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Pakistan mosque orders religious lessons for ‘brothel owner’

A judge in Pakistan has directed a woman accused of running a brothel to “improve herself” by

Chief Justice Khan said that he regretted that there were so few vocational training facilities for

attending classes at a mosque every day for a month. Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan at Peshawar High Court made mosque attendance part of her bail conditions. The judge said she must visit the cleric for a month for “rectification through religious teachings”. Analysts say that setting a condition of spiritual reform is extremely rare, possibly unprecedented, in Pakistan. Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan issued the order while granting bail to four women accused of running a brothel and an alleged male client. He said the cleric at the mosque must submit a report on the woman’s progress once the month has been completed. The court also asked the police to ensure the cleric at the mosque provided him with a report once the allotted time had elapsed. The defendant’s lawyers argued that police had concocted a case against her. They argued that her residence was raided without a proper search warrant and that the police were not able to present any witnesses in court to support their charges.

jobless women, forcing them to adopt “illegal means” to earn a living. The BBC’s M Ilyas Khan in Islamabad says that the judge may have made his order because there was insufficient evidence - especially a lack of medical evidence - for the judge to send her to prison. At the same time, our correspondent says, Chief Justice Khan was apparently unwilling to allow her to walk away scot free and took the decision for her in effect to receive religious counselling. However the cleric assigned the task of overseeing court sentences told the BBC that while he had heard about the order, he had not yet been formally asked to implement it. Correspondents say that in many cases, those accused of running brothels can escape prosecution if they have influential clients. But if they are taken to court, they usually get harsh sentences. The BBC’s Haroon Rashid in Islamabad says that it could well be the first time a court has sought the religious reformation of woman accused of prostitution. Source: BBC Website

Freedom of internet must be protected by governments, says William Hague

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attempts by governments to block access to such material were counterproductive and doomed to failure. “We believe that efforts to suppress the internet are wrong and are bound to fail over time,” he said. “Governments who attempt this are erecting barricades against an unstoppable tide, and acting against their own long-term economic interests and their security. “Democratic governments must resist the calls to censor a wide range of content just because they or others find it offensive or objectionable. “If we go down that path, we begin to erode the hard-won rights of freedom of expression. We will always argue that it is

necessary to err on the side of freedom.” At the same time, Hague announced the UK was establishing a £2m cybersecurity centre offering advice to countries on how to protect their systems against online criminals who threaten the future economic wellbeing of states and major companies. It will draw on the expertise of a network of eight universities currently conducting cutting-edge research on the issue and act as a forum to draw together initiatives from around the world. “Cybercriminals and terrorists should have no refuge online, just as they should have no sanctuary offline,” Hague said. Source: Thursday 4 October 2012 12.40 BST

No new UAE visas for Bangladeshis Authorities in the UAE have stopped issuing all kinds of entry permits for Bangladeshi passport holders because of security concerns over identification and fake documents, the gulfnews reports. Major General Nasser Al Awadi Al Menhali, assistant undersecretary for Naturalisation and Residency and Ports Affairs at the Ministry of Interior, told gulfnews the suspension of issuing visas is not permanent and is not a ban. Current Bangladeshi visa holders in the UAE will not face any difficulties in extending their visa or renewing residency permits, the Dubai-based online newspaper reports on Wednesday. He said the situation will return to normal once a number of issues are resolved by the government of Bangladesh. For the time being, Major General Al Menhali confirmed there will be no new visit visas, resident visas, tourist visas or any other kind of visa for Bangladeshi nationals. “We are not issuing any new visas to Bangladeshis but we are renewing for those who already have residence visas. Other than that, no one will be issued any new visa of any kind,” said Maj Gen Al Menhali. He said the step was taken

recently but did not specify when the restrictions would be lifted. He also explained the UAE is concerned over the validity of the passports.

entrance to a Dubai school because of visa issues. Mahfuz Ali Qaderi, who works as an investor in Dubai said: “When I decided to start a business here, at the same

collected a visit visa for him to attend the school,” he added. Qaderi said his son had been attending the school in Dubai since September this year. “My son is still on a visit visa

gulfnews learnt that there are many cases of Bangladeshi people caught trying to enter the country with forged passports. Weeks before the visa suspension, hundreds of Bangladeshis were arrested for entering the country with illegal documents. Many were found carrying forged passsports and forged visas. Meanwhile, a Bangladeshi father told gulfnews his 14year-old son has been denied

time I wanted to admit my 14year-old son in Dubai.” He said in July this year the school authority confirmed his son’s admission after interviewing the student who was here on a visit visa. The father said that the school confirmed the admission of his son. “As per the confirmation letter of the school, I took all necessary steps and paid accordingly,” Qaderi said. “Based on that my son got the transfer certificate and I

and the school authority preceded his visa as a student of the school, he said. “But on the 25th they were informed by the Tecom authority that all Bangladeshi visas are stopped and that they cannot proceed with it,” he said. The confused father tried to contact the authorities to clarify the issue and understand the rules of UAE. But he has as yet been unable to get an answer. Source:

Turkey’s parliament US election: Polls show Romney won TV authorises military action in Syria debate with Obama

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a lot of good... was a little more aggressive than the president.” Washington Post conservative columnist George Will said Mr Romney’s performance had “stopped [his slump in the polls] in its tracks”. A CNN/ORC International poll of 430 people who watched the debate showed 67% thought Romney won, compared with 25% for Obama. A CBS News poll found a 46% support for Mr Romney, 22% for Mr Obama and 32% saying it was a tie. And a Google survey gave Mr Romney a 47.8% advantage against 25.4% for Mr Obama. Clash on ‘Obamacare’ On healthcare, Mr Romney said that Mr Obama’s “Obamacare” reform law of 2010 had increased health costs and kept small businesses from hiring. Even as he pledged to repeal Mr Obama’s health law, Mr Romney praised and defended a plan he himself had

previously signed as governor of Massachusetts that is widely hailed as the model for the Obama law. Mr Obama, meanwhile, said his plan had kept insurance companies from denying coverage to sick people. The University of Denver debate was the first in a series of three presidential forums and one vice-presidential encounter this month. Running-mates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan will meet in Danville, Kentucky on 11 October, before the second presidential debate on 16 October. Source: BBC Website

> > Continued from page 31 meet later, following a Turkish request for the body to take “necessary action” to stop Syrian “aggression”. Nato has held an urgent meeting to support Turkey, demanding “the immediate cessation of such aggressive acts against an ally”. The US, the UK, France and the European Union have already condemned Syria’s actions. Russia, which is allied to President Bashar al-Assad’s government, has asked Damascus to acknowledge officially that the crossborder attack was “a tragic accident” which will not happen again. In Syria itself as many as 21 members of Syria’s elite Republican Guards have been killed in an explosion and firefight in the Qudsaya district of Damascus, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) told the BBC. The SOHR is one of the most prominent organisations documenting and reporting incidents and casualties in the Syrian conflict. The group says its reports are impartial, though its information cannot be independently verified. Source: BBC Website

Foreign workers face deportation after border agency raid in Barking

Workers who allegedly held expired student visas could face deportation after being seized in a border agency raid in Barking. The six staff aged 23 to 56 are in a detention centre today after being arrested at Kamros cash and carry in Creek Road. Kamros could be fined up to £10,000 for each worker found to

have been employed illegally, the UK Border Agency said. The agency carried out the raid on September 27 after receiving intelligence about the premises. The UK Border Agency believes the employees from Pakistan, India and Nigeria were working illegally at Kamros. Kamros is assisting its staff through

a solicitor. Kamros manager Sajid Iqbal, 34, told the Post: “Most of them have visas but there is an issue with their colleges and institutes. “Our solicitor is working on it. They are in a detention centre at the moment.” Border chiefs said more raids were in the pipeline. Source:

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