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Accord on dissolution of Punjab assembly

By Zulqernain Tahir

LAHORE, March 5: The government and the opposition in Punjab have agreed in principle that the national and provincial assemblies should be dissolved on the same day, possibly on March 16, so that national and provincial elections could be held in the country simultaneously.

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Some elements mixing up issues, says Zardari

By Our Staff Correspondent

MULTAN, March 5: President Asif Ali Zardari said on Tuesday that some non-political forces were trying to divert people’s attention from real issues facing the country but the government was determined to solve all problems.

Speaking at a ceremony after the inauguration of recently completed Rasheedabad flyover and the ground-breaking of a bridge over the river Ravi at Syedwala, the president said the people could not be hoodwinked by such elements.

Backchannel talks on caretaker set-up

By Khawar Ghumman

ISLAMABAD, March 5: As the National Assembly draws closer to its last date of March 16, all eyes are on the selection of a caretaker prime minister.

The ruling and opposition parties have both given the impression that the selection process be completed in accordance with the Constitution without any hassle, but in the background intermediaries from the two sides are reported to be involved in intense talks.

BHC orders resources for probe

By Amanullah Kasi

QUETTA, March 5: A division bench of the Balochistan High Court has directed the federal and Balochistan governments to provide adequate resources to a team of investigators probing the killing of 26 pilgrims who were slain while travelling in a bus on Sept 20, 2011, in Mastung district.

The bench comprising Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Justice Naeem Akhtar Afghan issued the judgment in a suo motu case on Tuesday.

Debate in NA over Karachi, Quetta massacres: Malik promises ‘fact sheet’ about promoters of terrorists

By Raja Asghar

ISLAMABAD, March 5: As Interior Minister Rehman Malik promised to come up with a detailed ‘fact sheet’ on Wednesday, fingers were pointed at the Punjab government in the National Assembly on Tuesday over its perceived patronage of banned groups responsible for terrorist massacres like those of Karachi and Quetta.

During a debate on Sunday’s massive bomb attack at a Shia neighbourhood in Karachi that killed 48 people, there were demands for explanations by law-enforcement agencies at a joint session of parliament, over which both the government and opposition had agreed after a second similar attack in Quetta last month, but it has not been called yet.

Army denies it conducted drone attacks

By Baqir Sajjad Syed

ISLAMABAD, March 5: Pakistan and the US are again at odds over drone attacks — this time they are in conflict over who carried out two strikes in Waziristan last month.

On Tuesday, a military spokesman not only denied the involvement of Pakistani armed forces in the two attacks, but also accused the US of trying to obfuscate facts on drone strikes that have time and again riled up the Pakistani public.

Investigation by officer facing contempt charges irks SC

By Nasir Iqbal

ISLAMABAD, March 5: The Supreme Court ordered FIA Director General Mohammad Anwar Virk on Tuesday to appear before it and explain why an officer facing contempt charges had been entrusted with the task of investigating the multi-billion-rupee National Insurance Company scam.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, which had taken up the NICL scam case, was visibly disturbed when it was informed that FIA’s Lahore Director Waqar Haider was still attached with the investigation.

PPP’s Lashkari Raisani joins PML-N

By Our Staff Reporter

LAHORE, March 5: The ruling People’s Party suffered a serious blow on Tuesday when its former Balochistan president, Nawab Lashkari Raisani, joined the rival Pakistan Muslim League-N, along with a group of 22 politicians.

Speaking at a press conference along with PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, the brother of deposed Balochistan chief minister Aslam Raisani said the situation in his province had forced him to review his political affiliation and he had chosen the PML-N platform to continue his struggle for “supremacy of the Constitution and parliament and for autonomy of the provinces”.

Amnesty for owners of smuggled vehicles

By Mubarak Zeb Khan

ISLAMABAD, March 5: With 10 days to go before the end of its term, the government has approved an amnesty scheme to allow owners of non-customs paid vehicles to legalise their smuggled cars by March 31 after payment of nominal duty and taxes.

The scheme will benefit owners of about 100,000 smuggled vehicles mostly used by influential people. But the Customs intelligence has put the number of non-duty paid smuggled vehicles at 2.3 million.

No official meetings: Raja to visit Ajmer shrine on Saturday

By Our Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD, March 5: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf will travel to India on Saturday for pilgrimage to the shrine of great Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer Sharif.

“The prime minister will go to India on March 9 on a private visit. Details of the trip are still being worked out,” a spokesman for the PM House said on Tuesday.

Balochistan MPA kidnapped from Kuchlak

Dawn Report

QUETTA, March 5: A former provincial minister and sitting member of Balochistan assembly, Sultan Khan Tareen, was kidnapped by gunmen from an area near Kuchlak on Tuesday.

Police sources said that Mr Tareen, who belongs to the Awami National Party (ANP), was going to Harnai in his car early on Tuesday morning. His driver was driving the vehicle.

Caretaker PM: opposition to review one name

By Amjad Mahmood

LAHORE, March 5: Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that all opposition parties have agreed on two names for caretaker prime minister, but more consultations are needed to replace one of them because of some ‘problems’ regarding him.

“A consensus has been developed not only within the PML-N but also among the opposition parties,” he told reporters in the presence of Mian Nawaz Sharif here on Tuesday.

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