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Govt panicking under UN pressure: Baloch groups

Govt panicking under UN pressure: Baloch groups

KARACHI – The state and the government of Pakistan are panicking amidst immense pressure from the UN and human rights organisations to resolve the issues of the people of Balochistan and the recent statements issued by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani should be seen in this light, Baloch groups told Pakistan Today on Wednesday.
“This is all they can do. They go around spreading lies and misleading the people of the country through the media. Then people wonder why the people of

Nawaz under pressure to exclude Unification Bloc from cabinet

LAHORE – All eyes are set on Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif to see if he includes members of the PML-Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q) Unification Bloc in the reconstituted Punjab cabinet following criticism of the party’s new move from political and legal quarters, damaging its credibility. Party insiders told Pakistan Today that Nawaz was initially was not very responsive to the idea of including Unification Bloc members in the party and thought such a step would damage

NATO, Europe pile pressure on Gaddafi regime

GODOLLO – NATO and the EU piled pressure on Moamer Gaddafi’s regime on Friday, joining forces to rescue foreigners stranded in Libya while EU governments prepared to take part in a possible no-fly zone. As the European Union prepared sanctions against Tripoli, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen met with EU defence ministers in Godollo, Hungary, to discuss the vast evacuation effort under way in the strife-torn country.
Rasmussen also convened a separate emergency meeting of the

‘No external pressure for mly operation in KP’

PESHAWAR – Denying external pressure, the Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Governor Barrister Masud Kausar has said that government is handling militants according to its own strategies and policies.
“There is nothing immediate on the agenda regarding the action against militants in North Waziristan,” he told reporters on Wednesday during a dinner hosted in honour of senior journalists from Peshawar and office bearers of Tribal Union of Journalists.
Kausar said that the government wanted

No fuel, no meals – Low gas pressure grips city

LAHORE – Sui Northern Gas Pipelines (SNGPL) has decreased gas pressure for domestic usage and CNG stations, causing huge problems for consumers. Consumers faced difficulties in preparing food due to very low gas pressure in the city during the last two days. The gas pressure remained low in every part of the city including Gulberg, Township, Garden Town, Shadman, Muslim Town, Wahdat Road and the Walled City.
On the other hand, low gas pressure at CNG stations irked motorists. A

Pressure from Pakistan will make Afghan Taliban talk: Clinton

NEW YORK – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday said it was “no secret that we have not always seen eye-to-eye with Pakistan.” Pressure from the Pakistani side will help push the Taliban (Afghan) towards the negotiating table and away from al Qaeda,” she said in her speech at the Asia Society.
She also warned Pakistan that it risked major instability and hampering the war effort in Afghanistan unless it implemented broad reforms and stops fomenting anti-American

Indian media creates a lot of pressure: Imran

MUMBAI – Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan feels that pressure could have a huge effect on Indian players as they embark on their journey to regain the cricket World Cup after 28 years.
“I must say that the Indian media puts huge pressure on the Indian players. It’s difficult for them to play freely. I can understand the kind of pressure that Sachin Tendulkar goes through, it’s unimaginable. Every time I watch something on television, I feel that Sachin must be needing

‘No pressure in Davis case’

LAHORE – Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan has said that no pressure would be entertained in the Raymond Davis case, which would be decided in accordance with the law. Talking to reporters at the Lahore airport, she that the right sizing of the cabinet was done under the 18th constitutional amendment and the new cabinet would use all resources to serve the masses in a better way.
To another question about former president Pervez Musharraf’s arrest in the Benazir Bhutto

Junaid shrugs off pressure

LAHORE – Pakistan left-arm pacer Junaid Khan, who was included in the World Cup squad after a knee injury ruled out Sohail Tanvir, has said he is aware of the responsibility that comes with representing the country and that he will be treating the mega event like any other tournament.
Junaid, 21, has been a consistent performer in junior cricket, domestic cricket and for the Pakistan ‘A’ side. He has impressed with his performance in the last couple of seasons for Abbottabad and

Govt under no pressure to release Davis: PM

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Tuesday dispelled the impression that the government was under pressure to release the US citizen involved in the killing of three men in Lahore.
“The rule of law is supreme and no one is above the law. The matter is sub judice, and we will respect the law of the land,” he told Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, Balochistan Chief Minister Aslam Raeesani and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information

No local, international pressure will be accepted: Sanaullah

LAHORE – Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has said that the Punjab government would not give in to any “national or international pressure” in the trial of US consulate employee Raymond Davis, who killed three people on Thursday. He said the investigation would conducted on merit.
Addressing a press conference on Friday at the Director General Public relations (DGPR), the law minister said there “is no pressure on the Punjab government. We will not accept any pressure in this

New scandal documents pile pressure on Berlusconi

ROME – Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi faced more pressure to resign on Thursday after magistrates issued new documents with fresh details of erotic parties, some with under-age girls, and of his gifts to participants. The centre-left opposition said the new documents made his position “untenable” and said he should resign willingly or that his conservative allies should put pressure on him to step aside for the good of the country.
The 227 pages of new documents were sent by

Qaeda under pressure in Paksitan

Al-Qaeda is under more pressure in Pakistan now than at any time since the September 11, 2001 attacks, US President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union address Tuesday: “Their leaders and operatives are being removed from the battlefield. Their safe havens are shrinking.” Obama said. “And we have sent a message from the Afghan border so the Arabian Peninsula to all parts of the globe: we will not relent, we will not waiver and we will defeat you.” Obama thanked

Australia shrug off semi-final pressure

DOHA – Australia go into their Asian Cup semi-final against Uzbekistan on Tuesday relaxed and confident that they can give themselves a shot at lifting the first silverware in their history. Both teams will be treading new ground at the Al Khalifa Stadium.
Neither has got this far at the continental showpiece before, with the prospect of a final against either Japan or South Korea awaiting the winner. Socceroos coach Holger Osieck is certain his team will be in that match on

Thousands pressure Tunisian PM to quit

TUNIS – Thousands of anti-government protesters rallied outside Tunisian Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi’s offices on Sunday, calling for him to quit after the downfall of the north African state’s 23-year regime.
“The people have come to bring down the government,” around 5,000 protesters chanted as they brandished pictures of some of the dozens of people killed by security forces during the uprising against president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. They broke through security

Pressure mounts in Ireland for snap election

DUBLIN – Pressure mounted in Ireland on Sunday for an election to be held before the planned date of March 11, after Prime Minister Brian Cowen quit as leader of the ruling party but vowed to stay in office.
Four candidates have thrown their hats in the ring to replace Cowen as Fianna Fail leader in a vote Wednesday, but opposition lawmakers condemned the situation as “complete madness” and demanded an immediate election. The Green party, which shares power in Fianna Fail-led

High pressure gas pipeline blown up

KARACHI – An 18-inch high pressure gas pipeline of Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) was blown up near Hajano village in the Tangwani area of district Kashmore, suspending the gas supply to the entire Balochistan for at least three days. A serious incident of insurgency occurred at 6am on Thursday, near Hajano village in the Tangwani area of the district Kashmore about 34 kilometers downstream from Sui, south of the gas field and close to Balochistan and Sindh border.
As a result

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