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'America has been practically defeated in Afghanistan': Hameed Gul

News Desk

ISLAMABAD: Former Chief of inter Services Intelligence (1SI) Lt. Gen. (retd) Hameed Cul has said that America wants to take action against Pakistan making an alibi of presence of Osama and al-Qaeda in Pakistan, therefore, the present government should not excessively co-operate with America, instead it should restore confidence in the nation and unite it.

defeated in Afghanistan which it would formally accept after two years', he said. Talking about the internal situation of Pakistan Gen. (retd) Hameed Gul said the work of markation of constituencies is fake and is parallel to repeating mistakes of the past. He said presidential referendum has become a part of history because of the absence of NOC from American.

During a special session with NNI on Wednesday Gen. (retd) Hameed Gul said the need for unity in the nation today had never been felt so much in the past. He said as long there is a lack of unity and old disputes are not buried, till that time the nation would not become safe, but will be on the target of the enemy. He said if the status quo remained anti-state elements would be able to carry out their activities successfully.

'Interest money on Muslims'

deposits is used against


By Our Staff Reporter

KARACHI: The interest money on the Muslims' deposits in European banks is used against Islam. If the Muslims withdraw their mo.ney from the European banks, the economic structure of the west will collapse

This was stated by Sheikh-ul-Hadith Mufti Nizamuddin Shamzai while speaking at a heavily-attended seminar organized by Busiessmen's Think Tank.

It is not permissible in any way to cooperate economically with the anti-Muslim forces. If the Muslims did so, they will get trapped, he said.

"The present capitalist system has been formulated by the Zionists. Under

this system, money flows automatically into their banks.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Shahid Hasan Siddiqui, chairman of Research Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance, said that Islam's economic system is oriented with versatile qualities. If only the Zakat system is enforced in its true form, poverty in our country will diminish to a large extent. Poverty in the Islamic world can also be eliminated.

Chairman of Alliance Marketing, Arique Mir warned that if the interest-based system was not brought to an end then the end of our economy is certain. He said that 90 percent businessmen had been ruined by interest.

Violence triggers in held-Kashmir

News Desk

. HELD-JAMMU: At least 10 people have been killed during an attack on a Hindu temple in a busy shopping district of Jammu, the winter capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Two suspected attackers and four temple guards died in the attack, as well as four civilians who were caught in the crossfire.

Twenty others have been wounded. Reports say five are in a critical condition. No group has yet admitted responsibility for the apparent attempt to seize the 150-year-old temple. The three attackers drove up to the site of the temple, in the Residency Road area, at 1030 local time when the area was crowded with people. The attackers threw grenades and opened fire with automatic weapons.

One ran inside the temple, while another continued to fire from outside. Four armed guards returned fire and, in the one-hour gun battle which ensued, shot dead two of the attackers. The third escaped in a jeep.

"We were on patrol duty when a militant fired on us as we alighted from our vehicle," police officer Nirmal Prakash Singh told news agencies.

"Then he threw two grenades at us.

One of the grenades did not explode. After this, we started firing back," he said.

Thousands of Hindus visit the temple to the God-king Ram every month. The attack is said to have sparked panic in the city and the atmosphere is reported to be tense. Hindus are reported to be fleeing Jammu amid fears that the attack could provoke sectarian violence.

"We are not taking any chances. We are setting up special checkpoints and we are bringing in police reinforcements to face any eventuality," one official told reporters.

Police sources say there has been a sharp rise in the number of Mujahideen attacks recently.

At least 20 people, including eleven security personnel have been killed since Thursday.

In one incident on Friday, freedom fighters attacked a lorry carrying a group of paramilitary border security force, killing five people.

And at least two soldiers were killed in an early morning attack at a security force camp.

A number of freedom fighter groups have been fighting for Kashmir's independence from Indian occupation since 1989.