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Together we can, say Shahbaz, Khosa

Together we can, say Shahbaz, Khosa

LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Governor Latif Khosa on Monday agreed to run the affairs of the province with mutual consultation and cooperation, deciding not to bring up the past in their future dealings. The two leaders reached the decision during a one-on-one meeting held at Governor’s House.
The meeting was scheduled at 9am but it started about half hour late, and the agenda was not made public. Addressing a joint press conference after their meeting,

Davis to go scot-free in days, say jurists

LAHORE – A majority of jurists is of the view that the government is only buying time to let the public sentiment absent Raymond Davis ease, after which the American accused of killing two Pakistani youth will be given immunity.
They said it was just a matter of days before people saw Davis walking away scot-free for being a staff member of the US embassy and the murder of the two men would be buried in police files and courts of law. “In the end, the US embassy will save Davis’

Davis not an ordinary person, say investigators

LAHORE – US national Raymond Davis, identified to be a technical expert working in the US Consulate in Lahore, does not seem to be an ordinary person, but a professional, investigation experts told Pakistan Today on Thursday.
A senior police investigator said Davis’ encounter with the ‘robbers’ did not seem to be an ordinary incident or a mere coincidence, as it resulted in the death of three young Pakistanis within no time. He said though it would be difficult to establish

Eunuchs say they are better than Veena

LAHORE – More than a dozen eunuchs protested against the actress, Veena Malik’s objectionable activities during an Indian reality TV show, Big Boss, in front of the Punjab Assembly on Saturday.
The protestors, holding placards, termed Veena as a traitor and chanted “Veena Malik Haay Haay.” Eunuchs claimed they were better than Veena, as they never betrayed the nation.

Clinton cannot say whether China is friend or foe

WASHINGTON – Two years after the Obama administration launched a charm offensive with China, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could not say Wednesday whether Beijing was a friend or foe.
“The reason we’re rolling out the red carpet and having President Hu (Jintao) come for a state visit is we think we’ll be better to answer such a question as we move forward,” Clinton said in an interview with ABC television. “Well, my hope is we have a normal relationship,” the chief US

Somali women say Islamists becoming more draconian

NAIROBI – Women living in areas controlled by Somalia’s Islamists say they are increasingly the target of more draconian rules meted out by the rebels bent on enforcing their ideologies. In the latest decree by the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab group that governs most of southern Somalia, women in the seaside town of Kismayu have been banned from carrying out barter trade with the male crews of ships calling at the port. The women have also been told they cannot shake any male’s hands in

Foreign troops say they may have killed Afghan police

KABUL – A foreign force air raid in central Afghanistan may have killed three Afghan police and wounded three, the NATO-led force said on Monday, the third such incident in more than a month.
Civilian casualties and the mistaken killing of members of the Afghan security forces have been a frequent source of friction between President Hamid Karzai’s government and Western military forces in a war now in its 10th year. In southern Kandahar’s Spin Boldak town – scene of the

CM promoting ‘horse-trading’ in Punjab, say Pervaiz Elahi

LAHORE – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif should have given a 12-point agenda to his younger brother, as the Punjab CM was promoting horse-trading in the province, former Punjab chief minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi said on Sunday.
Addressing a press conference at his residence, Elahi said that the Punjab government was directionless while corruption and bad governance were also prevailing in Punjab. He said that the Punjab government has lost Rs 7 billion

EDUCATION MINISTRY’S DEVOLUTION – Centre hesitant to relinquish authority, say educationists

Lahore – According to some notable educationists, the education ministry’s devolution plan may fall flat on its face because some people in the federal government do not want to give up their authority, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The federal government was supposed to transfer the education ministry’s powers to the provinces, as mentioned in the 18th amendment. The stakeholders in the federal capital seem united, not to surrender their powers; including curricula and national

Taliban say Holbrooke’s death should prompt troop withdrawal

KANDAHAR: The Taliban hoped on Tuesday that the death of Richard Holbrooke, the US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, would prompt the withdrawal of American troops. Holbrooke’s death in Washington after suffering a torn aorta “could have a didactic effect on the American strategists, teaching them many things to learn”, a spokesman for the Afghan insurgents said in a statement emailed to AFP.
“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan calls on the American powers that be to

Critics say Michael Jackson album better than feared

LOS ANGELES: A sentimental video for Michael Jackson’s new single “Hold My Hand” was released on Thursday as music critics paid grudging respect to the first album of new Jackson material since his death 18 months ago.
Heart-tugging clips from the King of Pop’s performance archive, mixed with children singing and multicultural images of happiness, mark the four-minute music video for the duet recorded with R&B singer and producer Akon in 2007 that is the first official single on

Missing prisoners not in agencies’ custody – Spy masters say they can’t be taken to court

ISLAMABAD: Attorney General Anwarul Haq on Wednesday submitted a reply in the Supreme Court Registrar’s Office on behalf of chiefs of intelligence agencies, who said they or the agencies they were heading could not be made respondents in constitutional petitions.
The heads of the intelligence agencies also said in the reply that the 11 prisoners who went missing from Adiala Jail were not in their custody, adding that petitions filed by legal heirs of the missing prisoners or

Muslims say Obama failing to keep Cairo promises

CAIRO: United States President Barack Obama’s pledge on Wednesday to strive for better relations with the Muslim world drew scepticism in Cairo, where last year he called for a new beginning in the Middle East after years of mistrust.
In a visit to Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, Obama acknowledged more needed to be done to repair ties with the Muslim world. “As soon as Obama took over, he said he would do this and that — a lot of things. But he

Palestinians say it’s time to recognise their state

JERUSALEM: Israel’s plan to build new homes on occupied land should be countered by international recognition of a Palestinian state, the chief Palestinian negotiator said on Tuesday.
Raising the stakes in the deadlock over stalled peace talks, Saeb Erekat said it was clear from the latest announcement of building plans that Israel wants settlements, not peace.
“Israeli unilateralism is a call for immediate international recognition of the Palestinian state,” he said in a

POL prices rise again – Last nail in the coffin, say businessmen

LAHORE: The business community has reacted strongly to the sharp escalation in the prices of petroleum products of Rs 4.27 to Rs 5.97 per litre and has called upon the federal government to reconsider its decision, given the serious consequences it holds for both industry and trade.
Business leaders from the provincial capital have said that the huge increase in the prices of petrol and diesel would greatly augment inflation and have a knock-on effect on the cost of all economic

Afghans say NATO killed 2 students as bomber attacks UN office

Afghan officials accused NATO-led troops of killing two school boys in central Afghanistan on Saturday after a patrol came under fire by Taliban insurgents, as three suicide bombers wearing police uniforms and burqas attacked the UN office in western city of Herat on Saturday, senior police and UN officials said.
Civilian casualties caused by international troops while fighting insurgents are an emotive issue in Afghanistan, causing friction between President Hamid

Philippine police say Facebook use spurring sex crimes

Facebook and other social networking tools are being used by sex assailants in the Philippines to lure their victims, contributing to a rise in such crimes, national police said on Friday.
Police are investigating cases in which suspects used Facebook or text messages sent from mobile phones to lure people, especially minors, into sex, said national police spokesman Senior Superintendent Agrimero Cruz.
“They have networking, they have ‘clans’, they invite youths to join.