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Disclosures defended by hacktivists

Disclosures defended by hacktivists

LAHORE: A group called Anonymous has hit sites that have refused to do business with the controversial whistle-blowing site with a series of distributed denial-of-service attacks.
It mirrors similar attacks aimed at the Wikileaks site. Targets include the Swiss bank that froze founder Julian Assange’s assets and PayPal which has stopped processing donations to Wikileaks. Anonymous is a loose-knit group of hacktivists, with links to the notorious message board 4chan.
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US could have trouble extraditing WikiLeaks founder from Sweden

LAHORE: The arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by British police on a Swedish arrest warrant could presage a long legal battle if the United States wants to extradite him, particularly if Assange is first extradited to Sweden, CNN reported experts saying on Tuesday.
A British judge sent Assange to jail until at least December 14 while a court decides whether to order the extradition. Assange, 39, is suspected of one count of rape, two counts of sexual molestation and one

Khurshid says Munter intervening in Pakistan’s affairs

ISLAMABAD: Prof Khurshid Ahmad, senator and Naib Amir of the Jamaate Islami Pakistan, on Tuesday said that he had serious concerned about the activities of US Ambassador Cameron Munter.
In a statement Khurshid said that Munter’s visit to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement Headquarters and his statement that “if GST is not enforced it would be a blow to the international community’s efforts made to bolster Pakistan economy” and that “enforcement of GST is the key-condition of the IMF”

Quick justice a priority: IHC CJ

LAHORE: Providing speedy justice to aggrieved parties has been my priority as a Lahore High Court (LHC) judge and I would continue the same as the Islamabad High Court (IHC) chief justice, Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman said on Tuesday.
Talking to Pakistan Today, Justice Rehman said that he would make efforts for providing justice to his fellow countrymen. He said that ever since becoming a judge, the court has been a worship place for him and by providing justice to people on

Parliament’s joint session on 18th

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari has requisitioned the joint session of parliament on December 18, 2010. Prime Minister of China Wen Jiabao will address the joint session.
The Chinese prime minister will arrive in Pakistan on December 17 for a three-day visit. The country’s top political and military leadership, as well as foreign diplomats are likely to attend the joint session.
During the visit, Prime Minister Wen will also meet President Zardari and Prime Minister

PPP ministers slam PML-N for negligence

LAHORE: Punjab ministers Raja Riaz and Ashraf Sohna from the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) said on Monday during the 21st session of the Punjab Assembly that the Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has always created hurdles in serving the masses.
It was a routine start of proceeding but just before the question hour session PPP legislator Hassan Murtaza drew the attention of the house over the issue of the exploitation of sugarcane growers by the sugar mill owners. e said that the mill

Suspected Taliban among 300 held in Karachi raids

KARACHI: More than 300 suspects, including suspected Taliban leaders, were arrested in Manghopir, Karachi in a search operation on Tuesday, sources told Pakistan Today.
The crackdown was carried out after the Sindh government received information about possible terror attacks in Karachi during Muharram. On a tip-off, law enforcement agencies raided Manghopir and its surroundings areas.
Rangers and police personnel cordoned off the area and launched a search operation in

PAC apprehensive about army probe into NLC scam

ISLAMABAD: The Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly on Tuesday expressed reservations over the probe being conducted by the Pakistan Army into the National Logistic Cell (NLC) scam on the directions of Army chief General Ashfaq Kayani.
“The PAC has already complied three inquiry reports on the NLC scam and the inquiry report of the Pakistan Army would be considered a fourth one without any status of being a final verdict,” PAC Chairman Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan

Missing prisoners – Agencies claim ‘major breakthrough’

ISLAMABAD: Intelligence officials met Attorney General Anwarul Haq in his office on Tuesday and told him that there was a major breakthrough in the case of 11 missing inmates of Adiala Jail, sources told Pakistan Today.
They said just after the meeting, the attorney general filed an application in the Supreme Court seeking early hearing of the missing prisoners’ case, fixed for hearing on December 13. According to the sources, the attorney general stated in his application that

Govt lifts 3-year ban on wheat exports

ISLAMABAD: The government on Tuesday decided to lift a three-year ban on wheat export, allowing the private sector to export one million tonnes of wheat without any subsidy during the current financial year.
The decision was made during Tuesday meeting of the Economic Coordination Committee of the cabinet (ECC), which met under the chairmanship of Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh.
The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MINFA) had sought the lifting of the ban on wheat

Sarkozy slams Pakistan as he marks Mumbai attacks

MUMBAI: French President Nicolas Sarkozy condemned Pakistan on Tuesday for allowing extremist “safe havens” in the Tribal Areas, as he paid tribute to the victims of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
Sarkozy, in Mumbai on the last day of a four-day visit to India, said it was “unacceptable” that terror networks could find refuge in Pakistan and use it as a springboard to attack India, French troops in Afghanistan or other countries.
“It is unacceptable that India’s security can be

SC orders payback of $21m advance for Guddu, Naudero plants

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday directed the Central Power Generation Company Limited (CPGCL) to pay back an amount of over $21 million along with the mark-up it received in advance for setting up Guddu and Naudero-II power plants and inform the court by today (Wednesday).
The three-member bench, comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday, was hearing a suo motu case into the alleged

Suicide bomber misses Balochistan CM

QUETTA: A week after a remote-controlled bomb targeted Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Magsi, a suicide bomber blew himself up in front of Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani’s motorcade on Tuesday.
However, the chief minister escaped the attack, but 10 people including five police personnel got injured. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for the suicide attack. The suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden jacket seconds after the chief minister’s

WikiLeaks founder Assange arrested

LONDON: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was refused bail by a British court on Tuesday after he was arrested over allegations of sex crimes in Sweden.
Assange, whose WikiLeaks website is at the centre of a row over the release of secret US diplomatic cables, was arrested under a European Arrest Warrant earlier on Tuesday after handing himself in to London police. Assange, who denies the allegations, was refused bail and faces a fresh hearing on December 14.
He has spent

Opposition gives tough time to excise minister in PA

LAHORE: Punjab Excise and Taxation Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman on failed to satisfy opposition members on their queries during the question hour session in the Punjab Assembly on Monday. The opposition members gave the minister a tough time and finally the minister, while admitting the failure of the department to achieve target set for property tax collection for the fiscal years 2007-08 and 2008-09, claimed upward trend in revenue collection after the said years.
He said it

Targeted subsidies for poor will continue: Hafeez

KARACHI: The federal government on Monday said that “targeted subsidies” would continue to help the poorest of the poor to sustain. “I want to assure you that the government would try to do its best, would cut the expenditures… (and) continue targeted subsidies,” Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh said at the PCP Corporate Philanthropy Awards 2010. The event was organised by Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy (PCP) and was attended by participants from corporate sector, whose

ISI political wing is controversial, says Sanaullah

LAHORE: The role of Inter-Services Intelligence’s (ISI) political wing is questionable but ISI’s role in anti-terrorist activities has been found reliable, Punjab Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Rana Sanaullah said while responding to a ‘Call Attention Notice’ moved by Chaudhry Zaheer in relation to the suicide blast at the shrine of Baba Fareed in Pakpattan. Sanaullah categorically stated that Inter-Services Intelligence is the best intelligence agency of the country and

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