Friday 1st March 2013 | Rabi-us-Sani 18, 1434
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Mainstream parties back jirga talks with militants

By Amir Wasim


ISLAMABAD, Feb 28: In a major development, mainstream political and religious parties and civil society groups agreed on Thursday to negotiate peace with militant elements through a broadened tribal jirga earlier formed by Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-F...

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Zardari vows to continue fight against sectarianism

By Saleem Shahid

QUETTA, Feb 28: President Asif Ali Zardari vowed on Thursday to continue the fight against militancy and sectarianism till every enemy of the country was defeated and elements involved in the killing of innocent people in Balochistan were brought to book.

Speaking at meetings with parliamentarians, religious leaders and a delegation of the Hazara community, the president called upon them to augment efforts of the government for defeating the enemy of the state and country...

Groundbreaking of gas pipeline on 11th

By Baqir Sajjad Syed

ISLAMABAD, Feb 28: After a wait of almost two decades, the groundbreaking of $7.5 billion Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline will be performed on March 11 on the Pak-Iran border by the presidents of the two countries.

Agreements for opening two more border crossings (Gabd and Pasni) and setting up an oil refinery in Gwadar will also be signed after the ceremony, a Pakistan embassy official in Tehran told Dawn...

Declaration

IN order to restore peace in Pakistan, especially in Fata and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the APC completely supports the efforts of a 17-member grand jirga and suggests the following steps:

The jirga should be expanded by giving representation to all political and religious parties (having different schools of thought) of the country...

Copies of school certificates: ECP withdraws letters it had written to lawmakers

By Iftikhar A. Khan

ISLAMABAD, Feb 28: The Election Commission of Pakistan has withdrawn a letter it had sent to 249 lawmakers on Feb 7, asking them either to produce verified copies of their secondary and higher secondary school certificates or be ready to face criminal proceedings.

The letter evoked a strong reaction with members of both houses of parliament terming it an insult to elected representatives. After a strong protest against the letter by Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, NA Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza formed a house committee to resolve the issue...

Petrol, diesel prices raised

By Khaleeq Kiani

ISLAMABAD, Feb 28: The oil marketing companies announced on Thursday an increase of about four per cent in the prices of petrol and other petroleum products for March, with a total revenue impact of about Rs5 billion.

The decision was taken following consultations among the companies, the petroleum ministry and the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra)...

NA relieved at ECP gesture, but degree worries ‘won’t go’

By Raja Asghar

ISLAMABAD, Feb 28: There seemed to be a sense of relief in the National Assembly on Thursday on being told that the Election Commission of Pakistan had agreed with a house committee not to write directly to lawmakers to verify their academic record.

But Law Minister Farooq H. Naek, who led the bipartisan committee that met the commission earlier in the day, warned both the present and future lawmakers that their worries on this count would not go away completely because of a column in nomination paper forms requiring candidates to write their educational qualifications, on oath like other information.

Indian defence budget up by 5pc

By Jawed Naqvi

NEW DELHI, Feb 28: Indian markets went into a sulk and the rupee took a sharp 50 paisa fall against the dollar on Thursday as Finance Minister P. Chidambaram unveiled a surge in spending in his last budget before next year’s general election.

Analysts expressed scepticism at Mr Chidambaram’s ambitious revenue assumptions and seemed dismayed by the increase in public spending in a country facing its sharpest economic downturn in a decade, which is hovering at around 5 per cent of the GDP...

Zardari calls for political set-up in Balochistan

QUETTA, Feb 28: President Asif Ali Zardari asked Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi on Thursday to play his role in setting up a political government in the province after lifting of the governor’s rule some time next week.

Sources said the president had a meeting with parliamentary leaders of all political parties having representation in the Balochistan Assembly on the issue of lifting of governor’s rule and electing a new chief minister and an opposition leader before the dissolution of the assembly on completion of its tenure...

Four schools blown up in Mohmand

By Our Correspondent

GHALANAI, Feb 28: Four schools were blown up in different areas of Safi tehsil of Mohmand Agency on Thursday.

Officials of the political administration said explosive devices had been planted in the buildings at night...

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