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PHF to offer contracts similar to PCB

LAHORE: Following the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) is considering to provide central contracts to hockey players and initially 25 players will be awarded the central contracts. Sources told Geo News that the officials of the PHF have prepared a draft of the central contract and president PHF Qasim Zia will…

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February 4, 2009

 

Bilawal, Ahsan reach Sindh Junior Snooker last-16

KARACHI: Top seed Agha Bilawal and fourth seed Ahsan Raza stormed into the last 16 stage of Sindh Junior Cup Snooker Tournament after winning their matches with identical 3-1 margins at the Aly’s Snooker Club on Wednesday. Bilawal dropped the penultimate frames before beating Zamir Ahmed 64-28, 67-18, 49-54, 60-39. Ahsan, on the other hand,…

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February 4, 2009

 

Australia name 14-member squad for SA

SYDNEY: Australia's selection panel has announced a 14-member team for the tour of South Africa here on Thursday. The new team is the most inexperienced touring party in two decades. Three new players have been included in the squad for the three-Test series beginning from February 26 while Andrew Symonds has been dropped for his…

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February 4, 2009

 

US plan to arm militias scares some in Afghanistan

MAIDAN SHAHR: A U.S.-backed plan to create militias and give them guns to fight the Taliban is drawing criticism from local authorities in areas where the first units are being rolled out, raising questions as to whether the effort can succeed in Afghanistan. The militias have been compared to the U.S.-fostered Awakening Councils in Iraq,…

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February 4, 2009

 

Latest Ajmal Kasab pictures surface

NEW DELHI: Nailing Pakistan's claims that Ajmal Kasab was ‘dead’, TV channel Times Now has got access to the latest pictures of the lone surviving terrorist of the November 26, Mumbai attacks. In a picture, Kasab is seen with a bandage on his hands. He also has a handcuff around his left hand but, the…

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February 4, 2009

 

Guantanamo lawyer says Britain agreed 'illegal' US demands

LONDON: The lawyer for a British resident being held in Guantanamo Bay Wednesday accused Britain of giving in to “illegal demands” from the US after a court decided not to release evidence about alleged torture. Binyam Mohamed, an Ethiopian national who moved to Britain in 1994 when he was 16, was arrested in Pakistan in…

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February 4, 2009

 

Power plant deal inked with UAE

ABU DHABI: The United Arab Emirates inked on Wednesday a Memorandum of Understanding to hand over a 320 MW gas-fired power plant to Pakistan. The ceremony was witnessed by President Asif Ali Zardari who was here on a private visit. Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf signed the agreement with UAE Sheikh Dhiyab…

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February 4, 2009

 

Taliban kidnap 29 Pakistani soldiers, policemen

MINGORA: Pakistani Taliban kidnapped 29 paramilitary soldiers and policemen on Wednesday, police said, as the militants intensified their campaign against government forces. Security has deteriorated sharply in northwestern areas along the Afghan border as well as the Swat valley, where troops are struggling to stem spreading Taliban influence. In the latest violence, militants attacked a…

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February 4, 2009

 

At least 10 NATO containers set ablaze in Khyber Agency

PESHAWAR: Militants have destroyed 10 containers of NATO supplies in tehsil Landi Kotal of Khyber Agency. According to sources, the militants attacked a parking lot of vehicles used for NATO supplies and set on fire eight containers in Sultan Khel area of Landi Kotal. However, no casualty was reported. Militants also attacked the Landi Kotal…

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February 4, 2009

 

Munoz heads three-member committee to probe BB's murder

ISLAMABAD: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met President Asif ALi Zardari here on Wednesday during his one-day visit to Pakistan. The U.N. chief announced a three-member committee to investigate the assassination of the former chairperson of the Pakistan Peoples' Party (PPP) Benazir Bhutto. According to sources, Chilean envoy to the U.N. Heraldo Munoz will head the…

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February 4, 2009

 

Zardari gives U.N. go-ahead to any info in BB's death probe

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari, during his meeting with the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has assured the U.N.'s three-member committee set up to investigate Benazir Bhutto's untimely death, of access to all relevant sources of information. Zardari said the U.N. committee would have complete freedom to access documentary evidence and to interview anyone whose…

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February 4, 2009

 

Pakistan army chief to visit US: official

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's army chief General Ashfaq Kayani will hold talks this month with US commanders in Washington on defence and counter-terrorism cooperation, an official said Wednesday. “This visit is pre-scheduled,” the official, who would not be identified, told AFP. This will be Kayani's first visit to the United States as head of the army and…

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February 4, 2009

 

Mumbai attack's Bangladesh link being investigated: report

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's probe into the Mumbai attacks is likely to indicate that the incident was the handiwork of a network of Muslim fundamentalist groups in South Asia as investigators have found evidence of a Bangladeshi connection, according to a media report. The report on Pakistan's investigation is likely to indicate that the attacks were carried…

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February 4, 2009

 

Friendly relations between India, Pakistan essential for peace: U.N.

ISLAMABAD: Friendly relations between India and Pakistan are essential for peace in South Asia, said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani here on Wednesday. Ban Ki-moon said the U.N. will provide all possible help to Pakistan for tackling the challenges it is faces. Further…

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February 4, 2009

 

KaraFilm festival goes ahead despite problems

KARACHI: Pakistan's only international film festival opens on Wednesday even though Indian guests aren't coming because of tension after the Mumbai attacks and its main sponsor has withdrawn because of the economic downturn. Since its launch, the festival has tried to promote better ties between India and Pakistan by screening Indian films and inviting Indian…

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February 4, 2009

 

U.N. seeks $604 MN for Afghanistan aid

UNITED NATIONS: Painting a dismal picture of conditions in Afghanistan, the United Nations emergency relief chief Tuesday launched a special humanitarian aid program, saying the world body needs $604 million to fund it. “The situation in Afghanistan is serious and it's getting worse, particularly because of the escalating conflict, and also because of the serious…

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February 4, 2009

 

Use of force not only option against militancy: Gilani

ISLAMABAD: Use of force is not the only option to curb militancy, said Prime Minsiter Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani here at a joint press conference with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who arrived here on a one-day visit Wednesday. He said, no war can be won without the support of the people. Talking about the…

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February 4, 2009

 

11 former inmates of Gitmo joined Al-Qaeda

CAIRO: An Interior Ministry spokesperson says that 11 of the Saudis on its recently issued most wanted list are former detainees of the U.S. Guantanamo Bay detention facility. General Mansour al-Turki has told the Associated Press that among the 85 people listed by the government, 11 had been released from Guantanamo and passed through government-sponsored…

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February 4, 2009

 

Pakistan likely to play Australia in UAE

KARACHI: Pakistan will be playing their five-match One-Day International (ODI) series and one Twenty20 match against Australia in United Arab Emirates (UAE), Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ejaz Butt said Wednesday. “I have had a very fruitful and cordial meeting with Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland at CA headquarter in Melbourne having persuaded them to…

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February 4, 2009

 

Taliban free 29 soldiers, police

MINGORA: Pakistani Taliban released on Wednesday 29 paramilitary soldiers and policemen they captured in a raid on a police station in the Swat valley in the northwest of the country, two of the captured men said. Militants attacked and destroyed a police station in Shamzoi village in Swat and captured the men after a siege…

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February 4, 2009

 

Obama administration puts pedal to metal for Biden-Lugar Bill

WASHINGTON: The Obama adminsitration has stepped up progress on the landmark bipartisan legislative measure for singificantly expanding U.S. economic assistance for Pakistan. Pakistan's envoy in Washington Hussain Haqqani has said, “The legislation (commonly known as Biden-Lugar Act) is on track and is likely to be taken up soon, we are very optimistic about its passage…

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February 4, 2009

 
 
 
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