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Gaddafi accepts peace plan, rebels say he must go

Gaddafi accepts peace plan, rebels say he must go

BENGHAZI – Muammar Gaddafi accepted an African Union (AU) plan to end the Libyan civil war but rebels on Monday said there could be no deal unless he leaves power, and there was no sign of a let-up in the fighting. Rebels in the besieged western city of Misrata told Reuters Gaddafi’s forces fired Russian-made Grad rockets into the city, while insurgents in eastern Libya were preparing to advance. South African President Jacob Zuma, head of an AU peace mission, said Gaddafi had

Bring Tahir Plaza attackers to justice, say men in black

KARACHI – The lawyers’ fraternity of the city observed a black day on Saturday to condemn the attack on City Courts, Tahir Plaza and Malir Courts on April 9, 2008 in which lawyers’ offices were set on fire.
Ten people including two lawyers – Altaf Abbasi and Sheryar Sheri – and their clients were killed in the Tahir Plaza arson and attack and 14 more people died in the ensuing violence. On the call of the Karachi Bar Association (KBA), lawyers boycotted court proceedings wearing

Crippled by the bhatta mafia, M.A. Jinnah traders say no more

KARACHI – Business and commercial activities on M. A. Jinnah Road remained suspended during the first half of Thursday as traders took to the roads after one of their colleagues was shot at allegedly by extortionists over resistance to comply with their demands.
The protesting traders argued that incidents of street crime and extortion continued unabated and law enforcers had failed to provide them with any protection. “Traders of the Auto Market and Tyres Market took to the

Experts say reopening ZAB case futile

ISLAMABAD – Legal experts on Monday said the PPP government’s move to file a reference with the Supreme Court to get former president Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s “judicial murder” case reopened was a futile exercise aimed at diverting masses’ attention from its failures.
Talking to Pakistan Today, prominent lawyer Justice (r) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim said under article 186 of the constitution, neither the president could file such a reference nor would it be entertained by the Supreme

Musharraf not threatened by arrest warrants, say aides

ISLAMABAD – Former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf told his aides in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in recent meetings that he faced no threat from his arrest warrants in Benazir Bhutto assassination case because the British government would never repatriate him to Pakistan.
“Some friends of Musharraf in the All-Pakistan Muslim League (APML)’s marathon meetings held in UAE on March 16 and 17 advised him not to return to the UK for the time being because the Pakistan High

Lawyers say they will thwart PPP’s strike

ISLAMABAD – The legal fraternity on Friday stood united against the PPP’s strike call against the Supreme Court’s judgment against the appointment of Justice (r) Deedar Hussain Shah as NAB chairman.
Even the lawyers considered close to the PPP-led coalition government also came down hard on the strike call and called it against democratic norms.
Calling the strike call “a principally wrong decision”, eminent lawyer Justice (r) Fakharuddin G Ebrahim said no strike could be

Protesting fisherfolk say they won’t hush up

KARACHI – A large number of fisherfolk hailing from different coastal villages staged a protest in Thatta city to condemn the illegal abduction of a community activist. The protesters, carrying banners and placards, shouted slogans demanding the safe release of Taj Mohammed Thahimor, who was arrested on January 22 while returning home. The protest rally, organised by the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF), was led by Gulab Shah, Amir Bux Jatt, PFF regional manager Jameel Junejo, Noor

One-day strike costs exchequer Rs 5b, say industrialists

KARACHI – Strikes in the country cost national exchequer at least Rs five billion daily, the industrialists told the government and protested against the recent 9.9 percent hike in petroleum products prices. “One-day strike causes Rs five billion revenue loss to the national exchequer, the government should realise this factor,” said SM Muneer, patron in-chief of the Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI).
He was addressing the gathering at the annual dinner 2010

England v Ireland – What they say

BANGALORE – Who’s saying what about Ireland’s shock World Cup win over Ireland:
“There’s two proud people in the stands and probably four million proud people at home.” Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien, watched by his mother and father in Bangalore, who smashed the fastest World Cup century in history to lead his team to their stunning win over England.
“Our bowling could have been better…..we weren’t reckoning on an outstanding innings from Kevin O’Brien. It was pretty brutal.”

PPP for reconciliation, others say move start of new power game

LAHORE – In response to the PML-N’s decision to part ways with the PPP in Punjab, PPP leaders on Friday renewed their pledge to continue politics of reconciliation in the province. However, other political forces called the move “a start of a new power game in Punjab”.
Federal Minister for Labour and Manpower Khurshid Shah said the PPP would play the opposition’s role in Punjab, adding however, that it would continue its policy of reconciliation. He said PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif

Captains say World Cup is wide open

DHAKA – Graeme Smith of South Africa and India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni joined a chorus of World Cup skippers predicting a closely contested tournament that will thrill players and fans alike. At a rare assembly of all 14 captains for a photo-shoot and media conference in Dhaka ahead of cricket’s showpiece event, the general refrain was that it was impossible to choose a winner.
“I believe every team taking part has a chance to win, it is all very open,” Smith said at the function

Terrorists know no religion, say president and PM

ISLAMABAD – President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani while underlining that Islam rejects terrorism and extremism Tuesday said those who used religion to justify their heinous and reprehensible acts of terrorism had nothing to do with the Muslims and Islam.
The two leaders expressed these views in separate messages in connection with 12th of Rabi-ul-Awwal, Eid Milad-un-Nabi to be observed today (Wednesday). The president said, “Everyone, particularly the

Eid – Police say they are ready and able

LAHORE – The Lahore Police have taken measures to ensure foolproof security on the Eid Miladun Nabi to avoid any untoward incident in the provincial metropolis. Police have deployed around 1,000 policemen to perform duty on routes of processions, at and around sensitive and important installations while 1,600 Mujahid Squad officials and 25 Elite Force vehicles will patrol the streets.
The City Traffic Police have also chalked out a traffic plan and deployed around 500 traffic

Haqqani, US Embassy say he wasn’t threatened over Davis

WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s Ambassador to US Hussain Haqqani and the US embassy in Islamabad on Friday denied a ABC News report that President Barack Obama’s national security adviser had threatened to expel Haqqani unless Raymond Davis, a US national arrested in Pakistan was not released by Friday.
Citing two Pakistani officials, ABC News said National Security Adviser Tom Donilon made the threat after summoning Haqqani to the White House. He was reportedly warned US consulates in

Private detectives say they can trace criminals

FAISALABAD – The centuries-old method of tracking down offenders with the help of their footprints found at the scenes of crimes is valid even today to catch dacoit gangs provided footprint experts are ensured security by the police,” say the two renowned Khojis (footprint experts) of Faisalabad.
“We can trace the notorious gangs involved in serious crimes if we have police protection,” said Mashooq Ali from Chak No. 83 JB and Atta Muhammad from Chak No 246 RB in their joint

No compromise on Kashmir, say president, PM

ISLAMABAD – President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Saturday vowed not to comprise Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir, saying India had to give up the disputed region through negotiations. Addressing a convention at President House’s in connection with Kashmir Solidarity Day, Zardari reiterated that Pakistan was ready to talk to India on all issues, including Kashmir dispute, but the negotiations would not go ahead without permission of Kashmiris.

Raymond Davis case – We can’t afford double standards, say senators

ISLAMABAD – Urging the government to convey to the United States that the issue of Raymond Davis would be decided in accordance with the law of the state, senators on Tuesday said Pakistan could not afford discriminatory double standards.
“The US should be given the message that Pakistan cannot afford double standards and all people, including foreigners, are equal before law of the state and the issue of the US citizen, who allegedly killed two persons in Lahore, will be decided