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Canadian high commissioner discusses bilateral cooperation with Qureshi

Canadian high commissioner discusses bilateral cooperation with Qureshi

The newly appointed Canadian High Commissioner, Ross Hynes called on the Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday.
“Issues of mutual interest came under discussion. It was agreed by the Foreign Minister and High Commissioner that bilateral cooperation may be further strengthened between the two countries especially in the areas of trade and investment,” said a foreign office statement.
The High Commissioner appreciated the role of the Pakistani

‘Cleaning-up Streams’ project unsuccessful since 3 years

Only two steams cleaned so far
CDA unsuccessful in planning a pollution control strategy effectively
Water polluted by the disposal of household garbage, municipal and industrial waste and cow dung by residents of shanty housing areas.
Due to the unconcerned attitude of capital city developers, the vital project to clean-up streams, started by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) years ago has hit great obstacles.
The Pakistan Environment

Zardari should act sensibly: Shahbaz

President Asif Ali Zardari should act sensibly and not take decisions such as appointing Deedar Shah chairman of the National Accountability Bureau, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Sunday.
Addressing a public gathering after inaugurating the Watan Card Programme in Khushab dictrict, Shahbaz said, “If such appointments continue to be made, we will be forced to conduct a long march.”
The chief minister said the PML-N opposed the president’s decision

Rising drone attacks hint at strengthened CIA spy network in Waziristan

The almost daily drone attacks in North Waziristan are reflective of the expanded CIA-trained-and-financed human spy network and its infiltration into the Taliban and Al Qaeda militant groups.
Intelligence officials and tribesmen familiar with the developments in South and North Waziristan told Pakistan Today that the number of spies, trained and funded by CIA, has been rising and mysterious movements could be seen across the region.
An intelligence official

Drone strike kills another seven militants in N Waziristan

At least seven suspected militants were killed and another injured when a drone targeted a terrorist compound in Shewa area of North Waziristan on Sunday.
Shewa is situated on the juncture of North Waziristan with both Thall area of Hangu district and Kurram Agency. Shewa is considered a transit station for militants traveling across the region.
The drone fired four missiles at the compound, also destroying two vehicles parked outside.
The identity of

NATO supply trucks cross Torkham after an 11-day hiatus

Following the US apology over NATO strikes inside the country’s territory and an assurance that such incidents will not be repeated, the government allowed supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan via Torkham resume on Sunday.
Officials of civil administration and other law enforcement agencies in Torkham confirmed the resumption of supplies to NATO troops.
Shakir Afridi, general secretary of Goods Transporters Association said, “Four oil tankers have crossed

Fouzia Siddiqui laments Torkham reopening

The blockade of Torkham should not be opened till Aafia Siddiqui is not released, Dr Fouzia Siddiqui, the sister of Pakistani neuro-scientist Dr Aafia Siddique said while talking to media on Sunday.
“(Former president) Pervez Musharraf was involved in handing over Aafia to the US and the present rulers are involved in her sentence,” she said, adding that politicians were misusing Aafia’s name to achieve their own purposes.

Khi police capture 2 alleged terrorists

The Karachi police have arrested two alleged terrorists of the banned outfit, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi from Orangi Town and recovered illegal weapons from their possession.
Addressing a press conference on Sunday at the Central Police Office, Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Fayaz Leghari said that the accused were involved in several cases of sectarian killings and doctors in target killings.
He identified the alleged terrorists as Nasim Haider alias Firhounn son of

Three primary schools blown up in Mohmand

Unidentified men blew up three primary schools in Mohmand Agency on Sunday.
Sources said two were girls’ primary schools and one was a boys’ school were blown up in Ziarat Kalay and Saeed Khan areas of Safe tehsil.
They said suspected Taliban planted explosives inside the primary schools completely destroying the buildings. However, no loss of life was reported.
The political administration of the agency has started investigation.

Car lifting on the rise in the Capital

Showing an upward trend, over 548 cars were stolen from different parts of the city in 2010, with the figure being 514 last year with only 89 recoveries, sources said.
Most of the cars were lifted from urban areas where the security arrangements were high, sources said. “It would further increase as police officials deployed at the city exit and entrance points do not have proper equipments to catch a suspected vehicle,” a police official asking not to be named said. Since

Umar Gul ties the knot

Pakistan Cricket Team fast bowler Umar Gul married a doctor from Dubai last night in which a large number of his friends zealously participated.
The marriage was celebrated in his village Nawa Killey which was also the ancestral village of former squash legends Jhan Shier Khan, Hasham Khan, Qamar Zaman and Mohibullah.
Umar Gul told Pakistan Today that he was overjoyed about this new venture in his life and that both he and his family were delighted about the

‘No hot pursuit agreement with coalition forces’

Pakistan has no agreement with US-led coalition forces to conduct “hot pursuit” operations across the border inside Pakistani territory, a senior Pakistani security official told Pakistan Today on Sunday.
“We believe that the rules of engagement with coalition forces are well defined and within that, the right to conduct operations against the militants inside its territory is solely the responsibility of the respective armed forces,” he said.
“There is no

Karsaz attack still a mystery

No progress made by the PPP in the Karsaz blasts investigation
Mehdi says special monument it going be built by the PPP on the spot where the incident occurred
Tehreek-e-Taliban activist arrested as the mastermind behind the blasts
As the third anniversary of the deadly Karsaz blasts that occurred on October 18, 2007 is only a week away. The blasts took place during Benazir Bhutto’s homecoming rally and killed 145 people. No progress has been witnessed in

Roadside barbers increase risks of HCV exposure

Roadside barber use desterilised instruments
Desterilised instruments pose major health hazard
Barbers say they were not aware of this
Roadside barbers risk their customer’s health by continuing to use desterilised shaving kits and used blades.
During a visit by Pakistan Today, it was observed that a good number of barber shops at pedestrian pathways were using desterilised instruments and substandard shaving and after shave creams. Mostly poor and

Bughti offers Rs 1 billion for ‘mad’ Musharraf’s head

Talal Akbar Bugti demanded the arrest and a trial of former dictator Pervaiz Musharraf through Interpol, saying that his true face had unveiled before the people. He had committed unforgivable crimes against the nation, he said while addressing a press conference at Bugti House on Saturday.
He also announced 1000 acres agricultural land in Kachhi Canal worth of Rs 1 billion as head money to be given to Pervaiz Musharraf’s assassinator. He said he could not forgive Musharraf for