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Sharif angers Mullahs – will he seek their forgiveness?

Taliban to use children as bombers?

Beneath the veil, a sex shop in Bahrain

Pak’s civil society groups for decisive action against terror

Islamic clerics in Swat ban Taliban's entry

Taliban execute seven-year-old Afghan boy accused of spying

Israel row claims veteran US scribe

Pakistan's Punjab in denial over local militants

Making sure that Pak not using military aid against India: US

Russian Cops Looted Prez Plane After Crash’

US to Pak: Stop India infiltration, try 26/11 suspects

Gunmen destroy NATO supply trucks outside Islamabad, kill 7

Exclusive: Osama Bin Laden Is Living In Iran

Abbas reaches US for talks with Obama amid Gaza raid tensions

Capt Saurabh Kalia's torture by Pak army still not 'war crime'

UN Security Council to vote on Iran sanctions on Wednesday

Bomb kills 2 US troops; NATO losses at 24 for June

Belgian school sacks teacher over burqa

No delay in giving access to Headley

UK inmates turn to Islam to enjoy perks

Tension up: Israel seeks arms from US, says report

Iran uses shell firms to keep military cargo secret

Iran is 'special case' for UN atomic watchdog: Amano

Indian Vice-President: strengthen global legal regime against terrorism

300 Sikh pilgrims leave for Pakistan

Manmohan announces over Rs.1,000-crore sops for J&K

Five killed as gunmen attack Nato convoy near Islamabad

Britain to send back Afghan asylum seekers

Orakzai clash kills six soldiers, 30 Taliban

Jails radicalising young Muslims, warns UK official

Indian Muslims show reservations over Wakf law

India backs US on Afghan reconciliation

Jordan's king warns candidates against exploiting Palestinian issue

Yemen won't hand over Al-Awlaki to US

Doha becomes 16th printing point for Asharq Al-Awsat

Report: 14 Al-Qaeda suspects detained in Turkey

Iraqi Kurds seek help to halt Iranian incursion

Women students showcase talent at ZU symposium

Saudi to help abandoned families

Two more Palestinians killed by Israel navy wash ashore

No change in Kashmir policy: US

Dubai sends Mumbai blasts accused to India

Tliban using HIV bombs

Gaza ship raid was a failure, admits Israeli Dy PM

Afghan opium more deadly than Taliban bullets: UN

Clashes in Orakzai, Mohmand kill 46 militants

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Sharif angers Mullahs – will he seek their forgiveness?

By Mohammed Abbasi

June 09, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Top leaders of an organisation representing Deobandi madrassas across the country have reprimanded PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif for calling members of the Ahmadiyya community as “brothers” of Muslims.

“Sharif should be ashamed of calling them brothers of Muslims,” said a statement issued by the Wafaqul Madaris al Arabia (WMA).

Sharif said in Lahore on Saturday that Ahmadis were as important citizens of Pakistan as people from other religions and called them an asset.

He made the statement to express solidarity with the Ahmadiyya community following last month’s two synchronised attacks on their places of worship in Lahore which claimed more than 80 lives with many more injured.

In a statement issued here on Sunday, leaders of the Wafaqul Madaris al Arabia – an umbrella organisation of more than 12,000 Deobandi madrassas – called Ahmadis “traitors”.

WMA leaders Maulana Salimullah Khan and Qari Hafeez Jahalindri urged Sharif to retract his statement and advised him not to “defy religion for petty political gains.”

The statement termed the Ahmadis as “infidels” and said that they could not be brothers of Muslims until they convert to Islam again.

Ahmadis were declared a minority under the 1973 constitution – a move that some people believe intensified hatred against Ahmadis.

Published in the Express Tribune, June 7th, 2010.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/19379/sharif%E2%80%99s-statement-on-ahmadis-angers-clerics/

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Taliban to use children as bombers?

Jun 9, 2010

War ethics are sinking to a new low in Afghanistan. But then expecting anything better from a mindlessly fanatic outfit like the Taliban is foolish. An Afghan boy was made to wear a vest laden with explosives by the taliban and press a button when he came near US or Afghan soldiers. Some reports say the boy, Juma, was smart enough to figure out the vest contained explosives. Others say he was picked up at an Afghan army checkpost in Ghazni province, after he was spotted wandering about looking confused.

Children have not been used as bombers in Afghanistan by the Taliban till now. Its spokesman, Qari Yousef Ahmadi, flatly denied the charge saying it was a propaganda stunt to tarnish its image.

We don’t need to use a child. Its against Islamic law, it’s against humanitarian law

, he said emphatically.

But if this is the first instance of a new tactic used by the Taliban, US forces will be in a dilemma. Should they a shoot child strapped with bombs? Lieutenant Colonel David Accetta, ISAF eastern regional command spokesman, elucidates the possible predicament,

The rules of military engagement are easily muddied when a child poses a direct threat. What we do if we identify the fact that an adult is wearing a suicide vest is we use whatever force we deem necessary to protect the lives of our soldiers and any civilians. Of course it makes it more difficult - it’s a six year-old child

If Taliban do start using children as bombers they will lose whatever support they have amongst the Afghan populace. They have not made themselves popular during the years of their rule by their extremely orthodox views on women and the strict adherence to Sharia.

Times of India

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Pak’s civil society groups for decisive action against terror

Jun 9, 2010

An array of civil society groups has asked the Pakistan Government to launch a ‘decisive operation’ against terrorists based in Muridke, where the JuD headquarters is located, and the southern part of Punjab as the province has become the ‘new hub’ of militants.

The demand was made by ‘Aman Tehrik’ at a meeting of the group’s steering and coordinating committees from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province and the tribal areas.

The ‘Aman Tehrik’ said a ‘decisive operation’ against militants is necessary as Punjab has become the “new hub of terrorists”. The meeting discussed issues related to terrorism in Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and tribal areas.

Participants said that the wave of terrorism had received a fillip in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.

The participants alleged that the PML-N-led Government in Punjab was “supporting terrorism and patronising terrorists even more than the Muttahia Majlis-e-Amal Government” that ruled Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa during 2002-07. The meeting asked the federal Government to eliminate centres of terrorism across Pakistan.

The meeting also condemned targeted killings in the Swat valley, tribal areas and parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa as well as the recent attacks on two mosques of the minority Ahmedi sect in Lahore.

The Aman Tehrik’s demand came close on the heels of a similar call by senior Awami National Party (ANP) leader Bashir Bilour.

The ANP is part of Pakistan’s ruling coalition.

Bilour has called for a crackdown on Muridke township in Punjab, where the headquarters of the JuD is located, as part of efforts to eliminate terrorist camps.

Bilour and other ANP leaders also called for military action in southern Punjab, which is considered a stronghold of banned groups like the Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi that have forged close links with the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/261296/Pak%E2%80%99s-civil-society-groups-for-decisive-action-against-terror.html

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Beneath the veil, a sex shop in Bahrain

Jun 9, 2010

Manama: Where does one buy lingerie and sex toys designed to enhance female sexual pleasure in a Gulf region which frowns on open displays of sexuality.

From a lady in a traditional headscarf of course. Khadija Ahmed’s sex shop has survived against all odds and intense scrutiny from customs officials since it opened in Bahrain in 2008.

Ahmed’s shop sells a wide range of lingerie, creams to delay male orgasm and sex toys out of the tiny Khadija Fashion House south of Manama, or through her website to customers across the region.

A modestly dressed Ahmed in a traditional flowing black abaya and headscarf said that most of the items she sells are already available in Bahrain’s fashion shops and pharmacies anyway and that she shuns some products to avoid stirring public anger.

I don’t sell vibrators for example, as this is against Islam, she said, adding that her faith banned the replication or display of sensitive parts of the body.

However, other toys such as vibration rings were fine, she said. Ahmed said she has not encountered much trouble with the public in Bahrain once she replaced lingerie in her display window with short dresses after complaints from neighbours and a nearby mosque.

Discussing and displaying sex in public is a taboo in most Middle Eastern countries, but Islamic scholars say sex toys are legitimate if used by married couples.

Times of India

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Islamic clerics in Swat ban Taliban's entry

Jun 9, 2010

Peshawar : Islamic clerics and prayer leaders in the restive Swat district of northwest Pakistan have announced a ban on the entry of Taliban militants in the area and backed efforts by security forces to maintain law and order.

Around 250 'Ulema-e-Karam' and 'Pesh Imams' from Swat said they would extend total support to security forces for maintaining peace and harmony that was vitiated by the Taliban during the past two years.

The clerics, prayer leaders and members of a peace jirga from Kabal sub-division, a former hub of militants, announced their decision to ban Taliban's entry to their area when a delegation led by Maulana Hakeemullah and Mufti Asmatullah met Brig Salman Akbar, the army officer leading operations against the Taliban in the area.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/islamic-clerics-in-swat-ban-talibans-entry/631038/

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Taliban execute seven-year-old Afghan boy accused of spying

Jun 9, 2010

KABUL: Suspected Taliban militants executed a seven-year-old boy in southern Afghanistan after accusing him of spying for the government, a provincial official said Wednesday.

The child was captured by the militants in Sangin district of southern province of Helmand Tuesday, Daoud Ahmadi, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said.

"The militants killed the seven-year-old boy in Heratiyan village of the district, on charges of espionage for Afghan government," Ahmadi said, citing information provided to police by relatives.

Most areas of the district are controlled by Taliban militants, while Afghan and foreign troops are only present in the centre, he said.

The Taliban had not yet comment on the reported incident.

After being driven from power in late 2001, Taliban militants have killed dozens of people accused of spying. But Tuesday's incident was the first time a child was reportedly executed.

The Taliban insurgents are most active in southern Afghanistan, where US and NATO forces are planning a major offensive this year.

Times of India

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Israel row claims veteran US scribe

Chidanand Rajghatta

Jun 9, 2010

WASHINGTON: She wanted Jews in Israel to "get the hell out of Palestine" and "go home" to Germany, Poland, and the US. Instead, she had to get the hell out of the White House and went home — to retirement.

Journalists write news more often than make news, but Helen Thomas, 89, was no ordinary scribe. The doyenne of the press corps ("Prime Doyenne," some called her), who has covered the White House from before President Obama was born, was an American institution.

She was so revered that she had a reserved front seat in the White House briefing room, and by convention, because of her seniority, got to ask the first question at presidential press conferences.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/US/Israel-row-claims-veteran-US-scribe-/articleshow/6025726.cms

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Pakistan's Punjab in denial over local militants

Jun 9, 2010

Islamabad: The government of Pakistan's heartland Punjab province is using militant groups to drum up electoral support, analysts and officials say, preventing it from admitting it has a problem with home grown militants and from dealing with them.

High-profile attacks in Punjab, such as last month's suicide assaults on two Ahmadi mosques in the eastern city of Lahore that killed scores, have outraged and horrified Pakistanis.

They have also sparked talk of an operation against Punjabi groups along the lines of the Pakistani army's push against Taliban militants on the western border with Afghanistan.

The United States and India are becoming increasingly concerned about Punjab because it is Pakistan's richest and most populous province. Any large-scale insurgency there would almost certainly destabilise Pakistan even more.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pakistans-punjab-in-denial-over-local-militants/631071/

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Making sure that Pak not using military aid against India: US

Jun 9, 2010

WASHINGTON: Addressing one of India's major concerns, Obama Administration's point man for South Asia has said that US is taking appropriate steps to ensure that the military aid given to Pakistan is not used against India.

The issue was discussed during last week's Strategic Dialogue between India and the US; which was co-chaired by external affairs minister S M Krishna and secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

"I think they (India) understand that we are trying to build up Pakistan's counter-insurgency capabilities and we are seeking end use assurances to insure that the weapons that are provided will not be used against India," Assistant secretary of state for south and central asia, Robert Blake said in response to a question at a state department blog forum.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/6026531.cms?prtpage=1

 

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Russian Cops Looted Prez Plane After Crash’

Jun 9, 2010

Poland has accused three Russian police officers of looting the Polish presidential plane after it crashed in Russian territory in April, but Russia has strongly denied the accusation.

A Soviet-made Tu-154 crashed near Smolensk city April 10, killing all 96 people on board including President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and senior government officials. The deceased were on their way to attend a memorial ceremony for the victims of the 1940 Katyn massacre, in which Soviet secret police killed thousands of Polish military officers. Polish government spokesman Pawel Gras on Sunday said three Russian special purpose police unit (OMON) officers illegally used the bank card of top Polish official Andrzej Przewoznik who also died in the crash.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/%E2%80%98russian-cops-looted-prez-plane-after-crash%E2%80%99-733

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US to Pak: Stop India infiltration, try 26/11 suspects

Jun 9, 2010

WASHINGTON: Underlining its hands off policy on the Kashmir issue, the US has asked Pakistan to first show progress in stopping cross-border infiltration into India and the trial of the Mumbai terror attack suspects.

"No, there's no change right now" in US policy on Kashmir, US assistant secretary of state for South Asia, Robert Blake said in an online conversation on Tuesday with Teresita Schaffer, director of the South Asia Programme at Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington think tank.

"I think at this point the top priority for India and Pakistan is, first, to kind of get their own bilateral dialogue going in a more systematic way," he said noting that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh "is personally and deeply committed to achieving peace with Pakistan".

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/US-to-Pak-Stop-India-infiltration-try-26/11-suspects/articleshow/6027032.cms

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Gunmen destroy NATO supply trucks outside Islamabad, kill 7

Jun 9, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Gunmen in Pakistan opened fire on trucks carrying supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan, torching more than a dozen vehicles and killing seven people near Islamabad, police said on Wednesday.

The attack took place overnight at Tarnol about 15 kilometres (10 miles) outside the Pakistani capital on the road to the northwestern city of Peshawar and in turn towards the main NATO supply route into neighbouring Afghanistan.

Although militants have carried out a series of strikes against supplies for US and NATO-led foreign forces fighting the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, Wednesday's assault was the first so close to the heavily guarded capital.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Pakistan/Gunmen-destroy-NATO-supply-trucks-outside-Islamabad-kill-7/articleshow/6026341.cms

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Exclusive: Osama Bin Laden Is Living In Iran

Paul Williams

June 09, 2010

Osama bin Laden is alive and well and living in Savzevar, Iran, with his al Qaeda compatriots.

 His hiding place has pinned down for the first time by the Kuwaiti daily newspaper Al-Siyassa as the mountain town of Savzevar in the northeastern Iranian province of Khorasan.

 Bin Laden, according to the report, remains in Savzevar under the protection of SAVAMA, the Iranian intelligence service.

 Other al-Qaeda dignitaries reportedly are sheltered in Iranian safe-houses, including Dr. Ayman al-Zawahari, who has been spotted in the guise of an Iranian cleric with a black turban and a dyed red beard, along with Saad bin Laden, Osama’s eldest son; Yaaz bin Sifat, a top ranking planner of terror operations; and Mohammed Islam Haani, who served as the mayor of Kabul under the Taliban.

 Full report at:

http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.6422/pub_detail.asp

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Abbas reaches US for talks with Obama amid Gaza raid tensions

Jun 9, 2010

WASHINGTON: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas arrived in Washington on Tuesday seeking "bold decisions" from President Barack Obama on the Middle East despite tensions after Israel's deadly raid on aid ships.

The Palestinian leader's first stop in Washington will be the White House on Wednesday, for talks with Obama that are certain to touch on the May 31 raid on a group of boats seeking to break a blockade on the Gaza Strip.

The raid left nine civilians dead, and Obama will be eager to tamp down regional fury and ensure the incident does not doom indirect Israeli-Palestinian talks that Washington spent months setting up.

The United States has joined other foreign governments and the United Nations in calling for an inquiry into the raid to have an international component, saying it was key to any investigation's credibility.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Middle-East/Abbas-reaches-US-for-talks-with-Obama-amid-Gaza-raid-tensions/articleshow/6026248.cms

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Capt Saurabh Kalia's torture by Pak army still not 'war crime'

Anand Bodh

Jun 9, 2010

CHANDIGARH: On June 9, 1999, NK Kalia had received the body of his son – Captain Saurabh Kalia – with evidence of torture by the Pakistan Army. Eleven years later, 62-year-old Kalia is still fighting for justice – he wants the act to be declared a war crime by the UN.

However, numerous letters to the Centre have failed to move the government to pursue the matter with the world body. Five other soldiers were tortured and killed along with Capt Kalia. "I am ashamed of being an Indian. The country has spineless leaders,"said Kalia.

"In order to declare a war crime, the ministry of defence needs to write to the ministry of external affairs, which then takes up the matter with the UN Human Rights Council. The council then refers the matter to the General Assembly, which can declare war crime. It then goes to the international court of justice. It is the ministry of external affairs that did not follow up the case with the UN," says Colonel (retd) SK Aggarwal, former judge advocate general (JAG) officer.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Chandigarh/Capt-Saurabh-Kalias-torture-by-Pak-army-still-not-war-crime/articleshow/6026040.cms

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UN Security Council to vote on Iran sanctions on Wednesday

Jun 8, 2010

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council will vote on Wednesday on a fourth round of UN sanctions against Iran over its refusal to come clean on its suspect nuclear program, its president said here on Tuesday.

Mexican Ambassador Claude Heller, who chairs the 15-member council this month, made the announcement to reporters after emerging from a closed-door session at which members also decided to hold a private session later on Tuesday.

"The co-sponsors have announced that the resolution will be (put) to a vote tomorrow morning at 10:00 am (1400 GMT)," Heller said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Middle-East/UN-Security-Council-to-vote-on-Iran-sanctions-on-Wednesday/articleshow/6025515.cms

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Bomb kills 2 US troops; NATO losses at 24 for June

Jun 8, 2010

KABUL: Two American troops were killed by a roadside bomb and a British soldier was shot dead on patrol on Tuesday, raising the NATO death toll in Afghanistan to two dozen in little more than a week.

The bloodshed spiked ahead of a major NATO operation in the Taliban's southern heartland. US commanders have warned of more casualties as the alliance gears up to clear Kandahar, the biggest city in Afghanistan's south and the former headquarters of the Taliban.

NATO announced the three deaths today without identifying nationalities. But US and British authorities provided the nationalities of the victims, all of whom died in the south.

The deaths took NATO's death toll in June to 24, including 14 Americans, according to a count by The Associated Press based on official announcements.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/South-Asia/Bomb-kills-2-US-troops-NATO-losses-at-24-for-June/articleshow/6025004.cms

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Belgian school sacks teacher over burqa

Jun 9, 2010

BRUSSELS: A Belgian high school today sacked a Muslim maths teacher after she insisted she would continue to wear the burqa while taking classes.

At the start of the academic year authorities at the school in Charleroi, south of Brussels, told the Turkish-born teacher to remove her full-face Islamic veil, which she had been wearing during class for two and a half years.

The teacher refused and took her case to court. In the first instance the Charleroi tribunal backed the school board, citing the religious "neutrality" of the schools serving Belgium's francophone community.

However in March the appeals court ruled that the school in question came under the jurisdiction of Charleroi, which had not issued rules on the banning of religious insignia.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Middle-East/Belgian-school-sacks-teacher-over-burqa/articleshow/6025799.cms

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No delay in giving access to Headley

Chidanand Rajghatta

Jun 9, 2010

Washington: Asserting that the United States and India have made the greatest progress in terms of lawenforcement and intelligence cooperation,a key US official on Monday insisted both sides have been candid and transparent in the matter of access and interrogation of LeT terror operative David Headley.

In a review of the just-concluded US-India strategic dialogue,US assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia Robert Blake challenged the impression that Washington had been dodgy in allowing Indian investigators to question Headley,who is said to have scouted locations for the 26/11 massacre undertaken by the Pakistani group Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Full report at: Times of India

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UK inmates turn to Islam to enjoy perks

Jun 9, 2010

London: UK prison inmates are increasingly embracing Islam to entitle themselves to the protection of the fearsome Muslim gangs,apart from availing other benefits available only to Muslim prisoners as per prison regulations.

The new breed of converts have been dubbed convenience Muslims since they enjoy exemption from work and education while attending Friday prayers,and relish halal meat,which is provided only to Muslims.

The number of Muslim prisoners has risen dramatically since the mid-1990 s from 2,513 in 1994,or 5 per cent of the population,to 9,795 in 2008,or 11 per cent.Staff at top-security prisons and youth jails have raised concerns about the intimidation of non-Muslims and possible forced conversions.

Full report at: Times of India

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Tension up: Israel seeks arms from US, says report

Jun 09 2010

Jerusalem : Israel is seeking arms and ammunitions in bulk from its close ally America, triggering speculation of a possible outbreak of a military confrontation in the region.

The Israeli request includes Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM ) bombs for its Air Force as well as significant expansion of the emergency stores held by American Army in the Jewish state, daily Ha’aretz reported.

The request was made during visits to Washington by Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak and Director General of Defence Ministry, Udi Shani, in their conversations with senior US officials.

The priority list reflects the security threats the defence establishment believes Israel will face in the next few years, including possibility of a prolonged war, which would necessitate the country using its Air Force widely to attack targets, the report said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/tension-up-israel-seeks-arms-from-us-says-report/631374/

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Iran uses shell firms to keep military cargo secret

Jun 09 2010

New York : On January 24, 2009, a freighter with a Hong Kong flag arrived in the South African port of Durban. The stop was not on its route. It stayed just long enough to pick up clandestine cargo: a Bladerunner 51 speedboat that can be armed with torpedoes and used as a fast-attack craft in the Persian Gulf.

The name on the ship’s side as it made for Iranian port of Bandar Abbas was the Diplomat, and its papers showed it was owned by a company called Starry Shine Ltd. Six months earlier, the Diplomat had been the Iran Mufateh, part of a fleet owned by state-owned Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines, known as Irisl.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/iran-uses-shell-firms-to-keep-military-cargo-secret/631381/

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Iran is 'special case' for UN atomic watchdog: Amano

Jun 9, 2010

Vienna : UN atomic watchdog chief Yukiya Amano described Iran as a "special case" in terms of the agency's monitoring, in view of allegations of possible military dimensions to its contested atomic drive.

The West accuses Iran of seeking to build a nuclear bomb, a charge that Tehran vehemently denies.

But after more than seven years of investigation, the International Atomic Energy Agency is still not in a position to state that the Islamic republic's nuclear activities are entirely peaceful.

Iran insists its case should be treated as a routine matter by the IAEA, as is the case with any other member state.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/iran-is-special-case-for-un-atomic-watchdog-amano/630994/

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300 Sikh pilgrims leave for Pakistan

Jun 9, 2010

Attari: Nearly 300 Sikh devotees on Tuesday left for Pakistan in a special train here to observe the martyrdom day of fifth Sikh master Guru Arjan Dev at Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Lahore.

The pilgrims would pay obeisance at various historic Sikh shrines across Pakistan during their nine-day stay in that country.

The SGPC had arranged for their visas.

The devotees would return to India on June 17.

http://www.hindu.com/2010/06/09/stories/2010060960970700.htm

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Manmohan announces over Rs.1,000-crore sops for J&K

Jun 9, 2010

Srinagar: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday announced a slew of sops amounting to over Rs. 1,000 crore for Jammu and Kashmir, assuring the State that the Centre would do all it could to support it.

“Things have improved considerably, fund utilisation is better, but much more remains to be done,” said Dr. Singh, winding up his two-day visit to the State during which he held discussions with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and interacted with leaders of various political parties.

The Prime Minister ordered restoration of cuts amounting to Rs. 400 crore to the State plan outlay for 2009-10. He also announced that the Centre had decided to dispense with the cut-back of Rs. 691 crore in this year's outlay in the reconstruction plan, the Prime Minister's Media Adviser said in a statement.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/06/09/stories/2010060961671300.htm

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Five killed as gunmen attack Nato convoy near Islamabad

June 09, 2010

ISLAMABAD: At least five people were killed and six others sustained injuries when a group of militants attacked a convoy in the federal capital area that was ready to take supplies for Nato forces fighting in Afghanistan.

The Capital City Police with Elite Force and Rangers have cordoned off the area and started a search operation in and around Sang Jani but no arrest was reported till the filing of this report.

Unidentified armed men opened fire at a convoy of over 30 vehicles including trailers carrying supplies and vehicles and tankers carrying oil for the Nato forces in Afghanistan near Sang Jani, a few kilometres short of Taxila on the Grand Trunk (GT) Road at around mid-night on Tuesday. All the vehicles caught fire and despite all out efforts by the fire fighters rushed to the spot by the Disaster Management Directorate of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and the Rawalpindi Municipal Authority, the fire could not be brought under control till filing of this report.

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=29366

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Britain to send back Afghan asylum seekers

June 09, 2010

LONDON: Britain is planning to build a “re-integration” centre in Afghanistan to forcibly return failed Afghan asylum seekers, including unaccompanied children, a report said on Tuesday. The new British government plans to build the four million pound (5.8 million dollar, 4.8 million euro) centre, which immigration officials hope could help return up to 12 under-18-year-olds per month, said The Guardian newspaper. Returning young asylum seekers would be a major policy shift, since until now their repatriation has been blocked by child protection concerns and a vow only to return them if adequate care arrangements were in place, the daily said.  

An official tender for the Afghan centre shows that immigration officials initially hope to return 12 under-18s a month to Afghanistan and provide “reintegration assistance” for 120 adults a month. The Home Office declined to confirm or deny the report.       

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=243853

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Orakzai clash kills six soldiers, 30 Taliban

08 Jun, 2010

PESHAWAR: Six Pakistani soldiers were killed Tuesday when Taliban militants stormed a checkpoint in the northwest, prompting a retaliatory strike by the army that left 30 insurgents dead, officials said.

The clash took place in the village of Karonchi in Orakzai district, part of a semi-autonomous tribal belt where the military has been waging an anti-Taliban offensive since late March.

Eight soldiers were wounded in addition to the six dead, a spokesman for the paramilitary Frontier Corps said.

He said the militants were armed with heavy weapons and that troops responded with heavy artillery, as a result of which “at least 30 insurgents were killed.”

Local administration official Sajjad Ahmed confirmed the casualties and said dozens of armed militants were involved in the attack.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/16-six+troops+killed+in+orakzai+attack-hs-03

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Jails radicalising young Muslims, warns UK official

By Alan Travis

09 Jun, 2010

LONDON, June 8: The blanket treatment by staff of the 10,300 Muslim prisoners in England and Wales as potential terrorists risks creating young men ready to embrace extremism on their release, the chief inspector of prisons warns on Tuesday.

Dame Anne Owers says the treatment of the rapidly growing population of Muslim prisoners as potential or actual extremists is prevalent throughout the prison system despite the fact that fewer than 1 per cent are in prison for terrorist-related offences.

The chief inspector also voices scepticism over claims by high security prison staff that gangs are forcing non-Muslim prisoners to convert to Islam through intimidation. Her report says that while conversions are common they are more likely to be the result of better food at Ramadan, the benefits of protection within a group and the discipline and structure provided by observing Islam through prayer.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/international/jails-radicalising-young-muslims,-warns-uk-official-960

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Indian Muslims show reservations over Wakf law

By Iftikhar Gilani

09 Jun, 2010

NEW DELHI: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board, a top representative body of Muslims in India, has said that the Wakf (Amendment) Bill 2010 approved by the Indian Parliament last month will jeopardise the Muslims right over the historic Babri Mosque, which the Hindu extremists demolished in 1992.

The bill aims to strengthen and improve the administration of the wakf (trust) properties in India. However, the Muslim organisations believe that the law impinges upon the 60-year-old suit pending in the court over the ownership of the land on which the mosque, constructed by the first Mughal emperor of India in 1527 in Ayodhya, stood and where the RSS-backed Hindu chauvinists want to build the Ram Temple.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\09\story_9-6-2010_pg7_30

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India backs US on Afghan reconciliation

09 Jun, 2010

WASHINGTON—Two top visiting Indian officials have supported Obama’s policy on reintegration and reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan . “We are supportive of the US efforts to fight terrorism in Afghanistan and bring stability there,” Indian Foreign Secretary, Nirupama Rao, said in her address to the Brookings Institute — a Washington-based think-tank.

Rao, who was part of the Indian delegation to attend the Indo-US strategic dialogue, said like the United State, India would like to see the emergence of a strong, stable and prosperous Afghanistan . “We also believe therefore that any reconciliation or reintegration effort there should include only those who abjure violence, renounce terrorism and pledge to abide by the values of democracy and pluralism and the Afghan Constitution,” she said.

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/0610/09/FrontPage/FrontPage2.php

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Jordan's king warns candidates against exploiting Palestinian issue

By ABDUL JALIL MUSTAFA

Jun 8, 2010

AMMAN: Jordan’s King Abdallah II on Tuesday pledged holding "transparent" parliamentary elections in the last quarter of the year, but he warned against using the Palestinian issue to win support.

"The national unity is the cornerstone of our stability and, as such, is a red line, the crossing of which will not be permitted,” he said.

In a speech commemorating the anniversary of his accession to the throne the monarch alluded to a statement issued last month by a number of retired army personnel who urged the government to stop naturalizing Palestinians because it empowers the alternative-homeland scheme supported by right-wing Israelis that would create a Palestinian state by carving out territory from Jordan.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article62910.ece

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Yemen won't hand over Al-Awlaki to US

By AHMED AL-HAJ

Jun 8, 2010

SANAA: Yemen would not hand over a US-born, Al-Qaeda-linked preacher to the United States if he is captured because its law bans extradition of citizens, an official said Tuesday.

The radical Yemeni-American preacher, Anwar Al-Awlaki, is believed to be hiding in Yemen since 2004. The US says he is an active Al-Qaeda recruiter and has placed him on the CIA's list of terrorist targets to be killed or captured, despite his American citizenship. Yemen's Al-Qaeda offshoot last month released a video of Al-Awlaki calling for the killing of Americans.

Al-Awlaki is also believed to have helped inspire recent attacks in the US, including the Fort Hood shooting, the Times Square bombing attempt and the failed Christmas Day airline bombing.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article62977.ece

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Doha becomes 16th printing point for Asharq Al-Awsat

Jun 8, 2010

JEDDAH: Asharq Al-Awsat, a sister publication of Arab News, will now also be published from Doha, Qatar, which has become the 16th place from where the international newspaper is being published.

A launching ceremony was held in Doha on Tuesday which was attended by the Qatari minister of culture, arts and heritage, Dr. Hamad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Kawwari. The project is a tripartite partnership between the Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG), Dar Al-Sharq for Printing and Distribution Company and the Qatari Media Company.

Speaking at the launch, Sheikh Al-Hussain bin Ali bin Ahmad Al-Thani, CEO of the Qatar Media Company, welcomed the audience and hoped the company would be the sole agent for the newspaper’s advertisements in the Qatari market. He said the company was established in 2004 and now has offices in the UAE, Malaysia and the United Kingdom.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article62982.ece

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Report: 14 Al-Qaeda suspects detained in Turkey

Jun 8, 2010

ANKARA, Turkey: Turkey's state news agency says police have detained 14 people suspected of ties to the Al-Qaeda terror network.

The Anatolia agency says the suspects were detained for questioning in simultaneous raids in four cities early Tuesday.

It did not cite a source for the report.

Police in the central city of Konya, where most of the raids reportedly took place, would not comment on the report.

In January, Turkish police launched a major crackdown on suspected militants, rounding up 120 people Homegrown militants tied to Al-Qaeda carried out suicide bombings in Istanbul in 2003, killing 58 people.

In 2008, an attack blamed on Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants outside the US Consulate in Istanbul left three assailants and three policemen dead.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article62663.ece

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Iraqi Kurds seek help to halt Iranian incursion

9 June 2010

 Iraq - Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region on Tuesday demanded the central government in Baghdad take steps against an incursion into its territory by Iranian forces pursuing Kurdish rebels.

A Reuters witness saw Iranian soldiers manning a small position some two kilometres (1.2 miles) inside Iraqi Kurdistan.

Kurdish officials say a small unit of Iranian soldiers penetrated Kurdistan’s Arbil province on June 3 following days of shelling that they say has displaced some 300 families from Kurdish border villages.

Kurdish MPs accused the Shi’ite-led government in Baghdad of turning a blind eye to the Iranian operation, against rebels seeking autonomy for Kurdish areas of Iran.

Iraq and Iran fought a war in the 1980s, but since the overthrow of Sunni dictator Saddam Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/June/middleeast_June306.xml&section=middleeast

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Women students showcase talent at ZU symposium Ahmed Al Majaida

9 June 2010

DUBAI — Young Emirati women with an interest in culture and innovation took centrestage last week at the 9th annual academic symposium at Zayed University.

A group of them showcased their new book on the country’s past in hopes of setting in stone their vision for the country.

The book, titled ‘The Secrets Behind the UAE Identity’, contains basic information of the country’s undiscovered culture and ways of living.

“We have researched, visited museums and spoken to the elderly to find out the truth behind certain cultural practices,” said Amal Al Mulla, a media student at the university.

She said the information in the book had never been discussed on the Internet before.

Marwa Al Tayer, also part of the project, said they had undertaken the project to answer questions related to Emirati culture.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2010/June/theuae_June254.xml&section=theuae&col=

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Saudi to help abandoned families

9 June 2010

JEDDAH — A total of 1,500 widows and children have been abandoned in 19 countries across the world by Saudi husbands and fathers because of unlicensed marriages, many conducted in secrecy, according to Tawfiq Al Suwailam, head of Awasir, the Society for the Welfare of Saudi Families Abroad.

The countries where they are found stretch from the Philippines in the east to the United States in the west, and approximately 90 per cent of them are in brotherly nations such as Yemen, Syria, Egypt, Bahrain, Jordan, Morocco, and the Lebanon, he said.

Al Suwailam said that the society was setting up a database of information on families left in dire straits by Saudis, and that a precise survey ordered by Prince Nayef, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, revealed data on 575 Saudi families comprising 1,552 widows and children left fatherless in 19 countries,  they are eligible for help from Awasir.

He  said Prince Nayef, as honorary president of Awasir ordered the study, and also that families be returned to the Kingdom as soon as possible.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/June/middleeast_June304.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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Two more Palestinians killed by Israel navy wash ashore

8 June 2010

GAZA CITY - The bodies of two Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in the seas off Gaza washed ashore on Tuesday, bringing to six the total number of alleged militants killed by the navy in a raid off the coast.

The bodies of two men in their 20s who had each been shot in the head washed ashore and were collected by local medics, the head of Gaza emergency services, Muawiya Hassanein, said.

On Monday, Israel attacked a boat carrying what it said was “a squad of terrorists wearing diving suits on their way to execute a terror attack.”

A survivor who was on shore at the time of the attack said the six men on the boat were members of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, an armed group which is loosely tied to the secular Fatah movement of Western-backed president Mahmud Abbas, but that there were no weapons on the boat.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/June/middleeast_June302.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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No change in Kashmir policy: US

Jun 9, 2010

WASHINGTON: Asserting that there is "no change" in its Kashmir policy, the US on Wednesday hoped that India and Pakistan would make progress on resolving the "important issue".

"We recognise that this is a very, very important issue between India and Pakistan," the state department spokesman, P J Crowley, told reporters at his daily news briefing.

He was responding to a question on the visit of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Jammu and Kashmir and his offer of talks with the separatist if they abandon violence and abide by the Indian constitution.

"As the dialogue between India and Pakistan, continues to expand, including at the leader level, that we would hope that India and Pakistan can make progress in understanding this issue and moving forward, just as they did a few years ago," Crowley said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/No-change-in-Kashmir-policy-US-/articleshow/6026710.cms

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Dubai sends Mumbai blasts accused to India

By Aman Sharma

Jun 9, 2010

THE CBI on Tuesday succeeded in extraditing underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s key aide Taher Mohammed Merchant, who had played a pivotal role in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts.

Merchant was extradited to India from the UAE in a quiet operation and produced before a court in Mumbai to get his custody till June 14.

Indian intelligence agencies had been hot on his trail since 1993 and initially suspected him to be hiding in Pakistan, before he was nabbed by UAE authorities in 2004.

Merchant’s extradition after a six- year diplomatic effort is being seen as a big achievement by the CBI and the Centre.

Also known as Taher Taklya and Taher Mohammed Dada, Merchant, 54, was born in Mumbai. He is accused of arranging training for terror recruits in Pakistan before they carried out the blasts in Mumbai.

Full report at: Mil Today

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Tliban using HIV bombs

Jun 9, 2010

TALIBAN fighters are burying dirty needles with their bombs in a bid to infect British troops with HIV, The Sun can reveal.

Hypodermic syringes are hidden below the surface pointing upwards to prick bomb squad experts as they hunt for devices.

The heroin needles are feared to be contaminated with hepatitis and HIV. And if the bomb goes off, the needles become deadly flying shrapnel.

Deadly ... needles become flying shrapnel

The tactic, used in the Afghan badlands of Helmand, was exposed by Tory MP and ex-Army officer Patrick Mercer.

Senior backbencher Mr Mercer said yesterday: "Are there no depths to which these people will stoop? This is the definition of a dirty war."

Razor blades are also being used. All Royal Engineer and Royal Logistic Corps bomb search teams have been issued with protective Kevlar gloves.

http://timesofindia.hotklix.com/Hotklix/link/News/World/Taliban-using-HIV-bombs

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Gaza ship raid was a failure, admits Israeli Dy PM

Jun 9, 2010

JERUSALEM: Israel's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Strategic Affairs Moshe Ya'alon has admitted that the deadly raid on the Gaza-bound aid ship last week that left nine people dead was characterised by failure.

"In a place where citations should have been given, someone failed to prepare a standard operating procedure," Ya'alon, a former army Chief of Staff and the acting Prime Minister on the day of the operation told Council Heads of the ruling Likud party.

"The decision was right, but there is room for improvement - and I am not going to elaborate," he was quoted by news portal Ynet as saying.

Ya'alon, who was officiating as the Prime Minister on the day of the incident because of Benjamin Netanyahu's absence in the country, however, praised the troops for their bravery.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Middle-East/Gaza-ship-raid-was-a-failure-admits-Israeli-Dy-PM-/articleshow/6028054.cms

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Afghan opium more deadly than Taliban bullets: UN

Jun 9, 2010

MOSCOW: A top United Nations official says that the annual number of people killed by Afghan heroin in Western Europe exceeds the total death toll of NATO troops killed in Afghanistan since 2001.

Some 1,800 international coalition troops have been killed in Afghanistan, including 1,100 Americans.

Speaking at an anti-drug conference in Moscow, the head of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, Antonio Maria Costa, said that the world's largest consumer of Afghan drugs is Russia, where more than 70 metric tons of heroin are sold annually.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told the conference that heroin is seen as a "serious threat'' to Russian youth.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Europe/Afghan-opium-more-deadly-than-Taliban-bullets-UN/articleshow/6028504.cms

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Clashes in Orakzai, Mohmand kill 46 militants

09 Jun, 2010

PARACHINAR: Dozens of militants attacked a security convoy in an area near Afghanistan where Pakistan declared the Taliban defeated, sparking a battle that killed six soldiers and 40 militants, an official said Wednesday.

The clash in Orakzai tribal region illustrated the challenge facing Pakistan as it tries to oust insurgents hiding along the Afghan border. Pakistan’s declarations of success in some parts have often been premature.

Fifteen soldiers were also wounded in the late Tuesday fighting, government administration official Samiullah Khan said.

The army's offensive in Orakzai came on the heels of an operation against the Pakistani Taliban in the South Waziristan tribal area. Many militants in South Waziristan were believed to have fled to Orakzai, though the top Pakistani Taliban leaders are believed to be in North Waziristan, an area the Pakistani army has resisted attacking.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/04-orakzai-mohmand-clashes-militants-qs-007

 

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    Thank you Brother Ghulam Mohiyuddin for your frank comment on Nawaz Sharif's declaration. Ahmadi Muslims have always maintained that they are Muslims from the Sunni school of thought and that they respect the religious beliefs of all.

    This is something of a huge challenge for other "Muslims". They cannot stand to co-exist with others in this world whose creator is Allah, Al Khaliq.

    By Abdur Rahman Khan
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    Nawaz Sharif must be praised, not criticized, for calling Ahmadis "my brothers and sisters". It is the Deobandi madrasas that should be condemned for bringing Pakistan to the verge of ruin. Pakistan will remain in this sorry state until it accepts all its citizens as being equal, be they Ahmadi Muslims, Shias, Hindus, Sikhs or Christians, and guantees all its citizens security, equal rights and freedom of worship. And yes, I call Ahmadis "Ahmadi Muslims" advisedly, because if that is what they consider themselves to be,  and if they believe in the Quran and the Prophet, then that's what they are, even if they have some divergent beliefs.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin