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  • PM envisions dispute-free South Asia

    Dated: 2014-11-27

    KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that his vision for the region was of a dispute-free South Asia where instead of fighting one another, the countries jointly fought poverty, illiteracy, disease, malnourishment and unemployment.

    He stated the above during a speech at the 18th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) being held in Kathmandu and highlighted the importance of the organisation and how it epitomised the aspirations of the people of the region for peace and prosperity.

    Appreciating the theme of the 18th summit, the premier said, "The focus on deeper integration for peace and prosperity is most appropriate and reflects our common desire for promoting mutual understanding and reaching out to each other to create a win-win scenario."

    He said "Saarc must capture the imagination of our people and contribute to create strong and mutual beneficial bonds. Saarc can contribute immensel

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  • Four suspected militants killed in North Waziristan drone strike

    Dated: 2014-11-27

    PESHAWAR: Four suspected militants were killed in latest US drone attack in border area of North Waziristan on Wednesday, an official source said.

    There are conflicting reports about the number of casualties with tribal sources from Bannu claiming eight people were killed.

    Official sources said a compound used by suspected militants inside a house in Data Khel, North Waziristan was targeted with two missiles early morning. Four occupants were killed on the spot while several others were injured.

    The identity of those killed could not be determined immediately, however, few of them are believed to be foreign militants.

    US forces have intensified drone attacks on both sides of Pakistan-Afghanistan border in recent days. Two days back, more than 20 suspected militants from Pakistan were killed in a drone attack in border Kunar province

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  • Four polio workers gunned down in Quetta

    Dated: 2014-11-27

    QUETTA: Four health workers lost their lives and three others were wounded in attack on polio vaccinators on the outskirts of Quetta city on Wednesday.

    According to police and rescue officials, a vehicle carrying polio team, including four female vaccinators, was fired upon by unknown gunmen on Southern Bypass near Quetta.

    Police said four polio workers, including a woman, were killed in the firing which left three others injured. The team was heading to Quetta city to vaccinate children against the crippling disease.

    Those wounded were rushed to Quetta’s civil hospital where two of the injured are said to be critical state.

    The health workers were part of anti-polio drive kicked off on Nov 24 to administer vaccine to around 280,000 children in 18 union councils of Quetta till Nov 29.

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  • Pakistan to host 19th SAARC summit

    Dated: 2014-11-27

    KATHMANDU: Pakistan will host the 19th summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Islamabad.

    This was announced by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in his address to the 18th SAARC summit being held in the Nepal's capital, reported state media.

    "Pakistan was pleased to host the next SAARC Summit in Islamabad," Prime Minister said.

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  • Sharif, Modi Maintain Distance at SAARC Summit

    Dated: 2014-11-27

    Kathmandu: They shared the dais but leave alone a handshake, there was no exchange of courtesies between Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan during the nearly three-hour SAARC Summit here on Wednesday.

    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, who were sitting two seats away from each other, did not look at each other even when PM Sharif crossed before and after delivering his speech at the 18th meeting of the eight-member regional bloc.

    Leaders of Maldives and Nepal were seated between Modi and Sharif.

    Though there is no "structured" meeting scheduled between the two leaders, a brief exchange of pleasantries was expected given that they would be attending the same conference and the retreat tomorrow.

    While yesterday Sharif had sought to put the ball in India's court for an initiative for talks, saying "cancellation of talks was New Delhi's unilateral decision," an

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  • Seven families have hijacked Pakistan: Shaikh Rasheed

    Dated: 2014-11-27

    KARACHI: President of Awami Muslim League (AML) Shaikh Rasheed Ahmad has said that the federal government will be responsible if it creates any hurdles on PTI’s rally in Islamabad on November 30, ARY News reports.

    Shaikh Rasheed, speaking to media at Karachi’s Jinnah Airport, said that he has arrived in Karachi to tell Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) to come out on the streets against Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).

    He said that PPP Patron-in-Chief Asif Ali Zardari is saving himself, not democracy.

    The AML President claimed that “seven families and their 30 members” have hijacked the country.

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  • Measures afoot to deal with PTI’s Nov 30 protest

    Dated: 2014-11-27

    ISLAMABAD: Police on Wednesday placed as many as twenty containers on Shahra-e-Dastoor and outside the parliament lodges in Islamabad besides seeking 8000 more personnel to ensure security during the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) planned protest on November 30.

    The district administration has also said that no party would be allowed to hold a rally in the red zone without having no-objection certificate (NOC).

    Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that the government is ready to deal with any situation which may emerge during the rally in Islamabad.

    “If PTI wants to hold a peaceful rally in Islamabad, the government will not create any hurdle, but if it intends to create chaos, we are ready for it,” Nisar said.

    Meanwhile, PTI leader Asad Umar said that the party does not need any permission to hold the rally.

    The PTI is all set to hold a huge sit-in, which Imran Khan termed as “the mother of all protests”.

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  • SC restores Punjab Assembly membership of Hanif Jatt MPA

    Dated: 2014-11-27

    ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court (SC) has restored membership of Hanif Jatt, MPA PP-226 from PML-N who was disqualified by Election Tribunal (ET) for allegedly holding fake degree.

    A 3-member bench of SC presided over by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Nasir ul Mulk took up for hearing appeal plea filed by Hanif Jatt, petitioner against the decision of ET here Wednesday.

    Counsel for petitioner told the court ET gave the decision on disqualification of his client without hearing him while Election Commission (EC) had earlier allowed him to contest election. He has been disqualified on the petition from rival candidate and due to which his membership of provincial assembly was cancelled.

    He prayed the court to nullify ET decision and restore membership of provincial assembly in respect of his client.

    The court agreeing with the arguments of counsel for petitioner

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  • No intention to stop PTI Nov. 30 rally: says Khanzada

    Dated: 2014-11-27

    Rawalpindi: Punjab Home Minister Shuja Khanzada has said that the government has no intention to create any hurdle throughout Punjab with reference to public meeting of PTI in Islamabad.

    In a statement the minister said that PML (N) government believes in democratic and political liberties and norms and practical proof in this respect is that PTI has been provided and facilitated in all aspects especially they were provided fool proof security cover in Punjab where ever they held any public meeting.

    He further said that there are no proofs of any existence of “Daish” (Islamic State) in Punjab and some unknown militant groups might be using this name.

    He informed that investigations in Waga incident are proceeding fastly and are near to completion as forensic reports of the incident have started receiving.

    He stated this while having an informal talk with print and electro

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  • Iran Would Not Terminate Gas Deal With Pakistan

    Dated: 2014-11-27

    TEHRAN: Iran's oil minister has rejected speculations that Iran would withdraw from gas deal with Pakistan, reports Iran's Mehr News Agency (MNA).

    Bijan Namdar Zanganeh told reporters that Iran was prepared to start its gas exports to Pakistan. "Pakistan has signed a deal to import 21.5 million cubic meters of natural gas daily from Iran and by the beginning of 2015, it should start receiving this amount of gas according to agreement," he said.

    However, Pakistani officials had ascribed their failure in construction of even single cubic meters of gas pipeline in their soil to international sanctions, and according to provisions signed in the agreement, it would pay US$3 million to Iran in compensation for each day delay in its pipeline inauguration.

    Oil ministry officials still have not commented about Pakistani side's claims. Amid uncer

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