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  • PM orders fast-track prosecution of terrorists

    Dated: 2014-12-23

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed the relevant authorities to pursue the cases of terrorism on fast-track basis.

    A government spokesman said Prime Minister's direction has been conveyed to Attorney General and legal team.

    The Prime Minister also directed that all out efforts should be made to vacate the stay orders against death sentences.

    The spokesman said the government is determined to eliminate terrorism from the country.

    He said there should be no mercy for those killing innocent youth, citizens and children.

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  • Lal Masjid protesters receive 'threats from Taliban'

    Dated: 2014-12-23

    ISLAMABAD: Political activist Muhammad Jibran Nasir, who has been spearheading protests against controversial Lal Masjid cleric, Maulana Abdul Aziz, has allegedly been threatened by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaat Ahrar (TTP-JA) spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan.

    Talking to a private newschannel, Jibran Nasir said that he had received a call, allegedly from the spokesperson of TTP faction, Ehsanullah Ehsan. Nasir went on to add that he had recorded the conversation and verified the voice of the caller with the help of media contacts who were familiar with Ehsan’s voice.

    Nasir, however, made it clear that he would not back down from their planned protests outside the Lal Masjid. “We are not afraid. We are not backing out,” Nasir told the channel.

    “We are here to save our mosques. Our mosques should preach love and peace. They must present the right spirit of Islam,” Nasir said, adding that he had a detailed debate with the TTP spokesperson on Islam

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  • Qureshi hints at conclusion of issues in next meeting with govt

    Dated: 2014-12-23

    Islamabad: Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf vice chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi Monday hinted that an important development can be made in next meeting with government.

    In joint press briefing with JI chief Siraj-ul-Haq, Qureshi said that last meeting with government committee was held in pleasant environment and both side agreed to move forward in positive direction.

    He said that in next meeting matters regarding probe alleged rigging in last general polls could be concluded as issues for forming judicial commission is almost agreed.

    PTI leader said that wounds of Peshawar massacre are still fresh and we cannot forget this incident and have made it our strengths and weapon against terrorists.

    He said all national and political parties are united after 1965 war and it was unique moment for country to achieve its goal towards peace and prosperity

    He said

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  • Imran reaches Peshawar for condolence

    Dated: 2014-12-23

    PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan reached at the Army Public School and the residence of martyred principal for condolence.

    The PTI chief on Monday visited the ill-fated school in which Taliban killed more than 140 people, including 133 schoolchildren last Tuesday.

    Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak was also with him, when Khan went to the residence of the principal for condolence.

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  • SHC suspends death warrants for two convicted terrorists

    Dated: 2014-12-23

    KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday suspended the black warrants of two inmates citing that the proper legal procedure was not followed.

    The suspension of the warrants came after the SHC heard appeals filed by the families of these inmates.

    Ataullah alias Qasim and Muhammed Azam – were scheduled to be hanged on Tuesday in Sukkur central jail.

    The appeals were filed by the families of Muhammad Azam and Ataullah alias Abdullah of banned organisations to have their black warrants suspended.

    The appeals were heard by a bench headed by Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar. The Advocate General Sindh and Superintendent appeared during proceedings.

    Justice Ali asked Superintendent Sindh if he was aware of changes made in the death penalty laws, adding that if he was aware the date of the execution is set seven days after the black warran

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  • Major terror bid foiled in Karachi, police kill 13 TTP terrorists

    Dated: 2014-12-23

    Karachi: At least 13 terrorists have been killed in an clash with police near the Al-Asif Square area of Karachi on Monday eveing, officials said.

    SSP Malir, Rao Anwar said the terrorists belonged to the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Khan Zaman group.

    He said meeting of Taliban members were underway when police raid compound in Afghan Basti in the area.

    The SSP said that police was facing resistance by other terrorists in the area who were armed with latest weapons and rocket launchers.

    SSP said that major terror bid was foiled as police uniforms were also recovered from terrorists compound who were plotting attack in the city wearing these uniforms.

    According to initial details huge cache of weapons, explosive, hand grenades suicide jackets have been recovered by the police.

    Raids against terrorists are being conduct

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  • Rabi-ul-Awwal moon not sighted

    Dated: 2014-12-23

    KARACHI: The crescent of Rabi-ul-Awwal has not been sighted and 12th of Rabi-ul-Awwal will be celebrated on Sunday, January 4 next year.

    This was announced by the Chairman of Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman in Karachi on Monday evening. More details

  • Govt to provide Rs 26b to KP: Information minister

    Dated: 2014-12-23

    Islamabad: Federal government on Monday announced Rs. 26 billion for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government to combat terrorism.

    Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid said that the reservations expressed by Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan regarding expenditure on Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) will be removed.

    He said that the federal government will give Rs. 26 billion to KP government for combating terrorism. He told that federal government has spent 30 billion rupees on IDPs so far.

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  • LHC suspends execution of 5 prisoners on death row

    Dated: 2014-12-23

    RAWALPINDI: Lahore High Court (LHC) has suspended implementation of death penalty awarded to 5 prisoners by military court.

    As per media reports, Justice Arshid Tabassum of LHC Rawalpindi bench took up miscellaneous petitions for hearing in respect of death convicts.

    Laiq Khan Swati counsel for Adiala jail prisoners on death row including Ahsan Azim, Asif Idrees, Omar Nadim, Kamran Aslam and Aamir Yusuf took up the plea during the course of hearing of petitions that military court can not court-martial civilians and despite it his clients were convicted and sentenced by military court against the law of land. Neither they were given the right to hire services of any lawyer nor were they provided any judicial document during the currency of this case.

    The court heard the stance of the petitioner, sought the deta

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  • Finance Minister briefs PM about economic measures

    Dated: 2014-12-23

    ISLAMABAD: The foreign exchange reserves of the country have crossed 15 billion dollars.

    Ten billion dollars are with the State Bank of Pakistan and the rest are with Commercial Banks.

    Finance Minister Ishaq Dar met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad today and gave him detailed briefing about economic measures taken which made possible to achieve the target.

    The Prime Minister congratulated Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and his team on achieving the success.

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