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Police reluctant for fear of backlash

Police reluctant for fear of backlash

The government’s search operation in Karachi – which is in its final stages of planning – has already hit snags as several police officers have expressed their unwillingness to take part in it, citing security concerns for themselves and their families.
The government wants to crack down on criminals responsible for about 1,334 targeted killings this year alone. “But the operation may be delayed because many police officers have refused to participate as they’re

‘Covert’ operation in Karachi

The government has launched a covert operation against assassins in Karachi and another 3,000 policemen will be recruited for the city to maintain peace in the country’s financial hub, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Friday.
“We will restore peace in Karachi and other parts of the country. Strict action will be taken against those challenging the writ of the state,” he said during a joint press conference with Sindh Home Minister Zulfiqar Ali Mirza. Malik said

List of companies whose loans were written off by banks

Following is the list of the companies, which had got their loans written off. The State Bank of Pakistan had submitted this list of top 50 public and private companies in the Supreme Court. The list also includes the names of the owners and directors of the companies.
Loans write offs under Banking Companies Ordinance-29 (BPD) among top 50 write offs of Banking Sector: Mercury Garments Industries (Badr-uz-Zaman, Javed Sultan, Muhammad Asif, Muhammad Razi, Muhammad

PPP-media row – PA members trade blame

The scuffle between the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) continued on Thursday in the provincial assembly over the issue of the PPP’s tug of war with a media group with the members levelling allegations at each other.
Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah categorically announced in the House that the PPP should answer to the allegations levelled against it, adding that no individual could claim himself as the ‘champion of

Constitutional committee may not reach consensus it once had

Owing to the political polarisation and worsening law and order in the country, Special Parliamentary Committee for Constitutional Reforms is unlikely to reach the consensus it had at the time of the passage of the 18th Amendment.
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s verdict on the 18th Amendment, the committee is again required to review the article 175-A in the Amendment and another amendment will again have to be passed by the parliament by two-third majority to

‘Vested interests’ depriving the poor of low-cost hepatitis treatment

Bureaucratic red-tapism motivated by “vested interests” is creating hindrances in the clinical trial of locally manufactured interferon – a cure for deadly hepatitis – causing losses of millions of rupees to the national exchequer and depriving the poor of cheap treatment, Pakistan Today learnt on Thursday.
A group of researchers working at the Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology (CEMB), Centre of Applied Molecular Biology and the Allama Iqbal Medical College

Afghanistan, the Predator society

The Pak-US Strategic Dialogue is taking place only because everyone, including Uncle Sam, knows that the US interest in Pakistan is mainly because of its own major problems in Afghanistan.
Pakistan is central to any solution in the long-suffering country, the US recognises that Pakistan’s stability and well-being is vital for peace and prosperity in Afghanistan.
Gen David Petraeus’ predecessor, Gen Stanley McChrystal, recognised that all ethnicities, particularly the

Lawyers laud SC verdict, urge MPs to implement it

Hailing Supreme Court’s interim order on the 18th Amendment, the top jurists of the country have demanded of the parliament to incorporate SC’s recommendations on Article 175-A which deals with the appointment of superior court judges.
They said that it was now imminent to bring another (19th) Amendment and get it passed from the parliament to implement SC’s interim order; otherwise after the passage of three-months – till the next hearing on 18th Amendment case,

26 articles not touched in SC verdict

In its verdict on multiple petitions challenging the passage of the 18th Amendment by parliament, the 17-member Supreme Court bench only referred to Article 175A back to parliament for review, while the remaining 26 articles were not touched upon by the apex court.
Following are the articles, which were not pondered upon, with a view that a final decision would come after parliament reviewed Article 175A under Supreme Court’s guidelines.
Amendment in Article

43 suspected Taliban members arrested

Over 43 suspected Afghan Taliban were arrested by the police on Thursday from Kuchlak, an area about 25 kilometres from the north of provincial capital of Balochistan.
Police sources said that during a raid headed by Quetta DIG Hamid Shakeel in Killi Nakhel, they picked up 43 people on the suspicion of them being linked to the Taliban.
They were brought to Quetta and are currently being interrogated here. Sources said that those who had any links with the Afghan

EC restores membership of 48 more MPs

Three legislators, Member of the National Assembly Mazhar Hayat and two members of Punjab Assembly Seemal Kamran and Farah Deeba were issued final notice to appear before the Special Committee of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for having fake or invalid degrees.
The degree of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)Shafiq Gujjar, declared fake by HEC on the basis of information provided by Al-Khair University, turned out to be genuine as the university

It’s all up to the parliament now!

The Supreme Court did not strike down any articles or clauses of the 18th constitutional amendment and without disposing of the petitions, adjourned the case till January 2011, referring Article 175A, which relates to the appointment of the judges to the parliament for a review under the guidelines given by the top court.
In its interim order which, according to senior lawyer Hafeez Pirzada can also be called a judgment, the Supreme Court only discussed

Pakistan seeks $3b additional financing from WB and ADB

Pakistan has asked the World Bank (WB) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to provide $3 billion in additional financing instead of diverting the funding by reprioritising the existing projects for the country, State Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar said on Thursday.
Addressing a press conference, the minister said that project loans already approved by both institutions were in the pipeline and their reprioritisation could affect the

Pakistan plays down US demand for NWA offensive

Pakistan on Thursday played down the US demand for a military offensive against militants in the tribal North Waziristan Agency, saying any decision on the vital issue would be taken keeping in view the country’s own interests.
Addressing a weekly press briefing, Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said, “We have our own strategy to deal with militancy and terrorism and will do whatever will in our own national interest.”
Asked about the US demands for a

India isn’t a threat to Pakistan, US tells Islamabad

The US on Wednesday told Islamabad that “existential threat to Pakistan is not India, the existential threat to Pakistan involves extremism within its own borders”.
It also said Pakistan, India and Iran could play a “constructive role” in a regional solution to Afghanistan. “We have made no secret of the fact that we’ve told Pakistan clearly that we believe that the existential threat to Pakistan is not India, the existential threat to Pakistan involves extremism

PPP takes MQM, ANP on board for peace in Karachi

The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Thursday decided that no military operation would be carried out in the Karachi city to control the recent spate of violence, after Online news service reported earlier in the day that the president and the prime minister had decided in principle to give a green signal to a selective offensive in Karachi to control the spiraling violence that has so far killed over 100 people.
Online quoted

US, Pakistan did discuss civil nuclear deal: Holbrooke

The United States and Pakistan have informally discussed the possibilities of a civil nuclear deal, US Special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke said on Thursday, according to TV reports.
Holbrooke said that the meeting of the Pakistani delegation, which is in
Washington for the strategic dialogue with the Obama administration, had a very productive meeting with the US president. The special envoy said the US administration had sought the