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Karzai’s relative killed by coalition forces

Karzai’s relative killed by coalition forces

KANDAHAR – A relative of Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been killed by international forces, Karzai’s brother and officials said on Thursday. The president’s brother, Ahmad Wali Karzai, told AFP that a relative, who he described as “our father’s cousin,” was shot dead near his home in the family’s village in southern Kandahar province by the US-led NATO force overnight.
“It was a mistake,” Ahmad Wali Karzai said. “The forces conducted an operation, he was at his home, he came

Ireland set for coalition govt

DUBLIN – Ireland is set for a coalition government after the two parties that topped last month’s elections, Fine Gael and Labour, agreed Sunday to share power and work together on slashing a massive deficit.
“I am happy to tell you that we have concluded an agreement,” Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny told RTE state radio, adding: “Some of the final details are now being worked out for presentation to both parties.”
The February 25 election has redrawn the political map of

Coalition with PML-Q out of question: Nawaz

LAHORE – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif said on Monday forming a government with the Chaudhrys (Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi) was like a curse so the coalition with the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) was out of question.
Addressing PML-N party workers from Gujranwala and Rawalpindi divisions at his Model Town residence, Nawaz said, “We will continue per our routine in Punjab while proving its strength in the House.” He said

Ireland in crisis talks as coalition crumbles

DUBLIN – Ireland’s parties held crisis talks on Monday after the ruling coalition collapsed, with the opposition demanding that the government quickly pass a crucial finance bill and bring forward elections.
Opposition parties gave embattled Prime Minister Brian Cowen a deadline of Friday to comply or to face a no-confidence vote, following the dramatic withdrawal of the Green party from the coalition on Sunday. Finance Minister Brian Lenihan was leading the talks over calls for

PML-Q divided on joining PPP-led coalition

ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) is divided on the issue of joining the PPP-led coalition government as party parliamentarians and other leaders have differing political interests.
The Central Working Committee (CWC) of the PML-Q met on Wednesday to formulate a party policy in the backdrop of MQM’s breakaway with the government and agreed not to move a vote of no-confidence against Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani. “As we lack the required strength to move a

MQM deals deadly blow to coalition

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI – The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Sunday finally pulled out of the ruling coalition as it decided to sit on the opposition benches in the Centre, forcing the already number-weak government into a minority with 160 members on its side in a House of 342.
A minimum of 172 members are required to form a simple majority in the National Assembly. The MQM decision came after its coordination committee, which simultaneously met in Karachi and London, chose to sit

Crumbling coalition sees off 2010 on gloomy note

ISLAMABAD – Teetering on the edge of a very uncertain future, the PPP-led coalition government saw off the year 2010 on a rather gloomier note it may never have imagined to harp upon. While, hoping against hope, the PPP’s easy-going leadership was dropping hints of winning back JUI-F’s mercurial Maulana Fazlur Rehman,
the deepest cut came from Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) that now hangs Damocles’ sword over fragile coalition’s head.Internal bickering, rows over capturing

Departments bifurcated to adjust coalition partners

KARACHI – As the year 2010 ends, the highlight of the year remains how the PPP-led Sindh government divided a number of provincial departments only to gratify elected and non-elected leaders of ruling as well as coalition partners without creating any new job opportunities.
Although, a number of government departments were bifurcated, not a single vacancy was created to provide jobs to the unemployed youth. Analysts say that bifurcation of administrative departments is only

Danger no longer haunts coalition

ISLAMABAD: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has agreed to stay in the coalition government after President Asif Ali Zardari assured the party that its grievances would be addressed.
“President Zardari is like a fatherly figure for the government and the PPP. We hope he will resolve the matter sooner than expected. We have left the matter with the president and now it is up to him to resolve the issue,” Sattar said on Monday after leading an MQM delegation in a meeting with the

Jolt to the coalition still low on the political richter scale

The decision by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) to quit the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)-led fragile coalition has for the first time shaken the scandal-hit government of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani at a time when it needed the support of its allies more than ever.
Equally disturbing for the PPP is that the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), which has already developed serious differences with the PPP and the Awami National party (ANP) over the situation in Karachi, is

JUI-F quits coalition government at centre

ISLAMABAD – Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F chief Fazlur Rehman announced on Tuesday that his party left the Pakistan People’s Party-led coalition government at centre in protest of sacking of Azam Swati from the federal cabinet, a private TV channel reported.
Fazl, who also heads the Kashmir Committee, announced the decision after chairing an emergency meeting of the JUI-F Majlis-e-Shura held here to review the situation emerged after Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilanu sacked two of his

University fees plan row damages UK coalition partner

LONDON: The popularity of Nick Clegg, leader of Britain’s coalition government’s junior partner, has plummeted and supporters are deserting his party over plans to raise university tuition fees, said a poll published on Sunday.
Parliament voted on Thursday in favour of plans to allow English universities to almost treble current fees, a policy that has divided Clegg’s Liberal Democrat party and led to violent protests in London.
Before May’s election Clegg and all his

‘Ruling coalition lacks consensus’

PESHAWAR: Pakistan People’s Party-Sherpao Chairman Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao has said that the Pakistan People’s Party and its coalition partners have differences on national and international issues.
Addressing a press conference at his house in Peshawar he said, “How it is possible for the coalition partners to resolve problems of the masses when they lack consensus.”
Sherpao said the economic decline and deteriorating law and order situation was the outcome of government’s

Joining PPP-led coalition – PML-Q facing resistance within party

Some elements in the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid are opposed to joining the Pakistan People’s Party-led coalition, Pakistan Today learnt on Tuesday.
According to a source close to Chaudhrys, the PPP move to rope in the PML-Q might not work as the party does not only want to join the coalition in the centre but also wants a power-sharing deal in Punjab. The source said that the PPP had invited the PML-Q to join the PPP-led coalition government in the centre.

‘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