|Top Pak law official orders action against 2nd ISI Brigadier in missing persons' case
7/26/2013 3:51:00 PM
Islamabad, July 26 (ANI): Additional Attorney General of Pakistan (AAGP) has told the Supreme Court that the federal government had instructed the Balochistan government to proceed against another ISI officer Brigadier Saddique who was allegedly involved in enforced disappearance of a citizen, Ali Ahmad Bangalzai.
Tariq Khokhar said that in compliance with its July 1 order, the interior secretary had ordered action against Saddique in view of the statement of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI)
|Kerry likely to visit Pakistan in coming two days: PM office
7/26/2013 3:51:00 PM
Islamabad, July 26 (Xinhua-ANI): U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is likely to visit Pakistan in the coming two days, a government statement said on Friday after a meeting between Pakistani Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif and the U.S. ambassador Richard Olson in Islamabad.
The meeting was held in advance for the visit of John Kerry, who is likely to visit Pakistan in the coming two days, a statement from the Pakistani PM office said.
The ambassador shared with the prime minister
|Pak opposition parties to boycott presidential election
7/26/2013 3:51:00 PM
Islamabad, July 26 (ANI): The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) senior leader Raza Rabbani has announced the party's decision to boycott the upcoming presidential election.
The Dawn News reports PPP's former Law Minister of Sindh, Ayaz Soomro, has informed the Chief Election Commissioner in writing about the party's decision.
The Awami National Party (ANP), the Balochistan National Party (BNP), and the Pakistan Muslim League - Quaid (PML-Q) also announced a boycott of the presidential
|Ex-Pak law secretary blamed for missing files in Zardari's Swiss money laundering cases
7/26/2013 1:14:00 PM
Islamabad, July 26 (ANI): The former law secretary Yasmin Abbasey has been held responsible for the missing record relating to the revival of 60 million dollars graft cases by Swiss authorities against President Asif Ali Zardari, an inquiry committee said.
The Dawn News reports that Abbasey had written a 'secret' letter to Dr Nicholas Jeandin Avocat of the law firm Fontanetassocies Geneva in Nov 2012 to order non-entry into the money laundering cases against President Zardari.
|US, Pak working on legal agenda to swap prisoners Aafia, Afridi, says FO
7/26/2013 1:14:00 PM
Islamabad, July 26 (ANI): The Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson has hinted that the US and Pakistan government are working on a legal route to swap Pakistani prisoner Dr Shakil Afridi in exchange for the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui.
Afridi, a Pakistani doctor, aided the CIA in tracking down former Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Pakistan by running a fake vaccination campaign in Abbottabad, the Express Tribune reports.
While Siddiqui, a Pakistani imprisoned in the US, was sentenced
|CIA 'super-secret' museum acquires Osama Bin Laden's Abbottabad death bed AK-47
7/26/2013 11:17:00 AM
Islamabad, July 26 (ANI): Osama bin Laden's AK-47 has been put up on display in the CIA Museum at the agency's headquarters in Langley, Virginia, but it remains closed to the general public.
The New York Daily News reports the Russian-style rifle found near Osama Bin Laden's body after he was killed in a raid by Navy SEALs is now hanging in a super-secret museum in CIA's headquarters.
An Al-Qaeda training manual found in Afghanistan after 9/11 and the mock-up of Bin
|US denies reports of Osama doc-Siddiqui prisoners exchange agreement
7/25/2013 1:42:00 PM
Islamabad, July 25 (ANI): The US Embassy in Islamabad has denied reports of a prisoner swap deal with Pakistan involving neuroscientist Dr Aafia Siddiqui.
Earlier this month, Pakistani media reported that the US had offered Pakistan to sign a prisoner exchange agreement.
The agreement called for release of Pakistani prisoner Dr Shakil Afridi in exchange for the release of Dr Siddiqui.
According to Dawn News, Meghan Gregonis, a spokesman for the US embassy, said the United States
|6 killed as suicide bombers storm intelligence agency in S. Pakistan
7/25/2013 11:18:00 AM
Islamabad, July 25 (Xinhua-ANI): At least six people were killed and over 35 others were injured when some unknown militants attacked Pakistan's Inter services Intelligence (ISI) in the country's southern district of Sukkur on Wednesday evening, local media and police said.
Masood Bangash, the deputy superintendent of police said that a suicide bomber rammed his explosive laden vehicle into the ISI building complex, constituting of a number of government offices in Sukkur, a main
|US troop withdrawl to cause reunion of Afghan-Pak Taliban militants: Report
7/25/2013 12:31:00 AM
Islamabad, July 25 (ANI): An official strategy document on counter-terrorism has warned that the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan will further boost the morale of the Pakistani Taliban.
The assessment by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) in a document named 'Checkmating Terrorism: A Counter-Terrorism Strategy' has revealed that US-led foreign troop withdrawal will create a sense of euphoria among the Afghan Taliban and the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan militants, the Dawn News reports.
|Pak media regulator bans channels from airing 'immoral' condom ad
7/24/2013 11:58:00 AM
Islamabad, July 24 (ANI): Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has ordered all TV channels to immediately stop broadcasting a contraceptive advertisement after receiving a number of complaints.
In a letter written to the Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA), Pemra said that such advertisements were perceived as indecent, immoral and in sheer disregard to the country's socio-cultural and religious values.
According to the Express Tribune, Pemra spokesperson
|Gilani ready for arrest if done anything illegal
7/24/2013 11:24:00 AM
Islamabad, July 24 (ANI): Former Pakistan prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said he is ready to get arrested if he has done anything illegal.
Gilani said there was nothing wrong in appointing Tauqir Sadiq as chairman of the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra).
He added that decisions taken by him as prime minister were legal and constitutional and he was not afraid of the consequences.
According to the Dawn News, talking to reporters outside the Parliament House, Gilani
|Nawaz wants to regulate army's role in policy making
7/24/2013 10:43:00 AM
Islamabad, July 24 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wants to regulate the army's role in the policy-making process of the country.
Leaked documents of the Proposed-Counter-Terrorism-Strategy revealed that the PML-N government is planning to establish National Counter Terrorism Force (NCTF) and National Counter Insurgency Force (NCIF) with the powers of intelligence and law enforcement.
Senior officials in Islamabad said that the army is on the same page about intelligence
|Pak govt.'s new national security doctrine to focus on 'internal organised terrorism'
7/23/2013 1:31:00 PM
Islamabad, July 23 (ANI): The Nawaz Sharif government has reportedly refreshed its national security policy with major changes in order to address the growing threat of terrorism growing especially within the state's borders.
According to The Nation, the Pakistan government is in the process of having a revitalised National Counter Terrorism Agency headed preferably by a former general, a separate specialised counter-terrorism force and separately a national security council-like decision
|Police dillydallying over filing Lal Masjid 'murder case' against Musharraf
Islamabad, July 23 (ANI): The Islamabad police is reportedly awaiting opinion from its legal branch in order to file a 'murder case' against former President Pervez Musharraf during the alleged Lal Masjid operation.
Station House Officer of Aabpara Police Station, Qasim Niazi said that the police is serious to register a case against Musharraf for killing Allama Abdur Rashid Ghazi and his mother during the Lal Masjid operation but they can't proceed further until they receive
|7 PoK ministers resign following no-confidence motion against PM
7/22/2013 4:07:00 PM
Islamabad, July 22 (ANI): A resolution of no-confidence motion has been moved against the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (POK) Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed.
The Express Tribune reports that two members of the legislative assembly from Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) are behind the move.
According to the report, seven ministers and three advisers have resigned from their posts after the no-confidence motion.
These ministers will reportedly vote in favour of the no-confidence
|Pakistan finally admits to having 'contacts' with Afghan Taliban
7/22/2013 1:21:00 PM
Islamabad, July 22 (ANI): Pakistan has contacts with the Taliban, adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz has revealed.
Addressing a press conference, Aziz, who visited Kabul to hold talks with Afghan leadership, said Pakistan had contacts with the terror group because of the past, but did not control them.
According to the Daily Times, last week Karzai's chief of staff, Karim Khorram, claimed the Taliban office was part of a plot to
|Gordon Brown lauds 'brave' Malala for blunting terrorists' bullets
7/21/2013 11:25:00 AM
Washington, July 21 (ANI): Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has written in his column that the courage of a wonderful girl in the form of Malala Yousafzai had forced an entire army of terrorists onto the back foot, and Pakistan could not achieve its full potential until girls and boys were educated.
The United Nations Special Envoy on Global Education said that the Taliban was now on the defensive after admitting that their attempt to assassinate Malala had been counterproductive,
|Nawaz directs FM to prepare strategy for peace dialogue with India
7/21/2013 11:25:00 AM
Islamabad, July 21 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has stressed on having cordial relations with all neighbouring countries, including Afghanistan, Iran and India.
He also directed the Foreign Office to formulate a strategy for a comprehensive dialogue with India.
Sharif shared his vision of having a positive environment in the region and gave specific directions to deal with different areas during his visit to the FO to get an in-depth briefing on foreign policy.
|Nawaz gvt considering official release of Abbottabad Commission Report following leak
7/21/2013 10:45:00 AM
Islamabad, July 21 (ANI): The Pakistan Government is considering releasing the copy of the Abbottabad Commission Report on the country's intelligence failures in the Osama bin Laden killing, Minister for Information has said.
Pervez Rasheed said that a Ministerial Committee led by former Law Minister Farooq H Naek had recommended against its publication.
Rasheed, who is also the Broadcasting Senator, has already said that the government will probe how a copy of the report was
|Pak province bans 'lone women shoppers' over fear of spreading 'vulgarity'
7/20/2013 10:18:00 AM
Islamabad, July 20 (ANI): Women in Karak have been banned from shopping alone in the Karak region of Pakistan as clerics argue that such women propagate vulgarity.
According to The Nation, clerics who imposed the ban, expressed concern that a large number of women roaming in the city without being accompanied by any male member of their family in the holy month of Ramadan and were spreading vulgarity.
The clerics have claimed that women are spoiling the fasting of Muslims and added