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LHC issues notices to election commissioner

Staff Report LAHORE: The Lahore High Court has accepted the Punjab government’s application for for the postponement of by-polls on three seats because of the terrorist threat. The court issued notices to the Pakistan Election Commissioner to appear in the court on October 2, 2009. The LHC, however, refused to issue a stay-order to stop…

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Tax targets not achieved

Staff Report ISLAMABAD: Two members and four commissioners of the Central Board of Revenue have been changed because of their failure to achieve tax targets during the first three months of the current fiscal year, said sources Tuesday. Ihsan-ul Haq, Member (Facilitation & Taxpayer Education), was transferred and appointed as a Member (FBR). Aziz Ahmed…

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Terrorist commander arrested in Buner

Staff Report BUNER: Security forces have arrested Commander Raza Khan in Buner, said sources Tuesday. The arrest was made during a search operation in the area of Jour Chowk of Buner. The terrorist has been shifted to an undisclosed location. An illegal Afghan immigrant was also arrested from the Shamozai area of Swat. SAMAA

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Protest against Kerry-Lugar bill Fri: JI

Staff Report ISLAMABAD: The Jamaat-e Islami (JI) has announced a countrywide protest against the 1.5-billion-dollar Kerry-Lugar bill in US assistance to Pakistan. JI leader Munawar Hassan said that his party was rejecting the Kerry-Lugar bill and a countrywide protest will be held on October 2, 2009. He addressed a press conference Tuesday, saying that the…

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Australian Clarke pulls out of Champions Trophy

SYDNEY: A nagging back injury has forced Australia vice-captain Michael Clarke to quit the Champions Trophy in South Africa and return home for treatment. Team physio Alex Kountouris said Clarke had been troubled by pain in his lower back since the recent one-day series in England and had been advised to take an immediate break….

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Forces arrest 24 terrorists

Staff Report RAWALPINDI: The forces arrested three terrorists from Alam Gang, four from Panidar Banda, 15 from Palai and four from Char Bagh, said the Inter-Services Public Relations Tuesday. On the other hand, seven terrorists surrendered in Barshore, Swat during a search operation, four others in Ranyal and five in Sarsani. Commander Umer Nawab in…

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Curfew imposed in Bannu

Staff Report BANNU: A curfew has been imposed in Bannu for an indefinite period due to the movement of army caravans there, said sources Tuesday. The curfew has been imposed on the Bannu-Haved road, the Bannu-Kaki road and the Bannu-Mundan road. and the caravans have left for different areas of Bannu, Jani Khel, Zoni Khel,…

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North Korea promises UN to combat nuclear proliferation

UNITED NATIONS: North Korea's atomic weapons were for deterrent purposes only and will be handled “in a responsible manner” to ensure there was no nuclear proliferation, a senior official said on Monday. But in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Vice Foreign Minister Pak Kil-yon said the Korean peninsula could only be denuclearized if…

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500 Americans in Islamabad: IG

Staff Report ISLAMABAD: The Inspector General of Islamabad Syed Kaleem Imam has said that there are 500 Americans staying in the city to help the Pakistani intelligence agencies. Imam said this while giving a statement in front of a standing committee of the national assembly on Tuesday. “These Americans have rented about 240 houses in…

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Interior Ministry takes notice of govt houses rented out

Staff Report ISLAMABAD: The interior ministry has told the police and intelligence agencies to provide details of all government houses that have been rented out. According to sources, an intelligence agency has stated in a report provided to the interior ministry that government officials have rented out their houses illegally. The houses are sometimes also…

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SAMAA VIDEO – Balochistan University

Noor Elahi Bugti reports on the re-opening of the Balochistan University which has remained closed for a month due to security concerns. (September 29, 2009)

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Pakistan warns India about low river flows

Staff Report ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has told India that if it does not use less water when the water levels in the rivers drop, its supplies would be affected. According to the Sindh Taas Agreement, Pakistan had sold its rights over the Ravi, Sutlej and Beas to India, but it has rights on the Chenab, Jhelum…

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Aseefa made UN polio representative

By Hassan Nasir ISLAMABAD: Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari, Benazir's youngest child, has been made Pakistan's special representative for polio to the United Nations. Federal Health Minister Aijaz Jakhrani told SAMAA that Aseefa will be given this task for the national polio campaign that will start Oct 10. The United Nations had expressed interest in tasking her with…

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EU authorises 2 swine flu vaccines

BRUSSELS: The European Commission said on Tuesday it has authorised two H1N1 swine flu vaccines for use in the European Economic Area this year, paving the way for mass vaccinations before the start of the flu season. Governments and drugmakers have been scrambling for vaccines to combat the new H1N1 flu strain before a feared…

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PML-N fielding candidates for all Gilgit seats

Staff Report LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz announced Tuesday that it would field candidates for all seats in the forthcoming general elections for the Gilgit-Baltistan assembly. Senator Raja Zafar-ul Haq said that his party has received four to five applications from candidates of each constituency. The candidates will be nominated for all 24 seats. Nawaz…

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US eye on Quetta Shoora: Patterson

Staff Report KARACHI: Washington is keeping an eye on Quetta where the Taliban are planning their activities using the name of Shoora, said US ambassador to Pakistan Ann W. Patterson Tuesday. According to a US newspaper, Patterson said that in the past, the attention of the US was on the Taliban rather than the Shoora…

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5 killed in US missile strike

Staff Report PESHAWAR: Five people have been killed and five were injured in a US missile strike in South Waziristan, SAMAA has learnt. Members of the political administration said that the Drone attacked in Sararogha and its target was a suspect Taliban centre. SAMAA

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England scores 146 v New Zealand

JOHANNESBURG: England were bowled out for 146 off 43.1 overs against New Zealand in their Champions Trophy Group B match in South Africa on Tuesday. Score: England 146 off 43.1 overs v New Zealand Earlier New Zealand won the toss and captain Daniel Vettori chose to bowl first in overcast conditions in their Champions Trophy…

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Minor girl raped, culprit arrested

Staff Report KARACHI: The Mauripur police have arrested a man who raped a minor girl Monday night. Abdul Shakoor, a resident of Tekri village, informed the police that his minor daughter, only seven years old, was raped by his landlord. The police arrested the man who has confessed. A medical investigation of the both the…

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LHC approves application seeking by-poll postponement

Staff Report LAHORE: The Lahore High Court has accepted an application seeking to postpone the by-polls and has issued notice to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) for October 2. The court has asked all candidates to state their respective points of view, following which a decision will be taken on Friday. The court also said…

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FATA MNAs submit resignation to PM

Staff Report ISLAMABAD: A number of influential members of the national assembly hailing from FATA submitted their resignations to Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani. Gillani had invited them to dinner Monday night at the PM House to discuss their demands, but talks failed. Talking to SAMAA, the parliamentary leader for FATA, Muneer Khan Orakzai,…

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