[Pak Daily Times] The Taliban on Monday warned an upcoming elders' assembly against endorsing a deal allowing US troops to stay in Afghanistan after 2014, saying they would be punished as "traitors" if they did so. Around 2,500 tribal elders and civil leaders are expected to take part in an assembly known as a "loya jirga" this month, to decide whether to accept the draft Bilateral Security Agreement between Afghanistan and the US.
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A US federal court may provide an answer in a trial that opened in Washington DC this past week of a Somali official who helped win release of a hijacked Danish cargo ship and crew for $US1.7 million ($A1.80 million) ransom, but who played no part in seizing the vessel or holding it for 71 days.
US courts have convicted dozens of Somali pirates in recent years, part of a vast multinational effort that has helped curtail the rampant hijacking of oil tankers, freighters, sailboats and other ships off the Horn of Africa.
But the federal judge in the latest trial says the Justice Department went too far by charging Ali Mohamed Ali with piracy, which carries a mandatory life sentence.
The federal judge, of course, has never had his life disrupted by piracy, terrorists or renegades...
Defence lawyers say Somali tribal leaders sought Alis help because he spoke fluent English, a by-product of living 26 years in the United States. After the ransom was parachuted to the pirates, the cargo ship, the CEC Future, and its 13 mostly Russian crew members were released unharmed in January 2009.
In April 2011, Ali was acting director of the Education Ministry in Somaliland, a semi-autonomous region in northern Somalia, when US authorities lured him to American soil by inviting him to an education conference. He was arrested when his flight landed at Dulles International Airport outside Washington.
If he hadn't fallen for that they would have lured him by telling him that he'd won Super Bowl tickets. That works every time...
He then began 30 months in detention that US District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle, the trial judge, said raises serious due process concerns after a prosecutor told Ali during a pre-trial hearing, No one thinks youre a pirate.
In a later hearing, Huvelle scolded the prosecutors for pursuing the piracy charge, calling it government overreaching.
Which the government frequently does, but let's hear the evidence...
This gentleman doesnt merit mandatory life in prison, she said.
Legal experts say the prosecution is unusual because Ali acted as an intermediary and translator, not as an armed pirate.
None of this is to say that hes a perfectly lovely guy, but its a very, very odd and ambitious prosecution, said Tara Helfman, a law professor at Syracuse University who has followed the case.
Who also has never been terrorized...
These negotiators are used all the time, she added. Theyre called upon not only by ship owners but also by insurance companies to secure the release of hostages. Thats what makes this very strange.
Federal prosecutors argued in opening statements Monday that even though Ali didnt seize the CEC Future or carry a weapon, he was key to the pirates scheme to secure a ransom.
He was the most important gun on board, said Julieanne Himelstein, an assistant US attorney. Because that was the gun that got them the money.
Over the last five years, a coalition of more than 60 countries and organisations has increased naval patrols in the Indian Ocean, conducted airstrikes against pirate dens on land and jailed more than 1100 suspected hijackers. To crack down further, US authorities arent just chasing the pirates, who are mostly impoverished young fishermen. Officials increasingly target the transnational network of crime bosses, human traffickers, money launderers and others who bankroll the pirate trade and grab most of the profits.
Sorta like going after the mob's financiers, or the money men for the big drug cartels. You do it because it works.
This case shows our resolve to prosecute pirates and those who profit from crimes on the high seas, Ronald C Machen Jr, US attorney for the District of Columbia, said in announcing Alis arrest in 2011.
Those who negotiate and collect these ransoms are every bit as responsible for these crimes as the pirates who commandeer the ships.
Last year, a federal judge in Norfolk, Virginia, sentenced a Somali man, Mohammad Saaili Shibin, to 12 life sentences for negotiating ransoms for two hijacked ships, including a yacht owned by a Californian couple. The two couples aboard the yacht, all Americans, were killed by pirates in February 2011. Justice Department officials called Shibin the highest-ranking pirate ever brought to the United States.
Lawyers for Ali, a thin, bespectacled man in his early 50s who wore an argyle sweater to court, described him in far different terms. According to defence lawyer Matthew Peed, Ali came to the United States in 1981 as a 19-year-old student of management economics at the State University of New York at Old Westbury. He later settled in the Washington area and offered his Somali and Arabic language skills to Department of Homeland Security officials after the September 11 attacks in 2001, but returned to Somaliland in 2007 for family reasons, Peed said.
Ali was brought aboard the CEC Future as a negotiator
...by who? That would answer a fair number of questions right there. If the insurance company brought him in because he knew the lay of the land, that's one thing, but if he was suggested by the pirates or their bag-men, then he's an accessory.
three days after it was hijacked in November 2008. Prosecutors say he first demanded $7 million ransom for the crews release. He later agreed to $1.7 million but then secured an additional $75,000 for himself, Himelstein told jurors.
Alis lawyers say the extra money was for the hijackers bosses on land, not for him.
In addition to piracy, Ali is charged with aiding and abetting pirates, conspiracy to commit piracy and hostage-taking, all of which carry heavy prison sentences. His trial is expected to last several weeks.
So, yer "honor", you say bust the underlings, but not the one who runs the thing and schmoozes with the bankers? Put YOUR ass on a boat and leave you to the tender mercies of this fellow's compatriots. Might change your mind about enablers - and applying the RICO style laws we have in the books.
ADDIS ABABA, Nov 9 Ethiopian troops will join the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) as part of renewed efforts to combat terrorism in the Horn of Africa region.
The dreaded Æthiops are going to despoil the wimmins and cattle, you wait and see...
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has said Ethiopian troops will join Kenya and Ugandan troops that are part of AMISOM fighting Al Shabaab insurgents inside Somalia.
Speaking when he hosted Deputy President William Ruto at his office in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, the premier said his countrys security chiefs were already engaged in strategy talks with their Kenyan counterparts on the joint operation.
Desalegn said there was a renewed terror threat in Ethiopia and this called for a joint security operation to eliminate the threat. The threat is real and the war against terror should continue in all fronts, said Desalegn.
Deputy President Ruto said Kenya had borne the brunt of terrorism and welcomed Ethiopias decision to join AMISOM in order to fight terrorism. Recently, we had a terror attack that left several people dead and many others injured, and we welcome every effort to fight terror, he said citing the recent terror attack at the Westgate mall.
The Deputy President said as part of a campaign to eliminate the threat of terror, an estimated one million Somali refugees would be repatriated under an agreement to be signed in Nairobi on Sunday. The refugees in Kenya continue to pose a security threat to us in Kenya and we hope to throw them the hell out of our country eliminate that threat through repatriation, Ruto said.
Seems like Somali refugees are almost as unwelcome as Palestinian refugees. Wonder why?
The repatriation programme is being undertaken by the Kenya and Somalia government together with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR.
The two leaders also discussed border security that they said continued to undermine development along the Kenya/Ethiopia border. The two agreed that there was need to engage communities living along the border in other economic activities such as agriculture in order to minimize perennial border conflict.
Its against this background that the Ethiopia Prime Minister said his government was keen to partner with Kenya in creating an economic zone in Moyale under the Lamu Port and South Sudan Ethiopia Transport corridor project LAPSSET. The Ethiopian PM described the LAPSSET project as a land mark that could turn the economic fortunes of millions of people in the region. There is a lot for us in Ethiopia to gain from this project, he said.
Ruto said works on the project were underway with bids for supply of power to the project already invited.
On the ICC, the Deputy President said Kenya was grateful to the Ethiopian government and the Prime Minister in particular for its stand on the matter under the African Union. Ethiopia is spearheading a campaign to have the ICC cases against President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ruto deferred for at least one year. An African Union resolution on the deferment is pending at the United Nations Security Council.
We are not taking your support for granted. The people of Kenya are indeed very grateful, said Ruto.
The Ethiopia premier said the AU position on the ICC was not just about Kenya but Africa. He said Kenyan leaders should be allowed to discharge their responsibilities to the people who elected them without interference. We are telling the international community that Africa will no longer accept to be influenced by forces outside the continent, Desalegn said.
The Deputy President was accompanied MPs Vincent Musyoka of Mwala constituency, Moyales Roba Duba, Mathias Robi of Kuria West and Migori Governor Zacharia Okoth.
Police hunting a runaway terror suspect swooped on a mosque in West London and nabbed... a tabloid newspaper reporter.
The journalist had been distributing posters in the area around the mosque where Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed dodged the long arm of the law by donning a burka, offering a reward for the 27-year-old Somali-born Briton's arrest. A mob soon gathered and someone complained to Plod.
Uniformed officers arrived and took the reporter and his photographer to Acton police station on suspicion of "racially aggravated public disorder".
"You can't distribute those posters! Those are wanted men!"
The pair were quizzed under caution by detectives for four hours before being released.
Police say their investigation is "continuing" and charges could still follow. It seems to be open season on journos right now. They're so much easier to nick than fanatical al-Qaeda-trained jihadists, aren't they? For one thing, they don't cunningly disguise themselves in burkas.
I begin to imagine Chris Matthews in a burqa, then I throw up a little in my mouth...
This whole fiasco began when three terror suspects, including Mohamed, who were accused of tampering with their supposedly state-of-the-art monitoring tags, walked free from court after lawyers successfully argued their electronic tags were faulty. Mohamed was said to have damaged his tag accidentally while kneeling down to pray five times a day.
Accidentally while kneeling to pray and finagling it with a screwdriver. But mostly finagling it with a screwdriver...
After he was freed, Mohamed -- who has been linked to al-Shabaab, the terrorist gang behind the Kenyan shopping mall massacre -- walked in to the An-Noor Masjid Mosque and Community Centre in Acton. CCTV footage showed him wearing his everyday clothes.
When he left the building a few hours later, he was wrapped in an Islamic woman's burka.
The Met's Counter Terrorism Command, MI5 and the UK Border Agency have now joined forces to find him. But last night, Mohamed was still at large.
I'm not surprised. In the current climate, where the police tiptoe around, terrified of infringing anyone's human rights, it's a brave copper who suspects somebody lumbering down the street in a burka might actually be a man and asks her/him to take it off -- if you don't mind, madam/sir.
Who's to blame for this ludicrous state of affairs?
Home Secretary Theresa May ultimately carries the can. But the finger is being pointed at Deputy PM Nick Clegg's Lib Dems, forever sucking up to the civil liberties brigade, who persuaded the Coalition government to scrap Labour's controversial "control orders" which allowed fanatics -- including Mohamed, as it happens -- to be placed under virtual house arrest.
These have been superseded by the wishy-washy Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures, alias T-Pims -- which sound like some kind of trendy cocktails. Judging by what's happening now, they should be called out-of-control orders.
Not at all -- they nabbed the reporter, didn't they?
In an apparent attempt to bring North Korea's all-powerful military to heel, the country's immature young leader Fat Boy Kim Jong-un has reshuffled all the top brass over the last two years.
Hardline officers who were purged or replaced include the military Politburo chief, the Army chief, the director of the Reconnaissance General Bureau and the minister of the People's Armed Forces. In April last year, Pudgy Kim appointed Choe Ryong-hae, who has no military background, as Politburo chief and replaced the military, security and intelligence chiefs several times.
Several lower-ranking officers have also been demoted and then restored to their original posts, which resulted in weakening their control over troops.
Lee Soo-seok at the Institute for National Security Strategy said Suet Face Kim sees the military as a threat because it had grown too powerful as a result of his father's "songun" or military-first doctrine. He said Kim reshuffled officers to "weaken the power of the military and eliminate threats like a coup d'etat." Instead, he has been trying to strengthen the Workers Party.
The regime's two-track strategy of bolstering nuclear weapons and pursuing economic development also undermined the military's power.
Chung Sung-jang at the Sejong Institute said it seems Kim Jong-un wants to break with his father's "military first, economy second" policy because he believes that he cannot stay in power for long without some tangible achievements.
Fancy that, achievements in North Korea. Staying alive is a notable achievement there...
Kim's focus on the economy over the military can be traced in his public appearances. Out of 151 public appearances he made last year, about one-third involved the military, while only around 20 percent had to do with the economy. But until the end of October this year, one-third each of his 176 public appearances involved economic matters and the military.
Also, the military dominance of state businesses is weakening. One researcher at a state-run think tank here said Kim has transferred control of money-making businesses from the military to himself the party. He added that Kim is trying to emerge from his father's shadow and establish his own power base "by sacking the old guard to weaken the power of the military while strengthening the power of the party."
Italian police have arrested a Somali man suspected of organizing a migrant boat that capsized and killed hundreds of people off the island of Lampedusa last month.
An alleged accomplice has also been detained. Italian police said on Friday that the Somali man now being held at a facility in Sicily was suspected of having been one of the human traffickers, who organized the ship that capsized off the shores of the Italian island of Lampedusa on October 3, killing 366 people.
Most of the 155 survivors were Eritreans. Police identified the suspect as 34-year-old Mouhamud Elmi Muhidin, who they said had been spotted by survivors of the shipwreck in an overcrowded migrant center on Lampedusa where he had been living.
A Palestinian man, suspected of being a co-conspirator, was also arrested. The boat's Tunisian captain was arrested immediately after the accident and is facing charges of manslaughter.
Some of the survivors reportedly attacked both men after they were spotted and police said that had they not stepped in to arrest them, they could have been lynched.
Can't have that, can we...
Police said Muhidin was facing a series of charges, including kidnapping, sexual assault, people trafficking and criminal association with the goal of aiding illegal immigration.
"From what survivors of the October 3 shipwreck told us, we found out that all female passengers were raped by members of the criminal gang behind the migrant trade," the police chief in the Sicilian town of Agrigento, Corrado Empoli, told reporters. Italy has pledged to crack down on people smuggling rings believed to be responsible for a sharp upsurge in arrivals of asylum seekers on its shores.
More than 35,000 migrants have arrived on Italy's coast so far this year.
[Pak Daily Times] Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) Mohmand Agency ... Named for the Mohmand clan of the Sarban Pahstuns, a truculent, quarrelsome lot. In Pakistain, the Mohmands infest their eponymous Agency, metastasizing as far as the plains of Peshawar, Charsadda, and Mardan. Mohmands are also scattered throughout Pakistan in urban areas including Karachi, Lahore, and Quetta. In Afghanistan they are mainly found in Nangarhar and Kunar... leader Umer Khalid Kharasani has said that political parties and Pakistain Army have "always deceived the Taliban" and latest fiddle was in form of a drone attack which killed their chief Hakimullah Mehsud.
Talking to a group of news hounds at some holy man's guesthouse an undisclosed location on Monday, Kharasani held political parties and Pakistain Army responsible for the death of Hakimullah Mehsud and vowed to take Dire Revenge™ for the killing.
He said the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain spokesperson's statement regarding peace talks issue was his informal assertion, adding that the formal standpoint of TTP would be issued after meeting of its Majlis-e-Shura to be presided over by new TTP chief Maulvi Fazalullah.
To a question regarding contour of the TTP Shura, he said it consisted of 15 to 17 members from every tribal agency.
He also ruled out reports regarding rifts in the ranks of Taliban and said that they are united under the leadership of Maulvi Fazalullah.
He said the US and India are enemies of Taliban but the "Pak government has always followed the dictation of America and inflicted damages on TTP".
He alleged that Pak Army and government were not in favour of peace dialogue and ending military operation as they are afraid of termination of foreign aid as a reaction to their action.
Some of the political parties, including Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf ...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations.... (PTI), Jamaat-e-Islami ...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores... (JI) and Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam ...the political wing of the Pak Taliban... -Fazl (JUI-F), are in favour of restoration of peace through talks but government was using various tactics aimed at not letting their efforts to be fruitful, Kharasani added.
The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain leader also rejected the notion that dialogues were impossible with the Taliban under the leadership of Fazalullah and said that all decisions of the outfit were taken in consensus with the Majlis-e-Shura and not by chief solely.
He said that gorilla action of Taliban was underway in Mohmand Agency, Swat, Bajaur and other tribal agencies.
To a question regarding creating hurdles in the way of development and destroying educational institutions, he said that Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain was neither against development nor resisting promotion of education but was only against the NGOs working executing these projects on foreign aids.
According to Kharasani, the current education system is "anti-Islamic" and if reforms are introduced, the Taliban would not oppose them.
Regarding attacks on workers of polio ...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set... vaccination teams, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain leader said that they are following the foreign agenda and if all the holy mans jointly declare polio vaccination permissible then Taliban would stop the attacks.
He also rejected the reports published in the foreign media about losses caused by drone attacks and said that mostly innocent people become victim of such strikes.
[Pak Daily Times] Jamaat-e-Islami ...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores... (JI), Information Secretary of Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... chapter, Zahid Askari said that JI leadership has explanted its statement and despite clarification, passing the resolution in provincial assembly is groundless and an injustice. While talking to Daily Times, he said that JI always gave respect to Shuhdah (deaders) of Pakistain armed forces. "JI always pays tribute to the families of deaders," he said. Statement of ISPR is also out of context as Army must not meddle in political matters, he said. Calling out opportunists, Askari said the party (MQM) that has tortured Pak flag and was found guilty of killing armed forces personnel was taking advantage of the situation.
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[Pak Daily Times] Leaders of different political parties on Monday expressed their reservations on JI chief Syed Munawar Hassan ... The funny-looking leader-for-life of the Pak Jamaat-e-Islami. He joined the National Students Federation (NSF), a lefty student body, and was elected its President in 1959. He came into contact with the Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) Pakistan and studied the writings of Mawlana Syed Abul Ala Maududi, The Great Apostasizer. As a result, he joined IJT in 1960 and soon he was elected as President of its University of Karachi Unit and member of the Central Executive Council. He was Assistant Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistain in 1992-93, and became Secretary General in 1993. After years of holding Qazi's camel he was named Amir when the old man stepped down in 2009... for issuing a controversial statement against the martyred of armed forces and those who had laid down their lives in the war against terrorism. In his message on social website Twitter, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto said Hassan's statement was not a political one. He insulted our soldiers and praised the enemy. Army had every right to issue that statement, he tweeted. A day earlier, Bilawal had urged the Supreme Court (SC) to take suo moto notice on the statement The Awami National Party (ANP) asked the JI chief to review the controversial statement against the martyred of security forces. Talking to news hounds outside the Parliament House, ANP leaders Zahid Khan and Afarasiab Khattak said their party had moved an adjournment motion against the JI in the Senate. They regretted that that Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam ...the political wing of the Pak Taliban... -Fazl (JUI-F) and Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) had not yet responded to the statement of JI chief. Opposition leader in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah also criticised the JI Chief Manwar Hassan for issuing a controversial statement against the martyred of armed forces. "The statement of JI Chief has anguished the sentiments of the families of martyred, who have sacrificed their lives to safeguard frontiers of the motherland," he told news hounds outside Parliament House. Shah said Munwar Hassan had declared Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) chief Hakeemullah Mehsood martyred while in past he had even said that he did not know him. Meanwhile, ...back at the barn, a little lightbulb figuratively appeared over Bossy's head... Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) announced to stage nationwide protest against Munawar Hassan on coming Friday. Media reports said the SIC said in its statement that Munawar committed an act of treason, calling Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud a martyr. Majlis Wahdat-e-Musselmeneen (MWM) said that dead gunnies could not be declared as deaders, JI chief should tender apology for controversial statements. Addressing a presser on Monday, MWM chief Allama Nasir Abbas Jafri said it is wrong to express sympathies for terrorists. Separately, a local Jirga in Swat ...a valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistain, located 99 mi from Islamabad. It is inhabited mostly by Pashto speakers. The place has gone steadily downhill since the days when Babe Ruth was the Sultan of Swat... called for apology from Munawar Hasan for declaring gunnies as martyrs. The jirga, which was held in Naik Pekhel area of Swat on Monday, asked Hasan to backtrack from his controversial statement.
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[Pak Daily Times] The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) has transported 'blue bombs' in different cities of Punjab to conduct terrorist activities, according to a report intelligence agencies have sent to the federal government.
The TTP plans to wage a new wave of terrorist activities to take Dire Revenge™ for the killing of its chief Hakimullah Mehsud.
The days chosen for the terrorist activities are 9th and 10th of Muharram. The report, which narrates in detail the 'sabotage plan' of the TTP, has also been shared with the Punjab government.
It says that a group of five snuffies has transported more than dozen small-sized blue cylinders of kaboom to target different cities of Punjab, particularly Lahore on or before the 10th of Muharram.
Intelligence agencies told the Interior Ministry in their report that a group of TTP snuffies had left Miranshah ... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas... and Mir Ali area of North Wazoo Agency on November 7 -- in the guise of pilgrims of Tablighi Ijtima in Raiwind.
The TTP plans to target Islamabad and Rawalpindi after Lahore, the report said.
[Pak Daily Times] Undeterred by the ire of Pakistain Army and refusing to apologise, the Jamaat-e-Islami ...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores... (JI) has said that its ameer, Syed Munawar Hassan ... The funny-looking leader-for-life of the Pak Jamaat-e-Islami. He joined the National Students Federation (NSF), a lefty student body, and was elected its President in 1959. He came into contact with the Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) Pakistan and studied the writings of Mawlana Syed Abul Ala Maududi, The Great Apostasizer. As a result, he joined IJT in 1960 and soon he was elected as President of its University of Karachi Unit and member of the Central Executive Council. He was Assistant Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistain in 1992-93, and became Secretary General in 1993. After years of holding Qazi's camel he was named Amir when the old man stepped down in 2009... 's statement regarding the Pakistain Army is correct and according to sharia.
Munawar Hassan's recent controversial announcement to give certificate of martyrdom to Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud and derision of military personnel who have rendered sacrifices in the war against terrorists, drew strong ire of the army which asked the JI chief to tender an unconditional apology. Jamaat-e-Islami General Secretary Liaquat Baloch on Monday said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) had issued a political blurb, which was unbecoming of a military force.
Responding to the ISPR blurb over Munawar Hassan's remarks, Baloch said the army did not have the right to interfere in political affairs. He spoke with news hounds following the meeting of the JI Majlis-e-Shura, which was also attended by Munawar Hassan. Baloch said the ISPR had issued a political blurb to achieve a specific purpose. "The issue at hand is the closure of NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions... supplies and drone attacks."
The JI leader said his party was willing to offer any kind of sacrifice for the country. He said it has always rendered sacrifices to safeguard the ideological as well as geographical boundaries of the country and has always acknowledged Pakistain Army's sacrifices. Baloch said "we condemn Upper Dir and Salala incidents, but army has no right to question any political party directly". According to the JI leader, attention was being diverted to personal debates with a specific purpose.
Earlier on Monday, the JI chief said he stood by his statement in which he termed Mehsud a "martyr", as his party's Majlis-e-Shura (Advisory Council) met to discuss the issues of local bodies' elections, drone attacks and the controversy caused by the Mehsud remark. During the Majlis-e-Shura meeting, Baloch said the country would have to get out of the drone war in order to establish sustainable peace. He said that the JI chief did not attack the reputation of the army, therefore no questions should be aimed at his statements.
He further said that martyrdom was a dignified rank which could only be conferred by "none other than Allah". Baloch refused to answer questions put forward by media and wrapped up the presser by saying "the struggle will continue". The JI has decided to write to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf... about the issue. Media reports said that the correspondence would ask Nawaz to ensure immediate ceasefire and dialogue with Taliban, while the party has also decided to condemn the ISPR statement against its chief.
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[Pak Daily Times] India is prepared to give Pakistain"the benefit of the doubt" as the two countries strive for peace, Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid has said. India regularly accuses Pakistain's army of providing covering fire for armed rebels who cross the border and then mount attacks, and in an interview with The Australian newspaper published Monday, Khurshid admitted the relationship was fraught. "We talk to Pakistain periodically and in terms of personal gestures we receive great warmth," he said. "But the on-the-ground reality and the results of our meetings are very disappointing." However, a woman is only as old as she admits... with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf... last month vowing to go the "extra mile" to make peace with India, Khurshid said Delhi would take him at his word.
"Pakistain has a lot of very, very difficult issues to deal with at home," he was quoted as saying. "Our view is that we should give them time, not at our cost, of course, but that we should give them the benefit of the doubt. "When Mr Nawaz Sharif says he wants peace and good relations with India, we take him at his word." But with recent shootings at the border among the heaviest since a ceasefire agreement in 2003, Khurshid pointed out that Pakistain has not yet followed through on its promise of top-level military meetings to sort out better arrangements in Kashmire. "If they can address the dismantling of the infrastructure of terrorism, that would be a good start," he told the newspaper.
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perhaps you should make them earn it?
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[Pak Daily Times] The government told the National Assembly on Monday that the dialogue process with the Pak Taliban cannot move forward if drones attacks continued unabatedly.
Speaking on the floor of the House, Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan stated: "If drone attacks continue, the talk of dialogue would merely be an illusion." However, if you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning... he remained silent on the issue of blocking the NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis.... supplies if drone attacks continued. This has been a demand of Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf ...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations.... (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan ... aka Taliban Khan, who who convinced himself that playing cricket qualified him to lead a nuclear-armed nation with severe personality problems... , and he reiterated it in the House later when he took the floor.
Nisar said that the dialogue can also not be pursued if the government works for it vigorously and the other side, an apparent reference to Pakistain Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP), keeps on refusing to it. "This cannot happen if we devote ourselves to talks and the other side escapes from it," Nisar said. He claimed that there still are elements in the TTP that are in favour of talks with the government despite the fact that United States' killing of Hakimullah Mehsud has severely damaged the dialogue process.
The interior minister admitted that the atmosphere is not ripe for dialogue after the killing of Mehsud, but he added that the government would strive to move forward on this front. "Now we have to pick up the pieces," Nisar said, adding that the government would have to analyse how the next four to six weeks turn out to be. He said that for the sake of the country, the political and military leadership have to get on the same page.
The interior minister also touched upon the debate triggered by Jamaat-e-Islami ...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores... (JI) chief's statement regarding deaders and termed it damaging at this critical time. "Any kind of controversy related to the armed forces is worse than poison for Pakistain," he remarked. Showering praise on the armed forces for rendering sacrifices in the war against terrorism, Nisar said that the morale of the army should not be lowered by such controversies.
Criticising former military dictator Pervez Perv Musharraf ... former dictator of Pakistain, who was less dictatorial and corrupt than any Pak civilian government to date ... 's "misuse of the army", the minister said the armed forces are not an individual, but an institution, and in the case of talks with the Taliban, the military had exercised great restraint and created an environment conducive to talks, despite ongoing terrorist attacks. Taking the floor, Imran Khan invited all the political forces to join him to block NATO supplies on November 20 as a mark of protest against drone strikes, receiving only the support of Jamaat-e-Islami and Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed.
"We are not waging a war by blocking the NATO supplies but only exercising our right as a mark of protest against these strikes," Imran said. The PTI chief expressed disappointment over the public reaction on the drone strike that killed Hakimullah Mehsud, saying that he was hoping the entire nation, including the media and opposition, would be on the same page and that we would show a stern reaction to America. However, if you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning... he noted that this did not happen.
Imran blamed the United States for what he said was "droning" of Pakistain's grinding of the peace processor when a drone strike took out Mehsud hours before dialogue was to commence. "I felt dejected when people called me the supporter of snuffies when I termed the attack attempt to sabotage the (peace) process," he said. Imran underlined the need for Pakistain to present a united front so that drone strikes are discontinued. He opined that the attacks had only served to divide Paks.
Posted by: Fred ||
11/12/2013 00:00 ||
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[Pak Daily Times] Pakistain People's Party (PPP) leader Chaudhry Fawad Hussain has sent a legal notice to Jamaat-e-Islami ...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores... (JI) leader Syed Munnawar Hassan for calling the slain Taliban leader, Hakimullah Mehsud, a "martyr".
Advocate Chaudhry Faisal Hussain sent the notice to Munnawar Hassan on behalf of Fawad Hussain, demanding that the JI leader withdraw his statement and tender an unconditional apology to the nation especially from the families of those who have been killed in terrorist attacks.
Fawad also warned that if Munnawar Hassan did not tender an apology, he would take legal action against the JI leader.
"You completely discounted the bloodshed of innocent Pak citizens including women and minor children and issued the above referred loathsome, preposterous and illegal statements with aim to ridicule and scorn the sacrifices of our great deaders, who lost their priceless lives, to save the lives of millions of Pak citizens, living in the breadth and length of this country, in the monstrous and ruthless terrorist attacks carried out by the banned outfits including TTP and its allies," the legal notice read.
Fawad also believed that Munnawar Hassan's statement was part of the "vilification propaganda campaign aimed to harm, defame and denigrate the prodigious sacrifices of the soldiers of Pakistain and with criminal object to glorify the enemies of the state, who openly defy the constitution and laws of Pakistain".
He also said that such statements had established a ridiculous impression and caused suspicion, hatred and prejudice against the armed forces and civil armed forces of Pakistain.
"Your action is prejudicial to the fundamental principles enshrined in the Constitution of the Islamic Theocratic Republic of Pakistain. Being a common citizen as well as the Ameer/leader of a registered political party namely Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistain, you were under a prime duty to be loyal to the state of Pakistain and also to bare inviolable obligation to show obedience to the laws and the Constitution of Pakistain. Hence you have, in letter and spirit violated Article 5 of the Constitution of Pakistain 1973."
The notice further read, "You issued/rendered the above referred statements with a criminal intention to disrupt and frustrate the public order and to create law and order situation within Pakistain by causing hatred and dislike against and in the armed forces and civil armed forces of Pakistain."
Posted by: Fred ||
11/12/2013 00:00 ||
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[Pak Daily Times] Sri Lanka had hoped this week's Commonwealth summit would showcase its post-war revival but the event is turning into PR disaster with the leaders of Canada and India deciding to boycott over human rights ...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty... concerns.
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) opens in Colombo on Friday, hoping to tackle a range of economic, social and diplomatic issues affecting the 53-member bloc.
Prince Charles will represent the organization's ageing titular head, Queen Elizabeth II.
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse said he was looking forward to highlighting the island nation's "tremendous transformation" after "suffering for decades from a brutal war against terrorism" that ended in 2009.
But the war's bitter legacy has dominated the build-up, with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announcing Sunday he would skip the summit after coming under pressure from some of his ministers to send a signal about alleged abuses committed during the conflict.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper urged his peers in April to follow him in boycotting the meeting to protest Sri Lanka's refusal to probe its troops over allegations 40,000 mainly ethnic Tamil non-combatants were killed at the end of the separatist war.
British Prime Minister David Cameron ... has stated that he is certainly a big Thatcher fan, but I don't know whether that makes me a Thatcherite, which means he's not. Since he is not deeply ideological he lacks core principles and is easily led. He has been described as certainly not a Pitt, Elder or Younger, but he does wear a nice suit so maybe he's Beau Brummel ... has said he will take part, but has pledged to push for an international investigation into the allegations, while New Zealand leader John Key said on Monday his attendance did not imply support for the Sri Lankan government.
Cameron said he would put "serious questions" to Rajapakse, after watching a "chilling documentary" about the events of 2009 that shows footage of alleged war crimes.
Sri Lanka's alleged abuses will almost certainly not be formally discussed during the three-day event given the island's staunch denials of wrongdoing and even as it faces international censure for failing to investigate them.
"The Commonwealth is not a forum to pass judgement on each other's problems," Foreign Minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris told news hounds.
"All countries have problems. But those issues must be resolved by the governments of those countries in keeping with the aspirations of their people." He drew support from Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who on Monday reaffirmed his intention to attend, adding that he did not want Australia to "trash one of the very longstanding and important bodies that we are a senior member of".
[Pak Daily Times] Western powers will turn down a Syrian request for military transport equipment to ship out chemical weapons material, saying the armoured trucks and other gear could be used to fight the revolt, diplomats told Rooters. Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Terror of Aleppo ... 's administration presented what envoys from two Western governments called a "long shopping list" to fit out and protect road convoys from Damascus to the coast through the conflict zone. But, they said, the agency overseeing Syria's chemical disarmament would reject this on the grounds most items could aid Assad's army in the civil war. "There is no way that the regime will be supplied with equipment that could be used by the army to kill more innocent Syrians," said one diplomat, whose government could block any consensus in the executive of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) at The Hague. "It's not going to happen." Diplomats said Syria asked the OPCW on Oct. 21 for dozens of armoured vehicles, generators and field kitchens among gear it said it needed to move 1,300 tonnes of chemicals to the Mediterranean port of Latakia to fulfil a UN-backed deal to eliminate its capacity to engage in chemical warfare.
Posted by: Fred ||
11/12/2013 00:00 ||
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[Pak Daily Times] Syria's Western-backed opposition agreed on Monday to attend planned peace talks in Geneva but said Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Leveler of Latakia... could play no part in a transitional government aimed at ending the 2-1/2-year-old civil war.
The Syrian National Coalition also demanded the release of women and kiddies from Syrian jails and an easing of military sieges of rebel-held areas as a precondition for going to Geneva.
No date has yet been agreed for the peace talks, which have been repeatedly delayed by discord between Washington and Moscow and by the coalition's failure to define its stance until now. "The coalition agreed to take part in the conference on the basis of a transfer of power to a transitional ruling authority with full powers, including the presidency, military and security," it said in a statement after late-night talks.
There could be no role for Assad "or his aides whose hands are stained with Syrian blood" in Syria's future, it said.
The United States welcomed the coalition's decision to attend the talks and endorsed its conditions relating to prisoner releases and humanitarian access.
"We will continue to work closely with our international partners, including Russia, to urge the regime to take these steps and move towards convening the Geneva conference," a State Department front man said, without commenting on the coalition's rejection of any role for Assad in any interim government.
Posted by: Fred ||
11/12/2013 00:00 ||
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[Pak Daily Times] The United States remains ready to upset key allies Israel and Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face... by securing a swift nuclear deal with Iran despite the failure of talks in Geneva, US-based analysts say.
While Tehran remained under the greatest pressure to reach a speedy deal with the major powers, they said, Washington was anxious to take advantage of Iran's willingness to negotiate an accord and avert future conflict in the Middle East.
Three grueling days of discussions between Iran, the United States, China, Russia, Britannia, La Belle France and Germany ended early Sunday without agreement.
The parties had been hoping to broker an accord that would curb Tehran's nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief.
By searching for a deal in Geneva, the US was "maybe trying to go a little too far, too fast, but they were induced by the Iranian enthusiasm," according to Hussein Ibish, a senior fellow at the American Task Force on Paleostine.
"It is really the convergence of US and Iranian desires to avoid an even deeper confrontation over the nuclear file that makes an agreement possible at this stage," he added, citing the 10-year impasse concerning the nuclear program, which Western powers suspect of being geared towards producing an atomic bomb rather than peaceful civilian uses.
Alireza Nader, a senior international policy analyst at the RAND Corporation think-tank, questioned the suggestion that the United States was "rushing" to reach a deal at any cost with Iran, with whom it has had no diplomatic relations since 1980.
Posted by: Fred ||
11/12/2013 00:00 ||
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As Teacher used to say, "Class/Everyone, please give a warm welcome to Amerika's new BFF, + OWG Global Co-Superpower whom is also the World's future first Islamic Superpower".
PERSONALLY I BLAME MICHELLE'S BRIGADE, SEXY SLINKY SHORT SHORTS + GUJU BEADS, HUGO'S PARROT + MILWAUKEE BEER.
After the affordable care act became the abominable care act OBumbles really needs something to seal his 'legacy'. And he doesn't care who he sells down the river to do it.
He, like Chamberlin, believes he can 'achieve peace in his time.' with a piece of paper signed by people who believe deceit is honorable. And who have stated time and time again that their goal is to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.
He thinks he can seal his 'legacy' with a middle east peace but will most likely seal it with a middle east nuclear war.
Poor fool is going to get a few million people killed. But then what's a few million deaths to Obama's 'legacy'?
As per WORLD MILITARY FORUM + DEBKAFILE, Israeli PM Benji Netanyahu repor believes that the US = Bammer Admin has misled or deceived Israel "every step of the way" as per common US-Israeli anti-NucProg agenda + proposed Nuke Talks.
* TOPIX, WORLD NEWS > ROUHANI SAYS "RED LINES" CANNOT BE CROSSED, i.e. Iran can never give up its nuclear rights to enrichment.
Looks like "20%" Enrichment is back as Iran's minimally acceptable condition for talks???
* SAME > SYRIA-BASED GROUPS SAY TALKS MAY BE "LAST CHANCE" FOR PEACE.
* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > GENERAL AYOUB: SYRIAN ARMY [total = complete] VICTORY NEARING, CONSPIRACY IN LAST CHAPTER.
RELATED SAME > [Nation.PK] IRAN MP SUGGESTS "HOT PURSUIT" [Iranian Border Guard-killing Bad/Hard Boyz] INTO PAKISTAN, + also more, better border security + protocols.
Iran to "HOT PURSUE" AL-Qaeda, etal. from Syria + Iraq, etc. in lieu of the Bammer + USDOD???
US ready to risk Israel, Saudi wrath to seal Iran deal
You mean Obama's ready to screw Israel?
What surprise, NOT,
Posted by: Redneck Jim ||
11/12/2013 8:11 Comments ||
This is going to end well.
Geez, not only is he screwing Israel, he's screwing Saudi Arabia????
I don't think we'll have a friend left in the world after his term is up...and the French will (are) the foreign policy leaders of the western world.
It will take a faith healer to fix our international prestige and it will take years of butt kissing to fix all of the relationships he's screwed.
Posted by: Bill Clinton ||
11/12/2013 9:00 Comments ||
another irony (I couldn't think of a better word that wasn't obscene) is that essentially all foreign sources are taking JFKerry's statements about the negotiations as less credible than that of the Iran team who, notwithstanding that they represent a dictatorship, have, at least stuck to the facts without obviously contradicting themselves.
Posted by: lord garth ||
11/12/2013 11:05 Comments ||
Obamanible Care Act, if that sticks will be it.
And that's where I think the goal is to insure, maybe pun intended, against any international crises so that the admin can keep focus on a domestic agenda. The foreign policy is a disaster publically highlighted by the red chalk line of Syria. It looks like a huge policy defeat for the USA, paying danegold. After years of shuffling and whatevs suddenly there is a rush?
Looks like a war of words has erupted this AM between Iran + the USA = SecState Jaaawhn [NOT the Bammer] over whom is responsible for the walkout in Geneva.
Various Perts from the Muslim World + Asia are IMO essens blaming accusing SecState Jaaawhn of trying to be "Presidential" vee the Bammer for a possible POTUS run agz former SecState + 1990's + "Madame President" Hillary in 2016.
IT WOULD APPEAR THE DEMS OR DEMOLEFT AREN'T WORRIED ABOUT THE GOP COME 2016???
* TOPIX > [Atlas Shrugs] DESPITE OBAMA'S CRUSHING CAPITULATION, IRAN BACKS OUT OF NUCLEAR DEAL.
* SAME > FRANCE STEPS IN, HALTS NUCLEAR DEAL, CALLS OBAMA A "SUCKER".
* ION HAARETZ > US DEMANDS EXPLANATION FROM ISRAEL, PALESTINIANS THREATEN TO CALL OFF PEACE TALKS.
* Also from HAARETZ > US BREAKS WID ISRAEL - DOES NOT RECOGNIZE THE LEGITIMACY OF [Israel's poposed plans for 20,000 new WB] SETTLEMENTS | US DEMANDS ISRAEL EXPLAIN PLANS FOR 20,000 NEW WEST BANK HOMES.
FYI PM Netanyahu hs repor put off plans for the neW homes for the time being.
* FRANCE 24 > [AFP] [Tougher] NEW IRAN SANCTIONS
WOULD RISK [putting US on March to ...] WAR, WHITE HOUSE WARNS.
SecState Jaaawhn to formally notify Iran of such.
* RELATED TOPIX > [ThinkProgress] WHITE HOUSE ON IRAN DIPLOMACY:"THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DO NOT WANT A MARCH TO WAR".
Ditto as per CHINA-VS-JAPAN,PHIL/ASEAN, INDIA???
* SAME > [Examiner] IRAN TO US: "SLIGHTEST MISTAKE COULD SET OFF IRAN'S NUKES", agz the USA.
IMO Artic likely refers to Iran-ordered Proxy/Surrogate Nuke-WMD Terror agz CONUS + overseas US = US-Allied targets, but thats why Allan invented NORTH KOREA, isn't it???
* TOPIX > [Jawa Report] WHEN SYRIA ENDS, EUROPE IS GOING TO GET BLOODY.
* INDIAN DEFENCE FORUM > [Voice oF Russia] OBAMA EXTENDS STATE OF EMERGENCY AGZ IRAN FOR ANOTHER YEAR.
IMO read, SUMMER, FALL? 2014.
Sub-read, BAMMER RECOGNIZES UTILITY OF POTENS US-SUPPORTED, NEW ASSAD, IRAN-LED? WAR AGZ AL-QAEDA, ETAL FOREIGN MILITANT GROUPS???
GOOD FOR ANTI-US OWG-NWO GLOBALISM + 2014, 2016 US ELECTION CAMPAIGNS.
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