Sunday 3rd March 2013 | Rabi-ul-Sani 20, 1434
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Witnesses in BB case speak of threats

By Malik Asad

RAWALPINDI, March 2: A key prosecution witness in the Benazir Bhutto murder case did not testify in the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) of Rawalpindi on Saturday after receiving threats from Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

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Karachi unrest claims 12 more lives

KARACHI, March 2: At least 12 people lost their lives in incidents of firing and targeted attacks, mostly on sectarian grounds, in the city on Saturday.

According to police, two gunmen stormed a private clinic in Qasba Colony and opened fire on a dispenser, identified as Fazal Hadi. The 45-year-old man received two bullets, one each in chest and face, and died.

PM orders reversal of POL hike

By A Reporter

ISLAMABAD, March 2: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf ordered reversal of the hike in prices of petroleum products on Saturday in an attempt to silence opposition by members of his own party who described the increase as ill-advised in the build-up to the general election.

The National Assembly, too, has seen protests and walkouts by opposition parties in protest against the hike.

PPP and MQM agree to thrash out differences

By Azfar-ul-Ashfaque

KARACHI, March 2: The People’s Party and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement left little doubt whatsoever that they had kept channels of communication open when Sindh Governor Ishratul Ibad called on President Asif Zardari in Lahore and the interior minister met Altaf Hussain in London on Saturday.

“The two parties have decided to begin a dialogue on `all discordant issues’ at the core committee level,” a source said after the London meeting between Rehman Malik and the Muttahida supremo.

Judicial Commission proposes elevation of 7 judges

By Nasir Iqbal

ISLAMABAD, March 2: The Judicial Commission (JC) on Saturday proposed elevation of seven judges to the Peshawar High Court (PHC) and granted six-month extension to six additional judges of the Lahore High Court (LHC).

However, the main issue before the JC’s meeting was the continuation of the deadlock between the bar associations and the commission since none of the representative of the bar attended it to represent the point of view of the legal fraternity.

Women outnumber men in list of centenarian voters

By Iftikhar A. Khan and Kalbe Ali

ISLAMABAD, March 2: Women outnumber men in the list of Pakistani voters aged 100 years or more.

According to updated statistics of the final electoral rolls 2012, exclusively available with Dawn, the number of voters with over 100 years is 3,844. Of them 1,992 are women and 1,852 men.

4 shot dead in Turbat; car torched with bodies inside

By Saleem Shahid

QUETTA, March 2: Gunmen targeted a car in the border town of Tump in Turbat district early on Saturday, killing the four occupants before setting the vehicle on fire, official sources said.

“Bodies were charred beyond recognition,” said Hussain Jan, an official of local administration.

TTP warns cellphone shops to stop ‘shameless’ business

PESHAWAR, March 2: Pakistani Taliban have threatened to bomb a mobile phone market here for the “shameless” selling of video clips, ring tones and accessories, officials said on Saturday.

Some 60 shopkeepers received letters in the post ordering them to burn the offending stock, including memory cards and speakers for MP3 players, and stick to selling only mobile phones and essential accessories.

Rights council to discuss report on disappearances

By Amin Ahmed

ISLAMABAD, March 2: The Human Rights Council, now meeting in Geneva for its 22nd session, will take up on Tuesday the report on enforced or involuntary disappearances in Pakistan prepared by its working group that visited the country in September last year.

The working group delegation comprising Olivier de Frouville and Osman El-Hajje visited Pakistan from Sept 10 to Sept 20 to gather information on cases of enforced disappearances.

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