Ghulam Ishaq Khan — A Personal Tribute


THE death of Ghulam Ishaq Khan has brought to end an era. He was last of the icons that consolidated the young nation with their commitment to Pakistan and laid highest standards of probity, honesty and competence. Born in a poor family of Bannu, one of the most backward districts of NWFP, he rose to the highest office in the country, through sheer dint of merit and efficiency. Life story of Ghulam Ishaq Khan during last 60 years is the history of economic and industrial development of Pakistan. His contribution…

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Heir of Benazir: Bilawal to Lead PPP as Chairman


NAUDERO: Pakistan People’s Party (PPPCentral Executive Committee of Pakistan People’s Party meets in Naudero near Larkana Sunday, December 30, 2007.) Sunday appointed Bilawal Bhutto Zardari the new Chairman of the Party. Announcing the decisions of Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting at a media briefing, Senior Vice Chairman of PPP, Makhdoom Amin Fahim said “the decision has been taken in accordance with the will of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto – which was read in the meeting”. Bilawal 19, who read Benazir’s will, would be the political heir of Benazir Bhutto. Late Benazir…

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Quaid-e-Azam M.Ali Jinnah among TIME’s ‘Asian Heroes’


NEW YORK (US): Calling Father of theFather of the Nation: Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah Nation Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah an upholder of constitutional law, TIME magazine has named Pakistan’s founder among “Asian heroes” in its 60th anniversary issue, which hit newsstands here on Monday. The Quaid was placed in the category of “Nation Builders”, which also included India’s Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and that country’s first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Apart from the Quaid, two more Pakistanis were listed— Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in the “Artists and Thinkers” category and…

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Pakistan Minister Shahbaz Bhatti assassinated in Capital City

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Minorities Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti was assassinated on Wednesday morning in Sector 1-8 of the Federal Capital by unidentified assaliants who opened fire on him and fled the scene on a car. According to his private secretary, the Minister’s car was intercepted by the attacker’s car that came from the opposit direction and one of the riders opened fire on the minister. Consequently, Shahbaz Bhatti received volley of bullets on his face and upper parts of the body. Soon after the incident, driver of minister’s car rushed…

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Pakistan Economy Registers 7% Growth Rate for 4th Consecutive Year


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan economy has shown a robust growth as the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has registered an average growth rate of 7 percent for the fourth consecutive year. Official sources highlighting the performance of economy during 2006-07 said that the per capita income in the year increased to US $ 926 or Rs. 56,121. They attributed the excellent performance of the economy in all the sectors to prudent economic policies initiated by the government and consistency and continuity in the policies. They said that during the year the services…

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Israel must provide full explanation on flotilla raid: UN Chief


KAMPALA (Uganda): UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Monday he was “shocked” by a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla and demanded a full investigation. “I am shocked by reports of killings and injuries of people on boats carrying supplies for Gaza,” the UN chief said at a press conference following the opening in Uganda of a key conference on the International Criminal Court. “I condemn this violence,” Ban added, as an Israeli television channel reported that as many as 19 pro-Palestinian activists may have been killed in…

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Worst Rail Crash: Kills 100s with injuries to 1000 in Pakistan


GHOTKI: Three trains crashed in a deadly cCrane removes derbies of three passenger trains collide, Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at Ghotki, some 600 kilometers (370 miles) northeast of Karachi, Pakistan.hain-reaction after a train driver misread a signal, killing countless travellers and injuring at least a thousand in Pakistan’s worst rail disaster in more than a decade in the pre-dawn hours today, Wednesday. The nighttime accident jolted passengers awake to a horrifying smash-up that left metal, glass and body parts strewn across a remote railway station near Ghotki. Rescuers frantically cut…

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Turkey joins Pakistan, China in joint efforts for Space Technology


BEIJING (China): Turkey has joined Pakistan, China and six other countries in the region to make joint efforts for the development of space technology. Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in China Oktay Ozuye signed the Convention of the Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO) on behalf of his government. Thus Turkey has become the ninth State to sign the APSCO Convention. Informed sources said on Wednesday that the organization is aimed at promoting multilateral cooperation in the field of space technology. Other six countries that have already inked the…

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Punjab Minister Zil-e-Huma Usman Assassinated


LAHORE: Punjab Minister for SocialPunjab Minister Ms Zill-e-Huma speaks at a function on December 29, 2006. [File Photo] Welfare Zil-e-Huma Usman Tuesday died of bullet injury in a hospital in Lahore. The minister was critically injured in an attack in Gujranwala during an open katchehry. An attacker, identified as Ghulam Sarwar, had fired bullets in the head and shoulder of provincial minister Zill-e-Huma Usman during an open katchehry held at Muslim League House near Civil Lines police station. Minister’s driver and other people attending the katchehry caught the attacker. The…

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PML-N wins NA-123, PP-82 slots in by-elections


LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-N won Wednesday’s by-elections in NA-123 Lahore and PP-82 Jhang while PML-Zia and Pakistan People’s Party clinched PP-284 Bahawalnagar and PP-25 Jafarabad, according to unofficial results received so far from the majority of the polling stations. Malik Pervez of PML-N has returned successful with sizeable margin in NA-123 Lahore while Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s candidate Hamid Khan Mairaj stood second. Azam Cheela of PML-N has secured PP-82 Jhang (runner up Ghazanfar Ali Khan of PPP); Shahid Anjum of PML-Zia won PP-284 Bahawalnagar (runner up Kashif Naveed of PPP) while…

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