Quetta Citizen Shoots TTP Suicide-Bomber In the Head

A TTP Suicide Bomber Ready to Explode near a Mosque Shot Down by a Shia Hazara Volunteer

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Hazara Town Suicide Bomber Shot Dead 27.03.13

QUETTA: A suicide bomber who was on his Mission to explode near a Mosque , to Kill Shia Sect Muslims was killed by The Brave and Alert residents of  Hazara Town in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan on Saturday.

Capital City Police Officer Quetta, Mir Zubair Mehmood told that a pedestrian suicide bomber was killed by residents of Hazara Town Quetta shortly before Iftar.

 

He said residents tried to stop the suspected bomber from entering the area but he refused to do so. “Residents who were already on alert, took no chances and  then fired and killed him on the spot,” he said.

 

One bullet hit into the head of suicide bomber and killed him on the spot and suicide jacked did not explode, added the police.

 

Mehmood said a suicide jacket and a hand grenade were recovered from his possession.

 

“A major terrorist attack was averted,” he claimed.

 

DIG Operations Fayyaz Sumbal, said the bomber, who had strapped explosives around his body, could not explode himself because of timely action by the Shia Hazara Volunteers Gaurding the Town .

 

He confirmed that the suicide jacket recovered from the attacker had been safely defused. The body of the bomber was shifted to Combined Military Hospital for postmortem, he said.

 

Another police official, DIG Operations Fayyaz Sumbal, confirmed that a suicide jacket was recovered from the attacker had been safely defused.

 

He said the body of the bomber was shifted to Combined Military Hospital for postmortem.

 

The bomb disposal squad rushed to the side, after receiving information, and defused the suicide jacket. One hand grenade was also recovered from custody of killed bomber.

 

The police have told that ten kilograms of high level explosives material and ball bearings were fixed in the suicide jacket and these would have caused a massive devastation, if exploded.

 

A large number police and paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) personnel reached the spot and started investigation into the incident.

 

Quetta has once again witnessed a recent surge in incidents of violence, with Takfiri terrorist of  Taliban and their allied groups of Lashkar e Jhangvi have once again accelerated their attack on the Shia Hazara community in several bombings and gun-attacks.

 

On Monday, two youths belonging to the minority community were gunned down in an apparent targeted killing on Shahrah-i-Iqbal.

 

On July 15, four men belonging to the community were killed when gunmen sprayed bullets on their vehicle on Masjid road area.

 

On June 30, a deadly suicide bombing at an Imambargah killed 30 members of the minority community. The banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi had claimed responsibility for the blast, one of a series of bombings this year by the sectarian outfit targeting the Hazaras.

 

While the Pakistani Establishment and the Political Parties in Government are still trying to lure the Taliban to get the favour of their US & Saudi Maters who are the sponsors of the terrorism in Pakistan and are Putting their all efforts to Dis Integrate Pakistan , But still it looks that not only the Pakistani Politicians who out of their greed and selfishness Don’t  think of Pakistan , but even the Defenders of Pakistan , have also negotiated their oaths which they have taken to defend the Nation and its Citizens irrespective of their Cast , Creed or Religion.

 

But with this Self Defensive act and Gaurding of their Areas and the Religious Places have made one thing Clear that as now even the Citizens of Pakistan have come to the conclusion , that if they have to Live ,then they have to even Defend them selves and their loved ones and have to fight themselves with the enemies of Pakistan .

Will Deconstructing the Saudi Royal Family Bring the Terror War To An End?—(goog. trans.)

Prince Khalid bin Farhan bin Abdul-Aziz Prince Khalid bin Farhan bin Abdul-Aziz

Saudi Prince Khalid Bin Farhan Al-Saud on Saturday announced his defection from Al Saud royal family and joined the Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia

On 2 July 2012, the Security Council Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee removed the Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia (MIRA) “from section B. Entities and other groups and undertakings associated with Al-Qaida.”   This move was sponsored by Britain as a first step towards using the organization in the Imperial plot (SEE:  Britain Gearing up to replace the Saudi Monarchy By London Based Saad Al Faqih).

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Saad Al Faqih allegedly bought a satellite phone which was allegedly used by bin Laden himself. 

The plot thickens as the Middle East cauldron comes to full boil.]

In the name of God the Merciful 

Statement from the Prince Khalid bin Farhan bin Abdul-Aziz bin Saud al-Farhan Al-Saud

Praise be to God, prayer and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah and after:

It was Lee personal experience and family very bitter with from their hands the power in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which will embrace posed to the public later my brother Hardworking Ptoatr and brother Dr. Saad al-Faqih channel reform, and I thank God who enlightened me Beserty through my personal experience harsh with the ruling regime Kingdom where made me taste the taste of injustice since I was a kid to now in order to softest, including felt by so many of my brothers of the people and to be one of them, I realized the extent of the injustice of all kinds and forms and monopolize power and eat rights and stenosis of freedoms and contempt for the judiciary and the manipulation of religion and other practices non-humanitarian which hit the wall rules and provisions of Islamic Sharia laws and international conventions on the protection of human rights and public freedoms and others.
This experience has led me cruel that you do not figure to a group of Alastnajat I find it to be a legitimate and morally announced that filled the patent for edema and a statement of fact.

First: announced proudly schismatic for the ruling family Arabia, where that authority in the kingdom do not adhere to the laws of God, not even the system of positive and their policy and their decisions and their actions are governed by their own will and whims personal just everything issued by the system as alleged proceeded and order but is administered in a manner formality to give the impression of a false commitment to the Sharia.

Second: the belief that the hand of power in the Kingdom that the state belongs them بمقدراتة and land and people is fantastically belief, stems from the beliefs and perceptions and convictions fake.

Third: Just who rejected their hand power reform theses which provided them with many popular symbols of its prestige and respect and popularity in the hearts of the people
And Aamiloha of repression and violence, has refused to also dissertations reform that gave them from within the ruling family, some of which treated tightening and mistrust, others with violence and repression.

Fourth: The problems that we are experiencing in our country are problems that are not temporary or superficial, they are not represented only in the size of unemployment or poor salaries or poor distribution of wealth and capabilities and services … etc., but are deep problems and real linked to political corruption and financial abuse of power security administration and the subordination of the judiciary and the Shura Council of the executive power to suppress the aspirations and creations of the people and exploited for the benefit of a few, past experiences have proved that you can not treat it only through a comprehensive fundamental change.

Fifth: that of the hand it deliberately ignore the bitter reality in the Kingdom and the cries of the oppressed people and insist on provoking people through Albzach case Kharafi which they live and Aiboa only for their own personal interests without regard for the interests of the state or the people, or even national security.

Sixth: that everything reported by the advocates of the reform of the criticism of the political and economic situation and social and judicial services and security and the misuse of religion, etc., is all true and objective and even much further.

Seventh: stress through my knowledge of good including the hand of power in the Kingdom that vanity blind بصائرهم so that they do not respond to the tips or correspondence or letters personally can internally is the machine of repression and external interests, which comes at the expense of human rights and the protection of freedoms so you can not achieve any change, but by means of means pressure, whether political or media or People should not be relied change only through the internal voltage People.

Based on that, I announced my support for all currents reformist sincere aimed Secretary to the interests of the country and its citizens, especially the reform movement led by Dr. Saad al-Faqih and ask all the princes silent who يوافقوننى opinion announcement attitude and stop the silence and passivity and willingness to bear the consequences satisfy God and the homeland.
I ask God to help us and all those who seek to reform in our country to what they prefer and save our country from injustice, corruption and tyranny, peace, mercy and blessings of God.

Khalid bin Farhan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud al-Farhan

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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

بيان من سمو الامير
خالد بن فرحان بن عبدالعزيز بن سعود  الفرحان ال سعود

الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وبعد :

فقد كانت لى تجربة  شخصية وعائلية مريرة جدا مع من بيدهم السلطة فى المملكة العربية السعودية، والذى سوف يتبني  طرحها علي الجمهور فيما بعد أخى مجتهد بتويتر وأخى  د سعد الفقية بقناة الاصلاح، و أشكر الله الذى أنار لى  بصيرتى  من خلال تجربتى الشخصية القاسية مع النظام الحاكم بالمملكة حيث جعلنى  أتذوق طعم الظلم منذ كنت طفلا والى الأن لكى أنعم بما يحس بة الكثير من أخوتى من أبناء الشعب وأن أكون واحدا منهم،  فأدركت  مدي تفشى الظلم بجميع أنواعة واشكالة والأستئثار بالسلطة واكل الحقوق والتضيق علي الحريات واحتقار القضاء والتلاعب بالدين وغيرها من الممارسات الغير انسانية التى  تضرب بعرض الحائط قواعد واحكام الشريعة الاسلامية والقوانين والمواثيق الدولية الخاصة بحماية حقوق الانسان والحريات العامة وغيرها .

وقد قادتني هذة التجربة القاسية التي لم تعد شخصية الى مجموعة من الاستناجات اجد من الواجب شرعيا وادبيا ان اعلنها للملأ براءة للذمة وبيانا للحقيقة.

أولا:  أعلن متفاخرا أنشقاقى عن العائلة الحاكمة السعودية،  حيث أن السلطة فى المملكة لا تلتزم  بشرع الله ولا حتى بالنظام الوضعى  وسياستهم وقراراتهم وتصرفاتهم تحكمها  ارادتهم وأهوائهم الشخصية فقط  وكل ما يصدرة النظام  من اعتبار مزعوم للشرع والنظام انما يدار بطريقة شكلية ليعطى انطباعا كاذبا بالالتزام بالشرع .

ثانيا: ان اعتقاد الذين بيدهم السلطة بالمملكة ان الدولة ملك لهم بمقدراتة وارضة وشعبة فهو اعتقاد خيالي، نابعا من اعتقادات وتصورات وقناعات وهمية.

ثالثا:  مثلما رفض الذين بيدهم السلطة أطروحات الاصلاح التي قدمت لهم من رموز شعبية كثيرة لها مكانتها  واحترامها وشعبيتها في قلوب الشعب

وعاملوها بالقمع والعنف،  فقد رفضوا ايضا أطروحات الاصلاح التي قدمت لهم من داخل الأسرة الحاكمة حيث عاملوا  بعضها بالتضييق وسوء الظن والبعض الاخر بالعنف والقمع .

رابعا:  ان المشاكل التى نمر بها فى بلادنا هى مشاكل ليست مؤقتة أو سطحية ، فهى ليست متمثلة فقط في حجم البطالة أو ضعف الرواتب أو سوء توزيع  الثروات والمقدرات والخدمات…الخ، بل هى مشاكل عميقة و حقيقية  مرتبطة بالفساد السياسى والمالى وسوء استغلال السلطة والادارة الامنية وتبعية  القضاء ومجلس الشوري  للسلطة التنفيذية بما يكبت طموحات وابداعات الشعب واستغلالة  لصالح قلة قليلة،وقد اثبتت التجارب السابقة انة لا يمكن علاج ذلك الا من خلال تغيير جوهري شامل .

خامسا: ان من بيدهم  الأمر يتجاهلون عن عمد الواقع المرير في المملكة و صرخات الشعب المقهور  ويصرون على استفزاز الشعب من خلال حالة البزخ الخرافى الذي يعيشونة ولا يأبأوا الا لمصالحهم الشخصية  الذاتية بلا أعتبار لمصلحة الدولة أو الشعب أو حتي الأمن القومى .

سادسا: أن كل ما يرددة دعاة الاصلاح من انتقادات للأوضاع السياسية والأقتصادية والقضائية والأجتماعية والخدماتية والأمنية وسوء أستخدام الدين ….الخ،  كلة صحيح وموضوعى  بل وأبعد من ذلك بكثير .

سابعا: أؤكد من خلال معرفتى الجيدة بمن بيدهم السلطة بالمملكة أن الغرور أعمى بصائرهم بحيث أنهم لا يستجيبوا للنصائح أو المكاتبات أو الخطابات فالذي يمكنهم داخليا هو الة القمع وخارجيا المصالح التى تأتى علي حساب حقوق الأنسان وحماية الحريات بحيث لا يمكن تحقيق اى تغيير الا بوسيلة من وسائل الضغط سواءا السياسى أو الاعلامى أو الشعبى ولا ينبغى التعويل في التغيير الا من خلال الجهد الداخلى الشعبى .

بناءا على ذلك فاننى أعلن  دعمى لكل التيارات الاصلاحية الصادقة الهادفة الأمينة على مصلحة الوطن والمواطن وخاصة حركة الاصلاح بقيادة د سعد الفقية  وأطلب من كل الأمراء الصامتين الذين يوافقوننى الراى اعلان موقفهم والتوقف عن السكوت والسلبية والاستعداد لتحمل التبعات ارضاءا لله والوطن .

أسأل الله أن يوفقنا وكل الساعين للاصلاح فى بلدنا لمرادهم وينقذ بلادنا من الظلم والفساد والاستبداد، والسلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاتة .

خالد بن فرحان بن عبدالعزيز الفرحان ال سعود

Qatar Press Continues To Pick At Bandar’s Syrian War Plan—the Imperial Cheerleading Is Over

[There has been a perceptable shift in AlJazeera reporting (SEE:  Qatar Press Putting Blame On US for Sponsoring Anti-Islamist Violence In Egypt).  No longer leading an Islamist charge across the Middle East, the son of the Oinker of Doha has settled on a course of sniping at the heels of Bandar’s radical rewrite of Obama’s war plan for Syria.  This is what we deserve for underwriting Bandar’s criminal enterprise, dedicated to overthrowing hie old nemesis, Bashar al-Assad (SEE:  Bandar’s 2008 Plan To Overthrow Bashar al-Assad—Mar. 30, 2011).

War in Syria inspires Kurdish unity

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Northern Syria sees battles between Kurds and al-Qaeda-inspired groups, as Kurds prepare for election and autonomy.

An officer of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) stands guard near the Syrian-Iraq border [AFP]
A new front is opening in Syria’s devastating civil war as Kurds and al-Qaeda-inspired fighters take advantage of a power vacuum to fight for control of key northern towns.Self-ruling in most of the north-east, the Kurdish autonomy project has been dealt a blow, as Islamists have emerged as a powerful group, attempting to establish a religious state in the north.

Clashes have engulfed two strategic towns on the Turkish border after Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad withdrew his forces to let both sides battle it out while he confronts the Free Syrian Army in other regions.

Battles for the two towns between Kurds and Islamist fighters are bringing rare unity to the fractious Kurds as they prepare for elections that will establish the basis of self-rule.

“This unity is crucial to the success of the implementation of an autonomous administration and proposed elections,” said Christian Sinclair, a Syria expert and president of the Kurdish Studies Association at the university of Arizona.

Divided between Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran, Kurds form the largest ethnic group without a state in the world and in Syria number nearly three million people.

Syria’s Kurds took the first step towards full autonomy in July 2012, when Assad withdrew his army and bureaucrats from Kurdish territories in the north-east in a bid to bolster support as the uprising against him unfolded.

After decades of oppression, lack of recognition and assimilation, the Kurds hoisted the flag of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) – the most powerful Kurdish party in Syria and the only one with an armed wing.

A year on Kurdish regions including Ayn al-Arab (Kobane in Kurdish) and Afrin in the west are now being administered by PYD committees, and the party’s leader Salih Muslim has announced elections for an interim local parliament, raising the stakes in the pursuit of self-rule.

Muslim told Al Jazeera that whatever the outcome of Syria’s civil war, the Kurds will retain their objective of autonomy and have no separatist ambitions.

“Autonomy was always our project and is now accepted by our people. Our measures taken now will always be valid,” he said.

“But we have never had a project to split from Syria for a separate state, we will always be under Syrian state authority. After the war, we will reach an agreement with all the parties in Syria for the future of our territory.”

Territorial struggle

Observers say that before the polls, the PYD is aiming to unite Kurdish territory separated by two towns on the Turkish border until recently controlled by Islamist rebels, Ras al-Ayn and Tel Abyad (Serê Kaniyê and Girê Sipî in Kurdish), which were partially Arabised under former president Hafez al-Assad.

Sinclair suggested that the idea of a temporary administration is largely defensive, to protect the borders of the Kurdish region and those living within it.
“The struggle for control of territory, however, has been increasingly marred by violence,” he said.

These regions in northern Syria have seen clashes between Kurds and various groups of Islamist fighters [Al Jazeera] 

Since mid-July PYD forces have been battling to seize the towns – which are strategically important for Islamists as the gateway for supplies reportedly coming from Turkey.

Ras al-Ayn has been under the control of the al-Qaeda linked Jabhat al-Nusra and Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) – both branded terrorist organisations by the West. ISIL also controls most of Tel Abyad along with the non al-Qaeda Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham.

These towns are now the scenes of power struggle between PYD and various groups of Islamist fighters.

In Ras al-Ayn, al-Nusra captured some PYD members who were patrolling the territory. PYD forces eventually took control of most of Ras al-Ayn, including the border crossing with Turkey, but they continue to face mortar fire from al-Qaeda-linked fighters.

Two days after PYD seized Ras al-Ayn, clashes erupted in Tel Abyad. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighting in Tel Abyad began after the al-Akrad Kurdish militia – which is close to the PYD but also fights under the command of the Free Syrian Army – encountered rebels trying to set explosives at one of their bases.

Clashes have intensified in the town, where the Ahrar al-Sham commander claims to have driven out Kurdish fighters and accuses the PYD of co-operating with Assad.

“We cannot accept the PYD here, they are capturing even Kurdish people. We are against any group who has ties to Assad regime,” the commander said.

Salih Muslim said the al-Akrad brigade is now fighting to protect the Kurdish people in the villages around western Tel Abyad.

“Islamist groups started to provoke us. And now al-Akrad is only trying to defend Kurds, as we defended Sere Kaniyê and cleared the town after al-Nusra targeted Kurds. The Kurds will defend themselves and resist any kind of attack.”

Anonymous sources from al-Akrad front told Al Jazeera that their ultimate goal is to seize the town, where they battle together with PYD fighters.

The ongoing struggle with al-Qaeda-linked fighters is achieving what many Kurdish leaders in northern Syria have long been unable to do, unifying under PYD and FSA command an ethnic group long divided about its future between at least 16 parties.

On July 25 all the Kurdish parties gathered in Irbil, capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdish territory in northern Iraq under President Masoud Barzani.

Signalling the new mood of unity, in Ras al-Ayn the PYD hoisted the flag of the Supreme Kurdish Council, an umbrella organisation of Kurdish parties in the country, co-founded by PYD.

The second co-founder is Kurdish National Committee, consisted of 15 other Syrian Kurdish political parties. The Supreme Council was formed on July 2012 by Barzani’s effort to unite the two, but was unavailing for a year.

Sinclair said “The threat of Jabhat al-Nusra can only serve to unite disparate interests of different Kurdish political groups.”

Turkish unease

But to achieve meaningful autonomy, the PYD will have to deal with the country’s powerful neighbour Turkey, whose government has opposed PYD’s autonomy in northern Syria.

The Turkish government has been in touch with Kurdish National Committee as the legitimate Kurdish opposition instead of PYD.

Turkish resistance towards the PYD derives from its 30-year conflict with the PKK – a separatist Kurdish organisation branded terrorists by many countries including the US – who is affiliated with PYD.

Despite ties with the PKK, Muslim denies that he takes orders from its leader Abdullah Ocalan in a clear effort to pave the way for joining future Western negotiations on Syria’s future.

Although a peace process in Turkey began eight months ago and PKK fighters have been demobilising, Turkish authorities remain wary.

They claim that the PKK sends fighters and gives logistical support to the PYD, although this has not been confirmed.

Salih Muslim has maintained a diplomatic position aimed at reassuring the Turkish government, and has made it clear that he is ready to negotiate.

His approach caused Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s announcement saying that Turkish officials are having talks with PYD . “The Turkish government doesn’t support radical groups in northern Syria,” Davutoglu said recently.

After the Irbil meeting and breaking the ice with the Kurdish National Committee, Muslim has gone to Istanbul, where he has meetings with Turkish officials.

While that future looks likely to be divided by bloodshed for a long time to come, for Syria’s Kurds at least it appears to be one of emerging unity and autonomy.

In northern Syria the struggle between al-Qaeda-linked fighters and stateless secular Kurds, will make the winner gain a lot more than two towns.

With files from Hozan Ibrahim in Antakya.

 

Now That the West Has Called All Jihadis To Syria, the Insanity of Their Actions Becomes Apparent—Even To Washington

[It was obvious from the beginning, to even the most casual observer, that we were playing with fire, once again, by contracting Islamist terrorists to carry-out American foreign policy.  Did they plan to nuke Damascus after their planned Islamist victory, in order to eliminate the danger?]

Syrian rebels get Western recruits

Some worry they’ll return, pose new threat

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Syrian regime troops captured the Khalid Ibn al-Walid Mosque in Homs on Saturday, expelling rebels who had held the 13th-century landmark for more than a year.

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Syrian regime troops captured the Khalid Ibn al-Walid Mosque in Homs on Saturday, expelling rebels who had held the 13th-century landmark for more than a year.

WASHINGTON — A rising number of radicalized young Muslims with Western passports are traveling to Syria to fight with the rebels against the government of Bashar Assad, raising fears among US and European intelligence officials of a new terrorist threat when the fighters return home.

More Westerners are now fighting in Syria than fought in conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia or Yemen, according to the officials.

They go to Syria motivated by the desire to help the people suffering there by overthrowing Assad. But there is growing concern that they will come back with a burst of jihadist zeal, some semblance of military discipline, enhanced weapons and explosives skills, and, in the worst case, orders from affiliates of Al Qaeda to carry out terrorist strikes.

“Syria has become really the predominant jihadist battlefield in the world,” Matthew G. Olsen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, told a security conference in Aspen, Colo., this month.

He added, “The concern going forward from a threat perspective is there are individuals traveling to Syria, becoming further radicalized, becoming trained and then returning as part of really a global jihadist movement to Western Europe and, potentially, to the United States.”

Classified estimates from Western intelligence services and unclassified assessments from government and independent experts put the number of fighters from Europe, North America, and Australia who have entered Syria since 2011 at more than 600. That represents about 10 percent of about 6,000 foreign fighters who have poured into Syria by way of the Middle East and North Africa.

Most of the Westerners are self-radicalized and are traveling on their own initiative to Turkey, where rebel facilitators often link them up with specific groups, terrorism experts say. Many have joined ranks with the Al Qaeda-aligned Nusra Front, which US officials have designated as a terrorist group.

“The scale of this is completely different from what we’ve experienced in the past,” Gilles de Kerchove, the European Union’s counterterrorism coordinator, said at the conference in Aspen.

A precise breakdown of the Western fighters in Syria is difficult to offer, counterterrorism and intelligence officials said, but their estimates include about 140 French citizens, 100 Britons, 75 Spaniards, 60 Germans, and as many as a few dozen Canadians and Australians.

There are also fighters from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, and the Netherlands, according to a study in April by the International Center for the Study of Radicalization, a partnership of academic institutions based in London, which estimated that 140 to 600 Europeans have gone to Syria.

Only about a dozen Americans have so far have gone to fight in Syria, according to US intelligence officials. Nicole Lynn Mansfield, 33, of Flint, Mich., a convert to Islam, was killed in May while with Syrian rebels in Idlib province.

Eric Harroun, 30, a former Army soldier from Phoenix, was indicted by a federal grand jury last month on two charges related to allegations that he fought alongside the Nusra Front.

So far, terrorism analysts say, there have been no documented terrorist plots linked to European or other Western fighters returning from Syria, but France’s interior minister, Manuel Valls, called the threat “a ticking time bomb.”

Security services across Europe are stepping up their surveillance efforts and seeking ways to make it more difficult for people suspected of being jihadists to travel to Syria.

European and other Western intelligence agencies are rushing to work together to track the individuals seeking to cross the border into Syria from Turkey, although several US officials expressed frustration that Turkey has not taken more aggressive steps to stem the flow of Europeans going to fight in Syria.

Monsanto Tries To Pull A Fast One On Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Three multinational companies along with a number of national firms have approached the Ministry of Food Security seeking licences to raise genetically-modified (GM) food products in Pakistan.

A senior federal government official, refusing to share his name, told Dawn that “a request in this regard has been received by the Ministry of Food Security a few weeks back and it is being reviewed.”

He added that the ministry had received the request to launch the GM products – maize and cotton. He identified the firms as Monsanto, Pioneer and Syngenta.

A food expert said genetic modification manufacturing was a biotechnology mainly used to make new products, particularly new types of crop plants.

According to the federal government official, Monsanto is a US-based biotech company and is famous for BT cotton. He said the BT cotton product of Monsanto was resistant against certain pests.

The official explained that Monsanto was currently providing different variety of seeds (non-genetically modified) and herbicides to farmers in Pakistan.

“I am not aware of the products of Pioneer; however, Syngenta is the largest agri-business company of the world,” added the official.

The spokesman for the ministry could not be contacted for confirmation of the requests.

However, when approached, the director general of the Pakistan Environment Protection Agency (Pak-Epa), Asif Shuja, told Dawn: “The three companies have also approached us. But we are only concerned with the assessment of environmental impacts of these companies.”

When asked to comment on the genetically-modified food products, he said: “It’s a long debate as research is still continuing internationally whether the genetically-modified products have an impact on human health.”

A number of Pakistani companies have also approached Pak-Epa for launching genetically-modified food products but ‘we have not given a no-objection certificate (NOC) to any of them,” he added.

“Many of the local companies want to import genetically-modified food products from China and we have not given any approval in this regard,” added the Pak-Epa chief.

Mr Shuja said the Ministry of Climate Change had also established a committee to review the requests of these companies and it was yet to take a final decision regarding the establishment of their plants in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Dr Jawad Chishtie, a public health and environment management specialist, said: “Genetically-modified products have been rejected in Europe, and most recently in France, for damaging crops and endangering human health.”

He warned that effects of the genetically-engineered organisms were not yet known to researchers and “they are suspected of causing dangerous allergies and even cancer.”

Dr Chishtie cited the example of India where hundreds of farmers committed suicide after introduction of the genetically-modified crops since it damaged their land. Besides, the input price of raising the crop was getting higher.

He said seeds had terminator genes which did not allow the same crop to be planted again from the harvested seeds. “Once a genetically-modified agri-product is planted, the farmers are trapped into buying the seed and its related pesticides each and every year from the same company,” he told Dawn.

“Even there are legal issues like companies do not allow replanting of the seed,” he maintained.

Dr Chishtie asked the government to promote organic farming in Pakistan for which the country had far better environment.

Umar Munawar, an agri-business expert, maintained: “Such a move will increase the cost of food which will become more regulated like we have seen across the world in relation to the bottled water.”

He added; “We have to buy water of different brands so if such a move is approved by the government food will also be regulated by multinational companies.”

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More than 1000 inmates escape from Libyan jail

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Men hold up a picture of prominent Libyan political activist Abdelsalam al-Mismari during his funeral in Benghazi on 27 July, 2013 The jailbreak followed protests over the death of Abdelsalam al-Mismari

About 1,200 inmates have escaped from a jail in the restive Libyan city of Benghazi.

A security official told the AP news agency that most of the escapees were facing serious charges.

Another report said a riot had taken place inside the al-Kwafiya prison.

The jailbreak comes a day after the assassination of a prominent political activist triggered protests in the city, although it is not clear whether the two are connected.

Benghazi is one of the most unstable parts of post-revolution Libya. Last year the US ambassador and three other Americans were killed there.

On Saturday protesters attacked offices linked to the Muslim Brotherhood following the assassination of the prominent political activist Abdelsalam al-Mismari. Hundreds of mourners attended his funeral.

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A security spokesman in Benghazi told the BBC that some of those who escaped from the prison had been captured but he did not specify how many.

In a news conference, the Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said residents in the southern area of the city had stormed the prison in protest at its existence in their district.

The inmates include a small number of people thought to be supporters of Col Muammar Gaddafi, the BBC’s Rana Jawad reports. The former leader was toppled and killed in an uprising in 2011.

The Gaddafi supporters had been charged with attacking security bases after the conflict, our correspondent says.

AFP news agency quoted a security official saying that there had been unrest inside the prison before the breakout.

“There was a riot inside al-Kwafiya prison, as well as an attack from outside,” he said.

“Special forces called in as reinforcements were given orders not to fire at the prisoners.”

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Libyan activist Abdelsalam al-Mismari dies in Benghazi killings

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Protest at killing of Abdelsalam al-Mismari in Benghazi. 27 July 2013 There were protests in Benghazi at the killing of Abdelsalam al-Mismari

A prominent Libyan political activist and two senior security officials have been shot dead in the restive eastern city of Benghazi.

Activist Abdelsalam al-Mismari was killed as he left a mosque after Friday prayers, officials said.

A retired air force colonel and a senior police officer were also killed in separate attacks.

Libya’s government is struggling to control armed groups nearly two years after Muammar Gaddafi was toppled.

The BBC’s Rana Jawad in the capital Tripoli says that although Benghazi has witnessed many targeted killings, Friday saw the first assassination of an activist.

Sniper suspected

Mr Mismari, a lawyer, was one of the earliest organisers of protests that eventually led to the overthrow of dictator Col Muammar Gaddafi.

He later became a critic of the armed groups that helped to topple Gaddafi but which have since refused to lay down their weapons.

He has also opposed the presence of the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya.

“He was coming out of Friday prayers when he was shot,” said Benghazi security spokesman Mohammed al-Hijazy.

“It seems it may have been the work of a sniper because he was shot in the heart.”

His colleague and friend Hannah Ghallal told the BBC Mr Mismari was “a hero and a man of principle who did what he preached”. Fighting back tears, she added that his death was a loss for Libya.

A large crowd later gathered in central Benghazi to protest against the killing.

Our correspondent says Mr Mismari’s death marks a potentially dangerous turning point. Some feel it is an attempt to silence civic groups, she adds.

In separate attacks on Friday, retired air force Colonel Salem al-Sarah was killed as he emerged from a mosque and police Colonel Khatab Abdelrahim al-Zwei was shot dead at the wheel of his car, officials said.

Benghazi has seen a number of violent incidents since the fall of Gaddafi, including an attack on the US consulate last September in which the US ambassador and three other US citizens were killed.