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40% of Americans link Islam to violence: poll

40% of Americans link Islam to violence: poll

WASHINGTON – Four in 10 Americans believe Islam is more likely to encourage violence than other religions, up sharply from March 2002, six months after the September 11 attacks, according to a new Pew poll. The figure is lower than July 2004, when a post-9/11 high of 46 percent of respondents said the Muslim faith is more likely than others to foment attacks, but it marks a significant rise from the 25 percent recorded in March 2002 and 35 percent from just seven months ago.

Sherpao for dialogue with militants

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan People’s Party-Sherpao (PPP-S) President Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao on Friday demanded the PPP led government to constitute a national peace commission for holding dialogue with militants, as negotiation was the only way to restore peace in the country. “Military operations are not the only way to wipe out terrorism, the government should take political initiatives,” Sherpao said in a press conference at the National Press Club (NPC).
“American forces are now

Taliban are losing ground in Afghanistan: WP

LAHORE – In an article ‘Taliban is losing its advantage in Afghanistan’, the Washington Post said until five months ago, Forward Operating Base Jackson in Sangin, Helmand province, was an island in a Taliban sea. Patrol bases were ringed by Taliban flags, and each spring the fertile land along the Helmand River bloomed red with poppies, as 35 drug-processing labs helped fund the Taliban. But the newspaper said after the arrival of 1,500 marines in Sangin, things started to change.

CDPI calls for free education

ISLAMABAD – The Centre for Peace and Development initiatives (CPDI) has urged the government to immediately undertake appropriate legislative, administrative and legal initiatives to ensure that Article 25-A of the Constitution is implemented in letter and spirit. The said article says the state is required to provide free and compulsory education to all children of five to 16 years of age. According to a statement issued by the CPDI, the government schools across the country,

‘Education necessary for political, economic revolution’

FAISALABAD – Only education could bring revolution in political, economic and social fabrics of the society as no community could make progress without it, said Faisalabad Education Executive District Officer (EDO) Sohaib Imran while talking to Pakistan Today. People could put themselves on a proper pedestal in the comity of nations by focusing on the education sector, he said, adding that Punjab Government was determined to spread education in every house and hut of the province.

‘Punjab govt wants transparent examination system’

SIALKOT – Punjab Food Minister Abdul Ghafur said the provincial government was striving to ensure the transparent examination system across the province under the supervision of Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif. He said this while talking to the journalists after visiting a matriculation examination center in Daska.
Members provincial assembly (MPAs) Yahiya Gul Nawaz Ghuman, Rana Arif Iqbal Harnah and Jamil Ashraf Baryar, Gujranwala Division Board of Intermediate and

‘MQM’s coalition with government is conditional’

SAHIWAL – Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Deputy Parliamentary leader Syed Haider Abbas Rizvi said if President Asif Ali Zardari did not accept the demands of MQM within a week, the party would think to leave the government. He further said that all political parties were afraid of the popularity of MQM and could not bear its services for the poor. He added that MQM would continue its services for the poor and save the common people from the cruel hands of the landlords and capitalists.

Couple killed in the name of honour

HAFIZABAD – A couple was murdered in the name of honour while their infant was injured in village Ghari Gondal in the jurisdiction of Pindi Bhattain Police Station.
Reportedly, Sikandar, a resident of Ghari Gondal, married a girl Rukhsana Shan, a resident of village Kot Sarwar, against the will of her parents two year ago and, both of them, left the area for the sake of their life. The couple returned to the village after Rukhsana gave birth to a baby. After their return, some

SC sends NAB chief packing, govt decides he’ll stay

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court on Thursday declared the appointment of Justice (r) Deedar Hussain Shah as the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman illegal and ultra vires and directed him to relinquish his charge with immediate effect. Meanwhile, the government has sought legal consultation from the Law Ministry for reappointing Justice (r) Shah. A well-placed source informed Pakistan Today that in view of the apex court’s verdict, the government is mulling on a proposal to

Karachi reels under violence after PPP’s strike call

KARACHI – The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Sindh chapter has given a strike call for today (Friday) to protest the Supreme Court’s decision of removing National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (r) Deedar Hussain Shah. The party also announced that its MPAs will stage a protest walk from the Sindh Assembly building to the Sindh High Court after court proceedings are over. Karachi Transport Ittehad has backed the strike, but the Awami National Party (ANP) Sindh’s spokesman

IMF tranche hinges on government’s strategy for circular debt, PSEs’ reform

ISLAMABAD – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has sought a clear plan of action from the government by Friday (today) to end the circular debt issue and reform the bleeding public sector enterprises within the current financial year in order to revive the suspended standby arrangement facility. An official source said the success of the talks hinged on the action plan that the government presented to the fund staff on Thursday and would be finalised today. During the talks, IMF

NADRA report questions 2008 poll credibility

ISLAMABAD – The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) raised questions on Thursday about the authenticity of the 2008 general elections, claiming in a report that more than 56 percent of the registered votes in Sindh turned out to be “bogus”, followed by Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The explosive report that NADRA sent to the Election Commission (EC) revealed that of the 19,755,994 voters (11,055,405 male and 8,700,589 female) in Sindh registered in the 2007 electoral

Pakistan trying not to let Davis issue strain ties with US: FO

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Thursday said it was working with the US to ensure that the diplomatic row with Washington over suspected CIA contractor Raymond Davis, arrested in January for killing two Pakistanis in Lahore, did not impact bilateral relations.
In response to a volley of questions on the Davis’ issue at her weekly press briefing, Foreign Office spokeswoman Tehmina Janjua said, “The matter of Davis is sub-judice and it will be a little early for me to say anything in

SC questions SBP’s failure to apprehend wilful defaulters

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to examine why it could not exercise its own jurisdiction to take action against the borrowers who illegally settled their debt without complying with the provisions of Circular BPD-29 and demanded a report by the next date of hearing. A two-member bench of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and Justice Ghulam Rabbani was hearing a suo motu case about the waiver of loans worth Rs 256 billion by

India training Tamil Tigers: Sri Lanka

COLOMBO – Remnants of Sri Lanka’s defeated Tamil rebels are undergoing military training in India in a bid to revive their separatist campaign at home, the island’s prime minister said Thursday. DM. Jayaratne said an unknown number of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fighters were based at secret camps in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. “We have intelligence reports of three clandestine training centres operated by the LTTE in Tamil Nadu,” the prime minister said in a

Pasha gets another year in office

ISLAMABAD – Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Lt Gen Ahmad Shuja Pasha has secured a year’s extension in his service, as President Asif Ali Zardari signed Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s proposal on the matter on Thursday. Sources said the president had signed Gilani’s summary wherein he recommended a year’s extension in Pasha’s service. Chief of Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani had extended Pasha’s service for a year until March 18, 2011.
Under the

Moonis gets interim bail in NICL case

LAHORE – The Lahore High Court on Thursday granted interim bail to PML-Q leader Moonis Elahi in the National Insurance Corporation Limited (NICL) case till March 17 against a surety bond of Rs 10 million and two personal sureties of the same amount.
However, the court expressed annoyance over Moonis Elahi’s statements which were made against the courts. The bench headed by Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan granted bail on a plea moved by