Thursday 7th March 2013 | Rabi-us-Sani 24, 1434
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Opposition boycotts voting: New province bill gets through Senate

By Amir Wasim


ISLAMABAD, March 6: Just 10 days before the expiry of its term, the government managed on Wednesday to get the controversial bill seeking creation of a new province in Punjab through the Senate amid opposition’s boycott...

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Opposition nominates Palejo, two ex-judges for caretaker PM

By Amjad Mahmood

LAHORE, March 6: The PML-N and most other opposition parties have selected Justices (retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid and Shakirullah Jan and Sindhi nationalist leader Rasool Bakhsh Palejo as their preferred nominees for the post of interim prime minister.

“We’ve completed our consultations on the caretaker prime minister and shortlisted the names of Justice Nasir Aslam Zahid, Justice Shakirullah Jan and Rasool Bakhsh Palejo,” Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said at a press conference here on Wednesday...

Random shooting terrorises Karachi: MQM reverses strike call after traders’ SOS

By Azfar-ul-Ashfaque

KARACHI, March 6: The people of Karachi and a number of other cities and towns in Sindh heaved a sigh of relief on Wednesday after the Muttahida Qaumi Movement withdrew a call for an indefinite strike it had given earlier in the afternoon.

The party had said the strike would continue till the arrest of those who had carried out the gruesome act of terror in Abbas Town three days ago...

Taliban’s release put on hold

By Baqir Sajjad Syed

ISLAMABAD, March 6: The release of Taliban prisoners by Pakistan, once seen as a critical move to bolster peace process, has come across a temporary halt due to renewed distrust between Islamabad and Kabul.

Officials familiar with developments said differences over the efficacy of the release of Taliban prisoners was the major factor in the momentary suspension of the process...

TTP leader, foreigner captured in Nowshera

By Our Correspondent

NOWSHERA, March 6: The ‘operational commander’ of the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, Qari Basit, and an unknown foreigner were arrested by personnel of intelligence agencies in Kheshgi town of Nowshera district on Wednesday.

Sources said the two were arrested in a joint raid conducted by security forces and police at a house in Kheshgi. They were taken to an unknown place...

Election schedule to be announced after 16th, says ECP secretary

By Iftikhar A Khan

ISLAMABAD, March 6: The schedule for elections will be announced a few days after the installation of a caretaker set-up, following the completion on March 16 of the National Assembly’s term.

Briefing reporters after a meeting of senior officers of the Federal Board of Revenue, State Bank, National Accountability Bureau and National Database and Registration Authority with the Election Commission on Wednesday, ECP Secretary Ishtiak Ahmad Khan said the poll process had already commenced...

MPCs endorsed call for talks but violence continues

By Ismail Khan

THREE days after a JUI-F-sponsored multi-party conference (MPC) in Islamabad endorsed the call for peace talks with Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, a deadly and devastating car bombing shook a Shia neighbourhood in Karachi.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Tuesday blamed the TTP and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi for the act. The two militant outfits have neither accepted nor denied responsibility...

Singh says Pakistan not doing enough against terrorists

By Our Correspondent

NEW DELHI, March 6: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Wednesday that India was continuing to talk to Pakistan to normalise ties, but the latter was faltering on its part of the bargain with regard to terrorism.

Addressing the Lok Sabha where he berated the Bharatiya Janata Party for using foul language against him and his party, Dr Singh drew a rosy picture of his domestic and foreign policy measures...

NA wants erring TV anchors out

By Raja Asghar

ISLAMABAD, March 6: In its most jealous defence of its members against media attacks, the National Assembly unanimously passed a resolution on Wednesday demanding that television channels remove anchors airing unverified programmes against parliamentarians.

A minister’s protest against the conduct of one anchor of a private channel turned into a crescendo of complaints across party lines in general against the perceived “black sheep” and particularly against that man and demands for amends and caution by employers...

Pakistan will need another IMF package, says ADB

ISLAMABAD, March 6: Pakistan has reached a critical balance of payments situation and will need another package from the International Monetary Fund before the end of the year to avert a crisis, one of the biggest lenders to the country claimed on Wednesday.

Asian Development Bank’s country director Werner Liepach also told Reuters in an interview Pakistan would need up to $9 billion from the IMF to shield the economy...

ECC moves to make KCR project financially viable

By Amin Ahmed

ISLAMABAD, March 6: The Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet decided on Wednesday to make the Karachi Circular Railway project financially viable by exempting its foreign and local components from general sales tax, customs duty and other federal levies.

The flamboyant 58-year-old leader had undergone four operations in Cuba for a cancer that was first detected in his pelvic region in mid-2011. He vanished from public view after the Dec 11 surgery that resulted in complications and respiratory infections...

Holbrooke wanted $50bn for Pakistan

By Anwar Iqbal

WASHINGTON, March 6: A former US National Security Adviser offered Pakistan an ‘off script’ civilian nuclear deal in exchange for its counter-terrorism cooperation, a former member of Richard Holbrooke’s team wrote on Wednesday.

In an article he wrote for the Foreign Policy magazine, Vali Nasr said his time in the Obama administration “turned out to be a deeply disillusioning experience”...

Man charged in US for aiding bomber

By Our Correspondent

WASHINGTON, March 6: The man suspected of aiding a 2009 terrorist attack on an ISI office in Lahore appeared for a custody hearing on Wednesday in a court in Portland, Oregon.

FBI agents arrested Reaz Qadir Khan on Tuesday from his home in Portland for assisting a suicide bomber who participated in the 2009 bombing that killed about 30 people and injured 300...

Venezuela’s charismatic leader Chavez dead

CARACAS, March 6: President Hugo Chavez died on Tuesday after a two-year battle with cancer, ending 14 years of tumultuous rule that won him passionate support among the poor.

The flamboyant 58-year-old leader had undergone four operations in Cuba for a cancer that was first detected in his pelvic region in mid-2011. He vanished from public view after the Dec 11 surgery that resulted in complications and respiratory infections...

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