Saudi King called Zardari greatest obstacle to Pak progress: report


Monday, November 29, 2010
Saudi King called Zardari greatest obstacle to Pak progress: report NEW YORK: Saudi King Abdullah called President Asif Ali Zardari the greatest obstacle to Pakistan’s progress, according to an online report of New York Times that quoted Wikileaks as saying.

The report further quoted King Abdullah as saying: “When the head is rotten, it affects the whole body.”

The cables released by Wikileaks, the whistle-blower, disclose that aging monarch of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah, as speaking scathingly about the leaders of Iraq and Pakistan.

Speaking to another Iraqi official about Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister, King Abdullah said, “You and Iraq are in my heart, but that man is not.” The king called President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan the greatest obstacle to that country’s progress. “When the head is rotten,” he said, “it affects the whole body.”

AFP quoting US documents leaked by WikiLeaks and published by Britain’s Guardian newspaper, said King Abdullah urged the United States to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear programme.

Leaked memos from US embassies across the Middle East recorded the king’s “frequent exhortations to the US to attack Iran and so put an end to its nuclear weapons program.”

The memo showed that the king told the United States to “cut off the head of the snake,” and said that working with Washington to roll back Iranian influence in Iraq was “a strategic priority for the king and his government.”

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Rehman Malik presents evidence against Sharif brothers


Rehman Malik presents evidence against Sharif brothers

LAHORE: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader, Rehman Malik on Monday presented what he said was evidence of money laundering against the Sharif brothers and alleged that the money earned through it was transferred to Saudi Arabia, Geo News reported.

While addressing a press conference here today, Rehman Malik told the media that he is presenting his complaints and evidence before the Supreme Court and Election Commission of Pakistan.

He also claimed to quit his political career if failed to prove the allegations.

Rehman Malik said the Sharif brothers transferred the cash outside Pakistan and was deposited in an account titled as ‘Qazi’. In 1998, the amount was transferred to Hudaibiya accounts.

The PPP leader further said that more names will be revealed in money laundering case and complained that immediate actions had been initiated against PPP.

He said that Ishaq Dar has already admitted that Shahbaz Sharif asked to convert dollars into local currency.

Islamabad court issues arrest order for Musharraf


Former president Pervez Musharraf. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: An Islamabad High Court judge issued arrest order for former president Pervez Musharraf in judges house arrest case, Express News reported on Thursday.

However, security officers of the ex-president managed to escort him away from the court premises.

Musharraf’s current location is not known as yet.

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, who issued Musharraf’s arrest order, also cancelled his bail.

Sex with child ring jailed in Britain (Liverpool)


Sex with child ring jailed in Britain (Liverpool)

 

LONDON: A group of nine men of Pakistani and Afghan origin were sentenced to jail Thursday for grooming white British schoolgirls for sex, using drink and drugs.

The men, aged between 22 and 59, were convicted Wednesday of conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with children under the age of 16, and other related offences.

Passing sentence at Liverpool Crown Court in northwest England, judge Gerald Clifton gave them prison terms ranging from four to 19 years.

Some of the girls were as young as 13 at the time.

Nine convicted include Kabir Hassan, Abdul Aziz, Abdur Rauf, Adil Khan, Muhammad Ameen, Abdul Qayyum, Muhammad Sajid from Pakistan while Hamid Safi is Afghan national.

Zardari offered Presidency to Nawaz: Badar


Zardari offered Presidency to Nawaz: Badar

Zardari offered Presidency to Nawaz: Badar

Zardari offered Presidency to Nawaz: Badar

 

ISLAMABAD: The Secretary General of the PPP, Jehangir Badar claimed Wednesday that Asif Ali Zardari had offered the Presidency to Nawaz Sharif.

Badar speaking at the inauguration of the new PPP Central Secretariat said that Nawaz Sharif had declined the offer made by Asif Ali Zardari.

Badar added that it was Nawaz Sharif who had advised Asif Ali Zardari to become the President and was now criticising him.

 

 

Gilani- No More Prime Minister – Supreme Court verdict on PM Gilani contempt case


 

Live Updates: Supreme Court verdict on PM Gilani contempt case

Live Updates: Supreme Court verdict on PM Gilani contempt case

ISLAMABAD: Today will leave a significant mark on the pages of history, as Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani will walk to the Supreme Court of Pakistan to lend his ear to the verdict in contempt of court case for not implementing the apex court’s ruling on the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO).

The Prime Minister is all set to march along with his cabinet team from the PM secretariat to the SC building where extra ordinary security measures have been put in place in view of the enormity of today’s event.

A seven-member SC bench headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk on Tuesday reserved the judgment in the contempt of court case against the Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani and ruled that the verdict will be announced Thursday.

08:03 am

President’s Spokesman Senator Farhatullah Babar has reached the Supreme Court

08:23 am

Federal Minister Amin Fahim and AJK PM Chaudry Abdul Majeed arrives

08:26 am

Upon arrival Attorney General Irfan Qadir said the SC will uphold the Constitution in its verdict

08:30 am

Federal Ministers Ahmed Mukhtar and Makhdoom Shahabuddin arrives

08:37 am

PM’s counsel Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan leaves his residence. Aitzaz said PM will abide by court verdict. ‘It is possible that the court may refer the matter to the parliament.’

08:44 am

Firdous Ashiq Awan said since the PPP came into government the impression is being created that we are clashing with the institutions.

08: 47 am

Federal Ministers Farooj Naik, Babar Ghouri Riaz Peerzada arrive

08:50 am

Sindh CM Qaim Ali Shah reaches the Supreme Court

08:51 am

Governor Punjab Latif Khosa said we expect fairness from the court

08:51 am

PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat said hopefully the court would acquit the PM

09:00 am

Information Minister Kaira said the government expects justice from the court

09:04 am

PM Gilnai’s convoy left PM House

09:06 am

PM Gilani drove the car to the Supreme Court

09:06 am

PM Gilani’s motorcade reaches the SC building

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09:09

PM drove the car to SC’s Judges Gate and then marches along with other cabinet members, lawyer Aitzaz and son Abdul Qadir Gilani to the courtroom

PPP supporters shower rose petals upon the PM

09:14 am

PM Gilani waves towards the crowd before entering into the building as he appeared before the SC for the third time in contempt case.

09:33 am

Seven-member bench enters courtroom

09:34 am

PM Gilani asked by the bench to come to the rostrum

09:37

The SC convicts the PM Gialani. He was punished till the rising of the court

09:46 am

Convicted PM Gilani left the court

09:47 am

He was convicted for violating Article 63(1) (g) of the Constitution.

09:50 am

While talking to Geo News PM Gilani said the verdict was inappropriate.

Pakistan successfully test-fires nuclear capable Hatf IV


Pakistan successfully test-fires nuclear capable Hatf IV

 

Pakistan successfully test-fires nuclear capable Hatf IV

Pakistan successfully test-fires nuclear capable Hatf IV

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan has successfully test-fired long-range Hatf IV (Shaheen 1A) ballistic missile, Geo News reported Wednesday.

According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Pakistan successfully conducted the launch of the intermediate Range Ballistic Missile Hatf IV Shaheen-1A Weapon System. The missile is an improved version of Shaheen-1 with improvements in range and technical parameters. It is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads.

Today’s launch, whose impact point was at sea, was witnessed by Director General Strategic Plans Division Lieutenant General Khalid Ahmed Kidwai (R), Chairman NESCOM Muhammad Irfan Burney, Commander Army Strategic Force Command Lieutenant General Tariq Nadeem Gilani and other senior military officers, scientists and engineers.

DG SPD Lieutenant General Khalid Ahmed Kidwai (R) congratulated all scientists and engineers on the successful launch, and the accuracy of the missile in reaching the target. He said that the improved version of Shaheen 1A will further consolidate and strengthen Pakistan’s deterrence abilities. He appreciated the efforts of all personnel for their dedication and professionalism.

Pakistan has tested the long-range missile just a week after India test fired its first Inter-continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni V on April 18.

India’s indigenously built Agni-V has a range of more than 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles) and is capable of carrying nuclear warhead.

Serial killer arrested from Soldier Bazar


Serial killer arrested from Soldier Bazar

 

KARACHI: A man allegedly involved in killing women and later cutting them up into pieces was arrested by police on Tuesday from Soldier Bazar area of the city, Geo News reported.

According to police, the serial killer along with his aide was arrested from the Soldier Bazar area today. The killers were involved in killing four women in three months who were found in pieces later from different areas.

Police told female body parts were found from Soldier Bazar, Jamshed Quarters, Gurumandir, MA Jinnah Road, Mazar-e-Qaid and others that used to be wrapped in plastic bags.

In March, one of the victims’ finely cut up body was found in four different places near the Aga Khan Jamaatkhana in Garden. She was later identified as Nasreen.

While police was investigating Nasreen’s case, they found out that Nasreen’s phone was used by the suspects till March 26, 16 days after she was killed.

On getting major leads, police traced a rickshaw driver who was arrested and when investigated he disclosed about the other culprit named Rafiq Soomro.

Police then conducted a raid at Patel Para and arrested Rafiq Soomro. He is a resident of Sukkur and had been convicted in a woman’s murder in Sukkur as well, police told.

Rescue operation continues in Siachen


Rescue operation continues in Siachen

Rescue operation continues in Siachen

SIACHEN: As military personnel and volunteers work round the clock on the extensive rescue operation in the Gayari Sector in Siachen, a total of 1.73 million cubic feet area has been shifted since the avalanche engulfed the battalion headquarters.

According to an update issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), despite cold weather hindering the operation, frequently causing equipment to break down, all efforts were being made to extract the trapped soldiers and civilians.

The platforms, constructed on all sites, have been consolidated, however excavation work is being focused on expansion of the sites. The ground-penetrating radar teams have identified two more points. Meanwhile, a Norwegian team has returned to Islamabad after providing critical technical information.