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Islamic World News ( 9 Jun 2010, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Woman journalist gets 30- year ban on writing in Iran

Amnesty blasts Pak's human rights situation

'ISI guided LeT at every step for 26/11'

‘Attack on Ahmedis conspiracy to repeal laws against them’

Comic book publisher praised for reflecting 'tolerance of Islam'

Pakistani Hindus demand protection from government

4 mln living under Taliban rule in Pakistan: Amnesty

Ministry bans music, dancing in schools

Israel grants amnesty to 73 Fatah fighters

Israelis desecrate mosque

Asir businesswomen organize fashion show

Explosion kills at least 39, injures 73 at wedding in Afghanistan

Some Arab sympathy for burqa bans

Pakistani dentist?rejoins family?after being freed Asma Ali Zain

UN sanctions should be 'thrown in dust bin': Ahmadinejad

Hindu trader shot dead, son kidnapped in Pakistan

Protest in Balochistan assembly over Hindu trader’s killing

Bolton mosques among 100 most ‘women-friendly’

London taxis to extol virtues of Islam

Canadian Muslim woman to lead mixed-gender prayers in London

Sky's the limit for Muslim women in Kanodar

American gets 15 years for aiding Al-Qaeda

22 bonded laborers rescued in Sialkot

Russia freezes missile supply to Iran

Most Pakistanis are pacifist, says survey

Bomb blast outside Pak Navy office in Karachi kills one

2 Bosnian Serbs given life imprisonment for Srebrenica genocide

Turkey is calling for a jihad against Israel

Anti-mosque protestors anti-American, too

Pakistani detained in Chile says he was framed

12 killed in Mogadishu violence

Ten rebels killed in Chechnya

Two soldiers, 20 Taliban killed in FATA

Attack unlikely to impact Nato supplies: Pentagon

Hamas says Gaza needs cement, not soft drinks

Darfur rebels free 35 Sudan army prisoners

Abayas that mirror World Cup frenzy

Scientists decode camel DNA

Obama calls for a better approach in Gaza Strip

Iran sanctions ‘impetus’ for diplomacy: Russia

Nine killed in series of Iraq attacks

US to ensure weapons to Pak not used against India

Pakistan for joint fight against terror

Gaza: India for collective response

India to press Pak for voice samples of Saeed, Lakhvi

NIA continues to grill Headley

What does India want us to do on terror front, asks Qureshi

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Woman journalist gets 30-year ban on writing in Iran

Jun 10, 2010

Iran sentenced award-winning woman journalist Jila Baniyaghoob to jail for one year and banned her from writing for 30 years over post-election unrest, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Baniyaghoob, 39, “has been sentenced to one year in jail and banned from journalistic work for 30 years,” moderate daily Shargh said.

Baniyaghoob, who had been working for a string of best-selling but now closed reformist newspapers, was arrested on June 20 last year with her husband and released on bail two months later.       

http://www.dailypioneer.com/261614/Woman-journalist-gets-30-year-ban-on-writing-in-Iran.html

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Amnesty blasts Pak's human rights situation

Jun 10, 2010

LONDON: Millions of Pakistanis in the country's northwest tribal areas live in a 'human rights-free zone' where they have no legal protection from the government and are subjected to abuses by the Taliban, the Amnesty International has said.

In a report titled 'As if Hell Fell on Me: The Human Rights Crisis in Northwest Pakistan', the London-based rights organisation urged the Pakistan government and Taliban to comply with international humanitarian law.

"Nearly four million people are currently living under the Taliban in Pakistan in northwest Pakistan without rule of law and effectively abandoned by the Pakistani government," Amnesty International's interim Secretary General Claudio Cordone said.

"There are still more than one million people who were displaced from their homes in Pakistan's northwest tribal belt by the conflict with the Taliban (and) whose plight is largely ignored and who are in desperate need of aid."

According to Amnesty, at least 1,300 civilians were killed in the fighting in northwest Pakistan in 2009.

A teacher who fled Swat with family in March 2009 was quoted as saying: "The government just gave away our lives to the Taliban. What's the point of having this huge army if it can't even protect us against a group of brutal fanatics? They took over my school and started to teach children about how to fight in Afghanistan.

"They kicked out the girls from school, told the men to grow their beards, threatened anybody they didn't like. Our government and our military never tried to protect us from this."

Cordone said that for years, the tribal areas have been treated as a stage for geopolitical rivalries and are currently in focus because of the conflict in neighbouring Afghanistan and the search for al-Qaeda militants, rather than the rights of the people living there.

"The Pakistani government should not just respond using military force; it needs to provide and protect the basic rights of its citizens living there."

"The Pakistani government has to follow through on its promises to bring the region out of this human rights black hole and place the people of FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) under the protection of the law and constitution of Pakistan," Cordone said.

There is no quick-fix solution for decades of "misrule" and the conflict of the past few years, but the road to recovery starts with recognising the rights of the people of FATA, he said.

Amnesty said the US' use of drones to target insurgents in northwest Pakistan has generated considerable resentment inside the country.

It called on the US to clarify its chain of command and rules of engagement for the use of drones and ensure proper accountability for civilian casualties.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Amnesty-International-blasts-Pakistans-human-rights-situation/articleshow/6032097.cms

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'ISI guided LeT at every step for 26/11'

Diwakar & Vishwa Mohan

Jun 10, 2010

NEW DELHI: Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley has confirmed that Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists carried out the Mumbai attack under the "guidance" of Pakistan's ISI.

Headley, who is being interrogated in the US by a team of NIA officials, has said that the notorious ISI was engaged with the Lashkar commanders responsible for the 26/11 carnage at "each and every stage of the plot".

The account of the terrorist, who receed targets for Lashkar terrorists across the country, corroborates India's stand about the involvement of Pakistani state actors in terrorism, trains the spotlight on LeT-ISI tandem, and explains Pakistan's unwillingness to clamp down on the Lashkar leadership.

Headley has mentioned serving officers of Pakistan army — Major Sameer Ali, Major Iqbal and Major Haroon — as those who collaborated with the Lashkar terrorists. Major Sameer and Major Iqbal figured in the dossier India gave to Pakistani foreign secretary Salman Bashir.

NIA's sessions with Headley tally with what he is learnt to have told the FBI, including the crucial bit about Hafiz Saeed being in the loop through the plot.

Whether the disclosures that undercut its denial will lead Pakistan to step up its cooperation with the 26/11 probe remains unclear.

Home minister P Chidambaram is to demand voice samples of seven Lashkar commanders including Zakiur

Rahman Lakhvi, Zarar Shah, Abu Al Qama and others when he meets his Pakistani counterpart Rehman Malik during his visit to Islamabad for the conference of home ministers from SAARC region. Pakistan has so far refused to give voice samples which could help investigators ascertain the identity of those who instructed the 26/11 attackers as they went about their deadly assignment.

Headley has also spoken of how post-26/11, ISI wanted Lashkar to disown the Mumbai attack to turn the global attention away from the terror outfit that Pakistan considers to be an important strategic asset to be used against India. With Ajmal Kasab snared, and investigations by India and FBI homing in its nexus with Lashkar, ISI planned to blame the carnage on al-Qaida. It even prepared a list of 4-5 al-Qaida figures who were to be projected as the conspirators.

Significantly, the ploy did not work because of resitance from Lashkar leaders, particularly Zakiur Rahman Lakhvi, one of the 26/11 masterminds. Lashkar leaders who have proclaimed themselves to be innocent and have accused India of levelling baseless charges, felt that the increased notoriety after 26/11 had raised the terror profile of the group and was going to help them with recruitment and funds.

Headley also admitted that while he had started off as a Lashkar recruit, he started drifting towards Al Qaida under the influence of Major Abdul Rahman Saeed. Saeed, who served with 6 Baloch Regiment of Pakistan army, took voluntary retirement in 2002 to devote himself full time to Al Qaida's cause. Headley, who respected Saeed for his "sacrifice", went high in the retired major'e esteem because of precise inputs he provided for the 26/11 attack.

Saeed, with the help of Ilyas Kashmiri, drafted him for the plan to attack Danish newspaper Jylland Posten which published controversial cartoons of Prophet Mohammad. This, when Headley's original handler Sajid Mir wanted him to focus on Lashkar's anti-India mission.

During his Pakistan visit, Chidambaram will also ask Islamabad to locate and arrest 13 absconders found guilty by Indian courts.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/ISI-guided-LeT-at-every-step-for-26/11/articleshow/6030261.cms

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‘Attack on Ahmedis conspiracy to repeal laws against them’

09 Jun, 2010

LAHORE: A gathering of the leaders of 13 religious and political parties in Lahore claimed that the attack on Ahmedis on May 28 was part of a conspiracy to repeal the laws against them, BBCUrdu reported.

The meeting was held in an office of the Majlis Ahrar Islam in Lahore's Muslim Town. The parties concluded that a conspiracy was in place to debate the laws against Ahmedis, the report said.

Maulana Zahidul Rashdi, who is a founding member of the Muttahida Tehrik-i-Khatm-i-Nabuwat and also the Secretary-General of the Pakistan Shariat Council, read the joint statement at the meeting’s conclusion: The attack on Ahmedis is being used as an excuse to generate suspicions regarding the concept of khatm-i-nabuwat. 

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/04-ahmedis-laws-religious-groups-qs-08

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Comic book publisher praised for reflecting 'tolerance of Islam'

JUNE 10, 2010

Washington (CNN) --Kuwaiti publisher Naif al-Mutawa is having a week even his comic book superheroes might envy.

On Monday, President Obama singled him out for special praise for promoting international understanding with his "The 99" comics.

"His comic books have captured the imagination of so many young people with superheroes who embody the teachings and tolerance of Islam," Obama said.

And on Tuesday, Mutawa was treated like a rock star at the president's Summit on Entrepreneurship, with people lining up to get his flashy, superhero-embossed business cards and polite words of encouragement.

Full report at:

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/04/27/kuwait.comics/index.html?eref=rss_latest&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+rss/cnn_latest+(RSS:+Most+Recent)

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Pakistani Hindus demand protection from government

Jun 10 2010

Islamabad : The Pakistan Hindu Council has asked authorities to ensure the protection of the minority community and its temples even as lawmakers walked out of the Balochistan assembly to protest the killing of a Hindu trader.

The Pakistan Hindu Council called on the governments of Sindh and Balochistan provinces to protect Hindus in the wake of protests in Mithi town in Sindh against the desecration of an ashram.

Such protection will enable Hindus to play their role in Pakistan's development, PHC leaders said.

PHC patron Ramesh Kumar Vankwani and president Raja Assermal Manglani told reporters at the Karachi Press Club yesterday that a man named Photo Bajeer had entered the Saint Nenuram Ashram at Islamkot in Tharparkar district on Sunday and indulged in "sacrilegious" acts.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pakistani-hindus-demand-protection-from-government/632020/

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4 mln living under Taliban rule in Pakistan: Amnesty

June 10, 2010

 ISLAMABAD: Human rights group Amnesty International said Thursday that nearly four million people are effectively living under Taliban rule in northwest Pakistan and have been abandoned by the government.

The 130-page report entitled "As if Hell Fell on Me: The Human Rights Crisis in Northwest Pakistan" is likely to ruffle Pakistani officials who believe they made great strides last year in regaining ground from the Taliban.

The London-based organisation said there were credible reports that at least 1,300 civilians were killed during fighting in the northwest in 2009. There has been little official word on civilians hurt in anti-Taliban campaigns.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/6-10-2010/66432.htm

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Ministry bans music, dancing in schools

By MUHAMMAD AL-SULAMI

Jun 10, 2010

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Education issued on Wednesday a circular to all schools in the Kingdom ordering that no music or dancing be allowed during upcoming graduation celebrations. School events may also not be advertised in local media.

Graduation celebrations, it added, are to take place in the morning within the last three weeks of the academic year.

“The celebrations should not disrupt the school day, lead to the cancellations of classes or cause students and teachers to absent themselves the next day,” the ministry said, adding that no cameras should be allowed in schools.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article63501.ece

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Israel grants amnesty to 73 Fatah fighters

By MOHAMMED MAR'I

Jun 10, 2010

RAMALLAH: Israel has granted amnesty to a group of 73 Palestinian fighters from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an offshoot of President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement, Palestinian security sources said on Wednesday.

The sources said that out of the 73 militants, 13 were given full amnesty, giving them complete freedom of movement. The other 60 are free to move within Palestinian Authority-controlled areas or in the Palestinian security headquarters they serve.

According to the sources, the gesture was made in the framework of 2007 amnesty agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article63452.ece

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Israelis desecrate mosque

By MOHAMMED MAR’I

Jun 10, 2010

RAMALLAH: Jewish vandals desecrated a mosque on Wednesday in the Arab village of Ibtin, to the east of Haifa. The Islamic Movement’s northern branch said that “unknown extreme Jewish elements” vandalized the village’s Omar Ibn Al-Khattab Mosque.

Worshippers who arrived early Wednesday morning for prayer at the mosque discovered three slanderous messages sprayed on the mosque’s walls. The slogans read: “There will be a war over Judea and Samaria (West Bank),” “price tag” and “this structure is destined for demolition.” The graffiti also included Stars of David signs.

Locals suspect residents of the nearby Jewish community of Rechasim were behind the act.

Israeli media sources said the police have launched an investigation, but no one has been arrested.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article63494.ece

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Asir businesswomen organize fashion show

By HAYAT AL-GHAMDI

Jun 10, 2010

ABHA: Ten Saudi businesswomen in the southern region Asir ended their first conference last week, titled "Thought and Investment," with the region’s first fashion show in which they modeled traditional costumes watched by over 80 women spectators.

Haifa Himoud, chairwoman of the Businesswomen Committee at the Abha Chamber of Commerce and Industry, led the show wearing a traditional dress. She was followed by two of the region’s most famous businesswomen, Nura Al-Ghamdi and Muna Al-Biraik.

The clothes they modeled were designed by Aisha Al-Qahtani.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article63444.ece

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Explosion kills at least 39, injures 73 at wedding in Afghanistan

Jun 10, 2010

KANDAHAR: At least 39 people were killed and 73 wounded by a massive explosion at a wedding in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar on Wednesday, a senior official said.

The cause of the devastating blast was unclear, especially as insurgent attacks in the province, the heartland of the Taliban, are normally aimed at military or police targets and generally cause fewer casualties.

The toll was one of the highest in a single incident in recent months in war-torn Afghanistan.

"There was an explosion at a wedding at Nangahaan in Arghandab district. At least 39 bodies were transported to Kandahar central hospital. Seventy three people were wounded," said Mohammad Anaas, a senior official with the city administration present at the hospital.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/6030355.cms?prtpage=1

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Some Arab sympathy for burqa bans

Jun 10th, 2010

AMMAN, Jordan — As European country after European country banned Muslims from wearing the burqa, niqab or other Islamic clothing that covers a woman’s face completely, several Arab nations stood quietly by.

Few, if any, Arabs support such bans and the prohibitions raise questions among them about anti-Muslim sentiment in the West. However, many people in Jordan can at least understand where European countries are coming from, especially regarding security concerns.

In most cases, European politicians in support of banning complete facial covering avoided making religious arguments, instead arguing that clothing of any kind that hid a person’s face constituted a security threat.

Full report at:

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/egypt/100601/arab-burqa-ban-muslim-freedom

 

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Pakistani dentist?rejoins family?after being freed Asma Ali Zain

10 June 2010

 DUBAI — The Pakistani dentist reunited with his family in Lahore on Wednesday after being freed by the UAE authorities.

Speaking to Khaleej Times from Lahore, Haseeb Tahir Baig, brother-in-law of Dr Ayaz Ali Khan said the UAE authorities did not specify why he was being held in detention. “Right now he is tired and has been resting since he arrived in Lahore from Islamabad at 5am on Wednesday,” said Baig.

Dr Khan was detained by authorities on April 5 along with seven other Pakistanis from Ras Al Khaimah College of Dental Sciences. Two men were released on the same day.

“The UAE authorities have not barred Dr Khan from coming back to the country but he does not wish to return,” said Baig.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2010/June/theuae_June284.xml&section=theuae&col=

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UN sanctions should be 'thrown in dust bin': Ahmadinejad

June 10, 2010

Hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad led a chorus of defiant Iranian criticism of new UN sanctions imposed on the Islamic republic in the wake of yesterday's UN Security Council(UNSC) meeting, saying they deserved to be "thrown in the dust bin."

"These resolutions are not worth a dime for the Iranian nation," he said. "I gave one of them (world powers) a message that the resolutions you issue are like a used hanky which should be thrown in the dust bin. They are not capable of hurting Iranians."

The UN Security Council slapped a fourth set of punitive measures on Iran, hoping to persuade Tehran to curb its suspect nuclear programme through broadened military and financial sanctions. The vote in the 15-member council was 12 in favour of the US-drafted resolution, with Lebanon abstaining and Brazil and Turkey voting against.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/restofasia/UN-sanctions-should-be-thrown-in-dust-bin-Ahmadinejad/Article1-555590.aspx

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Hindu trader shot dead, son kidnapped in Pakistan

Jun 10, 2010

A Hindu businessman was shot dead and his son kidnapped by unidentified men disguised as paramilitary personnel in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, media reports said on Wednesday.

Police said four armed men wearing uniforms of a paramilitary force intercepted Ramesh Kumar and his son Rajesh Kumar while they were passing through the Satellite Town area of Quetta in their car on Tuesday.

The men tried to kidnap both the Hindus.

When the father and son resisted, the men opened fire. Ramesh Kumar was killed instantly while his son was kidnapped by the armed men.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/261609/Hindu-trader-shot-dead-son-kidnapped-in-Pakistan.html

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Protest in Balochistan assembly over Hindu trader’s killing

By Saleem Shahid

10 Jun, 2010

QUETTA, June 9: Balochistan ministers belonging to minority communities staged a walkout from the provincial assembly on Wednesday in protest against incidents of killing and kidnapping of Hindu businessmen in Quetta and other parts of the province.

Minister Jay Prakash Narain drew the attention of the house to Tuesday’s incident in which a Hindu businessman was killed and his son was kidnapped in Satellite Town area.

He said such incidents had become the order the day, causing a sense of insecurity among Hindus and other minority communities.

Ministers Basant Lal Gulshan and Jaffar George condemned the incidents and stressed the need for taking immediate steps for protecting the life and property of minority communities.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/protest-in-balochistan-assembly-over-hindu-traders-killing-060

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Bolton mosques among 100 most ‘women-friendly’

10th June 2010

THREE Bolton Mosques are among the top 100 “women-friendly” in England.

A new directory has been launched after consultations with Muslim women across the country, and Zakariyyah Masjid mosque in Peace Street, Daubhill; Farnworth Mosque in Granvill Street, Farnworth; and Masjid Noor Ul Islam mosque in Prospect Street, Halliwell, all feature.

The document awards star ratings to mosques judged by a series of requirements, including providing separate prayer space to women.

Other criteria include services and activities for women, an imam accessible to women — or a woman scholar — women holding office on mosque committees and the inclusion of women in decision-making at operational and strategic levels in the mosque.

Full report at:

http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/8211845.Bolton_mosques_among_100_most____women_friendly

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London taxis to extol virtues of Islam

10th June 2010

Fifty eight per cent of the British public associate Islam with extremism but a new campaign is promoting the religion on London transport

The purple, pink and green sign on the yellow London taxi reads: “The rights of women are sacred.”

This is not some spiritual feminist mantra born of the New Age, but comes out of one of the most traditional religions in the world.

The advertisement marks the launch of a campaign to promote a positive image of Islam, a religion not widely known for its promotion of the rights of women.

The negative view of a faith followed by nearly 1.6 billion people, or one fifth of the world’s population, is the main reason for the launch of the Inspired by Muhammad campaign.

Besides London taxis, the advertisements are to appear on Underground trains and bus stops.

Full report at:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article7146085.ece

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Canadian Muslim woman to lead mixed-gender prayers in London

10th June 2010

London, June 10 (IANS) A Canadian author may become the first Muslim-born woman to lead the prayers at a mixed-gender congregation in Britain Friday as mosques bow to demands from modern Muslim women for their right to pray and representation.

Raheel Raza, a resident of Toronto, has been invited to deliver the 'khutbah' at a congregation in Oxford by Taj Hargey, according to The Independent. Hargey is a self-described Imam and considered a liberal interpreter of Islam believing in mixed-gender prayers and female imams leading such congregations.

Raza is a rights activist and a Muslim feminist fighting for leadership roles for women in mosques. She had received death threats after leading a mixed-gender prayer congregation in Toronto five years ago.

Full report at:

http://mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=local&newsid=183290

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Sky's the limit for Muslim women in Kanodar

Pramod Panwar

Jun 10, 2010

PALANPUR: When Aalmin Mansuri of Kanodar village stood fifth in Banaskantha district, it did not come as a surprise for this 13,000-strong village on Ahmedabad-Delhi Highway, about 140 km from Ahmedabad. Aalmin is an example of the progressive outlook of the Shia Muslim community of the village, which comprises 90 per cent of the population. She scored 93.69 per cent marks.

There may be myths attached to women of this community across the country, but things are different in Kanodar. The women are considered equal to men in every respect. And, the village is close to achieving cent per cent literacy.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/rajkot/Skys-the-limit-for-Muslim-women-in-Kanodar/articleshow/6015902.cms

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American gets 15 years for aiding Al-Qaeda

June 10, 2010

NEW YORK: A Pakistani-born American man accused of providing support for Al-Qaeda's efforts to combat US forces in Afghanistan was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison, officials said.

A Justice Department statement said Syed Hashmi, 30, who pleaded guilty on April 27 to a charge of conspiracy to provide material support or resources to the terror network, received the maximum sentence under law from US District Chief Judge Loretta Preska.

US Attorney Preet Bharara said that "Hashmi was held accountable for his conduct, and his sentence makes clear that individuals who provide material will be brought to justice."

"Terrorist organizations like Al-Qaeda depend upon a wide array of individuals across the world to accomplish their violent objectives. This support network includes individuals like Syed Hashmi who embrace Al-Qaeda's violent ideology and stand ready to translate ideology into action," the prosecutor said.

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=106360

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22 bonded laborers rescued in Sialkot

June 10, 2010

SIALKOT: Police Wednesday claimed to have rescued a total of 22 persons of a family who were chained in a bricks-baking compartment near Sialkot, Geo news reported.

According to police sources, the rescued family was hailing from Bahawalpur whose 22 persons were allegedly chained in an imprisonment for two months by Sajjad Ahmed and Munawwar Hussain.

According to details, people in captivity would be pressed for bonded labor during day times and would be kept chained by legs in a compartment meant for baking bricks at night.

The head of imprisoned family namely Allah Datta managed to flee detention by someway or other and apprised police of his heart-captivating story.

Later, police contingents led by Inspector Shahid Ikram raided the house, rescuing the poor labourers and rounding up Shahbaz, Sajjad and Nazir Ahmed.

http://thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=106357

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Russia freezes missile supply to Iran

Jun 10, 2010

MOSCOW: Hours after UN Security Council imposed fresh tough sanctions against Iran, Russia said it was freezing a contract to deliver S-300 anti-missile system to Tehran.

"Under the latest sanctions delivery of S-300 missiles is ruled out," Director of defence think-tank CAST, Ruslan Pukhov was quoted as saying by Interfax.

The sanctions given the go-ahead by the Security Council last night target supply of weapons to Iran's powerful revolutionary guards, ballistic missiles and nuclear related investments.

The new resolution also bans Iran from pursuing "any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons and prohibits the country from buying several categories of heavy weapons including attack helicopters.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Russia-freezes-missile-supply-to-Iran/articleshow/6033165.cms

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Most Pakistanis are pacifist, says survey

By Amir Wasim

09 Jun, 2010

ISLAMABAD: A majority of Pakistanis don’t approve of Islamabad’s decision to join the US-led war on terror but, at the same time, they don’t believe that the Taliban are fighting for Islam, according to a survey carried out by the Pak Institute for Peace Studies (Pips).

Findings of the “Radicalisation in Pakistan” survey released on Tuesday show that 63.6 per cent of the respondents were against joining the war on terror, and 46.3pc were of the opinion that the Taliban were not fighting for Islam.

Even among those who sounded sympathetic to the militant organisation, 39.7pc condemned its acts of violence, such as attacks on girls’ schools, cinemas and CD shops. But about 22pc of them did not know how to respond to such acts.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/most-pakistanis-are-pacifist,-says-survey-960

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Bomb blast outside Pak Navy office in Karachi kills one

Jun 10, 2010

KARACHI: A bomb went off outside a Pakistan Navy office in the southern port city of Karachi, killing at least one person and injuring three others.

The bomb was hidden in a motorcycle that was in a parking area for two-wheelers outside the office at the Naval Colony in Baldia Town area, police officials said.

The identity of the dead and injured could not immediately be ascertained. Police said two suspects were arrested soon after the blast.

The Pakistan Navy office disbursed salaries of naval employees. It windows were blown out by the blast, which also damaged several motorcycles in the parking lot.

Personnel from the navy and Pakistan Rangers cordoned off the site after the blast and launched an investigation.

Ambulances rushed the injured to nearby hospitals. No group claimed responsibility for the attack. Karachi is the main base for the Pakistan Navy.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Pakistan/Bomb-blast-outside-Pak-Navy-office-in-Karachi-kills-one-/articleshow/6031675.cms

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2 Bosnian Serbs given life imprisonment for Srebrenica genocide

Jun 10, 2010

THE HAGUE, Netherlands: A UN tribunal has sentenced two Bosnian Serb army officers to life imprisonment for committing genocide at the UN-declared safe zone of Srebrenica in 1995.

If Thursday's convictions are upheld, Vujadin Popovic and Ljubia Beara will be the only defendants sentenced for genocide by the UN Yugoslav tribunal.

Another officer has been found guilty of aiding and abetting genocide in the ``summary execution'' of more than 7,000 Bosnian Muslims in the enclave. He was given 35 years in prison.

Four other Bosnian Serb army and police officers also were convicted of war crimes and given sentences ranging from five to 19 years.

The Srebrenica case is the largest trial ever conducted by the UN Yugoslav court.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/2-Bosnian-Serbs-given-life-imprisonment-for-Srebrenica-genocide/articleshow/6032524.cms

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Turkey is calling for a jihad against Israel

JUNE 10, 2010

Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, called the Israeli raid on the Mava Marmaris "murder conducted by a state". Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

Support for Turkey is at an all-time high in the Arab world. The last time Turkish flags were carried through the streets of Middle Eastern capitals was during the first world war, as people took to the streets in continued support for the Ottoman sultan-caliph against the western entente powers. The sultan-caliph had proclaimed a jihad. Thanks to Turkish government support of a blockade-running mission led by a group of Hamas sympathisers, they are flying once again. No ruling Arab leader is as popular as the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose discourse amounts to calls for a jihad against Israel.

Full report at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/jun/08/turkey-jihad-israel-flotilla

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Anti-mosque protestors anti-American, too

JUNE 10, 2010

An angry mob showed up in lower Manhattan to protest the opening of an extremist Islamic center that aims to mock the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, and create an army of jihadists who'll wage a battle that will eventually, if successful, destroy the America.

Sound far-fetched? That's because it is.

The above statement is pure fabrication. Pure fabrication - with the exception of the angry mob. They actually did show up.

Egged on by right-wing talk radio and the rest of the tea party crowd, these people descended to protest a "mosque" they perceived to be too close to Ground Zero.

Every mosque, they argued, is a breeding ground for terrorists, as Islam is based in cruelty and terror and its logical outcome is the fight against modernity, democracy and tolerance.

Full report at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wires/2010/06/09/antimosque-protestors-ant_ws_605461.html

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Pakistani detained in Chile says he was framed

10 Jun, 2010

SANTIAGO: A Pakistani man being investigated in a terror probe after being detained at the US Embassy told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he thinks it all must be a mistake.

“Everything is so weird. I am still trying to think what happened,” Mohammed Saif-Ur-Rehman Khan said in an interview in his public defender’s office.

Khan, 28, repeated his denials that he has anything to do with terrorism, and said he can’t figure out why Chilean police say they found traces of tetryl, a chemical used to boost the power of explosives, in his bag, on his cell phone and on clothing in his apartment.

Khan had been called to the US Embassy to be told his visa was revoked because of information received by the US government, the State Department has said.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/14-pakistani-detained-in-chile-says-he-was-framed-zj-02

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12 killed in Mogadishu violence

10 Jun, 2010

MOGADISHU, June 9: Fighting between government forces and rebels, and a roadside blast on Wednesday killed at least 12 people in the Somali capital and wounded 22 others, a medic and residents said.

The anarchic country's UN-backed Transitional Federal Government controls just a few blocks of the war-scarred coastal city and its security forces have been fighting to regain Mogadishu's north.

Residents in the first incident said rebels attacked government forces between the president's palace and the main Bakara Market, prompting an exchange of shells and machinegun fire.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/international/12-killed-in-mogadishu-violence-060

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Ten rebels killed in Chechnya

June 10, 2010

MOSCOW: Ten rebels including a Jordanian were killed during an operation by Russian forces in the volatile Chechnya region, local news agency reported Thursday. 

The operation took place in a forest in the Vedeno region of southwest Chechnya, an official with the Russian special forces in the north Caucasus told the agency.

"Ten rebels were shot dead. One of them has been identified," he said, naming the man as Yassir Amarat, a Jordanian who was leader of the rebel group.     

Amarat was suspected of several crimes against Russian soldiers and local residents, the official said.

Authorities in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region, which includes Dagestan, Ingushetia and Chechnya, are battling an insurgency that has seen almost daily shootings and bomb attacks.         

http://thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=106377

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Two soldiers, 20 Taliban killed in FATA

10 Jun, 2010

HANGU/KHAR: As many as 14 militants were killed and three security forces personnel injured in clashes in various areas of Upper Orakzai Agency, sources told Daily Times on Wednesday.

The sources said that 6 militants were killed and a soldier injured in a clash in Arhagand Kandao while 8 militants were killed and two security personnel injured in Sunpaka Kandao.

Also on Wednesday, a government official said that militants had attacked two security checkpoints in Mohmand near the Afghan border, sparking an intense gun battle that killed two soldiers and six Taliban militants.

Maqsood Khan said that several soldiers and militants were wounded in the overnight fight.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\10\story_10-6-2010_pg7_8

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Attack unlikely to impact Nato supplies: Pentagon

10 Jun, 2010

WASHINGTON, June 9: An insurgent attack that left a large Nato convoy in flames in Pakistan is unlikely to disrupt the supply of US and allied forces in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

Gunmen torched up to 60 trailers and killed seven people in the attack on a truck depot south of Islamabad, one of the biggest losses of its kind, officials in Pakistan said.

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman called it a “vicious attack of some scale” but said it represented only a small fraction of the supplies pouring into Afghanistan amid a major build-up of US and Nato forces.

“Fifty or 60 containers is not a small attack by any means, but you look at that in terms of its impact on our overall operations, it’s not going to have an effect,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/attack-unlikely-to-impact-nato-supplies-pentagon-060

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Hamas says Gaza needs cement, not soft drinks

Jun 10, 2010

GAZA: Israel is easing its Gaza embargo to allow snack food and beverages into the Palestinian enclave, Palestinian officials said on Wednesday, following an international outcry over Israel's raid on an aid flotilla.

Hamas, the Islamist group that rules the Gaza Strip, said the territory needs cement — banned by Israel and essential for reconstruction after a December 2008-January 2009 war — not soft drinks.

An Israeli government official said the decision, announced hours before US President Barack Obama was to host Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Washington, was unrelated to Israel's May 31 takeover of the convoy that challenged its Gaza blockade.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article63449.ece

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Darfur rebels free 35 Sudan army prisoners

Jun 10, 2010

KHARTOUM: Darfur rebels said on Wednesday they had freed 35 Sudanese soldiers captured in recent clashes — the latest confirmation of continued fighting in the strife-torn region.

The release, confirmed by the International Committee of the Red Cross, coincided with a surge of violence in Darfur, after the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) suspended its participation in peace talks.

JEM told Reuters this week that it had grabbed the soldiers during almost "continuous" clashes with Sudan's army in central and southern Darfur. "We handed over 35 prisoners of war in south Darfur. Nine of them are injured," senior JEM official Al-Tahir Al-Feki told Reuters.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article63486.ece

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Abayas that mirror World Cup frenzy

By DIANA AL-JASSEM

Jun 10, 2010

JEDDAH: Even though the Saudi national football team has not qualified for the 2010 World Cup that is to begin in South Africa on Friday, Saudi designers are insisting on celebrating the tournament with flair with the launch of a new selection of abayas with World Cup themes.

Many Saudis and abaya designers are divided whether to welcome the abayas, which are brocaded with colorful fabric and logos of the different international teams participating in the tournament.

Rania Khogaer, a Saudi designer and design teacher at King Abdulaziz University, is leading the way with the new abayas.

“Designing these World Cup abayas is a very normal and welcome step. Most of my students at university have asked me to specially design them … I decided to design the abayas following requests from my students, children and their friends,” she said.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article63471.ece

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Scientists decode camel DNA

By SARAH ABDULLAH

Jun 10, 2010

JEDDAH/RIYADH: Over 20 scientists from Saudi Arabia and China said on Wednesday that they had completed mapping the genome of the Arabian camel which could lead to potential medical discoveries.

Speaking at a press conference in Riyadh, scientists from King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and China’s Shenzhen-based Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) explained how the single-humped Arabian camel (known by its scientific name as Camelus dromedarius) is part of a select few mammals that have been studied in this way.

“The Arabian camel today enters a highly exclusive club of selected few mammals which have had their full genome sequenced and analyzed,” the two institutions said in a joint statement.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article63495.ece

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Obama calls for a better approach in Gaza Strip

By BARBARA FERGUSON

Jun 10, 2010

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama described the increasingly tense environment in the Mideast as “unsustainable” and called on Wednesday for a “better approach” in blockaded Gaza, one that would satisfy the security and other needs of both Israel and the Palestinians.

Welcoming Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the White House for talks, Obama also predicted “real progress” in coming months in US efforts to nudge the Israelis and Palestinians toward direct peace talks.

The two leaders also discussed specific projects to help improve the plight of Palestinians in Gaza, the status of the peace process and the latest developments in the region.

Obama also discussed a “long-term strategy for progress that we will advance through consultations” with the Palestinians, Israelis, Egyptians and other partners, a White House official said.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article63487.ece

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Iran sanctions ‘impetus’ for diplomacy: Russia

10 June 2010

 MOSCOW - Russia’s foreign ministry said Wednesday new UN sanctions on Iran aiming to rein in its suspect nuclear programme were designed as an incentive to resolve the issue through diplomatic channels.

“It is clear that the sanctions will not settle the problem of Iran’s nuclear programme by themselves,” it said in a statement. “Our efforts aim to give impetus to a political and diplomatic settlement of the issue.”

It added that a UN Security Council resolution adopted earlier Wednesday did not impose “stifling or paralysing” sanctions on Iran and ruled out the use of force.

“Nothing in the resolution would warrant measures or actions that go beyond the limits of the resolution including the use of force or threats to use force,” it said.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/June/middleeast_June345.xml&section=middleeast

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Nine killed in series of Iraq attacks

June 10, 2010

Nine people were killed, including three jewellers and two members of an anti-Qaeda militia, in violence across Iraq yesterday, security officials said.

In the southern port city of Basra, the jewellers were killed and two civilians wounded when a gang of four armed men attacked shops in the city's old town at around 8:00 pm (local time). The men shot the jewellers before ransacking the shops, Basra police said.

Two other people were killed and five wounded when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeting a US military convoy detonated his explosives in central Iraq. The attack, which occurred at around noon in Al-Muqdadiyah, north of Baghdad in Diyala province, also damaged an American humvee, an official at Diyala operations command said.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/restofasia/Nine-killed-in-series-of-Iraq-attacks/Article1-555591.aspx

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US to ensure weapons to Pak not used against India

Jun 10, 2010

ADDRESSING India’s apprehensions over the end- use of US military aid to Pakistan, the Barack Obama administration said the US has sought assurances from that country to ensure weapons provided were not used against India.

This is for the first time the US has come out in public to state it was taking appropriate steps to ensure its military aid to Pakistan was not diverted for use against India.

Indian concerns over Pakistan aid issue was discussed during last week’s firstever strategic dialogue between India and the US — co- chaired by external affairs minister S. M. Krishna and secretary of state Hillary Clinton in Washington.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Pakistan for joint fight against terror

Vinay Kumar

Jun 10, 2010

ISTANBUL: Pakistan's Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said he is looking forward to the visit of Home Minister P. Chidambaram later this month to Islamabad for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Home Ministers' meeting, and expressed the hope that the two neighbours would jointly root out the menace of terrorism.

“Mr. Chidambaram will be visiting Islamabad soon. I want to know from him what India would want from us and what more steps Pakistan can take in its operations against terrorists. I want both the countries to build more confidence and clear the air on issues like fighting terrorism,” Mr. Qureshi said on Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/06/10/stories/2010061062971300.htm

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Gaza: India for collective response

Atul Aneja

Jun 10, 2010

DUBAI: India has acknowledged that Israel's Gaza blockade has created a humanitarian crisis but asserted that the problem cannot be resolved through unilateral means.

At a press conference, Minister of Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma, who has arrived here after participating in a security conference in Turkey, said: “ This [blockade by Israel] has created a humanitarian crisis of immense proportion [and] the international community collectively has a duty to address it and give relief to the civilian population.”

Mr. Sharma made his remarks at a time when the Free Gaza Movement (FGM), which is the overarching group behind the Gaza aid flotilla that Israel raided on May 31, has announced it would breach the Gaza blockade unilaterally by sending more ships, within the next two months.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/06/10/stories/2010061063311500.htm

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India to press Pak for voice samples of Saeed, Lakhvi

Rajendra Khatry

Jun 10 2010

New Delhi : India will seek to press Pakistan to hand over the voice samples of Lashkar-e-Toiba founder Hafiz Saeed and commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi when Union Home Minister P Chidambaram meets Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik in the bilateral engagements between the two neighbours during the SAARC Interior Ministers’ Conference later this month.

As per sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), India is expected to renew its demand for voice samples of the key LeT operatives so that it can match them with the voices of the handlers of the 10 terrorists who attacked Mumbai on November 26, 2008. “All we want is the voice samples of people like Hafiz Saeed and Lakhvi so that we can match them with voices of those who were supervising the terrorists on the phone during the 26/11 attack,” said a government functionary. “What could be Pakistan’s objection to that?”

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/india-to-press-pak-for-voice-samples-of-saeed-lakhvi/631792/

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NIA continues to grill Headley

Jun 09 2010

Chicago : Lashkar-e-Toiba operative David Headley, a key accused in 26/11 attacks, continues to be grilled by a four-member team of Indian investigators, who will return home with the details of the questioning next week.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) team, led by Loknath Bahera, has been questioning Pakistani-American Headley face-to-face, eliciting information about his role in the Mumbai attacks, the wider conspiracy and all those involved in the carnage, sources said.

The interrogation of Headley, who is accused of having conducted recce for the Mumbai attacks, is expected to shed more light on the LeT's plans regarding terror attacks in India.

The questioning of 49-year-old Headley, currently being held in the federal lock-up Metropolitan Correctional Centre here, revolved around the places he had visited in run up to the Mumbai terror attacks of November 2008 and the people he had been in touch with.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/nia-continues-to-grill-headley/631564/

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What does India want us to do on terror front, asks Qureshi

Jun 09 2010

Istanbul : As it prepares to receive Home Minister P Chidambaram later this month, Pakistan on Wednesday said it wanted to know from him as to what India wants to be done on terrorism front so that relations could normalise.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said if the two countries are able to end trust deficit and improve relations, it would have a spin-off effect on a number of activities, including trade and tourism.

"In my view, both countries have suffered on account of terrorism. In my view, both countries should engage to deal with this issue of terrorism. We can do it collectively in a more effective manner," he told an interview here.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/what-does-india-want-us-to-do-on-terror-front-asks-qureshi/631602/

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