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Tribal elder among six killed in blast in Balochistan

Tribal elder among six killed in blast in Balochistan

QUETTA – Six people, including a Baloch tribal elder, were killed by a remote-controlled bomb near the Iranian border in Balochistan on Thursday, officials said. The fireball engulfed the car of tribal elder Reham Dil in Quar town in the insurgency-hit Balochistan, local police official Abdul Salam said. “Reham Dil, his son, three guards and a servant died in the blast,” he said.
A local administration official confirmed the casualties, saying that the blast set the car alight

Nawaz resumes political activity

LAHORE – After remaining out of the political arena for over two weeks due to health issues, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif has resumed political activities while heading a meeting to discuss the prevalent situation in the country. The meeting discussed the current political situation, the aftermath of the Raymond Davis case, allegations on the Punjab government in the case, the Pakistan-India Cricket World Cup semi-final, cricket diplomacy and the increase in terrorist incidents. The

YDA withdraws decision to call off strike

LAHORE – The Young Doctors Association (YDA) on Thursday night took back its decision to call off its strike in public hospitals across Punjab. YDA president said the bureaucracy wanted to implement its policy of divide and rule, but doctors stood united and would not back down until the fulfilment of their demands on part of Senior Adviser Sardar Zulfikar Khosa.
He said the government only wanted to increase the salaries of house officers, medical officers and post graduate

Citizens foil two abduction attempts

LAHORE – Mustafabad police have arrested an addict when he was trying to kidnap a six-year-old girl while Tibbi City Police have arrested a woman who was trying to kidnap a newborn from Lady Wallington Hospital on Thursday. The Mustafabad police said minor Rimsha, daughter of Amir, resident of Gulistan Colony, was playing in the street when the accused identified as Nadeem Butt tried to kidnap her. She started crying, attracting the attention of locals, who captured the accused and

Driver killed in Balochistan attack on NATO oil tanker

QUETTA – Gunmen in Balochistan opened fire on a tanker carrying oil for NATO forces in Afghanistan on Thursday, killing its driver and setting the vehicle ablaze, officials said. The attack took place near the town of Wadh in Khuzdar district, local police official Jumma Khan told AFP.
Unidentified gunmen flagged the vehicle to stop and opened fire when the driver ignored them, Khan said, adding that the driver was killed and his helper was wounded.

Zardari, Gilani satisfied with productive talks with India

ISLAMABAD – President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday expressed satisfaction on the outcome of the recent meeting between Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh and hoped that joint efforts would pave the way for resolution of all outstanding issues between the two archrivals. The prime minister called on the president and briefed him on his one-day visit to Mohali for the Cricket World Cup semi-final between Pakistan and India, on the sidelines of

One dead, two shot and 2 attempt suicide over Pakistan’s WC defeat

LAHORE – Results of the match between India and Pakistan claimed the life of a 40-year-old barber, who died of a heart attack on late Wednesday night, locals of the area told Pakistan Today on Thursday.
Muhammad Khaleel, resident of Abu-Bakar Saddique Colony located on Bund Road in the Sanda Police precincts, had placed thousands of rupees on Pakistan Cricket Team’s win and when the team lost the match against his expectation, he started moaning and later felt severe chest pain,

LPG distributors warn against price hike

KARACHI – The All-Pakistan Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Distributors Association (APLDA) requested local producers not to increase the price of LPG to avoid further reduction in LPG sale, despite an expected increase of Rs 3.75 per kilogramme (kg) because of a price hike in the international market. Talking to Pakistan Today on Thursday, APLDA Chairman Abdul Hadi Khan said the LPG sale in the country had already reduced by 60 percent and an LPG price hike might cause a further

India furious over biography of ‘bisexual’ Gandhi

NEW DELHI – India could bring in legislation to jail anyone who insults Mahatma Gandhi while state governments are moving to ban a biography that reviewers said showed the “Father of the Nation” was bisexual. Gandhi led the campaign to end British colonial rule but lawmakers say his reputation is being besmirched by a new biography that suggests he had a homosexual affair with a German bodybuilder. “Mahatma Gandhi is revered by millions, not just in India but across the world. We

SC disposes of bogus voters’ case

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court on Thursday disposed of a petition regarding deletion of 37.8 million bogus votes in the electoral rolls.
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry and consisting of Justice Mohammad Sair Ali and Justice Ghulam Rabbani heard the case of 37.8 million bogus names included in the electoral rolls of various constituencies. During the hearing, Election Commission of Pakistan Secretary Ishtiak Ahmed Khan informed the court

Security forces kill 8 militants in Kurram Agency

HANGU – At least 8 militants were killed and 3 of their hideouts destroyed in the shelling of security forces in the Central Kurram Agency whereas 5 persons were injured in the fresh missile attack by American spy planes hereon Thursday. Security Forces attacked at the hideouts of militants with heavy artillery fire in Ali Sher Zai, Chinarak and Sparkut areas. Resultantly, 8 militants were killed, several injured and 3 of their hideouts destroyed.
In addition, American spy planes

US condemns suicide attack in Charsadda

ISLAMABAD – The United States (US) Embassy in Pakistan strongly condemned Thursday’s terrorist attack in Charsadda that killed at least 13 people and wounded many others. “We offer our sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims. Today’s atrocity is the second in as many days believed to have targeted the leader of a political party. Yet again, Pakistani citizens and Pakistan’s democracy have been viciously attacked by terrorists who have no respect for the norms of

APNS elects office-bearers

KARACHI – The annual meeting of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society General Council on Thursday elected the executive committee for the year 2011-2012. The council re-elected Hameed Haroon as president while Sarmad Ali was elected as secretary general of the body. The AGM also unanimously approved the report of the Executive Committee for the preceding year as well as the annual accounts of the society.

Heated debate likely in NA session on 11th

ISLAMABAD – The National Assembly has been summoned to meet on April 11 at 4pm to discuss President Asif Zardari’s fourth speech to the joint session of the parliament. A heated debate on the controversial release of Raymond Davis is likely to take the centre-stage while a long list of adjournment motions, privilege motions and some important bills will also be taken up during the session.
PML-Q MNAs, Marvi Memon, Faisal Saleh Hayat, Engr Amir Muqam and Humayun Saifullah Khan,

KCCI announces strike against extortion, AKTI rejects

KARACHI – Karachi traders announced a strike on April 5 against increasing incidents of extortion in the city, as both the federal and the provincial government failed to control criminal activities.
Karachi Chambers of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) announced a strike after the attack on two auto parts traders by extortionists on Tuesday. KCCI President Muhammad Saeed Shafiq told Pakistan Today that in the face of the government’s failure to curb extortion, the chamber finally

Politicians cautioned against terror threats

ISLAMABAD – In the wake of two botched life attempts on JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman on consecutively on March 30 and 31 in Swabi and Charsada, the Interior Ministry on Thursday warned ANP President Asfandyar Wali, PML-Q President Shujaat Hussain, former information minister Sherry Rehman, former PPP information secretary Fauzia Wahab and a number of federal ministers against terrorist attacks for the second time in a month. A source in the ministry told Pakistan Today that the ministry

SC to hear NRO, 18th Amend cases from 11th

ISLAMABAD – Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary on Thursday constituted a 17-member larger bench to hear NRO review petitions and the 18th Amendment cases.
The larger bench will hear Civil Review Petitions No 129 of 2010 (Federation of Pakistan through Secretary Ministry of Law and Justice and Parliamentary Affairs versus Dr Mobashir Hassan, etc “challenging the NRO”) from April 11, 2011 and will commence hearing on the 18th Amendment case from April 18, 2011.