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Pakistan, Philippines to boost cooperation

Pakistan, Philippines to boost cooperation

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan and Philippines have reiterated their commitment to further intensify cooperation in culture, tourism, trade, education, science and technology, civilian nuclear energy and promote people-to-people contacts.
The third Round of Policy Consultation Talks between the ministries of foreign affairs of Pakistan and the Philippines was held on Saturday in Islamabad. Assistant Secretary Asia and Pacific Affairs of the Department of Foreign Affairs Cristina G Ortega

Pakistan, US face off over shooter

ISLAMABAD – Without specifying and disclosing Raymond Davis’ position, the US embassy on Saturday demanded his immediate release, declaring him a diplomat three days after he killed two people in Lahore.
Interestingly, the detained American was on Thursday described by the US State Department as an American civilian working for the US consulate in Lahore after he was held by the police on double murder charges over the deaths of two motorcyclists.
More intriguing is the

The law must take its course, says Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Saturday refused to succumb to US pressure for the immediate release of Raymond Davis, whom the US embassy called its diplomat, while advising the US to respect the legal process initiated after the incident.
The US authorities are exerting maximum pressure for Davis’ release as soon as possible and on Saturday the US embassy made a formal demand for his immediate release while declaring him a member of its diplomatic staff which is entitled to diplomatic

Pakistan likely to reject immunity request for Davis

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s foreign policy managers expect the US to come up with a request of diplomatic immunity for Raymond Davis, but it is almost impossible for Islamabad to accept any such demand owing to the rising anti-Americanism across the country.
US Ambassador in Islamabad Cameron Munter called on Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir at the Foreign Office on Friday to discuss the Lahore incident. “The US envoy asked for consular access for the American national and it was

‘Slackistan’ film banned in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – ‘Slackistan’, a British-made movie about young people living in Islamabad, has been banned in Pakistan because of scenes showing swearing and drinking. But its director, London-based Hammad Khan, has told that he is refusing to make changes demanded by Pakistan’s Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC).
“I am not interested in making a film that suits them,” he said. The CBFC, which has also called for religious references to be taken out, was unavailable for comment.

Pakistan seeks US funding for Bhasha Dam

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Thursday sought funding from the United States for the construction of Bhasha Diamer Dam and other projects.
Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf told the reporters after meeting with the US delegation led by Senior Adviser to US president on Economy David Lipton that they have sought financial assistance from US for the construction of hydel power projects. “We have informed them that a total of 2,000 MW of electricity would be added in the

‘Pakistan has to deal with terror monster it created’

LAHORE – India on Thursday said Pakistan has to root out terrorism that has turned out to be a Frankenstein monster for Islamabad, Hindustan Times reported. “Pakistan has created the Frankenstein.
They will have to deal with it,” Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao was quoted as telling a group of Afghan journalists, ahead of next week’s bilateral talks in Thimphu.
“The sickness is there. They have to cure it. They have to root out this evil,” the paper quoted her as saying.

Pakistan, Afghanistan forming commission to tackle militancy

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan and Afghanistan on Thursday agreed to set up a joint commission of diplomats and military officials to tackle militancy and support the ongoing peace and reconciliation process in the war-torn state.
“We have agreed that we will set up a two-tier joint commission at the foreign ministers and senior officials’ level,” Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told a joint press conference with his Afghan counterpart Zalmai Rasoul. He said that the commission

Rain washes out Pakistan, New Zealand ODI

WELLINGTON – Rain washed out the second one-day international between New Zealand and Pakistan at the Queenstown Events Centre on Wednesday. Constant drizzle delayed the start of play by an hour before the match began at 1200 (2300 GMT) and was reduced to 48 overs each.
Pakistan made a breezy start to their innings, reaching 31 without loss off 4.2 overs with Ahmed Shahzad racing to 25 off 16 balls and Mohammad Hafeez on four, when rain forced them off again less than 20 minutes

Three cueists to represent Pakistan in Asian Snooker

KARACHI – Three cueists instead of two will be representing Pakistan in the 27th Asian Snooker Championship to be held in Indore (India) from April 23 to 30, Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association (PBSA) announced on Wednesday.
“Muhammad Sajjad, who finished the runner-up in the last Asian event held in Thailand last year, will be an automatic selection,” PBSA President Alamgir Shaikh told reporters. “If Sajjad wins the nationals, then losing finalists will be second choice

Afghanistan, Pakistan given $100m for vaccines

ABU DHABI – Bill Gates and Abu Dhabi’s crown prince pledged $100 million on Wednesday to deliver vaccines to children in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan each will give $50 million to provide vaccines for five common but deadly childhood diseases while one third of the funds would be used to get the polio vaccine for as many as 35 million children in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Gates said the initiative would

Pakistan needs national government, says Musharraf

JEDDAH – Former president Pervez Musharraf has said that a national government should be formed in Pakistan in the country’s best interest, adding that he will definitely return.
“I will definitely go to Pakistan. I am only waiting for my political party to gain ground after which I will go and face the court cases,” Musharraf said in an interview with Arabian language newspaper Al-Sharq AlAusat, adding “I left Pakistan because the judges are political and my life was in

Moscow bombers were trained in Pakistan: Telegraph

LAHORE – The two suicide bombers who carried out the Moscow attack are thought to be part of a suicide squad trained in Pakistan’s Al Qaeda strongholds and sent to the capital to target the city’s transport system, The Telegraph reported on Wednesday.
Russian security services warned in December that there were two teams primed to carry out the attacks. A newspaper close to Russia’s FSB security service published what it claimed was a warning to Moscow police issued in December

Afghan soil won’t be used against Pakistan: Karzai

KABUL – Reaffirming his stance on maximum mutual understanding and cooperation amongst the regional and neighbouring countries in the ongoing war on terror, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has made it clear that “no one will be allowed to use Afghan soil against Pakistan”.
“Tell your country, Afghanistan is firm on its commitments with Pakistan,” President Karzai told Pakistan’s representative while addressing the installation ceremony of newly-elected Lower House ( Olassi Jirga)

Second ODI today – Pakistan batting holds the key

COMMENT – It was indeed a deplorable batting performance from Pakistan in the first ODI against New Zealand. On a pitch with bounce and offering movement, Pakistani batsmen looked perplexed and were bundled out for just 124 in just 37.3 overs a target which the hosts raced to in the 18th over.
After a more than reasonable batting effort in Tests, this poor show in the first game was pretty bad from Pakistan side.
Now for today’s game in Queenstown Pakistan batsmen need to

FIA implicates Firdous Jamal in Tawana Pakistan scam probe

ISLAMABD – The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) team probing into Tawana Pakistan project scam has implicated famous actor Firdous Jamal in its investigation, Pakistan Today learnt on Tuesday.
“Tawana Pakistan project management had paid Rs 20 million for media campaign of the project to a private company owned by Firdous Jamal,” a senior FIA official told Pakistan Today. He said that Firdous Jamal allegedly misappropriated public money in connivance with the Tawana Pakistan

Pakistan has ‘disastrous year’ for human rights in 2010: HRW

ISLAMABAD – Taliban violence and religious extremism grew in Pakistan in 2010, with the government doing little to improve the situation and often making things worse, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.
In its World Report 2011, the New York-based rights organisation said militant violence was fostered by the passive acceptance of persecution of religious minorities and had active help from some elements of the intelligence agencies.
“Taliban atrocities aren’t happening in a