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Three die as suicide bomber strikes Swabi police lines

Three die as suicide bomber strikes Swabi police lines

PESHAWAR: Three people, including two police constables, were killed and another eight injured in a suicide attack at Swabi Police Lines on Monday. The bomber blew himself up outside the Shah Mansoor compound of the police lines.
According to details, four assailants, including the suicide bomber, arrived at the lines by a car and opened indiscriminate fire at the police guards at the gate, killing two officials.
The attackers then tried to enter the lines, but officials

Nawaz resisting pressure

LAHORE: Despite a strong pressure from vested interests, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif is in no mood to go for unification with other PML factions, including the PML-Q.
The reason for his unwillingness, according to party insiders, was a strong belief on part of Nawaz that all the moves for the PML unification were being sponsored by the establishment, with which the PML-N and its leadership did not want to align at any cost.
Party leaders close to Nawaz said the PML-N had been

Enraged senators blast govt over petroleum prices

ISLAMABAD: Charged with anger and disappointment over the government’s failure to curb inflation, the opposition and the treasury members in Senate on Monday lambasted the government for ‘dropping a fuel bomb’ on the people by increasing the prices of petroleum products by as much as nine percent.
Speaking on a point of order, Leader of Opposition Senator Wasim Sajjad took the lead when he plainly announced a token walk out against the recent hike in petroleum products’ prices.

Reforms body to review law that governs judges’ appointment

ISLAMABAD: The Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Reforms Monday decided to reconsider the judges’ appointment procedure in line with the Supreme Court’s interim order.
The committee meeting, chaired by Senator Mian Raza Rabbani, examined the interim order passed by the Supreme Court (SC) and said that the decision was an important step in recognizing institutional jurisdiction.
It decided to review the rules to be formulated under clauses 8 and 14 of the Article

SC summons Punjab CS over prisoners’ abduction

ISLAMABAD: A three-member Supreme Court bench on Monday summoned the Punjab chief secretary for today (Tuesday) to explain why 11 prisoners, allegedly abducted from Adiala Jail, could not be recovered so far.
The bench consisting of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday was hearing a case involving the alleged abduction of 11 prisoners involved in heinous crimes from Adiala Jail by intelligence agencies.

Military regimes blocked national progress: Nawaz

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has said that repeated military regimes in the country created hurdles in the way of the nation’s development.
Talking to a delegation of South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA) at his Raiwind residence on Monday, Nawaz said had the democratic government not been toppled by a dictator in 1999, the country would not have been facing terrorism, unemployment and inflation.
Nawaz said democracy was the solution to

US drone strike kills five militants in North Waziristan

MIRANSHAH: A US missile strike by a drone killed at least five militants in Pakistan’s North Waziristan Agency on Monday, security officials said.
The attack targeted militants sleeping at a compound in Haider Khel village of Mir Ali district in North Waziristan, 25 kilometres east of Miranshah. “Five militants were killed,” said a senior security official on condition of anonymity.
“The drone fired two missiles,” he added. “The compound belonged to local tribesman Ahmad Ali

‘TBERM project main reason for flooding in Muzaffargarh’

ISLAMABAD: The flaws in the Taunsa Barrage Emergency Rehabilitation and Modernisation (TBERM) project was the main cause of floods in Muzaffargarh district and other nearby areas; local residents and civil society activists said.
They said that engineering flaws in the project destroyed the river environment, killed many people, led to the displacement of around 2 million people, washed away crops, animals, houses and other sources of livelihoods and caused losses worth billions

SC will hear Adiala Jail prisoners’ case today

Masood Rehman
A three-member Supreme Court (SC) bench will hear today a case pertaining to the alleged abduction of 11 prisoners – involved in heinous crimes – from Adiala jail by intelligence agencies.
The bench comprises Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday.
Their version:
Punjab home secretary, Punjab inspector general of prisons and the Rawalpindi district

IDPs without amenities as harsh winter approaches

ISLAMABAD: With the onset of winter, the fate of around 0.8 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) hangs in balance, who are still without warm clothes, blankets and other necessities of life.
Despite the fact that the weather is turning colder everyday, no efforts are being made to equip the IDPS to help them cope with coming harsh winter days. According to an official of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), around 818,065 people are still living at flood relief

Pro-MML PML-Q leaders working towards Chaudhrys-dissidents reconciliation

ISLAMABAD: Leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) opposed to the party’s possible alliance with the Pakistan People’s Party have geared up efforts to mend fences between the Chaudhrys and the PML-Q dissident group in order to pave the way for the party to join the Muttahida Muslim League (MML).
PML-Q Secretary General Mushahid Hussain Sayed was likely to meet PML-Functional (PML-F) chief Pir Pagara within the next few days to remove misunderstandings between the

Indian home minister reviews security on Kashmir visit

SRINAGAR: India’s Home Minister P Chidambaram reviewed the security situation in Indian-held Kashmir on Sunday in the face of months of deadly protests against Indian occupation that have left over 100 people dead.
Chidambaram held a series of meetings with Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and top security and intelligence officials, a spokesman said.
It was Chidambaram’s first visit to the state since June 11 when a 17-year-old student was killed by a police teargas

Shahbaz ruined Punjab’s economy, says Elahi

LAHORE: Shahbaz Sharif has made Punjab penniless and is selling public assets at throwaway prices, claimed Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid ‘s (PML-Q) leader Pervaiz Elahi while addressing a district worker convention at Gujranwala on Sunday.
“During the PML-Q regime, we gave Rs 8 million to 18 union councils each in Gujranwala and spent Rs 16 billion in five years but Shahbaz did not bother to give even Rs 1600 for the progress of Gujranwala. Not a single cabinet minister in his

Government reviewing power tariff system

ISLAMABAD: The federal government is having second thoughts on the differential tariff regime, one of the key ingredients of the proposed power sector reforms, as their implementation may raise issues that some regional parties might try to exploit.
The government had sought legal advice whether a national level regulatory body could notify different tariff for countrywide implementation, official sources said. They said under the proposed power sector reforms, the government

ECP will review 14 more fake degree cases today

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan has summoned fourteen members of National and provincial assemblies to face its special committee on fake degrees today.
Three National Assembly members, Mir Hamdam Khan, Ghulam Dastagir Rajar, Haji Rozuddin, two Sindh Assembly members Mukesh Kumar, Patembir Sehwani, four MPAs from Punjab, Afshan Farooq, Muhammad Safdar Gul, Farah Deeba, Haji Nasir Mahmood, four from Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Maulvi Obaidullah, Haji Sher Azam Wazir,

US hunting Saudi bomb maker in parcel bomb plot

WASHINGTON: A Saudi bomb maker believed to be working with Al Qaeda’s Yemen-based wing is a key suspect in the parcel bomb plot against the US, an official said on Saturday.
Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, who tops a Saudi Arabian terrorism list, is the brother of a suicide bomber killed in an attempt to kill Saudi counter-terrorism chief Prince Muhammad bin Nayef last year.
That attack, as well as another attempt on a US-bound airliner on Christmas Day 2009, involved the use of

‘Friends’ resisting Musharraf

ISLAMABAD: Once close confidants of former president Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf, leaders of various factions of the PML blocked the inclusion of Musharraf’s All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) in the newly-formed Muttahida Muslim League (MML).
A source in the MML told Pakistan Today that Musharraf’s party was not allowed to become part of the alliance because Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Ijazul Haq, Salim Saifullah, Humayun Akhtar Khan and Mian Muhammad Azhar strongly resisted the