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THE MUSLIM WORLD

Video of Girl's flogging in Swat was fake
Peshawar:
An international NGO paid for enacting the drama to bring disrepute to Pakistan


A resident of Swat, who claims to have prepared the fake video of flogging of a girl in Swat, has termed it drama and revealed that he received Rs. 0.5 million for doing so before the launch of military operation 'Rah-e-Rast', reported Lahore daily, The News on April 2, 2010.

Before the operation 'Rah-e-Rast', an NGO financed preparation of fake video of flogging in which they portrayed the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) members flogging a woman. The provincial government and Malakand Commissioner Syed Muhammad Javed ordered investigations and sought report from the authorities concerned.

After the successful operation in Malakand division, the law-enforcement agencies had arrested the children who were present in the video while a resident of Swat was apprehended by Kohat administration. The children and the arrested man revealed that the video was fake and said that it was made on the demand of Islamabad-based NGO which provided him Rs. 0.5 million.

Sources revealed that woman who was flogged in the video was also arrested and she revealed that she had received Rs. 0.1 million while Rs. 50,000 were given to each child. Sources said that the NGO produced the video to defame the country's integrity and respect.

Sources stated that the law-enforcement agencies dispatched the report about the arrests of the culprits and proposed action against the NGO. They also said that the security agencies also apprehended the TTP workers who flogged the people.


Historic Mosque restored in Zanzibar
Mombasa:
Three historic mosques in Tanzania including the one near Kizimkazi on the island of Zanzibar has been restored by the support received from the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation. Kizimkazi mosque is considered one of the oldest Islamic buildings on the coast of east Africa. The 2008 grant allowed for repairs and restoration of the mosque's roof, ceiling, doors and windows as well as the mihrab, the ornate alcove that indicates the direction of Mecca.

The Kizimkazi mosque is old enough to show the roots of Islam in the region. Most of the mosque dates to a reconstruction in the 18th century — as proclaimed in an Arabic inscription from that time — but inscriptions near the mihrab that are in Kufic, an older form of Arabic script, put the date of construction in the 12th century, and some design elements of the mosque reflect the influence of Persia. Islam arrived in southeastern Africa with traders from Arabia and Persia, 3,500 miles (5,633 kilometers) to the north.

Zanzibar attracts a lot of tourists who also visit the town as the launching point for dolphin tours. The mosque bearing Persian and Swahili architecture had fallen into disrepair due to the harsh climate.

A U.S. official who visited Pemba to discuss plans for the project “heard many complaints about the hardships of life in these villages, including the problem of having no access to fresh water,” the proposal said. “But when asked which was a higher priority for the community — access to fresh water or restoration of their historic mosque — the village elders unanimously stated that restoring the mosques was more important,” reported news portal afrik.com


US wiretapping of Islamic charity deemed illegal
Washington:
A US federal judge has ruled that government spying on a charity called Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation violated federal laws on domestic surveillance and that its agents eavesdropped illegally on the US-based Islamic charity.

The ruling said in 2004 the Bush Administration relied on the surveillance of phone conversations between two of the non-profit's lawyers and an Al-Haramain director in Saudi Arabia, and that several months after the surveillance began it designated the group as a terrorist organization associated with Osama bin Laden, a description its leaders have called false.

The Foundation's legal team sued the government in 2006.

The ruling that came on March 31by Chief US District Judge Vaughn Walker of San Francisco rejected the Justice Department's claim — first asserted by the Bush administration and continued under President Barack Obama — that the charity's lawsuit should be dismissed because allowing it to go forward could reveal state secrets.

Judge Walker said the government's warrantless wiretapping of the lawyers' phones violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, FISA.

Walker's reasoning struck at the heart of the program that President George W. Bush authorized after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, which allowed agents to intercept phone calls and e-mails between Americans and suspected foreign terrorists without a warrant, even though FISA, required warrants by the government to obtain advance court approval for each act of eavesdropping.

When Bush acknowledged the surveillance in December 2005, he claimed the power to override a 1978 law, passed in response to revelations of wiretapping of political dissidents.

The judge said that Bush lacked that authority.
Iran proposes a female deputy for OIC
Tehran:
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran has suggested that the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) appoint a woman as its deputy. The Iranian president made the proposal in a letter to the OIC Secretary General, Prof Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu on March 17. He said Islam is a progressive religion and considers women pivotal in development of Muslim societies. He added that choosing a female deputy for the OIC chief would be a major step towards respecting women's rights and boosting their capabilities. He stressed the move would be indicative of the 57-nation Islamic body's support for strengthening women's status in the society.