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Wave of Bombings Kills 65 in Iraq, Wounded 190 People

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

File photo of Iraqis rushing to the scene of an explosion in the city of Nasiriyah, south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. (AFP PHOTO/STR)

 

Arab World

Wave of Bombings Kills 65 in Iraq, Wounded 190 People

Nasrallah: America would abandon any ally for Israel

Egypt begins work on charter as Islamists press demos

Saudi Arabia replaces Qatar as key Egypt ally

Grand Mufti lashes out at expediters fleecing expats

New Egyptian PM Beblawi seeks dialogue, end to divisions

Syrian rebels advance on northern Assad-controlled town

Syrian army bombs northern rebel town, killing 5

Jordan king in Egypt as govt launches charter reform

Report: 3,500 Saudi imams dismissed to ‘curb extremism’

English Media Need of Hour for Muslim Ummah: Maulana Ubaid ur Rahman Qasimi

Abu Qatada denied bail in Jordan

Syrian Kurds capture jihadist commander in Northern Province

 

South Asia

Afghan mayor, five others killed in Afghanistan province of Khost

29 militants killed in Afghanistan

Karzai decree takes Afghanistan closer to next year’s polls

File appeal seeking death penalty for Ghulam Azam

Khaleda, Tarique’s hearing deferred ‘for last time’

 

Pakistan

Religious party donation receipts recovered from under-arrest terrorist

Australian door closed for the Hazara asylum seekers

MQM Chief vows to continue work for unity of Muslims

Bomb was to target Yaum-e-Ali procession: Karachi blast suspect

Pakistan to work for Afghan peace supports no one group: PM

Govt considering release of Abbotabad Commission Report

Zulfiqar Blasphemy case reopened after 4 years

Pakistan ready to release Mullah Baradar at ‘appropriate’ time

Challenge ahead for KP governor to address tribal issues

 

India

2002 Gujarat riots led to formation of IM: Cong Gen Secy Shakeel Ahmed

LeT, IM busy opening terror front along Bangla-Myanmar border

Amnesty urges restrain in excessive use of force in J&K

Curfew lifted but tension prevails as Hurriyat calls for strike in Kashmir

 

North America

Pentagon official: Islamist rebels could gain sway in Syria civil war

Canadian jurist blasts EU for not listing Hezbollah as terror entity

After AfPak, US to deploy drones to fresh frontiers

 

Mideast

Palestinian factions see resumption of peace talks as 'political suicide'

Netanyahu: Palestinians will need to make concessions to ensure Israel's security

Abbas has less control over Palestinians than Assad has over Syria

Peres to Abbas: You have made a brave decision, don't listen to the skeptics

 

Southeast Asia

Malaysian Government won’t tolerate those who mock religion

MCA vice-president says it is tough to merge with multi-racial parties

Ban on Shariah not a human rights violation, says Malaysian minister

Nazi Cafe to Close as Owner Claims Art, Not Ideology

 

Africa

Nigeria on the verge of another civil war, US report warns Nigeria

Nigeria would have blocked visit of Sudan’s Bashir if it knew ahead of time: report

Senior UN Humanitarian Official Lauds Additional Funding for Somali Relief Efforts

Soldiers in Somalia prove they are also Ugandans

 

Europe

6 held over violence in France after police check veiled woman

UK mosque suspect arrested on suspicion of murder

Syria conflict in stalemate, David Cameron says

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Arab World

 

Wave of Bombings Kills 65 in Iraq, Wounded 190 People

 July 21, 2013

A wave of bombings killed 65 people in Baghdad, officials said, as Iraq struggles to contain its worst violence since 2008, in which over 520 have died in July.

Saturday night, 12 car bombs and a roadside bomb hit the city of Baghdad, while another bomb exploded in Madain to the south of the capital, a police colonel and a medical official said.

The blasts also wounded 190 people.

The bombs struck as Baghdad residents turned out to shop and relax in cafes after Iftar, the meal that breaks the daily fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

In the deadliest incidents, two car bombs killed 12 people in the Karrada, while two car bombs and a roadside bomb hit Zafraniyah, both areas in central Baghdad.

Violence also struck north Iraq.

A roadside bomb against a patrol killed a policeman and wounded another in the city of Mosul, while a car bomb southeast of the city killed a woman and wounded 22 people, including seven police, and a bomb to its west wounded three people.

Saturday was the deadliest day of violence in Iraq since June 10, when attacks killed 78 people.

The Saturday bombings came a day after a suicide bomber killed 20 people inside a crowded Sunni mosque north of the capital.

Militants have attacked both Sunni and Shiite mosques in recent months, raising fears of a return to all-out sectarian conflict that killed tens of thousands of people in past years.

More than 2,700 people have been killed in Iraq since the beginning of 2013, according to figures based on security and medical sources.

Most senior officials and religious leaders remain silent on the unrest.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/southasia/Wave-of-bombings-kills-65-in-Iraq/Article1-1095852.aspx

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Nasrallah: America would abandon any ally for Israel

 July 21, 2013

Hezbollah leader warns that Israel's Galilee would be a target before Beirut in potential war with the "Zionist enemy."

In a future Middle East war, Israel's Galilee region would be targeted before Lebanon's capital of Beirut, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said in an annual speech broadcasted on Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV network on Friday.

Amid a European Union debate on whether to list Hezbollah as a terrorist entity, Nasrallah insisted during his live speech that the only fault of the group is protecting the Lebanese people from their "Zionist enemy."

During an annual Ramadan gathering organized by the Islamic Resistance Support Organization, Nasrallah added that the US would never protect Lebanon since their loyalty lies with Israel, and that they would abandon any ally "for the sake of Israel."

According to Al-Manar, he also said in his speech that it is a "misfortune" to believe that Israel no longer poses a threat to Lebanon.

"Let's, as Lebanese, discuss the threats we are facing from the Israeli enemy, and find solutions for them," he reportedly said.

The only means of protection against Israeli forces are "self-dependence and ensuring means of power which deter the enemy," Nasrallah said during the Al-Manar broadcast, adding that Israel's greed has no end.

If the world was not targeting Hezbollah, that would mean their effect on Israel would be minimal, the group's chief urged during his speech.

He concluded his annual televised message, assuring the Lebanese public, "the resistance is targeted because it is fighting the Israeli enemy."

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Nasrallah-America-would-abandon-any-ally-for-Israel-320414

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Egypt begins work on charter as Islamists press demos

AFP | Jul 21, 2013

CAIRO, Qahirah: Experts begin work on Sunday to amend a divisive constitution rammed through by ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, while his supporters called for intensified rallies in Cairo demanding his reinstatement.

Egypt's caretaker cabinet has sought to forge ahead with an army "roadmap" for a political transition amid heightened tensions as Morsi's Islamist supporters press on with the protests that have sparked bloody violence.

Foreign minister Nabil Fahmy launched a public relations campaign to boost the cabinet's credibility abroad on Saturday, nearly three weeks after the military toppled Morsi in a popularly backed coup.

On the domestic front, interim president Adly Mansour named a committee of four university professors and six judges to come up with a new constitution.

In the wake of the July 3 coup, Egypt's new army-backed administration suspended the constitution that had been drawn up by an Islamist-dominated panel and adopted by referendum in December with a majority of 64 percent, but with a voter turnout of just 33 percent.

The experts will have 30 days to complete their task, after which their amendments will be brought before a 50-strong body representing different groups in Egyptian society, which will submit final changes to Mansour.

The caretaker president will then have 30 days to call a referendum on the new charter, paving the way for new elections.

Work also began in earnest at the weekend on boosting the new regime's foreign relations.

Fahmy said on Saturday he would prioritise "defending the revolution abroad".

The ministry would "form a committee to follow what is published about the revolution abroad and to provide sound information," he told a news conference.

Morsi's overthrow has received a mixed reception abroad.

The African Union has suspended Egypt's membership, but some Gulf countries that distrusted Morsi have pledged billions of dollars in aid.

Britain has said it was revoking export licences for equipment used by Egypt's military and police amid concerns it could be used against protesters.

Fahmy also took a more cautious tone towards the conflict in Syria than Morsi's government did, saying Morsi's decision to cut diplomatic ties with the war-torn country would be "re-examined".

Morsi had repeatedly called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to resign.

"There is no intention of jihad in Syria," the former Egyptian ambassador to Washington said, in reference to calls for a holy war in Syria under Morsi's presidency.

Fahmy was due to meet the new leader of Syria's main opposition coalition, Ahmad Assi Jarba, on Sunday.

In a boost to the new administration, King Abdullah II of Jordan became the first foreign head of state to visit since the army ousted and detained Morsi.

King Abdullah pledged his support "for Egyptian national choices", a presidential statement said.

But Morsi's supporters have flatly rejected the legitimacy of the interim cabinet.

They called for fresh rallies in the capital on Sunday to demand the reinstatement of Morsi, planning marches to several foreign embassies in Cairo, including that of the United States.

Supporters of Morsi, who was ousted after a single year of turbulent rule, have pressed demonstrations against the new cabinet, holding marches and protests across the country since his fall.

Thousands of Morsi loyalists have massed in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya square for about three weeks, calling for his reinstatement and denouncing General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the army chief behind his overthrow.

They believe a sustained campaign of protests could persuade the military to restore him briefly ahead of any elections.

Although mostly peaceful, the pro-Morsi protests have resulted in deadly clashes, with the unrest claiming more than 100 lives in all, according to an AFP tally.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Egypt-begins-work-on-charter-as-Islamists-press-demos/articleshow/21214345.cms

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Saudi Arabia replaces Qatar as key Egypt ally

ATUL ANEJA

 July 21, 2013

Supporters and rivals of the deposed Egyptian President continue to throng the streets, but behind the scenes the military that brought down Mohamed Morsy seems to be consolidating its power, benefiting from the hefty financial and political support from Saudi Arabia and some other oil-rich Gulf neighbours.

Anti-Morsy campaigners, who had rallied millions of their supporters before the military mounted a coup on July 3, have virtually taken over the capital’s Tahrir square, which became the icon of the Egyptian uprising that brought down former President Hosni Mubarak more than two years ago. On Friday, anti-Morsy demonstrators, who had assembled in their thousands, were effusive in their praise for the military, imparting a distinct nationalistic flavour.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/saudi-arabia-replaces-qatar-as-key-egypt-ally/article4935865.ece

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Grand Mufti Lashes Out At Expediters Fleecing Expats

 July 21, 2013

RIYADH – The Kingdom's Grand Mufti has accused "expediters" in passport and labor offices of fleecing expatriate workers who want to rectify their legal status during the grace period announced by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.

In his Friday sermon at Imam Turki Bin Abdullah Mosque in Riyadh, Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Alsheikh said the grace period for rectification of workers’ status is marred by the greed of expediters who demand huge amounts of money, placing unbearable financial burdens on hapless foreign workers.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130721174229

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New Egyptian PM seeks dialogue, end to division

 20 July 2013

The Egyptian interim premier called for reverting back to dialogue between the country’s political parties amid rising tension following the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Mursi.

“Now I see we have to return to harmony. Divisions cannot last,” Hazem al-Beblawi said in an interview with state television

The Muslim Brotherhood – from which Mursi hails – has denounced the overthrow of the Islamist leader and labeled is a military coup. It has repeatedly stated that it will not engage in any dialogue until Mursi is reinstated, a move the army said will not accept.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/07/21/New-Egyptian-PM-seeks-dialogue-end-to-division.html

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Syrian rebels advance on northern Assad-controlled town

 July 21, 2013

BEIRUT - Syrian rebels advanced on the northern town of Khan al-Assal on Saturday, activists said, and appeared close to seizing one of the last towns in western part of Aleppo province still held by President Bashar Assad's forces.

The army has been attempting a slow build-up of troops around the province in order to retake Aleppo city, once Syria's biggest commercial hub. So far Assad's push has been dogged by rebel counter-attacks, although a string of government victories elsewhere in Syria has shifted the battlefield tide in his favor after more than two years of bloodshed.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Syrian-rebels-advance-on-northern-Assad-controlled-town-320456

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Syrian army bombs northern rebel town, killing 5

 July 21, 2013

Syrian government forces bombed a strategic rebel town in the country's north for the third straight day Saturday, pounding it with airstrikes that killed at least five people, activists said. President Bashar Assad's troops in recent weeks have seized the momentum in the civil war, now

in its third year. Regime forces have been on offensive against rebels on several fronts, including in the northern Idlib province along the border with Turkey.

In Idlib, government forces this week besieged the town of Saraqeb, hitting it with rockets, tank fire and air raids, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/restofasia/Syrian-army-bombs-northern-rebel-town-killing-5/Article1-1095808.aspx

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Jordan king in Egypt as govt launches charter reform

July 21, 2013

Jordan's king met Egypt's interim leaders Saturday, the first head of state to visit since the army ousted its Islamist president, as a panel was appointed to amend the constitution. The caretaker government sworn in this week has had its work cut out, with tensions running high amid

protests by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi calling for his return and deadly clashes on Friday night.

King Abdullah II of Jordan, who himself faces challenges at home from Islamists, was among the first leaders to congratulate Egyptians after Morsi was overthrown by the military in a July 3 military coup.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/restofasia/Jordan-king-in-Egypt-as-govt-launches-charter-reform/Article1-1095806.aspx

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Report: 3,500 Saudi imams dismissed to ‘curb extremism’

 21 July 2013

A 2012 U.S. government report has found that around 3,500 "extremist" clerics in Saudi Arabia were dismissed since 2003, al-Hayat newspaper reported on Sunday.

The report, which had its summary published last May, said the dismissals were carried out under a program to curb Islamic extremism.

Under a program to monitor all government-paid clerics, “the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowment, Call, and Guidance (MOIA) has removed 3,500 imams from duty since 2003,” the report stated.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/07/21/Report-3-500-Saudi-imams-dismissed-to-curb-extremism-.html

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English Media Need of Hour for Muslim Ummah: Maulana Ubaid ur Rahman Qasimi

 July 21, 2013

JEDDAH – “We, Muslims, have differences like any other community; but we should unite for a common cause. This is the main objective of our Muallim magazine. Our present generation prefers English medium schools but the drawback is that youth are being brainwashed by an alien culture.

“To tackle this problem we publish this English magazine to guide our youth regarding our lifestyle. We elaborate and explain what Islamic lifestyle is. Our layout and content show our concern in this regard,” said Maulana Ubaidur Rahman Qasimi, editor-in-chief of Muallim magazine, at an Iftar party given by Maulana Hifz ur Rahman Academy, Jeddah.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130721174239

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Abu Qatada denied bail in Jordan

July 21, 2013

AMMAN — A military court on Sunday rejected a bail application by Islamist cleric Abu Qatada, who faces terror charges in Jordan following his deportation from Britain, his lawyer said.

"The state security court today refused to release Abu Qatada on bail," Taysir Diab told AFP.

"The court gave no reason for its decision. I will meet with Abu Qatada on Wednesday to look into the issue and decide future steps," Diab said, without elaborating.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130721174329

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Syrian Kurds capture jihadist commander in northern province

 21 July 2013

A commander of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) was reportedly captured late Saturday by Syrian Kurdish fighters.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the jihadist commander was captured as battles raged.

“Battles pitting fighters from the Kurdish Fighters brigade against ISIS and other groups are raging on in several areas of Tal Abyad in Raqa province, after (Kurdish) fighters captured ISIS’ emir in the town,” said the monitoring group.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/07/21/Syrian-Kurds-capture-jihadist-commander-in-northern-province.html

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South Asia

 

Afghan mayor, five others killed in Afghanistan province of Khost

IANS | Jul 21, 2013

KABUL: The mayor of Spera district in Afghnistan's eastern province of Khost was killed Sunday along five other people, reports Xinhua.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Afghan-mayor-five-others-killed-in-Afghanistan-province-of-Khost/articleshow/21211716.cms

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29 militants killed in Afghanistan

 July 21, 2013

Afghanistan government said on Saturday that as many as 29 Taliban militants had been killed and 24 wounded in clashes and security operations since Friday morning. Twenty militants were killed during joint security operations of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and Coalition

Forces in the Afghan provinces of Herat, Ghazni, Nangarhar, Khost and Paktiya.

"As a result 20 armed Taliban were killed, 12 wounded and six other armed Taliban were arrested by the ANSF," reported Xinhua citing Afghan interior ministry.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/afghanistan/29-militants-killed-in-Afghanistan/Article1-1095855.aspx

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Karzai decree takes Afghanistan closer to next year’s polls

 July 21, 2013

KABUL: President Hamid Karzai on Saturday approved a second law designed to pave the way for smooth transition of power in Afghanistan next year, easing Western concerns that key elections could be delayed.

Karzai’s signature on the law, which determines how presidential and provincial votes will be run, follows pressure from donor nations determined to prove that the 12-year war and billions of dollars of aid money have not been in vain.

His office said Karzai’s decree meant the law had come into immediate effect.

On Wednesday he also approved a bill tightening up the appointments procedure for the electoral complaints watchdog, which was integral to unmasking massive fraud at the last presidential election in 2009.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\07\21\story_21-7-2013_pg14_8

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File appeal seeking death penalty for Ghulam Azam

 July 21, 2013

The Gonojagoron Mancha, a platform of youths demanding the capital punishment for all war criminals, yesterday urged the government to file an appeal with the Supreme Court, seeking death sentence for former Jamaat-e-Islami chief Ghulam Azam.

The protesters, who raised their demands including a ban on Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir, at a rally at the capital’s Shahbagh, will meet the attorney general at his office today to press home their demands.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/appeal-for-death-penalty-for-ghulam-azam/

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Khaleda, Tarique’s hearing deferred ‘for last time’

 July 21, 2013

A Dhaka court on Sunday asked BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and seven others “for the last time” to appear before it in Zia orphanage trust and Zia charitable trust graft cases.

Judge Md Motahar Hossain of the Special Judge’s Court-3 asked Khaleda, Tarique and four others to appear before it on September 5 in Zia orphanage trust case.

On the other hand, the BNP chief and three others were asked to appear before it on August 18 in Zia charitable trust graft case.

The court passed the order after deferring the charge framing hearings in the two cases till September 5 and August 18 respectively.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/khaleda-tariques-hearing-deferred-for-last-time/

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Pakistan

 

Religious party donation receipts recovered from under-arrest terrorist

 July 21, 2013

KARACHI: The injured terrorist Imran arrested after Saturday blast in Patel Para, while recording his statement to CID police said that the three dead terrorists belonged to the banned outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and were residents of Lines Area here, Geo News reported.

 SSP CID Raja Omar Khattab told that the Patel Para blast under-arrest injured terrorist Imran has made some valuable disclosures. The accused said that all the dead persons in the blast were activists of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and resident of Lines Area here.

 SSP Raja Omar Khattab said that the explosion occurred during device change. The terrorists were members of the group led by Asif Ramzi, who was killed sometime ago. A religious party donation receipts have also been recovered from the injured Imran, he said.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-110288-Patel-Para-blast:-Religious-party-donation-receipts-recovered-from-under-arrest-Imran--

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Australian door closed for the Hazara asylum seekers

 July 21, 2013

KARACHI: Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced on Friday that asylum seekers arriving on Australian shore via boats will no longer be resettled within the country’s borders but will be sent to Papua New Guinea instead.

Not only has the decision created a stir amongst the global humanitarian agencies which view the move as an evasion of responsibility by the Australian government, it also has a direct impact on the Hazara community in Pakistan. Over the past few years, a significant number of Hazaras have sought refuge in Australia.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/579840/shrinking-options-another-door-closed-for-the-hazaras/

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MQM Chief vows to continue work for unity of Muslims

 July 21, 2013

KARACHI/LONDON: Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) leader Altaf Hussain has strongly condemned attack on the shrine of Hazrat Bibi Zainab in Syria and termed it attack on the unity and oneness of the whole Muslim world.

 Talking with the members of MQM Central Coordination Committee on Saturday, Altaf Hussain said terrorists had not only attacked her shrine but also have attacked the unity and oneness of the whole Muslim world.

 Altaf Hussain reiterated that he will continue to work for uniting Muslims across the globe without caring about the conspiracies hatched against him.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-110271-Altaf-terms-attack-on-Bibi-Zainab-shrine-as-attack-on-unity-of-Muslims

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Bomb was to target Yaum-e-Ali procession: Karachi blast suspect

 July 21, 2013

KARACHI: One of the injured suspect from Saturday's Patel Para blast in Karachi told investigators that the home-made explosive device was being prepared to target a Yaum-e-Ali procession, DawnNews reported.

The wounded suspect who was in police custody also confessed that the one of the persons who had died in the accidental explosion was an expert bomb-maker associated with a proscribed religious organisation.

At least four people were killed and several others, including a senior government official, were injured when two separate blasts shook Karachi Saturday evening.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1030605/bomb-was-to-target-yaum-e-ali-procession-karachi-blast-suspect

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Pakistan to work for Afghan peace, supports no one group: PM

 July 21, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said Pakistan was not affiliated with any particular group when it came to Afghanistan, adding that the country would hold talks with any group when it came to working for peace in the region and that it stood for a united Afghanistan.

The premier made the above remarks during a visit to the Foreign Office, directing it to work on improving Pakistan’s relations with neighbouring states and hours before his foreign affairs and national security advisor is scheduled to travel to the war-torn country.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1030598/pakistan-to-work-for-afghan-peace-supports-no-one-group-pm

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Govt considering release of Abbottabad Commission Report: Pervaiz Rashid

July 20, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rasheed said on Saturday that the government was considering the possibility of releasing a copy of the Abbottabad Commission Report on Pakistan’s intelligence failures in the Osama bin Laden killing, Radio Pakistan reported.

The information minister said that a Ministerial Committee led by former Law Minister Farooq H Naek had recommended against its publication.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/579603/govt-considering-release-of-abbottabad-commission-report-pervaiz-rashid/

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Zulfiqar Blasphemy case reopened after 4 years

BJuly 21, 2013 

LAHORE: An additional district and sessions judge has summoned the case record of a blasphemy trial after the counsel for the accused sought the reopening of the case, stating that his client was now fit to stand trial.

The trial of Zulfiqar, who allegedly burnt a copy of the Holy Quran, was put on hold on July 6, 2009, after the Punjab Institute of Mental Health reported that he was mentally ill and could not be tried.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/579711/fit-to-stand-trial-blasphemy-case-reopened-after-4-years/

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Pakistan ready to release Mullah Baradar at ‘appropriate’ time

 July 21, 2013

ISLAMABAD: National security and foreign affairs adviser to prime minister, Sartaj Aziz has said Pakistan is prepared in principle to release more Afghan Taliban from its jails, including former Taliban deputy leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, but at the “appropriate time”. Aziz has said he would travel to Kabul on Saturday to start repairing relations and prepare for what Islamabad hopes will be a visit by Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Pakistan wants to have “a good and positive relationship with Afghanistan,” Aziz told The Wall Street Journal on Thursday. He said that Mullah Baradar was “included in the list of who might be released” but “timing and the modalities have to be worked out.”

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\07\21\story_21-7-2013_pg1_2

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Challenge ahead for KP governor to address tribal issues

By Sudhir Ahmad Afridi

 July 21, 2013

LANDIKOTAL: Amid growing problems in FATA, the future of governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa currently hanging in the balance. The Tribal MPs will reportedly ask him to solve problems or go home. The governor will not be protected to retain the post if he is powerless to solve tribal people’s basic problems, a close aid of a tribal MNA divulged on Friday.

The tribal parliamentarians are resolved to give a choice to the Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Engineer Shaukat Ullah Khan to take serious interest to solve the long standing problems in FATA practically such as the provision of the power supply on fair basis or leave the governor house in Peshawar so that the PML-N led government could allot two federal ministers’ portfolios to the tribal parliamentarians, this was revealed by a very close relative of a tribal MNA.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\07\21\story_21-7-2013_pg7_11

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India

 

2002 Gujarat riots led to formation of IM: Cong Gen Secy Shakeel Ahmed

 July 21, 2013

Congress general secretary Shakeel Ahmed on Sunday claimed that it was the 2002 Gujarat riots that led to the formation of terror outfit Indian Mujahedeen (IM).

"Indian Mujahedeen was formed after the Gujarat riots, says NIA in its charge sheet. Even now BJP and RSS will not desist from their communal politics?" Ahmed said on micro blogging site Twitter.

When contacted, the Congress general secretary blamed the "communal politics of BJP for the chain reaction" on the issue of terror.

"This (2002 riots) was the reason behind the creation of Indian Mujahidin. If they forsake their communal politics, outfits like IM will cease to exist," he said.

"So, the communal politics of BJP has led to a chain reaction. They should give up such politics," Ahmed said.

"The main source of communalism in the country is RSS and BJP, he alleged and added, "Those who want to stop communal politics should build pressure on BJP and RSS".

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Indian-Mujahideen-formed-after-2002-Gujarat-riots-Cong-gen-secy-Shakeel-Ahmed/Article1-1095954.aspx

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LeT, IM busy opening terror front along Bangla-Myanmar border, intel inputs say

Bharti Jain, TNN | Jul 21, 2013

NEW DELHI: Even as the security establishment counters the pan-Indian network of Laskher-e-Taiba (LeT) and its indigenous arm Indian Mujahideen, the Pakistan-based terror outfit is busy opening another front close to the northeast region, along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

Inputs with R&AW, India's external intelligence agency, confirm that LeT and its over ground avatar, Jamaat ud Dawah (JuD), are working to extend their footprint along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by riding piggyback on the sectarian violence targeted against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's Rakhine state. While JuD strongman Hafiz Muhammad Saeed is leading the anti-Myanmar campaign, espousing the cause of Rohingyas from various public platforms in Pakistan, his terror subordinates have been planning and undertaking visits to the Bangladesh-Myanmar border region. Agencies here fear the Bangladesh-Myanmar border may emerge as a new theatre of jihad in the not-too-distant future.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/LeT-IM-busy-opening-terror-front-along-Bangla-Myanmar-border-intel-inputs-say/articleshow/21199059.cms

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Amnesty urges restrain in excessive use of force in J&K

TNN | Jul 21, 2013

NEW DELHI: Amnesty International has urged the authorities in Jammu & Kashmir to avoid excessive use of force while dealing with public demonstrations. The human rights watchdog also sought an impartial and thorough enquiry into instances of use of force during policing the state.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Amnesty-urges-restrain-in-excessive-use-of-force-in-JK/articleshow/21203368.cms

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Curfew lifted but tension prevails as Hurriyat calls for strike     in Kashmir

Jul 21 2013

Srinagar : Curfew was today lifted from all parts of Kashmir but normal life in the Valley remained affected due to the strike call given by hardline Hurriyat Conference to protest against the firing incident in Ramban district that left four persons dead. Authorities lifted curfew from all parts of the Valley this morning in view of the improvement in the law and order situation since yesterday, official sources said. They said police and other security agencies are keeping a close vigil on the situation across Kashmir.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/curfew-lifted-but-tension-prevails-as-hurriyat-calls-for-strike--in-kashmir/1144648/

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North America

 

Pentagon official: Islamist rebels could gain sway in Syria civil war

 21 July 2013

If radical Islamist rebels fighting in Syria are left “unchecked,” they could gain sway over the many disparate factions opposing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a top Pentagon intelligence official told Reuters on Saturday.

“Left unchecked, I’m very concerned that the most radical elements will take over larger segments” of the opposition groups, David Shedd, the deputy director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency said, strongly hinting at the need for some form of foreign intervention.

But despite commenting on the dangers posed by the Islamist al-Nusra Front and al Qaeda’s Iraq-based wing, Shedd did not advocate any form of intervention by the United States or its allies, saying that was up to policy makers.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/07/21/-Pentagon-official-Islamist-rebels-would-gain-sway-in-Syria-war.html

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Canadian jurist blasts EU for not listing Hezbollah as terror entity

 July 21, 2013

Former Canadian justice minister Irwin Cotler told The Jerusalem Post that Israel’s lack of a full-time foreign minister could harm its ability to convince the international community to take terrorist threats like Iran and Hezbollah seriously, including using anti-terror laws against them.

Cotler spoke to a closed-session of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee earlier last week, partially to press Israel to wage a more articulate campaign regarding the international community’s legal obligations to implement anti-terror treaties, including listing Hezbollah as a terrorist entity.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Canadian-jurist-blasts-EU-for-not-listing-Hezbollah-as-terror-entity-320501

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After AfPak, US to deploy drones to fresh frontiers

PTI | Jul 21, 2013

WASHINGTON: The US is shifting its huge fleet of drones from combat zones of Afghanistan and Pakistan to fresh frontiers, where these planes will spy on a melange of armed groups, drug runners, pirates and other targets.

"As the Obama administration dials back the number of drone attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen, the US military is shifting its huge fleet of unmanned aircraft to other hot spots around the world," The Washington Post reported on Saturday.

The paper said that the next phase of drone warfare is "focused more on spying than killing" and will extend the Pentagon's robust surveillance networks far beyond traditional, declared combat zones.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/After-AfPak-US-to-deploy-drones-to-fresh-frontiers/articleshow/21212184.cms

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Mideast

 

Palestinian factions see resumption of peace talks as 'political suicide'

 July 21, 2013

Several Palestinian groups on Saturday criticized the Palestinian Authority for agreeing to resume peace talks with Israel, while PLO and Fatah officials said they knew nothing about what US Secretary of State John Kerry had offered the PA leadership to bring it back to the negotiating table.

On Friday night, Kerry announced from Amman that the peace talks would resume soon.

His announcement came immediately after he flew unexpectedly from Amman to Ramallah for talks with PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

Kerry’s surprise meeting with Abbas came one day after PLO and Fatah officials who met in Ramallah voiced opposition to the secretary of state’s proposal to resume talks unless Israel accepted the PA’s demand for a full cessation of settlement construction, the release of Palestinian prisoners and recognition of the pre-1967 lines as the basis for a two-state solution.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Palestinian-factions-see-resumption-of-peace-talks-as-political-suicide-320458

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Netanyahu: Palestinians will need to make concessions to ensure Israel's security

 July 21, 2013

The Palestinians will need to make concessions during negotiations that will enable Israel to ensure its security and protect its vital national interests, Prime Minster Binyamin Netanyahu said at the opening of Sunday's cabinet meeting.

Netanyahu, at the meeting held at the Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem to mark the centenary of Menachem Begin's birth, stressed that any agreement would be brought to the nation in the form of a referendum for its approval.

"I don't think that decisions like these are possible to make with one coalition or another, but have to be brought to the nation for its decision," he said, in an apparent effort to neutralize opposition from those on his right by assuring them that ultimately the nation will vote on any agreement.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Netanyahu-Palestinians-will-need-to-make-concessions-to-ensure-Israels-security-320513

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Abbas has less control over Palestinians than Assad has over Syria

 July 21, 2013

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz on Sunday questioned the ability of Mahmoud Abbas to lead negotiations toward a peace agreement with Israel, saying that the PA president has less control over Palestinians than Bashar Assad has control over Syria at the moment.

"Just as nobody would seriously consider giving Assad land in his current situation, it is impossible to seriously think about transferring the control of territories to the Palestinians," Katz said prior to entering the weekly cabinet meeting.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Likud-Minister-Katz-Abbas-has-less-control-over-Palestinians-than-Assad-has-over-Syria-320510

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Peres to Abbas: You have made a brave decision, don't listen to the skeptics

 July 21, 2013

President Shimon Peres on Sunday congratulated Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on his decision to restart peace talks.

"You have made a brave and historic decision to return to the negotiating table. Do not listen to the skeptics," Peres said.

Abbas told Peres that he hoped that there would be progress in the peace process and that the Palestinians "would receive an independent state that would exist side by side with Israel in peace."

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Peres-to-Abbas-You-have-made-a-brave-decision-dont-listen-to-the-skeptics-320507

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Southeast Asia

 

Malaysian Government won’t tolerate those who mock religion

JULY 21, 2013

The government’s action against sex bloggers Alvin Tan and Vivian Lee was to serve as an example to others that religious matters should not be ridiculed, said Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

"This is a warning to all parties not to mock matters pertaining to religion. It is not only non-Muslims who cannot touch on the feelings of Muslims but Muslims should also be careful not to touch on the feelings of others," The Star Online quoted him as saying.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/government-wont-tolerate-those-who-mock-religion-says-ahmad-shabery

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MCA vice-president says it is tough to merge with multi-racial parties

BY MUZLIZA MUSTAFA

JULY 21, 2013

A merger with multi-racial component parties will be tough for the MCA, according to its vice-president Gan Ping Sieu (picture).

He said MCA could not ask Gerakan and SUPP to dump their non-chinese members.

“We cannot ask for Gerakan and SUPP to forgo their members, so MCA will be the one that has to make changes in the party,” he said.

He said the party's older members may fight the idea but the younger generation would welcome the move.

“They (young generation) believe that we have to move away from being a race based party and be more open in accepting members from other races,” said Gan.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/mca-vice-president-says-it-is-tough-to-merge-with-multi-racial-parties

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Ban on Shariah not a human rights violation, says Malaysian minister

JULY 21, 2013

The issue of violation of human rights should not be raised by any quarters following the federal government's decision to ban Syiah teachings in the country.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said the term “human rights” has its limitation and in the context of the ban on Syiah teachings, the focus is not on human rights.

"Human rights have limits. Not everything can be referred to as human rights.

"In this country, we have laws, including syariah laws, which put a limit to what we can and cannot do, including in matters concerning our religion," he told reporters after attending the Ihya' Ramadan programme and the handing over of donations in conjunction with the 29th anniversary of the Malaysia Islamic Economic Development Foundation in Sungai Petani yesterday.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/ban-on-syiah-not-a-human-rights-violation-says-minister

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Nazi Cafe to Close as Owner Claims Art, Not Ideology

 July 21, 2013

Bandung. Henry Mulyana says that he has been fielding hate calls and e-mails this week from people around the world.

“A lot of people have called me expressing their anger. It’s like the whole world is pressing down on me,” Henry, the owner of the Nazi-themed Soldatenkaffee on Jalan Pasir Kaliki in Bandung, West Java, told a press conference on Saturday.

Ever since the Jakarta Globe published an article about the controversial cafe last week, the story has garnered international media attention, conferring notoriety on the owner of the small cafe.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/nazi-cafe-to-close-as-owner-claims-art-not-ideology/

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Africa

 

Nigeria on the verge of another civil war, US report warns Nigeria

21 JULY 2013

A new report entitled ‘Nigerian Unity in the Balance’ authored for the United States Army War College has, again, warned Nigerian leaders to beware of another civil war or an outright break-up following what it called ongoing divisive trends in the country.

The report released by the Strategic Studies Institute of War College was written by two former American servicemen, Gerald McLaughlin and Clarence J. Bouchat. McLaughlin is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College while Bouchat is also an adjunct professor at the U.S. Army War College (USAWC)

The report, whose foreword was written by the Director, Strategic Studies, Institute and U.S. Army War College Press, Professor Douglas Lovelace, observed that divisive forces were becoming more stronger than uniting forces in Nigeria, warning that unless this was reversed, Nigeria`s existence could be jeopardised.

Full report at:

http://www.osundefender.org/?p=112147

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Nigeria would have blocked visit of Sudan’s Bashir if it knew ahead of time: report

July 20, 2013

(WASHINGTON) – The Nigerian government was not aware about the intention of Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir’s to attend the special summit on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria which took place this week in Abuja until few days before it was held, officials told a Nigerian newspaper.

Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on ten counts of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide allegedly committed in Darfur, traveled to Abuja for the conference but left abruptly after less than 24 hours without addressing the main event on behalf of Sudan or attending a formal dinner or taking part in the group photo.

Full report at:

http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article47356

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Senior UN Humanitarian Official Lauds Additional Funding for Somali Relief Efforts

21 JULY 2013

The top United Nations humanitarian official in Somalia today said that an additional $20 million in crisis funding comes at an opportune time to support the country's most vulnerable people, particularly children.

"The allocation for Somalia will help fill the gaps in key life-saving interventions in critical humanitarian domains," said Philippe Lazzarini, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, expressing his appreciation to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), one of the world's largest sources of humanitarian funding.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201307200059.html

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Soldiers in Somalia prove they are also Ugandans

21 JULY 2013

I did not know how jealously Ugandans guarded their status as one of the most corrupt countries on earth. After Transparency International (authors of Global Corruption Barometer 2013) ranked Uganda 17th, I do.

Last week, I listened to a local radio station as caller after caller protested. They insisted we had to be in the top 10, and ahead of Nigeria, even insinuating that someone at Transparency International may have been bribed to rig the exercise and make Uganda appear less corrupt.

Naturally, Uganda’s top guns are protesting in the other direction; like Police Chief Gen Kale Kayihura, whose organisation has been ranked the most corrupt in Uganda. He says, how? Eh, how? You know his voice, and his works, without which Uganda would be a very boring place.

Full report at:

http://www.monitor.co.ug/Magazines/ThoughtIdeas/Soldiers-in-Somalia-prove-they-are-also-Ugandans/-/689844/1921000/-/e8ol3p/-/index.html

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Europe

 

6 held over violence in France after police check veiled woman

 July 21, 2013

PARIS: Six people were arrested after overnight violence that erupted in a Paris suburb after police checked the identity of a woman wearing a Muslim veil, French authorities said on Saturday.

Public disturbances have shaken depressed, largely immigrant quarters of major French cities at regular intervals for years, often triggered by resentment over spot police checks.

It is illegal in France for women to wear full face veils in public but the law is contested in the mainly Muslim suburbs that ring major cities - where tensions reign in relations between residents and police.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\07\21\story_21-7-2013_pg4_12

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UK mosque suspect arrested on suspicion of murder

 July 21, 2013

LONDON — Police say a man suspected in bomb attacks near three British mosques has been arrested on suspicion of murdering an elderly Asian man.

West Midlands Police said Sunday the 25-year-old suspect was arrested because of a suspected "further act of terrorism." The stabbing death of Mohammed Saleem happened as he was walking home from a mosque on April 29.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130721174328

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Syria conflict in stalemate, David Cameron says

 July 21, 2013

The Assad government may have got "stronger" in recent months, but more can be done to help Syria's opposition forces, David Cameron has said.

The UK prime minister told the BBC there was a "stalemate" on the ground, but work must continue internationally to try to find a solution.

UK military chiefs have warned of the risks of arming rebel groups.

Mr Cameron said there was "too much extremism" among the opposition, but moderate groups still deserved support.

Syrian government forces have taken the initiative in recent months, and have been bolstered by the capture of the strategically important town of Qusair in the west of the country in June.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-23395145

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