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Attacks kill three soldiers in N Waziristan: Officials Attacks kill three soldiers in N Waziristan: Officials

MIRANSHAH:
Three soldiers were killed and four wounded in bomb attacks on military convoys in North Waziristan on Sunday, officials said.
“A military convoy comprising 35 vehicles was on its way to the northwestern town of Bannu from Razmak when an improvised explosive device planted along the roadside went off, killing three soldiers,” a local intelligence official said.
The official, who requested anonymity, said two soldiers were wounded in the explosion 70 kilometres south of Miranshah, the main town in the region.
Another two soldiers were wounded in a second bomb attack on a military convoy 20 kilometres east of Miranshah.
A local tribal police official, Ali Muhammad, confirmed the two attacks and casualties.
North Waziristan is one of seven semi-autonomous tribal regions and has bee

2013-06-09 12:27:21
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Afghan Taliban ‘willing’ to talk to peace council as Karzai begins Qatar visit Afghan Taliban ‘willing’ to talk to peace council as Karzai begins Qatar visit

ISLAMABAD:
The Afghan Taliban have hinted that they are willing to hold talks with the government-backed peace council, an Afghan official familiar with the development said.
US Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbins met President Karzai in late May and “informed him about the Taliban’s willingness to talk” to the Afghan High Peace Council in the near future, the official told
The Express Tribune
on Sunday.
Dobbins, who later visited Islamabad, is believed to have discussed the Taliban proposal with Pakistani officials.
“The Afghan government has not agreed with certain pre-conditions put forward by the Taliban and discussions are underway to find out a solution,” the source said.
The Afghan government wants the Taliban to publicly denounce al Qaeda and hold direct talks

2013-06-09 11:45:29
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Punjab Assembly: Lahore rakes up almost half the reserved seats Punjab Assembly: Lahore rakes up almost half the reserved seats

ISLAMABAD:
Out of 66 reserved seats for women and minorities in the Punjab Assembly, political parties have elected 31 members from Lahore city alone. Of these, the Pakistan Muslim League –Nawaz has 27 seats – 23 seats for women and two for minorities.
Lahore is the hometown of Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, who is also chief of PML-N. During the last five years, a record amount of development has been carried out in the city, and the party has also elected a Lahore-based MNA, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, for the slot of Speaker National Assembly.
Breakdown
The PML-N won 213 seats in the general elections. Later on, around 35 independent candidates joined the party. Therefore, after obtaining 57 reserved seats out of 66, the number of PML-N seats has reached 305.
On a provincial scale, o

2013-06-08 07:15:16
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Helping hand: Bill Gates seeks Imran Khan’s help to fight polio in K-P Helping hand: Bill Gates seeks Imran Khan’s help to fight polio in K-P

ISLAMABAD:
American business magnate and Microsoft founder Bill Gates has pledged to help eradicate polio from Pakistan, soliciting Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan’s help to check the disease in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
Bill Gates’ letter to Imran Khan asking for his party’s cooperation comes at a time when polio cases are fast surfacing in Pakistan. Some 67 polio cases have been reported in the country over the past 17 months alone, according to the Expanded Programme on Immunisation.
An official statement issued by the PTI Central Secretariat confirmed that the letter was received. Bill Gates’ commitment to polio eradication has resulted in his support for a massive anti polio programme in Pakistan, added the statement.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donated $1.8 billion in A

2013-06-08 06:39:42
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German FM begins Afghan endgame talk German FM begins Afghan endgame talk

ISLAMABAD:
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is due to arrive in Islamabad today (Saturday) to hold talks with Pakistan’s new political leadership on the Afghan endgame.
Westerwelle is the first top diplomat from any Western country to travel to Islamabad following the historic democratic transition from one civilian government to another in the country.
A Foreign Office official told
The Express Tribune
that the German foreign minister will meet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and discuss the regional security situation with a focus on Afghanistan.
He will hold formal talks with the prime minister’s special adviser on foreign affairs, Tariq Fatemi, at the Foreign Office.
The German foreign minister’s visit is considered crucial as his country has been involved in brokering an Afghan

2013-06-08 06:24:06
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Anti polio programme: Bill gates reaches out to Imran Khan for support Anti polio programme: Bill gates reaches out to Imran Khan for support

ISLAMABAD:
Famous American business magnate Bill Gates has sought Imran Khan’s cooperation to eradicate polio in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, as the province apparently failed to provide security to polio workers.
Gates sent a personal letter through his emissary to chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PT) Imran Khan asking for his party’s cooperation in furthering the anti polio vaccination programme in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said an official statement.
Imran Khan is scheduled to speak to him on the phone to discuss modalities of moving against polio which takes the lives of so many children in Pakistan especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Bill Gates commitment to polio eradication has resulted in his support for a massive anti polio programme in Pakistan.
Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria are the only co

2013-06-07 09:44:17
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Unprecedented return: He is back Unprecedented return: He is back

ISLAMABAD:
For four days, Nawaz Sharif sat next to the chair he will now occupy as prime minister of Pakistan in the National Assembly. Now, after he has officially won the vote and been sworn in by the president, the ‘hot seat’ is finally his.
It took almost 14 years for Nawaz Sharif to regain the position he was so unceremoniously deprived of when General Pervez Musharraf deposed him in a military coup. Even when he finally managed to return to Pakistan, he could not return to power, and instead presided over a much-diminished PML-N. Now, Nawaz has come full circle.
“I declare Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif as the prime minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,” announced Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq soon after informing the House that the PML-N chief bagged 244 votes, which means that he h

2013-06-05 23:43:10
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Five army personnel killed in oil tanker collision in Multan Five army personnel killed in oil tanker collision in Multan

Five army personnel were killed when a speeding oil tanker collided with an army vehicle in Multan early on Thursday morning,
Express News
reported.
The tanker hit the army truck from behind on Shershah Road.
11 army personnel were aboard the truck when the accident occurred. At least two personnel died immediately, while the others were immediately shifted to CMH Multan Hospital, where three more personnel succumbed to their injuries.
The driver and conductor of the tanker were arrested and detained at the Muzaffarabad police station.
Muzaffarabad SHO confirmed that five army constables were killed in the accident.

2013-06-05 23:19:21
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Musharraf ready to face high treason case: APML Musharraf ready to face high treason case: APML

LAHORE:
Former president Pervez Musharraf will be ready to face any court if newly elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif supports a high treason case against him, said the former dictator’s political advisor on Wednesday.
“Musharraf is ready to face any court in order to defend himself against the politically motivated cases… [and] a Pakistani soldier never feels threatened by anyone,” said Chauhdry Sarfraz Anjum Kahlon of Musharraf’s party All Pakistan Muslim League (APML).
Speaking to the media, Kahlon cautioned the incoming government “to exercise political maturity and to think twice before pursuing the emotional path of personal revenge which would ultimately benefit Pakistan’s adversaries”.
He added that the pursuit of politically motivated cases will only serve to set off a dangerous

2013-06-05 11:14:56
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11-year-old drowns during swimming competition in Lahore 11-year-old drowns during swimming competition in Lahore

LAHORE:
An 11-year-old drowned during a swimming competition at a private school in Lahore,
Express News
reported on Wednesday.
According to initial details, the sixth grade student was not provided with immediate medical assistance.
The parents of the child were reportedly not allowed to see their son – after the incident – for around an hour.
It was also reported that the members of the school administration tried to provide aid to the child themselves.

2013-06-05 09:09:19
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Judges detention case: Justice Siddiqui refuses to hear Musharraf’s case Judges detention case: Justice Siddiqui refuses to hear Musharraf’s case

ISLAMABAD:
The judicial bench, hearing Pervez Musharraf’s bail petition on judges detention case, disintegrated when Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui refused to be a member of the bench on Tuesday,
Express News
reported.
The court sent the issue to the Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court, asking him to issue orders for the formulation of a new bench.
On Monday, a large group of lawyers had their statements recorded before the Shalimar Police Station against former president Pervez Musharraf in judge’s detention case.
Their statements cited that former president Pervez Musharraf had imposed emergency on November 3, 2007.
Earlier, on April 18, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamabad High Court had rejected Musharraf’s bail plea and ordered his arrest. On May 22, a trial court rejected

2013-06-04 10:00:55
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Anticipation: Select cabinet likely to take oath with incoming PM Anticipation: Select cabinet likely to take oath with incoming PM

ISLAMABAD:
A small cabinet of the incoming prime minister Nawaz Sharif is likely to take oath with him tomorrow (June 5th).
Careful in choosing his team, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif will first fill the key ministries with his core team, but he will try to compose a cabinet of less than two dozen ministers, PML-N sources said.
Amidst hectic lobbying for cabinet slots, Nawaz is keeping cards close to his chest. He might be challenged by the task of accommodating all provinces in the cabinet since most PML-N members come from Punjab.
Though many names have been circulating in the corridors of power for aspirants of cabinet slots, PML-N insiders say these are mere speculations: the likely ministers in the first phase include Ishaq Dar for the finance portfolio, Khawaja Asif for water and power.
I

2013-06-04 06:37:38
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Chinese PM invites Nawaz Sharif to China Chinese PM invites Nawaz Sharif to China

ISLAMABAD:
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) leader Nawaz Sharif among other top political representatives and invited him for an official visit to China, reported
Express News
on Thursday.
Nawaz Sharif sought help from the visiting Premier on overcoming the energy crisis in Pakistan.
Li Keqiang
visited Pakistan for an official two-day visit for the first time since taking office in March.
After meeting Premier Li Keqiang, Nawaz Sharif spoke to the media and said “Our friendship with China is deep rooted and we have worked together on many economic projects. This trip will strengthen our cooperation and friendship further. Both countries enjoy mutual trust and want to work together.”
Senate address
The Chinese Premier addressed the Senate after his meeting

2013-05-23 08:00:26
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Re-polling in Bannu, South Waziristan comes to an end Re-polling in Bannu, South Waziristan comes to an end

ISLAMABAD / BANNU:
Re-polling at four polling stations of PK-71, three polling stations of PK-72 Bannu and four polling stations of NA-41 South Waziristan Agency that took place on Tuesday has come to an end.
Voters in sufficient numbers came to elect their representatives for the parliament. The polling stations reported a voter turnout of 25%. The re-polling in these constituencies started at 8:00am amid tight security and ended at 5:00pm. The process of counting the votes is now underway.
The ECP had withheld the results of the said two provincial assembly constituencies over complaints of firing and suspension of polling in these seven polling stations and ordered re-polling there.
The decision of re-polling on four polling stations in NA-41 South Waziristan was taken a few days ago by

2013-05-21 12:29:19
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Benazir murder case: Pervez Musharraf granted bail Benazir murder case: Pervez Musharraf granted bail

RAWALPINDI:
Former dictator and arrested suspect Pervez Musharraf was granted bail in the Benazir Bhutto murder case, reported
Express News
on Monday.
The court ordered Musharraf to submit two surety bonds of Rs 1 million each even though the FIA prosecutor suggested that Musharraf should be made to pay Rs 1 billion for the bail.
Musharraf’s lawyers argued that this was a political case and the responsibility of Benazir’s security lay with the officers on duty, not Musharraf.
Another arrested suspect in the case Abdur Rasheed Turabi was denied bail by the court.
Pervez Musarraf is now at the centre of two cases, the illegal disposition of judges’ case and the Akbar Bugti case.
Musharraf’s lawyers plan to apply for bail in the judges’ detention case on May 22.
Safe exit for Musharraf?
PML-

2013-05-20 12:15:42
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Soldiering on: Ruqayya Hashmi fights for Shia Hazara community in Balochistan Soldiering on: Ruqayya Hashmi fights for Shia Hazara community in Balochistan

ISLAMABAD:
In several cities across Pakistan, political parties and candidates have faced threats and deadly attacks on the basis of political ideology. But, in Quetta, Dr Ruqayya Saeed Hashmi has battled a different kind of threat throughout her election campaign.
She is a Shia Hazara politician, contesting elections for NA-259 from the platform of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), in a city where over 150 Hazaras were killed in 2013 alone.
On January 10, the Hazara community sat in protest for four straight days with the dead bodies of their relatives, after nearly a 100 people were killed in a massive bombing carried out by the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.
But despite the imposition of governor’s rule, ostensibly to provide better security to Quetta’s Hazara population, terror struck a Shia H

2013-05-10 07:28:18
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In DG Khan, Zartaj Gul Akhwand set to fight dynastic politics In DG Khan, Zartaj Gul Akhwand set to fight dynastic politics

ISLAMABAD:
In Dera Ghazi Khan’s NA-172, Sardar Maqsood Khan Leghari has long established his rule. However, in the wake of the upcoming elections, tables have turned for the former member of Punjab Assembly as he faces threats anew. Enter Zartaj Gul Akhwand, a 28-year-old candidate contesting NA-172 from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) ticket. She is a novice but committed political worker, and is set to fight the political elite. “Why should we be ruled by these dynasties?” she asked. “Middle class should also participate in the electoral process.”
Zartaj wants to help underprivileged communities in South Punjab and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), which she believes have been kept in a state of neglect by elected leaders. “People want to get rid of the Sardari system but they

2013-05-06 06:14:00
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ECP issues final list of candidates contesting upcoming elections ECP issues final list of candidates contesting upcoming elections

ISLAMABAD:
The Election Commission of Pakistan on Wednesday issued the final list of election candidates comprising a staggering 16692 candidates for the upcoming elections,
Radio Pakistan
reported.
The list includes names of the candidates who are contesting for National and Provincial Assemblies.
For the general seats of National Assembly 4671 candidates are in the running. While for the provincial assemblies, 10958 candidates will be contesting.
For the seats reserved for women, 258 candidates for the national assembly have been cleared. 559 women will contest for seats in the provincial assembly.
For the seats reserved for non-Muslims in the National Assembly, 71 candidates are in the running while 175 will contest for provincial assembly seats.
The full list of candidates can be viewe

2013-04-24 23:05:50
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Half of Karachi's polling stations declared sensitive Half of Karachi's polling stations declared sensitive

KARACHI:
The Additional IG Ghulam, Shabbir Sheikh, declared 50% of the polling stations in Karachi as sensitive, reported
Express News
on Monday.
According to the additional IG, there are nearly 3,700 polling stations in Karachi of which half have been declared sensitive, including those in the West district.
“We have made a deployment plan, the Police will assist Rangers at the stations,” he added.
The army will be on standby in case the situation requires their presence.
Earlier, the Election Commission of Pakistan declared
Sindh as the most sensitive province
with 4,629 highly sensitive and 3,621 sensitive polling stations.

2013-04-22 09:42:22
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Sindh has the most sensitive polling stations Sindh has the most sensitive polling stations

ISLAMABAD:
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has declared around 21,326 polling stations across the country as sensitive.
The commission has set three tiers of sensitivity, normal, sensitive and highly sensitive. According figures provided by the ECP, 11,053 polling stations have been declared sensitive and 10,237 have been declared highly sensitive.
As many as 10 security men will be deployed on highly sensitive polling stations while seven security personnel will be deployed on sensitive polling stations. However, five security personnel will be assigned to normal polling stations.
Sindh has been declared as the most sensitive province with 4,629 highly sensitive and 3,621 sensitive polling stations.
In Punjab, 2,911 polling stations have been declared as sensitive whereas 2,617

2013-04-20 17:51:54
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