Friday, February 17, 2012

Karzai assured of help on peace

ISLAMABAD - Welcoming the presidents of Afghanistan and Iran, Pakistani leadership Thursday expressed its hope that trilateral summit would lead to enhanced cooperation for peace, security, stability and economic development in the region.The third round of trilateral summit being hosted by ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Welcoming the presidents of Afghanistan and Iran, Pakistani leadership Thursday expressed its hope that trilateral summit would lead to enhanced cooperation for peace, security, stability ...

  • IFTIKHAR ALAM LAHORE – Terming the Balochistan situation grave, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has called for seeking apology from the Baloch brothers for the excesses committed in the ...

  • ISLAMABAD - Attorney General Maulvi Anwar-ul-Haq on Thursday submitted four volumes of documentary evidence before the Supreme Court regarding contempt of court proceedings against Prime Minister ...

  • ISLAMABAD  - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday said that South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) has the potential to establish a regional bloc with collective goals, and ...

  • WASHINGTON – The United States has expressed deep concern over the rallies being staged by Difa-i-Pakistan Council across Pakistan.Responding to question ‘What’s US reaction to the ...

  • PARIS  - An international money-laundering watchdog added Pakistan, Indonesia, Ghana, Tanzania and Thailand on Thursday to its blacklist of nations that fail to meet international standards.The ...

  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Army on Thursday slammed Human Rights Watch (HRW) for its report that accused the country’s premier spy agency for killing a journalist in a press statement it issued last ...

  • PESHAWAR - At least 21 suspected militants were killed in two separate US drone attacks in North Waziristan Agency on Thursday. In the first attack, a US aircraft fired at least two missiles at about ...

  • LAHORE/KARACHI/PESHAWAR/QUETTA – Provincial election commissioners in Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta Thursday scrutinised nomination papers of the candidates for the Senate elections ...

  • LAHORE - After the US Congressional hearing on Balochistan, the foreign funded Baloch leaders have stepped up propaganda campaign against the government in an attempt to raise the issue with the ...

  • NEW YORK - The United States and Afghanistan governments have begun secret three-way talks with the Taliban, Afghan President Hamid Karzai told The Wall Street Journal, disclosing an important ...

  • ATTOCK - Difah-e-Pakistan Council leadership on Thursday strongly opposed the likely restoration of NATO supplies to Afghanistan and vowed to resist the move while considering it a humiliation for ...

  • ISLAMABAD - The assets of Senate nominees from Punjab Babar Awan, Aitzaz Ahsan, Zulfiqar Khosa and Zaffarullah have been challenged in the Election Commission.Baber Awan has assets worth Rs 20.5 ...

  • PESHAWAR – As many as nine militants were killed while five others were injured when security forces pounded suspected militant hideouts with gunship helicopters and fighter jets in Mamozai ...

  • UPPER DIR - A suicide bomber killed three persons including the son of a tribal militia chief and injuring four others in Upper Dir on Thursday.The bomber and another suspected militant were spotted ...

  • QUETTA – A local trader was killed by some unidentified miscreants in Khuzdar district, 360 kms southeast of Quetta, on Thursday. According to police sources, Hafiz Abdul Qadir Gulamani, a ...

  • ISLAMABAD  - The US Embassy has said Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan remains closed to Nato despite comments by a senior Pakistani official that seemed to indicate the coalition would ...

  • Islamabad  - President Asif Ali Zardari has summoned the fresh session of the Upper House of the Parliament on Friday (today). The 78th session of the Senate has been summoned to get the 20th ...

  • MULTAN - The 21st century might have brought the message of freedom from polio for highly polio-endemic countries like India, it has taken Pakistan back to the point it stood at the beginning of this ...

  • QUETTA - The Chairman of Senate’s Functional Committee on Human Rights Senator Afrasiab Khattak has said that recommendations regarding installation of jammers in all prisons of Balochistan and ...

  • PESHAWAR - At least seven persons including four police personnel were injured when some unknown miscreants hurled a hand grenade at a police vehicle in Sirband area of Peshawar on Thursday.According ...

  • QUETTA - A bomb blast occurred at Sariab Road of Quetta on Thursday while law- enforcement agencies claimed to have foiled a massive terrorist bid by recovering huge quantity of explosives in ...

  • QUETTA – JUI-F provincial Salar Haji Muhammad Sadiq Noorzai was kidnapped by unknown persons from Link Sariab Road in Quetta, while his party announced a two-day shutter-down strike in the ...

  • ATHENS  - NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Thursday the Western alliance would maintain military pressure on Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan in parallel with efforts to ...

  • WASHINGTON – The United States and Pakistan have ruled out ‘divorce’ as they work to rebuild trust in their troubled relationship, stressing its importance to both countries. ...

  • RAWALPINDI - After the failure of Commissioner Rawalpindi, DCO has jumped into the arena to clean the main artery of the city from the powerful vehicle dealers by imposing section 144 on the sale and ...

  • MULTAN - The 21st century might have brought the message of freedom from polio for highly polio-endemic countries like India, it has taken Pakistan back to the point it stood at the beginning of this ...

  • MULTAN - Punjab Assembly Deputy Speaker Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan has said that his party will not topple federal government to prevent the looters of national wealth becoming an aggrieved party to ...

  • HAFIZABAD - With another abduction of a young man in Norozepur area on Thursday, kidnappings for ransom in the district are ballooning out of control. Liaquat Ali Tarar was heading towards his ...

  • SIALKOT - PPP MPA Ch Tahir Mehmood Hundali Advocate has called upon the masses to make unity in their ranks and cooperate with the government in tackling the internal and external challenges. ...

  • BAHAWALNAGAR - Some armed accomplices of two accused persons including a proclaimed offender Thursday got them free from the custody of Saddar Police here in Haroonabad, a source told TheNation on ...

  • SIALKOT - The Gepco staff and officials Thursday observed strike and kept their offices locked in Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial, Pasrur, Satrah, Badiana and Chawinda as a protest against the proposed ...

  • KHANEWAL - A bank manager died in collision between a train and his car. Abul Hasnat Anjum Saleem, resident of Kabirwala, was the manager at Punjab Provincial Cooperative Bank, Katcha Khu Branch. He ...

  • KHARIAN CANTT - Saddar police booked 13 persons, including four nominated accused and nine unidentified persons, in a murder case on Thursday.Police had registered a case under sections 302, 148, 149 ...

  • HAFIZABAD - As many as 153 teachers, including 89 female teachers, have been recruited in the district and the appointment letters have been handed over to the new appointees, the DCO ...

  • ARIFWALA - Angry mob blocked road by setting alight a bus, which had crushed a student to death and left another injured here on Thursday.The speeding bus ran over two 9th class students namely Anas ...

  • TOBA TEK SINGH - A trailer-laden with yarn was snatched by dacoits here near Nawan Lahore area on Jhang-Faisalabad Road the other night.The trailer’s owner Salim of Gatwala informed the police ...

  • MULTAN - The Sindh Taas Water Council (STWC) has decided to launch a drive to protect Pakistani rivers from illegal Indian occupation and the movement will start from Multan from February 23.This was ...

  • GUJRANWALA - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Makhdoom Javed Hashmi has warned America, India and Israel that the days of their “boot-polishers” are numbered and now they would have to ...

  • KHANEWAL - Traders, civil society, religious and educational circles and especially government employees have demanded Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Punjab Transport Minister, commissioner ...

  • CHINIOT - Many parts of the district remained under darkness due to unannounced power outages here the other day. The unscheduled load-shedding irked the traders who complained that long hour power ...

  • RAHIM YAR KHAN - A workshop titled Mango Stakeholders to share the research findings of orchards rating, post harvest, disease management and international markets conducted under Australia-Pakistan ...

  • SARGODHA - The anti-corruption police have received three-day physical remand of a Grade-19 officer.The court of Senior Civil Judge Azharul Haq Alvi remanded Improvement Trust Officer Raja Asghar ...

  • OKARA - The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Wednesday took out a grand rally against loadshedding, price hike and attack on the party’s public meeting in Swabi KP.The rally started from Kherl ...

  • SARGODHA - A recklessly driven van ran over two students at Jhal Chakian Road here the other day.As per details, the victim students of Government High School Haidar Abad Town, 17-year-old Tanvir ...

  • DASKA - The inordinate delay in removal of all pylons from Daska city’s three main roads by the Gepco and PTCL is causing severe hindrances in the smooth flow of traffic, it has been ...

  • DASKA - As many as 28km-long main Daska-Pasrur Road has become dilapidated as three to four-feet deep ditches appeared on it and waiting for the attention of local elected public representatives.This ...

  • SIALKOT - The pace of development work on the Sports Industries Development Centre (SIDC) has been geared up that would be completed at a cost of Rs435.64 million. The SIDC is expected to start its ...

  • HAFIZABAD - DCO Muhammad Asif has stressed the need for strict monitoring of anti-polio campaign being launched in the district from February 20-23.Reviewing arrangements made to launch three-day ...

  • RAHIM YAR KHAN - This is the collective duty of all the citizens to eliminate illiteracy from the district through integration and objective utilisation of district resources, said EDO Zahoor Hussain ...

  • OKARA - A youth was killed and two others injured as a result of the firing conducted by their rivals in Khola area here the other day. The victim was identified as Saleem and the injured as Iqbal ...

  • MUZAFFARGARH - A young man was rushed to Multan’s Nishtar hospital after he set himself on fire, over a family dispute.According to details, 30-year-old Muhammad Ijaz had come to meet his wife, ...

  • KHARIAN CANTT - Police recovered 106 bottles of liquor on Thursday. In a raid on Karimpura area, the police seized 106 liquor bottles and also held the bootlegger, Sohail alias Sani. A case has been ...

INTERNATIONAL More

  • Osama bin Laden lusted after Whitney Houston, dreamed of marrying her and at one point even plotted to murder her husband Bobby Brown, a new book has claimed.The incredible account of the ...

  • NEW YORK - A prominent human rights watchdog group has called on the International Olympic Committee to consider barring Saudi Arabia from the Games unless the country moves swiftly to get women onto ...

  • MOGADISHU - Hundreds of Somalis fled their homes Thursday fearing clashes after African Union troops attacked holdout Islamist Shebab militia positions on the outskirts of the war-wracked capital ...

  • BEIJING  - Fifteen miners died and another three were injured when a tramcar derailed in a coal mine in central China, authorities said Thursday, in the latest accident to hit the dangerous ...

  • JERUSALEM  - An Israeli defence official on Thursday denied a Kuwaiti report that Israel’s Mossad spy agency had foiled an Iranian plot to assassinate Defence Minister Ehud Barak during a ...

  • PARIS  - France and Britain are to launch a joint project to build air combat drones during a visit by Prime Minister David Cameron to Paris, Les Echos daily reported on Thursday. Cameron and ...

  • FRANKFURT  - Frankfurt airport, Europe’s third busiest hub, braced for travel chaos Thursday, with as many as half of all flights cancelled due to a strike by airport tarmac workers over ...

  • PARIS  - The French presidential election campaign got under way in earnest Thursday after Nicolas Sarkozy staked a claim to be the only leader strong enough to see France through unprecedented ...

  • JERUSALEM  - At least eight Palestinian children and a teacher were killed Thursday when an articulated lorry skidded on a wet road in the West Bank and collided with a school bus, police and ...

  • KANO, Nigeria  - Suspected Islamist gunmen bombed their way into a prison in central Nigeria before opening fire on the wardens and emptying the jail of its 200 inmates, a spokeswoman said ...

  • DAMASCUS  - Syrian armour moved on the main hubs of an 11-month uprising Thursday, with at least 22 killed in clashes, monitors said, a day after President Bashar al-Assad set a vote for a new ...

  • SAO PAULO  - Brazil’s conjoined twins Israel and Levi were separated successfully Wednesday at Maternity Hospital of Goiania in a surgery that lasted nearly 10 hours, the twins’ ...

  • SANAA  - The killing of a local Al-Qaeda leader by his half brother sparked vicious tribal infighting in his stronghold southeast of Yemen’s capital Sanaa on Thursday which left 17 people ...

  • TEHRAN  - Iran on Thursday expressed hopes of reviving moribund talks with world powers, a day after the Islamic republic unveiled what it described as major progress in its controversial ...

  • Since the breakup of the Ottoman Empire, Western military and political interference has had a role in all major transformations in the Arab world and the region in general. After European ...

  • FAREED ZAKARIAWe are hearing a new concept these days in discussions about Iran — the zone of immunity. The idea, often explained by Ehud Barak, Israel’s defence minister, is that soon ...

  • President Obama’s outreach to the Muslim Brotherhood began three years ago in his famous June 2009 speech in Cairo. Ten members of the Brotherhood were invited to listen to the address, and ...

SPORTS More

  • KARACHI  - Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar feels that the national cricket team is making a fool out of itself in the ongoing one-day series against England in UAE."They have made a ...

  • SYDNEY  - Sri Lanka's sprightly cricketers will look to end their winless streak when they take on an Australia sans talismanic skipper Michael Clarke in the tri-series one-dayer on Friday.Lying ...

  • Lahore - The meeting between Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Chuadhry Zaka Ashraf and Interior Minister Rehman Malik which was scheduled to be held on Thursday has been postponed due to ...

  • SYDNEY : Andrew Symonds, the former Australia allrounder, has announced his retirement from professional cricket, citing family reasons. He hasn't played for Australia since being sent home from the ...

  • HAROON SIDDIQUISkipper Misbah-ul-Haq defensive captaincy, sloppy fielding and poor keeping let Pakistan down in the second one-day international by 20 runs as at one stage Pakistan was in control of ...

  • PATTAYA  - Japan's Ai Miyazato put on a performance to match the sizzling heat as she fired a five-under 67 to take the first round lead in the $1.5 million Honda LPGA Thailand tournament ...

  • DOHA  - Caroline Wozniacki, playing her first match since losing her world number one ranking, crashed out of the Qatar Open on Wednesday, squandering three match points in a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) ...

  • PARIS  - Arsenal saw their European dreams put through the San Siro shredder on Wednesday when AC Milan handed out a record 4-0 rout in their Champions League last 16 first leg clash.A ...

  • KARACHI - ANISUDDIN KHAN-  In one of the best golf seen after a long time at Karachi Golf Club (KGC) M Munir of Islamabad fired six-under par-66 in the third and final round to play a gross 204 ...

  • Lahore - PPCBL Lahore will play against Bank of Khyber Peshawar while State Bank of Pakistan Karachi will take on UBL Karachi in the semi-finals of the eighth  State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) ...

  • LONDON  - Organisers of the London 2012 Olympics have been accused in a report published on Thursday of damaging public confidence in the Games by being unduly secretive about the issue of ...

  • LAHORE – Kinnaird Club (KC) set up a final clash with Garrison Club after crushing Universal Club by 234 runs in the Lahore Region Senior Inter-district Women Cricket Championship match here at ...

  • LAHORE - Pakistan national 7s team returned from Bangkok Thailand last night after taking part in the prestigious HSBC Rugby 7s Series Tournament. Pakistan surprised all expectations by beating UAE ...

  • RAWALPINDI - Government College for Women Satellite Town won the Pindi Board Girls Athletics Championship with 49 points while Punjab College for Information Technology finished runners up with 16 ...

  • LAHORE - The third phase of the Punjab Sports Festival has started in all 26 districts of the province. The opening ceremonies of Inter Tehsil competitions of Punjab Sports Festival were held at ...

  • SYDNEY :Batsman Shaun Marsh is hoping a series of net sessions with his dad and former Australia coach Geoff can help him recapture his best form. Marsh faces a major struggle to hold onto his Test ...

  • DUBAI - Return-to-form batsman Ravi Bopara on Wednesday warned England to avoid any complacency against a dangerous Pakistan team despite racing into a 2-0 lead in their one day international ...

  • SYDNEY  - Stand-in Australian captain Ricky Ponting says he is optimistic paceman Brett Lee will recover from a broken toe to take his place in the one-day side to face Sri Lanka on Friday.Lee ...

  • WELLLINGTON  -The two marquee contests of the season, Australia v India and Pakistan v England, turned out to be one-sided affairs, so attention will turn to this for the more even battle that ...

BUSINESS More

  • ISLAMABAD - The sixth meeting of the South Asian Free Trade Area Ministerial Council on Thursday agreed to reduce their respective sensitive lists under SAFTA in order to increase the trade in the ...

  • KARACHI - PIA and Airbus signed an agreement for transfer of ownership of six A310 aircraft, which were acquired by the airline on lease in year 2004.Transfer of ownership of the six aircraft to the ...

  • ISLAMABAD - A German delegation consisting of leading solar energy producing companies on Thursday showed keen interest in establishing solar energy production systems to stabilize the industrial ...

  • KARACHI – Stocks turned bullish with higher volumes on Thursday after record earnings announcements by Engro and renewed institutional and foreign interest. The KSE 100-index posted a fresh ...

  • ISLAMABAD  - Indian businessmen urged Pakistan on Wednesday to speed up normalisation of trade and travel ties between the two countries, after India’s commerce minister arrived in ...

  • PARIS – The Ambassador of Pakistan Shafkat Saeed has said that Pakistan’s Textile products have great potential of finding more space in European markets. He was talking to Mr. Sherppe, ...

  • BEIJING  - Foreign direct investment in China fell in January for the third straight month, figures showed Thursday, and a commerce official warned of a tough year ahead due to the European debt ...

  • KARACHI  - Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves rose to $16.77 billion in the week ending Feb. 10, compared with $16.69 billion the previous week, the State Bank said on Thursday.Reserves ...

  • KARACHI : In the currency market, the rupee ended almost flat at 90.68/73 to the dollar, compared with Wednesday's close of 90.68/72 but dealers expect pressure to continue as international oil ...

  • LAHORE – Residents of Gari Shahu area in Baja Line held a reception in honour of central leader of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf, Abdul Aleem Khan and expressed their gratitude on getting relief for ...

  • KARACHI –  Bank AL Habib Monthly Saver Account is geared towards promoting the habit of saving. The Account offers monthly returns and no restriction on withdrawals. The profit is ...

  • KARACHI – The Affiliation Committee issued a notification for the affiliation of Hashmi Media Institute (HMI) for the introduction of M.A Mass Communication programme. The Institute will ...

  • KARACHI- In line with its sustained efforts to facilitate customers with value-added services, Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has reversed call set-up charges for Vfone, bringing ...

  • LAHORE – The Advisory Committee of National Pharmaceutical Alliance has said that this was a positive step by Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces to pass the Drug Regulatory Authority Bill. ...

  • LAHORE - The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry Thursday won the help and support of Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) over OIC Ambassadors Roundtable to strengthen liaison and boost trade with ...

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  • LAHORE  – Pakistan Railways with tall claims of introducing business trains and upgraded services has not yet succeeded to normalize the operation of the passengers' trains.Prolonged delay ...

  • LONDON  - Oil prices steadied on Thursday as some traders took profits from bumper gains the previous day when the market had spiked higher after Iran warned it could slash exports to six EU ...

  • ISLAMABAD - Federal Minister for Professional and Technical Training Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada has said that progress requires technology and technology requires qualified manpower. Persisting brain ...

  • KARACHI – Advisor to Prime Minister on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh Sheikh has said that hopefully remittances will reach $12 billion during the current fiscal year.While talking to the ...

  • LAHORE - Local fertilizer manufacturing plants were forced to shut down for over six months last year, causing shortage of urea and subsequent price hike by whooping 141 per cent in just 2 years. The ...