Monday 25th February 2013 | Rabi-us-Sani 14, 1434
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Major power breakdown plunges most of country into darkness

LAHORE / ISLAMABAD, Feb 24: A massive power breakdown plunged major parts of the country into darkness late on Sunday night. From Islamabad to Karachi, most major cities reported power outage...

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Six labourers gunned down near Pasni

By Saleem Shahid

QUETTA, Feb 24: Six labourers were gunned down by terrorists in Shadi Kaur area of Gwadar district on Sunday.

They have been identified as Abdul Haleem, Muhammad Yousuf, Nouruddin, Khlo Jan, Yameen and Rehmatullah...

Karzai orders special US forces out of Wardak

KABUL, Feb 24: Afghan President Hamid Karzai has given US special forces two weeks to leave a key battleground province after some US soldiers there were found to have tortured or even killed innocent people, the president’s spokesman said on Sunday.

The decision by Mr Karzai could further complicate negotiations between the United States and Afghanistan over the presence of Americans troops in the country once most Nato forces leave by the end of 2014...

Nawaz reposes full trust in ECP

By Amjad Mahmood

LAHORE, Feb 24: Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Nawaz Sharif said here on Sunday that he had complete confidence in the Election Commission of Pakistan.

“We trusted the Election Commission earlier and trust it even now,” he told reporters outside the house of a PML-N activist...

Debt management policy submitted to govt: Withholding tax on cash withdrawals may be abolished

By Khaleeq Kiani

ISLAMABAD, Feb 24: With the country’s debt hovering around Rs16 trillion, the government is considering a proposal to abolish withholding tax on cash withdrawals from banks and launch insurance-wrapped dollar-denominated bonds in the international market to limit money circulation, spur economic growth and provide support to balance of payments position.

This is part of a debt management strategy prepared by the Debt Policy Coordination Office (DPCO) of the finance ministry and submitted to the government for a policy decision...

Two killed in targeted operation

QUETTA, Feb 24: Two armed suspects were killed and five others arrested by the Frontier Corps in a targeted operation in Gulistan area of the Qila Abdullah district on Sunday, official sources said.

The FC personnel moved in the Killi Abdul Rehman Zai area on a tip-off about the presence of some suspects there...

Singh visits bomb-hit city, calls for calm

NEW DELHI, Feb 24: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday appealed for calm as he flew to Hyderabad and visited some of the 117 people wounded in twin bombings last week which killed 16 people.

Mr Singh also visited the blast site in Dilsukh Nagar, where two bicycle bombs exploded within a few minutes of each other outside a cinema and near a bus stand on Thursday evening...

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