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Baloch liberation group claims UNHCR kidnapping

QUETTA: An organisation calling itself the Baloch Liberation United Front has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of the UNHCR's Balochistan chief John Solecki. This information came in the form of a telephone call from an unknown location from a person identified as Mir Shehak Baloch. “We want the United Nations to secure the release of…

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February 7, 2009

 

Richard Holbrooke to visit Pakistan from Feb 9 to 12

ISLAMABAD: US Special Representative Richard Holbrooke will visit Pakistan from February 9 to 12 to hold in-depth talks with Pakistani officials, with a view to further strengthening of bilateral ties between Pakistan and the United States. During his first visit, in his capacity as the Special Representative, Holbrooke will call on the President and the…

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February 7, 2009

 

FIH releases free hit rules

ISLAMABAD: International Hockey Federation (FIH) has released the revised free hit rules because of the great interest in them, said an FIH dispatch available here Friday. The next Rules of Hockey will take affect from May 1, 2009 and the full set of rules will be published as soon as possible. The text of the…

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February 7, 2009

 

Pakistan pulls out of Asian U-21 Snooker

KARACHI: Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association (PBSA) has pulled out of Asian Under-21 Snooker Championship schedule to be held in Pune (India) from April 18 to 24. “Considering the scenario and advise of sports ministry, we have decided not to send the team to Pune,” PBSA President Alamgir Anwar Shaikh told APP on Saturday. PBSA…

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February 7, 2009

 

Kidnapped Polish engineer killed by Taliban in tribal clash: Aurackzai tribe sources

PESHAWAR: A Polish engineer was killed in a clash that erupted between two tribal groups, sources in the Aurackzai tribe have told SAMAA. The AFP reported that the Taliban said Saturday it had killed the Polish engineer Piotr Stanczak who was kidnapped last year in Pakistan. The Polish embassy in Islamabad was not able to…

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February 7, 2009

 

Vajpayee hospitalised for respiratory tract infection

NEW DELHI: Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was being treated for a respiratory tract infection in a New Delhi hospital's intensive care unit, local media reported Saturday. Vajpayee, 84, was put on ventilation Friday when doctors said his condition worsened. He was admitted to the hospital Tuesday after complaints of fever and chest congestion….

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February 7, 2009

 

Vajpayee's condition serious

Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is in a serious condition with his health deteriorating further on Saturday following lower respiratory tract infection. “He is in a serious but stable condition and continues to be on mechanical ventilation following lower respiratory tract infection,” All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) medical superintendent DK Sharma told…

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February 7, 2009

 

Raza, Zeeshan win in Karachi Club Handicap Snooker

KARACHI: Raza Junaid and Zeeshan Shaikh registered victories in the second round of the Handicap Snooker Tournament at the Karachi Club's Amir Bakhsh Billiards Hall on Friday. Raza Junaid out-potted promising Baqar Kamani in straight frames 79-44, 88-78 while Zeeshan Shaikh beat Ahad Ali Khan 2-1. Zeeshan won 46-55, 60-37, 64-32. Favourites Naveen Perwani and…

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February 7, 2009

 

West Indies edge 34 runs ahead of England

KINGSTON: West Indies edged 34 runs ahead after closing day three of the first Test with England at Sabina Park on 352-7. Skipper Chris Gayle, reprieved after a referral on 85, made his first Test ton on his home Jamaica turf and shared 202 with Ramnaresh Sarwan who struck 107. Stuart Broad took two wickets…

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February 7, 2009

 

Tribal areas to get Rs.11 BN a year now: Zardari

PESHAWAR: President Asif Ali Zardari has increased to Rs.11 billion an annual development package of eight billion rupees for the tribal areas. Included in this are Rs.2.8 million for people affected by the operation. He said he had spoken to US officials about putting an end to the missle attacks. He said to the jirga…

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February 7, 2009

 

Ferrell's Bush divides US critics

NEW YORK: Comedian Will Ferrell has divided theatre critics on the opening night of his new Broadway show in which he plays former US president George W Bush. “I laughed, I yawned,” wrote the New York Times critic of the 90-minute monologue, You're Welcome America. USA Today called the show, in which Ferrell makes his…

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February 7, 2009

 

Pakistan insists Khan network dismantled

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's government is defending its decision to ease restrictions on Abdul Qadeer Khan, the scientist at the center of the world's largest nuclear smuggling ring. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said in remarks broadcast by Pakistan's Express News channel on Saturday that the government had extracted the necessary information from Khan and broken his…

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February 7, 2009

 

CDA grilled on deaths on Islamabad Expressway

ISLAMABAD: Watchdog Public Accounts Committee has questioned the Capital Development Authority over the deaths of 15 people on the Islamabad expressway due to design and execution flaws.The CDA replied that the accidents had happened because overhead pedestrian bridges were not built. Committee chairman Chaudhry Nisar wanted an explanation on why certain flaws were not corrected….

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February 7, 2009

 

More than just troops needed in Afghanistan: FO

MUNICH: Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Friday (February 6) that more will have to be done than just increasing U.S. troop numbers in Afghanistan in order to stabilise the the country. “I would advocate that along with a military surge we've got to have a civilian surge as well, and that would…

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February 7, 2009

 

Pakistan wants no-strings aid from US: diplomat

LONDON: Aid from the Obama administration to Pakistan should come without strings attached, Pakistan's ambassador to the US said in a newspaper interview published Saturday. Husain Haqqani told the Financial Times (FT) that “assistance that is conditional is never good”. His comments came after US Vice President Joe Biden said Friday the Obama administration would…

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February 7, 2009

 

Afghan official killed by Taliban gunmen

KABUL, Afghanistan: An Afghan official says that Taliban gunmen have shot and killed a provincial council member in eastern Afghanistan. Fazel Hadi Muslimyar, the head of the provincial council in Nangarhar province, says council member Qari Khan Mohamamd was shot by militants as he was traveling Saturday toward Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar. Muslimyar says…

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February 7, 2009

 

Militants kill 7 police in Mianwalli attack

ISLAMABAD: Suspected militants shot dead two policemen and blew up a checkpost killing five more in an attack in the central Pakistani town of Mianwali on Saturday, police said. “Seven of our men have died in the attack that appears to be part of terrorist activity being carried out by militants across the country,” Malik…

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February 7, 2009

 

We want Mumbai probe to be open to examination: FO

MUNICH: Pakistan wants the Mumbai investigations to be fair and transparent and open to examination, said Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi when asked about relations between Pakistan and India. On the issue of a report set to be published by Pakistan next week on its investigation into November's militant attacks in the Indian city of…

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February 7, 2009

 

World lauds Pakistani lawyers' movement

RAWALPINDI: The judiciary opposed a dictator for the first time and faced the consequences on November 3, said deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry addressing the Rawalpindi Bar Association here on Saturday. Further into the press conference, he said, compromise is not our game and the people worldwide have recognised that the Pakistani lawyers have…

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February 7, 2009

 

Rashid Latif to lead Lashing World XI in Emirates Palace Cricket Festival

KARACHI: Former Pakistan Captain Rashid Latif will lead Lashing World XI in the second Emirates Palace Cricket Festival being held in Abu Dhabi from February March 24-31, it was announced on Saturday. Lashings World XI will take on an Abu Dhabi CC Chairman's XI and an Etihad XI. It will also include two former Pakistan…

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February 7, 2009

 

Angelina Jolie visits Myanmar refugee camp in Thailand

MAE HONG SON: U.S. actress Angelina Jolie, a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations refugee agency, visited a Myanmar refugee camp in the northern province of Thailand on Wednesday (February 4). Jolie was accompanied with her partner Brad Pitt to Ban Mai Nai Soi refugee camp in Mae Hong Son province. The area is home…

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February 7, 2009

 
 
 
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