Pakistan reopens Nato supplies
Decision taken in DCC meeting , islamabad not to charge transit fee: Kaira
Sharafat KazmiIslamabad—Information Minister Qamar Zaman Karia said Tuesday that the Defence Committee of the Cabinet (DCC) had made a decision to reopen the NATO supply route.
Speaking to the media following the DCC meeting, Kaira said it was in Pakistan’s interest to facilitate US, Nato and Isaf forces in the transition process and in view of the larger interest of peace in Afghanistan and the region.
Kaira added that Pakistan would not charge any transit fee nor would it allow lethal cargo expect for Afghan security forces for the purpose of maintaining peace and stability. “The issue was not of financial gains but of sovereignty.”
We are sorry, Hillary tells Hina
Washington—Pakistan is re-opening vital NATO supply routes into Afghanistan closed since a deadly November attack, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday, adding the US was sorry for the loss of life.
“I am pleased that Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has informed me that the ground supply lines into Afghanistan are opening,” Clinton said in a statement
“Foreign Minister Khar and I acknowledged the mistakes that resulted in the loss of Pakistani military lives,” the statement further said.
‘NA Speaker should have just forwarded matter to ECP’
Islamabad—The Supreme Court on Tuesday released the detailed verdict in the Speaker ruling case, stating the reasons for the former prime minister’s disqualification.
“It is held that after having been convicted and sentenced for contempt of Court he has been disqualified, ipso facto, from being a Member of the Parliament,” the verdict states.
The case was decided by a three-member bench, comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain which had heard a set of constitutional petitions challenging National Assembly Speaker Fehmida Mirza’s ruling over the reference against Gilani.
NAB forms body to probe Arsalan case
Islamabad—Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday formed an investigation committee to investigate the graft scandal involving business tycoon Malik Riaz and the Chief Justice’s son, Arsalan Iftikhar.
The five-member committee will comprise three NAB officials and two members from Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and police.