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Khalid Sheikh calls for death penalty to be martyr
CNews GUANTANAMO BAY: The alleged mastermind of the September 11, 2001 US attacks Thursday called to be sentenced to death so he could become a martyr at the start of a US military hearing of five alleged plotters."This is what I want, I'm looking to be a martyr for long time," Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, a Pakistani national, told the hearing at Guantanamo Bay as he was reminded by the military judge that he faced the death penalty."God is all sufficient for me," he translated into English as he read verses from the Koran, the Muslim holy book. He also threw out his appointed military and civilian defense team, saying he would defend himself. Sheikh Mohammed, 43, has claimed to have been behind not just the September 11 attacks but also some 30 operations against the West in the past decade, according to transcripts of his interrogation released by the Pentagon.His appearance on Thursday is the first time he has been seen in public since his capture in Pakistan on March 1, 2003.Dresse...
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Awaz Apni Baat Apni: Rajasthan Royal Won the match: Shoail Tanveer & Shane Warn last bastman and Shoail Hits the last ball and win the Match.Powered by: Awaz apni Baat apni
Awaz Apni Special on 28 May 2008 "We are Atomic Power"
1998: World fury at Pakistan's nuclear testsPakistan has exploded five underground nuclear devices in response to India's nuclear tests two weeks ago.The move has provoked worldwide condemnation and fears of a nuclear conflict in one of the world's most volatile regions."We never wanted to participate in this nuclear race Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan's Prime Minister" Pakistani officials said the devices were detonated underground at 1030GMT in the Baluchistan region near the border with Afghanistan.Shortly afterwards, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressed the nation on television and said the five tests by India had made the action "inevitable"."Today's day is history in the making," he said. "Today God has given us the opportunity to take this step for our country's defence which is inevitable. We never wanted to participate in this nuclear race. We have proved to the world that we would not accept what was dictated to us."Popular supportThe prime minister said Pakistan's resp...
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Salmaan Taseer, Tariq Azizuddin meet President
CNews ISLAMABAD: Governor Punjab Salmaan Taseer and ambassador Tariq Azizuddin called on President Pervez Musharraf.It was Tariq Azizuddin?s first meeting with President after his release from Taliban. The President congratulated him and enquired about his health. The President vowed to continue war on terror on the occasion.President Musharraf congratulated Salmaan Taseer on assuming new responsibilities as Governor and hoped that he would work for the development and socio-economic uplift of the people of Punjab. Taseer assured him of coming up to the expectations of the people.Powered by: Awaz apni Baat apni
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Ex-servicemen demand Musharraf to vacate Army House
CNews RAWALPINDI: Former servicemen have demanded President Musharraf to vacate the Army House and also backed the lawyers? movement for restoration of the judiciary. A meeting of the Ex-Servicemen Society here on Saturday discussed removal of President Musharraf from his office, restoration of the free judiciary and establishment of an independent election commission. Lt. Gen. (Rtd) Hameed Gul, Asad Durrani, Jamshed Gulzar Kayani, Taj Abbasi and other retired officers attended the meeting.Addressing a press conference after the meeting former ISI chief Asad Durrani demanded restoration of the Nov. 2 judiciary.Criticizing the president he expressed solidarity with the lawyers? movement. He also demanded trial and impeachment of President Musharraf.He said the ex-servicemen would resist if the president invoked Article 58-2-B. He also demanded democratic control of the armed forces.Powered by: Awaz apni Baat apni
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Mehsud denies slaying of Benazir, abduction of Pak envoy
CNews PESHAWAR: Chief of Tehreek Taliban-e-Pakistan Baitullah Mehsud has denied his involvement in assassination of Benazir Bhutto.?We have not martyred Benazir Bhutto. If we have killed her, who had slain her father and brothers?? Mehsud asked in conversation with local and international media from an unspecified place in South Waziristan.The government if got any evidence about the incident it should produce those facts, he said. He however was of the view that the government have no proofs and it was extracting statements from the arrested persons by exerting pressure. He also denied kidnapping Pakistani ambassador in Afghanistan Tariq Azizuddin adding that another group of Taliban had abducted the envoy and his group secured release of the ambassador.Powered by: Awaz apni Baat apni
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Pentagon says growth of Al-Qaeda safe havens 'troubling'
CNews WASHINGTON: A Pentagon report said Friday that the growth of Al-Qaeda safe havens in Pakistan's tribal areas is "troubling" and warned it may take Pakistan several years to turn around the situation.The report to Congress by the US Department of Defense said Pakistan increased its troop levels in the border areas by 30,000 last year, and made "significant and costly" efforts to eliminate safe havens."It is troubling that despite these efforts, safe havens in the FATA have grown in recent years," the report said. The Pentagon report noted that 700 Pakistanis have been killed in suicide attacks since July 2007.It said "Al-Qaeda and other violent extremists continue to hide out in the FATA, where they are able to recruit, train, and target US and western interests, including plots against Europe and the US homeland."Madrassas, or Islamic religious schools, "continue to promote jihad and martyrdom, and provide potential operatives for acts of violence in Afghanistan," it said."De...
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President should quit or face impeachment: Zardari
CNews ISLAMABAD: Co-chairman Pakistan People?s Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari Saturday said the President Pervez Musharraf should step down voluntarily if he (President) wants to avert impeachment.Addressing a press conference after the PPP?s Central Executive Committee here, Asif Zardari said his party never accepted General Musharraf as the constitutional President of the country.He said consultations will be held with all the stakeholders on the draft constitutional package which the CEC meeting approved today.He said the draft package also includes proposal regarding the tenure of judges but a final decision has not yet been made. The Parliament will be given the authority to deal with all the issues, he added.To a question regarding the date of return of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain, he said MQM Chief did not say anything about this and ?neither did I ask him as to when he plans to return home.?Earlier, Federal Minister for Law, Farooq H Naek announced the s...
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Zardari consulting with PM on constitutional package draft
CNews ISLAMABAD: The co-chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party, Asif Ali Zardari has said that draft of 62 points constitutional package has been finalized which will be sent to the Prime Minister and PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif and the coalition parties.Addressing SAFMA conference here, he said the lawyers must be legal experts but they need not teach politics to the PPP. We also want the restoration of the judiciary but not through any short cut method.He said PPP is forefront flag-bearer of democracy and it is PPP which brought democracy in the country by laying down sacrifices. We would even appreciate those who want prove they are greater supporter of democracy, he added.?PPP has never backed out of its promises? we also want restoration of the deposed judges but there is a modus operandi to achieve this goal,? Asif Zardari said. In this regard he informed that a 62-point constitutional package has been put in black and white but added ?it is not a final document because ideas from ot...
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Tariq Khan shot dead by unknown persons
CNews KARACHI: Tariq Khan , provincial vice-president PML (N),was killed in firing by some unknown persons here at Shaheed-e-Millat Road.According to the police, the bullet struck his head.CCPO Karachi, Babar Khatak has confirmed his death and told that Tariq Khan was shot through eight bullets by unknown motorcycle-riders.Powered by: Awaz apni Baat apni
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Governor, Siraj Durrani, Mustafa Kamal speak to Press
CNews KARACHI:The ongoing dispute between Sindh Government and Karachi City Government on administrative matters was resolved and both sides agreed to carry on all affairs through mutual consultation.It was also agreed that instead of making any dispute an issue will be resolved through talks and provincial and city governments will work together for development of Karachi.These views were expressed by Sindh Governor , Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan, Local Government Minister Agha Siraj Durrani and City Nazim Mustafa Kamal while addressing a press conference after a 3-hour visit to various city areas.Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad said paid a detailed visit to the city along with Agha Siraj Durrani and Mustafa Kamal with a view to accelerating the pace of development works.He said the works which City Nazim is implementing had the cooperation of federal and provincial governments and it will continue. He said these works would enhance the citizens' living standard.To a question Governor said the coordin...
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Musharraf says he won't resign
Cnews Rawalpindi:President Pervez Musharraf Wednesday said he is fulfilling his constitutional role in the present set-up and therefore will not step down, CNews TV reported. He is quoted as saying this during his meeting with Pakistan Muslim League-Q President, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Hamid Nasir Chatha at Camp Office in Rawalpindi.The meeting discussed the possibility of talks with Pakistan People's Party in connection with forming government with them in the Province besides return of the PML-Q leaders who quitted and formed forward blocs within the party. PML-Q leaders assured the President of staying united and working for further strengthening of the party.Powered by: Awaz apni Baat apni
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Altaf welcomes Parnab Mukherjee's visit to Pakistan
CNEWS Karachi:Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), Altaf Hussain on Wednesday welcoming Indian Minister for External Affairs Parnab Mukherjee's visit to Pakistan , has expressed hope that this visit will be a stepping stone towards establishing peace and friendly relationships not only between the two countries but a long lasting peace in South Asia region.He said that MQM wants better ties between Pakistan and India and both countries should jointly struggle to eliminate poverty, unemployment and for the restoration of peace in South Asia region, a statement issued by MQM here said.Altaf Hussain said that friendly relationship between Pakistan and India is vital for the prosperity and betterment of the People of both countries.He also called for opening of consulates of Indian and Pakistan in Karachi and Mumbai by both the Governments immediately.He said that opening of consulates in Karachi and Mumbai would facilitate issuance of visas for the people of Sindh who have to go t...
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US 'reserves judgment' on Pak-Taliban peace deal
CNews WASHINGTON:The United States said on Wednesday it would 'reserve judgment' on Pak-Taliban peace deal, and would monitor how effective it is in stopping attacks."We'll see. We'll reserve judgment on these things," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters when asked about the deal for Swat Valley.Success in fighting militancy involves not just security, but also political and economic measures, he added. "What you have to do is get the right mix of elements," McCormack said."What we don't want to see is any sort of effort that results in the violent extremists, militants being able to use" the region "for the purposes of planning and launching terrorist attacks," McCormack added.Powered by: Awaz apni Baat apni
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NWFP government, local Taliban ratify peace truce
CNews PESHAWAR: NWFP government and local Taliban have agreed to a peace agreement under which ?Shariah? laws will be promulgated in Sawat and Malakand districts and security forces will be withdrawn, while the Taliban have agreed to acknowledge the writ of the government. Senior Minister of NWFP Bashir Ahmad Bilour said government and local Taliban have agreed on 15 points. Under the agreement, there would be a ban on display of weapons and training camps of militants would be eliminated. Talking to media, Bilour said Imam Dherai would be turned into an Islamic university and local Taliban would fully corporate with government. Responding to a question, he said there would be a gradual withdrawal of security forces and Islamic laws would be enforced in Sawat and Malakand. He said government would facilitate drive against contagious diseases and private militias would not be tolerated.He said Taliban would not attack Music and Barber shops and only licensed FM radio stations would b...
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Pakistan army prepared to meet internal, external threats: Gen. Kayani
CNews ISLAMABAD: The Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has said Army is fully prepared to meet current and emerging external and internal threats, with support of the nation. Addressing the officers of Rawalpindi Garrison, the Chief of Army Staff, reiterated that training and professional pursuits must remain the prime focus to enhance operational preparedness, so that we attain the highest standards of capability at all levels.The Chief of Army Staff highlighted some of the measures that have been initiated to make the functioning of the Army more efficient and responsive.Corps Commander Rawalpindi was also present during the address.Powered by: Awaz apni Baat apni
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Shujaat wants Nawaz to smoothen relations with President
CNews LAHORE: President Pakistan Muslim League-Q, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has urged PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif to emulate Pakistan People?s Party in establishing working relations with the President so that the democratic system could complete its term.Talking to CNews News, Chaudhry Shujaat said people earlier complained about not getting atta but now they cannot even afford to buy vegetables.Powered by: Awaz apni Baat apni
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Zardari to consult allies over 18th amendment package
ISLAMABAD: People?s Party Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari has decided to start consultations over the proposed 18th constitutional amendment package with the coalition partners. ?Awami National Party?s Asfandyar Wali will meet Wednesday afternoon with Asif Ali Zardari,? ANP spokesman Zahid Khan said. The two leaders will discuss the constitutional package, NWFP government matters and other issues. The constitutional package is likely to redefine the appointment and removal of judges and the presidential powers. Federal Minister of Law Farooque H. Naik recently said he was working on a constitutional package that will create balance of powers between the president and the prime minister.Powered by: Awaz apni Baat apni
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NWFP denies govt protocol to deposed CJ
CNews PESHAWAR: NWFP government will not provide official protocol to the deposed chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on his arrival here to attend a convention.Provincial Minister for Law, Barrister Abdullah talking to CNews News Wednesday termed the provision of government protocol to the deposed CJ a step that would not be based on reality, saying ?we should also try to end the VIP culture.?However, he said, complete security will be provided to Justice Iftikhar Muhamamd Chaudhry when he comes to attend the convention here.Barrister Abdullah said whatever decision Asfandyar Wali and Asif Ali Zardari take in connection with the judges? restoration will be acceptable to the NWFP government.Powered by: Awaz apni Baat apni
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China quake deaths estimated over 50,000 in Sichuan alone, 19,509 deaths co
CNews Special report: Strong Earthquake Jolts SW China CNews CHENGDU-- More than 50,000 people are feared dead in southwest China's Sichuan Province alone after Monday's earthquake, the rescue headquarters of the State Council said Thursday. The 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Wenchuan County, about 159 km northwest of the provincial capital of Chengdu, has severely affected an area of more than 100,000 square km, according to the rescue headquarters headed by Premier Wen Jiabao. The confirmed death toll in Sichuan was 19,509 by 4 p.m. Thursday, up by 5,046 from Wednesday's 14,463, Li Chengyun, vice provincial governor of Sichuan told a press conference. Another 102,103 people were injured and 12,323 buried in the rubble, he said. Rescuers have pulled 13,465 people alive out of the debris, he said. The Sichuan provincial government has handed over 670 million yuan (95.7 million U.S. dollars) for disaster relief efforts to quake-hit areas, he added. PLA SOLD...
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World media commend China's swift relief efforts after quake
Special report: Strong Earthquake Jolts SW China CNews BEIJING:-- News media around the world have lauded the Chinese government's quick reaction to the deadly earthquake that hit China's southwestern Sichuan province on Monday afternoon. Syria's state news agency and TV station have made an extensive coverage on the quake, saying the Chinese government has set disaster relief work its top priority. The U.S. newspaper Christian Science Monitor has also spoke highly of the Chinese government's "efficient disaster relief" work. "They are very good at putting together a disaster relief plan rather quickly," the report quoted Roger Musson, a seismologist at the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh, as saying. It listed a series of measures China has taken as "vast improvements in disaster relief" such as adopting a special law onemergency management last year, specifying the government's responsibilities and setting up emergency management offices that report to the S...
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Teen alleging rape turns to YouTube
CNews Orange County: The video is hard to turn away from. A sobbing 16-year-old sits in her bedroom and, staring into a camera, says she has been raped."Hi, my name is Crystal. ... I need some help. I didn't want to do it this way, but it's the only way I know that's going to work, that someone out there in the world is gonna listen to me."The teen, whom CNews interviewed but is not identifying by her last name, is among dozens of young people who are turning to social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace to talk about sexual assault.For an online generation, the Web offers what traditional counseling does not. It's a chance to communicate without having to face someone or fear their judgment. Some people are seeking legal advice and medical information, and many younger victims believe that they can warn others about their accused attacker, counselors say.There also are people like Crystal, whose case was dropped by the Orange County, Florida, state attorney's office, wh...
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Dr. Abul Khair Kashfi passes away
CNews KARACHI: Renowned writer and literary figure Professor Dr. Abul Khair Kashfi passed away, at the age of 78, in Karachi.The deceased was buried at the graveyard in the premises of the University of Karachi after the namaz-e-janaza.Dr. Abul Khair Kashfi was admitted at a local hospital since Sunday due to paralysis and died at 3-15 pm on Thursday.He left behind widow, one son and four daughters.His namaz-e-janaza was offered in the park adjacent to the jama masjid of the University of Karachi.The namaz-e-janaza was attended by Karachi University?s vice-chancellor Prof. Peerzada Qasim, registrar Raees Alvi, Dr. Manzoor Ahmed, Anwar Ahmed Zai, naib ameer Jamat Islami Karachi Birjees Ahmed and other personalities of education and literature in a large number.Dr. Abul Khair Kashfi was associated with the Islamia College and the Urdu College from 1951 to 1958 and with the Urdu department of the University of Karachi from 1958 to 1994.He was the author of more than 40 books.Powered by...
PML-N decides to boycott oath taking of Salman Taseer
CNews LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-N Thursday decided to boycott the oath taking ceremony of the appointed Governor for Punjab Salman Taseer.Earlier, PML-N leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said no consultations were made with Pakistan Muslim League-N leaders for the appointment of the new governor in Punjab. He termed appointment of Salman Taseer as Governor Punjab part of a conspiracy.He also said that the appointed Governor Salman Taseer is a highly controversial person and is not suitable for the position.Pakistan Peoples Party on the other hand denied reports that the PML-N leaders were not consulted for the appointment of the new governor. Khawaja Asif in reaction to the statement of PPP said: ?There is a difference between consulting and informing.?Powered by: Awaz apni Baat apni
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Appointment of Taseer as Governor Punjab ?part of conspiracy?: Ch. Nisar
CNews LAHORE: No consultations were made with Pakistan Muslim League-N leaders for the appointment of the new governor in Punjab , said senior PML-N leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. Addressing a press conference here at PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif?s residence on Thursday, he termed appointment of Salman Taseer as Governor Punjab part of a conspiracy.He also said that the appointed Governor Salman Taseer is a highly controversial person and is not suitable for the position.Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the appointment is a clear indication that the presidential camp is still busy sabotaging the people's mandate in Punjab. He said that Salman Taseer is a highly controversial person and his background as a politician and businessman is dubious.The PML-N leader alleged that this recent move is an attempt by the presidential camp to destabilize the Punjab government after failing to change PML-Q's top leadership.Federal Information Minister Sherry Rehman, however, has denied reports that the...
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Shujaat, brothers? meet President Musharraf
CNews ISLAMABAD: Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain called on President Musharraf at the President House in Islamabad . ?The president has consented that Chaudhry Shujaat will continue to lead the Pakistan Muslim League-Q?, sources said. The leader of opposition in National Assembly Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, Chaudhry Wajaat Hussain and senator Muhammad Ali Durrani also attended the meeting that was continued for three hours.The meeting was held amidst speculations of handing over the PML-Q top office to Pir Pagara or Hamid Nasir Chattha.The president had also met Hamid Nasir Chattha on Wednesday.Powered by: Awaz apni Baat apni
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Nawaz Sharif?s nomination for NA-123 accepted
CNews LAHORE: An election tribunal Thursday accepted the nomination papers of Pakistan Muslim League-N leader Mian Nawaz Sharif to contest election from NA-123. The nomination papers of PML-N covering candidate Hamza Shahbaz were also accepted by the tribunal.The nomination papers of Nawaz Sharif were rejected during the general elections.Meanwhile, the hearing of objections against nomination papers of Shahbaz Sharif was adjourned.Talking to media the lawyer of Nawaz Sharif said that the court has turned down the objections. The judgment on the objections by the rival candidate was earlier reserved by the returning officers of NA-123.The returning officer also accepted nomination papers of Muslim League (Q) candidate Akhlaq Guddu, independent candidates Noor Illahi, Riaz Gujjar and Ashraf Jahangir.Powered by: Awaz apni Baat apni
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PPP to keep supporting Punjab govt
CNews LONDON: Pakistan People?s Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zarddari Monday said that his party will keep up its support for Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) in Punjab and no new ministers would be brought in place of those N-league ministers who have given resignation.PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari said he would wait for the comeback of the friends from Muslim League-N in the cabinet, adding their (N-League?s) cabinet seats will be kept vacant.Powered by: Awaz apni Baat apni
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Strong quake hits China
CNews BEIJING: An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 struck China 's Sichuan province on Monday, less than 100 km (60 miles) from the provincial capital of Chengdu, the U.S.Geological Survey said on its Web site. The tremor, centered 92 km northwest of Chengdu, was felt as far away as Beijing and Shanghai, where office buildings swayed with the impact.Powered by: Awaz apni Baat apni
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CNews ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-N Chief, Nawaz Sharif Monday formally announced to quit the Federal Cabinet and that ministers of his party will tender resignations to the Prime Minister tomorrow.Addressing a press conference here after the meeting of the PML-N?s Central Working Committee, he said: ?PPP failed to keep its promise and that is why we have decided to part ways with the coalition government.?PML-N will not sit on the opposition benches for the time being and extend support to the government on the basis of issues, he announced.You know very well by now that no breakthrough could be achieved on the issue of restoration of deposed judges after holding marathon negotiations with the Pakistan People?s Party, Nawaz Sharif said.PPP and PML-N committed in the Murree Declaration to reinstate the deposed judges to November 2, 2007 position by passing a resolution in the Parliament within 30 days of coming into power.?We left no stone unturned to keep our promise made in ...
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