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Four policemen killed and Fifteen others injured in bomb attack on police convoy in Torghar district, Pakistan.

October 3, 2011

The policemen appointed on a three-year contract were going to Abbottabad for training. — Dawn File photo

Four killed in bomb attack on police convoy

MANSEHRA||2nd October, 2011 : Four policemen were killed and 15 others injured when a bomb blast ripped through their convoy in Torghar district (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province) on Saturday (on 1st oct) .

“The bomb planted on Torghar-Thakot road was detonated by remote control. It hit one of the three vehicles in the convoy. Four policemen were killed and 15 others injured,” Torghar district police officer Fareed Khan told reporters at the DHQ Hospital in Battagram.

The policemen appointed on a three-year contract were going to Abbottabad for training.

It was the first terrorist attack in Torghar since President Asif Ali Zardari changed its tribal status and made it a district through a notification issued on Jan 27 this year.

Soon after the attack, security personnel cordoned off the area and took the injured to a heath facility in Shahgai from where they were shifted to hospitals in Battagram and Abbottabad.

The deceased were identified as Naqeebullah, Mohammad Nadeem, Rafeeullah and Fazlur Rehman.

“Two vehicles had passed safely. The blast occurred when our vehicle was passing through the area. I don’t know what happened after that,” said Habibullah Ahmad, an injured constable.

DPO Fareed said one of the policemen died on the spot, two in the DHQ Hospital and another on way to Ayub Medical Complex in Abbottabad.

Eight of the injured were taken to the DHQ Hospital and seven to Ayub Medical Complex.

In reply to a question, he said it would be premature to say who was behind the attack.

According to the bomb disposal squad, which reached the area four hours after the incident, the bomb was packed with 10-12 kilograms of locally-made explosive.

Courtesy : Dawn.

Militants Pressurize for Begging. Foreign Funds Channelized to Militants. Begging for Sponsored Terrorist Groups.

September 28, 2009

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Zardari Govt making Pak look like an ‘international beggar’: PML-N

ANI Tags : Pakistan Muslim League, Zardari Posted: Monday , Sep 28, 2009 at 1435 hrs Islamabad: Source Courtsey: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/zardari-govt-making-pak-look-like-an-international-beggar-pmln/522426/

Some days ago, Ex-President of Pakistan, Parvez Musharaff said that the aid provided to Pakistan by the US has been used for directing its hostile operations against India. Now, Nawaz Sherriff, PML-N Chief raised his voice about the mode and purpose of getting and utilising the foreign aid coming to Pakistan.  

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz ( PLM-N) has blamed the Zardari Government for failing to achieve any concrete results from the ‘Friends of Democratic Pakistan’ moot. “Parking of funds for Pakistan with the World Bank is a clear sign that no country in the world is willing to trust this regime,” The Dawn quoted PML-N Central Spokesman Ahsan Iqbal, as saying. 

 Iqbal added that channelling funds through the World Bank would put added burden on Pakistan since it will have to pay for additional costs in the shape of expensive World Bank bureaucracy overheads.

 He also said that the government was facing a ”trust mega deficit” both at home and abroad due to its lack of transparency, poor governance, and cronyism.

 “Inside the country, people, opposition, and investors are increasingly getting skeptical about the government”s will and competence to deal with the challenges the country faces,” he said.

“The nation wants to know where are the 100 billion dollars which Zardari promised to bring in the country. It is a shame that the government is making Pakistan look like an international beggar,” he added.

Indo-Pak dialogue about Pak Terrorism. Zardari Mischievous?

June 17, 2009

Pak must stop terrorism against India: Manmohan tells Zardari

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Amit Baruah, Hindustan Times
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Yekaterinburg, June 16, 2009 | www.hindustantimes.com
Moments after shaking hands, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday that his mandate was simple: to tell Pakistan that it must end all terrorism against India.

As soon as they sat down, Singh said he was happy to meet Zardari.

And then, within earshot of reporters, the PM spelt out the post-26/11 agenda for Zardari — that Pakistan must implement the assurances given to India on terrorism.

Singh, as usual, spoke in his low tone at the Silver Room of the Hyatt hotel in this central Russian city, but his remarks were audible to journalists, before they were ushered out of the meeting room.

Singh and Zardari had last met on the sidelines of a United Nations General Assembly session in New York last September.

On Tuesday, they had a 45-minute one-on-one conversation.

Later, foreign secretary Shivshankar Menon said the “primary issue of terrorism will be discussed by the foreign secretaries of the two countries” before the leaders of the two countries met again in mid-July on the sidelines of an international conference in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt.

Zardari’s spokesman, Farhatullah Baabar, said in a statement that the stalled peace process between the two countries had got a “fresh lease of life”. The president, he added, had reiterated Islamabad’s desire to punish the perpetrators of the Mumbai carnage.

There is no resumption of the composite dialogue yet, but the reset button on the relationship appears to have been pressed by the two countries.

Menon emphasised that the foreign secretaries would discuss what Pakistan had done to tackle terrorism against India and then report to the leaders. The rest, he said, was “astrology”.

It is clear that for the moment only the issue of Pakistani action against India-specific terrorism is on the bilateral agenda, but once Singh and Zardari take stock of the situation in Egypt, opportunities for enhanced dialogue could open up.

Aware of political sensitivities back home, the government seems to have gone along with a limited resumption of talks with Pakistan which would focus directly on Islamabad’s actions to curb terrorist attacks against India.

Asked for a response to the “tough language” used by Singh on terrorism, Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi downplayed the issue. “I would look at it differently,” he said. “The fact that this (Zardari-Manmohan) meeting is happening is a positive development.”

About the release of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba leader Hafiz Saeed by the Lahore High Court, he said, “The courts in Pakistan are independent and we, like you, have to respect their decisions.”

Would the Pakistani government file an appeal in the Supreme Court against Saeed’s release? “We’re contemplating such an appeal,” said Qureshi.

Singh reiterates commitment to Indo-Pak dialogue

source : www.dawn.com

NEW DELHI: India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reiterated Wednesday that he wanted to try again to make peace with Pakistan, but stressed Islamabad needed to take ‘strong and effective’ action to end terrorism, PTI reported.

The comments came a day after Singh met with Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari on the sidelines of a regional summit in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, their first face-to-face talks since the deadly Mumbai attacks.

In this meeting, the two sides agreed that their foreign secretaries would meet on ‘mutually convenient dates’ to be followed by another meeting of the two leaders on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Egypt in July.
 

‘The two foreign secretaries will meet at mutually convenient dates and discuss the steps to be taken on either side to deal with extremism and terrorism and from those discussions the political leadership will re-engage at Sharm-el-Sheikh (Egypt),’ Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said after the meeting.

The one-to-one meeting between President Zardari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh which began with a ‘warm handshake’ lasted for about an hour. Singh said Zardari had told him that Pakistan was sincere, but had stressed the difficulties his government is facing and had sought ‘some time.’

‘It is essential that strong and effective steps are taken by Pakistan against the enemies of peace,’ Singh was quoted as telling journalists accompanying him on his way back from Russia.

Singh said if the Pakistani leadership shows ‘courage, determination and statesmanship to take the high road to peace, India will meet it more than half the way.’ He added that he has ‘spoken before also about my vision of a cooperative sub-continent and the vital interest people of the sub-continent have in peace. For this, we must try again to make peace with Pakistan,’ the Press Trust of India quoted him as saying.

Earlier in Russia, Mr Mehmood Qureshi and Indian Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon and National Security Adviser N.K Naraynan joined the two leaders for a photo session.

Mr Qureshi replied in the negative when asked if the engagement between the two foreign secretaries was part of the composite dialogue process, but said, ‘it is a positive step forward.’

He termed the meeting between the two leaders a ‘positive development’ and said ‘the only sensible course was to talk to each other’. He said the people of South Asia wanted peace, security and development and wanted the two nations to live in harmony.

The Foreign Office in a statement issued after the talks said ‘the two leaders among other things discussed the question of resumption of the composite dialogue. Pakistan believes that the resumption of composite dialogue, and addressing seriously and with sincerity, a range of issues, is the only way forward.’ Asked if Pakistan would raise the water dispute with India, the foreign minister said that all contentious issues could be raised when the talk process began.

‘The president reiterated the desire of the government of Pakistan to cooperate with India in bringing the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks to justice. It is imperative that the Pakistan-India joint anti-terrorism mechanism be re-activated.’

The president expressed the hope that Pakistan’s relations with India would enter a new era and the existing outstanding issues and disputes, including Jammu and Kashmir, would be resolved. The statement said that Pakistan remained committed to friendly and good neighbourly relations with India.

‘My mandate is to tell you that Pakistani territory should not be used for terrorism against India,’ the Press Trust of India quoted Prime Minister Singh as telling President Zardari.

It said that after Mr Singh’s comments Mr Zardari immediately asked journalists to be escorted from the room so the meeting could be continued in private.

PTI reported that Mr Singh was also understood to have conveyed India’s ‘unhappiness’ over Pakistani inaction against terrorism aimed at India. Mr Singh also expressed disappointment over the release of Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed suspected by India of being among the masterminds of the Mumbai attacks.

The two countries have already completed four rounds of the composite dialogue, but the fifth round was halted by India after the Mumbai attacks in November last year.

President Zardari and Prime Minister Singh were in Russia to attend as observers the summit of SCO that groups China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The two leaders last met in Sept 2008 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York.—Agencies

PM’s wishlist: Peace with Pak, end of terrorism

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 1608 hrs IST| www.indianexpress.com

 On Board Prime Minister’s Special Aircraft:Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Wednesday that India wanted to try again to make peace with Pakistan but Islamabad should take “strong and effective” actions to end terrorism against his country like it has done with regard to Taliban.

 A day after he met Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari in Yekaterinburg, Singh said if the Pakistani leadership shows “courage, determination and statesmanship to take the high road to peace, India will meet it more than half the way”.

 Singh said Zardari had told him that he was sincere in fighting terrorism but he talked about difficulties his government is facing in tackling the menace and sought “some time” in this regard.

 “I have spoken before also about my vision of a cooperative sub-continent and the vital interest people of the sub-continent have in peace. For this, we must try again to make peace with Pakistan. But for this regard.

“I have spoken before also about my vision of a cooperative sub-continent and the vital interest people of the sub-continent have in peace. For this, we must try again to make peace with Pakistan. But for this, it is essential that strong and effective steps are taken by Pakistan against the enemies of peace,” Singh told journalists accompanying him on his way back after attending two multilateral summits.

 

Towards a Civil war in Pakistan :: Military About to take Control Over Capital :: Opposition Leaders Confined.

March 15, 2009

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Pakistani opposition leader Sharif detained – aides

Sun, Mar 15 08:58 AM // Reuters

Former Pakistani prime minister and opposition leader Nawaz Sharif has been placed under house arrest in the city of Lahore, his party officials said on Sunday, hours before he was due to address a protest rally.
“Detention orders have been issued for Mr Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif and other senior party leaders,” Sharif party official Naseer Ahmed Bhutta said outside Sahrif’s house, which was surrounded by police.
Sharif’s brother, Shahbaz, is also a politician and a senior member of his party.

Source Courtesy : Yahoo Services.

Pak to review court poll bar on Sharifs

Islamabad, March 14 (Agencies): The Pakistan Government today said it would appeal a court ruling that barred Nawaz Sharif and his brother from elected office, in the first major concession to Opposition leaders that came amid stepped-up US efforts to end the standoff.
The decision to file a review petition came hours after information minister Sherry Rehman resigned over restrictions on media coverage of protests by lawyers and Opposition parties campaigning for an independent judiciary, and the army was put on standby.
Officials said US secretary of state Hillary Clinton telephoned President Asif Ali Zardari and Sharif and voiced concern over the turmoil the country had lurched into.
Clinton “urged a settlement through negotiations”, Sharif’s spokesman Pervaiz Rasheed said.
Hours later the government announced it would appeal the court ruling in the coming week.
“The federal government will file a review petition in the supreme court against the verdict of the supreme court,” a spokesman for Zardari said in a statement.
“This is part of the government’s policy to resolve political issues through reconciliation and negotiation,” spokesman Farhatullah Babar said. “We want to bring down the political temperature.”
Sharif’s party dismissed the decision as an “eyewash”.
“We will go ahead with the long march. No one can stop it. It will be a milestone in Pakistan’s history,” Sharif, who threw his weight behind the lawyers’ protest after Zardari dismissed the provincial administration in Punjab led by his brother, told a rally in Lahore this evening.
“As far as the review petition is concerned, we do not recognise these courts, the chief justice of these courts because these courts are unconstitutional,” a spokesman for Sharif’s PML(N) said.
“These courts have been established by Pervez Musharraf through an emergency order. Therefore, they do not have constitutional position,” Siddiq Al Farooq told a TV channel.
Police temporarily detained dozens of activists across the country, including five people at a gathering of hundreds of lawyers and Sharif supporters in the central city of Multan.
“So far our attitude is soft, but we can change our strategy,” Ali Ahmad Kurd, the leader of the country’s lawyers’ movement, said in Quetta after authorities allegedly prevented him from boarding a plane to Lahore.
“When one path is blocked, God opens 100 others, and we will reach Lahore and then Islamabad,” said Kurd, whose road convoy was turned back by police a day earlier.
Army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas said the government put the army on notice that troops might be needed to protect “sensitive areas” in Islamabad and elsewhere.
“When the situation deteriorates, gets out of hand of police, paramilitary (troops), only then the army is deployed,” Abbas said.
Earlier in the day, in another sign of strain on the government, information minister Rehman announced her resignation from the cabinet after the private Geo TV channel complained that cable TV companies had blocked its programming in several cities. Geo accused Zardari of ordering the restrictions — an allegation denied by his spokesman.
Rehman, who has often spoken in defence of media freedoms, didn’t explain her decision, and the channel appeared to be available again today in major cities.
Zardari said Rehman was “ditching” the government at a time of crisis, but she replied that she saw “no point” in continuing in her post, a source said. Rehman also told the President that the media could not be “switched on and off like a light bulb”, the source added.

Telegraph Kolkata // 15-03-2009

Sharif defiant, troops deployed in Pak capital

14 Mar 2009, 1656 hrs IST, AGENCIES

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Saturday ordered troops to be deployed at sensitive areas in the capital as the threat by the opposition to go for a mass sit-in outside the Parliament neared, but the army said the deployment would take place “only if the situation warrants.” Meanwhile, PML (N) chief Nawaz Sharif has refused to negotiate with the Government and said the Long March to Islamabad will
continue despite government crackdown.

The army said it had received a request from the government to deploy troops at sensitive locations to maintain law and order during the protest by lawyers and opposition parties.

The troops will remain on alert and will “move only if the situation warrants it”, chief military
spokesman Maj Gen Athar Abbas told Dawn News channel.

He refused to identify the sensitive locations. The lawyers’ movement and opposition parties, including former premier Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N, launched a “long march” on March 12 to pressure the ruling Pakistan People’s Party to reinstate judges deposed by former President Pervez Musharraf.

The organisers of the protest have said it will end with a sit-in near parliament but the government has said it will not let the demonstrators enter Islamabad.

The army’s Rawalpindi-based 111 Brigade, which has usually played a crucial role in past military coups, held a meeting on Thursday to review the law and order situation in the capital and nearby areas.

Lawyers and opposition have said the authorities have detained over 1,200 people to thwart the protest.

Prohibitory orders banning protests and rallies have been imposed in Sindh, Punjab and North West Frontier Province but the protestors have said they are determined to march to the capital.

The authorities have sealed all highways leading to the capital and have forced halt to three big opposition motorcades converging towards Islamabad.

Courtesy :: The Times of India // 15-03-2009.