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No government, judiciary showdown in the offing: Gilani

No government, judiciary showdown in the offing: Gilani

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Monday said there would be no showdown between the government and the judiciary and October 13 would pass smoothly.
“Those who are giving deadlines for the government’s ouster will be disappointed,” he said while talking to reporters after a dinner hosted in honor of diplomats at the Prime Minister’s House.
Gilnai said the government had a lot of respect for the judiciary and there was no clash between the two

Domestic debt expands by Rs 813 billion in one year

The country’s domestic debt has risen by Rs 813 billion (20 percent) over the last year, indicating massive borrowings by the government to control the widening fiscal deficit.
The domestic debt stood at Rs 4.05 trillion in August 2009, but expanded to Rs 4.863 trillion by August 2010.
In the first two months of this fiscal year, the domestic debt expanded by Rs 211 billion or 4.53 percent, mounting to Rs 4.863 trillion, the highest-ever mark in the country’s

SC moved for Rehman Malik’s disqualification

A petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Monday seeking directions to the Sindh High Court (SHC) to decide a pending plea seeking the disqualification of Interior Minister Rehman Malik.
The petitioner, Iqbal Haider, submitted that he had filed a petition in the SHC for disqualification of the interior minister, as his conviction stood intact after the NRO was declared null and void by the Supreme Court on December 16, 2009.
He said the SHC was not

Turkish prime minister arrives today

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will arrive in the country today (Tuesday) on a two-day visit to discuss bilateral, regional and global issues with the Pakistani leaderhip.
“On the invitation of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, the prime minister of the republic of Turkey, would visit Pakistan on October12-13. Besides meetings with the leadership, the Turkish prime minister’s programme includes visits to flood-affected areas,” Foreign Office

SC rejects govt’s plea for more time, change of counsel in NRO case

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the government’s plea seeking replacement of its counsel and more time to plead the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) review petition, already set for hearing on October 13.
The three-member SC bench of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday, was hearing the federation’s application seeking postponement of its review petition against the NRO verdict until it

Govt will change lawyer irrespective of SC order: Awan

Law Minister Babar Awan has said the government would change its lawyer in the NRO implementation case whether the Supreme Court allows it or not.
“We have a right to change our lawyer and we will do so; we will never infringe constitutional limits,” Babar told reporters on Monday outside the Punjab Assembly after attending the parliamentary party meeting of the Pakistan People’s Party. He was accompanied by PPP Punjab senior minister Raja Riaz.
He said the

Two criminals held in Karachi

Two alleged criminals with weapons and snatched motorcycles were arrested by the Korangi Industrial Area (KIA) police on Monday.
During snap-checking near Qayyumabad, the KIA police headed by SHO Ghulam Ahmed Shaikh arrested Vicky Wilson s/o Tailor Masih and Faraz s/o Naimat. They recovered 2 pistols, 2 magazines, 3 bullets and 2 snatched motorcycles were recovered from their possession. An FIR has been registered against them.

PIA’s Haj services begin

The Pakistan International Airlines’ massive Haj operation started with the first pre-Haj flight PK-1661 departed from Karachi Haj terminal carrying 459 pilgrims for Jeddah, a PIA spokesman said on Monday.
PIA Deputy Managing Director Salim Sayani, Director Corporate Planning Shahnawaz Rehman, Director Engineering Maqsood Ahmed, General Manager Passenger Handling Services Aijaz Mazhar, Station Manager Karachi Airport Saeed Khan, District Manager Saleem Raza Bhutto and other

South African carrying 84 heroin capsules held at Karachi airport

The Pakistan Customs’ Drug Enforcement Cell (DEC) arrested a South African passenger at Jinnah International Airport Karachi on Monday after it recovered 84 capsules filled with heroin from his body cavities.
The Customs DEC staff intercepted a South African passenger Willem Adriaan Swanepoel at the international departure hall of the Karachi airport when he arrived there to board Emirates Airlines’ flight EK-603 for Antananarivo (Madagascar) using an expensive and complex route

KU to run last year’s admission policy

The University of Karachi (KU) has not formulated a new admission policy for the new academic year and announced that it would continue last year’s policy.
A meeting of the KU Admission Committee was held on Monday that was decided that the admissions for the year 2011 will commence as per the policy of the previous year.
In order to make the procedure less complicated, it has been decided that applicants interested in applying for admission to the faculty of

ICT sets up 18 sugar sale points

Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) has set up 18 sugar sale points in the urban and rural areas of the city, selling it at Rs 62 per kg.
According to a press release, Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Amer Ali Ahmed visited a sale point at Farooqia Market in F-6 and reviewed the arrangements made by the administration for the smooth provision of sugar to the consumers.
The Deputy Commissioner said that he had assigned special duties to the Assistant Commissioners

Teenage girl allegedly commits suicide

A teenage girl allegedly committed suicide at her residence in Mehmoodabad, within the jurisdiction of the Baloch Colony police station on Monday.
Rescue sources said the 14-year-old Shumaila shot herself. The body was shifted to Civil Hospital Karachi for legal formalities.

Suicide bombers confuse CID

The new tactics being adopted by suicide bombers to ensure that there are no clues left behind after an attack are causing problems in investigation, a Crime Investigation Department official asking not to be named told Pakistan Today on Monday.
“Normally, we use DNA and the fingerprints of suicide bombers to ascertain their identity, but in the attack at Hazrat Abdullah Shah Ghazi (RA)’s shrine, the bombers used a new tactic to ensure their identities remained concealed,” he

PPP falls apart – PPP Benazir vows to avenge BB’s assassination

A dissident group within Pakistan People’s Party made their first public appearance under Arbab Hizar Hayyat Khan from Kyber Pukhtukhwa, announcing the formation of PPP Shaheed Benazir group and said they their party would take revenge of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.
He said that PPP was established by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto for the poor masses and after Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, Zardari had tarnished the image of the party by ignoring the problems of the people. The

PPP condemns PML-N’s anti-Zardari statements

Secretary Finance Pakistan People’s Party Punjab (PPP), Aurangzeb Burki condemned the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) policy of targeting President zardari’s personality and said that it may harm federation.
He said that it was an “old practice” of Sharif brothers and they were trying to outdo their benefactors, saying that the people will not fall for their tactics. Only democracy would lead the country to progress and prosperity and that masses would reject the