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Girls’ college targeted, 20 hurt

Girls’ college targeted, 20 hurt

PESHAWAR – At least 18 girls’ students and two others were injured when armed militants targeted the participants of a farewell party at the Government Girls Degree College Laund Khawar Mardan on Tuesday.
“Two militants riding on a motorbike first lobbed two hand grenades and then opened indiscriminate fire with pistols,” Mardan Police Deputy Inspector General Abdullah Khan said, adding three injured were shifted to the Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar in a critical condition.

New fuel prices will fill government coffers

ISLAMABAD – The government has increased the prices of petroleum products claiming that it has passed on just the impact in the international market to consumers, but a careful glance reveals that it has benefited the most from the price increase since it is charging more petroleum levy and sales tax.
An official source told Pakistan Today that the government was likely to continue increasing POL prices in coming months to meet the budget deficit, since the government was trying

PC rejected judges’ extension on JC reservations, SC told

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court (SC) was told on Tuesday that the reasons given by the Parliamentary Committee (PC) for rejecting a year-long extension in the services of six additional judges of the Lahore High Court (LHC) and Sindh High Court (SHC) were allegedly based upon the reservations of one of the members of the Judicial Commission (JC).
A four-member SC bench comprising Justice Mahmood Akhtar Shahid Siddiqui, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and

SC disposes of pleas on NAB amended Ord

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court on Tuesday disposed of petitions against the NAB Amendment Ordinance 2010, after it was told that the ordinance had lapsed and had no legal validity. A three member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Muhammad Sair Ali and Justice Ghulam Rabbani was hearing various petitions challenging the NAB Amendment Ordinance, 2010.

SC moved against Geo Super’s CEO

ISLAMABAD – A complaint was filed before Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry against the alleged misbehavior and manhandling of a lawyer for PEMRA by Mir Ibrahim Rehman, chief executive officer (CEO) of Geo Super TV channel. The complainant, PEMRA’s lawyer Ali Raza, requested the CJP to take notice of the matter and order initiation of contempt proceedings against Rehman besides other legal action.

ECC okays changes in Strategic Trade Policy

ISLAMABAD – The Economic Coordination Committee of the cabinet (ECC) on Tuesday approved 18 amendments in the three-year strategic trade policy, approving regulatory changes in the import and export policy orders to boost exports, while the incentive package for attracting new investment in auto sector was deferred until the next meeting.
The meeting of ECC was held under the chairmanship of Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had already

Would-be suicide bomber dies in blast

KARACHI – A suspected would-be suicide bomber was accidentally killed in an explosion at an abandoned place behind the Malir Development Authority flats near the Shah Latif police station. Eyewitnesses in the area said that the explosion was intense and it destroyed the windows of several nearby houses.
After the blast, police and Rangers cordoned off the area and rescue teams rushed to the scene. “The explosion occurred in Shah Latif Town in an abandoned area. Only one man was

Grossman to take up Davis issue on maiden visit

ISLAMABAD – US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Marc Grossman, is arriving in the next few days to discuss the Afghanistan situation and the contentious issue of Raymond Davis with the Pakistani leadership. This would be Grossman’s first visit to Pakistan after his appointment as the special regional envoy last month. He will also visit Kabul, London, Jeddah and Brussels, according to a US embassy statement issued here on Tuesday.
In his meetings here, Grossman will

Nawaz rejects POL price hike

LAHORE – PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday rejected the hike in POL prices and demanded the government provide the people subsidy on petrol and diesel by curbing tax evasion and corruption. Addressing party workers from Karachi and Balochistan divisions at his Model Town residence, Nawaz called on the government to punish all those involved in target killings in Karachi and demanded a judicial probe into the May 12, 2007 massacre in the country’s financial hub.
He said peace in

Ex-state minister denies involvement in NICL scam

LAHORE – Former state minister Habib Ullah Warraich has contradicted a news item published in Pakistan Today regarding the court’s proceedings in National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) scam where he has been accused of committing corruption of billions rupees by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
A written clarification by his counsel Malik Noor Muhammad Awan stated that Habib Ullah Warraich had never purchased any government land and also never sold any property to the

POL price hike – Politicians warn of Egypt-like revolt

LAHORE – Politicians condemned the hike in POL prices and demanded its reversal before Pakistanis rises up in revolt like Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain and Libya.
PAKISTAN MUSLIM LEAGUE-NAWAZ: Nawaz Sharif warned the government to not test the public patience because if it will brim over once, rulers will not be able to escape the consequences. He demanded immediate withdrawal of the hike, saying if the government cannot decrease the public’s miseries then it should at least avoid

Incomplete conjoined twin separated from healthy baby

ISLAMABAD – A 15-member team led by Dr Zaheer Abbasi at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Islamabad, on Tuesday successfully separated four-month-old incomplete conjoined boy from his brother. The conjoined twins were born at the Children Hospital PIMS four months ago and one of them was incomplete having lower body and a head. The other boy, Faisal, was healthy but shared abdomen and chest with his incomplete twin. The doctors took three hours for the surgery to

Fuel price sprial challenged in LHC

Lahore – The recent increase in petroleum products prices was challenged in the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday by an application which was clubbed into a main petition pending on the matter. Mateenul Haq Chaudhry filed the petition submitting that the price hike was unlawful, ineffective and against the rights of citizens. The petitioner said that despite the fact that a petition was already pending against the previous petrol price hike, the federal government and the Oil and Gas

SAFMA slams NoC condition

ISLAMABAD – Criticizing the decision of the government that artists, writers, journalists and civil society activists must obtain No Objection Certificate (NoC) from the Ministry of Interior prior to their visits abroad, particularly to India, South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) has called for immediate withdrawal of the condition.
“We do not accept this NoC policy and demand of the government to immediately withdraw its decision as it reflects mindset of Hitler’s regime,”

Judiciary-parliament clash over judges’ appointment imminent?

ISLAMABAD – Parliament and the judiciary are quietly but knowingly heading towards a confrontation as both have not accepted each other’s mandate on the appointment of judges and making the proceedings of an in-camera meeting of the parliamentary committee public is clearly a self-justificatory leak to establish the authority of the elected representatives of the people.
According to the 19th Amendment, the meetings of the parliamentary committee “shall be held in camera and the

Pakistanis in Libya being evacuated: Hina

ISLAMABAD – The embassy in Tripoli and other foreign missions in the neighbouring countries had been directed to provide all possible assistance to the Pakistanis stranded in Libya and facilitate their evacuation on emergency basis, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar told the National Assembly Tuesday.
“Pakistan’s embassy in Tripoli and Pakistani foreign mission in Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria and Turkey have been directed that passports or other necessary

Arshad Jutt was ready to join PPP for Rs 50m: Neelam

Lahore – The Unification Bloc MPA Arshad Jutt had demanded Rs 50 million for joining PPP but the party refused to adopt turncoats, said former ministers of Punjab cabinet Tuesday. Addressing a news conference held at Lahore Press Club (LPC), Pakistan People’s Party PPP’s former minister for population welfare, Neelam Jabbar added that the PPP did not believe in horse-trading and had turned down all offers of turncoats in the past.
Neelam said PPP believes in serving the masses