ISLAMABAD – The prime minister has not given any statement that the Haj operation would be conducted by the Foreign Affairs Ministry from next year, Federal Labour and Manpower Minister Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah told the National Assembly (NA) on Friday. “The PM has not given any statement that the Haj operation will be conducted by the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the foreign minister himself said that the Foreign Office cannot take the responsibility,” Khurshaid said while speaking
ISLAMABAD – Frank J Ruggiero, the acting US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, on Friday urged Pakistani authorities to accelerate anti-terrorism efforts in the country’s Tribal Areas, saying it was vital for the success of the counter-terrorism campaign in Afghanistan.
The US special representative called on Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani at General Headquarters. The visiting dignitary remained with him for some time and discussed matters of mutual
ISLAMABAD – US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter has said the US wants Pakistan to launch a military operation in North Waziristan soon but it is up to the leadership of the Pakistan Army to decide when to launch it.
Addressing a press conference on Afghanistan and Pakistan Annual Review on Friday, Munter said, “The Pakistan Army certainly wants to restore its writ there.” To a question about Pakistan’s cooperation in the war on terrorism, Munter said Pakistan had made
Australian singer Peter Andre has still not fully recovered following his emergency operation last month, revealing he’s suffering “bleeding issues”. The ‘Mysterious Girl’ hitmaker was taken ill on 26 November and underwent a procedure at a hospital in Somerset to treat “excruciating” stomach pains.
He was forced to scrap two shows on his current trek and ordered to rest by doctors. The star was diagnosed with poisoning in his kidneys but was subsequently allowed back to work.
KARACHI: A young man was killed and another injured on Wednesday in a firing incident, as a Rangers’ search operation in Kunwari Colony continued for a second consecutive day.
The incident took place in the wake of a protest staged by residents of Kunwari Colony, who were demonstrating against what they claimed was a farcical operation. Pirabad police said during the protest, unidentified persons opened fire at a Rangers vehicle parked near Ibrahim Masjid on Manghopir Road.
ISLAMABAD: The top US military commander in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, on Wednesday called on COAS Gen Ashfaq Kayani to discuss the new but ‘targeted’ military operation against the Al Qaeda and Taliban militants in North Waziristan.
“The US military commander asked for the earliest possible operation in North Waziristan with strikes by Pakistani air and ground forces as proposed by Islamabad in the recently concluded Pakistan-US strategic dialogue in the US,” a senior
LAHORE: The Dera Sahab Golden Temple, located just outside the Lahore Fort, saw a large gathering of Sikhs from all over Pakistan.
The Sikhs gathered to remember the atrocities Indian forces committed in 1984 when the Golden Temple in Amritsar was raided and a large number of Sikhs were massacred.
A three-minute silence was maintained to remember those that were killed during Indira Gandhi’s Operation Blue Star and the horrifying ‘Sikh-cleansing’ that took place. During
ISLAMABAD: Senate proceedings on Monday saw the Awami National Party (ANP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) throw allegations at each other, accusing one another of politics of expediency, and the former demanded a Swat-like military operation in Karachi to bring peace there.
Taking part in debate on the law and order situation, ANP Senator Haji Adeel said, “Karachi needs to be de-weaponised urgently … police have failed there and the Rangers are not being empowered for
KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai reacted with fury Sunday to the first joint US-Russian anti-drugs operation in the war-torn country, saying it happened without permission and violated Afghan sovereignty.
“No organisation or institution has the right to carry out such military operations inside the territory of our country without permission and agreement from the Islamic Government of Afghanistan,” a statement from his office said. “Afghanistan condemns this act by NATO and
MULTAN: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Saturday that Pakistan would not accept any external pressure and that it would decide about the military operation in North Waziristan keeping in view its requirements, resources and priorities.
Talking to journalists at the Multan airport, Qureshi said the whole world had acknowledged Pakistan’s sacrifice in the war on terror and it was making sincere efforts. “Our people and even shrines are being targeted by terrorists,”
ISLAMABAD: Resolving to continue fighting terrorism, the country’s civilian and military leadership on Friday announced that any decision about a military offensive in North Waziristan Agency and any other tribal region would be Pakistan’s own and no outside pressure would be accepted.
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani called on President Asif Ali Zardari at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi were also present.
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
ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Wednesday ruled out calling in the army to control the spiralling violence in Karachi, while reports poured in that the government was considering a potential surgical operation in the country’s bleeding financial capital.
TV channels quoted sources in the Sindh Home Department as saying that the government could launch a focused surgical operation in the city to restore order, but a final decision on the issue would be