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Miandad forms Media Committee

Director General PCB Javed Miandad Thursday formed a Media Coordination Committee comprising of senior journalists for running the media affairs during the two ODIs and One test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at national Stadium. The committee shall be the platform for resolving any issue pertaining to the media. It shall further look to…

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Verdict in Farah marks case today

Chief Justice Islamabad High Court, (IHC) Justice Sardar Muhammad Aslam Thursday reserved verdict in Farah Hameed Daodgar case after completing the hearing of legal challenge to the jacking up of her marks in FSc annual examination. Fate of Farah, the daughter of the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar, hangs in balance,…

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US, UAE sign civilian nuclear energy deal

The United States and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Friday signed a deal to cooperate in civilian nuclear energy, which Washington says contrasts with Iran's defiant nuclear ambitions. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her UAE counterpart Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nayhan signed the document laying out what the US called ‘the legal framework’ for…

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Gilani urges Friends of Pakistan to help in capacity building of LEA

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has urged the Friends of Pakistan to help build the capacity of Pakistan's Law Enforcing Agencies (LEA) and participate in development projects particularly in FATA and NWFP. The Prime Minister was talking to Randolph Mank, new High Commissioner of Canada here at Prime Minister House Thursday. He said…

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Pakistan army can meet any challenge: Kayani

RAWALPINDI: The 62nd Formation Commanders' Conference chaired by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani was held here on Thursday at General Headquarters. The conference was attended by Corps Commanders, Principal Staff Officers and Formation Commanders. The participants were given a comprehensive briefing on the prevailing security environment. Kayani said that the…

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Israel kills senior most Hamas leader Said Siam

JERUSALEM: The Israeli military claimed on Thursday to have killed one of the most senior Hamas leaders in Gaza, interior minister Said Siam. Hamas TV confirmed the killing. “In a joint operation of the IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) and the Shin Beth (internal security) a short while ago, jets attacked a building in Gaza while…

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Pakistan sets up three-member commission to probe Mumbai incident

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Government has finalised names of three officials in connection with formation of a high level commission to investigate the Mumbai attacks. The commission headed by the Additional Director General FIA, Javed Iqbal, comprises Khalid Qureshi and Liaquat Ali Khan as its members. According to sources the option of sending the commission to…

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'Fair trial' of Mumbai suspects in Pakistan acceptable to India

NEW DELHI: Indian Foreign Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee in an interview to Zee TV has said that India has given up on its insistence that Pakistan hand over the Mumbai attack suspects. In a new move he said that the government would also accept their “fair trial” in Pakistan. “There should at least be a…

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We will succeed against terrorism, militancy: Zardari

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday said that defeat was not an option in the war against terrorism and militancy and we have to triumph to protect and defend our way of life. “Let me also tell you that we are fated to succeed in this war no matter what the odds and what…

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Top Afghan military general, at least 13 others die in helicopter crash

HERAT: A top military general for western Afghanistan and a dozen other people died when an Afghan army helicopter crashed into a mountain Thursday, military officials said. “One of our helicopters crashed into a mountain due to bad weather,” said Basir Khan Ghori, spokesperson for the military corps in western Afghanistan. “At this stage we…

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French filmmaker and producer Claude Berri dies at 74

PARIS: French filmmaker and producer Claude Berri, whose works included the two-part saga on life in Provence “Jean de Florette” and “Manon des Sources”, died Monday, aged 74, his agent said. A pillar of the French film industry who produced a string of successes including last year's surprise hit “Bienvenue Chez les Ch'tis”, Berri passed…

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Lebanese composer Mansour Rahbani dies at 83

BEIRUT: Lebanese composer Mansour Rahbani, well-known in the Arab world along with his brother Assi for their role in musical and theatrical revival, died on Tuesday following a bout of pneumonia. He was 83. “We have lost the last of the great ones,” Lebanese poet and playwright Paul Shawul said. “Mansour has joined his second…

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Patterson meets Zardari, discusses India-Pakistan tension

ISLAMABAD: U.S. ambassador Anne W. Paterson had a one-on-one meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr and discussed matters relating to India-Pakistan tensions. During the meeting Zardari termed what he called “the unabated flow of threatening statements of India as deplorable despite Pakistan's positive response”. This is the third meeting between Patterson…

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Ban on JuD websites, activities but India must provide evidence

ISLAMABAD: Addressing a press conference here on Thursday Advisor to the Prime Minister on Interior Rehman A. Malik has said that all six websites of the Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) have been shut down and banned and their two offices, 87 schools and several religious seminaries, or madrasas, have also been closed down. He said, the Federal…

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Police rounds up more than dozen militants in Karachi

KARACHI: Pakistani police arrested more than a dozen Islamist militants in the southern city of Karachi on Thursday after a gunbattle following a pre-dawn raid on their hideout, officials said. Two policemen were killed and nine wounded before the militants' resistance was broken after several hours of shooting. The raid came as tension is running…

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Repeal of 17th Amendment top priority of PPP: Gilani

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani Thursday said Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) was committed to the repeal of the 17th Amendment and would support a joint bill in this regard. Talking to reporters following a briefing at the Information Ministry, Gilani said “one should not feel that other parties are taking the lead and…

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Pakistan calls Indian army's comments 'most unfortunate'

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday blamed India for increasing tension between the two countries in the wake of the Mumbai attacks, terming the remark made by indian army chief as most unfortunate. The statement from the foreign ministry in Islamabad was the latest in a series of tit-for-tat accusations between the neighbours in the six weeks…

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India had intelligence on terrorists' phone no.s five days before Mumbai attack

MUMBAI: India government had received vital and critical intelligence five days before Mumbai attacks which had been simply ignored. According to Indian web site Tehlka.com, sources in the highest quarters in New Delhi have told that the mobile numbers that were used by the Mumbai terrorists were available with the Intelligence Bureau at least five…

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Hamas talks on ceasefire, Gaza death toll passes 1,000

GAZA: Hamas officials were negotiating a ceasefire on Wednesday as Israeli forces kept up pressure in the Gaza Strip, where the Palestinian death toll rose above 1,000 after 19 days of air and ground attacks. Intensive talks took place in Cairo on an Egyptian truce proposal, but sticking points remained. A senior Beirut-based Hamas official,…

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Miscreants kill at least two policemen in Sohrab Goth, injure 11 others

KARACHI: Two police officials were killed while eleven others including the head of anti-violence crime cell SSP Farooq Awan and an ASI were critically injured during a clash with miscreants in Sohrab Goth area early Thursday. Heavy troops of Police and Rangers have cordoned off the area and exchange of fire between security officials and…

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Australia-SA first ODI today

MELBOURNE: The first One-day International between Australia and South Africa will be played here tomorrow. Graeme Smith, captain of South Africa, is not taking part in the five-ODI series due to finger injury. Though South Africa won the recently-played three-Test series 2-1 against Australia but afterwards, they faced defeat in two successive Twenty20 matches. Australian…

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