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NATO concerned over attacks on supplies

NATO concerned over attacks on supplies

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

Rangers, BSF trade fire

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

Bhatti did not adhere to prescribed security procedures: Rehman Malik

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

Pakistan supports Afghan national reconciliation, says Hina Khar

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

Pakistan attaches great importance to ECO: Salman

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

Govt panicking under UN pressure: Baloch groups

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

PBC seeks recovery of abducted judges, lawyers from Balochistan

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,

Two top terrorists killed near Kohat

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

NA fails to condemn Bhatti’s assassination

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

PML-Q moves SC against FIA’s allegations

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

Govt mulls importing LNG from March 2013

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

Law enforcement officials tell VIPs to strictly adhere to security protocol

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

Women’s abuse cannot be condoned: SC

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

PML-Q govt never offered any slot to Qureshi: Faisal

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

Robbers take away Rs 5m goods from four shops

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,

Seven passengers’ burning raises burning questions

GUJRANWALA – An incident which took the lives of seven people, including all the four children of a couple, has raised the burning questions which require attention of the government and policy makers. An expatriate living in Dubai lost his 12-year-old Afshan, nine-year-old Shahzad, seven-year-old Kashif and three-year-old Abdullah while his wife was helplessly transferred to a Lahore hospital without any medication.
The incident sparked agitation at the time of the four funerals

Chunian Bar observes strike against rising crime

KASUR – Chunian Bar Association observed a strike against the rising crime in the area and the lawyers boycotted the courts’ proceedings completely. Tehsil Bar Secretary General Muhammad Akram said police had failed to control the crime in the district as the robbery incidents had increased. The lawyers demanded higher authorities take concrete steps to control crimes and ensure proper patrolling of police in the tehsil.