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Isolated incidents must not affect ties

Isolated incidents must not affect ties

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He said the nation had paid heavily in the war against terrorism, losing thousands of men and suffering colossal economic toll. He said Pakistan was fighting its war against terrorism in a manner which was most suitable in the particular context and no one should question our commitment or intentions. “Where our soldiers took on the militants head on, we pursued policies and actions to wean away our youth falling into the traps of militants. The world can’t

Centre assures NFC releases

ISLAMABAD – The Centre has assured the provinces of releasing funds under the National Finance Commission (NFC) Award per the agreed formula despite financial constraints. The assurance was provided by Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh in a meeting that took stock of the implementation of the NFC Award on Monday.
An official source said the minister asked the provincial governments to look into taxing the agriculture and real estate sectors. He sought presentation from the

US special envoy reiterates US stance on Davis issue

ISLAMABAD – In his maiden visit to Islamabad, US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Marc Grossman made clear that the release of arrested US citizen Raymond Davis was a must for the continuation of friendly bilateral ties. Grossman, who met President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani, raised the issue of Davis in each of his meeting, with a strong demand for his release coupled with words of caution that the

Speeding UNHCR car injures motorcyclist

ISLAMABAD – An over speeding vehicle of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) hit a motorcyclist in the limits of Industrial Area police station on Monday.
A luxury jeep, bearing registration number X-683851 and driven by a UNCHR official, Noman, hit the motorcycle in Sector I-8/2.
“After hitting the motorcyclist, the UNCHR official and his driver came out of the vehicle and started beating the injured motorcyclist,” an eye witness said. However, people from

Pakistan offers Tajikistan ‘easy access’ to Gwadar

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Monday offered assistance to Tajikistan by providing easy access to its ports, especially the Gwadar Port. President Asif Ali Zardari made the offer to the visiting Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon, saying that Pakistan was ready to discuss the conclusion of a Trilateral Transit Trade Agreement between Pakistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan. Addressing a banquet held at Aiwan-e-Sadr in the honour of President Emomali Rahmon, President Zardari said that

PAC wants FIRs registered against corrupt officials

ISLAMABAD – The special committee of the Public Accounts Committee on Monday directed senior officials of the Federal Board of Revenue to lodge criminal FIRs against corrupt officials and present a report before the committee within 15 days.
The committee, which met with Riaz Hussain Pirzada in the chair, reviewed audit objections of the ministries of Defence, Defence Production, Science and Technology and the FBR.
While settling an audit objection of the Ministry of

SC moved for early hearing of KBD construction

LAHORE – A petition has been moved to the Supreme Court Lahore Registry on Monday for early hearing of a petition for Kalabagh Dam (KBD) construction to meet growing energy needs and save Pakistan from floods and draughts. The application was filed by barrister Zafar Ullah Khan submitting that his petition despite being linked to an important national issue was pending in the Supreme Court since 1996 which showed the collapse of Pakistan’s judicial policy. He said compared to it a

PPP Punjab may get nod to be ‘genuine opposition’ today

LAHORE – The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) in Punjab is likely to get President Asif Ali Zardari’s nod to play a “genuine opposition” role against Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s provincial government, in its critical meeting scheduled today (Tuesday) at the presidency. Party insiders privy to the situation told Pakistan Today that all seven expelled provincial ministers would seek permission to release a “white paper” along with the “proof” they said they had in their custody against

SC asks for record of approval of Reko Diq project

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday ordered the Balochistan advocate general to submit by today (Tuesday) complete records of approvals and relaxations in rules given by the former chief minister of Balochistan for the Reko Diq project.
A three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Muhammad Sair Ali and Justice Ghulam Rabbani was hearing a case against leasing of Reko Diq gold and copper mines in Balochistan worth over $260 billion to

US national arrested in Peshawar granted bail

PESHAWAR – A local court on Monday accepted a plea by one Rehana and ordered the release of her husband Erin Mark De Haven on bail. De Haven was arrested under Section 14 of the Foreigner’s Act by security forces on March 25 from outside a fast food restaurant in Peshawar. Additional District and Sessions Judge Altafur Rehman heard the arguments in favour of the bail plea of De Haven and reserved the judgement on Friday.
Civil Judge Qudratullah Marwat ordered sending De Haven on

DIG shuffles 12 Lahore SHOs

LAHORE – DIG Operations Rao Sardar Ali Khan transferred 12 SHOs of different police stations on Monday after charges of corruption, misconduct and negligence in duties leveled against them were proved during separate inquiries. The suspended SHOs were involved in extorting money from citizens and hotel administrators besides patronizing criminals.
Racecourse SHO Taimur Malik (suspended over corruption and misconduct) was transferred to Police Lines whereas Old Anarkali Police

ICJ be approached on Indian dams

LAHORE – A petition has been filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday seeking directions for federal government to approach international court of justice (ICJ) against India for constructing dams on three rivers Chenab, Jehlum and Sindh. Advocate Rana Ilamudin Ghazi filed the petition and submitted that India by blocking water to Pakistan and constructing dams on these rivers wanted to turn Pakistan into a desert. He said despite fifteen year long Pak-India dialogues over

CM’s wrong policies disturbed Matric students: Elahi

LAHORE – The Punjab chief minister’s (CM) wrong policies have deprived thousands of students from appearing in the Matriculation examinations, former Punjab CM Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi said on Monday. The Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leader said that the “revolutionary education policies” of the CM have put the future of thousands of students at stake. He said that the authorities concerned had made the students suffer on the issue of roll number slips while the CM was busy in

Two children injured in toy bomb explosion near Quetta

QUETTA – Two children were injured in a toy bomb explosion in Quetta’s suburbs on Monday. According to police, Attaur Rehman was playing with his sister Bilqees, 6, near his house located at Kirani Road when they found a hard object and started playing with it. Resultantly, the object exploded and seriously injured both the children who were later shifted to a hospital. Police spotted an improvised explosive device (IED) attached with an electric pylon at Kirani Road and called the

Misbah wants pressure off Afridi

PALLEKELE – Misbah-ul-Haq on Monday urged his team-mates to take the pressure off high-flying skipper Shahid Afridi who has single-handedly won matches for Pakistan in this World Cup. Afridi took 5-16 — the best bowling figures by any Pakistani in all World Cups — against Kenya and followed that with 4-34 against Sri Lanka and 5-23 against Canada, giving him a tournament-high of 14 wickets. His efforts have given Pakistan a perfect six points from three matches and top spot in Group

Kashmala stresses women’s emancipation

ISLAMABAD – PML-Likeminded Secretary Information Kashmala Tariq and ex-chairperson of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Monday said that winds of change were sweeping worldwide and it was time for change and action. In a statement issued here on the eve of International Women’s Day, she said that the status of women in Pakistan continued to vary considerably across different classes, regions, and the rural/urban divide due to uneven socioeconomic development and the impact of

ECP says degrees of Rind, Akhundzada are fake

ISLAMABAD – The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday referred two more cases of legislators to the police seeking criminal proceedings against them for submitting fake graduation degrees, sources in the (ECP) told Pakistan Today on Monday. They said that Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (retd) Hamid Ali Mirza referred cases of former federal minister Yar Mohammad Rind and present provincial minister of Balochistan Maulvi Abdul Samad Akhundzada to District Police