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Brussels talks US wants Afghan, Pak tensions ease BRUSSELS—Afghan President was in “a critical transforma- Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Hamid Karzai met Pakistan’s army chief and the foreign secretary in talks on Wednesday hosted by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry aimed at easing tension between the neighbours before the end of NATO’s Afghanistan combat mission. Kerry is hosting the talks in Brussels involving Karzai and Pakistani Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani and Foreign Secretary Jalil Jilani, with the aim of calming tensions over border disputes and the stalled peace process. Kerry told reporters at the BRUSSELS: US Secretary of State John Kerry laughs as Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistan Army Chief Gen start of the meeting at the residence of the US ambassador to Ashfaq Parvez Kayani shake hands after he made a statement after a meeting on Wednesday. NATO on the outskirts of the Belgian capital that Afghanistan BB murder case Musharraf’s bail petition dismissed PPP, PML-N did nothing in their tenures: Imran L AHORE —PTI chief Imran Khan has said that tested parties bench of the Lahore High are unable to bring about a Court’s Rawalpindi registry change in the country. dismissed the bail petition He was addressing a joining submitted by former military ceremony of 67 former Nazims ruler Gen (retd) Pervez in Pakistan Tehreek-e- Insaf. Musharraf in the Benazir Addressing a press conferBhutto murder case. The bail ence held in a local hotel in was dismissed on the grounds Lahore ‚ the leaders of the jointhat Musharraf’s counsel did ing group termed Imran Khan as not pursue the case on bail plea. a great leader of the country‚ who Federal Investigation is striving to build a new PakiAgency (FIA)’s Prosecutor stan. They said that they are joinChaudhry Zulfiqar said that ing the PTI willingly and withfollowing the cancellation of out any pressure and they were his bail petition, Musharraf motivated and inspired by the slocould be arrested any time now. gan of change. They were of the The bench had resumed the view that the next prime minister would be Imran Khan. Continued on Page 6 The PTI chairman Imran Khan was also present on the RAWALPINDI—A division Election office attack MQM observes mourning day KARACHI—Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Wednesday observed mourning day across Sindh over the attack on its election office in Buffer Zone area killing four people and injuring 30 others. It should be mentioned that the strike call was given by MQM’s Coordination Committee on Tuesday, in protest over the killing of the activists in the bombing. The trades activities and transport remained suspended against the terrorist activities in the metropolis. Continued on Page 6 China asks India to pull back from E Ladakh NEW DELHI—China has asked the Indian Army to destroy certain fortified positions in the disputed territory in eastern Ladakh in return for the PLA removing its temporary camp in Depsang valley, now at the centre of a military face-off. Indian Defence sources said a flag meeting on Tuesday, the second since April 15, failed after the Chinese side made its demand. The Indian side was not willing to make a commitment, and that led to an impasse, the sources said. The sources said that Indian fortifications that have come up recently in eastern Ladakh are in an area different from the one where the current Continued on Page 6 Delhi mulls to join Iran-Pak gas project occasion. Addressing the new en- number time‚ but‚ unfortunately trants‚ the PTI chairman wel- they did nothing for the bettercomed their joining and hoped ment and prosperity of the people during the past twenty seven years. He said that PPP and PML (N) had not enforced local bodies system and destroyed the national institutions. He said that “there are plenty of resources in Pakistan and we don’t need to borrow money from other countries.” He said that the economic development cannot be possible unless the powers are transferred upto the grass root level. He said that development work is not the actual job of MNA and MPAs‚ rather their job that their joining would make the is legislation and the responsibilparty stronger. He said that both ity of development project goes PPP and PML(N) were elected a to the local bodies.—NNI Altaf asks people to take MQM polls campaign in their hands STAFF REPORTER TEHRAN—Iran Oil Ministry KARACHI—The Founder and spokesman has said that New Delhi is in talks with Tehran to join the multi-billion-dollar pipeline which Iran is building to export natural gas to the neighboring Pakistan. “Since India has been motivated by Pakistan’s seriousness in building the [Iran-Pakistan] `peace pipeline’‚ New Delhi is negotiating to join the project‚” spokesman of Iranian oil ministry Alireza Nikzad-Rahbar has been quoted as saying by Meher News Agency Wednesday. The Iranian official added that there has been considerable progress in the Iran-Pakistan (IP) pipeline‚ with Iranian contractors Continued on Page 6 Leader of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain appealed to the people to take the MQM’s election campaign in their hands and spread its message door-to-door. He said this while speaking at a condolence meeting held in London on Wednesday. Condemning the deadly bomb blast at the MQM’s election office at Peoples Chowrangi in North Nazimabad area, he offered his deep sense of grief and sorrow on the killing and injuring of MQM workers and sympathizers and offered condolences with the bereaved family members. He was overcome by grief and his voice gave way while speaking about the MQM martyrs. He said that the forces inimical to the MQM were targeting were targeting innocent MQM workers in order to keep it away from the election process. The persistent killings of the MQM workers for the past ten days brought back the memories of Qasba-Aligarh tragedy of 1986 and the operation clean-up of Jun 19, 1992. He said that unconstitutional, undemocratic, and illegal were taken against the MQM in order to restrict it from launching a massive election campaign. Addressing the haq parast people, MQM leaders, workers and sympathizers, he said that his courage and determination Continued on Page 6 Khoso visits Karachi today ISLAMABAD—Caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso is rushing to Karachi today (Thursday). The untoward developments in Karachi especially the decision of Muttahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) to close down its electoral offices in the city have turned the maiden visit of the prime minister exceptionally significant. Interestingly Prime Minister Khoso had earlier scheduled to undertake visit to Karachi thrice but on every occasion it was called off at the eleventh hour. He is succeeding in visiting Karachi after more than a month of acquiring his office. The Public Relations department of the PM House has confirmed the schedule of Prime Minister Khoso for Karachi as his personal staff including per- Continued on Page 6 124 dead in BD building collapse DHAKA—At least 124 people have been killed and over 600 others injured in an incident where an eight-story building collapsed in the Bangladeshi (BD) capital, Dhaka. The number of deaths at the Rana Plaza is expected to rise. “Many people are feared dead,” said the director of the fire department, Zehadul Islam. The Rana Plaza located in the Savar district on the outskirts of Dhaka, housed garment factories and a shopping center. Reports say that only the ground floor of the building has remained intact. Fire service and army rescue workers are at the scene, trying to pull out trapped Continued on Page 6 CEC asked to take note of vilification campaign against President: Babar IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar urged the CEC to take note of the vilification campaign against the President and issue directions to all to desist from it in the interest of free and fair elections. In a letter addressed to the CEC which he personally delivered in the office of ECP he said “The President is severely handicapped because out of deference to the Court observations he can- not react to these accusations by employing befitting political jargon”. Direct personal criticism of the President during the campaign while the President was unable to respond to them is denying level playing field to the Party that is contesting elections using the slogans and images of Shaheed Bhuttos, the letter said. The spokesperson wrote that “I wish to bring to your attention the vilification campaign set in motion by the leadership of some political parties particularly the PML-N against the person of President Asif Ali Zardari and its adverse impact on free and fair elections and the need to urgently redress the issue.” He further stated in his letter that the President of Pakistan was the head of the state representing the unity of the Republic. Article 41 of the Constitution states: “There shall be a President of Pakistan who shall be the Head of the State and shall represent the unity of the Republic”. During hearing in the dual office case in the Lahore High Court recently the Honourable court had made observations against the Head of the State involving in any partisan political activity. Babar stated in the letter further that as a result a statement was made before the court that the President dissociated himself from political affairs of the Party. The President also restrained himself from participating in activities and holding meetings that could be seen as partisan political in nature. This response of the President was also appre- Continued on Page 6 tional period”. “(I am) very, very pleased the president could travel, General Kayani and Secretary Jilani could take the time to be here,” he said. “We are very, very hopeful for a productive series of discussions.” Karzai called it an important meeting and said he was glad Kayani and Jilani had found the time to travel to Brussels. “Let’s hope forward for the best,” he told reporters. Jilani called it a very important meeting, adding: “We are looking forward to a very productive and forward-looking discussion.” The talks come after a day after a gathering of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels at which NATO Secretary General Pakistan must crack down on militants who use the country as a sanctuary to launch attacks in Afghanistan. The meeting follows weeks of tension with Pakistan over their 2,600-km border and stalled peace efforts. U.S. officials hope that Kerry, who has a good relationship with Karzai, can bring the parties back to the negotiating table and make constructive progress on an issue that has long-term security implications for Washington. Rasmussen held talks with Karzai at NATO headquarters on Tuesday which he said focused on the legal framework for Continued on Page 6 Bomb explosions in Balochistan, KP, Sindh; 23 injured QUETTA/PESHAWAR/SWAT— At least 23 people including women and children were injured in a series of bomb blasts in Balochistan, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Wednesday. The blasts taking place in Quetta, Peshawar, Swat, D.I.Khan and Jacobabad created scare among the people as the militants have apparently become more active to derail the election campaign. According to sources, a blast occurred near a private hospital in Quetta where the bomb was planted on a bicycle which was detonated using a remote control. According to preliminary investigation, at least two kilograms of explosives were used in the blast. Thirteen people including two children were injured in the blast that took place in Satellite Town, Quetta. In another blast near police station, two policemen were in- jured. Later, police shifted the in- six people were killed and more jured to the Civil Hospital where than 45 others were injured in a the condition of two wounded powerful explosion in Nichari QUETTA: An injured person being shifted to civil hospital after bomb blast near a private hospital in Satellite Town. was reported as critical. road area of Quetta. Moreover, police and FronThe banned Lashkar-itier Corps (FC) cordoned off the Jhangvi (LJ) claimed responsibilarea and started their investiga- ity for the car bomb attack. A tion. Earlier, on Tuesday, at least Continued on Page 6 Final list issued Election campaign picks up, PPP still slackens LIAQAT TOOR I SLAMABAD —The election campaign has picked up in the country with the issuing of final list of candidates by the Election Commission. PML-N and PTI are in full gear as their leaders including Sharif brothers and Imran Khan are leading the campaign by addressing public meetings daily in different parts of the world while PML-N to support voting rights for overseas Pakistanis: Nawaz LAHORE—PML-N President Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday called for the implementation of the Supreme Court’s order for giving voting rights to overseas Pakistanis. “Overseas Pakistanis, who send billions of dollars in remittances each year, are our major asset,” the former PM told a delegation of overseas Pakistanis. He said that after coming to power, the PML-N government would promote business-friendly policies and provide safe environment for investment by overContinued on Page 6 PPP is still slackened and failed to hold a big public rally so far. Though the parties had issued tickets to their candidates, the campaign was lack luster as final list of candidates was awaited. As the situation has cleared now, the reports pouring in from different parts of the country suggested that campaign has gained momentum. JUI-F, Functional Muslim League and regional parties in Balochistan are also perked up their push but ANP and MQM are facing shocks of terror strikes which have slowed down their drive. These important elections have also witnessed latest technology being employed by PTI and PML-N and partially by PPP in attracting the voters. Face book, twitter, blogs and SMS messages are being extensively used. Recorded speeches of the Continued on Page 6 Dual nationality case Contempt notices issued to Zardari, Ashraf I SLAMABAD —The Supreme and Senator Rehman Malik. Court of Pakistan Wednesday issued contempt of court notices to President Asif Ali Zardari and former premier Raja Pervez Ashraf for not implementing its orders pertaining to dual nationality case. A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, will hear the case on Thursday. Notices were also issued to Senate Chairman Nayyar Hussain Bukhari, Chief Election Commissioner Justice (Retd) Fakhruddin G., Attorney General Irfan Qadir Mehmood Akhtar, the petitioner, had filed separate petitions pleading the court to indict the said dignitaries over reappointing former interior minister Rehman Malik as senator. Last month, the court had inquired from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) about the reasons for not disqualifying the dual-nation lawmakers and asked as to why were criminal cases not proceeded against the former members of provincial and national assemblies, when they had submitted their resignations.—INP

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