DINA for the issue of February 26, 2013

Posted by SOTTO Monday, February 25, 2013

Tuesday 26th February 2013 | Rabi-us-Sani 15, 1434
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30pc areas suffering in darkness: Power supply restored only partially

By Ahmad Fraz Khan

LAHORE, Feb 25: The country’s power managers managed to restore supplies, albeit partially, by Monday evening with around 30 per cent areas remaining without electricity till late in the evening...

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KARACHI, Feb 25: The Pakistani Rupee was traded at 99.2 to the US Dollar in the open market.

Three die in blast at shrine near Shikarpur

By Rahmatullah Soomro and M.B. Kalhoro

SHIKARPUR / LARKANA, Feb 25: Three people were killed and more than 27 others injured in a bomb attack at Dargah Ghulam Shah Ghazi in the village of Maari near Shikarpur on Monday night.

Gaddi Nasheen Syed Hajan Shah, two children and three women were seriously injured...

Nawaz, Fazl agree on poll cooperation

By Amjad Mahmood

LAHORE, Feb 25: The Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (Fazl) have decided ‘in principle’ to work together in the coming election.

The two major opposition parties reached the agreement during a meeting between Nawaz Sharif and Maulana Fazlur Rehman at the former’s residence here on Monday...

PTI hits out at PML-N’s ‘nexus’ with extremists

By A Reporter

ISLAMABAD, Feb 25: Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf has criticised the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz for its reported nexus with extremist groups in the country and sought an explanation.

Commenting on a reported statement by Maulana Mohammad Ahmed Ludhianvi of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat that the PML-N had approached him for seat-adjustment arrangement in the coming elections, a PTI spokesman alleged that the PML-N had been associated with extremist groups for a long time...

PM orders steps to reduce shortage

ISLAMABAD: Presiding over a meeting to review the energy situation in the country at the PM House in Islamabad on Monday, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf directed the Ministry of Water and Power to take every measure to minimise the demand and supply gap of electricity and ensure minimum inconvenience to consumers.

Water and Power Minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar, Finance Minister Saleem H. Mandviwala, Adviser to the PM on Petroleum Dr Asim Hussain and senior officials of the Ministry of Water and Power attended the meeting...

Strong anti-terrorism bill introduced in NA

By Raja Asghar

ISLAMABAD, Feb 25: The government introduced a stronger anti-terrorism bill in the National Assembly on Monday with bars on reviving banned groups under new names and on court bails for offences punishable with death or more than 10 years in prison.

On a day the ruling Pakistan People’s Party saw one of its veteran lawmakers, Syed Zafar Ali Shah, confronting it after defecting to the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-N, the house also passed a toned down version of once-controversial bill governing a defence housing authority in Islamabad, and another to set up a centre to study the impact of global climate change...

US Army Corps ‘to operate from Karachi airport’

By Mateen Haider

ISLAMABAD, Feb 25: The US Army Corps of Engineer has been granted permission to build a Tactical Command and Operations Centre (TCOC) compound at the Jinnah International Airport (JIAP), Karachi to exchange information with Pakistan Customs Drug Enforcement Cell concerning smuggling activities in and around Karachi, according to documents released by US Army Corps of Engineer, Middle East District.

"US Army corps of engineer intends to solicit a Request for Proposal (RFP) to construction firms or Joint Ventures (JV) experienced in working in the Middle East region who are interested in submitting a proposal for the design and construction of tactical command and operations centre compound in Karachi", the project document says...

Indian held for passing military data to Pakistan

JAIPUR, Feb 25: An Indian man has been arrested on charges of spying for Pakistan on military wargames staged on India’s border with its neighbour, police said on Monday.

The 35-year-old man is accused of passing on details of the exercises held by the Indian Air Force on Friday in the western desert state of Rajasthan, senior state police officer D.S. Dinkar said...

Process can’t be undertaken without fresh census, says ECP: SC disposes of MQM plea against delimitation

By Tahir Siddiqui

KARACHI, Feb 25: The Supreme Court disposed of on Monday a petition of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement seeking review of its order relating to delimitation of constituencies in Karachi when the party withdrew it after the Election Commission of Pakistan informed the court that the delimitation process could not be undertaken in the absence of a fresh census. At the outset of the proceedings on the implementation of the court’s judgment in the Karachi law and order case, a larger bench comprising Justices Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Khilji Arif Hussain, Sarmad Jalal Osmani, Gulzar Ahmed and Athar Saeed decided to take up two review applications of the MQM filed by its leader Dr Farooq Sattar against the court’s order for delimitation of constituencies in the city.

Barrister Farogh Naseem, the counsel for the MQM, initially submitted that the SC order was liable to be reviewed. He said the court in the Watan Party case had held that delimitation was to be undertaken strictly in accordance with the law...

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