistan's relationship to the militant Haqqani network, believed responsible for the Embassy attack, is murky. But he urged Islamabad to tackle the problem anyway.

Full report at:

http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/01-Oct-

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Afghans give Pakistan evidence in Rabbani killing

October 1, 2011

KABUL: Afghanistan’s intelligence service says it has handed Pakistani authorities evidence showing former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani’s assassination was planned in Pakistan.

Lutifullah Mashal, a spokesman for the Afghan intelligence service, says the plot originated near Quetta.

Mashal told reporters on Saturday that investigators provided addresses, photos and maps to the Pakistani embassy in Kabul.

Rabbani was trying to broker peace with the Taliban when he was killed by a suicide bomber.

At the UN last week, Afghan officials said the killing was plotted for four months by the Afghan Taliban’s governing council, the Quetta Shura.

The Taliban have not claimed responsibility for Rabbani’s death.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/01/afghans-give-pakistan-evidence-in-rabbani-killing.html

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Pakistan urged to seek support from China, Russia to counter US

October 1, 2011

ISLAMABAD: United States may table a resolution in the UN on Pakistan’s nuclear programme or on terrorism and this country must counter the possible move by mustering international support expecially from China and Russia, the head of a religio-political party said on Friday.

Addressing a press conference, the JUI (f) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman termed USA an unreliable ally and accused it of conspiring to weaken Pakistan after announcing a time-table for withdrawal from Afghanistan.

“Pressurising Pakistan to wage a war in Waziristan would lead to a litany of catastrophic repercussions and ultimately shift war from Afghanistan to Pakistan,” he said. “This is what USA wants”.

Maulana stood for showing the world a true, “steel” facade of Pakistan by    devising a unified strategy.

The joint resolution passed by the APC, on the initiative of Maulana’s party, also envisages a fresh look at country’s foreign policy as well as reappraisal of co-operation with the international world if USA did not withdraw its allegations.

“APC and the parliamentary resolutions are last hope of the nation and now it’s up to the Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/09/30/pakistan-urged-to-seek-support-from-china-russia-to-

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NATO presses Pakistan on ‘terrorist safe havens’

October 1, 2011

BRUSSELS: NATO’s chief piled pressure on Pakistan on Friday to step up the fight against “terrorists” enjoying safe havens in the border region with Afghanistan.

Amid growing US pressure for Pakistan to take action against al Qaeda-linked extremists, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen called for a “positive engagement” from Islamabad to ensure stability in Afghanistan.

“We encourage the Pakistani military and the Pakistani government to do its utmost to fight extremism and terrorism in the border region,” Rasmussen said at a defence forum hosted by the European Policy Centre think tank.

“It is really a security problem for our troops in Afghanistan that terrorists have safe havens, and that’s a fact, in Pakistan,” he said. “We have to deal with that and it’s in our mutual interest to deal with that.”

“That’s a reason why we have conveyed that clear message to Pakistan authorities.”

The Pakistani government and opposition leaders on Thursday closed ranks against increasing US pressure for action against Haqqani network, refusing to be pressured into doing more in the war on terror.

The outgoing head of the US military, Admiral Mike Mullen, accused the country of “exporting” violent extremism to Afghanistan.

Mullen also charged that the ISI was actively supporting the Haqqani network blamed for an assault on the US embassy in Kabul.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\01\story_1-10-2011_pg1_7

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UN concerned at punishment given to Bahraini activists

October 01, 2011

UNITED NATIONS - The UN human rights office Friday voiced concern at the harsh sentences handed down this week by a court in Bahrain to 20 medical staff, two leaders of a teachers’ association and at least 32 other individuals.

The sentences range from three years’ imprisonment to the death penalty, Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), told a news conference in Geneva, according to a news release issued at UN Headquarters in New York. The Court of National Safety, effectively a military court, also upheld the sentences of 21 others.

“For such harsh sentences to be handed down to civilians in a military court with serious due process irregularities raises severe concerns,” said Colville.

“We call on the Government to ensure that every detained person is charged with a recognizable criminal offence and has enough time to prepare a defence case,” he added.

The Government, which has been has engaged in a violent crackdown against protesters calling for greater democracy, has announced that all cases will be referred to civilian courts in October.

While OHCHR welcomes this announcement, it said that it is unclear how appeals by those who have been convicted in military courts will be handled in the civilian courts.

The Office has spoken out several times in recent months over harsh sentences issued by the Court of National Safety against protesters.

http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/International/01-Oct-

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Troops withdrawal from Afghanistan still on track: Barack Obama

Oct 1, 2011

WASHINGTON: The United States still intends to withdraw some 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by next year, US President Barack Obama told US Congress.

Obama also claimed that his administration has reversed the Taliban momentum.

"We have seen great progress in our fight against al-Qaida; we have reversed the Taliban's momentum in Afghanistan; and we continue to see progress in training the Afghan National Security Forces," Obama said in a letter to the Congress, which accompanied his report on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

"This will allow us in the coming year to fully recover the 33,000 US troop surge I announced at West Point in December 2009," Obama wrote in his letter, that was released by the White House.

"Beyond that change, we continue to implement the strategy and do not believe further modifications or adjustments to the metrics, resources, or authorities are required at this time.

"Huge challenges remain, and this is the beginning -- but not the end -- of our effort to wind down this war," Obama said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/-Troops-withdrawal-from-Afghanistan-still-on-track-Obama/articleshow/10192695.cms

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With al-Awlaki dead, al-Qaeda lacks Western voice

Oct 01 2011

Sanaa : The killings of US-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and another American al-Qaeda propagandist in a US airstrike has wiped out the decisive factor that made the terrorist group's Yemen branch the most dangerous threat to the United States: its reach into the West.

Issuing English-language sermons on jihad on the Internet from his hideouts in Yemen's mountains, al-Awlaki drew Muslim recruits like the young Nigerian who tried to bring down a US jet on Christmas and the Pakistani-American behind the botched car bombing in New York City's Times Square.

Friday's drone attack was believed to be the first instance in which a US citizen was tracked and killed based on secret intelligence and the president's say-so. Al-Awlaki was placed on the CIA "kill or capture'' list by the Obama administration in April 2010 – the first American to be so targeted.

The strike took place in the morning hours in the eastern Yemeni province of al-Jawf. A second American, Samir Khan, who edited al-Qaeda's Internet magazine, was also killed in the airstrike.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/with-alawlaki-dead-alqaeda-lacks-western-voice/854330/

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Raymond detention, Osama killing hit US-Pak relations: Barack Obama

Oct 01 2011

Washington : The US-Pak ties have strained following the detention of American diplomat Raymond Davis in Lahore and the Abbottabad raid which killed Osama bin Laden, affecting the bilateral military cooperation, President Barack Obama has told the Congress.

"Bilaterally, the fall-out of the raid resulting in the death of Osama bin Laden continued to complicate the United States-Pakistan relationship, further strained by a series of media reports based on alleged leaks from both the United States and Pakistan," Obama said in a new report to Congress on US operations in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

"The kidnapping of an American citizen United States Agency for International Development (USAID) contractor provided an avenue for cooperation between law enforcement authorities, but simultaneously added a new level of security concern to US partners working in Pakistan," Obama said.

The unclassified section of the report running into 25 pages has been obtained by PTI.

"This report covers the period from January 1, 2011, through June 30, 2011. To the extent possible, the report also provides an assessment through August 31, 2011," Obama said.

Between April 1 and June 30 period, Obama said, the overall indicators and metrics against this objective declined.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/raymond-detention-osama-killing-hit-uspak-relations-obama/854301/

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Senior Haqqani leader held in Afghanistan: Nato

Oct 1, 2011

KABUL: A senior Haqqani network commander in Afghanistan who is also the uncle of its leader has been captured in the war-torn country, the Natro-led International Security Assistance Force said on Saturday.

"Security forces detained Haji Mali Khan, uncle of Siraj and Badruddin Haqqani and the senior Haqqani commander in Afghanistan," ISAF said in a statement, adding he was captured in southeast Afghanistan on Tuesday.

The announcement came as the United States puts increasing pressure on Pakistan to take action against the Haqqani network, a Taliban-allied insurgent group blamed by officials for many attacks in Afghan capital Kabul.

Last week, retiring chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen accused Pakistan of exporting violence to Afghanistan through proxies.

He also charged that the Haqqani network, whose leadership is based in Pakistan's border regions, was a "veritable arm" of Pakistani intelligence.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Senior-Haqqani-leader-held-in-Afghanistan-Nato/articleshow/10196473.cms

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Civilians surge out of Sirte, say food dwindling

October 1, 2011

SIRTE: Civilians fled Sirte on Friday as interim government forces pounded the coastal city in an effort to dislodge fighters loyal to ousted leader Muammar Qaddafi.

The prolonged battle for Qaddafi’s hometown, besieged from three fronts, has raised concern for civilians trapped inside the city of about 100,000 people, with each side accusing the other of endangering them.

Cars streamed out of Sirte from the early hours and into the afternoon. Shelling and tank fire continued from both sides on the eastern and western fronts, black smoke rose from the center of town and NATO planes flew overhead.

A Reuters team on the edge of Sirte heard five huge explosions just before sundown. It was not immediately clear what had caused the explosions.

Fighting was particularly heavy near a roundabout on the eastern outskirts of the city, where NTC forces have been pinned down by sniper and artillery fire for five days, Reuters journalists at the scene said.

Some fighters again fled the frontline under the fire.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article509247.ece

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Libya endgame carries new risks for NATO

October 1, 2011

BRUSSELS: NATO commanders face a tough balancing act during the bloody battle for Muammar Qaddafi’s last strongholds, Sirte and Bani Walid.

NATO allies would like to let the National Transitional Council (NTC) claim victory in these battles and war for itself. That would enhance the council’s legitimacy as the new ruler of Libya after Qaddafi’s four decades in power, and bolster the chances of a stable democracy taking root in the country.

But the European governments that led NATO’s air campaign in Libya also need to remain long enough and engaged enough to make sure the success so far is not diminished by a messy withdrawal. If NATO quietly stepped aside but fighting restarted, that would diminish Europe’s standing in Libya and tarnish a campaign that has been seen as a success for Europeans.

To achieve this, experts say, NATO forces are keen to cut back the bombing campaign that was instrumental in giving the NTC a military edge. Instead, NATO will likely step up other operations such as surveillance and air support to eliminate any remaining weaponry that could threaten peaceful transition. NATO declines to comment on its immediate operations.

“As we approach the endgame, it is very clear NATO’s role will become very much the eyes and ears of the NTC, rather than the hammer,” said Tim Ripley, a London-based military expert at Jane’s Defense Weekly.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article509239.ece

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Gender discrimination persists in Libya

October 1, 2011

National Transitional Council being closely watched over promises to give bigger role for women

London: When fighting erupted in Misrata, Libya, its women stepped up to nurse wounded revolutionary soldiers, cook meals for the front-line brigades, raise money for weapons and care for orphans.

Medical student Hannin Mohammad got a rare opportunity for a young woman in Libya: to work in a hospital beside men during the six-month siege. "When we were students, we were not allowed even on the wards for three years, unlike the boys," the 21-year-old said. "Now, I know so much."

With Muammar Gaddafi driven out, Mohammad and other Libyan women are anticipating more freedom and greater opportunity. Yet, looking to the new government, there is only one woman on the 43-member National Transitional Council: head of legal affairs and women's representative Salwa Fawzi Al Deghali. In May, with the war at its height, the NTC had two women members.

Gaddafi's Green Book

That doesn't bode well for the likelihood women will emerge with more rights after four decades under Gaddafi, whose attitude toward them was full of contradictions. His Green Book, setting out his governing philosophy, condemns gender discrimination. It also states that men and women can never be equal due to biological differences.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/region/libya/gender-discrimination-persists-in-libya-1.882641

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Anti-Qaddafi Fighters Are Accused of Torture

By KAREEM FAHIM

October 1, 2011

TRIPOLI, Libya — First there were the blindfold, the wrist-scarring handcuffs and the death threats. Then came beatings and electric shocks. In the fog of pain, the detainee, who said he had done nothing wrong, would have confessed to anything, he later recalled.

The techniques were familiar to Libyans, but the perpetrators were not: they were former rebels, according to the detainee, a 36-year-old man who said he had worked in military intelligence for the government of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.

The man, who requested that his name not be published because he feared retribution from his former captors, said he was arrested by armed former rebels almost two weeks ago, held in a building for four days and tortured.

His story was impossible to immediately verify, but he displayed what he said was evidence of the torture: huge bruises and welts on his legs, stripes of black and blue across the back of his thighs, and scars on his feet and ankles that he said marked the spots where his captors attached electrical wires.

He was later transferred to another building in Tripoli, across the street from the cabinet offices of the Transitional National Council, the former rebels’ provisional government. There, in cells with fresh blood on the walls, he was held for another day until he was released, with apologies, by a former rebel official, he said.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/01/world/africa/anti-qaddafi-fighters-are-accused-of-torture.html?ref=global-home

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Saudi women take big leap to future

October 1, 2011

Right to vote and run in elections are the beginning of further reforms

Riyadh: It is a ‘Saudi Spring' of sorts. For the nation's women, the right to vote and run in local elections in 2015 is a giant leap forward, though they remain unable to serve as Cabinet ministers, drive or travel abroad without permission from a male guardian.

Saudi women bear the brunt of their nation's conservative values, often finding themselves the target of the unwanted attention of the kingdom's religious police, who enforce a rigid interpretation of Sharia law on the streets and public places like shopping malls and university campuses.

In itself, Sunday's decision to give the women the right to vote and run in municipal elections may not be enough to satisfy the growing ambition of the kingdom's women who, after years of lavish state spending on education and vocational training, significantly improved their standing but could not secure the same place in society as that of their male compatriots.

That women must wait four more years to exercise their newly acquired right to vote adds insult to injury since Sunday's announcement was already a long time coming — and the local elections were held on Thursday.

"Why not tomorrow?" asked prominent Saudi feminist Wajeha Al Hawaidar. "I think the king doesn't want to shake the country, but we look around us and we think it is a shame... when we are still pondering how to meet simple women's rights."

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/saudi-arabia/saudi-women-take-big-leap-to-future-

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Malegaon blasts accused move court for bail

October 1, 2011

Nine persons arrested in connection with the 2006 bomb blasts in Maharashtra’s Malegaon town on Saturday moved a special court here seeking bail.

In the bail application filed before the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) Court, the accused said the case is now being handled by National Investigation Agency (NIA), which has concluded brain mapping and polygraph tests on them, but had not found anything incriminating.

“There is a change in circumstance as the NIA has taken over the case and the agency has not found anything incriminating in the scientific tests. The defence lawyers were also present during the tests,” said defence lawyer Khalid Azmi.

The bail application would be heard on October 31. In August, the accused had given consent for the tests after the NIA filed an application in the court, saying it wants to conduct scientific tests on the accused as part of the probe. The tests were concluded last week.

Maharashtra ATS, which had probed the case initially, had arrested nine persons for their alleged involvement in the multiple blasts in the minority-dominated textile town in Nashik district.

The explosions near a mosque on September 8, 2006 had killed 37 people and injured over 100. In December 2006, the case was handed over to the CBI.

Later the NIA, a special anti-terror probe agency created in 2009, took over the probe.

Previous bail application moved by the accused had been rejected in March by the court.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2503399.ece

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Sanjeev Bhatt's wife writes to Gujarat Police claiming threat to husband's life

Oct 1, 2011

AHMEDABAD: A day after Sanjeev Bhatt was arrested, the suspended Gujarat IPS officer's wife on Saturday wrote a letter to Gujarat's Director General of Police (DGP) Chitranjan Singh and Ahmedabad Police Commissioner Sudhir Sinha, saying there is a threat to her husband's life.

In the letter, Bhatt's wife Shweta also asked her husband shouldn't be interrogated at night and demanded to know why he was shifted to the Crime Branch.

Shweta also told the television channel Times Now that neither she nor Bhatt's lawyer were being allowed to meet him.

Bhatt had accused Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi of complicity in 2002 post-Godhra riots.

Bhatt was arrested on the basis of a complaint filed by a junior officer KD Pant. Pant alleged that Bhatt had forced him to back his allegations on record against Narendra Modi.

The Narendra Modi government had ordered the suspension of the Inspector General-rank police officer in August this year on the grounds that his conduct was unbecoming of an IPS officer.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Sanjeev-Bhatts-wife-writes-to-Gujarat-Police-

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Gujarat IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt who took on Narendra Modi arrested

Oct 1, 2011

AHMEDABAD: IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt, who had filed an affidavit in Supreme Court against the Gujarat government and chief minister Narendra Modi on the 2002 riots, was arrested on Friday by cops from his own force who later raided his Ahmedabad home.

The arrest comes two days after Bhatt filed an affidavit in the Gujarat high court linking Modi and former home minister Amit Shah with the murder of BJP leader Haren Pandya.

Bhatt was held on a complaint filed by constable K D Pant accusing the IPS officer of abducting him and forcibly recording his statement. The officer was detained at 4.15pm from his house in Memnagar in the heart of Ahmedabad.

The story so far

In April, DIG Sanjeev Bhatt (pic) files affidavit in SC, alleging CM Narendra Modi called a meeting on Feb 27, 2002 following the burning of Sabarmati Express at Godhra station, and asked top officials to let "Hindus teach a lesson to Muslims". Bhatt was deputy commissioner of the State Intel Bureau at the time On Aug 8, Bhatt suspended for unauthorized absence from duty as principal of training school in Junagadh. Also accused of not appearing before an inquiry and for misuse of official car On Sept 18, Guj home ministry chargesheets Bhatt. State govt goes on to oppose his plea for relief in a 1990 case of alleged police atrocity.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Gujarat-IPS-officer-Sanjeev-Bhatt-who-took-on-Narendra-Modi-arrested/articleshow/10191519.cms

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Highest scouts award for King Abdullah

October 1, 2011

RIYADH: Sweden’s King Carl Gustav, the honorary president of the World Scout Fund, decorated Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah with the Bronze Wolf Award, the highest scouts award, in a meeting at the Janadriya Farm in Riyadh on Friday.

Bronze Wolf is given in recognition of outstanding service by an individual to the World Scout Movement.

In the meeting, the two kings also discussed several topics in addition to bilateral cooperation, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

King Abdullah was also presented with a plaque carrying the emblem of the "Messengers of Peace" program, by Education Minister Prince Faisal bin Abdullah, president of the Saudi Scouts Society, on behalf of the society and the participants of the international scouts camp at King Abdullah University for Science and Technology in Thuwal.

King Abdullah hosted a luncheon in honor of the visiting dignitary. The Swedish king left Riyadh later in the day.

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article509391.ece

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Iran assails two-state solution for Palestinians

Oct 1, 2011

TEHRAN: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has assailed a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians, saying the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations is doomed to fail.

Khamenei says the Palestinians should not limit themselves to seeking a country based on the pre-1967 borders — which would implicitly recognize Israel — because “all land belongs to Palestinians.”

Khamenei spoke at a pro-Palestinian conference in Tehran on Saturday.

Iran supports the militant Palestinian Hamas group, which rules Gaza and which does not back the statehood bid pushed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his Western-backed Fatah.

Iran doesn’t recognize Israel and considers it a top enemy.

Khamenei also called Israel a “cancerous tumor.”

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article509584.ece

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Syrian troops battle hundreds of renegade soldiers

Oct 1, 2011

BEIRUT: Syrian troops fought intense battles with hundreds of fellow soldiers who have turned their weapons against the regime of President Bashar Assad, revealing the increasingly militarized nature of an uprising started months ago by peaceful protesters.

Also Friday, tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets across the country as they do each week after Friday prayers, braving gunfire by government forces who have waged a relentless crackdown. At least 11 protesters were killed and scores were wounded, human rights groups said.

Opposition activists and the government confirmed a fourth straight day of battles in Rastan, just north of the central city of Homs. The fighting, which began with a government assault on Tuesday, is some of the most intense since the outpouring against Assad’s regime began in mid-March.

The army defections as well as reports that once-peaceful protesters are increasingly taking up arms to fight the 6-month-old government crackdown have raised concerns of the risk of civil war in a country with a deep sectarian divide.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article509592.ece

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Killing of American in Yemen raises legal questions

Oct 1, 2011

NEW YORK: Legal experts who have long criticized a US government program to kill members of Al-Qaeda abroad as a breach of international law say the killing of Anwar Al-Awlaki on Friday may also have broken US law.

Al-Awlaki, who was born in New Mexico and has been linked to Al-Qaeda’s Yemen-based wing, was killed by a CIA drone strike in a remote Yemeni town, US authorities said.

“The fact that (al-Awlaki) was a dual US-Yemeni citizen means that he had extra protections under the US constitution than he would not have had if he was just a Yemeni citizen,” said Mary Ellen O’Connell, an international law professor at the University of Notre Dame’s law school. “So the president has done something in my view that is highly questionable under our own Constitution.”

Al-Awlaki, who lived in Virginia before leaving the United States shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, was the first US citizen who the White House authorized US agencies to kill since the Al-Qaeda attacks on New York and Washington a decade ago.

US officials said Al-Awlaki took a leadership role in Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and was involved in failed terrorist attacks on US targets. He also had contacts with a military psychiatrist accused of carrying out a deadly shooting rampage that killed 13 people in 2009 at the Fort Hood army base in Texas.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article509464.ece

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Rebels urged to join Somali peace efforts

October 1, 2011

COPENHAGEN/MOGADISHU: The International Contact Group on Somalia called Friday for Al-Shabab rebels to join the peace process and urged global efforts to alleviate effects of famine and drought in the war-torn country.

The United Nations-sponsored ICG “strongly condemns Al-Shabab's attacks on Dhobley and Garbaharey (near Somalia's southern border)... and calls on Al-Shabab and all forces to renounce violence and join the peace process,” the meeting of 20 nations and 10 regional organizations said in a final statement after a two-day meeting.

The meeting, the ICG's 20th, expressed “grave concern” at the continued attacks by the rebels recently expelled from Mogadishu.

It also called “on international partners to continue contributing to lifesaving activities” for the some four million Somalis who have been hit by famine and 750,000 who could die, according to UN numbers.

The ICG is a group designed to further reconciliation in lawless Somalia and monitor the activities of a Transitional National Government (TNG), whose mandate officially ends in August 2012.

The final statement from the meeting, chaired by UN Special Representative Augustine Mahiga, made it clear that continued international support for the transitional government was contingent on compliance with already stated goals.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article509296.ece

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Iran to Syria: Save regime and preserve alliance

October 1, 2011

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: Two weeks after Egypt’s uprising swept aside Hosni Mubarak, the presidents of Iran and Syria stood side by side in Damascus in a blunt message to the Arab Spring: The Syrian regime can count on its allies in Tehran.

Seven months later — and after at least 2,700 deaths in Syria — Iran is tweaking its big brother role for Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Iranian leaders are now urging him to consider talks with protesters or risk heading down a path with few escape routes.

It’s Tehran’s version of tough love: Pressing Assad to do what it takes to stay in power and preserve one of Iran’s most important relationship in the Middle East.

“You have a decades-old strategic alliance on the ropes,” said David Schenker, a Syrian affairs analyst at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “No doubt Iran is very concerned.”

But Assad appears to be following his own rules in trying to ride out a mass revolt that has now spread into the security forces. Government troops have waged relentless crackdowns on opposition protesters, as well as police and soldiers who have turned against the crackdown.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article509227.ece

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Domestic violence redefined: 5 percent of Saudi women beat up their husbands

October 1, 2011

NAJRAN: About five percent of the married Saudi women regularly beat their husbands, according to a study conducted by Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Muqbil, a staff member of Al-Qassim University who is also a social and a family consultant.

He told local daily Al-Madinah on Friday that 45 percent of the Saudi children were subjected to various kinds of physical abuse and that 21 percent of them were being regularly beaten.

The academician noted that incidence of family violence was steadily rising and said verbal abuse might be the spark that ignites family violence. “Many people confuse between firmness and violence on numerous occasions. This may result in family breakdown and will not ensure children a proper upbringing,” he cautioned.

Al-Muqbil also said negligence was another face of family violence. He cited a case of a girl who had been staying in a protection home for more than 10 years without anyone asking about her. “This is a clear example of family abuse,” he said.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article509372.ece

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Seven women police stations set up in Gilgit-Baltistan

October 1, 2011

GILGIT, Sept 30: The Gilgit-Baltistan police department has set up women police stations in all the seven districts to deal with women specific cases, senior police officials said.

“We have set up seven women police stations in all the seven districts which will cater to requirements of women,” said Deputy Inspector General of Police Wazir Mohammad Ali Khan while talking to this correspondent on Friday.

He said initially such police stations would be under the direct command of the district superintendents of police. He said women personnel had been deputed to these police stations.

Meanwhile, the political, social, and rights organisations hailed the step, saying that this would create a sense of respect and security among the women.

They pointed out that thousands of cases went unreported due to male dominant police stations but now the women would feel comfortable to lodge cases.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/01/seven-women-police-stations-set-up-in-gb.html

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Banned activist Sheikh Raed Salah wins in detention case

October 1, 2011

A pro-Palestinian activist detained during a visit to the UK on the orders of Home Secretary Theresa May has won a partial victory in a claim for damages.

The High Court ruled Sheikh Raed Salah had been wrongly detained for two days, during which he was not told the reason for his arrest.

But it said the rest of his detention had not broken the rules.

The Home Office said the court had backed Mrs May's use of her powers and Mr Salah won only on a technical point.

Ministers are expected to fight any claim for compensation.

Critics say Sheikh Salah, an Israeli citizen, is anti-Semitic, a charge he has denied. The campaigner for Israeli-Arab rights has been mayor of his home town three times.

Mr Salah arrived in the UK in June, planning to attend a number of public events and other meetings with pro-Palestinian campaigners. One of the meetings was at the Houses of Parliament.

But three days later immigration officers detained him at his hotel in London. They handcuffed him and he was eventually taken to a police station, before being held in immigration detention for 21 days. He later won an application to be released on bail.

Mr Justice Nicol said in his judgement that although the Home Office had not broken the rules over its reasons for the activist's detention, the detention had been conducted incorrectly.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15131564

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Shabab Militants Attack Near Kenya-Somalia Border

By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN

October 1, 2011

NAIROBI, Kenya — Intense fighting erupted along the Kenya-Somalia border on Friday as the Shabab militant group tried to take back a slice of strategic territory from militias allied with the Somali government. At the same time, Shabab fighters are breaking up camps for victims of Somalia’s famine, sending tens of thousands of starving people straight back into drought-stricken areas.

The Shabab militants say they will provide enough food to tide people over until the next harvest, expected around January, and some of the people who recently left seemed content with the initial rations of rice, sugar, powdered milk and oil that they had been given. But many aid officials worry that the famine victims are going to soon find themselves in a bleak and barren environment once back in their home villages and that dispersing them will complicate an already strained aid effort.

“This is a nightmare,” said a United Nations official who asked not to be identified because he was criticizing the Shabab and feared reprisals. “It has been hard enough to access famine victims in Shabab areas, and now that the people have been scattered, that means more checkpoints, more local authorities to deal with, more negotiations.”

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/01/world/africa/shabab-militants-attack-near-kenya-

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Drone Victim Went From American Middle Class to Waging a Media War for Al Qaeda

By ROBBIE BROWN and KIM SEVERSON

October 1, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — From his parents’ basement in a part of town where homes have lots of bedrooms and most children go to college, Samir Khan blogged his way into the highest circles of Al Qaeda, waging a media war he believed was as important as the battles with guns on the ground.

His parents — by all accounts a low-key, respected couple who had moved south from Queens in 2004 — were worried about the increasingly radical nature of their son’s philosophy and the increasing media reports that exposed it.

They turned more than once to members of their religious communities to impress upon their college-aged son the perils of such thinking and behavior.

It did not work. In 2009, he left his comfortable life in Charlotte for Yemen, started a slick magazine for jihadists called Inspire that featured political and how-to articles written in a comfortable American vernacular and continued to digitally dodge government and civilian efforts to stop his self-described “media jihad.”

His life ended in Yemen on Friday, when Mr. Khan, 25, was killed in a drone strike that also took the life of the radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and two other men, according to both American and Yemeni officials.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/01/world/middleeast/samir-khan-killed-by-drone-spun-

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Yemenis Say They Have Bigger Problems Than Al Qaeda

By LAURA KASINOF

October 1, 2011

SANA, Yemen — On the streets of Sana, the nation’s conflict-stricken capital, the news of the death of Anwar al-Awlaki, the Yemeni-American propagandist for Al Qaeda who inspired jihadists around the world, was largely overshadowed by the continuing domestic turmoil here.

Many Yemenis had not even heard that Mr. Awlaki had been killed, even by Friday night. And most had only a faint sense of why the United States considered him a highly significant target. If anything, Yemenis thought his death would only increase their woes.

“I don’t know why he was important, except that he was a terrorist,” said Belal Masood, who works in a restaurant in Sana’s old city. “But maybe this will create a problem for us Yemenis, because when you strike Al Qaeda they normally strike back larger. Really, we wish they could have killed him in another country.”

Another man, Walid Seneb, who was sitting on a street curb with three friends on Friday night, said, “We don’t like these terrorists who make problems for us. Mr. Seneb was the only one of the four men who had heard of the cleric’s death.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/01/world/middleeast/yemenis-say-they-have-bigger-

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A Look at Abd al-Hakim Belhadj’s Transformation from Jihadi to Libyan Revolutionary

Murad Batal al-Shishani

October 1, 2011

"Demonstrating the continuation of the battle against the apostate regime of [Mu’ammar] al-Qaddafi through deliberate and planned action, and with the emphasis on the principle of strategic action; [we carried out an operation] against the tyrant Qaddafi in the city of Barak…last month, which had almost achieved the dream that long-awaited by our oppressed and the wretched poor people for more than twenty-seven years. The people will always wait for the day to punish the tyrant Qaddafi for the crimes he committed.” [1]

The above statement was made by a Libyan Islamist fighter called Abd al-Hakim Belhadj in early 1997. Belhadj was claiming responsibility for an assassination attempt on Qaddafi by his now defunct organization, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG). Belhadj is now the leader of the newly established Tripoli Military Council, which was instrumental in the final toppling of the Qaddafi regime.

At the time of this writing, Belhadj is pursuing the now former Libyan dictator and remaining loyalist regime members after anti-Qaddafi forces gained control of much of the Libyan capital in late August. Belhadj recently rose to prominence in the Libyan conflict after it was reported that he led the assault on the heavily fortified Bab al-Aziziya compound, which acted as a command and control headquarters for the now deposed regime.

Full report at: Jamestown.org

URL:http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/school-topper-girl-gang-raped-in-pakistan-/d/5596


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