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Islam is once again under the scanner, with the unearthing of the Students’ Islamic Movement of India (Simi) terror trail. With the logo of its offshoot, the ‘Indian Mujahideen’, displaying guns on either side of the Quran, the connection made with Islam is ugly. And misguiding, says Firoz Bakht Ahmed, a commentator on social and religious issues.

 

WASHINGTON: The top US commander in Afghanistan Thursday publicly accused Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate of "some complicity" over time with militant groups fomenting violence in Afghanistan.

 

WHEN President George W. Bush visited India in 2006, a proud Prime Minister Manmohan Singh informed the leader of the free world that unlike in Pakistan and the rest of the world, there were no Indian Muslims in Al-Qaeda ranks...The Indian Muslims were somehow different — more progressive and more reasonable, all thanks to the great Indian democracy....But I am not so sure now. The series of terror attacks in recent times, from Hyderabad to Bangalore to Ahmedabad, have shaken not only the Indian state but the Muslim community as well, writes Aijaz Zaka Syed in Arab News.

 

URUMQI, CHINA: An Islamic group that has threatened to attack the Olympics released a new video warning Muslims to avoid planes, trains and buses used by Chinese, a US group that monitors militant organisations said.

 

NEW DELHI: Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) is one of the 34 banned outfits in the country but around 50 of its fronts, which work as cover for the terrorist group, are carrying out their business as usual.

 

Indian Mujahideen, the group that says it bombed Ahmedabad, taps into a deep sense of grievance among India's Muslims, writes Randeep Ramesh in the guardian.co.uk.

 

Violence runs through this 'stable' India, built on poverty and injustice

The country the west loves to call a peaceful, capitalist success has a terrorism death toll second only to Iraq, says author Pankaj Mishra in The Guardian.

 

Mahore: In this remote hamlet on the foothills of Pir Panjal range of Reasi district, Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus have come together to fight militancy. Secularism is not merely a theoretical concept for the residents but they live it every day, reports Luv Puri of The hindu.

 

Since the serial blasts in the southern city of Hyderabad last August, India's intelligence has failed to pick up leads. "That explains the complete dearth of intelligence on the groups responsible for this year's serial explosions in Jaipur, Bangalore and Ahmedabad. Our intelligence has become too dependent on technology," says BB Nandi, one of India's best known spymasters. A report by  Subir Bhaumik, BBC News, Calcutta.

 

AHMEDABAD: A couple of years back, a Muslim police officer went to visit a colleague from the same community, who was on his death bed suffering from cancer. When the patient saw him, he grabbed the officer's hand and pleaded: "I have very little time left. I have done so much wrong in life. We have killed some innocent people, branding them terrorists. Do go to their families and apologize on my behalf." A Times of India report by Prashant Dayal.

 

NEW DELHI: Prominent Muslim organisations have described the serial bomb blasts in Bangalore and Ahmedabad as a heinous crime against entire humanity. The All India Milli Council, Jamaat-Islami Hind and All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat said that no effort should be spared to nab the culprits behind these dastardly crimes. They offered condolences and sympathies to the families of those killed and also the injured.

 

AT LEAST 16 policemen in northwest China were killed on Monday in a suspected terrorist attack, raising security fears four days before the Beijing Olympics. In what was one of the deadliest assaults in China in years, a truck was aimed at 70 police officers jogging near their barracks in Kashgar, a city in the Muslim majority Xinjiang region...Oil- rich Xinjiang is home to 8 million Turkish- speaking Uighurs.

 

Six years after being driven from power, the Taliban are demonstrating a resilience and a ferocity that are raising alarm here, in Washington, and in other NATO capitals, and they are engendering a fresh round of soul-searching. How has this relatively ragtag insurgency managed to keep the world’s most powerful armies at bay? A New York Times report.

 

In the past seven years, the US government has given over $10 billion to Pakistan for the specific purpose of fighting extremists and helping in the war in Afghanistan.Yet, Pakistan has slowly descended into an ever-widening whirlpool of extremist violence, with its western region bordering Afghanistan becoming a virtual safe haven for extremists...Experts say that the huge funding has largely gone to shore up Pakistan's military facilities and line the pockets of the military establishment.

 

Hundreds of thousands of Shia Muslims congregated in Islamabad today and staged a sit-in in front of the Parliament House to register a strong protest against the continuous atrocities being perpetrated against the innocent momineen of Parachanar , Dera Ismail Khan , Taank , areas of Kurram agency, Quetta and the most recent target killings of mominin witnessed in Karachi.

 

An earlier report from International Herald Tribune, “Shiites flee enclave in Pakistan after Taliban lay siege” by Jane Perlez and Pir Zubair Shah, Islamabad.

 

The Pakistani military establishment will oppose any move that could potentially reduce its powers, or the powers of the ISI. Given the architecture of Pakistan’s domestic politics and in the absence of sustained global pressure, a diminution of the ISI’s extraordinary powers and network cannot be expected in the proximate future. The shadowy ‘state within a state’, and its mandate of subversion and terror, will consequently continue to be a cause for serious global concern, says Indian strategic analyst Kanchan Lakshman.

 

KARACHI: The threat of Talibanisation is on the rise in Karachi and Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) activists must remain ‘mentally and physically vigilant’ to face the threat, MQM chief Altaf Hussain said on Sunday.

"What kind of Muslims do they [the Taliban] want to make us? Actually, they [the Taliban] want to bring the shariah of the Kalashnikov into force but people will not tolerate such a forced shariah,” Altaf said.

 

IT is hardly an exaggeration that the security of Pakistan, Afghanistan, the entire region and indeed that of the whole world will be defined by developments in Fata over the next few months. Different scenarios are being painted by military strategists and political experts, writes Afrasiab Khattak.

 

Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI is looking for an "opportunity" to push nearly 800 militants into India and vigil has been further intensified at the country's frontiers to prevent it, Border Security Force (BSF) Director General AK Mitra said on Monday.

 

A US Army biodefense scientist Dr. Ivins' suicide last week after he learned that he was about to be indicted for murder, in the Anthrax terrorism case, has already re-ignited a debate: Has the unprecedented boom in biodefense research made the country and the world less secure by multiplying the places and people with access to dangerous germs? ERIC LIPTON and SCOTT SHANE write on the deate in The New York Times.

 

British Muslims are part of the Taliban militia fighting against UK security forces in Afghanistan, a top British commander, who served in the restive country, has said.

 

European intelligence chiefs have launched a major investigation into the threat posed by female Islamic militants within the EU, whose involvement runs from logistics or propaganda activity to suicide bombing, they say. A report by Jason Burke, Europe editor, The Observer, London.

 

Success in the Pakistani tribal belt can offer an incentive to the Afghan Pashtun tribes and could go a long way towards making the Afghanistan effort a success, writes Shaukat Qadir in Daily Times, Lahore

 

The seven-year investigation into the anthrax attacks that traumatized and baffled the nation just weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks has taken a stunning new turn with the apparent suicide of a scientist who was the prime suspect in the case.

With investigators close to filing charges against him, the scientist — Bruce E. Ivins, 62 — apparently took his own life with a prescription painkiller, Tylenol mixed with codeine. He died Tuesday at a hospital in Frederick, Md., about an hour’s drive north of Washington. A report by DAVID STOUT and MITCHELL L. BLUMENTHAL in The New York Times.

 

The Deoband's denouncement of terror is not enough. Their dictates must show an impact on Islamic terror outfits, otherwise its papers and faxes would remain nothing more than a crude PR exercise. It's the bounden duty of Muslim leaders to make it sure and visible that those involved in jihadi barbaric attacks are condemned as un-Islamic and are practically declared non-Muslims like they have done with regard to many others in the past, writes Tarun Vijay, a Hindu nationalist ideologue.

 
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