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by B. Raman Getting ready for Jihad in China The usually reliable "Daily Times" of Lahore carried the following report on June 15, 2006:" Most of the 917 foreign students from 46 countries in the International Islamic University in Islamabad are from Afghanistan, China and Somalia. Six hundred of the 917 students, are from these three countries. There have been reports of repeated clashes in the university between foreign and Pakistani students. The most popular faculty among foreign students is Usuluddin (principles of Islam), which has 316 foreign students including 72 girls. Shariah and Law and Arabic are also popular faculties among the foreign students. Up to 289 students are from Afghanistan, 172 from China, 149 from Somalia, 89 from Indonesia, 33 from Nigeria, 19 from the Maldives, 19 from Tajikistan, 17 from Thailand, 13 from Jordan, eight from Bosnia, seven each from Bangladesh and Nepal, six each from Malaysia, Sudan and Turkey, four each from Algeria, Egy

Woman Army Officer commits suicide in Kashmir

Jammu, June 16: In the second incident of its kind in less than a month, a woman army officer allegedly committed suicide in Jammu and Kashmir`s Udhampur district, officials said here today. Lt Sushmita Chakraborty shot herself at the Northern Command Headquarters last night after taking a rifle from a guard outside the officer`s mess, saying she wanted to use it for training purposes. She did not leave any suicide note, the officials said. While her mother Sadhana claimed Sushmita was "depressed" about her job, army officials said the officer had not put in any request to leave the service. Sushmita was commissioned into service on September 17, 2005 and was serving with an army service corps battalion. On May 29, Major Shobha Rani, an army doctor attached to the Air Force Command Hospital in Bangalore, had committed suicide. While there have been numerous instances of male officers and Jawans committing suicide in Kashmir apparently due to stress, Sushmita`s was t

RJD MP Mohd Shahabuddin threatens jail superintendent

Siwan, June 17: Landing into fresh trouble, controversial RJD MP Mohd Shahabuddin today allegedly abused and threatened to kill the superintendent of Siwan jail, where he is lodged, and refused to appear before a special court in the jail premises for the third consecutive day. "The MP used expletives against the jail superintendent Lalan Kumar Sinha and threatened to kill him when he read out the production warrant against him in his cell," superintendent of police Sunil Kumar told mediapersons. He said a case for obstructing a public servant in performing his duty and issuing threats has been registered with the town police station against Shahabuddin. Jail sources told mediapersons that when Sinha approached the MP, who is suffering from a spinal problem, to take him in a wheel chair before the court, Shahabuddin refused to go. He demanded that a stretcher be brought. When it was brought he again refused and demanded one with an iron sheet because of his spinal p


FRESH AIR STRIKES IN BALOCHISTAN by B. Raman Even six months after President General Pervez Musharraf ordered his Army and the Air Force to suppress the freedom struggle launched by the Baloch nationalist elements, the freedom struggle continues to gather strength with no sign of any impact on the freedom-fighters despite the large-scale use of heavy weapons and air strikes. Their motivation and determination to achieve independence remain as strong as ever. There has been a steady flow of volunteers to the Balochistan Liberation Organisation (BLO) and other groups carrying on the freedom struggle and the military operations have not been able to disrupt the training of the new volunteers by these organisations in the liberated pockets set up by them. 2. The ban imposed by the Army on the BLO has had no effect on it. On the contrary, it has only further increased its popularity among the Baloch people and demonstrated the ineffectiveness of the army and its inability to have


PAKISTAN: MYSTERY DEATH CASTS SHADOW OVER BALUCHISTAN Karachi, 16 June (AKI) - By Syed Saleem Shahzad - The first post mortem on Hasan Gichki said he died of a brain haemorrhage, the second from wounds to the head and spinal cord, while the prison authorities said he died of drink. The mysterious death of Gichki, 45 an engineer married to a woman from an influential Baluchistan tribal family, took place in January 2006 in a Pakistani jail. It stirred sentiments in the restive energy-rich province - especially in the coastal belt of Makran and Gwadar, where the Pakistani government has major plans linked to oil and gas pipeline developments. Adnkronos International (AKI) has been re-tracing the conflicting accounts and evidence of how and why he died. Gichki, former managing director of Lasbel Industrial Development Authority, left his home in March 2005, and never came back. His relatives were informed that he had been arrested by the anti narcotics force. Some political analy

BALOCHISTAN : Chinese Intelligence to assist Pakistan in countering Baloch freedom fighters

The Chinese Intelligence has been secretly collecting information on all Baloch leaders including their phone call records , and their movements using shophicated equipments and networks . Afghan sources told IntelliBriefs that Pakistani Millitary has received some sophisticated electronic devices from china and also some chinese intelligence personell are stationed in Rawalpindi to assist in counter insurgency efforts. It is no surprise that Chinese are baying for blood of Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti, sources told IntelliBriefs , they are seeking revange for killing of Chinese Engineers by Baloch Freedom fighters , and also believed to be disappointed over the impediments created by BLA in Gawadhar project . Balochis are opposing construction of Cantomnents and Gawadhar Port , which they say will benefit outsiders and a conspiracy of Punjabis to decimate Baloch in their homeland. Baloch nationalists close to Nawab Bugti said ,in the past their leader escaped narowly three time

Meet the Kurdish guerrillas who want to topple the Tehran regime

6/13/2006 - By Graeme Wood Guerrillas in the Shahid Harun (Aaron the Martyr) camp QANDIL, Iraq—The very large potential bombs being built in Iran, as well as the somewhat smaller real bombs detonating in Baghdad, have distracted attention from the pitiless barrage of medium-sized ones that Iran lobbed into Iraq last month. In the first week of May, the Iranian military sent hundreds of artillery shells and Katyusha rockets whistling over the mountaintops into Iraq's Qandil region. As soon as the blasts began, most of the local villagers jumped into Land Cruisers, pickups, and tractors and fled for the nearby cities of Qala'at-Diza and Raniya. They came back a week later and found many of their sheep blown up or starving to death. Iran had little interest in the sheep, or, for that matter, in the Iraqi Kurds whose villages they destroyed. Tehran was aiming at the Iranian Kurdish guerrillas who during the last two years have become Tehran's most noisome dom

Time To Consider Nepal’s Merger With India Contributed by Dipankar Biswas Nepalese Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala’s four-day visit to New Delhi last week has triggered considerable enthusiasm among Indians over an upturn in bilateral ties. Indeed, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s decision to break with protocol and go to the airport to receive the guest underscored India’s willingness to take bilateral relations to new heights. Koirala, moreover, is among the rare Nepalese leaders who have remained a true friend of India regardless of whether his Nepali Congress party has been in power or in the opposition. The Nepalese premier has returned home with pledges of Rs.1,000 crore in short- and long-term Indian assistance. After arriving in Kathmandu, Koirala stressed the “special” relations Nepal enjoys with India as well as the urgency of involving New Delhi in the resolution of the Maoist conflict and in the long-term reconstruction of Nepal. What India must recognize is that such sentiments are fa

BJP's Yayati syndrome

SAndhya Jain The Daily Pioneer Some time after the arrest of the Kanchi Acharyas, the BJP think-tank hosted a talk where an ideologue defended the greatest civilisational insult Hindu India has suffered since the assassination of Guru Tegh Bahadur by a rabid Islamist ruler. The speaker diminished the seers and insinuated that Chief Minister Jayalalithaa would prove the charges against them in court. This caused grave disquiet among the audience and many bemoaned the low calibre of the BJP leadership that abysmally failed the Hindu community. I remember telling those who sought my views on the appalling state of the party that, having shed the Hindu cause under coalition compulsions, the aged leadership was reluctant to resume the Hindu burden. Like king Yayati, however, it was so intoxicated with office that it would not see the exit signs Fate was beaming so insistently. Like the king, it swallowed the youth of its children (Generation Next), for public good, of course. In the M

Bhutto: Hindus in Sindh being harassed Press Trust of India Posted online: Saturday, June 10, 2006 at 1828 hours IST Islamabad, June 10: Former Pakistan Premier and Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto on Saturday alleged that several Hindu families supporting her Pakistan People's Party in Larkhana in southern Sindh province were being threatened to switch loyalities. The Hindu community has complained that some prominent members in Shahdad Kot, Larkhana have been receiving threatening telephone calls demanding money and asking them to renounce their association with the PPP, Bhutto, who lives in self exile in Dubai, said in a statement. She cited the case of a noted Hindu family of Warand Mal whose son was recently shot and wounded. Another Hindu youth was shot and killed in Larkhana last month by unknown assailants, she said adding 'threatening calls and letters were being routinely sent to Hindu families asking them to give up their association with the PPP'. "No action has,

"What al-Zarqawi's Death Means for Iraq"

In December 2005, according to press reports, U.S. military intelligence identified Sheikh Abd al-Rahman as al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's spiritual mentor. By following al-Rahman for months, and gathering further information, the U.S. military was able to confirm that al-Zarqawi was at a safe house near Baquba, north of Baghdad, on the night of June 7. An air strike was called in and al-Zarqawi died shortly thereafter as a result of injuries sustained from the bombing run. Hours after the announcement of al-Zarqawi's death, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki appointed his ministers of interior, defense and national security. These incidents marked two positive developments for Iraq's transition. Nevertheless, when analyzed in context, they are unlikely to reverse the trend toward instability that has dogged Iraq since shortly after the fall of Saddam Hussein's government. Al-Zarqawi's Legacy As a result of the nature of al-Qaeda in Iraq, it is d