Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Zardari questions CJ on Benazir case

GARHI KHUDA BUKHSH - Embattled President Asif Ali Zardari used the fourth anniversary of the death of his wife Benazir Bhutto to ensure supporters he would not resign in the face of numerous crises building around him, while he also hit out at army and the Supreme Court.Zardari, who became ...

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  • GARHI KHUDA BUKHSH - Embattled President Asif Ali Zardari used the fourth anniversary of the death of his wife Benazir Bhutto to ensure supporters he would not resign in the face of numerous crises ...

  • ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the impression being given by the federation that memogate is just a ‘piece of paper’, saying Pakistanis were an alive nation who will ...

  • WASHINGTON - Pakistan’s government has formally disputed the findings of a US investigation into the November 26 airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, saying the bombardment went on long ...

  • The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has removed the name of Afghan Taliban supreme commander Mullah Muhammad Omar from its list of “most wanted terrorists”, reported a ...

  • ISLAMABAD/LARKANA – Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Tuesday that a request shouldn’t be confused with an entreaty as he never begged army chief and ISI DG to get their terms ...

  • LAHORE - Who killed Benazir?  Many believed that President Zardari would share the information with the nation on Tuesday, the fourth death anniversary of the first woman prime minister of the ...

  • MULTAN - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Central leader Makhdoom Javed Hashmi has suggested to the Prime Minister to immediately dissolve assemblies if the leadership of all political parties demand ...

  • FAISALABAD - Textile sector has totally been collapsed due to non-availability of natural gas as the notices of gas closure for indefinite period have been issued to the industrial sector.Pakistan ...

  • LARKANA (Agencies) - Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar on Tuesday said the PPP-led government would not restore Nato supplies unless the US-led alliance in Afghanistan agreed to pay road ...

  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and India concluded their sixth round of expert-level talks Tuesday with the note seeking extension in the validity of the bilateral agreement on ‘Reducing the Risk from ...

  • QUETTA - Balochistan government wanted to push the matter of massive corruption of more than Rs 500 million in purchase of furniture and science equipment in Education Department under the carpet as ...

  • NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Agencies) - The lower house of India’s parliament passed a bill on Tuesday to create an anti-corruption ombudsman, in a move the government hopes will deflate a protest ...

  • TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran threatened on Tuesday to stop the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz if foreign sanctions were imposed on its crude exports over its nuclear ambitions, a move that could ...

  • PESHAWAR – PML-N President and former prime minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has regretted that PPP government has so far not arrested the killers of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto despite being in ...

  • QUETTA - Three people, including a teacher were killed in separate incidents of violence in different towns of Balochistan on Tuesday while blasts occurred in Dera Bugti and Panjgour ...

  • ISLAMABAD (NNI) - A meeting of the Inquiry Commission on Abbottabad Operation was held here on Tuesday at the Cabinet Division under the chairmanship of Justice Javed Iqbal, former senior judge of ...

  • PESHAWAR - An official of the Intelligence Bureau was gunned down when some unknown armed persons opened fire at him in Yakatoot area here on Tuesday.According to sources, the deceased, Siraj-du-Din, ...

  • GARHI KHUDA BUX/UCH SHARIF (INP) - PPP activists annoyed over the party policies and attitude towards workers attempted to commit suicide on the occasion of fourth death anniversary of slain party ...

  • RAWALPINDI - The 4th death anniversary of PPP slain chairperson and former premier Benazir Bhutto (BB) was observed with zeal and reverence here at Liaquat Bagh on Tuesday.Besides PPP leadership, ...

  • PESHAWAR (AFP) - He sings about peace and hope, but Gulzar Alam lives in fear. He has survived three attempts on his life and moves regularly to keep one step ahead of the Taliban.Once inspired by ...

  • PESHAWAR - Sub-Inspector Badhabera Police Station Mursalin Khan was killed when unknown persons attacked a police patrolling team in Badhabera, area in the outskirts of Peshawar, on Tuesday. Sources ...

  • MARDAN - Hundreds of people attacked an examination hall in the jurisdiction of Jabbar Police Station, when the superintendent on duty in the hall caught two ‘fake’ candidates taking ...

  • MARDAN - Three persons got seriously injured when in-laws of one of them beat their son-in-law and his other relatives in the limits of city police station on Monday.Police sources said Saddiq, son ...

  • FAISALABAD - Textile sector has totally been collapsed due to non-availability of natural gas as the notices of gas closure for indefinite period have been issued to the industrial sector.Pakistan ...

  • DERA GHAZI KHAN - JUI-Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that the tribes of the political nomads are getting to gather at a platform in order to get access to the corridors of power and their public ...

  • MULTAN - JUI-F Secretary General and Leader of Opposition in Senate, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidri has said that although his party never support pre-time polls, the rulers are pushing their ...

  • DERA GHAZI KHAN - Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that the tribes of the political nomads are getting to gather at a platform in order to get access to the corridors of power ...

  • HAFIZABAD - The District Quality Control Board held a meeting has directed the district drug inspectors to conduct crackdowns on quacks and unregistered drugs sellers to save human lives.The meeting ...

  • SADIQABAD - The PTI Women Wing Rahim Yar Khan president has termed her party chief Imran Khan the only ray of hope in the national crises while saying that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf tsunami will ...

  • TOBA TEK SINGH - The District Bar Association (DBA) annual election for 2012 will be held on Jan 14, 2012 when city lawyers will elect office-bearers and members. According to the schedule issued by ...

  • HAFIZABAD - Four armed bandits stormed into the house of a businessman and looted the house in Mohallah Bijli Ghar. The robbers locked the inmates in a room and made off gold ornaments, cash and cell ...

  • SAHIWAL - Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), who upheld dignity of Islam by making unprecedented sacrifices along with his companions in Kabala, became a symbol of virtue while Yazeed emerged as ...

  • JHANG - At least three people including two women were killed while three others sustained serious injuries in three separate incidents here in the district on Tuesday. In the first incident, Noor ...

  • SHAKARGARH - The Chak Amru Police arrested two persons and recovered liquor and two pistols from their possession. Chak Amru Police SHO Ch Riaz Ahmed along with his subordinates was on patrol when ...

  • MULTAN - Punjab Planning, Development and Prisons Minister Ch Abdul Ghafoor has said that 150 development projects are being executed at a cost of Rs3,554 million in Multan division under annual ...

  • BAHAWALPUR/HAFIZABAD/TOBA TEK SINGH - The fourth death anniversary of former PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto was observed here Tuesday with due respect.The PPP workers arranged different programmes on ...

  • BAHAWALPUR - On the occasion of Christmas, a local NGO Wasaeb with the collaboration of IUB Media Studies Department organised an exclusive ceremony in the honour of local Christian community here ...

  • MIRPUR (AJK) - A high-profile 20-member delegation comprising think tanks representing almost all major segments of civil society left for India on Tuesday to attend the scheduled three-day ...

  • MULTAN - In order to prevent agricultural areas and orchards from complete extinction because of urbanization and checking environmental degradation, the Multan Development Authority (MDA) has asked ...

  • SHERGARH - The Shergarh Police have registered a case against 94 electricity pilferers. According to the Lesco Mazharabad sub-division Assistant Manager (Operations), these people were found stealing ...

  • SIALKOT - The police claimed to have solved the ‘whodunit’ blind murder of a couple just after four days of the incident. District Police Officer (DPO) Syed Ali Mohsin made the disclosure ...

  • NOOR PUR THAL – Khushab DCO Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah has said that all TMAs administrators in district should closely monitor development activities in their areas concerned to ensure that ...

  • SHEIKHUPURA - On the special instructions of DCO Abrar Ahmad Mirza, a special campaign has been launched against quacks, bogus medical stores and clinics. District Officer Health Dr Syed Yousaf Kazmi ...

  • SHAKARGARH - Former minister for state and MNA Ch Tariq Anees inaugurated a project for provision of chambers to the chamberless lawyers here at Shakargarh Bar Association here on Tuesday. On the ...

INTERNATIONAL More

  • TARIQ RAMADANRelations between Turkey and France have suddenly become strained following the decision of the French senate — with its newfound Left majority —to “penalise negation ...

  • MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia on Tuesday successfully test fired its long range ballistic missile RS-18 from its Baiknonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with a new warhead aimed at overcoming Western air defence ...

  • MADRID (AFP) - Outspoken right-leaning politician Ana Botella took office as the first female mayor of Madrid on Tuesday, vowing to cut the capital's 6.3b euro ($8.3 billion) debt.Botella, the ...

  • BEN WHITEIsrael’s crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories - like the settlements, the killing of civilians and the demolition of homes - are openly condemned in the West by human rights ...

  • JESSICA T. MATHEWSNow that US troops have left Iraq, Americans are taking stock of the staggering price of this nine-year war of choice, in blood (nearly 4,500 Americans dead, 33,000 wounded), in ...

  • ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - An Ethiopian court on Tuesday sentenced two Swedish journalists to 11 years in jail for supporting terrorism and entering the country illegally, after a trial criticised by rights ...

  • ROME (AFP) - Pirates hijacked an Italian cargo ship with 18 crew on board at dawn on Tuesday off the coast of Oman in an area notorious for attacks by Somali pirates, officials said. The Enrico ...

  • TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran on Tuesday put on trial an American man of Iranian descent accused of spying for the US Central Intelligence Agency, Fars news agency reported. "The first hearing in the trial of ...

  • KABUL (AFP) - Afghan police have rescued a teenage girl who was beaten and locked up in a toilet for over five months after she defied her in-laws who tried to force her into prostitution, officials ...

  • BAGHDAD (AFP) - Iraqi political blocs have held talks with Iran over a standoff sparked by a warrant for the arrest of the country's Sunni Arab vice president that has stoked sectarian tensions, ...

  • SANAA (AFP) - Clashes between Yemeni youths divided over a power transfer deal that grants President Ali Abdullah Saleh immunity from prosecution left 35 people injured on Tuesday, witnesses and ...

  • Mumbai (AFP) -Veteran Indian activist Anna Hazare began a fresh anti-corruption hunger strike Tuesday after a procession through Mumbai's chronically-crowded streets that owed more to traffic jams ...

  • MOSCOW (AFP) - President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday gave the official who designed Russia's tightly controlled political system a new government job, in a surprise move after protests challenging the ...

  • DAMASCUS (AFP) - Syrian police used tear gas to disperse some 70,000 people who took to the streets of Homs on Tuesday as Arab observers visited there a day after dozens of people died in the ...

  • KABUL (AFP) - The head of the UN refugee programme in Afghanistan on Tuesday described its strategy in the war-wracked country since 2002 as the "biggest mistake UNHCR ever made".Almost a quarter of ...

  • CAIRO (AFP) - An Egyptian court ordered the Egyptian army on Tuesday to stop forced virginity tests on female detainees, months after the practice sparked a national outcry and stained the ruling ...

  • RAMALLAH (AFP) - With peace talks in the doldrums, the Palestinians have fixed their sights on global activism and unity between their rival factions in order to advance their cause."We are in a ...

  • WASHINGTON (AFP) - Al-Qaeda's Iraq franchise claimed responsibility for a wave of bombings last week that killed scores of people and heightened sectarian tensions days after the withdrawal of US ...

  • KABUL (AFP) - NATO said Tuesday that an irregular security force set up in northern Afghanistan is continuing to operate, despite calls from the Afghan government for their activities to stop.But it ...

  • If global politics had an annual awards show, the segment devoted to eulogising those statesmen we lost in 2011 would be long and impressive. From deposed international despots to sexually reckless ...

  • The seventh anniversary on Monday of the devastating South Asia tsunami was a reminder of one of the worst natural disasters of modern times. More than 230,000 were killed, mostly in Indonesia, Sri ...

SPORTS More

  • MELBOURNE (AFP) - Sachin Tendulkar was bowled with three balls left on the second day of the first Test against Australia on Tuesday to be denied a crack at his 100th international century.Tendulkar ...

  • ISLAMABAD - Hard work and determination is the key to success and Pakistan is blessed with natural talent and in five years’ time the country will produce an armature boxing champion, these ...

  • LONDON (AFP) - Arsenal missed the chance to draw level on points with third-place Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League after being held to a 1-1 draw by 10-man Wolves at the Emirates Stadium.The ...

  • It was another year when one-man show continued on the ATP world tour like last many years. But this time it was not Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal who was dominating the business. It was Serbian ...

  • Pakistan’s number one tennis player Aisam-ul Haq Qureshi continued his streak at the top of the doubles tennis events on the ATP tour after an impressive showing in 2010. And he got his biggest ...

  • DURBAN (AFP) - Left-arm opening bowler Chanaka Welegedera produced a career-best performance to put Sri Lanka in the ascendancy on the second day of the second Test match against South Africa at ...

  • KARACHI (APP) - The leader of Chinese hockey team Li Gaochao described his team memorable and extended an invitation to Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) to send their national team for the Test ...

  • LAHORE - Pakistan retained Mohsin Hasan Khan as interim coach for next month's Pakistan home series against England in United Arab Emirates, the PCB said on Tuesday.Pakistan Cricket Board retained ...

  • LAHORE – The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday announced the Pakistan Under-19 team for South Africa Tour scheduled to be held in January 2012.  “The U-19 team is selected ...

  • ISLAMABAD – Pakistan miseries continued as they lost seven semi-finals bouts out of eight except only M Waseem saved the day for hosts by defeating Indian Madan Lal in the Men's Flyweight ...

  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Army struggled to score 1-0 victory against Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) in the 8th Pakistan Premier Football League 2011 match played here at Jinnah Stadium on ...

  • OUR STAFF REPORTERLAHORE – Maj Omer Minhas and Col Mashud Akbar helped Lahore Garrison to beat PAF (Blues) by seven goals to four and a half in the MMA Polo Cup 2011 here at the Lahore Polo ...

  • OUR STAFF REPORTERLAHORE – The second AFC ‘C’ Certificate Coaching Course for Women 2011 commenced here at Football House on Monday.The 14-days course will help to impart the latest ...

  • Unlike her fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin’s comeback didn’t produce any Grand Slam titles. This season, a nervous-looking Henin flopped in Melbourne, falling to Svetlana ...

  • Now you see him, now you don’t. Addressing reporters following a third-round win on a sticky day at the U.S. Open, Rafael Nadal suddenly began experiencing leg cramps. He slumped in his chair, ...

  • Obviously keen to give reporters something to talk about besides her Slam-less No. 1 label, Wozniacki took things to another level in Melbourne. Besides setting the agenda for one of her news ...

  • It wasn’t long after Kei Nishikori hit the pro tennis tour that “Project 45” was born: The goal was to reach No. 45 in the world and thus become the highest-ranked men’s ...

  • Cellphones ring in the stands quite often. But a player’s phone going off is rare. Alize Cornet was suitably embarrassed when her phone — inside her tennis bag — rang as Caroline ...

  • Tennis can be cutthroat, as Jelena Jankovic found out. The car Jankovic was riding in on her way to practice in Cincinnati ran out of gas (it had to happen to her, eh?), and she claimed players who ...

  • Feeling sick in a match against Agnieszka Radwanska in Carlsbad, Calif., in August, quirky German Andrea Petkovic did the unusual: She sprinted off court midgame (at 0-4, 0-40 in the second set), ...

  • Which couple is higher profile: Andy Roddick and actress/model Brooklyn Decker or Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy, golf’s reigning U.S. Open winner? After initially denying they were ...

ENTERTAINMENT More

  • LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Making a film about an iconic politician like Britain’s Margaret Thatcher is akin to walking into a movie minefield, and casting an American — even one as revered ...

  • Janet Jackson has been named as the Grinch Of The Year by animal rights group Peta. The singer was given the dubious honour by the pressure group because they believe she has exploited the well-being ...

  • Maria Shriver is said to be having second thoughts on divorcing her husband Arnold Schwarzenegger. Shriver is reluctant to officially part from Schwarzenegger because of her religious beliefs, ...

  • LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood leading man Matthew McConaughey has proposed to his long-time girlfriend and the mother of their two children, model Camila Alves, the actor said in a posting on ...

  • Sinead O’Connor has split from her husband after 16 days of marriage. The ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ singer - who has been wed three times previously - claims people in her partner ...

  • Daniel Craig has said that he loves playing James Bond. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star revealed that he does not compare his other film roles to that of the British spy.“I’m ...

  • People who harbour ulcer-causing bacteria in their stomachs may be protected against some diarrheal diseases, according to an Israeli study.Some previous studies had suggested that being infected ...

  • A woman from Nottingham has changed her name to ‘Pink Sparkly And All Things Nice’. The beauty therapist, who used to be called Charlotte Price, is just one of 100,000 people who changed ...

  • Officials in Colombia’s second-largest city on Monday have inaugurated a giant, outdoor escalator for residents of one of its poorest slums. For generations, the 12,000 residents of ...

  • A ranch family in Laytonville, California has found a letter to Santa that was sent by a girl nearly 700 miles away.Helen Cardenas, 5, requested a doll, a tea set, shoes and trousers. Her letter, ...

  • A man is being sued for keeping Twitter followers that he attracted while working for a US mobile news website. Noah Kravitz tweeted for Phonedog as @Phonedog_Noah, but later changed his username ...

  • Spending more time at school may increase intelligence, according to a study of Norwegian men. The research, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggested that an extra year in the ...

  • This rare Kiwi chick is betraying its ‘All Black’ heritage - because his feathers are snow white.The flightless bird’s unusual colouring gave keepers at Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife ...

BUSINESS More

  • AHMAD AHMADANIISLAMABAD - Ogra declining to purchase raw gas at accelerated pace in the interest of consumers has maintained that Latif gas field’s production plan will result in early ...

  • ISLAMABAD ( NNI) – Leading stockbroker of the country Arif Habib on Tuesday said economy is improving but we are faced with a bigger problem of perception which needs to be changed for the sake ...

  • KARACHI - Karachi Stock Exchange closed positively amid thin trade. Investor remained bullish in fertilizer stocks on higher local urea prices. The KSE 100-index inched up 0.01 percent or 1.03 points ...

  • ISLAMABAD (NNI) – The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) on Tuesday said government has been purposely delaying import of Iranian gas to please America which is damaging Pakistan’s ...

  • KARACHI – OMD worldwide, one of the largest and most innovative Media Buying & Planning specialists in the world, serves most successful and well-known global brands, with more than 140 ...

  •  ISLAMABAD (APP) – Chairman Intellectual Property Organization (IPO-Pakistan) Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi has said that Pakistan has great potential for local and foreign investment and it is ...

  • ISLAMABAD (APP)– The Oil and Gas Development Company Limited’s (OGDCL) is effectively contributing to overcome energy shortage and the recent oil discovery in Khyber Pakhtun-khawa ...

  • KARACHI - The dollar recorded strength against the rupee in the interbank market, dealers said Tuesday. It began the day’s trading at Rs89.41 for buying, rose 41 paisas and closed at Rs89.82 ...

  • KARACHI (APP) – The following rates will be applicable for conversion into rupees of Foreign Currency Deposits, Dollar Bearer Certificates, Foreign Currency Bearer Certificates, Special U.S. ...

  • KARACHI(APP) - State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) in its reverse repo open market operation in treasury bills and PakistanInvestment Bond has injected another Rs 49 billion on December 27, 2011. According ...

  • SIALKOT (APP) – President, Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) Naeem Anwar Qureshi in a joint meeting of Sialkot Chamber, Anjuman-e-Tajran and SE WAPDA, has expressed his concern ...

  • ISLAMABAD - The World Bank has observed that a comprehensive revenue mobilisation strategy is needed in Pakistan to confront economic challenges and the strategy should centred on structural reforms ...

  • FRANKFURT (AFP) - Eurozone banks deposited a record amount of overnight funds at the EC on Monday, official data showed Tuesday as banks remain extremely wary of lending to each other.Banks put 411.8 ...

  • KARACHI - Standard Chartered Bank announced the appointment of Naseer Hasan as the Head of Consumer Banking. He replaced Aalishaan Zaidi who has moved as Group Head of the Branch Management to ...

  • Lahore – Meezan Bank and Linde Pakistan Ltd. (formerly known as BOC Pakistan Limited) have entered into a Diminishing Musharakah Agreement for the setup of a new state-of-the-art Air Separation ...

  • KARACHI – The Chief Executive Officer of JSIL has announced interim distribution for JS Income Fund (JS IF), JS Cash Fund (JS CF) & JS Principal Secure Fund-I (JS PSF-I) for the half year ...

  • ISLAMABAD – PTCL has launched a unique customer complaint registration service via mobile SMS for its valued landline and broadband customers, says a press release.Customers can now register a ...

  • KARACHI – Al Meezan Investment Management Limited (Al Meezan) is pleased to announce another interim dividend payout for Meezan Sovereign Fund (MSF) @ Rs. 1.30 per unit and Meezan Cash Fund ...

  • ISLAMABAD (APP) – The govt is taking solid steps to timely complete the hydrocarbon projects in order to fulfill the country's energy requirements."The government is implementing a ...