Pakistan not ‘gouging’ for Nato’s Afghan routes: Khar
PM appreciates Danish support in EU
Zubair Qureshi, Sharafat KazmiIslamabad—Dispelling the impression that Pakistan had set extraordinary high tariffs as pre-requisite for reopening Nato supply routes to Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar Wednesday said talks with the United States on reopening the supply routes were not hostage to any Pakistani demand for high tariffs on the supplies.
Addressing a joint press conference with her Danish counterpart Villy Sovndal, she said “We are not a price-gouging country. The impression is indeed incorrect, wrong and must be dispersed as soon as possible.”
Ghazal Maestro Mehndi Hassan passes away
Karachi—Legendary music maestro Mehdi Hasan breathed his last after protracted illness in a private hospital here Wednesday. He was 84/Rightly called Shahenshah-e-Ghazal, Mehdi Hasan ruled the music world by his unique singing of Urdu Ghazal.
Born in 1927 in Luna a small village in Rajasthan‚ he migrated to Pakistan in 1947. Settled in Cheechawatni Sahiwal, Mehdi Hasan started earning his bread and butter as tractor and bike mechanic in Sawhiwal. However the passion to carve a respectable place in the music world was in his blood and he continued learning process by his father Ustad Azeem Khan and uncle Ustad Ismail Khan.
SC issues contempt notice to Riaz over press talks
Islamabad—Taking suo motu notice of Malik Riaz’s press briefing, the Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a show cause notice to the real estate tycoon, asking him to appear before the court on Thursday.
A three-member bench of the SC’s senior most judges, headed by Justice Shakirullah Jan, was hearing the suo motu case pertaining to the business tycoon’s Tuesday press conference.
Justice Shakirulah Jan read out the text of Riaz’s press briefing in court and said that it appeared as if the judiciary was being scandalised.
Meetings with CJP not objectionable: PM
Islamabad—Prime Minister, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that any meetings with CJP, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry were not objectionable, and government enjoyed good relations with Judiciary.
Talking to journalists after addressing the concluding meeting of Education Conference on Wednesday evening, he also said that there was unanimous consensus with India over carrying out all outstanding issues, like the core issue of Kashmir, Siachin and Sir Creek among others, in a peaceful, honorable and harmonious manner, as decided in secretary level talks.
US has enormous stake in India’s emergence as global power: WH
Washington—Noting that US President Barack Obama views India as one of his top foreign policy priorities, a senior White House official has said that the United States has enormous stake in New Delhi’s emergence as a global power.
“President Obama is committed to forging a long term truly global partnership with India, recognizing India’s increasing role as a 21st century power. President Obama views India as one of his top foreign policy priorities and one of the important bilateral relationships,” Michael Froman, deputy national security adviser on international economic affairs, said in his address to the US India Business Council (USIBC).
Dual nationality SC suspends three MPAs membership
Islamabad—The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday suspended the memberships of three provincial assembly members in the dual nationality case.
However, the charges levelled against Finance Minister Hafiz Shaikh, Deputy Chairman of Senate Sabir Baloch and Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) MNA Khawaja Asif were dropped.
A three-member bench, headed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, conducted the proceedings of the case. Former Interior Minister Rehman Malik, whose member-ship was temporarily suspended on June 5 on charges of holding British nationality, was unable to provide documents Wednesday which could prove the relinquishment of his British citizen-ship.
Shutter down strike in Karachi
Karachi June 13: The traders called strike backed by Muttahida Qaumi Movement against worsening law & order situation, target killing, kidnapping for ransom and forced money extortion brought the socio-economic life to a halt in Karachi Wednesday.
While the public transport was missing from the roads, the filling stations were also shut down, schools, colleges and universities remained off while all examinations scheduled for Wednesday were postponed.