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Man killed as NATO vehicle attacked

Man killed as NATO vehicle attacked

QUETTA – A man was killed and ten others wounded in separate incidents of firing and rocket attack in different areas of Balochistan on Thursday while an Iran-bound goods train derailed after a railway track had been blown up in District Chaghi. Officials said armed men opened fire on a trailer carrying NATO supplies near Wadh area of Khuzdar some 360 KM away from Quetta on RCD Highway.
As a result an occupant identified as Usman Ali resident of Sheikhupura died on the spot while

Pakistan welcomes US report on avoiding water war

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Foreign Ministry on Thursday welcomed the United States (US) Senate report on “Avoiding water wars in South and Central Asia”, which acknowledged that the dams, India was building in Occupied Kashmir, would limit the water supply to Pakistan.
Foreign Office Spokesperson Tehmina Janjua said, “The report substantiates Pakistan’s concerns at the building of dams by India on the western rivers in violation of the Indus Waters Treaty.” The report released by US

US needs to rethink its policy on Pakistan: Qureshi

LAHORE – America should differentiate between a democratic government and a dictatorial government and should rethink its policy on Pakistan, former foreign minister and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) central leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi while talking to reporters on Thursday, adding that Pakistan has paid back much more than the US gave and the nation should take a stand.
He said that it was the time to show the confidence and realize that the US needs Pakistan also. He said that

PML-N likely to make crucial decisions today

LAHORE – All eyes are set upon the PML-N’s crucial meeting in Islamabad today (Friday) that will likely decide the fate of politics of reconciliation and of PPP’s ministers in the Punjab government. Following the failure of the PML-N and PPP teams to arrive at a conclusion over the 10-point agenda, the workers referendum, held by Nawaz Sharif in Model Town on Thursday, opposed further negotiations with the PPP and supported the PPP’s ouster from the Punjab cabinet.
As a last

Raja Riaz says motion won’t be tabled against Shahbaz

LAHORE – The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Punjab has decided against taking the PML-N head on, as Senior Minister Raja Riaz hinted on Thursday that a no-confidence motion against Shahbaz Sharif would not be tabled even if the PPP was ousted from the Punjab coalition government.
Talking to reporters, Riaz said the PPP wanted to continue with its policy of reconciliation and the PPP would not move a no-confidence motion against the Punjab chief minister in any case. “We will sit

UK court agrees to extradite Assange to Sweden

LONDON – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who rocked the US government by publishing thousands of secret diplomatic memos, must be extradited to Sweden to face sex crimes allegations, a British judge ruled on Thursday. Assange’s lawyers said immediately they planned to appeal against the decision to London’s High Court and it could still be months before the legal process in Britain reaches an end.
The 39-year-old Australian computer expert remains in Britain on bail in the

FIA seeks inquiry against HC official in UK

LAHORE – The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Thursday requested the high commissioner for the United Kingdom to hold an inquiry against the consular attache at the High Commission for Pakistan, London, for attesting the affidavit of a proclaimed offender of the National Insurance Company Limited (NICL), Pakistan Today has learnt.
An official letter available with Pakistan Today forwarded by FIA investigators to the High Commission for Pakistan, London, said the FIA sent a

Unification Bloc’s status same as Israel’s: Babar

ISLAMABAD – Federal Law Minister Babar Awan Thursday said that the position of Unification Bloc in democratic system is analogous to that of Israel in the world because its creation is ‘immoral’ and ‘a violation’ of the Charter of Democracy. He said this while talking to journalists outside the Parliament House.
“The status of the Unification Group inside Punjab Assembly is similar to that of Israel in the world and its creation is negation of ethics and democracy,” Awan said

NA unanimously passes 2 bills

ISLAMABAD – The National Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed two bills including the Banking Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2010, to provide matching tools to the bank regulators for cooperative measures with a view to maintain financial stability.
PPP MNA Yasmin Rehman, in absence of NA speaker and her deputy, was officiating as the chairperson. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar, introduced the bill on behalf of the finance minister that was unanimously

Secret hands at play in Balochistan, Rabbani tells NA

ISLAMABAD – The National Assembly was Thursday informed that situation in Balochistan was not in government’s complete control as some secret hands were at play to create unrest in the province.
During the Question-Hour session, Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination, Senator Raza Rabbani said that some hidden players were fueling insurgency in Balochistan; therefore, the intelligence agencies could not be blamed.
Responding to question raised by MNA Usman Khan,

MQM, ANP team up to grill Hina in parliament

ISLAMABAD – In a rare gesture of cooperation, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Awami National Party (ANP) on Thursday joined hands to embarrass Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar in the National Assembly over the unnecessary delays in the introduction of a mass transit system in Karachi.
The heated debate between the legislators of the three coalition partners became a source of delight for the opposition. MQM’s Haider Abbas Rizvi, Wasim Akhtar, Dr

Court to begin hearing Davis case today

LAHORE – A court is to begin proceedings on Friday at a hearing into double murder charges against Raymond Davis, a US citizen who shot dead two men in Lahore last month, lawyers said.
The court where police filed double murder charges against Davis this month is to sit on Friday inside Kot Lakhpat jail, where Davis is being held, ahead of a High Court hearing to determine the diplomatic immunity issue, set for March 14.
“The hearing will be held inside Kot Lakhpat jail and

‘Davis has diplomatic immunity’

WASHINGTON – The White House has demanded Raymond Davis’s immediate release, reiterating that he had diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Convention. It said the Obama administration remained focused on the release of Davis, who was arrested in Lahore on January 27 after he shot and killed two Pakistanis he claimed were trying to rob him.
“We believe that the principle that every country in the world that participates in the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations has a

People won’t let rulers free Raymond: Imran

PESHAWAR – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Thursday said corrupt rulers of the country would be ousted as had been witnessed in Tunisia and Egypt. Addressing Insaf Students Federation (ISF), Peshawar chapter youth convention, at Shahi Tehmas Ground, he warned, “Our leaders are helpless before the US, but if they try to release Raymond Davis, they will not escape from the anger of the masses.
Thousands of ISF activists hailing from different public and

‘Judiciary must gear up to eradicate terrorism’

PESHAWAR – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information and Culture Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said on Thursday the judiciary must fulfill its responsibilities regarding punishing terrorists as a step towards complete eradication of terrorism.
“A lesser conviction rate of militants is one of the reasons behind a fresh wave of violence and terrorist acts,” Iftikhar remarked while addressing a roundtable on ‘Peace through Culture’ at Peshawar Press Club. The roundtable was organised by the

Senate body declares SBP credit policies unlawful

ISLAMABAD – The Senate Standing Committee on Finance on Thursday called the monetary and credit policies announced by the State Bank of Pakistan during the last four years against rules for being in violation of the State Bank of Pakistan Act, as no meeting of Fiscal and Monetary Policies Coordination Board was held since 2007.
The committee, which met with Senator Ahmad Ali in the chair, criticised the SBP’s announcement of monetary and credit policies without approval of the

CDA launches spring plantation campaign

ISLAMABAD – The Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Thursday organized the ‘walk for a cause’ to kick start its spring tree plantation campaign. Starting from Saudi Pak Tower on Jinnah Avenue, and culminating at Faisal Avenue, the walk was led by CDA Chairman Imtiaz Inayat Elahi.
A large number of students, representatives of traders’ associations, members of civil society, ICT officials, police, environmentalists and CDA employees joined the walk. The environment wing of the