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Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief Sha'aban 8,1432/ July 10, 2011 # 29

Please scroll way down to JI Islamic shoora's analysis of Pakistan, particularly Baluchistan, as well as support for Kashmir and Palestine.

Letters below

Latest news:

1. July 5-9: Secularist parties are slaughtering each other in the port city of Karachi, Pakistan. Toll 103 killed. Markets and transport destroyed. A gangster ethnic party MQM is on the offensive against ANP and PPP.

2. July 7- 8: Vast crowds came out in Egypt to call for removal of Mubarak's left overs. In Syria, the people continue to defy the Alawite tyranny. Mounting death toll. Unarmed Islamic crowds defying the Alawite military.

3. July 5: A Dutch court admits that Dutch troops were partly responsible for the massacre of Bosnian Muslims by the Serbs in Screbernicia.

4. July 7: Syed Munawar Hasan, Jamaate Islami Pakistan's Ameer, is demanding that the army release Amna Janjua's husband, one of hundreds "disappeared" by the Gen. Musharraf-Gen. Kayani tyranny.

5. In Afghanistan, NATO admitted 65 of its best troops killed in June. Another 13 have been killed in 7 days of July. The Taliban Islamic fighters lost only 15 killed. Classic guerrilla warfare has tied down 100,000 crusader forces, say Taliban.

6. Pakistan is reporting new fighting with the Pak Taliban in various areas. Pakistani military says it launched a successful offensive in Kurrram area. On the Iran-Pak border 5 Kayani troops were killed and 6 wounded. Could be done by Jundullah denounced by the US and Iran.

7. The Egyptian pipeline to Israel has been blown up. Attackers not known.

Who will speak for the Muslims of Nigeria?

[Sent by one of New Trend's Nigerian readers.]

[Gaddafi and his supporters remained silent when these horrific atrocities were committed against Islamic people by the US-and-Israel backed Nigerian military. Don't let children see this.]

Please click on this link and see how innocent unarmed Muslim children were killed in public glare in July 2009...

New Trend was the only Muslim voice in America which condemned these horrors. [Boko Haram is making a come back.]

An Invitation to Think

Spotlights from Imam Badi Ali, Jamaat al-Muslimeen, N.Carolina

Spotlight #1: Sudan: Only a doomed nation celebrates its own defeat and division. They know not what they do!

Spotlight #2: The challenge for Muslims is: How to bring about a desire for and a sense of real unity. Why are we Muslims being used as tools of division? Who is behind this process? Let's be one Ummah, united.

Spotlight #3: Our people fix their faces, their clothes, even their eyes, trying to remove physical blemishes. Let us learn to correct and fix the way we look at things.

Spotlight #4: The average human being yearns to be free but real freedom can come only thru worship of Allah. If we do not bow before Allah, we will bow before so many other forces.

Spotlight # 5: If you see obstacles in your way, consider them a test from Allah. Use difficulties as opportunities to become better. Become problem solvers, instead of being discontented.

Spotlight #6: Advice is like a gift. Wrap it nicely. Show that you care for it. Advice without love can hurt, even in such a small matter as teaching correct wudu.

Spotlight #7: It is said that if you want to make America's government better, give it to Walmart [a store known for its efficiency]. As for Arab governments, taxi drivers and barbers could do a better job! [Smile!]

Outreach: Juma Khutba

Forgiveness for Muslims and for Oppressors?

Should we Forgive those who made Cartoons of the Prophet, peace be on him?

On July 8, Dr. Kaukab Siddique gave the juma' khutba at a mosque in central Baltimore. The main points are given here for distribution across Muslim communities.


"Lord, forgive us and our brethren who have preceded us in faith, and do not put in our hearts any rancor towards those who believe. Lord, You are the Most Tender, the Most Compassionate." (The Qur'an 59:10)

$3.7 Trillion Cost of US Military Role in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, New Study Finds

When President Barack Obama cited cost as a reason to bring troops home from Afghanistan, he referred to a $1 trillion price tag for America's wars. Staggering as it is, that figure grossly underestimates the total cost of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan to the U.S. Treasury and ignores more imposing costs yet to come, according to a study released on Wednesday. The final bill will run at least $3.7 trillion and could reach as high as $4.4 trillion, according to the research project "Costs of War" by Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies.

Holes in the holocaust story.

Lessons of the Mengele Affair
Mark Weber

With the possible exceptions of Hitler and Himmler, no man has been so vilified in recent years as the personification of Nazi evil as Dr. Josef Mengele. The Mengele legend was the basis for two novels that Hollywood turned into popular movies .. .. While no sane person would excuse or whitewash atrocities, no matter who commits them, a basic regard for truth and decency compels another, more thoughtful look at the Mengele legend. How much truth is there to the fantastic accusations? The stock allegation that Mengele "sent 400,000 Jews to the Auschwitz gas chambers" is a falsehood based in part on misrepresentation.

Our America


Contact: Elliott Adams (518) 441-2697
Mike Ferner (314) 337-8871

On Monday, July 11, 2011, nineteen veterans, members of Catholic Worker and other long-time peace activists will have a pro se trial in DC Superior Court, stemming from arrests on the White House sidewalk March 19, 2011, the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.

After the 8:00 a.m. press conference, they will then proceed to a trial, which will be held in Courtroom 313 of DC Superior Court.

The March 19 action raised issues of the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the cost of the war to American society, and the continued detention of whistleblower Bradley Manning. One hundred thirteen persons were arrested on the White House sidewalk by US Park Police, and 19 of those will proceed to a trial on charges of Failure to Obey a Lawful Order and Unlawful Assembly-Disorderly Conduct.

Explaining his reason for being arrested in March, Veterans For Peace president, Elliott Adams, stated, "The majority of Americans want our troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan.
As a Vietnam vet I remember this pattern well and I know instead of withdrawal we will get lip service and lies from our government. The Vietnam war did not end until citizens and soldier made the government stop. I am fulfilling my job as a citizen to stop these
wars and occupations."

The activists have traveled from as far away as Maine, North Carolina and throughout the Eastern US. Their trial will highlight their desire to petition their government for redress of grievances in prosecuting two costly wars; their First Amendment Right in doing so; and other arguments. Although there are some first time activists, many of those going to trial have opposed war for most of their lives. They have continued to "speak truth to power" as they did on March 19 at the White House.

3 Letters on: Photos of Pakistan from Dr. Siddique's Visit in June

Very Beautiful and Panoramic view of Pakistan in a different light than what the press displays. Thanks!

Aamira Inaam Ibrahim


[Re: Dr. Siddique's participation in an anti-pollution rally in the town of Murree.]

You must have felt right at home, being the beacon for the betterment of mankind.

Alesia Yasmin Richards


Photos were fascinating, Murree appears to be a beautiful town.

[Dr] Omar Afzal

[Ithaca, New York]

2 Letters: ISNA's FITNA and other articles in NT

Most informative articles ...

Roberto Solano [Texas]

[The writer has sent New Trend to many email addresses.]

ISNA's Treachery

Jazakallahu Khairun brother Kaukab for yet another excellent article.They are truly shameless. In the UK we only see such treachery from manifest apostate likes Quilliam foundation. These ISNA shayateen put on an Islamic face and endorse the same policies over the pond.

Abdul-Hamid [London. UK]

Understanding the situation in Pakistan

Kashmir and Palestine: Military Rule in Baluchistan

Extra Judicial Killings in the North by Kayani's troops

LAHORE, July 2: The Central Shoora of the Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan has expressed complete solidarity with the oppressed Kashmiri people and demanded immediate withdrawal of the Indian occupation troops from Held Kashmir.

A resolution adopted by the Shoora at its meeting said that the division of the Indo-Pak sub continent would remain incomplete till the end of India's occupation in Kashmir and the grant of the right to self determination to the Kashmiri people.

It said that for the last 63 years, the Indian government had been claiming Held Kashmir as integral part of India while the fact remained that over 7 lakh Indian army in Held Kashmir had failed to crush Kashmiris' freedom struggle and added that even the Indian politicians, journalists and analysts were now counseling New Indian rulers to heed to the Kashmiris' demands and resolve the issue.

The Shoora demanded of the Pakistan government to learn from its past mistakes and fulfill its responsibilities in regard to the country's jugular line. It pointed out the Kashmir issue could not be resolved through India-Pakistan talks. It counseled Islamabad to seek Muslim world's support on the issue and pressurize New Delhi for its solution.

The Shoora also impressed upon the world community to take immediate step for plebiscite in Kashmir in line with the UN resolution on the pattern of East Timor and South Sudan.

The JI central body deplored the rigging and disturbances during Azad Kashmir elections and said this had sent a negative signal to the world community as also the Kashmiris.

Through a resolution on Palestine, the Shoora lauded the rapprochement between two major Palestinian parties, HAMAS and Al-Fath. It noted that the Hamas-Al-Fateh agreement was the result of the end of pro-Zionist rule in Egypt. It said, the US and Israel were pressurizing Al-Fath to go back on this agreement. The JI body appealed to the Palestinian people not to fall prey to the enemy plans in this respect.

The Shoora condemned the silence of the world community on the siege of Gaza continuing for the third year and said that the so called champions of human rights and civil liberties in the west were equally responsible for the deaths on the people under siege in Gaza.

LAHORE, June 30: The Central Shoora of the Jamaat e Islami has impressed upon the government to pull out of the US so called war on terror and stop the military operations in tribal areas and adopt the path of dialogue to restore peace in the FATA.

A resolution adopted by the Shoora at its meeting with the JI chief, Syed Munawar Hasan in the chair, urged the Supreme Court to take notice of the extra judicial killings in FATA which went unnoticed for being out of the reach of the media. It demanded of the government to appoint a judicial commission to probe into these.

The Shoora called for extending the jurisdiction of the Political Parties Act 2002 to the tribal areas in order to give political and democratic rights to the tribal people.

It called upon President Zardari to notify reforms in the FCR in fulfillment of his word. It stressed that the educational institutions in FATA be opened forthwith and a Tribal Assembly be elected in FATA on the pattern of provincial assemblies and this assembly should the powers to amend the FCR.

The JI central body also appealed to the Supreme Court to take notice of the massive corruption in the development institutions of the tribal areas under the control of the FATA Secretariat and the Political Administration and hold a thorough enquiry into these.

The Shoora was of the view that the newly enforced Civil Power Regulation for FATA and PATA areas was only a means to hide the war crimes in the area and to give these a legal cover. It appealed to the Supreme Court to take notice of the new regulation and strike it down and suggested that the jurisdiction of the Parliament and the superior courts be extended to the FATA.

It demanded that all the tribal people under detention extra-judicially be freed and the arrests in the name of search operations be stopped, the practice of formation of Lashkars by force be given up, the problems of tribal people be solved and unnecessary interference in the religious Madrissas of FATA and ATA areas be stopped.

A resolution on the Baluchistan situation said that in spite of the announcement of the troops withdrawal, the FC had a parallel government in the province and the blind use of force by the FC was increasing hatred for the state.

The Shoora demanded that the FC be completely ousted from the law and order and local lavies and the police be reorganized. It demanded that the report of the Kharotabad probe be made public and dialogue should be begun with the real parties for resolving the Baluchistan situation. The additional powers and the resources of the provincial governments under the 18th amendment should be ensured and the rights of the provincial population on their resources should be recognized.

It demanded that Baluchistan should be paid the royalty of SI Gas amounting to over 600 billion rupees and the people should be taken in confidence in regard to the Gowadar port, Sandak and other major projects. The federal government should attend to the national highways, the murder case of Nawab Akbar Bugti be registered against Pervez Musharraf and his accomplices to start the legal process and the culprits be punished under the law.


The Bombing of Islamic Villages in Pakistan by the US Air Force

Slaughter of Civilians: Strong Pakistani Protest Rallies

Summary: June was the deadliest month of the year 2011 in which American spy agency CIA has killed as many as 118 people in 12 drone attacks in Pakistan's tribal area. This was revealed in a monthly report compiled by Conflict Monitoring Center, an Islamabad based independent research organization.

During the month, US drones fired 35 missiles, which destroyed six houses, one madrassah and seven vehicles. Shift in Focus According to CMC's report, it was for the first time since the drone campaign started in 2004 that number of drone attacks in South Waziristan exceeded the number of attacks in North Waziristan. Eight out of twelve drone attacks were carried out in South Waziristan during June 2011.

South Waziristan is known as a safe haven for anti-Pakistan Taliban whereas militants operating in North Waziristan generally target US and NATO forces across the border inside Afghanistan. The focus of CIA's assassination campaign during the month was mostly on anti-Pakistan militants, which may be seen as an effort to deal with public criticism of the drone campaign. This shift in focus may prove 'usefulness' of drone attacks from Pakistan's perspective. Pakistan has complaint in the past that CIA largely uses its superior technology only against anti-US militants often does not target anti-Pakistan militants. Past data shows that South Waziristan was never a frequent target of US predators.

According to the yearly report of Conflict Monitoring Center, during the year 2010, CIA has carried out 132 attacks inside Pakistan and only nine of them were in South Waziristan. However, statistics of June 2011 show a clear shift in the focus. It is also noteworthy that in the pretext of US pressure on Pakistan to launch a military operation in North Waziristan it was expected that US will intensify its campaign in North Waziristan after Pakistan's refusal to launch the operation but contrary to the expectations, it was South Waziristan, which was main target of drone attacks in June 2011. It is not clear whether this US will continue this pattern or it will refocus on North Waziristan in future.

Attacks in Kurram Agency

On June 20, Kurram Agency was hit twice by drones killing as many as 12 people. It was for the first time after two years that Kurram a drone attack in Kurram Agency was observed. In these two attacks, militants of Haqqani network were reportedly targeted who had relocated to the area. Significant Deaths during June 2011 There was only one significant death reported during June 2011 that was Ilyas Kashmiri, founder and head of Al-Qaeda linked militant organization Harkatul Jihad Al-Islami 313 Brigade. He was a senior al-Qaeda member connected with the Soviet-Afghan war, the Kashmir conflict, and attacks against India, Pakistan, and the United States. In August 2010, the US and the United Nations designated him a terrorist. NBC News reported that United States officials had mentioned him as a possible successor to Osama bin Laden as head of al-Qaeda. He was also considered mastermind of attacks on Pakistan Navy's Mehran Base and Army's GHQ. On June 3, 2011, a US drone attack targeted a compound in the Ghwakhwa area of South Waziristan, a TTP stronghold. Nine militants, including Ilyas Kashmiri, were reportedly killed in the missile strike. Three other militants were badly injured in the attack. Local officials reported that the militants in the compound were all members of the Punjabi Taliban.

Kashmiri had moved to Wana from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 10 days earlier. A spokesman for the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan stated that Kashmiri was alive and well. However, Lala Wazir, a spokesman for Mullah Nazir, a Taliban commander associated with the owner of the compound which was attacked, confirmed his death. Kashmiri's death was also confirmed by an email from Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami and by an anonymous Pakistani security official.

The U.S. defence department has so far declined to confirm Kashmiri's death. However, a U.S. official said that it was more likely than not that Kashmiri is still alive, in spite of Interior Minister Rehman Malik's assertion that he could 'confirm 100 percent that he is dead'. On June 19th, the claim of his death was further backed after a senior US intelligence official in the Obama administration stated that Kashmiri was among five senior Al Qaeda leaders who had been killed in drone strikes in 2011.

Civilian Casualties

As usual, civilian deaths were overlooked by the security officials who released death tolls to the media representatives. There was no independent reporting observed during the month and media organizations only relied on body counts released by security officials. Despite controlled release of information, there was no consistency in the claims of security officials.

However, a public demonstration on June 16 revealed that all those killed in a drone attack on June 15 were innocent civilians. Protest against Civilian Killings On June 16, 2011, the enraged tribesmen blocked Bannu-Miramshah Road to protest killing of innocent people in US drone attacks in North Waziristan Agency on June 15, 2011.

Hundreds of tribesmen placed the coffins of the four victims, killed in US drone attack, on the main road, and blocked it to all kinds of traffic. The protesting tribesmen were also chanting slogans against the US and Pakistan government.

More than 2,000 tribesmen participated in the protest and funeral of the victims. The victims were laid to rest by the protesters after holding rally and blocking the road.

The US drones had fired four missiles at a moving vehicle on Thall-Razmak Road on June 15. Six people were killed in the strike. Earlier security officials had claimed that all those killed were militants but their claim was proven wrong when dead bodies of those killed were identified by their relatives. The residents of the area said that four of the victims, who belonged to Borakhel tribe, were identified. The identity of two other victims could not be established because there remains were not identifiable.

Three victims, including a student, were from the same family. They were residents of Spelga village of North Waziristan. The fourth victim, Akram Shah, was a driver in WAPD, which is a government institution.

As per their announcement, Some 1,200 tribesmen also staged a demonstration on June 20 in North Waziristan tribal region against the U.S. drone strikes and threatened to block the NATO supply line if the government failed to stop the attacks. All markets in major cities in the tribal area, Miranshah, Mir Ali and Razmak, were closed due to the protest.

Protest in other parts of the country

On June 5 and 6 A two-day sit-in was staged in Karachi by right wing Islamic political party Jamat-e-Islami to protest against drone attacks with a warning to the relevant authorities that supplies to Nato forces in Afghanistan would be blocked if drone attacks continued. Thousands of people carrying banners inscribed with anti-US slogans and party flags took part in the sit-in. The huge crowd comprising party workers, supporters, and trade union leaders was addressed by JI chief Syed Munawwar Hasan, Sindh and Karachi chapter chiefs of the party Asadullah Bhutto and Mohammad Husain Mehnati.

On June 7 The lawyers in Masehra a northern city of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa province took to the streets against the US drone attacks in the country. Holding banners and placards, the lawyers led by District Bar Association President Naseem Khan marched on various roads before reaching the district bar. The banners were inscribed with slogans against the United States and the government, demanding immediate halt to the US drone attacks in the tribal areas as innocent people were being killed in the strikes.

On June 13, The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf blocked Nato supplies by staging a two-hour protest sit-in in front of the Karachi Port Trust Gate No 17.

Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf had also announced a sit-in on June 25 but it turned into a protest against PPP government policies. Pakistan Sunni Tehreek a sectarian extremist organization has also protested against drone attacks in Lahore on June 6.

Highest Number of Drone Attacks

June 2011 also witnessed highest number of drone attacks in 2011 at par with March 2011. Both the months saw 12 drone attacks each. However, number of subsequent deaths in June exceeded all months of 2011.

In May 2011, CIA's predators carried out nine drone attacks killing 62 people. It means the resultant fatalities in June have become almost double to fatalities of May 2011.

Bangladeshi Workers Make their Mark against Exploitation

DHKA (AFP)- Large swathes of Bangladeshi capital Dhaka were shut down on Sunday during a nationwide strike protesting against a government oil exploration deal with a U.S. company.

Most shops, businesses and schools were closed and roads and highways in the city were deserted as the six-hour strike by the National Committee for Protection of Oil, Gas and Ports, a left-leaning umbrella group, took hold.

Police used batons on protesters at a university campus in central Dhaka after they damaged a car and held marches, private news agency Sheershanews said, adding 50 people were arrested in the city.

University area police chief Rezaul Karim confirmed the arrest of 12 people.

Seven supporters of the strike were each given two months in jail by a magistrate after they torched two buses ahead of the strike on Saturday night, Dhaka police spokesman Masud Ahmed said.

Security is tight across the city where more than 8,000 police and elite Rapid Action Battalion forces are patrolling key roads and areas in an effort to prevent violence, he said.

"So far we don't have any reports of any violence. Except for some protests at Dhaka University, the strike is largely peaceful," he said, adding police briefly detained a leader of the committee but freed him after an hour.

The committee, made up of leaders of several left-wing parties, has demanded the government scrap an offshore gas exploration deal with U.S. energy giant ConocoPhillips, saying it is tantamount to theft.

State-owned energy firm Petrobangla signed the deal last month allowing ConocoPhillips the right to explore two offshore blocks that lie in disputed waters in the Bay of Bengal.

The committee has called the deal "suicidal" for the country.

It says it would allow the U.S. firm to export 80 per cent of the gas found in the blocks at a time when impoverished Bangladesh is facing an acute energy crisis.

Petrobangla chairman Hossain Monsur dismissed protestors' claims that Bangladesh would not benefit from the deal, saying the arrangement would help end the country's chronic power shortages.

2011-07-12 Tue 02:06:52 cdt