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US will invade volatile Pakistan, says Australian MP

US will invade volatile Pakistan, says Australian MP

The “highly volatile” situation in Pakistan is increasing the likelihood of a US invasion there, Australian parliamentarian Bob Katter said on Tuesday.
Independent MP Bob Katter told parliament that the US would invade Pakistan to deal with the instability and Australia must also send troops there, The Australian reported.
Speaking during a debate on Afghanistan, he said the security situation in Pakistan was “highly volatile”, and with the government under

Pakistan Vs South Africa – Waqar seeks World Cup boost from SA series

Pakistan cricket coach Waqar Younis Tuesday urged his team to get back to winning ways as they begin the build-up to next year’s World Cup.
“We haven’t won anything recently and after a chaotic England tour things are becoming clearer, so if we win against South Africa and then on the New Zealand tour it will be a good build-up for the World Cup,” Waqar told reporters.
Pakistan play two back-to-back Twenty20 matches on Tuesday and Wednesday, before playing

Pakistan moots legal action on The Sun

Pakistan cricket authorities said Tuesday they were weighing up legal action against British tabloid The Sun over allegations of spot-fixing after an investigation cleared their players.
The Sun tipped off the International Cricket Council (ICC) that it had evidence that the scoring pattern of Pakistan’s innings in the Oval one-day against England on September 17 was pre-arranged with bookmakers. The ICC launched an immediate inquiry, but on October 13 cleared the

IMF and Pakistan to discuss today sixth tranche of $11 billion loan

A meeting between officials from Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is to be held on Wednesday (today) in Islamabad to discuss the country’s performance for the release of the sixth tranche worth $11 billion.
According to official sources, discussions regarding policy making would take place on November 1 and November 2. The review for release of the sixth tranche had been delayed since August due to issues including an increase in power tariffs and

Pakistan, UK renew MoU on deportations

Pakistan and the United Kingdom on Tuesday renewed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) allowing the deportation of illegal immigrants from the two countries back to their respective homelands.
The renewed MoU will cover illegal immigrants only and it is no way an extradition treaty or understanding to exchange criminals, Federal Minister for Interior Rehman Malik said at a joint press conference with British Home Secretary Theresa May, who is also incharge of

Pakistan is now 34th most corrupt country

Pakistan has gone further up in the list of most corrupt nations, receiving an index score of 2.3 this year against 2.4 in 2009, a report on Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) issued by Transparency International (TI) said on Tuesday.
The report said of the total 178 countries, Pakistan’s ranking had dropped seven places, from the 42nd most corrupt country in 2009 to the 34th-worst country in 2010. The report said around three quarters of the 178 countries in the

Regrouped Pakistan eye SA success

Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi hoped his beleaguered side is focused enough to counter a spirited South African team in the back-to-back Twenty20 matches starting here on Tuesday.
Pakistan’s recent tour to England was rocked by spot-fixing allegations which prompted a Scotland Yard investigation and the suspension of three of their players by the International Cricket Council.
Test captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer were charged for

Pakistan to defend its troops at UNSC today

At meeting of the UN Security Council in New York today (Tuesday), Pakistan will defend its position against allegations that its troops had violated the UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which calls on all parties to an armed conflict to protect women against all forms of abuses.
An official source privy to the development, told Pakistan Today that some NGOs had alleged that Pakistani troops fighting outlaws in troubled areas had violated the provisions of the

UK asks Pakistan to boost anti-terror effort

The UK on Monday asked Pakistan to increase its counter-terrorism efforts, assuring Islamabad of all-out support for the success of its efforts in this regard.
British Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equality Theresa May, who arrived in Pakistan on Sunday on a three-day visit, met President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.
She had a detailed discussion with the Pakistani leadership on various aspects of terrorism, especially

Pakistan hopes to come out of the shadows

Pakistan is hoping to make a point by upstaging South Africa in their home series in the UAE. The team, which arrived in the UAE early on Sunday, will be without former captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, who have been provisionally suspended by the ICC.
Before departing for the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan coach Waqar Younis admitted that the England tour had taken its toll on players. But he said he was confident they would bounce back against

Now Pakistan too can ask US to ‘do more’: FM

The Pak-US strategic dialogue has been upgraded and is based on equality, which allows both sides to demand “do more” to minimise the trust deficit, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Sunday.
“This time, it was a two-way communication unlike the past, which could be marked as a success and a change in the pattern of thinking of the US President Barack Obama’s administration,” he told a press conference at the State Guest House.
“During the talks, we

Pakistan team arrives in Abu Dhabi for SA tour

Pakistan cricket team reached Abu Dhabi on Saturday for the month-long tour against South Africa which includes five one-day Internationals and two Twenty20 matches.
Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ijaz Butt could not deliver a lecture to the players on the new code of conduct due to personal engagements. The series between Pakistan and South Africa will begin on October 26 with two Twenty20 Internationals due to be played in the first phase.
Earlier, the

Shahid Kapoor may shoot in Pakistan

Exciting news for his Pakistani fans, Indian heartthrob Shahid Kapoor could be shooting in Pakistan for noted Indian film director Mira Nair’s film, a local channel reported on Friday.
Nair is planning to make a movie based on Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid’s second novel ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’. The yet-to-be-named film is expected to be shot in Pakistan. But it is not yet clear whether the necessary permissions have been sought for this purpose.

US wants more CIA people in Pakistan

The US is trying to expand a secret CIA operation designed to eliminate militant havens in the Tribal Areas along the Afghan border, The Wall Street Journal reported late Friday.
Citing unnamed senior officials, the newspaper said the Obama administration had asked Pakistan in recent weeks to allow additional CIA officers and special operations military trainers to enter the country to intensify pressure on the Taliban.
The requests have so far been rebuffed

US, Pakistan agree on incisive military offensive in NWA

The US and Pakistan have agreed on Islamabad’s own plan for a targeted military offensive in North Waziristan Agency instead of a full-fledged operation demanded by the Obama administration. Until the recently concluded US-Pak Strategic Dialogue in Washington DC, the Obama administration was asking for an all out military operation in North Waziristan but had softened its stance and agreed to a give Islamabad a chance for its own surgical strikes and limited ground

Pakistan in the dark over Kabul peace effort: Gilani

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Friday said Afghan President Hamid Karzai had agreed to share his peace plan with Pakistan, however, no information has been shared with Islamabad so far.
“Once the information is provided, a decision will be taken on how Pakistan can cooperate,” Gilani told office-bearers of the Diplomatic Correspondent Association of Pakistan (CAP) at Prime Minister’s House.
“The Afghan leadership has yet to share its new initiative of

Pakistan seeks $3b additional financing from WB and ADB

Pakistan has asked the World Bank (WB) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to provide $3 billion in additional financing instead of diverting the funding by reprioritising the existing projects for the country, State Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar said on Thursday.
Addressing a press conference, the minister said that project loans already approved by both institutions were in the pipeline and their reprioritisation could affect the