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Bangladesh to Pull out Troops PDF Print E-mail

Bangladesh is to pull out troops from the Chittagong Hill Tracts, 12 years after signing a peace deal with tribal insurgents. 8,500 troops and rebels were killed during the 20-year insurgency. The rebels or Shanti Bahini were fighting for greater autonomy in the mineral-rich area. (BBC, 30 July 2009)

Balochistan Separatists in Attacks PDF Print E-mail

One person killed in an attack in Pakistan's Balochistan province, the latest in a spate of attacks against non-Balochi people in the region. There has been an insurgency in Balochistan for more autonomy. Nearly 40 people killed by Baloch separatists since the start of 2009. (BBC, 27 July 2009)

Suffering Continues in Swat PDF Print E-mail

More than two million residents of Swat and surrounding areas have fled in one of the biggest human migrations in recent times as as the Pakistani army fight Taliban. Reports say Taliban fighters have melted away and are planning a guerrilla war against the government. (BBC, 15 July 2009)

US Soldier Captured PDF Print E-mail

A US soldier has been captured by Taliban fighters in eastern Afghanistan. He is believed to be the first seized in either Iraq or Afghanistan for at least two years. One of the two latest British military deaths in Afghanistan was that of the highest-ranking army officer to be killed since 1982. (BBC, 2 July 2009)

Furor Over Birth Tax PDF Print E-mail

A Pakistani government proposal to impose tax on the birth of more than two children is causing furor across the world's second most populous Muslim country as a violation of Islamic teachings. (IOL, 3 July 2009)

Pakistan Islamic Banks Unite PDF Print E-mail

Pakistan’s six Islamic banks are going to set up an Islamic inter-bank price market in order to stop relying on interest-based conventional banks in meeting their short-term funds requirements. (IOL, 29 June 2009)

More Killed in US Strikes on Pakistan PDF Print E-mail

43 people died in missile strikes by a US drone aircraft in Pakistan. (BBC, 24 June 2009)

Sri Lankan Muslims to Return Home PDF Print E-mail

Sri Lankan Muslims forcibly ejected by Tamil Tigers 20 years ago are to return home.There are more than 100,000 Muslims living as refugees across Sri Lanka. In 1990 Tamil Tigers opened fire at two Musjids near Batticaloa, killing more than 100 people. (BBC, 23 June 2009)

Muslim Rohingya's Continued Suffering PDF Print E-mail

Thousands of unregistered Muslim Rohingya refugees from Burma are at risk of being forcibly removed from a makeshift camp in Bangladesh. Rohingya refugees are abused, beaten and live in dire conditions in Muslim Bangladesh. (BBC, 19 June 2009)

US Attacks in Pakistan PDF Print E-mail

Nine people killed in US unmanned airstrike in Pakistan. (BBC, 18 June 2009)

Indian Universities Ban Revealing Clothes PDF Print E-mail

Trying to halt increasing sexual harassment of female students, four colleges in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh banned female students from wearing jeans and other Western-style clothes on campus. Female students wearing jeans, tight blouses and miniskirts received the highest share of sexual attacks. (IOL, 10 June 2009)

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