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Awan threatens in-house change in provinces

Awan threatens in-house change in provinces

LAHORE
Federal Law Minister Babar Awan has threatened in-house change in provinces if any such attempt is made against the Pakistan People’s party (PPP) led federal government.
“Those talking of an in-house change in the federal set-up for the last two months should try their luck as it is their constitutional right. But they should keep in mind that the practice can be replicated in the provinces,” he told the media after visiting dengue virus patients in Sheikh Zayed

Pakistan’s population surges to a whopping 184 million

KARACHI
With an annual growth rate of more than two percent, the population of Pakistan has jumped to 184 million in 2010 from 119 million in 1990.
Presently, Pakistan contributes more than two and half percent of world’s population and its population growth rate has mostly remained above the world’s population growth rate.
Even while Pakistan’s population growth rate has started declining since the decade of 90’s, its contribution towards world’s population increased

Govt cannot nab corrupt officials: Ahsan Iqbal

ISLAMABAD
Grilling the government for its inability to nab the corrupt officials, PML-N Secretary Information Ahsan Iqbal, on Wednesday said that the government did not establish any accountability department to watch over corrupt politicians under the government’s wings.
Addressing a press conference on the Transparency International report, Ahsan Iqbal said that due to the corrupt practices of the government, Pakistan had jumped eight steps in the most corrupt nations

Asma – to the victor go the spoils …. and challenges

NEWS ANALYSIS
Asma Jehangir on Wednesday became the first woman lawyer to lead Pakistan’s legal fraternity. It was a cut-throat contest but she, despite a campaign against her, won the election, albeit by a narrow margin.
A human rights activist of her own caliber with progressive and liberal thoughts, she becomes president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) at a time when a balance between the bench and the bar is required more than ever.
A staunch supporter

‘Fresh but targeted offensive in North Waziristan soon’

ISLAMABAD
Keeping in view the American frustration and also the pressure that they have been building, a fresh but targeted offensive in North Waziristan can be started soon, an official said on Wednesday.
He said US President Barack Obama conveyed the same message of urgency when he called President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday. He said the American president did not go into specifics during his conversation with the president but he urged him to go for more and urgent

2 killed, 12 injured in Quetta blast

QUETTA
Two people, including a police constable were killed and twelve including five policemen were injured in bomb blast here on Wednesday.
“It was remote-controlled device attached to an electric pole that went off when a police vehicle stopped near a vendor, killing a police constable and a civilian besides injuring another twelve others,” Quetta Deputy Inspector General (Operation) Hamid Shakeel said.
He said it was a terrorist act targeting police personnel,

PML-Q not attending Pagara’s PML meeting

KARACHI
The ruling PPP’s new strategy to shake hands with the PML-Q is apparently paying off, as the latter is not attending the meeting convened by Pir Pagara in efforts to unify various factions of the PML.
Pagara is hosting the first two-day meeting of leaders from different factions of the PML today. The meeting would be attended by leaders of the Humayun Akhtar-led PMLQ Likeminded, Shaikh Rasheed-led AML and Ejazul Haq-led PML-Z.
Senior Muslim league leaders, Gohar

Govt should mend its ways before it’s too late: Nawaz

PEWHAWAR
The people will take to the streets if the government does not mend its ways and fulfill its promises, and it should deliver on the people’s demands before its too late, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Nawaz Sharif said on Wednesday.
Criticising the government for its performance, Nawaz said the government should be more committed to the country’s cause, ethics and democracy. “If the government does not mend its ways and makes good on its promises made with the

PPP leaders also unhappy with possible PML-Q alliance

ISLAMABAD: The newfound courtship between the Pakistan People’s Party and the PML-Q has not only annoyed some ‘Q’ leaders, but also some PPP stalwarts are also cross with the leadership for giving political space to the Chaudhrys of Gujrat.
A source in the PPP told Pakistan Today that some PPP Punjab stalwarts had also opposed the potential PPP-PML-Q alliance due to their conventional rivalries with the Chaudhrys. “Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Nazar Muhammad Gondal

Asma wins cutthroat contest

LAHORE
Senior lawyer and noted human rights activist Asma Jahangir was elected the first female president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) following a neck-to-neck competition on Wednesday.
Official results would be announced on October 31. According to unofficial results, Asma received 957 of the total 2,026 SCBA votes from countrywide balloting, with the runner up, Ahmed Awais, bagging 929 votes. The candidate in the race, Akram Chaudhry received 127 votes.

Cabinet okays TAPI gas project

LAHORE
The federal cabinet on Wednesday approved the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline in pursuance of a policy to get the country out its energy crisis.
Briefing reporters at the Governor’s House after the cabinet meeting, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira said, “The project would be unaffected even if India backs out.”
Kaira said Pakistan took Iran into confidence at a time when the world had reservations about it.

SC directs AGP to submit govt’s view on amended NAB ordinance

ISLAMABAD
A three-member Supreme Court (SC) bench on Tuesday directed the attorney general of Pakistan (AGP) to present the government’s written point of view over the promulgation of the National Accountability Bureau (Amendment) Ordinance, 2010.
The bench comprising Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, was hearing two petitions challenging the National Accountability (Amendment) Bureau Ordinance, 2010, promulgated by

Federal cabinet meets in Lahore today

LAHORE
The federal cabinet will meet at Governor’s House Lahore today (Wednesday) under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to take up the country’s law and order situation and other important issues.
It will be the second federal cabinet meeting in the provincial capital during the PPP government’s tenure. Sources said the PPP-led government had organised several cabinet meetings in provincial capitals and it intended to hold more such meeting in Karachi,

‘NWA offensive after Tribal Areas stabilise’

KALAYA/PESHAWAR
Pakistan will consider mounting an anti-Taliban offensive in North Waziristan Agency only when other Tribal Areas are stabilised, a senior military officer said on Tuesday, a position likely to anger Washington.
Lt Gen Asif Yasin Malik, the main military commander for the northwest, said it would take at least six months to clear militants from Bajaur and Mohmand agencies.
Addressing a media briefing with Frontier Corps Inspector General Maj General

PPP-‘Q’ meeting was a show of power against MQM: Sana

ISLAMABAD
The Pakistan People Party’s meeting with the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) is meant to send a message to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) that its breaking away from the coalition will not destabilise the federal government as PPP has the PML-Q’s support, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Tuesday.
Sanaullah was talking to reporters after appearing before the judicial commission constituted to probe the abduction and torture of senior journalist

US will invade volatile Pakistan, says Australian MP

SYDNEY
The “highly volatile” situation in Pakistan is increasing the likelihood of a US invasion there, Australian parliamentarian Bob Katter said on Tuesday.
Independent MP Bob Katter told parliament that the US would invade Pakistan to deal with the instability and Australia must also send troops there, The Australian reported.
Speaking during a debate on Afghanistan, he said the security situation in Pakistan was “highly volatile”, and with the government under

Govt’s claims fall flat as dengue digs deeper

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI
Despite the government’s tall claims of having the virus under control, the number of patients dying from the virus, and those infected and fighting for their life, tells a different story.
The death toll on dengue patients across the country has already climbed to 21 and nearly 3,000 have been infected across the country so far. The National Institute of Health (NIH) has tested as many as 2,936 people positive for dengue, according to figures released by

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