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Mystery surrounds Davis’ release

Mystery surrounds Davis’ release

ISLAMABAD – Since reporters were not allowed to cover the proceedings of the case against Raymond Davis and no verdict of the court was released, the settlement of the case has become something of a mystery as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the State Department deny the US paid any compensation money to the victims’ heirs while a private TV channel gave a break-up of the amount distributed among the two families.
Under Islamic Law, an heir of the victim in a case of

Amn Committee disbands

KARACHI – The People’s Amn Committee on Wednesday announced that it would suspend all activities and hand over its offices to PPP Sindh. Addressing a press conference, PPP central leader Sardar Aziz Jan Baloch, PPP Sindh Council member Habib Jan and PPP South Karachi leader Shahid Rehman Baloch invited the government to shoot at sight all those who are involved in criminal activities. They said all social welfare projects would continue under the supervision of Lyari’s elders.

Govt defers Deedar’s reappointment

ISLAMABAD – The government on Wednesday decided not to reappoint Justice (r) Deedar Hussain Shah as NAB chairman until parliament approved the Ehtesab Bill. According to sources, the government decided not to reappoint the chairman NAB until the approval of Ehtesab Bill and formation of the Ehtesab Commission (EC).
They told Online that keeping in view the situation arising out of Shah’s dismissal and reappointing that could end up in confrontation with the Supreme Court, the

Three killed in drone strike

PESHAWAR – Three suspected militants were killed on Wednesday when US-led allied forces in Afghanistan fired missiles from unmanned drones at a vehicle in the border region of North Waziristan on Wednesday.
Two missiles hit the vehicle near the village of Anbur Shaga in the Datakhel area, destroying it completely and killing all three suspected militants on board. The identity of the militants could not be ascertained but tribesmen believe they were foreign militants.

PML-N wants conflict between institutions: Riaz

LAHORE – Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly Raja Riaz Wednesday termed any attempt to pave the way for a clash between the institutions as dangerous, saying the PML-N-led government in Punjab must realise that this mindset would always cause serious loss to the country.
He said the PML-N leadership whenever in power made efforts to create a conflict between the national institutions without understanding the consequences. Soon after the start of the Punjab Assembly’s

Govt eyes Rs 210bn through cuts, revenue measures

ISLAMABAD – Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh on Wednesday said that the government would get Rs 210 billion through its announced expenditure cuts and revenue measures during the remaining quarter of the current financial year.
Briefing the media about the government plans for fiscal consolidation, he said that the rationalisation of expenditure had the full backing of the president, prime minister, armed forces and government departments. “The surcharge on income tax is

PML-Q MPs stage demo against turncoats

LAHORE – To register their protest and anger, the PML-Q’s MPAs Wednesday staged a protest demonstration in front of the Punjab Assembly building against the party turncoats. PML-Q parliamentary leader in the Punjab Assembly Chaudhry Zaheer along with the party MPAs including Dr Samia Amjad, Majida Zaidi, Amna Ulfat, Seemal Kamran, Bushra Nawaz Gardezi and Khadija Farooqi led the protest, which was also joined by the party workers.
The protesters chanted anti-Punjab government

What Diyat law says

309- Waiver (Afw) of qisas in qatl-i-amd:
(1) In the case of qatl-i-amd, an adult sane wali may, at any time and without any compensation, waive his right of qisas: Provided that the right of qisas shall not be waived; (a) where the Government is the wali, or (b) where the right of qisas vests in a minor or insane.
(2) Where a victim has more than one Wali any one of them may waive his right of qisas: Provided that the wali who does not waive the right of qisas shall be

Sugar price to go up by Rs 6.33 per kilograms

KARACHI – The affect of calculating sales tax on actual market price of sugar through the recently promulgated presidential ordinance will fall heavily on consumers, as sugar price across the country would increase by around Rs 6.33 per kilogramme.
The fresh ordinance is sure to multiply the woes of the inflation-hit masses.
Talking to Pakistan Today, Pakistan Sugar Mills Association (PSMA) Chairman Javed Kayani said the sales tax on the market price of sugar, which was

Leading political leaders facing life threats

ISLAMABAD – Senior officials of the Interior Ministry on Wednesday informed the special committee of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that there was serious threat to the lives of JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman, ANP President Asfandyar Wali Khan, PML-Q President Shujaat Hussain and former information minister Sherry Rehman.
The PAC special committee, which met with Riaz Hussain Pirzada in the chair, was told this by Interior Affairs Secretary Qamar Zaman Chaudhry that intelligence

‘Punjab govt had nothing to do with Davis release’

LAHORE – The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) sought to distance itself from the pardon and subsequent release of CIA contractor Raymond Davis on Wednesday and Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah and National Assembly Opposition Leader Nisar Ali Khan denied on Wednesday that the Punjab government had anything to do with it.
Sanaullah denied the notion that the Punjab government had influenced the victims’ families and played a part in their deal with Davis. He said it was the

Rs 165b credit for wheat procurement

ISLAMABAD – The government has decided to extend a guarantee of Rs 165 billion credit needed for this year’s wheat procurement target of 6.57 million tonnes, but the guarantee is subject to the availability of credit to be provided by commercial banks, an official source said.
The decision was made at that the meeting of the Economic Coordination Committee of the cabinet (ECC) which met under the chairmanship of Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh on Wednesday. The source said

Waziristan copper reserves larger than Reko Diq’s

ISLAMABAD – The National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Wednesday called for concrete measures to tap the minerals reserves and establish industries in the tribal areas to provide jobs to the local people.
Earlier, the officials of the FATA Development Authority (FDA) told the committee that the copper reserves larger than that of Reko Diq were available in North Waziristan, but exploration was not possible owing to the security reasons.

Govt respects court verdict: Firdous

ISLAMABAD – In a reaction to the pardon and release of CIA contractor Raymond Davis, Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan said on Wednesday that the government’s stance on the Davis case was very clear, since it had always stated that the courts would decide the fate of the US national and the government would respect the court’s verdict.
“The Lahore Sessions Court has made the decision for the US citizen’s release after the families of the victims accepted compensation,” she

Davis release lights up hope for businessmen

KARACHI/LAHORE – The economic managers of Pakistan, haunted by official and unofficial forecasts that the country’s external accounts could deteriorate in the rest of FY11, must have sighed in relief after the release of CIA operative Raymond Davis on Wednesday.
The traders, businessmen, stock brokers and analysts also welcomed the Wednesday’s release of Davis expecting that the move would help Washington and Islamabad ease a lingering diplomatic strain that would certainly augur

Davis release – Lawyers stand divided

LAHORE/ISLAMABAD – Lawyers are divided over the issue of the release of Raymond Davis, as some of them said that the whole affair was conducted in a dubious manner, whereas others said the matter was resolved in accordance with the law of the land. Justice Tariq Mehmood said the decision was in accordance with law of the land as it permits that if the heirs of a person killed agree to diyat or blood money, the murderer could be forgiven and subsequently acquitted by the court.

Clerics mulling movement

ISLAMABAD – Hard-core religious parties of the country on Wednesday said they were mulling to launch a movement against what they called a “surprise release” of the US national Raymond Davis, who killed two Pakistanis in Lahore in January.
In reaction to the development, Sahibzada Abul Khair Muhammad Zubair, head both of Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan and Tahaffaz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat Mahaz, said the circumstances prove that the heirs of those killed by the US national were pressured to