QUETTA – The Christian community on Friday staged a protest demonstration against the killing of Minister for Minorities’ Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti, who was killed by unidentified gunmen in Islamabad on Wednesday. Calling the assassination a cruel act, the protesters demanded the government immediately arrest his killers. They also chanted slogans against terrorism and demanded the government give due status to minorities. The rally, led by Pastor Inayat and Pastor Nadeem, started from
WASHINGTON – US national security officials say progress is being made to persuade Pakistan to free a CIA contractor held on murder charges but that Washington could take punitive diplomatic and financial action if the case is not resolved soon.
The officials said they believed private discussions between Islamabad and Washington have cooled anti-American rhetoric that erupted in Pakistan after the arrest of Raymond Davis, a former US Special Forces soldier employed by the CIA
QUETTA – The military officials of NATO and Pakistan held a meeting on Friday to discuss the security issues and the attacks on the vehicles carrying supplies to Afghanistan in Balochistan. A 13-member NATO delegation led by Maj General James I Terry arrived in Quetta the morning in two helicopters from Kandahar province of Afghanistan. They later went to the Corps Headquarters and met Commander Southern Command Lt Gen Javed Zia.
The NATO officials expressed their grave concern
LAHORE – The Pakistan Rangers and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) clashed at the Gunda Singh Border this week, Dunya News reported on Friday. Pakistan Rangers officials and Indian Border Security Force got into a heated argument at the Gunda Singh Border, leading to a free-for-all fight involving punches and slaps earlier this week. According to the Indian media, the unpleasant incident occurred when an official of the Pakistan Rangers accidentally hit the BSF personnel during a
ISLAMABAD – Interior Minister Rehman Malik told reporters at a press conference on Friday that slain minister Shahbaz Bhatti did not adhere to the prescribed security procedure, which provided the gunmen an opportunity to attack him. Malik stated categorically however that he never said Bhatti was responsible for his own assassination. He said though that had Bhatti not ordered his security staff to abandon him, the attackers could not have killed him.
He also said that Bhatti’s
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hina Rabbani Khar participated in the meeting on Afghanistan held in Jeddah on Thursday, said a Foreign Office statement here on Friday. Earlier, Pakistani government citing its ‘principled objections’ to the Af-Pak concept, had refrained from joining sessions held by the International Contact Group.
“Pakistan was given a clear understanding that this meeting in Jeddah had been convened as a result of a request by the
ISLAMABAD – Secretary-General ECO Mohammad Yahya Maroofi on Friday met Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir at the Foreign Office and informed him about status of the initiatives taken by the ECO in multiple domains. Lauded efforts of the secretary general in giving a new momentum to multi-dimensional cooperation in the organisation, Salman Bashir said Pakistan attached great important to cooperation within the ECO framework.
“The ECO secretary-general mentioned the initiatives about
KARACHI – The state and the government of Pakistan are panicking amidst immense pressure from the UN and human rights organisations to resolve the issues of the people of Balochistan and the recent statements issued by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani should be seen in this light, Baloch groups told Pakistan Today on Wednesday.
“This is all they can do. They go around spreading lies and misleading the people of the country through the media. Then people wonder why the people of
ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) on Friday demanded the federal and Balochistan governments immediately recover abducted judges and lawyers of Balochistan, else the council would give a nationwide strike call. It also threatened to devise other courses of action for the release and recovery of the abducted judges and lawyers. Condemning the abduction of Distrct and Sessions Judge Jan Muhammad Gohar Yasinzai, Civil Judge Muhammad Ali Kakar, and lawyers Munir Ahmed Mirwani,
KOHAT – The security forces killed at least two most wanted terrorists in a clash at Kamal Khel, a suburb of Kohat, on Friday. The terrorists opened indiscriminate fire when the security forces were conducting a search operation in the locality. They were stated to be involved in various bombings in Kohat and attacks on the security forces.
In another incident, tribesmen captured eight persons allegedly linked with the extremists. Meanwhile, a traffic police Inspector Qaiser
ISLAMABAD – Creating a strong sense of discrimination among parliamentarians belonging to minorities, the National Assembly session was prorogued on Friday without passing any condemnatory resolution against the assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti, as the Sindh Assembly unanimously passed a resolution to condemn the brutal killing of the minorities’ minister. During NA proceedings on Thursday, MPs from minorities demanded the government bring a unanimous resolution to condemn the
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leaders filed a joint application in the Supreme Court (SC) on Friday seeking registration of a criminal case against Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Additional Director General Zafar Ahmed Qureshi under Section 193 and Section 500 of the Pakistan Penal Code for making false allegations against them. PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, Chaudhry Wajahat Hussain and Moonis Elahi filed the petition through their
ISLAMABAD – The government has directed the Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGC) to complete the tendering process for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) imports by June 30 this year so that the actual supplies could start from March 2013. An official source at the Ministry of Petroleum said the instructions had been given to the SSGC considering the fact that the consumption was growing at a rate of seven percent per annum. “If steps for timely imports are not taken, the energy crisis
ISLAMABAD – Law enforcement officials in the federal capital have directed politicians and religious leaders to strictly adhere to security protocols and not let terrorists take advantage of the security breach committed by none other but themselves.
According to a letter written by the DIG (Security) Islamabad on Thursday and circulated through the Ministry of Interior to all politicians and other VIPs who have been provided security cover, these people have been asked not to
ISLAMABAD – A two-member Supreme Court bench on Friday accepted for regular hearing a joint petition filed by some female assistant sub inspectors (ASIs) of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) seeking promotions like their male colleagues. The bench comprising Justice Nasirul Mulk and Justice Ghulam Rabbani observed that discrimination on the basis of gender was not permissible and a violation of the articles 22, 25 and 38 of the constitution.
The petition was filed by nine
ISLAMABAD – Parliamentary leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-i-Azam in the National Assembly Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat Friday rejected Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s claim that he had been offered a ministerial slot by the then PML-Q government. He said neither Rao Sikandar Iqbal nor Shaukat Aziz had made any offer to the former foreign minister. He was speaking in the National Assembly on a point of order. “I came to know Qureshi’s contention through media reports.
In order to set
FAISALABAD – A dacoit gang took away food stock worth Rs 5 million from four shops of a market at midnight and escaped. The dacoits intruded into Minerva Market at night and overpowered the only security guard, snatched his rifle from him and detained him in a shop. Then they broke the locks of the shops owned by Khawaja Babar, Chaudhry Rafique, Rana Jaffar and Abdus Sattar and loaded their food stock worth Rs 5 million in a vehicle and escaped. Ghalla Mandi Trade Union officials,