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ATC gives FIA 15 days to deliver Musharraf’s warrants

ATC gives FIA 15 days to deliver Musharraf’s warrants

RAWLPINDI – The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) hearing Benazir Bhutto murder case on Saturday gave Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) 15 more days to deliver arrest warrant to former president Pervez Musharraf at his London residence. The court, during two previous hearings, had issued arrest warrant of the former president after his name was included in the charge-sheet.
FIA officials took the plea before ATC Judge Rana Nisar that the warrants could not be served on former

Construction of 22 model villages starts on 15th

LAHORE – Presiding over a high-level meeting, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said construction of 22 model villages in the flood-affected areas of the province would start on March 15. These villages would be completed and handed over to the affected within 90 days, he added.
Shahbaz said the model villages, equipped with necessary facilities, would introduce a new culture in these areas, adding that the completion of construction within the timeframe was the

2 schools bombed in Tribal Areas

PESHAWAR – The authorities Saturday said militants bombed another two government schools in Khyber Agency and Darra Adam Khel, a semi-tribal area bordering the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, on Saturday. Although no human causality was reported, the buildings were badly damaged in the blasts. According to an official source in Darra Adam Khel, four classrooms, a veranda and boundary wall collapsed in the blast caused by planted explosives.
And in Khyber Agency,

‘Provinces to get Concurrent List depts soon’

KARACHI – All departments mentioned under the Concurrent List will be transferred to the provinces, it was pointed out during a meeting between Federal Inter-Provincial Coordination Minister Raza Rabbani, Federal Petroleum Minister Naveed Qamar and Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah at the Chief Minister’s House on Saturday. According to an official handout, they discussed issues pertaining to transfer of powers from the federal government and inter-provincial problems after

ATC adjourns Taseer murder case hearing

ISLAMABAD – An Anti Terrorism Court on Saturday adjourned the hearing of Taseer assassination case until March 26. The judge adjourned the hearing after two more witnesses recorded their statements, said Malik Mohammad Rafique, one of counsel of Qadri.
The witnesses, a police draftsman Khuram Shehzad and an Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Gul Faraz, told the court about the scene and the post-mortem examination. Meanwhile, around 150 people rallied outside the prison chanting

French embassy secretary robbed

ISLAMABAD French Embassy Secretary Domnique Delavigne’s house was looted by four robbers within the precincts of Aabpara Police Station on Friday. Delavigne informed the police that the men entered his house and holding the residents at gunpoint snatched 30 Euros, Rs 3000, 3 laptops, 2 hard disks and 2 USBs, police said.

Ditch turncoats, or face no-trust move: PPP to Shahbaz

LAHORE – Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Saturday extended a conditional support to Shahbaz Sharif in the case of a ‘no-confidence motion’ against him in the provincial assembly. Under the ‘revised reconciliation policy’, Opposition Leader in Punjab Assembly Raja Riaz announced that they would not vote against the chief minister if the turncoats were not embraced.
Talking to the media men outside the Punjab Assembly, Riaz said they were ready to let the PML-N rule in the

PM’s directives for degrees’ verification mere rhetoric

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s directives appear to be a rhetoric as the Establishment Division has so far not sent any formal instruction to the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to complete the verification process of federal government employees’ educational degrees by April 4. The prime minister had set a two month deadline starting from February 5 for the verification of educational degrees. However, despite the passage of one month, no official instruction has

Senators want speedy disposal of cases pending with FIA

ISLAMABAD – The Senate Standing Committee on Interior on Saturday asked the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to speed up investigation into corruption and embezzlement cases and submit inquiry report to committee on monthly basis. The Senate body met here under the chairmanship of Senator Talha Mehmood to discuss current status of corruption/ embezzlement cases/inquiries of Health Department, Capital Development Authority (CDA) and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) pending with FIA

Swiss delegation calls on KP governor

PESHAWAR – The Swiss high-level delegation called on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Governor Barrister Masood Kausar at the Governor’s House on Saturday and informed him about the efforts of the government and the people of Switzerland for ensuring socio-economic uplift programmes. The delegation led by Swiss Development Corporation Director General Martin Dahinden consisted of the South Asia Division head and the Swiss Ambassador in Pakistan, Christopher Bubb besides others.

NADRA to launch women’s registration drive

ISLAMABAD – NADRA would soon be launching a women registration drive across the country to achieve the target of 100 percent women’s registration by making them aware of the importance of registration in getting their basic rights. According to a statement issued by NADRA Deputy Chairman Muhammad Tariq Malik on Saturday, the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day on March 8 would be marked by NADRA with the commencement of free registration for unregistered women in the

Durrani warns of ‘long march’ over land scam

ISLAMABAD – Chief of Muttahida Mahaz Bahawalpur (MMB) and former information minister Senator Mohammad Ali Durrani Saturday warned the Punjab government of a long march if the ‘loot sale’ of Bahawalpur state lands is not stopped.
Addressing a press conference, Senator Durrani warned those who had acquired the state lands to vacate the lands or be ready to face public wrath. “Those who have bought these lands as front men of the influential will be tagged as ‘traitors’ of the

Pakistan needs allies’ patience and help as it battles extremism

LAHORE – In a report published by the Washington Post on Saturday, President Asif Ali Zardari wrote that just days before her assassination, his wife, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, wrote presciently of the war within Islam and the potential for a clash between Islam and the West, “There is an internal tension within Muslim society. The failure to resolve that tension peacefully and rationally threatens to degenerate into a collision course of values spilling into a clash between Islam and

Malik discusses law and order with Altaf

ISLAMABAD – Interior Minister Rehman Malik phoned Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Altaf Hussain on Saturday and discussed various issues with him including law and order situation in Pakistan. Both of them discussed the political situation in the country and agreed that stringent security measures were required for the protection of life and property of the citizens, said a press release.
Rehman Malik told Altaf Hussain that terrorists wanted to destabilise the country

APML seeks judicial inquiry into Lal Masjid operation

LAHORE – The All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) urges the federal government to hold a free and independent judicial inquiry into the Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa operations, APML Vice-President Major General (r) Rashid Qureshi said on Saturday. He was speaking at a press conference at the Lahore Press Club. The former presidential spokesman said that former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf’s government did not harm civilians and took every decision in the national interest.

Key ally leaves Manmohan govt

NEW DELHI – A key regional party from south India said Saturday it had withdrawn from the ruling national coalition, dealing a new blow to the embattled government but still leaving it with a sturdy majority. The Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) said it had been unable to come to an agreement with the Congress party for elections in the state of Tamil Nadu, leading it to withdraw from the embattled federal coalition and offer issue-based support.
The move is the latest challenge

Smith wary of England backlash

CHENNAI South African captain Graeme Smith said he expected to face a fired-up England following their humiliation by Ireland, when the Test rivals met in a World Cup match on Sunday. Andrew Strauss’s team were victims of one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history when Ireland, inspired by Kevin O’Brien’s record-breaking 50-ball century, chased down a 328-run winning target in Bangalore on Wednesday. It was a victory that threw the race for quarter-final places from Group B wide