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Pakistan welcomes Manmohan’s invite

Pakistan welcomes Manmohan’s invite

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has welcomed Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s invitation to President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to watch the cricket World Cup semi final in Mohali on March 30. “We welcome the invitation,” Presidential spokesperson Farhatullah Babar said on Saturday. Babar said that any decision in this regard would be taken after Gilani’s return from Tashkent. According to official sources, the invitation might be discussed at the Foreign

UN confers medals on Pakistani peacekeepers

ISLAMABAD – The United Nations (UN) conferred medals on Pakistani peacekeepers serving in the UN Stabilisation Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday. “A ceremony for award of UN medals to Pakistani peacekeepers serving in the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) was held at Bukavu in South Kivu province,” said an Inter-Services Public Relations press release. Special Representative to the Secretary General (SRSG) Roger A Meece,

MNA seeks Kurram tribesmen’s rescue

ISLAMABAD – Chairman of Standing Committee for SAFRON and MNA, Sajid Hussain Toori on Saturday warned the government to recover the innocent people of his tribe (Toori Qabila) within 24 hours failing which they would take law in their own hands by launching operation against the anti-social elements. Unknown gunmen killed 8 people and kidnapped 45 in raids last night on two minibuses in Pakistan’s tribal region along the Afghan border, from which 9 people succeeded escape, according

Privatisation Commission Board gets members from private sector

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Saturday reconstituted the Privatisation Commission (PC) Board with majority of new members inducted from the private sector. According to an official announcement, the PC Board has been reconstituted with Minister for Privatisation Syed Naveed Qamar as chairman while Iftikhar ul Haq, Laeeq Ahmed, Mahmood Nawaz Shah, Tanvir Ahmad Sheikh, Nawabzada Saifullah Magsi, Farid Malik, Shahab Anwar Khawaja and Secretary Privatisation Commission

Qadri insisted he be deployed for Taseer’s security, court told

ISLAMABAD – An anti-terrorism court was told on Saturday that Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the police commando charged with killing of former governor Punjab Salmaan Taseer, insisted for being deputed as one of his bodyguards, The hearing was held in the Adiala Jail Rawalpindi during which the court recorded the statements of three witnesses. The moharrar, the officials assigning duties, of Elite Force Punjab Umer Farooq told the court that he deputed Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri on the

ATC dismisses case against Ajmal Kasab

RAWALPINDI – Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Rawalpindi on Saturday dismissed the application of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to declare Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving attacker and Faheem Ansari as proclaimed offenders in the Mumbai attacks case. The hearing of the case was held in the court of ATC Judge, Rana Nisar Ahmed Khan at Adiala Jail Rawalpindi.
The prosecutors Chaudhry Zulfiqar and Chaudhry Azhar had urged the judge to declare the accused as fugitives. They

Govt mulls affiliation of federal colleges with QAU

ISLAMABAD – Leader of the House in Senate, Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari on Saturday said that government was mulling to affiliate all federal colleges with Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) for awarding degrees.
While addressing an Annual Sports Prize Distribution Ceremony 2010-11 arranged by the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE), he said that federal institutes would be affiliated with the QAU so that the students could get degrees from QAU instead of the

Dr Qazi made director general Health

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister (PM) Yousaf Raza Gilani on Saturday approved the promotion of Health Chief Dr Qazi Abdus Saboor to the post of health director general. “The PM, on the recommendation of the Central Selection Board (CSB), has approved the promotion of Health Chief Dr Qazi Abdus Saboor to the post of health director general BS-21, Ministry of Health, Islamabad,” said an

Rallies held to condemn Holy Quran’s desecration in Faisalabad

FAISALABAD – “If the Arab world suspends the supply of petroleum to America and the West to protest the the desecration of the holy Quran, no body from the West will dare to repeat such a condemnable act in future,” said Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Deputy Secretary General Dr Fareed Ahmed Paracha. He was addressing a rally outside Chiniot Bazaar held to condemn the desecration of the holy Quran by American pastor Terry Jones in Florida. Fareed Paracha said that instead of learning a lesson

Rs 150m being spent on health care in Hafizabad

HAFIZABAD – The Punjab government is spending Rs 150 million for providing health care to the people of district Hafizabad. Hafizabad District Coordination Officer (DCO) Muhammad Asif said this while addressing an inaugural ceremony of a newly installed dialyses machine at the kidney centre denoted by philanthropist Qaiser Hanif Chaudhry, a resident of Jalapur Bhattian.
He said sufficient medicines were being supplied to all the hospitals of the district at a cost of Rs 60

Seminar in Hameed Nizami’s memory today

WAZIRABAD – A national seminar in the memory of Hameed Nizami will be held under Hameed Nizami Memorial Society Wazirabad at Imperial Public School, GT Road, on Sunday (today) at 10am. Imtiaz Safdar Warraich, Justice (retd) Iftikhar Ahmad Cheema, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Nawab Arsla Khan Hoti,
Syed Zafar Ali Shah, Hafiz Hussain Ahmad, Sahibzada Haji Fazal Karim, Maulana Zahid-ur-Rashidi, Ahsan Wyne, Sajjad Meer, Sarmad Bashir, Syed Irshad Ahmad Arif, Zahray Shah and Ch Shaukat Manzoor

Wheat procurement campaign to begin from April 17

SAHIWAL – The Punjab government will start wheat procurement campaign in the province from 17th of next month during which 3.5 million metric tons wheat will be procured mainly from small farmers to ensure financial benefits to them. During this campaign, 423,000 metric tons wheat will be procured from Sahiwal division, including 171,000 tons from district Sahiwal, 160000 from Okara and 92000 metric ton from district Pakpattan.
A meeting was held at the commissioner’s office

Provision of cheap & quick justice is responsibility of state: CJP

ISLAMABAD – Addressing the meeting of the National Judiciary Policy Committee on Saturday, Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry said to provide cheap and quick justice is the responsibility of the state.
He said Judicial Policy has been evolved to ensure the access to the justice. He said almost all targets of the National Judicial Policy have been achieved

Gunman asked for duty with Punjab’s governor

RAWALPINDI – The police commando charged with killing governor, who had urged reform of a blasphemy law, asked to be one of his bodyguards, a witness told.
Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri has been charged with terrorism and murdering Punjab governor Salman Taseer on an Islamabad street on January 4.
Qadri has confessed to killing Taseer, saying that he objected to the politician’s calls to amend the blasphemy law.
“Three prosecution witnesses, all policemen, made their

Pakistan to seek Interpol help to arrest Musharraf

RAWALPINDI – Pakistan will ask Interpol to circulate a global arrest warrant for former president Pervez Musharraf over the murder of ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto.
A Pakistani court last week gave prosecutors until April 2 to serve a warrant granted in February on Musharraf, who was president when Bhutto was killed in December 2007 in a gun and suicide bomb attack in Rawalpindi.
Musharraf, who lives in self-imposed exile in London, is accused of failing to provide her

It’s cricket time, Singh tells Gilani, Zardari

ISLAMABAD – In a major diplomatic initiative, India invited President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Friday to watch the Cricket World Cup semi-final match between Pakistan and India in Mohali on March 30, with Islamabad confirming the invitation.
A source saying that one of the two leaders, most probably the prime minister, would take the opportunity to meet his Indian counterpart and informally exchange views on the recently resumed full-spectrum

PM, parliamentary body at odds over filing review petition

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and the parliamentary committee on appointment of judges are not on the same page over filing a review petition against the Supreme Court’s decision of setting aside the decision of the committee.
According to a source in the government, it was still undecided whether to file a review petition against the Supreme Court’s ruling, with Prime Minister Gilani being fully aware of the political cost of the procedure. Some legal experts