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Yemeni opposition urges protests as talks stall

SANAA – Yemen’s opposition called for mass protests Wednesday after deadly clashes with police, while talks seemed stalled between Gulf mediators and representatives of embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Members of the UN Security Council also failed to come up with a joint statement on Yemen after adding the Arabian Peninsula country’s crisis to their agenda for the first time. Youth groups called for nationwide marches by millions of people in protest at the killing of

Karzai urges US to end civilian deaths

KABUL – Afghan President Hamid Karzai urged a visiting United States (US) delegation on Tuesday to scale back night raids and military operations causing civilian casualties. The call came as he met John Boehner, US House Speaker, who is leading a six-member delegation from the House of Representatives that also visited Pakistan this week.
“The Afghanistan president said the people of Afghanistan highly appreciate the assistance given by the US in past 10 years but they want the

MoIP urges drastic reforms

LAHORE – “The National Industrial Policy 2011 – Implementation Framework” has recommended drastic changes in the state’s approach towards infrastructure and industry. The authors of the critical report have urged the complete overhaul of public sector enterprises, including PIA, Railways, NHA, Port & Shipping, Pakistan Steel Mills, State Engineering Corporation, Engineering Development Board, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority, and industrial sectors to induce greater

UN rights chief urges probe of deaths at Iraqi camp

UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. human rights chief called on Friday for an independent investigation into the deaths of 34 people at an Iranian dissident camp in Iraq after Iraqi security forces moved against it last week.
“It now seems certain that at least 34 people were killed in Camp Ashraf, including seven or more women,” U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay said. “Most were shot, and some appear to have been crushed to death, presumably by vehicles.”
A U.N. spokesman said

Zawahri urges Muslims to fight NATO in Libya

DUBAI – Al Qaeda’s deputy leader Ayman al Zawahri has urged Muslims in North Africa to fight NATO and American forces in Libya, the SITE Intelligence Group reported on Friday. The monitoring group said the video message appeared to have been recorded before NATO and Western forces began air strikes to support rebels against Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi.
“I want to direct the attention of our Muslim brothers in Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and the rest of the Muslim countries, that if

Hillary urges Arab leaders to move faster on reform

WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday pushed for Arab leaders to embrace a “spirit of reform” that has swept the region and move swiftly to respond to the growing demands of their citizens. “The long Arab winter has begun to thaw,” said Clinton on the opening day of the US-Islamic World Forum being held in Washington, praising Arab youth for rising up against “false narratives” that she said had choked political and economic reform for generations.
“All

Clinton urges Arab leaders to move faster on reform

WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday pushed for Arab leaders to embrace a “spirit of reform” that has swept the region and move swiftly to respond to the growing demands of their citizens.
“The long Arab winter has begun to thaw,” said Clinton on the opening day of the US-Islamic World Forum being held in Washington, praising Arab youth for rising up against “false narratives” that she said had choked political and economic reform for generations.

Ouattara urges peace after Ivory Coast rival held

ABIDJAN – Ivory Coast’s internationally recognised president, Alassane Ouattara, called for peace after his rival was arrested with the help of French forces, but he faces a huge task reuniting a country shattered by civil war.
Ouattara, who won a November presidential election according to UN-certified results, can finally begin asserting his authority over the West African country after his predecessor Laurent Gbagbo was captured on Monday, ending more than four months of

Bosnian minister urges trade agreement

LAHORE – Punjab Board of Investment and Trade Chief Executive Officer Saadat Muzaffar in Bosnia Herzegovina to attend the second Sarajevo InvestmentForum has called on Minister for Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia Herzegonia, Malden Zirojevic.
According to a handout received Saturday, on the behalf of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Saadat Muzaffar met the Minister to discuss means to boost trade and investment between the two countries. He was accompanied by

Sherpao urges talks to curb militancy

ISLAMABAD – PPP-S chief Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, who is part of Track-II peace initiative in Afghanistan, on Thursday asked the federal and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments to revisit the policy vis-a-vis terrorism and launch a dialogue process with militants as military operation alone would not yield the desired results.
In an exclusive interview with Pakistan Today, Sherpao said that the security forces conducted three successive military operations in the past few years in

UK urges economic reform, larger tax base

ISLAMABAD – Terming Britain’s ties with Pakistan “unbreakable”, British Prime Minister David Cameron told a joint press conference with Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Tuesday that the two countries had resolved to enhance bilateral trade from ₤1.2 billion to ₤2.5 billion by the year 2015 as both countries launched a strategic dialogue to expand cooperation in defence, economy and education.
The British premier also called for economic reforms in Pakistan,

NA body urges Centre to retain Environment Ministry

ISLAMABAD – Recommending that Ministry of Environment should be retained by the federal government, the National Assembly Standing Committee on Environment Monday said that devolution of the ministry to the provinces would make implementation of international treaties in the country difficult.
The standing committee meeting was held with Raja Muhammad Asad MNA in the chair here on Monday. The Ministry of Environment is to be devolved to the provinces in the third phase of the

Kazakh leader hails win, OSCE urges more reform

ASTANA – A promise of stability in a volatile region won veteran Kazakh leader Nursultan Nazarbayev an overwhelming victory on Monday in a snap presidential election criticised by European monitors for irregularities. Nazarbayev, 70, won another five years at the helm of Central Asia’s largest economy by pledging peace and economic growth in the predominantly Muslim country, where the echo of popular revolutions across the Arab world is almost inaudible. The former steelworker, who

British MP urges US to halt drone attacks

LONDON – British Member of Parliament Lord Qurban Husain while condemning the drone attacks in the tribal areas of Pakistan has called upon the United States to immediately halt the killing of innocent people.
Pakistan is a frontline state against terrorism but US government instead of appreciating its role is killing Pakistani people, he added. Lord Qurban was addressing a function of British Pakistani’s in Nottingham yesterday. Ehsan Ghazni, Barrister Amjad Hussain, Pakistan

Pope urges dialogue, ceasefire in Libya

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI called Sunday for immediate peaceful dialogue in Libya saying he was concerned about the safety of civilians there and urged “reconciliation” across the Middle East.
“I launch a heartfelt appeal to international organisations and those with political and military responsibilities to immediately launch a dialogue that will suspend the use of arms,” he told pilgrims in the Vatican. “Faced with the ever more dramatic news coming from Libya, my

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