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US state department shows PoK as part of Pakistan

Stripping in Israel for an Egyptian sister

Truth is out: Ishrat Jahan encounter was fake, SIT tells Gujarat HC

13-yr-old girl from Pak's Swat nominated for International Peace Award

Insecurity, fear grip Hindus in Pak, say community leaders

Pakistani family stands trial for ‘honour killing’

Mosque, SAARC monument vandalised in Addu, Maldives

PPM to protest for ‘protection’ of judiciary in Maldives

35 dead as clashes rock Tahrir Square

7 militants killed in Orakzai

Chamalang terror attack kills 4 security men in Baluchistan

11 militants killed, 25 injured by security forces in Kurram operation

Three NATO trucks torched in Pakistan

Delhi assures about extraditing Bangabandhu killers

Lokman murder suspect Selim on fresh remand

Teacher lands in jail for beating students

Don't recruit kids: Malik tells Taliban

Bangladesh asks Pak to apologise for 1971 atrocities

Protesters reoccupy Tahrir

Malaysia to legalise gatherings without permits

Afghan Taliban rejects US partnership deal

Gaddafi son to be tried in Libya

India worried over fast changing Pak situation

Assad vows to fight, die for Syria

Four suspects linked to Saudi Consulate attack held

Turkish Muslim pilgrims' bus 'shot at in Syria'

Iran will increase energy exports to Pakistan: Report

Taliban, Pakistan in peace talks: Taliban commander

Peace impossible without Islam: Geelani

Musharraf determined to return to Pak on March 23

Pak must do more to counter terrorism: Gillard

Former NSA James Jones says he delivered memo to Mullen

Al-Qaeda sympathiser arrested in New York for plotting attacks

Israeli envoy back in Cairo

ISPR denies report of Imran-Munter-Pasha meeting

My husband is innocent, says Farah Naz

Bangladesh hosts renowned Hay literary festival

Pakistani rupee weakens; stocks end down; o/n rates up

Pakistan defers ‘obscene’ text message ban deadline

Pak’s civilian leadership at its incompetent worst

Afghan team to Pakistan in Rabbani probe: official

Karachi has witnessed 14 suicide attacks so far

107,434 Kashmiri children orphaned, 754 killed since Jan 1989

Top Khmer Rouge leaders' trial begins in Cambodia

Compiled By New Age Islam News Bureau

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US state department shows PoK as part of Pakistan

Sachin Parashar,

Nov 21, 2011,

The India map posted on the US state department website that shows POK as legitimate Pakistan territory.

NEW DELHI: At a time when incorrect India maps are getting the goat of not just the government but also journalists, there is even more alarming news for India's strategic community. The official website of US department of state, which handles foreign relations of the country, shows PoK as part of Pakistan, notwithstanding India's claim over the region.

Under its A-Z list of countries, the website (www.state.gov), which has the catch line 'Diplomacy in Action', carries profiles and maps of all countries with which the US has diplomatic relations. In the case of India, however, the map differs from the official Indian map in that it completely ignores India's claim over PoK by not even acknowledging its disputed status.

Surprisingly, in the case of Aksai Chin region in the north which shares a boundary with China and is currently occupied by Beijing, the map carries a pointer which does mention 'Indian claim'. It's only in the case of PoK where it fails to take note of its disputed status and India's position.

"It shows a distinct pro-Pakistan cartographic tilt that is inconsistent with the UN projection of the entire PoK (including Gilgit-Baltistan) as disputed,'' strategic affairs expert Brahma Chellaney said.

Former chief of joint intelligence committee and security expert S D Pradhan said the US needs to be careful about Indian sensitivities, particularly at a time when the two countries are working as strategic partners. "These maps do not reflect PoK either as a disputed area or as Indian territory and it's important that these inaccuracies are brought to the notice of people. This also reflects USA's soft policy towards Pakistan despite their knowledge that Pakistan Army and ISI are maintaining close links with terrorists and Taliban,'' Pradhan said.

In the Pakistan map on the same website, PoK is shown as neatly ensconced in Pakistan with nothing to suggest its disputed status.

India has in the past had the same problem with organizations like Google but this is probably the first time that such an inaccuracy has come to light on a US government website. The common practice now among international news portals, like in the case of BBC, is to refer to the two sides of LoC as India-controlled Kashmir and Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.

In fact, in the recent past, most such cases of faulty Indian maps were reported from India's eastern border where Arunachal Pradesh was shown as part of China by private companies. In one such case recently, the Chinese ambassador to India Zhang Yan got into an altercation with an Indian journalist after the latter objected to the state being shown in China in a private firm's brochure.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/US-state-department-shows-PoK-as-part-of-Pakistan/articleshow/10809281.cms?prtpage=1

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Stripping in Israel for an Egyptian sister

21 Nov 2011

Agencies

Traditionally, one Arab nation steadfast in its support of Israel is Egypt.

Therefore, it was no wonder when a group of Israeli women decided to strip in solidarity with their Egyptian ‘sister’ Aliaa Magda Elmahdy. A banner, protecting their modesty, read: “Love With No Boundaries”. Blogger Elmahdy, 20, had caused a stir in the Arab world last week when she posted a naked photo of herself in protest against the limits on free expression in her country. For her courage, Elmahdy received threats and harsh criticism. “I didn’t expect that she would get the response that she got. It got on my nerves that she received a quarter of a million abusive comments and death threats. I felt that when a liberal, enlightened woman in Cairo cannot express herself and gets threats from her state, I should show solidarity,” Or Tepler, the brain behind the operation, said. The 28- year- old opened a Facebook event inviting women “to show support in a nonviolent and legitimate way for a woman who is just like us — young, ambitious, full of dreams and evidently has a developed sense of humour.” As many as 40 turned up.

http://epaper.mailtoday.in/epaperhome.aspx?issue=21112011

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Truth is out: Ishrat Jahan encounter was fake, SIT tells Gujarat HC

November 21, 2011

The Gujarat high court appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the controversial encounter of Ishrat Jahan and three others, on Monday told the HC that the encounter was fake and the four persons were killed by the police.

The court has told the investigating agency to lodge a fresh FIR and book the cops involved under IPC 302 for murder. With the HC direction, over two dozen cops including several IPS officials will be booked for staging a police encounter in which four persons were killed.

The three member SIT headed by Bihar cadre IPS Rajiv Ranjan Verma has stated in the report that the evidence collected by the agency during the course of investigation suggest that the encounter was staged.

The SIT has also informed the court that Ishrat and three others were killed prior to the date of encounter on June 15, 2004

A division bench of the high court is hearing the matter on the SIT report which was submitted on November 18.

The Gujarat high court on October 7 asked the Special Investigation Team (SIT), probing the encounter of Ishrat Jahan and three others, to submit its final report by November 18.

That was the second time that the court had directed the SIT to submit its final report. During the hearing on September 10, the SIT was asked to give its final report by October 7. However, the team had submitted an interim report saying investigation into the case was not yet over.

During the October 7 proceedings, Verma had said that they wanted to conduct psycho-analysis test on some of the witnesses, who have turned hostile and the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) has given them time to conduct such a test between October 19 and 21.

Verma also told the court that they had some queries regarding the CFSL report on reconstruction of the encounter.

Ishrat (19), Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were allegedly killed in a police encounter here on June 15, 2004.

A team of Ahmedabad crime branch on July 15, 2004 had intercepted an Indica car and later on killed four persons in encounter. Subsequently, the police team headed by IPS DG Vanjara claimed that the four persons were associated with Pakistan-based LeT and were out on a mission to target Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Ishrat a 19-year-old college girl, along with Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed in a shootout by Ahmedabad Crime Branch on June 15, 2004.

The probe in the case was supervised directly by the high court which constituted the SIT last year to investigate the genuineness of the gunfight after petitions were filed by Ishrat's mother Shamima Kausar and Gopinath Pillai, father of Pranesh, raising questions about the police version of the incident.

(With  inputs from Agencies)

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/772053.aspx

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13-yr-old girl from Pak's Swat nominated for International Peace Award

Nov 21 2011,

Islamabad : One of the bravest girls in Pakistan, who as a 11-year-old wrote about the Taliban banning girls' schools in the picturesque Swat Valley and missed watching her favourite Indian serial 'Raja Ki Ayegi Baraat', has been nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize.

Malala Yousufzai, now 13, was a victim of the ban imposed by the Taliban on education for girls in the troubled Swat Valley over two years ago. She wrote about her pain and anguish in a diary.

Yousufzai, a Class 8 student, beat 93 contestants from 42 countries to be nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize 2011. The prize is due to be announced today and if she wins, she will be given the award by Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu.

“I am very happy to be nominated along with four other brave girls. I am particularly inspired by Michaela who, despite her physical disability, fights for the rights of children with disabilities,” Yousufzai said.

Her classmates described her as a go-getter who usually bagged the first position in tests and led others in extra-curricular activities.

Yousufzai said her nomination for the prize had “doubled her courage” as her cause is of great importance.

“Irrespective of whether I win the prize, I will continue my struggle. I hope to set up a vocational institute for the marginalised girls of this area so they can stand on their feet in the future.”

Asked why she started her campaign for girls' rights, Yousufzai said the violence in Swat had “a huge impact” on her mind. She said she wanted the rest of the world to stop describing the people of Swat as terrorists as they were peaceful and loving.

In one of her very first diary pieces written on January 14, 2009 -- just a day ahead of the Taliban enforcing their ban on education for girls -- Yousufzai wrote: “I may not go to school again... The principal announced the (winter) vacations but did not mention the date the school was to reopen. This was the first time this has happened.”

Her diary entries included discussions with classmates about the Taliban, who then controlled most of the Swat Valley and publicly executed dozens of people who opposed them.

In one entry, she described a “terrible dream” about military helicopters and the Taliban.

She also wrote about Mullah Fazlullah, the leader of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan in Swat, who “cried” for a long time on his FM radio channel. “He was demanding an end to the military operation. He asked people not to migrate but instead return to their homes.”

The Pakistan government sent the army into Swat to flush out the militants in early 2009 after Taliban began extending their influence to several districts located 100 km from Islamabad. Hundreds of Taliban fighters were captured or killed but most of the top commanders, including Fazlullah, managed to escape.'

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/878592/

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Insecurity, fear grip Hindus in Pak, say community leaders

20 NOVEMBER 2011

The recent killing of three Hindus and incidents of kidnappings in Pakistan’s Sindh province have highlighted the feeling of insecurity and fear prevailing among the community members, the community leaders have said.

Leaders of Hindu organisations including the Pakistan Hindu Council and Pakistan Hindu Seva (PHS) claim that cases of discrimination, kidnapping for ransom, extortions and forced conversions has forced many Hindu families to migrate abroad and the trend is growing by the day.

“The government does not realise just how rapidly this migration is growing because of the feeling of insecurity in the Hindu community,” PHS President Sanjesh Kumar said.

For Full Report :

http://www.dailypioneer.com/world/21906-insecurity-fear-grip-hindus-in-pak-say-community-leaders.html

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Pakistani family stands trial for ‘honour killing’

Nov,21.2011

Sadia Sheikh, a Belgian law student of Pakistani origin, was shot dead by three bullets allegedly fired by her older brother Mudusar on October 22, 2007, when visiting her family in the hopes of patching up their quarrel.

Her parents and sister are accused of aiding and abetting the killing.

The four face sentences of life imprisonment if found guilty by a jury of five women and seven men at a high-profile trial also involving rights groups pleading for gender equality as part of a civil suit at the hearings.

The trial is expected to last three to four weeks.

For Full Report :

http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/21/pakistani-family-stand-trial-for-honour-killing-2.html

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Mosque, SAARC monument vandalised in Addu, Maldives

By Ahmed Nazeer

November 20th, 2011

Sri Lanka’s SAARC monument has suffered further vandalism and a mosque door was damaged in an ongoing spate of vandalism in Addu City.

On his own website, Islamic Minister Dr Abdul Majeed Abdul Bari claimed that the attack on the mosque was in retaliation for the vandalism of the Sri Lankan statue, which protesters in Addu have criticised as idolatrous. Earlier last week, Pakistan’s monument was set ablaze and later stolen.

Bari referred to the Quran 6:108, which reads “And do not insult those they invoke other than Allah , lest they insult Allah in enmity without knowledge. Thus We have made pleasing to every community their deeds. Then to their Lord is their return, and He will inform them about what they used to do.”

Bari said he told the state broadcaster MNBC that as the monuments were gifted by neighbouring countries, bilateral relations should be considered for the removal of the offending monuments.

For Full Report :

http://minivannews.com/society/mosque-saarc-monument-vandalised-in-addu-28378

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PPM to protest for ‘protection’ of judiciary in Maldives

By Ahmed Nazeer

November 20, 2011

Weeks after the  ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) said it would protest over the political compromising of judicial independence by members of the former government, former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) has said it protest “to protect” the judiciary.

PPM Council member Ahmed Saleem today told Minivan News that the PPM’s decision came following attempts made by the current government “to influence the judiciary.”

”The government recently has clearly said that they will not allow any trial to be conducted if it is not going the way they want,” Saleem alleged. ”There are many persons who have been sued in the current government and they do not want their cases to be trialed, that is the reason why they are trying to influence the judiciary.”

Saleem said PPM had decided “to be on standby” to come out and protest, although the party had not decided any on specific time or date.

For Full Report :

http://minivannews.com/politics/ppm-to-protest-for-protection-of-judiciary-28404

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35 dead as clashes rock Tahrir Square

21 November 2011,

 CAIRO — Fresh clashes erupted on Monday in Cairo’s Tahrir Square between police and protesters demanding the end of military rule, as the death toll climbed to 35 and the spiralling unrest threatened to overshadow the first polls since Hosni Mubarak’s ouster.

Police and military forces sporadically used batons, tear gas and birdshot to try to clear the central square of thousands of protesters demanding for a third straight day that the ruling military cede power to a civilian authority.

But by mid-morning Monday large crowds were again streaming to Tahrir, the symbolic heart of demonstrations that toppled Mubarak in February, correspondents said.

The health ministry said 35 people had died in the violence, kicking off a violent countdown to the country’s November 28 parliamentary elections, the first since the end of former president Mubarak’s 30-year-rule.

“The deaths in (Cairo’s) Tahrir Square and several provinces has reached 22,” since clashes broke out on Saturday, the health ministry said in a statement carried by the official MENA news agency.

For Full Report :

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/November/middleeast_November531.xml&section=middleeast

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7 militants killed in Orakzai

Nov,21.2011

Bureau Report

PESHAWAR – Security forces clashed with armed insurgents in Orakzai Agency on Sunday, killing seven suspected militants, DawnNews reported.

According to sources, militants attacked an armed forces convoy, injuring a security personnel. Seven militants were killed in retaliatory action by the forces.

Orakzai is one of the most lawless areas in Pakistan’s northwest tribal region, which is made up of seven districts near the Afghan border.

The area is home to supporters of Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud. Security forces launched a major operation in the agency in March last year after militants fled a sweeping offensive in the nearby tribal district of South Waziristan.

http://dailymailnews.com/1111/21/FrontPage/index.php?id=4

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Chamalang terror attack kills 4 security men in Baluchistan

Nov,21.2011

At least four security personnel were martyred in armed clash with miscreants near Kohlu area of Baluchistan, media reported on Monday.

According to reports, some armed men attacked on security forces in Chamalang area killing four security forces including a Subedar.

Security personnel rushed to the spot soon after the incident occurred and cordoned off the entire area.

http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/21-Nov-2011/1-security-personnel-martyred-3-injured-in-Loralai

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11 militants killed, 25 injured by security forces in Kurram operation

Nov,21.2011

At least 11 terrorists were killed and 25 others injured in security forces operation conducted overnight in Kurram Agency, media reported on Monday.

Media quoted security forces sources said that the suspected hideouts of terrorists were pounded in Central Kurram. Over dozen terrorists were injured in the action and five terror havens were destroyed in the early morning offensive.

http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/21-Nov-2011/11-militants-killed-25-injured-by-security-forces-in-Kurram-operation

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Three NATO trucks torched in Pakistan

20/11/2011

Agence France-Presse . Quetta

Gunmen on Sunday torched three trucks carrying supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan in the southwestern Pakistani province of Baluchistan, officials said.

Gunmen on a motorbike fired at the vehicles and then set them on fire after pouring petrol on them in the Dasht suburb of the provincial capital Quetta, local police official Ismail Sumalani said.

There were no casualties in the attack, which happened when the trucks had stopped at a roadside tea stall, he said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but the Taliban has in the past said they carried out similar attacks to disrupt supplies for more than 130,000 US-led international troops fighting in Afghanistan.

For Full Report :

http://newagebd.com/newspaper1/international/40720.html

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Delhi assures about extraditing Bangabandhu killers

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Nov,21.2011

Star Online Report

India assured Bangladesh Monday of all possible cooperation in apprehending and extraditing the killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, including Risaldar Moslehuddin.

Bangladesh, in turn, assured India that Ulfa (United Liberation Front of Asom) General Secretary Anup Chetia, who is languishing in a Dhaka jail since 1997, will be handed over at the "earliest".

“We will be happy to apprehend these killers. We have asked for more information because we have not been able to locate them (the killers). We will leave no stone unturned to unearth them,” Indian Home Secretary RK Singh said.

He was talking to journalists on conclusion of the India-Bangladesh Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting in New Delhi, reports our New Delhi correspondent.

For Full Report :

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=33820

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Lokman murder suspect Selim on fresh remand

Nov,21.2011

 

Star Online Report

A Narsingdi court on Monday placed Haji Mohammad Selim on a fresh three-day remand in connection with the murder of Narsingdi municipality mayor Lokman Hossain.

He was earlier taken into remand for eight days in two phases in the same case.

Detectives detained Selim on November 8 in Tongi. He was shown arrested in the case on November 12.

The 43-year-old general secretary of Narsingdi town Awami League was shot by masked men in front of the party local office on November 1. He died hours later at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=33837

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Teacher lands in jail for beating students

Nov,21.2011

Star Online Report

An assistant headmaster, arrested for beating up 37 students in the capital, was sent to jail on Monday.

A metropolitan magistrate in Dhaka passed the order after Rampura police produced the teacher before the court with an appeal to confine him pending an investigation.

Police arrested Selim Majumdar of Khaled Haider Memorial High School after he assaulted 37 students of class six on Sunday.

No bail petition was moved as there was no lawyer to defend him, court sources said.

A team of education ministry visited the school on Monday and talked to the victims, said Fatema Akter, an injured.

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=33838

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Don't recruit kids: Malik tells Taliban

Nov 20, 2011,

Help children in their education instead of preparing them for suicide attacks, Pakistani interior minister Rehman Malik has advised the Taliban.

ISLAMABAD: Help children in their education instead of preparing them for suicide attacks, Pakistani interior minister Rehman Malik has advised the Taliban.

He urged the insurgents to give up violence and play a positive role in the country's developent. He was speaking Saturday at an inaugural ceremony of a passport office in Islamgarh town of Mirpur district.

He said: "We want the youth of Pakistan to carry a book and pen instead of suicide jackets." The Prime Minister of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, Abdul Majeed, also attended the function.

For Full Report :

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/-Dont-recruit-kids-Malik-tells-Taliban/articleshow/10806106.cms?prtpage=1

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Bangladesh asks Pak to apologise for 1971 atrocities

Nov 21 2011,

Dhaka : Bangladesh has demanded a formal apology from Pakistan for the atrocities carried out by its troops during the 1971 Liberation War.

The demand came as the new Pakistani envoy called on Foreign Minister Dipu Moni in Dhaka. "The foreign minister yesterday sought Pakistan's understanding and recognition of Bangladesh's position on resolving the outstanding issues including an expression of formal apology from Pakistan for the genocide and atrocities committed by the Pakistani military in 1971," said a foreign office spokesman on Monday.

He said Moni also asked new Pakistani High Commissioner Afrasiab Mehdi Hashmi to settle the issues of division of assets and war reparations saying, "early resolution of the outstanding issues would enable the existing friendly relations between Bangladesh and Pakistan to make a great leap forward and create a wider space for cooperation".

For Full Report :

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/878667/

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Protesters reoccupy Tahrir

Nov 21 2011

An Egyptian protester forwards a tear gas canister fired by riot police that landed near by during clashes at Cairo's landmark Tahrir Square yesterday. Photo: AFP

Afp, Cairo

Egypt's cabinet was holding crisis talks yesterday as protesters reoccupied Cairo's Tahrir Square after deadly clashes that signalled the start of a violent countdown to the first polls since Hosni Mubarak's downfall.

Sporadic clashes also took place near the interior ministry on the outskirts of Tahrir Square, which was covered by a screen of tear gas and littered with stones and glass.

Prime Minister Essam Sharaf's cabinet was locked in crisis talks in a bid to stem further unrest, after an earlier meeting with some members of Egypt's ruling military council.

For Full Report :

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=210995

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Malaysia to legalise gatherings without permits

21 November 2011

Kuala Lumpur — Malaysia’s prime minister will propose a law allowing peaceful gatherings without police permits in an apparent pre-election move to boost civil liberties after street protests, a minister said Monday.

Nazri Aziz, who is responsible for new laws, told state media Premier Najib Razak will put forward the Peaceful Assembly Bill to replace one of a slew of old draconian laws that he promised to scrap in a surprise move in September.

“It will be tabled by Prime Minister Najib Razak (this) week, but we have yet to confirm the date,” Nazri said.

The New Straits Times, in a front-page headline, said the new bill would allow “peaceful gatherings without permits”, quoting government sources and adding that the dispensation would apply to specific venues such as stadiums.

Under Malaysia’s strict security laws, a police permit is required if three or more people gather to demonstrate.

For Full Report :

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2011/November/international_November812.xml&section=international&col=

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Afghan Taliban rejects US partnership deal

Nov,21.2011

Afp, Kabul

The Taliban yesterday joined its voice with common Afghans rejecting the endorsement by a traditional assembly of a strategic partnership deal with the United States that could allow its troops to remain in Afghanistan for years.

Hundreds of people, mostly university students, took to the streets in Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan yesterday to protest against the pact.

Angry demonstrators shouting "death to America" and "death to American puppets" blocked the Kabul-Jalalabad highway for two hours, burning a US flag and an effigy of US President Barack Obama.

In a statement sent to media, the Islamist militant group said the assembly, or loya jirga, which ended Saturday was orchestrated by the Afghan government to achieve For Full Report :

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=211000

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Gaddafi son to be tried in Libya

November 21, 2011

Afp, Tripoli

Saif al-Islam, the captured son of Muammar Gaddafi, will be tried in Libya, the vice chairman of the interim National Transitional Council said yesterday as NTC forces arrests Gaddafi's spymaster.

Ignoring world pressure, Libya's interim rulers insisted that Saif al-Islam, Gaddafi's one-time heir apparent, would be tried inside Libya rather than at the International Criminal Court at The Hague.

World powers, fearful that Saif would not be given a fair trail after his father was felled by a bullet to the head after being captured exactly a month ago, are urging Libya to work with the ICC.

"The decision is that he will be tried by Libyan courts. It is a question of national sovereignty," NTC vice chairman and official spokesman Abdel Hafiz Ghoga told reporters.

For Full Report :

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=210996

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India worried over fast changing Pak situation

Nov,21.2011

India is "worried" over the fast changing situation in Pakistan in the wake of what has been termed the 'Mansoor Ijaz Memogate scandal,' in which a Pakistani-American businessman claims to have secretly conveyed to the U.S. Asif Ali Zardari government's appeal seeking help to forestall a possible military coup, the Hindu newspaper reported Monday. However, the newspapeq said in India's assessment, at the moment a military takeover to prevent the country slipping into turmoil is highly unlikely.

For Full Report :

http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/21-Nov-2011/India-worried-over-fast-changing-Pak-situation

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Assad vows to fight, die for Syria

November 21, 2011

Syria yesterday brushed off the threat of a civil war and looming Arab League sanctions as President Bashar al-Assad defiantly vowed to fight and die if needed.

At least 22 more people were reported to have been killed, adding to the UN figure of the more than 3,500 deaths since mid-March in the Syrian crackdown on protests.

Upping the ante, however, the Arab League called new crisis talks on Syria and said it rejected amendments proposed by President Bashar al-Assad's regime to send a 500-strong delegation to monitor the violence in the country.

And Turkish President Abdullah Gul said there was "no place for authoritarian regimes" in the Mediterranean region.

But Syria's Foreign Minister Walid Muallem dismissed as "wishful thinking" a warning by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that his country risked descending into civil war.

For Full Report :

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=210994

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Four suspects linked to Saudi Consulate attack held

By Atif Raza

November 21, 2011

KARACHI: Four suspects, allegedly linked to an attack on the Saudi Consulate in May this year, were arrested here on Sunday while one of them, who was in injured condition, later succumbed to his injuries during treatment at a local hospital.

The Crime Branch arrested the suspects during two separate raids in different localities.

The three, Zaki, Mohammad Ali and Mohsin, were arrested in the first raid conducted at Eidgah while another Asif was arrested in injured condition near Rabiya City, Gulistan-e-Jauhar after an alleged encounter with the police.

The Crime Branch officials also claimed that the suspects belonged to a banned outfit Mehdi Force.

According to SSP Crime Branch Farooq Awan the arrested suspects were involved in target killings, sectarian violence and attacking a mosque in North Karachi and the Saudi Consulate in Karachi.

For Full Report :

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\21\story_21-11-2011_pg12_1

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Turkish Muslim pilgrims' bus 'shot at in Syria'

21 November 2011

A bus, part of a convoy carrying Turkish pilgrims, has come under gun attack in central Syria, Turkish media and officials say.

At least two people, one of them a bus driver, were injured in the attack near the flashpoint city of Homs, they say.

The passengers, who had attended the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, later arrived back in Turkey.

Private news agency Dogan showed images of the vehicle with one of its side windows broken.

"We confirm that an attack took place in Syria," a foreign ministry official told AFP news agency, without giving any further information, but reiterated Turkey's warning to its citizens not to visit Syria.

For Full Report :

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15817921?print=true

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Iran will increase energy exports to Pakistan: Report

November 21, 2011

Senior energy officials in Iran pledged to triple the country’s supply to Pakistan to help meet its energy needs in the coming winter season, Iranian media reported on Sunday.

Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Mohammad Behzad said, “electricity exports to Pakistan will increase step by step.” He said this while highlighting the recent proposal sent by Pakistan’s government to increase power import from Iran.

Iran’s Energy Minister Majid Namjou said that by the next three years, the country will increase the electricity exports to Pakistan by 1,000 megawatts and that Iran was working on a new power grid in order to deliver electricity to Pakistan.

Amid Pakistan’s crippling energy crisis, the Pakistani government has announced curtailment of gas to industries for two months in the winter in order to keep homes heated.

For Full Report :

http://tribune.com.pk/story/295219/iran-plans-to-increase-energy-exports-to-pakistan/?print=true

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Taliban, Pakistan in peace talks: Taliban commander

Nov 21 2011,

Islamabad : Pakistan's Taliban movement, a major security threat to the country, is holding exploratory peace talks with the US-backed government, a senior Taliban commander and tribal mediators said on Monday.

The talks are focused on the South Waziristan region and could be expanded to try to reach a comprehensive deal.

The Taliban, which is close to al Qaeda, is making several demands, including the release of prisoners, said the commander. A tribal mediator described the talks as very difficult.

The United States, the source of billions of dollars of aid vital for Pakistan's military and feeble economy, may not look kindly on peace talks with the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which it has labelled a terrorist group.

Past peace pacts with the TTP have backfired and merely gave the umbrella group time and space to consolidate, launch fresh attacks and impose their austere version of Islam on segments of the population.

“Yes, we have been holding talks but this is just an initial phase. We will see if there is a breakthrough”, said the senior Taliban commander, who asked not to be identified.

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http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/878595/

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Peace impossible without Islam: Geelani

21 Nov 2011

By: DANISH ZARGAR

SRINAGAR, Nov 20: The Hurriyat conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, today alleged that the rulers are “enforcing” immoralities onto the society.

“If someone says that Islam and politics are different, he is not a Muslim in God’s register though we may consider him one…. The rulers here are in ‘mental apostasy’ for they too say Islam and politics are apart,” Geelani said addressing the gathering at a seminar on rising social immoralities.

The seminar was convened in the aftermath of a recent controversy surrounding the conversion of several Muslims to Christianity. It was held at Hyderpora headquarters of the conglomerate.

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http://kashmirwatch.com/news.php/2011/11/21/peace-impossible-without-islam-geelani.html

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Musharraf determined to return to Pak on March 23

November 21, 2011

Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has said he is determined to return to Pakistan on March 23 next year, ending a self-imposed exile that began over two years ago.

Addressing a gathering of thousands of supporters at Hyderabad in Sindh province on Sunday on phone, Musharraf reiterated his plan to return to the country by March 23.

The former military ruler left Pakistan in April 2009 after a number of civil and criminal cases were filed against him.

Musharraf contended that Pakistan was passing through a critical phase in its history.

"The country faces extremism, poverty and an economic crisis and the poor are suffering. We have to rectify the situation and we have to more than just pray. We will have to work together," he said in his 20-minute speech.

He criticised attempts to "sabotage" his first public meeting in Hyderabad since the creation of his All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) party and claimed official machinery was used to organise and protect PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif's rally at Faisalabad yesterday.

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http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/772129.aspx''

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Pak must do more to counter terrorism: Gillard

November 21, 2011

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Monday sent a stern warning to Pakistan stating that it must do more to counter terrorism and extremism, especially on its borders with Afghanistan.

The comments came while Ms. Gillard was speaking in Australian Parliament on the timetable for withdrawing the country’s troops from Afghanistan, according to the news agency AAP.

Ms. Gillard said Australia would adjust its troop contribution when the primary training and mentoring task in Uruzgan province was completed and Afghanistan authorities take responsibility for security.

“Our national interests in Afghanistan have not changed in 12 months,” she said adding that Australia would not abandon Afghanistan and planning for the post-transition period had started.

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http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2645075.ece

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Former NSA James Jones says he delivered memo to Mullen

November 21, 2011

Former United States National Security Advisor James Jones has said that he was the intermediary who delivered to former military chief Admiral Mike Mullen a secret memorandum that Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz purportedly drafted on behalf of the Pakistan government.

Mr. Jones confirmed to the Pakistani media that he received the memo from the Pakistani-American businessman and delivered it to Mullen in May.

Mr. Ijaz has claimed that he drafted the memo on the instructions of Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani, a charge denied by the envoy.

However, Mr. Jones said he was neither a serving U.S. government official or associated with the Obama administration in any way when he delivered the memo to Mr. Mullen.

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http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2645902.ece

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Al-Qaeda sympathiser arrested in New York for plotting attacks

Nov 21 2011,

New York : A 27-year-old "al-Qaeda sympathiser" who planned to carry out terror attacks in the US targetting police and military personnel returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan has been arrested, US officials said.

Jose Pimentel of Washington Heights in Manhattan faces terrorism related charges, including conspiring to build a bomb for terrorist purposes and possessing a bomb.

Pimentel, arrested by New York City police officers on Saturday from an apartment, is an "Al-Qaeda sympathiser who was plotting to bomb police patrol cars and also postal facilities, as well as target members of our Armed Forces returning from abroad" using pipe bombs, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a news conference.

"The suspect was a so-called lone wolf, motivated by his own resentment of the presence of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as inspired by al-Qaeda propaganda. He was not part of a larger conspiracy emanating from abroad," Bloomberg said.

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http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/878570/

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Israeli envoy back in Cairo

November 21, 2011

Afp, Cairo

Israel's ambassador to Egypt, Yitzhak Levanon, returned to Cairo yesterday after he was evacuated in September following an attack on the embassy, Israeli and Egyptian officials told AFP.

An Israeli official, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity, said Levanon was making a final visit to Egypt before completing his term as ambassador at the end of this month.

On September 9, protesters attacked the Israeli embassy headquarters Cairo, forcing the evacuation of all embassy staff.

It was the worst incident since Israel set up its mission in Egypt, the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with the Jewish state in 1979.\\

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=211006

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ISPR denies report of Imran-Munter-Pasha meeting

November 21, 2011

ISLAMABAD: A spokesman of the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) issued a strong denial on Monday of a news report which alleged that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan met US Ambassador Cameron Munter in the presence of Director General of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) General Ahmed Shuja Pasha.

The report was published in British newspaper The Sunday Times and was also reported  by local newspapers. The ISPR issued a statement today, terming the story “totally baseless and concocted”.

Quoting sources, the report alleges that the PTI chief was introduced to Munter in Pasha’s presence, adding that Khan is supported by the Pakistani intelligence agency and military.

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http://tribune.com.pk/story/295234/ispr-denies-report-of-imran-munter-pasha-meeting/?print=true

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My husband is innocent, says Farah Naz

Nov,21.2011

People’s Party leader and wife of Pakistani ambassador to US allegedly involved in secret memo controversy, Farah Naz Isfahani Monday said that her husband was innocent and he was ready to face any court in this regard.

Talking to media person here in Islamabad outside the Supreme Court building, she said that a forensic investigation must be conducted into the matter so that the nation may know the fact regarding memgate scandal.

She said her husband met the President yesterday and likely to call on the Prime Minister and other senior officials today or tomorrow to clarify himself.

For Full Report :

http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/21-Nov-2011/Farahanaz-demands-forensic-investigation-of-blackberry-and-computer-in-Memogate-scam

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Bangladesh hosts renowned Hay literary festival

21 November 2011

One of the most highly regarded literary festivals in Britain has held an event in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka for the first time.

Organisers of the Hay festival say it was one of the most important international book fairs to have been staged in the city.

The aim was to bring together British and Bangladeshi authors to share their ideas and promote reading.

Six British authors and six Bengali writers showcased their work.

In previous years the Hay Literary Festival has hosted events in India, the Maldives, Africa and central America.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15818255

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Pakistani rupee weakens; stocks end down; o/n rates up

Nov,21.2011

The rupee ended at 87.30/35 to the dollar, weaker than Friday’s close of 87.14/18.

“There were import payments of around $100 million which pulled the rupee lower,” said a dealer at a foreign bank.

Dealers said the rupee was under pressure despite rising remittances from overseas Pakistani.

According to official data, remittances rose 23.24 per cent to $4.3 billion in the first four months of the 2010/11 fiscal year (July-June), compared with $3.50 billion in the same period last year.

Remittances rose to $1.02 billion in October, compared with $855.11 million received in October last year. However, dealers cautioned that a widening current account deficit means the local currency could experience downward pressure in the days ahead.

Pakistan’s current account deficit stood at a provisional $220 million in October, compared with a deficit of $1.034 billion in the previous month, the central bank said.

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http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/21/pakistani-rupee-weakens-stocks-end-down-on-rates-up.html

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Pakistan defers ‘obscene’ text message ban deadline

Nov,21.2011

The list, including words from “quickie” to “fairy” to “Jesus Christ” and obtained by AFP, was distributed on November 14 with operators given seven days to comply, but has met with widespread derision and a threat of legal action.

Although the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has previously blocked websites deemed pornographic or offensive to Islam, it is the first time the country has sought to censor text messages.

“Obviously there are concerns and we have some reservations,” said Omar Manzur, spokesman for Mobilink, the country’s leading telecoms operator.

“This regulation will be implemented only after mutual agreement between the PTA and us. We should wait until the end of this discussion,” Manzur told AFP.

An official at one telecoms firm told AFP that filtering the system could degrade the quality of network services and greatly inconvenience subscribers if text messages were not delivered due to the wrong choice of words.

A spokesman for rival company Telenor said he was “not in a position to say when this (ban) will be implemented.

For Full Report :

http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/21/pakistan-defers-obscene-text-message-ban-deadline.html

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Pak’s civilian leadership at its incompetent worst

21 Nov 2011

A SAD portrait of Pakistan emerges from the controversy over a memo to the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, on behalf of its civilian leadership, promising to address Americans’ concerns over security, in exchange for support to pre- empt a military takeover in the wake of the Abbottabad raid that killed Osama bin Laden. That the elected leadership of a country which is formally, at least, classed a democracy, should offer to serve the interests of the US so as to keep its own military under check, speaks volumes for the quality of the state and society in Pakistan.

The memo spoke of the current conjuncture as the “ 1971 moment in Pakistan’s history”, referring to the time when, following the defeat of the Pakistan Army at the hands of India, civilian rule was restored in the country after 13 years. But as we have seen whenever it seizes power in the country — 1958, 1979 and 1999 — it does so to popular acclaim brought on by the infirmities and excesses of civilian rule.

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http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/incompetent-civilian-leadership-of-pakistan/1/160865.html --------

Afghan team to Pakistan in Rabbani probe: official

Nov,21.2011

Pakistan has agreed to accept the delegation, spokesman Aimal Faizi told reporters, adding that it could leave as early as Tuesday.

Rabbani was assassinated by a turban bomber at his Kabul home in September in a move which stalled efforts to talk peace with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Afghan officials say the killing was planned in Pakistan and carried out by a Pakistani suicide bomber. They have also previously accused Pakistan of refusing to cooperate in the probe.

But at a conference in Istanbul earlier this month, the two sides agreed to cooperate on an investigation into the killing.

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http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/21/afghan-team-to-pakistan-in-rabbani-probe-official.html

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Karachi has witnessed 14 suicide attacks so far

By Atif Raza

November 21, 2011

KARACHI: The bomb blast that shook the Sea View area near Village Hotel was one of the 14th suicides attacks Karachi has witnessed so far. These suicide attacks have claimed the lives of 331 people and injured 867 others injured.

The mega city witnessed its very first suicide attack, carried out by a woman in November 2000, at the office of one of the local newspapers located along the MA Jinnah Road. It left three persons dead and six others wounded.

On May 8, 2002, the second similar attack near one of the leading hotels of the city killed 17 people, including 11 French engineers, and injured 45 others. In the same year on June 14, the third suicide attack targeted the US Consulate and left 12 persons dead besides injuring 43 others.

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http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\21\story_21-11-2011_pg7_1

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107,434 Kashmiri children orphaned, 754 killed since Jan 1989

Nov,21.2011

Unabated Indian state terrorism has rendered over one hundred thousand children orphaned from January 1989 till date.

A report on the occasion of the Universal Children's Day, on Sunday, revealed that continued Indian state terrorism had rendered 107,434 Kashmiri children orphaned from January 1989 till date.

The report said that 754 children were among those 93,709 civilians, who were killed by Indian troops during this period, in the occupied territory.

The report said that Kashmiri children had been the worst victims of Indian state terrorism.

http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/21-Nov-2011/107434-Kashmiri-children-orphaned-754-killed-since-Jan-1989

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Top Khmer Rouge leaders' trial begins in Cambodia

Nov 21, 2011,

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA: Three top leaders of Cambodia's 1970s "killing fields" regime are finally facing trial for some of the 20th century's worst atrocities.

The senior Khmer Rouge leaders' trial opened Monday in a UN-backed tribunal in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. The proceedings come more than 30 years after the reign of terror that killed some 1.7 million people.

The charges against the elderly leaders of the communist movement include crimes against humanity, genocide, religious persecution, homicide and torture.

The defendants are 85-year-old Nuon Chea, the Khmer Rouge's chief ideologist; 80-year-old Khieu Samphan, an ex-head of state; and 86-year-old Ieng Sary, the former foreign minister.

The Khmer Rouge supreme leader, Pol Pot, died in 1998.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Top-Khmer-Rouge-leaders-trial-begins-in-Cambodia/articleshow/10812262.cms?prtpage=1

URL:http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/us-state-department-shows-pok-as-part-of-pakistan/d/5957


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