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Doing our best to protect Davis: Sanaullah

Doing our best to protect Davis: Sanaullah

LAHORE – Pakistan said on Monday it was taking steps to keep Raymond Davis, imprisoned in a jail for shooting two Pakistanis, safe from harm. US officials have expressed fears about the safety of Raymond Davis as anti-US sentiments have flared after he shot and killed two Pakistanis in Lahore in what he said was an attempted robbery last month.
Surveillance cameras monitor the area where Davis has been locked in a cell isolated from other prisoners, the prison sources said. A

LHC summons AG in petition challenging immunity law

LAHORE – The Lahore High Court on Monday issued a notice to the attorney general for March 14 on a petition challenging Diplomatic and Consular Privileges Act, 1972, calling it against fundamental human rights guaranteed in the constitution.
Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry passed the order on a petition filed by petitioner-counsel Muhammad Azhar Siddique. The petitioner-counsel contended the act was in conflict with the fundamental rights as envisaged in the Constitution 1973

Mother tongues in KP will be given due representation: ANP

PESHAWAR – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain has said that KP is the beautiful banquet of various mother tongues and all these tongues will be given due representation according to their status both at educational and administrative level.
Mian Iftikhar said this while addressing two separate gatherings arranged in connection with the Universal Day of Mother Tongues here at Peshawar Press Club on Monday. The functions were arranged by Peshawar Press

Hungary’s MOL finds new gas and oil in Pakistan

BUDAPEST – Hungarian oil and gas group MOL MOLB.BU has found new oil and gas in the TAL block in Pakistan, the company said in a statement on Monday. “Oil and gas have been encountered in the exploratory well, Tolanj X-1 that is being drilled in TAL Block, Pakistan,” MOL said.
The drilled section yielded 2,900 barrels of oil equivalent per day worth of gas, MOL said and added that it also found oil, but it did not quantify that find. KBC Securities analyst Lajos Meszaros said the

Israeli general wants peace treaties with neighbours

LAHORE – Israel’s former chief of General Staff Lt-Gen Gabi Ashkenazi Monday called on the government to work towards making peace treaties with neighbouring countries, The Jerusalem Post reported.
According to the Israeli newspaper, he made these comments during a farewell appearance before the Knesset (Israel’s unicameral legislature) Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee.
“Other countries [in the region] should be removed from the cycle of conflict with Israel and added

Pakistan needs nuclear technology: Zardari

TOKYO – President Asif Ali Zardari has said that since Japan is negotiating a deal with India to cooperate on peaceful uses of nuclear energy, the similar cooperation should be extended to his country. “If Japan is willing to cooperate with India in nuclear technology and (is) giving nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, I do not see any reason why we should not deserve the same,” Zardari said in an interview with the Japanese media in Islamabad ahead of his departure for a

LHC asked to confiscate Raymond’s record

LAHORE – The Lahore High Court on Monday sought assistance of deputy attorney general (DAG) on 2 petitions requesting shifting of Raymond to Lahore and confiscating his diplomatic record, if any, in before it is tempered by the government to save Raymond.
The petitions were field by Advocate Rana Ilamudin and Barrister Javed Iqbal Jaffrey. Chief justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry after hearing arguments of the petitioner counsels handed over copies of the petitions to DAG Naveed Inayat

11 contractual Parliament officials flouting SC’s orders

ISLAMABAD – Like many other government organizations in which blue eyed bureaucrats are enjoying extensions in service after attaining the superannuation age, as many as 11 top officials in the parliament (National Assembly, Senate) are working on contracts after retirement.
A reliable source in the parliament told Pakistan Today that as many as 7 retired officials were working on contracts in the National Assembly while in the Senate 4 top officials were on extensions after

Federal govt teachers stage sit-in to press their demands

ISLAMABAD – Extending their protest from the schools premises to roads, hundreds of teachers affiliated with Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) on Monday staged a sit-in at the D Chowk near the Parliament House, demanding regularisation and revision of their service structure.
Carrying placards in their hands, more than 3,000 teachers marched from the Press Club to the culmination point as they expressed their anger against the government for not fulfilling their demands.

PAF School Sargodha celebrates annual parents day

LAHORE – Annual Parents Day-2011 was celebrated at the PAF Public School Sargodha on Monday. In address, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, who was the chief guest on the occasion, lauded the efforts of the institution in securing excellent academic successes.
He reminded the boys that they were lucky to be part of a prestigious institution where every effort was made to equip them with the best training and grooming.
Later, the students presented an

India will seek peaceful resolution of issues with Pakistan: Patil

NEW DELHI – The Indian government will seek a peaceful resolution of all issues with Pakistan through talks as long as Islamabad does not allow its soil to be used for terrorist activities against India, Indian President Pratibha Patil said on Monday.
“With Pakistan, we seek a peaceful resolution of issues through a meaningful dialogue as long as Pakistan does not allow its soil to be used for terrorist activities against India,” PTI quoted her as saying in her address to a joint

Munter asks Hina to certify diplomatic immunity

ISLAMABAD – US Ambassador Cameron Munter on Monday held a meeting with Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar and discussed with her the issue of Raymond Davis, the American jailed in Lahore for murdering two Pakistani citizens.
“Munter had a detailed discussion with the minister of state for foreign affairs and he asked her to certify the diplomatic immunity for Davis,” said an official wishing not to be named. He said the US envoy reiterated that Davis enjoyed

I did not mean to hurt Nawaz’s feelings: Mirza

KARACHI – A few hours after PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif demanded that talks with the government can only resume after Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza apologises for his remarks against him, the latter issued a statement saying that his speech in Lyari on Sunday was not aimed at hurting Sharif’s feelings.
In his statement issued on Monday, Dr Mirza said that he has nothing against Nawaz Sharif, but the PML-N must avoid making undemocratic moves. Dr Mirza said that the PML-N

Opposition calls for shift in foreign policy

ISLAMABAD – The opposition parties on Monday called for a shift in the country’s foreign policy, saying a faulty and flawed policy was resulting into incidents like the Lahore killings by Raymond Davis.
On a point of order, Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said, “The government has placed Pakistan into a situation where the US is our master and we are its slaves. Had there been no public pressure, the government would have handed over Raymond to the

US drones aim at low-level targets

WASHINGTON – Central Investigation Agency’s (CIA) drones killed at least 581 militants in Pakistan last year, but only two were noteworthy enough to appear on a United States’ list of most-wanted terrorists, the Washington Post reported on Monday, citing independent estimates.
The report said the number of high-ranking militants had fallen or increased only slightly despite a drastically escalated number of drone strikes.

Tree plantation day in Islamabad on February 24

ISLAMABAD – The Capital Development Authority (CDA) is all set to celebrate tree plantation day on February 24. The CDA would plant 0.5 million saplings during the upcoming spring season in continuation of its “Clean and Green Islamabad” campaign launched in Monsoon 2008, according to a press statement issued on Monday.
Chairman CDA Imtiaz Inayat Elahi while presiding over a special meeting said comprehensive arrangements had been made to increase public participation in the tree

Govt schools operating with bare minimum

ISLAMABAD – As many as 40 percent government boys’ schools are being run without libraries, playgrounds and proper security arrangements. According to FAFEN monitoring report issued here on Monday, 38 percent of high schools run by the government do not have a library, 40 percent lack playgrounds and 42 percent do not have security guards for the protection of students.
The report said that FAFEN governance monitors visited 50 government boys’ high schools in 41 districts of the