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Islamic World News ( 26 May 2010, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Sneak into India fast and do something big: Hizbul Mujahideen

Minorities targeted in Pakistan: Amnesty

Pakistan lifts ban on YouTube

Muslim leaders in favour of caste count

Russia pursuing independent policy vis-a-vis Iran: Kremlin

African diplomats underscore expanding ties with Kingdom

Qatar: Dr. Hessa Al-Jaber Leads Delegation at World Telecommunication Development Conference in India

Top commander showed bias towards Kargil war officer: Tribunal    

Saudi diplomat urges government to stop hiring Indonesians

Pak scurries, arrests Faisal associates after US warning

NY OKs mosque near Ground Zero

Man stripped of Swiss nationality over polygamy

Revive Babri case: AIMPLB to UPA

Mosque near Ground Zero gets go- ahead

Karachi’s Beirut-style civil war    

Book on Prophet Muhammad (S) published in French

Troops kill 40 militants in Orakzai

Ibtikar 2010 winners to be announced today

Pak Taliban leader Maulvi Fazlullah killed: Afghan police

Maharashtra seeks Facebook ban

Dhubri MP Badruddin Ajmal demands ban on web sites portrayed Muhammad’s caricatures

26/11: Pak SC rejects Lakhvi's petition seeking acquittal

Canada bars Lt-Gen over J&K 'record'

Shopian doctors charged with fudging to defame security forces

US Congress to vote on military gay ban

India: Anti-Jama’at drive has CPM, foes competing

Bhatkal Arrest: ATS Confused

Blast in south Russia: at least 7 killed, 39 injured

Haj panel ruled `out'

US a villain for Pakistanis

'Nervy' Pak in denial mode over 'threatening' US dossier

Homegrown terror threats to be part of US security strategy

NATO soldier killed in southern Afghanistan

Obama's doctrine to make clear no war on Islam-aide

Kabul accuses Fazlullah of leading attack in Nuristan 

Indian officials should respect Pakistan's courts: Malik

Last chance to resolve N-crisis: Iran

Challenges facing young Saudis

ICC reports Sudan to UN Security Council

PA slams sanction threat over boycott campaign

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Sneak into India fast and do something big: Hizb

May 26 2010

Jammu : With its ultras in Jammu and Kashmir constantly on the run in the wake of stepped up operations by security agencies, the Hizbul Mujahideen has asked its POK-based leadership to sneak into India and strike in a big way.

"Sneak into India fast and do something big," said an HM commander to one of the outfit's leaders based in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir during a conversation intercepted recently by security agencies, officers of the Indian Army today said.

The conversation took place between A-category commander of HM code Alfa 01 in Pir Panchal Ranges with HM commander in POK Abu Suhaib.

The call for infiltration given by an HM commander on this side of the border to his POK-based counterpart is being seen by the Indian Army as a sign of growing frustration among HM cadres after elimination of a large number of the militant outfit's top rung leaders in encounters in the recent past.

"As is evident, terrorists especially leaders have been on the run in both Kashmir valley as well as in Jammu region due to increasing number of encounters initiated by security forces in past," army officers said.

"As compared to the past practice of staying in hideouts, militants have changed their tactics and are now regularly on the move, not staying in one house for more than three hours due to fear of encounters", they said.

They do not trust the local population whether Hindus or Muslims any more and are always on the run trying to revive lost ground, they said.

53 self-styled commanders from different outfits- 22 of Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT), 23 of HM, five of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), one of Harkat-ul-jehadi Islami (HUJI) and one of Albadr were killed in 2009, which included the Hizb's Deputy Chief of Operation Shabir Ahmed, top Divisional Commanders of JeM, HM and LeT- Abdullah Satar, Saqib and Yousuf Gujjar.

As many as 37 militants have been killed in 2010 till May 15, they said, adding, it included 22 commanders of Hizb, LeT and JeM.

Therefore, the aim of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and the militant leaders in Pakistan is to regain the lost initiative and bring these areas in J&K back in national and international focus by trying to impose and infiltrate foreign militants in J&K.

This can be gauged from the fact that there have been 56 infiltration attempts, five ceasefire violations, 126 militancy-related incidents and 45 encounters since January this year in which a total of 73 people have been killed, including 18 civilians, 19 security personnel and 37 militants.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/sneak-into-india-fast-and-do-something-big-hizb/624045/

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Minorities targeted in Pakistan: Amnesty

May 27th, 2010

Millions of Pakistanis suffered abuses as a result of a sharp escalation in conflict between the Government and the armed forces, Amnesty Internatio-nal has said in its latest report, which also alleged that the forces were carrying out “suspected extra-judicial executions”.

The 2010 report of the rights group said Pakistani Taliban and other anti-Government groups targeted civilians throughout the country, while security forces used “indiscriminate and disproportionate force and carried out suspected extra-judicial executions.” It also noted that members of religious minorities, including Hindus and Sikhs, suffered increasing abuses, including abduction, murder and harassment, and alleged that officials failed to protect them and “adequately prosecute perpetrators.”

The Taliban imposed Jizia, a tax payable by non-Muslims living under Muslim rule, on Sikhs, Hindus and Christians, or in some cases expelled them outright, it said.

In areas controlled by the Pakistani Taliban and allied armed groups, civilians faced severe abuses, including arbitrary arrest and detention, torture and other ill-treatment, a near total absence of due judicial process, stringent restrictions on freedom of expression and discrimination against women and girls.

“Violence against minorities increased, with the government failing to prevent attacks or punish perpetrators. There were no executions, although 276 people were sentenced to death,” the report said.

Referring to insurgency in FATA, NWFP and Balochistan, the report said insurgents abducted and unlawfully killed thousands of people, including tribal elders, teachers, journalists, other professionals and internally displaced people returning to their homes.

In 87 suicide attacks in the last one year, 1,299 people were killed and 3,633 injured, many of them civilians. In the past two years, the Taliban destroyed over 200 schools in Swat, including more than 100 girls’ schools.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/258449/Minorities-targeted-in-Pakistan-Amnesty.html

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Pakistan lifts ban on YouTube

May 27, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani authorities have lifted a ban on video-sharing website YouTube though Internet links with objectionable material such as blasphemous caricatures will continue to be blocked, officials said today.

The Information and Technology Ministry lifted the ban on YouTube, which was blocked six days ago after the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority began cracking down on "blasphemous" and sacrilegious content.

Pakistani Internet service providers restored access to YouTube late this evening.

Officials said videos deemed offensive to Muslims that are posted on YouTube will continue to be blocked.

Acting on an order of the Lahore High Court, PTA initially blocked social networking website Facebook for hosting a page that promoted a contest to draw blasphemous caricatures of Prophet Mohammed.

Internet service providers have so far blocked about 800 URLs that link to "sacrilegious" content.

Since last week, religious and hardline groups have organised protests across the country against the caricatures.

YouTube was briefly banned in Pakistan in 2008 for carrying material deemed offensive to Muslims.

Facebook continues to be banned and the Lahore High Court's order on the social networking website is applicable till May 31.

In a message posted on Twitter today, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said a meeting of the federal cabinet had condemned "blasphemous material" on websites.

He said the cabinet had also accepted his proposal to block only objectionable "sections of Facebook and YouTube".

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/5978581.cms?prtpage=1

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Muslim leaders in favour of caste count

Zia Haq

May 27th, 2010

A caste-based census could have a knock-on effect on demands of Muslims -- from blanket reservation to their inclusion in the list of sched- uled castes.

Unable to reach a consensus, the gov- ernment on Wednesday decided to set up a group of ministers to take a view on whether there should be a caste- based census.

Most Muslim leaders in India are fighting for some form of quota for the community of 150 million, many of whom face varying degrees of disad- vantages. That is why they also sup- port a census based on caste.

“The population of Muslims among other backward classes and Dalits is now enumerated on mere assump- tions. A caste-based census will throw up absolute numbers for the first time,“ said Ejaz Ali, a Rajya Sabha MP fighting for the inclusion of so-called Dalit Muslims in Full report at: Hindustan Times

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Russia pursuing independent policy vis-a-vis Iran: Kremlin

May 27 2010

Moscow : Russia is pursuing an independent policy vis-a-vis Iran and its stance on Tehran's nuclear programme was neither pro-US nor pro-Iranian, according to a top Kremlin official.

Responding to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahemadinejad's claim that Russia is siding with Tehran's enemies in the crisis over the Iranian nuclear drive, Kremlin foreign policy aide Sergei Prikhodko said, "Russia is unfailingly guided by its long-term government interests."

Rejecting Ahmadinejad's claims Prikhodko said Russia's position is "specifically Russian, it reflects the interests of all Russia's people, and therefore can be neither pro-American nor pro-Iranian."

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/russia-pursuing-independent-policy-visavis-iran-kremlin/624396/

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African diplomats underscore expanding ties with Kingdom

By RODOLFO ESTIMO JR.

May 27, 2010

RIYADH: The ambassadors of African states recently stressed the excellent and historic relations binding African countries and Saudi Arabia at a function held to celebrate Africa Day 2010.

“Such historic and excellent ties have grown through the continuous and direct meetings between Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and African leaders,” they said in a joint statement issued on the occasion.

A reception was hosted by the Embassy of Sudan on Tuesday and by Egyptian Ambassador Mahmoud Mohamad Ouf at his residence inside Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter on Monday afternoon.

They said that on a regional level relations between Africa and Saudi Arabia as well as other Arab countries have been exceptional and that they all have the same stance on the Middle East issue.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article58044.ece

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Qatar: Dr. Hessa Al-Jaber Leads Delegation at World Telecommunication Development Conference in India

May 27, 2010

Representatives from over 130 countries have convened in Hyderabad, India for the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2010 (WTDC). ictQATAR’s Secretary General Dr. Hessa Al-Jaber is leading Qatar’s delegation to the conference with the goal of sharing Qatar’s experiences in developing a vibrant ICT sector, helping shape the global ICT agenda and learning from other leading international experts.

The conference, which opened yesterday and runs through June 4, 2010, is hosted by the International Telecommunication Union. Held every four years, WTDC 2010 is building on the progress of the 2006 conference held in Doha. At the conclusion of the conference, delegates will ratify the Hyderabad Action Plan, a shared vision and action plan for the next four years for the global development of ICT.

Full report at: Global Arab Network

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Top commander showed bias towards Kargil war officer: Tribunal

May 27, 2010

The Armed Forces Tribunal has held that a former Army commander showed bias towards a brigadier under whose command some of the major victories were achieved in the 1999 Kargil conflict and directed that the affected officer be considered for a notional promotion.

The Tribunal has asked the Army to consider former 70 Infantry Brigade Commander Brigadier Devinder Singh for promotion to the notional rank of major general and to put the relevant records and documents pertaining to operations by his formation in Batalik sector written by Lt. Gen. Kishan Pal, then General Officer Commanding (GOC) 15 Corps, be corrected and put in the right perspective.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Top-commander-showed-bias-towards-Kargil-war-officer-Tribunal/H1-Article1-549160.aspx

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Saudi diplomat urges government to stop hiring Indonesians

May 27, 2010

RIYADH: A senior Saudi diplomat has backed the demand to halt the recruitment of Indonesian labor. The demand has been made by the National Committee for Recruitment as well as the recruitment offices in Saudi Arabia.

Abdul Aziz Al-Roqabi, consul at the Saudi Embassy in Jakarta, recently urged the Saudi authorities to stop issuing labor visas for Indonesia until the country's recruitment offices comply with agreements signed with their Saudi counterparts.

The Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry last week organized a meeting which was attended by more than 40 Saudi investors and recruitment office owners. The meeting called for halting recruitment of Indonesian labor.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article58068.ece

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Pak scurries, arrests Faisal associates after US warning

Chidanand Rajghatta

May 27, 2010

WASHINGTON: Following up on secretary of state Hillary Clinton's warning that there would be "severe consequences" for Pakistan should another terrorist attack in the US be traced to that country, two senior Obama administration officials have notified Islamabad there will be "inevitable pressure" on Washington to act against the country in that case, perhaps even militarily, spurring the government to quickly round up terror proxies and planners.

In contrast to the dodgy manner in which Islamabad has shielded culprits associated with Mumbai's 26/11 massacre, authorities in Pakistan have now arrested 11 suspects, including an army major, for their links with failed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad. The action came after two top US officials visited Islamabad last week and presented a dossier on Shahzad, including evidence of his contacts with the Pakistani Taliban and military connections, backed with understated threats.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Pak-scurries-arrests-Faisal-associates-after-US-warning/articleshow/5978863.cms

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NY OKs mosque near Ground Zero

May 27, 2010

NEW YORK: After hours of contentious public comment, a New York City community board voted to support a plan to build a mosque and cultural center near ground zero.

"It's a seed of peace," board member Rob Townley said late on Tuesday. "We believe that this is a significant step in the Muslim community to counteract the hate and fanaticism in the minority of the community."

The vote was 29-to-1 in favor of the plan, with 10 abstentions. The move by the Manhattan Community Board 1, while not necessary for the building's owners to move forward with the project, is seen as key to obtaining residents' support.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/NY-OKs-mosque-near-Ground-Zero/articleshow/5978850.cms

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Man stripped of Swiss nationality over polygamy

May 27, 2010

GENEVA: A Turkish man who was granted Swiss nationality after marrying a Swiss woman must now return his passport as he has a second family in his country of origin, a Swiss court has ruled.

The man, who was married for 26 years to the Swiss national, was found to have a partner in Turkey with whom he had two daughters, Swiss newswire ATS reported.

In 2003, he had obtained Swiss citizenship thanks to this marriage to the Swiss citizen.

His wife, who is 20 years older, was aware of his second life in Turkey, but did not report it to authorities until five years after the man became a Swiss citizen.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Man-stripped-of-Swiss-nationality-over-polygamy/articleshow/5978844.cms

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Revive Babri case: AIMPLB to UPA

May 27, 2010

Lucknow, May 26 -- Orthodox Muslim opinion will pressure the Union government to revitalise the judicial process to see if Sangh leaders such as L.K. Advani had a role in the Babri Masjid demolition in 1992. The demolition issue is likely to figure prominently in the All India Muslim Personal Law Board's (AIMPLB's) executive committee meeting in Aurangabad, 390 km west of Mumbai, on June 6.

The issue has assumed significance in view of the May 20 decision of the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court giving relief to senior saffron leaders such as Advani, Kalyan Singh, Bal Thackeray and 18 others. The Bench upheld the Lucknow CBI court order dropping charges of complicity against them in the Babri demolition.

Full report at:

http://in.news.yahoo.com/32/20100527/1053/tnl-revive-babri-case-aimplb-to-upa_1.html

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Mosque near Ground Zero gets go- ahead

May 27, 2010

A NEW York City community board on Tuesday voted for a plan to build a mosque and cultural centre near Ground Zero.

The vote, 29- 1 in favour with 10 abstentions, came after hours of contentious public comment from angered conservative activists and families of the victims of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.

On Tuesday night, a top Manhattan politician backed the plans, saying while the wishes of 9/ 11 families must be respected, the board must also try to “ balance diversity”. Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer has been the target of disparaging remarks by Tea Party Express chairman Mark Williams for supporting the plans.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Karachi’s Beirut-style civil war

Jan Assakzai

27 May, 2010

The MQM knows that the threat to its monopoly over street power stems from only one community — the Pakhtuns — so it has taken upon itself the task of browbeating them into submission

The recent violence in Karachi has left scores of people dead. Many of them belonged to the Pakhtun community. This is not the first time that the Pakhtuns were targeted in various parts of the city. Karachi hosts the largest concentration of an urban Pakhtun population, surpassing Peshawar, Quetta or any other city in the country. Some estimates put the number of Pakhtuns in Karachi at nearly seven million out of a 17 million population.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\05\27\story_27-5-2010_pg3_4

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Book on Prophet Muhammad (S) published in French

May 27, 2010

TEHRAN -- Seyyed Ali Mirsharifi’s book on the life of Prophet Muhammad (S), “The Messenger of Blessing” was translated from Persian into French.

The book, which was released by the Samt Publications, was translated into French by Farideh Mahdavi Damqani.

The book has three sections, which are on Be’that, the appointment of Hazrat Muhammad (S) to prophethood, before Be’that and afterwards.

The French translation of book will be beneficial for Islamologists and scholars as well as university students.

The book contains historical facts about the lifetime of Prophet Muhammad (S) and the Arab’s traditions and beliefs in that time.

http://www.tehrantimes.com/index_View.asp?code=220270

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Troops kill 40 militants in Orakzai

27 May, 2010

KALAYA: Pakistani warplanes bombed militant hideouts in the Orakzai region on Thursday, killing 15 fighters and bringing the insurgents' death toll from attacks to 40 in the past 24 hours, officials said.

“Fighter jets bombed and destroyed five of their hideouts early in the day, killing 15 militants and wounding 25,” said government official Nauman Khan.

Pakistani troops also used artillery to target militants' positions overnight in the same region. Security officials said 25 militants were killed in the barrage.

In recent weeks, the army has turned its attention to the Orakzai and Khyber regions, where many fighters are believed to have taken refuge from the earlier offensives. — Reuters

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/16-troops+kill+40+militants+in+orakzai-hs-02

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Ibtikar 2010 winners to be announced today

May 27, 2010

JEDDAH: The winners of three outstanding works presented at the Ibtikar 2010 exhibition at Jeddah Hilton Hotel will be announced on Thursday at the conclusion of the five-day event, which has been held to encourage Saudi students and academics to create inventions.

The winner of the first prize in the student category will get SR150,000, the second prize will get SR100,000 and the third prize will get SR50,000. Four outstanding works by academics and researchers will get SR50,000 each, said Fouad Al-Awad, the exhibition’s general supervisor.

An award distribution ceremony will be held at Al-Qasr Palace of Jeddah Hilton at 9 p.m. on Thursday, when prizes and certificates will be distributed to all of the 92 participants at the show.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article58096.ece

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Pak Taliban leader Maulvi Fazlullah killed: Afghan police

May 27, 2010

ASADABAD, Afghanistan: A top leader of Pakistan's Taliban may have been killed in a clash with Afghan forces near the border, a senior Afghan police officer said on Thursday, possibly improving security in the Swat Valley.

Maulvi Fazlullah, the head of a Taliban faction in Pakistan's Swat Valley, was reportedly killed along with six of his comrades in the Barg Matal district of Afghanistan's Nuristan province, which lies close to the border with Pakistan, said Mohammad Zaman Mamozai, chief of the Afghan border force for the eastern region.

"Maulvi Fazlullah was killed in a direct clash with Afghan border police ... last night," he said.

He did not have further details. The Afghan Taliban have confirmed the fighting, but said no foreign militants were involved.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/South-Asia/Pak-Taliban-leader-Maulvi-Fazlullah-killed-Afghan-police/articleshow/5980825.cms

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Maharashtra seeks Facebook ban

CITHARA PAUL

May 27 2010

New Delhi, May 25: The Maharashtra government has asked the Centre about the possibility of blocking social networking site Facebook following such a demand from Muslim and Christian organisations.

Muslim and Christian leaders have themselves jointly written to the Prime Minister, Sonia Gandhi and the Union home ministry demanding immediate action against Facebook for displaying “blasphemous” pages.

The Pakistan government, following a Lahore High Court order, has blocked Facebook for inviting its members to post caricatures deemed blasphemous.

Christian groups such as the Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) are upset over various Facebook pages on Jesus Christ and Christianity.

Full report at:

http://telegraphindia.com/1100526/jsp/nation/story_12488838.jsp

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Dhubri MP Badruddin Ajmal demands ban on web sites portrayed Muhammad’s caricatures

M. Burhanuddin Qasmi

May 27 2010

Gauhati, 25 May: Lok Sabha member from Assam’s Dhubri Maulana Badruddin Ajmal has sent a letter to the Prime Minister of India Dr Manmohan Singh today demanding an immediate ban on social networking web sites Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Google, Wikipedia and Flickr which carried offensive caricatures of Prophet of Islam Muhammad (saws). Maulana Ajmal is president of a regional political party ‘All India United Democratic Front’ (AIUDF) with one Member of Parliament and 9 MLAs in the Assam Assembly. He is also a member of governing body of famous Darul Uloom Deoband and president of Assam State Jamiat Ulama-e Hind.

A copy of his letter to the Prime Minister was also sent to the President of India, the UPA Chairperson Ms. Sonia Gandhi, the Home Minister, Minister for External Affairs, Minister of Information and Broadcasting and the Minister for Minority Affairs. In his letter Maulana Ajmal stated:

Full report at:

http://qasmi.instablogs.com/entry/dhubri-mp-badruddin-ajmal-demands-ban-on-web-sites-portrayed-muhammad-s-caricatures/

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26/11: Pak SC rejects Lakhvi's petition seeking acquittal

May 27 2010

Islamabad : Pakistan Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a petition filed by LeT commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi seeking acquittal in the Mumbai attacks case after his counsel withdrew the plea.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry said Lakhvi, one of the seven suspects being tried for their involvement in Mumbai attacks, could approach the higher courts after the anti-terrorism court decided the case.

Malik Rab Nawaz Noon, the senior advocate who represented the government, said that the Supreme Court bench did not agree with the contention of Lakhvi's lawyer that Ajmal Kasab's confessional statement to Indian authorities had no value in Pakistan courts.

Ajmal Kasab is the lone surviving terrorist of the Mumbai attacks and has been sentenced to death by a Mumbai court.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/26-11-pak-sc-rejects-lakhvis-petition-seeking-acquittal/624455/

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Canada bars Lt-Gen over J&K 'record'

May 27, 2010

NEW DELHI/CHANDIGARH: The Canadian government's moralistic bug resurfaced on Wednesday with authorities refusing a visa to a retired lieutenant-general on the ground that the officer served in Kashmir and there were human rights violations by the Army in the Valley.

A highly decorated officer, Lt-Gen Amrik Bahia also held the post of director general of military operations (DGMO) before his retirement. He was appointed member of the Chandigarh bench of the Armed Forces Tribunal in June 2009.

It was for the second time in a week that a member of the security forces was denied a visa by Canada on such grounds. Last week, Fateh Singh Pandher, a retired BSF constable from Ludhiana, said he was denied a visa by the Canadian government for his association with what Toronto considers a "notoriously violent" force. Canada also refused to grant a visa to a senior IB officer but later relented after the Indian government protested. The Intelligence Bureau officer was assigned to travel to Toronto in connection with the Prime Minister's trip there next month.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Canada-bars-Lt-Gen-over-JK-record/articleshow/5978905.cms

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Shopian doctors charged with fudging to defame security forces

May 27, 2010

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir government has charged the team of doctors who carried out autopsies on two women in south Kashmir's Shopian town last May with fudging evidence to defame the police and the security forces.

"It had been found that the accused doctors fabricated and fudged the slides with an objective of defaming the police and security forces thereby violating Rule 3 of J&K Employees Act 1971," says a state government chargesheet against the doctors.

"The conduct and behaviour of the doctors had been prima facie found to have become cause of general strikes in the state and also resulted in the deaths of civilians," the charge sheet adds.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Shopian-doctors-charged-with-fudging-to-defame-security-forces/articleshow/5979908.cms

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US Congress to vote on military gay ban

May 27, 2010

WASHINGTON: Congress is headed toward landmark votes on whether to allow gays to serve openly in the military.

The House of Representatives was expected to vote as early as Thursday on a proposal by Rep. Patrick Murphy, a Democrat who served in the Iraq war, that would repeal the 1993 law known as "don't ask, don't tell."

The legislation, a compromise struck with the White House and agreed to by the Defense Department, would give the military as much time as it wants before lifting the ban.

Under the bill, the president, defense secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff must first certify that the new policy won't hurt the military's ability to fight.

``We need to get this done, and we need to get it done now,'' said Murphy.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/US/Congress-to-vote-on-military-gay-ban-/articleshow/5979713.cms

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India: Anti-Jama’at drive has CPM, foes competing

May 27th, 2010

The Kerala CPI(M) had received electoral help from the Jama’at-e-Islami for 10 long years and in at least five major polls. The Congress and its ally Indian Union Muslim League had tried to win its support in the past 14 months. Surprisingly, the two sides are now competing against each other in the campaign against the Jama’at.

Observers point out that the CPI(M) and (Congress-led Opposition) UDF, which are now certain that the Jama’at-e-Islami is a fundamentalist organisation whose objective is the establishment of Islam-based State, have not been critical of it just days ago.

“There are several reports suggesting that the Jama’at could be having pro-Islamist characteristics but the two political fronts are being hypocrites here,” said Alappuzha-based sociologist Soman Achari.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/258422/Anti-Jama%E2%80%99at-drive-has-CPM-foes-competing.html

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Bhatkal Arrest: ATS Confused

                     -May 27th, 2010

Confusion prevailed among the ministers and the police even two days after arresting Abdul Samad Bhatkal, the prime suspect of the Pune blast. On Monday, the day he was arrested, state home minister R.R. Patil denied his involvement in the blast. Contradicting that on Tuesday, Union home minister P. Chidambaram congratulated the

police for arresting the prime suspect in the Pune blast case. The ATS, meanwhile, remained tight-lipped over his role. Sources pointed out that this was a deliberate move as the ATS did not want to exhaust his custody by charging him with the blast. Instead, they have chosen to book him in an arms case to get more time with him. This will in turn give the police more time to file the chargesheet against him.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/india/bhatkal-arrest-ats-confused-008

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Blast in south Russia: at least 7 killed, 39 injured

May 27 2010

Moscow : An explosion near a concert hall killed four people and injured 39 others in the southern Russian city of Stavropol today, with authorities saying they were probing the possibility of a terror angle into the blast.

The explosive device went off outside the House of Culture and Sports in the city, the capital of the region bordering the volatile North Caucasus.

According to the local authorities four women were killed in the blast, which took place near the hall where Caucasian dances were taught, a agency said.

The state-run Rossiya TV said that a terror angle was being probed, although the authorities have not ruled out that blast could have been triggered by business rivals as one of the cafe's was badly damaged.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/blast-in-south-russia-at-least-4-killed-39-injured/624391/

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Haj panel ruled `out'

Zia Haq

May 27th, 2010

In a first, none of the Committee of India, including its chairperson, will organise this year's Haj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage, following a Delhi High Court order.

The court on Wednesday struck down solicitor-general Gopal Subramanium's appeal that the top brass be allowed to function so that Haj arrange- ments don't suffer. The court said the joint secretary in- charge of Haj in the external affairs ministry could tem- porarily oversee Haj arrange- ments instead.

Annual Haj operations, a Rs 800-crore exercise, have been dogged by allegations of irreg- ularities. Subramanium appea- red on behalf of Haj Committee chairperson Mohsina Kidwai a Congress leader, and two of her deputies, all of who have been barred from functioning due to alleged irregularities in the Haj Committee's elections “They will not function til disposal of the writ petition (filed by al-Haram Khudamu Hujjaj, a Delhi-based Haj serv- ices society),“ the Delhi High Court bench of Justices S.K Kaul and Valmiki Mehta said.

Full report at: Hindustan Times

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US a villain for Pakistanis

May 27th, 2010

Americans may think that the failed Times Square bomb was planted by a man named Faisal Shahzad. But the view in the Supreme Court Bar Association here in Pakistan's capital is that the culprit was an American “think tank.“

No one seems to know its name, but everyone has an opin- ion about it. It is powerful and shadowy, and seems to control just about everything in the American government, includ- ing President Barack Obama.

“They have planted this char- acter Faisal Shahzad to imple- ment their script,“ said Hashmat Ali Habib, a lawyer and a mem- ber of the bar association.

Who are they? “You must know, you are from America,“ he said smiling. “My advice for the American nation is, get free of these think tanks.“

Full report at: Hindustan Times

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'Nervy' Pak in denial mode over 'threatening' US dossier

May 27 2010

Islamabad : Pakistan has denied receiving any dossier from the United States, which purportedly described the failed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad’s links with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), that was accompanied with the veiled US threat of action against terrorists on its soil.

“You better put this question to officials of the Interior Ministry, however, I confirm it to you that Foreign Office has not been consulted so for in this regard,” The Nation quoted a Foreign Office spokesman, as responding to a question whether Islamabad has received any dossier in connection with botched May 1 terror plot.

Earlier, a report in the Los Angeles Times said that the US has given a blunt message to Pakistan that it would be under “inevitable pressure” to take immediate and stern action if a successful terror attack is traced back to that country.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/nervy-pak-in-denial-mode-over-threatening-us-dossier/624441/

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Homegrown terror threats to be part of US security strategy

May 27 2010

Washington : With Al-Qaeda and its affiliates recruiting American citizens to carry out attacks in the country, the US will for the first time include the threat posed by radicalised, homegrown terrorism into its national security strategy.

John Brennan, deputy national security adviser for counter-terrorism and homeland security, said the Obama administration would add combating homegrown terrorism to its new strategy, which will be unveiled tomorrow.

"We've seen an increasing number of individuals here in the United States become captivated by extremist activities or causes," Brennan said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

"The president's national security strategy explicitly recognises the threat to the United States posed by individuals radicalised here at home," he said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/homegrown-terror-threats-to-be-part-of-us-security-strategy/624404/

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NATO soldier killed in southern Afghanistan

27 May, 2010

KABUL: A bomb favoured by the Taliban has killed a foreign soldier in southern Afghanistan, NATO said Thursday, bringing the number of international troops killed in the country this year to 219, reports AFP.

NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said the soldier, whose nationality was not revealed, “died following an improvised explosive device (IED) attack” on Wednesday.

IEDs, the Taliban's weapon of choice, are crude bombs that are detonated by remote control or by pressure-plate mines, which explode when the device is stepped on or driven over.

An AFP tally based on that kept by the icasualties.org website puts the number of foreign troops to die in the Afghan war so far in 2010 at 219, the overwhelming majority of them American.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/16-nato-soldier-killed-in-southern-afghanistan-02-sa

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Obama's doctrine to make clear no war on Islam-aide

27 May, 2010

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama's new national security doctrine will make clear that the United States does not consider itself to be at war with Islam, a top adviser said on Wednesday, reports Reuters.

The White House on Thursday plans to roll out Obama's first formal declaration of national security goals, which are expected to deviate sharply from the go-at-it-alone approach of the Bush era that included justification for pre-emptive war and alienated many in the Muslim world.

Previewing parts of the document, John Brennan, Obama's leading counterterrorism adviser, said: “We have never been and will never be at war with Islam.”

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/16-obama-s-doctrine-to-make-clear-no-war-on-islam-aide-02-sa

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Kabul accuses Fazlullah of leading attack in Nuristan

27 May, 2010

KABUL, May 26: Afghan police have been battling hundreds of militants for four days in eastern Nuristan province and at least seven militants and a policeman have been killed so far in the fighting, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.

Nuristan Governor Jamaludin Badar claimed that attackers were Taliban militants, including Pakistani Taliban under the leadership of Maulana Fazlullah nicknamed ‘Radio Mullah’ and ‘Maulana Radio’ for his hardline anti-West broadcasts in northwestern Pakistan.

Maulana Fazlullah led the Taliban in their takeover of Swat Valley until the Pakistani military routed them from the area last year.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/kabul-accuses-fazlullah-of-leading-attack-in-nuristan-750

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Indian officials should respect Pakistan's courts: Malik

May 27 2010

Islamabad : The Pakistan government honours the Supreme Court's decision upholding the release from house arrest of JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and Indian authorities should accord "similar respect to the verdicts of Pakistani courts," Interior Minister Rehman Malik said today.

Malik made the remarks while talking to reporters a day after the apex court upheld the Lahore High Court's decision to free Saeed from house arrest and dismissed appeals filed by the federal and Punjab governments challenging his release.

The Interior Minister said Indian authorities should show the same respect for verdicts of Pakistani courts as that shown by the Pakistan government.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/indian-officials-should-respect-pakistans-courts-malik/624395/

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Last chance to resolve N-crisis: Iran

May 27, 2010

KERMAN, Iran: Iran’s president urged the United States and Russia Wednesday to back a nuclear fuel deal, warning it would be the last “opportunity” to resolve the atomic standoff.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the US leader will miss a historic opportunity for improved cooperation from Tehran if the offer is rejected.

The remarks came just a day after US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tehran’s offer — submitted Monday to the UN nuclear watchdog — was inadequate and did not address international concerns about Iran’s atomic ambitions. Washington has denounced the Iranian proposal, brokered last week by Brazil and Turkey, as an attempt by Tehran to avoid a new round of UN sanctions over its controversial nuclear program, which the West fears is geared toward nuclear weapons.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article58141.ece

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                                       Challenges facing young Saudis

May 27, 2010

There is no doubt that the situation of young men in Saudi Arabia is very critical, almost as difficult as the situation of Saudi women.

Given the fact that the future of the country is wholly dependent upon our youth, who comprise the largest demographic segment of Saudi society, it should be our top priority to address and solve the problems facing them. It is clear that the country's unemployment rate is rising and that the Saudization program has been ineffective and impractical. An unfortunate consequence is the growing number of expatriates who work at jobs that either do not appeal to young Saudis or require more skills than they possess.

We seem to be preoccupied with the rising price of oil instead of addressing this insidious problem that threatens to cripple Saudi Arabia’s future economic development. It is time we realized that our young men are the future of the country.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/opinion/columns/article58003.ece

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ICC reports Sudan to UN Security Council

May 26, 2010

May 27, 2010

THE HAGUE, Netherlands: The International Criminal Court said Wednesday it has reported Sudan to the UN Security Council for refusing to arrest a government minister and a militia leader suspected of war crimes in Darfur.

Judges at the court said in a report that Sudan has refused to hand over Humanitarian Affairs Minister Ahmed Harun and Janjaweed militia leader Ali Kushayb.

"After taking all possible measures to ensure the cooperation of the Republic of the Sudan, the Chamber concludes that the Republic of the Sudan is failing to comply with its cooperation obligations," the report said.

The court ordered the men arrested in 2007 on a total of 51 charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article58061.ece

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PA slams sanction threat over boycott campaign

By MOHAMMED MAR'I

May 26, 2010

RAMALLAH: The Palestinian Minister of National Economy Hassan Abu Libdeh on Wednesday harshly slammed Israel for its threats to impose sanctions on the Palestinian Authority (PA) over the campaign to boycott products from Jewish settlements. The campaign is backed by a law recently signed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas entailing prison sentences and fines for anyone who deals with such products.

Abu Libdeh told Voice of Palestine radio that Israeli threats are "a hostile act.” He added that "Israel is declaring war by such threats."

On Tuesday, Israeli Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom threatened to impose sanctions on the PA over its campaign to clear the Palestinian markets of settlement products, stressing "if the boycott continues, the government will have to make the right decision."

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article58062.ece

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/sneak-into-india-fast-and-do-something-big--hizbul-mujahideen/d/2906


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