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  1. Taliban Murders Moderate Cleric

    Taliban Claim Responsibility for Slaying Cleric Saturday, June 13, 2009 Associated Press ISLAMABAD — Supporters of a popular moderate cleric mourned his assassination in one of several suicide bombings for which the Taliban claimed responsibility Saturday to retaliate for a Pakistani military offensive against extremists. But instead of sowing fear and dissension, the attacks appear to be contributing to a growing wave of anti-Taliban sentiment, particularly the bombing at a seminary Friday that killed Sarfraz Naeemi. The cleric had called the militants murderers, condemned suicide attacks as un-Islamic and backed the ongoing operations in the Swat Valley region. His death sparked a general strike that virtually shut down Karachi, the country's commerical center. About 200 activists of Jamat Ahle Sunnat, a moderate Muslim sect, staged a mock funeral procession for the Taliban, burning one in effigy as they chanted "Down with the Taliban; Taliban, the enemy of Islam; death for the killers of Sarfraz Naeemi." In Lahore, where the bombing killed Naeemi and six other people, thousands gathered under tight security for his funeral, surging forward to try to touch his casket as pall bearers carried it to a crypt where it was sealed and covered with rose petals. The protesters demanded death for the Taliban and their leader, Baitullah Mehsud. "We have no doubts that Taliban have killed our leader," said Mohammad Arif, 35, a former Naeemi student who now works as a prayer leader in a Masjid in a middle-class neighborhood. "Our demand to the government is that they should kill each and every Taliban. We demand that their chief Baitullah Mehsud should be arrested and hanged in public. This is the only option to save this country." The protest carried a distinct anti-American flavor, with some demonstrators carrying placards claiming the Taliban are U.S. agents aiming to disrupt Pakistan — a claim that Naeemi had made. President Asif Ali Zardari earlier addressed the nation and vowed to continue fighting the Taliban "until the end," calling it a battle for Pakistan's survival. Later, Parliament approved the budget for the new fiscal year, with a 16 percent increase in the military's allocation. "The war on terror has already cost us over $35 billion since 2001-02," said Hina Rabbani Khar, the junior finance minister. "We now face the prospect of incurring huge costs on account of counterinsurgency expenditures." The government also allocated $620 million to help almost 2.5 million people who Khar said have been displaced as a result of the insurgency. Helping the refugees is a critical issue to avoid anti-government anger. Taliban militants have unleashed a battery of suicide attacks since Pakistan launched the Swat offensive in the volatile northwest. The bombing that killed Naeemi happened within minutes of a similar attack at a Masjid used by troops in the northwestern city of Nowshera that killed at least four and wounded 100. Those took the count of suicide bombings to five in eight days, including a huge blast at the luxury Pearl Continental Hotel in nearby Peshawar that killed nine people, including U.N. workers. Taliban commander Saeed Hafiz claimed responsibility for the blasts at the seminary, hotel and in Nowshera on behalf of Tehrik-i-Taliban, the group headed by Mehsud, local media reported. Naeemi's son, Raghib, filed a criminal complaint Saturday accusing Mehsud of murder, conspiracy and terrorism, saying his father had received threats for his outspoken views. "Baitullah Mehsud is responsible for planning and motivating the attack that killed my father," police official Sohail Sukhera quoted the complaint as saying. In his address early Saturday, Zardari said Pakistan was "fighting a war with those who want to impose their agenda on this nation with force and power." "These people murdered thousands of innocent people. By spreading terror in Pakistan and by scaring people, they want to take over the institutions of Pakistan. They do everything in the name of Islam, but they do not have anything to do with Islam. They are terrorists." In Washington, U.S. defense officials said Friday that Pakistan was planning a new assault into the lawless tribal district of South Waziristan, where senior al-Qaida and Taliban leaders are believed to have strongholds. Pakistan has announced no such offensive but has shelled and dropped bombs on suspected militant strongholds in the region in recent days, saying it is responding to militant attacks. The U.S. officials said the initial phases of the offensive had already begun, but offered no timeframe. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the operation has not been announced. On Saturday, Pakistani jet fighters dropped bombs on suspected Taliban hide-outs in three villages in South Waziristan, killing at least 15 insurgents and wounding many others, two local intelligence officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. Military analysts say any fight in the Waziristan regions would be much tougher than the Swat operation because the Taliban are more entrenched and battle-hardened from fighting in Afghanistan. They also say Pakistan may want to deal with more than 2 million internal refugees from the Swat offensive before opening a new front.
  2. Clashes Erupt in Iran After Ahmadinejad Declared Winner of Presidential Election Saturday, June 13, 2009 AP TEHRAN, Iran — Supporters of the main election challenger to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad clashed with police and set up barricades of burning tires Saturday as authorities claimed the hard-line president was re-elected in a landslide. The rival candidate said the vote was tainted by widespread fraud and his followers responded with the most serious unrest in the capital in a decade. Several hundred demonstrators — many wearing the trademark green colors of pro-reform candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi's campaign — chanted "the government lied to the people" and gathered near the Interior Ministry as the final count from Friday's presidential election was announced. It gave 62.6 percent of the vote to Ahmadinejad and 33.75 to Mousavi — a former prime minister who has become the hero of a youth-driven movement seeking greater liberties and a gentler face for Iran abroad. Mousavi rejected the result as rigged and urged his supporters to resist a government of "lies and dictatorship." "I'm warning that I won't surrender to this manipulation," said a statement on Mousavi's Web site. "The outcome of what we've seen from the performance of officials ... is nothing but shaking the pillars of the Islamic Republic of Iran's sacred system and governance of lies and dictatorship," it added. Mousavi warned "people won't respect those who take power through fraud." The headline on one of his Web sites read: "I won't give in to this dangerous manipulation." Mousavi and key aides could not be reached by phone. The clashes in central Tehran were the more serious disturbances in the capital since student-led protests in 1999. They showed the potential for the showdown to spill over into further violence and challenges to the Islamic establishment. Mousavi appealed directly to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to intervene and stop what he said were violations of the law. Khamenei, who is not elected, holds ultimate political authority in Iran and controls all major policy decisions. Related Stories I hope the leader's foresight will bring this to a good end," Mousavi said. But Khamenei closed the door on any chance he could use his limitless powers to intervene in the election dispute. He urged the nation to unite behind Ahmadinejad in a message on state TV, calling the result a "divine assessment." The demonstrations began Saturday morning shortly before the government announced the final results. Protesters set fire to tires outside the Interior Ministry and anti-riot police fought back with clubs and smashed cars. Helmeted police on foot and others on buzzing motorcycles chased bands of protesters roaming the streets pumping their fists in the air. Officers beat protesters with swift blows from their truncheons and kicks with their boots. Some of the demonstrators grouped together to charge back at police, hurling stones. Plumes of dark smoke streaked over the city, as burning barricades of tires and garbage bins glowed orange in the streets. An Associated Press photographer saw a plainclothes security official beating a woman with his truncheon. Italian state TV RAI said one of its crews was caught in the clashes in front Mousavi's headquarters. Their Iranian interpreter was beaten with clubs by riot police and officers confiscated the cameraman's tapes, the station said. In another main street of Tehran, some 300 young people blocked the avenue by forming a human chain and chanted "Ahmadi, shame on you. Leave the government alone." There was no word on any casualties from the unrest. It was not clear how many Iranians were even aware of Mousavi's claims of fraud. Communications disruptions began in the later hours of voting Friday — suggesting an information clampdown. State television and radio only broadcast the Interior Ministry's vote count and not Mousavi's midnight news conference. Nationwide, the text messaging system remained down Saturday and several pro-Mousavi Web sites were blocked or difficult to access. Text messaging is frequently used by many Iranians — especially young Mousavi supporters — to spread election news. Mousavi's campaign headquarters urged people to show restraint. Interior Minister Sadeq Mahsouli, who supervised the elections and heads the nation's police forces, warned people not to join any "unauthorized gatherings." The powerful Revolutionary Guard cautioned Wednesday it would crush any "revolution" against the Islamic regime by Mousavi's "green movement." The Revolutionary Guard is directly under the control of the ruling clerics and has vast influence in every corner of the country through a network of volunteer militias. Even before the vote counting began, Mousavi declared himself "definitely the winner" based on "all indications from all over Iran." He accused the government of "manipulating the people's vote" to keep Ahmadinejad in power and suggested the reformist camp would stand up to challenge the results. "It is our duty to defend people's votes. There is no turning back," he said, alleging widespread irregularities. Mousavi's backers were stunned at the Interior Ministry's claim that Ahmadinejad won after widespread predictions of a close race — or even a slight edge for the reformist candidate. Turnout was a record 85 percent of the 46.2 million eligible voters. "Many Iranians went to the people because they wanted to bring change," said Mousavi supporter Nasser Amiri, a hospital clerk in Tehran. "Almost everybody I know voted for Mousavi but Ahmadinejad is being declared the winner. The government announcement is nothing but widespread fraud. It is very, very disappointing. I'll never ever again vote in Iran." At Tehran University — the site of the last major anti-regime unrest in Tehran in 1999 — the academic year was winding down and there was no sign of pro-Mousavi crowds. But university exams, scheduled to begin Saturday, were postponed until next month around the country. Ahmadinejad planned a public address later Saturday in Tehran. In the capital, several Ahmadinejad supporters cruised the streets waving Iranian flags out of car windows and shouting "Mousavi is dead!" The election outcome will not sharply alter Iran's main policies or sway major decisions, such as possible talks with Washington or nuclear policies. Those crucial issues rest with the ruling clerics headed by Khamenei. But the election focused on what the office can influence: boosting Iran's sinking economy, pressing for greater media and political freedoms, and being Iran's main envoy to the world. Iran does not allow international election monitors. During the 2005 election, when Ahmadinejad won the presidency, there were some allegations of vote rigging from losers, but the claims were never investigated.
  3. Help Me Tell The Bbc To Cancel Gay Muslims Publicity

    I agree with Josh (believe it or not). There ARE gay Muslims and they're not going to go away. In fact, I think you'll see more in the future when more 'Easterners' assimilate to 'Western' life and freedoms. The gays are there in Muslim nations but they're scared to 'come out' because of the ramifications, i.e. murder.
  4. Christian Man Raped, Murdered for Refusing to Convert to Islam, Family Says Saturday, June 13, 2009 By Nora Zimmett Associated Press A young Christian man was raped and brutally murdered in Pakistan for refusing to convert to Islam, and police are doing nothing about it, the victim's brother and minister told FOXNews(contact admin if its a beneficial link). Pakistani police reportedly found the body of Tariq "Litto" Mashi Ghauri — a 28-year-old university student in Sargodha, Pakistan — lying dead in a canal outside a rural village in Punjab Province on May 15. He had been raped and stabbed at least five times. "They have sexually abuse him, torture him with a knife on his testicle and genitals," Ghauri's brother, 24-year-old Salman Nabil Ghauri, said. "They have tortured him very badly, and after that they have stabbed five times with a knife and killed him." The family believes Litto Ghauri was murdered by the brothers of his Muslim girlfriend, Shazi Cheema, after they found him in a compromising sexual position with their sister. The Rev. Haroon Bhatti, a Christian clergyman in the village and a friend of the Ghauri family, said Cheema's three brothers came to Litto Ghauri's house on May 11 and gave him an ultimatum: Marry their sister and convert to Islam. Ghauri agreed to the marriage but refused to accept Islam, and the brothers kidnapped him at gunpoint and drove him to a remote farmhouse, where they tortured and murdered him, the minister said. "On that farmhouse — four days there — we all, Christians and family, were searching for him," the Rev. Bhatti said. "I was with him. I was searching for him." After police discovered the body, Ghauri's death was declared a homicide and the family filed paperwork with the Atta Shaheed police station in their small village, Adda 44SB. But Ghauri's brother said police still have not arrested the alleged killers and have refused to meet with his family. "They don't want to meet us, and the three of them who are murderers are outside," Salman Nabil Ghauri told FOXNews(contact admin if its a beneficial link). "They are free. Nothing is happening to them. No investigation is running." The Pakistani Embassy in Washington, D.C., told FOXNews(contact admin if its a beneficial link) that they knew nothing of the incident but were looking into it. But one embassy official questioned the truth of the report. "On the face of it, this appears to be exaggerated," said the Pakistani official who asked not to be named. "This does not happen over there." The official said that minorities are very well represented in the Pakistani Parliament, and if someone in fact were murdered for not converting to Islam, "it would have been reported hugely." The embassy official added, "if an incident of that nature happened over there, there would have to be an investigation." Yet human rights watchdog groups say that what happened to Litto Ghauri is not uncommon because Christians in Pakistan are looked upon as the dregs of society. Pakistan's population is 97 percent Muslim, and Christians are only a very small part of the remaining 3 percent. "What the Muslim society has done in Pakistan is just associate low caste with being Christian," said Jeremy Sewall, Advocacy Director of the International Christian Concern, which first reported the killing. "Many of these people, they clean human waste and that's their job, and that's what Christians are known for in Pakistan." The Rev. Bhatti says that radical Muslims frequently try to trap Christian men into converting to Islam by using a woman as bait — and Ghauri suspects the involvement of his dead brother's girlfriend in trying to entrap him. "It's common to offer things — money, women — to Christians to convert," Bhatti said. Pakistan is one of the most hostile countries in the world for minority religions. The country still has blasphemy laws on the books that forbid saying or writing anything against Islam or the Koran. Punishment can include death. "You basically have a situation where people can kind of act with impunity in the public," said Paula Schriefer, advocacy director at Freedom House, a human rights group. "They use these laws to sort of settle scores ... or, in situations like this, actually engage in kind of forced conversions." The U.S. State Department's 2008 International Religious Freedom Report on Pakistan says, "Government policies do not afford equal protection to members of majority and minority religious groups." The Ministry of Religious Affairs, which is supposed to protect religious freedom, has a verse from the Koran on its masthead, the report said: "Islam is the only religion acceptable to God." While the U.S. government has provided millions of dollars in public outreach programs to help teach religious tolerance in Pakistan, human rights watchers say it's not sufficient. "There's probably not enough that the U.S. government is doing to really talk about this issue because it's such an important issue in Pakistan because faith is so important to them," said Sewall. The small Christian community is hoping that Ghauri's death will bring attention to the plight of minority religious groups in Pakistan. "Several incidents of Christian persecution go unnoticed in Pakistan because they occur in the furthest parts of Pakistan," the Rev. Bhatti said. "This is Pakistan — predominantly Muslim. So they're the rulers. They rule us." For Christian families like the Ghauris, living in a remote village in Pakistan, options are few. Because of their poverty they can neither leave nor help secure their own safety. "We have very little family," said Salman Nabil Ghauri, whose mother died years ago and whose father worked as a day laborer until the killing. "My father was a daily worker. Now he is earning nothing. He is fully mad now. He cannot understand anything — he is still in the shock of death. "My elder son is dead, and I am only one person. Where can I run? I cannot start my studies or run after my case. What should I do?"
  5. American State Terrorism

    I would love for the U.S. to stop all foreign aid. It would give us a chance to see who our REAL friends are, and give other countries a chance to pick up the slack for a change.
  6. American State Terrorism

    " josh0335 Salaams peeps, ... the war industry along with the banks in the USA continue to benefit." Really ? Been watching the news lately ? Get a clue, kid.
  7. Two Questions For Muslims About 9/11

    It's good to hear you can think on your own, Auntie. I don't think you're the type of person I'm looking to play with on this forum. So with that, I'd like to bid you a good night and, while it's a bit early say, LETS GO FLYERS !!!!! [using large font size is not allowed]
  8. Two Questions For Muslims About 9/11

    What ever floats your boat. Are you one of those 'Loose Change', 'Protocol....' believers, Auntie ?
  9. Two Questions For Muslims About 9/11

    Well, I'm so proud of you. Keep up the good work.
  10. Two Questions For Muslims About 9/11

    Ouch !! Now that hurts !! Did you think of that all by yourself, Auntie ? :sl:
  11. Two Questions For Muslims About 9/11

    It cracks me up that there are STILL some 'Loose Change' heads out there. They're the same people that think 'The Protocol of the Elders of Zion' are real. That sophomoric drivel has been de-bunked ad nauseum. We won't get into all of that here. Suffice to say the world knows who did 9/11. It's the same people who did the WTC '93, the African embassies, Bali, the Cole........ :sl:
  12. Loosescrews Is...

    ...in the house !!! hi
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