Monthly Archives: August 2013

Karachi suo motu case: SC forms panel to probe arms shipment charge

Ports and shippi­ng minist­ry of previo­us govts involv­ed in arms smuggl­ing, says DG Ranger­s.  The Supreme Court directed Yahya to submit a report during the course of the day on the number of ships, vessels and launches that arrived and the revenue collected on the goods imported from June 1 to August 30.
KARACHI: 
The Supreme Court on Friday constituted a commission to conduct an investigation into an alleged shipment of weapons and the suspected

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Beginning of the end?: Preliminary talks with Taliban paying off says report

Possib­ility of Taliba­n snappi­ng contac­ts with al Qaeda, Lashka­r-e-Jhangv­i explor­ed in talks.  The Taliban say that anti-Pakistan militant groups are under increasing pressure to negotiate a peace pact with the government before the 2014 withdrawal of US-led coalition forces from Afghanistan. ILLUSTRATION:

An exploratory round of negotiations with the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has started paying off, the British Broadcasting Corporation

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Bara Kahu attempted bombing: Suspect sent on judicial remand

Police lookin­g for three more member­s who were allege­dly part of the plot.  The police were looking for three more members who were allegedly part of the plot. SCREENGRAB:

ISLAMABAD: Anwar Hameed, a suspect arrested in the failed suicide bombing attempt at an imambargah in Bara Kahu, has been sent to jail on a 14-day judicial remand, Express News reported on Saturday.
On Friday, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the Islamabad Police picked up Anwar Hameed on

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Possible terrorist reactions: Spy agencies warn of death row fallout

Terror­ists to execut­e high-profil­e hostag­es if death penalt­y morato­rium ends, accord­ing to report­s.  Terrorists to execute high-profile hostages if death penalty moratorium ends, according to reports.

Intelligence agencies have cautioned civilian authorities that they risked terror assaults and possible hostage executions by militant outfits if the moratorium on the death penalty was lifted, The Express Tribune has learnt.
Intelligence agencies

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OGRA scam: Rs3.2 billion recovered so far, NAB tells court

Physic­al remand of main accuse­d extend­ed till Sept 10.  According to NAB, four members of SNGP have recorded their statements, giving testimony that the accused has also stashed money in different banks in UAE.
ISLAMABAD: 
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday informed an accountability court that the authority has recovered Rs3.2 billion from the accused in the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) scam.
During a hearing on Friday, NAB Prosecutor

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Hundreds protest in Australia over Syria

AFP_SYDNEY: Hundreds of people protested in Australia on Saturday against a possible US military strike on Syria, after President Barack Obama said Washington was weighing “limited, narrow” action against the country.
Carrying placards reading “Hands off Syria” and “Stop the war in Syria”, some bearing the face of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, about 300 people gathered in Sydney’s Martin Place to voice their concerns about any US military assault.
“Today we all stand here united. We stand

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Meet the Military Forces Gathering on Syria’s Doorstep

MONITORING DESK- While the United States is ready to strike a handful of targets on the ground in Syria, any international conflict there will take place on a much larger stage. The entire region is full of a witches’ brew of military hardware from more than half a dozen nations with interests in the Syrian conflict.
The United States and France are prepared to strike the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from the Mediterranean Sea and a ring of air bases surrounding Syria.

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Safari Park encounter genuine and not fake, says Sultan Khawaja

KARACHI, Aug 21 (INP): Deputy Inspector General (DIG) CIA Sultan Khawaja Saturday said that Safari Park encounter was not fake as claimed by some politicians and sections of the media.
Addressing a press conference here at CIA Center, Sultan Khawaja said that the CCTV footage of Safari Park encounter, played by media was genuine.
He said the encounter was not fake and police officer Qasim Ghauri demonstrated extreme bravery on that day.
However, he added, the conduct of one SHO was suspicious

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Warhorse Hewitt steals show at US Open

AFP_NEW YORK: Australian warhorse Lleyton Hewitt battled to a five-set US Open win over Argentine sixth seed Juan Martin Del Potro Friday, relegating Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams to supporting roles.
The 2001 champion defeated the 2009 winner, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-1 in the tournament’s biggest shock to date.
Hewitt, 32 years old and down at 66 in the rankings after a lengthy battle with injuries, served up a trademark warrior-like performance that recalled his golden

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Syria expects an attack ‘at any moment’: security official

AFP_DAMASCUS: Syria expects a military attack “at any moment”, a security official told Saturday, just hours after UN experts probing a suspected gas attack blamed on the regime left the country.
“We are expecting an attack at any moment. We are ready to retaliate at any moment,” said the security official, who wished to remain anonymous.
US President Barack Obama on Friday gave his clearest indication yet that an attack was imminent after his intelligence experts concluded Syria’s regime had

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