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Justice Tariq likely CM of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

By Waseem Ahmad Shah

PESHAWAR, March 14: The government and the opposition in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa agreed on Thursday on the name of Justice (retd) Tariq Pervez Khan, a former judge of the Supreme Court, as the caretaker chief minister. A formal announcement in this regard would be made on Friday, official sources said.

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Amended nomination forms: Court upholds commission’s initiative

By Nasir Iqbal

ISLAMABAD, March 14: The Supreme Court upheld on Thursday the Election Commission of Pakistan’s right to get its new, biting nomination forms printed. Traditional politicians and major parties have severely criticised the changes made in the form as being too intrusive and too personal.

The court said the nomination paper was strictly in accordance with the law and the Constitution and there should be no objection to it.

PPP pledges improved performance next time

By Amir Wasim

ISLAMABAD, March 14: Two days before the expiry of the term of its government, the Pakistan People’s Party has pledged to do better than during the first term and to ‘protect’ the people of Pakistan from terrorism.

A manifesto of the party unveiled here on Thursday adheres to the old slogan of ‘roti, kapra aur makan’ (food, clothing and shelter).

Interim PM: ex-judge, economists on govt list

By Khawar Ghumman

ISLAMABAD, March 14: The People’s Party has picked two economists who worked closely with military dictator Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf and an octogenarian retired judge from Balochistan as its nominees for caretaker prime minister.

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf unveiled the names in a letter he sent to the Leader of Opposition in National Assembly, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, on behalf of the ruling coalition as Leader of the House.

Three killed, six injured in Karachi explosion

By Our Staff Reporter

KARACHI: March 14: Three people were killed and six others injured in an explosion in the city’s Landhi area about two hours after Thursday night.

According to a senior police official, the explosion was caused by explosives placed in a rickshaw parked outside a cable operator’s office not far from the Quaidabad police station in New Muzaffarabad Colony. The explosives were detonated by remote control.

Pride and remorse before NA’s demise

By Raja Asghar

ISLAMABAD, March 14: With hailstones and rain pounding its building, the National Assembly talked a lot with both pride and remorse on Thursday before taking two days of rest ahead of its weekend demise.

And its prorogation after a 25-day last session, which marked the first time in Pakistan’s history of a lower house completing its five-year term under a civilian dispensation, left some hot potatoes, like carving a new province out of the present Punjab, for its successor to handle.

Pak-India mistrust must be reduced, says Khar

By Baqir Sajjad Syed

ISLAMABAD, March 14: Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar is leaving her office on the completion of the tenure of PPP government dismayed with India and sceptical about prospects of resolution of core disputes, including Kashmir, in near future.

Speaking at her last press conference at the Foreign Office in which she recapped the achievements of PPP government on the foreign policy front and the challenges confronted by it, Ms Khar mentioned her “deep disappointment” over Indian leadership’s handling of the situation after incidents along the Line of Control in January, which led to renewed tensions between the two countries and gave an impression of another pause in the normalisation process.

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