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  • CIA's Pakistan drone strikes carried out by regular US air force personnel

    Dated: 2014-04-16

    WASHINGTON: A regular US air force unit based in the Nevada desert is responsible for flying the CIA's drone strike programme in Pakistan, according to a new documentary to be released on Tuesday.

    The film – which has been three years in the making – identifies the unit conducting CIA strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas as the 17th Reconnaissance Squadron, which operates from a secure compound in a corner of Creech air force base, 45 miles from Las Vegas in the Mojave desert, according to The Guardian.

    Several former drone operators have claimed that the unit's conventional air force personnel – rather than civilian contractors – have been flying the CIA's heavily armed Predator missions in Pakistan, a 10-year campaign which according to some estimates has killed more than 2,400 people.

    Hina Shamsi, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's National Security Project, said this pos

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  • NAB arrests 2 prime accused in Mazarba scandal case

    Dated: 2014-04-16

    ISLAMABAD/PESHAWAR: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) KPK has arrested M Mubarik Shah, owner of MM Qureshi International Private Limited from Lahore airport for his alleged involvement in fraud of million of rupees in the garb of Mazarba/ Masharka.

    As many as 140 affectees have filed claims amounting to Rs 300 million with NAB KPK against this company. Mubarak Shah who is prime accused in the Mazarba fraud case had earlier fled to Dubai after depriving the people of their hard earned money running into million of rupees. However KPK government had placed his name in ECL.

    NAB on a tip off arrested him as soon as he reached Lahore airport. During the preliminary investigation the accused confessed his offence and disclosed that he had purchased and sold out several precious plots in Peshawar. His 14 bank accounts operating in different banks in Peshawar have also been traced out. He is running transport business in Dubai. Director of t

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  • 67 Percent Pakistanis Believes Poverty Has Increased

    Dated: 2014-04-16

    KARACHI : According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 67% Pakistanis believe poverty in Pakistan has increased in the last year.

    A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, across the four provinces was asked “In your opinion, in the last one year, has poverty in Pakistan increased, decreased or has there been no change?”

    Responding to this, 67% said increased whereas 8% said decreased. 24% of the respondents said there has been no change and 1% did not respond.

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  • Afghan deputy minister kidnapped: officials

    Dated: 2014-04-16

    KABUL: A senior Afghan government official was kidnapped along with his driver on his way to work in Kabul on Tuesday, an interior ministry official said.

    Ahmad Shah Waheed, deputy minister for public works, was taken by gunmen at around 7:00 am from the Khairkhana neighbourhood of the capital, said the official who declined to be named.

    He did not elaborate, saying more information could harm efforts to recover the men.

    Hashmatullah Stanikzai, Kabul police spokesman, confirmed the incident, adding: "Afghan police forces have launched a search to secure his release."

    The motive for the incident is not clear, but kidnapping of wealthy individuals for ransom is common in Afghanistan.

    Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for Taliban militants, told they had no knowledge of Waheed´s kidnapping.

    The abduction comes as officials count votes from the A

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  • Mind your language, Professor Ibrahim advises Bilawal

    Dated: 2014-04-16

    Peshawar: Member of the Taliban Committee and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Professor Ibrahim Tuesday asked Pakistan Peoples Party that why its chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari cannot control his tongue?

    While talking to media here, he said that government and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) are negotiating unconditionally for now. Both the parties have not put forward any demand.

    He also clarified that there is no deadlock between both the committees.

    The TTP has ended their internal differences and now they are united, confirmed Prof Ibrahim.

    We have talked about the release of Shahbaz Taseer, Haider Gilani and Professor Ajmal with Taliban, he told media.

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  • ECP seeks 6-9 months time for LB polls in Sindh, Punjab

    Dated: 2014-04-16

    ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has sought more time for holding local bodies (LB) polls in Sindh and Punjab.

    The ECP on Tuesday submitted a plea in the Supreme Court (SC) in which it had prayed that 6 to 9 months are required for delimitation of constituencies, therefore, more time is required for holding LB elections in Sindh and Punjab.

    The commission said it will take 6 to 9 months for LB polls in both the provinces.

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  • Balochistan is blazing but no one cares: SC

    Dated: 2014-04-16

    ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court (SC) has sought report from defence ministry details about the proceedings being initiated under army act against army officers found involved in enforced disappearances.

    The court has also summoned till May, 6 DNA test report from government of Punjab forensic laboratory in respect of dead bodies recovered from mass graves in Khuzdar.

    Justice Nasir ul Mulk remarked “ why longer period is being spent on DNA test of the dead bodies. Maintaining law and order situation in province is legal and constitution obligation of the state. Occurrence of such incidents daily is alarming and these can not be overlooked. We can not see chaos in Balochistan. The elements involved in enforced disappearances should be punished as per law.

    Justice Anwar Zahir Jamali remarked “ Recovery of dead bodies from mass graves is matter of grave concern. The problems will not be res

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  • Shah accuses government of victimizing masses to cover its failures

    Dated: 2014-04-16

    ISLAMABAD: Opposition leader in National Assembly, Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah, while advising government to enhance tax-net instead of increasing taxes, has accused government of victimizing masses to cover its failures.

    In his recent statement, while declaring the recent announcement of finance minister regarding increase in taxes as quite regretful, he said that PPP-led government had managed to increase revenue from a precious of Rs 1020 billion to Rs 1980 billion; “while the current government has targeted a tax revenue of Rs 2435 billion, which seems to be impossible to achieve”, he said.

    He also lambasted government’s addiction to loans, stressing reforms in government’s own institutions and procedures for better progress and development of Nation’s economy.

    “Opposition would do its utmost to ensure that masses get relief in forthcoming budget , and in future meeting(s) would stress on government to

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  • SC orders Sindh govt to register case under anti terrorism act in Perveen Rehman murder case

    Dated: 2014-04-16

    ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court (SC) has ordered Sindh government to register case under anti terrorism act in murder case of Perveen Rehman, social worker of Karachi and present before it report and copy of FIR of the case till May, 6.

    A 2-member bench of SC presided over by Justice Nasir ul Mulk issued these orders on the report of commission on Tuesday.

    The court was told through this report that social workers in ongoing project in Karachi are being targeted and need was there that security be provided to these workers. Responsibility was not discharged in a befitting manner during the course of investigation therefore, police was required to conduct more investigation. Taker mafia is involved in this case. Investigations be assigned to any officer of federal government and this case be registered under anti terrorism act.

    The court while ordering for registration of case under anti terrorism act has sought reply fro

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  • Trilateral moot today: Exploring Prospects of Cooperation among AfPak, Iran

    Dated: 2014-04-16

    ISLAMABAD: Eminent scholars, diplomats and professionals from Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan are putting their heads together Wednesday to explore the “Prospects of Trilateral Cooperation between Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran” here in an international conference at Marriott Hotel.

    It would focus on political, security and economic dynamics of the region in the backdrop of 2014 drawdown in Afghanistan and India-US-Iran and Pakistan-China-Iran triangles, and energy corridors, pipeline politics and regional trade relations.

    The occasion would be graced by chief guest His Excellency Cyrill Nunn, Ambassador Federal Republic of Germany. In his key note address Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Chairman Standing Committee on Defence and Defence Production of the Pakistan Senate would speak on the Pakistani perspective on regional security. While Ambassador Sherry Rehman, President Jinnah Institute would be the key note speaker in post lunch session.

    The international confere

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  • Court not indifferent to security of judges, lawyers: CJP

    Dated: 2014-04-16

    ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court (SC) has declared the recommendations of president of Islamabad High Court Bar (IHCB) in Islamabad district courts attack case very important and sought reply from interior secretary within 15 days.

    Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Tassaduq Hussain Jillani has remarked “ court is not indifferent to the security of lawyers and judges and all steps will be taken in this respect. Providing security not only to the judges and lawyer but also to the common man is responsibility of the state. How the courts will function unless fool proof security is provided.

    A 3-member bench of SC headed by CJP Tassaduq Hussain Jillani took up the case for hearing Tuesday.

    President IHCB Akhtar Kiani appeared in the court who presented before it recommendations complied by the IHCB.

    The court reviewed them remarking “ certain recommendations among them are very crucial. We think that summoning reply fro

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  • COAS confers military awards to Army personnel

    Dated: 2014-04-16

    Rawalpindi: Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Raheel Sharif conferred military awards to the Army personnel in an investiture ceremony held at General Headquarters on Tuesday

    A large number of military officials and relatives of awardees attended the ceremony.

    According to ISPR,10 officers and 20 soldiers were awarded TAMGHA-E-BISALAT, 22 officers were awarded SITARA-I-IMTIAZ (MILITARY), and 3 soldiers were awarded United Nations (UN) Medal. Medals of Shuhada were received by their family members.

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  • LAHORE: Students climb a tree to pluck wild fruits in a village in the suburbs of the provincial capital.
  • ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Q senior leader and Patron Pakistan Tennis Federation Senator Dilawar Abbas posing for group photo along with participants of PTCL Inter-Media cricket tournament at Embassy Cricket Ground Islamabad.
  • SARGODHA: Policemen producing two brothers who were allegedly involved in desecration of human bodies, at Anti Terrorist Court Sargodha.
  • SARGODHA: Policemen producing two brothers who were allegedly involved in desecration of human bodies, at Anti Terrorist Court Sargodha.
  • HUB: Local residents facing hardships due to acute shortage of drinking water on RCD Highway.
  • LAHORE: Women collecting wooden crates to use as fuel, at Sabzi Mandi Lahore.
  • LAHORE: A woman cleaning green chilies at Sabzi Mandi, Lahore.
  • KHANEWAL: A man selling stuffed toys on Station Road to earn living for his family.
  • LAHORE: Students displaying their projects during an exhibition organized by Textile Designing Department at Lahore College for Women University.
  • LAHORE: Students displaying their projects during an exhibition organized by Textile Designing Department at Lahore College for Women University.
  • LAHORE: Students displaying their projects during an exhibition organized by Textile Designing Department at Lahore College for Women University.
  • LAHORE: Director General Health Zahid Parvez, Sajida Mir, Surayya Jabeen, Nabeela Malik and others posing for a group photo with the participants during a seminar organized by Family Planning Association at a local hotel.
  • LAHORE: Residents of DI Khan hold a demonstration in support of their demands outside Lahore Press Club.
  • ISLAMABAD: Federal Information Minister Senator Pervez Rasheed posing for a group photo prior to a meeting with delegation of Rawalpindi / Islamabad Photojournalist Association led by its President Sajjad Haider, PIO Rao Tehseen Khan is also seen in the picture.
  • DERAALLAHYAR: Boys playing on the railway track near a moving train which may cause any accident.
  • RAWALPINDI: A motorcyclist carrying large cooking pots on his motorcycle on Mall Road.
  • RAWALPINDI: People facing hardships due to dust during the work in progress of Metro Bus Project on Benazir Road.
  • KARACHI: Deputy Speaker Sindh Assembly Shahla Raza presiding the provincial assembly session while the MQM members are seen protesting against the extrajudicial killing of MQM workers.
  • KARACHI: Member of Sindh Assembly Syed Sardar Ahmad speaks during the provincial assembly session in Karachi.
  • KARACHI: Member of Sindh Assembly Muhammad Hussain speaks during the provincial assembly session in Karachi.
  • KARACHI: MQM members of Sindh Assembly throwing copies of the agenda as they protest against extrajudicial killings, during the provincial assembly session in Karachi.
  • ABBOTTABAD: Students of Govt. High School Bagan Protesting For Construction of School Building, Which was Destroyed in 08 Oct 2005 Earthquake.
  • ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq addressing a press conference during the 17th Speakers Conference at Parliament House.
  • KARACHI: CNG buses which were bought worth millions of Rupees, in Green CNG Buses Campaign, are lying in a rough state, which needs attention of the concerned authorities.
  • KARACHI: CNG buses which were bought worth millions of Rupees, in Green CNG Buses Campaign, are lying in a rough state, which needs attention of the concerned authorities.
  • KARACHI: CNG buses which were bought worth millions of Rupees, in Green CNG Buses Campaign, are lying in a rough state, which needs attention of the concerned authorities.
  • KARACHI: People gather near an auto rickshaw which fell in a rain drain due to over speeding, in Sarjani Town.
  • KARACHI: Commuters facing hardships due to a road dug up for repairing a water supply line in North Nazimabad Area.
  • KARACHI: Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada speaks during 2nd SAARC Insurance Regulators’ Meet & International Conference, in Karachi.
  • KARACHI: Chief Executive Officer Trade Development Authority of Pakistan S M Munir presenting shield to Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada during 2nd SAARC Insurance Regulators’ Meet & International Conference, in Karachi.
  • KARACHI: People facing hardships due to sewerage water accumulated on the road in New Karachi Area.
  • KARACHI: Garbage lying at Family Park, FB Area Block 16, needs attention of the concerned authorities.
  • QUETTA: People facing hardships due to sewerage water accumulated on Imdad Chowk.
  • QUETTA: Disabled persons from Jaffarabad, hold a demonstration in support of their demands outside Quetta Press Club.
  • QUETTA: Activists of National Party sitting in a token hunger strike camp in support of their demands in Quetta.
  • QUETTA: Activists of Water Filter Plant Operators Association hold a demonstration in support of their demands outside Quetta Press Club.
  • QUETTA: Former President Government Teachers Association Abdul Ghaffar Kadizai speaks during a press conference at Quetta Press Club.
  • MULTAN: Minister of State for Water & Power Chaudhry Abid Sher Ali speaks during a press conference at MEPCO Headquarter Khanewal Road.
  • MULTAN: Residents of Muradwala hold a demonstration in support of their demands at Nawan Shehr Chowk.
  • MULTAN: Ambassador of Argentine Rodolfo Martin Saravia being briefed, during his visit to Nishtar Hospital.
  • MULTAN: Ambassador of Argentine Rodolfo Martin Saravia being briefed, during his visit to Nishtar Hospital.
  • KHYBERAGENCY: Security has been put on high Alert for the NATO Supply line on the Afghan Highway after several Militant attacks on the NATO Containers in Khyber Agency.
  • ISLAMABAD: A beautiful view of the flowers on the plants alongside a road in Islamabad.
  • ISLAMABAD: A beautiful view of the flowers on the plants alongside a road in Islamabad.
  • ISLAMABAD: A beautiful view of the flowers on the plants alongside a road in Islamabad.
  • ISLAMABAD: Managing Director Oxford University Press Ameena Saiyid OBE speaks during a press conference regarding the 2nd Islamabad Literature Festival, at a local hotel.
  • MULTAN: Ambassador of Argentine Rodolfo Martin Saravia planting a sapling at Nishtar Medical College.
  • MULTAN: Ambassador of Argentine Rodolfo Martin Saravia interacting with students at Al Noor Special children school in Multan.
  • ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain exchanging views with Mr. Chung Hongwon, Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.
  • ISLAMABAD: An artisan is busy in preparing cloth on a traditional Khaddi during Lok Mela, at Lok Virsa Islamabad.
  • ISLAMABAD: An artisan is busy in preparing cloth on a traditional Khaddi during Lok Mela, at Lok Virsa Islamabad.
  • ATTOCK: Tractor trolley owners block the road during a sit in demonstration in support of their demands at Katchery Chowk.
  • KARACHI: Motorists face hardships due to illegal stalls and rickshaws parked on the main road of Lee Market.
  • KARACHI: The old graveyard of Bohri Sect, in Lyari Area, is in rough state which needs attention of the concerned authorities.
  • KARACHI: Gypsy women collecting reusable items from a heap of garbage in Karachi.
  • PESHAWAR: Additional Chief Secretary FATA Arbab Muhammad Arif awarding certificate to a student of Khyber Institute of Technical Education in Peshawar.
  • PESHAWAR: A young boy waiting for customers of boat ride at Sar Daryab, Peshawar.
  • PESHAWAR: Venders selling mosquito nets on GT Road as they are in high demand in the summer season.
  • HYDERABAD: Wrestlers taking part in All Sindh Malakhra Competition at Bulri Shah Kareem.
  • ISLAMABAD: A public transport vehicle reserved for women, standing in a queue to collect CNG from a CNG Station as the length of the CNG queues in the capital, has increased from 1 kilometer to 3 kilometers after the announcement of new schedule of CNG load management.
  • ISLAMABAD: Teachers from FATA hold a demonstration in support of their demands outside National Press Club.
  • DERAGHAZIKHAN: Punjab Minister for Jails Chaudhry Abdul Waheed Araeen speaks during a press conference in DG Khan.
  • DERAGHAZIKHAN: Pakistan Sunni Tahreek Leader Sarwat Ejaz Qadri speaks during Sunni Conference, in Dera Ghazi Khan.
  • RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Raheel Sharif conferring military awards to the Army personnel in an investiture ceremony held at General Headquarters.
  • ISLAMABAD: Chung Hongwon, Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea planting a sapling at Shakar Parian, Islamabad.
  • PESHAWAR: Members of All Pakistan Pensioners Association stage a demonstration in support of their demands outside Peshawar Press Club.
  • PESHAWAR: Residents of Peshawar who play cricket stage a demonstration against closing of cricket grounds in their area, outside Peshawar Press Club.
  • PESHAWAR: Muhammad Shoaib, who qualified for top three in Pakistan Idol, addresses a press conference at Peshawar Press Club.
  • PESHAWAR: MNA Fazal Elahi addresses a press conference at Peshawar Press Club.
  • PESHAWAR: President Agriculture Farmer Association Bara, Khyber Agency Hebat Khan addresses a press conference at Peshawar Press Club.
  • PESHAWAR: Joseph Francis distributing compensation cheques among the relatives of victims of Kohati Church blast, during a ceremony at Peshawar Press Club.
  • ISLAMABAD: Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Sirajul Haq, Ameer Jamaatud Dawa Hafiz Saeed, Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Baig, Gen (r) Hameed Gul, Sahibzada Abu Al-Khair Muhammad Zubair and others sitting on stage during International Solidarity Ummah Conference organized by Milli Yakjehti Council at a local hotel.
  • FAISALABAD: People from different walks of life participate in dengue awareness walk at Allied Hospital.
  • FAISALABAD: A delegation of an industrial association meeting with DCO Noor-ul-Amin Mengal to discuss issues related to power loadshedding.
  • FAISALABAD: Students of Jamia Saddiqia Al-Banaat blocked road during a demonstration in support of their demands.
  • FAISALABAD: Activists of Jamaat-e-Islami are seen sitting at a protest camp to demonstrate against price hike, unemployment, corruption and privatization of government run institutions, at Zila Council Chowk.
  • FAISALABAD: Journalists stage a demonstration to demand arrest of assailants who attacked a local journalist Mirza Muneer Baig, at Zila Council Chowk.
  • FAISALABAD: Woman talks to media person during a demonstration against allege gang rape of a small girl, outside Police Station Rasheedabad.
  • LAHORE: Army helicopter seen flying over Badshahi Masjid during inspection of the work of Metro Bus project.
  • LAHORE: Activists of Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen stage a demonstration in support of their demands outside Lahore Press Club.
  • LAHORE: Residents of Rafayah Abad hold water pots during a demonstration against non availability of water in the area.
  • LAHORE: An animal cart owner is seen passing through road near Minar-e-Pakistan during cloudy weather in the provincial capital.
  • LAHORE: A view of Minar-e-Pakistan during cloudy weather in the provincial capital.
  • ABBOTTABAD: A file photo of Nadeem who is accused of murdering two nephews in the area of Murree.
  • KARACHI: Ghofran Marghob Ahmad, the chief officer who was freed from ship Morning Glory which was hijacked in Libya, addresses a press conference at Karachi Press Club.
  • KARACHI: Activists of Jamaat-e-Islami stage a demonstration against extortion and target killing, outside Karachi Press Club.
  • KARACHI: Workers of Gilgit Baltistan Youth and Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen stage a demonstration to demand subsidy on wheat, outside Karachi Press Club.
  • KARACHI: Kids sleep on road with their relatives who came from far-flung area of Sindh province to stage a protest in support of demands outside Karachi Press Club.
  • KARACHI: Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council Maulana Tahir Ashrafi addresses a press conference at Karachi Press Club.
  • TIMERGARA: Leader of ANP Lower Dir Shafi ullah Yosafzai along with his associates talks to media persons at Timergara Press Club.
  • PESHAWAR: Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan taking oath of the office of the Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa administered by Chief Justice Peshawar High Court Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel at Governor’s House, Peshawar. Chief Minister, Pervez Khattak is also present.