Thursday 21th February 2013 | Rabi-us-Sani 10, 1434
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Grief-stricken Hazaras bury the dead as angry youths protest

By Saleem Shahid

QUETTA, Feb 20: Quetta buried the victims of the devastating Saturday sectarian attack in the Hazara Town graveyard on Wednesday amid tension as protesters and police both started firing into the air. ..

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Operation to continue till arrest of LJ leadership

By Khawar Ghumman

ISLAMABAD, Feb 20: The federal government announced on Wednesday that the operation launched against the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LJ) would continue till the arrest of its entire leadership.

Briefing reporters after a meting of the federal cabinet, Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said all law-enforcement agencies were participating in the operation which had led to the killing of four LJ members and arrest of 170 people allegedly involved in carrying out attacks on Hazara Shias.

Iran to set up $4bn oil refinery in Gwadar

By Khaleeq Kiani

ISLAMABAD, Feb 20: In a major move to boost bilateral cooperation, Iran has agreed to set up a $4 billion oil refinery in Gwadar with an estimated capacity of about 400,000 barrels per day.

Prime Minister’s Adviser on Petroleum and Natural Resources Dr Asim Hussain told Dawn on Wednesday that an understanding to this effect had been reached during a meeting between Iranian delegation led by Oil Minister Rostam Ghasemi and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf.

EC attracts NA ire for ‘politician-bashing’

By Raja Asghar

ISLAMABAD, Feb 20: For some of its officials’ acts, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) came under fire in the National Assembly on Wednesday for a perceived pre-poll politician bashing and the house decided to send a bipartisan committee to plead for a more respectable treatment.

After a furious opposition leader, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan of the PML-N, protested against an apparently impolite and threatening letter he said he had received from a commission official to verify his educational qualification, Law Minister Farooq H. Naek termed the behaviour a “witch-hunt”, Speaker Fehmida Mirza asked all parties in the house to nominate their representatives for the committee to be formed by Thursday.

Tax details of poll candidates to be made public

By Iftikhar A. Khan

ISLAMABAD, Feb 20: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has decided to make public details of income, expenses and taxes mentioned by candidates in their nomination papers and invite objections against any possible concealment of facts.

A meeting of the ECP, presided over by Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retd) Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim here on Wednesday, finalised modalities and mechanism for electronic scrutiny of declarations made by candidates in nomination papers.

Pour out your fury on provincial governments, pleads Malik

By Amir Wasim

ISLAMABAD, Feb 20: Interior Minister Rehman Malik told his critics on Wednesday that the real target of their ire at terrorists’ attacks should be chief ministers because law and order was the responsibility of provincial governments after the 18th Amendment.

Winding up a debate in the Senate on an adjournment motion on the Feb 16 bomb blast in Quetta, the minister disclosed that he had sent a “security alert” to the Balochistan authorities on Jan 27 about the possibility of a massive terrorist attack on the Hazara community.

2,500 Hazara families offered asylum

By Inamullah Khattak

ISLAMABAD, Feb 20: The Australian government has offered asylum to over 2,500 Hazara families of Balochistan and urged the United Nations refugee agency in Pakistan to facilitate migration of the community facing sectarian violence, Australian embassy sources said.

Jim O’Callaghan, assistant secretary of the humanitarian branch of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Australia, had held a meeting with UNHCR officials last week and discussed the asylum offer with them, First Secretary Australian High Commission Sherief Andrawos told Dawn on Wednesday.

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