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29 Oct 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com
'Geo News' Team Tortured in Gujranawala

Woman suicide bomber hits Afghan government office

Gaddafi son Saif al-Islam says he is innocent

Pakistan out of loop on Afghan peace process

'Post-Parliament attack, India deployed N-capable missiles on border': Condoleezza Rice

BBC show to expose Pak links with Taliban, Qaida

'Suicide bombing' hits Turkish town

Suicide bomber strikes foreign convoy in Kabul

Man in Afghan army uniform kills two foreign troops: NATO

SHO among two killed in Nowshera suicide attack

17 soldiers dead in Syria: activists

NATO troops, Afghans among Kabul attack casualties

13 Taliban killed in S. Waziristan drone attack

Quran-bonfire pastor to join US Prez race

Pak says India played big role in its bid for UNSC seat

Pakistan, Minority student allowed to take MBBS entry test

Pakistan successfully test-fires cruise missile

Terrorists’ safe havens in Pakistan a big threat: Pentagon

Pak: ‘NATO should act against terrorist safe havens in Afghanistan’

‘Musharraf arrest warrant in Bugti case to open Pandora’s Box’

Strict measures in Hazara Division lessens crime rate

Pak judicial commission on 26/11 to visit India

Pak Hindu challenges rule stipulating compulsory Islamic studies

ICC warns Libya's Saif Gaddafi against fleeing

Omar amends a ‘feared’ state law

Tunisia: Teetering on the Arab brink

Israel, Egypt carry out prisoner swap

Syria activists call for 'no-fly' zone

US presses Pakistan on border fire

Jahangir Badar lambasts PML-N over Friday rally

Protests rock Tunisia over poll results

Pak Senate Chairman expunges remarks of JUI-F Senator on Afghanistan

Gilani urges C’wealth states to be more resilient to challenges

Pak-Australian development partnership programme inked

PPP old workers disappointed over corruption of their leadership: Mushahidullah

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/NewAgeIslamIslamicWorldNews_1.aspx?ArticleID=5789

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'Geo News' team tortured in Gujranawala

Oct. 29, 2011

GUJRANWALA: 'Geo News' team was tortured and threatened when it reached to take point of view of private school administration after a teacher painted black the face of seven girl students over not learning the lesson.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=25633&title=Geo-News-team-tortured

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Woman suicide bomber hits Afghan government office

Oct 29, 2011,

KABUL: Afghan police say a female suicide bomber has blown herself up as she tried to attack a local government office in the capital of Kunar province.

The province is a hotbed of militancy in northeast Afghanistan along the Pakistan border.

Deputy provincial police chief, Abdul Sabor Allayar, says the guards outside the government's intelligence office in Asad Abad became suspicious of the woman and started shooting, at which point she detonated her explosives.

There were no other casualties in Saturday's attack.

Afghan and US-led coalition forces conducted operations earlier this month, killing more than 100 insurgents in an effort to curb violence in rugged areas of Kunar where the coalition and Afghan government have a light footprint.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Woman-suicide-bomber-hits-Afghan-government-office/articleshow/10528932.cms?prtpage=1

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Gaddafi son Saif al-Islam says he is innocent

29 October 2011

Saif al-Islam - the son of slain ex-Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi - says he is innocent of crimes against humanity, an international prosecutor has said.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said talks with Saif al-Islam had been held through intermediaries.

The ICC says Gaddafi's son, accused of crimes during the recent conflict in Libya, would get a fair trial.

Saif al-Islam, aged 39, has been in hiding for months.

Recent reports claimed the man, who had once been the presumed successor to his father, was in a convoy heading toward Libya's desert border with Niger, where other Gaddafi allies have fled.

But those reports have not been confirmed, and the ICC says it does not know where he is.

Prosecutor's fears

Mr Moreno-Ocampo told Reuters that the contacts with Saif al-Islam were through intermediaries, without revealing their identity.

"There are some people connected with him that in touch with people connected with us, so we have no direct relation," the prosecutor said.

Saif al-Islam: ICC charges

Indirect co-perpetrator of murder and persecution as crimes against humanity

Between 15 February and 28 February, Gaddafi security forces carried out systematic attacks against civilians

Saif al-Islam "assumed essential tasks" to make sure plan worked

He added: "But we trust very much the person who is in touch for our side. He says he (Saif al-Islam) is innocent, he will prove he is innocent, and then he is interested in the consequence after that."

Mr Moreno-Ocampo earlier expressed fears that Saif al-Islam might decide against surrendering to the ICC and try to escape to a friendly country with the help of mercenaries.

The ICC denies that any kind of deal is being arranged with Saif al-Islam, stressing that the goal of the talks is to ensure an arrest warrant is carried out.

An ICC arrest warrant issued for Saif al-Islam in June accuses him of murder and persecution.

The document claims that he played an essential part in systematic attacks on civilians in various Libyan cities carried out by Gaddafi's security forces in February.

Mr Moreno-Ocampo said the ICC had learnt "through informal channels" that mercenaries were offering to move Saif al-Islam to a country that has not signed up to the ICC's Rome statute.

Reports say Zimbabwe is a likely final destination for Saif al-Islam if he chooses to flee from the ICC.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was a long-time ally of Muammar Gaddafi.

ICC difficulties

The ICC has no police force of its own, but member countries are legally bound to enforce its warrants.

Sir Geoffrey Nice QC: "What happens to Saif al-Islam shouldn't really be subject to behind-the-scenes deals"

However, the credibility of the court has been called into question in recent years in Africa.

Many of the continent's governments have argued that the ICC disproportionately focuses on crimes in their countries.

Those claims have led the African Union to advise its members that they should no longer feel bound by the ICC's rules.

Member countries including Malawi, Chad and Kenya have all defied the court by failing to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who has a long-standing arrest warrant against him.

The warrant issued against Saif al-Islam came alongside warrants for intelligence chief Abdullah al-Sanussi, who is still believed to be on the run, and Muammar Gaddafi.

The former Libyan leader, who was deposed in August after six months of civil conflict, died from gunshot wounds last week after fierce fighting in the city of Sirte.

The National Transitional Council (NTC) is now overseeing political reform intended to lead to national elections within eight months.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-15503638

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Pakistan out of loop on Afghan peace process

Oct 29, 2011,

In an interview with BBC in Rawalpindi, Abbas said that Pakistan had neither been taken into confidence nor the Pakistani government had been informed about the objectives of the reconciliation process.

Pakistan can only help in the Afghan reconciliation process when it is taken into confidence, he said.

“We have not been informed and not been taken into confidence on a possible roadmap or a practicable shape of the reconciliation process so far,” he said.

The army spokesman said that “we have not been informed about who is taking part in the reconciliation process and what are its objectives”.

The Afghanistan issue was heading towards a settlement and there was a need to determine the role of every stakeholder in the conflict and how the reconciliation process would be pushed forward and what would be role of Pakistan in this situation, he said, adding that only in that case, Pakistan would be able to decide whether it could persuade one group or the other to take part in the conciliation process. “We cannot guarantee the success of the reconciliation process because none of the groups is in our pocket,” he said.

The director general termed a BBC report, alleging that the Pakistan Army and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) supplied and protected the Afghan Taliban and al Qaeda highly biased and one-sided.

“We consider that report highly biased, it is one-sided, it doesn’t have the version of the side which is badly hit or affected by this report,” Major General Athar Abbas said. “So therefore, other than that, it is factually incorrect,” he said.

He said that the head of ISI had already said “not a single bullet or financial support” had been given to groups named in the BBC report. Abbas said that about 300 ISI officials have been killed in Pakistani Taliban’s attacks and it was a proof that the ISI did not support militants.

He said that the US had been told that the accusation against Pakistan would only benefit terrorists. daily times monitor

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011%5C10%5C28%5Cstory_28-10-2011_pg1_1

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'Post-Parliament attack, India deployed N-capable missiles on border': Condoleezza Rice

Oct 29, 2011,

India had deployed nuclear- capable missiles on its western border and refused to budge under US pressure to hold any talks with Pakistan after the 2001 attack on its Parliament by terrorists from across the border, says former top American diplomat Condoleezza Rice.

And what added to the tension in the White House's Situation Room in December 2001 was the sharp differences between the Pentagon and CIA about the ground realities in South Asia, she writes in her memoir 'No Higher Honor' that is set to hit the stands next week.

While CIA was informing the White House that India was on its way to war, the Pentagon was concluding that it was not the case, Rice, who then was National Security Adviser to President George W Bush, said.

In fact, Rice writes that CIA was speaking the language of Pakistan, which wanted the entire world to believe, in particular the US, that India was ready to attack them.

"The CIA believed that armed conflict was unavoidable because India had already decided to 'punish' Pakistan. That is likely the view that Islamabad held and wanted us to hold too.

"The fact is that after years of isolation from India, a country that had viewed the United States with suspicion for decades, the CIA was heavily reliant on Pakistani sources in 2001," Rice says in her book.

During the eight years of the Bush administration, Rice served as both the National Security Adviser and Secretary of State. "Looking at the same events unfolding on the ground, the Pentagon and the CIA gave very different assessments of the likelihood of war," she said.

"The Defence Department, relying largely on reporting and analysis from the Defence Intelligence Agency, viewed preparations as steps similar to those that any military (including our own) would take given the circumstances. In the Pentagon's view, a build-up was not necessarily evidence of a formal decision to launch an attack," Rice writes.

Rice said the President and the National Security Council (NSC) Principals were frustrated with the ups and downs of the assessment over the next three days. "The Defence Department and the CIA remained very far apart," she said.

As there was no let-up in the tension between the two neighbours, Rice said the US and Britain joined hands and organised a series of high-profile visits to the two countries with the view that there would be no war as long as some important dignitary was in the region.

Colin (Powell, the then Secretary of State) and Jack Straw, the British Foreign Minister, organised a brilliant diplomatic campaign that could be summed up as dispatching as many foreign visitors to Pakistan and India as possible.

"We reasoned that the two wouldn't go to war with high-ranking foreigners in the region. Every time they accepted a visit, we breathed a sigh of relief. We needed to buy time," Rice writes, recollecting the events of those days.

But the situation continued to deteriorate, she said, adding that by December 23 there were reports of troop movements as well as a disturbing one that India was preparing to move short-range ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads to the Indian-Pakistani border.

"We reviewed the list of dignitaries who had been deployed to the region, searching for possible intermediaries through whom we could send messages to the adversaries, and agreed to reconvene the next day," Rice said.

Given the volatility of the situation in South Asia, Rice said she cancelled her Christmas vacation at her aunt's house in Norfolk Virginia and rushed to Washington the next day.

"By December 27 the reports were confirmed: India had, indeed moved nuclear-capable missiles to the border. Colin called Jaswant Singh, the Indian Minister of External Affairs, and asked that the two countries sit down and talk. The suggestion was flatly rejected," Rice writes.

With Powell not able to make any headway, Rice writes, she called her Indian counterpart Brajesh Mishra, the National Security Adviser to Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Mishra, who is normally "unfailingly calm and reasonable", Rice said, this time was on edge and agitated.

"(The then Pakistan President) 'Musharraf and the Pakistanis have done nothing', he said. War fever was rising in India," Rice wrote.

Rice, however, skipped the kind of conversations she had with Mishra and what transpired between the two top officials, but said that tense situation defused soon.

On December 31, Pakistan arrested the founder and leader of Lashkar-e-Taiba.

"A little over a week later on January 12, Musharraf delivered a televised address condemning terrorism in all forms, rejecting terrorist activity in the name of Kashmir and pledging to ban all terror groups," Rice said.

http://dailypioneer.com/pioneer-news/top-story/16448-post-par-attack-india-deployed-n-capable-missiles-on-border.html

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BBC show to expose Pak links with Taliban, Qaida

Ashis Ray,

Oct 29, 2011,

LONDON: BBC TV will broadcast the second part of its investigative documentary series entitled " Secret Pakistan" on November 2. Called Backlash and filmed mostly in Pakistan and Afghanistan , the documentary will expose Pakistan's link to Taliban and al-Qaida and how Islamabad deceived the US, UK and the West.

Backlash will reveal how the US and Britain discovered evidence that they had been doubled crossed by Pakistan, a BBC statement said, adding, "It tells the story of how under President (Barack) Obama the US has waged a secret war against Pakistan."

"Taliban commanders tell the filmmakers that to this day Pakistan shelters and arms them and helps them kill Western troops - indeed one recently captured suicide bomber alleges he was trained by Pakistani intelligence," the statement said.

The programme will also make the claim "that Pakistan intelligence stands accused of sabotaging possible peace talks (between the Afghanistan government and the Taliban )". If part one of the series - Double Cross - is any indication , the documentary has been made with the tacit cooperation of the British and US governments, with CIA, MI6, military officers wheeled out for "sound-bites" .

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/BBC-show-to-expose-Pak-links-with-Taliban-Qaida/articleshow/10525954.cms?prtpage=1

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'Suicide bombing' hits Turkish town

29 October 2011

A suspected suicide bomber has attacked a town in south-west Turkey, officials say.

The Turkish interior ministry said at least one person was killed in the town of Bingol, although it is not clear if that was the attacker.

At least 10 other people were reported to be injured, officials said.

Local media said the blast happened near the offices of the government AK Party.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-15506528

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Suicide bomber strikes foreign convoy in Kabul

Oct 29, 2011,

A suicide bomber struck a convoy of foreign forces travelling through the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, a spokesman for the city's police told AFP.

"I can confirm a suicide attack on Dar-ul-Aman road of Kabul on a convoy of foreign forces," said a spokesman for Kabul's police chief, Hashmat Stanikzai, adding that casualties were not yet known.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/762403.aspx

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Man in Afghan army uniform kills two foreign troops: NATO

Oct. 29, 2011

KABUL: A man dressed in Afghan army uniform shot dead two foreign troops in the volatile south of Afghanistan on Saturday, NATO said.

"Two International Security Assistance Force service members were killed today in southern Afghanistan when an individual wearing an Afghan National Army uniform apparently turned his weapon on Afghan and coalition forces," the alliance force said in a statement.

It said the shooter was also killed in the incident but gave no further details.

The announcement came as a suicide car bomber in the capital Kabul struck a

US-run NATO bus travelling through the southwest of the city, killing at least

14 people, mostly foreign forces.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=25632&title=Afghan-uniformed-man-kills-2-Nato-troops

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SHO among two killed in Nowshera suicide attack

Oct 29, 2011,

Staff Report

PESHAWAR: A senior police official, ‘renowned’ for anti-Taliban operations, and his driver were killed and two others were injured when a suicide bomber attacked them on Friday, officials said.

Ajmeer Shah, station house officer of Risalpur police station in Nowshera district, was the target, according to senior police official Israrullah Khan.

“The SHO was the target,” Khan told Daily Times by phone from Nowshera. “It looks as if the bomber was waiting for the police official.”

Another policeman and a passer-by were injured in the attack, the official added.

Eyewitnesses said that the bomber was waiting for the police official at a function where he was to be hailed for fighting against terrorists. “As he reached the venue the bomber blew himself up close to his vehicle,” they said.

Ajmeer Shah led several successful raids against Taliban in Nowshera district and his last encounter saw senior Taliban leader Qari Basit killed.

But Ajmeer Shah was in notice of the Peshawar High Court for his alleged role in “forced disappearances” of people and the higher judiciary had ordered the registration of an FIR against him.

He was also alleged to have been“hand in glove” with people stealing fuel from NATO tankers and pretended that the Taliban were behind such attacks on these tankers supplying fuel to NATO and US forces in Afghanistan.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\29\story_29-10-2011_pg7_5

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17 soldiers dead in Syria: activists

Oct. 29, 2011

NICOSIA: At least 17 soldiers were killed in armed clashes between Syrian troops and deserters in the flashpoint city of Homs, a rights watchdog said on Saturday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the 17 troops were killed as gunmen, believed to be army deserters, attacked two checkpoints late on Friday.

It said that overnight clashes in Bab al-Sibaa district of Homs during which two army armoured cars were destroyed left dozens of casualties after an officer and dozens of soldiers defected. (AFP)

http://www.thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=25621&title=17-soldiers-dead-in-Syria:-activists

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NATO troops, Afghans among Kabul attack casualties

Oct 29, 2011,

A suicide car bomber struck a NATO convoy on the outskirts of Kabul on Saturday, causing casualties among the NATO service members and Afghan civilians, the U.S.-led coalition said. Afghan officials said three civilians and one policeman were killed.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred near Darulaman Palace, the bombed-out seat of former Afghan kings on the southwest outskirts of the capital. It was the deadliest of two attacks in the day that targeted either the U.S.-led coalition or Afghan government offices in the country.

For Full Report:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2579767.ece?css=print

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13 Taliban killed in S. Waziristan drone attack

Oct 29, 2011,

PESHAWAR, Oct 28: Thirteen Taliban militants were killed in a suspected US drone attack in South Waziristan this week, security officials and tribal sources said on Friday.

Security sources said there was strong evidence that Taj Gul Mehsud, a Taliban commander and close aide to Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Hakimullah Mehsud, was among the victims in the attack on Wednesday.

Tribal elders from the Mehsud tribe in Mir Ali, North Waziristan, said two missiles struck a militant compound. They put the death toll much higher — up to 22 people — and said all the deceased were members of the TTP.

For Full Report:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/29/13-taliban-killed-in-s-waziristan-drone-attack.html

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Quran-bonfire pastor to join US prez race

Oct 29, 2011,

WASHINGTON: America's Quran-burning pastor Terry Jones announced his plans to run for the country's president next year. "Jones says he has begun raising funds, but would not disclose how much. He said he's looking into getting on the ballot and will likely run as an independent," ABC reported.

Jones wanted to burn a copy of the Islamic holy book during the last year's anniversary of the September 11 attacks . But he backed down under pressure, including interventions from president Barack Obama, who warned that it would endanger American lives. However, he supervised the burning of the holy book at a church in Florida on March 20, which sparked major unrest in Kandahar, in which over 100 people were killed.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Quran-bonfire-pastor-to-join-US-prez-race/articleshow/10526001.cms?prtpage=1

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Pak says India played big role in its bid for UNSC seat

Oct 29, 2011,

KARACHI: India played a big role in supporting Pakistan's successful bid to become a non-permanent member of the powerful UN Security Council, Islamabad's envoy to the world body Abdullah Hussain Haroon said here today.

Many of the countries that Pakistan had considered as friends were no longer its friends, but India "supported us in becoming a non-permanent member of the 15-member Security Council," Haroon told reporters at the Karachi airport.

Pakistan, which was challenged by Kyrgyzstan, was backed by 129 of the 193 member states in the UN General Assembly. Kyrgyzstan polled 55 votes.

Pakistan will replace Lebanon, which currently occupies the Asian seat, on January 1, 2012, for a two-year term.

For Full Report:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pak-says-India-played-big-role-in-its-bid-for-UNSC-seat/articleshow/10527629.cms?prtpage=1

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Pakistan, Minority student allowed to take MBBS entry test

By Tahir Siddiqui

Oct 29, 2011,

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Friday provisionally allowed a religious minority student to appear in the forthcoming placement test for MBBS admission to the Dow University of Health Sciences.

Sagar Ladhani, who completed his O and A levels, assailed the condition of studying Islamiat at O level to get an equivalence certificate from the local education board to appear in the forthcoming entrance test for MBBS admissions to medical colleges and institutions.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Mushir Alam put off the hearing of his petition to Nov 15 when the rights of the petitioner would be determined.

The petitioner stated that the subjects of religious studies, prescribed in the O level syllabus, were Islamic Religious Culture and Islamiat for Muslim students and Religious Studies and Bible for Christian students. However, he added, there was no subject in the O level curriculum for the students belonging to other religious minorities, including the Hindus.

For Full Report:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/29/minority-student-allowed-to-take-mbbs-entry-test.html

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Pakistan successfully test-fires cruise missile

Oct 29, 2011,

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, on Friday, conducted successful test fire of an indigenously developed multi-tube having stealth capabilities Cruise Missile Hatf-VII (Babar). Babar has a target range of 700 km, said ISPR in a press release on Friday. The missile test was conducted to validate the design parameters of the weapon system and a new Missile Launch Vehicle (MLV). Babar Cruise Missile is low flying, terrain hugging missile with high manoeuverability, pin-point accuracy and radar avoiding features. It can carry both nuclear and conventional warheads and has stealth capabilities. It also incorporates the most modern cruise missile technology of Terrain Contour Matching (TERCOM) and Digital Scene Matching and Area Co-relation (DSMAC). A special feature of Friday’s launch was the validation of a new multi-tube MLV during the test. The three tube MLV enhances the targeting and deployment options in the conventional and nuclear modes manifold. app

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\29\story_29-10-2011_pg7_4

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Terrorists’ safe havens in Pakistan a big threat: Pentagon

Oct 29, 2011,

WASHINGTON: Insurgent safe havens in Pakistan are now the biggest threat to NATO forces in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Friday.

Overall, enemy attacks in Afghanistan in recent months were 5 percent lower than the same period a year ago, the Pentagon said in a report to Congress. But high-profile attacks were up in Afghanistan, and the enemy remains resilient, it said.

Security has improved in Afghanistan but the insurgency’s safe havens in Pakistan and the Kabul government’s limitations pose significant risks to a “durable, stable Afghanistan,” according to a Pentagon progress report released Friday.

More than a decade since the September 11 terror attacks against the US and the start of the Afghan war, the US and its allies have reversed violent trends in much of the country and the transition to Afghan security taking the lead has begun in seven key areas, including major cities such as Kabul and Herat.

For Full Report:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\29\story_29-10-2011_pg7_6

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Pak: ‘Nato should act against terrorist safe havens in Afghanistan’

Oct 29, 2011,

PESHAWAR: Pakistan’s top military commander fighting militants in the northwest Saturday said Pakistan will act against terrorist safe havens and urged Nato and Afghanistan to do the same.

Lieutenant General Asif Yasin Malik, who is supervising military operations in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, told reporters that his troops would not leave the area until complete security had been ensured.

“We will take action against the terrorists in our area and Nato and Afghanistan should also take action against them (terrorists) in their area across the border,” he said.

Malik was speaking during a visit to the development projects started by Pakistan army in the Kotkai area of South Waziristan tribal district on the Afghan border, where the military launched a ground offensive two years ago.

For Full Report:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/29/%E2%80%98nato-should-act-against-terrorist-safe-havens-in-afghanistan%E2%80%99.html

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‘Musharraf arrest warrant in Bugti case to open Pandora’s box’

Oct 29, 2011,

ISLAMABAD: Commenting on the court’s judgment for issuance of arrest warrants of former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf in Akbar Bugti’s killing case, All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Spokesman Fawad Ch stated that Bugti was killed in a military operation added that it was not yet confirmed either Bugti committed suicide in the cave or died as resultant of caved in incident.

According to a press release issued here on Friday, APML Spokesman Fawad Ch stated that the court’s judgment for issuing arrest warrants of APML Chief Pervez Musharraf would open Pandora’s box as the security forces carried out military operations in different areas of the country in different situations on the instructions of political leadership and in accordance of constitution of Pakistan, those operations couldn’t be challenged in any court of the country. Fawad said, in future any government would not be able to call the military in face of any difficulty because the civil, military and governmental machinery will have to face cases in courts after completion of their security missions. staff report

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\29\story_29-10-2011_pg7_11

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Strict measures in Hazara Division lessens crime rate

Oct 29, 2011,

By Abdul Khaliq Qureshi

ABBOTTABAD: The crime rate in Hazara Division is far lower than other parts of the province, however, in view of heavy presence of civil and military establishments in the Divisional Headquarters the threats of militancy cannot be ignored and foolproof security measures have been taken to combat any such threat.

Hazara Division Commissioner Khalid Khan Umerzai stated this while addressing an 18-member delegation comprising participants of National Management Course, which called on him in his office here Friday. District Coordination Officer Syed Imtiaz Hussain Shah and Assistant Coordination Officer Flight Lieutenant (r) Imran Qureshi were also present.

In response to the questions raised by members of the delegation the Umerzai referred to the provincial government’s stance about demand of Hazara Province and remarked that the government always emphasized to follow the constitutional means to achieve this demand adding that Hazara cannot be termed ethnically sensitive area.

To another question he said that in order to maintain the remaining ecological beauty and protection of forests of Hazara several concrete measures were taken including a ban on establishment of new housing societies. He, however, regretted that no effective action had been taken in the past against the influential timber mafia who were actual culprits of heavy deforestation in Hazara.

For Full Report:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\29\story_29-10-2011_pg7_14

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Pak judicial commission on 26/11 to visit India

Oct 29, 2011,

Almost after year, Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Saturday directed Pakistan’s envoy to New Delhi to inform the Indian government about the planned visit of a Pakistani judicial commission that will interview key persons linked to the probe into the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks.

Mr. Malik conveyed the direction to High Commissioner to India Shahid Malik during a meeting, said an official statement.

Mr. Malik and the envoy discussed matters related to the visit of the judicial commission.

“The minister also directed the High Commissioner to inform the Indian government on the planned judicial commission visit to India,” the statement said.

he statement did not give any details about the members of the proposed commission or the date for its planned visit.

For Full Report:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2579787.ece?css=print

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Pak Hindu challenges rule stipulating compulsory Islamic studies

Oct 29 2011,

Islamabad: A Hindu boy has filed a petition in a Pakistani court challenging a rule that stipulates a student must have a certificate in Islamic studies to be eligible to appear for entrance tests to medical colleges.

A division bench of the Sindh High Court admitted Sagar Ladhani's petition yesterday and provisionally allowed him to appear in an upcoming test for admission to an MBBS course.

In his petition, Ladhani challenged the rule that students have to study "Islamiat" at the O-level to get an equivalence certificate from local education boards to appear in entrance tests for admission to medical colleges and institutions.

The bench headed by Chief Justice Mushir Alam issued notices to the federal and provincial Education Secretaries, Inter-Board Committee of Chairmen, Dow University of Medical and Health Sciences, National Testing Service and provincial and federal law officers to submit their response to the petition.

For Full Report:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/867149/

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ICC warns Libya's Saif Gaddafi against fleeing

Oct 29 2011,

The Hague : The International Criminal Court said on Saturday Saif al-Islam Gaddafi was in contact through intermediaries about surrendering for trial, but it also had information mercenaries were trying to spirit him to a friendly African nation.

The ICC has warned the 39-year-old, apparently anxious not to be captured by Libyan interim government forces in whose hands his father Muammar Gaddafi was killed last week, that it could order a mid-air interception if he tried to flee by plane from his Sahara desert hideout for a safe haven.

The ICC's comments offered some corroboration of reports from Tripoli's new National Transitional Council (NTC) leaders and African neighbours that he has taken refuge with Tuareg nomads in the borderlands between Libya and Niger.

"There are some people connected with him that are in touch with people connected with us... it's through intermediaries," ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told Reuters in an interview during a visit to Beijing.

For Full Report:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/867080/

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Omar amends a ‘feared’ state law

By Naseer Ganai in Srinagar

Oct 29, 2011,

AMID THE uproar over the revocation of the AFSPA, the Omar Abdullah government’s decision to amend one of the controversial state laws — the Public Safety Act — has gone unnoticed.

Taj Mohideen, the minister for public health and engineering, said one of the major amendments is reducing the detention period of one year to three months in cases where the accused are arrested for disturbing public order.

And in cases were an accused has been arrested for being a threat to security of the state, the detention period has been reduced from two years to six months.

The amendments also includes that a minor cannot be detained under the Public Safety Act ( PSA). The clause, however, would be invoked for state subjects only.

For Full Report:

http://epaper.mailtoday.in/epaperhome.aspx?issue=29102011

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Tunisia: Teetering on the Arab brink

By Shankar Mukherjee

Oct 29, 2011,

AFTER TUNISIA, Egypt, and Libya, will the Arab spring’s next victim be the regime of Bashar al- Assad in Syria? The spring winds have been blowing in Syria now for over six months, beginning in mid- March, when the residents of the Southern city of Deraa took to the streets in protest against the torture of school children accused of scribbling anti- regime slogans on their school wall. President al- Assad, who succeeded his father, Hafez al- Assad, after the latter’s 30 year rule, eleven years ago, initially reacted with an offer of reforms — the lifting of the four decade old emergency, release of political prisoners, and allowing the formation of political parties in the hitherto one- party State. However, this soon changed to a policy of a forceful crackdown on the opposing citizenry, using the army and the policy and intelligence forces, that has already resulted in over 3000 deaths, according to the UN. For Full Report:

http://epaper.mailtoday.in/epaperhome.aspx?issue=29102011

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Israel, Egypt carry out prisoner swap

Oct 29, 2011,

Egypt released an American-Israeli held as an alleged spy and Israel freed 25 Egyptians in a prisoner swap Thursday that will ease strains between Cairo’s new rulers and the United States and Israel.

Ilan Grapel, 27, flew to Israel accompanied by two Israeli envoys sent by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The freed Egyptians crossed overland into Egypt’s Sinai desert, some of them kneeling in a thanksgiving prayer.

A smiling Grapel hugged his mother, Irene, on the tarmac at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport after climbing out of a private jet and Netanyahu later greeted him at his Jerusalem office and exchanged a firm handshake, but few words for the cameras.

At a news conference afterwards, Grapel said he was well treated during his detention. Standing alongside Congressman Gary Ackerman (D-New York) who had pushed for his release, Grapel also thanked the Israeli and US officials involved.

For Full Report:

http://newagebd.com/newspaper1/international/38460.html

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Syria activists call for 'no-fly' zone

Oct 29, 2011,

Syrian security forces killed at least 35 people yesterday as they pursued a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters after activists called for a no-fly zone to protect civilian andsoldiers deserting the army, a rights group said.

"Twelve civilians were killed in various neighbourhoods of Hama, 20 others in the city of Homs and one civilian was killed in Qusayr, in the region of Homs," the Observatory said in a statement updating an earlier toll.

Two civilian was also killed and 10 wounded by security forces in Tsil, in the southern province of Daraa, cradle of more than seven months of anti-regime dissent, the group said.

The group earlier said security forces killed 8 people on Thursday.

For Full Report:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=208412

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US presses Pakistan on border fire

Oct 29, 2011,

The United States on Thursday accused Pakistan of allowing insurgents to fire on US troops in Afghanistan as it renewed its call on the uneasy war partner to crack down on extremists.

US officials have reported a sharp rise in cross-border attacks against its forces, amid a deterioration of relations after US forces secretly raided Pakistan to kill the world's most wanted man, Osama bin Laden.

Lieutenant General Curtis Scaparrotti, the deputy US commander in Afghanistan, said that rocket and mortar fire against his forces appears to come from within sight of Pakistani military posts.

He said that the border forces come from Pakistan's Frontier Corps, who are locally recruited and not as highly trained as regular army units.

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=208422

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Jahangir Badar lambasts PML-N over Friday rally

Oct 29, 2011,

LAHORE: Pakistan People’s Party’s Secretary-General Jahangir Badar on Saturday said “undemocratic” language was used in Friday’s public meeting called by the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N), DawnNews reported.

Speaking to media representatives in Lahore, Mr Badar said that talk of hanging someone upside down at a chowk was indicative of “mental illness”.

He said the PML-N with this rally has tried to pave the way for “negative politics”.

Mr Badar said the PML-N’s intentions were “dangerous for democracy” and that the PPP’s reconciliatory approach should not be taken as a weakness.

Earlier on Friday, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif took acerbity and fiery rhetoric to its limits in his denunciation of President Asif Ali Zardari, winning thunderous ovation from a charged crowd.

The chief minister’s explicit message to President Zardari was: “Resign and return looted national wealth. Otherwise, my comrades will hang you upside down at Bhati Chowk.”

He led a chorus of ‘go Zardari, go’ and said parliament would hold the president accountable.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/29/jahangir-badar-lambasts-pml-n-over-friday-rally.html

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Protests rock Tunisia over poll results

Oct 29, 2011,

TUNISIA: Smoke billowed from a wrecked police station in Tunisia's Sidi Bouzid on Friday after protesters, angry that their election candidates were disqualified, rampaged through the town that was the cradle of the Arab Spring revolt.

The only sign of any security presence were a few soldiers at the top of the street leading into the town centre, but they weren't making an effort to restore order, leaving hundreds of protesters in control.

The rioting appeared to stem from widespread sentiment in Tunisia's provinces that while the revolution in January brought democracy, it has so far failed to deliver the jobs and better housing many people had hoped for.

Flames and a thick plume of smoke were coming out of the office of the municipal police after rioters earlier set fire to it, and the streets were littered with burning rubbish.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Protests-rock-Tunisia-over-poll-results/articleshow/10526017.cms?prtpage=1

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Pak Senate Chairman expunges remarks of JUI-F Senator on Afghanistan

Oct 29, 2011,

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: Senate Chairman Farooq H Naek, on Friday, expunged the words used by senators against a neighbouring country and said that issues of neighbouring countries should not be discussed in the House.

Taking note of remarks passed by JUI-F Senator Azam Swati regarding defeat to NATO in Afghanistan and Taliban’s success against them, the Senate chairman expunged the remarks. Earlier, speaking on a point of order, Azam Swati said it seemed that Mujahideen would form government in Afghanistan as they were winning over NATO and ISAF forces.

Referring to a recent statement of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, he said that the statement reflected that Karazi has realised the defeat of NATO in Afghanistan.

For Full Report:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\29\story_29-10-2011_pg7_13

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Gilani urges C’wealth states to be more resilient to challenges

Oct 29, 2011,

By Shafek E Koreshe

PERTH: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, on Friday, said Pakistanis were a brave nation with unmatched resolve and urged the Commonwealth countries to be more relevant to the needs of member states by being more resilient.

Gilani was speaking at the second executive session of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II earlier on Friday here at the impressive Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre. “Building a resilient Commonwealth is necessary if we are to come to grips with numerous challenges we are facing as individual states, as well collectively on the global stage,” Gilani told the gathering while speaking on the theme – ‘Building national resilience, building global resilience.

Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar was also present. The prime minister mentioned the series of natural calamities the countries faced in recent past and said challenges had become local and global at the same time. “It is therefore essential to evolve and put in place appropriate and well-integrated mechanisms at local, national and international levels. Without this, our efforts may not yield results,” he added.

For Full Report:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\29\story_29-10-2011_pg7_22

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Pak-Australian development partnership programme inked

Oct 29, 2011,

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Pakistan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar here on Friday strengthened cooperation between the two countries with the signing of the Pak-Australia Development Partnership.

Rudd said the four-year partnership lays the foundations for future engagement between Australia and Pakistan on aid and development. The partnership commits both countries to accountability and mutual responsibility for development results, including through joint reviews of progress against the partnership’s commitment to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. It will underpin activities in the health, education, and agriculture and rural development sectors, revealed a press release issued here on Friday.

For Full Report:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\29\story_29-10-2011_pg7_23

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PPP old workers disappointed over corruption of their leadership: Mushahidullah

Oct 29, 2011,

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) secretary information Senator Mushahidullah has said that old and ideological activists of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) are disappointed over their incompetent and corrupt leadership.

In a statement here Saturday, he said that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif exposed corruption of the PPP government.

He said that all old workers of the PPP with the exception of some persons who are very close friends of President Zardari were not happy with their leadership due to their corruption and incompetence.

He said that President Asif Ali Zardari asked Babar Awan and MQM as well as PML-Q for defending his position, adding that all the President's allies are all serving their own interests.

He said that the MQM should take out rally against its indecent language and defend all allegations levelled by former Sindh Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza.

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/NewAgeIslamIslamicWorldNews_1.aspx?ArticleID=5789

 

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10/29/2011 1:34:33 PM Ghulam Mohiyuddin

Pakistan, Minority student allowed to take MBBS entry test.

Sagar Ladhani must be congratulated for his action. All right thinking persons should support his petition challenging the rule that students have to study "Islamiat" to appear in entrance tests for admission to medical colleges and institutions. Such rules must be abrogated.

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