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Status of sacked employees reviewed

Status of sacked employees reviewed

ISLAMABAD – Cabinet’s Sub-Committee on Friday asked the Defence, Education, Industries and Housing ministries to give the implementation status of the Presidential Act, 2010 that restored the sacked employees of the said ministries.
Labour and Manpower Minister Khursheed Ahmed Shah chaired the meeting on Friday, also attended by Industries and Production Minister Mir Hazar Khan Bijrani, to review the reinstatement cases of various ministries’ sacked employees.

28 militants killed in Mohmand

PESHAWAR – Fighter jets and helicopter gunships bombed militant hideouts in Mohmand Agency near the Afghan border on Friday, killing 28 rebels, an official said. “Security forces launched an air offensive against militant hideouts in various areas of Mohmand and killed 28 rebels,” senior local administration official Maqsood Amin told AFP.
He said 30 militants were also injured in the operation while eight houses belonging to them were torched. The details, however, could not be

Spain detains Pakistani suspect in Al Qaeda probe

BARCELONA – Spanish police have arrested a Pakistani suspected of being part of a ring that forged passports for Al Qaeda-linked groups, a police statement said on Friday. Police said they had hunted for the suspect since Dec 1 when they swooped on gang and arrested seven people – six Pakistanis and a Nigerian – in Barcelona.
According to police, the detained man “participated with the people arrested in December in sending stolen passports to Thailand and collecting money to

US reaffirms backing India’s UNSC bid

WASHINGTON – The US on Friday said it would work diligently and forcefully to push for reform of the UN Security Council as White House reaffirmed its support for India’s quest for a permanent seat in the top world body.
“The UN no longer reflects some of the realities of today. And therefore, we’ll continue to work on that,” Mike Hammer, spokesman of the National Security Council, told Washington-based foreign reporters. Reforming the UNSC, he said, was one of the top foreign

FIA obtains arrest warrants for Moonis

LAHORE – The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Punjab has obtained arrest warrants for Moonis Elahi, son of former chief minister Pervez Elahi, for his involvement in the National Insurance Company Limited Rs 2.75 billion scam.
The FIA additional director general and head of the team investigating the NICL scam, Zafar Ahmed Qureshi, on Friday convened a meeting regarding progress on the NICL case. Qureshi said the process would not be stopped despite Moonis’ lawyer’s assurance

Pakistan likely to reject immunity request for Davis

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s foreign policy managers expect the US to come up with a request of diplomatic immunity for Raymond Davis, but it is almost impossible for Islamabad to accept any such demand owing to the rising anti-Americanism across the country.
US Ambassador in Islamabad Cameron Munter called on Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir at the Foreign Office on Friday to discuss the Lahore incident. “The US envoy asked for consular access for the American national and it was

‘Immunity status last hope for US official’

LAHORE – Jurists say all officials working in the US embassy do not have a status of diplomatic immunity against any offence and Raymond Davis, accused of killing two men in Lahore, will face murder charges if he does not have the immunity. They said some officials of the lower cadre did not have diplomatic immunity, which was only exclusive to diplomats.
Ahmer Bilal Sufi, an expert on international laws, said the identity and status of Raymond Davis held the key to his future in

Govt tried to implicate Shahbaz and me in Taseer’s murder: Nawaz

LAHORE – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has revealed that the federal government had planned to implicate him and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in the murder of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer after “colouring the assassination as a political design”.
“All was set to get a case registered under Section 302 against us, but the prime minister opposed the decision,” Nawaz spilled the beans in his address at a book launching ceremony on Friday.

Govt will try to raise POL prices on 31st

ISLAMABAD – Another showdown between the government and opposition parties is expected as the cash-strapped administration is likely to launch another push for an increase in the prices of petroleum products on January 31.
The government will again be walking a tightrope when the proposal is presented during the meeting of the parliamentary committee that will review the petroleum products pricing mechanism and also during the PPP-PML-N talks on proposed economic reforms. An

Twin truck bombings in, outside Kohat tunnel

PESHAWAR – At least seven people including two women were killed and 19 others injured in twin truck bombings that targeted a key road tunnel which connects Peshawar to Kohat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, private TV channels reported early on Saturday.
The attacks took place late on Friday night in and outside the tunnel. In the first attack, an explosive-laden truck entered the tunnel and blew up, badly damaging another truck behind it, wounding five people, said Shahidullah, the

Egypt burns as protests spread

CAIRO/LONDON/WASHINGTON – Embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak called out the army and declared a nationwide curfew on Friday, as tens of thousands of protesters rampaged through the streets of major cities demanding his ouster. A curfew in Cairo, Alexandria and Suez kicked in at 6pm and was supposed to run until 7am, state television reported but later it said the curfew had been extended to cover all 28 governorates in the country.
Mubarak “has asked the armed forces, in

Davis given in police remand

LAHORE – US Consulate official Raymond Davis, who shot dead two Pakistani youths on Thursday, was handed over to the police on six-day remand on Friday. The police however has failed to arrest the other men so far – those in the SUV following Davis – accused of running over a motorcyclist while trying to rescue their colleague.
During the hearing in the court of Cantonment Judicial Magistrate Zafar Iqbal, Deputy Prosecutor Rana Bakhtiar Ahmad said the police had to question

SC rolls up its sleeves in missing persons’ case

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court on Friday decided to hear the missing persons’ cases on a day-to-day basis from Thursday to take the matter to its logical end, besides giving another chance to intelligence agencies to furnish details of the missing persons.
A four-member bench comprising Justice Javed Iqbal, Justice Raja Fayyaz Ahmed, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and Justice Asif Saeed Khosa said the case of each missing person would be heard separately. The court said a full day

DNA tests of rape victims at govt expenses

FAISALABAD – The Faisalabad police have drawn out a new strategy for a speedy action in the investigation of rape cases. According to the new strategy, the police will arrange the DNA tests of rape victims at government expenses. The decision has been taken for swift proceedings in the investigation and to relieve the victims of the heavy charges of the tests that cost Rs 15,000.
SSP Dr Usman has directed all the officers concerned to take into account the new policy while

Dacoits arrested, Rs 800,000 seized within hours

FAISALABAD – The police moved into action and recovered Rs 800,000 snatched from a disabled woman who was robbed while travelling in a rickshaw. According to details, Abida Parveen, a disabled old woman of Mohallah Fatehabad of Jhaal Khanuana Chowk, used to call a rickshaw driver Nazeer Ahmed whenever she needed to go out for any household chore.
On the day of the incident, she called Nazeer and told him that she wanted to take money to her brother in Kaleem Shaheeed Colony. She

Jobless man’s wife commits suicide

SAHIWAL – Samdi Bibi of Chak No 85/6R, frustrated by the unemployment of her husband Muhammad Siddiq, committed suicide. Reportedly, her husband had been jobless for several months. On the day of the incident, she took poisonous pills and fainted. She was taken to the DHQ hospital where she died.
POLICEMAN MARTYRED IN LAHORE BLAST BURIED: Constable Asif Nawaz, a resident of Chak No 106/7-R, Sahiwal, who was also martyred in the Lahore suicide blast a couple of days back, was

Man shoots wife dead

HAFIZABAD – A man shot her wife dead over a domestic dispute in village Kot Hassan Khan the other day. As per reports, Asghar Ali contracted second marriage to Sameera Bibi. As his first wife was angry with him, he took Sameera to a Dera.
After a few months, differences also arose between Asghar Ali and Sameera who filed a suit in a local court against him. On the day of the incident, Asghar shot her dead. Kasoki police have registered a case against Asghar Ali, Naveed and