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Ba'asyir calls on the Indonesian govt to take stern action against Ahmadiyah sect

By NNN-Antara

Bandung : Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Ba`asyir, who is also chairman of the Indonesian Mujahidin Council (MMI) called on the government to take a firm stance on the existence of the Ahmadiyah sect in the country.

"Ahmadiyah, either the Qadian or the Lahore version, is deviant because it recognizes Mirza Ghulam Ahmad as a prophet after the Prophet Muhammad," Ba`asyir said after attending a discussion organised by the Muslim Ulema Forum (FUUI) here on Monday.

Tribal warlord threatens Pakistan army

By Muhammad Najeeb, IANS

Islamabad : Tribal warlord Baitullah Mahsud has warned the Pakistani government that it faces retaliation from terrorists if it continues military action against people living in tribal areas.

In a message to different media organisations, Mahsud said many people were being forced to migrate from tribal areas as the army was killing innocent people.

Mahsud, who is believed to be behind former prime minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination, said that security forces have also arrested women in some tribal areas.

Israel resumes limited fuel supplies to Gaza

By RIA Novosti

Tel Aviv : Israel eased the blockade to the Gaza Strip on Tuesday allowing fuel and medicine to be bought into the Palestinian enclave, local media said.

The blockade of fuel and goods to Gaza began Friday, when Israel halted fuel supplies and shut all border crossings with the Palestinian enclave in response to ongoing insurgent rocket attacks from the territory, controlled by Islamist group Hamas.

Russia delivers next fuel shipment to Iran nuclear plant

By RIA Novosti

Tehran : Russia delivered on Tuesday the fifth fuel shipment to the Bushehr nuclear power plant it is building in southern Iran, the country's mass media said, citing Iranian nuclear officials.

Russia has so far supplied a total of 55 metric tons of low-enriched uranium to the plant, which has been the focus of international attention over fears Iran is developing nuclear weapons.

The remaining three shipments will be delivered under contract and according to a previously agreed timetable.

Israel moves to allow fuel into Gaza

By RIA Novosti

Tel Aviv : Israel has decided to ease its transport blockade on the Gaza Strip and allow fuel to enter the enclave for electricity generation, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

Israel halted fuel supplies and shut all border crossings with Gaza on Friday in response to ongoing insurgent rocket attacks from the territory, controlled by Islamist group Hamas.

Ministry spokesman Arye Meckel said the decision to relax the blockade had been approved by Defense Minister Ehud Barak and would be a one-off measure.

Presidential pardon for students in Bangladesh


Dhaka : Bangladesh President Iajuddin Ahmed has pardoned university students and teachers convicted for defying emergency regulations in the country.

Simultaneously, Chief Advisor Fakhruddin Ahmed said Monday that the government was ready for a dialogue with political parties.

He added that the elections, scheduled for this year-end, could be advanced if the Election Commission completed its preparations early.

Five soldiers killed in Pakistan

By Xinhua

Islamabad : At least five soldiers were killed early Tuesday when militants attacked their post in Pakistan's tribal area of South Waziristan bordering Afghanistan, the military said.

The militants launched a pre-dawn attack on a military post in a village in South Waziristan where a Taliban commander, Baitullah Mehsud, blamed for the assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, is said to be hiding.

"Security forces retaliated with fire causing heavy casualties on miscreants," the military said in a statement.

Pakistan faces constitutional challenge on detained judges


Islamabad : The Pakistani government faces a constitutional challenge on keeping deposed Supreme Court chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and other judges in detention beyond the Jan 31 deadline of 90 days.

Under the constitution, no individual can be kept in preventive detention for more than 90 days unless a judicial review board certifies that he or she is a threat to public safety.

Former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and other judges were removed after an emergency was imposed last November.

Italy to help establish human rights commission of Pakistan


Islamabad : The government of Italy will assist Pakistan in establishing the Human Rights Commission, which is in its nascent stages, to effectively address issues related to human rights.

The assurance was given by Italian ambassador Roberto Mazzotta who called on Caretaker Minister for Human Rights Ansar Burney here Monday.

The ambassador informed him that a human rights commission has already been working in Italy since long and Pakistan can benefit from its valuable experience.

Pakistan's nuclear assets are safe: Pres Musharraf


Brussels : President Pervez Musharraf has said that Pakistan’s ballistic missiles are highly secure and even the nuclear attack could not affect them.

“Nuclear weapons have been dispersed at various locations. Pakistan’s custodial control of the assets is highly protective and no common access is possible,” President Musharraf said while addressing a large gathering of Pakistani community in the jam-packed hall of a local hotel Sunday night.

President Musharraf ruled out any possibility of rigging in the upcoming general elections.