Gilani, Cameron wide-spectrum talks
Pak, UK to take all-area friendship to new heights
Regular economic reforms talks agreed, bilateral trade to touch 2.5b pounds
Gauhar Zahid MalikLondon—The United Kingdom Thursday vowed to build on a deeper and stronger relationship with Pakistan saying its future matters greatly to Britain and agreed on building up ties in trade, defence, health and education sectors. Prime Minister David Cameron after a meeting with Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani categorically stated that the United Kingdom will be an enduring friend to the government and people of Pakistan.
“Both countries are committed to working together as equals to create the conditions for greater prosperity and security in Pakistan and the UK,” a joint statement issued at the end of the talks said.
Protesters on rampage against power outage in Punjab
Vehari/Lahore/Faisalabad—Extremely troubled by the prolonged and unannounced power loadshedding, thousands of protesters took to the roads, ransacked the offices and residences of lawmakers and politicians, attacked Wapda installations, staged sit-ins, damaged vehicles and clashed with police on Thursday, resulting in several injuries to protesters and cops in different parts of Punjab.
According to details, protest demonstrations against unscheduled electricity loadshedding were held in different areas of Punjab including Vehari, Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Mianwali, Mandi Bahauddin, Sargodha, Khushab, Bhakkar, Burewala, Jhelum, Multan, DG Khan, Pir Mahal and Bahawalpur.
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Karachi—A brand new Parcham-e-Sitara-o-Hilal was hoisted atop Sindh Assembly (replacing the tattered one) subsequent to the running of a comment by Pakistan Observer on in front page in 3rd day of this May issue, titled ‘Tattering flag of Pakistan: You people have lost sense of respect’.
Yet countless such desecrated flags still flutter all over the Metropolis. Most of them had been hoisted last August by the authorities who had reportedly paid exorbitant amounts to their blue eyed contractors who did not bother to remove them later.
US bans preferential purchase of goods or services from Pak
Washington—The Unite States Armed Services Committee in the Congress Thursday approved a bill that imposes conditions on Pakistan for receiving American economic and military aid, which will depend on the action Islamabad takes against terrorists and the menace of improvised explosive devices.