KUJI – Survivors searched for loved ones on Monday in emergency centres across the northeast coast of Japan, with thousands of people still missing after an earthquake and tsunami that probably killed more than 10,000. “I am looking for my parents and my older brother,” a weeping Yuko Abe, 54, said at an emergency centre in Rikuzentakata, a nearly flattened town of 24,500 people in far-northern Iwate prefecture. “Seeing the way the area is, I think perhaps they did not make it. I also
PESHWAR – The government should find a political solution to the problem of militancy which has ruined the country instead of complying with the US’ wish of ‘do more,’ central leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Iqbal Zafar Jaghra Saturday said.
He was speakint at a press conference at the Peshawar Press Club.
He said militants were not only killing innocents but were also affecting the business and education.
He maintained the PML (N) Chief Mian Nawaz Sharif was the
KARACHI – Home-based workers (HBWs), 65 percent of whom comprise women, have demanded ratification and implementation of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention C 177. Representatives of these women, through the platform of the National Organisation of Working Communities and Home Net said the ratification of the international law would help the regularisation of the unregistered workers, who are exploited due to their status. “We are not only denied the officially
RAS LANUF – Britain, France and Gulf states on Monday said they were seeking UN authority for a no-fly zone over Libya, as Muammar Gaddafi’s warplanes counter-attacked against rebels and aid officials said a million people were in need.
Rebels swiftly rejected an olive branch offered by an associate of Gaddafi, and fighting escalated around one of the country’s key oil ports. The ageing autocrat warned that if he fell thousands of refugees would “invade Europe”. With civilians
KARACHI – US President Barrack Obama and the United Kingdom have condemned and expressed deep sorrow and grief over the assassination of minorities’ minister Shahbaz Bhatti. “I am deeply saddened by the assassination of Pakistan’s Minister for Minority Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti today in Islamabad, and condemn in the strongest possible terms this horrific act of violence,” a White House statement quoted the president as saying. The statement was issued by Office of the Press Secretary on
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan will seek conversion of 50 percent of its annual diesel imports from Kuwait to grant along with the proposal to extension credit facility from 60 days to 90 days. An official source on Friday said the proposals would be discussed with the leadership of Kuwait during President Asif Ali Zardari’s two-day official visit to the country.
Pakistan imports nearly 3.4 million tonnes of diesel and 1 million tonne of furnace oil from Kuwait annually. The government is
ISLAMABAD – Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Wednesday informed the National Assembly that his ministry was devising a new strategy to tackle terrorism by introducing a new performa for foreigners and Pakistanis visiting abroad.
“Under the new mechanism, which will be introduced within a few days, there will be a proper check on foreign scholarships offered to Pakistani students, while Pakistani artistes visiting other countries will also have to seek a no-objection certificate
ISLAMABAD – The National Assembly on Tuesday referred a bill pertaining to amend the Constitution to a committee while another bill was withdrawn and four reports of the National Assembly standing committees were submitted to the House.
The Bill to further amend the Civil Servants Act 1973, titled as the Civil Servants (Amendment) Bill 2008, was moved by MNAs Dr Donya Aziz, Khurram Dastgair Khan, Ghulam Hyder Samejo and others. Moving the Bill, Khurram Dastagir said the bill
NEW DELHI – The Indian government will seek a peaceful resolution of all issues with Pakistan through talks as long as Islamabad does not allow its soil to be used for terrorist activities against India, Indian President Pratibha Patil said on Monday.
“With Pakistan, we seek a peaceful resolution of issues through a meaningful dialogue as long as Pakistan does not allow its soil to be used for terrorist activities against India,” PTI quoted her as saying in her address to a joint
ISLAMABAD – The government is likely to seek more time from the PML-N for the implementation of its 10-point reforms agenda during the stock taking exercise on Tuesday. PML-N had announced on February 15 that it would hold no more parleys with the government on reforms agenda and would hold stock taking on the implementation of reforms on February 22 to decide its future course of action.
It had categorically linked support to the government’s plans for additional revenue
KARACHI – Pakistan would seek Japanese assistance in five broad areas including trade, development, security, energy and institution-building during the upcoming visit of President Asif Ali Zardari to Japan. The president is likely to visit Japan by the end of current month as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sought proposals from various government institutions, trade bodies and chambers of commerce for enhancing the existing trade volume between the two countries, sources say.
ISLAMABAD – The National Assembly Standing Committee on Privatisation was informed on Monday that the government would seek approval, regarding privatisation of power sector distribution companies (DISCOs), from the Council of Common Interests (CCI).
The Minister for Privatisation Waqar Ahmad Khan said that the government plans to offload shares of DISCOs on the local stock market. He said that a huge potential to sell energy sector shares exists at the local stock exchanges.
ISLAMABAD – The Pakistani leadership on Monday asked the US congressional delegation to play their role in delivery of drone technology to Pakistan and fast-tracking the passage for the reconstruction opportunity zones (RoZs) and Enterprise Fund legislation for the creation of higher employment and bringing down economic hardships of the people living in terrorism-hit areas of Pakistan.
Moreover, President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, in their separate
BEIRUT – Lebanon’s prime minister designate Najib Mikati said he will seek to form a cabinet of technocrats if defeated rival Saad al-Hariri’s supporters reject his call for them to join his government.
Mikati, a wealthy businessman who was nominated with the support of Iran-backed Hezbollah, started talks on Thursday to form a government to succeed Hariri, who was brought down by Hezbollah and its allies two weeks ago. The Shi’ite militant group expects its members to be
ISLAMABAD – The Standing Committee of Senate on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Wednesday asked the government to negotiate and seek permission from the United Nations and the world community for poppy cultivation in the country for medicinal purposes.
“Poverty in FATA and some regions of the Khyber Pukhtunkwa is extremely high and their land is very fertile for poppy cultivation. Given the economic vulnerability of the people, the government should negotiate with the world
ISLAMABAD – Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his Indian counterpart on Saturday talked to each other over telephone and discussed the Pak-India dialogue, cotton export to Pakistan and other bilateral issues.
According to media reports, Qureshi made the call Krishna to discuss issues of mutual interest. The foreign minister told Krishna that India should give permission of exporting 100 million bales of cotton to Pakistan.
The Pakistani textile industry has placed
ISLAMABAD – The Afghan High Council for Peace, a body formed by Kabul to reconcile with the Taliban, on Wednesday asked Pakistan to use its “good office” for the success of ongoing negotiations between the Karzai government and the Taliban.
“The request for Pakistan’s help for the facilitation of peace talks between the Taliban and Karzai government was made here at a crucial meeting between the 25-member delegation of the High Council for Peace in Afghanistan led by former