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UN Envoy Warns of Missing Libya Arms

Syria crackdown continues prompting urgent Arab League talks

Muslims mark Eid in shadow of unrest

Christian community greets Muslims on Eid in Pakistan

Joy, grief and hope at Libya’s feast of sacrifice

Ahmadinejad warns against attack, says Israel's end nigh

Americans fabricating documents, says Iran

Russia: Israeli threat of strikes on Iran 'a mistake'

Attack on Iran more & more likely: Israel

Australian PM Julia Gillard makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

Syria blasts US for 'blatant interference'

ANP leader killed in suicide attack in NW Pak

Ex-mayor, guard killed in Pakistan suicide attack

CID apprehends three target killers, four drug peddlers

5 killed in different incidents of violence in Karachi

Syrian security forces kill 10 at start of Eid

17 security men injured as clashes mar Eid festivities in J-K

At least six dead in suicide blast near Afghan mosque

Iraq deadly blasts hit Baghdad market

Pakistan, China agree to expand economic, defence cooperation

Pakistan: Speakers for assisting women to help overcome economic recession

Pak, Iran likely to be part of Central Asian security alliance

Voices of dissent: Kashmiri leader rejects MFN status for India

Pak court indicts 7 over Bhutto killing

Iran on threshold of nuclear capability: Report

Chances slim for stiffer UN sanctions against Iran

Little hope seen of Taliban settlement before 2014

Australian PM meets Karzai in Afghanistan

Jamaatud Dawa free to collect Eid donations

‘Jamaatud Dawa opposes sectarianism’

Pilgrims stone Satan in Mina as last rite of Hajj

Syrian forces enter Homs district

Children fret over looming separation with sacrificial animals

Karachi: Chhipa’s collective animal sacrifice on Eid for the needy

Pak: Police to launch drive against beggars on Eid

Compiled By New Age Islam News Bureau

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UN envoy warns of missing Libya arms

7 November 2011

TRIPOLI — Some weapons depots in Libya have still not been secured properly, and “much has already gone missing” from unguarded sites, the top UN envoy in Libya says.

Preventing more weapons from being smuggled out of country will be difficult, considering the nature of the vast desert nation’s borders, the envoy, Ian Martin, told The Associated Press Sunday in an interview.

“That has to be a priority now, to secure what still remains in Libya,” he said. “Over time, the international community can assist Libya and its neighbors with that, but I am afraid there is not a quick and easy solution to that problem.”

During the chaos of Libya’s 8-month civil war, human rights groups and reporters came across a number of weapons depots that were left unguarded and were looted after Muammar Gaddafi’s fighters fled.

Martin said the unsecured weapons remain a “very, very serious cause for concern.” He said they include shoulder-held missiles, mines and ammunition.

“It’s clear that much has already gone missing from unsecured locations and that there are still locations which have not been properly secured,” he said.

Martin noted progress concerning chemical weapons and nuclear material. Last week, Libyan officials said they discovered two new sites with chemical weapons that had not been declared by the Gadhafi regime when it vowed several years ago to stop pursuing non-conventional weapons. Officials also said they found about 7,000 drums of raw uranium.

“That, too, has been secured,” Martin said of the latest discoveries, noting that the main issue is now how to dispose of them.

The Gadhafi regime fell with the capture and killing of the dictator on Oct. 20, followed by a declaration of liberation by Libya’s new leadership three days later.

The U.N. mission headed by Martin is designed to help Libya’s interim leaders with the transition to democracy.

By late June, Libyans are scheduled to elect a national assembly that would oversee the drafting of a constitution, followed by parliamentary and presidential elections.

The National Transitional Council last week chose a new prime minister, who is to form a government by mid-month for the transition period.

The prime minister, Abdurrahim el-Keib, said in a televised speech marking the of Eid Al Adha that Libya must quickly form new security forces. He added that “the presence of weapons in this random manner really concerns us.”

El-Keib also said national reconciliation is a priority. This would include compensating those who were hurt in the fighting and punishing the guilty, he said.

Some Libyan officials have called for a faster transition, warning of a dangerous power vacuum.

Martin said accelerating the elections timetable “is going to be quite difficult, but depends first and foremost on the speed with which they (Libya’s interim leaders) can reach the political decisions, and we can’t determine that.”

Fundamental decisions, including on the preferred electoral system, have not yet been made, he said.

The NTC has acknowledged that it has not established full control over the country. Suspected Gadhafi loyalists are being held in detention centers controlled by semiautonomous armed militias, instead of the NTC. Human rights groups have reported mistreatment of detainees in such lockups.

Martin said the interim authorities have tried to tackle the problem, “but they need to do more, faster, even before a new government is in place.”

Jamal Bennour, a prominent Libyan jurist involved in setting up a new judicial system, said that at the moment, the NTC only controls one prison in Tripoli, and courts and prosecutors are functioning at a minimal level.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2011/November/international_November270.xml&section=international&col=

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Syria crackdown continues prompting urgent Arab League talks

6 November 2011

Protests against the regime continued on the first day of the Islamic festival of Eid-al-Adha in places such as Alsnmin near Deraa. Photograph: Reuters

The Arab League has called for an emergency meeting on Syria after government forces there killed at least 13 civilians in attacks on pro-democracy protests in Homs after prayers on one of Islam's holiest days.

The deaths – on the first day of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha – brought to 60 the number of protesters killed since Damascus officially accepted an Arab League peace plan on Wednesday in which it undertook to pursue a peaceful resolution to Syria's political crisis and pull the army out of restive cities.

Most of the deaths on Sunday were in the city of Homs where an opposition district, Baba Amro, has been under daily tank bombardment.

Many of the victims were killed by tank fire, human rights groups reported.

A local opposition activist, Raed Ayham, told the Reuters news agency: "The army is escalating the crackdown in the hope of wrapping this uprising up before the Arabs take more steps against the regime. [President] Assad has not understood that the killings are only feeding the opposition."

The Arab League said the hastily called ministerial meeting this Saturday will address "the continuing violence and the government's failure to stick to its obligations under the Arab Action Plan".

The Qatari prime minister, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani, quoted on al-Jazeera television, said: "If Syria does not respect its commitments, the ministerial committee will meet again and take the necessary decisions."

At the weekend the Arab League's secretary general, Nabil al-Arabi, warned that failure to implement the Arab peace talks, which involved the return of troops to barracks and the freeing of political prisoners, would have "catastrophic consequences for the situation in Syria and the region".

It is unclear what action the Arab League might take. Its decision to turn against Muammar Gaddafi in Libya ultimately proved fatal to the regime, as it cleared the way for a UN resolution mandating Nato's military intervention. However, Russia is much closer to the Syrian regime and has complained that it was misled over the extent of Nato's intended role in Libya, so Moscow has so far resisted concerted international action against Damascus.

The French foreign minister, Alain Juppé, said the latest deaths had made it clear there was "nothing more to expect from this regime and that despite its occasional announcements it will not commit to a programme of reforms".

Juppé told Europe 1 radio: "Different initiatives have been taken to try to bring Bashar al-Assad to dialogue. You can see what happened to the last one: Bashar al-Assad accepts the Arab League peace plan and the next day he massacres dozens more people in the streets."

Juppé criticised the UN security council for its "failure" to act on Syria, after a draft resolution threatening to take punitive action against Damascus was vetoed by Russia and China last month.

The UN has estimated that about 3,000 people have been killed since the uprising began in March. Syrian human rights groups said that the weekend killings appear to mark a concerted government offensive against the uprising, focused on Homs.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that as well as the deaths in Homs, the security forces had also shot dead a civilian in Hama and another in Idlib province near the Turkish border. The group said that in Talbi, a town near Homs, "four protesters were wounded, one seriously, when the security forces fired on a demonstration".

The group said: "Dozens of people were injured by security forces who shot at a major demonstration in Kafruma, an area of the province of Idlib, in the north-west of Syria."

There were also clashes in the Kafar Susseh district of western Damascus, where the group said 70 had been arrested.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/06/syria-protests-urgent-arab-league-talks/print

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Muslims mark Eid in shadow of unrest

November 6, 2011

MINA: Muslims around the world on Sunday marked Eidul Azha which caps the pilgrimage to Makkah overshadowed by the Arab Spring and deadly attacks in Africa and Central Asia.

Eidul Azha was observed amid fears and tears in Nigeria, two days after attacks that killed at least 150 people in the north-eastern city of Damaturu.

Thousands gathered for prayers to mark the feast at an open ground in Damaturu patrolled by dozens of armed police following Friday’s gun and bomb attacks, among the deadliest ever carried out by the Boko Haram sect.

“It’s a season of mourning and celebration at the same time,” said Damaturu resident Aisami Bundi.

“People are struggling to strike a balance between the merriment of the season and the losses the city has incurred from the attacks, especially the large number of people that have been killed,” he said.

In Libya, people were struggling to find the funds to mark the feast due to skyrocketing prices in the wake of an eight-month rebellion that ended with the killing of Muammar Qaddafi last month.

In Syria, devotees emerged from Eidul Azha prayers on Sunday morning to rally against President Bashar alAssad’s regime despite a protest crackdown the UN says has killed at least 3,000 people since March.

And the security forces shot dead at least another 10 civilians, most of them in the restive central city of Homs, according to human rights activists.

The latest bloodshed came as Syrian state radio reported Assad himself attended AlNur mosque in the northern town of Raqqa for morning prayers to mark the Muslim holy day.

In Yemen, where protesters have been calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s ouster since January, dissident general Ali Mohsen alAhmar said his forces foiled a regime plot to blow up a car as he prayed in Sanaa.

In Gaza City, Ismail Haniya, head of the Hamas government, addressed worshippers at the Palestine Mosque, and hailed the feast as the “Eid of Freedom” for the Arab world.

“On this blessed day, we call our Eid the Eid of Freedom,” he said. “It is the Eid of Freedom for Egypt and Tunisia and Libya and all the peoples who triumphed over tyranny.

Haniya said the feast was also an “Eid of Victory,” hailing a landmark prisoner swap deal that saw the movement free captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in return for 1,027 jailed Palestinians.

A first group of 477 prisoners was released as Shalit went home, with the second group of 550 to be freed within two months.

In Saudi Arabia, almost three million pilgrims began stoning pillars representing Satan after massing in a valley near the holy city of Mina, the last and most dangerous rite of the annual Hajj.

Hundreds of people have been trampled to death in stampedes which have blighted several previous pilgrimages to Islam’s holiest sites when the faithful rush to hurl stones at the huge pillars.

“This ritual gives me moral strength. Right now I feel as though I’m defeating Satan,” said Mokhtar Khan, a 29-year-old who arrived at the site with dozens of fellow Bangladeshis who chanted “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest).

But despite their prayers, the first day of Eidul Azha was marred by more violence around the Muslim world.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, a suicide bomber killed seven people, mostly civilians, as they returned from Eid prayers at a mosque in the northern city of Baghlan.

And in Iraq, four bombs exploded in Baghdad’s Shorjah market, killing at least one person and wounding eight, security officials said.

The blasts came despite beefed up security for Eid around mosques, parks and other public areas, including a 32,000-strong force in the central Shia shrine city of Najaf.

In Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, Eidul Azha was marked by all-night prayer, the sacrifice of goats and cows and family meals of rice cakes and meat dishes.

In line with tradition, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono offered a 1.2-tonne cow for sacrifice after prayers at Jakarta’s Istiqlal mosque, which is to slaughter 60 cows and 27 goats for meat to be distributed to 10,000 people.

The Eid will start on Monday in some parts of the Muslim world including Iran, Pakistan and Bangladesh, where at least eight people died in railway accidents as tens of millions poured out of cities for a five-day holiday.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/288556/muslims-mark-eid-in-shadow-of-unrest/?print=true

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Christian community greets Muslims on Eid in Pakistan

November 07, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Pastor Marqus Sharif, GeneralSecretary of Ibtadai Rasooli Kalisia has greeted the Muslims on the occasion of Eidul Azha on behalf of Christians living across the country.

In a message, he said Muslims and Christians have a centuries old relation of sharing their festivals, events of sorrows and joys to promote interfaith harmony among the people of different beliefs.

“The festival of Eid-ul-Azha gives us the message of sacrifice, sense of responsibility and equality and the Christian community living in Pakistan on this occasion prays for the unity of nation, prosperity and protection from terrorism in the country.

“On this festival, it is the responsibility of the rich to take care of the poor and destitute involving them for celebrating the Eid festivity on equality basis,” he concluded.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\07\story_7-11-2011_pg11_7

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Joy, grief and hope at Libya’s feast of sacrifice

November 07, 2011

MISRATA: Joy was tinged by past sadness, hope mingled with anxiety for the future as Libyans thronged their mosques at dawn on Sunday to celebrate one of the great festivals of the Muslim year, Eidul Azha, or the feast of sacrifice.

Nowhere was the emotion and religious symbolism more acute than in Misrata. The city suffered heavy losses resisting a siege by the army of Muammar Gaddafi. Local forces, which took credit for last month’s capture of the ousted strongman that ended in his death, are pushing for a big say in the new Libya.

Men streamed away from dawn prayers at the imposing mosque in Misrata’s Zorugh neighbourhood, preparing to feast on sheep slaughtered in a ritual inspired by Prophet Ibrahim’s (AS) willingness to sacrifice his son to God.

For full Report :

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\07\story_7-11-2011_pg7_31

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Ahmadinejad warns against attack, says Israel's end nigh

Nov 07,2011

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused the United States and Israel of seeking world support for a military strike on Iran, in comments published on Monday in which he also warned against attacks on his country.

Ahmadinejad, in an interview with Egypt's state-owned Al-Akhbar newspaper, lashed out at Israel after its president, Shimon Peres, warned at the weekend that an attack on Iran is becoming increasingly likely.

Israel, Iran's arch-enemy, was "bound to collapse," Ahmadinejad said.

"Iran's capabilities are increasing and it is progressing, and for that reason it has been able to compete in the world. Now Israel and the West, particularly America, fear Iran's capabilities and role," he said.

"Therefore they are trying to gather international support for a military operation to stop (Iran's) role. The arrogant should know that Iran will not allow them to take any action against it," he said.

For full Report :

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/765898.aspx

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Americans fabricating documents, says Iran

Nov 07 2011

As their war of words heats up, Iran has accused the U.S. and its allies of adopting tactics including fabrication of documents to build a case against Tehran as they had done during the run-up to the Iraq war.

Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, a former head of the country's atomic energy establishment, said at a Saturday press conference in Tehran the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which functions under the aegis of the U.N., was succumbing to U.S. pressure. Mr. Salehi was responding to reports attributed to unnamed diplomats that the IAEA, next week, would release documents that would raise suspicions that Iran was actively pursuing atomic weapons, a charge that Tehran has consistently denied.

Mr. Salehi signalled that the West was habituated to using fabricated documents, and referred specifically to the accusation ahead of the 2003-war against Iraq that it had sourced uranium from Niger to run a weapon-oriented nuclear programme. “The Americans raised documents like this in the past” he said pointing to the “Niger scandal,” when forged documents were “used as a pretext to invade Iraq”. “After killing tens of thousands of innocent people, it was discovered that it was a forged document,” Mr. Salehi observed.

On repors of IAEA documents, he said: “They are claiming that they are going to publish new documents. We know what the truth is — let them publish them and we'll see what happens. Will they not be called into question as an agency that is under pressure by foreign powers?” Even in the past, IAEA had brought to Iran's notice documents in the form of “alleged studies,” which raised suspicions about Tehran's nuclear intent, he said.

For full Report :

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-international/article2604960.ece

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Russia: Israeli threat of strikes on Iran 'a mistake'

November 7, 2011

Military action against Iran would be a "very serious mistake fraught with unpredictable consequences", Russia's foreign minister has warned.

Sergei Lavrov said diplomacy, not missile strikes, was the only way to solve the Iranian nuclear problem.

His comments come after Israeli President Shimon Peres said an attack on Iran was becoming more likely.

The UN's atomic watchdog is expected to say this week that Iran is secretly developing a nuclear arms capability.

Diplomats say the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report, due for release on Tuesday or Wednesday, will produce compelling evidence that Iran will find hard to dispute.

Iran has always insisted that its nuclear programme is exclusively to generate power for civilian purposes.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has said the alleged evidence is a fabrication and part of a multi-pronged US smear campaign against his country.

Time 'running out'

Mr Lavrov said it was "far from the first time" Israel had threatened strikes against Iran, when asked for his view on Mr Peres' recent comments.

"Our position on this issue is well-known: this would be a very serious mistake fraught with unpredictable consequences," he told reporters.

Mr Lavrov said "the only path for removing concerns is to create every possible condition" to resume the talks between Iran and six world powers - including Russia - which broke down in December last year.

For full Report :

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15617657?print=true

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Attack on Iran more & more likely: Israel

Nov 7, 2011

Israeli president Shimon Peres warned on Sunday that an attack on Iran is becoming increasingly likely.

JERUSALEM: Israeli president Shimon Peres warned on Sunday that an attack on Iran is becoming increasingly likely, days before a report by the UN's nuclear watchdog on Iran's nuclear programme.

"The possibility of a military attack against Iran is now closer to being applied than the application of a diplomatic option," Peres said.

"We must stay calm and resist pressure so that we can consider every alternative," he added.

"I don't think that any decision has already been made, but there is an impression that Iran is getting closer to nuclear weapons."

His comments came after he warned in an interview aired by Israel's privatelyowned Channel Two television on Saturday, that an attack on Iran was becoming "more and more likely".

"The intelligence services of the different countries that are keeping an eye on (Iran) are worried and putting pressure on their leaders to warn that Iran is ready to obtain the nuclear weapon," he said.

For full Report :

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Attack-on-Iran-more-more-likely-Israel/articleshow/10637189.cms

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Australian PM Julia Gillard makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

Nov 7, 2011

MELBOURNE: Prime Minister Julia Gillard made a surprise visit to Afghanistan and met the Australian troops stationed there, days after three of her nation's troops were shot dead by a Afghan soldier.

During her stop-over in the country on her way back from the G20 in Cannes, Gillard also met Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

She flew into Tarin Kowt to share a barbecue lunch with some of the 1,550 Australian soldiers stationed in the southern Camp Holland base.

Her visit came just days after three Australian soldiers were killed when an Afghan National Army soldier opened fire at a base in southern Kandahar province.

Seven other soldiers were wounded in the incident, which was Australia's worst since three commandos were killed in a helicopter crash in 2010.

"I wanted to spend some time trying to see this place through your eyes as we are planning the next phase of what happens here in Afghanistan," she said.

"I thought it was important to come and touch base and to see what is happening here and to hear directly from you about what the world looks like through your eyes."

She held talks with coalition commanders and local Afghan officials before going on to meet Karzai in Kabul.

For full Report :

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Australian-PM-Julia-Gillard-makes-surprise-visit-to-Afghanistan/articleshow/10640865.cms

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Syria blasts US for 'blatant interference'

November 6, 2011

Afp, Damascus

Damascus yesterday strongly condemned Washington after the US State Department advised Syrians against surrendering following an amnesty for those who give up weapons.

"The American administration disclosed again its blatant interference in Syria's internal affairs, and its policy which supports killing, in addition to its funding of the terrorist groups in Syria," SANA state news agency said citing a foreign ministry official.

"The Syrian government calls on the international community to stand against these policies which contradict with the provisions of the international law and the UN Security Council's resolutions related to combating terrorism and financing it," added the English-language report.

For full Report :

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=209427

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ANP leader killed in suicide attack in NW Pak

Nov 07 2011

Islamabad : A former mayor and leader of the secular Awami National Party was killed along with his bodyguard when a suicide bomber blew himself up as he was returning after offering Eid prayers in northwest Pakistan.

Former nazim (mayor) Hanif Jadoon and his bodyguard were killed instantly, and seven others were injured as the bomber detonated his explosives outside the prayer ground, police said.

Jadoon's son was among the seven injured persons. The wounded were taken to a nearby hospital.

The attack occurred as millions of people were celebrating the Eid-ul-Azha festival.

The government had put in place strict security arrangements across Pakistan to prevent terrorist attacks.

No group claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing though such attacks are usually blamed on the Pakistani Taliban.

Taliban suicide bombers have targeted Eid congregations in the past too.

In December 2007, former federal minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao had a narrow escape when a suicide bomber blew himself up during Eid prayers in Charsadda, killing over 50 people and injuring over 100.

Jadoon was a leader of the Awami National Party that rules the northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

Dozens of ANP workers and leaders have been killed in attacks by the Taliban in the past few years.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/suicide-bomber-kills-2-in-northwestern-pakistan/872021/

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Ex-mayor, guard killed in Pakistan suicide attack

7 November 2011

PESHAWAR — A former town mayor and his bodyguard were killed and nine other people wounded on Monday when a suicide bomber blew himself up in Pakistan’s northwest, police said.

The bomber targeted Hanif Khan Jadoon in Swabi, 90 kilometres east of Peshawar, as he was sitting in his car after offering his Eid prayer.

“It was a suicide attack. The bomber was on foot. Hanif Jadoon was killed on the spot and his security guard died in hospital,” Mohammad Ijaz Khan, the Swabi police chief, told AFP by telephone.

Another nine people including Jadoon’s son were injured in the attack, Khan said.

It was not clear why Jadoon was targeted but police said he was a member of the Awami National Party, which rules the militant-hit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, and that could have been a motive.

More than 4,700 people have been killed across Pakistan in attacks blamed on Taliban and other extremist networks based in the tribal belt since government troops stormed a radical mosque in Islamabad in 2007.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2011/November/international_November272.xml&section=international&col=

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CID apprehends three target killers, four drug peddlers

November 07, 2011

KARACHI: Crime Investigation Department (CID)’s Anti-Extremism Cell (AEC) claimed to have arrested three target killers in separate raids, recovering weapons from their possession here on Sunday. SSP Aslam Khan said CID team conducted raid, on a tip off in Ittehad Town Mochko police precincts and arrested Ikram and Faisal Shehzad. “In another raid at Qasba Colony Pirabad we arrested Sakhi Rehman and recovered two Kalashnikoves and two TT pistols from his possession”, he added. SSP Khan said that the accused were involved in more than 40 cases of target killing and belonged to two different political parties. He said during interrogation Ikram confessed to have been involved in 18 murders, Faisal eight and Sakhi Rehman confessed to have been involved in six murders. Further interrogation was underway. Separately, in another raid, CID arrested four drug peddlers namely Gul Razzak, Tariq, Mohammad Ghulam and Qazi Rehman and recovered four kilogrammes of hashish and two TT pistols from their possession. staff report

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\07\story_7-11-2011_pg12_11

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5 killed in different incidents of violence in Karachi

November 07, 2011

Staff Report

KARACHI: Five people were killed in different incidents of violence in different parts of the metropolis on Sunday.

A man was shot dead in Bihar Colony Masjid Road within the limits of Chakiwara police station. The incident took place in early hours of Sunday when unidentified armed men reached near Masjid Road and opened indiscriminate fire, resultantly he received one bullet in his head and died on the spot.

The body was shifted to Civil Hospital Karachi for medico-legal formalities.

A police official said the victim was the resident of same area where incident took place and at the time of incident, he was standing outside his home. They said the victim’s first wife committed suicide eight years ago, while he got second marriage four years back, adding that the victim had some dispute with first wife’s brother, so it might be the motive behind the murder. The victim was the father of two children and hailed from Panjgur, Balochistan. No case was registered till filing the report.

For full Report :

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\07\story_7-11-2011_pg7_11

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Syrian security forces kill 10 at start of Eid

November 07, 2011

BEIRUT/ DAMASCUS/AMMAN: Security forces killed at least ten people in central Syria as thousands of anti-government protesters called for the downfall of the Syrian regime Sunday, the first day of the Muslim Eidul Azha holiday, activists said.

The violence added to fears that a peace plan brokered by the Arab League last week was unravelling only days after Damascus agreed to halt its crackdown on the 7-month old uprising that the UN says has left some 3,000 people dead.

It was the fourth straight day of deadly violence since Syria agreed to an Arab peace blueprint aimed at ending nearly eight months of bloodshed, and French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said it was clear that President Bashar al-Assad’s regime had no intention of ending its bloody bid to crush dissent.

On Sunday, government forces killed five people in the flashpoint central province of Homs, which has turned into one of the main centres of protest and reprisal during the revolt against President Bashar Assad.

Bloodshed linked to the military crackdown on dissent and what appear to be sectarian revenge killings have engulfed Homs in recent weeks, killing scores of people in the country’s third-largest city.

For full Report :

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\07\story_7-11-2011_pg7_8

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17 security men injured as clashes mar Eid festivities in J-K

Mon Nov 07 2011

Srinagar:

At least 17 security personnel were on Monday injured as protesting youths clashed with them soon after the congregational Eid-ul-Adha prayers concluded in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district, police said.

Clashes also broke out at Sopore town in Baramulla district and some parts of the city, marring Eid festivities.

17 police and CRPF personnel were injured in Anantnag, 50 km from here, when clashes broke out after the security forces tried to prevent a large group of youths from taking out a protest rally after the congregational Eid-ul-Adha prayers, police said.

Shouting "pro-freedom" slogans, the agitators threw stones at the security forces who retaliated with tear smoke cannisters, they said.

At least 12 policemen, including Anantnag SSP R K Jalla and SP (Operations) Zahid Malik, and five CRPF personnel were injured in the clashes, police said.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/17-security-men-injured-as-clashes-mar-eid-festivities-in-jk/872100/

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At least six dead in suicide blast near Afghan mosque

November 6, 2011

AFGHANISTAN: At least six people including a policeman were killed in a suicide blast near a mosque in Afghanistan Sunday, the first day of Muslim holiday Eidul Azha, officials said.

The blast happened in the city of Baghlan, northern Afghanistan, as people left prayers at the mosque, said Baghlan police chief Asadullah Shirzad.

“An explosion took place at 9:30am near the mosque,” said Shirzad. “As a result of explosion six civilians were killed including a police officer.” He added that the suicide attacker was on foot.

Afghan interior ministry spokesman Siddiq Siddiqui in Kabul, though, said the death toll stood at seven.

“Seven people were killed including a police officer and 15 others were wounded in the explosion,” Siddiqui said.

Siddiqui added that there had been two suicide bombers involved, one of whom detonated himself and caused the casualties, while the other was arrested by police before he could blow himself up.

A doctor at the main hospital in Baghlan said 20 injured people had been admitted.

The attack happened on the first day of the three-day Eidul Azha holiday in Afghanistan, which is traditionally a time for people to pray and spend time with their family and friends.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/288465/at-least-six-dead-in-suicide-blast-near-afghan-mosque/?print=true

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Iraq deadly blasts hit Baghdad market

6 November 2011

At least eight people have been killed by a series of blasts at a market in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, say reports.

Three explosions went off in the commercial district of Shurja, as people were buying food for the major Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.

At least 21 people were injured in the attack, police told the Associated Press news agency.

Overall violence in Iraq has declined since a peak in 2006 and 2007, but attacks on civilians remain common.

The latest explosions came despite the extra security measures put in place across Iraq for the Eid holiday.

The bombs are believed to have been planted throughout the sprawling Shurja market, one of the oldest and best-known markets in Iraq.

"I can see fire and black smoke mounting and a large number of fire engines, ambulances and police patrols rushing to the market," one witness told Reuters.

Interior and defence ministry officials said parts of the historic market had been set on fire, the AFP news agency reports.

Baghdad has seen a resurgence in militant violence in recent months, as the last US troops in the country prepare to leave by the end of the year.

Official figures says 258 people were killed in violence nationwide in October.

The increase has raised concerns that the violence might increase even more once the US military hands over security responsibilities to the Iraqis.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15611116?print=true

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Pakistan, China agree to expand economic, defence cooperation

7 November 2011

The two leaders who met on the sidelines of the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation here discussed issues of strategic and economic cooperation between their countries.

They discussed the matters relating to agriculture, power generation and finance besides reviewing progress in Sino-Pak bilateral ties.

Both reviewed strategic and defence cooperation besides exchanging views on trade cooperation.

The two sides also discussed the means to carry out projects of communication including railway and road links and fibre optic.

For full Report :

http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/07/pakistan-china-agree-to-expand-economic-defence-cooperation.html

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Pakistan: Speakers for assisting women to help overcome economic recession

November 07, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Speakers at a programme on Sunday said society should facilitate women to start business to achieve personal freedom, security and satisfaction.

The programme was arranged for women entrepreneurs at Islamabad Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IWCCI).

“Women are silent contributors to the economic and social development but their substantial role is largely unnoticed or taken for granted,” the speakers observed. Mian Shahid, chief executive officer of an insurance company, said that the business community should help strengthen the capacity of businesswomen. Helping women to explore and enhance business potential, develop business, access credit, assistance with marketing skills and product design can help combat economic recession in Pakistan, he added. He said that women hold only one per cent assets in the country, which result in their one per cent contribution in the total income tax collections that describes attitude towards them. He said that there are many issues confronting the development of women including the idea of female as being secondary to male and of women’s businesses being of less significance, he said. He said that there is a pressing need to empower women economically and create employment opportunities to enable them to survive, prosper, and support their families.

On the occasion, founder President, IWCCI, Samina Fazil said, “We have to strike a balance between domestic and business responsibilities while keeping cultural factors in the mind. app

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\07\story_7-11-2011_pg11_4

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Pak, Iran likely to be part of Central Asian security alliance

November 07, 2011

MOSCOW: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao will meet on Monday to discuss expanding their loose Central Asian security alliance to include Pakistan and Iran.

Putin will host Wen in his native city of Saint Petersburg almost exactly 10 years after the two countries joined forces with the four ex-Soviet Central Asian republics to form the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). Russia has previously billed the alliance as a regional alternative to NATO and discussed at past meetings the option of including other regional powers in its ranks. “We are talking about Pakistan and Iran, which have applied for membership,” Russian foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich told reporters ahead of the talks.

“India is also intent on joining, and Afghanistan has said it wants to be an observer,” the Russian spokesman said. But analysts said China prefers to view the group as primarily an economic organisation and note that Pakistan’s membership has already been under discussion for five years. Russia is also upset that the group still receives no formal recognition from NATO. “Of course, SCO expansion is not an easy process. It requires careful analysis and assessment,” the Russian foreign ministry spokesman conceded. The meeting between Wen and Putin will be their second since the Russian premier announced in September plans to next year regain the Kremlin post he held in 2000-2008. afp

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\07\story_7-11-2011_pg7_9

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Voices of dissent: Kashmiri leader rejects MFN status for India

November 7, 2011

MUZAFFARABAD:

Pakistanis should compel their government to withdraw the decision to grant the most favoured nation (MFN) status to India, a hardline Kashmiri leader said on Sunday.

Pakistan’s cabinet last week announced that it had approved a proposal for normalising trade relations between the two neighbours and the eventual granting of the MFN status to India.

Leaders in the Indian-administered Kashmir rejected the deal saying it was being done under pressure from the United States.

“Pakistani government is taking dictation from America and this deal is also result of that dictation,” Syed Ali Geelani, chief of the hardline faction of All Parties Hurriayt Conference (APHC) said in a telephonic address to Muzaffarabad Press Club, from Srinagar.

“It is a great source of pain for us to see Pakistan granting MFN status to India when Indian security forces are raping our women and destroying Islamic culture,” said Geelani, who favours the region’s accession to Pakistan.

For full Report :

http://tribune.com.pk/story/288767/voices-of-dissent-kashmiri-leader-rejects-mfn-status-for-india/?print=true

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Pak court indicts 7 over Bhutto killing

November 6, 2011

Afp, Islamabad

A Pakistani anti-terror court yesterday indicted two police officers and five alleged Taliban militants over the 2007 assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, a prosecutor said.

Nobody has been convicted or jailed for Bhutto's assassination on December 27, 2007, in Rawalpindi, a garrison city near the capital Islamabad, in a gun and suicide attack after she addressed an election rally.

The death of the charismatic, Oxford-educated Bhutto, the first woman to become prime minister of a Muslim nation, threw the country into chaos, sparking violence and months of political turmoil.

Police say that three other suspects in the high-profile case have been killed -- including the chief of the Pakistani Taliban, Baitullah Mehsud -- and two remain at large.

The police officers were Saud Aziz, who was the Rawalpindi police chief at the time of the killing, and Khurram Shahzad, another senior policeman.

The five suspected militants are Sher Zaman, Hasnain Gul, Rafaqat Hussain, Abdul Rasheed and Aitzaz Shah from the troubled northwest of the country, Azhar said.

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=209428

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Iran on threshold of nuclear capability: Report

Nov 7, 2011

WASHINGTON: Iran is on the threshold of nuclear capability by mastering the critical steps needed to build a weapon after receiving assistance from a foreign scientist.

The country has overcome key technical hurdles with the help of a former Soviet weapon scientist and crucial technology linked to experts in Pakistan and North Korea, Washington Post reported quoting Western diplomats.

The diplomats and nuclear experts briefed on the findings by UN officials said a rouge Soviet scientist had tutored Iranians over several years on building high-precision detonators for the weapons.

For full Report :

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Iran-on-threshold-of-nuclear-capability-Report/articleshow/10641516.cms

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Chances slim for stiffer UN sanctions against Iran

Nov 7 2011

There is little chance that the UN Security Council will impose tough new sanctions on Iran anytime soon, despite a new UN report expected this week to contain evidence suggesting Iran wants atomic weapons.

The reason for this, Western diplomats say, is the reluctance of Tehran's traditional sympathisers China and Russia, which have the power to veto any council resolution, to sanction Iran's oil and gas sectors.

As a result, it will be hard to get anything out of the UN that is tougher than the last round of Iran sanctions passed in June 2010. The reality is that a new substantive step forward on sanctions will be very difficult, a senior Western diplomat said on condition of anonymity.

The last set of sanctions were very substantive, and essentially the next stage would be to go into the oil and gas sector, he said. If you get into the oil and gas sector, then obviously there will be opposition from China in particular, but also from Russia. More so China.

China depends heavily on oil exports from Iran, the world's fifth biggest crude exporter, to fuel its growing economy.

The report by the UN International Atomic Energy Agency, due out later this week, may strengthen suspicions that Tehran is seeking to develop the capability to make atomic bombs but stop short of explicitly saying that it is doing so, diplomats said.

The IAEA report will arrive weeks after the United States accused Tehran of plotting to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington. Although Iran vehemently denied the allegation, the furor revived speculation that a new UN sanctions resolution against Tehran might be on the cards.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/chances-slim-for-stiffer-un-sanctions-against-iran/872042/

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Little hope seen of Taliban settlement before 2014

Nov 07,2011

When the Russians pulled out of Afghanistan in 1989, they left behind a government in Kabul which outlasted the Soviet Union, kept Islamist insurgents at bay, and collapsed only after the money ran out.

A similar scenario is taking shape again, only this time -- Western countries hope -- without the money running out.

Analysts say there is little prospect of a political settlement with Taliban insurgents by 2014, when the United States and its allies plan to pull out most combat troops.

Instead, the aim is to leave behind a government strong enough to escape the fate of its Soviet-era predecessor, which collapsed in 1992 in a bitter civil war, and whose president Mohammad Najibullah was eventually captured, tortured and executed by the Taliban when they overran Kabul in 1996.

"Frankly, we don't know whether the insurgents will come to the table," Simon Gass, NATO's senior civilian representative in Kabul, told reporters after a regional conference on Afghanistan in Istanbul last week.

But he acknowledged it might be easier for the Afghan government to negotiate after 2014 when the insurgents -- who say they are fighting to drive foreign troops out of Afghanistan -- might prove more amenable.

For full Report :

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/765953.aspx

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Australian PM meets Karzai in Afghanistan

November 07, 2011

Gillard made the unannounced stopover in the war-torn Central Asian nation, where she met President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, on her way back from the G20 leaders’ meeting in Cannes, France.

Addressing soldiers on Sunday in the restive southern province of Uruzgan, where most of Australia’s 1,550 troops are stationed, Gillard acknowledged the loss of three of their colleagues on October 29.

Seven other soldiers were wounded in the incident, which was Australia’s worst since three commandos were killed in a helicopter crash in 2010.

“When I started planning this trip I didn’t realise that it would be in the shadow of very deep sadness,” Gillard said in comments quoted in The Australian newspaper.

For full Report :

http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/07/australian-pm-meets-karzai-in-afghanistan.html

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Jamaatud Dawa free to collect Eid donations

By Rana Tanveer

November 7, 2011

LAHORE:

The government has placed no restrictions on Jamaatud Dawa collecting animal hides after the Eidul Azha sacrifice. The group says it has set up a hundred camps for hide collection in Lahore alone.

Jamaatud Dawa calls itself a charity group and denies having anything to do with militancy, but many of its leaders and workers were formerly part of banned group Lashkar-i-Taiba (LT). The United Nations proscribed JD as a terrorist outfit after the Mumbai attacks in November 2009, which are said to have been carried out by LT.

The Interior Ministry on Saturday issued a list of 31 banned organisations, as is traditional before Eidul Azha each year as a reminder that these groups must not be allowed to collect donations in the form of animal hides. The latest list renews the ban on LT, but excludes JD the group was included on the previous such list.

The list included three organisations (Khuddamul Islam, Islami Tehreek and Millat-i-Islamia) that, like the JD, are believed to be old banned outfits operating under new names (Deobandi militant groups Jaish-i-Muhammad and Sipah-i-Sahaba, and Shia outfit Tehrik-i-Jafria Pakistan, respectively).

For full Report :

http://tribune.com.pk/story/288708/funding-militants-jamaatud-dawa-free-to-collect-eid-donations/?print=true

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‘Jamaatud Dawa opposes sectarianism’

November 2, 2011

MULTAN:

Sectarian groups and political parties are the real bone of contention among the Muslim Ummah, chief of charity organisation Jamaatud Dawa Hafiz Saeed said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a gathering in Kamonki where he was monitoring aid to flood survivors, he said that these groups and parties are airing and supporting difference within the Ummah. “JuD has always opposed sectarianism. We have to eradicate the politics of vested interests and sectarianism from our society,” he said.

JuD is the charity wing of the banned militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is blamed for the assault on Mumbai.

Correction: An earlier version of the story incorrectly stated that JuD is a charity wing of the banned militant Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. The correction has been made.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 2nd, 2011.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/286407/policy-statement-jamaatud-dawa-opposes-sectarianism/?print=true

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Pilgrims stone Satan in Mina as last rite of Hajj

November 07, 2011

MINA: Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims stoned Satan after massing on Sunday in a valley near Mina, the last and most dangerous rite of the annual Hajj.

Hundreds of people have been trampled to death in stampedes, which have blighted several previous pilgrimages when the faithful rush to hurl stones at huge pillars symbolising the devil.

To complete the ritual, a pilgrim must throw 21 pebbles at each of three 25-metre pillars. “This ritual gives me moral strength. Right now I feel as though I’m defeating Satan,” said Mokhtar Khan, a 29-year-old who arrived at the site with dozens of fellow Bangladeshis who chanted “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest).

Another devotee about to perform the ritual, 25-year-old Egyptian Muhammad Husseinin, quipped that he would “feel better once I’ve stoned Satan, my biggest enemy.”

Saudi authorities have installed a multi-level walkway through the site in a bid to avoid the trampling that caused the deaths of 364 people in 2006, 251 in 2004 and 1,426 in 1990.

So far this year, no major incidents have been reported among the more than 2.5 million pilgrims.

For full Report :

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\07\story_7-11-2011_pg7_10

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Syrian forces enter Homs district

7 November 2011,

 AMMAN - Troops and militiamen loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al Assad entered a residential district of the city of Homs after six days of tank bombardment that killed scores of people and wounded hundreds, residents and activists said on Monday.

Army defectors who had taken refuge in Bab Amro and helped defend the residential district, which has seen regular street rallies against Assad’s rule, have withdrawn. Loyalist forces entered the district overnight, they said.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/November/middleeast_November174.xml&section=middleeast

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Children fret over looming separation with sacrificial animals

By Arsalan Haider

November 07, 2011

LAHORE: Children all over Pakistan have spent the last week in decorating and preparing animals for sacrifice during the three Eidul Azha holidays.

During the week, children could be seen as very excited since they were having fun with their animals and were petting and feeding them. Many also helped in preparing the animals by decorating them with colorful leashes, reins, strings, ribbons, henna and other little ornaments.

Talking to Daily Times, a number of children expressed their feelings for their newfound pets and said that they would feel sad when their animals would be sacrificed and wished that they would remain till the next Eidul Azha. Ahmad, 12, said that he had adorned his animal with reins of bright colours and silver ornaments for its neck and legs and that when the animal would be sacrificed, he would cry and also said that he had asked his father not to sacrifice it now.

He said that he had requested his father to sacrifice him on the next Eidul Azha as he wanted to spend more time with him. He added that he loved the animal and could not bear his pain.

For full Report :

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\07\story_7-11-2011_pg13_7

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Karachi: Chhipa’s collective animal sacrifice on Eid for the needy

November 07, 2011

KARACHI: The Chhipa Welfare Association (CWA) has finalised the strategy for carrying out animal slaughter on collective basis in association with shareholders of sacrificial animals.

According to a statement the CWA has further approved measures for distribution of meat obtained from animals’ slaughter on Eidul Azha.

It said that in this regard, CWA’s patron-in-chief Ramzan Chhipa would slaughter animal on Nov 7 (today) at CWA headquarters located on Shahrah-e Faisal.

“CWA would distribute meat of sacrificial animals among the people who have been rendered homeless by heavy floods a few months ago. The meat distribution plan would also cover slums and poor settlements in city’s outskirts”, the statement added.

It said that this was decided in a meeting of in-charge of collective animal slaughter with Ramzan Chhipa at CWA headquarters. app

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\07\story_7-11-2011_pg7_3

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Pak: Police to launch drive against beggars on Eid

November 07, 2011

RAWALPINDI: On the auspicious occasion of Eidul Adha, Rawalpindi police have launched a special move against the professional beggars.

Talking to APP, Superintendent Police (SP) Rawal Town Malik Matloob Awan said that police would perform their duties round the clock to nab the professional beggars.

Malik said that special force has been constituted to arrest the professional beggars. He said that strict action would be taken against them who were involved in this immoral activity.

He said that the increasing trend would be crushed with force and added that a special move had been launched against the professional beggars and they will be send to jail.

He urged the citizens to give alms only to those who deserve and are not professionals. app

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\07\story_7-11-2011_pg11_3

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