Muslim World News

Muslim World News

Musharraf praises Aziz as government completes term


Islamabad : President Pervez Musharraf Thursday appreciated the efforts of Shaukat Aziz on the completion of his tenure as prime minister of Pakistan, saying the country's booming economy was a result of his contributions.

Pakistan's national assembly, the lower house of parliament, will stand dissolved from Thursday midnight after completion of its five-year term, bringing to an end the over three-year-old Aziz government.

Pakistan urged to repeal law on army trial of civilians


Islamabad : A leading international human rights group Thursday called upon Pakistan to repeal a recent decree issued by President Pervez Musharraf that empowers the army to try civilians.

"The military is Pakistan's principal human rights abuser and the use of torture by its intelligence agencies is widespread and well-documented," the New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement.

US forces kill 25 insurgents in Baghdad

By Xinhua

Baghdad : US forces have killed 25 suspected insurgents and detained 21 in operations north of Baghdad targeting a senior Al Qaeda leader, the US military said Thursday.

The operation took place late Tuesday and early Wednesday to the west of Tarmiyah area in north of the capital, a military statement said.

The troops called in aircraft to attack armed men observed acting with "hostile intent", killing an armed man and detaining two suspects, the statement said.

US, Turkey share intelligence on Kurd separatists

By RIA Novosti

Ankara : The US has started sharing intelligence on the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), spearheading an armed homeland movement, with Turkey.

"Real and timely intelligence sharing work has begun," Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said Wednesday.

During a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan when he visited Washington Nov 5, US President George W. Bush had pledged to share military intelligence with Ankara on Kurdish militants.

Suicide car bombing kills six in Iraq

By Xinhua

Baghdad : A suicide car bomb struck a police convoy in Iraq's northern oil city of Kirkuk Thursday, killing six people and wounding 22, the police said.

A suicide bomber rammed his explosives laden car into the convoy of Brigadier Khattab Omer while he was heading to his work, police chief Brigadier Burhan Wasif told Xinhua by telephone.

Omer was critically wounded and two of his bodyguards were killed by the blast, Wasif said.

The dead also included four civilians. A total of 21 people, including women and children, were wounded.

At least 33 militants killed: Pakistani army


Islamabad : The Pakistani military has claimed to have killed at least 33 militants as heavily-armed supporters of a pro-Taliban cleric gained control over a third town in the north-western valley of Swat.

"We apprehended four militants near the valley's Saido Sharif airport when their armed supporters came for their help but our forces repelled the attack, killing six of them," army spokesman Major General Waheed Arshad told the Dawn news channel Wednesday.

Harvard to honour sacked Pakistani chief justice


Islamabad : The prestigious Harvard Law School will accord sacked Pakistani chief justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry its highest honour -- the Medal of Freedom.

"As lawyers who value freedom and the rule of law, we at Harvard Law School want chief justice Chaudhry and all of the courageous lawyers in Pakistan to know that we stand with them in solidarity," Dawn quoted Dean Elena Kagan as saying in a report from Washington Thursday.

Bangladesh government backs anti-Zia splinter group


Dhaka : The rift in the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) appears complete with one faction taking over the outfit's central office under police protection, while the Election Commission justified the move and rejected protests from party chief and jailed former prime minister Khaleda Zia.

Analysts said this marked a split in the BNP, founded by former president Ziaur Rahman in the 1970s. Since he was killed in a military putsch in 1981, Khaleda had been its undisputed leader and had become the country's prime minister for two terms (1991-96 and 2001-06).

14,000 pilgrims to visit Nankana Sahib Nov 21


Islamabad : Some 14,000 Sikh pilgrims from Pakistan, India and other countries are likely to visit Nankana Sahib on Nov 21 to celebrate the 539th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion.

While 4,000 pilgrims are expected from India, 2,000 will come from Afghanistan, Dubai and Iran while the largest chunk of 8,000 will be from Pakistan.

Bangladesh prepares for cyclone, security forces on alert


Dhaka : Bangladesh alerted its security forces along the Bay of Bengal coast and warned fishermen not to venture out to the sea as cyclone Sidr closed in Thursday.

The meteorological office here said the cyclone was likely to cross the Khulna-Barisal coastline by noon Thursday, the New Age newspaper reported.

The sustained wind speed within 74 km of the storm centre is about 190 kmph, rising to 210 kmph in gusts and squalls, a special bulletin of the Storm Warning Centre here said.