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TI Pakistan head ‘receives death threats’

TI Pakistan head ‘receives death threats’

ISLAMABAD: The head of Pakistan’s branch of global anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International said on Tuesday he had received death threats for exposing the “misdeeds” of the government.
“I have received death threats,” Syed Adil Gilani told AFP by telephone from his Karachi office, but declined to name those who had issued the threats.
“They are calling me anti-state and a foreign agent,” he said, adding, “We are exposing misdeeds of government officials”. The head

Sherry submits bill to end death penalty for ‘blasphemers’

ISLAMABAD: Former information minister and PPP leader Sherry Rehman has submitted a private members’ bill with the National Assembly Secretariat, seeking an end to the death penalty for blasphemers. Important additions to the legislation include section 203A, which will ensure that “anyone making false or frivolous accusation under any of the sections 295A-C of the PPC shall be punished in accordance with similar punishments prescribed in the section under which the false accusation

China AIDS death toll up nearly 20,000 in a year

BEIJING: The total number of reported AIDS deaths in China has jumped by nearly 20,000 since an official estimate last year, state media said Monday as Beijing vowed to step up efforts to curb its spread.
Deaths linked to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) since its emergence in China in the 1980s reached 68,315 by the end of October, state television said, citing figures from the health ministry. That compares with a tally of 49,845 reported deaths released by the

Karachi crash death toll rises to 11

KARACHI: Death toll rose to 11, including eight crew members, as a Russian-made cargo plane crashed in the Naval area near Dalmian in Karachi soon after taking off from airport in the wee hours of Sunday, officials said.
Senior officials of the Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA), Pakistan Navy and other law enforcement agencies visited the scene while investigation into the incident would take a few days, Pakistan Today learnt.
Sindh Health Minister Sagheer Ahmed has sent the

Clerics declare Taseer worthy of death, oppose repeal of 295-C

LAHORE: Tahaffuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat Mahaz (TNRM) staged a protest to condemn an amendment in section 295 C of the Pakistan Penal Code, claiming it is for the protection of the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) honour on Wednesday.
A number of people participated in the protest. Participants upheld banners and placards and raised slogans against the government, especially targeting the Governor Punjab Salmaan Taseer, who had visited Aasia Bibi, sentenced to death for alleged blasphemy, in

Blasphemy convict’s family goes into hiding after death threats

ISLAMABAD: The family of Asiya Noreen, the first woman in Pakistan to be sentenced to death on blasphemy charges, has gone into hiding because of death threats, they said on Wednesday.
Politicians and conservative clerics are at loggerheads on whether President Asif Ali Zardari should pardon Asiya, a mother of five. Federal Minister for Minority Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti told reporters that Asiya’s family had been forced to flee their home but declined to say where they were staying

Christian woman sentenced to death for ‘blasphemy’

LAHORE: A mother of two has become the first Christian woman in Pakistan to be sentenced to death for blasphemy, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Aasia, a field labourer in her late thirties, was handed the sentence and a fine of Rs 100,000 by a sessions court in Sheikhupura on Monday. She was found guilty of committing blasphemy against her fellow farm workers in the village of Ittanwali in Nankana Sahib district on June 19 last year on her refusal to renounce her faith.

Haider quits international cricket over death threats

LAHORE: Pakistan wicket-keeper Zulqarnain Haider on Tuesday announced his retirement from international cricket after abandoning the team and flying to London, saying he had received death threats.
The 24-year-old on Monday failed to report in Dubai for Pakistan’s one-day international against South Africa. The latest scandal to hit the country’s national game follows a slew of spot and match-fixing allegations, and disciplinary problems.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)

Dengue death confirmed, platelet kits unavailable

LAHORE: A dengue patient died for lack of platelet kits in Lahore on November 3, despite the government’s claims that there has not been a single ‘verifiable’ death because of dengue across Punjab, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Muhammad Rafique was admitted to Omar Hospital and was diagnosed with dengue on November 1. His relatives could not arrange more than one kit for platelet transfusion which ultimately resulted in his death owing to the Dengue Shock Syndrome (DSS) – the most

Iraq court sentences Tareq Aziz to death

Iraq’s supreme criminal court sentenced former deputy prime minister Tareq Aziz to death on Tuesday, the first death sentence handed down against the long-time international face of the Saddam Hussein regime.
“The supreme criminal court issued an execution order against Tareq Aziz for his role in eliminating religious parties,” state television reported. It said that the court also ordered death sentences against two other top Saddam lieutenants, former interior

PU Geography Dept chairman claims death threats from faculty

LAHORE: Dr Abdul Ghaffar, Punjab University (PU) Geography Department chairman and PU Academic Staff Association (PUASA) vice president, has demanded the varsity administration to take action against certain elements after receiving life threats from some PU employees, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Some PU faculty members, including PUASA members, had given life threats to Ghaffar, as they wanted some favours and concessions from the geography department chairman. Certain people

Eight more killed in Karachi violence, death toll rises to 44

KARACHI: Eight more people were killed and another nine injured in various parts of Karachi on Monday, with the death toll in the latest spate of violence rising to 44.
Meanwhile, Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza ‘re-imposed’ the ban on pillion riding in Karachi on Monday, two days after he had announced its lifting to “respect the wishes of the residents of Karachi”.
The ban was imposed on November 2, 2008 by the Sindh Home Department to control rising crime in the

Surgeons save baby’s life by ‘freezing her to death’

A baby was ‘frozen to death’ for more than 20 minutes in pioneering surgery to fix a life-threatening heart defect.
Samaa Zohir, who was born with blood vessels to her heart connected the wrong
way round, was chilled to the point of death before medics stopped her heart to correct the otherwise fatal condition.
Preparing to work on her tiny heart – smaller than a golf ball – the surgical team at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, put the month-old baby into

‘Merchant of Death’ appeals Thai court ruling: Lawyer

Alleged Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout on Friday appealed against a Thai court ruling that removed a major obstacle to his extradition to the United States, his lawyer said.
Thailand’s Criminal Court on Tuesday dismissed money-laundering and fraud charges against Bout that had been holding up his extradition, citing insufficient evidence.
In an apparent delaying tactic, Bout’s lawyer Lak Nittiwattanawichan said he had submitted an appeal against the decision, partly on the