Pak still backing terrorists: Nato

Anyone Listening?

WASHINGTON: Pakistan is in the crosshairs of western military commanders as the source, supplier and instigator of terrorism, notwithstanding periodic certifications from the Bush administration that is a frontline ally in the war on terror.

Commanders from five Nato countries – the US, Britain, Denmark, Canada and Holland — whose troops have just fought the bloodiest battle with the Taliban in five years, are demanding their governments get tough with Pakistan over the support and sanctuary its security services provide to the Taliban, according to Ahmad Rashid, a prominent Pakistani analyst and author of an well-known book on Taliban.

In a dispatch from Afghanistan that is roiling Washington, Rashid says Nato’s report on Operation Medusa, an intense battle that lasted from September 4-17, “demonstrates the extent of the Taliban’s military capability and states clearly that Pakistan’s Interservices Intelligence (ISI) is involved in supplying it.”

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Mulford says India has shown proof of Pak hand

NEW DELHI: India has shared with the US evidence of Pakistan’s involvement in the Mumbai train bombings, US Ambassador David Mulford said on Friday. He did not give details about the evidence or say if the US was satisfied with it.

Mumbai Police Commissioner AN Roy has accused Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence of masterminding the bombings, which are believed to have been executed by the Lashkar-e-Tayiba.

Referring to the Indo-US strategy to counter terrorism, Mulford said: “We offered to help India in the investigative and forensic aspects of the case. We are working with the Indian government.”

The envoy emphasised that there can be no excuse for terrorism and that the US rejects terrorism “however it happens, wherever it happens”.

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These are just Painted Hands

Following pictures I received via email from one of my friend. These pictures are so cool, cant stop sharing with you guys….hope you people will like it.









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Channel shows video of Mohammed as beer-drinking camel

Here we go again!

COPENHAGEN: Denmark’s national TV2 channel broadcast on Friday excerpts from a video made by members of an extreme-right party showing the Prophet Mohammed as a beer-drinking camel and a drunken terrorist attacking Copenhagen.

Filmed in August, the video shows young adherents of the Danish People’s Party mocking the Islamic prophet during a summer party, with some portraying Mohammed dressed in a turban and wearing a belt with explosives as others look on in laughter.

The images were shown on TV2 only fleetingly, with a youth playing the part of Mohammed visible only from the back, as well as a drawing.

The editor-in-chief of the television station, Lars Bennike, emphasized that the purpose of “showing the short video sequence was not at all to show the drawings or the antics of the youths” in the DPP.

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India To UK: ‘When will you lump ISI with al-Qaida?’

I will wait for Mr.Blair answer. I hope this time West will realize that India is also victim of terrorism.

LONDON: When Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meets his British counterpart Tony Blair next week, India will seek an upfront response on that key question in the five-year-old US-led, UK-backed so-called war on terror: How long will the West publicly refuse to lump the ISI along with al-Qaida, the Taliban, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashar-e Toiba into one big bag marked bloody trouble?

Informed sources said Singh would seek an urgent response from Blair on this key question when the two prime ministers have a tete-e-tete on Tuesday.

This is the first time India will so conclusively lump the ISI with al-Qaida ideologues in a key Western capital, observers said.

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Pope calls for dialogue with Islam, again

Question is are they really ready to have open dialogue?I hope and pray that this time some more moderate mulims leaders will come up with open heart. Muslim world should forgive and forget the whole unpleasant episode and they must demonstrate by their behavior that their faith really teaches and practice Peace!

Pope Benedict XVI stressed again the importance of promoting dialogue between cultures and religions, especially between Christianity and Islam and of renouncing all forms of terrorism.

After receving an official visit from Heinz Fischer, President of Austria, the Vatican press office issued a communiqué that revealed that the two talked about “issues of special importance in the current context of the world, such as intercultural and inter-faith dialogue.

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People of Indian origin are the largest ethnic group in UK

LONDON: People of Indian origin are the largest ethnic group in the UK, numbering 1.1 million or two per cent of the total population of over 60 million, according to a census-based research.More than 40 per cent of Indians live in London and 30 per cent in the West and East Midlands, the study published today said. Among the Indian population 76 per cent own homes in Britain while 66 per cent of the Whites own homes.

Hindus are the largest religious group, accounting for 45 per cent of the population, followed by Sikhs, with 30 per cent, the study reported in The Times, said.

Leicester has the biggest proportion of Indians of any local council, more than 25 per cent of the authority’s population. In 2001, a third of British Indians came from India, 13 per cent from East Africa and 46 per cent from Britain.

Most British Indians are aged between 20 and 50 years, with only 7 per cent over 65.

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