#AceNewsServices – NEW YORK – October 26 – Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin, United States Attorney Preet Bharara for the Southern District of New York, Assistant Director-in-Charge George Venizelos of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Commissioner William J. Bratton of the New York City Police Department (NYPD):
Announcement of the extradition of Haroon Aswat from the United Kingdom to face charges of conspiring to provide and providing material support to al Qaeda and terrorists for attempting to establish a terrorist training camp in the United States.
Aswat was arrested in Zambia in July 2005, and in August 2005, Aswat was deported from Zambia to the United Kingdom, where he was arrested pursuant to a provisional warrant that was issued in response to a request by the U.S. government in connection with this case.
On Sept. 4, 2014, the United Kingdom ordered Aswat extradited to the United States on the charges described below:
In coordination with British authorities, Aswat was extradited from the United Kingdom to the Southern District of New York on Oct. 21, 2014. Aswat will make his first court appearance later today before U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest.
According to the allegations contained in the Indictment, statements made at related court proceedings, and evidence presented at prior trials:
In late 1999, Aswat, along with co-defendants Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, aka Abu Hamza (Abu Hamza), Ouassama Kassir, and Earnest James Ujaama, attempted to create a terrorist training camp in the United States to support al Qaeda, which has been designated by the United States Secretary of State as a foreign terrorist organization.
Aswat conspired with Abu Hamza, Kassir and Ujaama to establish the terrorist training camp on a rural parcel of property located in Bly, Oregon. The purpose of the Bly, Oregon, camp was for Muslims to receive various types of training – including military-style jihad training – in preparation to fight jihad in Afghanistan.
As used by the conspirators in this case, the term “jihad” meant defending Islam against purported enemies through violence and armed aggression, including, if necessary, by using murder to expel non-believers from Muslim holy lands.
In a letter faxed from Ujaama, in the United States, to Abu Hamza, in the United Kingdom, the property in Bly was described as a place that “looks just like Afghanistan,” and the letter noted that the men at Bly were “stock-piling weapons and ammunition.”
In late 1999, after transmission of the faxed letter, Abu Hamza directed Aswat and Kassir, both of whom resided in London, England, and attended Abu Hamza’s mosque there, to travel to Oregon to assist in establishing the camp.
On Nov. 26, 1999, Aswat and Kassir arrived in New York, and then traveled to Bly.
In September 2002, special agents from the FBI recovered a ledger, among other items, from an al Qaeda safe house in Karachi, Pakistan. The ledger listed a number of individuals associated with al Qaeda, including Aswat.
The al Qaeda safe house was used by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, al Qaeda’s chief operational planner and the alleged planner of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Source: Ace News Services – DOJ – Sunday Express
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‘SOUTH EAST ASIA NEWS DESK REPORTING ’
RAWALPINDI- PAKISTAN: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif was asked by the government to play “facilitative role for resolution of current impasse,” DG ISPR Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa tweeted.
With the political turmoil due to Mr. Imran Khan Cricketer philanthropist turned politician and Canadian-Pakistani cleric, both in opposition have demanded that current government should step down immediately.
Their reasons include: he South Asian nation is also plagued by high unemployment, daily power cuts and a Taliban insurgency, while anti-Western and violent sectarian groups are gaining strength.
Some thousands have marched to Islamabad, the capital and most protesters on the streets of Islamabad say they are demonstrating against government corruption, which they blame for the country’s widespread poverty.
KARACHI-PAKISTAN: A woman can do just about anything a man can, all she requires is ‘opportunity’, said 22-year-old Pakistani mountaineer Samina Baig, speaking at the jam packed Aga Khan University Hospital’s gymnasium, with her talk aptly titled ‘No Mountain Too High, Nor Too Easy’.
Last year, she also became the first woman to ever climb the tallest peaks in Seven Continents as part of the diplomacy mission project called “Seven Summits” funded by international community.
#AceNewsServices – PAKISTAN (Karachi) – June 04 – The leader of Pakistan’s MQM party, Altaf Hussain, has been arrested in London on suspicion of money-laundering, reports said on Tuesday as panic spread through his home city of Karachi and protesters torched vehicles.
British police said only that a 60-year-old man had been detained at a residential address in north-west London and officers were searching the building.
“Officers have this morning arrested a 60-year-old man on suspicion of money-laundering,” a Metropolitan Police statement said.
Hussain fled Pakistan for Britain in 1992 after a military operation to end ethnic unrest in Karachi, gaining British citizenship in 2002.
Pakistan‘s biggest city was in lock-down for a second day on Wednesday, with shops and markets closed and people staying home for fear of violence following the arrest in London of one of the country’s most feared men.
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has its power base in the violence-racked city of Karachi, Pakistan’s largest, which it controls with an iron fist.
Panic gripped the sprawling metropolis of 18 million people soon after local television broadcast the reports. Angry protesters torched at least a dozen vehicles, according to rescue officials.
Many rushed to stock up on groceries in anticipation of a prolonged shut-down while office workers left for home early, clogging up roads.
Altaf Hussain, leader of the powerful Muttahida Qaumi Movement party and wanted in Pakistan in relation to a murder case, was arrested in north-west London where he has lived in self-imposed exile since the early 1990’s.
Karachi, a sprawling and violent port city of 18 million, is virtually controlled by Hussain’s party, and reports of sporadic violence emerged as soon as news of his arrest reached the city.
#AceWorldNews – MUMBAI – May 08 – A Pakistani court released an American on bail Thursday that the US had identified as an FBI agent, AP reported, citing police.
The court ordered the man to submit a surety bond of 1 million rupees ($9,800) for his bail, according to police officer Rao Anwaar.
The police had detained the American on May 5 at an airport in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi after seizing ammunition and three knives from him.
Officials reportedly found the man also carrying electronic devices.
#AceNewsServices – KARACHI April 30 – An explosion took place near a mosque in Delhi colony area of Karachi killing at least four persons,including a woman, and injuring more than 20 others, DawnNews reported.
Provincial Information Minister Sharjeel Memon talking to media persons at the blast site confirmed that four persons had died in the explosion.
He also said that three government vehicles were damaged in the attack and that these vehicles were the apparent target of the blast.
The information minister said that there had been an escalation in such incidents after the expiry of ceasefire announced by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
Five auto rickshaws, ten vehicles and scores of motor cycles were destroyed as a result of the blast whereas the windows of several nearby buildings were left shattered.
Ten kilograms of explosives were used in today’s explosion, sources in the bomb disposal unit told DawnNews.
They added that around the time of the explosion, a bus with employees of the official residence of the Sindh chief minister had left Masjid-i-Yasrab shortly after Friday prayers.
The sources said the attack was most likely aimed at the bus carrying the CM house employees, adding that the bomber who was in a rickshaw exploded before getting to its target.
Moreover, Inspector General Sindh Iqbal Mehmood said the bus with the CM employees could have been the target of the attack.
Security personnel also claimed to have taken two suspects into custody who were shifted to an undisclosed location for further questioning.
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#AceNewsServices – KARACHI April 28 – The Sindh Assembly on Monday passed the Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Bill 2013 prohibiting marriage of children below 18 years.
The assembly is the first provincial legislature in the country to approve a bill to curb child marriages.
Under the bill, the minimum for marriage is 18 years.
Those found violating the law would be punished in line with the penalty suggested in the legislation.
According to the law, in cases of under-age marriages, those involved can be sentenced to three years in prison and they can also be fined.
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#AceNewsServices – ISLAMABAD – April 25 – A bomb targeting security forces killed three people and wounded 25 others in Pakistan’s south-west, officials said.
The bomb, which was rigged to a bicycle, exploded near a group of soldiers and police patrolling in a vehicle in Quetta, capital of Balochistan province.
“At least three people including two policemen were killed and 25 others wounded in the blast,” Samiullah Soomro, a senior local police official, told AFP news agency.
He said eight of the wounded, including six policemen and two Frontier Constabulary officials, were in a critical condition.
Zahid bin Maqsood, a senior local administration official, also confirmed the incident and casualties.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
A powerful bomb exploded Friday in an up-scale residential area of southern Pakistan, killing at least four people, authorities said.
The attack in the neighbourhood of Clifton in Karachi, the capital of southern Sindh province, also wounded 25 people.
The bomb badly damaged several vehicles and a nearby multi-story building.
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#AceWorldNews – KARACHI – April 21 – (DWN) – Two Pakistani employees of the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) who were abducted in Karachi four days ago were recovered on Monday, officials said.
Officers raided a house in the east of the city in the early hours of the morning after tracing mobile phone signals, senior police official Sultan Khawaja, told AFP, and found the UNICEF staff.
But there was no sign of the people suspected of kidnapping the pair, who went missing in the city on Thursday evening, said Khawaja.
“UNICEF is pleased to confirm that two of its national staff who were abducted on Thursday evening in Karachi are now safe and well,” the UN agency said in a statement.
#AceWorldNews – KARACHI – April 20 – Two local employees working for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have gone missing in Pakistan’s largest city of Karachi and police said Sunday they are thought to have been kidnapped.
Both disappeared on Thursday, said Vittorio Cammarota, a UN spokesperson, in a statement.
(UNICEF) can confirm that two of its national staff went missing on Thursday evening in Karachi.
The police are managing the investigation and are in close contact with the families and so is the (UNICEF) country office,” it said.
Police say that they suspect abduction, according to local media.
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#AceBreakingNews KARACHI – April 18 – Police officials on Friday said two local workers of the United Nations have gone missing from Gulshan-i-Maymar neigbourhood of the port city fearing they might have been abducted, DawnNews reported.
Meanwhile, three people including two political activists are allegedly taken away by unidentified men in plain clothes from Shah Faisal Colony area of the city to an undisclosed location, DawnNews reported quoting sources as saying.
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#AceWorldNews – ISLAMABAD, March 22 – At least 40 people were killed and many others injured when two passenger vans rammed into an oil tanker in south-western Pakistan on Saturday morning, local media reported.
Capital TV said that the accident happened when two passenger vans with over 100 people on board collided with an oil tanker near Gadani checkpost in Hub district in Balochistan province.
Eyewitnesses said that a passenger van hit the oil tanker coming from opposite direction on RCD highway, while another bus that was following the tanker also hit it due to over-speeding.
The oil tanker exploded sparking huge fire that engulfed both vans.
Police said that one of the buses was on its way to the southern port city of Karachi while the other was heading to Quetta city.
The injured people were admitted to Jam Ghulam Qadir hospital where several of them were said to be in critical condition.
Hospital sources said that the bodies were completely burnt and could not be identified.
Both Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Mamnoon Hussain expressed sorrow over the loss of lives.
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#AceWorldNews – PAKISTAN – 22 March – At least 35 people including women and children burnt to death in a multiple pile up, which involved two buses that were smuggling Iranian fuel across Pakistan.
A further 20 people are being treated for severe burns in Karachi, the Pakistani capital, according to Ahmed Nawaz, the police chief for the Baluchistan province.
The death toll was so high because sealed windows and automatic doors meant the passengers were unable to escape from the burning wreckage.
The first bus was in a head on collision with a truck, which was then hit by another truck and another bus. Pakistan has one of the worst road safety records in the world because of a combination of poorly maintained roads and vehicles, and reckless driving.
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#AceWorldNews Twelve people including four women were killed Wednesday in a violent clash between two gangs in Pakistan’s Karachi, AFP reported.
The clash erupted in the morning when two gangs exchanged heavy gunfire and then started to fire RPGs and lob hand grenades at each other, senior police official Faisal Bashir said.
He added that 39 people, including 15 schoolchildren, were injured.
The violence erupted after one of the gangs kidnapped a member of the other gang the night before.
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3 members of Pakistan security forces killed in separate Karachi attacks
Three members of Pakistan’s security forces have been killed in separate attacks in the southern city of Karachi, AP reported. Assailants threw a grenade at a vehicle carrying paramilitary rangers in the Nazimabad neighborhood of Karachi on Wednesday, killing one of them, senior police officer Amir Farooqi said. Minutes later, a roadside bomb wounded three security personnel in the same area. A suicide bomber blew himself up about an hour later, outside the headquarters of the paramilitary rangers, killing one ranger and a private guard.
Schumacher put into phase of ‘gradual awakening’ – reports
Formula One championMichael Schumacher is still being kept in a medically induced coma, the BBC reported, citing his manager. He remains in a stable condition after a skiing accident on December 29, and a leading British neurosurgeon suggested Schumacher could still make a full recovery. Meanwhile, doctors at the Neurosurgery Department at a hospital in Grenoble cited positive changes in Schumacher’s condition. L’Equipe newspaper reported that Schumacher was placed into the phase of “gradual awakening.” Doctors say it is too early to diagnose his recovery at this stage.
Philippine military says 37 rebels killed in offensive
At least 37 hardline Islamic fighters have been killed in a two-day offensive against insurgents, a Philippine military official said Wednesday. The militants are opposed to a new peace deal between the government and the main Muslim rebel group. Regional military spokesman Col. Dickson Hermoso said that 12 of the slain rebels of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement have been identified in a village in southern Maguindanao province, AP reported. However, rebel spokesman Abu Misry disputed the military report, saying that no one was killed and only seven of fighters have been wounded in army shelling and helicopter rocket fire. One soldier died and several were wounded Tuesday by home-made bombs hidden around a mosque.
2 anti-graft activists convicted in China
A Beijing court convicted two anti-graft campaigners on Wednesday for their roles in a protest urging officials to reveal their assets. Hou Xin and Yuan Dong were convicted on a charge of “gathering a crowd to disturb public order.” Yuan was sentenced to one-and-a-half years in prison, but Hou escaped a jail term, Reuters said. The ruling is part of the government’s 10-month drive on the ‘New Citizens’ Movement’, which advocates working within the system to press for change. The new convictions came three days after movement founder Xu Zhiyong, one of China’s most prominent rights activists, was sentenced to four years in prison.
Turkish PM visits Iran to talk trade, Syria
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is visiting Iran in a bid to mend relations strained by the Syrian civil war, in which Ankara and Tehran have been supporting opposing parties. The PM has arrived on Tuesday evening accompanied by his foreign, energy and economy ministers, marking what Iranian government described as a new phase of contact. He will meet Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
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