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Obama may not push India hard on Pakistan

Obama may not push India hard on Pakistan

WASHINGTON: US military commanders want India to formally reject an Indian military doctrine they say is fuelling tensions with Pakistan and hindering the American war in Afghanistan, the New York Times reported on Saturday.
But New Delhi denied any such doctrine even existed. However, US officials say they do not expect President Barack Obama to broach the subject of the doctrine, known informally as Cold Start, the daily said.
At the most, it quoted unnamed officials as

Fazl accuses army of killing innocent people

ISLAMABAD: Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Ameer of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), on Saturday alleged that the armed forces had bombed more than 50 mosques and blown up many houses, killing women and children during the operation against militants.
“Innocent people were killed by the forces but the media did not report this because it received orders not to, from the forces,” said the JUI-F leader in his address to the media at the second session of the South Asian Free Media

Afghan officials arrest three with ‘links’ to Pakistan

KABUL: Afghan security forces have detained three insurgents they blame for an attack on a UN compound last month and believe they have links to the Afghan Taliban leaders based in Pakistan, security officials said here on Saturday.
Four Taliban suicide bombers, dressed as police and women, attacked the United Nations compound in Herat city, a commercial hub in Afghanistan’s west, on October 23. All four were killed and there were no casualties among the UN staff.
The attack

CJP chairs AJDF governing body meeting

ISLAMABAD: Meeting of the governing body of Access to Justice Development Fund (AJDF) was held in the Conference Room of Supreme Court of Pakistan under the chairmanship of Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.
Chief Justices of the High Courts, Federal Secretaries of the Ministry of Finance & Law, Justice Parliamentary Affairs and Secretary Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan were amongst those present.
The fund will ensure that requirements of

Meat export to Malaysia is a great achievement: CM

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that shipment of 25 tons meat to Malaysia is a big achievement.
He was addressing a function at the occasion of first shipment of kosher meat to Malaysia by Zenith Associates in Raiwind on Saturday. He said that development of livestock could help increase export of kosher meat as well as strengthen national economy.
If the exporters promise to achieve $ two billion export of meat in next two years, he would allocate Rs

Stone-pelting leads to two deaths in IHK

SRINAGAR: Two people were killed on Saturday when their truck overturned in Indian-held Kashmir after anti-India protesters stoned it, police said on the first day of US President Barack Obama’s tour of the country.
Four people have now been killed in Kashmir by stone pelters since protests against Indian-rule started in early June. A police statement said that the incident occurred in southern Shopian district on Saturday when “miscreants were enforcing a strike and resorting to

New PPP Punjab president by next week

LAHORE: PPP Co-chairman President Asif Ali Zardari is likely to announce the new leader of the party’s Punjab chapter by next week, Pakistan Today learnt on Saturday.
Party insiders claimed that the PPP high command had finally decided to nominate an appropriate candidate so that coordination between the PPP central and provincial hierarchy could be improved.
Sources said Zardari delayed the nomination keeping in view the problems experienced by the party in the past when

Five people killed in Karachi

KARACHI: At least five people were killed in separate incidents in Karachi on Saturday amid heightened security measures that were put in place ahead of the arrival of the body of slain MQM leader Dr Imran Farooq.
Baldia Town Station House Officer (SHO) Rao Khalid said that unidentified gunmen killed Nazeer Ahmed in Faqeer Colony. The body was shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi for autopsy. A man was gunned down in Landhi in Quaidabad police precincts.
Police said

US slaps sanctions on LT, JM

WASHINGTON: The United States administration on Thursday imposed sanctions on two Pakistan-based terrorist organisations and a key leader of recent attacks in Mumbai.
The Treasury Department said it targeted the financial and support networks of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JEM). It also took action against Azam Cheema, saying he had helped train operatives for the November 2008 Mumbai attacks and was the “mastermind” behind the July 2006 Mumbai train bombings

SC refuses to halt PSM investigation

ISLAMABAD: A three-member Supreme Court bench on Thursday declined to halt investigations into corruption of over Rs 22 billion in the state-owned Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) and directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to submit a progress report into the case within a month.
The bench of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Tariq Parvaiz and Justice Ghulam Rabbani was conducting suo motu hearing on reports of alleged corruption of Rs 22 billion in PSM. The

ECC tells TCP to sell imported sugar as it lands

ISLAMABAD: The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the cabinet on Thursday directed the Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) to expedite sugar imports, sell the imported stocks at the port and immediately exhaust all other stocks to deflate the artificial price hike across the country.
The ECC met with Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh in the chair.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, Additional Finance Secretary Rana Asad Amin said that the Trading

Govt warns UK to refrain from mistreating Pakistanis

ISLAMABAD: Expressing concern over the reported targeting of Pakistanis in the UK by immigration authorities, Pakistan on Thursday warned the British government that ill treatment of its citizens would have an impact on bilateral ties.
The warning was conveyed by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to British High Commissioner Adam Thomson, who was summoned to the Foreign Office in the wake of media reports that Pakistanis living in the UK were being targeted by the UK

Imran Farooq’s body arriving today

KARACHI: As the body of slain MQM leader Dr Imran Farooq arrives in Karachi today (Friday), security agencies have expressed grave concern over the issuance of 275 special passes by the airport authorities to MQM activists to receive the coffin at Jinnah International Airport.
Pakistan Today has reliably learnt that flight No PK788 is to arrive at the airport at 9:35 am today, and airport authorities have issued 25 passes to the MQM leaders and workers for collecting the body.

Jamali says ‘black regime’ if PML factions don’t unite

LAHORE: Muttahida Muslim League (MML) Convener Mir Zafarullah Jamali has cautioned that Pakistan’s sovereignty would be at stake if an attempt was made to impose another martial law in the country, adding that there would be a ‘black regime’ if all PML factions did not unite.
“I see a black regime if PML factions do not unite, and I really have no idea when the light will come,” he said. He was briefing reporters after the maiden meeting of the steering committee of the MML held

Judges’ appointment – PML-N and PML-Q agree on names for parliamentary body

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-N and the Pakistan Muslim League-Q on Thursday reached a consensus over nominations for parliamentary committee for the appointment of judges to superior courts.
In Senate, Leader of Opposition Wasim Sajjad replaced his name with PML-N’s Senator Ishaq Dar, while Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain will still be the nominee of his party. In National Assembly, Opposition Leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan nominated Sardar Mehtab Abbasi from the PML-N and

Nawaz says PPP’s poor governance is damning democracy

GUJRANWALA: PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif has said that disappointment created among the masses by PPP’s poor governance could be harmful to democracy, which had been restored after a long struggle.
Addressing a gathering at the residence of MNA Iftikhar Ahmad Cheema after offering condolences over his mother’s death, Nawaz said the president and prime minister should adopt politics of principles and should control corruption at the upper level, as well as in the public sector, where

Nisar hits out at PPP, prime minister

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-N on Thursday unleashed a campaign against the government targeting Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani for the first time and asking the Pakistan People’s Party to pull out of the coalition in Punjab and join the opposition in the province.
“Your coalition partners are not supporting you… you are the leader of the House as long as you have the majority… we have not demanded mid-term elections but there would be nothing wrong in it if it