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SAMAA VIDEO – Husband tortures wife

SAMAA highlights how a underage wife was chained and tortured by her husband in Multan. (August 04, 2009)

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More displaced people head to Swat

By Abdur Rahman NOWSHERA: About 46 families are scheduled to leave the fast-emptying Jalozai camp Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. Government transport has been arranged for these families who are mostly destined to Swat and Bajaur. Even displaced people living outside the camp have registered and told the government that they will make their way back…

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Dialogue and engagement only way forward to improve Pak-India ties: FM

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Tuesday reiterating Pakistan's commitment to resume dialogue process with India said dialogue is the only way forward to improve the relations with India. Talking to newsmen after presiding over completion of 28th specialised training of foreign office officers at Foreign Office Training Academy here the Foreign Minister mutual cooperation…

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KBCA to demolish 16 ‘dangerous’ buildings

Staff Report KARACHI: The Karachi Building Control Authority (KBCA) has declared 16 more buildings to be ‘dangerous’ and initiated plans to demolish them. The KBCA’s action comes in the wake of two recent building collapses has taken strict notice of the buildings in the city which need attention of the authorities. The committee, formed on…

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SAMAA VIDEO – Gojra eyewitness

Eight Christians were burnt to death in Gojra Sunday in some of the worst sectarian violence the Punjab has seen. Here is what one of the witnesses had to say about the Taliban who came and attacked. Aug, 3, 2009

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Coordination between FO, NA necessary: Qureshi

By Ihtashamul Haq ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that coordination was necessary between the Foreign Office and the National Assembly Standing Committee for Foreign Affairs to boost foreign policy. Speaking on the completion of the 28th specialized training of foreign officers at the Foreign Office Training Academy on Tuesday, he suggested that…

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Pakistan’s top court issues seniority list

Staff Report ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Supreme Court issued on Tuesday a seniority list of its judges. According to list, the order of the Supreme Court judges is given as follows: Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, Justice Javed Iqbal, Justice Sardar Mohamamd Raza Khan Justice Khalil-ur Rehman Ramday, Justice Faqir Mohammad Khokhar, Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan, Justice…

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Pakistan suspects Al Qaeda allies killed Gojra Christians

ISLAMABAD: Islamist militants from groups linked to al Qaeda and the Taliban are suspected of being behind the mob violence that killed eight Christians in central Pakistan over the weekend, a senior government official said on Tuesday. The army is battling a Taliban insurgency in the northwest, and there are fears that jihadis based in…

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Iranian moderate vows to keep pressure on president

TEHRAN: Prominent defeated presidential candidate Mehdi Karoubi on Tuesday vowed to keep up pressure on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad whose re-election sparked off Iran's worst unrest since the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Ahmadinejad will be sworn in by parliament on Wednesday when the authorities will want to avoid any repeat of the street unrest after the…

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Swat fears Taliban comeback

MINGORA: Frightened civilians fear the Taliban will pounce again on Pakistan's Swat as residents try to rebuild shattered lives and shot nerves in the mountain valley once likened to Switzerland. Pakistan claims the military has “eliminated” the extremists, two years after they rose up under an militant cleric to enforce repressive Islamic laws and more…

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Balochistan judges resign

Balochistan judges resign

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Judges resign, Baloch court empties

Staff Report QUETTA: Five judges of the Balochistan High Court, including Chief Justice Amanullah Yaseenzai, submitted for early retirement Tuesday. These five judges have been affected by the Supreme Court verdict of July 31, declaring illegal Pervez Musharraf’s November 3, 2007 actions. These judges defied a seven-bench order and took oath under the PCO during…

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'Palestinians to keep resistance an option'

BETHLEHEM: President Mahmoud Abbas opened his Fatah movement's first congress in 20 years on Tuesday, saying Palestinians sought peace with Israel but “resistance” would remain an option. “Although peace is our choice, we reserve the right to resistance, legitimate under international law,” the Western-backed Abbas said in a policy speech, using a term that encompasses…

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SAMAA VIDEO – Punjab's Christians react to the Gojra tragedy

Umar Javed reports from Lahore's Younabad, a small community of Christians, about their reaction to the Gojra sectarian violence in which 8 Christians were killed. Aug 4, 2009

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SAMAA VIDEO – Pakistan's most dangerous jail

Ashique Hussain reports from Hyderabad on the goings on of its central jail. The man convicted of murdering US journalist Daniel Pearl, Omar Shaikh, was lodged here but had to be moved after a fight broke out there. Aug 4, 2009

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SAMAA VIDEO – Family attacked by police in Karachi

Khurram Gulzar reports on a family attacked by policemen in Karachi. Aug 3, 2009

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Pakistan passes domestic violence bill

By Tariq Zia ISLAMABAD: A bill on domestic violence has been passed by a majority in the Pakistan parliament. Rubina Saadaqat Qasimkhani, who is the chairwoman for the Standing Committee on Social Welfare and Special Education, enacted a charter for the promotion of an enabling environment that is free of violence, abuse and exploitation. This…

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Appeal filed on SC July 31 verdict

By Shahid Hussain LAHORE: A review petition has been filed on the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s July 31 verdict on the illegality of the Nov 3, 2007 actions taken by former president and military dictator Pervez Musharraf. The petitioner has taken the stand that four out of the five judges of the Supreme Judicial Council…

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SAMAA VIDEO – Gojra attacks

SAMAA shows the latest status of the victims in Gojra and the response from the government.

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9 rockets hit Kabul: Police

KABUL: Taliban militants fired at least nine rockets at Kabul just before daybreak on Tuesday, one of them falling near the US embassy in a rare attack on the Afghan capital less than three weeks before presidential elections. The explosions, heard by AP reporters, struck the east of the city, towards the international airport, just…

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3rd Ashes Test drawn

BIRMINGHAM: Michael Clarke scored a ton while Marcus North put up 96 runs in the second innings of the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston to secure a draw, leaving the series score still at 1-0 in England's favour. Although England were pushing hard for a second victory, the Australian batting managed to limit England to…

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