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Roots of Islamic Terrorism: How Communists Helped Fundamentalists

1/8/2005 By Antero Leitzinger This article traces the roots of Islamic terrorism, with special focus on Afghanistan. Notes are added on practical and philosophical problems of world media in finding the right track. From systematic errors in revealing little details, to serious misconceptions about basic facts and principles, we can relatively easily learn how much of "common knowledge" rests actually on superficial research and popular myths. Instead of becoming critical and aware of the traps laid around the issue, both Islamists and Islamophobes fail to recognize how they are manipulated. Terrorism is real Terrorism is not as difficult a concept as some claim. It is a political ideology (-ism) on the use of terror, which is arbitrary, unrestricted and unspecified fear. This excludes traditional warfare against regular armies and poli

Press Release by Baloch unity on killing of Baloch Ittehad Tehreek leader

Here is the statement issued by by leader of Baloch Unity ,Dr.Jumma Khan Marri on killing of Baloch Ittehad Tehreek leader Mr.Anwar Baijaan { START } "We Baloch unity ( directly hold Paki govt responsible for the killing of Baloch people and in particular such famous leaders like, Anwar Baijaan this is not first time such incidents are taking place in Lyari town with Baloch people, it looks like well planed act by the ruling elite in Pakistan to destroy Baloch peoples within. They are repeating their such games without any strong opposition from Baloch people, there fore we request Baloch youth of Lyari and other organisations like BSO to unite their hands and protest strongly against this and many pervious political killings of Baloch political leaders on Baloch land. If we keep silence and exchange letters of condolences nothing will change, these so called Mafia are created by organisations like ISI and other interested parties in Lyari

Pakistani Soldier killed as tribal insurgents’ rocket gas complex

Pakistani Soldier killed as tribal insurgents’ rocket gas complex QUETTA. SUI- A soldier was killed and eight civilians were wounded in a rocket attack by tribesmen on a gas installation in southwest Pakistan overnight, officials said Saturday. Several rockets hit the facility at Sui, 320 kilometres southeast of Quetta, capital of Balochistan province which borders Afghanistan and Iran. Paramilitary forces guarding the key installation responded with rockets and mortars and the exchange of fire lasted for several hours, they said. "We have received reports that a paramilitary sepoy (soldier) was killed in the incident which happened late Friday," provincial home secretary Aftab Jamal said. Jamal said eight civilians including a girl were also injured in the attack, which briefly disrupted gas supply to southern Sindh province. The 5,215-kilometre Sui pipeline network is a major supplier of domestic gas and has often been attacked by local tribesmen demanding roy

Chief of Baloch Ittehad Tehreek, Anwar Baijaan was killed by drug mafia

Chief of Baloch Ittehad Tehreek, Anwar Baijaan killed by drug mafia By Aziz Sanghur Baloch leader and Chief of Baloch Ittehad Tehreek, Anwar Baijaan was killed by drug mafia late Friday as he was returning his home after attending a funeral near Mewa Shah in Lyari Town. More than five gunmen riding on two motorcycles shot and killed a prominent anti-drug campaigner. Recently, he has launched a campaign agaisnt the drug mafia in Lyari Town. Turf wars and armed clashes among two professional gangs and drug peddlers have claimed more than 150 lives for the last one year, making Lyari a dreaded, forsaken place. No other locality of Karachi is home to so many criminal elements, drug addicts as well as a plethora of civic and social problems as the city's oldest quarter. Baijaan was popular in Baloch areas of Karachi for his work running a campaign against drug traffickers. Drug abuse and trafficking have increased in Lyari Town. It is time the higher author

Curfew in Gilgit after sectarian unrest

Curfew in Pakistani town after sectarian unrest Pakistani authorities imposed a curfew in a remote northern town on Saturday after rioting erupted following an attack on a minority Shi’ite Muslim leader, officials said. Shi’ite leader Ziauddin Moosavi was travelling in his car to a mosque in the centre of Gilgit, a town 240 km (150 miles) north of the capital Islamabad, when unidentified gunmen opened fire at him, critically injuring him and his two guards. The attack enraged Shi’ite Muslims who went on rampage after the attack and set government buildings and cars on fire. A local official said the curfew had been imposed and army had been called out to quell violence. No one claimed responsibility for the attack but police suspected it was a sectarian incident.

Nuggets from the Urdu press : Pakistan

Police hunts actors in Multan According to Jang, Multan DCO ordered the Multan police to attack the theatres in the city to root out fahashi (obscenity). The police raided the theatres and arrested 37 actors and producers. The citizens had to run around saving their lives. When they demanded their money back the theatres were not able to pay, after which the crowds destroyed the theatres. Actresses Sitara and Neha Ali lost their luggage while one actress Hina Shaheen was able to flee Multan and come to Lahore. Multan fell after Gujranwala succumbed to moral policing earlier. Sexually abused by clerics Quoted in daily Pakistan, minister of state for religious affairs Dr Amir Liaquat Hussain stated that last year 2,000 cases of sexual abuse of children in schools were reported, many of them from the religious seminaries, but no action was taken. He said in 2004 only 500 cases were being investigated. He said it was time the nation woke up to the bitter truth of child abuse in the

3 Provocative CDs played in Ghatkopar blast trial

Discs contain footage of Babri demolition, Gujarat riots and jehad calls Express News Service Mumbai, January 6: THREE compact discs (CDs) seized from Aurangaba d-based IT firm, Pragma Soft were played on Thursday in the special cour t where the Ghatkopar blast trial was being heard. The blast in a bus just outside Ghatkopar station on December 2, 2002 killed two people and injured several others. The discs contained footage of the Babri demolition, the riots that followed and the Gujarat riots. It also contained provocative calls for a jehad against India. The raid on Pragma Soft-owned by accused Mujameel Zameel Sheikh, -yielded 30 CDs, 20 floppy discs and three hard disks. The prosecution presented its 89th witness, a computer expert who saw the Pragma Soft raid. The first CD depicted the Babri demolition and the riots that foll owed. In the background,

Secularism and security Balraj Madhok Jan. 8, 2005 ...As things stand, the Indian state today is anything but secular. It does not fulfil any of the basic postulates of secularism. Articles 30 and 370 of the Constitution which discriminate between Indian citizens on the basis of religion make the Constitution a promoter of communalism instead of secularism. Article 44, which enjoins upon the state to have uniform laws for all citizens of India, has not been implemented so far in spite of repeated reminders by the Supreme Court. There is no reason why a common civil and criminal law should not apply to all Indians including Muslims, like Goa, which continues to follow the law and practice of the Portuguese government before its liberation and integration into the Indian Union. In the absence of uniform laws for all citizens, equality of all citizens before law is not possible. It is time India w

Tsunami : exposes the other side of AID organization Tsunami Relief Funds Collection in the United States Beware of Supporting Dubious Organizations! On the morning of December 26, 2004, we awoke to news of, what is now turning out to be, the most devastating natural disaster in the past century. A 9.0 magnitude undersea earthquake near Sumatra, Indonesia triggered a massive Tsunami that slammed into the coast of 11 countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia and East Africa. At the time of this article, nearly 140,000 people had lost their lives and several million had been rendered homeless. Many non-profit and non-governmental organizations have come forward to accept aid for the relief and rehabilitation efforts. Some of these organizations have a well-established record of accountability, credibility and integrity. However, there are some organizations working in the affected areas that have displayed suspicious behavior and whose credibility deserves questioning. The one organization we