JI seeks end to ?operation? in Balochistan

LAHORE: Jamaat-e-Islami has called for an immediate end to military operation in Balochistan, release of all political workers, grant of provincial au

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Four diplomats who can enter but can?t leave their country

ISLAMABAD: Four persons occupying important posts abroad can come to Pakistan but cannot fly back because their names exist in the Exit Control List (

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Jafaria Alliance supports Friday strike call

KARACHI: The Jafaria Alliance?s leader Allama Abbas Kumali has supported the strike call given by Sunni Rehbar Council for Friday.

Addressing a press conference, Kumali demanded the government to provide financial assistance to the affected traders.

He said Muharram activities are underway and government should improve the security condition.

He further said Ashura blast was a pre-planned conspiracy to destabilize the sectarian harmony and business activity in the city.

He urged scholars, intellectuals and media to defeat all the conspiracies.

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KCCI delegation calls on President at Bilawal House

KARACHI: President Asif Ali Zardari has said that terrorism is a curse for the nation and the government is making its all-out efforts to eliminate this evil from the country.

He said restoration of peace was essential for prosperity and economic development of Pakistan. The President was talking to a delegation of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCl) led by Siraj Qassim Teli, which called on him at Bilawal House, said a statement issued by Bilawal House media cell here on Wednesday. The delegation apprised the President about the losses suffered by the business and trade community, in the aftermath of gory incident of blast in Karachi on Youm-e-Ashur.

President Asif Ali Zardari expressed his grief and sorrow over the loss of precious human lives as well as economic loss to thousands of retailers, whole-sellers, traders and businessmen in Karachi.

He said incidents of looting and arson have doubled the grief and he expressed full sympathies with all the victims.

President Asif Ali Zardari said the government was fully aware about the agony of victims and advised the government to utilize all available resources to help the victims.

He stated that he would personally talk to Prime Minister Gilani to announce a special package for the affectees of this unfortunate incident.

The President also appreciated setting up of a special fund by the business community for the purpose of collecting donations from businessmen and philanthropists at the national level in order to help the victims. He said it was collective duty of the entire nation to heal the wounds of victims of Karachi blast.

The members of KCCl delegation who attended the meeting included Abdul Majeed, Haji Mohammad, Zubair Ahmed Motiwala, Tahir Khalique, Haroon Farooqi, and Abdul Majid Memon.

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?Attempt to turn fight against extremism into sectarian clash?

Karachi

It seems like a deliberate attempt is being made by extremists to turn the fight against militants into a sectarian clash, Senator Abba

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Pakistan gets early warning radar (UPI)

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 30 (UPI) — The Pakistani air force incorporated an early warning aircraft into its aerial fleet as part of an effort to modernize the military force.

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?PAF to receive 18 F-16s by July 2010?

KAMRA: Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman said on Tuesday that the Pakistan Air Force would receive 18 new F-16 planes by July

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?Foreign elements want to derail conspiracy?

LAHORE

PUNJAB Senior Minister Raja Riaz Ahmed has said some ?foreign elements? want to derail democracy in Pakistan but this conspiracy would b

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Secret files show UK lukewarm over Bhutto?s execution

LONDON: Britain was wary of exerting heavy pressure on Pakistan not to execute former prime minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in 1979, secret files release

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Rehman blames non-state actors for Karachi incidents

GWADAR: Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that the Karachi incidents are work of non-state actors, who want to ruin the country and democracy.

Speaking to media after cabinet?s meeting in Gwadar today, he urged the nation to demonstrate unity to fight this war like it had done in the 1965 war.

?There is a direct connection between Ashura blast and incidents of fire in Karachi,? he confirmed. The president, in his Dec 27 address, had talked about same non-state actors, who were working to ruin democracy in the country, said Malik.

The interior minister said that the government was holding inquiry why the fire brigade reached the scene so late. He said that investigation report on the Ashura blast would be out in four days.

Talking about the NFC award, he congratulated four provinces for this landmark achievement.

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