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Islamic World News ( 31 May 2010, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Taslima in Delhi, wants extension of her Indian visa

Punishment for apostasy is not always death: Zakir Naik

Thousands protest flotilla deaths, clashes in Athens

Panchayat directs Muslim woman to return to first husband

Mayor Bloomberg Submits, Sanctions 911 Mega Mosque

Iran seizes on Gaza ship raid for new Israel tirade

We are now surrounded by Israeli warships’

Muslims livid at Israeli bellicosity

Flotilla protests around the world

Israel storms Gaza aid ships, India deplores loss of lives

UN members, officials condemn Israeli raid on Gaza aid flotilla

Gunmen attack hospital in Lahore, kill 12

18 militants killed, 20 injured in Orakzai Agency

Iran wants Netanyahu, Obama to face trial for Gaza raid

Yazid: Qaeda moneyman who opposed 9/11

J&K: Two Jaish militants killed in Sopore encounter

New boats headed to Gaza to challenge Israeli blockade

Princess Diana 'was killed over plan to expose Britain's arms dealers'

Army will continue to ensure security along LoC: Lt Gen Roy

26/11: 4-member Indian team in US to quiz Headley

Al-Qaida announces death of top leader Yazid

Akshardham attack: Gujarat HC upholds death sentence to 3

Naval 'spy' sent to 14 days judicial custody by court

LeT man sneaked in as driver during Patil visit to AP

Times Square plot: Pakistan frees retired army major

Terror fear: US wants Pak to give more info on flyers

Author Salman Rushdie says fatwa only a minor issue now

Is SIMI an unlawful body?

 ‘Talks, rights violations cannot go together’

Qaeda chief behind Iraq embassy attacks held’

Pakistan searching for citizens

Taliban number two in Kandahar dead: NATO

US believes it killed al-Qaeda No 3

Al-Qaeda No.3 Yazid who warned India killed in missile strike

Militant threatens to kill lashkar head

Iraq arrests two over Baghdad hotel bombs

Raisani urges youths to join armed forces

Imam among two shot dead in Quetta

Six Turkish troops killed in Kurd attack 

US wants more air travelers data from Pakistan

Indian Army Major involved in Machil fake encounter

Pakistan plays long game in Afghan peace drive

Diplomatic efforts for recovery of Pakistanis launched

AUGUST 17 SERIES BOMB CASE Court awards to 7 years RI for seven JMB men

Shafique pledges no mercy to war criminals

Compiled by Asit New Age Islam News Bureau

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Taslima in Delhi, wants extension of her Indian visa

Jun 1, 2010

NEW DELHI: Controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen is now in the Capital to get her Indian visa extended since the validity of the travel document expires in August.

Taslima, who has been in and out of the country after she was dramatically bundled out of West Bengal in November 2007 in the wake of protests by radical Muslim groups, came from London in the wee hours of Sunday and was immediately whisked away to a safe location.

The 47-year-old doctor-turned writer is also trying for a permanent residency in the country. Her visa is valid till August 16.

The future plans of the writer who shot to fame with her controversial book 'Lajja' were not immediately known.

The government has already made it clear that Taslima's visa cannot be extended beyond August 16 prompting her to take the help of some of the country's prominent writers.

At the time when her visa was extended before, Taslima was told this would be the last extension under the category (miscellaneous) she had applied the visa, official sources said on Tuesday.

Taslima, a Swedish passport-holder, had sought visa under the miscellaneous category in 2005 and it has since been extended initially for a year and later for six months. The visa under this category cannot be extended beyond five years.

The writer has been told that she could stay in some other country for a few days and later apply afresh for the visa under the same category, pending her request for a permanent residency in the country, the sources said.

The writer had earlier expressed her desire to visit Kolkata but it has been turned down on the ground that radical elements may try and harm her, the sources said.

Taslima had earlier left India on March 18, 2008, for Sweden after she was kept at an undisclosed house here for more than four months. She had not been allowed to see any visitor during the period and described her confinement as "a chamber of death".

Recipient of various awards, she was shifted from her Kolkata residence after violent protests in the eastern metropolis over her controversial book "Dwikhondito" (divided into two).

Certain references in the book had stirred a storm with some Muslim organisations demanding that she be asked to leave the Left-ruled state.

She was bundled out of West Bengal in November 2007 in the wake of violent protests by radical Muslim groups there against her.

Taslima has lived in exile in many countries including France, Sweden, the US and India since leaving her home in Dhaka in a cloak of secrecy in 1994. During her stay in India in the last five years, she has periodically travelled abroad with the last trip being in August 2009.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Taslima-in-Delhi-wants-extension-of-her-Indian-visa/articleshow/5998691.cms

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Punishment for apostasy is not always death: Zakir Naik

By JJ Robinson

Jun 1, 2010

The Islamic Foundation has called for self-declared apostate Mohamed Nazim to be stripped of his citizenship and sentenced to death if he does not repent and return to Islam.

Nazim claimed he was “Maldivian and not a Muslim” during a public question-and-answer session with Islamic speaker Dr Zakir Naik, the first time a Maldivian has publicly announced he is not a Muslim.

According to the Maldivian constitution all citizens are required to be Muslim, and the country is always described as a “100 percent” Muslim country.

The 37 year-old angered many in the approximately 11,000-strong crowd with his statement during Dr Naik’s ‘Misconceptions about Islam’ lecture on Friday.

Dr Naik responded that Nazim had read the wrong books and “deviated from Islam”, and requested him “to read correct books on Islam, and Inshallah, you’ll come back to Islam.”

However Nazim did not relinquish the microphone and pressed Naik to clarify the penalty for apostasy.

“In Islam, there are many cases, it doesn’t mean death penalty,” Dr Naik explained. “But if the person who reverts who was a Muslim then converts to and becomes a non-Muslim and propagates his faith and speaks against Islam, and if it’s Islamic rule, then the person should be put to death. But just because a person who is a Muslim becomes a non-Muslim, death penalty is not the ruling.”

Nazim was escorted from the venue by police for his own protection, after members of the audience attempted to attack him.

Police Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam said two men who tried to attack Nazim were arrested after they attacked the police officers protecting him. Nazim himself “was not injured because police protected him,” Shiyam said.

He was taken to a police building where a crowd of protesters had gathered, calling for him to be punished. Shiyam confirmed that Nazim is now being held in an undisclosed location for five days while police investigate “in consultation with the Islamic Ministry and the Prosecutor General’s office.”

Today the Islamic Foundation of the Maldives issued a press statement calling on judges to give Nazim the opportunity to repent “and if he does not, then sentence him to death as Islamic law and Maldivian law agree.”

“The Islamic Foundation believes that the person who announces apostasy should be punished according to Islamic laws,” the NGO said, warning that Nazim represented “a disturbance to the religious views and the religious bonds that exist with Maldivians.”

“Hereby if this man does not do his penance and come back to the Islamic religion, the Islamic Foundation of the Maldives calls to take the citizenship away from this man as mentioned in the Maldivian constitution.”

If case crossed into areas not covered by the laws of the country, “then the judges should rely on Islamic law,” the NGO stated, as per article 142 of constitution which says judiciary shall look into Islamic shar’ia on matters not covered in law, and sentence accordingly.

“So it is requested that the commissioner of police run the legal research on this man and take this to the Prosecutor General’s office. We also request the Prosecutor General to go through this matter and to take this man to the criminal court for trial,” the Islamic Foundation said.

A government official involved in the legal process, who requested that his name and department be kept anonymous, said he was “really worried” and described the case as “a very sensitive subject”.

“Police are investigating the case,” he said. “My understanding is that the court authorities will give [Nazim] opportunities to change his mind. I think he will be given every opportunity to think about his decision.”

Minister for Islamic Affairs Dr Abdul Majeed Abdul Bari told Minivan News that Ministry officials had acted quickly to remove Nazim from the venue “for his own protection”, and had now handed the matter over to the legal system.

“I don’t know if there is a penalty for apostasy according to Maldivian law,” he said.

The Adhaalath Party issued a press statement claiming that the act violated the constitution of the Maldives and called on the government “to strengthen Islam and protect the constitution.”

Religious NGO Jamiyyathul Salaf declined to comment on the matter during a press conference held today on another matter, however NGO Jamiyyathul Musliheen expressed “concern and regret” over the incident.

”Not a few number of Maldivian youths are moving further from the religion, and many of them are going renegade,” the NGO said in a press statement, adding that “it is a responsibility of the government to strengthen Islam in the country.”

President of the Human Rights Commission to the Maldives (HRCM), Ahmed Saleem, said “what happened was really unfortunate.”

“I think the best thing will be to talk to him and to make him understand the situation and the repercussions, talks which HRCM will welcome,” Saleem said.

He said he was unsure how the Maldivian government would handle the incident.

“I’m afraid of the reaction from the international community should we resort to harsh action,” he said. “I don’t think it would be in our interest – we have just been given a seat on the UN Human Rights Council. This is something we need to think seriously about before we start using harsh language.”

Minivan News contacted several local human rights NGOs however they had not responded at time of press.

A senior government source, who requested anonymity, said he felt the case “will be a real test of how the government will abide by its international commitments.”

Press Secretary for the President Mohamed Zuhair was on medical leave and unable to comment.

Minivan News was unable to reach Nazim himself for comment, however a person close to the matter described him as “a very sensible guy who will think of the people around him. But he will not give up on calling for people to be more honest about themselves. I think he will become a genuine refugee if he refuses to take back his words,” she said.

http://minivannews.com/politics/islamic-foundation-calls-for-death-sentence-if-apostate-fails-to-repent-7606

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Thousands protest flotilla deaths, clashes in Athens

Jun 1, 2010

ATHENS: Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Europe and the Middle East on Monday, clashing with police as they protested against the Israeli storming of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla during which 10 activists were killed.

In Athens, some 3,500 protesters rallied outside the Israeli embassy, chanting "Hands off Gaza" and "Free Palestine". Several hundreds clashed with police, throwing chunks of marble, stones and bottles. Police fired teargas to disperse them.

"Demonstrators set barricades on fire, police chased them, there were a lot of stones and teargas and a few people had blood on their heads," a Reuters witness said, adding he saw four people injured. Police said they detained five protesters.

The Israeli marines' action in the eastern Mediterranean sparked street protests and government ire in Turkey, long Israel's lone Muslim ally in the region, and thousands of followers of an anti-U.S. cleric took to the streets in Baghdad.

Across Egypt, which in 1979 became the first Arab state to sign a peace treaty with Israel, up to 8,000 Egyptians protested, demanding the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador in Cairo and called on the government to open its Rafah borders with Gaza.

The protests were organised by the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's biggest opposition group which is affiliated to Hamas, the Islamist group that took control of the Gaza strip in 2007.

Two Brotherhood parliamentarians were on board the convoy ships. "Hamas you are the cannon and the Brotherhood is your voice," chanted thousands of Egyptians protesting in Cairo. The Brotherhood routinely organises protests demanding the lifting of the Israeli blockade on Gaza.

Police used teargas in Paris when about 2,000 people demonstrated near the Israeli embassy, hurling stones, waving Palestinian and Turkish flags and brandishing banners saying "Long live free Palestine" and "Criminal Israel."

Small, peaceful anti-Israel demonstrations were held in Rome and other Italian cities. "The Italian government needs to immediately call back its ambassador from Israel as other countries in Europe have done," said Paolo Cento, a leftwing politician among the demonstrators.

"This is extremely serious and has no precedent whatsoever in the history of international diplomacy."

Swedish police said more than 5,000 protesters marched from a central Stockholm square towards the Israeli embassy, carrying banners and shouting slogans.

Chanting "Boycott Israel", they held banners saying "Free Gaza", "Put Israel on Trial, "Israel to The Hague" and "Gaza Bleeds."

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Thousands-protest-flotilla-deaths-clashes-in-Athens/articleshow/5996674.cms

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Panchayat directs Muslim woman to return to first husband

Jun 1, 2010

MUZAFFARNAGAR: In a throw back to the Gudiya case, a community panchayat has asked a Muslim woman, who had remarried, to go back to her first husband, who returned after remaining missing for five years.

Roshan got married with Irshad eleven years ago and had two children. Irshad then went missing for five years. In the meantime, Roshan got married to another man Gaffar.

However, the community panchayat of Miranpur town yesterday pronounced her second marriage as "illegal" and directed Roshan to return to her first husband.

The case is similar to that of 26-year-old Gudiya of Mundali village near Meerut, who had remarried after her husband Arif went missing in Kargil war. Gudiya married Taufiq thereafter.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Panchayat-directs-Muslim-woman-to-return-to-first-husband/articleshow/5998195.cms

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Mayor Bloomberg Submits, Sanctions 911 Mega Mosque

By Pamela Geller

Jun 1, 2010

The Mayor of New York backs the fifteen-story mega-mosque that is slated to be built near Ground Zero. He said Friday: “I think it’s fair to say if somebody was going to try, on that piece of property, to build a church or a synagogue, nobody would be yelling and screaming. And the fact of the matter is that Muslims have a right to do it, too.” The Mayor is wrong. This mosque is not about freedom of religion. It’s about Islamic supremacism.

This why the Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) June 6th rally against the proposed mega-mosque is so important. The Islamic supremacists must be shamed into withdrawing and not doing a victory dance on the hallowed burial ground of Ground Zero.

Bloomberg also said: “What is great about America and particularly New York is we welcome everybody, and if we are so afraid of something like this, what does that say about us?…If you are religious, you do not want the government picking religions, because what do you do the day they don’t pick yours?”

Full report at:

http://biggovernment.com/pgeller/2010/05/30/mayor-bloomberg-submits-sanctions-911-mega-mosque/

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Iran seizes on Gaza ship raid for new Israel tirade

By Farhad Pouladi

Jun 1, 2010

TEHRAN — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship on Monday was an "inhuman" act that brought Tehran's archfoe "closer than ever to its end."

The Iranian foreign ministry called on Arab and Muslim nations to stand united in protesting against the raid.

"The inhuman action of the Zionist regime against the Palestinian people and preventing the humanitarian aid from reaching Gazans does not show this regime's strength, but is a sign of its weakness, and all this brings this sinister and fake regime closer than ever to its end," the official IRNA news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.

The hardliner, who has previously sparked anger around the world for saying that Israel was "doomed to be wiped off the map," said Monday's attack was an "insult to human dignity."

Full report at:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jukHP9n1qcu7sKizs3_DmNLkNcfw

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We are now surrounded by Israeli warships’

June 01, 2010

KARACHI: “We are now surrounded by Israeli warships” These words capture the drama and perhaps the fear felt by a young British-Pakistani woman aid worker travelling with the flotilla of ships that was attacked by the Israelis on the high seas as they sailed towards Gaza. Little did she know as she was updating her Facebook page that within minutes perhaps a large number of those she was travelling with would be dead or dying and many wounded, gunned down by commandos who dropped from helicopters on to the ship.

Paveen Yaqub is a trustee in the UK of the Abaseen Foundation, a British-Pakistani NGO that works with the Pakistan government in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa delivering health and education services.

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=29208

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Muslims livid at Israeli bellicosity

Jun 1, 2010

JEDDAH: The killing of pro-Palestinian activists by Israeli commandos on a flotilla of ships carrying aid and hundreds of civilians, many of them Turkish, to the Gaza Strip has been described as a very sad day, not only for Turkey, but for the international community by Turkey’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Ahmet Muhtar Gun.

Gun also expressed his sadness and concern at the killings, which have provoked international outrage. The brutal Israeli attack on civilians on the Freedom Boat, said Gun, is a disproportionate aggressive action against all international laws and human values.

“We protest strongly against the use of force against civilians who were just offering humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people under siege," said Gun, adding that the Israeli deputy foreign minister is lying when he spoke on the news that there were weapons, explosives and arms on the boat.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article59782.ece

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Flotilla protests around the world

June 01, 2010

NEW YORK: From Islamabad to Istanbul to Washington, DC, demonstrators took to the streets on Monday to denounce Israel's attack on the "Freedom Flotilla" carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza.

Palestinians in the occupied territories and inside Israel also demonstrated, clashing with Israeli police and soldiers. Jews and Palestinians protested the raid together in Tel Aviv. Thousands rallied in Paris and other European cities.

The largest crowds reportedly appeared in Istanbul, where some 10,000 people marched against the killing of their fellow Turks on board the Mavi Marmara.

Among the thousands of demonstrators were hundreds of Twitter users armed with camera phones. Palestine Note collected some of the most striking images from a day of international outrage. Sincere thanks to all of the photographers whose work appears below.

http://thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=105858

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Israel storms Gaza aid ships, India deplores loss of lives

Jun 01 2010

Jerusalem: Israeli naval commandos rappelled down from military helicopters to carry out a deadly raid on a flotilla of civilian aid ships bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip before dawn Monday, killing at least nine people in international waters on the Mediterranean Sea.

The action triggered furious waves of condemnation in Europe and the Islamic world and sharply raised tensions in West Asia, setting off a crisis that had Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelling a scheduled meeting with President Barack Obama and heading back home from Canada where he was touring.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Israel-storms-Gaza-aid-ships--India-deplores-loss-of-lives/627676

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UN members, officials condemn Israeli raid on Gaza aid flotilla

Jun 1, 2010

UNITED NATIONS: UN members and officials came out in strong condemnation of Israel's attack on a humanitarian flotilla headed to the Gaza strip, with its chief Ban-Ki-moon seeking a "full explanation" from the country.

The Security Council also convened an emergency meeting on Sunday to discuss a draft resolution, to call for an international inquiry into the incident and compensation for those who had been killed.

"I condemn this violence," said Secretary-General Ban. "It is vital that there is a full investigation to determine exactly how this bloodshed took place. I believe Israel must urgently provide a full explanation," he said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/5997217.cms?prtpage=1

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Gunmen attack hospital in Lahore, kill 12

Jun 1, 2010

LAHORE: At least 12 people were killed and several others injured when a group of militants stormed a hospital in this eastern Pakistani city in an apparent bid to free a terrorist who was captured in an injured condition during an attack last week.

Four to six militants entered the emergency ward of the Jinnah Hospital shortly before midnight and fired indiscriminately, officials said. Javed Akram, chief executive of the hospital, said a dozen people were killed and several others injured in the attack.

"There was indiscriminate firing by the terrorists. They were trying to free the injured terrorist who was captured last week and was being treated in the hospital," Akram told the media on phone from inside the hospital.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Gunmen-attack-hospital-in-Lahore-kill-12/articleshow/5996394.cms

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18 militants killed, 20 injured in Orakzai Agency

Jun 1, 2010

HANGU: Eighteen Militants were killed and over twenty others were injured as jet planes pounded the hideouts of the militants in several areas of Upper Orakzai Agency on Tuesday.

According to details, jet planes of the security forces bombarded at six hideouts of the militants in different areas of Tehsil Ismail Zai of the Upper Orakzai Agency including Ghilji, Ghauzgarh and Tali Rabi in which eighteen militants were killed and over twenty others were injured.

The security sources further informed that the advancement of the security forces is being continued against the militants in the areas of Upper Orakzai Agency. Sources further added that the security forces have demolished all the hideouts of the militants in Tehsil Ismail Zai of Orakzai Agency.

http://regionaltimes.com/31may2010/backpagenews/18.htm

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Iran wants Netanyahu, Obama to face trial for Gaza raid

Jun 1, 2010

TEHRAN: Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday called for Israel's prime minister and defence minister to face trial for the deadly raid on a Gaza aid flotilla in the eastern Mediterranean.

The United States, Britain and France must also be held accountable for Monday's Israeli raid on the flotilla loaded with international aid, said Khamenei, who is all-powerful in the Islamic republic.

"The Arab League and the Organisation of the Islamic Conference must not be satisfied with anything less than a full lifting of the Gaza blockade," he said in a statement.

Khamenei also called for "an end to the grabbing of Palestinian land in the West Bank and a trial of criminals such as (Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu and (Defence Minister Ehud) Barack."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Iran-wants-Netanyahu-Obama-to-face-trial-for-Gaza-raid/articleshow/5998905.cms

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Yazid: Qaeda moneyman who opposed 9/11

01 Jun, 2010

KABUL: Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, the one-time Al-Qaeda banker and number three leader whose death was announced Tuesday, helped finance the September 11 hijackers but was reportedly opposed to the attacks.

Yazid, Al-Qaeda's leader in Afghanistan for the past three years, was a founder member of the terror network back in the late 1980s and a close confidante of Osama bin Laden.

“Al-Masri was the group's chief operating officer, with a hand in everything from finances to operational planning,” a US official said.

“He was also the organisation's prime conduit to bin Laden and (Al-Qaeda number two Ayman) Zawahiri,” he said. “He was key to Al-Qaeda's command and control.”

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/04-qaeda-yazid-profile-qs-10

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J&K: Two Jaish militants killed in Sopore encounter

Jun 1, 2010

SRINAGAR: Two Jaish-e-Mohammad militants were killed and an Army jawan injured in an overnight encounter with security forces in Sopore, police said on Tuesday.

The gunbattle broke out at Lalid-Sopore during search operation, 60 km from Srinagar, on Monday evening. An Army jawan was also injured in the gunbattle that was continuing when last reports came in, they said.

Security forces had on Monday killed four militants, believed to be foreigners, in the dense Hamam-Nardagan forests in Rafiabad, 65 km from Srinagar. An Army jawan was injured in the gunbattle.

Identity of the slain militants and their group affiliation was being ascertained. Four AK 47 rifles, a UBGL (under barrel grenade launcher) and other arms and ammunition were recovered from the slain militants.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/JK-Two-Jaish-militants-killed-in-Sopore-encounter/articleshow/5997353.cms

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New boats headed to Gaza to challenge Israeli blockade

Jun 1, 2010

JERUSALEM: Organizers of the Gaza aid flotilla that was the target of a deadly Israeli naval raid say they're sending two more ships to the area within the next few days.

Greta Berlin of the Free Gaza Movement says a cargo boat is already on the way to challenge Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip. She says a second boat carrying about three dozen passengers is expected to join it.

Meanwhile, criticism inside Israel was spreading on Tuesday about the botched raid, which killed at least nine activists.

Israeli officials say about 50 of the 671 activists aboard the flotilla have been taken to Israel's international airport for deportation. They say others have refused to identify themselves and will remain in detention.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/New-boats-headed-to-Gaza-to-challenge-Israeli-blockade/articleshow/5997684.cms

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Princess Diana 'was killed over plan to expose Britain's arms dealers'

Jun 1, 2010

LONDON: More than 12 years after she died in a car crash in Paris, a leading defence lawyer has alleged that Princess Diana was murdered over her plan to expose UK's arms dealers.

Queen's Counsel Michael Mansfield has claimed that the late Princess of Wales even intended publishing an "explosive" diary to unmask those most closely involved with British land-mine manufacturing and the country's role in arms trade.

"Everyone remembers she raised the profile of the land mines. Everybody is aware that the British involvement in the arms trade, particularly land mines, is and was a huge vested interest.

"It seems to me she had planned various visits. She had already been to Angola and she was going to Cambodia. A large number of land mines had been manufactured by British.

"She claimed she had an explosive diary in which she was going to expose the people most closely involved in the British arms trade," leading British tabloid the 'Daily Express' quoted Mansfield as saying.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/Princess-Diana-was-killed-over-plan-to-expose-Britains-arms-dealers/articleshow/5998216.cms

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Army will continue to ensure security along LoC: Lt Gen Roy

Jun 1, 2010

JAMMU: Maintaining that militants were waiting to infiltrate into this side of the Line of Control (LoC), a senior Army official on Tuesday said the security forces will ensure that the situation remains under control.

"We will continue with strong resolve to ensure that the security situation remains totally under control and people are able to carry on with their daily routine without any fear," General Officer Commanding (GOC), 16 Corps, Lt Gen Rameshwar Roy said.

"The Army is fully prepared to tackle any situation along the LoC or elsewhere in the state. Please be assured," he told reporters soon after the conclusion of a function in connection with the 38th Raising Day of the White Knight (16th) Corps here.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Army-will-continue-to-ensure-security-along-LoC-Lt-Gen-Roy/articleshow/5998089.cms

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26/11: 4-member Indian team in US to quiz Headley

Jun 1, 2010

CHICAGO: A team of Indian investigators arrived in the US on Tuesday to interrogate for the first time David Coleman Headley, accused of helping Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists carry out the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.

The team comprises officers of the National Investigation Agency and a law officer. This will be for the first time that 49-year-old Pakistani-American Headley will be facing direct questions from Indian investigators since his arrest in October last year.

Besides the Indian team, those expected to be present during the questioning would be Headley's lawyer and an officer of the FBI.

The questioning of Headley, currently being held in the federal lock-up Metropolitan Correctional Centre here, is going to revolve around the places he had visited after the Mumbai terror attacks and the people he had remained in touch with during his stay in India.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/26/11-4-member-Indian-team-in-US-to-quiz-Headley/articleshow/5997050.cms

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Al-Qaida announces death of top leader Yazid

Jun 1, 2010

KABUL: Al-Qaida has announced the death of a trusted aide to Osama bin Laden and its top leader in Afghanistan, Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, the SITE group which monitors Islamist websites said on Tuesday.

Yazid, an Egyptian national also known as Sheikh Said, was said to be a founder member of al-Qaida and a former treasurer to bin Laden.

The SITE statement did not say how Yazid died, but said the message from al-Qaida to jihadist forums said his wife, three of his daughters, his granddaughter, and other men, women, and children, were killed.

Yazid was on the list of individuals, organizations and charities whose assets were frozen by the US Treasury in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the US.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Al-Qaida-announces-death-of-top-leader-Yazid-SITE/articleshow/5997095.cms

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Akshardham attack: Gujarat HC upholds death sentence to 3

Jun 1, 2010

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday upheld the POTA court verdict awarding death sentence to three convicts for the 2002 Akshardham terror attack, which claimed 32 lives.

The division bench of Justices R M Doshit and K M Thakar, while pronouncing the judgement, rejected the appeal of six convicts against the POTA court verdict.

Three persons, Adam Ajmeri, Shan Miya alias Chand Khan from Bareilly and Mufti Abdul Qyyum Mansuri were awarded death sentence by POTA court in July 2006.

The other three accused in the case were sentenced to various prison terms. While a local youth from Dariapur in the city, Mohammed Salim Shaikh was sentenced to life imprisonment, Abdulmiyan Qadri was given a 10-year term and Altaf Hussain was sentenced to imprisonment for five years.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Akshardham-attack-Gujarat-HC-upholds-death-sentence-to-3/articleshow/5997674.cms

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Naval 'spy' sent to 14 days judicial custody by court

Jun 1, 2010

NEW DELHI: A Delhi Court today remanded a Navy mechanic who was arrested on charges of spying for Pakistan to 14 days judicial custody.

Chand Kumar Prasad was produced after five-day custodial interrogation before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja. He was sent to judicial custody till June 13.

The accused, who was posted in the Navy's Aircraft Maintenance Unit in Mumbai, was arrested by Delhi Police's Special Cell from New Delhi Railway Station on May 26.

Arrested under Official Secrets Act, he was allegedly passing on classified information and "secret and sensitive" documents like photographs of Hindan Air Base and map of Meerut Cantonment to a Pakistan High Commission official through another person.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Naval-spy-sent-to-14-days-judicial-custody-by-court/articleshow/5994926.cms

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LeT man sneaked in as driver during Patil visit to AP

Ritu Sarin

Jun 1, 2010

New Delhi: In a startling disclosure, a Lashkar-e-Toiba operative arrested from Hyderabad on May 3 has told interrogators that for four days in December 2008 he had driven President Pratibha Patil’s son Rajendra Shekhawat around the city as she paid a two-week official visit to Andhra Pradesh.

This was more than a year after the alleged Lashkar operative, Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq, reportedly received a consignment of a pistol and two hand grenades concealed in a box of sweets in New Delhi.

Haq is also linked to the May 7, 2006, hand grenade blast in Hyderabad’s Odeon Cinema.

Haq has told investigators that he “worked as a driver” for the President’s son as the Head of State was paying a visit to Hyderabad.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/let-man-sneaked-in-as-driver-during-patil-visit-to-ap/627287/

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Times Square plot: Pakistan frees retired army major

Jun 1, 2010

Pakistani authorities have released a retired army major nearly two weeks after arresting him for his purported links with Faisal Shahzad, the prime suspect in the attempted car bombing in New York's Times Square, a media report today said.

Adnan Ahmad, who was detained midmonth, was released after the investigators determined that he had no links to Shahzad, a naturalised US citizen of Pakistani origin, the Los Angeles Times reported from Islamabad.

Pakistani law enforcement sources said investigators suspected Ahmad because they believed he and Shahzad had exchanged cellphone calls and had met once in Islamabad.

However, after further investigation, Ahmad was cleared of all allegations and any links with Shahzad. He was released on Thursday. His brother, Qamar Ahmad, a computer engineer, was also detained, but the sources said he was expected to be released soon.

 Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/world/Pak-frees-army-major-in-NYC-plot/Article1-551195.aspx

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Terror fear: US wants Pak to give more info on flyers

Eric Schmitt

Jun 1, 2010

WASHINGTON: The Obama administration is increasing pressure on Pakistan to provide the US with much broader airline passenger information, a crucial tool that American investigators use to track terrorist travel patterns, but a step that Pakistan has resisted, US officials said.

Pakistan, like other countries, currently provides the names of airline passengers traveling to the US. But the US is pressing for information on Pakistanis who fly to other countries, to feed into databases that can detect patterns used by terrorists, their financiers, logisticians and others who support them, the officials said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Terror-fear-US-wants-Pak-to-give-more-info-on-flyers/articleshow/5996421.cms

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Author Salman Rushdie says fatwa only a minor issue now

Jun 1, 2010

TORONTO: Acclaimed author Salman Rushdie says the death sentence imposed on him by Iran's late leader no longer affects his daily life, but the issue still hasn't gone away.

Rushdie commented on Monday on the fatwa while appearing with author Elie Wiesel, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, for a discussion on freedom of speech and human rights.

Rushdie was forced into hiding in England for a decade because the Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran issued a 1989 religious edict ordering Muslims to kill the author, saying his book, ``The Satanic Verses,'' insulted Islam.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Rest-of-World/Author-Salman-Rushdie-says-fatwa-only-a-minor-issue-now/articleshow/5996974.cms

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Is SIMI an unlawful body?

Jun 1, 2010

BANGALORE: The tribunal constituted under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, headed by a judge of Delhi high court, will inquire into whether there is sufficient cause or not for declaring Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) an unlawful association.

It will hold sittings on June 21 and 23 from 10.30 am to 4.15 pm at court hall No. 2, Karnataka Appellate Tribunal, 2nd Phase, 2nd Floor, M S Buildings. The tribunal has given opportunity to the public at large to participate in the proceedings. Those interested can give evidence by filing their affidavits before the tribunal. Such affidavits have to be filed before commencement of tribunal sittings.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Bangalore/Is-SIMI-an-unlawful-body/articleshow/5996484.cms

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 ‘Talks, rights violations cannot go together’

Jun 1, 2010

The chairman of the moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has ruled out his faction’s entry into dialogue process in presence of “perpetual State terrorism” in Jammu and Kashmir. He said that dialogue process and human rights violations cannot go simultaneously.

Addressing a gathering at Nadihal village where three persons were shot dead by Army allegedly in a fake encounter on the Line of Control on April 30, Mirwaiz said Kashmiri people’s blood has been commercialised by the personnel and officers of police and security forces to earn ranks and accolades.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/259485/%E2%80%98Talks-rights-violations-cannot-go-together%E2%80%99.html

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Qaeda chief behind Iraq embassy attacks held’

Jun 1, 2010

Iraqi security forces on Monday announced the arrest of Al Qaeda’s Baghdad military chief, who stands accused of planning attacks against the capital’s hotels and embassies that have killed dozens.

Abbas Najem Abdullah al-Jawari, who went by the alias Abu Abdullah, was arrested on April 16, Baghdad security spokesman Major General Qassim Atta told reporters at a news conference.

Atta added that Mohammed Nuri Matar Yassin al-Abadi, who was in charge of Al-Qaeda’s assassination units in the capital, had also been captured. “Iraqi security forces and intelligence cells tracking the Al-Qaeda leadership arrested two leaders of the Islamic State of Iraq,” Atta told reporters at a news conference, referring to the name for Al-Qaeda’s front group in Iraq.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/259587/%E2%80%98Qaeda-chief-behind-Iraq-embassy-attacks-held%E2%80%99.html

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Pakistan searching for citizens

Anita Joshua

Jun 1, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday condemned the Israeli attack on the flotilla of boats carrying aid to Gaza. All day the Foreign Office was busy trying to establish the whereabouts of three Pakistanis on board the flotilla.

Though unconfirmed reports indicated that all three Pakistanis including prominent journalist Syed Talat Hussain were safe, there was no official confirmation forthcoming from the government. Briefing the media in the evening, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistani diplomatic missions in Turkey, Jordan and Egypt had been activated to establish the whereabouts of the three nationals.

Besides Mr. Hussain — executive director of the news channel Aaj Television — and his colleague Raza Mahmood Agha, the other Pakistani on board is Nadeem Ahmad Khan of the Islamabad-based Khubaib Foundation.

http://www.hindu.com/2010/06/01/stories/2010060155681900.htm

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Taliban number two in Kandahar dead: NATO

Jun 1, 2010

Kabul, May 31 (AFP) NATO said today that the second most senior Taliban commander in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar had been killed in an air strike.

The man, identified as Haji Amir, was targeted in the province's restive Panjwayi district Sunday, NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.

"An Afghan-international force used a precision air strike to kill Taliban commander Haji Amir, one of the two most senior Taliban leaders in Kandahar province," an ISAF statement said.

Several of his fighters were also killed in the raid, it said. Kandahar province is the hub of the Taliban's insurgency, and was the informal capital of their brutal 1996-2001 regime.

An operation against the insurgents is building, with new deployments of US and NATO troops heading to Kandahar as Western commanders hope to neutralise the Taliban by the end of the year.

The Indian Express

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US believes it killed al-Qaeda No 3

June 1, 2010

US intelligence agencies believe al-Qaeda's No3 leader was killed recently in a missile strike in the tribal areas of Pakistan, officials said on Monday.                                           

The CIA has stepped up the pace of unmanned aerial drone attacks, targeting not only high-level al-Qaeda and Taliban targets but largely unknown foot soldiers as well.                                           

A US official said Sheikh Sa'id al-Masri, also known as Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, was widely seen as al-Qaeda's No3 figure and its main conduit to leader Osama bin Laden.                                           

As al-Qaeda's chief operating officer, he had a hand in everything from finances to operational planning, the official said.         

"We have strong reason to believe ... that al-Masri was killed recently in Pakistan's tribal areas," the US official said on condition of anonymity. "In terms of counterterrorism, this would be a big victory."                                            

Full report at:

http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report_us-believes-it-killed-al-qaeda-no-3_1390448

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Al-Qaeda No.3 Yazid who warned India killed in missile strike

Jun 1, 2010

WASHINGTON: Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, the third highest ranking al-Qaeda commander, outfit's banker and the man who threatened India with more Mumbai-style attacks, was killed along with his entire family in an American missile strike in Pakistan's tribal areas in the last two weeks.

Yazid, 54, also known as Sheikh Sa'id al Masri, considered to be a relative of Osama bin Laden, was killed along with his family in a drone attack, US officials said.

His death was confirmed by al-Qaeda through jihadist websites. The message from al-Qaeda to jihadist forums said his wife, three of his daughters, his granddaughter, and other men, women, and children, were killed.

Yazid had appeared in video last year warning India of more Mumbai-style terror attacks if it tried to attack Pakistan.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Al-Qaeda-No3-Yazid-who-warned-India-killed-in-missile-strike/articleshow/5998767.cms

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Militant threatens to kill lashkar head

June 01, 2010

MINGORA: Following the killing of his militant brother, a key Taliban commander Ibne Amin who is still at large has threatened the head of the Shor village defence committee of revenge, sources said on Monday.

The sources said the defence committee head in the area, Mukarram Khan, was threatened by Ibne Amin, a top Taliban commander and an aide to fugitive Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Swat chapter chief Maulana Fazlullah. Ibne Amin threatened to kill the peace body head along with his whole family, said the sources.

Efforts were made to contact Mukarram Khan to know about the nature of the threat to him by Ibne Amin. However, he could not be contacted in the remote Shor area beyond Matta town. Villagers in the area said some days back the security forces killed three militants including the brother of Ibne Amin named Idrees. Residents believed that Mukarram Khan had received threats because of the same incident.

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=242382

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Iraq arrests two over Baghdad hotel bombs

Jun 1, 2010

Iraqi security forces said on Monday they had arrested two suspected al-Qaeda militants for the January bombing of three Baghdad hotels in which 36 people died.

A spokesperson for the Baghdad security command described the two men -- Abbas Najim al-Jawari, 26, and Mohammed Nuri al-Abadi, 32 -- as leaders of the Sunni al-Qaeda network.

Major-General Qassim al-Moussawi said they were accused of "supervising" the bombing of three well-known hotels in Baghdad on Jan. 25. Abadi is also accused of running an assassination squad targeting police officers and government officials.

Jawari was arrested on April 16 and Abadi on May 1 as part of an ongoing operation codenamed "Lion's Leap", he said. The operation resulted in the killing last month of al-Qaeda's top two leaders in Iraq, Abu Ayyub al-Masri and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi.

Full report at:

http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report_iraq-arrests-two-over-baghdad-hotel-bombs_1390366

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Raisani urges youths to join armed forces

01 Jun, 2010

QUETTA, May 31: Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Mohammad Aslam Raisani has urged educated youths to join the civil and military bureaucracy to get the right to rule they have been demanding for a long time.

Talking to newsmen at the Chief Minister House on Monday, he said that army, navy and air force had offered thousands of jobs.

“Only air force has offered 10,000 jobs in different fields,” the chief minister said, adding that the army and navy had also earmarked thousands of jobs for Balochistan.

He said that unless youths of Balochistan became part of the military and civil bureaucracy they could not achieve their right to rule the province.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/raisani-urges-youths-to-join-armed-forces-160

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Imam among two shot dead in Quetta

01 Jun, 2010

QUETTA, May 31: Two people, a prayer leader among them, were gunned down by unidentified attackers here on Monday night, police sources said.

Qari Abdul Mateen and his associate Hafiz Usman were passing through the Toghi Road area when two armed men on a motorbike opened fire on them. Both died on the spot.

Police took the bodies to civil hospital.

The assailants escaped after committing the crime.

The cause of the attack could not be ascertained.

“We are investigating the incident,” DIG (operations) Hamid Shakeel said.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/imam-among-two-shot-dead-in-quetta-160

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Six Turkish troops killed in Kurd attack

01 Jun, 2010

ANKARA, May 31: Kurdish rebels fired rockets at a naval base on Monday, killing six Turkish troops in the bloodiest attack in recent months, after their jailed leader signalled an end to peace efforts, officials said.

The attack saw Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) rebels target a military vehicle carrying troops to guard duty inside the base in the southern city of Iskenderun, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said.

He put the death toll at seven, but later his press office revised the number down to six, the figure given also by the military.

Seven other soldiers were wounded in the attack, Arinc said, adding that three of them were in a critical condition in a military hospital in Ankara.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/international/six-turkish-troops-killed-in-kurd-attack-160

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US wants more air travelers data from Pakistan

June 01, 2010

NEW YORK—Pakistan is resisting increasing Obama administration’s pressure to provide the United States with much broader airline passenger information to track terrorist travel patterns, The New York Times reported Monday. Citing unnamed administration officials, the newspaper said in a front-page report that Pakistan had for several years rebuffed the request but the issue is now on a short list of sticking points between the two countries that have intensified since the failed Times Square car bombing attempt.

“Terrorists are enemies of both Pakistan and the United States, who need to discuss how to enhance cooperation and that is what we are doing,” Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, said in a text message to The Times on Sunday. Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/0610/01/FrontPage/FrontPage2.php

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Indian Army Major involved in Machil fake encounter

June 01, 2010

Srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, the police, in its preliminary report, has identified an Indian Army Major as instrumental in the killing of three innocent Kashmiri youth in a fake encounter in Machil area of Kupwara. The Army had requested the police to submit the preliminary investigation report into the killing of three youth, Muhammad Shafi Lone, Shehzad Ahmed and Riyaz Ahmed all residents of Nadihal Rafiabad.

The police officials privy to investigation told a local daily newspaper ‘Greater Kashmir’ that the police had submitted the report and named the Army officer of 4 Rajput Rifles instrumental in orchestrating the fake encounter, last month. “During investigations, name of one Major has surfaced. Incidentally, the Major had claimed to have led the encounter on the fateful day. His name has been withheld as it can hamper the investigations,” they said.

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/0610/01/FrontPage/FrontPage3.php

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Pakistan plays long game in Afghan peace drive

June 01, 2010

ISLAMABAD: An Afghan assembly touted by President Hamid Karzai as a home-grown peace initiative is unlikely to produce a blueprint for reconciliation because the drafters do not include the Taliban.

Heavyweights such as the Haqqani group, are not attending the June 2-4 jirga, although Taliban sympathisers may take part. Pakistan, the regional power, is unlikely to help broker peace as long as Jalaluddin Haqqani and his son Sirajuddin Haqqani are excluded from the process.

Analysts say the country is playing the long game, hoping to persuade both Karzai and the White House that peace will not be possible without the participation of al Qaeda-backed Haqqani network, the most potent force in Afghanistan.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\01\story_1-6-2010_pg7_11

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Diplomatic efforts for recovery of Pakistanis launched

June 01, 2010

LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday asked for the US government’s immediate intervention in the matter regarding the recovery of Pakistani nationals who were aboard Freedom Flotilla.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told reporters that he had telephoned US special representative Richard Holbrooke on the issue of recovery of Talat Hussain, executive director of a private TV channel.

“Pakistan’s ambassadors to Jordan, Oman, Lebanon and the European Union have been asked to collect information about the whereabouts of the missing Pakistanis,” he said.

The foreign minister said an emergency meeting of the OIC should be called to slam the deadly Israeli raid that killed 19 pro-Palestinian peace activists.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\01\story_1-6-2010_pg7_13

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AUGUST 17 SERIES BOMB CASE Court awards to 7 years RI for seven JMB men

Jun 1, 2010

The Speedy Trial Tribunal in Khulna on Monday awarded seven members of Jammat’ul Mujahedin Bangladesh (JMB) seven years rigorous imprisonment in a case for exploding a bomb on Khulna University campus on August 17, 2005.

 Judge Md Sekendar Ali declared the verdict which also includes a fine of Tk 10,000 for each of the convicted persons and, in failure, to suffer six more months of RI, said sources in the court.

 The convicted persons are : Mahabubur Rahman Liton, Md Shahidullah alias Lokman, Hafez Mahmood alias Mahamud Hasan alias Sumon, Asadul Islam alias Asad, Md Tanvir Hossain alias Tanvir, Ruhul Quddus and Saiful Islam.

 Of the convicted persons Hafez Mahmood and Saiful Islam are now absconding and the remaining five persons are in jail.

Full report at:

http://www.newagebd.com/2010/jun/01/nat.html

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Shafique pledges no mercy to war criminals

Jun 1, 2010

The law minister, Shafique Ahmed, said the present government of Bangladesh is committed to bringing an end to the culture of impunity to crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes at the national and international levels.

‘We have initiated the trial of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 liberation war.’

‘This would bring justice to the victims, heal the wound that we are carrying for the last 39 years, end the shameful legacy and help Bangladesh move forward with its agenda of development,’ he said.

The law minister was addressing the Review Conference of the Rome Statute of International Criminal Court in Kampala, Uganda on Monday, said an official release received in Dhaka.

Full report at:

http://www.newagebd.com/2010/jun/01/nat.html

 

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