Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency » World http://www.khaama.com The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:17:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Explosion leaves nearly 40 killed or injured in Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/explosion-leaves-nearly-40-killed-or-injured-in-pakistan-6023 http://www.khaama.com/explosion-leaves-nearly-40-killed-or-injured-in-pakistan-6023#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:10:11 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33820 Explosion leaves nearly 40 killed or injured in Pakistan
According to Pakistani security officials, at least four people were killed and 33 others injured following an explosion near a police vehicle in Pakistan’s northwest Charsadda district on Tuesday. The officials further added that the incident took place 7:40 a.m. (local time) at Nowshera road of Charsadda, a district located in the country’s northwest Khyber Read the full article...]]>
Explosion leaves nearly 40 killed or injured in Pakistan

According to Pakistani security officials, at least four people were killed and 33 others injured following an explosion near a police vehicle in Pakistan’s northwest Charsadda district on Tuesday.

The officials further added that the incident took place 7:40 a.m. (local time) at Nowshera road of Charsadda, a district located in the country’s northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Many people including women and children were in the market when the blast happened, the officials added.

Shafiqullah, deputy police officer said the bomb which was fixed in a motorbike was detonated by a remote controlled device.

He said the bomb was detonated when the police vehicle carrying some 13 personnel passed near the motorbike.

No group including the Pakistani Taliban militants has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

This comes as at least six people including five policemen were killed and four others injured when unknown gunmen opened fire at police vehicle in Peshawar city on Monday.

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Yemen On Frontline With Al-Qaeda http://www.khaama.com/yemen-on-frontline-with-al-qaeda-6019 http://www.khaama.com/yemen-on-frontline-with-al-qaeda-6019#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:23:36 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33806 Yemen On Frontline With Al-Qaeda
By Manish Rai Yemen, a country that neighbours top oil exporter Saudi Arabia and is home to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the group’s most lethal wings. Yemen has been fighting AQAP but the group, which has attacked military targets, tourists and diplomats in the country and taken over territory for Read the full article...]]>
Yemen On Frontline With Al-Qaeda

By Manish Rai

Yemen, a country that neighbours top oil exporter Saudi Arabia and is home to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the group’s most lethal wings. Yemen has been fighting AQAP but the group, which has attacked military targets, tourists and diplomats in the country and taken over territory for long periods, is proving hard to beat so far alone by the Yemeni authorities. Yemen has been in turmoil since mass protests forced long-term leader Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down in 2012. His successor, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, has been struggling to restore order. Since al-Qaeda quite openly admitted back in 2012 that its ultimate target in Yemen would be to establish an Islamic Caliphate, a base from which to launch all future attacks against its enemies, the idea that the group could be moving toward such goal does not seem too far-fetched. Yemen remembers only too well how al-Qaeda exploited 2011 power vacuum to seize control over large swathes of land in the southern province of Abyan. As it happens it seems the entire southern Yemeni region is now at risk of a terror take-over. Moreover Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has been linked to a number of failed terror plots against the United States, and its leader recently appeared in a rare video in which he vowed to attack Western “crusaders” wherever they are.

In retaliation of these activities an unprecedented US and Yemeni aerial campaign has killed more than 55 Al Qaeda militants in recent days in a bid to thwart attacks by the network’s local affiliate. US drones in a single day killed more than 30 militants when they fired “several missiles” into an AQAP training camp in the rugged Wadi Ghadina region in the southern province of Abyan. The United States has defended the use of drones against Al Qaeda, saying they allow it to target the global terror network without sending soldiers into lawless areas where local authorities have little or no control. It should be know that the United States is the only country operating drones over Yemen, but US officials rarely acknowledge the covert drone programme. The strikes came just days after al Qaeda’s Yemen affiliate, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), released a highly produced propaganda video showing its leader, Nasir al-Wahishi, speaking before hundreds of fighters, including other high-level AQAP targets. The U.S. considers Yemen’s branch of Al Qaeda, also known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, to be the most dangerous in the world. The group is blamed for a number of unsuccessful bomb plots aimed at Americans, including an attempt to bring down a U.S.-bound airliner with explosive hidden in the bomber’s underwear and a second plot to send mail bombs hidden in the toner cartridges on planes headed to the U.S.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, based in Yemen, has been targeted by U.S. drone attacks in the past, leading to the death of several suspected AQAP figures, including, in 2011, Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born Islamist cleric accused of links to the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner in 2009 and U.S. cargo planes in 2010. However, civilian casualties in these drone strikes have sparked anger in the country and among human rights groups. President Hadi’s tolerance for U.S. drone strikes in Yemen is a direct consequence of the threat posed to his fragile transitional government by the militant activities of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. For example, in the very same province where Saturday’s drone strike took place, the deputy governor was assassinated earlier this week, allegedly by al Qaeda. Drone strikes remain controversial within Yemen as well as elsewhere, with the Yemeni parliament even voting to ban them. The activities of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula continue to constitute a potent threat to Yemen’s fragile security environment, contextualizing the ongoing US drone strikes. Yemen and Saudi Arabia have been high on al Qaeda’s list of target countries. Al Qaeda also struggled, at first, to establish a full-scale insurgency in Yemen. But prison escapees such as Wuhayshi and Guantanamo returnees such as Rubaish have replenished al Qaeda’s leadership in the Arabian Peninsula and contributed to al Qaeda’s resurgence. Yemen offers al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula the advantages of a weak central government, the authority of which does not extend much beyond the capital city of Sanaa, and a history of jihad. Yemen’s current security situation is fragile and volatile. So it turning into a dream destination for Al-Qaeda.

Yemen has been fighting AQAP but the group, which has attacked every walks of life in the country is proving hard to beat so far. Yemen has been in turmoil since mass protests forced long-term leader Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down in 2012. His successor, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, has been struggling to restore order. These recent these drone strikes definitely lower the morale and capability of AQAP. But it has to be understood that only the militaristic approach of the United States won’t serve the purpose. Yemen has the youngest population in the world, with an unemployment rate as high as 40%. A quarter of the Yemeni economy rests on oil which will probably run out by 2017 and much-needed rebalancing plans have been overshadowed by unrest. Half the population still lives below the poverty line. The International Monetary Fund has offered medium term financing deal to Sanaa the issue is that no economic body yet exists to receive and manage the loan. Yemen isn’t a failed state yet, but it’s come close too many times to mention. Where there is chaos, there is blood. In today’s fractured Yemen, a terrorist group could not choose a better place to call its home. But the answer to removing them is not with Hellfire missiles, it is with fixing Yemen.

(Author is freelance columnist for Middle East and Af-Pak region based in New Delhi and Editor of a geo-political website www.viewsaround.com can be reached at manishraiva@gmail.com)

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Road accident leaves 42 dead, 17 others injured in Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/road-accident-leaves-42-dead-17-others-injured-in-pakistan-3599 http://www.khaama.com/road-accident-leaves-42-dead-17-others-injured-in-pakistan-3599#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:29:56 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33754 Road accident leaves 42 dead, 17 others injured in Pakistan
According to Pakistani security officials, at least 42 people were killed and 17 others were injured following a deadly traffic incident on Sunday. The officials further added that the incident took place in southern Pakistan after a bus travelling to Karachi collided with a tractor pulling a trolley. A senior police officer in Sukkur, Fida Read the full article...]]>
Road accident leaves 42 dead, 17 others injured in Pakistan

According to Pakistani security officials, at least 42 people were killed and 17 others were injured following a deadly traffic incident on Sunday.

The officials further added that the incident took place in southern Pakistan after a bus travelling to Karachi collided with a tractor pulling a trolley.

A senior police officer in Sukkur, Fida Hussain Shah said a number of women and children were also among those killed or injured following the incident.

Mr. Shah further added that the accident happened in the town of Sukkur, 425 kilometres (266 miles) north of Karachi in the southern province of Sindh.

He said the bus driver was killed on the spot while the driver of the tractor-trolley was wounded.

Another senior police official, Sharjeel Khan told AFP the injured have been taken to a nearby government-run hospital.

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Pakistan drops attempted murder case against 9-month-old baby http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-drops-attempted-murder-case-against-9-month-old-baby-3560 http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-drops-attempted-murder-case-against-9-month-old-baby-3560#comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:15:43 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33522 Pakistan drops attempted murder case against 9-month-old baby
A court in Pakistan has dropped an attempted murder case against a 9-month-old baby on Saturday. The nine-month-old Musa Khan appeared in court in Lahore for a second time on charges of planning a murder, threatening police and interfering in state affairs. Musa was charged along with his father and grandfather for allegedly being part Read the full article...]]>
Pakistan drops attempted murder case against 9-month-old baby

A court in Pakistan has dropped an attempted murder case against a 9-month-old baby on Saturday.

The nine-month-old Musa Khan appeared in court in Lahore for a second time on charges of planning a murder, threatening police and interfering in state affairs.

Musa was charged along with his father and grandfather for allegedly being part of a group of slum residents who threw stones at gas company workers who were trying to disconnect homes from gas service for nonpayment of bills.

His Irfan Sadiq told Reuters news agency, “Police told the court that the nomination of Musa in the case of attacking police and gas company officials was a human error and Musa is not required.”

However, Musa Khan’s grandfather, Muhammad Yasin and his three sons still face the charges.

Shahbaz Sharif, the chief minister of Punjab Province and the brother of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called for an inquiry after pictures taken at an earlier court hearing of Musa crying as he was being fingerprinted provoked widespread ridicule.

Senior Superintendent of Police Rana Jabbar said the assistant superintendent who filed the charges has since been removed from their position.

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Women should be hanged for adultery, rapists should be forgiven: Indian politician http://www.khaama.com/women-should-be-hanged-for-adultery-rapists-should-be-forgiven-indian-politician-3555 http://www.khaama.com/women-should-be-hanged-for-adultery-rapists-should-be-forgiven-indian-politician-3555#comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 05:26:00 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33504 Women should be hanged for adultery, rapists should be forgiven: Indian politician
The remarks by an Indian politician have sparked outraged after he claimed that the women who have sex outside marriage should be hanged and that men who committed rape should be forgiven their “mistakes”. Addressing a rally in Moradabad Mulayam Singh Yadav, head of the Socialist Party (SP) said Thursday that he would scrap a Read the full article...]]>
Women should be hanged for adultery, rapists should be forgiven: Indian politician

The remarks by an Indian politician have sparked outraged after he claimed that the women who have sex outside marriage should be hanged and that men who committed rape should be forgiven their “mistakes”.

Addressing a rally in Moradabad Mulayam Singh Yadav, head of the Socialist Party (SP) said Thursday that he would scrap a recently introduced law that fixed the death penalty for rapists.

Yadav said men should not face the death penalty as it was not uncommon for boys to make mistakes. “Boys will be boys. Following a girl-boy fight, the girl complains she was raped,” he said in the city of Moradabad.

The comments by Yadav sparked outcry from women’s rights campaigners and commentators, as well as his political opponents.

Social activist Kiran Bedi quoted by India’s Zee News said, “These statements call for total boycott of such a political leader. People should be asked to vote out such people completely.”

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) flayed Mulayam Singh for his “insensitive and shameful” statement.

State spokesman for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Vijay Bahadur Pathak said the former chief minister’s comments were unacceptable and very sad.

The comments by Yadav also outraged the Indian media with newspapers and websites are criticising Mr Yadav for his “insensitive and unfortunate” comment.

The Times of Idia website said, “Mulayam Singh Yadav sinks to a new low, defends rapists to woo voters. Even by his misogynistic standards, he seems to have sunk to a new low… The change in the laws was brought on after months of selfless demonstration by citizens striving to bring about a change in India’s social outlook.”

Hindustan Times says Mr Yadav’s statement has come “at a time when women’s security has emerged as one of the key issues in the elections, especially against the backdrop of the 16 December (2012) gang rape of a paramedical student in Delhi.”

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Attack on NATO oil tankers leaves 1 dead in Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/attack-on-nato-oil-tankers-leaves-1-dead-in-pakistan-2985 http://www.khaama.com/attack-on-nato-oil-tankers-leaves-1-dead-in-pakistan-2985#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 05:51:48 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33476 Attack on NATO oil tankers leaves 1 dead in Pakistan
The driver of a NATO oil tanker was killed after unknown gunmen attacked a convoy of the NATO oil tankers in northwest Pakistan. According to local government officials, the incident took place in Jamrud on Thursday morning after unidentified motorcyclists opened fire on seven NATO oil tankers. ssistant Political Agent (APA) Roshan Mehsud quoted by Read the full article...]]>
Attack on NATO oil tankers leaves 1 dead in Pakistan

The driver of a NATO oil tanker was killed after unknown gunmen attacked a convoy of the NATO oil tankers in northwest Pakistan.

According to local government officials, the incident took place in Jamrud on Thursday morning after unidentified motorcyclists opened fire on seven NATO oil tankers.

ssistant Political Agent (APA) Roshan Mehsud quoted by local newspapers said the driver of the oil tanker was initially injured and later succumbed to his injuries.

According to Mehsud it was the first oil tanker in a long time which was en route to Afghanistan through Jamrud, Khyber Agency.

He said the assailants managed to flee after the attack. No one has claimed responsibility for the shooting but authorities have blamed Pakistani militant groups for previous such attacks.

Jamrud is located 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of the city of Peshawar.

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Mass stabbing leaves 20 injured at US high school http://www.khaama.com/mass-stabbing-leaves-20-injured-at-us-high-school-2980 http://www.khaama.com/mass-stabbing-leaves-20-injured-at-us-high-school-2980#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:56:32 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33454 Mass stabbing leaves 20 injured at US high school
At least 19 students were injured along with a security guard after a teenager armed with knives went on a rampage at a high school in the US State of Pennsylvania. Dan Stevens, deputy emergency management coordinator for the Westmoreland County told reporters that the suspected attacker who is a 16-year-old student was in police Read the full article...]]>
Mass stabbing leaves 20 injured at US high school

At least 19 students were injured along with a security guard after a teenager armed with knives went on a rampage at a high school in the US State of Pennsylvania.

Dan Stevens, deputy emergency management coordinator for the Westmoreland County told reporters that the suspected attacker who is a 16-year-old student was in police custody.

Stevens said the victims are aged 14 to 17 and they were attacked in “numerous classrooms and hallways” of the school.

A spokesman for Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville Pennsylvania, Jesse Miller told Reuters that three of the patients were in surgery and all eight were listed in critical condition.

Chris Kauffman, director of trauma at Forbes Regional Hospital said all three undergoing surgery had been stabbed in the chest and abdomen.

The main motive behind the incident and identity of the assailant were not disclosed, Murrysville police Chief Thomas Seefeld quoted by Associated Press said they’re looking into reports of a threatening phone call between the suspect and another student the night before.

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Huge blast in Rawalpindi leaves 23 dead, 120 others injured http://www.khaama.com/huge-blast-in-rawalpindi-leaves-14-dead-40-others-injured-3547 http://www.khaama.com/huge-blast-in-rawalpindi-leaves-14-dead-40-others-injured-3547#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 05:00:09 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33421 Huge blast in Rawalpindi leaves 23 dead, 120 others injured
At least 23 people were killed and nearly 120 others were injured following an explosion in Rawalpindi near Islamabad on Wednesday. According to Pakistan officials, the incident took place in Sabzi Mandi area, fruit and vegetable market located on the border of the twin city Islamabad and Rawalpindi. The officials further added that the casualties Read the full article...]]>
Huge blast in Rawalpindi leaves 23 dead, 120 others injured

At least 23 people were killed and nearly 120 others were injured following an explosion in Rawalpindi near Islamabad on Wednesday.

According to Pakistan officials, the incident took place in Sabzi Mandi area, fruit and vegetable market located on the border of the twin city Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

The officials further added that the casualties may rise as the market is known to be crowded in the mornings.

Hospital sources have reported that a number of the injured are critical condition.

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Mid-East Talks Losing Its Steam http://www.khaama.com/mid-east-talks-losing-its-steam-3538 http://www.khaama.com/mid-east-talks-losing-its-steam-3538#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 05:10:15 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33383 Mid-East Talks Losing Its Steam
Manish Rai Israel and the Palestinians angrily accused each other of undermining United States led peace efforts in the region. Palestinians said they took retaliatory step in response to Israel’s failure to fulfill its pledge to free some two dozen Palestinian prisoners. Israel said it first wanted a Palestinian commitment to keep talks going beyond Read the full article...]]>
Mid-East Talks Losing Its Steam

Manish Rai

Israel and the Palestinians angrily accused each other of undermining United States led peace efforts in the region. Palestinians said they took retaliatory step in response to Israel’s failure to fulfill its pledge to free some two dozen Palestinian prisoners. Israel said it first wanted a Palestinian commitment to keep talks going beyond the end of the month. The talks have struggled since they began in July, stalling over Palestinian opposition to Israel’s demand that it be recognised as a Jewish state, and over Israeli settlements, internationally deemed illegal, in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. Now because of behaviour of both the parties it seems that there is no common platform remaining for Israel and Palestine to sit and talk. Israel officials indicated that it would not go through with the release of Palestinian prisoners and, the PLO requested that the US administration ensure that Israel fulfil its commitment. And in retaliation Palestinian president, Mahmud Abbas signed 15 international conventions that could pave the way for a renewed attempt to gain United Nation statehood. This move of Palestinian really upset Israelis. In reaction to this Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened that Israel would take its own unilateral steps in response to the Palestinians’ move to join international conventions and reiterated that a Palestinian state could be created only through direct negotiations, not through empty statements and not by unilateral moves.

In this environment, whatever slim hopes there ever were of a peace deal have receded even further. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas is also showing an adamant attitude by rejecting a plea from John Kerry US Secretary of state to withdraw the treaty applications. On the other hand Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu ignored US appeals to refrain from tit-for-tat moves, asking for a range of options to be drawn up for retaliation. This adamant attitude of both the parties has even made the patience of Secretary of State John Kerry’s exhausted. Speaking in Morocco, his frustration was palpable. He said there are limits to the amount of time and effort the United States can spend if the parties themselves are unwilling to take constructive steps in order to be able to move forward. But we’re not going to sit here indefinitely. Israel’s retaliatory measures could include withholding transfers of millions of dollars in taxes and fees that Israel collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority. It seems like that this peace process will also meet the fate of previous one like- The Oslo peace process which launched in 1993 whose a large part initially conducted in secret brought the Palestine Liberation Organisation and Israel face to face for the first time, establishing bilateral agreements that saw the creation of the Palestinian Authority as an interim government in Gaza and portions of the West Bank. The toughest issues of disagreement between the two parties such as Israeli settlements and the question of the right of return of Palestinian refugees were deliberately left to be dealt with later. That later at first envisaged as a period of five years has dragged on through initiatives and presidents, through military operations and an intifada, for more than two decades.

Although many experts does not believe a third intifada (uprising) will break out on 1 May after the deadline of peace talks that is April 29 if the talks fail, the situation might turn out to be very serious, although more likely to result in a period of extended international lawfare than in actual warfare between the two sides if the Palestinian leadership follows up on its threat to go to the international criminal court and international court of justice. Palestinians complain that nothing has been achieved in eight months of negotiations and that the Israelis have refused to discuss specifics of the conflict, such as the status of East Jerusalem and the borders of a new Palestinian state. “Israel wants never-ending ­negotiations, negotiations for the sake of negotiating, while it buys time to build more settlements,” a top Palestinian official, Yasser Abed Rabbo, told Voice of Palestine radio. And on their hand Mr Netanyahu said “Unilateral actions from the Palestinians will be answered with unilateral actions from our side”. He blamed the Palestinians for the current impasse over the US-sponsored peace talks. So a kind of blame game is going on between Israel and Palestine where each side is trying hard to shift the onus of failure of talks which is very much expected on other.

Moreover the hostiles are growing between the two sides even before the talks are formally ended. In East Jerusalem, Israel’s ethnic cleansing policies are at their most intense. As the EU notes, Palestinians have been starved of municipal funds, deprived of schools and blocked from commercial activity, and are leaving, heading for the greater security of West Bank cities. In recent weeks, Palestinians in sections of East Jerusalem have even discovered that, despite its claims to treat Jerusalem as its “unified capital”, Israel has stopped supplying them with water. Israeli dispossession policies are not limited to the occupied territories. Foreign minister Avigodor Lieberman’s plan to redraw the borders to strip part of Israel’s large Palestinian minority of its citizenship received a major fillip last month. For the first time government lawyers rejected the opinion of international law experts and gave their blessing to what the liberal Haaretz daily called Lieberman’s programme of “ethnic cleansing” of its own citizens. Just few days before Palestinians fired rockets at Israel, which responded with warplanes attacking military targets in the Gaza Strip. It’s highly doubtful the two sides will broker a final peace agreement, given years of bitterness and sharp differences over borders, claims to Jerusalem and recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. But the talks should continue if only to ward off a new Palestinian uprising against Israelis that would surely lead to a surge in violence. So both the sides should give it a last try for talks to be success otherwise no one knows when again they will sit on table to negotiate.

(Author is freelance columnist based in New Delhi and Editor of a geo-political website www.viewsaround.com can be reached at manishraiva@gmail.com)

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Russian President Validmir Putin officially divorces his wife http://www.khaama.com/russian-president-validmir-putin-official-divorces-his-wife-2941 http://www.khaama.com/russian-president-validmir-putin-official-divorces-his-wife-2941#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 06:31:10 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33223 Russian President Validmir Putin officially divorces his wife
According to reports, the Russian President Vladimir Putin has formally divorced his wife Lyudmila after more than 30 years of marriage. The Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that the divorce has taken place however he did not disclose further details. In a surprise breakup announcement last June, Putin and his wife said that their marriage Read the full article...]]>
Russian President Validmir Putin officially divorces his wife

According to reports, the Russian President Vladimir Putin has formally divorced his wife Lyudmila after more than 30 years of marriage.

The Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that the divorce has taken place however he did not disclose further details.

In a surprise breakup announcement last June, Putin and his wife said that their marriage was over.

Putin in a televised announcement said last year that it was a “joint decision” and the couple “practically never saw each other.”

Vladimir Putin and Lyudmila Putin have two adult daughters, Maria and Yekaterina, who are both in their 20s.

This comes as earlier reports suggested that Putin was preparing to marry Olympic rhythmic gymnast Alina Kabayeva, however he refused the reports and said there was no truth Moskovsky Korrespondent newspaper report.

The official Krelim website currently contains the names of Maria and Yekaterina in the biography section of Valdimir Putin.

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NATO suspends cooperation with Russia over Ukraine crisis http://www.khaama.com/nato-suspends-cooperation-with-russia-over-ukraine-crisis-3526 http://www.khaama.com/nato-suspends-cooperation-with-russia-over-ukraine-crisis-3526#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 05:16:42 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33178 NATO suspends cooperation with Russia over Ukraine crisis
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will suspend all practical civilian and military cooperation with Moscow over annexation of Crimea. The decision to suspend cooperation with Moscow was taken during the NATO Foreign Ministers meeting in Brussels on Tuesday. Foreign ministers from the 28 members of the Western military alliance met in Brussels on Tuesday Read the full article...]]>
NATO suspends cooperation with Russia over Ukraine crisis

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will suspend all practical civilian and military cooperation with Moscow over annexation of Crimea.

The decision to suspend cooperation with Moscow was taken during the NATO Foreign Ministers meeting in Brussels on Tuesday.

Foreign ministers from the 28 members of the Western military alliance met in Brussels on Tuesday for the first time since the annexation of Crimea.

NATO said it has seen no sign that Moscow was withdrawing troops from the Ukrainian border.

The ministers following a joint statement announced the suspension of the NATO’s cooperation with Moscow, however they said the NATO-Russia Council could continue, “as necessary, at the ambassadorial level and above, to allow us to exchange views, first and foremost on this crisis.”

The statement further added that NATO’s relations with Russia would be reviewed at their next meeting in June.

Crimea was formally annexed to Russia by Moscow on March 21 after newly installed pro-Moscow regional leaders held a referendum that yielded an overwhelming vote to join Russia.

The annexation of Crimea to Russia was denounced by Kiev and the West as illegal and the Obama administration and other major industrialized nations on Monday warned of damaging economic sanctions if further actions were taken by President Vladimir Putin to destabilize Ukraine.

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Shifting Al Qaeda operation base from Pakistan tribal agencies to Syria http://www.khaama.com/shifting-al-qaeda-operation-base-from-pakistan-tribal-agencies-to-syria-3496 http://www.khaama.com/shifting-al-qaeda-operation-base-from-pakistan-tribal-agencies-to-syria-3496#comments Sun, 30 Mar 2014 05:11:15 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33071 Shifting Al Qaeda operation base from Pakistan tribal agencies to Syria
By Manish Rai  Al-Qaeda the world most notorious terrorist organization is shifting its base of operation from Pakistan’s lawless tribal agencies to the Syrian areas controlled by the hardcore Islamist militants fighting President Bashar-Al-Assad. Recently dozens of seasoned militant fighters, including some mid-level planners, and strategist have traveled to Syria from Pakistan in few months in what American intelligence Read the full article...]]>
Shifting Al Qaeda operation base from Pakistan tribal agencies to Syria

By Manish Rai

 Al-Qaeda the world most notorious terrorist organization is shifting its base of operation from Pakistan’s lawless tribal agencies to the Syrian areas controlled by the hardcore Islamist militants fighting President Bashar-Al-Assad.

Recently dozens of seasoned militant fighters, including some mid-level planners, and strategist have traveled to Syria from Pakistan in few months in what American intelligence and counter-terrorism official’s fear is an effort to lay the foundation for future strikes against Europe and the United States.

Syria is an appealing base for these operatives because it offers them the relative sanctuary of extremist-held havens away from drone strikes in Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as ready access to about more than 1,000 American and European Muslims radicals who have gone there to fight and could be potential recruits to carry out attacks when they return home.

Senior counter-terrorism officials of US have voiced fears in recent months that these Western fighters could be radicalized by the country’s civil war. New classified intelligence assessments based on information from electronic intercepts, informers and social media posts conclude that Al-Qaeda’s senior leadership in Pakistan, including Ayman al-Zawahri, is developing a much more systematic, long-term plan than was previously known to create specific cells in Syria that would identify, recruit and train these Westerners.

Recently Abu Khalid al-Suri, a Syrian-born veteran of Al Qaeda, were sent by the terrorist group’s central command in Pakistan first to fight Mr. Assad, but also to begin laying the groundwork to use enclaves in Syria to launch attacks against the West, American officials said.

Mr. Suri, who is believed to have been close to Osama bin Laden and to have fought against American forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, was sent to mediate conflicts between Al Qaeda’s main affiliate in Syria, the Jabhat al-Nusra Front, and another extremist faction, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, which Al Qaeda has disowned.

He was killed in a suicide attack in February by the rival group. Sending of Mr Suri as Al-Qaeda’s envoy for reconciliation between the Islamist insurgents clearly depicts that Syria is gaining importance for Al-Qaeda which sees it as a future operational base. Many of the Al-Qaeda planners and operatives from Afghanistan and Pakistan have clustered in the east and northwest sections of Syria, in territory controlled or heavily influenced by the Nusra Front, intelligence officials said.

The large majority of Al Qaeda-linked commanders now in Syria are there due to the potential for Syria to be the next jihadist safe haven. Syria is an attractive region for the organisation since there is no fear of any attack by US and NATO forces and also because of its access to recruits and human resources which have either mobilised to Syria for fighting or are in close proximity in Iraq.

Al-Qaeda is also strengthening its position in neighbouring countries of Syria as well like- Lebanon where it is steadily building its support networks and capacity where fears are growing that a new influx of militants from the Syrian border region could bolster the terror group’s ranks and stokes instability.

The two main al-Qaeda affiliates in Lebanon, Jabhat al-Nusra and the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, claimed a string of suicide bombings against Shiite targets during the first six weeks of the year. Just after a nearly month-long hiatus from those attacks, the fall of the rebel-held Syrian town of Yabround to the Syrian army and fighters from the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah sparked a new deterioration in the country’s security as supporters of Nusra Front and Azzam brigade clashed with Hezbollah frequently now.

This will lead to escalated instability by significantly boosting the operational capability of the Lebanese branch of Jabhat al-Nusra, which is already gaining a foothold. But other terror groups, particularly the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, a Lebanese Al-Qaeda affiliate, pose the most immediate threat, said a senior army officer of Lebanon who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.

The group has asserted responsibility for double suicide bombings on the Iranian cultural centre in Beirut and the Embassy of Iran, a country that backs Hezbollah and the Syrian government. With a vacuum in mainstream Sunni political leadership in Lebanon, Sunni youth in areas such as the northern port city of Tripoli are increasingly expressing support for extremist groups.

This all is happening just because Al- Qaeda has a good presence in Syria these all are just signs of trickle down effect of Al-Qaeda in Syria. Al-Qaeda-linked militants are currently focused on attacking Syrian government forces and occasionally rival militant groups. But gradually their attention will be again on the west.

The concentration of Al-Qaida and other terror groups in Syria is in fact also strengthening Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s viewpoint that people struggling against his regime are not Syrians, rather they are terrorists. The president has even said in a number of his statements that people struggling to bring down his regime are terrorists and operating on behest of the West.

It will be the first time Al-Qaeda’s central command has set up a branch dedicating to planning and conducting attacks against the West outside of Pakistan since 2001. Al-Qaeda affiliates organizations has send a large number of foreign fighters based in Pakistan’s northern Waziristan area, which shares border with Afghanistan to fight in Syria.

The Pakistani Taliban which is a close ally of Al- Qaeda has even actually established a cell to monitor the Syrian situation. Even Al Qaeda’s head, Aymen al-Zawahiri sent out a message to Pakistani militants to move to Syria. It can be concluded that Syria is becoming a top priority for Al- Qaeda now.

So international community especially the West should rework on its strategy to tackle the menace of Al-Qaeda and rather than just focusing on removing Mr Assad from power a serious thought should be given to how to save Syria from growing influence of Al-Qaeda. As we all know that if we give Al-Qaeda an another opportunity to establishing a new operational base it will be able to plan and execute some new devastating attacks against the West and United States which are Al-Qaeda’s traditional enemies.

(Author is freelance columnist based in New Delhi and Editor of a geo-political website www.viewsaround.com can be reached at manishraiva@gmail.com)

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Pakistani officials hold first ever direct talks with Taliban group http://www.khaama.com/pakistani-officials-hold-first-ever-direct-talks-with-taliban-group-2918 http://www.khaama.com/pakistani-officials-hold-first-ever-direct-talks-with-taliban-group-2918#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:28:42 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=32955 Pakistani officials hold first ever direct talks with Taliban group
According to reports, Pakistani negotiators and Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commanders have for the first met in Miranshah to hold peace talks. The meeting which took place in a secret location was attended by three government officials and a former ambassador. Neither the Pakistani officials nor the members of the Pakistan Taliban’s shura have publicized the Read the full article...]]>
Pakistani officials hold first ever direct talks with Taliban group

According to reports, Pakistani negotiators and Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commanders have for the first met in Miranshah to hold peace talks.

The meeting which took place in a secret location was attended by three government officials and a former ambassador.

Neither the Pakistani officials nor the members of the Pakistan Taliban’s shura have publicized the agenda of the meeting which concluded on Wednesday.

The team of the Pakistani officials travelled to the area near the Afghan border by helicopter.

It was the first direct contact between the two sides since peace moves began last month due to the efforts by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Sharif has been pushing to find a way to end the insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives since 2007 after the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) started waging insurgency.

In the meantime, reports suggest that the government team wants to secure a three-month ceasefire and the freeing of prisoners before talks go further.

This comes as Taliban commanders had recently demanded the release of relatives they claim are held by the state and have also called for the imposition of Islamic law across the country.

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Al Qaeda a Terrorist and Hezbollah a Freedom Fighter: Syrian envoy http://www.khaama.com/al-qaeda-a-terrorist-and-hezbollah-a-freedom-fighter-syrian-envoy-2911 http://www.khaama.com/al-qaeda-a-terrorist-and-hezbollah-a-freedom-fighter-syrian-envoy-2911#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:51:02 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=32846 Al Qaeda a Terrorist and Hezbollah a Freedom Fighter: Syrian envoy
Hemant Kumar Sharma – Viewsaround New Delhi, March 20, 2014, Syrian Ambassador to India Dr Raid Kamel Abbas today while speaking to Viewsaround Sub-Editor Mr Hemant Sharma said that Al-Qaeda is the terrorist organization and threat to civilized world. It has carried out attacks against almost all the countries of world and it can’t be Read the full article...]]>
Al Qaeda a Terrorist and Hezbollah a Freedom Fighter: Syrian envoy

Hemant Kumar Sharma – Viewsaround

New Delhi, March 20, 2014, Syrian Ambassador to India Dr Raid Kamel Abbas today while speaking to Viewsaround Sub-Editor Mr Hemant Sharma said that Al-Qaeda is the terrorist organization and threat to civilized world. It has carried out attacks against almost all the countries of world and it can’t be compared with Lebanese organization Hezbollah which is according to Dr Abbas is fighting a war for its people freedom.

He added that Hezbollah is dedicated towards serving its people and ensuring peace and stability in its country. Moreover Syrian envoy said that fight of Hezbollah against Israel is just and lawful.

Giving detail about the recent Israeli airstrikes against the Syrian military forward positions in Golan Heights Dr Abbas said that in strikes one soldier of Syrian armed forces was killed.

He further added that if Syria again attacked will exercise its right of self defence and fight till end and. Viewsaround desk tried to contact the Israel embassy for knowing their reaction about the recent accelerated tension between the two countries because of the Air Strikes. But Israeli diplomats denied giving any reaction.

It should be known that Four Israeli paratroopers were injured Tuesday when the bomb suspected to be planted by Syrian rebels exploded under their patrol jeep in the Golan Heights, near the frontier between Israel and Syria.

In reaction to this incident Israel carried out Airstrikes against several Syrian Army positions across the decades-old cease-fire line in the Golan Heights without any provocation by Syria.

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Former ISI chief knew of Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan: NYT http://www.khaama.com/former-isi-chief-knew-of-osama-bin-ladens-hideout-in-pakistan-nyt-2904 http://www.khaama.com/former-isi-chief-knew-of-osama-bin-ladens-hideout-in-pakistan-nyt-2904#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:27:57 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=32786 Former ISI chief knew of Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan: NYT
The former chief of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha knew of Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan. According to a report by New York Times, the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba Hafiz Muhammad Saeed was also in regular contact with the slain al Qaeda chief in Pakistan. Soon after the US Navy SEAL Read the full article...]]>
Former ISI chief knew of Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan: NYT

The former chief of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha knew of Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan.

According to a report by New York Times, the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba Hafiz Muhammad Saeed was also in regular contact with the slain al Qaeda chief in Pakistan.

Soon after the US Navy SEAL raid on bin Laden’s house, “a Pakistani official told me the US had direct evidence that the ISI chief, Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha, knew of Bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad,” the New York Times reported in an article by senior journalist Carlotta Gall.

“The information came from a senior US official, and I guessed that the Americans had intercepted a phone call of Pasha’s or one about him in the days after the raid”, Gall wrote in the article.

Gall covered Afghanistan and Pakistan for the paper from 2001 to 2013 in the article titled ‘What Pakistan Knew About Bin Laden’, adapted from the book ‘The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014′, to be published next month.

The Pakistani official quoted in the article said, “He knew of Osama’s whereabouts, yes. Pasha was always their blue-eyed boy.”

The official further added that he was surprised to hear this. But in the weeks and months after the raid, Pasha and the ISI press office strenuously denied that they had any knowledge of bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad.

Pakistan’s foreign office or other government institutions have not commented regarding the report so far. However, Pakistani intelligence officials have denied the report and said there is no truth in New York Times story.

“According to one inside source, the ISI actually ran a special desk assigned to handle Bin Laden. It was operated independently, led by an officer who made his own decisions and did not report to a superior,” New York Times added in its report.

Osama bin Laden was shot dead during a raid conducted by US commandos in May 2012 in the garrison city of Abbottabad.

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Islamic Jihad A Growing Concern For Hamas http://www.khaama.com/islamic-jihad-a-growing-concern-for-hamas-2895 http://www.khaama.com/islamic-jihad-a-growing-concern-for-hamas-2895#comments Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:56:06 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=32750 Islamic Jihad A Growing Concern For Hamas
By Manish Rai Harakat al-Muqawamah al-Islamiyyah popularly known as Hamas, the longtime front runner in the internal jockeying of organizations fighting Israel is in its struggling days, while the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) is gaining strength day by day. In recent years Hamas had a calming effect on the populace, but as the Gaza economy fails Read the full article...]]>
Islamic Jihad A Growing Concern For Hamas

By Manish Rai

Harakat al-Muqawamah al-Islamiyyah popularly known as Hamas, the longtime front runner in the internal jockeying of organizations fighting Israel is in its struggling days, while the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) is gaining strength day by day. In recent years Hamas had a calming effect on the populace, but as the Gaza economy fails and Hamas struggles to find funding more radical elements are gaining support. The PIJ is receiving financial support from Iran and has adopted a militant stance towards peace and disarmament. The United Nation is facing a $65 million dollar deficit in its food relief mission in Palestine, making cuts to food relief imminent. With UN food shipments drying up, the PIJ can offer food for loved ones in exchange for military service and bolster its number of active combatants. The poor and the hungry are ripe for recruitment in Palestine, and the economic situation is expected to worsen. People who are relying on international assistance for food items will easily convert their desperation for food into hatred of Israel with a slight push from PIJ recruiters who will be more than happy to discuss politics with their starving neighbours over a hearty meal.

Islamic Jihad is behaving more militantly with each passing day which is of course creating problem for Gaza controller Hamas. One day after the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) attacked a squad of Islamic Jihad militants, killing three Palestinian militants while they were firing a mortar right next to the border fence. Islamic Jihad fired some 60 rockets at Israel, which responded by attacking dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip.  The PIJ has “succeeded” in dragging Hamas into an adventure that it hardly wants, and at the worst possible time it is interesting that Hamas has been unable to prevent Islamic Jihad militants from operating along the border with Israel in an area that is supposed to be off limits to them. This, despite having recently stationed its Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades in the area to ensure that no rockets are fired from it. But what is actually stopping Hamas, a group that even Israel recognizes as the sovereign authority in the Gaza Strip, from disarming the Al-Quds Brigades military wing of PIJ? Who or what is preventing fighters from the al-Qassam Brigades, whose military strength is several orders of magnitude greater than Islamic Jihad’s military wing, the Al-Quds Brigades, to enforce their authority? And what made the Hamas slogan of “concentrating military power in one hand” so hollow and meaningless?

Its increased support of Iran for PIJ which is making them more flamboyant. Shortly after Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in July 2007 and expelled the Fatah leadership, the al-Qassam Brigades launched an extensive military operation to disarm the other organizations operating there. Only two groups were entitled to extensive “relief” from this campaign the Popular Resistance Committees and Islamic Jihad. Both of them benefited and continue to benefit from generous aid from Iran, both financial and military. But of these two groups, Tehran’s favourite child is Islamic Jihad. Iran commended the PIJ on the rocket attacks that struck deep into Israel in recent days which is unsurprising because the rockets were most likely from a shipment supplied by Iran. Israel intercepted an Iranian shipment of rockets earlier this month bound for Gaza. According to Israel, the weapons seized from shipment were intended for Islamic Jihad and not for Hamas. It’s not that Hamas has not ever enjoyed Iranian patronage even once with Iranian aid it was able to defeat Fatah, exile it from Gaza and take over all the centres of power and authority. But that generous aid and strong backing, which provided Hamas’s leaders with a considerable (and sometimes exaggerated) sense of security, was suddenly cut off when Hamas decided to side with the rebels in the Syrian civil war. The deterioration of the relationship between Iran and Hamas happened very quickly and the romance ended with a bitter feud.

In just a short time, Hamas lost all of its supporters, including Iran and Syria, and became an enemy of the new Egyptian regime. Now Hamas would rather not exacerbate the rift with Iran. On the other hand, attacking Islamic Jihad could put an end to the some little relationship between Hamas and Iran which they still have and ensure that the movement continues its drawn-out demise without any future prospects and without hope. The relationship between Hamas and Islamic Jihad changes a lot depending on the developments on the ground and their relations with outside entities, which might affect their decisions. From time to time armed clashes erupts between members of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ military wing, and the Al-Quds Brigades, Islamic Jihad’s military wing, in various areas of the Gaza Strip. This leaves the leaders of Hamas caught between a rock and a hard place. On one side they have Israel, which threatens them with a large scale military attack if the rocket fire doesn’t stop. On the other side is Iran, which will not stand silently by if Hamas causes any harm to the members of Islamic Jihad or to Iranian interests in Gaza. Right now, the leaders of Hamas are looking at Islamic Jihad and coming to the conclusion that the Al-Quds Brigades are capable of doing to them exactly what Hamas did to Fatah seven years earlier. They can achieve military superiority obviously with Iranian support thereby posing a threat to them and especially to its position of seniority in the Gaza Strip. So keeping all this in mind Hamas gamble to allow Islamic Jihad to fire rockets on Israel instead Hamas opted to absorb a single Israeli military assault in Gaza, which will be over in a few days rather than confronting PIJ or its sponsor Iran.

(Author is freelance columnist based in New Delhi and Editor of a geo-political website www.viewsaround.com can be reached at manishraiva@gmail.com)

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Building collapses in New York after explosion http://www.khaama.com/building-collapses-in-new-york-after-explosion-4037 http://www.khaama.com/building-collapses-in-new-york-after-explosion-4037#comments Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:55:13 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=32617 Building collapses in New York after explosion
According to reports, a building collapsed in New York city on Wednesday, leaving at least two people dead and 17 others injured. The incident reportedly took place around 9 am following an explosion inside the building in Manhattan’s crowded East Harlem neighborhood. East Harlem residents quoted by US media said they heard a blast in Read the full article...]]>
Building collapses in New York after explosion

According to reports, a building collapsed in New York city on Wednesday, leaving at least two people dead and 17 others injured.

The incident reportedly took place around 9 am following an explosion inside the building in Manhattan’s crowded East Harlem neighborhood.

East Harlem residents quoted by US media said they heard a blast in the six-storey apartment building before it caved in.

Television images showed heavy smoke and dust rising from the structure at East 114th Street and Park Avenue in East Harlem.

A spokesman for New York Police Department told AFP news agency, “It was an explosion and a building collapsed.”

The FBI was on the scene as a precautionary measure, but there is no indication of terror or crime, authorities quoted by ABC news said.

Officials in New York Police Department said they were investigating reports that the collapse may have involved two buildings.

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Iran a Rising Star of Middle East http://www.khaama.com/iran-a-rising-star-of-middle-east-4027 http://www.khaama.com/iran-a-rising-star-of-middle-east-4027#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:24:05 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=32567 Iran a Rising Star of Middle East
Iran commonly known as Persia in the Western world is intertwined with the history of a larger region, comprising the area from Anataloi and Egypt in the west to Ancient India and Syr Darya in the east, and from the caucasus and the Eurasian Steppe in the north to the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman Read the full article...]]>
Iran a Rising Star of Middle East

Iran commonly known as Persia in the Western world is intertwined with the history of a larger region, comprising the area from Anataloi and Egypt in the west to Ancient India and Syr Darya in the east, and from the caucasus and the Eurasian Steppe in the north to the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman in the south. Once a major empire of superpower proportions Iran has endured invasions by Greeks, Arabs, Turks, and Mongols. Iran has continually reasserted its national identity throughout the centuries and has developed as a distinct political and cultural entity. Iran is home to one of the world’s oldest continuous major civilizations, with historical and urban settlements dating back to 4000 BCE. Nearly some time ago, Iran was the leader of a powerful arc of Shiite influence that stretched from Tehran to Baghdad to Damascus to Beirut. But with Al Qaeda franchises cropping up in almost every nook and corner of Middle East and sectarian divisions tearing throughout the region, that is no longer the case. Now Iran is eagerly trying to re-establish it’s dominate position on the world stage and throughout the region.

In 1978, the year before the Islamic revolution, oil-rich Iran’s GDP was doubles that of Turkey. Today it is half that of Turkey but the Iran’s human capital, civilizational heft (some 5,000 years of Persian history), and natural resources means it can be a major global player and, like Turkey, be a member of the G20. But now equations are changing constantly for Iran on global and regional both fronts.  A new relationship between Iran and the West takes another step this weekend with the first visit of Europe’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, to the Islamic Republic. The visit comes as relations between Iran and the West warm up following last year’s election of Rouhani, who vowed to “constructively engage” with Western nations. Iran wants Western and UN sanctions that are severely hurting its oil-dependent economy lifted, having won limited relief in exchange for curbing its most sensitive nuclear work under the six-month Geneva deal. If the so-called “interim deal” between Iran and Western powers evolves into a steady normalization of relations between them, it could potentially bolster Iran’s geopolitical and geo-economic status in the region, which holds dramatic implications for U.S. allies such as Israel and Saudi Arabia. While Israel is afraid of Iran’s emerging economic and political powers as a major challenge to the former’s hegemony, Saudi Arabia deems the rapprochement between Iran and the West crucial not only to Iran’s rising political stature but also to the resurgence of sectarian competition in the region with Iran leading the Shiite camp.

Just a while ago, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its first regular assessment of Iran after more than two years predicted a positive growth in country’s economy before the end of 2015. Iran is pro actively trying to change regional equations in its favour as well. Let’s see few example- Iran and the UAE are close to reaching an agreement on three long-disputed islands near the Strait of Hormuz, perhaps the world’s most important oil chokepoint. The strait carried roughly 35% of all seaborne traded oil in 2013. According to a high level UAE source, “Iran will retain sea bed rights around the three islands while the UAE will hold sovereignty over the land.” Omani officials mediated the talks. The deal with the UAE is just the latest sting to Saudi Arabia from its fellow GCC members and Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) nations. Oman is planning to build a pipeline connecting it with Iran’s natural gas fields as part of a $60 billion deal to increase cooperation and trade between the two countries. Iraq recently announced its plans to collaborate with Iran to increase its oil production capacity to 9 million barrels per day (bpd), challenging Saudi Arabia’s domination of OPEC. The Saudi Kingdom produced 9.8 million bpd in December 2013. Since the overthrow of Hussein in 2003 and the emergence of a new political regime in Iraq, the two neighbours have developed unique relations. No one could have predicted that these former enemies would forge such a close political, cultural and economic relationship. Bilateral trade stood at $12 billion in 2013 making Iraq one of Iran’s top five trading partners. In Iran’s non-oil trade, Iraq is the most significant export market.

Iranian influence in Afghanistan’s Herat province is already tremendous, with several million dollars’ worth investment and robust cross-border trade and Tehran definitely wants to make more inroads although they are not the most favoured, if not disapproved of, by the Afghans. Afghanistan is Iran’s gateway to the larger Central Asian region and China. It is already working towards instituting a North-South corridor between the Central Asian States, Afghanistan, China, and the greater West Asia and North Africa, using Chabahar Port on its southern border thereby luring these countries away from their dependence on Pakistan’s restive South for their access to sea lanes. On the home front also Iran is working very hard it has been racketing up its domestic military production. Last month the regime marked 35 years since the 1979 Islamic Revolution by holding a special display of the nation’s domestic military industry advances in the last decade, bragging that it has the “biggest army in the region”. The fruits of the Islamic regime’s military industry included domestically produced submarines, fighter jets, missiles, drones, and advanced radar system, Iranian semi-official news agency Fars reported that two new missiles were tested on the eve of the anniversary. One is a laser-guided missile, and the other is a long-range ballistic missile that can carry multiple warheads and reportedly evade anti-missile defence systems.

Moreover now United States is realizing the utility of Iran in the Middle East which is reflected in its changed approach towards the Islamic republic.  America has dropped its “axis of evil” rhetoric long ago, and now talks about complex manoeuvring among the many rival camps in the Middle East. Washington sees rational partners among the new Iranian leadership, notably Rohani, with whom cooperation will be possible if necessary. The United States can draw on the Iranians’ help in a large number of regional issues on which Tehran can wield influence. Iran might, for example, be able to help stabilize the situation in Afghanistan after the departure of the American forces from that country at the end of this year. Tehran also wields the greatest influence on the Shi’ite government in neighbouring Iraq. Above all, Iran is a player to be reckoned with in Syria. Without the support of both Tehran and Moscow for President Bashar Assad, the Syrian president would long since have surrendered to the hundreds of rebel groups that are now actively trying to topple him. For the first time since 2006, the American public does not view Iran as the country’s “greatest enemy,” according to a recent Gallup poll. Instead, that (dis)honor is reserved for China. So, all this indicates a US policy shift towards Iran.

The regional upheaval of the last few years has changed the balance of power, and Middle East is going through a “strategic recalculation” with Iran emerging as the new game changer. Iran is the much coveted prize in any future gamble in the Middle East. With its well-established institutions, Iran is a rock compared to the sand dunes the rest of the Middle Eastern countries are built on. The Iranian economy has the potential to move from its current below-average performance to becoming a developed economy. It has all the resources (natural, human and geostrategic) that an economy would need to play a much more significant role on the international stage. So it won’t be an exaggerated statement to make that Iran is a rising star of Middle East.

(Author is freelance columnist based in New Delhi and Editor of a geo-political website www.viewsaround.com can be reached at manishraiva@gmail.com)

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11 people killed, 30 injured in attack on a court in Islamabad http://www.khaama.com/11-people-killed-30-injured-in-attack-on-a-court-in-islamabad-2854 http://www.khaama.com/11-people-killed-30-injured-in-attack-on-a-court-in-islamabad-2854#comments Mon, 03 Mar 2014 06:16:27 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=32443 11 people killed, 30 injured in attack on a court in Islamabad
Dozens of people were killed or injured following an attack on a district court in Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan. According to Pakistani police officials, the attack left 11 people dead and nearly 30 others injured. At least two judges were also among those killed in the incident. The officials further added that the Read the full article...]]>
11 people killed, 30 injured in attack on a court in Islamabad

Dozens of people were killed or injured following an attack on a district court in Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan.

According to Pakistani police officials, the attack left 11 people dead and nearly 30 others injured. At least two judges were also among those killed in the incident.

The officials further added that the incident took place after a group of armed men tried to rescue a defendant who was brought before the court.

In the meantime, a police official Nabi Awan said an unknown number of gunmen had stormed the area where judges’ chambers and lawyers’ offices are located.

No group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident. Attacks within the capital have been very rare in recent years in Pakistan despite the country has been in the grip of a bloody homegrown Taliban insurgency.

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3rd March 1924 – The Forgotten Day! http://www.khaama.com/3rd-march-1924-the-forgotten-day-2850 http://www.khaama.com/3rd-march-1924-the-forgotten-day-2850#comments Sun, 02 Mar 2014 13:10:59 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=32429 3rd March 1924 – The Forgotten Day!
By Dr. Tariq Momand Today 3rd March, 90 years ago, the then British Foreign Minister Lord Curzon warned, “We must put an end to anything which brings about any Islamic unity between the sons of the Muslims. The situation now is that Turkey is dead and will never rise again, because we have destroyed its moral strength, Read the full article...]]>
3rd March 1924 – The Forgotten Day!

By Dr. Tariq Momand

Today 3rd March, 90 years ago, the then British Foreign Minister Lord Curzon warned, “We must put an end to anything which brings about any Islamic unity between the sons of the Muslims. The situation now is that Turkey is dead and will never rise again, because we have destroyed its moral strength, the Caliphate and Islam”.

The 3rd of March is a date that is etched into the history of the Muslim Ummah as one of its darkest days ever. It was on this date in the fateful year of 1924 CE that the last vestige of legitimate Islamic rule was ended. The office of Caliphate was abolished by Mustafa Kamal and the Muslim Ummah has since then been plunged in to darkness and humiliation.

This was the beginning of the humiliation that the Muslim world has suffered to this very day. The Ummah was set to be subjected to numerous tragedies that would involve against it murderous wars, foreign occupation, economic strangulation, political manipulation as well as a cultural colonialism that sought to distance the Muslim world from the concept of Islamic ruling and the obligation of living under the Caliphate.

With the removal of the sole legitimate leadership of the Muslims, the Caliphate, the lands of Islam were divided in to numerous statelets and disputed territories. These new entities were established along the lines of ethnicity, sectarianism and racism by the colonialist powers of the day in an attempt to ensure that Muslim Ummah would never rise again. Nationalism that was nurtured by the colonialists in the run up to the destruction of the Caliphate helped to ensure that these new entities would remain at loggerheads, never to think of uniting again. Any attempts to replicate the power of a unitary leadership of the Muslim world were replaced by pathetic and impotent bodies such as Arab League and the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC). These organizations were designed to perpetuate disunity and division as they preserved the borders and barriers between Muslims that the colonialists had established. These states have never had the interests of Islam and the Muslims at heart.

Western colonialism put in place a motley crew of dictators, monarchs, autocrats that have served them in a manner more loyal than their own populations. The Muslim world has indeed seen destruction, devastation and calamity for the past 90 years, despite the fact that the Muslim ummah is the richest in natural resources, manpower, army, land, technological capability, wealth and most importantly iman in Allah (swt).

Looking at the devastating performance of capitalism, the world is looking forward to an ideological change that could fill the vacuum created by Capitalism. Islam by having a track record of ruling the world successfully not for decades but for centuries could replace and fill this vacuum expediently.

To know that Khilafah had been a great state for centuries and that it was a superpower on the world stage, the statement given by the father of modern economy is a great testimony.

Adam Smith, the 18th Century founder of modern economics whose picture is printed on the current UK £20 note, was exceedingly inspired by the Islamic method of governing. He proclaimed that:

“…the empire of the Caliphs seems to have been the first state under which the world enjoyed that degree of tranquility which the cultivation of the sciences requires. It was under the protection of those generous and magnificent princes, that the ancient philosophy and astronomy of the Greeks were restored and established in the East; that tranquility, which their mild, just and religious government diffused over their vast empire, revived the curiosity of mankind, to inquire into the connecting principles of nature.” *

(* Adam Smith, ‘History of Astronomy’, The Essays of Adam Smith (London, 1869), p. 353)

Hence it was a leading state in economy, science, technology, commerce, architecture and jurisprudence. The Khilafah provided peace and security for its citizens, allowing them to live in harmony together as a single state. The Khilafah even provided sanctuary for those who were persecuted because of their beliefs.

3rd March is therefore an extremely significant day to remember because of its prominence and implications upon the world, specifically the Muslim world. 

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Kashmir Event Held in Washington, D.C. http://www.khaama.com/kashmir-event-held-in-washington-d-c-2801 http://www.khaama.com/kashmir-event-held-in-washington-d-c-2801#comments Sun, 16 Feb 2014 16:45:11 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=32153 Kashmir Event Held in Washington, D.C.
By Manish Rai Washington, D.C. February 15, 2104. “Our efforts should be to persuade the world community including the United States to urge both India and Pakistan to include the leadership of the people of Jammu & Kashmir in the negotiations to peacefully resolve the dispute over Kashmir. When we talk of Kashmir, we talk Read the full article...]]>
Kashmir Event Held in Washington, D.C.
By Manish Rai
Washington, D.C. February 15, 2104. “Our efforts should be to persuade the world community including the United States to urge both India and Pakistan to include the leadership of the people of Jammu & Kashmir in the negotiations to peacefully resolve the dispute over Kashmir. When we talk of Kashmir, we talk of the sentiments and enormous sacrifices made by the Kashmiri people during the past 67 years for a cause dear to all inhabitants, be they Muslims, Hindus, or Buddhists.  It is time that both India and Pakistan realize that until the Kashmiri leadership is included in the peace process, these negotiations between India and Pakistan may not lead them to any logical conclusion,” said Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai at a seminar, held at Holiday Inn Hotel and organized by Kashmir Form, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Fai stressed “I do not doubt for a minute that to regain much of what has been lost, the people of Kashmir are determined to present their peaceful objectives to the international community.  Their objective is to seek a peaceful and lasting solution to the conflict through dialogue, with the participation of all parties – Government of India, Government of Pakistan and the people of Kashmir.  Their view is one of inclusion.  They believe that there is nothing to be gained by isolating groups with varying opinions.”
Dr. Ghulam Nabi Mir, the President of the World Kashmir Freedom Movement said that there exist apprehensions that, whether on account of its internal weakness or under external pressure, Pakistan will be forced to dilute its stand on Kashmir. If this happens, it will not end the dispute because Kashmiris will not consent to rule by a power that has visited death and destruction to brutalize them into submission from the very beginning when the first Indian soldier set afoot on the soil of Kashmir.
Peer Sahib Ali Raza Bukhari said that Kashmir is sacred cause because its legality has been recognized by the United Nations. He reiterated that India and Pakistan both being nuclear-weapon states are directly confronting each other, which makes the Kashmir dispute potentially the most dangerous in the world.  It should, therefore, be a major interest of the U.S. to prevent this dispute from exploding into a conflict which can be catastrophic for a large proportion of the human race.
Sardar Sawar Khan, former Advisor to the Prime Minister of AJK said, “I firmly believe that far too long has the world viewed Jammu & Kashmir dispute from the perspective of India and Pakistan and never from the perspective of the people of Kashmir that are directly affected by the problem day after day on the ground. And I believe that to ignore the Kashmiri viewpoint is a big mistake. The international community must take into account the Kashmiri perspective which I believe is more important than the perspective of India or Pakistan and for that matter more important than the perspective of the international community.”
Lars Rise, Norwegian parliamentarian said, “I have visited Kashmir and met with the leadership of All Parties Hurriyet Conference. I have come to Washington and attended the International Peace Conferences organized by Dr. Fai at the Capitol Hill. I am sure that given a chance, the people of Kashmir will be instrumental in building a bridge between India and Pakistan to settle the long-standing dispute over Kashmir through peaceful negotiations. “ Kashmiris  have a long tradition of peace and religious tolerance, Lars Rise added.
Dr. Imtiaz Khan, Vice President of the Kashmiri American Council demanded that the Government of India must  release all political prisoners; repeal all black laws, particularly Public Safety Act, & Jammu and Kashmir Disturbed Areas Act, etc.; dismantle  bunkers from villages and towns; and give freedom of expression and freedom of speech to Kashmiris. A suppression of the freedom of opinion and assembly means empowering terroristic elements.  This in turn paves the way for destabilizing Pakistan – something that is certainly not in India’s own interest, nor in the interest of the United States.
Sardar Tahir Iqbal, the President of Kashmir Forum said that the people of Kashmir have the birthright to express their sentiments and their opinions and they should be allowed to demonstrate peacefully to demand their right of self-determination. The United States should  definitely recommend improving the atmosphere in Kashmir by a full restoration of civil liberties, including the liberty to express themselves peacefully on the question of their own future.
Dr. Zulfiqar Kazmi said that Pakistan as a party to the dispute must have a consist policy on Kashmir. He emphasized that the Kashmir dispute primarily involves the life and future of the people of the land.  Because of its impact on relations between India and Pakistan, however, it directly affects the peace and stability of more than 1.2 billion people of the South-Asian subcontinent.
Dr. Zahid Bukhari, former President of ICNA suggested that friends of Kashmir must educate the American policy makers about the ground realities in Kashmir. We need to seek the understanding of the American policy making agencies to help resolve the dispute according to the wishes and aspirations of the people of Kashmir. Dr. Bukhari called on world powers to persuade both India and Pakistan to accede to international law in Kashmir, to cooperate in holding a referendum administered by a neutral agency, and to welcome third party intervention or mediation to solve any prickly details.
Sardar Gulfaraz Khan said that nothing better could be said about human rights in Kashmir.  Every human rights group that has examined the convulsed scene in Kashmir has reported harrowing human rights violations, including tens of thousands of extrajudicial killings, rape, torture, plunder, arbitrary arrests, and ruthless suppression of free speech and press.  The United States State Department annual human rights report invariably paints an ugly human rights dispensation in Kashmir.
Sardar Zubair Khan said that a promising first step towards a just and peaceful denouement of the Kashmir tragedy would be the recognition by the United States, Pakistan and India of the All‑Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC) as the genuine voice of the Kashmiri people.
Sardar Zarif Khan said that today the consensus is that Kashmir conflict remains the underlying cause of the nuclear confrontation between the two neighboring countries. Without a just and lasting peace in Kashmir that vindicates self‑determination, trying to reduce missile and nuclear arsenals in South Asia will be an exercise in futility.
Mian Wasin elaborated that the issue of Kashmir is by no definition a border dispute between India and Pakistan. The issue of Kashmir is a problem resolving around the lives of 18 million people of Jammu and Kashmir. The Kashmiri leadership must be the part and parcel of any peace negotiations.
Asad Choudhary, PMLN said  that we feel honored to help our brethren in Jammu & Kashmir. We believe that it is only fair that the Kashmir dispute must be decided in accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolutions. We must accept whatever the people of Kashmir decide.
Mazhar Chugtai, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf suggested taking an initiative to educate the U.S. Administration about the situation in Kashmir. He said that the Kashmir dispute is one of the oldest issues pending on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council. The Kashmiri people have suffered since the issue was first debated at the United Nations in 1948. The wishes of the Kashmiri people must be taken into consideration in seeking any settlement of the dispute.
Sardar Mohammad Zahid of New York urged the world community to put an end to the human rights violations in Jammu & Kashmir. He said that millions of people on the streets of Srinagar demand noting short of Azaadi. We must not let them down.
10-year-old student Hashim Khan of Maryland said that the people of Jammu & Kashmir want Azaadi (freedom). Our message to the people of Kashmir is: Continue your peaceful struggle; Freedom is ours; and Don’t compromise on your basic principle of self-determination.
Sardar Zulfiqar Khan, while moderating the seminar said that the situation in Kashmir demand that the world powers must strengthen the non-violent and indigenous movement in Kashmir.
Those who spoke at the seminar also included Raja Liaqat Kayani; Sardar Zahoor Khan; Aurang Zeb Khan, MQM; Sardar Ishaq Sharif, JKLF; Zahid Hamidi; Arifullah; Sardar Ali; Asad Kamal.
The event was co-sponsored by Kashmiri American Council; Peoples Party of Pakistan, Azad Kashmir; Jammu Kashmir Muslim Conferences; Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front; Jammu Kashmir Muslim League; Jamaat-e-Islamic Azad Kashmir; and Jammu Kashmir Liberation League.
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Clashes over Valentine’s Day celebration in Pakistan leaves 4 injured http://www.khaama.com/clashes-over-valentines-day-celebration-in-pakistan-leaves-4-injured-2790 http://www.khaama.com/clashes-over-valentines-day-celebration-in-pakistan-leaves-4-injured-2790#comments Fri, 14 Feb 2014 13:23:55 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=32098 Clashes over Valentine’s Day celebration in Pakistan leaves 4 injured
According to reports, at least four university students were injured following clashes between two rival student groups in Pakistan. Police officials in Pakistan said the incident took place in country’s northwest over celebration fo Valentine’s Day. A local police official, Rahim Hussain, said clashes between the two groups started in University of Peshawar after a Read the full article...]]>
Clashes over Valentine’s Day celebration in Pakistan leaves 4 injured

According to reports, at least four university students were injured following clashes between two rival student groups in Pakistan.

Police officials in Pakistan said the incident took place in country’s northwest over celebration fo Valentine’s Day.

A local police official, Rahim Hussain, said clashes between the two groups started in University of Peshawar after a liberal group rallied in the favor of the romantic holiday.

Mr. Hussain further added that both members of the liberal group and conservative group started throwing stones at each other and used weapons to fire in the air.

He confirmed that four students were injured following the clashes which lasted for several minutes.

The young are increasingly using Valentine’s Day as a form of rebellion – some call it a silent revolution of sorts, despite conservatives in Pakistan every year call for people to boycott Valentine’s Day.

In a devout Muslim society where adultery is punishable by death and public displays of love are forbidden, celebrating on this day is a direct challenge to the rigid Islamic groups that hold sway in the country and who deem such displays as immoral.

However, the holiday is still widely celebrated in Pakistan where people buy flowers, pink teddy bears and heart-shaped balloons.

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Syria Conflict: Geneva II Just A Eyewash http://www.khaama.com/syria-conflict-geneva-ii-just-a-eyewash-2785 http://www.khaama.com/syria-conflict-geneva-ii-just-a-eyewash-2785#comments Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:56:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=32080 Syria Conflict: Geneva II Just A Eyewash
By Manish Rai It is hard to imagine that representatives of the 30 countries that assembled in Geneva actually believed that they could find a political solution to the ongoing three year old Syrian civil war. Given the differing strategic interests in Syria of the powers within and outside the region, reaching a consensus to Read the full article...]]>
Syria Conflict: Geneva II Just A Eyewash

By Manish Rai

It is hard to imagine that representatives of the 30 countries that assembled in Geneva actually believed that they could find a political solution to the ongoing three year old Syrian civil war. Given the differing strategic interests in Syria of the powers within and outside the region, reaching a consensus to end the crisis at this juncture is beyond the realm of possibility. After the first round of Geneva II negotiations between the warring sides mediated by Lakhdar Brahimi adjourned some ten days ago without concrete results achieved, the second round resumed but saw little rift healed so far.  The Syrian opposition coalition has no unity. A big part of its components withdrew from the coalition protesting the Geneva talks and the rest does not fully represent the Syrian people. And most armed rebel groups now are Islamist in character. They are fighting for Sharia law, not democracy, the objective of the peace process sponsored by the US and Britain.  What then can be achieved by these talks? No-one really expects a peace deal in Switzerland through these talks. But then a valid question arises that why then these talks were organized at first place. Talks might have been conveyed because some optimists hope that a durable ceasefire might eventually emerge. There has never been a prospect of that in almost three years of Syria’s civil war.

The two sides did not budge from their main positions, with the government side insists on stopping violence and terrorism as top priority, while the opposition focusing on the establishment of a transitional governing body. The Syrian deputy foreign minister, Faisal Mekdad, said the issue of Bashar Al Assad stepping down was not on the agenda. He said that “Please tell those who dream of wasting our time here in such a discussion to stop it,” while talking to a press reporter. Moreover both the sides accuse each other of being responsible for escalating violence in Syria and disruption of aid for civilians. It was clearly visible in case Homs for which a deal was clinched last week for a three-day truce in rebel-held parts of Homs to secure the evacuation of hundreds of trapped civilians and the entry of humanitarian aid convoys. That effort was disrupted as lorries carrying supplies into Homs came under heavy fire. Both sides traded accusations over who was responsible. So it is clear that there is no common objective between the two sides to achieve. Even the role of big two players United States and Russia is also not proving to be very constructive. President Obama may strongly embrace the agreement to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons or seek a political solution by holding the Geneva II conference. Unfortunately and predictably, the chemical deal worked only to strengthen Assad as it prevented an American attack and gave him more time to consolidate his gains.

Obama, who is determined not to engage America in another conflict in the Middle East, has left Syria to the whims of Russia’s President Putin, who was more than eager to fill in the gap and usurp the political agenda to ensure Russia’s long-term interests in Syria. There are many factors that complicate the prospect of any political solution, which seem to have escaped the Obama administration or were treated with ambivalence. First, in addition to Russia and Iran, many of the players, including the Gulf States led by Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and scores of jihadist groups in and outside the region, have different political agendas and will do everything in their power to thwart any solution that does not serve their interests. Second, the civil war has now also evolved into a proxy war between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran. Iraq and now Syria are seen as the battlegrounds of a long-simmering conflict between them and it is unlikely to end in the foreseeable future. Third, the convenient “political cooperation” between the US and Russia does not obscure the fact that they have fundamental disagreements not only about Assad’s fate but also the kind of political order that will follow. Fourth, the war has provided a historic opportunity for scores of Muslim extremists, including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra and other al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadist groups. They are determined to exploit the chaos in Syria regardless of the price they pay and how high the Syrian death toll rises.

Speculation abounds as to how to end this tragedy when no power wants to end it only for the sake of the Syrian people. Geneva II could not even deliver an enforceable agreement to provide food and medicine to children, many who are sick and starving to death. Instead, the leaders in attendance found comfort in the fact that the rebels and Assad’s representatives sat face-to-face and talked. Given this gloomy reality, one wonders from where a political solution can come to end Syria’s unfolding human tragedy. The fact that scores of jihadists have converged on the country and are committed to fight against any agreement and each other to promote their political agenda further prolongs the war as the fighting no longer has a single purpose. This is what often happens in a civil war when the combatants are engaged in a protracted fight and neither side can win without gaining a decisive advantage. This situation is further complicated when outside powers continue to support different sides, but not enough to tilt the balance decisively one way or the other. Under these circumstances, the civil war in Syria could last 10 to 15 years or more. The civil war in Lebanon that lasted from 1975 to 1990 is a case in point other examples of long and debilitating civil wars include Afghanistan and Sudan. If this scenario unfolds, Syria as a state will disintegrate, hundreds of thousands more Syrians will die, starvation and diseases will run rampant, and much of the country will lie in ruin. No one can tell how this catastrophe will impact other states in the region, but one thing is certain not a single country will be spared and the potential for regional conflagration will be omnipresent.

(Author is freelance columnist based in New Delhi and Editor of www.viewsaround.com. He can be reached at manishraiva@gmail.com)

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Pakistani Taliban has 500 female suicide bombers ready to act http://www.khaama.com/pakistani-taliban-has-500-female-suicide-bombers-ready-to-act-3421 http://www.khaama.com/pakistani-taliban-has-500-female-suicide-bombers-ready-to-act-3421#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:09:45 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31976 Pakistani Taliban has 500 female suicide bombers ready to act
A Pakistani religious cleric, Maulana Abdul Aziz has said that the Taliban group in Pakistan has as many as 500 female suicide bombers ready to act. Maulana Abdul Aziz is the former head cleric of Islamabd’s Lal Masjid and is currently representing the Pakistani Taliban grop – Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in peace talks with the Read the full article...]]>
Pakistani Taliban has 500 female suicide bombers ready to act

A Pakistani religious cleric, Maulana Abdul Aziz has said that the Taliban group in Pakistan has as many as 500 female suicide bombers ready to act.

Maulana Abdul Aziz is the former head cleric of Islamabd’s Lal Masjid and is currently representing the Pakistani Taliban grop – Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in peace talks with the government of Pakistan.

While pointing towards the risk of further violence if talks fails, Maulana Aziz said that the Taliban group has nearly 400 to 500 female suicide bombers in Waziristan and other tribal areas, the Bloomberg News reported.

Negotiations between the Taliban group and Pakistan’s government started last week, however Maulana Aziz says that the Taliban group has no urgency to reach an agreement with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Maulana Aziz also added that the Taliban group in Pakistan is keen to implement Sharia law in the country.

He ruled out the group’s motive to fight because of the presence of US troops in Afghanistan and insisted that the group is only fighting to implement Sharia law.

The Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif revived peace talks with the Taliban – Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan as pressure grow for a military strike following deadly attacks which left nearly two dozen soldier dead last month.

Nearly 40,000 Pakistanis have been killed since the group launched its offensive in Pakistan in 2001.

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Deadly blast kill or injure at least 52 people in Peshawar city http://www.khaama.com/deadly-blast-kill-or-injure-at-least-52-people-in-peshawar-city-3399 http://www.khaama.com/deadly-blast-kill-or-injure-at-least-52-people-in-peshawar-city-3399#comments Wed, 05 Feb 2014 04:25:09 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31852 Deadly blast kill or injure at least 52 people in Peshawar city
A deadly blast left at least 10 people dead and nearly 42 others injured in Pakistan’s Peshawar city late Tuesday, officials said. The incident took place in outside a hotel frequented by Shias in Qesa Khwani Bazaar, after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives. Local police officials, said women and children were among those killed Read the full article...]]>
Deadly blast kill or injure at least 52 people in Peshawar city

A deadly blast left at least 10 people dead and nearly 42 others injured in Pakistan’s Peshawar city late Tuesday, officials said.

The incident took place in outside a hotel frequented by Shias in Qesa Khwani Bazaar, after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives.

Local police officials, said women and children were among those killed or injured in Tuesday’s suicide attack, and majority of the victims are Shias.

At least 35 men, 5 children and 2 women were injured following the blast, Superintendent Police (SP) City Muhammad Faisal Mukhtar said.

Shafqat Malik, chief of Peshawar’s bomb disposal unit, confirmed the explosion was a suicide blast.

The blast occurred at a time when Pakistan’s elected government had offered negotiations to the Pakistani Taliban, who have wedged a bloody campaign against the state by attacking government installations and carrying out suicide blasts in places of worship and markets.

However, a spokesman for Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Shahidullah Shahid, said that the Taliban group had no connection to the blast.

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Pakistani Taliban name former cricketer Imran Khan for peace talks http://www.khaama.com/pakistani-taliban-name-former-cricketer-imran-khan-for-peace-talks-3388 http://www.khaama.com/pakistani-taliban-name-former-cricketer-imran-khan-for-peace-talks-3388#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 05:18:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31780 Pakistani Taliban name former cricketer Imran Khan for peace talks
The Pakistani Taliban group – Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), announced Sunday that the group wants five well-known Pakistani political and religious figures including former cricket Imran Khan to represent them in peace talks with the government. Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) following a statement, said, “The Taliban want to negotiate with the government with full sincerity and seriousness.” Read the full article...]]>
Pakistani Taliban name former cricketer Imran Khan for peace talks

The Pakistani Taliban group – Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), announced Sunday that the group wants five well-known Pakistani political and religious figures including former cricket Imran Khan to represent them in peace talks with the government.

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) following a statement, said, “The Taliban want to negotiate with the government with full sincerity and seriousness.”

The statement further added that the TTP has “evolved a consensus on setting up such a team that could contact the government’s team easily, and that could relay the Taliban’s view to the government and Muslims of Pakistan effectively”.

In the meantime, Imran Khan’s party – Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, following a statement, said that Khan was unlikely to accept the role but he would probably prefer to assist the peace process in another role.

The other team members named by the Taliban group includes Maulana Abdul Aziz, the chief cleric of Islamabd’s Red Mosque and three top religious party leaders includig Maulana Sami-ul-Haq, Mufti Kifayatullah and Prof Ibrahim Khan.

The TTP spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid quoted by AFP said, “The committee members will hold talks with their interlocutors in the government’s team on our behalf and put forth our point of view.”

Mr. Khan strongly backs negotiations with the Taliban group in Pakistan and has criticized the U.S. drone strikes targeting militants in the area.

Thousands of civilians, police officers and government officials have been killed in the Taliban-led insurgency in Pakistan, which aims to topple the Pakistani government and enforce a stringent form of Islamic law.

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Benazir Bhutto’s son urges military action against Taliban group http://www.khaama.com/benazir-bhuttos-son-urges-military-action-against-taliban-group-3363 http://www.khaama.com/benazir-bhuttos-son-urges-military-action-against-taliban-group-3363#comments Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:40:40 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31638 Benazir Bhutto’s son urges military action against Taliban group
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of assassinated former Pakistani prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, has called on the Pakistani authorities to take military action against the militant groups in Pakistan. While speaking during an exclusive interview with the BBC, Bilawal said that the politicians must “wake up” to teh threats posed by militant groups. Bilawal Bhutto Read the full article...]]>
Benazir Bhutto’s son urges military action against Taliban group

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of assassinated former Pakistani prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, has called on the Pakistani authorities to take military action against the militant groups in Pakistan.

While speaking during an exclusive interview with the BBC, Bilawal said that the politicians must “wake up” to teh threats posed by militant groups.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is the patron-in-chief of the main opposition Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). He is expected to stand in elections in the upcoming elections in 2018.

His remarks to take military action against the militant groups in pakistan comes amid efforts by the current government of Pakistan to tackel mounting violence.

“Dialogue is always an option but we have to have a position of strength,” Bilawal told BBC.

He also added, “How do you talk from a position of strength? You have to beat them on the battlefield. They’re fighting us.”

“It’s not only confined to North Waziristan. They are attacking us in Karachi… We would like to eradicate the Taliban from Pakistan,” Bilawal said.

This comes as Pakistan endured a bloody start to the year with at least 110 people killed in attacks in January. Pakistan has been battling a homegrown Taliban insurgency since 2007.

The Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif has been under for failing to make a strong response to the upsurge in violence.

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US airstrike kills senior al-Shahab commander in Somalia http://www.khaama.com/us-airstrike-kills-senior-al-shahab-commander-in-somalia-2730 http://www.khaama.com/us-airstrike-kills-senior-al-shahab-commander-in-somalia-2730#comments Mon, 27 Jan 2014 16:46:39 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31616 US airstrike kills senior al-Shahab commander in Somalia
According to reports, a senior al-Shabab commander was killed following a US airstrike in Somalia on Sunday. Security officials in Somali have confirmed that the target of the airstrike was Ahmed Mohamed Amey, who mastermined a wave of suicide attacks by the armed group. An intelligence official speaking on the condition of anonymity confirmed that Read the full article...]]>
US airstrike kills senior al-Shahab commander in Somalia

According to reports, a senior al-Shabab commander was killed following a US airstrike in Somalia on Sunday.

Security officials in Somali have confirmed that the target of the airstrike was Ahmed Mohamed Amey, who mastermined a wave of suicide attacks by the armed group.

An intelligence official speaking on the condition of anonymity confirmed that Amey was killed alongside his driver following airstrike.

A US official also confirmed to Reuter news agency that the airstrike was carried out in a remote area near Barawe, Somalia.

According to the security sources, Amey was close to al-Shabab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane, who since taking charge in 2008 has restyled the group as a global player in the al-Qaeda franchise.

The al-Shahab group which aims to turn Somalia into a fundamentalist Islamic state, has carried out numerous attacks in a number of countries in its fundamentalist aims.

Al-Shahab claimed responsibility behind the deadly bokmbing in Kampala, Uganda in 2010 which left at least 74 people dead.

The group has also launched many smaller attacks against targets in Kenya, such as throwing hand grenades into nightclubs, restaurants and schools.

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North Korean leader executes entire family of his uncle: Report http://www.khaama.com/north-korean-leader-executes-entire-family-of-his-uncle-report-3349 http://www.khaama.com/north-korean-leader-executes-entire-family-of-his-uncle-report-3349#comments Sun, 26 Jan 2014 10:56:38 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31588 North Korean leader executes entire family of his uncle: Report
According to reports, the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has executed the entire family of his once powerful uncle Jang Song-thaek. South Korea’s state news agency, Yonhap, reported Sunday that the children of Jang Song-thaek along with his relatives serving as ambassadors to cuba and Malaysia were among those executed by the North Korean leader. Read the full article...]]>
North Korean leader executes entire family of his uncle: Report

According to reports, the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has executed the entire family of his once powerful uncle Jang Song-thaek.

South Korea’s state news agency, Yonhap, reported Sunday that the children of Jang Song-thaek along with his relatives serving as ambassadors to cuba and Malaysia were among those executed by the North Korean leader.

An anonymous source, speaking on the condition fo anonymity, told Yonhap news agency, “Extensive executions have been carried out for relatives of Jang Song-thaek.”

The source further added, “All relatives of Jang have been put to death, including even children.”

According to the sources, Jang’s sister Kye-sun along with her husband and ambassador to Cuba, Jon Hong-jin, the ambassador to Mlayasia, Jang’s nephew Jang Yong-chol and his two sons were executed by Kim Jong-un.

The anonymous sources also added that the sons, daughters and grandchildren of Jang’s two brothers were all executed. The two ambassadors were recalled to Pyongyang in early December.

The report published by South Korea’s state new agency did not specify when the relatives of Jang were killed.

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Pakistan sentences man to death who claimed to be prophet of Islam http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-sentences-man-to-death-who-claimed-to-be-prophet-of-islam-2724 http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-sentences-man-to-death-who-claimed-to-be-prophet-of-islam-2724#comments Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:39:24 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31549 Pakistan sentences man to death who claimed to be prophet of Islam
A court in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi has sentenced a 65-year-old British to death after he was found guilty of blasphemy. Mohammad Asghar, a British national of Pakistani origin, was arrested in Sadiqabad in 2010 by police forces for writing letters claiming to be a prophet. Asghar was sentenced on Friday, however his lawyers Read the full article...]]>
Pakistan sentences man to death who claimed to be prophet of Islam

A court in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi has sentenced a 65-year-old British to death after he was found guilty of blasphemy.

Mohammad Asghar, a British national of Pakistani origin, was arrested in Sadiqabad in 2010 by police forces for writing letters claiming to be a prophet.

Asghar was sentenced on Friday, however his lawyers argued for leniency saying he has a history of mental illness, but this was rejected by a medical panel.

But the special court inside Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail, where Asghar is being held, rejected defence claims that the 65-year-old has mental health problems.

“Asghar claimed to be a prophet even inside the court. He confessed it in front of the judge,” Javed Gul, a government prosecutor, told AFP.

“Asghar used to write it even on his visiting card,” Gul added.

The controversial blasphemy laws of Pakistan carry a potential death sentence for anyone deemed to have insulted Islam.

The application of blasphemy laws on several recent cases have prompted international concerns.

However, Asghar is unlikely to be executed as Pakistan had a de facto moratorium on civilian hangings since 2008 and only one person has been executed since then, a soldier convicted by court martial.

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Village elders order gang-rape of Indian girl for having love affair http://www.khaama.com/village-elders-order-gang-rape-of-indian-girl-for-having-love-affair-2717 http://www.khaama.com/village-elders-order-gang-rape-of-indian-girl-for-having-love-affair-2717#comments Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:28:02 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31528 Village elders order gang-rape of Indian girl for having love affair
Police in India’s West Bengal state announced that 20-year-old woman is lying in critical condition in hospital in the Indian state of West Bengal after she was allegedly gang-raped by at least a dozen men. The woman was reportedly gang-raped on the orders of a “salishi sabha” – a traditional tribunal in Birbhum district of Read the full article...]]>
Village elders order gang-rape of Indian girl for having love affair

Police in India’s West Bengal state announced that 20-year-old woman is lying in critical condition in hospital in the Indian state of West Bengal after she was allegedly gang-raped by at least a dozen men.

The woman was reportedly gang-raped on the orders of a “salishi sabha” – a traditional tribunal in Birbhum district of Bengal state.

Village elders ordered gang-rape because woman fell in love with a man from a different religion.

Police official C. Sudhakar said that 13 men have been arrested in connection with the case.

The headman of the tribunal allegedly ordered the rape when the woman’s family refused or were unable to pay the fine of 50,000 rupees which is equivalent to $800.

This comes as a teenage girl from the same area was forced by villagers to walk naked through four villages for having an affair, nearly four years ago.

High-profile rapes in India during the one year has sparked widespread outrage over chronic sexual violence in the country and government failures to protect women.

However, the latest case in West Bengal is particularly troubling because the alleged rape apparently was sanctioned by a council made up of village elders.

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Gunmen kill 7 Pakistani policemen escorting Spanish cyclists http://www.khaama.com/gunmen-kill-7-pakistani-policemen-escorting-spanish-cyclists-3337 http://www.khaama.com/gunmen-kill-7-pakistani-policemen-escorting-spanish-cyclists-3337#comments Thu, 23 Jan 2014 06:40:20 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31520 Gunmen kill 7 Pakistani policemen escorting Spanish cyclists
At least seven Pakistani security personnel were killed following an ambush by unknown gunmen in the restive province of Balochistan. The security forces came under attack while they were providing security to a pair of Spanish round-the-world cyclists, who had entered the country from Iran. According to the local security officials, the pair of the Read the full article...]]>
Gunmen kill 7 Pakistani policemen escorting Spanish cyclists

At least seven Pakistani security personnel were killed following an ambush by unknown gunmen in the restive province of Balochistan.

The security forces came under attack while they were providing security to a pair of Spanish round-the-world cyclists, who had entered the country from Iran.

According to the local security officials, the pair of the Spanish cyclists managed to escape the attack unhurt and sustained minor injuries when they fell off their bikes.

The attack came one day after militants in the same region killed 28 people in a bus convoy of Shiite Muslim pilgrims.

A local police officer said authorities suspected the same group carried out both attacks.

Provincial Home Secretary, Asadur Rehman Gilani confirming the report, said the Spanish cyclist had arrived in the town of Dalbandin, about 220 miles from Quetta, provincial capital of Baluchistan, on Tuesday evening after biking from the Iranian border.

Balochistan is known as one of the country’s most violent regions, having porous borders between neighboring Iran and Afghanistan.

The province is plagued by kidnappers, Taliban militants, a violent separatist insurgency, sectarian killers, paramilitary death squads and drug traffickers.

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Blast hit polio security team in Pakistan leaving 7 dead http://www.khaama.com/blast-hit-polio-security-team-in-pakistan-leaving-7-dead-3335 http://www.khaama.com/blast-hit-polio-security-team-in-pakistan-leaving-7-dead-3335#comments Wed, 22 Jan 2014 10:54:09 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31511 Blast hit polio security team in Pakistan leaving 7 dead
At least seven people including six police officers and a civilian were killed following an explosion in north-western Pakistan on Wednesday. According to police officials, the blast took place in Sardheri Bazaar, targeting a polio security team, leaving six policemen and a boy dead. Senior police official Shafiullah quoted by AFP said, Seven people including Read the full article...]]>
Blast hit polio security team in Pakistan leaving 7 dead

At least seven people including six police officers and a civilian were killed following an explosion in north-western Pakistan on Wednesday.

According to police officials, the blast took place in Sardheri Bazaar, targeting a polio security team, leaving six policemen and a boy dead.

Senior police official Shafiullah quoted by AFP said, Seven people including six police personnel and a child were killed.”

Mr. Shafiullah further added that the van had been taking officers to guard polio vaccination teams in the north-west, when the remote-controlled explosive device was detonated.

Another senior police official Saeed Wazir said Wednesday’s bomb, weighing 4-5kg, was planted on a bicycle and targeted the van carrying police officers who were heading to various locations to guard health workers during the ongoing polio vaccination drive in Charsadda district.

In the meantime, senior health official at the government-run district hospital at Charsadda, Zahidullah, said there were at least eight people injured in the attack.

This comes as unknown gunmen killed three health workers taking part in a polio vaccination drive in the southern city of Karachi on Tuesday.

Militants in Pakistan accuse health workers of being part of a Western plot to sterilize Muslims.

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Explosion near Pakistani military headquarters leaves 13 dead http://www.khaama.com/explosion-near-pakistani-military-headquarters-leaves-9-dead-3318 http://www.khaama.com/explosion-near-pakistani-military-headquarters-leaves-9-dead-3318#comments Mon, 20 Jan 2014 05:51:48 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31458 Explosion near Pakistani military headquarters leaves 13 dead
At least 13 were killed and nearly 18 others were injured following a suicide attack in Rawalpindi city of Pakistan on Monday morning. According to the Pakistani police officials, the incident took place near a military headquarters after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives, leaving at least 13 people dead. A local police official Sardar Read the full article...]]>
Explosion near Pakistani military headquarters leaves 13 dead

At least 13 were killed and nearly 18 others were injured following a suicide attack in Rawalpindi city of Pakistan on Monday morning.

According to the Pakistani police officials, the incident took place near a military headquarters after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives, leaving at least 13 people dead.

A local police official Sardar Zulfiqar confirmed it was a suicide bombing and that some security personnel were believed to be among the dead.

The injured were being taken to nearby hospitals and most of them were said to be in a serious condition.

In the meantime, a local police officer Haroon Joiya said, a retired officer and five soldiers were among those killed 18 others were injured following the explosion.

Monday’s blast takes a day after an attack on a convoy of security forces near the Cantt area in Bannu district, which killed 22 people and injured 30.

The Taliban militants group in Pakistan – Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility behind Sunday’s attack and said such attacks would continue on Pakistani security forces.

A TTP spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid said the attack had been carried out to avenge the death of Waliur Rehman, the group’s former second in command, who was killed last year in a U.S. drone strike.

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Deadly blast kills 22 Pakistan security forces, injure 30 others http://www.khaama.com/deadly-blast-kills-17-pakistan-security-forces-injure-25-others-3313 http://www.khaama.com/deadly-blast-kills-17-pakistan-security-forces-injure-25-others-3313#comments Sun, 19 Jan 2014 07:14:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31431 Deadly blast kills 22 Pakistan security forces, injure 30 others
At least 22 Pakistani security personnel were reportedly killed and 30 others were injured following a deadly explosion in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Sunday. According to the local officials, the blast took place early Sunday morning in Cantt area of Bannu district after a convoy of the Pakistani security personnel was attacked by a Read the full article...]]>
Deadly blast kills 22 Pakistan security forces, injure 30 others

At least 22 Pakistani security personnel were reportedly killed and 30 others were injured following a deadly explosion in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Sunday.

According to the local officials, the blast took place early Sunday morning in Cantt area of Bannu district after a convoy of the Pakistani security personnel was attacked by a remote controlled improvised explosive device.

The Pakistani Taliban group – Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) immediately claimed responsibility behind the incident.

A TTP spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid said that such attacks on Pakistani security personnel will continue.

A senior security official speaking on the condition of anonymity, said emergency and security forces reached the area and the injured security personnel were shifted to the CMH for medical aid.

The official told AFP that soldiers and paramilitary Frontier Corps were preparing to leave Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, for Razmak in North Waziristan when their convoy was rocked by the blast.

Local officials fear that the death toll may rise as the health condition of a number of the security personnel are critical.

In the meantime, rescue sources reported 15 people dead in the bombing and said the blast was suspected to have been carried out by a suicide bomber.

Those killed in the attack included civilians and security forces personnel, the rescue officials added.

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Amnesty: Iran hangs 40 people in two weeks amid surge in execuctions http://www.khaama.com/amnesty-iran-hangs-40-people-in-two-weeks-amid-surge-in-exeuctions-3309 http://www.khaama.com/amnesty-iran-hangs-40-people-in-two-weeks-amid-surge-in-exeuctions-3309#comments Sat, 18 Jan 2014 08:37:07 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31413 Amnesty: Iran hangs 40 people in two weeks amid surge in execuctions
The Amnesty International has recently announced that Iran has executed 40 people since the beginning of 2014, with at least 33 carried out in the past week. Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa quoted in a statement published on Amnesty International’s website, said, “The spike in the Read the full article...]]>
Amnesty: Iran hangs 40 people in two weeks amid surge in execuctions

The Amnesty International has recently announced that Iran has executed 40 people since the beginning of 2014, with at least 33 carried out in the past week.

Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa quoted in a statement published on Amnesty International’s website, said, “The spike in the number of executions carried out so far this month in Iran is alarming. The Iranian authorities’ attempts to change their international image are meaningless if at the same time executions continue to increase.”

Sahraoui further added, “The Iranian authorities must urgently take steps to abolish the death penalty, which has been shown again and again not to have any special deterrent effect on crime.”

The statement also added, death penalty is a violation of every human being’s right to life and is a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.

According to Amnesty Internationa, the Iranian authorities have officially acknowledged 21 executions, which were recorded by the organization since the beginning of 2014.

Amnesty International in its statement also added that 19 additional executions were reported through reliable sources in the week since 9 January 2014.

This comes as the Iranian preisdent Hassan Rouhani had promised to follow a “path of moderation’ in international affairs and to ease restrictions on civil liberties, after he won the national election in June 2013.

But the Iranian Human Rights Documentation Centre (IHRDC) said more than 300 people have been executed since the time of Rouhani’s inauguration in August to the end of 2013.

According to IHRDC, the majority of those who were executed since January 5, were convicted of drug trafficking.

However, the Amnesty International said under the international standards, non-lethal crimes such as drugs offences do not meet the threshold of “most serious crimes” to which the death penalty must be restricted.

“In Iran drug-related offences are tried in Revolutionary Courts which routinely fall far short of international fair trial standards. The reality in Iran is that people are being ruthlessly sentenced to death after unfair trials, and this is unacceptable,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui.

But the Iranian authorities in the past have insisted that death penalty is essential to maintain law and order, and that it is applied only after exhaustive judicial proceedings.

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Deadly blast hit seminary in Pakistan leaving 8 dead, 55 injured http://www.khaama.com/deadly-blast-hit-seminary-in-pakistan-leaving-8-dead-55-injured-2702 http://www.khaama.com/deadly-blast-hit-seminary-in-pakistan-leaving-8-dead-55-injured-2702#comments Thu, 16 Jan 2014 16:59:47 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31377 Deadly blast hit seminary in Pakistan leaving 8 dead, 55 injured
Dozens of people were killed or injured following a deadly blast in Pakistan’s Peshawar city on Thursday evening. Local security officials said the blast took place in a seminary – Islamic preaching centre, leaving at least 8 dead and nearly 55 others injured. a senior local police official, Najib-ur-Rehman confirmed the death toll and said Read the full article...]]>
Deadly blast hit seminary in Pakistan leaving 8 dead, 55 injured

Dozens of people were killed or injured following a deadly blast in Pakistan’s Peshawar city on Thursday evening.

Local security officials said the blast took place in a seminary – Islamic preaching centre, leaving at least 8 dead and nearly 55 others injured.

a senior local police official, Najib-ur-Rehman confirmed the death toll and said the blast ripped through a seminary on Charsaddah road where at least 800 worshipers had gathered for praying.

Mr. Rehman further added that there are fears that the death toll could rise.

In the meantime, another police official, Shafaqat Malik said, nearly 5 kg of explosives were used in the bomb, which was likely set off by a timer.

Tableeghi Jamaat adherents generally gather at the sprawling seminary and mosque located on the outskirts of Peshawar on Thursday nights, as well as Fridays.

No group including the Pakistani Taliban militants has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident, however militants at war with he Pakistani state often have targeted houses of worship with bombs timed to kill the highest number of people.

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Four held over gang-rape of 51-year-old Danish woman in India http://www.khaama.com/four-held-over-gang-rape-of-51-year-old-danish-woman-in-india-3304 http://www.khaama.com/four-held-over-gang-rape-of-51-year-old-danish-woman-in-india-3304#comments Thu, 16 Jan 2014 06:18:45 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31352 Four held over gang-rape of 51-year-old Danish woman in India
Police in the Indian capital Delhi have arrested four suspected individuals in connection to the gang-rape of a 51-year-old Danish woman. The woman who was on a tour in India, was reportedly gang-raped by a group of men in Paharganj area near New Delhi railway station. According to the police officials, the incident took place Read the full article...]]>
Four held over gang-rape of 51-year-old Danish woman in India

Police in the Indian capital Delhi have arrested four suspected individuals in connection to the gang-rape of a 51-year-old Danish woman.

The woman who was on a tour in India, was reportedly gang-raped by a group of men in Paharganj area near New Delhi railway station.

According to the police officials, the incident took place on Tuesday afternoon while the woman was returning from a museum and lost her way.

The officials further added that the lady was looted and gang-raped by six men after she approached them for directions.

A local police official quoted by local media agencies said, the woman was taken to a secluded place, robbed her of her belongings and took turns to rape her at knife point.

She was also held captive for more than three hours and managed to reach her hotel around 7 pm, the police official said.

This comes as a Swiss tourist was gang raped and her partner attacked by a group of men in Madhya Pradesh state last March.

There has been growing alarm at India’s sexual violence as the nation has been shocked by a string of brutal rapes of Indian women following the fatal gang rape of a student on a Delhi bus.

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India to face same fate in Kashmir as US faced in Afghanistan: Hafiz Saeed http://www.khaama.com/india-to-face-same-fate-in-kashmir-as-us-faced-in-afghanistan-hafiz-saeed-2692 http://www.khaama.com/india-to-face-same-fate-in-kashmir-as-us-faced-in-afghanistan-hafiz-saeed-2692#comments Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:45:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31285 India to face same fate in Kashmir as US faced in Afghanistan: Hafiz Saeed
The leader of the Jamaat-ud-Dawah group Hafiz Mohammad Saeed said Sunday that India will face the same fate as United States has faced in Afghanistan, and Indian forces will be compelled to leave kashmir. While addressing at a local media workshop in Islamabad, Saeed said, “America, that did not want to leave Afghanistan, is now Read the full article...]]>
India to face same fate in Kashmir as US faced in Afghanistan: Hafiz Saeed

The leader of the Jamaat-ud-Dawah group Hafiz Mohammad Saeed said Sunday that India will face the same fate as United States has faced in Afghanistan, and Indian forces will be compelled to leave kashmir.

While addressing at a local media workshop in Islamabad, Saeed said, “America, that did not want to leave Afghanistan, is now forced to leave it. It had long plans in Central Asia.

It wanted to change the entire scenario in this region. It had plans to make this region its base and had further big aims. If my God failed it in its plans and now it has been forced to leave Afghanistan, then God willing, India will have to leave Kashmir.”

The workshop was organised by Defence of Pakistan Council, an alliance of about 40 religious and political parties, India Today reported.

Jamaat-ud-Dawah led by Hafiz Saeed is the humanitarian wing of the banned militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Saeed is an anti-India and anti-US religious cleric, who has been accsued of masterminding the 2008 attack on its financial capital, Mumbai, where gunmen killed 166 people over three days.

He is also the founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiban militant group which is banned in Pakistan and blacklisted by the United Nations.

According to reports, the United States has offered $10 million for information leading to his arrest and conviction.

In the meantime, Saeed accused India and United States behind growing violence in the region, and being against Pakistan government’s peace talks with the Tailban.

Saeed said, “India and America don’t want these talks to take place at any cost. They do not want peace in this region. They have set up plans. They don’t want drone strikes to stop so that there be a reason for suicide attacks.”

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Iran to implement interim nuclear agreement on 20 January http://www.khaama.com/iran-to-implement-interim-nuclear-agreement-on-20-january-2687 http://www.khaama.com/iran-to-implement-interim-nuclear-agreement-on-20-january-2687#comments Sun, 12 Jan 2014 18:11:55 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31270 Iran to implement interim nuclear agreement on 20 January
Iran and six world powers have agreed to begin implementation later this month of the interim nuclear deal struck in November. The terms of the interim deal is expected to start from January 20, the official state news agency of Islamic Republic of Iran announced Sunday. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi quoted by IRNA Read the full article...]]>
Iran to implement interim nuclear agreement on 20 January

Iran and six world powers have agreed to begin implementation later this month of the interim nuclear deal struck in November.

The terms of the interim deal is expected to start from January 20, the official state news agency of Islamic Republic of Iran announced Sunday.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi quoted by IRNA confirmed the news, without offering any other details.

The European Union’s foreing policy chief Catherin eAshton following a statement on Sunday said IAEA will be asked to undertake the necessary nuclear-related monitoring and verification activities.

This comes as Araghchi said Friday that an initial agreement had been reached and all sides would respond to it by Sunday.

Iran agreed to limit its uranium enrichment to 5 percent, the grade commonly used to power reactors, in return for some relief from western economic sanctions, under the 24 November agreement.

The US president Barack Obama welcomed the deal and epeated his intention to prevent any futher sanctions being imposed on Iran that may threaten the breakthrough.

Obama in his statement said, for the first time Iran will will start eliminating its stockpile of higher levels of enriched uranian, beginning 20 January.

He said Iran will be dismantling some of the infrastructure that makes such enrichment possible, and in return the US and the other five powers would begin to implement “modest relief” so long as Iran fulfilled its obligations.

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Israel’s iconic leader Ariel Sharon dies after 8 years in coma http://www.khaama.com/israels-iconic-leader-ariel-sharon-dies-after-8-years-in-coma-3284 http://www.khaama.com/israels-iconic-leader-ariel-sharon-dies-after-8-years-in-coma-3284#comments Sun, 12 Jan 2014 05:51:30 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31241 Israel’s iconic leader Ariel Sharon dies after 8 years in coma
Israelis are beginning a short period of mourning as the nation’s most controversial and iconic leader and former prime minister Ariel Sharon died Saturday. Sharon died of complications from a stroke at the age of 85. His death was snnounced by his son Gilad Sharon on Saturday afternoon. Israeli and world figures including president Barack Read the full article...]]>
Israel’s iconic leader Ariel Sharon dies after 8 years in coma

Israelis are beginning a short period of mourning as the nation’s most controversial and iconic leader and former prime minister Ariel Sharon died Saturday.

Sharon died of complications from a stroke at the age of 85. His death was snnounced by his son Gilad Sharon on Saturday afternoon.

Israeli and world figures including president Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, British prime minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have paid tribute to a man who fought in four major wars before taking to the political stage.

However, the Palestinians, who loathed Sharon as their most bitter enemy, distributed candy, prayed for divine punishment and said they regretted he was never held accountable for his actions

He led Israeli troops against Arab armies in every war from independence in 1948 until his stroke 58 years later.

Sharon’s coffin will be transferred to the parliament building on Sunday where Knesset — Israeli Parliament — members and the public will have a chance to pay their respects.

Sharon died eight years after a debilitating stroke put him into a coma. He will be buried next to his wife after a private ceremony at their farm on Monday.

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French president Hollande in affair with actress: Magazine claims http://www.khaama.com/french-president-hollande-in-affair-with-actress-magazine-claims-2681 http://www.khaama.com/french-president-hollande-in-affair-with-actress-magazine-claims-2681#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2014 09:01:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31194 French president Hollande in affair with actress: Magazine claims
A French magazine Closer, claims President Francois Hollande is having an affair with actress Julie Gayet and says it has photographs to back its story. The weekly tabloid in its website said that its Friday print edition would feature seven pages of revelations and pictures of President Hollande an Gayet. It also added that Hollande Read the full article...]]>
French president Hollande in affair with actress: Magazine claims

A French magazine Closer, claims President Francois Hollande is having an affair with actress Julie Gayet and says it has photographs to back its story.

The weekly tabloid in its website said that its Friday print edition would feature seven pages of revelations and pictures of President Hollande an Gayet.

It also added that Hollande routinely drives through Paris on his scooter to spend the night with his 41-year-old mistress.

Closer wrote on the website, “Around New Year’s Day, a helmeted head of state joined the actress at her apartment, where he has got into the habit of spending the night.”

A blurred picture of the cover that appears to show Hollande was also posted by Closer in its website.

In the meantime, French president Francois Hollande condemned the coverage as an “attack on the right to privacy” and said he was considering legal action against Closer.

Mr. Hollande said he is considering suing a magazine after it claimed he was having an affair with an actress.

Hollande told AFP the report was an “attack on the right to privacy”.

Gayet, who appeared in one of Hollande’s 2012 election commercials, is an established television and cinema actress who has appeared in more than 50 films.

She had also filed a complaint in March over rumors of the affair which she said were a breach of privacy.

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Indian diplomat ordered to leave United States over visa row http://www.khaama.com/indian-diplomat-ordered-to-leave-united-state-over-visa-row-2679 http://www.khaama.com/indian-diplomat-ordered-to-leave-united-state-over-visa-row-2679#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2014 07:07:37 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31188 Indian diplomat ordered to leave United States over visa row
The United States of America on Thursday ordered an Indian diplomat to leave the US after she was indicted on criminal charges and India refused to waive her immunity. The arrest of the Indian diplomat, Ms Devyani Khobragade last month sparked a diplomatic row between New Delhi and Washington. She was arrested in New York Read the full article...]]>
Indian diplomat ordered to leave United States over visa row

The United States of America on Thursday ordered an Indian diplomat to leave the US after she was indicted on criminal charges and India refused to waive her immunity.

The arrest of the Indian diplomat, Ms Devyani Khobragade last month sparked a diplomatic row between New Delhi and Washington.

She was arrested in New York on charges of visa fraud and of underpaying her housekeeper, however she denied the charges and any wrongdoing.

India demanded an apology from Washington for the humiliation of Khobragade, after was handcuffed and strip-searched.

Ms Khobragade departed from New York’s John F Kennedy International airport on Thursday night, heading for India, a senior US official said.

Syed Akbaruddin, spokesman for the foreing ministry of Indai, said chancellor Khobragade reiterated her innocence of charges filed against her, at the time of her departure to India.

Mr. Akbaruddin further added that Khobragade affirmed her gratitude to the government of India, in particular to the external affairs minister, and the people of India, for their support to her.

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Top anti-terror police chief killed in Karachi car bombing http://www.khaama.com/top-anti-terror-police-chief-killed-in-karachi-car-bombing-2676 http://www.khaama.com/top-anti-terror-police-chief-killed-in-karachi-car-bombing-2676#comments Thu, 09 Jan 2014 17:21:10 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31179 Top anti-terror police chief killed in Karachi car bombing
A leading Pakistani counter-terrorism police officer was killed by a Taliban car bomb in the volatile southern city of Karachi on Thursday. Pakistan’s Crime Investigation Department (CID) Chief Chaudhry Aslam was renowned for his tough stance on criminals and Islamist militants. A senior police officer Iqbal Mehmood confirmed that the incident took place around 4:40 Read the full article...]]>
Top anti-terror police chief killed in Karachi car bombing

A leading Pakistani counter-terrorism police officer was killed by a Taliban car bomb in the volatile southern city of Karachi on Thursday.

Pakistan’s Crime Investigation Department (CID) Chief Chaudhry Aslam was renowned for his tough stance on criminals and Islamist militants.

A senior police officer Iqbal Mehmood confirmed that the incident took place around 4:40 pm near the Ess Nagri area, leaving Chaudhry Aslam Khan dead along with two other police officers.

Mehmood by AFP said, a uicide bomber smashed his vehicle into Aslam’s convoy and he and two other policemen were killed.

Chaudhry Aslam, who once vowed to wipe out the Taliban, had survived numerous assassination attempts in the past. In 2011, the militant group rammed his house with a huge car bomb, killing eight people but leaving his family unscathed.

At least three Taliban militants were killed during an operation which was conducted by him, hours before he was assassinated in the suicide attack.

The Taliban militants group in Pakistan, – Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility behind the attack.

A spokesman for the Mohmand agency chapter of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, SAjjad Mohammand said, “Aslam was involved in killing Taliban prisoners in CID cells in Karachi and was on the top of our hit-list.”

Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, paid tribute to Mr Aslam, saying his death was a huge loss to the police force.

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American woman jailed for plot to kill cartoonist of prophet Muhammad http://www.khaama.com/american-woman-jailed-for-plot-to-kill-cartoonist-of-prophet-muhammad-3267 http://www.khaama.com/american-woman-jailed-for-plot-to-kill-cartoonist-of-prophet-muhammad-3267#comments Tue, 07 Jan 2014 11:17:46 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31112 American woman jailed for plot to kill cartoonist of prophet Muhammad
A former Pennsylvania resident was sentenced to 10 years in prison, for billing herself as “Jihad Jane” in online postings and participating in a failed al Qaeda-linked plot to murder a Swedish artist. The 50-year-old, Colleen R LaRose had pleaded guilty to plotting to kill a Swedish illustrator who had created a cartoon offensive to Read the full article...]]>
American woman jailed for plot to kill cartoonist of prophet Muhammad

A former Pennsylvania resident was sentenced to 10 years in prison, for billing herself as “Jihad Jane” in online postings and participating in a failed al Qaeda-linked plot to murder a Swedish artist.

The 50-year-old, Colleen R LaRose had pleaded guilty to plotting to kill a Swedish illustrator who had created a cartoon offensive to many Muslims by ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad.

According to the Chief U.S. District Judge Petrese B. Tucker, LaRose faced a potential life term, but she was given credit for her guilty plea and her help in the indictment of two others.

In Monday’s hearing, LaRose apologized for blindly following the instructions of the jihadists, explaining that she had been “in a trance”.

LaRose posted a comment on YouTube under the name of “Jihad Jane” after the alleged terrorist conspiracy was launched in June 2008, in which she was “desperate to do something somehow to help” Muslims.

She was in contact with other conspirators from Southeast Asia and Europe in early 2009, where she expressed her desire to become a martyr for the Islamic cause.

Prosecutors said LaRose traveled to Europe in August 2009, after one of those conspirators told her in March 2009 that she must travel to Sweden to help accomplish the murder of cartoonist Lars Vilks.

Meanwhile, defense attorney Mark Wilson said presented his client during the trial as a single, vulnerable woman who was easily manipulated, and he alleged that her behavior could be due to the profound psychological traumas she suffered in childhood.

LaRose was reportedly raped by her biological father repeatedly, starting when she was only seven. The abuse continued until she ran away at the age of 13, according to her attorney.

In the meantime, the Swedish artist, Lars Vilks called the 10-year term too harsh, although he said he understands the need for deterrence. He remains under threat but has around-the-clock protection and said he feels safe.

“To lock her up for so many years seems like overkill to me,” Vilks told The Associated Press. “This is a person who has been through a lot of difficulties in her life and needs mental care more than anything else.”

The two other conspirators, Paulin-Ramirez and Maryland teen Mohammad Hassan Khalid, are scheduled to be sentenced this week in Philadelphia.

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Children among 19 killed or injured in Khyber explosion http://www.khaama.com/children-among-19-killed-or-injured-in-khyber-explosion-3260 http://www.khaama.com/children-among-19-killed-or-injured-in-khyber-explosion-3260#comments Mon, 06 Jan 2014 10:39:06 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31078 Children among 19 killed or injured in Khyber explosion
At least 10 people including children were killed following an explosion in the restive area of northwest Pakistan on Monday, officials said. The officials furhter added nine others were also injured following the explosion which took place at the home of a tribal leader in Tirah valley. A senior local administration official, Nasir Khan quoted Read the full article...]]>
Children among 19 killed or injured in Khyber explosion

At least 10 people including children were killed following an explosion in the restive area of northwest Pakistan on Monday, officials said.

The officials furhter added nine others were also injured following the explosion which took place at the home of a tribal leader in Tirah valley.

A senior local administration official, Nasir Khan quoted by AFP said, “The initial information suggests that the blast triggered by explosives killed at least 10 people including three children and wounded nine others.”

He said the explosion occurred in the reception area of the home of a local tribal elder. “We are trying to ascertain exact nature of the blast,” Khan said.

Security forces cordoned off the area and started search operation. The police also collected evidence from the blast scene.

No group including the Taliban militants of Pakistan has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

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North Korean leader executed his uncle by 120 starving dogs http://www.khaama.com/north-korean-leader-executed-his-uncle-by-120-starving-dogs-3245 http://www.khaama.com/north-korean-leader-executed-his-uncle-by-120-starving-dogs-3245#comments Sat, 04 Jan 2014 04:39:05 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31008 North Korean leader executed his uncle by 120 starving dogs
According to reports, North Korea’s second-most-powerful figure was thrown into a cage filled with starving dogs and eaten alive. A Beijing-controlled newspaper – Wen Wei Po reported that Jang Song Thaek and five close associates were stripped and fed to 120 dogs that had not eaten for three days. The report further added that nearly Read the full article...]]>
North Korean leader executed his uncle by 120 starving dogs

According to reports, North Korea’s second-most-powerful figure was thrown into a cage filled with starving dogs and eaten alive.

A Beijing-controlled newspaper – Wen Wei Po reported that Jang Song Thaek and five close associates were stripped and fed to 120 dogs that had not eaten for three days.

The report further added that nearly 300 senior officials witnessed the entire process which lasted for about an hour.

The North Korean leader Kim Jong Un described the execution of his 67-year-old uncle as the removal of “factionalist filth”, in his New Year message.

He said his purge left North Korea in a much stronger position.

Jang Song Thaek was a key member of North Korea’s first family, a man widely seen as regent to leader Kim Jong-un. He was accused of corruption, womanizing, gambling and taking drugs, and to overthrow the state by all sorts of intrigues and despicable methods.

At least eight people from Jang’s circle were also executed in the purge – alongside the director himself. However, North Korea has so far not confirmed the method of execution by dogs.

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Japan’s population falls by a record 244,000 people in 2013 http://www.khaama.com/japans-population-falls-by-a-record-244000-people-in-2013-2656 http://www.khaama.com/japans-population-falls-by-a-record-244000-people-in-2013-2656#comments Wed, 01 Jan 2014 16:08:19 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30962 Japan’s population falls by a record 244,000 people in 2013
The health ministry of Japan has estimated that the population of Japan has reduced by a record 244,000 people in 2013. According to the health officials of Japan, around 1,031,000 babies were born last year, which shows a decrease of around 6,000 babies born in 2012. The officials further added that the number of people Read the full article...]]>
Japan’s population falls by a record 244,000 people in 2013

The health ministry of Japan has estimated that the population of Japan has reduced by a record 244,000 people in 2013.

According to the health officials of Japan, around 1,031,000 babies were born last year, which shows a decrease of around 6,000 babies born in 2012.

The officials further added that the number of people that died last year was 1,275,000 which shows a rise of around 19,000 as compared to the year 2012.

According to a government figure, Japan’s population totaled 126,393,679 as of March 31, down 0.21% from a year earlier.

The population of Japan has continually declined since 2007 by natural attrition – deaths minus births.

Japan is having one of the highest proportions of elderly people in the world, with more than 20% of the population aged 65 or over, and the figure is expected to reach nearly 40% by 2060.

The decrease has forced Japan to take aggressive measures in recent months to spur growth in the world’s third-biggest economy.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering a combination of easing and cash injections, including higher taxes, higher government spending and long-term structural reforms, in a bid to boost the economy.

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North Korean leader hails execution of his once-powerful uncle http://www.khaama.com/north-korean-leader-hails-execution-of-his-once-powerful-uncle-3240 http://www.khaama.com/north-korean-leader-hails-execution-of-his-once-powerful-uncle-3240#comments Wed, 01 Jan 2014 07:24:02 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30953 North Korean leader hails execution of his once-powerful uncle
The North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in his first public reference to the execution of his once-powerful uncle, has said that North Korea enters the new year on a surge of strength because of the elimination of “functionalist filth.” Kim Jong Un, in a new message broadcast on state TV, said that the country’s Read the full article...]]>
North Korean leader hails execution of his once-powerful uncle

The North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in his first public reference to the execution of his once-powerful uncle, has said that North Korea enters the new year on a surge of strength because of the elimination of “functionalist filth.”

Kim Jong Un, in a new message broadcast on state TV, said that the country’s unity was strengthened by the “resolute action.”

Chang Song Thaek was convicted of “acts of treachery” and was purged and executed last month.

South Korea and other regional powers are closely scrutinizing the North Korea’s new year message, which also included a call for improved ties with Seoul.

The purge and execution of the second-most important figure in the country was one of the biggest political developments in North Korea in years.

The political observers are divided about what Jan Song Thaek’s execution means, but many analysts believe it shows Kim Jon Un has yet to established the same absolute power that his father and grandfather enjoyed.

A rare and unfavorable window on North Korea’s inner workings was opened up after public announcement of Jang’s fall, which shows n alleged power struggle between Kim and his uncle after the 2011 death of Kim Jong Il.

Analysts also believe that one of the motives behind Mr. Chang’s downfall was that he was too keen an admirer of China’s economic reform.

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Saudi prince faces death penalty over murder charges http://www.khaama.com/saudi-prince-faces-death-penalty-over-murder-charges-3229 http://www.khaama.com/saudi-prince-faces-death-penalty-over-murder-charges-3229#comments Mon, 30 Dec 2013 08:34:54 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30898 Saudi prince faces death penalty over murder charges
A Saudi prince who murdered a Saudi citizen, faces execution after the victim’s father refused to pardon him, local media have reported. The possible execution of the anonymous Saudi prince was cleared by a member of the faily and government, Crown Prince Salman. Crown Prince Salman, in a letter to the Interior Minister Muhammad bin Read the full article...]]>
Saudi prince faces death penalty over murder charges

A Saudi prince who murdered a Saudi citizen, faces execution after the victim’s father refused to pardon him, local media have reported.

The possible execution of the anonymous Saudi prince was cleared by a member of the faily and government, Crown Prince Salman.

Crown Prince Salman, in a letter to the Interior Minister Muhammad bin Naif, has reportedly said that the prince would not be given special treatment despite his royal position.

“Shariah [law] shall be applied to all without exception,” Crown Prince Salman quoted by Arab News said.

He said, There is no difference between big and small, rich and poor. The powerful are weak before God’s law until others get their rights from them while the weak are powerful until their rights are protected.”

“Nobody is allowed to interfere with the judiciary’s decision. This is the tradition of this state. We are committed to following the Shariah,” said Crown Prince Salman.

His letter to the Interior Minister was followed after the father of the victim refused to pardon the killer, and said he was not happy with the amount offered as blood money.

The strict implementation of Sharia law by Saudi Arabi, which has resulted in a high number of executions, has been widely criticized.

According to Amnesty International, some 47 people were executed in the Gulf State from the beginning of 2013 to May. While 82 executions took place in 2011 and around 80 in 2012.

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Second blast in Russia leaves 14 dead, 23 injured http://www.khaama.com/second-blast-in-russia-leaves-15-dead-23-injured-3227 http://www.khaama.com/second-blast-in-russia-leaves-15-dead-23-injured-3227#comments Mon, 30 Dec 2013 06:32:59 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30888 Second blast in Russia leaves 14 dead, 23 injured
At least 14 people were killed and nearly 23 others were injured following an explosion in the Russian city of Volgograd on Monday, officials said. The officials further added that the explosion took place in near a market in the city’s Dzerzhinsky district on Monday morning. A trolleybus was reportedly targeted in the latest attack. Read the full article...]]>
Second blast in Russia leaves 14 dead, 23 injured

At least 14 people were killed and nearly 23 others were injured following an explosion in the Russian city of Volgograd on Monday, officials said.

The officials further added that the explosion took place in near a market in the city’s Dzerzhinsky district on Monday morning.

A trolleybus was reportedly targeted in the latest attack. No group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

This comes as at least 16 people were killed following a suicide attack at the central station in Volgograd city on Sunday.

The bombing heightened security fears just six weeks before the Sochi Olympic Games, and highlights the daunting security challenge Russia will face in fulfilling its pledge to make the Sochi Games the “safest Olympics in history.”

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Suicide attack leaves at least 16 dead in Russia http://www.khaama.com/suicide-attack-leaves-at-least-16-dead-in-russia-3226 http://www.khaama.com/suicide-attack-leaves-at-least-16-dead-in-russia-3226#comments Mon, 30 Dec 2013 04:30:48 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30882 Suicide attack leaves at least 16 dead in Russia
At least 16 people were killed following a suicide attack in the southern Russian city of Volgograd on Sunday. The Russian investigators initially said the attack was carried out by a female suicide bomber on the main train station, while people were travelling to celebrate the New Year. However, unidentified law enforcements agents later said Read the full article...]]>
Suicide attack leaves at least 16 dead in Russia

At least 16 people were killed following a suicide attack in the southern Russian city of Volgograd on Sunday.

The Russian investigators initially said the attack was carried out by a female suicide bomber on the main train station, while people were travelling to celebrate the New Year.

However, unidentified law enforcements agents later said that that footage taken by surveillance cameras indicated that the bomber was a man.

The interfax news agency also reported, it was further proven by a torn male finger ringed by a safety pin removed from a hand grenade, which was found on the site of the explosion.

A spokesman for Russia’s Investigative Committee, Vladimir Markin, said the incident was being treated as an act of terrorism.

Mr. Markin further added that the bomber got nervous after he saw a policeman while approaching the detector and detonated bomb stuffed with pieces of shrapnel.

He said the security presence had prevented a much higher death toll at the station, which was packed at the time of the blast as several trains were delayed.

The bombing heightened security fears just six weeks before the Sochi Olympic Games, and highlights the daunting security challenge Russia will face in fulfilling its pledge to make the Sochi Games the “safest Olympics in history.”

No group has so far claimed responsibility behind the attack. This comes as Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov earlier called for new attacks against civilian targets in Russia, including the Sochi Games.

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Pakistan to take up the US drone strikes matter in Geneva http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-to-take-up-the-us-drone-strikes-matter-in-geneva-2643 http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-to-take-up-the-us-drone-strikes-matter-in-geneva-2643#comments Fri, 27 Dec 2013 05:53:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30803 Pakistan to take up the US drone strikes matter in Geneva
The Pakistani Foreign Office officials have warned to take up the issue of US drone strikes with the Human Rights Council. The threat is followed by a fresh US drone strike in Miramshah, North Waziristan late Wednesday night, which left at least four people dead. Tasneem Aslam, spokesperson for the Foreign Office of Pakistan said Read the full article...]]>
Pakistan to take up the US drone strikes matter in Geneva

The Pakistani Foreign Office officials have warned to take up the issue of US drone strikes with the Human Rights Council.

The threat is followed by a fresh US drone strike in Miramshah, North Waziristan late Wednesday night, which left at least four people dead.

Tasneem Aslam, spokesperson for the Foreign Office of Pakistan said a resolution would be tabled at the forum in Geneva. “The government strongly condemns the US drone strike that took place near Miramshah in North Waziristan around midnight,” Aslam quoted by The Express Tribune said.

Aslam further added, “These strikes are a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. There is a consensus in Pakistan that these strikes must end.”

“Such strikes also set dangerous precedents in inter-state relations,” Aslam said, adding, “These strikes have a negative impact on the government’s efforts to bring peace and stability in Pakistan and the region.”

In response to a question regarding the death of any high-value militant, ASlam said, “Using a method which is fundamentally flawed and illegal even for a positive purpose cannot be justified. Therefore, it is not our policy to show leniency in such instances, even if some high-value target is killed.”

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British army head warns Taliban could retake key territory in south http://www.khaama.com/british-army-head-warns-taliban-could-retake-key-territory-in-south-2644 http://www.khaama.com/british-army-head-warns-taliban-could-retake-key-territory-in-south-2644#comments Fri, 27 Dec 2013 04:09:12 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30807 British army head warns Taliban could retake key territory in south
A senior British Army Officer has warned that the vital territories in Afghanistan could be retaken as British forces are preparing withdraw next year. General Sir Peter Wall, Chief of the General Staff of British Army has said that key Afghan towns in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan like Musala risks being lost to Taliban. Read the full article...]]>
British army head warns Taliban could retake key territory in south

A senior British Army Officer has warned that the vital territories in Afghanistan could be retaken as British forces are preparing withdraw next year.

General Sir Peter Wall, Chief of the General Staff of British Army has said that key Afghan towns in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan like Musala risks being lost to Taliban.

Gen. Peter Wall further added that insurgents are seeking to regain lost territory, where British forces have suffered heavy casualties during the early phase of military operations.

While speaking during an interview with The Telegraph, Gen. Peter Wall warned that British forces will face a tough year s they complete the withdrawal of the remaining 6,000 troops before combat operations draw to a close at the end of 2014.

“The Taliban will be contesting the places we’ve left and there are these iconic places like Musa Qala which we fought over and suffered quite significantly,” said Gen. Peter Wall.

He also added, “It would be quite bad news if the Taliban were to get back into a place like that.”

In the meantime, Gen. Peter Wall said that the al-Qaeda network has been displaced and disrupted in the province, which was the primary objective to prevent attacks against West from safe havens.

“The Army’s head is up. People are extremely proud of what they have achieved,” said Gen. Peter Wall while pointing towards the achievement of the primary objective of the British forces.

According to Gen. Peter Wall, fighting in Afghanistan will continue for some years unless “more moderate” elements of the Taliban could be “assimilated into the political process”.

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Young woman raped by two separate gangs on Christmas Eve in India http://www.khaama.com/young-woman-raped-by-two-separate-gangs-on-christmas-eve-in-india-2647 http://www.khaama.com/young-woman-raped-by-two-separate-gangs-on-christmas-eve-in-india-2647#comments Fri, 27 Dec 2013 04:01:54 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30806 Young woman raped by two separate gangs on Christmas Eve in India
Indian police officials announced Friday at least 10 men have been arrested in connection to the gang rape of a 21-year-old woman on Christmas Eve. The police officials further added that the woman was initially abducted by a group of three men and was raped by one of them. She was freed by the group Read the full article...]]>
Young woman raped by two separate gangs on Christmas Eve in India

Indian police officials announced Friday at least 10 men have been arrested in connection to the gang rape of a 21-year-old woman on Christmas Eve.

The police officials further added that the woman was initially abducted by a group of three men and was raped by one of them.

She was freed by the group after almost three hours, but was later gang-raped by another group of men in Karaikal, a port city in Pondicherry state, police officials said.

Officer Monika Bharadwaj said the woman has been taken to hospital, but that she did not suffer serious injuries. A juvenile male is also among those arrested in in connection with the incident.

The assault came days after India marked the anniversary of the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus in New Delhi that triggered nationwide protests.

The 23-year-old student in New Delh died on December 29, nearly two weeks after being attacked by a gang of six men on a moving bus as she returned home from the cinema with a male companion.

Four attackers in the New Delhi case were sentenced to death and a juvenile was sent to a reform centre for three years.

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US drone strike kill 4 suspected militants in North Waziristan http://www.khaama.com/us-drone-strike-kill-4-suspected-militants-in-north-waziristan-3214 http://www.khaama.com/us-drone-strike-kill-4-suspected-militants-in-north-waziristan-3214#comments Thu, 26 Dec 2013 04:03:43 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30792
According to Pakistani security officials, at least four suspected militants were killed following a US drone strike in North Waziristan late Wednesday night. A senior local security official said a US drone fired two missiles at a compound near Miramshah, the main town of North Waziristan tribal agency bordering Afghanistan. The official further added that Read the full article...]]>

According to Pakistani security officials, at least four suspected militants were killed following a US drone strike in North Waziristan late Wednesday night.

A senior local security official said a US drone fired two missiles at a compound near Miramshah, the main town of North Waziristan tribal agency bordering Afghanistan.

The official further added that four militants were killed and another was critically injured following the drone strike.

This comes as another security official told AFP that three suspected militants were killed following the airstrike. “A US drone fired two missiles on a militant compound, killing at least three suspected insurgents,” the official said.

The identities of those killed in the strike were not immediately known but officials suspect that they were of Afghan origin.

Wednesday’s drone strike was first attack in the area during the month. At least six people were killed following a US drone strike on a seminary linked to the Haqqani Network in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provine last month.

Drone strikes have long been source of friction between Islamabad and Washington. Islamabad criticizes drone strikes as a violation of sovereignty and counterproductive to anti-terror efforts.

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Egyptian government declares Muslim Brotherhood ‘terrorist group’ http://www.khaama.com/egyptian-government-declares-muslim-brotherhood-terrorist-group-2640 http://www.khaama.com/egyptian-government-declares-muslim-brotherhood-terrorist-group-2640#comments Wed, 25 Dec 2013 17:17:01 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30788 Egyptian government declares Muslim Brotherhood ‘terrorist group’
The Muslim Brotherhood group was declared a terrorist organization by the interim government of Egypt on Wednesday. The decision was announced by Hossam Eisa, a deputy prime minister late Wednesday, following a lengthy cabinet meet. The move gives authorities great freedom to crack down on the group after criminalizing all its activities and its financing. Read the full article...]]>
Egyptian government declares Muslim Brotherhood ‘terrorist group’

The Muslim Brotherhood group was declared a terrorist organization by the interim government of Egypt on Wednesday.

The decision was announced by Hossam Eisa, a deputy prime minister late Wednesday, following a lengthy cabinet meet.

The move gives authorities great freedom to crack down on the group after criminalizing all its activities and its financing.

Muslim Brotherhood, who candidate Mohammad Morsi won the presidential poll last year before being deposed by the military, was blamed for a deadly attack on a police HQ earlier this week.

At least fourteen people mostly police officers were killed in the blast outside the police headquarters in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, and more than 150 others were wounded.

Eissa said, the decision was in response to Tuesday’s deadly bombing targeting a police headquarters in a Nile Delta city. Egypt was horrified from north to south by the hideous crime committed by the Muslim Brotherhood group,” Eissa quoted by Associated Presss said.

He also added, “This was in context of dangerous escalation to violence against Egypt and Egyptians (and) a clear declaration by the Muslim Brotherhood group that it is still knows nothing but violence.”

The Muslim Brotherhood group has staged near-daily protests since President Mohamed Morsi was ousted by the army in July following widespread popular protests.

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Russia test-fires latest ‘YARS’ intercontinental ballistic missile http://www.khaama.com/russia-test-fires-latest-yars-intercontinental-ballistic-missile-3207 http://www.khaama.com/russia-test-fires-latest-yars-intercontinental-ballistic-missile-3207#comments Wed, 25 Dec 2013 04:58:31 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30763 Russia test-fires latest ‘YARS’ intercontinental ballistic missile
The Russian military successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile complex on Tuesday. The latest modification of YARS intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from a military site in Russia’s noth. Strategic Missile Forces spokesman Igor Yegorov said, the launch of RS-24 YARS took place at 07:00 GMT at Plesetsk military site in Russia’s Archangelsk region. Yegorov Read the full article...]]>
Russia test-fires latest ‘YARS’ intercontinental ballistic missile

The Russian military successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile complex on Tuesday. The latest modification of YARS intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from a military site in Russia’s noth.

Strategic Missile Forces spokesman Igor Yegorov said, the launch of RS-24 YARS took place at 07:00 GMT at Plesetsk military site in Russia’s Archangelsk region.

Yegorov further added that the missile’s warheads hit targets as far as Kura Test Range in Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula in the Pacific region.

“Today, December 24 at 11:00 a.m. Moscow time a detachment of the Strategic Missile Forces conducted a test launch of a Yars silo-based solid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test warhead,” Colonel Igor Yegorov quoted by RIA Novosti said.

The fifth-generation RS-24 (NATO reporting name SS-29) is an upgraded version of the Topol-M ballistic missile and can carry multiple independently-targetable nuclear warheads designed to evade missile defense systems. The first RS-24 launch took place at Plesetsk in 2007, the news agency reported.

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Designer of Russian AK-47 rifle, Mikhail Kalashnikov dead at 94 http://www.khaama.com/designer-of-russian-ak-47-rifle-mikhail-kalashnikov-dead-at-94-3202 http://www.khaama.com/designer-of-russian-ak-47-rifle-mikhail-kalashnikov-dead-at-94-3202#comments Tue, 24 Dec 2013 04:15:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30734 Designer of Russian AK-47 rifle, Mikhail Kalashnikov dead at 94
The designer of the world’s most familiar and widely used weapon, AK-47 assault rifle, Mikhail Kalashnikov died on Monday at the age of the 94. He was born on 10 November 1919 in western Siberia. Kalashnikov’s work as a weapons designer for the Soviet Union is immortalized in the name of the world’s most popular Read the full article...]]>
Designer of Russian AK-47 rifle, Mikhail Kalashnikov dead at 94

The designer of the world’s most familiar and widely used weapon, AK-47 assault rifle, Mikhail Kalashnikov died on Monday at the age of the 94. He was born on 10 November 1919 in western Siberia.

Kalashnikov’s work as a weapons designer for the Soviet Union is immortalized in the name of the world’s most popular firearm.

He started out wanting to make farm equipment, but the harvest he reaped was one of blood as the designer of the AK-47 assault rifle.

The AK-47 rifle was completed in 1947 and was adopted by the Soviet army two years later. AK-47 is the world’s most popular firearm, favoured by guerrillas, terrorists and the soldiers of many armies. An estimated 100 million guns are spread worldwide.

Despite receiving many state honours, including the Order of Lenin and the Hero of Socialist Labour, he was often saying that he felt personally untroubled by his contribution to bloodshed.

However, he blamed the policies of other countries for many people killed by his weapon, and refused to accept the responsibility.

But he criticized the use of weapons by criminals and child soldiers. “It is painful for me to see when criminal elements of all kinds fire from my weapon,” Kalashnikov said in 2008.

Kalashnikov had been hospitalized for the past month with unspecified health problems. He died in a hospital in Izhevsk, the capital of the Udmurtia republic where he lived.

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Anti-Pyongyang rallies responded with attack threats http://www.khaama.com/anti-pyongyang-rallies-responded-with-attack-threats-30687 http://www.khaama.com/anti-pyongyang-rallies-responded-with-attack-threats-30687#comments Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:41:10 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30687 Anti-Pyongyang rallies responded with attack threats
South Korea has received a threatening fax message by North Korean Defense Commission warning to launch a military attack in response to the anti-Pyongyang rallies in Seoul, Yonhap news agency reported. The Seoul rallies have caused the North Korean leader’s anger to attack South ‘without a notice’ in response to the anti-Pyongyang gathering s where Read the full article...]]>
Anti-Pyongyang rallies responded with attack threats

South Korea has received a threatening fax message by North Korean Defense Commission warning to launch a military attack in response to the anti-Pyongyang rallies in Seoul, Yonhap news agency reported.

The Seoul rallies have caused the North Korean leader’s anger to attack South ‘without a notice’ in response to the anti-Pyongyang gathering s where his photographs burnt.

The threats are said to be in response to the rallies by a conservative group in Seoul where the photographs of North Korean current leader Kim Kong-un were set on fire.

The South Korean government has responded immediately to the threat mentioning they are fully ready to take action and react to any provocations.

This comes as the publicly execution of North Korean leader Jang Song-Thaek has sparkled tensions in the region and faced serious criticizes in South Korea.

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India trains Afghan Special Forces for better performance http://www.khaama.com/india-trains-afghan-special-forces-for-better-performance-7654 http://www.khaama.com/india-trains-afghan-special-forces-for-better-performance-7654#comments Fri, 20 Dec 2013 11:24:37 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30683 India trains Afghan Special Forces for better performance
Indian government has started to train Afghan commandos as 2014 arrives. Around 60 members of Afghan Special forces get military training in deserts of Rajasthan, to get prepared for standing in the first war line, to fight for terrorism and insurgency after NATO forces withdrawal. “The focus of the training is on conduct of counter Read the full article...]]>
India trains Afghan Special Forces for better performance

Indian government has started to train Afghan commandos as 2014 arrives.

Around 60 members of Afghan Special forces get military training in deserts of Rajasthan, to get prepared for standing in the first war line, to fight for terrorism and insurgency after NATO forces withdrawal.

“The focus of the training is on conduct of counter insurgency and counter terrorism operations, with special emphasis on operations in built-up areas and rural areas in a realistic environment,” Colonel S.D.Goswami, a defense spokesman said.

This comes as India government has agreed to enhance defense and security cooperation between the two nations.

During the last visit of Hamid Karzai and meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi last Friday, India has committed to train Afghan military forces and equip them with the necessary weapons.

India is one of the largest donor countries for Afghanistan and has sustained a friendly relationship with Afghanistan government in the last 12 years.

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U.S President willing to extend deadline on Kabul-Washington security deal http://www.khaama.com/u-s-president-willing-to-extend-deadline-on-kabul-washington-security-deal-9876 http://www.khaama.com/u-s-president-willing-to-extend-deadline-on-kabul-washington-security-deal-9876#comments Fri, 20 Dec 2013 06:18:21 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30681
According to senior advisers at Whitehouse, President Obama is willing to extend the deadline on Kabul-Washington security agreement. Obama is fully prepared to extend the U.S.-Afghanistan security deal in a concession to Afghan President Hamid Kazai aiming to approve BSA for legitimizing U.S. forces stay in the country beyond 2014. Afghan president was persuaded through Read the full article...]]>

According to senior advisers at Whitehouse, President Obama is willing to extend the deadline on Kabul-Washington security agreement.

Obama is fully prepared to extend the U.S.-Afghanistan security deal in a concession to Afghan President Hamid Kazai aiming to approve BSA for legitimizing U.S. forces stay in the country beyond 2014.

Afghan president was persuaded through many different channels to sign the BSA before 31st December 2013 in order to allow U.S forces stay in Afghanistan post 2014.

Meanwhile, Afghan president Hamid Karzai has said he will not sign the agreement with Washington unless United States promises to end airstrikes and raids on homes, in addition to helping broker peace talks with the Taliban group in a bid to end the violence in the country.

This comes as most senior officials in Washington are supporting the full withdrawal of U.S. forces; however, some warn the 12 year achievements could reverse if the zero option is enforced.

Iraqi foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari visited Kabul 3 weeks ago to discuss Kabul-Washington security deal and hinted that this agreement is to the best interest of Afghanistan.

He also shared the failed experience of the Iraqi government in negotiating a similar security deal with U.S back in 2011.

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Afpak: the ‘Strategic Depth’ http://www.khaama.com/afpak-the-strategic-depth-9876 http://www.khaama.com/afpak-the-strategic-depth-9876#comments Fri, 20 Dec 2013 03:34:01 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30676 Afpak: the ‘Strategic Depth’
By Gharanai Khwakhuzhi The term ‘Strategic Depth’ has been word of mouth of recent, after it was brought up during a recent visit of an Afghan delegation to Pakistan attending Pakistan-Afghanistan Bilateral Conference hosted by South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA). The concept of Strategic Depth emerges from the realm of military operations which denotes Read the full article...]]>
Afpak: the ‘Strategic Depth’

By Gharanai Khwakhuzhi

The term ‘Strategic Depth’ has been word of mouth of recent, after it was brought up during a recent visit of an Afghan delegation to Pakistan attending Pakistan-Afghanistan Bilateral Conference hosted by South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA).

The concept of Strategic Depth emerges from the realm of military operations which denotes the distance between enemy forces and the main center of gravity of a country (anything from a military base to economic and commercial hubs). For a military strategist the greater the distance to be traversed by enemy forces to reach these bases, the better are the chances of successful defense line and stance as the enemy in such situations end up in a war of attrition.

One of the best examples of such strategy emerges from German invasion of Soviet Union, where the Soviets traded space for time.

Another example of such policy is the Pakistani Strategic Depth.

As a professor at National Defense University of Pakistan and a military strategist, Gen. (ret) Mirza Aslam Beg, who would go on and become the Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan replacing Gen. Zia ul Haq; in early 1980s while the Soviet involvement and engagement in Afghanistan was at its height and Indians had close ties and cooperation with the Soviets, decided to come up with a policy that will prevent an encirclement of Pakistan by its archival India in the East and a Soviet supported Afghanistan in the West.

The policy was to define the Strategic Depth of Pakistan in case of an India invasion. For this Pakistan would assist the Afghan opposition and install a Pakistan friendly government in Kabul and if India invades Pakistan, the Pakistani Army will fall back to Afghanistan so to inflict a War of Attrition on the Indians, thus making Afghanistan Pakistan’s Strategic Depth [de facto].

Mostly this Strategic Depth policy has been rejected by Pakistani establishment and even ridiculed at times by international military strategists, yet this has been the hot topic of recent days.

Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Pakistani National Security and Foreign Affairs Adviser, brought up the topic at a Senate briefing few days ago where he made it clear that Strategic Depth meant nothing for Pakistan and Afghanistan. Adding Afghanistan was free to make decisions about its political future on its own, that peaceful neighborhood was the top priority of the incumbent government, and that Pakistan was following the policy of non-interference in Afghanistan and not fighting proxy wars.

This made it clear that the idea of Strategic Depth still is on the minds of Pakistani strategists and politicians even though they are trying to overcome it and establish a new, cooperative and peaceful strategy towards Afghanistan.

Now to assess what could be best for both countries in a new strategy towards each other we should consider the recent developments in the region and the ever-growing economic dependency of the regional countries on each other. With this we can come up with a long-term solution and strategy that will counter the problems facing both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

In order to accomplish this solution we could start with revers-engineering the 19th and 20th century policy of “Divide and Rule” with a pluralistic and integrative policy. A policy of integration and contexture of interests of different entities, in this case nations.

One of these interests not only for Afghanistan and Pakistan but also India is the urgent and ever-growing need of energy which has hindered the economic growth of the mentioned countries to great extents.

Projects such as CASA-1000 (Central Asia South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade Project) where electricity would be transmitted from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to Afghanistan and Pakistan, TAPI (Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India Pipeline) where the pipeline will transport Caspian Sea natural gas from Turkmenistan via Afghanistan into Pakistan and India, and the Kunar River Hydroelectric Dam which is a joint management of common rivers project between Afghanistan and Pakistan providing 1500MW of electricity once constructed; could be some steps toward countering the problem.

Beside the common interests of energy, APTTA (Afghanistan Pakistan Transit and Trade Agreement) is another project of mutual interest for both countries which opens doors for the traders of both countries as well as connecting Central Asia with South Asia. With Afghanistan recently becoming a member of International Union of Railways and with the growing railways infrastructure in Afghanistan, APTTA could play a key role in bringing the two regions (Central Asia and South Asia) closer.

The proposed idea of extending Pakistani Motorway to Afghanistan and the Asian Highway Network are some other ideas that could benefit not only the two nations but the region.

These are some of the projects that could make the two countries economically interdependent and with common and mutual interests I don’t see a reason why the two countries cannot walk on the same path parallel to each other in peace.

Now going back to the Strategic Depth policy, India is also developing and growing at a fast pace and would prefer a peaceful neighborhood for its future growth. And with economic dependency of it over Central Asian energy giants, it becomes an obvious urge for it to have cordial and close relations with Pakistan.

Pakistan not having India scratching its back, means Afghanistan would be no more the Strategic Depth of Pakistan military policy, resulting in a common and transparent desire of the two nations to fight terrorism that has been imported and installed in this region.

In conclusion I think adopting each others’ interests as your own will result in interdependency of nations, making a cooperative environment in the region.

We should also remember that the main and core reason behind the success of European integration as an union was the desire of the once conflicting nations to cooperate in sectors of trade and economy so to recover from the aftermaths of World War II.

If the Europeans can manage to live side by side in peace and prosperity after centuries of conflicts between the members of today’s European Union, then the regional countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan and India can definitely do it, especially while considering the close history, culture and customs that the nations share with each other.

Gharanai Khwakhuzhi is an Afghan Foreign Service Officer and blogs on topics concerning International Relations, Politics, History and Regional Affairs.

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Angela Merkel re-elected as German chancellor for third term http://www.khaama.com/angela-merkel-re-elected-as-german-chancellor-for-third-term-3199 http://www.khaama.com/angela-merkel-re-elected-as-german-chancellor-for-third-term-3199#comments Tue, 17 Dec 2013 10:22:26 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30640 Angela Merkel re-elected as German chancellor for third term
The lower house of the parliament of Germany on Tuesday re-elected Angela Merkel as the chancellor of Germany for a third term. Her re-election as German Chancellor comes nearly three months after an awkward election result forced her to put together a new governing coalition. Ms Merkel was busy in making the coalition since the Read the full article...]]>
Angela Merkel re-elected as German chancellor for third term

The lower house of the parliament of Germany on Tuesday re-elected Angela Merkel as the chancellor of Germany for a third term.

Her re-election as German Chancellor comes nearly three months after an awkward election result forced her to put together a new governing coalition.

Ms Merkel was busy in making the coalition since the September 22 election to negotiate an agreement between her centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU), its Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU) and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD).

Merkel’s conservatives scored their best result in over two decades in the German election on 22 September, but saw their previous coalition partners lose all their seats, which forced them into lengthy coalition talks with the rival Social Democrats (SPD).

She was backed by a otal of 462 politicians, with 150 voting against and nine abstaining. The newly appointed cabinet ministers will take the oath of office in the Bundestag, Germany’s lower house of parliament.

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Ghazala Javed’s ex-husband sentenced to death over her murder case http://www.khaama.com/ghazala-javeds-ex-husband-sentenced-to-death-over-her-murder-case-3193 http://www.khaama.com/ghazala-javeds-ex-husband-sentenced-to-death-over-her-murder-case-3193#comments Tue, 17 Dec 2013 04:15:29 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30618 Ghazala Javed’s ex-husband sentenced to death over her murder case
The ex-husband of famous Pakistani singer Ghazala Javed was found guilty in her murder cases and was sentenced to death by a court in Pakistan. The convict, Jahangir Khan was also fined 70 million Pakistani ruppees in fines by Swat District and Sessions Court, over the murder of Ghazala Javed and her father. Mohammad Tariq Read the full article...]]>
Ghazala Javed’s ex-husband sentenced to death over her murder case

The ex-husband of famous Pakistani singer Ghazala Javed was found guilty in her murder cases and was sentenced to death by a court in Pakistan.

The convict, Jahangir Khan was also fined 70 million Pakistani ruppees in fines by Swat District and Sessions Court, over the murder of Ghazala Javed and her father.

Mohammad Tariq Pervaiz Baloch, additional Sessions Judge Swat (II) said Khan was 50 million for murdering Javed and Rs20m for killing her father.

Mr. Baloch further added that the convict was fined a furhter 1 million for injuring Farhat, Javed’s sister in the attack.

Ghazala Javed was a prominent female Pashtun singer in Pakistan. She was murdered by unknown gunmen in Pakistan’s Peshawar city earlier in June last year.

Ghazala belonged to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province. She was considered to be a leader in reviving and promoting female singing within the KPK province following the Taliban insurgency.

She was nominated for a Filmfare Award in 2010 and received a Khyber Award in 2011. She had married Khan on Feb 7, 2010 but after developing differences, she filed for divorce in 2011.

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Syrian Refugees: Biggest Sufferers Of The Conflict http://www.khaama.com/syrian-refugees-biggest-sufferers-of-the-conflict-9876 http://www.khaama.com/syrian-refugees-biggest-sufferers-of-the-conflict-9876#comments Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:36:10 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30606 Syrian Refugees: Biggest Sufferers Of The Conflict
By Manish Rai Nearly three years of bloody civil war in Syria have created what the United Nations, governments and international humanitarian organizations describe as the most challenging refugee crisis in a generation bigger than the one unleashed by the Rwandan genocide and laden with the sectarianism of the Balkan wars. With no end in Read the full article...]]>
Syrian Refugees: Biggest Sufferers Of The Conflict

By Manish Rai

Nearly three years of bloody civil war in Syria have created what the United Nations, governments and international humanitarian organizations describe as the most challenging refugee crisis in a generation bigger than the one unleashed by the Rwandan genocide and laden with the sectarianism of the Balkan wars. With no end in sight in the conflict and with large parts of Syria already destroyed, governments and organizations are quietly preparing for the refugee crisis to last years. Governments and humanitarian groups are increasingly working under the assumption that the crisis will be a long-lasting one. This is the crisis that has been called the greatest humanitarian catastrophe of this century and condemned by the UN as a “disgraceful humanitarian calamity with suffering and displacement unparalleled in recent history”. The United Nations has asked for more than $5 billion in humanitarian aid this year for Syria, its biggest financial appeal ever for a single crisis. But amidst politically-charged debates on the use of chemical weapons, military drone strikes and UN intervention, the real victims of the Syrian civil war, its refugees and its children, are slowly being relegated to the background. It is becoming a political issue, rather than a human one.

The number of refugees fleeing over the Syrian borders to Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Iraq to escape the violent conflict reached 2 million. Currently, it is estimated that over 2.5 million persons have fled the conflict, more than half of whom are believed to be children. The UN confirmed that thousands of new refugees had fled to Lebanon to escape fighting in the Qalamoun mountains on the Lebanese border. Many of these refugees are families, arriving with only the clothes on their back. The Syrian conflict is the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time in terms of brutality, numbers affected and the impact on children. With no resolution in sight, there is the potential for an entire generation of Syrian children to be deprived of access to a permanent home, formal education and basic health needs. The impact of this will reverberate not only for generations of Syrians to come, but will also be felt in those neighbouring countries who have openly accepted victims of war seeking refuge, and whose own services now face severe stress. For many children however, after having already missed two years of schooling in Syria, attending school is simply too difficult. Some are set to work in order to sustain their families, and girls in particular often stay in the makeshift settlements to care for younger children. The gains made in female education in Syria in the past are regressing as a result of the refugee crisis.

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the magnitude of the Syrian refugee crisis. It is, after all, the biggest humanitarian crisis in modern history with nearly 4 million Syrians one million of them children forced out of their country by the civil war. But, with the conflict and its impact expected to drag on for years, the aid agencies must also plan for the longer term. This includes building capacity in neighbouring states, as the World Bank is doing in Jordan and Lebanon, to provide services for refugees. The life of internally displaced persons (IDPs) is not better then the refugees who have crossed into the neighbouring countries they often find refuge in the poorest and most marginalized regions of the country, which frequently lack proper infrastructure to deal with the population influx. But they are often even harder to reach, as many remain in conflict areas. Staying with relatives or in abandoned properties moving through fields and along roads. And always they are stalked by the bitter war that has torn this country apart the past three years claiming about 126,000 lives, laying waste to infrastructure, and threatening to ignite a broader, regional confrontation. The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that some 4.5 million Syrians have been displaced within Syria’s borders as the country’s internecine conflict grinds on, exacting its brutal toll. IDPs have often been the invisible and forgotten victims of this brutal conflict and are largely sidelined by the political wrangling between all parties to the conflict and their international backers. Fears continue to mount that Syria’s internally displaced will go hungry with aid agencies unable to reach many in need because of security risks. Moreover measles and acute diarrhea cases are increasing, and WHO has warned the likelihood of outbreaks of water-borne diseases typhoid, cholera and hepatitis among IDP.

The United Nation estimates that 2.5 million civilians lack food, water, and medicines, because some towns and villages are too hard to reach, with an estimated 250,000 people completely cut off from outside help. Only 60% of aid pledges have come in, with only a fraction actually reaching the intended beneficiaries. Although some agencies have been able to get aid supplies across national borders, they cannot get through the front lines of the fighting to reach those caught in the crossfire. In a nutshell we can just say that humanity is dying in Syria and the whole world community should do something to save it. International diplomatic efforts must therefore focus on achieving temporary ceasefires to bring in the most urgently needed help, such as polio vaccines for children as new cases of polio is being registered among the refugees. Aid should not be a mere side show to the seemingly endless peace talks taking place in Geneva. In order to ensure that an entire generation of Syrian children is not lost to history, we must pay attention to the issues before us for longer than the headlines. We must continue to support these victims of war for longer than a cake stall. We must keep giving, until the light at the end of the tunnel finally appears. Acting now, rather than waiting for a political solution, is a must. Resettlement of more Syrian refugees through a greater humanitarian intake, combined with a continued public giving program is the only way forward.

Author is freelance columnist based in New Delhi and Editor of www.viewsaround.com can be reached at manishraiva@gmail.com

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Iran claims to capture British intelligence agency MI6 spy http://www.khaama.com/iran-claims-to-capture-british-intelligence-agency-mi6-spy-3186 http://www.khaama.com/iran-claims-to-capture-british-intelligence-agency-mi6-spy-3186#comments Sat, 14 Dec 2013 10:31:28 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30553 Iran claims to capture British intelligence agency MI6 spy
The Iranian government officials announced Saturday that a spy working for British intelligence agency MI6 was captured in south-eastern city of Kerman. Head of the Revolutionary court in Kereman city said that the detained spy had confessed that he was in contact with the British intelligence, and met with the British intelligence officers 11 times, Read the full article...]]>
Iran claims to capture British intelligence agency MI6 spy

The Iranian government officials announced Saturday that a spy working for British intelligence agency MI6 was captured in south-eastern city of Kerman.

Head of the Revolutionary court in Kereman city said that the detained spy had confessed that he was in contact with the British intelligence, and met with the British intelligence officers 11 times, both inside and outside the country.

According to the head of the Kerman’s revolutionary court, a trial was under way after the supect confessed to his crime.

British government officials have not commented regarding the Iranian claims so far, which comes amid efforts by Iranian and British officials to re-establish diplomatic relations.

Britain had pulled out its diplomatic staff out of Iran following an attack on British embassy buildings in Tehran back in 2011.

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Hrithik Roshan announces separation from his wife http://www.khaama.com/hrithik-roshan-announces-separation-from-his-wife-2616 http://www.khaama.com/hrithik-roshan-announces-separation-from-his-wife-2616#comments Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:39:21 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30533 Hrithik Roshan announces separation from his wife
The Indian film star Hrithik Roshan announced Friday that he is separating from his wife Sussanne Roshan. Hrithik Roshan following a statement has said, “Sussanne has decided to separate from me and end our 17-year relationship. This is a very trying time for the entire family and I request the media and the people to Read the full article...]]>
Hrithik Roshan announces separation from his wife

The Indian film star Hrithik Roshan announced Friday that he is separating from his wife Sussanne Roshan.

Hrithik Roshan following a statement has said, “Sussanne has decided to separate from me and end our 17-year relationship. This is a very trying time for the entire family and I request the media and the people to grant us our privacy at this time.”

“I do not wish this news to disempower my fans and the people about the institution of marriage in any way. I am a firm believer in this institution and respect and honour it at the highest level,” Roshan said in the statement carried by NDTV.

He also added, “I thank my fans for all the concern and prayers for my health. My treatment is going fine. I should be able to resume my life in every way very soon.”

Hrithik Roshan had been in relationship with Sussanne for the past 17 years, and the news regarding their separation was in news for quite long for getting sour over personal differences.

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Execution of Islamist leader sparks violent protests in Bangladesh http://www.khaama.com/execution-of-islamist-leader-sparks-violent-protests-in-bangladesh-2612 http://www.khaama.com/execution-of-islamist-leader-sparks-violent-protests-in-bangladesh-2612#comments Fri, 13 Dec 2013 07:19:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30520 Execution of Islamist leader sparks violent protests in Bangladesh
The execution of an opposition leader convicted of war crimes has sparked a wave of violence across Bangladesh. Abdul Quader Mollah, 65, was a top leader of the country’s biggest Islamic party – Jamaat-e-Islami and was convicted for war crimes that took place four decades ago. An intelligence official speaking on the condition of anonymity Read the full article...]]>
Execution of Islamist leader sparks violent protests in Bangladesh

The execution of an opposition leader convicted of war crimes has sparked a wave of violence across Bangladesh.

Abdul Quader Mollah, 65, was a top leader of the country’s biggest Islamic party – Jamaat-e-Islami and was convicted for war crimes that took place four decades ago.

An intelligence official speaking on the condition of anonymity said that the hanging of Abdul Quader Mollah took place Thursday night in a jail in Dhaka.

Mollah is the first person executed after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2010 began trying people suspected of war crimes. He was found guilty in February of having been a leader of a pro-Pakistan militia which fought against the country’s independence.

He was also convicted of rape, murder and mass murder, including the killing of more than 350 unarmed civilians.

According to police sources, two activists from the ruling Awami League were hacked to death in the southern town of Kalaroa early Friday.

Sources further added that street skirmishes in towns and cities were also reported as Jammat activists began firebombing train stations, set fire to pro-government businesses and blockaded roads.

Large numbers of police could be seen on the streets in Dhaka while there were no immediate reports of violence. Opposition groups in Bangladesh also called for a countrywide strike on Sunday, following the execution of an opposition politician.

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Supreme Court in India makes gay sex illegal again http://www.khaama.com/supreme-court-in-india-makes-gay-relations-illegal-again-3181 http://www.khaama.com/supreme-court-in-india-makes-gay-relations-illegal-again-3181#comments Wed, 11 Dec 2013 09:19:24 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30497 Supreme Court in India makes gay sex illegal again
The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday threw out a 2009 ruling by a lower court that had decriminalized gay sex. The ruling is seen as a major blow to gay rights in the world’s largest democracy. India’s Supreme Court it was up to parliament to legislate on the issue, as only India’s parliament could Read the full article...]]>
Supreme Court in India makes gay sex illegal again

The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday threw out a 2009 ruling by a lower court that had decriminalized gay sex. The ruling is seen as a major blow to gay rights in the world’s largest democracy.

India’s Supreme Court it was up to parliament to legislate on the issue, as only India’s parliament could change the law, by deleting a section of the penal code dating back to the 19th century.

Gay rights activitists, who were expecting the court simply to rubber-stamp the earelier ruling, were shocked by the move.

Arvind Narayan, one of the lawyers representing the consortium of gay rights groups quoted by Reuters sadi, “We see this as a betrayal of the very people the court is meant to defend and protect.”

“In our understanding, the Supreme Court has always sided with those who have no rights,” said Narayan who was defending the 2009 judgment.

The violators of the ruling could be punished with up to 10 years in jail, as per the section 377 of India’s penal code “sex against teh order of nature”, which is widely interpreted to mean homosexual sex.

Rights lawyer Colin Gonsalves told Reuters, “One would never expect the Supreme Court of India to make such a retrograde order, that is so against the trend internationally.”

“This takes us back to the dark ages. This is a day of mourning for us in India,” said Gonsalves.

Protests were expected by gay community, which is still largely closeted but was emboldened by the 2009 ruling. Homosexuality has long been a taboo subject in a deeply conservative India, where many still regard it as a mental illness.

However, the gay community in India has worked to raise its profile in recent years, by organizing gay pride marches in cities such as New Delhi and Mumbai that have created awareness and encouraged many to come out of the closet.

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Dubai customs seize 28 tonnes of tobacco derivative Naswar http://www.khaama.com/dubai-customs-seize-28-tonnes-of-tobacco-derivative-naswar-3158 http://www.khaama.com/dubai-customs-seize-28-tonnes-of-tobacco-derivative-naswar-3158#comments Sun, 08 Dec 2013 06:18:31 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30394 Dubai customs seize 28 tonnes of tobacco derivative Naswar
At least 28 tonnes of tobacco derivative – Naswar, were discovered and seized by authorities in United Arab Emirates, before the smugglers manage to smuggle the banned toxic to UAE. Ahmad Mahboub Musabbah, the Executive Director of Customers Management at Dubai Customs, quoted by Gulf News said the shipment came from an Asian country and Read the full article...]]>
Dubai customs seize 28 tonnes of tobacco derivative Naswar

At least 28 tonnes of tobacco derivative – Naswar, were discovered and seized by authorities in United Arab Emirates, before the smugglers manage to smuggle the banned toxic to UAE.

Ahmad Mahboub Musabbah, the Executive Director of Customers Management at Dubai Customs, quoted by Gulf News said the shipment came from an Asian country and was hidden in 375 bags to mislead customs officials.

Mr. Musabbah further added that the smuggling attempt was foiled in Jebel Ali and called it a great achievement for Dubai Customs.

He said the owner of the cargo was an Asian national who tried to deceive authorities by hiding his container behind other companies’ in Jebel Ali.

Naswar is highly addictive as it contains infused tobacco powder. The production and sale of Naswar is banned in United Arab Emirates.

Naswar is largely consumed in Afghanistan and Pakistan and preliminary reports suggest that the product was first invented by certain tribes in northern Pakistan and Afghanistan.

A study conducted by Department of pharmacy at the University of Peshawar in Pakistan revealed that fifty per cent of the total oral cancer cases reported in Pakistan was attributable to neswar usage, which could increase the risks of oral, oesophageal, and peptic cancer.

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Foreign Jihadists use safe houses in Turkey to fight in Syria http://www.khaama.com/foreign-jihadists-use-safe-houses-in-turkey-to-fight-in-syria-3154 http://www.khaama.com/foreign-jihadists-use-safe-houses-in-turkey-to-fight-in-syria-3154#comments Sat, 07 Dec 2013 10:48:00 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30376 Foreign Jihadists use safe houses in Turkey to fight in Syria
According to reports, Al Qaeda fighters from various countries are being provided with safe houses in Turkish border towns when crossing into Syria to join the Syrian rebels fighting the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. The foreign fighters which also included British and French nationals used the safe house in southern Turkey to cross into Syria Read the full article...]]>
Foreign Jihadists use safe houses in Turkey to fight in Syria

According to reports, Al Qaeda fighters from various countries are being provided with safe houses in Turkish border towns when crossing into Syria to join the Syrian rebels fighting the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.

The foreign fighters which also included British and French nationals used the safe house in southern Turkey to cross into Syria and return back to their homes during the past three months, BBC reported Saturday.

The houses were said to be located in border towns such as Reyhanli, with the route passing through them becoming more and more organized.

“There are thousands of us, literally from every corner of the world,” a French fighter – a former student – told the BBC.

The student who is part of a brigade consiting of 8,000 men said that all the fighters belong to Al Qaeda network.

Thousands of foreign fighters including about 300 British nationals have poured into Syria over the past one year to fight president Bashar Al-Assad forces.

Around 100,000 rebels are fighting the regime of Bashar Assad, which includes approximately 10,000 jihadists linked to al-Qaeda, and another 30,000-35,000 hardline Islamists focusing exclusively on the Syrian civil war, a recent study by IHS Jane’s defense consultancy, cited by The Telegraph found.

The Syrian conflict which started earlier in 2011, has left more than 100,000 people dead and millions of Syrians have been forced to flee their homes.

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Al Qaeda claim attack in Yemen that left 52 dead, 167 injured http://www.khaama.com/al-qaeda-claim-attack-in-yemen-that-left-52-dead-167-injured-2600 http://www.khaama.com/al-qaeda-claim-attack-in-yemen-that-left-52-dead-167-injured-2600#comments Fri, 06 Dec 2013 09:42:20 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30358 Al Qaeda claim attack in Yemen that left 52 dead, 167 injured
An al Qaeda-linked group has claimed responsibility for Thursday’s attack on Yemen’s defense ministry that left at least 52 dead and 167 others injured. Ansar al-Sharia (Partisans of Islamic Law) following a Twitter said early Friday, “As part of the policy of targeting the operation rooms of pilotless planes, the mujahideen (holy fighters) have heavily Read the full article...]]>
Al Qaeda claim attack in Yemen that left 52 dead, 167 injured

An al Qaeda-linked group has claimed responsibility for Thursday’s attack on Yemen’s defense ministry that left at least 52 dead and 167 others injured.

Ansar al-Sharia (Partisans of Islamic Law) following a Twitter said early Friday, “As part of the policy of targeting the operation rooms of pilotless planes, the mujahideen (holy fighters) have heavily struck one of these rooms in the Ministry of Defence headquarters.”

The group in a separate Twitter message said, “Such joint military locations which participate with the Americans in their war against this Muslim nation are a legitimate target for our operations.”

The attack was carried out by a suicide bomber and gunmen wearing army uniforms, Reuters repoted. A number of foreign medics, including German, Vietnamese, Indian, Filipino nationals were also among those killed in the attack.

The U.S. military raised its alert status in the region after the coordinated strikes on Yemen, which is also home to what Washington has called the most active arm of al Qaeda.

It was the deadliest attack in Sanaa since May 2012. Over 90 people rehearsing for a military parade in the capital were killed in July last year by a suicide bomber wearing a Yemeni army uniform.

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Former South African President Nelson Mandela dies aged 95 http://www.khaama.com/former-south-african-president-nelson-mandela-dies-aged-95-2597 http://www.khaama.com/former-south-african-president-nelson-mandela-dies-aged-95-2597#comments Fri, 06 Dec 2013 06:57:05 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30347 Former South African President Nelson Mandela dies aged 95
Nelson Mandela, the global statesman who peacefully ended an era of white domination in his native South Africa, has died aged 95. The news of his passing was made in a statement made by South African President Jacob Zuma which was broadcast on national TV. He had suffered from a series of lung infections over Read the full article...]]>
Former South African President Nelson Mandela dies aged 95

Nelson Mandela, the global statesman who peacefully ended an era of white domination in his native South Africa, has died aged 95.

The news of his passing was made in a statement made by South African President Jacob Zuma which was broadcast on national TV. He had suffered from a series of lung infections over the past two years

“Our nation has lost its greatest son,” said Mr Zuma, who praised the Mandela family for sacrificing so much “so that our people could be free”.

“Our thoughts are with the South African people who today mourn the loss of the one person who more than any other came to embody their sense of a common nation,” he said from Pretoria.

Nelson Mandela guided South Africa from the shackles of apartheid to multi-racial democracy and became an international icon of peace and reconciliation.

Mandela emerged determined to use his prestige and charisma to bring down apartheid while avoiding a civil war. He was imprisoned in 1962 for nearly three decades over sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government.

The official SAPA news agency reported early Friday that Mandela’s body had been moved to a military hospital in Pretoria. It’s expected to be embalmed in the next three to four days.

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US military halt shipments from Afghanistan through Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/us-military-halt-shipments-from-afghanistan-through-pakistan-3145 http://www.khaama.com/us-military-halt-shipments-from-afghanistan-through-pakistan-3145#comments Wed, 04 Dec 2013 05:41:50 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30317 US military halt shipments from Afghanistan through Pakistan
Pentagon officials announced Tuesday that the ground shipments by US military have been halted via key Pakistan supply route due to security issues. Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright said, the step was taken to ensure the safety of the drivers following protests in Pakistan over US drone strikes. “We are aware protests have affected one of Read the full article...]]>
US military halt shipments from Afghanistan through Pakistan

Pentagon officials announced Tuesday that the ground shipments by US military have been halted via key Pakistan supply route due to security issues.

Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright said, the step was taken to ensure the safety of the drivers following protests in Pakistan over US drone strikes.

“We are aware protests have affected one of the primary commercial transit routes between Pakistan and Afghanistan,” Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright told Reuters.

Wright further added, “We have voluntarily halted U.S. shipments of retrograde cargo … to ensure the safety of the drivers contracted to move our equipment.”

However, he added that retorgrade shipments could be resumed through Pakistani route in the near future.

The Torkham gate located on Pakistan and Afghanistan border is considered to be crucial for the United States and coalition security forces as the alliance is winding down combat mission in Afghanistan.

In the meantime, Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright pointed out that the United States has other options to move equipment out of the country, however other options including northern distribution network through Russia and Central Asia are far more costly.

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US drone strike kill 3 suspected militants in North Waziristan http://www.khaama.com/us-drone-strike-kill-3-suspected-militants-in-north-waziristan-2581 http://www.khaama.com/us-drone-strike-kill-3-suspected-militants-in-north-waziristan-2581#comments Fri, 29 Nov 2013 06:26:01 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30201
According to Pakistani intelligence officials, at least 3 suspected militants were killed following a US drone strike in North Waziristan on Thursday. The officials further added that several other suspected militants were injured during the airstrike which was carried out Thursday night in Angar Kalli area near Miramshah Tehsil. A local security official quoted by Read the full article...]]>

According to Pakistani intelligence officials, at least 3 suspected militants were killed following a US drone strike in North Waziristan on Thursday.

The officials further added that several other suspected militants were injured during the airstrike which was carried out Thursday night in Angar Kalli area near Miramshah Tehsil.

A local security official quoted by local media agencies said the identity of the militants killed in the airstrike could not be ascertained.

In the meantime, another intelligence official has told Associated Press that one suspected was kiled following the drone strike which a house in Qazi Kot village in the North Waziristan tribal area.

The attack came shortly after a Pakistani political party blocked trucks carrying NATO troop supplies to and from neighboring Afghanistan to protest drone attacks.

The protests were organized after a US drone strike in the Tal area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Hangu district which killed at least six people, including a senior member of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network, and injured another.

The drone strike was carried out earlier in November 21.

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Nuclear-armed Pakistan appoints new strategic military chief http://www.khaama.com/nuclear-armed-pakistan-appoints-new-strategic-military-chief-2574 http://www.khaama.com/nuclear-armed-pakistan-appoints-new-strategic-military-chief-2574#comments Wed, 27 Nov 2013 16:12:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30169 Nuclear-armed Pakistan appoints new strategic military chief
The Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif appointed a new army chief Wednesday, a role widely seen as the most powerful position in the country. Lieutenant-General Raheel Sharif, a career infantry officer will take over as head of the world’s six-largest army on Friday. He is viewed as a moderate, straight-talking, professional soldier with no political Read the full article...]]>
Nuclear-armed Pakistan appoints new strategic military chief

The Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif appointed a new army chief Wednesday, a role widely seen as the most powerful position in the country.

Lieutenant-General Raheel Sharif, a career infantry officer will take over as head of the world’s six-largest army on Friday.

He is viewed as a moderate, straight-talking, professional soldier with no political ambitions will take over as head of the world’s sixth-largest army on Friday.

The country’s current army chief Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, 61, steps down Thursday after six years at the helm.

The appointment of Lieutenant-General Raheel Sharif comes at a key time for Pakistan, as tension with arch-rival India over disputed Kashmir is rising and the United States seeks Pakistan’s help in bringing peace to Afghanistan ahead of the coalition forces withrawal by the end of 2014.

On the other hand, the homegrown Taliban insurgency is threatening to wage a “bloody revenge campaign” after the death of its leader Hakimullah Mehsud on Nov. 1 in a suspected CIA drone strike.

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American B-52 bombers challenge China air-defense zone http://www.khaama.com/american-b-52-bombers-challenge-china-air-defense-zone-2573 http://www.khaama.com/american-b-52-bombers-challenge-china-air-defense-zone-2573#comments Tue, 26 Nov 2013 18:08:28 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30138 American B-52 bombers challenge China air-defense zone
United States directly challenged China and its establishment of expanded air defense zone after a pair of American B-52 bombers flew over a disputed island chain in East China Sea. The bombers reportedly entered the new Chinese Air Defense Identification Zone without informing Beijing, a US official said. The official further added that no contacts Read the full article...]]>
American B-52 bombers challenge China air-defense zone

United States directly challenged China and its establishment of expanded air defense zone after a pair of American B-52 bombers flew over a disputed island chain in East China Sea.

The bombers reportedly entered the new Chinese Air Defense Identification Zone without informing Beijing, a US official said.

The official further added that no contacts were made with the B-52s as they flew over the s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) and returned back to Anderson Air Force Base in Guam.

“The planes flew a pattern that included passing through the ADIZ,” the official quoted by The Wall Street Journal said. “The flight was without incident.”

According to the US officials, the move was made to clarify that the attempt by Beijing to strengthen its influence over the region was not appropriate.

The Islands chain which are known as Diaoyu Islands in China and Senkaku Islands in Japan is considered to be the main source of growing friction in the region.

The islands chain is currently administered by Japan, however, the islands are claimed both Being and Tokyo claim.

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Iran reach deal on its nuclear program with world powers http://www.khaama.com/iran-reach-deal-on-its-nuclear-program-with-world-powers-2463 http://www.khaama.com/iran-reach-deal-on-its-nuclear-program-with-world-powers-2463#comments Sun, 24 Nov 2013 05:24:35 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30070 Iran reach deal on its nuclear program with world powers
Iran has reached to an agreement with six world powers on its nuclear program, during a meeting in Geneva on Sunday. European Union policy chief Catherine Ashton said they have reached a “first step” towards a comprehensive solution to curb Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for limited sanctions relief. US President Barack Obama also welcomed Read the full article...]]>
Iran reach deal on its nuclear program with world powers

Iran has reached to an agreement with six world powers on its nuclear program, during a meeting in Geneva on Sunday.

European Union policy chief Catherine Ashton said they have reached a “first step” towards a comprehensive solution to curb Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for limited sanctions relief.

US President Barack Obama also welcomed the developments and said the deal included substantial limitations which will help prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon.

The deal was reached between Iran and six world powers including United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia, after more than four days of negotiations.

Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif said Tehran has reached an agreement regarding its nuclear program, however, he insisted that ran retains its right to enrich uranium.

The deal is considered to be one of the most significant agreement between Iran and the six world powers over Iran’s nuclear program during the past one decade.

The deal will allow Iran to gain access to billions of dollars of revenues from limited sales of oil and petrochemicals and trade in gold and other precious metals, after some sanctions are suspended.

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11 teachers abducted over polio vaccination campaign in Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/11-teachers-abducted-over-polio-vaccination-campaign-in-pakistan-3107 http://www.khaama.com/11-teachers-abducted-over-polio-vaccination-campaign-in-pakistan-3107#comments Sat, 23 Nov 2013 09:13:46 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30054 11 teachers abducted over polio vaccination campaign in Pakistan
At least 11 Pakistani teachers have reportedly been kidnapped by Pakistani militants for their involvement in polio vaccination campaign for school children. According to the local government officials, the incident took place Saturday in Khyber tribal agency, along the border with Afghanistan. Khyali Gul , a local official in the area said the teachers were kidnapped by Read the full article...]]>
11 teachers abducted over polio vaccination campaign in Pakistan

At least 11 Pakistani teachers have reportedly been kidnapped by Pakistani militants for their involvement in polio vaccination campaign for school children.

According to the local government officials, the incident took place Saturday in Khyber tribal agency, along the border with Afghanistan.

Khyali Gul , a local official in the area said the teachers were kidnapped by gunmen from ira Public School in the Bara area of Khyber tribal agency, and were taken to an area controlled by militant leader Mangal Bagh and his Taliban-affiliated Lashkar-e-Islam group.

“Mangal Bagh and his men are opposing polio vaccination for children and don’t allow teams to immunize children in their areas,” Gul quoted by Reuters said.

Another local official also confirmed that the teachers were kidnapped by militants, and were taken to an area where security forces can not enter.

Vaccination workers are frequently targeted by militants in Pakistan, accusing the health workers over espionage charges to the West.

Militants group in Pakistan also accuse the health workers, particularly the vaccination workers for plotting conspiracies to sterilize the Muslim.

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9 killed or injured in US drone strike in Pakistan’s Hangu district http://www.khaama.com/9-killed-or-injured-in-us-drone-strike-in-pakistans-hangu-district-3098 http://www.khaama.com/9-killed-or-injured-in-us-drone-strike-in-pakistans-hangu-district-3098#comments Thu, 21 Nov 2013 03:50:27 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30000
At least 9 people were killed or injured following a US drone strike in Tal area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Hangu district early Thursday. According to reports, the drone fired several missiles targeting a seminary in Tehsil Tal area, killing at least 5 people and injuring 4 others. The identities of those killed in the airstrike Read the full article...]]>

At least 9 people were killed or injured following a US drone strike in Tal area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Hangu district early Thursday.

According to reports, the drone fired several missiles targeting a seminary in Tehsil Tal area, killing at least 5 people and injuring 4 others.

The identities of those killed in the airstrike have not been ascertained, however, Pakistani media agencies have reported that those wounded in the strike includes students of the seminary.

Local residents and eyetwinesses in the area said that the drones continued to hover above the area for several minutes after carrying out the airstrike.

The airstrike is the latest following the Novembeer 1 drone attack which left Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud dead in North Waziristan.

The Pakistani security officials have not commented regarding the airstrike so far.

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Iran unveils biggest missile-equipped drone with 2000 km range http://www.khaama.com/iran-unveils-biggest-missile-equipped-drone-with-2000-km-range-3092 http://www.khaama.com/iran-unveils-biggest-missile-equipped-drone-with-2000-km-range-3092#comments Tue, 19 Nov 2013 05:41:26 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29967 Iran unveils biggest missile-equipped drone with 2000 km range
The Iranian defense officials unveiled the biggest missile-equipped drone yet to be developed in the Islamic republic. Iran’s Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan said the drone is capable of staying aloft for up to 30 hours, with a range of 2,000km (1,200 miles), which would enable it to cover much of the Middle East. Mr. Dehghan Read the full article...]]>
Iran unveils biggest missile-equipped drone with 2000 km range

The Iranian defense officials unveiled the biggest missile-equipped drone yet to be developed in the Islamic republic.

Iran’s Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan said the drone is capable of staying aloft for up to 30 hours, with a range of 2,000km (1,200 miles), which would enable it to cover much of the Middle East.

Mr. Dehghan also added that the Fotros drone can fluy at an altitude of 25,000 feet, and is able to carry out reconnaissance mission and air-to-surface rockets for combat operations.

He said scientists at Iranian Aircraft Manufacturing Industries, affiliated to Iran’s Defence Ministry, have designed and developed the drone.

The aircraft was tested “successfully” and “shows that sanctions imposed by the enemies are not an obstacle to the progress of the defence industry,” Dehghan quoted by official IRNA news agency said.

The earlier Shahed-129 (Witness-129) drone is reported to have a similar range, but can only stay aloft 24 hours.

Iran frequently announces technological breakthroughs including the building of jet fighters, tanks, missile, submarines, torpedoes and drones, since 1980s, after it pursued a military self-sufficiency.

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Passenger jet crashes in central Russia, 52 feared dead http://www.khaama.com/passenger-jet-crashes-in-central-russia-52-feared-dead-2547 http://www.khaama.com/passenger-jet-crashes-in-central-russia-52-feared-dead-2547#comments Sun, 17 Nov 2013 17:18:09 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29937 Passenger jet crashes in central Russia, 52 feared dead
According to reports, at least 52 people were feared dead after a Boeing 737-500 crashed while landing in the central Russian city of Kazan. The emergency ministry of Russia announced that the aircraft which was carrying 44 passengers and 4 aircrew, exploded after crash-landing in the airport of Kazan at 3:53 GMT. A spokeswoman from Read the full article...]]>
Passenger jet crashes in central Russia, 52 feared dead

According to reports, at least 52 people were feared dead after a Boeing 737-500 crashed while landing in the central Russian city of Kazan.

The emergency ministry of Russia announced that the aircraft which was carrying 44 passengers and 4 aircrew, exploded after crash-landing in the airport of Kazan at 3:53 GMT.

A spokeswoman from the Emergencies Ministry said the flight was coming from Moscow Domodedovo airport when plane caught on fire after the crash landing in Kazan airport.

In the meantime, another from the Federal Air Transport Agency said that 50 people – including six crew members .

The source further added that the plane crashed after three attempts to land, and blamed the pilots for making a mistaking when entering the second lap.

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Syrian rebel mistakenly beheaded by Jihadists http://www.khaama.com/syrian-rebel-mistakenly-beheaded-by-jihadists-2543 http://www.khaama.com/syrian-rebel-mistakenly-beheaded-by-jihadists-2543#comments Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:51:00 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29881 Syrian rebel mistakenly beheaded by Jihadists
An al-Qaeda affiliated rebel group in Syria has asked for “understanding and forgiveness” for cutting off and putting on display the wrong man’s head. Al Qaeda-linked jihadists in Syria have admitted beheading a rebel fighter by mistake, apparently believing he was an Iraqi Shiite fighting alongside President Bashar al Assad’s forces. A video reportedly posted Read the full article...]]>
Syrian rebel mistakenly beheaded by Jihadists

An al-Qaeda affiliated rebel group in Syria has asked for “understanding and forgiveness” for cutting off and putting on display the wrong man’s head.

Al Qaeda-linked jihadists in Syria have admitted beheading a rebel fighter by mistake, apparently believing he was an Iraqi Shiite fighting alongside President Bashar al Assad’s forces.

A video reportedly posted on the internet allegedly shows members of Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), one brandishing a knife, held up a bearded head before a crowd in Aleppo.

However, the head was recognised from the video as originally belonging to a member of Ahrar al-Sham, a Sunni Islamist rebel group that often fights alongside ISIS, though it does not share its al-Qaeda ideology.

The fighter recognized as Mohammad Fares had been wounded in fighting at a regime military base east of Aleppo, Syria’s second city and former commercial hub.

He was reportedly repeating the names of Ali and Hussein, two revered Shia imams, during his drugged state which made him seem a shia rather than Sunni, and was then subjected to his savage fate.

A spokesman for ISIS, Omar al-Qahtani, confirmed Mr Fares had been injured and and was apparently beheaded in mistake.

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Typhoon Haiyan: 10,000 feared dead in Philippines http://www.khaama.com/typhoon-haiyan-10000-feared-dead-in-philippines-3064 http://www.khaama.com/typhoon-haiyan-10000-feared-dead-in-philippines-3064#comments Sun, 10 Nov 2013 05:40:34 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29808 Typhoon Haiyan: 10,000 feared dead in Philippines
Police officials in Philippines have said that the death toll from Typhoon Haiyan which swept across the central Philippine province of Leyte could reach as many as 10,000 people. Typhoon Haiyan is said to be one of the strongest stroms ever to make landfall which lashed the area, leaving the seaside city of Tacloban in Read the full article...]]>
Typhoon Haiyan: 10,000 feared dead in Philippines

Police officials in Philippines have said that the death toll from Typhoon Haiyan which swept across the central Philippine province of Leyte could reach as many as 10,000 people.

Typhoon Haiyan is said to be one of the strongest stroms ever to make landfall which lashed the area, leaving the seaside city of Tacloban in ruins.

Elmer Soria, chief superintendent said about 70-80% of the buildings in the area in the path of Haiyan in Leyte province was destroyed.

Tecson Lim, tacloban city administrator said the death toll in that city alone “could go up to 10,000″.

The Haiyan typhoon having speed of 315km/h made landfall on Samar and Leyte islands in eastern Visayas at about 4:40am local time on Friday.

Officials have reported survivors are desperately searching for food and water. The World Food Programme has mobilised some $2m in aid and aims to deliver 40 tonnes of fortified biscuits to victims within the next few days.

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Mullah Fazlullah elected as new Taliban chief in Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/mullah-fazlullah-elected-as-new-taliban-chief-in-pakistan-2524 http://www.khaama.com/mullah-fazlullah-elected-as-new-taliban-chief-in-pakistan-2524#comments Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:40:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29776 Mullah Fazlullah elected as new Taliban chief in Pakistan
According to reports, the Taliban group in Pakistan – Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has elected Mullah Fazlullah to lead the Taliban group in Pakistan. A member of the Pakistani Taliban, Asmatullah Shaheen confirmed that Fazlullah was elected as the new chief of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Shaheen quoted by AFP said, “The decision was taken at Read the full article...]]>
Mullah Fazlullah elected as new Taliban chief in Pakistan

According to reports, the Taliban group in Pakistan – Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has elected Mullah Fazlullah to lead the Taliban group in Pakistan.

A member of the Pakistani Taliban, Asmatullah Shaheen confirmed that Fazlullah was elected as the new chief of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Shaheen quoted by AFP said, “The decision was taken at a shura (council) meeting today. The supreme shura has also elected Sheikh Khalid Haqqani as the deputy chief of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan.”

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid also confirmed the appoinment of Mullah Fazlullah as the new TTP chief. “Following proper consultations … we chose our senior commander Mullah Fazlullah as our new ameer (leader),” Shahid quoted by Reuters said.

Mullah Fazlullah is a hardline Taliban leader who was in charge of Swall. His election further dampens expectations of any peace deal between the insurgents and the Pakistani government.

“There will be no more talks as Mullah Fazlullah is already against negotiations with the Pakistan government,” said the Taliban group spokesman.

Fazlullah was elected as the new Taliban chief a week after Hakimullah Mehsud was killed during a US drone strike in Northern Waziristan.

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India launches robotic spacecraft towards Mars planet http://www.khaama.com/india-to-launch-robotic-spacecraft-towards-mars-planet-3049 http://www.khaama.com/india-to-launch-robotic-spacecraft-towards-mars-planet-3049#comments Tue, 05 Nov 2013 08:57:29 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29729 India launches robotic spacecraft towards Mars planet
India on Tuesday successfully launched a robotic spacecraft towards Mars planet with an aim to join the world’s deep-space pioneers with a journey to the Red Planet. India will become the fourth country or group of countries to reach the Red Planet and first country in South Asia to launch space craft to Mars Planet Read the full article...]]>
India launches robotic spacecraft towards Mars planet

India on Tuesday successfully launched a robotic spacecraft towards Mars planet with an aim to join the world’s deep-space pioneers with a journey to the Red Planet.

India will become the fourth country or group of countries to reach the Red Planet and first country in South Asia to launch space craft to Mars Planet to carry out experiments.

K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space and Research Organization said it has been humankind’s quest from the beginning to understand about universe and the solar system where we live in.

Mangalyaan – Mars craft took off at 09:08 GMT atop an Indian-built rocket from Sriharikota, and the tracking signals will be coming from one of the two ships fitted with special antennae positioned somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean.

The spacecraft will reach Mars orbit in September 2014 after undergoing some 300 days of complex manoeuvring, if launch goes well.

Mangalyaan was developed from technology tested during the recent lunar orbiter mission. An evolved version of India’s domestically developed Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, with extended rockets, will take Mangalyaan into an elliptical arc around the Earth.

India is aiming to join Mars arena amid growing international space race which has become far more competitive and globalized, and a growing number of countries and commercial entities have set their sights on sending a manned mission to Mars sometime in the next two decades.

The US space agency hopes to launch a human mission to Mars by 2030, NASA head Charles Bolden said.

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Three suns rise over northern China http://www.khaama.com/three-suns-rise-over-northern-china-2518 http://www.khaama.com/three-suns-rise-over-northern-china-2518#comments Sun, 03 Nov 2013 17:01:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29706 Three suns rise over northern China
According to reports, a rare celestial illusion of “triple suns” occurred in the sky over Chifeng in northern China’s Inner Mongolia. The three suns rising in the skies was displayed in an incredible video which was recorded by stunned onlookers and the video circulated in news reports and social media networks. The sun, accompanied by Read the full article...]]>
Three suns rise over northern China

According to reports, a rare celestial illusion of “triple suns” occurred in the sky over Chifeng in northern China’s Inner Mongolia.

The three suns rising in the skies was displayed in an incredible video which was recorded by stunned onlookers and the video circulated in news reports and social media networks.

The sun, accompanied by two smaller twins, suddenly popped up in the sky at about 9am on Friday morning, CBS News reported. The tripple suns “ice halo” were surrounded by arched rainbow-like halos.

The illusion is a naturally occurring atmospheric phenomenon, also known as a “phantom sun”, and can only form in specific conditions when the sun is viewed at a certain angle from earth.

The phantom sun or ice halo only appears when ice crystals create high clouds in the air around 6,000 meters above ground, and produce reflected sunlight, CBS News reported.

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Rohit Sharma smashes 209 in deciding ODI against Australia http://www.khaama.com/rohit-sharma-smashes-209-in-deciding-odi-against-australia-2515 http://www.khaama.com/rohit-sharma-smashes-209-in-deciding-odi-against-australia-2515#comments Sat, 02 Nov 2013 16:40:00 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29683 Rohit Sharma smashes 209 in deciding ODI against Australia
Indian batsman Rohit Sharma smashed 209 runs from 158 balls against Australia at Banglore, and became only the third man to score a double in one-day international cricket. Sharma left Virender Sehwag’s 219 as the record after he was caught at deep square leg off the third by hitting two balls of the last over Read the full article...]]>
Rohit Sharma smashes 209 in deciding ODI against Australia

Indian batsman Rohit Sharma smashed 209 runs from 158 balls against Australia at Banglore, and became only the third man to score a double in one-day international cricket.

Sharma left Virender Sehwag’s 219 as the record after he was caught at deep square leg off the third by hitting two balls of the last over for six.

He broke Shane Watson’s record of 15 in an ODI innings after hitting 16 sixes. India finished on 383-6, with Mahendra Dhoni run out off the last ball for 62.

The Australian batsmen were bowled out for 326 runs by Team India at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore after Mohammed Shami
got James Faulkner out caught at deep midwicket.

Faulkner scored 116 runs off 73 balls with 11 boundaries and six sixes. Indian bowlers Mohammad Shami and RA Jadeja took three wickets each, while R Ashwin took 2 wickets and R Vinay Kumar one wicket.

India defeated Australia by 57 runs to win the ODI series 3-2.

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Shooting at Los Angeles airport, 4 people killed or inured http://www.khaama.com/shooting-reported-at-los-angeles-airport-2513 http://www.khaama.com/shooting-reported-at-los-angeles-airport-2513#comments Fri, 01 Nov 2013 17:38:00 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29664 Shooting at Los Angeles airport, 4 people killed or inured
At least one person was killed and several others were injured following shooting at the Los Angeles Airport on Friday, Airport officials said. There incident reportedly took place after a person with a gun opened fire after getting through a security checkpoint, leaving a federal security agent dead. At least three staff of the Transportation Read the full article...]]>
Shooting at Los Angeles airport, 4 people killed or inured

At least one person was killed and several others were injured following shooting at the Los Angeles Airport on Friday, Airport officials said.

There incident reportedly took place after a person with a gun opened fire after getting through a security checkpoint, leaving a federal security agent dead.

At least three staff of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) were also injured following the incident and the health condition of one of them has been reported critical.

Some 746 flights nationwide were affected and 46 were diverted because of the incident, said airport officials.

According to Los Angeles police chief Patrick Gannon a “lone shooter” came into Terminal 3 at 9:20 local time and began to open fire in the terminal after pullig an assault rifle out of his bag.

He was shot by law enforcement and is custody following a shooting at a security checkpoint at around 11:30 a.m. Chicago time. He was arrested with more than 100 rounds of ammunition.

]]> http://www.khaama.com/shooting-reported-at-los-angeles-airport-2513/feed 0 US drone strike kill 3 suspected militants in North Waziristan http://www.khaama.com/us-drone-strike-kill-3-suspected-militants-in-north-waziristan-3033 http://www.khaama.com/us-drone-strike-kill-3-suspected-militants-in-north-waziristan-3033#comments Thu, 31 Oct 2013 05:37:47 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29625 US drone strike kill 3 suspected militants in North Waziristan
According to reports, at least three suspected militants were killed following a US drone strike in Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan. This was the first airstrike conducted a week after Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif visited United States and urged Washington to stop drone strikes. The latest airstrike was reportedly carried out near Miransha in Read the full article...]]>
US drone strike kill 3 suspected militants in North Waziristan

According to reports, at least three suspected militants were killed following a US drone strike in Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan.

This was the first airstrike conducted a week after Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif visited United States and urged Washington to stop drone strikes.

The latest airstrike was reportedly carried out near Miransha in North Waziristan tribal region early Thursday, killing at least three suspected militants, Radio Free Europe (RFE) reported.

Islamabad has repeatedly protested against the US drone strikes, saying they violate Pakistan’s sovereignty, but Washington views them as a vital tool in the fight against Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants in the lawless tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan.

According to reports, United States has carried out at least 317 drone strikes in Pakistani tribal regions since 2008, killing at least 2160 suspected militants.

The latest figures were released by Pakistani military on Wednesday amid latest findings by United Nations which revealed earlier this month that nearly 400 civilians have been killed in US drone strikes in Pakistan.

However, Pakistani military has said that only 3 percent of those killed during the drone strike were civilians. The information, released by Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence to a parliamentary inquiry, also said no civilians were killed in 2012 and 2013.

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Obama’s Facebook and Twitter links hacked, claims Syrian hackers http://www.khaama.com/obamas-facebook-and-twitter-links-hacked-claims-syrian-hackers-3028 http://www.khaama.com/obamas-facebook-and-twitter-links-hacked-claims-syrian-hackers-3028#comments Wed, 30 Oct 2013 05:23:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29606 Obama’s Facebook and Twitter links hacked, claims Syrian hackers
According to reports, US president Barack Obama’s Facebook and Twitter accounts have been hacked by a group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army. The group claimed on Tuesday that their hackers had taken control of US president Barack Obama’s Twitter and Facebook accounts. “Thanks to our operation, Twitter now blocks Obama’s dangerous propaganda links,” the Read the full article...]]>
Obama’s Facebook and Twitter links hacked, claims Syrian hackers

According to reports, US president Barack Obama’s Facebook and Twitter accounts have been hacked by a group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army.

The group claimed on Tuesday that their hackers had taken control of US president Barack Obama’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.

“Thanks to our operation, Twitter now blocks Obama’s dangerous propaganda links,” the Syrian group said in a Twitter message which was carried in a report by AFP.

The Syrian Electronic Army tweeted, “We accessed many Obama campaign emails (sic) accounts to assess his terrorism capabilities. They are quite high.”

The group, which backs Syria’s government and which has previously hacked accounts of The New York Times, Agence France-Presse and other media organizations, published screen shots which it said backed its claims.

Both accounts of US presidente Barack Obama appeared to be functioning normally some time after the claim. The White House officials have not commented in this regard.

The hack was likely accomplished by a phishing attack launched against members of Organizing for Action. A member of the SEA sent CNNMoney a screenshot of an organizer’s inbox confirming they had accessed her email. CNNMoney also received screenshots confirming their ability to re-direct links and access BarackObama.com.

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Sultan Kosen, world’s tallest man gets married in Turkey http://www.khaama.com/sultan-kosen-worlds-tallest-man-gets-married-in-turkey-3025 http://www.khaama.com/sultan-kosen-worlds-tallest-man-gets-married-in-turkey-3025#comments Tue, 29 Oct 2013 07:04:19 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29587 Sultan Kosen, world’s tallest man gets married in Turkey
Sultan Kosen, 30, the world’s tallest man has married – and his new bride, 21 year-old Merve Dibo barely reaches his waist, who measures 5 foot 9 inches. Sultan rose to fame in 2009 and holds the Guinness World Record for the biggest hands and feet, and was named the world’s tallest man by Guinness Read the full article...]]>
Sultan Kosen, world’s tallest man gets married in Turkey

Sultan Kosen, 30, the world’s tallest man has married – and his new bride, 21 year-old Merve Dibo barely reaches his waist, who measures 5 foot 9 inches.

Sultan rose to fame in 2009 and holds the Guinness World Record for the biggest hands and feet, and was named the world’s tallest man by Guinness World Records.

He had given up on his quest to find love, and he had hoped that his new found fame would change his life, and help him find a wife

Sultan reportedly met his wife through a mutual friend and tied the knot in his native Turkey on Sunday. The pair begun dating two months ago after Merve Dibo traveled from her home of Hasaki, in Syria, to the village of Sultan Dede köy in Turkey.

Over 1,500 guests including a representative from Guinness World Records had attended the wedding party of Sultan and Merve.

China’s Bao Xishun was the holder of the tallest person in the world with the height of 7 foot 9 inches.

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Clashes leave 14 Iranian guards dead on border with Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/clashes-leave-14-iranian-guards-dead-on-border-with-pakistan-3011 http://www.khaama.com/clashes-leave-14-iranian-guards-dead-on-border-with-pakistan-3011#comments Sat, 26 Oct 2013 06:52:57 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29521 Clashes leave 14 Iranian guards dead on border with Pakistan
At least 14 Iranian border guards were killed following clashes with the unknown gunmen near the frontier with Pakistan. Iranian officials quoted by IRNA news agency said that the clashes took place late Friday ngiht in a mountainous region outside Saravan, a town in southeast Iran on the border with Pakistan. The officials further added Read the full article...]]>
Clashes leave 14 Iranian guards dead on border with Pakistan

At least 14 Iranian border guards were killed following clashes with the unknown gunmen near the frontier with Pakistan.

Iranian officials quoted by IRNA news agency said that the clashes took place late Friday ngiht in a mountainous region outside Saravan, a town in southeast Iran on the border with Pakistan.

The officials further added that authorities have launched an investigation to find out whether the attackers were drug smugglers or armed opposition groups.

Officials also added that the clashes left at least five other Iranian guards wounded. No group has so far claimed responsibility behind the attack.

Baluch armed groups are operating in the area, besides drug smugglers occasionally attack the Iranian border guards.

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14-year-old girl gang-raped, burned alive in India http://www.khaama.com/14-year-old-girl-gang-raped-burned-alive-in-india-3006 http://www.khaama.com/14-year-old-girl-gang-raped-burned-alive-in-india-3006#comments Thu, 24 Oct 2013 08:09:15 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29479 14-year-old girl gang-raped, burned alive in India
According to reports, a 14-year-old girl died after she was allegedly gang-raped and then set on fire in India on Wednesday. The incident reportedly took place in Sirsa Kalaar district of the northern city of Orai on Tuesday, and at least three village youths were involved in the gang rape and murder of the minor Read the full article...]]>
14-year-old girl gang-raped, burned alive in India

According to reports, a 14-year-old girl died after she was allegedly gang-raped and then set on fire in India on Wednesday.

The incident reportedly took place in Sirsa Kalaar district of the northern city of Orai on Tuesday, and at least three village youths were involved in the gang rape and murder of the minor girl.

The minor girl was returning home after visiting a farm with her elder sister when she was attacked on Tuesday night by the three men.

The girl was reportedly murdered after she threatened the rapists that she would inform the villagers at which point they set her on fire.

She sustained burns to 80 percent of her body and died in the hospital Wednesday, according to Indo-Asian News Service (IANS).

Police said raids were under way to catch one of the men, identified as Ram Bahadur, and the two others suspected in the rape.

This comes as a 23-year-old woman was brutally gang raped in New Delhi and thrown from a moving bus last year, later dying from her injuries.

Similar cases are emerging around India and drawing attention to the issue of safety for women and girls there.

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US drone strikes secretly endorsed by Pakistan: Report http://www.khaama.com/us-drone-strikes-secretly-endorsed-by-pakistan-report-3004 http://www.khaama.com/us-drone-strikes-secretly-endorsed-by-pakistan-report-3004#comments Thu, 24 Oct 2013 06:09:55 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29472 US drone strikes secretly endorsed by Pakistan: Report
Pakistan secretly endorsed CIA’s covert drone attack in it’s tribal regions for years despite repeated denouncement of the campaign. The Washington Post in it’s latest report has revealed that CIA and Pakistani documents indicate CIA used Pakistani airstrips in the early years of the campaign. In the meantime another media agency, National Journal has reported Read the full article...]]>
US drone strikes secretly endorsed by Pakistan: Report

Pakistan secretly endorsed CIA’s covert drone attack in it’s tribal regions for years despite repeated denouncement of the campaign.

The Washington Post in it’s latest report has revealed that CIA and Pakistani documents indicate CIA used Pakistani airstrips in the early years of the campaign.

In the meantime another media agency, National Journal has reported that Pakistani authorities have approved many of the drone strikes, based on a secret agreement which is in place since the administrations of George W. Bush and Pervez Musharraf.

Former Pakistani ambassador to Washington, Hussain Haqqani quoted by National Journal said, Pakistani intelligence made a practice of “protesting against the drones publicly while privately negotiating over whom the drones would target.”

This comes as Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his meeting with the US president Brack Obama on Wednesday urged the US should drone strikes in Pakistan.

Sharif told reporters after meeting with Obama in the Oval Office, “I brought up the issue of drones in our meeting, emphasizing the need for an end to such strikes.”

Obama welcomed Sharif to the White House after releasing $1.6 billion in aid — mostly for the military — that had been blocked amid high tensions over the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

“I’m confident that, working together, we can achieve a goal that is good for Afghanistan, but also helps to protect Pakistan over the long term,” Obama told reporters at the Oval Office without discussing on Nawaz Sharif’s call to end drone strikes.

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Five arrested in Pakistan over marriage of 6-yeard-old girl http://www.khaama.com/five-arrested-in-pakistan-over-marriage-of-6-yeard-old-girl-3002 http://www.khaama.com/five-arrested-in-pakistan-over-marriage-of-6-yeard-old-girl-3002#comments Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:12:49 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29462 Five arrested in Pakistan over marriage of 6-yeard-old girl
According to reports, at least five people have been arrested by police in Pakistan over alleged marriage of a 6-year-old girl. The men including the bridegroom, his father, the cleric who conducted the ceremony and two witnesses were reportedly arrested in northwestern Swat district on Tuesday. A police officer in Swat district, Daud Khan quoted Read the full article...]]>
Five arrested in Pakistan over marriage of 6-yeard-old girl

According to reports, at least five people have been arrested by police in Pakistan over alleged marriage of a 6-year-old girl.

The men including the bridegroom, his father, the cleric who conducted the ceremony and two witnesses were reportedly arrested in northwestern Swat district on Tuesday.

A police officer in Swat district, Daud Khan quoted by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) said that two families in the remote village of Bazkhela were involved in marrying the girl to a 16-year-old boy.

Khan further added the men including the bridgegroom were arrested following a riad by police forces in the village.

He said the father of the girl managed to flee the area and police forces have launched an operation to arrest him. According to the police officer, the 6-year-old girl has been handed over to the elders in Bazkhela village.

At least 29 cases of forced marriages, one case of early marriage and murder, one case of abduction and forced marriage have been recorded during the past six months in Pakistan.

Pakistani law requires a bride to be at least 16 years old, but child marriages are still common in the rural areas.

Besides the forced and early marriages, there were 599 registered cases of torture against children, while 217 cases of child abuse were reported from children’s own homes, according to a report.

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The Quest for Peace http://www.khaama.com/the-quest-for-peace-6785 http://www.khaama.com/the-quest-for-peace-6785#comments Tue, 22 Oct 2013 09:41:30 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29418 The Quest for Peace
This time his fingers were coloured red. Hassan was a shoe-shiner a day before the recent twin-blasts incident in Parachinar, Kurram Agency. That day, when I saw him, his fingers were coloured black. My first meeting with Hassan was an upbeat experience. Five years ago, he was in the third grade of a local primary Read the full article...]]>
The Quest for Peace

This time his fingers were coloured red.

Hassan was a shoe-shiner a day before the recent twin-blasts incident in Parachinar, Kurram Agency. That day, when I saw him, his fingers were coloured black.

My first meeting with Hassan was an upbeat experience. Five years ago, he was in the third grade of a local primary school when I visited there. I asked the class about Islam, Science, Mathematics and Pakistan- One hand always raised with extreme passion and enthusiasm. A little hand with a circle of henna in the palm and the little fingers coloured with blue n black ink. It was him. Seems like colours loved to stick with his fingers.

His aspiration was to be a scientist and I was confident he would pursue his dream till the end. For me, he was the Santiago of Paulo Coelho.

A year after I saw him for the first, his father was slain while coming home from Peshawar, in the sectarian killings. Just after that he had started working to support his family.

And that evening, on 26th of July, I could see my Santiago surrendering his dream, bumped off in one of the twin blasts.

Around 50,000 people have been killed during this tormented epoch of terrorism of which the sectarian killings have a momentous portion. It is only the proletariat and not the bourgeoisie who suffered in all aspects. I cannot forget the statement of Ayaz, a guy from the labouring class “Are your economists insane by not including peace among the basic needs of life?” Seems like he was right. The updated version of Basic Human Needs is essential after 9/11 in which peace should come next to the food. The old version of only 3 items seems to be obsolete now. Research suggests that the only basic need before human civilization was food. Even in 21st century anyone can see people without shelter in metropolis, they cheer up when they join their “complete” family on footpath.

Global peace is essential for human survival but for my Pakistan it is going to be a war of existence. Even the gunpowder has become a major player in environmental pollution barometer. Our industrial hub Karachi was declared “The Most Dangerous City in the World” a couple of days before, which means a big expected capital outflow, increasing unemployment and further poverty-created crimes. People have started defining things in a different but interesting way. For example they define peace as “The momentary experience between two fatal incidents is called peace.”

But we are heading nowhere towards the hope. Even an optimist like me is compelled to think that this quest for peace is going to eliminate even more like Hassan.

The author is the CEO of Abbas Enterprises Lahore, Pakistan.

He can be reached at: qabbasq@gmail.com

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Pakistan to receive $1.6bn in military and economic aid from US http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-to-receive-1-6bn-in-military-and-economic-aid-from-us-2488 http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-to-receive-1-6bn-in-military-and-economic-aid-from-us-2488#comments Sat, 19 Oct 2013 17:29:18 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29356 Pakistan to receive $1.6bn in military and economic aid from US
Pakistan is expecting to receive more than $1.6 billion in military and economic aid from United States of America earlier next year. According to the US officials and congressional aides, the decision was taken after relations between the two nations improved enough, which disintegrated over the covert US raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Read the full article...]]>
Pakistan to receive $1.6bn in military and economic aid from US

Pakistan is expecting to receive more than $1.6 billion in military and economic aid from United States of America earlier next year.

According to the US officials and congressional aides, the decision was taken after relations between the two nations improved enough, which disintegrated over the covert US raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan and airstrike that killed Pakistani soldiers.

United States is quietly taking the decision as US and Pakistani officials announced the restart of their strategic dialogue amid Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif visit to Washington for talks this coming week.

US officials and congressional aides have said that most of the money have been cleared by Congress, and the flow of money should start earlier next year.

The US Department of State has stressed on the importance for enhancing Pakistan’s anti-terrorism capabilities through better communications, night vision capabilities, maritime security and precision striking with F16 fighter jets.

The department told Congress on July 25 that it would spend $295 million to help Pakistan’s military. Twelve days later it announced $386 million more, the Associated Press reported.

A pair of notifications, arriving on Aug. 13 and worth $705 million, centered on helping Pakistani troops and air forces operating in the militant hotbeds of western Pakistan, and other counterinsurgency efforts.

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Nearly 400 civilians killed in US drone strikes in Pakistan: UN http://www.khaama.com/nearly-400-civilians-killed-in-us-drone-strikes-in-pakistan-un-2485 http://www.khaama.com/nearly-400-civilians-killed-in-us-drone-strikes-in-pakistan-un-2485#comments Fri, 18 Oct 2013 12:27:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29331 Nearly 400 civilians killed in US drone strikes in Pakistan: UN
The latest findings by United Nations has revealed at least 400 civilians have been killed in US drone strikes in Pakistan. According to Ben Emmerson, UN special rapporteur, the latest report does not include details of overall US drone strikes as gathering direct data on individual drone strikes had taken longer than expected. The investigation Read the full article...]]>
Nearly 400 civilians killed in US drone strikes in Pakistan: UN

The latest findings by United Nations has revealed at least 400 civilians have been killed in US drone strikes in Pakistan.

According to Ben Emmerson, UN special rapporteur, the latest report does not include details of overall US drone strikes as gathering direct data on individual drone strikes had taken longer than expected.

The investigation was launched ealier in January this year, and the investigation was expected to complete by autom. However, Ben Emmerson said that his report would not be complete until next year.

Pakistan government sources quoted in the report have said that nearly 400 civilians have been killed in US drone strikes, which makes almost 18 percent of drone strikes casualties during the past one decade.

According to the Pakistani officials, at least 2200 people have been killed during the past one decade in US drone strikes. “Officials indicated that, owing to underreporting and obstacles to effective investigation, those figures were likely to be an underestimate,” Ben Emmerson quoted by Telegraph said.

United Nations has also revealed that 31 civilians have been killed in drone strikes in the past 18 months in Afghanistan, while 12-18 civilians have been killed in Yemen.

The latest report on US drone strikes, offering a review of the legality of drone strikes and an analysis of the number of civilian casualties, will be e debated at the UN next week

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