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Troop withdrawal part of Balochistan package: Gilani

Troop withdrawal part of Balochistan package: Gilani

ISLAMABAD – Army chief Ashfaq Kayani’s statement regarding halting army operation in Balochistan was part of the government’s announced Aghaz-e-Huqooq-e-Balochistan, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said on Tuesday. Talking to reporters after the book-launching ceremony of former information minister Javed Jabbar, the prime minister did not give a cut date for the cabinet’s extension. Asked when the second phase of the cabinet extension would be made, Gilani said, “I can’t comment

LCN gives away scholarships

LAHORE – Leadership Colleges Network (LCN) celebrated the Leaders Day at Rawalpindi Arts Council during which also included annual prize distribution ceremony. Dr Jamal Nasir, the chairman of green task force, was the chief guest while Waseem Ahmed, CEO of LCN, was the guest of honour. The LCN gave away three prizes of Rs 500,000, 150,000 and 100,000 for scholarship. Four other prizes of Rs 20,000 each were also distributed among the students.

Young leaders celebrate first decade

LAHORE – Young Leaders’ Conference (YLC) is celebrating its first decade of changing lives for the better. The theme for this year is Faith, Unity, Discipline. Preparations are at their peak as the big conference is just two months away. 350 youth from all over the country and other parts of the world will participate in the six-day event lead by Malik Khashkilly from Khairpur and Bilal Nazar from Nawabshah. The participants will interact and network with each other and leading

Sale of unhygienic food on the rise in Daska

DASKA – Stall holders are selling unhygienic food which is causing abdominal diseases among the residents of Daska, Sambriali, Pasrur and Sialkot while food inspectors have turned a blind eye towards the situation. With the advent of summer season, the stalls of golas, ice creams and other eatables have been set up on roadsides and outside the schools. These stall holders sell substandard and unhygienic food items which cause diseases among the residents while the food inspectors take

Human pathogenic bacteria in raw milk

Dairy animals, an important sector of livestock, play a vital role in the economy of rural population. It can be gauged from the fact that 30 to 35 million rural populations are engaged in raising dairy animals. Every rural family has two to three cattle/buffalo and five to six sheep/goat. Every family is driving 30 to 40 percent of their income from these animals. Dairy animals include cattle, buffaloes, sheep, goats and camels which are major source of milk, mutton, wool, hair,

3 cops injured as police station building caves in

FAISALABAD – The terrified residents of Civil Lines ran out of their houses in panic on Tuesday when a powerful explosion at Civil Lines Police Station shook the building and the falling debris critically injured three policemen. The explosion was the result of the combustible material recovered from a terrorist group last month that had been stored on the roof of the police station. On March 8, a deadly attack that occurred outside an intelligence agency’s building in the vicinity of

7 teachers rewarded for best performance

KHANEWAL – At least seven senior teachers of the Government Girls’ Model English High School were rewarded for best teaching by the Government of Punjab Education Department Lahore. As per details, it was announced by the department that teachers and heads of educational institutes showing hundred percent results in the academic years would be given cash prizes and commendation certificates.
In this regard, for the years 2008-09 and 2009-10, these seven senior teachers, Deputy

US Admiral Mullen to visit Pakistan this week

ISLAMABAD – The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff will visit Islamabad this week for talks with Pakistani leaders as relations between the allies flounder amid a series of diplomatic rows.
Admiral Mike Mullen’s visit is the latest shuttle diplomacy mission after a fatal shooting by a CIA contractor in January enflamed a row over intelligence sharing and heightened tensions over the controversial US drone war.
Mullen, the top US military official, is to visit for

Gilani seeks UN help in flood forecasting, weather warning system

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani sought United Nations’ assistance in developing flood forecasting and early weather warning system for Pakistan before the monsoon season.
Talking to Rauf Engin Soysal, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for Assistance to Pakistan at the PM House, Gilani appreciated UN’s support and Special Envoy’s dedicated work for the flood affected people of the country.
The Prime Minister lauded the personal commitment of

Petition to remove Musharraf’s name from official record

LAHORE – Former President, Rafiq Tarar filed petition in the Lahore High Court (LHC), seeking to remove Musharraf’s name from official record.
The Lahore High Court (LHC) sought an answer from Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq about the removal of former president General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf’s name form the official record as the president of Pakistan.
Former president in his petition maintained that after the approval of 18th Amendment and the Supreme Court’s

Clinton to visit Pakistan next month

ISLAMABAD – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would visit Pakistan next month.
According to a private television channel, Clinton would lead the US delegation in next month’s Pak-US strategic dialogue.
It said that the US intended to send high profile officials to Pakistan for the visit.
The dialogue between two countries is expected to strengthen ties and ease tension.

NATO oil tanker destroyed in Sibi

SIBI – At least one person was injured Tuesday when a NATO oil tanker was destroyed in suburban area of Sibi District.
Some unknown militants opened fire at the container carrying fuel for NATO force in Afghanistan in Dasht area of Sibi district in central Balochistan, a Private TV Channel reported.
The oil tanker was destroyed and a driver was injured, reports said.
More than 300 NATO tankers and containers carrying logistics and fuel for the International Security

Brig Mehmood hails 5000 Baloch recruitment in Pakistan army

ISLAMABAD – Brigadier (Retd.) Mehmood Shah hailed announcement by Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani about 5000 Baloch men recruitment in Pakistan army this year.
Talking to VOA, he said that Pakistan Army’s Baloch Regiment is second largest after Punjab Regiment. He said that Balochistan lags behind in education sector and therefore, Baloch youth cannot compete with the youth of other parts of the country.
To a question, he said that it is difficult for those

SC adjourns NRO review petition for 2 weeks

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court (SC) adjourned review petition on National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) for two weeks on Tuesday.
The hearing was adjourned due to absence of Justice Tasadaq Jilani, who is unavailable because of his illness.
The attorney general said that there is no change in the stance of the federation. He further said that the federation wants lawyer of its own choice.

Pakistan test fires nuclear-capable missile

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s military on Tuesday said it had successfully test-fired a newly developed short-range ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
The military said in a statement that the “Hatf 9” missile with a range of 60 kilometres (40 miles) “could carry nuclear warheads of appropriate yields with high accuracy”.
“The missile has been developed to add deterrence value to Pakistan’s strategic weapons development programme at shorter ranges,” it said,

Government questions SC’s suo motu jurisdiction

ISLAMABAD – The federal government on Monday questioned the Supreme Court’s suo motu jurisdiction under Article 184 (3) of the Constitution contending that it denied the federation’s full right of appeal in breach of Article 10 (A), besides violating the injunctions of Islam with regards to maintainability. Arguing on a review petition against the court’s verdict of declaring the decision of parliamentary committee (PC) for appointment of judges null and void, Additional Attorney

US, Pakistan working to repair widening rift

ISLAMABAD – With no end in sight to the differences between Pakistan and the US over drone attacks and the scale of CIA operations, US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen is rushing to Islamabad this week in a bid to end the days’ long row, which is damaging not only bilateral ties but also the US led anti-terrorism campaign. Mullen, who has met with army chief General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani several times in the past, is considered to have more tolerance for the