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Pak-Afghan lawmakers seek joint efforts to fight terror

Pak-Afghan lawmakers seek joint efforts to fight terror

ISLAMABAD – Urging close working relation between the intelligence agencies of the two countries, parliamentarians from Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday emphasised efforts to combat terrorism jointly.
In a joint statement issued on the last day of talks between the lawmakers of the two countries, the lawmakers said that terrorism had been the major impediment in the development of both Pakistan and Afghanistan. The talk were organised by the PILDAT. Lawmakers also stressed

Govt owes Rs 83,522.47 million to WAPDA, Senate told

ISLAMABAD – The Senate was informed on Wednesday that various government departments owed Rs 83,522.47 million to WAPDA and its total recoverable amount across the country was Rs 210,784.64 million.
This was stated in written reply to a question. No supplementary question was raised in the House as the question-answer session was deferred because no minister or anyone who could speak on behalf of the government was present in the House.
Giving the province-wise breakup, the

SC moved for regularisation of LHWs

ISLAMABAD – A constitutional petition seeking directives from the Supreme Court for regularising the services of the lady health workers (LHWs) was filed on Wednesday.
The petition was filed by PML-Q MNA Marvi Memon and Pakistan Lady Health Workers Employees Association Chairperson Bushra Arain through Sardar Abdul Raziq Khan Advocate, making the federation through the federal secretaries of the Law and Justice and Health along with the Sindh government through the chief

Samjhauta probe still on: India

NEW DELHI – India said on Wednesday that the probe into the Samjhauta Express bomb blasts, in which 43 Pakistanis were killed, was still on to find out identities of all perpetrators of the crime.
A day after the talks between the home secretaries of Pakistan and India, where Islamabad wanted to know the progress made so far, the Indian Home Ministry said that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted painstaking investigation into the 2007 bombing.
The ministry in a

Judiciary facing backlog of 1.35m cases

ISLAMABAD – The entire judiciary of Pakistan is facing a backlog of 1.355869 million (13, 55, 869) cases of different nature. According to statistics, 20,539 cases are pending before the Supreme Court. 1,812 cases are pending before the Federal Shariat Court, 1, 29800 cases are pending before the Lahore High Court while the Sindh High Court has a backlog of 39461 cases.
The number of pending cases before the Peshawar High Court is 18283. Similarly 5662 cases are under

Sarabjit’s sister fails to meet Gilani

CHANDIGARH – Dalbir Kaur, sister of Sarabjit Singh who is on a death row in Pakistan, on Wednesday made a failed bid to meet Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani during his stay at a hotel in Chandigarh.
As Gilani and his entourage entered the Hotel Taj located in the heart of the city, Dalbir along with Sarabjit’s daughter Swapandeep Kaur and some other persons carrying a placard with a photograph of Sarabjit, tried to meet the premier, reported PTI. However, watertight security

Senate hopes for improved Pak-Afghan relations

ISLAMABAD – The Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution to condemn the Swabi Interchange blast in which several innocent people lost their life. The resolution moved by Senator Azam Khan Swati demanded the government hold an immediate investigation into the incident, identify the culprits and bring them to justice.
Speaking on the occasion, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Senator Ismail Buledi condemned the incident, saying the government had failed to provide

Bhatti’s killing initiates technical manoeuvring on PPP’s part

ISLAMABAD – PPP Senator Khatu Mal Jeewan is going to resign from the Senate to block the way of Michael Javed to the National Assembly, who is next to Jeewan on the PPP’s priority list for MNAs submitted with the ECP in 2008.
The move will also secure the senate seat for a close aide of President Asif Ali Zardari.
According to the records of the ECP, after the killing of minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti, Jeewan should have been notified as the MNA on the minorities’

Kazmi sent on judicial remand

ISLAMABAD – A local court on Wednesday sent former minister for Religious Affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi, who was in the custody of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), to jail on a 14-day judicial remand for his alleged involvement in the Haj scam.
Kazmi was produced in the court of Senior Civil Judge Aslam Gondal who passed the orders on the request of the FIA prosecutor. The former minister, bought to the court under tight security, was earlier on a physical remand in the

Mobilink rewards cricket enthusiasts

LAHORE – As the nation is gripped in cricket frenzy, Mobilink rewarded 30 cricket enthusiasts with a round trip to Sri Lanka. The winners are from across Pakistan including Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Sahiwal, Sehwan, Swabi, Okara, Nowshera, Multan, Gujranwala, Peshawar, Charsadda and Jhelum. They will fly to Colombo with all the expenses paid for the trip.
Of the 30 winners, 25 won the competition under the Jazz umbrella through the SMS Cricket Quiz competition while the

Rights’ body to set up research database on child labour

FAISALABAD – The Child Rights Committee (CRC) Faisalabad has announced to compile a database on child labour that will provide vital guidelines to draw out a strategy to fight the menace.
As a first step, the CRC members and volunteers will identify the statistics of child labour at union council level. The announcement was made by CRC Deputy Coordinator Mujahid Gilani advocate at the monthly meeting of the committee held at District Council Faisalabad chaired by chief

Kasur PPP will attend ZAB’s death anniversary

KASUR – A rally of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Kasur under the leadership of Member Provincial Assembly (MPA) Muhammad Hussain Dogar will leave for Larkana to attend the death anniversary of PPP founder Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on April 2.
It was decided at a meeting of PPP Kasur under the chair of Muhammad Hussain who also issued notices to the leaders who did not attend the party meetings. The district headquarters of the party will be inaugurated in May, he said, adding

Prosecution department’s performance reviewed

HAFIZABAD – A meeting the district prosecutors was with District Prosecutor Nasrullah Goroo in the chair to review the performance of the prosecution department. Nasrullah Goroo directed the prosecutors to cooperate with all investigation officers to submit all chalans of criminal cases within 14 days in the office of the district prosecuting officer and submit appeals against all such cases in which sentence was decreased or accused were acquitted.
He also directed the

Women education top priority, says Sana

FAISALABAD – The Punjab government has placed women education on top priority and all resources are being utilised to provide ample facilities of higher education to female students near their homes,” said Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah Khan.
Speaking as the chief guest at the convocation of Government College for Women Karkhana Bazaar, he said, “It is due to the undeniable role of women in the national development and their valuable contribution could not be neglected. Our future

All eyes on Mohali today

LAHORE – Cricket fever gripped Pakistan and India on Tuesday ahead of the World Cup showdown between the historic foes, a sporting rivalry unrivaled by any other in the world.
The South Asian neighbours are scheduled to meet today (Wednesday) in the World Cup semi-final in the competition’s biggest match yet by far, but heavy rain in Mohali on Tuesday could cause the match to be postponed to Thursday, the reserve day for the match.
If the match cannot take place on Thursday

Rebuilding trust – Pakistan allows India to probe 26/11 suspects

ISLAMABAD – In a major confidence-building measure, Pakistan on Tuesday showed willingness to permit Indian officials to undertake a visit to the country for investigation into the Mumbai attacks.
The important decision was made by Pakistan at the end of the two-day interior secretaries talks held in New Delhi on March 28 and 29th — a day ahead of the highly-anticipated Cricket World Cup semi-final between the two states, where Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will host his

Gilani heads to Mohali with ‘message of peace’

ISLAMABAD – With “cricket fever” completely gripping Pakistan and India, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani will reach Mohali today (Wednesday) with a strong delegation of leading politicians and senior members of his cabinet to hold talks with his Indian counterpart Dr Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the Cricket World Cup semi-final match between the two rival nations.
Gilani will be accompanied by ANP President Asfandyar Wali Khan, MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar, PML-N’s Abdul