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Article 63A – Damocles’ sword may fall on defectors

Article 63A – Damocles’ sword may fall on defectors

ISLAMABAD: The Likeminded Group, Unification Bloc and some disgruntled elements of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid will face disqualification and lose their seats under Article 63A of the Constitution if they take a different position from that of the party in case a no-confidence motion is moved in the provincial or the National Assembly.
While the article 63A – as amended through the 18th constitutional amendment – will apply from the next general elections, the provisions of

CIA extends spy operations to Swat

ISLAMABAD: Authorities are currently investigating intelligence reports about the presence of CIA-recruited locals in Swat, Buner and other adjoining areas and plan to take up the issue with the Obama administration if the probe proves the reports correct.
Pakistan will launch a strong demand for immediate halt to such unwarranted activities, unless the investigation proves otherwise. Civilian and military leaders were already perturbed by CIA’s recruitment drive in North

Three more F-16s arrive

ISLAMABAD: Three F-16 Block-52 fighter jets arrived at the Shahbaz Airbase in Jacobabad on Saturday and two more aircraft would arrive next week, a Pakistan Air Force spokesman said.
Of the 18 F-16 jets to be provided by the United States by January 2011, the first consignment of three aircraft reached Pakistan in June this year. The remaining aircraft will be handed over to Pakistan by the end of December, the PAF spokesman said.
These jets will be kept at the Shahbaz Air

Aggression no more at Wagah

LAHORE: The Pakistan Rangers (Punjab) and the India’s Border Security Force (BSF) on Saturday pledged to take steps in order to maintain peace and check cross-border crimes.
Addressing a press conference after a four-day biannual meeting, Pakistan Rangers (Punjab) Director General Major General Muhammad Yaqub Khan and BSF Director General Shri Raman Srivastav said that various security issues were discussed during the deliberations.
They said that Rangers officials would be

80 Taliban killed in fight near Pak border

KHOST: At least 80 Taliban were killed in Afghanistan during a failed attack on a NATO combat outpost near the border with Pakistan, an Afghan official said on Saturday.
“Fresh information that we received from intelligence sources shows that 80 Taliban have been killed. The bodies of the militants were left on the battlefield,” said Mukhlis Afghan, spokesman for the governor of eastern Paktika province.
NATO said earlier that 30 Taliban had been killed as international

Sheikh Rashid invites MQM to join MML

KARACHI: Muttahida Muslim League (MML) leader Sheikh Rashid Ahmad asked the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) to join the newly-formed alliance of the different factions of the Muslim League, during his visit to the MQM headquarters Nine-Zero on Saturday.
On the ocassion, MQM leaders Federal MINister Babar Ghauri, Waseem Aftab and former Karachi deputy mayor Nasreen Jalil said that they would discuss this invitation at a meeting of their party. Nasreen said that her party would take

Judicial commission becomes controversial before functioning

ISLAMABAD: The Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) has become controversial even before it has become functional, as some legal and constitutional experts have started to question the credibility of some of its members.
But some legal wizards say that the presence of a few controversial members in the JCP would have no affect on its functioning, as decisions regarding the appointment of judges would be taken on a majority basis. Talking to Pakistan Today, Justice (r) Tariq

JCP to meet on 6th to discuss appointments

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has summoned the meeting of the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) on November 6 to make it operational and initiate the process of filling vacancies in the country’s superior courts.
The meeting will also discuss the nominations for the slot of new Lahore High Court chief justice, as the incumbent Chief Justice Khwaja Muhammad Sharif is to retire on December 8. The petitions challenging the formation of

Kayani, Shahbaz meet, discuss security matters

ISLAMABAD: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Ashfaq Pervez Kayani on Saturday and discussed security-related issues.
An official, seeking anonymity, said that the Punjab CM apprised the COAS about the steps being taken in Punjab for improving the law and order situation and security measures taken at shrines in wake of the bombing at the shrine of Hazrat Baba Farid Ganj Shakar in Pakpattan.
Shahbaz also apprised Kayani about proposals

Nationalising education was wrong, says prime minister

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that nationalising educational institutions was a wrong decision by the previous PPP regime.
He was addressing a public gathering on Saturday in honour of late Nawab Fazl Ali, pioneer of Zameendar College, in Gujrat.
“The government always makes decisions in good faith, but some prove wrong, like the nationalisation of educational institutions by the PPP’s previous regime,” he said.
Gilani said no one

UN report warns of attacks on Eid-ul-Azha

ISLAMABAD: The recent terrorist attacks in Karachi and other parts of the country could be an indicator of more attacks on Eid-ul-Azha, warned a United Nations (UN) report on Friday.
The report said that, in Karachi, Lyari, Orangi and Korangi were no go areas for the UN staff, working in Pakistan. The report had advised the UN staff to avoid visiting well-known shrines and traveling alone at night as they might fall victim to terrorist attacks.
The report stated that an

14 lawmakers accused of having fake degrees

ISLAMABAD: As many as fourteen lawmakers were accused of possessing either fake or invalid degrees and have been summoned by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to appear on Monday, November 1 before a special committee hearing their cases.
The lawmakers summoned by ECP include Mukhesh Kumar, Pitanbar Sawani, Mir Ahmed Bugti, Gulam Dastagir Rajar, Afshaan Farooq, Safdar Gill, Farah Deeba, Maulvi Abduallah, Syed Aqil Shah, and Shama Parveen Magsi.
The degrees of 54

Police-lawyers clash – Patch-up expected between estranged parties, SC told

ISLAMABAD: A three-member Supreme Court (SC) bench was informed on Friday that a ‘patch-up’ is expected between both the estranged parties – the police and the lawyers – who clashed with each in Lahore on October 2, leaving many lawyers injured.
The bench comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday was hearing a suo motu notice taken by the CJP on the clashes that took place between

Five F-16s arriving today

ISLAMABAD: The second consignment of five US F-16 fighter jets will arrive in the country today (Saturday).
Online sources said that the five fighter jets would land at the Shahbaz Airbase in Jacobabad. They said that the fighter jets were to arrive in Pakistan in September, but their arrival was delayed by the massive flashfloods.
The US has agreed to provide Pakistan 18 F-16 fighter jets by the end of this year. Of these, three have already reached the country, five will

PML-Q-PPP contact – PML-Q leaders want clear strategy by party

ISLAMABAD: Frustrated with the dark in which they have been kept by the party’s central command over the possible unification of the Muslim Leagues and the party’s parleys with the Pakistan People’s Party, the PML-Q parliamentarians have asked the Chaudhrys to convene a party CEC meeting and devise a clear policy.
“When we are asked to comment by someone on the PML unification move or our party’s growing proximity with the PPP, we having nothing to talk about, as details on these

PML-N rejects united PML move

ISLAMABAD: PML-N Senator Pervez Rashid on Friday rejected the formation of a united Muslim league, saying all leaders who had formed the alliance lacked principle.
“Our party has some principles and the men who announced the Muttahida Muslim League at Kingri House follow no democratic principle in their politics,” he said, adding that all these leaguers had accepted the October 12 unconstitutional step of the former military dictator.
He said the leaders who were trying to

No Blackwater in Pakistan, says Malik

LAHORE: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Friday categorically said that the American security contractor Blackwater is not present in the country and if one can provide evidence on the contrary, ‘I guarantee that immediate action will be taken’.
He made these comments during his meeting with former Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Qazi Hussain Ahmad held at Mansoora. JI chief Syed Munawwar Hassan, party leader Dr Fareed Ahmad Paracha and other senior JI office bearers were also