Photo: Israeli parliament will discuss to 'divide' Al-Aqusa Mosque
Jamaat-e-Islami Chief Turned Islami Chhatra Sangha into Al-Badr: Prosecution
Bangladesh court sentences 150 soldiers to death for 2009 mutiny
“Our rivals do not know elections”: Nasheed
Islamic faith puts Uighurs at odds with Han Chinese
BNP perpetrates BDR carnage on ISI fund
Singapore Muslims embrace technology to practise their faith
RU unit of Islami Chhatra Shibir calls for Jihad again
China paper blames blind faith of "uncultured" youth for Xinjiang unrest
Salafist Nour Party opposes gender equality in Egypt constitution
UAE: Islamists on Trial over Setting up Muslim Brotherhood Branch
Syria Kurds rout jihadists across northeast: Monitor
Syrian regime says not going to Geneva talks to hand over power
OIC head of cultural affairs speaks on Islamophobia
Egypt deviated from democratic path under Morsi: Deputy PM
Israeli parliament will discuss to 'divide' Al-Aqusa Mosque
Palestinians threaten to take settlement grievances to UN
Turkish PM says government ‘will intervene’ in mixed-sex accommodation
Sectarian fighting resumes in north Yemen
Nigeria's Boko Haram could be war criminals: UN
Muslim pounds rock British economy
Kazakhstan to join Islamic Financial Services Board
East London Mosque ex-chair sentenced to death
Muslim migrants targeted in Moscow protests
Russia says Iran must be invited to Syria conference
Kerry says Saudi Arabia must decide on women drivers
U.S and Saudi Arabia agree there should be ‘no role’ for Assad
'Obama offered to nudge India to resolve Kashmir issue in exchange for Pak help'
Troops in Afghanistan safer after Mehsud killing: US lawmaker
After Osama's killing at Abbottabad, US threatened to name Pak as state sponsoring terrorism
US slams “extra-legal” attempts to derail democratic process in Maldives
US admits to tensions with Pakistan, defends Hakimullah's killing
20 killed in Karachi violence
MQM Chief condemns Jamaat chief for calling Mehsud a ‘martyr’
Peshawar operation: 256 suspects detained
Child killed, 6 hurt in Peshawar blast
Three killed after attack on NATO tankers
Pakistan army shows its anti-drone technology
Pakistani will pursue talks with Taliban
Anyone killed by US is a 'martyr': Fazl ur Rehman
Fear of reprisal: Pakistan’s UN office warns employees
Pakistanis are one of the largest beneficiaries of amnesty, says Pak envoy
Najib vows to defend use of Allah as exclusive to Muslims
As activists clash over human rights, Malaysian PM says country big enough for all
Unemployed Indians get into drug trafficking and guns, feed Malaysia's gang violence
Philippines checking on reports of abuse in Saudi crackdown
Heavy shooting lasting hours in Libya's capital Tripoli
Three Malian Tuareg and Arab rebel movements announce merger
Militants test Tunisia democracy
Liberian Muslims request diplomacy with Saudi Arabia
1.34 lakh Indians return, Centre watching situation in Saudi Arabia
Indian dupes some 500 Haj pilgrims of at least1.5 million Saudi Riyal
Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau
Jamaat-E-Islami Chief Turned Islami Chhatra Sangha into Al-Badr: Prosecution
Nov 05 2013
A prosecutor yesterday told International Crimes Tribunal-1 that it was Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami who decided to turn the party’s then student wing Islami Chhatra Sangha into Pakistan army’s death squad Al-Badr in 1971.
“He [Nizami] has no scope to deny that he was not chief of Al-Badr. He had control over Al-Badr and incited its members to commit crimes,” said Mohammad Ali, citing from prosecution documents. Al-Badr killed the country’s intellectuals in December 1971.
The prosecutor said Nizami was provincial president of Chhatra Sangha from 1967 to 1969 and president of the student body in all Pakistan from 1970 to October 1971.
Quoting from “Ekatturer Ghatak o Dalalra Ke Kothay”, Ali said, “During a rally on August 2, 1971 at Muslim Institute in Chittagong, Nizami said had the patriotic people come forward to resist miscreants on March 1, such a situation might have never happened…But when Muslims failed, Allah saved the country through the army.”
Marking Pakistan’s Independence Day on August 14, Nizami led a Chhatra Sangha procession at Dhaka University where participants chanted the slogans, “With our blood, Pakistan will survive”, “Kill India’s agents”.
The book also reads that Nizami addressed a Chhatra Sangha tea party at Dhaka Alia Madrasa on September 23, saying only patriotic youths of East Pakistan could counter the terrorist activities by “armed Indian infiltrators” and their “local agents” effectively.
“Those, who love Islam, love Pakistan. And we’ll have to make an all-out attempt so that the political intellectuals never forget this truth,” he added.
As per the indictment order, Nizami obtained Kamil degree from the Alia Madrasa in 1963.
Quoting from another book, “Ekatturer Dosh Mash”, the prosecutor said Nizami made a provocative speech at a Chhatra Sangha rally on August 4, 1971 in Chittagong. The book cites a Daily Sangram report describing Nizami as chief of Al-Badr.
The prosecutor later placed arguments on the killing of Head Moulana of Pabna Zia School Kasim Uddin.
The proceedings against Nizami, who faces 16 war crimes charges, were adjourned until today.
Yesterday, the tribunal-1 deferred passing further orders on the show-cause notices served on Human Rights Watch and the Economist until December 8 for their comments on two different tribunal issues.
AFP | Nov 5, 2013
DHAKA: A Bangladeshi court on Tuesday sentenced at least 150 soldiers to death during a mass verdict over a 2009 mutiny in which scores of top officers were massacred, a prosecutor said.
A judge convicted and sentenced to death the soldiers over the mutiny in which 74 people including officers were hacked to death, tortured or burnt alive before their bodies were dumped in sewers and shallow graves.
"At least 150 BDR soldiers have been sentenced to death for the massacre of the army officers," lead prosecutor Baharul Islam told AFP outside the court in Dhaka.
At least another 350 of the 823 soldiers charged over the mutiny were sentenced to jail for their role in the 30-hour uprising that started at the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) headquarters in Dhaka.
By Zaheena Rasheed | November 4th, 2013
Speaking at a campaign rally in Haa Alif Atoll Dhidhoo Island, former president and Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) presidential candidate Mohamed Nasheed has called on his rivals to compete in elections instead of using the courts to obstruct presidential polls and disqualify MPs from the parliament.
Nasheed’s comments follow the Supreme Court’s stripping of MDP MP Ali Azim and MDP aligned Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) Mohamed Nashiz of their seats, and the Criminal Court’s sentencing in absentia of MDP MP Hamid Abdul Ghafoor to six months in jail for disobedience to order.
Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) council member Ibrahim ‘Wadde’ Waheed is seeking the disqualification of DRP Leader and MP Ahmed Thasmeen Ali’s seat, citing his failure to pay decreed debt as per a 2010 court verdict.
Presidential polls have been set for November 9 after the Supreme Court annulled the first round of presidential elections held on September 7 and the police obstructed the Supreme Court ordered revote on October 19 after the JP and PPM refused to approve the voter registry.
“Our rivals do not know elections,” Nasheed said, adding that the only time his rivals had participated in elections was the multi-party elections of 2008 in which the MDP had defeated 30-year ruler Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.
Instead of campaigning and strengthening their political parties, rival PPM and Jumhooree Party were inciting hatred and engaging in back biting, Nasheed alleged.
“These people are a group, in other words a gang. There is no way they can participate in peaceful political activities,” he added whilst calling on PPM’s Abdulla Yameen and JP’s Gasim Ibrahim to compete in presidential elections.
Nasheed emphasized that the constitution exists to protect the citizenry’s rights, and that the judiciary, executive and legislature existed to uphold these rights.
“It is always, we, the citizens, who will say the last word in the Maldives,” he said.
Neither MDP nor EC want a vote: Gasim
Meanwhile, the JP’s Gasim Ibrahim has accused the Elections Commission (EC) of collaborating with Nasheed to obstruct free and fair polls on November 9.
“Neither the MDP nor the Elections Commission want to hold a vote. I accuse the Election Commission of doing things according to MDP’s wishes. I hear [the EC] does things the way Kenereege Mohamed Nasheed wants,” Gasim said at a press conference on Sunday.
The JP had sought and won an annulment of the first round of president held on September 7 at the Supreme Court, after narrowly placing third in the polls. Since then, the JP has continued to accuse the EC of fraud and tampering with the voter registry.
The EC wants Speaker Abdulla Shahid to assume the presidency at the end of the current presidential term on November 11 and hold polls afterwards, Gasim alleged.
“[T]hey want Abdulla Shahid to assume the presidency and then do this [hold election]. I think that is their spirit. This does not come as a surprise,” he told the press.
The Majlis last week passed a resolution to hand over presidency to the Speaker in the absence of a president elect on November 9. JP and the PPM boycotted the vote.
If no candidate gains over 50 percent in the November 9 polls, a second round is scheduled for November 16, five days after the end of the presidential term.
According to local media, Gasim has also said he favors a military takeover to Speaker Shahid assuming the presidency. He has called for President Dr Mohamed Waheed to continue beyond his term.
“Is it better for a man who is selected to assume the presidency? Or the Military? What is the difference? On one side they are stealing [the presidency] and doing things outside the law. Isn’t it better that our military takes over the country to save the country and maintain peace? It is their responsibility to ensure safety and peace in this country,” Channel News Maldives (CNM) quotes Gasim saying at a press conference on October 31.
The November 9 election is the EC’s fourth attempt to hold presidential polls. When the JP sought the vote annulment, the EC had scheduled a second round for September 28. With a verdict pending on the eve of elections, the EC decided to proceed with polls the next day.
However, the Supreme Court issued an injunction ordering the security forces to halt election preparations. Shortly afterwards, on October 7, the court annulled the September 7 polls and delineated 16 guidelines to hold polls by October 20.
The guidelines required all presidential candidates to sign the voter registry. However, with the JP and PPM refusing to sign the registry, the police stopped the election an hour before polls were to open.
Gasim on Saturday reiterated that he was ready to approve the voter registry if it was compiled properly. However, he alleged the EC had accepted reregistration forms with fingerprints like “a blot of ink.”
November 4, 2013
URUMQI // In the dirty backstreets of the Uighur old quarter of Xinjiang’s capital Urumqi in China’s far west, Abuduwahapu frowns when asked what he thinks is the root cause of the region’s festering problem with violence.
“The Han Chinese don’t have faith, and the Uighurs do. So they don’t really understand each other,” he said, referring to the Muslim religion the Turkic-speaking Uighur people follow, in contrast to the official atheism of the ruling Communist Party.
But for the teenage bread delivery boy, it is not Islam that is driving people to commit acts of violence, such as last week’s deadly car crash in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square — blamed by the government on Uighur Islamist extremists who want independence.
“Some people there support independence and some do not. Mostly, those who support it are unsatisfied because they are poor,” said Abuduwahapu, who came to Urumqi two years ago from the Uighur old Silk Road city of Kashgar in Xinjiang’s south-west, near the Pakistani and Afghan border.
“The Han are afraid of Uighurs. They are afraid if we had guns, we would kill them,” he said, standing next to piles of smouldering rubbish on plots of land where buildings have been demolished.
China’s claims that it is fighting an Islamist insurgency in Xinjiang — a vast area of deserts, mountains and forests geographically located in central Asia — are not new.
A decade ago, China used the 9/11 attacks in the United States to justify getting tough with what it said were extremists backed by Al Qaeda who wanted to bring similar carnage to Xinjiang.
For many Chinese, the rather benign view of Xinjiang that existed in China before September 11, 2001 — as an exotic frontier with colourful minorities who love dancing and singing — has been replaced with suspicion.
China says Al Qaeda and others work with the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, in Beijing’s eyes the foremost terror group in Xinjiang, and spray-paints warnings on walls against Hizb ut-Tahrir, a supranational group that says its goal is to establish a pan-national Muslim state.
The incident on Tiananmen Square has only added to China’s unease.
“The Han seem to be afraid of us. I don’t know why. They won’t tell us,” said a 22-year-old Uighur man who runs a shoe and clothing shop a stone’s throw from an armed police training ground in Urumqi.
Since 2001 China has conducted a sweeping security crackdown in Xinjiang, further repressing Uighur culture, religious tradition and language, rights groups say, despite strong government denials of offering the Uighurs anything but wide-ranging freedoms.
Some Uighurs believe their only alternative may be to draw closer to Islam, and by doing so, further the distance between themselves and the Communist Party and the Han Chinese.
While many Uighur women in Urumqi dress in much the same casual fashions as their Han counterparts, others have begun to wear full veils, something more common in Pakistan or Afghanistan than Xinjiang.
“It’s only since the state has been repressing religious practices in Xinjiang so hard, that ironically it has caused Uighur Muslims to re-traditionalise, to re-Islamise at a very rapid rate now,” said Joanne Smith Finley, a lecturer in Chinese studies at Britain’s Newcastle University who studies Xinjiang.
“There is no tradition in Xinjiang of any kind of radical Islamism,” she added.
The government has recognised the economic roots of some of the problems, and has poured money into development in the form of schools, hospitals and roads. To be sure, incomes have risen, especially in the countryside where many Uighurs live.
Annual rural incomes averaged a little under 6,400 yuan (Dh3,670) a year in 2012, up some 15 per cent on the previous year, though this is still 1,500 yuan less than the national average and more than 11,000 yuan less than Shanghai’s rural residents, the country’s richest.
Discrimination against Uighurs in the job market — including employment advertisements saying “no Uighurs accepted” — is another issue, despite government attempts to end this.
Ilham Tohti, an ethnic Uighur economist based in China and a longtime critic of Chinese policy toward Xinjiang, said he feared the Tiananmen incident would only lead to more repression and discrimination, further fanning the flames.
“Whatever happens, this will have a long-term and far-reaching impact on Uighurs, and will cause great harm. It will only worsen the obstacles Uighurs face in Han-dominated society,” he said.
Nov 05 2013
Law State Minister Advocate Quamrul Islam claimed that the BDR carnage incident was the first of its kind that the main opposition BNP had initiated to oust the incumbent government.
He said: “BNP made the entire arrangement of conducting such a massacre after receiving financial assistance from the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the premier Intelligence service of Pakistan.”
Full report at:
By Mark Fenn
As a frequent business traveller, Fazal Bahardeen was often frustrated over the lack of hotels and travel services catering to Muslims.
After leaving his job with an international telecom firm, the 50-year-old Singaporean decided to do something about it — and in 2009 he launched Crescent Rating, an online guide to “halal-friendly travel.”
The company reviews and rates hotels, restaurants, travel agents and other services on how accommodating they are to Muslims. It takes into account factors such as the provision of prayer space and halal food, and the presence of things Muslims might object to, such as gambling and alcohol.
Rajshahi University unit of Islami Chhatra Shibir early yesterday put up posters on the walls of students’ dormitories inviting students to join jihad.
The posters carried the slogans “Islam is the only guarantee for independence and sovereignty of Bangladesh” and “Join Chhatra Shibir and engage in jihad”.
Shibir RU unit were credited with making the posters, said Prof Tariqul Hasan.
“Some students panicked after seeing the posters and informed us about the matter,” he said, adding that the posters were probably put up before dawn.
November 5, 2013
BEIJING: Uncultured youth who have been misled by religious forces are a main source of unrest in China’s heavily Muslim region of Xinjiang, its top newspaper said on Tuesday, after the government blamed militants for an attack in central Beijing.
A car ploughed through bystanders on the edge of Tiananmen Square and burst into flames on Monday last week, killing three people in the car and two bystanders. The government called the incident a terrorist attack carried out by militants from the far western region of Xinjiang.
5 November 2013
The Salafist Nour Party objects to an article in the draft constitution which defines equality between men and women, Salah Abdel-Maaboud said on Monday.
A 50-member committee is amending the constitution drafted by an Islamist-dominated constituent assembly in 2012, of which the Nour Party was a leading representative.
In a statement on Monday, Abdel-Maaboud said the subcommittee finalising articles on the basic elements of the state had agreed on ten out of 11 articles, but disagreed on the one related to gender equality.
Thirty Islamists have gone on trial at a state security court in the UAE, accused of illegally setting up a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The 20 Egyptians and 10 Emiratis are also charged with stealing secrets from the security services and collecting donations without permission.
The defendants deny all the charges and allege they were tortured in detention.
In July, another 69 Islamists were found guilty of attempting to overthrow the country's political system.
Kurdish fighters have driven jihadists from 19 towns and villages across northeastern Syria in recent days, a week after capturing a key Iraqi border crossing, a monitoring group said Monday.
The Committees for the Protection of the Kurdish People (YPJ), the main Kurdish militia in Syria, has battled other rebel groups in a bid to carve out an autonomous region in the northeast, where the army is no longer deployed.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based group that relies on local activists and other sources, said that "since Saturday, a total of 19 localities have fallen into the hands of Kurdish fighters."
Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi said the Syrian regime will not attend a planned peace conference in Geneva if the aim is for President Bashar al-Assad to hand over power.
Al-Zohbi said efforts to arrange the so-called Geneva II talks still focus on finding a political solution for the ongoing crisis.
JEDDAH — An international law, represented by Article 20 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), clearly states that denigration of symbols or persons sacred to any religion is a criminal offense, according to Rizwan Saeed Shaikh, head of department of cultural affairs at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
Shaikh was addressing the members of Pakistan Executive Group (PEG) as a guest speaker at Marhaba restaurant recently.
Egyptian Deputy Prime Minister Ziad Bahaaeddin said on an interview with CNN Monday that Egypt had deviated from the "proper path to democracy," linking the deviation to ousted president Mohamed Morsi's tumultuous year in power.
The deputy prime minister is on a visit to Washington to shore up ties between the two longstanding allies and attend the US Chamber of Commerce's US-Egypt Business Council, state news agency MENA said on Monday.
“Egyptians are suffering,” Bahaaeddin said in the interview. “But let’s make no mistake about this: Egyptians are suffering as a result of the policies that were adopted particularly during the year of the reign of ex-president Morsi.”
Israeli parliament will discuss to 'divide' Al-Aqsa Mosque
The Knesset (Israel's parliament) is set to discuss on Monday a bill to divide Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque between Muslims and Jews.
"The Israelis want to expel the Muslims from Al-Aqsa Mosque to build their Temple Mount," Mufti of Jerusalem Mohamed Hussein told Anadolu Agency.
The Knesset's interior and environment committee is set to discuss the bill, tabled by Israeli Deputy Minister for Religious Affairs Eli Ben Dahan, which would allocate time slots and specific locations in which Jews might pray in the Aqsa Mosque compound.
November 04, 2013
RAMALLAH – The Palestinians threatened to go to the UN Security Council over Israel’s announcement on Sunday of tenders to build more than 1,800 settler homes in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.
“The PLO is considering a mechanism to go the Security Council and the UN against these new Israeli decisions, especially as there are international resolutions that consider settlements illegal,” Palestine Liberation Organisation senior member Wassel Abu Youssef told AFP.
Israel issued tenders to build 1,859 settler homes in the occupied West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem on Sunday, ahead of a visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry, an NGO said.
Settlement watchdog Peace Now said 1,031 plots were offered by Israel’s housing and construction ministry in the West Bank and 828 in east Jerusalem and that successful bidders would be able to start construction shortly.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has reiterated his remarks opposing mixed-sex student accommodation, saying his government “could not neglect” the information they have at hand.
“It’s not clear what is going on in these places. They are all mixed up, anything can happen. As a conservative democratic government, we have to intervene,” Erdoğan said today at his ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) group meeting, according to Anadolu Agency.
The prime minister said the government was already on a mission to “segregate” girls’ and boys’ buildings at dormitories operated by the state, adding that this segregation had been completed in around three quarters of all dorms.
5 November 2013
Sectarian fighting has reignited between Shiite Houthi rebels and Sunni Islamists in northern Yemen, shortly after a ceasefire allowed the evacuation of the critically wounded, both sides said Tuesday.
The Houthis have been battling Yemen’s central government for nearly a decade, but the outbreak of fighting with Sunni militants has amplified the sectarian dimension of the conflict in the remote northern Saada province, which has long been virtually inaccessible to reporters.
Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamists could be classed as war criminals, the United Nations human rights office said Tuesday, as it condemned a bloody attack on a wedding convoy.
"Members of Boko Haram and other groups and entities, if judged to have committed widespread or systematic attacks against a civilian population ... (could be) guilty of crimes against humanity," said Cecile Pouilly, spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The Islamist insurgents have killed dozens of people over recent days in restive northeast Nigeria, first storming a town on motorbikes and pick-up trucks and then carrying out highway ambushes.
IANS | Nov 5, 2013
LONDON/MUMBAI: Britain has more than 10,000 millionaires from the among 2.72 million Muslims who live and work in the country, contributing 31 billion pounds (Rs.3 trillion) to its economy, a new report says.
"The Muslim Pound - How Muslims Add Value to Britain's Prosperity" was released by the Muslim Council of Britain ahead of the just-concluded 9th World Islamic Economic Forum Meet 2013 in London.
Stunned by the report, a group of Muslim intellectuals in Malegaon, a Muslim-dominated town in Maharashtra's Nashik district, held a seminar Tuesday) to discuss its content, said one of their leaders, Aleem Faizi, executive editor of Unmid.com.
Kazakhstan has announced its intention to join the Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB), an international organization that promotes development of interest-free financial services in banking, capital markets and insurance.
Deputy Prime Minister of Industry and New Technology Issekeshev Asset was quoted by Tengrinews saying “Kazakhstan plans to join the Islamic Financial Services Board and considers entering the International Islamic Financial Market (IIFM),” at the World Islamic Economy Forum in the UK. He also noted that his country was working towards building a regional center for Islamic Financing.
The former vice-chairman of the East London Mosque and co-founder of the Muslim Council of Britain, Chowdhury Mueen Uddin, has beengiven the death penalty for war crimes in the 1971 Bangladeshi war of independence. Chowdhury Mueen Uddin, 65, who lives in the UK, was tried in absentia by a Bangladeshi court.
He was being charged under the International Crimes Tribunal, which was set up in 2010 by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to sentence who supposedly helped the Pakistani army commit war crimes during the 1971 conflict. His lawyer Toby Cadman, called the trial that has been criticized by human rights groups as a 'show trial.'
World Bulletin / News Desk
Thousands of Slavic Russians have gathered in Moscow to protest against the increase of Muslim migrants in the city on Monday.
They have called the protest the “Russian March” which coincides with the National Unity Day holiday, marking the expulsion of Poles from the city in 1612. Every year minorities and migrants are often targeted by violent protesters on this day.
The U.S. embassy told its citizens in Moscow “extreme violence has been witnessed during previous nationalist protests, and spontaneous demonstrations of support may appear anywhere throughout the city, at any time of the day.”
Russia said on Tuesday Iran must be invited to a proposed peace conference on Syria, reiterating its stance after the main Syrian opposition leader said his coalition would not attend if Iran took part.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also criticized Syrian National Coalition chief Ahmad Jarba's demand for a clear time frame for President Bashar al-Assad to leave power, saying there should be no preconditions for the “Geneva 2” peace talks.
RIYADH: US Secretary of State John Kerry said it was up to Saudi Arabia to decide when the time was right to allow women to drive.
“It's no secret that in the United States of America we embrace equality for everybody regardless of gender, race, or any other qualification,” Kerry said at a press conference in Riyadh.
“But it's up to Saudi Arabia to make its own decision about its own social structure and other choices, and timing,” he added.
Last week the United States said it supports the “universal rights” of women to drive in Saudi Arabia, after an October weekend protest there saw several women defy the law by taking the steering wheel.
The United States and Saudi Arabia agreed on Monday that there should be “no role” for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in any transitional period.
“There are no differences with Saudi Arabia about objective in Syria,” said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a joint press conference with his Saudi counterpart in Riyadh.
“Assad has lost all legitimacy, and he must go,” added Kerry, who described ties with Riyadh as “strategic” and “enduring.”
Washington : US President Barack Obama secretly offered Pakistan in 2009 that he would nudge India towards negotiations on Kashmir in lieu of it ending support to terrorist groups like Lashkar-e-Toiba and Taliban, but much to his disappointment, Islamabad rejected the offer.
"Since the 1950s Pakistan had wanted an American role in South Asia. Now it was being offered one. In the end Pakistan would have to negotiate the Kashmir issue directly with India. But at least now the American president was saying that he would nudge the Indians toward those negotiations," Pakistan's former Ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani wrote in his book 'Magnificent Delusions', which hit the stores on Tuesday.
PTI | Nov 5, 2013
WASHINGTON: The American troops in Afghanistan is much safer after the killing of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Hakimullah Mehsud, a top US lawmaker has said.
"It was a big deal," Congressman Mike Rogers, chairman, permanent select committee on intelligence, told the CBS news when asked about the death of Mehsud, against whom the FBI had announced a reward of $5 million.
"I feel a little safe - a little better for our troops today than I did before this event happened," Rogers said in response to a question, indicating that the operation was a result of the joint intelligence gathering by both the US and Pakistan.
Washington : Soon after the killing of Osama bin Laden, the US had warned Pakistan of declaring it a state sponsor of terrorism and making public the findings obtained from al-Qaeda chief's hideout in Abbottabad linking Islamabad with the terrorist networks, according to a new book.
In his book 'Magnificent Delusions', Pakistan's former envoy to the US Husain Haqqani claims that such a threat was made by the then National Security Council's Co-coordinator for Afghanistan and Pakistan Lt Gen (rtd) Douglas Lute when he was asked to meet him at the White House on May 12.
By Daniel Bosley | November 5th, 2013
“Political differences are not unique to Maldives, and they should not be allowed to derail the process,” United States Embassy in Colombo has said.
Expressing concern over the delay of elections and reports of intimidation of MPs, the statement warns that, “Extra-legal maneuvering and calls for military intervention are neither appropriate, nor acceptable under international law.”
WASHINGTON: The United States Monday admitted to “tensions” and occasional “misunderstandings” in its relations with Pakistan, but implicitly defended the killing of Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud in a drone strike.
The government in Islamabad reacted angrily to the attack on Mehsud, chief of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Friday, saying it would scuttle its peace talks with the group.
“There inevitably will be some tensions and occasional misunderstandings between our two countries,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.
ISLAMABAD: At least 20 people were killed in a fresh wave of violence in Pakistan's port city Karachi.
According to media reports, nine people were shot dead on Monday in different areas of the city while 11 others were killed by unknown shooters on Tuesday, reports Xinhua.
In the first incident, some unknown gunmen riding on a motorcycle sprayed bullets at a person coming out of his house, killing him, in Gulshan-e-Iqbal area of Karachi, the business hub of Pakistan.
Some unidentified people shot dead three people in the Defence area and killed two people in Korangi Town. Police found five bullet ridden bodies in different localities.
Police said all five deceased were kidnapped and tortured before they were killed.
Since the start of targeted operations by police and Rangers on September 6, a big drop in violence and targeted killings was witnessed in the city but Monday saw a new wave of shooting.
November 05, 2013
KARACHI: Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has strongly condemned JI leader Munawar Hasan for calling the TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud a martyr who was killed in a drone attack.
Altaf stated that everyone in Pakistan knew that the Taliban had killed over 7,000 officers and men of armed forces and police and slaughtered over 40,000 innocent persons. He also accused that Taliban also killed prominent religious scholars, targeted mosques, Imambargahs, churches, shrines of holy saints and girls’ schools and also attacked important military installations. The MQM chief asked the religious scholars as to how bloodthirsty killer of innocent people could be called a martyr. He asked if someone responsible for suicide attacks on mosques, Imambargahs, shrines, places of worship of other religions and defence installations could be called a martyr.
PESHAWAR: At least 256 suspects were detained by police during search operations in different parts of Peshawar on Tuesday, DawnNews reported.
Speaking to media representatives today, SP City Circle Ismail Kharak said an operation was carried out in Yaktoot a day after a powerful bomb went off in Khalid Waleed Town in the limits of Yakatoot police station in Peshawar, killing a child and injuring six others.
Operations were also carried out in Dir Colony, Hazar Khawani, Jabba Suhail among other areas.
PESHAWAR/DAGGAR: A child was killed and six persons were injured when a powerful bomb went off in Khalid Bin Waleed Town in the limits of Yakatoot police station in Peshawar on Monday evening.
An official told Dawn that suspected militants had planted an explosive device beneath a power transformer that went off with a big bang. “It was a big blast which was heard in most of the city areas,” he said.
QUETTA, Nov 4: Three suspects were killed in crossfire with Frontier Corps personnel after they allegedly torched two NATO oil tankers in Dhadar area of Kachhi Bolan district on Monday, while an accomplice of theirs was arrested.
According to an FC spokesman, four armed men attacked the tankers carrying fuel for US-led Nato forces in Afghanistan.
“The attackers sprayed the tankers with bullets after which they caught fire,” he said, adding that the assailants escaped after the attack.
ISLAMABAD: Amid continued tensions with the US over drone strikes, Pakistan army has successfully shot down a "drone" during a military exercise that was watched by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.
During the "Azm-e-Nau 4 Exercise" at Bahawalpur in Punjab province yesterday, the army air defence demonstrated its anti-drone technology by successfully bringing down a drone by targeting it with the 35mm Oerlikon guns, The News daily said.
The event also marked the culmination of five-year series of exercises jointly conducted by the Pakistan Army and Pakistan Air Force at firing range in Khairpur Tamewali, about 75 kilometres from international borders.
ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told cabinet ministers that his government will pursue talks with the Taliban despite the killing of its chief Hakimullah Mehsud in a recent US drone strike.
The cabinet meeting was called to review the situation following Mehsud's killing as the government accuses the US of sabotaging the proposed talks with the Taliban, Xinhua reports on Tuesday.
Anyone killed by US is a 'martyr': Fazlur Rehman
November 5, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, while talking to the media in Islamabad on Tuesday, stated that anyone killed by the United States, even if it is a dog, is a martyr, Express News reported.
He said this when he was questioned regarding the death of the late Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Hakimullah Mehsud who was killed by a US drone strike on November 1.
He also said that “a lot of people still want peace negotiations and therefore the negotiations should not stop.”
LAHORE: Fearing a reprisal following the killing of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud in a drone strike on Friday, the local UN office has issued an alert to its employees, The Express Tribune has learnt.
“Imminent security threat at Centaurus Mall, Islamabad, for two (02) weeks. Huge security threat of hostage situation and mass killings,” the UN office’s alert says, according to a circular of the Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP).
“Therefore, necessary actions be taken with the cooperation of their management, to enhance the security of important shopping malls, especially those being run by or franchise of foreign store chains,” circular further stated.
RIYADH — Pakistani Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Muhammad Naeem Khan said that Pakistanis are one of the largest beneficiaries of this amnesty/grace period graciously granted by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.
Khan shared statistics about the number of Pakistanis who have been able to document and regularize themselves and hence are able to legalize their status in the Kingdom.
According to Khan, 396,152 of Pakistanis have been able to change their sponsorship and 333,780 of his compatriots have been able to change their profession. "This means a total of 729,932 (as of October 10) Pakistanis have been able to document and regularize their status," the ambassador said, adding that he has shared this figure with Ministry of Labor.
The above mentioned figure does not include those Pakistanis who entered the Kingdom on Umrah, Hajj and visit visas before July 2008 and those who are working as domestic helpers, and corrected their status later.
Putrajaya has pledged to defend the use of the word Allah as the exclusive right of Muslims, even as the debate continued following the October 14 Court of Appeal ruling banning the use of the word in a Catholic weekly.
In his message marking the Islamic new year or Maal Hijrah today, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said while Malaysia upholds the Federal Constitution and the position of Islam, it also subscribed to the concept of moderation, or Wasatiyyah, saying it is the foundation of the country’s harmony.
“To appreciate the wider meaning of migration, we still uphold our religion and defend the name of Allah for religion, race and our beloved country.
PUTRAJAYA, Nov 5 — Malaysia can be accommodating when it comes to discussions over human rights, Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today, as activist groups from opposing ends of the spectrum lock horns over safeguarding minority and majority interests.
The prime minister said that his administration is willing to listen to views “from all sectors”, but noted that it must be in line with the founding principles of the country.
“Our position is based on the Constitution of Malaysia and the laws of the country, and also the position of Islam and the respect for other religions,” he said at a press conference after attending the national Maal Hijrah celebrations here.
Kuala Lumpur : Jobless at 16, and facing the economic marginalisation of many Malaysian Indians, Raju opted for the danger and easy money of life in the notorious "04" criminal gang.
He was nearly beaten to death by a rival gang a few years ago, his teeth and bones broken.
But he survived, and is flush with cash thanks to the lucrative drug-trafficking and protection rackets on his Kuala Lumpur turf.
The Philippines said Tuesday it had deployed teams to check on reports of abuse in Saudi Arabia's crackdown on illegal workers, after one woman complained they were treated "like animals".
Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said Filipino diplomats were in touch with the oil-rich Kingdom's human rights council to ensure the protection of Filipino workers there.
"We have sent rapid response teams there, we have formed teams to visit jails, detention centres, police stations to make sure that our people are okay, and if necessary to issue them travel documents," Del Rosario told reporters.
Nov 5, 2013
(Reuters) - Heavy fighting between militias using rifles, grenades and anti-aircraft weapons erupted in several parts of Tripoli on Tuesday in the worst violence in the Libyan capital for weeks.
Fighting started in Tripoli's eastern Suq al-Juma district and a central area where two burned out pick-ups belonging to a militia on the government payroll could be seen. Libyan news websites said at least one person had been wounded.
The shooting started after a member of a militia was detained at a checkpoint after which fellow fighters arrived trying to free him, a militia source said.
AFP, Burkina Faso
Three Tuareg and Arab rebel movements in northern Mali announced their merger on Monday to form a united front in peace talks with the authorities in Bamako.
The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), the Arab Movement of Azawad (MAA) and the High Council for the Unity of Azawad (HCUA) adopted a “political platform,” a “negotiating committee” and a joint “decision-making body” after several days of talks in Burkina Faso.
TUNIS – When protesters stormed the US Embassy in Tunis last year, they hoisted a black militant flag that exposed the militant undercurrent in one of the Muslim world’s most secular societies.
An attack on a tourist resort last week by a suicide bomber, and recent gun battles with Tunisian police, revealed how deeply that fervour, fostered worldwide by Al-Qaeda, has taken root in the country where the Arab Spring began.
Militants, few in number, have little chance of getting what they want in Tunisia or igniting wider war. But with the country still stumbling toward democracy and Libya’s chaos on its doorstep, violent militants have room to flourish.
209 Liberian Muslims returning home from the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca last month have asked President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to send an ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Sheikh Oumaru Kamara, representative for the Muslim Council, told President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of the request in a meeting on Friday.
Liberia has been diplomatically cut-off from the Arab world since the Arab Spring of 2011, but is working to restore relations, particularly with Kuwait and Qatar.
A report on allAfrica.com said quoted the President Sirleaf saying that the restoration of the relationship with Saudi Arabia is 'on the road.'
NEW DELHI: With 1.34 lakh Indian workers already returning to the homeland, the government is closely watching the situation in Saudi Arabia which is targeting illegal foreigners under its new labour policy, overseas Indian affairs minister Vayalar Ravi on Tuesday said.
Asked about the drive in Saudi Arabia under which foreigners who have not corrected labour and residency status under its new labour policy - Nitaqat - are being deported, Ravi said that till now no incident of harassment of Indian nationals has been reported.
"The issue in Saudi Arabia has already been taken up. So far they have not entered into any house for checking. Saudi Arabian government has given specific instructions not to harass people but to check properly and not enter any house," Ravi told reporters at the sidelines of an event.
PTI | Nov 4, 2013
JEDDAH: An Indian national in Saudi Arabia has allegedly duped some 500 pilgrims of nearly $400,000 through a fake Haj campaign in Jeddah, prompting authorities to launch a manhunt for him.
The victims of the fake scheme are all expatriates.
They were informed by the Indian in mid-September that they will have tents in Mina and receive free food and transportation. However, after collecting more than1.5 million Saudi Riyal the man disappeared and switched his mobile off.