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Terrorism has no place in any society, says prominent Islamic Scholar Tahir Ul Qadri

7 pulled from Iraqi mosque, killed execution-style

Twelve killed in Triple blasts in Khyber, several injured

Violence revisits Karachi; 12 killed in 24 hours

23 Yemeni tribesmen killed in clashes with troops

US: Can't snap ties with Pak despite its links with LeT

Gaddafi urges Libyans to ‘liberate’ nation from NATO

Men shorter than wives still carry social stigma in Saudi Arabia

Imposing Shariah Law in London

10 killed in Nigeria attacks

‘Pak gave China access to hi-tech US helicopter’

India funding Balochistan militants: Pak newspaper

Rebels scorn talks with isolated Gaddafi

7 charged in US for 26/11: Govt

US declares Afghan ‘governor’ a terrorist

Terrorist tag for Haqqani kingpin

Taliban significantly weakened in Afghanistan: Leon Panetta

Barack Obama says 'lone wolf terrorist' biggest US threat

US urges Turks, Saudis to press Assad to step down

Syrian troops fire on Latakia for fourth day

Yemen leader Ali Abdullah Saleh vows to return home

Libya conflict: Rebels fight for control of Zawiya

Bahrain unrest: Rights panel closes office after clash

Al-Jazeera reporter arrested in Israel

Killer reconstructs Norwegian attacks

Female Afghan govt worker, 18, shot dead: official

Coalition tries to build cadre of Afghan leaders

Call for Madrasa Reform – A Manifestation of Islamophobia

Kozhikode twin blasts: NIA to appeal against acquittal of Halim, Yusuf

US Schools Teach Islam

10 years after 9/11, did bin Laden or America win?

Pak books two 'terrorists' for 'waging war against state'

Sadr Movement Blames US for Unrest in Iraq

800 Palestinian orphans threatened with loss of shelter

Swedish Imam calls 2011 Qods Day historic

Birmingham Unites in Peace Rally & Commemorates 3 Muslims Slain in Riots

1 killed, 16 arrested as Egypt troops raid Sinai

Holy Quran contest winners honoured

Nawaz Sharif flayed for India-friendly speech

Funding crisis forces WAMY to cut down aid operations

Indians hold Independence Day celebrations in major Saudi cities

Victim of Indonesian mob attack sent to jail

Journalist Munir Ahmed Shakir shot dead in Khuzdar

Libyan rebels try to isolate Tripoli, Gaddafi

RTI activist Shehla Masood shot dead in Madhya Pradesh

Sarfraz killing case: Afsar Khan challenges life imprisonment

Drug abuse reached alarming proportions among youth: Omar

Attack Is Latest to Jolt a Usually Quiet Afghan Area

Ramadan a time to be considerate

Imran Khan is the most popular Pakistani politician: Survey

4 soldiers killed, 7 wounded in Russia's Caucasus

UK MPs had links with ISI-funded think-tank

Somali refugees abandon babies

Valley shut, obeys call for ‘black day’

USAID to give $155 mn for education in Pakistan

LeT planning suicide attacks

US links Pak military aid to progress on anti-terror ops

In Eastern Province, Pakistanis vow to remain steadfast in face of pessimism

Abbas makes Arab aid appeal, sees risk to UN bid

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Terrorism has no place in any society, says prominent Islamic Scholar Tahir Ul Qadri

By Venkat Raman

Aug 16, 2011

Terrorists and those supporting them have no place in any society and they should be banished and brought to justice, a prominent Islamic Scholar has said.

Dr Muhammad Tahir Ul Qadri, a world-renowned writer, orator and interpreter of the Holy Quran and Islamic values, said that those perpetrating violence, destruction and death in the name of Islam are not true Muslims and that they should be put away forever.

He issued his famous ‘Fatwa’ against terrorists, stating that they were responsible for spreading hatred against Muslims by people of other faiths around the world.

“The teachings of Islam are very clear. Nowhere in the Holy Quran is there a word or sanction against people of other religions and faiths. In fact, Islam specifically preaches love and respect towards all, especially Non-Muslims.

“It specifically states that Muslims can go on the warpath only in self-defence and not to destroy those leading a peaceful life. The Holy Quran prohibits use of force, coercion, torture and such other inhuman acts against any non-combatant. “Killing thousands of people in the name of Islam is the greatest disservice rendered to this religion,” he told Indian Newslink during an interview.

Mistaken Jihad

Dr Qadri said that the mindless acts of the terrorists have led to the large scale suffering of ordinary Muslims in many parts of the world.

“Extremist and terrorist acts have been taking place on Islamic concepts such as ‘Jihad.’ Extremists have misinterpreted the teachings of the Holy Quran and Hadiths to cloud the minds of Muslims in general and the younger generation in particular, leading to barbaric acts like suicide bombings,” he said.

As well as issuing the Fatwa, Dr Qadri appealed to the ordinary Muslims to shun the terrorists and those supporting them. He said his ‘edict’ has been acting as a relief and empowered moderate Muslims.

“The minds of our young people, clouded by misleading concepts have now been given clarity and understanding of moderate and peaceful teachings of Islam. The world should know that Islam does not stand for terrorism, does not condone terrorism and does not preach violence,” he said.

Dr Qadri dispelled the myth of ‘Jihad’ at a lecture that he delivered at the University of Auckland Business School on August 7.

“Jihad does not mean killing people of other faiths and religions. It is a term used to describe the efforts to achieve righteousness, struggle for equality of human being, removal of hunger, combating social evils such as corruption and other wrongdoings. Jihad is not an act of aggression. Jihad may be permissible in lawful war of defence, not offence,” he said.

The lecture was organised by the Pakistan Student Association and other senior members of the resident Pakistani community, at which Labour MP Dr Ashraf Choudhary (who presided over the meeting), National MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi and a number of leading businesspersons and others were present.

Throughout his hour-long speech, Dr Qadri stressed that Islam stands for peace, love, compassion, human dignity and mercy.

“I wish to reiterate that Islam does not stand for any kind of violence, militancy, terrorism and brutality. Muslims and Non-Muslims must know that the literal meaning of Jihad is exertion, struggling, striving and putting extreme efforts according to extreme abilities to counter evil, achieve good in the service of the Almighty Allah,” he said.

“The defensive struggle against your enemy, defensive struggle against your lower-self, hatred, arrogance corruption is another aspect of Jihad. This is for the safety of mankind, not for killing people.”

Defensive War

Highlighting various points about the Islamic concepts of Jihad, he said that the real meaning, as prescribed in the Holy Quran, does not ordain killing, fight and bloodshed. According to him, 31 out of 35 verses that deal with Jihad, describe it in different contexts but none of them had any reference to battle and killing.

“I have not found a single verse in the Holy Quran condoning any act that brought death and destruction, especially to non-Muslims.

“Jihad has been described to mean ‘defensive war.’ Jihad is not aggression but represents action for self-protection,” he said.

Dr Qadri said Islam had fought two wars against terrorism in the first two centuries.

But terrorism in modern times have adversely affected the economies of the developing and developed countries.

“Terrorists have no religion. The phenomenon of terrorism has not appeared suddenly out of nowhere. It has evolved through the phases of radicalism and extremism and terrorists are used as fodder for the cannons of the masterminds of this evil,” he said.

Read related stories in this Special Report

About the Scholar

Pakistan-born Dr Qadri was Professor of International Constitutional Law at the University of Punjab (Pakistan). He was the Founder-Chairman of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek, a political Party with a ‘common approach’ for the social progress and economic development of Pakistan. Dr Qadri was elected to the National Assembly at the 2002 elections from the Lahore Constituency.

Dr Qadri is the founder of ‘Minhaj Ul Quran International’ in Pakistan. The Organisation, with branches in 90 countries, promotes ‘true Islamic principles’   of moderation, world peace and human welfare.

The organisation will host a four-day youth camp in the UK next month, teaching the tenets of humanity, goodwill, respect for non-Muslims other religions.

He established the Minhaj University in Lahore to impart quality education and the spirit of universal understanding and religious tolerance among the younger members of the society.

http://www.indiannewslink.co.nz/index.php/specialfeature/eid_al_fitr_2011/terrorism-has-no-place-in-any-society.html

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7 pulled from Iraqi mosque, killed execution-style

Aug 17, 2011

BAGHDAD: Gunmen wearing military uniforms pulled seven people from a Sunni mosque south of Baghdad and then shot and killed them execution-style, officials said Tuesday, raising the death toll to 70 in Iraq’s deadliest day this year.

The killings late Monday came at the end of a day that saw a wave of crushing violence sweep across Iraq, from the northern city of Mosul to the Shiite heartland — including suicide bombings, roadside bombs and shootings. The violence was reminiscent of the bloodletting that used to plague Iraq daily a few years ago and a stark warning that Al-Qaeda in Iraq is still a force to be reckoned with.

The fact that militants were able to pull off such a wave of violence is especially disturbing considering that US forces are scheduled to leave Iraq at the end of this year, leaving the country’s security in the hands of still-struggling Iraqi security forces.

Iraqi officials announced earlier this month that they would discuss with the US having a small group of trainers in the country past Dec. 31 but no deal has been finalized.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article489378.ece

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Twelve killed in Triple blasts in Khyber, several injured

Aug 17, 2011

TIRAH VALLEY:  A series of three blasts took place in the Khyber Tribal region’s Tirah Valley on Tuesday killing 12 suspected militants and injuring several others, DawnNews reported.

Security officers said that all of the dead were suspected militants.

According to local administration, the militants were traveling in three vehicles and had left from the Tirah market when on their way a planted remote controlled bomb went off.

All three of the vehicles were destroyed in the blast, killing twelve of the militants on board.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/08/16/twelve-killed-in-triple-blasts-in-khyber-several-injured.html

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Violence revisits Karachi; 12 killed in 24 hours

Aug 16, 2011

KARACHI: After a brief period of relative calm in Karachi, firing incidents claimed 12 lives in the last 24 hours, DawnNews reported.

The dead included two people who were gunned down Tuesday morning.

Assailants killed a man in Sector 4-F of Orangi Town while another person was targeted in Ashrafi Goth today.

On Monday night, assailants sprayed a car with bullets in Gulshan-i-Iqbal Town, killing two people. Moreover, an activist of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) was gunned down in the city’s Pir Ilahi Bux (PIB) Colony.

Furthermore, two people, including a 12-year-old child, were killed in separate incidents of firing late on Monday in Orangi Town.

Eight people were killed in the city’s North Nazimabad, Jaffar Tayar Society, Landhi and Joharabad areas on Monday.

According to a police record, so far, 1,300 people have been killed in the current year.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/08/16/violence-revisits-karachi-12-killed-in-24-hours.html

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23 Yemeni tribesmen killed in clashes with troops

Aug 16 2011

SANAA — Twenty three tribesmen were killed in overnight clashes with troops loyal to embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Arhab, northeast of the capital, a tribal source said Tuesday.

"Twenty three of our fighters were killed in fierce overnight clashes with the Republican Guard," said the source, adding that the worst fighting was concentrated in the area of Sheheb Arhab.

The trouble began last week after the elite Republican Guard, which is led by Saleh's son, Ahmed, installed a checkpoint that allegedly harassed residents of the area that is considered the northeastern gate to Sanaa.

The source said troops chased tribesmen to their villages after few skirmishes.

The Republican Guard has been involved in fighting with tribes in various regions of Yemen since several of the heavily armed tribes sided with protesters demanding the ouster of Saleh since January.

The veteran leader has been under treatment in Saudi Arabia since early June, after he was wounded in a bomb attack on his Sanaa compound.

Copyright © 2011 AFP

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US: Can't snap ties with Pak despite its links with LeT

Aug 17, 2011

WASHINGTON: The US on Tuesday acknowledged that its ally Pakistan keeps ties with anti-India terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba, but said Washington had "no choice" but to maintain its relations with Islamabad if it has to fight al-Qaida in the region.

In possibly the first such hard-hitting statement on Pakistani establishment's links with terror networks by the top Pentagon official, defence secretary Leon Panetta said the US is concerned by this and such issues make ties "complicated".

"We're concerned with... the relationships that Pakistan has, what makes this complicated , is that they have relationships with the Haqqanis, and the Haqqani tribe are going across the border and attacking our forces in Afghanistan, and it's pretty clear that there's a relationship there," he said.

He further went on to acknowledge that Pakistan continues to have ties with the LeT which has targeted India on more than one occasion.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-Cant-snap-ties-with-Pak-despite-its-links-with-LeT/articleshow/9631117.cms

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Gaddafi urges Libyans to ‘liberate’ nation from Nato

August 16, 2011

ZAWIYAH (Libya) Muammar Gaddafi urged Libyans on Monday to free the country from “traitors”, as rebels in the west began to strangle a major lifeline to his capital.  

His broadcast appeal was made over a bad telephone line from an undisclosed location. 

Gaddafi’s latest speech early was delivered over a poor quality telephone and broadcast by state TV in audio only.  

“The Libyan people will remain and the Fateh revolution (in which he seized power in 1969) will remain. Move forward, challenge, pick up your weapons, go to the fight for liberating Libya inch by inch from the traitors and from Nato.” 

“The blood of martyrs is fuel for the battle,” said the 69-year-old leader. “The end of colonialism is near. The end of the rats (rebels) is near, as they flee...” 

In Zawiyah, rebel fighter Khalid Al Zawi said: “Gad-dafi is crazy. He’s capable of absolutely anything. That’s one thing we have to keep in mind.”  

Unnamed envoys of Gaddafi’s government were reported to have held talks with rebels at a Djerba hotel on Sunday, on a possible resolution of the 6-month-old civil war. 

Full report at:

http://www.omantribune.com/index.php?page=news&id=98728&heading=Middle%20East

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Men shorter than wives still carry social stigma in Saudi Arabia

By RENAD GHANEM

Aug 16, 2011

JEDDAH: Men with wives who are taller than them often face certain social problems, especially when in public.

To many men, marrying a taller woman is a social taboo. It is considered damaging to their pride. Some families still don’t allow their sons to marry taller women. A woman who is taller than her husband cannot pass by others without receiving snide comments.

For some men, on the other hand, marrying a taller woman is not a problem, as long as there is mutual understanding between the couple.

Some of these couples never consider it a problem as long as they are happy together. They are hurt only when they hear negative comments. Others do not even care about the comments, because they know couples like them are rare in Saudi society.

Some women suffer from this problem after marriage because their husbands lack self-confidence, which reflects on their relationship. In front of people, these men want to show that they are in control.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article488494.ece

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Imposing Shariah Law in London

By JanSuzanne Krasner

Aug 16, 2011

Imagine one morning waking up, walking out your door, and seeing bright yellow posters plastered on the walls and telephone poles throughout your neighborhood that announce that you are now living in a 'Shariah Controlled Zone.' That is what is actually happening in several boroughs of London and other communities in the UK... and this could realistically happen in US cities within the next few years if we do not take legal precautions against 'Shariah Law' in our states.

Some may think that I am an alarmist. After all, how can one believe that we Americans are as vulnerable as those Brits? That can't happen in the US. Well, the residents living in neighborhoods like Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets and Newham, all boroughs of London with large Muslim populations, didn't think so either.

This is more than a call or a march for 'Sharia Law' that has happened in recent months. This is a clear attempt to impose 'Shariah Law' on the residents of these communities by members of a Muslim organization called 'Muslims Against the Crusades.' These British citizens woke up one morning in late July to find those bright yellow posters plastered on their streets alerting everyone that they are entering, or already living in, a 'Shariah Controlled Zone'; a 'sinless city' where drinking, gambling, prostitution, drugs, playing loud music or having concerts is no longer permitted.  To make matters more intimidating the non-Muslim residents had better watch out for this group's band of vigilantes that will soon be on the streets to enforce the 'Shariah Laws.'

Full report at:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/08/imposing_shariah_law_in_london.html

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10 killed in Nigeria attacks

Aug 16, 2011

ABUJA: At least 10 people were killed in overnight attacks in northern Nigerian city of Jos, sparking protest as angry youths took to the roads in the area.

The simultaneous killings which occurred last night were carried out in Heipang and Korut villages of Barkin Ladi local government area of the African country's state of Plateau.

"Four military identity cards and a military cap was found at the scene of the attack," the Chairman of Barkin Ladi local government council, Emmanuel Lomang said.

He narrated that the attackers began to shoot at about 12:30 am to scare the people, and later attacked a house at Heipang where they killed seven members of the family of one Nnaji with matchetes.

One Margaret Deme whose husband, Deme was shot and killed in her presence said those who killed her husband came in black attires and were escorted by soldiers.

"When they knocked on our door, my husband who was in the village for the weekend opened the door and was subsequently shot and killed leaving me with five children to cater for." she said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/10-killed-in-Nigeria-attacks/articleshow/9616496.cms

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‘Pak gave China access to hi-tech US helicopter’

Ben Quinn

Aug 16 2011

Pakistan let Chinese military engineers photograph and take samples from the US helicopter that was left behind when American special forces killed Osama bin Laden, it has been reported. If true, the claim would underline the deterioration in US-Pakistani relations since the raid in May

in Abbottabad, outside Islamabad. Members of the Chinese military were allowed to survey the wreckage of the hi-tech helicopter and take samples of its “stealth” skin, which allowed it to enter Pakistan undetected by radar, the Financial Times reported, quoting US sources.

“The US now has information that Pakistan, particularly the ISI, gave access to the Chinese military to the downed helicopter in Abbottabad,” an intelligence figure was quoted.

The FT quoted a figure close to the CIA as saying: “We had explicitly asked the Pakistanis in the immediate aftermath of the raid not to let anyone have access to the damaged remains of the helicopter.”

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Pak-gave-China-access-to-hi-tech-US-helicopter/Article1-733688.aspx

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India funding Balochistan militants: Pak newspaper

Aug 16, 2011

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani newspaper on Monday accused India of covertly helping Baloch nationalists and urged the government to carry out a diplomatic campaign against New Delhi.

"Not content with misusing its consulates in Afghanistan against Pakistan, India is bankrolling Baloch nationalists abroad, keeping alive a movement which needs government action to stop it from spreading," The Nation said in an editorial. It added that Baloch nationalists had shifted to London, operating there out of a flat where a prominent Baloch leader lived in self-imposed exile.

"This group is not only bringing out anti-Pakistan literature in the troubled province but is also in contact with US and Indian diplomats.

"Members of the group travel to the US, India and Oman using a travel agent of Indian-origin, who is paid by the Indian high commission, according to a report appearing on Sunday in the Nawa-i-Waqt," it added. The daily said that India and the US "are alert to any way they can destabilize Pakistan, but they are only exploiting opportunities that we have created by our mistakes".

It called on the Pakistan government to launch a vigorous diplomatic campaign from London, "focusing on the undiplomatic activities of India in the UK, aimed against a friendly country which is helping the UK directly in its part of the war on terror," the newspaper added.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-funding-Balochistan-militants-Pak-newspaper/articleshow/9618612.cms

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Rebels scorn talks with isolated Gaddafi

Aug 17 2011

Benghazi : Rebels fighting to topple Muammar Gaddafi scorned reports of secret talks with the Libyan leader on Tuesday as their forces fought to secure gains and the United States said Gaddafi's days were numbered.

After 41 years of supreme power in his oil-rich desert state 69-year-old Gaddafi was isolated in the capital Tripoli, with reinvigorated rebel forces closing in from the West and South.

Libya's rebel National Transitional Council (NTC), recognized by many of the NATO nations whose air power is supporting their assault, denied any kind of negotiation with Gaddafi to resolve the six-month-old conflict.

"The NTC would like to affirm that there are no negotiations either direct or indirect with the Gaddafi regime or with the special envoy of the United Nations," said NTC leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/rebels-scorn-talks-with-isolated-gaddafi/833095/

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7 charged in US for 26/11: Govt

Aug 17, 2011

NEW DELHI: Seven people, including ISI associates, were charged in the US in 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, the government informed the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

"As per the available inputs, the indictment filed by the US authorities in the district court, Northern District Illinois, seven individuals were charged with the Mumbai terrorist attacks, including those the government believes, are associated with the ISI," minister of state for home Jitendra Singh told the House in a written statement. The minister said the testimonials during the trial drew attention to the links between the ISI and the terrorists responsible for the Mumbai terrorist attacks.

Singh said the issue of support for terrorist organizations in Pakistan was also discussed during the Indo-US strategic dialogue held in New Delhi on July 19, where the two sides reiterated that regional and global security requires eliminations of safe havens and infrastructure for terrorism and violent extremism in Pakistan. The government also informed the House that ISI is continuously sponsoring terrorism on its soil to help infiltration into India.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/7-charged-in-US-for-26/11-Govt/articleshow/9629604.cms

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US declares Afghan ‘governor’ a terrorist

Aug 17, 2011

WASHINGTON: The Obama administration designated a key insurgent commander in southeastern Afghanistan as a terrorist Tuesday, freezing any assets he has in the United States and barring Americans from doing business with him.

The State Department said Mullah Sangeen Zadran is the shadow governor of Paktika province in southeastern Afghanistan and a commander in the Haqqani network.

A statement said Sangeen leads fighters in attacks and has helped hundreds of foreign fighters enter Afghanistan. It also linked him to bombings and kidnappings of Afghans and foreigners in the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Sangeen appears to be the same individual whom US-led forces claimed to have killed in an operation in 2007.

The coalition said at the time that Sangeen was second-in-command to Siraj Haqqani and that he was responsible for roadside bombings and other attacks.

The Treasury Department designated four other individuals Tuesday as terrorists subject to US sanctions.

Full report at:                   

http://arabnews.com/world/article489600.ece

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Terrorist tag for Haqqani kingpin

Aug 17, 2011

WASHINGTON: The US on Tuesday slapped sanctions on Sangeen Zadran, a commander of the Pakistan-based Haqqani network and designated him as a foreign terrorist.

The Haqqani Network, a Taliban-affiliated group of militants that operates from Pakistan's restive North Waziristan Agency in the federally administered tribal areas, has been at the forefront of insurgent activities in Afghanistan.

US secretary of state Hillary Clinton designated Zadran, the shadow governor of Afghanistan's Paktika province and a commander of Haqqani network, a foreign terrorist and slapped sanctions on him.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Terrorist-tag-for-Haqqani-kingpin/articleshow/9631288.cms

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Taliban significantly weakened in Afghanistan: Leon Panetta

Aug 17, 2011

WASHINGTON: The US on Tuesday said it has made good progress in its mission in Afghanistan to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat" al-Qaida and its efforts in the country have left Taliban weakened significantly.

At a joint appearance, US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and defense secretary Leon Panetta expressed satisfaction over the progress in Afghanistan, but admitted things were not as good in the eastern part of the country.

"The mission, as the President said, is that we have to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaida and make sure that it never again finds a safe haven in Afghanistan from which to launch attacks to this country," Panetta said at the National Defense University here.

"I think we've made good progress on that. We are making very good progress in terms of security, particularly in the south and the southwest... We've now got to try to improve the situation in the east," Panetta said.

"But overall the situation is doing much better. We have weakened Taliban significantly, and we're continuing to work on that," he said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Taliban-significantly-weakened-in-Afghanistan-Leon-Panetta/articleshow/9629749.cms

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Barack Obama says 'lone wolf terrorist' biggest US threat

Aug 17, 2011

WASHINGTON: A decade after the 9/11 attacks, a "lone wolf terrorist" like the shooter in Norway now presents a bigger risk to the United States than a large-scale operation, President Barack Obama said on Tuesday.

"The most likely scenario that we have to guard against right now ends up being more of a lone wolf operation than a large, well-coordinated terrorist attack," Obama told CNN.

"When you've got one person who is deranged or driven by a hateful ideology, they can do a lot of damage, and it's a lot harder to trace those lone wolf operators," he said.

Obama described "extraordinary progress" in degrading al-Qaida, the group behind the Sept 11, 2001 hijackings whose leader Osama bin Laden was killed by US forces in May.

"They are a much weaker organization with much less capability than they had just two or three years ago," he said, while stressing a need for "heightened awareness" of potential attacks around the anniversary next month.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Barack-Obama-says-lone-wolf-terrorist-biggest-US-threat/articleshow/9630684.cms

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US urges Turks, Saudis to press Assad to step down

17 August 2011

WASHINGTON — A call by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and others for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down would be more effective than one from the United States, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday.

US officials said privately last week that the United States was preparing to explicitly urge Assad to quit power over his regime’s deadly crackdown on protests, but Clinton suggested Washington was now not ready to do so.

“It’s not going to be any news if the United States says Assad needs to go,” Ok, fine. What’s next?” the chief US diplomat told an audience at National Defense University.

“If Turkey says it, if King Abdullah (of Saudi Arabia) says it, if other people say it, there’s no way the Assad regime can ignore it,” Clinton said in a conversation with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta moderated by CNN.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/international/2011/August/international_August750.xml&section=international

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Syrian troops fire on Latakia for fourth day

Aug 17, 2011

Syrian troops have opened fire with machine-guns on the port city of Latakia for a fourth day, residents and activists say.

They say the assault has so far claimed at least 34 lives.

The crackdown on Latakia began on Saturday, a day after mass demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

It has continued despite growing international condemnation of the Syrian government.

The protests in Latakia are part of a broader uprising that has developed across the country since March.

Areas of the city of 600,000 are dominated by President Assad's minority Alawite community, and the assault has been focused on Sunni-dominated neighbourhoods.

'Used to gunfire'

One witness told Reuters news agency that heavy machine-gun fire and explosions on Tuesday had hit the poor neighbourhoods of al-Ramel and al-Shaab - which had also been targeted on Monday.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-14539416

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Yemen leader Ali Abdullah Saleh vows to return home

Aug 17, 2011

President Ali Abdullah Saleh has vowed to return to Yemen, two months after flying to Saudi Arabia for treatment for wounds sustained in an attack on his palace compound.

"See you soon in the capital Sanaa," he said, in a televised address to his supporters from Riyadh.

Mr Saleh is clinging to power in the face of months of protests against his 33-year rule.

Both the US and his Saudi hosts have urged him to stand down.

The US is concerned that renewed conflict will bolster the power of the Yemen-based wing of al-Qaeda.

Mr Saleh is thought to have suffered 40% burns to parts of his body when his compound was shelled in early June. He was only released from hospital last week.

In Tuesday's televised address, he lambasted the opposition and invited them to go to the ballot box to resolve Yemen's political crisis.

He attacked the opposition parties and tribesmen who have sided with them as "highway robbers" and "opportunists" and told protesters their movement had been hijacked, one report said.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-14548209

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Libya conflict: Rebels fight for control of Zawiya

Aug 17, 2011

Libyan forces loyal to Col Muammar Gaddafi are fighting rebels for control of the coastal town of Zawiya, less than 50km (30 miles) west of Tripoli.

Both government and rebels claim to control the town, which lies on a road linking Tripoli to Tunisia's border.

The opposition has claimed big advances in recent days but the government insists it can re-take the lost ground.

Nato believes pro-Gaddafi troops no longer have the capacity to launch "coherent operations".

Meanwhile, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said on Tuesday that Col Gaddafi's "days are numbered", reinforcing the impression among some observers that the six-month conflict is nearing its final stages.

Gaddafi's days numbered?

How much territory the rebels hold and for how long they can hold it remains unclear, correspondents say.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14550840

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Bahrain unrest: Rights panel closes office after clash

Aug 17, 2011

An international commission probing the recent unrest in Bahrain has closed its doors after a crowd stormed its office in Manama and clashed with staff.

They were angered by media reports that the panel had cleared the authorities of committing abuses during a crackdown on protests in February and March.

More than 30 people died in the unrest.

The Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (Bici) insists that no conclusions have been reached and that the investigation is continuing.

In a statement posted on its website, Bici said it would "not allow itself to be used as a political tool" by either side.

It said some media outlets had "misrepresented the comments" of the commission chair Cherif Bassiouni, an Egyptian-born professor of international criminal law and a former member of the UN human rights panels.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-14548777

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Al-Jazeera reporter arrested in Israel

Aug 17, 2011

JERUSALEM: Israel has arrested a Palestinian journalist who works for the Arabic language Al-Jazeera satellite network, and a journalists’ advocacy group says he is being held without charges.

Al-Jazeera said in a release issued Monday that Samer Allawi, its bureau chief in Afghanistan, was taken into custody on Aug. 10 as he tried to leave the West Bank to return to the Afghan capital, Kabul.

The Committee to Protect Journalists in New York said in a statement that Allawi has been detained without charges and called on Israel to clarify the legal basis for holding him.

The Israeli military, Shin Bet internal security service and police had no comment on the affair Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article489379.ece

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Killer reconstructs Norwegian attacks

Michael Schwirtz

Aug 16 2011

Wearing a bulletproof vest and a leash held by a police guard, Anders Behring Breivik returned this weekend to the pristine Norwegian island where, he has admitted, he slaughtered 69 people last month, leading the police through a simulation of his actions, Oslo police officials said.

For eight hours on Saturday, Breivik showed the police how he had stalked his victims, at times holding up his arms as if pretending to take aim at fleeing members of a political youth camp who were his targets on the island of Utoya. The simulation, parts of which were recorded and broadcast by the Norwegian news media, offered a chilling glimpse of Breivik in action, recalling a measure of the terror from that rainy afternoon on July 22.

Breivik, 32, a self-described Christian crusader, was calm, cooperative and in control of his emotions, whatever they might have been, Paal-Fredrik Hjort Kraby, a police prosecutor, said on Sunday in Oslo.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Killer-reconstructs-Norwegian-attacks/Article1-733699.aspx

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Female Afghan govt worker, 18, shot dead: official

Aug 16 2011

KANDAHAR: An 18-year-old woman working on rural development for the Afghan government was shot dead in the country’s biggest southern city Kandahar on Tuesday, a local official said.

Rabia Sadat was killed as she left home in central Kandahar to go to work at around 8:00 am, provincial spokesman Zalmai Ayoubi said.

The woman had been working on a Western-funded project designed to boost the quality of life in Afghanistan’s deprived villages by improving irrigation and the provision of drinking water, he added.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Ayoubi blamed the killing on “enemies of Afghanistan”, a phrase often used by officials to refer to insurgents.

The Taliban frequently target employees of President Hamid Karzai’s Western-backed government.

There has been a string of high-profile killings in Kandahar in recent weeks, including the assassinations of the city’s mayor and the president’s powerful brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai.

The city is seen as the birthplace of the Taliban and is a traditional stronghold of the militants.

Before being ousted from power by the 2001 US-led invasion, the Taliban banned women from attending school or working outside the home under their interpretation of Islamic law.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/08/16/female-afghan-govt-worker-18-shot-dead-official.html

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Coalition tries to build cadre of Afghan leaders

Aug 16 2011

SIRAQULA, Afghanistan: The local Afghan leader’s community meeting was off to an unpromising start.

Hours after the meeting, called a shura, was supposed to begin, only seven old men waited at the gate. Frustrated, District Chief Said Murad Sadtak chastised an Afghan army commander.

”Why did you not invite more people?” he demanded. ”It was your task to tell the people and make sure that they come to see us so we can discuss their problems. It’s kind of a waste that I am here.”

The army commander had invited locals, but sometimes those invitations were extended during gunfights when soldiers and US Marines were using private Afghan homes for cover.

Sadtak continued to complain and his American mentor, US Marine Maj. Aniela Szymanski, moved to the old man’s side.

”Maybe we should welcome those who have come to see you,” she said gently.

In Helmand, unpracticed local leaders are wielding the levers of a fragile government for the first time.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/08/16/coalition-tries-to-build-cadre-of-afghan-leaders.html

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Call for Madrasa Reform – A Manifestation of Islamophobia

By Abdur Rashid Agwan

August 16, 2011

In the recent times, no Indian Muslim leader has received such media attention as Maulana Ghulam Mohammad Vastanvi, the former vice-chancellor of Darul Uloom Deoband. He almost became a poster boy of the lobby which would like to see much transformation of religious education among Muslims.

Maulana Vastnavi is an MBA, runs several modern institutions apart from a few religious ones in Maharashtra and Gujarat; a highly resourceful person financially and socially and the one who enjoys close relationship with the family which monopolizes the control of this historic Islamic seminary. Perhaps, he was the most eligible candidate in the given situation to head it. And, he was so for a while.

However, his uncalled for Modi remark, soon after taking the charge of the high office of Darul Uloom Deoband, brought him into the whirlwind of a controversy that ultimately cost him the prestigious honor of being its vice-chancellor. The Shura of Darul Uloom sacked him for his appreciation of Narendra Modi as a good chief minister, in spite of serious charges against him as regards the post-Godhra riots. The chapter is closed for the time being. However, one can wonder on the qualitative and quantitative coverage given by the mainstream media to the whole controversy. There is a reason behind it.

Full report at:

http://twocircles.net/2011aug14/call_madrasa_reform_%E2%80%93_manifestation_

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Kozhikode twin blasts: NIA to appeal against acquittal of Halim, Yusuf

August 16, 2011

The NIA will file an appeal in the Kerala High Court challenging the acquittal of Muhammad Abdul Halim and Aboobacker Yusuf, third and seventh accused respectively in the Kozhikode twin blasts case. Halim and Yusuf were acquitted on July 11 by the Special NIA Court in Kochi, while convicting first accused Thadiyantavide Nazeer and fourth accused Shafaz.

The agency, which has been advised to appeal against the acquittal of the two for various reasons, will soon seek the permission of the Union Home Department for this. According the NIA, both Halim and Yusuf had played key roles in the conspiracy behind the two explosions that occurred in Kozhikode city on March 3, 2006.

Special Judge S Vijayakumar had acquitted Halim by giving him the benefit of doubt while Yusuf was acquitted in the absence of sufficient evidences against him. Both Halim and Yusuf were arrested by the Kerala Police and were handed over to the agency after preliminary interrogations.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/361048/Kozhikode-twin-blasts-NIA-to-appeal-against-acquittal-of-Halim-Yusuf.html

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US Schools Teach Islam

August 16, 2011

As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 attacks approaches, schools in western Pennsylvania are planning to include studies about Islam in their school curriculum to give students a better view of the faith.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 attacks approaches, schools in western Pennsylvania are planning to include studies about Islam in their school curriculum to give students a better view of the faith.

"If we want our students to solve future problems, they must have a strong understanding of world religions," Doug Kirchner, social studies curriculum leader at Upper St. Clair High School, told Pittsburgh Tribune on Saturday, August 13.

Introducing the new subjects in the coming spring term, to start in a few weeks, students at Upper St. Clair will be offered a detailed analysis of Islam in a class called Asian and Middle Eastern studies.

Full report at:

http://abna.co/data.asp?lang=3&Id=259665

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10 years after 9/11, did bin Laden or America win?

Aug 16, 2011

Osama bin Laden is gone, but 10 years after the September 11 attacks the United States is still entangled both by his legacy and the impact of its own avenging actions after the 2001 terror strike.

The horror unleashed in New York and Washington traumatized the public and sparked a "war on terror" that would stretch the legal system, send American soldiers to die in Muslim lands and eventually drain US global power.

In anguished days of mourning after September 11, the phrase "everything has changed" seemed on everyone's lips as the country united, then went to war, starting with bin Laden's Afghan lair.

A decade on, nearly 100,000 US troops remain in Afghanistan and almost 7,500 US and allied soldiers have died there and in Iraq in wars financed by borrowing that sent America deep into the red.

So is there a case to be made that bin Laden, despite dying a diminished figure gunned down by Navy SEALs, won his showdown with the United States?

Did an audacious attack, which lured America into combat in the Middle East, end a century of US dominance?

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/10-years-after-911-did-bin-laden-or-america-win-

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Pak books two 'terrorists' for 'waging war against state'

Aug 16 2011

Islamabad : For the first time, Pakistani authorities have levelled a charge of waging a war against the state in a case involving two alleged terrorists, who are accused of sending youths to the Waziristan tribal region for training for suicide bombings and sectarian killings.

Abdul Razzak alias Omer and his accomplice Rashid Iqbal alias Basit, the alleged terrorists with links to Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, have been arrested under Section 122 of the Pakistan Penal Code, which states that anyone collecting arms to wage a war against the state will be punished with life imprisonment or a term not exceeding 10 years and a fine, a media report said on Tuesday.

The two men were arrested by the Crime Investigation Department's Anti-Extremism Cell during a raid in Karachi on June 12.

Over 100 Taliban militants have been arrested in Karachi since 2007 but none of them was charged in a similar manner because authorities were unable to gather solid evidence against them, The Express Tribune newspaper reported. The two alleged terrorists are in their early 30s and were accused of sending youths to Waziristan tribal region for training for suicide bombings and sectarian killings.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pak-books-two-terrorists-for-waging-war-against-state/832628/

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Sadr Movement Blames US for Unrests in Iraq

August 16, 2011

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - A spokesman for the Shiite Sadr Movement took the US responsible for the recent deadly bombing and unrests in Iraq, and repeated its demand for a full pullout of the US troops from the country by the end of 2011.    

"The US is seeking to make Iraq insecure though its elements in the country," Salah al-Abidi said on Monday, adding that the US is guiding and sponsoring terrorist attacks to create a rift among the Shiite and Sunni Muslims in Iraq to attain its occupation goals in the country.

He underlined the necessity for the pullout of the US forces from Iraq according to the agreed timeline, and said, "Based on the security agreement (between Baghdad and Washington) they should leave Iraq's soil by the end of 2011."

The US military agreement signed between Baghdad and Washington at the end of November 2008 stipulates the withdrawal of all US troops from Iraq by December 31, 2011 as a deadline.

Earlier, Iraqi Government Spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh categorically denied speculations that Baghdad is going to strike a deal with Washington to extend the presence of the US troops in Iraq beyond the 2011 deadline.

"The report is a sheer lie since no action has been taken in this regard and the government of Iraq hasn't singed such a deal with the US," Dabbagh said in Baghdad.

The US has pressed senior Iraqi officials to revise their decision on the US pullout and demand Washington to keep its troops in the country beyond their scheduled departure in the yearend.

Iraqi state officials as well as religious and political figures have all condemned the US attempts for extending the mission of its troops in the country.

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=259880

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800 Palestinian orphans threatened with loss of shelter

August 16, 2011

MP Mohammed Abu Juhaisha has warned that 800 orphans in Doura orphanage were threatened with losing their shelter due to lack of funds.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - MP Mohammed Abu Juhaisha has warned that 800 orphans in Doura orphanage were threatened with losing their shelter due to lack of funds.

The lawmaker appealed in a statement on Monday to the benevolent people and concerned parties to rescue the shelter from collapse.

He said that 300 poor families were depending on financial assistance paid by this society in addition to 47 employees, who have no other salary.

The MP expressed surprise at the fact that allocations for the society were not paid since 30/11/2010, which threatened an acute financial crisis threatening the livelihood of hundreds of orphans and needy families.

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=259874

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Swedish Imam calls 2011 Qods Day historic

August 16, 2011

Congregational prayers Imam of Stockholm mosque called on all Muslims worldwide to join the rallies of the International Qods Day set for August 26.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Congregational prayers Imam of Stockholm mosque called on all Muslims worldwide to join the rallies of the International Qods Day set for August 26.

Sheikh Hasan Mousa told that few days ahead of the international day (August 26) that in light of the growing Islamic awakening, the world would be witness to an exceptional turnout by the free people in solidarity with the Palestinian people.

He appreciated Imam Khomeini’s move in designating the day and called him a model leader in the world.

Asked about the regional developments and the popular uprisings in the West Asian and North African countries, he said in light of the Islamic Awakening, the world would witness a massive presence by the masses in support of the Palestinians.

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=259866

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Birmingham Unites in Peace Rally & Commemorates 3 Muslims Slain in Riots

August 16, 2011

Around 1,500 people gathered at a peace rally in Birmingham today, calling for unity after an "incredibly long and difficult week" which saw the city looted and trashed by rampaging thugs.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Around 1,500 people gathered at a peace rally in Birmingham today, calling for unity after an "incredibly long and difficult week" which saw the city looted and trashed by rampaging thugs.

 In a moving ceremony, three men who died protecting their families and property at the height of the violence were hailed as martyrs who were willing to lay down their lives for their community: Haroon Jahan, 21, and brothers Shazad Ali, 30, and Abdul Musavir, 31, all suffered fatal injuries after being struck by a car in the early hours of Wednesday.

 Held at Summerfield Park in the Handsworth area of the Birmingham, faith leaders from the city's various religious community, including Jewish, Hindu, Sikh and Muslims, gathered together from and offered prayers for the three men.

 The assembled crowd fell silent and strained to listen when the father of one of the dead men addressed them from the stage.

 A senior police officer said the event was an opportunity to draw a line under the scenes of destruction and "move on with purpose".

 Two men and a teenager have now been charged with three counts of murder in relation to the deaths. Joshua Donald, 26, Adam King, 23, and a 17-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons, are all due to appear in court tomorrow.

 A family atmosphere prevailed throughout the two-hour event which called for "One city, one voice for peace".

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=259879

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1 killed, 16 arrested as Egypt troops raid Sinai

August 16, 2011

CAIRO Egyptian troops and policemen battled with gunmen in the Sinai peninsula on Monday, killing one person and arresting 16 others, a security official and state television said.

The fighting came as the security forces launched raids to hunt down militants suspected of attacking a gas pipeline to Israel on five occasions this year and police stations, the official said.

Around 1,000 soldiers and policemen forces were  deployed on Friday and Saturday in northern Sinai to carry out the operation dubbed ‘Eagle’.

A man was killed at dawn on Monday during an exchange of fire between suspects wanted by the Egyptian authorities and soldiers and policemen, the security official said.

“Ten people suspected of involvement in the Sinai attacks were arrested,” the official said, adding that three automatic rifles and four grenades were also seized.

Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu approved an Egyptian request to inc-rease its number of troops in the Sinai Peninsula in order to “restore order” in the region, the public radio said. 

A senior Israeli official refused to confirm the report, but indicated such a move would be welcome given a spate of attacks in the area.

http://www.omantribune.com/index.php?page=news&id=98732&heading=Middle%20East

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Holy Quran contest winners honoured

By Ali Al Sulaimi

August 16, 2011

MUSCAT The winners of 21st edition of Holy Quran Competition were honoured on Monday. The function was held under the auspices of HE Sheikh Abdullah Bin Ali Al Qatabi, State Adviser, and was attended by His Eminence Sheikh Ahmed Bin Hamad Al Khalili, the Sultanate Grand Mufti, and a number of ministers. It was held at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque auditorium and was organised by Sultan Qaboos Centre for Islamic Culture of Diwan of Royal Court.

HE Habib Bin Mohammed Al Riyami, Secretary-General of the Islamic Cultural Centre, congratulated the winners in the Holy Month of Ramadan. He also appreciated the winners of the competition who are the holders of Holy Quran. He thanked everybody for the efforts in making this contest a grand success. The event also included a visual presentation on the different stages of the contest starting from the preliminary stages till the announcement of winners.

Some of the winners recited some verses from the Holy Quran. Khalili said that it is a great opportunity to evaluate good mannerisms in the society and to encourage reading and memorising Holy Quran. He added that the Islamic nations have to be closer to the directives of the Holy Quran and its principles in order to be in a position to lead all other nations. The Holy Quran is the best solutions for all individual and society problems, Khalili said.

Later, the chief guest honoured the winners and gave away the awards in the different categories of the contest. The administrative and main committees were also honoured. The chief guest was also honoured with a memento.

http://www.omantribune.com/index.php?page=news&&id=98756&heading=Oman

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Nawaz Sharif flayed for India-friendly speech

August 16, 2011

A speech by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif advocating normal relations with India 'shows a shocking disregard of the rationale for the very creation of Pakistan', a daily said on Monday.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief spoke at a Lahore programme on the theme "Let us write a new story".

"He (Sharif) surprisingly went out of his way virtually accepting the Hindu logic against the need for an independent state for the Muslims of India so vigorously and convincingly argued by the Quaid-i-Azam (Muhammad Ali Jinnah)," The Nation said in an editorial.

"If Muslims and Hindus had the same god to worship, the same culture and the same language, as he maintained, what was all that fuss for a separate homeland for the Muslims of the subcontinent?" it asked.

Muslims, who lived side by side with Hindus before partition, "would vouch for the huge cultural variations" between the two communities, in their style of living, habits, dress and eating preferences, it said.

"Mian Nawaz had it all wrong when he talked of the same food Muslims and Hindus eat."

It stated that Muslims got an inkling of the difficulties they would face in making common cause with Hindus when, in the 19th century, Hindus began demanding that Hindi should replace Urdu.

"In the light of this, it is hard to deny that a mindset of separate ways existed among the Hindus as far as back then," the editorial said.

http://www.asianage.com/international/nawaz-sharif-flayed-india-friendly-speech-740

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Funding crisis forces WAMY to cut down aid operations

By GHAZANFAR ALI KHAN

Aug 16, 2011

RIYADH: The World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) said that its ambitious overseas expansion program had got stuck due to financial constraints.

“The World Assembly of Muslim Youth has failed to open offices in more than 10 countries that had invited the aid organization to serve the needy people in those countries," said Saleh S. Al-Wohaibi, WAMY's secretary-general.

Al-Wohaibi called on the Gulf countries to "donate more" to Islamic aid organizations such as WAMY. He pointed out that "the Saudi government contributes only one percent of WAMY's operating expenses."

The WAMY chief said the charity had failed to fund its flagship welfare programs in different countries, especially in the aftermath of the economic recession and the resulting cuts in donors' support. This left WAMY under heavy financial pressure, he added.

The WAMY chief was speaking on the occasion of WAMY's ninth annual dialogue and iftar party in Riyadh. Japanese Ambassador Shigeru Endo and Argentine Ambassador Jaime Sergio Cerda were the keynote speakers. Ibrahim Al-Ghofaili, a local businessman, addressed the audience on behalf of the businessmen. The WAMY dialogue was attended by about 600 guests this year, including 21 ambassadors and 73 other foreign diplomats besides 170 businessmen, donors and social workers.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article489128.ece

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Indians hold Independence Day celebrations in major Saudi cities

Aug 16, 2011

RIYADH: Indian Ambassador Talmiz Ahmad hoisted the national flag on Monday to mark the beginning of the 65th Independence Day celebrations of his country in the Kingdom. Embassy officials and Indian expatriates from all strata of life were present.

In his speech following the flag hoisting ceremony, Ahmad announced that he was leaving the Kingdom in early September on completion of his tour of duty.

He took the opportunity to thank government officials, expatriates, embassy officials and well-wishers of India who extended their fullest cooperation to make his tenure an eventful period in the Kingdom.

He also said that there are ample job opportunities for professionals in India. He predicted that Asia would play a predominant role in the 21st century and India would be a leader.

A colorful ceremony was also held on the premises of the Consulate General of India. Consul General Faiz Ahmad Kidwai hoisted the flag and read out the president's address to the nation. Children from the International Indian School, Jeddah, sang patriotic songs and enchanted the large gathering of Indian nationals.

In Dammam, the flag hoisting ceremony took place at the International Indian School (Boys Section) early Monday morning. IISD Managing Committee Chairman John Thomas unfurled the tricolor. The flag hoisting was followed by the reading of Indian President Pratibha Patil’s message.

Schoolchildren sang patriotic songs much to the delight of those present. Members of the Indian community in the Eastern Province attended the ceremony. They included Registrar Gangesh Tiwari and committee members Dr. Shamshad Ahmed and Asghar Khan, and journalist P.A.M. Haris.

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article489138.ece

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Victim of Indonesian mob attack sent to jail

By ALI KOTARUMALOS

Aug 16, 2011

JAKARTA, Indonesia: An Indonesian man wounded when Islamic hard-liners launched a deadly attack on his minority sect was sentenced Monday to six months in prison — more than some of those caught on video taking part in the lynching.

Human rights groups blasted the ruling, saying 48-year-old Deden Sudjana was acting in self-defense. They said it showed how the police, the judicial system and the government are helping fuel religious intolerance in the world’s most populous Muslim nation.

The United States, which values Indonesia as a key democratic ally in Asia, also said it was disappointed by the ruling.

Sudjana was convicted of inciting violence because he defied police orders to leave the scene when the attackers arrived at a meeting of the minority Ahmadiyah sect. Sudjana instead fought back during the Feb. 6 incident in the village of Cikeusik in central Indonesia.

Footage of the attack, which circulated widely on the Internet, showed 1,500 hard-liners descending on a house where 20 members of the sect had gathered. The attackers, carrying wooden clubs, machetes and rocks, killed three people and continued to pummel their lifeless bodies, chanting “God is Great!” as police looked on.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article489222.ece

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Journalist Munir Ahmed Shakir shot dead in Khuzdar

Aug 16, 2011

QUETTA, Aug 14: Armed men shot dead a journalist, Munir Ahmed Shakir, in Khuzdar town on Sunday.

“Munir Shakir was on his way home after purchasing some household items from a market when some armed men riding a

motorcycle opened fire on him,” DIG Kalat range Ghulam Rasool Domki told Dawn by telephone.

Sources said that Mr Shakir was hit by more than two bullets and died on the spot.

He is the fourth journalist to be gunned down in Khuzdar this year.

Mr Shakir was working for a Balochi language channel, ‘Sabaz Baat’, and for the Online news agency.

Presidents of Balochistan Union of Journalists and Quetta Press Club condemned Mr Shakir’s murder and termed it a plot to gag media. They demanded immediate arrest of the killers.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/08/15/journalist-shot-dead-in-khuzdar-2.html

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Libyan rebels try to isolate Tripoli, Gaddafi

Aug 16 2011

Zawiyah, Libya : Libya's rebels threatened to isolate Tripoli by blocking key supply routes and cutting oil pipelines after a dramatic weekend advance put them in the strongest position since the 6-month-old civil war began to attack Moammar Gaddafi's stronghold.

In Washington, the Obama administration said Monday the US was encouraged by the rebel advances and hoped they had broken a monthslong stalemate with Gaddafi's forces.

“We are closing the roads for Gaddafi so there is no way for him to bring anything to Tripoli”, said a rebel field commander, Jumma Dardira.

The rebels' push into the strategic city of Zawiya on Saturday brought them within 30 miles (48 kilometers) of Tripoli, the closest they have ever gotten.

Also Monday, US defence officials said Libyan government forces tapped into their stores of Scud missiles this weekend, firing one for the first time in this year's conflict with rebels, but hurting no one.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/libyan-rebels-try-to-isolate-tripoli-gaddafi/832470/

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RTI activist Shehla Masood shot dead in Madhya Pradesh

Aug 16 2011

Bhopal : A city-based woman RTI activist was shot dead on Tuesday by an unidentified person in front of her residence in the posh Koh-e-Fiza locality, police said.

"Shehla Masood was shot dead around 11 AM when she was sitting in her car," said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Adarsh Katiyar.

The motive and details of the killing are awaited, he said adding a hunt has been launched to nab the assailant.

Shehla, who sat on a fast here recently in support of Anna Hazare's India Against Corruption campaign had also been working on a number of other things including wildlife conservation. She was actively involved in raising issues related to the deaths of tigers in the various sanctuaries of Madhya Pradesh.

Known to be a hard worker, Shehla also ran a company called 'Miracles' which used to do various things including event management.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/rti-activist-shehla-masood-shot-dead-in-mp/832621/

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Sarfraz killing case: Afsar Khan challenges life imprisonment

Aug 16 2011

KARACHI: Afsar Khan, one of the men convicted in the killing of Sarfraz Shah, challenged the verdict of the anti-terrorism court that sentenced him to life imprisonment, DawnNews reported.

Mr Khan’s counsel, Aamir Warraich, filed an application in the Sindh High Court (SHC) against the verdict on Tuesday.

On August 12, the anti-terrorism court sentenced a Rangers constable to death and five other personnel and a civilian to life imprisonment for shooting Mr Shah, a 22-year-old unarmed youth, to death in a public park.

Mr Shah, 22, was shot twice and then allegedly left to die in the park in Clifton on June 8.

Constable Shahid Zafar was given death sentence and sub-inspector Bahaur Rehman, lance naik Liaquat Ali, constables Mohammad Tariq, Manthar Ali and Afzal Khan and civilian Afsar Khan were ordered jailed for life.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/08/16/sarfraz-killing-case-afsar-khan-challenges-life-imprisonment-verdict.html

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Drug abuse reached alarming proportions among youth: Omar

Aug 16, 2011

Concerned over the rising drug abuse among youth in Kashmir, chief minister Omar Abdullah on Monday called for 'Jihad' to save the future generation from the menace. "We need to do Jihad against the drug abuse which has reached alarming proportions," Omar said in his Independence Day

speech at Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar.

The chief minister said he was concerned about reports that youth were eating shoe polish and paper fluid to satiate their addiction.

"Let us take a pledge that we will save our children and future generation from the menace of drug abuse," he said.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Drug-abuse-reached-alarming-proportions-among-youth-Omar/Article1-733547.aspx

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Attack Is Latest to Jolt a Usually Quiet Afghan Area

By ABDUL WAHEED WAFA and ROD NORDLAND

Aug 16, 2011

CHARIKAR, Afghanistan — The governor of Parwan Province, Abdul Basir Salangi, convened a meeting Sunday morning with his top aides to find out why security had not been improved around his offices, 10 days after reports that a group of suicide bombers was planning an attack.

A former jihadi commander from the war against the Soviets, Mr. Salangi is an imposing figure, and his anger was evident as he dressed down the aides, including the provincial police chief. The intelligence was very specific, he told them: The bombers might arrive in a Toyota Corolla.

Just then, as he later recalled the moment, there were two explosions as a group of suicide bombers blew their way into the governor’s compound. In the three-hour firefight that followed, the attackers killed 22 people — 6 of them police officers, the rest government staff members and civilian visitors — before they were subdued.

Afterward, Mr. Salangi, who was unhurt, said, with evident asperity, “I believe the security forces in Parwan fell short in preventing this thing.”

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/15/world/asia/15afghan.html?_r=1

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Ramadan a time to be considerate

Azrul Mohd Khalib

Aug 16, 2011

I refer to the letter 'Islam not confined to personal worship' by Ms Rafidah Mokhtar. In her letter she attempts to address three issues: the opposition towards the banning of entertainment outlets during the fasting month; the Jais debacle; and eating halal.

Failure to comply to the wishes of PAS does not equate to Islamophobia and I fail to understand the author's simplistic argument linking the banning of entertainment outlets during the fasting month to resentment towards the governance of Muslims.

It is especially during the holy month of Ramadan that Muslims must be reasonable, rational and considerate to others in the practice of their faith. It is tempting to impose the same conditions for Muslims to non-Muslims in demonstration of religious zeal.

In my opinion, the proposal to ban the operation of entertainment outlets for a month was wisely withdrawn. Who will compensate the businesses for the loss of income as a result of closing for a month? It may be true that the major business owners would be able to absorb a month of no revenue but who will pay the salaries of the workers and provide for their families? It is unlikely that they will be employed for that duration.

I ask Rafidah: are the Muslim majority in Kedah the main clientele for these 300 nightspots? She certainly implies it to be so. Each individual Muslim has the responsibility to be disciplined in the practice of their faith.

Full report at:

http://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/172980

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Imran Khan is the most popular Pakistani politician: Survey

Sameer Arshad

Aug 16, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has crisscrossed the terror-scarred country, addressed rallies and led dharnas when the country's top politicians have confined themselves to their fortress-like houses in exclusive security zones.

The world cup-winning captain also did the unthinkable by leading a dharna under open sky in northwestern city of Peshawar that has seen near-daily Taliban attacks in the last few years.

Is the 1970s and 80s heartthrob a fool rushing where angles fear to tread? No, say his admirers who call him the next big thing in Pakistan's politics.

They assert that Imran would most likely emulate his exploits in the cricketing field in electoral politics in 2013 when Pakistan goes for the next general elections.

Latest surveys ranking Imran by far the most popular Pakistani politician must be music to their ears.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Imran-Khan-is-the-most-popular-Pakistani-politician-Survey/articleshow/9598640.cms

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4 soldiers killed, 7 wounded in Russia's Caucasus

Aug 16, 2011

ROSTIOV-ON-DON: The Russian Interior Ministry says four servicemen have been killed and seven wounded by rebels in a restive region in Russia's North Caucasus.

Madina Khadziyeva, a spokeswoman for the ministry's branch in the province of Ingushetia, said that militants ambushed an Interior Ministry convoy today in the region's mountain forests close to the administrative border with Chechnya. She said the attack occurred near the village of Dattykh, but gave no further details.

An Islamic insurgency spread across North Caucasus after two separatists wars in Chechnya. While Chechnya itself has become more stable in recent years under the steely grip of a Moscow-backed strongman, neighboring provinces have seen an increase in attacks on police and other authorities.

Ingushetia recently had been less volatile than some of the neighbouring regions, so the casualty toll in Monday's attack was unusually high.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/4-soldiers-killed-7-wounded-in-Russias-Caucasus/articleshow/9616556.cms

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UK MPs had links with ISI-funded think-tank

Ashis Ray

Aug 16, 2011

LONDON: India has protested against the British 'All-Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir' being hand-in-glove with Justice Foundation, one of the three think-tanks funded by Pakistan's ISI along with Ghulam Nabi Fai's Kashmir American Council. The third one is in Brussels.

According to a diplomatic source, New Delhi's objection was bluntly conveyed to British authorities by Indian high commissioner Nalin Surie during his term here, which ended in July. Expressing its displeasure to Britain about the existence of an 'All-Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir' among UK's lawmakers, the Indian high commission said the group's working in tandem with Justice Foundation was "an interference in India's internal affairs''.

There was no reaction from the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

The Daily Telegraph on Saturday reported that Fai was also director of the Justice Foundation along with three British and two Indian nationals, one of whom was based in Saudi Arabia. It did not identify the directors.

An Indian intelligence official on being contacted sounded sceptical of Indians' involvement in the Foundation.

Like the Kashmiri American Council, the Justice Foundation - its executive director is Nazir Ahmed Shawl - claims it is a "non-partisan NGO that seeks justice and peace for the oppressed people of J&K". It says it aims to "keep the issue of human rights and the conflict in Kashmir on the political and diplomatic agendas" and "through a variety of programmes it aims to educate politicians and the public".

Reporting such activities, the Daily Telegraph headlined the article, 'Pakistani spies in the House of Parliament', saying British politicians, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, the Pakistani-origin chairperson of ruling Conservative party, and a cabinet minister, have attended conferences hosted by the Justice Foundation.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/UK-MPs-had-links-with-ISI-funded-think-tank/articleshow/9607067.cms

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Somali refugees abandon babies

MARK TRAN

August 16, 2011

Some parents fleeing conflict and famine in Somalia are abandoning their babies after arriving at the vast refugee complex at Dadaab, Kenya, said a charity on Sunday.

Save the Children said it had placed record numbers of unaccompanied children with foster families in recent months, including a small number of babies abandoned by their families after arriving at the camps.

Staff say it is unclear why the babies were left, but they believe it is probably a result of the desperation felt by parents who have often walked for weeks without food, water or shelter. “We can only imagine the levels of desperation driving parents to abandon tiny babies in this way,” said Prasant Naik, the charity's Kenya country director.

“After walking from Somalia without food and water, it is clear that some parents feel that they cannot care for their children any more, despite having reached help.”

The flow of Somalis across the border is expected to continue in the coming months. Famine has been declared in five regions of Somalia, and aid is arriving only slowly because of logistical challenges and restrictions imposed by the al-Shabab insurgents who control some of the worst-hit areas. — © Guardian Newspapers Limited, 2011

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2359847.ece

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Valley shut, obeys call for ‘black day’

Aug 16, 2011

Kashmir Valley was shut on Monday as people largely obeyed a call from separatist outfits to observe India’s Independence Day as a “black day”.

Cities and towns across the Valley wore deserted look. However, the security was very tight with a three-tier security umbrella put in place at and around the venues where official functions were held to celebrate I-Day. Thousands of police and paramilitary personnel besides columns of the Army patrolled the streets or vulnerable locations.

Mobile phones felt silent early in the morning as service providers switched off the facility following instructions from the security agencies. The cellphones have been used in the past by the Muslim militants to trigger remote controlled bombs and improvised explosives devices to stoke trouble. The services were restored in the afternoon. The Internet services also remained disrupted for some time. There have been no reports of any major incident of violence. However, small groups of youth took to the streets in a Srinagar suburb and north Valley town of Bandipore chanting pro-freedom slogans. The CRPF and the local police quickly came in their way and the two sides clashed briefly.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/india/valley-shut-obeys-call-black-day-836

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USAID to give $155 mn for education in Pakistan

Aug 16, 2011

The US government's aid agency USAID has pledged $155 million for enhancement of education in eastern Pakistan's Sindh province that is currently reeling under a severe flood.

US Consul General William Martin has assured all support during his meeting with provincial Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq, said Siddiq Memon, Sindh education secretary.

Memon said the money will be used for reconstruction of schools and to purchase furniture and other essential educational equipments in the flood-hit areas, the news website Daily Times reported Tuesday.

He said the education system in the province has suffered due to lack of funds and interest of teachers in their work.

Memon said all sections of society, including parents, will have to make concerted efforts to improve the education system.

The European Union has already provided 39 million euros, and the World Bank approved $700 million in soft loans for the education department, he added.

The funds have been used in developing school infrastructure but a lot more is left to be done, said Memon.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Monday announced plans to provide compensation to people in the flood-hit areas, Geo TV reported.

The flood-affected areas were already declared disaster hit, Gilani said, and that the Zarai Taraqiati Bank had also been asked to provide loans to the farming community.

http://www.asianage.com/international/usaid-give-155-mn-education-pakistan-887

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LeT planning suicide attacks

August 16, 2011

The Intelligence Bureau has warned that a group of seven trained militants of the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) has sneaked into the country and may carry out fidayeen attacks on high value targets.

The IB has said that the LeT is going full throttle in recruitment of cadre in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). The terror outfit is organising medical camps for scouting recruits for its subversive designs, the IB said in its report.

Phone intercepts of the terror commanders under surveillance reveal that the LeT trained a batch of highly motivated 40 recruits last month out of which seven have been successful in infiltrating the Indian borders. The inputs also indicate that such camps have registered attendance in large numbers in the recent past, an official said, adding they might be under pressure from the Pakistani establishment to hit targets inside the country.

The overdrive in recruitment comes after dwindling morale of the terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir and easing out of international pressure on Pakistan post-26/11 attacks.

According to the inputs with the Government, about 2,500 terrorists are waiting at launching pads in PoK to infiltrate into the Indian side.

“A number of training camps and launching pads are reportedly active in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir/ Pakistan. As per assessment, there are around 2,500 terrorists there,” according to an official.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/361118/LeT-planning-suicide-attacks.html

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US links Pak military aid to progress on anti-terror operations

August 16, 2011

After giving Pakistan some $20 billion in aid and reimbursements since the 9/11 attacks in 2001, the United States has finally begun conditioning its military aid to progress on anti-terror operations.

Islamabad’s performance is to be viewed against a secret scorecard of US objectives to combat Al Qaeda and its militant allies, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing officials. The US is also said to be asking Pakistan to take specific steps to ease bilateral tensions.

The White House move follows demands in US Congress for slapping stringent conditions on future aid to Pakistan, with many lawmakers demanding sharp cuts in military assistance in the wake of the operation against Osama bin Laden.

The classified system “signals a shift by the White House toward a pay-for-performance relationship with Pakistan, as doubts grow that the two countries can for now forge a broader alliance based on shared interests,” the paper reported. A senior military official termed the new approach “a hard-knuckled reflection of where we are right now” in relations with Pakistan.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/361059/US-links-Pak-military-aid-to-progress-on-anti-terror-

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In Eastern Province, Pakistanis vow to remain steadfast in face of pessimism

By SIRAJ WAHAB

Aug 16, 2011

ALKHOBAR: Pakistanis in the Eastern Province recalled the sacrifices of their country's founder Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah at a program organized jointly by the Ideological Forum for Pakistan Studies, Tameer-e-Pakistan Forum, Pakistan Forum, Halqa-e-Fikr-o-Fun and Urdu-Punjabi Literary Circle.

Speakers and poets at the Pakistan Independence Day event expressed their anguish and concern at the sad state of affairs in their home country.

"This is not what our forefathers and our country's founder had expected of us. We have made a mess of our country,” said one speaker.

Another blamed former dictators for the ills facing the country. Yet others blamed political parties and the corrupt leaders for the country’s lack of direction.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article489153.ece

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Abbas makes Arab aid appeal, sees risk to UN bid

Aug 16, 2011

RAMALLAH: President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday appealed for Arab financial support to help the Palestinians deal with “pressures and threats” from Israel and its allies which he said were a risk to his plan to seek UN approval for statehood in September.

The Palestinian Authority faces a financial crisis which forced it to cut wages by half in July. Policymakers have identified a shortfall in Arab aid as the main cause.

The crisis has highlighted the financial fragility of the aid-dependent Palestinian Authority as Abbas embarks on a diplomatic offensive opposed by the United States, another of the Palestinians’ main donors and also Israel’s main backer.

Writing in the Arabic newspaper Al-Watan, Abbas said the Palestinians faced pressure from Israel and its allies to prevent them from seeing through their planned diplomatic action at September’s General Assembly meeting in New York.

“We have not enjoyed the Arab political and financial support needed to get through this delicate period. These pressures and threats will continue and reduce the chances of success,” Abbas wrote, without specifying the threats.

Despite the pressure, he said he was committed to seeing through the diplomatic offensive.

Abbas’ plan is to apply for full UN membership for the state of Palestine in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, territories captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article489083.ece

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