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Sikhs Will Use Allah As It Is In Their Holy Scriptures, Says Malaysian Gurdwara Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jagir Singh stresses the word Allah has been used by Sikhs for more than 6 centuries. The Malaysian Insider Pic by Nazir Sufari, October 16, 2013.

  

 

 

Southeast Asia

Sikhs Will Use Allah As It Is In Their Holy Scriptures, Says Malaysian Gurdwara Council

Muslim clerics at loggerheads after “infidel” label on those who oppose Allah ban

Umno politicians support court decision on Allah but reject claim of interference

Indonesia Passes China to Become Top Source of Cyber-Attack Traffic

Yogyakarta Farmer Pioneers Islamic Environmentalism

 

Arab World

At least 41 killed in Syria Kurd-jihadist fighting

Twenty-one killed as truck hit by blast in south Syria

More rebel groups reject Syria opposition coalition

Egypt: Relations with United States in 'turmoil'

Salafist leader criticises draft protest law

Study: War-related deaths near 500,000 in Iraq

Egypt's Justice Ministry to draft anti-terrorism law

 

Africa

Nigerian army claims killing 40 Boko Haram rebels

Leaders preach peace, as Muslims defy rain to pray in Lagos

 

Pakistan

Nawaz Sharif for following spirit of sacrifice, adopting unified thinking

Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat leader shot dead in Karachi

‘Pakistan won’t tolerate any foreign intervention’

Rangers arrest 16 more in Karachi targeted operation

Lal Masjid case: Complainant threatens to sue Punjab CM, Islamabad police chief

Pakistan releases seven low-ranking Afghan Taliban prisoners

Sherry argues for centrality of diplomacy in global diplomacy

 

Mideast

Minorities skeptical over call to join Turkish police forces

Turkey prepares for bittersweet EU report

Iran talks must not be 'another Munich': Israel minister

Iran to allow ‘snap inspections’ of nuclear facilities

 

South Asia

Maldives President expresses doubt over fairness of upcoming election

Door for dialogue still open: Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina

 

Europe

Iran is incapable of resolving Syria crisis, says Saudi ambassador to U.N.

Russian official rules out Arafat poisoning

Polish Muslims drop Eid sacrifice amid protests, Halal ban

Russia sentences feared Islamist to life term

 

India

Not holding talks with Pak doesn't change its behaviour: NSA

On terror trail, Delhi cops to go undercover on Facebook, Twitter

Pak targets Indian post along Uri; 9th ceasefire violation

Presumed dead, Indian Haj pilgrim found alive, Saudi paramedics helped perform Haj

BSF-Pak rangers exchange sweets on Eid

Eid in Muzaffarnagar under barrel of the gun

 

North America

Do not expect overnight breakthrough in talks with Iran: US

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Southeast Asia

 

Sikhs Will Use Allah As It Is In Their Holy Scriptures, Says Malaysian Gurdwara Council

Oct 16 2013

Sikhs will continue to use the word Allah in their religious practices as the word appeared numerous times in their holy scriptures, said the Malaysian Gurdwara Council president Jagir Singh.

"There is no way the word can be excluded since it is found in the Guru Granth Sahib, just like in the holy Quran for Muslims," he said, adding that Sikhs throughout the world has used the word in the past six centuries.

He said the 350,000 faithful in Malaysia can continue to use the word found in the Holy Scriptures despite the Court of Appeal decision on Monday when it banned the word Allah from being used in the Bahasa Malaysia section of the Catholic weekly, Herald.

The Sikh scriptures are recited during weddings and home purification ceremonies. There are some 180 Gurdwara (temples) in the country, with about 10 in Sabah and Sarawak.

On Monday, a three-man bench which allowed Putrajaya’s appeal to reverse a High Court ruling that the Herald could use the word, said the word Allah was not an integral part of the Christian faith and practice.

The court said it saw no reason why the church was so adamant in wanting to use the word Allah.

It said such usage, if allowed, would inevitably cause confusion within the Malaysian community, and added that the welfare of an individual or group must concede to the majority community.

Jagir, who is also president of the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism, said the Court of Appeal judgments covered a "wide dragnet".

"I don’t know how the government and Muslim religious authorities want to enforce the court decision," he said.

He said there were already state enactments that banned non-Muslims from using the word since Islam came under the authority of state governments.

Jagir said the (Gurdwara) council was also waiting to see how the Home Ministry was going to react to the court ruling.

"But we have always maintained that nobody has a monopoly over the word from the cultural and religious perspective," he added.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/sikhs-will-use-allah-as-it-is-in-their-holy-scriptures-says-gurdwara-counci

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Muslim clerics at loggerheads after “infidel” label on those who oppose Allah ban

Oct 16 2013

Former Perlis mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin has scoffed at a suggestion by an Islamic bureaucrat that Muslims who question the "Allah" ban on non-Muslims could be regarded infidels.

Asri was responding to a statement by Datuk Noh Gadut, a former Johor mufti turned adviser to the Johor Islamic Council, who warned Muslims who questioned the ban of the word Allah in non-Muslim religious texts.

"Even if you are a diehard supporter of the goverment and everything that they do, you cannot say things that will make you look foolish," Asri told The Malaysian Insider today, referring to Noh Gadut's statement.

Asri pointed out that the use of the word Allah was only an issue in West Malaysia.

"In Arab-Muslim countries, there is no such problem and non-Muslims are allowed to use the word. Countries like Jordan and Egypt see Allah being used in big churches which date more than 1,400 years ago.

"So, is he (Noh) saying that all the Muslim scholars and clerics around the world, except for those in Peninsular Malaysia, are infidels?"

Asri warned that Noh's statement would have wide repercussions as  the Allah issue was non-existent in other Muslim countries.

"He is accusing the other Muslims around the world of being apostates for allowing Christians to use the word. This is big," he charged.

Umno's Utusan Malaysia had quoted Noh as saying that those questioning the decision were deviant and disloyal to the religion.

“If the Muslims question it consciously they can be ruled as being infidels or becoming apostates,” he said.

On Monday, the Court of Appeal banned the use of the word Allah in Catholic weekly Herald, ruling that the word was not an integral part of the Christian faith and practice. It said such usage, if allowed, will inevitably cause confusion within the community.

Asri clarified that as long as the word Allah was used to refer to 'the most supreme being', the non-Muslims could use the word.

"So actually it is non-issue. Muslims believe in one God. So how can we say your God is different from mine?" he asked.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/muslim-clerics-at-loggerheads-after-infidel-label-on-those-who-oppose-allah

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Umno politicians support court decision on Allah but reject claim of interference

Oct 16 2013

Umno lawmakers stood behind the Court of Appeal's decision banning the use of the word Allah in Catholic weekly Herald, and said the judgment was in line with the party's struggle in defending the pride of Islam.

They pointed out that while Umno opposed the use of the word by non-Muslims, the party had not interfered in Monday's court decision.

They were responding to commentary on BBC News which said that the ban on Christians from using the word Allah is seen as Umno's efforts to boost its Islamic credentials and win back support from the Malays.

Kinabatangan MP Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin said the court ruling would help promote religious harmony among Malaysia's many races.

To Bung Mokhtar, there will be no issues among Sabah Christians on the ruling.

"It is not a big issue in Sabah because Christians here use 'Tuhan Maha Esa' (God Almighty) in their prayers. They do not use Allah, so it will not have a big impact in Sabah," he added.

He said the court's decision would mean that churches in Sabah would have to streamline their practices with those in Rome, which do not use the word Allah.

"Why does Malaysia want to use Allah then?" he asked.

Bung Mokhtar (pic, right) agreed that the Allah case was tied to Umno's struggle as the party was formed to uphold the rights of the Malays.

"This is in line with Umno's struggle for the Malays and Muslims because the Muslim community is against non-Muslims using the word, and that would affect the harmonious race-relations in the country.

"Whatever allegations thrown at Umno, this is our struggle. I wish to congratulate the Umno leaders for defending the pride of Islam," he added.

Bung Mokhtar however said the court decision had no extremist or racial elements, but was based on the reality that the word Allah was synonymous with Islam as it is a daily usage among Muslims, while the Christians only used it in churches.

Umno supreme council member Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi also denounced the BBC commentary as baseless.

"Yes the government succeeded in its appeal, but why is this linked to Umno? he questioned.

He said it was the government's responsibility to appeal against the earlier High Court decision allowing the Herald to use the word Allah, saying the Prime Minister has stated he would not compromise on the issue.

Puad (pic, left) said Umno was not like PAS, which he said was indecisive on the Allah issue. He added that Umno had always stood its ground that the word was exclusive to Islam.

"And this is not something new, we were saying this even before GE13," he added.

Pengerang MP and Umno supreme council aspirant Datuk Seri Azalina Othman also criticised the BBC commentary, and said the ruling was because the case was brought to court.

"There has always been tolerance among the different faiths and particularly among Christians and Muslims even before Independence.

"But when you make the argument public, of course, some people will step up and defend the argument. That is to be expected.

"When you challenge as they did in court, a decision has to be made," she reasoned.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/umno-politicians-support-court-decision-on-allah-but-reject-claim-of-interf

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Indonesia Passes China to Become Top Source of Cyber-Attack Traffic

Oct 16 2013

The unexpected surge in cyber-attacks coming from Indonesia earlier this year wasn’t a fluke.

The country has overtaken China to become the No. 1 source of attack traffic in the world, according to a report by Akamai Technologies to be published today.

Indonesia accounted for 38 percent of hacking-related traffic on servers Akamai monitored in the second quarter, up from 21 percent at the beginning of the year. China, a notorious haven for hacking, fell to No. 2, with a third of global attack traffic. The US share fell to 6.9 percent, but the country remained in third place.

Determining exactly where a cyber-attack operation is centralized is difficult because a hacker can take over victims’ machines located in another country. However, the sudden rise of Indonesia, which accounted for less than 1 percent before this year, is unusual.

Akamai found that the speed of the average Internet connection in Indonesia increased 125 percent in the second quarter compared with the same period in 2012. As broadband takes hold in this developing market, cyber-crime could run rampant.

The Indonesian government has recognized the problem. Tifatul Sembiring, the country’s minister of communication and information technology, talked last month about prioritizing cybersecurity nationally. His office hosted the Indonesia Information Security Forum last week to discuss the topic.

Don’t be surprised if the subject also comes up next week when the United Nations holds its Internet Governance Forum in Bali, Indonesia.

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/indonesia-passes-china-to-become-top-source-of-cyber-attack-traffic/

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Yogyakarta Farmer Pioneers Islamic Environmentalism

Oct 16 2013

Atop the craggy hilltops southeast of Yogyakarta, not far from the rock-hewn cemetery where visitors pay homage to past sultans, a small farm is striving to demonstrate that modern agriculture practice need not — like the nearby tombs — be set in stone.

Spread over rolling, rock-strewn land, Bumi Langit Farm occupies a place that at first glance seems unforgiving, but the challenges of farming on such terrain has provided a fertile ground for the farm’s vision: in the words of founder Iskandar Waworuntu, “to establish a clearer ethic between man and the environment.”

Iskandar and the road to Yogyakarta

Raised in Jakarta by an English mother and an Indonesian father from Manado, Iskandar’s journey to Bumi Langit makes for quite a tale of self-discovery.

In the late 1960s, gripped by the counter-cultural currents sweeping the West, Iskandar left Indonesia for Australia. Like many others at the time, he was fascinated by the convergence of utopian Bohemia with Eastern philosophies.

“Even in those early experiences I was trying to understand the essential value of human life,” he explained. That mission eventually led him back to Indonesia, where in 1972 he settled in Yogyakarta to join the renowned Bengkel Teater group, a drama outfit making waves for its trenchant, cutting critiques of the nascent New Order government.

Ten years later, energized by his political convictions, Iskandar left Java for Sumatra as part of the government’s controversial transmigration program. In Sumatra he started a farm and met the woman who would later become his wife.

After six years, Iskandar relocated to Bali, where he founded another farm that his eldest son now manages. Gradually finding the pace and rhythm of Bali life to be out of step with his own, Iskandar, his wife and two children returned to Yogyakarta 10 years ago to start Bumi Langit. Three years later, the farm was up and running.

Earlier this month, graduate students from Gadjah Mada University’s Center for Religion and Cross-Cultural Studies — the only secular religious studies graduate program in Indonesia — visited Bumi Langit.

The trip was organized at the behest of second-year students, whose interest was piqued by Iskandar’s recent talk at CRCS.

Arriving in the early afternoon, students were greeted by Iskandar, who promptly ushered them past the living quarters to the gardens. With him leading the way, they strolled single file amid an array of fruits, vegetables and herbs; all neatly arranged in collections of raised beds and planted rows. Everything here, he explained, is grown organically, without the aid of artificial fertilizer.

Experimental approaches

Inspired by methods popularized by figures like the late, esoteric Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner, Iskandar described some of the farm’s more experimental approaches in permaculture; sustainable agricultural designs modeled on natural ecosystems.

At one line of plants he knelt and began digging, stopping moments later with a bull’s horn in hand. The students were amazed.

“The bull horn technique [whereby a horn filled with manure is buried in the ground to enhance the quality of the soil] was the most inspiring example of how Iskandar uses local wisdom to cultivate the farm,” reflected Andri Handriyani, a second-year student at CRCS.

Next, students learned about the farm’s gas-capture tanks, a system that transforms natural gas produced by human waste into fertilizer.

Looking down from the tanks, the rows of plants gave the impression of a gently sloped amphitheater, curving inward and downward for about 30 meters toward the base of a hill. Wedged between the rows, a series of multi-tiered pools provide irrigation by making use of household water.

Wastewater from the house, filtering as it moves through the forest of lily-laden pools, nourishes plants as it descends, eventually emptying into a sizeable pond stocked with fish for harvesting.

“Everything is used here, there’s no waste,” an impressed Handriyani said.

Adjacent to the pond, a small number of dairy cows and goats lay resting in shady huts below their hilltop grazing pasture.

Islamic environmentalism

Afterward, the students returned to the house where a hearty, homegrown meal sat waiting for them. It was then Iskandar began to expound on what he meant earlier by “a clearer ethic between man and the environment.” For him, that ethic is in fact a religious idea, one borne out of a journey with Islam.

Around the year 2000, Iskandar explained, he became a Muslim. To his amazement, after years of truth-seeking upon other paths, with the Koran Iskandar began finding answers to the questions he’d long been asking. Yet rather than through the logical deletion of inferior alternatives, Iskandar found Islam “through the path of the heart.”

“It was like falling in love,” he explained. “Practice became a kind of love sacrifice rather than just the fulfilment of religious duty.”

Thus, striving to heal an ailing planet became an act of faith, a sacred chore — a labor of love.

Importantly, however, Iskandar probes the sources rather than the outcomes of environmental degradation. For him, that source lies in a false separation of man from nature that distorts Islamic teachings.

Rightly understood, Iskandar explained, man and nature form a complete whole, with humans distinguished from other creatures merely by the ability to perceive that oneness.

In the Koran, “all creatures are mahkluk ,” naturally created as vessels of God. Plants and animals can bless as well as any man and, unburdened by man’s peculiar condition of self-consciousness, often with “more power.”

Hence human health and environmental health are intrinsically linked: they emerge from the same fundamental misunderstanding of man’s relationship to the Earth. For Iskandar, humankind is fundamentally of the Earth, not merely on the Earth. Modern societies misunderstand this truth, often viewing the exploitations of agribusiness and climate-changing emissions as inevitable facts of life.

This false dichotomy perpetuates violence toward nature that is reciprocated back to humans as poor-quality food and environmental collapse. Balance and harmony, not hostility and chaos, is the natural state between man and nature.

That state of affairs is the primary concern of Bumi Langit: An ailing Earth is an unbalanced one, and through Islam, Iskandar locates a mandate to re-establish equilibrium.

Spreading the word

Descending back down the hills into the dizzying traffic of Yogyakarta, worlds away from the lush calm of Bumi Langit, underscored an important question: can this farm’s vision gain real traction?

Among CRCS students, the response was overwhelmingly positive. As Handriyani put it, “At Bumi Langit, organic [foods], local wisdom, social empowerment, and religious values all blend into one harmony. The farm is amazing.”

But what about within the larger Yogyakarta community, among those who never manage to visit? In particular, will the majority Muslim population in Yogyakarta, amounting to 92.1 percent of the province’s residents, according to a recent CRCS publication on Indonesian religion, be receptive?

Iskandar hopes he can reach them, and holds frequent meetings with young Muslims to discuss the farm’s vision. By affirming that “Islam should remind us of our true position in relation to nature,” he hopes he can help fill in a “gap of understanding” within this community of believers.

And yet the farm’s message wields the power to transcend religious difference in ways that other social concerns often fail to do. As Iskandar commented, “[Notions of] justice can be biased, but [healing] the environment is a shared value among religions.”

Thus, while it may be framed in faith, Iskandar’s powerful message of redemption is not exclusive to Islam. It is a sentiment that can resonate with anybody who hopes to build a healthier world.

Indeed, the fate of the planet may very well depend on just how unifying these ideas manage to be.

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/features/yogyakarta-farmer-pioneers-islamic-environmentalism/

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Arab World

 

At least 41 killed in Syria Kurd-jihadist fighting

 16 October 2013

At least 41 fighters have been killed in violent clashes pitting Kurds against jihadists and Islamist rebels in northeastern Syria, a monitoring group said on Wednesday.

Kurdish fighters from several villages in oil-rich Hasake province are engaged in combat against al-Qaeda affiliated groups the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and al-Nusra Front, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

“At least 41 fighters were killed, including 29 ISIL, al-Nusra Front and Islamist fighters,” said the Observatory, adding that one of the dead was a local Al-Nusra leader of Egyptian origin.

Also killed were “12 fighters from the Committees for the Protection of the Kurdish People” (YPG), said the Britain-based group.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/10/16/At-least-41-killed-in-Syria-Kurd-jihadist-fighting-.html

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Twenty-one killed as truck hit by blast in south Syria

16 October 2013

The explosion of a pickup truck in the southern Syria province of Daraa early on Wednesday has killed at least 21 people, reported Agence France-Presse.

Four children were killed in the attack, a monitoring group said.

“Twenty-one people were killed in the Nawa area [of Daraa], among them four children and six women, in a blast that detonated as their vehicle went past Tal al-Jumua,” said the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in a statement.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/10/16/Syria-blast-kills-21-people.html

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More rebel groups reject Syria opposition coalition

16 October 2013

Rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in southern Syria said Wednesday the main opposition National Coalition had “failed” and announced they no longer recognize the Western-backed group.

The video statement signed by nearly 70 groups comes after a group of key rebel groups in the north of the country announced their rejection of the National Coalition in late September.

“Having seen the failure of the political groups that claim to represent the opposition and the revolutionary groups... we leaders of the military and revolutionary groups in the southern provinces withdraw our recognition from any political group that claims to represent us,” a rebel spokesman said in the video.

The spokesman referred specifically to “the Coalition and its leadership”.

Nearly 70 rebel groups signed on to the statement, which comes after fighters in northern Syria said last month they also rejected the Coalition.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/10/16/More-rebel-groups-reject-Syria-opposition-coalition-.html

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Egypt: Relations with United States in 'turmoil'

AP | Oct 16, 2013

CAIRO: Egypt's foreign minister said on Wednesday that relations between his country and the United States are in "turmoil" following Washington's decision to suspend delivery of tanks, helicopters and fighter jets to Egypt.

The suspension, announced last week, came in response to the unrest in the wake of the July 3 military coup that ousted Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president, and that led to the deaths of hundreds in police crackdowns.

In an interview with state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper, Egypt's foreign minister Nabil Fahmy said that there is "unrest in relations" between the two countries, warning that the strain could affect the whole Middle East region. The interview was published on Wednesday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Egypt-Relations-with-United-States-in-turmoil/articleshow/24263898.cms

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Salafist leader criticises draft protest law

October 16, 2013

The leader of Egypt's largest Salafist party has called on interim President Adly Mansour not to issue a controversial protest law without first conducting a national dialogue, or at least discussing it with political forces.

The Nour Party's Younes Makhioun said in a Tuesday statement that it would be better to wait for the next parliament to adopt such a law.

The draft law gives the interior minister or senior police officials the authority to cancel, postpone or change the location of a protest, and allows governors to designate "protest-free" areas near state buildings, including presidential palaces.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/84089/Egypt/Politics-/Salafist-leader-criticises-draft-protest-law.aspx

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Study: War-related deaths near 500,000 in Iraq

16 October 2013

AFP, Iraq/Kirkuk

A bomb ripped through a crowd of worshippers at a Sunni mosque in Iraq, killing 12 people as a study put the death toll in the war-torn country at nearly half a million since the U.S.-led 2003 invasion.

Three children, a policeman and an army officer were among the dead from the blast in the northern city of Kirkuk on Tuesday, which also wounded 26 people, police and a doctor said.

The bomb exploded as worshippers left the mosque after marking the start of the Eid al-Adha Muslim holiday.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/analysis/2013/10/16/Study-War-related-deaths-near-500-000-in-Iraq-.html

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Egypt's Justice Ministry to draft anti-terrorism law

Oct 16 2013

Egypt’s Ministry of Justice is due to start discussions with the National Council for Human Rights, as well as other rights groups, to draft an anti-terrorism law "specifying terrorism crimes and penalties facing the perpetrators," state-owned Al-Ahram daily reported on Wednesday.

The suggested definition of terrorism is "an action that leads to the spread of terror and sense of threat to the lives of citizens and state institutions through the use of violence in both its tangible forms and intangible forms affecting morale... to fulfil aims that harm the security and interests of the country."

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/84086/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-Justice-Ministry-to-draft-antiterrorism-law.aspx

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Africa

 

Nigerian army claims killing 40 Boko Haram rebels

2013-10-16

MAIDUGURI (Nigeria), Oct 15: Nigeria’s military said on Tuesday it had killed 40 Islamist militants while repelling a coordinated attack in three parts of northeastern Borno state, in the heartland of their insurgency.

Militant group Boko Haram has been fighting for more than four years to try to carve an Islamic state out of religiously-mixed Nigeria, and remains the top security threat to Africa’s leading energy producer despite an all-out military offensive against it ordered by President Goodluck Jonathan in May.

“Terrorists ... of unknown strength attempted coordinated simultaneous attacks on Bama, Gwoza and Pulka” on Sunday night, said Captain Aliyu Danja, acting deputy army spokesman in the town of Maiduguri in Borno state.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1050000/nigerian-army-claims-killing-40-boko-haram-rebels/print

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Leaders preach peace, as Muslims defy rain to pray in Lagos

Oct 16 2013

LEADERS have urged muslim faithful to observe peace as they celebrate this year's Eid-el- Kabir.

Thousands of Muslim faithful in Lagos State and its environs on Tuesday defied the early morning rainfall as they trooped out of their various homes to observe prayers in celebration of Eid-el- Kabir.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)reports that both old and young thronged the praying grounds in their respective areas to observe the prayers.

Many Muslim clerics were seen carrying umbrella of various sizes to cover themselves while the prayers were going on at the designated praying grounds.

NAN reports from Epe that Sheikh Abdul-Raman Sadalah, the Chief Imam of Epe Central Mosque, led Muslin faithful to pray at the Central Mosque, Oke-Balogun, instead of the open praying ground because of rain.

Full report at:

http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/national-news/135651-leaders-preach-peace-as-muslims-defy-rain-to-pray-in-lagos

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Pakistan

 

Nawaz Sharif for following spirit of sacrifice, adopting unified thinking

Oct 16 2013

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has stressed the need for following the spirit of sacrifice in its true perspective and adopting a unified thinking as a nation to tackle the various challenges being faced by the country.

The prime minister, in his message, congratulated the nation on the occasion of Eidul Azha and highlighted various aspects of the spirit of submission and sacrifice, the foundation of which was laid by Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) on the edict of God.

“There has always been a need to act on the great spirit like submission and sacrifice for the Muslim Ummah in general and for the Pakistanis in particular, but keeping in view the current state of affairs in the country, its importance has increased,” he maintained.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\10\16\story_16-10-2013_pg7_4

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Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat leader shot dead in Karachi

Oct 16 2013

KARACHI: A local leader of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) was targeted and shot dead in Gulberg on Tuesday.

Police said that deceased, 42-year-old Abdul Hameed, son of Fajruddin was sitting at his milk shop in Gulberg Block-5, where armed riders shot him dead. His body was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for autopsy and later handed over to his family.

The motive behind the incident is yet to be ascertained, while further investigations are underway.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\10\16\story_16-10-2013_pg7_8

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‘Pakistan won’t tolerate any foreign intervention’

Oct 16 2013

ISLAMABAD: The top political and military leadership on Tuesday took serious note of incidents of terrorism in the country as well as aid and funding by the neighbouring India and Afghanistan to subversive elements in Pakistan, saying that any foreign intervention in Pakistan’s affairs would not be tolerated.

A high-level meeting was held in the capital with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the chair. The meeting was attended by Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi and ISI Director General Lt Gen Zaheerul Hasan. The meeting was held to review the national security and took key decisions.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\10\16\story_16-10-2013_pg1_1

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Rangers arrest 16 more in Karachi targeted operation

2013-10-16

KARACHI: Rangers forces claim to have arrested another 16 alleged criminals in Karachi in targeted operations conducted on Wednesday.

According to DawnNews, the paramilitary personnel carried out raids in Bilal Colony, Landhi, Liaquatabad, Jackson, Gulshan-i-Iqbal, Clifton and other areas during the first day of Eidul Azha.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1050101/rangers-arrest-16-more-in-karachi-targeted-operation

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Lal Masjid case: Complainant threatens to sue Punjab CM, Islamabad police chief

October 16, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The main complainant in the Lal Masjid case has threatened to bring up treason charges against Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Islamabad’s top cop if former president Pervez Musharraf ‘flees’ the country.

In a letter sent on Tuesday to Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sikandar Hayat, Haroon Rasheed Ghazi complained that the Aabpara police were deliberately avoiding recording his statement.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/618908/lal-masjid-case-complainant-threatens-to-sue-punjab-cm-islamabad-police-chief/

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Pakistan releases seven low-ranking Afghan Taliban prisoners

October 16, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has quietly freed seven more low-ranking Afghan Taliban prisoners, who have rejoined their families, two Taliban officials and sources close to families of some of the freed Taliban said on Tuesday.

They also told The Express Tribune that officials have allowed the Taliban second-in-command, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, to speak to his family members twice over the past two days.

“I can confirm that seven more low-ranking Taliban detainees have been released and they have rejoined their families,” a Taliban official said on condition of anonymity.

Another Taliban official also confirmed the release but declined to disclose their names.

The government did not issue any statement about the release of the new group of the Taliban detainees.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/618924/pakistan-releases-seven-low-ranking-afghan-taliban-prisoners/

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Sherry argues for centrality of diplomacy in global diplomacy

Oct 16 2013

ISLAMABAD: Jinnah Institute President Sherry Rehman has signalled the importance of embedding foreign policy firmly in the service of internal stability, which she identified as the “principal national interest and ongoing challenge”.

Speaking at the Pakistan Institute of International Affairs, she said, “Pakistan’s democratic opportunity affords us a key moment to articulate important course corrections in at least three gradients of our broader national security agenda, which should continue to pivot firstly, on peace in the region, secondly, the insulation of Pakistan from expected surges in volatility from the western border, and three, an urgent articulation of strategic clarity on our own internal security agenda to reverse the tide of extremist and terrorist forces.”

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\10\16\story_16-10-2013_pg7_12

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Mideast

 

Minorities skeptical over call to join Turkish police forces

Oct 16 2013

Minority communities have expressed skepticism at the Police Department’s recent Twitter call for minority youth to apply to join the force, saying authorities must take more measures to prove their sincerity.

The directorate wrote on its Twitter account that all Turkish citizens could become police officers regardless of their religion, race, or sect in response to Syriac Orthodox Church Metropolitan Patriarchal Vicar Mor Filüksinos Yusuf Çetin’s interview with a Turkish daily.

Istanbul-based Armenian-Turkish weekly Agos columnist Zakarya Mildanoğlu voiced skepticism over the call, saying more would be needed to prove their sincerity over the issue.

“This call is a positive development. But this issue cannot be solved with just a call. They must show their sincerity,” Mildanoğlu told Hürriyet Daily News yesterday.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/minorities-skeptical-over-call-to-join-turkish-police-forces.aspx?pageID=238&nID=56294&NewsCatID=339

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Turkey prepares for bittersweet EU report

Oct 16 2013

By highlighting potential mutual benefits of resolving obstacles to Turkey’s full membership bid, Brussels seems to have aimed at energizing its relationship with Turkey with its annual progress report to be released today [Oct. 16].

“Positive,” was the word particularly and insistently used by a senior EU diplomat while describing the overall tone of the report, which he added would certainly not ignore negative developments such as the government’s response to the Gezi Park unrest.

“One of the right responses to be given to Turkey is not to ‘disengage’ but to ‘engage’ through a perspective based on reforms,” the EU diplomat, who requested anonymity,” told the Hürriyet Daily News on Oct. 15.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-prepares-for-bittersweet-eu-report.aspx?pageID=238&nID=56291&NewsCatID=338

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Iran talks must not be 'another Munich': Israel minister

Oct 16 2013

Israel kept up its alarmist rhetoric on talks between world powers and Iran Wednesday, with a cabinet minister comparing the situation to pre-war Europe and the appeasement of Nazi Germany.

"We view the nuclear talks in Geneva with hope and with concern. We see the worrying signs and we don't want Geneva 2013 to turn into Munich 1938," International Relations Minister Yuval Steinitz said in remarks broadcast by Israel's army radio.

Steinitz was alluding to the 1938 Munich agreement under which Britain and France agreed to the annexation of large swathes of then Czechoslovakia by Nazi Germany in a failed bid to avert war.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/84079/World/Region/Iran-talks-must-not-be-another-Munich-Israel-minis.aspx

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Iran to allow ‘snap inspections’ of nuclear facilities

16 October 2013

Iran's top negotiator said on Wednesday that a nuclear proposal presented to major powers in Geneva allows for “snap inspections” of the country’s nuclear facilities, reported Agence France-Presse.

“None of these issues exist in the first step, but they are part of our last step,” Abbas Araqchi was quoted as saying to official news agency IRNA by AFP.

The protocol allows unannounced inspections of a country's nuclear facilities by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and requires that information be provided on all activities regarding the nuclear fuel cycle.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2013/10/16/Iran-and-world-powers-prepare-for-second-day-of-nuclear-talks-.html

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South Asia

 

Maldives President expresses doubt over fairness of upcoming election

By Neil Merrett | October 15th, 2013

President Dr Mohamed Waheed has today said he will not be backing any particular candidate in the election rerun scheduled for Saturday (October 19), while highlighting what he claimed was “room for doubt” over the integrity and fairness of this year’s polls.

Speaking via local media on the occasion of Eid-al-Adha today, President Waheed, who this week announced he would not be contesting in Saturday’s election, said all Maldivians would share the success of the winning candidate.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/president-addresses-nation-on-eid-al-adha-expresses-doubt-over-fairness-of-upcoming-election-68712

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Door for dialogue still open: PM Sheikh Hasina

Oct 16 2013

None would get chance to create anarchy after October 25, said Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the door for dialogue over the next general election is still open, as reported by private television channels.

“The country will remain normal after October 25 if the opposition leader does not make provocative remarks,” said Hasina.

She made the statement while talking to journalists after exchanging eid greetings with a mass of people at Ganabhaban this morning.

None would get chance to incite anarchy after October 25, said the premier.

http://www.dhakatribune.com/politics/2013/oct/16/door-dialogue-still-open-pm

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Europe

 

Iran is incapable of resolving Syria crisis, says Saudi ambassador to U.N.

 16 October 2013

Saudi Arabia’s permanent ambassador to the United Nations, Abdullah al-Mouallami, said Iran is incapable of securing peace in Syria because of the support it provides to President Bashar al-Assad.

In an interview published in the London-based al-Hayat newspaper Wednesday, Mouallami said the “negative role” Tehran is playing in Syria means it is unable to establish peace in the war-torn country. Nor can it take part in developing the country in a post-Assad era, said the ambassador.

The Saudi U.N. ambassador also criticized Iran’s support of the Lebanese militia group, Hezbollah.

Mouallami described Tehran’s support of Hezbollah as interference in the affairs of Arab countries.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/10/16/Iran-is-incapable-of-resolving-Syria-crisis-says-Saudi-ambassador-to-U-N-.html

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Russian official rules out Arafat poisoning

  Oct 16 2013

MOSCOW — The head of a Russian forensics agency said on Tuesday that samples from the body of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat had revealed no traces of radioactive polonium, a Russian news agency reported.

However, the government’s scientific body later denied that it had made any official statement about the research, saying only that it had handed its results to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

If confirmed, the findings would deal a blow to Palestinian suspicions that Arafat was assassinated by Israel — a theory fueled by a Swiss lab report last year which found unusual amounts of the deadly isotope polonium on his clothes. A Palestinian medical team took samples from Arafat’s corpse in the West Bank last year and gave them to Swiss, French and Russian forensic teams in an attempt to determine whether he was murdered with the hard-to-trace radioactive poison.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20131016183799

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Polish Muslims drop Eid sacrifice amid protests, halal ban

Oct 16 2013

Poland's Muslim community decided Tuesday to refrain from the ancient tradition of animal sacrifice for the Eid al-Adha holiday amid protests by animal rights activists and a controversial ban on halal slaughter.

"For the first time in hundreds of years, there was no ritual slaughter here today for the Eid feast," Michal Adamowicz, a spokesman for the community, said Tuesday in the Muslim Tatar village of Bohoniki, eastern Poland.

The country's top Muslim leader, Mufti Tomasz Miskiewicz, said his community was suffering a "witch hunt" as activists protested against halal slaughter near a small wooden mosque in the village, where other Muslims appeared ready to slaughter sheep.

Several hundred descendants of Muslim Tatars, who arrived in Poland three centuries ago, live in the area.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/84054/World/International/Polish-Muslims-drop-Eid-sacrifice-amid-protests.aspx

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Russia sentences feared Islamist to life term

Oct 16 2013

A Russian military court on Tuesday sentenced to life in prison a suspected Islamist militant accused of organising terror attacks that killed 26 people and wounded 344.

Ali Taziyev -- known in the Russian media by his nom de guerre, Magas -- was believed to be the righthand man of Doku Umarov, the leader of Russia's Islamist rebels and one of the primary plotters of bombing attacks against Russian targets.

Taziyev was also accused of organising a failed June 2009 assassination attempt against Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, head of the impoverished North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia, which neighbours Chechnya.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/84053/World/International/Russia-sentences-feared-Islamist-to-life-term.aspx

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India

 

Not holding talks with Pak doesn't change its behaviour: NSA

TNN | Oct 16, 2013

NEW DELHI: India should talk to the "saner" elements in Pakistan to be able to influence their behaviour, said national security adviser (NSA), Shivshankar Menon, taking a stand at odds with the UPA's political leadership.

Giving the Sardar Patel Memorial Lecture, Menon invoked the original "iron man", Sardar Ballavbhai Patel. He said, "Our Pakistan policy still faces the dilemmas that Patel's generation faced: of how to prevent the enemies of India from having their way. Patel's answer was clear, as you saw from his Amritsar speech: fight your enemies at a time and place of your choosing but do not make innocents, the people, (or refugees in that specific case), victims of your policy."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Not-holding-talks-with-Pak-doesnt-change-its-behaviour-NSA/articleshow/24218635.cms

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On terror trail, Delhi cops to go undercover on Facebook, Twitter

 October 16, 2013

The Delhi Police is all set to go cyber patrolling to "pre-empt terror and law and order situations" by monitoring social networking sites in a move that is likely to trigger a debate on freedom of expression.

The move is part of the Delhi Police's 'Safe City' project and as the next step, a dedicated team of online experts - yet to be put together - will be asked to monitor 'offensive content' and gauge trends with social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter, said a source associated with the program. The ultimate aim would be to get such content removed as soon as possible if and when needed and combat 'misinformation with correct information', said the source.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/newdelhi/On-terror-trail-Delhi-cops-to-go-undercover-on-Facebook-Twitter/Article1-1135673.aspx

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Pak targets Indian post along Uri; 9th ceasefire violation

PTI | Oct 16, 2013

SRINAGAR: Pakistan Army indulged in 'unprovoked' shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri Sector of Jammu and Kashmir in the ninth ceasefire violation in less than a week.

The Pakistani troops started firing shells towards Indian territory in Kamalkote area of Uri Sector at around 7.00 PM last night, defence sources said today.

The shelling, which continued for nearly an hour, was retaliated by the Indian side but there were no reports of any one getting injured in the incident, they said.

The ceasefire violation in Uri last evening was the third on Tuesday and came within hours after an Army jawan was killed in firing by Pakistani troops at Indian forward posts in Balakote sub-sector along the LoC in Poonch.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pak-targets-Indian-post-along-Uri-9th-ceasefire-violation/articleshow/24254301.cms

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Presumed dead, Indian Haj pilgrim found alive, Saudi paramedics helped perform Haj

PTI | Oct 16, 2013

JEDDAH: An Indian Haj pilgrim, thought to be dead, has been found alive at a hospital in Mecca, the Saudi media reported on Wednesday.

Barkatullah from Chennai had come with his wife Badarunnisa to Mecca for Haj, but were separated on the first day of the pilgrimage.

She presumed that her husband may have died after four days of futile search.

Others of her group reached the same conclusion, and the family had arranged for conducting ceremonial final rites in Chennai, cancelling Eid celebrations.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Presumed-dead-Indian-Haj-pilgrim-found-alive/articleshow/24257693.cms

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BSF-Pak ragners exchange sweets on Eid

Yudhvir Rana, TNN | Oct 16, 2013,

ATTARI: Keeping the tradition alive, despite all odds, the border guarding forces of both India and Pakistan exchanged sweets and pleasantries from Zero line at Attari (India) /Wagah (Pakistan) international order on the occasion of Eid ul Azha on Wednesday.

BSF , Deputy inspector General , Amritsar sector, MF Farooqui gave sweets and fruit basket to his counterpart of Pakistan ranger who also reciprocated the gesture.

Later talking to media persons, Farooqui said that sweets were given to Pak Rangers on behalf of special DG, BSF on the occasion of Eid. "It is a border tradition which helps both forces to achieve a good level of understanding to help maintain peace on the border" he said.

Both BSF and Pak Ranges exchange sweets on various occasions including Eid, Diwali, Independence Days, etc.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/BSF-Pak-ragners-exchange-sweets-on-Eid/articleshow/24253235.cms

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Eid in Muzaffarnagar under barrel of the gun

Maria Akram, TNN | Oct 16, 2013

MUZAFFARNAGAR: There's a small make-shift market selling goats close to a temple in Muzaffarnagar. But apart from that there's very little to cheer a day before Eid-al-Adha or Bakri Eid in this western UP town that's still restive from the riots that convulsed the district a month and a half back. Instead of fairs and festoons, the area is teeming with cops with guns.

Leave alone festivities, peace alone will take a long time to come as scars from one of UP's worst riots remain fresh and both Hindus and Muslims still mourn the 62 people killed. And Muslim after Muslim, Hindu after Hindu blame it only on local netas.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Eid-in-Muzaffarnagar-under-barrel-of-the-gun/articleshow/24225733.cms

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North America

 

Do not expect overnight breakthrough in talks with Iran: US

PTI | Oct 16, 2013

WASHINGTON: The US cautioned against expecting an overnight breakthrough from international talks in Geneva on Iran's nuclear programme, saying the discussions are complex and that economic pressures against Tehran would remain in place.

"We certainly want to make clear that no one, despite the positive signs that we've seen, should expect a breakthrough overnight," White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters at his daily news conference.

He was responding to questions on talks between Iran and the P5+1 (the US, France, Britain, Russia, China and German) on the Tehran's nuclear programme. On the first day, the Iranian delegation made a presentation and the P5+1 spent the day discussing the presentation.

"We're not going to negotiate this in public or go into the details of what was in their proposal," he said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Do-not-expect-overnight-breakthrough-in-talks-with-Iran-US/articleshow/24234506.cms

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