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Documentary speaks of Pakistan’s unsung heroes

LONDON – A documentary by the British Television Channel 4 screened on Saturday has spoken of Pakistan’s unsung heroes as they race in their ambulances to help those in need, injured in road accidents or fallen victims to crime in Karachi. Reporter Peter Oborne spent two weeks living in the Edhi Ambulance Centre for making the documentary about the courageous individuals who risked their lives to make the city a safer place.
He wrote in the Daily Telegraph newspaper that the

Gilani assures Karzai of Pakistan’s support for “Afghan-led” political process

KABUL – Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Saturday said Pakistan supports an “Afghan-led” solution for the political settlement of Afghanistan and warned that an “outside formula” was not going to work.
Prime Minister Gilani, in a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at his presidential palace, emphasized on shaping the political settlement that was “home-based” besides being “durable and sustainable.”
A Foreign Office official privy to the meeting told APP that

Pakistan’s IPL exclusion is India’s loss

LAHORE – Former Pakistan captain Asif Iqbal has said the reason behind the rise of the Indian Premier League is massive commercial gains. As for the exclusion of all Pakistani players from the IPL, Iqbal said that the loss was that of the Indian audience as well as the franchises. The Pakistan cricketers have not played in the tournament since its first edition in early 2008. “I think the exclusion of Pakistani cricketers have nothing to do with cricket.
I am absolutely sure

Pakistan’s future brighter than Australia Pakistan’s future brighter than Australia

COMMENT – India are No1in the International Cricket Council Test rankings as well as the World Cup holders. One of their five players in the Wisden Test XI is Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has been their captain for a few years – and India still have not lost a Test series under him. Dhoni is joined by Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Zaheer Khan and Sachin Tendulkar, who is also Wisden’s Leading Cricketer in the World.
At the other extreme: no Australian in this year’s Wisden Test XI,

Pakistan’s forex reserves ease to $17.31 bln

KARACHI – Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves eased to $17.31 billion in the week ending on April 9, from $17.64 billion the previous week, a senior central bank official said on Thursday.
Reserves held by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) fell to $13.93 billion from $14.26 billion a week ago, while those held by commercial banks were flat at $3.38 billion, unchanged from the previous week, said SBP chief spokesman Syed Wasimuddin.
“The decline in reserves during the week is

$750 million earmarked for Pakistan’s tribal women

ISLAMABAD – Stung by fresh US criticism of its ability to defeat the Taliban on the Afghan border, Pakistan is turning to women in its latest bid to quell the terror threat and reduce poverty.
The government’s Benazir Income Support Programme is designating $750 million, nearly half from US coffers, to create jobs and alleviate poverty by providing women with funds for food, health and training in the tribal belt.
The region is believed to be the world’s premier breeding

ISI head visits Washington in patch-up trip

ISLAMABAD – The head of Pakistan’s powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is visiting his counterpart at the CIA, the agency said on Monday, in an attempt to patch up an alliance considered crucial to winning the war against al Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban.
Lieutenant-general Ahmad Shuja Pasha’s visit comes at a time when U.S.-Pakistan joint intelligence operations have been disrupted over a series of disputes, particularly the case of Raymond Davis, a CIA contractor who

US doubts Pakistan’s plan to defeat Taliban

WASHINGTON – Pakistan lacks a robust plan to defeat Taliban militants and its security forces struggle to hold areas cleared of the Al Qaeda-linked fighters at great cost, according to US report released on Tuesday.
“There remains no clear path toward defeating the insurgency in Pakistan, despite the unprecedented and sustained deployment of over 147,000 forces,” President Barack Obama’s administration said in a report to lawmakers in Congress.
The report highlighted

US doubts Pakistan’s plan to defeat Taliban

WASHINGTON – Pakistan lacks a robust plan to defeat Taliban militants and its security forces struggle to hold areas cleared of the al Qaeda-linked fighters at great cost, according to U.S. report released on Tuesday.
The United States wants Pakistan to subdue Taliban fighters using safe havens in its rugged tribal areas to attack U.S. forces across the border in Afghanistan.
“There remains no clear path toward defeating the insurgency in Pakistan, despite the unprecedented

US trying to destroy Pakistan’s nuclear power: Qazi

KASUR – Former Jamaat-e-Islami chief Qazi Hussain Ahmad has said that they do not want a war with the US, but just want abolition of the system under which the nation is being enslaved.
Talking to JI Kasur workers, Qazi said that the US under a conspiracy was spreading unrest in the country. “The US is trying to destroy Pakistan’s nuclear power because it considers our nuclear power is more dangerous for Israel than it is for India. We can stand on our feet if there is no US

Afridi ready to tour West Indies

KARACHI – Pakistan’s limited overs cricket captain Shahid Afridi has made himself available for the tour of West Indies after previously opting for a break.
“Earlier I had decided to skip the tour because I wanted to take a well deserved rest from the game, but some former players and my family and friends told me to change my decision at this crucial time for Pakistan cricket,” said Afridi.
Afridi, 31, who has played 320 one-day internationals, led Pakistan to the

One dead, two shot and 2 attempt suicide over Pakistan’s WC defeat

LAHORE – Results of the match between India and Pakistan claimed the life of a 40-year-old barber, who died of a heart attack on late Wednesday night, locals of the area told Pakistan Today on Thursday.
Muhammad Khaleel, resident of Abu-Bakar Saddique Colony located on Bund Road in the Sanda Police precincts, had placed thousands of rupees on Pakistan Cricket Team’s win and when the team lost the match against his expectation, he started moaning and later felt severe chest pain,

Forex reserves rise to record $17.95 billion

KARACHI – Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves rose to a record $17.95 billion in the week ending on March 26, from $17.50 billion the previous week, a senior central bank official said on Thursday.
Reserves held by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) rose to $14.54 billion from $14.09 billion a week ago, while those held by commercial banks were flat at $3.41 billion, said SBP chief spokesman Syed Wasimuddin.
“The jump in reserves is largely due to higher export proceeds as

China to support Pakistan’s agriculture

LAHORE – Chinese Ambassador Li Jian Monday said his country wanted a strong agricultural base and prosperous farmers in Pakistan, adding that no one could stop Pakistan’s farming sector to grow. Addressing a ceremony organised in connection with completion of the Auriga Group’s ten years, he praised Allama Muhammad Iqbal who had said that Chinese were not sleeping and preparing themselves to become a strong nation.
He promised to ensure that the Pak-China relations moved further

PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week – Pakistan’s premier fashion platform returns to Lahore

LAHORE – With the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week in the evening today for its third week in Pakistan, it is important to highlight what the PFDC & Sunsilk achieve as a collaborative platform and to exclusively present the pioneering vision of the people behind the scenes of this massive event which entails four days of high fashion and media frenzy. As a platform, he PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week has built itself as an institution for designers, retailers and now textile houses to showcase

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