ISLAMABAD – As planned, a large number of workers of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) held a rally in Islamabad on Friday to protest against two consecutive suicide attacks on their party chief. The rally started from Lal Masjid and ended at Aabpara Choke, where several JUI-F leaders addressed the participants. The demonstrators carried placards and chanting slogans against the US and Pakistani governments. Addressing protestors, JUI-F Central General Sectary Maulana Abdul Ghafur
PESHAWAR – A bomb blast targeting a religious party chief killed at least 13 people and wounded 20 others in a northwestern Pakistani town Thursday, police said.
The bombing took place in the town of Charsadda, close to the convoy of Maulana Fazlur Rehman, leader of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) party — the second attack against the politician and his supporters in as many days.
“At least 13 people were martyred including three police officials and 20 others were wounded
KARACHI – The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has created a Central Council in a bid to expand its party structure across the country, announced Rabita Committee Deputy Convenor Dr Farooq Sattar at a press conference on Sunday at the party headquarters Nine-Zero.
A decision to form the Central Council was taken by the Rabita Committee after extensive deliberations, Sattar explained, with the council set to assist the Rabita Committee in meeting important national challenges and
BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel braced for a bitter setback Sunday as voters in a state her party has ruled for half a century headed to the polls in an election clouded by events in Japan.
Merkel’s conservatives have ruled Baden-Wuerttemberg in southwestern Germany since 1953, but anger over her nuclear policy as well as decisions on Libya and the euro suggest voters could turf her Christian Democrats (CDU) out of power.
A poll released Friday indicated a potential
LAHORE – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif had told US senators in a meeting that he wanted to help the government eradicate the menace of terrorism, but some members of his party did not share the same views, India’s The Hindu newspaper said in a report, based on cables released by WikiLeaks, on Wednesday.
The report said that Bryan Hunt, principal officer at the US Consulate, in a cable sent on December 3, 2008 (181158: confidential), detailed a
HAVANA – Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro said on Tuesday he quit all his official positions when he fell ill in 2006, including head of the ruling Communist Party. His comments in a column published in state-run media appeared aimed at dampening speculation about his future that has preceded a party congress next month. Even though it was widely known he was not doing the day-to-day job of party leader, he has never publicly resigned the post, as he did the Cuban presidency in
LONDON – Britain’s Labour Party has claimed that the Tories’ government does not want Muslims to live in the central London while the mayor of London has also described the housing reforms as ‘draconian’, saying it could lead to ‘Kosovo-style’ social cleansing.
Karen Buck, the shadow work and pensions minister, said the government’s controversial plans to cut housing benefits were designed to force ‘black, ethnic minority and Muslim women’ out into the capital’s poorer suburbs.
LAHORE – Nine members of the Unification Bloc have replied to the show-cause notices issued to them by the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), claiming that they have neither left the party nor have they joined the PML-Nawaz. PML-Q sources claimed here on Monday that all nine dissident legislators submitted their replies to the party leadership. Unification Bloc Information Secretary Chaudhry Arshad Jatt, however, told Pakistan Today that 8 out of the 9 members who were given the
Lahore – A petition was filed in the LHC on Tuesday to make US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron P Munter a party in the Raymond Davis immunity case, on behalf of the US government, and issue a restraining order against approaching the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in this regard. Azhar Siddique filed the petition, who has also filed an earlier petition, challenging diplomatic immunity of Davis under the Vienna Convention 1961 and 1963 terming it against the constitution, UN
LAHORE – Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q)’s Unification Bloc leader Tahir Ali Javed told reporters here on Monday that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had horse-traded during governor’s rule in Punjab and released an alleged mobile conversation between PPP provincial minister Neelam Jabbar and PML-Q assembly member Arshad Jutt to prove his point.
He said the PPP had tried to lure Unification Bloc members to join ranks with it, offering lucrative incentives including
DUBLIN – Ireland’s ruling Fianna Fail party suffered a crushing defeat in the general election and the opposition Fine Gael party is set to lead the next government, according to an exit poll on Saturday.
Fine Gael, led by former teacher Enda Kenny, won 36.1 percent of the vote on Friday, its best result since November 1982 but not enough for a parliamentary majority, the Millward Brown Lansdowne poll for the RTE broadcaster showed. By contrast the Fianna Fail party of Prime
KARACHI – Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Sindh General Secretary Taj Hyder Sunday said the Muslim League was the party of Quaid-e-Azam but now it seemed that it spiritually belonged to General Zia. A dangerous game was being played in Punjab through horse-trading which was a clear violation of the 14th Amendment, he added.
Addressing a news conference at the PPP media cell, Taj said the current politics of Nawaz would result in unpleasant situation. “Nawaz Sharif is continuing
SRINAGAR – Suspected Muslim militants Friday shot dead a 47-year-old ruling-party activist in Indian Kashmir, police said, while four people were hurt in fresh clashes in the insurgency-hit region. Ghulam Hassan was shot from close range at a market place in the southern township of Hajin, 40 kilometres north of Indian Kashmir’s summer capital Srinagar.
“He died spontaneously,” a police spokesman said, blaming militants opposed to Indian rule in the region for the late evening
LAHORE – Following the two-year long struggle, the unification bloc in the Punjab Assembly has finally been granted an independent status when the speaker allocated the bloc separate seats in the House on Tuesday. A Punjab Assembly source told Pakistan Today that Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal used his powers under the rule 2 of Chapter 1 of the Rules of Procedure of the Assembly and allocated separate seats to the PML-Q dissidents who proved their majority in the Punjab Assembly against
CAIRO – Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood on Tuesday said it will form a political party in the wake of the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak’s regime, which banned but broadly tolerated the Islamist opposition group.
“The Muslim Brotherhood believes in the freedom to form parties and is therefore determined to have its own political party,” Mohammed Mursi, a member of the group’s political bureau, said in a statement. “All that prevented the group from achieving this demand was the law on
LAHORE – Former Foreign Affairs minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday said that his party (the Pakistan People’s Party) was persuading him to join the federal cabinet again, a private TV channel reported.
During a farewell visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Qureshi said that Raymond Davis was not a diplomat, adding that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had asked him to validate Davis as a diplomat, a demand which he refused to accept.
He said US Ambassador
CAIRO – A leftwing Egyptian opposition party formerly known for toeing the line set by President Hosni Mubarak’s regime announced on Thursday it was withdrawing from a national dialogue on reform. The Tagammu party, which controls a handful of seats in parliament, said in a faxed statement its decision was based on “the regime’s refusal to address the minimum of the people’s demands.”
It also objected to a comment by Vice President Omar Suleiman, who warned this week that the