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Won’t hand over Musharraf, says UK

LAHORE – The United Kingdom on Tuesday refused to hand over former president Pervez Musharraf to Pakistan.
As per details, a court had issued Musharraf’s arrest warrant in the Benazir Bhutto murder case, but the British government formally informed the government in Islamabad that the former president could not be handed over to Pakistan as Pakistan and UK had no treaty regarding the exchange of accused.
The sources added that after the British response, a meeting was held

Brazil airports won’t be ready for WC

BRASILIA – Most Brazilian airports being renovated for the 2014 football World Cup will not be ready on time, likely causing major headaches for travelers, a government-backed study found Thursday.
There are about 70 public airport in Brazil, and many are in need of upgrades ahead of the World Cup in three years and the 2016 Olympics due to take place in Rio. Nine of the 13 airport terminals currently being expanded are on track to be completed in time, according to the Institute

PM seeks support, Nawaz says he won’t rock the boat

LONDON – The PPP and the PML-N on Friday agreed to join hands to strengthen democracy and democratic institutions in the country. The leadership of both parties made the pledge when Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani called on PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif at his Park Lane apartment in London to inquire after him following a heart surgery.
Nawaz has been resting since the surgery performed last month. Both leaders had an hour-long meeting and discussed political and economic situation

Spain won’t ask for Portugal-like bailout

MADRID – Spain strove to distance itself from Portugal’s debt woes that have forced it to seek EU assistance, insisting on Thursday it would never ask for a similar bailout of its battered economy.
After insisting for weeks it did not need to go cap-in-hand to Brussels, the Portuguese government threw in the towel on Wednesday, bowing to intense market pressure and paving the way for a third bailout of a eurozone country after Ireland and Greece last year.
Outgoing

PPP won’t let anyone derail democracy, says Khosa

LAHORE – The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) will not let anyone derail democracy in the country, Punjab Governor Latif Khosa said on Thursday. He was addressing the cheque distribution ceremony of the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) at the Governor’s House. The governor said that the PPP will not tolerate exploitation of the masses and defend people’s rights at all costs. Khosa reiterated the federal government’s resolve to strengthen democracy for the sake of the country’s

Opp won’t let govt disobey SC, says Nisar

ISLAMABAD – The opposition parties have decided that they will give a tough time to the government for disobeying verdicts of superior court in the future, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Nisar Ali Khan said on Tuesday.
Nisar said all opposition parties would also pressurise the government to clarify its position regarding drone attacks in the coming NA and Senate sessions. He demanded formation of a high-level judicial or a parliamentary commission to probe

PPP won’t destabilise PML-N government, says Zardari

KARACHI – President Asif Ali Zardari has said that the Pakistan People’s Party will play the role of a responsible opposition in Punjab and will not do anything to destabilise the provincial government or weaken democracy in any way.
Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said that President Zardari said this during a telephonic address from the Bilawal House to PPP Punjab MPs who had gathered at the Governor’s House Lahore on Wednesday. He said the president also advised the

Govt won’t tolerate meddling in its affairs: PM

MULTAN – Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said on Sunday the government would not allow anyone to interfere in the government’s affairs because the government had not interfered in the jurisdiction of any other institution, adding that those who were talking about a change of the government should not seek a five-year performance after just a three-year period.
Addressing a public gathering at the Jalalpur Pirwala Stadium after inaugurating a 132KV grid station, which would

US won’t stop aid over Davis issue: Gilani

KARACHI – The US will not stop aid to Pakistan because of the Raymond Davis issue, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said on Saturday. Talking to reporters after attending a Pakistan Navy exercise, the prime minister said there would be no clash between the institutions in the country.
“Pakistan is passing through hard times and is sacrificing a lot for international peace. Terrorism is an international challenge and we need to face it jointly,” he said. Earlier addressing the

Tibet won’t crumble when Dalai Lama dies: China

BEIJING – The eventual death of the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, will have no major impact on the stability of the Chinese-ruled region, state media on Tuesday quoted top officials as saying. The officials attending China’s annual session of parliament hit out at the Dalai Lama, calling him a “wolf in monk’s robes” and saying he did not have the right to decide how his successor would be chosen.
“There will be little repercussions (when the Dalai Lama dies) due

IMF fears FBR won’t collect targeted revenue

ISLAMABAD – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has expressed reservations over the government’s claims that the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) would manage collecting the targeted Rs 1,604 billion during the current fiscal year. An official source privy to technical level talks said the IMF team formed the opinion after the revenue collection data for the last eight months was presented to it. The IMF team was of the opinion that the target was not achievable without the imposition

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

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